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Tenacious D Announces New Tour

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Fans of the comedy-rock duo Tenacious D are excited over reports that the group is planning their first tour in five years for the coming fall. The group, which features Jack Black as lead singer and Kyle Gass as lead guitar, will begin an 8-concert tour at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on November 3. The tour’s final show will be in Chicago at the Riviera Theatre on November 13. Tickets for the duo’s tour go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on May 18, but a special pre-sale began on May 16. In addition to their fall tour, Tenacious D will also be performing at Montebello Rockfest in Quebec June 14 through 16 and at Cal Jam 18 on October 6 with Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop, and several other rock bands.

 

The duo announced their fall tour through a YouTube video. In the humorous animated clip, Gass and Black joked that they needed to start the tour so that they could pay their rent. The clip also referenced fans’ frustration over the time it has taken to get their next album out. A follow-up to 2012’s Rize of the Fenix, Black recently confirmed that the group’s next album would be called Post-Apocalypto and would be a rock opera set in an apocalyptic wasteland.

 

Tenacious D first formed in 1994 in Los Angeles. In their nearly 25-year career, the group has released three albums and been nominated for several awards, winning a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Metal Performance. In addition to roles in numerous animated shorts and television programs, Tenacious D starred in their own movie, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, in 2006.

 

James Brown Drummer Jab’O Starks Dies at Age 79

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Drummer John Starks, better known as Jab’O, passed away on May 1 of acute leukemia, which had developed as a complication of myelodysplastic syndrome. He had been in hospice care for about a week, and he died in his home in Mobile, Alabama, the same city in which he was born. Best known as a drummer for James Brown’s band from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Starks played on some of the singer’s most iconic recordings.

Starks was the fifth drummer to play for Brown. The singer’s sixth drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, joined the band just months after Starks, and the two percussionists found a wonderful working rhythm together. They remained lifelong friends and often spent time together in the ensuing decades until Stubblefield’s death in 2017. Although his diagnosis in 2017 slowed him down, Starks continued to perform, appearing onstage most recently in March of 2018.

Starks discovered his love of music and of percussive rhythms through the church, which he attended regularly as a child. As he grew older, he teamed up with various mentors in the thriving music scene in Alabama, among them Cornelius Coleman and Clayton Fillyau. By the time he joined Brown, he had a great deal of experience, having worked with some of the best drummers in the business. He also saw the face of music transform during his decades of performing and recording.

While he continued to perfect his craft throughout his life, he remains best known for his tenure with Brown. The songs for which he is most famous include number 1 hits “The Payback” and “Get on the Good Foot.” His legacy will live on in these and many other songs that bear his percussive influence.

Mitski Announces New Album, Releases Music Video

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Since Mitski’s breakout 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek, she has gained intense notoriety, traveled around the world, and released plenty more music. However, this doesn’t mean that new Mitski music isn’t welcome—quite the opposite, actually. The more music she releases, the more detailed and intricate her music becomes, and there’s always room for more!

After the success of her last album, Puberty 2, Mitski will be releasing Be the Cowboy, an album of narrative-driven songs following a character she has created to combat the notion that women don’t have control in society.

The music video premiering with the announcement, a dark, brooding song called “Geyser”, features the turmoil that Mitski hints at with the new character. Seemingly stranded on a beach, the character fumbles around as the music becomes more intense, scrambling for a sense of direction. The grim clouds appear to direct her inward, and towards the end of the video she begins anxiously digging with her hands to get to the bottom of the sand before shoving her head in a small hole, giving up.

This distinct sense of inner turmoil is represented in a pounding rock texture, accented by the persistent rhythm of a hard rock drumkit. “I will be the one you need/I just can’t be without you,” Mitski sings as the song begins to get louder with added synthesizers and eventually come to a final, harsh downbeat.

None of these artistic decisions are out of the realm of Mitski, yet they feel incredibly new and a different direction for this constantly growing artists. We can’t wait to hear the new album!

SOURCE: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mitski-preps-new-lp-be-the-cowboy-issues-geyser-video-w520209

Music Modernization Act Would Alter Music Payment System

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The music industry is abuzz with talk of the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation that would dramatically alter the way musicians and songwriters are paid. Under the current system, the Copyright Act of 1909 is in force. That date precedes recorded music and, according to industry insiders, is inadequate in today’s climate of music streaming services.

 

Congress passed a law in the 1970s to extend copyright protections for recorded music but it did not cover recordings made before 1972. Classic recordings are seeing more airplay due to the advent of satellite radio and services such as Spotify and Pandora. The MMA hopes to ensure that classic artists get paid when their songs are played on such services.

 

The legislation Songwriters are currently paid according to a system called “willing buyer/willing seller,” that allows a service the rights to play songs, paying a rate determined by a judge. That will continue under the MMA (with some changes) but the mechanism for how songwriters will be paid will change. If Spotify wants to play a song, it holds the money due to the songwriter until the artist can be found. The MMA would have the services fund a Mechanical Licensing Collective in exchange for a blanket license. The MLC would be administered by music publishers and songwriters and not the streaming services.

 

The hope is that this will make the process easier for the streaming services while ensuring songwriters get paid for their work.

 

The legislation has gotten broad bipartisan support. It passed unanimously in the House in April and a Senate version is now being considered. The legislation got a warm reception by lawmakers in a committee hearing on Tuesday, May 15. There are still details to be worked out, but considering the favorable climate in the Senate, a bill could be passed by summer.

Top Seven American Idol Contestants Revealed on Disney Night

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The long-awaited reboot of American Idol has gotten off to a strong start, with millions of viewers across America tuning in to cheer on their favorite contestants. On April 29th, audiences were thrilled to see a theme that was 16 years in the making – a Disney night. This was a natural theme for the Disney-affiliated ABC to unveil, and the show had a lot of fun spreading the Disney magic throughout the evening.

The judges got into the spirit of the evening, with Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan wearing buttons with dwarf names on them and Katy Perry dressed as Snow White. She also spoke like Snow White for the first few minutes, imitating her high-pitched, cheerful voice. The special guest of the evening was Idina Menzel, the Broadway star best known to Disney fans as the voice of Elsa in “Frozen.” She served as the mentor to each of the contestants, helping them to perfect their performances.

Before each performance, audiences saw contestants enjoying Disneyland with a friend or family member and preparing for the performance with Menzel. Song choices went back as far as “Once Upon a Dream” from “Sleeping Beauty,” with the most recent selection being “Remember Me” from “Coco.” Other song choices included “The Bare Necessities,” “The Circle of Life,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “How Far I’ll Go” and “Kiss the Girl.”

The audience voted live, so the results were available at the end of the two-hour show. At that time, three contestants were eliminated from the competition. The remaining seven – Catie Turner, Maddie Poppe, Michael J. Woodard, Cade Foehner, Jurnee, Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson – will compete for the Top Five in a Prince-themed night.

Adrienne Bailon Going On Tour With Husband

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Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, who is the co-host of the talk show “The Real”, will be going on tour with her husband, Israel Houghton. She stated that her husband is working on a new album and will be going on tour soon. Adrienne and Israel are also working on music together. They have a studio in their home.

Adrienne stated that they sing and dance while they are cleaning. She is a music lover and stated that her favorite singers are J Blavin, Cardi B and Beyonce. She stated that listening to Beyonce makes her feel like she can handle anything. Adrienne and Israel have a blended family. They look forward to expanding it in the near future. She reportedly already has a nursery together.

When Adrienne is not working on music, she is working on her YouTube channel. She launched the YouTube channel back in April. She has over 300,000 subscribers. She managed to get 1.5 million views in less than a month. Adrienne stated that she is overwhelmed with her success.

She stated that when she got her 100,000 subscribers, she lost her mind. She is grateful for the award. She never imagined that people would be able to influence so many people.

Adrienne is happy to read the positive comments that she has received from people. She prepared for the negative comments that she would receive. However, she stated that her channel is for fans only. She also likes the fact that people can subscribe to channels that they love.

Israel Houghton released his most recent album entitled “Covered:Alive in Asia” back in 2015. He has also been featured on the Elevation Worship album.

Gorillaz Releasing New Album

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The Gorillaz will be releasing a new album entitled “Now Now” soon. Emma De Caunes, who is Jamie Hewlett’s wife, confirmed the release of the new album. She shared photos of the album cover on Instagram. The Gorillaz first announced that they were going to come out with a new album in December 2017.

 

Jamie stated that they were working on a new album that was going to be released soon. The Gorillaz are known for taking a five-year break in between albums. Jamie stated that the group wanted to do something different. He also stated that they already have ideas for albums that they want to release in the future.

 

They released their last album entitled “Humanz” in 2017. Damon Albarn stated that they did not want to wait seven years before releasing a new album. He stated that they are working hard on future songs.

 

Damon Albarn left a copy of the new album in the back of a taxi cab when he was traveling. A source close to the group stated that the album is personal. It is also politically-charged. Additionally, Damon has included his opinion on Brexit on this album.

 

The Gorillaz first came on the music scene in 1998. They have won several awards including one Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. They have been nominated for a total of 64 awards and won 19 of them.

 

The new album will be released on June 29. Clips of the album can be found on the website. The Gorillaz have worked with several other artists on the album including Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle. This is the first time that the group has released albums back-to-back.

Sugarland Returns – With Taylor Swift!

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After a lengthy hiatus, popular country duo Sugarland is back with new music. Their first single in seven years, “Still the Same”, debuted in late 2017 at No. 26 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Sugarland also recently released the title track “Bigger” ahead of their upcoming new album, due out on June 8.

For their latest single, “Babe”, Sugarland teamed up with country-pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift. The new single was co-written by Swift and Patrick Monahan (Train) and features Swift’s vocals on the chorus. Swift is the only guest artist featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album.

Swift and Monahan actually wrote the song for Swift’s 2012 “Red”, but the song was not recorded for that album. Swift reportedly offered the song to Sugarland upon hearing of their upcoming reunion. “Babe” is a breakup song about a bad relationship, and is an upbeat ode to moving on from the heartbreak.

Although Swift seemingly left country music behind for the pop world with her 2014 release of “1989”, the hit country song “Better Man” was also written by Swift. “Better Man” was record by Little Big Town for their 2017 album “The Breaker”. Swift and Little Big Town received several CMA and Grammy nominations for the collaboration, with Swift winning the CMA Song of the Year award.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have both been busy during their hiatus from Sugarland. Nettles released 3 solo albums and is a proud mother. Bush has kept busy with his own solo album and as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Swift is heading out soon on her “Reputation” stadium tour in support of her 2017 pop album.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces Jacksonville Concert Date

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Legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a new concert date for their farewell tour earlier this week. The band will conclude their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida on September 2, 2018. The group originally planned for their last concert to be on September 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, but decided that it would be more fitting to have their last show in the city where they started their music career in 1964. The band will be joined by Kid Rock and Jason Aldean, and the event will be held at Everbank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise. Tickets to the general public are scheduled to go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m., while a special VIP presale starts on April 24.

During the group’s announcement for the Jacksonville concert, lead singer Johnny Van Zandt expressed his excitement for the show, telling reporters, “This is a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. We’re going to rock the house here.” Lead guitarist Gary Rossington also expressed satisfaction to perform in the band’s hometown and that Kid Rock and Aldean will make the show even better, saying, “Playing where the band got its start all those years ago is always special but having these guys with us makes it even sweeter.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour begins May 4th in Palm Beach, Florida. Throughout the summer, the group will perform 31 shows at various concerts and festivals throughout the country. In addition to Aldean and Kid Rock, the group will be joined by numerous other guest musicians throughout their tour, including the Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr., .38 Special, and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Ariana Grande Makes Surprise Visit to Coachella

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Singer Ariana Grande surprised fans last week with an impromptu performance of her latest single. Grande performed “No Tears Left to Cry” during Kygo’s set during the second week of the Coachella Music Festival in California. Grande dedicated her performance to Avicii, a Swedish musician and DJ who died earlier this week. Grande noted that Avicii was an inspiration to her and many others in the music industry, saying, “He was the reason I started making music.” Kygo echoed Grande’s feelings about Avicii, telling the crowd, “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration, and he was the reason I started making music. So I don’t think I would have been on the stage if it wasn’t for him.” Kygo concluded his set with Avicii’s hit “Without You.” In addition to “No Tears Left to Cry,” Grande also performed the Marvin Gaye classic “Sexual Healing” in her visit to Coachella.

Grande released “No Tears Left to Cry” last week to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The foundation of Grande’s song lies in overcoming obstacles and embracing hope and positivity. As the lead single for her currently untitled fourth album, Grande hopes to express some of the difficulties she has faced in the last two years. Specifically, the album is inspired in part by Grande’s tragic concert in Manchester in May of last year, where 23 people died and 500 were injured in a terrorist bombing. Since the bombing, Grande has devoted herself to numerous charity and social causes, helping to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert to provide financial support to victims of the attack. Additionally, Grande has been a supporter of the March for Our Lives gun control movement.