• Who Charted? Rick Ross Proves He's Still the Teflon Don

    Who Charted? Rick Ross Proves He's Still the Teflon Don

    First! Did anyone really doubt Rick Ross? Making up for the disappointment that was last week's overall sales, the rapper sold 218,000 copies this week of latest album God Forgives, I Don't (which we liked), according to Nielsen SoundScan. About 90,000 of those were sold for $5 each through Amazon, helping Ross notch his best sales week yet, topping 2008's Trilla, which sold 198,000 copies. Moreover the album is Ross' fourth chart topper in a row, more than Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. As Billboard points out, though, he has a long way until he can match Jay-Z's 12 No. 1s. 2 Through 10: Last week’s No. 1, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged, drops to No. 2, selling 39,000 copies. Other than Adele's unstoppable 21, it's the only record to spend over a month in the upper region of the chart. Justin Bieber fans pushed his latest record, Believe, to No.

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    Remaining Monkees Plan Reunion Tour With Elusive Michael Nesmith

    Before Monkees singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack on February 29, his bandmate Peter Tork said the foursome had been plotting a reunion tour, which would have been the original lineup's first shows together since 1997. In March, he said, "We were looking forward to more tours. But those won't happen — at least not with Davy." Evidently the second part of his statement was flexible, because the surviving members of the Monkees have announced a tour this fall. It will also mark the first time Michael Nesmith plays with Tork and Mickey Dolenz publicly as the Monkees since 1997. "This seems like a good time to do this — the right time," Nesmith said per Rolling Stone, perhaps anticipating chants of "too soon!" so shortly after Jones' death. "Who knows when we will get another chance?" When '90s reunion fell apart, it was Jones who was none too pleased with Nesmith.

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    'Miserable' Deadmau5 Says He's Taking Quiet Time

    In addition to being one of the Top 10 best-paid acts in electro right now, Canadian EDM king Deadmau5 has become a color commentator on pop culture over the past year, venting about lazy DJs, beefing with Madonna, and slamming Snooki in a series of public pronouncements via his Twitter and blog. But the producer's latest Tumblr post indicates the nonstop stream of Mau5ervations is about to come to a halt so Joel Zimmerman can refocus. "So heres whats happening," he writes. "im going to unplug for a wee bit. which doesnt mean im cancelling any upcoming shows or anything, im just gunna slam on the breaks for a bit and force myself to endure some quiet time. in that time, obviously the gears will still be moving, ill still be writing, and the releases will still come out (heads up for something crazy real soon like) and yeah. "i got a lot of work to do on some stuff.

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    Rihanna Loses Nivea Deal After Year-Long Sexiness Campaign

    Rihanna has spent the past year singing about oral sex, collaborating with the ex-boyfriend who bashed in her face on a song about oral sex, and tweeting the word "fuck" pretty much every chance she gets, so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that she's lost one of her lucrative endorsement deals. Idolator reports that German body-care brand Nivea has dropped the singer (who is, incidentally, the most popular person at the upcoming MTV VMAs) as its face for advertising, even though previously she had appeared in ads for the company's 100th anniversary. Stefan Heidenreich, the new head of Nivea's parent company, has made an about-face on the singer, claiming that her previous campaign should never have aired.

  • Tom Waits Calls Bleak 'Hell Broke Luce' Video 'Uplifting and Fun'

    Tom Waits Calls Bleak 'Hell Broke Luce' Video 'Uplifting and Fun'

    Over the past few weeks, gravel-throated underground rock icon Tom Waits has been releasing teaser images to something, including one where he is wearing an eye patch like a pirate. Today, he finally revealed just what he's been up to, a video for "Hell Broke Luce," a particularly gruff track off last year's Bad as Me (which, we should add, features Keith Richards and Marc Ribot on guitar, Flea on bass and Tom's son Casey Waits on drums.) The expressionistic clip was directed by Matt Mahurin, who has also made videos for U2 and Metallica, and it depicts Waits pulling a house as he growls, "I had a good home but I left." Images of fire, gas masks and vultures ensue, followed by visages of shark-like warships, body bags and marching skeletons.

  • Get Ready for 'Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album'

    Get Ready for 'Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album'

    Although there is already plenty of music that seems like a fitting soundtrack — at least thematically — for a little light BDSM reading (Depeche Mode's "Master and Servant," uh, Naked City's Torture Garden), author EL James would like to offer some lighter fare for those working their way through her wildly popular book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and its sequels. As referenced in her tomes, apparently Bach, Pachelbel and Verdi are some of the artists that get her going. And thus begat Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album, the first (and least expected) official major tie-in with the book, which comes out digitally on August 21.

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    Nick Oliveri Won't Be Going to Jail for S.W.A.T. Team Standoff

    Last year, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri found himself at the center of a four-hour standoff with a S.W.A.T. team at his Hollywood home. The incident began the day before, when the musician allegedly struck his girlfriend; she returned the next day to pick up her belongings and the domestic dispute escalated, prompting a neighbor to phone the police. Oliveri locked himself and his (presumably now ex-)girlfriend in the apartment, prompting the arrival of the S.W.A.T. experts. After the bassist eventually gave himself up, police found a loaded shotgun, cocaine, and methamphetamines in his home, and he was booked on felony domestic violence charges and held on $100,000 bail. Since then, the story faded away from the spotlight. Oliveri joined members of a previous band to form Kyuss Lives!, whose actions angered his ex-bandmate Josh Homme to the point of a lawsuit.

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    Celebrate James Hetfield's 49th Birthday By Watching Awesome Metallica Moments

    As of today, Metallica frontman James Hetfield has one more year to live until he turns (gasp!) 50! Over the past three decades or so, he's led an extraordinary life as the fearless leader of the thrash icons: He helped invent speed-metal's signature guitar sound, he wrote songs that influenced artists ranging from Slayer to Shakira and he has had the opportunity to jam with people who have influenced him over the years like members of Black Sabbath and Queen. He's always projected a level of poise, even during times he was admittedly uncomfortable (see photoshoots around Load), and yet he's never lost sight of his sense of humor. So to help Jaymz, as he used to call himself, celebrate final year of his 40s, we've trawled YouTube to find his five most-awesome onstage moments.

  • The Black Lips Make Out for a Cause In Front of Chick-Fil-A

    The Black Lips Make Out for a Cause In Front of Chick-Fil-A

    In the wake of the controversy sparked in June by Chick-Fil-A COO Don Cathy's condemnation of gay marriage for religious reasons, some awesome things are beginning to happen. One was how CNN "accidentally" played Pink's "Stupid Girls" last week when intro'ing a segment on how Sarah Palin supports Chick-Fil-A (by the way, they really "regret" it). The other is the number of LGBT couples who have begun posting pictures of themselves kissing in front of Chick-Fil-A restaurants in protest. Joining them today were Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley of Atlanta garage-punks the Black Lips. "Black lips headed to chick fil a! Can't decide what's gonna taste better, A chicken sandwich,or Jared's tongue shoved down my throat," Alexander tweeted this afternoon. After publishing the photo, he added, "I wish i looked romantic in that shot. -¢ I'" Aw, you look great, pal.

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    Randy Blythe's First Post-Jail Interview: 'I Have to Clear My Name'

    Shortly before boarding his plane to return to the U.S. after a month-plus in a Czech prison, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe conducted an interview with the Czech Republic's TV Nova (via Metal Injection), about his incarceration in Prague on charges of manslaughter. Blythe was arrested on June 27 allegations that he led to a fan's death following a 2010 concert. "I am relieved to be out of Pankrác jail," he told a reporter. "It wasn't bad but it wasn't exactly fun. If it's necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will. I'm no flight risk." He later described his living situation in jail as being acceptable. "I had three meals a day, a roof over my head and clothes on my back, so I try to be grateful for what I have instead of what I don't have," he said. "I read a lot. I wrote a lot.

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