Frank Ocean Debuts "Dear April" & "Cayendo" Singles On Vinyl

Frank Ocean previewed two new songs—”Cayendo” and “Dear April”—during his PrEP+ club night back in October, and now, those tracks have finally been released to the public. Shortly after Frank gave attendees  the surprise event in NYC a taste his new music, he listed both songs for pre-order as 7″ vinyl singles, and it looks like, 6 months later, fans are finally receiving their much-awaited purchases. Each record features an acoustic version the given track on the A-side, with the Sango and Justice remixes that were also teased at the PrEP+ party on the B-side. Leaks the songs have already begun surfacing online, as fans eagerly recorded their spinning turntables to share the magic Frank Ocean with the rest us.

According to a Frank Ocean archive account on Twitter with the handle @blondedblog, each single comes with a digital download card, so there’s a chance the tunes will be more widely available for unficial streaming. For now, however, the acoustic versions “Cayendo” and “Dear April” along with their respective remixes can be found on Soundcloud. Check them out here, here, and here and keep your fingers crossed for “Cayendo” and “Dear April” to be released on streaming platforms soon.

Listen to Two New Frank Ocean Tracks, ‘Dear April’ and ‘Cayendo’

New Frank Ocean music has hit the internet.

While the world remains on lockdown, two new tracks from the reclusive singer have surfaced when fans need it most. Ocean first debuted the songs, titled “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” during his PrEP+ parties last fall in New York.

Fans who ordered the 7″ vinyl of “Little Demon” were told last month that they would receive a “new, unreleased Frank Ocean song” instead. The vinyls finally shipped and started arriving this week featuring acoustic renditions of the two tracks, along with remixes by Justice and Sango. Fans have shared the playbacks on social media and SoundCloud ( HipHop-N-More).

As the blonded.blog points out, “Dear April” has “some real Endless vibes.” Ocean sings in Spanish on “Cayendo,” which is more reminiscent of 2016’s Blonde era.

Ocean hasn’t released new music since “In My Room” and “DHL” last fall. There were rumors that he planned to roll out a larger collection of music ahead of his Coachella set in April. He is now slated to headline the festival in October.


Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker Annihilate Paramore’s "Misery Business"

Machine Gun Kelly came through with the latest instalment his special quarantine #LockDownSessions, this time with some help from his pal, Blink 182’s Travis Barker. The two rockers decided to take on Paramore’s pop punk banger, “Misery Business” from ’07, and the results are almost as good as the original.

Filming each their parts in their individual homes, MGK and Travis kill their performance while still respecting the rules social distancing. MGK launched the #LockDownSessions on March 16th, promising to cover a new song practically every day until the coronavirus quarantine is over. Although he’s only been doing these #LockDownSessions for less than two weeks now, it appears that he is already recycling material. He and his friend, Omer Fedi, already delivered an acoustic rendition “Misery Business” for the very first #LockDownSessions instalment, but I guess we’ll let it slide in the name isolation entertainment.

Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker Annihilate Paramore's "Misery Business"Jason Kempin/Getty s for John Varvatos

Along with his two different covers the Paramore hit, MGK has also taken on Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone,” Kid Cudi‘s “Pursuit Happiness,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun,” and more. Visit Machine Gun Kelly’s Youtube channel for more his #LockDownSessions and stay safe!

DaBaby Has Switched Up The Flow

While DaBaby is easily one the most entertaining new voices in hip-hop, there remains one constant criticism that has long-dogged the Kirk rapper: the “same flow” critique. It’s become somewhat a meme, to the point where Baby himself even acknowledged it on “Bop”: “Ayy, when you gon’ switch the flow? I thought you’d never ask.” Clearly, the man’s formula remains successful in spite the flow haters, though skeptics have reasoned that evolution is a crucial component longevity.

DaBaby Has Switched Up The Flow

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Fast forward to today, as DaBaby took to Instagram to preview an upcoming banger. And guess what — he’s exploring new territory in the flow department, arguably the most radical departure he’s taken thus far. It also happens to be the most melodic work we’ve seen from Baby, as he rides the acoustic guitar progression with an autotune-tinged cadence. “You know how people like to come out when you level up,” he spits, finding a solid pocket and going in. “I made a change you stayed the same, I got ahead ya.”

The change was not lost on Lil Yachty, with whom Baby recently collaborated on “Oprah’s Bank Account.” “Someone’s looking for a new flow,” teases Boat, sliding into the comment section with the googly-eyes. Lil Durk also chimed in with the co-sign, inviting himself to the party with promises a “dumb dumb” verse. No matter how it plays out, it seems as if Baby is continuing to evolve as an artist, and this as–yet untitled track signals great things for his next album. 

Neil Diamond Remixes 'Sweet Caroline' for Coronavirus "Hands, Washing Hands"

Neil Diamond shared a remix of “Sweet Caroline” on social media – with lyrics for coronavirus quarantiners.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Diamond says he’s looking to soothe. On Saturday, he debuted the parody remix of his 1969 hit with brand new lyrics.

“I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love you, and I think maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better, Diamond told his fans. “Give it a try, okay?”

Diamond sits next to his fireplace with his pet, playing the familiar tune on an acoustic guitar.

“Hands, washing hands,” Diamond sings about coronavirus prevention. “Reaching out / Don’t touch me / I won’t touch you.” The revised lyrics CDC’s recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The parody has garnered over 100,000 likes on Twitter since Diamond shared the video. Of course, he isn’t the only famous name that is keeping people entertained during their quarantine. John Legend took to Instagram for an impromptu concert. DJ NICE held an impromptu DJ session with names like Oprah, Michelle Obama, and others stopping by.

The Neil Diamond coronavirus remix is light-hearted and welcoming at a time when many face uncertainty.

Meanwhile, indie DJs and musicians are flocking to the to earn money. The platform is uniquely monetized for performers to collect tips from their audience. Some musicians are finding it is the only way to support themselves while the coronavirus shutdown continues.

The coronavirus outbreak has and tourism industries. Huge annual shows like SXSW and Ultra Miami were canceled, while others are shifting online. June festivals like Bonnaroo are postponing until September in the hopes the outbreak will be resolved then.

Even The IOC is considering postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – a hesitant decision that has wavered for weeks. For now, several states have issued shelter-in-place orders to their citizens.

Justin Bieber Drops ‘Intentions’ Acoustic Version

Justin Bieber’s “Intentions” gets an acoustic makeover.

The pop superstar drops a new version of his top 10 hit with a stripped-down instrumental. In place of the club-ready beat and Quavo guest appearance, Bieber goes solo, harmonizing over just a guitar, but with the same heartfelt lyrics.

“Picture-perfect, you don’t need no filter / Gorgeous, make ’em drop dead, you a killer,” he sings. “Shower you with all my attention / Yeah, these are my only intentions.”

The original song appears on his chart-topping album Changes, which is currently No. 9 on the Billboard 200. He has also been releasing visuals for tracks off the project including “Available,” “Habitual,” and “E.T.A.”

Next up, he will hit the road on his “Changes Tour,” which is currently set to kick off May 14 in Seattle with special guests Kehlani and Jaden Smith.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Shows Off Pitiful Guitar Skills

What a horrible week the world just had. It feels like a whole year played out in the span just a couple days. It all started when Rudy Gobert the Utah Jazz was diagnosed with the Coronavirus. This started a whole ripple effect in which the NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, and even autoracing was completely shutdown. Entire countries are going on lockdown so that they can stop the spread COVID-19 and get back to everyday life, sooner rather than later.

With the lockdown in place, some NBA players appear to be bored out their minds and don’t know what to do with themselves. One those players is none other than Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks. Over the weekend, his significant other posted a video him playing a horrible rendition “Smoke On The Water” on acoustic guitar. Based on the caption, she is ready for the NBA to come back.

Quite honestly, Giannis is not very good at playing the guitar and if this is the hobby he’s going to take up, it’s best if he doesn’t quit his day job. Regardless, Giannis has proven himself to be a fast learner so perhaps he can become the next Jimi Hendrix if he continues to give the guitar some time. 

Meanwhile, the NBA is looking at a best-case scenario only returning once June comes around.

Record Store Day Announces a Long List of Exclusives Here's a Taste

Record Store Day 2020 is going to be huge for vinyl fans – an extensive list of exclusives is now available.

The celebration is taking place on Saturday, April 18, and has grown significantly over the last few years. Aside from partnering with record stores and online sellers like eBay, the rise of vinyl helps Record Store Day every year.

New exclusive reissues for Record Store Day will be available in vinyl, cassette, and box sets.

Highlights include vinyl reissues from Robyn, Kraftwerk, Paul McCartney, The Cure, and Britney Spears. Fans of David Bowie, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac, and Charles Mingus will find new rare albums to hunt. A new collaboration between Black Lips and Kesha will release that day, too.

Record Store Day 2020 Exclusives – Highlights

A new archival release for David Bowie fans called ChangesNowBowie. The album features nine mostly acoustic and previously unreleased tracks. They were recorded in 1996 during rehearsals for Bowie’s 50th anniversary birthday concert. This release will be available on vinyl and CD.

Billie Eilish fans can snag a new copy of Live at Third Man Records in stores nationwide. This single release is pressed on opaque blue vinyl for a novel look. My Chemical Romance’s 2006 live album Life on the Murder Scene will be reissued on clear vinyl with red splatter.

Gorillaz is releasing G-sides and D-sides of their first two studio albums. These will be standalone limited-edition vinyl releases. The D-sides compilation spans three LPs and contains at least one unreleased track.

Fleetwood Mac fans will be able to snag The Alternate Rumors album. It’s composed of alternate takes of the band’s 1977 album, Rumors. This release was part of the deluxe reissue of Rumors – but this is the first time The Alternate Rumors is getting a standalone vinyl release.

You can find the full list of Record Store Day 2020 exclusives here.

Are Streaming Exclusives Coming Back? Apple Music Getting Coldplay EP

Streaming exclusives hurt paying subscribers, yet they’re slowly creeping back in 2020. Here’s the latest.

Back in the day, music streaming services went to war with exclusives as their primary weapon. That stopped when piracy spiked on exclusive content from major artists like Chance the Rapper, Kanye, and Beyonce.

Now it looks as though streaming exclusives are slowly becoming the norm. It started with podcasts – Spotify paid over $500 million for podcasting companies to diversify its podcasting presence. Now it is releasing that draw in listeners who want that content.

After paying subscribers get used to podcast exclusives, it is easier to swallow other exclusive content.

Spotify snagged an enhanced version of BTS’ latest album, including commentary that die-hard fans will want to hear. Justin Bieber partnered with Apple Music for his album Changes to release a few music videos, too.

It seems as though all content surrounding albums – music videos, live sessions, and more are fair game for exclusives. Bieber also has a 10-part biopic called Justin Bieber: Seasons with more than 60 million views.

Now Apple Music has snagged a new EP from Coldplay called ‘Coldplay Reimagined.’

This exclusive EP features three acoustic tracks from their Everyday Life album. “Cry Cry Cry,” “BrokEn,” and “Champion of the World,” are included alongside a small short film. The film features Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland working on some of the band’s recordings.

The new EP is not a new album or even new music, but it is new streaming exclusive material. Coldplay fans who want to see it legally need to subscribe to Apple Music.

You can bet Spotify’s netted several new subscriptions from the rabid and self-styled BTS Army. These kinds of exclusives are great for streaming services, but not so great for the paying music enthusiast.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Changes’ Debuts a No. 1

Justin Bieber is back on top.

Over four since since his last album, the singer tops the Billboard 200 with his fifth studio album Changes. The set, which features the hit singles “Yummy” and “Intentions,” opens with 231,000 equivalent album units, of which 126,000 are in album sales.

Changes becomes Bieber’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and seventh overall No. 1 following 2010’s My World 2.0, 2011’s Never Say Never: The Remixes EP and Under the Mistletoe, 2012’s Believe, 2013’s Believe: Acoustic, and Purpose, which topped the chart in December 2015 with 649,000 units.

A “super grateful” Bieber, who turns 26 next month, surpasses Elvis Presley to become the youngest solo artist to achieve seven No. 1 albums.

Following Bieber is A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, whose album Artist 2.0 debuts with 111,000 equivalent album units, thanks to streaming activity. The project, which features Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, and DaBaby, was the No. 1 most-streamed album of the week.

Following his death on Feb. 19, Pop Smoke remains in the top 10. His mixtape Meet the Woo 2 falls one spot to No. 8 in its second week, with an 11% increase in units (40,000).

Elsewhere in the top 10, Roddy Ricch​’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial slides 1-4 (70,000), Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding drops 2-6 (50,000), and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By descends 3-9 with 39,000 equivalent album units.

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Justin Bieber – Changes – 231,000
2. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – Artist 2.0 – 111,000
3. Tame Impala – Slow Rush – 110,000
4. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial – 70,000
5. Monsta X – All About Luv – 52,000
6. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding – 50,000
7. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 44,000
8. Pop Smoke – Meet the Woo 2 – 40,000
9. Eminem – Music to Be Murdered By – 39,000
10. Halsey – Manic – 31,000

Reba McEntire Shocks the Music World by Re-Signing with UMG Nashville

In an unexpected move, legendary country singer and songwriter Reba McEntire has re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville.

The surprising switch was revealed at the 2020 Country Radio Seminar, a three-day gathering for country stars, radio employees and broadcasters, and music industry professionals. This year’s Country Radio Seminar took place in Nashville between February 19th and February 21st and, as in previous years, was attended by a number of high-profile country figures.

Several tracks debuted at CRS 2020, including Sam Hunt’s “2016,” which he performed live as part of a UMG Nashville-sponsored luncheon. On the heels of this exciting new music, Reba McEntire took the stage to announce the agreement she’d reached with UMG Nashville. Expectedly, the audience burst into applause, and behind-the-scenes footage showed McEntire embracing fans and former colleagues, all of whom appeared glad to see her.

At the time of this piece’s writing, a full video of McEntire’s triumphant reunion with UMG Nashville hadn’t been made available on YouTube.

The first three decades of McEntire’s professional career were spent under the Universal banner.

In 2008, though, the artist signed with Valory Music Co., a country-centered sub-label of Big Machine Records. (Scott Borchetta, a former Universal Nashville executive, founded Big Machine in 2005; he and McEntire were reunited when she switched labels.)

It’s unclear at this point what prompted McEntire to return to her longtime label. In a press release, the 64-year-old indicated that she was “excited” about the deal and said, “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Following the announcement at the UMG luncheon, she took the stage and performed an all-acoustic set consisting of “How Blue,” “Fancy,” and “And Still.”

Reba McEntire’s 33rd studio album, Stronger Than the Truth, released last April. On March 1st, she is set to kick off a tour, which has performances scheduled into December. And last week, the ever-busy artist made a cameo appearance on CBS’s Young Sheldon.

Does the Album Even Matter Anymore? Guns n' Roses Unsure

Slash recently spoke about the future of Guns n’ Roses music releases in an interview. The Guitar.com interview about his new Gibson selection revealed his thoughts on the future of the album as a release format.

The interview quickly veered into whether GNR is working on new material. “There’s been no definitive answer on anything, and I’ll just keep to that,” he said. “Stuff is happening, but there are no specifics.”

Slash blamed that fact on the state of the music industry. He has lamented the changes and low royalty rates music streaming pays in . He says the focus on streaming means traditionally released albums might not be the best format anymore.

“There’s a handful of people who said, ‘Yeah, make a record and go old school.’ And there’s a handful of people that are like, ‘We don’t even know what buying a record is anymore!” he told the interviewer.

It sounds like GNR is working on new material, but there are no definitive plans on how to release it.

Some notable opponents to the music streaming industry have recently given up the fight. Jay-Z recently gave in on his two-year boycott and returned his catalog to Spotify.

For now, Slash seems content to be touring with GNR and promoting his new guitar collection. The new Slash collection from Gibson is designed to be affordable and includes two acoustic guitars.

Does the Album Even Matter Anymore?  Guns n' Roses Unsure

Slash jokes that the J-45 in his collection is the J-45S with a few tweaks for his tastes. Namely, the neck is longer, and more time was taken to make sure the piezo is right. So what’s coming next in the Slash guitar line-up?

He says he doesn’t want to speak out of turn, but that he would like to do an Epiphone line. “What we’re discussing now is doing another Goldtop, instead of it being a Custom Shop model,” he added. “I love Goldtops, so I would love to have that.”

Surviving Doors, Nirvana Members To Perform Together

The two surviving members of the Doors are planning a charity concert that will feature, among others, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

According to Rolling Stone, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore — who are the only surviving members of the ’60 rock band — will appear at the Homeward Bound concert, which is scheduled to take place on January 23 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

The proceeds of the show will go to fighting homelessness in California. Other artists that will perform there include:

  • Jason Mraz
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Maddie Poppe

It will be a rare performance for the two former Doors members. Joining them on stage for their 30-minute semi-acoustic set will be Novoselic on bass. Singing will be others who will be performing on the show that night.

Densmore says that the only requirement for those singing the songs originally made famous by the late Jim Morrison is the following: “We need a singer with leather pants — that’s the crux.”

Reportedly, Densome and Krieger have yet to come up with a full set list, nor have they even rehearsed together. But, according to Densmore, this should not be a problem.

He says, “I’m used to it! I was the one who did the setlists in the Doors, because nobody would, and just before going on stage, I’d sit down and go, ‘OK, guys, c’mon! What are we opening with?’ And I could get them into three or four songs, and then we’d wing it! Corralling musicians is like corralling cats.”

Some songs, though, have been agreed upon. Micah Nelson, who is the son of Willie Nelson, will sing “Roadhouse Blues.” Also, Haley Reinheart will sing “People Are Strange” and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics is scheduled to sing “Hello, I Love You.”

Surviving Doors, Nirvana Members Performing Together

The two surviving members of the Doors are planning a charity concert that will feature, among others, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

According to Rolling Stone, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore — who are the only surviving members of the ’60 rock band — will appear at the Homeward Bound concert, which is scheduled to take place on January 23 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

The proceeds of the show will go to fighting homelessness in California. Other artists that will perform there include:

  • Jason Mraz
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Maddie Poppe

It will be a rare performance for the two former Doors members. Joining them on stage for their 30-minute semi-acoustic set will be Novoselic on bass. Singing will be others who will be performing on the show that night.

Densmore says that the only requirement for those singing the songs originally made famous by the late Jim Morrison is the following: “We need a singer with leather pants — that’s the crux.”

Reportedly, Densome and Krieger have yet to come up with a full set list, nor have they even rehearsed together. But, according to Densmore, this should not be a problem.

He says, “I’m used to it! I was the one who did the setlists in the Doors, because nobody would, and just before going on stage, I’d sit down and go, ‘OK, guys, c’mon! What are we opening with?’ And I could get them into three or four songs, and then we’d wing it! Corralling musicians is like corralling cats.”

Some songs, though, have been agreed upon. Micah Nelson, who is the son of Willie Nelson, will sing “Roadhouse Blues.” Also, Haley Reinheart will sing “People Are Strange” and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics is scheduled to sing “Hello, I Love You.”

Gibson Unveils Its 'Slash Collection' Starting With 4 Electric Guitars

Gibson has teamed up with Slash to produce the Slash Collection – four electric and two acoustic guitars.

The Slash Collection will be unveiled at the Gibson experience during . Gibson says Slash worked closely with the company to create the guitars. It features four Les Paul Standard electric guitars and two J-45 Standard acoustic guitars.

The Slash Collection features designs inspired by Gibson guitars Slash has used during his career.

Gibson Unveils Its 'Slash Collection'  Starting With 4 Electric Guitars

Gibson says each of the Les Paul electric guitars features an AAA maple top, solid mahogany body, and Slash’s personal touches. That includes a C-shape neck profile, Gibson’s “SlashBucker” pickups, and hand-wired electronics.

Each guitar also features Slash’s ‘Scully’ signature drawing on the back of the headstock and his signature on the truss rod cover. These Les Paul Standard guitars are available in November Burst, Appetite Burst, Vermillion Burst, and Anaconda Burst.

Gibson Unveils Its 'Slash Collection'  Starting With 4 Electric Guitars

Both Slash Collection Gibson J-45 Standard acoustic guitars feature many of the same features. They have a rounded C-neck profile, a modern 16″ fingerboard radius, and LR Baggs VTC pickup for acoustic sound. These acoustic guitars also feature the same signature and branding. However, they are only available in November Burst and Vermillion Burst finishes.

Slash will re-join Guns N’ Roses this summer for the next leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour. The Slash Collection will feature on stage as Slash re-joins his former bandmates.

Gibson Unveils Its 'Slash Collection'  Starting With 4 Electric Guitars

“Developing my new collection with the has been really exciting,” says Slash. “The quality and attention to detail is next level, and these guitars truly reflect what I play live and in the studio. I think guitarists will be inspired by what we’ve put together.”

Gibson Unveils Its 'Slash Collection'  Starting With 4 Electric Guitars

Slash is one of the most famous Les Paul players in rock. He has a massive collection of the guitars, with his first bought in 1986 by his manager. In a recent interview from 2018, Slash revealed he owns over 221 guitars. You can check out some of the up-close images of the guitars below.