Snoop Dogg Adds Two Sultry New Songs to Huge Label Compilation

Snoop Dogg has unveiled two new songs, "Top Down" and "Love Around the World," on The Return of Doggy Style Records, a 30-track SoundCloud compilation from the rapper's recently revived label. 

"Love Around the World" opens the mixtape and finds the MC cruising over a beat of sultry synths and ominous pianos, weaving luxurious lines like "I'm smooth like suede with a touch of velour / On the rocks, Ciroc, glass and I pour / Snoop Dogg is the shit, now get your ass on the floor."

"Top Down," meanwhile, boasts a retro soul vibe with dusty snares, a charming vocal loop and a delicate, extended hook from October. Snoop again sounds effortless and carefree over the sparse beat, cheekily boasting, "Got a car full of gas, but no place to go."

The Return of Doggy Style Records features a slew of artists and marks the first release since the rapper relaunched his long defunct Doggy Style Records earlier this month. Not long after, Snoop announced plans to release new music — potentially a whole album — in July. He's also set to head out on tour with Wiz Khalifa starting July 20th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Led Zeppelin: Spirit Lawyer Trying to ‘Taint the Jury Pool’

Led Zeppelin have claimed the lawyer for the estate of former Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe attempted to "taint the jury pool" by claiming the band would not appear in court when the copyright dispute over "Stairway to Heaven" goes to trial next month.

In a motion, the band's lawyers wrote that Francis Malofiy falsely claimed that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones had refused to appear in court during a pretrial conference in April. They also claimed that Malofiy reasserted this claim to reporters outside the courthouse. The motion called the move a "PR stunt," and added that after the reports died down, Malofiy attempted to revive them by filing a motion designed to make it seem like the court had ordered Zeppelin to appear. 

Zeppelin's motion, however, called these claims "pure fiction," and insisted that Plant and Page had always intended to attend the trial. It also noted that Jones would appear as a witness for the defense, even though the claims against the bassist were dismissed in April. 

Zeppelin's lawyers accused Malofiy of attempting to delay the trial and refusing "to take 'yes' for an answer." The motion additionally called out Malofiy for trying to serve subpoenas to Plant and Page that not only listed the wrong date, but were void because the two musicians resided in England outside the court's jurisdiction. The band's lawyers also claimed Malofiy wanted to submit videotaped testimony from a deposition, in lieu of live testimony, but failed to submit the proper transcripts in time. "Plaintiff’s gambit, and his ongoing efforts to try this case in the press, should be rejected," the motion read.

Led Zeppelin declined to comment further on the trial. Malofiy did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The copyright case over "Stairway to Heaven" dates back to 2014, when Michael Skidmore — a trustee for Randy Wolfe's estate — sued Zeppelin, claiming the band stole the intro to the classic rock staple from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus." The two bands played several shows together between 1968 and 1970, and Zeppelin reportedly played a medley of songs during their first tour that included Spirit's "Fresh-Garbage," which appeared on the same LP side as "Taurus." Led Zeppelin have denied the claim.

While Zeppelin had hoped to avoid a trial, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner ruled in April that "Stairway" and "Taurus" were similar enough to warrant a hearing in front of a jury. The trial is set to begins on June 14th.

Watch Florida Georgia Line’s Energetic Backstreet Boys Cover

Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots tour kicked off May 12th in Tupelo, Mississippi, bringing hits like their current single "H.O.L.Y." plus unreleased music from the duo's forthcoming third album to the masses. Included near the end of their set is a medley of their favorite hits from the Nineties that features the Backstreet Boys' 1997 hit "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."

The brief video above from their May 19th stop in Rapid City, South Dakota opens with Brian Kelley explaining that Backstreet Boys were the first show he ever attended, followed by a self-aware "Big surprise!" Tyler Hubbard notes that one of his first CDs was Backstreet Boys. All this is a setup for this portion of the medley, so they break into Max Martin and Denniz PoP's opening chant and are immediately joined by the crowd's responding "Yeah" melody. Their band adds a more rock & roll arrangement, but there's still enough groove for Kelley and Hubbard to move around the stage. Other songs in their medley at recent shows include Toby Keith's "Wish I Was a Cowboy," Papa Roach's "Last Resort," Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" and House of Pain's "Jump Around."

FGL's Dig Your Roots tour, with guests Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three and Kane Brown, will roll through the summer with numerous amphitheater dates. Their next engagement is the Country 500 Festival on May 28th at Florida's Daytona International Speedway.

We Still Don’t Live In That Kind Of World: Thelma & Louise, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago today — after considerable controversy, including a New York Times feature on the movie’s screenwriter that asked, “Feminism or Male-Bashing?,” a Time magazine cover story defending the film’s morality, and several awkward late-night interviews in which stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis danced around their characters’ fictional actions — Ridley Scott’s Thelma... Read more »