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Tyler, The Creator Predicts His Death, Talks Columbine Tragedy
The 20-year-old Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator recently told UK music magazine Q that he expects to be dead at 40. "Either an obsessed fan or heroin overdose. I'll probably get into that at 24," he said. Tyler was also involved in yet another Twitter beef, this time about the Columbine High School Massacre. "I got into an argument because I said the Columbine [shooters] were probably really cool people… I wasn't saying what they did was right," he said. (NME)
Patrick Stump Debuts Single Feat. Lupe Fiasco
Former Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump combines his powerful pop-punk vocals with hints of R&B in his new single "This City," featuring Lupe Fiasco. "This City" is an ode to Stump and Fiasco's hometown, Chicago, and is the second single off of Stump's upcoming album, "Soul Punk," which will mark Stump's first solo full-length since Fall Out Boy went on an indefinite hiatus in 2009. When the "Soul Punk" release date was pushed back earlier this year, Stump released a six-track EP, "Truant Wave." The EP and both "Soul Punk" singles, "This City" and "Explode," show that Stump can successfully blend soul with punk to create an identity that is all his own. Listen to "This City" below. (A.V. Club)
Tom Petty Asks Michelle Bachmann To Stop Playing 'American Girl'
At a rally yesterday (June 27), Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann walked onstage to the sounds of Tom Petty classic, "American Girl." It's now being reported that Petty's management team immediately sent a cease and desist letter to Bachmann's campaign. If this sounds familiar, back in 2000, George Bush received a similar letter after using Petty's "I Won't Back Down" at campaign stops. (Rolling Stone)
Billie Joe Armstrong's Son's Band Releases First Single
Billie Joe Armstrong's son's band has released its first single, and it's sure to make daddy proud. The band, Emily's Army, which features Joey Armstrong on drums, looks to recapture Green Day's early '90s punk glory with the track "Broadcast This." The track is a Ramones-style quickie that openly pines for the punk radio days of yore. The elder Armstrong and Green Day frontman produced the band's debut album, "Don't Be a Dick." Watch the video for "Broadcast This" below. (Rolling Stone)
Backstreet Boys And Fans Will Be Cruising To The Bahamas
Backstreet Boys fans will have the chance to spend time with their idols, on a three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas this winter. Fresh off a tour with New Kids On The Block, four of the Backstreet Boys will set off on the cruise Dec. 2, performing, partying and hanging out with fans. This is the second BSB cruise, and apparently Nick Carter and Brian Littrell are "going to make this year bigger and better."
Controversial Chuck Berry Statue Approved in St Louis
An eight-foot statue of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry was approved on Monday (June 27) over the opposition of some local residents, including one who said the Hall of Fame singer/songwriter should not be honored because he is a "felon and not a friend of women." The statue would be installed later this week and dedicated at a July 29 ceremony that will feature an appearance by the 84-year-old Berry. (Full story from Reuters)
(Reporting by Reuters, Jillian Mapes, Jon Blistein, Erica Thompson, Sarah Maloy and Alec Bojalad)