Scott Tobias, writing at The Ringer:
Fyre and Fyre Fraud arrive at many of the same conclusions about what happened with the festival, and both documentaries place much of the blame on McFarland, a scam artist who was subsequently sentenced to six years in federal prison for wire fraud. However, the major difference between them is that the Hulu doc has an exclusive interview with McFarland and the Netflix doc does not. In the course of preparing a profile on Chris Smith (American Movie, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond) for The Ringer, coming later this week, I asked Smith on Monday about the Hulu documentary that was released earlier in the day. What he said wound up sparking a kind of ethics-off between the two camps.
Michael Liedtke, writing at the Associated Press:
Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago.
Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously. Even at the higher price, that plan is still a few dollars cheaper than HBO, whose streaming service charges $15 per month.
Garrett Zablocki, formerly of Senses Fail, has announced a new project called Stereo Stargazer on Instagram.
Bowling for Soup have parted ways with their bassist, Erik Chandler.
Erik has recently come to the decision, for personal reasons, that touring and being in a band full time has become too much for him. Together, Erik and the band have decided to part ways. This split is on good terms. We will always be Erik’s biggest fan and brother, and support him in his decisions and future endeavors. We also hope that our fans will support him and respect his decision and privacy in all of this as he enters the next chapter in his personal and professional life.
The Cranberries will release their final album, In the End, on April 26th. Today they’ve released the new single “All Over Now” and pre-orders are now up.
Alicia Keys will be hosting the 2019 Grammys.
Frank Iero sat down with Seton O’Conner and talks a little about that My Chemical Romance teaser trailer that caused pandemonium a few years ago:
We wanted to do a 10-year anniversary release of it, and we had some demos left over and some songs that didn’t make the record and we were like, ‘Oh, cool. We’ll put it all together.’ Every year, we meet and have a barbecue kind of thing. We’ll have the barbecue, kids will hang out and we’ll discuss business for the next year. And we were like, ‘Oh, that would be really cool. We should do a little teaser trailer for it. Alright, that’s what we’ll do.’ So, we told the lady what we wanted, and they made this trailer, and we released it. And all of a sudden we were like, ‘Oh, wait. Everyone’s real confused.’
Some more information … well, not much information, but lots of speculation … about Better Oblivion Community Center (the rumored project of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst) has been coming out the past few days.
Guster’s new album, Look Alive, can be streamed below.
Karen O and Danger Mouse have shared the new song “Woman.” The song comes from the new album Lux Prima, due out March 15th, and pre-orders are now up.
The Maine will release their new single tonight. It looks like the album will be called You Are Ok.
PUP will release their new album, Morbid Stuff, on April 11th via their own imprint label Little Dipper in a partnership with Rise Records. Today they’ve debuted the new single “Kids” and pre-orders are now up.
They’ve also announced some new tour dates.
Chris McQuarrie will be back to direct two new Mission: Impossible movies:
Sources tell Variety that McQuarrie has signed back on to return to write and direct the next two films in the popular franchise. Sources also add that both films would be shot back-to-back — not unlike the final two “Avengers” sequels — in order to take advantage of the popularity of the series, with the first bowing summer 2021 and the second coming out in summer 2022. The release comes in 2021 to avoid conflict with Paramount and Cruise’s next big venture, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Architects have announced some new tour dates.
SWMRS have released a video for “Trashbag Baby.”
On January 12, 1999, Britney Spears hit the music scene with …Baby One More Time. Boy bands, Britney Spears, and company ruled the late 90s and early 2000s with their music. The title track dropped in October 1998, which gave fans a taste of what to expect. It also helped blast Britney into her celebrity status. It’s the only track I can imagine having such a big impact from the get-go. Wouldn’t it have been odd for them to have the lead single be literally any other song on the album? That’s sure how it feels now, anyway.
Maroon 5 were the biggest act on the radio in 2018:
The band finished 2018 as the biggest act on U.S. radio airwaves, according to Nielsen Music. The group’s catalog of songs collected 8.58 billion audience impressions across all monitored radio stations, from 1.95 million plays of their tunes.
Drake was the second most-heard act on the radio last year, with 8.15 billion in audience impressions, while Imagine Dragons (7.18 billion), Post Malone (7.14 billion) and Ed Sheeran (7.08 billion) rounded out the top five biggest radio acts of 2018.
Blaqk Audio will release their new album, Only Things We Love, on March 15th. Today they’ve debuted the new song “The Viles” and pre-orders are now up.
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