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Music News June 19, 2015

Iron Maiden’s Next Album Has an 18-Minute Song On It

In 1984, IRON MAIDEN shocked the metal world with “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, a song off their “Powerslave” album that was almost 14 MINUTES LONG.

Well, 31 years later, they’re making that one look quaint.  Maiden will drop their next album on September 4th.  It’s called “The Book of Souls”, and it’s got a song on it that clocks in at EIGHTEEN MINUTES.

It’s called “The Empire of the Clouds”, and it was written by lead singer BRUCE DICKINSON, who just beat cancer.  Officially, it’s 18 minutes and ONE SECOND.

“The Book of Souls” will be a DOUBLE CD, because it’s 92 minutes long, and that’s with only 11 tracks.  The shortest song on the album is 4:59 . . . while there’s one that’s 13-and-a-half minutes, and another one that’s 10-and-a-half minutes.

Sign Dave Grohl’s Cast Virtually!

Adoring fans can now sign Dave Grohl‘s cast and all they need is Twitter.

Fans were blown away by the rock god’s insatiable desire to please his audience last week when he fell from the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, only to return and play the rest of the two-and-a-half-hour set before being rushed to the hospital.

So, to give back to the indestructible Foo Fighter, creative agency EVB and web development group Bauscode came up with a way for anyone, anywhere to show their support.

In what the team is calling Operation #SignDavesCast, fans can log into SignDavesCast or simply tweet their well-wishes to Grohl tagging it with the hashtag #SignDavesCast.

Read More : http://radio.com/2015/06/18/sign-dave-grohls-cast-twitter/

Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen is trying to Prevent him from Performing Songs….

Sammy Hagar‘s latest band, the Circle, delivers a hit-studded live show that offers classic cuts from throughout his career — but he claims Alex and Eddie Van Halen would love to prevent him from performing the songs they wrote and recorded together during his stint in Van Halen.

Hagar made his surprising claim during an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s podcast (which you can hear below), after affirming Trunk’s observation that since Van Halen have stopped playing their hit from Hagar’s era, he and Circle bassist Michael Anthony are the only ones keeping the songs in front of audiences.

Read More: Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen Are Trying to Prevent Him From Performing Songs They Wrote Together | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sammy-hagar-perform-van-halen-songs/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News June 18, 2015

What the Heck Did Lady Gaga Do to John Lennon’s “Imagine”?

You probably didn’t know this, but there’s a massive, brand new sporting event called the European Games going on right now in Baku, Azerbaijan.

It’s for European athletes, it’ll happen every four years, and it’s governed by the European Olympic Committee.

LADY GAGA helped kick things off by singing JOHN LENNON’s “Imagine” during the opening ceremony.  Her take was . . . interesting.  And that’s probably the nicest thing you can say about it.  (Check it out here.)

Muse Scored Their First #1 Album

MUSE just landed their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.  “Drones” sold 89,000 copies in its first week.  Two other albums debuted in the Top 10 this week.

Of Monsters and Men’s album “Beneath the Skin” is #3, selling 61,000 copies . . . and the Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” reissue debuted at #5 after selling 36,000 copies.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “Drones”, Muse . . . 89,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 64,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Beneath the Skin”, Of Monsters and Men . . . 61,000 copies

4.  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence and the Machine . . . 37,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “Sticky Fingers (Reissue)”, Rolling Stones . . . 36,000 copies

6.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 34,000 copies

7.  “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 31,000 copies

8.  “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky . . . just over 29,000 copies

9.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 29,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 27,000 copies

Music News June 17, 2015

The Foo Fighters Are Canceling Tour Dates, Because Dave Grohl’s Leg Is Worse Than Expected

It was pretty METAL when DAVE GROHL refused to end a FOO FIGHTERS concert after falling off the stage and breaking his leg . . . but they won’t be able to save their tour.

In an open letter on the band’s website, Dave says the injury was worse than expected, and that he needed surgery.  He went under the knife this week . . . had six metal screws inserted . . . and is unable to perform right now.

He says, quote, “My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while.  The most important thing now is for me [to] keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection / complication that could do long term damage.

“I’m not out of the woods yet, folks.  Which means, and it kills me to say it . . . [we have to] cancel shows.  I’m really so sorry.  You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment.”

So this month’s European tour is scrapped.  They’re supposed to begin a long stretch of North American dates on July 4th.  It’s unclear if Dave will be ready to return to the road then or not.

Here’s How Four Corporations Responded to Neil Young’s Lyrical Attacks

NEIL YOUNG calls out some big corporations on his next album, “The Monsanto Years”, which will be out June 29th.  They include:  Chevron, Walmart, Starbucks, and of course, Monsanto.

“Billboard” got ahold of the lyrics, and sent them to those corporations to see if they had a response.

Here’s what they heard back:

1.  Chevron declined to respond.

2.  Walmart refuted a lyric about workers not getting benefits . . . saying, quote, “Walmart raised its lowest starting wage to $9 an hour.  We’re proud of the opportunity we provide people to build a career and have a chance at a better life.”

3.  Starbucks declined to respond to Neil’s lyric connecting them to GMOs . . . saying, quote, “Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling . . . we prefer a national solution.”

4.  Monsanto had this to say:  Quote, “Many of us have been and are fans of Neil Young . . . we recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do, and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”

Madonna Is Releasing a Video with a Bunch of Celebrities, Just Like Taylor Swift Did

Sometime this morning, MADONNA is putting out her video for “[B-word] I’m Madonna”, which features NICKI MINAJ.

Nicki will also join Madonna in the video, along with Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Rita Ora.  So yeah, she’s doing the ALL-STAR VIDEO thing . . . just like Taylor Swift did with “Bad Blood”.

Music News June 16, 2015

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Smash Mouth Singer Steve Harwell Had a Meltdown Because Someone Threw Bread at Him

SMASH MOUTH was “headlining” an event called “Taste of Fort Collins” in Colorado on Sunday.  It’s a three-day food and music festival that claims to be “a family-friendly celebration.”

Well, things became a lot less family friendly during Smash Mouth’s set, when people began throwing slices of bread in the air.  Some of it went on the stage, and singer STEVE HARWELL completely FLIPPED OUT.

He launched into a profanity-laden rant, saying, quote, “You throw one more piece of [crap] on the [effing] stage . . . I’m gonna come find your a**, I’m gonna beat your a**, whoever the [eff] you are out there, OK?”

He invited them onstage, so he could, quote, “beat the [eff]” out of them.  Then he went into the crowd looking for the “[P-word] punk [B-words]” . . . only to be stopped by security.

How did the crowd get the bread?  Well, since it was a food festival, loaves were being given away for free at one of the vendor booths.

The whole time this was going on, the rest of the band played opening riff to “All Star” over and over and over.  Eventually, the CROWD started singing it, and Steve finally joined in at the chorus.

But he wasn’t done ranting.  At an interlude a couple minutes later, he continued cussing out the bread-throwers, and saying he deserves respect.

It wasn’t just Smash Mouth, by the way.  The bread-tossing happened during another set by the rock band Atlas Genius.  They were cool with it though, and made jokes about being gluten-intolerant.

Prince and Stevie Wonder Performed a Private Concert for Obama

PRESIDENT OBAMA hosted a private party last weekend at the White House, which included around 500 guests, and featured a concert by PRINCE and STEVIE WONDER.

The White House wouldn’t confirm the concert, but a spokesperson said the Obamas did have a party, and that they paid for it themselves.

So how did the cat get out of the bag?  Well, AL SHARPTON Tweeted, quote, “Leaving the White House party with POTUS and FLOTUS.  Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together.  Unbelievable experience.”

Music News June 15, 2015

Dave Grohl Fell Off a Stage, Broke His Leg . . . and Still Finished a Concert

The FOO FIGHTERS were performing at a music festival in Sweden on Friday night, when DAVE GROHL tripped and fell off the stage.  It looked pretty bad, and it was.  He BROKE HIS LEG in at least one place.

They were just two songs into the gig when it happened.  But instead of cutting things short, he had the medics treat his leg, and then he came back OUT and FINISHED the entire three-hour set.

While Dave was still offstage, the band started playing “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.  Then Dave came out in the middle of the song in a wheelchair, and did the rest of the show either sitting or standing on crutches.

After the show, Dave Tweeted a photo of his X-ray, which clearly shows the break.  He captioned it, quote, “Thank you Gothenburg.  That was amazing.”  As METAL as that was, the band was forced to cancel two shows this week due to the injury.

Duran Duran Announced New Album Title and Tour Dates!

Duran Duran has announced that its new album will be titled Paper Gods. The set will be the band’s first in nearly five years, and is due out in September. The group revealed the name via Twitter on June 12.

A day later, the group also announced a string of new tour dates, including their first concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Paper Gods is the group’s 14th studio effort and first for Warner Bros. Records. (The act signed with the label in March.) The album will be preceded by the single “Pressure Off,” which features Janelle Monae. Paper Gods was produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson, and also features guest turns from Kiesza and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

You can read more of this story by clicking HERE.

5 Seconds of Summer Ended a Show Early After Their Guitarist Caught on Fire

The Australian boy band 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER were performing in London Saturday night, when their guitarist MICHAEL CLIFFORD caught on fire.

He got too close to the pyrotechnics, and the flames caught his hair on fire.  He immediately stumbled backstage . . . obviously needing medical attention.

Even though Michael is the LEAST cute member of 5 Seconds to Summer, they decided to call it a night.   ASHTON IRWIN told the crowd, quote, “Michael has hurt himself so we will not be continuing the show right now . . . He’s OK.  You guys have been the best crowd we could ask for tonight.”

Later, Michael Tweeted a photo of himself, with half his face bandaged up.  He captioned it, quote,  “Sorry I couldn’t finish the encore, but at least I look like two face.  Thanks for worrying everyone.”

Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis Fed an Artist Gummy Bears at Bonnaroo . . . and Then Sang “We Are the World”

“Mad Men” star JON HAMM and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS made a surprise appearance at Bonnaroo on Saturday, where they did a comedy bit.  They also crashed BELLE & SEBASTIAN’S set and fed singer STUART MURDOCH gummy bears by tossing them into his mouth.  (Here’s video.)

Later, they teamed up to lead the crowd in a rendition of “We Are the World”.   (Here’s video of that.)

Music News June 12, 2015

Toni Braxton Only Did “Un-Break My Heart” After She Traded Songs with Celine Dion

TONI BRAXTON wasn’t originally supposed to sing “Un-Break My Heart”, because it was intended for CELINE DION.  But then they traded songs.

She told “Entertainment Tonight”, quote, “I had ‘Because You Loved Me’.  I heard the song, [and] loved it.  My record company said, ‘It’s not really time to put out a song yet between your album.’

“Celine had ‘Un-Break My Heart’ and I don’t know what the situation was, but I know I got it.  We kind of switched off there.”

Both songs were written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster.  Diane once said, quote, “Toni hated [‘Un-Break My Heart’].  She didn’t want to do it.”

Are These the 10 Best Rock Songs About Cars?

Don Jamieson from “That Metal Show” has put together a list of the “Top 10 Songs About Cars.”  Obviously, it’s all hard rock and metal.  Here it is . . .

1.  “Highway Star”, Deep Purple, 1972

2.  “Panama”, Van Halen, 1984

3.  “Under My Wheels”, Alice Cooper, 1971

4.  “Red Barchetta”, Rush, 1981

5.  “Fuel”, Metallica, 1998

6.  “Lovedrive”, Scorpions, 1979

7.  “Road Racin'”, Riot, 1979

8.  “I Can’t Drive 55″, Sammy Hagar, 1984

9.  ” Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”, Primus, 1991

10.  “Slick Black Cadillac”, Quiet Riot, 1978

Honorable mentions went to:  “Ready to Burn” by Krokus . . . “Black Sunshine” by White Zombie . . . “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”, by ZZ Top . . . “I’m in Love with My Car”, by Queen . . . and “Wheels of Steel” by Saxon.

Songs that were intentionally left off include:  “Slow Ride” by Foghat and “Trampled Under Foot” by Led Zeppelin, which are both about sex . . . and “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, which is about touring life.

Music News June 11, 2015

Bonnaroo Is the Music Festival That Will Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

The Bonnaroo music festival starts TONIGHT in Tennessee, and if you’re headed out there . . . you made a good choice.  The ticketing site Rukkus.com says Bonnaroo is the best value out of all the festivals this year.

They did some research, and found that at $299, a single four-day pass for Bonnaroo will save you almost 75% . . . compared to $1,165, which is roughly what it would’ve cost you to buy tickets to the separate gigs.

There are 98 acts playing Bonnaroo . . . and you couldn’t see them all, no matter how many drugs you’re on.  This takes that into account.  It assumes that you can catch seven acts a day, and estimates what their individual tickets would run.

By the way, the expected attendance for Bonnaroo this year is 90,000.  The population of Manchester, TN, where the festival takes place, is 8,294.

Bonnaroo’s attendance is roughly on par with Coachella and Outside Lands in California, Firefly in Delaware, and Electric Zoo in New York.  Lollapalooza attracts more than double that at 225,000, and Austin City Limits draws over 350,000 people.

Florence and the Machine Scored Their First #1 Album

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE just landed their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” sold 137,000 copies in its first week.

Two other albums debuted in the Top 10 this week.  Jason Derulo’s new album “Everything Is 4″ is . . . ironically . . . at #4, with 37,000 copies.  And the latest Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard collaboration, “Django and Jimmie”, debuted at #7 after selling 31,000 copies.  Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence and the Machine . . . 137,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 66,000 copies

3.  “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky . . . 50,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “Everything Is 4″, Jason Derulo . . . 37,000 copies

5.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 36,000 copies

6.  The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 34,000 copies

7.  NEW:  “Django and Jimmie”, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard . . . 31,000 copies

8.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . just over 30,000 copies

9.  “Jekyll and Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 30,000 copies

10.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 29,000 copies

Music News June 10, 2015

Is Punk Dead? You Can Now Get Sex Pistols Credit Cards

It’s a little late to complain when rock bands “sell out”.  These days you can’t survive in the music industry UNLESS you sell out.  But it’s just a little bit sadder when a band like the SEX PISTOLS does it.

Richard Branson’s British bank Virgin Money is issuing three new Sex Pistols credit cards.  Two have art from their 1977 album “Never Mind the Bollocks”, and the third has a design inspired by the single “Anarchy in the U.K.” (Check ’em out here.)

The Pistols signed to Branson’s Virgin Records in 1977, and he says, quote, “Even after nearly 40 years, the Sex Pistols’ power to provoke is undimmed.”

Ed Sheeran Says All the Successful People Started Off as a “Weird Kid with No Friends”

If you’re a weird kid, ED SHEERAN has a message for you:  You’re gonna ROCK when you grow up.

Ed was at an event Monday called the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala.  Yes, Ed used to have a stutter.  Not to mention thick glasses, a port wine stain birthmark on his face . . . and he was missing an eardrum.

He says, quote, “Most of the people I knew that were normal in school are all pretty dull right now.  They go to the gym four times a week and look at themselves in the mirror a lot, but they don’t really have a lot to say.

“Most of the people that are successful started life off as a weird kid with no friends . . . One of the cool kids from school now does my plumbing!  That’s a fact!”

Ed says that rapping along to EMINEM’s “Marshall Mathers LP” helped him get rid of his stutter.

Music News June 9, 2015

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Elton John Yelled at a Concert Usher . . . Then Brought Her Onstage and Apologized

ELTON JOHN freaked out on an usher during a recent concert in the U.K., because she was telling fans they couldn’t wave their hands in the air.

He said, quote, “I came here to play music, now all you stewards down there, especially the woman in the pony tail, [effing] lighten up will you? . . .  This is not [effing] China, so piss off.  You’ve got [an effing] uniform on and you think you’re Hitler and you’re not . . . Don’t have any sympathy with her, this is a concert.”

Well, the woman ran off CRYING, and Elton felt bad.  So he apologized.

First he said he realized that the ushers were just doing what they were told.

Then he brought her onstage, sat her next to him on his piano stool, and apologized personally.  He told her, quote, “I got frustrated, and no one should ever talk to a lady like that.  I’m very, very apologetic.”  (You can see video of that here.)

Gavin DeGraw Uses Fake Names at Airport Baggage Claims!

No one’s ever going to confuse Gavin DeGraw with Mr. T — which explains why the singer uses the “Rocky III” villain’s name as an alias … but sadly for Gavin, we busted him at LAX.

Our photog was scouring the airport for Mr. T after seeing a Clubber Lang sign in baggage claim, but found Gavin instead … who explained why he chose the secret identity.

Hate to burst his bubble, but there’s a flaw in Gavin’s plan. Seeing “Clubber Lang” on a sign is always gonna draw attention from paps and fans.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/08/gavin-degraw-impersonating-clubber-lang-mr-t-rocky-airport/#ixzz3cZzzIocU

Music News June 8, 2015

Melvin’s Front Man Buzz Osborne says ‘Montage of Heck’ is mostly myth…

Brett Morgen’s documentary about Kurt Cobain, “Montage of Heck,” has been hailed by critics and music fans alike not only as the definitive record of the Nirvana singer’s turbulent life, but also as one of the most intimate and illuminating documentaries ever made of any rock artist. Reviewing the film for the Los Angeles Times, August Brown deemed it “revelatory.”

Try telling that to Melvins singer Buzz Osborne.

In a new essay published on the music website The Talkhouse, Osborne — who met Cobain in high school, long before Nirvana rose to fame, and remained friends with him until his suicide in 1994 — writes that “90% of ‘Montage of Heck’ is bull…,” dismissing the film as “mostly misguided fiction.”

Morgen spent seven years poring through Cobain’s private journals and home movies and interviewing bandmates, family members and the singer’s wife, Courtney Love, driven to the point of obsession trying to understand what fueled both Cobain’s creativity and his tragic undoing. “I have what I now refer to as the Kurt disease,” he told The Times in an interview last month.

But, in his impassioned (and profanity-filled) rebuttal, Osborne claims that the resulting film skews more toward mythology than truth — though perhaps, he suggests, Cobain would have wanted it that way. “That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain,” he writes. “He was a master of jerking your chain.”

Rock n’ Roll Pranks: Mike Patton vs. Axl Rose…

A 1991 tour with Gun N’ Roses found Faith No More frontman Mike Patton playing some unbelievable scatological tricks on Axl Rose.

Patton “sh– in an orange juice carton, resealed it, and put it back in Axl Rose’s personal drinks vending machine,” says Jon Holmes, author of Rock Star Babylon: Outrageous Rumors, Legends, and Raucous True Tales of Rock and Roll Icons.

Some of Patton’s other more outrageous pranks were outlined by Exclaim in the wake of Faith No More’s surprise return after nearly two decades away. For instance, Patton once “pissed all over Axl Rose’s cue cards while Guns N’ Roses were onstage,” according to Holmes. Patton’s rationale for such outrageous behavior? “Ain’t that rock’n’roll?” he said, in a contemporary interview with Kerrang! magazine.

Rose wasn’t the only target of Patton’s unique brand of bathroom humor, by the way. During the same tour, Patton told Kerrang!, he “took a sh–, rolled it into a ball and put it in the hair dryer so that the next guest to dry their hair would get hot sh– in their face.”

Rose and Patton were more recently linked in a study that sought to definitively name the world’s greatest singer. The determination was based on each vocalist’s range. Rose boasts a five-octave instrument, while Patton’s is six.
Read More: Faith No More’s Mike Patton Once Defecated in Axl Rose’s Orange Juice | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/axl-rose-mike-patton-prank/?trackback=tsmclip

Flavor Flav getting friendly on a Southwest Flight


It all went down on a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Vegas on Saturday — when Flav decided he didn’t just want to be a passenger, he wanted to help out the flight crew.

Flav grabbed a bag of peanuts and pretzels (with the crew’s blessing) and began handing them out to the stunned passengers.

At one point, Flav proclaimed, “Today the back of the plane is 1st class!!!!”

We’re told everyone LOOOVED it — and Flav took pics with everyone who wanted a shot.

Buh bye now.

Walmart Hopes to Boost Employee Morale by Playing Less Celine Dion and Justin Bieber in Its Stores

Walmart announced some changes at a recent shareholders meeting, which are intended to help boost employee morale and customer service.

And the one thing that got the biggest reception is:  They’re ditching the old music that’s been playing on a loop in the stores and driving everyone INSANE.

It’s unclear what all was on the tape, but at the meeting it was made clear that it included a lot of painful JUSTIN BIEBER and CELINE DION.

One guy joked, quote, “One of my fellow associates recently developed a serious eye-tic from hearing Celine Dion’s greatest hits on loop in our stores.”

They’re replacing it with “Walmart Radio,” where they’ll have their own DJ creating fresh playlists that will be piped into the stores.  Other changes include tweaking the temperature in the stores, and slightly relaxing the dress code.

Music News June 4, 2015

Dave Matthews Flagged Down a Car with a Dave Matthews Bumper Sticker . . . to Ask for a Bar Recommendation?

Say what you want about his music, but DAVE MATTHEWS is an interesting guy.  Two years ago, he hitchhiked to his own concert after his bike got a flat tire, and then treated the people who picked him up to dinner and front-row tickets.

And now this:  On Monday, Dave got stuck in traffic near his hotel in Atlanta . . . and noticed an SVU with one of those DAVE MATTHEWS BAND “fire dancer” bumper stickers.

So he hopped out of his car, knocked on the driver’s window, and asked the woman inside if she could recommend a decent bar in the area.  She suggested one . . . took a photo with him . . . and drove off.  Dave hasn’t commented on the story.

The Top Five Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

“Rolling Stone” has put out a list of “50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own.”  Naturally, it skews older, but some contemporary country albums did make the list.  Here are the Top Five:

1.  “At Folsom Prison”, Johnny Cash, 1968

2.  “40 Greatest Hits”, Hank Williams, 1978

3.  “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music”, Ray Charles, 1962

4.  “Red Headed Stranger”, Willie Nelson, 1975

5.  “The Definitive Collection”, Patsy Cline, 2004

It includes the Dixie Chicks comeback album “Taking the Long Way” at #19 . . . Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose” collaboration with Jack White at #12 . . . the Garth Brooks disc “Ropin’ the Wind” at #14 . . . Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” at #27 . . . and the Waylon Jennings / Willie Nelson album “Waylon & Willie” at #30.

Music News June 3, 2015

Mariah Carey Joined Match.com . . . But Only As a Stunt for Her New Video

MARIAH CAREY may be desperate to replace NICK CANNON . . . but not desperate enough to join Match.com.  However, she’s totally willing to create an account as a stunt to promote her video for “Infinity”.

Her mock profile actually appears on the site.  Her user name is “MC1toInfinity” . . . and she lists her relationship status as “divorced” . . . her desire for more kids as “I’ll tell you later” . . . her body type as “curvy” . . . and her faith as “Christian.”

She says she’s 5-foot-9 . . . doesn’t smoke, but is a social drinker.  She lists her ethnicity as “black, Latino, and white” . . . and her occupation is “self-employed.”

Her interests are:  Cooking, movies / videos, music, concerts, religion / spiritual, swimming, and yoga.

She also posted the “Infinity” video, which was the whole point of all of this.  Her partnership with Match continues in the video, where there’s a shot of her using the site’s mobile app.

Music News June 2, 2015

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Chris Cornell Announces New Album ‘Higher Truth’, Acoustic Tour

Chris Cornell has announced plans to release his new solo album Higher Truth and embark on an extensive acoustic tour this fall. The new album will arrive on September 18th and was produced by Brendan O’Brien, who served as mixer on Soundgarden‘s Superunknown before becoming a go-to rock producer. Higher Truth will be Cornell’s first solo studio LP since his unexpected foray into pop music on 2009’s Scream.
Two days after Higher Truth drops, Cornell will hit the road for a long solo jaunt that kicks off September 20th at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. The tour will conclude November 2nd with a performance at Austin, Texas’ Moody Theater for Austin City Limits. Check out the singer’s official site for full on-sale information. $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.

Get more information and full tour date list below…
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornell-announces-new-album-higher-truth-acoustic-tour-20150602#ixzz3bv2Np6QO
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The Rolling Stones Performed “Hang On Sloopy” for the First Time in Almost 50 Years

During their show in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night, the ROLLING STONES rolled out a song they hadn’t played in almost 50 years.  And it wasn’t even one of theirs.

It was “Hang On Sloopy”, which was a #1 hit for The McCoys in 1965.  The Stones covered it for a while in 1966, before retiring it.

But it happens to be the official state rock song of Ohio, so that was a good opportunity to dust it off.  (Here’s video.)

Watch St. Vincent Fall Off a Speaker Stack

During a show in Knoxville Sunday night, ST. VINCENT tried to climb onto a speaker stack.  But she fell, and pulled the top speaker down with her, which could have KILLED her.  (Check out videos here and here.)

She ended up lying on the stage for a few minutes, before jumping back up and continuing with the show.

She later Tweeted that she was okay, thanks to a security guard named Patrick who probably saved her life.

It’s not clear in the videos how he was involved.  But he posted a photo with a cut above his eye and the caption, “Got knocked in the head by a speaker, but kept the little lady from getting crushed!”

Music News June 1, 2015

Paul McCartney Still isn’t Smoking Pot, But he will have a Margarita.

A few years ago, Paul McCartney told “Rolling Stone” that he’d given up smoking marijuana, because he didn’t want to set that example around his kids and grandkids. And now, he says he’s held to that.

He adds, quote, “I don’t do it… instead of smoking a spliff, I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago.”

Maroon 5’s New Video Features Adam Levine’s Naked Backside

Maroon 5 released their video for “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Mother[effer]”.

It seems to be a single shot, which follows Adam Levine as he prepares for a show. You can search the video via youtube.com.

Enrique Iglesias Kept Performing with Blood all Over Him, After Being Attacked By A Drone.

Enrique Iglesias suffered a freak injury at a show in Tijuana over the weekend… when he had a run-in with a DRONE.

Enrique had a camera drone flying around getting crowd shots, and he’s been known to grab it, and angle it down from the stage to provide a “point of view” shot. But something went wrong and it sliced open his fingers.

He was bleeding like crazy, but he didn’t want to stop the show. So he drew a heart… IN BLOOD…. On his white shirt, and went on with the show.

He rep says he was, quote, “semi-treated” between songs at the side of the stage, and was advised to end the show for the night. But he continued on for another 30 minutes, blood as well.

It was serious, but apparently he’s fine. His rep says, quote, “After the concert, he was rushed to the airport where an ambulance met him there. He was then put on a plane to L.A. to see a specialist.”