• Robert Smith / Photo by Debbie Del Grande

    The Cure, Foo Fighters, Kasabian Headlining 2012 Reading and Leeds Festivals

    The twin Reading and Leeds Festivals have announced their lineups today, and they are appropriately English: Headlining spots for the three-day U.K. summer fest belong to the Cure, Foo Fighters (as previewed by their old-timey gift this morning), and (yes) Kasabian. As

  • Iggy Azalea

    Iggy Azalea Apologizes for 'Slave Master' Lyric

    Recent Interscope signee and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was included in XXL magazine's cred-boosting Freshmen 2012 list... and then promptly came under fire (by critics as buzzy as Azealia Banks) for what some considered a racist lyric in her song "D.R.U.G.S.," in which she raps, "When the relay starts, I'm a runaway slave...

  • The-Dream

    The-Dream Calls Out Copycat Crooners at NYC Show

    The-Dream made his first New York appearance in more than a year last night at S.O.B.'s, and as expected, the show was filled with screaming females (no, not that kind) — ladies who loved his slick vocals almost as much as they adored tweeting about Jay-Z and Beyoncé's appearance in VIP to support the guy who co-wrote Bey's Grammy-winning "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)." But Dream's show wasn't all about lady love — in one noteworthy moment he took aim at his fellow R&B smoothies without naming names, exactly. "I haven't done a show in close to two years," the hitmaking R&B singer/songwriter, née Terius Nash, told his sold-out audience, in between performances of the never-before-performed "Fancy"/"Right Side of My Brain," the Christina Milian-inspired "Used to Be," and copious bring-ladies-from-the-crowd-onstage serenades.

  • Foo Fighters tape

    Foo Fighters Stream '95 Reading Set in (Surprise!) Analog Tape Skin

    Because you might have forgotten for one eensy weensy second that Foo Fighters recorded their Grammy-winning (and SPIN-beloved) Wasting Light totally analog in Dave Grohl's quite large garage, the band is back with an extra old-timey treat for fans — a stream of their 1995 performance at the U.K.'s Reading Festival skinned as a cute little virtual cassette tape player. (Not sure what that is? It's okay, just click on the little "PLAY/LOAD" button and Google it later.) The free surprise, which actually kind of looks like a site build the same year the set was recorded, follows the Foos' ranking last week at No. 31 on Billboard's annual Money Makers list.

  • Kyuss Lives!

    Josh Homme Sues Kyuss Lives! Over 'Needless Mess'

    Kyuss Lives! may not be able to live up to their name much longer. Josh Homme and Scott Reeder have filed a lawsuit against their former Kyuss bandmates, vocalist John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork, for using the early '90s Palm Desert stoner-rock outfit's name. According to a statement released by Reeder and Homme, the pair had started talks with the rest of the ex-Kyuss crew in January to negotiate terms of Garcia and Bjork's use of the name, but found out recently that all four musicians weren't on the same page. The duo are suing for trademark infringement and consumer fraud. "It sucks," Homme and Reeder say in a statement. "With open arms, we made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully. Only to discover while they looked us in the eye, Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss.

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West and a Maybach

    Jay-Z and Kanye West Settle Syl Johnson Suit, Sell Non-Working Maybach

    In October, '70s soul man Syl Johnson filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z, Kanye West, and their labels arguing the two sampled his song "Different Strokes" for "The Joy" (a bonus track on last year's Watch the Throne) without permission. Johnson said Kanye had tried to get the song cleared for a track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but couldn't seal the deal in time for release. (This problem didn't stop Tyga.) According to TMZ, legal papers were filed last week in Illinois federal court that stated Jay and 'Ye had settled out of court with Johnson for an undisclosed amount, proving that, at least when you're as rich as Hov and Yeezy, it's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne Will Be at SXSW '12, So Bring Your Skateboard

    And the rappers keep rolling out: Following similar announcements from Jay-Z and 50 Cent, Lil Wayne has announced that he, too, will be gracing the fine folk in Austin, Texas, next week via Mountain Dew, with whom he just signed a massive branding deal. Weezy will be going south to make myriad announcements about the campaign, DEWeezy, which includes the forthcoming construction of a skate park in New Orleans. He hasn't announced any live performances during the fest yet, but considering we all know what happened with Kanye and VEVO last year... What we do know, however, is that since being released from prison in 2010, Tunechi has kicked drinking and drugs and has been known to chill with the local grind punks at skate parks (like this regular kid, for example).

  • Taylor Swift (Photo: Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty)

    Surprise! Taylor Swift Tops Money Makers List, Beats U2

    Sometimes it's nice to think about professional musicians as dedicated artistes regaling us with their melodies for the sheer joy of musical performance. Then the illusion-crushing annual Billboard Money Makers list drops and fans everywhere get to see how filthy rich even the most adorable of their favorite artists really are. This year, based on the amount of money made in 2011, the award for least Occupy Wall Street-friendly musician goes to... Taylor Swift! (She's shocked, trust us.) The ever-unsuspecting songsmith pulled in over $35.7 million this year, according to Billboard's calculations, which combine Boxscore numbers (data on tour profits) and album, single, and digital sales from U.S. sources. That, according to Billboard, is a whopping 17 percent more than the top-earning artist of 2010 made, Lady Gaga with $30.5 million.

  • Some of Mick Jones' rock stuff/Photo via Subway Gallery

    Mick Jones Wants to Loan You His Clash Memorabilia

    Mick Jones likes show and tell. The Clash guitarist has gathered up a bunch of his band's nicknacks and put them on display in west London, where he hopes to turn the exhibition into an expanded, permanent rock'n'roll public lending library. Jones' stuff — including vintage issues of Creem, notes written by members of the Clash, fanzines, and the group's onstage clothing — went on display today at the Subway Gallery, in the Joe Strummer Subway, where the late musician busked in the '70s. Jones has titled the exhibition "The Rock and Roll Public Library," likely in the hopes that it would turn into a permanent attraction. By the looks of how many goodies are on display, Jones is probably relieved to have finally decluttered his flat. “We are looking for a permanent place to have a lending library, which would be our ultimate goal," Jones told Ham & High (via Spinner).

  • Steven Tyler

    Steven Tyler's Ego Knows No Bounds on '60 Minutes'

    Most people know Steven Tyler has one of the most unrestrained egos in rock (we certainly do), and on this Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes, he once again lets his loose lips flap uncontrollably. In a clip from the segment, the Aerosmith frontman/American Idol judge/totally indestructible human is asked about being a nasty ol' perfectionist and essentially admits to being a dick to bandmates Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford, who described his past behavior as "tortured" and "cruel." "I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone's chops is what got this band to where it is today," Tyler says (via Billboard). "In the end, I get a really good song, and in the end, I get the hits. Yeah, I'm that good." Tyler calls this summer's tour "our last," which it might be once the rest of the crew sees their fearless leader once again throwing them under the bus.

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