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New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

An upcoming biography of David Bowie reveals new details about the singer’s life, including some strange propositions, NME reported.

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“David Bowie: A Life” will be released Sept. 12. Written by Dylan Jones, the biography is described as “intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn” about Bowie, who died Jan. 11, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

In the book, groupie Josette Caruso describes the time Bowie was offered a “warm, deady body” to have sex with while on tour in Philadelphia in September 1972, NME reported.

According to the Daily Mail, Caruso told how Bowie’s bodyguard answered the door and then called for the singer, looking “white as a sheet.”

“He obviously looked like such a freak that some sick people thought he might be into necrophilia,” Caruso said.

“Who on earth do they think I am? Why would they think I’d be interested in something like that?” Bowie reportedly said.

Other details from the book, according to the Daily Mail:

  • Bowie’s sex addiction drove him to sleep with 13-year-old groupies, engage in orgies and declare he was bisexual.

  • Because of his brother's schizophrenia, he did not like LSD but developed a cocaine habit.

  • Born David Jones, he changed his last name to Bowie -- like the Bowie Knife -- after British media nicknamed Mick Jagger, 'Jagger Dagger' 

The book also gives a detailed insight into the singer’s life from his childhood in Brixton, through his wild and successful music career, to his relatively calm last few years with wife Iman, NME reported.by

“David Bowie was his very own creation, his very own work of art,” Dylan Jones writes.“This was the boy from postwar Brixton with his sights set on the world.”

 

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported.

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On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014.

Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along with blanking out her Facebook page. All of her posts on Tumblr also were deleted, Billboard reported.

Swift has more than 102 million followers on Instagram, but that site also has been wiped clean, Billboard reported. Her official website is blacked out.

What does it all mean? Have her sites been hacked, or is she gearing up for a comeback. Several Twitter followers speculated about both scenarios. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the singer could not be reached for comment, Billboard reported.

On Monday, a jury ruled in favor of Swift in her countersuit against former radio host David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.

Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

“MTV Unplugged” is returning to television, and Shawn Mendes will be the first singer to appear on the show, Variety reported.

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Mendes will appear in the season premiere in a performance shot at Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. The show will air on Sept. 8, Variety reported.

Mendes currently holds the No. 1 spot in Top 40 radio with his single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

“MTV Unplugged” ran on the music video station from 1989 to 2009 and featured artists playing acoustic versions of their songs. Past performers included Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Eric Clapton.

Mendes told Variety he was excited to be a part of the show after seeing Pearl Jam’s 1992 session.

“It wasn't so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” he said.

Spotify pulls white supremacist music from the service

Spotify pulled more than three dozen artists and bands from the streaming music service after they were identified as supporting ideas of white supremacy in a post on a music news site.

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The post, published Monday on DigitalMusicNews.com, identified dozens of musicians and groups on the streaming music platform that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had named “hate bands” in a 2014 list

According to Digital Music News, the SPLC compiled the list in an effort to urge Apple to remove the bands’ music from its platform.

The music news site found at least eight other related bands on Spotify with help from its algorithm for recommended music and artists.

“In the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville and an increasingly vocal, post-Trump white supremacy voice, the presence of white supremacy music on Spotify takes on a different light,” Digital Music News writer Paul Resnikoff wrote in an effort to call attention to Spotify’s musical offering.

Less than 24 hours after the article was published, Spotify scrapped the music from its platform.

“Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us,” a Spotify spokesperson said. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content and have already removed many of the bands identified ... whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”

According to CNN, Spotify uses government lists of offensive music and bands to help police its platform. 

The streaming service said it would review any content “that is in clear violation of (Spotify’s) internal guidelines which includes content that clearly incites hatred or violence,” CNN reported.

Read more at DigitalMusicNews.comCNN and Billboard.

Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

It's the epic matchup you've been waiting for, bright eyes: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and a real-life total solar eclipse.

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>> Amazon issues refunds for potentially fake solar eclipse glasses

According to Time, Tyler, backed by DNCE, will perform the iconic 1983 song aboard Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise during Monday's Great American Eclipse. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas leaves Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and will head to the Caribbean.

>> Watch the music video here

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"Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment," Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said, Time reported.

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Country band booted from concert over comments on Charlottesville protests

Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, a country band from Sylvania, Ohio, was booted from the Northwest Ohio Rib Off concert and an opening slot for Nashville star Lee Brice after complaints over a Facebook post.

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Singer Rodney Parker, on his personal Facebook page, posted Tuesday about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests.

The Toledo Blade, which sponsors the Rib Off, made the decision to pull the band.

Parker’s post read: “Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Communists -- pure trash, period. Certainly in the face of this ongoing relentless behavior from these leftist agitators, White Nationalists (who’re NOT White Supremacists, just so we’re clear) totally have a legitimate right to speak, be heard and retaliate. Mainstream media wants to manipulate and keep you timid and full of white guilt, and that empowers these leftists (expletives). Do not fall for that communist tactic ever.”

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Parker posted the message after he shared a video of protesters tearing down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina.

Parker told the Blade he isn’t a racist, and neither was his Facebook post.

“The claims of racism against me are as false as dengures, period; end of story,” Parker told the Blade.

Parker said the allegations came from someone he banned from his page for making racist remarks.

John McAfee, the band’s founder, said the rest of the band had nothing to do with the post, and that the band isn’t racist.

“If anything we’re about getting along and getting past this government crap,” McAfee said. 

On the official Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach Facebook page, band members wrote that they would not be performing at another festival, “due to the issues at hand this week.”

“The Swanton Corn Fest has decided that they will cancel us for this Saturday. We apologize to our friends and fans who know this is a contrived assault against us,” the post read.

Remembering Elvis: The items that made Elvis the King of Rock and Roll

As the fans of the King of Rock and Roll gather to remember their icon, take a look back at the homes, the cars and the suits that made Elvis an immortal part of history. Some are can be visited by anyone like his home Graceland, or the many items that have been put on display all over the world. Others have hit the auction block and are in the hands of private collectors.

WATCH: First 5 music videos aired on MTV

Thirty-six years ago in 1981, Americans tuned in to the premiere of Music Television (MTV), the world’s first 24-hour video music channel.

» RELATED: MTV returns to live TV with ‘TRL’-style show 

The four hour broadcast began at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1, 1981, with footage of the 1981 Space Shuttle launch and 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, both set to rock music.

Then, MTV aired its very first music video: “Video Killed the Radio Star” by British group, The Buggles.

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Here are the first five music videos aired on MTV:

“Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles

“You Better Run” by Pat Benatar

“She Won’t Dance With Me” by Rod Stewart

“You Better You Bet” by The Who

“Little Susie’s On the Up” by Ph.D

Want to watch the entire four-hour broadcast? According to AV Club, someone recorded the whole thing and it’s available for download here.

WATCH: Church holds service themed after 2 Chainz’s Pink Trap House

Atlanta’s most talked-about temporary landmark just made its way back into the spotlight — on the sanctuary stage of the dReam Center Church of Atlanta, that is.

>> 2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

In an effort to “Make the Church Relevant Again,” church leaders took a marketing tip from Atlanta-based hip-hop star 2 Chainz himself and decorated their sanctuary with a miniature Pink Trap House, a pink stove and a pink toy car.

>> 2 Chainz forced to postpone tour after injury

The church shared its one-of-a-kind service led by Bishop William Murphy on Facebook Live and as of Monday morning, the post has garnered nearly 30,000 views.

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Viewers and attendees alike lauded Bishop’s and the dReam Center Church’s unique way of attracting the youth for its Sunday service.

And 2 Chainz himself took to Instagram to praise the service, writing, “I think it’s dope to be used by God in different ways.”

>> See the post here

2 Chainz’ Pink Trap House, a flipped home at 1530 Howell Mill painted pink to mimic his album’s cover art, was a hot Instagram spot last month.

>> 2 Chainz Pink Trap House offers free HIV testing

The artist, currently performing in a pink wheelchair after breaking his leg on tour, initially used the venue to host a listening party to promote his project with actress and writer Issa Rae, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” 

>> On AJC.com: Atlanta's newest landmark takes social media by storm thanks to 2 Chainz

But the house was also used as a site for free HIV testing and for a “Trap Church” event hosted by Street Groomers, a neighborhood watch group and local faith leaders such as Michael Wortham, minister of young adults at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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While the Pink Trap House lease was up July 7, it seems marketing genius 2 Chainz is still making an impact around town.

Dave Grohl spotted in crowd at Metallica concert

No VIP suite or private box for him. Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters, was with the rest of Metallica fandom at a recent concert in Pasadena, NME reported.

The former drummer for Nirvana has spoken out about being a fan of the heavy metal legends, telling Creative Loafing that he’s “a diehard Metallica fan until the day I die.”

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Grohl said he bought the first Metallica album, “Kill ‘Em All,” on cassette from a mail order catalog in 1983.

He proved his love of the band by by giving up a private viewing of the July concert for the chance to be able to be right in the midst of the mosh pit, along with other fans. He even took time to snap a few photos with them.

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