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  • Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Dead at 27

    Surfer Blood  guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician's GoFundMe  page to cover medical expenses. He was 27. "Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on," Fekete wrote. "Never was there a day…

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  • See Sam Hunt's Blissful 'Single for the Summer' Video

    If Sam Hunt appears in the "Single for the Summer" video, he's very hard to find — a blurry shape who occasionally darkens the edge of the frame, perhaps, but never visible in the foreground.  Unlike the brooding figures from " Take Your Time " and " Break Up in a Small Town " or the...

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  • Kraftwerk Lose Copyright Case in German High Court

    Germany's highest court has ruled against Kraftwerk  in a 19-year copyright case involving a two-second sample used in a song by rapper Sabrina Setlur, Agence France-Presse  reports. The ruling favors the use of sampling and concludes that if a sample does not significantly impact the usage…

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  • Snoop Dogg Slams 'Roots' Remake, Calls for Boycott

    Snoop Dogg  slammed the new Roots miniseries , which premieres Monday night on The History Channel, and called upon his fans to boycott the four-part series based on Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. "I'm sick of this shit. How the fuck are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial…

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  • Questlove Pens List Explaining Why Prince Was 'Hip-Hop Pioneer'

    Questlove  has penned another tribute to Prince , this time a humorous Instagram post that lists 40 reasons why the legendary artist was a "hip-hop pioneer." Inspired by the Prince-dedicated issue of The Source , the Roots drummer broke down what made Prince such an influential artist and cutting…

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  • How Beatles' Game-Changing 'Paperback Writer' Paved Way for 'Revolver'

    In the annals of Beatles  singles, we have what we might think of as a game-starter in "Please Please Me," a game-ender in something like "Let It Be," and a host of game-changers, the most important of which is rarely discussed as one of the band's top efforts. And yet, "Paperback...

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  • N.W.A Reflect on 'Efil4zaggin,' 1991's Most Dangerous Album

    "When we broke up, the group was Number One on the Billboard chart," N.W.A 's DJ Yella, says. "I mean, groups don't break up at Number One. They break up at Number 1,000." "It was, like, shit – all good things come to an end," says bandmate MC Ren. N.W.A issued their...

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  • Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet Celebrate 'Surf' Anniversary With Unreleased Track

    Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment's Surf , the collective's acclaimed LP that heavily featured Chance the Rapper . To celebrate the occasion, Trumpet unveiled "The First Time," a seamless, 10-minute mix of unreleased material from…

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  • Billy Joel: Donald Trump's Campaign 'Very Entertaining'

    At Billy Joel 's concerts over the past year, the singer has often dedicated the performance of his 1974 single "The Entertainer" to Donald Trump , with one such shout-out occurring Friday night at Joel's monthly gig at New York's Madison Square Garden. While there is debate whether the dedication…

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  • Skrillex Refutes Justin Bieber Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'

    Skrillex , who was named in the lawsuit filed against Justin Bieber over the hit "Sorry,"  has responded to the copyright infringement allegations. "SORRY but we didn't steal this," the producer tweeted alongside a video of how the songwriters crafted, and not sampled, the "Sorry" vocal hook at the…

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  • Hear Joey Bada$$' Resilient New Single 'Devastated'

    Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has dropped his latest single "Devastated," which the Pro Era MC first debuted during his Coachella set in April. The uplifting, resilient cut finds Bada$$ singing on the radio-friendly chorus, "I used to feel so devastated / At times I thought we'd never make it /…

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  • Hear Red Hot Chili Peppers' Minimalist Funk on 'The Getaway'

    Red Hot Chili Peppers  unleash atmospheric funk on "The Getaway," the title-track of their 11th studio album, out June 17th. "Take me to the future," frontman Anthony Kiedis croons over Flea's minimalist bassline.  "The Getaway," available now on all major download and streaming services ,…

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  • Watch Arcade Fire's Surprise DJ-Percussion Set Outside Louvre

    Arcade Fire 's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne delivered a quirky DJ set this week during French street artist JR's exhibition "JR at the Louvre," held at Paris public garden Jardin des Tuileries. The husband and wife duo were joined by live percussionists as Butler spun tracks by David Bowie ("Oh!…

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  • See Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann's Summer Fantasy Video 'Little More Love'

    Lee Brice was busy collecting songs for his I Don't Dance follow-up when he stumbled across "A Little More Love," a summertime anthem written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann. Something about the song's brotherly bounce made him reach out to Jerrod Niemann.…

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  • Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Tom Petty Deep Cut?

    Tom Petty  kicked off an American tour this month with his old band Mudcrutch, but don't buy a ticket to the show expecting to hear "American Girl," "Free Falling" or any of his other big hits. This is a Mudcrutch tour, and they're doing Mudcrutch songs with the possibility...

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  • Blake Shelton Headlines Second Harvest Show: The Ram Report

    Blake Shelton will headline a show at the Mother Church of Country Music next month. The Voice coach is Nashville-bound for both CMA Music Fest, where he'll perform at Nissan Stadium, and the Stars for Second Harvest show at the Ryman Auditorium, which will raise money for families in need...

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  • Dierks Bentley on New Album 'Black': 'I've Claimed the Right to Be Me'

    Dierks Bentley just wants to be himself. "I think I've claimed the right to be any version of me that I want to be," he says, sitting in a studio on Nashville's Music Row, nursing a second cup of coffee. The 40-year-old singer-songwriter is deep in the promotional cycle for his...

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  • Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over 'Sorry' Hook

    Casey Dienel, an indie artist who records under the moniker White Hinterland, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber , alleging that the singer's hit "Sorry" borrows heavily from her 2014 track "Ring the Bell." "As many of you that follow my career and work have…

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  • Rapper Troy Ave Arrested for Fatal Shooting at T.I. Show

    New York rapper Troy Ave, himself a victim in Wednesday's night shooting at New York's Irving Plaza that left one man dead, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the New York Police Department. NYPD released surveillance video taken…

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  • Leona Lewis Cast in 'Cats' Broadway Revival

    British pop star Leona Lewis  will make her Broadway debut in the upcoming revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hugely successful musical, Cats . Lewis will star as Grizabella the "Glamour Cat" — who sings one of the show's most memorable songs, "Memory"  — replacing former Pussycat Doll singer…

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