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Tiffany Pollard Celebrates Her Baby Shower But Sister Patterson Still Isn’t Buying Into Her Pregnancy

The Family Therapy Gang Throws Tiffany Pollard A Baby Shower

Hear Billy Bragg and Joe Henry’s Train Song ‘Midnight Special’

Tracked during a 2,728-mile railroad trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad finds folksingers Billy Bragg and Joe Henry teaming up for an album of acoustic, harmony-heavy duets. The railway looms large throughout the project, pulling triple duty as the singers’ muse, transportation and makeshift recording studio. Filled with covers of train songs that were first popularized by Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly, Hank Williams, the Carter Family and other American icons, Shine a Light does exactly what its title claims: refocus attention on the machines that not only helped colonize America, but played an immeasurable role in shaping the country’s blues and folk music, as well. Merle Haggard: 30 Essential Songs “We want the noise; we want people to listen to this record and be with us on the journey,” Bragg tells a railroad station employee in the above clip, which shows the two musicians recording their album’s first single, “The Midnight Special,” on a train depot balcony in St. Louis. Footage from the rest of the pair’s cross-country journey fills the video, too, showing Bragg and Henry recording their album’s songs in hotel rooms, train cars, loading docks and lobbies. The entire process took four days, with the album’s final track recorded outside Los Angeles’ Union Station at dawn, with birds chirping in the background. Although first recorded in 1926 by Pistol Pete, a member of the western group Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys, “The Midnight Special” is usually attributed to Leadbelly, who recorded his own version of the song while serving time for attempted homicide at Louisiana’s Angola Prison Farm.

Puff Daddy Sets First-Ever Bad Boy Reunion Tour

Just days before the massive Bad Boy Reunion show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on what would have been the Notorious B.I.G. ‘s 44th birthday, Puff Daddy  announced the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour featuring Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and more. Puff Daddy Sets Bad Boy Reunion Concert for B.I.G. Birthday Puff previewed the announcement on his Twitter  Sunday, promising something big with a short clip of footage from rehearsals for Friday’s show. The North American trek kicks off on August 25th in Columbus, OH and run through October 8th in Oakland, CA. The Lox, French Montana, 112, Mario Winans, Total and Carl Thomas will also perform on the tour. All tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th

On the Charts: Drake, Beyonce, Radiohead Squeeze Bieber From Top 10

Drake  held onto his throne atop the Billboard 200 for a second straight week despite heavy competition. The rapper’s Views  sold 219,000 total copies – a combination of “pure album sales” and grouped streaming totals – in its second week of release to officially push it past the platinum mark in terms of actual album sales. Views is the first 2016 release to sell over a million copies, Billboard reports . Drake Is Number One: Is America Embracing Global Pop? Beyoncé ‘s Lemonade clung to Number Two for the second straight week with an addition 202,000 total copies sold as the singer’s latest inches toward the platinum club. Beyoncé held off Radiohead, whose new LP A Moon Shaped Pool  sold 173,000 copies in its shortened debut week; since the album arrived Sunday and not the industry standard Friday, Pool had two less days of accrued sales compared to its competitors. While  Pool didn’t reach Number One like In Rainbows in 2008, the band’s new album was Radiohead’s best opening week in sales since Hail to the Thief chalked up 300,000 copies in its debut week in 2003. The band’s next two albums, In Rainbows and 2011’s The King of Limbs , were originally distributed through unconventional means. That was eventually followed by a traditional, Billboard 200-applicable release.

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace: ‘Goodbye Gender!’

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace  became one of the loudest musical protestors of North Carolina’s HB2 bill on Sunday, burning her birth certificate onstage. “Goodbye gender!” She declared onstage in Durham. The controversial House Bill 2 forces transgender people to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. It is a particularly close issue for Grace who announced she was transgender in 2012 .  I guess gender really is over since @LauraJaneGrace said goodbye to gender! #genderisover — Kathryn (@kwymer6) May 16, 2016 Early this year, Grace was encouraged to cancel the Durham show, but she refused by tweeting: “Hell no! … I’m even more eager to play North Carolina ’cause of the bill! Let me know if there’s any activist groups that can come table the show.” That was after a slew of music heavyweights like Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts in North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2.  17 Anti-Trans Bills That Could Become Law Next “I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace told Buzzfeed in April. “When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.” More trans-rights activists are stepping out in North Carolina. Moogfest, an electronic-experimental music fest in Durham this weekend, will feature a keynote address from Sirius Satellie Radio co-founder Martine Rothblatt, a transgender woman. “I would rather be part of a protest festival than basically just be a silent voice walking away from it,” she told The New York Times . Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace talks about playing their North Carolina show as a “protest” against the state’s anti-LGBT law. Watch here

Red Hot Chili Peppers Cancel Gig After Anthony Kiedis Hospitalized

Red Hot Chili Peppers  were forced to cancel their Saturday performance at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California at the last minute after Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized. The singer was at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre when he began experiencing “extreme stomach pain,” a KROQ rep told Billboard . Kiedis was then transported from the venue to a nearby hospital. Red Hot Chili Peppers Detail New Album ‘The Getaway’ “No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony,” drummer Chad Smith tweeted  late Saturday after the Chili Peppers nixed their gig. Once Kiedis was taken to the hospital, Smith, Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer came onstage at the event to explain to the crowd that they would not be performing as planned. “We live to rock, we live to fucking dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock, but unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and we needed to deal with it, so we’re unable tonight,” Flea told the crowd. “We will play for you very soon, we will play for you like the feral animals that we are, and we’re so sorry.” “Unfortunately due to illness the @ChiliPeppers were forced to cancel their set tonight at #WeenieRoast,” KROQ tweeted  at 10:30 p.m. PST, 30 minutes after the Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled to take the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Red Hot Chili Peppers were recruited to headline the concert that also featured sets by Panic! at the Disco, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Empire of the Sun and Weezer, who performed an extended set to close out the Weenie Roast

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington Spoiled Jon Snow’s Fate to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

Kit Harington reveals how he got out of a speeding ticket with a huge Game of Thrones spoiler.

YG Announces New Album ‘Still Krazy,’ Sets Summer Tours

Compton rapper YG will follow up his stunning 2014 debut My Krazy Life  with the follow-up Still Krazy this June, the rapper formally announced Friday. The album’s new single, “Why You Always Hatin’?”, will premiere on Drake’s OVO Radio show on May 21st. YG’s Gritty Short Film Goes Inside the Rapper’s ‘Krazy Life’ YG has teased his much-anticipated new LP with a trio of new singles in recent months – “Twist My Fingaz,” “I Wanna Benz” and “Fuck Donald Trump”  – but it’s unclear whether any of the three tracks are destined for Still Krazy . While YG has worked with an array of in-demand producers for the new album ranging from Metro Boomin and Terrace Martin to Hit-Boy and London on Da Track, Still Krazy  reportedly won’t feature beats by My Krazy Life ‘s key collaborator DJ Mustard after the two engaged in a public beef. The rapper has also scheduled a pair of summer tours, the first a seven-date June trek in support of Still Krazy , after which YG will join G-Eazy and Logic on their extensive the Endless Summer Tour. Check out dates for both jaunts below.

Blake Lively’s Positive Comments About Woody Allen Are Pissing Everyone Off

Blake Lively defended Woody Allen with her latest comments, and people are annoyed. Find out exactly what she said here.

Hear Mo’s Infectious Summer Anthem ‘Final Song’

Danish singer MØ, who struck it big on the charts the past two years by featuring on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On” and Iggy Azalea’s “Beg for It,” is back with her own solo track, an infectious, anthemic new single titled “Final Song.” 10 New Artists You Need to Know: July 2015 “‘Final Song’ is about reconnecting with your inner strength. With your inner glow, passion, spirit animal, whatever—the force that keeps us going and doing what we love,” MØ said of her new single in a statement. “I wrote it with MNEK and Noonie Bao—both of whom I adore—in Los Angeles earlier this year. We all need to feel empowered from within to be the best version of ourself, but it’s not always easy and that’s what inspired me to write these lyrics. When you’re united with your inner glow you can beat the fears and fly towards your dreams.” “Final Song” arrives nearly seven months after MØ unveiled the Diplo-produced “Kamikaze,” which is penciled in as the first single from her upcoming second LP and follow-up to 2014’s No Mythologies to Follow .

Karlie Redd Gives Us A Look Into Her Lusty Playboy Radio Show And Gets Intimate With Her Guest

Karlie Redd First Radio Show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Bonus Clip

Old Crow Medicine Show Does Dylan at Rousing Nashville Show

Ground-breaking string band Old Crow Medicine Show tipped their hats to one of music’s greatest innovators last night (May 12), performing Bob Dylan’s watershed Blonde on Blonde album in its entirety for the first of a two-night stand at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater in Nashville. Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’ Album Feted in Nashville Conceived as part of the Museum’s ongoing Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City exhibit, the stirring and educational concert marked the 50 th anniversary of Dylan’s first trip to Nashville, the 1966 journey that produced Blonde on Blonde — rock’s first-ever double album and the moment that refocused attention on Nashville’s world class musicians and studios. For a little bit of background, Dylan had already started recording what would become Blonde on Blonde in New York City in early 1966, but the sessions weren’t going well. Looking for a spark, Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy (a multi-instrumentalist most famous for his harmonica and guitar playing) was invited north to sit in on a session. His skill and versatility — and the fact that he could learn a whole song at the drop of a hat — impressed Dylan so much that when McCoy told him Nashville was full of young, ambitious players just like him, the star decided to give Music City a shot. He went on to record two more full albums in Nashville, and soon artists from around the world were seeking out session time on Music Row. Nashville was no longer viewed as a backwater, thanks to Dylan’s endorsement. Opening the Hall of Fame event was Museum Editor Peter Cooper, who delivered an impassioned speech about why Blonde on Blonde is important to Nashville in the first place, and why a seemingly unrelated band of acoustically minded hillbillies would be chosen to perform it. “ Blonde on Blonde opened doors,” Cooper explained in the gorgeous hall, ringed by three levels of balcony. “It signaled Nashville’s place as a truly ecumenical Music City and as a beacon for music makers of all types.

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