May 2013 News
Google Launching Song Streaming Service
Google is expected to announce today that they are getting in on the song streaming action. The service will compete directly with Spotify.
It will be part of the Play service they already offer. While there will be no free option, the service is expected to be on par with Spotify, RDIO, and Rhapsody’s costs ($10/month).
For more, click here.
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Donate $70 Million to USC
Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine have donated $70 million combined to the University of Southern California.
The funds will be used to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and Business Innovations.
Classes will begin the fall of 2014. The school will offer a four year undergraduate program that covers visual design, marketing, and computer sciences among others.
Read more now.
Hologram Artists at Festivals to Continue
On the heels of Hologram Tupac comes Hologram Eazy-E and Hologram Ol’ Dirty Bastard. For it’s tenth anniversary, Rock the Bells festival is bringing what they call “original virtual performances” to the bill. Eazy-E will perform alongside Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, while ODB will perform with Wu-Tang Clan.
Surviving TLC members, Chili and T-Boz are reuniting at the Mixtape Festival. They have said they’ll be using “projections of archival footage” of deceased member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes.
This article has more details.
Park Dedicated in MCA’s Memory
Last Friday, Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn, was renamed Adam Yauch Park. The following day marked the one year anniversary of the Beastie Boy’s death.
The park is a tenth of an acre along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz addressed the crowd, as did MCA’s mother, Frances Yauch, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowtiz, and City Council Member Stephen Levin.
Look through SPIN‘s gallery of the event.
Justin Timberlake’s Part Two Coming in September
The second part of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience will be released September 30. Timberlake tweeted a picture from his Instagram of himself in the studio with a handwritten note that gave the release date.
The second album will contain 10 more songs, totaling 20 songs between the two. The first part debuted at number one on Billboard’s 200 chart this past March.
Justin Timberlake World Tour
On the heels of announcing an album release date, Justin Timberlake also announced a world tour.
“The 20/20 Experience World Tour” is slated to begin in Montreal on Halloween. Dates have been scheduled in the US and Canada through early 2014.
Click here for announced tour dates.
April 2013 News
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Recap
Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Los Angeles. Inductees were Heart, Public Enemy, Rush, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Albert King, and Donna Summer.
The ceremony began 50 minutes late and lasted four hours.
Go here for a recap.
Dropkick Murphys Raise Money for Boston
Beloved Boston band, Dropkick Murphys have raised money for their hometown and those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. In a mere 15 hours, the band raised $65,000. They sold a special tee shirt that reads “For Boston”. The shirts are priced $24.99-$26.99 based on the shirt size.
Willie Nelson to Hold Benefit for Texas Blast Victims
Country music legend, Willie Nelson, has decided a Texas concert will be a benefit for those affected by the fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas. The show is April 28 in Austin.
Nelson has a home in Abbott, TX, which is around 5 miles north of West.
Read an interview with Willie about his decision.
Watch Coachella in Your Underwear
Can’t make it to Coachella this weekend? Prefer to save money and watch it from the comfort of your own home (or in your underwear)? YouTube understands and is ready to assist your concert watching needs. Over the weekend, they will be live streaming performances by Japandroids, The Stone Roses, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, The Lumineers, Wu-Tang Clan and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
Here’s the full lineup of performances that will be airing.
Top 10 Coachella Performances of All Time
Billboard.com has compiled a list of the ten best performances in Coachella’s history. The list includes Prince, Rage Against the Machine, Madonna, Kanye West, and of course Hologram Tupac.
See where they rank and relive the performances.
We Are Hunted Caught By Twitter
Music service We Are Hunted has been purchased by Twitter. We Are Hunted had been working with the social media service on a music app. They track the most popular songs on social media and the internet. The app will be used to help users find new music and see what’s trending.
The service could be available as soon as this weekend to coincide with Coachella.
For more, read this.
If you’re going to Coachella this weekend or next weekend, we’ve got you covered (along with SPIN).
As always, there are a plethora of artists to see over Coachella weekend.Here is SPIN’s Top 30 acts that they recommend you check out.
With so many shows scheduled to go down at once, you’ll probably have to miss someone. Start planning who you’re going to see and who you’ll probably miss out on. View the schedule.
To get you ready for the festival, here’s a free downloadable mixtape, courtesy of SPIN.
Celebrate The White Stripes Elephant With Double Album
You may have already purchased the commemorative version of Elephant, but Jack White wants you to celebrate his former band’s ten year anniversary with a double album.
Available on Record Store Day, a companion set is being released along with the double-vinyl reissue of Elephant. Nine Miles from White City is a 79- minute, 26-track live album from Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. It features many tracks from Elephant, along with covers by Bob Dylan among others. It is available through Third Man Records Vault (http://thirdmanrecords.com/vault/ ) series.
As if that’s not enough, Vault subscribers will also receive a 7 inch that includes two demos. “Little Acorns” and “I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart” are the songs that subscribers will receive along with a 56- page photo booklet.
To receive these items, you must subscribe by April 30.
For more, read this.
Kid Rock Tour to Sell $20 Tickets for All Seats
Concert ticket prices continue to rise every year, though the economy doesn’t keep up. That’s why Kid Rock has decided that all of his tickets will be priced at $20.
The tour kicks off June 28 in Bristow, VA and will run through September 15. Uncle Kracker, ZZ Top, and Kool and the Gang are joining Kid Rock at various stops. Platinum tickets will be available at all shows to help avoid scalpers. Fans may also be selected at random to sit the front two rows.
Find tour dates here.
Guns N’ Roses Lullaby Album (Yes, Really)
Looking for songs to rock your child to sleep by your favorite rock band, but in a soothing, mellow way? Look no further! Guns N’ Roses have an album of their songs in lullaby form.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has released several albums of lullabies by various artists, including Nirvana, Beck and Radiohead. They are releasing Lullaby Versions of Guns N’ Roses, an album that includes all instrumental versions of the band’s song.
Listen to the relaxing “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
The album is available on April 30.
Here is the track listing.
Beyonce is a “Grown Woman” is Pepsi Ad
Yesterday’s teaser video to #BeyHereNow has been revealed as a new Pepsi ad.
The new commercial features a track, “Grown Woman”, from her upcoming album. The ad looks back at 10 years of Beyonce as a spokeswoman for the company.
Read this for more.
Coachella Stays Put
Indio, California will be Cochella’s home until 2030. Yesterday, Indio’s city council approved Goldenvoice’s (the festival’s promoters) proposal.
The proposal also includes an annual country music showcase will take place in Indio. They can also have a maximum of five high-capacity events yearly.
This year’s Coachella takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21.
For more, click here.
The Great Gatsby’s Trailer Showcases Soundtrack
In the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, three songs from its soundtrack are featured.
Listeners will hear Beyonce and Andre 3000′s unrecognizable take on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful” is featured before Florence + The Machine’s “Over the Love” closes out the trailer.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Toby Maguire. The movie will be in theatres on May 10 , with the soundtrack available on May 6.
Click here for the complete soundtrack listing.
Justin Timberlake Still Sitting Pretty Atop Charts
Justin Timberlake holds on to the top spot on the Billboard 200, holding off Lil Wayne. 368,000 copies of Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experiment were sold to keep him at number one.
Though he sold much less than he did in week one, Timberlake has now sold a total of 1.29 million records in two weeks. It is the first album of 2013 to sell over 1 million copies.
For more, read this.
Beyonce Wants You to #BeyHereNow
In a six second clip on her YouTube channel, Beyonce tells viewers to #BeyHereNow at 9 AM ET on April 4.
Speculation ranges from a new single, a new album title, or an album release date.
The video comes a few weeks after the leak of her controversial track “Bow Down/I Been Down”.
Vampire Weekend to be Directed by Steve Buscemi
Vampire Weekend will be directed by Steve Buscemi for their “Unstaged” concert. “American Express Unstaged” is a concert series by the credit card company that airs on YouTube and Vevo.
Buscemi has directed four feature films along with several episodes of “The Sopranos”. The band’s new album Modern Vampires of the City will be released May 14.
The concert will stream live on April 28 from the Roseland Ballroom.
Paramore Debut New Album Via Videos
Paramore is debuting songs from their highly anticipated new album via videos called “4 Nights/4 Sides”. Starting Monday night and lasting until this Thursday, several tracks from Paramore will be released via a video on their website.
Side A features “Fast in My Car”, “Now” (the current single), “Grow Up”, and “Daydreaming”.
The self titled album will be available on April 9.
Beyonce & Andre 3000 Cover Amy Winehouse
Beyonce and Andre 3000 will be covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”. They will be contributing the track to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, is executive producer of the film’s soundtrack.
The film will be in theaters on May 10 and will also open the Cannes Festival on May 15.
March 2013 News
Justin Timberlake Has Best Sales Week Ever
With his third album, Justin Timberlake has received his best sales week ever as a solo artist. The 20/20 Experience has sold 968,000 copies in its first week. He also sits atop the Billboard 200, marking back to back number one album debuts for Timberlake. Though, he sold less than a million copies, the album is the 19th highest album debut since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. In 2000, Timberlake’s previous group, *N Sync sold 2.42 million copies in its first week. No Strings Attached is the top selling album of all time (since SoundScan began keeping track) in its debut week.
Volume two of The 20/20 Experience is scheduled for November.
For more, read this.
Kings of Leon’s New Album Could Be Available in September
Southern rockers Kings of Leon have finished their sixth studio album. The untitled album is the first release from the band since Come Around Sundown in 2010.
Speaking with NME, bassist Nathan Followill says of the upcoming album, “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds. It’s like a mix of ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ and ‘Because Of The Times’.”
Some new songs may be previewed when the band plays the Governor’s Ball in NY this June.
MCR Fans Start Petition for Proper Goodbye
Members of the MCRmy, fans of the now defunct My Chemcial Romance, are not having any part of the band’s sudden breakup. A fan in the UK has started a petition with Change.org to encourage the band to give their fans a “proper farewell”.
The petition was started shortly after frontman Gerard Way took to the band’s website to announce the band was parting ways after 12 years.
The original petition called for 10,000 signatures, which it reached. It is currently at slightly over 16,000 signatures. It needs just under 9,000 signatures to reach its new goal of 25,000.
Mumford & Sons Not Headlining Lollapalooza
Mumford & Sons released their North American tour dates today and the band will not be headlining Lollapalooza. Instead, they’ll be performing in Montreal for the Osheaga Festival.
Fret not, US festival goers. They will be at Bonnaroo on June 15.
Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available now and the remaining tickets on sale April 5.
Tour dates can be found here.
Carole King, John Fogerty Among HOF Performers
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Carole King and John Fogerty have both agreed to perform at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Joining them will be Usher (singing for Quincy Jones), Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte (inducting Public Enemy), Cheech & Chong (inducting Lou Adler, the night’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) and Chris Cornell (inducting Heart). King will sing in honor of Adler, while Fogerty and Jackson Browne will perform with Randy Newman.
The ceremony is April 18 in Los Angeles.
For more, read this.
Deke Richards, Motown Songwriter, Dies
Deke Smith, who penned many songs for the Jackson 5, has died. The 68 year old had been battling esophageal cancer.
Smith and his partners, Fonze Mizell and Freddie Perren formed The Corporation. They wrote Jackson 5 staples “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “The Love You Save”. They also wrote for The Supremes, while Richards wrote for Bobby Darin, Bonnie Bramlett, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Go here for more on Richards.
Justin Timberlake’s New Album Closing in on 1 Million Sales
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was released last Tuesday, March 19. As of Sunday, March 24, it was projected that the album will sell anywhere from 950,000-975,000 copies in it’s first week.
The Nielsen-SoundScan sales week runs from Monday to Sunday. Sunday’s final numbers will give the accurate sales total. According to Billboard.com, the album will debut at number one on March 27. This will give Timberlake his second consecutive number one debut. 2006′s FutureLove/SexSounds sold 684,000 copies in week one. His first album, Justified, debuted at number two.
If the album sells a million copies it’s first week, it will be only the 19th album to reach that number since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991.
Record Store Day Releases Include MGMT, Best Coast
On Friday, the Record Store Day Record Store Day announced its list of records going on sale on Record Store Day. Among those artists revealed are MGMT, Best Coast, Black Keys, Ringo Starr, and Jack White.
Best Coast’s release will have new songs, while the Black Keys are releasing a cover of “No Fun” one side and the original by The Stooges on the other.
Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 20. This marks the sixth anniversary.
For more, click this.
My Chemical Romance Is Finished
On Friday, My Chemical Romance took to their website to officially tell their fans that the band was finished.
In a statement on the website, MCR stated: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.
My Chemical Romance”
Over their decade-plus career, the band released just four albums, three on a major label. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was their major label debut in 2005. The Black Parade followed in 2006, while their last album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released in 2010. All three albums were top 10 records.
Dave Grohl’s SXSW Keynote Speech:Listen Now
Last week, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl addressed the crowd at SXSW as a keynote speaker. He followed last year’s speaker, Bruce Springsteen.
You may have already ready Grohl’s impassioned speech about finding your voice and staying true to it.
Listen to the speech in its entirety here.
50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ “Please Please Me”
Fifty years ago today (March 22), The Beatles released “Please Please Me”.
The single was the follow up to “Love Me Do”. After recording it, producer George Martin declared that “Please Please Me” would be a number one hit. Though, it only made it to #2 on the UK charts.
For more on the song, click here.
Elton John, Courtney Love Rumored to Be On New Fall Out Boy Album
Pete Wentz is hinting at quite a few names of artists who guested on the new Fall Out Boy album. Last week, bandmate Patrick Stump tweeted a picture with Elton John. Wentz confirmed yesterday via his own Twitter that John is in fact appearing on the upcoming Save Rock & Roll.
After asking his followers to guess which blonde hair singer was on the new album, the Fall Out Boy account tweeted “It’s Courtney bitch” along with clip featuring images of Courtney Love.
Rapper 2 Chainz stars in the band’s new “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”.
The album will be out on April 16.
Justin Timberlake is Streamin’
Yesterday, Justin Timberlake’s new album began streaming on iTunes. You can also pre order the digital album for $10.99. The album will be streaming all week long.
In case you haven’t heard, it’s JustinTimberweek. JT kicked off the week a little early by hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live, bringing in the highest ratings in 14 months. He is also appearing as a guest and performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon every night this week.
All one hour plus of The 20/20 Experience will be out on March 19.
Prince Composes TV Show Theme
Prince, who is notoriously selective and protective of his music, has created a TV theme song. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall was the lucky recipient of the new outro music.
Listen to the funky new theme here.
Berry Gordy Officially a Pioneer
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is bestowing Berry Gordy with the Pioneer Award. Gordy will receive the award on June 13 at the Hall of Fame’s ceremony in New York.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jimmy Webb, states “Yes, he created a label but more than that, he created a genre. Think about it, he pioneered a marketplace for African-American artistry and then he invited the world in to enjoy it. Berry was way ahead of his time; his young and immaculately groomed and dressed artists were among the first to receive media training. Berry Gordy and the Motown sound are essential to the American music story.”
Also being awarded that night, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Holly Knight, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Tony Hatch, and JD Souther.
Linkin Park Supports Sandy Survivors
Linkin Park is showing their support for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Though the storm wreaked havoc months ago, both the United States and Haiti still need help. Mike Shinoda recently visited Haiti and made this clip.
The band aligned with Music for Relief to raise funds that will go to Sandy Relief efforts that help provide families with childrens services such as help with local childcare. Purchase of the bracelet also helps to support the International Medical Corps’ efforts in Haiti. It will help support long term programs including water and sanitation, disaster preparedness, and primary health care.
The one-of-a-kind bracelet is available for $15 through Music for Relief’s website.
30 Seconds to Mars’ “Up In The Air”
30 Seconds to Mars is promoting their new single in an out of this world way, literally. On Friday, the band had NASA’s help to send their single to space. They went to Cape Canaveral, FL and a copy of “Up In The Air” was placed with the SpaceX rocket being launched for the International Space Station.
Frontman Jared Leto told MTV.com “It seemed impossible; for a moment I played with the idea of a weather balloon, but I had been speaking with NASA for quite some time about ways to find something creative to do together. And I presented them with this idea and here we are…”
The band will travel to Houston to Mission Control on March 18 to field questions along with astronaut Tom Marshburn about the adventure. The single hits radio airwaves the following day.
For more, read this.
February 2013 News
Prince Coming to Late Night
This Friday night, Prince will perform on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. The Purple One is scheduled to perform two songs, though it is unclear if it will be new music.
Prince’s current single is “Screwdriver” and the video can be purchased on his website (http://3rdeyegirl.com/) for $.88.
SXSW To Get Green (Day)
Green Day will make their first appearance at SXSW next month. Two films about the band, Broadway Idiot and ¡Cuatro!, will be screened on March 15.
The band will then perform at ACL Live later that night.
¡Cuatro! debuted at the X Games in January and it follows the band over the recording of the trilogy of ¡Uno!, Dos! and ¡Tré! In Broadway Idiot, the film covers Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey of their album, American Idiot, becoming a Broadway play.
Lineup for Second Annual Orion Music + More Festival Revealed
Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival is returning this summer. The festival will take place over two days in Detroit.
Co-headlining this year’s event is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Joining them are Rise Against, DropKick Murphys, Japandroids, and Silversun Pickups among others.
The festival takes place June 8 and 9 with tickets going on sale this Friday, March 1.
For more, visit the official website.
Jay-Z and JT Are “Legends of Summer”
According to their stadium tour name, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are the Legends of Summer.
Beginning July 17, the duo will kick off a 12 city tour.
Below are the tour stops:
July 17: Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)
July 19: New York, NY (Yankee Stadium)
July 22: Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)
July 26: San Francisco, CA (Candlestick Park)
July 28: Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)
July 31: Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium)
August 4: Hershey, PA (Hershey Stadium)
August 6: Detroit, MI (Ford Field)
August 8: Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)
August 10: Boston, MA (Fenway Park)
August 13: Philadelphia, PA (Citizens Bank Park)
August 16: Miami, FL (Sun Life Stadium)
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Elected to Songwriters Hall of Fame
2/5 of Aerosmith have been chosen to go into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The songwriting duo of the band, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be inducted on June 13 in New York.
Also joining them will be Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Tony Hatch, Holly Knight and JD Souther.
For more on the ceremony, read this.
Bonnaroo Lineup Announced
A portion of Bonnaroo’s lineup was announced by Weird Al via LiveStream. Paul McCartney, Wilco, and Japandroids were just some of the names revealed.
Kendrick Lamar, the xx, A$AP Rocky, David Byrne and St. Vincent were also unveiled as performers.
On February 23, tickets go on sale at 12 PM ET. Bonaroo 2013 will be held in Manchester, TN on June 13-16.
Here’s a list of artists so far.
Clive Davis Reveals Bi-Sexuality
Clive Davis, music industry pioneer, has revealed to Katie Couric that he is bisexual.
In an interview that aired today (2/19), the father of four says that after his divorce in the 80s, he began exploring relationships with both sexes. The 80 year old Davis states that he is in a monogamous relationship.
His book, The Soundtrack of My Life, is being released today as well.
A snippet of the interview can be viewed here.
How Johnny Cash Was Chosen to Be Memorialized on a Stamp
Country music icon Johnny Cash has been selected to appear on a stamp as part of the Music Icon series.
An interview with MTV Hive states that “every year, the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee receives about 40,000 suggestions for what should grace a stamp. Then 30 subjects are chosen. This year, Cash made the cut, which made sense to the postal committee: Cash is not only a country artist but someone whose “influence is felt just about everywhere, from folk to blues and gospel.”
After months of research, art director Greg Breeding chose the picture of Cash that will appear on the stamp. It took six months from being commissioned to final product.
The stamp will be available for purchase this summer.
To read more about Breeding’s choice, go here.
Adele In Early Stages of New Album
Adele has said that while she’s been in LA since the Golden Globes, she has had many meetings. Those discussions are for her next album. Though it’s unclear if she’s been writing new material, she does plan to meet with Paul Epworth. He produced and co-wrote several songs on her last album, 21.
For more, click here.
Justin & Jay-Z Joint Tour?
Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are planning a joint stadium tour. The tour would likely last 11 to 13 dates.
On the red carpet during the Grammys, Timberlake confirmed he was definitely going on tour, but quickly added he didn’t know “how much I should say.”
Check out this article for more.
For $1.77, Get Screwd(river) By Prince
By shelling out $1.77, you can download the entire eight minute file for Prince’s new song, “Screwdriver”.
According to SPIN, this is what less than two bucks gets you. “When the grainy eight-minute clip picks up, we meet a guitar-wielding girl with a Skrillex ‘do and a rockin’ lady band. They show up for a sketchy audition but while the plot, production and performance all scream “porno flick,” a tiny form soon emerges from a fog-spewing door and beckons the girls into a dark warehouse. We soon discover that Prince has called the women forth so that they can back him as he plays “Screwdriver” to a ’90s-attired audience who dip, bop and twist in (almost) synchronization.”
Elton John Guests on New Queens of the Stone Age Album
Elton John revealed on Chelsea Lately that he appears on the new Queens of the Stone Age album. QOSA member Dave Grohl was filling in as host for Chelsea Handler.
John joins Scissor Sisters Jake Shears, original QOSA bassist Nick Oliveri, and Trent Reznor as guests on the upcoming record.
Watch Grohl interview John.
The 20/20 Experiment Track Listing, Album Cover Unveiled
By now you know that Justin Timberlake is releasing his new album on March 19. You also are aware that it’s called The 20/20 Experiment, “Suit and Tie” is the lead single, and it’s his first album since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Add to your knowledge that the new record is comprised of ten songs and that the cover features Timberlake looking through an optometrist’s machine.
To view the cover and read the track list, go here.
The Wanted Get Reality Show Treatment
E! already has a show about the all girl group, The Saturdays. To even out the sexes, the channel has announced that all male group, The Wanted, will have their own show.
For the show, the band moved to Los Angeles and had their everyday lives filmed for your viewing pleasure. The Ryan Seacrest produced show, The Wanted Life, will begin airing in June.
Click the link for more.
Performances You May Have Missed
Super Bowl weekend had a lot going on in New Orleans and not just with the San Francisco 49ers and eventual victors, the Baltimore Ravens.
Perhaps the most awaited performance was not what would take place during halftime. It was the return of Justin Timberlake to a stage. He made his return on Saturday night at DirecTV’s DTV SuperFan stadium. Timberlake performed for two hours, mixing old and new songs.
Here’s JT doing his thing with Jay-Z during current single “Suit and Tie”.
For more on the night, including video of two new songs, go here.
Of course, Beyonce’s halftime performance was much talked about. Rumors had been swirling for weeks that she would be joined at some point by Destiny’s Child.
Mrs. Carter did not disappoint. She performed songs that were chosen by the fans before being reunited with her former group members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
The original video has been pulled down by the NFL, but various versions are up on YouTube.
Here’s one that is still up as of now.
The NFL has also removed videos of other Super Bowl performances.
Jennifer Hudson joined the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir in an inspiring rendition of ““America, The Beautiful”.
Alicia Keys sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the longest time in Super Bowl history. There has been some controversy saying Keys sang the song too slow and that the ending was her showing off instead of honoring the country.
Jennifer Hudson, Sandy Hook Choir To Perform at Super Bowl
Jennifer Hudson will team up with the Sandy Hook Elementary choir for a special performance. Before the Super Bowl, they will sing “America The Beautiful”.
The Super Bowl airs on CBS this Sunday, February 3.
Whitney Houston Special To Air Grammy Weekend
During Grammy weekend last year, Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub.
On February 9th, CBS will air “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family”. The hour long special will include interviews with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, LL Cool J and Bruce Springsteen.
The Grammys air the following night at 8 PM.
Two Green Day Films at SXSW
At this year’s SXSW, there will be two documentaries about Green Day.
“Broadway Idiot” is making its world premier at the festival and is a behind the scenes look with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as “American Idiot” is turned into a Broadway play.
The second film,” ¡Cuatro!”, tells how the band create the trilogy“¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!”
Other films at SXSW include Snoop Dogg and 30 Seconds to Mars. For more, click here.
January 2013 News
Justin Timberlake’s Grammy Return
On Sunday, February 10, Justin Timberlake will make his return to the Grammy stage after four years.
The weekend before, Timberlake will perform during Super Bowl weekend at a charity event.Timberlake’s first studio album in seven years, The 20/20 Experiment, will be available on March 19.
The Grammys air at 8 PM on CBS.
Coachella Sells Out Both Weekends
Coachella has once again sold out. The first weekend of shows, April 12-14, sold out in under fifteen minutes. The website crashed temporarily when weekend tickets went on sale.
Tickets for the following weekend are also sold out, save for the Lake ElDorado and Festival passes.
Johnny Cash Honored By US Postal Service
The late Johnny Cash will be honored by the US Postal Service when he graces a postage stamp. He will appear as part of the “Music Icon” series.
“We get about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only about 20 topics make the cut,” USPS representative Mark Saunders told Today.com. “These suggestions are reviewed by the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory whose role is to narrow down that 40,000 to roughly 20 and then provide their recommendations to the Postmaster General for final approval.”
For more on the stamp, go here.
Coachella Lineup Revealed
The rumor surrounding Coachella was a headlining set by The Rolling Stones and it proved to be false. Instead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur and Phoenix are headlining the April music festival. They will be joined by the Stone Roses, Wu Tang Clan, the xx, and the Yeah, Yeahs, Yeahs among others.
Coachella will take place April 12-14 and April 19-21.
For more on the festival, go here.
The Lumineers Among New Grammy Performers
The Lumineers, along with Jack White and Carrie Underwood have been announced as Grammy performers.
Also joining them will be a pair of duets. Elton John will be teaming up with Ed Sheeran while Dierks Bentley has chosen touring partner Miranda Lambert to duet with him.
The Grammys air Sunday, February 10 on CBS.
Click here for more on other performers and nominees.
Justin Timberlake’s New Album Gets Release Date
In a lyric video for his new song “Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake reveals his album release date. Around the 5:20 mark, March 19, 2013 briefly flashes on the screen under The 20/20 Experience.
It’s his first album since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveShow”. Timberlake will also be performing at a charity concert in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend.
Napster Doc to Premiere at SXSW
VH1′s Rock Doc about Napster will premiere at SXSW. On Sunday, March 10, “Downloaded” will be shown at Paramount Theater.
According to the press release, “ “Downloaded” focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music industry including: The Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner, former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America.”
Two panels will also be held during the conference.Both panels will include the documentary’s director, Alex Winter. The first will be on Tuesday, March 12. “Download: The Digital Revolution” will feature Napster creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. “Downloaded: The Music Industry in the Digital Age” will focus on the business side of the digital revoultion. This panel will take place Thursday, March 15.
For more, click here.
Sound City Players Coming to LA
Dave Grohl’s super band line up is playing a show in Los Angeles. The group was supposed to play only once in Park City, Utah to coincide with the Sound City documentary’s premire at Sundance.
Since the show sold out, a Los Angeles show was added. It will take place at the Hollywood Palladium on January 31st. The lineup differs slightly from the Utah show.
For more on the lineup and tickets, go here.
Sandy Hook Choir, Ingrid Michaelson Song for Benefit
The Sandy Hook Elementary School choir and singer Ingrid Michaelson have recorded a song for benefit. Proceeds of their version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” will go to the Newtown Youth Academy along with the United Way of Western Connecticut.
Timberlake Unleashes “Suit and Tie”
Six and a half years after last releasing new material, Justin Timberlake is back with a brand new single. “Suit and Tie” features Jay-Z and was produced by Timbaland.
In an open letter, Timberlake announces the new album’s title (The 20/20 Experience) and that the album will be due out this year. He also explains why decided to do this record.
Grohl’s Sound City Hits Theaters One Night Only
Just says before Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City debuts at Sundance, comes the announcement that it will be coming to select theaters possibly near you. Most showings of the film will be on January 31. However, there are a few showings sprinkled throughout February.
Here is a list of participating theaters.
Black Sabbath & Ozzy Reunite on Album
Black Sabbath are releasing their first album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years. The Rick Rubin produced 13 will be available in June. Never Say Die! was the last studio album that Osbourne appeared on back in 1978.
Before the album comes out, the band will hit the road for a few dates.
For tour dates and more on the album, go here.
SXSW Reveals Vampire Weekend Among Performers
SXSW has revealed the third round of artists scheduled to perform at the festival. Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, and the Black Lips are among the names announced.
The event runs from March 12th through the 17th.
Go here for a complete list of all performers.
Destiny’s Child Reunion at Super Bowl
R&B group Destiny’s Child will reunite during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 3rd. The trio will perform their new single “Nuclear”.
Their new album, Love Songs, drops on January 29.
Trent Reznor’s Online Streaming Service Available in 2013
Trent Reznor’s new online streaming service, Daisy, will be available later this year. The service will be provided through Beats Electronics. Jimmy Iovine, who is the company’s co-founder, says Daisy focuses on the “connection between the artist and the consumer.”
For more on the service and Reznor’s role, click here.
Beyonce Announces New Destiny’s Child Album
Beyonce has announced that Destiny’s Child will be releasing a new album. The trio’s first CD in eight years features a love theme. All of the songs, sans one new track, were recorded between 1997 and 2004. The new single is called “Nuclear”.
“Love Songs” will be available on January 29, just days before Beyonce performs during the Superbowl Halftime show.
Go here for a complete track listing.
Justin Timberlake Teases New Album
Musician/actor Justin Timberlake is teasing a new album in a video that he narrates. In this video, Timberlake explains why it has taken him so long to put out new music. He ends with two simple words, “I’m ready”. A countdown clock suggests that an announcement will come in just over three days.
Grohl Invites Nicks and Fogerty to Perform at Sundance
Dave Grohl is debuting his documentary, Sound City, at Sundance on January 18. He will also be performing a concert. Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty have been announced as performers, along with Foo Fighters members.
To learn about other performers at this gig, go here.
December 2012 News
Benefit Concert 12.12.12 to Be Televised
If you can’t afford the $150-$2500 tickets to attend the 12.12.12 concert, you can watch it live on one of 34 channels or hear it on Clear Channel radio. The concert will also be streamed live.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Eric Clapton have also been added to the list of performers.
Here’s the list of channels and websites that will be airing the concert live.
“Sound City”Trailer Unveiled
Dave Grohl has unveiled the trailer for his documentary “Sound City”. The film about the Van Nuys studio will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It will be released everywhere else in February.
Free Gary Allan Song with Sandy Donation
Country singer Gary Allan is giving a free song when fans donate to the American Red Cross. “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” is Allan’s new single and is the one fans get with a donation. The video also encourages donating to the organization.
The Killers Release Christmas Video
The Killers have released a video for their new Christmas song “I Feel It In My Bones”. The video is a sequel to 2007′s “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa”.
The single can also be purchased on iTunes with all proceeds benefitting (RED).
Tickets on Sale for 12.12.12 Benefit
All proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
For a list of other concerts that are benefiting Hurricane Sandy, go here.
Grammy Nomination Predictions
December 5 is the day that Grammy nominations will be announced live on The Grammy Nominations Live!!–A Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.
Predictions for the nominees are being made now.
Read Rolling Stone’s prediction of some of the major categories.
Here’s why SPIN thinks Frank Ocean’s channel Orange is the record of the year.
The Killers Release Christmas Song for Charity
For the seventh consecutive year, The Killers have released a Christmas song. “I Feel It in My Bones” was released on December 1st to coincide with World Aids Days. The track will be available for purchase on December 4th and all proceeds will go to (RED).
November 2012 News
The Who, Hunter Hayes Added to Grammys Nomination Show
The list for next week’s The Grammys Nominations Live—Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night continues to grow. The Who, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, and The Band Perry have all been added.
The Who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bentley and The Band Perry will perform a tribute for Johnny Cash.
They join Fun., Ne-Yo, Maroon 5, and Luke Bryan as performers. The December 5th show will be co-hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. It airs live at 10 PM ET on CBS.
Metallica Starts Own Record Label
Veteran rock band Metallica has started their own record label, Blackened Recordings. In a provision from their deal with Warner Bros., the band owns their entire catalog of master recordings that includes both music and videos.
The new record label ends their 28 year relationship with Warner Bros.
Howard Rosen Promotion Artists in Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update
Howard Rosen Promotion (www.howiewood.com) has several artists in the November 29, 2012 edition of Billboard’s Top Forty Mid Week Update.
Look for Uncharted Shores, Eric Dill, Cole Armour, and Honor Society in this issue.
Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder, & Dave Grohl added to 12.12.12
Though Jon Bon Jovi was already scheduled to be part of the 12.12.12 concert, he will now be joined by his bandmates to perform. Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder have also been added to the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. The Rolling Stones are rumored to make an appearance since they will be performing at Madison Square Garden three days later.
Tickets go on sale Monday, December 3.
For more on the concert, go here.
Grohl to Host Sirius XM Show
Dave Grohl will begin a radio show “Dave Grohl Presents Sound City” on November 29. The show will air weekly at 4:00 PM ET on Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl station.
Each show, Grohl will focus on a particular era starting with 1970-75. Artists to be covered include Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Santana, Tom Petty, Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Nirvana.
The final show will air January 24th and will include a discussion on the making of Grohl’s Sound City documentary.
Black Keys Settle Lawsuits
Back in June, the Black Keys file copyright infringement lawsuits against Home Depot and Pizza Hut. The band claimed misuse of both “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling”. Both companies said they did not copy the songs.
Earlier this month, Home Depot and the Black Keys settled. The band’s lawyer told a judge that they had reached an agreement with Pizza Hut.
No further details have been given.
“Back To Black Friday” This Friday
The third annual Record Store Day “Back To Black Friday” is happening at record stores across America on Friday.
Among the records that will be available is music from The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Incubus, M83, and Nirvana. One special record is a split 7” of both Leonard Cohen’s and Jeff Buckley’s versions of “Hallelujah”.
For more, click here.
Jack White To Open Novelties Lounge
To coincide with “Back to Black Friday”, Jack White has announced a new section of the Third Man Records record store. The Novelties Lounge will have such things as color photo booth, a Mold-A-Rama (to make miniature guitars) and a Scoptione 16 mm film jukebox.
Watch this video for a sneak peak.
BAD25 Premieres on Thanksgiving
Spike Lee’s documentary, BAD25, premieres this Thanksgiving. Lee takes a look at the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s record and tour Bad.
The special airs at 9:30 PM on ABC.
Gaslight Anthem Releases Song In Tribute to Jersey
New Jersey band Gaslight Anthem pays homage to their home state in their new video. “National Anthem” is an acoustic track set to images from the devastation of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.
The band has teamed up with Punk Cares to raise money for RebuildRecover and Architecture for Humanity. The band’s merchandise is for sale on the website with proceeds going to the organization.
World Hunger Campaign to Benefit Sandy Victims
Yoko Ono’s Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign is donating a portion of it’s proceeds to Hurricane Sandy victims.
This is the campaign’s fifth year and it focuses on combating childhood hunger and poverty. Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels was this year’s celebrity ambassador. Ono and D.M.C. met with Hurricane Sandy victims and members of Added Value, whose community farm was destroyed.
For more, go here.
Dave Grohl To Be SXSW Keynote Speaker
It has been announced that Dave Grohl will be the keynote speaker at SXSW in March. The keynote will be held on March 14 at the Austin Convention Center.
Last year’s speaker was Bruce Springsteen.
Springsteen, McCartney, The Who to Perform at Sandy Benefit
A few days ago, it was announced that Clear Channel was putting on a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, The Who, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Jon Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, and Roger Waters have all been confirmed as performers.
The concert is called “12.12.12” and will take place at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors Join Occupy Sandy Benefit
Vampire Weekend and members of Dirty Projectors are among artists performing at Occupy Sandy Benefit.
The concert takes places November 17 at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are available for a suggested price of at least $30.
For more, go here.
Ne-Yo and Fun. Added to Grammys Live Concert
Ne-Yo and Fun. have been added to the lineup for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!–Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night. They join Maroon 5 and Luke Bryan as performers on the special hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift.
The special airs live from Nashville on December 5. It will begin at 10 PM ET on CBS.
For more, visit www.grammy.com.
Gavin DeGraw StageIt Show for Sandy
On November 15, Gavin DeGraw will be performing a concert via StageIt. The concert will take place at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PT and last for 30 minutes. It is pay what you can to view the performance. All proceeds will go to benefit The Red Cross.
You can purchase your tickets on StageIt’s website.
Dave Matthews Tour Opener Now Jersey Benefit
Dave Matthews Band is kicking off their tour in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The November 30th show takes place at the IZOD Center. All ticket proceeds and merchandise sales will go to Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund. The band is pledging to raise $1 million.
Clear Channel to Hold Hurricane Sandy Benefit
Clear Channel, along with The Weinstein Company and The Madison Square Garden Company, are holding a concert benefiting Hurricane Sandy victims on December 12 (12/12/12). A Concert for Sandy Relief will raise funds for relief efforts to provide assistance and will be held at Madison Square Garden. The funds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
No artists have been announced at this time.
Artists Join Sandy Relief in Jersey
The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Gaslight Anthem, Nicole Atkins, and Mick Fleetwood have all teamed up with Move for Hunger’s RebuildRecover for Hurricane Sandy relief in New Jersey.
RebuildRecover is a nonprofit organization that works with communities to provide resources and volunteers. They are based in Red Bank, NJ.
All of the musicians involved have recorded PSAs for the organization.
Watch Seth Avett’s PSA.
The Script Headlines Long Island Benefit
The Script has been revealed as the headliner for Strong Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert. The concert will take place November 8 at 8 pm.
Originally scheduled to perform at The Paramount on December 5th, the band rescheduled it’s show to take place tomorrow night. Other artists will be announced. Radio stations WBLI,WPLJ, KJOY, WALK, WRCN, and Party 105 are promoting the event.
All proceeds will go to The Long Island Red Cross.
New Whitney Houston Track Released
“Never Give Up” is the new song from the late Whitney Houston. The song was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Cox.
It is one of two new tracks on her new greatest hits album “I Will Always Love You-The Best of Whitney Houston”. The album will be out on November 13.
Idris Elba Directs and Stars in Mumford & Sons Video
British actor Idris Elba, who was in Prometheus and The Wire, directed Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light”. He also stars as a blind man in the video.
Watch it now.
Hurricane Sandy Telethon Raises $23 Million
Last Friday’s star studded “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon raised $23 million. The funds will go to the relief efforts of the Red Cross.
Red Cross’ chief marketing officer, Peggy Dyer said “Our preliminary results of nearly $23 million raised are an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster. Their generous donations will go directly to those in need, and we urge the public to continue to give. We also thank the dedicated and talented team at NBCUniversal for the millions of people they have helped through this telethon.”
Watch Billy Joel perform “Miami 2017″ from the telethon.
Maroon 5 Concert After Grammy Nominations Live
Maroon 5 was the first artist announced to perform at the Grammy Nominations Live!!-Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night. The band will also perform after the live show for the fans in Bridgestone Arena.
The nominations special will air December 5 at 10 PM on CBS.
For more, visit www.grammy.com
October 2012 News
Mumford & Sons To Release Concert Film
Mumford & Sons reveal “Road to Red Rocks” concert film. The film follows the band’s “The Gentleman Tour” which culminated at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO.
Their latest video “I Will Wait” is footage from the Red Rocks show. The concert will not be in theaters, but will go to DVD. It will be released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand at the end of November. January 22, 2013 is the release date for the US and Canada.
Watch the trailer.
Coldplay Unveil Interactive Ebook
Coldplay also has a concert flim, though theirs will be hitting theaters first. Live 2012 will be in theaters one night only, November 13. The CD/DVD will hit shelves on November 19.
Along with the movie, Coldplay is releasing Mylo Xyloto Live. It is a audio-visual companion piece to the film available through iTunes for iPhones, iPods, and iPads. The book includes interviews with the band, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and photos. Available November 19, you can pre-order it now.
Watch a trailer for Live 2012.
Remembering Jam Master Jay: Ten Years Later
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the death of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay. He was shot in the head at his 24/7 studio in the Jamaica burrough of Queens, NY.
A decade after his death, his murder has gone unsolved. For more on the case, click here.
Taylor Swift to Co-Host Grammy Nominations Show
Taylor Swift is joining LL Cool J in hosting the annual The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!-Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night show. Previously, LL Cool J had hosted the show solo since the show began in 2008.
Luke Bryan also also been revealed as a performer. Maroon 5 is the only other act that has been announced.
The show airs lives on CBS from 10-11 PM EST on December 5.
Michael Jackson Doc to Air at Thanksgiving
Spike Lee’s documentary, Bad 25,will air on ABC on November 22 at 9:30 PM.
It will follow a theatrical run on October 19 in New York and October 26 in Los Angeles.
Watch the trailer here.
The Killers Sing Old Track on The Colbert Report
Last night, The Killers performed on The Colbert Report. Instead of singing a track from their latest CD, Battle Born, the band chose a track from their debut CD.
Watch“All These Things That I’ve Done”.
Black Keys to Release Tour EP
The Black Keys will be releasing Tour Rehearsal Tapes today. It will only be available via iTunes for the first two weeks.
The EP features six songs that were recorded live in the studio last December. The track listing is:
- “Dead and Gone”
- “Gold on the Ceiling”
- “Lonely Boy”
- “Next Girl”
- “Run Right Back”
- “Tighten Up”
Elvis Live From Madison Square Garden
No, it’s not Hologram Elvis. It’s the real thing via a fan’s video from a 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden.
The video is from Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition, which is comprised of a DVD and two CDs. It is being released today.
Watch “Suspicious Minds” now.
Grohl: “I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took to Facebook to confirm comments he made over the weekend. The band is indeed going on hiatus for a undetermined amount of time.
Read his letter to fans for full explanation.
Taylor Swift releases title track
Recently, Swift decided to release certain tracks from her upcoming album, Red.Yesterday, she premiered a clip on Good Morning America. Today the track is available for purchase on iTunes. A lyric video is also available.
Red hits shelves on October 22.
Global Citizen Wants You To Go to Concerts Free
Global Citizen is an organization that hopes to use action to get people involved. By participating in actions such as watching a video, sharing a story, or volunteering, one can earn points. The points can be redeemed for prizes, such as concert tickets. Over the weekend, people were able to attend the Global Festival, headlined by the Foo Fighters, by redeeming points.
To learn more, watch founder Hugh Evans discuss his idea.
Axl Rose to Be On Jimmy Kimmel Live
Axl Rose has agreed to be interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel. The interview is to promote Guns N’ Roses shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Appetite for Democracy will begin it’s 12 show run on Halloween and ends November 24th.
The interview will be filmed on October 24th and then air on it’s normal one hour tape delay.
Grohl’s Comments Spur Speculation
Dave Grohl’s recent comments have spurred speculation that the Foo Fighters are either breaking up or going on hiatus.
During the band’s show on Saturday night, Grohl said. “Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again … and this is the perfect place to do it.”
Back in August, he made similar comments while at the Reading Festival. The frontman later clarified that he meant a tour in England.
Watch video of the comments and “Learn to Fly”
September 2012 News
CW to Air iHeartRadio Festival Special
The CW will air a two hour telecast highlighting performances from last weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Performances from Rihanna, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Pitbull, P!nk, and Green Day are some of those included. No word if Billie Joe Armstong’s meltdown will be shown.
The special airs Monday October 1st from 8-10 PM ET.
Television Special Honoring Houston to Air
We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston is being filmed on October 13 at Nokia Theater. Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Celine Dion are the first artists announced as performers. The special will include interviews with those in the music industry, as well as never-before-seen footage.
The tribute will air November 16 at 10 PM ET on CBS.
Mumford & Sons on Letterman Live
Mumford & Sons performed on Live on Letterman in support of their new album, Babel. The hour long special can be viewed here.
R. Kelly Records Posthumous Duet with Whitney Houston
R. Kelly has recorded “I Look To You” as a duet with the late Whitney Houston. Kelly penned the song for Houston’s 2009 album of the same name.
The song will appear on the upcoming greatest hits collection I Will Always Love You:The Best of Whitney Houston. Another new track, “Never Give Up”, co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox will also be included.
For more on the duet and a track listing, go here.
Coldplay Tour Film Coming
Relive (or experience for the first time) Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto tour on DVD/Blu-Ray and CD. Live 2012 documents the band’s tour that began in June 2011 and has been seen by over 3 million people.
The US network, EPIX, will air the concert film on November 17 via television, EPIX apps and online at EPIXHD.com. The film will hit shelves three days later on November 20.
Check out the trailer.
Justin Timberlake Promotes Revamped MySpace
Justin Timerberlake, who is part of owner of MySpace, is promoting the revamped site. A new promo video has been released. The new design is a combination on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest.
Geared mostly towards musicians at all levels, Timberlake hopes the “new” MySpace helps bridge a gap between fans and artists.
Read more about how Timberlake convinces everyone to use MySpace.
Green Day Frontman To Rehab
Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab for substance abuse following a breakdown over the weekend at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. During Friday’s set, the band was told they had one minute left which prompted Armstrong to launch a profanity filled tirade.
Green Day posted the following message on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GreenDay ): “Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
The band cancelled an appearance recently because Armstrong was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.
Taylor Swift to Release New Tracks Ahead of Album Release
Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated Red will be available on October 22. In the meantime, Swift will be releasing 30 second clips of new material on Good Morning America. The following day, the song will be available for purchase on iTunes.
Swift says that she isn’t releasing every track and wants to keep some things a surprise until the album drops.
The Killers Perform on Letterman
Watch The Killers perform “Runaways” on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Maroon 5 Performing at Grammy Concert
On December 5, Maroon 5 will perform on The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! This year, the show will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show will air live from 10 PM-11 PM on CBS. It will once again be hosted by LL Cool J.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.The Grammys are February 10.
iHeart Radio Music Festival to be Broadcast in Multiple Platforms
The 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival is live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Yahoo! And Xbox will be streaming the concerts on both Friday and Saturday night live. Fans can also listen through iHeart Radio on digital devices or on Clear Channel radio stations. It will begin at 10 PM ET.
Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Jason Aldean, Calvis Harris, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Usher, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Linkin Park, deadmau5, Enrique Iglesias, No Doubt and Swedish House Mafia are scheduled to perform this weekend.
Pop Music Hall of Fame to Have Inductees First, Building Later
The town of Cannonsburg, PA wants to be the home of the Pop Music Hall of Fame. They’re so hopeful that they’ve nominated 40 artists for the first round of inductions. The inductions would come first and an actual building would come later.
The borough’s government will foot the bill for the eventual building. They plan to use a 3,000 square foot place for a temporary home. The scheduled opening is Fourth of July weekend next year.
For more on the nominees, go here.
Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Gets Married
Black Keys’ Patrick Carney was married over the weekend to Emily Ward. The wedding took place in the couple’s backyard in Nashville. Comedian Will Forte presided over the ceremony.
Celebration of the wedding also led to Olympian Shaun White’s arrest later that evening.
For more on the wedding and arrest, click here.
The Killers Perform Live on YouTube Tonight
The Killers new album Battle Born is out today. To celebrate the release, the band will be performing as part of YouTube’s “Unstaged” series. They will be performing live from Paradise Theater in the Bronx beginning at 7 PM ET.
Director Warner Herzog will shooting the concert. He also directed a mini-documentary of the band which you can watch here.
CBGB Movie Filming Finished
CBGB, the film about the infamous music venue, has wrapped filming. The movie stars Alan Rickman as the venue’s owner, Hilly Kristal.
Though filmed largely in Savannah, GA, the film features many actual pieces from CBGB such as toilets, the bar, and chunks of walls. Scenes from Kristal’s farm in New Jersery along with shots in Manhattan will also be included in the film.
CBGB is scheduled to be released next year.
For more, click here.
Prince Releases New Single
Prince released “RNR Affair” on Monday in Chicago. The Purple One will play a residency at Chicago’s United Center beginning September 24th.
To hear the track, go here.
Soundgarden to Release First Album in 16 Years
King Animal is the new album for Soundgarden. The band’s first album in 16 years is scheduled for a November 13 release.
Watch a trailer here.
My Chemical Romance Releasing New Tracks
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero announced plans to release new material. Before they recorded their concept album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, they had been recording other tracks.
According to their blog, MCR will release two tracks a month for five months. The Conventional Weapons sessions will start in October. Next week, a schedule along with track listings and pre-order details will be unveiled.
Led Zeppelin’s Mystery Solved
Thursday was the big reveal for Led Zeppelin’s “mystery” that began on Saturday with the word “FIVE” posted on their Facebook page and a tweet from Jimmy Page.
The band’s 2007 reunion concert is coming to a theater near you. Celebration Day will come to 1,500 theaters on October 17th. On November 19, it will be released on “multiple audio and video formats”.
Watch the trailer now.
Frank Ocean Invites John Mayer to “SNL”
Frank Ocean makes his debut on Saturday Night Live this week. He has decided to bring John Mayer to perform with him on the show’s season premiere.
Mayer plays on two tracks on Ocean’s channel Orange. He appears on both “Pyramid” and “White”.
“SNL” airs this Saturday at 11:35 PM on NBC.
Springsteen Sees Sales Surge Post DNC
Bruce Springsteen has seen sales surge after playing at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month. Wrecking Ball sold 3,000 copies, which is a sale increase of 37%.
“We Take Care of Our Own” saw a 409% jump when the song was played at the end of President Obama’s speech. In it’s best week since March, the song was downloaded 2,000 times.
Coachella Potentially Adding More Dates
The company behind Coachella and Stagecoach, Goldenvoice have proposed a five weekend expansion. They have also asked for permission to increase capacity for the events they already have.
Indio’s city council is considering the proposal. If approved, Goldenvoice is requesting five weekends a annually for 18 years. The company is also asking to make more use of the surrounding grounds.
For more, go here.
The Killers Release Final Teaser Trailer
Over the last few weeks, The Killers have been releasing teaser trailers to promote their upcoming album, Battle Born.
The last video “Brandon, The Battle Born” stars lead singer, Brandon Flowers. He is eventually joined by the whole band.
Battle Born is out on September 18, but is streaming this week in its entirety on iTunes.
Company Behind Hologram Tupac is Bankrupt
Digital Domain Media, the company behind Hologram Tupac that appeared at this year’s Coachella, has filed for bankruptcy. The company went public in November. Since it’s peak shares in May, it had fallen off 94% on September 10.
The company also did special effects for movies such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for which they won an Oscar), and Transformers.
If the bankruptcy courts approve the deal, Searchlight Capital Partners will purchase the core production business from Digital Domain Media for $15 million.
To read more, click here.
After Rocking the Vote the night before, the Foo Fighters played at the DNC a few hours before President Obama delivered his speech on Thursday night. The band played acoustic versions of “My Hero” and “Walk”.
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP to Get Interactive
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will not come in traditional physical and digital form, but also as an interactive app.
According to her website, the app will be available via “iPads, iPhones, mobile and computer compatible application (WORLD).”
The app will include videos for each song, games, extra content and interactive chats. She mentions that fans will not only interact with other fans, but Gaga herself.
No record date has been announced, but she does say to ask for iPads for Christmas.
Foo Fighters Rock the Vote in Marathon Set
Last night, the Foo Fighters played Rock the Vote at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. The sold out show was packed with 1,000 people at the venue.
The Foos played a marathon set lasting 3 hours and 20 minutes. That includes at 15 song encore. The show started with “White Limo” and seemingly ended with “Best of You”. “Aurora” kicked of the encore while “Everlong” finally ended the concert.
For a complete set list and to see another concert video, go here.
MTV Moves Up VMA Start Time Because of Obama Speech
Jan. 17: San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Jan. 23: Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Feb. 11: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb. 13: Chicago, IL @ United Center
Feb. 22: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Mar. 6: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Mar. 10: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Mar. 16: Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
The Black Keys Release New Music Video
The Black Keys have released a video for “Little Black Submarines”. Watch it here.
Jason Aldean Live on Letterman Webcast
Country music superstar Jason Aldean will be performing on the Live On Letterman series on September 5. The show airs at 9 PM ET on www.cbs.com. Aldean will be performing his hits along with new songs from his upcoming album, Night Train. He will also be playing on The Late Show with David Letterman the following night.
Foo Fighters to Rock the Vote
The Foo Fighters are performing at the Rock the Vote fundraiser at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on September 5. They will be joined by Asher Roth, Jack Johnson, and Motion City Soundtrack. The concert sold out within hours. The fundraiser supports President Barack Obama and takes place amid Democratic National Convention festivities in Charlotte this week.
August 2012 News
Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleash New Song
“Magpipes on Fire” is the newest song released by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Several months ago, the band told fans they’d be releasing singles over the following months. There will be 18 songs in total. To listen to “Magpipes on Fire”, click here.
Coldplay to Live Blog Paris Show
Coldplay has sold out this Sunday’s show at Stade de France. To honor this feat, they have decided to live blog from the show on their Tumblr. The concert begins at 8:30 PM local time, 2:30 PM ET, and 11:30 AM PT. For those that aren’t good at time zone math, the band has kindly made this.
3 Doors Down Premier New Song at RNC
3 Doors Down debuted “One Light” at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Tuesday night.
The Killers Release Teaser Trailer for New CD
The Killers have released a series of trailers to promote their upcoming album, Battle Born. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci stars in the clip “Ronnie, The Sage”.
The Killers To Perform Vevo Concert
On September 18, the same day Battle Born drops, The Killers will be performing live on VEVO and YouTube. The concert takes place at the Bronx’s Paradise Theater at 7 PM ET. The band has chosen to work with director Wenrer Herzog, who plans to use a camera on drummer Ronnie Vannucci and also a crowd surfing cam. For more on why Herzog was chosen, go here.
Rolling Stones Documentary Gets September Release
The Rolling Stones have a tour documentary that will be released on September 29th. The Rolling Stones:Charlie is My Darling-Ireland 1965 will be shown at the New York Film Festival. It will be shown again on October 3rd. The screenings will be shown at Walter Reade Theater. The film is about the band’s tour in Ireland shortly after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” went to number one. For more, visit the festival’s website.
Personal Items Belonging to Elvis Up for Auction
Several items belonging to Elvis, including dirty underwear, will be available for auction starting September 8th through Omega Auctions. It is believed that the underwear may be sold for up to £10,000 ($15,800). A personal 16mm home movie shot by Priscilla Presley, handwritten letters,a strand of his hair, as well as The King’s personal bible will also be auctioned. The bible, containing handwritten notes, may fetch up to £25,000 ($39,500). To see a picture of the aforementioned underwear, click here.
Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship Raise Money for Injured Friend
Andrew Bishop “The Butcher” Mrotek was recently attacked and robbed on his way home. The assailants used a flower pot to hit Mrotek which broke his jaw in two places and broke his cheek in three places. He was then knocked to the ground and kicked into unconsciousness. According to an e-mail sent out by Adam T. Siska (The Academy Is…), Mrotek suffered fractured eye sockets, “ 25 stitches across his face, 30 stitches on his gum line, 20 stitches on his eyelids, 3 titanium plates screwed into his skull and has been in and out of the ER for surgery and countless doctors checkups for nose bleeding and intense ear/sinus/facial pain.” Siska also says that Mrotek does not have health insurance. The Academy Is…, Panic at the Disco, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, and Gym Class Heroes have all teamed up to help their friend by selling a We <3 Butcher tee shirt. 100% of the proceeds will go to Mrotek to go towards his bills. The shirt sells for $20. It is currently available for preorder and will ship September 10. Fans can give money directly to The Butcher by donating to a Paypal account and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans Can See Metallica Live for $5
Metallica is currently shooting footage for “Metalli-3D”. It is a film documenting the last month of their tour. On August 27, the band is inviting fans to come see a full live show at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. Tickets are $5 (no extra fees) and will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Tickets will be available to the public on August 26 at 12 PM ET through Ticketmaster.
The Killers Release Another Teaser Video
The Killers have released another video to tease their upcoming album, Battle Born. This one stars guitarist Mark Stoermer in “Mark, The Silver”.
The Killers Cover Oasis
Covering Oasis is the new cool thing to do (The Wanted, One Direction, and Liam Gallagher’s own Beady Eyes have all covered the band recently). The Killers chose to do their rendition of “Don’t Look Back” a few nights ago while playing in Staffordshire. Take a look at their version.
John Lennon’s Tooth Part of Artwork
Last November, Michael Zuk purchased John Lennon’s tooth in an auction. He paid $32,000 for it, though it is too fragile to be DNA tested. Zuk gave a small piece of the tooth to his sister Kristen to use in her art. She will be displaying the sculpture at the Alberta Fringe Festival to promote the Smile Train charity. For more, go here.
The Boss, Eminem among Artists Performing at DNC
When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) comes to Charlotte, they will be joined by several big name artists. It is being reported that parties and fund raising events will include Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, The Roots, John Legend, and Styx. The DNC takes place September 3-6.
Cee Lo Green to Sing NFL Theme
Cee Lo Green will be recording “I Love Football” for Thursday night NFL games. The song is reportedly set to the tune of the Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop”. For more, go here.
Romney Campaign Sent Cease-and-Desist from Silversun Pickups
The Silversun Pickups do not want Mitt Romney to use their song “Panic Switch” at his campaign rallies. The campaign reportedly did not have permission to use the song and were sent a cease-and-desist order. Romney’s camp claims they did not chose the song when it was played recently at a set up for a rally.
Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards for Tony Bennett, Nas
On October 11, the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala will be held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Tony Bennett, Nas, and producer Salaam Remi will all be honored for “inspiring greatness in others”. The Amy Winehouse Foundation is putting on the ceremony. In the U.K., the foundation raises money for children’s hospices. In the United States, the foundation raises funds for after-school programs and music therapy for disadvantaged children. For more, go here.
The Killers Release Teaser Trailer
The Killers are releasing four teaser trailers, each featuring a band member, to promote their upcoming album, Battle Born. The latest trailer features guitarist Dave Keuning doing his thing in “Dave, The Mining”.
Taylor Swift Sees Red
Taylor Swift has announced a new album due out October 22. Red features 16 songs, including the lead single “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together”. In a live YouTube chat, Swift announced the details of her new music and performed the new single. Click here to read more on what inspired the album.
Missy Elliot and Timbaland Not Part of Aaliyah Album
Though Blackground Records announced the involvement of Missy Elliot and Timbaland on the Drake produced Aaliyah album, Elliot’s rep denies any involvement. From Rolling Stone’s website, “Although Missy and Timbaland always strive to keep the memory of their close friend alive, we have not been contacted about the project nor are there any plans at this time to participate,” said Mona Scott-Young, Elliott’s manager. “We’ve seen the reports surfacing that they have been confirmed to participate but that is not the case. Both Missy and Timbaland are very sensitive to the loss still being felt by the family so we wanted to clear up any misinformation being circulated.”
Details of MCA’s Will Released
Adam “MCA” Yauch’s will was filed in New York yesterday. His will explicitly states that his music and “artistic property” cannot be used for advertising purposes. Uses of his name and image are also included. For more about Yauch’s will, go here. Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy Drink The Beastie Boys have filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink over unauthorized use of songs. The group believes that fans mistakenly thought they supported the energy drink. Four songs, including “Make Some Noise” and “Sabotage”, were used in an ad on Monster Energy Drink’s website. The website also featured a medley that the Beastie Boys made available for a downloadable mp3. Read more now. Drake Confirms Posthumous Aaliyah Album It has been confirmed that Drake is producing a posthumous album by the late Aaliyah, despite her family’s objections. The album will be released by Blackground Records, which is owned by her manager/uncle Barry Hankerson and his son Jomo. Drake along with Noah “40” Shebib will use 16 unreleased tracks and fragments to produce the album, according to Rolling Stone. Frequent Aaliyah collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland will be involved. The LP is scheduled for release early next year. Mumford & Sons Release Lead Track from Upcoming Album Mumford & Sons are back with new music to follow up their Grammy winning Sigh No More. The lead single, “I Will Wait” was released on Tuesday. The album, Babel, will be out on September 25. Aaliyah’s Family Doesn’t Support Drake Record Drake recently released a new single, “Enough Said”, by Aaliyah, on which he is a guest star. He has also been rumored to be working on a posthumous album for the singer. The Haughton family says the new album wouldn’t be official according to Aaliyah’s Facebook page. However, Rolling Stone notes that Aaliyah’s uncle/manager, Barry Hankerson, has the rights to her unfinished music. His label, Blackground Records, released the Aaliyah/Drake collaboration, through Drake’s October’s Very Own. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Are Going to Vegas Country superstar couple, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, is moving to Vegas. They’re taking their Soul2Soul show to the Venetian Hotel & Casino. The show will run from December to April. These are the dates to catch the couple: December 7/8 December 14/15 January 18/19 January 25/26 February 1/2 February 15/16 February 22/23 March 1/2 April 12/13 April 26/27 R.E.M. Reissues Document for 25th Anniversary On September 25, R.E.M. will reissue the album that brought them to mainstream masses, Document. The release comes just in time for the 25th anniversary of the album. “The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and “The One I Love” is on the album. The special edition is digitally remastered and comes with a second disc of unreleased material. Fans will also find a concert in Utrecht, Holland from September 1987. For a track listing of both discs, go here. The Black Keys, Foo Fighters to Play Global Festival The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young are among artists that will take part in the Global Festival on September 29. K’Naan and Band of Horses will also take to the Great Lawn in Central Park to play at the charity concert. The goal is to “urge our leaders and citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty.” Most of the tickets will be given away via a lottery. To enter the lottery, visit Global Citizen’s website and sign up. You will then earn a minimum of three points by sharing, learning, or taking action. Up until the day of the show, there will be four draws. You may enter more than once. VIP tickets are available and range from $189.50-$389.50. Drake Releases Track with Aaliyah On Drake’s blog, he posted “Enough Said”, a song with the late R&B singer with Aaliyah. There have been rumors that Drake is producing a posthumous album by Aaliyah. Weather Rains on Lollapalooza’s Parade “Dangerous weather conditions” forced Lollapalooza to shut down on Saturday around 3:30 PM. Lightning, heavy rain, hail and winds of 70 MPH were being reported by the National Weather Service. B.o.B, Alabama Shakes, and Neon Indian were among some of the cancelled sets. The festival got back underway at 6 PM. Because of the festival’s delay, the City of Chicago extended the curfew. Fun. was the first artist to play. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santigold, Avicii, and Frank Ocean closed out Saturday’s performances. Lady Gaga Announces “ARTPOP” Lady Gaga has tweeted the name of her next record: ARTPOP. She debuted the title via a new tattoo. On Sunday, she tweeted: “make sure when writing about my new album/project ARTPOP that you CAPITALIZE the title, *its all in the details* good morning twitter!” SXSW 2013 Info It’s that time again. Registration for SXSW is now open. The festival will take place March 8-17, 2013. You can now register to attend, apply to showcase your music, submit an application to the Interactive Awards, vote for a panel, and enter a film submission. For even more, go to http://www.sxsw.com/ July 2012 News Stabbing at Tenacious D Concert This past Saturday night, Tenacious D had to shorten a show at House of Blues in Las Vegas after an altercation led to a stabbing. The victim was stabbed in the leg and was taken to the hospital. The suspect has been arrested. There are no further details at this time. Musicians Put on Benefit for Teachers Fun., Josh Groban, and Dierks Bentley are performing a benefit for teachers. On Aug. 14, the “Teachers Rock” concert will take place at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The concert will be aired on August 18 on CBS. The special will also feature messages from Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and Adam Levine among others. The proceeds will go to Teach for America, DonorsChoose.org and Feeding America. Aerosmith Album Slated for November Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension is scheduled to be released November 6. They have revealed a duet with Carrie Underwood on a song called “Beautiful”. On “Love Three Times a Day”, Julian Lennon joins in on harmony. Johnny Depp contributes backing vocals on “Freedom Fighter”. “Legendary Child” is the lead single from their upcoming album. Bruce Springsteen Announces Fall Tour Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band has announced a fall tour of North America. They are touring in support of the latest album, Wrecking Ball. The band started this tour in March of this year. Below is a list of tour stops: 10/19 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place 10/21 Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum 10/23 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena 10/25 Hartford, CT – XL Center 11/1 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center 11/3 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center 11/11 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center 11/15 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Arena 11/17 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center 11/19 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center 11/26 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena 11/28 Portland, OR – The Rose Garden 11/30 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena 12/4 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center 12/6 Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena Slash Gets an App Slash has released an app to enhance his latest album Apocalyptic Love. With Slash 360, fans can enter Slash’s studio through 360-degree cameras and see what it was like for him during the recording process. There are two versions of the app available. For $0.99, fans can get “You’re a Lie” plus other features. Fans can get the full album along with more extras for $4.99. Slash 360 can be purchased on iTunes. Radio Personality Auctions Autographed MacBook for Aurora Victims WJFX’s Andrea Russert is stepping up to help the children of the Aurora shooting victims. She placed her prized MacBook Air up on eBay with a starting bid of $788. The brand new, never used MacBook is autographed by many artists that Russert has interviewed including One Direction, The Wanted, B.O.B., Rita Ora, and Breathe Carolina. The current bid is at $14,500. Russert has offered to fly anywhere in the world to hand deliver the MacBook to the winner. The auction is up until August 3 at 9:03 PST. It is noted on eBay, that it will be relisted for another ten days until 62 days have passed to equal the total number of victims. Russert is asking that bidders re-bid each time the item is listed. The Killers Release New Music Video The Killers released the video for “Runaways” , the lead single from the upcoming album Battle Born. The album will be available on Sept. 17. The band is also getting interactive on social media to reveal the new album art. Fans can go to their Facebook page where they will complete four tasks. Fans will have to share it on their wall, send to a friend, tweet a message and listen to “Runaways”. Once the tasks are completed, the Battle Born cover will be unveiled. Killer of Jennifer Hudson’s Family Members Sentenced William Balfour was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s brother, nephew, and mother. He is the ex-brother-in-law of Hudson. Judge Charles Burns sentenced Balfour to three consecutive life sentences as well as an additional 120 years on the charges of home invasion and kidnapping. Balfour’s motion for a new trial was also denied. Snoop Dogg Releases Reggae Album; Changes Name Snoop Lion has a new album called Reincarnated. Snoop Lion and Snoop Dogg are one in the same. His band is called “the Jungle”. The first single is “La, La, La”. No date for the album has been set, but is expected to be hit shelves by the year’s end. For more on Snoop Lion, check out his Twitter and Facebook. The Beatles Release iTunes Only Compilation Tomorrow Never Knows, a 14 track compilation from The Beatles, is now available via iTunes. Priced at $7.99, it features “Paperback Writer”, “Helter Skelter”, and the title track. When the collection is purchased, you have the option to stream or download the video for “Hey Bulldog”. There is also a note from Dave Grohl about The Beatles’ influence on him that comes with the download. The Killers Perform New Music The Killers kicked off their mini-summer U.S. tour in Asheville, NC last Thursday. They opened the concert with their new song “Runaways”. The band also played several tracks from their upcoming album, Battle Born. Watch the performance of a new song, “Miss Atomic Bomb”. The Orange Peel’s YouTube channel has several other videos from that night’s show. No Doubt’s First Live Performance in Over a Decade On Sunday night, No Doubt performed together live for the first time since they went on hiatus over a decade ago. They performed “Settle Down” at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. The Avett Brothers to Perform Giveback Concert The Avett Brothers and Cheerwine are coming together for a concert to benefit family-aid organizations in the United States. The concert, Legendary Giveback, will take place October 19 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA. Fans can stream the concert by volunteering in their community. To make a commitment, go to www.cheerwine.com or to Cheerwine’s Facebook. Through the Facebook page, fans can also enter to win prizes, including a VIP package. The winner of the VIP Package will receive concert tickets, hotel and travel accommodations and a meet and greet with the Avett Brothers. Watch this stop-motion promo video featuring The Avett Brothers new song “Live and Die”. Usher’s Stepson Dies Usher’s stepson from ex wife, Tameka Foster, Kyle Glover has died. Glover, 11, was taken off life support this past Saturday, July 21. On July 8, Glover was involved in a jet ski accident that left him brain dead. He was not expected to recover and the family was informed that insurance would not cover Glover’s care for an extended period of time. Update on Usher’s Stepson Several outlets are reporting that Usher’s stepson, Kyle, may be taken off life support next month. His insurance is running out and they’ve indicated that they will no longer cover care for Kyle after a couple months, including the time that he has already spent in the hospital. Although Usher has been extremely supportive of his former stepson, he is not an option financially. Kyle was in an accident on July 6 in Atlanta, GA. He was on a inner tube when the rider of a jetski hit him and knocked him unconscious. He was declared brain dead shortly thereafter. Mumford & Sons Reveal New Album Release Date Two weeks ago, Mumford & Sons released this trailer. If you assumed this meant new music, you would be correct. The band has revealed that “Babel” will be available on September 25. No Doubt’s New Video Premiers Tonight After 11 long years, No Doubt is unveiling a brand new music video. “Settle Down” is the lead track of the band’s upcoming album. The video will premier tonight at 8 PM ET on E! For more about the video, read this interview with the video’s director, Sophie Muller. Slash Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Rock musician, Slash, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Charlie Sheen inducted him. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year with Gun’s N’ Roses. The rocker told Rolling Stone, “I definitely feel like I’m cresting a certain wave in my career where I’m having a really great time, I love what I’m doing, I love the people I’m working with and I’m feeling very energized.” Read more about Slash’s thoughts. Spike Lee’s Bad Documentary Spike Lee has been working on a documentary about Michael Jackson’s iconic Bad album and tour. It will be released in time for the album’s 25th anniversary. No date has been set for the documentary’s release. The documentary features interviews that Lee conducted with musicians, collaborators, and confidants. It will also include an interview with Jackson’s former backup singer, Sheryl Crow. A box set to commemorate the anniversary will be released on September 18. Learn more about the documentary. Fleetwood Mac to Reunite in 2013 On CBS This Morning, Stevie Nicks confirmed that Fleetwood Mac would be reuniting in 2013. No other details were given. Read more here. Coldplay to Release Mylo Xyloto Comic Book Series Coldplay has announced the release of their six part comic book series based off Mylo Xyloto, the main character on their latest album. The first issue will be released on July 13 at Comic-Con. Coldplay teamed up with Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) to create the series. Bongo Comics Group will be releasing the comics. Osborne explains the premise “It is the story of Mylo Xyloto, a young Silencer on the front lines of a war against sound and color in the world of Silencia. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all. There will hopefully be many, many connections for people who have heard the album.” The remaining comics will be released beginning next February. Read more details. The Killers Release New Single The Killers have released their new single, “Runaways”. It is the lead single off their upcoming album, Battle Born, due out September 18. Listen now. Usher’s Stepson Declared Brain Dead Usher’s stepson (and son of his estranged wife, Tameka), Kyle Glover, has been declared brain dead after a tragic accident on Friday. Glover, 11, was reportedly on an inner tube when a jet skier passing by hit him in the head and knocked him unconscious at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia. Glover has reportedly had no brain activity since being admitted to the hospital. As of Saturday, there was no decision on taking Glover off life support. I Heart Radio Music Festival Lineup Announced Ryan Seacrest announced the lineup for the I Heart Radio music festival. The two day concert takes place September 21 & 22 in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand will be hosting the event. Taylor Swift and Aerosmith are headlining. They will be joined by Usher, Rhianna, Shakira, Jason Aldean and Little Wayne among others. The concert sold out last year. You can purchase tickets or enter to win them. Go here to view the rest of the lineup. June 2012 News Iconic Rolling Stones Symbol Gets Anniversary Makeover The iconic symbol for The Rolling Stones got revamped for the band’s 50th anniversary. Shepard Fairey was commissioned by Mick Jagger to update the symbol. The symbol was used in 1971 for the Sticky Fingers album first. Check out the new symbol. The Story Behind “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones released one of their biggest hits 47 years ago. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is the song that changed their career. It is also ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number two on their list of “500 Greatest Songs”. Keith Richards said the riff came to him in his sleep. “The next morning when I woke up, the tape had gone all the way to the end. So I ran it back, and there’s like 30 seonds of this riff — ‘Da-da da-da-da, I can’t get no satisfaction’ — and the rest of the tape is me snoring!” Click here to read the rest. Berry Gordy, Jr. and Motown Headed to Broadway Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is heading to Broadway. He is partnering with Kevin McCollum (“Avenue Q”, “Rent”) and Sony Music Entertainment’s chairman Doug Morris. Together they will bring “Motown: The Musical” to life in spring 2013. The musical will trace Gordy’s career in the music business starting when he was a struggling songwriter to successful record executive. It will feature Motown classics along with a few new songs. Read more here. Hear the New Single from The Darkness The Darkness has returned. The band is releasing the video for “Everybody Have a Good Time” on June 28. RollingStone.com has a link to the full song. Ahead of the video’s release, the band unveiled a making of video that has an excerpt of the song. Hot Cakes is their first album since 2005. They are opening for Lady Gaga on her European tour. Blur Using Twitter to Showcase New Music Blur announced via a Youtube video that they will be performing two live songs on Twitter (@BlurOfficial). On July 2nd, Blur will perform “The Puritan” at 6:15 PM BST. An hour later, the band will perform “Under the Westway”. A 7” limited edition with both tracks will be available on August 6th. Watch the announcement. Tower Records Turning Into an Archive Russell Solomon, Tower Records founder, is starting an archive of Tower Records memorabilia. He is starting with his own collection of 200 boxes of artifacts. It includes memorabilia, awards, artwork, photographs and a neon sign. Solomon hopes that former employees, customers and even artists will contribute to the archive. He’s looking for stories, pictures, mementos, and financial donations. Today in the Dimple Records parking lot, the fundraising campaign will begin. An online community is also coming in the near future. In September, they’ll begin to go through their archives and artifacts. By 2014, Solomon hopes it will be a traveling exhibit. For more, visit http://towerrecordsproject.org/ . Radiohead Drum Technician Killed in Stage Collapse Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum technician, was killed on Saturday when the top portion of stage collapsed. Three others were injured. Radiohead was in Toronto at Downsview Park for the final stop on their North American tour. The accident occurred an hour before gates were scheduled to open. In a statement on their website, Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway posted: “We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.” Click here to read more. Bob Seger and Gordon Lightfoot Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame On Thursday night, the Songwriters Hall of Fame welcomed new members Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfood and Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf’s longtime collaborator. Don Schlitz (“The Gambler”) along with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (Broadway) were also inducted. Ne-Yo won the Hal David Starlight Award for exceptional young songwriter. For more, click here. Fans Save Ringo Starr’s Childhood Home from Being Demolished Fans and Liverpool residents have saved Ringo Starr’s childhood from being demolished. The home was among 400 buildings scheduled to be destroyed. They also saved 15 others. Locals were given the chance to restore the properties by the Liverpool City Council. The city council originally didn’t want to preserve the home because Starr only lived there for three months when he was an infant. The Black Keys’ Performance with Johnny Depp Boost Record Sales Johnny Depp surprised everyone when he played guitar with The Black Keys on the MTV Movie Awards. The performance of “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” caused sales of El Camino to jump from the previous week (up about 10,000 copies). The two songs that Depp performed on also caused sales of those tracks to rise 30 percent and 19 percent respectively. The band also saw a jump in sales for their previous records. Watch the video. The Grammy Awards Add New Categories The Recording Academy has decided to add three new categories. Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Classical Compendium and Best Latin Jazz Album are the new categories. That makes a total of 81 categories. They also announced the “Music Educator of the Year” Award. This award will be handed out starting in 2014. It will be presented during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony that occurs during Grammy Week. For more, go to www.grammy.org. The Beach Boys Score First Top 10 Album After 50 years, The Beach Boys first album has debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s chart. That’s Why God Made the Radio debuted at number three this week. RollingStone.com points out that they have been mostly a “singles band” and that albums such as Good Vibrations and Pet Sounds have been seen as classics only in the last few decades. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison May Be the Next Holograms The list of potential celebrity holograms continues to grow. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are the most recent names thrown in the mix. Estates of both artists are run by Jim Jampol, who also manages other celebrity estates such as Janis Joplin. Hendrix’s sister, Janie, has also been working with Musion Systems to develop a virtual image of her brother. Read more here. Bob Welch, Former Fleetwood Mac Member, Dead at 65 Bob Welch was found dead on Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Welch, 65, was a guitarist and vocalist in Fleetwood Mac from 1971-1974. He left a suicide note and had recently been suffering from health problems. Welch also had a solo career and was managed by Fleetwood Mac drummer, Mac Fleetwood. Fleetwood said of Welch’s death, “He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten … mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us.” For more, go here The Killers Release Album Trailer The Killers have released a trailer to tease their new album Battle Born. No date has been given, but the album will drop this fall. Lady Gaga Announces Third Album Lady Gaga announced via Twitter that she has recorded a new album. She will be revealing the title in September. Clear Channel & Big Machine Records Team Up To Share Revenue From RAMP’s 6/6/12 Newsletter: Big Machine Label Group and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment shook up the radio and record industries yesterday with the announcement of a precedent-setting agreement that will allow Big Machine to become the first record company to directly participate, along with its artists, in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast radio revenues. CCM+E President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman perfectly crystalized the deal in a memo sent out to Clear Channel programmers, as he wrote, “For the first time, a record company and its artists will participate in all radio revenue streams — including broadcast radio.” Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group remarked, “In Clear Channel, I found partners who shared my big-picture view of how we could structure an agreement to benefit all involved. Not only does this partnership enable Big Machine to participate in terrestrial broadcast revenues, but we are also hel ping to grow digital radio – a great opportunity for all of us and a breakthrough opportunity for Big Machine artists.” Artists with Big Machine’s wholly owned labels who will benefit from this agreement include Big Machine Records artists Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Edens Edge and Ella Mae Bowen and Valory Music Co. artists Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks and Thomas Rhett. “Today, 98% of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2% digital — with record labels and artists only paid for the 2%,” said John Hogan, Chairman/CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.” “It’s good for the long-term health of the music and radio industries,” Poleman explained in his company memo. “For digital radio to grow, it’s critical to have a predictable, sustainable pay structure that aligns radio, label and artist interests. And we’re excited that Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine were willing to work with us on a revolutionary approach. Scott is a visionary who built Big Machine and career artists like Taylor Swift from scratch in less than 10 years by doing things differently and not being afraid of change,” he said. “It’s a bold move,” Poleman admits. “And, yes, it will cost us more money in the short term and possibly even in the long run. But we believe that this is a risk worth taking to ensure a healthy future for both our business and the music industry. Under this new, aligned structure, radio, labels and artists now all stand to make more money as we drive the growth of digital radio. Our interests will be linked. As we make money, labels and artists make money.” Poleman did add that Clear Channel will “discuss similar agreements with other labels.” Axl Rose Robbed After Guns N’ Roses Concert After playing a show in Paris, Axl Rose discovered that he had been robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry. Among the items stolen were three gold-and-diamond necklaces. Parisian authorities have launched an investigation. For more, click here. Sheryl Crow Reveals Benign Brain Tumor Yesterday Sheryl Crow revealed that she has a brain tumor. Though benign, it has been causing memory loss. She sometimes has trouble remembering her own song lyrics. In fact, that’s what convinced her to go get checked out last November. “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI,” she recalls. “I found out I have a brain tumor, and I was like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong.’” Click for more. Elvis and Marilyn Possibly Getting Hologram Treatment Thanks to Hologram Tupac and potentially Hologram Freddie Mercury, the world might be getting Hologram Elvis and Hologram Marilyn. CKx (who is changing their name to Core Media Group) is the one behind making The King come to life. They are in talks with Sony to make a duets album and then possibly have Hologram Elvis go on tour in support of the album. The article mentions that CKx also owns “American Idol”. One of their most popular themes is Elvis’ music. No one would be surprised to see Hologram Elvis taking care of business with the Idol contestants. Marilyn may get the hologram treatment via a concert. Virtual Marilyn Live-A Musical Celebration of the Birth of an Icon will reportedly take place before the end of the year. The plan is to have Hologram Marilyn performing with other guests. The concert would also air live via internet stream. For more on possible celebrities to get the hologram treatment, read this. May 2012 News The Bridge From “Under the Bridge” Has Been Located Mark Haskell Smith, writer for Vulture, has proven that the bridge from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s hit “Under the Bridge” does in fact exist. Anthony Kiedis famously sings: “Under the bridge downtown is where I drew some blood. Under the bridge, I could not get enough. Under the bridge, forgot about my love. Under the bridge, I gave my life away.” In a 1992 interview with Rolling Stone, Kiedis said where the bridge was isn’t important and wouldn’t give the exact location. However, in his memoir he gave some clues. He mentions going to find drugs at Sixth and Union. After doing extensive research, Smith determined that the bridge is located in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California. To read more about how Smith tracked down the infamous bridge, click here. “Under the Bridge” Tim McGraw Giving Away 25 Mortgage-Free Homes to Veterans Country superstar Tim McGraw is giving back to veterans in a big way this Memorial Day. He has partnered with Operation Homefront and Chase to give away 25 mortgage- free homes to veterans. He is giving one home for each city on his tour with fellow country superstar Kenny Chesney. McGraw comes from a family of veterans and wanted to give back. He will be performing for military members on Memorial Day at Beacon Theatre in New York. The show will not only be streamed to military bases worldwide via the Pentagon Channel website, but can be viewed via live stream on YouTube. For more on Operation Homefront, go to http://www.operationhomefront.net/. Jay-Z Announces His Festival’s Lineup Yesterday, Jay-Z announced the lineup for his Budweiser Made in America festival. The man himself is headlining, as is Pearl Jam. Among those announced were Skrillex, Santigold, Calvin Harris and Janelle Monae. Other performers will be revealed soon. Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM through Live Nation and benefit various chapters of the United Way. The presale tickets have already sold out. According to their Facebook page, there are a limited number of $99 tickets available. The price increases to $135 tomorrow. The festival will be Labor Day weekend (September 1 & 2) in Philadelphia, PA. To see the other artists scheduled to perform, visit: Website: http://www.madeinamericafest.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MadeInAmericaFest Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dead at 62 This past Sunday, Bee Gee co-founder Robin Gibb died at age 62 after battling cancer and intestinal surgery. In March, it was reported that Gibb was in remission from cancer. Last month, he fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia and had a hard time after waking up from it. It was later announced that he had advanced colorectal cancer. Robin, along with twin brother Maurice and brother Barry founded the Bee Gees in the 1960s. The band’s music came to America in 1967 with the success of their second album, Horizontal. Originally known as a pop band, they became synonymous with disco in the 1970s with such hits as “Staying Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love”. In the 1980s, both Robin and Barry released solo albums, but only achieved moderate success. Maurice died suddenly of a heart attack in 2003. The Bee Gees have won multiple awards, including nine Grammys. Among those Grammys are the Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), Legend Award (2003) and Hall of Fame Award for “Saturday Night Fever” (2004). In 1997, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, all three members of the Bee Gees were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire. Robin and his son Robin-John worked on an orchestral piece to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. The Titanic Requiem featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra and debuted on April 10. Robin is survived by brother Barry, wife Dwina and sons Robin-John and Spencer and daughter Melissa. Watch “How Deep is Your Love” from a 1998 performance. Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead at 63 Donna Summer died this morning at age 63 after battling cancer. Though she had been ill for some time, she had been doing better in recent weeks. She was reportedly working on a new album. Summer was the first artist to have three albums reach #1 consecutively on Billboard. She was also a five time Grammy winner. After releasing “Love to Love You Baby” in 1976, Summer had a song in the Top 40 annually until 1984. Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008. Two years later, her song “To Paris With Love” went to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. She was also the first African-American female to be nominated for a MTV Music Video award (“She Works Hard for the Money”). She is survived by her husband, singer and producer, Bruce Sudano, three children and four grandchildren. Watch Donna’s video for “Last Dance”. Kid Rock Raises $1 Million for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Most people wouldn’t pair Kid Rock with his hometown orchestra. Kid Rock performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 12 to raise money for the struggling orchestra. Tickets ranged from $100-$1500. Kid Rock performed a set with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while wearing a tuxedo and fedora. He later came out to perform in his normal duds. Watch Kid Rock & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform “Bawitdaba”. For more on the night, including the set list, click here. Gotye Breaks Record with “Somebody I Used To Know” Gotye and his ubiquitous song “Somebody I Used To Know” have hit #1 on the Hot 100, Alternative charts and Dance Club charts simultaneously. This is the first time this feat has ever occurred. The song was remixed by DJ Tiesto to get it on the Dance Club charts. Here’s the dance remix version. Gotye’s SNL skit spoofing his music video. Jay-Z’s Music Festival Will Benefit the United Way Another day, another music festival. Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is throwing his hat into the music festival ring. He has announced the two day Budweiser Made in America festival that will take place in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. The man himself will be one of close to the 30 acts performing. Next Wednesday, May 23, Live Nation will have two days passes for $99. The proceeds will go to various chapters of the United Way. The festival’s lineup will be announced two days before the passes go on sale. When the lineup is announced, it will be on the festival’s website. Freddie Mercury to Appear as Optical Illusion Before the Tupac hologram stole the show at Coachella, Queen had been trying to find away to use an optical illusion of Freddie Mercury. According to Brian May, they had been entertaining the idea for a while and were trying to figure out how to make it work since “…eight shows a week is not really quite practical.” Optical Illusion Freddie will make an appearance during the “We Will Rock You” musical in London. It will be in conjunction with the musical’s 10 year anniversary. For more, read this. April 2012 News Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead at 47 Beastie Boys member and co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch has succumbed to cancer at age 47. Diagnosed in 2009 after find a tumor in his salivary gland, he underwent surgery and had radiation treatments. Yauch’s battle with cancer delayed the release of the Beastie Boy’s last album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The band last performed live together in 2009. He was also absent from the band’s induction into the Hall of Fame ceremony last month. His band mates didn’t want to perform without him, so Kid Rock, Travie McCoy & The Roots did. A letter from Yauch was read to the crowd by his fellow Beasties. In 1979, Yauch along with Adam “Ad-Roc” Horowitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond founded the Beastie Boys. Licensed to Ill, their first album, was released in 1986. He also directed many of their music videos under the name Nathianel Hornblower. They were one of the first artists to bring rap into the mainstream. By 2010, they hold sold over 40 million records worldwide. Yauch was also very involved in the Free Tibet movement. In the 90s, he co-created the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Watch the video for “Sabotage”. Jason Mraz’s Best Week Ever “Love Is a Four Letter Word” is the new album by Jason Mraz. Last week, it debuted at number 2 on the SoundScan/Billboard charts. This accomplishment marks Mraz’s highest debut ever. He sold over 100,000 copies, which is his largest sales ever. The lead single “I Won’t Give Up” climbed over the one million sales mark, making it platinum. Mraz discusses the album and its title in an interview with CNN.com. “It’s an album of love songs, but not just through the filter of romanticism. It’s also through compassion and empathy and love of our natural world. At the end of the project, I still didn’t feel like these 12 songs summed up what love is. I was like, ‘I don’t know. Love is a four letter word.’” To read the rest of the article, click this. Watch the “I Won’t Give Up” video. For more on Jason Mraz, visit www.jasonmraz.com Record Store Day is April 21 Tomorrow is the 5th annual Record Store Day! Nationally, over 700 independently owned record stores participate in the event. Hundreds more participate internationally. Artists that participate release their music in one of three ways: Record Store Day Exclusive, Record Store Day Limited Run and Record Store Day First Release. In the first category, the music will only be available on Record Store Day. Extremely limited copies of music available only on Record Store Day fall under the second category. In the last category, the music is available first on Record Store Day and is available in other places in about 4-6 weeks. On the website, you can find a full list of artists that are participating in Record Store Day. The list is available in PDF form and Pull Down Menu on the website. Not sure if you have a local record store participating in the event? The website has you covered with a search engine. Axl Speaks Again A week after taking to the internet to share why he was rejecting his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, he wrote a new letter. This time he apologized to those he offended by not accepting the honor. He stresses that he is not attacking the Hall of Fame. Rather, he is just questioning why certain artists are chosen, who chooses them, where the money goes, etc. He also apologizes to the city of Cleveland for not apologizing to them last week. So, Axl is sorry. Axl would like you to read the letter in full (he says so in the final paragraph after he signs his name). Be sure to read the paragraph after he signs his name. He really wants you to read it. Tupac performs at Coachella Coachella was this past weekend and while many artists performed and made surprise appearances, nothing is being talked about more than Tupac. Tupac, who was killed in 1996, performed with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg via 3D Hologram. Seriously. There’s video proof right here. (warning: NSFW) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Recap The 27th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place this past Saturday. Axl Rose wasn’t the only rocker to pull out of the ceremony. Rod Stewart, who was to be inducted with his band Faces, also declined to attend. John Frusciante, former guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers also decided not to come. Slash almost backed out because of all the Axl drama, but decided to attend because of his wife. GNR guitarist Izzy Stradlin did back out. Beastie Boys Adam Yauch didn’t attend because he’s recovering from cancer. The Beasties didn’t perform at all since they didn’t want to perform minus Yauch. Kid Rock, The Roots, and Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy filled in. They did a medley that included “So What’cha Want” and “Sabotage”. LL Cool J & Chuck D inducted the Beastie Boys. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong inducted Guns ‘N Roses. Though there were “F*** Axl” chants throughout the evening, no one from GNR mentioned him by name. Myles Kennedy filled in for Rose during the band’s performance, which included “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. Chris Rock inducted the Red Hot Chili Peppers and told the story of how he saw the band on accident after trying to go to a Grandmaster Flash show. The band performed with three drummers, including former drummers Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons. The band performed “By The Way”, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” and closed with “Give It Away”. On Saturday May 5, HBO will air the ceremony. For more on the ceremony, click here. Jack White’s Balloon Experiment Comes Back Down Remember when I told you that Jack White was releasing “Freedom at 21” on flexi-disc via balloons? Now, they’ve fallen back to Earth in the south. So far, they’ve been recovered in southern Tennessee and in Alabama. One Alabamian is selling the single on eBay for over $1800. Absurd? Sure, but there have been 36 bids with 5 days remaining. Head over to Third Man Record’s website to see the map of where the flexi-discs landed (http://thirdmanrecords.com/balloon). Click on each balloon (no pun intended) to see photos and read the stories of the flexi-disc’s voyage. Axl Rose Rejects the Rock and Hall of Fame Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has pulled the ultimate F**k You. His band is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14. Rose posted an open letter just four days before the big event and told the world he isn’t coming. And no one is to induct him in absentia. He starts off the letter saying that he was initially “honored and excited”. But, after discussing the induction with Hall of Fame board members as well as listening to fans and critics, Rose changed his mind. “…no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected. For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such.” The rest of the letter can be read here. To see which artists will be inducted on Saturday, click this. Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” Now at Top 40 Toby Keith unleashed his drinking sing-a-long “Red Solo Cup” to country radio where it has received massive airplay. The song has now spread to other genres. So far, the song has reached #9 on the US country songs (Billboard), #15 US Billboard Hot 100 and #27 on the Canada (Canadian Hot 100). “Red Solo Cup” has also been RIAA Certified Platinum. The ubiquitous song started out as a joke among co-writers Jim and Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers (Brad and Brett). The song was never meant to be recorded, but that all changed when Toby Keith got hold of the song. “It’s so insane! I love him for it, because I really do think it’s the dumbest song he’s ever recorded, and it might be the greatest song he’s ever recorded, so I don’t know!” says Brett Warren. To read more about the story behind the lyrics, go here. You can watch the celebrity filled video for “Red Solo Cup” now. Jack White Finds a New Way to Release Music…a Helium Balloon This is no April Fool’s joke. On April 1, Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, released the single via 1,000 helium balloons. “Freedom at 21”, an unreleased track from the upcoming Blunderbuss, was released on flexi discs. The discs were attached to balloons which were then released from the Third Man headquarters in Nashville. According to Spin.com, it is most likely that only 100 of the released balloons will ever be found. If found, there is a postcard attached to tell the lucky person how to upload photos and tell the story of where the balloon was located. To watch video of the helium ballon release, go here. March 2012 News Audio to Springsteen’s SXSW Keynote Speech National Public Radio (NPR) has released Bruce Springsteen’s keynote speech from SXSW in its entirety. The audio version of the speech provides a much different picture than the print article that was posted yesterday. To listen to the 50 minute speech, you can click here. Bruce Springsteen Gives Advice at SXSW Keynote Speech Bruce Springsteen gave advice to musicians at South By Southwest where he was a keynote speaker. “…stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive. And when you walk on stage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have — and then remember it’s only rock ‘n’ roll,” declared The Boss. (www.billboard.com) He also discussed the musicians who had influences on him and his songwriting. To read more, go here. February 2012 News Grammys Recap The Grammys celebrated the life of Whitney Houston. LL Cool J opened with a prayer and several artists mentioned Houston. She also was featured at the end of the “In Memoriam” which gave way to an amazing rendition of “I Will Always Love You” by Jennifer Hudson. The big winner was Adele, who swept all six categories she was nominated in. She also performed for the first time since surgery and received a standing ovation. The Foo Fighters took the stage twice and also took home five Grammys. Kanye West won four Grammys, but was not in attendance. Glen Campbell was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. Blake Shelton and The Band Perry performed with Campbell in celebration of his music. The Beach Boys performed with Maroon 5 and Foster The People in celebration of their 50 year anniversary. The show started with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and ended with Paul McCartney. McCartney was joined by Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. For a complete list of Grammy winners, go to http://www.grammy.com/nominees. Visit us at www.howiewood.com. The Beach Boys to Reunite at the Grammys This will mark the band’s first appearance together in 20 years. They will be part of a special performance with Maroon 5 and Foster The People. In December, The Beach Boys announced a 50th anniversary reunion tour. They are currently working on a new album and will be going on tour. You can see this performance this Sunday at 8 PM on CBS. Watch Paul McCartney’s Apple Concert for Free Tonight at 7 PM PT, you can watch Paul McCartney perform live via iTunes. He will be performing at Capitol Studios in Hollywood to support his new album, Kisses on the Bottom. All you have to do is open iTunes and go to the iTunes Live page. Or if you happen to have an Apple TV, you can stream it directly to said TV. The Grammys continue adding performers This Sunday night’s show keeps expanding. Adele was recently announced as a performer. This will be her first performance since undergoing throat surgery. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will also grace the stage. The Grammys also announced a duet by Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett. Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys will be honoring the late Etta James. A tribute to dance/electronica music will be performed by David Guetta, Lil Wayne, The Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, and deadmau5. This will take place in a tent outside the Staples Center. To catch the performances, tune in at 8 PM on CBS. January 2012 News Grammys to honor Glen Campbell The Grammys have announced their plans to give the Lifetime Achievement award to the “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell. Campbell, currently battling Alzheimer’s, has won five Grammys. He will perform with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton (both whom are nominated for Grammys). Tune in Sunday, Feburary 12 at 8 PM on CBS. Springsteen announces tour dates The Boss is back on the road starting in March. His tour opens in Atlanta and ends in Jersey. Below are the dates on the first leg of the tour. March 18 – Atlanta, GA March 19 – Greensboro, NC March 23 – Tampa, FL March 26 – Boston, MA March 28 – Philadelphia, PA March 29 – Philadelphia, PA April 1 – Washington, DC April 3 – East Rutherford, NJ April 4 – East Rutherford, NJ April 6 – New York, NY April 9 – New York, NY April 12 – Detroit, MI April 13 – Buffalo, NY April 16 – Albany, NY April 17 – Cleveland, OH April 24 – San Jose, CA April 26 – Los Angeles, CA April 29 – New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) May 2 – Newark, NJ The Grammys add more performers Coldplay will perform with Rhianna on “Princess in China” from their latest album Mylo Xyloto. Paul McCartney will also be performing. The Grammys air Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 PM on CBS. Etta James passes away After a lengthy battle with dementia and leukemia, music legend Etta James passed away on Friday. She was 73. James was seen by many as a pioneer in the music industry. She won four Grammys, as well as 17 Blues Music Awards. In 1993, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though she had many hits such as “All I Could Do Is Cry”, “A Sunday Kind of Love” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, her signature song will always be “At Last”. Here is one of her last live performances from 2009: At Last on Dancing with the Stars The Boss releases a new single Bruce Springsteen has released “We Take Care of Our Own” from his forthcoming CD, Wrecking Ball on March 6. You can listen to it now. The Grammys get a host LL Cool J will be the award show’s first host in seven years. No stranger to the awards show, LL has two Grammys and has hosted Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night since 2008. The awards show will air on Sunday, February 12 at 8 PM on CBS. For a list of performers announced so far, see our last entry. Friday the 13th Music News ~Music’s biggest night is shaping up to have great performances. Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, The Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and a duet by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have been scheduled to perform so far. Tune in to the Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 12. ~John Mayer has announced that he will be playing SXSW. He will be performing at Stubb’s BBQ on Saturday, March 17. Mayer recently had throat surgery to remove a granuloma from his vocal cord. The SXSW performance will be his third since undergoing surgery in October. ~Clear Channel Radio has announced that they are now Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. The rebranding came about to encompass I Heart Radio and the I Heart Radio Music Festival, as well as other ventures. SPIN Magazine moving reviews online Embracing technology, SPIN Magazine will now post its reviews on Twitter (@SPINReviews) and on their website, www.spin.com. They will no longer be printing them in each issue. To find out more, go here. 2011 albums sales strongest in seven years Nielsen reports that while physical album sales were down, digital album sales were up. According to Billboard, album sales grew 1.4 percent (326.2 million units to 330.6 million units) last year. Adele’s monster album, 21 no doubt influenced this number as it was #1 for 15 weeks. It was the top selling album for all of 2011. Also on a positive note, vinyl sales were also up from 2.8 million to 3.9 million. Oh happy day. More from The Novocaines! Follow the link below and check out the new single “Summer Waiting,” off The Novocaines album, due out in the states this fall. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150214139933231&id=106257078230 GUY SEBASTIAN TONIGHT! “AUSTRAILAN IDOL” SEASON 1 WINNER GUY SEBASTIAN will be LIVE on GOOM Thurs. 6/23 7-9 PM Eastern Standard Time. Go to www.goomradio.us & choose “Zang Radio” to listen. Guy is one of Australia’s best artists and is 20X platinum in sales. Guy’s current U.S. single, “Who’s That Girl” featuring Eve, has already gone four times platinum in Australia and is rapidly gaining airplay in the US. Check out “Who’s that Girl” here: http://pann.nate.com/video/216686622 Visit his official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/guysebastian Visit his official website: www.guysebastian.com.au Some of the stations across the US Guy can be heard on are: KHTE-FM (KHits 96.5) Little Rock,AK http://www.khits965.com/ KKXX-FM (Hits 93.1) Bakersfield, CA http://www.hits931fm.com/ WXYK-FM (107.1 The Monkey) Biloxi, MI http://www.1071themonkey.net/ WVYB-FM (WYB 103.3) Daytona Beach, FL http://daytonasun.com/WVYB.html KREV-FM (92.7 The Rev) San Francisco, CA http://www.927rev.com/ WCIL-FM (101.5 CIL) Carbondale, IL http://www.cilfm.com/ WXXX-FM (95 Triple X) Burlington, VT http://www.95triplex.com/ KLJT-FM (95.3/102.3) Tyler, TX www.mybreezefm.com KFRH-FM (1043 NOW) Las Vegas, NV http://www.1043now.com/ WXKB-FM (B103.9) Ft. Myers, FL http://www.b1039.com/ KSAS-FM (KISS 103.3) Boise, ID http://www.1033kissfm.com/pages/main KRCK-FM (97.7 KRCK) Palm Springs, CA http://www.krck.com/ WXLK-FM (K92 HD) Roanoke, VA http://www.k92radio.com/home.asp KDLW-FM (106.7) Albuquerque, NM http://www.1067omgradio.com KHOP-FM (KHOP 95.1) Modesto, CA http://www.khop.com/ KWNZ-FM (Z93.7) Reno, NV http://www.z937fm.com/ WSSX-FM (95SX) Charleston, SC http://www.95sx.com/ WBBO-FM (B 98.5) Monmouth-Ocean, NJ http://b985radio.com/ KVLY-FM (107.9 Mix) McAllen, TX www.mix1079.net iTunes vs music beta vs Amazon Cloud Drive- Feeling a little confused? Here are some comparison points: http://paidcontent.org/table/comparing-music-services-apple-vs-google-vs-amazon Bonnaroo to stream live on VEVO this weekend. If you are one of the many who won’t be there in person, but instead in the comfort of your own AC- you can now pretend you are there. Turn off the AC, skip the shower and watch: http://theaudioperv.com/2011/06/08/bonnaroo-theme-song-announced-vevo-to-live-stream-festival-this-weekend/ Guy Sebastian’s ‘Who’s That Girl’ Reaches 4 X Platinum! Congratulations to Guy Sebastian! Sales of “Who’s That Girl” have now reached 4 x PLATINUM status! The single has become only the 4th Australian artist single to reach that accreditation. Check out his ‘Who’s That Girl’ video by clicking the link below:
The Novocaines Having already played at such well-known music festivals, including Southbound, Perth Big Day Out and South By South West, these Aussies began to expand their fan-base with their March 2011 tour through the US. While touring,The Novocaines track Cup Of Coffee was selected for a major scene in the hit movie Scream 4. They are now on the radar of several major American labels such as Interscope, American Records, Atlantic and EMI/Capitol. The Novocaines are on their way to achieving international success. ‘Cup Of Coffee’-featured on the Scream 4 movie soundtrack’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9F27ZykUmU Check out Sickman Records’ Kaela Freeman, and her music video for ‘What Yo Name Is’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPaUd5pX7vI New songs from Sean Breed at www.seanbreed.com Check out his single “Superstar” and new song “I’m Gone” Kristen Henderson of Antigone Rising and her partner Sarah Kate Ellis have written a book sharing the details of what they went through to become parents. The book, Time Two is due out April 5th 2011. http://www.afterellen.com/people/2011/03/sarah-ellis-and-kristen-henderson-share-their-stories-in-times-two Antigone Rising’s new album 23 Red will be released May 13th, 2011.