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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dead At 41 - (hennemusic) Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died Thursday morning of an apparent suicide by hanging; he was 41. TMZ first reported that Bennington’s body was discovered just before 9am at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. According to the Los Angeles Times, firefighters received a call about 9 a.m. regarding a cardiac arrest in the 2800 block of Via Victoria in Palos Verdes Estates, said Joey Napoli, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The report indicated the male victim had hanged himself, he said, adding that firefighters arrived and cleared the scene by 9:29 am. No further details regarding the incident were announced at press time. “Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true,” confirmed the singer’s bandmate Mike Shinoda on Twitter. “An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Linkin Park were formed in Agoura Hills, CA in 1996 by high school friends Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson. After some lineup changes, Bennington joined the group in 1999, ahead of the release of their 2000 debut album, “Hybrid Theory.” The record was an instant success, issuing four singles – including the US No. 2 “In The End” – on its way to selling almost 5 million copies in its first year. “Hybrid Theory”peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and went on to earn Diamond Status Stateside for sales of more than 11 million. A string of US No. 1’s followed, including 2004’s“Meteora”, 2007’s “Minutes To Midnight”, 2010’s “A Thousand Suns” and 2012’s “Living Things.” In addition to his Linkin Park gig, Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 following their split with Scott Weiland. Citing the group as one of his main influences, the singer went on to record an EP, “High Rise”, and tour with the band before exiting on good terms in late 2015. Outside of his band affiliations, Bennington appeared in a pair of Jason Statham-led films, including “2006’s “Crank”and its 2009 sequel, “Crank: High Voltage”, as well as the 2010 horror flick, “Saw 3D.” The rocker contributed solo efforts to soundtracks to 2002’s “Queen Of The Damned” and 2006’s “Underworld: Evolution”, among others. Bennington recently sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the memorial service for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in May after writing an open letter to his friend on the day of his suicide by hanging in a Detroit, MI hotel room. Bennington’s July 20 death lands on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Ed Sheeran To Appear On The Simpsons - (Radio.com) Sheeran might have just cameoed as a singing Lannister soldier on HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, but the “Shape of You” singer isn’t done with acting quite yet. Entertainment Weekly revealed on July 17 that Sheeran will guest star on The Simpsons this fall. According to the report, the artist will voice a musician named Brendan in a musical-themed episode, titled “Haw-Haw Land,” for the show’s 29th season. Brendan will serve as a love interest for Lisa. Sheeran opened up about the opportunity on Instagram, writing, “This year continues to be equally surreal and amazing. Watch out for this one, me and Lisa have a whole thing going on.” Simpsons producer Mike Scully revealed Sheeran was approached for the part because the singer rocks a tattoo of Blinky the three-eyed fish from the series.
Taylor Swift Reportedly Finds Unique Way To Avoid Paparazzi - (Radio.com) Taylor Swift has been trying out different ways to avoid the paparazzi for years, such as the time she walked backward to avoid the cameras in a parking garage. Today (July 17), certain sources are claiming the superstar was carried out of her apartment in a giant suitcase. According to these reports, the 1989 singer was lifted from her apartment in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood to a waiting truck, while a dozen security guards looked on. There is no clear proof that Swift was in the suitcase, but if she was, this would be her greatest (and most unusual) paparazzi-avoidance move yet.

Kendrick Lamar Gives Wheelchair-bound Fan A New Van - (Radio.com) In 2016, college graduate (and huge Kendrick Lamar fan) Jennifer Phillips started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new van. Phillips is wheelchair-bound and needed a vehicle that would improve her mobility. Despite her handicap, Jennifer went to a Kendrick show in Dallas last night (July 17) and met the rapper backstage. The meet-and-greet started with the rapper giving her a signed jacket—a nice gesture. Then Kendrick made a life-changing offer; he promised to buy her a van. Phillips was injured in a car accident and rendered quadriplegic, and her lack of adequate transportation has made it hard to spend time with her daughter. Both Jennifer and Kendrick shared updates on social media chronicling the good deed. “Hi, I’m ‘Disabled Fan’ lol what you missed is that the autographed jacket said he was buying me a new wheelchair van. Give him his props pls,” she wrote, adding that she was still in “shock.”
Album John Lennon Autographed For Killer Up For Sale - (Radio.com) Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon just hours after the Beatles’ co-founder autographed Chapman’s copy of his 1980 Double Fantasy album. The record has been up for sale twice before and is now listed for a third time, for a whopping $1.5 million.
Moments in Time announced the sale, explaining that the album was first discovered by a gentleman in a flower planter outside the Dakota building where Lennon was shot and killed. The good samaritan turned the album into the police, where it was used as evidence to convict Chapman. The record was later returned to the man, who sold the record for $150,000 in 1999. When the LP changed hands once again in 2010, it sold for $850,000. “We are very excited to bring such a historically significant piece to the market,” Bob Zafian, spokesman for Moments in Time and agent for the seller, said. “I have never come across a piece with such provenance; police reports, fingerprint documentation, letters from the District Attorney, it goes on and on.” “It’s the most incredible artifact in rock and roll history,” Moments in Time owner Gary Ziamet said. “There’s no question. I am delighted to have the opportunity to sell it once again.”
Kid Rock Pimping Senate Campaign Merch - (Radio.com) Kid Rock is making moves towards launching a campaign for Senate as "Pimp of the Nation" with promises to "Rock the party" and bring the "Party to the People." As he seeks the Republican nomination to face off again incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow in his home state of Michigan, the Rock campaign has unveiled a new line of election swag. The selection is currently limited to a t-shirt ($24.99), a bumper sticker ($4.99), a yard sign and a ball cap (both $15.99). Merchandise bears the optimistic message "Kid Rock for U.S. Senate" with a one-star, three-stripe interpretation of the American flag.
Judas Priest Release Mobile Game - (hennemusic) Metal legends Judas Priest have gone mobile with the launch of their new game app "Road To Valhalla," which has just been released for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). The app features new visuals and gameplay set to iconic Priest songs like "Halls of Valhalla," "Breaking The Law", "Turbo Lover", "Electric Eye", "Painkiller" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming." "Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla" innovates by making isolated song stems (eg drums, vocals, guitar) from the 2016 "Battle Cry" album available to players exclusively within the game. Using an innovative visual mechanic, players must fill "stem meters" to construct the full song and progress through each level of the game. "When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience," says singer Rob Halford. "For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog."










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