Music News: Gorillaz end concert after Del the Funky Homosapien falls from stage


Damon Albarn performs with Gorillaz in 2017.
Damon Albarn performs with Gorillaz in 2017. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Gorillaz cut their headlining set at the Roskilde Festival short on Saturday after guest artist Del the Funky Homosapien fell from the stage and was injured. The fall happened during the last song in the set, "Clint Eastwood": Del rapped on the 2001 original, and was joining the band at the Denmark festival to reprise his part.

The hip-hop artist later tweeted that he's "doing alright but will be in the hospital for a bit," going on to praise the Danish medical care. (Rolling Stone)

Also on Saturday, the Avett Brothers decided to cancel a sold-out show in Oregon after a man with a gun broke through security and could not be found.

"Due to the obvious threat posed by someone in the audience with a firearm," wrote the band in a statement, "we were obligated, for the safety of everyone present, to cancel the performance. It was unfortunate that such action had to be taken, but we have no regret in being in a position to make a decision which helps to keep our fans safe."

The band say they plan to reschedule the concert soon. (Rolling Stone)

Donald Glover reportedly sued by record label

Glassnote Records has reportedly sued Donald Glover for its share of $700,000 in Childish Gambino streaming royalties. Childish Gambino is currently signed to RCA, but previously released three albums on Glassnote. The label reportedly says it's honored its side of a streaming deal that's resulted in payments of $8 million to Glover from Glassnote. It's unclear from the report on TMZ how Glover was supposedly paid streaming royalties without his label getting a cut.

Spotify to artists: Don't sign to labels

Meanwhile, Spotify wants to cut labels out of the equation entirely. In an op-ed published on Spotify's website for artists, singer Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan and the Black Queen, says that he's been happy with his decision to self-release his last two albums. "Why limit yourself to any rules at all," he asks rhetorically, "except for the rule of being true to yourself?"

The view is consistent with Spotify's recent moves to deal directly with artists — a role that gives it both more control and more potential profit. (Billboard)

Trump didn't actually send an Elton John CD to North Korea's dictator

South Korean media have reported that when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to discuss disarmament, he brought a letter from President Donald Trump to that country's ruler Kim Jong-Un, as well as a gift: a CD with a recording of Elton John’s 1972 single "Rocket Man." Trump supposedly decided to send the CD after learning that Kim Jong-Un was unfamiliar with the song, which inspired a derisive Trump nickname for the dictator. However, the U.S. State Department now says that no CD was actually delivered. (The Hill)

Regardless, there's no question that Trump has a particular fascination for the British singer-songwriter, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that John does not support Trump's political agenda. The New York Times chronicles a long list of Trump references to John, most recently the perplexing and completely false statement that the crowd of 6,500 at a Montana rally last week broke "Elton John records."

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