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BBC Radio names Ed Sheeran most important singer of 'black' music, faces backlash

BBC Radio station 1Xtra has voted British crooner Ed Sheeran the most important British artist in urban music—and in the process, has sparked an online debate about a “power list” that predominantly features white artists in a genre of music created by black artists.

1Xtra—which describes itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”—released its list of the most “important UK artists in the scene” on Friday. Sheeran topped the list of approximately 20 artists, submitted by radio listeners and chosen by 1Xtra DJs on variables such as “sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry.”

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Kanye West denies Annie Leibovitz beef, releases statement

Kanye West has expensive tastes and exacting standards—”picky” doesn’t even come close to touching it—so it wasn’t surprising that in the lead-up to his wedding to Kim Kardashian, he revealed himself to be a groomzilla. The nuptials featured a dress by Ricardo Tisci, decorations by “Runaway” video director Vanessa Beecroft, and music by Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey. One thing he couldn’t pull off, though: Having celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz shoot the extravaganza.

While speaking to press in France Tuesday, Ye reportedly slammed Leibovitz (who shot the couple’s controversy-igniting Vogue cover) for backing out of the gig on short notice—leaving him to spend four days of their honeymoon setting up a faux nuptial photo that went on to become the most liked pic on Instagram ever. Today, West and Leibovitz released a joint statement in which he alleges that his comments were taken out of context. “Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding,” it reads in part, “he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way. Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.”

The statement goes on to quote a representative of Leibovitz who says, “Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed.”

“Kanye West dreams big,” it continues. “He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event.”

Hit the jump for the full text of the statement.

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Casey Kasem, famed radio DJ and voice actor, has died at 82

Casey Kasem, whose distinctive voice defined the interstitial sound of Top 40 radio for decades, has died. He was 82. The cause of death was not immediately released, though he had been ill for some time.

Kasem’s daughter Kerri tweeted the news Sunday morning, writing, “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”

Kasem, born Kemal Amin Kasem to Lebanese immigrant parents in Detroit in 1932, began his radio career when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, working as a disc-jockey-announcer on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network before returning to civilian life and taking DJ posts at stations in San Francisco and Oakland, California. After moving to Los Angeles, he began playing small supporting roles in a number of low-budget Hollywood films, and made his first forays into television voice-overs. That led to work on a number of animated shows, including the role of Shaggy on Scooby Doo, which he reprised in both films and on TV for five decades. READ FULL STORY

Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel and more announced for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin

Festvial-goers hell bent for lineup diversity and/or leather will be getting the full smorgasbord at the 9th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, slated for November 7-9 in Austin, Texas.

The just-released roster includes Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab for Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, King Diamond, Girl Talk, Rocket from the Crypt, Alt-J, Death from Above 1979, Guide by Voices, Sky Ferreira, Gary Numan, Yo La Tengo, Foxygen, Dum Dum Girls,  Death Grips,and Ginuwine.

The comedy and action sports stages will be announced later this summer. Pony up for tickets starting today at the festival’s official site.

StubHub plans to ticket, produce its own concerts

You can soon buy concert tickets from StubHub for shows produced by StubHub.

The company, which helps brokers and fans buy and sell tickets on its website, announced Wednesday it will sell tickets to concerts that it will produce. It has five shows planned so far featuring “emerging acts” and will launch its first self-produced concert May 18 in Los Angeles.

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New Michael Jackson album due this May

The King of Pop will be resurrected — at least in the studio. Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson’s estate has given Epic Records C.E.O./executive producer L.A. Reid and Timbaland permission to “contemporize” eight previously unreleased tracks for the album Xscape, due May 13.

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Katy Perry announces U.S. dates for Prismatic Tour

You’re gonna hear her roar — as long as you live in or near one of 46 cities on Katy Perry’s upcoming Prismatic tour roster.

Following a string of U.K. dates revealed last November, the singer has now announced her full U.S. schedule: The four-month jaunt begins June 22 in Raleigh, NC — and will rotate opening acts Kacey Musgraves, Capital Cities, and Tegan & Sara throughout the dates.

Find the full list of shows after the jump:

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Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and more added to Grammys performance roster

Prizes, shmizes.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be one giant all-star luge race of live performances –the latest names to be added are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, and Sara Bareilles with Carole King. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who will accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for the Beatles, will perform as well.

They join a roster that already includes Lorde, Katy Perry, Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons;Metallica and Lang Lang; P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun.; Robin Thicke and with Chicago, and a special performance with Merle Haggard Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.

The show airs Sunday, Jan. 26 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST/PST (meaning that it will be live on the East coast but delayed on the West, for those in the Pacific Standard Zone gagging for spoilers and/or wishing to avoid them on social media).

The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly dies at 74

Phil Everly, who, along with his brother Don, made up the musical duo The Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. He was 74 years old.

The Everly Brothers rose to prominence in the late 1950s and early ’60s and created classic hits such as “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “When Will I Be Loved.”

Everly was born in Chicago on Jan. 19, 1939, and moved across the country with his very musical family during his childhood. He had a brief solo career in the ’70s before reuniting with his brother for a concert in London in 1983. The two were among the first inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Don, who is two years older than Phil, is still living.

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Ke$ha enters rehab for eating disorder

Singer Ke$ha today announced she has entered rehab, seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

In a statement, the “Timber” singer said she plans to spend 30 days in treatment.

Her full statement is below:

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder…to learn to love myself again. exactly as I am.”

Just three days ago, Ke$ha released a music video for her single, “Dirty Love,” which was also the singer’s directorial debut.

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