Archives Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Former Fleetwood Mac Member Bob Welch Found Dead After Apparent Suicide

Bob Welch R.I.P.

Awful news to pass along this evening. Bob Welch, who sang and played guitar for Fleetwood Mac during the pre-Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham era, was found dead in his Nashville home this evening after an apparent suicide. The singer, who was 66 years old and had reportedly been suffering from health issues for some time, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, but left the group before the band experienced its massive success with their eponymous 1975 album. He did, however, go on to experience some success as a solo artist; his song “Sentimental Lady,” featuring backing vocals from Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, was a Top 10 hit in September of 1977.

Welch’s death is the second high profile suicide to strike the rock world this year, following the March death of former Montrose guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Everyone here at VH1 offers their condolences to Welch’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Police: Musician Bob Welch kills self [CNN.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Producer Hit-Boy Debuts “Jay-Z Interview,” Is He The Next Kanye West?

On Kanye’s “Last Call” from debut album College Dropout he rhymed, “It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him/Last year shoppin’ my demo, I was tryin’ to shine/Every motherf*cker told me that I couldn’t rhyme.” Yeezy is arguably the biggest producer turned rapper story in hip-hop. Next up may be GRAMMY nominated producer Hit-Boy who is known for producing hits like “N**** in Paris.” Today Hit-Boy released “Jay-Z interview,” which is the world’s introduction to rap skills. Although he doesn’t do an actual interview with Jay, the G.O.O.D. Music artist includes clips of Hov (nice marketing ploy!) on tour and his studio time with. Read more…

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Rihanna Lands 22nd Top 10 Hit Only Trailing Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson And Whitney Houston

Rihanna Gets 22nd Top 10 Hit

There’s almost almost no better way to sum up Rihanna’s career than “that Rihanna reign just won’t let up.” What makes the magnitude of her success notable is the short time its taken her to break records in the way new artists can only imagine. “Where Have You Been” from Talk That Talk recently jumped from the No. 11 to No. 9 spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts making this her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes 22 top 10s in seven years. No wonder she lives by her own rules with very few f’s to give. She talks the talk and clearly walks the walk. Read more…

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Dodging Uncle Sam Has Finally Caught Up To Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Hasn't Filed Taxes In Three Years

Uncle Sam is one guy folks should try to avoid at all costs. Lauryn Hill is learning the hard way that the wrath of this guy is not pretty, especially when you haven’t filed taxes for three consecutive years. Per TMZ.com, the feds are coming after Hill for not filing her tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Here’s the kicker: Hill earned more than $1.8 million, but couldn’t be bothered with the minute things in life, like filing taxes. Read more…

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Seeing Threes In G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy”

We just have one question: did Kanye West style the G.O.O.D. music crew for “Mercy?” In the video for what’s easily one of the most popular songs of the early summer, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz  and Kanye West are all sporting some type of headgear. This has to be Ye’s doing! Attire aside, we’ve watched “Mercy” at least five times in a row. Its left to right camera pans that follow the motions of each rapper is intoxicating. Read more…

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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Can Kiss Erykah Badu’s “Glittery A**” For Releasing Unfinished Music Video

Badu vs. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Glitter is supposed to make everyone happy! Too bad glitter is not enough to settle the spat between Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne. She had no problem with Coyne tweeting nude photos of her sister, Nayrock, who is also featured in the video for The Flaming Lips and Badu collaboration on “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” According to Okayplayer.com, Ms. Badu was not pleased with the premature posting of the video on Pitchfork.com.  She did not back down from her position even though all of Twitter was watching. We’re assuming the apology and accountability The Flaming Lips took for the concept of the video wasn’t quite enough to get back on her good side either. Read more…

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Yo: The Story Of Yo! MTV Raps Sneak Peek: Saying Goodbye With A Big Ol’ Freestyle Session

It was a sad day when Yo! MTV Raps ended after a remarkable seven year run. Tonight we’re indulging in a healthy dose of nostalgia by watching the debut of Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, which includes Tupac’s unforgettable “thug life” rant against the Hughes brothers and Mike Tyson punching host Ed Lover. And what would a look at the story behind Yo! MTV Raps be without a classic freestyle farewell from countless emcees? It’s only right that the likes of Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim, KRS-One, Redman, Method Man, Flavor Flav and others send off the show properly. Read more…

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Artist Of The Day: Elle King Is “Playing For Keeps” And Winning Fans Along The Way

You know that cool girl in school with a mop of platinum blonde hair, sporting the bright lipstick and piercings you could never pull off, filling the air with an attitude that screams, “I couldn’t even pretend to care that I impress you right now.” That’s Elle King. She’s the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-bred new kid who suddenly appeared at a playground of bluesy, alt-rock soul music, and you’ll hear her on VH1 when Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Elle’s likened her sound to the imaginary progeny of great Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas and punk rock poster boy Joey Ramone, but after listening to her debut EP, it’s clear she’s crafted a style all her own. It’s bluesy in a way that sounds like she inhaled too much cigar-smoke from a long-standing gig at a juke joint. Yet, she’s jarringly smooth in her control and effortless in her command.

Not to mention, Elle’s self-penned lyrics make you want to stop and listen even if her voice doesn’t stop you cold first. “It’s a long way down/To the sacred ground/Where the reaper’s playing for keeps” she growls through a chorus of “Playing for Keeps,” which has been chosen as the theme song for Mob Wives Chicago. With a fearless attitude and edge to her voice, it’s the perfect score to set the mood for the deep dish spinoff to VH1′s hit series. Read more…

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Eclectic Mix Of Artists Join The Flaming Lips’ Attempt To Break The Guinness World Record At O Music Awards

Eclectic Mix of Artists Support The Flaming Lips Attempt to Break Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

There is lots of excitement surrounding the third annual O Music Awards, including VH1 Diva Grace Potter joining forces with The Flaming Lips in their attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record title for performing the Most Live Concerts in 24 hours in Multiple Cities. Luckily for The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals aren’t the only ones ready to assist with the challenge. An eclectic mix of artists including Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, GIVERS, Neon Indian, Grimes, New Fumes and more will perform full sets as The Flaming Lips fight to take Jay-Z’s crown. Next Friday VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter premieres, and we’re ecstatic about potentially getting the back story for some of the songs she may very well may perform while helping break the Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities). Check out the full press release below. Read more…