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Artist Coalition Calls for Grammy Boycott After Several Categories Given the Ax

If you’ve ever sat through an entire Grammy Awards show, the idea of having a few less categories might not strike you as such a bad idea — but for some of the artists affected by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ recent decision to whittle down the number of awards, it’s a potentially racist affront.

A group of musicians — including Paul Simon and jazz legend Herbie Hancock — has banded together to call for a boycott of CBS, which airs the awards ceremony, and is investigating a legal response to the Grammy cutbacks. As artist Bobby Sanabria put it in an interview with the AP, “We will ask people to stop watching CBS, boycott their sponsors and then write them. We’re at a critical juncture.”

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‘The Voice’ Coaches Put Their Spin on Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’ [VIDEO]

Nothing quite says “pressure” quite like the last night of competition on a nationally televised singing competition — so it’s only fitting that the four judges of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ came together to duet on the Queen and David Bowie classic ‘Under Pressure.’

The quartet — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera — took the stage for a loose version of the song, starting off in unison before Shelton, Levine, and Cee Lo took turns soloing at the mic. Aguilera, naturally, added plenty of melismatic vocal runs.

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Johnny Depp Electrifies Crowd By Joining Alice Cooper On Stage [VIDEO]

For alt-rock fans with long memories, Johnny Depp isn’t just a world-famous actor, he’s also the guy who played guitar and bass for Butthole Surfer frontman Gibby Haynes’ short-lived group P. But for pretty much everyone else, the sight of Depp rocking out with Alice Cooper on a London stage comes as a shock.

Depp joined Cooper for the latter’s show in London’s 100 Club over the weekend, an appearance teased by Cooper when he posted a backstage picture to his Facebook account with the caption “Johnny Depp!! Waiting to jump on stage with Alice for ’18′ and ‘Schools Out!’”

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Listen! Weird Al Parodies Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ with New Song, ‘TMZ’

At the ripe old age of 21, Taylor Swift has sold more than 20 million albums and won multiple Grammy Awards — but now that she’s had one of her songs parodied by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, she can say she’s truly made it.

On his recently released new album, ‘Alpocalypse,’ Yankovic spoofed Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me,’ renaming it ‘TMZ’ and subbing in paparazzi-tweaking lyrics like “You’re sorta famous, a minor celebrity / And so it only makes sense the world would be / Obsessed with every single thing you do … If they ever catch you picking your nose / Or stumbling the street on a drunken spree / You’re on TMZ.”

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Prince Swears Off Recording Until Someone Fixes the Internet

Ah, Prince. Whether he’s changing his name to a symbol, scrawling slogans on his face, threatening to sue his fans, or publicly daydreaming about a world in which no one is allowed to cover his songs, he’s always good for a provocative quote or two.

His latest interview, with the UK’s Guardian, didn’t disappoint.

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Brian Wilson Coming to Theaters Near You, Thanks to New Biopic

Even if he were simply one of the most critically revered songwriters of the rock era, Brian Wilson’s life story would be ripe for the film treatment. Toss in decades of eccentric behavior and lawsuits, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a biopic.

At least, that seems to be the thinking over at River Road Entertainment, the production company behind Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ where Oren Moverman — the writer and director behind the Oscar-nominated ‘The Messenger’ — has been hired to write the screenplay.

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Eagles Approach Milestone Anniversary; Don Henley Says They May ‘Quit’

Since starting out four decades ago, the Eagles have notched six number one albums, six Grammys, five number one singles, and sold more than 120 million albums. How do you celebrate your 40th anniversary after enjoying so much success?

According to Don Henley, it might be a good time to go on tour. Or, you know, just quit.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Promises ‘Loud,’ ‘Fast’ New Album

It’s been eight long years since we’ve heard anything new from ZZ Top, but fans can look forward to a new album soon — and guitarist Billy Gibbons says it’s “a return to the early ZZ Top roots.”

The upcoming, as-yet untitled set, which will be the band’s 15th studio album in 42 years, is currently being recorded with executive producer Rick Rubin, who’s also serving as a band advisor in his capacity as president of their label, American Recordings.

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U2 Plans Deluxe Reissues of ‘Achtung Baby’ and ‘Zooropa’

Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since U2 released its landmark album ‘Achtung Baby’ — and the band is preparing to celebrate with a newly expanded version.

The band isn’t stopping its vault-purging there, either – Rolling Stone reports that there are also plans for a deluxe edition of U2′s ‘Achtung’ follow-up, ‘Zooropa,’ all part of a wider campaign that will see the songs repackaged in a number of formats.

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Watch! Beyoncé Covers Queen’s Classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [VIDEO]

After more than a decade as a fixture on top of the charts, Beyoncé certainly has more than enough of her own hits to fill a concert set list, and she doesn’t need to go covering anyone else’s — but who are we to argue if she decides to put her own inimitable spin on a rock ‘n’ roll classic or two?

Currently on tour to promote her latest solo album, ’4,’ Beyoncé used her June 20 stop in Nice, France, to break out a cover medley that included Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire,’ Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones,’ and — perhaps most surprisingly — Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Though she flubbed a couple of lines, it was still an interesting experiment (and it’s always nice to see pop singers proving they’re actually performing live).

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Cee Lo Green Defends Himself After Homophobic Tweet

Just a few weeks after Blake Shelton came under fire for using Twitter to voice some homophobic comments, one of his fellow judges on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ has done the same thing — and now Cee Lo Green has a PR problem of his own to deal with.

Responding to a negative review of his recent Minneapolis performance, Green questioned the critic’s judgment by writing, “People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well, f*** you!”

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Clarence Clemons, E Street Band Saxophonist, Dead at 69

Six days after suffering a massive stroke, saxophone legend and longtime E Street Band member Clarence Clemons has died at the age of 69.

Despite initial reports that Clemons was responding well to treatment – and despite a pair of brain surgeries to repair the damage wrought by the stroke – his condition worsened as the week wore on, and he died on Saturday, June 18.

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