Apple Sued by iTunes Customers Alleging Their Information Was Sold to Third Parties: Report

Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit by customers who claim that information from their purchases on iTunes was sold to third parties, Billboard reports. According to a new report by Billboard, plaintiffs Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul, and Trevor Paul allege that Apple was collecting and selling their data to third parties despite “touting its supposedly pro-consumer positions on issues of data privacy,” as Billboard points out. The plaintiffs reportedly claimed that this practice was done in violation of their respective states’ (Rhode Island and Michigan) privacy laws. They are allegedly seeking over $5 million in damages, according to court documents viewed by Billboard. The suit was filed today (May 24) in California’s Northern Federal District. Billboard reports that the complaint claims Apple “supplements its revenues by selling, renting, and transmitting with third parties information about the music that each customer purchases from the iTunes Store.” The suit reportedly claims that Apple discloses full names and home addresses of its customers along with other information pertaining to music they have purchased on the iTunes store. Read the full report here. Pitchfork has reached out to Apple representatives for further comment. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Synth repairman accidentally gets high after touching old LSD on a vintage ’60s synthesizer*

Vintage Buchla Model 100 modular synthesizer from Cal State University, photo via KPIX 5 What would you do if you found a 50-year-old dose of LSD laying around? If you’re Eliot Curtis, the Broadcast Operations Manager for KPIX Television, you get high on acid… accidentally. Curtis recently undertook the project of restoring a vintage Buchla Model 100 modular synthesizer. According to San Francisco KPIX 5, the instrument had been sitting in a cold, dark room at Cal State University East Bay since the 1960s, so he lugged it home and began repairing it. After opening a red-paneled module on the synth, he noticed there was “a crust or a crystalline residue on it.” Naturally, he did what any person tasked with fixing up an old instrument would do: spray some cleaner on it, pick at the residue with his finger, and try to dislodge it by scratching it off. But 45 minutes later, he started to feel some tingling. It was the start of a nine-hour acid trip. (Read: Grateful Dead in 10 Songs) Three individual chemical tests identified the substance on the synth as LSD. An anonymous LSD researcher explained what happened. It turns out that when stored in […]

Rihanna hints at possible title for new reggae album

Rihanna has had her Navy itching with anticipation since teasing a new album back in winter. Now, in a new interview with T Magazine, she’s confirmed that she’s still hard at work on the effort — and that fans may be impacting the final product. The Barbados Ambassador reiterated that the project is indeed a reggae record, though she refrained from giving any firm timeline for its completion. She added that she’s leaning towards calling the LP — which will mark her ninth full-length — R9, a name that her Navy has been drilling into her head. “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy,” she said. “I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?” (Read: 10 Most Anticipated Pop Albums of 2019) Elsewhere, RiRi once again touched on her deteriorated relationship with Drake. Last summer, she said the pop stars “don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either,” so it shouldn’t be surprising that she doesn’t see another “Work”-level collaboration in the near future. “Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening,” […]

Buzzcocks, Thurston Moore, Others to Play Pete Shelley Tribute Concert

The surviving members of punk icons Buzzcocks are slated to perform a one-off concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall this summer. The event takes place on June 21, and will feature additional sets by the Skids and Penetration. A number of special guests will join Buzzcocks onstage to fill-in for late frontman and founder Pete Shelley, who died last year at age 63. Guest vocalists will include Thurston Moore, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (the Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Tim Burgess (the Charlatans), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (the Skids), and original Buzzcocks members Steve Garvey and John Maher. Music journalist Paul Morley will host the event, which was conceived as a tribute to Shelley as well as a celebration of his life. Of the concert, Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle said in a press release: “I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.” Find tickets for the event here. Read Pitchfork’s Afterword feature “The First Sensitive Punk: Remembering Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

Summer Slaughter 2019 lineup features Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, and more

The Summer Slaughter tour, billed as the “most extreme tour of the year,” has announced its 2019 lineup and tour dates, featuring a triple headlining bill of Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, and The Faceless. Rivers of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, and Brand of Sacrifice will support, along with the winner of Headbang for the Highway contest. The tour begins July 20th in Denver, running through August 14th, ending in Los Angeles. Cattle Decapitation also gave an update on the progress their new record, due out on Metal Blade Records later this year. “We are in the studio right now recording the follow-up to The Anthropocene Extinction,” frontman Travis Ryan said in a video message from the band. “We’ll be playing a few new songs on this tour, so we’ll see you there.” Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, and the full itinerary is below. Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 Dates:07/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall07/21 – Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove07/22 – Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood07/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze07/24 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge07/25 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom07/26 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater07/27 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL Festival07/29 – Cleveland, OH […]

Morrissey Wears Far-Right Political Party Pin on “Fallon”

Last night (May 13), Morrissey played his cover of Jobriath’s “Morning Starship” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” During the performance, he wore a pin featuring the logo of the For Britain Movement, a far-right UK political party founded by anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters. He has also come under fire for wearing the pin at recent concerts. (The For Britain Movement has thanked Morrissey for his support on its website.) Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Morrissey and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for comment. Morrissey has been vocally supportive of For Britain in the past. In a 2018 interview, he said, “I have been following a new party called For Britain which is led by Anne Marie Waters. It is the first time in my life that I will vote for a political party. Finally I have hope. I find the Tory-Labour-Tory-Labour constant switching to be pointless. For Britain has received no media support and have even been dismissed with the usual childish ‘racist’ accusation. I don’t think the word ‘racist’ has any meaning any more, other than to say ‘you don’t agree with me, so you’re a racist.’ People can be utterly, utterly stupid.” […]

R.I.P. Doris Day, legendary actress and musician dead at 97

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day has died at the age of 97. According to The Associated Press, Day died Monday at her Carmel Valley, California home surronded by close friends. At the peak of her popularity in the 1950s and 60s, Day was the biggest female film star and ranked sixth all time among box office performers. At the 1989 Academy Awards, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. Day was also an accomplished musician, who released 29 albums over the course of her life. For her efforts, she was bestowed a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

David Gilmour releases Live at Pompeii concert film for free on YouTube

In July 2016, David Gilmour returned to Pompeii for a special two-night concert event. His appearance came 45 years after Pink Floyd staged a similar production, the footage for which was heavily featured in the band’s iconic Live in Pompeii concert film. In 2017, Gilmour’s full performance was released as a concert film and companion live album. Gilmour’s Live at Pompeii was originally screened in movie theaters for one night only, and has subsequently been available on DVD and Blu-ray. Now, though, Gilmour is streaming the entire performance for free on YouTube. Watch it below. [embedded content] d Setlist: Set 1:5 A.M.Rattle That LockFaces of StoneWhat Do You Want From Me (Pink Floyd song)The BlueThe Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)A Boat Lies WaitingWish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)Money (Pink Floyd song)In Any TongueHigh Hopes (Pink Floyd song) Set 2:One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)On an IslandThe Girl in the Yellow DressTodaySorrow (Pink Floyd song)Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song) Encore:Time (Pink Floyd song)Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)Beauty Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Listen to Skepta’s New Song “Bullet From a Gun”

Skepta has released “Bullet From a Gun,” the first song from his new album Ignorance Is Bliss. Check out the track, produced by Skepta and Ragz Originale, below. Another new Skepta song is due later today, according to a press release. The follow-up to 2016’s Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa arrives May 31 on Skepta’s Boy Better Know label. In 2017, Skepta released the EP Vicious, featuring Lil B, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, and Section Boyz. Read “How Skepta Tried to Show the Establishment ‘This Is Grime’” on the Pitch. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Musical Gets Broadway Premiere Date

Back in 2017, it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully) had penned a musical based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Now, it’s coming to Broadway. The production will open for previews at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre on November 3, with an opening night slated for December 5. Pre-sale tickets for the play will be available May 6-8, and you can purchase them here. Check out a version of “You Learn” from the production below. Jagged Little Pill is directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, and will feature songs off of Morissette’s landmark album as well as other tracks from her discography. Last year, the musical made its debut with a sold-out, 10-week run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cast of the show has yet to be announced. Read Pitchfork’s list “The 50 Best Albums of 1998.” [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed