Former founding Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge isn’t letting his public breakup from the band get in the way of releasing new music. Just over a month after Blink-182 announced that their guitarist had left the band “indefinitely,” DeLonge revealed plans to release an album titled To the Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends . The LP, which will arrive on April 21st, comes directly from DeLonge’s “personal stash.” DeLonge also shared a short trailer for the album featuring snippets of four new songs: DeLonge also launched a new website detailing the many different formats To the Stars… will be available in, ranging from traditional CDs and vinyl to deluxe editions featuring T-shirts and signed lithographs of the album’s artwork. Consequence of Sound reports that the album’s track list will be unveiled on March 16th, followed by new music on March 23rd and April 6th. Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Responds to Bandmates After Blink-182 replaced DeLonge with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba at an upcoming gig, members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker went on a vicious tirade about the “ungrateful” DeLonge backing out of plans to record a new album this year
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The battle over “Blurred Lines” continues in a Los Angeles courtroom as Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams face off against the Marvin Gaye estate over whether the Worst Song of 2013 infringed on the soul singer’s “Got to Give It Up.” After the “Blurred Lines” creators preemptively sued the Gaye estate in September 2013, Gaye’s family fired back with a countersuit, setting the stage for the legal tiff waging in a federal courtroom this past week. Rob Sheffield’s Worst Song of 2013: ‘Blurred Lines’ As the New York Times reports, Thicke’s testimony in the trial featured the Paula singer stepping behind a keyboard and giving jurors a lesson in Musicology 101, breaking down both “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s classic along with songs by U2, the Beatles and Michael Jackson to show how chord progression and melodies are often, either unknowingly or as an homage, borrowed from songs that came before it.
After a year off, the YouTube Music Awards will return on March 23rd with a new format. First, the video-streaming site will honor 50 artists, ranging from Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift, Drake and Kendrick Lamar and newcomers like Sam Smith, George Ezra and Hozier, for their contributions to YouTube over the past year. Instead of a conventional award show, YouTube will go back to its music video roots by simultaneously premiering nine videos from among the 50 YouTube Award-winning artists on March 23rd. Vice will produce the online event
Two people were shot after gunfire marred a Charlotte, North Carolina concert that featured T.I., Jeezy, Yo Gotti and Diddy. One man and one woman were hospitalized after the shooting at the Label club, which was hosting an annual CIAA Weekend Takeover party. “One person drove themselves to the hospital and one person was transported by ambulance.
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Yesterday, country star Josh Turner traveled to Boston, Mass. for the opening round of this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, and to explore what it means to Be More Human. Reebok’s globally integrated Be More Human campaign celebrates ordinary people who use sports and fitness in their quest for personal fulfillment and to serve the greater […]
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has issued an encouraging update on the status of the band’s next record (via Facebook), saying the group will enter the studio “soon.” In addition to sharing the singer’s news that the LP’s songs are congealing into shape, the band also shared a photo of the group “playing” instruments that are not their own (Keenan is behind the drum kit). Why Tool Haven’t Put Out a New LP “I’ve been making regular trips to [Los Angeles] to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren,” the singer said. “Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing
It was a night of a few thrills and one show-stealing spill at the BRIT Awards in London. Ed Sheeran (British Male Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year) and Sam Smith (BRITs Global Success Award, British Breakthrough Act) confirmed their rising-star status, picking up two trophies each at the O2 Arena. But it was the night’s falling star – Madonna, who dramatically crashed down a flight of steps during her performance – that ended up grabbing the headlines. Madonna Fights Back: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue Madonna later said on Instagram that she was “fine.” Otherwise, it was an atypically slick show genially hosted by TV personalities Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and heavy on genuine global stars, with performers including Taylor Swift and Kanye West
Kanye West debuted the official version of “All Day” Wednesday at the 2015 Brit Awards following the leak of numerous rough versions of the song since last August. Watch Kanye West’s Poignant Speech on Racism at BET Honors After Kim Kardashian-West presented the Global Success Award to Sam Smith, posing for a selfie with the show’s hosts Ant and Dec and demanding that the audience stand up for the performance, West appeared onstage surrounded by a large group of friends and two flame-throwers. The performances and song were more energetic and grittier than the emotional, introspective tracks fans have heard from his as-yet-untitled, upcoming album thus far. West’s performance can be viewed below. Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom joined West onstage, with Travis Scott appearing on previous cuts of the song
With the post-Grammys sales surge ebbing away — and no other major debuts to battle with — Imagine Dragons cruised to the top of the Billboard 200, as the Las Vegas arena rockers’ second LP, Smoke and Mirrors, grabbed the Number One spot thanks to 195,000 units sold. It’s the best sales week yet for the “Radioactive” act, besting the opening week sales of their debut, Night Visions , of 83,000 in September 2013. That album, which peaked at Number Two on the charts, went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies. Inside Imagine Dragons’ Angsty ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ Last week’s winner and the best-selling album of 2015 so far, Drake’s surprise If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late , dropped to Number Two. After selling 495,000 units in four days, the Drake release pushed another 187,000 purely digital copies
An investigation into sexual assault allegations against 74-year-old musician Sir Cliff Richard has “increased significantly in size,” U.K. police recently disclosed. The singer, who is best known for a string of U.K.