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Sky Ferreira Scolds Her Label On Social Media Again

By Peter Helman / June 25, 2015 - 7:03 pm

This afternoon, Sky Ferreira took to Twitter to call out her UK label, Polydor, for essentially ripping her off and just generally being shitty to her. The tweets in question have since been deleted, but as Spin reports, this is what she said:… More »

Donald Trump Fires Back At Neil Young

By Peter Helman / June 24, 2015 - 10:05 pm

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last week, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” played as he walked onto the stage at Trump Tower. Neil Young didn’t like that, duh, and he wrote a whole long statement explaining exactly why he didn’t like that (it’s pretty much exactly the reasons you’d expect). More »

Marc Ribot Shares “Copyright, Hypocrisy And Steve Albini” Essay

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 22, 2015 - 11:14 am

Last year, Steve Albini did an interview with Quartz in which he stated that online music streaming solved many of the frustrations he discussed in his classic 1993 essay “The Problem With Music.” Since then, Albini has commented on developments in the streaming industry fairly regularly: He re-asserted his belief in streaming’s potential months after… More »

Sammy Hagar Defends Michael Anthony: “Fuck You Eddie Van Halen … You’re A Liar”

By Peter Helman / June 20, 2015 - 11:19 am

As Tom so aptly put it, “Eddie Van Halen is a weird motherfucker,” and in Billboard’s new Eddie Van Halen cover story yesterday, Eddie Van Halen had a lot of weird shit to say. But along with such gems as the revelation that the last album he bought was Peter Gabriel’s So in 1986, he… More »

Courtney Love Files Cease & Desist Against Kurt Cobain Murder Conspiracy Docudrama

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 17, 2015 - 11:12 am

Kurt Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide in 1994, but there are some people who continue to believe that the Nirvana frontman was murdered. Around the same time that Montage Of Heck finally made it to commercial theaters, a trailer for a conspiracy theory docu-drama centered on Kurt Cobain’s death was released. Directed by Benjami… More »

Duh, Neil Young Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using “Rockin’ In The Free World” For His Presidential Campaign

By Peter Helman / June 16, 2015 - 8:22 pm

UPDATE: Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Rolling Stone that they will refrain from using Young’s music from now on:

We won’t be using it again… There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will… More »

Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart Respond To Neil Young’s The Monsanto Years Lyrics

By Chris DeVille / June 16, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Neil Young And Promise Of The Real’s upcoming The Monsanto Years is a protest album that continues Young’s recent trend of taking corporations to task regarding farm policies, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and labor practices. Billboard reached out to some of those companies for a response to Young’s lyrics, and several companies wrote back. Monsanto,… More »

El-P Says NERVO’s “Hey Ricky” Dance Rips Off Run The Jewels

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 11, 2015 - 6:04 pm

At this point, Run The Jewels’ album artwork is considered iconic. I went to a birthday party a few weeks ago and overheard a friend talking to a dude I had never met about “this cool mummified hand thing” he noticed in a sketchbook that had been left on the coffee table. The stranger, who… More »

Nicki Minaj Responds To Ex-Boyfriend’s Vindictive Song Snippet

By Caitlin White / June 11, 2015 - 11:43 am

Nicki Minaj and her ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels split up in 2014 after 12 years together, and most of her new album The Pinkprint addresses what the end of that relationship was like for Nicki. But Samuels has been busy since the breakup too, releasing an attempt at a mixtape a few months ago. Last night,… More »

MC Ren Is Pissed He’s Not In The Straight Outta Compton Trailer

By James Rettig / June 10, 2015 - 4:51 pm

The most recent trailer for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton came out a few months ago, but founding member MC Ren took to Twitter today to air his grievances about not being included. “Man fuck these bitches at universal pictures leaving me out the movie trailers tryin to rewrite history,” he wrote. Probably understandably,… More »

Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

By Tom Breihan / June 10, 2015 - 9:09 am

Lately, Steve Albini — the veteran producer, Shellac frontman, and longtime underground-rock gadfly — has been saying things about how streaming services are the inevitable next development in the way we listen to music, even going so far as to claim that those services have solved “the problem with music,” making labels irrelevant and removing… More »

Snoop Dogg Sues Pabst For 10% Of Colt 45

By Caitlin White / June 9, 2015 - 10:19 am

Above, you can see Snoop Dogg celebrating his 40th birthday with a Colt 45 cake. Sadly, that was four years ago, and today, his relationship with the Pabst-owned brand is in a much more precarious position. Bloomberg reports that Snoop filed a suit in Los Angeles state court on Monday, June 8, against the recently… More »

LGBT Protestors Get Iggy Azalea To Drop Out Of Pittsburgh Pride Event

By Tom Breihan / June 9, 2015 - 9:45 am

Things haven’t been easy for Iggy Azalea lately. Back in March, she postponed her entire summer arena tour and went dark on social media for a little while, then canceled the tour completely soon afterward. And now she’s dropped out of the Pittsburgh Pride celebration that she was booked to headline after various LGBT grou… More »

Lotic Eviscerates PC Music Following Racist GFOTY Statements

By Chris DeVille / June 8, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Texas-born, Berlin-based producer Lotic wrote a scathing takedown of the PC Music collective today after one of its members, singer-producer GFOTY, incited controversy with a racist comment. GFOTY reviewed England’s Field Day festival for Noisey via a series of text message screenshots, and in one of them — since removed from the original story –… More »

Katy Perry Readies “Bad Blood” Response Track “1984”?

By Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Taylor Swift has never come out and said that “Bad Blood,” her 1989 track and recent #1 single, is a dis song about Katy Perry. She’s told Rolling Stone that it’s about another singer and that the two are “straight-up enemies,” but that’s about all she’ll say. Still, just about everyone agrees that Perry i… More »

SBTRKT Says Disclosure Copied His Artwork

By James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Disclosure announced the release of their sophomore album over the weekend and shared the cover art, which features a faded out image of a caracal, a type of wildcat that also gives the record its name. In a statement, Howard Lawrence explained that the cat “felt like a perfect fit for our Wild Life brand… More »

Ryan Adams Dissed Deadmau5 At Gov Ball So Don’t Hold Your Breath For Their Unreleased Collaboration

By Peter Helman / June 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Ryan Adams doesn’t appreciate interruptions, be they Bryan Adams-obsessed hecklers or flash-happy amateur photographers. And crowded music festivals can be stressful places for everyone — if you’ll recall, it was festival noise spillover that got the whole stupid Sun Kil Moon/the War On Drugs thing going in the first place. Similarly (but much less over-the-top,… More »

Targeted Journalist Responds To Mark Kozelek

By Tom Breihan / June 4, 2015 - 2:13 pm

As previously reported, Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek hit some drastic new low onstage in London earlier this week, improvising a song about a specific female journalist who’d interviewed him via email. He named the woman from the stage, singing that she “totally wants to fuck me” and adding “get in line, bitch.” The journalist… More »

Modular Founder Sued Over Missing Tame Impala Royalties

By James Rettig / June 2, 2015 - 9:54 am

During a Reddit AMA in April, Kevin Parker noted that, “Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala’s record sales outside of Australia, I had received…. zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me.”… More »

Young Thug’s Tour Manager Arrested For Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shooting

By Tom Breihan / May 29, 2015 - 12:50 pm

2015’s strangest and most high-profile rap feud just got scary. Lately, Young Thug and Lil Wayne have been beefing with each other over Cash Money affiliations and over Thug’s decision to name his album Carter 6. But now it looks as though things could’ve turned violent. Last month, Wayne’s tour bus was shot at i… More »

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