Justin Timberlake sent Madonna a birthday tweet that has some fans up in arms. "A happiest of b-days to my mother chucking ninja @Madonna! Hope you have a great one, M!" he wrote. Several have questioned Justin's use of the word "ninja," which some say is a euphemism for "n****r," letting him know that the usage is not appreciated.
Former My Chemical Romance fronter Gerard Way has released the music video for "No Shows," a cut from his upcoming solo debut, Hesitant Alien. The vid, shot with a throwback 1980s vibe, features Way and his band performing on a brightly lit stage. "My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar."
Brad Paisley says he mixed a new song, "Me and Jesus," while returning from an Afghanistan visit on Memorial Day. Speaking with Billboard, the country crooner says that he believes he's the only person to accomplish the feat: "Unless George W. was cutting music on there that I'm not aware of," he began. "I cut the track the day before we left. [The flight] was 13 hours."
T.I. will be featured in the upcoming Ant-Man movie from Marvel Comics. The film, directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On), is due in theaters on July 17, 2015. There's no word on Tip's role, but, according to Black Film, the production is shooting in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The all star cast also includes Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.
Jon Bon Jovi recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, posting video of the chilling experience to YouTube. In line with IBC guidelines, Jovi nominated his three bandmates - Tico Torres, David Bryan and Richie Sambora - to participate. "On behalf of myself and my friends back here, I want you to know I wanted to be the first to rise to the occasion."
Willie Nelson has revealed that he hasn't had to purchase marijuana in years thanks to his loyal fan base. The legendary country star opened up about his never ending supply during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "Oh yeah, I've run out," Willie said in the interview. "But usually somebody will bring us some weed."
Jackson Browne has released "The Birds of St. Marks," a cut from his upcoming album, Standing in the Breach. The cut, originally demoed in 1970, is said to have been inspired by Browne's relationship to Nico, who had previously recorded Browne's song "These Days" with the Velvet Underground.
Elton John says that he does not support the U.K. Independence Party [UKIP], the country's right wing, populist party. Its leader, Nigel Farage says that he spent time with Elton and his partner David Furnish, who teased that the pair might support UKIP. "Elton will not be favoring any party," a rep for Elton told the Guardian.
Lady Gaga has revealed the cover art to her upcoming Tony Bennett collab Cheek to Cheek. The image features a brunette Mother Monster nuzzling up to the legendary singer. "Artwork For #CheekToCheek by the incredible Steven Klein @SKstudly I love this photograph, and very honored to be in it with my Tony," wrote Gaga on Twitter.
Bob Seger has confirmed that his new album Ride Out is set for release on October 14. It will be Seger's first new collection of songs since 2006's Face The Promise and will feature tracks including "Detroit Made" and "All of the Roads."
Johnny Marr has opened up about the inspiration and the themes behind his second solo studio release Playland. The album is due on October 7, and the rocker sat down with Rolling Stone to explain why it may be his most authentic release to date.
Nicki Minaj gives Drake a lap dance in the video for "Anaconda," a cut from her upcoming LP, The Pink Print. Nik wears fishnet leggings, a pink bra and a black baseball cap as she dances for and on Drizzy in the vid. "I was probably thanking the higher ups for that very moment," tweeted Drake. "Def the best invite to a video shoot EVER. #ViewsFromMyChair"
Kid Rock will be a granddad once his son, Bobby Ritchie Jr. and son's girlfriend, give birth to their child. Bobby's gf is currently four months along, reports Us Weekly. In 2000, Kid won a custody battle against his ex-girlfriend Kelley South for Bobby and has raised him alone from the age of seven.
Arcade Fire covered the Pixies's "Alec Eiffel" during their set in Mansfield, Massachusetts. "Alec" is the latest in a long line of regional covers played by AF during their current Reflektor tour. Win Butler also shouted out the Boston-based charity Partners in Health of which he's a noted supporter: "It's the coolest thing that came out of Boston, aside from the Pixies."
Jazmine Sullivan has released "Stupid Girls," a cut from her upcoming third studio album, Reality Show. The unveiling came on NPR, which was on hand with Jaz at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. "While we were in the city for the Essence Music Festival, we asked Jazmine Sullivan to meet us there," said Frannie Kelly of NPR.