• Madonna Apology Civil Rights Leaders Rebel Heart Press

    Madonna (Sorta) Apologizes For Using Civil Rights Leaders in Album Promotion

    Madonna's thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart is set to hit stores on March 10, and as ever the lead-up has been a rollercoaster ride. The fact that Diplo, Sophie, and Blood Diamonds are handling some of the production and the surprise release of a handful of the tracks from the record have served as relative highpoints in the campaign, but a massive low came just last week when Madge was accused of cultural appropriation when she used images of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Bob Marley on her Instagram as a means of promoting the record. Now, via Stereogum, she's offered something of an apology for using those images, mostly by saying that it was her fans that created the images, she just reposted them."I’m sorry," the MDNA singer began. "I’m not comparing my self to anyone, I’m admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts.

  • Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Worldwide Radio Premiere Stream Domino

    Panda Bear Will 'Meet the Grim Reaper' in Worldwide Radio Premiere of New LP

    Noah Lennox, Animal Collective founder and the man behind the solo project Panda Bear, has teased precious little material in advance of his fourth studio album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, but that's set to change this week. Starting Sunday January 4 on Mary Anne Hobbs BBC6 radio show, the Tomboy singer will debut all of the yet-to-be-released tracks from his album across a globe-spanning radio campaign.The album opener "Sequential Circuits" will be the first to premiere between 2-5 a.m. EST on Sunday, followed by "Crosswords" between 4-5 p.m. EST on the same day on a German radio show called Klaus Fiehe on Plan B. The rest of the tracks will debut over the course of the next couple of days, finishing up with "Acid Wash" at 12 p.m. EST on Tuesday January 6. You can head over to an interactive map on the Domino Records website for the full details.

  • Ty Dolla Sign Paul McCartney Kanye West Rihanna Collaboration Track Only One Interview

    Bigger Than 'Yeezus': Kanye West Plots Collab With Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Ty Dolla Sign

    If you listen off in the background of "Only One," Kanye West's sentimental New Year's Day collaboration with Paul McCartney, you'll hear some autotuned crooning that belongs to a lesser known songwriting great, the R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign. In an excited interview on Friday with Billboard, the Beach House architect dealt on how he came to be involved with that collaboration, as well as dropping the tidbit that many more tracks with Kanye are coming—including one that features the ex-Beatle and Rihanna."One day my homie hit me up and was like, 'Kanye wants you to come work with him in Mexico,' so I came out there [and] we did like nine songs in one day," he explains of his involvement in the project.

  • Bono Bike Accident May Never Play Guitar Again

    Bono's Bike Accident Injuries May Keep Him From Playing Guitar Ever Again

    Back in November, Bono ended up in a New York hospital during the aftermath of a pretty horrifying bicycle accident in Central Park, though aside from some gory descriptions of his injury it was unclear at the time just how bad it was. In a new blog post on U2's website, via Buzzfeed, the Songs of Innocence singer reflected back on the strange course of his year, including the horrifying accident, mentioning that the injury and a new "titanium elbow" may hamper future efforts at playing guitar."Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he explains. "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."The tone of the message isn't terribly dour across the board though.

  • Drake Sensitive Soul Crying Mom Video

    Watch Drake's Mom Explain His 'Sensitive Soul'

    Ever since the former Degrassi star known to his mother as Aubrey Graham first came onto the scene as Drake, he's had to battle accusations of emotional sensitivity. Looking at his music, that's never really seemed like too much of a dispute, but still, based at his Instagram it seems like it may have been a topic of conversation among his family over the holidays. In a video captioned "my mom on why people think I cry a lot," his mother Sandi explains just that."It’s not that you cry at all," she chuckles. "I’ve never seen you cry on stage or even when the two of us are just together."She eventually settles on an explanation, saying that people don't actually think that he cries all the time but that "they would imagine that you would be a person that may cry because you are a sensitive soul."You can watch both heartwarming videos below.

  • Classic Hip Hop Failing Radio Station KROI Boom 92

    Classic Hip-Hop Lifts Radio Station Ratings

    Now that your early '90s alt-rock favorites are gradually reaching an age that's acceptable to move them over to Classic Rock radio, it's only fair that the hip-hop classics of the era get the same treatment. And according to the New York Times, via Rolling Stone, the burgeoning Classic Hip-Hop radio format is turning out to be a fairly successful endeavor.The New York Times' story centers on the tale of Boom 92, a Houston station owned by Radio One, which switched formats to focus on older rap tracks back in October (after briefly switching to an all-Beyoncé programming slate). Since then the station has seen its listeners increase from 245,000 to 802,000 or from a Nielsen rating of 1.0 to 3.2.

  • French Montana Detail Beyonce 7/11 remix

    Hear French Montana and Detail's Otherworldly Remix of Beyonce's '7/11'

    If Diplo and Skrillex's jittery EDM mix was the intuitive way to remix Beyoncé's fiery "7/11," Detroit superproducer Detail decided to go in completely the opposite direction for his rework. Enlisting another A-lister in the form of French Montana, Detail embraces a more laid back mode for this remix offering up plinking piano keys and distant synth drones that strangely have more in common with Enya than the work of any of the players involved. The effect of that narcotized instrumentation and French's autotuned "fresher than you" croon makes the whole thing pretty otherworldly, which is an interesting look for a track that originally had its feet planted firmly on the ground. You can listen to the whole thing below, via The Fader, and for comparison's sake be sure to check out the Jack U remix.

  • Yoon Mi Rae Tiger JK Sue Legal Action The Interview

    Two K-Pop Stars Threaten to Sue Over 'The Interview'

    The list of people outraged by James Franco and Seth Rogen's new comedy The Interview is a long one at this point, but two K-pop stars may have a more justified anger than most. As Billboard points out, Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae, a husband and wife duo who has collaborated on a number of occasions, alleged on Friday that their song "Pay Day" was used in the film without permission. Understandably, the duo and their agency FeelGhoodMusic seem a bit upset, especially given that there were talks at first to license the track to the film."There were initial discussions about including the song in the film score, but negotiations stopped so we were under the impression that it wasn't happening," A press release reads.

  • Ariana Grande Weeknd Love Me Harder Acoustic Video Stream

    Watch Ariana Grande and the Weeknd's Stark Acoustic Video for 'Love Me Harder'

    Since releasing her pop-art masterwork My Everything back in August, Ariana Grande has turned out a bombastic track for Lorde's star-studded Mockingjay soundtrack, and planned (but then scrapped) a rework of the "The Boy is Mine," as well a couple of strange videos for the singles from that record. But none of those clips have been as intimate and stripped-down as the new acoustic performance clip for her collaboration with the Weeknd "Love Me Harder." Featuring no accompaniment other than a single acoustic guitar, the ex-Nickelodeon star and singer Abel Tesfaye turn out a stark rendition of the otherwise sensual track. You can catch the video in full above, which features stunning vocal performances from both of the singers.

  • Will Butler Christmas 2014 Policy Single Stream

    Arcade Fire's Will Butler Gets Reverential on 'Christmas 2014'

    Arcade Fire's Will Butler is set to release his debut solo album Policy in March, but for those who couldn't wait any longer for more new material from the younger Butler brother, he decided to share a holiday single called "Christmas 2014" on Thursday. Reverential in tone and composition, Butler sighs his way through a series of religious images while gently plucking away at the piano keys. As a ballad in the most classic sense, it's a more staid affair than "Take My Side," the only full taste of Policy so far. It portends pretty great things for his forthcoming solo record, even if this two-minute tune is just a castoff Christmas-themed track. You can stream this cut below, and be sure to look for Policy on March 10 via Merge Records.

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