Josh Thompson has announced that the first part of The Lost Record, a two volume EP release, will land on October 9. "It's been soul cleansing to finally be able to share this music with my fans," Thompson says. "I think, if there's one thing people can cling to, it's their beliefs and their way of life. I think people need that simplicity in country music . . ."
Alt-J have announced a winter U.K. arena tour set to begin at Manchester Central on November 29. Tickets for the seven-date trek, which comes in support of the band's latest album, This Is All Yours, go on sale on September 3. Ahead of the U.K. arena tour, Alt-J will play the Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend.
2 Chainz has released a new music video for the song "Lapdance in the Trap House," produced by Honorable C-Note. In the new clip, directed by Sharod Marcus Simpson, 2 Chainz sports a poncho and a wide-brim hat at a house party. There are plenty of twerking bikini-clad girls surrounding 2 Chainz and his crew, who shower them with stacks of cash . . .
Charlie Daniels raised $300,000 during his 40th anniversary Volunteer Jam at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena earlier this month. "When we first started back in 1974, there was nothing else like it . . . It got to be a problem to get a really good roster of talent, so we kind of laid off for a while," Daniels told The Boot before the show.
Chris Cornell has revealed that he did not want to hire a band during the recording sessions of his forthcoming solo album Higher Truth. Cornell said that he and producer Brendan O'Brien played most of the instruments themselves. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, pianist Patrick Wong and violinist Anne-Marie Simpson also contributed.
Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp's Hollywood Vampires have revealed a new cover of the Who's "My Generation." The new cover tune features Ringo Starr's son and the Who touring musician Zak Starkey on drums.
Miley Cyrus went undercover and took to the streets on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to see what people thought about her upcoming hosting gig on the MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus put on a brunette wig and busted out an Australian accent to quiz passersby. One man said that he didn't like her "style," adding, "And her dad. I just don't like her whole family."
Craig Morgan has announced that his ninth annual charity golf tourney will take place in Dickson, Tennessee on October 17. The event features the tournament, silent auction and evening concert. All proceeds from Craig Morgan's golf tournament and festival will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.
David Gilmour recorded a cover of The Beatles "Here, There and Everywhere" for this month's edition of Mojo magazine, which also features Gilmour on the cover. For the most part, the former Pink Floyd frontman stays true to the original version, which originally appeared on the Beatles 1966 album Revolver.
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.