German rapper who joined ISIS killed in U.S. strike
2015-10-30 20:08:14 UTC
A prominent German ISIS propagandist was killed by a U.S. strike while he was traveling in a vehicle in Syria earlier this month, a U.S. official told CNN.
The ISIS recruit Denis Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, had once gone by the name "Deso Dogg" in the Berlin rap scene.
He traveled to fight Jihad in Syria after converting to Islam and becoming involved with Millatu Ibrahim, a pro-Jihadi group in Germany founded by Mohamed Mahmoud, an Austrian jihadi who has also taken on a prominent propaganda role for ISIS in Syria.
A message posted on the Facebook page of a Raqqa resident on October 17 claimed Cuspert was killed i...
Sinead O'Connor No Longer ''Emotionally Identifies'' With Her Biggest Hit
2015-03-18 03:51:33 UTC
Sinead O'Connor has apparently stopped caring that much about U since she recorded what became her signature hit.
The oft-tempestuous singer announced over the weekend that she is going to stop singing "Nothing Compares 2 U" live, giving her fans a heads-up via Facebook so that no one would get too disappointed if they attended a concert and didn't hear the classic breakup ballad.
And, not surprisingly, it sounds as though O'Connor did plenty of soul-searching before arriving at this decision.
<i><blockquote>"OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U," the Irish artist wrote on Saturday.
"The first principle o...
Kendrick Lamar announces new album [Untitled], due March 23
2015-03-09 17:42:38 UTC
1. The link takes me to iTunes, but I don’t have iTunes on my computer.
2. I go on an Macbook, find the tweet again, click the link, and it says that it’s not available in the US.
3. I make a joke to my friend about it on gchat. He replies with a subordinate clause.
4. I reload the link from the tweet and it suddenly works, without opening iTunes this time. Here’s what I find:
- Kendrick Lamar has a new album coming out on March 23.
- It’s called [Untitled].
- It’s coming out on Aftermath/Interscope Records.
- It features 16 tracks, all of them currently untitled except for “The Blacker the Berry.”
- It will cost you $14.99...
Lightning in a Bottle goes large for 10th anniversary festival
2015-03-09 17:20:02 UTC
Do LaB is aiming to out-do themselves again with the 10th anniversary of Lightning in a Bottle, setting up camp in California this Memorial Day Weekend, from May 21-25. The lineup is sure to please hippies and hipsters alike, with headliners such as Âme, Goldroom, Zion I, GRiZ, Polica, SOHN, Lee Curtiss, Odesza, Phutureprimitive, AlunaGeorge, Ott., Wolf+Lamb, and Toro Y Moi’s Les Sins project. There’s going to be everything from Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and glitch-hop king Opiou playing with a full band to Aussie hip-hop outfit Hermitude and UK legend John Digweed, as well as Lucent Dossier Experience, Random Rab, and The Human Exper...
Red Bull Music Academy NY 2015 presents PC Music, GHE20G0TH1K, Merzbow, Islam Chipsy & EEK, Tri Angle, and more
2015-03-09 17:12:05 UTC
Red Bull Music Academy is coming back to New York, and it means “business.” For the entire month of May, RBMA will put on an incredible series of performances, club nights, lectures, and workshops. In addition to a performance by FKA Twigs and conversations with La Monte Young, A$AP Rocky, and George Clinton, here are some of the events that piqued our interest:
- Pop Cube: PC Music & SOPHIE
- Nothing Changes: Raw Sound Transgression: Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway (performing Electric Newspapers), Pharmakon, Prurient (performing Pleasure Ground), Ron Morelli, Marshstepper, Uniform
- Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary: The...
Tommy Ramone, the last original Ramone, dies aged 62
2014-07-12 16:35:06 UTC
Tommy Ramone, the last remaining original member of the New York punk band Ramones, has died of cancer at the age of 62 at his home in the city.
The manager-turned-drummer, and then producer of the band, was a Hungarian immigrant, born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest, who came to the US in 1957.
Heavily influenced by 60s girl groups and the New York Dolls, Ramones formed in 1974, and were the first band from the underground punk scene in New York to make an album. Ramones, legend has it, was recorded in six days and cost $6,400 to make. It saw the first outing of their signature "1-2-3-4" introduction yelled out at the start of each song.
Lady Gaga: ‘Life is art all the time’
2014-02-01 08:31:29 UTC
<h3>The pop star has worked with avant-garde artists for her latest album, Artpop. She speaks with Miranda Sawyer/BBC in an off-the-wall interview for The Culture Show</h3>
Lady Gaga ? sphinx-like on a makeshift throne ? is surrounded by mannequins draped in white material. She takes long (sometimes minutes-long) pauses between questions, eyes closed.
“Life is art all the time” she says.
Thus continues The Culture Show’s often bizarre, always compelling interview with Gaga, as interviewer Miranda Sawyer gamely navigates the pop star’s eccentric behaviour. This is not a normal interview: it is part performance art, part meditation...
Bruno Mars is Billboard's top artist of 2013
2013-12-13 19:40:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars.
Billboard announced Friday that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist.
"It's flattering. It's just an honor," Mars said in an interview this week. "I'm proud to be a part of this whole team that I have."
The singer's year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, "Unorthdox Juxebox," was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-sel...
Muse gets unsettlingly close in new concert film
2013-10-17 17:01:20 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Muse frontman Matt Bellamy had to be more than just camera-ready for "Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium." The British rock band's new concert film was shot in 4K, which meant a whole new level of detail.
"There's weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to," Bellamy said. "It's so much more noticeably sharper that it's almost unsettling at first."
"Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium," directed by Matt Askem, is the first concert film released in the new ultra high definition format. Also called 4K, UHD has a much better resolution than regular HD and is considered the nex...
Beyonce closes first day of Jay-Z's Philly fest
2013-09-01 06:21:59 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Beyonce closed the first day of her husband Jay-Z's second annual music festival with a 90-minute set that featured hits like "Single Ladies" and "Crazy In Love."
Beyonce was the headline performer Saturday at the "Budweiser Made In America" festival in Philadelphia at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that included 50,000 fans.
She was excited and energetic as she as sang and danced to songs that satisfied the crowd. She closed with the pop ballad "Halo."
Deadmau5, Phoenix, Imagine Dragons, 2 Chainz, Emeli Sande, HAIM and others performed Saturday. Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick ...
Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits
2013-07-27 21:54:43 UTC
If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock 'n' roll.
His best songs like "After Midnight," ''Cocaine" and "Call Me the Breeze" were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling "Breeze" and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.
Cale, the singer-songwriter and producer known as the main architect of the Tulsa Soun...
Harry Belafonte joins with Fla. Capitol protesters
2013-07-26 22:13:53 UTC
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Singer and entertainer Harry Belafonte is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to listen to protesters who are asking for a special legislative session to examine the state's self-defense laws after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Scott has refused.
Protesters upset with the verdict have spent nearly two weeks at the Capitol building. Belafonte said Friday that Scott still has a chance to act before the protests intensify and the situation becomes "ungovernable."
Belafonte says he has never been to Tallahassee before. He was part of a large contingent that was chanting and singing in the hallway outside the ...
Nurse details anesthetic treatments on Jackson
2013-07-25 21:45:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A medical practitioner who administered anesthesia to Michael Jackson over a 10-year period says the entertainer had a high tolerance for medications.
David Fournier, a nurse anesthetist, testified on Thursday that he was no longer asked to work with Jackson after refusing to participate in a medical procedure in 2003.
Fournier says Jackson was acting goofy and was slow to respond to standard questions before a scheduled cosmetic surgery procedure.
It was canceled after Fournier refused to administer anesthesia.
Fournier is testifying as a defense witness in a negligence case filed by Jackson's mother against...
Rihanna sues owner of Topshop over T-shirt
2013-07-19 17:34:24 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Racks of T-shirts bearing Rihanna's image have been on display at London's High Court, where the singer is suing a British retailer for using her image.
Lawyers for the star seek damages from Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., which owns the Topshop fashion chain, after it sold shirts bearing her picture without permission.
The shirts were initially sold as the "Rihanna Tank" and then — after she complained — as the "Headscarf Girl Tank" and the "Icon Tank."
Rihanna's lawyers accuse Topshop of trying to pass off the T-shirt as being approved or authorized by the singer.
The store says Rihanna is seeking legal recognition ...
Jackson's mother says son didn't cause own death
2013-07-22 18:58:46 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's mother says she doesn't believe her son bears any responsibility for his own death.
Katherine Jackson was responding Monday to a question from attorney Marvin Putnam, who represents AEG Live LLC, the promoter of her son's ill-fated "This Is It" concerts.
The 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch is suing AEG Live claiming it failed to properly investigate the doctor who was later convicted of causing her son's death in June 2009.
AEG Live denies it hired the doctor or bears any responsibility for Michael Jackson's death.
Tina Turner marries longtime beau in Switzerland
2013-07-18 20:47:52 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Legendary rock singer Tina Turner has married her longtime German beau, Erwin Bach, in a Swiss civil ceremony, a local mayor said Thursday.
The 73-year-old singer tied the knot at the registry office of her wealthy Zurich-area community with Bach, a 57-year-old music executive, said Markus Ernst, the mayor of Kuesnacht, where Turner owns a lakeside chateau.
Ernst told The Associated Press that the couple, whose relationship began in the 1980s, had a typical civil ceremony several weeks ago at the registry office, sometime between late June and early July.
The mayor described it as routine, other than some noise from ...
Bruce Springsteen dedicates song to Trayvon Martin
2013-07-18 07:59:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen dedicated his protest song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to teenager Trayvon Martin during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.
In a video posted online, the 63-year-old singer told the crowd Tuesday: "We'll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin" after noticing a fan's sign that read "American Skin (41 Shots)."
George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's death. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense during a February 2012 confrontation with the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla.
Lyrics in the song include "you can get kil...
I'll never perform in Florida with a "stand your ground" law
2013-07-16 20:33:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder says he won't perform in Florida and other states with a "stand your ground" law.
In a video posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old singer said at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday "that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again."
Wonder added: "Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."
The "stand your ground" law allows people to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.
George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. ...
An injured Mariah Carey performs at MLB-Sandy show
2013-07-15 06:01:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey has a new accessory: the stylish sling supporting her injured shoulder.
The pop diva performed in a fashionable sling that matched her shimmering white dress on Central Park's Great Lawn on Saturday night for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert. It was for the benefit of Superstorm Sandy victims.
She asked the crowd: "We like it?"
The 43-year-old went to the hospital Sunday after dislocating her shoulder while filming a music video. She told the crowd Saturday she "was in a tiny bit of pain, but I'm OK."
Carey performed four songs — which sounded live — with the New York Philharmonic. Her recent p...
Opera star Domingo leaves hospital, eager to sing
2013-07-15 05:49:17 UTC
MADRID (AP) — After spending several days in the hospital, opera singer Placido Domingo said Sunday that an early diagnosis for a blocked blood vessel by a medical team in Madrid saved him from possibly more serious medical complications.
Speaking at Madrid's opera house alongside one of the doctors who treated him, the 72-year-old Domingo said he had felt unwell after a rehearsal and quickly sought medical help. The tenor said Dr. Carlos Gonzalez then detected a case of deep vein thrombosis and applied the appropriate treatment.
"I thought I would return from the check-up straight away back to the rehearsal," Domingo said. "But I wa...
Singer Randy Travis recovering from brain surgery
2013-07-11 17:56:12 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital.
Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer had been improving while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection when he had the stroke.
Steady concern for Travis, a popular and pivotal figure in country music, turned to active support as stars like Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride and ...
2013-07-09 06:52:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's a musician without a record label, a card holder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls "food money" may now be in jeopardy.
But after events of the last week, Steve Grand said "I would die a happy man today," and not for the reasons he's suddenly getting attention.
Grand's first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad "All-American Boy," was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By last night, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views __ nothing for top-charting videos from big-name recording artists, but an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown who...
Doctor says he thought Jackson had drug problem
2013-07-08 20:23:39 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctor who treated Michael Jackson during a 1993 concert tour that had to be canceled when the singer entered rehab testified Monday about the signs that led him to conclude the singer had a problem with prescription pain medications at the time.
In videotaped testimony, Dr. Stuart Finkelstein said he was later asked by concert promoter AEG Live to act as Jackson's personal physician during the ill-fated "This Is It" tour in 2009 but wanted to know if Jackson was "clean."
AEG executive Paul Gongaware said he didn't believe Jackson had any prescription drug issues, Finkelstein testified.
Beyonce gains stepmother as father gets married
2013-07-07 05:52:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce has a stepmother.
Her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, got married last Sunday. His representative told The Associated Press on Friday that he has wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas. The pair had been engaged for a year and a half.
The 48-year-old Avery is a realtor. The 61-year-old Knowles guided his daughter to superstardom with the group Destiny's Child and later in her solo career; she released her father as her manager in 2011.
Knowles, head of Music World Entertainment, still manages several gospel acts including Grammy-winner Le'Andria Johnson.
Knowles and Beyonce's ...
Stones refuse to fade away, with historic return to Hyde Park
2013-07-07 03:21:54 UTC
The Observer - The set began, naturally enough, with Start Me Up and then, 44 years after they first invited 200,000 fans to listen to them for free in Hyde Park, the Rolling Stones were off. And it sounded like – as if they really had never stopped.
Next song up and Sir Mick's voice was calling out the hallowed lyric "It's only Rock n' Roll (but I like it)". And they did: even the most sunburned and dehydrated in the crowd of 65,000 found the strength to cheer and scream.
"Anyone here who was here in 1969?" asked Jagger. "Welcome back – it is nice to see you again."
In the summer of '69 the event had a poignant tone. Their former...