Elvis Presley will be featured on a US Postal stamp for its Music Icons series. The stamp features a black-and-white photo of Presley, which was taken in 1955 by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words "Forever" and "USA", is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley's nickname, The King of Rock and Roll.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have released a full length documentary chronicling the making of their collaborative album, The Monsanto Years. The film sees Young and Promise recording the LP at a converted movie theater in Oxnard, California.
John Pardi has released the music video for "Back on the Backroads," a single from his EP B-Sides 2011-2014. In the vid, Pardi trots a horse and parties with friends around a bonfire. "Just bring your beer or alcohol / Hell, you can even bring your dog / If you get lost just give me a call / We're tearing it up all night long / On the backroads."
The BBC has been accused of altering the historical record, after it cut a homophobic comment from a 1980 Top of the Pops episode featuring Roger Daltrey of the Who. Prior to a performance of the Village People, Daltrey remarks "watch your backs," a comment that was edited out of recent reruns on BBC 4.
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson says that, in contrast to previous reports, he is recovering from having two cancerous tumors removed, not just one. The band initially told the press that Dickinson had a tumor taken off his tongue; now, Bruce, in an interview with the BBC, says he also had a tumor removed from his neck: "I had two actually . . ."
Artists Wynonna Judd and Terri Clark have joined the Charlie Daniels' 2015 Vounteer Jam lineup. The event benefits the Predators Foundation, the non-profit arm of the NHL's Nashville Predators, along with the Journey Home Project, which helps vets in need. "It's really something to see my music peers and friends come together this year to perform."
Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he deactivated his Twitter account after getting harassed by his fellow users: "I'm done with social media. I'm done being anybody's punching bag," he told Sixx Sense. "I invested three, four years of solid interaction, of trying to make a difference, of trying to be a voice of reason, of trying to be something entertaining for people."
Luke Bryan has revealed the track list for Kill the Lights, his latest record, due August 7. The 13 track effort comes in a standard and deluxe edition; the latter, available only at Target, features three additional tracks. "I'm loving where I'm at with this album," Bryan says of the LP. "It's got new sounds, stuff that I haven't done . . ."
Amanda Peterson, most well known for her role in the 1987 rom-com "Can't Buy Me Love," has died at the age of 43. Her father asked police to check on her after not hearing from her for several days. He tells TMZ that "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed." Authorities do not expect foul play but have not announced an official cause of death.
Miguel says he'll take a back seat to none of his fellow R&B singers, boasting that we makes "better music" than Frank Ocean. Speaking with the Sunday Times, Miggy kept it real. "We're, er, cordial. I wouldn't say we were friends," says Mig of his relationship with Frank, adding that, when it comes to music, he's "super-competitive."
Kourtney Kardashian has broken up with her longtime boyfriend, and the father of her two children, Scott Disick. A source, speaking with People, says Scott's history of drug abuse and lies pushed her over the edge. "She was over dealing with his constant lies and addictions," said the insider. "It was becoming a poor environment for the kids to be raised in . . ."
Lady Gaga recently posted a few photos of herself doing some yoga, which is part of her exercise to help aid in her hip surgery recovery. The singer's hip injury occurred back in 2013 during her Born This Way tour. She was forced to cancel 25 dates because of the injury. Two years later after the surgery she has successfully worked to fully recover and correct her alignment.
Katy Perry and John Mayer reunited at the recent Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" show on Saturday night in Chicago. The couple, who are known for splitting up and then getting back together, were enjoying each other's company at the performance, which marked the band's final show, on Fourth of July.
Steven Tyler has released the music video for "Love Is Your Name," the lead single from his solo country album. The vid, directed by Trey Fanjoy, sees Tyler in a forest setting. "This video has so many personal elements in it for me," Tyler said of the clip. "I came from a family that was a touring band. I grew up as a young boy with my pet raccoon and my slingshot," he says.
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala says that taking drugs and listening to the Bee Gees inspired the band's latest album. He tells the Guardian that a combo of mushrooms, coke and "Staying Alive" helped him find his way. "I was in LA a few years ago and for some reason we'd taken mushrooms, it must have been the end of our tour," he recalls.