Sam Schube, writing for GQ:
This is new. Antonoff, now 33, used to be a secret weapon. He started touring the country at 15, was signed to legendary pop-punk label Drive-Thru at 18. And then he linked up with some old touring pals to write world-eating pop jams as Fun. You remember the songs—“We Are Young,” “Some Nights”—because they destroy at weddings, bar mitzvahs, graduation parties, and bars. Along the way, he became something of a pop guru—not a gun for hire, but the rarest kind of collaborator. Armed with his own sonic signature, forged in vans and clubs and small theaters and bedrooms, he also had a willingness—a need—to be a true partner.
We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it in person.
Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.
Melinda Newman, writing for Billboard:
Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits. […]
The easily navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music.
An Insights panel showcases key milestones via bullet points that highlight such information as all-time number of plays and purchases for specific songs or cumulatively.
Travis Barker of Blink-182 revealed on Kevin & Bean that he is working on a new documentary as a counterpart to his autobiography. He also mentions this is why he was hanging out with Tom DeLonge recently:
So four people were interviewed to create this trailer. It was Mark Hoppus, my dad, and Tom Delonge.
I haven’t really said anything. It’s been in the works. It’s the same people who did Steve Aoki’s documentary. We started talking with them a while back about being inspired by the book but then digging deeper.
Yeah, I have an album, but I also have way more songs apart from the album. I want them to see the light of day and there’s just so many.
I don’t like doing albums that are more than 10/11 songs. It’s not my vibe.