Hear U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Paraphrase the Smiths in Parliament

June 30, 2016 Music

U.K. Parliament took a strange detour on Wednesday as politicians invoked The Smiths during a debate about the fallout from the country's recent vote to exit the European Union.



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According to NME, Prime Minister David Cameron took a rhetorical shot at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by purposefully distorting a lyric from The Smiths' "Cemetry Gates." "As someone about to enter the political graveyard," Cameron said, "perhaps I could misquote my favorite man and say, 'let’s meet at the cemetery gates!'" 


The Smiths came up again while Cameron engaged with Labour MP Kerry McCarthy. " the Prime Minister is going to dig out his copy of The Queen Is Dead album,

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Addresses Steven Tyler’s ‘Farewell Tour’ Claim

June 30, 2016 Music

Steven Tyler's claims that Aerosmith will be launching a final tour next year are simply "an option," guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone. "I always hold my breath whenever Steven does an interview on his own," he says with a laugh.



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Nevertheless, the guitarist – who is indecisive about the prospect of a final tour – says the odds are in favor of a farewell. "It could be the last," Perry says. "But it's really hard for me to imagine a last gig. Sorry."


The band first discussed the idea of doing a final tour a decade ago but it felt premature then, he says. But they've toyed with the idea since. The guitarist thinks that when Aerosmith regroup this fall for a short run, the band will feel rejuvenated

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Weezer Honor NASA Mission With New Song ‘I Love The USA’

June 30, 2016 Music

In August 2011, NASA launched an unmanned probe named Juno towards Jupiter. Juno is scheduled to enter the planet's orbit on July 4th, and the excitement around this achievement inspired a pair of new tunes from Weezer and Trent Reznor.



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Weezer announced the arrival of "I Love The USA" with an enthusiastic tweet on Wednesday night: "Celebrating @NASAJuno’s historic landing on 7/4 w/ a new song!" The band's contribution starts as a simple piano ballad before building towards a climactic guitar solo and patriotic sentiments like, "Fuck yeah, this place is great!" 


Reznor also has his eye on the next frontier, and he teamed up with his longtime

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Rostrum Records Files Lawsuit Against Wiz Khalifa

June 29, 2016 Music

Rostrum Records, and its founder Benjy Grinberg, have filed a lawsuit against Wiz Khalifa, whose given name is Cameron Jabril Thomaz. Their cross-complaint, which was filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles, is in response to the lawsuit Khalifa filed against them in May.



Wiz Khalifa Sues Label, Former Manager


In documents obtained by Rolling Stone, the new lawsuit claims that via the contract the parties entered into, Rostrum and Grinberg are entitled to receive 15 percent of all royalties earned and received by Khalifa as well as 15 percent of his tour proceeds and 20 percent of the rapper's merchandise sales. "Rostrum is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that the Publishing Royalties, Tour Royalties and Merchandise Royalties that Thomaz currently owes

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Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan on Why Brexit Needed to Happen

June 29, 2016 Music

Bat for Lashes held a webchat with fans Wednesday to promote her new LP The Bride, and when asked about her thoughts on the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, Natasha Khan was optimistic about the massive changes that are about the sweep her home country.



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"I do believe the breakdown of the EU, whether I agree with it or not, is a symptom of a greater breakdown," the Bat For Lashes singer wrote on The Guardian. "Although it's painful for us in the near future, including for artists and musicians, I somehow have the sense it needs to happen to revolutionize the structures on which we build our society ... It's a wake-up call."


For Khan, the Brexit decision, fueled in

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Hear David Nail, Brothers Osborne’s Driving ‘Good at Tonight’

June 29, 2016 Music

David Nail has recruited country duo Brothers Osborne for the track that will lead off his upcoming fourth LP, Fighter. Up-tempo from the outset, lyrically "Good at Tonight" carries an anthemic, living-for-the-moment message. At the halfway point, the tune kicks into overdrive with TJ and John Osborne on harmony, augmented by some vigorous hand claps and an invite to "Come on and dance with me, throw your arms around me."



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Co-penned by Brothers Osborne with Troy Verges and Barry Dean, "Good at Tonight" joins a lineup that includes seven tunes written or co-written by Nail. Those songs include "Home," a co-write with Barry Dean and Lori McKenna that is also a duet with "Girl Crush" writer McKenna. Also

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Chris Stapleton on Live Spontaneity and Why He’ll Never Mime to Tracks

June 29, 2016 Music

Sitting on his bus backstage at Bonnaroo, Chris Stapleton's eyes go wide when he spies a visitor wearing a vintage Highwaymen T-shirt. "Wow, that's a real one," he exclaims.


The same can be said of Stapleton, who stands out for his musical authenticity in a format dominated by cookie-cutter bros relying on Auto-Tune and backing tracks.



Hear Chris Stapleton's Honky-Tonking New Song 'Hard Living'


Despite Tennessee temperatures hovering near 100, the bearlike Stapleton appears fresh and rested. In April, the Paintsville, Kentucky, native was forced to postpone a gig after losing his voice. "I had to cancel a show because of playing stuff like this, where there is dust in the air," he says, gesturing outside. "We played Coachella and the second

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Can Taylor Swift Sue Kanye West Over ‘Famous’ Video?

June 29, 2016 Music

On Saturday, the video for Kanye West's "Famous" whipped up the typical amount of online outrage thanks to its use of nude mock-ups of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Donald Trump and other famous figures. After some blowback, the rap superstar tweeted simply and defiantly: "Can somebody sue me already #I'll wait."



Kanye West Talks 'Famous' Visual, Invites Lawsuits


Ignoring the deliberate provocation for a second — always a good first step when talking about Kanye — there's a great question posed there. The "Famous" video surrounds a luxuriously bedded Ye and Kim Kardashian with several mostly nude celebrity replicants. Can one of these celebrities — most notably Swift, the only one mentioned in the lyrics — take West to court for

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Pantera Drummer ‘Floored’ by Christina Grimmie Murder

June 29, 2016 Music

Pantera's Vinnie Paul, whose former bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was killed onstage by a crazed fan in 2004, discussed the murder of Christina Grimmie in a new interview. "It just floored me, man," Paul told KBAT (via Team Rock).



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"I never thought it would happen again. And that's really almost the same scenario that happened to my brother," Paul said. "It's just unbelievable that there's still people that are that fanatical and that crazy out there in today's world that we don't have enough security to keep that from happening."


Following Grimmie's death on June 11th, Pantera called for better artist protection in a statement posted on Facebook. In December 2004,

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See Lady Antebellum’s Blissful Justin Timberlake Cover

June 29, 2016 Music

Lady Antebellum are reunited and supposedly working on new music, but that hardly precludes them from covering artists' material in concert. The award-winning country trio recently put their spin on Justin Timberlake's summer-owning "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the Trolls soundtrack during their June 18th set at Buckeye Country Superfest in Columbus, Ohio.



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Hillary Scott ends up handing the bulk of Timberlake's higher vocals, with Kelley adding in lower harmonies while he works the crowd. With the group's band trying to cover all the instrumental parts, it evokes the loose spirit of a jam band unwinding at a summer festival. During the breakdown, Kelley divides the crowd in two halves to sing the song's

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