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 […]

Over the past few years, hip-hop themed eateries seem to have popped up everywhere in Australia. The food focuses largely on burgers and fried chicken, like at Milky Lane and 4 Ounces, but the trend has started moving into other cuisines too. When does a cute theme become cringeworthy? And is it ever culturally tone […]

Danny Glover performed hist last show as Childish Gambino on September 14, at Madison Square Garden in New York, All Hip Hop reports. He told the crowd - "If you bought a ticket to this concert, that means you bought a ticket to the last Childish Gambino tour ever. You don't need to record this shit. […]

Jeremy Dutcher has won Canada’s most prestigious pop music award, the Polaris prize, beating more prominent acts on the 10-strong shortlist, such as Daniel Caesar, US Girls, and Alvvays, Stereogum reported. On his album 'Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa', Dutcher is performing in the indigenous Wolastoq language. The Wolastoq people – also known as the Maliseet – are […]

A wheelchair bound Slayer entered a mosh pit on a Slayer show for the first time and had "the best time of her life.” In the clip, the elderly woman is pushed into the mosh pit at a recent Slayer show in Nampa, Idaho. She’s immediately followed by a huge throng of fans who proceed to […]

Paul Oakenfold has become the first DJ to play a set at the ancient Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire. The trance DJ performed his set at the World Heritage Site on Thursday - a closely guarded secret. Just 50 people were allowed to attend the event which happened as the sun went down, BBC reported. DJ has […]

People don't recognize Paul McCartney on public transport, as he said to the BBC, well, actually, they don't SEE him. On the rare occasion he takes public transport, he says people are often too distracted by their phones to spot him. "If I'm on a train, I see everybody else just looking at their screens," […]

The Aerosmith, 'The Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots played a version of Boston rockers' classic 'Walk This Way' using only - classroom instruments, Loudwire reports. Like previous editions of this 'Tonight Show' bit, the band, The Roots and Fallon all cram into a small room, making sure to all get into […]

Acts wishing to play in the UK post-Brexit must pay £240 for visas for each member and prove they have savings of around £1000... Where will that leave us? Just another medium-sized European market with its own internal favourites, little more important to conquer than Hungary or Montenegro but, for many foreign acts, impossible to even have a crack at. Once a world-leading hub and haven for pioneers and visionaries, reduced to an unwelcoming island of shrinking relevance - Mark, My Words predicts the future of the UK live music scene.

'From the Basement' was a live performance web series created by producer Nigel Godrich that ran from 2006 to 2009, and it is coming to YouTube "in its full glory". It was shot at the BBC's Maida Vale studios and had no host or audience or interviews, just artists performing live. The first episode featured Thom Yorke previewing then-new Radiohead songs and The White Stripes. Other guests included Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, PJ Harvey, Sparks, Beck, Jarvis Cocker, The Fall, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Thundercat, Andrew Bird, Super Furry Animals, Willis Earl Beal, Damien Rice, José González, Eels, Albert Hammond Jr, Jamie Lidell, CSS, Seasick Steve, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.

Okay Player sees 10 major changes that are about to happen to the music business:

Artificial Intelligence-driven music-making will surge

Artists will gravitate towards more artist-friendly platforms that provide a stronger link to the fan as well

Closeness between fan and artist may be abandoned for good

Internet will be the medium No. 1 for artists

The music industry needs to figure out new, innovative ways for people to feel and touch music again

New and innovative ways to bring concert experiences to the masses

The sound of music will change, reflecting the realities of quarantine and social distancing

Finding ways to keep music top of mind in forthcoming times of overwhelming choice

The music industry will be in a fight for disposable income for the foreseeable future

New ways of setting up a show - drive-ins, fan-pods, or something similar

Future's 'High Off Life' reached the No. 1 on the most recent Billboard 200 album chart, after earning 153,000 equivalent album units in its debut week. 16,000 of those units came from album sales, mostly from merchandise/album bundles, while almost all the others were streamed, Billboard reports. Also in the new top 10: Polo G's 'The Goat' bows at No. 2 with 99,000 units, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s 'Reunions' jumps from No. 149 to No. 9 after its first week of wide release, with 35,000 in sales.

Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died at the age of 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song 'Yeke Yeke', released in the late ’80s, has been remixed and covered extensively.

Jaxsta is a new web-service seeks to be the go-to source for music credits, but will also provide current chart data from around the world, industry awards, a calendar of industry events and other info on the world’s top 20 music markets, Variety. It is currently free and in beta phase.

"Such mellow American folk-rock plays uneasily in these staggeringly anxious times. Yet the set’s charms - slinking choruses, hushed lead vocals -suit this disarmingly unassuming band" - New Yorker wrote about the New York band's new album, a meditation on dreams. PopMatters says that "Woods had established an instantly recognizable aesthetic without ever sounding trapped by it", adding that the album "despite the impending doom, sounds euphoric". Brooklyn Vegan calls it a "terrific album... full of sunny music, beaming with hope". Treblezine likes the atmosphere of it - "a warm, healing album of feelgood rock".

“Sad songs make me feel better because I’d rather feel something than nothing. Music that changes your mood is like alchemy for your feelings” - Phoebe Bridgers told Nylon about how sad music actually makes her feel better. Science has put it this way - listening to sad music can raise levels of the hormone prolactin, which produces “a consoling psychological effect”.

Owen Pallett has surprise-released new album, 'Island', made differently than usual - Pallett wrote the nine songs on acoustic guitar and then worked out orchestrations for them, and recorded with the London Contemporary Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios (listen here). The lead single is 'A Bloody Morning' which comes with a very striking music video - it features dancers, who range in age from 6 to 72, filmed entirely through windows and doorways with no contact. Pallett says it's "cathartic".

Death Angel drummer Will Carroll contracted COVID-19 while on a European tour in March, and during a medically induced 12-day coma as a result of his illness, the artist claims he had met Satan. Well, he didn't really like it, as he's told the San Francisco Chronicle - "I'm still going to listen to Satanic metal, and I still love Deicide and bands like that. As for my personal life and my experience of what I went through, I don't think Satan's quite as cool as I used to". He says he'll consume less alcohol and drugs now, too, Exclaim reports.

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