Elton John has been honored with his very own official UK coin. The Royal Mint announced the accolade, marking the second installment of their “Music Legends” collection (the first coin was minted in honor of Queen). “It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way,” Elton John said in a press release.
Today (July 3), Bandcamp is once again waiving its share of revenue and giving all proceeds to artists and labels. To celebrate the occasion, a wide variety of independent labels and artists have announced new music, special merch, and other releases. Among the participating labels are Merge, Sub Pop, Father/Daughter, No Quarter, Fat Possum, and
Ian Isiah has shared a video for the new song “Loose Truth,” from his upcoming Chromeo-produced project AUNTIE. The video was directed by Thuan Tran and follows Isiah interacting with “essential workers, first responders, business owners, activists, artists, friends and family members” throughout Brooklyn. Check it out below, and scroll down for Isiah’s statement on
Breaking News It’s happening (or so it seems) … Kanye West is running for President, and he says he’s doing it sooner than later — as in RIGHT NOW!!! At least that’s how it sounds, anyway. Ye made the announcement out of nowhere Saturday on Twitter, saying … “We must now realize the promise of
Exclusive 40 Glocc is finally on the path to putting his prostitution ring bust behind him, and the first step is checking into jail to serve his sentence … nearly 3 years after his arrest. The rapper turned himself in to Blue Earth County Jail on June 30 in Minnesota where he’ll do one year
ML Buch has released her debut album, Skinned. The Danish singer, producer, and composer of baroque synth symphonies and dream-pop nuggets announced the album early last year, before quietly delaying its release and receding from the public eye. Now, as suddenly as she vanished, Buch is back: the 10-track LP is now streaming on Bandcamp,
Exclusive Pop Smoke‘s closest friends are getting iced out before his debut album drops … with some custom jewelry honoring the slain rapper. Pop’s inner circle reached out to New York City’s Benny The Jeweler for some special commemorative bling … according to our sources, and it was just in time for Friday’s posthumous release.
In 2018, Jason Isbell contributed the song “Maybe It’s Time” to the soundtrack of A Star Is Born, where it was performed by Bradley Cooper. The song earned Cooper his first solo Billboard chart placement and was later covered by Eddie Vedder. Now, Isbell has shared his own demo of the track. It’s out on
Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist NNAMADÏ has released a new album. KRAZY KARL follows his previous 2020 releases: April’s full-length BRAT and June’s Black Plight EP. In a press release, NNAMADÏ describes the sound of the record as “untethered,” “deranged modern compositions,” and “when your brain tries to leave your skull, but you keep mashing it
Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters died after going into cardiac arrest … TMZ has learned. The Grammy-winning Motown artist’s cause of death is listed as cardiopulmonary arrest … this according to her death certificate obtained by TMZ. Bonnie — real name Patricia Eva Pointer — died on June 8 at 3:37 AM. The doc
Exclusive DaBaby‘s set to fire up a nightclub crowd on the Fourth of July, but he and his team insist safety precautions are in place. The rapper’s performing at the 4th of July Bash at Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge in Decatur, GA Saturday night, but due to coronavirus concerns … it won’t be the usual packed
David Gilmour has released “Yes, I Have Ghosts,” the Pink Floyd guitarist’s first new music in five years. The song is a collaboration with his daughter, harpist Romany Gilmour, and his wife, the author and lyricist Polly Samson. The song was previously part of the audiobook version of Samson’s latest novel, A Theatre for Dreamers.
Andrew Bird was the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. From his home, he performed “Manifest,” from 2019’s My Finest Work Yet, accompanied by members of his family. “Got the Bird Family Band together,” he wrote on Twitter. Check out their performance below. Following the release of My Finest Work Yet, Andrew
Breaking News Kacey Musgraves‘ marriage to her singer-songwriter husband was less of a slow burn and more of a flame that went out quickly … she’s getting divorced after 2 1/2 years. The Grammy-winning country star and musician Ruston Kelly have filed for divorce — according to reps for both singers — and say they’ve
Exclusive Details Vanilla Ice is offering fans a warning — come see my concert at your own risk, cuz it could cost you your life, but the local health department’s going even further … saying stay away from his show. The “Ice Ice Baby” rapper is set to perform Friday night at Emerald Point Bar
With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson, Westside Gunn, Boris, patten, and Greg Foat. Subscribe to
JAY-Z’s Team Roc published an open letter in today’s issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to prosecute and fire Wauwatosa Police Department officer Joseph Mensah. In the five years he’s held his job, Mensah reportedly shot and killed Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales, and Jay Anderson, firing 19
Breaking News The NFL is planning to make a huge statement when the season kicks off … with the league reportedly deciding to play the Black National Anthem before every Week 1 game. “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” — which is often referred to as the Black National Anthem — will be played before the
Jay-Z and his social justice team are going all out to get a Wisconsin cop fired and charged in the killings of 3 men of color — they’ve posted a full-page ad demanding it. Jay’s Team ROC took out the ad Thursday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, calling for the immediate prosecution and termination of
Originally announced last year, 100 gecs’ 1000 gecs remix album 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues has received a release date, artwork, and a tracklist. It’s coming out on July 10 (via Big Beat/Atlantic). 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues includes the previously shared “ringtone (Remix),” “745 sticky (Injury Reserve Remix),” “stupid horse
Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com Public Enemy still wants people to “Fight the Power” … but now Chuck D says it’s time to let younger people handle that fight, because time’s literally running out for most political leaders. We talked to the legendary MC on ‘TMZ Live’ to get his thoughts on the upcoming election
I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew
Rhode Island-native Dicky Barrett gained fame for his raspy vocals and catchy lyrics as the frontman for the successful ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones … who shot to the top in 1997 after their single, “The Impression That I Get,” landed at the top of the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks list and lead
JAY-Z’s annual Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roc Nation said in a statement that the festival will return in 2021. It was scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 5-6, at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. “2020 is a year like no other,” the statement reads.
Exclusive Tori Brixx can’t seem to stay out of danger — she was allegedly the victim of another home invasion robbery, but thankfully … she wasn’t injured this time. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Tori is one of several alleged victims of a home invasion earlier this week in L.A., where perps allegedly made
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have announced a new string of dates for their Hella Mega Tour, which was postponed from this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the new dates for next summer below, and get tickets here. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our
Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com Cops in Aurora, CO targeted Elijah McClain‘s violin vigil to make an example out of nonviolent musicians … so says a famous violinist who saw it all play out. Lee England Jr. — who Michael Jordan calls “the Michael Jordan of the violin” — tells TMZ … Aurora police made
Buffalo rapper Westside Gunn has revealed the tracklist for his next album Flygod Is an Awesome God II, which comes out this Friday (July 3) via Griselda Records. Featured on the album are Griselda’s Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine, as well as frequent collaborators like Keisha Plum, Boldy James, and Daringer. Check out
Play video content Exclusive TMZ.com Cops in Aurora, CO unleashed pepper spray at Elijah McClain‘s violin vigil for no good reason and their brutality was unprovoked … according to a family attorney who saw it all unfold alongside Elijah’s sisters. Mari Newman, a lawyer for Elijah’s family, tells TMZ … she was at Saturday’s musical
The late John Prine, who died earlier this year of COVID-19, has received an unprecedented posthumous honor. He’s the first person to be named Illinois’ honorary poet laureate. “John Prine leaves behind an unparalleled musical legacy and was beloved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven he finds Paradise waitin’ just