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 […]

Fans were forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday. Some social media users have said people were forcibly removed because they were dancing. Others have also said that it was because they were waving pro-gay rights flags, Daily Mail reported. Videos posted on social media show security workers pulling people […]

Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament. The legislation had been changed since July when the first version of the copyright directive was voted down. Critics say it remains problematic. Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists. But opponents fear that the plans […]

The first-known recording by David Bowie has sold at auction in Britain for £39.360, fetching around four times the expected price of £10.000. The recording was made when he was the 16-year-old singer of a band called the Konrads. Bowie left the Konrads shortly afterwards and did not achieve stardom until six years later. Promotional sketches by […]

Drake leads the field of nominees for the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards with 11 nominations. Cardi B follows Drake with 10 nominees, Childish Gambino has six, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar have five. Billboard...

Quite a collaboration - Tom Waits sings 'Bella Ciao' on Marc Ribot's new album 'Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018', out September 14. This is a first new Tom Waits song in two years. It is an anti-fascist Italian folk ballad, Ribot says Waits sounds "exactly like an old ‘partigiano’!”. Listen in on Pitchfork. Video directed […]

The success of grime has helped diverse, diasporic tracks to hit the charts - Guardian says in an article about how it has now opened doors for a host of other genres of black British music. On the one side, there is the tabloid-worrying, tonally dark road rap and UK drill scenes, with artists including […]

Kanye West debuted his highly anticipated eighth studio album, YE, at a star-studded listening party Thursday night at Wyoming ranch. On Thursday, West flew out hundreds of journalists, celebrities and music industry vets to Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Diamond Cross Ranch for a massive listening party that included Chris Rock, Nas, Kid Cudi, Jonah Hill, Lil Yachty and […]

Belle and Sebastian have officially announced a music festival boat cruise - The Boaty Weekender is a four-day “floating festival and luxury cruise around the Mediterranean” that will feature live performances from Belle and Sebastian and other acts selected by the band, plus Q&A sessions, panels, theme parties, and much more. The band will also […]

NME has a list of the best long-running songs in pop, from The Orb and their 'Blue Room', an album length song of 39 minutes and 57 seconds, to Prince's almost Eurovision-short 'Purple Rain' at just 8m42s.

Guardian has a lovely story about strange, lonely and frequently ridiculous life of men who were once in boybands. "I kind of looked like an old lesbian aunt” - that's how Brian McFadden describes himself, post-Westlife when he started solo career, and had to chose his own clothes and haircut. Derek Moran of the Irish band D-Side […]

“The Thai punk scene in the past has only cared about partying. I organised this event because I think punk should be rebellious. I care about freedom and rights.” - one of the organizers of Thai punk concert told Guardian. The show was held earlier this month, marking the fourth anniversary of military rule in the […]

Rocker and metal fan Valentin the Mad recorded 'Boar Metal', a "brutal death metal song with wild pigs on vocals", as he said, and it is literally like that, Loudwire reports. The guitarist and producer from Haifa, Israel recorded boars on the streets of his city - "wild hogs were always present in the city, but in recent years there has been a massive increase". The accompanying video also shows boars roaming the streets of Haifa, and Valentin the Mad sporting - boar's mask.

Beck released space-themed videos to his 2019 album 'Hyperspace', made in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space.com. The 'Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration' visual album incorporates videos from NASA missions and artificial intelligence, with music from the latest Beck album.

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“Hip-hop is from our people, African people, all of us. It’d be hard for me not to fall into what my people created... Growing into hip-hop I reckon was like me understanding who I was as a person” - Melbourne rapper Nelson told Guardian about the city's African diaspora rap scene. Its hotspot is 66 Records, a house to many with similar stories: Poni who fled civil war in Sudan via Uganda; Jordan “Lil Jaye” Yermian who bounced between Cameroon, France and Australia; Ater “BabyT” Mamer left Kenya for New Zealand as a baby before moving to Australia; Nelson was displaced by the Liberian civil war at just six months of age, BBG Smokey...

Berlin-based music producer Lyra Pramuk, who uses only her voice to produce "futurist folk music", made a mix for Fact magazine where she "explores the idea of ‘folk song’ as interpreted by women singers and storytellers from the past century to today". There's Joan Baez and Dolly Parton, as well as Lauryn Hill and Lingua Ignota, among others.

Converge would be donating 100% of the earnings from their 2013 guest-filled Entombed covers EP to Entombed vocalist LG Petrov, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer, Metal Injection reports. The EP includes five covers of Entombed's 'Wolverine Blues' with a different vocalist on each one - Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac, Old Man Gloom), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must […]

Phil Collins' song 'In the Air Tonight' saw a 1,110% increase in sales after a viral video of two brothers reacting to the song while listening to it for the first time, CoS reports. Tim and Fred Williams, a pair of 22-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, create reaction videos on YouTube under the account TwinsthenewTrend, and their most popular video is their reaction to Collins' 1980s pop hit, with over 4 million views. The song is climbing the Billboard charts, and it has already reached No. 3 on the iTunes Charts.

Mexican-American singer Trini Lopez, who had a hit in 1963 with his version of 'If I Had A Hammer', and was a successful guitar-maker, has died at 83 of coronavirus, The New York Times reports. Lopez, an accomplished guitarist, was mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra and designed two instruments for the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters said Lopez left "a beautiful music legacy", he called his own Trini Lopez guitar his "most prized possession" and said it had been "the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one". Lopez recorded more than 60 albums and was a popular headliner in Las Vegas.

34-years-old Nikki Paterson from Scotland has 47 tattoos, 23 of which are of Eminem, The Sun reports. She hopes this will get her into the Guinness World Book of Records. Paterson said she has been listening to Eminem since she was 14, and that she fell in love with him after hearing 'Stan', a song about a crazy fan.

"The fan believes the artist and their work helped them come into their own. The artist’s work becomes a comfort—almost like a friend on their journey—as they figure out who they want to be" author Hannah Ewens says in Bitch Media interview about her new book 'Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture'. The book traces the history of fandom from the Beatles onward to contextualize what fandom means, how it functions, and how it both reflects and drives cultural conversations about everything from teenage girls to mental health. Ewens also differentiates between fans and stans, the latter of whom go to extreme lengths to prove their devotion.

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