Music News: Andre 3000 picks up bass clarinet for first solo singles


Andre 3000 in Hollywood, 2014.
Andre 3000 in Hollywood, 2014. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

André 3000 has released his first-ever solo tracks, and they're just as unconventional as you would expect. "Look Ma No Hands" is a 17-minute jazz instrumental that has André picking up the bass clarinet with piano accompaniment by James Blake. "'Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)' is an emotional piano ballad centering on the rapper's memories of his mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, who died in 2013, and his father," reports Rolling Stone.

André released the tracks on Soundcloud, and vouched for their authenticity on a new verified Instagram account. "Happy Mother's Day," he wrote on Instagram. "I'm sure all the cards, dinners, flowers and last minute gifts are appreciated but I've learned the best gift a parent could get is to simply know their child is ok."

Meanwhile, André joined his OutKast bandmate Big Boi to celebrate the high school graduation of Big Boi's son Andre "Bamboo" Patton II in Georgia. (Billboard)

Bamboo Got that Paper work !!! @woodwardacademy class of 2018 !!! 🆙 #WithHonors

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Israeli wins Eurovision

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a pop anthem accompanied by "her signature chicken dance," reports the New York Times.

The over-the-top performance was squarely in line with the outrageous tradition of the annual competition, but Barzilai's win came at a politically fraught time for Israel — which has seen performers including Lorde cancel shows over concerns regarding the country's treatment of Palestinians in occupied territories. "When the votes came in from around the world and Ms. Barzilai's performance beat songs by rivals from nations like Austria, Cyprus and Sweden, many Israelis hailed it as a diplomatic victory and national vindication," notes the Times.

Barzilai's win means that the competition will move to Jerusalem next year, and even Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated with a chicken dance of his own.

Meanwhile, the European Broadcasting Union terminated its contract with the Chinese network airing the competition after two gay-themed performances were censored in a semifinal broadcast. "From the very start we've said love is love — whether it's between two guys, two girls or a guy and a girl, so I think this is a really important decision," said Ryan O'Shaughnessy, the Irish competitor who delivered one of the two censored performances. (New York Times)

Lindsey Buckingham says Fleetwood Mac have "lost their perspective"

At a Friday night fundraiser for California Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin, Lindsey Buckingham commented on his split with Fleetwood Mac: his longtime band, who are heading off on tour without him.

"This was not something that was really my doing or my choice," said Buckingham. "I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective. The point is that they'd lost their perspective. What that did was to harm — and this is the only thing I'm really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity — it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one's higher truth and one's higher destiny." (Rolling Stone)

Chance celebrates Dillard grads

This weekend in New Orleans, Chance the Rapper delivered a commencement address at Dillard University. "Right now, the greatest performer who ever lived might very well be in this audience," he said. "And that person has something Beyoncé never had. They got Beyoncé ... Living up to your heroes is amazing, but it's not good enough. The difference between goodness and greatness is going beyond." (Rolling Stone)

Dave Grohl and his daughter cover Adele

Over Mother's Day weekend, Dave Grohl kept it in the family as he and his 12-year-old daughter Violet Grohl covered Adele’s "When We Were Young" during an Oakland, California benefit for children's hospitals. (Pitchfork)

#davegrohl #violetgrohl #adele #foxtheater

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