B-Sides Report for 09/02/2015

The Game Giving Away Cash To Promote New Album

(Radio.com) The Game took to Instagram on Monday and announced that he will be promoting the release of his upcoming album The Documentary 2 by giving away cash to fans.

The rapper, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, posted a short video showing a brick of hundred dollar bills explaining that he is going to give away one thousand dollars a day for the next 25 days to lucky fans who follow three simple rules: Follow The Game's homie @AvanteRoseGold on Instagram, comment on his posts for the next 25 days adding the hashtag #KeepTheCityLit and also add your account handle.

"For the next 25 days, I'm giving away $25,000 to 25 people, that's one thousand dollars a day until The Documentary 2 album drops," The Game says. "All you have to do is put your comments in @AvanteRoseGold comments and we gonna roll up this is your money, you know what it is." Read more here.

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Nick Jonas Injured While Making 'Levels' Video

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas performed his funky new single "Levels" for the first time on this past Sunday's VMAs. He also premiered the sexy music video for the song that same evening. But apparently making music videos is not all fun and beautiful women.

On Monday Jonas posted an Instagram showing off some ripped jeans and skinned knees he acquired while filming the clip. "Shot from LEVELS video shoot," the singer tweeted.

They then explained that the ripped cloths and injuries in the photos were not props, "Real blood. Real holes. That's when you know your puttin in work on your knee slides." View the evidence here.

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David Gilmour Previews New Song '5 A.M.'

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is sharing an orchestral preview of "5 A.M.", a track from his forthcoming album, "Rattle That Lock." It's the second preview of the tune from the project, which will be released on September 18.

"Rattle That Lock" was recorded at various places, including the guitarist's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK. Gilmour worked on the record with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson.

The 10-track set delivers five tunes with lyrics by Samson and two by Gilmour alongside three instrumentals. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.

A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick. Check out the new song preview here.

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Meghan Trainor Recovering From Surgery

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor revealed on Monday that she is recovering from surgery. Her fans were disappointed last month when the "All About That Bass" singer canceled the remainder of her fall tour dates after suffering a hemorrhaged vocal cord.

She informed fans, via Instagram, that she would be seeking a surgical solution. Meghan is now on the road to recovery. She once again took to Instagram to update her fans on her progress, posting before and after surgery shots.

"My before and after pics. I look so hurt haha I survived tho! thank you Dr. Nasseri for being my hero. Now just napping all day long on the couch with mama and getting free head rubs, any movie suggestions?"

Fans responded to Trainor's request for movie suggestions with choices as diverse as Stand By Me, Jurassic Park and The Maze Runner. See the Instagram post here.

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Taylor Swift Sets Guinness World Record

(Radio.com) It seems like Taylor Swift is able to break just about every record she sets her mind too, as well as some that she didn't. The pop superstar can now add her entry into the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records to her list of accomplishments.

This year, Swift landed took the prize for "Most Million-Selling Weeks on U.S. Album Charts," thanks to Speak Now, Red, and 1989 which each consistently earned at least one million dollars in their respective reigns over the top-selling Billboard charts.

Swift wasn't the only record setting entertainer this year. Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and Frozen's "Let it Go" have all earned places among the world's top record busters. Read more here.

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Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' Performance From Reading Fest Goes Online

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1991 smash "Enter Sandman" during their August 29 headline set at the Reading Festival and broadcast video of the tune has surfaced.

The 3-day event saw Mumford & Sons top Friday's bill and The Libertines close out the weekend on Sunday. Metallica also performed as the closing headliner at Reading's sister event - the Leeds Festival - on August 30; both festivals share the same lineups over the weekend.

"Enter Sandman" appeared on Metallica's self-titled 1991 record - known as The Black Album. The project went on to sell 30 million copies sold worldwide - including 16 million in the States. Watch the Reading Fest performance video here.

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Panic! At The Disco Reveal New Song 'Death of a Bachelor'

(Radio.com) Brendon Urie says the new Panic! At The Disco album is finished and nearly ready to go, and of all the tracks, "Death of a Bachelor" is his favorite. Urie phoned Pete Wentz (who was sitting in for Beats 1 Radio host Zayn Lowe) Monday (Sept 1) to celebrate the world premier of the song and reveal the story behind it.

Urie explains that the song details giving up his single life and how comfortable he is with that change. "You kinda find this person that you connect with and you can kind of throw away your history. You don't want to just forget about it.

"You just don't need to look back. You don't regret anything from the past. You don't have any want to go back to a life of being a bachelor. You know I met my wife Sarah and I was just like, this is it," says Urie. "I figured out that this is the happiest that I've ever been."

Urie addresses what fans must think of him, noting that it's no secret that fans seem to prefer single celebrities. "You're a rock star. You should be this single dude that goes around and sleeps with a bunch of girls. That's not really me, you know. This was just my voice, telling exactly how I felt at that time."

"It's like if Sinatra and Beyoncé made a song together," Urie half-jokingly explained to Wentz. "It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy."

It's no secret that Urie idolizes Sinatra, the singer who would have been 100 this year. "I attach his music to so many memories," he said in a post. "Opening presents on Christmas day, my grandparents teaching the rest of the family to swing dance, watching "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" with my siblings (Sinatra makes a cameo in the form of a cartoon sword singing "Witchcraft"). His music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward."

Listen to the "Death of a Bachelor" here.

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Vintage Trouble Release Doin' What You Were Doin' Video

(Classic Rock) Vintage Trouble have released a video for their track Doin' What You Were Doin'. It's taken from the band's third album 1 Hopeful Road, launched last month after they persuaded label boss Don Was to produce it.

Drummer Richard Danielson told The Blues: "On our first record we recorded live with no click, and we were a little nervous that a producer might want to come in and really overproduce on this sophomore record.

"What Don did was 100% the opposite - he stripped us down even more." Vintage Trouble are currently supporting AC/DC on their world tour. Watch the new video here.

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W.A.S.P. Streaming New Song 'Scream'

(Classic Rock) W.A.S.P. have released a lyric video for the song "Scream," which is a track from the band's forthcoming Golgotha album, the follow-up to 2009's Babylon.

"Scream was the track we felt really opened the Album with the kick we were looking for," says mainman Blackie Lawless. "The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip. 'You're gonna cry if you want me, You're gonna lie if you love me!' It's enough to make you wanna Scream!"

The band unveiled the details of the Golgotha album in July. Guitarist Doug Blair admitted recording the sessions had been a "very fractured" process, and drummer Mike Dupke left after the album was finished. He was replaced by former sticksman Patrick Johansson. Stream the new song here.

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Clutch Frontman Explains New Single 'X-Ray Visions'

(hennemusic) Clutch frontman Neil Fallon says the inspiration behind the band's new single, "X-Ray Visions", comes from the group's own experiences on the road.

The lead track from Clutch's forthcoming 11th album, "Psychic Warfare", due October 2 is set in a motel along any one of America's vast system of highways.

"A lot of it is fueled by our experiences in motels over the years," explains Fallon. "When Clutch was first starting out in our van, in our RV, we would just roll until we ran out of steam…either sleep in the van or the RV or we would go into a motel. It was never planned.

"I spent countless nights looking out the peephole of the motel wondering what's going on in the parking lot at 3 AM or pressing my ear up against the door that connects to the next room. You don't know who's in the next room. These places can be pressure cookers."

"To add to the formula," he says, "a lot of people in these places are living on the margins of society; maybe they're running from something. The motels are definitely pressure cookers that can exaggerate paranoia and delusion and that's what this song is about."

Clutch are gearing up to play select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus. The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of The Missing Link Tour which features full sets by both acts.

Check out the song and listen to the full audio with Fallon here.

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Soilwork Faced Challenge With New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Soilwork frontman Bjorn Strid admits the band were under pressure to come up with the goods on their latest album - but he insists the challenge was a healthy one.

The band released 10th album The Ride Majestic last month, following 2013's acclaimed double LP The Living Infinite. Strid tells The Rockpit: "I did feel pressure, and I think the rest of the guys did as well - but I think it was a healthy pressure, because we felt that we found something new.

"We found new confidence in writing The Living Infinite, that we can pull off writing a double album and that we can find other ways of expressing ourselves. So I think we felt really excited even though the pressure was there. We knew that we found something new that we could develop."

He adds: "This album is even more focused on the melancholy that we found with The Living Infinite. The extreme parts are even more extreme and the softer parts are a little bit softer - it creates a really interesting dynamic." Read more here.

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Royal Blood's 'Little Monster' Performance At Reading Fest Goes Online

(hennemusic) Royal Blood played the UK's Reading Festival on August 29 and broadcast video of their performance of the song "Little Monster" is now streaming online.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher played on a bill headlined by Metallica on Saturday and repeated their sets at Reading's sister event, the Leeds Festival, on Sunday.

The second single from the band's 2014 self-titled debut album, "Little Monster" hit No. 1 on the UK Rock And Metal charts while the record topped the UK album listings and peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200.

Royal Blood will join Iggy Pop as openers for the Foo Fighters for a pair of shows at Milton Keynes National Bowl this weekend before playing Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 19.

The group will start a 3-week US tour at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on September 24. Watch the video here.

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Hozier Covers Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down'

(Radio.com) For the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge covers series, we often get a music artist getting out of their comfort zone, whether that means an indie artist covering a pop act or vice versa. But sometimes, as is the case for Hozier's new installment, he get artists making a logical step sideways to cover someone that makes perfect sense. For Hozier, this is Sam Smith.

Performing Smith's "Lay Me Down," Hozier brings his entire band for a pepped-up, rockin' version of the Smith ballad. It's the kind of cover that works completely in the context, making you wonder why no one else thought to put some jump into the Smith song previously.

The cover even got the attention of Smith, who tweeted out "Brother @Hozier - f--g love the Live Lounge cover!!!! Anything you sing makes me heart jump xx Big kisses sir xx" Check it out here.

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Rihanna Tells Make-Up Artist To Change Perfume

(Radio.com) Rihanna has released her new fragrance titled RiRi. The singer and actress celebrated the release of the perfume at Macy's in Brooklyn on Monday (Aug. 31). At the event, E! Online caught up to the singer who shared a story about the importance of fragrances.

"[Scent] is something that connects you to a specific time, a memory, a place, a person," Rihanna said. "There was even one point where my makeup artist was wearing a perfume I used to wear with an ex. And I was like, 'Don't. I know exactly what you're wearing. Don't wear that tomorrow because I don't want to think about that,'" deadpanned the singer.

Rihanna also noted: "I want to create great memories, hopefully, [for] young ladies. I want them to feel fun in this fragrance. This fragrance is all about a fun mood, a flirty mood, and that's what young women are." Read more here.

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Defeater Will Stick With Concepts Says Jake Woodruff

(TeamRock Radio) Defeater guitarist Jake Woodruff reckons the band will never release a non-concept album. They issued fourth album Abandoned last month and Woodruff admits they've toyed with the idea of a 'regular' record, but mainman Derek Archambault keeps coming up with concepts that lend themselves perfectly to the format.

Woodruff tells Musicradar: "It's something we've been thinking about over the past few years. If we ever ditched the concept stuff, it wouldn't be Defeater, it would be something else.

"Plus, after seeing how Derek has crafted these concepts and storylines, we are all curious about how far we can take it. I don't think we'll ever run out of things to write about. Without that stuff, I'm not so sure it would be a true Defeater record." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Jacob Davich's Hold On

Today up and coming singer/songwriter Jacob Davich tells us the story behind his latest single "Hold On" which is a track from his debut self-titled EP. Here is the story:

Lyrically for me this was pretty early on in the writers journey of self discovery, so I just wrote about what I knew. I thought about a girl I was dating in my brief 2 semesters at San Diego Sate, and how wildly complicated love can be. The girl in the song is inspired by her, and that struggle of holding on to who we are in the face of the emotional trauma that belonged to both of us, much more so for her. We had only been seeing each other for a matter of months but our connection was strong. There are no words to describe the change that took place in our relationship when her mother committed suicide. All of my youthful naïveté came crashing down on me like a hurricane, I had never felt so powerless and confused.

The song itself is told from a selfish point of view, my own. I would never presume to understand how she must have felt during that time. I was too young to know a good thing when it stared me in the face, and too blind to see how much she really cared for me deep down, and I for her. I feel blessed to be able to share these experiences through my songwriting.

The lesson I eventually walked away with is that no matter what path I choose, and no matter how many incidents and accidents appear along the way, all I can do is follow my instincts right or wrong and stay true to myself. As long as I don't let the worst of me get the best of me, I'll always be able to look myself in the mirror and know what I'm fighting for. All dreams come slow, and none of them come without serious learning experiences. This was one of mine.

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

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