UK newspaper The Sun began a campaign to re-release Michael's 1984 track "Careless Whisper" with all proceeds benefiting several charities Michael helped over the course of his lifetime. But Ridgeley isn't keen on the idea. It's not enough that the campaign is coming from an outlet that disparaged Michael throughout his career for being homosexual, but that they selected a song Michael co-wrote with Ridgeley rather than a song he wrote by himself.
Ridgeley took to Twitter to share his thoughts, encouraging fans to speak up and request a solo George Michael song rather than something he co-wrote. When a fan tweeted, "Theres a time and a place to celebrate all things Wham! it should be about George now," Ridgeley retweeted him along with, "This is the point!" See the series of tweetshere.
Troy was shot while driving around with his girlfriend in East Flatbush. According to the New York Post, Troy still has a bullet lodged in his head, which a future surgery will remove.
"He is very sore," Troy's lawyer John Stella informed reporters. "The doctors told the family that he came dangerously close to having a spinal cord injury -- but it looks like there's no lasting damage from the wound track."
Troy said he did not see the shooter's face because it was covered by a hoodie. Read morehere.
Altogether there will be eight teams featuring five former NBA players each, according to The Vertical. Each team's coach will also be an ex-player. Roger Mason, the National Basketball Players Association's deputy executive director, will be stepping down from that role to serve as president and commissioner of Big3.
"I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore," Ice Cube explained. "A lot of these guys can still play once they retire - just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights." Read morehere.
Prince claimed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the album chart with 'The Very Best of Prince' coming in with 100K in actual album sales, and 'Purple Rain' with 63,000 in real album sales, according to Billboard.
When other metrics like streaming are added to numbers, the best of compilation had 179,000 in "equivalent album units' and "Purple Rain" had 69,000.
The triple album 'The Hits/The B-Sides' also hit the top 10 on the chart, landing at No. 6 with 41,000 total units and 24,000 in real sales. On the actual sales chart, the albums landed No. 1, 2 and 7.
His entire album catalog has sold 654,000 copies in the U.S. between April 15th and 24th, according to Nielsen Music (via Billboard. Individual song numbers are even more impressive coming in a 2.82 million downloads during that period.
Six of Prince's songs reentered the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, with "Purple Rain" becoming the top selling song of the week, topping the digital song sales chart.
He also dominated the Top 20 on Hot Rock Songs Chart landing at No. 2 with "Purple Rain," No. 3. with "When Doves Cry," No. 4 with "Little Red Corvette," No. 12 with "Darling Nikki," and "Let's Go Crazy" at No. 16. Read the original reporthere.
This week, a group of Redditors found that the album works surprisingly well when set to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, awakening two fandoms (and especially their overlap on a Venn diagram) to a rock galaxy far, far away.
John Williams' iconic Star Wars score signatures are hard to top, but the lyrics and music Pink Floyd lend new depth and interpretive power to scenes from the franchise's latest installment.
If you're a Star Wars or Pink Floyd fan, this mash-up is pretty neat. But if you love both, this will blow your mind. Check it outhere.
The celebrity gossip site reports that Mattie Music Group, which says it owns the rights to the Withers track, filed a suit against Lamar seeking damages and they no longer want Lamar to use the Withers song.
They reportedly claim in the legal documents that "I Do That" "consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the existing music of 'Don't You Want To Stay." Read the TMZ reporthere.
Rock wrote on his official website, "I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.
"I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I can not imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.
"We've already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread. I'm asking everyone to please respect our and his families' privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend. - Kid Rock"
Police in Nashville put out the following statement about the accident, "Investigation by North Precinct detectives shows that an ATV accident is responsible for the overnight death of Michael Sacha, 30, on private property at 3631 Knight Drive owned by Robert Ritchie, known professionally as musician Kid Rock. Sacha worked for Ritchie as a personal assistant.
"Officers were called to the scene at 11:36 a.m. and found that Sacha was deceased on the embankment of the property's long driveway. Detectives learned that Sacha drove two individuals who had attended a cookout down the driveway to meet with an Uber driver at midnight. While riding the ATV back toward the residence, Sacha apparently lost control and crashed.
"Ritchie began looking for Sacha late this morning when he couldn't find him at the residence. Ritchie and a friend discovered Sacha on the embankment and immediately telephoned for help." Read the original reporthere.
Back in February West tweeted, "My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal." This caused his fans to flock to Tidal and their subscribers reportedly doubled.
By March 31st, Tidal's exclusive hold on Kanye's "The Life of Pablo" was over and the project was made available on Apple and Spotify. AP reports Justin Baker-Rhett is suing the musician and Tidal claiming Tidal bamboozled people into signing up for the service by falsely promising the album's exclusivity.
Baker-Rhett's attorney issued a statement, "We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public.
"We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did." Read morehere.
The three performed three songs together including "Straight Outta Compton" (the title track to their biopic and 1988 album), "Dopeman" (where they were joined by Ice Cube's son and biopic star O'Shea Jackson) and "F The Police", according to Radio.com.
The N.W.A. stars were not the only special guests to join Ice Cube during his set. Common hit the stage for a performance of their Barbershop soundtrack collaboration "Real People."
Snoop Dogg also made an appearance, joining Ice Cube for a performance of their collaboration "Go To Church" and the set was capped off with all of the special guests returning for a rendition of Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day," according to the report. , Read the original reporthere.
Brown released the following statement, "My dad always said nothing good ever happens when you stay out late. It's a lesson I learned the hard way last week, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I attended a private gathering at a Miami-area hotel and had only been there for a short time when police officers arrived and arrested two people in the room who had just showed up a few minutes before.
"I did not know these people and had no idea that there were drugs in their possession. I cooperated fully with the authorities and am not part of any ongoing police investigation. Everyone is responsible for their actions, and I regret using poor judgment and putting myself in that position.
"I am focused on continuing to make great music for my fans, and on representing my family and community well with our philanthropic work. And next time I'll make sure to remember what my dad taught me. - Zac" Read the original reporthere.
Haggard's son Ben wrote the following on his official Facebook, "A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends.
"He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music. He wasn't just a country singer.. He was the best country singer that ever lived.
The Country Music Hall of Fame star enjoyed a long hit-making career including the classics "Okie From Muskogee," and "Today I Started Loving You Again".
Haggard was hospitalized back in December of last year and again last month for his battle with pneumonia. A number of country music stars paid tribute to Haggard. See themhere.
Here is what they had to say about the track, "So basically we discovered Charlee through our buddy Adrian Lux. We asked him to put us in touch and we really hit it off. She had such an incredible voice and we didnt even know about her song writing yet. We sent her a demo called Halo we had done and within a week she had sent us back one of the most dark and emotional toplines we have yet received.
"Side story she actually was in NYC and we had finished the song, but unfortunately a few weeks later our computer crashed and we lost everything. (IF YOU ARE READING THIS BACK UP YOUR STUFF NOW) Good news was we were better producers and the new version kicks ass!
"Its rare you find a partner like Charlee to work with, someone who is saw raw and authentic as an artist we are working on a bunch of other stuff wit her as well she just inspires us in a way a lot of music doesn't. For us that inspiration is super important because its very fleeting so it was a real pleasure working with this gal.
"So yeah we hope you loved the track and we are gonna be working on some other stuff of hers, as its looking like she will be the first artist we will ever be producing for that isn't a chainsmokers single. She is just that dope in our opinion." Stream the new songhere.
Stapleton took home awards for Male Vocalist Of The Year, Album of the Year (Traveler), New Male Vocalist Of The Year, and Song Of The Year for "Nobody To Blame".
Other top prize winners included Jason Aldean for Entertainer Of The Year, Miranda Lambert for Female Vocal Of The Year, Little Big Town for Vocal Group Of The Year, Florida Georgia Line for Vocal Duo Of The Year and Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man" won Single Of The Year.
Kelsea Ballerini took home the award for New Female Vocalist of the Year and Old Dominion won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year honors. See the full list of winnershere.
In an Instagram post, Quest breaks down the "b*tcha**ness" that led to their decision: It sounds like the Roots were denied use of sound or music equipment. In the spirit of generosity, Questlove affirmed that he never denies fellow musicians the liberty to borrow his gear for performances, and characterized his experience with Bowie tribute organizers as "petty."
"But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs," he wrote. "We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the # b*tcha**ness. Enjoy your precious equipment." Read the original reporthere.
A jury has convicted Rashid Derissant and Alex Crandon for the February 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member in Brooklyn. The two defendants were found guilty on charges of Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, multiple counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, per the press release.
"As indicated by their verdict, the jurors in this trial heard evidence describing a cold blooded murder, wild gunplay and a terrifying disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders as the defendants tried to violently settle scores with rivals in New York City and beyond," said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan in a prepared statement. Read morehere.
Called "Drakespeare," the poem takes all of Drake's original lyrics and translates them into Shakespearean-style iambic pentameter. David F. Brand is the mind behind this latest take on Drake's song, which has already received more than its fair share of memes, covers and even cakes.
The track's opening verse about the hotline blinging when Drake's lady needs his love becomes, "Thou didst nightly send me your attendant/ When they water moon cast quenching beams./ Sealed temptation inside a parchment/ And then signed upon a midnight pillow./ I know when they messenger unwinds thy scroll/ It foretells that you bethink such fantasies/ Thy note discovers thy unchaste plan/ Beckons forth to me: 'Attend apace, man!'" Morehere.
Ross broke the news to fans via Twitter on Thursday. "I was involved in a car accident yesterday, but I'm fine," she tweeted. "I will see you tonight at the show in Providence."
She went into a little more detail on Facebook, "I'm going to be a little sore, but it was mostly shocking. I have a very tiny sore bump on my forehead at my hairline. I ask you not to worry. I will see you tonight at the show in Providence." Read the original reporthere.
Peter Berg (who has previously directed Rihanna in Battleship) will style the film after Don't Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark Bob Dylan film from 1967.
Rather than a pat, by-the-numbers look at life on tour, her music's message, and her relationship with fans, the yet-untitled Rihanna movie has been described as a "character study." Read the original reporthere.
"The bad boy concert is for my dad's bday but I got NOT ONE TICKET," she tweeted. "Just wanna point that out." She later deleted the post. Puff Daddy said it was a big misunderstanding.
"I had already put tickets to the side for the family of course," Puff Daddy told a radio station. "People were notified. They didn't notify her. We don't have no problem."
However, he has some regrets about how the Bad Boy Family has been a bit estranged in the years since Biggie's death. "I called her and I let her know that I love her and I know that she doesn't see me all the time," Puff Daddy said. "I told her like, I know I can get out of pocket but I also told her as a man, if I ever had made you feel like that where I haven't checked in on you, I apologize." Read morehere.
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