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Drake Spends A Second Week Atop The Billboard 200

5/17/2016 9:17am EDT
Drake Spends A Second Week Atop The Billboard 200
In a development that’s surprising to no one, after a robust first week, Drake sees his fourth studio album Views remain firmly planted atop the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, Views moved another 219,000 units, with 80% of that total comprised of pure sales. Despite a huge drop in impact between week one and week two, Drake still himself to be the artist to beat this week (more on that later).

Beyoncé’s Lemonade spends a second week behind Drake’s Views in the runner-up slot after debuting at no. 1. While Lemonade’s “sweet” and glorious days atop the Billboard 200 may be done thank...

Just How Good Is 'A Moon Shaped Pool' From Radiohead?

5/12/2016 5:45pm EDT
Radiohead Remain A Musical Force On 'A Moon Shaped Pool'
2016 continues to be the year of the surprise albums. Honestly, releasing albums with few hints is no longer shocking because it has become “the thing to do.” Still, when big names come out of nowhere and do the aforementioned, the element of surprise is still very much “alive and kicking.” That said did anyone expect for Radiohead to drop A Moon Shaped Pool, the band’s first album since 2011? No, of course not. Listening to Radiohead’s latest, the surprise is further amplified thanks to the elite quality of the album.

“Burn the Witch” initiates A Moon Shaped Pool in enigmatic fashion. Ty...

Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' Sells Over 115,000 Copies On Day Of Release

9/29/2014 5:27pm EDT
Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' Sells Over 115,000 Copies
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's latest solo album was downloaded over 116,000 times in just 24 hours following its release on Friday.

The singer decided to release "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" via BitTorrent as an "experiment," Yorke said in a statement.

"It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the (BitTorrent download) system are something that the general public can get its head around...," the statement read. "If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Yorke feels that the medium of distribution...

Adele, Radiohead, Other Independent Artists May Be Deleted From YouTube

6/18/2014 10:33am EDT
YouTube is about to go through some radical changes when it comes to music, and some big names are getting left behind.

According to the Financial Times, Google will announce its subscription-based music service and begin blocking artists from YouTube if they haven’t agreed to their licensing agreements. The service, named YouTube Music Pass, will allow users to save music videos for playback when internet connections aren’t available.

Youtube's head of business operations told the Financial Times that about 90 percent of the music industry has signed on to the service – but there are som...

Radiohead Fans Cry Foul

9/30/2012 5:13pm EDT
In an effort to curb the practice by ticket brokers to resell concert tickets at a vastly inflated price, three time Grammy Award winning platinum album selling alternative rockers Radiohead have instituted a new ticket policy that has some fans in an uproar.

In what irate fans are calling unfair the rockers are using a paperless ticket for their United Kingdom shows. The system lets concert goers buy tickets online using a credit card and then requiring that credit card, plus additional photo ID, to enter the concert. The policy does not allow for refunds and is a detriment to fans who...

Radiohead To Kickoff 'Austin City Limits' With Full-Hour Performance

8/28/2012 11:15am EDT
Austin City Limits, the groundbreaking PBS television series, returns for an unprecedented 38th Season this fall with a stellar line-up of performers. The first episode will premiere Saturday, October 6th, showcasing the iconic British band Radiohead in a rare full-hour television performance. Check local listings for times.

The upcoming season features a roster of the best in popular music, including Bon Iver (2012 Best New Artist Grammy Award winner), Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples, The Shins, and The Civil Wars. Audiences have unparalleled access to featured artists in an intimate s...

Radiohead Postpone Seven European Shows Following Tragic Stage Collapse

6/21/2012 6:18pm EDT
Radiohead have postponed a string of European dates on their current world tour in order to take time and get past the grief and shock that resulted after the band's stage collapsed in Toronto over the weekend.

The tragic event, which recalled scenes from last year's Indiana State Fair, left the band's drum technician dead and thousands of dollars worth of equipment damaged.

The band released a statement Thursday, reading: "As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The c...

Concert Promoters Under Investigation After Radiohead Stage Collapse

6/19/2012 10:28pm EDT
The bosses of Radiohead's touring company are among the officials at the center of a new investigation following the death of a drum technician prior to a concert in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Ministry of Labor investigators have launched a study into the stage collapse that resulted in the death of 33 year old Scott Johnson over the weekend, and the band's Ticker Tape Touring LLP is among the four companies involved, alongside concert promoter Live Nation.

Ministry spokesman Matt Blajer tells the Toronto Star, "We're still trying to figure out who owns what, who's responsible for what.


Radiohead 'Shattered' By Drum Technician's Death

6/18/2012 8:53am EDT
Rockers Radiohead have paid tribute to the crew member who died after a stage collapsed ahead of their show on Saturday night.

The British band was scheduled to play at Downsview Park in Toronto, Canada but the venue's structure collapsed in the afternoon, killing drum technician Scott Johnson.

The devastated group cancelled the concert, and drummer Philip Selway posted their condolences on their official website, writing, "We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and v...

Coachella's Two-Weekend Festival Was A Big Success, Promoters Plan Same Format For 2013

5/14/2012 10:38pm EDT
Tupac Hologram
The two-weekend Coachella festival experiment was a big success - organizers are planning to stage the event over 10 days again next year.

Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys repeated headlining spots over two weekends last month and the line-up for both California festivals remained unchanged.

The idea proved to be so successful, it will be repeated in 2013.

No headliners or performers have been announced for the 2013 model, but organizers have confirmed the next Coachella will run from April 12-14 and April 19-21.

Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

4/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...

Anti-Gay Protestors Picket Radiohead Concert

3/13/2012 9:09am EDT
Radiohead became the latest act to be targeted by members of religious extremist group the Westboro Baptist Church when their show in Missouri was picketed on Saturday.

The anti-gay protest greeted the British band as they arrived at the venue in Kansas City - and became a talking point on the organization's website.

One post read, "God is undoing this nation and effecting (sic) all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey's (sic) with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness."


Radiohead Signs On With New Anti-Ticket Scalping Company

3/4/2012 11:30am EST
British rockers Radiohead have signed up to a new ethical ticket sales scheme to protect their fans from unscrupulous scalpers.

The "Creep" hitmakers will tour extensively across the globe this year, and now concertgoers who buy tickets through the band's fan club can resell their seats to other fans at cost price through Ticket Trust if they are no longer able to make the date.

The musicians hope the partnership will stop the sale of tickets on secondary websites for inflated prices.

Chris Hufford, of the band's Courtyard Management company, says, "Radiohead are fortunate enough to have...

PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' Named Critics' Record Of The Year

12/19/2011 11:33am EST
PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey's acclaimed album Let England Shake has crowned a triumphant year for the British singer/songwriter after it was named the best record of 2011 by music critics.

Harvey's state-of-the-nation address scooped the prestigious Mercury Prize in September and topped the end-of-year charts in several British publications including Uncut, Mojo, and NME magazines.

And it's now been named UK music critics' album of 2011 in a major poll by record retailer HMV.

More than 30 media outlets were polled for their favorite discs of the last 12 months, and Let England Shake was the runaway win...

Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' Named Song Of The Year

12/15/2011 9:05am EST
Adele's break-up anthem "Rolling In The Deep" has topped another major end-of-year music poll as 2011's best song.

Spin magazine editors have given the tune the edge over Beyonce's "Countdown" and "California" by EMA.

The Rapture's "How Deep is Your Love" and "Novacaine" by Frank Ocean complete Spin's top five tracks.

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" recently picked up Best Single honors from Rolling Stone magazine.

Meanwhile, Canadian punk act F**ked Up have claimed the music publication's "Album of the Year" prize for "David Comes to Life."

The album beat Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," "Le...

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood To Score Philip Seymour Hoffman And Amy Adams' New Movie

12/7/2011 12:16am EST
Jonny Greenwood
Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood has signed on to score Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams' new movie The Master.

The guitarist, who composed the soundtracks for There Will Be Blood, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Norwegian Wood, will work with jazz group Zed U on the project.

The film, set in the 1950s, will be directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the man behind There Will Be Blood.

Greenwood has also previously provided music for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Children of Men.

PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Uncut Music Award

11/28/2011 12:45pm EST
PJ Harvey
Singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has fought off competition from Radiohead and Paul Simon to land Britain's prestigious Uncut Music Award 2011 for her album Let England Shake.

The war-themed record landed the coveted Mercury Prize in September, and the honors are accumulating for Harvey.

Editors at respected U.K. music magazine Uncut have handed her their top music award ahead of rockers Radiohead, Simon, and other artists including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Harvey says, "I'm very pleased to get the Uncut Music Award 2011, and it strengthens my desire to carry on pursuing the avenues of wo...

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Calls For Urgent Climate Change Action

10/22/2011 5:30pm EDT
Thom Yorke
Radiohead rocker Thom Yorke has urged politicians to forge ahead with plans to combat climate change after a leading research project dismissed claims the issue has been overhyped.

Campaigners pushing for radical action to head off global warming were blindsided in 2009 when leaked emails from researchers in the U.K. suggested statistics had been manipulated.

A major investigation was undertaken by U.S. scientific group the Berkeley Earth Project in the wake of the allegations, and the results - confirming the Earth's surface is increasing in temperature - were published on Friday.


'The Sing-Off': Sonos After Their Exit!

10/17/2011 11:00am EDT
The Sing-Off
NBC's The Sing-Off said goodbye to Sonos last week - and I caught up with Chris Harrison to ask about the group's next moves!

What were you expecting when you started on the show, and how did things compare to your expectations?

I will be completely honest - I did not expect us to be there terribly long, because we were performing our music in a way we weren't used to at all. Most of our songs are often lesser known, or moody and quiet. We're not using the tools that we usually use. All of a sudden we really felt the size of our group as five.

Another thing - we had not used chore...

Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' Tops Best Song List

10/14/2011 10:49am EDT
Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" has topped a new list of the best songs of the past 15 years.

The 1997 track beat out Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Hey Ya!" by Outkast in the countdown.

The Strokes' "Last Nite" and "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers also made the top five, while tunes by The White Stripes ("Fell In Love With A Girl"), Hot Chip ("Over And Over"), The Verve ("Bittersweet Symphony") and the late Amy Winehouse ("Rehab") made the top 10.

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

10/10/2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

Radiohead Tweet Support To Wall Street Protesters

10/1/2011 5:00pm EDT
British rockers Radiohead have sent their best wishes to protesters at an economic rally in New York after dismissing rumors they were set to perform a surprise set on Friday as a show of solidarity.

Activists set up camp in lower Manhattan as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street campaign, rallying against social inequality, and rumors began swirling online early on Friday suggesting the band was planning to make an unannounced appearance to play a mini-set.

Many celebrity fans took to Twitter to spread the word, including rap mogul Russell Simmons, who wrote, "rumor is that Radiohead w...

Radiohead Planning Surprise Protest Concert?

9/30/2011 2:25pm EDT
Rockers Radiohead have sent fans into a frenzy amid rumors they will perform a surprise show on Friday afternoon during an economic rally in New York.

Protesters have set up camp in lower Manhattan as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street campaign, rallying against social inequality.

A host of celebrities and social activists including Susan Sarandon, rap mogul Russell Simmons and documentary maker Michael Moore have shown their support for the cause by making appearances, and now Radiohead look set to add their voices to the campaign by allegedly planning a special show in the heart o...

Radiohead Contemplating Tour After Glastonbury Triumph

7/30/2011 8:30am EDT
Radiohead are discussing hitting the road for a new tour after a secret set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival breathed "a new lease of life" into the band.

The Creep rockers caused chaos at the music event last month after news of their planned surprise appearance swept across the festival, leading to thousands of fans to flock to the stage.

The group played a number of tracks from their new album, and drummer Philip Selway insists the excitement around their set reinvigorated their love of performing, and sparked the idea of a new trek.

He tells BBC 6 Music, "Absolutely, that (...

Radiohead Plays 'Hush' Show At Glastonbury

6/25/2011 12:00pm EDT
Rockers Radiohead took to the stage at Britain's Glastonbury festival in front of thousands of fans on Friday after news of their secret set leaked earlier in the day.

The band hoped to thrill revelers at the event's Park Stage by performing unannounced in the "surprise guest" slot, but details of their appearance swept the festival in the afternoon after staff at reported they had received confirmation of the show.

As a result, more than 5,000 fans flooded into the area in time to see the Creep rockers take to the stage. Hundreds more were locked out of the field in front of the ...

Catching Up With 'The Voice's' Eliminated Artists (Week 3)

5/31/2011 3:00pm EDT
The Voice
It's that time again: before tonight's new episode of NBC's The Voice, I sat down with last week's eliminated artists to give you the dish. This week, the show said goodbye and I said hello to Kelsey Rey (Team Cee Lo), Rebecca Loebe (Team Adam) and Julia Eason (Team Christina). (Team Blake's Serabee, also cut, was unable to participate.) Here's what Kelsey, Rebecca and Julia had to say about their time on The Voice...

(If you've missed them, you can also check out my previous Voice chats from Week 1 and Week 2, as well as my in-depth interview with Tim Mahoney. My weekly breakdowns ...

Arcade Fire Get Arty For Coachella

4/17/2011 3:03pm EDT
Arcade Fire
Canadian rockers Arcade Fire gave fans something to talk about during their set at the Coachella festival in California by teaming up with an experimental art group to create a bizarre stage show.

The group took to the stage to headline the second night of the Indio, California event on Saturday and they made it a performance to remember by putting together an onstage art installation with members of The Creators Project group.

A large crane held a dark-coloured box the same size as the stage in the air for most of the show and it was gradually raised up until hundreds of balloon-like lan...

Radiohead To Launch Their Own Newspaper

3/25/2011 8:05pm EDT
British rockers Radiohead are launching their own newspaper to mark the CD release of their new album The King Of Limbs.

The Creep hit-makers launched their eighth studio record online in February and the disc version is set to hit stores later this month - so they have created their own publication to celebrate.

The newspaper, titled The Universal Sigh, will be distributed for free around the world and will also boast its own website.

The band has yet to reveal the nature of the newspaper's content, but a statement posted on the new site reads, "To commemorate this momentous occasion...

Radiohead - 'The King of Limbs' Review

2/22/2011 10:18am EST
Released a day before it was officially supposed to street, Radiohead and brainchild Thom Yorke have found another way to essentially dupe the masses with their latest, and eighth, studio long player, the King of Limbs. Perhaps Radiohead is just having fun with their followers with the way they have gone about releasing recent records (see the ‘pay what you want’ release of 2007’s In Rainbows), or perhaps Yorke and his band of merry men are just bored, but either way, Radiohead seems to have again pushed the envelope when it comes to the art of releasing albums.

The King of Limbs is ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: November

1/2/2011 5:00pm EST
Demi Lovato
The royal news of the year was the talk of the month as Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement and plans to wed in 2011.

Teen star Demi Lovato stunned young Hollywood when she quite the Jonas Brothers tour and checked into rehab to address personal and "emotional" issues, and Charlie Sheen and Lil Wayne officially became free men again - the actor's divorce from Brooke Mueller became official, while rapper Lil Wayne was released from prison.

MGM, the studio behind the James Bond film franchise, filed for bankruptcy, actor Justin Long was injured in a car crash, and s...