Lollapalooza Evacuated: Lightning, Torrential Rain, Pouting Ensues

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While waiting to hop in the photo pit for Chairlift, word got around that their performance would be delayed. We photogs looked up to the gray but not super threatening clouds and figured it’d be a half hour or so. Nope, turns out, all 90,000 attendees were being very reluctantly shuffled off the grounds. Unsurprisingly, many a youngster pouted and sat on the curb, tutus splayed out and beers in hand. About 30 minutes later, the skies opened and all were cleansed of their face paint and body glitter.

Doors just reopened, so we’re heading back into the very muddy trenches for a few more shows, including Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More rain is likely…hoping to nab a neon poncho on the way over.

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[Photos: Lauren Olson]

Lollapalooza Day One Recap: Raging Teens, Raging Heat And The Glorious Black Keys

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The 100-degree heat index did not deter 90,000 mostly-young people from descending upon Grant Park in their finest fringed crop tops, body glitter and neon cutoffs everything. There was a visible “sweat cloud” lingering over the crowd, but that didn’t stop anyone from dancing their hearts out and jamming to some of the hottest names in rock, electropop and dubstep. As I mainline coffee and chug gallons of water in preparation for Day Two, allow me to review some of the uber-sweaty highlights, accompanied by GIFs, naturally.

From the glisten of her sequined top to the slick sweat on her legs, Metric‘s Emily Haines shined in both appearance and performance. With seemingly impossible energy, Haines ran around the stage with a tambourine, belting out some vintage (and by vintage, we mean 2003) goodies like “Dead Disco” to new gems like “Lost Kitten” from this year’s Synthetica.

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Last Lap: Lil Wayne Trading The Recording Booth For The Skate Board

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LIL WAYNE TAKING A BREAK FROM RAP SO HE CAN SKATEBOARD
“I feel like the fans deserve a little No Wayne. I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been out on everybody’s song, I’m still on everybody’s song,” says Wristguard Weezy. “I believe the fans deserve some peace from me, so I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime.” [MTV] Read more…

Celebrate Marley: Rare Photographs And A Spotify Playlist For Saturday’s Rock Doc Premiere

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Every so often, an artist is able to transcend music’s set genres and penetrate the hearts and minds of many. Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 and considered one of the most prolific singer/songwriters to grace our eardrums, Bob Marley is one of these unique examples. Whether you’re an avid fan of Marley’s message or just receptive to the smile-inducing tracks that come on during a night out with friends, you’re likely to have been seduced by his music at one point or another!

Hitting television airwaves for the first time on Saturday at 9p.m. ET/PT, VH1 Rock Doc Marley will premiere on VH1. Filled not only with rare photos and never-before-seen footage of the star, the acclaimed documentary film also features music spanning Marley’s entire career. With the photo gallery and Spotify playlist below, follow along as you watch tomorrow night: in the order that they appear in the film, soak up the images and robust soundtrack that includes everything from recognizable Marley classics like “One Love” and “Three Little Birds” to lesser-known cuts like “Simmer Down” from his earlier days with the original Wailers, Bunny and Peter Tosh. Lighting up a spliff in the privacy of your own home is totally optional!
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Madonna Appeases Protests And Paid Tribute To Warsaw Uprising

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After several weeks of controversy and defiance, Madonna has hewed ever so slightly to her protesters. The Queen of Pop compromised with critics in Poland, and incorporated World War II-era newsreel footage of the Warsaw Upsrising against the Nazis into her set during her MDNA tour stop there last week. The audience was, by all reports, very pleased with the tribute. Read more…

Fiona Apple Gets An Unlikely Cameo In Rick Ross’ New Video

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Rick Ross has had a busy week –  dropping an album and several videos, helping to bring Mariah back. Between all that, do you think he also found time to get his Fiona Apple ticket before the show sold out?

The new “911″ video finds Ross cruising the moonlit streets of Los Angeles in the 911 Porsche for which the menacing God Forgives, I Don’t song is named. Spliced in with quick cuts are shiny chains, XXL sports jerseys, multiple sunglass changes, and all the rest of the Rozayian embellishments that make for a Ross video. And then, atypically so, The Bawse pulls up to a venue with a marquee that says “SOLD OUT,” but above it reads Fiona Apple’s name instead of his own. Huh? Ruh. Read more…

Drake Gets Another Aaliyah Tattoo, But At Least He’s Working On His High School Diploma

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Drake's New Aaliyah Tattoo

Drake‘s fascination with Aaliyah just got weirder. In heaven she’s probably saying, “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!” using his own line to question his latest move proving, uh, he’s borderline obsessed. Forget the tattoo of Aaliyah’s face on his back–that wasn’t enough! Sampling her “At Your Best (You Are Love)” for “Unforgettable” didn’t quite scream ‘I love you, Aaliyah’ enough either. Executive producing her posthumous album was almost enough to profess his admiration for her. It took Drizzy’s latest tattoo to truly honor the late R&B singer, you know, the one he never met. Read more…

Beyonce Will Release “I Was Here” Video For World Humanitarian Day, Solves The Mystery Of August 19 Cryptic Message

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Beyonce To Release I Was Here Video

Beyonce left the entire ‘net in suspense when she posted a cryptic message on her website stating, “Leave Your Footprint on August 19″  accompanied with a foggy blue picture. Since then she’s announced her goal of directing a documentary about herself, but that didn’t solve the mystery. Wait no longer, folks. According to Popdust, in conjunction with the United Nations and World Humanitarian Day, Beyonce will release a video for 4′s “I Was Here.” The video for the Diane Warren penned ballad was filmed at the UN’s General Assembly in front of a live audience. Mark your calendars (and our word), Queen B will crash the Internet on August 19. Read more…

Emeli Sandé Transforms Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”

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You Ougha Know‘s Emeli Sandé has borrowed “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” from her tourmates Coldplay, stripped it of the synth and jangle, and made it entirely her own, and in one take with just one mic and her unshakeable voice. Reviewing Our Version of Events, the New York Times suggested that, “What’s magical about this album is how Ms. Sandé’s stance remains unmistakable regardless of what the backdrop is.” And that proves true as ever in this beautiful and intimate rework of a song that was built to fill stadiums. Sandé has got a voice to be reckoned with, and let her at an ancient Scottish hymn or one of Coldplay’s biggest hits and she will transform it into a moment wholly her own.

Emeli Sande Covers Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” [Idolator]

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Tuned In: Tenacious D Were The Greatest Band On Conan Last Night

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Last night on late night, Conan led a thorough investigation into “the greatest band on Earth.” Tenacious D have long been hailed — by themselves, at least — as such, and Conan called them just that in his intro, before asking them if the title was meant to be a joke. “It was a joke, kind of,” Jack Black explained, adding that, “but now, there’s no question about it: we are the best band.” However, it’s the thought that counts most for Black, who also said that, “If you don’t think you are the best band in the world, you should just de-band.” By any definition, Tenacious D were the greatest band on Conan last night, performing their “Senorita” live and “39″ as an online exclusive in front of an enormous, inflatable Pheonix. “It’s got very powerful leg muscles,” Black assures. Greatest or otherwise, rock comedy doesn’t get much better than this.

Check that out “39″ and their interview below!

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