B-Sides Report for 08/26/2015

Eazy-E's Son Thinks That His 'Pops Was Killed'

(Radio.com) Following the tremendous box office success of Straight Outta Compton, which has raked in over $113 million to date, questions have surfaced surrounding the death of Eazy-E. Recently Bone Thugs n Harmony shared their conspiracy theory about Eazy's passing and now Eazy's son Lil Eazy is fanning the flames claiming that his father was killed; he also seems to implicate Ice Cube in his father's death.

Eazy E, born Eric Lynn Wright, passed away back in March of 1995 at the age of 31 from complications due to contracting the AIDS virus. Recently his son Lil Eazy took to Instagram to post a video of rap mogul Suge Knight explaining to Jimmy Kimmel how people have injected others with the AIDS virus..

Lil Eazy posted the video with the caption: "I've been known my pops was killed. His death never added up 2 what ppl have always said maybe they think we're idiots blind to the truth idk….but 4 u new fans, youngsters & ppl who just don't know much notice in #StraightOuttaCompton.

"Eazy did not get sick until after the studio incident with Suge and look how he acknowledged & admits on this interview with #JimmyKimmel injecting ppl instead of shooting them is a new thing that's done. Oh n let's not touch the topic on Ice Cube naming his album 'Lethal Injection.'"

Watch the Instagram video here.

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Motorhead Streaming Their Cover Of Rolling Stones Classic

(hennemusic) Motorhead have released an online stream of their cover of the Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as featured on the band's upcoming album, "Bad Magic."

Due this Friday, August 28, the band's 22nd album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb. The set includes a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on "The Devil."

The group's Stones cover follows the lead single, "Thunder & Lightning", and "Electricity" as the third track issued in advance of the album's release. Last week, Motorhead launched a late summer/early fall tour of North America with guests Saxon and Anthrax in Riverside, CA. Stream the Stones cover here.

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Taylor Swift Joined On Stage By Alanis Morisette, Ellen and More

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift knows how to bring out the big guns. A few months after releasing what may be the most star-studded video of all time with "Bad Blood," Taylor made a big splash on her 1989 World Tour Monday (Aug. 24) when she brought out Alanis Morisette, Natalie Maines, and Ellen DeGeneres.

On the third of her five nights playing at L.A.'s Staples Center, Swift brought out the former Dixie Chick for a rendition of "Goodbye Earl." She told the crowd how much Maines' music meant to her:

"I can safely and honestly say I would not be a musician if it had not been for this artist," Swift gushed. "I would not have wanted to be a country artist. I wouldn't have dreamed the things that I dreamed, and I wouldn't be standing on this stage today."

Later on, Swift brought out Alanis Morissette to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "You Oughta Know," and told the audience that Morisette "taught us you could get really, really mad if you wanted to."

Last but not least, DeGeneres appeared on stage to try on a bunch of different outfits for "Style." Watch footage of her appearance here.

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Kenny Rogers Announces Christmas Tour

Country music legend Kenny Rogers has revealed the details for this year's Once Again It's Christmas Tour, which will feature Linda Davis and will be traveling across North America this November and December.

For this year's holiday tour, Rogers will be supporting his first new Christmas album in 17 years. The album like the tour will be called Once Again It's Christmas and is set to be released on September 25th.

Rogers will be kicking off the tour on November 11th in Niagara Falls, Ontario - Niagara Fallsview Casino Avalon and concluding the trek on December 23rd in Westbury, N.Y. - NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

He had the following to say about the new Christmas album, "I can't tell you how much fun it's been doing another Christmas album-it's my favorite time of year. Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some of the songs I was raised listening to and grew to love as a child.

"The process also allowed me to make many new memories working with some very talented people. I'm excited about all of the special guests who joined me for this, and hope you enjoy it, too." See the tracklist and the tour dates here.

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Third Eye Blind Go Rocky Horry For 'Get Me Out Of Here' Video

Third Eye Blind have released a NSFW video for their song "Get Me Out Of Here" which was directed by frontman Stephan Jenkins and was inspired by The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The video stars Tara Perry and features a cameo appearance by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. Jenkins had this to say about the video's concept, "I think the idea behind my character being haunted by flashbacks and demonized by the ghost of a girlfriend past is that relationships are kind of a nightmare".

He adds this about the Rocky Horror inspiration, "That this coincides with the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show just feels so lucky as well. 'I'm Going Home' has been our walk-out music every night for years and Tim Curry is a huge influence on me as a performer."

The song comes from the band's first studio album in six years, Dopamine, which was released earlier this summer. Watch the new NSFW "Get Me Out Of Here" video here.

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Metallica Release Live 'The Day That Never Comes' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released live video footage of a performance of their 2008 "Death Magnetic" track, "The Day That Never Comes", from Bergen, Norway on August 20.

The band's video highlight package also includes soundcheck, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo in the meet and greet, and the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The group are also sharing audio of their 1988 cover of "Whiskey In The Jar" from the concert. The Bergen stop was the first date on a short run across Europe that sees the band playing a mix of headline and festival shows.

Next month, Metallica will perform two special concerts in Quebec City before playing a headline set at the 30th anniversary of Rock In Rio on September 19. Watch the video here.

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Dee Barnes Reacts To Dr. Dre's Apology

(Radio.com) Dr. Dre's public apology for his past abuse of women has not removed the pain from his victims. On Monday (Aug. 24) his ex, singer Michel'le, responded and she was unmoved. Now, Dee Barnes, who was at the center of the controversy surrounding Straight Outta Compton, has a few thoughts about Dre's mea culpa.

"I hope he meant it," Dee writes in an essay published Tuesday (Aug. 25). "I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man."

Dre's statement was published by the New York Times. In it, he said "I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives… I'm doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again."

While Barnes expresses some skepticism of Dre's words, she, unlike Michel'le, gives Dre some credit for his statement on violence. "Dr. Dre has matured, and the women he's hurt, including myself, have endured. I'm proud to be able to say goodbye to the man who at one point was straight outta f-s to give, as he consistently dismissed and disrespected any mention of his assault history. Goodbye to the man who didn't deny it and even bragged, 'I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain't no big thing-I just threw her through a door.' Goodbye to a general public that accepted these indiscretions without so much as a second thought." Read more here.

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Demi Lovato, Pharrell Added As Performers At MTV VMAs

(Radio.com) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams and Demi Lovato have been added as performers to the MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced Tuesday. A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Tori Kelly will also take the stage on the big show which takes place on Sunday night.

They join a list of previously announced performers including The Weeknd, who will debut the first televised performance of his summer hit "Can't Feel My Face."

MTV also announced today that Kanye West would receive the night's highest honor, the Video Vanguard Award, which celebrates an artist's impact on music videos. here.

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Rita Ora and Chris Brown's Body On Me Remixed With Fetta Wap

(Radio.com) If you thought the single from Rita Ora and Chris Brown, "Body On Me," couldn't get hotter than their recently offered up video, think again. The two have pegged one of the hottest rapper working today for a new remix of the track.

Fetty Wap, currently with three songs in the top five on the Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, guests on the track's new look. Coming in around the 1:20 mark and performing with a heavily modified vocal track, the new star finds a comfortable place between Ora and Brown's bookends, making the track a little more star-studded than it was before.

Look for Fetty Wap on tour with Chris Brown right now across the U.S. on the One Hell of a Nite tour. Maybe they can perform the remix live together without Ora now that it is out in the world? Check out the remix here.

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N.W.A. Score Their First Top 40 Hit With 'Straight Outta Compton'

(Radio.com) After dominating the box office for the past two weekends, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has helped the iconic rap group score their first top 40 hit. Meanwhile, the group's catalog and some of its members solo albums have also seen a spike in sales and are rising up the charts.

N.W.A.'s breakthrough song "Straight Outta Compton" debuts at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 5. According to Billboard, old songs are allowed to enter the chart if they crack the top 50 and show notable gains in sales, steaming and/or radio airplay. "Compton" was released back in 1988 and never charted until 2015.

The success of the namesake film, which has raked in over 113 million dollars in just 10 days, is the impetus for the song cracking the top 40. The classic track sold 35-thousand downloads in the last week and garnered 5.7 million streams, according to Nielsen Music. Read more here.

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Chris Brown Gets A Tattoo On His Head

(Radio.com) Chris Brown seems to have decided he very much is a head tattoo kind of guy. In a new picture posted to his Instagram and then deleted, Brown unveils his new ink.

The tattoo is of a large image of the Venus de Milo. Yes, Brown went with one of the most iconic Greek statues in art history for his head tat. (via TMZ)

TMZ has footage of the tattooing being inked, and the next question to be asked is whether this is the first of many above-the-neck tattoos or whether Brown thinks this single image is enough for his head tattoo future. See the photo here.

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T.I. and Young Thug Release 'Off-Set' Video

(Radio.com) T.I. and Young Thug have a proven track record-their collaboration "About The Money" was a smash hit, and demonstrated both that the former still had his ears on what's cool while the latter got to show that he was ready for prime time. Memorably, the two performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Now they're back with a new video, for "Off-Set," which comes off of the recent soundtrack for The Furious 7 film. The video takes its cues from its automotive source: we see T.I. (a noted car enthusiast himself) and Thug posing on a freeway with various sleek luxury cars.

They prance around, standing in between walls of flame on the deserted road. These shots are interspersed with dramatic moments from the film, namely the Race Wars sequence.

The song hasn't yet blown up to "About The Money" levels, but with a beat this hard and a video this effective it probably won't be long until it does. Watch the video here.

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Deadmau5 Mocks Justin Bieber Over Skrillex-Diplo Making Of Video

(Radio.com) On Tuesday morning The New York Times posted a video about the making of "Where Are U Now," by Jack U, the collaborative project between Skrillex and Diplo; the song also features Justin Bieber. The Times' video features interviews with all three artists.

This particular project seems to have raised the ire of Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5. The typically cantankerous EDM artist, who has long been known to embark an extended rant from time to time, went on a Twitter rampage about the video, in particular mocking the moment when Justin Bieber states that the song is "expensive. The sounds we used are not cheap. They're very expensive sounds."

"holy f-," wrote Zimmerman. "i just cant. im done." He elaborated in a series of tweets mocking Bieber: "SO EXPENSIVE. you dont even want to know how much my sounds cost. f--ing crazy. moving air isnt f--in cheap."

He posted a meme image with Bieber's face superimposed with what he believes to be the more modest costs of the song. He also posted video on Instagram in which he recreates the drum sounds from the song while someone off camera throws money at him. See it here.

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Trailer Controversial Music Biz Movie 'Kill Your Friends' Goes Online

(Radio.com) Britain in the 90s was a tumultuous moment in music history. The country was churning out rock hits on hits, with gold recordings by Blur, Radiohead, Oasis, and more.

The new "jet-black comedy" film Kill Your Friends, based on the bestseller by John Niven, breathes a little life into that period (and also takes life away). Starring a normal-looking Nicholas Hoult as a record label A&R named quite literally "slashing and burning" his way to the top of the music industry, Kill Your Friends shows what lengths one might go to find success.

"Fueled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, [Steven] Stelfox [played by Hoult] searches for his next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification," as the official description reads. "Created by an industry that demands success at any price, as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of 'killer tunes' to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career."

Watch the NSFW trailer here.

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Carrie Underwood Talks New Hit Single 'Smoke Break'

(Radio.com) After three years, Carrie Underwood is ready to share new music with the world. Her record Storyteller, hits stores this fall and Underwood has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the album.

Fans already love her just-released single, 'Smoke Break,' The song was the highest one-week add total in the history of trade publication Country Aircheck.

She tells ET, "For the storyline, I really just wanted it to be mainly about strong women-strong beautiful women who are doing everything that the boys do. And at the end, we all get together and have our break." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Falling Birds' Sweet Things That Kill

Today Stephen Artemis (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonia) form the eclectic rock group The Falling Birds tells us the story behind their new single "Sweet Things That Kill" from their forthcoming EP "Till We All Fall Down". Here is the story:

We had a bit of a vagrant problem at the place where we recorded Sweet Things That Kill. All names have been changed to protect the innocent. We've got this little rehearsal studio that we share with four other bands in Brooklyn. We call it "The Nest." The Nest is in the basement of a building that is right along the elevated train South Williamsburg. It's a perfect location because the train is loud as all hell so it hides the racket that we make in there until all hours of the night. The Nest is our little home away from home and we love it; but by normal people standards, it would probably be considered very creepy. Bands have been rehearsing there since Williamsburg first started to become an artist destination 20 years ago and I don't think it has been cleaned since, there are no windows, its dark... you get the picture.

Anyway so we recorded our entire album DIY at The Nest. There are always people from all the bands in and out, coming and going, grabbing stuff for gigs and whatnot so its normal to have people you don't know around. But we noticed this one person (lets call him Moses) who seemed to be hanging around more than usual and showing up at strange times. Moses was always nice, almost too nice, which is what aroused suspicion in the first place. Nobody is that nice in New York. Anyway, Moses shows up one night around 1:00 AM with a friend and asks when he can use the space. Somebody was finally like "hey Moses, by the way, who are you? Which band are you in?" Moses sort of fumbled for an answer and told us that he was "Jon's Friend." Jon is in one of the bands that shares the space. Still, his answer didn't address the question. Apparently Moses had not prepared a backstory for this situation. It got really awkward for a moment and eventually Moses and his buddy ventured off into the night.

All the bands started asking each other who this Moses guy was. As it turns out, Moses had been found sleeping there a few times. I think somebody once interrupted him in the space enjoying a sandwich. For some reason nobody ever brought this information to light. When we asked Jon about why he's letting people sleep in our shared studio (mind you, Moses is a stranger who was then living among our life savings worth of musical equipment), Jon told us that Moses is his band manager and that he needed a place to stay. I thought that was a pretty funny explanation, "Moses the vagrant band manager." Call me traditional, but it seems like a good band manager should probably be able to manage himself an apartment at the very least. No disrespect to the homeless of course. I'm just saying, if someone's going to provide your band with sound business advice, maybe that person should have things like a home (for starters).

So we told Jon that his management was no longer allowed to stay there, Moses didn't steal anything, and we recorded Sweet Things That Kill.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the EP right here!

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