Bands pay tribute to Chris Cornell at Rock on the Range

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Soundgarden was scheduled to headline the Rock on the Range Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio until the tragic passing of frontman Chris Cornell on May 18, just one day before the band’s Friday night show. Bands and fans alike mourned Cornell’s death this weekend.

In honor of Cornell, fellow grunge rockers Bush performed “Black Hole Sun” at the festival, one of Soundgarden’s most iconic songs.

Corey Taylor, frontman of Slipknot and Stone Sour, also paid tribute to the rock star, performing a powerful acoustic version of “Hunger Strike.”

Taylor also performed a rendition of Soundgarden’s “Outshined” with Stone Sour. “[Chris Cornell] was one of my favorite singers,” said Taylor. “He was one of my all time favorite songwriters.”

The band Live paid their respects as well with a cover of “I Am The Highway.”

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The official Rock on the Range Facebook page also posted this video featuring Cornell’s “Black Hole Sun” vocals.

Miley Cyrus dances the ‘Malibu’ jig in new music video

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After time away from releasing new music, Miley Cyrus has reinvented herself yet again with “Malibu” a folky ode to her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth.

At the start of the video, the 24-year-old appears in front of a waterfall. Wearing a white frock, the singer had her wavy hair tied up in pigtails.

Moving from the beach to the meadow, Cyrus looks at peace playing with colorful balloons and cuddling with her pup.

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Sporting the engagement ring that The Hunger Games star gave her, Miley sings the chorus, in reference to the home she shares with her significant other: “But here I am, next to you/The sky’s more blue in Malibu/Next to you in Malibu/Next to you.”

The tune picks up, as she dances in a jig that’s basically the best part!

Clad in the flowy white dress that prompted everyone to think wedding bells on Instagram, she frolics around on a cliff.

Towards the end, she sings, “Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning/And you’re there to save me/And I wanna thank you with all of my heart/It’s a brand new start/A dream come true in Malibu.”

In addition to releasing the song and music video, Miley shared on Instagram that the cover art of the single was taken by Liam.

Miley is set to perform “Malibu” at the Billboard Music Awards next Sunday, May 21.

Watch the music video here:

All Time Low releases new song ‘Life Of The Party’

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All Time unveiled their new song and video “Life Of The Party” Friday morning.

This is the third track off their upcoming album Last Young Renegade releasing on June 2.

With each track released thus far it’s no surprise that the group has changed their sound and evolved. Perhaps the new sound came with the switch the band made to a new record label.

Back in February they took to social media to announce they had secretly been recording their new album with Fueled By Ramen.

Here we are. Ten years since our first official full-length debut, (nearly 14 years since we formed this band,) and we’re lucky enough to be sharing another chapter in the tale of All Time Low with the world. We couldn’t be more grateful than we are right now. I hope you can forgive us, because we’ve been keeping secrets. Since the beginning of last year, we have officially been signed to Fueled By Ramen records, the very first label we ever showcased for during our senior year of high school. It didn’t work out back then, and that’s ok (we probably blew it), but FBR has always felt like a second musical family to us through everything. From Hopeless Records, to Interscope, and back to Hopeless, we’ve come up listening to the bands on the FBR roster, working together on outside projects, watching with pride and admiration, looking forward to the moment when timing and purpose would align, affording us the chance to come in under their wing. So, here we are; a year spent in secret on a new label, writing songs and brainstorming for what comes next. I’m happy to say that we can finally deliver. Dirty Laundry is a proud moment for me personally, a song written in the company of friends, torn apart and stitched back together several times over like all the best relationships… It’s about leaving the past where it belongs, and loving the people around you for not only their light, but their darkness too. We shot the video with that in mind; inspired by a dream about the ups and downs that make us who we are, sometimes worn and tired, but better for it… alive and inspired. You can check out the song and watch the video at alltimelow.com . Our good friend Pat Tracy, who directed the ‘Missing You’ video helped us bring it to life, and we couldn’t be happier about where the story will go from here. Pay close attention. 🙂 I hope you all love the song as much as I do. We’re ecstatic about everything we have lined up this year, and can’t wait to add this one to the set list as we get back out on the road. See you soon! xo, Alex #DirtyLaundry

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This isn’t their first switch of labels, they released six full length albums with Hopeless Records. That was until 2011 when they switched over to Interscope to release Dirty Work. Then returning to Hopeless for Don’t Panic and Future Hearts.

Wale releases his new album ‘Shine’

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Rapper Wale surprised his fans on Thursday, April 27, by releasing his fifth album Shine.

The album, which was originally slated to be out on May 5, was released just over a week early noted ComplexShine includes new songs from Wale in “Thank God” and “CC White.” It also features other artists like G-Eazy, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and WizKid. The new release even features a contribution by Wale’s 1-year-old daughter, Zyla.

While the release of the album on Thursday may have been unexpected, Wale did hint at his intent to release the album prior to the inital May 5 date. During the album listening party Wale quipped “I’m dropping this bitch on Friday.” The hip-hop artist has been teasing the new record since last summer when he released the first single off the album “My P.Y.T.” featuring Sam Sneak.

Wale will also be taking his act on the road, headlining the Shine Tour, which is set to begin on May 5 in Atlanta and will conclude in Washinton D.C.—Wale’s hometown. Shine is currently available on Apple Music and iTunes and you can also listen to the album below via Spotify.

 

Stop what you’re doing ‘Right Now’ – the Haim sisters are back!

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Yes, you heard correctly – Haim have finally crystallized their long-awaited return!

Four years after their incredibly impressive debut album Days Are Gone, the Haim sisters have been slowly but surely hinting at new music. Fans were becoming restless when mysterious billboards appeared in the Valley in California just before Coachella and the band posted video from the recording studio earlier this week.

Alana, Este and Danielle Haim answered all of our impatient musical prayers in a lively, energetic interview on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. The sisters detailed as much as they could about their sophomore LP, Something to Tell You. The album – produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and in collaboration with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij – will be out July 7 via Columbia/Polydor Records.

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Being the groundbreaking girls they are, Haim did not merely debut their first new single with Zane Lowe. Instead, they premiered a stunning live-to-tape video of the haunting, mid-tempo tune “Right Now.” The video was directed by none other than Hollywood heavyweight Paul Thomas Anderson, who – in an almost too cosmic to be true work of fate – was a student of the Haim sisters’ mother back in the day.

If “Right Now” is any indication of what’s to come, Something to Tell You will surely be one of the best albums of the summer. And you know what they say: good things come to those who wait!

Universal announces plans for Madonna biopic, Madge not pleased

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The world may soon get to see the story of Madonna’s life told on the silver screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has purchased the rights to a film about Madonna’s early years. The movie will be based on Blond Ambition, a script by Elyse Hollander that received top ranking on Hollywood’s 2016 Black List of unproduced screenplays.

The story would detail Madonna’s early glimpses of fame as she moved to New York City from Michigan, foregoes a career as a dancer to be a singer-songwriter and endures sexism in the music industry.

Fifty Shades of Grey producer Michael DeLuca has reportedly signed on to the project along with RatPac Entertainment helmed by Brett Ratner and John Zaozirny. Erik Baier’s, Universal’s executive vice president of production and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee production. Unfortunately, one person who isn’t happy about the possible flick is Madge herself.

In an Instagram post on April 25, Madonna obscurely referenced the impending film writing, “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

The photo along with the caption is of a young Madonna at the start of her career in the 1980s.

 

It’ll be interesting to see if and how yet another biopic drama plays out.

Dr. Luke no longer CEO of record label under Sony

Sony Music has severed ties with producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) for the ongoing rape allegations made by singer, Kesha Rose Sebert.

The producer, who has churned out hits for pop stars, like Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, created Kemosabe Records with Sony in 2011.

With Sony’s deal, Dr. Luke gained “extraordinary creative control in return for exclusive rights to his services as a producer,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In Oct. 2014, Kesha accused Dr. Luke of giving her a date-rape drug before taking advantage of her. This prompted the producer to file a defamation claim.

RELATED: Kesha makes some serious allegations

Although the “Tik Tok” singer filed an injunction to sever ties with the producer’s working relationship, a New York judge rejected the plea.

For now, Sony’s website no longer features Dr. Luke’s bio affiliated with it and the producer does not have authority as CEO.

Court documents also indicate that “Kemosabe Records is wholly-owned by Sony Music Entertainment.”

While the news appears to be a positive for Kesha, the pop star’s legal team has said that it might be more difficult for her to get out of the contract with Dr. Luke, if Sony distances its relationship with him entirely.

Last year the producer’s attorney, Christine Lepera, claimed, “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony.”

Referring to whether Sony Music would cut ties with the hitmaker, the statement continued to read, “His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”

Paramore admits they wanted to quit ahead of release of biggest album yet

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Four years after the release of their last album, rock band Paramore is preparing to release their biggest album yet.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, band members Hayley Williams and Taylor York admitted that the album almost never happened.

Their last album, Paramore, released in 2013 reached No. 1 in the U.S. and U.K. and won the band a Grammy for the single “Ain’t It Fun.” But despite their mainstream success, Paramore has had their fill of inner drama.

Williams, 28, founded the rock band when she was 15. According to the interview, the 13 years since the band’s foundation have never been easy. Originally 5 members, Paramore now consists of only three and Williams is the only person who has ever stayed constant. An act that she admitted was hard to do.

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“Two years ago I asked Taylor if we could start a new band,” Williams told The Guardian. “I was so sick of this crap. I said we should just try something new, give it a new name.”

York agreed with Williams enthusiastically.

“I’ve wanted to quit this band so many times,” he said. “Going through all this conflict and drama over the years… I was just like: ‘Man, I feel like we can keep going, but this is not worth it if we don’t want to be here.”

Paramore’s fifth album, After Laughter,  will be released on May 12.

‘Hate That You Know Me’ marks a new era for Bleachers

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Much to the excitement and relief of fans worldwide, alternative-pop juggernaut Bleachers have (finally) announced their sophomore album. Your favorite pop star’s go-to producer, Jack Antonoff, appeared on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe Monday to talk about the new album, Gone Now, and debut a stunning new track. “Hate That You Know Me” is the second single to be released thus far, following “Don’t Take the Money,” the musical accompaniment to a millennial’s eighties-style synth-pop fever dream.

It’s been three years since the release of Bleachers’ debut album, Strange Desire, but it feels like a century. Before focusing his energy on Bleachers, Antonoff was part of fun., the alt-pop band whose best known single is still being used at high school graduations nationwide. Bleachers allowed Antonoff to wholeheartedly embrace every part of his born-and-bred New Jersey identity. Channeling the magic of new wave and the passion of Springsteen, Antonoff established himself as a powerhouse producer and savvy songwriter. He’s since collaborated with some of pop music’s most well-known women, like Lorde and Taylor Swift, adding his signature sound to already distinctive voices. 

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“Hate That You Know Me” is as Bleachers as could be, but still manages to remain fresh and surprising. Featuring perfectly placed vocals by Carly Rae Jepsen, the single will surely be the soundtrack to everyone’s summer. In typical Antonoff fashion, “Hate That You Know Me” is rhythm-driven and shamelessly honest, resting on the tipping point between euphoria and misery. Percussion has always been central to the Bleachers sound and this new single is no exception. The instrumental break halfway through the song adds a whole new layer of emphatic charm that will make you immediately want to hit the closest dance floor.

Bleachers are boldly stepping into a new era, but will never be anything other than relentlessly themselves. If these first two singles are any indication, their new album will be one of the best of 2017. Gone Now will answer your musical prayers on June 2.

Britney Spears to receive Radio Disney’s Icon award

Britney Spears

After nearly two decades of catchy songs, Britney Spears will receive the Radio Disney Music Icon Award on Saturday, April 29.

From “Oops!… I Did It Again” to “Toxic,” Spears has delivered hit after hit.

Phil Guerini, who is the general manager at Radio Disney Network and Vice President for music strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide released a statement on Spears as the recipient:

 “Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the DMA Icon Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans. We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998.”

The mother of two debuted with “…Baby One More Time” at just 16-years-old. In addition to earning eight Grammy nominations, the pop singer has sold over 150 million records worldwide.

Apart from having 15 singles top the Radio Disney airwaves, the 35-year-old has topped over $100 million for her Britney: Piece of Me tour during her Sin City residency. She has earned “Best Overall Show” and “Best Resident Performer” since her time there.

The Radio Disney Music Awards will air April 30 on Disney-branded channels.