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Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne Annoucnes Tour Promoting New Album 'Special Effects'; Murs and Chris Webby Opening

Buzz 09:52AM EDT

Tech N9ne will be releasing Special Effects during the first week of May, and although we haven't seen a tracklist yet, the Kansas City emcee has already booked a full list of tour dates. The rapper—joined by Murs, Chris Webby, King 810 (notable for being a metal band, not a hip-hop group), ZUSE and of course his buddy Krizz Kaliko—will cram nearly 50 dates into less than two months.READ MORE

Chris Adler is the one with the beard...to the far right.

Megadeth Names Lamb of God's Chris Adler as New Drummer for Forthcoming Release; Is A Guitarist Next?

Buzz 09:00AM EDT

Megadeth has confirmed at least one new member for the recording of its new album, declaring this week that Lamb of God's Chris Adler would step behind the kit. There's no word on whether he'll be able to continue on tour with the group, as his primary band is reportedly working on a new album as well, but it's a good start for the thrash icons.READ MORE

The members of LaBelle, circa 2008.

LaBelle's 'Lady Marmalade': 40 Years of Covers, from All Saints to Leona Lewis to Christina Aguilera, Pink and Lil Kim

Buzz 16:42PM EDT

LaBelle and its one smash hit, "Lady Marmalade," went to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 40 years ago, the last time that the group would reach that peak, and indeed, de facto frontwoman Patti LaBelle would only hit the spot once more, with "On My Own." The single gathered acclaim and notoriety (and continues to do so to this day), because of its racy French catcall: "Voulez-vous coucher aver moi (ce soir)?" or "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?" The track would only hold the no. 1 position for one week, but left enough of a lasting impact to land at no. 479 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest songs of all time, and a score of covers, in its wake.READ MORE

Enya is all about that bass.

'High Minded' and Low Bass: Tim Storms, Saint-Saëns and Enya Get Lower Than Hip-Hop and Dubstep Ever Could

Buzz 15:20PM EDT

Bass gets a bad rap in music, usually seen as a destroyer of stereos or a noise complaint to the police waiting to happen. Two clever engineering students at George Mason University used the power of sub-bass to their advantage however, channeling its waves into an experimental rendition of fire extinguisher, using the low audio waves to put out fires. They weren't the first to incorporate sub-bass in a "high-minded" way. Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saens and Enya are among our examples.READ MORE

5 Seconds of Summer go green.

Nick Jonas Jokes about Zayn Malik, Gets Slimed by Jennifer Lopez at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Buzz 12:33PM EDT

The Nickelodean Kids' Choice Awards—otherwise known as the most relevant of all Awards Season events—went down on Saturday night, with host Nick Jonas serving as the biggest winner.READ MORE

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Lands "King Kunta," Five Other Tracks Hot 100...But None in Top 50. Why Not?

Buzz 11:46AM EDT

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and "Uptown Funk" have had an iron grip on the Billboard Hot 100 for the last few months, but Kendrick Lamar made the biggest splash perhaps last week, by landing six tracks into the top 100 songs in the country, to go along with repping the no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with To Pimp A Butterfly.READ MORE

O.T. Genasis

O.T. Genasis and Immortal Technique Arrested in Los Angeles. No, 'CoCo' Was Not Involved

Buzz 11:12AM EDT

Rapper O.T. Genasis was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday night but the charges are much more mundane than you might think/hope. The emcee, best known for his hit "CoCo" and for openly professing his love of cocaine, was taken in for running a red light.READ MORE

Old-timey Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam 'Singles' Offshoot Citizen Dick Getting Record Store Day Release of Original Track 'Touch Me I'm Dick'

Buzz 10:31AM EDT

A lost grunge classic will finally get an official release on Record Store Day, as the essentially-Pearl-Jam band Citizen Dick, one of the focal points of the Cameron Crowe film Singles, will drop its single "Touch Me I'm Dick" as an exclusive 7" record.READ MORE

Prince

'The Voice' Contestant Judith Hill and Prince Sued for Debut Album, Countersuit Cites Kim Jong Un(?)

Buzz 09:54AM EDT

Former 'The Voice' contestant and '20 Feet From Stardom' star Judith Glory Hill is the subject of two lawsuits filed this week, and the names listed in the filings range from James Franco to Prince to Kim Jung Un. In other words, they're a couple of good ones.READ MORE

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury Movie: Sacha Baron Cohen WON'T Be Playing Queen Frontman, According to Brian May

Buzz 09:18AM EDT

Queen guitarist Brian May revealed Sunday night to crestfallen film fans that Sacha Baron Cohen would not be playing frontman Freddie Mercury in a biopic after all, despite earlier reports that he had returned to the project. Multiple media outlets, including Music Times, were thrown for a loop when the band's manager, Jim Beach, reportedly reported the news. The longtime band member clarified that Beach's quote at the Artist & Management Awards in London was that Cohen would play "all four major roles," obviously a bit of jest that the original reporting outlet either failed to understand or ignored.READ MORE

'Please Please Me' by The Beatles

7 Highest Priced Records on eBay Right Now: The Beatles, Elvis Presley and...Minor Threat?

Buzz 17:33PM EDT

Jack White made headlines last week when he announced that he was the bidder who spent $300,000 for the acetate of Elvis Presley's original single, a 7" pressing from Sun Records featuring "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," and that his label Third Man Records would be releasing copies of the recording for Record Store Day 2015. That inspired us to check out what the highest-priced albums on eBay were at the moment, and readers ate it up, so we've decided to try it again, looking at every LP priced at more than $1,000 on the online auction site at the moment, which included hot numbers from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Minor Threat and more.READ MORE

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Bracket Challenge Round 2: Vote Who Moves On...Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, N.W.A. and More

Buzz 15:57PM EDT

Heavy hitters such as Nine Inch Nails, Green Day and N.W.A. have all moved on to the second round of Music Times' annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tournament. By combining the obsessive bracketology of March Madness with the annual naming of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we allow you, the fans, to vote for nominees competitively, and therefore choose just one winner. Last year's champ was Peter Gabriel, who overtook KISS in the championship. Vote below and check back next week for the Final Four. Let's see who's left after the first round this year.READ MORE

Dove Cameron...and Dove Cameron

'Liv and Maddie' Soundtrack Flies on Dove Cameron's Voice, if Not Disney's Understanding of Hip-Hop and EDM

Buzz 12:28PM 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 'Liv and Maddie,' the soundtrack album for the Disney show of the same title, featuring the vocals of star Dove Cameron.READ MORE

Duran Duran

Duran Duran Taps Mark Ronson, Janelle Monae, Kiesza, Nile Rodgers and More for 2015 Release

Buzz 11:55AM EDT

Duran Duran has confirmed its new album is completed, declaring that the yet untitled album will drop during September, if all goes according to schedule. The new set will come with loads of additional talent, including Janelle Monáe, Mark Ronson, Kiesza, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Mr. Hudson and Nile Rodgers—the Chic guitarist who helped Daft Punk to acclaim on Random Access Memories.READ MORE

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Mexican Ozzfiesta Due to Unspecified Surgery; Will Still Play Monsters of Rock Dates

Buzz 11:21AM EDT

Ozzy Osbourne fans and early vacationers were disappointed to learn that the vocalist had cancelled his Ozzfiesta event at Riviera Maya in Mexico due to an unspecified surgery. Cool Breeze, promoters for the event, posted an announcement on the gig's site indicating that Osbourne would undergo the mystery treatment following his May 2 concert at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Buenos Aires and would require at least four weeks to recover, thus leading to the cancellation of the May 27 Ozzfiesta.READ MORE

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