• Kendrick Lamar Black Hippy

    Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Predictably Sign to Interscope

    Top Dawg Entertainment, the independent home of Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy (a.k.a. ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), has told the Fader that the quartet are nearing a joint venture deal with Aftermath Music and Interscope Records. Lamar has a joint deal with Top Dawg and the two labels — Aftermath is the home of Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent — for his forthcoming sophomore record, while the rest of the gang will be released by Top Dawg and Interscope only.

  • Katy Perry Metallica

    Metallica and Katy Perry's 3D Movies Are Totally Happening

    Why pay upwards of 75 bucks to see Katy Perry or Metallica in concert just to be covered in faux whipped cream (it's soap, people!) or urine (it happened), when you can get the same experience, blood-, sweat-, and happy-tear-free in a movie theater? Okay, okay, don't answer that question; it was a rhetorical device to lead into the news that both the blue-haired faux-teen and the quintessential headbanging quartet are moving ahead with their 3D movies. Metallica announced their movie on their website last night (per Billboard) and named Predators auteur Nimród Antal as their director, but it's probably a safe (albeit gloomy) bet that the Metallica 3D movie will not feature this guy (according to the band's post, his work on the well-received Hungarian film Kontroll is what actually sold them).

  • David Bowie / Patti Smith (Photo: Getty Images, Bowie; Josh Sisk, Smith)

    Bowie, Patti Smith, Vedder Give It Up for Moms on New Charity Compilation

    Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and awareness campaign headed by model-turned-activist Christy Turlington Burns to increase education and support for maternal and child health, is slated to release its second charity compilation album May 1, and as Antiquiet points out, its track list is not to be messed with. Thirteen of the 19 songs are unreleased tunes from artists like Patti Smith, Coldplay, Eddie Vedder, Cedella Marley, and Beck. The ones that have already been heard are just as good, though, with contributions from David Bowie, Sade and Lauryn Hill. It's going to be released via Starbucks, to make picking up your socially conscious adult contemporary mixtape as easy as stepping out for your daily grande triple-shot, extra hot, no-foam latte.

  • Godspeed

    Metallica's Orion Fest Adds Metal Stage, ATP Picks Up Godspeed!

    The Jersey shore is about to get a lot louder: both the Greg Dulli-curated ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and Metallica-curated Orion Music and More festivals have both just piled on a feast of new acts to their lineups. ATP's big "get" this week is adding seminal post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor to the fray which, we reported, already boasts the Roots, Louis CK, and the return of the Afghan Whigs.

  • Fred Durst

    Fred Durst's 5 Nuttiest Comments About Limp Bizkit's Cash Money Material

    Now that Limp Bizkit have signed to Cash Money, there's not much they can do to shock us anymore. Still, frontman Fred Durst did his darnedest the other day when he spoke to Billboard about the band's upcoming plans. Granted, he's already put himself through a lot recently, but with quotes like these (and karaoke nights like these), he's not making it easy for us to let him off the hook: 1. "It sounds like a monster; it literally sounds dangerous. It sounds like that left of center, that place of discomfort that created rock'n'roll, created the metal, where it all spawned from." Durst is talking about "Ready to Go," the new Lil Wayne-assisted single that we kind of have already heard, via a YouTube video shot at a club. From what we're hearing, it's true; the track is predictably stabby in nature. Fred sure knows about making us uncomfortable. 2.

  • Rush vs. Rush

    Rush to Judgement? A Lawyer's Take On Limbaugh's Soundtrack Woes

    In a bit of amusing irony, Rush Limbaugh is again getting hammered for using a now-disgruntled artist's music without their permission, and that band is Rush! Yesterday, the trio's lawyer delivered (and publicized) a cease-and-desist letter to the producers of The Rush Limbaugh Show, which had been using Canadian group's songs during the host's broadcast, citing a slew of copyright and civil rights laws that prevented their works from being used for political purposes. The news of Rush's outrage comes just a day after Peter Gabriel told the world he was dismayed at hearing his song "Sledgehammer" played during Limbaugh's recent rant. At first glance, it would seem that the host is about to be in a lot of legal trouble.

  • 50 Cent

    50 Cent Playing All of 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' ' at SXSW '12

    50 Cent will hit Austin next weekend to show all these whippersnappers how it's done — or maybe just to make sure Jay-Z doesn't hog all the glory. The rapper will headline Shady Records' "Shady 2.0 Showcase" at the Austin Music Hall at 7 p.m. on March 16 (next Friday). It gets better: he's performing the entirety of Get Rich Or Die Tryin', the album everyone likes best, anyway. (Just as long as he doesn't touch The Big 10.) And getting there early might be in SXSWers' best interest, because the bill also includes Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Don Trip, S.T.S., and the Foodchain. Fans can sign up via the Shady website for info on how to get into the show. We'd like to gently remind everyone that Big K.R.I.T. is playing SPIN's party over at Stubb's earlier that day, too!

  • Waka Flocka Flame

    For My Dawgs: Watch Waka Flocka Flame Cuddle Puppies

    Our favorite onomatopoeic rapper is back in action with PETA, providing us with the most adorable thing happening today. The animal rights group dropped a video interview and images from their campaign with Waka Flocka Flame, who doesn't eat red meat or wear fur, in which he snuggles with a variety of different puppies and ruminates on why anyone who'd be mean to one is a coward. He emphasized the point with quite the "Fight Breedism" activist tee, too (but by the looks of the interview, Waka makes it pretty clear he's a dog person). He reasons that having a pet is a good defense against haters: "An animal ain't going to curse you out, an animal ain't gon' fight you. It's going to show you nothing but love.

  • Photo: Dusdin Condren

    Watch Sharon Van Etten's Dizzying 'Leonard' Video

    In her newest video, Sharon Van Etten keeps moving. The Sam Zimman-directed clip for "Leonard," off her recent LP Tramp, finds the viewer in the passenger seat as we zoom through what looks like the streets of southern California, only doubled, then quadrupled in a mirror. Funny, she never mentioned to SPIN that kaleidoscopes were one of her favorite things. "Leonard" is a simple non-narrative, yet it's as wholly pleasant as Tramp is.

  • Fiona Apple

    Fiona Apple's New Album Title Is a 23-Word Poem

    Fiona Apple has announced the title of her ever-elusive, long-awaited follow-up to 2005's Extraordinary Machine, and yes, true to her style, it is 23 words long. The fourth Fiona Apple record will be called The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Yup. Still, it's a whole 61 words more concise than the 84-word title of 1999's When the Pawn... We can't wait to start referring to it as The Idler Wheel Is Doing This to Mock Our Desperation. Fiona has announced two SXSW appearances — where she will be playing songs from this new album — and afterwards, she's embarking on a brief tour to effectively raise fans' blood pressure in anticipation of the record, which still doesn't have a release date, but is probably, kind of, we hope, coming out this spring.

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