YouTube inaugurated its Music Awards show last year but took a hiatus in 2014 after experiencing minimal viewership. Today, YouTube announced that the show will return in 2015 with a new priority: to make music “the headline act.” It seemed like an overwhelming feeling of discomfort was the headliner last year (Chris described the show as a “total faceplant”), so let’s hope for a new approach in 2015. Rolling Stone reports that YouTube will create a new Awards Channel in anticipation of the show that will feature new videos throughout December, but the channel doesn’t appear to be available quite yet. More information about the 2015 awards will be revealed in January. Check out our 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards.
MTV will be releasing REMTV, a six-disc retrospective chronicling R.E.M.’s legacy on the channel, later this month. One of the discs is the documentary R.E.M. By MTV, and today the band shared a five-minute clip from the film that discusses the succession of health problems that befell the band during their tour for 1994′s Monster. The documentary airs tomorrow on VH1 Classic and Palladia, but you can watch drummer Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe discuss what sounds like a fairly horrific tour below.
Earlier this month we heard “Daffodils,” Mark Ronson’s collaboration with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, who is credited on three of the tracks on Ronson’s new album Uptown Special. The Australian psych-rock band’s hugely successful breakout record Lonerism came out over two years ago, and up until now we haven’t heard much about its follow-up. In an interview with Faster Louder, Tame Impala keyboardist Jay Watson (pictured) hinted that the band’s new material will sound “less rock and more electronic,” so maybe Ronson’s influence is rubbing off. Watson is admittedly not as involved with the band as he was during the making of Lonerism, commenting that, “I got to hear a lot of [Lonerism] as it was happening last time. But this time I don’t think anyone’s really heard it [all] except [Kevin Parker] and his girlfriend.”
Sorry! That’s fixed now :)
Track list is from the Soundcloud stream: https://soundcloud.com/kurtvile/kv-mixtape
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