2016 Music News
won his lawsuit
over sampling with "fair use" argument.
His song Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
off the 2013 album "Nothing Was the Same",
sampled a 1982 spoken-word recording of “Jimmy Smith Rap”.
The judge ruled that
Drake’s use “transforms Jimmy Smith’s brazen dismissal of all non-jazz music into a statement
that ‘real music,’ with no qualifiers, is ‘the only thing that’s gonna last.'”
Thus the purpose is “sharply different” from the original artist's.
This case was notable because winning a “fair use” defense is rare in songs.
Southern rock pioneer and founder of the
The Allman Brothers Band,
passed away at the age of 69.
(In Memoriam: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017)
frontman for bands
passed away at the age of 52.
He was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after performing at a show with
Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre. His death was determined to be a suicide by hanging.
(In Memoriam: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017)
was the big winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards,
including Top Artist and Top Male Artist.
He took home 13 awards, breaking the record for artist with the most wins in a single year,
beating Adele's record of 12.
Other winners included
who won Top New Artist.
Top Female Artist went to
went to Twenty One Pilots
announced she will be a judge on the rebooted American Idol.
Now titled just 'Idol', it is expected to premiere on ABC during the 2017-18 season.
Daddy Yankee and
became the first Spanish language #1 single on Billboard since the
more than 20 years ago.
Keith Mitchell, original drummer for Mazzy Star,
passed away from undisclosed causes on May 14th, 2017.
Former Black Flag bassist Cel Revuelta
passed away from a stage 4 glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.
He was their bassist for their final tour of 1986, replacing Kira Roessler.
He also joined up for a string of 2003 reunion shows, alongside original Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn
suffered a stroke and was hospitalized, according to a post on her Facebook page.
She was admitted to a Nashville hospital, after the incident occurred at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home.
She is expected to make a full recovery.
apologized for the Fyre Festival debacle.
It was suppose to be a
luxury music festival in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas, but devolved into chaos
for the would be concert-goers as the
"physical infrastructure was not in place on time".
A $100 million lawsuit was later filed against the festival co-founders.
has an uncredited voice role
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
(The cameo is post credits).
J. Geils (born John Warren Geils Jr.), of
The J. Geils Band,
passed away at the age of 71. They had 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,
but were best known for the song
(In Memoriam: February 20, 1946 - April 11, 2017)
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced.
have the most nominations with 22 each.
Twenty One Pilots
have 17 nominations,
has 13, and
The BMA's will air May 21st on ABC.
founder Paul O’Neill passed away at the age of 61.
(In Memoriam: February 23, 1956 – April 5, 2017)
In an interview with People,
Barry Manilow, now 73,
revealed he is gay.
However, it was already reported in 2015 that he had wed his manager and longtime partner Garry Kief,
who he has been with for 39 years.
The Library of Congress picked 25 titles to be included in the National Recording Registry for the year.
The enshrined titles included
Over the Rainbow,
Straight Outta Compton,
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by
Remain in Light by
the original cast album of Broadway’s
will induct 2Pac
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. Other inductees include.
A movie musical inspired by
childhood in Virginia Beach is in the works. The project, titled 'Atlantis'
is being described as a 'Romeo and Juliet' style story.
passed away at the age of 90.
The legendary singer, songwriter and guitar great was widely
credited as one of the founding fathers of of Rock 'n Roll.
(In Memoriam: October 18th, 1926 – March 18th, 2017)
will make a guest appearance in the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones.
According to showrunner David Benioff, his appearance was designed mostly
as a favor to Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) who's a big fan of Sheeran.
became the first artist to release number one albums in consecutive weeks since 1968,
with HNDRXX and his self-titled album.
The last time it happened was when
Simon & Garfunkel
released "Bookends" followed by the soundtrack to "The Graduate".
The 1997 GMC Suburban that the
was shot is being auctioned for $1.5 million.
The previous week it was announced the BMW
was shot is being auctioned for the same price.
City of Stars
La La Land
won the Oscar for "Best Original Song" at the 89th Academy Awards.
(Which also kept
from completing an EGOT for the also nominated
How Far I'll Go
announced she will not be headlining this year's Coachella Festival.
Her doctor recommended she stay home due to her pregnancy.
inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year,
becoming the first rapper to be inducted.
one-time drummer and
one of Hip-Hop's most sampled drummers, passed away at the age of 73.
Brown's 1970 single for
was sampled over 1,000 times, including
Fight the Power,
F*ck tha Police,
LL Cool J's
Mama Said Knock You Out,
(In Memoriam: April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017)
was this year's big winner at the
The 2017 Grammy Awards.
She took home "Album of the Year" and "Best Pop Vocal Album" for
won "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Best Pop Solo Performance".
Other winners included:
• Chance The Rapper
for "Best New Artist", "Best Rap Album", and "Best Rap Performance"
• Stressed Out by
Twenty One Pilots
for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance"
Don't Let Me Down by
The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
for "Best Dance Recording"
for "Best Urban Contemporary Album"
• Humble and Kind by
for Best Country Song
And David Bowie
won "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance", and "Best Alternative Music Album" posthumously for
Mary Tyler Moore
(of the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show)
passed away at the age of 80
from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia after having been placed on a respirator the previous week.
(In Memoriam: December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017)
is being sued for $20 million dollars by the estate of the late Messy Mya (Anthony Barre) for
allegedly using two of her lines at the beginning of
was sentenced to 3 years probation for punching an off-duty cop during a pickup basketball game.
The charges were finally settled from the June 2015 incident.
Carrie Underwood and
will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February 12th.
The nominees for Album of the Year are:
Adele for 25,
Beyoncé for Lemonade,
Drake for Views,
Justin Bieber for Purpose,
for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
And for Song of the Year:
I Took a Pill In Ibiza
by Mike Posner ,
by Lukas Graham ,
by Justin Bieber
Bonnaroo announced its lineup. The headliners are
U2 (as part of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour),
Red Hot Chili Peppers,
The Weeknd and
Chance the Rapper.
The music festival will take place June 8th-11th in Manchester, TN.
City of Stars
La La Land
won the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The other nominees were:
• Can't Stop The Feeling
by Justin Timberlake
from the movie Gold.
by Stevie Wonder
and Ariana Grande
and How Far I'll Go
by Auli'i Cravalho
announced in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album
The Joshua Tree, they will launch
an international tour from May to August where they play the album in it's entirety.
Kendrick Lamar and
will headline Coachella this year. Coachella 2017 takes place the weekends of April 14th and April 21st.
was arrested after refusing to leave the stage at the Big Show in Detroit.
After he went over his set time, security tried to get him off the stage.
He starting dismantling and throwing stage equipment, hitting one police officer in the head in the process.
Police arrested him for malicious destruction of property and for resisting and obstructing arrest.