Common has released the music video for "Diamonds," featuring Big Sean. The black and white clip, shot in L.A., features the pair dropping their verses without interference. "No matter what situation you gotta get to shining," the Chicago MC told Rap-Up TV of the No I.D.-produced song.
Jason Aldean has opened up on his recent drinking binge with fellow star Kenny Chesney, saying that a casual trip to Nashville's Buffalo Wild Wings with his girlfriend ended in an all-day drinking session. "He goes, 'Well, I'm at somewhere. We've been drinking margaritas all day,'" Aldean told ABC News.
T.I. teamed up with Fall Out Boy and London Grammar on the debut episode of VH1's SoundClash, a program that brings together unexpected collabs for a live performance. Tip, Patrick Stump of FOB and Hannah Reid of London Grammar hooked up for a rendition of "Live Your Life."
Jack White popped up during Beck's Rhode Island gig over the weekend where the two performed some classic Beck tracks, including "Loser," "Where It's At," "Pay No Mind" and "One Foot in the Grave." Beck inexplicably introduced White as "the best bartender in the world" before launching into the tunes. John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, was spotted playing tambourine.
Luke Bryan has teamed up with Miller Lite to provide 45 Army and Air Force service men and women the opportunity to see his show at Chicago's Soldier Field for free. He plays the venue on August 31. "We are excited to give these incredible service men and women the chance to win a truly amazing experience," said Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director in a press release.
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has released "Rapt," the lead single from her upcoming album, Crush Songs, due September 8. The set, recorded between 2006-2007, is described as a "collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings." "When I was 27 I crushed a lot," O said in a statement. "I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again."
The Doobie Brothers have unveiled the guest list for their upcoming country tribute album Southbound. According to guitarist and singer Patrick Simmons, the group was surprised to hear they had so many fans in the genre: "The artists picked the tracks. It's a best-of, if you will, but it's re-done by incredible Nashville players in the studio . . ."
Taylor Swift responded to a young lovelorn fan on Instagram who asked her guy advice. The girl, Hannah, writes that she has "the biggest crush in the whole wide world on [him], and he'll never like me back." "I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized," responded Tay Tay.
Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman, a two-disc solo career spanning set, due October 7. The set features a CD, including 17 of Oz's greatest hit singles, while a companion DVD, features music videos, live performances and interviews. The set will also be available as a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc.
2 Chainz has released the music video for "Freebase," which recreates the Michael Jackson video for "Thriller." Chingy wears the signature red leather jacket and transforms into a zombie for the remake. "Hands down best video I've Ever shot!!!" tweeted 2 Chainz. The visual also attaches a disclaimer at the outset: "This video is for entertainment purposes only."
Elton John has given screenwriter Lee Hall access to his diaries to help him with the writing of the upcoming Rocketman biopic. Hall, speaking with the BBC, said Elton is eager to make a true to life film: "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab . . ."
Peter Marquardt, who played the drug lord Moco in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," has died. He was 50. Marquardt, who was best known for playing the white-suited drug lord in Rodriguez's classic film, also appeared in Rodriguez's subsequent films "Desperado," "Spy Kids 3-D" and "The Shadow People." He was cast in "El Mariachi"—despite not speaking Spanish.
Lil Wayne has launched his own sports management agency with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as his first client, say several sources. According to TMZ, the Young Money Boss has partnered with Polaris Sports to handle Ronaldo's marketing, endorsement deals, and modeling. Polaris is an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute, the firm for which Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is employed.
The Zac Brown Band have released a behind the scenes video showing fans the making of their latest single "All Alright" from The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 EP. In the vid, ZBB are seen in their own Southern Ground Studios in Nashville along with Foo Fighters fronter Dave Grohl. The visual highlights how the band recorded the album as a band instead of tracking each part.
Jessie J debuted a curly new hairdo while performing at the Wales Access All Eirias festival on Saturday. The long locks were a departure for J, who is typically seen wearing ponytails and bobs. She hit Twitter earlier in the week to tell her fans she's dedicated to them: "One thing I strive for is to be consistent. Whether it's 5 people in an audience or 50 thousand . . ."