On the Charts: Red Hot Chili Peppers Can’t Dethrone Drake

Drake topped the Billboard 200 for the eighth consecutive week as his Views sold an addition 124,000 copies to remain at Number One. Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway kept this week's top spot a nail-biter until the end, but the band's latest LP fell 6,000 copies short of Views' total.

However, the Peppers technically lodged the week's best-selling album with 108,000 in traditional album sales; Views' 33,000 in pure album sales was once again boosted by immense streaming numbers. For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, The Getaway matched the Number Two peak of I'm With You and By the Way. RHCP's only Number One LP comes courtesy of Stadium Arcadium, Billboard reports.

Views becomes only the fourth hip-hop release ever to notch at least eight weeks atop the Billboard 200, joining Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (eight weeks), Vanilla Ice's To the Extreme (16 weeks) and MC Hammer's Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, which spent a remarkable 21 weeks at Number One.

Beyoncé's Lemonade moved up to Number Three while the Hamilton Broadway cast recording dropped one spot following its huge Tony Awards week to Number Four. Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool blasted back into the Top 10 with 48,000 total copies thanks to a pair of boosters, the album's physical release as well as its availability on Spotify.

Besides The Getaway, two more new releases cracked the Top 10: YG's Still Brazy entered at Number Six and 38,000 total copies and Mumford & Sons' Johannesburg EP debuted at Number Nine with 36,000 copies. Between them, Rihanna's Anti finished at Seven and Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface nabbed Eight. Meghan Trainor's Thank You closed out the Top 10.

Next week, the Avett Brothers' True Sadness will become the latest new release to attempt to dethrone Drake on the Billboard 200.

50 Cent Arrested for Profanity-Laced Concert in St. Kitts

50 Cent was reportedly arrested Saturday following a performance on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts after cursing onstage, which is prohibited by the nation's law. The rapper was booked on charges of profanity after dropping a "motherfuckin'" while performing his hit "P.I.M.P.," TMZ reports.

The site added that 50 Cent's DJ forgot to play a censored version of the 2003 single at the St. Kitts Music Festival, but when the F-bombs were broadcast over the speakers, the rapper still muttered the profanities instead of sidestepping them. That was enough for authorities to charge 50 Cent with using explicit language in public.

The rapper's representatives did not respond Rolling Stone's request for comment.

Had 50 Cent brushed up on his Eastern Caribbean Law prior to the St. Kitts performance, he would have read that cursing in public is illegal in the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2003, rapper DMX was also arrested for cursing during a concert in the Caribbean country.

"There was a contract signed in which it was made very clear long before the arrival of the artists that there are laws in St. Kitts that do not take kindly to the use of indecent language on stage," Information Minister Jacinth Henry Martin said at the time of DMX's arrest. The rapper denied signing any contract that warned that explicit language was prohibited.

In the 50 Cent case, like in the DMX incident, it's expected the rapper will pay a small bail – DMX was forced to pay $376 – before being released. However, 50 Cent must wait until Monday, when the St. Kitts court is in session, to face the profanity charge.

50 Cent has not commented on the arrest on social media, although he has spent the past few days promoting his vodka and disparaging Puff Daddy.

 

#50cent #PIMP #stkitts #stkittsmusicvestifle

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Kanye West Talks ‘Famous’ Visual, Invites Lawsuits

Prior to the arena-filling premiere of Kanye West's provocative, voyeuristic "Famous" visual, the rapper spoke to Vanity Fair about the video, which features synthetic versions of West and wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and more naked in bed together. "It's not in support or anti any of [anyone in the video]. It's a comment on fame," West said of the video.

"Famous" was crafted over three months and was developed with several different collaborators, the rapper admitted. While the "Famous visual" was perhaps most indebted to Vincent Desiderio's "Sleep" painting, West name-checked another chief influence, saying that visual artist "Matthew Barney is my Jesus."

Before the Forum premiere, broadcast over a Tidal live stream, West screened the "Famous" video for some of his celebrity pals. "Guess what the response is when I show it to them?” West told Vanity Fair. "They want to be in the bed."

Considering the uproar over the "Famous" video, even West was surprised by the lack of fallout from the controversial clip: Prolific Twitter user Trump has not commented on his quasi-cameo, while Swift, Amber Rose and Rihanna have been similarly mum on social media. The lack of response had West tweeting Saturday afternoon:

Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 25, 2016

Chris Brown, however, did respond to the "Famous" video by posting a pair of Instagram photos, first one complaining about the "plumbers butt" on his wax figure and then a Barbie version of the visual:

 

Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure?. This nigga KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy

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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Readies Biopic ‘Free Bird’

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle will co-write and produce a biopic about his life with the Southern rock band. The film, tentatively titled Free Bird, also focuses on one of the music's most tragic moments: The 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of six people, including his friend and Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant.

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"This film's story — MY story — is not just about the plane crash but also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant, whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day," Pyle said of the film in a statement. Speaking to Deadline, Pyle added, "This is a much deserved movie for the fans of Skynyrd."

Pyle, who served as Skynyrd's drummer from 1974 to 1991 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned the Free Bird script with the film's director Jared Cohn. Cleopatra Films will produce the film, which is scheduled to go into production later this year.

As this film is not an authorized Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic and instead Pyle's life story, producers have not yet secured the rights to the band's music. For now, Free Bird will feature original musical contributions from Pyle.

Pyle also said of the film, "We want this to be a good movie that tells a very passionate, intimate story about the music and the band and a rise and fall that happened so suddenly. I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.

During the writing of the film, Pyle spent 20 hours remembering every detail of the 1977 crash. "Of course, there is the tragedy, us being on this airplane that ran out of fuel after a performance in Greenville South Carolina that became the last place Ronnie Van Zant ever sang 'Free Bird.' It's incredibly personal and passionate to me and I want the movie going public to be able to share the laughs and the tears."

Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist, Dead at 72

Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 72.

"Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit," Worrell's wife Judie wrote on Facebook Friday. "Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios."

In January, Worrell revealed that he was battling a "mild form" of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. At the time, Worrell's wife Judie appealed to fans asking for $10,000 in donations so that the keyboardist could complete his final album Retrospectives within his lifetime. A YouCaring page seeking $75,000 was also initiated in order to help Worrell alleviate the financial burden of his medical bills.

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1944, the Julliard-trained Worrell met George Clinton, then leader of a doo-wop act called the Parliaments, in the early 1970s. Soon after, Worrell – along with the rest of Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic crew, including guitarist Eddie Hazel, singer "Fuzzy" Haskins and "Billy Bass" Nelson – moved to Detroit, where they completed work on their 1970 debut Funkadelic. Five months later, the group released their Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow.

Dubbed the "Wizard of Woo," Worrell is credited with giving the funk outfit their futuristic sound. "I wasn't really interested in technology, but when I was in college, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, I used to listen to Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I loved the Tarkus album. Keith was the first guy I heard using the Moog. I liked the sound of that album and the things he was doing with the instrument," Worrell told Music Radar. "I found out that it was a Moog synthesizer, and later on I purchased my own Minimoog – or George did. I started messing with the sounds. That's all I really do: I turn the knobs until it does what I want."

On Worrell's official site, he said of his experimentation with the instrument, "When the synthesizers came about, my having been brought up classically and knowing a full range of orchestra, tympanis and everything, I knew how it sounded and what it felt like. So, if I'm playing a horn arrangement on keyboard, or strings, it sounds like strings or horns, 'cause I know how to phrase it, how a string phrases, different attacks from the aperture for horns, trumpets, sax or trombones."

Worrell was among the 15 members of Parliament-Funkadelic to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The keyboardist remained one of the collective's most reliable mainstays, appearing on everything from 1971's Maggot Brain to Parliament's 1975 space-funk masterpiece Mothership Connection to Funkadelic's 1979 One Nation Under the Groove, Number 177 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Worrell would later earn co-songwriting credits on Parliament hits like "Up on the Down Stroke," "Chocolate City," "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" and "Flash Light," which featured Worrell's now-legendary Minimoog bass line.

Following the Parliament-Funkadelic's insanely prolific Seventies, Worrell parted ways with the collective after Clinton dissolved the groups for business and managerial issues. While Worrell would continue to contribute to Clinton's solo albums in the Eighties – notably 1982's "Atomic Dog"-featuring Computer Games – the keyboardist was recruited to join another emerging act at this time: Talking Heads.

"The Talking Heads wanted to funk," Worrell told New Times in 2014. "I found out after I joined them that David (Byrne) and Chris Frantz used to sneak into P-Funk concerts when they were students at the art school in Providence. I didn't know that, they must have been the only white kids there. The other similarity is the way they work in the studio and the freedom that I had. When I first got a call from the Talking Heads I didn't know who they were. The Talking who? I'd heard of New Wave but I had to look it up."

After releasing their landmark LP Remain in Light in 1980, Talking Heads were faced with translating the album's complex, layered rhythms to the stage. To help them perform that album live, Worrell and King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew were added to strengthen the touring lineup. Worrell ended up remaining the band's keyboardist and unofficial member for the next dozen years until their 1992 breakup.

Worrell contributed synthesizers to Talking Heads' 1983 album Speaking in Tongues and featured prominently in the band's 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. Although not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Talking Heads, the keyboardist was invited to join them onstage for their one-off reunion in 2002.

In addition to his work within Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads, Worrell released five solo albums, beginning with 1978's heavily P-Funk-assisted All the Woo in the World, co-produced by Worrell and Clinton. In 1990, Worrell released his second solo LP Funk of Ages, an all-star affair that featured guests like Keith Richards, Talking Heads' Byrne and Jerry Harrison, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Sly Dunbar, Herbie Hancock and many more.

Over the years, Worrell has also collaborated with Jack Bruce, B-52's Fred Schneider, Mos Def, Les Claypool, Fela Kuti, Ginger Baker and many more. Worrell was also a part-time member of the Bill Laswell-led group Praxis, featuring Buckethead and drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia." Worrell also appeared in the documentary Moog and played Meryl Streep's keyboardist in the 2015 film Ricki and the Flash, which reunited him with Stop Making Sense director Jonathan Demme.