Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean’s new album is coasting toward the top of the charts.

“Blonde,” the follow-up to the enigmatic singer’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, “Channel Orange,” is expected to debut at No.

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Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

Demi Lovato is the latest artist to be slapped with accusations of lifting from someone else’s work -- and to get sued for it. 

More than nine months after indie noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells publicly called out the pop singer over alleged similarities between a track from her latest album and one of its own, the band has turned to court. 

In the complaint filed Monday in California federal court, Sleigh

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France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest

“Slow motion music.”

That’s how Jean-Benôit Dunckel characterizes what his band Air creates. And if you’ve heard anything by this crafty French duo, which also includes Nicolas Godin, you know what he means.

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Falsely labeled pills found at Prince's estate contained a drug 50 times more powerful than heroin, official says

Some of the pills taken from Prince's estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said.

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Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition “Bluesette” became a jazz standard, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 94. 

Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said that "there were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out."

Van de Poel could not be reached immediately for confirmation.

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Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted in a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence. 

The former producer and manager died Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, where he was held after pleading guilty in 2008

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