• NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Racist Casting Call

    N.W.A Movie Casting Call Conflates Black Skin With Unattractiveness

    Progress on long-awaited N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton marches ever forward, but the latest development in casting seems a bit backward to say the least. Last month, we got a peak at the actors who will play the rap legends, with the support of original members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, and now the filmmakers are recruiting extras as they start shooting.

  • Weird Al Handy Iggy Azalea Fancy Video

    'Weird Al' Is a 'Handy'-man in Parody Video of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

    "Weird Al" Yankovic's #8videos8days campaign is really hitting its stride. The promotional campaign for his new album, Mandatory Fun, has already unveiled parodies of Pharrel's "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), and Lorde's "Royals ("Foil"). Now we round the halfway mark with "Handy," a skillful twist on Iggy Azaela's "Fancy." Therein, Al's an artfully adept Tim Taylor-type, expertly rerouting the Aussie rapper's flow and lyrical lines for his own personal plumbing pleasure: "I'm so handy, you already know," he sings on the chorus. "I'll fix your plumbing when your toilets overflow. I'm so handy, I'll bring you up to code. When your dishwasher's about to 'xplode."Also: All 49 "Weird Al" Videos, Ranked. You're welcome.

  • Drake Cleveland LeBron James Real Estate

    Will Drake Follow LeBron to Cleveland?

    The biggest news in sports today is, of course, that LeBron James will be headed back to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the day would not be complete if music's biggest sports fan, Drake, didn't weigh in on the decision.The verdict? The lint-rolling courtside rapper/singer is so excited he consider purchasing an extra home in the Forest City (yeah, that's Cleveland's nickname). On a conference call to promote his upcoming EPSYS hosting role next week, via Complex, the diehard Toronto Raptors and Kentucky Wildcats fan said, "I definitely have to look into some real estate in Cleveland and spend some months of the year out there."Drake  also responded to accusations of being a bandwagon fan: "Despite what everyone on the Internet thinks, I do not team jump.

  • SoundCloud Nears Deal Major Record Labels

    SoundCloud Reportedly Close to Inking Major Label Deal

    SoundCloud is reportedly closing in on deals with the major record labels that would trade equity in the startup for the ability to continue sharing copyrighted songs via its popular music player, app, and site.The company is currently discussing giving Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music 3-5 percent stakes in the business, as well as a percentage of future revenue, reports Bloomberg, essentially to prevent the top three labels from suing the Berlin-based platform. Sources say the agreement would value SoundCloud between $500 million and $600 million, though the timing of any announcement is unclear because some labels are closer to inking the deal than others.So far, despite heavy customer usage estimated at 12 hours of audio uploaded every minute, SoundCloud has not yet figured out a promising, sustainable business model.

  • Katy Perry Iggy Azaela Clueless Musical

    Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea Considered for 'Clueless' Musical

    Noted chart-topper, philanthropist, and man-zapping Cleopatra Katy Perry is interested in adding "Broadway star" to her résumé, it seems. The "Dark Horse" singer has reportedly expressed interest in appearing in a musical adaptation of Clueless, according to the film's director and writer, Amy Heckerling.Heckerling told Vulture Thursday (July 10) she has written both lyrics and a book for the live adaptation. She's in the "really, really, early, early stages" of this thing, but the question of who might play Alicia Silverstone's Cher is at the forefront of her mind. "Katy Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death," she said. Of course Perry's superstar schedule might present difficulties.

  • Jeff Tweedy Son Spencer Stream Wait For Love Wilco Sukierae

    Jeff Tweedy and Son Share Swaying 'Wait For Love'

    This new Jeff Tweedy solo project/family band with his son Spencer continues to pay out. June delivered the gritty "I'll Sing It" and Monday brought the languid "Summer Noon." Now the group called Tweedy serve up the gently swaying "Wait for Love" just in time for the weekend, recalling some of Wilco's earlier simpler songs and reminding us why we first fell for this Chicago songwriter so many years ago. And now, he's effectively doubled."When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing," the elder Tweedy said previously. "Solo to me meant that I would do everything — write the songs, play all the instruments, and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape.

  • Justin Timberlake Cover Ray Lamontagne Jolene

    Justin Timberlake Covers Ray LaMontagne's Painful Beauty, 'Jolene'

    When he's not singing and dancing with Michael Jackson, charmingly disarming bird-flipping fans, and hanging out on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show set, it seems Justin Timberlake is staying current with the contemporary folk scene. The pop star took a minute (or three) out of his private show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom last night, as Stereogum reports, to pick up an acoustic guitar and cover Ray LaMontagne's "Jolene," introducing it as one of his favorite songs. To be sure, it's an especially tender, refined, and tasteful choice. Not that we're surprised, following Timberlake's turn in Inside Llewyn Davis. He's teased a possible country album in the future, could a folk record be in the works too?Hear LaMontagne's original below:

  • Bahamas Stronger Than That Video Strongest Man Bahamas is Alfie

    Bahamas Asks Tough Guys Hard Questions in 'Stronger Than That' Video

    "Strength is a relative term," Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas tells usin the video above. "And if one man's strength is another man's weakness, how can we really know who the strongest man of all is?" It's a poignant question with an obvious solution: The world's strongest man competition. In the soulful songwriter's new video for the modestly funky "Stronger Than That," Jurvanen and director Nick Walker take us behind the scenes at that competition (not the real competition), exposing the muscle men's inner-sensitivity."How in the hell does one heart swell, to the size of of a beast with a bark like a big kick drum?" he asks buff guy Omar Deckard sensitively. The fellas go on to compete on the tire flip, keg tossing, boulder marches, and truck pulls, as Jurvanen plays the poised interviewer opposite former wrester Ed Ferrara and actor Cazzey Cereghino. Stick around for the surprise ending.

  • The Vines Metal Zone Video Wicked Nature

    The Vines Get Wild in 'Metal Zone' Video From New Double-Album

    Last we'd heard from Vines' frontman Craig Nicholls, it was 2012 and he'd been arrested for punching his mother. The band's saga has been a strange one since 2002, when the grunge-indebted Aussie rockers broke onto the scene with "Get Free," lauded alongside the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Hives as harbnigers of the "new rock" movement. The Vines were even SPIN cover stars in 2004.But the years since have been up and down, to say the least, as Nicholls has battled self-destructive tendencies due to neurological disorder Asperger Syndrome while alienating fans, the media, and his band members. But as long as the Vines keep coming back, we'll keep welcoming them.

  • onerepublic love runs out spoof on a budget

    See OneRepublic's 'Love Runs Out' Video Recreated for $50 (Instead of $179,635)

    We heard in March that Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic would be twiddling some knobs on the new U2 album, now it looks like someone's twiddling his, so to speak. From YouTube's Made In Network ("television about music being made"), today we get a look at what Tedder's band's video for the single "Love Runs Out" might have looked like if they'd had only a $50 budget instead of an estimated $179,635.The creation team spent its funds on props mostly — including a tambourine, martini glass, dress, and party streamers — then used some green-screen magic and got to it. The result is a clever parody of an already pretty absurd video. There are ninjas (not these), men in horse costume, weird tree things, and a comparatively funny-looking cast.

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