Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean

Watch: Frank Ocean's odd clip for 'Swim Good'

How does it compare to the video for 'Thinking of You?'

This much we know, Frank Ocean’s tune, “Swim Good” is killer.  As far as the official video that came out today for the Odd Future member’s solo tune, it’s one of those esoteric things (complete with Japanese subtitles) that we’re not sure we can ever grasp, no matter how many times we view it. Plus, we’re sure there are people way more versed in “Ocean”-ography, who can decipher all of the hidden messages.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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New set from Rihanna due 'this fall,' according to singer

Superstar tweets that her sixth album is on its way

Looks like we’ll get new music from Rihanna before 2011’s end. She tweeted on Thursday  that a new  album will drop this fall as the follow-up to last November’s “Loud.”

The news comes as the sixth top 10 from “Loud” continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100. “Cheers (Drink To That)”  is No. 10 on this week’s chart.

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<p>Interscope artist Lady Gaga:&nbsp;NOT&nbsp;involved in the drug scandal. Joe Calderone on the other hand...</p>

Interscope artist Lady Gaga: NOT involved in the drug scandal. Joe Calderone on the other hand...

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Interscope's Los Angeles offices used for narcotics ring, allege Feds

Game's manager indicted on 18 felony charges

The Department of Justice is alleging that the Los Angeles offices of Interscope Records, home to such artists as U2, Lady Gaga, Eminem, No Doubt, and Sheryl Crow, was used by members of a narcotics ring for pick-ups and deliveries. Interscope, helmed by "American Idol" mentor/producer Jimmy Iovine, is owned by Universal Music Group.

A year-long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, which included detailed shipping records for cases used to allegedly transport kilos of cocaine and $1 million in cash, led to the indictment of music executive James Rosemond, according to The Smoking Gun. Czar Entertainment CE) Rosemond, who also manages Interscope artist The Game, is being held without bail in a Manhattan jail. He was indicted on 18 felony charges.

The Smoking Gun reports that a number of former Rosemond associates have confessed to their role in the narcotics ring, admitting that they picked up the cases full of cash and/or cocaine at Interscope or a number of recording studios. The shipments, via a company called Rock-It Cargo, went from Los Angeles to New York, and would then be distributed from there.

According to the U.S. District Court filing,   Rosemond “disguise(d) these shipments as legitimate freight that was ostensibly needed by the performance artists he managed.”

UPDATE: Universal Music Group has released the following statement: “The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported.  Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices.  Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record is a subject or target of the investigation.  UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney's Office regarding this matter."

In a statement, Rock-It Cargo said: "Rock-It Cargo is neither the subject of the investigation, nor implicated in any way. The Company has provided the U.S. Attorney with all of the documentation it has requested.As a global freight forwarding and logistics company, Rock-It Cargo has always been and continues to be strongly committed to maintaining the highest levels of transportation security. With regard to the current investigation, the Company followed all of the government’s and its own required procedures and remains in compliance with all Federal and state regulations.




 

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<p>Thom Yorke</p>

Thom Yorke

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Listen: Radiohead's Thom Yorke shares his latest mix

The beat goes on and on and on

Thom Yorke unveiled a recent mix he put together on  British radio station XFM  Thursday evening. The 25-minute mix, which the Radiohead frontman dubbed Money Back Mix, includes a new Yorke cut a few minutes in called “Twist.” It’s pretty dense stuff, but if you’re into the heavy dub beats and just curious as to what he’s been up to, this is for you.

The set also includes Four Tet remixing Tinariwen (the best part, in our humble opinion), and some of the remixes from “King of Limbs,” according to www.onethirtybpm,” which has posted the stream (and download) of Yorke’s mix, which he played on the Mary Anne Hobbs’ "Music Response" show.

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Yorke will co-host Gilles Peterson's radio show on U.K.'s Radio 1 from 2-4 a.m. on Sept. 21, according to radiohead.com.

Check out the full 25-minute Money Back Mix here.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Watch: Rihanna has her way with a cigar in J. Cole's 'Can't Get Enough' clip

Cole and Trey Songz live it up even before Ri Ri arrives

She shows up late, but she still steals the show. Watch Rihanna, and a cigar, take over the party in the new clip for J. Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz.

As you recall, Cole served as the opening act when Rihanna and Drake toured together earlier this year. “Can’t Get Enough” is the second single from Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” out Sept. 27. The official first album follows three acclaimed mix tapes.

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<p>Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera</p>

Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera

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Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera bounce back up Billboard's Hot 100

What happens with Adele, Lady Gaga and LMFAO this week?

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera show they have some pretty good moves of their own as their collaboration, “Moves Like Jagger,” dances back up to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tune from “The Voice” mentors dropped to No. 2 last week but bounces back to No. 1, swapping spaces with Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

The big news happens just outside of the Top 10 as Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” storms onto the chart bowing at No. 18. It’s the “American Idol” champ’s highest debut since 2007’s “Never Again” started at No. 8.

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<p>Daughtry performing on the 'Today' show</p>

Daughtry performing on the 'Today' show

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Daughtry sets release date for third album

What else do we know?

Daughtry’s third album will come out Nov. 21, according to tweets from lead singer Chris Daughtry.   He’s been updating followers from the studio for weeks now, but fans got hard news when he tweeted  the date yesterday. 

The “American Idol” season 5 contestant then added a little twist of synchronicity:  “I just realized...our new album comes out exactly 5 years to the day from our first album. Good sign : )”

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<p>Katy Perry at the MTV VMAs</p>

Katy Perry at the MTV VMAs

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Can Katy Perry go all the way with sixth tune from 'Teenage Dream?'

The steps she needs to take to get there

Will Katy Perry be six times lucky?  Capitol is officially going after the brass ring with the decision to launch “The One That  Got Away”  as the sixth single from “Teenage Dream.” If “The One” goes to No. 1on the Billboard Hot 100, she will become the first artist to score a sextet of chart toppers from one album.

As you know, Perry and Michael Jackson are tied as the only two artists who have accomplished landing five songs from one album in the pole position. Jackson’s triumphant work was “Bad.”  Perry’s five chart toppers from “Teenage Dream,” in addition to the title track, have been “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Firework, “E.T.” featuring Kanye West and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

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<p>Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse</p>

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

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Watch: Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett's full video for 'Body & Soul'

Proceed from song's sale go to new Amy Winehouse Foundation

On today, which would have been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday, her  family and friends have officially launched Amy Winehouse Foundation, which will raise funds to support “young people...who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addition.”

As previously announced, sales of “Body & Soul,” the track Winehouse recorded with Tony Bennett for his upcoming “Duets ll” album to commemorate his 85th birthday, will go to the foundation.

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Watch: Lady Gaga' goes topless in new 'You And I' clip, 'Bride'

Watch: Lady Gaga' goes topless in new 'You And I' clip, 'Bride'

Mama Monster turns metal monster

The second in the series in Lady Gaga’s black and white videos for “You and I” reveals that she’s working a theme. The first video “Haus of U feat. Nymph.” The second one is “Haus of U feat. Bride.” 

“Nymph” was a solo effort for Gaga, with an innocent, make-up free LG. “Bride,” directed by Inez and Vinoodh, is a less solo affair that features some of Mama Monster’s Little Monsters with their paws up.

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