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  • T-Pain Recruits Lil Boosie for Meta 'Up Down' Remix

    With apologies to Cher's "Believe," T-Pain is the godfather of the bubbly Auto-Tune warble that has become omnipresent thanks to successors like SPIN cover star Future. The Florida-born rappa ternt sanga has always managed to land savvy collaborations, too, whether Lil Wayne at the peak of Weezy fever or the Lonely Island last year. Also in 2013, as 'Pain prepped a fifth album he has said will be called Stoicville: The Phoenix, he hooked up with zeitgeisty ratchet&b producer DJ Montay and Top 40-friendly rapper B.o.B. for slinky strip-club ode "Up Down." This remix adds recently freed rapper Lil Boosie and Chris Brown chum Kid Ink. In the spirit of R. Kelly, The-Dream, or his own team-up with R. Kelly, T-Pain goes meta: "I ain't even know they made a remix to it," he croons.

  • Black Keys, 'The Colbert Report'

    Watch the Black Keys' Self-Deprecating 'Colbert' Visit

    The Black Keys' new album Turn Blue is "their most replayable," according to SPIN contributor Dan Weiss. By the same token, the Nashville-via-Ohio garage rockers' fourth appearance on The Colbert Report should also be their most re-watchable, right? Well, this time they didn't perform any prostate exams on host Stephen Colbert, though they did joke that the encounter led to their album cover art. They also briefly debated their Pitchfork review with the soon-to-be David Letterman successor, and sat in awkward silence for what seemed like a long time.

  • Ozzy Osbourne, bats, Black Sabbath

    Ozzy Osbourne Can't Turn His Barn Into a House Because of ... Bats

    It's official: Ozzy Osbourne has bats in his belfry. According to rock legend, the Black Sabbath singer once had a bat in his belly, so this is a sort of progress. But the development has at least temporarily put a stop to his home construction plans — if, thankfully, not bitten them off at the head.According to the BBC, a local U.K. council has turned down Osbourne's application to turn a barn on his estate into a two-bedroom home. The council cited "considerable evidence" of bats and owls living there and said the conversion can't go ahead until Osbourne takes steps to safeguard the critters. British law protects bats and their roosts.A rep for Osbourne told the BBC it's a "private matter," but like it or not, bats might be one of the best-known parts of the heavy metal icon's public persona.

  • Malik Bendjelloul, 'Searching for Sugar Man,' dead, 36, Academy Award, Oscar, documentary, Rodriguez

    Malik Bendjelloul, 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director, Dead by Suicide

    UPDATE: Mailk Bendjelloul's older brother, Johar, confirmed that his death was the result of suicide. He shared the tragic news with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Wednesday, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, and explained that the director had recently suffered from depression."Sugar man, you're the answer / That makes my questions disappear." When the enigmatic voice of Sixto Rodriguez spills out from "Sugar Man," the psych-folk gem from his 1970 cult classic Cold Fact, the idea this Detroit-born singer-songwriter was forgotten in his home country but revered in the Southern Hemisphere becomes absurd.

  • Kathleen Hanna, Julie Ruin, Lyme Disease, cancel, tour

    Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease Forces Julie Ruin Tour Cancellation

    Last year, Kathleen Hanna told SPIN about her struggle with Lyme disease. The former frontwoman for Bikini Kill and Le Tigre had first opened up about her harrowing experience in the documentary The Punk Singer, which debuted at South By Southwest in March 2013. She recovered enough to front a new band, the Julie Ruin, and put out new album Run Fast in between tours. Well, here's some terrible news: Hanna's Lyme disease is back.The Julie Ruin have announced they're canceling all their scheduled dates through September, which were to include handful of U.S. gigs as well as various European stops. "Kathleen has been outspoken about her struggle with Lyme disease and she is currently having a health crisis and has been advised by her doctor to start a difficult three-month course of treatment immediately," the band wrote on Facebook.

  • The Beastie Boys, Mike D, Brooklyn Nets

    Watch the Beastie Boys' Mike D Hype the Brooklyn Nets

    Last night, the Beastie Boys' Mike D introduced the Brooklyn Nets' starting lineup at Barclays Center. Watch a video of his pumped-up pep talk above (via Consequence of Sound/Pitchfork). Brooklyn! The hometown Nets ended up losing their playoff game against the visiting Miami Heat, but we're not sure what more the rapper could've done.When not on the basketball court, Mike D has been putting together 10-minute punk-trap tracks and reuniting with Ad-Rock to help Yoko Ono. The Beastie Boys recently marked the third anniversary of Adam "MCA" Yauch's death, and breakdancing monks paid tribute to the fallen group member. The Paul's Boutique corner on New York's Lower East Side won't be named "Beastie Boys Square" anytime soon, but you can revisit the album cover via Google Street view.

  • Chris Hadfield, David Bowie,

    Astronaut's Amazing In-Space 'Space Oddity' Video Is Coming Down

    Major Tom is coming home. Exactly one year ago, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield uploaded a head-turning video of himself covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space. The clip has since been viewed more than 22 million times. But by the end of today (May 13), the video has to come down. According to Mashable, Hadfield had permission to use the song for just one year, though the spaceman's son, Evan, said they'll do their best to get the video back up in some way or another. "Space Oddity" turned the star-ward voyager into a star himself, as Hadfield has written a book and is now on the speaking circuit. Watch the outer-space "Space Oddity" one last time below, and scroll down for a remix and live-from-Earth version. Tomorrow, Ground Control could be saying, "Your embed's dead, there's something wrong..."Also, this:

  • FCC, net neutrality, open internet, fast lane, Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, Neko Case

    Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, and More Demand 'Real Net Neutrality' From FCC

    What happens to the Internet will shape what happens to music, along with every other aspect of culture and free speech.

  • Black Keys, 'Late Show With David Letterman,' 'Turn Blue'

    Watch the Black Keys Unleash 'Turn Blue' on 'Letterman'

    On a busy day for late-night TV musical performances, the Black Keys stand out by being perhaps the busiest. The Ohio-formed, Nashville-based garage rockers release their new album Turn Blue today, and they marked the occasion with a ferocious outdoor Live on Letterman webcast, followed by Late Show With David Letterman takes on the new album's "Fever" and "It's Up to You Now." Fresh off a Saturday Night Live appearance, the hard-workin' band is also heading out on tour. Watch the webcast above, and "Fever" and "It's Up to You Now" below.

  • Morrissey, Nancy Sinatra,

    Morrissey Speaks in Weird 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' Video

    Part of Morrissey's appeal has long been his adroitness at being "Morrissey," but somehow the man manages to keep topping himself (or is that "himself"?). The U.K. icon debuted the title track from upcoming album World Peace Is None of Your Business at his tour kickoff last week in San Jose, California. SPIN's Barry Walters called it "a barbed ballad that sports ruthlessly realistic observations of ever-widening economic disparity," and you can watch fan footage of the song here. The studio version of "World Peace Is None of Your Business" is available now with pre-orders of the album, now due out on July 15, via iTunes. But the former Smiths singer, whose camp was recently caught up in a highly unusual debate with Scottish up-and-comers PAWS, has also shared a video for his new LP's title track.

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