Ed Sheeran Covers Hozier’s Breakthrough Hit “Take Me To Church”: Watch His Killer ‘Live Lounge’ Performance

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Ed Sheeran dropped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge yesterday (September 30) and performed a typically brilliant cover of Hozier‘s breakthrough hit “Take Me To Church”. The Irish singer/songwriter’s gut-wrenching anthem, which is steadily climbing the Billboard Hot 100, is a perfect fit for the ginger genius and he manages to put his own spin on a song that doesn’t exactly lend itself to new interpretations.

As interesting and well-executed as Ed’s hip-hop/soul experiments are, I still prefer him in acoustic mode. (+ > x = sorry!) “Take Me To Church” provides a fertile middle ground for the 23-year-old. The backing vocalists/gospel elements fit in nicely with his new sound but the bare bones arrangement stays true to his roots. Watch the versatile hitmaker do his thing up top.

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Bun B Will Host A Tribute To Pimp C At A3C Festival

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As part of the 10th Annual A3C Festival, Mass Appeal is set to present a tribute to fallen UGK rapper Pimp C. The tribute is expected to be hosted by fellow UGK member Bun B and act as a precursor to the release of rare material from the estate of Pimp C via Mass Appeal Records.

In order to truly commemorate Pimp C’s impact and influence in the hip-hop game, the tribute will feature an interactive panel highlighting special memories with the rapper as well as reviewing some of the many trill hits he blessed the music industry with.

Mass Appeal and Stance Rocks bring you the 10th Annual A3C Festival on Oct. 11 on the Main Stage in Old 4th Ward. Attendees are expected to have a pass to the festival in order to attend the tribute ceremony. The show’s full line up is expected to be announced very soon.

[Mass Appeal]

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Kenny Chesney Tops Country Charts With ‘Revival’

Kenny Chesney’s 17th album, The Big Revival, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 chart this week, barely missing the top spot. Co-produced by Chesney himself and loaded with guest appearances by Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter (who also teamed up with Chesney for the Grammy-nominated “You and Tequila” back in 2011), the album sold 130,000 copies during its first week of release, losing the top position by less than 1,000 in sales to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s collection of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek. Also in the running for the top slot was Barbara Streisand’s own duets album, Partners, which ultimately finished third with 127,000 copies.

Over on the country charts, The Big Revival reigned supreme, marking Chesney’s 13th time topping his genre’s album chart. Last week, Tim McGraw nabbed that position with Sundown Heaven Town, with first week sales of 71,000.

The “American Kids” singer took a year off from touring to create his latest chart-topper. “It’s not as simple as everyone thinks: to find great songs, to be in a creative space where you can think about that stuff, hear new rhythms or change up lyrics,” Chesney says. “I didn’t want to come back with more of the same, but more of something even better… and whether it’s ‘Flora-Bama’ or ‘Wild Child’ or ‘Til It’s Gone,’ the response I’m getting says we did the right thing.” 

Meanwhile, the country powerhouse has been promoting Revival by making the usual TV rounds, performing on ESPN’s College Gameday last weekend and hitting up Conan O’Brien’s late-night show — with a band that included four guitarists, no less — on Monday evening.

Watch Rich The Kid’s Video For “I Don’t Sell Molly No More”

Rich The Kid dropped quite a verse on iLoveMakonnen’s “I Don’t Sell Molly No More.” To accompany it, the Quality Control member releases the visual for his remix. In the short clip, we take a tour of Rich The Kid’s neighborhood. There are random ice cream trucks, a sexy girl with a ski-mask and many more oddities. Stay tuned for Migos and Rich The Kid’s Streets On Lock 4 dropping soon.

Antemasque Thrash Around in Live Video for ‘In the Lurch’

Antemasque, the new project from former members of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, continue to prep for the official release of their debut album with a live video of their prog-rock track “In the Lurch,” to which Flea contributed earlier this year. Obscured slightly by the band’s signature logo, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, bassist (and Omar’s brother) Marfred Rodriquez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitch jam in an energetic, grainy grayscale video that breathes new life into the band’s punk leanings.

Rodríguez-López produced the video, which was shot in August during the band’s west coast tour. Their debut LP, Antemasque, was self-released earlier this year on Rodríguez-López’s label Nadie Sound and available for purchase through Bandcamp before being pulled from the site. The band is slated to re-release the album in October.

In addition to his collaborations on early Mars Volta tracks, Flea has contributed bass lines to numerous Antemasque singles, sparking rumors that he was a confirmed member of the band. In response, Flea tweeted, “Woke to find out I’m in a new supergroup. Hahahaha. Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love that['s] all.”

The group will embark on a world tour beginning October 2nd in Antwerp, Belgium, crossing through Europe, Mexico, and North America before ending their first leg on November 16th in Chicago. They’ll hit the road again in 2015 for select dates in Japan and Australia.

M.O.P. Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary With A New EP

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Legendary duo M.O.P. will be dropping new music on Halloween commemorate 20 years in the game. Their new EP, Street Certified, will be their first project since 2011’s Sparta. For the project Fame and Billy Danze have linked back up with legendary producer DJ Premier.

Premier helped the group climb the charts when he produced their biggest hit “Ante Up.” On Street Certified he served as executive producer.

To celebrate the release and their 20th anniversary, the crew is also releasing the 20 Years And Gunnin: The Ammo Box.  The limited-edition set includes a digital download of Street Certified, an exclusive mixtape, t-shirt, sweatband, stickers and autographed poster packaged in rugged steel military surplus ammo box. Click here for details on how to pre-order the box.

Previously: M.O.P. Is Fighting To Keep Golden Era Hip-Hop Alive
The Roots Bring Out The LOX, Dres Of Black Sheep And M.O.P. At Hot 97′s Summer Jam 2014
M.O.P. Featuring Uncle Murda “Back Block”
M.O.P. Says G-Unit Might Be On Their Next Album

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