Exclusive Book Excerpt: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch WinehouseLate Singer’s Father Recounts the Origins of ‘Rehab’…

After the tragic death of Amy Winehouse last year, her father, Mitch, agreed to write a memoir about his daughter’s brief life. In this exclusive excerpt from Amy, My Daughter, he recounts when Amy switched representation from 19 Management to Metropolis Music, her first meeting with producer Mark Ronson and their early work on the tunes that would form her blockbuster album, Back to Black. “You know, they tried to make me go to rehab, and I told them no, no, no,” she told Ronson during a walk in New York, talking about her family. “That’s quite gimmicky,” he said. “We should turn that into a song.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

Exclusive Book Excerpt: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
Late Singer’s Father Recounts the Origins of ‘Rehab’…

After the tragic death of Amy Winehouse last year, her father, Mitch, agreed to write a memoir about his daughter’s brief life. In this exclusive excerpt from Amy, My Daughter, he recounts when Amy switched representation from 19 Management to Metropolis Music, her first meeting with producer Mark Ronson and their early work on the tunes that would form her blockbuster album, Back to Black. “You know, they tried to make me go to rehab, and I told them no, no, no,” she told Ronson during a walk in New York, talking about her family. “That’s quite gimmicky,” he said. “We should turn that into a song.” (More via Rolling Stone…)

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50 Cent Involved In Bad Car Accident…

50 Cent appears to be living out a real life, ‘Final Destination’ movie.

He possibly had a brush with death again last night when he was involved in a bad car accident in Queens. According to his website, who broke the news, he was traveling down the Long Island Expressway when the SUV he was riding in was hit by a MACK truck. The SUV flipped a few times which caused injuries to 50 Cent and the driver who were both taken to a nearby Queens Hospital. (More via Necole Bitchie…)

50 Cent Involved In Bad Car Accident…

50 Cent appears to be living out a real life, ‘Final Destination’ movie.

He possibly had a brush with death again last night when he was involved in a bad car accident in Queens. According to his website, who broke the news, he was traveling down the Long Island Expressway when the SUV he was riding in was hit by a MACK truck. The SUV flipped a few times which caused injuries to 50 Cent and the driver who were both taken to a nearby Queens Hospital. (More via Necole Bitchie…)

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CLASSIC ALBUM… SUICIDE, SUICIDE

The New York synth punks evoke everything from the Velvet Underground to rockability. Martin Rev’s low-budget electronics are violent and hypnotic; Alan Vega screams as a rhythmic device.  Late-night listening to “Frankie Teardrop,” a 10-minute-plus tale of a multiple murder, is not recommended.

CLASSIC ALBUM… SUICIDE, SUICIDE

The New York synth punks evoke everything from the Velvet Underground to rockability. Martin Rev’s low-budget electronics are violent and hypnotic; Alan Vega screams as a rhythmic device. Late-night listening to “Frankie Teardrop,” a 10-minute-plus tale of a multiple murder, is not recommended.

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A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q Rap Upside Down on “Brand New Guy”
Emcees Flex Hard in Dark Parking Lots…

In their new video for “Brand New Guy,” rising rappers A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q combine their aggressive flows over a dizzying, hypnotic beat. Bringing Harlem and L.A. together, the two emcees rap heavily in the dark, surrounded by their crew in dimly lit images of New York. They also rap upside down, hanging like bats while they spit their lines. Though the clip pulls few tricks, its menacing vibe is a nice fit for the track.

"Brand New Guy" is on A$AP Rocky’s 2011 mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. (via Rolling Stone…)

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2 Chainz Arrested at New York Airport…

2 Chainz was arrested in the Delta terminal at LaGuardia airport in Queens, New York this afternoon. Cops say he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a criminal weapon and taken into custody after the TSA found brass knuckles in his bag. Big Sean says that the alleged brass knuckles were actually a four-finger ring, and a rep tells TMZ that the rapper’s team is “handling the situation.”

Update: 2 Chainz wore a four-finger ring, seen here, last Sunday at an afterparty for Drake’s Club Paradise tour appearance in Atlanta. He remains in police custody. (via The Fader…)

2 Chainz Arrested at New York Airport…

2 Chainz was arrested in the Delta terminal at LaGuardia airport in Queens, New York this afternoon. Cops say he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a criminal weapon and taken into custody after the TSA found brass knuckles in his bag. Big Sean says that the alleged brass knuckles were actually a four-finger ring, and a rep tells TMZ that the rapper’s team is “handling the situation.”

Update: 2 Chainz wore a four-finger ring, seen here, last Sunday at an afterparty for Drake’s Club Paradise tour appearance in Atlanta. He remains in police custody. (via The Fader…)

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Beyonce Attends Broadway Musical ‘Ghost’, Pens Mother’s Day Letter…

Beyonce celebrated her first Mother’s Day as a mother this past weekend while kicking back in New York with her mother, hubby and daughter Blue Ivy. On Mother’s Day eve, she took a break from mommy duties and attended the Broadway Musical ‘Ghost’, where she took some time backstage to meet and greet the cast and take a few photos. The following day, she posted a nice little note to her mother on her website, which began with the line, ‘Everything I am, is because of you’. (More at Necole Bitchie…)

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Can’t Buy Me Love: How $250K Netted ‘Mad Men’ a Beatles Tune…

On Sunday night’s Mad Men, at the end of an episode involving the impossibility of licensing an actual Beatles song, creator and show runner Matthew Weiner pulls out a brilliant trump card: an actual Beatles song. And not just any actual Beatles song, but “Tomorrow Never Knows,” the closing track on 1966’s Revolver, and a recording marked by both John Lennon’s Tibetan Book of the Dead-inspired lyrics and Paul McCartney’s Stockhausen-informed tape loops. But this TV coup came at a steep cost: $250,000, according to separate reports by the New York’ ArtsBeat blog and the Wall Street Journal, both citing unidentified people familiar with the deal. (Read More at SPIN…)

Can’t Buy Me Love: How $250K Netted ‘Mad Men’ a Beatles Tune…

On Sunday night’s Mad Men, at the end of an episode involving the impossibility of licensing an actual Beatles song, creator and show runner Matthew Weiner pulls out a brilliant trump card: an actual Beatles song. And not just any actual Beatles song, but “Tomorrow Never Knows,” the closing track on 1966’s Revolver, and a recording marked by both John Lennon’s Tibetan Book of the Dead-inspired lyrics and Paul McCartney’s Stockhausen-informed tape loops. But this TV coup came at a steep cost: $250,000, according to separate reports by the New York’ ArtsBeat blog and the Wall Street Journal, both citing unidentified people familiar with the deal. (Read More at SPIN…)

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CBGB Returns as Festival in New York300 Bands Scheduled; New Owners Consider Reopening Club…

After purchasing the assets for the legendary, defunct New York City rock club CBGB, the entity’s new owners are planning a massive city-wide music festival this summer and considering the possibility of reopening the club at a new location down the road, the New York Times reports.

The CBGB Festival, set to run from July 5th to 8th, will include 300 bands at 30 locations across New York, from Central Park’s Summerstage to the Highline Ballroom to clubs like Lit Lounge. The original CBGB closed in 2006.

"We’re trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City,"  Tim Hayes, one of the investors, told the Times. “The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it.” (Read More at Rolling Stone…)

CBGB Returns as Festival in New York
300 Bands Scheduled; New Owners Consider Reopening Club…

After purchasing the assets for the legendary, defunct New York City rock club CBGB, the entity’s new owners are planning a massive city-wide music festival this summer and considering the possibility of reopening the club at a new location down the road, the New York Times reports.

The CBGB Festival, set to run from July 5th to 8th, will include 300 bands at 30 locations across New York, from Central Park’s Summerstage to the Highline Ballroom to clubs like Lit Lounge. The original CBGB closed in 2006.

"We’re trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City," Tim Hayes, one of the investors, told the Times. “The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it.” (Read More at Rolling Stone…)

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World Premiere! The FADER #79 Featuring Philip Glass…

The most famous, absurd anecdote about Philip Glass, the subject of [The Fader's] annual Icon Issue this year, is that around the time Einstein on the Beach was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976, he was driving a cab. This was as pragmatic as it was ridiculous; performing and composing music didn’t earn him enough money to pay his ensemble. Call it genius, stubborn or mad, but for the past 75 years Glass has done precisely what he wants. Coming up out of the New York avant-garde art scene in the ’70s, he has maintained an ethos of the anti-establishment and a love for the inclusive spirit of a “happening.” (Read More at The Fader…)

World Premiere! The FADER #79 Featuring Philip Glass…

The most famous, absurd anecdote about Philip Glass, the subject of [The Fader's] annual Icon Issue this year, is that around the time Einstein on the Beach was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976, he was driving a cab. This was as pragmatic as it was ridiculous; performing and composing music didn’t earn him enough money to pay his ensemble. Call it genius, stubborn or mad, but for the past 75 years Glass has done precisely what he wants. Coming up out of the New York avant-garde art scene in the ’70s, he has maintained an ethos of the anti-establishment and a love for the inclusive spirit of a “happening.” (Read More at The Fader…)

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Watch the Weeknd’s Weekend Shows in Boston and New York…

Anyone with a Twitter feed and a passing interest in music has realized a good chunk of the population has been going ballistic over Canada’s newest R&B export the Weeknd’s first tour dates, which were announced earlier this month. Following two Coachella performances, Abel Tesfaye has kicked it off with dates in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and sharing live footage on his website. Now clips from his Brooklyn, Boston, and Manhattan gigs have surfaced (concertgoers from Philadelphia are probably still sleeping it off). Check out Tesfaye performing — with surprising energy, given his music’s lugubrious trudge — multiple cuts off his trilogy House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Additional clips from Thursday’s Brooklyn kick-off show, are also plentiful. It’ll almost feel like you were there… screaming women included. (Read More and Watch at SPIN…)

Watch the Weeknd’s Weekend Shows in Boston and New York…

Anyone with a Twitter feed and a passing interest in music has realized a good chunk of the population has been going ballistic over Canada’s newest R&B export the Weeknd’s first tour dates, which were announced earlier this month. Following two Coachella performances, Abel Tesfaye has kicked it off with dates in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and sharing live footage on his website. Now clips from his Brooklyn, Boston, and Manhattan gigs have surfaced (concertgoers from Philadelphia are probably still sleeping it off). Check out Tesfaye performing — with surprising energy, given his music’s lugubrious trudge — multiple cuts off his trilogy House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Additional clips from Thursday’s Brooklyn kick-off show, are also plentiful. It’ll almost feel like you were there… screaming women included. (Read More and Watch at SPIN…)

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