Chance The Rapper Cancels Already Postponed Tour

Chance The Rapper has cancelled The Big Tour, which was supposed to be in support of his most recent album, The Big Day. The tour was previously postponed from its scheduled September start date after Chance said that he wanted to spend more time with his family. The rescheduled tour was supposed to kick off in January. But in an Instagram post on Sunday, Chance announced that he would be cancelling the tour altogether. “I know it sucks and its been a lot of back and forth with reschedules and…

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Ghost Ship Fire TV Show Put On Hold After Protest

A few days ago, word got out that a television show based on the Ghost Ship warehouse fire was in development from the husband-and-wife team Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Production on the show hadn’t gone very far — it was only floated as an idea as part of a multi-year deal with CBS Television Studios — but Waldman and Chabon have put the project on hold after backlash over the fictionalization of a fire that killed 36 people and resulted in trials and lawsuits. As Pitchfork points out. Waldman…

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‘Popcorn’ hitmaker Gershon Kingsley has died age 97

Kingsley’s music has been sampled and covered by artists including Aphex Twin, J Dilla and Jay-Z. Synthesizer pioneer Gershon Kingsley has died aged 97, reports Billboard. He was best known for his 1969 track ‘Popcorn’, one of the first primarily electronic-based pieces of music to achieve radio play. ‘Popcorn’ became a hit for Hot Butter in 1972, with Crazy Frog bringing it back again in 2005. In 1970, Kingsley formed First Moog Quartet with Stan Free, Howard Salat, Ken Bichel and Eric W. Knight. They became the first electronic group to perform…

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U.S. Justice Department to take action against Live Nation over ticketing practices

The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to take legal action against Live Nation over its coercive ticketing practices, according to the Wall Street Journal. In particular, the Justice Department is accusing Live Nation of violating terms of its settlement with the government that allowed the completion of its 2010 merger with Ticketmaster. Under the agreement, Live Nation was prohibited from forcing venues which booked its tours to use Ticketmaster as its exclusive ticketing vendor, and from retaliating when venues choose to use a ticketing competitor instead, the WSJ explains. Live Nation…

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Ghost’s Tobias Forge Comments on Dave Grohl Collaboration Rumors

Rumors that Dave Grohl is an undercover writer for Ghost, or occasionally performs under one of the Nameless Ghoul masks, have long followed the band. But in a new interview with Loudwire, band leader Tobias Forge put those rumors to bed, stating that Grohl’s contributions to the band’s 2013 EP, If You Have Ghost, on which he played drums and guitar, are his only official connections to the band. Grohl has served “as an inspiration, not much more than that,” Forge said, before adding, “Of course, Foo Fighters have been very supportive…

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Demons & Wizards Release First New Song in 15 Years, “Diabolic”

Demons & Wizards, the long-running power metal outfit featuring Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), have unveiled “Diabolic,” the lead single from their first new album in 15 years.  Hansi Kürsch states:  “‘Diabolic’ for sure is a musical statement and its message is very clear and precise: We take no prisoners! We had a hard time figuring out a proper opener to III, but when ‘Diabolic’ took shape, we realized it was the perfect introduction to the album!” Jon Schaffer adds:  “This song is a sequel to…

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Ebonivory Filmed This Playthrough Video in a Laundromat

Bands that turn unwritten metal tropes on their head always get points in my book, and to that end Ebonivory have done a fantastic job with the playthrough video for their new song, “Tales of Termina,” which they shot in their neighborhood laundromat instead of the pro studio setups most bands utilize. The video is no less gorgeously shot, though, and what’s more, it’s clear these lads have a sense of humor and are having fun on camera, also always a plus. Oh, and the song rips, too! Give it…

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Taylor Swift Headlining Glastonbury 2020

Taylor Swift is taking on a significantly lighter touring load in support of her new album, Lover. She’s only performing a pair of stateside shows — two in Massachusetts and two in Los Angeles — for what’s being dubbed Lover Fest and West. She also has a handful of festival dates in Europe set for next summer, and she’s just added a big one to her itinerary: Swift will be headlining the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, alongside the previously announced performers Paul McCartney and Diana Ross. She announced the news…

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Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” Re-Recorded To Sound Like …And Justice For All

Metallica’s stylistic jump from …And Justice to All (1988) to Metallica (1991), aka The Black Album, is still a hotly debated topic in the metal world nearly 30 years later. What would have become of Metallica if they’d stuck with their thrashier roots instead of upping the production and slowing down the tempos? Some internet whippersnapper endeavored to take a guess, re-recording “Enter Sandman” from scratch with a completely different arrangement and production style, and using Hetfield’s original vocal tracks, as if the song were on …And Justice. Have a…

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Ja Rule addresses Fyre Festival fiasco on new track ‘FYRE’

“I too was bamboozled, hoodwinked, led astray.” Ja Rule has shared a new track called ‘FYRE’, addressing the notorious Fyre Festival shitshow and opening up about his experiences of the 2017 event. The rapper, who co-founded the disastrous ‘luxury’ festival alongside serial fraudster Billy McFarland, unveiled the track via Instagram using the caption “For Your Real Entertainment.” ‘FYRE’ samples Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s ‘The Show’ and references the legal action that arose following the festival. Last month, Rule was officially dismissed as a defendant in the $100 million class-action lawsuit.…

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