Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

Max Martin Takes Songwriter Of The Year For 10th Time; Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" Is Song Of The Year At 34th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, hosted its 34th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18, recognizing pop mastermind Max Martin as Songwriter of the Year for an unprecedented tenth time. The award, which…

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Perry Farrell: Chris Cornell Had 'God-Given Talent'

Perry Farrell paid tribute to his friend Chris Cornell, who died by suicide Wednesday night at the age of 52. The Jane’s Addiction frontman unveiled personal stories about them spending time together on the road and beyond, in a touching interview with Variety.

Farrell said he and Cornell first met when Soundgarden played Lollapalooza for the first time in 1992. Calling Cornell “one of the most talented singers of my life,” Farrell discussed Cornell’s charm and charisma during shows. “He stood there and the girls’ jaws would all be dropped, including my wife and the dancers we were traveling with,” he recalled.

Farrell also relayed a sweet story about running into Cornell at a Toys “R” Us on Christmas Eve several years ago, where Cornell scored an in-demand kids gift. “He says to me, ‘I got the very last Sleeping Beauty Castle. Sold out.’ He was so proud, he was trying to brag to me he got the very last fairy princess castle.”

“It’s such a bummer. There weren’t – and there aren’t still – very many that could sing the way Chris can. Certainly very few rock performers, and even pop performers. People just don’t have it, that’s a God-given talent,” Farrell also noted.

Farrell concluded by advising people to listen to Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” which he said he always loved. “I don’t know what did Chris in, but I hope he’s in a good place now. He was a super talent and the world should be happy they got to hear him,” Farrell said. Read the full Variety interview.

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington was also a friend of Cornell’s. Bennington and Cornell shared the stage when they toured together in the late 2000s. The pair sang with each other while performing a version of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” and Linkin Park’s “Crawling” while on tour.

On Thursday, Bennington penned a heartfelt remembrance addressed to his late friend. “I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away,” he wrote. “Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept.”

Expressing his gratitude for the time they had together, Bennington also addressed Cornell’s gifts. “You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known,” Bennington added. “Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one.”

As news spread of Cornell’s untimely death, former bandmates, collaborators, friends, tourmates, peers and famous fans took to social media to share their memories and pay respects to Cornell, including Tom Morello, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love and many more.

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Hear Lil Yachty's Roiling New Song 'X Men' With Evander Griiim

Lil Yachty has unveiled another song from his upcoming debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. The rapper teams with Evander Griiim for new tune “X Men.”

Following his release of the dark “Peek a Boo,” upbeat “Harley,” and the romantic “Bring it Back,” “X Men” has a more roiling bent. The song’s rumbling bass buoys Lil Yachty and Griiim’s rhymes about cars, money, women and calling out detractors.

“You don’t have a place in my heart, bro,” Lil Yachty declares, and later warns, “You shouldn’t want beef from the start/ Everywhere I drive leave marks.” Meanwhile, Griiim is equally relentless on the chorus. “Ice out all my friends,” he raps. “Call us X Men.”

Lil Yachty’s Teenage Emotions will be released on May 26th. The 20-track set includes several guests beyond Griiim, including Migos, Diplo, YG, Kamaiyah, Stefflon Don, Grace and Sonya Elise. The rapper will embark on a 27-date tour, which launches on August 11th in Dallas and wraps in Atlanta on October 20th.

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Lexus et Mark Ronson invitent les fans à produire leur propre composition pour accompagner l'expérience de conduite ultime du LC

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Lexus_and_Mark_Ronson.jpg?p=captionLONDRES, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
Lexus s’associe au producteur de musique primé pour inviter les fans à célébrer le lancement du luxueux LC dans le cadre de la campagne « Make Your Mark » 
Lexus et Mark Ronson dévoilent aujourd’hui un court-métrage offrant aussi bien aux…

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Lexus y Mark Ronson invitan a los fans a producir su propia canción en la experiencia de conducción definitiva LC

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Lexus_and_Mark_Ronson.jpg?p=captionLONDRES, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
Lexus une sus fuerzas con el prestigioso productor musical para retar a los seguidores a ‘Make Your Mark’ con el objetivo de celebrar el lanzamiento del lujoso LC
Lexus y Mark Ronson han desvelado hoy un corto de película de colaboración a…

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Lexus und Mark Ronson laden Fans ein, ihren eigenen Track für das ultimative LC-Fahrerlebnis zu produzieren

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Lexus_and_Mark_Ronson.jpg?p=captionLONDON, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
Lexus arbeitet mit dem preisgekrönten Musikproduzenten zusammen und fordert Fans dazu auf, zur Feier der Veröffentlichung des luxuriösen LC unter dem Motto “Make Your Mark” (Setz’ dein Zeichen) von sich hören zu lassen
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PWR BTTM Respond to Sexual Assault Accusations

Rising rock duo PWR BTTM responded to and denied allegations of sexual assault leveled against member Ben Hopkins. The accusations first surfaced on a closed Facebook group for the Chicago DIY scene earlier this month, but quickly spread on social media. Shortly after, an anonymous woman described the alleged sexual assault in an interview with Jezebel. Following the outcry, PWR BTTM’s tour was canceled, a touring member quit the band and their label Polyvinyl removed their second album, Pageantfrom all streaming services. Father/Daughter Records, who released the band’s first album, Ugly Cherries, also cut ties with the band, pulling that record from streaming services as well.

In a lengthy statement, Hopkins wrote: “What has transpired over the past several days has been emotionally overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. Last Thursday, I learned that an anonymous individual had made an allegation of sexual assault against me. This allegation was devastating to me as it is contrary to the intentional way I seek to interact with those around me. As I digested the allegations, I tried to figure out who the individual might be so that I could try to reconcile what I had read with my memory of any particular sexual interaction. I’ve waited to respond to the Jezebel article because the statements made about me by the anonymous source did not line up with any sexual experience I have ever had.”

Hopkins was “able to figure out who the individual was” based on news reports and conversations with bandmate Liv Bruce. Hopkins described a lengthy relationship with the alleged accuser, saying, “I understood our interactions to be fully consensual” and “we continued to exchange texts, including as recently as March of this year. I had no indication before last week that she had any concerns about our interaction.”

Hopkins fully acknowledged the accuser’s claims and perspective, but contested the account put forward in the Jezebel interview. “The accusations in Jezebel directly conflict with my experience, as it is not my practice to engage in sexual contact without protection, without discussing the issue with my partner, or to engage in the other conduct alleged in the Jezebel article,” they said. “That being said, in keeping with my commitment to my principles, I believe it is my responsibility to be accountable to this individual’s perspective and to honor it accordingly.”

Along with the Jezebel interview, Hopkins addressed various social media comments that arose after the initial accusation, in which fans described instances during which the band allegedly violated their personal boundaries after shows. “This is, again, incredibly shocking news to me, as the safety and well-being of PWR BTTM fans is the most paramount concern I have as a member of this band on and off the stage,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins’ bandmate, Liv Bruce, also penned a short statement addressing concerns that they knew about the allegations against Hopkins months before they were public, but remained silent. Bruce had spoken with Hopkins’ accuser, but wrote that her identity would be protected and Hopkins would not be informed of the incident.

“After our conversation, I wanted to discuss with Ben the issues she had raised, but I quickly realized that doing so would inevitably reveal her identity,” Bruce said. “I did not know how to proceed nor did I know where to seek advice about how to move forward. After Ben ascertained the individual’s identity on Friday, I decided that my withholding information was no longer protecting her privacy and I told Ben about the conversation she and I had.”

In a joint statement, PWR BTTM also apologized for how they initially responded to the accusations. In a Facebook post, the group announced that they were setting up an e-mail address people could contact if they had information about the assault. The band promised Hopkins would not have access to the e-mail and that it would monitored by a mediator. However, many expressed concern and outrage, specifically that the band was sloughing off responsibility and shifting it to survivors.

“We now see that we were putting the onus on others to do something that only works if it is what they want,” PWR BTTM said. “We have concluded that there is no viable way to do what we were trying to accomplish, with the result that we are going to shut that email address down (we have not and will not look at any emails that may have been sent there to date).”

PWR BTTM closed their statement by thanking fans, friends and family. Though they did not address their canceled tour or pulled album, they wrote, “We love playing music, we love sharing music with others and we want nothing more than to be back performing together soon.”

Ben Hopkins’ Full Statement
What has transpired over the past several days has been emotionally overwhelming and difficult tocomprehend. Last Thursday, I learned that an anonymous individual had made an allegation of sexualassault against me. This allegation was devastating to me as it is contrary to the intentional way I seek tointeract with those around me. As I digested the allegations, I tried to figure out who the individual mightbe so that I could try to reconcile what I had read with my memory of any particular sexual interaction.I’ve waited to respond to the Jezebel article because the statements made about me by the anonymoussource did not line up with any sexual experience I have ever had. 

Over the past several days, I was able to figure out who the individual was based on what I was readingand my subsequent conversations with Liv. I am not going to breach the anonymity of the personinterviewed in the Jezebel article, but given the serious nature of what was published and its impact, Ihave to unpack the claims and provide perspective on the details within. We met the night before a showin March of 2016 and spent most of the following day together. After the show, she invited me back toher house and we eventually engaged in sex. Based on the nature of our communications and ourinteractions with one another, I understood our interactions to be fully consensual. We stayed in touchover the course of several weeks by exchanging texts and pictures. Later, she asked if she could stay withme at my home, where we had sex several more times over the course of those days. Again, I understoodthese interactions to be fully consensual, especially since our ongoing communications continued to bemutual, positive and reciprocal in nature. We did not see each other much after that but when we did itwas entirely pleasant and we continued to exchange texts, including as recently as March of this year. Ihad no indication before last week that she had any concerns about our interaction. 

Last week I learned that, in February of this year, this person had expressed concerns to others about whathad transpired between us. I fully embrace and respect this individual’s right to speak out in any manneror forum they choose, including in a Facebook post or anonymously to a Jezebel reporter. It does notdiminish that person’s experience or perception. After the initial shock of learning about her concerns, Ihave tried to understand her experience of our interactions. It would be antithetical to my values to attack,blame, or shame someone who is using the power of call-out culture to name their experience and holdothers accountable, even when – or especially if – the individual they seek to hold accountable is me. Ifully appreciate that someone’s views about the dynamics of intimate interactions can change and are notalways apparent in the moment. While I am open to understanding this person’s perspective, I stronglycontest the account put forth in Jezebel. I am firmly committed to consent, to communication, and tomutual expression of sexual interest. The accusations in Jezebel directly conflict with my experience, as itis not my practice to engage in sexual contact without protection, without discussing the issue with mypartner, or to engage in the other conduct alleged in the Jezebel article. That being said, in keeping withmy commitment to my principles, I believe it is my responsibility to be accountable to this individual’sperspective and to honor it accordingly. 

One more thing. I have seen posts about people raising concerns about having their boundaries crossedwhen I have greeted our fans after our shows, something Liv and I do after every performance, takingselfies and thanking folks for coming. This is, again, incredibly shocking news to me, as the safety andwell-being of PWR BTTM fans is the most paramount concern I have as a member of this band on and off stage. If my physical contact has made anyone feel uncomfortable, I sincerely apologize and will workhard to have an increased awareness of boundaries moving forward consistent with our commitment toour fans.

Liv Bruce’s Full Statement
In February, I made contact with the anonymous individual interviewed by Jezebel, someone I knewcasually, after hearing that she had made inflammatory accusations about Ben in a private online forum.My intent in reaching out was to learn more and to make myself available in the event that I could be ofany help. Our conversation was friendly, but it ended without a plan for any specific next steps. Basedupon our discussion, my understanding was that she did not want me to share her identity with Ben unlessI had her explicit permission to do so, and I assured her that I would not do so. 

After our conversation, I wanted to discuss with Ben the issues she had raised but I quickly realized thatdoing so would inevitably reveal her identity. I did not know how to proceed nor did I know where toseek advice about how to move forward. 

After Ben ascertained the individual’s identity on Friday I decided that my withholding information wasno longer protecting her privacy and I told Ben about the conversation she and I had. 

PWR BTTM’s Full Statement
As some of you know, we set up a separate email address back in mid-May so that anyone withinformation relevant to the situation that was then unfolding could privately share what they knew. At thetime we thought it was the right thing to do. We now see that we were putting the onus on others to dosomething that only works if it is what they want. We have concluded that there is no viable way to dowhat we were trying to accomplish, with the result that we are going to shut that email address down (wehave not and will not look at any emails that may have been sent there to date). 

Finally, to our fans, our friends, our family and those who have supported us unfailingly and whocontinue to support us unfailingly: thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Having enjoyed theenthusiastic support of so many incredible people throughout our music careers has been a blessing. Welove playing music, we love sharing music with others and we want nothing more than to be backperforming together soon. 

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Hear Phoenix's Buoyant New Song 'Ti Amo'

Phoenix debuted “Ti Amo,” the title track from their June 9th album, Ti Amo. It’s the French band’s sixth album and follow up to 2013’s Bankrupt!

Following the glitchy, electro-pop single “J-Boy,” on “Ti Amo,” singer Thomas Mars professes his love in multiple languages above a pulsing, dance-y beat. 

The band is currently in the middle of a world tour that includes various festival dates, including Governors Ball in New York, Hangout Festival in Alabama and Glastonbury in England. 

The band has also provided new music for the forthcoming Sofia Coppola film, The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Mars has been married to Coppola since 2011, and Phoenix’s music has appeared on the soundtracks for the director’s other films, including The Bling Ring and Somewhere.

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Beatles' Hair Sells for More Than $10,000

Custom framed locks of hair from the Beatles, circa 1964AMSTERDAM, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Catawiki, a premier auction site for special objects, today announced that strands of hair belonging to the Beatles sold for more than $10,000. The hair, which yielded four times its estimated value, attracted the attention of online bidders from…

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Tom Morello, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love Remember Chris Cornell

Iconic rock vocalist Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel bathroom early Thursday morning after taking his own life. A family friend discovered the 52-year-old unresponsive on the bathroom floor just hours after playing a Soundgarden show in Detroit. EMS workers pronounced Cornell dead at the scene.

Soundgarden had been the first band from Seattle’s grunge scene to get signed to a major label and helped pave the way for bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains to become the new forebears of rock music. After Soundgarden broke up in the late Nineties, he pursued a solo career. Producer Rick Rubin ended up recruiting Cornell for the band Audioslave — a project pursued by the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine following the departure of singer Zack de la Rocha — and Cornell achieved even greater success, singing on radio hits “Like a Stone” and “Cochise.”

In 2010, Soundgarden reunited for new live dates and released what appears to be their final album with Cornell as lead vocalist, 2012’s King Animal. Last year, he rejoined the members of supergroup Temple of the Dog, a band that paid tribute to Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood, who overdosed on heroin at age 24. 

In the hours following the news, former bandmates, collaborators, scene friends, tour mates, peers and famous fans have shared memories and shock at the loss of Cornell. 

Tom Morello:

Courtney Love:

Goodbye darling boy . Please say hi to all my loved ones . I cried for you today . Rip .

A post shared by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on May 18, 2017 at 9:37am PDT

Jimmy Page:

Yusuf Cat Stevens:

Slash:

Shocked & saddened by the news of Chris Cornell’s passing. RIP.

A post shared by Slash (@slash) on May 18, 2017 at 7:06am PDT

Elton John:

Perry Farrell:

Rage Against the Machine:

Sebastian Bach:

Dave Navarro:

Nile Rodgers:

Val Kilmer:

Chuck D:

Jimmy Chamberlin:

Questlove:

AudiHole Son. Damn Chris. Rest In Power.

A post shared by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on May 18, 2017 at 3:16am PDT

Joe Perry:

Laura Jane Grace:

Billy Idol:

Sheryl Crow:

St. Vincent:

Jason Isbell:

Machine Gun Kelly:

LeAnn Rimes:

Peter Frampton:

Best Coast:

Mike Portnoy:

Foster the People:

Butch Walker:

Jennifer Nettles:

Zac Brown Band:

Gavin Rossdale:

Julian Lennon:

Robbie Robertson:

Lin-Manuel Miranda:

Ava DuVernay:

Paul Stanley:

Hayley Williams:

Q-Tip:

Joe Trohman:

Heart:

ANN WILSON: “It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.”

NANCY WILSON: “No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”

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