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Ryan Adams

Sean Hannity-Ryan Adams Twitter Beef Moves to Prime Time

Note to musicians who want to call out talk show hosts on Twitter: be prepared to have your name dragged onto prime time television. A Twitter beef between singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and outspoken conservative talk show host Sean Hannity went prime-time when Hannity took the artist to task last night on his Fox News show Hannity. Admittedly, the alt-country star threw the first punch. On August 5, a general tweet berating […]

George Duke

Producer/Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

Music industry icon George Duke, known for his keyboard work and ability to cross multiple genres, passed away Monday in Los Angeles. He was 67. Although primarily associated with jazz (initially gaining fame as the leader of the George Duke Trio), in his career Duke also ventured into R&B, funk pop, rock, avant-garde and even Brazilian pop. Besides releasing 30 solo albums across his career, Duke collaborated with some of […]

Elton John

Elton John Recovering From Appendectomy

Piano-rock legend Elton John is reportedly “recovering well” after undergoing an operation last week at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco to remove his appendix. The 66-year-old is currently recuperating at his home in southern France. Elton John’s appendix became news last month when he encountered severe stomach pain while on tour. By the time he saw the doctors, his condition was apparently quite serious (a “walking time bomb,” as Elton […]

Jack White

No, Jack White Isn’t Violent, and He Doesn’t Need a Psychiatric Evaluation, Thankyouverymuch

(Oh--and his ex is still in love with him.)

Okay, so tell me if this just sounds silly at this point. In a case of public he-said-she-said, rock star Jack White has filed a countermotion in court against estranged spouse Karen Elson, in response to her recent request for a restraining order against him. The countermeasure seems to be nothing more than a retort and refuting of the claims in her filing. Among the claims made in this new […]

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Album Sales Hit Record Lows—What It Means

Okay, so summer is typically a slow time of year for record sales, but few expected it to be this slow. According to Billboard, album sales have hit a new record low, selling less than 5 million units per week for five weeks straight. This has never happened since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in May 1991. What is more, the past two weeks in themselves have seen historically […]

Jack White

Jack White’s Ex Gets Restraining Order Against Him

Days after it was reported that Jack White had made a sizeable donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, he’s in the news for a not-so-noble reason. At the request of White’s estranged wife Karen Elson, last week a Nashville circuit court judge issued a restraining order against Jack White forbidding the rocker to have “any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties’ […]

Jack White

Jack White Donates $200K to Help Preserve Recorded History

Jack White apparently really loves vintage music, and vintage recordings, for that matter—and this week, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The Washington Post reports that the rock guitarist is donating $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, which has been set up as part of a government effort to organize and preserve recorded music, radio and sound history. The foundation, set up last year, is a public […]

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Composer John Williams to Score “Star Wars: Episode VII”

While much is changing these days with the Star Wars movie franchise, one aspect that will remain the same (at least for now) is who will provide the epic musical score. Oscar-winning composer John Williams, who has written the musical scores for all six Star Wars films, will be back to compose the soundtrack for Episode VII, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who made the announcement Saturday at a […]

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American Idol Sued by Ten Former Contestants

Suit alleges racism, reinforcing of black stereotypes

This week, ten former American Idol hopefuls filed a lawsuit against the Fox Network, its corporate sponsors and former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, alleging that the show is racist, as reported by Entertainment Weekly and the LA Times. The lawsuit alleges that the ten plaintiffs, all African-American males appearing between Seasons 2 and 9 of the show, were forced out of the competition, publicly and unfairly disqualified, because they were […]

Cory Monteith

“Glee” To Tribute Cory Monteith, Then Go On Hiatus

Show creator Ryan Murphy discusses future of "Glee"

In the wake of actor Cory Monteith’s tragic passing, Glee show creator Ryan Murphy spoke with E! News last weekend about plans for the show to deal with the death of one of its lead actors. According to Murphy, after deliberating on whether to end the show completely or to move on—and with input from Monteith’s co-star and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele—the decision was made to move forward, airing two […]

Kanye West

Kanye-Swift VMA Debacle Resurfaces with Leaked Audio

Interesting timing. In the wake of this year’s announced MTV Video Music Award nominations, Gawker has released an audio file that allegedly secretly captured Kanye West ranting during an after-party following his stage rush of Taylor Swift during 2009’s VMA awards. Lest you need reminding—which if you watch television, you probably don’t—West notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech on live television during the 2009 VMAs to declare that fellow nominee […]

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Indie Labels Grab Record 34.4 Percent of Market Share for Mid-2013

Another sign of the times for the changing music industry landscape: according to numbers in the mid-year Billboard SoundScan report (as reported by A2IM), combined sales of units from independent record labels have claimed a record 34.4 percent of market share, more than that of any of the Big Three labels (namely, Warner, Universal and Sony). This figure is based on ownership of the masters, not on distribution channels. While […]

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Parsing the Spotify/Thom Yorke-Nigel Godrich Beef

In case you hadn’t heard, Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) and Nigel Godrich have a beef with Spotify, the international music streaming service. Together, the pair comprise a side project called Atoms For Peace, and this past weekend, as Pitchfork reports, they pulled all their Atoms For Peace material from Spotify in protest of the streaming services alleged unfair payout practices. Godrich put it this way on his Twitter account: “New artists […]

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Hitches a Ride To His Own Show

In 2007, the Dave Matthews Band song “Out Of My Hands” appeared on the soundtrack for a film called The Hitcher. Last weekend, it appears Matthews himself became “the hitcher”—only with a more positive outcome. On Saturday, according to reports, a woman named Emily Krauss and her boyfriend were en route to a Dave Matthews Band show in Hershey, PA, when they approached a man with a busted bicycle hitchhiking […]

Cory Monteith

“Glee” Star Cory Monteith Found Dead in Vancouver

Authorities Rule Out Foul Play

Cory Monteith, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the successful Fox television musical series Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fans, friends and colleagues on social media over the weekend. Monteith was 31. The actor/singer was discovered by hotel staff when Monteith failed to make his check-out time. While Vancouver police have said there are no […]