Monthly Archives May 2016

Gun Found in Car Carrying Troy Ave Matches Bullet From Show Shooting

May 31, 2016 Music

A gun found in the car that took Troy Ave to the hospital after a shooting at New York City's Irving Plaza has been matched to the bullet that killed the rapper's friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, DNAinfo New York reports.



Rapper Troy Ave Arrested for Fatal Shooting at T.I. Show


Following the shooting, Troy Ave — real name Roland Collins — was driven to the emergency room at NYU Langone Hospital, where New York Police Department officers kept the car from leaving. After obtaining a warrant, investigators uncovered a secret compartment in the vehicle, which held three handguns, including the one that killed McPhatter. Detectives plan to perform DNA tests on the guns to determine who had handled them.


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Gun Found in Car Carrying Troy Ave Matches Bullet From Show Shooting

May 31, 2016 Music

A gun found in the car that took Troy Ave to the hospital after a shooting at New York City's Irving Plaza has been matched to the bullet that killed the rapper's friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, DNAinfo New York reports.



Rapper Troy Ave Arrested for Fatal Shooting at T.I. Show


Following the shooting, Troy Ave — real name Roland Collins — was driven to the emergency room at NYU Langone Hospital, where New York Police Department officers kept the car from leaving. After obtaining a warrant, investigators uncovered a secret compartment in the vehicle, which held three handguns, including the one that killed McPhatter. Detectives plan to perform DNA tests on the guns to determine who had handled them.


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Hear Pusha T, Jay Z Confess on ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’

May 31, 2016 Music

Pusha T and Jay Z have teamed for a menacing, meditative new track, "Drug Dealers Anonymous," which has arrived via Tidal.



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The track notably features a sample of conservative pundit Tomi Lahren calling out Jay Z in a rant criticizing Beyoncé: "Your husband was a drug dealer," she said. "For 14 years he sold crack cocaine." Jay, however, owns the jab in a sprawling verse that concludes with the ridiculous boast, "Life made me ambidextrous / Countin' with my right, whipping white with my left wrist / Damn Daniel / FBI keep bringing them all white vans through."



Pusha, meanwhile, continues his sinister streak, ruminating on life's

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Hear Kaytranada’s Dreamy Remix of Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’

May 31, 2016 Music

Kaytranada debuted a dancey, bubbly remix of Rihanna's "Kiss It Better" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. The Canadian producer released his debut album 99.9% earlier this month.



Kaytranada's version of the track speeds up the more languid, guitar-driven funk-soul track and transforms it into a brighter, more summer-ready tune. "I really love the song," he said of the original track during an interview following the track's premiere. "I really wanted to remix it and had this whole idea … it's hard to explain how it works. I just think about it then boom."



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During his appearance, Kaytranada also announced a new mixtape titled 0.01%, a reference to and extension of his 2016 LP,

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‘Young Hodor’ Actor Pens Stirring Tribute Ballad ‘Hold the Door’

May 31, 2016 Music

Sam Coleman, the 19-year-old actor who played Young Hodor on recent episodes of Game of Thrones, immortalized Bran Stark's beloved caretaker in a simple ballad posted to SoundCloud. Spoilers ahead.



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Titled "Hold the Door," Coleman posted the track a few days after the heartbreaking fifth episode of GoT's sixth season. In "The Door," Bran finds himself in the midst of one vision of the past when he accidentally 'wargs' into a young Hodor, then a stableboy named Wylis. Through a connection to present events — Bran, Hodor and Meera trying to escape an onslaught of wights — Wylis hears Meera telling Hodor to, "Hold the door!" so she and Bran can escape. The

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Darius Rucker Fronts All-Star Show for St. Jude: The Ram Report

May 31, 2016 Music

For the seventh straight year, Darius Rucker will provide the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Fest with a star-studded show at downtown Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.



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Billed Darius Rucker and Friends, the June 6th event will feature performances by Charley Pride, Hunter Hayes, Drake White, Terri Clark, Locash and Scotty McCreery. Rucker will be on and offstage all night, as he joins guests for singalongs and performs his own set.


The sold-out show benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a place the host has championed for several years. His annual show has raised more than $700,000 for the Memphis facility, which provides free care for kids with cancer, along with research, prevention efforts

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Blake Shelton’s ‘Honest’ Album Is Number One Country Seller

May 31, 2016 Music

Blake Shelton's If I'm Honest is the week's top-selling album in America in terms of physical product, with more than 153,000 copies sold. Released nearly one year after a very public split from ex-wife Miranda Lambert, the album rounds up a new batch of songs that deal with heartbreak, healing and hell-raising.



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Although it sold more physical albums than any of its competition, If I'm Honest actually lost the Number One position on the Billboard 200 chart to Drake's Views, whose overwhelming number of online streams helped extend the rapper's chart-topping reign for a fourth week. Views only sold 50,000 traditional album units this week, but it racked up 166.2 million streams for its tracks,

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Hear Jack White’s Theme for Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Variety Series

May 31, 2016 Music

Jack White has penned and produced a funky instrumental theme song for Maya Rudolph and Martin Short's new NBC variety show, Maya and Marty.



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Along with White — who handles drums on the track — the Maya and Marty theme features Third Man Records musicians Dean Fertita on organ, Dominic Davis on bass, Fats Kaplin on pedal steel guitar and Lillie Mae Rische, who lays down the cut's charming, wah-wah warped guitar. The Maya and Marty theme marks the first time White has written music for a TV show.



Maya and Marty premieres tonight, May 31st, on NBC at 10 p.m. ET. The program was borne out of Rudolph's one-off variety show, The Maya Rudolph Show, which

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Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Dead at 27

May 31, 2016 Music

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician's GoFundMe page to cover medical expenses. He was 27.



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"Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on," Fekete wrote. "Never was there a day that we weren't filled with hope. Never was there a day that he even considered throwing in the towel. He was the kind-hearted, funny, fearless, magnetic beam of light you all knew him to be up until his very last breath." She added at the end: "Now, my beautiful angel, go find Bowie and jam."


Fekete revealed his cancer diagnosis to fans in April 2015, when he was forced drop off a Surfer Blood tour. The

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See Sam Hunt’s Blissful ‘Single for the Summer’ Video

May 31, 2016 Music

If Sam Hunt appears in the "Single for the Summer" video, he's very hard to find — a blurry shape who occasionally darkens the edge of the frame, perhaps, but never visible in the foreground. 



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Unlike the brooding figures from "Take Your Time" and "Break Up in a Small Town" or the happy carouser from "Leave the Night On" and "House Party," Hunt cedes the scenery in the "Single for the Summer" to someone else entirely. In this case, the video — directed by Steven Alan — follows a beautiful young woman through a blissed out summer romance in a seaside paradise. Long, hot days of swimming in the surf and throwing Frisbee melt into breathtaking sunsets

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