Janet Jackson penned a heartfelt note to Aaliyah, the R&B sensation who passed away 14 years ago in a plane crash. Janet posted a picture on Twitter of a handwritten note. "What I shared with u ever sacred everlasting N it's pure + it will endure. I love u Aaliyah. #RIP," she said.
Foreigner wrapped up a near two-week stand in Detroit with a special acoustic performance. The intimate show took place at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. It will be released as a live album in early 2016 called The Hits Unplugged and Live.
Carrie Underwood has debuted her new video for "Smoke Break." The video, directed by Randee St. Nicholas, follows Underwood, wearing fringed cowgirl boots, a white tank top and a gingham vest, as she hitchhikes to a neighborhood bar after her truck breaks down.
The Velvet Underground's 1970 album Loaded is to receive a new six-disc reissue. The set, which Pitchfork reports is to be released on October 30 to celebrate the LP's 45th anniversary, will feature the original album remastered in stereo and mono, as well as previously-unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes. Also included in the new collection will be two live albums.
At a recent show in Michigan, Dave Grohl invited a fan onstage to celebrate his 50th birthday. The two also shared a beer. As the Foo Fighters were playing a show in Clarkston, Grohl spotted the man holding a sign that read "It's My 50th. Let's Have A Beer." The fan came onto the stage and gave his name as Griffin before he and Grohl each pounded a beer.
Fans are calling for Taylor Swift to present Kanye West with an award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. As West will receive the ceremony's highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, during the show, fans have asked that Swift hand the award to him to put an end to the infamous "Imma let you finish" incident, during which West interrupted Swift in 2009.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have added a second leg to their Rebel Content Tour in support of their recently released album The Monsanto Years. The new tour dates are set to kick off on October 1 in Missoula, Montana and continue through October 17 in Berkley, California.
Disclosure have released details of a number of collaborations on their upcoming new album Caracal, including the song "Magnets" they recorded with Lorde. "I didn't realize how many fans we share," Disclosure's Guy Lawrence told NME.
Pearl Jam may be planning to begin work on a new album sometime next year, according to bassist Jeff Ament. Ament tells Vice that, after the band's planned South American tour this fall, the group has an eye toward working on some new music in 2016. "The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," he said.
Chris Brown has some fresh new ink, on the back of his head. The R&B star recently took time out of his One Hell of a Nite tour to get a massive depiction of ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo tattooed on the back of his head. The image also appears on the cover of Jay Z's album Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail.
Fort Minor, the rap and hip-hop side project of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, have announced their first U.K. live show in a decade. Shinoda announced that the group will perform at London's Scala on September 8. It will be Fort Minor's first show in the United Kingdom since performing at the Mean Fiddler in November 2005.
Ed Sheeran recently filmed a cameo for the Australian soap opera Home and Away and a clip of the performance has now been released. Sheeran plays Teddy, a child that character Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) was formerly nanny to when she lived in the U.K. "It's an Australian institution. It's always on in my local chip shop," Sheeran said of his performance.
Mumford & Sons fronter Marcus Mumford says that he has a back up plan should his band fall upon hard times. Speaking with The Big Issue, Marcus said he will just become a farmer. "Yes, I'm still surprised. I'm still not convinced this is my job. I've still got contingency plans at the back of my head, before every tour, about becoming a teacher or a farmer," he began.
Neal McCoy is mourning the passing of his stepfather, Don McCoy, who died after a battle with dementia. Neal posted the news on Facebook. "He was a true gentleman, kind, polite, and caring," he began. "There wasn't anything he couldn't or wouldn't fix. He took care of my mother like no one else could for over 30 years."
Van Morrison will make his 33 albums available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming platforms beginning Friday, August 28. In 2009, the singer pulled his catalog from iTunes, saying at the time, "I'm not a download artist . . . I don't need them." Now, Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Entertainment, says it has "acquired the rights to the most complete discography . . ."