April 2013 News
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Recap
Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Los Angeles. Inductees were Heart, Public Enemy, Rush, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Albert King, and Donna Summer.
The ceremony began 50 minutes late and lasted four hours.
Go here for a recap.
Dropkick Murphys Raise Money for Boston
Beloved Boston band, Dropkick Murphys have raised money for their hometown and those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. In a mere 15 hours, the band raised $65,000. They sold a special tee shirt that reads “For Boston”. The shirts are priced $24.99-$26.99 based on the shirt size.
Willie Nelson to Hold Benefit for Texas Blast Victims
Country music legend, Willie Nelson, has decided a Texas concert will be a benefit for those affected by the fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas. The show is April 28 in Austin.
Nelson has a home in Abbott, TX, which is around 5 miles north of West.
Read an interview with Willie about his decision.
Watch Coachella in Your Underwear
Can’t make it to Coachella this weekend? Prefer to save money and watch it from the comfort of your own home (or in your underwear)? YouTube understands and is ready to assist your concert watching needs. Over the weekend, they will be live streaming performances by Japandroids, The Stone Roses, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, The Lumineers, Wu-Tang Clan and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
Here’s the full lineup of performances that will be airing.
Top 10 Coachella Performances of All Time
Billboard.com has compiled a list of the ten best performances in Coachella’s history. The list includes Prince, Rage Against the Machine, Madonna, Kanye West, and of course Hologram Tupac.
See where they rank and relive the performances.
We Are Hunted Caught By Twitter
Music service We Are Hunted has been purchased by Twitter. We Are Hunted had been working with the social media service on a music app. They track the most popular songs on social media and the internet. The app will be used to help users find new music and see what’s trending.
The service could be available as soon as this weekend to coincide with Coachella.
For more, read this.
If you’re going to Coachella this weekend or next weekend, we’ve got you covered (along with SPIN).
As always, there are a plethora of artists to see over Coachella weekend.Here is SPIN’s Top 30 acts that they recommend you check out.
With so many shows scheduled to go down at once, you’ll probably have to miss someone. Start planning who you’re going to see and who you’ll probably miss out on. View the schedule.
To get you ready for the festival, here’s a free downloadable mixtape, courtesy of SPIN.
Celebrate The White Stripes Elephant With Double Album
You may have already purchased the commemorative version of Elephant, but Jack White wants you to celebrate his former band’s ten year anniversary with a double album.
Available on Record Store Day, a companion set is being released along with the double-vinyl reissue of Elephant. Nine Miles from White City is a 79- minute, 26-track live album from Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. It features many tracks from Elephant, along with covers by Bob Dylan among others. It is available through Third Man Records Vault (http://thirdmanrecords.com/vault/ ) series.
As if that’s not enough, Vault subscribers will also receive a 7 inch that includes two demos. “Little Acorns” and “I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart” are the songs that subscribers will receive along with a 56- page photo booklet.
To receive these items, you must subscribe by April 30.
For more, read this.
Kid Rock Tour to Sell $20 Tickets for All Seats
Concert ticket prices continue to rise every year, though the economy doesn’t keep up. That’s why Kid Rock has decided that all of his tickets will be priced at $20.
The tour kicks off June 28 in Bristow, VA and will run through September 15. Uncle Kracker, ZZ Top, and Kool and the Gang are joining Kid Rock at various stops. Platinum tickets will be available at all shows to help avoid scalpers. Fans may also be selected at random to sit the front two rows.
Find tour dates here.
Guns N’ Roses Lullaby Album (Yes, Really)
Looking for songs to rock your child to sleep by your favorite rock band, but in a soothing, mellow way? Look no further! Guns N’ Roses have an album of their songs in lullaby form.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has released several albums of lullabies by various artists, including Nirvana, Beck and Radiohead. They are releasing Lullaby Versions of Guns N’ Roses, an album that includes all instrumental versions of the band’s song.
Listen to the relaxing “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
The album is available on April 30.
Here is the track listing.
Beyonce is a “Grown Woman” is Pepsi Ad
Yesterday’s teaser video to #BeyHereNow has been revealed as a new Pepsi ad.
The new commercial features a track, “Grown Woman”, from her upcoming album. The ad looks back at 10 years of Beyonce as a spokeswoman for the company.
Read this for more.
Coachella Stays Put
Indio, California will be Cochella’s home until 2030. Yesterday, Indio’s city council approved Goldenvoice’s (the festival’s promoters) proposal.
The proposal also includes an annual country music showcase will take place in Indio. They can also have a maximum of five high-capacity events yearly.
This year’s Coachella takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21.
For more, click here.
The Great Gatsby’s Trailer Showcases Soundtrack
In the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, three songs from its soundtrack are featured.
Listeners will hear Beyonce and Andre 3000’s unrecognizable take on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful” is featured before Florence + The Machine’s “Over the Love” closes out the trailer.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Toby Maguire. The movie will be in theatres on May 10 , with the soundtrack available on May 6.
Click here for the complete soundtrack listing.
Justin Timberlake Still Sitting Pretty Atop Charts
Justin Timberlake holds on to the top spot on the Billboard 200, holding off Lil Wayne. 368,000 copies of Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experiment were sold to keep him at number one.
Though he sold much less than he did in week one, Timberlake has now sold a total of 1.29 million records in two weeks. It is the first album of 2013 to sell over 1 million copies.
For more, read this.
Beyonce Wants You to #BeyHereNow
In a six second clip on her YouTube channel, Beyonce tells viewers to #BeyHereNow at 9 AM ET on April 4.
Speculation ranges from a new single, a new album title, or an album release date.
The video comes a few weeks after the leak of her controversial track “Bow Down/I Been Down”.
Vampire Weekend to be Directed by Steve Buscemi
Vampire Weekend will be directed by Steve Buscemi for their “Unstaged” concert. “American Express Unstaged” is a concert series by the credit card company that airs on YouTube and Vevo.
Buscemi has directed four feature films along with several episodes of “The Sopranos”. The band’s new album Modern Vampires of the City will be released May 14.
The concert will stream live on April 28 from the Roseland Ballroom.
Paramore Debut New Album Via Videos
Paramore is debuting songs from their highly anticipated new album via videos called “4 Nights/4 Sides”. Starting Monday night and lasting until this Thursday, several tracks from Paramore will be released via a video on their website.
Side A features “Fast in My Car”, “Now” (the current single), “Grow Up”, and “Daydreaming”.
The self titled album will be available on April 9.
Beyonce & Andre 3000 Cover Amy Winehouse
Beyonce and Andre 3000 will be covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. They will be contributing the track to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, is executive producer of the film’s soundtrack.
The film will be in theaters on May 10 and will also open the Cannes Festival on May 15.