For the second time in a little over a month, Sinéad O'Connor has been found following a police search in the Chicago area. Yesterday evening, local authorities were alerted that O'Connor was allegedly suicidal and threatening to jump off of a bridge. But late last night, O'Connor posted a message on her Facebook page, writing "it's bullshit I jumped off a bridge, some stupid bitch up at Swords Garda station decided she'd like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip about is all. AM FAR TOO FUCKING HAPPY FOR THAT!!"
In the same Facebook post, O'Connor also expressed opinions about last night's UK vote to leave the European Union.
Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal have shared a new collaboration, “Hype.” It's the first piece of music the two have collaborated on since 18 Months' “Here 2 China” featuring Dillon Francis. (In 2008, Harris was featured on Dizzee Rascal's “Here Wiv Me"). Listen to “Hype” below via Spotify and find it on iTunes here.
Watch Dizzee Rascal's video for “Dance Wiv Me”:
Esteemed bluegrass singer/musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has died at 89, the Tennessean reports. A Facebook post by his grandson Nathan Stanley confirms that the Grand Ole Opry member passed away after a battle with skin cancer. Stanley was the recipient of two honorary Doctorates of Music, one from Lincoln Memorial University in 1976 and another from Yale University in 2014. After rising in the music industry in the 1950s with his brother Carter as the Stanley Brothers, Dr. Stanley would later go on to be named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. His rendition of the Appalachian folk song “O Death” was featured prominently in the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Gucci Mane has released a new song, “All My Children.” The latest in the string of singles since his release from prison makes reference to his continuing influence in the rap sphere, with the hook going “All of these rappers are all my children.” Hear a snippet of the new song below via Apple Music and find it on iTunes here.
Watch Gucci Mane's video for “Street Nigga”:
Miguel has shared a new song via SoundCloud. Listen to “Come Through and Chill” below. It was produced by Salaam Remi, a producer best known for his work with Amy Winehouse. Miguel's last studio release was last year's excellent album Wildheart.
Watch the video for Miguel's “Cofeee”:
Schoolboy Q has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album Blank Face. The LP will have 17 tracks, and features Kanye West (on the previously released “THat Part”), as well as E-40, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, Jadakiss, SZA, and Miguel. See his tweeted announcement, and find the full tracklist below.June 23, 2016
02 Lord Have Mercy
03 That Part [ft. Kanye West]
04 Groovy Tony / Eddie Kane [ft. Jadakiss]
05 Kno Ya Wrong [ft. Lance Skiiiwalker]
06 Ride Out [ft. Vince Staples]
07 Whateva U Want [ft. Candice Pillay]
08 By Any Means
09 Dope Dealer [ft. E-40]
10 John Muir
11 Big Body [ft. Tha Dogg Pound]
12 Neva Change [ft. SZA]
13 Str8 Ballin
14 Black Thoughts
15 Blank Face [ft. Anderson .Paak]
16 Overtime [ft. Miguel & Justine Skye]
17 Tookie Knows II [ft. Traffic & TF]
Watch Schoolboy Q's video for “THat Part” [ft. Kanye West]:
RZA has announced a new album in collaboration with iconic video game company Atari. The project will feature tracks “inspired by the sounds of Atari game music,” according to Billboard. “I’m so excited to work on these iconic games to deliver what I believe will be one of my best albums,” RZA said in a statement. “I am going to invite some of my friends to join me and it will be Game On with the first beat!” This marks the second time the Wu-Tang head has worked with Atari; in 2006, RZA provided voice-over for the Atari title Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Most recently, RZA announced Anything But Words, the debut album from Banks & Steelz, his project with Interpol's Paul Banks.
Today, electronic musician and former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton has released the Oranged Out EP, a five-track project that is being sold as pay-what-you-want with all proceeds going towards the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, an American organization dedicated to fighting for gun control measures. “Everytown are raising awareness about gun violence and advocating for sensible gun safety measures in the wake of the Orlando shooting, Newtown, and Aurora,” Braxton writes on his Bandcamp page. “As well as the daily gun deaths that we've grown so accustomed to that it's not even news worthy anymore." The new EP features pieces that were originally meant for Braxton's 2015 release HIVE1. Check out the EP here and watch the video for the title track below.
Oranged Out EP:
01 Oranged Out
02 Hooper Delay
04 Phono Pastoral
Gospel singer Mavis Staples, singer-songwriter James Taylor, and Californian rockers the Eagles will receive Kennedy Center Honors later this year, the New York Times reports. Other recipients of the award this year include actor Al Pacino and pianist Martha Argerich. The Eagles were supposed to get the award last year but deferred the acceptance until this year due to frontman Glenn Frey's illness. In light of Frey's passing earlier this year, the remaining Eagles will accept the award in memory of their “comrade and fellow traveler,” according to a statement. Secretary of State John Kerry will present the honorees with their awards at a red-carpet ceremony on December 4; the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on December 27.
Watch Mavis Staples perform “I'll Take You There” at the White House:
Update 6/24 8:20 a.m. Eastern: O'Connor has posted an angry Facebook message calling the police search and suicide threat allegations "bullshit."
Chicago police are on the lookout for Sinéad O'Connor after Irish police reported to them that the singer has threatened to harm herself. Police scanner audio (via TMZ) indicates that O'Connor called family members in Ireland and told them that she was on a bridge in Chicago and intended to jump. The family members then called Dublin police, who in turn informed the Chicago police department. Last month, O'Connor went missing but was found by police “unharmed” after a missing-persons search in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois.
Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this year, and to celebrate the occasion Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is opening a pop-up shop at APT 4B in Los Angeles that mirrors the look of Jay Z's apartment in Brooklyn from the 1990s. In an interview with Billboard, Burke reveals that the shop will sell Reasonable Doubt t-shirts, cassettes, and more, with some of merch to be spun off into its own Reasonable Doubt line afterwards. The shop will open this Saturday June 25, the 20th anniversary of the album, and will remain open through July.
Watch the video for Jay Z's “Feelin' It”:
Earlier this month, Clams Casino shared his collaboration with Vince Staples, “All Nite,” from his forthcoming album, 32 Levels (July 15). He's now released a music video for “All Nite,” directed by Ryan Staake. The video features Vince Staples rapping over cut-up footage of industrial urban landscapes. Watch the video and some of Clams Casino's upcoming live dates below.
Read our interview with Clams Casino on the Pitch.
07-14 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetary
07-15 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival Afterparty at Smart Bar
07-16 Queens, NY - MoMA PS1
07-24 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
Watch Vince Staples' Over/Under for Pitchfork.tv:
Jeezy has released a new song, “Magic City Monday,” produced by D.Rich, and featuring guest appearances from Future and 2 Chainz. Jeezy has worked with the two them before, on “Way Too Gone” and “R.I.P.” respectively. Jeezy's last album was 2015's Church in These Streets. Listen to “Magic City Monday” below.
Watch the video for “Way Too Gone”:
SoundCloud has unveiled a new feature called “Suggested Tracks.” It's an algorithm that “uses your listening activity to automatically find new tracks and artists – ones that you’ve likely never heard before, but are similar to the things you already know and love.” In addition, the service has added a new “Discover” tab, which will list all of your suggested music.
Until now, SoundCloud has used “related tracks” to determine what songs automatically play after the one you were just listening to. The algorithm for related tracks was based on “a network of relations and interactions on SoundCloud,” and the recommendations could “be both directly or indirectly related to tracks in this network.” With Suggested Tracks, SoundCloud looks to end that situation, wherein seemingly random tracks would play next.
For instance, when Kanye West posted “Real Friends” to his SoundCloud in January, a song called “Lowkey” by the relatively unknown rapper Rory Fresco played afterward for millions of users. Fresco ended up parlaying the opportunity into a deal with Epic Records.
Suggested Tracks follows the launch of the paid subscription service SoundCloud Go earlier this year.
Read our streaming music feature “Up Next: How Playlists Are Curating the Future of Music.”
When Adele released her latest album 25 last November, she kept the full album off of streaming services. Only its singles “Hello,” “When We Were Young,” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” have been available to stream. Tomorrow, 25 will finally make its way to Spotify and Apple Music, reps for the services have confirmed. 25 joins Adele’s other two albums, 2011’s 21 and 2008’s 19, on the streaming services.
Last year, 25 broke the record for most first-week U.S. sales. In that week, the album sold 3.38 million copies, shattering the previous record of 2.42 million copies sold, set by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached in March 2000.
Read “Adele’s Confidence and Damon Albarn’s Mistake” on the Pitch
A Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin today, in a copyright case involving "Stairway to Heaven," the Hollywood Reporter reports. In May 2014, Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the estate of former Spirit guitarist Randy California (real name: Randy Wolfe) filed a lawsuit against Zeppelin for infringement, claiming that the introduction to the 1971 classic “Stairway” was improperly inspired by Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.” The verdict came after a contentious trial that featured testimony from Page, Plant, and John Paul Jones. Page and Plant both denied having heard "Taurus" before they wrote "Stairway."
Organizers announced today that M.I.A. is still headlining Afropunk's London festival despite backlash over comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement, Afropunk wrote, "To us, the fact that M.I.A.'s comments sparked dialogue about a global view of the Black struggle is not a failing," later adding, "The debate is healthy and as people who have long been silenced, we refuse to participate in silencing of other voices." They continued, "We hope that this event also brings to light the experiences of black Brits, immigrants and refugees in the UK, who are continuously erased."
The controversy began back in April, when M.I.A. told London's Evening Standard magazine, "It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It's not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question."
Afropunk London takes place September 24 at Alexander Palace.
Each Sunday, Pitchfork posts a single album review that examines an important album the site has never reviewed. These pieces are in-depth long-reads from the best critics in the field, exploring the record’s original context and examining where it fits into an artist’s career and discography, as well as what it means to music now. Our first two installments were Barry Walters on Kate Bush's Hounds of Love and Jayson Greene on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. This Sunday, Pitchfork Executive Editor Mark Richardson takes on Neil Young's 1975 classic Tonight's the Night. See you Sunday.
On June 2, Freddie Gibbs was arrested in France as the suspect in a 2015 rape case in Austria. On June 16, a French court ordered Gibbs’ release on bail for €50,000 ($56,000). The court has now ordered him extradited to Austria, AFP reports. Gibbs has 72 hours to appeal the extradition. Michael Malka, Gibbs' lawyer, said he “has no intention of escaping justice, whether French or Austrian,” and that Gibbs wants to turn himself into Austrian authorities of his own volition, rather than be subject to the “harsh transfer procedure.”
In a statement, one of Gibbs’ lawyers, Scott E. Leemon, wrote:
The order was not surprising and it doesn’t change the fact that these are false allegations.
We are still hoping that once the Public Prosecutor in Austria interviews Freddie she will decide not to go forward. If she does decide to go forward, Freddie will fight the charges with everything he’s got.
Following an earlier court appearance, Malka said Gibbs “categorically denies the allegations made against him by Austria and is even very surprised that Austria is taking this on a year later, just as he is on tour in Europe.”
BitTorrent has entered the streaming fray with BitTorrent Now, a relaunch of its BitTorrent Bundle platform. The new BitTorrent Now apps provide free, ad-supported streaming of video and music. BitTorrent Now streaming is available today on Android and on the web, with Apple versions coming soon. The company says it's the first big refresh of its three-year-old bundle platform since it allowed artists to set a price for downloads with “paygates” in 2014, in an initiative led by Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes digital release.
BitTorrent touts the revenue model for its ad-supported streaming service as more artist-friendly than the competition, with creators keeping 70% of streaming ad revenue after administrative costs. In connection with the launch, BitTorrent has partnered for new releases available today from Caleb Groh, Caveman, and Kyiki. The app also includes dedicated music/video channels from iHeartComix, Fool’s Gold Records, Oscilloscope Labs, Letter Racer, Soulection, Atom Factory, Factory25, and more.