Monthly Archives April 2017

On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ Takes Number One Again

April 30, 2017 Music

Kendrick Lamar's Damn. topped the Billboard 200 for the second consecutive week as the rapper added another 238,000 copies to its 2017 record-setting opening week sales.

Even though Damn.'s sales total dipped 61 percent from its huge debut week, the 238,000 copies still mark the fourth-highest selling week of 2017, Billboard reports.

Lamar faced little competition in ruling the album charts as only two new releases debuted inside the Top 10: Incubus' 8, the band's first LP in six years, entered at Number Four and 52,000 total copies; by comparison, 2011's If Not Now, When? opened at Number Two with 80,000 copies.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 debuted at Number 8 thanks to 34,000 mainly digital

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Watch Eddie Vedder Cover Talking Heads, Rolling Stones at Boston Benefit

April 30, 2017 Music

While fans watched Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock Hall on HBO, Eddie Vedder performed a covers-filled set featuring tracks by Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and the Who – as well as familiar renditions of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Neil Young songs – at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Boston's Paradise Club.

Vedder's set opened with three Pearl Jam songs – "Corduroy," "Not for You" and "Elderly Woman" – before launching into a marathon of covers that included a pair of Who tracks ("The Kids Are Alright," " I Can't Explain"), Talking Heads' "Love -> Building on Fire," the Stones' "Waiting on a Friend" and Squeeze's "Another Nail in My Heart," to name a few.

Covers that sometimes pop up on Pearl Jam setlists – Springsteen's "Bobby Jean,"

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Watch the Weeknd Bring Out Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Forum Show

April 30, 2017 Music

The Weeknd brought out Kendrick Lamar during the singer's Saturday night concert at the Forum, a gig that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots.

Midway through "Sidewalks," the Starboy cut featuring Lamar, the rapper elevated unannounced onto the stage to deliver his guest verse. Following that collaboration, Lamar hung around to perform his Damn. track "Humble" solo on the Forum stage.

The surprise appearance marked the second time the two artists delivered their Starboy song together: In December, the Weeknd and Lamar staged the debut performance of "Sidewalks" at a small venue, Vevo-sponsored concert in Los Angeles.

"He's a genius," the Weeknd previously said of Lamar. "He did it there on the spot. He'd walk around, he'd

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Chuck Schumer Marks Trump’s First 100 Days With Scathing Playlist

April 29, 2017 Music

New York senator Chuck Schumer marked Donald Trump's 100th day as president with a scathing, tongue-in-cheek Spotify playlist.

"Music has meant so much these #Trump100days. Shirelles, Springsteen & more here's my Spotify #100days playlist," the prominent Democratic senator tweeted.

The 32-song playlist is stocked with songs that are slyly critical of Trump's administration so far: The Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes," the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," John Legend's "Same Old Story," B.B. King's "Fool Me Once" and Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend," a jab at Trump's near-weekly Mar-a-Lago trips.

A smattering of artists who notably came out against the mogul on the campaign trail – Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and John Mellencamp – are featured on the

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Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks’ Tribeca Film Fest Talk: 9 Things We Learned

April 29, 2017 Music

"God, this is ridiculous!" exclaimed a harried-looking woman outside the Beacon Theater on Friday, frustrated with the brouhaha on Manhattan's typically staid Upper West Side. Long lines stretched in both directions from the theater's entrance, wrapping around either side of the building. Unlucky but still hopeful fans took advantage of the slow-moving procession to politely request extra tickets, and one savvy businessman set up shop selling buttons that read, "I know we elected an asshole." "They sell themselves," the merchant proclaimed proudly, to no one in particular.

The cause of all the commotion? Bruce Springsteen, who was sitting for a Q&A session with Tom Hanks as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Devotees of the musician turned out in droves, dressed somewhere on

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DMX Checks Into Rehab After Canceling Tour Dates

April 28, 2017 Music

DMX entered a rehab facility Thursday night, just days after he postponed a string of concerts due to a "medical emergency."

The rapper checked himself into a treatment center in southern California, TMZ reports.

"It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer,” DMX's manager Pat Gallo said in a statement. "We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support."

DMX has long battled addiction and substance abuse issues, with the rapper entering rehab back in 2002 to deal with the issue; two years later, DMX was arrested for drug possession at a New York airport.

Over

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Ozzy Osbourne to Reunite With Zakk Wylde for Summer Tour

April 28, 2017 Music

Ozzy Osbourne will reunite with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde for a summer tour that marks the 30th anniversary of when the two first collaborated together.

The Black Sabbath singer and Wylde first teamed up in 1987 when the guitarist replaced Osbourne's then-guitarist Jake E. Lee. Wylde contributed to Osbourne solo album stretching from 1988's No Rest for the Wicked to 2007's Black Rain, which was the last Ozzy album to feature the guitarist.

"I haven't fallen out with Zakk, but Zakk's got his own band, and I felt like my stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society," Osbourne said in 2009 after revealing he was parting ways with Wylde. "I just felt like I wanted a change, you know?"

So far, the duo has announced four dates together, their

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Jack White, Third Man Records Detail ‘American Epic’ Soundtracks

April 28, 2017 Music

Jack White and Third Man Records have detailed their soundtracks for American Epic, a documentary co-produced by the rocker that focuses on music of the 1920s, the "Big Bang" of popular music.

Four days before American Epic premieres on PBS on May 16th, a pair of soundtracks for the film, American Epic: The Soundtrack and American Epic: The Collection will be released physically and digitally on May 12th.

The Soundtrack boasts a 15-song anthology from the documentary, featuring "restored" songs from Memphis Jug Band, The Carter Family, Charley Patton and more. The Collection packs 100 songs from the era onto a five-disc set, with each track "restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity."

"This is not 'remastering,' in

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Fyre Festival Head Billy McFarland: ‘We Were a Little Naive’

April 28, 2017 Music

Fyre Festival, the music fest that was supposed to take place over two weekends on a private island in the Bahamas with headliners such as Blink-182, Migos and Major Lazer, collapsed Thursday night in a quagmire of broken sewer pipes and delayed international flights. Guests who paid thousands of dollars for chartered yachts and planes found themselves stranded with no bands, no luggage and, in some cases, no places to stay. 

Music fans have been posting distress signals from the Bahamas via social media for the past 24 hours, with some suggesting they're unable to leave the island. Festival promoters have so far issued only brief statements, but in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Billy McFarland, the 25-year-old Fyre Fest co-organizer with rapper

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Fyre Fest Attendee Describes Chaotic Scene: ‘It Was Just a Nightmare’

April 28, 2017 Music

In retrospect, Gunnar Wilmot, who works in New York commercial real estate, should have known something was wrong with the Fyre Festival when organizers in the Bahamas immediately served tequila and rosé. "I think they wanted us to be drunk enough to not complain," says Wilmot, 28, who arrived at rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland's festival on a private island in the Bahamas early Thursday morning. "Yesterday was fun. We were just drinking on the beach, until we realized what happened, and it was just a nightmare."

The entire festival, which promised performances by Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Lil Yachty and "first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere" for guests who'd paid thousands of dollars for tickets and chartered yachts and planes, collapsed

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