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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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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Kanye and JAY-Z reunite… and it was awkward as f*ck

Kanye West and JAY-Z were among the hip-hop luminaries present at Diddy’s 50th birthday party in Los Angeles on Saturday, setting the stage for a long-anticipated, but incredibly uncomfortable reunion between the former Watch the Throne collaborators. For the last several years, Kanye has been on the outs with his one-time “Big Brother” following a series of public spats. During his 2016 “Saint Pablo Tour”, Kanye repeatedly called out JAY-Z from the stage. He accused JAY of cutting off their relationship after Kanye became involved with Kim Kardashian. He also chided JAY for failing…

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Gone with the Wind Prepared Hollywood for Star Wars

British actress Daisy Ridley has been the subject of much ire from a vocal subset of fans since being cast as the lead of the latest Star Wars trilogy back in 2014 — almost two full years after the project had officially been announced. But in December of 1938, another young, unknown British actress named Vivien Leigh similarly found herself the subject of much fan hand-wringing after being cast as Scarlett O’Hara in producer David O. Selznick’s hotly anticipated big screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 bestseller, Gone With the Wind — almost two…

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Watch Debbie Harry & Jesse Malin Cover The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York”

Last night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, a group got together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clash’s London Calling, which came out on 12/14/79. Musicians on the bill included Gogol Bordello’s Euguene Hutz, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Jesse Malin, Fred Armisen, Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner, Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming, Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles, and many more. The show was a benefit for the Joe Strummer Foundation. In addition to being in the Clash, Strummer also had an association with the Irish punk band the Pogues…

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Watch Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron Cover “I Will Always Love You”

A few months ago, Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum released a new album with the Canadian musician Julie Doiron, Lost Wisdom pt. 2. And a couple weeks ago, the two musicians went out on tour in support of it. That tour is about to wrap up — they only have dates in Philadelphia and Washington, DC left — but they started up a tradition during their performances that’s worth noting. At the end of almost every show, Elverum and Doiron covered “I Will Always Love You,” the eternal classic that was…

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Cardi B gifted Offset a $500,000 stack for his birthday

Offset already owns the finest things in a life: a mansion, sports cars, designer clothing, a loving wife, and four young children. That’s why Cardi B gave him a birthday gift nobody could refuse: $500,000 in cash. Talk about a useful present. To celebrate the Migos star turning 28 years old, Cardi B hid fresh stacks of hundreds totaling a whopping $500,000. Best of all, she filmed the entire moment. “What else can I give someone who has everything?” she said. “The fridge!” Offset turned around to see someone open…

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Watch The Voidz Cover “Under Pressure” With Danielle Haim

The Voidz played a secret show for friends and family at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery in Los Angeles last night. They performed their brand new single “Did My Best,” and at the end of their set, Danielle Haim came out to sing Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” karaoke-style with Julian Casablancas (who didn’t know any of the words). Also, Reggie Watts was there. Watch some footage of the intimate set below.

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Hear Ja Rule Rap About Fyre Fest On His New Song “FYRE”

The disastrous Fyre Festival continues to live on in our hearts — and in Ja Rule’s immortal rhymes. Last month, a judge dismissed Fyre Fest attendees’ appeal to include Ja Rule in the $100 million class action lawsuit against Fyre co-founder Billy McFarland. And now, as Complex reports, Ja Rule has apparently decided to celebrate by dropping a new song called “FYRE.” On “FYRE” the song, which flips Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s classic “The Show” beat, “FYRE” is actually an acronym that stands for “For Your Real Entertainment.”…

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US Justice Department Reportedly Preparing Legal Action Against Live Nation

The US Justice Department is preparing to take legal action against Live Nation Entertainment, Reuters reports. According to “a source familiar with the planned legal action,” the DOJ is pursuing Live Nation over allegations that the concert promoter has strong-armed venues into using its Ticketmaster subsidiary. The DOJ believes Live Nation Entertainment’s ticketing practices violate the merger settlement that the company reached with the government in 2010. Live Nation and Ticketmaster were allowed to merge under the condition that they agree not to retaliate against venue owners who use a…

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