The Dream Talks Racism in Music Industry

Image Courtesy Universal MusicThe Dream has never been the kind of artist to hold his tongue. When asked about the the connection of  race and and the music industry, the hitmaker expressed his frustrations with how some artists are treated like "slaves" with "terrible contracts."

"If you got a hit and you’re white, there are no limits to what you can do. If you’re black and you have a hit today but can’t do it again tomorrow, then your ass is out of here," he tells Billboard. "When the industry uses you up, that’s it. You’re gone. It’s a constant battle for our culture."

The producer notes how black music is appropriated in other genres. "Everybody is taking from our culture to enhance the pop side of things," he says before using Bruno Mars as an example.  "Nobody listens to Bruno Mars like he’s a black artist. Which I’m sure for him, he’s like, 'Thank God.' There are urban artists and then there are pop artists, and urban artists get things taken from them. We create the swag, and everybody knows it. "

The Dream also shared his thoughts on select producers ripping off some of hits. "Dr. Luke has been remaking [Rihanna's] 'Umbrella' since we made 'Umbrella'! I tell him that to his face!" The Dream says.  "He has been making it over and over, and pop radio loves it every time."

The singer concludes that he recently formed a record label, Contra-Paris, through Capitol to offset the "evil in the music business."

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Pat Benatar and Bob Weir to be Featured on AXS TV's "The Big Interview" This Summer

Webster PRRock Goddess Pat Benatar and Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir will have their turn in the spotlight on AXS TV’s The Big Interview this summer.

Benatar, who is on tour all summer with husband Neil Giraldo, will appear on the show on July 21. Benatar -- who has released the live album, 35th Anniversary Tour -- has been sharing stories of her music with the couple’s online web series, Benatar/Giraldo Song Series.

Weir is scheduled for August 11 episode. The 67-year old guitarist will have plenty to talk about, including the band’s box set, 30 Trips Around the Sun, which is scheduled for a September 18 release. The group will kick off its 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well reunion concerts Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.

The Big Interview’s six-week summer run will begin at 8 p.m. on July 7 with country star EmmyLou Harris, who will discuss her partnership with Gram Parsons.

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Hear Selena Gomez's New Single, "Good for You"; See Teaser Video, Too

Interscope RecordsHow about some new Selena Gomez music to start your week?  Her new single “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, was released Monday morning.

The steamy song features a chorus that has Selena telling her lover, “I just wanna look good for you/Let me show you how glad I am to be yours/Leave this dress a mess on the floor/And still look good for you.”

You can listen to “Good for You” now on VEVO, and also see a teaser for the video, which will be out Friday, June 26.

“Good for You” is the lead single off of Selena’s upcoming new album, which so far doesn’t have a title or release date.  It’s available now for download on iTunes.

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Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd Winners at Much Music Video Awards

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran had a good night as host of Canada's Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday night.

Ed won a few awards, including Best International Artist.

Adding to his busy night: he performed two songs off his album x [multiply]: "Photograph" and "Thinking Out Loud."

R&B star The Weeknd, who was the leading nominee with six nods, received the top prize, video of the year, for "Often."

Visit for the full list of winners. Here are some categories of note:

Video of the Year
The Weeknd -- “Often”

Best International Artist
Ed Sheeran

Most Buzzworthy Canadian
The Weeknd

Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group
Ed Sheeran

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Justin Timberlake Shares Father's Day Picture with His Son

Tom Munro/RCA RecordsJustin Timberlake celebrated his first Father's Day as a parent with his 11-week-old son Silas Randall on Sunday and took to Instagram to document it.

The 34-year-old "Suit and Tie" singer posted a photo holding the baby, who's wearing a blue coverall with the words "I Love Dad" embroidered on the back.

The picture's captioned, “FLEXIN’ on Fathers Day...#HappyFathersDay to ALL of the Dads out there from the newest member of the Daddy Fraternity."

Justin and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, 33, welcomed Silas back in April.

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Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Battling Cancer Again

Knight/Bilham PhotographyDef Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has announced that he's once again battling cancer and will be forced to miss the opening dates of the band's summer tour.

"I'm saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned," Campbell, 52, wrote on Facebook this past Friday. "However, I'm beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while."

Adds Campbell, "I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon."

A rep for the band tells Entertainment Weekly that Campbell is only expected to miss the first few summer shows and that his treatments will be tailored around the band's touring schedule.

Campbell was previously diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013.

Def Leppard's summer amphitheater tour, also featuring Styx and Tesla, kicks off on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida.

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Sammy Hagar Calls Eddie Van Halen "A Liar" over Michael Anthony Comments

Frontiers Records/UniversalEx-Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar is challenging some statements Eddie Van Halen made about the band's former bass player, Michael Anthony, in the current edition of Billboard magazine, calling Eddie "a liar."

Van Halen claims in the article, “Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play,” adding, “Before we’d go on tour, he’d come over with a video camera and I’d have to show him how to play all the parts.”

The legendary guitarist also downplays Anthony's vocal contributions to the band, noting, “He’s not a singer. He just has a range from hell...I have more soul as a singer than he does. And you know, people always talk about Mike’s voice on Van Halen songs, but that’s a blend of Mike’s voice and my voice."

In a video posted to Facebook Friday, Hagar, 67, defends Van Halen's former bass player, saying, "It's really irritating to see them go after Mikey. Mikey didn't do anything -- ever -- to Van Halen."

"Mikey was the most loyal guy in the band," Sammy continues. "He was the first guy there at rehearsal, the last guy to leave.... [He was] a hundred percent dedicated; never did anything to hurt those guys. And they try to hurt him again, and again, and again."

"The Red Rocker," who currently plays with Anthony in The Circle, along with drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, insists, "For Eddie to say he had to show [Michael] what to play and had to teach him all those songs, that is the biggest line of bulls**t I've ever heard in my life."

"I was in that band for eleven years, there was never a video camera involved of Eddie showing him what to play....I don't know why they go after him like that," adds Hagar.

Hagar concludes by declaring, "Michael Anthony is a bad motherf**ker. F**k you, Eddie Van Halen, for saying that about Mikey. You're a liar."

Anthony responded diplomatically to Van Halen's comments, telling Billboard, “I am proud to say that my bass playing and vocals helped create our sound."

"I’ve always chosen to take the high road and stay out of the never-ending mudslinging," adds Anthony, "because I believe that it ultimately ends up hurting the Van Halen fans.”

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Taylor Swift Slams Apple's Streaming Music Service; Apple Says They'll Pay Up

ABC/Lou RoccoDon't look for Taylor Swift's latest album, 1989, when Apple launches its new streaming service, Apple Music, on June 30 -- at least not yet.

In a message on her Tumblr page titled "To Apple, Love Taylor," Swift criticized Apple for its decision not to pay royalties to musicians during a three-month trial period in which subscribers can try the service for free.

The 25-year-old star writes, "I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company."

"These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child," notes Taylor. "These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call."

Swift goes on to explain, "We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out."

Taylor closes with the blunt summation, "We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

It appears Apple heard Taylor's words loud and clear. Late Sunday, Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, tweeted, "Apple will always make sure that artist are paid #iTunes #AppleMusic."

In a second tweet, he wrote, "#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period."

"We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple," Cue added.

Taylor was pleased -- she tweeted, "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."

Whether this means 1989 will be available on the Apple service after all remains to be seen.  It also remains to be seen when and how Apple will do what Cue promised.

Apple Music will include a $10 streaming subscription plan. Unlike streaming service Spotify, which lets customers listen free or pay monthly fees to eliminate ads, Apple’s subscription feature will have no permanent free level.

Swift pulled 1989 from Spotify last November.

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Make Surprise Appearance at the Grand Ole Opry

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last Friday night.

Vince Gill introduced Trisha first, and she told the crowd, "I didn’t have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would make welcome my guitar player tonight, my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks!” Garth then backed Trisha up on guitar as she sang "She's in Love with the Boy."

For their next number, the couple performed a medley of classic country duets, including "After the Fire Is Gone" by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn; "Golden Ring" by George Jones and Tammy Wynette; and Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius's "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You."

Next up Garth and Trisha head to Houston, Texas, for a run of shows starting this Friday night.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses will perform their new single, "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday.

Kenny Chesney welcomed Grace Potter onstage to perform "You and Tequila" and "Wild Child" at his show at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night, which happened to be Grace's 32nd birthday. Kenny had a huge cake wheeled out onstage and led the crowd of more than 53,000 fans in singing "Happy Birthday" to her.

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Jason Aldean Planning Possible Australian Tour for 2016

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean had never performed overseas until he played a few shows in Europe earlier this year as part of the C2C Festival with pals Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert. The experience has opened him up to the possibility of playing even more international dates in 2016.

Jason says of his European tour, "It was sort of an eye-opening thing for me to go over there and realize we have country music fans in places that I had no idea. Now, we're talking about next year possibly going to Australia, which, apparently we do really well there, and I had no idea about that either."

One of Jason's biggest fans from Australia showed up at his fan club party earlier this month in Nashville, and she told him he has a lot of followers Down Under just waiting to see him perform live.

As for the possible tour of Australia, Jason says, "I'm excited that we're finally starting to branch out a little bit. I used to think going to Canada was, like, going somewhere. You know what I mean? Now I'm getting ready to get on a plane for 18 hours or something. So, it's cool, man. I'm loving it."

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Reba and Brooks & Dunn Blend Their Shows Seamlessly for New Vegas Residency

Greenroom PRReba and Brooks & Dunn just wrapped up the first weekend of their Together in Vegas residency at Caesars Palace. Unlike the two acts' joint tours in the late '90s, the new show features Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn sharing the stage and swapping vocals on each other's hits for a good portion of the evening.

The two-hour set opens with Brooks & Dunn's "Play Something Country" before going into Reba's "Why Haven't I Heard from You." After that, there's a rapid-fire medley of hit singles from both acts' respective catalogs that sets the tone for the hit-filled concert. While Reba has included medleys in her shows for years, that approach was new for Brooks & Dunn.

Kix says, "It's fun just to throw some pieces, and you can see fans reacted to that. They're like, 'Ooh, love that one. Ooh, like that one. Ooh, I hate that song.'"

Of course, Kix is only kidding. The audiences at Caesars Palace have included a lot of hardcore Brooks & Dunn fans who haven't seen the duo perform together since they split up in 2010. Dispelling any rumors of bad blood between Ronnie and himself, Kix explains that he's had a blast developing the show over the past few months.

Says Kix, "In all sincerity, this whole process has been about the most non-pissed off, easygoing, everybody kind of having a good time, and we just sort of worked our way through it. The whole thing's been a fun experience."

As with any new show, Reba and Brooks & Dunn plan to make little adjustments here and there based on audience reaction.

Reba says, "They responded more to some songs than others, but we got great response from everything, and I think it blended real well."

Both Reba and Brooks & Dunn have played Las Vegas many times before, but headlining a residency at The Colosseum is still a huge deal for them. Reba even admits to hanging out of the car window on the Vegas strip and taking photographs of the massive Caesars Palace sign announcing their residency.

Ronnie adds, "I did the same thing. I got two [photographs]. I was hoping we'd get stuck at the red light so we could fire off another shot. It's cool."

Reba and Brooks & Dunn have shows at Caesars Palace booked through this December. Go to for a list of show dates and ticket information.

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Adam Lambert on New Album: "I Still Holler...It's Just a Little Bit More Variety" 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAdam Lambert's new album The Original High is on track to bow in the top 10 on this week's Billboard album chart.  It'll be the singer's third top 10 disc, following his 2009 #3 debut, For Your Entertainment, and his 2012 #1 disc TrespassingThe Original High is more dance-oriented than Adam's previous work, and when it comes to his vocals, he's interested in doing more than showing off just how high he can sing.

"I definitely wanted it to be about vocals. It was just about a different color vocal," he tells ABC Radio about the new album. "It was about being more intimate, maybe making the listener feel like I was singing right into their ear in moments."  He adds, "I definitely dug a little lower into my range than I have in the past, and I still got my Adam signature wailing bits and I still holler, but it’s just a little bit more variety as far as the places that I go."

So far, Adam says that his intensely devoted fans seem to like his new sound, which he created with super-producers Max Martin and Karl Schuster, aka Shellback.

"It’s been really positive," Adam tells ABC Radio about the fan reaction to The Original High. "I think the important thing here is that Max and Shellback kept the vocals front and center, so I think the fans still have that connection in each and every song. And then the framework around the voice is just updated a little bit."

The Original High is Adam's first album for his new label, Warner Brothers, which signed him right after he split with his original label, RCA, over creative differences.  As for what inspired him to take this new musical direction, Adam says he had an idea of what to do, and Max and Shellback helped him develop it.

"I didn’t exactly know what the whole album would be like but I brought in a demo called “The Original High” and they loved it," Adam recalls. "They were like, 'Oh, this is cool, this is unexpected from you. It’s a different vibe. It’s something we haven’t really heard you go for before and this is kind of the path we wanna take with the album.'”

That song, of course, gave the album its title.  While it can have many meanings, Adam explains, "It’s really about a pursuit of happiness and a pursuit of the thing that makes you feel alive."

"You know, we all have things in life that are kind of our motivating forces and this album kind of looks back on my time in Hollywood and looking at my trial and error with that, with finding the thing that I want and that makes me happy," Adam tells ABC Radio. "And also the people around me...looking at their journeys as well, and trying to write songs that were about us -- not just me, but about us."  

As of yet, Adam hasn't planned any U.S. dates in support of The Original High, but you can watch him later this month when he performs on Logo TV’s second annual Trailblazer Honors, the largest televised LGBT Pride event in the U.S.  He'll be performing the album's hit single, "Ghost Town."  It airs Saturday, June 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT on Logo.

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Kelly Clarkson's Stepson Can't Tell the Difference Between Her and Pink 

Michael Becker/FOXKelly Clarkson is famous for her powerful voice, but she says it's not particularly distinctive.  That means she can sing many types of music, but it also means that sometimes people can't tell that it's her eight-year-old stepson, for example.

Kelly tells Britain's Official Charts Company that she's not a stylist with a super-distinctive voice, like Sia or Annie Lennox or Bono of U2.  "I wish I was [a stylist] because they’re my favorite singers, but I’m like a chameleon; I can sound like different things," she explains. "I can go country, R&B or very pop. I don’t think my sound is 100 percent definable as a single thing." 

She adds, "For example, Pink came on the radio the other day and my eight-year-old [step]son said, ‘Oh my God , I love this song of yours! You have to do this one live!’"

But because Kelly is such a "chameleon," she can basically make any kind of music she wants.  She tells the Official Charts Company, "I totally think all the time about switching it up. The difficult thing with me is that I love everything...I love my R&B music, big band… I’m really struggling with what direction I should go in for the next record."

Noting that her next album after Piece by Piece is "the first that’s out of my original American Idol contract," Kelly says, "I feel like it’s time to really spread my wings and really try something new. Basically, there are too many options. I’ve thought a lot about doing a dance record as well. I’m sure I’ll do them all at some point -- I’m just excited to now have the freedom to do whatever I want."

Kelly's Piece by Piece tour kicks off July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Corey Taylor Is a "Genius," Says Rapper Tech N9ne 

Credit: Bobby TongsWith a new book coming out and a massive summer tour on the horizon, Corey Taylor has a very busy year ahead of him. Really, he's been busy all year, from touring with Slipknot to releasing "Wither," a song he recorded with rapper Tech N9ne.

"He's a genius, man," Tech N9ne tells ABC Radio of Taylor. "The reason why I say that [is] because I gave him complete autonomy, I gave him full reign, you know, 'Do what you feel,' [on 'Wither']. I didn't give him any guidelines."

"Wither" appears on Tech's latest album, Special Effects, which is out now. One of the things that impressed Tech the most about Taylor's performance on the track was his ability to channel his work with Slipknot and his work with Stone Sour.

"All of the choruses are different pretty much, they are," Tech explains. "The first chorus [Taylor] did an acoustic, soft chorus, and that's wonderful. He's singing, sounds more like Stone Sour. The next two choruses are different, but they're yelling and screaming and rapping like the original Slipknot, or the Slipknot period."

The collaboration between Tech N9ne and Taylor has been in the works for quite some time. Tech is a self-professed "maggot" -- the term Slipknot fans use to describe themselves -- and has been since 1999.

"I know from being a maggot since '99 that I could trust him," Tech tells ABC Radio. "That's it, I knew that I could trust him. And I was f***ing right."

Tech N9ne is heavily involved in the rock world -- in addition to collaborating with Taylor, he also plays guitar heavy festivals like Rock on the Range. As for future rock partnerships, he names Shinedown's Brent Smith, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Trent Reznor, Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica as artists he'd like to work with.

"I've been gunning for Metallica and James Hetfield for a while," Tech says. "I just did something with [bassist Robert] Trujillo for [the] Jaco Pastorius [film Jaco], and Trujillo loves what I did. So Metallica might be in the cards soon." 

Taylor's summer tour with Slipknot, dubbed Summer's Last Stand, kicks off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His new book, You’re Making Me Hate You, will be released on July 7.

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Alice Cooper on Paul McCartney: "Paul's a Rocker, Man"

MJ KimPaul McCartney  is just one of the stars Alice Cooper recruited for his forthcoming Hollywood Vampires album, and Cooper tells NME that even his fellow stars were in awe when the former Beatle sat down at the piano to work on a re-recording of "Come and Get It," the song McCartney wrote for Badfinger.

But, says Alice, "He was just one of the guys. He was just one of the guys in the band. So now when I see him, I go, 'Vampire.' And he goes, 'I'm a Vampire.'"

“If he wasn't in his band, he would be in a pub somewhere playing with a bunch of guys. He just loves to play. And even though, you look back and go, 'Jesus, the guy is a Beatle,.'” Cooper said. “ He wasn't just a Beatle; he was the Beatle… and wrote more songs than anybody and never has gone back on what he believes, what he does.”

As previously reported, the album is a star-studded tribute to the collective of fellow rock stars whom Cooper used to drink with known as the Hollywood Vampires, a group that included Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, and most famously McCartney's Beatles mate John Lennon.  “John Lennon was one of our nightly guys; he was there every night,” Cooper tells NME.

In addition to McCartney, Cooper recruited Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp for the tribute to his late drinking buddies.

Hollywood Vampires are scheduled to perform at Rock in Rio this September.

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Missy Elliott Feels Honored to Appear at 2015 Essence Festival 

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Missy Elliott is extremely grateful for her upcoming performance at the 2015 Essence Festival, which is set to take place July 2-5 in New Orleans.

The rapper revealed that the event holds a special significance for her given that Essence is a publication geared toward black women.

"I’m honored to be performing at Essence this year," Missy Elliott tells HipHopDX. "I’ve always heard how live the crowd is and they always been known to have some of the best artists performing, so it’s an honor. I’m humbly grateful and I want to see my fans and we just gonna have a lot of fun."

During the event, concertgoers also will see main stage performers including Usher, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Common, India.Arie, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Kem.

Comedian Kevin Hart will headlining the festival's opening Now Playing concert with Trey Songz. Other acts scheduled for the weekend include Jazmine Sullivan, Mystikal, Common, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Floetry, jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Price, Bilal, Nico & Vinz, Elle Varner, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred the Family Soul, Goapele, Robert GlasperWale and Lalah Hathaway, among many others.

Tickets and additional information are available at

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The Weeknd Debuts on Hot 100 Chart with "Can't Feel My Face"

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As Wiz Khalifa's"See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week, The Weeknd is gaining steam with his new song, "Can't Feel My Face."

According to the publication, the banger, co-written by Max Martin, opens as the Hot Shot Debut at nunmber 24. The song debuts with more than 4.2 million U.S. streams and 93,000 downloads sold. The singer also has two other songs in the top 25 on the chart: "Earned It" at number 8 and "The Hills" at number 23.

Elsewhere, newcomer Jidenna's "Classic Man" featuring Roman GianArthur climbs from number 62 to number 60 on the Hot 100.

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James Taylor: My Music Might Rot Your Teeth

Timothy WhiteJames Taylor’s music may be classified as sweet and mellow, but even he admits it isn’t for everybody: even President Barack Obama.

Taylor -- who performed at the President’s second inauguration -- was asked by Billboard if the commander-in-chief was a fan of his songs, and he wasn’t so sure.

“A person of his age couldn’t avoid hearing a few songs of mine, really, but I don’t think it’s his favorite thing,” he said.

When informed that famed rock writer Lester Bangs had once written an essay -- "James Taylor Marked for Death" -- attacking the singer’s songs as being to “self involved,” Taylor was inclined to agree.

“My music is relentlessly self-referred, but that’s the human condition. The self is the causa sui. So, I understand,” he said. “Some people think my music is rotting their teeth out. I haven’t read that essay, and now I know I shouldn’t. But I might agree with it.”

Still, the 67-year old singer can’t help being soothing. After all, his songs are a way to comfort himself.

“I’m an opiate addict,” he said. “Mellow and smooth is fine for me.”

Taylor, who just released the album Before This World, also admitted that he is surprised some fans were shocked to hear him use the word, “poontang” in the new song, “Stretch of the Highway”.

“It’s a great word! I find out now that to some people, it means 'vagina.' But it didn’t to me,” said Taylor. “To me, it’s the same as saying 'sex.'”

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Report: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Dismisses Nominating Committee Members

Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has reportedly dismissed a number of members of their nominating committee.  But what’s attracting the most attention about the move is exactly who was sent packing.

According to Billboard, nominating committee head Jon Landau on Thursday sent emails to as many as 16 of the 42 nominating committee members, showing them the door.  Those 16 people, Billboard says, include four of the seven members of the Hall of Fame’s Early Rock and R&B Influencers subcommittee.  Which, if true, means rock and roll’s early blues, R&B and other pioneers just lost more than half of their supporting voices, which could in turn lead to fewer of those early pioneers even being nominated, let alone inducted. 

Billboard doesn't say whether there is a plan for the dismissed committee members to be replaced.

While noting that turnover on the nominating committee isn’t unprecedented, Billboard quotes unspecified sources as saying this latest move is seen by some as a way for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to exclude older, not-so well-known artists in favor of more contemporary ones, who in turn resonate more with younger, mainstream music fans and are more financially lucrative for the Hall.  Billboard further quotes some insiders point to influential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation member, and Rolling Stone publisher, Jann Wenner as being behind the move.  Wenner has been a frequent target of past criticism for allegedly playing favorites through the nominating process.

So far, no comment from Landau, Wenner or other involved parties, Billboard reports.

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