Where’s The Beef?

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 »

Third Man Records Addresses Last Week’s Jack White Clickbait

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 26, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Third Man Records issued a statement via Facebook in response to what the label has deemed “JACK WHITE CLICK BAIT BINGO EXHAUSTION.” It’s fair to say that White has been the target of a lot of criticism this year ever since his ridiculous tour rider leaked in February, and he became one of the leadingMore »

50 Cent Sues Rick Ross Over Sex Tape

By Caitlin White / May 22, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Sex tapes are the most effective way to shame and blackmail in the 21st century — which is probably why I’m so proud of Kim Kardashian for turning her former shame into a multi-million-dollar empire. But I digress. This sex tape story is a much sadder tale involving 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson), Rick Ro… More »

Persuasions Leader On Jamie xx Sample: “I Was Told About It But Forgot”

By Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 12:49 pm

UPDATE: A rep for Jamie xx says “the sample has been cleared.”

UPDATE 2: Hayes retracted his statements to Billboard: “I was told about it but forgot.”


Jamie xx’s full-length debut In Colour is one of the finest albums of the year so far, and the Young Thug/Popcaa… More »

Lil B May Have Cursed James Harden In Last Night’s Western Conference Finals Game

By Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 10:27 am

Back in 2011, after NBA star Kevin Durant made fun of Lil B on Twitter, Lil B laid “the Based God’s curse” on Durant, saying that Durant would never win an NBA championship. Thus far, it’s held true. Durant has an MVP award but no rings, and his career has been a series of near… More »

Madeon Accuses Sony Music Of “Holding Artists Hostage” By Removing Their Music From SoundCloud

By Tom Breihan / May 21, 2015 - 4:40 pm

SoundCloud might be a great streaming platform for most of the world, but if you’re one of the people in charge of making sure money changes hands with the advent of this new technology, you’re probably not a fan. Earlier this month, Sony started taking down the SoundCloud streams of its major artists, and source… More »

Marina Abramović Is Very Pissed At Jay Z

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 4:18 pm

When Jay Z made his video for “Picasso Baby” two years ago, he took over New York’s Pace Gallery and rapped the song for six straight hours rapping directly into the faces of each of the cultural dignitaries who were there to witness it. One of those dignitaries was the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović,… More »

Azealia Banks, Dev Hynes Criticize BET Awards

By Chris DeVille / May 18, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Azealia Banks and Dev Hynes, two of the most fascinating, outspoken, talented black musicians working today, took to Twitter today with some harsh words for the BET Awards. Nominations for this year’s ceremony came out this morning, and Banks is up for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, but she called the awards “bogus” and said she… More »

Roger Waters And Dionne Warwick Argue About Palestine

By Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 10:22 am

I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to write about a Dionne Warwick/Roger Waters beef, but here we are. And as it turns out, the two veteran entertainers are going at each other over a serious issue: Israel’s treatment of Palestine. In recent months, many musicians have canceled shows in Israel. But the old-school ’60… More »

Madonna Wishes She Hadn’t Made Out With Drake At Coachella

By Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

The most talked-about moment from the first Coachella weekend came at the end of Madonna’s surprise appearance during Drake’s headlining set. After singing a couple of songs, she stood over a seated Drake, who looked like he was expecting a lap dance, and she made out with him for a few seconds. Drake recoiled hilariously,… More »

Roger Waters Slams Digital Music For Pink Floyd’s 50th Birthday

By James Rettig / May 3, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took a stand against the digital music empire in a new interview with The Times. “I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983,” he said. “To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn’t happened, and in consequence,… More »

Brandon Flowers Thinks No One Is Allowed To Criticize Kanye West

By Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Brandon Flowers is bravely going where no man has gone before — criticizing Kanye West! Back in 2006 the Killers frontman said, “Kanye West makes me ill,” and in light of Ye’s current hyper-celebrity status, Rolling Stone obviously had to ask him about that comment. Here’s what he had to say about whether he stand… More »

Tennis Claim Marmara Hotels Licensed Their Song And Now Refuse To Pay

By James Rettig / April 30, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Well, this is a little different. Usually when companies want to use someone’s music in a commercial but can’t, they just use it anyway without their permission or, more often, hire another article to come up with a sound-a-like of the original. But in Tennis’ case, they went through all the necessary hoops and signed… More »

M.I.A. & Diplo Are Still Bickering Via Subtweet

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 27, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Diplo and M.I.A.’s feud has been going on for so long that I barely remember a time when they were collaborators, let alone romantic partners. The spats are ongoing, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. stated that Diplo was controlling and envious of her success when she signed to Interscope:… More »

Amy Winehouse’s Family Blasts New Documentary

By Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 10:44 am

A new Amy Winehouse documentary called Amy is set to debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and we posted the trailer earlier this month. But Winehouse’s family, who initially cooperated with the filmmakers on the doc, are deeply pissed about how it turned out, and they’re considering legal action. People reports that the family… More »

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James Has Some Harsh Words For Modern Country Music

By Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Jim James seems like a chill guy, writing prose poems about Radiohead and throwing musical festivals in Mexico and reacting sensibly to album leaks and whatnot. But broach the subject of modern mainstream country music and prepare for an outpouring of anger. A new Rolling Stone profile points out how weird it is that a… More »

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