Daily Archives May 15, 2017

On the Charts: Logic Edges Chris Stapleton for Number One

May 15, 2017 Music

Logic scored his first Billboard 200 Number One album as the Maryland rapper dethroned Kendrick Lamar and edged out Chris Stapleton to land Everybody in the top spot.

Everybody ended the week with 247,000 total copies, 196,000 were from traditional album sales to stop Kendrick Lamar's three-week Damn. reign atop the Billboard 200. The prolific rapper's latest album also established both a new chart peak for Logic, improving on the Number Three debut of his Incredible True Story in 2015, Billboard reports.

Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 1 had to settle for Number Two despite technically selling the most albums last week: The country star's Traveller follow-up sold 219,000 total copies, but 202,000 of that total were

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Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello Announces Solo Album in Emotional Post

May 15, 2017 Music

Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello announced her debut solo LP, The Hurting The Healing The Loving. In an emotional Instagram post, she called the album "the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again."

Cabello will release the project's as-yet-untitled first single on Friday, May 19th. In the post, she implied that album opener "I Have Questions" will be the follow-up single, calling it "the second song that you'll hear." The vocalist wrote that she penned "I Have Questions" in a fragile state that wiped her out creatively and emotionally.

"I started writing in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago," she continued. "I was completely broken during that time. I was in the kind of

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Harry Styles’ Revealing New Album Doc: 10 Things We Learned

May 15, 2017 Music

Following the release of his self-titled debut, Harry Styles has given fans an inside look at the process of making the record in a new Apple Music documentary titled Harry Styles: Behind the Album. The 50-minute feature shows Styles playing the complete album for the first time in between recording sessions with his band and producer Jeff Bhasker in Jamaica and London. While the 23-year-old has been extremely candid about his life in the year following One Direction's hiatus, he opens up even further here as he details the process of writing and recording Harry Styles. Here are 10 things we learned from the film.

1. Styles first performed the album all the way through at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.The live scenes from the film show Styles fronting his

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Mary J. Blige Plots ‘Strength of a Woman’ North American Tour

May 15, 2017 Music

Mary J. Blige announced a North American tour behind her recently released 13th LP, Strength of a Woman. The 21-date trek kicks off July 30th in Chicago and concludes September 9th in Oakland, California. The majority of the shows go on sale Friday, May 19th at 10 a.m. Eastern.

The April-issued Strength of a Woman features several high-profile guests, including Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Kaytranada and Prince Charlez. The album followed 2014's The London Sessions and entered the Billboard 200 at Number Three. It was Blige's 14th career Top 10 placement. The lead single "Thick of It" earned the fastest climb to Number One on the Adult R&B chart in over two decades, Billboard reported.

Blige performed

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Hear Broken Social Scene’s Kinetic New Song ‘Hug of Thunder’

May 15, 2017 Music

All-star Canadian collective Broken Social Scene have trumpeted their upcoming new album Hug of Thunder with the arrival of the LP's kinetic title track.

The new album will feature contributions from all 15 of the collective's original members – including Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Leslie Feist, Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars' Amy Milian and more – as well as new vocalist Ariel Engle. Many of those collaborators appear on the title track, which constantly evolves and blossoms over its five-minute runtime.

"Hug of Thunder" follows the previously released "Halfway Home," which the group debuted on The Late Show in late-March. Hug of Thunder, Broken Social Scene's first album since 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record, is due out July

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Watch Niall Horan’s Behind-the-Scenes ‘Slow Hands’ Lyric Video

May 15, 2017 Music

Niall Horan takes fans onstage, backstage and into the rehearsal room in his lyric video for new single "Slow Hands." The One Direction singer plays guitar and drums, gazes out at an empty arena and chills behind the recording console in his behind-the-scenes clip.

Horan released the seductive funk-pop track earlier this month. It's the second preview from his upcoming debut solo LP, following the more reflective, folky "This Town."

On "Slow Hands," Horan croons come-ons over a stomp-laden beat and muted guitar riff. "We should take this back to my place/ That's what she said right to my face," he sings. "I've been thinking 'bout it all day/ And I hope you feel the same way."

Prior to debuting the track via Sirius XM, Horan revealed that he drew on late

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Paramore to Support ‘After Laughter’ With Tour Two

May 15, 2017 Music

After releasing their new album After Laughter, Paramore will hit the road this fall for the North American leg of their Tour Two.

Singer Hayley Williams and co. will start September 6th in Jacksonville, Florida and wind through the U.S. and Canada before concluding six weeks later with a hometown Nashville show in October 17th. Later, Paramore and their diehard fans will set sail on the previously announced Parahoy! Cruise, leaving Miami on April 6th.

Ticketmaster Verified Fans and AT&T customers will have first stab at Paramore concert tickets starting May 17th and 18th respectively, with a general on-sale to follow on May 20th.

In addition to the tour dates, Paramore will promote their new LP during upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel

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Mazzy Star Drummer Keith Mitchell Dead

May 15, 2017 Music

Keith Mitchell, longtime drummer for Mazzy Star and a member of Opal, Monitor and Green on Red, died Sunday. The band confirmed Mitchell's death, though a cause of death was not revealed.

Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval and David Roback said in a statement, "Our hearts are broken. We have lost the much beloved Keith Mitchell, a very talented and amazing drummer that we have had the privilege to work with for many years, he will live in all of our hearts forever... We'll miss you Big Fella."

After stints with Monitor and Green on Red, Mitchell joined Opal alongside Roback and singer Kendra Davis. After a pair of EPs and 1987's Happy Nightmare Baby, Davis left the group. Roback then recruited Sandoval to join Opal before the band was reborn in 1989 as Mazzy Star.

With

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Review: At the Drive In Reunite, Explode on Stadium-Sized ‘Inter Alia’

May 15, 2017 Music

In the Nineties, El Paso, Texas' At the Drive In were an art-punk hailstorm informed by Fugazi, Pink Floyd and a little Tito Puente. Their highpoint was the landmark 2000 LP, Relationship of Command, which thrashed somewhere in the liminal space between Rage Against the Machine's funk-metal spitfire and the taunting stop-start antics of lateral-thinking hardcore ranters Refused. Splintering away from the steel-toed punk establishment, the band tipped the post-hardcore genre towards something much more free-form – and maraca-friendly. Such lawlessness left some rock critics befuddled, but history has shown them to be a mad-scientist experiment gone right. The band crumbled in 2001, divorcing into two factions –

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‘American Epic’: Inside Jack White and Friends’ Obsessive Roots-Music Doc

May 15, 2017 Music

Years before he became obsessed with creating "the Lawrence of Arabia of music documentaries," filmmaker Bernard MacMahon was just a young music fan in South London, hearing an album by Mississippi John Hurt for the first time. He remembers those late-Twenties folk-blues recordings as strangely intimate: "There didn't seem to be any filter between performer and me."

That was his introduction to a sound and era that has now led to his four-part American Epic music documentary, which airs starting Tuesday on PBS and explores the earliest recordings of folk, blues, country, Cajun and Hawaiian music, and more. Along the way, MacMahon attracted the support of executive producers Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford, who also narrates and has referred to that

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