Suge Knight was allegedly behind the wheel of a fatal hit-and-run accident this afternoon in Compton, California that left one person dead and another man injured. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department released a statement confirming that an accident had occurred, with The Hollywood Reporter adding that the incident took place after filming had finished on a promotional shoot for the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.
According to TMZ, Knight and his friend Terry Carter were visiting the set when security guards asked the former Death Row exec to leave. After exiting the vehicle, Knight then got into a fight with two crewmembers before Knight hopped back into his vehicle and gunned it into reverse. However, Carter was allegedly attempting to reenter the vehicle by going behind the vehicle toward the passenger door when Knight hit him. Carter was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Knight followed the men in his truck after the fight before running them over. The truck reportedly hit the men and subsequently backed over them.
After initially declining to name a suspect in the incident, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department later issued a BOLO (“Be on the look out”) alert to law enforcement agencies for Knight, adding that he was a suspect in a homicide investigation.
Billboard spoke to Knight’s Las Vegas-based lawyer James Blatt who confirmed the incident but wouldn’t elaborate on his client’s involvement. “Facts are all over the place right now,” Blatt said. Los Angeles Times notes that the lawyer has been in contact with Knight since the incident and are discussing their “next steps,” likely an arranged surrender to police.
Actor Cle “Bone” Sloan was also hit by the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures; the Sheriff’s Department declined to give an update on his status. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the Game were reportedly all on set for the promotional shoot but had left before the accident occurred.
In August 2014, Knight was shot six times during a MTV VMA pre-party in Los Angeles. After being hospitalized and undergoing surgery, Knight was released three days later.
Knight surrendered to authorities early Friday morning and was interviewed by police for three hours, according to the Los Angeles Times. While Knight’s lawyer admits that the mogul was behind the wheel when an unidentified 55-year-old man was killed and 51-year-old man was injured, he told the Associated Press that the incident was unintentional.
“We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated,” James Blatt said. ”He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two [other] individuals. He was in his car trying to escape.”
But witnesses who were at the scene dispute that claim, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina. ”The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act,” Corina told members of the media on Friday, adding that Knight had gotten into two separate arguments with the two men before the incident.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that one of the altercations took place after filming had finished on a promotional shoot for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the Game were reportedly all on set for the promotional shoot, but had left before the accident occurred. According to the L.A. Times, Knight followed the two men to the parking lot of a nearby fast-food restaurant 20 minutes after the altercation and struck them with his red pickup truck. ”Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again,” Corina said.
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department issued a BOLO (“Be on the look out”) alert to law enforcement agencies for Knight, adding that he was a suspect in a homicide investigation.
Knight’s career has been populated by a series of arrests and legal woes. In 1997, the label head was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating probation stemming from an earlier assault case. He was released in 2001, but was forced to return to prison in 2003 after hitting a parking lot employee.
In 2008, he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and aggravated assault and pleaded guilty to battery the following year.
Last August, Knight was shot six times during a MTV VMA pre-party hosted by Chris Brown in Los Angeles. After being hospitalized and undergoing surgery, Knight was released three days later. In an interview a few weeks later, Knight seemed unconcerned with finding the shooter.
“Even if I did [know who shot me], I don’t think that’s really important — who pulled the trigger and who I seen pull the trigger,” said Knight. ”When you walk in a place, you walk in one way and no matter what goes on, you leave the same — as a man. I was shot, and I wanted to make sure I got to the right place to patch some of these holes up.”
Last October, Knight and actor-comedian Katt Williams were arrested on suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer. They were each charged with one count of robbery.
Björk‘s latest album, Vulnicura, was such a personal experience that she compared it to opening herself up — literally — in a new interview with The New York Times. “You feel like you’re having open-heart surgery, with knives sticking in, so that everything is out, and you have this urgency and immediacy,” she said. Regarding the overwhelming resolution she felt to make the album, she said, “You feel like you belong to another power. It’s not yours. It’s like the universal heartbreak energy current…that is taking you hostage.”
The singer explained that the album was largely influenced by her separation with her romantic partner, artist Matthew Barney — with whom she has a daughter — and that the album’s first six songs are a chronological account of the breakup. “Usually, I don’t really talk about my private life, but with this album there’s no two ways about what it is,” she said. “I separated during this album, ended a 13-year relationship, and it’s probably the toughest thing I’ve done.” Barney declined to comment for the Times.
The experience, she said, inspired a fight-or-flight instinct within her. “Weirdly, I think the survivalist in me kicked in,” she said. “When you’re going through the most difficult things emotionally, the scientist kicks in to try to make sense of it all. Part of me wants just to hide it, and part of me is going, ‘No — this could be a document of the heartbreak of the species, and could even be helpful to someone.”
But before the album could come out, she experienced another kind of heartbreak when Vulnicura leaked online. So her instincts told her to put it online immediately — much to the chagrin of her label. “All the record companies around the world were just stubborn about keeping to the plan,” she said. “I’m not just, ‘Break the rules to break the rules,’ but it had a strange smell to it. The chances people were going to wait a month and a half were zero.” Ultimately, she decided that, despite the protests of her business partners, she should release the album because of its emotional content.
Björk said she took many efforts to make the experience unique. Only 100 visitors will be allowed in at a time, wearing headphones, and will walk through rooms focusing on each of the singer’s adult solo albums, while looking at the costumes and videos that surrounded each period and listening to audio commentary written by her occasional collaborator, poet and novelist Sjon. Björk recorded some of the narration herself along with Icelandic director and actress, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir. Björk described the whole experience as somewhat a “cacophony of sound.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live will shake up its regularly scheduled musical performances this February with a new series, “Mash Up Mondays,” bringing together two artists for a special one-off gig.
“Mash Up Mondays” kicks off February 2nd with Weezer and ZZ Top — or as host Jimmy Kimmel re-dubbed them in a press release, “Wee-Z Top” — and continues February 9th with Haim and funk legends Morris Day and the Time (a.k.a. “Morris Day and the Haim”). On February 16th, rising soul star Aloe Blacc will take the stage with Nineties new jack swing heroes Blackstreet as “Aloe Blaccstreet.” No word yet on which pun-tastic pairing will close out the series on February 23rd.
Since 1990 (in other words, years before any of this year’s headliners had a hit record), Country Jam USA has been one of the Midwest’s most prestigious country music festivals. This summer’s lineup for the fest, which takes place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from July 23rd—25th, includes Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe and Jerrod Niemann, with more artists to be revealed in the coming weeks. (See the current daily lineup of artists below).
Eau Claire’s signature summer event for country music will be preceded by Blue Ox, a brand-new bluegrass festival produced by the founders of Country Jam USA. Also a three-day event, Blue Ox will take place June 11th—13th.
Country Jam, which takes place at the sprawling 110-acre Foster Farm, offers festival-goers scenic views of the Chippewa River, and an additional 75 acres of campgrounds available to visitors. Multiple ticket levels are offered year-round. General Admission tickets are $100 per day or $150 for three days with open seating. Ultimate VIP Tickets are $1,500 for three-day passes and include backstage access, “Party Pit” access, special viewing closest to the stage and a VIP hospitality area with food and drinks. Platinum VIP tickets are already sold out, but a limited number of gold and silver VIP tickets are still available for $550-$600. Perks for those tickets include seats closest to the stage, unlimited food and beverages all day long, complimentary cocktails at 5:00 p.m. each evening, a complimentary gourmet buffet each evening, and VIP parking. For more ticket options visit www.countryjamwi.com or call 715-839-7500.
Thursday July 23rd: Lady Antebellum Hunter Hayes Sam Hunt Granger Smith
Friday July 24th: Blake Shelton Kip Moore Cassadee Pope LoCash
Saturday July 25th: Eric Church Gary Allan Jerrod Niemann Ashley Monroe
Batten down the hatches and break out the red New York Yankees fitted, Limp Bizkit is hitting the high seas next week as headliners of of the ShipRocked cruise and guitarist Wes Borland couldn’t be more morose.
As Metal Injection points out, Borland took to Instagram to express his discontent, posting a photo of his luggage and caption that contained such charming sentiments as: “Can’t wait to see me some roided out tribal tattooed spray tanned Jell-O shot filled bohunks do their best drunk MMA impressions in the top deck mosh pit.”
Swinging between disgruntled fatalism and straight-up snark, Borland bemoaned the prospect of spending his time not onstage, holed up “fetal position in my cabin, palms up, while I desperately cling to the last week of my thirties as it slips through my hooked fingers.” But amidst the existential terror of aging, the guitarist never gave up looking for that silver lining.
“So, I’d like to give a shout out now to all the other over-the-hill late Nineties/early 2000s bands going on the cruise: Let’s give these people the raging alcohol-fueled nostalgia fest they’re paying for, guys!” Borland wrote. “I know we can do it if we tune down low enough!”
Borland has had a tumultuous tenure in Limp Bizkit, quitting and re-joining the band on multiple occasions, most notably in 2001 following the success of 2000′s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. After a rocky few years and ensuing hiatus during the mid-2000s, Limp Bizkit reunited in 2009 and released Gold Cobra in 2011. The band has been working on the follow-up, Stampede of the Disco Elephant, though a release date has yet to be set.
It’s been 21 years since Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and the Judds stormed the Georgia Dome midway through Super Bowl XXVIII, giving the NFL championship its first country music halftime show.
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Don’t expect to hear much twang during this weekend’s matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The Super Bowl has largely relied on RB and pop music during the 2010s, with the past three halftime performers — Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Madonna — claiming the most viewers in the game’s 48-year history. This Sunday, Katy Perry will carry on the tradition with her own halftime set, filling the University of Phoenix Stadium with pop songs about fireworks, dark horses and teenage dreams.
Country music is still getting a piece of the action this week, though. Tonight, Zac Brown Band headlines the first evening of the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival. Located minutes away from the Super Bowl’s venue in Glendale, Arizona, the three-day fest also includes performances by fellow country stars Thomas Rhett, Cadillac Three and Sam Hunt. As Game Day approaches, a different crop of country headliners — Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Arizona native Dierks Bentley — will take over the nearby US Airways Center for Saturday’s annual Night Before concert. Tickets for that show are still available via Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from $80 to $190.
Leave it to Carrie Underwood, whose voice has kicked off every episode of NBC’s Sunday Night Football for the past two seasons, to get closer than any of her peers to a game-time performance slot. On Sunday evening, Underwood will kick off the Super Bowl broadcast with a performance of “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight,” a reworked version of her Sunday Night theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” Meanwhile, frequent Carrie collaborator and self-professed country fan Steven Tyler — who, if rumors are to believed, is supposedly working on a new album in Nashville — will headline a Rolling Stone-sponsored afterparty once the game is done, sharing the stage with Charlie XCX and DJ Cassidy.
Last year, Aphex Twin ended a 13-year hiatus with his surprise comeback LP Syro, and now it appears like the electronic music pioneer is making up for lost time by posting hours of unreleased music on SoundCloud. Given the elusive nature of the producer (real name: Richard D. James), we’ll probably never know for sure, but since a SoundCloud page attributed to “user478363530″ was activated three days ago, over 80 unheard songs and counting – tagged #earlyaphex and allegedly from Aphex Twin’s stacked musical vaults – have been posted online.
There is a mountain of evidence that suggests that Aphex Twin authored the tracks: For starters, when James’ official Soundcloud account posted one of the tracks from the just-released Computer Controlled Instruments Pt. 2 EP, “user478363530″ wrote a comment on the song saying “I love your early 90′s stuff so much, I was doing stuff in the early 90’s, similar to you but I didn’t know about you when I did it ! Im also 43 years old I’m going to be uploading it to soundcloud soon, gotta dust off the old DAT’s cassettes.” The administrator of the Aphex Twin SoundCloud then replied to “user478363530,” “beautiful stuff, would love to hear more.”
Planet Mu’s Mike Paradinas, a former Aphex collaborator, has stated that he believes the SoundCloud deluge come straight from James, adding he “recognized some tracks from James’ old tape,” Pitchfork writes. Another of the SoundCloud songs, “8 Utopia,” popped up during one of Aphex Twin’s 2010 live performances.
Additionally, the SoundCloud page features an unreleased remix of the title track off Aphex Twin’s 1995 EP Donkey Rhubarb, and the reworking itself is so convincing that, if “user478363530″ isn’t Aphex Twin, they’re a talent in their own right.
While “user478363530″ continues to flood the Internet with music – so much that they kept blowing past the bandwidth allowances on free SoundCloud accounts before the user upgraded to Unlimited – Reddit and Aphex fanpage We Are the Music Makes are already speculating that “user478363530″ is just one of a handful of SoundCloud accounts James might be dropping music on.
This wouldn’t be the first time James surreptitiously released tunes outside of the Aphex Twin moniker: In the past, the reclusive producer has called up numerous alter egos, including Caustic Window, Polygon Window, Bradley Strider and AFX.
Charli XCX has recorded versions of her hits “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules” in Japanese for that country’s version of Sucker (via Fuse). Warner Music Japan posted snippets of the new versions, which don’t stray from the originals other than the language, to YouTube. J-Pop singer and model Yasuda Rei helped create the Japanese lyrics for “Boom Clap,” while singer Hiromi worked on “Break the Rules.”
Charli previously filmed the video for her 2013 single, “SuperLove” – which did not make it onto Sucker, but is also available in English on the Japanese version – in Tokyo. “I’d never been to Japan before, so it was kind of crazy,” she told Stereogum that year. “We were only there for, like, two days…. The police shut the video shoot down, which made me feel so badass. I was like, ‘Whoa, I’m like Kesha or something….’ It was kind of crazy, but it was great.”
Last December, Charli XCX told Rolling Stone that the message behind Sucker was “pussy power – in your face, don’t give a fuck, bright red and pink.” She also revealed that she wrote “Break the Rules” in the parking lot of Quincy Jones’ L.A. studio. “I went outside for a cigarette and then had this idea and sang it into my phone,” she said. “I took it back in and I was like, ‘Hey, guys, what do you think of this? It’s kind of so lame that it’s the best thing you’ve ever heard?’”
The Japanese edition of Sucker is due out on February 18th.
If you want to “Party Like It’s 1989″ to “This Sick Beat,” you better ask Taylor Swift‘s permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with “‘Cause We Never Go Out of Style,” “Could Show You Incredible Things” and “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” – with the U.S. government, according to the legal database Justia (via Vox).
The filings prohibit the use of those phrases, which all cull from her 2014 album 1989, from appearing with a license on everything from guitar straps and other accessories to removable tattoos. Some of the more obscure – and likely obligatory – items covered by her trademarks include typewriters, walking sticks, non-medicated toiletries, Christmas stockings, “knitting implements,” pot holders, lanyards, aprons, whalebone, napkin holders and the particularly ominous collection of “whips, harness and saddlery.”
For reference, feel free to cut and paste the special characters ™ and ® for future references to 1989.
In other Swift news, the singer’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were recently hacked, with multiple posts attempting to convince her 51 million followers to follow other Twitter users. The social media service quickly deleted the fake tweets and Swift referenced her own “Shake It Off” with the joke, “Hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack.”
The singer expressed her concerns of privacy and security last year in her Rolling Stone cover story. When the magazine asked her who she thought might be spying on her, she said it could be anyone. “The janitor who’s being paid by TMZ,” she said. “This is gonna sound like I’m a crazy person — but we don’t even know. I have to stop myself from thinking about how many aspects of technology I don’t understand.”