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    Death at Global Gathering Fest Caps Tragic Week for Live Music

    A 24-year-old man was found unconscious Saturday afternoon in a tent at the Global Gathering Festival, which drew a reported 50,000 people to see a lineup led by Skrillex, Tinie Tempeh, and Armin Van Buren, in Stratford Upon Avon, England,

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    Paul McCartney's Olympics Payday: Around $1.50

    Negotiating a fair price for something special is delicate work. The people who organized the performances at the opening of this year's London Olympics are masters, though, and each "na-na-na" of Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" last Friday cost them mere pence. That's because artistic director Danny Boyle & Co. paid Sir Paul — and allegedly the ceremony's other performers, including Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Underworld, Mike Oldfield and others — a single pound note, or about US $1.57, for their services. The thing is, Macca and the others had originally agreed to play for free. In order to make their performance contracts legally binding, though, the organizers had to offer up a nominal fee. Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sandé, who performed the hymn "Abide With Me," commented to the London Evening Standard, "I got paid £1 for my work…I signed the contract myself.

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    Your 2012 MTV VMAs Nominees Are... Mostly Rihanna and Drake

    Cementing the fact Rihanna seems to have been everywhere over the past year or so, the pop star has tied Drake as the most-nominated artist for the 28th installment of MTV's Video Music Awards. Both artists received five nods each, but if you count the vids Rihanna is featured in, including "Take Care" with Drake, she's nominated 11 times. Katy Perry comes in just behind them with four nominations. Other than pop-star ubiquity, the trend the network is spotlighting this year is the rise of dubstep and EDM music, including for the first time an Electronic Dance Music category that features videos by Skrillex, Avicii and more. Check out the full list of nominees below. As for the show itself, Alicia Keys and boy band One Direction are the first two artists the network has announced as performers, and the former will be debuting a new track on the show.

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    Thurston Moore Playing on Black-Metal Supergroup Twilight's New Album

    The future of Sonic Youth is still uncertain, and Thurston Moore has been loading up on side projects. his latest: He'll be playing with black-metal supergroup Twilight. The band's Blake Judd — who is also a member of Nachtmystium and whose new album Silencing Machine you can stream here — revealed the news in an interview with the 1st Five (via Pitchfork). "Now that Sonic Youth’s broken up, and he’s essentially divorced, he’s got plenty of time," Judd said, after explaining how he's known Moore for a number of years (and likely causing a PR nightmare for Moore's own publicist).

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    Courtney Love Reminds Lana Del Rey 'Heart-Shaped Box' Is About 'My Vagina'

    Indie-pop lightning rod Lana Del Rey covered Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" at a concert in Sydney last week, and she did it with her usual sultry moaning. To the right ears, it's endearing, somewhat heartfelt and maybe even sexy. Of course, as is sometimes the case, Courtney Love Cobain's are not the right ears. It turns out the widow of the song's composer felt the need to give Del Rey some context and even some direction for the next time she performs the tune.Last night, she tweeted at Del Rey, "You do know the song is about my Vagina right?

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    Leader of the Banned: Snoop Dogg Adds Norway to the List of Places He May Not Visit

    After getting busted for carrying eight grams of marijuana while trying to enter Norway in June, the country, which is the home to black metal, church burnings and really good lox, has decided to ban the rap icon from crossing its borders for the next two years. Snoop's lawyer told the Hollywood Reporter that the artist "can live with the decision." Presumably because he's faced this situation before. In April 2006, the U.K. banned the rapper after he and his entourage caused a scene in Heathrow Airport, when British Airways denied members of Snoop's crew who had been flying economy entrance into the first class lounge. At the time, Snoop & Co. were so riled they vandalized a duty-free shop. As a result, Snoop was not allowed in Great Britain again until 2010.

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    CNN Pairs Pink's 'Stupid Girls' With Sarah Palin Footage, Regrets It

    When CNN ran a photo of comedy wellspring Sarah Palin holding a bag of Chick-Fil-A's chicken on Sunday, the news network accompanied it with a song by Pink — a number from 2006's I'm Not Dead called "Stupid Girls." Less than year after the Roots welcomed former Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann onto Late Night With Jimmy Fallon by playing Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch," it seems like another instance of someone with a little bit of musical savvy (and an equal measure of misogyny) stepping in to make a not-so-subtle statement. Although the source of the music has yet to be explained, CNN commented to MediaIte, "The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story.

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    Tenacious D Show in Las Vegas Halted by Stabbing

    In what's becoming a very disturbing trend, there's been another instance of knife-related violence at a concert this summer. Sometime around when comedy-rock duo Tenacious D began playing their ode to camaraderie, "Friendship," Saturday night in Las Vegas, a fight broke out in the audience. While details remain unclear, a stabbing during the altercation sent one or two concertgoers to the hospital, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and at least one person landed in police custody. The incident ended the concert a half-hour early, and police would not allow fans to leave until the area was secure. It also led authorities to cancel the following night's performance by another comedy-rock troupe, Steel Panther, according to local 8 News Now. A commenter on the Review-Journal site claims to be sister of one of those who were attacked.

  • Animal Collective Hyping 'Centipede Hz' With Radio Show

    Animal Collective Hyping 'Centipede Hz' With Radio Show

    Animal Collective are continuing their use of nauseating videos to announce their news, as they did with their September tour dates last month. This time, in a wavy broadcast that looks as if it were a lost transmission returning to Earth from outer space, they've announced the launch of a new radio show. From what we can make out, the group will be playing mixes at this link on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. CST, according to the video. The first show airs this weekend and features mixes by Panda Bear, Black Dice, Haunted Graffiti, and Sublime Frequencies. The final show is set to air August 19, just a few weeks before the September 4 release date of the band's new album, Centipede Hz. For those of you who dislike science, let us remind you that the "Hz" in the album's title is a reference to Hertz, a.k.a. a mathematical unit of frequency measured by number of cycles per second.

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    Lamb of God Tour Canceled as Blythe Remains in Czech Prison

    While Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe sits in a Czech jail on manslaughter charges for which he was arrested a month ago tomorrow, his management has decided to cancel the group's upcoming U.S. co-headlining run with Dethklok, which was supposed to kick of August 1 in Seattle. "The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour," reads a statement. "Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall." The group still plans on performing at the Mayhem Cruise, a floating metal fest set to depart from Miami to the Bahamas in December. "The band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague," the statement reads.

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