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  • Rick Ross

    Rick Ross Belatedly Releases Implausibly Perfect Apology

    Rick Ross' recent case study in failed crisis management has reached the "overdue apology" phase."To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize," Rozay said in a statement issued today, as quoted by Salon. "I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it's wrong and I do not encourage it."The elegant apology for his now-scrapped verse appearing to endorse rape in Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O" says just about everything Ross should have said weeks ago. After protests, Reebok eventually dropped Ross' endorsement deal.

  • Major Lazer

    Major Lazer's 'Watch Out for This (Bumaye)' Video Inspires Awesome Dancing

    Major Lazer's original conceit involved a cartoon Jamaican commando, and now Diplo's dancehall-toking project has gone to Kingston for its latest video. Kingston in 1993, no less. The video, directed by Kingston's own Jay Will (Game Over), showcases plenty of amazing dance moves and colorful clothing, while Diplo flaunts a new haircut to add to the throwback atmosphere. The galloping, horn-blasting track features guests Busy Signal, the Flexican, and FS Green, who fit into Major Lazer just as seamlessly as Dirty Projectors members and the Roots last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Watch the behind-the-scenes video below.

  • Frank Ocean,

    Frank Ocean Flashes Back to Last Summer in Sumptuous, Split-Screen 'Lost' Video

    This time last year, Frank Ocean was about to perform at Coachella. channel ORANGE was still a few months away, as was his touching letter about having fallen in love with a man. Now he has posted a video on his Tumblr for channel ORANGE's lithe, Divine Fits-covered "Lost," with the caption "summer 2012." Where the song describes a woman who's lost in the sense she ends up with the narrator "cooking dope," the video uses split-screen footage and a grainy texture to show Ocean himself lost in last year's flush of fame. The use of Ocean's Coachella live footage synched with the album recording is particularly effective, and there's a cameo from fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator. Here in 2013, with a Grammy performance out of the way, Ocean is found, and we're not mad about sharing him.

  • Scott Weiland, Scott Weiland, Scott Weiland

    Scott Weiland's Drummer Quits, Calling It 'a Matter of Self-Worth'

    Scott Weiland has extended his "Purple at the Core" tour with a string of West Coast dates, but the Stone Temple Pilots frontman's longtime drummer won't be coming with him.Drummer Danny Thompson announced his exit via Facebook post, saying the reason involved "self worth" but declining to specify further. "I have just officially QUIT The Scott Weiland Solo Band," Thompson wrote. "Loved playing with the guys for 7 yrs but It's a matter of self worth. Not going to elaborate.."Pressed in the comments about his departure, Thompson wrote, "You know better then most.

  • Macklemore, Ryan Lewis,

    Without Music, Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' Video Is Just Some Dork Terrorizing a Store

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' video for omnipresent hit "Thrift Shop" was always pretty goofy. Hell, it starts with a fur-wearing Macklemore riding a scooter toward a DeLorean. Now, the folks at CollegeHumor and Music Videos Without Music have made the original clip even goofier, taking away the music and adding an alternate soundtrack based solely on what's happening on the screen. Fair warning: That does mean that when people on the screen are rapping and singing, you hear it, so you could still find yourself humming the hook an hour later. But the honking instrumental is gone, replaced by the sound of Slurpees being slurped, shopping carts carting, jewelery jangling, clubbers clubbing, and a Kurt Cobain T-shirt erupting in a gunshot noise. The question remains: What's the sound of one tag popping?

  • Moon King / Photo by Jesse Crowe

    Hear Moon King's Shimmering, Sharp-Edged 'Obsession II' Record Store Day EP

    Moon King's Obsession II EP comes out on Record Store Day, April 20, via Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk's One Big Silence label. The Toronto band's six songs here are dream-pop with fangs, packing their reverb-layered surfaces with punchy playing and swooning melodies. The band consists of Daniel Woodhead (whose brother is Airick of Doldrums) and his longtime friend Maddie Wilde, and they're touring now.

  • Cassie, 'RockaByeBaby,' mixtape

    Download Cassie's Raw, Rapper-Loaded 'RockaByeBaby' Mixtape

    Cassie makes another welcome return, this time with a murder's row of popular rappers (and a couple of her fellow R&B singers).Last year, Cassie — who'd gone on to a string of disappointments following 2006's chilly club-R&B gem "Me & U" — returned with "King of Hearts," an intoxicating post-Robyn dance-pop stomper in a 2012 comeback class that also included great records from Solange and Sky Ferreira. But Cassie's latest round of successes also included hip-hop collaborations, such as Young Jeezy-assisted slow burner "Balcony" and hypercolor Nicki Minaj team-up "The Boys."Cassie's newly released RockaByeBaby mixtape offers more of both worlds — Cassie's icy digital soul and her no-holds-barred vision of hip-hop — and on early listens it's thrillingly audacious.

  • Margaret Thatcher

    Sales of 'Ding Dong! the Witch Is Dead' Put BBC Between a Chart and an Iron Lady

    UPDATE (4:38 p.m. EST): In a "difficult compromise," the BBC announced it will air a five-second clip of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" on its weekly Radio 1 Official Chart Show Sunday (April 14), instead of the 51-song in its entirety.BBC Radio 1's official chart show airs on Sunday. This week, after the passing of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the venerable British broadcaster faces an unusual conundrum. It could choose not to play one of the likely top five songs, misrepresenting the facts and making itself look cowardly. Or it could acknowledge the sudden chart rise of The Wizard of Oz song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead," infuriate conservatives on both sides of the pond, and violate the ancient taboo against dishonoring the deceased. This would all happen three days before Thatcher's funeral.BBC News itself reports no decision has been made yet.

  • Paramore,

    Watch Paramore Tear Through 'Still Into You' and 'Now' on 'Kimmel'

    An image has been circulating recently on Tumblr of the waveform for "Now," the first single from Paramore's just-released, positively reviewed self-titled album. It looks like one barely differentiated block, constantly pushed to maximum volume, a bellicose song fallen victim to the "loudness war." Live performance need not be compressed for radio, however, and the Tennessee band hints at its emotional range in a pair of newly posted performances for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Latest single "Still Into You" becomes slightly saucier, the glockenspiel-disco breakdown standing out a bit more. "Now" (below) starts out a bit enervated, drained perhaps by a TV-studio crowd holding cameras aloft rather than interacting, but before the end frontwoman Hayley Williams is pleading on her knees. Then she rises again, yelling like hell to the heavens.

  • Beastie Boys, art show, tribute, video

    Beastie Boys' MCA Honored in Art: Watch the Animated Video

    As the anniversary of MCA's passing approaches next month, tributes to the late Beastie Boys member will probably be everywhere. Ego Trip points to an animated tribute to Adam Yauch by artist James Curran. The video coincides with an art show at a yet-to-be-announced London venue that will take place May 4 and 5. According to the artist, 35 prints will be shown (and offered for sale) at the event, each representing a different Beastie Boys song. Curran says the money will go to benefit cancer patients. More information and images are on a Tumblr for the project, fittingly called "One Year and a Day." See how many track references you can spot above.

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