• Kid Cudi Dot Da Genius 'WZRD'

    Kid Cudi Calls 'WZRD' 'Bright and Positive,' Then Flips at Party

    Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius' rock'n'roll album WZRD drops today, and the duo told the stories behind the disc to Complex, where Cudi talked what it was like writing love songs, which new up-and-comers he's digging (A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q), learning to play guitar and bass, and sharing the rapper-turned-rocker arena with Lil Wayne. Per Cudi, "These songs are more bright and positive," in contrast to his previous, more weepy material. "I played [one] for my sister, and she didn't even know it was me." Despite all the warm-and-fuzziness, however, "Mr. Rager" couldn't help but let some of his well-known angst shine at the New York listening party for the record. As HipHopWired points out, there's no way this event didn't have an open bar, so naturally, buzzed attendees began carrying on side conversations when a Q&A segment began. Cudi was not pleased.

  • We're sure this baby is going to be sick of hearing 'Glory' by age 3.

    Jay-Z's Daddy Track 'Glory' Was Planned, Says Pharrell

    Tragic news: It turns out Jay-Z wasn't possessed by muses and inspired to write celebratory baby-daddy tune "Glory" the second his daughter Blue Ivy Carter entered the world. The song's producer (and Oscar balcony drummer) Pharrell Williams shattered our fantasies yesterday of an overjoyed Hova bursting into spontaneous song like a Glee character upon the arrival of his daughter. Apparently, he and Jay had been working on the song before her birth. (If a newborn were ever to inspire instant songcraft, however, that emo-haired child would be the one.) "[Jay-Z and Beyoncé], they live a different lifestyle, and it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife," Pharrell told MTV News at the Oscars (via HipHopDX).

  • Hole

    Hole Guitarist Pens 52-Chapter 'Letters to Kurt' Book

    Courtney Love is not the only member of Hole who has plenty to say about the loss of Kurt Cobain. Onetime Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has announced plans to publish a 52-chapter book comprised of "prose, poetry, and free association" that explores "rock ‘n’ roll, drug abuse, and the loss of Cobain," according to the New York Times. It arrives on April 8 (via Akashic Books), three days after the 18th anniversary of Cobain's death. Erlandson told the Times he'd started to write a straightforward memoir, then ditched it in favor of this more free-form effort. How free-form? "There's one piece that it seems like it’s all about [Courtney], but then when I read it back I go, 'Oh, I'm talking about my mom.' " Okay, then! As of 1 p.m. today, when the Times published their story online, Erlandson was still not on good terms with his former bandmate, irresponsible pet owner Love.

  • Sex Pistols

    Johnny Rotten Announces New Sex Pistols Record Deal in Verse

    John Lydon is making it abundantly clear of late that he's ready to start making gobs of money off the never-ending reunion trend. The former Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols announced that the seminal band has signed a catalog deal with the U.K.'s branch of Universal to reissue their old material. According to Billboard, all that's slated for release so far are a repackaged, expanded edition of 1977's Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols and their 1980 mockumentary soundtrack The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle.

  • Skrillex at Electric Daisy Carnival, 2011 / Photo by Harper Smith

    Electric Daisy Carnival (Finally) Hits New York in '12

    After making itself known in Dallas, Colorado, Orlando, and even Puerto Rico, the fast-growing glowstick-a-thon Electric Daisy Carnival is finally making a pitstop in New York before heading to its now-native Las Vegas this year. Billboard reports that the fest will hit the East Coast May 19-20, three weeks before its annual Vegas iteration June 8-10. It's a joint project courtesy of the fest's organizer Insomniac Events and Pacha New York, the NYC nightclub owned by the international Spanish nightlife franchise by the same name. The event's website hints that an announcement from EDC Puerto Rico is also on the horizon.

  • Oscars 2012: A Weird Night For Music and Muppets

    Oscars 2012: A Weird Night For Music and Muppets

    The 84th Annual Academy Awards was an unusually odd night for music, as both wins and appearances came via the most unexpected avenues. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie took home Best Song for The Muppets' "Man or Muppet," besting only Rio's "Real in Rio" in a category where 39 other songs were eligible for nomination but only two made the ballot. In what can only be described as a "double sad," neither the winning song nor its competitor were performed at the awards show, as they've been in the past. Iinstead, we got this questionably relevant, nostalgia-heavy, Hans Zimmer-scored performance from Cirque du Soleil. Did we mention Zimmer wasn't even nominated this year? The Artist composer Ludovic Bource won for Best Score, and — surprise!

  • John Peel's Massive Record Collection Will Be Available Online In May

    John Peel collected over 25,000 LPs and 40,000 singles in his four-decade career as BBC Radio 1's new music guru — that's over 65,000 slabs of vinyl. And don't even get us started on how many CDs were in his collection, because honestly, there are probably too many to count. Now, however, the late (and last) DJ's entire stash is going to be archived online for all of us to peruse and imagine what über-tastemaking in the 1960s and '70s must have been like for the man who did it, arguably, best. Says the BBC (via Rolling Stone), the collection will be included in the British Arts Council's new project, the Space, thanks to cooperation with the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, a Suffolk-based community project and art space patroned by Peel's widow Sheila.

  • Don't say we didn't warn you

    Screaming Females' 'It All Means Nothing' Video Is Full of Kitten Blood

    Screaming Females have always struck us as cat people. Yesterday, though, the trio dropped quite the video for "It All Means Nothing," the first single off their forthcoming Albini-produced album Ugly, and now, we're having second thoughts — second, very dark thoughts. The clip, directed by Ken Castellano and probably filmed in one of the trio's houses in Jersey, begins innocently enough, Jarrett and Mike (drummer and bassist, respectively) having a casual chat, petting their three cats occasionally as the felines roam the apartment, eating the plants and doing similarly passive aggressive cat things. Everything is fluffy and happy and cute, as is the custom in cat videos. However, about a minute into the clip, frontwoman Marissa Paternoster comes home, and the shit hits the fan, in the worst way.

  • Why Tyga's 'Careless World' Might Not Debut Top 10

    Why Tyga's 'Careless World' Might Not Debut Top 10

    Though Tyga's acronymous name (Thank You God Always) might've won a bit of his affection, we're betting Martin Luther King, Jr. probably wouldn't have approved of the Young Money rapper's music. If it were true, Dr. King would be pretty satisfied this week: The chart-topping "Rack City" rapper failed to get a sample on the title track of his sophomore album Careless World cleared before it dropped on Tuesday. As a result, Young Money had to recall the 150,000 physical copies they shipped across the U.S. for the debut, according to Billboard. And the sample that was waiting for approval? A clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • Hear Nicki Minaj Fire Away With Lil Wayne on 'Roman Reloaded'

    Nicki Minaj has just dropped the title track for her forthcoming (April 3, we're told) follow-up to Pink Friday, Roman Reloaded, and while the Lil Wayne-assisted song isn't all we'd hoped for, it's not the worst thing that could've happened to the album. "Roman Reloaded" isn't the catchiest, radio-friendliest track Nicki's dropped of late by a long shot, considering "Starships" and "Young Forever" were more or less written for the "Super Bass"-leaning, adolescent crowd (read: those who probably didn't obsess over her verse on Kanye's "Monster").

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