John Holt, one of Jamaica’s most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer . Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances. Diplo’s Dancehall Reggae Primer: 10 Essential Tracks As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962
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It’s all about that star power. Chris Brown and Ariana Grande Go Medieval Next month’s Country Music Association Awards broadcast is luring in pop fans with the addition of Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to the performance lineup. Grande, the American Music Awards’ reigning New Artist of the Year, will sing with the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town. Trainor, who has several country songwriting credits to her name, will perform her chart-topping earworm, “All About That Bass” with this year’s leading CMA nominee, Miranda Lambert.
The Flaming Lips will release their all-star Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute, With a Little Help From My Fwends, on October 28th – but chapped Lips fans can stream the fearlessly freaky LP one week early at NPR. The album, a track-by-track reworking of the Beatles’ 1967 masterpiece, finds the psych-rock mainstays collaborating with likeminded artists such as Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, J.
Ever since Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends , Coldplay have followed up each studio release with a live album. That streak will continue on November 24th as Chris Martin and company will present their minimalist 2014 breakup album Ghost Stories in three different ways with the CD/DVD set Ghost Stories Live 2014 . 12 Great Coldplay Songs You Probably Don’t Know Focusing entirely on tracks from the band’s latest LP, the live CD culls highlights from shows throughout the band’s brief Ghost Stories trek, while the DVD/Blu-ray will feature Coldplay’s performance at a custom-built amphitheater at Los Angeles’ Sony Studios. Watch a trailer for the upcoming live album below: Portions of the Sony Studios gig previously aired during an NBC music special, but Ghost Stories Live 2014 presents the entire performance sequenced in the same order as the album
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says he feels better than ever after undergoing heart surgery in August.
Gwen Stefani has dropped the infectious new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” her first new solo song in eight years. The track – co-written with producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella – finds the No Doubt frontwoman stretching out her voice to an emphatic hiccup over buzzing synths and rattling drums. It’s currently available to purchase on iTunes via Mad Love/Interscope Records. Check out a stream below. Gwen Stefani’s Supersonic Style Evolution Stefani explores romantic subject matter on the rhythmically driven track.
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez refutes the view that grunge killed hair metal – because the two genres are beyond comparison.
Gwen Stefani releases “Baby Don’t Lie” as a taste of her new album.
Damon Albarn spent much of 2014 touring in support of his first proper solo album Everyday Robots . Next up for the prolific singer: Reigniting two of his most well-known side projects. In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald , Albarn revealed that he has his sights set on 2016 to release a new Gorillaz album, the animated band’s first disc since their 2011 iPad-recorded LP The Fall . Damon Albarn Performs ‘Everyday Robots’ for Everyday Robots In addition to the continued adventures of Murdoc and 2D, Albarn is eager to get back into the studio with the Good, the Bad & the Queen, his dub-inflected supergroup co-starring the Clash’s Paul Simonon, the Verve’s Simon Tong and drummer Tony Allen.
Arcade Fire recently wrapped up their long, cover song-heavy Reflektor world tour, but before they said goodbye to the road, the group’s Régine Chassagne and brothers Win and Will Butler chatted with CBS Sunday Morning for an introductory profile on the Grammy Album of the Year-winning band that still has people asking “Who is Arcade Fire?” While CBS Sunday Morning hasn’t posted the complete Arcade Fire segment, the show did share three web extras that feature the Butler brothers talking about performing together growing up, the emphasis they put on the connection with their live audience and Chassagne’s unlikely singing debut (via Pitchfork). Lorde Breaks Down Her 10 Favorite Arcade Fire Songs “When I was younger, there was a lot of the shoegazing, indie band thing when you play and look down. I think from the beginning, we would try and connect with an audience,” Butler says of band’s crowd-friendly gigs. “And I think we’ve allowed, as the circumstances changed, we’ve always tried to get our head around that original idea of how we used to play and how to have that affect. We play really hard
Little Big Town’s journey to the Grand Ole Opry came full circle Friday night, October 17th. A sold-out crowd was on hand to watch the platinum-selling group become the Opry’s newest members a full 15 years after the “Day Drinking” singers first appeared together on the esteemed Opry stage. The official induction followed the group’s surprise invitation earlier this month from fellow Opry cast member Reba McEntire. Watch Little Big Town Get an Opry Surprise In 1999, as young hopefuls in country music, the quartet of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook made their performance debut on the Opry stage.
Black Widow multi-instrumentalist Clive Beer-Jones has died at the age of 65.