Monthly Archives November 2015

Tupac Shakur Biopic Recruits New Director

November 30, 2015 Music

Eight months after director John Singleton parted ways with the Tupac Shakur biopic – and just a month after his replacement Carl Franklin quietly stepped away from the film – producers have recruited another director to helm the long-in-the-works movie. Music video vet Benny Boom will now take over the project that's working with an incredibly tight deadline: If the film doesn't go into production by year's end, 2Pac's big screen music rights will revert back to the rapper's mother Afeni Shakur, The Hollywood Reporter writes.



Tupac Shakur Video Director Seeking Funds for Rapper Biopic


"I am blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime," Boom wrote on Instagram next to a photo of the rapper. "Telling the story of this revolutionary,

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Hear Coldplay, Beyonce’s Clubby, Dreamlike ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

November 30, 2015 Music

Coldplay and Beyoncé's collaborative, clubby "Hymn for the Weekend" finds the "Drunk in Love" singer weaving her voice around the group's R&B-inflected arrangement. "Life is a drink, and love's a drug," Chris Martin sings amid rattling pianos and funky percussion, before he and Beyoncé sing, "Drink for me, drink for me," as the song grows more spacey and dreamy-sounding. Beyoncé gets the final words: "And we shoot across the sky." The tune will appear on the band's upcoming album, A Head Full of Dreams, due out Friday.



Chris Martin on Coldplay's New 'Hippie Album'


"It actually started off being quite a different vibe, this song," bassist Guy Berryman told the BBC. "Chris was wanting to write a sort of party song. The words

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See Anderson East Exorcise Demons With Lively ‘Devil in Me’

November 30, 2015 Music

Smoky soul singer Anderson East showed off his swampy, barroom gospel on CBS This Morning this past weekend (November 28th), underscoring why he was named one of Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know this summer.



10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: November 2015


Along with "Satisfy Me" and "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em, and Forget 'Em," East performed an online-only rendition of the spiritually-minded "Devil in Me" (watch the performance above). All three songs are part of East's latest album, Delilah, his first to be produced by Americana heavyweight Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell).


With a hungover horn section, back-sliding lap steel and a come-to-Jesus organ whirring behind him, the Alabama native sings about a

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Eagles of Death Metal Launch Covers Campaign for Paris Charity

November 30, 2015 Music

Following the terrorist assault on Eagles of Death Metal's Paris concert earlier this month, the group has called upon artists of all genres to cover its Zipper Down track "I Love You All the Time" with the intention of donating all proceeds to the families of the attack's victims, including the band's merchandise manager Nick Alexander. My Morning Jacket were among the first to cover the song at their New York City gig Saturday, and now the Dean Ween Group have contributed their own buoyant version of the track alongside a message from Eagles of Death Metal's Josh Homme.



Eagles of Death Metal Merch Manager Killed in Paris Attack


"The senseless and violent terrorist attacks of November 13th, 2015 in Paris have left us all

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Kelsea Ballerini, Cam Lead CRS New Faces Lineup

November 30, 2015 Music

In what certainly looks like a hopeful sign for country radio, a surprisingly diverse lineup of artists has been announced as performers for the 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show on February 10th. Slated to make appearances are Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion and Chris Janson.



10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2015


The annual dinner showcase closes Country Radio Seminar, the industry confab of panels and showcases geared to foster the growth of the radio industry as well as introduce new artists to tastemakers. Long one of CRS week's most anticipated events, New Faces regularly serves as a launching pad for future superstars. Past artists to play New Faces include Zac Brown Band (2009), Dierks Bentley (2004), Faith Hill (1994)

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Sinead O’Connor Targets Family Following Suicide Threat

November 30, 2015 Music

Following her suicide threat this weekend, Sinead O'Connor has written a new Facebook post directed at some of her family members. The singer was reportedly found "safe and sound" Sunday after posting to Facebook that she had overdosed at a hotel in Ireland.



Q&A: Sinead O'Connor on Her 'Gospel Sessions' and the Priesthood of Music


"Jake, Roisin, Jr., Frank, Donal, Eimear, I never wanna see you again," she wrote, referencing her eldest son, daughter, an unidentified "Jr.," the father of one of her children, ex-husband and her brother, respectively. "You stole my sons from me. Then you had hypocrisy to come to hospital and then not be here when I wake and not pick up phone? I'm shit to you. You're dead to me. You killed your mother. You

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Bono to Auction Off Bike Ride for (RED) Campaign

November 30, 2015 Music

One year after Bono was seriously injured from a bike accident in New York City's Central Park, the U2 frontman is auctioning off a bike ride to a donor as part of Shopathon, a campaign for his organization (RED), which raises money to battle AIDS. That ride with rock royalty can be won by donating at least $10 through the Omaze platform. The campaign launches on Tuesday, December 1st, to honor World AIDS Day, The Associated Press reports. 



See Bono Grab a Star in U2's New 'Song for Someone' Video


"I'm not sure that was as funny to my band as it was to me," Bono told the AP, reflecting on the bike accident that prompted surgery. "But I think we're going to have fun, and yeah, we'll go visit the scene of the crime."


The

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Keith Urban Gets the Hall of Fame Treatment: The Ram Report

November 30, 2015 Music

The beauty of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum lies in the way it expertly honors country music's past while also making just enough room for its present. In recent months, the institution has hosted insightful — and successful — exhibits on contemporary artists like Luke Bryan and Eric Church, both woven seamlessly into a building that devotes major space to the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Now, the Hall has added Keith Urban to its modern-day showcases. 



Keith Urban: Five Songs I Wish I'd Written


Bowing November 20th, Keith Urban So Far. . . takes a focused look at the musical leanings of the singer-guitarist, paying special care to the instruments in Urban's arsenal that have made him one of country

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Watch Amy Winehouse Walk Red Carpet, Gush Over Beyonce in Cut ‘Amy’ Scene

November 30, 2015 Music

Amy, Asif Kapadia's acclaimed documentary on Amy Winehouse's tragic life story, comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1st. In advance of tomorrow's release, we're premiering one of the deleted scenes that will appear as bonus content on these new editions. This clip features Winehouse at the 2004 Brit Awards, a night that the singer's friend and fellow musician Tyler James views in retrospect as an ominous turning point in the singer's career.



'Amy' Director Talks Amy Winehouse's Early Rap Career


We see a beaming Winehouse arriving late at the ceremony and speaking with a reporter. "I'm just excited to be here," she enthuses, mock-fretting, "I don't want to miss Beyoncé!" In a voice-over, James notes that the press'

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My Morning Jacket Pay Tribute to Eagles of Death Metal, Paris Victims

November 30, 2015 Music

In Eagles of Death Metal's first interview since the horrific Paris terror attacks, the band asked that artists in all genres cover their song "I Love You All the Time" in tribute to those killed at the Bataclan club. My Morning Jacket wrapped up their four-night stand at New York's Beacon Theatre on Saturday night, and during that show, the group performed an uplifting rendition of the Zipper Down track following a moment of silence for the Paris victims.



Jim James Talks Paris Attacks: 'Fear Must Never Win'


As James told Rolling Stone recently in a video interview, My Morning Jacket's crew members often toured with Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal. "Every note we play and every syllable I sing is for peace, and for

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