Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Disturbed, Korn lead Music as a Weapon 5 tour

Disturbed will headline the fifth edition of the Monster Energy-sponsored Music as a Weapon Tour, which gets underway Jan. 14 and will visit 45 "non-major" markets, according to a press release.

"Both bands just finished great tours," Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, in a press release, said of the tour's genesis. "We headlined Mayhem and Disturbed headlined Uproar. The Disturbed guys came out to see us play in Chicago and we got to talking about doing something together.

We both decided that as cool as those types of tours are, they usually only hit major markets, and we both agreed that a lot of our fans just don't live in those cities, etc., so we thought it would be cool to team up, put a big show together, and hit every great place that those big tours never get to."

About 20 North American dates have been long-established so far, and shows currently stretch into early February. More cities will be announced. Tickets for the tour's first leg will go on sale over the Dec. 4 weekend, and the first 1,000 tickets sold for each show during the initial onsale weekend will be offered at a $5 discount.

"A lot of promoters only offer discounted tickets a day or two previous to the actual show date," Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan said in a press release. "We wanted to do something for the fans that are buying their tickets as soon as they go on sale. To offer a discount frank made the most sense to us."

Disturbed is touring behind the band's new album, "Asylum," which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart in September. It was the band's fourth successive studio album to enter the chart at No. 1. Korn's latest release, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," debuted at No. 2 on the chart earlier this year.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Axl Rose's Hatred of Slash Fallout in $20 Million 'Guitar Hero' Lawsuit

Eager to become the talk of every music fans' Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, Axl Rose has just issued his mainly insane lawsuit yet, suing "Guitar Hero" makers Activision for $20 million for featuring Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" in "Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock." Axl at first signed off on "Jungle" being used in the game, but on one condition.

Do not put any music by Velvet Revolver, which boasts guitarist Slash (Rose's former bandmate and mortal enemy) in the game. Well, not only did "Guitar Hero III" offer a group of Velvet Revolver songs, they crowned Slash the game's spokesperson, featured him on the game's cover and made him a playable avatar. Cue Axl's lawsuit.

"Activision began spinning a web of lies and dishonesty to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and VR prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song 'Welcome to the Jungle,' " Rose's lawyer Skip Miller writes in the $20 million suit.

"There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by waylay, and that wouldn't be pretty," Rose said in 2009. "In a nutshell, personally I think him a cancer and better removed, avoided."

Rose also sued his former manager Irving Azoff, the CEO of Live Nation Ticketmaster, accusing Azoff of conspiring to assemble a Guns N' Roses reunion tour that included Slash. That legal tiff is likely the reason why Axl's GNR hasn't toured the U.S. on its "Chinese Democracy" trek.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Google Is behind Its Fight With The Music Labels

Google's music service is being derailed by music labels that aren't comfortable with its plan to offer music in a web-based "locker," the New York Post reports.

Google wants to provide users a "digital locker" where they would keep all of their music. From this locker they could watercourse music to any device they own their computer, mobile phone, or whatever Google cooks up.

The music industry is worried the digital locker will be filled with pirated music as well as lawful files that users have paid for. The labels dispute that streaming music from this digital locker constitutes a new use of the music, therefore it should be paid again, says Peter Kafka of All Things D.

Google wanted to have its music service up and running for the fourth quarter. It would be a nice advertising point for Android as it battles Apple and Microsoft in the smartphone wars. But, thanks to talks with the labels it hasn't happened yet and it might not happen until Q1 2011.
The bottom line is music labels want more money and don't want to give anymore incentives for people to not buy new music.

Taylor Swift performs in American Music Award After winning

Taylor Swift sat at her piano on the American Music Awards stage and sang "Back to December." Violinists joined her on the set, which was dressed with Christmas lights on tree branches.

Swift sang her heart out during the Speak Now ballad about messing up a relationship and say sorry for it. Midway through the song, snow fell on the stage as the stage lights came up showing her band.

Many of the elements of the performance felt similar to the ones she used during her CMA Awards performance previous this month. But this time, the AMA winner changed things up a bit, and before the song ended, she played around with the theme of the song by singing part of OneRepublic's "Apologize" as she stood up and over up the tune.

"So this is me ingesting my pride/ Standing in front of you saying 'I'm sorry' for that night/ And I go back to December all the time/ It turns out freedom ain't nothing/ Missing you, wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine/ I'd go back to December, turn around and make it all right/ I go back to December all the time," Swift sang in the chorus.

Swift was the second pop star of the night to do from behind the piano. Earlier in the night, fellow AMA winner Justin Bieber sat behind the piano for his performance of the new song "Pray." While Swift chose for snow to bolster her performance, Bieber included a choir.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Eyed Peas' 80S Influence

Black Eyed Peas new album is unfair by the 80s.

The 'I Gotta Feeling' group's leader and producer,, considers the decade was when culture moved into "hyper mode" and so designed the band's forthcoming album 'The Beginning' to take listeners on a 30 year musical journey from then to now. He said: "The 80s was unique. It launched humanity into hyper mode. From then to now we've rised above to a totally different culture.

"Now we have high definition, 3D animation, whereas the beginning was Tetris and Space Invaders. That's what we're doing - we're connecting the pixels." A clear instance of the band's intentions can be seen on the track which opens the album, a new version of '(I've Had) The Time of My Life', which was originally by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the 'Dirty Dancing' soundtrack, released in 1987.

Making the 80's referencing album while Black Eyed Peas were touring meant had to manage in order to hear some of the tracks he was making while recording them, however. He added: "We had no speakers so I had to hijack the hotel television set and plug my computer into it. Some songs are 120 beats per minute and others are, like, 320."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Backstreet Boys And New Kids On The Block Close The AMAs

They might have been the only nine guys who could close out a show as frantic as the American Music Awards. In a show filled with pop newcomers like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys graced the phase to show they still had the right stuff.

Like any good boy-band performance, there were rocket and sweet dance moves. The pop supergroup started with a mash-up of the BSB hit "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and the NKOTB classic "Hangin' Tough." Soon the guys slowed it down for Backstreet's "I Want It That Way" and then kicked it old school for the New Kids' "Step by Step."

All nine guys took a dance break before they segued into "The Right Stuff," total with the New Kids' infamous shuffle dance from the video. The spotlight once again cut down on a BSB tune before they capped it off with "Larger Than Life," complete with an "NKOTBSB" chant. Confetti fell from the sky as the guys closed out the show.

Earlier in the night, all nine guys hit the AMA red carpet together. In an meeting earlier this month, they teased that there was a chance they might record a track together.

"It's tough getting these guys in the studio. These young cats," New Kid Joey McIntyre explained about his tourmates, the Backstreet Boys. "Well, it's honestly, it is hard to get everybody together. Yes, we have lots of huge intentions.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dr. Dre Snapped Filming 'Kush' Music Video With spy Dogg

Just days after "Kush" was escaped, Dr. Dre was pictured on the downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 17 to shoot its music video. Snoop Dogg who lends his vocal on the track was seen on the set as well. Both of them looked causal with Dre in his white long-sleeved T-shirt and denims, and Snoop in his basketball T-shirt, jacket and a yellow "Sakana-kun" hat. The other featured guest, Akon, was nowhere to be seen although.

Although eager to promote the song, Dre actually was anxious with nowadays' music leaks. "It's a little bit unlucky with the technology today. (Kush) got leaked and it was a version of it that I really wasn't happy about, (but) we're going to go ahead and push it and put it out because everybody appears to like it. I just thought the content, it's about weed smoking, and I don't want people to think that that's what my album is about. This is actually the only song with that type of content," he said.

Two other songs which have already been holded by music fans are Jay-Z-assisted track "Under Pressure" and Eminem-featured song "I Need a Doctor". Still, Dre needs "about two or three more songs" to get to "the finish line" of his much-delayed album "Detox".
"I'm seriously excited about it. It's feeling good now. One of the reasons it was taking so long is because I felt like I was doing it more out of obligation as opposed to really feeling it. As of last year, I've been really feeling where it's going and it feels good and I think I'm ready."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Miami Ultra Music Festival 2011

The 2011 Ultra Music Festival will be take place for 3 days in Miami, Florida. Miami festival is outdoor music events which will be dated are March 25th-27th. This is an annual celebration of a lot of fun.

Last year, the Miami ultra music festival sold out topping over 70,000 people and they are expecting at least that this year. This was one of the foremost festivals in the US last year and will expectantly rock out especially this year.

UMF Co-Founder Russell Faibisch said that “We are really excited to return to Miami in 2011 at the end of March, especially as a three-day event with our most diverse program to date; The strength of our line-up really dictated this expansion and we look forward to announcing it very soon.”

The music lineup for the popular festival has not been fully proclaimed, although groups have started to verify their participation. Crystal Castles has definite they will be in turnout at the festival.

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Lee DeWyze's 'Sweet Serendipity' Music Video Debuted

Lee DeWyze has got his first music video, which was filmed to support his debut single "Sweet Serendipity", made available for viewing pleasure. It features him and his love interest walking through the streets in separate scenes. He is walking at night, while she wanders on her own during the day.

"Sweet Serendipity" is the lead single from DeWyze's upcoming studio album "Live It Up" which is slated for November 16 U.S. release. It actually was not the first choice for a lead single. He previously planned to release title track of the album, but changed it few hours before the release.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, DeWyze explained why he changed his mind, saying he felt that "Sweet Serendipity" is the one in the album that stood out the most. Both songs actually have some similar "Jason Mraz vibes," but "Live It Up" is a bit more sleepy than "Serendipity".
has returned on the Russian panel, now as a character of the Japanese animated cartoon. 3 new series about adventures of Cheburashka and Gena the Crocodile have been recently established in Moscow, at the opening of the Japanese Film Festival.

The animation about Cheburashka recreated and continued in Japan was accepted by the character’s literary father Eduard Uspenskiy, and co-creators of the original animation Leonid Shvartsman and Yuriy Norshteyn. "Cheburashka" was first time exposed in Japan almost ten years ago. All the sequences in Soviet Cheburashka animation were model shots shaped manually, without any computer aid.

The most famous Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki was personally busy in the digital processing of the four Soviet cartoon films directed by Roman Kachanov. The Japanese resorted for consultations to one of the most respected Russian animators - Yuriy Norshteyn. Yuriy Norshteyn: “It is an event that will probably go beyond the kingdom of animation and will perhaps somehow influence the attitude to animation in this country, if this entire story has stepped as far as the Japanese islands and created such a furore there”.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sugarland reconciles $14 million lawsuit with group's founder

After winning the Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year on Wednesday, the band Sugarland developed a lawsuit with founding member Kristen Hall, who claims she was owed $14 million from the band's profits after she left the band to attempt a solo career, reports The Associated Press.

The band and Hall were set to go to trial on Monday, however, each of the parties reached a resolution on Friday. The terms of the resolution were not disclosed, so it is unclear how much Hall will receive, but each side was given until December 13 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten to complete the agreement.

Hall, who left the band in December of 2005, sued Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush in 2008 asserts that she was owed a third of the band's profits. According to the Associated Press, the complaint said Hall founded the band in 2002 and laid the groundwork for the group's success by acting as a manger and tour manager in those early years. She also claims she used her personal credit cards to pay the band's operating cost and collaborated on the group's debut album "Twice the Speed of Life", which sold over three million copies.

Nettles and Bush argued back in court documents that Hall had never reached a profit-sharing agreement with the pair after she quit the band, according to the wire service. The two claimed they were left to reimburse back nearly $100,000 in debts.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Queen leaves EMI for Universal in moment for 40th anniversary

Queen, the British band, has signed a record contract with Universal Music Group after being with EMI for almost 40 years. They are also preparing to free remastered versions of their studio albums to hit store shelves next year.

Under the contract with Universal, the band will appear on the Island Records label starting January 1. Brian May, the band’s guitarist, said that they are very thrilled. After so long, they will be embarking on a new phase of their career with new dreams, new thoughts and a new record company.

Queen’s original lead singer, Freddie Mercury, passed away in 1991, and the group hasn’t been as accepted as it once was. However, re-releasing their albums could mean big business for them, while their result to sign with a new label comes as they are celebrating their 40th anniversary next year.

Island Records is already getting the remastered albums ready, which will comprise worldwide hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Additional contenyt is also set to be added, with the first 5 albums being made accessible in March. Universal Music Group International chief operating officer, Max Hole said that they want to apply fresh novelty and thinking to the marketing and promotion of the group’s work.

The band is also set to be marked in a television documentary to be shown on BBC, while a Hollywood film will be made about them. Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian, will reportedly play Mercury.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Classic Music by candlelight

On the heels of situation a record for the first female artist to score nine Country Music Association nominations this September, Miranda Lambert carry on her success with her first DVD, Revolution: Live By Candlelight. The six songs acoustic collection was released on Oct. 12 and follows up her 2009 studio album, Revolution.

One of the tracks she sings on the DVD is "Love Is Looking For You," one of Lambert's own favorites from her 2005 debut album, Kerosene. Filmed in a close setting in Nashville, TN, the screen only shows Lambert performing with her band and being surrounded by candles, which actually set off the fire terror while filming.

Lambert, whose songs tend to be clever and unruly with tracks like "Gunpowder and lead" from her second album Crazy Ex Girlfriend, in its place opens the on-screen concert on a much softer side. Revolution: Live By Candlelight turns into amazing you would hear in Starbucks: good, old mellow tunes that warm the heart.

Lambert talks openly during the videos, as if talking to a best friend on what enthused the songs that gained her critical acclaim. "I think Jesus would like hanging out with our band," Lambert says earlier than she sings "Heart Like Mine," on the DVD. It can easily be this generation's version of Joan Osborne's 1995 hit "One of Us," because it portrays her personal interpretation of what God and heaven would be like.
"White Liar," which became Lambert's first highest-chart single reaching at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, is her strongest performance on the place. "Love Song" is another beautiful song that truly shows "real love" as she clarifies it, smiling and talkative when referring to her fiancé and fellow country artist, Blake Shelton. On another note, "Dead Flowers" is despite to the caliber of her other songs. Still the DVD is quite strong and Lambert truly delivers.

For her first acoustic DVD, Lambert gives it her all to find a way to attach to her fan base. Six songs don’t justify the talent that Lambert has in a music genre that is currently led by an American Idol Carrie Underwood and a teenage sensation Taylor Swift. Lambert herself was a finalist on the 2003 period of the short lived, "Nashville Star."

More prominently, Lambert was named the third female country singer in history to have three records debut at number one on the Billboard country albums charts. Clearly a talented musician, Miranda Lambert opens her music to her fans in an opened visual on this DVD, now available to any country music fan.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tom Jones receive Music Industry Trusts' Award

Tom Jones was offered his previously reported Music Industry Trusts' outstanding contribution award by Tim Burton on Monday, at the Trusts' annual fund-raising dinner in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity and The BRIT Trust.

A special film about Jones's career was shown, the BRIT School Choir sang his songs, Cerys Matthews did a "I'm Welsh too, you know" spot, while Kelly Jones, Don Black, Paul Anka and Priscilla Presley all paid praise, the latter telling guests how much her husband rated Jones as a performer. She said: "They would sing songs together and jam together, for Elvis to do that he actually had to have a lot of trust in someone - he admired Tom's voice so much".

The event ended with Jones (Tom) joining the aforesaid Matthews and Jones (Kelly) on stage to sing some of his hits.

David Munns, Chairman of the Trust Award committee, told CMU: "Tom Jones is one of those rare beings, a timeless entertainer, a great guy, who clearly loves what he does, and whose talent appeals to consecutive generations. Tom is Mr Cool, one of the world's greatest singers and performers and we are tremendously proud and honoured that he is the 2010 recipient of the Music Industry Trusts' Award".