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The QAnon Conspiracy Theory Is Now Subject to Its Own Conspiracy …

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This morning, BuzzFeed News published an article with the headline “It’s Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters.” Its subject is a right-wing conspiracy theory that has been bubbling online for the last 10 months, which gained new mainstream media attention when its believers turned out en masse at Donald Trump rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania last ...

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Demi Lovato Shares First Statement Since Reported Overdose…

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Late last month, Demi Lovato was hospitalized in LA for a heroin overdose. She has since been recovering. Today, she shares her first statement since the reported overdose. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and ...

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Major Labels Team Up to Sue Two Prominent YouTube Video-Ripping S…

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The “Big Three” record labels—Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony—have filed a lawsuit against two music download sites based in Russia, FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com, as Billboard reports. Like others before them, the sites allow users to rip audio from any video on YouTube, obviously complicating things for the labels regarding licensing and royalties. With around 120 million monthly visitors combined, the download ...

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Travis Scott Shares Three Astroworld Outtakes…

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Travis Scott just released the 17-track Astroworld, with a plethora of guests like Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Drake, and James Blake, among others. Despite this, he’s not done sharing songs yet. On Scott and DJ Chase B’s Apple Music show .wav radio, Scott spoke about working on the record with people like Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala) and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), ...

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Warner Music Group Purchases Uproxx Media…

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Digital publisher Uproxx Media Group is being sold to Warner Music Group, the companies said Thursday. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Uproxx was founded with the mission to deliver the best daily content and programming that shapes the lives of youth culture and the world we are inheriting,” said Uproxx CEO Benjamin Blank in a statement. Blank ...

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Now We Have to Take Care of This Snake…

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In a possibly ill-considered promotional push for his forthcoming mixtape Slime Language, Young Thug (or his management, or whoever) arranged for the delivery of live snakes to several music media outlets today. The one that showed up at Spin’s office, technically addressed to our colleagues at Billboard, is named “Digits.” It is tiny, and green, and now lives in a terrarium that sits on top ...

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Look at This Shit…

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Travis Scott announced yesterday that his new album Astroworld, the follow-up to 2016’s Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight, will be released this Friday on August 3rd. To continue the new album’s promotion, he took to Instagram today to show off the cover art, and—whoo boy, does it stink. The cover features a giant gold statue of Travis’ head made to match the ...

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Here’s Why Ariana Grande Changed Her New Song’s Title From “Pete”…

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These are the two most pertinent facts about Ariana Grande circa 2018: She has a new album called Sweetener coming out, and she got engaged to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson after only a few weeks of dating. Both of these stories were confirmed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, which makes sense—Fallon used to be on SNL, and Grande is one of his regular comedic partners. ...

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Manilla Road Guitarist Mark “The Shark” Shelton Dead at 60…

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Mark “The Shark” Shelton—guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the influential metal band Manilla Road—had died. In a video posted to the band’s Facebook page, bandmate Bryan Patrick said that Shelton died of a heart attack and “felt no pain” in the moments of his death. He was 60 years old. Founded in Wichita, Kansas in 1977, Manilla Road was started ...

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Legendary L.A. Punk Band X Announce New Reissues of 4 Classic Alb…

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Four classic albums from legendary Los Angeles punk band X are now available on streaming platforms as part of a new distribution deal with Fat Possum Records. Los Angeles (1980), Wild Gift (1981), Under The Big Black Sun (1982) and More Fun In The New World (1983) have all been uploaded to Spotify and Apple Music, and the label has ...

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