Monthly Archives November 2016

Lincoln Center to Host Leonard Cohen Remembrance

November 30, 2016 Music

New York's Lincoln Center is holding a remembrance for Leonard Cohen, who died on November 7th at the age of 82. The free, informal gathering is open to the public and will be held outside on Hearst Plaza next week.

Organized by Lincoln Center's Public Programming Department and producer Hal Willner, the event will not include any speakers or live performances. Instead, it will highlight material from Cohen's extensive body of work, which will be chosen by friends and fans.

The gathering will be held from 12 p.m to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on December 5th.

Many have paid tribute to the legend in the wake of his death, including countless cover dedications during concerts (Robert Ellis recently took on "Is This What You Wanted") and

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Vic Mensa Joins Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

November 30, 2016 Music

Vic Mensa recently joined protesters, known as water protectors, in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where thousands have gathered to block the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is being constructed near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe contends that the pipeline will disturb its sacred sites, infringes on past treaty agreements and endangers their primary water supply, the Missouri River, as the pipeline passes under it.

On Sunday, the rapper filmed a Facebook Live video to explain why he joined the protest. "This is by treaty, by law, this is land that belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux," Mensa said, adding, "An oil company wants to build the Dakota Access Pipeline and put it through their water source to

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Lil Wayne’s Bus Driver Sues Birdman, Young Thug Over Shooting

November 30, 2016 Music

Lil Wayne's former bus driver filed a lawsuit against Young Thug, Birdman, Peewee Roscoe (aka Jimmy Carlton Winfrey), Cash Money Records and Young Money Records, connected to an April 2015 incident in which Winfrey fired shots at Lil Wayne's tour buses after an Atlanta concert. 

According to Courthouse News, the suit, filed in Georgia's Cobb County State Court on November 16th by Alvin Lewis, alleges the defendants placed Lewis "in immediate fear of death and severe bodily harm by attacking and attempting to kill him without any just provocation or cause." Lewis is suing for assault and battery, breach of contract and intentional infliction of distress, among other charges.

In the shooting incident, Winfrey pulled up alongside

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Iggy Pop, Danger Mouse Co-Write Song for New Movie, ‘Gold’

November 30, 2016 Music

Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse collaborated on "Gold," a new song featured in the upcoming Matthew McConaughey drama about a geologist searching for gold in Indonesia. Pop and Mouse co-wrote the track with director Stephan Gaghan and composer Daniel Pemberton. They previously worked together on Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse's 2010 album, Dark Night of the Soul. 

"This beautiful and unpredictable film spoke to me of violence, desire, destiny, lust and the inescapable twists of fate," Pop said in a statement. "The actors and the story spun a web of excitement that left me spent and breathless, so I tried to perform the vocal with that feeling in mind ... I found myself at a new level of communication, standing there in the studio

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Approves Jamie Foxx-Produced Series on Singer’s Life

November 30, 2016 Music

Jamie Foxx will chronicle Marvin Gaye's triumphant, tragic life story in a planned limited series about the soul icon. The actor is executive producing the project alongside Passe Jones Entertainment's Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, who will shop the series to various linear and digital outlets, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I've been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music is unparalleled," Foxx said in a statement. "Marvin Gaye's story has always fascinated me."

Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., who signed Gaye to the legendary Detroit label in 1961, offered his official blessing to the series: "Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness

November 30, 2016 Music

We look back on the many chapters of Leonard Cohen's long, remarkable life, from teenage poet to midlife monk and beyond. Michael Putland/Getty

Leonard Cohen was the poet of brokenness. The knowledge haunted the first song that drew attention to him, "Suzanne": "Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water/And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower . . .  /But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open/Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone."

That brokenness was always there. It proved central to his music and to his body of

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Neil Diamond Announces Massive 50th Anniversary World Tour

November 30, 2016 Music

Neil Diamond will embark on his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour in 2017, beginning with 39 concerts in North American arenas.

Diamond, whose first hit single "Solitary Man" was released in 1966, kicks off the U.S. leg of his world tour on April 7th in Fresno, California. Tickets for the 50 Year Anniversary World Tour go on sale December 9th via Live Nation.

"Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon. His singular artistry and talent has left an indelible mark on American culture and has helped shape the sound of popular music for five decades," Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement.

After the massive tour announcement and his upcoming seasonal LP Acoustic Christmas, Diamond appeared on The Tonight Show

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The Smiths Unveil Two New Demos for Seven-Inch Single

November 30, 2016 Music

The Smiths will release a new seven-inch single containing two previously unheard tracks: a demo mix of "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" and an alternate version of "Rubber Ring." No release date has been announced, according to Morrissey's fan website, True to You.

"The Boy" originally appeared on 1986's The Queen Is Dead and was released as a single in 1985 with "Rubber Ring" as the B-side. "Ring" appeared on the 1987 compilation album, Louder Than Bombs. The new seven-inch cover features a photograph of actor Albert Finney. The sleeve was designed by Morrissey with layout by Darren Evans.

Despite the release, the Smiths have no plans for a reunion. In his recent memoir,

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SiriusXM Settles Turtles’ Copyright Lawsuit for $99 Million

November 29, 2016 Music

SiriusXM will pay up to $99 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by the Turtles after the satellite radio company went years broadcasting songs recorded before 1972 without compensating labels or artists, The New York Times reports.

The suit centers around a 1972 copyright law, which offered federal protection to new audio recordings but was unclear about what to do with songs recorded prior to that year. In 2013, the Turtles filed three class action suits claiming protection under state copyright laws in California, Florida and New York. The major record labels – Sony, Universal and Warner – filed their own suit not long after.

Since 2013, the courts have continually ruled in favor of the recording industry. In October 2014,

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Prince Documentary Featuring Bono, Mick Jagger Slated for 2017

November 29, 2016 Music

A new documentary, Prince: R U Listening?, is slated to come out next year. The film will focus on the artist's early years and ascendency via commentary from musicians who played with him alongside his friends and family, according to Screen Daily.

The film will feature interviews with Dez Dickerson, who joined Prince's touring band in 1979 and left the group after the 1999 tour, and André Cymone, who played bass in Prince's teenage band Grand Central in the Seventies and toured with the artist through 1981. It will also feature interviews with Prince's peers and admirers, including Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Bono, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E.

Producer Michael Kirk will direct the doc and helm its production for 13 Films. Although

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