Prior to the arena-filling premiere of Kanye West ‘s provocative, voyeuristic “Famous” visual , the rapper spoke to Vanity Fair about the video, which features synthetic versions of West and wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and more naked in bed together. “It’s not in support or anti any of [anyone in the video]. It’s a comment on fame,” West said of the video. Kanye West Unveils Provocative, Voyeuristic ‘Famous’ Video “Famous” was crafted over three months and was developed with several different collaborators, the rapper admitted. While the “Famous visual” was perhaps most indebted to Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep” painting, West name-checked another chief influence, saying that visual artist “Matthew Barney is my Jesus.” Before the Forum premiere, broadcast over a Tidal live stream, West screened the “Famous” video for some of his celebrity pals. “Guess what the response is when I show it to them?” West told Vanity Fair . “They want to be in the bed.” Considering the uproar over the “Famous” video, even West was surprised by the lack of fallout from the controversial clip: Prolific Twitter user Trump has not commented on his quasi-cameo, while Swift, Amber Rose and Rihanna have been similarly mum on social media
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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle will co-write and produce a biopic about his life with the Southern rock band. The film, tentatively titled Free Bird , also focuses on one of the music’s most tragic moments: The 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of six people, including his friend and Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant. Related: 35 Years After Tragedy, Lynyrd Skynyrd Still Carries On “This film’s story — MY story — is not just about the plane crash but also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant, whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day,” Pyle said of the film in a statement. Speaking to Deadline , Pyle added, “This is a much deserved movie for the fans of Skynyrd.” Pyle, who served as Skynyrd’s drummer from 1974 to 1991 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned the Free Bird script with the film’s director Jared Cohn. Cleopatra Films will produce the film, which is scheduled to go into production later this year.
In a historic referendum, Britain voted to leave the European Union, leaving a wave of economic uncertainty that has left many musicians and entertainment industry members crestfallen and outraged. On Friday, British musicians like Blur’s Damon Albarn and British indie pop band Bastille used the stages of Glastonbury Festival as a platform. “Democracy failed us because it was ill-informed,” Albarn said Friday morning onstage. Damon Albarn first Glastonbury star to mention EU result. “Democracy failed us because it was ill-informed.” pic.twitter.com/4tnok61MUH — Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) June 24, 2016 Bastille changed the lyrics of their hit “Pompeii” during a live acoustic set, with frontman Dan Smith singing, “And the pound kept tumbling down on the weekend that we love.” The British pound sank to its lowest level in 31 years following the decision. J.K. Rowling, Brian Eno Argue Against ‘Brexit’ From EU The “Brexit” vote means that over the next two years, Britain will negotiate its secession plan with the EU, the 28-state economic and political union initiated after World War II and formally established in 1993. Many fear that one of the repercussions of the Brexit will be the secession of Scotland from the U.K
Steven Tyler phoned into The Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss his new solo country LP as well as to confirm the rumors that Aerosmith are planning a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said. Stern, stunned by the news, made Tyler confirm whether Aerosmith were planning a farewell tour. “I think so, next year,” the singer said. Asked whether guitarist Joe Perry is aware of Aerosmith’s farewell plans, Tyler responded with a simple “Mmhmm.” Aerosmith Contemplating Farewell Tour In 2017 Tyler then poked fun at bands like the Who and Kiss, whose previous farewell tours lacked finality. While the details of the farewell tour likely haven’t been ironed out yet, Tyler joked about the tour’s length would last “probably forever.” In May, Tyler revealed to Rolling Stone that he and bandmates were contemplating one last trek together.
In 1999, singer Rob Thomas stepped away from his main gig in Matchbox 20 to record the song “Smooth” for guitarist Carlos Santana’s comeback album Supernatural . To call the result a smash is a little like saying the sun is hot — “Smooth” was a 12-week Number One and ended up as the Number Two Billboard Hot 100 song from the 20th century. Charles Kelley on ‘Humbling’ Solo Career and New Album So naturally, Thomas’ upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley includes the pair collaborating on “Smooth” among their other selections. In the video above, Thomas and Kelley take turns crooning the deeper verse parts and then join up for pristine harmonies on the urgent choruses, swaying to the song’s Latin rhythms. Their episode of CMT Crossroads airs July 1st at 10 p.m. ET.
DJ Jazzy Jeff has added another dimension of soul to “Summertime,” his iconic 1991 hit with Will “Fresh Prince” Smith . The producer-turntablist teamed with DJ Eric Lau for a revamped 25th anniversary remix of the track, Okayplayer reports. The silky update finds Smith rapping about the nostalgic pleasures of summer over a groove outfitted with new synth-strings, snapping drums and airy backing vocals. Last week, Jeff premiered Season Four of Vinyl Destination , a web series documenting his tour travels. The DJ has dates scheduled throughout the summer; his next is July 9th in Victoria, Canada. Jimmy Fallon Recreates ‘Fresh Prince’ Opening Sequence In October, Jeff spoke to Rolling Stone about reuniting with Smith for a new Fresh Prince LP, saying “the timing is perfect.” “Let me put it like this: You don’t retire from an art,” he said.
Sinead O’Connor has disputed a report that she was again threatening to commit suicide. On Thursday, Chicago police were contacted by Irish authorities who relayed concerns after O’Connor had told her family in Ireland that she was going to jump off a Chicago bridge, TMZ reported . However, by Friday morning, O’Connor refuted the suicide report by posting about Brexit on Facebook. Sinead O’Connor ‘Found and Is Safe’ The singer wrote that the latest police investigation was the result of “false and malicious gossip.” After celebrating the theory that the Brexit decision would result in an independent Ireland, O’Connor wrote of Thursday’s suicide report. “Oh and by the way it’s bullshit I jumped off a bridge, some stupid bitch up at Swords Garda station decided she’d like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip about is all.” Swords Garda is a police station in Dublin. O’Connor’s emotional wellbeing, as well as an ongoing rift with close family members, has become headline fodder in recent months as the singer continues to air her personal problems on public forums like Facebook
When Jamie Lynn Spears was negotiating her documentary deal with TLC, she had one main rule: “It has to be honest.” Jamie Lynn Spears on ‘Flirty’ New Music: The Ram Report “Letting cameras into my world was really scary, because of my background. It could take on a different life that I didn’t want it to,” she tells Rolling Stone Country . “So it was important for me that it was real, that it didn’t become some cheesy story. And the only way to do that was be really honest.” The Louisiana native wanted the film to serve as a reintroduction of sorts, taking her from child actress and teen mom to the singing, songwriting wife and mother that she is today. She by no means dodges the tabloid bait of her past, addressing her pregnancy at age 16, along with the hardships of constantly being referred to as “Britney’s little sister.” But the now 25-year-old also shows just how normal her home life is, as she juggles parenting with her songwriting and recording career. “I started from the last time the world really knew me and I told my story from there to where I am now. And that bridges the gap,” says Spears. “People met me as a child, but they don’t understand how I became the adult I am today. Telling the story of being in Nashville, writing constantly, and being a mother and being honest about what it took to be where I am now
Ralph Stanley, a pioneer of bluegrass and Appalachian music, died today, June 23rd, following a battle with skin cancer. He was 89. Ralph Stanley on His All-Star Album With Robert Plant His grandson Nathan, who had been touring with the banjo legend in recent years, confirmed the news on Facebook. “My heart is broken into pieces. My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago,” he wrote, adding, “My Papaw was loved by millions of fans from all around the world, and he loved all of you. If he was singing and on stage, he was happy.” Born on February 25th, 1927, in Stratton, Virginia, Ralph Edmund Stanley teamed up with his guitar-playing sibling Carter in 1946 and began incorporating the folk traditions of the region and Carter Family-style harmonies into their duo the Stanley Brothers and their backing band the Clinch Mountain Boys.