Marc Hogan

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  • Kid Rock, George Jones

    Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, and Other Stars Honor George Jones at Grand Ole Opry Funeral

    George Jones was laid to rest yesterday the way he lived his life, surrounded by music. A nearly three-hour public funeral yesterday at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, featured live performances by Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and more. The audience included former First Lady Laura Bush, along with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, and of course Nancy Jones, the wife of the country legend, who died last week at age 81.George Jones, R.I.P.: The Legacy of Country's Greatest Voice in 15 TracksThe Grand Ole Opry has pulled most of the performances from the Web, but the whole event was broadcast live on cable and on local TV, satellite and terrestrial radio, and online.

  • AraabMuzik

    AraabMuzik Recovers After Being Shot by Would-Be Robber

    UPDATE: AraabMUZIK has sent SPIN a simple but sweet statement meant for his followers. "I want to thank my Family, Friends, especially my Fans for the blessings n prayers for my speedy recovery."AraabMuzik is known for his speed with the MPC sampler. Now let's hope his recovery is just as quick. As Billboard reports, a rep for the hip-hop producer has confirmed that AraabMuzik, born Abraham Orellana, was shot last night in what a musical collaborator described on Twitter as an attempted robbery."Rumors have begun to circulate and first and foremost, we want to let everyone know that AraabMUZIK is currently alive and well," AraabMUZIK's rep said in the statement to Billboard. "He was out in his neighborhood last night with friends and unfortunately the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is recovering now and police are investigating the crime.

  • Tyler, the Creator

    Tyler, the Creator Thinks You're Taking His Talking Goat Too Seriously

    What began as a dumb commercial meant to be funny has turned into the latest Tyler, the Creator-spawned debate about media portrayals of race and gender.On Wednesday, PepsiCo took down an online ad that rapper Tyler, the Creator, had made for Mountain Dew, after criticisms that it depicted racial stereotypes and found humor in violence against women. Now, Tyler has defended the ad in an interview with Billboard. His harshest critic, Syracuse University professor and social commentator Boyce Watkins, has responded with a 22-minute video in which he suggests his criticisms might have been over-the-top and calls Tyler "brilliant," but still maintains Tyler could do better when it comes to race.In the Billboard interview, Tyler brushed off Watkins' concerns as generational and said the controversy won't affect his work.

  • Kris Kross

    Kris Kross' Chris Kelly Took Cocaine-Heroin Cocktail Before Death, Police Say

    Details are beginning to emerge in the death of Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, who with Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith made up early-'90s rap group Kris Kross, and they only get more heartbreaking.Kelly was found dead in his Atlanta home on Wednesday, May 1, at the age of 34. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, a police report says Kelly had taken a mix of cocaine and heroin the night before his passing and had drug abuse in his past. Investigators' sources for the information were Kelly's mother and uncle, as toxicology results won't be ready for a few weeks.

  • TLC

    TLC's In-the-Works Album Is Set to Feature Drake and Ne-Yo

    TLC's first album since 2002's 3D is really happening, and some big-name guests are on board. According to Rolling Stone, Drake and Ne-Yo collaborated with the Atlanta group's two surviving members, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, for the still-untitled album, which is reportedly being finished. Drake, in particular, is a logical but likely polarizing choice, considering his posthumous track with Aaliyah and his recent, Destiny's Child-quoting "Girls Love Beyoncé."T-Boz and Chilli are also set to give their first U.S. performance since a brief 2009 reunion. They're on the bill for Mixtape Fest, which goes down July 26 and 27 at Hersheypark Stadum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

  • 'The Great Gatsby,' Leonardo DiCaprio

    Jay-Z's Full, Audacious 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Is Now Streaming Online

    "Executive produced" by Jay-Z, the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio's upcoming The Great Gatsby has an artist roster gaudily ambitious enough to make up the Great American Soundtrack. New songs from Jay, Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Gotye, and the xx. André 3000 and Beyoncé covering the late Amy Winehouse. There's even Jack White, admittedly contributing a previously released U2 cover. And Bryan Ferry leading an orchestra through flapperish covers of Bey's "Crazy in Love" and his own Roxy Music's "Love Is the Drug"? Why not! Will.i.am and Fergie would have to be here, too, naturally, for a true representation of 21st-century excess. It's almost no surprise, then, that White's Third Man Records would be putting the thing out on vinyl.

  • Bonnaroo

    Bonnaroo 2013's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    When Bonnaroo announced its 2013 schedule yesterday afternoon, it was hard not to notice the agonizing set-time conflicts. It's true: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty are performing largely unopposed, but if you're trekking down to Manchester, Tennessee, to see anybody else during the June 13 to 16 festival, you'll inevitably have to make some tough decisions. (Even Mumford decriers can always skip over to see guitar instrumentalist William Tyler.)And yet, the organizers have done an excellent job, so plenty of what might look like hard choices probably won't be for most of us. Sure, R. Kelly's set overlaps with performances from Billy Idol and "Weird Al" Yankovic, along with a superjam featuring Jim James and others, but aren't those all fairly distinct types of shows?

  • Deftones

    Watch Deftones 'Jump' to Honor Chris Kelly With Thrashing Kris Kross Cover Live

    Deftones and Kris Kross might be an unlikely combination, but neither are strangers to tragedy. The alt-metal band's founding bassist Chi Cheng died earlier this year at age 42, after a car accident in November 2008 left him paralyzed and partially conscious. The rap duo behind 1992's kid-friendly smash Totally Krossed Out lost Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly yesterday at age 34, a little more than two months after he reunited with Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith for a concert in Atlanta. The cause of Kelly's death has not yet been confirmed, but the AP now reports that police are investigating it as a possible drug overdose.Sad stuff. But Deftones, whose frontman Chi Moreno has also been releasing spooky atmospheric music recently with the side project Palms, paid raucous tribute to Kelly last night at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri (via Antiquiet).

  • MGMT

    Watch MGMT Bash Out Another New Song Live, Reportedly 'Your Life Is a Lie'

    "Don't take the lyrics the wrong way. It's actually a positive message." That's how MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden introduced another new song the band debuted earlier this week, at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. According to Pitchfork, a set list indicated the song is titled "Your Life Is a Lie." The sound quality is unfortunately a bit too blown out to enjoy many of the lyrics, but the Congratulations rockers haven't gone shitgaze on us: In fact, the song's upbeat catchiness and the presence of what sounds like cowbell happily bring to mind good-times bands like Free Energy. "That's all you get, I gotta enjoy, too, fuck," our intrepid YouTube cameraman slurs, before cutting off the video early. MGMT, whose third album is on the way, previously debuted new song "Mystery Disease" live at Penn State University.

  • Vampire Weekend

    See Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hone New Material on 'Jools Holland'

    Two New York City bands with new albums crossed the pond for performances on BBC's Later... With Jools Holland last night, and online videos show two contrasting approaches. Vampire Weekend, whose Modern Vampires of the City isn't out until May 14, performed the record's "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers," complete with pitch-shifting effects on the former and a bassist-led clap-along on the latter. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose Mosquito arrived last month, played "Sacrilege" (below), with frontwoman Karen O in a theatrical, bedazzled red suit and a gospel choir on hand to help push the song to its ecstatic conclusion. According to Pitchfork, Yeah Yeah Yeahs also ran through their record's title track, but the video isn't available in the United States.

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