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Seattle Honors the Clash By Declaring ‘International Clash Day’

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has honored rock legends the Clash  by declaring Sunday, February 7th “International Clash Day” in the city, joining King County, Washington and Bridgewater, UK in that recognition.  Flashback: The Clash Storm Tokyo in 1982 “Legendary UK band the Clash formed in 1976, establishing their unique sound combining punk with reggae, dub, funk and ska, behind socially conscious lyrics,” Murray wrote in his official proclamation. “The band played the Kingdome in 1982, outshining headliners the Who and inspiring a young audience member, Jeff Ament, to grow up and become the bassist for Pearl Jam.” “One February mooring in 2013, KEXP DJ John Richards arbitrarily declared it ‘International Clash Day’ for no other reason than the fact that he could,” the statement continues. The traditional has continued every year since, featuring rare and live tracks, cover versions, B sides and more.  Radio station KEXP is celebrating on Friday, February 5th, with 12 hours of Clash music (including side projects and rare tracks) and interviews, broadcasting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST on Seattle’s 90.3 and around the world on  KEXP.org . The event will include an exclusive interview with Julien Temple, director of award-winning 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten . A stream is available below.  KEXP is known for its themed music events. Last year, the station honored the anniversary of Beastie Boys’ iconic Paul’s Boutique with a full day of programming featuring the full track list and over 115 songs sampled across the LP.  Related The Clash Rock Against Racism Newly Unearthed Letter Explains The Clash’s U.S. Troubles The Clash Tear Up ‘Garageland’ in 1977

Michael W. Smith – 5 Pop Hits You Need to Hear

Some things never change in the industry, like Michael W. Smith albums selling like hotcakes (literal hotcakes, given his recent partnership with Cracker Barrel restaurants). From his most recent Hymns II release to the worship and Christmas albums of the last several years, “Smitty” remains an icon in contemporary Christian music, but newer listeners might not realize the full scope of his pop power. Here’s five must-see (and hear) videos to get you caught up! “Secret Ambition” (click the “play” button above to watch on this page) Michael W. Smith’s early ‘80s releases were a mixed bag, but 1989’s i 2 (EYE) , his fifth solo album, signaled a stronger pop direction and the beginning of a memorable string of hits. “Secret Ambition” revealed an aggressive, edgier side, and the music video, with an unflinching portrayal of Christ’s life and passion, is arguably the most memorable in CCM history. “Place in This World” To make a list of pop hits without “Place in This World” would be… well, wrong. Smitty’s first major crossover is a straight-up early ‘90s power ballad complete with epic electric guitar solo. Is it a song about Jesus?

Steven Curtis Chapman & Amy Grant to co-headline upcoming tour

“We are going to take people on a ‘Great Adventure.’ We’re gonna put their ‘Heart In Motion,’…I mean, ’Baby, Baby,’ that’s what is going to happen!” —Steven Curtis Chapman

Watch Madonna Perform ‘Take a Bow’ in Concert for First Time

Madonna  dove deep into her extensive catalog to perform her 1994 hit “Take a Bow” live for the first time in Taipei, Taiwan Thursday. The Making of Madonna’s 20 Greatest Videos: As PopCrush  points out, Madonna did sing the Number One single off Bedtime Stories  at the 1995 American Music Awards , but has left it off set lists for her own shows. A fan-shot video captured the historic performance of the mournful pop ballad, after which Madonna remarked, “That was fun! First time ever. Hit a few bad notes, but it felt good to sing it.” Madonna will continue to trek through Asia this February, before wrapping up her Rebel Heart Tour with a string of dates in New Zealand and Australia in March. The singer has been on the road for the better part of the past year in support of Rebel Heart , her 13th studio LP, which arrived last March. The trek has boasted several special performances, including a recent cover of “Rebel, Rebel” in honor of David Bowie and a rendition of “Holiday” in Glasgow delivered after the venue had flipped the power off. Last December, after a sold-out show in Paris, Madonna delivered an impromptu set on the street where she covered John Lennon’s “Imagine” to honor the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks. Related Watch Katy Perry Grind Madonna Onstage Watch Madonna’s Powerful Speech About Paris Attacks Madonna: ‘David Bowie Changed the Course of My Life Forever’

Nicki Minaj Addresses Miley Cyrus Beef on Yo Gotti’s ‘Down in the DM’

Nicki Minaj rehashes her VMA spat with Miley Cyrus in her remix of Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM.” Gotti originally released the track last fall. Minaj added two verses to the track off Gotti’s upcoming album The Art of Hustle . She references Miley at the end of the first verse. “He said ‘Kylie, what’s good?’/I said Miley, what’s good?/I said could you pay my bills like O’Reilly, what’s good?” 11 Biggest Beefs of 2015 Minaj and Cyrus’ feud began when the latter called the former “not too kind” and “not very polite” in an interview with The New York Times prior to her Video Music Awards hosting gig. Cyrus was commenting on Minaj’s feud with Taylor Swift that began when the rapper tweeted about the “Anaconda” snub from the award show and noted how the ceremony celebrates “women with very slim bodies.” Swift responded on Twitter, believing the dig to be aimed at her. At the VMAs, Swift and Minaj shared the stage, having resolved their spat. However, when Minaj went onstage to accept her moonman for Best Hip-Hop Video, she ended her speech very curtly: “And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, what’s good

In Defense of the CD

I expected David Bowie’s death to make me nostalgic, but not this way. Like many people, I spent the days after his passing relistening to Bowie records I hadn’t played in years. One night, it felt time to revisit Low , his 1977 plunge into Berlin weirdness. I plugged in my swanky new wireless boombox, called up the album on a streaming service and, as I’d done numerous times before, prepared to be enveloped by sound. Instead, I was swallowed up in a digital nightmare. Whether it was the wireless connection or some other technical gremlin, it took what felt like an entire day at Coachella for the music to start up, and when it finally did, the connection cut in and out, the volume lurching from soft to loud each track. How Technology Has Changed the Economics of Music Finally, in frustration, I returned to a now-archaic ritual: I went to the shelves, pulled out my copy of Low on CD, slid it into the player and – boom! – listened to the album straight through, with zero issues and lusher sound.

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Nicki Minaj Raps About Her Iconic VMAs Feud with Miley Cyrus in New Song

Nicki Minaj references her feud with Miley Cyrus in Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM” new song “Down in the DM.”

Hear Loretta Lynn’s Searching ‘Who’s Gonna Miss Me’

More than 50 studio albums into her iconic career, Loretta Lynn revisits her roots with an LP that takes her Full Circle . With the album’s “Who’s Gonna Miss Me?” the influence of the Carter Family takes center stage as the singer-songwriter humbly wonders, “Who’s gonna want to follow in my footsteps, maybe/ Who’s gonna miss me when I’m gone.” 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 As the lyrics look ahead to the uncertain future, the tune moves from spare, acoustic instrumentation in the first verse, featuring Mother Maybelle Carter-inspired guitar, then introduces piano in the rolling style of Floyd Cramer, echoing vintage Music Row production and Lynn’s early hits with producer Owen Bradley. But it’s the poignant lyrics and the hope Lynn expresses that she’s done something worthwhile, or at the very least made an impact on one person’s life, that shine throughout the simple tune, as she sings, “If there’s one thing I’ve done, I’d like to know I left someone who’s gonna miss me when I’m gone.”  In addition to exploring the music that inspired her with Full Circle , Lynn duets with Willie Nelson on the album and sings with Elvis Costello on ” Everything It Takes ,” a tune she co-wrote with Todd Snider and says they completed in about 30 minutes. “Sometimes I can write a song real fast, and sometimes it’ll take me two, three days,” Lynn tells Rolling Stone Country . “And I get so aggravated that I’ll probably lay it down and go back to it later. But that song came easy. I’ll come up with the title first and, when I come up with the title, I always know I got a good title.” In yet another testament to Lynn’s wide-ranging influence, the Country Music Hall of Fame member will be the subject of the documentary series, American Masters . The episode, titled “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl,” airs March 4th on PBS, the same day that Full Circle is released.

Watch Rolling Stones Play ‘She’s a Rainbow’ for First Time in 18 Years

The Rolling Stones  kicked off the South American leg of their ongoing world tour at Santiago, Chile’s Estadio Nacional Wednesday night. Before the show, the band’s official website asked fans to pick between four rarities –   “She’s a Rainbow,” “Anybody Seen My Baby,” “She’s So Cold” and “Like a Rolling Stone” – for the request portion of the evening. “She’s a Rainbow” won the most votes, and six songs into the night, they played the 1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request tune for the first time since 1998, and only the 11th time in their entire history. See Rare Live Shots of a 1971 Rolling Stones Club Gig This was also their first show with new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, best known for her appearance on the fourth season of The Voice in 2013.  “So glad first show is out of me now,” she wrote on Twitter . “I can’t wait to see it second to last!!! Growth…. Blessed to learn from the best!” L isa Fischer has been the Stones’ primary vocalist dating to the Steel Wheels tour in 1989, but she had prior touring commitments that prevented her from making the trip down to South America.

Charles Kelley on Solo Career, ‘The Driver’ and David Lee Roth

It’s hard to overlook Charles Kelley. At six-foot-six, he’s literally one of the biggest men in country music, with a super-sized voice to match. Ever since his single ” The Driver ” kicked off his solo career last September, though, Kelley has been reintroducing himself, hoping to carve out a reputation not only as a member of Lady Antebellum, but as a singer who can work the stage on his own. His debut album The Driver will be released on February 5th. 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 “People have been asking me, ‘You’re putting out a solo album, so why would you introduce it with a song featuring two other people?'” he says, referencing the pair of duet partners — Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley — who join him on the record’s title track. “And I did it because that song is about the past eight years of my life. It’s about all this respect I have for the people who drive the tour buses, buy the tickets and work behind the scenes. It’s probably counterintuitive to come out with a solo record and release a song that’s actually a collaboration, but to me, that represents everything about this project

Phil Anselmo Tells Down to ‘Move On’ Without Him After Nazi Salute

Down singer Phil Anselmo  has recommended his band mates “move on” without him following an incident at this year’s Dimebash where Anselmo said “White power” and made the Nazi salute on stage. Since the Dimebash performance – the same gig where Anselmo teamed with Dave Grohl and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo to pay tribute to Lemmy  – the former Pantera  singer has apologized for his actions, but that didn’t prevent the band from being pulled from Netherlands’ FortaRock event over Anselmo’s remarks. Why Are These Bands Still Selling Confederate Flag Merch? In a new statement  on his official site (via Metal Hammer), Anselmo again apologized for what he said and how it has affected his band mates. “I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through action, not just mere words,” Anselmo wrote. “My bandmates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.” Anselmo added, “My biggest obstacles are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on

Chris Stapleton to Honor B.B. King at Grammy Awards

When blues icon B.B. King died in May 2015 , he left behind a body of work that touched nearly everything from the British Invasion to country music, inspiring generations of singers and guitar players alike. The 58th annual Grammy Awards will recognize King’s contribution to popular music with an all-star salute that includes nominee Chris Stapleton.  In the Studio: See Photos of Morgane and Chris Stapleton The red-hot country singer, who has more than a touch of the blues in his gritty howl, will be joined by blues devotees and guitarists extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt. The LA Times reports that Grammy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich chose Stapleton after seeing a YouTube performance of him singing “The Thrill Is Gone” and paired him with Clark. Raitt was added at Stapleton’s suggestion. Like Stapleton’s knockout CMA Awards performance  with Justin Timberlake in November, this collaboration with Raitt and Clark positions him for another breakout night to Grammy viewers who may not be familiar

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