Taylor Swift has been completely shut out of the nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The snub may come as a shock to some fans, as last year Swift lead all nominees for the event with ten for her video "Bad Blood." Thus far the event organizers have not confirmed if Swift may have been left of the nomination ballad because of her success at last year's awards.
Neil Young and Willie Nelson will headline the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival as it gets underway in Scranton, Pennsylvania this fall. As per usual, Nelson will be joined by his Family Band, while Young is backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson.
Singer/songwriter JoJo has just released a short video which gives a sample of some of her new music. The clip is just over a minute long and gives the viewer a hint of a piano-driven track from her upcoming album. The footage consists of shots of JoJo throughout different stages of her life. Flashing back and forth from childhood to present day.
In a mock skit for Conan, 50 Cent auditioned for the role of a young Han Solo for the film Star Wars. 50 Cent was joined by a number of other comedians who participated in the mock audition. 50 Cent donned a replica of the costume which Harrison Ford wore in the 1977 release of the first film in the original trilogy. The rapper also sported a wig, which bore little resemblance to Ford's actual hair, but added to the comedic content of the scene.
Alan Jackson's guitar is part of a new exhibit on display now at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The country icon's Jim Triggs guitar, which was used to perform "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" during the 2001 CMA Awards, will be featured in Louder Than Music: Rock, Power & Politics exhibit.
Blink-182 have released a new track this week titled "Cynical." The track is pulled from their new album California, which is the first to feature new guitarist Matt Skiba. The album was released on July 1 and is the band's first since cutting ties with guitarist Tom DeLonge. Despite having no part in the release, DeLonge says he may not be done with the band.
An electric guitar that Elvis Presley once used to prepare for one of his specials is among a host of the King's personal items set to go up for auction in honor of Graceland's Elvis Presley Week. Those personal possessions include Presley's birth record, a black and gold outfit he performed in, an Indian ring and a TCB necklace.
Jack White is set to become the first person to ever play a vinyl record in space. White's Third Man Records is planning to send a record player into space in an effort to mark the seven year anniversary of the label as well as their three millionth record pressed. Launch parties have been organized for July 30 at Third Man Records' stores in Nashville and Detroit.
Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival as it gets underway in Scranton, Pennsylvania this fall. As per usual, Nelson will be joined by his Family Band, while Young is backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson.
Led Zeppelin's court battle of their classic song "Stairway to Heaven" is far from over as the plaintiff in the case has officially filed an appeal. The Courthouse News Service reports that Michael Skidmore, acting on behalf of Spirit founder Randy California's estate, has filed an appeal against the verdict claiming that Zeppelin had plagiarized the Spirit song "Taurus" with a chord progression in the "Stairway to Heaven" intro.
Prophets of Rage made a special appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week and incited a mosh pit amongst the fans. The appearance marked their first live performance on television and found the supergroup ripping through the self-titled single track as well as "Killing in the Name." "If you don't do the songs right, you can die on f*****g stage," Chuck D said.
Many fans of the 1990s sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will remember the "Carlton" dance. It was made popular by co-star Alfonso Ribeiro who played the character of Carlton. The famous "Carlton" dance now has a new 21st century twist. This past weekend, at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Justin Timberlake, Steph Curry and Ribeiro danced.
Frankie Ballard has selected "Cigarette" as his next single from his album El Rio. "I wanna be your cigarette / Smokin' on so cool / Or maybe that red wine / Drinkin' down so smooth / I wanna be the fire / That's takin' you higher / Girl, you can leave me or let me burn / I wanna be your cigarette, cigarette," Ballard sings on the new track.
Alicia Keys spoke about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while appearing alongside social justice activist Van Jones at a POLITICO-sponsored panel near the Democratic National Convention's opening night. "I feel that crime has been decreasing year after year, so it's not this country that he's describing," Keys said when asked about Trump's recent statement that he is the "law and order candidate."
A classic car that was once owned by John Lennon is set to hit the auction block later this year. A 1956 Austin Princess that once belong to the late Beatle is set to be included in a forthcoming sale held by RM Sotheby's. He reportedly purchased the vehicle in August 1971 and went on to use it the following year in a promotional film for his album Imagine, alongside wife Yoko Ono. The car's seats were replaced with five aeroplane seats.