- Legendary rocker and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed passed away earlier this week at the age of 71. He is most known for songs including “Walk on the Wild Side”, “Sweet Jane” and “Perfect Day”. Reed had undergone a liver transplant earlier this year.
- The Who have announced a 2015 world tour, after which they will retire from touring, but fortunately not from making music. Stay tuned to find out whether that includes any Middle East dates.
- Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers have called it quits because of creative differences. They will be releasing four new singles in the coming weeks, but not their previously announced album V.
- In this week’s new videos, Justin Timberlake literally gets dragged in the dirt in “TKO”:
- And celebrities including Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco, Juliette Lewis and Selena Gomez talk about what Los Angeles means to them in “City of Angels” by 30 Seconds to Mars:
- Fred Durst is working on developing a new show for the CW network about his life and rise to fame named The Noise. According to TV Guide, the show “chronicles the rise of a young artist in the 1990s who escapes a tumultuous home life and forms a wildly popular band with a unique sound.” Durst had previously worked with CBS on a sitcom based on his life titled Douchebag.
- Nas introduced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop fellowship at Harvard University this week, with support from respected educator Henry Louis Gates and an anonymous donor. The fellowship program will fund select up-and-coming hip-hop artists.
- M.I.A.‘s album Matangi comes out this week, but you can already stream the tracks individually at her VEVO account. The album includes recent single “Y.A.L.A.”
WE SAID THIS: Also check out Rihanna and Eminem’s new single “The Monster”.