Where’s The Beef?

Earl Sweatshirt’s Label Fucked Up His Album Release

By Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015
We've reached an era where the method that an artist uses to announce an album is almost as much of an art as the music that appears on that album. And when the creaky old major-label system attempts to announce a surprise LP, that can get fucked up. Last week, we saw the bungled early… More »


M.I.A. Discusses Rocky Relationship With Diplo, Unpleasantness With Oprah In New Interview

By Peter Helman / March 20, 2015
Arular, M.I.A.'s powerful, adventurous debut, turns 10 years old this Sunday. To celebrate the anniversary and that record's enduring legacy, she spoke to Rolling Stone, looking back on the making of the album, the political and cultural climate of 2005, her rocky relationship with now-superstar producer Diplo, and an unpleasant encounter… More »


Vince Neil Is Suing His Social Media Manager To Regain Access To His Facebook

By Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015
Review Journal reports that Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil is suing an Oregon woman so that he can get the password to his own Facebook page. In Clark County District Court, an attorney for Neil has filed suit against one Kristy Sinsara, who has been working as Neil's social-media manager. She's allegedly been making… More »


St. Vincent Allegedly Destroyed Chilean Artist’s Paintings With “Knives And Violence”

By Tom Breihan / March 19, 2015
On Saturday, St. Vincent played the Chilean edition of the Lollapalooza festival. And when she was there, she got herself into some trouble, allegedly because she destroyed paintings that were in the dressing room. The paintings in question were the work of the Chilean artist Constanza Ragal Chaigneau, and as MTV points out, More »


Marvin Gaye’s Family Now Wants Money From T.I., Too

By Tom Breihan / March 19, 2015
Hey, remember that part in "Got To Give It Up" where Marvin Gaye sang that he would never pull a Pharcyde and let you pass him by? Or that your last guy doesn't smack your ass and pull your hair like that? No? That's because they didn't happen. Last week, a jury awarded MarvinMore »


Young Thug Is Calling His Next Project Carter 6

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015
Right now, Lil Wayne is locked in a bitter legal struggle with Cash Money Records, his label, over the fate of his shelved album Tha Carter V. He's already made and released four Tha Carter albums for Cash Money, and they've all been enormous successes, so you can see where he'd be pissed. Meanwhile,… More »


British Fans Petition To Keep Kanye West From Headlining Glastonbury

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015
Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would headline UK's massive Glastonbury Festival this summer, joining already-announced acts Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie. This apparently doesn't sit so well with a few thousand potential attendees. As NME points out, a British fan named Lonsdale (who has, he admits, never actually been to Glastonbury) ha… More »


Jermaine Dupri: “Ciara’s New Single Is A Complete Rip-Off Of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad'”

By James Rettig / March 15, 2015
After the recent Pharrell/Robin Thicke ruling, similarities between songs will be scrutinized more than ever. In a new interview, R&B producer Jermaine Dupri points out that Ciara's potentially career-reviving new single "I Bet" is "a complete rip-off" of Usher's "U Got It Bad," which Dupri produced. "I'm clear on what I made and… More »


$10M Lawsuit Seeks To Uncover Dave Matthews Band Violinist’s “Dark Side”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 13, 2015
Andrew Rothenberg, the former financial advisor to Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, filed a lawsuit against the musician on 3/9 in Richmond, VA, accusing him of interfering with Rothenberg's financial management business and damaging his psychological wellbeing. These accusations surfaced after Rothenberg pled guilty to stealing millions from Tinsley and was sentenced for fraud… More »


Portland Metal Band Is Pissed That Kanye’s Using The Same 800-Year-Old Religious Symbol As Them

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 12, 2015
When Kanye West cryptically dropped the name of his forthcoming album, So Help Me God, on Twitter last week, it was accompanied by equally mystifying artwork. At the time we noted the diamond embellished with lowercase m's at the corners originated as a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary. Some people bega… More »


McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015
Yesterday, Ex Cops posted a letter on Facebook calling out McDonald's for insisting that they don't have a budget to pay artists to play their SXSW showcase. Rolling Stone reached out to the multi-billion dollar fast food corporation for a comment and here's what McDonald's global media relations director Becca Hary had to… More »


David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015
How many more old white dudes are gonna say Kanye West doesn't have any talent? Say what you want about his ego, his spontaneous, unruly public persona or even his wife (although I love you Kim), but pretending like he's not talented is starting to feel like the last refuge of scoundrels. (Especially scoundrels More »


Hall & Oates Sue Haulin’ Oats Granola

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015
Welcome to the age of the lawsuit. While postmodern digital culture allows for intertextuality to be an omnipresent force in our lives, the primary texts for this interplay aren't always happy with it. We already saw Don Henley take legal action over a shirt pun. In that vein, legendary '80s duo Hall & Oate… More »


Ex Cops Blast McDonald’s For Offering Its SXSW Talent Exposure Instead Of Money

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015
SXSW is no stranger to corporate overlords, and no stranger to bands calling them out for that kind of behavior. This year, McDonald's is getting in on the action. Back in December, the fast food empire announced that it would be an official sponsor of the Austin festival, and that it would… More »


Method Man Learns About Wu-Tang’s 2103 Release Date: “Fuck That Album”

By James Rettig / March 4, 2015
Earlier this week, the auction for the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin went up, and among the terms and conditions was an interesting caveat: While the eventual owner can play the album wherever they want for whoever they want, they won't be able to publicly release it for 88… More »


Blink-182’s Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Is Not A True Punk And Should Just “Man Up And Quit” Already

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 4, 2015
The Blink-182 beef has been going on for much longer than anyone has patience for. I thought that it was time to move past it once Tom DeLonge claimed to have been abducted by aliens or whatever. Regardless of whether or not this is true, it's pretty much universally accepted now that DeLonge must… More »


Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest Draws Protests For Booking R. Kelly

By Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015
Two years ago, R. Kelly headlined Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, over the objections of Chicago music journalist and vocal Kelly foe Jim DeRogatis. The show went off without much protest. But since then -- largely because a Village Voice conversation between Jessica Hopper and DeRogatis went viral -- there's been a new wave of… More »


Yolandi From Die Antwoord Picks A Fight With Drake

By Chris DeVille / March 3, 2015
Die Antwoord seemed to be on the verge of climbing to a new tier of celebrity this year with Ninja and Yolandi Visser playing prominent roles in the dystopian sci-fi twee oddity Chappie. Now they'll definitely be more famous, but not for the right reasons; notorious might be a better word for it. Drake and… More »


Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years

By James Rettig / February 28, 2015
For anyone familiar with the early '00s emo scene, the bad blood between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New was (and still is) the beef to end all beefs. It started, most appropriately, over a girl, and has taken on a mythic quality since the inciting incident over a decade ago. More »


Controversy Over Future Brown Criticism More Interesting Than Future Brown’s Album

By Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015
Future Brown's self-titled debut LP was one of our most anticipated releases of 2015, and the album's utopian mix of American street rap and high-minded European electronica didn't quite live up to its promise. Future Brown is good, but it's not so good as to be critically bulletproof, which has led to some fascinating… More »


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