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Read Bruce Springsteen’s Funny, Moving Tribute to Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend  was honored Thursday night during the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York, where he received the Stevie Ray Vaughan award from fellow rock legend Bruce Springsteen. The evening was filled with musical tributes to the Who, including appearances from Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Willie Nile. Springsteen joined the band for a rousing take on “My Generation,” and most of the lineup united for “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Other highlights included Jett’s powerhouse versions of “Summertime Blues” and “I Can’t Explain” and Idol’s punk-inflected takes on “Who Are You” and “The Real Me.” Who’s Done? Pete Townshend’s Ambivalent Farewell Springsteen saluted the Who mastermind in his funny, heartfelt speech, emphasizing Townshend’s influence on his own music. The rocker recalled seeing the Who open for Herman’s Hermits in the late 1960s and, as a 16-year-old, emulating the band by bashing a vase of flowers after an early show.  “Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock & roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest,” Springsteen said.

Chance the Rapper’s Social Experiment Drops Free ‘Surf’ Album

Chance the Rapper ‘s side project, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, released their debut album Surf Thursday evening via SoundCloud below and as a free download on iTunes . Chance the Rapper Covers ‘Arthur’ Theme Song The album features numerous guest appearances, though the iTunes track list does not name any features. According to MissInfo , Big Sean, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are a few of the big-name collaborators who appear on the album. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment is a musical collective led by Chance’s friend Nico Segal (AKA Donnie Trumpet).

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Lists for $100 Million

Michael Jackson ‘s opulent Santa Barbara County, California estate Neverland Ranch has been put on the market for $100 million. Named after the fictional world in Peter Pan where children never grow up, the King of Pop resided on the estate, which contained its own amusement park and petting zoo to entertain visiting kids, for 15 years. Michael Jackson’s 20 Greatest Videos: The Stories Behind the Vision Jackson purchased the 2,700-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California in 1987, but ceased living at Neverland following his 2005 molestation trial and an extensive police search of the property . After Jackson failed to repay a $24 million loan on the ranch amid his mounting debt in 2008, Neverland Ranch almost went to auction before real estate investment firm Colony Capital entered into a joint title on the property with Jackson.

Driver Goes on Deadly Rampage After Trace Adkins Concert

One man is dead and at least two more are injured after a food vendor in eastern Tennessee drove his Toyota 4-Runner into the crowd following a Trace Adkins  concert this past weekend. Jason Aldean, Eric Church on Drunken Fan Behavior The Saturday evening show was held at Trails End Campground, a popular spot for hunters and off-road ATV drivers in Huntsville, Tennessee. Hometown hero Anthony Smith, who’d written the hit title track for Adkins’ fourth album, Chrome , nearly 15 years prior, kicked off the evening, with Adkins taking the stage later that night. The concert doubled as the grand finale of the campgrounds’ first-annual Full Throttle Festival, a daylong event catering to ATV enthusiasts. Adkins had completed his performance and was already offstage for nearly an hour before the trouble began, according to his spokesperson

Michael Jackson Molestation Lawsuit Dismissed

A molestation lawsuit filed against the Michael Jackson  estate by choreographer Wade Robson was dismissed Tuesday by a Los Angeles judge who ruled that Robson waited too long to seek legal action. Robson, who previously testified under oath that Jackson never molested him during the singer’s criminal trial in 2005, later sued the Jackson estate in May 2013, claiming Jackson molested him during a seven-year stretch that began in 1990 when Robson was seven, the New York Post reports . The Jackson estate had denied  Robson’s allegations. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his decision that Robson could file a lawsuit “only for a reasonable time period after any violence, intimidation or threatening conduct by the decedent ceases.” The alleged molestation occurred between 1990 and 1997; Robson waited 16 years before taking legal action

See Laura Bell Bundy’s ‘Sound of Music’ Inspired New Video

In the five years since Broadway veteran Laura Bell Bundy broke into country music’s Top Five with her album Achin’ and Shakin’ , fans of the Kentucky native have seen her in various acting roles, from Anger Management to How I Met Your Mother , but hadn’t heard much about her music. That began to change earlier this month when the bubbly blonde announced her upcoming LP, Another Piece of Me , set for release June 9th on Big Machine Records. In the Club: Country’s Fascination With EDM And although the title of her new single and video, “I Am What I Am,” may at first conjure up images of Popeye, the singer-actress is actually channeling Julie Andrews’ Maria in The Sound of Music — she sings from a Swiss mountaintop in key scenes from the gorgeous clip. Directed by Becky Fluke, “I Am What I Am” was filmed while Bundy was in Switzerland to perform at a country-music event, and has the singer delivering the inspirational lyrics — about living life to the fullest and staying true to one’s self — while her co-stars hold up signs describing some of their own key traits like “strong” or “silly.” “There is not another place in nature I feel more connected to my higher source than in the mountains,” Bundy said in a statement. “So when I found out I’d be performing at the Gstaad Country Music Festival – in the midst of the Alps and the same setting as my favorite film, The Sound of Music – I was stoked

Blink-182 Inch Toward ‘Friendly Divorce’ From Tom DeLonge

Blink-182 ‘s  public and acrimonious split  from Tom DeLonge appears to be inching toward an amicable resolution as bassist-vocalist Mark Hoppus revealed in a new interview that the band have almost legally cut ties with the soon-to-be-ex-guitarist. “We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist,” Hoppus told Das Process  ( via NME ). “Hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all manager-y and lawyer-y and all that and we can move forward.” Blink-182 Blast ‘Ungrateful, Disingenuous’ Tom DeLonge While DeLonge abruptly and “indefinitely” left Blink-182 in late January after refusing to commit to recording a new album, he didn’t officially and permanently quit the band that he co-founded with Hoppus. “There are legalities involved with this,” Hoppus told Rolling Stone.

Disclosure Get Soaring, Soulful on New Single ‘Holding On’

British duo Disclosure  continue their streak of spaced-out, soulful dance pop odes with “Holding On,” the first single from their follow-up to 2013’s Settle , which premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, Stereogum reports. Disclosure: The New Funk Soul Brothers Though initially written as a ballad, Disclosure’s Guy and Howard Lawrence said they remixed “Holding On” into its final, bounding form. Anchored by swift two-step garage percussion, the track seethes with percolating synth stabs that continually simmer at the bottom of the mix and boil brilliantly to the top. Though familiar territory for the Lawrence brothers, the track was co-written and sung by Gregory Porter, a renowned jazz singer who sidles easily into the role of dancefloor siren. “Holding On” will see release on July 17th via PMR/Island; it’s available to pre-order now on iTunes . The song comes on the heels of “Bang That,” a soaring house smash that the Lawrence brothers noted had become a staple in their DJ sets and which they offered up as a treat to fans as they continued recording their next album. While no specific details regarding the LP have been announced, Disclosure promised they would debut new material with the help of special guests at their Wild Life Festival, which takes place June 6th and 7th in Brighton

Icona Pop Declare State of ‘Emergency’ on New Song

Though the solstice is still a month away, Swedish pop duo Icona Pop  have welcomed summer with “Emergency,” an exuberant, feverish new song that boasts vocals from fellow Swede Erik Hassle. 50 Best Songs of 2012: Icona Pop, While “Emergency” invokes the same kind of breakneck delirium that made Icona Pop’s 2012 breakout hit  “I Love It”  a sudden, inescapable smash, the pair have swapped the relentless EDM thump for a big band-inspired groove. Anchored by a rollicking piano line, “Emergency” repeatedly builds to an infectious muted horn melody while Hassle, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo tap into their inner divas to deliver the track’s sultry vocals. “Emergency” is available to stream on Spotify  and for purchase via iTunes , Amazon and Google Play. Per a press release, Icona Pop have been in the studio working on new music, though there’s still no word on an official follow-up to 2013’s  This Is… Icona Pop

Luke Bryan on the First Song He Ever Wrote

Now that Luke Bryan has his own exhibit  at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, fans can learn more about what helped shape his status as the face of today’s country. Stagecoach 2015: Our Best Behind-the-Scenes Photos Some of his first instruments and even the first song he ever wrote are included in Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary , but the tiny placards placed next to each item only reveal a fraction of what makes them special. To hear the story behind them, you’ve got to ask Bryan himself. In an interview just before he toured the exhibit for the first time, Bryan filled reporters in on some of his most precious possessions. “My very first guitar, I don’t even know what brand it is,” Bryan said.

New App Allows Fans to Record With Taylor Hawkins, Phil Manzanera

Foo Fighters  drummer Taylor Hawkins, Roxy Music  guitarist Phil Manzanera and jam band Umphrey’s McGee have all contributed music to an app called WholeWorldBand , which allows users to create their own music by building around song stems uploaded by the artists. In Hawkins’ case, the drummer provided a video session that enables fans to write their own songs with the Foo Fighter on drums. “I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing,” Hawkins tells WholeWorldBand users. Sing Bono’s Band Aid 30 Lyrics to Help Fight Ebola Manzanera, who previously contributed a session to WholeWorldBand, is back for his second foray on the app

Read Previously Unknown George Harrison Letter From 1966

A previously unreleased letter that George Harrison  wrote to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May of 1966 reveals that the Beatles  seriously contemplated recording at Stax in Memphis with producer Jim Stewart before the plan was derailed by financial issues. “We would all like it a lot,” Harrison wrote by hand, “but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!” George Harrison’s 1963 Guitar Sells for $485,000 at Auction Word of the proposed Stax sessions has circulated before, but it was always said they pulled out due to security issues. It was also never known they contemplated working with Jim Stewart as opposed to George Martin, the only producer they’d ever worked with until the end of their career three years later.  The letter was recently put on sale  by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013. “When I read the Stax part I was like, ‘What the hell is this?'” says Gold.

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