Monthly Archives July 2016

On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Views’ Scores 12th Week at Number One

July 31, 2016 Music

Gucci Mane's post-prison comeback couldn't knock Drake off the top of the Billboard 200 as Views racked its 12th week at Number One. The Canadian rapper's latest moved an additional 85,000 total copies, and as in previous weeks throughout this run, the bulk of that comes from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs.

According to Billboard, with 12 weeks atop the Billboard 200, Views has matched the dozen-week runs in the past 25 years mounted by Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Santana's Supernatural. If Drake keeps the run going next week, he'll match the Frozen soundtrack with 13 weeks at the top; after that, the next album to topple is the Titanic soundtrack's 16 weeks at Number One.

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Beenie Man Cancels OVO Fest Gig After Contracting Zika Virus

July 31, 2016 Music

Beenie Man canceled his Saturday night performance at Toronto's OVO Fest, with the reggae star saying he was denied a Canadian visa after contracting the Zika virus.

Beenie Man also shared an Instagram photo of himself, seemingly in considerable pain, undergoing blood tests. "No visa fi mi Canada show," the Jamaican singer wrote. "The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still."

Ticketmaster confirmed that Beenie Man had canceled his OVO appearance, telling ticket buyers in a statement, "Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests and

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See Jack White’s Third Man Records Play First Vinyl in Space

July 31, 2016 Music

To celebrate the seventh anniversary of Third Man Records and their 3 millionth record pressed, Jack White's label previously revealed they would endeavor to make history by playing a phonographic record in space. Mission accomplished: The label's custom-built, "space-proof" Icarus Craft turntable deployed Saturday via high-altitude balloon to successfully spin Carl Sagan's "A Glorious Dawn." Watch video of the feat above.

According to Third Man, the Icarus Craft reached a peak altitude of 94,413 feet after 81 minutes of flight time before the balloon burst. During its entire flight into the sky and out of Earth's atmosphere, "A Glorious Dawn" played on repeat.

Remarkably, as the parachuting Icarus Craft descended

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See Jane’s Addiction Rock ‘Mountain Song’ With Tom Morello at Lollapalooza

July 31, 2016 Music

Jane's Addiction welcomed a pair of guests to the stage during the group's set at the Lollapalooza Festival, first bringing out Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to join them on a rendition of Nothing's Shocking's "Mountain Song."

Morello has long been a fan of Jane's Addiction, often crediting the band for inspiring him to stay in Los Angeles and pursue music after his first group Lock Up disbanded. Morello spoke about his Jane's Addiction love when he inducted the group into Guitar Center Hollywood's Rock Walk in 2011.

" blew my mind and jolted the axis of my understanding of rock music," Morello said at the time. "Nirvana often gets credit for being the first 'alternative'

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Watch Lou Reed Tribute Performances by Laurie Anderson, Anohni, More

July 30, 2016 Music

Nearly three years have passed since quintessential New York City rocker Lou Reed died, and today, Lincoln Center, one of his favorite destinations in the city, has been hosting "The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed" in his honor. The event's evening programming – streaming live here beginning at 7 p.m. EST – is performances of the Velvet Underground frontman's love songs. Performers will include Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Emily Haines, Mark Kozelek, Victoria Williams, John Cameron Mitchell, John Zorn and many others.

Anderson put the event together with Reed's longtime producer and friend Hal Willner, who recently collaborated on the upcoming Reed box set The RCA & Arista Album Collection. Other events that took

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See Rihanna Throw Epic Paris Meet-and-Greet in ‘Goodnight Gotham’ Video

July 30, 2016 Music

Rihanna throws an epic fan meet-and-greet in Paris in the minute-long new video for "Goodnight Gotham," a bonus track off the singer's Anti.

In the nighttime-shot video, with the Eiffel Tower illuminated golden yellow in the background, Rihanna admits to embarking on "the craziest thing I've ever done." In this case, it's running straight at a horde of Rihanna fans and eager paparazzi that have congregated at Trocadero Square for a chance encounter with the singer. A cacophony of flashbulbs and selfies ensues.

The brief "Goodnight Gotham" clip arrives a month after Rihanna dropped her otherworldly video for "Sledgehammer," the singer's contribution to the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. Rihanna

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David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Band Preps New LP ‘Beyond Now’

July 30, 2016 Music

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, the jazz troupe that backed David Bowie on Blackstar, have announced a new album titled Beyond Now, their first LP since Bowie's January 10th death.

The album includes bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and pianist Jason Lindner, three musicians that also joined McCaslin on Blackstar. "David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days," McCaslin said in a statement. "Beyond Now is dedicated to him and to all who loved him."

Beyond Now features a pair of Bowie covers, Outside's "A Small Plot of Land" as well as Low's "Warszawa," which

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Watch French Montana, Drake’s Festive ‘No Shopping’ Video

July 29, 2016 Music

French Montana and Drake have dropped their festive new video for "No Shopping," their track off the Coke Boys rapper's upcoming LP MC4. The track marks Montana's first collaboration with Drake since their 2012 hit "Pop That."

Filmed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, the video opens with Montana and "El Draké," wearing ridiculous costume mustaches, hosting the Coke Boys Classico golf tournament. The action then shifts to a mansion party where Montana and Drake perform "No Shopping" surrounded by a throng of bikini-clad women.

"No Shopping" is the latest track off Montana's upcoming MC4, which also features the previously released "Lockjaw" with Kodak Black and

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‘Iron Man’ Composer Revives Ghostface Killah Lawsuit After Appeal

July 29, 2016 Music

Ghostface Killah is once again facing a copyright infringement lawsuit stemming from the rapper's Supreme Clientele after an appeals court ruled that composer Jack Urbont, who wrote the "Iron Man Theme" for the Sixties cartoon Marvel Super Heroes, could revive his suit against Ghostface and Sony Music.

Urbont previously sued Ghostface and Sony Music in 2011, arguing that the rapper's Supreme Clientele opener "Intro" and closer "Iron's Theme – Conclusion" heavily sampled the "Iron Man Theme." The lawsuit, filed nearly a dozen years after the Wu-Tang rapper released that solo LP, was initially struck down after Sony made the case that, since Urbont was under the employ of Marvel at the time of

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Prince’s Possible Heirs Narrowed Down to Six

July 29, 2016 Music

The Minnesota judge presiding over Prince's estate decided Friday that several people who had claimed to be heirs of the flamboyant artist were not related to the musician.

The Associated Press reports that Carver County Judge Kevin Eide threw out 30 individual claims to Prince's estate. He also ordered genetic testing on six people previously assumed to be related to Prince. Four of the artists siblings or half-siblings – Tyka Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson – and a possible niece and grand-niece, Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, will be vetted in the process.

Eide's elimination process also allowed him to exclude people who had said that Prince's father was someone other than the man listed as his

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