Monthly Archives January 2015

Slipknot Mark Summer’s Last Stand Tour With ‘Custer’ Live Video

January 31, 2015 Music

Slipknot recently wrapped up their joint Prepare for Hell tour with Korn but the masked metal act will continue to support their "devastating" new record .5: The Gray Chapter with a North American trek called Summer's Last Stand, where Corey Taylor and company will hit the nation's amphitheaters with Lamb of God and Bullet for My Valentine in tow. To celebrate their just-announced tour, Slipknot shared a live video of .5's "Custer" filmed live from their Knotfest this past October.


 
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During a Prepare for Hell performance at London's Wembley Arena this January, Korn were joined onstage by members of Slipknot for a surprise cover of Beastie Boys' Ill Communication single "Sabotage." In a Q&A session with fans after

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Jack White Performs With Q-Tip at Sold-Out Madison Square Garden Gig

January 31, 2015 Music

Jack White's sold-out gig at New York's Madison Square Garden Friday night turned into an all-star affair as the Lazaretto rocker brought out A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip during the encore. On top of that, Run the Jewels, White's opening act and the duo behind Rolling Stone's Best Rap Album of 2014, had their own surprise guest in store for the MSG stage: Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha.



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After performing a dozen-song set that jumped between solo work, White Stripes tracks and a pair of Raconteurs tunes, White opened up his encore with Lazaretto's "The Black Bat Licorice." Midway through the song, White stepped to the microphone to introduce "New York's own" Q-Tip, who joined White for the

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Watch a Thousand Horses Go ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ in New Video

January 30, 2015 Music

With their debut single "Smoke" lighting a fire at radio, country-rock outfit A Thousand Horses have released a video for the woozy ballad. And it takes a page right out of Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls," with a stripper working it in a way you don't often see in country videos. (Watch the burlesque show above.)



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It's not all T&A, however. The Stones-y sounding band, along with its three female backup singers, performs in an alley outside the club and has a few cold ones while playing pool inside. The big reveal? The dancer's name is "Smoke." Hey now.


The track is the first single off A Thousand Horses' upcoming album Southernality, produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson) and due June 9th on

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Music Industry Execs Sees Vinyl Rise as More ‘Fad’ Than ‘Explosion’

January 30, 2015 Music

Last year's 52 percent jump in vinyl sales has been fantastic for record stores — "and growing more important by the day," Carl Mello, senior buyer for New England music chain Newbury Comics tells Rolling Stone — but the record industry isn't quite so enthusiastic. The vinyl explosion has been so pronounced that pressing plants can't keep up with demand, putting retailers in the awkward position of running out of hit LPs such as Taylor Swift's 1989, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and even Jack White's Lazaretto, which sold more than 86,000 copies and was 2014's best-selling vinyl album.



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But managers and record labels clearly see vinyl as a fad — vinyl makes up just 6 percent of

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How the Music Industry Learned to Love Leaks

January 30, 2015 Music

In 2004, when U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb leaked online two weeks earlier than planned, the band's label scrambled to contain the damage by hastily streaming it on MTV's website. Those weeks are an eternity compared with how Björk and Madonna handled their music's premature arrivals over the past month: After Björk's Vulnicura leaked in mid-January, her label rushed it onto iTunes within three days, and Madonna did the same with six Rebel Heart tracks after a December leak. "We were running as fast as we could to get the music ready," says Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager. "She had the foresight to say, 'I don't care, I'm putting this out now.' "



Bjork Surprise Releases New Album 'Vulnicura'

In the old days of CDs,

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Hear Carrie Underwood’s ‘Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight’

January 30, 2015 Music

Two days before the Big Game, the NFL has released Carrie Underwood's "Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight," Super Bowl XLIX's official theme song.



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Stacked high with synthesizers, power chords and banjo, "Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight" is a reworked version of NBC's Sunday Night Football theme, which Underwood began singing during the 2013 season. Previous Sunday Night Football vocalists include Faith Hill, who logged six years with the show, and Pink, who originated the theme song in 2006. Although the lyrics tend to change with each season, all versions of the theme song are based on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' 1988 hit,  "I Hate Myself for Loving You," much in the same way that ABC's Monday

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Missy Elliott Will Join Katy Perry for Super Bowl Halftime Performance

January 30, 2015 Music

Missy Elliott will make a "surprise appearance" during Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, according to The Associated Press, citing an anonymous "person familiar with the plans." (Consider the surprise ruined.) The rapper made a cameo on a remix of Perry's 2011 single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," though it's unclear which track she'll perform. The show takes place Sunday, February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.



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Perry seemed to tease Elliott's involvement during a news conference on Thursday, stating that the halftime show would feature an "old school" female artist. "When you hear the first ring of the chord," Perry said, "I think

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Jay Z Enters High-Quality Music Streaming Industry

January 30, 2015 Music

After tackling the world of music, nightclubs, basketball team ownership and athlete representation, Jay Z has now set his sights on entering the gauntlet of high-quality streaming music. The New York Times reports that Jay Z has put in a $56 million offer for Aspiro, a Swedish company that controls high-quality streaming services Wimp and Tidal. The bid already receiving preliminary approval from the Aspiro board.



Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away


A spokesperson for Sean Carter Enterprises (SCE) confirmed that Project Panther Bidco, a company owned by SCE, was pursuing a possible acquisition of the Swedish music service. "Aspiro is a media technology company in the forefront of the ongoing redefinition of music

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Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations

January 30, 2015 Music

With eight total nominations, including one for top prize Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert leads all nominees at this year's 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The nominations where announced Friday morning via Twitter.



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Dierks Bentley, whose album Riser was both a commercial and critical success, follows his former touring partner Lambert with seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist. In a twist, a tie in the latter category necessitated six — instead of the customary five — nominees. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton join Bentley in the Male Vocalist race. The Song of the Year category also resulted in a six-nominee

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Bjork Likens Making Emotional ‘Vulnicura’ to ‘Open-Heart Surgery’

January 30, 2015 Music


Björk's latest album, Vulnicura, was such a personal experience that she compared it to opening herself up — literally — in a new interview with The New York Times. "You feel like you're having open-heart surgery, with knives sticking in, so that everything is out, and you have this urgency and immediacy," she said. Regarding the overwhelming resolution she felt to make the album, she said, "You feel like you belong to another power. It's not yours. It's like the universal heartbreak energy current...that is taking you hostage."


The singer explained that the album was largely influenced by her separation with her romantic partner, artist Matthew Barney — with whom she has a daughter — and that the album's first six songs are a chronological

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