On the Charts: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Ties Up Number One

February 19, 2017 Music

The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack staved off artists' post-Grammy sales surges as the compilation tied up Number One on the Billboard 200.

While the film itself failed to reach Number One at the box office – The Lego Batman Movie fended it off the past two weeks – the series' soundtracks have both landed atop the Billboard 200.

Whereas the Fifty Shades of Grey's soundtrack was buoyed by the Weeknd's "Earned It," the Taylor Swift and Zayn hit "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" helped propel the sequel's soundtrack to first week total sales of 123,000 copies, with 72,000 of the sum from traditional album sales, Billboard reports. 

Sia, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas also feature on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, which

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Russell Simmons Leads ‘I Am a Muslim Too’ Rally in New York

February 19, 2017 Music

Russell Simmons helped lead a gathering of thousands Sunday in New York at the "I Am a Muslim Too" Rally, which declared solidarity with those targeted by Donald Turmp's "Muslim ban" executive order.

"We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention, that they have been misled," the Def Jam founder and mogul told the Times Square crowd. "We are here unified because of Donald Trump. We want to thank him for bringing us together."

Simmons, Imam Shamsi Ali and Rabbi Marc Schneier orchestrated the rally, which drew people like New York mayor Bill de Blasio ("I'll be there today and I hope you'll be there too," the mayor tweeted), activist Linda Sarsour and rapper Q-Tip.

"We have to acknowledge there's a change

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Bono Meets Mike Pence, Praises Previous AIDS Relief Efforts

February 19, 2017 Music

Bono and Mike Pence had a brief meeting Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, with the U2 singer thanking the vice president for his past support of AIDS relief in Africa.

During their encounter, which came after Pence spoke at the conference, Bono acknowledged that Pence, while an Indiana congressman, helped get the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) passed in 2003 and then renewed in 2008.

"Twice on the House floor you defended that. That's how we know you, and we really appreciate that," Bono told Pence, who responded to Bono, "It was an extraordinary historic accomplishment and you played a leading role in carrying it forward."

Bono also jokingly called Pence, "The second busiest man in America."

In December 2015, former president

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Hear Christina Grimmie’s Inspiring New Song ‘Invisible’

February 19, 2017 Music

The family of Christina Grimmie shared a new song by the late singer titled "Invisible."

The track will appear on an upcoming posthumous album of The Voice contestant's songs that she recorded prior to her June 2016 death, Us Weekly reports. Grimmie was shot and killed by a deranged fan while signing autographs following an Orlando concert. She was 22.

"I won't be diminished / Eclipsed or hidden / You're gonna see my light blaze back to life like a phoenix rise," Grimmie sings on the upbeat dance track. No additional details regarding Grimmie's posthumous album were revealed.

Grimmie's family previously unveiled the singer's four-part Ballad of Jessica Blue in the months following her death. Grimmie's brother Marcus Grimmie talked

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Hear Lana Del Rey’s Anthemic New Single ‘Love’

February 18, 2017 Music

Lana Del Rey has unveiled her surprise new single "Love," the singer's first song in nearly 16 months.

"Look at you kids with your vintage music / Coming through satellites while cruising / You're part of the past, but no, you're the future," Del Rey sings on the retro-sounding, Sixties girl group-inspired track. "It's enough just to make you feel crazy, crazy, crazy sometimes."

Later on the track, Del Rey croons, "Oh, to be young and in love," which was the song's original title. The song ends with a nod to the Beach Boys' classic "Don't Worry Baby."

A Rich Lee-directed video for "Love" is forthcoming. The single is also available to purchase on iTunes.

The singer teased the impending arrival of her comeback single with a series of cinematic posters that were

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Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer,’ Dead at 73

February 18, 2017 Music

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's one-time drummer and the creator of one of hip-hop's most popular samples, has died at the age of 73. Stubblefield's wife, Jody Hannon, confirmed the drummer's death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death was kidney failure.

"The Funky Funkiest Drummer Of All Time," Questlove wrote on Saturday. "Clyde Stubblefield thank you for everything you've taught me. The spirit of the greatest grace note left hand snare drummer will live on thru all of us."

Stubblefield, while a member of Brown's backing unit, performed on the funk legend's classic cuts like "Cold Sweat," "Ain't It Funky Now," "I Got the Feelin'" and Brown's landmark LP Cold Sweat and Sex Machine.

However, it's a 20-second drum break, a snippet of a

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Colbert: Moby ‘More Reliable Than Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer’

February 18, 2017 Music

Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show Friday by addressing the wild Donald Trump conspiracy theories that Moby recently posted about on social media.

In a Tuesday Instagram post, the Play artist wrote that "friends who work in D.C." confided in him that the president is being blackmailed into colluding with the Russian government. The singer added that a war with Iran, and an inevitable Trump impeachment, was also on the horizon.

"You know you can trust Moby: He's got connections in the highest echelons of Washington's vegan cafes," Colbert joked. "If you're wondering when Moby’s Instagram became the public record, it was shortly after Trump's Twitter feed became the Library of Congress."

Colbert also touched on the case of Tom Arnold, who for months has

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Watch Ryan Adams Perform Aching ‘Prisoner’ Songs on ‘Fallon’

February 18, 2017 Music

Ryan Adams stopped by The Tonight Show Friday to perform a pair of tracks off his just-released LP Prisoner.

" got crazy good reviews. It is so good. Buy it, stream it, download it, whatever you can do with albums nowadays," Jimmy Fallon said of Adams' breakup album prior to the performance, with guest Joel McHale adding, "Steal it!"

On the broadcast, Adams, rocking a Misfits shirt, and his band unleashed a thunderous rendition of the album's first single "Do You Still Love Me?" As a web exclusive, Adams and company performed the LP's tender second single "To Be Without You."

Prisoner arrived Friday in a wide variety of traditional and quirky formats, including an "End of the World" deluxe box set that features 7" vinyl versions of each of the

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Watch Bono’s Speech on How Development Can Prevent Extremism

February 17, 2017 Music

Bono argued that investments in development and education in third-world countries, and not border walls and executive orders, could prevent extremism during the U2 singer's speech at the Munich Security Conference Friday.

"I don't see a body of water wide enough, or a wall high enough, to keep these problems from our doors," Bono warned.

"The frontier of national interest is no longer the national border. You may not be interested in the trouble on a far-off street or across the Mediterranean on the other side of the globe, but let me assure you, that trouble is interested in you. Our fate is a shared fate. But which fate will it be?"

The singer lobbied the world leaders in attendance at the Germany conference – including U.S. defense secretary Jim Mattis and German

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Watch Parquet Courts, Bun B’s Upbeat ‘Captive of the Sun’ Lyric Video

February 17, 2017 Music

Parquet Courts and Bun B unveiled the studio version of their updated take on "Captive of the Sun" featuring Bun B. The rapper made a surprise appearance during the band's set on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last July.

"Captive of the Sun" was originally part of Parquet Court's 2016 album Human Performance and without a guest appearance. Bun B puts his own spin on the Beck-esque track, providing his iconic Houston flow. "We throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks/ It's gon' end up being a bomb or being the shit," Bun rhymes on his verse. "They said they fix was in, guess we'll know when it's done/ Until then we'll just be captives of the sun."

Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage drew the illustration of Bun B featured prominently in the bright

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