Monthly Archives June 2016

Hear Robyn’s Pulsating ‘Indestructible (the Black Madonna Remix)’

June 30, 2016 Music

Robyn has recently been unveiling remixes of songs from her repertoire. The latest remix track culled from the Swedish popstar's arsenal hails from 2010's Body Talk. "Indestructible" gets a new take from remixer the Black Madonna. The remix premiered on Idolator on Thursday.



Robyn to Debut Remix Project at Festival Gigs


The singer had already released two versions of the tune back in 2010, one acoustic and the other with a synthpop sheen. The Chicago-based DJ's new remix stays true to the latter's sensibilities, adding a building, pulsating drive that would befit the dance floor.


It's the latest unveiling in a string of remixes, dubbed RMX/RBN, that the artist announced in May. Robyn commissioned nine producers – including Cassius,

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Watch the Inspiring ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ Trailer

June 30, 2016 Music

The trailer for Miss Sharon Jones!, the documentary that traces soul singer Sharon Jones' career and ongoing cancer battle over the course of a harrowing year, has been released. The Barbara Kopple-directed film will open in New York and Los Angeles this summer with plans to expand nationwide.



Hear Sharon Jones' Groovy Allman Brothers Cover


The inspiring clip opens with snippets of Jones' career accomplishments, from concert footage to late night TV appearances. But before she received hard-won attention in the national spotlight, she worked odd jobs, including serving as a corrections officer, and had to combat ageism and more. "It was tough. They said I was too fat, too black, too short and too old," she says in the trailer. "And look at me now. All this

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Chris Young Preps First Christmas Album

June 30, 2016 Music

Sporting a T-shirt that says, "Dear Santa, I can explain," Chris Young announced today via a live Facebook chat that he is making his first Christmas album.



Chris Young on 'Sober Saturday Night': The Ram Report


"This is something I've wanted to do for a really, really, really long time," he said, "and I'm so glad RCA is letting me do it. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I have so many Christmas songs I wanna do, it was hard to narrow it down."


There is no word yet on which holiday classics the singer will deliver in his Tennessee-bred baritone, nor on a title or release date for the project. Young is still working on the album and actually broadcasted his Facebook chat from a Nashville recording studio, where he and producer

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Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ Drum Kit to Be Sold At Auction

June 30, 2016 Music

The drum kit that contributed a cheerful backbeat to a version of the Beatles' "Love Me Do" will be auctioned off on Thursday in California by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, according to Reuters. Bidding for the kit will begin at $150,000.



Beatles' Game-Changing 'Paperback Writer' at 50


"This is a piece of rock history," auction house manager Michael Kirk told Reuters. "There is only one drum kit that was there that day that this first track was laid down – the track that launched the Beatles." 


Though the Fab Four used this Ludwig set to record "Love Me Do" with producer George Martin, Ringo Starr did not play on it – that honor went to Andy White. The Beatles had already hired Starr, but they had not had the

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Watch T.I. Join Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato for ‘Future Now’ Tour Kickoff

June 30, 2016 Music

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato kicked off their Future Now co-headlining tour in Atlanta on Wednesday night and showed their appreciation for the city by bringing out a special hometown hero: T.I. The rapper performed three of his songs during the set.



Watch Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Busk on 'Carpool Karaoke'


Along with his new song "Dope," the rapper got an assist from the show's headliners on a pair of classics. First, Jonas helped out on the chorus of "Whatever You Like," the smooth 2008 hit that gave T.I. his second Number One single. Lovato came out immediately after to belt out Rihanna's parts on "Live Your Life." Rich Homie Quan and Migos opened for the former Disney stars on the stop as well, further honoring Atlanta's hip-hop scene.

The

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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.



How Smiths' 'The Queen Is Dead' Mixed High Wit, Heavy Drama


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.



Joe Perry: 5 Songs I Play When I Get Up


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.



Hear Weezer Talk New LP on 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast


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.



Brexit Offers Lesson in the Danger of Protest Votes


"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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