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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Planned for Los Angeles

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure . The show – officially titled “Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson” – will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more. Each artist will sing a Wilson-penned tune. The guest of honor, Brian Wilson himself, will also make a special appearance

Steve McQueen Set to Direct Kanye West’s ‘All Day’ Video

Following several public appearances around the UK in support of his upcoming album So Help Me God , Kanye West gave a more intimate and private talk at the prestigious Oxford University on Monday afternoon. The rapper discussed classism in fashion and revealed that Steve McQueen, the director of Oscar-winning movie  12 Years a Slave , has helmed the video for his latest single “All Day.” Kanye West Premieres New Song at BRIT Awards “I was sitting with Steve McQueen; he shot the visuals for ‘All Day’ two days ago. It’s completely different to the Brit Awards,” revealed West. He dropped this information while telling an anecdote about a conversation with McQueen where the rapper compared The Matrix to the Bible. “What I said was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age,” explained West

Stream Arcade Fire Member Will Butler’s New Album ‘Policy’

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Will Butler will release his debut solo LP Policy on March 10th, but before the album hits shelves next week, Butler has offered up a stream of Policy ‘s eight tracks (via Pitchfork). In a statement, Butler describes Policy  as “American music — in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, the Breeders, the Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, the Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (which counts).” Butler will also perform on Late Show With David Letterman on March 10th, the day of  Policy ‘s release. Montreal Madness: Arcade Fire’s Charity Basketball Game In support of Policy , Butler embarked on an interesting musical project last month that found him penning and recording five new songs based on news stories he read in The Guardian . That experiment resulted in “Clean Monday” about troubles in the Greek economy, “Waving Flags” about Ukrainian separatists, “You Must Be Kidding” about a Sao Paulo water crisis, the black hole-inspired “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now” and finally “Waters of Babylon,” which Butler wrote after reading about ISIS members destroying artifacts in a Mosul, Iraq museum.

Madonna Plots Rebel Heart Tour for North America, Europe

Madonna has announced dates for an upcoming 35-city tour in support of her latest album Rebel Heart . Kicking off in Miami on August 29th, the pop star will bring her Rebel Heart tour across North America, Europe and the UK through December. Madonna Fights Back: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue Tickets for all dates will go on sale on Monday, March 9th, with more dates in Asia and Australia expected to be announced in the near future. As promoter Live Nation noted in a press release, each ticket purchased online will include a digital download of Rebel Heart ‘s Super Deluxe version, which includes four previously unreleased studio tracks

Orrin Keepnews, Jazz Producer and Historian, Dead at 91

Orrin Keepnews, an NEA Jazz Master, Thelonious Monk producer, record exec and four-time Grammy winner, passed away today at his home in El Cerrito, California at the age of 91, one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Keepnews’ son Peter, an editor for the New York Times, confirmed his father’s death to the newspaper. No cause of death was given. Orrin Keepnews’ Milestones After starting out his career as a journalist and editor while moonlighting as the head of the jazz magazine The Record Changer , Keepnews teamed with Bill Grauer to form Riverside Records in 1953. Jazz legend Thelonious Monk, one of the musicians that Keepnews profiled while at Record Changer , soon joined the label in 1955.

Vince Gill, Eric Church, Keith Urban Lead Star-Studded Universal Music Group Bash

Country Radio Seminar (CRS), the gathering of radio industry professionals from all over the world, is in full swing this week in downtown Nashville. One of the highlights of the annual convention, which features country artists performing in a wide array of settings both intimate and expansive, is the Universal Music Group’s lunchtime show on stage at the venerable Ryman Auditorium. Watch Eric Church Play Rare Solo Arena Show For a little over two hours on Thursday, CRS attendees packed the Ryman and were treated to 16 UMG artists, from Hall of Famers to young country hopefuls just getting their first taste of airplay. The idea, of course, is to entice radio programmers, DJs and other industry professionals in attendance to play the artists’ new singles, many of which were premiered at the event

Korn Sued by Former Drummer

Former Korn drummer David Silveria is suing his old band mates for money owed after the band declined to allow the drummer back in the group following a lengthy break. According to TMZ, Silveria sued Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, and Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu in an effort to reclaim the money owed to him and his “ownership interest” in the band since his departure. If Silveria is repaid what he believe he is owed from the past nine years, he will dissolve his partnership with the group. Korn’s 1994 Debut LP: The Oral History Silveria left Korn in 2006 in order to go on what was labeled as a “hiatus.” Ray Luzier was recruited to fill in for Silveria and remains the band’s drummer after being named a full-time member in 2009.

See Keith Urban’s Unexpected Take on ‘Somebody Like You’ at Intimate Nashville Show

For years, Keith Urban has been writing most of his songs on a six-string banjo, pushing the tunes forward with the electronic bleeps and bloops of an old, Eighties-era drum machine.  Keith Urban Talks Eric Church Duet, Sturgill Love That may seem like an odd launching pad for some of the most guitar-driven country songs of the 21st century, but Urban made a pretty convincing argument during yesterday’s midnight show at the Ryman Auditorium. There, accompanied by some of the best acoustics in Nashville — as well as several hundred loud, half-lit radio programmers who’d come to town to attend the annual Country Radio Seminar — he kicked off his set alone, playing solo versions of songs like “Long Hot Summer” and “Better Life” on his acoustic guitar. Then, minutes before being joined by a scaled-back version of his touring band, he traded the guitar for the same ‘ganjo’ he bought 20 years ago, back when he was just another wannabe star in search of a killer songs and a big break.  One of those killer songs that eventually vaulted Urban into the country mainstream was 2002’s “Somebody Like You,” a long-running Number One hit that he wrote with producer John Shanks. Although the song’s studio version is thick with electric guitars and keyboards, the Urban and Shanks kept things simple — and a bit unexpected — during the creation process. “John had this beat going,” Urban told the audience last night, pressing a button on his drum machine and unleashing a fury of processed kick drum and synthesized snare

Beyonce Fans Attack Kid Rock Online After Derogatory Comments

Kid Rock has incurred the wrath of Beyoncé fans following comments he made about the pop star during his Rolling Stone  interview. Related: The Killer Inside Kid Rock In the latest issue of Rolling Stone , the singer detailed why he’s “flabbergasted” by the intense Beyoncé fandom. “Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a fucking ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth,” he said. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’?” His criticism quickly turned to not understanding the physical attraction to the singer.

Madonna ‘Rebel Heart’ Hacker Indicted on Four Counts

The Israeli man accused of hacking into Madonna and her associates’ computers and leaking songs destined for the singer’s March 6th-bound  Rebel Heart  has been indicted on four counts. Ari Lederman, who three years ago tried out for Israel’s then-top-rated TV singing competition Kochav Nolad ( A Star Is Born ), was charged with computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring, copyright infringement and obstructing investigation, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Madonna Fights Back: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue According to court documents, Lederman was able to steal the demo versions of Madonna’s Rebel Heart tracks by infiltrating the private cloud accounts of Madonna associates Sara Zambreno, engineer Angie Teo and musical director Kevin Antunes as well as an e-mail account belonging to Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary. Lederman had allegedly compromised Zambreno’s cloud going back to 2012, with court documents accusing the hacker of also stealing MDMA ‘s “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” That song leaked out after Lederman sold the file to an unspecified person. Lederman’s hack wasn’t an especially profitable endeavor, as court documents show that he was only compensated from “tens of dollars to a thousand dollars” for what he grabbed off the cloud accounts, which he then sold to two accomplices

Scarlett Johansson’s New Band Faces Cease-and-Desist

News of Scarlett Johansson’s new group, the Singles, is less than a week old, but the band is already facing legal issues. When the actress revealed her new band – which also features Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan – the group’s radio-friendly moniker described their candy-coated pop sound almost too perfectly. But now they may no longer be allowed to use it. Pitchfork reports that Vincent Frederick, frontman of a Los Angeles group also named the Singles, has filed a cease-and-desist letter, alleging trademark infringement, to Johansson’s reps

Cliff Richard Sex Assault Investigation Expands

An investigation into sexual assault allegations against 74-year-old musician Sir Cliff Richard has “increased significantly in size,” U.K. police recently disclosed. The singer, who is best known for a string of U.K.

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