• Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly sing karaoke in New York City / Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic

    Is File Sharing Killing Karaoke?

    Don't expect to hear slick recreations of the latest hits by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry at your local karaoke bar anytime soon — Sound Choice, one of the companies that was once responsible for 70 percent of the note-for-note reproductions of songs specifically made for drunk people to warble in public, is scaling back. Revenue for the company is way down, according to Seattle Weekly (via the Daily Swarm), as karaoke establishments have begun obtaining the music through illegal file sharing, forcing the North Carolina company to reconsider its business model. Recently, Sound Choice has been investing its money not into recording but into lawsuits, aggressively pursuing venues and KJs (karaoke DJs) who use its music illegally.

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    Wub the Throne: Kanye West's Newest Collaborator Is Skrillex

    Although there are currently scant details about the next record by Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, dubstep heavyweight Skrillex is claiming he recorded a new song with Kanye West. In a sort of brushed-off aside in an interview he recently did with the Daily Beast, the DJ talked about how excited he was to have worked with the rapper. Keep this in mind: both artists appear on our 30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time List. "I did some music with Kanye and from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album," he said. And that was it. The rest of the interview contains a few other entertaining tidbits, though.

  • 'Pop-Up Video' Takes a Spin Through Arcade Fire's 'Suburbs'

    'Pop-Up Video' Takes a Spin Through Arcade Fire's 'Suburbs'

    Since someone had the good sensibility to revive VH1's ever-illuminating Pop-Up Video, without which we might not know exact what role NYC downtown artist Jean-Michel Basquiat plays in Blondie's "Rapture" clip, the series has been focusing on some more modern videos by artists like Rilo Kiley and Vampire Weekend. Their recent look at Arcade Fire's Spike Jonze-helmed ode to teenage anxiety, "The Suburbs," again proves there is more than meets the eye. As Stereogum points out, who knew the video shared a Dairy Queen with Friday Night Lights? And what about the equation that "Wool masks + high temperatures = vomiting"? For more illuminating factoids on clips includng the Black Keys' "Tighten Up" and Radiohead's "Karma Police," click here.

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    Young Jeezy Takes a Crack at Senior VP Job

    Barack Obama's favorite reference point Young Jeezy announced earlier today that he has been appointed senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records, according to Billboard. Jeezy broke the news in a tweet reading, "From the streets to the Boardroom…Let's Get it!" though he has since deleted the post. The 34-year-old hip-hop artist did not yet, however, delete this tweet: "Corporate thuggin to the max!" Jeezy previously cofounded the label CTW World, CTE meaning "Corporate Thugz Entertainment." Although Jeezy was already in the company of artists like Dr. Dre, Rick Ross and (why not?) Master P as musicians who hold executive positions at their own labels, he now joins the ranks of artists like Jay-Z, who was president of Def Jam in the mid 2000s, and rapper No I.D., who is now the executive vice president of Def Jam following a stint as president of the Kanye West-founded G.O.O.D.

  • Adam 'MCA' Yauch / Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Will Says 'No Advertising'

    Fans of the Beastie Boys will never need to worry about hearing "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" in a DayQuil commercial or "Brass Monkey" in a spot for Brass Monkey. The last will and testament belonging to founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch — who died in May after a battle with cancer — reportedly contains a clause that bars advertisers from using his music, likeness, or any art he's created in connection with hawking products. We hope this means no commercials where he'll be dancing with a vacuum (like the decade-passed Fred Astaire in 1997) or praising diet cola (like the 20-years-dead Louis Armstrong somehow did in '91), and certainly no shoe ads like the ones that featured Kurt Cobain, Joey Ramone, and Joe Strummer a few years ago.

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    Hear the First of Many New Red Hot Chili Peppers Singles

    In preparation for the end times of the music industry, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem to be releasing as much as they can as quickly as possible. In April, they gave away a free EP of live songs. The following month, they put out the covers EP of songs by their fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees this year. And Flea finally put out his long-promised solo album of "trippy freakout" music. Now, the group is starting to make good on their pledge to release a "storm of seven-inches coming out over the next six months" — "storm" meaning 18 songs in total — as frontman Anthony Kiedis announced in May. The first such single — "Strange Man" b/w "Long Progression" — is set to come out officially on August 14, but the music has arrived online early via Antiquiet and you can hear both songs below.

  • Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse / Photo by Getty Images

    Amy Winehouse's Ex Blake Fielder-Civil in Alcohol-Related Coma

    A little over a year after Amy Winehouse died of alcohol intoxication, her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, is reportedly in a substance-abuse-related coma, according to the Guardian. The onetime video production assistant's current partner, Sarah Aspin, found him choking in bed and apparently suffering from organ failure on Friday and had him rushed to a hospital. "The doctors said they put him in a coma to help him and due to infection," Aspin, who is the mother of Fielder-Civil's 15-month-old son, told the U.K. tabloid the Sun. "I'm praying he'll survive, but I'm having to prepare myself that he may never wake up." Fielder-Civil has had a long and public history with drug abuse that he shared with Winehouse, his spouse from 2007 to 2009.

  • Hatebreed

    CNN Says Hatebreed Are Hatemongers, Regrets It

    Members of the metalcore group Hatebreed swear that contrary to what their name may suggest, they, in fact, do not breed hate. The group, whose frontman Jamey Jasta has a shaved head (not a skinhead), was forced to defend itself after CNN attempted to do a roundup of white-power hardcore bands with names like "Jew Slaughter" and "Angry Aryans" after discovering that the alleged shooter at Sunday's Wisconsin Sikh temple massacre fronted a hardcore band. The fact that the author of the article, Lonnie Nasatir, is actually the director of the Anti-Defamation League's Upper Midwest Region, will surely raise more than just Jasta's eyebrows. The band, who actually appropriated the Misfits title "Hatebreeders" for its name, may have once released an album called Supremacy, as Billboard points out, but as posts from the group's official Twitter state, this does not make them hatemongers.

  • Circle Jerks Tell Tales About Being Jerks in New Doc

    Circle Jerks Tell Tales About Being Jerks in New Doc

    Over the course of three decades, hardcore punks Circle Jerks released five LPs of vitriolic, smarmy salvos like "Back Up Against a Wall" and "Wild in the Streets," made a cameo in Sid and Nancy, and even recorded a tune with '80s teen queen Debbie Gibson. Now, in a new documentary coming out on DVD on September 25, an all-star cast led by the band's longtime leader Keith Morris recounts the group's unprecedented history, which began when Morris left his post as the mouthpiece for Black Flag. The film, titled My Career as a Jerk, was directed by David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) and contains rare live footage and interviews with members Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher, Earl Liberty, and Zander Schloss, as well as Dinosaur Jr's J. Mascis, Morris' eventual Black Flag replacement Henry Rollins, Minor Threat and Bad Religion's Brian Baker and more.

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    LCD Soundsystem Releasing Every Minute of Final MSG Gig

    For those who missed the theatrical screening (or cried a little throughout it, cough) of LCD Soundsystem's documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits Ὰ which chronicles the dance-punk group's final concert — the film finally a release date for a Blu-ray and DVD release. And just like the concert itself, which took place at Madison Square Garden, the group is doing it big and in style. It will contain three discs, including the film itself and a complete run-through of the hours-long evening, Aziz Ansari crowd-surfing moments and all, with more goodies to be announced. The film is available for preorder here now ($32.99 for U.S. and Canadian residents, should arrive by October 9, DFA says) and you can watch its trailer below.

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