Nicki Minaj fronts a cadre of heavy hitters including Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown on “Only,” the latest track to surface from her upcoming third LP, The Pinkprint , which is now streaming courtesy of iHeartRadio. Produced by pop heavyweight Dr. Luke, as well as Cirkut and J Mike, “Only” opens with Minaj dispelling rumors about the extent of her relationships with Wayne and Drake, and closes with a kiss-off to the haters by way of a left-field but on-point reference to the bizarre incident where Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James’ ear during the NBA Playoffs. Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums While Brown handles the track’s glasses-in-the-air hook, Drake offers poetic lines about his preference for big women who look like Claire Huxtable and enjoy a post-coital lunch. Lil Wayne closes out the track with a verse that starts sleepy but grows into a torrent of wacked-out Weezy-isms like, “My story is how I went from poor me/To police pour me a drink and celebrate with me.” The Pinkprint is now scheduled to hit shelves on December 15th, via Young Money/Cash Money, after being pushed back from November 24th.
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Michael Stipe came out, identifying himself as “queer,” two decades ago last month. Now, in an article for The Guardian , the former R.E.M. singer has reflected on the positivity that he has felt since making his announcement as well as the way attitudes have changed over time toward gay, lesbian, queer and transgender people.
Indie rockers Luna broke up in 2004, but on Tuesday, the group announced a reunion with tour dates in 2015. Frontman Dean Wareham announced the news on Twitter, simply saying, “10 years since the last Luna show; we are planning a short Spanish tour for April 2015.” So far, the group has booked seven dates in Spain, but Wareham said that Luna will play New York City, as well as a few other U.S. dates, later in the year.
Following the death of bassist Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental ballad called “For Jack” that he recorded in tribute to his former Cream bandmate. The sweet, reflective two-and-a-half minute instrumental finds Clapton strumming softly on an acoustic guitar and harmonizing alongside a singer who isn’t there. It’s likely hard for Clapton to put into words the loss of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bandmate, but “For Jack” does the job in its own way.
In her lifetime, Maya Angelou released the 1957 LP Miss Calypso , joined Ashford & Simpson for 1996’s Been Found and won three Grammys, all for spoken-word releases. This May, she died at age 86, but now her estate and producers Shawn Rivera and Roccstarr (who contributed to tracks on recent albums by Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez) have finished Caged Bird Songs , a collection based around vocals that the poet and author had previously recorded. Questlove’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time “This project is important,” she had said before her death. “It’s woven into the tapestry of our lives, and we’re being serious and giving and kind about it.
Sara Evans may have just recorded the most important album of her 20 year career… at least when it comes to sentimental factors. The country star is set to release her first holiday LP, At Christmas , on November 17th. When recording the album, she tearfully realized what an important legacy it will be for her family. Sara Evans Lists 10 Favorite Duets “The first song I sang was ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and I kept getting choked up,” Evans tells Rolling Stone Country
Fresh off of reuniting Temple of the Dog at Bridge School, Soundgarden had another big surprise for fans on Monday: A new track called “Storm,” which the band simply posted on YouTube without any further details. Now, we know where it comes from: Soundgarden’s long-in-the-works rarities collection. Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path will arrive November 24th with three discs full of B-sides, cover songs, Peel sessions, remixes and seven unreleased tracks, including “Storm.” Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil on Reissues, Rarities and What’s Next “As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades,” guitarist Kim Thayil said in a statement.
While James Brown fans already got the opportunity to see Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul in this summer’s Get on Up , Alex Gibney ( Finding Fela , Taxi to the Dark Side ) tackled the real thing in HBO’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown , a new documentary on the singer that premiered Monday night. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown’s Influence More hagiography than warts-and-all bio — the film omits Brown’s arrests on weapons charges and only mentions one instance of many domestic abuse allegations in passing — the Mick Jagger-produced film still enlists many of Brown’s former musicians, including John “Jabo” Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Bobby Byrd, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo and Melvin Parker, to recall pivotal moments in the funk and soul pioneer’s life. Mainly covering the time between Brown’s joining of the Famous Flames in 1954 to what Questlove calls the “mustache period” of the mid-Seventies, the film showcases Brown’s legendary performances at the Apollo and on Ed Sullivan and The T.A.M.I
Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails track Hurt has been named one of the best-ever covers of all time.
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Singer, bassist and songwriter Jack Bruce, who died on October 25th at 71, spent a microscopic part of his life in the power trio, Cream: from the summer of 1966 until the end of 1968, then a brief season of reunion in 2005. That group’s original leap through electric blues and psychedelia into a genuinely progressive, vigorously improvised rock inevitably defined Bruce’s rock stardom and loomed over his work as a solo artist and collaborator for four and a half decades. But his discography was kaleidoscopic and often profoundly moving, reflecting Bruce’s early attraction to jazz, the folk songs of his Scottish heritage and a willingness to go where few rockers, certainly in the early and mid-Seventies, dared to venture. Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71 Some of Bruce’s most notable risks and detours, after Cream, were not formally recorded, like his short-lived band with Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell and jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell and a ’75 troupe with ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz composer-pianist Carla Bley
A little over a year before his death, blues icon Johnny Winter made what would become his final recording: a cover of Son House’s 1965 blues classic “Death Letter.” Video footage of the session, which took place on February 4th, 2013, shows the singer and guitarist donning a metal slide for a particularly bendy and grisly acoustic version of the track. The song appears on Winter’s final album, Step Back , which came out posthumously in September. When somebody told him it sounded great at the end of the video, Winter laughed and said, “I’m ready to go home.” 100 Greatest Guitarists “Johnny was one of my earliest influences,” Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule singer-guitarist Warren Haynes tells Rolling Stone . “He was so unique and so authentic at the same time