|This Week's Top B-Sides News Stories|
Here are the top stories from this past week's B-Sides report
CBS Los Angeles reports that the controversial music star became the subject of an investigation on Tuesday when it was alleged he threatened a woman with a gun.
According to TMZ, the singer is suspected of threatening Miss California Regional 2016, Baylee Curran, with a gun after she refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Brown was released on $250,000 bail late Tuesday night. Mark Geragos tweeted at 11:32 PM, "Thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false #TeamBreezy" Read more
Aoki has been testing the song during DJ sets around the world to rave reviews. "It's definitely the peak moment for me in my sets when I want the energy level at 11," Aoki tells Rolling Stone.
This isn't the first time Aoki has worked with the pop-punkers. The self-proclaimed Blink-182 fan boy did some collaborative work with Travis Barker back in 2010. Read more
Adkins originally intended for one dollar from each ticket to be donated to the local Fraternal Order of Police, but significantly upped the ante after he learned about what happened to Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats.
Moats was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday (Aug. 25) when responding to a domestic dispute. He left behind a wife and three children. Adkins and the Knoxville venue will donate $10,000 directly to Moats' family. Read more
In his book, Love wrote about a night when Dennis showed up at his brother Brian's recording studio after hanging out at the Manson family commune, Spahn Ranch, for some time.
Dennis was visibly disturbed by something he'd seen. When Love asked him about it, Dennis shared, "I just saw Charlie take his M16 and blow this black cat [guy] in half and stuff him down the well" (via People).
Love added, "Dennis was too frightened to go to the police," he wrote. "I think he was just hoping that Manson and his family would disappear." But they didn't disappear. The incident Dennis witnessed occurred months before Manson and his followers murdered seven people. Read more
During the show, the band inserted a line from "Pure Imagination" at the end of their song "The Scientist." "Pure Imagination" was Wilder's signature number from the 1971 movie musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which is widely considered to be one of his greatest roles.
After the show, the band tweeted a clip of Martin singing the chorus as confetti rains from the sky: "Come with me and we'll be in a world of pure imagination." Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 83. Watch the Coldplay tribute
This reportedly is not the first time that R. Kelly has run into unpaid tax problems. Bossip reports has incurred federal liens totaling upwards of $6 million between 2005 and 2011.
The gossip site obtained the Kelly's IRS tax lien form 668(Y). The Illinois resident also reportedly failed to pay nearly $150,000 in state taxes in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Read more
Following her meltdown, Spears learned to cope with her disorder by shying away from the limelight and focusing on motherhood. She gives her sons credit for her growth.
"Becoming a mother and being with my boys [Jayden, 9, Sean Preston, 10] has made me so much more accepting of myself," she said. "I'm their mom, whatever. That has been a really big thing for me over these last few years."
Spears also revealed that being an international pop icon doesn't necessarily make dating any easier. And anxiety further complicates matters. Read about that
His copy of the Beatles self-titled record, a.k.a. the "White Album", has been recognized as the most expensive record ever sold at auction, according to The Vinyl Factory.
Starr held onto his first edition number '0000001' copy of the record, he never played it, and kept it in a vault until the December, 2015 auction. Read more
Speaking about the song at the 10th Annual ACM Honors on Tuesday (August 30), Aldean said, "This song is written by one of my favorite writers, Neil Thrasher, who's written a ton of things for us over the years."
He added, "This is one of those songs I listened to one time and [it] just seemed like my kind of melody. It's a heartache song, and that goes hand in hand with country music. It's one of my favorite songs of the album … and probably one of my favorite vocal performances on the album. I can't wait for people to hear it." Check out Jason's new single
The pop star recorded the songs for the BBC from their LA studio. Bieber sang-talked his way through the Tupac track being accompanied by a guitarist.
For the Chapman classic, he played his own guitar. The stripped arrangements give a wide-angle view of Bieber's influences and the music he loves. Check them out
At nearly ten minutes long, the short film opens on Staples filming a music video before a director calls cut and he leaves for the night. Outside the studio, things are very different. Staples thinks he encounters a racist taxi driver, has visions of Africa and the tribal rhythms that inform rap, and passes through the ghetto streets that still call to him. It's part-dream, part-reality and an entirely strong statement from one of rap's most original thinkers.
Directed by Nabil, the short film is a powerful visual, up there with the more politically-motivated work Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce have been releasing of late. Watch the film
"I've been working really hard on some vocals for the last couple of months, we've done some really great stuff in here, the songs are amazing," he says in the clip.
"I'm really proud of what we've accomplished in the studio so far, we've got a lot of great material that I hope challenges our fan base as well as inspires them, as much as it has us, and so I'm really looking forward to you guys hearing the stuff. Check out the full video update
The anthemic love song tells the story of a woman who sweeps DeGraw off his feet, and for the visual treatment he sings his lady's praises for being as intelligent as she is beautiful. Model Jessica Vargas stars as DeGraw's love interest in the video. On the cusp of a big meeting for a new phone technology she's designed, the video flashes back to the 1980s when she was working out of her apartment with a group of women. It's part Silicon Valley meets Apple Computers' origin story.
Dressed like a college kid, DeGraw watches from the background as his brilliant girlfriend succeeds in her quest. Fast forward to the present, and they are still together. His keyboard has gotten an upgrade to a baby grand piano, though. Watch the video
The video, which premiered at Sundance's NEXT fest, was directed by Michal Marczak and features a masked figure wandering around through alien-like environments where physical laws do not apply.
Yorke's haunting vocal style lends an ethereal feel to the song, while his likeness makes a few brief appearances on the man's reflective face mask. The camera follows the humanoid character through the landscapes until stopping for what appears to be an alien encounter. Watch the video
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Linnetz is currently in the middle of a "one-year artist residency with Kanye." In addition to directing "Fade," he served as the "creative director of fabrication" for the Los Angeles gallery show that displayed nude figures of celebrities from West's "Famous" video. He also worked on Kanye's new stage show and merch for the Saint Pablo tour.
"We just collaborate on anything he asks me to," Linnetz said. "He takes a lot of chances giving me so much power, but it's worked out for both of us."Asked about the connection between "Fade" and the '80s movie Flashdance, Linnetz admitted Flashdance was a major inspiration, but said there were other less obvious influences. He referred to the Ohio Players' provocative album covers, Grace Jones boxing images by photographer Jean-Paul Goude and '70s and '80s porn for skin texture and oiliness. He was also influenced by David Cronenberg's imagery in the movie The Fly, Dancing with the Stars, the Olympics and the NBA championship. Read more
The moment occurred Wednesday night (August 31) during one of the games Jimmy Fallon likes to play on The Tonight Show. In "Stranger Strings," the young actors took turns reading an anonymous confession one of them had written, and then each decided who had confessed what by spraying that person with silly string.
When Fallon read that someone in the cast could rap Minaj's verse, they all immediately sprayed Brown. After being covered, she was obliging enough to perform it flawlessly while Quest Love accompanied her on drums. Brown's fierce moment begins at the 4:20 mark. Watch it
Between Miami stops on his Summer Sixteen tour, Drake stopped by the Miami Heat to repeat the trick. As in the first video, the rapper lies on his back and tosses a ball into the air--he shoots, he scores!
The team's social media coordinator was quick to make clear that this was Drake's first attempt at the shot. If the rap thing doesn't work out, maybe the Harlem Globetrotters are hiring. Watch it
Well, Rihanna is laying out some new evidence that's making it harder and harder to argue for "just friends." TMZ has photographic proof that Rihanna got a special tattoo on her left ankle, and it appears to be for Drake.
The night Drake introduced Rihanna at the 2016 MTV VMAs and presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, he posted a photo on Instagram showing the two of them enjoying a drink outside the CN Tower in Toronto. It was from an aquarium date they reportedly went on some weeks ago. Although their heads are barely in the photo, Drake is holding a stuffed shark, which he reportedly purchased for Ri-Ri.
And Rihanna's new ink? A shark. In fact, it's pretty close to the stuffed animal Drake is holding in the picture. See the photo
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