Drake hosted the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, July 16, and took the opportunity to publicly diss Macklemore in an original song called "Honorable Mentions/Side Pieces." As you may recall, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories at the Grammy Awards last January, picking up statues for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album, which pissed a lot of people off. Macklemore followed up his wins with a text to Kendrick Lamar, which he then posted on Instagram for the world to see, saying that Lamar was "robbed" and should have won Best Rap Album.
In a statement read aloud at a fundraising event for the Terrance Higgins Trust in London, David Bowie announced that he would soon release new music, NME reports. After the critical and commercial success of his latest record, Bowie could soon return with new tracks. While waiting for this new music, fans will soon be able to see "David Bowie Is Happening Now," a documentary film on the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibit on the artist's career.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting on July 17, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music will descend upon New York playing at venues across the city for the fourth annual Brasil Summerfest.
British actor Tom Ellis heads to USA on Thursday night, fronting "Rush," the story of a rogue doctor in Los Angeles. "I feel very privileged to be where I am right now," Tom told AccessHollywood.com , after USA flew us up to the show's Vancouver set late last month, where they made us their guests. In the show's opening sequence, Tom's character, William P. Rush, is having a little illegal fun with a blond lady friend when their white party ends up giving her a heart attack.
Yahoo's hopes for renewed stardom on the Internet stage are being pinned on a song. Make that many songs -- performed by popular musicians in real time, and streamed daily at yahoo.com/live beginning with a concert Tuesday by The Dave Matthews Band. In what analysts see as a bold move by Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer, the faded Internet search pioneer is betting on live music as part of its shift to premier online content, which has also included recruiting news, music and television stars for online magazines focused on technology, film and food. The Dave Matthews Band kicked off a year of daily free streaming concerts on a Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.
UPDATE: Chairman Martin Mills of Beggars Group, the parent company to Adele's XL Recordings, told Billboard there is "no truth in this," regarding rumors about a new album and tour. Adele herself has yet to confirm or deny any news. As Billboard pointed out, why the World Music Awards confirmed the rumors, or even commented on them at all, is unknown. EARLIER: Rumor had it Adele's new album, her third, will be titled "25" -- a followup to "19" and "21" -- and a recent tweet seems to confirm the speculation. The official World Music Awards Twitter account tweeted to
Though she is uncomfortable with the label, Bebel Gilberto is, for many folks, bossa nova royalty: Her father, Joao Gilberto is arguably the founder of the quiet sophisticated distillation of samba, and her mother is the singer Miucha
Prepare to see Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway as you've never seen them before! The actresses appear in drag in Jenny Lewis' new music video for her song "Just One Of The Guys." Kristen is first seen as herself in the clip (long orange hair and a white suit), playing the bass in Jenny's backup band. Then she appears sporting a mustache, short wig and an Adidas track suit with a matching baseball hat, dancing and playing a tambourine.
BBC Radio 1Xtra, "the U.K.'s leading black music station" according to its Twitter account, named Ed Sheeran as the most important U.K. artist "in the scene" over the last 12 months on Friday, July 11. The news that Sheeran topped the list, which also included black artists such as Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and other performers, was met with condemnation from all corners of the Internet. "Ed Sheeran Has Been Voted The Most Important Act In Black And Urban Music," read the headline on BuzzFeed, which included a sub-headline of: "Which raises the question… WTF?" Added Wiley on his Twitter account:
Tributes poured in from the classical music world on Monday for Lorin Maazel, considered one of the most brilliant conductors of his generation, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. A child prodigy who later directed the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic among others, Maazel died at his home in Virginia from complications of pneumonia. The Berlin Philharmonic, which he conducted regularly and had been due to conduct again in June, wrote on its website: "We are very sad that this reunion is no longer possible." "We will remember Lorin Maazel as a great conductor, and we have grateful, lively memories of him as a master of energetic music-making with a timbral sensuality." Maazel was born in Paris in 1930 to American parents of Russian origin, learned to play the piano and violin, and conducted orchestras including the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the Idaho Orchestra before he was a teenager. He was the first American to become general manager and artistic director of the Vienna State Opera, in 1982, but fell out with the then culture minister and left after two years.