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New bands: own your masters, it’s more important than you think

Earlier this year, full details of a huge fire at the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles in 2008 were publicised in a new story by The New York Times, who called the event “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business”. In the fire, details of which had been covered up for 11 years, it’s been revealed...

De La Soul and Tommy Boy Records fail to come to an agreement over ownership of the group’s music

De La Soul
De La Soul have made a statement explaining that they have failed to come to an agreement with their former record label, Tommy Boy Records, over ownership of their music. Read more: Gods of Rap tour: Wu-Tang Clan reign supreme as Public Enemy and De La Soul roll back the years The group, made up of Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo, took to...

Gods of Rap tour: Wu-Tang Clan reign supreme as Public Enemy and De La Soul roll back the years

Wu-Tang Clan
Ever since it was announced earlier this year, the appeal of the Gods of Rap tour hasn't waned in the slightest: a trio of the greatest-ever East Coast hip-hop acts - and Gang Starr's DJ Premier on hosting duties, no less - all performing across four jam-packed hours in a venue that, for many, is a mere train ride away? You...

Dates added to Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, and De La Soul’s joint ‘Gods Of Rap’ UK and European tour

Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul are going on tour together to mark the anniversaries of their landmark hip-hop albums. The 'Gods Of Rap' tour will call at UK and Ireland arena shows together at The SSE Arena Wembley on May 10, Manchester Arena on May 11, Glasgow The SSE Hydro on May 12, Dublin's 3Arena on Tuesday...

Funk musician Edwin Birdsong, who was sampled by Daft Punk and De La Soul, has died aged 77

Edwin Birdsong
The prominent funk musician Edwin Birdsong, whose music was famously sampled by the likes of Daft Punk and De La Soul, has died at the age of 77. Birdsong's passing was confirmed by both his son, Singh Birdsong, and his ex-wife, Angela Birdsong, on Instagram and Facebook respectively. The LA-born musician released five albums during his career, kicking off with 'What...

Lauryn Hill announces huge ‘Miseducation’ anniversary tour line-up

The American Singer of hip hop and soul, Lauryn Hill plays in concert during the 'Festival de l humanite'
Lauryn Hill has released the line-up for her upcoming anniversary tour in North America, which boasts an incredible line-up featuring Dave Chappelle, Nas, and M.I.A. Buy Lauryn Hill UK tour tickets here De La Soul, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, SZA, Big Boi, Santigold, and Kelela also feature on Hill's rotating cast of special support acts. Hill's landmark debut solo album, 'The Miseducation of...

Gorillaz close Life Is Beautiful 2017 with set featuring guest appearances from Vince Staples, Pusha T and more

Life Is Beautiful day three
Gorillaz closed out Life Is Beautiful 2017 last night (September 24) with a set featuring a host of special guest appearances. The Damon Albarn-led band brought proceedings on the Downtown Stage to an end on the Las Vegas festival's third and final day. The group made the most of three of their collaborators on recent album 'Humanz' also being...

De La Soul join ‘take a knee’ protests during Life Is Beautiful performance

De La Soul Life Is Beautiful
De La Soul have joined the 'take a knee' protests in America, showing solidarity with those involved during their Life Is Beautiful performance. NFL players knelt on one knee as the US national anthem played before the start of matches yesterday (September 25). The symbolic move began in 2016 when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to...

FIFA 18: 10 killer tunes on the soundtrack

FIFA 18 soundtrack
FIFA's known for the amazing platform it gives to its soundtrack choices, and FIFA '18 has some surprisingly eclectic ones, from ODESZA to The War on Drugs. The full playlist at the bottom of this page is worth following – and FIFA will add to it over the course of the season – but to give you a taste, here's...

Planet of the apes – a guide to the guests on the new Gorillaz album

Gorillaz new album 'Humaz' is just around the corner. It's one of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the year - not least because of the galaxy of stars that guest. Here's a run-down of the many awesome guests that Damon Albarn invited on to the record. Vince Staples Who? US rap king and Odd Future collaborator Guest song: ‘Ascension’ Key track: 'Norf Norf' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb6Jc4juSF8 Peven Everett Who?...