See Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Elton John

March 26, 2017 Music

Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder teamed to sing the latter's "Happy Birthday" to Elton John at the rock legend's 70th birthday party in Los Angeles Saturday.

Gaga and Wonder served up a duet of the Hotter Than July track, with Gaga occasionally modifying the lyrics from "Happy birthday to you" to "Happy birthday Elton" for the occasion.

John's 70th birthday bash at Red Studios was a star-studded affair with a guest list that included Gaga, Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, James Corden, Rob Lowe, Roseanne Cash and many more.

The party, which doubled as a celebration for the 50th anniversary of John's partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin, benefitted the Elton John Foundation and the Hammer Museum at UCLA, People reports.

In addition to the

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Snoop Dogg to Induct Tupac Shakur Into Rock Hall

March 26, 2017 Music

Snoop Dogg will induct his late friend Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 7th ceremony in Brooklyn, Rolling Stone has confirmed.

The two rappers collaborated on All Eyez on Me's "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," and Snoop Dogg has often taken credit for bringing Shakur to Death Row.

News of Snoop Dogg's involvement first surfaced Sunday in a TMZ report that stated the rapper and potentially Dr. Dre, who was enshrined in the Rock Hall with N.W.A in 2016, would participate in a three-song musical tribute to Shakur that included the hit single "California Love."

However, Rolling Stone has learned that the final lineup for the all-star Shakur tribute has not been cemented.

In a 2015 interview with Michael Rappaport,

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Don Hunstein, ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ Photographer, Dead at 88

March 25, 2017 Music

Don Hunstein, the photographer who captured the iconic image of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo that adorns the singer's Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, died March 18th in Manhattan at the age of 88.

Hunstein's wife Dee Anne Hunstein confirmed her husband's death to the New York Times, adding that the photographer died following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

As an in-house photographer for Columbia Records in the Fifties and Sixties, Hunstein shot the striking images that feature on the covers of albums like Miles Davis' NefertitiThelonious Monk's Monk's Dream, Blood, Sweat & Tears' Mirror Image and Dylan's 1962 self-titled solo LP.

However, Hunstein will be best remembered for his Freewheelin'

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Watch Ed Sheeran Help Homeless Liberian Kids in Red Nose Day Video

March 25, 2017 Music

Ed Sheeran played a large role in Friday's Red Nose Day special as the singer performed, appeared in a comedy sketch and hosted an emotional segment where he traveled to Liberia to meet with homeless and parentless children.

In the video, produced by Comic Relief, Sheeran meets JD, a Liberian boy who spent two months sleeping in a canoe on the beach bordering a dangerous slum at the time of the video's filming. JD, who lost his mother to Ebola and was abandoned by his father, tells Sheeran about his difficult life and presidential dreams.

Sheeran is so moved by JD's story, he tells the segment's crew that he's not leaving until the child and five of his mates are "sorted out" in a situation that includes shelter and schooling. The singer offers to put up the money to ensure

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See Gorillaz Debut ‘Humanz’ Songs at Secret London Gig

March 24, 2017 Music

A day after Gorillaz outlined their new LP Humanz, Damon Albarn and his all-star troupe debuted the album in its entirety at a secret gig at London's Printworks. Portions of the concert were live-streamed on the cartoon band's Facebook.

"We're gonna play our new album Humanz in its entirety. We've got pretty much everyone who's on the record here," Albarn told the crowd, adding that while the full cast of guests weren't able to make the performance on such short notice, every artist featured on Humanz will appear at the Gorillaz' upcoming Demon Dayz Festival in June.

The concert, the band's first in nearly seven years, started with opening track "Ascension" – featuring guest Vince Staples, who was not on hand but performed the track in a

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Fricke’s Picks: New Albums From the Best of SXSW 2017

March 24, 2017 Music

Once upon a time – when SXSW was a regional-upstart event and Austin, Texas, was smaller and weirder – this was the place and season for the unknown to be seen and signed. Vans pulled into town, and parking was still plentiful. Reputations were made in 35-minute sets, and major labels started doing the math. Albums and even careers, however fleet and frustrating, followed.

This is how much SXSW has changed – and the record industry has receded from the fray. In the conference and festival's 30th year, nearly everyone showed up with something ready to sell – mostly on independent or home-made labels; off the bandstand if necessary. Almost every act I saw over my four nights there came with a new record already out or near delivery. This is not a new initiative – the old ways and

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Watch Stephen Hawking Audition Actors for New Voice in Hilarious Video

March 24, 2017 Music

After three decades of using the same computerized voice, Stephen Hawking searches for a fresh tone, auditioning a group of A-list actors in a hilarious clip created for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.

Seizing a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," actors like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Eddie Redmayne (who played the renowned physicist in 2014's The Theory of Everything) audition to become Hawking's new voice. They all fail for a variety of reasons, including massive egos, bumbling delivery and complete lack of scientific knowledge.

"Stephen, it's me – surely it has to be me," Neeson says in his mock-audition tape. "Listen to my voice. It's deep; it's sexy; it's got a tinge of…physics." Miranda tried to tap into Hawking's artistic

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Michael Stipe Working on Autobiographical Photo Book

March 24, 2017 Music

Michael Stipe revealed that he's currently at work on a "series of books" about his life, including his time with R.E.M. The photo book, which the singer is working on with frequent collaborator Jonathan Berger, is due out later this year.

"It's the first in a series of books I'm releasing," Stipe told the Creative Independent. "This one focuses on my timeline, on the work I've done all along, all through the band and back to my early 20s. It's all photo-based, but some of it's just documentation of things I'm obsessed with and that I focus on to make new pieces from. There are also certain things I’ll take, recontextualize, and present as something completely different."

Stipe and Berger previously teamed for a project called New Sights, New Noise, an art

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Watch Ice-T, Body Count Blast Police Brutality in ‘Black Hoodie’ Video

March 24, 2017 Music

Ice-T chronicles the horror of police brutality in the visceral video for "Black Hoodie," his new single with metal outfit Body Count. The clip opens with an innocent man shot dead in a parking lot as police sirens echo in the background.

"All these people out here tripping off police brutality like this shit is something new," Ice-T says to open the track. "Give me a fucking break – I've been talking about this shit for over 20 years. And now you can kill a motherfucker just because of how he's dressed. Are you fucking serious?"

Over his bandmates' sinister guitar riffs and frenetic drum flourishes, the rapper laments how common – and underreported – police shootings are in the U.S. 

The rapper describes one such shooting in detail, conjuring a scenario where

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Paul McCartney Reissue, James Blunt and 12 More New Albums to Hear Now

March 24, 2017 Music

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Paul McCartney, Flowers in the Dirt (Special Edition)"We would write in the same method that me and John used to write," says McCartney, recalling his wildly productive late-Eighties collaborations with Elvis Costello. "I figured, in a way, he was being John. And for me, that was good and bad. He was a great person to write with, a great foil to bounce off, but here's me, trying to avoid doing something too Beatle-y!"

Those sessions, at McCartney's rustic Hog Hill Mill Studio in East Sussex, England, were intended to yield songs for what became the ex-Beatle's 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, an Eighties high point. Four tracks, including the playful duet "You Want Her Too," ended up on that LP, two on McCartney's

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