U2 elegible for Grammy as of September 30th!
If you recall U2, Interscope Records, and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to iTunes customers. That is great and with the Grammys coming up things we’re looking pretty great…until a spokesperson for the Grammys said the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the cutoff date of September 30th.
That deadline quickly approached, with that in mind U2 released a number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers for sale. A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. ”As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says.
The group has announced it will released limited edition copies of their album with an additional 4 songs, set for October 14th.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/u2-eligible-grammys-after-pressing-vinyl-20140930#ixzz3EoQJum8X
Weezer now streaming…
After a series of cryptic album teasers and new songs, Weezer have begun streaming their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look one week ahead of its October 7th release.
“On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that. Those last three words can’t help but remind a sensitive reader of the end of themselves, of Weezer, of the world.” He went on to muse, “Part of me feels like, ‘Wow, this is bleak.’ But another part is like, ‘You can’t get rid of us that easily.’”
But Cuomo has plenty to do before the end is nigh. In August, news broke that the Weezer frontman has been working on a TV series called DeTour with Psych creator Steve Franks. It just happens to be about what The Hollywood Reporter parlayed was a “30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.” It sounds eerily familiar to the time that Cuomo took a break from Weezer to go to Harvard.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-weezers-new-album-on-itunes-ahead-of-official-release-20140930#ixzz3EoRVpydF
Alice Cooper covers Eleanor Rigby on upcoming album The Art of McCartney
Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney. In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest.
“We were way influenced by the Beatles’ music, by the great songwriting of Lennon and McCartney,” Cooper said in a statement. “If you ask Ozzy and Steven Tyler the same thing, you’ll find that there’s a lot of melody in what we all do. We’re always going to be a little more horse-powered than the Beatles were, but we always referred back to those melody lines.”
In addition to “Eleanor Rigby,” Cooper recorded a version of the McCartney song “Smile Away,” which appeared on his second solo record, Ram, in 1971, for the comp. Cooper discussed recording both songs in a behind-the-scenes video.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/see-alice-cooper-sing-a-reverent-cover-of-the-beatles-eleanor-rigby-20140930#ixzz3EoRvYEtO