Archive for the 'Music News' Category

01 May

Lauryn Hill’s Explanation Letter

Lauryn Hill has finally opened up about her recent issues.  A while back I Posted about Lauryn Hill’s financials troubles. Well she has written a letter to us all, giving her side of the story.

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It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.

The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).

Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.

MLH

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01 May

LL Cool J and Eddie Van Halen

Very interesting.  Eddie Van Halen recently announced that he had collaborated with LL Cool J on two tracks on LL’s new album (LL still does music?).  Here are some comments from both of them.

LL explained “This album was born out of my true love for music and I knew Eddie shared that same vision for authentic music. I approached this song with the upmost respect for Eddie and his fans, and became friends with him through the process. I was humbled to watch a genius at work and collaborate with such a legendary and visionary artist as Eddie Van Halen, and to bring our two worlds together, was an exciting opportunity. I am thrilled he was up for the ride.”

Eddie told Guitar World “The thought of me playing guitar to hip hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had. I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL’s enthusiasm, his down-to-earth personality, the freedom he gave me to co-create and his willingness to, for the very first time, sing the chorus on ‘We’re the Greatest.’ It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual.”

Here are the songs if you’re interested

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25 Apr

Amy Winehouse Documentary

Well you knew it was coming. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia and Universal Music are working together to bring us Amy Winehouse’s life and career.

“This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can,” said Kapadia.

I feel like this movie’s going to be a mess….much like she was.

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25 Apr

iTunes Reports Record Sales

Apple’s fiscal second quarter, which ended on March 30th, brought in $43.6 Billion…yes BILLION. This is much better than the $39.2 Billion a year ago. They are reporting that the overall net profit however declined from $11.6 billion to $9.5 billion.

That’s crazy money there!

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21 Mar

Tool and their Golden Tickets

Tool is going to have a little fun with their limited edition anniversary reissue of the “Opiate” EP.  The EP will be released in a limited run of 5,000 copies with 5 different 1,000 piece runs with different graphics and bonus matrial only sold on their website on March 26th.  They are putting five “Seal of Xatanitos” certificates in random copies of the EP and you won’t know the prize unless you win.

Better get to their website and get that EP!

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20 Mar

Peter Murphy Arrested!

We haven’t heard much from the ex-Bauhaus singer but he’s in the news today. He pleaded not guilty to hit and run and driving under the influence of drugs and possession. Oh Peter what were you thinking. So he hits a car, drove around it and left the scene. The other driver was injured. Apparently Peter was very confused and couldn’t even recall the day and time when they spoke to him. What did they find….Crystal Meth. Damn, tough times for Mr. Goth!

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26 Feb

Foo Fighters Album In The Works

OK it’s only been a few months since Grohl said they were gonna go away for a while but now, it looks like they’ll be working on a new album. This will be their 8th studio album. Dave Grohl made the statement:

“I return to Los Angeles tomorrow to start work on a Foo Fighters record!” and went on to say it would be released “eventually.”

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11 Jan

New Alice In Chains Video

Here is the first video from their new album titled ‘Hallow’. The new album is supposed to be coming out in the spring. Jerry Cantrell said “In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career.”

Those are pretty bold words! Enjoy the video.

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28 Dec

2012 Top iTunes Music

Well now that 2012 is coming to an end, there will no doubt be tons of lists going on.  Here’s one I found compliments to Hypebot.com

Top Albums
1. 21, Adele
2. Red, Taylor Swift
3. Babel, Mumford & Sons
4. Up All Night, One Direction
5. Some Nights, Fun.

Top Songs
1. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
2. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye
3. “We Are Young,” Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
4. “Payphone,” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
5. “Starships,” Nicki Minaj

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22 Nov

Kravitz As Marvin Gaye

I think I heard about this before but never thought it would go anywhere. Lenny Kravitz will play the great Marvin Gaye in movie by Julien Temple, who directed the Sex Pistols movie ‘The Greatest Rock N’ Roll Swindle’. This will be Lenny’s first leading roll. No word on when it will be coming out.

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15 Nov

Alice Cooper Box Set

Coming up on November 19, Alice Cooper will be releasing their Old School Box Set. This covers the era of 1964 to 1974 and has a bunch of bootlegs, rarities and demos. It comes in a school desk design with four CD’s and a 60-page school yearbook. Photo of it below along with the track listing.

Disc 1: Treasures One

1. No Price Tag Spiders (1966)
2. Nobody Likes Me Pretties For You Demo (1969)
3. On A Train Trip (Sing Low Sweet Cheerio) Pretties For You Demo (1969)
4. Reflected Pretties For You Demo (1969)
5. Easy Action Version Two Radio Ad (1970)
6. Mr And Misdemeanor Chicago Underground (1970)
7. Fields Of Regret Chicago Underground (1970)
8. I’m Eighteen Chicago Underground (1970)
9. Love It To Death Radio Ad (1971)
10. I’m Eighteen Love It To Death Pre-production (1971)
11. Be My Lover Killer Demos (1971)
12. Killer Killer Demo (1971)
13. Halo Of Flies Killer Demo (1971)
14. Tornado Warning (Desperado) Killer Demo (1971)
15. Killer Radio Ad (1971)
16. Is It My Body Seattle Live (1971)

Disc 2: Treasures Two

1. Akron Rubber Bowl Ad Radio Ad (1972)
2. School’s Out Mar Y Sol, Puerto Rico (1972)
3. Kids Session School’s Out Kids Session (1972)
4. Outtakes/Luney Tune
School’s Out Pre-production (1972)
5. Outtakes/My Stars School’s Out Pre-production (1972)
6. School’s Out School’s Out Demo (1972)
7. Under My Wheels Live at Madison Square Garden (1973)
8. Teenage Lament ’74
Muscle of Love Demos & Rehearsals (1973)
9. Never Been Sold Before
Muscle of Love Demos and Rehearsals (1973)
10.Working Up A Sweat
Muscle of Love Demos and Rehearsals (1973)
11. Muscle Of Love Muscle of Love Pre-production (1973)
12. Teenage Lament ’74
Muscle of Love Pre-production (1973)
13. Muscle Of Love Radio Ad (1974)
14. Good To See You Alice Cooper Radio Ad (1974)
15. Muscle Of Love Rio (1974)
16. Greatest Hits Radio Ad (1974)

Disc 3: In Their Own Words

Interview disc

Disc 4: Bootleg CD – Killer Live St Louis 1971

1. Intro
2. Be My Lover (Intro)
3. Be My Lover
4. You Drive Me Nervous
5. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
6. I’m Eighteen
7. Halo Of Flies
8. Is It My Body
9. Dead Babies
10. Killer
11. Long Way To Go
12. Under My Wheels

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06 Nov

Johnny Marr Solo Album

Ahh the great Johnny Marr (The Smiths) is releasing his first solo album on February 25, 2013. It was recorded in Manchester and Berlin and mastered at Abbey Road. Beginning in March 2013 he’s planning on a UK tour and playing some festivals.

But first he’ll be a special guest on the Dinosaur Jr concert on December 1st in New York and sit in on a few songs.

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24 Sep

Steven Adler Album Coming

Steven Adler, original Guns N’ Roses drummer, is putting out his debut album with his band ‘Adler’.   November 26 is the date for the album ‘Back From the Dead” which was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson and Jay Ruston.  Slash and Rob Zombie have guest appearances.  Adler says:

“I’m so proud of this record. This is the record I’ve been wanting to make for over 20 years and now I’ve finally found the band with the perfect chemistry to make it happen!”

Here’s the track listing:
1. Back From The Dead
2. Own Worst Enemy
3. Another Version Of The Truth
4. The One That You Hated
5. Good To Be Bad (featuring John 5)
6. Just Don’t Ask (featuring Slash)
7. Blown Away
8. Waterfall
9. Habit
10. Your Diamonds
11.Dead Wrong

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03 Aug

Snoop Banned from Norway

Snoop Dogg or Lion, however you feel, was busted with weed in Norway back on June 28. He was able to pay a fine but now the big decision has come down. Now he is banned from Norway for two years.

Snoop isn’t going to appeal.

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02 Aug

Top Tours So Far

Billboard came out with some staggering figures on the income from the top tours happening from June to July 2012.  Check out these crazy ass figures:

Madonna
July 14-21
Gross $20,882,753
(So far this tour has grossed $79.6 million from 22 shows)

Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
July 14-21
$11,493,507

Iron Maiden
June 29 – July 13
$4,829,686

Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Tour
July 17-21
$4,173,343

Rascal Flatts
July 6-22
$2,585,292

American Idols Live
June 16-23
$1,998,457

Brad Paisley
July 20-21
$1,372,865

James Taylor
July 17-20
$1,196,660

Flight Of The Conchords
June 29-July 1
$1,058,350

Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks
July 21
$827,913

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