The Week In Music, June 8

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The identity of a boy thrown off the stage by hip-hop star Akon has been discovered. The 15 year-old’s mother called the police following the incident, but it remains unclear as to whether or not there will be charges filed against the singer. The boy threw something at Akon, who then ordered security guards to bring the offender on stage. At this point Akon took off his shirt, put the boy on his shoulders, and hurled him at the crowd.

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora lost Heather Locklear, then he lost her friend Denise Richards. Hey, at least he has his health, right? Maybe not. He recently checked in to a rehabilitation center in Los Angeles for an undisclosed issue. Good luck getting off the juice, cowboy.

Memphis-based soul label Stax is turning 50, and still going strong. Those unfamiliar with this influential label, shame on you, but here’s some background info anyway. Stax rose from humble beginnings, and eventually released tracks like Otis Redding’s “(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man.” The label also set a positive example by being a productive interracial label in the South during the civil rights era.

The body of John Pike –drummer for the new-wave indie band Ra Ra Riot–was recently discovered in Providence, RI. Following a show the group played, he and another member went to a house party. Pike left with his cell phone, and wasn’t seen again. His body was found off Wilbur’s Point in 7 feet of water. No official cause of death has been announced. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.

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