Of all the people who have weighed in on the beef between hip-hop artists Drake and Meek Mill, perhaps the most unexpected are the Arcs. A lo-fi new video for their song “Outta My Mind” cuts away twice—first to a Chinatown fight and then to a discussion of the argument that started when Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics. Watch the Arcs video on Pitchfork.
Stephen Colbert‘s first episode of The Late Show aired Tuesday night, and it ended with a star-studded megajam on Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Everyday People.” Among the artists who stepped up to perform with Colbert’s house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human were Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Zach Condon (Beirut), Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Aloe Blacc. (Deadline Hollywood)
Jack White himself has directed a promotional video telling the elaborate backstory behind a new t-shirt from Third Man Records. According to the video, the pocket tee was developed by David Swanson, frontman of Whirlwind Heat. A limited edition of the shirt comes with a flexi-disc featuring two Hawaiian-style covers of Whirlwind Heat songs. (Pitchfork)
Survivor have rebuked Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, for taking the stage to a recording of their song “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally celebrating Davis’s recent release from jail. Frankie Sullivan, the band’s guitarist and a co-writer of “Eye of the Tiger,” made clear on Facebook that he did not grant permission to use Survivor’s 1982 chart-topper. In fact, added Sullivan, “I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!” (The Guardian)
As Elle King‘s song “Ex’s and Oh’s” rises to number one on Billboard’s alternative songs chart, King becomes only the second solo female artist to top the chart since 1996. Though women like Alanis Morissette and Sinead O’Connor hit number one on the chart regularly in the early 1990s, since Tracy Bonham hit number one with “Mother Mother” in 1996, the only solo female artist other than King to top the chart since then has been Lorde, with “Royals” in 2013. (Billboard)
Paul McCartney is among an all-star group of artists who have collaborated to record “Love Song to the Earth,” a tune intended to help raise awareness of environmental issues prior to December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference. Other artists on the track include Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, and Fergie. (Rolling Stone)
Lana Del Rey has released a “sampler” video to preview her new album Honeymoon, which will be released on September 18. The video includes pieces of two previously unreleased songs, “Freak” and “Music to Watch Boys To.” (Pitchfork)
A 25th anniversary reissue of Garth Brooks‘s album No Fences may be permanently shelved due to a dispute involving music publishers who have stakes in songs on the record. Brooks was planning to sell a minimum of one million copies of the set to an unnamed retailer—but at a discounted royalty rate, which is where the publishers took exception. The reissue was set to include an all-star remake of Brooks’s signature hit “Friends in Low Places,” featuring George Strait, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. (Rolling Stone)
Sia says that her forthcoming single “Alive” was written for Adele, who decided to pass on the song. “It’s about [Adele’s] life, so I now sing a song from [Adele’s] perspective,” Sia told a Slovenian publication. “Alive,” due for release on September 26, will be the lead single to Sia’s new album This is Acting. (Billboard)
Herb Alpert has released “Love Affair,” the lead single from his forthcoming album Come Fly with Me. The trumpeter, well-known not only as a musician but as a co-founder of A&M records, turned 80 in March. Hear the new track on Billboard.
This Sunday, Vanessa Williams will return to the Miss America stage for the first time since she won the competition in 1984—becoming the first African-American woman to take the crown. Williams was forced to resign ten months later when it became known that she had previously posed nude for Penthouse, but went on to have a successful career as an actress and singer, with songs including the 1992 number-one hit “Save the Best for Last.” In this year’s pageant, Williams will be head judge. (Billboard)
The title of most-followed person on Instagram once again belongs to a music star. Just a few weeks after Kim Kardashian eclipsed Beyoncé, Taylor Swift has taken the lead with over 45.6 million followers. (Billboard)