Music News: The Prodigy singer Keith Flint dies at 49


Keith Flint performs with the Prodigy in 2003.
Keith Flint performs with the Prodigy in 2003. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The Prodigy singer Keith Flint dies at 49
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Singer Keith Flint, a founding member of British dance band the Prodigy, has died at age 49. Via the band's Instagram account, the Prodigy's main musician Liam Howlett wrote, "I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend."

Along with Maxim Reality, Flint was one of two singers in the Prodigy. Unmistakable in a double mohawk and dark eye makeup, Flint helped fuel massive popularity for the Prodigy starting with their early '90s breakout in the U.K. By the second half of the decade they'd achieved international fame, topping album charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their 1997 album The Fat of the Land. They became one of the most prominent acts in a booming U.K. rave scene, with Flint deliberately unsettling on hits like "Breathe" and "Firestarter."

The Prodigy's seventh album, No Tourists, was released last year. (New York Times)

Morrissey announces Broadway residency

Morrissey has announced a seven-night Broadway stand. His May 2-11 shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater "will serve as a career retrospective," reports the New York Times. It's the latest example of music taking over the Great White Way, between concert residencies like Bruce Springsteen's and the constant parade of jukebox musicals. This one may be a little more complicated, though: as we mentioned last week, Morrissey's being increasingly called to account for numerous inflammatory statements he's made in recent years. Plus, he's infamous for canceling concerts. So, we'll see.

Pharrell launches new music festival

Pharrell is launching a new festival, and the inaugural lineup is not too shabby. Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, and Travis Scott will be among the artists rocking Something in the Water, which will take place in Pharrell's hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, from April 26-29. In a statement, Williams said, "Virginia has been home to some of the most gifted artists, athletes, and scientists to ever live. [...] Virginia needs this right now and the world will see what we Virginians have known all along: there really is 'Something in the Water.'" (Rolling Stone)

Solange drops new album

Just after we recorded last week's new music episode, surprise! That new album Solange had been teasing suddenly became a reality. The 19-track, 39-minute album is called When I Get Home, and appropriately she celebrated the release with "album experience" events in her hometown of Houston. A constellation of star collaborators include Earl Sweatshirt, Blood Orange, Panda Bear, and Houston heros Devin the Dude and Scarface. There's a lot to take in, but here's the album's most popular track so far: "Almeda," a Pharrell collaboration featuring Playboy Carti.

Michael Jackson documentary shocks viewers

The first part of Leaving Neverland, a new documentary about two men who say Michael Jackson sexually molested them as boys, aired Sunday night on HBO; the second part airs Monday night, and is already available to stream. Although allegations of pedophilia have surrounded Jackson for the better part of three decades, many viewers are finding the new documentary a turning point. Jackson's estate strongly denies the allegations, and fans who've kept faith in their idol are flooding social media in his defense. Still, the chilling film seems to be finding traction among music listeners who've previously dismissed the allegations. On Twitter, one viewer wrote, "He clearly groomed them for sexual abuse & since they were minors...this was pedophilia. Sick, just sick." (New York Times)

Viral clip: Grace Jones rocks the runway at 70

The actor and singer Zendaya just debuted a new Tommy Hilfiger fashion collection at Paris Fashion Week, and she have hardly have picked a more traffic-stopping star to model her looks than the one and only Grace Jones. Now 70, Jones looked iconic as ever as she rocked the runway in a blazer and bodysuit. The looks were inspired by fashion of the '70s and '80s, and the Jones appearance was soundtracked by her 1981 hit "Pull Up to the Bumper."

As Mashable notes, "Jones wasn't the only 20th century icon at the TommyNow show; she was joined by pioneering women including Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, and Veronica Webb, each of whom made huge strides for black women in the fashion industry."

Audio sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against The Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Solange: "Almeda"
The Prodigy: "Firestarter"
Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial (clip)
Jesse Spillane: "Ruffling Feathers" (CC BY SA 4.0-02)
Grace Jones: "Pull Up to the Bumper"

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