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America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day."

Backed by four members of the hardest-working band in hip-hop, the Roots, Legend then launches into a kinetic, 12-minute cover of Bill Withers' "I Can't Write Left Handed," about a young soldier shot during the Vietnam War. The song was originally recorded in 1973, but its message still resonates in 2010, which is precisely the point. "I Can't Write" is one of 11 socially conscious '60s and '70s soul songs covered on Legend and the Roots' collaborative album, "Wake Up!," due Sept. 21 on Columbia. (via

Russell Brand arrested for attacking a pap

Russell-Brand.jpgRussell Brand was arrested for attacking a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport yesterday (17.09.10). The British comedian was handed the misdemeanour charge of 'Simple Battery' following the incident, where he is alleged to have pushed a photographer taking pictures of him and fiancee, pop star Katy Perry. The photographer who was involved in the physical altercation made a citizen's arrest on Russell, 35, before police intervened and took him into custody for questioning. He was later released on $20,000 bail, and a court date has been set for October 15. Katy, 24, tweeted about the incident, writing: "If you cross the line and try an put a lens up my dress, my fiance will do his job and protect me." The couple had met to celebrate their one-year anniversary together, and were at the airport to catch a flight to Las Vegas, which they subsequently missed due to the altercation. It is thought the incident started after photographers were blocking Katy and Russell's path and stopping them from getting on their flight. A police report of the incident stated: "Los Angeles Airport Police responded to Terminal 5 to a report of a battery involving a celebrity and a commercial photographer. (via

Why America Has a Crush on Susan Boyle

Scottish songstress Susan Boyle seems poised to conquer the world. The unassuming 'Britain's Got Talent' star has already sold more than 1.8 million copies of her debut album 'I Dreamed a Dream' in its first three weeks of release in the U.S. (not to mention the millions she's sold worldwide). She also set an impressive record for the best first-week sales of any woman since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. If Boyle continues to sell albums at this pace, she'll likely steal Taylor Swift's crown as top selling artist of 2009.

So what is it about this homespun 47-year-old charity worker who lives alone with her cat that has us running to our nearest record store to pick up her debut album? We at PopEater checked in with some renowned pop music critics to see what all the fuss is about. via:

Primal Scream reveal all about new album

Primal Scream have gone back to basics their eighth studio album.Recalling the -influenced sounds of their mid-90s efforts, singer Bobby Gillespie and his band have turned their back on the sonic experimentations of recent albums, and instead rely on a gonzo live sound approach.
“I think we’re one of the best live bands in the world and I wanted to capture that,” Gillespie told NME.COM of the shift in styles. “The last two albums we’ve been loops and drum machines, for this record we wrote euphoric rock n roll songs and I wanted to capture that euphoria and I think we did it. It was a great time making it, fucking great!”
The raw approach has triggered speculation the band have fallen out with My Bloody Valentine mainman and recent collaborator Kevin Shields – and even Primal Scream themselves are currently unsure of the situation.“What people need to understand is that Kevin only played with us live,” explained Gillespie. “He mixed a lot of songs but he never played guitar on the albums, people think he was playing on records but he was playing live. Is Shields still involved? I don’t know, he didn’t play at the last gig in Glasgow three weeks ago. He never made that gig because he was working on a Sophia Coppola movie, so I don’t really know.”Tracks set to appear on the album include 'Nitty Gritty’, ‘Boogie Disease’ and forthcoming single 'Country Girl' (due out May 22).
With the album mixed by Oasis producer Dave Sardy in Los Angeles – bringing the album in at a cool 20 days – guests include Alison Mosshart from The Kills who sings backing vocals, Echo And The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant and Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis who “plays fiddle” on ‘Hell’s Coming Down’.Currently the untitled album is due out on June 5, with Primal Scream due to play several festivals this summer. Source:

Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd Team For RebelsTour

Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act still to be announced.
Additionally, Skynyrd has been added to the bill of Kid Rock's May 15 Rock and Roll Revival show at Madison Square Garden in New York, joining Rev Run and Peter Wolf. That show will mark the first time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Skynyrd, fresh off another co-headlining tour with Hank Williams Jr., has ever played the Garden.
Meanwhile, Rock's Revival runs through Western Canada in July with Rev Run and opening acts Matt Mays and El Torpedo. That tour added July 19, 20 and 22 at DTE Music Center in Clarkston, Mich., with July 19 and 20 sold out and only lawn tickets remaining for the July 22 date. Rev Run and Uncle Kracker are on the Detroit market shows, billed as Rock's "All Summer Long" party.

The Rock and Roll Revival Tour will resume on the West Coast in September with guests still to be announced.

Here are Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Rock and Rebels" tour dates: Aug. 8: Oklahoma City (Zoo Amphitheater)
Aug. 9: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 16: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 22: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 23: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 25: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
Aug. 30: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 31: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Center)   

Madonna tops Mariah with Candy

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  • 7 May 2008
In a week full of strong debuts, from Lyfe Jennings and Def Leppard to the Roots and Portishead, Madge is No. 1.It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's Hard Candy leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists--only Barbra Streisand, with eight, has more. The Warner Bros. set moved 280,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After racing 68-3 last month, the diva's single "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake gave Madonna her 37th top 10 hit--the most of any artist in the rock era. Until now, she and Elvis Presley were tied with 36 apiece.  As a consequence, Mariah Carey's E=MC2 (Island Def Jam) is dethroned to No. 2 after two weeks on top; the album moved 95,000 units, a 48 percent sales drop-off. Leona Lewis' Spirit (Syco/J) slips 2-3 with 84,000 (-12 percent).Lyfe Jennings' Columbia album Lyfe Change starts with 80,000 at No. 4. His last set trumps this start though, as The Phoenix began at No. 2 with 136,000 in 2006.
Def Leppard scores its 11th consecutive top 20 album with the bow of Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (Island/UMe) at No. 5 with 55,000 units. The band started its top 20 streak on The Billboard 200 back with 1983's Pyromania when it peaked at No. 2. Since Pyromania, every Def Leppard album has reached the top 20.
The Roots' ninth album, Def Jam set Rising Down, enters at No. 6 off of a 54,000 start. The hip-hop act's last release, 2006's Game Theory, started at No. 9 with 61,000.
Portishead returns with its first studio album in more than 10 years as Third bows with 53,000 at No. 7, a new charting high-water mark for the U.K. act. Its last studio effort, 1997's Portishead, debuted and peaked at No. 21.Tom Petty side project Mudcrutch--which was actually the precursor to Petty's career as a solo artist--has a No. 8 start with its self-titled Reprise set with 38,000. Petty's last release, 2006's Highway Companion, started at No. 4 with 112,000.The multi-label Now 27 continues its decline 6-9 with 31,000 and a 4 percent decrease.
The Wal-Mart exclusive set Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 from Tim McGraw bows at No. 10 with 29,000. The 2-CD set combines the singer's 2000 Greatest Hits with his 2006 Greatest Hits Vol. 2: Reflected.
Aside from those seven releases, 24 other albums debut inside The Billboard 200, including Steve Winwood's Nine Lives (Columbia, No. 12, 26,000), Carly Simon's This Kind of Love (Hear Music, No. 15, 23,000), Augustana's Can't Love, Can't Hurt (Epic, No. 21, 21,000), Lil Mama's VYP: Voice of the Young People (Jive, No. 25, 19,000), Mindless Self Indulgence's If (The End Records, No. 27, 18,000) and Mana's Arde El Cielo (Warner Music Latina, No. 30, 17,000).
Album sales this week are up 10 percent from last week's sum with 7.55 million units and down 10.4 percent from the same week last year.

NINE INCH NAILS: New Album 'The Slip' Available For Free Download

NINE INCH NAILS has made its new ten-song, 44-minute minute album entitled "The Slip" available for free download at (free signup required). The new set includes the songs "Echoplex" and "Discipline" which were both posted online during the last couple of weeks ahead of the new album release.
The music is available in a variety of formats, including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike license). All downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.For those of you interested in physical products, the band plans to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in July.

"The Slip" track listing:

01. 999,999
02. 1,000,000
03. Letting You
04. Discipline
05. Echoplex
06. Head Down
07. Lights In The Sky
08. Corona Radiata
09. The Four Of Us Are Dying
10. Demon Seed

All songs were performed by Trent Reznor, Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Allesandro Cortini.NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor released the instrumental "Ghosts I-IV" album online on March 2. The two-hour collection of 36 untitled instrumental tracks was made available in various high-quality DRM-free formats at different price levels. According to a press statement, a total of 781,917 copies of the project were transacted at in the first week of release, including paid and free downloads, plus pre-orders for physical editions of the set. The total gross earned was reported as $1,619,420.

The expensive "ultra-deluxe" limited edition of "Ghosts I - IV" sold out almost instantly despite a steep $300 price tag. A digital version is available for five dollars, along with a $75 limited edition "deluxe" package.

Alicia Keys lets the music guide her

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  • 5 May 2008
The 2007 chart-topping album "As I Am" is still a fresh concern for Alicia Keys, but the singer says she's already actively mulling her next record."I've been thinking about the next album, since we kind of wrapped up this album," says Keys, who's in the middle of the North American tour promoting "As I Am" that comes to the HP Pavilion on Saturday. The set, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in November, still remains in the top 30 of the chart.
"Part of what I've been thinking about is, 'What are the ways that I want to express myself this time?' " she says "When I was just finishing recording 'As I Am,' I said to myself that I want to do something that's totally stripped-down, stripped-back, totally piano-based, singer-songwriter; a Joni Mitchell-Carole King type of vibe."I might do that, but you never know where life takes you, where the music's going to take you."
Keys says her greatest obstacle to creating new music now is finding a chance to do it amid a worldwide tour schedule that has dates booked into 2009."At this point I'm trying to find the space to continue to record as I'm on tour," explains Keys, who recently canceled some performances because of voice health issues. "That's always a bit of a challenge for me 'cause it takes so much out of me to tour."But there's always that urge to stay creative and write on that more personal side. So the main goal now is to continue to find that quiet space somewhere in the madness." source:

Rappers Lil Wayne, DFB Among Celebrities Attending At Static Major Tribute

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  • 4 May 2008
More than two months after his death, Static Major’s presence on the music scene continues to be felt, as the producer's fellow entertainers gather to pay tribute to his memory and influence.The event, organized by Static Major’s wife Avonti, will take place Sunday (May 4) at the City Block venue in Static Major's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.Invited celebrity guests include rappers Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Dem Franchize Boyz and Pretty Ricky.Static Major died Feb. 25 from complications from a medical procedure.Prior to his passing, the 33-year-old beatmaker was credited for writing a string of hit songs for numerous artists such as Ginuwine ("Pony," "So Anxious," "Same Ol G"), Aaliyah ("Are U That Somebody," "Rock The Boat," "Try Again," "We Need A Resolution," "Back In One Piece" feat. DMX), Pretty Ricky ("On The Hotline," "Your Body," "Call Me"), Jay-Z ("Don't Change The Game"), Jamie Foxx ("Can I Take You Home") Diddy ( "Tell Me" feat. Christina Aguilera) 50 Cent ("Fire" feat. the Pussycat Dolls), Timbaland & Magoo ("Luv 2 Luv U"), Truth Hurts ("Addictive") and Nas ("You Owe Me" feat. Ginuwine) and Playa ("Cheers 2 U").
The tribute event comes amid the success of Static Major’s latest collaboration on the Lil’ Wayne single "Lollipop."The song, which the singer wrote, currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.Despite "Lollipop" ending up with Lil’ Wayne, the track was originally penned for Dem Franchize Boyz.After the group missed the chance to acquire the song, Kadife Sylvester, a close friend of Static Major, shopped a demo of "Lollipop" to Lil’ Wayne, who took a liking to the track after hearing it.Sources tell that Static Major’s death will not prevent the singer’s forthcoming album from hitting stores this year.The OG music/Blackground Records/Universal release, titled Suppertime, will feature the lead single "I Got My" feat. Lil Wayne.
Other artists slated to appear on Suppertime include Dem franchize Boyz, Project Pat and Missy Elliott.In addition to the album, a DJ Khaled mixtape featuring all of Static Major's hits will be released.

Steve Winwood makes comeback with new album

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  • 4 May 2008
Steve Winwood has needed every one of the nine lives he alludes to in the title of his new CD.For a roughly 15-year chunk of his career, he seemed to have lapsed into a musical coma. From the mid '80s through the late '90s, Winwood released three morbid solo albums in a row, each calcifying the brand of MOR soul that gave him his biggest meal ticket, with hit albums like "Back in the High Life."
After the last two CDs bombed, Winwood finally got the message: He could no longer sleepwalk through barely average work and expect to connect. So, on 2003's aptly named "About Time," Winwood at last rescued his muse from the crypt, returning to the expansive and inspired sound he patented with his classic band Traffic back in their early-'70s peak.
For "Nine Lives," Winwood again mines the same rich mode. The disk offers another rash of organically paced tracks that filter Afro-pop, Brazilian samba and American idioms through the star's own erudite English sensibility. Winwood gets ace backing from his great road band - composed of musicians from four continents.Their rapport shows in the tracks' easy heat. The band's new riffs have the sexiness of jams, honed into the formality of song.
In "Hungry Man," a South African township jive guitar dances around harder rock rhythms. In "Dirty City," guest star Eric Clapton lays a tasteful British guitar-god lead over roiling Latin beats.Winwood's voice retains its choirboy resonance and spiraling wind power throughout the disk. His trademark Hammond B3 organ exudes tenderness and fire.
Despite all this, "Nine Lives" can't be called a pivotal Winwood album. It's too controlled, too tasteful and has too craftman-like for that. But it does offer an amiable and engaging example of a master back in his element.

OneRepublic Singer Cancels Gigs After Surgery

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  • 2 May 2008

OneRepublic's frontman Ryan Tedder has had to pull out of the upcoming shows for the band following surgery on his Achilles tendon.Tedder injured himself right before the bands Central Michigan University show on the current tour.He suffered a serious tear to his tendon and had immediate surgery.Tedder is at home recuperating and is expected to be "back on his feet" within weeks."I want to apologize to all of our fans holding tickets to the cancelled shows," said Tedder. "We hope to reschedule shows in these areas as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for the get well soon messages too! I'm looking forward to being back on stage as soon as possible."Meantime, OneRepublic have cancelled all upcoming US show. They should be back in action mid-May for the UK tour.

The cancelled dates are:

April 25 Mt. Pleasant, MI - Central Michigan University - (Crocs Tour)
April 26 Cincinnati, OH - University of Cincinnati - (Crocs Tour)
April 27 Salisbury, MD - Salisbury University - (Crocs Tour)
April 29 Erie, PA - Gannon University - (Crocs Tour
May 1 New Britain, CT - Central Connecticut State University
May 2 New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University - (Crocs Tour)
May 3 Albany, NY - SUNY University at Albany - (Crocs Tour)
May 4 East Rutherford - NJ Bamboozle Festival, The Meadowlands
May 6 Toronto, Ontario Canada - Kool Haus               

Radiohead says no more music freebies

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  • 1 May 2008
It was a pivotal moment for the music industry which many thought sounded the death knell for recorded music sales, but Radiohead won't be repeating its initiative to let fans pay what they want for their downloads, The English rock band's frontman said Tuesday. "I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."
"Yes. It was a one-off in terms of a story. It was one of those things where we were in the position of everyone asking us what we were going to do. I don't think it would have the same significance now anyway, if we chose to give something away again. It was a moment in time," Yorke told the Hollywood Reporter.Radiohead's decision to allow fans to pay into the online equivalent of an honesty box for the album came shortly after it walked away from troubled record label EMI, sparking acres of comment about the future direction of the music industry and the dwindling revenue pot from CD sales.The band has remained quiet about whether the experiment was a success, with many fans thought to have downloaded the album without paying anything at all. "In Rainbows" was later released conventionally as a CD, and topped the U.S. and U.K. charts.The groundbreaking move towards potentially free music has been adopted by a number of artists including Prince and Nine Inch Nails. Most recently fellow English rockers Coldplay said Monday that they would give away its new single "Violet Hill" free of charge, resulting in the group's Web site crashing the next day due to demand. Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Coldplay to give new single away for free

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  • 29 April 2008
For years, people have been clamouring that Coldplay's music isn't worth paying for. Now, at last, the band themselves are bowing to pressure. Their new single, tickets to two upcoming concerts - yes, they're giving it all away for free.Violet Hill, the first single from the group's new record, is available as a free download starting at 12.15pm today. If you're going to take advantage, do it quick: in another week, you'll have to pay for the thing to get it from iTunes.In a further act of headline-stealing magnanimity, Coldplay have also announced two free gigs. On June 16, they will fill London's Brixton Academy, while four nights later they repeat the gesture at Madison Square Garden in New York.Tickets for both gigs will be distributed through a contest on the band's website, with details to be announced.
Coldplay's new album, their fourth, is still due to be called Viva La Vida, but they've also appended a pondersome subtitle: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is how the record will be listed when it arrives in shops on June 16.In further Coldplay news, the album art has also been announced! Although Viva La Vida is ostensibly named after a Frida Kahlo painting, Chris Martin and the band have spurned Kahlo's modernism and instead found their cover by vandalising a Eugene Delacroix painting. His 1830 masterpiece Liberty Leading The People depicts dead bodies, soldiers, and Liberty waving the French tricolour. In Coldplay's version someone's also scrawled a Ricky Martin lyric in white paint.Because if there's one thing that sums Coldplay up it's a vandalised oil painting of a topless lady with a French flag! Source:

Amy Winehouse Weekend: from the police cells to the Rich List

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  • 28 April 2008
She is known for her tumultuous private life and perennial presence in the tabloids, but even for Amy Winehouse the past weekend was an eventful one.The Grammy-winning soul singer kicked off the weekend by showing up at Holborn Police Station on Friday afternoon to answer questions following an assault allegation. But after a doctor proclaimed her unfit to be interviewed, she spent the night in custody.On Saturday morning, she admitted common assault, by slapping a man with an open hand, and accepted a caution, before evading the paparazzi pack that shadow her by skipping out the back door. A spokesperson for the 26-year-old singer later said she had apologised and the police would not be taking further action.By Sunday, the slapping scandal was buried by a new one. News of The World reported that Winehouse had started a relationship with her manager’s assistant, Alex Haines, 22, while her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was in Pentonville Prison on charges of assault and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Haine’s step-father, Roger Vine, said: “He honestly hasn't confirmed or denied it to me. He is a private person and I haven't pushed it.”
But Winehouse’s father confirmed the relationship and said he was shocked by it but suspected his daughter would have pursued Haynes.“I don’t like infidelity. But Alex could be the victim in all this.“I can’t imagine Alex seducing Amy. He looks like Clark Kent.“It was clearly the other way round”.Making yet more headlines, Mitch said he wanted his daughter sectioned under the Mental Health Act as “the situation was getting out of control”.But the 57-year-old taxi driver acknowledged his chances of having Winehouse committed to a psychiatric hospital were slim.“What I think is best for Amy and what she thinks is best for her are two different things.“Unless somebody is suicidal or they are a danger to other people - for example walking around the streets threatening to kill people – no one is going to section them.”
Still, the weekend’s Winehouse headlines were not all bad. The singer, who was nominated for two prestigious Ivor Novello awards last week, also made the news for finding her way on to the Sunday Times Rich List.According to the 2008 list, the five-time Grammy winner has amassed a 10 million pounds fortune, putting her tenth equal in the Young Music Millionaires category.The eventful weekend was the only the latest installment in the singer’s increasingly chaotic life. Last August she was admitted to hospital following a reported drug overdose and has checked in and out of rehab a number of times since. In October she was arrested and convicted for drug posession, while on tour in Norway, and in December she was again detained by police in connection with the investigation into her husband. She was later cleared.Her husband, who has been in prison for several months, is due to stand trial on June 2.

Prince to headline Coachella music fest

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  • 27 April 2008
Purple rain was to fall in the desert Saturday night when Prince was scheduled to play his much-anticipated headlining performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Prince's concert, the centerpiece of the festival, was announced only two weeks ago, adding a high dosage of star power to the ninth annual Southern California music festival. The Purple One was easily the most in-demand act to see among the 125-plus bands playing over the weekend.Paul Tollett, the founder of Coachella and head of concert promoter Goldenvoice, declined to say how much Prince's payday for the performance was but said a figure of $4.8 million that had been reported was incorrect.
Tollett had pursued Prince since the festival's first edition in 1999. Prince has rarely performed festivals in his career, and Coachella -- the unofficial start to the summer's festival season -- promised to be his most high-profile gig since playing the Super Bowl last year.Prince was scheduled to take the main stage shortly before 11 p.m. PDT, after performances by Death Cab for Cutie, Kraftwerk and the newly reunited Portishead. Friday night's shows were headlined by surfer singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. Sunday night's festivities are to be headlined by Roger Waters.Coachella music festival:

Phil Collins Announces 'Retirement From Music Industry'

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  • 27 April 2008


Phil Collins, known best for his role as the lead singer and drummer in Genesis, appears to have dramatically announced his retirement from the music industry.In an interview with The Times newspaper, Collins said he had no plans to tour again and that any future writing was unlikely to become an album.Unusually, the former Genesis star chose to make his announcement by reciting the lines of a famous Basil Fawlty sketch.“Zoom! What was that?” Collins said. “That was your life, mate. Do I get another? No, sorry that was your lot.”
Collins’ bombshell comes at the end of an interview which sees him candidly talk about his career, including his 2001 ‘Urban Renewal’ album, which was a compilation of famous hip-hop hits.“'Urban Renewal' was sweet because I’ve been – unfairly, I would say – plonked in the middle of the road because of a handful of songs,” Collins said.“It came at a good time for me, because you do take a bit of a browbeating and, as you get older, you become better at accepting it and realising why it happens.”
Collins was also asked if he minded being most-known for one song, his famous ‘In The Air Tonight’, which was used recently in an advert for a chocolate company.“Do I mind? Well, if you’re ever remembered at all, it’s only usually for one or two things. With me, it’ll be: ‘He faxed his wife a divorce’, which is actually bollocks, but that’ll be on top of the headstone.“And then, further down, you’ll have ‘Da-dum, da-dum’ . . .”How do you feel about Phil Collins announcement? Are you as shocked and confused as us?  Source:

Nine Inch Nails Release New Single, "Discipline," For Download

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  • 24 April 2008
Nine Inch Nails released a new track (with vocals) titled “Discipline” to radio yesterday, April 22nd. The track is available as a free download at this location and is also available on the bands remix site.The band’s website was also updated yesterday with the message “Two Weeks”, creating speculation that the band may release yet another album soon. This report is provided by

A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Lead Rock The Bells Bill

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  • 23 April 2008
After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from the reunited Rage Against the Machine, this summer's Rock the Bells tour will feature appearances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim and the reunited Pharcyde, among others.The traveling hip-hop festival will visit amphitheaters in 10 major North American cities, beginning July 19 in Chicago, and wrapping Aug. 30 in Vancouver. This year marks the first time Rock the Bells will visit Toronto (July 20), Vancouver and Philadelphia (Aug. 3)."They asked me, and I immediately decided to do it," A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip tells Billboard. "With the amazing lineup, Rock the Bells is definitely this summer's must see show. Plus, Rock the Bells has given me the opportunity to reunite with my legendary cohorts -- Ali and Phife -- and premiere my latest material from 'The Renaissance.'"Also on the bill in various markets are Santogold, Spank Rock, Kid Sister, Jay Electronica, Wale, Flosstradamus, the Cool Kids, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon & Ghostface (Cuban Linx), Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Murs and Kidz In the Hall, along with hosts Supernatural and B-Real of Cypress Hill."Our thought is that we always want to put together a well-rounded bill that represents a lot of different facets of live hop-hop," Rock the Bells founder and organizer Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union tells festival dates in North America, a number of acts on the bill will travel overseas for Rock the Bells concerts in Europe and Japan, beginning Sept. 20 at the 02 Arena in London. "We are continually trying to push the envelope so we can continue to support these artists and their careers globally," Weisberg notes.Along with Rage Against The Machine, last year's Rock the Bells featured performances by the Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, the Roots, Sage Francis, Mos Def, EPMD and MF Doom. Twelve shows tracked by Billboard Boxscore grossed $14.5 million and drew more than 203,000 concertgoers.

Pink Floyd’s album cover artist reveals lighter side of the moon

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  • 20 April 2008
THE creator of Pink Floyd’s album art since the 1960s has revealed the comic scenes behind some of the band’s most famous album covers and opened up his portfolio of designs that were never used.Storm Thorgerson disclosed that he originally favoured a different design for Dark Side of the Moon, released in 1973. It showed a figure similar to Silver Surfer, the Marvel cartoon character, sipping a cup of tea while riding a mighty wave.
However, the band members took just three seconds to choose a prism and rainbow of light for their most famous album. Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright made a unanimous decision in front of a gallery of seven rough images pinned to the wall of London’s Abbey Road studios.The album went on to sell more than 30m copies worldwide over 35 years. A prototype for the 1977 album Animals, which featured a 32-ft high inflatable pig flying over Battersea power station, was originally intended to feature a young boy walking into his parents’ bedroom to discover them having sex.
Shooting the album cover for 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason involved dragging 700 hospital beds onto a beach in Devon. Rain interrupted the shoot and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later.“It wasn’t one lapse of reason, it was two,” said Thorgerson, 63, whose retrospective is at the Oxo gallery in London in July.
The cover for 1994’s The Division Bell was the most ambitious, featuring two Easter Island-style statues. An alternative included a magical junk floating above an estuary.

Chris Blackwell, Dennis Bovell Remix Manu Chao on EP

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  • 19 April 2008

Manu Chao brings people together. Usually, this gap-bridging takes a musical form, as evidenced by the man's pan-global sound and the crowds at his concerts. More recently, though, Manu Chao has been bringing the digital and physical worlds together, a partnership that continues with the Nacional release of his Politik Kills EP.The EP hits digital retailers on April 22, with the CD and vinyl versions coming June 3. Featured on the disc are remixes of the La Radiolina track by reggae legend Dennis Bovell (featuring another reggae legend, Linton Kwesi Johnson), Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Bostich and Fussible of Nortec Collective, Prince Fatty, Rude Barriobeat, David B., and others.Furthering the digital interaction is, where fans can go to watch the new "Politik Kills" video and download the song's individual parts to create their own remixes. The site also features musings on the song's theme-- the abuses perpetrated by people in power-- from a variety of voices.
We've got the Prince Fatty remix of "Politik Kills" available for download at the link below. Grab it quick, 'cause it's only available for a week!

Update: It's gone!

Manu Chao is planning some big U.S. shows for August, and in May and June, the native Frenchman will embark on his first tour of his home country in seven years.

Manu Chao:

05-29 Toulouse, France - Zenith
06-03 Bordeaux, France - Patinoire
06-05 Nantes, France - Zenith
06-07 Brest, France - Parc de la Penfeld
06-09 Le Havre, France - Docks Oceane
06-11 Paris, France - Bercy
06-16 Strasbourg, France - Zenith
06-18 Dijon, France - Zenith
06-19 Vienne, France - Theatre Antique