Courtney Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, have chosen a pair of managers to help them oversee his estate. They have selected Heather Parry, the President of Live Nation Film and Television, and Guy Oseary, the manager for both U2 and Madonna.
Lil Wayne talks suicide in a new excerpt from his prison journal Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island, which chronicles the eight months he spent in the New York prison in 2010. "There wasn't that much going on in the dayroom, so I headed back to my cell to escape in my thoughts," Wayne wrote in a chapter titled "Harshness." "I ended up thinking about all types of s**t."
Brad Paisley has promised a Randy Travis tribute at this year's CMA Awards. Paisley, who sang "Forever and Ever, Amen" in tribute to Travis when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 16, says that he plans to do more of the same during the CMA Awards. "Although most of you weren't there for this, I can't wait to honor him again . . ."
R. Kelly's new Christmas album 12 Nights of Christmas is now available for streaming online. 12 Nights of Christmas, R. Kelly's first Christmas album, was expected to be released in 2014, but was postponed until now. The new album features 12 tracks of original holiday cheer from Kelly, including songs such as "My Wish for Christmas," "Home for Christmas" and more.
Katy Perry has been named as global ambassador for Alibaba's Singles Day gala, its annual shopping festival with transactions reaching billions of dollars. In addition to serving as the global ambassador, Perry will also perform her Olympic anthem "Rise" at the 11.11 Countdown Gala Celebration. "Katy Perry uses her music to inspire positivity among her audience," Alibaba said.
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz says that Green Day had a major effect on him when he was growing up because they were a band that spoke to him. "They defied expectation multiple times," Wentz told NME. "When Dookie broke I remember thinking 'this is a band that speaks to me, that sounds like me, that looks like me and they're played on the radio and MTV."
Bob Dylan has removed all mention of his Nobel Prize win from his official website. The phrase "winner of the Nobel Prize in literature" that was in "the lyrics" section of Dylan's website was taken down. The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet first spotted the acknowledgment, calling it a "sign of life" from the reclusive folk icon.
After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Radiohead will headline Glastonbury 2017 on Friday, June 23. The band has headlined the festival twice before, but the last time they did so was back in 2003. Fans have been anticipating the announcement since a BBC webcam of Worthy Farm showed an image of what could only be the band's bear head logo on the lawn.
Common has released "Home" another new song from his upcoming album, Black America Again, which is expected to drop in early November. Common is joined on the new track by Bilal. "Letter To The Free," another song from Common's new album which also features Bilal, was released earlier this month. Bilal will also join Common on "Joy and Peace."
Country singer Kelsea Ballerini expressed gratitude to her fans for their support after the death of her grandfather on October 19. He died the same day that she was given the Breakout Artist award at the taping of the annual CMT Artists of the Year special. "My granddad passed away this afternoon," Ballerini said at the end of her acceptance speech. "So this is for you."
Jay Z is among the 2017 nominees for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. If inducted, he would be the first rapper to enter the hall. Voting will take place next month and the induction ceremony will be held in June 2017. Also among the nominees were, Madonna, George Michael, Babyface, Gloria Estefan, Kool and the Gang, Bryan Adams and more.
The Rolling Stones have released "Hate To See You Go," the second new cover tune to be teased from their upcoming blues cover album Blue & Lonesome. "Hate To See You Go" was originally performed by blues legend Little Walter back in 1955 and has seen many covers over the years. The Stones had previously released their cover of another Little Walter song, "Just Your Fool."
Lamb Of God is releasing "The Duke," a new song dedicated to Wayne Ford, a fan of the band whom the singer befriended in late 2012. Ford was suffering from leukemia. "He was just a really inspiring guy to talk to in the way he handled everything," frontman Randy Blythe told Rolling Stone of the band's decision to honor Ford in song. "He was just very levelheaded."
Prince fans have a lot to look forward in the coming months. The release of a re-mastered deluxe edition of Purple Rain will be on the way sometime in early 2017. The album will also include a second album of previously unreleased material from the late star. Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57 last April.
Classic rock fans looking for a truly unique concert experience will want to check out The Rock Pack Concert at Comerica Theatre on Friday, December 16 in Phoenix, Arizona. The show will feature an impressive lineup of artists from bands like Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Journey. The current roster of performers includes veteran rockers like Robin Zander.