“As far as I’m concerned, no bad blood from me,” Barker told Alternative Nation. “I wish him the best in everything he does.”
Barker added, “I think the right thing for him to do would just man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit and just be real with the fans.”
Blink-182 made headlines in January after Barker and Mark Hoppus released a statement announcing DeLonge wouldn’t be playing at an upcoming festival.
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album, and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” the statement read. “A week before we were scheduled to go into the studio, we got an email from his manager, explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely but would rather work on his other, nonmusical endeavors.”
DeLonge later clarified that he didn’t quit the band; he was just focused on other projects.
“To all the fans, I never quit the band,” DeLonge wrote on his Facebook page. “I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs.”
The drama went back and forth again when Barker and Hoppus followed up with a Rolling Stone interview, in which the pair discussed years of flakiness from DeLonge, who has allegedly been stringing along Blink’s other members for years. DeLonge responded with a blistering open letter on Facebook, saying the group’s relationship “got poisoned.”
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.
In January, it was reported that Jay Z had bid $56 million to buy a Scandinavian music streaming company called Aspiro. Now, that deal looks to have hit a major snag. According to Billboard, the rapper’s offer might be rejected by the company’s minority shareholders. The bid, proffered by Jay’s Project Panther Bidco (which is itself a subsidiary of his own Shawn Carter Enterprises), was based on a 57% premium over the company’s stock price the day before the offer was made. The company’s majority shareholders accepted this unanimously; the group that is likely to disapproves has a 10% interest in Aspiro. All three sides–the majority and minority shareholders, plus Carter/Project Panther–will now enter negotiations ahead of the deal’s Mar. 11 deadline.
Aspiro’s value is largely derived from WiMP, a streaming service currently available only in Sweden, Germany, Norway, Poland and Denmark. It differs slightly from other such services in that it sports localized editorial teams dedicated to constructing highly personalized recommendations lists based on users’ listening histories. Aspiro has over 500,000 subscribers and claims a catalog of over 25 million songs.
Jay Z’s last album was 2013′s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, which leaned heavily on production by Timbaland, who had a hand in crafting 11 of the project’s 16 songs. That record spawned charting singles in “Holy Grail,” “Tom Ford” and “Part II (On The Run).” The tour named after that last, Beyonce-featuring song grossed over $100 million.