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A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Dead at 26

Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams and the founder of the famed New York hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, died Sunday, as confirmed by a statement from his label, RCA Records. He was 26. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the label said in a statement. “As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor […]


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Grammy Nods a Bit Disappointing This Year

Choosing proven artists, or playing to the public?

In case you weren’t paying attention, the Grammy nominations were an all-day affair yesterday. It started with the announcing of four major categories on CBS This Morning by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams, followed by a trickle of announcements via Twitter throughout the morning and early afternoon—culminating in a Christmas-themed prime-time special, A Very Grammy Christmas, during which the Album of the Year nominees were revealed. In my humble opinion, […]


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Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose Summary Judgment Bid for “Blurred Lines”

California judge determines "Blurred Lines" may have legitimate similarities to Marvin Gaye song

A year and a half after Robin Thicke’s release of “Blurred Lines,” the song is still generating heaps of controversy. In what may easily become the most memorable copyright infringement lawsuit in recent memory, a judge in California has effectively handed Round One to the family of Marvin Gaye. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt has denied the motion by Thicke (and fellow songwriter/producer […]


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Robin Thicke? What the Crap?

Recent court deposition gives "Blurred Lines" a whole new meaning

Well, I guess we have to give the guy credit for his honesty. Even if it does come a little late. And under oath. “Blurred Lines,” the breakout summer hit of 2013 by R&B singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell, has been nothing if not controversial—and the controversy only continues. First, there was the nudie video that got banned from YouTube, but still accomplished its purpose of generating interest. Then, […]


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U2 Drops Surprise Album “Songs of Innocence” Free on iTunes

Album releases officially on October 13

Ever since Beyoncé surprised the world with a complete, previously unannounced full-length album last December, different artists have been trying to top the feat. Whether they were trying or not, it looks like U2 finally did it. Yesterday, at Apple’s much-touted big-reveal press conference announcing iPhone 6 and the new Apple iWatch, U2 was announced as a surprise musical guest. After they played a new song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” […]



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Harvest Records Pulls Morrissey’s Album

Someone close to Morrissey might want to have a conversation with him about burning bridges, biting the hand that feeds him, etc. Not that he would listen…. Or maybe someone should just close the fanzine. This seems to be a place of weakness. Let’s back up and unfold the drama so far, shall we? Earlier this month, Morrissey kicked off a beef with his label, Harvest Records, by using his […]


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Surprise! Taylor Swift Is No Longer Country

In a highly hyped PR move that shocked the music world and left country fans crying their eyes out, one-time country sweetheart Taylor Swift dropped the bombshell this week that she is going pop. (In case you are the Sheldon Cooper type—that was sarcasm.) During her Monday evening Yahoo! Live Stream atop the Empire State Building, the songstress announced that her upcoming album 1989 would be her “first documented, official […]


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Morrissey Dropped by Harvest Records/Capitol

News comes 3 weeks after album release

Welp, it would appear that Morrissey’s outspokenness has landed him once again in hot water—this time with his record label. As first reported by Morrissey’s informal fan-zine True to You over the weekend, the artist has been dropped by Harvest Records (an imprint of Capitol Records) a mere three weeks after the release of his latest recording World Peace Is None Of Your Business.  The statement reads as follows: Three […]


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RIP, American Idol Alum Michael Johns

Former AI contestant dead at 35

Michael Johns, the good-looking, Aussie-accented singer who wowed American audiences during Season 7 of American Idol, has died at age 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot originating in the singer’s ankle. Johns first arrived in the U.S. to attend college on a tennis scholarship, but used the opportunity to pursue music. By the time he auditioned for AI at […]


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What Is 5 Seconds of Summer Doing Right?

And seemingly out of nowhere…they appear.  Just two years ago, no one outside of their native Australia knew who pop-rock act 5 Seconds of Summer were. A few million YouTube views later, they get a shout-out from boy band One Direction, followed by an invite to tour—and whammo! Their debut album sells nearly a quarter million copies in its first week, topping the Billboard 200. Suddenly, 5SOS are the new […]


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U2 Could Still Release New Album in 2014

Remember earlier this year when U2 was getting all that buzz about a new album release in the spring?  Remember when they won that Golden Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from that Nelson Mandela biopic?  Remember when they released their song “Invisible” as a free download during the Superbowl and raised like a bajillion dollars for (RED)?  Remember their sparkling appearance during Jimmy Fallon’s debut broadcast as the new […]


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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Big Week

(And it might not be over yet)

This past week, the music news cycles have been dominated by one of music’s most unlikely candidates—namely, veteran popstar parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic. After a modest reception of his previous effort Alpocolypse in 2011, the jokester is actually aiming for his first No. 1 record ever with Mandatory Fun, which dropped this week. What’s different about this one?  Not much, really, as far as the content is concerned. It’s the […]


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Indie Labels Call for Transparency with Fair Digital Deals Declaration

Initiative endorsed by over 700 indie labels worldwide, including Glassnote, Domino and Sub Pop

Today marks what will hopefully be a meaningful first step in restoring balance in the emerging digital music realm, to help indie musicians be more fairly compensated for their work.  Over 700 independent labels have united in support of the “Fair Digital Deals Declaration” sponsored by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a document that calls for more transparency and fair treatment for musical artists in the distribution of revenue from […]


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Tommy Ramone Passes Away, Age 62

In a manner of speaking, Friday marked the end of an era. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of pioneer New York punk act The Ramones, died on Friday at the age of 62. He had been in hospice care after unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer. The news was confirmed late last night by a post on The Ramones’ official Facebook page: We are saddened to announce the […]


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