The surviving members of Nirvana - Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear - reunited last weekend (Oct. 6) at Cal Jam 18 in San Bernardino, Calif. They were joined by special guests Joan Jett and Deer Tick's John McCauley, with McCauley leading the band through "Serve the Servants," "Scentless Apprentice" and "In Bloom," before […]

38 percent of consumers are obtaining music through illegal means, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The most popular form of copyright infringement is stream-ripping (practiced by 32 percent of all consumers), followed by downloads through cyberlockers or P2P (23 percent) and obtainment via search engines (17 percent). Rolling Stone...

T.I. once managed to avert a gun battle between Los Angeles Police Department officers and fellow rapper The Game in a tense gang standoff, All Hip Hop reports. This is how T.I. remembers it: "The police got their guns out on us and we're face to face with them, and Game is like, 'Man, f##k […]

Radiohead's frontman Thom Yorke has composed soundtrack, for Luca Guadagnino's remake of horror movie 'Suspiria'. For the first time in his career, Yorke has composed music for a feature film. The second track from the score that has been unveiled - 'Has Ended' - you can listen to here.

Eight new Kendrick Lamar songs hit the internet - the collection of songs are being called the 'Bad Kid Chill City' EP. Some have said its a return to a younger, purer Kendrick Lamar. Songs feature hyper-lyrical outings by people like Busta Rhymes and singing courtesy of SZA. All Hip Hop...

Childish Gambino, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West will headline Coachella in 2019, HITS Daily Double reports. Stereogum underlines the fact that once rock-oriented festival - Kings Of Leon, Arcade Fire, and the Strokes were headliners last time Kanye West was performing there in 2011 - was notable for its lack of rock headliners this year - Weeknd, […]

French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years. The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films. He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She' and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of […]

"In an age of hyperdocumentation, pop stars are more precious than ever about how their star personas are perceived. Yet in the reflection of another’s star image, we can often see them more clearly" - Guardian writes in praise of 'A Star is Born', fourth on-screen-incarnation of the story. "Actor-director Bradley Cooper and his pop-star […]

Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain have quit the band, so their upcoming fall headlining trek will serve as the band's farewell tour. Band's frontman Robb Flynn took responsibility for splitting: "I’ve got a lot of drive, but I’ve got a lot of anger and rage, and that drive of mine has alienated folks in […]

SOHH is summing it up quite well: Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is either a genius with his marketing or gearing up for Hollywood’s biggest stars to light him up over his publicized political thoughts.

Beyoncé has been named music's most powerful woman by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, topping the list of the music industry’s ‘most influential women’ thanks to her “feminism, activism and empowering musical messages”. Elsewhere, women from throughout the industry and behind the scenes are also celebrated for their dedication and impact. The list goes like this: […]

Leonard Cohen's son Adam is working on a posthumous album by his father. He said that unlike the songs on 'You Want it Darker', which reflected on death, the tone of this material “resembles his older work, something more romantic.” Cohen served as his father’s producer on final album 'You Want It Darker'. He expects it to […]

Cardi B is now the first female rapper to have three #1 entries on the Hot 100 - she earned her third chart topper as a feature on Maroon 5's 'Girls Like You'. Previously, she reached the top of the Billboard chart with 'Bodak Yellow' in 2017 and 'I Like It' featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin […]

Spotify has partnered up with Ancestry.com to offer playlists based on one’s genetic heritage. This means a collection of music that’s based on all the different regions in one’s genetic code. So, somebody with japanese ancestors should expect Mitski, or Oathbreaker if they are of belgian descendance. There's a catch: Ancestry’s terms of service requires […]

NME's Marc Beaumont argues why Wolf Alice were the one to win this year's Mercury Award: "Wolf Alice weren’t there because they were anybody’s priority act, sold a shit-ton of records, reflected any cultural movement, were the Arctic Monkeys or were a jazz band. They were there because they’re a brilliant band with a brilliant album. […]

Metallica's 'Black Album' hit No. 137 on Billboard's top 200 albums list last week, marking the 500th nonconsecutive week it has spent on the chart. Only three other albums have achieved this milestone since the weekly chart publications began in 1956. Both Bob Marley and The Wailers' 'Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers', and […]

Rapper Tyler, The Creator refuses to allow marijuana or booze in the recording studio when he's working on new music because he demands everyone has a "clear mind," a lesson learned by one of A$AP Rocky's entourage members over the summer, when the two rappers got together to create their song 'Potato Salad'. After noticing the […]

On Saturday night, Paul Simon wrapped up his 'Homeward Bound' farewell tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Flushing, New York — minutes from where he grow up. The setlist for Simon’s final concert spanned 26 songs, including two separate encores. The show began with Simon & Garfunkel’s 'America', the evening closed with performances of 'Graceland', […]

Satellite radio giant SiriusXM is purchasing Internet radio giant Pandora for $3.5 billion, which creates the “largest audio entertainment company”. Pandora’s 70 million mostly active users will join SiriusXM’s 36 million paid subscribers. Consequence of Sound...

Last night Nine Inch Nails they played 'The Perfect Drug' for the first time ever. The song, which Reznor wrote for the soundtrack of David Lynch’s 1997 movie 'Lost Highway', was heavily influenced by jungle, and it’s really, really hard to play live. Stereogum reports. Still, the audience at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater had […]

Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a 15-minute solo set last week, alongside Patti Smith at the Pathway to Paris concert in Los Angeles, which focused on “the potential for cities to push for, achieve and go beyond the climate targets highlighted in the Paris agreement.” Meanwhile, Flea is set to publish his memoir this […]

U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act yesterday, which aims to modernize copyright protection for songwriters and artists in the digital and streaming age, Billboard reports. Rolling Stone put simply what the MMA will accomplish: Making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; updating licensing and royalty […]

Music companies, film-makers and media publishers could be in line for billions in payouts after EU lawmakers voted to accept controversial changes to copyright rules that aim to make tech companies including Facebook and Google share more of their revenue, Guardian reports. Article 11, which critics have dubbed a “link tax”, would force news aggregation […]

Lane Pittman stood up to Hurricane Florence with Slayer's 'Raining Blood' playing in the background, even had it crowdfunded. He launched a Kickstarter campaing for $150, description read, "Pay for my gas/coffee and I’ll go fight Hurricane Florence. 'MERICA BABY!!! We stick together." He currently has over $1,100 raised, Pittman tweeted out the video, saying, "YOU ARE […]

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Paul McCartney achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, 'Egypt Station', bows atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13. Stereogum...

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl played drums for an energetic horn-filled rendition of Nirvana's 'In Bloom', during a surprise appearance with Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles last weekend. This is only the second time Grohl has played 'In Bloom' live since Nirvana’s split - the first […]

Drake scored his 208th Billboard Hot 100 entry this week, making him the artist with the most US chart hits in history, Billboard reports. The rapper broke the record, previously set by the cast of the TV show Glee, with the track 'Oprah’s Bank Account' by Lil Yachty and DaBaby, which he guests on. It reached No 85 off the back of 10.5m streams. His first US chart entry was 'Best I Ever Had', which debuted at No 92 in May 2009. His 207 chart placements since have been bulked out by frequent guest spots on tracks by artists including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, as well as his solo hits.

Coldplay's Chris Martin made a lovely show from his home, where he's closed due to coronavirus, in order to lift up everybody's spirits, which he managed to do actually. He made jokes, played several songs - 'Viva la Vida', 'Clocks', 'Yellow', 'Green Eyes', well, parts of them really, and sent messages regarding the virus. He passed on the torch to John Legend to play the next show, which he agreed to do - Tuesday (March 17) at 1pm Pacific time.

Jason Rainey, longtime guitarist for thrash metal band Sacred Reich, has died at age 53, Blabbermouth reports. Sacred Reich formed in Phoenix in 1985, when the members of the band were teenagers. The band’s sound was a hard, theatrical take on ’80s speed metal that sometimes crossed into hardcore. They released five albums, broke up in 2000, and reunited for occasional touring in 2007.

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Duo Sama Dams (Sam and Lisa Adams) take a spot between art rock and garage rock with 'Not Gonna Lie'; instrumental project Eerie Gaits shared their tender song 'Saw You Through The Trees'; The Lickerish Quartet are just funny with their prog-glam rock song and video 'Lighthouse Spaceship'; 'X24' is a clockwork folk song by Kelora; Teyana Taylor shared a family-themed 'We Got Love', co-written by Kanye West; Lin-Manuel Miranda shared politics-themed cabaret song ‘I Have a Friend’; Brian Fallon shared a lovely Americana ballad 'Tender'; 'Lift Off' is a cool pop/free-jazz song by pop/soul artist Tom Misch and jazz drummer/producer Yussef Dayes; Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson is releasing a new solo album, and 'Personal Shopper' is a conceptual 10-minute prog epic announcing the summer LP.

"As with most rock music that sounds truly youthful, 'Melee' doesn’t invent new forms so much as connect bands once separated by subtle genre classification" - Pitchfork writes in a review of the debut album by Dogleg, and compares them to At the Drive-In, ...Trail of Dead, Cloud Nothings and Japandroids. Dogleg are video-games fans, which transforms into their music as an interest "in sheer, rejuvenating physical pleasure of controlling a lifelike version of yourself capable of jumping higher, punching faster, and sustaining more damage than any human could".

“When you’re young you think old people are a bit stupid. But they’ve done everything we’ve done, plus everything the previous generations did, and the one before that. I think old people almost become Buddhists. They’re like: ‘It ain’t worth me saying shit so I’m going to just sit here and chill’” - Mike Skinner, aka The Streets told in a Guardian interview about his new release 'None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive', a mixtape full of guest spots from young stars. A few more interesting thoughts, like the one on a choice of career - "I’ve got so many incredible stories of people changing their lives with rap. And it’s a nice thing to see. Because nobody wants a life of crime. It’s very hard work. It’s much easier to be a musician than a drug dealer”.

Organizers of this year’s Record Store Day have postponed this year's event from April 18 to June 20, due to coronavirus, Forbes reports. In a statement, the organizers say - “RSD acknowledges the need to be good citizens of both the local and worldwide communities while still giving our participating stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day”. Check out this year’s list of exclusives here.

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