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Hear Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice’s Sunny ‘A Little More Love’

Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice have teamed up on a new single called “A Little More Love,” and the track was released to iTunes on April 29th. Jerrod Niemann Previews New Album, Recalls Garth Advice Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann, the laid back tune is built for grooving and good times, with a theme that extols the virtues of working less and enjoying life more. “Make a little more love / Make a little less money / Catch a little more buzz / Off a little less honey,” goes the chorus. This is the first time Niemann and Brice — long-time friends who recently wrapped Brice’s Life Off My Years tour — have recorded a song together, and the track will serve as the lead single from Niemann’s forthcoming first album under the Curb Records banner. SiriusXM’s The Highway originally premiered the song in February and it has since become a part of their live performances. “Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Niemann says on his website. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!” Check out a two-minute teaser of the sunny, easy living anthem below. Related See Jerrod Niemann’s Gypsy Road Trip in ‘Blue Bandana’ Video Lee Brice and Tyler Farr Announce Joint Tour Tyler Farr Placed on Vocal Rest, Cancels Shows

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N.W.A’s MC Ren on Kiss, Gene Simmons: ‘Them Dudes Is a Joke’

N.W.A ‘s MC Ren is still angry at Gene Simmons ‘ negative statements about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting rap artists. “That dude is real arrogant,” the rapper tells Rolling Stone . “It’s like, how he’s looking at us, how he know that people before him in rock & roll don’t look at him like that? How he know the Beatles or Muddy Waters, if he was still around, don’t look at him as a gimmick? Who is he to say anything if he’s wearing makeup and heels and sticking out his tongue every 10 seconds of his show? Come on, man, that’s a gimmick.” N.W.A’s Coachella Reunion ‘Felt Like Old Times,’ MC Ren Says When the gangsta-rap scene leaders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, MC Ren used his turn at the mic to target the Kiss singer-songwriter.

Trey Anastasio Recalls Phish’s Night Partying With Prince

Phish  have covered  Prince many times during the past three decades, playing “1999” while ringing in that same year at Madison Square Garden, plus dozens of versions of “Purple Rain.” Discussing what Prince meant to him, frontman Trey Anastasio recalls the night of November 11th, 1996, when Prince invited the guitarist and the rest of the band to his Paisley Park complex for a party celebrating his album  Emancipation . “It was just an unforgettable night,” says Anastasio.  Lenny Kravitz on Prince: ‘I Feel Like a Piece of Me Died’ In Minneapolis for an arena show, Phish headed to the party after the gig, joining a crowd of about 200, including Ziggy Marley and Boyz II Men. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” Anastasio says. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.”  But the highlight for Anastasio was standing a few feet away from Prince in the studio as he plugged in with his band, who were all using see-through Plexiglass instruments and speakers. “It was really cool,” Anastasio says. “He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it.

Rihanna, Calvin Harris Reunite for Addictive ‘This Is What You Came For’

Rihanna  and Calvin Harris  unveiled their latest collaboration, the new song, “This Is What You Came For.” Harris’ girlfriend Taylor Swift hinted at the single by debuting the single art  on her jacket at Coachella.  Watch Rihanna, Drake Recreate ‘Work’ Video During Concert “This Is What You Came For” taps into the pair’s tradition of arena-worthy EDM songs. The song’s delicate beat builds into a cinematic, house sound with Rihanna’s voice in a softer register than the belt she produced over Harris’ beats (like on “We Found Love”). Harris announced the new track on Twitter  and Instagram Thursday with a 30-second preview. “This Is What You Came Here For” is Rihanna and Harris’ first song together since scoring a massive hit in 2011 with “We Found Love,” which appeared on the former’s Talk That Talk  and the latter’s 2012 LP, 18 Months (Harris also co-produced the Talk That Talk single, “Where Have You Been”). Rihanna’s Anti World Tour is scheduled to continue in North America through May 18th. A European trek is plotted for this summer. Related Watch Father John Misty Cover Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Beter’ Rihanna Set to Star in New Peter Berg Documentary See Rihanna at Met Costume Gala in Exclusive Clip

N.W.A’s Coachella Reunion ‘Felt Like Old Times,’ MC Ren Says

This past weekend, N.W.A ‘s four surviving members made music together for the first time since 1989 at Coachella. “It was dope, man,” MC Ren tells Rolling Stone . “We had fun. It felt like old times. It’s been a long, long stretch.” Read N.W.A’s Heartfelt Rock Hall Acceptance Speeches Although Ice Cube, Ren and Dr. Dre had toured together in 2000 on the Up in Smoke tour, and Cube had done some shows with Ren and DJ Yella last year around the release of the movie Straight Outta Compton , Coachella marked the first time they were all performing together.

Watch Josh Abbott Band’s Romantic ‘Wasn’t That Drunk’ Video

The Josh Abbott Band is most often described as Texas country, but lately they’ve been building a nationwide fan base with the release of their concept album Front Row Seat and progressive singles like “Wasn’t That Drunk,” featuring guest Carly Pearce. Josh Abbott Band Ready Raw Breakup Album ‘Front Row Seat’ The band has now released a music video to go along with that dramatic track, bringing to life a story about two friends who seem to think their fling will just be a one-night stand, but wake up feeling like they’ve stumbled into something deeper. With direction by Evan Kaufmann, the clip takes place at a glitzy (and glittery) New Year’s Eve party, but it’s the interplay between Abbott and Pearce — a Kentucky-born Grand Ole Opry favorite — that steals the show. Speaking with Rolling Stone Country   last summer , Abbott said Pearce was the missing piece in a song that he thinks moves his band into new territory. “The minute I got it, I listened to it like six times in a row and I thought ‘This is it, this is a smash. We just gotta get the right girl on it,'” he explained. “It sounds like our band, but it’s got just enough pop elements to make radio happy, and it’s got just enough touch — fiddle and all that — to make our fans happy.” The Josh Abbott Band and Carly Pearce will perform “Wasn’t That Drunk” on Jimmy Kimmel Live May 31. Related 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 10 Signs Bro Country May Be on the Decline Hear Josh Abbott Band’s Hard-Partying New EP

Hear Paul Simon Sing About Baseball Legend on ‘Cool Papa Bell’

Just one day before Paul Simon  kicks off his 2016 tour at Jazz Fest in New Orleans he shared new track “Cool Papa Bell.” It’s a summertime ode to Bell, the legendary baseball player hailed as “the fastest man on Earth,” sings Simon. The song is on his latest LP  Stranger to Stranger , in stores on June 3rd . Related: Inside Paul Simon’s Genre-Bending New Album On the song, Simon meditates on topics from the exact location of Heaven (six trillion light years away, according to Simon) to the word “motherfucker”: “Ubiquitous and often heard,” Simon sings. “As a substitute for someone’s Christian name/And I think, yeah/The word is ugly, all the same.” Stranger to Stranger is the result of five intense years of work. “There are a lot of preconceptions [about my new work] because I have been familiar to the public for 50 years,” Simon told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “They go, ‘Is it going to be Graceland ?

Dan Auerbach, Maren Morris Join Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam

Now a fixture during Nashville’s CMA Music Festival, Marty Stuart’s annual Late Night Jam retains some of the down home ethos that was an essential part of the week’s experience when it was known as Fan Fair. The 2016 installment, scheduled for June 8th  at the Ryman Auditorium, will feature the talents of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, among others. Marty Stuart’s ‘Hillbilly’ Jam As usual, the affable Stuart will perform with his band the Fabulous Superlatives, as will his wife Connie Smith and her band the Sundowners. Additional guests include Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys, JD McPherson, Steve Riley and Doug Kershaw, The Isaacs, and William and Ree. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.  In 2015, Eric Church brought some superstar power to the event and was even supported by a pre-CMA Awards explosion Chris Stapleton and half of Little Big Town, singing “Girl Crush”  as well as The Band’s “The Weight.”  “Over the years I’ve always made sure that new artists were given a spot on the show. One of the people I heard early on in his career was Eric Church. I liked him and his music. As I remember the audience did too. I get to have an ‘I told you so’ moment at this year’s show,” Stuart told Rolling Stone Country .

Watch Beyonce’s Touching Tributes to Prince, Vanity

Beyoncé paid tribute to Prince at the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami Wednesday. The singer performed a medley of Purple Rain songs with the deceased musician at the 2004 Grammy Awards . Beyonce Stuns With ‘Lemonade’ Debuts, Rousing Hits in Miami For a moment when Beyoncé wasn’t on the stage, a gigantic box structure in the center of the set became purple. A recording of “Purple Rain” was played for the audience, who enthusiastically sung along to the classic on their own. In the past, Beyoncé has covered ” The Beautiful Ones ” during her live shows. The singer also offered a tribute to one of Prince’s protégé and ex-girlfriends during the show, mashing up Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girl” with her own “Blow” off her 2013 self-titled LP. Denise “Vanity” Matthews died in February from kidney failure and abdominal issues. Beyoncé has covered “Nasty Girl” before, often as a mash-up with “Naughty Girl.” Beyoncé pays tribute to Vanity by mixing “Nasty Girl” into “BLOW” LIVE in Miami at #TheFormationWorldTour pic.twitter.com/jxN8h9MdI1 — THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) April 28, 2016 Many artists of diverse musical genres have paid tribute to Prince in the week following his untimely death. Bruce Springsteen opened his Brooklyn show with a cover of “Purple Rain,” while both Liz Phair and Chris Stapleton offered their own spins on “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Earlier this week, D’Angelo, with help from Maya Rudolph’s Prince tribute group Princess, covered “Sometimes It Snows in April” on The Tonight Show

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Kesha’s Mother Dismisses Dr. Luke Counterclaims

Kesha ‘s ongoing dispute with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald continues to play itself out in court, but one aspect of the ongoing and multi-state-reaching legal battle is coming to an end. As Entertainment Weekly  reports, Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, has dropped her counterclaims against the producer. Kesha, Zedd Plot ‘True Colors’ Single Release on Friday The multiple suits, which involve Kesha alleging that Dr. Luke sexually abused and drugged her and the producer claiming that the pop star is using the allegations as a ploy to get out of her recording contract, is taking place in three different states: New York, Tennessee and a paused suit in California. In 2014, Dr. Luke filed suit against Pebe Sebert  in Tennessee on claims of defamation and “tortious interference” with her daughter’s contract.

Drake Shortens ‘Views’ Album Title, Expands Tour

Drake  has unveiled the official track list for his forthcoming album and has abbreviated the title to boot. Formerly Views From the 6 , his fourth studio album will now be released as Views , according to Fader , who confirmed the change with Universal Music Canada. Drake has also been promoting the album with #VIEWS hashtag tweets . It’s set to be released on Friday via Apple Music. 12 Great Drake Disses A day before its release, Drake will premiere Views during a special episode of OVO Sound Radio on Beats 1 on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Views offers 19 tracks, with “Hotline Bling” serving as a bonus song. On Sunday, he shared the cover art, which features him sitting on the CN tower, and dedicated it to his Toronto hometown. “To the city I love and the people in it..

Watch David Gilmour Seamlessly Blend ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Purple Rain’

On Sunday, David Gilmour  paid tribute to the late Prince  during his benefit performance for Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall in London when he segued Pink Floyd ‘s classic “Comfortably Numb” into Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Prince Songs In the eight-minute-plus clip Gilmour shared on YouTube, as he was hitting a guitar solo for “Comfortably Numb,” he and his band effortlessly blended in a guitar solo from “Purple Rain” in an expertly seamless way that made Prince’s song feel like a natural extension within Pink Floyd’s. As purple lighting drenched the arena, the cascading notes were met with backing singers delivering the cooing final refrains from Prince’s beloved song. The singer/guitarist recently concluded his first North American tour in more than a decade when he performed at Madison Square Garden . Gilmour’s tour resumes in Europe, beginning on June 25th in Warsaw, Poland, at Freedom Square and concludes with a four-night stand in London a The Royal Albert Hall on September 30th. Related David Gilmour Ends Tour With Pink Floyd Hits, Soaring Solos Watch D’Angelo’s Tender Prince Cover on ‘Tonight Show’ Lenny Kravitz on Prince: ‘I Feel Like a Piece of Me Died’

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