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B-Sides Report for 08/27/2015



Taylor Swift Joined On Stage By Beck, St. Vincent and John Legend

Taylor Swift continued her 1989 World Tour tradition of bringing out special guests during Tuesday's show (Aug 25) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where she was joined on stage by Beck, St. Vincent and John Legend.

Legend joined Swift to perform the song "All Of Me" and then towards the end of the show she was joined by Beck to perform his single "Dreams" with St. Vincent playing guitar.

Swift tweeted after the show, "Getting to play 'Dreams' with @Beck and @st_vincent is something I'll remember forever. I can't even express it." and St. Vincent posted, "Had the most MAGIC time with the most brilliant and venerable @taylorswift13 & @beck tonight. #DreamComeTrue."

Shine On Media has posted a video of the Swift, Beck and St. Vincent performance on their YouTube channel that can be seen here.

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Imagine Dragons Premiere New Song 'Roots'

(Radio.com) Last week, Imagine Dragons cryptically changed their social profiles to all black, with the caption "My Roots." The social media post foreshadowed and promoted the impending release of the Las Vegas-based rockers' brand new single titled "Roots."

World premiered by KROQ-FM in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Aug 26), the band "officially" released the song at 9 pm (PT). The short track features a distorted drum beat over a prominent piano riff with Dan Reynolds singing the catchy chrous: "Another day / Another door / Another high / Another low / Rock bottom / Rock Bottom / Rock Bottom / I'm going back to my roots."

To promote the single, the group shared a collage on Twitter featuring pictures of the band members when they were younger as well as fan submitted photographs. Read more about that and check out the song here.

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Hollywood Vampires Supergroup Stream Cover Of Classic Who Song

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper's supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, are previewing the September 11 release of their self-titled debut album with a cover of The Who classic, "My Generation."

The trio of Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp organized the project, which presents covers of classic tunes by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and more with contributions from an all-star lineup that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger.

The Hollywood Vampires have announced three live dates, including two shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles on September 16 and 17 and Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 24.

Cooper, Perry and Depp will be rounded out in concert by bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Tommy Henriksen and pianist/guitarist Bruce Witkin. Read more and stream the song here.

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Metallica Going All Out For Festival Performances

(Gibson) Metallica will perform headlining sets at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, and they're going all out. According to Dick Tee, head of production for the main stage at Reading, attendees are in for a treat-a heavy one.

"It's going to be mind-blowing," Tee told KERRANG! "Currently, we're looking at something like 400m2 (400 square meters) of LED onstage-at least 100% more than any other act-so it's a phenomenal visual sight."

The guys are bringing out lasers and pyrotechnics, to boot. "Within that they've got stage risers for the band to run up and down on, play on, and to accommodate some special guests you'll find out about," Tee said.

Tee added he's preparing for 18 trucks of equipment for Metallica. "I spent 20 years as Head of Production at Glastonbury and worked most of the major festivals, and without a doubt this is probably the largest individual artist production I've ever dealt with," he said. Read more here.

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Launching US Tour This Fall

(Radio.com) Country music legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard release their album Django and Jimmie in June of this year, and now the two will hit the road together for a U.S. Tour.

Django & Jimmie marks the duo's six collaborative album; it's a tribute to early country music legend Jimmie Rodgers and to guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.

The short run of dates begins mid October in South Carolina, with a bonus gig in Forth Worth to close things out in November. Before the tour kicks off Nelson will headline the 30th edition Farm Aid on September 19th in Chicago along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, and Kacey Musgraves. See the dates for the tour here.

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Bruce Springsteen, Bill Murray Among Stars In Darlene Love's New Video

(Radio.com) If star power is what you want from a music video cameo, it's hard to beat The Boss. R&B titan Darlene Love has just shared a new video for her song "Forbidden Nights," in which she goes for a cruise with a celeb-studded cast of friends.

This video could go up against any SNL special for sheer star-power: Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Joan Jett, Bill Murray, Elvis Costello, Paul Shaffer and E Street Band-member Steven Van Zandt all hop in the backseat of Love's red Cadillac convertible and join her on her cruise.

As for the song, it's "sha-la-las" in the chorus harken back to the golden age of 60's pop music. It comes off Love's forthcoming album Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18th through Zandt's label Wicked Cool. Read more here.

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Justin Bieber To Perform New Song At The MTV VMAs

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber will take the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night to debut his new single "What Do You Mean." He joins a long list of performers at the event including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots, and The Weeknd.

The performance will see Bieber return to VMA stage for the first time since 2010, when he sang a medley of his hits including "Baby," "Somebody to Love" and "U Smile."

Bieber's new single, "What Do You Mean," will be released on Friday, Aug. 28, just two days before he performs the track at the VMAs. Read more details of what to expect during the show here.

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Demi Lovato Recruits Celebrities To Reveal New Album's Tracklist

(Radio.com) Demi Lovato recruited a sting of celebrities to reveal the tracklisting to her forthcoming album. Radio.com reports: Earlier Wednesday (Aug 26) afternoon Demi Lovato cryptically tweeted "1. Confident," but now it all makes sense. Not only is it the song on the album but it's the title track.

Lovato's boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama then tweeted "2. Cool For Summer" followed by Perez Hilton tweeting "3. Old Ways" and it became apparent that we got our first look at the tracklisting for Demi's fifth studio album, Confident, due this October.

Demi is not the only high profile artist using social media creatively to reveal the details of an upcoming project. Last week Justin Bieber DM'd fans on Twitter with images of clocks and short phrases. When arranged in order of the time on the clocks, the images form the complete lyrics to his forthcoming single "What Do You Mean?". See the tracklist and celebrity tweets here.

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Hurtsmile Release 'Hello I Must Be Going' Video

(Classic Rock) Hurtsmile have released a video for their track Hello I Must Be Going. The song is taken from the band's 2014 album Retrogrenade and the band says that a video for the track Good Bye will also be released this week.

The band is fronted by former Van Halen and current Extreme singer Gary Cherone, who says the video for Hello I Must Be Going is inspired by a Marx Brothers song that featured in 1930 film Animal Crackers.

He adds: "I can't remember the last time I had this much fun making a video. We didn't take ourselves too seriously, it almost turned into a blooper reel. I think it captures the spirit of the song." Watch the new video here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Reveal Advice From Good Charlotte Brothers

(TeamRock Radio) Australian pop punk outfit 5 Seconds Of Summer say Madden brothers Benji and Joel have helped them out with invaluable advice. The Good Charlotte founders, who now work as The Madden Brothers, have writing credits on a number of tracks - including She's Kinda Hot - on 5SOS album Sounds Good Feels Good, due out on October 23.

Bassist Calum Hood tells MTV (via Music News): "They're like our big band brothers. Every day, they have another motivational speech. They come up with the best analogies."

Drummer Asthon Irwin was most impressed with one particular analogy Joel came up with. He says: "It was about touring life and being on a bus, like this is almost a spaceship, and we are the astronauts, and you can't really explain to people who aren't astronauts what you experience on tour." Read more here.

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Public Service Broadcasting Release 'The Other Side' Live Video

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have issued a live clip of them performing The Other Side. The track from the band's second album The Race For Space was recorded during their performance at the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire in July.

The follow-up to 2013's Inform-Educate-Entertain, released in February this year, focuses on the US and Soviet Union's battle for supremacy above the skies between the 1950s and early 1970s.

The duo of J. Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth have a number of dates scheduled over the coming weeks and will take to the road across the UK in November, which will wrap up at London's O2 Academy. Read more and watch the video here.

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Lil B Invited To Try Out For The 76ers D-League Team

(Radio.com) D-League basketball is about to get a little more based. A few years ago Lil B tried out for his local Golden State Warriors D-League team. He didn't make it, but he was inspired to record his Hoop Life mixtape shortly thereafter.

Now he's back in the saddle, having accepted an invitation to try out for the Philadelphia 76ers D-League team, the Delaware 87ers. "Hey @LILBTHEBASEDGOD come tryout for the #87ers in September! #TYBG," wrote the team on Twitter.

He retweeted the invite and also retweeted a fan, who quoted him as saying, "Jeremy Lin made it from the D-League. So if I'm correct imma follow his steps" Read more here.

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Tyler, the Creator Banned From The UK

(Radio.com) Rapper Tyler, the Creator recently canceled four UK and Irish tour dates without giving the specifics of the circumstances, but on Wednesday has revealed the actual cause of the cancellations.

In a couple of tweets, the Los Angeles-based hip hop star says that because of lyrics from his past catalog, he is not allowed to enter the UK for the next 3-5 years. (via P4K)

Tyler's manager, Christian Clancy, posted a statement that goes into further detail about the circumstances, saying that because, according to the "secretary of state for the home department of the United Kingdom," Tyler's music "fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts" read the other reason here.

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Mark Ronson, Miguel and Rod Stewart In ASAP Rocky's Everyday Video

(Radio.com) Fans of A$AP Rocky's music videos aren't having to wait long between efforts these days, with "Jukebox Joints" just a couple of weeks old. But Rocky is back with another clip from his recent At.Long.Last.A$AP, and this time he has brought collaborators Mark Ronson, Miguel and Rod Stewart along for the ride.

The video for the track "Everyday" finds Rocky looking into a crystal ball at a potential future, with the opening scene seeing him having gained weight, older, and nearly drowning in a swimming pool.

In the clip, Rocky is filthy rich, he can get young women to come over for sexual encounters on demand, and has a habit of taking handfulls of pills. Rod Stewart calls Rocky in concern but he never picks up.

The clip goes on to reveal that this is the no too distant future when Rocky appears dead on television, with further flashbacks showing a happier potential route for his life. It's all pretty heavy and reflective, coinciding with the tones of his recent video output. Check it out here.

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Calvin Harris Leads Forbes' Highest Paid DJs List

(Radio.com) Leave it to the financial wizardry of the Forbes staff to sift though the terabytes of data to come up with the latest list of highest paid DJs. For superstar DJ and Taylor Swift boyfriend Calvin Harris, 2015 is turning out to be just as good as 2014, with Harris topping the list at roughly $66 million, which is more than twice the amount of second placed David Guetta, who pulled in a cool $37 million.

Tiesto, who has always ranked high on the list comes in third with his earning at around $36 million. Tied for fourth place is Steve Aoki and Sonny Moore (Skrillex), who earned the most in his career, which can be attributed to his overwhelming number of live shows.

Moore played 95 times during Forbes' reporting period. Moore is known for playing multiple performances in one night, often in different cities. See the top 10 list here.

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Selena Gomez Not Ashamed Of Her Purity Ring Past

(Radio.com) Over the past couple of years, Selena Gomez has been focusing hard on her career as she attempts to shed her image as a former Disney starlet. But that's likely a hard thing to accomplish when others are constantly bringing up her teenage years.

While recently speaking with the Sunday Times, the 23-year-old "Good For You" singer addressed a few topics that seem to constantly come up in her interviews, including her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and the purity ring she once wore.

However, she also made it clear that she's more than happy to leave the past behind. "I'm not embarrassed to say [I wore the ring]," she said. "I'm also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn't for everyone." Read more including her comments about Bieber here.

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Singled Out: Audiotopsy's The Calling

Today Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne) from Audiotopsy tells us the story behind the song "The Calling" a track from their debut album "Natural Causes," which is being released by Napalm Records tomorrow (Aug 28). Here is the story:

I was sitting around my 1 Bedroom Apartment in Texas with Mary Jane back in July 2014. I heard this Riff in my head like I always do so I picked up my Acoustic Guitar and started transposing the "Verse Riff". It came together really quick and before I knew it I had an entire Intro and Verse written. I kept on grooving to the verse riff trying to come up with a Chorus.

That Chorus did not come to me til I went to Matt McDonoughs house for a Weekend of writing sessions. We haven't played together since 2009. That is where the Chorus Riff was first written. Matt and I put the Structure of the Song together that weekend.

The Vocals came together in the Studio at On The Porch Studios in Orlando the following August. We had a tough time trying to come up with a Hooky Chorus until we left for a Beer run and I hummed this Melody "Slow,Burning,Flame" to Billy on the way out the Door. We got back from the Store and Billy went in and Tracked the Chorus Vocals. The rest is History!

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

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