Music News May 8, 2015
Neil Patrick Harris’ NBC Variety Show has an Official Name
One of the big new tentpoles NBC will be touting at its upfront presentation to advertisers next week is its Neil Patrick Harris variety show, which until now has simply been referred to as … the Neil Patrick Harris variety show. But Vulture can now exclusively reveal the title of NPH’s weekly extravaganza: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The one-hour series — bowing this fall and based on the long-running and very successful British show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway — will offer a mix of comedy, music, and game-show elements. Harris seems to have been doing some on-site research on the format: He served as guest announcer on Takeaway a couple of months back. It also seems a safe bet to assume that Harris will make an appearance (and perhaps even perform) at NBC’s upfront event Monday at Radio City Music Hall.
You can read more here à http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/neil-patrick-harris-variety-show-now-has-a-name.html
Check Out the First Trailer for the New “Vacation” Movie
The first trailer for the new “Vacation” hit the web yesterday. ED HELMS plays the adult version of Rusty Griswold, the kid from the original movies. He decides to try to recapture the past by driving HIS family across the country to Wally World.
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE plays his wife, LESLIE MANN is his sister Audrey, and CHRIS HEMSWORTH plays Audrey’s extremely well-hung husband Stone Crandall.
CHEVY CHASE and BEVERLY D’ANGELO have a cameo. Sadly, no Cousin Eddie . . . although I’m guessing they definitely would have written him in if RANDY QUAID hadn’t lost his mind.
(WARNING!!! This is a Red Band trailer, which means it contains R-rated content. “Vacation” hits theaters July 29th.)
Just About Every Superhero Will Be in the Next “Captain America” Movie
The next “Captain America” movie, “Captain America: Civil War”, will be LOADED with Marvel superheroes. Close to ALL OF THEM, in fact.
We’ll see Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Vision, the Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man . . . and even Spider-Man will supposedly make an appearance. But that hasn’t been announced yet, because the new Spider-Man hasn’t been cast.
So far, there’s no word on Thor or the Hulk. But MARTIN FREEMAN from the “Hobbit” movies has joined the cast. There’s no word who he’s playing.
“Captain America: Civil War” comes out next May. It picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off . . . in the aftermath of a second huge international incident involving the Avengers that led to massive collateral damage.
Now there’s political pressure to install a governing body to determine when to enlist the help of the Avengers, and to hold them accountable for what they do.
This results in a split between the superheroes. One group led by Captain America is cool with it . . . while another led by Iron Man wants to go rogue. Overly-long and impossible-to-follow CGI fight scenes will ensue.
Slash Said “Never Say Never” to a Guns N’ Roses Reunion, and the Internet Lost Its Mind
The Internet LOST ITS MIND yesterday when SLASH said “never say never” to a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion. The thing is, he said absolutely nothing new.
It was during an interview with “CBS This Morning” . . . and obviously he’s not the one who brought it up. He said, quote, “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”
Asked what the “right reasons” would be, he said, quote, “I mean, that’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing . . . it’s really between the guys in the band.”
Then, asked if he thought a reunion was likely, he said, quote, “Never say never.”
In other words, he said A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING, and a G’n’R reunion is NO CLOSER TO HAPPENING than it ever was. Get over it. (Here’s video.)
Music News May 7, 2015
Eddie Murphy has Released a New Single
Eddie Murphy is a big music fan and loves the Rastafarian culture, so it’s only natural that he hits the stage! Click here for a listen to his latest single ‘Oh Jah Jah’
Adam Levine gets Sugar Bombed…
The Maroon 5 frontman was actually taking time to greet fans when the sugar bomber attacked — seemingly landing a head shot on Adam with some sweet sweet powder … and leaving one side of his face completely white. He did NOT look happy.
Unclear if the attacker was protesting on behalf of any particular group — or just some idiot prankster — but he was quickly detained by security until police arrived and arrested him for battery. Adam continued into the studio for his scheduled performance.
No word on what he and the band will play, but our best guess — “Sugar.”
The Zac Brown Band Earned Their Third #1 Album
The ZAC BROWN BAND earned their third #1 album this week with 228,000 copies of “Jekyll + Hyde”. They previously hit #1 with “Uncaged” in 2012 and “You Get What You Give” in 2010.
Two other albums also debuted in the Top 10. JOSH GROBAN earned his eighth top 10 album with “Stages” moving 180,000 copies in 2nd place . . . and country singer TYLER FARR debuted in 4th place with 42,000 copies of “Suffer In Peace”.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
1. NEW: “Jekyll + Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 228,000 copies
2. NEW: “Stages”, Josh Groban . . . 180,000 copies
3. The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 53,000 copies
4. NEW: “Suffer In Peace”, Tyler Farr . . . 42,000 copies
5. “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 37,000 copies
6. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 36,000 copies
7. “Sound & Color”, Alabama Shakes . . . 34,000 copies
8. “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 33,000 copies
9. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 32,000 copies
10. “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 31,000 copies
The Guy Who Sang “You Sexy Thing” Has Died
ERROL BROWN, the lead singer of the ’70s funk band HOT CHOCOLATE, died yesterday after a battle with liver cancer. He was 71. Hot Chocolate is best known for “You Sexy Thing“.
It was a Top 5 hit in 1976, but you still hear it in movies and commercials to this day.
The band actually got their start when JOHN LENNON heard their reggae version of “Give Peace a Chance“. That got them signed to Apple Records.
Science Says the Emergence of Rap Made a Bigger Impact on Music Than the Beatles
A new scientific study shows that the emergence of rap made a bigger impact on music than THE BEATLES.
Researchers analyzed 30-second clips of roughly 17,000 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 charts from 1960 to 2010 . . . and used computer programs to look at their musical properties, instrumentation, chord patterns, and stuff like that.
They found that the rise of mainstream rap in the early ’90s was, quote, “the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts in [that] period.”
After that, there were two other significant musical revolutions: The synth, New Wave movement of 1983 . . . and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British Invasion bands in the early ’60s.
Researchers said that ultimately rap proved to be a more profound influence, because the British bands were inspired by Chuck Berry and Little Richard . . . and were found to have followed more existing trends.
Music News May 6, 2015
Check Out Footage of U2 Performing in a New York Subway
U2 performed a surprise acoustic gig on the platform of a New York City subway station on Monday night . . . they did Angel of Harlem”, “Beautiful Day”, and “Song for Someone”.
Apparently it was a stunt for their appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Friday. JIMMY FALLON was there . . . and he’s been filming stuff with U2 all around the city, including a recreation of BONO’S bike accident.
Music News May 5, 2015
Jimmy Fallon Joined Blur to Perform ‘Tender’
Blur is back, and they’re making the most of their return to the spotlight.
The British fourpiece appeared overnight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for an unplugged, backstage performance of “Tender,” the classic ballad lifted from Blur’s 1999 album 13. Damon Albarn and co. got by with a little help from Fallon on guitar and backing vocals, and a gospel choir.
Blur’s new album The Magic Whip is the leader on this week’s U.K. albums chart. Its the Britpop legends’ first studio set since 2003’s Think Tank, and the first as the classic line-up (Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James) since 13.
Watch the clip and read more here –> http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6553944/watch-blur-and-jimmy-fallon-perform-tender
The Who has Postponed Three Shows
Vocal problems for Roger Daltrey have forced the Who to put off a trio of scheduled shows, beginning on Tuesday. The postponements include a May 5 stop at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, then dates at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center on Thursday (May 7) and finally in Louisville on Saturday (May 9) at the KFC Yum! Center.
Daltrey is following a medical recommendation to rest his voice, the Who said in a Monday night release. “It is with great regret that the Who are postponing the next three shows of their ‘The Who Hits 50!’ North American tour based on doctors’ advice that lead singer Roger Daltrey remain on vocal rest, due to swollen vocal cords, for the remainder of this week.”
Daltrey has already admitted to other physical issues, as the Who continue a grueling schedule into their 70s. Both Daltrey and Pete Townshend have spoken frankly about this as their last globe-trotting trip, and they sound somewhat relieved to slow down a bit. “We don’t know how long it will go on for — it could be another 18 months — but that will be it,” Daltrey said last month. “I’ve got to the point where I’m having physical problems with my body now, joints going and all that.”
The Who’s rep said their tour should resume on May 11 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Replacement dates for these May 5-9 concerts will follow, they said, and tickets for the original appearances will be honored on the new dates.
Which ’90s TV Show Should Get the Netflix / “Full House” Treatment Next?
A lot of old shows are being revived these days, either with new seasons like “Arrested Development” . . . as continuations of what they used to be like “Twin Peaks” and “X-Files” . . . Or as spin-offs with some of the same characters, like “Girl Meets World” and Netflix’s new “Full House” revival, “Fuller House”.
So, that begs the question: What other classic ’90s shows would YOU like to see get the Netflix / “Full House” treatment?
A list of suggestions online has these 13 shows: “Moesha”, “Step By Step”, “Clarissa Explains It All”, “Saved By the Bell”, “Dinosaurs”, “Kenan & Kel”, “Family Matters”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “The Secret World of Alex Mack”, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete”, “Home Improvement”, “Married with Children”, and “Martin”.
Music News May 4, 2015
A New Kurt Cobain Album Is on the Way
The new KURT COBAIN documentary “Montage of Heck” features some previously unreleased recordings . . . and now, the director says he’s putting out a whole album of Kurt’s stuff sometime this summer.
He says, quote, “[It’ll] feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people.” There aren’t any further details yet.
Rush Reveals Next Tour will be the Last Tour
We weren’t really sure if Rush‘s next tour would be the last time the group would ever go out on the road when we posted about it back in March. Road manager Ray Daniels alluded to the fact that the tour could be the last, but concrete answers weren’t available. Now guitarist Alex Lifeson has revealed to Global News that drummer Neal Peart has serious tendonitis and the next tour is basically the last time you’ll ever get to see Rush live.
Rush has had a hell of a career, and good on them for making it this far… but wow. A world where Rush is just a studio thought and that’s it. I wonder how long Rush can even be a studio entity with Peart in the condition he’s in? It’s not like Rush can get a new drummer.
Wait, there’s a bright side! Lifeson also says there will occasionally be one-off shows here and there if it’s possible! That and maybe even a new studio record soon-ish or some movie soundtrack work.
B.B. King is in Hospice Care … and his Daughter is Making Elder Abuse Claims …
89-year-old B.B. KING was briefly hospitalized last week, but he’s since been released. On Friday, a message posted on his website said, quote, “I’m in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.”
His daughter Patty King says he suffered a mild heart attack . . . but the circumstances surrounding his care are up for debate. B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney has power of attorney, and they haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye.
In fact, Patty called the police last week when Toney refused to let her take him to the hospital . . . even though he wasn’t eating and was very dehydrated. The cops agreed that he should be checked out, so they called the paramedics.
Patty is also accusing Toney of elder abuse and burglary. She says she’s stolen tens of millions of dollars from B.B. . . . and was withholding his medications while on tour. The police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.
For the record, Toney says, quote, “Mr. King is where he wishes to be . . . he’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home.”
“Stand By Me” Singer Ben E. King Has Died
Soul singer BEN E. KING died on Thursday at the age of 76. According to reports, he’d been suffering from a brief illness. There aren’t any specifics, and his death is being attributed to “natural causes.”
King started out with the revamped lineup of THE DRIFTERS in the late-’50s and early-’60s, leading the group on songs like “There Goes My Baby” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”.
“Stand By Me” was originally released in 1961, but it hit the charts again in 1986 when it was featured on the soundtrack of the movie of the same name.