What we learned: Suge Knight's living hell, John Legend's disgust

Our weekly roundup of the week’s music news, from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth’s memoir extracts to Suge Knight’s crime spiral

First, hip-hop ex-mogul Suge Knight was allegedly on the run

Marion “Suge” Knight, who was with rapper Tupac the night he was fatally shot, was apparently wanted in connection to a hit-and-run incident in a parking lot on Friday 30 January. Then, things escalated.

Suge Knight was then arrested and charged with murder

Reports came in connecting Knight to the death of a man, in relation to the hit-and-run mentioned above. He was arrested on 30 January and charged late on 2 February – or in the wee hours of Tuesday 3 February, for UK readers.

An LA sheriff department spokesperson discusses the timeline of events leading to Suge Knight’s arrest

And, finally, Suge Knight was hospitalised

Knight pled not guilty to four felony counts, and was then hospitalised after complaining about chest pains. A TMZ report linked his hospitalisation to a “potentially fatal blood clot”, while earlier reports had cited panic attacks. There seems to be no end in sight for this story.

SUGE TROLLIN RT @RollingStone Suge Knight has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a panic attack following his not guilty plea

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 3, 2015

Rihanna swam with sharks for Harper’s Bazaar

The Barbadian pop singer dove into a shark-filled tank for a fashion shoot, wearing some ludicrously priced swimwear. This week, she was also confirmed to be playing Sunday’s Grammys, perhaps to perform single FourFiveSeconds with Paul McCartney and Kanye West (yes, they collaborated again).

Behind the scenes of Rihanna’s photoshoot with Norman Jean Roy, for Harper’s Bazaar US

John Legend ditched a Hollywood party on moral grounds

Legend was not impressed to hear that he was a guest of honour at a pre-Grammys party. Not because he thought it might be rubbish, but because it was being held at the Beverly Hills hotel – one of many owned by the sultan of Brunei, who recently enacted some anti-gay and anti-adultery laws in his native land.

Sunset Boulevard's Beverly Hills hotel
Rooms for change … Sunset Boulevard’s Beverly Hills hotel. Photograph: Gary Calton

Neil Young is over the vinyl revival

The rock veteran, who incidentally is marketing his own digital music player, thinks the surge in vinyl sales is “nothing but a fashion statement”. Urban Outfitters, he might be talking to you.

A collector browsing records in London in January 2015
Record collectors fall out of fashion with Neil Young. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Young Fathers gave their album a post-racial title

White men are black men, too – at least according to the forthcoming album and accompanying press release from the Mercury prize-winning leftfield hip-hop group Young Fathers. An extract, if you will:

When the title was first put forward everybody was excited and 100% there was no fear. That same commitment needs be carried on to make it work despite worries after it’s been digested.

Kim Gordon wrote a book, and schooled people about it on Twitter

Sonic Youth bassist and general badass Kim Gordon wrote a memoir, which is due on 24 February. Various publications have been sharing their takes on it, some of which – when taken out of context – Gordon hasn’t been elated to read. Case in point: the below tweets levelled at music site Stereogum and Ben Myers, writing for the Guardian.

@stereogum not harsh just sociological

— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) February 4, 2015

@here_comes_B all out of context!

— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) February 4, 2015

Buena Vista Social Club are digging up some unreleased songs

Get those chairs pushed against a wall after your middle-class dinner party, because Buena Vista Social Club have a new release on the way. It’s due for release on 24 March, and is set to feature previously unused tracks meant for their eponymous 1997 album.

Rick Rubin annotated some songs on the internet

The legendary producer took to the site Genius – now partly run by the ex-New Yorker pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones – to post his memories and thoughts in connection to songs he worked on. Rubin obsessive catnip, indeed.

Producer Rick Rubin
Musical Genius … Rick Rubin. Photograph: Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic


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