Music News August 31, 2015
Are these the best 200 songs from the 80’s?
A great deal of today’s music looks to the ’80s for inspiration, but there are so many different ideas of what “’80s” as a descriptor can mean. Here we return to the source material.
As we did for the 1960s, the 1990s, and the 2000s, as well as our 2010-2014 list, we polled our staff and contributing writers for their favorite songs of the era and tabulated the results. Every time we do one of these lists we learn something about how perceptions of decades change over time, and how the musical ideas from a given era filter through to later generations. For many selections, we provide some of our favorite related tracks for further exploration. Thanks for reading and listening.
With a list this long, go ahead and click the link à to take a look and listen
Video of David Lee Roth Flipping Out on a Fan Who Threw Beer Onstage
VAN HALENwas performing in New Jersey on Thursday, when a fan threw a beer onstage. DAVID LEE ROTH was not amused. He stopped the show, and said, quote, “In a younger day I would’ve promised I would’ve slept with his girlfriend.
“At this point in my career, the roughest, most [effed] insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife.” And then . . . possibly to the woman with the guy . . . he added, quote, “Can you control that mother[effer]? I’ll talk to you later, sweetheart.”
That got a laugh out of EDDIE VAN HALEN.
Disturbed Scored Their Fifth #1 Album
Disturbedeasily scored their fifth #1 album after “Immortalized” sold 98,000 copies in its first week out. They have six albums, and only their debut failed to hit #1. It peaked at #29 back in 2000.
The three other new albums in the Top 10 are: “Wild Ones” by Kip Moore, which debuted at #4 with 40,000 in sales, “The Great Unknown” by Rob Thomas, which sold 31,000 copies in its first week to rank sixth, and “Meliora” by the Swedish metal band Ghost, which debuted at #8 with 29,000 in sales. Here’s this week’s Top 10 . . .
- NEW: “Immortalized”, Disturbed . . . 98,000 copies
- “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 67,000 copies
- “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 61,000 copies
- NEW: “Wild Ones”, Kip Moore . . . 40,000 copies
- “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 32,000 copies
- NEW: “The Great Unknown”, Rob Thomas . . . 31,000 copies
- 1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 30,000 copies
- NEW: “Meliora”, Ghost . . . over 29,000 copies
- “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A. . . . 29,000 copies
- The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 27,000 copies
Music News August 28, 2015
• “Black Magic“, Motorhead.
It includes a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones.
- “Beauty Behind the Madness“, The Weeknd.
It includes the single “Can’t Feel My Face”, and guests Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey.
- “Depression Cherry“, the pop indie band Beach House.
- “Inanimate Objects“, the alt rock band Atlas Genius. It includes the single “Molecules”.
- “Stuff Like That There“, the indie rock band Yo La Tengo.
It contains a mix of new songs, covers, and remakes.
- “Poison Season“, the indie rock band Destroyer
- “Four Pink Walls“, the debut EP of Canadian R&B singer Alessia Cara
- “Mud Digger 6“ . . . featuring music of Colt Ford, The Lacs, Trailer Choir,
Moccasin Creek, Lenny Cooper, Amber DeLaCruz, and Bubba Sparxxx.
- “Radio“, Steve Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers.
This is their ninth album, but Steve isn’t featured on this one.
Taylor Swift Brought Lisa Kudrow Onstage to Sing “Smelly Cat”
By now, TAYLOR SWIFT has brought just about every celebrity on the planet onstage during her “1989” tour. But on Wednesday night at the Staples Center, she elevated it to another level.
Taylor was joined by LISA KUDROW for a duet of “SMELLY CAT” from “Friends”.
Music News August 26, 2015
Is “Lose Yourself” By Eminem the Most Timeless Song?
The website Polygraph took every “Billboard” Hot 100 hit from 1950 to 2005 and cross-referenced its play count on Spotify to determine what songs are most popular today.
Here, according to their relatively flawed research, are the 10 Most Timeless Songs:
- “Lose Yourself”, Eminem (2002)
- “Mr. Brightside”, The Killers (2005)
- “Numb”, Linkin Park (2003)
- “Don’t Stop Believin'”, Journey (1981)
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana (1991)
- “In the End”, Linkin Park (2001)
- “Hey Ya”, Outkast (2003)
- “Billie Jean”, Michael Jackson (1983)
- “Seven Nation Army”, White Stripes (2003)
- “Fix You”, Coldplay (2005)
And here are the most “timeless” songs by decade
2000s: “Lose Yourself”
1990s: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
1980s: “Don’t Stop Believin'”
1970s: “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen (1975)
1960s: “Paint It Black”, The Rolling Stones (1966)
1950s: “Jailhouse Rock”, Elvis Presley (1957)
Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp Couldn’t Believe They Got to Record with Paul McCartney
It wouldn’t seem like JOHNNY DEPP would be easily starstruck, and the same could be said for ALICE COOPER and AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY . . . but apparently everyone can get that feeling working with PAUL MCCARTNEY.
Alice, Joe, and Johnny recently recorded a covers album called “Hollywood Vampires”, which is coming out in two weeks. It was inspired by some wild drinking nights Alice and his buddies used to have at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip back in the early ’70s.
There are a TON of guests on the album, including McCartney, who did a new version of his song “Come and Get It”, which he wrote for Badfinger. And Joe Perry couldn’t believe he was in the house.
He said, quote, “[Getting to] play it live with the guy who wrote it, and a Beatle was, like, stunning . . . to have [McCartney] just strolling in like any [of the] other cats that played on it was really amazing. I still can’t believe it.
“[We all] were looking at each other like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.'”
Chris Cornell from Soundgarden is Working on New Material
If you’re a Soundgarden fan, you’ve likely been wondering what’s coming next after the band’s successful re-entry into the music scene. King Animal did well, their touring was a success and they even mined the archives for a massive box set collection, but it’s been quiet as of late. Add in the fact that there’s all sorts of anticipation for the new Chris Cornell solo album Higher Truth this fall and that recent comment the singer made about his openness to doing something again with Audioslave and you might start to worry about the band’s future. But rest assured Soundgarden fans, the foursome of Cornell, Thayil, Shepherd and Cameron will record again.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone about his solo disc, Cornell reveals of Soundgarden, “We’re already working on new material for an album. And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album.”
Read More: Chris Cornell: Soundgarden ‘Working on New Material’ | http://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-soundgarden-already-working-new-material-album/?trackback=tsmclip
Music News August 25, 2015
The New Iron Maiden Album Has a Song About Robin Williams
Over the course of their career, IRON MAIDEN have pulled from history, literature, movies, and TV for lyrical inspiration. But this is a new one:
Their upcoming album, “The Book of Souls”, will have a song dedicated to ROBIN WILLIAMS. It’s called “Tears of a Clown”, and we’re gonna go ahead and assume it’s NOT a cover of the old Smokey Robinson and the Miracles tune.
Singer BRUCE DICKINSON says it’s his favorite song on the album, even though he didn’t write it. He adds, quote, “I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy?”
Music News August 24, 2015
Mark Mumford Threw a Guitar into the Crowd, Hitting a Woman in the Head…
Don’t let the horns and banjo fool you … Mumford & Sons can rock hard, so hard in fact … the band sent a guitar stand flying into the crowd and smashed a fan in the head.
A woman suffered the heinous blow during the band’s recent show in Walla Walla, Washington, during the encore. The band was jamming pretty hard (as hard as they can) to “Ditmas” when … for some reason … Marcus Mumford chucked the metal rod about 10-15 rows deep
According to witnesses, she was clearly hurt and the crowd tried to get the band to stop playing so she could get medical attention. But M&S kept going, and so did she … sticking it out for the rest of the show.
It’s unclear how badly she was injured. Reps for the band haven’t gotten back to us yet.
Ironically … the tour’s called Gentlemen of the Road.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/08/22/mumford-sons-fan-injured-girl-stays-encore/#ixzz3jkKa5cqU
Have Slash and Axl Rose Finally Buried the Hatchet?
AXL ROSE and SLASH have been feuding for DECADES, but apparently they’ve just buried the hatchet.
In an interview in Sweden, Slash was asked about reconciling with Axl . . . and he said, quote, “It was probably way overdue, you know . . . but it’s, you know, it’s very cool at this point.
“You know, [to] let some of that, sort of, negative . . . dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”
It’s unclear what prompted the interviewer to ask that question, but back in May, Slash hinted that things with Axl might be on the mend . . . quote, “We don’t have all those issues anymore. There’s not a lot of controversy. It’s something that’s more perpetuated by the media than anything.”
In the new interview, Slash was also asked about the possibility of returning to GUNS N’ ROSES, and he said, quote, “Oh I couldn’t answer that one . . . all right, let’s get off the subject, because that’s an old one.” (???)
Axl hasn’t commented, and Slash hasn’t elaborated since the interview.
The Foo Fighters “RickRolled” the Westboro Baptist Church, While Driving Past Them in a Pickup Truck
For whatever reason, the hateful Westboro Baptist Church was protesting outside a FOO FIGHTERS concert in Kansas City on Friday . . . and the band decided to have a little fun with them.
They hopped in the back of a pickup truck . . . and drove past the protestors, while blaring RICK ASTLEY’S “Never Gonna Give You Up”. So, it was sort of like a live “RickRolling.”
The band danced to the song, and held signs saying, quote, “You got Rickroll’d (Again)” and “Keep It Clean”.
This was their SECOND encounter with the Westboro bigots in Kansas City. Back in 2011, they confronted the protestors by dressing up like truckers and performing a song called “Keep It Clean (Hot Buns)” on a flat bed truck.
Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” Is Still the #1 Album in America
The two new albums in the Top 10 are “Cry Baby” by Melanie Martinez from “The Voice”, which debuted with 40,000 in sales, and “Venom” by Bullet for My Valentine, which sold 28,000 copies in its first week. Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
- “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 99,000 copies
- “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 97,000 copies
- “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 51,000 copies
- “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A. . . 44,000 copies
- The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 40,000 copies
- NEW: “Cry Baby”, Melanie Martinez . . . 40,000 copies
- 1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 32,000 copies
- NEW: “Venom”, Bullet for My Valentine . . . 28,000 copies
- “DS2″, Future . . . just under 28,000 copies
- “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . almost 28,000 copies
Music News August 21, 2015
Axl Rose Was Once Late to a Show Because he was at The Movies…
AXL ROSE is always late to concerts . . . to the point where he doesn’t need excuses, since NO ONE is expecting him to be on time. Of course, a good excuse is always nice.
And this one is a CLASSIC: Axl was late to a GUNS N’ ROSES show back in 1991, because he was caught up in a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.
According to “Alternative Nation“, the owner of the venue was getting mad, so he asked his assistant what the hold up was. And the assistant told him this . . .
Quote, “Axl’s management said he was watching ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze’, and that his attention was 100% on the movie and [he] couldn’t be bothered.'”
A couple years ago, Axl admitted that he’s not a “punctual-type of person,” but insisted that every delay was, quote, “in one way or another, show-related or having to do with those involved with the show in some fashion.”
Music News August 19, 2015
A Parody Site Crowd-Funded a New Sleep Number Bed For Bob Dylan, and Actually Bought Him One
Clickhole.com is a parody site that “The Onion” created to mock Buzzfeed and UpWorthy . . . and as a JOKE, they recently set up a GoFundMe campaign to buy BOB DYLAN a bed.
The campaign site says, quote, “He’s given us everything while asking nothing in return, and for that, we think it’s about time that America said ‘thank you’ for all his contributions to our ears and our hearts.”
In two weeks, the campaign exceeded its goal by raising $1,555.00 from 156 donors. So, they actually bought the bed . . . and had it shipped to the Columbia Records headquarters in New York, care of Dylan.
With the extra money, they purchased a “beautiful Bob Dylan duvet cover,” with his image on it. Dylan hasn’t commented . . . and probably won’t, sadly.
NOFX Is Paying Hippies to Leave Their Shows?
Here are two things you may not realize: The punk rock band NOFX is still around, and they absolutely HATE hippies for some reason.
FAT MIKE stopped a show in Nova Scotia, Canada last week, to ask a guy in a GRATEFUL DEAD tie-dye shirt to leave. He offered him $100 to go . . . or $20 if he’d take off the shirt.
The guy chose the latter, and threw the shirt onstage. Mike kicked it around, and then continued with the show. Mike later told TMZ that he’d, quote, “rather listen to Dick Cheney play guitar than Jerry Garcia.”
He added, quote, “Punk rock started because of those terrible dinosaur bands playing eight minute terrible songs. The Ramones showed the world what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to sound like.” (Here’s video.)
For the record, NOFX have a history of silly antics like this, so there’s a decent chance that this was set-up, or that they weren’t totally serious. The shirt-situation that is . . . I think it’s clear Mike isn’t a fan of Deadheads.
Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler to Perform at Addiction Awareness Rally
Two artists who have publicly shared stories about battling addictions, Joe Walsh and Steven Tyler, will perform at a Washington, D.C. rally this fall to draw attention to the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The free event – dubbed “Unite to Face Addiction,” which the non-profit organization Facing Addiction put together – will take place on the National Mall on October 4th. The Aerosmith singer will perform with Nashville country-rockers Loving Mary, and the event will also feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, the Fray and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik.
The rally will find Facing Addiction teaming with 450 other organizations from around the United States to draw attention to what its reps characterize as “America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs.” Along with the musical performances, the event will allow speakers from around the world to discuss addiction, and it will highlight celebrities’, politicians’ and other advocates’ viewpoints about the matter with an eye toward combating addiction in the U.S. The rally’s organizers have plans to announce more performers and special guests in the near future.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/joe-walsh-steven-tyler-to-perform-at-addiction-awareness-rally-20150818#ixzz3jH9KmPCl
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Ryan Adams Previews Songs from Album of Taylor Swift Covers
Ryan Adams has never been shy about releasing covers of artists he admires, so the news that he was going to cover the entirety of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 wasn’t completely out of the blue, but it was thrilling – especially for Swift, 25, who Tweeted she’d “pass out” if it was true. (No word on whether she made good on that.)
Monday night, Adams, 40, Tweeted and Instagrammed glimpses of his renditions of “Style” and “Blank Space,” writing that “[The] whole record has a rough mix now!!!”
Viral Video Alert! 100 Theme Songs on Guitar… shred!
Check out the video here!
From nostalgia-rich classics played by the likes of Howard Roberts, to the contemporary favorites you skip over as you binge watch on Netflix, there’s no lack of infectious hooks to find in the annals of television. Take a look at the video above as local riff-master Joe takes a play from our pals at the Chicago Music Exchange and leads us on a journey through 100 TV theme songs.
Music News August 18, 2015
Tracy Morgan Is Coming Back to Host “Saturday Night Live”
“Saturday Night Live” has announced its first three hosts for next season, and they include TRACY MORGAN, who was nearly killed in a car accident last year.
Tracy wasn’t able to make it back for the show’s 40th anniversary special in February . . . but he’ll return to host the October 17th episode. He Tweeted, quote, “Stoked to be going home. #SNL.”
MILEY CYRUS will host the 41st season premiere on October 3rd, and AMY SCHUMER will make her hosting debut the following week, October 10th. The musical guests have yet to be announced.
Tracy was on “SNL” from 1996 to 2003. This is his second time back as a host . . . the first one came in 2009. He also made a guest appearance in 2011. And this will be Miley’s third time hosting.
Rod Stewart Invited a Bunch of Fans Out for Drinks, and Bought a Lot of Beers
In what seems like a move out of DAVE GROHL’S book, ROD STEWART invited fans out for drinks after a show . . . and picked up the tab.
Of course, there was a small catch: You had to be wearing a jersey for Rod’s favorite soccer team, Scotland’s Celtic F.C.
On Friday, he Tweeted, quote, “To celebrate a very successful @CaesarsPalace run, after Sunday’s show, wear a @CelticFC shirt to Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and I’ll buy you a beer.”
And he followed through. Rod just finished a four-year residency in Vegas, and Caesars Palace posted a video of him celebrating at the bar with other soccer fans. There’s no word how much the tab was.
Sammy Hagar Wants a Reality Show Featuring his Family
Sammy Hagar may have found the one business venture he isn’t able to get off the ground.
Out on tour with his band the Circle, Hagar tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his expanding array of non-musical projects includes a new book and upcoming television show — but that he hasn’t yet found any takers for another TV project he has in mind: A reality series focused on his family.
“The response I got was that there’s no drama,” he laughed regarding the “sizzle reel” he put together for prospective network buyers. “How about that? We’re too happy. It’s disappointing in terms of doing the show, but it was also the biggest compliment I’ve ever had.”
In the meantime, Hagar should find himself in front of plenty of cameras with the pending debut of his Sammy Hagar’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip series, which is tentatively set to premiere on AXS TV this fall. September is also scheduled to bring the publication of his latest book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.
“It’s pretty much the manual for throwing a party and the culinary lifestyle I’ve had on the road my whole life,” explains Hagar. “My grandfather was a chef, and my mom was a great cook. And I have all these chef friends — Emeril Lagasse and all these people that I hang out with and cook with and do charities with. So it’s all about that. All my drink recipes from my different spirits; what to pair while eating and drinking. It’s really fun.”
Read More: Sammy Hagar Wants a Reality Show Featuring His Family | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sammy-hagar-reality-show/?trackback=tsmclip
Music News August 17, 2015
Billy Joel Couldn’t Enjoy Woodstock Because of the Subpar Restroom Situation
We’re in the middle of celebrating the 46th anniversary of Woodstock. And the best part about Woodstock seemed to be that no one cared about ANYTHING other than the music . . . it was just, well, a party.
But BILLY JOEL couldn’t quite catch that whole peace and love vibe, because the restroom situation was NOT good. (???)
He told “Entertainment Weekly”, quote, “I went to Woodstock, I didn’t play there, but I went up on a motorcycle, which was a good move because the highway was just a parking lot. I wanted to see [Jimi] Hendrix and The Who.
“But after a day and a half with no real toilet facilities . . . what am I, a bear? I have to go in the woods? There was a lot of mud and people were smoking a lot of pot and taking a lot of acid . . .
“I didn’t do anything back then. I drank a beer or something. The first day, I saw Santana. Or was it Joe Cocker? I was dirty and itchy and covered with poison ivy and I thought, ‘Just get me out of here! I’ve got to use a bathroom.'”
The New #1 Album in America Is . . . Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights”
After a record low last week, music sales rebounded slightly this week . . . at least at the top . . . with TWO big selling debuts. Luke Bryan picked up his third #1 album, as “Kill the Lights” sold 345,000 copies in its first week.
Not far behind was “Compton” by Dr. Dre, which debuted with 295,000 copies. The latest “Now” compilation started off with 76,000 in sales . . . and “This Is Not a Test” by TobyMac sold 38,000 copies in its first week.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
- NEW: “Kill the Lights”, Luke Bryan . . . 345,000 copies
- NEW: “Compton”, Dr. Dre . . . 295,000 copies
- NEW: The “Now 55″ compilation . . . 76,000 copies
- NEW: “This Is Not a Test”, TobyMac . . . 38,000 copies
- “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 33,000 copies
- “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 33,000 copies
- “DS2″, Future . . . 31,000 copies
- The Disney Channel’s “Descendants” soundtrack . . . 30,000 copies
- “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . just over 27,000 copies
- “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 21,000 copies
Music News August 14, 2015
Bob Dylan Tops a List of the 100 Greatest Songwriters
“Rolling Stone” put together a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters. For #1, then went with the obvious choice: BOB DYLAN. He’s followed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Chuck Berry, and Smokey Robinson.
Here’s the Top 10:
- Bob Dylan
- Paul McCartney
- John Lennon
- Chuck Berry
- Smokey Robinson
- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
- Carole King
- Paul Simon
- Joni Mitchell
- Stevie Wonder
There’s a Metal Band Called Okilly Dokilly, Based on the “Simpsons” Character Ned Flanders
There’s a Phoenix, Arizona metal band that takes its inspiration from “Simpsons” character Ned Flanders. They’re called OKILLY DOKILLY, and they’re pretty heavy. Although they call their style of music “Nedal”.
Most of their songs are direct quotes from Ned. They even dress like Ned, and their lead singer calls himself Head Ned. The other members are Bled Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, and Stead Ned.
They have a page on Bandcamp.com, where they’ve posted four songs, “They Warned Me”, “Nothing at All”, “Press Destruct Button”, and “All That Is Left”.
Okilly Dokilly have their first live gig on September 5th. Beyond that, they don’t have very lofty goals. Head Ned says, quote, “This is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting [‘Simpsons’ creator] Matt Groening’s autograph. Even if it comes on a cease-and-desist letter.”
New CDs from a “Voice” Contestant and an “America’s Got Talent” Contestant, plus Grace Potter, and Country Singer Pat Green
- “Midnight“, the debut solo album by Grace Potter from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
- “Cry Baby“, Melanie Martinez, who you may remember from the third season of “The Voice”.
- “All For You“, a pop covers album from country minx Emily West, who you may remember as the runner-up on last year’s “America’s Got Talent”. It includes her new song “Bitter”, plus her covers of “Chandelier”, “Fallen”, “Nights in White Satin”, “You Got It”, and a duet with Cyndi Lauper on “True Colors”.
- “Home“, country singer Pat Green. His guests include Lyle Lovett and Sheryl Crow.
Music News August 12, 2015
Were Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent Responsible for Breaking Up Styx?
STYX broke a lot of people’s hearts when they split up back in 1984, when America was still TOTALLY rocking out to “Mr. Roboto”. And now, we know who to blame: SAMMY HAGAR and TED NUGENT.
It happened when Sammy was opening up for Styx. Ted came out to join him for an encore . . . a cover of “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin . . . and it was wild.
Sammy says, quote, “Not only did I blow up the Trans Am on stage, and smash my guitar into the speakers and blow my speakers up, but Ted Nugent comes jumping over the drum riser, lands on the ground and we go into that for an encore.
“And it’s like, ‘Styx will be right out, ladies and gentlemen.'” Ted adds, quote, “By the time they hit the stage, 60% of the audience went, ‘I don’t want to ruin this high I just got on.'”
Sammy says, quote, “[They] came out with ‘Mr. Roboto’. [Tommy Shaw] told me straight up, ‘I quit the band after that’ . . . we actually broke Styx up!”
Tommy went on to found Damn Yankees with Ted in 1989. But no one could break Styx up forever. After a brief reunion without Tommy in 1990, he rejoined the band in 1995 and has been with them ever since.
A Girl’s Natural Singing Voice Sounds Like She’s Auto-Tuned
A singer in St. Petersburg, Florida named Emma Robinson started getting big on YouTube about two years ago, because she SOUNDS auto-tuned, but she’s not. It’s her natural singing voice.
She told the “Associated Press” it’s kind of like yodeling, and it’s the only way she can sing. Her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna has gotten more than 2.5 million hits since 2013, and now a video of her doing “Paper Hearts” by Tori Kelly is going viral.
Aretha Franklin had to Cancel a Show…
Aretha Franklin is canceling her Friday-night show in Las Vegas because of exhaustion.
The 73-year-old singer said in a statement Tuesday (Aug. 11) that she has to reschedule the show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace after driving her bus from Detroit to the West Coast for concerts.
She recently performed in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, California, and Oakland, California.
Franklin wrote: “I thank all of my fans, friends and supporters who bought tickets. I hope to see you all soon.”
Music News August 10, 2015
The New #1 Album in America Is . . . the Disney Channel’s “Descendants” Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie “Descendants” sold 42,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. As usual, that number includes digital “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums.”
If you only count PURE album sales, it moved 30,000 copies, which is the LOWEST sales number for a #1 album since at least 1991, when Nielsen began tracking album sales. There was a time not too long ago when 30,000 in sales would’ve been a TOTAL BUST.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
- NEW: The Disney Channel’s “Descendants” soundtrack . . . 42,000 copies
- “DS2″, Future . . . 37,000 copies
- “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 35,000 copies
- “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 30,000 copies
- “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . just over 27,000 copies
- “Woman”, Jill Scott . . . 27,000 copies
- NEW: “Professional Rapper”, Lil Dicky . . . 26,000 copies
- “Blurryface”, Twenty One Pilots . . . 25,000 copies
- NEW: “In Through the Out Door (Reissue)”, Led Zeppelin . . . 24,000 copies
- “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 23,000 copies
Music News August 6, 2015
Keith Richards Says the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” Was Rubbish . . . Just Like the Stones Album “Satanic Majesties”
Everyone loves “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, right? WRONG. KEITH RICHARDS of THE ROLLING STONES HATES it.
Which is kind of funny, since the Stones also put out a psychedelic rock album called “Their Satanic Majesties Request” in 1967 . . . six months after THE BEATLES released ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ . . . and in addition to the style, they even ripped off The Beatles’ cover art a bit. (Check out some pics here.)
Keith tells “Esquire”, quote, “The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not?
“If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away . . . you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ . . .
“Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties’ . . . ‘Oh, if you can make a load of [crap], so can we.'”
Sam Smith Photobombed a Local News Segment …
Sometimes when your career suddenly catapults you to superstardom, you miss out on smaller opportunities along the road.
Now Sam Smith is making things right. After sweeping the Grammys with his debut album, he’s making appearances on local news segments that no one asked him to make.
Smith played Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on August 4th. But before the big show, he hung around the venue looking for some trouble.
Local news channel ABC 7 sent a team to Red Rocks because it had just been declared a national monument. While two women were answering a reporter’s questions about yoga in the park, Smith begged the cameras to stay with him.
Read More here: http://mashable.com/2015/08/05/sam-smith-local-news/
The Grateful Dead joined on Stage by John Mayer.
As previously reported by Billboard, three of the Dead’s “core four” players — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — plan to continue the party, with John Mayer on guitar. Their first performance as Dead & Company is set for Halloween night (Oct. 31) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where the Grateful Dead had played more than 50 times since its formation in 1965.
Joining the group on bass is Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and Aquarium Rescue Unit and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played all five Fare Thee Well shows alongside Bruce Hornsby. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will sit out this incarnation, but continue with his own side outfit, Phil and Friends.
Macklemore Has a New Song Out, About Parenting
MACKLEMORE is a father . . . AND a husband. On Instagram, he said his daughter’s name is Sloane Ava Simone, and she was born on May 29th.
Meanwhile, his longtime girlfriend Tricia confirmed that they’re hitched. She said, quote, “[We] got married on June 27th, once the Supreme Court ruled same sex couples could too . . . and now new music.”
To celebrate parenthood, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis put out a song called “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”, featuring Ed Sheeran. He says, quote, “Half of it is advice about growing up. The other half is trying to figure out how to grow up yourself.”
Music News August 5, 2015
Merle Haggard Says Prisons Are America’s Biggest Business
MERLE HAGGARD did some time behind bars back in 1957, so I guess that qualifies him to educate us on the state of America’s penal system.
He tells “Rolling Stone”, quote, “I believe that if you break the law and get caught, you should go to jail.
“But we’re in a hard time now, with all the trouble with police in the cities. Prison’s the biggest business in America. You got the money, you can build a prison out in Nevada and it’ll be filled before you finish building it. That’s a fact, and that’s a shame.”
Paul Stanley is Now a Singer in a Soul Music Cover Band
This fall, Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley will begin a surprising new gig: soul singer. His new side group, Soul Station, which plays a mix of Sixties and Seventies soul classics, will perform its first-ever concert at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre on September 11th. “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single Kiss song,” Stanley said in a statement. “That’s not what this is about.”
The Kiss vocalist’s nine-person Soul Station backing band consists of musicians who have played with artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bobby Brown. Its drummer, Eric Singer, also plays with Stanley in Kiss. The group will play a mix of songs by the Stylistics, Dramatics, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles and Blue Magic, among others. Their repertoire includes the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby,” the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and the Stylistics’ “You Are My Everything.”
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There Were Shootings at a Drake Afterparty in Toronto . . . and Outside a J. Cole / Big Sean Concert in New Jersey
There’s been some violence in hip-hop this week . . . or at least within close proximity to popular rappers.
There was a shooting at a Canadian music festival after-party that was hosted by DRAKE. It happened at 3:30 A.M. yesterday morning, and at least two people are dead, with three others injured. It’s unclear whether Drake was inside at the time.
Earlier that night, two people were shot outside a J. COLE / BIG SEAN concert in New Jersey. Apparently, a fight broke out in the crowded parking lot, and some guy opened fire. Police are still looking for him. The victims are in critical but stable condition.
50 Cent Spends $5,000 a Month on Gardening
50 CENT is apparently “poor” now . . . and not surprisingly, he was being a little frivolous with his money.
In his bankruptcy filing, he said he spends $108,000 a month on expenses, including $5,000 a month on gardening, $9,000 on security, $1,000 for grooming, another $3,000 in wardrobe, and $72,000 to maintain his mansion.
He claims he makes $185,000 a month . . . and he gives $14,600 per month in support of his two kids and grandfather.
Music News August 4, 2015
The 11 Best Punk Songs Under 60 Seconds in Length
Short songs are nothing new. Herman’s Hermits and the Dave Clark Five singles would routinely clock in at under three minutes, and the Ramones, of course, made getting in and out a way of life. Following that lead, countless punk bands took that ethos even further, trimming off all the fat and condensing the song down to the bare essentials. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn’t prove a thing … but bless ‘em all for trying.
We now present a list of some of the finest little tunes, each and every one clocking in at under one minute. It took longer to write this than it will to listen!
Read the article in full here à http://diffuser.fm/best-punk-songs-under-60-seconds/
-Black Flag ‘Wasted’
-The Damned ‘Stab Your Back’
-Dead Kennedys ‘Hyperactive Child’
-The Germs ‘What We Do is Secret’
-Angry Samoans ‘Lights Out’
-Pop-O-Pies ‘A Political Song’
-The Descendants ‘M-16’
-Minor Threat ‘Straight Edge’
-Redd Kross ‘Self Respect’
-Starvation Army ‘Fun’
Hear 14 Previously Unreleased Nirvana Songs
Merry Early Christmas, Nirvana fans. On August 3, 14 previously unreleased demos and alternative mixes of Nirvana songs made their way on to the internet, and Reddit users have sussed out the history of the mixes.
Check out the tracks with background info below All explanations via Reddit user r1ckyh1mself.
Here’s a Mashup of Radioheads’ ‘Iron Lung’ with the Seinfeld Theme Song… check it out here!
Jill Scott Scored Her Second #1 Album
JILL SCOTT scored her second #1 album. Her new disc, “Woman”, sold 62,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. Her previous album, “The Light of the Sun” also hit #1 in 2011, selling 133,000 copies in its first week.
Lamb of God’s “VII: Sturm Und Drang” debuted at #3, selling 50,000 copies . . . the “Southpaw” soundtrack started at #5 after selling 45,000 copies . . . and 16-year-old former “X Factor” contestant Bea Miller is #7 in her first week, selling 33,000 copies of “Not an Apology”. Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
- NEW: “Woman”, Jill Scott . . . 62,000 copies
- “DS2″, Future . . . 52,000 copies
- NEW: “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, Lamb of God . . . 50,000 copies
- “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 47,000 copies
- NEW: The “Southpaw” soundtrack . . . 45,000 copies
- “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 34,000 copies
- NEW: “Not an Apology”, Bea Miller . . . 33,000 copies
- “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, Meek Mill . . . 31,000 copies
- “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 27,000 copies
- “Black Rose”, Tyrese . . . 26,000 copies
Courtney Love Doesn’t Think a Miley Cyrus Collaboration Would Be a”Good Match”
COURTNEY LOVE and MILEY CYRUS recently connected over Twitter . . . and Miley invited Courtney to join her for coffee.
That got some people thinking they could be working on music together, but as it turns out, they both just like coffee. Courtney says, quote, “I went and had coffee with her . . . I have not made any music with [her].
“I don’t know that that [we’d] be a good match, but she’s really put together and smart. I liked her a lot.”
Music News August 3, 2015
Guns N’ Roses Has Lost Another Member
GUNS N’ ROSES has now lost two guitarists. Last Monday, DJ ASHBA left the group . . . and now there’s word that BUMBLEFOOT is done, too.
A so-called “source with the band” claims he told Axl he was quitting last year . . . and that Vegas would be his last run with the band. But last week, he was vague about his status.
He said, quote, “That’s the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now.” In the past, he’s expressed frustration with how often Guns intruded on his solo career.
DJ had been with Guns since 2009, and Bumblefoot has been a member since 2006. Axl hasn’t commented, so it’s unclear where this leaves the band.
A New York Crowd Booed the Woman Who Called 911 for Bono, After She Insulted New Yorkers
Bono’s special guests that night were the firefighters who saved him, and the woman who called 911. Both got the chance to speak. The firefighters invited him to dinner, and the 911 lady took the opportunity to insult the audience.
After Bono said she was from Denver . . . she said, quote, “I have to clarify, it’s Alyssa and I’m from D.C., not Denver.”
“Here’s what happened: I was running in Central Park, there was an accident, obviously I had to stop and help because I’m not from New York, I’m from Virginia, where people are nice . . . I called 911 because no one else was doing it.”
The crowd booed loudly, and she added, quote, “Sorry, New York . . . people, he would not be here tonight if it weren’t for me!”
Foo Fighters Promise to Visit an Italian Town after a Viral Video!
You can check out the video here.
Dave Grohl has promised to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena, Italy after a video showing 1,000 Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” in unison went viral. 350 guitarists, 250 singers, 250 drummers and 150 bassists all banded together for the Cesena spectacle, which already racked up over 15 million views on YouTube in just three days.
Grohl was so moved by the performance that he quickly recorded a video utilizing the very little Italian he spoke to promise the people of Cesena that Foo Fighters would come there eventually, The Guardian reports. “We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said in Italian. “We will see each other soon.”
Organizer Fabio Zaffagnini began the crowdfunding campaign to convince Foo Fighters to play in Cesena in May 2014. After raising nearly $50,000, Zaffagnini sifted through thousands of audition videos to assemble his “Rockin 1000″ group at Cesena’s Hippodrome Park. That mega band was then put under the guidance of composer Marco Sabiu, who previously worked with Ennio Morricone and Luciano Pavarotti.
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Aerosmith Gets Back to their Bar Band Roots Recent Show
Two thirds of the way through a varied and charmingly scraggly set spanning four decades of blues-informed rock and glam-saturated power pop, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler uttered something a little dangerous. Well, dangerous for any band playing an 18,000-capacity venue like Ridgefield, Washington’s Amphitheater Northwest.
“We’re gonna play a song that we’ve never played on this tour, and we’re gonna see who f***s it up first.”
And with that, the band dusted off a boogied-up version of “One Way Street,” a song that dates back to their 45-year-old self-titled debut. If there were any f***-ups, they were minor (including a small hiccup with the teleprompter that led Tyler to holler, “Wrong lyrics!” at the techs working stageside), and they wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Aerosmith were having far too much fun getting back to their roots as Boston’s best bar band.
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Paul McCartney Performs ‘Get Back’ with Alabama Shakes Britney Howard
Paul McCartney served as Lollapalooza‘s headliner Friday night in Chicago, and the former Beatle had a special guest in the store to help him out during the encore: Alabama Shakes‘ Brittany Howard, who joined McCartney for a rousing rendition of “Get Back.” The Sound & Color band had performed at the Chicago fest earlier in the day.
Howard contributed her unmistakable voice to the Let It Be track’s second verse and shared chorus duties throughout with McCartney. During a false stop in the outro, McCartney and Howard delivered a little call-and-response. “Hey Brittany, you wanna get back?,” McCartney asked, with Howard replying, “Let’s get on back home, Paul.” The rollicking outro picked up again full speed with McCartney and Howard trading off on vocals.
Howard’s cameo wasn’t the only surprise in McCartney’s headlining set. Seven months after McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna first unveiled their collaborative single “FourFiveSeconds,” the rocker performed that song live for the first time solo. On an acoustic guitar, McCartney tackled the track’s opening verse and chorus before launching into the Beatles’ classic “We Can Work It Out.”
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