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On the Charts: Fetty Wap’s Debut Traps Number One

Fetty Wap, recovering from a broken leg after crashing his motorcycle  September 26th, received some good news Sunday as the rapper’s self-titled debut beat out new releases by Don Henley, George Strait and the Dead Weather to take Number One on the Billboard 200. Fetty Wap  sold 129,000 total copies in its first week of release, making Fetty the first rapper since A$AP Rocky in 2013 to have their debut LP claim the top spot, Billboard reports . 10 Things We Learned When Billy Joel Interviewed Don Henley “Even if the album don’t go anywhere, that doesn’t mean nothing to me,” Fetty Wap recently told Rolling Stone . “I did what most people said I wouldn’t do. And I overcame, I guess you could say, a lot of rookie boundaries.” The rapper exceeded even his own expectations as his self-titled LP reached 75,000 pure album sales, with another 54,000 copies coming from bulk purchases of Fetty Wap’s smash singles “My Way” and “Trap Queen.” Last week’s surprise champ, Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive , slipped to Number Two, one spot ahead of Don Henley’s country foray Cass County , which sold 89,000 total copies in its first week.

See Keith Urban Surprise Taylor Swift’s Toronto Audience

Ontario, Canada, has no shortage of pop and rock stars, and the 45,000 fans assembled at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night could have been forgiven for expecting Taylor Swift to introduce Drake or the Weeknd as her special guest three-quarters of the way through her set. (Their parents might have been hoping for Neil Young or Gordon Lightfoot.) Taylor Swift, Mick Jagger Sing ‘Satisfaction’ in Nashville Instead, she reached back to her roots, bringing out a man utterly familiar with sharing the spotlight with a gorgeous woman tall enough to play point guard for the Raptors. “Someone absolutely incredible is about to come out on the stage,” Swift announced as the crowd shrieked in anticipation. “This is someone who has sold 20 million records. This is someone who, more importantly, is an amazing human being.

Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley Hospitalized After Bad Fall

Ralph Stanley is in the hospital this week, recovering from a fractured pelvis sustained in a fall on September 26th. The 88-year-old bluegrass legend is expected to make a full recovery, although the injury has already forced him to cancel a pair of upcoming shows, including an appearance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.  Hear All-Star Bluegrass Trio’s Debut Song With Ralph Stanley Rumors that Stanley broke his hip were dispelled by a Wednesday afternoon post on Stanley’s Facebook page , which identified the injury as a small pelvic fracture. He’s expected to return to the concert circuit soon, with an October 18th show at Austin’s Paramount Theatre serving as his first gig since the fall.  The oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Stanley is one of bluegrass music’s architects, as well as a member of pioneering groups the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Stanley Brothers. Related Inside the Bluegrass Civil War Earls of Leicester Win Big at Bluegrass Awards Ralph Stanley on His All-Star Album With Robert Plant

Watch Strokes, the Weeknd, Gary Clark Jr. on Austin City Limits Livestream

Austin City Limits will help bring the 2015 festival season to a close this weekend with a packed lineup  featuring the Strokes, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels and many more. For those who can’t make it to Austin, ACL and Red Bull TV have teamed up for a livestream that will broadcast a number of high-profile sets from today through Sunday, October 4th. (Respective Friday and Saturday headliners Foo Fighters and Drake will not appear on the livestream.)   The livestream kicks off today at 2 p.m. CT. Atmospheric L.A. quartet Talk in Tongues and Austin country vets Asleep at the Wheel will be the first groups to appear on the broadcast, starting at 3:15 p.m. Turning up on the stream throughout the weekend are a number of big acts including fun.’s Nate Ruess (Friday at 5 p.m.), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday at 9:15 p.m.), Run the Jewels (Friday at 10:15 p.m.), Father John Misty (Saturday at 5 p.m.), Deadmau5 (Saturday at 9:20 p.m.), A$AP Rocky (Saturday at 9:30 p.m.), the Weeknd (Sunday at 9:3o p.m.), the Strokes (Sunday at 9:45 p.m.) and Dwight Yoakam (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.). Foo Fighters, Drake, the Strokes to Headline ACL Fest In addition to the performances, the livestream’s three channels will also feature interviews with performers, behind-the-scenes access and other highlights from the festival. See here  for a full broadcast schedule

Nelly on Surprise Taylor Swift Performance, Status of ‘Country’ EP

In the last decade and a half, Nelly has been a regional hip-hop pioneer, a chart-storming pop chameleon and an unlikely country crossover star. All those worlds collided on Tuesday night during Taylor Swift’s stop in his hometown of St. Louis, when the rapper joined the pop superstar and Haim for a run-through of his iconic 2002 Number One hit “Hot in Herre.” It’s just the latest stop for the remarkably resilient rapper, whose successes in the last two years alone include the remix of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” the country-rap hit “Hey Porsche” and the currently exploding “The Fix,” which is riding a bouncy DJ Mustard beat and a Marvin Gaye interpolation up the Hot 100. Rolling Stone caught up with Nelly to find out about his long-standing relationship with Swift, the status of his long-rumored country EP and the 15th anniversary of the album that started it all. This is your third time on stage with Taylor Swift. How did you guys hook up originally

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’

Twenty years ago today, an already-buzzing English rock band named Oasis released their second studio album. Almost immediately, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? , a more pop-friendly effort than its predecessor , completely changed the band’s trajectory: The album became the third-best-selling LP in England’s history, topped only by the Beatles  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Queen’s Greatest Hits , and made the band’s co-leaders and brothers Gallagher, singer Liam and guitarist-songwriter Noel, paparazzi-level famous. (That their bickering and in-fighting would grab most of the subsequent headlines foreshadowed the group’s eventual demise.) Paul McCartney to Oasis: ‘Get Together and Make Good Music’ Sure, you know that the album spawned a pair of hit singles Stateside with “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” but there’s plenty more to learn about this quintessential Britpop masterpiece. We’ve dug through the archives and uncovered 10 things you might not know about (What’s the Story) , from the young woman who inspired its hit single to Noel’s unorthodox songwriting method.

Hear Will Smith’s First Song in More Than a Decade

Will Smith  returned to music for the first time in a decade Friday with the actor-rapper’s appearance on the remix of Colombian dance group Bomba Estéreo’s “Fiesta.”  Smith first heard the Latin Grammy-nominated act’s song during a recent trip to Colombia and approached the “electro tropical” group to collaborate on a remix. A music video for the collaboration – which features Smith rapping in Spanish – was recently filmed on Los Angeles and will premiere in the near future. Will Smith: Big Willie Style “Hola mamacita / Go get me a beer-a / The track is the heat / I couldn’t let the beat go by without a feature,” Smith raps in his first new verse in 10 years. Later on the remix, Smith boasts “No gasoline, I’m a Tesla / Teach game, sensei, professor,” name-checks actress Sofia Vergara and refers to himself as “the Fresh one.” “When I was told that Will Smith wanted to collaborate on a remix with Bomba, I couldn’t believe it,” Bomba Estéreo’s founder/multi-instrumentalist Simón Mejia said in a statement. “This opportunity to work with Will was beyond anything we have dreamed of. It’s not a traditional featuring – it’s just magic. We all had a blast together at the video shoot, and we want to thank Will for being so warm and such a pleasure to work with … and for rapping in Spanish!” Smith teased a “Fiesta” collaboration last month when he posted a selfie with the group  on Facebook  to congratulate them for receiving multiple nominations at the upcoming Latin Grammys. Other than occasionally appearing on late-night shows or Las Vegas pool parties to beatbox “It Takes Two,”  Smith has largely abandoned the music industry since the release of his 2005 LP Lost and Found . However, earlier this year, Smith hinted that he might be ready to rejoin the music world after revealing that he hit the studio with Kanye West to work on new tracks

Valerie June: Memphis’ Messenger of Love-Born Blues

Her Sound: On the back of her rustic acoustic guitar playing and her immediately recognizable, sometimes-childlike-sometimes – antiquated vocals, Valerie June mixes rural blues, Southern soul, back porch country, old-time gospel and Appalachian folk into a sonic stew she cheekily calls “organic moonshine roots music.” “Being from Memphis, I truly love all of the different genres of music that were born and married there,” she tells Rolling Stone . “Blues, gospel, rockabilly, country, I love all of it.” Meet Nashville’s Hottest New Avant-Garde Rock Band But when June first started dishing out her bluesy concoction, audiences didn’t know what to do with the finished product, much less how to label it. “At first, they didn’t know what to call my music. So I knew I had to help people out,” she relates. “I wanted to call it something magical, and at the core of blues, gospel, folk, and rock & roll is roots music – so that’s what I ended up calling it.” Big Break: In 2009, June appeared in the MTV series $5 Cover , an episodic show chronicling the modern Memphis music scene from the mind of director Craig Brewer ( Hustle and Flow , Black Snake Moan ). June came by the gig pretty easily — “I used to serve Craig coffee every morning,” she reveals — and it certainly paid off for the struggling artist. “I acted on the show and I got to perform ‘No Draws Blues,’ my only blues song at the time, for a huge audience.

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry Remember ‘Rock & Roll Chef’ Kerry Simon

Alice Cooper  keeps a black Alexander McQueen cane with a solid silver skull in “a very special place” in his house. Of the many canes that have been signature parts of Cooper’s show for decades, it’s this one that’s become the singer’s most sentimental. Inside Hollywood Vampires’ Drunk History With Alice Cooper “It wasn’t just a cane, but it was a cane that he was actually using before he got into the wheelchair,” Cooper says. “So now, every time I look at that, I can’t help thinking about Kerry.” “Kerry” is Kerry Simon, the celebrity chef adored by some of the biggest names in rock & roll who died earlier this month  at age 60 to the rare neurodegenerative disease multiple system atrophy. The former Iron Chef winner was a wildly successful restaurateur with an empire stretching from South Beach to Los Angeles. In the early Nineties, Rolling Stone dubbed him “The Rock & Roll Chef,” a name that would stick for the rest of his career. What exactly does Cooper remember about Simon when he looks at that silver cane; and what was it about the young, upstart chef who “looked like he probably played lead guitar in a band somewhere, not like a chef” that not only pulled so many rockers into his orbit, but left many of them mourning his passing? “He was just comfortable to be with and I think that’s something that rockers look for,” says Cooper

Watch Black Simon & Garfunkel Sing Weeknd With Art Garfunkel

Years before Stephen Colbert brought out faux-Paul Simon cover band Troubled Waters on Late Show , Jimmy Fallon was parodying the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” duo with Black Simon & Garfunkel. The Roots ‘ “Captain” Kirk Douglas and Questlove reprised their roles as the folk-singing duo of contemporary hits Wednesday night, but this time they were joined by a special guest: Art Garfunkel  himself. The singer assisted Black Simon & Garfunkel for the Weeknd ‘s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Art Garfunkel Lashes Out at Paul Simon in New Interview Black Simon & Garfunkel date back to Fallon’s Late Night , with the Roots duo first performing LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”  In June, they reunited on Tonight Show to sing Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” As is custom, Black Simon & Garfunkel & Garfunkel closed out their Weeknd rendition by harmonizing the outro to the real Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.” The performance was The Tonight Show ‘s strangest reunion since Crosby, Stills, Nash and “Young” sang Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” in June 2014. In September, Colbert closed out his first week as Late Show host by welcoming Paul Simon cover band Troubled Waters, which after some slight subterfuge turned out to be Simon himself. Simon played “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” alongside an eagerly whistling Colbert. Unfortunately, Black Simon & Garfunkel & Garfunkel might be the closest thing resembling an actual Simon & Garfunkel reunion in the foreseeable future after Garfunkel lashed out at his Rock Hall duo mate this May

Jewel on Dolly, Divorce and New Album ‘Picking Up the Pieces’

When Jewel suggested to Dolly Parton that the two of them get together for a glass of wine sometime, the response was pure Parton. “She said, ‘No, honey…moonshine!'” recalls Jewel, beaming. The fellow songwriters were together in the studio to duet on the standout track “My Father’s Daughter” on Jewel’s new album, Picking Up the Pieces , a record that, like many of Parton’s, was inspired by hardship, loss and a healthy dose of self-reflection. “[Dolly] is such a pioneer, and who she was as a woman the time she came out was just revolutionary,” Jewel continues. “I love how unapologetic and how willing she was to not use artist propaganda, and instead say, ‘This is exactly who I am.'” 22 Best Things We Saw at Americana Music Fest 2015 On Picking Up the Pieces , Jewel follows in those same footsteps. The record, her first since 2005’s country effort Sweet and Wild , returns the Nineties’ queen of introspection to her more folky roots, allowing her poetry-like lyrics to come to the fore. No emotion or feeling is masked, whether it’s the awkward doubt of the cocktail-party exposé “Plain Jane” (in which she somehow manages to work “cynicism” into the chorus), the courage in the breakup story-song “His Pleasure Is My Pain” or the love-lost regret that imbues fan favorite “Carnivore.”  Many of the songs were written when the Alaska-raised Jewel, who famously lived in her car during a period of lean times, was still in her late teens and early twenties. “Some have been underground hits and have been requested at every show. Fans will ask for ‘Carnivore’ before they’ll ask for ‘You Were Meant for Me,'” she tells Rolling Stone Country , referencing her 1996 Number One hit.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town to Play Veterans Day Benefit Show

Dierks Bentley leads a lineup of country stars saluting American soldiers in respectful, back-to-basics style this Veterans Day (November 11th). Kip Moore on Failed Singles and Defiant ‘Wild Ones’  Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and the Band Perry will also take part in Stars and Strings, a stripped-down benefit concert at the Chicago Theater. Presented by CBS Radio, the showcase will feature all the artists playing acoustic, helping keep the focus on the sacrifice and dedication of American service men and women all around the world. The night will take an informal approach — with artists sometimes performing solo and other times in various combinations. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon. Bentley, whose late father served in World War II, is pleased to report that proceeds from the show will be donated to a cause he champions. “The tickets are going to benefit the Folds of Honor — a foundation that is really important to me — that helps the children of deceased and wounded veterans go to college,” he says. “It’s going to be fun, a chance to play country music, honor our veterans and raise money for a great cause

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