Best Coast Covers Fleetwood Mac

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino revealed that Fleetwood Mac’s influence played a vital role in the creation of the duo’s upcoming album, The Only Place. Now, as an homage, Best Coast have recorded a cover of the legendary rock group's “Storms," which premiered earlier today on BBC Radio 6′s Radcliffe & Maconie show.

The cover is unlike most of Best Coast's original work, supported only by an acoustic guitar. Cosentino’s vocals, however, are rather exquisite, showcasing the singer's strengths--and vulnerabilities.

The “Storms” cover will be available exclusively to independent record stores as a vinyl 7″. The Only Place releases on May 15. Listen to the track now from BBC (skip to the 58:00 mark).

Bob Dylan to Receive U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bob Dylan is being recognized with the United States' highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, according to The New York Times. Other recipients will include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; John Glenn, the third American in space; and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.

President Obama will award the medals at the White House in the coming weeks. In a statement, he said: "They've challenged us, they've inspired us and they've made the world a better place."

Dylan's songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements of the '60s, and his music continues to inspire and enlighten decades later.

Previous honorees include: Mother Theresa, Margaret Thatcher, Stephen Hawking, Walt Disney, Doris Day, Maya Angelou, Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin.

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Should Fans Have Right to Re-Sell Used MP3s?

Should music fans have the right to re-sell their used MP3s? After that song has been played over and over, and the luster is gone, should consumers be allowed to discard their purchased music for a profit similar to used CDs or DVDs? That's exactly what the Cambridge, Mass.-based company ReDigi is fighting for in court, with EMI Music suing to protect its right of sale.

Presiding District Court judge Richard Sullivan has called this a "fascinating issue" in need of clarification, and even Google has poked its beak into this fight. While some consider the issue to be a silly one, given the pennies-per-song cost, it's certainly up for argument due to the fact that one "purchases" an MP3.

There is a problem, however: ReDigi might be running out of cash. It may be the strategy EMI Music had in mind, and perhaps a reflection of the American legal system.

Possible warning signs began to appear this week, when the current ReDigi attorney Ray Beckerman filed a motion to exit the case, and hand things over to another law firm.

EMI Music maintains a deep roster of artists like Coldplay, M83, Katy Perry, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Decemberists, The Beatles, Switchfoot and Norah Jones--whose highly anticipated new album, Little Broken Hearts, debuts on Tuesday via EMI.

The court battle may go away, but in the age of iPads and file-sharing and digital-everything, the questions will continue. Is it OK to re-sell music you own, regardless of the format? Is used digital the same as used physical? What does "purchase" mean when it comes to digital formats?

Speaking of Jones' upcoming album, you can pre-order now through a list of digital outlets by clicking on the "buy" button on her website.

Vampire Weekend Working on 'A Ton' of New Music

Vampire Weekend is slated to headline the upcoming Pitchfork Music Festival in July, which will mark the band's first live performance in nearly a year, but the Brooklyn-based indie rockers have been keeping busy. Bassist Chris Baio tells Rolling Stone the bands has been hard at work on the follow-up to their 2010 LP, Contra. "We've started many songs," Baio says. "Obviously we haven't been rushing it. We take it very seriously. We'll be incredibly psyched to share it with the world when it's done."

The group has collected plenty of material, but as frontman Ezra Koenig echoed recently, they aren't working with any deadline in mind. "We do have a ton of stuff," said Koenig. "It would be cool if it was [released] this year. I always want to release music as soon as possible, but more and more I'm realizing it's something you almost have no control over. We just never want to be in a position [where] when we put out something, we feel could've benefited from more time."

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Pitbull: Music Biz 90 Percent Business, '10 Percent Talent'

Halfway through his standing-room-only live Q&A at Wednesday's Billboard Latin Music Conference, Miami-born bilingual pop star Pitbull recalled growing up on his mother's Tony Robbins tapes. "I started to understand how failure is the mother of all success," Pitbull said.

The largest failure to which he alluded was his litigious break with his former record label, the now-defunct TVT. After graduating to it from Luke Records, the Miami-based independent run by 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell, Pit soon discovered TVT was run much like communist Cuba. "I saw that the owner was very litigious, so I decided when I caught him slipping, I'd sue him too," he recalled of the tactics he used to break free. But he decided to view it as a learning experience. "TVT was like my university on the business. It was my Harvard."

"Forget everyone," he advised. "You get that money, and you invest in yourself. Nobody's going to bring you a bigger return on your investment than yourself."

His records, he also explained, have largely been as much business calculations as were his recent big-money sponsorship deals with brands like Dr. Pepper, Bud Light, Kodak, and Pepsi, or on his own partial ownerships in Voli Vodka and Sheets energy strips. "This is called the music business. It's 90 percent business, 10 percent talent," he readily admitted. "There's no genius to what I do. I keep it simple, stupid -- K.I.S.S."

Again, this is all coming from Pitbull...

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Jack White on Track to First No. 1 Album

Though Jack White never earned a No. 1 album as part of the White Stripes, he's on course to top next week's Billboard 200 -- as a solo act.

His solo debut album, Blunderbuss, is on track to bow at No. 1 on the chart next week with around 100,000 to 120,000 sold (so say industry prognosticators).

A No. 1 album has eluded White thus far. His bands the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather have amassed a total of seven top 10 albums. The highest chart of any of those band's releases was the White Stripes' 2007 album Icky Thump, which bowed and peaked at No. 2.

It's still too early to be completely certain. Two weeks ago Billboard predicted Adele would reclaim the No. 1 slot, but Lionel Richie surprised industry experts and landed at the top.

The Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy' Certified Gold in U.S.

The Black Keys' hit single, “Lonely Boy,” single went gold in the U.S. today, breaking the 1 million sales mark.

The duo's label, Nonesuch Records, confirmed the victory following drummer Patrick Carney's tweet announcing their accomplishment. "Lonely" is the lead single from the Keys' latest album, El Camino, which debuted in December at No. 2 on Billboard.

The Black Keys are currently on tour in the U.S.

Maroon 5 Makes History; Gotye Remains at No. 1

With digital sales of 493,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, roars onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 3 and sets a record for best digital sales frame by a group, passing the Black Eyed Pea's "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000 the week of April 18, 2009).

Aiding the song's strong start is a TV appearance and anticipation for Maroon 5's forthcoming album. The group and Khalifa performed "Payphone" last Monday (April 16) on NBC's The Voice, where the Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine moonlights as a coach. The song previews the band's fourth studio album, Overexposed, due June 26. The set was executive produced by Max Martin, with additional cuts produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. "Overexposed is definitely our most diverse and poppiest album yet," Levine says.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, meanwhile, spends a second week at No. 1, gaining in both airplay (as the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer) and streaming. The track lifts 8-6 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 19%) and tallies a second frame atop On-Demand Songs (1.4 million, up 10%).

Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, holds at No. 2 for a second week after logging six stanzas atop the Hot 100. Below "Payphone" at No. 3, Justin Bieber rises 5-4 on the Hot 100 with "Boyfriend," rising 10-6 on On-Demand Songs (738,000, up 28%). The Wanted's "Glad You Came" rounds out the Hot 100's top five, slipping 3-5.

Top 10 listed below:
1. Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know" (feat. Kimbra)
2. fun. - "We Are Young" (feat. Janelle Monae)
3. Maroon 5 - "Payphone" (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
4. Justin Bieber - "Boyfriend"
5 - The Wanted - "Glad You Came"
6. Flo Rida - "Wild Ones" (feat. Sia)
7. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
8. One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
9. Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
10. Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"

Cee Lo Disses 'Auto-Tuned Tinker Bell' Female Singers

Grammy winner Cee Lo Green is known for his antics and flamboyant (sometimes weird) behavior, but on Monday night's episode of The Voice, the judge/mentor seemed to speak rather candidly regarding one of his team member's vocal abilities.

Cheesa tackled the always-risky Whitney Houston catalog, giving the late diva's "I Have Nothing" a try. Following her decent performance, Green passionately declared, "I think it's time to be advocating power female vocalists, not this Auto-Tuned Tinker Bell thing! I'm talking about that from-the-gut, childbearing, woman thang!"

Was he genuinely knocking some of his fellow pop music peers, or was he just showing allegiance to the singer? Regardless of the source, is he right?

New Sixpence None the Richer Album to Release This Summer

After a quiet spell and record label difficulties, Sixpence None the Richer plan to return with a new full LP titled Lost in Transition, slated for a late-July/early-August release.

The album will be the band's first new studio project since 2008 and will be distributed exclusively by The Orchard, according to an announcement on the distribution company's website Monday afternoon.

Sixpence is comprised of vocalist Leigh Nash and multi-instrumentalist Matt Slocum.

Album cover seen below:


Gotye Not a Fan of 'Glee' Cover of His Song

Fox's Glee covered Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know" on a recent episode, but there's one person who isn't a fan of how they did it: the singer himself.

The 31-year-old Australian artist, whose real name is Wally de Backer, explained why he wasn't 100 percent behind the Glee performance backstage at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre this past weekend.

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense," he told the Sunday Mail, "like it's playing to you from a cardboard box."

The singer also said, as the Sunday Herald Sun reports, "It made it sound dinky and wrong."

Dr. Dre Wants Hologram Versions of Marvin Gaye, Others

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will beam up the Tupac hologram again for the upcoming second weekend of Coachella, but the producer and now-occasional rapper has his sight set on a couple of other big names: Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye.

TMZ caught up with the good doctor outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles and asked him how he felt about the "Tupac" performance. He said he was thrilled with the reception to the digital rebirth of the rap legend and confirmed rumors that he was mulling taking "Tupac" on tour.

But that's not all he said: Dre said he would be interested in bringing Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye back to the stage. The news comes during a week in which countless news outlets have posted lists of who they'd like to see hologram-ed next, so it's interesting to see Dre play into the media hype surrounding his new pet project.

Just yesterday, Michael Jackson's brothers said they would be eager to bring a projected version of the King of Pop on tour with them. (Of course.)

Is this exciting news or is this just getting weird?