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On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ Continues Chart-Topping Reign

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly  topped the Billboard 200 for a second straight week, racking up an extra 123,000 in total album sales on its way to another Number One. Three full months into 2015, the Compton rapper’s acclaimed LP becomes only the second album – after Taylor Swift’s 1989 – to spend two weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200; every other chart-topping album has only staged a one-week cameo before relinquishing the throne, Billboard reports. The Trials of Kendrick Lamar: Inside the New Issue A pair of soundtracks finished at Number Two and Three on a chart that saw little competition from new albums. Two weeks after its season finale, the Empire soundtrack continued to outperform, finishing with another 61,000 units sold.

Lana Del Rey Recruits Grimes for ‘Endless Summer’ Tour

Lana Del Rey has recruited Grimes as a support act for her previously announced 2015 tour, now dubbed “Endless Summer.” The artful electro-pop singer will open for Del Rey at 10 shows – including a newly added June 9th gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts – beginning May 28th in Noblesville, Indiana and continuing through June 16th at West Palm Beach, Florida.  18 Things You Learn With Lana Del Rey In December, Del Rey announced a run of eight joint shows with former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love; the duo will open their jaunt on May 7th in The Woodlands, Texas and part ways following a May 22nd show in Ridgefield, Washington. Though the two musicians have never toured together, they have shared the stage in a roundabout way. After Del Rey covered Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” onstage in 2012, Love tweeted at the singer, “You do know the song is about my vagina, right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,’ umm.

Miley Cyrus Promises ‘New Rights Movement’ After Controversial Indiana Law

When Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law March 26th, Miley Cyrus was among the first celebrities to loudly criticize the discriminatory new bill, calling Pence an “asshole” to her 17 million Instagram followers. In a new interview with Time , the “Wrecking Ball” singer elaborated on why she’s opposed to the RFRA and how she’s rallying her fans to fight for equality. Cyrus, who says she’s dedicated her life “to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving,” slams the close-minded citizens who feel that their “religious freedom” needs to be protected at the expense of LGBT people. Majority of American Voters Want to End LGBT Discrimination “That’s what’s wrong with [RFRA supporters] – they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you,” Cyrus said

Watch Ad-Rock Offer Teens Advice on First Kisses, Breakups

Having already added actor and master sandwich crafter to his post-Beastie Boys résumé, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz is getting into the advice game. The beloved rapper became the latest musician to take part in Rookie’s “Ask a Grown Man” series, tackling tried-and-true teen topics from kissing to breakups. Life After Beastie Boys: Ad-Rock Looks Forward, and Back Horovitz’s first adorable nugget of advice urges a young girl to overcome her first-kiss fears and plant one right on her new boyfriend. “Go ahead and kiss! Go ahead and do it!” he exclaims, adding later: “There’s something really special about being really close in just the moment, and you don’t have to do anything else. No big thing to do about it.

Janelle Monae Flows Through New Song ‘Yoga’

Janelle Monae delivers a dexterous flow on “Yoga,” a new track with rising MC Jidenna that’s set to appear on The Eephus, a new compilation EP featuring tracks from the various artists on the R&B futurist’s Wondaland label. Watch Janelle Monae’s Cameo-Filled New Vid Monae’s characteristically pristine vocal talents are on full display on “Yoga,” as she flips familiar melodies on their head, intricately layers her voice to create a dense spectrum of harmonies and relishes the ridiculousness of the track’s infectious refrain, “Baby bend over / Let your booty do that yoga.” The sentiment certainly fits the track’s sparse, trap-heavy production, over which Jidenna breezily muses in a sing-song voice, “She did that yoga / Looking for my loafers man, I woke up in a toga.” “Yoga” marks the first new music from Monae since the 2013 release of her second album, The Electric Lady . The five-track Eephus EP is scheduled to arrive this summer, and will feature songs from Monae, Jidenna and other members of the Wondaland roster, including Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty and Deep Cotton. Previously, Jidenna and GianArthur teamed up for the latter’s single “Classic Man,” which will appear on the Eephus . The Eephus marks Wondaland’s first project after striking a deal with L.A.

Watch Blake Shelton’s Steamy New Video for ‘Sangria’

Blake Shelton lets a woman — and a few glasses of fruit-filled wine — go to his head in “Sangria,” the third single from last year’s Bringing Back the Sunshine . Written by Josh Osborne, J.T. Harding and Trevor Rosen, the song pays tribute to two age-old country traditions: getting buzzed and getting busy.  See Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Surprise Duet When it came time to film a music video, though, Shelton — who’s been married to Miranda Lambert since May 2011 — chose to let an actor play the lead role. Smart move. It’s a fairly steamy clip, after all, filled with PG-13 love scenes and slow-motion shots of a woman bathing in a tub of red wine.

Zayn Malik Goes Solo, Gets Moody on ‘I Won’t Mind’

Producer Naughty Boy has previewed Zayn Malik’s first solo track following the singer’s split from One Direction. Zayn Malik Breaks Silence Following One Direction Split “Let the music do the talking, guys,” tweeted the producer. The tweet linked to a Soundcloud demo titled “I Won’t Mind,” which has since been taken down. The track is softer and more acoustic than Naughty Boy’s usual work, which includes the dance track “La La La” featuring Sam Smith. “You’ll never be mine,” sings Malik in a sweet falsetto over an acoustic guitar

Scott Weiland’s Guitarist Jeremy Brown Dead at 34

Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died on Monday at the age of 34 of undisclosed causes, just one day before the release of the group’s debut album  Blaster . Weiland broke the news to fans on Facebook, writing that the band grew anxious when the guitarist, who had performed with the Stone Temple Pilots singer for seven years, failed to show up for rehearsals before their album release show Monday. Scott Weiland Talks New Album ‘Blaster,’ Plots U.S.


Music Megastars Team Up to Launch Streaming Service Tidal

A phalanx of chart-topping stars from across genres joined forces in the garage of New York City’s biggest post office today to launch the newly artist-owned high-definition streaming service Tidal. Like a scene out of a pop-music version of The Avengers , 16 hit-makers – Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher – rubbed elbows onstage at the swanky launch event while two others beamed in digitally (Calvin Harris and Coldplay’s Chris Martin). Aside from making a spectacle, the musicians made the case for an artist-owned streaming service

Stream Toro y Moi’s Fuzzy, Guitar-Driven New LP ‘What For?’

Chaz Bundick has taken another unexpected detour with his fourth album, What For? The 10-track LP, the writer-producer’s latest under the Toro y Moi moniker, is full of fuzz-pedal guitars, soulful rhythms and classic rock chord changes — a change of pace from his previous forays into chillwave and funky electro-pop. What For?

Killer Mike: Rap Lyrics Being Manipulated in Court to Land Convictions

Last December, Killer Mike and author Erik Nielson teamed to pen an op-ed examining how the criminal justice system often employs rap lyrics as a means to convict suspects. The Run the Jewels rapper’s first column focused on the case of Anthony Elonis, and now in their latest op-ed for Vox that examines hip-hop’s “poetic (in)justice,” Killer Mike and Nielson have turned their attention to McKinley “Mac” Phipps, a former No Limit rapper who was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at one of Mac’s shows. Ferguson: Killer Mike, Pharrell, Macklemore and More React Phipps was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the February 2000 shooting death in New Orleans. However, at Mac’s trial, the prosecutor manipulated the lyrics from a pair of the rapper’s songs and used that as evidence to show the jury that Mac had committed the crime. On top of that, a Huffington Post investigation into Mac’s case alleges that the trial’s key witness was “threatened” to finger Phipps as the shooter, while other witnesses who reiterated Phipps’ innocence were “intimidated or outright ignored by investigators.” “With no physical evidence connecting Phipps to the crime, multiple eyewitnesses identifying a different shooter, and even a confession to the crime by another man, the prosecutor went after Phipps’ art, relying on a tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow South: he punished black speech,” writes Nielson and Killer Mike, who co-penned the op-ed under his birth name Michael Render

Sara Evans Blasts Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth': ‘I Was Thoroughly Disgusted’

It’s a good thing Will Forte’s last man standing Phil Miller doesn’t have to share an apocalyptic earth with Sara Evans. The “Slow Me Down” singer recently went on a Facebook rant about Forte’s Fox series The Last Man on Earth , which casts the Saturday Night Live alum as the only living dude on terra firma. Apocalypse, Ow! The Genius of ‘Last Man on Earth’ “So. I sat down last night with our teenage children to watch The Last Man on Earth . Thinking it could be a funny new show that we could start, right?” Evans wrote.

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