Paul McCartney missed a chance to jam with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis because he was out of town when a telegram arrived requesting his presence at the session in New York. "We are recording and [sic] LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass?" reads the letter, adding, "Call Alan Douglas . . . Peace Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Tony Williams."
Though he has been hard at work on his new album, it appears that Chris Daughtry has caught the acting bug. Daughtry, who auditioned for a small role in last summer's The Dark Knight Rises, recently tweeted that he has added acting classes to his busy schedule.
The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney and Delta Spirit will perform during a series of Rolling Stones tribute shows, known as Stones Fest, set to take place in New York and Los Angeles later this month.
Carney and Spirit are among the musicians set to play tunes from the Stones' catalog at the NYC edition of the event, which takes place May 22-23 at the Bowery.
Frank Ocean has been nominated for a pair of O Music Awards. Ocean is tied with Beck, both of whom are leading all other artists with two nods. Ocean got one for Must Follow Artist on Twitter. Fans can vote at OMusicAwards.com via their Facebook or Twitter account. Open nominations have begun and will go through May 21.
The-Dream has released a new video for "IV Play," the title track off of his upcoming album. In the new clip, The-Dream steps out of a helicopter draped in a black fur coat, while accompanied by a sexy lady, he then performs against the backdrop of an building. Later he gets a front row seat from his white Mercedes SL, while his scantily-clad co-stars put on a show.
Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson are now Dr. Rucker and Dr. Nelson, after the pair received honorary doctorates from the University of South Carolina and Berklee College of Music in Boston, respectively. "I want you to take time, take some real time," Rucker said, according to the Greenville News in South Carolina.
Katy Perry follows an unusual 14-day mushroom diet designed to help women lose weight without losing heft in their breasts. "I love mushrooms. I could eat a ton of them," Perry told OK! magazine, calling the fungus her favorite food. The so-called M-Plan requires that its subject to replace lunch or dinner with a mushroom-centric dish.
John Fogerty has previewed a clip of himself in the studio with the Foo Fighters, the latter of whom joined him for "Fortunate Son," the 1969 cut redone for his latest album, Wrote a Song for Everyone. "It was palpable, the air," the Creedence Clearwater Revival fronter told Henne Music of the collab.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is returning to the public eye, presenting an award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Nettles took a break from her band after giving birth to son Magnus on December 6. She joins fellow country stars Shania Twain, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock and Hayden Panettiere at the presenter's podium.
A memorial has been announced for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died last week in a California hospital at the age of 49 due to alcohol-related cirrhosis. The memorial will be held at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium on May 23. It runs from 3:30-7.30pm, reports Billboard, and up to 4,000 people will be able to attend on a first come, first serve basis.
Miranda Lambert has been nominated for an O Music Award. Lambert's "Fastest Girl in Town" is up for Best Interactive Music Video, squaring off against Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo," Beck & Chris Milk's "Sound and Vision," Tanlines's "Not the Same" and Yung Jake's "e.m.-bed.de/d."
David Bowie has been nominated for an O Music Award. Bowie's music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" has been nominated in the Too Much A** for TV category and will face competition from Sigur Ros' "Valtari," DIIV's "Wait," Frank Ocean's "Pyramids" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Justin Bieber has been nominated for an O Music Award. Bieber's
"Beliebers" will square off in the Fan Army FTW category against Tokio Hotel's "Aliens," Adam Lambert's "Glamberts," Ed Sheeran's "Sheerios," Beyoncé's "Beyhive," Demi Lovato's "Lovatics," Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Echelon" and several others . . .
Two tracks featuring Common have been released. The rapper is featured alongside Estelle in "Victorious," a previously unreleased collab produced by No I.D. that was slated to have been released on her 2011 album All of Me. Estelle explained to Rap-Up TV that the song "makes you feel like you can fly off a balcony . . ."
Billy Corgan has written an open letter to California Pizza Kitchen's CEO demanding that the restaurant chain stop de-horning baby calves on diary farms. The letter was produced after the Smashing Pumpkins frontman learned about the issue from PETA. The letter begins: "I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these procedures . . ."