- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music25 mins ago
Gary Numan is a bona fide synth-rock pioneer and the artist behind "Cars," one the biggest and most beloved new wave hits of all time. And his critically acclaimed 12th studio album, "Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)," is his highest-charting release since 1983. But you wouldn't know it from talking to the man, who remains as humble — and unsure of himself — as the day he accidentally stumbled upon his first synthesizer in the late 1970s.
"It's lovely when you read [good reviews], but the way you feel about yourself doesn't change. I'm still nervous now going into a studio — just anxious that you're going to be able to come up with it again and again and again, that the songs are going to be good enough," he tells Yahoo Music. "I've been doing this 35 years; you'd think I'd get used to it by now. So all of these lovely things that are said, as much as I appreciate them and it's nice to hear as a person, my insecurities are intact. And that doesn't look as if it's ever going to change."
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music59 mins ago
Master P had hit records. Master P had a hugely successful label. Master P made lots of money. Now, his estranged wife wants to cash out, and she's laying out just how expansive his empire is.
Sonya Miller, who filed for divorce from hip-hop mogul Percy "Master P" Miller in October, is seeking 37 percent of the rap star's estimated $178 million in assets, businesses and cash, according to court documents obtained by Yahoo.
In a filing last week, Sonya listed their valuable possessions, including 31 real estate properties, 13 cars, 45 companies, as well as furniture and jewelry.
The businesses — No Limit Records; Master P, Inc.; No Limit Forever, LLC; etc. — are pegged at $136 million.
Residences in such cities as Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Houston have a combined value of $19 million. Homes in Los Angeles and the suburb of Arcadia, Calif., are worth $6.6 and $3.3 million, respectively, the document estimates.
- Claudine Zap at Yahoo Music1 hr ago
In her latest video, "Birthday," Katy Perry pretends to be five of "the world's worst birthday party entertainers." Give that woman an Oscar!
Perry attended five different, apparently real-life, birthday parties in disguise as the entertainment. The problem is, she's your worst nightmare.
She's hilariously bad. As an animal wrangler, she makes kids cry. As a creepy clown, she seems to cause a car crash. At a senior home, she shocks with an aging burlesque act — and then supposedly passes out. And, spoiler alert, she never reveals herself.
(Note: Video contains profanities)
The video is her gift to the possibly very unhappy guests. Sounds nuts, right? Guess who agrees: Katy Perry tweeted, "Guys. The video for #Birthday is the most insane one I've ever done."
Awful or awesome? See for yourself.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music3 hrs ago
Blur's landmark third album, "Parklife," turns 20 this week. Credited with ushering in a new era of British music known as Britpop that paid homage to iconic pop bands such as the Kinks while intelligently satirizing British culture, "Parklife" cemented Blur's status as post-grunge heroes, spawned four hit singles (including the bouncy "Girls & Boys," for which they're best known in the U.S.), and went triple-platinum in Blur's native U.K. It also stoked the flames of the band's legendary rivalry with Oasis.
Twenty years later, lead singer Damon Albarn has gone on to front Gorillaz and the Good the Bad & the Queen, wrote an opera, and is about to release a solo album; while bassist Alex James became a gourmet cheese maker ( seriously! ), guitarist Graham Coxon released several solo albums, and drummer Dave Rowntree ran for political office. Blur is still sporadically active, headlining the Coachella Festival in 2013 and touring Japan earlier this year, but it's 1994's "Parklife" that put them on the map. To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, here are 10 fascinating facts about "Parklife":
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Avril Lavigne has been taking a ton of heat from her Japanese-themed "Hello Kitty" video, which was leaked on Tuesday. Some have called it racist, while others have said it's just plain terrible.
Lavigne has apparently seen the criticism — or at least heard of the complaints — and has fired back about the alleged racism in the clip, which features the "Skater Boi" singer playfully dancing with four identically dressed Harajuku Girls, chowing down on sushi, and drinking sake.
RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) April 24, 2014
…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.
We reached out to a few people affiliated with the Japanese Culture Center in Chicago to get their take on the clip. Neither thought it was racist, but one was slightly troubled by the video.
Revolver Golden Gods Celebrate Best of Metal, Including Full Guns N’ Roses Set with Original BassistJon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music9 hrs ago
For metal fans that feel unfairly represented by the Grammys and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Revolver Golden Gods is the only annual awards show that celebrates the music that provides the type of release and catharsis that keeps them devoted to the music genre, often for decades. And the Golden Gods do it like no one else can, assembling a lineup of top-notch performers, all-star collaborations and surprise performances to accompany the presentation of more than a dozen metal awards.
The biggest question before the start of this year's Golden Gods was this: Would Guns N' Roses actually show up for their performance slot to accompany vocalist Axl Rose’s Lifetime Achievement Award? Turns out the answer was yes, but fans were left hanging for a bit to wonder.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music1 day ago
LeToya Luckett's acting gigs are close to outnumbering her music credits. The original member of Destiny's Child co-stars in "From the Rough," a movie about Dr. Catana Starks, who was both the first woman and the first African-American woman to coach a men's college golf team. In the film, which opens on Friday and also stars Taraij Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Luckett portrays Stacey, a college student dating a player on Coach Starks' team. Outside of acting, she hasn't forgotten about music. In February, she released her first single in six years. Yahoo Music: Michael Clarke Duncan is in "From the Rough." His character feels like an angel. What is your take? LeToya Luckett: Wow. That touches my heart because when you think about it he was an angel figure in this film. He was always uplifting Taraji's character [Coach Sparks]. He was just great. I think people are going to love seeing him in this character because it’s a different side for him. He was funny. It was a joy to work with him.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
The bad news is, there's no actual Hello Kitty cameo in Avril Lavigne's new "Hello Kitty" music video. And the good news is… well, there is no good news. "Hello Kitty" is mewlingly terrible.
(UPDATE: A spokesperson for Avril told MTV the video was never officially posted on YouTube and that it was never supposed to go live on Wednesday afternoon. A representative for the singer did not respond to Yahoo's request for comment.)
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Say what you will about the weather, but Chicagoans certainly know how to look out for each other.
The family and friends of the late Frankie Knuckles, the legendary pioneer of house music who passed away on March 31, received a very special condolence letter recently — from none other than the President and First Lady of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama.
Knuckles' close friend DJ David Morales posted the letter to his Facebook page on Tuesday, following Monday night's memorial in Chicago to the godfather of house music. A second memorial to Knuckles will take place Tuesday night in New York City.
" Frankie's memorial service was emotionally special," David's post read. "To have his friends, family and the Governor speak about Frankie goes to show the impact he has had on people. You know you're a TRUE LEGEND when u get one of these….
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Clearly, puppets are the new rock. Following "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze's adorably animated "Fight" video and this week's premiere of the trippy clip for Shy Kidx's remix of the "Muppets" theme, Southern scuzz-rockers the Black Lips have now unveiled their all-strings-attached video for "Funny," shot at Los Angeles's famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, one of the oldest such venues in the U.S., was designated an official L.A. landmark in 2009. Its namesake puppeteer, a former animator and animation advisor for Walt Disney and other film studios, has entertained thousands of children there since 1961. But Bob likely never put on a show like the one by the Black Lips. This one's not for kids.