• Pitbull

    Pitbull Shipped Off to Alaska Walmart, Will Bring Comedians Responsible for His Voyage

    Pitbull has officially joined Nickelback as a hater-bait artist with a sense of humor. A couple of Twitter punks gamed an Internet promotion, rigging the results so he'll be "banished" to Alaska — and not only is the MC happily taking the journey, he's bringing the jokesters responsible along for the journey. Pitbull, for those of you who haven't kept up on the every move of the Latin-cum-dance star, has been promoting Sheets energy strips, which involved a social media campaign with Walmart.

  • Frank Ocean

    Who Charted? Frank Ocean's Surprise Release Debuts at No. 2

    First! Considering the market for mainstream, country-tinged rock is still massive, it's not a huge surprise that the Zac Brown Band's fifth studio album Uncaged, and not Frank Ocean's surprise-released, acclaimed major label debut channel ORANGE earned the top slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Uncaged sold 234,000 copies, making it the trio's second No. 1 album, following 2010's four times Grammy-nominated You Get What You Give. 2 Through 10: Ocean's No. 2 arrival is still quite impressive — keep in mind, that's just 3,000 fewer copies than Chris Brown's recent No. 1 debut! Meanwhile, the Beliebers kept Justin Bieber's Believe at No. 3 (45,000), Team Breezy supported Brown's Fortune at No. 4 (a little less than 45,000), and Maroon 5 fans (Marooners? Fivers?) put Overexposed at No. 5 (44,000). No.

  • Flea / Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage

    Flea Finally Releasing 'Trippy Freakout' Solo 'Helen Burns' EP

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to unleash 18 new songs on fans, but the band's bassist Flea isn't stopping there. He announced via Twitter yesterday he's finally releasing his first-ever solo record, the one he's been talking about for literally years — and he's going to be doing it, like, now: i am putting out an ep i made by myself in a couple of days. it is obscure arty mostly instrumental music, except when patti smith sings. my ep is called helen burns. all proceeds from my helen burns ep will go towards the silverlake conservatory of music. it will be available for down load at any price you want to pay, it will be a donation to the silverlake conservatory of music. will also be vinyl, which i will autograph, and inside will be a piece of a bass string that i have played in concert 75 dollars for that.

  • Bruce Springsteen / Photo by Peter Wafzig/Redferns via Getty

    Bruce Springsteen Mocks London Curfew Sticklers

    Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney learned their collective starpower wasn't stronger than London's curfew laws on Saturday, when their joint jam at London's Hard Rock Calling festival at Hyde Park was silenced by the venue's engineers ten minutes before the set's intended finish around 11 p.m, abruptly ending their rendition of "Twist and Shout." So last night in Dublin, the Boss finished the gig the way he had originally planned. "Before we were so rudely interrupted…" Springsteen said at the top of his set at RDS (per the BBC) as he flipped on a giant prop power generator switch that looked stolen from Frankenstein's lab. He and the E Street Band then launched into the final minute of "Twist and Shout" — without McCartney — promptly followed by a cover of the Clash's version of "I Fought the Law." E Street's 31-song set ended promptly at 10:50 p.m.

  • Pulp's Jarvis Cocker / Photo by Getty Images

    Coachella Cruise Confirmed: Pulp, Hot Chip Hitting High Seas

    Instead of launching a third weekend of its annual Indio fest, Coachella will take its increasingly wild party to the high seas. Today organizers announced (ahead of its previously scheduled 6 p.m. PDT deadline) via Twitter the inaugural S.S. Coachella, a two-segment "music festival at sea" (or, in layman's terms, a cruise) featuring headliners Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, and Girl Talk that will sail on the Celebrity Silhouette ship to the Bahamas December 16-19 and then to Jamaica December 19-23. Earlier today, the L.A. Times reported sources "familiar with Goldenvoice's plans" leaked the information ahead of time; an anonymous artist rep said that "the ship looks amazing." Fun fact: by the time the fest tweeted out the announcement, Hipster Runoff was already following the S.S.

  • Lamb of God's Randy Blythe: 'I Did Not Attack Anyone'

    Lamb of God's Randy Blythe: 'I Did Not Attack Anyone'

    After weeks of silence, incarcerated Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has finally spoken out in an exclusive interview with a tabloid in the Czech Republic, where he's currently still being held on manslaughter charges after posting bail earlier this month.

  • Fucked Up / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Polaris Prize 2012 Short List: SPIN's Guide to the 10 Key Acts

    After announcing its long list last month, Canada's Polaris Prize jurors have whittled the pool down to ten native acts whose recent albums deserve short-list status for the $30,000 award that commends each year's "best album based solely on artistic merit without regard to sales or genre." When the list was released today, we realized we've weighed in on almost all of them, so consider this a SPIN User's Guide to the 2012 Polaris Prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Toronto's Masonic Temple Concert Hall September 24. Cadence Weapon, Hope in Dirt City: The Alberta rapper struggled to care and so did we. Cold Specks, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion: Someone sort of like Adele but not quite. Drake, Take Care: Drizzy's poor little rich boy schtick landed him at No.

  • Ben Gibbard / Photo by Wendy Redfern/Redferns

    Ben Gibbard Announces First Solo Record 'Former Lives'

    Since the last Death Cab for Cutie record Codes and Keys came out last May, Ben Gibbard has endured a series of significant life changes, like cutting down his drinking and ending his marriage, while also maintaining his marathon-running and sustaining a gigantic, year-long, multi-legged world tour with his band. We may have presumed Gibbard will be chilling out when that tour ends this weekend. That, however, is untrue! This fall, the runner with a questionable playlist will embark upon his first solo album adventure. His debut solo album Former Lives will be released October 16 via Barsuk (October 15 in the U.K./Europe, via City Slang). "It certainly wasn’t a reaction to any sort of dissatisfaction to recording with Death Cab or anything like that," Gibbard tells Stereogum.

  • Bob Dylan Celebrating 50 Years of Music With 35th LP, 'Tempest'

    Bob Dylan Celebrating 50 Years of Music With 35th LP, 'Tempest'

    On March 19, 1962, Bob Dylan released his eponymous debut album on Columbia Records. Featuring largely folk standards and only two original songs, the record flew largely under the radar at the time of its release and it sold terribly, at least initially. Eleven Grammys, four Hall of Fame inductions (Rock and Roll, Grammy, Songwriters, and Nashville songwriters), an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Pulitzer, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom later, Dylan has announced that to honor the 50th anniversary of his now landmark debut, he'll release his 35th studio album. The LP will appropriately be called Tempest and arrive September 11 via Columbia. Tempest will be comprised, an announcement posted on the Bard's site reads, of "ten new and original Bob Dylan songs," two of which, the Wall Street Journal reports, will pay tribute to John Lennon ("Roll on John") and the H.M.S.

  • Kitty Wells / Photo courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame

    Kitty Wells, Country Trailblazer, Dead at 92

    Kitty Wells, the world's first female country music superstar, died today at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, due to complications stemming from a stroke. She was 92. Born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, Wells recorded 50 albums over the course of her 50-plus-year career, which took off in 1952 when she became the first solo woman to top the country charts with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." She recorded that single as a badass response to Hank Thompson's "Wild Side of Life," which bemoaned a woman's unfaithfulness and claimed that God made her that way. Her feat came eight years after Billboard starting tracking country singles. Wells' song, which implies unfaithful men make "honky tonk angels" cheat, has been covered by

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