B-Sides Report for 09/01/2015

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Slams Pretentious Rock Stars

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor has hit out at bands who are "ashamed of their success." The Slipknot frontman is one of the biggest rock stars on the planet and insists he isn't uncomfortable with that status. And he has a message for musicians who feign embarrassment at being successful.

He tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "I always get so upset when I talk to some of these dudes in some of these bands - and I won't mention any names - but they're just so elitist to the point of pricky. They just have this air about them where it's like nothing matters. They're almost ashamed of their success.

"And it's like, 'Then why did you leave your basement? Why did you start playing shows live? You could have been a pretentious a**f*** in your basement, and just made your own music for yourself.'

"Like these guys who try to come off better and holier than thou, it's all a f***ing con, because if that were true, they would never have played their first live show. They would never have worked their ass off to get a record deal, or to put that song out for people to hear. It's just a weak excuse to come off as petty and preachy." Read more here.

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Slayer Streaming New Song 'Cast The First Stone'

(Classic Rock) Slayer are streaming their new song "Cast The First Stone" online. The track comes from the band's 11th album Repentless, due to be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. They've previously issued streams of the title track and When The Stillness Comes.

Slayer worked with producer Terry Date on the album. Frontman Tom Araya recently said: "I only really knew him from the Pantera records, but then I was given this laundry list of stuff and he's done a lot of great records. He's all about letting you do what you do and then telling you if it sucks or not. He's a sweet guy."

A prison-themed video for the title track is expected to be unveiled soon, featuring a string of movie actors including Machete star Danny Trejo. Stream the new song here.

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Ghost's Nameless Ghoul Fears People Have Lost Their Purpose

(Classic Rock) One of Ghost's Nameless Ghouls has slammed the misguided culture in modern society - saying that the concept of happiness has been lost as a result.

He says there's been a change in attitudes over recent years, with people now judging success by how much cash they can earn. He tells Kerrang (via Blabbermouth): "People are most content when they have a purpose - but most people think their purpose is to be a millionaire. They can't be content until they're their own boss."

He continues: "25 years ago, people were content being a carpenter. But after the internet, people can now create an app in five minutes and sell it for $5m. That's the career choices now." Read more here.

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Katy Perry Releasing Prismatic World Tour DVD and Blu-Ray

Katy Perry's new concert film "The Prismatic World Tour Live" is set to be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally on October 30th by Eagle Rock and Capitol Records.

The concert film was captured during a show in Sydney in December of last year and was directed by Russell Thomas of Done + and presents Perry's concert that featured seven thematic acts.

"The Prismatic World Tour Live" will feature a tracklist of 20 performances including "Roar," "I Kissed A Girl," "Dark Horse," "California Gurls" and the DVD and Blu-Ray versions will also include 30 minutes of bonus material. See the tracklisting here.

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New Rick Ross Album Coming This Week, First Single Streaming

(Radio.com) Following a year that saw two album releases from Rick Ross, 2015 has been uncharacteristically quiet for the rapper. Until this week, that is. Rick Ross has just announced that a new album will be out this week from the Maybach Music Group founder, titled Black Dollar.

Out on Thursday, September 3, the album will be the follow-up to 2014's one-two punch of Mastermind and Hood Billionaire. Rozay announced his intentions to offer up this new album this via Twitter, while also unveiling the album's first single, "Foreclosures."

The title of this new Rick Ross album had been revealed previously by Ross' lawyer, following the rapper's arrest for arrest for kidnapping, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault this past July. See the tweet and check out Ross' new single here.

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Justin Timberlake Plans Concert Film

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake is teaming with Academy Award winning director, Jonathan Demme, to produce a concert film. According to Entertainment Weekly, filming for the project took place at the final stop of Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour on January 2, in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film," Demme said. ""There's tremendous dancing in this piece. He's got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids.

"Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance." Read more here.

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Video Shows Kevin Gates Kicking Female Fan In The Chest

(Radio.com) Footage of Kevin Gates kicking a female fan at a performance has surfaced and it looks pretty bad. The Baton Rouge-based rapper can be seen on stage at Florida's Club Rumors on Friday (Aug. 28). A fan appears to make a grab for his leg from front stage. Gates stops for a moment and then kicks the girl in the chest area.

The video elicited criticism on his social media accounts. Kevin Gates responded to threats made to him on his Twitter account with a message: "Kill me, when you see me-it's dat simple."

Interestingly enough, the woman kicked claims she wasn't the one who reached out to touch Gates, "therefore he had no business touching me." In the now-deleted post, she spoke of plans to sue Gates. Read more and watch the video here.

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Andy Grammer To Be On Dancing With The Stars

(Radio.com) It was announced on Monday that Andy Grammer will join the cast of Dancing with the Stars for the show's upcoming 21st season. The singer songwriter made the announcement on social media earlier via Dancing With the Stars' official Twitter account.

The tweet contained a short video with the caption "Honey, he's good! Please join us in welcoming @AndyGrammer to #dwts." In the clip, the singer says, "The rumors are true! I'm joining Dancing with the Stars!" DWTS also tweeted out a photo of one of Grammer's performances on the show last year.

Grammer is the eighth cast member to be announced for the show's upcoming season joining Chaka Khan, Bindi Irvin, Victor Espinoza, Nick Carter, Hayes Grier as well as Alexa and Carlos PenaVega.

Dancing with the Stars will kick off its 21st season on Sept. 14. See the tweets here.

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Scorpions Classics Given Lullaby Makeover

(hennemusic) The music of German rockers the Scorpions is featured on "Lullaby Versions Of Scorpions", the latest release from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star who are streaming the lullaby version of "Wind Of Change."

The company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists" was born for the parent that wants to pass along their passion for music to their child by transforming popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation.

There are seven classic tunes featured on the set alongside "Still Loving You", "No One Like You", "The Zoo", Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Rhythm Of Love" and "Send Me An Angel."

The Scorpions will launch a 50th anniversary North American tour in Boston on September 10. On September 11, the band will also release an expanded edition of their latest album, "Return To Forever", in North America following its European spring release. Stream the lullaby version of "Wind of Change" here.

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Queen Release Preview Videos For The Studio Collection Box Set

(hennemusic) Queen have issued a four-video preview package of "The Studio Collection" Special Edition Vinyl Box Set, due for release on September 25. The Box Set will present 18 remastered vinyl editions of the complete collection of 15 Queen studio albums - from the 1973 self-titled debut to 1995's "Made In Heaven", and comes with a fully customized limited edition Queen-branded turntable made by Rega.

The 15 albums are configured across 18 discs due to some tweaks in the change of format to vinyl: 1974's "Queen II" is spread across two records with a custom etching on the reverse side in tribute to the original "Side White" and "Side Black" presentation, while 1991's "Innuendo" and 1995's "Made In Heaven" are double albums due to the longer running time on the original CD releases.

"The Studio Collection" presents each album in a different colour along with an illustrated 12 x 12 inch 108 page hardback book complete with introductions to each record - including quotes from Queen themselves, hand-written lyrics, rare photographs, memorabilia, and information on singles and videos. Watch the videos here.

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Zac Efron EDM-Themed 'We Are Your Friends' Bombs At Box Office

(Radio.com) While the reports all weekend were that the new Zac Efron EDM-themed drama We Are Your Friends was going to tank, the Monday morning story is so much worse than expected.

Not only did We Are Your Friends bomb at the box office, it is actually one of the worst movie openings of all time. Going against a very modest $6 million dollar budget, the film only raked in $1.8 million at the box office, making it the lowest total ever for a film opening in more than 2,000 theaters.

With such a small production cost, it is hard to declare it the worst opening ever, just because it isn't likely to lose money when all is said and done. One person taking a bit of pleasure from the film's poor showing is Deadmau5. See his tweets here.

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Scotty McCreery Talks New Single 'Southern Belle' And New Album

(Radio.com) Scotty McCreery's fans are patiently waiting for his next album, the follow-up to 2013's See You Tonight. And they recently got their first taste of the album via "Southern Belle," his latest single.

Radio.com recently spoke to McCreery about his new song and upcoming album. "If we're looking at my records, 'Southern Belle' is unique sounding," he says.

"But the overall sound of the record, it's taken a step back towards that country, like the Ryman and all that stuff. It's not traditional like Haggard or Jones. Even though I love those guys."

While "Southern Belle" was written for him by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz, he says that he's looking to write and co-write some songs for his next album. "For me, nobody knows what I'm trying to say, as an artist and as a person, more than me."

And, he reports that he's been collaborating with some of Nashville's most talented writers. "I've been lucky enough to sit down with some of Nashville's best, and explain my thoughts for this record. Honestly, there's been a lot of encouragement from the label. 'Let's see what you've got. We'll listen to other songs as well, but as a writer, it'd be interesting to see what's inside your head.' Luckily, they've liked four of the five that we've chosen so far. So I'm pumped for that, and pumped for the fans to hear what's going on up here [points to his head]."

He continues, "I'm writing with guys who are the newest of the new, guys who are writing Luke Bryan's hits. [But also] Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin who have written songs for Hall of Famers, like Randy Travis. We're trying out different things, but for me: I'm an old soul. So I'm going back a little bit towards that." Read more here.

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Miley Cyrus Releases Mouth Focused 'Dooo It' Video

(Radio.com) Sunday night's MTV VMAs produced enough major music news stories that the new album that Miley Cyrus offered up during the broadcast doesn't stand out as it might on any other day of the year.

But, with a new video for the album's lead track, "Dooo It!," attention can once again turn squarely of pop's favorite misfit. Though the clip was performed on the VMAs with the Flaming Lips in tow, the video is a Cyrus solo affair, with the clip's attention focused on one of Cyrus' most notorious features: her mouth.

The singer, who is prone to wag her tongue in photos, allows her mouth to be the video's star, while various liquid textures are dropped down her face. Read more here.

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Travis Scott Releases NSFW Kanye West Collaboration

(Radio.com) Travis Scott's latest collaboration with Kanye West called "P-On Your Grave" has just hit the web-in some ways, it raises more questions that answers. The song comes off of Travis Scott's forthcoming debut album Rodeo.

We first heard about a possible Kanye West song called "P- On My Grave" last year-a few seconds of the song leaked, and it was allegedly a collaboration with none other than Sir Paul McCartney, who Kanye also worked with on "FourFiveSeconds."

There's no indication that McCartney worked on this new version, or how its connected to the snippet from last year. The track is a doozy, though-it's got pounding drums and snarling blues-rock riffs, over which Scott and West rhapsodize about places they'd like to p-.

It's not just your grave, it also involves your girlfriend, your brain and your funeral. Scott describes "young n-- being treated like slaves" and promises to not to stop going hard as humanly possible in response. Check out the NSFW track here.

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FIDLAR Frontman Zac Carper Kicked Drugs Over Death Fears

(TeamRock Radio) FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper says he kicked his drug habit as he didn't want to die young. The band release second album Too on September 2 and Carper reports writing and recording the new material helped him work through his issues.

He tells Stereogum: "The way that I look at it is through the whole first FIDLAR album cycle and the tour, I was basically this crazy person on drugs.

"On this new record, I'm just a crazy person. I stopped doing heroin, I stopped doing meth, I stopped smoking crack, so now all I'm left with is just being this crazy person who's trying to deal with it - and the way that I dealt with it was writing songs."

He says he's been clean for a year and adds: "I'm not going to stay f***ed up just to fit in or because that's what people want me to be. I don't want to die when I'm f***ing 28." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Frank Viele's Broken Love Song (featuring Joe Bonamassa)

Today Frank Viele tells us the story behind "Broken Love Song" (featuring a guest appearance from Joe Bonamassa), which comes from his brand new album "Fall Your Way". Here is the story:

While a lot of my songs start with a theme or idea, this track started simply with a guitar riff. The main riff of the song was something I had developed being stuck in traffic all day listening to the Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" record in route to a show in Virginia. I was so enthralled with the whole acoustic blues approach he had on that record that when i got back to the hotel that night, i just felt like playing blues licks on my acoustic guitar. I stumbled into this riff as part of my goal to try and combine that acoustic blues swagger and soul with the constant strum rhythm technique I customarily play. Then I kind of kept the riff in my back pocket for a while waiting for the right story to tell with it.

Months later, I'm on a date with a girl who tells me she really likes my music but that I don't write enough happy songs about love and relationships. My response was that "my songs, or at least my stories, usually start happy. But they just end up sad in the end. It's almost as if they're broken". Thats when the idea of a "Broken Love Song" and the bluesy yet percussively insistent guitar riff I had been carrying in my back pocket seemed to come together.

I went home that night and began to pen the story of a misguided relationship I had fallen into and eventually out of. A relationship where because of situations outside of my control, life got in the way of two people's best intentions to build a life together.

The song starts out in the first verse with lines like "she's been running from every move I make". The first verse ends with the line "found it hard so she held on tight, wrapped her arms and held me all night. Now I'm singing love songs". This verse describes conquering the early obstacles of modern dating leading into the early part of the relationship when you find two essentially "love drunk" people enjoying all of the little things life and love have to offer.

The second verse starts off with discussing how "her world has gone astray". And then goes into the line where I'm "playing the role of her distraction". This is the verse that talks about the outside world getting in the way. Be it other people's opinions, confusion on one's personal path in life, geographical distance, or even the stereotypical resurfacing of an ex…in my case, all of those things were woven into the story that inspired this song.

Then the bridge comes in which has some of my favorite lyrics of the song.

With the realization that the person on the other side of this relationship knows she's hurting less than I am and is almost ashamed of her actions as she's the one making the decision to end the relationship, the bridge starts with the line "You're staring at the ground, so I fall to your feet".

The second line in the bridge goes into the whole power struggle that seems to exist in modern dating and relationships when it says "I wish I never knew your love, cause it made me weak".

The last line in the bridge is probably my favorite though. Playing guitar has been my comfort zone since I was a teenager. It was what I did when I needed to separate myself from the world around me. No matter where my journey brought me or what troubles I came across, playing my guitar always seemed to help me find my center again. So ending the bridge with this line just seemed to make sense "Now I'm stuck here, six strings strung along, with nothing but this broken love song". I also really felt I got the point across from the second verse here where I talk about "playing the role of her distraction" when I used the phrase "6 strings strung along" as part of the ending of the bridge.

So while there is a particular story to the song, there is indeed an overall theme to it as well.

I grew up hearing stories about how things were supposed to happen in regards to Relationships, Love, and Happiness. But for my generation, it seems like things have changed. Love and relationships seem at times almost plastic or like they have become a commodity in this world with the massive popularity of online dating and society's increasingly growing inability to communicate outside of our cell phones. With the advent of online dating and full blown text conversations acting as the major form of communication, dating to me has become as informal, "efficient", and streamlined as ordering something off of Amazon.com.

But to me, that just seems to cheapen the journey and whimsy of it all. It makes us use more of our brains and less of our hearts when approaching the world and who we decide to spend our precious time on it with. It almost makes us subconsciously devalue our relationships as if the next person is just a few clicks away.

It's almost as if the whole thing is broken… a "Broken Love Song"!

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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