Dr. Dre tops Forbes list of highest-earning musicians, all thanks to his work in the field of headphones; Metallica officially owns its master recordings thanks to a clause in its 1994 record contract with Warner Music Group; and Jay-Z, Pussy Riot and … Psy (?!) are among Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" for 2012.
The Rolling Stones makes excuses for high ticket prices by saying they've already spent millions on production and rehearsals, Chris Brown isn't being forgiven quite so easily in Europe for his domestic abuse past and INXS reminds everyone they're still a band … by announcing their breakup.
No Doubt removes music video after outcry over its use of Native American stereotypes, Dave Mustaine says he learned a lot this year, including how easily his foot fits in his mouth and Death Grips' antics (giving away their new album early, putting an erect penis on the cover, etc.) finally get them dropped from Epic.
Paul McCartney says we can all stop blaming The Beatles' breakup on Yoko Ono and start pointing fingers at Allen Klein, the song The National donated to the Obama campaign four years ago gets co-opted by a college pro-Romney group and court transcripts reveal that Courtney Love is at least considering a Broadway musical based on her late husband's music.
Rapper Game's big artistic statement with new album cover? He just wants to smoke weed, go to church and not be made fun of for it. Plus, Wyclef takes break from charity controversy to post crass photo and Canadian band Headwater is making a mint playing on boats.
Actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to portray Freddie Mercury in upcoming biopic, Robert Plant calls reporter a "schmuck" for asking about a Led Zeppelin reunion during a press conference about Led Zeppelin's reunion and Snoop Dogg is so high, he's rappin' about Hot Pockets now.
Morrissey claims Coachella offered to make its 2010 festival "100% vegetarian" if he and guitarist Johnny Marr would reform as The Smiths and play the event; Justin Beiber and One Direction get Punk; and The New York Times reports on the struggles of the Fender guitar-making company amidst a poor economy and changing musical approaches and tastes.
Everyone wants The Beach Boys reunion tour to be an ongoing thing — except singer Mike Love, who wants to return to county fairs and casinos with his glorified tribute version of the band. Also, a Texas sheriff's spokesmen out-weirds Fiona Apple after her recent "drug bust" (tiny amounts of pot and hash were found on her tour bus) and rockers Black Lips have decided now would be a good time to tour Egypt and Iraq.
Americans download more music illegally than any other country (and we steal Drake's music the most), Passion Pit defends Taco Bell ad and the RIAA won't be bilking you for hundreds of thousands of dollars anymore (but others just might)
Freddie Mercury of Queen is "honored" with creation of Freddie Mercury Angry Bird character (for a great cause, at least), the Oscars make sure there won't only be two "Best Song" nominees anymore and a New Hampshire woman's love for "Highway to Hell" gets her arrested three times in just over 24 hours.
Some Hall & Oates fans drunkenly start a Super PAC in the duo's honor; the duo quickly says they can't go for that (no can do). Plus, The Killers are one group Mitt Romney enjoys (allegedly) and Neil Armstrong's death brings up Pink Floyd's moon landing jam at the BBC and leads NBC to tell the world Neil Young is dead.
Punk band forces uptight newscasters to say the word “pussy”
uncomfortably thousands of times on U.S. news outlets, Silversun Pickups think it's funny Mitt Romney used "Panic Switch" at a campaign stop (but still asked him to stop) and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said our secret Muslim president is behind all the recent massive shootings … all part of his ploy to finally get rid of that pesky Second Amendment.
Insane Clown Posse announces plans to fight the FBI's declaration that its Juggalo fans are "gang" members. NBC cuts several music legends from prime-time Olympic closing ceremonies, leaves in lots of Spice Girls and Jessie J just to rub it in. And is it appropriate to feature a lookalike of a person who died a year ago in a commercial? What if that person died from alcohol struggles, and the commercial is for alcohol?