Did You Hear?
:: Chipotle has sued Frank Ocean for $212,500, plus additional damages for failing to record a song for a marketing campaign. Ocean’s legal team says he took issue with Chipotle’s logo being prominently displayed and felt he was told he’d have final approval of the ad. The ad eventually went to Fiona Apple. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton will co-host his year’s Country Music Awards on April 6. Bryan, Shelton, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Keith Urban are set to perform. [CBS]
:: Arcade Fire covered Prince‘s “Controversy” to kick off its encore at a Minneapolis concert on March 8. Halfway through its set, the band also performed “Rococo” with bits of Lady Gaga‘s “Do What U Want” and Black Eyed Peas‘ “I Gotta Feeling.” [Stereogum]
:: If it was up to Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she wouldn’t have given her TEDx talk on feminism. “My brother and my best friend had organized this thing and sort of bullied me into speaking,” she says. Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” now samples this speech. [The Huffington Post]
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Foster The People may be a trio, but frontman Mark Foster sings alone for an unplugged version of Supermodel track “Fire Escape.” The acoustic lullaby begins at the Los Angeles apartment building where he used to live, then shifts its focus to its view of the city and neighboring Hollywood: pimps and prostitutes, younger folks replacing older ones.
“Los Angeles, I’ve been waiting for you to pick yourself up and change,” Foster sings.
Foster has said that he felt like a younger Hunter S. Thompson when he moved to L.A. at 18, as he quickly dove into “this Hollywood Hills subculture.” According to interviews and other recent singles (“Coming of Age,” “Pseudologia Fantastica”) off Foster The People’s sophomore album Supermodel (out March 18), Los Angeles has since inspired a newer, deeper fascination with what’s considered to be shallow. More »
Lady Gaga is confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin. Fuse News host John Norris will help lead the March 14 event.
Lady Gaga will also perform at the festival for the first time this year. Initially, she was denied a permit to do exactly what she wanted: perform on a 56-foot Doritos vending machine, at a parking lot in the middle of Austin. Rightfully so, organizers figured that the throngs of people going to see her would be unmanageable.
This time, Lady Gaga will sing at the Doritos #Boldstage at Stubbs. Sponsorship, however, isn’t the only reason why her SXSW appearance will be notable. More »
Rising rock band Kodaline joined One Direction‘s Harry Styles in the studio, the band revealed on Twitter. The end result? A song that “sounds massive.”
Recently, Kodaline recalled how Styles had popped up at a Los Angeles concert. “He just said he’s a big fan, he listened to our music all the time,” singer Steve Garrigan said to Perez Hilton. Last year, Kodaline earned a spot in BBC’s Sound of 2013 shortlist, joining the ranks of HAIM (Days Are Gone), AlunaGeorge (Body Music ) and Angel Haze (Dirty Gold).
On March 6, the same night that Kodaline recorded with Styles, the Irish band appeared on American Idol to perform the intimate ballad “All I Want,” off its debut album In A Perfect World. According to bassist Jason Boland, Idol judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson wants to join the band (and replace him) because of that performance.
And, according to a drawing from their studio session, so does Styles. See Styles’ “portrait” of himself and Kodaline after the jump. More »
Los Angeles rapper YG meets Drake at an after-hours pool party in his “Who Do You Love” video, directed by Benny Boom. They laugh, drink and mingle among a throng of women for the majority of the time, as to be expected from a mainstream rap video. But there’s a twist – YG’s there to blow off some steam, after he finds out that his girl’s been cheating on him. The song itself, produced by the in-demand (and longtime collaborator) DJ Mustard, harkens to what’s at stake with its spare piano and queasy synths.
“Who Do You Love” appears on YG’s debut album My Krazy Life, out March 18 on Def Jam. Both arrive after YG gained traction on hip-hop radio in 2013, thanks largerly to “My Hitta” featuring Young Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan. Because he was born in Compton, he’s also being compared to Kendrick Lamar, if only to show how both acts will add to the city’s hip-hop legacy. More »
A best-selling autobiography. A new label deal. A possible novel in the works. An upcoming spring tour. Yes, everything is falling into place once again for alt-pop icon Morrissey, whose last LP, Years Of Refusal, was released over five years ago. Now that album, his 10th, has a typically Moz-esque title: World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
Shake a fist and roll your eyes all you want — there’s no denying that the lone-wolf, Manchester, England, crooner has a way with words. Today the Morrissey-sanctioned fansite TrueToYou.net posted that the upcoming record “has been provisionally set for late June/early July release worldwide by Harvest Records thru Capitol. Morrissey is said to be ‘beyond ecstatic’ with the album, all 12 tracks of which were produced by Joe Chiccarelli in France.” More »