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POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 3:14 PM
Martin Shkreli, head of Turing Pharmaceuticals. (Screenshot via Bloomberg)

In November Forbes reported that Wu-Tang's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin finally sold for “millions” to an American buyer through auction startup Paddle8.

Who bought the “most expensive album ever made” for a reported $2 million? Pharma kingpin Martin Shkreli.

The 32-year-old Turing Pharmecuticals CEO, who raised the price of AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, dished to Bloomberg Business in an article published on Wednesday. Shkreli reveals that Paddle8’s co-founder told him owning the album would attract new friends like rappers and celebrities – types of people who would want to hear the one-of-a-kind record. “I really became convinced that I should be the buyer,” he said.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 11:42 AM
Rapper Future performs onstage during 105.1’s Powerhouse 2015 at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

It's been one hell of a year for Atlanta rapper Future.

From releasing his first #1 Billboard album DS2 to dropping a near flawless joint-mixtape with Drake, the man is on the rise. Not to mention he was a favorite at this year’s Made in America festival.

Future announced dates for his Purple Reign Tour Wednesday morning on Instagram, and will be supported by Ty Dolla $ign. The 2016 trek kicks off in Wisconsin on Feb. 17 and will make its way to Philly’s new Fillmore on Sunday, Feb. 28.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:54 AM
Recording artist Alessia Cara performs onstage VH1's 5th Annual Streamy Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (2015 Getty Images)

If you haven’t heard 19-year-old Alessia Cara’s infectious “Here,” then get yourself educated on one of the year’s biggest breakthrough hits.

The Canadian singer-songwriter released her first single in April, which truly captures what it’s like to hate being at a party, and it’s quickly become a radio staple.

Cara first played Philly’s Underground Arts back in August, in support of her Know-It-All album, and she’ll be coming back to the area in early 2016. It’s just been announced that Alessia will perform at the TLA on Sat., Jan. 23 and tickets go on sale Wed., Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2015, 10:38 AM
Recording artist Bruce Springsteen performs onstage at A+E Networks "Shining A Light" concert at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Bruce Springsteen is coming back to grace the streets of Philadelphia next year.

On Friday, Feb. 12 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will bring “The River Tour” to the Wells Fargo Center

Tickets are on sale starting Friday, Dec. 11.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 11:32 AM
Scott Avett (L) and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers perform onstage during day one of the Boston Calling Music Festival at Boston City Hall Plaza on September 25, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The Avett Brothers have been lauded for their live performances, so much so that the experience is encapsulated over four live albums, the latest out on Dec. 18. However, there’s nothing like seeing the real thing for yourself.

The North Carolina Americana outfit is coming to the Mann Center on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 online only. The Mann Center box office reopens early next year.

POSTED: Friday, November 27, 2015, 10:49 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
ILoveMakonnen and Santigold party at Made in America for the "Who Be Lovin' Me" video. (YouTube)

Philadelphia-bred Santi White, best known as Santigold, is finally making her long-awaited comeback with a new album due out Jan. 22.

In anticipation of her 99¢ record, the singer just released a video for “Who Be Lovin’ Me” featuring ILoveMakonnen. The vid used Santi’s hometown as a backdrop – specifically this summer's Made in America Festival – and was directed by her and husband Trouble Andrew.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:58 AM
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, performs on the "What" stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

How's this for a hump day surprise? Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, announced its 2016 artist lineup today, featuring some big names.

Headliners include Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon — who were on the lineup this year but were unable to perform due to nasty weather — Florence and the Machine and Deadmau5.

Other announced artists include Ellie Goulding, Tame Impala, Disclosure, Blink-182, Death Cab For Cutie, M83, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, The 1975, Of Monsters and Men, Two Door Cinema Club, Ludacris, The Neighbourhood, Chvrches, Grouplove, Porter Robinson, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples and a throwback with Earth, Wind & Fire.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 3:00 AM
Shopping. (Photo by Steve Glashier)

As far as the three members of London band Shopping know, no one has ever actually gone shopping while listening to their band.

“I feel like you’d probably want to burn the shop down,” drummer Andrew Milk said of the distinct combination. “How did I find a blender? I went into a clothes shop.” 

Any anarchical urges aside, it’d probably be fair to predict that not a lot of shopping would occur whilst listening to the choppy, jaunty, post-punk trio, consisting of guitarist and front woman Rachel Aggs — who's playing style consists of playful riffs and never chords — “master of funk” bassist Billy Easter, and self-taught Milk on drums. You’d probably just dance. 

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