In one of the most epic goofs made in recent memory by a major news organization, the Associated Press initially identified Robert Durst—the millionaire who’s been arrested on murder charges after being featured in the HBO documentary series The Jinx—as “the former Limp Bizkit frontman.” The following day the AP issued a correction: “The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is the former frontman of Limp Bizkit.” (Jezebel)
Presenters for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony have been announced. As Rolling Stone reports, “Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder will speak on Bill Withers, Patti Smith will intro Lou Reed, Peter Wolf will show praise to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy will discuss Green Day, John Mayer will pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Steve Cropper will extol The “5” Royales. Organizers have yet to announce who will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.”
Kendrick Lamar‘s new album To Pimp a Butterfly, released by surprise a week ahead of schedule, set a new single-day record for most streams of an album on Spotify: 9.6 million, breaking the previous record set just a month prior by Drake‘s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. (Stereogum)
What will be the song of the spring? Billboard’s placing odds on Maroon 5‘s “Sugar.”
If you were Pharrell, at this point would you be sick of being “Mr. Happy”? Well, he’s not—in fact, he’s partnering with the UN to celebrate an International Day of Happiness on March 20. Pharrell will be using the day to raise awareness of climate change, which doesn’t seem like anything to be very happy about, but…well, you figure it out.
Run the Jewels were attacked during a Monday set at SXSW; a man ran onstage and tried to punch Killer Mike. According to El-P, there may be mental health issues behind the attack. (Pitchfork)
real shit that dude who attacked us is highly unstable/volatile + wandering around sxsw talking to himself apparently. be careful out there.
— el-p (@therealelp) March 17, 2015
Leonard Cohen announced that he’ll release a new live album on May 12. Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour will include two previously unreleased songs as well as covers of songs by George Jones and Georges Dor. (Rolling Stone)
Ryan Adams will also release a live album: Live at Carnegie Hall is due out on April 21, with a whopping 42 tracks. A ten-song abbreviated version will also be released. (Pitchfork)
Earl Sweatshirt announced that he’ll release a new album—I Don’t Like S–t, I Don’t Go Outside—in less than a week, on March 23. He also shared a new single and video: “Grief.” (Pitchfork)
Johnny Cash‘s six American Recordings albums will be released as a new vinyl box set on March 24. (Rolling Stone)
The Current took ten days to celebrate our ten-year anniversary this past January, so it’s only fair that the storied Grand Ole Opry gets a full nine months to celebrate their 90-year anniversary. The celebration will kick off on March 24 with a performance featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Asleep at the Wheel, Brad Paisley, and others; that night, the Opry will announce details for the full nine-month celebration. (Rolling Stone)
Lorde sent a box of cupcakes to Joe Irvine after the singer was trashed by Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon on the New Zealand version of The X-Factor. Among Irvine’s other public supporters are Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, and Calvin Harris; Kills and Moon have been fired from the program. (Billboard)
Tommy Lasorda—the 87-year-old Baseball Hall of Famer who, as a manager, led the L.A. Dodgers to World Series titles in 1981 and 1988—has shared his version of the DJ Snake/Lil Jon banger “Turn Down For What.” (Billboard)