Where’s The Beef?

Today In Black Sabbath’s Facebook Feud

By Chris DeVille / April 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm

A quick update on Black Sabbath’s public infighting this week: First, drummer Bill Ward posted to Facebook that he wouldn’t play with Sabbath again until Ozzy Osbourne apologized to him for saying he was too fat and out of shape to participate in recording sessions for 2013 album 13 and the accompanying world tour. Ward… More »

Bill Ward Will Not Play With Black Sabbath Until Ozzy Apologizes

By Michael Nelson / April 15, 2015 - 5:58 pm

What the hell is going on with Black Sabbath? First, the band announced they would do one last album and one last tour before calling it quits. Then, they announced the date and location of what was to be their last-ever show, although they didn’t mention the once-alleged new album/tour. Then, they announced that the… More »

Young Thug Wants To Fight Lil Wayne Over His Mixtape Title

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 12:55 pm

This story keeps getting weirder and weirder. Former Birdman protege Lil Wayne is right now embroiled in a bitter dispute with Cash Money Records, and his album Tha Carter V remains stuck on the shelf as a result. Meanwhile, current Birdman protege Young Thug, an artist with a deep and obvious Lil Wayne influence, ha… More »

Ben Gibbard Thinks Tidal Is Dumb, Too

By Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 11:59 am

Death Cab For Cutie put out a new record this year, Ben Gibbard’s post-divorce effort Kintsugi, so perhaps that’s why he’s newly concerned about the future of streaming in the music industry. Following the roll-out of Tidal — Jay-Z’s superstar-sponsored effort to enter the music streaming world — several musicians not included on the cool… More »

Mumford & Sons Blast Tidal And The “Plutocrats” Behind It

By James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Mumford & Sons have sounded off about Jay Z’s new Tidal streaming service in an interview with The Daily Beast. Long story short: they’re not fans. Guitarist and comedian Winston Marshall called all of the A-list celebrities pimping out the project “new school fucking plutocrats,” and main singer Marcus Mumford had the most to say… More »

Lil Wayne Disses Young Thug’s Carter 6 Artwork

By Caitlin White / April 10, 2015 - 1:34 pm

So far in the great Lil Wayne vs. Birdman feud regarding Cash Money’s decision not to release Tha Carter V (among other grievances), Wayne has left rising Atlanta prodigy Young Thug out of the fray. Not anymore. At a tour stop last night Wayne got on the mic and told his fans to “stop listening… More »

Surprise: Sammy Hagar Is Not Impressed By Van Halen’s New Album

By Chris DeVille / April 7, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Van Halen just released Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, a double album culled from their 2013 performance at the titular Japanese venue. It’s the band’s first live album with David Lee Roth, which seems as crazy as the fact that last week’s Kimmel two-night stand was their first American TV appearance with Roth. Those… More »

Garbage Respond To Photographer’s Open Letter After They Asked To Use His Photo For Free

By Caitlin White / April 3, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Social media has given us a weird window into discussions between artists that we probably wouldn’t have been privy to before. The “open letter” environment can devolve into petty name-calling, sure, but it also provides a useful space to challenge power structures. The last time Garbage was involved in an open letter situation, frontwoman ShirleyMore »

Earl Sweatshirt’s Label Fucked Up His Album Release

By Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 10:30 am

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 - 7:36 pm

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 with Oprah. More »

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

By Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 9:21 am

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 unauthorized… More »

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

By Tom Breihan / March 19, 2015 - 2:33 pm

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, La TerceraMore »

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

By Tom Breihan / March 19, 2015 - 8:47 am

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 Marvin Gaye’sMore »

Young Thug Is Calling His Next Project Carter 6

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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, recent… More »

British Fans Petition To Keep Kanye West From Headlining Glastonbury

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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) has started anMore »

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

By James Rettig / March 15, 2015 - 1:54 pm

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 I’m clear… More »

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

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 13, 2015 - 6:30 pm

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 - 2:01 pm

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 began commenting… More »

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

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 7:57 pm

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 say:… More »

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

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 5:41 pm

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 namedMore »

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