Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lady Gaga to Replace Beyonce at Coachella

Lady Gaga will headline Coachella in place of Beyoncé. The pop star confirmed her appearance with an Instagram post featuring a revised poster for the festival and the note, “Let’s party in the desert!”

Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, decided to pull out of the festival “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.” However, she plans to headline Coachella in 2018.

Gaga will fill in for Beyoncé on April 15th and 22nd at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. According to Billboard, Coachella organizers were adamant that a female performer replace Beyoncé. Gaga will now be the first woman to headline the festival since Björk in 2007. Her fellow headliners include Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

Gaga released her latest album, Joanne, last October and recently performed at the Super Bowl halftime show. She’s set to embark on a massive arena and stadium tour in support of Joanne August 1st at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

As for Beyoncé, the pop star announced that she and husband Jay Z were pregnant with twins February 1st. Weeks later, she appeared at the Grammys, where she performed two songs from Lemonade and took home two awards, Best Music Video for “Formation” and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

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HAVOK Releases Video for "Intention To Deceive"

Havok have released a new video for “Intention To Deceive”. Check it out right HERE.


Slayer Announces New Summer Tour!

Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth will be touring together for the summer! Check out the dates below! TOUR DATES: JULY12   Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN13   Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and LAMB …Read More


Airbourne Releases “It’s all for Rock n’ Roll” Video

Airbourne have released a new video for “It’s all for Rock n’ Roll”. “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” was written about Lemmy, a man the band looked up to, befriended and loved, having shared …Read More


Fear Is Dead Releases Video for "Gotta Go"

Fear Is Dead is releasing a new video for “Gotta Go”. Check it HERE.


X Japan Reveals Exclusive Wembley Arena "We Are X" Soundtrack Packages & New Promo Videos

X Japan will be doing various activities leading up to their big showcase happening out in the U.K.! Check out the list of events and activities below. Mar 2 – “We Are X” opens in …Read More


'Spinal Tap' Owners Seek Dismissal of Creators' $400 Million Suit

Entertainment conglomerate Vivendi, and its subsidiary StudioCanal, filed a motion to dismiss a $400 million lawsuit brought by the creators of Spinal Tap, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Last October, star Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal, which own the rights to the movie, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap and its soundtrack. Shearer claimed that in 22 years, the Spinal Tap creators — himself, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean – earned only earned $81 in merchandising from the mockumentary and $98 from its soundtrack. The actor alleged that Vivendi reported to him that the movie “hasn’t been profitable” despite multiple theatrical releases, home-video release and TV airings.

Earlier this month, McKean, Guest and the film’s director, Rob Reiner, joined the lawsuit, also claiming unfair compensation and bumping the sought-after damages to $400 million. However, Vivendi is seeking to oust the individual members and their associated companies from the lawsuit, claiming that only Spinal Tap Productions – the company that granted Embassy Pictures, and later its successor StudioCanal, the rights to the movie in 1982 – can file such a lawsuit.

Vivendi’s new motion to dismiss also states that the Spinal Tap crew never hired an accountant to review StudioCanal’s records, nor even requested an audit. “Thus, they lack the information they would need to assert that StudioCanal rendered erroneous or improper Spinal Tap participation statements, if that had happened,” the suit reads.

The suit also reasserts Vivendi’s claim that This is Spinal Tap “has not generated anywhere near the revenue necessary to pay” the creators the $400 million they’re seeking. Per the motion, the film has generated a theatrical revenue of under $5 million in the United States, while other sources and territories have drawn in similarly modest sums.

Vivendi also responded to Shearer’s efforts to have the rights to This Is Spinal Tap revert back to its authors under a Copyright Act provision that terminates some licenses after 35 years. While the movie did not come out until 1984, Shearer, Guest and McKean originated the characters in 1978, and in 1980 appeared in a proof-of-concept film that featured songs like “Sex Farm” and “Stonehenge” later used in the film.

In its motion, however, Vivendi said Shearer’s “notice threatens StudioCanal’s ability to distribute Spinal Tap and to otherwise enjoy its lawful rights to the movie.” The conglomerate argued that Shearer has no termination rights as Spinal Tap and its soundtrack were created as work-for-hire, making the employer the true author. Vivendi said that it plans to file a counterclaim to confirm this after the court settles StudioCanal’s other complaints. 

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Watch Rihanna Accept Harvard's Humanitarian Of the Year Award

Rihanna accepted Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award with a moving but often funny speech at the school’s Sanders Theatre Tuesday.

The pop star opened her speech (which begins at 1:14:00) with a cheeky flip of her ponytail and the remark, “So I made it to Harvard,” before discussing the roots of her humanitarian instincts. Rihanna recalled the commercials she saw as a kid that asked people to donate 25 cents to help children in need. “I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up, and I can get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world,'” Rihanna said. “I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”

During her speech, Rihanna honored the people that inspired her various efforts, including a young girl who died of leukemia at age six and the singer’s own grandmother, whose battle with cancer was the driving force behind the Clara Lionel Foundation.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return,” Rihanna said. “To me, that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. The truth is – and what the little girl watching those commercials didn’t know – is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

In closing, Rihanna encouraged the crowd to commit to helping one person, one cause, in any way possible. She then passed on a poignant piece of advice from her grandmother: “If you got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”

Rihanna received Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition for her work to improve cancer treatment in her home country of Barbados and for setting up a college scholarship to bring Caribbean students to study in the United States. 

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Ride Schedule North American Tour Dates

British shoegaze act Ride will play a handful of North American concerts this July as they prep their first album in two decades, Pitchfork reports.

The trek opens July 17th at Massey Hall in Toronto and includes stops in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, before wrapping July 23rd at Sixty & I in Washington D.C. Tickets for all shows go on sale March 3rd at 10 a.m. local time.

Ride will release their first album since 1996’s Tarantula this summer via Wichita Recordings. While the band has yet to announce a release date and title, they’ve shared two new songs, “Charm Assault” and “Home Is a Feeling.” DJ Erol Alkan produced the upcoming record and Alan Moulder mixed it (Moulder mixed the group’s seminal 1990 effort, Nowhere, and produced 1992’s Going Blank Again). 

Ride announced their reunion in 2014 after the break-up of Beady Eye, singer/guitarist Andy Bell’s project with Oasis’ Liam Gallagher (Bell previously played in Oasis as well). In February 2015, Bell and co-singer/guitarist Mark Gardener played an intimate acoustic set, after which the full band embarked on a world tour that featured several festival stops, including Coachella.

Ride North American Tour Dates
July 17 – Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
July 19 – Boston, MA @ Royale
July 20 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
July 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
July 23 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I

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Father John Misty Plots Short North American Tour

Father John Misty will play a handful of North American concerts this spring in support of his new album, Pure Comedy.

The short trek kicks off April 12th at Humphrey’s in San Diego, California and includes stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and Chicago before wrapping June 7th at the Metropolitan Theatre in Mexico City. The trek also includes previously announced festival appearances at Coachella and FORM Arcosanti in Mayer, Arizona. The singer-songwriter also has a handful of European dates scheduled in March as well as various international festival dates during the summer.

Father John Misty will release Pure Comedy April 7th via Sub Pop. The album follows his 2015 effort, I Love You, Honeybear, and features arrangements from composer Gavin Bryars and contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett. So far, mastermind Josh Tillman has released three songs – “Pure Comedy,” “Two Wildly Different Perspectives” and “Ballad of the Dying Man” – and premiered “Leaving L.A.” during a BBC session. He’s also unveiled a Pure Comedy short film and an essay about the album.

Father John Misty will perform on Saturday Night Live March 4th.

Father John Misty Tour Dates

April 12 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
April 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
May 5 – Toronto, Ontario @ Royal Alexandra Theatre
May 6 – Toronto, Ontario @ Royal Alexandra Theatre
May 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
May 13 – Mayer, AZ @ FORM Arcosanti Festival
May 15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
May 24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 26 – Burnaby, British Columbia @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
June 7 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Metropolitan Theatre

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