The Cure performed a massive 40 song set at their Christmas show at London's Hammersmith Eventim on Sunday, December 21. It was the first night of a three night residency, and the band celebrated with a setlist packed with favorites and rarities. Highlights included the live debut of The Head on the Door B-side "A Man Inside My Mouth."
Joe Cocker, most well known for his hit duet "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes, has died at the age of 70, after losing his battle with lung cancer. Joe's agent Barrie Marshall said, "he was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain- and remained the same man throughout his life."
The-Dream has released a new song called "Fruition," a seductive slow jam that finds him praising a woman. "It's so hard to find someone like you / I've searched under stars and many a moon," he croons on the cut. According to Exclaim, the track finds Dream at his most smooth. "It's as smooth as one would expect from the R&B singer, pairing his velvety vocals with sappy love lyrics."
Miley Cyrus posted a picture of herself to Instagram as a crazy elf. In one pic she pretends to drink from a pitcher filled with dollar bills, while in another she poses with a giant stuffed reindeer. In another photo she wears a colorful cowboy hat and sparkly leggings while wielding a toy machine gun. The next day she added a selfie in a pink wig with gold gift-bow nipple pasties.
Alice Cooper hosted his annual Christmas Pudding benefit show in Phoenix this year, and the event featured appearances from members of Night Ranger, Rainbow and the E Street Band. The event raises money for the Solid Rock Foundation, a local organization Cooper started with his wife Sheryl that encourages youth to get involved with the arts and their community.
Meghan Linsey has released the music video for "Love Never Sleeps," a cut from her recently released self-titled EP. The video features Linsey on her daily commute in Nashville, singing about love. "Oh I can't get enough of what we've got / Call it lucky but forget me not / Just keep it comin' baby don't you stop, oh no, no no," she sings.
Usher took over the stage on The Graham Norton Show to perform his hit "Good Kisser." Ush is set to hit Europe on his The UR Experience tour early next year, and gave fans a preview of what to expect with the performance. In late November, the R&B star released a five-minute promo for the trek, titled "The UR Experience (VEVO Tour Exposed)."
Tom Brokaw has announced that his cancer is in remission, sending a note to NBC to share the news. "A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," he wrote. "The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there."
Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have wed, tying the knot in a ceremony in the U.K. on Sunday, December 21. The date coincided with their ninth anniversary together. David and Victoria Beckham, musician Ed Sheeran and actor David Walliams were in attendance at the event. "The perfect end to the perfect day."
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have unveiled the name of their new baby boy, Reign Aston. It's their third kid for Kourtney and Scott, who are already parents to Mason, 5, and Penelope, 2.
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz have pulled out of several dates in Australia and Asia citing logistical complications. The band broke news of the canceled dates in an official statement, noting that they hope to reschedule the dates. "Unfortunately, due to unforeseen logistical circumstances, we must cancel our planned trip to Australia and Asia," it said.
Maroon 5 have released a remix to "Animals" featuring a guest verse from Big Boi. The latest version follows a September remix that saw J. Cole adding a verse. "I run my fingers over that cleavage like I'm reading braille / She's the leading lady in every one of my freaky tales," raps Boi on the track. According to Music Times, the cut features the usual M5 fare.
The estate of Michael Jackson has renewed its long time relationship with BMI, the firm which maintains rights to the King of Pop's catalog. "We are pleased to announce our continued representation of Michael's extraordinary and vast catalogue," BMI president and CEO Mike O'Neill said in a statement. "Since 1976, we've had the privilege of licensing his works."
Rush have released the trailer for the Completist edition of their R40 box set. The Completist edition features an additional disc to the set's ten disc set. The bonus disc features eight songs not included on the original DVD release of 2005's R30 collection, plus the "Anthem Castle Session" video and three more songs — recorded at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Dave Grohl is once again speaking up about the state of music -- this time complaining that fans no longer remember how to rock out. During a recent interview with Red Bulletin, the Foo Fighters rocker says most music fans have become too dependent on the Internet to get full enjoyment out of good old fashioned rock music.