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R.I.P. Anthony Johnson, Friday’s Ezal Dead at 56

Anthony Johnson, the actor and comedian who notably played Ezal in the first Friday film, has died at the age of 56. A representative of Johnson confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter. No additional details, including a cause of death, have been shared. The Compton native also appeared in films such as House Party, Lethal Weapon 3, Menace II Society, and The Players Club. His television credits included cameos in Martin, Moesha, and The Jamie Foxx Show. Advertisement Related Video But he’ll undoubtedly best be remembered for his role in the stoner comedy Friday. His character Ezal tried to scheme his way into a quick buck, and in doing so stole several scenes in the film. Johnson’s death comes less than a year after the passing of Friday co-star, Tommy Lister Jr., who played Deebo...

Guns N’ Roses Rehearse New Song “Hard School”: Watch

Guns N’ Roses rehearsed a new song called “Hard School” during a soundcheck for their concert last Thursday (September 16th) at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Slash posted a TikTok of the instrumental runthrough, which was filmed by his girlfriend Meegan Hodges during soundcheck. The snippet features Slash laying down heavy riffs while drummer Frank Ferrerr works a steady open hi-hat beat. Bassist Duff McKagan and keyboardist Melissa Reese are also on stage, though frontman Axl Rose, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and guitarist Richard Fortus are not present. Another clip, uploaded by a fan, contains some more vocals. Advertisement Related Video Guns N’ Roses previously rehearsed “Hard School” (also known as “Hardschool” or “Hard Skool”) ahead of their 2019 Hollywood Palladium show. Reportedly, the so...

‘Billboard’ Sparks Drake Vs. Michael Jackson Debate With Chart Numbers

Billboard got the internet buzzing with its latest comparison of Drake and Michael Jackson’s chart numbers, begging the question of whether or not the OVO head is as big of a star as the late King of Pop. The publication pointed out that MJ’s Billboard Hot 100 record for most top 10 hits from the same album was untouched for 37 years, along with the Beatles‘ 57-year-old record as the only act to hold the top five in a single week. However, cuts from Drizzy’s Certified Lover Boy — “Way 2 Sexy,” “Girls Want Girls,” “Fair Trade,” “Champagne Poetry” and “Knife Talk” — occupied Nos. 1 to 5 on the Hot 100 chart to tie him with the Beatles, while nine tracks occupied the top 10 on the chart dated September 18 to break Jackson’s feat. Fans of both artists took to social media to state their cases,...

GWAR Announces First NFT Collection

GWAR and Fanaply have announced digital collectibles partnership for the iconic heavy metal band’s very first NFTs. Fanaply, one of the industry leading NFT developers in music, sports and entertainment, will mint and distribute the GWAR Official NFT Collection. The limited-edition collection will be available for purchase beginning September 20 at 12 p.m. EDT at www.fanaply.com/gwar, and in the GWAR merch store. The GWAR Official NFT Collection includes three different NFTs, featuring music and brand new, original digital art from Matt Maguire of GWAR. The NFTs in partnership with Fanaply will be all minted and backed on the Ethereum blockchain so they are guaranteed scarce and unique. Each NFT will be available to all fans for direct purchase at accessible prices, from $20 to $250....

METALLICA To Play ‘Pop-Up’ Concert In Chicago Monday Night

METALLICA will play a “pop-up concert” at Metro in Chicago tonight (Monday, September 20). According to Fox 32 Chicago, wristbands went on sale Monday for $20 at the Metro box office only. Attendees must show proof of full vaccination before purchasing a wristband with a final dose administered no less than two weeks ago. The line for the concert will open at 6 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. The band will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. “METALLICA is playing The Metro tonight. METALLICA,” the Metro wrote on Facebook. “Yep, you heard that right. Stop everything you’re doing, grab a $20 bill, and head immediately to the Metro box office.” METALLICA, which played a “surprise” concert at The Independent in San Francisco last Thursday (Septe...

Ex-STYX Singer DENNIS DEYOUNG Says He Would Be ‘Perplexed’ If Somebody Confused Him Vocally With LAWRENCE GOWAN

In a recent interview with Rock History Music, original STYX singer Dennis DeYoung was asked for his opinion on the man who replaced him, Lawrence Gowan. Gowan has been in STYX for 22 years, which is longer than DeYoung‘s initial run with the band. “I’ve said this a million times: Larry Gowan is the very best Larry Gowan on the planet,” Dennis said. “No one’s a better Larry Gowan than Larry. I’m the best Dennis DeYoung still to this day. “Players — a dime a dozen,” he continued. “I don’t mean players [with] originality. But copying somebody? I just saw a four-year-old Japanese girl doing all the Eddie Van Halen solos in her bedroom. You can get people to play. They are a dime a dozen. They really are. But singers — they̵...

SCOTT GORHAM Quits BLACK STAR RIDERS To Focus On THIN LIZZY

U.S.-based hard rock group BLACK STAR RIDERS has signed a multi-album worldwide recording deal with the long-running British independent label Earache Records. BLACK STAR RIDERS was formed by members of legendary Irish rock group THIN LIZZY in 2013 and has released four albums on the Nuclear Blast label in their eight years in existence and toured the world as both headliners and special guests to some of the most prominent names in rock. The band has since become a pillar in the modern rock landscape in its own right, owing to their Herculean stage presence and meticulous attention to detail in carving out their own identity within the depths of their jagged-edged anthems, epic ballads and Celtic-infused rockers. With their commitments to Nuclear Blast complete, BLACK STAR RIDERS have ink...

Britney Spears Brings Back Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ (Duh!) for Third Dance Routine

Britney Spears showed off her best dance moves to Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” again, but don’t get it twisted like her body: It’s a new routine. The 39-year-old pop superstar first posted a dance video soundtracked to Eilish’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in June 2019, where she also re-created her “I’m a Slave 4 U” choreography from the 2001 MTV VMAs with a stuffed snake. She premiered the sequel two years later in July 2021. And now, the “Oops!…I Did It Again” singer is giving us part three of her choreography just two months after her latest installment. “This was shot in July !!!! Remember Bad Guy ???? Well this is part 3 …. no … not same dance !!! Different moves !!!” she captio...

Universal Music’s Going Public: Here Are Your Options for Buying a Share

But U.S. investors won’t have easy access to UMG shares because they’re trading on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, not a U.S. exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. So, besides Tuesday’s listing starting at 3 a.m. EST, U.S.-based investors will have other complications getting in on the action. Some brokerage accounts that cater to international trading, such as Interactive Brokers and Charles Schwab, provide access to exchanges in dozens of countries. However, these accounts are good for frequent, serious investors, not casual investors who might be burdened by tax issues, fees and currency fluctuations. Alternatively, a U.S. individual can eventually buy shares of a mutual fund that owns shares of UMG, or an exchange traded fund that includes UMG. The benefit is a...

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Leads U.K. Chart Race

At the halfway stage, just 400 combined sales separate Montero from the No. 2-placed album, Bob Dylan’s Springtime in New York – Bootleg 16 (Sony Music CG), the market leader on physical sales. Springtime is on pace to be the legendary singer and songwriter’s 41st U.K. Top 10 album. Meanwhile, Drake’s former leader Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic Records) is at No. 3, while prog-rock titans Genesis bow at No. 4 with the career-retrospective The Last Domino (UMC/Virgin), which could give the British band their first Top 10 album in seven years. According to the OCC, just 2,500 combined sales separate Montero and the fifth-placed album Green With Envy (Atlantic), the debut from British rapper Tion Wayne. Also chasing top tier debuts are titles from Spiritbox (Eternal Blue at No. 8 via...

Meet The Newcomers Performing at Latin Music Week’s New Artist Showcase

The 2021 Billboard Latin Music Week is headlined by prolific artists such as Daddy Yankee, Karol G, and Nicky Jam, but it’s also a space where many up-and-coming artists will take the spotlight. Uniting the top Latin hitmakers, influencers, and executives, and featuring live performances and conversations with superstars, this year’s weeklong event includes the New Artist Showcase featuring a promising new wave of Latin acts Fabiio, Joonti, Dvila, and Ache, all signed to boutique record label AP Global Music. Presented by AP Global Music and powered by Elite Media & Marketing (EMM), registrants and attendees will be able to enjoy the event during Latin Music Week, taking place at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Liv Nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla. You Deserve to Make Money Even When y...

Two New Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Lows To Drop Next Year

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: YouTube / Sony Getting a pair of Travis Scott Nike‘s are already a headache for sneakerheads, but when it comes to obtaining a pair of Travis Scott Air Jordans, it’s damn near impossible. Now rumors have begun to fly that not only will the Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 lows be returning in 2022, but it’ll be two different colorways and hypebeasts are already programming their bots to eat up any sign of life for next year. Over the weekend the chatter started out of left field but already the hype has begun to build and though there’s not solid info on what colorway is expected to drop, the word is one will be a green and black colorway while the other is a white and brown joint. We need a pair of those green ones. Ugh, we can already taste those sour L’s in o...