Music News: Chuck Mosley, former Faith No More frontman, dies at 57

by

Chuck Mosley as seen in the video for 'We Care a Lot.'
Chuck Mosley as seen in the video for Faith No More's 'We Care a Lot.' (Rhino)

Singer Chuck Mosley has died "due to the disease of addiction" at the age of 57. Mosley was best-known as the frontman of Faith No More in the mid-1980s, singing their breakout hit, the pioneering 1987 rap-rock anthem "We Care a Lot." Mosley went on to perform with Bad Brains and other bands, and reunited with most of his former Faith No More bandmates in 2016 for two shows celebrating the reissue of his first LP with the group. (Rolling Stone)

Eminem reemerges

The MTV Europe Music Awards were held on Sunday in London, but the biggest winner was a Canadian and the headlines went to an American. The Canadian, Shawn Mendes, took awards for Best Artist and Best Song ("There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"), as well as for Best Fans. The American, Eminem, won Best Hip-Hop Artist and performed the live debut of his new single "Walk On Water." The song, which features Beyoncé in the studio version, will appear on the Detroit rapper's forthcoming ninth studio album. The Global Icon Award did to to a European band, one you might have heard of: U2. (Billboard, Rolling Stone)

Today's tribute news

A first round of confirmed performers has been announced for the Jan. 26 MusiCares tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Artists performing Mac classics at the Grammy-associated charity event will include Lorde, Harry Styles, Haim, John Legend, Keith Urban, OneRepublic, and, yes, Fleetwood Mac — with all five members of the band's classic lineup. Sound like a show you'd like to catch? Just grab a ticket: prices start at $1,750 and go up to $8,500. (Rolling Stone)

John Cale of the Velvet Underground will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic album The Velvet Underground and Nico with two shows this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. At each of the shows, Cale will perform the album in its entirety, joined by special guests. On a third night, Cale will perform a career-spanning set of songs. Among the guests who will join Cale over the course of the three-show run are Animal Collective, Kurt Vile, Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio, and MGMT, and Sky Ferreira. Moe Tucker, the only other surviving member of the classic Velvet Underground lineup, hasn't been announced as a guest at the Brooklyn shows, but she joined Cale onstage just last month for a performance of "I'm Waiting for the Man." (Pitchfork)

Taylor Swift goes instantly gold

Reputation, Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album, was released on Friday, and is on track to sell more copies in a single week than any other album will sell all year. 700,000 copies were sold in the United States on Friday alone, and the year's best-selling album so far (Ed Sheeran’s ÷) has sold only 909,000 copies total. As Billboard notes, Swift is "already the only act to have three different albums sell a million copies in a week, since Nielsen Music began tracking data in 1991."

So when's the tour? Billboard’s sources say that Swift is planning a tour announcement to coincide with her 28th birthday, on Dec. 13. The list of locations may already be known: there are 27 markets available to get in a virtual line for tickets as part of Swift's fan-reward program. Yes, one of those cities is Minneapolis. Since 25 of the 27 markets are home to NFL teams, observers are speculating that Swift is planning to play football stadiums next spring and summer. Odds are, then, that one of next year's biggest local concerts will be Taylor Swift at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Dylan guitar sells for $400K

A guitar played by Bob Dylan in the 1970s sold at auction on Saturday for $396,500. Most notably, the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic was played by Dylan during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour and at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. That's a lot of money, but it's not as much as the $700,000 paid recently for Prince’s teal Cloud guitar, or the $1 million paid by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the Stratocaster that Dylan played when he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. (Star Tribune)


comments powered by Disqus