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Music News May 8, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris’ NBC Variety Show has an Official Name

One of the big new tentpoles NBC will be touting at its upfront presentation to advertisers next week is its Neil Patrick Harris variety show, which until now has simply been referred to as … the Neil Patrick Harris variety show. But Vulture can now exclusively reveal the title of NPH’s weekly extravaganza: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The one-hour series — bowing this fall and based on the long-running and very successful British show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway — will offer a mix of comedy, music, and game-show elements. Harris seems to have been doing some on-site research on the format: He served as guest announcer on Takeaway a couple of months back. It also seems a safe bet to assume that Harris will make an appearance (and perhaps even perform) at NBC’s upfront event Monday at Radio City Music Hall.

You can read more here à http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/neil-patrick-harris-variety-show-now-has-a-name.html

Check Out the First Trailer for the New “Vacation” Movie

The first trailer for the new “Vacation” hit the web yesterday.  ED HELMS plays the adult version of Rusty Griswold, the kid from the original movies.  He decides to try to recapture the past by driving HIS family across the country to Wally World.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE plays his wife, LESLIE MANN is his sister Audrey, and CHRIS HEMSWORTH plays Audrey’s extremely well-hung husband Stone Crandall.

CHEVY CHASE and BEVERLY D’ANGELO have a cameo.  Sadly, no Cousin Eddie . . . although I’m guessing they definitely would have written him in if RANDY QUAID hadn’t lost his mind.

(WARNING!!!  This is a Red Band trailer, which means it contains R-rated content.  “Vacation” hits theaters July 29th.)

Just About Every Superhero Will Be in the Next “Captain America” Movie

The next “Captain America” movie, “Captain America:  Civil War”, will be LOADED with Marvel superheroes.  Close to ALL OF THEM, in fact.

We’ll see Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Vision, the Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man . . . and even Spider-Man will supposedly make an appearance.  But that hasn’t been announced yet, because the new Spider-Man hasn’t been cast.

So far, there’s no word on Thor or the Hulk.  But MARTIN FREEMAN from the “Hobbit” movies has joined the cast.  There’s no word who he’s playing.

“Captain America:  Civil War” comes out next May.  It picks up where “Avengers:  Age of Ultron” left off . . . in the aftermath of a second huge international incident involving the Avengers that led to massive collateral damage.

Now there’s political pressure to install a governing body to determine when to enlist the help of the Avengers, and to hold them accountable for what they do.

This results in a split between the superheroes.  One group led by Captain America is cool with it . . . while another led by Iron Man wants to go rogue.  Overly-long and impossible-to-follow CGI fight scenes will ensue.


Slash Said “Never Say Never” to a Guns N’ Roses Reunion, and the Internet Lost Its Mind

The Internet LOST ITS MIND yesterday when SLASH said “never say never” to a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion.  The thing is, he said absolutely nothing new.

It was during an interview with “CBS This Morning” . . . and obviously he’s not the one who brought it up.  He said, quote, “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it.  I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”

Asked what the “right reasons” would be, he said, quote, “I mean, that’s a hard one.  That just starts to get into a whole complex thing . . . it’s really between the guys in the band.”

Then, asked if he thought a reunion was likely, he said, quote, “Never say never.”

In other words, he said A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING, and a G’n’R reunion is NO CLOSER TO HAPPENING than it ever was.  Get over it.  (Here’s video.)

Music News May 7, 2015

Eddie Murphy has Released a New Single

Eddie Murphy is a big music fan and loves the Rastafarian culture, so it’s only natural that he hits the stage! Click here for a listen to his latest single ‘Oh Jah Jah’

Adam Levine gets Sugar Bombed…

Nice day for a white welcome — Adam Levine just got blasted with powdered sugar on his way into Jimmy Kimmel‘s Hollywood studio.

The Maroon 5 frontman was actually taking time to greet fans when the sugar bomber attacked — seemingly landing a head shot on Adam with some sweet sweet powder … and leaving one side of his face completely white. He did NOT look happy.

Unclear if the attacker was protesting on behalf of any particular group — or just some idiot prankster — but he was quickly detained by security until police arrived and arrested him for battery. Adam continued into the studio for his scheduled performance.

No word on what he and the band will play, but our best guess — “Sugar.”

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/05/06/adam-levine-powdered-sugar-flour-bombed-jimmy-kimmel/#ixzz3ZSsHv9Yw


The Zac Brown Band Earned Their Third #1 Album

The ZAC BROWN BAND earned their third #1 album this week with 228,000 copies of “Jekyll + Hyde”.  They previously hit #1 with “Uncaged” in 2012 and “You Get What You Give” in 2010.

Two other albums also debuted in the Top 10.  JOSH GROBAN earned his eighth top 10 album with “Stages” moving 180,000 copies in 2nd place . . . and country singer TYLER FARR debuted in 4th place with 42,000 copies of “Suffer In Peace”.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “Jekyll + Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 228,000 copies

2.  NEW:  “Stages”, Josh Groban . . . 180,000 copies

3.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 53,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “Suffer In Peace”, Tyler Farr . . . 42,000 copies

5.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 37,000 copies

6.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 36,000 copies

7.  “Sound & Color”, Alabama Shakes . . . 34,000 copies

8.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 33,000 copies

9.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 32,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 31,000 copies


The Guy Who Sang “You Sexy Thing” Has Died

ERROL BROWN, the lead singer of the ’70s funk band HOT CHOCOLATE, died yesterday after a battle with liver cancer.  He was 71.  Hot Chocolate is best known for You Sexy Thing.

It was a Top 5 hit in 1976, but you still hear it in movies and commercials to this day.

The band actually got their start when JOHN LENNON heard their reggae version of Give Peace a Chance.  That got them signed to Apple Records.

Science Says the Emergence of Rap Made a Bigger Impact on Music Than the Beatles

A new scientific study shows that the emergence of rap made a bigger impact on music than THE BEATLES.

Researchers analyzed 30-second clips of roughly 17,000 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 charts from 1960 to 2010 . . . and used computer programs to look at their musical properties, instrumentation, chord patterns, and stuff like that.

They found that the rise of mainstream rap in the early ’90s was, quote, “the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts in [that] period.”

After that, there were two other significant musical revolutions:  The synth, New Wave movement of 1983 . . . and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British Invasion bands in the early ’60s.

Researchers said that ultimately rap proved to be a more profound influence, because the British bands were inspired by Chuck Berry and Little Richard . . . and were found to have followed more existing trends.

Music News May 6, 2015

Check Out Footage of U2 Performing in a New York Subway

U2 performed a surprise acoustic gig on the platform of a New York City subway station on Monday night . . . they did Angel of Harlem”, “Beautiful Day”, and “Song for Someone”.

Apparently it was a stunt for their appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Friday.  JIMMY FALLON was there . . . and he’s been filming stuff with U2 all around the city, including a recreation of BONO’S bike accident.

Music News May 5, 2015

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Jimmy Fallon Joined Blur to Perform ‘Tender’

Blur is back, and they’re making the most of their return to the spotlight.

The British fourpiece appeared overnight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for an unplugged, backstage performance of “Tender,” the classic ballad lifted from Blur’s 1999 album 13. Damon Albarn and co. got by with a little help from Fallon on guitar and backing vocals, and a gospel choir.

Blur’s new album The Magic Whip is the leader on this week’s U.K. albums chart. Its the Britpop legends’ first studio set since 2003’s Think Tank, and the first as the classic line-up (Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James) since 13.

Watch the clip and read more here –> http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6553944/watch-blur-and-jimmy-fallon-perform-tender

The Who has Postponed Three Shows

Vocal problems for Roger Daltrey have forced the Who to put off a trio of scheduled shows, beginning on Tuesday. The postponements include a May 5 stop at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, then dates at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center on Thursday (May 7) and finally in Louisville on Saturday (May 9) at the KFC Yum! Center.

Daltrey is following a medical recommendation to rest his voice, the Who said in a Monday night release. “It is with great regret that the Who are postponing the next three shows of their ‘The Who Hits 50!’ North American tour based on doctors’ advice that lead singer Roger Daltrey remain on vocal rest, due to swollen vocal cords, for the remainder of this week.”

Daltrey has already admitted to other physical issues, as the Who continue a grueling schedule into their 70s. Both Daltrey and Pete Townshend have spoken frankly about this as their last globe-trotting trip, and they sound somewhat relieved to slow down a bit. “We don’t know how long it will go on for — it could be another 18 months — but that will be it,” Daltrey said last month. “I’ve got to the point where I’m having physical problems with my body now, joints going and all that.”

The Who’s rep said their tour should resume on May 11 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Replacement dates for these May 5-9 concerts will follow, they said, and tickets for the original appearances will be honored on the new dates.

Read More: The Who Postpone Three Shows So Roger Daltrey Can Rest His Voice | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/who-postpone-roger-daltrey-voice/?trackback=tsmclip

Which ’90s TV Show Should Get the Netflix / “Full House” Treatment Next?

A lot of old shows are being revived these days, either with new seasons like “Arrested Development” . . . as continuations of what they used to be like “Twin Peaks” and “X-Files” . . . Or as spin-offs with some of the same characters, like “Girl Meets World” and Netflix’s new “Full House” revival, “Fuller House”

So, that begs the question:  What other classic ’90s shows would YOU like to see get the Netflix / “Full House” treatment?

A list of suggestions online has these 13 shows:  “Moesha”, “Step By Step”, “Clarissa Explains It All”, “Saved By the Bell”, “Dinosaurs”, “Kenan & Kel”, “Family Matters”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”“The Secret World of Alex Mack”, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete”, “Home Improvement”, “Married with Children”, and “Martin”.

Music News May 4, 2015

A New Kurt Cobain Album Is on the Way

The new KURT COBAIN documentary “Montage of Heck” features some previously unreleased recordings . . . and now, the director says he’s putting out a whole album of Kurt’s stuff sometime this summer.

He says, quote, “[It’ll] feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about.  It’s going to really surprise people.”  There aren’t any further details yet.

Rush Reveals Next Tour will be the Last Tour

We weren’t really sure if Rush‘s next tour would be the last time the group would ever go out on the road when we posted about it back in March. Road manager Ray Daniels alluded to the fact that the tour could be the last, but concrete answers weren’t available. Now guitarist Alex Lifeson has revealed to Global News that drummer Neal Peart has serious tendonitis and the next tour is basically the last time you’ll ever get to see Rush live.

Rush has had a hell of a career, and good on them for making it this far… but wow. A world where Rush is just a studio thought and that’s it. I wonder how long Rush can even be a studio entity with Peart in the condition he’s in? It’s not like Rush can get a new drummer.

Wait, there’s a bright side! Lifeson also says there will occasionally be one-off shows here and there if it’s possible! That and maybe even a new studio record soon-ish or some movie soundtrack work.

You can read more here à http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/rush-reveals-drummer-neal-peart-has-chronic-tendonitis-next-tour-is-the-last-tour


B.B. King is in Hospice Care … and his Daughter is Making Elder Abuse Claims …

89-year-old B.B. KING was briefly hospitalized last week, but he’s since been released.  On Friday, a message posted on his website said, quote, “I’m in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.”

His daughter Patty King says he suffered a mild heart attack . . . but the circumstances surrounding his care are up for debate.  B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney has power of attorney, and they haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye.

In fact, Patty called the police last week when Toney refused to let her take him to the hospital . . . even though he wasn’t eating and was very dehydrated.  The cops agreed that he should be checked out, so they called the paramedics.

Patty is also accusing Toney of elder abuse and burglary.   She says she’s stolen tens of millions of dollars from B.B. . . . and was withholding his medications while on tour.  The police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.

For the record, Toney says, quote, “Mr. King is where he wishes to be . . . he’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital.  He wants to be at home.”

“Stand By Me” Singer Ben E. King Has Died

Soul singer BEN E. KING died on Thursday at the age of 76.  According to reports, he’d been suffering from a brief illness.  There aren’t any specifics, and his death is being attributed to “natural causes.”

King started out with the revamped lineup of THE DRIFTERS in the late-’50s and early-’60s, leading the group on songs like “There Goes My Baby” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”.

But he’s best known for his solo hits Stand By Me and Spanish Harlem.

“Stand By Me” was originally released in 1961, but it hit the charts again in 1986 when it was featured on the soundtrack of the movie of the same name.

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Music News May 1, 2015

The 10 Acts That Should Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next . . . According to “Rolling Stone” Readers

“Rolling Stone” asked their readers who should be admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next, and here’s how the top 10 shook out:

1.  Deep Purple . . . They’ve been eligible since 1993, and have been nominated in 2013 and 2014, but haven’t been voted in.

2.  Electric Light Orchestra . . . They’ve been eligible since 1996, but have never been nominated.

3.  Yes . . . They’ve been eligible since 1994, and were finally nominated in 2014.

4.  Cheap Trick . . . They’ve been eligible since 2002, but have never been nominated.

5.  Chicago . . . They’ve been eligible since 1994, but have never been nominated.

6.  Warren Zevon . . . He’s been eligible since 1994, and has never received a nomination.

7.  The ’70s rock band Little Feat . . . They’ve been eligible since 1996, and have never been nominated.

8.  Iron Maiden . . . They’ve been eligible since 2004, but have never been nominated.

9.  The Moody Blues . . . They’ve been eligible since 1989, and have never received a nomination.

10.   The Smiths . . . They have been eligible since 2008, and were nominated for the first time last year.

We’re several months away from the Rock Hall’s shortlist for the 2016 ceremony, but this could be a good year to catch up on some of these bands . . . because the list of acts that are becoming eligible this year isn’t very strong.

They include:  Blur, the Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Hole, The BreedersKid Rock, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Moby, A Tribe Called Quest, 311, Ice Cube, Teenage Fanclub, The Black Crowes, and Keith Urban.

These bands will also become eligible:  C & C Music Factory, Bell Biv DeVoe, Vanilla Ice, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and En Vogue.  Oh, the ’90s.

Bono Still Can’t Play Guitar – Because It Feels Like He “Has Somebody Else’s Hand”

U2 is two months away from the start of their next tour . . . and BONO has NOT healed enough to play guitar.

Bono was badly hurt in a bike accident in November.  He told the “New York Times”, quote, “I didn’t [fall] off a Harley-Davidson.  I came off a [bicycle], and smashed myself to bits.  There’s no glory here.

“It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.  I can’t bend [two fingers], and [part of my hand] is like rigor mortis.  They say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.”

He pointed to his forearm and elbow and said, quote, “It’s all numb here, and this is titanium.  The shoulder’s better, the face is better.  But . . . I can’t play guitar.

“[The band doesn’t] seem to mind.”

Pete Townshend isn’t Enthused with Who Shows Anymore

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has revealed that he’s not “particularly excited” about heading on tour with the group.

The band kick off a North American tour at the start of May before two London shows at Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall later in the summer. However, Townshend has discussed in the latest issue of Uncut how he finds the shows too “easy”.

“The shows? I don’t like them,” Townshend said. “I don’t find them fulfilling. But I’m brilliant at it. I find it incredibly easy. I drift through it.”
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-who/85046#tWgQYb7jsXvQc8Kh.99

Music News April 30, 2015

Billboard Charts: Alabama Shakes Earned Their First #1 Album

The rock band ALABAMA SHAKES earned their first #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with “Sound & Color” selling 96,000 copies.  Their first full-length album, “Boys & Girls”, peaked at #6 in 2013.  It’s the first independently-distributed #1 album since JASON ALDEAN’S “Old Boots New Dirt” last October.

The only other new album in the Top 10 is “Love Story” from YELAWOLF, which sold 58,000 copies in 3rd place.  He previously topped out at #27 with his last album, “Radioactive”.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “Sound & Color”, Alabama Shakes . . . 96,000 copies

2.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 62,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Love Story”, Yelawolf . . . 58,000 copies

4.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 48,000 copies

5.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 38,000 copies

6.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 36,000 copies

7.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 36,000 copies

8.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 32,000 copies

9.  “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 32,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 30,000 copies

Rolling Stone Put Together a list of the 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

It’s impossible to capture the frenzy of a live show on record, but it’s not for lack of trying. Here are 50 of the best attempts from Jimi’s historic Monterey Pop guitar incineration to less than 200 people crammed into Abbey Road for Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker; from Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to Cheap Trick at Budokan. We tried to avoid albums that are mostly overdubs (see Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps) or completely fake (the nonetheless essential Cheap Thrills from Big Brother and the Holding Company) and focused on groundbreaking moments, career-making albums and epic jams.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-live-albums-of-all-time-20150429#ixzz3Yo1ZcpQf
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Actor Ed Helms Announces the Lonesome Trio’s Debut Album

The Lonesome Trio, an acoustic group featuring actor Ed Helms with longtime friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove, have set the release of their self-titled debut album for June 16th on Sugar Hill Records, Rolling Stone Country can exclusively report.

Helms — famous for comedic roles in The Office, The Hangover and several other films — plays guitar and banjo, while Riggs is on bass and Tilove plays mandolin. The group met more than 20 years ago while attending Oberlin College in Ohio, and have been writing songs and performing select gigs ever since.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ed-helms-acoustic-group-the-lonesome-trio-to-release-debut-album-20150429#ixzz3Yo2ABFbx
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Ryan Adams Finally Broke Down and Played Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69”

For years, RYAN ADAMS was tortured by the fact that his name sounds almost exactly like BRYAN ADAMS.  People even used to think it was funny to call out to him during concerts to play “Summer of ’69”.

And it used to upset him.  In fact, he threw a fan out of a show in Nashville 13 years ago for demanding that he do it.

But on Tuesday night, Ryan was back at the same venue . . . and he suddenly broke into “Summer of ’69”.  It would’ve been amusing if he did this 13 years ago, but at this point, does it even matter anymore?  Do you remember Ryan Adams?

Music News April 29, 2015

Famous Movies and TV Shows If They Were Old-School Nintendo Games

Here’s something weird to check out on YouTube.  The channel CineFix does a series called 8 Bit Cinema, where they recreate scenes from movies and TV shows so they look like old-school Nintendo games.

The last one they did was Titanic, and they’ve done a ton of others, including Frozen . . . Guardians of the Galaxy . . . The Fast and the Furious . . . The Big Lebowski . . . and Forrest Gump.

The Guy Who Sang “Louie Louie” Passed Away

The guy who sang Louie Louie” has died at the age of 71.  His name was Jack Ely, and he was an original member of The Kingsmen . . . the group that released the song in 1963.

There’s no word on a cause of death, but he’d been sick for some time.

Interesting Fact:  Part of the appeal of Jack’s version was how INCOHERENT it was.  At one point, the FBI conducted an investigation into whether the song was obscene.  They found it to be, quote, “unintelligible at any speed.”

Jack once blamed the unintelligible lyrics on poor microphone placement.

Sam Smith Is Canceling Shows Due to a Vocal Cord Hemorrhage

SAM SMITH was diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage . . . so on the advice of his doctors, he’s canceled the rest of his Australian tour.  It’s unclear when he might be able to perform again.

In an Instagram post, Sam said, quote, “I am deeply, deeply, saddened . . . the doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal cords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge, long-term issue.  I am so sorry.

“We will be announcing the re-arranged dates very shortly.”

Sam is scheduled to begin a brief tour in Asia next Thursday.  For now, that’s still a go.

Music News April 28, 2015

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Hear Pete Townshend’s Orchestral Remake of the Who’s ‘Love, Reign O’er Me.’

Pete Townshend reaches grandiose heights with his orchestral remake of Quadrophenia anthem “Love Reign O’er Me.” The new video is the first sample of the songwriter’s upcoming Classic Quadrophenia project, a symphonic rendering of the Who‘s legendary 1973 rock opera.

British tenor Alfie Boe channels the explosive angst of Roger Daltrey – but with an operatic twist. The singer is joined by the London Oriana Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as the latter builds circling strings, marching snares and dramatic brass into huge crescendos. The video blends clips from the 1979 Quadrophenia film with new footage shot at Brighton Beach, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/hear-pete-townshends-orchestral-remake-of-the-whos-love-reign-oer-me-20150427#ixzz3YcLSh9gJ
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Huffington Post has put Together The ‘5 Dirty Things You Might Not Know About The Beatles’

In case you are interested… you can read that here.


Smashing Pumpkins Front Man Billy (William) Corgan Loves Wresting… A Lot!

Billy Corgan has recently hinted at the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins, and if the Siamese Dream really is winding down, the frontman has already found a new line of work: Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. Corgan will begin his new role effective immediately. As part of his job, Corgan will “develop characters and create story lines” for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling, which airs Friday nights on Destination America, according to a press release.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/billy-corgan-signs-on-as-senior-producer-for-tna-wrestling-20150427#ixzz3YcMICWcq
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Brandon Flowers from The Killers has Released his Latest Single

Click here à ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ to watch the video and learn more here brandonflowersmusic.com.

Music News April 27, 2015

Don Henley Loves Mumford & Sons’ Cell Phones Ban

MUMFORD & SONS banned fans from bringing their cell phones into an upcoming pre-release gig . . . because they don’t want anything leaking from their upcoming album “Wilder Mind”, which comes out next week.

Somehow, DON HENLEY from the EAGLES heard about this, and he applauded the band on Facebook . . . even though the phone ban is just a temporary thing.

He said, quote, “Bravo to Mumford & Sons for taking a stand on cell phone use at their pre-album-release performance.  The madness, the rudeness, the thoughtlessness must stop.

“Constantly looking at the world through a viewfinder is not seeing.  Listening to live music while recording on a ‘smartphone,’ or texting every 5 seconds is not hearing.  Experiencing life second-hand is not living.  Be here now.”


Metallica Tops a List of the “Loudest” Albums of All Time . . . But Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Aren’t Far Behind

A new study suggests that “Death Magnetic” by METALLICA might be the LOUDEST album of all time.

Over the past 20 years or so, some producers have engaged in the so-called “loudness wars,” where they make an album play hotter in the mix.  But there’s a trade-off . . . the increased loudness DECREASES an album’s dynamics, which means that the range of sound is actually flattened.

The thinking is that loud albums will make them stand out . . . but that may not be the case, since radio, TV, and services like Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes Radio all normalize the volume, so you wouldn’t notice those loudness differences.

For comparison, someone looked at a bunch of albums and ranked them from loudest to quietest.  Here are 13 of those:

1.  “Death Magnetic”, Metallica . . . The loudest, but a Dynamic Range of just 3

2.  “Recess”, Skrillex . . . Dynamic Range:  4

3.  (TIE)  “The Re-Up”, Nicki Minaj . . . Dynamic Range:  5

4.  (TIE)  “Californication”, Red Hot Chili Peppers . . . Dynamic Range:  5

5.  (TIE)  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . Dynamic Range:  6

6.  (TIE)  “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory”, Oasis . . . Dynamic Range:  6

7.  “Random Access Memories”, Daft Punk . . . Dynamic Range:  8

8.  “Dark Side of the Moon”, Pink Floyd . . . Dynamic Range:  10

9.  (TIE)  “The Black Album”, Metallica . . . Dynamic Range:  11

10.  (TIE)  “Ace of Spades”, Motorhead . . . Dynamic Range:  11

11.  (TIE)  “Thriller”, Michael Jackson . . . Dynamic Range:  12

12.  (TIE)  “Back in Black”, AC/DC . . . Dynamic Range:  12

13.  “Brothers in Arms”, Dire Straits . . . Dynamic Range:  16

The Singer from My Morning Jacket Says Country Music is “Dumbing Down the Human Race”

JIM JAMES is the singer of the indie rock band MY MORNING JACKET.  If you’ve never heard of them, you’re not alone.  They’re not exactly burning up the charts.  But according to Jim, it’s not their fault.

He told “Rolling Stone” that it would be “awesome” if they had a hit record, but it’s not meant to happen [because] pop radio is, quote, “such a waste of time.”  But wait, he thinks even less of country music.

He added, quote, “I feel like modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race.  They’re deliberately making people take glory in being uneducated and racist, and it’s just sad.  I think it’s absolute mind control.”

Frankie Ballard Wants to see Rock Stars Mowing the Lawn in Leather Pants

Leather pants look good on about 1% of humans.  You have to be young, fit, and way hot.  Or, a rock star. 

I bring it up because FRANKIE BALLARD really believes performers should dress the part and look like stars . . . all the time.  He says, quote, “As a fan of music, I want my rock stars mowing the lawn in leather pants.

“That’s the way you want to see them as a fan.  That’s part of the show business.  That’s part of entertainment.  I think that show business is still show business.”

Even though Frankie has strong feelings about how a performer should look . . . he still thinks they should stay connected.  And he “walks the walk” on that one.

He says, quote, “I still go to shows and I pay for parking and buy the $8 beers and do all that stuff.  And I do it, not only because I love music, but because I want to know what my fans go through.”

John Mayer may Tour with The Grateful Dead Members

Once the Grateful Dead finish up their Fare Thee Well reunion concerts this summer, it’s possible that several members of the group may continue working together. Rumors are spreading that they have brought in John Mayer to front the as-yet unconfirmed new project.

Earlier today (April 24), Billboard reported that Mayer had been jamming “in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group,” calling out Bob Weir, with whom Mayer has often performed, by name. Although the article quoted a representative for the band, who said it was “premature” to say that a tour was being planned, other sources said they would hit the road in October.

Despite the use of the phrase “select members,” the tone of the article suggested that Mayer had been recruited to, essentially, take the place of Jerry Garcia for a new tour. This sparked a justified outcry from those who had purchased tickets to the five shows announced to date — two at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., in June and three at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July — under the impression that they were to be the last-ever Grateful Dead concerts.

However, a spokesperson for the band made it clear to Mashable that the plans to call it quits after the July shows were still in place, saying, “The Chicago shows will be the original members’ last-ever performances together. There will be no other Grateful Dead shows.”

Mashable suggests that bassist Phil Lesh is unwilling to be a part of the Mayer-led permutation, noting that he is “particular about who he plays with,” as well as protective of the Dead’s legacy.

Read More: John Mayer May Tour with Grateful Dead Members | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/john-mayer-grateful-dead/?trackback=tsmclip

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Music News April 24, 2015

James Hetfield Wanted to Sing Like Chris Isaak on Metallica’s Black Album

Was JAMES HETFIELD trying to sound like Wicked Game singer CHRIS ISAAK on “The Black Album”?  Well, yes, actually.

Bob Rock produced the album, and on a recent podcast he explained, quote, “[James] said, ‘Bob, I’ve never really sang before . . . I’ve just kind yelled.’

“He played me a Chris Isaak record, and he said, ‘On ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘The Unforgiven’, I want to sing.  How do you sing like this?'”

Bob said he worked with him so that he could become a good enough singer that he wouldn’t have to double his voice in the mix.

He added, quote, “We set it up so he was comfortable and had a great vocal sound, and then he sang.  Every day he got better, and he got comfortable with it.  He became a great singer.”

Music News April 23, 2015

Bonnaroo Line Up Revealed!

This year’s installment of Bonnaroo is fast approaching – it goes down June 11 through 14 – and if you’re heading to the Tennessee-based festival, now you’ve got the daily schedule.

Bonnaroo announced this year’s lineup back in January, and it includes headliners Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar will take the stage at 9:45PM on Friday followed by Deadmau5 at midnight. Mumford and Sons will headline Saturday at 9:30PM, while Joel will wrap things up on Sunday at 9PM.

As for ironing out potential conflicts — and there are a few — you might want to start choosing between Courtney Barnett, Tove Lo and Benjamin Booker, whose sets all overlap on Thursday. Just as Deadmau5 takes the stage on Friday, Run the Jewels and Earth Wind & Fire will kick off their sets at 12:15AM and 12:30AM, respectively. On Saturday, the War on Drugs, Jamie xx, Belle and Sebastian and My Morning Jacket’s sets all run into each other. And on Sunday, you’ll have to grapple between seeing Sturgill Simpson at 4:30PM and Spoon at 4:45PM.

You can start planning your itinerary now by browsing Bonnaroo’s schedule on the festival’s website.

Read More: Bonnaroo Reveals 2015 Daily Schedule | http://diffuser.fm/bonnaroo-reveals-2015-daily-schedule/?trackback=tsmclip

Are These the Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time?

“Guitar World” magazine has put together a list of “The Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time.”  Considering the source, it’s skewed toward rock and blues, but it’s a pretty good list.  

They gave the top spot to “Tequila” by The Champs . . . which some of you may remember as the song that Pee Wee Herman danced to in the biker bar in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”.  Here’s what else they came up with

1.  “Tequila”, The Champs

2.  “There’s a Tear in My Beer”, Hank Williams

3.  “Whiskey in the Jar”, Thin Lizzy

4.  “Have a Drink on Me”, AC/DC

5.  “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, John Lee Hooker

6.  “Boob Scotch”, Bob Log the Third

7.  “Cold Gin”, KISS

8.  “Nightrain”, Guns N’ Roses

9.  “Alligator Wine”, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

10.  “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”, ZZ Top

16-Year-Old Shawn Mendes is the Youngest Person of the Past Five Years to Have a #1 Album

16-year-old SHAWN MENDES tops the Billboard 200 chart this week with his debut full-length album “Handwritten” selling 119,000 copies.  He’s the youngest artist to have a #1 album since Justin Bieber in 2010.

Reba McEntire earned her ninth Top 10 album with 62,000 copies of “Love Somebody” at #3 . . . Tyler, The Creator hit #4 with 58,000 copies of “Cherry Bomb” . . . and Halestorm rounds out the Top 5 with “Into the Wild Life” selling a career-high 56,000 copies.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “Handwritten”, Shawn Mendes . . . 119,000 copies

2.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 79,000 copies

3.  NEW:  “Love Somebody”, Reba McEntire . . . 62,000 copies

4.  NEW:  “Cherry Bomb”, Tyler, The Creator . . . 58,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “Into the Wild Life”, Halestorm . . . 56,000 copies

6.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 43,000 copies

7.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 38,000 copies

8.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 37,000 copies

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

10.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 35,000 copies


A Terrible Music Video for a Song Called “I Wanna Be a Duck”.. And You Thought “What Does the Fox Say?” Was Bad…

A bad music video for a terrible song called I Wanna Be a Duck is getting some hits online right now.  It’s not clear if the guy who sings it is just trying to be funny, or if he really has a weird thing for ducks.

But he posted another video back in December for a song called “You Weren’t Meant for Me” . . . and that one features some duck footage too.

Grateful Dead Fans… You will be Able to View the Final Show on Pay-Per-View!

The Grateful Dead, along with special guest Trey Anastasio, will perform together one last time this summer at their Fare Thee Well concerts in Santa Clara, California and Chicago. All five shows sold out immediately, but if you were among the tens of thousands of fans who didn’t get tickets for the summer’s hottest concerts, there is good news: The three Chicago gigs will be available to watch live in the comfort of your home (or participating bar, club and restaurant) thanks to a pay-per-view broadcast produced by Live Alliance. All five shows, however, will also be available via an as-yet-unannounced online streaming platform.

The band’s Chicago shows, taking place July 3rd, 4th and 5th, will be available to watch on TV and in theaters (the latter courtesy of Fathom Events), while the Santa Clara gigs on June 27th and 28th can be streamed online. Starting May 1st through the 15th, Dead 50 will offer a pre-sale to purchase the webcast for all five nights for $79.95.
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Music News April 22, 2015

The New Kurt Cobain Documentary Has Audio of Him Covering the Beatles

The KURT COBAIN documentary “Montage of Heck” features a previously unreleased recording of Kurt playing an acoustic version of the BEATLES song “And I Love Her”.

It leaked online yesterday . . . but it was quickly pulled down for copyright reasons.  The track will be included in the movie’s soundtrack . . . along with other never-before-heard tracks that were discovered in Kurt’s archive.

“Montage of Heck” hits theaters on April 24th, and will debut on HBO on May 4th.


An Original “Breakfast Club” Script Has Been Found . . . And Molly Ringwald’s Character’s Original Name Was “Cathy Douglas”

Thirty years after “The Breakfast Club” came out, an original script was found at a high school in Illinois where the movie was shot.

It’s a first draft, dated 1983 . . . and it was given to school district officials to read before they would give final approval to shoot the movie there.

So far, nobody has read through it yet and reported on how it differs from the finished film.  But there is one difference they noticed:  MOLLY RINGWALD’s character’s name was originally CATHY DOUGLAS.

In the movie, her name is CLAIRE STANDISH.  Also, according to some memos between Universal Studios and the school district, the movie at one point had the working title “Saturday Breakfast Club”.

Is Jay Z’s Streaming Service Tidal Already a Bust?

When JAY Z announced the re-launch of his streaming service Tidal with 15 other big-name artists on stage with him . . . he was probably expecting the thing to light the world on fire.  But that isn’t happening.

The Tidal app cracked the iPhone Top 20 download chart two weeks ago . . . but now it’s fallen out of the Top 700.  Meanwhile, Pandora is #7 and Spotify is #23 on the same chart.

Music News April 21, 2015

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Streams Music Released on Record Store Day!

Congrats to those of you who took part in Record Store Day this weekend, and especially to those who were able to score Foo FightersSongs From the Laundry Room EP as one of the specialty releases. But as Record Store Day features primarily limited releases, we know not everyone may have been so lucky. Thankfully, Foo Fighters have offered a second chance for those who missed out.

The Songs From the Laundry Room EP is now streaming online after the Saturday (April 18) Record Store Day release. The four-song collection includes early demo versions of the songs “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a raucous cover of the Kim Wilde ’80s favorite “Kids in America” and the driving EP closer “Empty Handed.”

Dave Grohl took full advantage of his role as Record Store Day Ambassador this year. He sang the praises of Metallica and their No Life ‘Til Leather cassette offering, set up an in-store performance at a Record Connection in Niles, Ohio, and dug into the vaults for the Songs From the Laundry Room EP.

As for that Ohio record store performance, it went off well with the band leaning on some of the heavier songs in their catalog. The group also played three of the Songs for the Laundry Room tracks in a row, as “Big Me,” “Alone + Easy Target” and “Kids in America” set the stage for the show closer “Everlong.”

Foo Fighters will be playing in much larger venues for the majority of the year. After a Hangout Festival headlining spot next month, the group will head to the U.K. and Europe for a tour before returning stateside in July for the launch of a North American trek. Dates can be found here.

Read More: Foo Fighters Stream ‘Songs From the Laundry Room’ EP | http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-streamsongs-from-the-laundry-room-ep/?trackback=tsmclip by Chad Childers

23 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Released ‘Check Your Head’

You don’t get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without taking a few chances along the way, and on April 21, 1992, the Beastie Boys turned a corner in their career with the release of their album Check Your Head.

The trio had long shown their rock influences through samples on their Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique albums, but with Check Your Head, they began to shift more toward playing their own instruments and reclaiming the punk and hardcore roots of their pre-fame days before rap put them on the map. Part of the reason for this was the increasing restraints on sampling that were happening at the time.

In a 1992 interview with Uncut, Mike D. stated, “It’s kind of a drag cause there’s no real established guidelines … You just kind of have to do it and then try to make a deal for it.” In doing so, they ran into a few issues. The Jimi Hendrix estate initially denied a wealth of samples used in the song “Jimmy James,” but later granted the group permission. They were not as lucky when it came to a sample of James Newton who took the group to court over the use of a portion of his track “Choir” in “Pass the Mic.” The band had paid Newton’s label, but the artist was not happy with the situation. Eventually, the Beasties were found not liable for the sample.

Read More: 23 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Release ‘Check Your Head’ | http://loudwire.com/beastie-boys-check-your-head-anniversary/?trackback=tsmclip

Motley Crue has Announced 21 More Dates on their ‘Farewell Tour’

MOTLEY CRUE has added 21 more concerts to their “farewell tour.”  The new dates are scheduled between October and December.  As they’ve previously announced, their final show will be in L.A. on New Year’s Eve.

The new shows will all take place in arenas, so TOMMY LEE will be flying out over the audience on his “drum rollercoaster.”

On top of that, they’ll have something called “The Crue’s Nest”.  It’s a levitating platform away from the main stage, which the band will “ride” with select fans during the last song.

NIKKI SIXX says, quote, “We have a ‘B’ stage that goes up about 40 feet in the air, so we were like, ‘Why don’t we just strap a bunch of fans to it?’ . . . We had to build special seats with harnesses and seatbelts, but it’s really cool . . . it’ll be like an amusement park ride.”

Music News April 20 2015

Eight Rock Hall Induction Highlights, Including Yoko Ono Calling Ringo Starr “The Most Influential Beatle”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went down Saturday night.  The televised version won’t air on HBO until May 30th . . . but here are eight highlights:

1.  One of the more interesting quotes came from Yoko Ono, who called Ringo Starr the, quote, “most influential” member of The Beatles in a backstage interview.  And no, she didn’t mean the most influential SURVIVING Beatle.

She said, quote, “No one is probably going to believe it, but he was the most influential Beatle.”  She didn’t elaborate directly . . . but she added that when she came onto the scene, Ringo was the most popular Beatle.

Quote, “John would go up and down and all that, but Ringo was always just very gentle.  And he really believed in peace and love . . . he just sort of embodies peace and love.”

She also took a shot at the Hall for taking so long to induct Ringo:  Quote, “John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it.  So why didn’t they think about Ringo?”

2.  During Ringo’s speech, he offered up this helpful tip for musicians in a band:  (Careful!) Quote, “If you fart, own up.  It’ll cause hell if you don’t own up because everyone will blame everyone else.  Make a pact that you’ll own up to it.  We did, and that’s why we did so well.”

3.  When Paul McCartney was inducting Ringo, he had this to say about the first audition:  Quote, “Most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part.  It was a little bit difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it.

“I remember the moment, standing there, and looking at John [Lennon] and looking at George [Harrison] and the look on our faces was . . . [effing] . . . what is this?  And that was the moment, really, that was the beginning of the Beatles.”

4.  Ringo closed out the show by performing Boys with Green Day . . .  It Don’t Come Easy with his brother-in-law Joe Walsh . . . and With a Little Help from My Friends and “I Wanna Be Your Man” with Paul, and basically everyone else who was there.

5.  As we were warned beforehand, Miley Cyrus was there to induct Joan Jett.  She gave a speech, which a lot of people actually liked . . . but then in true Miley fashion, she ended up topless, and wearing only NIPPLE PASTIES with “Js” on them, for “Joan Jett.”  She was also sporting some ARMPIT HAIR.

6.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performed with Joan . . . so it was kind of like he was returning the favor for her joining him for a “Nirvana” performance last year.

She did “Bad Reputation”, the Runaways’ classic “Cherry Bomb”, and her cover of “Crimson and Clover”, which she did alongside Miley, Dave, and the original singer, Tommy James of the Shondells.

7.  Green Day drummer Mike Dirnt thanked the Ford motor company for, quote, “creating the Ford Econoline van, the best damn van any smelly touring band could have.”  They performed “American Idiot”, “When I Come Around”, and “Basket Case”.

8.  Patti Smith opened her mostly serious speech inducting Lou Reed with the details of an intimate conversation they shared in a hotel bathroom.

She said, quote, “I found him in the bathtub dressed in black.  So I sat on the toilet and listened to him talk.  It seemed like he talked for hours, and he talked about, well, all kinds of things.

“He spoke compassionately about the struggles of those who fall between genders. He spoke of pre-CBS Fender amplifiers and political corruption.  But most of all, he talked about poetry.”

Music News for April 13th – 17th

Music News April 17, 2015

Muse Is Going to Fly Drones at Their Concerts

The next MUSE album will be called “Drones” . . .  so they’re going to have fun with that on their upcoming tour by flying DRONES over the audience.

Singer MATT BELLAMY says, quote, “We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there.

“Drones are obviously an interesting thing . . . so we’re going to try and do that.  There’s going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we’ll be using flying objects.”

David Hasselhoff has a New Video for “True Survivor”

DAVID HASSELHOFF just released a video called “True Survivor”, and it might just be the most ’80s thing EVER.  Which isn’t too surprising, because the song is from the soundtrack to a movie called “Kung Fury”, which is a parody of ’80s Kung Fu flicks.

The video includes Ancient-looking computers, bad, pre-CGI effects, mullets, fog machines, a keytar, groovy “Double Dragon”-style headbands, and a Nintendo Power Glove . . .

Not to mention Hitler, a T-Rex, and Thor . . . the Norse god, not the comic book character.  But that’s just because the hero in the movie does some time traveling, and he has to fight Hitler.

The song itself is so cheesy, I’m tempted to travel back in time just to insert it into the training montage of a “Rocky” sequel.

Ozzy Osbourne Fires Back at Bill Ward, But Doesn’t Want to Feud

It doesn’t sound like BLACK SABBATH is going to get a full reunion anytime soon, because now OZZY OSBOURNE and drummer BILL WARD are feuding on Facebook . . . like two 14-year-olds in 2007.

Bill tossed around some impressive vocabulary while trying to shame Ozzy into apologizing to him earlier this week.  Now, Ozzy is taking a more blunt approach.

Quote, “Wow Bill, what the [eff] are you on about?  I can’t apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s ’13’ album and tour . . . physically, you knew you were [effed].

Tony [Iommi], Geezer [Butler], and myself didn’t think you could’ve done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on.  With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.

“Bill, stop this smokescreen about an ‘unsignable contract’ and let’s be honest.  Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing [it].  Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013.

“So how is all of this my fault?  Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans . . . Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand.”  (You can read the whole thing, here.)

Music News April 16, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios!

Abbey Road Studios is among the most famous recording studios in music history, and while music fans are no doubt familiar with the albums that came out of Abbey Road – the Beatles catalog, Dark Side of the MoonThe Bends, among many others – not many have actually seen the inside of the storied London studio itself. That is, until now.

For Inside Abbey Road, Google has teamed with the studio to present an in-depth, multimedia guided tour through the famed studios by combining the search engine’s Google Maps technology with YouTube videos, interactive exhibits and more.

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The Ultimate Guide to Record Store Day 2015!

This weekend, Record Store Day will be flooding music outlets around the country with new releases, reissued classics and thousands of fans looking bring home a few of each. Where Jack White, for instance, is mass-producing his latest acquisition (the acetate from Elvis Presley’s first session), Bruce Springsteen is breaking down his recent Album Collection Vol. 1 box set, disc by limited-edition disc. The full list includes more split singles, old treasures and strangely-colored vinyl than any single person could possibly consume, so we’ve broken it down into a few tidy categories and selected the most essential records in each one.

Get the entire Guide by clicking below!

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Converse Boston Fest Line Up Revealed …

Slayer, the Replacements, Passion Pit and Chance the Rapper are among the artists that will flock to Boston later this month for Converse’s five-day, multi-genre Rubber Tracks Live festival featuring five different themed concerts: Alternative rock, indie dance, heavy metal, hip-hop and punk. Check out the Converse Rubber Tracks site for full ticket info.

The fest will kick off Monday, April 27th with the alt-rock tandem of the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.; the next night, Passion Pit and Baths take the stage. The blood will reign April 29th when Slayer and Doomriders perform at the fest, followed the next day by Chance the Rapper and Action Bronson. The series will conclude on Friday, May 1st with Descendents and King Tuff.
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The “Furious 7″ Soundtrack Tops Both the Billboard 200 and the Hot 100, Ending “Uptown Funk’s” 14-Week Reign

The #1 album in the country this week is the “Furious 7″ soundtrack.  It sold 111,000 copies . . . about 30,000 more than this week’s #2 album.

The pop-punk bank ALL TIME LOW debuted in 2nd place with 80,000 copies of “Future Hearts” . . . a career-high for them.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 111,000 copies

2.  NEW:  “Future Hearts”, All Time Low . . . 80,000 copies

3.  The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 47,000 copies

4.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 44,000 copies

5.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 44,000 copies

6.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 43,000 copies

7.  “To Pimp a Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar . . . 42,000 copies

8.  “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake . . . 40,000 copies

9.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 39,000 copies

10.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 34,000 copies

Here’s the First Teaser for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

The first trailer for “Batman v. Superman:  Dawn of Justice” will be screened at select IMAX theaters on Monday.

A teaser hit the Internet yesterday, but unfortunately, it gives us NOTHING except a quick look at the Batman and Superman suits.  The whole thing is only 21 seconds long.  The movie is still a year away.  It hits theaters on March 25th, 2016.


Def Leppard’s New Album Will Feature Lead Vocals from All Five Members

DEF LEPPARD is working on their first album in seven years . . . and for the first time, this one will feature lead vocals from all five members.

And they decided to do it because . . . well, why not?  They aren’t going to sell a million copies of the album no matter what’s on it, so they might as well do whatever they WANT to do.

Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL says, quote, “We’ve never done that before . . . frankly, candidly, we could go year after year playing our hits.  A record for us is kind of a loss leader.  A new record is something we do for us.”

He adds, quote, “It’s diverse, but it all sounds like Def Leppard.  It’s the best album we’ve made in 23 years.”

There’s still no title or release date for the album, although it’s expected out sometime later this year.

Music News April 15th 2015

Florence Welch Broke Her Foot Leaping Off the Stage

FLORENCE WELCH from FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE broke her foot while she was leaping off the stage during their show at Coachella over the weekend.

She posted a photo of the X-ray on Facebook . . . and said it won’t keep them from performing, but it will cause them to bring things down a notch or two.

She said, quote, “Unfortunately while this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back.  I’m so sorry, I’m pretty devastated, but I still want to do the shows . . . I hope it’s just as enjoyable.”

A Guy Does Impressions of 20 Robin Williams Characters

A video of a guy impersonating Robin Williams is making the rounds online.  He does 20 different characters, including Mork and Mrs. Doubtfire, and they’re all spot on.  He also kind of looks like him.

(Search for “Never Had a Friend Like Him.”)

“Guitar Hero” Is Coming Back . . . with Live Crowds

It’s been over five years since we’ve had a new “Guitar Hero” game.  And that makes sense, because EVERYONE was burned out on it by 2009.

But there’s a new one in development called Guitar Hero Live, and it’s due out late this year.  One new thing is that it’ll give you a first-person perspective, with live-action band mates, crowds, and roadies.

It’ll have songs by The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, and dozens of others.

Sunday’s ACMs Will Be the First Awards Show Broadcast From a Football Stadium

“Billboard” has a story about Sunday’s “50th Annual ACM Awards” . . . and it helps explain why everyone’s so damn excited.  For one, it’ll be the first awards show to be broadcast from a football stadium.

It’s being held at the massive AT&T Stadium, which is where the Dallas Cowboys play.  To give you an idea of how big it is . . . it takes 30 minutes for a tech person to get to the top just to start work.

Stadiums aren’t designed for theatrical-type shows so they had to create their own special rigging for stuff like lights, curtains, sound, and video.  They even constructed two full-size stages.

It’s also going to cost a “staggering” amount of money.  One of the producers estimates it’ll be four times higher than when they do the show in Vegas.

But here’s the ultimate reason to be impressed.  CBS actually gave them 30 extra minutes of precious airtime, which means the show could run well over 3 1/2 hours.

Music News April 14th 2015

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Eric Burdon From the Animals Was “The Eggman” in the Beatles Song “I Am the Walrus” . . . Here’s Why

Do you know what JOHN LENNON meant by “The Eggman” in THE BEATLES song “I Am the Walrus”?  It’s a story that’s been kicking around the Internet for a while, but it’s worth repeating.

It was a reference to ERIC BURDON, the lead singer for the ANIMALS . . . because he’d told Lennon about a wild BREAKFAST related sexual experience he’d had.

In a memoir that came out a decade ago, Eric said he was cooking breakfast for his Jamaican girlfriend one morning . . . wearing only his socks.

Long story short, they ended up on the kitchen floor.

Eric said, quote, “I shared the story with John one night with a handful of blondes and a little Asian girl.  [And he laughed and told me] ‘Go on, go get it, Eggman.'”

The 10 Best Songs to Make You Sleep,  Including a Lot of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Spotify looked through 2.8 million “sleep-related” playlists people created, to figure out what people listen to when they want to unwind and, well, fall asleep.

And seven of the top 20 are Ed Sheeran songs.  Sam Smith is next, with four songs, and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack is represented twice.  And of course there’s the old classic “Rain Sounds”, which came in sixth.

Here’s the top 20:

1.  “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran

2.  “Stay With Me”, Sam Smith . . . and at least legally, Tom Petty

3.  “Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Ellie Goulding

4.  “I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran

5.  “I’m Not the Only One”, Sam Smith

6.  “Rain for Sleep”, Rain Sounds

7.  “All of Me”, John Legend

8.  “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, The Weeknd

9.  “Let Her Go”, Passenger

10.  “Skinny Love”, Birdy

Jack White hits the Coachella Stage and Kills It!

Jack White returned to Coachella with a fundamentalist’s fervor last night, stomping through nearly two hours of stuttering rock and blues and declaring again and again that “Music is sacred!”
White has been coming to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calfornia, since first landing on the 2003 main stage with the White Stripes, and his headline set Saturday was panicked and polished, tying his many musical selves into a coherent whole. He stepped into the desert breeze in black pinstripes and white shoes, his hair sculpted into a thick wedge above his forehead, and quickly strapped on an electric guitar to rip open “Icky Thump.”
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Music News April 13, 2015

Mumford and Sons are Not Fans of Jay-Z’s New Streaming Service

MUMFORD & SONS are NOT fans of Tidal . . . JAY Z’s new streaming service.  Apparently, they didn’t appreciate the fanfare of all those big artists joining forces like it was “Lord of the Rings” or something.

MARCUS MUMFORD tells “The Daily Beast”, quote, “We wouldn’t have joined . . . even if they’d asked . . . I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too.

“Bigger bands have other ways of making money.  A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining.  And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.”

It isn’t just Tidal . . . Marcus doesn’t love or hate any streaming service, he just treats it as the new reality.  Quote, “Music is changing . . . this is how people are going to listen to music now . .

“We just want to play music, and I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever.  We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”

He adds that something needs to be worked out so smaller bands can be compensated . . . but he also notes that the Internet has allowed these bands to be heard worldwide without a record label, and the price is giving it away for free.

Are These the 10 Best Punk Albums of all Time?

Punk has been around for 40 years now, and so Loudwire.com has thrown together a list of “The Top 25 Punk Albums of All Time.”  Of course, whether or not they nailed it is up for debate.  Here’s their Top 10:

1.  “London Calling”, The Clash, 1979

2.  “Ramones”, Ramones, 1976

3.  “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols”, Sex Pistols, 1977

4.  “Raw Power”, The Stooges, 1973

5.  “Dookie”, Green Day, 1994

6.  “Out of Step”, Minor Threat, 1983

7.  “Damaged”, Black Flag, 1981

8.  “Violent Femmes”, Violent Femmes, 1983

9.  “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”, Dead Kennedys, 1980

10.  “The Clash”, The Clash, 1977

Fox Is Remaking “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Fox is doing a two-hour remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  It’ll be produced, directed, and choreographed by Kenny Ortega, the guy who did the “High School Musical” movies.

This will NOT be one of those live musicals that have suddenly become popular for some reason.  It’ll be filmed in advance.  There’s also no word on casting.

They’re sticking to the original script, so don’t expect any new plot twists.