reportersRyan Book, The Music Times

Jamie xx Coachella 2015

Jamie xx Reportedly Doesn't Clear Persuasions Sample...Except He Totally Did

Buzz 09:22AM EDT

In an age where similarities between songs can be the cause of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, you better make damn sure you get your samples cleared. The most recent case of alleged, or at least suggested, foul play was Jamie xx's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)," which features a prominent sample of The Persuasions' 1972 hit "Good Times." Last week band member/manager Jimmy Hayes stated that the sample hadn't been cleared...but he was wrong.READ MORE

Roger Waters

Roger Waters, Decemberists, First Aid Kit Among Newport Folk Headliners

Buzz 11:52AM EDT

The Newport Folk Festival has probably reached the peak of its lineup announcements as it revealed this week that former Pink Floyd leader and solo standout Roger Waters will be headlining the event. This marks the first performance for the bassist since the last show of his "The Wall" tour during 2013.READ MORE

Martin Garrix, Tiesto

Amsterdam Adding Three 24-Hour Nightclubs to City's Rich EDM Background

Buzz 10:34AM EDT

Three Amsterdam nightclubs have been granted 24-hour permits, only adding to the Dutch city's reputation as a party town. It also begs the question as to whether they can truly be considered "nightclubs" anymore. The permits have apparently already been approved by mayor Eberhard van der Laan, according to Resident Advisor.READ MORE

The FBI and Musicians: John Lennon, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails and More Acts with Reports

Buzz 16:09PM EDT

John Lennon appeared on The Dick Cavett Show on this date more than forty years ago and made a bold prediction: The FBI were keeping a close eye on him. This might sound like a typical conspiracy theory of the early '70s, except that it was totally true...either an indication that the FBI was predictable or it just wasn't very good at the secrecy thing. Lennon had all of the makings for a good FBI target: He had a record with drugs, he was vocally against the Vietnam War, and his political leanings were just right of being a godless communist. He wasn't the first, nor would he be the last, to gather attention from the Bureau. Here are another lot of otherwise harmless musicians that would get lengthy files in Washington D.C., from Elvis Presley to N.W.A.READ MORE


Metallica, Nicki Minaj, More Headlining 2015 X Games in Austin, TX

Buzz 11:20AM EDT

Metallica has been announced as the headliner for the 2015 X Games Super Stage, playing on a bill that features Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Kid Ink, the Glitch Mob, Pennywise, Deltron 3030 and Joywave. The news was revealed during an interview between the band and skateboarding icon Tony Hawk.READ MORE

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame Cancels Australian Tour After Visa Denied for Drugs and Guns Charges

Buzz 09:53AM EDT

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been forced to cancel his forthcoming Australian tour after being denied a visa due to previous drug and firearms charges.READ MORE

B.B. King

B.B. King's Family Clashes with Manager Over Control of Legend's Affairs

Buzz 09:00AM EDT

B.B. King's continued health issues have opened the door to a more uncomfortable series of event's in the blues legend's life regarding his family's struggles with longtime manager Laverne Toney over control of the guitarist's care and property. Three of his children—Patty King, Rita Washington and Karen Williams—filed for control of their father's care, alleging elder abuse and theft on the part of Toney, although a Las Vegas court ruled that there was no proof of abuse to justify handing over control of his affairs.READ MORE

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

George Carlin, Richard Pryor and More May Reappear as Holograms

Buzz 10:45AM EDT

George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Bob Hope may be coming back for a slew of live performances exclusively at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, according to Rolling Stone. You are no doubt uncomfortable with this idea, understand that all of the aforementioned stand-ups are deceased, and the explanation might not make you feel any better about it: The comedy industry might take a page out of music's books and use holograms to resurrect legendary comedians to perform at the center.READ MORE

Mariah in Las Vegas

Mariah Carey Kicked Off '#1' Residency in Las Vegas Last Night

Buzz 08:50AM EDT

Mariah Carey kicked off the first night of her Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace on Wednesday, performing all 18 of her no. 1 hits and ending with her newest single, "Infinity."READ MORE

Zac Brown

Zac Brown Band Tops Billboard 200 Third Time with 'Jekyll + Hyde'; Josh Groban, Tyler Farr Debut as Well

Buzz 12:01PM EDT

The Zac Brown Band found itself on top of the Billboard 200 for the third time with its new album 'Jekyll + Hyde.' Although it wasn't the group's biggest sales week (that goes to its last record, 'Uncaged') but it still managed to move 228,000 equivalent albums. The band has also been busy away from album sales, topping both the Country Airplay Chart and the Mainstream Rock Songs charts with different songs from the album. The only other act in Nielsen history to hit that mark was Bon Jovi.READ MORE


Kraftwerk Announces North American Tour with 10 American Dates

Buzz 09:10AM EDT

Kraftwerk has announced a new tour, giving audiences in North America and elsewhere the chance to catch Ralf Hütter and company and their iconic tour visuals.READ MORE

Floyd Mayweather

Music Times Floyd Mayweather Playlist: Lil Wayne, Phil Collins and More

Buzz 16:31PM EDT

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will face off this weekend for what many boxing fans are calling the "fight of the century." Regardless of how great the sparring actually is, it will certainly feature the highest payout in the sport's history, with the two fighters sharing up to $300 million between them. Music Times might not be a sports outlet but we wanted to get in on the action by creating playlists for each of the contestants involved. Here are five tracks to get Floyd Mayweather pumped, ranging from Lil Wayne to Phil Collins.READ MORE

Randy Travis

Back of The Billboards: 'On The Other Hand: All The Number Ones' by Randy Travis

Buzz 12:03PM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at country icon Randy Travis and his newest greatest hits compilation, showcasing his no. 1 country singles.READ MORE

Rae Sremmurd

You Won't Listen to New Music After You Turn 33, According to Study

Buzz 10:00AM EDT

This obviously doesn't apply to Music Times readers, but a new study has estimated that the average music listener stops seeking out new music past the age of 33. Ajay Kalia, representing the website Skynet & Ebert, tapped into the data available via Spotify and its Echo Nest analytics branch to check out what listeners of various ages were streaming...and it seems like people in their late-30s and beyond weren't exactly tuning into Rae Sremmurd.READ MORE

Vance Joy

Vance Joy Wins International Songwriting Award for 'Riptide'

Buzz 09:39AM EDT

Vance Joy (nee James Keogh) has won the 2014 International Songwriting Competition with his alt-pop hit "Riptide," and he did so in a historic way. It's the first time in the contest's 14-year history to merit perfect scores from every judge. Those judges included a number of fellow musicians, including Avicii, Bastille and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels of Run D.M.C.READ MORE

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