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David Bowie Reckons Lou Reed's Metallica Collaboration 'Lulu' Was His "Masterpiece"


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Never one to back away from a controversial opinion, David Bowie has pretty much a unique opinion on Lou Reed’s career. Believe it or not, he reckons that the late singer’s greatest musical work was his recent collaboration project with Metallica.

Lulu, released in 2011 with the metal legends, was one of the former Velvet Underground singer’s final projects before his death in 2013. It was almost universally panned by critics and listeners who were baffled by its complexity and lyrical themes. While not as challenging as Reed’s notorious 1975 album Metal Machine Music (seriously, don’t even bother with that one), it was instantly overlooked.

Lou ReedLou Reed's best work was his Metallica collaboration Lulu', according to David Bowie

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Green Day One Of Six Artists To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


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Esteemed musical institution the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015. The six musical acts to be inducted are: Green Day; Bill Withers; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be honoured during the ceremony with an award for musical excellence, and ‘50s R&B quintet The “5” Royales will also be recognised for their influence on early pop music.

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Green Day are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with five other artists

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Macaulay Culkin's Pizza-Themed Tribute Act Receives Death Threats From Fellow Pizza-Themed Act


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Few people could have seen Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute act, the imaginatively called The Pizza Underground, coming when it emerged on Bandcamp last month, but even fewer people would have seen the latest revelation in this doughy drama coming either. It turns out The Pizza Underground aren't the only pizza-themed act functioning in New York, and the 'original' pizza-based band are angry as hell that someone stole their niche.

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Pizza-themed bands are more popular in New York as Macaulay anticipated

Personal & the Pizzas formed in 2010 and thought their unique brand of dough-based was unequaled in the New York music scene until Culkin's band began to generate a buzz. The idea that another act were profiting from their formula irked frontman Personal so much that he has since threatened violence again the former child star and the rest of his band mates, going as far to even threatening to "kill" the band before suing them.

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Lou Reed - I'm Waiting for the Man


In commemoration of the late legend Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground's 1967 track 'I'm Waiting for the Man' has been re-released alongside his 1975 album 'Lou Reed Live' on which it also features.

New Yorkers Remember Lou Reed With Song Instead Of Speech


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Fans of the late rocker Lou Reed gathered in New York to pay their respects by singing some of the former Velvet Underground frontman's songs yesterday afternoon. Pedestrians walking through New York's Lincoln Center and Reed's former city of residence stopped to listen as 'The Blue Mask' was first blasted through speakers.

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Lou Reed Was Remembered At A Unique Lincoln Center Memorial.

As the music begin blaring, people stopped and closed their eyes, tapped their feet, sang along - and some even danced in the chilly weather. The afternoon memorial continued as the music continued to play and Laurie Anderson, Reed's widow who was with him when he died, appeared to talk to fans and pose for photographs.

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A Memorial for Lou Reed at Lincoln Center

Laurie Anderson and Wife Lou Reed - A Memorial for The Late Lou Reed is set to take place at the Paul Milstein Pool & Terrace at Lincoln Center with feature Tracks by the Rocker in Lieu of Speeches 11 14 13 - NYC, New York, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013

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Lou Reed's Estate: What He Left, And Who He Left It To


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Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has left his estate to his musician wife Laurie Anderson and other relatives.

Reed left his West 11th Street Manhattan penthouse, his $1.5million home in East Hampton, New York and the bulk of his estate including clothing, art, boats and touring company Sister Ray Enterprises to his wife. 

His sister inherited about a quarter of his estate and a $500,000 bequest to care for their mother. The rocker - who married long-time partner Anderson in 2008 - had no children.

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Lou Reed Aims To Continue Caring For His Mother, Sister & Wife Following His Death


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As we continue to mourn the death of one of the most iconic and influential rock stars of the last 50 years, it has been easy to forget that underneath all the tales of excess and debauched living, Lou Reed was actually something of a family man. As the terms of his will - recently made public by the New York Post - state, the icon's wealth has been split up amongst his family, the bulk of which is going to the three most important women in his life.

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Lou Reed: 1942 - 2013

His wife, Laurie Anderson, his only sister and their elderly mother have been named as the main benefactors from the will, which was filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court on Monday, 4 November. His wife Anderson, whom he married in 2008 after more than a decade of being in a professional relationship, was bequeathed the largest portion of his money, and has been given all of his worldly possessions, including a multi-million dollar apartment in the Hamptons, their West 11th Street apartment and any jewellery, clothing, art, cars and boats once belonging to him. She has also been named as the new head of his touring company Sister Ray Enterprises and has been given 75% of his estate.

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Laurie Anderson Pays Tribute To Late Husband Lou Reed


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Laurie Anderson's husband, Lou Reed, died on Sunday (Oct 27th) of an ailment following a liver transplant earlier this year in May.

The rock & roll legend was 71 years old.

Tributes poured in from all around the world to pay tribute to Reed but now the most important women in his life as penned a letter of remembrance: an obituary in the local newspaper.

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A Week In News: Lou Reed Dies, Celebs Go All Out For Halloween & Marvin Gaye's Kids On The Warpath


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The Loss Of Lou Reed: Legendary Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed died on Sunday 27th October after succumbing to liver disease, having battled with poor health for months. The world reacted with sorrow to the loss of the 'Perfect Day' singer who saw sales of his solo albums and Velvet Underground records rocket in the wake of his death, aged 71.

Halloween Hijinks: The latest trend in the world of celebrities is to one-up each other in wearing the wittiest or most outrageous Halloween outfit this year. The last few days have been awash with viral images, gifs and videos of the rich and famous pulling out all the stops to make an impact. So far, we've seen Matt Lauer as Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Miley Cyrus as Lil Kim, Ellen DeGeneres as Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton as Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock's bearded fisherman, Heidi Klum's elderly lady and Fergie and Josh Duhamel's double hit of Elvira and Riffraff.

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Lou Reed Music Sales Soar In Wake Of Death


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Lou Reed, the 71 year-old singer and musician who died last Sunday, has experienced a massive surge of interest to his music and has seen sales spike, sending his albums Transformer and Rock 'N' Roll Animal into the iTunes and Amazon top 25 charts.

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Lou Reed's Death Prompted A Renewed Interest In His Music.

Reed's album catalogue sold 3,000 copies last Sunday (27th Oct.) alone, compared to fewer than 1,000 the previous week, which marks a tremendous an increase of 607 percent. Additionally, his solo digital song sales jumped from 2,000 to 17,000, a 590 percent rise, according to Nielsen SoundScan, via Rolling Stone.

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How The Hell Did Anyone Confuse Lou Reed with Lou Bega?


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If you’re the journalist responsible for confusing the identities of Lou Reed and LOU BEGA, then, that’s pretty funny. You made a bad mistake, but, it’s a funny mistake, and certainly not the end of everything – the world etc.

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But confused they were. Bizarrely, Bega – who sung the ridiculous hit, ‘Mambo No. 5’ – started receiving tributes, which was pretty confusing, we’d imagine.

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Lou Reed Hailed As Greatest Rock Influence In The Past 50 Years


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The outpouring of grief for the late Lou Reed has continued since his death was announced on Sunday 27th October.

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Lou Reed died on Sunday aged 71.

The songwriter and guitarist died at his home at Amagansett on Long Island on Sunday. The cause of his death has not been released but many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, are referencing the liver transplant he underwent in May of this year. The New York Times spoke to the doctor who had performed Reed's liver surgery, Dr Charles Miller of a hospital in Ohio, he stated the cause of death was liver disease. However this has not been confirmed by New York officials. He was 71-years-old. 

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