Dee Snider has defended his comments that late Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero was “irresponsible” for not getting his heart checked out.
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Florence and the Machine ‘s new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful debuted atop the Billboard 200, knocking off two-week champion A$AP Rocky and earning frontwoman Florence Welch her first Number One record, Billboard reports. Florence Welch on Stripping Down at Coachella How Big sold 137,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, the band’s best sales week yet. It shatters Florence and the Machine’s previous record of 105,000 copies, which earned 2011’s Ceremonials the Number Six spot (the band’s 2009 debut Lungs peaked at Number 14). Elsewhere, A$AP Rocky’s sophomore effort At.Long.Last.A$AP fell to Number Three, selling 50,000 units — a 66 percent decline from last week’s 146,000 — while Taylor Swift’s indomitable 1989 maintained the Number Two slot, pushing 66,000 copies, a five percent slide from last week
Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have made their way back to the top of the heap. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie , has debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard 200. 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own Produced by Buddy Cannon and featuring 14 brand new recordings, the album’s title is a reference to Nelson and Haggard’s heroes — jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and one of country’s first stars, Jimmie Rodgers. “We’ve been talking about it for about 18 months,” Haggard told Rolling Stone Country about the project back in April
Ghostface Killah , “the Almighty GFK,” has reunited with composer-producer Adrian Younge for Twelve Reasons to Die II , a sequel to their collaborative 2013 LP. The album is out July 10th via Linear Labs, and the duo have shared its second single, “Let the Record Spin,” which features a cameo from Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon. Hear Ghostface, RZA and Raekwon Team for Noirish New Track “I’m back blowing dust off the vinyl,” Ghostface raps over Younge’s eerie blend of blaring organ, mellotron-flute and sparse drums. “Let’s unify, formulate a plan / Shut ‘em down in the worst way,” adds Raekwon in his nimble guest verse.
Chance the Rapper is curating the first annual Teens in the Park festival, scheduled for Chicago’s Northerly Island on June 24th. The event, presented by the city’s park district, is free for those between 13 and 24 years old (along with adult chaperones) and will feature performances from Chance collaborator Donnie Trumpet, bop artist DLow and more, the Fader reports. Registration is available at Live Nation .
Daft Punk ‘s mystique — the robot masks, the disinterest in interviews – has been intertwined in their persona since they formed in 1993. Now BBC Worldwide France is shedding some unexpected light on the French electronic duo with the new documentary Daft Punk Unchained , which explores the two-decade journey of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Motherboard: The Best of Daft Punk The doc, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written with Marina Rozenman, tells the Daft Punk story using archival interview footage from 1996 to 2013, “rare documents” and exclusive interviews with friends and collaborators, including Kanye West (who recruited the group to co-produce four songs on his 2013 LP, Yeezus ) , Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams and Todd Edwards, all of whom contributed to Daft Punk’s 2013 album, Random Access Memories . The doc will also feature interviews with “Around the World” video director Michel Gondry, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto, Tony Gardner, Pedro Winter and Pete Tong. Daft Punk Unchained will, as BBC notes, “plunge us into the unique world of the Robots,” recounting the duo’s “quest for liberty and independence” from their mid-Nineties breakthrough in Paris to their triumph at the 2014 Grammys, where they won Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for the Pharrell-assisted “Get Lucky,” along with three other awards. The film will feature an original theme, “Unchained Theme,” composed and arranged by Joseph Trapanese, who worked with Daft Punk on their Tron: Legacy score. Daft Punk Unchained will premiere June 24th at 8:50 p.m.