Daily Archives May 8, 2017

On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar Fends Off Gorillaz to Stay Number One

May 8, 2017 Music

Kendrick Lamar fended off new releases by Gorillaz and Mary J. Blige as Damn. captured Number One on the Billboard 200 for the third straight week.

Damn. added 173,000 total albums to its haul, which crossed the million-selling platinum barrier earlier in the week, Billboard reported. Damn. also became the rapper's longest-lasting Number One LP, breaking the two-week tie it held with 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly.

Gorillaz finished one spot behind Lamar as Humanz debuted at Number Two, matching Damon Albarn and company's previous peak registered in 2010 by Plastic Beach. However, Humanz' 140,000 opening week sales exceeded Plastic Beach's 112,000 haul seven years ago.

Mary J. Blige's Strength of a

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Katy Perry on New Album: ‘It’s Fun and Dance-y and Dark and Light’

May 8, 2017 Music

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Katy Perry described her upcoming fifth LP as both "definitely a change" and within her usual sonic wheelhouse: "It's fun and dance-y and dark and light," she said. "It's all of these things."

The singer said she began work on the record, which follows 2013's Prism, in June 2016, inspired by the "Zen-like" atmosphere of her Santa Barbara, California home base. She wound up with roughly 40 songs, which she trimmed to 15, and the end project reflects a personal maturation in recent years.

"I left my 20s, and I've gone to my 30s," she said. "I've embraced. I've surrendered. I've healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships. Today I'm sober, but I don't know about tomorrow! One day at a time, right?

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Fyre Festival Organizers Hit With Sixth Lawsuit

May 8, 2017 Music

Another day, another class action lawsuit as the organizers of the Fyre Festival are now facing a sixth lawsuit following the ill-fated "luxury" music fest.

The latest legal action against co-founders Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins and Billy McFarland comes from Kenneth and Emily Reel, a North Carolina couple that paid $4,600 for a VIP villa at the Bahamas festival. However, like many other ticket buyers, they never actually made it to the Exumas, having been stuck at a Miami airport after the fest shut down following its disastrous first day.

"Defendants sold tickets for a music festival of unparalleled luxury," the lawsuit, filed Friday in a south Florida district court, states; the festival's headquarters listed a Florida address. "In reality, Fyre Festival was the opposite.

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Against Me! Plot Headlining North American Fall Tour

May 8, 2017 Music

Against Me! announced a headlining North American tour during September and October. The 39-date trek launches September 2nd in Winnipeg, Manitoba and concludes October 28th with an appearance at Gainesville, Florida festival the Fest.

L.A. punk act Bleached and Canadian alt-rock group the Dirty Nil will open each of the gigs, excluding the tour-concluding Fest slot. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12th. More details are available at the Against Me! website.

The punk-rock quartet recently wrapped a month of dates supporting Green Day and they're currently on tour in Australia. On Sunday, the group canceled a date in Melbourne due to issues with singer Laura Jane Grace's voice, which she tweeted was "shredded gone."

Against Me! released their seventh LP, Shape Shift

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Watch Josh Homme Gush About Producing Iggy Pop in New Doc Trailer

May 8, 2017 Music

Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme marvels at the gravity of producing Iggy Pop in the debut trailer for American Valhalla, a documentary detailing the collaborative process behind Pop's 2016 solo LP, Post Pop Depression.

"When texted me about recording together, I was just like ," Homme says in the clip. "You're in the Stooges. I'm in Queens. And those are heavy things." The Queens singer adds that his aim with producing the LP wasn't to "blend" two generations of rock or "out-rock the Stooges." 

The trailer highlights that creative collision, incorporating snippets of studio sessions (also featuring Queens guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders) and promotional tour. Pop admits that, prior to the solo venture, his

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Broken Social Scene Detail First LP in Seven Years, ‘Hug of Thunder’

May 8, 2017 Music

Broken Social Scene will issue their long-awaited fifth LP, Hug of Thunder, on July 7th via City Slang/Arts & Crafts. The 12-track album, which follows 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record, features the Canadian indie-rock collective's comeback single, "Halfway Home."

The group first played the brass-laden song on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert with a brisk, expansive arrangement. The performance featured Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Stars' Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman and Charles Spearin.

Hug of Thunder will reportedly feature many of the ever-rotating band's most famous members, including Feist, Haines, Shaw, Millan and Cranley. During a recent interview with

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How Preservation Hall Jazz Band Found Their New Sound in Cuba

May 8, 2017 Music

Walter Harris is a drummer and a man of faith from New Orleans, a place where those two aspects of his identity could never be separate. He grew up in the Spiritual church, which synthesizes Catholicism with elements of African and Caribbean religion and whose worship services included plenty of music. As a member of the Hard Head Hunters, based out of the lower Ninth Ward, Harris also masked as a Mardi Gras Indian, taking to the streets before daybreak on Carnival day decked out in bright feathers and elaborate beadwork to drum and shout. When he went to Cuba for the first time in 2015, as a new member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, he met an unexpected counterpart.

"Coming from a family that was intensively spiritual, I was seeking to find out a little more about

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Big Sean Turns Video Game Character in Playful ‘Jump Out the Window’ Video

May 8, 2017 Music

Big Sean goes on a 16-bit adventure in his new video for "Jump Out the Window," the latest single off the rapper's I Decided.

In the video, Big Sean arrives at his girl Princess' house, only to discover that a video game villain has abducted her into a Super Nintendo console.

The rapper then jumps into the pixelated world, fighting his way through several video games – including one inspired by Mario Kart, a nod to the lyric, "Remember when you used to come through and hit the Mario Kart / And you always picked the princess" – in pursuit of Princess.

When the two finally escape the video game world, they discover the baddie has followed them into reality. Thankfully, Princess unplugs the Super Nintendo, ending the ordeal.

"Jump Out the Window"

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U.K. Music Festivals Launch Joint Campaign Against Sexual Assault

May 8, 2017 Music

Dozens of U.K. music festivals have banded together for a 24-hour online campaign condemning sexual assaults at their respective fests.

On Monday, visitors to the websites for Bestival, Parklife, End of the Road and 25 more fests were greeted to a video for "Safer Spaces at Festivals," which reiterate a "zero tolerance to sexual assault" policy.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and four U.K. organizations fighting "sexual violence" teamed to launch the Safer Spaces at Festivals campaign.

"This campaign is building upon the positive measures that are already being taken by our members. We are reiterating that we have a zero tolerance towards any form of sexual harassment or assault at our events," said AIF campaign manger Renae Brown said in a

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U.K. Music Festivals Launch Joint Campaign Against Sexual Assault

May 8, 2017 Music

Dozens of U.K. music festivals have banded together for a 24-hour online campaign condemning sexual assaults at their respective fests.

On Monday, visitors to the websites for Bestival, Parklife, End of the Road and 25 more fests were greeted to a video for "Safer Spaces at Festivals," which reiterate a "zero tolerance to sexual assault" policy.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and four U.K. organizations fighting "sexual violence" teamed to launch the Safer Spaces at Festivals campaign.

"This campaign is building upon the positive measures that are already being taken by our members. We are reiterating that we have a zero tolerance towards any form of sexual harassment or assault at our events," said AIF campaign manger Renae Brown said in a

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