Metallica said to be considering selling off past unused riffs through eBay or another online service, Pop group Fifth Harmony pleads with fans to stream their music on repeat so they chart, sell and stream better and some people in Brooklyn are against naming a street corner after Biggie Smalls, in part because he was overweight.
Five years after its launch, Spotify remains at the center of the "to stream or not to stream" controversy, Scott Stapp of Creed's new solo single is "Slow Suicide" (not being a dick — that's what it's called!) and two generations of Pop stars take different approaches in their online feuding.
A 1986 demo tape from when Radiohead was called On a Friday sold for more than $3,100 at a U.K. auction, Morrissey caps off his year of cancellations by reportedly cancelling his autobiography three days before its planned release and Mumford & Sons make like 1985-era Motley Crue and get kicked out of strip club.
Whole Foods announces it is testing the waters to see if its customers will buy vinyl albums while they healthily/expensively food shop, Robin Thicke is having Gaye issues and a dentist/tooth collector is claiming the John Lennon's rotted-out molar he bought for $30,000 will help scientists make a human clone of the late Beatle.
Stephen Colbert makes the best of Daft Punk cancelling its appearance on his show (though Pitchfork only gives it a 2.4); Katy Perry's gold promotional semi-truck has somehow only been involved in one accident so far; and Chris Brown is still a douchebag.
Rumors of Motorhead frontman Lemmy's demise have been greatly exaggerated (again!), TMZ takes a break from Bieber coverage to focus on a Circle Jerk, an ex-White Stripe and a Black Key and Black Sabbath says Bill Ward was too overweight for their reunion tour, then announces a new amusement park attraction.
Jack White has again put his money where his analog-lovin’
mouth is, ponying up $200,000 to help finally make the National
Recording Preservation Foundation “operational,” according to an NRPF
press release. The NRPF came about when Congress approved the National
Recording Preservation Act in 2000, but White’s contribution is its
“first major donation.”
Canada introduces new postal stamps featuring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Beau Dommage and Rush's naked-man/devil-star logo, Jason Bonham is working hard to bring his dad back to life as a hologram so he can drum solo with him and Sacha Baron Cohen quits the Freddie Mercury biopic, reportedly over Queen's desire to keep it more family-friendly.
Jay-Z and Beyonce's visit to Cuba prompts U.S. law-change effort (seriously), Thom Yorke says Spotify is bad for new artists (simples) and some nut-job attacked 73-year-old Lester Chambers over a song dedication.
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.
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.
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.