May 10, 2012


News Notes: Beastie Boys' Album Sales Skyrocket

Matthew Peyton
Matthew Peyton

Beastie Boys Album Sales Skyrocket Following Yauch's Death

The New York City trio sold 55,000 albums last week, a sales bump of 1,235 percent. Licensed to Ill shoots up to Top 20. [Billboard]

Aretha Franklin to Be Inducted Into Gospel Hall of Fame

Franklin, whose 1972 record Amazing Grace is one of the best-selling gospel albums ever with two million copies sold, will join artists like Elvis and Dolly Parton. [NY Daily News]

Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich Forms New Band

Hear "Smalltalk," the first track from Ultraísta, which also features Nigel's Atoms for Peace bandmate, drummer/producer Joey Waronker. [Pitchfork]

Buy Gibson's New Jeff Tweedy Edition Electric Guitar

The new Tweedy axe is modeled after the 1961 SG, which the Wilco frontman plays regularly. It'll only cost you $2,999. [Gapersblock]

Go Inside Lil Boosie's Murder Trial

The New Orleans rapper's murder trial is underway. Get a report from inside the courtroom. [Rolling Stone]