Atlanta MC 2 Chainz adheres to the old adage, keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your stacks of cash closest in the extravagant new video for a remix of “BFF,” featuring Jeezy. See 2 Chainz Debate Weed Legalization With Nancy Grace The video, directed by the Stupid Geniuses, revels in its own luxuriousness and takes its cues from 2 Chainz’s latest opulent, indelible hook, “Whole lot of money that my BFF / Keep a Glock. 40 in my Fendi belt / Getting so much cash I don’t need a wallet.” Fittingly, 2 Chainz and Jeezy spend the “BFF” clip sauntering among beautiful women and through a gold laced mansion where cash spills out of the cupboards and rains from the shower, while coins cover the tables and fill up the tub. The Zaytoven produced “BFF” originally appeared on 2 Chainz’s latest mixtape, Trap-A-Velli Tre , which arrived in August (the mixtape version did not feature Jeezy). The collection marked the rapper’s first solo release since 2014’s FreeBase EP, but also followed January’s T.R.U. Jack City , a collaborative mixtape featuring artists from his new label, The Real University. While fans await 2 Chainz’s official follow-up to his 2013 album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time , the rapper has continued to diversify his revenue streams in characteristically unique ways, announcing a new line of ugly Christmas sweaters .
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Cynthia Robinson, a founding member for Sly and the Family Stone who played trumpet, has died after a battle with cancer. The musician’s Facebook page and Billboard confirmed the news Tuesday. She was 69. The trumpeter was best known for her joyous melodies and inspired vocals and ad-libs on songs like “Dance to the Music” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” She commanded listeners to “get up and dance to the music” at the beginning of the former song and sang “hey, hey, hey” background vocals on the latter. Robinson’s career with Sly Stone began in 1966 when the bandleader put together a group called the Stoners. They fell apart quickly, though, and she became a fixture of the Family Stone – a group whose members were male and female and represented different races, a novel idea at the time – alongside her cousin Larry Graham. Hear Sly and the Family Stone ‘Dance to the Music’ in 1968 Although the ensemble’s A Whole New Thing was not a hit, its second LP Dance to the Music scored a hit in 1967 with the title cut, paving the way for a string of successful songs that included “Everyday People,” “Stand,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again),” “Family Affair” and many others. Trumpeter Miles Davis, deep into his fusion period, said at the time that he was a fan.
Roy Orbison had a lot of reasons to be happy when he walked onstage at Cleveland, Ohio’s Front Row Theater on December 4th, 1988. After two decades of grinding it out on the oldies circuit, he was wrapping up one of the most amazing years of his career. It began in January when Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown and many others saluted his music at the televised Black and White Night concert. At the time he was cutting a new solo album with Jeff Lynne, which would lead to the formation of the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty. Roy Orbison Singer performs gorgeous ‘Only the Lonely’ in 1965 The first Traveling Wilburys album landed in October and was a huge hit, peaking at Number Three on the Billboard 200. The single “Handle with Care” was all over radio and MTV, and Orbison’s next solo album – his first since 1979’s Laminar Flow – was completed and slated for an early 1989 release. All of this led to a big uptick in ticket sales, and the house was packed at the Front Row
Adele has already sold at least 2.433 million copies of her new album 25 according to Nielsen Music, breaking the single-week U.S. album sales record long-held by ‘NSync’s No Strings Attached , Billboard reports. Can Adele’s ’25’ Save the Music Business? Amazingly, those numbers only account for sales since the album’s release on Friday. According to early predictions , Adele could push 2.9 million records by the end of the week. Nielsen will release 25 ‘s full first-week figures on Sunday, November 29th. Adele’s record-breaking week comes 15 years after ‘NSync set the benchmark for the Nielsen era, selling 2.416 copies of No Strings Attached its first week ending March 26th, 2000 (these sales records only account for albums released after Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991)
Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will have to wait until 2016 for their next chance to see the band perform live. The members of the pioneering Southern rock group announced via Facebook this week that they will be canceling or rescheduling their two remaining dates in 2015 so that founding member Gary Rossington can recuperate from recent heart procedures. The 63-year-old Rossington — Skynyrd’s guitarist and the group’s only remaining original member — suffered a heart attack in October. See Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert Ask ‘What’s Your Name’ The multi-platinum-selling band shared the CMT Crossroads stage with Brantley Gilbert earlier in 2015 and had shows scheduled in Loveland, Colorado, on December 4th and Mescalero, New Mexico, December 5th. Full refunds for those dates will be provided at point of purchase or through the box office. Lynyrd Skynyrd have plans to resume their touring schedule next year and — along with Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton — are among the acts slated for the annual Tortuga Music Festival April 15th to 17th at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in their home state of Florida. The festival seeks to raise awareness and funds for ocean and marine research. In October 1977, Rossington was one of the six members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who survived the plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and three others. A year earlier, he survived a car accident in Jacksonville, admitting later that he had been under the influence at the time.
Sigur Rós announced their intention to write new music in a more spontaneous manner in a statement that accompanied their upcoming European tour dates. “This time, in addition to playing songs you know, we wanted to remember the seat-of-your-pants feeling experienced in the wake of [1999’s] Ágætis Byrjun , when for two years we formed and re-formed the songs that would go on to be the ( ) album, live in front of people, night after night,” the post-rockers wrote. The 15 Coolest (and Weirdest) Musician Cameos on TV Shows Accordingly, fans in England, Scandinavia and mainland Europe will hear “new unreleased songs,” the group promised when they hit the road next summer. “All we can say now is it’s going to be different,” they wrote. In addition to new songs, they teased that they would presenting a new stage production and “other new things.” “Every time you go on tour you want it to be different … and every time it is, usually because you have a new album you want to play people,” the wrote. “And that can be fun, because you have to work out how to recreate all the complicated stuff you did in the studio for the stage.
As country music’s heir apparent to Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini seems to be filling that role’s perk of celebrating other female performers. During her show yesterday at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Kelsea surprised the crowd by bringing out pop singer-songwriter Tori Kelly to share the stage. Kelsea Ballerini on Swift Comparisons, Beyoncé Ambitions “I decided I wanted to be about lifting girls up,” announces Ballerini between songs. “I’m about to bring one out in a second that is one of my favorite artists ever.” The crowd erupts into hysterics at the mention of Kelly’s name. Before they begin singing, Ballerini and Kelly lavish one another with compliments — at least until Kelly starts to feel self-conscious. “We’re being gross now,” jokes Kelly. “So annoying!” agrees Ballerini. The pair handles “Should’ve Been Us” — from Kelly’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile — with only their acoustic guitars, swapping lines and harmonizing on the hooky-but-heartbroken chorus. Ballerini defers to Kelly for the bridge section, momentarily pausing to admire her singing partner’s soulful belting and looking pleased to see her shine. This isn’t Kelly’s first time to sing the song with a country artist — back in September, Little Big Town brought her out to perform “Should’ve Been Us” at one of their tour stops. It’s been a breakout year for Ballerini, whose hit “Love Me Like You Mean It” made her the first female country artist since Carrie Underwood to have her debut single reach Number One
When Ashley Monroe previewed her new album The Blade live onstage in Nashville last summer, Miranda Lambert was visibly in the audience, even hopping onstage after the SiriusXM radio-broadcast portion of the night to sing “Heart Like Mine.” During Monroe’s headlining show this weekend at Nashville club City Winery, Lambert reprised her appearance, surprising fans at the sold-out gig. Ram Report: Luke Bryan Debuts Sexy New Single Once again, the longtime friends and collaborators sang “Heart Like Mine,” which they wrote together and was a Number One hit for Lambert. But it was their performance of “The Blade,” the gorgeous title track about love gone bad, that was most poignant, with its chorus of “you caught it by the handle, and I caught it by the blade.” Despite the absence of Angaleena Presley (who actually appeared at the same venue last night to sing “It Makes No Difference” during a Last Waltz tribute concert benefitting Nashville’s Musicians Corner), seeing Lambert and Monroe together onstage raises more hopes of a Pistol Annies reunion. The whole trad-country trio did reunite for a performance during Lambert’s recent Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour, but aside from some comments by Monroe in the press about “missing each other a lot,” there’s been no further activity. The group’s last album was Annie Up , released in 2013. Related Watch Ashley Monroe’s Cathartic ‘Bombshell’ Video See Miranda Lambert’s Emotional ‘Storms Never Last’ See Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert’s Stirring Duet
Just days after Pusha T unveiled the video for his Notorious B.I.G.-sampling “Untouchable,” the rapper revealed that he’ll release a new album titled Darkest Before Dawn by year’s end. Pusha T has long been at work on King Push , the follow-up to 2013’s My Name Is My Name , but instead of forcing fans to wait until next spring for that album’s arrival, he’ll first release Darkest Before Dawn on December 18th to tide them over. Pusha T on Why Notorious B.I.G. Was the Greatest Rapper Ever “I’ve been recording so much—I didn’t want to break up that body of work, I feel like I had the producers doing things that they weren’t usually known for, a little out of their wheelhouse,” the rapper told Noisey of the decision to unleash Darkest Before Dawn in December. “I wanted to give the fans that body of work. That’s the music I love, and that’s the music that my fans love from me
The Avett Brothers’ sweaty, rapturously received live events have become something of legend over the years. Though they’ve grown in popularity at radio, the band’s stage prowess has played an important role in their development as one of Americana’s leading touring outfits. Brooklyn Jubilee: Backstage at Barclays With the Avett Brothers On December 18th, the Avetts will a continue a long tradition with the release of Live, Vol. 4 . The collection captures their New Year’s Eve 2014 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, and includes popular tunes like “Shame” and “I and Love and You,” as well as two new songs, “Satan Pulls the Strings” and “Rejects in the Attic.” A DVD accompanies the CD edition of the album.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe wrote a lengthy statement defending his band’s decision to cancel their European tour following terror threats on the continent. The outspoken singer explains in the post to his Randonesia Tumblr that the group had carried on with the tour even after learning of the deadly attack on Eagles of Death Metal’s Paris show , playing dates in England and Germany, before news of “a specific occurrence” that Blythe does not explain in detail prompted the band head home. Although he did not specify the event, he later mentioned that guns could have gone off in his venue. Go Inside Metal Ragers Lamb of God’s New Album “I don’t feel like constantly wondering what the security climate in the next country we are scheduled to play in is, playing terror alert hopscotch through Europe right now just to play a few fucking heavy-metal concerts,” he wrote. “I’m glad I’m home. I feel like I made the right decision, and that’s all that matters to me. I don’t care what anyone else thinks.” At another point, he wrote, “I’m not going to play around with my life or the lives of others if I feel there is a dangerous situation I could potentially stop from occurring by simply saying, ‘The show is over.'” Over the course of his 3,545-word missive, Blythe explained the course of events that led to the decision. The band played in New York City within a month of 9/11, he wrote, and ran through a list of other dangerous situations in which Lamb of God played: a state of martial law in Bangkok, civil war in Ecuador, natural disasters around the world.
Record Store Day will celebrate its own Black Friday on November 27th with a new wave of exclusive and limited edition releases, including a 10-inch of the Arcs’ new EP The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I . On Monday, Dan Auerbach and company released “Young,” a ghostly new track from that six-song EP, exclusively with the official RSD site . The eerie, reverb-heavy track was co-written by the Silver Jews’ David Berman. “We’ve been meeting at night, writing together for a few years,” Auerbach said in a statement of the working with Berman. “This is the first time we’ve shared any of that