Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead at 41

Chester Bennington. Photo: Gregg DeGuire/Wire Chester Bennington, the lead singer Linkin Park, has died at age 41, TMZ reports. Bennington hanged himself in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told TMZ, and his body was reportedly found in a home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles Thursday morning. Bennington …

Remembering Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Photo: Rick Diamond/Wire Without Chester Bennington, the vocalist who hanged himself in Los Angeles today, Linkin Park would have been nothing. The other band members, with co-vocalist and producer Mike Shinoda at their head, were competent and creative without ever quite being distinctive. Though hardly immune to pain or grief, …

Trent Reznor Recalls How David Bowie Helped Him Get Clean

Bowie and Reznor. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty s Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor grew up idolizing David Bowie, and then was given the chance to tour alongside him in the late ‘90s, as well as star in Bowie’s “I’m Afraid Americans” video. In Rolling Stone’s new David Bowie tribute issue, Reznor reflects on …

Randy Newman on Trump, Putin, and His New Album

Randy Newman. Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire for ASCAP How do you account for a career like Randy Newman’s, other than to say he’s some kind skewed genius? For nearly 50 years, he’s been releasing deeply quirky cult-favorite albums mordant wit and moving melodies. In the process he’s developed a songbook material …

What Happens After SoundCloud?

Photo: Soundcloud SoundCloud had a death scare this month as a massive wave layfs led to apocalyptic reports that the streaming service was hemorrhaging cash and set to fold by the fourth quarter 2017. Alongside the news came service-journalism reminders for users to “back their shit up,” feverish plans to …

R. Kelly’s Latest Legal Trouble, Explained

R. Kelly. Photo: Prince Williams/Wire On Monday, journalist Jim DeRogatis, whose dogged decade-plus reporting on R. Kelly famously exposed the singer’s sexual behavior with minors, published damning new accusations against the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper R&B.” DeRogatis reports for BuzzFeed that Kelly is running what the families two alleged victims are …