Kacey Musgraves tops the bill at the upcoming G Fest, put on to honor the late Merle Haggard. The fest goes down Muskogee, Oklahoma's Muskogee Civic Center from June 16 to 18, a town immortalized by Haggard in his hit "Okie from Muskogee." "Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame . . ."
In a never-before-published interview, Prince said that he wanted to mentor Chris Brown. The 2014 sit down was published in the wake of the performer's death. The interviewer pointed out that, following Breezy's 2009 assault on Rihanna, many people had found him an "unforgivable" figure. "Unforgivable?" Prince responded.
Tom DeLonge recently claimed that he had been in contact with his former Blink-182 bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, and teased a full Blink reunion, but Hoppus says the claims are untrue. In an interview on Kevin Klein Live, Hoppus remarked "I haven't even spoken to Tom in a year and a half."
Newly surfaced video footage shows Bruce Springsteen testing out his dance skills on stage during his recently wrapped The River Tour. During a stop in Oakland, California at the Oracle Arena this past March, Springsteen welcomed a female fan on stage during "Dancing In the Dark," a young girl nicknamed Boo, who promptly broke into the Whip/Nae Nae dance.
Iggy Azalea's much anticipated album Digital Distortion will be released in June. Def Jam gave a date of June 10 but later, on Twitter, Azalea said that that date was incorrect. "With Digital Distortion, rather than following the trend, I was trying to create my own trend," Azalea told Hashtag Legend.
Beck made a moving tribute to Prince with a cover of the latter's "Raspberry Beret" at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday, May 1. According to Stereogum, Beck has given partial covers on the song in the past, but, on Sunday, gave a full performance. Beck's own tune "Debra," from his 1999 album Midnite Vultures, was inspired by "Raspberry Beret."
Drake did a lengthy interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio, dishing on a host of topics. He talked about his decision to stay off drugs, his mom and dad, and his respect for Nicki Minaj, despite feuding with her boyfriend Meek Mill. He also had a surprise, when, asked about the subject of film, he responded "I have something coming in May."
Radiohead have dropped "Burn the Witch," likely the lead single from their upcoming ninth studio album. The band released the song, along with a claymation video to its official site. The video, directed by Chris Hopewell, "was conceived, designed, built and animated in 14 days, we finished last Thursday," he said.
Maddie & Tae won Favorite Country Song ("Fly") and Favorite Country Artist at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater on Saturday, April 30. "When you write songs, you want to believe they touch people," Tae Dye says in a press release. "You send them out; you never truly know. And then you have whole audiences singing 'Fly' back to you . . ."
Van Morrison will release a reissue of It's Too Late to Stop Now, the live album that captured his 1973 tour. The expanded reissue features three additional CDs and one DVD recorded at Los Angeles' the Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and London's Rainbow. The DVD features footage shot in London for a never released BBC special.
Chris Brown has released the single "Grass Ain't Greener," a stand alone single set for release on Thursday, May 5. Breezy announced the news via Instagram, showing off the cover art and noting that the single debut doubles as his birthday. "I HOPEFULLY WILL HAVE THE ITUNES LINK ON MY BDAY," he captioned the pic. Rap-Up speculates that the single may feature on Brown's upcoming album.
Dierks Bentley has released the music video for "Pick Up," the third installment in his four part video series, featuring songs from his upcoming album Black. The series kicked off with "I'll Be the Moon," which pulled the curtain on a love triangle, revealing a host of tensions. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bentley dished on the latest iteration in the series.
Hulu has announced that it has renewed "The Mindy Project" from creator/star Mindy Kaling for a fifth season. The sitcom aired on FOX for three years before getting picked up for its fourth season by Hulu. "We definitely feel we have a lot more story to tell with these characters" showrunner Matt Warburton previously told the Hollywood Reporter.
Steven Tyler has confirmed a new string of solo tour dates in support of his country music release Out on a Limb. The tour is set to kick off on July 2 at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas and run through September 13 when he'll wrap at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
An early recording of Axl Rose performing with AC/DC has leaked to the web. In a series of videos posted to YouTube the Guns N' Roses rocker can be heard from outside a rehearsal in Lisbon, Portugal taking on a handful of AC/DC classics including "Thunderstruck," "Hells Bells" and "Back In Black."