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 […]

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 […]

"We in Northern Ireland are very proud of the fact that one of the greatest music legends of the past 50 years comes from our part of the world... So there's a real feeling of disappointment - we expected better from him" - Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann has written in Rolling Stone about Sir Van Morrison's songs that protest against the coronavirus lockdown. In the lyrics, Van Morrison claims scientists are "making up crooked facts" to justify measures that "enslave" the population. "It's all bizarre and irresponsible. I only hope no one takes him seriously. He's no guru, no teacher" - Swann wrote.

Nine Inch Nails have announced a line of limited edition "Pandemic" shirts, and a hat - "this collection of re-takes re-flects our anxiety and anger during this unprecedented time", NIN said. Included in the collection are the "Mutation" tee ("Time to mutate. Feels good man"), the "Every Day Is Exactly the Goddamn Same" tee ("Getting tired of predicting the future accurately"), the "USAshamed" tee ("American pride, R.I.P.")...

he European Court of Justice has ruled that record labels will be forced to pay performers an increased share of revenue collected from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings, Hot Press reported. The ruling makes it clear that each time a musical work generates a payment to the record label for broadcasting or public performance, the performers on that recording are entitled to receive an equal share of earnings, by now it was approximately 20%. Phonographic Performance Ireland has argued that the rule of equal share could not happen where Irish performers did not receive similar payments from non-EEA countries. The EU court ruled, however, that EU law precludes a member state from excluding performers who are nationals of non-EEA states from the right to a single equitable remuneration for the playing of recorded music, Law Society reports.

Surely something we could have expected from a poetry-loving bearded guy, Jarvis Cocker releases a brand of tea - Peppermint Jungle. It goes with hit new musical identity, so it's named Jarv Is, just like his latest album 'Beyond the Pale'. NME took a sip, says it "is undoubtedly the most soothing release of 2020". So, Jarv Is, planning on live-streaming your tea at 5?

In a series of tweets, Kanye West outlined some “new recording and publishing deal guidelines”, demanding for artists to own the copyright for their recordings and songs, and lease them to the label and publisher “for a limited term. 1 year deals”, with those “service provider” partners taking a 20% cut of the income. Also, “every audio file, every asset, every deal stored WITH the money. Money and Music must stay together. When your term ends, download it all. Leave”.

Tyler Childers has dropped a powerful statement with his new album 'Long Violent History' where he stands against racism and violence, and calls for universal values. He introduced the album with a video explaining his concept, best summarized with these words: "What if we were to constantly open up our daily paper and see a headline like ‘East Kentucky Man Shot Seven Times on Fishing Trip?' and read on to find the man was shot while fishing with his son by a game warden who saw him rummaging through his tackle box for his license and thought he was reaching for a knife?... If we wouldn't stand for it. why would we expect another group of Americans to stand for it? Why would we stand silent, or worse, get in the way of it being rectified?". The album consists of 8 songs played on a violin, 7 of which are instrumental covers, and the last one 'Long Violent History' the only with lyrics, and the only one written by Childers. American Songwriter explains the concept; NPR loves the album.

Ordinary people needed for extraordinary goals

'White Riot' documentary - punk, ska and reggae against the far right

"An excellent brief documentary about a heroic grassroots political movement whose importance reveals itself more clearly in retrospect with every year that passes" - Peter Bradshaw writes about the new documentary 'White Riot'. Director Rebecca Shah mixes archival images and interviews with key figures of the grassroots organization Rock Against Racism that bonded together punk, ska, reggae and new wave scenes to stand against the far right. The documentary closes with images of the Carnival Against Nazis, which drew in an audience of 100,000 in support of their cause.

All the good toys go too well

Billie Eilish launches a toy collection

Billie Eilish has launched a collection of toy figurines inspired by the videos for her hit singles ‘Bad Guy’ and ‘All The Good Girls Go To Hell’, Rolling Stone reports. The ‘Bad Guy’ doll stands 10.5 inches tall and features a life-like sculpture of the singer in her yellow sweatsuit. The ‘All The Good Girls Go To Hell’ collectible figure measures six inches in height and features fully removable wings. The line launches on October 15.

Motörhead was the first band to "really unite fans" from multiple different genres - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Classic Rock magazine in an issue celebrating 40 years the release of Motörhead's hit album 'Ace of Spades'. Ulrich explained - "back in 1980, the music world was way more segregated than it is now. So if you were a heavy metal guy there was a particular look, a uniform. If you were a punk kid it was the same, or an alternative kid if you liked Joy Division or whatever. Everything was very segregated, especially in England. The one thing that was different about Motörhead was that they united people from all these different genres... So all these punks, skinheads, alternative kids and metal kids... everybody loved Motörhead".

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