Music News: Watch Dave Grohl play 'In Bloom' with Trombone Shorty


Dave Grohl performs with Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue.
Dave Grohl performs with Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue. (Cat C on YouTube)
Dua Lipa "horrified" by treatment of fans at Shanghai show
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On Saturday in Los Angeles, Dave Grohl jumped on stage with Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue for a rendition of Nirvana's "In Bloom." The only other time Grohl has performed the song since Kurt Cobain's death was at Nirvana's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone)

Macca's back on top

Paul McCartney has his first number-one album since Ronald Reagan's first term...and to do it, he knocked Eminem himself out of the top slot. McCartney's new album Egypt Station debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, knocking Eminem's surprise new album Kamikaze down to number two in its second week of release. The chart duel is the latest iteration of a tussle often seen at the top in recent months: a relatively young artist with a big streaming audience faces off against a veteran artist who bundles albums with concert tickets. McCartney's last number one was Tug of War, the 1982 album perhaps best known for the hit Stevie Wonder duet "Ebony and Ivory." (New York Times)

Meanwhile, the Beastie Boys have responded to the cover of Eminem's Kamikaze album, which riffs on the cover of their 1986 classic Licensed to Ill. In an interview on the "Strombo Show" podcast, Mike D said they didn't get any advance notice about the art, and his phone started blowing up with texts when the album dropped. Mike D and Ad-Rock said they don't really know Eminem, but they took the tribute as a compliment. (Pitchfork)

Rihanna teases furniture line

DJ Khaled just rolled out a furniture line...who's the next star to jump into the furniture business? It might just be RiRi. Rihanna told Women's Wear Daily she'd like to release a furniture line. "But I need time for that," she added. "I need time to drop something."

Dua Lipa "horrified" at treatment of fans

British pop star Dua Lipa says she's "horrified" at the treatment of her fans by security guards at a recent concert in Shanghai. At the concert last Wednesday, Lipa broke into tears after watching fans being pushed to the ground and dragged out of the venue for breaking a "safety" rule against standing during the show. Some fans were reportedly also ejected for waving rainbow flags, which fans speculated had to do with the Chinese government's discouraging attitude toward gay rights. "I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show," said Lipa in a statement on Twitter.

As the New York Times notes, the high-profile incident comes at a time when Western music stars are making increasing inroads among Chinese audiences. NME says the guards responsible have reportedly been detained by police.

AEG stops "block-booking"

Promoter AEG has ended a policy that forced acts to play at the AEG-run Staples Center in Los Angeles if they want to play the O2 Arena in London.

The controversial practice was known as "block-booking," and AEG CEO Jay Marciano says it was enacted in response to a move by their competitor Azoff-MSG, which he says wouldn't book acts at New York's Madison Square Garden if they played the Staples Center instead of the Forum, an L.A. venue run by Azoff-MSG. Marciano says that artists are telling AEG that pressure has been taken off, so AEG now feels free to cease its own practice. Azoff-MSG has maintained it never had such a policy.

Earlier this year, Ozzy Osbourne sued AEG over the block-booking practice, and his representatives say they'll drop the suit if they can confirm the policy has been ended. (Consequence of Sound)

Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Rihanna: "Better Have My Money"
Dua Lipa: "New Rules"
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder: "Ebony and Ivory"
Ozzy Osbourne: "No More Tears"
Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue feat. Dave Grohl: "In Bloom"

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