Music News: GWAR storm Billboard to demand number one album


GWAR tell Billboard's charts manager how it's gonna be.
GWAR tell Billboard's charts manager how it's gonna be. (Billboard)

You can't just walk into Billboard's offices and demand a number one album...but try telling that to GWAR, who stormed their way in and collared the publication's charts manager to tell him their new album The Blood of Gods ought to be topping the charts. It didn't work, and they had to leave in ignominy — they had a little trouble fitting into the elevator. (Billboard)

Today's Grammy news

With the Grammys returning to New York City next year, the Recording Academy has selected one of the city's most famous musical artists to receive this year's Salute to Industry Icons Award at the pre-Grammys gala. JAY-Z will collect the award in 2018; in recent years, honorees have included BET CEO Debra L. Lee and Universal Music chairman Lucian Grainge. (Pitchfork)

Meanwhile, hip-hop superstar Drake has declined to submit his new album More Life for Grammy consideration. That's a disappointment for Drake fans...but it could spell bigger problems for the Recording Academy if it's a sign that rappers more widely are deciding the Grammys aren't relevant. As Billboard notes, the Grammys have had credibility issues in the hip-hop community ever since DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince beat LL Cool J for the first-ever rap award in 1989. Drake has previously signaled that he was frustrated with "Hotline Bling" being categorized as a rap song, even though he won two rap Grammys for it. Can the Grammys keep up with the evolving musical landscape?

Björk announces new album

Björk has announced her tenth studio album and shared the cover art. Utopia, which the singer-songwriter-producer calls her "Tinder album" after her previous LP Vulnicura dealt with emotions surrounding her divorce, comes out Nov. 24. (Stereogum)

Bruce's new soundtrack song

Bruce Springsteen contributes a new song, "Freedom Credence," to the movie Thank You For Your Service, a drama about American veterans of the Iraq War struggling with PTSD. The song plays over the film's closing credits, and the unofficial audio can be heard in the video below. The movie is out now, but the song hasn't been officially released. (Billboard)

The most epic Halloween party you missed

It looks like Kelly Rowland’s Halloween party was pretty epic, but another party this past weekend in L.A. gave her a run for her money. Members of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, the xx, Savages, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Eagles of Death Metal attended a particularly popular Halloween party from which photos have emerged. It looks like the unofficial best-costume award went to Josh Homme, who dressed as PBS painting guru Bob Ross. (NME)

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