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Little League Keys, Rapper Torture and Jay-Z Pulls an NSA

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Black Keys prove they'll endorse pretty much anything and sponsor a little league baseball team in Akron, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) undergoes (partial) "force feeding" to draw attention to torturous conditions at Guantánamo Bay and Samsung's Magna Carta Holy Grail's unique roll out widely hailed as a fail.
  

Dylan's Stratocaster and Samsung's Jay-Z Scheme

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan used when he notoriously “went electric” for the first time on stage at 1965’s Newport Folk Festival is headed for auction.   

Jumblin’ Osbornes, Thrifty Thievery and Hova's Phone Fail

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The President confuses British chancellor with his favorite R&B singer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unaware of Goodwill's latest "Thrift Shop"-jacking marketing campaign and Jay-Z will have to wait until real people buy his new album before it can become a million-seller.
  

Egged Man, Toots' Suits and a Bad Rap

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Simon Cowell gets egg on his face (or at least his fancy sports coat), Reggae legend Toots Hibbert sues allegedly shady manager and a teenage bottle-hurler and a teen in Massachussetts gets thrown in jail without bail after writing really bad Rap lyrics on Facebook.
  

Lou Lives, "Love" Bytes and Daft Pink/Puck/Punk

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
What’s weirder — that Joy Division has inspired a video game or that the free, browser-based computer game actually captures the essence of the legendary U.K. gloom rockers perfectly?  

Another Door Closed

Social media gets something right, nepotism still easiest way to the top and dead-rapper hologram trend thrives

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Social media said The Doors' Ray Manzarek died, other media said he didn't … and Facebook and Twitter turned out to be right for once! Plus, if you want a job at Rolling Stone, just become the son of its publisher and the dead-rapper hologram craze continues with Eazy-E and (maybe) Ol Dirty Bastard.
  

Streams Count, Metal College and Heathen Bowie

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The RIAA announces streaming numbers will now factor into Gold and Platinum certifications for digital songs. Plus, a U.K. college offers what is believed to be the world's first Heavy Metal degree and the Catholic League snarkily attacks David Bowie over new video, alleged bisexuality and oldness.
  

Communication Breakdown

Led Zep says no to a president, Mountain Dew fire rappers and David Gilmour imposter arrested

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Organizers of the 12.12.12 Sandy relief concert got Bill Clinton to plead with Led Zeppelin to perform (they, again, said no); Mountain Dew and Hip Hop aren't mixing so well lately, as the soda company axes endorsement deals with Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator, for controversial lyrics and a goat commercial (respectively); and a Minnesota man pretended to be David Gilmour while getting checked out at a local hospital and was promptly arrested when staffers looked up a photo of the real Gilmour on the web.
  

Droning Your Sorrows

Drones to deliver beer at music fest, Jay-Z gets a presidential diss and Ghost B.C. release cheeky box-set

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A South African music festival announced new "beer drone technology," whereby fans order by phone and have their order dropped from a drone above, will debut at August event. Plus, Jay-Z gets a mini-roast from the President at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and Swedish Doom Metal band Ghost B.C. treats fans to a sacrilicious new box set, complete with band-branded sex toys.
  

Elvis Impersonators Gone Bad?

Plus, new 'Twitter #music' app is unveiled after celebrities get first dibs

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
After giving "tastemakers" (and Ryan Seacrest) a go at it first, the "Twitter #music" app finally makes its way to the public; an Elvis impersonator got into a 30-hour police stand-off in in Des Moines, Iowa, and another Elvis impersonator (who also apparently does an excellent Kid Rock as well) was in the news recently as a suspect in the send-poison-letters-to-the-President plot.
  

Hope for Preemies, No New Stones & New Kid OK

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Researchers find that live music, played or sung, can help with the development of premature babies, Mick Jagger says no new Stones album, but Keith says, "Uh, yeah," and some in the media actually took time to report on boy band members/runners' non-injuries just hours after the Boston Marathon explosions.
  

See with Your Eyes, Not with Your iPhone

Plus, not everyone's sad about Maggie Thatcher's death and Macklemore gets a dude choked on his birthday

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs put the (polite-ish) smack-down on smart device obsessives, a lot of musicians and others in the U.K. aren't too broken up about the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher and Macklemore gets some dude choked on his birthday.
  

Fools' News, Digital Resale and Rape Rap

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Music-related media hoaxes from this year's April Fools' Day merriment include a Thom Yorke/Ted Nugent musical and Andrew WK retirement from partying announcement, a federal judge in New York rules that you cannot re-sell your crappy MP3s online once you buy them and rapper/bossman Rick Ross does his best to explain "date rape" lyric.
  

Turning Pussy Riot's Rebellion Into Money

Plus, details of FBI's Juggalos problem surface and Michelle Shocked shocks fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A German lingerie company co-opts Pussy Riot's anti-establishment image for a naughty commercial, the FBI had a very weak case when it declared fans of Insane Clown Posse a "gang" and Michelle Shocked deals with fallout from seemingly anti-gay statements.
  

Scouts’ Dishonor, Gyration Irritation & TMZ’s Wayning Cred

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Carly Rae Jespen, Train and Madonna protest the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy, America still gets worked up over "pelvic thrusts" on TV and TMZ gets much of recent Lil Wayne story dead wrong.