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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes, Kanye West is Named "Most Stylish Man," and Other Morning Music News

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Just days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 70, passed away. Though Kilmister was given an estimated two to six months to live, he was also suffering from a number of other health issues, including diabetes, a heart arrhythmia, and hematoma. In recent years, multiple Motörhead performances had been cancelled due to his health issues, although Kilmister remained active in the band up until the time of his death. 

In a Facebook post, Motörhead wrote: "There is no easy way to say this… our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from the Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please… play Motörhead loud.”

Motörhead drummer Mickey Dee has since confirmed that Kilmister's death will mark the end of Motörhead. "Motörhead is over, of course," he told the Swedish publication, Expressen. "Lemmy was Motörhead. We weon't be doing any more tours or anything. And there won't be any more records. But the brand survives and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone." 

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In other news, Kanye West was named the "Most Stylish Man" of 2015 by GQ for the second year in a row. Perhaps this is not that surprising given that the artist was heavily invested in the fashion world this year (and, in turn, did not drop any new music...*sad face*). Not only did he debut his Yeezy label at New York Fashion Week this past spring, but he also introduced the world to his Yeezy Boosts (which instantly sold out).

Kanye received 520,119 votes for the title, trouncing other fashion notables, like Pharrell Williams and Jared Leto, not to mention newcomer (and vintage buff), Leon Bridges. "West had a dominant hand in defining how men wanted to look in 2015," GQ explained. "His elevated, athletic-inspired aesthetic is part of the reason the athleisure look hit critical mass this year (even landing the word in the dictionary)."

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In the U.S., a turntable was the top selling home audio product purchased on Amazon for 2015. The Jensen JTA-230 turntable, which goes for $50 a pop, beat out a slew of wireless devices that were also a big hit this year. We already knew vinyl was making a resurgence: Vinyl sales between January and March of 2015 were 53 percent higher than sales from the same time period in 2014, according to a Nielsen report, and vinyl sales also surpassed 9 million units for the fourth consecutive year in 2015. The fact that a turntable beat out, say, wireless headphones or Bluetooth speakers, is merely further proof that vinyl listeners are growing in number. And, in a world where nifty gadgets and digital apps are the mainstream, it's pretty cool that retro, not to mention analog, devices are back in style.  
 
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Sources have confirmed that the legendary rock outfit, Guns N' Roses, will reunite and perform at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2016. In fact, their performance at Coachella  is purportedly only their first show in a string of additional concerts that will be taking place in up to 25 football stadiums across the country next year. The original lineup, including founding members Axl Rose and Slash, will be part of the reunion tour, which is a big deal considering that the two musicians have not played a show together since July 17, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. 


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