Marc Hogan

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  • Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland

    Scott Weiland Dismisses Stone Temple Pilots Firing as Publicity Stunt

    Tonight, Scott Weiland kicks off his Purple at the Core tour, where he plans to play some of Stone Temple Pilots' early-'90s hits. What's increasingly unclear is whether he's still a member of that alternative-rock band, which he co-founded. On Wednesday morning, STP unceremoniously announced it had fired the longtime frontman. Later that day, Weiland issued his own statement questioning whether the rest of the group had legal standing to fire him in the first place.Now, in an airport video interview posted by TMZ, Weiland has made a more definitive statement, denying STP have split up at all. "STP's not broken up," he said. "It's a whole thing to just try to boost ticket sales." He said the band is contractually prevented from carrying on without him.

  • Beyoncé, Jay-Z

    Want Beyonce Tickets? Hip-Hop Mogul Would Let You Trade in Your Guns

    Beyoncé tickets are hard to come by. Guns aren't. A millionaire hip-hop mogul has a plan to make those two realities work together.As the New York Daily News reports, Family Tree Entertainment chief Michael "Blue" Williams has proposed a program that would give mentorships and Beyoncé concert tickets to young African-American and Latino men who turn in their firearms. New York's police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, told the Daily News his department is still studying the proposal. It would basically be a private-sector version of the city's existing buyback program, which provides up to $250 for guns given up anonymously.Williams, who has managed OutKast and Cee Lo Green, noted that Beyoncé is set to perform at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in August, while Jay-Z is slated to take Yankee Stadium with Justin Timberlake in July.

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Flips His Veggie Beef on Paul McCartney as L.A. Show Looms

    It's Morrissey week! Which is kind of like Shark Week. Except with a whole lot less meat-eating.To recap: Yes, Morrissey has said his sold-out show at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Friday night will be meat-free. Yes, the venue itself has begged to differ. Yes, Morrissey canceled a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because he'd be appearing alongside the cast of a hunting-based reality TV show called Duck Dynasty, and then Kimmel aired dumb jokes about guns and how vegetables are "yuppie food," and then Morrissey pwned Kimmel on all fronts (mental health, obesity, Sandy Hook, Kimmel, "intellectual fog"). Yes, Moz told teenage girls that only heterosexual men kill people.You might think all of that might be enough extra-musical controversy for the 53-year-old former Smiths singer.

  • Pandora

    Pandora's 40-Hour Mobile Listening Limit Opens New Front in Royalties War

    Pandora has been lobbying Washington to cut the royalty rates it has to pay artists. Now, the Internet radio company is taking its argument to customers. In a blog post yesterday, Pandora founder Tim Westergren said the popular music service will place a limit of 40 hours a month on free U.S. listening via mobile devices, citing a rise in royalty costs.Pandora users who hit the 40-hour cap will still be able to listen for free on computers, pay 99 cents for unlimited mobile listening the rest of the month, or pay $3.99 a month to subscribe to the company's unlimited, ad-free Pandora One product.

  • Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke, Ingenue, video, Amok

    Thom Yorke Dances for Your Pleasure in Atoms for Peace's Ingenious 'Ingenue' Video

    Thom Yorke's reputation for seriousness is largely deserved. OK Computer. Kid A. Those weren't jokes. Still, in the new video for "Ingenue," a fidgety electronic groove from Yorke band Atoms for Peace's new Amok, the Radiohead frontman does a great job of showing he's self-aware and, yes, has a sense of humor. The clip shows Yorke and identically dressed, identically coiffed female doppelganger throwing some of the spazzy dance moves concertgoers have grown to love from Yorke. Think of the video for "Lotus Flower," off Radiohead's The King of Limbs, but with double the Yorke, and ponytails instead of Bowler hats. Could the new "Harlem Shake" be in the making? Definitely maybe.And don't miss Positively Charged: Thom Yorke's 20 Biggest Influences.

  • Damon Harris, Richard Street

    Motown Loses Two Greats: Temptations Singers Damon Harris and Richard Street

    Two singers who left a mark on Motown and music history as members of the Temptations have died in recent days.Otis "Damon" Harris, who joined the group in 1971 and left in 1975, died on Monday after a 14-year-long struggle with prostate cancer, family spokesman Chuck Woodson told the Baltimore Sun. He was 62. Richard Street, who was an official member of the group from 1971 to 1993, died on Wednesday of a pulmonary embolism, the Detroit Free Press reports. Street was 70.Both Harris and Street sang on the Temptations' final Hot 100 chart-topper, 1971's psychedelic-soul classic "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." Harris, who was the youngest member of the Temptations when he joined, had sung in a Temptations tribute group, and he was invited into the Tempts on the condition he changed his name (to avoid confusion with co-founder Otis Williams).

  • Morrissey, You Are the Quarry, Jimmy Kimmel, Duck Dynasty

    Morrissey Lists Everyone Offended by Kimmel's Retaliatory Anti-Veggie Skit

    Like many people, who although acting reasonably are in our view still missing out, Jimmy Kimmel must've stopped listening to Morrissey decades ago.Last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! with the cast of A&E duck-hunting reality show Duck Dynasty went on as planned, despite the absence of its scheduled musical guest. Morrissey, an outspoken vegetarian and opponent of animal cruelty, had said he couldn't be seen "alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers." As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Kimmel joked that he kept the Duck Dynasty  people on because "they have guns and Morrissey doesn't."Au contraire, mon frère.

  • Jack White, Marcus Mumford

    Jack White Raves About Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers' 'Beautiful' Success

    In a perfect world, Jack White's expletive-worthy Grammy Awards performance ought to have sent New Bland America-folkies like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers back to their refurbished, vintage drawing boards. In the actual world, Album of the Year winners Mumford saw their hypoallergenic-hoedown blockbuster Babel climb back to No. 1 on the charts.The White Stripes frontman would probably be too classy to insult a fellow Grammy performer, but he was more than necessarily positive in discussing these bands' success during a recent Rolling Stone  interview. Asked about the big chart wins for acoustic bands like Mumford and Lumineers, White responded enthusiastically. "I think it's brilliant that that music is catching people's attention," he's quoted as saying.

  • No Doubt

    No Doubt Push and Shove Tour Plans to Record New Music

    When No Doubt reunited in 2008, the So Cal ska-pop alums put touring ahead of recording a new album. That meant fans got to see No Doubt live almost right away, but it also meant the follow-up to 2001's extravagantly eclectic Rock Steady didn't arrive until last year. (It was called Push and Shove. It was, ahem, hella good.)No Doubt won't be putting the cart before the horse this time around, however. The band said yesterday in a Facebook post it has postponed 2013 touring plans in order to hunker down in the studio, and from the sound of it, this time they aren't just eating macarons.

  • Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots

    Stone Temple Pilots Fire Frontman Scott Weiland

    "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." That's the entirety of an announcement from the alternative-rock band this morning. A spokeswoman said the band has no further comment at this time.The announcement comes after Weiland said he would perform songs from the first two STP albums, 1992 debut Core and 1994's Purple, on an upcoming solo tour. Last year, Weiland said he would be playing Core in its entirety with STP on a fall tour that never happened. In other words, maybe we all should've read between the lines (your lie-hiiines).The STP dismissal isn't Weiland's first time being fired from a band. In 2008, Velvet Revolver acrimoniously ousted the singer. "The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time," he said then.

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