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Willie Nelson Taps Kristofferson, Margo Price for 4th of July Picnic

Willie Nelson has announced the lineup for his storied 4th of July Picnic, held this year at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. The roster is among the Independence Day party’s most diverse, with aggro-country outlaw Brantley Gilbert sharing space with Lone Star state songbird Lee Ann Womack. Willie Nelson’s 12 Most Memorable Acting Roles Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Billy Joe Shaver and David Allan Coe are also on the bill, along with trad-country breakout star Margo Price. Founded in 1973, Nelson staged his inaugural picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside of Austin. Last year’s event featured Eric Church, frequent Nelson collaborator Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and the late Merle Haggard. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th, at 10:00 a.m.

Hear Billy Bragg and Joe Henry’s Train Song ‘Midnight Special’

Tracked during a 2,728-mile railroad trip from Chicago to Los Angeles, Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad finds folksingers Billy Bragg and Joe Henry teaming up for an album of acoustic, harmony-heavy duets. The railway looms large throughout the project, pulling triple duty as the singers’ muse, transportation and makeshift recording studio. Filled with covers of train songs that were first popularized by Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly, Hank Williams, the Carter Family and other American icons, Shine a Light does exactly what its title claims: refocus attention on the machines that not only helped colonize America, but played an immeasurable role in shaping the country’s blues and folk music, as well. Merle Haggard: 30 Essential Songs “We want the noise; we want people to listen to this record and be with us on the journey,” Bragg tells a railroad station employee in the above clip, which shows the two musicians recording their album’s first single, “The Midnight Special,” on a train depot balcony in St. Louis. Footage from the rest of the pair’s cross-country journey fills the video, too, showing Bragg and Henry recording their album’s songs in hotel rooms, train cars, loading docks and lobbies. The entire process took four days, with the album’s final track recorded outside Los Angeles’ Union Station at dawn, with birds chirping in the background. Although first recorded in 1926 by Pistol Pete, a member of the western group Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys, “The Midnight Special” is usually attributed to Leadbelly, who recorded his own version of the song while serving time for attempted homicide at Louisiana’s Angola Prison Farm.

Puff Daddy Sets First-Ever Bad Boy Reunion Tour

Just days before the massive Bad Boy Reunion show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on what would have been the Notorious B.I.G. ‘s 44th birthday, Puff Daddy  announced the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour featuring Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and more. Puff Daddy Sets Bad Boy Reunion Concert for B.I.G. Birthday Puff previewed the announcement on his Twitter  Sunday, promising something big with a short clip of footage from rehearsals for Friday’s show. The North American trek kicks off on August 25th in Columbus, OH and run through October 8th in Oakland, CA. The Lox, French Montana, 112, Mario Winans, Total and Carl Thomas will also perform on the tour. All tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th

On the Charts: Drake, Beyonce, Radiohead Squeeze Bieber From Top 10

Drake  held onto his throne atop the Billboard 200 for a second straight week despite heavy competition. The rapper’s Views  sold 219,000 total copies – a combination of “pure album sales” and grouped streaming totals – in its second week of release to officially push it past the platinum mark in terms of actual album sales. Views is the first 2016 release to sell over a million copies, Billboard reports . Drake Is Number One: Is America Embracing Global Pop? Beyoncé ‘s Lemonade clung to Number Two for the second straight week with an addition 202,000 total copies sold as the singer’s latest inches toward the platinum club. Beyoncé held off Radiohead, whose new LP A Moon Shaped Pool  sold 173,000 copies in its shortened debut week; since the album arrived Sunday and not the industry standard Friday, Pool had two less days of accrued sales compared to its competitors. While  Pool didn’t reach Number One like In Rainbows in 2008, the band’s new album was Radiohead’s best opening week in sales since Hail to the Thief chalked up 300,000 copies in its debut week in 2003. The band’s next two albums, In Rainbows and 2011’s The King of Limbs , were originally distributed through unconventional means. That was eventually followed by a traditional, Billboard 200-applicable release.

Hear Maren Morris Dream of Being a Baller in Devilish New Song ‘Rich’

With her debut single “My Church” currently in the Top 10, Maren Morris has every reason to drop a little attitude. Instead, she just fantasizes about it in “Rich,” a song off her upcoming album Hero . The Texas singer-songwriter released the track online. See Maren Morris, Brothers Osbornes’ Stapleton Cover Propelled by a bouncy reggae beat and some inspired “la dee dah” scatting, “Rich” finds Morris swearing off the guy who continues to break her heart while dreaming of living the yacht life like Diddy. “Every promise you made would have some real value,” she sings in the pre-chorus. “All the little lies rolling off your lips is money falling from the sky / Shit, I’d be rich.” For Morris, weaving in a colorful metaphor or two — “shit” is a favorite of hers and pops up throughout Hero — helps ground her lyrics in the authentic. “I just try to write how I would say it.

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace: ‘Goodbye Gender!’

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace  became one of the loudest musical protestors of North Carolina’s HB2 bill on Sunday, burning her birth certificate onstage. “Goodbye gender!” She declared onstage in Durham. The controversial House Bill 2 forces transgender people to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. It is a particularly close issue for Grace who announced she was transgender in 2012 .  I guess gender really is over since @LauraJaneGrace said goodbye to gender! #genderisover pic.twitter.com/EHXZJbMnM2 — Kathryn (@kwymer6) May 16, 2016 Early this year, Grace was encouraged to cancel the Durham show, but she refused by tweeting: “Hell no! … I’m even more eager to play North Carolina ’cause of the bill! Let me know if there’s any activist groups that can come table the show.” That was after a slew of music heavyweights like Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts in North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2.  17 Anti-Trans Bills That Could Become Law Next “I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace told Buzzfeed in April. “When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.” More trans-rights activists are stepping out in North Carolina. Moogfest, an electronic-experimental music fest in Durham this weekend, will feature a keynote address from Sirius Satellie Radio co-founder Martine Rothblatt, a transgender woman. “I would rather be part of a protest festival than basically just be a silent voice walking away from it,” she told The New York Times . Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace talks about playing their North Carolina show as a “protest” against the state’s anti-LGBT law. Watch here

Listen to Redman’s Favorite Weed Songs

Redman has been smoking weed since he was 16, and three decades later he’s still an aficionado. The rapper, who has a new supergroup 1000Volts with Jayceeoh and a new song “I’m Gone,”  recently sat down to parse all things marijuana for Rolling Stone and came up with a list of his favorite tunes to listen to while stoned. Related: Check out our list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs. “What makes a good weed song? Well, a good weed song to me is a song that has the right sounds, instruments and hook, only fit to the herbal ear,” Redman tells Rolling Stone .

See One Direction Reunite On Family Guy

One Direction go camping in the first clip from their “Family Guy” episode.

YG Announces New Album ‘Still Krazy,’ Sets Summer Tours

Compton rapper YG will follow up his stunning 2014 debut My Krazy Life  with the follow-up Still Krazy this June, the rapper formally announced Friday. The album’s new single, “Why You Always Hatin’?”, will premiere on Drake’s OVO Radio show on May 21st. YG’s Gritty Short Film Goes Inside the Rapper’s ‘Krazy Life’ YG has teased his much-anticipated new LP with a trio of new singles in recent months – “Twist My Fingaz,” “I Wanna Benz” and “Fuck Donald Trump”  – but it’s unclear whether any of the three tracks are destined for Still Krazy . While YG has worked with an array of in-demand producers for the new album ranging from Metro Boomin and Terrace Martin to Hit-Boy and London on Da Track, Still Krazy  reportedly won’t feature beats by My Krazy Life ‘s key collaborator DJ Mustard after the two engaged in a public beef. The rapper has also scheduled a pair of summer tours, the first a seven-date June trek in support of Still Krazy , after which YG will join G-Eazy and Logic on their extensive the Endless Summer Tour. Check out dates for both jaunts below.

Demi Lovato Made A Country Song, Because There’s No Genre She Can’t Slay

Demi Lovato collaborates with Brad Paisley on a new country song, proving there’s no genre she can’t master.

Have We Really Seen The Last Of Drake’s Beard?

For some dumb reason, Drake has shaved his beard… but it might be back.

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ Is a Gospel-Rap Masterpiece

Chicago’s  Chance the Rapper just released 2016’s richest hip-hop album. Though Kanye said The Life of Pablo was a gospel album, Coloring Book delivers on that promise in much more than fits and spurts. Gospel choirs are the backbone of the LP, rocketing heavenward in the background the same way soul samples did on Kanye records, James Brown breaks did on Public Enemy records or disco interpolations did in the Sugar Hill catalog. Reaching back to the very beginning of black music in America, Chance recontextualizes one of the most enduring African-American art forms for 2016’s most urgent one. Chance The Rapper Releases New Mixtape ‘Coloring Book’ Coloring Book comes at a time when the biggest rap and R&B stars are looking deep into African-American heritage, a trend that’s perhaps unsurprising in a country where policemen regularly get away with murder, a presidential candidate refuses to disown the KKK and the water is poisoned. On their recent albums, Dr. Dre and Vince Staples revived Nineties gangsta rap, Kendrick Lamar searched for the spiritual core of To Pimp a Butterfly in Seventies jazz, Beyoncé sampled Forties prison songs on Lemonade and now Chance the Rapper finds freedom in gospel music that goes back centuries.

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