Brandon Jennings knows how to shut ’em down on Twitter. Drake Responds to Meek Mill With ‘Charged Up’ Diss Track The Detroit Pistons’ guard, currently recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, has steadily upped his Twitter game in the months since he suffered the injury, tweeting out a gruesome shot of his battle wound , enjoying fine art and mapping out plans to turn the star power of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj into his first NBA All-Star Game appearance. But now that the NBA season is over, basketball has taken a backseat and music has shifted itself to the forefront of many a discussion. Much like the rest of us, Jennings has been closely following the Drake/Meek Mill feud and just about lost his marbles when Drizzy dropped “Charged Up” over the weekend. And while Jennings had absolutely nothing bad to say about Mill – who drew Drake’s ire when he accused the Canadian rapper of employing ghostwriters – Meek’s business manager took exception to his comments and called him out on Twitter
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Future didn’t need much promotion to get his new album DS2 atop the Billboard 200 as, after giving fans just a week’s notice regarding his third studio LP, the album cruised to Number One on the charts. DS2 sold 147,000 total albums in its debut week, giving Future his first ever chart-topper, Billboard reports . Tame Impala’s Mind Tricks: Kevin Parker on New LP ‘Currents’ The prolific rapper – Future also released two mixtapes in 2015, Beast Mode and 56 Nights , and three mixtapes total in the past year – more than doubled the opening week sales of his 2014 studio album Honest .
Daptone Records will release Daptone Gold II , the soul label’s second greatest hits compilation featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, the Budos Band, Antibalas and more. The follow-up to the label’s acclaimed Daptone Gold collection in 2009 will arrive on September 18th, and like its predecessor, the double-LP set features many of Daptone’s favorite tracks alongside rarities and unreleased cuts. 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 In addition to 16 of Daptone’s greatest hits from throughout the label’s 13-year history, the compilation also includes three non-LP tracks that were only released as 45-rpm singles – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Little Boys With Shiny Toys,” Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson’s “Luv Jones” and the Como Mamas’ “Out Of The Wilderness” – plus two unreleased cuts: The Dap-Kings’ “Thunderclap” and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ “You Got To Move.” Daptone Gold II will be available as both a CD and double-LP, with the latter packaged in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and comes with a poster, liner notes and iron-on. You can also preorder a digital copy of the album now through Amazon. Daptone Gold II Tracklist 1. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Better Things To Do” 2.
Ed Sheeran ‘s three sold-out nights at the historic Wembley Stadium in July were documented for an hour-long special to air on NBC this August. Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium will take viewers behind the scenes and show footage from the massive run. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominees “I can’t say that performing at Wembley Stadium was a ‘dream come true,’ because I honestly thought it was out of reach and didn’t think it was possible,” Sheeran said in a statement. “It really doesn’t get any bigger than Wembley in my mind, and it was an honour to join the select few that have headlined there. It’s definitely a personal milestone, and I’m so glad to share this special moment with all of my fans.” Along with clips of Sheeran performing his own singles, the special will also feature a duet between the singer and Elton John.
Michael Jackson was the “King of Pop.” But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise’s 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace . Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson’s interest in an interview with Vice . See Stunning ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Making-Of Video “Me, Natalie Portman and George [Lucas]’s kids – we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert,” Best said. “We were taken backstage, and we met Michael
When Scottish indie rockers the Spook School stopped through New York City recently, Rolling Stone set up an earnest sit-down to introduce them to the singer of punk rockers Against Me . Both groups have transgender frontpersons – Nye Todd and Laura Jane Grace respectively – and immediately found common ground to discuss. 2014: The Biggest Year in Transgender History Todd opened things up by telling Grace how Against Me!’s most recent album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues – which contains several references to her transition, after she came out in the pages of Rolling Stone in 2012 – and how it prompted him to reassess the punk group’s back catalogue, before Grace’s transition.
In January, James Franco penned an ode to his friend and muse Lana Del Rey , concluding his V Magazine tribute to the singer by writing, “I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, ‘Just write around me; it’s better if it’s not my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.'” That suggestion turned into an actual book as Franco revealed the actor has co-written Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey . The 100-page book will be released March 15th, 2016 via Penguin Random House .
Dinosaur Jr. bassist and Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow will release his new solo LP Brace the Wave , his first album in six years, on September 4th. ” Brace the Wave is an acoustic-electric record recorded with electricity on analog-digital and digitally-analog equipment,” Barlow jokes in a teaser that features snippets of many of the album’s tracks. Barlow’s last solo album was 2009’s Goodnight Unknown . Pre-orders for the nine-track Brace the Wave are up now at Joyful Noise and a run a 500 hand-numbered VIP copies are available on pink and seafoam marbled vinyl
Evanescence will end their three-year hiatus this November when they embark on a brief tour. Amy Lee and company have scheduled just three concerts at intimate venues so far: A November 13th gig at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, a November 15th show at Dallas’ South Side Ballroom and a November 17th performance at Los Angeles’ Wiltern. It will be the band’s first concerts since October 2012; Evanescence last released their self-titled LP in 2011. Get Free: Amy Lee’s Declaration of Independence Last year, after Evanescence and their master recordings were transferred from Wind-up Records to Concord Bicycle Music, Lee told Rolling Stone that a disagreement over unpaid royalties threatened the future of the group. “The situation is we’re not doing it now.
Dutch house producer Hardwell is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for “World’s Biggest Guest List” at a December 13th show in Mumbai, India, granting fans free access via his personal guest list. The concert also doubles as a springboard for Hardwell’s newly established charity project, the United We Are Foundation – named after his debut LP, United We Are . 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014 The United We Are Foundation was established by the producer and electronic music agency Anna Agency. According to a statement from the agency’s CEO, Anna Knaup, the foundation aims to “educate young children in different communities around the world” via a “magic bus” program – first in India, then traveling through different countries. Hardwell will donate all earnings from the event to the United We Are Foundation and United Welfare Trust, who will distribute the revenue to raise funds for the education of children in India. “Dance music has the power to make a social difference,” says Shailendra Singh, founder of United Welfare Trust, in a statement.
Twenty-two years ago today, Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” climbed its way to the top of the country charts, kickstarting its reign as one of the Nineties’ biggest summertime anthems. Jackson revisited that song this morning, when he made an early-bird appearance on the Today Show to celebrate the release of his newest album, Angels and Alcohol . See Alan Jackson, Sara Evans Lead Rock the South Festival “Y’all, this is a perfect song for the summertime series here in New York City,” he said by way of introduction, while one of his band members kicked off the signature riff on a Telecaster guitar. Then, while a city block’s worth of country fans sang along, Jackson performed “Chattahoochee,” one of his oldest songs, like it was brand new again. Jackson is wrapping up a half-year’s worth of tour dates and promo appearances in support of Angels and Alcohol , which hits stores today.
In the clever interactive lyric video for Cee Lo Green’s new single “Robin Williams,” the song’s lyrics are typed rapid-fire into Google, with each word generating an avalanche of different results as the letters are punched into the search bar. Viewers are able to seamlessly toggle between Google, Google Images, Google Shopping and Google Videos to see what comes up via each lyric. Journey Inside Cee Lo Green’s Treehouse Studio Vania Heymann, the innovative director behind the similarly interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” created the “Robin Williams” video along with the media and technology company Interlude. Watching on the Shopping tab, for instance, yields bizarre results, like a T-shirt featuring “Carl Sagan riding a dinosaur with nunchucks,” a book of Nietzsche and, given the song title, much memorabilia featuring Batman’s sidekick Robin; in the case of Google Video, “Robin Williams” becomes an almost-unofficial stop-motion clip featuring footage from past Cee Lo videos.