At the Golden Globes Sunday night, Prince appeared to present the award for best original song to John Legend and Common for “Glory” from Selma. “I want to thank God,” said Common, “and the Hollywood Foreign Press.” (Billboard)
Allison Janney: massive Prince fan. pic.twitter.com/gcOjY8UtH3
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 12, 2015
Thanks to his collaboration with Kanye West, Paul McCartney is back in the Top 40 for the first time since 1989, when McCartney’s “My Brave Face” (from Flowers in the Dirt) hit #25. “Only One,” West’s song featuring McCartney on keyboard, has debuted on the Hot 100 at #35. Coming almost 51 years after the Beatles‘ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” hit the charts in 1964, that gives McCartney a new record as performer with the longest span of years placing singles in the Top 40. (Billboard) Meanwhile, McCartney has announced a vinyl release for his song “Hope for the Future” from the video game Destiny. On Tuesday, McCartney will release a 12″ with the original track and four remixes, including a thrash remix. (Rolling Stone)
On Thursday, which would have been Elvis Presley‘s 80th birthday, his first recording—a double-sided acetate disc cut at Sun Studios in 1953—sold at auction for $300,000. (Rolling Stone)
Though record sales in 2014—even when digital download sales were included—hit their lowest point since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, streaming increased so dramatically that by Billboard’s math, overall the U.S. record industry actually saw growth last year.
Katy Perry announced that for the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1, she’ll be joined by Lenny Kravitz. (Billboard)
Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday on Saturday night with an all-star Foo Fighters charity concert at the Forum in L.A., featuring appearances by Slash, Paul Stanley of Kiss, and Jack Black. (Billboard)
Aphex Twin will release a new EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2, on Jan. 23—less than six months after releasing Syro, Aphex Twin’s first album since 2001. (Billboard)
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who battled John McCain for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination and is likely to run for President again next year, has sharp criticism for Jay-Z and Beyoncé in his new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. Huckabee praises Beyoncé as a singer and dancer but says that her more provocative dance moves would be “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.” He continues, “Jay-Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?” As Billboard notes, though, the passage reflects an incorrect assumption that Jay-Z manages Beyoncé’s career; in fact, in recent years Beyoncé’s been clear about the fact that, inspired by Madonna, she manages her own career.
Van Halen have settled a lawsuit against Kelly Van Halen, ex-wife of drummer Alex Van Halen. The band argued that Kelly Van Halen’s use of her name in various businesses diluted their brand; in the settlement, the band agreed to allow Kelly Van Halen to continue using her name for work like interior design, as long as she doesn’t use it for anything music-related. (Rolling Stone)
To promote her memoir Girl in a Band, being released on Feb. 24, Kim Gordon will go on an 11-stop book tour on which she’ll converse at each stop with a different interviewer. Among the people who will appear with Gordon on her book tour are Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia), Aimee Mann, and Jon Wurster (Mountain Goats, Superchunk). (Pitchfork)
The Broadway musical If/Then will close when Idina Menzel leaves its cast on Mar. 22. (Billboard) Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson has signed on to play the role of Shug Avery in a Broadway revival of the 2005 musical The Color Purple. (Billboard)
Another year, another mash-up video claiming that all country music sounds the same. A technically impressive synthesis of several different 2014 country hits has been getting a lot of attention, though as Billboard observes, the mix’s creator chose songs by “a small, interconnected group of people.”