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  • Posted 6/26/16 at 11:34 AM
  • Prince

Prince's 'Yellow Cloud' Guitar Just Sold at Auction for $137,500

If you had your heart set on owning Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar, we hate to be the bearer of bad news — the iconic instrument was sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California this weekend to Indiana Colts owner (and music memorabilia collector) Jim Irsay to the nice tune of $137,500. Yellow Cloud made a place for itself in musical history, making appearances in many of Prince's videos from the late 80s and early 90s, including "Cream" and "Gett Off."

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Adele Had the 'Best F*cking Moment' of Her Whole Life Performing at Glastonbury

Believe it or not, Saturday night was the first time Adele who's essentially Britain's honorary second Queen at this point headlined Glastonbury throughout her decade-spanning career. (She previously appeared at the famed British music festival in 2007, before the release of her first album, 19.) She came, she saw, and you're damn right she conquered on Saturday night, pulling out a diverse and flawless 15-song set while simultaneously being the most delightful human being in the greater Somerset area. No official videos have been posted of the performance just yet, but until then, watch some musical and non-musical clips of her set below.

  • Posted 6/25/16 at 9:33 PM
  • Music

Chris Martin Says Rihanna's Voice is Like a 'Beautifully Squeezed Tube of Toothpaste'

Meet Chris Martin, the low-key master of compliments. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Martin turned the spotlight on his "Princess of China" collaborator Rihanna, heaping some highly original praise upon the songstress.

“Rihanna has this thick tone, so it’s very hard to annoy anybody. It’s like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste,” he said. "When you think of Rihanna’s voice, you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk.”

So when someone says your voice sounds like a tube of toothpaste and a tree trunk in the same sentence you're supposed to say... thank you...right?

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  • Posted 6/25/16 at 8:30 PM
  • Music

Jay Z Just Released a Documentary to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Reasonable Doubt

June 25th marks the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. To honor the occasion, Jay Z has released RD20, a 35-minute documentary commemorating the album that, as the rapper recently said on Twitter, "...literally saved my life."

The documentary tracks the making of Reasonable Doubt, Hova's rise to stardom, and the legacy of the iconic album. Directed by Scheme Engine, the doc is broken up into segments named for the album's tracks ("Brooklyn's Finest," "Can't Knock The Hustle," "Politics As Usual" "Friend or Foe," "Dead Presidents II"). The film features interviews from members of the Reasonable Doubt production team (DJ Clark Kent, DJ Premier, Ski) as well as album cover photographer Jonathan Mannion, Reasonable Doubt guest artist Memphis Bleek, and Roc-a-Fella co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Lest you think the doc will be exclusively talking heads, the film also features footage of Jay Z performing tracks off the album in a studio and at Barclays Center.

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  • Posted 6/25/16 at 4:36 PM
  • Obits

Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist, Dead at 72

Bernie Worrell was one of the great under-sung artists of the 20th century. He was a vital member of Parliament-Funkadelic, the George Clinton-lead psych-funk-rock collective. They changed American music. Originally a 1960s doo-wop outfit, P-Funk imbued rock with African American-influenced beats and rhythms. They helped engender Afro-Futurism. Worrell, who died Friday at 72 of lung cancer, didn’t get the credit (or rights) he deserved. His sinuous, shimmering, sultry moog bass lines and synth solos enmeshed with Clinton’s capricious wordplay. His artistry has lingered in the music landscape, as if steeped in eternal reverb. The synth work he did for P-Funk permeated West Coast rap, or G-Funk, in the ’90s (“Aqua Boogie” is a favorite of Dr. Dre’s). Talking Heads guitarist and keyboardist Jerry Harrison invited Worrell to join the New York band for The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, and he appeared in Jonathan Demme’s sumptuous concert film Stop Making Sense. Worrell played with an incredibly eclectic group of artists and entertainers, including Keith Richards, Mos Def, David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer-lead house band, and that mustachioed madman Les Claypool.

Swell Guy Billy Joel Performs With a Billy Joel Cover Band

Put yourself in the shoes of the hundreds of people who made a trip to the intimate Paramount in Huntington, New York Friday night to see Billy Joel cover band Big Shot. You're grooving and stammering along to "Movin' Out" heart attack ackackackackack with a beer in hand, reveling in the ambiance with your fellow Joel enthusiasts. But all of a sudden, a bald man walks onto the stage and commandeers the piano. That's not an average bald man, you think, that's Billy fucking Joel. That's exactly what went down at the Paramount last night, where the singer-songwriter unexpectedly made an appearance and performed a three-song set along with the band. (Rolling Stone notes, though, that Big Shot isn't your average cover band: consisting of guitarist/singer Mike DelGuidice, guitarist Tommy Byrnes, and drummer Chuck Burgi, all three are steady members of Joel's touring unit, and currently serve as his backing band.)

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  • Posted 6/25/16 at 12:57 PM
  • Kanye

Here's the Naked-People-In-Bed Painting That Influenced Kanye's 'Famous' Video

Kanye’s video for “Famous” features a medley of celebrities splayed out naked in a bed, enveloped by white sheets. Bam bam, bam bam, bam bam dilla, bam bam. It’s very Kanye, and like Kanye’s dexterous excavating and repurposing of older songs, it culls and expounds on an idea from another artist: Vincent Desiderio, whose Sleep has a sort of Raphael-by-way-of-Pasolini thing going on. It premiered at New York’s Marlborough Gallery in 2004 but was not completed until 2008. West’s version features himself, as well as Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, George Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, and Anna Wintour. Expect Desiderio's notoriety to increase exponentially — Kanye made that guy fay-mous.

Steven Tyler Says Aerosmith Are Out of the Saddle and Planning Their 2017 Farewell Tour

Some bands, they love their farewell tours. The Who, Kiss — Steven Tyler doesn't wanna do that. In May, Tyler hinted to Rolling Stone that a farewell tour might be imminent; this week, speaking with Howard Stern, the scarf aficionado confirmed that Aerosmith are planning their official 2017 farewell tour. "I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this," he said. "We're doing a farewell tour, but only because it's time. We've never done that." Tyler has been promoting his new country album We're All Somebody From Somewhere, and will play 30 solo shows this year. You don't wanna close your eyes, you don't wanna fall asleep, cause you might miss your last chance to see one of the definitive dad rock bands perform.

Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Imagine Dragons Are a Merry Band of Maniacs in the Video for Suicide Squad's 'Sucker for Pain'

The official soundtrack for Suicide Squad (out August 5!) is an impressive mélange of musicians, with the DC antihero film recruiting the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eminem, and Panic! at the Disco to contribute. Now releasing the first sure-to-be-anthem from the soundtrack, the music video for "Sucker for Pain" dropped yesterday and features Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors in the raucous rap-rock hybrid. (The lyrics, though, are definitely not for the faint of heart.) Maybe Ghostbusters can take a cue from their bold musical stylings.

Kanye West Just Premiered His 'Famous' Music Video And It Is NSFW

Dear Pablos, the day you've long awaited is finally here. Kanye just premiered his much-anticipated "Famous" music video (or "visuals," as they're officially being called). If you wanted some WTFery, rest assured Kanye has GOT your WTFery. Shot above what looks like the Worlds Biggest Unmade Bed, the camera tracks over a group of naked, sleeping celebrities. Kanye and Kim get the middle, and are flanked by likenesses of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Anna Wintour, Ray J, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, and George Bush. In the credits, he thanks the celebrities whose images he featured "for being famous."

So what does it all mean? Kanye's not saying much, but he did tell Vanity Fair that “It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]. It’s a comment on fame.” He also revealed that when he previewed the video for his celebrity friends who don't appear in the video, said friends informed Yeezy that "...they want to be in the bed." Which, in itself, is probably another comment on fame.

On Friday night, Yeezy answered your musical prayers and live-streamed the release of the video from the Forum in Los Angeles. After the event, the vid will be exclusive on Tidal for one week.

Kelly Clarkson Finally Has a Soul Album Coming Out and Wants to Celebrate by Letting You Download Some of Her Amazing Covers for Free

We've been waiting for a moment like this. During a Facebook Live video stream earlier today, Kelly Clarkson announced that she has signed with Atlantic Records to create what she describes as "an album I've been dying to make since I was a kid, and since I was on Idol" a soul album. (This is, believe it or not, the first time Clarkson's been able to break from the label she was forced to sign with post–American Idol.) And to commemorate this amazing news, Clarkson the Queen of Covers has set up a new website where she'll be releasing covers every month that'll be available to download for free. Don't strain your finger too hard when you click that link.

Jenny Lewis’s Very Nice New Supergroup, Nice As F*ck, Debut Their First Album

What a fun week for supergroups! First it was announced that the Traveling Wilburys are available on streaming services, and now Jenny Lewis's new supergroup, Nice As Fuck, have also premiered their self-titled debut album on Spotify. Consisting of Lewis, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster, and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas, the trio made their initial appearance at a Bernie Sanders benefit in April. The group then embarked on a short tour with M. Ward, and released their first song, "Door," last weekend. Listen to the upbeat, bass-driven debut below for a solid weekend dose of pop-punk.

Stephen Colbert Delivers a Wonderful Rant About Ticketmaster’s Lame Free Vouchers and You Didn’t Even Need One to See It

Who doesn’t love Stephen Colbert when he’s at his sauciest, his most Axl-Rose-but-you-know-classic-Axl-Rose-iest? The host of Late Night riffed on the disappointingly subpar concerts made available by Ticketmaster's free voucher settlement and, wow, Smashmouth does not get away unscathed. Just a slap to the goatee and tiny chinstrap beard. It’s like they predicted all along: The world was going to roll them.

Behind the Music on Silicon Valley, a.k.a. ‘Nerd Swagger’

The plot of HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley is one you would expect from, well, a show named after the cutthroat high-tech and start-up oasis of the Bay Area. But you wouldn't know it from the soundtrack. And for the show’s music supervisors, Rudy Chung and Jason Alexander, that was exactly the intention from the beginning.

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Forget Netflix, Miguel Just Wants You to ‘Come Through and Chill’

When you're Miguel, there's no need to beat around the bush or use Netflix as foreplay. He's more direct about his intentions. "Come through and chill, I just wanna fuck all night," Miguel unsubtly sings on his new Salaam Remi–produced scorcher, aptly titled "Come Through and Chill." Ah, chivalry. The only sexual assistance Miguel needs, apparently, is a vape pen, weed, and the summer heat to set the mood for his latest lyrical kama sutra. It's Miguel's first new song since last year's Wildheart, but certainly not the first time he's had to educate the world on proper bedroom etiquette. Because there's no time like a heat wave for one of Miguel's, um, waves. Enjoy the ride!

Come and See Kylie Jenner and PartyNextDoor Make Their Love Music-Video Official

It's not a legit romance until you make out in the rain and broadcast it on Snapchat. Just ask Kylie Jenner and PartyNextDoor, who premiered their relationship, er, his "Come and See Me" video, on Snapchat earlier today. (They don't call her king of the app for nothing.) It's now on YouTube, for all eyes to gawk at and for all commenters to speculate what it all means. Is this a declaration of love, social commentary on California's drought, or just a way for Big Sean and Jhené Aiko to flirt like everyone's watching? Truth be told, it's one long, pensive ad for Kylie's lip kit, her puppies, her apartment, her snaps, her life, herself. Because there's nothing in this world Kylie can't sell. (Except maybe Tyga's career.)

  • Posted 6/23/16 at 1:35 PM
  • Courts

Led Zeppelin Wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Plagiarism Trial

It looks like the impact of the "Blurred Lines" decision may be blurrier than we thought: THR reports that a federal jury has decided that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" does not borrow too much from "Taurus," a song from Zep contemporaries Spirit. Though the two bands once performed at the same festival, the jury was not convinced that songwriter Jimmy Page had ever heard "Taurus" before composing the "Stairway" intro, which shares a similar descending chord progression. Beginning guitarists everywhere have breathed a sigh of relief.

Let’s Hope the New Ghostbusters Movie Isn’t As Terrible As Its New Theme Song

This new Paul Feig Ghostbusters remake is making people act weird, from dudes who are upset that producers hired an airtight all-women cast instead of men to guys like Queens rapper Nas, who this spring unveiled a batshit (but shockingly cool) line of Ghostbusters–inspired hats, shirts, and shoes. This morning the official update to the ’80s classic’s Ray Parker Jr.–penned hit theme song is out, and it’s … strange. The new cut, “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” stars Fall Out Boy — who jumped the shark tinkering with too many genres at once on last year’s cleverly titled but poorly executed rap-remixes LP, Make America Psycho Again — and a nobly sharp guest spot from Missy Elliott.

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Now That You’ve All Bought Adele’s 25, It’s Finally Coming to Streaming at Midnight

If you are one of the tens of people who has held out on buying Adele's 25 since last November, congratulations, your frugality is about to be rewarded. Billboard reports that, after seven months, 25 is headed to streaming. It'll be available on Spotify and Apple Music at midnight (no word on Tidal), after an extended pay-only policy that led to a bit of record shattering. Adele had previously said she wouldn't allow 25 on streaming until she fully knows how she feels about it (though she also did say it would "probably" stream someday). Well, whatever reservations she had about streaming are apparently just water under the bridge now. Enjoy that dance with No. 1 while it lasts, Drake.

BitTorrent Has Graciously Created a Free Music-Streaming App for You

BitTorrent, home to Game of Thrones leaks and every file known to man, would now like to make it easier for lazy people to find music. Today the file-sharing service launched BitTorrent Now, an app for Android, and eventually iOS and Apple TV, that gives you all the music and videos you would've otherwise illegally downloaded, for free — both guilt-wise and financially! Think of it as an extension of BitTorrent's Bundle service, championed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, only the artists the company is aiming for are considerably smaller than Thom Yorke. The goal of the app, for now, is to collect creator content from artists you've never heard of, curate the best, and let you listen or watch for free, with ads. (This in the same week that Soundcloud launched its own Discovery tool.)

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