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Genesis P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle Founder, Avant-Garde Artist And Industrial Music Pioneer, Dies At 70

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Genesis P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle Founder, Avant-Garde Artist And Industrial Music Pioneer, Dies At 70

The artist, who died following a years-long battle leukemia, is credited with creating the "industrial music" genre as well as coining the term

GRAMMYs/Mar 15, 2020 - 11:01 pm

Genesis P-Orridge, a British avant-garde musician, performance artist and iconoclastic cultural figure best known as the co-founder of pioneering industrial music band Throbbing Gristle and experimental group Psychic TV, has died at 70.

P-Orridge, who identified as third gender and went by "s/he" and "he/r," died early morning Saturday (March 14) after battling leukemia for nearly three years; s/he was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 2017, according to Pitchfork.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our friend, great influence and beloved artist and legend Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. The following message is from Caresse and Genesse P-Orridge: Dear friends, family and loving supporters, It is with very heavy hearts that we announce thee passing of our beloved father, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. S/he had been battling leukemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday March 14th, 2020. S/he will be laid to rest with h/er other half, Jaqueline “Lady Jaye” Breyer who left us in 2007, where they will be re-united. Thank you for your love and support and for respecting our privacy as we are grieving. Caresse & Genesse P-Orridge #s/heisher/eforever

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Ryan Martin, who managed the artist and released and reissued P-Orridge's music on his Dais Records, confirmed the news over social media by sharing a statement from the musician's daughters, Genesse and Caresse. 

"It is with very heavy hearts that we announce thee passing of our beloved father, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge," the daughters wrote. "S/he had been battling leukemia for two and a half years and dropped he/r body early this morning, Saturday March 14th, 2020. S/he will be laid to rest with h/er other half, Jaqueline 'Lady Jaye' Breyer who left us in 2007, where they will be re-united. Thank you for your love and support and for respecting our privacy as we are grieving." 

In a separate post on Twitter, Martin's Dais Records wrote, "Rest in peace Genesis. For Dais, you really were the start of it all. Friend, inspiration, and legend. Love you forever."

Born Neil Andrew Megson in 1950 in Victoria Park, Manchester, England, Genesis P-Orridge was a beloved and often controversial figure in avant-garde music and arts circles. Megson adopted the name and identity of Genesis P-Orridge after dropping out of university to focus on avant-garde and performance art, according to Rolling Stone

P-Orridge's first group, a music and performance art collective called COUM Transmissions and founded in 1969, was widely known, and often criticized by the national U.K. press, for its controversial performance art, which often addressed topics like sex work and occultism in an attempt to challenge societal norms. COUM Transmissions featured Cosey Fanni Tutti and later members Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter, who together formed Throbbing Gristle alongside P-Orridge, officially debuting the group in 1976.

Today, Throbbing Gristle are widely regarded as pioneers of industrial music, a heavy, abrasive genre that mixes elements of rock, electronic, noise and experimental music. The group is credited with coining the term "industrial music" via the founding of their Industrial Records label in 1976. 

The group's 1977 debut album, The Second Annual Report, is "hailed as one of the first industrial music records," according to Rolling Stone, while their "abrasive blend of rock, electronic, and punk ethos would go on to become the groundwork of industrial music," Pitchfork writes. Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor, arguably the artist who mainstreamed industrial music and industrial rock in the '90s, cites the band as a major influence. 

Throbbing Gristle, who broke up in 1981 and briefly reunited in 2004, released nine full-length albums, in addition to multiple compilations, live releases and box sets. The group dissolved following Peter Christopherson's death in 2010. 

P-Orridge's other group, Psychic TV, formed in 1981 alongside Scottish musician Alex Fergusson, featured a rotating lineup of artists and creative contributors that included Throbbing Gristle founding member Christopherson, U.K. synthpop duo Soft Cell, British rock band The Cult, '60s counterculture icon and author Timothy Leary, electronic music legend Andrew Weatherall and many others. The group spawned multiple side projects and spinoffs, including Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, "an 'anti-cult' network" that aimed to "facilitate discussion around 'chaos magic' and occult tradition," according to Pitchfork.

A highly prolific project, Psychic TV released more than 100 albums that covered a wide range of genres, including experimental music and psychedelic rock. In an attempt to release a live album on the 23rd of each month for 23 months, the group secured its place in the "Guinness World Records" in the '80s for most records released in one year. 

Psychic TV is also considered an influential group in the acid house genre, a subgenre of house music with roots in 1980s Chicago that exploded across the U.K. during the so-called Second Summer Of Love social movement in 1988 and 1989. A number of Psychic TV members and contributors, sometimes using pseudonyms, released fake tracks and compilations in an attempt to bolster the acid house sound and community in the U.K.

Genesis P-Orridge is survived by daughters, Genesse and Caresse.

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program

GRAMMYs/Oct 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm

On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.

Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.

"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."

The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.

"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."

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Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

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Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category

GRAMMYs/Nov 20, 2019 - 06:28 pm

The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.

Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville                                                                        

 
This star-studded compilation album from 11-time GRAMMY nominee J. Cole and his Dreamville Records imprint features appearances from some of the leading and fastest-rising artists in hip-hop today, including label artists EARTHGANG, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox, plus rappers T.I, DaBaby, and Young Nudy, among many others. Recorded in Atlanta across a 10-day recording session, Revenge of the Dreamers III is an ambitious project that saw more than 300 artists and producers contribute to the album, resulting in 142 recorded tracks. Of those recordings, 18 songs made the final album, which ultimately featured contributions from 34 artists and 27 producers.

Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.

Championships – Meek Mill

In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.

i am > i was – 21 Savage

Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.

IGOR – Tyler, The Creator

The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.

The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.