Monthly Archives April 2015

Zac Brown Band Score First Number One on Rock Chart

April 30, 2015 Music

Zac Brown Band have never colored inside country's lines, with their musical crayons flailing wildest on the brand-new Jekyll + Hyde, released this week. The album sees the eclectic eight-piece venturing into rock, soul, jazz, gospel, folk, dance and even a little gospel, reggae and metal.



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The track that arguably dives deepest into hard-rock territory is "Heavy Is the Head," featuring Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame. The song was released in early March as the album's second single — but to rock radio, rather than country. (The song's release came the same week Cornell and Zac Brown Band performed it on Saturday Night Live.) Jekyll + Hyde's first single, "Homegrown," would hit

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Tidal Unveils ‘Discovery’ Platform to Showcase Emerging Artists

April 30, 2015 Music

Tidal, the high-quality streaming service recently relaunched by Jay Z and other big-name musicians, announced a new Discovery section designed to showcase and promote music uploaded by young, budding artists.



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According to a press release, the primary aim of Tidal Discovery will be to help new artists reach larger audiences by offering subscribers monthly playlists and other exclusives. The streaming service also plans to host a series of Discovery concerts across the country that will feature some of the top artists streaming on the new section.


Through a partnership with digital distributors Phonofile and Record Union, Discovery will also allow musicians to release their music

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Katy Perry Sunflower Dress Sparks Controversy in China

April 30, 2015 Music


Katy Perry sparked controversy in China after a recent concert in Taipei, Taiwan, where she donned both a Taiwanese flag and a sunflower dress, which many viewed as a pro-Taiwanese statement and expression of solidarity with the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement, E! reports.


Just over a year ago, a group of students occupied Taiwan's parliament for 23 days, protesting the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with mainland China. They believed the pact would give mainland China too much economic and political power over the sovereign nation, with sunflowers used as a symbol of hope throughout the protest.



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The relationship between Taiwan

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Dave Grohl Recalls Kiss Army ‘Induction’ at ASCAP Pop Awards

April 30, 2015 Music

Dave Grohl spoke to the power of Kiss Wednesday night when he honored Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with an award recognizing their influence as a songwriting team. His speech was part of the ASCAP Pop Music Awards – put on by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, an organization that collects money and pays songwriters for performances of their songs – where he presented the duo with the ASCAP Founders Award. The Doobie Brothers and St. Vincent were also honored at the Los Angeles ceremony.



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"Everybody remembers their first Kiss record, and this is how I remember mine," the Foo Fighters frontman said of Kiss' 1976 LP Destroyer, according to Billboard. "With nuclear anticipation, I let the

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Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

April 30, 2015 Music

Former Death Row Records chief Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in connection to an incident where he ran over two men in January, killing one. He also faces charges of attempted murder and hit-and-run. CNN reports that Los Angeles County Judge Ronald Coen placed his bail at $10 million. Knight faces a life sentence if convicted.



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Knight's trial will begin on July 7th, according to The Associated Press, providing no lawyers move to have it start at a later date. Coen has reserved 16 court days for the trial and expects jurors to be pre-screened before the start date. Knight will be back in court on May 16th, when the lawyer representing Knight, Matthew Fletcher, will

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Hear Miranda Lambert’s Hollywood-Worthy ‘Two of a Crime’

April 30, 2015 Music

When Reese Witherspoon texted Miranda Lambert several months ago, asking the Platinum singer to write a Latin-influenced country song for the movie Hot Pursuit, Lambert knew just who to call. 



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Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby had been two of the heaviest hitters on last year's Platinum, co-writing five of the album's songs — including the ACM award-winning, Number One single "Automatic." Lambert reached out to her songwriting sidekicks once again, looking to pen a girl-powered anthem in the style of Thelma & Louise. What the three women came up with was "Two of a Crime," which makes its debut this week. 


"Two of a Crime" finds Lambert sharing the spotlight with

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Hear Jamey Johnson and Amanda Watkins’ ‘If I Was Over You’

April 30, 2015 Music


When Amanda Watkins, former member of the country duo Miss Willie Brown, set out on her solo career, she struck up a friendship with Jamey Johnson, who took her on tour as his opening act. During her nightly performance of her song "If I Was Over You," Johnson would often amble onstage to harmonize on the chorus. Recently, the pair captured the heartbreaking song in the studio — as a duet.



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The idea was all Johnson's, according to Watkins, who says the independent Alabama singer tinkered with her finished track after hours in the studio, adding his unmistakable baritone. After receiving a late night text to come to RCA Studio A, where she recorded her upcoming debut album and where

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U2 Prep Unique Sound System While Bono Struggles to Recover for Tour

April 30, 2015 Music

As Bono continues to recover from his injuries following a bike accident last year, U2 are gearing up for an unique arena tour set to kick off May 14th at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. The group will be splitting each concert into two sets with an intermission for the first time in their career, according to the New York Times, with the first half featuring a "relatively fixed" set list and the second including a more arbitrary selection.



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The band is also experimenting with a new sound system on the tour. Rather than having speakers set up at the stage, the group will suspend speaker arrays from the ceilings of arenas so everyone will be able to hear the music equally. The

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Paramore to Set Sail Again on Parahoy! Festival at Sea in 2016

April 29, 2015 Music

Paramore will once again lift anchors when they embark on their second Parahoy! Festival at Sea next year. The floating concert will take place March 5th - 9th and travel round-trip from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. Paramore will perform twice during the fest, which has yet to announce the rest of its lineup.



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The festival, which will take place on a boat called the Norwegian Pearl, will also feature meet and greets, a Q&A and "Paraoke" with the band and other activities which have yet to be announced. It will also include DJ sets, theme nights, sets by stand-up comedians and "much, much more," according to the fest's website. The fest is currently running a presale that includes a photo with

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My Morning Jacket Establish Philanthropy Foundation

April 29, 2015 Music

My Morning Jacket will release their new album The Waterfall on May 4th, and with Jim James and company's latest LP comes a new philanthropic effort called The Waterfall Project. "We're honored to announce The Waterfall Project - a fund that supports & promotes engagement around causes we hold dear," the band announced on Twitter Wednesday.



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"The Waterfall Project is dedicated to supporting and promoting actions, big and small, for positive change in the world. As part of this effort, we will dedicate funds, established with portions of ticket sales from U.S. shows, proceeds from special merch items and donations, to organizations working on the frontlines of the important issues,"

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