• Get in the Ring: Wrestling Music Songwriter Sues the WWE

    Get in the Ring: Wrestling Music Songwriter Sues the WWE

    Songwriter Papa Berg has some fightin' words for World Wrestling Entertainment (the WWE). At some point when video game manufacturers THQ were creating the 2009 game WWE: Legends of WrestleMania — which featured classic wrestlers like André the Giant, Hulk Hogan and, uh, the Rock as playable characters — they reached out to Berg, requesting permission to use a song he cowrote, "Badstreet USA." It had been used in the '80s as entrance music for the wrestling tag team the Fabulous Freebirds, which contained the song's cowriter, Michael Hayes, and has since been covered by the punk band Antiseen and something called Cocknoose.

  • Tony Sly

    No Use for a Name's Tony Sly Dead at 41

    Record label Fat Wreck Chords announced the death of Tony Sly, longtime vocalist-guitarist for the pop-punk group No Use for a Name, today. He was 41. No cause of death has been released. Sly joined the group in 1989 at age 18 and was its longest-running member. Over the course of his career with the band, No Use for a Name released nine albums, a handful of singles and EPs and appeared on a number of compilations. Their music was catchy and frantically paced, and Sly's vocals provided strong melodies to complement his staticky rhythm guitar. They released their final LP, The Feel Good Record of the Year, in 2008. He began a career as a solo artist in 2004, when he released an album with Lagwagon's Joey Cape titled Acoustic that contained unplugged versions of songs by each of their bands.

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    Who Charted? Gaslight Anthem and Passion Pit Score Top 10 Debuts

    First! The Zac Brown Band have earned one of those dubious Billboard honors no artist really wants — selling the least number of records required to earn a No. 1 since February 19 last year, when Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday claimed the top spot by moving just 45,000 records. The jammy country rockers sold 48K of Uncaged, per Nielsen Soundscan. Congrats? 2 Through 10: Nas' Life Is Good was close behind, holding on to the No. 2 slot, selling 45,000 copies. Handwritten, the latest record by folky punks the Gaslight Anthem (which SPIN dubbed Worst New Music, sorry, guys) debuted at No. 3 by selling 40,000 copies, which is a big step up from the No. 16 bow (and first week sales of 27,000 copies) that their last album, American Slang, received. Synth-pop group Passion Pit's major-label debut, Gossamer, earned the No.

  • Colbert promotes StePhest Colbchella

    Stephen Colbert Books Santigold, Flaming Lips for StePhest Colbchella '012

    On last night's Colbert Report, host and self-proclaimed "big player in the music biz" Stephen Colbert announced the lineup of StePhest Colbchella '012: Rockaugustfest — his second-annual music fest. The inaugural installment featured Talib Kweli, Jack White, Bon Iver and "Florence and Her Machine." Artists scheduled to appear this year include Santigold, Grizzly Bear, the Flaming Lips and fun. "I love fun.," Colbert said of the latter band during his announcement. "I hear their shows are a ton of band." Grandmaster Flash will be DJing. The show will take place August 10, beginning at 7 p.m. on the USS Intrepid, a hulking World War II aircraft carrier that the U.S. Navy used in operations around the Marshall Islands and Okinawa, among other places, and serves as an air and space museum on New York City's Hudson River.

  • Eminem / Photo by Getty Images

    Eminem, Now Almost as Popular as Texas Hold'Em Poker

    A lot of people like Eminem—and not just like Eminem, but, you know, like "like" Eminem, something about 60 million fans worldwide have decided to tell the world by clicking a button on the rapper's Facebook page. The deluge of "likes" has managed to make Marshall Bruce Mathers III the most popular person on the social-networking site, according to CNET, ranking his No. 5 on the list of most-liked pages just behind YouTube and Texas Hold'Em Poker, which have 61 million and 63 million likes respectively. This places the rapper just ahead of the most popular person at this year's VMAs, Rihanna, who needs about 700,000 more "likes" to match Em. For those of you keeping track of the social registry, here's how the Top 10 Facebook pages for musicians currently break down (data courtesy of PageData): 1. Eminem - 60,130,272 "likes" 2. Rihanna - 59,408,479 "likes" 3.

  • Daltrey and Townshend / Photo by Getty Images

    Meet the Who Fans Who Found Their Canceled 1979 Concert Tickets

    When news broke that the folks promoting the Who's upcoming concert in Providence, Rhode Island would honor tickets from the group's canceled 1979 appearance in the city (considering the band hasn't played a gig there since), we wondered just how many fans would be able to locate their three-decades-old tix — and be willing to part with them now, after all these years. It turns out 10 hoarder fans took them up on the offer to trade in 14 tickets to see the Who's surviving members, vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, and their backing band play the classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia from front to back. After tickets went on sale, the Associated Press managed to track down some of these fans, whose patience was finally rewarded.

  • Photo via @pitbull

    Pitbull Thrives in Alaskan 'Exile,' Accepts Bear Repellent

    Pitbull finally made it to Kodiak, Alaska, on Monday, after some Twitter imps organized an online campaign to take over a promotion for Sheets energy strips that would send the rapper to the Walmart location with the most likes. They chose Kodiak, the chain's most remote location, and managed to raise over 65,000 likes for the store in the town of just over 6,000. Although the intention of the anti-campaign was to "exile" the artist, Pitbull, who once titled a mixtape Mr. Worldwide, took it on the chin. Upon arriving at the store, the rapper posed with a stuffed bear and graciously accepted a classic Kodiak care package, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which contained bear repellent and bear bells used by hikers to scare off their ursine foe in the wilderness.

  • Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman / Photo by Getty Images

    Killing Joke Frontman Jaz Coleman Is Missing

    Industrial innovators Killing Joke, whose music has influenced artists from Nine Inch Nails to the Foo Fighters, are set to do a tour kicking off in Manchester this September with hard rockers the Cult and first-wave goth archetypes the Mission U.K. The thing is, their longtime frontman — vocalist-keyboardist Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman, 52 — has gone missing. Earlier today, the group posted a message to its Facebook saying that someone — they think Coleman or possibly a fan ૼ had posted an earlier message "maligning" the Cult and the Mission and pulling out of the tour. Apparently, this was a surprise to the other members of Killing Joke who say they were looking forward to the dates. "[Coleman] is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his bandmates," reads the latest post.

  • Crossfade Feist and Mastodon With the 'Feistodon' Video App

    Crossfade Feist and Mastodon With the 'Feistodon' Video App

    After putting out a highly coveted split 7-inch for Record Store Day this year, singer-songwriter Feist and proggy hard rockers Mastodon are releasing a digital version of the record, titled Feistodon, today. Those fans who were lucky enough to buy the now sold-out 7-inch and were able to get past the hideous cover — which is a Frankenstein-like amalgamation of Feist's and the Mastodon men's faces in a way that resembles the sleeve of Mastodon's latest, The Hunter — discovered that the artists did some interesting things with each other's works. The release finds Feist doing an arty, airy take on the Hunter track "Black Tongue," while the behemoths, in turn, add some chunky burl to her song "A Commotion," which came off an album appropriately titled Metals.

  • Did you think we were gonna lead with a picture of Drake?

    Full Made In America Lineup Announced: Drake, Run-DMC, Chris Cornell Added

    In the months since Jay-Z announced he would be curating the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, which takes place Labor Day weekend and is intended to "embody the American spirit," he's put together an lineup as eclectic as America itself (or at least its hipper enclaves), including co-headliner Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Odd Future and more. Today, the festival announced some notable new additions, among them, Chris Cornell, the freshly reunited Run-DMC and VMA nomination magnet Drake. Jay-Z and friends have just posted the complete lineup for both days, which we've placed below. For more information, visit the fest's official site.

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