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Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Rick James Get Mashed Up

(Radio.com) DJ Cummerbund has released a Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys and Rick James mashup entitled "Freaktender" and the Foos expressed their admiration for the clip.

The video combines Rick James' "Super Freak" with Foo Fighters' "The Pretender," The Beach Boys "Help Me Rhonda" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

Cumberbund is know for his offbeat takes on popular music including his clown filled "Stacey's Mom" sequel and his sad version of Smash Mouth's "All Star."

The Foos were impressed, tweeting a link to the clip with the simple caption "F— YES." Check out the mashup here.

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Lupe Fiasco Will No Longer Release Music After Hint From God

(Radio.com) Lupe Fiasco says that he is done with music. He revealed in a tweet that he will no longer be releasing any new music and he canceled his expected albums.

"I get the hint God," Fiasco wrote in a tweet. "Yo Lupe fans it's been fun and I hope you had fun. I'm officially not releasing anymore music. Albums cancelled."

In December of 2015 Fiasco promised fans three new albums in 2016, but none of the those albums was ever released. What changed is unclear, Lupe did not elaborate on the "hint" he had received.

Lupe's account has now been set to private. Check out a screen shot via XXL here.

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Brothers Osborne Still Perform After Venue Ceiling Collapses

(Radio.com) Brothers Osborne are currently on their first-ever headlining tour, and there have been a few hiccups along the way. For the second time on their The Dirt Rich Tour, a the roof at a venue they were booked in collapsed minutes before they were set to take the stage.

This time it happened at the Fox Theatre in Hanford, California on Saturday (Dec. 10). Not wanting to cancel their concert, the GRAMMY-nominated country duo, composed of brothers John and TJ Osborne, took control of the situation. They used their bus generator for power and hosted their own show from the roof of the bus.

Minutes after the venue's roof caved in, the Brothers told fans to meet them outside. "When we thought about this, I totally forgot I'm afraid of heights," joked TJ in a press release. 'We just wanted to give the fans some entertainment and have as much fun as possible."

Brothers Osborne have been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their single "21 Summer." Watch Brothers Osborne's 30-minute set atop their bus here.

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Norah Jones and Stephen Colbert Do Worst Christmas Song Ever

(Radio.com) "Sim-ply, ha-ving, a wonderful Christmastime!" You know the tune. So do Norah Jones and Stephen Colbert, who came to the Paul McCartney song's defense Monday night after several media outlets called it the "worst ever."

"It's my understanding that McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" cannot be played to prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention," wrote a Twitter user Colbert quoted in his intro.

No, there's something much worse than "Wonderful Christmastime." It's called "Christmas Is Now," and Jones performed it with Colbert last night. Get ready for the most grating, schlocky holiday tune you've ever heard. It will make you beg to hear McCartney's iconic 1979 gem. And that's just the point. If Colbert can take the prize for the worst Christmas song of all time, well, then McCartney might be off the hook — which won't stop Paul's song from playing over and over every holiday season. Watch it here.

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Dr. Dre Documentary Features Trent Reznor and Bono

(Gibson) Rapper and producer Dr. Dre's friendship with Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine will be at the center of an upcoming, four-part documentary series, called The Defiant Ones.

The movie will include interviews with a plethora of musicians from across the musical spectrum, including Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and U2 singer Bono.

While both Reznor and Bono may seem to have little to do with Dr. Dre's rap world, the connection lies in the fact both Nine Inch Nails and U2 have released albums via Iovine's record label, Interscope Records. Also, Reznor has worked with Dr. Dre's music company Beats by Dre.

Other musicians set to appear in The Defiant Ones include Bruce Springsteen, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Ice Cube and David Geffen. Read more here.

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Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams Goes Platinum

(Atlantic) Coldplay celebrated their first anniversary of the release their latest studio album "A Head Full Of Dreams" with news that the effort has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies in the U.S.

We were sent the following additional information: Now all seven of the band's studio albums have attained Platinum status (or above) in the U.S. A Head Full Of Dreams has sold more than five million copies globally.

The band's new video shows Chris Martin recording a stripped-back version of "Everglow," a song from A Head Full Of Dreams. The video, which was directed by Ben Mor, also features an excerpt of Muhammad Ali speaking to a live studio audience in Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1977. It can be viewed here.

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Sage The Gemini Releases 'Now and Later' Video, Announces Tour

Sage The Gemini have released a new music video for his current single "Now and Later" and announced he will be hitting the road for the "West For The Winter" tour.

The video was directed by Itchy House and the track was produced by Axident, Gladius, Big Taste, Joe London and Ian Kirkpatrick. Watch the video here.

Sage's "West For The Winter" tour, which will also feature SOB X RBE and Derek Pope, is set to kick off on January 18th in Seattle and will be concluding on February 4th in Santa Cruz, Ca. See the dates here.

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Billy Corgan Announces Limited Edition 8-Hour 'Siddhartha' Set

(Radio.com) In 2014, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed an 8-hour jam session inspired by Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel about a spiritual journey. If that piques your interest and a $375 price tag's not prohibitive, you're in luck: A five-LP box set is here.

Some background: Corgan performed the Siddhartha set at Madame Zuzu's Tea Show in Chicago before a very patient audience of 40. Critics have described the set as "ambient" and "synth-heavy," though another word that works is "long." The box set will retail on a limited run of 500 copies.

To sweeten the pot, Corgan's thrown in some extras for fans who bite the bullet and drop almost $400 on his obscure coffee shop jam session. Read more here.

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Ed Sheeran Returns To Social Media With Cryptic Posts

(Radio.com) It has been a long and quiet year for fans of Ed Sheeran's Twitter and Intagram accounts. About 12 months ago, the singer announced that he'd be taking a break from social media.

On Tuesday morning (Dec. 13), however, Sheeran broke his year-long hiatus with cryptic posts on Twitter and Instagram--simple images of a blue box. Could this be an indication that new music is on the way? While Sheeran hasn't revealed any details about his forthcoming album, he said last year that he would be working on it during his social media break.

'To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing," he wrote at the time. Read more here.

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Vince Gill Named Songbirds Guitar Museum Ambassador

(Gibson) Grammy-winning country star Vince Gill has been named an ambassador for Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world's largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars. The museum, located at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tennessee, will open March 9 2017.

Gill, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and keen guitar collector - his latest album is Down To My Last Bad Habit - will also play at the opening.

"This is the most impressive collection of rare, vintage guitars I have seen," says Gill, who will curate some of the exhibits. "I am honored and excited to be a part of such a tremendous display of music history."

Johnny Smith, President of the Songbirds Guitar Museum, said Gill is a great fit for what the museum has in mind for the future. "We are incredibly excited to have Vince Gill join the Songbirds team," he said. "His connection as a guitar player and his talent as a performer make him a perfect spokesman to help us share our epic collection of guitars with music lovers everywhere."

Smith says the museum will feature a rotating collection of about 300 guitars from the total of 1,700 in the collection. These include one-of-a-kind model, prototypes and models that were first or early production models. Read more here.

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Jay Z Takes Dig At Phil Jackson While Honoring LeBron James

(Radio.com) Jay Z presented Lebron James with the Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award on December 12th in Brooklyn. During his speech Hova fired a subtle shot at New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.

In a November interview with ESPN Jackson accused the star player of making the Miami Heat (James' former team) change travel plans to accommodate his "posse." James fired back, taking issue with the term Jackson used to describe his team, including his business partner Maverick Carter.

"We know where we come from," Jay said in his speech. "We do understand where we come from, and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity." Read more here.

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Fitz and the Tantrums Frontman Explains The Art of Disconnecting

(Radio.com) Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick, the front man of Fitz and the Tantrums, knows about disconnecting from the chaos of life. The father of one spends much of his time recording, performing at venues all over the world and promoting his music.

"In this day and age, it's more important than ever to try and find those moments to disconnect," says Fitzpatrick. "My thing is, to whenever I can, put the phone down, turn off the devices.

"I just like to find a quiet space and calm myself and tune the world out for a second. Maybe even sometimes do a small moment of meditation and use that energy as a place to find that center."

When he has the time to take a few days to chill out, he and his actress wife Kaylee Defer escape to Greater Palm Springs. "I think one of the amazing things about this destination is that it's somewhere you can get to easily, and yet you feel like you've entered a completely different world," he says. Read more here.

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A Tribe Called Quest to Continue In Different Incarnation Says Q-Tip

(Radio.com) Although a Tribe Called Quest had previously stated We Got It from Here' Thank You 4 Your Service would be their final album, it seems like the group may not be finished just yet.

Speaking with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Q-Tip pontificated on the iconic hip hop group's future. "Stay tuned for any other incarnation because we don't intend on stopping," he said.

"That was [the late] Phife's M.O.: 'This time we gotta do it and keep going.' And now he's left us with the equation of how do we do it, but we're going to need it, and we're going to continue."

Tip didn't say who the new incarnation might include, but Busta Rhymes and Consequence were both featured on Tribe's most recent release. Listen to the full interview here.

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FKA Twigs Releases Full Short Film 'Soundtrack 7' Online

(Radio.com) FKA Twigs has released a 35-minute short film titled Soundtrack 7. She describes the project as an "abstract autobiographical piece" which features choreography from her 2015 residency at Manchester's Old Granada Studios.

Soundtrack 7 premiered in August at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, reports Pitchfork. It is now available to watch in its entirety. In addition to releasing her new short film, FKA Twigs has created a brand new website which features her entire creative catalog.

"Excited to share my new site with you and to have one place where all my work is archived, to discover unseen work and join the dots between the projects I've made…art directed by my friend and collaborator matthew stone @artshaman designed by @intmagicgroup this is a creative project in itself so please explore," she writes on Instagram along with with a screen shot of the new site. Watch the short film here.

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Kanye West Inspired By deadmau5 In Recording Studio

(Radio.com) Kanye West is back to the record study after being released from the hospital, and it seems like he might be finding inspiration for new music through deadmau5.

A ten-second Snapchat clip posted by producer Pete Rock shows him and West vibing in the studio to Deadmau5's "Snowcone" off his recently released album W:/2016ALBUM.

deadmau5 was flattered by the Snapchat post and tweeted a response to the producer. @PeteRock dig snowcone i see? that's rad. one of my favs.— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) December 09, 2016 Read more here.

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Singled Out: Psychocide's Crazy Janet

Psychocide are gearing up to release their debut album "Alcohol & Bad Decisions" and to celebrate we asked Goldwyn (vocals/guitar) to tell us about the inspiration for the first single "Crazy Janet". Here is the story:

I wrote the song "Crazy Janet" on a flight to Miami, where I was meeting a friend who wanted to shoot a music video. The problem was, there was no music.

I had a guitar riff that I had been noodling around with for a few months, and seeing the deadline was the duration of the flight between NYC and Miami, I quickly put together a scratch track, which didn't change much when we actually recorded the song.

Lyrically, Janet which we refer to in the song is loosely based on an elderly woman who hosts bands during video shoots in Sheffield,UK. I believe she also hosted Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth). Nevertheless, she had a very interesting memory, she would barely remember anyone in the house but at the same time she would make new memories up as the day progressed, thinking we were her children, or that we resided with her for years.

I didn't spend enough time with her to write a full song about her, so I combined her and the elements of an ex-girlfriend which was a poisonous relationship; the typical love story where I couldn't live with or without her. She was a real pain in the ass, but that was also what attracted me more to her, just as she was drawn more to me when I ignored her as opposed to
when I cared for her.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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