Nathan Sykes of the Wanted has stepped out of the club and into the lounge on his debut solo track “More Than You’ll Ever Know.” The sultry R&B-tinged track is now available as a free download. The 21-year-old’s new sound is a far cry from his band’s Eurodance vibe, which came across on some of their biggest singles like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun.” The Wanted: We Were Told Not to Look at Britney Spears Sykes’ as-yet-untitled debut album is set to be released later this year, with an official first single arriving later this spring. On the LP, the pop star collaborated with Babyface, Diane Warren and British producer-songwriter Harmony Samuels. Previously, Sykes had worked with Samuels on “Almost is Never Enough,” his duet with ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande off Grande’s 2013 debut Yours Truly . “He really helped me create the sound and he’s now the executive producer on the album,” Sykes told Hunger TV when he announced his solo career earlier this year
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Hall and Oates are suing a Brooklyn-based granola company, Early Bird, for dubbing one of their products, “Haulin’ Oats,” according to The New York Post . 100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year: Hall and Oates, “The name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks,” the group claimed in the suit. A spokesperson for the group reiterated this claim when reached for comment by Rolling Stone , adding that group owns the registration for “Haulin Oats.” “Hall and Oates’ company, Whole Oats Enterprises, owns a Federal Trademark Registration for the identical mark ‘Haulin Oats’ covering breakfast foods that is used in connection with the sale of ‘Haulin Oats’ branded oatmeal by Whole Oats Enterprises’ licensee,” the spokesperson said. “Early Bird Foods’ use of the mark on their own products is likely to confuse consumers and lead them to believe that such products are affiliated with or approved by Hall and Oates, which is not the case,” he continued. “Prior attempts to discuss this matter with Early Bird Foods were unsuccessful and Whole Oats was left with no other choice but to file suit in order to protect its valuable marks and goodwill.” While the band is both seeking damages from Early Bird and insisting that the company change the name of the product, owner Nekisia Davis did not appear to be phased by the lawsuit, responding to Rolling Stone ‘s request for comment with a simple, “Say it isn’t so.” Davis also noted that Early Bird is offering a 25 percent discount on bags of Haulin’ Oats through the weekend with the coupon code SAYITISNTSO.
Pharrell Williams is doing a little country music moonlighting in the time he has off from coaching budding artists on NBC’s The Voice . The hat-“Happy” music mogul has hooked up with the sibling trio of Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, better known as the Band Perry, to work on material for their highly anticipated third album. Hear Gwen Stefani and Pharrell’s New Ballad, ‘Shine’ “We’re being really crazy about the different collaborations that we’re diving into,” the group’s Kimberly Perry recently told CMT After Midnite host Cody Alan. “We got to hang out with Pharrell a couple weeks ago. He’s a huge country music fan, and he also really loves what we do with harmony
It’s not often that the lead singer of a heavy metal band that Rolling Stone described as “too brutal for thrash” would provide the score for a ballet, but Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is defying expectations by contributing music to a friend’s dance project. Blythe and Matthew Frain, a member of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, Virginia, have teamed up for Inventory , a short piece scheduled to debut at the city’s dance festival on March 22nd. Q&A: Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on Imprisonment and Freedom “[Frain] asked me if he could use some [preexisting music] and I said, ‘Sure, but why don’t we just conceptualize a piece from the ground up, together,’” Blythe told Richmond magazine (via The Guardian ). “Artistically, I don’t live in some heavy metal cave — most of my favorite frontmen all work in various disciplines — Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, David Yow; these are men whose musical work I admire and respect
Before the Grateful Dead reunite for their three-night farewell stand in Chicago this July, its four surviving members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh — and a number of special guests will pay tribute to Jerry Garcia at a special gig at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on May 14th. Inside the Grateful Dead’s Final Ride Dubbed “Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia,” the show will feature performances from Lesh’s outfit Communion, Kreutzmann’s Billy and the Kids, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Church, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Greensky Bluegrass, Moe., Los Lobos, O.A.R., Railroad Earth, Widespread Panic, the Disco Biscuits, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford and Jason Crosby. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Famed musician Don Was will serve as the show’s music director and lead the official backing band
Jay Z’s plan to revolutionize the streaming industry has hit a snag. In January, the rapper put in a $56 million offer to buy Aspiro, the Swedish company which controls high-quality streaming services WiMP and TIDAL. But that bid has been blocked by Aspiro’s minority shareholders, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri (via Fact), despite having received a unanimous preliminary approval from the company’s board of directors. Jay Z Weighs in on NY Governor’s Police Relations Plan The shareholders were reportedly displeased with the original terms, questioning Jay Z’s ability to help finance Aspiro’s expansion into international markets.
Blake Shelton keeps piling up the Billboard bragging rights. The Voice coach hasn’t released a song in more than five years that has not topped the magazine’s Country Airplay chart . As of this week, his Number One streak is at 14 songs in a row, as his “Lonely Tonight’ duet with Ashley Monroe hits the top — breaking his own record for consecutive trips to the radio-based chart’s pinnacle. Watch Usher’s Killer Cover of Blake Shelton’s ‘Light’ The sultry single is the Oklahoma native’s 19th career Number One. His first was 2001’s “Austin,” and the first to start his chart-topping roll was 2009’s raucous, ACM award-winning “Hillbilly Bone” duet with Trace Adkins.
Every summer, the CMA Music Festival takes over the clubs, conference halls and NFL football stadiums of downtown Nashville. It’s like country music’s own version of South by Southwest, with less BBQ buffets and more pedal steel guitar rigs. 37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014 Some of the best moments occur during the off-hours, like the time Charlie Worsham brought Krispy Kreme donuts to his 10 a.m. fan club gig, or Marty Stuart’s late-night duet with Travis Tritt at the Ryman Auditorium. Even so, the nightly concerts at LP Field have always been CMA Fest’s bread and butter, drawing crowds as big as 50,000
Occasional Bob Dylan collaborator Daniel Lanois has revealed that the singer-songwriter’s venture into standards might not be limited to last month’s Shadows in the Night . “He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours,” the producer said in a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun . “We listened to 21 songs – because he’s made two records of this [Sinatra project].” The 10 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs Although the producer, who did not contribute to Shadows but previously worked on Dylan’s Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind LPs, didn’t offer any other info about the album’s possible sequel, he did give an account of Dylan’s passion for the project. Before the singer-songwriter played any of the music for Lanois, he told him the story of how he’d grown up hearing music but not aware of what the musicians looked like, giving him a sense of mystery about the artist
Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure . The show – officially titled “Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson” – will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more. Each artist will sing a Wilson-penned tune. The guest of honor, Brian Wilson himself, will also make a special appearance
The studio version of Kanye West’s new So Help Me God single, “All Day” is now streaming online. The rapper premiered the song, with fire-breathing pyrotechnics, at the BRIT Awards last week, where he visibly astonished the likes of Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie. Watch Kanye West’s Poignant Speech on Racism at BET Honors The proper version of the song shows off its triumphant synth line and bouncy beat, as well as West’s one-liners like, “You a fake Denzel like the Allstate nigga/If you run in to me, better have Allstate with you” and guest Allan Kingdom’s soulful vocals. Since the tune debuted on radio, the song features a few voice-over interruptions and censored N-words