Metallica Inspires Name of Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Crustacean

A newly discovered deep-sea crustacean, a small worm-looking species that grows up to 6.5 millimeters, got its name from none other than Metallica.

That’s right, the rock band was the inspiration behind Macrostylis metallicola, which inhabits the Clarion Clipperton Zone, a submarine region between Hawaii and Mexico. Drs. Torben Riehl and Bart De Smet discovered the species, and named it after the iconic rock band to honor the group, and also as a nod to the polymetallic nodules that make up the creatures’ habitat.

“We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean!,” Metallica wrote alongside a rockin’ sketch of the of the Macrostylis metallicola. “Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us,” the post continued. “The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean!”

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We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola! First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean! You just never know what you’ll find lurking beneath the sea. Art by @anyfranksz

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Flavor Flav Blasts Bernie Sanders LA Rally: ‘There Is No Public Enemy Without Flavor Flav’

As it turns out, Flavor Flav isn’t Feeling the Bern.

With Public Enemy slated to perform at a Bernie Sanders rally on Sunday in Los Angeles, a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group (a.k.a. William Drayton) is accusing the Vermont senator of misappropriating his likeness and promoting “a false narrative” that the group has endorsed his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We have become aware that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to perform at an upcoming Sanders Rally,” reads an open letter written by attorney Matthew H. Friedman of Nevada law firm Ford & Friedman that was sent to Billboard on Friday (Feb. 28). “While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit – his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”

The letter goes on to accuse the Sanders campaign of the unauthorized use of Flavor Flav’s “likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials” that have been circulated to promote the forthcoming rally, even though he will not be taking part in the event.

“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally,” the letter continues. “To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.”

The letter goes on to call the Sanders campaign a “fake revolution” and claims that Flav is “reaching out, not in the spirit of division, but for the sake of unity in the hope of preserving the integrity of the Public Enemy Movement and the faith and trust his millions of fans around the world have placed in him.”

When reached for comment, Chuck D sent the following statement to Billboard: “Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.”

In his own statement, a lawyer for Chuck D added, “From a legal standpoint, Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to; he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark. He originally drew the logo himself in the mid-80’s, is also the creative visionary and the group’s primary songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable lines.”

Flav has had a rocky relationship with Public Enemy over the years. In August 2017, the rapper sued Chuck D and members of the group’s production and management team, claiming he had not been receiving royalties or been compensated for the sale of Public Enemy merchandise bearing his name and likeness, among other claims. He further alleged that Public Enemy’s last album, 2017’s Nothing Is Quick in the Desert, was released without his knowledge or consent and included vocals “not up to his standards of quality.”

Read the full letter below.

Re: Creating Division within Public Enemy through Appropriation of Likeness

Senator Sanders,

We have been retained to represent the interests of William Drayton p.k.a. Flavor Flav concering recent false reporting of Public Enemy’s endorsement of the Bernie Sanders campaign as well as the unauthorized use of his likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials circulated by the campaign and its network of online operatives in support of Bernie’s upcoming rally.

We have become aware that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to perform at an upcoming Sanders Rally. While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit – his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.

It appears the Sanders campaign has been content to sit back and allow the media to promote a false narrative to the American people. Sanders has promised to “Fight the Power” with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally. To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which is likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.

Flav is reaching out, not in the spirit of division, but for the sake of unity in the hope of preserving the integrity of the Public Enemy Movement and the faith and trust his millions of fans around the world have placed in him. Over more than 30 years in the public spotlight – whether on television or radio – Flav has always delivered his authentic self. That authenticity compels him to speak out to ensure voters are not misled and that Public Enemy’s music does not become the soundtrack of a fake revolution.

This is hardly the first time the establishment has tried to define Flav and Public Enemy. They claimed he and his bandmates were drug dealing gang members – they weren’t. They were artists using their music and platform to fight injustice, advocate for their community and strive for truth and transparency against an establishment which wanted to keep people in the dark. With songs like 911 is a Joke; Fight The Power; Harder Than You Think; and Don’t Believe The Hype Flavor Flav and Public Enemy didn’t just talk about revolution – they started one that brought about real lasting systemic change. The Public Enemy Movement cannot allow its cultural identity, likeness and life’s work to be misappropriated by political operatives in support of a fictional revolution – Don’t Believe The Hype!

It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture. Sanders claims to represent everyman not the man yet his grossly irresponsible handling of Chuck’s endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in so doing, forever silence one of our nation’s loudest and most enduring voices for social change. Perhaps Sanders didn’t intend to sow these irreconcilable differences but, by and through his disregard for the truth, he has nonetheless. If Bernie allows this deceptive marketing to continue without clearly correcting the messaging to reflect the true nature of this endorsement which should accurately read: “Chuck D of Public Enemy” – Senator Sanders will himself have played a part in whitewashing a key chapter in American History.

Bernie, his name is Flavor Flav and he does NOT approve your message!

Swae Lee Unveils New Single ‘Someone Said’

After much anticipation from fans, Swae Lee dropped his new single “Someone Said” on Friday (Feb. 28).

“I hope you forgive me just for sinnin’ / I just talk shh you can meet me there / Someone said that you wont spend it / I’m the s— just to be specific,” the Rae Sremmurd rapper flows on the high-energy, indulgent tune.

The tune is the Grammy nominee’s first solo since 2019’s “Sextasy.” In celebration of the “Someone Said” release, the single’s merch is available now, including t-shirts and tie-dye hoodies.

He’s currently on tour with Post Malone. See remaining tickets here, and listen to “Someone Said” below.

Harry Styles Reveals the Lizzo Song He Wishes He Wrote & Plays 1D at Secret NYC Show

The super secret location of Harry Styles’ Friday evening (Feb. 28) SiriusXM x Pandora show wasn’t revealed until the morning of, but once fans arrived at the address given — 66 N. 6th St. — it was right there on the marquee: Harry Styles was playing the 650-person capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg.

For Styles, who played a Fine Line release show at Los Angeles’ 17,505-person capacity The Forum and will soon kick off his world arena tour, this intimate of a show is rare. Such a fact was further evidenced by the lines of eager fans snaking around each side of the building and waiting across the street.

About 20 minutes before the show started, a crew member laid down a new setlist and promptly placed a shirt over it to ensure no one snuck a peak; and with 10 minutes to go, a series of tracks from Styles’ close pals played back-to-back: Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” a nod to Stevie Nicks (who performed with Styles during his Forum show in December), and Lizzo’s “Juice.”

By 7 p.m. on the dot, the show started. After a brief introduction from the night’s trio of Hits 1 hosts, the crowd released a deafening scream as Styles stepped onstage. At the top of the nearly 20-minute interview, Styles — wearing red boots, navy-blue pinstripe pants and a yellow and blue polka-dot sweater vest over a white button-down — said, “I feel like making this album [took] a lot longer than the first one.” To which a fan screamed back, “That’s right!”

Elsewhere, he emphasized the importance of making music that excites him and said while making Fine Line he learned that just because something may make him uncomfortable to write or record, “That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad.” When asked what current pop song he wishes he wrote, he revealed it to be Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” for that very reason, saying: “She has this infectious positivity and is so authentically herself. She’s really inspiring.” As for whether the two would collaborate? “If something made sense,” he said, “maybe.”

And of course, the interview wasn’t complete without a brief discussion of convenience store chain Wawa, at which Styles was recently spotted. “I love a Wawa, they’re everywhere,” he said. “I was going to a Wawa recently, and we open the door and it’s playing [One Direction song] ‘Night Changes’ and six girls were in the back just singing and I was like, ‘I’m gonna wait in the car.’”

Styles fully embraces his One Direction past, though, even playing “What Makes You Beautiful” during his brief but highly energetic set, calling it “an oldie but a goodie” and proudly waving the pride flag around during its closing notes. He later dedicated Fine Line single “Adore You” to the fish that starred in its music video, and introduced “Watermelon Sugar” by recalling how he wrote it in Nashville on a day off from touring his debut self-titled album back in 2017.

Before delivering the set’s final song, Styles had just one request: “We’ve got four minutes left of this secret session, I need you to give me everything you’ve got.” He then ripped into his most explosive — and another fruit-inspired — track to date, “Kiwi,” for which he transformed Music Hall into a full-blown stadium rock show. The show itself may have been a secret, but one thing is widely known, and was proven tonight: Harry Styles knows how to deliver.

Amid the Coronavirus Spread, Diplo Has the Travel Tips You Need

As the coronavirus continues to spread, people are taking extra precaution to keep themselves safe, especially when it comes to traveling.

Leave it to Diplo to troll such a serious situation, as the DJ took to Instagram on Friday (Feb. 28) to share his “travel tips.” The video shows Diplo in first class, en route to Mexico, face mask on, and wiping every surface within reaching distance with a disinfecting wet wipe.

“Not today corona virus,” he wrote across the video, as his friend (also masked) runs over with his own wet wipe to disinfect the DJ himself.

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Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino Downplays Coronavirus Concerns: ‘The Fan Will Show Up’

While expecting some coronavirus “hot spots” and concert cancellations, Live Nation is “cautious” yet “optimistic” the pandemic will not leave a lasting mark on the global concert promoter and ticketer, CEO Michael Rapino said during Thursday’s earnings call for its record $11.5 billion 2019 results.

To be sure, the concert business will be affected by the fast-spreading COVID-19 to some degree. The question is how many concerts will be affected and whether people feel comfortable, or are allowed, to gather in close quarters. “So [over] the next few months we’ll have some cancellations, I assume, here and there, [at] some arenas and clubs,” Rapino said.

But like a sound investment portfolio, Live Nation’s business is large enough to absorb small shocks, Rapino said. “The beautiful part of our business model is it’s dispersed over 30,000 shows covering all types of venues and genres.”

Live Nation has little exposure in COVID-19’s most affected region, he noted. “Asia is less than .01% of nothing of our business right now,” Rapino estimated. Through Thursday, Live Nation had canceled just 17 shows in China with an expected 75,000 fans. In the next three months, Berchtold said Live Nation has 70 shows throughout Asia.

Rapino was equally nonplussed about exposure to COVID-19 in Italy, a budding hotspot with 820 cases and 21 deaths confirmed as of Friday (Feb. 28), where Live Nation has 30 shows booked in the next three months with about 125,000 attendance. But overall, Live Nation had seen “no pullback in fan demand or ticket buying outside of the specifically affected areas,” said Rapino.

Rapino and president Joe Berchtold apparently said the right things Thursday, because Live Nation’s stock saw a significant bounce the next day. On Friday, Live Nation’s share price gained 5.2%, improving the full-week loss to 18.1% and retaking some of the $3.45 billion of market capitalization lost through Thursday.

The drop share price created a buying opportunity because stock values “have corrected,” Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne wrote Friday in an investor note that affirmed his $80 price target — 31.6% greater than Friday’s closing price of $60.77. Swinburne echoed Rapino and Berchtold’s talking points: 2019 revenue and adjusted operating income were strong, the 2020 concert outlook is positive and COVID-19 poses little danger for a company that spans concerts, ticketing, sponsorships and artist management.

Similarly, Jefferies analyst Khoa Ngo downplayed the threat in a letter to investors. He said COVID-19 risk was mitigated by “a vast geographical footprint,” the company’s flexibility to rebook events and the fact that 70%of the events for the company are scheduled to start after mid-June, which he said “should mitigate concerns, despite near-term fluidity.”

It was a brutal week for many travel businesses dependent on international travelers. Following the two-week quarantine of a Carnival cruise ship in Japan, the share prices of three publicly traded cruise companies — Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian — fell an average of 21.5% this week. Airlines and hotel companies’ share prices were battered as well. Overall, U.S. stock markets had their worst week since the onset of the Great Recession of 2008 in percentage terms, as the S&P 500 fell 11.5% and the Nasdaq composite dropped 10.5%.

Live music is widely considered to be recession-proof entertainment. “The great escape,” Billboard called the concert business in December 2009 after a record-setting year for global revenue and attendance. The same year, AEG Live president/CEO called London’s O2 Arena “the recession beater” after drawing 1.34 million fans to 96 shows amidst a challenging financial environment. Now the question is what entertainment music fans will seek if COVID-19 further impacts North America and Europe. What’s scarier: a global recession or a virus that might cause a pandemic and global recession? But at the end of February 2020, with worry still outpacing the actual virus in Live Nation’s key markets, Rapino isn’t doubting live music’s draw: “Supply and demand will be there.”

Jessie Reyez to Join Billie Eilish on ‘Where Do We Go?’ World Tour

Billie Eilish is heading out on her Where Do We Go? sold-out world tour this spring, and she’s bringing Jessie Reyez along as the supporting act.

The Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter will join Eilish in the U.S. starting March 9 in Miami and stretch through April 8 in Sacramento, California. The songstress will then perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, before meeting up with the “bad guy” singer again in July for a UK and European run.

See the dates here.

In addition, Reyez will be dropping a new song, “Ankles,” next Friday (March 6). The tune comes on the heels of her hit recent single, “Love In the Dark.”