Paris Jackson defends father Michael Jackson: “chillax my dudes”

The new documentary Leaving Neverland has brought renewed scrutiny to Michael Jackson’s past relationships with underage boys and allegations of sexual misconduct. However, Jackson’s only daughter, Paris, is standing by her father. Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Jackson, 20, “firmly believes” her father is innocent of the allegations levied against him. She’s since taken to Twitter to address the documentary and respond to both fans and critics of her father. Jackson initially tweeted, “y’all take my life more seriously than i do. calm yo tittaaaaysss.” After receiving some blowback for the flippant nature of her comment, she sought to expound on her stance: “i didn’t mean to offend by expressing that titties should be calm, i know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also…. it feels better to mellow out.” She added, “smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes.” When a supporter of Jackson argued that “the bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever,” Jackson responded, “so….. not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? tabloids […]

CupcakKe Shares New Song “Bird Box”: Listen

CupcakKe has shared a new track called “Bird Box.” It’s the Chicago rapper’s second song of 2019, following January’s “Squidward Nose.” Hear “Bird Box” below. CupcakKe released two projects in 2018: Ephorize and Eden. She recently shared the nautical music video for “Squidward Nose.” Read Pitchfork’s “You Need to Listen to CupcakKe, the Raunchiest Rapper Out.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

The Black Keys return with first song in five years “Lo/Hi”: Stream

The Black Keys are back. The garage rock duo have been everywhere over the last five years except together. Frontman Dan Auerbach has been off releasing albums with The Arcs and solo, as well as launching his Easy Eye Sound label as a home to the likes of Shannon & The Clams, Sonny Smith, and others. Meanwhile, drummer Patrick Carney has dipped into producing for artists including Tobias Jesso Jr., Tennis, Wild Belle, and Turbo Fruits, not to mention penning the BoJack Horseman theme and finding parental bliss with fiancée/collaborator Michelle Branch. Now, though, the two are finally back where they both belong: together. (Read: Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best) Today, The Black Keys have shared a new single called “Lo/Hi”. The track marks their first new music together since 2014’s Grammy-nominated Turn Blue. Written and produced by Auerbach and Carney themselves, the song was recorded at the former’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Take a listen below. [embedded content] Whether or not “Lo/Hi” is the signal of more new music on the horizon is yet to be seen. In the meantime, pick up some of The Black Keys’ past efforts on vinyl […]

Donald Glover and Glassnote Records Settle Childish Gambino Royalties Dispute

In September 2018, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) filed a lawsuit against his former label Glassnote Records due to an ongoing royalties dispute between the two parties. Now, Glover and Glassnote have settled the dispute, Variety reports and Pitchfork can confirm. The 2018 lawsuit claimed that Glassnote owed Glover upwards of $10,000 in streaming royalties. It also stated that the independent record label had been miscalculating payments in breach of their licensing agreement. The allegations outlined in the suit included breaches of contract, good faith, fair dealing, and fiduciary duty, as well as negligence. Glover’s legal action was in response to a July 2018 complaint filed by Glassnote that requested a judge to mediate their contract dispute with Glover in court. “Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45,” a Glassnote representative told Pitchfork earlier that year. “We are not asking for anything back from Donald Glover, just that we are able to retain the monies that are contractually and legally ours and that have already been paid to us.” Now, according to a stipulation of voluntary dismissal filed on Friday (March 1) […]

Steven Spielberg wants more rules for Netflix to win Oscars

This year’s Oscars was a big deal for Netflix. With Alfonso Cuaron nabbing Best Director for Roma, the streaming giant is essentially one level removed from a Best Picture win, which is quite a feat for their original content. Most have celebrated this progress, but others aren’t so happy. Among them is Steven Spielberg, who’s sounding a lot like Shooter McGavin these days, essentially running around The Academy saying, “Yeah, yeah, everyone seems to be coming around … Well, I’m not, Dawn!” Prior to the Oscars, Spielberg made a not-so-subtle jab at streaming services while accepting the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society’s CAS Awards for last year’s Ready Player One. As he explained: “I don’t believe that films that are just given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nominations. Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically. And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to […]

New trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix gets furious: Watch

With the forthcoming Disney-Fox merge, the X-Men franchise — at least as it exists right now — remains in flux. As we learned earlier this month from producer Lauren Shuler Donner, it’s likely that X-Men: Dark Phoenix may very well be the last rodeo in the long-running X-Men universe. If so, it’s fitting then that the much-delayed follow-up to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse serves as a complete redo of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, arguably the worst entry in the series and one that completely botched the Phoenix storyline. Similar to the first trailer from this past September, this new one proves Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) epic chapter will finally be told the right way, which should give fans solace as those Cerebro doors close for potentially the last time. Watch below and also consult the swanky new poster shortly after. [embedded content] James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Alexandra Shipp (Storm) all return to the save the day. Joining them is Jessica Chastain as a mysterious shapeshifter. Simon Kinberg serves as writer and director, while composer Hans Zimmer will score the damn thing. Dark Phoenix lands June 7th via Fox. Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Queen and Adam Lambert Announce New Documentary The Show Must Go On

Queen have announced a new documentary called The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story. Since 2011, the band’s founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor have been touring with Lambert as Queen + Adam Lambert. The two-hour documentary features behind-the-scenes concert footage from their time working together. It also follows Lambert’s career since his 2009 “American Idol” performance with Queen and includes interviews with May, Taylor, Simon Cowell, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek, and more. https://twitter.com/adamlambert/status/1100125439048146944 Queen and Lambert will be touring North America starting this summer—see their full itinerary. Queen and Lambert opened last night’s 2019 Oscars with a performance of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Bohemian Rhapsody—the biopic about Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury—took home four Academy Awards, including Malek’s Best Actor win, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. It was up for Best Picture, but lost to Green Book. Read Pitchfork’s “Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody Is Now the Biggest Music Biopic Ever. It’s Also Total Bullshit.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally gets a release date, and it’s for one night only

Terry Gilliam can finally sleep at night. After being pushed and pulled out of development hell for decades, the veteran filmmaker’s stroke-inducing passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will finally hit theaters on April 10th for a one-night special event. Tickets can be purchased via Fathom Events. If you recall, the Chinese Democracy film equivalent stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce in a wild and zany adventure that likely won’t come close to its sordid production history that’s already been well documented (see: 2002’s Lost in La Mancha). Even so, we’re beyond stoked to finally see the damn thing, and that one-night only release only adds to its mythical status. Catch a new trailer for the film below and read its official synopsis shortly after. [embedded content] Toby, a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and […]

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, inherits portion of fashion icon’s $300 million fortune

On Tuesday, German fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85. Now, his cat, Choupette, stands to inherit a portion of his $300 million dollar fortune. In an interview with Numéro last year, the former creative director of Chanel and Fendi announced that the beloved feline would serve as his heir. Rebuffing skepticism, Lagerfeld added, “Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.” Choupette, whose name is French for “sweetheart,” has historically lived a lavish lifestyle, with the fashion designer hiring maids to ensure her comfort. The inheritance will ensure the silky Burmese cat continues living her best life, which means daily meals of caviar and chicken pâté and travel on private jets. However, Choupette is unlikely to need the financial assistance from the estate. The pet celebrity has amassed over 260,000 followers on Instagram and has earned a healthy $3 million through sponsorships and ad appearances. She has previously served as an ambassador to German automobile manufacturer Opel, launched her own lines with brands like makeup company Shu Uemura and luxury cat-product producer Cheshire & Wain, and been the subject of two books. Lagerfeld addressed his cat’s fortune — both cat-made and bequeathed — in the past, noting, “She has […]

Jussie Smollett officially indicted, now faces felony charges

Chicago police have confirmed that Empire star Jussie Smollett has been officially indicted by a grand jury. He now faces felony charges for filing a false police report and disorderly conduct. Detectives will be contacting Smollett’s legal team to make arrangements for his arrest. If Smollett is ultimately found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison. The actor is expected to appear in court on Thursday. Smollett is accused of orchestrating his own attack with the assistance of Nigerian brothers and Empire extras Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. The brothers are expected to testify before the grand jury. Smollett initially told police that he was attacked by two men outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago during the early morning hours of January 29th. The 36-year-old actor, who is openly gay, described his assailants as white men wearing ski masks, who asked Smollett if he was “that f***ot Empire n*****?” before attacking him with a rope and bleach. As they fled the scene the men yelled, “This is MAGA country!” according to Smollett. In reality, the Osundairo brothers say they rehearsed the attack with Smollett in the days prior. They told police that they scouted a location where they believed a camera would capture the […]