One-third of the Wu-Tang Clan have teamed up with producer Adrian Younge for a moody, new Spaghetti Western–influenced track, “Return of the Savage.” The track will appear on the sequel to Ghostface Killah ‘s 2013 LP Twelve Reasons to Die and feature appearances by the Staten Island crew’s Raekwon and RZA. The LP is due out in July, according to Okayplayer. Wu-Tang Clan LP Gets ‘First, Last, Only’ Listening Session After a soaring soprano line reminiscent of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack, Ghostface explains, “It’s time for a new chapter/Twelve more reasons to die,” before he gives Raekwon the mic for a verse about revenge. The rapper describes a scene about how a mobster named DeLuca killed his wife and kids, so he approached them: “When they realized the real live G was about to serve ‘em,” he rapped, “60 pieces blew through his jaw, closing his curtains.” Ghostface then gives his account, rapping about hearing records spinning and early Seventies New York – dovetailing into the track’s jazzy drums and soul overtones – as he talks about being a vigilante. RZA closes the track out with a narration about how Ghostface would be teaming with a character named Lester Kane to take on Lou DeLuca.
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Chinx, a Queens, New York rapper and member of the French Montana -affiliated Coke Boys, died Saturday night in a drive-by shooting in Queens. Chinx, born Lionel Pickens, was 31. “We are very sadden at the loss of our brother Chinx. Please keep his family & friends in your prayers,” the Coke Boys’ official Facebook wrote Sunday
Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield ‘s second annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert took place Friday night at San Francisco’s the Masonic, and among the surprise collaborations delivering unexpected covers was one performance that no one could have seen coming: The Metallica singer and his 16-year-old daughter Cali Hetfield sharing an acoustic rendition of Adele’s “Crazy For You.” Metallica Day: Go Behind the Scenes in San Francisco Hetfield is noticeably beaming as Sammy Hagar – who doubled as emcee for the evening – escorted his oldest daughter to the stage to perform the 19 track. “Say hi to my beautiful daughter Cali,” Hetfield told the crowd. (When Cali didn’t acknowledge the greeting, Hetfield, being a dad, prompted his daughter to return the courtesy.) The Hetfields’ powerful rendition of the 19 track was just one of the unlikely tandems sparked by the Acoustic-4-A-Cure event, which also featured Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Linda Perry, Train’s Pat Monahan, Hagar’s Chickenfoot band mates Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith plus actor Adam Sandler, who was an unannounced addition to the benefit.
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, who has been battling tongue cancer since February, is now reporting that his doctors have reviewed a recent MRI scan and given him the “all clear.” “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome,” the vocalist wrote on the band’s website . The 10 Best Metal Albums of the 1980s In his statement, the singer thanked his family, saying he felt the ordeal had been harder on them than him in his opinion. “I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts,” Dickinson wrote. “I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!” The band’s manager, Rod Smallwood, also released a statement to express how excited he was about Dickinson’s prognosis and to manage fans’ expectations about the group’s immediate future
The Lonely Island are taking on the bloated music documentary format with a new big-screen spoof in the works with Universal. The comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer began shooting the film in Los Angeles this week, with Taccone and Schaffer co-directing and Judd Apatow producing. The Lonely Island: Inside Andy Samberg’s Mind Squad According to The Hollywood Reporter , the mockumentary will follow a rapper forced to reunite with his former boy band after his latest album flops, with nods to recent music docs like Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never and Katy Perry’s Part of Me . A poster for the movie displayed on the Lonely Island’s website shows the three members stretched out in a limo, dressed in gleaming white with drinks in hand. The poster refers to the project as The Lonely Island Presents: Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie .
The field of nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards was announced Wednesday morning (May 12th), and Carrie Underwood leads the pack with five nominations in three categories — meaning she’ll be up against herself twice. Related: Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Carrie Underwood Songs Underwood scores two nods in the Video of the Year category (” Something in the Water ” and ” Somethin’ Bad ” with Miranda Lambert), two in the Female Video category (” Little Toy Guns ” and “Something in the Water”) and one more in the Collaborative Video list (“Somethin’ Bad”). The Oklahoma native took home the night’s top honor, Video of the Year, in 2014 for “See You Again.” Lady Antebellum revealed the Male and Female Video nominees on NBC’s Today show, and join Kenny Chesney with an impressive four nominations each. Later they performed their new single, “Long Stretch of Love,” for Today ‘s early-morning audience. “This is my favorite category,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley quipped before reading off the Female Video contenders
Former LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy will open up a new wine bar, the Four Horsemen, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn next month, The New York Times reports. Located at 295 Grand Street, the 40-seat spot will focus primarily on natural wines — which, for the most part, are allowed to ferment with little chemical or human interference — while offering a small selection of food. The menu was created by Nick Curtola, a veteran of famed Brooklyn pizza spot Franny’s. While Murphy has grown into a discerning foodie over the years, wine is a comparatively new interest. The producer specifically traces his love back to a bottle of Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Bianco No
After weeks of Twitter tease photos at Nashville hot spots and with Music City songwriters, Steven Tyler is ready to share the music he’s been recording since relocating to Tennessee earlier this year. On Wednesday, he’ll release “Love Is Your Name,” the first single from his upcoming country solo album. Stagecoach 2015: Our Best Behind-the-Scenes Photos To promote the song, Tyler will undertake a daylong media blitz, culminating with a live performance of “Love Is Your Name” on the season finale of American Idol . It’s a natural fit: Tyler once manned the judges’ table of the long-running singing series, which Fox announced yesterday it was canceling after its 15th and final season this January.
Nate Ruess of fun. will release his debut solo album Grand Romantic on June 16th and on Monday, the singer shared another new track off his upcoming LP, “Great Big Storm.” The latest cut follows Ruess’ first single “Nothing Without Love” and his most recent offering “AhHa.” The track is similar both musically and thematically to “AhHa,” with “Great Big Storm” once again finding Ruess getting his ELO on. The song’s strings recall trademark Jeff Lynne, while Ruess lyrically tackles despair and self-struggle. “I can’t stand myself / And all the curse words that fall from my mouth / I can’t stand myself / Or my legs as they run from the ones here to help,” Ruess sings into a megaphone in the grand finale which, like Grand Romantic ‘s other offerings, end up far from where they began musically
With A Thousand Horses galloping toward the June 9th release of their Republic Nashville debut Southernality , the country rockers are in the middle of a full-on media blitz. They’ll play Fox & Friends on Wednesday, but this morning took to NBC’s Today Show to perform their single “Smoke.” 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know Currently in the Top Five on Billboard ‘s Hot Country Songs chart, “Smoke” is a swaying mid-tempo ballad that drops cigarette-for-hot-woman metaphors with all the consistency of a chain-smoker. “She’s the first damn thing I want when I start drinking,” sings front man Michael Hobby, who with guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown, and bassist Graham Deloach make up the band. The group also tours with a drummer, keyboard player and a trio of backup singers
British punks the Slits are finally getting their own documentary, and the filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter to raise $30,000 to finalize deals on archival footage, music and photos. John Lydon’s Rotten Past: The Rolling Stone Q&A Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits has been in production for the past two years with Jennifer Shagawat (Starcleaner Records, Shellshag) and William E. Badgley ( Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film About a Band Called Karp ) at the helm. Pledge incentives include everything from specially designed button sets and tote bags to the promotion of independent labels and businesses on film merchandise and in the film’s end credits. According to the Kickstarter page, the film is shot and in its final stages.
As he once suggested in one of his songs, Joe Ely and Billy the Kid never got along, but the same can certainly not be said for Ely and his home in the Lone Star State. On May 7th, in proceedings held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Ely was formally appointed the Official Texas State Musician for 2016, recognized for his outstanding commitment to the arts in his home state. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time “I’m humbled to be recognized in this manner by the state of my birth,” Ely said in a statement. “As a songwriter, I’ve always felt extremely fortunate to have grown up in such an inspirational place with its rich, compelling history. [Texas] is filled with some of the most fascinating characters in the world.” Born in Amarillo, raised in Lubbock and currently living on his ranch just outside of Austin, Ely formed the Flatlanders with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore in 1970 and released his solo debut LP in 1977. Since that time he has collaborated with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash (he sings backup on the group’s 1982 hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go”), and has earned a Grammy, a CMA award and the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.