Monthly Archives May 2015

Enrique Iglesias Injures Hand Grabbing Drone During Concert

May 31, 2015 Music

Enrique Iglesias injured his hand during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico Saturday after the singer attempted to grab a drone that was filming the show. Iglesias' fingers were sliced and bloodied following the incident, but the bandaged singer continued on with the rest of the performance. After the show, Iglesias hopped on a plane to Los Angeles to see a specialist for his injured hand, USA Today reports.



Three Troubling Lessons from the Latest U.S. Drone Strikes


"During the show a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot. Something went wrong and he had an accident," Iglesias' representative said in a statement. "He was semi-treated by crew on the side of the stage to try and stop

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B.B. King’s Son Doubts Poisoning Claims

May 31, 2015 Music

B.B. King was laid to rest at a memorial service in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday, but questions whether the blues legend was poisoned continue to loom over his May 14th death. Two of King's daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, claimed in a pair of affidavits that they believed King's death was hastened by business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson. However, King's son Willie told The Guardian that he believes his sisters "went to the extreme" when they accused Toney of poisoning their father.



Legal Dispute Over B.B. King's Last Days Gets Uglier


"There are always – I don't want to call them this, but – there's always a rotten apple in the barrel, and sometimes you can take

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Sony Music CEO: No Plans to Pull Beyoncé Off Tidal

May 30, 2015 Music

Contrary to reports, Sony Music has no plans to pull Beyoncé – or any other artists under their umbrella – from Jay Z's Tidal streaming service. "Jay-Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music," Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said in a statement. "All of our content, including Beyoncé, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed."



Jack White's Tidal Claims: Fact vs. Fiction


Morris' comments come after a Bloomberg profile on Tidal suggested that the Sony Music catalog – including

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Iggy Azalea Cancels Entire Great Escape Tour

May 30, 2015 Music

Iggy Azalea's Great Escape Tour, originally scheduled to kick off this spring before it was postponed to the fall, has now been cancelled entirely. The trek was set to begin on September 18th in San Diego. "As you may know, the tour is cancelled. I'm so sad and sorry to let my fans down... we'll be back out on the road when the next album is done," Azalea tweeted to fans on Friday.



Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea Go Campy in 'Pretty Girls' Video


Great Escape Tour ticket holders were emailed a message informing them that Azalea's tour was cancelled and refunds were available at point of purchase. "There will be a new tour planned around Iggy's new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience," the message said.

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Weekend Rock Question: What’s the Best Neil Young Deep Cut?

May 29, 2015 Music

Neil Young played a surprise show at Charley's Restaurant and Saloon in Maui with his new backing band Promise of the Real earlier this week. The set focused on their upcoming album The Monsanto Years, but it also featured lesser-known Young tunes like "Country Home," "Goin' Back," "Walk On" and "Love and Only Love." They're hitting the road for a North American amphitheater tour in July.



Behind the Scenes of Neil Young's 'The Monsanto Years'


Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Neil Young deep cut? Basically, we're going to count anything not in rotation on Classic Rock radio. That eliminates big hits like "Heart of Gold" and "Rockin' in the Free World" along with tunes like "The Loner," "Like a Hurricane" and "Tonight's the

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Grateful Dead Offer Up Chicago VIP Passes in Airbnb Contest

May 29, 2015 Music

The only thing that sold out faster than tickets to the Grateful Dead's three farewell shows in Chicago were the city's available hotel rooms for the July 4th weekend. Thankfully, Airbnb has helped alleviate the lack of lodging for Deadheads by teaming with Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann for a contest where one Airbnb lodger and their guest can win VIP tickets to the Fare Thee Well gigs.



The Grateful Dead's Long Goodbye: Inside the New Issue


"Wherever the Grateful Dead went – be it Chicago, New York, Detroit, or any other typical city involved in a typical daydream – we were surrounded by Deadheads," Kreutzmann said in a statement. "Not just fans; real community. Local Deadheads would host traveling Deadheads, and as the tour continued onward,

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Read Bruce Springsteen’s Funny, Moving Tribute to Pete Townshend

May 29, 2015 Music

Pete Townshend was honored Thursday night during the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York, where he received the Stevie Ray Vaughan award from fellow rock legend Bruce Springsteen. The evening was filled with musical tributes to the Who, including appearances from Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Willie Nile. Springsteen joined the band for a rousing take on "My Generation," and most of the lineup united for "Won't Get Fooled Again." Other highlights included Jett's powerhouse versions of "Summertime Blues" and "I Can't Explain" and Idol's punk-inflected takes on "Who Are You" and "The Real Me."



Who's Done? Pete Townshend's Ambivalent Farewell


Springsteen saluted the Who mastermind in his funny, heartfelt

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Hunter Hayes Gets Morale Boost From Elton John

May 29, 2015 Music

Hunter Hayes will be the first to tell you that he has been lucky enough to get to meet and play with some of his musical influences, including Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks. 



Watch Hunter Hayes Cover Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One'


Now he can add Elton John to the list. Hayes, who covered the title track of John’s classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for the record's 40th anniversary re-release in 2013, recently got a phone call from his idol — and it came at just the right time. 


"I’ve been really blessed; I’ve met a lot of my heroes and they've all reached out and said, 'If you need anything, let me know.' You don’t want to abuse that invitation," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "I

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Chance the Rapper’s Social Experiment Drops Free ‘Surf’ Album

May 29, 2015 Music

Chance the Rapper's side project, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, released their debut album Surf Thursday evening via SoundCloud below and as a free download on iTunes.



Chance the Rapper Covers 'Arthur' Theme Song


The album features numerous guest appearances, though the iTunes track list does not name any features. According to MissInfo, Big Sean, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are a few of the big-name collaborators who appear on the album.


Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment is a musical collective led by Chance's friend Nico Segal (AKA Donnie Trumpet). While many have anticipated Surf to be the follow-up to Chance's 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, it is primarily Segal's group and fuses hip-hop with free jazz

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Erin Andrews, Brittany Snow to Co-Host 2015 CMT Music Awards

May 29, 2015 Music

While the CMA, ACM and ACC Awards try various country stars' hands at TV hosting duties, the CMT Music Awards tend to have Hollywood going country for a night. Following in the stilettoed footsteps of actresses including Kristen Bell, Kathy Najimi and Pamela Anderson will this year be Dancing With the Stars and Fox NFL Sunday broadcaster Erin Andrews and Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow, who will co-host the June 10th awards, live from Nashville.



Inside Country's Awards Shows


Andrews is no stranger to the country scene; she presented at the 2011 CMA Awards, helped announce last year's ACM Awards nominees and was a special guest at Blake Shelton's annual fan club party in 2010. The renowned sportscaster just wrapped her third season co-hosting Dancing With the

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