Music News: Jam Master Jay's murder remains unsolved, 15 years later


Run-DMC at the Grammys in 1987.
Run-DMC at the Grammys in 1987. l-r: Joe Simmons (Run), Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay), and Darryl McDaniels (DMC). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Monday, Oct. 30 marks 15 years since the murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay — and the case remains unsolved. The DJ was shot to death in the Queens recording studio he built to provide a venue for up-and-coming artists to record. Given that Jay was heavily in debt, friends and investigators speculated that he might have been killed by someone to whom he owed money — but leads dried up, and New York City cops have been unable to crack the case. (Billboard)

Today's childhood home news

After four years on the market, there's still no buyer for the house where Kurt Cobain grew up on Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain's family initially offered the home at $500,000; the price has now dropped to $225,000. Even at that reduced price, the buyer would have to be someone who appreciates the value of owning a house that still has the Nirvana frontman's youthful graffiti scrawled on his bedroom wall; strictly from a real estate standpoint, the house is worth less than $100,000. (Pitchfork)

On Friday, Janet Jackson and her brother Randy paid a visit to their hometown of Gary, Ind. Janet Jackson talked to local high schoolers, and told them it was her first time back in Gary since she was eight years old. She said she cried when she saw the little house where her famous family used to live. (Billboard)

Fats Domino tributes continue

Tributes to the late great Fats Domino continue to pour in. "His vocals were phenomenal, and he was a great pianist," Jerry Lee Lewis told Rolling Stone. "He had the best raw talent."

At the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions & Celebration, a supergroup including Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, and the Nevilles Band performed the Domino classic "Ain't That a Shame." On A Prairie Home Companion, Fiona Apple covered the same song with host Chris Thile.

Metallica in Manchester

On Saturday night, Metallica played the Manchester Arena — the venue struck by a terrorist bombing after Ariana Grande’s concert there in May. There aren't many other situations where you could imagine Metallica covering Oasis, but on this one they led a crowd singalong to the local band's "Don't Look Back in Anger," which has become an anthem of hope in the wake of the bombing. (Pitchfork)

One Direction tie Beatles chart record

Former One Direction member Niall Horan currently sits atop the Billboard 200 album chart with his new LP Flicker. That brings 1D into a tie with the Beatles for a chart record: former band members with chart-topping solo albums. Each band now has three: Ringo Starr just fell short of having a number one album with 1973's Ringo, which peaked at number two. Horan was the first act to be announced for the 2018 Grandstand lineup at the Minnesota State Fair; he'll take the stage in Falcon Heights on Aug. 23. (Billboard)

Happy birthday to (the wrong) Lee Greenwood

President Donald Trump was disdainful of the many music stars lining up behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during last year's campaign, but Trump did have a few in his column. Country singer Lee Greenwood ("God Bless the U.S.A.") performed at Trump's inaugural festivities, and the president acknowledged Greenwood's 75th birthday on Friday with a congratulatory tweet.

Trump, however, tagged the Twitter handle of the wrong Lee Greenwood: a D.C. lawyer who's been critical of Trump's policies. "I get this a fair amount," tweeted the lawyer, "but certainly not at this level." Trump deleted the tweet and re-sent, this time tagging the correct Greenwood. (Billboard)

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