Grammys 2017: Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West Lead Nominees

December 6, 2016 Music

Beyoncé leads this year's field of Grammy hopefuls with nine nominations, with Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each garnering eight nods apiece. The awards show will air live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 12th.

In the prestigious Album of the Year category, Beyoncé's Lemonade, Rolling Stone's Best Album of 2016, will face off against Adele's 25, Drake's Views, Justin Bieber's Purpose and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth.

Although 25 and Purpose were released in 2015, they arrived after the cut-off for this year's ceremony and thus became eligible for the 2017 awards.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording

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50 Cent to Receive $14.5 Million in Legal Malpractice Suit

December 5, 2016 Music

50 Cent was awarded $14.5 million stemming from a malpractice suit the rapper filed against a law firm that represented him in a headphones lawsuit.

However, it's unlikely 50 Cent will see any of that award, as most of it will go toward satisfying the $23 million bankruptcy settlement he agreed to in July, pending approval, Forbes reports.

In a 2014 lawsuit, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) was ordered to pay headphone makers Sleek Audio $16 million after the rapper severed his deal with Sleek to produce his own brand of headphones that a court ruled was "basically the same designs" as his Sleek-branded pair.

Following that decision, 50 Cent filed a malpractice suit against Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB), the law firm who represented him

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Madonna on Donald Trump’s Election Win: ‘We’re F–ked’

December 5, 2016 Music

Madonna has a message for America after Donald Trump's presidential win. "We're fucked," she told actress Elizabeth Banks in a revealing Billboard interview. 

" felt like someone died," Madonna says. " felt like a combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, 'Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,' and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had." 

The pop icon also blamed Trump's victory – and Hillary Clinton's loss – on women voters, touting the theory that "women hate women." "It feels like women betrayed us," she said.

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Mogwai Plot 2017 North American ‘Atomic’ Tour

December 5, 2016 Music

Mogwai are taking new album Atomic to stages across North America in a stretch of January concerts. The Scottish post-rock band will kick off the trek January 18th in Los Angeles and conclude January 31st in Montreal.

Atomic, released in April, is Mogwai's instrumental soundtrack to Mark Cousins' BBC documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. The band, alongside Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, also contributed music to Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before the Flood.

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite has also been making music with Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Editors' Justin and James Lockey in the indie-rock supergroup, Minor Victories. The group's self-titled debut LP,

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On the Charts: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Rockets to Number One

December 5, 2016 Music

The Weeknd's Starboy, one of the last major releases of 2016, had the third biggest-selling week of the year. The singer's new LP rocketed to Number One on the Billboard 200 on the strength of 348,000 total copies. For Abel Tesfaye (who performs as The Weeknd), Starboy is his second consecutive Number One LP following Beauty Behind the Madness, which sold 412,000 total copies in its debut week in August 2015.

Only Drake's Views and Beyoncé's Lemonade sold more opening week copies this year, Billboard reports. The Weeknd's sales were driven by record-breaking streaming totals. Physical album sales and album download sales made up a smaller portion of the total sales. 


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Stone Temple Pilots Remember Scott Weiland One Year After Death

December 4, 2016 Music

On the one-year anniversary of Scott Weiland's death, the surviving members of Stone Temple Pilots penned a remembrance of their late lead singer.

"Here we are. A year has passed since you’ve been gone," the band wrote on their website. "We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories. Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are."

Weiland died December 3rd, 2015 from an accidental overdose of cocaine, ethanol and MDA. The singer passed in his sleep on a stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he and his band the Wildabouts were touring in supporting of their new LP Blaster.

Weiland served as Stone Temple Pilots' lead singer from 1989 to

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Oakland Fire Warehouse Attendees Describe Confusing, Horrific Scene

December 4, 2016 Music

The fire spread so quickly that firefighters at the station one block away had trouble even entering the building before immediately retreating to a defensive position.

On Friday night, flames engulfed an Oakland warehouse, tearing through the cluttered art collective known as Oakland Ghost Ship as it hosted an electronic music event attended by up to 70 people, officials and tenants said. Nine people are confirmed dead, though as dozens remain missing, officials are prepared for a "mass casualty event" which could bring the final death toll to 40.

"It's a task to just get through the front door with all the debris and wreckage," Alameda County's Sgt. Ray Kelly said at a press conference, reaffirming that officials' number one

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Morrissey Cancels Remainder of U.S. Tour, Blames Mismanagement

December 3, 2016 Music

Morrissey announced Saturday that he must cancel the remaining six dates of his U.S. tour – concerts that were rescheduled dates after the singer's keyboardist fell ill, forcing postponements – due to mismanagement of tour funds.

In a post titled "There Is a Light That Now Goes Out" on Morrissey's fan site/mouthpiece True to You (via Stereogum), the singer revealed that he and his band are in "unrecoverable despair" after the tour's remaining shows in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio were "pulled down."

Morrissey blamed the canceled shows on the Los Angeles-based Management 360.

"Each date booked would make enough money to pay its way," Morrissey

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At Least Nine People Killed in Fire at Oakland Warehouse Party

December 3, 2016 Music

At least nine people were killed and over a dozen unaccounted for after a fire broke out at a party in an Oakland, California warehouse late Friday night.

According to a Facebook event page, the warehouse on the corner of 31st Avenue and International Boulevard in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood was hosting musician Golden Donna's 100% Silk tour.

Authorities say at least 50 people were in the building at the time of the three-alarm blaze.

"We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don't know the potential number of other victims," Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed told the East Bay Times. "This is a true loss for the city, for the firefighters who responded, and the people who lost

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Jack White’s Third Man to Publish Standing Rock Students’ Work

December 2, 2016 Music

Jack White's Third Man Records and Third Man Books have announced a new collaborative project with the Defenders of the Water School in Standing Rock that will both publish activist students' work as well as raise funds for the North Dakota school.

The Third Man Books site will spotlight the work of both students and volunteers at the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa school, giving those affected by the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock a venue to share their experiences.

The Third Man Books site also posted a gallery featuring some of the students who would contribute to the page.

"This public forum will allow the students' voices to be heard the world over," White's

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