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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker of the 'Fast and The Furious' franchise.

Vin Diesel Confirms 'Furious 8' Without Paul Walker; 'Furious 7' Breaks Records and Soundtrack Soars

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Mixed feelings at Music Times as Universal has indicated that it's planning another sequel for the Fast and Furious franchise, despite the death of star Paul Walker. Vin Diesel, Walker's friend and costar throughout the franchise, discussed the forthcoming film while attending CinemaCon.READ MORE

William Shakespeare plots your demise.

The Brutality of The Bard: 2Pac, Dethklok and More Celebrate 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day'

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Happy "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" to all of our favorite readers and theatre geeks. We at Music Times tend to write more about Broadway musicals, or the occasional opera based on one of William Shakespeare's works, versus the stage plays themselves (you know...we write about music). There's no denying that the legendary playwright has had an impact on music with his words...in the most brutal way possible. For all of his poetry, the Bard turned out enough gritty one-liners that would have made Robocop a Best Picture nominee without removing any of the bloodshed. Take heed as 2Pac, Iced Earth and more demonstrate how "talk like Shakespeare" means "talk like a badass."READ MORE

Justin Bieber

Social Media's Biggest Stars: Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Lana Del Rey and Others Who Broke It Big

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Shawn Mendes in on top of the world (and the Billboard 200 and Album Sales Chart) as his debut LP, Handwritten, sold more than 100,000 copies and confirmed his status as a star. He's the first performer to use the video-sharing service Vine to find fortune, but he's far from the first performer to use social media to grab a record deal. Here are five other recognizable performers who got big on the internet...some of whom who have gotten so big that you may have forgotten they started out by sharing music on YouTube and MySpace, from Lana Del Rey to Justin Bieber.READ MORE

Chromeo: Not actually to blame.

CRSSD Electronic Music Festival Damages to San Diego Park Worth $64K; Nothing on Lollapalooza

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Waterfront Park, the host of the CRSSD Electronic Music Festival in San Diego, is looking at more than $64,000 in repairs following the March event. The county says that promoter FNGRS CRSSD will foot the bill .READ MORE

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

Better Deal Than Mayweather-Pacquiao: Grateful Dead Last Concerts Available for Pay-Per-View

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The pay-per-view event of the year will be Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao next weekend...but music fans will have even better options now that the Grateful Dead has announced its "Fare Thee Well" concert series at Soldier Field in Chicago will be available via a Live Alliance-produced pay-per-view showing.READ MORE

Tool on April Fools' Day 2015

U2 Fans Got a Surprise Tool Record When Buying 'Songs of Innocence' Vinyl; Elaborate Promo Stunt?

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There's simply no way to get U2's 'Songs of Innocence' without a bit of trouble: The band drew the ire of iTunes users everywhere when listeners found the album forced upon them via the Apple program during September. Now the group has gotten around to releasing a vinyl version of the controversial release and some buyers are finding something else entirely: pressings of Tool's debut EP 'Opiate' instead of the more streamlined 'Songs of Innocence.' Did the alt-metal band pull off the greatest promotional stunt ever, trumping even U2 itself?READ MORE

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes, Reba McEntire and Tyler, The Creator Lead Albums Chart with New Drops

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If you're a fan of music, there's something soothing about waking up to the Billboard Album charts and seeing four brand new titles at the top: Shawn Mendes and 'Handwritten' topped the sales charts this week, and he was followed in the nos. 2-4 spots by three other debut releases.READ MORE

Mother Earth. Maybe you've heard of her.

Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Ozzy Osbourne and Other Sing to Mother Earth on Her Birthday

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METoday is Earth Day and another big day is approaching as well—Mother's Day on May 10 (don't forget to call mom guys) so Music Times decided to bring both together and look up the music acts that have paid tribute to the most important mother of them all: Mother Earth. We've got performances from Grateful Dead affiliates, Neil Young and Ozzy Osbourne.READ MORE

Bryan Price ain't happy.

Bryan Price: Lil Jon, Eminem, Dr. Dre and 5 Other Rappers Try to Outcurse Cincinnati Reds Manager

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Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was having a bad week and he let the world know it by dropping the f-bomb 77 times during an epic rant on Monday afternoon. The rant was around 5:30 long, which comes out to about 14 f*cks a minute. Compare that with 50 Cent's early track "F*ck You," which comes in at about 14.25 f*cks a minute. Here's how Price's rant compares to the most profane hip-hop songs of all time, from Eminem to Dr. Dre and Lil Jon.READ MORE

Shawn Mendes

'Handwritten' and Shawn Mendes Youngest Performer Since Justin Bieber to Top Billboard 200

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We may be witnessing the emergence of the next big young superstar as Shawn Mendes topped the Billboard 200 this week with his debut LP Handwritten. He becomes the youngest performer to top the chart since 2010, when Justin Bieber also did it at the age of 16 (albeit six months younger than Mendes). What makes Mendes' accomplishment more impressive is that he did so without a single on the Billboard charts, drawing almost entirely from hype built as a Vine star (and as an opener for Taylor Swift on tour). He moved 119,000 copies of his debut.READ MORE

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco Announces Tour Dates, New "Mini-LP" 'Another One' for August Release

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Mac DeMarco is following last year's acclaimed Salad Days with a new "mini-LP" and a "mega tour" (the latter quote was our words. The former, his). Another One will become available during August while the performer will take off on his next tour Wednesday in Portland.READ MORE

Daniel Elk of Spotify

Spotify Worth More Than Entire Music Industry? Only If You Compare Apples and Oranges

Buzz 10:41AM EDT

A new report has come forward claiming that streaming service Spotify is worth more than the music industry as a whole. Understanding that Spotify is itself part of the music industry, take ease in knowing that the statistics presented as part of the Wall Street Journal's eye-opening reports isn't exactly apples-for-oranges.READ MORE

DMX appears with DJ Snake at Coachella

Coachella Tweets Drop 83 Percent During Weekend Two (Because of Nicki Minaj and DMX?)

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Coachella's second weekend featured a massive drop off in social media mentions, despite being an easy sell-out, like the first weekend. Billboard reports that while 3.5 million tweets mentioned Coachella directly during the event's first rendition the previous weekend (with Nicki Minaj and AC/DC driving traffic), only 600,000 mentions went out over the past weekend. What's the story?READ MORE

Jack White

Jack White Makes 'Six-Figure' Donation to National Blues Museum for Interactive Exhibit

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Jack White caught flack when hacked e-mails revealed his distaste for the Black Keys allegedly ripping him off...so at least he's generous in acknowledging the musical acts from which he pieced to gather his signature style. The guitarist made a healthy contribution to the National Blues Museum, which is scheduled to open in St. Louis later this year. The organization told media that the dollar figure was in the "six figure" range.READ MORE

Charlie XCX

Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff Declare Mutual Love; Bleachers and 'Boom Clap' Vocalist Touring

Buzz 08:41AM EDT

Charli XCX and Bleachers have announced a three-week tour for the summer, titled "Charli and Jack Do America" (with "Jack" referencing the latter's frontman, Jack Antonoff). The vocalist mentioned his platonic adoration for the British pop star.READ MORE

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