Music News October 28, 2015
Adele Has Broken Taylor Swift’s YouTube Record
ADELE’s last album was HUGE . . . and it looks like she’s going to pick up where she left off. Her video for “Hello” piled up 27.7 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours. That’s a new record.
TAYLOR SWIFT had the previous record. Her “Bad Blood” video was watched 20.1 million times in its first day.
YouTube says “Hello” was averaging 1.6 million views an hour for a while on that day . . . and it has now surpassed 106 million views.
Taylor Swift’s “1989” Spent a Year in the Top 10 . . .
and Only Four Other Albums Have Done It
It’s been a year since TAYLOR SWIFT put out “1989” . . . and believe it or not, it’s been in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart every single week since then.
Only four other albums have spent their entire first year in the Top 10. They are:
- “Born in the U.S.A.”, Bruce Springsteen, 1984 . . . 84 straight weeks
- “21”, Adele, 2011 . . . 78 weeks
- “Falling Into You”, Celine Dion, 1996 . . . 59 weeks
- “Rumours”, Fleetwood Mac, 1977 . . . 52 weeks
Taylor is currently at #9 . . . and has been in the Top 10 exactly 52 weeks and counting. “1989” was released on October 27th of last year, and has sold 5.4 million copies.
Maynard James Keenan Doesn’t Seem to Want Anything to Do with Tool or Their Fans
Maynard James Keenan doesn’t seem to want to have anything to do with TOOL or their fans. He told the “Phoenix New Times” that the band had to “con him into” performing with them at Monster Mash Music Festival in Arizona this weekend.
When asked about a new Tool album, he said, quote, “There’s nothing to say. I can’t.” Fans won’t like that . . . and they won’t like what he had to say about THEM when he was asked about the humor in Tool albums.
He said, quote, “Yeah, it’s there. But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bull[crap]. It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, r*tards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
Music News October 27, 2015
Ed Sheeran Gave an Old Childhood Friend a Songwriting Credit on His Last Album So She Could Afford Her Mortgage
A British tabloid claims ED SHEERAN agreed to give an old childhood friend a songwriting credit on his last album “x (Multiply)”, so she could afford her mortgage.
That sounds incredibly generous . . . but this isn’t just some random friend. Her name is Amy Wadge, and she’s a musician who collaborated with him before he made it big. In fact, he put out an EP in 2010 called “Songs I Wrote with Amy”.
He says, quote, “She was going through financial troubles about a year ago . . . my album was nearly done . . . and she asked if I could put a song from when I was 17 on the deluxe version, so she could get a little bit of money and pay [her] bills.”
That song is called “Even My Dad Does Sometimes” . . . but the REAL story is that while they were hanging out, they jammed a little, and together they came up with “Thinking Out Loud”, which became a huge single.
Ed says, quote, “[‘Thinking Out Loud’] wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t come down from Wales to see me . . . now she never has to worry about money again.”
Pentatonix Scored Their First #1 Album
The a cappella group PENTATONIX debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, after their self-titled album sold more than 98,000 copies in its first week.
DEMI LOVATO fell JUST SHORT of that . . . her new album “Confident” sold 98,000 copies. And new albums by rappers MACHINE GUN KELLY and GAME debuted at #4 and #6, respectively.
Here are the Top 10 albums in the country . .
- NEW: “Pentatonix”, Pentatonix . . . slightly more than 98,000 copies
- NEW: “Confident”, Demi Lovato . . . 98,000 copies
- “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 62,000 copies
- NEW: “General Admission”, Machine Gun Kelly . . . 56,000 copies
- “Fetty Wap”, Fetty Wap . . . 48,000 copies
- NEW: “The Documentary 2.5″, Game . . . nearly 48,000 copies
- “Revival”, Selena Gomez . . . 46,000 copies
- “What a Time to Be Alive”, Drake and Future . . . nearly 43,000 copies
- “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 37,000 copies
- NEW: “The Color Before the Sun”, Coheed and Cambria . . . 32,000 copies
Music News October 26, 2015
This is Why Adele Uses a Flip Phone in Her “Hello” Video
The director of the video says, quote, “I never like filming modern phones or cars. They’re so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies you’re reminded you’re in reality.
“If you see an iPhone or a Toyota in a movie, they’re anti-narrative, they take you out of the story. If I put an iPhone or a modern car in a movie it feels like I’m making a commercial.”
Music News October 23, 2015
Cee-Lo is Trying to Put His Legal Issues Behind Him and Get Back to Work
Three years ago, CEE-LO was accused of drugging and raping a woman. There wasn’t enough evidence to try him for sexual assault, but he ended up pleading no contest to slipping her ecstasy.
Then he posted some disgusting things on Twitter like, He lost his gig on “The Voice”, and we haven’t seen much of him since, even though he apologized.
Well, he’s trying to repair his life and career now. He says, quote, “I’m so grateful that everyone who just may happen to witness this particular interview, have my deepest, sincerest apologies for any inconvenience, any ignorance, any ill will, anything. I’m just glad that it’s behind me now. I’m so glad for it.”
He’d also like to get back on “The Voice” . . . quote, “I just kind of put that out there, wishful thinking, kind of willing it. Because I would love to do it again.”
Cee-Lo has a new album called “Heart Blanche” coming out November 6th. He says, quote, “You’re going to hear a revelation, an epiphany of new understanding and a new lease on life, personally and professionally, on this album.”
New CDs from Carrie Underwood, Harry Connick, Judith Hill, and Rod Stewart
- “That Would Be Me“, “Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr.
- “Back in Time“, the debut solo album from Judith Hill . . . the chick from “The Voice” who used to sing with Michael Jackson. Prince helped produce this album.
- “Another Country“, Rod Stewart
- “Angels & Ghosts“, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. This is the side project of Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, for those of you who didn’t recognize his name.
- “Sounds Good Feels Good“, 5 Seconds of Summer. It includes the singles “She’s Kinda Hot” and “Hey Everybody!”.
- “Liberman“, the fifth album from Vanessa Carlton
- “My Stupid Heart“, Shawn Mullins. It includes a song called “Ferguson”, which gets its message across without mentioning the cops or any weapons.
- “Divers“, Andy Samberg’s wife, harpist Joanna Newsom. This is her fourth album.
- “Astoria“, the Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench
- “Sun Leads Me On“, the indie rock band Half Moon Run
- “Forever Whatever“, the indie rock band Cold Fronts
- “Archie and the Bunkers“, the punk rock band Archie and the Bunkers
- “Today’s Not Yesterday“, The Chapin Sisters, who are the nieces of Harry Chapin.
- “Cinema“, blind operatic singer Andrea Bocelli performs songs from classic movies. It includes “The Music of the Night” from “Phantom”, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita”, and songs from “The Godfather”, “Scent of a Woman”, and “Gladiator”.
- “Answer to No One, The Colt Ford Classics“ . . . A 14-song greatest hits album, featuring Colt’s collaborations with Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Chase Rice, and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson.
Music News October 21, 2015
Blink-182 Announces New Music
Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are plotting their post-Tom DeLonge future with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. In an interview with NME, Barker revealed that the trio have recorded five new songs together.
“Matt’s killing it,” Barker said. “He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started, but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”
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Chris Cornell Cover’s Bob Marley with 11-Year Old Daughter
Chris Cornell has one of the stronger, more recognizable voices in rock and after a performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Monday night, we learned that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Cornell invited his 11-year-old daughter Toni onstage for a duet, covering the Bob Marley classic “Redemption Song.”
The Soundgarden frontman introduced the guest appearance, explaining, “A few years back, my daughter wanted to do a song at school. She said it’s called the Music for Lunch Bunch and she makes it sound like she sits in front of her classmates and they do a song every once in a while. So I went and got a guitar tuned for her in the right key and we went to see her do it and it was actually like an assembly in front of the entire school.”
Read More: Chris Cornell Covers Bob Marley With Daughter | http://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-bob-marley-redemption-song-with-11-year-old-daughter/?trackback=tsmclip
Music News October 20, 2015
The Most Successful Music Act for Every Letter of the Alphabet
Uproxx.com has put together a list of the most successful music acts for each letter of the alphabet.
For solo performers, they classified artists by the first letter of their last name . . . and they dropped the ‘the’ in front of group names, so that there wasn’t a huge amount under ‘T.’
An act’s ‘success’ was determined by total album sales, or the equivalent digital units.
Here’s the full rundown, along with their album sales and overall rank.
Is Taylor Swift Making $1 Million a Day?
Everyone knows that TAYLOR SWIFT is making a KILLING right now . . . but it might surprise you to hear just how much she’s banking.
A British report claims she’s going to make $365 million by the end of the year . . . meaning that in 2015, she averaged ONE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY.
Taylor’s album “1989” is one of the few albums that has been able to consistently sell, and she’s performed over 85 shows in 2015, most of which have been sold out. She also has lucrative endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.
Joni Mitchell “Making Good Progress” after a Brain Aneurysm…
Joni Mitchell is recovering from a brain aneurysm she suffered earlier this year, and reportedly she’s “making good progress.” According to fellow singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the 71-year-old Mitchell is getting better.
“I have just heard from a close mutual friend that Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day, and making good progress,” Collins wrote on her Facebook page. “I have another friend who went through something similar — it does take a long time, three years for my friend, who has really totally recovered professionally and personally. I will try my best to see our songbird when I am in L.A. in the coming weeks.”
Joe Perry is Working on his Instrumental Solo Album
It looks like Joe Perry‘s next solo project will truly let the music do the talking.
The Aerosmith guitarist has started teasing his next album on Twitter, explaining that now that he’s cleared his promotional obligations for his Rocks memoir off the calendar — as well as the band’s most recent tour — he’s been able to get down to work on what will be his fifth solo effort, which he’s decided will be a largely instrumental affair.
Music News October 19, 2015
Phil Collins Had Emergency Back Surgery
PHIL COLLINS recently underwent emergency back surgery. There isn’t a lot of info on what happened . . . but it sounds like everyone’s favorite Alamo memorabilia collector is OK. He’s dealt with back pain and nerve issues for a while now.
He was supposed to begin releasing reissues of his solo albums next month, but now that’s been pushed back to January, so he’ll be able to promote them.
He said, quote, “I’m so disappointed, but I’m looking forward to being able to properly get behind this release in the New Year when I can move again!”
Music News October 14, 2015
Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Are Planning to Do an Entirely Naked Concert
It’s hard to believe MILEY CYRUS could push her envelope any further than it already is . . . but you never want to bet against her.
She’s still hanging out with the FLAMING LIPS . . . and singer WAYNE COYNE claims they’re planning to do a show together where everyone is NAKED . . . Miley, the Flaming Lips, and even the audience.
Their joint tour begins November 19th and runs through December 6th, but it’s doubtful that any of the scheduled shows are the naked one . . . because they’re all sold out, and those ticketholders didn’t sign up for an NC-17 free-for-all.
(Careful) Wayne did share another detail in his announcement on Instagram . . . quote, “[There will be] milk . . . well, white stuff that looks like milk . . . being spewed everywhere.”
The idea is part of the concept for Miley’s music video for “Milky Milky Milk” off her bizarre “Dead Petz” album.
The Nominees for the “AMAs” Have Been Announced
The nominees for this year’s “American Music Awards” were announced yesterday, and TAYLOR SWIFT led the pack with six nominations . . . and naturally, she’ll probably win them all.
Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd are next with five nominations each.
AMA nominees are determined using a formula that weighs artists’ music sales . . . prevalence on radio and TV . . . Internet streams and videos . . . and “additional online metrics” like “social-media activity.”
As usual, YOU will choose the winners. Voting is open now at AMAvote.com. Before casting your daily votes, you’ll have to sign in through Facebook. You can also vote on Twitter by including the nominee, category, and the hash-tag AMAs.
JENNIFER LOPEZ is hosting and performing. The rest of the acts will be announced in the coming weeks, and ABC is airing the ceremony live on Sunday, November 22nd.
Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth announced some of the nominees on “Good Morning America” yesterday. There’s video on the show’s website.
“Rolling Stone’s” 20 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time
“Rolling Stone” has put together a list of the ’50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time.’
If you’re like me, you might be thinking, ’50? Did they rank ALL the hair metal albums?’ But “Rolling Stone” says more of them hold up than you might think, and there wasn’t even any funny business with how they defined ‘hair metal.’
It’s pretty straight forward: Mid-’80s to early-’90s . . . nothing too heavy like W.A.S.P., and nothing that strayed too far from the genre, like Guns N’ Roses. Here’s the Top 20:
- “Hysteria”, Def Leppard (1987)
- “Look What the Cat Dragged In”, Poison (1986)
- “Slippery When Wet”, Bon Jovi (1986)
- “Shout at the Devil”, Motley Crue (1983)
- “Skid Row”, Skid Row (1989)
- “Out of the Cellar”, Ratt (1984)
- “Faster Pussycat”, Faster Pussycat (1987)
- “Blow My Fuse”, Kix (1988)
- “Too Fast for Love”, Motley Crue (1981)
- “Long Cold Winter”, Cinderella (1988)
Music News October 13, 2015
The Rolling Stones Tour Rider Asks for Written Instructions on How to Use Electronics
The tour rider for the last ROLLING STONES tour sheds light on what’s important to the guys now that they’re in their late 60s and early 70s.
One of their main concerns is their accommodations, and it’s not that they need room for all their groupies, it’s that they want to know how to use all the newfangled gadgets.
The hotel rider requires that they have “written-out instructions on how to use ALL the electronics in each room.” Laugh all you want, but at least they aren’t asking for grab-rails in the showers.
There’s also some old-school ROCK ‘N’ ROLL in the rider. They demand that the hotel bar be open 24-7 . . . regardless of whether or not that’s legal . . . and that the windows be ‘blacked out,’ so they can party all night long.
In addition to alcohol, they want to have an endless supply of Marlboro cigarettes, extra butlers for massive room service requests, and after-hours dry cleaning.
Music News October 9, 2015
Adam Levine Recorded Songs with His Buddy . . . Joe Pesci?
Taylor Swift isn’t the only star with a bunch of random celebrity friends. ADAM LEVINE has his own squad, and it includes JOE PESCI.
Joe is 72 now . . . and supposedly, he’s getting serious about his musical career again. So, he decided to call upon his buddy Adam for some help in the studio.
A source told “Us Weekly”, quote, “They kicked around some songs and recorded some stuff together. It was just a thing they did [for] fun . . . they’re both avid golfers and have become golfing buddies. They golf, hang out, and play music.”
Not only is Adam supportive of Joe’s music . . . but Joe is there for Adam too. Quote, “[He’s] a big ‘Voice’ fan and he’s been on set a bunch, always with Adam’s crew. Joe’s [also] been in the audience at Adam’s concerts.”
Obviously, we all hope their jams will be released, but don’t hold your breath. Joe hasn’t released any music since 1999, when he put out the strange album “Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You”.
Interesting Fact: Joe Pesci started out as a musician in the ’60s. He played guitar for Joey Dee and the Starliters . . . and was eventually replaced by Jimi Hendrix. True story.
Taylor Swift Says “I Think People Might Need a Break from Me”
It’s been almost a year since TAYLOR SWIFT released “1989”, and she’s been all over the Internet since then, thanks to her celebrity ‘squad’ and their cameos on her tour.
So if you’re getting sick of her . . . she TOTALLY understands.
In an interview with “NME” magazine, Taylor said she plans to lie low for a while after her current tour . . . quote, “I think I should take some time off. I think people might need a break from me. I’m going to . . . I don’t know . . .
“Hang out with my friends. Write new music. Maybe not write new music.”
In fact, she feels overexposed herself . . . quote, “I’m in the news every single day for multiple different reasons. And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up.”
And when asked if she’s worried about topping the success of “1989”, she said, quote, “No . . . how could the next one be as big? Maybe the next album will be a bridge to somewhere else. Or maybe I’ll just go ahead and change everything.”
New CDs from The Zombies, Ann Wilson, and Toby Keith
- “35 MPH Town“, Toby Keith. It includes Jimmy Buffet on the track “Sailboat for Sale”.
- “Thirty-One“, country minx Jana Kramer.
- “Black Lines“, the rock band Mayday Parade
- “The Ann Wilson Thing!“, an EP by Ann Wilson from Heart. She talks about it in this Rolling Stoneinterview.
- “Florasongs“, a five-song EP from The Decemberists
- “Still Got That Hunger“, a new album from The Zombies. You know them from their classic ’60s hits “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There”.
- “If I Should Go Before You“, City and Colour . . . which is the alias for Canadian singer Dallas Green. His first name’s a city and his last name’s a color. Get it?
- “The Limit of Love“, the Australian indie rock band Boy & Bear
- “Chronovision“, the indie pop band Oberhofer
- “Legerdemain“, Duncan Sheik
- “Change: The Lost Record, Volume One“, a six-song EP from country singer Josh Thompson
Music News October 7, 2015
18 TV Themes That Made the Billboard Charts
Billboard did a list of TV theme songs that actually climbed up the charts. Here are 18 of them, along with their peak position on the Hot 100:
- “I’ll Be There for You” from “Friends” . . . #1 for eight week
- “How Do You Talk To An Angel” from “The Heights” . . . #1 for two weeks.
- The theme from “S.W.A.T.” . . . #1 for one week
- “Welcome Back, Kotter” . . . #1 for one week.
- “Miami Vice”, #1 for one week.
- “Greatest American Hero”, #2
- The original “Hawaii Five-O”, #4
- “Happy Days”, #5
- “Cops”, #8
- “Peter Gunn”, #8
Behold: ‘Yeezer’ . . . A Mash-Up of Kanye West and Weezer
An Ohio State University student named Alex Hodowanec has put together a mixtape that mashes WEEZER songs with KANYE WEST tracks. He says, quote, “A couple of summers ago I got into Weezer . . .
“I’m a little bit too young for the first wave of Weezer, but over the years hearing about how old Weezer was really good . . . I listened to some of their older album and it turned out that it was really good.”
It isn’t just a mash-up of Weezer’s blue album and Kanye’s “Yeezus” . . . it’s a mix of songs from various albums. It’s available as a FREE download from AudioMack. (WARNING! There’s a good amount of UNCENSORED PROFANITY.)
Music News October 6, 2015
Billy Joel Never Gets Bored of Singing About Paul the Real Estate Novelist and Davy Who’s Still in the Navy
BILLY JOEL has been singing “Piano Man” for 42 years, which is hard to believe . . . unless you’ve spent the past 42 years despising “Piano Man”.
For a lot of Billy Joel fans, it’s one of their favorite songs, and he doesn’t mind playing it for them . . . over and over and over again.
He says, quote, “It’s not a job you get bored in . . . we’ll play similar material at various gigs but it’s always so different. There’s a different dynamic . . . a different ambiance in the room, the audience is different, you’re different that night.”
He wrote the song after taking a job as a piano man at a bar in L.A. called the Executive Room. He says, quote, “If you would’ve told me at that time that a song that was almost six minutes long in three-quarter time about bummed out losers in this alkie bar in Los Angeles would be a hit, I’d say, ‘Yeah sure.'”
But Billy doesn’t like ALL his songs. He says he now finds “Captain Jack”, quote, “dreary,” and says some of his older lyrics have him wondering what he was thinking.
Sadly, he didn’t offer any examples.
Will Smith Is Touring with DJ Jazzy Jeff Next Year . . . and Will Do Another “Bad Boys” Movie
WILL SMITH just turned 47 a couple weeks ago, and maybe he’s going through a mid-life crisis . . . because he just announced several projects that are things he would’ve done 20 years ago.
In a new interview, Will said he’s returning to music, and has already recorded around 30 new tracks. He has six or seven that he really likes. He’s working with a bunch of different collaborators, but didn’t name any names.
Speaking of collaborators, he also said that he’s touring next summer with his old partner DJ JAZZY JEFF. There are no dates yet, but he said it’ll be “extensive.”
He doesn’t plan on taking a break from Hollywood though. He’s currently filming “Suicide Squad” . . . and he also announced that he has a third “Bad Boys” movie in the pipeline.
Music News October 5, 2015
Rage Against the Machine’s Bassist Doesn’t Believe in the Moon Landing or ISIS
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist TIM COMMERFORD sounded cool when he was apologizing for inspiring LIMP BIZKIT.
But now the rest of his interview with “Rolling Stone” is out, and he said a lot of crazy stuff . . . and not crazy-funny or crazy-wild . . . CRAZY-CRAZY.
For starters, he doesn’t believe in the moon landing . . . even though his father worked for NASA in the Apollo program. He said, quote, “We never went there . . . I’ve always felt it’s been fake since I was a kid.”
He even confronted Buzz Aldrin about it during a red carpet event a few years ago. He asked him a bunch of questions about the flag planting, and why we can’t see it or anything else they left on the moon.
Tim said, quote, “He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’ That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife . . . all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be . . . bolted out. It made him so mad.”
So maybe Buzz ADMITTED that the moon landing was a hoax to the bassist of Rage Against the Machine right there on the red carpet . . . OR he was just giving a sarcastic answer because he was annoyed.
In any event, it’s unclear why he has to take shots at Buzz’s wife.
On top of the moon thing, Tim also doesn’t believe ISIS exists. He said, quote, “I don’t believe ISIS is real . . . I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces.’
“That’s a bunch of [crap]. I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake . . . we created [them] so we can go drop bombs.”
When asked what happened to the people who ISIS claimed to have killed in the videos, he said, quote, “They were already dead.”
There Are Seven New Albums in the Top 10, but the New #1 Album in America is
Fetty Wap’s long awaited self-titled debut sold 129,000 copies in its first week, which was enough to start at #1 on the Billboard 200. Six other new albums made the Top 10.
They include Don Henley’s “Cass County”, which debuted at #3 with 89,000 in sales . . . and “Cold Beer Conversation” by George Strait. It sold 86,000 copies, and is #4. Here’s the Top 10 . . .
- NEW: “Fetty Wap”, Fetty Wap . . . 129,000 copies
- “What a Time to Be Alive”, Drake and Future . . . 107,000 copies
- NEW: “Cass County”, Don Henley . . . 89,000 copies
- NEW: “Cold Beer Conversation”, George Strait . . . 86,000 copies
- “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd . . . 81,000 copies
- NEW: “Tangled Up”, country singer Thomas Rhett . . . 76,000 copies
- “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 41,000 copies
- NEW: “Every Open Eye”, Chvrches . . . 38,000 copies
- NEW: “Caracal”, Disclosure . . . 35,000 copies
- NEW: “Dodge and Burn”, The Dead Weather . . . 33,000 copies
Music News October 2, 2015
New CDs from Janet Jackson, Avicii, Queensryche, and Lauren Alaina
- “Unbreakable“, Janet Jackson
- “Condition Human“, Queensryche
- “See What You Started By Continuing“, Collective Soul
- “Kill the Flaw“, Sevendust
- “Silence in the Snow“, Trivium
- “Hot Streak“, The Winery Dogs . . . the rock band featuring Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, and singer Richie Kotzen.
- “Stories“, Avicii
- “Lauren Alaina“, the self-titled EP from Lauren Alaina. She was the runner-up on the 10th season of “American Idol”. It includes her current single “Next Boyfriend”.
- “The Parade“, country singer Bart Crow.
- “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met“, ’70s country rebel Kinky Friedman. His first album in nearly four decades includes Willie Nelson on the song “Bloody Mary Morning”.
- “Runaway Train“, the bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome.
Grumpy Old Men #1: Don Henley Hates Frank Ocean and Kanye West
It’s been four years since Frank Ocean dropped the track “American Wedding”, which is basically the Eagles “Hotel California” with new lyrics. Don Henley still hasn’t calmed down about it.
He says, quote, “Some of these young kids have grown up in a world that doesn’t understand or respect copyright material or intellectual property. They look at songs as interactive playthings.
“I didn’t think he was cool. I thought he was a talentless little [jerk]. And I still do.”
Don is equally curmudgeonly about KANYE WEST. He says, quote, “I don’t like him, either. He won’t be president. He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”
Grumpy Old Men #2: Art Garfunkel Hates Cell Phones
ART GARFUNKEL has a 9-year-old son. And like millions of parents of 9-year-olds, he has a problem with the amount of time the kid spends in front of an electronic device.
He says, quote, “[We] try to have a dinner that includes him, but he’ll bring that little hand-held video screen that makes me lose his company. It’s the scourge of American life.
“People keep their noses in their video game devices, and then gone are clouds, the act of looking around, listening to live people and talking with them?
“You lose your sense of being here on Earth to those little screens. We ought to have a law that makes them illegal. It’s really killing life itself.
But he admits, quote, “I’m not being the stern enforcer that I should be. I love them too much. What else was I talking about?”