Daily Archives: March 11, 2017

Drake Sets 'More Life' Release Date With Globetrotting Teaser

Five months after Drake first announced his More Life with four new songs, the rapper has officially set a release date for the “playlist project”: March 18th.

Drake announced the release date at the tail end of a new More Life teaser that follows the globetrotting rapper on tour, onstage and partying.

The rapper previously unveiled More Life’s “Two Birds One Stone,” “Fake Love,” “Wanna Know” and the single “Sneakin'” featuring 21 Savage. In February, Drake dropped “Hush Up the Silence” with his “One Dance” cohort Wizkid.

In a January interview with University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, Drake said More Life was not a conventional album and rather “a body of work that I’m creating,” with the purpose “to keep people excited, give people new music, let them know that I’m still hungry.”

More Life will reportedly feature new Drake music alongside songs from artists under the OVO umbrella.

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Pearl Jam Invite All Five Drummers to Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Pearl Jam announced Saturday that they will invite all five of their drummers – Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and Matt Cameron – to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

In a handwritten note posted on the band’s Twitter, the group acknowledged that, with the April 7th date approaching, “we do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.”

“Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years,” they added.

When Pearl Jam’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was revealed, only two of the band’s drummers – Ten drummer Dave Krusen (to his own surprise) and current and longtime drummer Matt Cameron – were named as inductees alongside Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament.

The Rock Hall’s omissions especially drew the ire of Abbruzzese, who lobbied Pearl Jam to use their clout and have him inducted for his Vs. and Vitalogy contributions. He later questioned the band’s integrity over the Rock Hall snub.

“The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what’s the right thing to do. They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat,” Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook in October. “They will do the right thing.”

“Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs,” the band continued in their Saturday statement. “Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”

Pearl Jam added that they wished H.R. and Perry Farrell were there to celebrate too, a nod to a hopefully future induction for Bad Brains and Jane’s Addiction after the both bands were nominated in 2016.

Asked whether Abbruzzese, Chamberlain and Irons would be inducted into the Rock Hall, a representative for Pearl Jam said the inductees are solely determined by the Rock Hall and not the band. Following Pearl Jam’s invitation, a rep for the Rock Hall confirmed to Rolling Stone that only Krusen and Cameron would be inducted.

Reps for Abbruzzese, Chamberlain and Irons did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Pearl Jam will be enshrined alongside Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7th.

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Hear Frank Ocean's Sinuous New Song 'Chanel'

Frank Ocean used the second episode of his Beats 1 radio show Blonded to debut “Chanel,” the singer’s first new solo song since the dual release of his Endless and Blonde.

“I see both sides like Chanel,” Ocean sings on the hook over a dizzying piano melody, muffled beats and swirling background vocals. “2016 burnt like some discs / 2017 playing off a Walkman / This a cult, not a clique on the net.”

During the outro, Ocean sings, “I got new money / And it’s all cash / I got new bags / And they all collabs / I rubber band thousand dollar Delta gift cards.”

“Chanel” is available to stream on all digital music services or purchase on iTunes. The track follows Ocean’s appearance alongside Migos on Calvin Harris’ “Slide.”

The episode of Blonded also featured music by Thundercat, J Dilla, DJ Shadow and Whitney Houston, whose “Exhale” Ocean discussed prior to broadcasting the song. While rhe first episode of Blonded did not feature new Ocean music, the singer did share a conversation between himself and Jay Z about the modern state of pop radio.

Following the song’s premiere – it played 18 times during the second half of Blonded‘s two-hour runtime, with an A$AP Rocky “Chanel” remix hidden within the marathon – Ocean took to Tumblr to post the song’s lyrics as well as some accompanying artwork:

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