Earlier this year, Thomas Rhett talked to Rolling Stone Country about how his affection for soul music was shaping his new album. On September 25th, fans will hear just how funky Rhett has become when he releases Tangled Up . The follow-up to 2013’s It Goes Like This , his second LP features the current hit single “Crash and Burn.” 22 Best Things We Saw at FarmBorough 2015 During an impromptu March listening session with reporters, Rhett played a number of tracks in contention for Tangled Up , including the song he’s been using to open his shows, “South Side.” “I’ve definitely been delving into that kind of music,” he said then of R&B and, especially, Bruno Mars.
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The Game has been arraigned and charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery and one felony count of making criminal threats following a March 29th incident where the rapper allegedly got into an altercation with an off-duty police officer during a basketball game. The Game will make his first court appearance in the case Monday at Los Angeles’ Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The rapper faces up to three years in prison, if convicted.
The surviving members of near-mythical reality-rap group N.W.A reunited on Saturday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in front of a nearly sold-out hometown crowd. . .Or at least most of them did. Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were present, but Dr. Dre, rap’s reclusive first billionaire , was not
An all-star performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Puff Daddy ‘s Bad Boy Records was among the many highlights at this year’s BET Awards, which aired Sunday night. During the tribute to the iconic label, the Bad Boy mogul – donning his old school red leather ensemble – recruited a dozen of the label’s biggest draws, from Mase and Lil Kim to Jadakiss and French Montana, for a 10-minute mega-medley that also paid tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. 45 Best Albums of 2015 So Far The Bad Boy celebration packed in nods to the label’s biggest hits – “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Love Like This,” “Hypnotize,” 112’s “Peaches & Cream” – and also featured Sheek Louch, Faith Evans, Fonzworth Bentley, Pharrell Williams (who introduced his new cut with Diddy, “Finna Get Loose”) and one of the more embarrassing stage gaffes of Puff Daddy’s career: In addition to the Bad Boy party, the BET Awards included a pair of big time tributes: First, Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo and Tori Kelly performed some of Smokey Robinson’s greatest hits to honor the singer’s lifetime achievement award. Then, Janet Jackson became the first-ever recipient of BET’s Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo then delivered renditions of the “Rhythm Nation” singer’s greatest dance moves and music videos to pay homage to Jackson
Taylor Swift’s 1989 isn’t the only major album that will exclusively be available on Apple Music: Dr. Dre ‘s G-Funk classic The Chronic will finally make its streaming debut when Apple’s relaunched service arrives on June 30th, a source close to the service confirmed to Rolling Stone . Dr. Dre, Inc.: A Brief History of Mogul’s Biggest Deals Surprisingly, when Beats Music first arrived in 2014, The Chronic , one of Rolling Stone ‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time , was not part of that streaming service’s catalog, even though it fell under the umbrella of Beats Electronics’ deal with Apple.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 isn’t the only major album that will exclusively be available on Apple Music: Dr. Dre ‘s G-Funk classic The Chronic will emerge on Apple’s relaunched service June 30th, a source close to the service confirmed to Rolling Stone . ( Editor’s note: Rolling Stone erroneously called this the album’s “streaming debut” in an earlier version. It had previously appeared on a streaming service, but was removed in 2011. The text has been corrected .) Dr. Dre, Inc.: A Brief History of Mogul’s Biggest Deals Surprisingly, when Beats Music first arrived in 2014, The Chronic , one of Rolling Stone ‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time , was not part of that streaming service’s catalog, even though it fell under the umbrella of Beats Electronics’ deal with Apple
DMX was arrested on charges of unpaid child support just prior to a New York concert Friday night. The rapper was reportedly on his way to the Masters of Ceremony performance at Radio City Music Hall when New York Sheriff deputies apprehended DMX, acting on multiple arrest warrants, chiefly one issued by an Erie County, New York judge. DMX was ultimately forced to miss the concert, which also featured appearances by Mase, Rakim, Shabba Ranks, Pete Rock, the Lox and others. Q&A: DMX A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office later told PIX 11 that DMX was actually taken into custody for “several issues outstanding.” In addition to the $400,000 in child support that the rapper owed in Erie County, an arrest warrant out of White Plains, New York cited the rapper for bail jumping. Another arrest warrant, this time from Yonkers, accused DMX of being an aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operator.
“You’re a long way away,” declared Pete Townshend as he walked on stage and surveyed the vast crowd stretching into the distance in London’s Hyde Park. “But we will fucking reach you. . .” Indeed, the fact that last night’s Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival sold out 65,000 tickets in advance showed that The Who are still reaching as many people as ever.
Two months after Thurston Moore canceled a Tel Aviv, Israel performance without explanation, the guitarist has opened up about the “conscientious decision process” behind the nixed gig. In Moore’s letter, published within The Quietus ‘ larger story about musicians boycotting Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, the Sonic Youth rocker writes that he canceled the Tel Aviv concert both due to his support of the BDS Movement and his belief in “empowerment through choice of non-violent activism.” Thurston Moore’s New Day: Inside His Upbeat Rock & Roll LP “With apology and thanks to everyone I work with professionally, as this decision incurs difficult rectification, and to every individual with a wish to hear us play live, I’ve made the decision,” Moore wrote ( via Stereogum ), “with certitude, to fully acknowledge the dedication of the boycott until the time comes for it to be unnecessary.” Moore admits that he first began refusing offers to perform in Israel in 2005, when the BDS Movement was established. However, after a decade of turning down shows in the Middle Eastern country, “With cursory knowledge of the boycott’s principles and not exactly concurring with the aspects of requesting certain limitations on cultural exchange I reconsidered and accepted a kind offer from promoters in Tel Aviv,” Moore wrote. After scheduling the April 27th Tel Aviv performance at the Barby Club, and after “serious deliberation,” Moore “arrived at the personal conclusion that to perform with my band in Israel was in direct conflict to my values.” The BDS Movement has called for the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. “Subsequently the choice to play in Tel Aviv, while a boycott based on principles of non-violence exists, initiated for me an active study and contemplation in which emerged an enlightenment of personal judgment,” Moore wrote.
SiriusXM has agreed to pay independent and major record labels $210 million after the satellite radio company broadcasted pre-1972 recordings for years without compensating the labels or the artists. The agreement comes after an October 2014 court decision in which a judge ruled that while copyright law didn’t protect songs recorded prior to 1972, SiriusXM couldn’t continue to play those tracks without properly getting licenses from all parties involved. SiriusXM Loses Landmark Court Ruling “This is a great step forward for all music creators,” Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. “Music has tremendous value, whether it was made in 1970 or 2015. We hope others take note of this important agreement and follow SiriusXM’s example.” A spokesperson for SiriusXM declined comment.
“I don’t care about what you’re wearing or what I’m wearing. I don’t give a shit about clothes,” Kellie Pickler tells Rolling Stone Country , seated backstage at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month with her husband Kyle Jacobs. In a dress of turquoise sparkles and jeweled heels, she can certainly turn on the designer glitter when the occasion demands, but she’d much rather talk about the men and women in army fatigues whom she’s met during eight USO tours than whoever made her (very shiny) clutch purse. CMA Music Fest 2015: Best Live Photos “It’s imperative that we get back to the basics,” she says.
Sean Hannity raised his hand on his radio show Thursday to ask a question regarding the decision of many major retailers to stop selling the Confederate flag: “Can you still buy a Jay Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon?” As Media Matters points out, the Fox News and conservative talk show host proceeded to guide his listeners down an outrageous slope equating a symbol of slavery, oppression and treason to the periodically problematic lyrics that appear in hip-hop songs. “Now, why do I say that?” Hannity continued