Major Lazer promise to “set the streets on fire” in the cameo-filled “Night Riders,” an explosive track from the dancehall-EDM trio’s upcoming LP, Peace Is the Mission . Rappers 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Travi$ Scott contribute to the track, while Mad Decent reggae artist Mad Cobra throws in frenetic vocals. Watch Major Lazer Trace Their Reggae Roots in Jamaica Pusha tosses off strong one-liners in his opening verse, including “Outlaw, outlaw / Like I hit the Powerball.” But 2 Chainz, as he tends to do, steals the entire song. “Got a California King in my condo / Got a motherfuckin’ big screen by the front door,” he rhymes. “Got a guest bedroom filled up with fur coats / Ain’t no room in this bitch to even jump rope.” Peace Is the Mission , the group’s third album, is out June 1st via Mad Decent and features additional guest appearances from Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Wild Belle and DJ Snake, among others
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Marilyn Manson’s acting career have so far seen the shock rocker appear as a roller rink attendee ( Eastbound & Down ), a porn star ( Lost Highway ) and a white supremacist ( Sons of Anarchy ). Next up for The Pale Emperor singer: A hitman. Manson has been cast as a calculating contract killer named “Pope” in Let Me Make You a Martyr , an indie crime drama currently filming in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Earlier this week, Tim McGraw announced plans to swing his summertime tour through Hartford, Connecticut, and play a benefit show for Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization that formed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Widely Reported School Shootings Since 2000 Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, McGraw’s two opening acts on the Shotgun Rider tour, were originally scheduled to play the gig, as well. That changed yesterday afternoon, when Currington — caught in the middle of a social media firestorm ignited by gun rights advocates — cancelled his appearance. The trouble started on Tuesday, with a 255-word article published by Breitbart.com. A conservative website whose recent headlines include “Zoinks!: Clinton Parks ‘Scooby’ Van in Handicap Space — Just Behind Vacant Spot! ” and “Bruce Willis and Demi Moore Daughter: Nipples Represent Equality,” Breitbart examined the Sandy Hook benefit from a decidedly right-wing perspective, branding it a “gun control fundraiser” and promising that “the money McGraw and Currington raise will ultimately succeed in making it harder for law-abiding citizens to acquire and carry the guns they need for self-defense.” The article’s author, Awr Hawkins, even backed up his assertions by citing an older Breitbart article from last December, published shortly after the two-year anniversary of the school shootings. Coincidentally, Hawkins had written that piece, too
Disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder has offered up the track list and title track for his forthcoming album, Déjà Vu , which arrives June 12th and features an all-star supporting cast that includes Sia, Charli XCX and Britney Spears. Inside Giorgio Moroder’s Star-Packed Comeback Album The track list’s most exciting detail is Spears’ upcoming cover of Suzanne Vega’s classic, “Tom’s Diner,” but on Friday, the producer shared the ebullient dance-pop title track featuring Sia. In an interview with Rolling Stone , Moroder teased the Spears collaboration, noting he couldn’t say what track they were doing, but explained, “Britney came to my management company with the idea to do a particular song with me, which was interesting because usually it’s the other way, with the producer offering a song.” Among the other featured players are Kylie Minogue — who appears on the previously released, “Right Here, Right Now” — Kelis, budding singer/producer Mikky Ekko (who was featured on Rihanna’s “Stay”), singer-songwriter Matthew Koma, Swedish pop singer Marlene and British songstress Foxes. A complete track list is below.
One day after Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward released a 700-word statement blasting frontman Ozzy Osbourne and detailing intra-band squabbles, Osbourne has responded on his Facebook page, bluntly asking, “What the fuck are you on about?” Readers’ Poll: The Ten Best Black Sabbath Albums In Wednesday’s post, Ward reiterated that he would not rejoin the band until Osbourne apologized for unspecified statements Ward said were insulting to him. “With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved,” the drummer wrote. “I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue.” Osbourne, however, remained unrepentant in his new post. “I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s 13 album and tour,” the singer wrote.
Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman will release Back to Basics , his first solo album in 33 years, on June 22nd via Proper Records. Per a press release, the stripped-back album counts JJ Cale, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen among its influences, and came about after Wyman found approximately 60 unreleased songs while archiving old demos last year. He reworked five of those tracks, placing them alongside eight new songs. Wyman was joined in the studio by guitarist, and longtime collaborator, Terry Taylor, as well as Guy Fletcher, Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh. The album was co-produced by Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics)
Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott, her husband Chris Tyrell, their tour manager and driver were just about 45 minutes from AT&T Stadium, home to this Sunday’s ACM Awards, when their tour bus caught fire Thursday morning. 11 Famous Singers Rejected by ‘American Idol’ According to the Associated Press, the group was traveling on Interstate 30 just northeast of Dallas, in Garland, Texas, when a tire blew and a rear portion of the bus caught fire. “We had to evacuate very quickly,” Scott writes on the country trio’s Facebook page, assuring, “Everyone is safe and sound.” No other vehicles were involved in the incident, and there are no reported injuries. They’ll need to get that tour bus repaired quickly, as Lady A’s Wheels Up Tour begins May 1st in Lubbock, Texas, with opening acts Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt
Christina Aguilera has gone from dipping her toes in country music to diving right in. The singer’s appearance at this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards comes just days after her guest-starring debut on ABC’s Nashville , on which she is playing a pop superstar who wants to do what she’d originally intended for her career: record a country album. Best Country Songs for the Silver Screen The sweeping ballad, “Shotgun” was written specifically for Aguilera’s Nashville character, “Jade St. John,” and will be featured on a future episode, with the actress-singer performing it inside the set’s makeshift Bluebird Café. But before she sings the love song as Jade, the New York native will perform “Shotgun” live alongside Rascal Flatts at the ACMs, then transitioning into the country trio’s latest hit, “Riot.” “We are putting a different spin on the song for the awards,” Aguilera tells USA Today , “but it’s a quiet, beautiful song about true love that lasts a lifetime.” Rascal Flatts deem Aguilera one of few people at the top of their dream collaborators list.
Sly and the Family Stone will release a new four-disc set documenting their two-night, four-concert stand at New York City’s iconic Fillmore East in 1968. Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 is available to pre-order now, and will see release on July 17th via Epic/Legacy. Sly and the Family Stone Jam on ‘Higher’ The Fillmore shows were recorded towards the end of a busy year for Sly and the Family Stone, during which they released both Dance to the Music and Life . Their label, Epic, planned to release a live LP featuring selections from all four shows, but ultimately shelved the project when the band scored a Top 10 hit with “Everyday People” off their seminal 1969 LP, Stand! . Live at the Fillmore East includes all four sets from those two nights in their entirety
The Strokes have reconvened in New York City to begin recording new music, frontman Julian Casablancas said in a lengthy new profile on Noisey. 22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Julian Casablancas “It’s the first time we’ve been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine ,” Casablancas said. “We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that.” While it’s been two years since the release of Comedown Machine , Casablancas has been busy promoting Tyranny , the 2014 album he recorded with new backing band, the Voidz. Casablancas added that he would like to continue both projects if possible, and admitted at another point in the interview that working with the Voidz had felt more like a true collaboration
When the Band decided to stage a farewell concert on Thanksgiving in 1976 they wanted to pack the stage with as many rock icons as possible, making even the Concert for Bangladesh seem like a minor affair by comparison. They aimed high, inviting Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and even Muddy Waters, but one name on their want list towered above all others: Bob Dylan. A Portrait of the Band as Young Hawks: Rolling Stone’s 1978 Feature on ‘The Last Waltz’ It would be hard to imagine a proper sendoff for the Band without Dylan. In 1965, he took the largely unknown group of musicians and made them the backing band on his first electric tour. Three years later they stepped out on their own and made some of the best music of the decade with only minimal help from Dylan, but his shadow loomed large
Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose golden voice powered the 1966 classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died today of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard,” Rod Stewart said when he inducted Sledge into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. “Is anything possible when this man sings? It certainly is.” Sledge was 74