Drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, a longtime member of Motörhead, has died of an unspecified illness at age 61. Though Taylor wasn’t Mötorhead’s first drummer, he joined the band in time for their 1979 debut album On Parole and stayed with the band until 1984, rejoining the band from 1987 to 1992. Taylor played on many of the band’s best-known songs, including their biggest hit “Ace of Spades.” (Rolling Stone)
Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe has said on Twitter that Guns N’ Roses are planning a reunion tour — presumably featuring Slash, who’s recently reconciled with Axl Rose. (Stereogum)
— ❌ Nikki Sixx ❌ (@NikkiSixx) November 13, 2015
David Bowie has released a 30-second trailer for a new short film he’s releasing Nov. 19 to accompany his single “★” (yes, that’s a black star). (Noisey)
A fan is missing after “intentionally going overboard” on a Mad Decent Boat Party in Mexico. The music cruise featured artists including Major Lazer and Skrillex, but all performances have now ceased and the boat has turned back to port as a search for the missing fan gets underway. (NME)
R&B musician Jessie Braham‘s lawsuit against Taylor Swift for — he alleged — stealing the lyrics to her song “Shake It Off” has been dismissed. In her opinion dismissing the case, Judge Gail Standish incorporated some of Swift’s best-known lyrics. “As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space — one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation,” wrote Standish, “Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.” (Billboard)
YouTube has released a music-streaming app that generates Pandora-like “stations” from songs selected by listeners. The app is part of YouTube’s bid to compete with streaming giants like Spotify and Apple in the mobile space. (Billboard)
Missy Elliott‘s back! On Thursday, the 44-year-old hip-hop icon released “WTF (Where They From),” her first new single since 2008’s “Best, Best.” (Billboard)
As Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Feteke continues to be treated for a rare form of cancer, a number of music artists have donated songs that are being auctioned off as vinyl singles pressed in editions of only one record each. Among the artists participating are Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. (Rolling Stone)
A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers appears in a new Drunk History sketch about Thomas Edison. Watch it on Pitchfork.
Finally summoned the guts to watch my brief #DrunkHistory appearance… Good Lord, I’m a genius!
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) November 12, 2015
Carly Simon is releasing Songs From the Trees, an album she’s calling a “musical memoir collection,” on Nov. 20. She’s shared one of two previously unreleased songs to appear on the album: “I Can’t Thank You Enough,” a duet with Ben Taylor. Ben Taylor, who wrote the song, is the son of Simon and her ex-husband James Taylor. Hear the song on Billboard.
Country radio has embraced converts like Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith); is it ready for Justin Timberlake (N’ SYNC)? We’ll find out: Timberlake’s song “Drink You Away” has been shipped to country stations since Timberlake performed the song with Chris Stapleton at the recent CMA Awards. (Rolling Stone)
Will there be a 50th anniversary Star Trek musical on Broadway? William Shatner says he’s totally up for it. Shatner is trying to get a half-century celebration started — since, he says, no one at Paramount has reached out to him regarding such an event. “I don’t know how they can do their own without me,” he says. (Rolling Stone)
“I’m not the lead singer from Korn,” Barack Obama admitted as he bestowed the Medal of Honor on U.S. Army captain Florent Groberg — who was previously visited in the hospital by the actual lead singer from Korn, Jonathan Davis, but believed he’d hallucinated that strange event. (Rolling Stone)