Australian Radio Stations Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat

In response to the that have ravaged Australia, it is being reported that some radio stations in the country are banning songs that contain lyrics that reference fire, burning and heat.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the stations affected by the ban are owned by Southern Cross Austereo, which runs the Hit and Triple M networks.

A spokesperson for the company issued a statement in regards to the ban, saying, “Out of respect for the devastation impacting so much of our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally.”

While the company did not provide a list of songs currently banned from their networks, The Industry Observer collected a list of tracks that may be banned based on the formats of the radio networks.

These songs, which were identified by music executives, include:

  • “This House Is on Fire” by AC/DC
  • “Just Like Fire” by Pink
  • “Fight Fire with Fire” by Metallica
  • “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
  • “Never See the Rain” by Tones & I
  • “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil
  • “Firestarter” by The Prodigy
  • “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan & The Band
  • “Firework” by Katy Perry
  • “Get Out of the House” by Boom Crash Opera
  • “Horror Movie (Right There On My TV)” by Skyhooks
  • “Burn” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against The Machine
  • “Fire Meets Gasoline” by Sia
  • “The Reaper” by Chainsmokers & Amy Shark
  • “Death to My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
  • “Smoke From a Distant Fire” by The Sanford Townsend Band
  • “Rooms on Fire” by Stevie Nicks
  • “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple
  • “Burning Sky” by Bad Company
  • “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie
  • “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  • “Fire Water Burn” Bloodhound Gang
  • “House of Fire” by Alice Cooper

Other radio networks, such as Nova Entertainment and the Australian Radio Network, indicated that they would monitor songs that could be distressing to their listeners, but they stopped short of banning songs.

Dave Grohl Brings Out Surviving Nirvana Members For Reunion Show

Saturday night, Dave Grohl and fellow Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear reunited for a one-f benefit concert in Los Angeles, according to Spin.

Performing at Art Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll gala, the group was joined by Beck and St. Vincent. 

The set was only five songs in length and included some Nirvana’s most popular tracks. The night began with “Lithium,” followed by “In Bloom,” “Been a Son,” and “Heart-Shaped Box.” The performance was capped f with a cover David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” which Nirvana famously covered during their MTV Unplugged in New York set.

For “Heart-Shaped Box,” Grohl introduced his 13-year-old daughter who helped the group perform by taking lead. 

This is the third time the band has reunited in recent years, having performed at the Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction ceremony in 2014 as well as at Cal Jam 2018.

Nirvana released three albums (Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero) during their seven active years. Their explosion onto the mainstream after the release their 1991 album, Nevermind, helped launch grunge into a world-wide known genre that defined the sound the ’90s and put Seattle on the map as a music scene.

The Pretty Things — The Most Important Band You Don't Know

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Phil May from the band, The Pretty Things. One of the most influential people in rock history, and you’ve probably never heard of him.

Phil May is a founder of a band called The Pretty Things.  He founded the group with Dick Taylor in 1963.  Taylor had previously been in a band called Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  That group would eventually become The Rolling Stones.

The two bands would ultimately go in very different directions artistically, but early on, they were somewhat rivalrous. There was even an instance in which Jagger himself insisted that The Pretty Things not be allowed to perform alongside the Rolling Stones — more on that in the interview.

The Pretty Things were born in an era in which rock music was still something risqué.  This would pose a problem for the band as they became the first British band to get busted for drug possession.  In an era in which parents were already weary about letting their kids listen to The Beatles, The Pretty Things were something parents definitely didn’t want their kids to listen to.

The band would undergo numerous changes throughout their history.  They had 33 members over the years and the band went through numerous artistic changes as rock music evolved between 1963 and 2019. They evolved from rhythm-and-blues to psychedelic to a more traditional ‘classic rock’. Interestingly, the band was banned from New Zealand for their corrupting influence on youths, according to May.

The Pretty Things have had a profound influence on music as we know it.

They had rock superstars such as David Bowie and Steven Tyler as fans.  Bowie even covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups, and May discusses in the interview how much of a super-fan he was.  More controversially, their album S.F. Sorrow was the world’s first rock opera.  It was an album that clearly influenced The Who’s Pete Townsend and their album, Tommy, although Townsend refutes that fervently.  In the interview, May discusses how he knows that Townsend had listened to it. Things got heated — listen to the interview for more on that.

The Pretty Things — The Most Important Band You Don't Know

My copy of “The Final Bow” by The Pretty Things

When you look at The Pretty Things’ catalog of work, you may start to wonder why you haven’t heard of them — especially if you’re savvy in classic rock.  There are a few reasons why, and we delve into those in this podcast, but it boils down to the industry focusing on commerce over innovation.  This is a natural byproduct of business as it intersects with art.

The band wanted to try new things, make great music, and not be confined to making albums that sounded like their previous releases.  This presented a problem for labels, who were focused intently on their ROI.

The band remained strong and continued to release albums, even despite this.  The band did recently put on a farewell show, The Final Bow, with special guests like David Gilmour and Van Morrison. You can purchase the vinyl and DVD combo from Burning Shed.

Check out the podcast to learn more about the band and one of rock-and-roll’s most interesting stories!

King Crimson's Robert Fripp Is Battling David Bowie's Estate Because He's Listed as a 'Contributor' Not a 'Featured Player' on Two Bowie Albums

English musician, songwriter, producer, and King Crimson founder Robert Fripp has become involved in a hairy dispute with David Bowie’s estate.

The dispute concerns the unwillingness of Bowie’s estate to acknowledge Robert Fripp as a Featured Player on Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes and his 14th and final studio album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), which was released in 1980.

An extensive explanation of the matter was posted to Robert Fripp’s Facebook page. The explanation alleges that all manner of artist, including Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, and “David Bowie himself,” have offered support for Fripp’s recognition as a Featured Player. However, the credit did not exist when Heroes and Scary Monsters were recorded.

Additionally, the Facebook post details the alleged reason for the lack of credit: While Bowie’s estate claims that Fripp cannot be classified as a Featured Player under Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) rules, PPL maintains that Fripp cannot be classified as a Featured Player if Bowie’s estate does not recognize him as such.

Fripp would have earned substantially more in royalties during the last 40 years had he been classified as a Featured Player instead of as a Contributor. Once again, the Featured Player recognition did not exist when Heroes and Scary Monsters were recorded.

Judging by the tone of the Facebook post, it seems that Fripp anticipates a long and potentially costly legal battle.

Fripp is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. The 73-year-old Dorset native has recorded countless bestselling albums with King Crimson, contributed several music industry innovations (including soundscapes and new standard tuning), and collaborated with not a few world-class musicians.

David Bowie passed away in January of 2016, having been diagnosed with liver cancer about 18 months beforehand. Control of his extensive body of works promptly transferred to his estate, and as most music fans are undoubtedly aware, this shift in control often .

eBay Has Sold More Than 24 Million Vinyl Records Since 2007

eBay is promoting its second annual ‘Vinyl Obsession Week’ with deals and a focus on physical retail.  The effort follows sales of more than 24 million LPs since 2007.

Beyond (almost) all expectations, the vinyl record format is continuing to grow.  A recent report suggests vinyl sales could outpace CDs for the , thanks to a 10 year resurgence.  That’s been buoyed by retail initiatives like ‘Vinyl Obsession Week‘ in which exclusive albums are highlighted.

eBay says it has sold more than 24 million pieces of vinyl since 2007 and that continues to go up.  In 2017 alone, eBay shifted around 3.6 million records.  The online auction site supports retailers by partnering with them to find vinyl albums new homes.

Some of the highlighted collectibles include The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 mono promo LP, the Beatles Yesterday and Today 1966 ‘butcher cover’ mono LP, and the Beach Boys Pet Sounds sealed mono LP.

Playing to the audiophile crowd, eBay is also offering a free, three-month TIDAL Hi-Fi subscription with purchase of select records.

eBay is partnering with Authorized Seller Network for authentic . Users can support local record stores in 29 different states by shopping on the site. As part of the limited week-long promotion, eBay says you can find a wide selection of records at great prices.

Several albums autographed by the artist are also being . Signed albums from Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgrave, and LL Cool J will all benefit the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares.

Actually, this isn’t the first time eBay has partnered with TIDAL for free music memberships.  Last year’s ‘Vinyl Obsession Week’ offerings also offered a free three-month subscription for users.  That tie-up didn’t get as much attention, though eBay is hoping to change that.

The event goes from now until September 22nd, so vinyl fans can browse to their heart’s content.  Vinyl albums from Billie Eilish, David Bowie, Metallica, Bob Dylan, and Prince headline the week.

Michael Jackson Accuser Says It’s "Unfortunate" MTV Won’t Change Name Of Award

The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner, and at this year’s ceremony, Missy Elliott is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Each year, this honor is given to a director or performer who has created iconic music videos and whose work in visual artistry has impacted the culture. It was first given to David Bowie, The Beatles, and film director Richard Lester back in 1984, and in 1991, the name the award was changed to include Michael Jackson’s moniker.

Upon receiving the news, Missy was ecstatic and shared her excitement on Instagram. “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award,” she wrote with a slew emojis. “I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come🙏🏾 @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years!❤️I am crying right now so thankful 😭 I didn’t know if I would ever receive this but I want y’all to know I do not take it for Granted I am GRATEFUL.”

However, there were rumblings from Jackson detractors who called for MTV to change the name the award that the network says is the “VMAs’ highest honor.” It doesn’t look as if the network will be removing Jackson’s name anytime soon, a move that Wade Robson calls “an unfortunate choice.” 

“I don’t personally need MTV to do one thing or the other, but as child abuse survivors all over the world watch to see whether society will support them or not if they have the courage to come forward, in that regard, it’s an unfortunate choice,” Robson said to The Wrap. Robson and a man named James Safechuck were featured on the documentary Leaving Neverland earlier this year. In the series, they described being “friends” with Jackson when they were small children and shared details alleged sexual abuse by the King Pop. Jackson passed away in 2009.

The 12 Best Gangster Movies On Netflix Right Now

What makes a great gangster movie? Is it violence? The compelling characters? It’s hard to pinpoint the definitive gangster film as each generation is defined by its own, and thus carries a heavy bias. While one person may consider The Godfather or Scarface, a younger opinion might stand devotedly by Pulp Fiction or Belly. Neither party is wrong – it ten depends on which film a person is exposed to first. Either way, if it’s currently streaming on Netflix, it’s worth popping on. And we’re ready to discuss it all. Let us know what your favorite gangster movie is below in the comments section.

Mean Streets (1973)

The original Martin Scorsese gangster film, Mean Streets is required viewing for anyone who has ever claimed Goodfellas to be their favorite movie. Without Mean Streets, there is no Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, or The Departed. It all started in 1973 with a simple gangster story about Charlie (Harvey Keitel), a debt collector for his loan shark uncle, and his friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), an out–his-league gambler struggling to pay up, as they navigate the mob-controlled mean streets New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Starring Harvey Keitel in only his second film, and Robert De Niro in his first award-winning performance – Scorsese has since continued to cast these two local New York actors throughout the past 45 years his career. Has your interest been piqued?

Scarface (1983)

In hindsight, the auspices behind the 1983 remake the 1932 film Scarface were too good to be true. Starring Al Pacino and a then-unknown Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, with original music by Giorgio Moroder – what’s not to love about this movie? But that’s all said with history on its side. In actuality, the film received generally negative reviews due to its gratuitous violence, explicit language, and excessive drug use in telling the tale a Cuban immigrant’s ascendance to drug kingpin.

However, no one could have ever predicted the popularity and overall cultural impact the Al Pacino-starring film would carry to this day. Thanks heavily in part to the film’s beloved reputation within the hip-hop community – Scarface has become an iconic cult classic, as well as one the most popular films the past thirty years.

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

In 1984, legendary Italian filmmaker and inventor the Spaghetti Western genre, Sergio Leone, concluded his second film trilogy with the early-mid 20th-century crime drama, Once Upon a Time in America. Starring Robert De Niro as Noodles, a New York City street kid, and co-written by/co-starring James Woods as Max, the two thugs meet and quickly form their own gang.

The film proceeds to span 50 years time as the boys become men and endure such hardships as jail, prohibition, corruption, guilt, and death. Following Once Upon a Time in the West and Duck, You Sucker!Once Upon a Time in America marked the final film in Leone’s Once Upon a Time Trilogy, in addition to serving as his final film – he died nearly five years after the film’s release.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Winner the 1994 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction was for many viewers their introduction to the work filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino. Now unanimously regarded as one the greatest cinema auteurs the late 20th and early 21st century, in 1994 Tarantino was just another independent filmmaker with a sweet tooth for pranity and violence.

Told out chronological order, the plot Pulp Fiction involves two hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a gangster and his wife (Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman), a pressional boxer on the lam (Bruce Willis), and two canoodling burglars (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) as their lives intersect on one fateful day in Los Angeles. Regarded by many film scholars and publications as one the greatest films the past forty years, Pulp Fiction is as smart, fresh, and full suspense today, as the day it was released 25 years ago.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

After discussing Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino’s first major forays into American cinema, we now find ourselves at British filmmaker Guy Ritchie’s debut movie and first many gangster films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Released in 1998, Lock, Stock follows Eddy, a card shark who enters a rigged card game, resulting in a £500,000 debt. With only one week to pay it f, Eddy overhears his neighbors plotting a robbery and decides to rob them following their heist.

When a pair antique shotguns are thrown into the mix, along with copious amounts marijuana and cash constantly changing hands, the viewer won’t know who will end up triumphant, let alone alive until the film’s final moments. Similar in story structure and tone to Pulp FictionLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels weaves a fast-paced narrative through a laundry list eccentric characters (including Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones’ acting debuts) as the British caper comes to its thunderous conclusion.

Snatch (2000)

Guy Ritchie’s second film, Snatch, is essentially a more polished and Hollywood-ized version Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. If Lock Stock is Ritchie’s Reservoir Dogs, then Snatch is his Pulp Fiction. Instead stolen money and antique shotguns, it’s a stolen diamond the size a fist and a bare-knuckle boxing match. Released two years after Lock, Stock – the biggest difference between the two films is Snatch’s ensemble cast, featuring such major actors as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, and Benicio del Toro performing alongside returning Lock, Stock favorites Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, and Vinnie Jones.

With characters named Franky Four-Fingers, Bullet Tooth Tony, and Boris the Blade – you can only imagine the trouble these fellows find themselves in as the city London runs amok in search the coveted diamond. To whom will the riches befall? Go watch Snatch and discover for yourself. It’s been nearly twenty years and the British crime flick still holds up.

Layer Cake (2004)

Known for producing such British gangster movies as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman franchise) marked his directorial debut with Layer Cake. Starring Daniel Craig, the film’s cast features a handful future stars including Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, and Sienna Miller. The film’s plot revolves around Daniel Craig’s character XXXX (his name is never mentioned), a cocaine dealer in London ready to walk away from the illegal drug trade. However, before he can ficially get out the business, he is tasked with two jobs.

The first is to find an associate’s drug addict daughter. The second is to supervise one final drug deal – the procurement one million ecstasy tablets. From there all plans go to hell and XXXX finds himself caught deeper within the layer cake that is the hierarchy the crime syndicate, than ever before. And so goes a drug dealer’s last day on the job.

No Country For Old Men (2007)

The only film on this list to win the Academy Award for Best Picture – No Country for Old Men also serves as the only Coen brothers feature to win the prestigious award. Before No Country, the only Coen brothers film to win an Oscar was Fargo for Best Original Screenplay. Adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel the same name, No Country for Old Men is a neo-Western thriller that follows three characters: hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin).

One day while hunting, Moss stumbles upon a botched drug deal. When he discovers a briefcase with two million dollars inside, Moss takes f in an attempt to hide and keep the money for him and his family. Meanwhile, hitman Chigurh tracks the briefcase, leaving countless dead in his wake, as Sheriff Bell works the case in his old age, reflecting more than ever on his impending retirement. No Country for Old Men is a piece cinematic art, reliant on little dialogue, but oozing with suspense and drama.

In Bruges (2008)

Martin McDonagh’s (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) debut feature film, In Bruges, follows two hitmen – Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) – as they await instructions from their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes), following an incident where Ray accidentally shot a child. Stuck in the purgatory-like Belgian town Bruges, the two hitmen attempt to blend in around town. To quote Farrell’s character Ray, “If I’d grown up on a farm and was retarded, Bruges might impress me. But I didn’t, so it doesn’t.”

Passing time meeting locals, messing with tourists, and evading the law, when it comes to blending in Ray and Ken have their struggles. Eventually, Harry arrives in Bruges and the dark comedy goes down a wild path only the Irish playwright, McDonagh, could have devised. Because “maybe that’s what hell is – the entire rest eternity spent in Bruges.”

Only God Forgives (2013)

In the follow-up to his 2011 breakout film Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn brought back Ryan Gosling as his leading man and headed out to Bangkok, Thailand where he filmed the entirety Only God Forgives on location. In the film, Gosling plays Julian, an American expat who along with his brother runs a Muay Thai boxing gym that serves as a drug front. Following the murder his brother, Julian’s mother, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas), comes to town seeking revenge.

Similar in style and tone to Drive, Refn compared the two films at Cannes, saying, “Only God Forgives] is very much a continuation that language… it’s based on real emotions, but set in a heightened reality. It’s a fairy tale.” Also mirroring Drive is Gosling’s character’s minimal speaking. The character Julian only speaks 17 lines throughout Only God Forgives’ 90-minute run time, compared to the 116 lines the Driver speaks in Drive. Of the two films, Drive is clearly the more celebrated and re-watchable film, however Only God Forgives is still worth your viewing.

A Most Violent Year (2014)

Set in early ‘80s New York, J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year stars Oscar Isaac as Abel Morales, the owner a heating-oil company on the rise. Following the hijacking multiple trucks carrying thousands dollars worth his product, Morales’ wife, played by Jessica Chastain, suggests he fight back. But with the District Attorney (David Oyelowo) waiting in tow to bust Morales for price-fixing or tax evasion, he must act smart lest he be the source his own downfall.

A Most Violent Year is a smart and intense thriller highlighted by performances that will leave you riveted from start to finish. Although the film was completely overlooked by the Academy Awards, the film did receive the National Board Review Award for Best Film.

Mute (2018)

From the creative mind Duncan Jones, director Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft – as well as the son David Bowie – comes Mute. The first and only Netflix Original Film featured on our list, Mute stars Alexander Skarsgard as a voiceless bartender searching for his missing lover in Berlin 2052. Co-starring Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux as American surgeons who run a black market clinic in the city, Mute received comparisons in style and setting to Blade Runner, in addition to mostly negative reviews. But when it comes to Netflix Original Films, you must watch it for yourself in order to truly determine how good or bad it is. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

After 14 Years, Drexel University Restores Thousands of Long-Lost Philly Sound Songs

A college department in Philadelphia has discovered thousands of master recordings, and will now bring most back to life.

Fourteen years ago, Drexel Music’s Music Industry program received a phone call.

The person on the other line – an owner of an abandoned storage facility had found thousands of music audiotapes – said he found the tapes in a unit.  The owner hadn’t received the rent payments “in a long time.”

Speaking with Drexel, the owner explained the tapes had the names of a single company – Sigma Sound Studio.

During the 1960s and 70s, Sigma Sound created a new genre of music – The Sound of Philadelphia, or Philly Soul.

The soul music genre included funk influences and instrumental arrangements, such as string and horns.  Eventually, Philly Soul fused R&B rhythm sections, paving the way for the rise of disco.

Located at 212 North 12th Street, Sigma Sound Studio launched the careers of The Trammps, The Three Degrees, and The O’Jays, among others.  Iconic Philly Soul hits included ‘Love Train,’ ‘Disco Inferno,’ and ‘When Will I See You Again.’  David Bowie also recorded a large portion of his album, Young Americans, at Sigma Philadelphia.  Billy Joel and his band played a gig at the studio.

Other artists who recorded songs at Sigma Philadelphia include Patti LaBelle, Steve Wonder, and Gladys Knight.

Sigma officially closed down in 2014.

Speaking about the acquisition of the tapes, Professor Toby Seay explained,

The thought was if there are 7,000 tapes coming from the Sigma collection, there’s gotta be good stuff in there.

In March, Drexel’s student-run MAD Dragon’s label dropped Nat Turner Rebellion’s previously unreleased album, Laugh to Keep from Crying.  This happened more than 50 years after the group first recorded the album.

The group’s leader, Joseph Jefferson, told the Philadelphia Inquirer,

There was not a thought in my mind that this could have happened.  This is what I wanted.  Just the recognition for this.

Currently, Drexel University and MAD Dragons have only digitized about 10% of the total collection acquired.

Describing the impact of what the university and students have done, Dave Moore, a self-described music historian and Philadelphia soul expert, stated,

The students there are probably not even aware of the significance of what they’re doing.  But they should have our grateful thanks for what they do in ensuring this music can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.


Featured image by Tom Ipri (CC by 2.0).

Ciara, Teyana Taylor & Iman Are Black Bold & Beautiful On Essence’s July/August Issue

ESSENCE magazine is known for some pretty iconic magazine covers, including for their 2014 issue with Price, in which they did a rare interview with the late legend. This time around, they’ve enlisted the likes gorgeous musicians, Ciara and Teyana Taylor, as well as supermodel, and widow to the late David Bowie, Iman for a #BlackGirlMagic packed July/August issue. The spread will highlight the ladies excelling in their respective careers and day-to-day lives alike.

Stunning Somalian supermodel Iman is celebrated for her philanthropy and mogul status, also pioneering in the beauty world with her Iman Cosmetics brand. She manages to look absolutely ageless, even at the impressive age 63 (proving once again, that black really don’t crack), as she continues to set an example for young black girls everywhere. “When I came on the scene, I was catering to women all skin colors,” Iman explains. “Regardless what hue you are, as long as you are a woman with skin color, whether you are Asian, Latina or African, I opened that gate. And Fenty knocked the gate out,” – she said referring to the trailblazing example Rih continues to set.

Teyana also covers the issue, and speaks on her adorable baby girl Junie and how she’s changed her life. According to Teyana, she’s working hard to instill confidence in her daughter. “I’m just teaching her early: ‘You are beautiful, you are smart, you are magic,’ ” she explains. Through her relationship with her husband, Taylor is also modeling the power commitment, teaching little June Bug that “love is important,”

For CiCi’s stunning Afrocentric cover, she rocks waist-length faux locks while speaking on the power prayer, “my faith has carried me through every challenge and triumph,” she reflects. “When I was younger and wanting things to happen when I wanted them to happen, I could never have imagined that 15 years later I’d be having the time my life.” “I’m trying to keep getting better, make health-conscious decisions and be the best mom and wife I can be,” she says. “No matter how much success you have, I believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. And I’m keeping my sexy up too.”

Spotify Adds XXXTentacion to Its 'Make Out Jams' Playlist

Spotify’s confused morality crusade continues.

After initially removing XXXTentacion under its ‘Hate Conduct Policy’ last year, Spotify has had a serious change of heart about the slain rapper.

Last year, the controversial rapper was removed from the platform’s lucrative playlists over horrifying allegations of extreme domestic violence.  That included a removal from the highly-influential Rap Car playlist, which currently has more than 11.5 million followers.

But after and significant internal debate, Spotify .   The reversal, which occurred in late May of 2018, also followed considerable internal pushback, with since-departed executive Troy Carter apparently questioning the slippery slope that Spotify was descending.

Strangely, Spotify is now adding the rapper to its ‘Make Out Jams,’ playlist, which has roughly 500,000 subscribers.  Prior to his death, the rapper was accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend — among other allegations involving extreme violence against women.

The allegations against XXXTentacion never got fully tested in court, however, as the rapper was brutally gunned down.  But charges against a long list of other superstars have also been unproven.

Those other musicians were never touched by Spotify’s ‘Hate Conduct Policy’ scrub.

In a retort by XXXTentacion’s manager, a long list of artists battling allegations were named, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Real Estate, Backstreet Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Ace of Base, Jimmy Page, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Dr. Dre, and 6ix9ine.

“I don’t have a comment, just a question,” a rep for the rapper protested.  “Will Spotify remove all the artists listed [here] from playlists?”

The answer, as you’ve already guessed, was ‘no’.  But since that point, Spotify has continued its policy of selectively removing artists with serious changes against them.  But the process remains haphazard and random.

R. Kelly, for example, can still be found on Spotify, but isn’t featured on any playlists.  The singer is a mainstay in r&b, with a string of smash hits and multi-platinum albums starting in the 90s.  Now, it’s difficult to discover R. Kelly on the platform unless you’re specifically looking for him.

Michael Jackson, whose accused crimes are arguably far more serious than those allegedly committed by R. Kelly, remains on Spotify.

And late last month, Spotify removed the music of Blood on the Dancefloor (no connection to Jackson).  The band’s singer, Dahvie Vanity, has been accused of multiple rape charges.  In this case, all of Blood on the Dancefloor’s music was scrubbed from the platform, based on allegations of nearly two dozen instances of rape and sexual assault.

Vanity has yet to be convicted of a crime — and neither was Michael Jackson, for that matter.  So what’s the difference?

That’s anyone’s guess.  But for now, Spotify is judging that people want to make out to XXXTentacion — regardless of the rapper’s sullied past.





'Almost Famous' Musical Officially Opens in San Diego

Almost Famous the musical will debut on San Diego at the Old Globe later this September.

The musical is based on Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about an aspiring music journalist. The film starred Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson, debuting nearly 20 years ago. The musical’s first debut is in San Diego, near where the story begins.

Almost Famous will kick off the 2019-20 season at the Old Globe in San Diego. The musical is directed by Jeremy Herrin. Crowe said the Old Globe is the perfect place to debut the musical.

“As this experience started to be where we could actually open the play at the Old Globe, right across from where I used to live and within a one-mile radius from where I first met Lester and first fell in love with music. It just felt like, okay, this becomes a personal story that kind of goes back home to where it all began.”

Limited previews for the musical start on September 13, with an official opening date of September 27 for the musical.

The show follows a 15-year-old writer named William Miller’s first assignment for Rolling Stone, following an up-and-coming rock band in 1973. He follows the band Stillwater on the road, who expose the sheltered journalist to the depths of the rock world in the ’70s.

The plot of the musical will closely follow the film, but it also features new songs by Tom Kitt.

The film’s original soundtrack incorporated music from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Elton John. Cameron Crowe says he wants to keep most of the music a surprise for now, but has confirmed that ‘Tiny Dancer’ will feature in the soundtrack.

Lia Vollack will produce the show on behalf of Columbia Live State, with Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson also taking production credit.  The casting and design teams for the show have yet to be announced.

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

Vans has teamed up with David Bowie’s estate to release a four-sneaker capsule collection featuring the Vans Old Skool, Vans Sk8-Hi, Vans Era and Vans Slip-On 47 VDX.

Each the sneakers are inspired by one Bowie’s legendary LPs.

The David Bowie x Vans Old Skool nods to “Aladdin Sane” with a red lightning bolt displayed across the white upper. The black and white checkered Sk8-Hi features Ziggy Stardust’s lightning bolt along with “Bowie” text in a bold red. The Slip-On 47 VDX is built on Hunky Dory’s mustard yellow, while the polka-dotted Vans Era pays tribute to Bowie’s Space Oddity record.

The kicks will range in price from $65-80. A specific release date has not yet been announced, but word on the street suggests the kicks will be releasing later this week.

Sign up here for updates, and take a closer look at the four Bowie-inspired sneakers below.

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

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Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

Vans Old Skool/SneakerNews

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

Vans Sk8-Hi/SneakerNews

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

Vans Slip-On 47 VDX/SneakerNews

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

Vans Slip-On 47 VDX/SneakerNews

Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

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Vans x David Bowie Sneaker Collection Drops This Month: Photos

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Warner Music Group's 'Record Store Crawl' Is Hitting Major U.S. Cities

Think of this like ‘Record Store Day — The Tour’.

Warner Music Group has introduced a brand new sequence of dates for its Record Store Crawl occasion.  Several places throughout the nation are featured within the fourth annual occasion.

The very first crawl kicks off on Record Store Day, which is April 13th.  The NYC occasion shall be adopted by occasions in different main cities together with Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Warner Music Group has been sponsoring the annual Record Store Crawl occasion sequence since 2016.  It all the time kicks off on Record Store Day in New York and runs from April till October.

Attendees shall be handled to reside performances as they discover the perfect report shops accessible within the featured metropolis.  Swag baggage with unique vinyl information and restricted editions will even be accessible.

Hollis Brown and Sophie Auster are headlining the New York City event.  The NYC Record Store Crawl date consists of lunch and bottomless Deep Eddy Vodka at Hill Country BBW Market, in addition to a restricted version David Bowie tote bag.  There are additionally numerous coupons for as much as 20% off information at a wide range of outlets featured whereas on the tour.

Tickets for every location at the moment are accessible to buy on the official web site. A dditional performers and perks for these performances shall be introduced quickly.

Record Store Crawl merch can also be available on WMG’s site.

Upcoming Record Store Crawl Dates

  • four/13 – New York, NY
  • 6/1 – Minneapolis, MN
  • 6/22 – Seattle, WA
  • 6/29 – Rochester, NY
  • 6/29 – Birmingham, AL
  • 7/20 – Orlando, FL
  • 7/20 – Los Angeles, CA
  • eight/10 – Portland, OR
  • eight/24 – Nashville, TN
  • eight/25 – Austin, TX
  • 10/5 – Phoenix, AZ
  • 10/19 – Chicago, IL

For extra details about any of those occasions of their goal cities, verify the official Record Store Crawl website.  You may get a sneak preview of which unique vinyls shall be accessible at which occasion places.

Some previous occasion host cities have included European hubs like London and Berlin.

David Bowie's Son on His Dad's Biopic: 'Nobody has been granted music rights… I’d know'

An upcoming biopic about David Bowie and his life has drawn criticism from his son.  And simply possibly, show-stopping criticism.

The biopic is known as Stardust, and it’s scheduled to begin manufacturing this June.  Gabriel Range would be the movie’s director.

Duncan Jones tweeted a remark to the announcement of the biopic, saying nobody has been granted “any music rights for ANY biopic… I’d know.”

He went on, “If you wish to see a biopic with out his music or the household’s blessing, that’s as much as the viewers.”

Along with the announcement of Stardust, Jonny Flynn was solid to play younger Bowie.

Jena Malone will star as Bowie’s younger spouse, Angie. Comedian Marc Maron is on board to play a file firm publicist.

The biopic will doc David Bowie’s first go to to America as a younger man in 1971.  Bowie was impressed to create his Ziggy Stardust character and the following 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

Bowie’s son says that no one in his household has been consulted for the movie. He stated he “can’t think about that altering.”  No music from David Bowie will likely be showing in any unauthorized documentary in consequence, in line with Jones.

But do Jones and the Bowie clan management the rights?  It’s laborious to think about a significant movie transferring ahead with out licensing sign-offs, and Jones’ tweets might quantity to bluster.

Later on, Jones tweeted that Neil Gaiman would have permission to pen a biopic of his father’s life.  He additionally inspired his household to offer any pitch from director Peter Ramsey severe consideration as a tribute to his father.

Jones advised an animated movie directed by Ramsey and starring his father’s characters when requested what kind of mission he wish to see in tribute to Bowie’s life.

Ramsey responded to the controversy on-line saying he helps Jones’ opinion, including that he’s “an enormous David Bowie fan.”

David Bowie handed away in January 2016 after a battle with liver most cancers. He died two days after the discharge of his closing album, Blackstar.

UMG's Bravado Expands Merchandising Acquiring Rival Epic Rights

UMG’s Bravado has simply expanded its merchandising alternatives with the acquisition of Epic Rights.

Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Bravado has confirmed a serious acquisition.

The full-service way of life and model merchandise firm has utterly acquired its competitor, Epic Rights.

Financial phrases of the acquisition stay undisclosed.

Epic Rights roster features a various group of iconic artists.  Its roster consists of KISS, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Kevin Hart, 21 Savage, Madonna, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Sting, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Hollywood Vampires, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Marc Anthony, the Woodstock competition, and CBGB, amongst others.

Epic Rights, a Los Angeles-based firm, will turn out to be part of Bravado.  As a part of the settlement, Dell Furano, Epic Rights’ CEO and Founder, will proceed to independently construct merchandising alternatives for its roster of artists, alongside along with his group.  The company’s services embody retail branding and licensing, VIP ticketing and fan experiences, fan communities, live performance merchandising, sustaining artists’ web sites and on-line merch retailers, and trademark improvement.

UMG’s annual turnover from merchandise presently stands at over $250 million.

For the total 12 months of 2017, UMG introduced in $320 million from merchandising alone.

The acquisition will add to UMG’s annual turnover.

Speaking concerning the announcement and the corporate’s long-term plans, Mat Vlasic, CEO of Bravado, defined,

As the business’s preeminent model administration firm, we’re always in search of methods to evolve our firm whereas offering followers around the globe with an ever-growing array of merchandise and experiences.  I’m excited to work with Dell, a real icon in our business, and increase the Bravado portfolio.

Furano added,

I’ve nice respect for Mat and his groups at Bravado and Universal Music – they’ve taken product improvement, advertising and marketing, and international distribution to a wholly new degree.  I’m very pleased with all that we’ve achieved at Epic Rights, and stay up for increasing Epic’s roster and artist companies on this subsequent chapter.

He based Epic Rights in 2014.


Featured picture by Bravado.