May 2013

May 2013 News

Aerosmith, James Taylor Among Others Play ‘Boston Strong’ Concert

Last night, Aerosmith, James Taylor, Boston, and the Dropkick Murphys were among artists and comedians who performed at the Boston Strong concert.

The concert lasted five and half hours and was streamed live. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to One Fund Boston ( ). The website says that over $37 million has been raised so far. The overall total from last night’s concert won’t be known until next week.

Watch all the artists perform “Come Together” to close out the show.

For more on the concert, click here.


Blake Shelton’s Benefit Concert Raises $6 Million

Organizers for Blake Shelton’s benefit concert for Oklahoma say they have raised over $6 million dollars towards relief.

Oklahoma native, Shelton organized “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” and it took place this past Wednesday. Funds will go directly to the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Watch Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert, deliver an emotional performance. 

Hanson’s Mmmhops & Raising Funds for Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s own Hanson are moving up the release of their pale ale, Mmmhops. The ale will be available in the fall while the band promotes their upcoming Anthem CD.

Merch related to Mmmhops, such as shirts and a beer glass, are available now with proceeds going to the Red Cross’ Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.

For more, click here.


Kings of Leon Tease Album Details

In an impromptu Twitter ( ) Q&A, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill revealed info on the band’s upcoming album.

He says that the “Vibe/feeling could be compared to the first couple. It’s much more musically complicated though, so I’d have to say the last 2.” Followill wouldn’t give specifics about the songs, but did state, “The ones I’m most proud of are the hardest to play. So it’s hard to say.”

The band’s sixth album is due in September.

Read more of the Q&A.


John Mayer Back in the Studio

In recent weeks, John Mayer announced that he was returning to the studio to begin working on his sixth album. Mayer says he already has four or five songs ready and seems to be continuing the country direction he explored on his last album, Born & Raised. One of the new tracks, “Badge and Gun” is “pure country” he says.

As Mayer continues recording, he will be releasing behind-the-scenes videos. The first video shows his pedal collection and a guitar lick is heard. has more.

Google Launching Song Streaming Service

Google is expected to announce today that they are getting in on the song streaming action. The service will compete directly with Spotify.

It will be part of the Play service they already offer. While there will be no free option, the service is expected to be on par with Spotify, RDIO, and Rhapsody’s costs ($10/month).

For more, click here.


Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Donate $70 Million to USC

Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine have donated $70 million combined to the University of Southern California.

The funds will be used to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and Business Innovations.

Classes will begin the fall of 2014. The school will offer a four year undergraduate program that covers visual design, marketing, and computer sciences among others.

Read more now.


Hologram Artists at Festivals to Continue

On the heels of Hologram Tupac comes Hologram Eazy-E and Hologram Ol’ Dirty Bastard. For it’s tenth anniversary, Rock the Bells festival is bringing what they call “original virtual performances” to the bill. Eazy-E will perform alongside Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, while ODB will perform with Wu-Tang Clan.

Surviving TLC members, Chili and T-Boz are reuniting at the Mixtape Festival. They have said they’ll be using “projections of archival footage” of deceased member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes.

This article has more details.

Park Dedicated in MCA’s Memory

Last Friday, Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn, was renamed Adam Yauch Park. The following day marked the one year anniversary of the Beastie Boy’s death.

The park is a tenth of an acre along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz addressed the crowd, as did MCA’s mother, Frances Yauch, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowtiz, and City Council Member Stephen Levin.

Look through SPIN‘s gallery of the event.


Justin Timberlake’s Part Two Coming in September

The second part of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience will be released September 30. Timberlake tweeted a picture from his Instagram of himself in the studio with a handwritten note that gave the release date.

The second album will contain 10 more songs, totaling 20 songs between the two. The first part debuted at number one on Billboard’s 200 chart this past March.


Justin Timberlake World Tour

On the heels of announcing an album release date, Justin Timberlake also announced a world tour.

The 20/20 Experience World Tour” is slated to begin in Montreal on Halloween. Dates have been scheduled in the US and Canada through early 2014.

Click here for announced tour dates.