If you’ve been bopping your head to Lil Nas X’s hit song “Old Town Road,” you may have been unknowingly getting down to a little bit of Nine Inch Nails. The song, which takes a little bit of traditional country music and mixes it up with hip-hop, is actually built from a sample of “34 Ghosts IX,” found on the 2008 Nine Inch Nails release Ghosts I-IV. Wondering what’s up with all the “Old Town Road” hype? Lil Nas X’s crossover hit was originally removed from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart after it was decided that the track, while massively popular, just didn’t sound country enough according to Billboar. It’s back now, thanks to an excellent remix by way of Billy Ray Cyrus.
Animal Collective have announced five U.S. shows surrounding their October headlining gig at the Desert Daze festival in Moreno Beach, California. The mini-tour launches October 7 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wraps October 13 in Big Sur, California. The pop experimentalists will also perform in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tuscon, Arizona; and Point Reyes, California.
According to a statistical study of passwords that have been publicized in various data breaches, “blink182″ is among the most commonly used passwords, and thus most easily guessed by hackers. If you’re using it to access any of your accounts, you should probably change that. The study, conducted by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre and reported by CNN, found that the most popular password is “123456,” followed by “123456789,” “qwerty,” “password,” “111111,” and “12345678.” “blink182″ doesn’t make the top 10, but it is the most common music-based password, perhaps because of the common requirement to use a code that contains both letters and numbers.
Tame Impala have announced a new tour set for this summer. The North American trek will begin May 2nd in Nashville, Tennessee, with stops in Atlanta, Miami Beach, and a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour dates also include dates for shows across Europe in the middle of its run.
An email alerting agents to the postponement of Woodstock 50’s ticket on-sale has prompted fears that the 100,000-person anniversary concert will be canceled, although founder Michael Lang cast the fears as merely “rumors” late Friday. “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” Lang is one of the co-founders of the original 1969 event in Bethel Woods, New York. Other rumors have spread over the weekend that the delay is simply due to a lack of permits at the moment.
FKA twigs have announced a stretch of international tour dates starting next month. The tour opens with a show on May 7 in Los Angeles, bringing the “Two Weeks” songwriter through seven other cities around the world including New York, Berlin, London, Paris, and Barcelona before wrapping up in Hobart, Tasmania on Jun 14. Her two New York performances are part of this year’s Red Bull Music Festival, while her stop in Barcelona is for the city’s annual Primavera Sound festival.
You can own setlists from some of your favorite bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Nine Inch Nails, SWMRS and more. More than 100 setlists from musicians are being auctioned online to benefit international youth writing and activism centers and organizations by Setlists For Young Voices. Setlists For Young Voices was started by novelists and music lover Nick Hornby. The setlists are authentic and from actual shows. The setlist auction hopes to garner $50,000 this year. You can check out the full list of setlists up for auction here.
The Flaming Lips have announced a two-week run of U.S. tour dates for this summer. The shows will follow the release of King’s Mouth: Music and Songs, the band’s 15th album, which debuted as a special limited-edition vinyl (4,000 copies) on Record Store Day and will be out digitally on July 19.