Music News 12.6.16

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Selena’s Father Files Lawsuit Against Daughter’s Widow

Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., father of the late singer Selena, has filed a lawsuit against the Tejano icon’s widower Chris Perez and the Endemol Shine Latino production company over what Selena’s father alleges to be a gross exploitation of his daughter developing tin the form of a television series based on Perez’s “unauthorized” memoir To Selena with Love. Quintanilla presented the lawsuit last Friday in a Texas court to halt the production of the upcoming series, saying Perez agreed long ago to never exploit Selena’s life, image, career, or tragic death in any manner or medium, television series included. The agreement was signed by Perez back in 1995 under the Estate Properties Agreement that names Abraham Quintanilla as the sole owner of Selena’s name, voice, signature, photograph, and likeness. Perez’s defense? “To Selena With Love allowed me to finally embrace my experience and understand the void it could fill in the hearts of so many others. I am now ready to take the important step of being fully transparent and bringing my everlasting relationship to life on the screen.” (Billboard)

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Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan’s reaction to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature has been…strange and complicated, starting with the Nobel Committee’s announcement of the prize, his two-week delay in even acknowledging his win followed by his assertion of “other commitments mak[ing] it unfortunately impossible” for him to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm this Saturday. Today Dylan announced that Patti Smith will be representing his music, performing his 1962 protest song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” Smith was asked to perform at the Nobel Gala before any winners had been announced. Also in his absence, he’ll be sending a thank you speech to be read by a yet-to-be decided proxy. Dylan is expected to deliver his full lecture (as required by the Nobel committee) sometime next year. (FACT)

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Music News 12.5.16

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Morrissey Tour Dates Officially Cancelled 

Another Morrissey tour, another string of cancelled shows, though this time around, Morrissey blames the tour’s management team, 360 Management. The first set of cancelled shows happened after Morrissey’s keyboardist Gustavo Mazur collapsed backstage before their Boulder, Colorado show, causing cancellations for half a dozen or so dates, including Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso. Initially, Morrissey had planned on rescheduling the shows, but now alleges that 360 Management cut off the tour’s funding following Mazur’s collapse, claiming “there was apparently not even enough money to transport the touring party to the next scheduled city, and 360 Management faded out as quickly as they faded in.” The singer published a true Morrissey-esque statement about the affair to his official fansite True To You that read more like a love letter to his artistry rather than his fans, ending the letter with the enigmatic statement, “I will see you in extremely far-off places.” (CoS)

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Dolly Parton Starts My People Fund to Help Displaced Families from Wildfires

Following the wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee that erupted last week and are still being fully extinguished, Dolly Parton announced the My People Fund, an effort to aid those who have lost loved ones or property due to the natural disaster. So far, an estimated 14 people have been killed, 136 seriously injured, and over 1,600 structures have been compromised or destroyed in the last week, including minor structures on the outskirts of Dollywood. Dolly promises to provide $1,000 a month for six months to all families who have lost their homes to help them get back on their feet. At this time, it’s estimated that over 14,000 area residents have been displaced due to the fire. (Rolling Stone)

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016

Bass and Drum Pioneer Mark Goodings Passes Away

Mark Goodings, one half of the Drum and Bass outfit Hidden Agenda, died last night after a battle with illness. Goodings and his brother Jason, the other half of Hidden Agenda, are credited as being pioneers of the Drum and Bass genre. While his brother Jason fronted the duo, Mark Goodings specifically focused on the studio production and the inclusion of nontraditional sounds in UK’s underground music scene. Under the name Hidden Agenda, the duo released their first 12” on Goldie and Kemistry & Storm’s prolific drum and bass record label Metalheadz in 1995. After releasing a dozen 12”s and EPs through the mid-to-late-90s, Goodings moved to Switzerland to launch his own label and record new music under the name Max Fresh. (FACT)

 

Rush Win Prolific Humanitarian Award, Donate $40,000 to Brain Cancer Research

Earlier this month, Canadian rock legends Rush were presented with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award by Canadian Music Week. The group received the honor in recognition for all they’ve done throughout their nearly 50-year career for causes like Doctors Without Borders, United Way, and their local Toronto Food Bank. As part of the prize, the group was given the opportunity to make a $40,000 to any charity of their choosing. This week Rush announced they will making the donation to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. Gord Downie is the co-founder and frontman of the alt-rock outfit The Tragically Hip and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer this May, embarking on a final tour this past summer. Rush affirms their decision with recognition that Downie’s diagnosis and research charity is doing monumental work in raising awareness for the terrible disease, adding “As a fellow musician and friend, it’s our turn to help support his efforts to fight brain cancer now.” (CoS)

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

U-God Suing Wu-Tang Clan Over Unpaid Royalties

Long-time Wu-Tang Clan member U-God is suing the hip-hop collective over six years’ worth of unpaid royalties and merchandise profit. U-God, real name Lamont Jody Hawkins, claims to have worked on about 170 Wu-Tang tracks since 1993, but hasn’t seen any royalty cuts from a dozen albums in the last six years, including the $2 million price tag Martin Shkreli paid for the album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. On top of that, Hawkins claims he’s not seen his contraction-binding, semi-annual payout of Wu-Tang merchandise in over five years either. Hawkins puts full blame on RZA and his brother Mitchell Diggs for abusing their power as Wu-Tang Founders. All together, Hawkins alleges that he’s owed $2.5 million. (Stereogum)

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Belle and Sebastian Put out a Call to Fans for Album Art

Belle and Sebastian released a statement yesterday via frontman Stuart Murdoch regarding an upcoming album, and they’re looking to fans for the album’s artwork, so if you’ve ever imagined your lovely visage gracing the cover of a Belle and Sebastian album, here’s your chance. The group is asking fans to email a single headshot to the group, and about 50 will be chosen as volunteers to have their photo taken by Murdoch himself for the upcoming album, which the group imagines will be released as a series of vinyl EPs. Head shots should be submitted by the end of December, and all of the details can be found here.

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Music News 11.29.16

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Posted by on Nov 29, 2016

10 Years Later, Stories for Ways and Means “Grown-up Children’s Book” is Completed

Waxploitation record company founder Jeff Antebi decade-in-the-making “grown-up children’s” book, Stories for Ways and Means, is finally ready for the world. The 350-page charity project features original short stories written by 30 songwriters including Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Nick Cave, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Kathleen Hanna. The book is accompanied by a series of short films with narration from Zack Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Lizzo, and Danny DeVito. The project will raise funds for education-focused non-profits Pencils of Promise, Room to Read, and 826. The book is available for pre-order in either its standard version, or the ultra-autographed deluxe edition. (Billboard)

 

Announcing the Grammy Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Grammy’s have announced their Class of 2017 Hall of Fame list. To be considered as one of the annual 25, a song must simply be at least 25 years old. Two songs making the cut right at 25 are REM’s “Losing My Religion” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Other songs included this year are Billie Holiday’s “Lady Sing the Blues,” N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Prince’s “Sign O’ the Times,” “Thank You” by Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie’s “Changes,” and Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee.” The songs will be officially inducted in tandem with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017 for what could potentially be the ceremony’s last on the West coast. (the FADER)

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