Kool and the Gang to Release First Album Since 2007
Kool and the Gang released a new song today, the group’s first in nearly a decade. The single, titled “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours),” comes ahead of their new LP, which currently only has a TBD release date. The group kicks off a short tour later this month with Bootsy Collins and others, and will be debuting new music as well performing the classics. “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours)” will be available for purchase and download tomorrow July 15th.
Pokémon Go Makes Impression On Music Industry
Pokémon Go is integrating itself everywhere, so it makes sense that it would be making an impression in the music world too. Billboard has a suggested playlist attributing each song to a particular Pokémon (MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and Bruno Mars’s “The Lazy Song” representing Pikachu and Snorlax respectively), and Spotify released metrics as well. They report a 362% jump in streaming of the Pokémon theme song globally in the last week, over 197,000 user-created Pokémon-themed playlists, and a general tripling in the steaming of Pokémon-themed songs. If you’ve got a dedicated playlist for catching them all, let us know! Send us a Spotify link! Hit us up on @KUTX on Twitter or Facebook.
Art of Rap Tour Cancels Texas Dates
The much-anticipated Art of Rap festival set to go down Sunday at the Austin360 Amphitheater has been cancelled. C3 Presents sent an email disclosing the information this morning, but did not offer any reason for the cancellation, just that refunds will be available. The Dallas date for the tour was also cancelled, sparking speculation of the reason of the cancellations ranging from the heat of the weather to the heat from the shooting that occurred last week in downtown Dallas. There was already controversy over the Dallas show after a picture of Dallas shooter Micah Xavier Johnson with Public Enemy’s Professor Griff was posted on Twitter by the Daily Mail; a Tweet Griff immediately took to the Internet to point out was a picture that had been taken some time ago at one of the rapper’s many speaking events, shaming the news source for trying to assassinate his character and tie him to the shootings.