June 2014

YouTube Launching Music Show on Sirius XM

YouTube will have it’s own show, “The YouTube 15”, on Sirius XM Hits 1. The weekly show will feature the songs that are getting the most attention on the the video side.

Sirius XM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein released the following statement: “We are excited to work with YouTube on creating ‘The YouTube 15’ and to put a spotlight on the songs and artists emerging out of the world’s largest music video platform. Our nationwide audience tunes to Sirius XM Hits 1 as the home of the best pop music and the first place to play new artists and new music. With ‘The YouTube 15,’ we will take that promise of music discovery even further, delivering songs emerging from YouTube directly into the car and also through the Sirius XM app for smartphones and tablets.”

The first show will air July 11 at 6 PM ET.

For more, click here.

Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dies at 75

Songwriter and ex husband to Carole King, Gerry Goffin has died at 75. He co-wrote seven Number 1 songs and numerous Top 40 hits, including “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.

King released a statement following her first husband’s death: “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren.”

For more on the life of Gerry Goffin, go here.

Casey Kasem Dies at 82

After a public battle for his care, legendary radio host Casey Kasem, died on Sunday. He was 82 years old.

Kasem had been hospitalized for bladder and kidney infections, as well as bed sores. After consulting with Kasem’s doctors and daughter Kerri, who was put in charge of his care, a judge determined last week that continuing to medicate and feed Kasem was causing unnecessary pain.

Tributes to Kasem have been pouring in since yesterday, including Sirius XM continually playing “American Top 40” countdowns, Twitter reactions from musicians and celebrities and Elton John’s tribute during Bonnaroo.

Amazon Prime Launches Music Streaming Service

Your options for streaming music just grew. Amazon’s Prime service, popular for free two day shipping for an annual fee, has added music streaming to the service.

The service costs $99 a year for music, movie, and TV streaming and of course free two-day shipping. Because it added music streaming to the program, it already has a large number of subscribers, though an exact figure has not been released.

Amazon Prime offers over a million songs by thousands of artists. Amazon has mostly catalog titles, while independent labels could have music offered after it had been released for six months. Users have the option of streaming or downloading the music. Another feature is no advertising during playback.

For more on the new service, go here.

Judge Allows End-of-Life Measures to Resume for Casey Kasem

A judge has granted Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, to move forward with end-of-life measures. This means that she can allow doctors to withhold treatment, food, and water from the ailing DJ. The judge agreed that continuing his care will only cause Kasem more pain and be harmful for him.

Go here for the latest on the ruling.

Judge Orders Hold on End-of-Life Measures of Casey Kasem

As Casey Kasem’s health continues to deteriorate, his family is still battling in court. On Monday, a judge ordered that Kasem continue to be fed, hydrated, and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates his health.

Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, has been consulting with his doctors and believes that her father is nearing the end of his life. She believes that the medical treatment along with eating and drinking are painful for her father. The decision was made to end all treatment along with food and water.

The legendary DJ’s wife, Jean, reportedly caused a scene in the courthouse. She was seen in the hallways screaming for them not to kill her husband.

For more on yesterday’s ruling, go here.

Chinese Democracy Sequel Already Recorded

In an interview with Revolver, Axl Rose says that part of the Chinese Democracy sequel has been recorded.

“We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out,” Rose says. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from Chinese. That’s been done for a while, too. But after Vegas [Guns N’ Roses is performing a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that runs through June 7], we’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard.”

Chinese Democracy was released in 2008.

Beastie Boys Will Not Tour or Make New Music

During their trial against Monster Energy Drink, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D implied that there will be no more touring or new music because of Adam Yauch’s death.

In court last week, Diamond stated,“We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can’t make new music.”

Go here for more on the Beastie Boys lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink.

Casey Kasem Hospitalized

The Casey Kasem saga continues with Kerri Kasem having her legendary father hospitalized on Sunday. The DJ reportedly is suffering from a bladder infection, lung infection, and bed sores.

Kasem’s hospitalization comes after a dramatic scene at Kasem’s home. His wife, Jean, reportedly threw raw hamburger meat at Kerri after not allowing EMT’s to enter the home & assess Casey’s condition. Jean cites a Bible passage as her reason for throwing the meat at Kerri. “”In the name of King David, I threw a piece of raw meat into the street in exchange for my husband to the wild rabid dogs,” she told NBC News.

Kasem is currently under the care of Kerri after a judge put in charge of his care temporarily.