Carlos Santana is currently working on putting together a jazz fusion supergroup he's called Supernova, according to Billboard. Billboard reports that Supernova will feature Santana and his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, keyboardist Herbie Hancock and guitarist John McLaughlin.
Rap and hip-hop tastemakers are remembering Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in the 17th anniversary of its release. "My impression when I first heard the album is I couldn't stop playing it," Ed Lover told AllHipHop.
U2 have released the music video for "Song for Someone," a cut from the band's latest album, Songs of Innocence. The vid, directed by Matt Mahurin, was shot in Malibu and sees footage of Bono interspersed with clips of the desert and nighttime skies. It's not the first vid that the group has released for the song; last month they released a nine-minute short film.
Nicki Minaj will celebrate her third time performing at the MTV Video Music Awards by opening the show, MTV has announced. MTV has also announced that a host of other stars will be performing during the annual awards event.
Lenny Kravitz will release a new concert film later this year via Eagle Rock Entertainment, simply titled Just Let Go. "Shot over the course of three months in the fall of 2014 during the European leg of Kravitz's world tour, Just Let Go features spectacular live performances of some of the best loved tracks from the artist's legendary career," Eagle Rock says of the release.
Janelle Monae and her Wondaland record labelmates took part recently in a Don't Shoot PDX protest. According to KGW, Monae performed her protest song "Hell You Talmbout," which lists names of black men and women killed by police, in front of a crowd of about 200 protestors. "So you say their name, call them out, lift them up," event organizers said.
Toby Keith was moved to tears during a concert in North Carolina after hearing a speech from a 93-year-old veteran. Keith was performing at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, where he introduced Lt. Colonel Harry Frizzell, Sr.
Singer Jazmine Sullivan recently relived a past abusive relationship on her Instagram. Posting a picture of her standing in a Pier 1 Imports store, Sullivan wrote "The last time I was in this store was during my abusive relationship with my ex 3-4 years ago. I used to come and walk around this store for hours just to get away from him and the house," she wrote. "I would cry in here."
Adele is planning to release her third album this November, according to Billboard. Billboard reports that the currently untitled record, rumored to be called 25, will include a song written by Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as input from producer Danger Mouse, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and pop writer-producer Max Martin.
Blake Shelton may have just written one of the most personal songs of his career. Although there aren't many details to go off of on the new track, it's clear that it means a lot to Shelton. While it may purely be coincidental the tweet in which Blake announced the song, comes exactly one month after his divorce from Miranda Lambert.
A grand piano that has been featured on many of ABBA's biggest hits, including "Dancing Queen," is set to hit the auction block at Sotheby's. Billboard reports that the London auction house expects to sell the instrument, which is owned by the Stockholm music studio where the group often recorded, for between $900,000 and $1.2 million.
Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry is speaking out against the misogynistic abuse she has recently received online after wearing a short dress in the band's music video for "Leave a Trace." The new clip was met with numerous comments from internet trolls, prompting Mayberry to respond via Twitter: "Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like."
The Faces have released a previously unreleased track "Whole Lotta Woman," which is set to appear on their upcoming new box set 1970-1975: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything . . .. Billboard officially premiered the song, and sat down with drummer Kenney Jones, who said there's even more to come from the new set.
Sam Hunt and Chris Janson, the Peach Pickers, Chancie Neal and DJ Rock will join Luke Bryan on his upcoming Farm Tour. The dates will kick off at the M&J Farm in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and will run through October 10 when he'll wrap things up at the MJ Taylor farm in Valdosta, Georgia.
Two Canadian colleges - the University of Victoria and the University of Waterloo - are offering courses that study the arc of Beyoncé's career. "I just thought she would be an artist that a lot of the students - especially in this young 20s age range - would be able to identify with. They've pretty much had Beyonce in their lives their entire lives," said University of Victoria lecturer.