Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have won the 2014 Mercury Prize beating out favorites FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, and Damon Albarn, among others. The Mercury Prize is given annually to the best British album of the year.
After releasing their new single, "Buzzkill(er)," The Dead Weather are reportedly working on their third record that allegedly will arrive next year.
Before Craig Ferguson bows out as host of The Late Late Show next year, he will get a grand kick-off beginning next month as Metallica will be his house band and special musical guest each night.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Julian Casablancas admitted he may have been behind some of The Strokes internal issues, saying, "[On 'Comedown Machine'] I maybe wasn't kind of as iron-fisty as I had been in the past, but on purpose, because that created all these issues. I think it's important for someone to – whether or not I think it's better – for someone to have their say. I'm still writing a lot of parts and songs and we're playing together, so it's not like we're mailing each other songs and that we never see each other."
Funkmaster Flex will be teaming up with author Karen Hunter to release a book of stories about The Notorious BIG. In a story in Vibe magazine, Flex gives a preview like that "Who Shot Ya?" was originally intended for Mary J Blige and not Biggie. Flex said, "The song “Who Shot Ya” was originally an intro for Mary J. Blige’s album. Uptown/MCA said it was too hard. The song in its original form had a verse from Big, Keith Murray and LL Cool J, though LL never did his verse. The song still exists!” No release nor title of the book has been given.
It has been confirmed that Nas will executive produce Bishop Nehru's solo debut which is set to arrive next year.
Last night, The Allman Brothers brought their six decade long career to an end with their final live performance at the coveted Beacon Theater in New York City. The theater is where the band held an annual residency.