Tonight, Coldplay headlined the first ever concert at Kensington Palace in London. It was a benefit concert for Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho’s Sentebale charity, which looks to raise awareness of youth affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. During the finale, Coldplay performed their A Head Full of Dreams single “Up&Up” alongside the Basotho Youth Choir. At one point, Prince Harry also sang along. Watch that happen below via Billboard.
Singer/songwriter and activist Jill Sobule is launching a campaign to fund My Song is My Weapon, a new platform devoted to “creative expression toward social change and political power.” Funding for the site is being raised through a PledgeMusic drive. Individuals who help fund the project will receive Monster ProtestJamz, Vol. 1, a compilation featuring Sobule’s “When They Say We Want Our America Back (What The Fuck Do They Mean),” along with protest songs from Amanda Palmer, Tom Morello, Wendy & Lisa, John Doe, Todd Rundgren, Margaret Cho, MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and more. The tracklisting and full list of participating artists haven’t yet been finalized. Check out the comp’s incredible artwork—a parody of compilations like Now That’s What I Call Music! and Monster Ballads—below.
Other exclusive rewards for backers include signed items, various bundles, a production credit, a songwriting session or an acoustic living room show with Jill Sobule, and a Nashville recording session. Find more information about the project here.
James Van Der Beek (aka Dawson) plays Diplo in a new video promoting the upcoming Mad Decent Block Party tour. The video features air horns, harpists, ghost-tweeters, and twerking. He even fights ninjas before riding off on a white horse. Watch it below. Performers at the Mad Decent Block Party include Kesha, Diplo, Tiësto, D.R.A.M., AlunaGeorge, Baauer, Boi-1da, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Giraffage, and Rich the Kid. Find the full line-up and tour dates below.
Mad Decent Block Party:
07-30 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live 08-06 Brooklyn, NY – MCU Park 08-07 Brooklyn, NY – MCU Park 08-13 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing 08-19 Toronto, Ontario – Fort York Garrison Commons 08-20 Detroit, MI – Russell Industrial Center 08-21 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 08-26 Dallas, TX – Club Zouk Outside Lot 09-03 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre 09-04 Kansas City, MO – KC Live! At the Power & Light District 09-09 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater 09-10 Berkley, CA – Greek Theatre–UC Berkely 09-16 Phoenix, AZ – Rawhide 09-17 Phoenix, AZ – Rawhide 10-01 Los Angeles, CA – L.A. Center Studios
Black Dice‘s last album Mr. Impossible was released in 2012. Soon after that album was released, Eric Copeland came out with twoalbums of his own. This summer, the experimental outfit are back with new music. Their two-track 12″ “Big Deal” b/w “Last Laugh” is out July 4 via L.I.E.S. Check out the A-side and the record’s artwork below.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani are teaming up for Sunergy, the 13th installment of FRKWYS, RVNG Intl.’s collaboration series. The project is out on September 16 and it will come with a documentary by director Sean Hellfritsch. In advance of the release, the pair have shared a new song called “Closed Circuit.” Stream it below. Sunergy is a byproduct of a friendship between the two producers, which blossomed when they discovered they were neighbors in Bolinas, California. Ciani is a composer known for her work in electronic and new age music in the 1970s and ‘80s. Earlier this year, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith released EARS. Back in May, she collaborated with producer Mark Pritchard for a song from the Absolut Company’s remix series.
01 A New Day 02 Closed Circuit 03 Retrograde (Bonus Track)
Today, Birdman was the guest on ESPN’s talk show “Highly Questionable.” On the episode, he discussed his upbringing, finding God in prison, signing his first contract, wanting to die young, and more. At one point, co-host Dan Le Batard asked Birdman a true or false question: “You had a million dollars that you actually slept on.” Birdman answered confidently, “I still sleep on a million dollars cash. That’s just a fatuation for me in life. I do that and I’mma do that until I die.” When Le Batard tried to confirm that Birdman really sleeps on money, he responded, “I’mma do that ’til I die. I got a million dollars on my mattress, under my sheets. I just feel the need to do that. I was fortunate to blessed to be able to do it and I sleep on it every night with my Versace bedspread on top of it.” Co-host Bomani Jones then tried to figure out if that’s at all comfortable. Birdman laughed and told him “it don’t matter” because his bed is three California king mattresses.
Le Batard asked another true or false question: Did he and Lil Wayne really bet $10,000 on games of “Madden”? Birdman confirmed the rumor and revealed that Wayne was often the victor because he let him win: “I let him make sure he win anyway ’cause I wasn’t trippin’ like that. It didn’t matter to me. I wanted him to win anyway [because] that’s my son. You know how that go. You gotta let the little one win, sometimes, not all the time.”
Wayne is no stranger to “Highly Questionable.” In March, he appeared on the program with 2 Chainz. But he does not seem to buy Birdman’s stories. He tweeted, “highly questionable is hiiiiiighly questionable today.” It’s not clear whether he’s calling Birdman’s bluff on the mattress, the “Madden,” or anything else discussed. Watch the full interview below.
Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) has shared a new song with Brooklyn musician Mark the Beast called “Beast With It.” It was made for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new Black Panther series for Marvel. The song is also used to soundtrack the second promo video for Black Panther’s “A Nation Under Our Feet” storyline. Coates discusses the plot and some of the themes in the video. Listen to “Beast With It,” see the single artwork, and watch the trailer below, via Complex.
In May, Liam Gallagher went on a protracted Twitter rant about his brother, Noel, during which he called him a potato and declared “FUCK OASIS.” In an interview with The Toronto Star, Noel replied to his brother’s comments. “That’s so unlike him,” he said. “I guess it was about him staying relevant. If you’re him, what else is there to tweet about? How his spring/summer collections are doing for his clothing firm? I’m not sure that warrants a tweet. Should he ever climb out of the ‘where are they now’ basket and grant you an interview, ask him. I’m sure you’ll get a typically fucking surreal answer.”
When asked if they were on speaking terms, he said: “We’ve not been on speaking terms since 1996. I tolerated him up until he stopped being able to sing. When singing becomes shouting—I switched off then. I was just amassing money.”
The band may not be getting back together soon, but earlier this year, the in-the-works Oasis documentary got a title and release date. Supersonic, named after the band’s 1994 single, is hitting UK theaters in October. Asked about Supersonic in the Toronto Star interview, Noel said: “Somewhat predictably, it’s quite funny. I come out of it like a bit of a soothsayer really. I was saying we’d be the last of a dying breed; so it came to pass.”
Since April,Savages’ Jehnny Beth has hosted a show on Beats 1 called “Start Making Sense.” She’s had multiple guests on the program, includingNancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem and the Juan Maclean) andPJ Harvey. For tonight’s episode, she had Romy Madley Croft ofthe xx on the show. During their conversation, the two discuss how they met, how their personal tastes differ from the music they make, and how the xx began.
Romy said that when the xx first started, she and Oliver Sim purposefully made their lyrics ambiguous because they didn’t want their friends and family (the only people who attended early xx shows) to know who or what their songs were about. It wasn’t until they’d played “thousands of gigs,” that they got comfortable, with Oliver dancing on stage and Jamie xx bouncing around. Romy and Jehnny Beth also connected over their love of Beyoncé. Jehnny Beth recalled a time when Romy played “Haunted” for her during a DJ set. Hear clips from their talk below. The full episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.