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David Bowie, Radiohead, Robert Plant Sign Climate Change Petition

David Bowie, Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Phil Selway, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Yoko Ono and Björk are among the dozens of artists in the creative community to sign an open letter addressed to the leadership of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference outlining significant changes to the United Nations’ climate change framework. Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organization aimed at environmental sustainability, orchestrated the petition.

The open letter was written to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres and Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister of France and president of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. “We are deeply concerned that our global economic and industrial systems are accelerating rates of extinction, desertification and soil depletion, degrading ecosystems, acidifying and littering our rivers and oceans, and resulting in a relentless rise in greenhouse gas emissions driving irreversible climate change,” the letter stated. “In short, we are overwhelming the planet’s life support systems.”

Among the changes the petition calls on are “an ambitious commitment to climate action, starting now, that will limit future global warming to below 2.0°C (3.6 °F) relative to pre-industrial levels” and “financial mechanisms to stimulate extensive infrastructure for poorer nations to support them in achieving their reduction commitments while permitting equitable development. The petition also seeks “a legally robust and accountable global climate governance framework and implementation strategy that we will be able to support.”

Sting, Damon Albarn, Chrissie Hynde, Jack Johnson, Leona Lewis, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye, Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus, Courtney Barnett, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Dido and many more musicians, artists, writers and others involved in the creative field also signed the Julie’s Bicycle petition.

The Paris Climate Conference will begin November 30th and run through December 11th. Yorke, Patti Smith and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea announced in July that they would take part in the Pathway to Paris concert at the city’s Le Trianon theater on December 4th. While the recent terror attacks in Paris have threatened the cancellation of many events revolving around the climate change conferences, Yorke pledged on Twitter, “Will be in Paris as planned on 4th & 5th December to put pressure on our glorious leaders at #COP21 -now or never!”

Hear Waylon Jennings Sing 'Outlaw Bit' on Tour in 1979

In 1976, Wanted! The Outlaws assembled the best of the Outlaw Movement in the studio, with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser lending some of their best material to the compilation. But a new recording of Jennings on tour in 1979 captures the outlaw attitude live onstage. An exclusive release for Black Friday Record Store Day (November 27th), the special 12″ vinyl is a full Jennings concert from Omaha and includes a barnstorming version of “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand.” (Listen to the track below).

Assembled by Jennings and Colter’s son, Shooter Jennings, for his Black Country Rock boutique label, Waylon Jennings Live in Concert: Volume 2 was recorded the year the younger Jennings was born.

“It’s from Omaha in ’79 and I just feel like he had an energy and attitude that was so badass,” Jennings tells Rolling Stone Country. “It also is probably the best showcase of his guitar playing on a live record to date. . . This was the peak of the Outlaw Movement and the peak of his popularity and it really shows it.”

Along with the Waylon Jennings Live album, Jennings is releasing two other discs for Record Store Day: a recording by Internet personality the Angry Granpa, and “A Civilized Hell,” a collaboration between Jennings and another son of a seminal outlaw, Lukas Nelson. In March, Jennings will release his new album Countach (For Giorgio), a tribute to electronic-music visionary Giorgio Moroder.

Lil Wayne Drops 'No Ceilings 2' Mixtape

Lil Wayne is making it a habit of dropping mammoth mixtapes on national holidays: After the Free Weezy Album arrived on July 4th, the rapper’s No Ceilings 2 appeared just as fans were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. The latest mixtape is the sequel to Wayne’s 2009 mixtape that helped bridge the gap between 2008’s Tha Carter III and 2010’s Rebirth. Download No Ceilings 2 over at Live Mixtapes.

No Ceilings 2 doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor other than its overall scope: While the original mixtape had 21 songs, Wayne ups that on the sequel, as No Ceilings 2 runs through 24 songs over the span of almost 100 minutes. Of the mixtape’s 24 tracks, one-third of them find Wayne rapping on beats previously employed by Drake (“Hotline Bling,” “Back to Back”), Future (“Where Ya At”) or Drake and Future (five songs from What a Time to Be Alive). The Weeknd’s “The Hills,” Eminem’s “My Name Is,” Post Malone’s “White Iverson” and Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t” are also among the songs reimagined by Wayne.

Future himself appears alongside Wayne and Yo Gotti on one of No Ceilings 2‘s original productions, “Cross Me.” Other guests on the mixtape include Curren$y, Mannie Fresh, Jae Millz, Los, Gudda Gudda, Baby E, Young Money singer Shanell and Wayne’s fellow Hot Boys member Turk.

Wayne’s Tha Carter V remains tied up in the rapper’s legal battle with Cash Money.

No Ceilings 2 Track List
1. “Fresh (Feat. Mannie Fresh)”
2. “Back 2 Back”
3. “My Name Is”
4. “Where Ya At”
5. “Cross Me (Feat. Future & Yo Gotti)”
6. “I’m Nice”
7. “Duck (Feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Shanell)”
8. “Poppin (Feat. Curren$y)”
9. “Jumpman”
10. “Destroyed (Feat. Euro)”
11. “Finessin (Feat. Baby E)”
12. “Millyrokk (Feat. Lucci Lou & Turk)”
13. “Live From The Gutter (Feat. Hoodybaby & T@)”
14. “Big Wings”
15. “Too Young”
16. “Lil Bitch”
17. “Get Ya Gat (Feat. Lucci Lou & Hoodybaby)”
18. “No Reason (Feat. King Los)”
19. “Plastic Bag (Feat. Jae Millz)”
20. “Hotline Bling”
21. “Crystal Ball (Feat. Steph)”
22. “Diamonds Dancing”
23. “No Days Off”
24. “The Hills”

Brighton Is Giving The Gift Of Music To Kids

BRIGHTON IS GIVING THE GIFT OF MUSIC TO KIDSLOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — This holiday, Brighton’s goal is to raise $500,000 for Little Kids Rock – a charity that is enriching the lives of children through music. The money will be used to purchase 6000 guitars for underserved schoolchildren across the U.S. 100%…


Hear Coldplay's Heartfelt New Ballad 'Everglow'

Eight days before Coldplay release their new LP A Head Full of Dreams, Chris Martin stopped by Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show to premiere “Everglow,” a heartfelt, piano-led ballad from the band’s upcoming album. As Martin previously told Rolling Stone, “Everglow” features his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow contributing very subtle background vocals to the track.

As for the inspiration behind the track, Martin told Lowe, “I was in the ocean one day with this surfer guy, who spoke just like you’d imagine a surfer guy to speak … This guy spoke like Sean Penn’s character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was like, ‘Yo dude, I was doing this thing the other day man, it gave me this total everglow!’

“I was like, ‘What an amazing word.’ Then the song came completely out, and to me, it’s about – whether it’s a loved one or a situation or a friend or a relationship that’s finished or someone’s passed away – I was really thinking about, after you’ve been through the sadness of something, you also get this everglow. That’s what it’s about.”

Martin previously revealed “Everglow” was “about a relationship’s enduring spark.” As for Paltrow’s involvement on the farewell song, Martin told Rolling Stone, “We just did it in the studio one day. It was just a friendly kind of thing.”

Martin’s ex-wife isn’t the only unlikely guest to feature on A Head Full of Dreams: Noel Gallagher, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Tove Lo, Martin’s children and a sample of President Barack Obama singing “Amazing Grace” will also appear on the album.

Casey Kasem's Children File Wrongful Death Suit Against Widow

Nearly 18 months after the death of radio legend Casey Kasem, the America’s Top 40 host’s children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem. In the civil suit, filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Kasem’s three children and his brother accuse Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on them, The Associated Press reports. In the months prior to Kasem’s death, his three children – all from a previous marriage – were restricted access from their father as he lay bedridden with dementia.

“Casey’s early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean’s neglect and physical abuse of Casey,” the wrongful death suit read. The civil suit came after prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against Jean Kasem earlier in the year. “We would rather see her in jail than receive one dime. We don’t care about the money. We care about justice,” daughter Kerri Kasem told the AP. “What [Jean] did to my father is reprehensible. It’s disgusting. It’s horrific.” The lawsuit itself seeks at least $250,000 in damages, although a jury would determine the final amount if Jean Kasem was found guilty.

The 28-page civil lawsuit pinpoints the alleged negligent manner in which Jean Kasem cared for Casey in his final months, including letting him remain confined to hospitals long after he was ready to be discharged as well as relocating the radio host from a California medical facility to a friend’s home in Washington state as his condition worsened; his children filed a missing person report after Jean Kasem relocated Casey without telling anyone. The Kasem children also cited Jean’s decision to bury Kasem in an unmarked grave in Norway as an example of the emotional distress they’ve endured.

The lawsuit says Kasem’s brother and children are seeking “fair recompense for the suffering they personally endured from witnessing the abuse and its painful and damaging physical effect on their beloved father and brother, and the gross treatment and disposition of Casey Kasem’s remains in an unmarked grave in a distant land unknown to him or his family.”

Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry Celebrates Grand Opening Today

Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opened today in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.SIOUX FALLS, Nov. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today at 9 a.m., Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opened its doors to the public. The 70,000 square foot destination has become the largest attraction in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Entertainment District.

Badlands Pawn includes the…


Luke Bryan Kicks Off 125th Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Interview B-RollARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan is taking the stage today at AT&T Stadium to kick off The Salvation Army’s 125th Red Kettle Campaign with a LIVE nationally televised…


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Diseñado y desarrollado en Dinamarca y hecho con acero inoxidable ultra-resistente. Los auriculares establecen un nuevo estándar para sonido, estilo, ajuste y calidad.  

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Lumigon lancerer nyt designer-headsetøbenhavn, Danmark, November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Designet og udviklet i Danmark og fremstillet i ultra-hårdt rustfrit stål. Sætter headsettet nye standarder for lyd, stil, pasform og kvalitet.    

Lumigon’s nye headset H2 har et stilfuldt design og er…