Daily Music News Report for 07/04/2016

Metallica Parody Fashion Shoot Videos Released

(Classic Rock) The members of Metallica are featured in a series of short comedy clips made during their photoshoot for fashion brand Brioni. The five videos, totaling around four minutes of running time, tie in with pictures released last week of the thrash icons imitating Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody imagery.

Brioni creative director Justin O'Shea says in the first clip: "So I haven't really listened to this band, Metallica, before - but my house cleaner says they're, uh, pretty cool." Drummer Lars Ulrich asks from the background, "Who's this guy?"

In the other videos, frontman James Hetfield tries to keep his guitar after O'Shea suggests he should pose with a saxophone, because it's made of metal and so it's more suited to a metal band.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are given instruction on how to behave with their instruments. And Ulrich makes it clear he's not impressed when given guidance on how to act like he's performing for millions of fans. Watch the videos here.

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David Gilmour Breaks Out Pink Floyd Rarity For Tour Kickoff Show

(Radio.com) For the first time in 22 years, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour played 'One of These Days" live during his European tour opener at Freedom Square in Wroclaw, Poland this week, Billboard reported.

'One of These Days" was originally the opening track on Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle. The song contains a single lyric, delivered by drummer Nick Mason, "One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces."

The guitar god also performed 'Dancing Right in Front of Me" from his solo LP Rattle That Lock, and slayed Pink Floyd standards like 'Wish You Were Here" , 'Run Like Hell" , 'Time," 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and 'Comfortably Numb."

Gilmour's solo tour takes him to Rome's Circus Maximus and then on to Pompeii, where where Pink Floyd taped their 1972 concert documentary. Check out "One of These Days" here.

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Simple Plan To Play First U.S. Concerts In Three Years

Simple Plan have announced that they will playing a handful of U.S. dates this fall, which will mark their first American shows in three years, and will feature support from Hit The Lights and Story Untold.

The Taking One For The Team Tour is set to kick off on October 4th at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Ca and will wrap up on October 16th in Chicago at the House of Blues.

The band had the following to say about the trek, "We are super excited to finally come back and play shows in the US after all these years. It's been way too long since our last American tour and we couldn't be more pumped to play all these amazing cities and venues, hang out with all our fans and share the stage with Hit The Lights and Story Untold. We look forward to seeing you all at the shows! It's gonna be a blast!" See the dates here.

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Fergie Releases M.I.L.F. $ Single And Music Video

The Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie has digitally released her new single, entitled "M.I.L.F. $", along with a new music video for the solo track that she co-wrote with producer Polow Da Don.

Fergie had this to say about the track, "Changing the acronym to Moms I'd Like To Follow is about empowering women who do it all. They have a career, a family, and still find the time to take care of themselves and feel sexy. With a wink of course :)."

Fergie will perform at the Wireless Festival in London on July 10th, the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA, on July 22nd, and at Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan, on August 20th and Osaka on August 21st. Watch the video here.

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Judge Orders Some Prince DNA Claimants' Documents To Be Released

(Radio.com) A wide variety of claimants have come forward insisting that they are related to Prince. While the bulk of those claimants allege they are his sons and daughters, others claim they are parents, siblings, half-siblings and other types of blood relations to the late musical icon.

A Minnesota judge ruled that documents filed by those parties, but not by "children" seeking DNA confirmation, will be released to the public on July 11th.

This will make the details and allegations contained in court filings public for media scrutiny. While social security numbers and other identifying information will be kept private, other pertinent documents will become public record. Read more here.

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Brad Paisley Donates $100,000 To West Virginia Flood Victims

(Radio.com) Last Thursday (June 30), country superstar Brad Paisley visited flood-ravaged Clendenin, West Virginia, a town of 1,200 people ravaged by the swollen Elk River the previous week.

Bridges were destroyed, homes were ripped from their foundations, buildings were damaged beyond use. Six people in Kanawha County died and 23 were killed statewide.

Paisley was so devastated by the damage he launched a campaign on June 29 to raise $1 million for flood-recovery efforts and donated $100,000 to the fund. As of Thursday afternoon (June 30) he had raised an additional $193,000.

"It's crazy," Paisley told Billboard. "There isn't much of that town that wasn't under water. The school was under water. The fire department was under water. The Dairy Queen is demolished. The Rite-Aid is demolished. As a person who comes from a small town about that size, it's nuts." Read more here.

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Snoop Dogg Releases New Album 'Coolaid' Digitally

Fans of Snoop Dogg do not have to wait until July 15th to get their hands on his studio album "Coolaid" as the rapper has made the new effort available digitally via iTunes and Amazon on Friday (July 1st), with the physical release set to his stores on the 15th.

Coolaid is Snoop's first hip hop album in five years and features additional collaborations with Timbaland, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, E-40 and more.

The tracklisting includes: 1. Legend 2. Ten Toes Down 3. Don't Stop (feat. Too Short) 4. Super Crip 5. Coolaid Man 6. Let Me See Em Up (feat. Swizz Beatz) 7. Point Seen Money Gone (feat. Jeremih) 8. Oh Na Na (feat. Wiz Khalifa) 9. My Carz 10. Two Or More 11. Affiliated (feat. Trick Trick) 12. Feel About Snoop 13. Light It Up (feat. Swizz Beatz) 14. Side Piece 15. Kush Ups (feat. Wiz Khalifa) 16. Double Tap (feat. E-40 & Jazze Pha) 17. Got Those 18. Let the Beat Drop (Celebrate) (feat. Swizz Beatz) 19. What If (feat. Suga Free) 20. Revolution (feat. October London).

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Grouplove Preview Song From Forthcoming 'Big Mess' Album

Grouplove have released a trailer for their third studio album, Big Mess, which is set to be released on September 9th. The new online clip previews four tracks from the album.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove's own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins). Check out the trailer here.

Singer/guitarist Christian Zucconi had this to say, "We made this album at an important crossroads in our lives, and it was a dream come true to be able to work with Phil Ek up in Seattle and with Ryan down in LA. We're extremely excited for the world to hear it!"

The band will be hitting the road this fall tour support the new album with their Big Mess World Tour which will kick off in Australia in mid-August before heading to Europe in September, followed by a North American leg in October and November. See the tour dates here.

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Lee Greenwood, Kentucky Headhunters Lead Duke FM's Video Vault

(Webster) Duke FM's Video Vault series will feature Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Roy Clark, and Moe Bandy this month beginning with Greenwood's interview today, July 4th.

The Video Vault series is hosted on Duke FM's eight stations in Knoxville, Tenn., Appleton, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Lansing, Mich., Evansville, Ind., Fargo, N.D., Duluth, Minn., and Terre Haute, Ind.

Video Vault Series July Airing Schedule is as follows: July 4: Lee Greenwood - July 11: The Kentucky Headhunters - July 18: Roy Clark - July 25: Moe Bandy.

Jeff McCarthy, Vice President Programming, Midwest Communications, Inc. had this to say, "Country music's bloodline goes deep into the passion of music fans and artists alike. With each legendary hit song is attached a story. Not only about the song but rather the experience the artist encountered while creating and delivering the song to the public. Duke FM endures to not only reintroduce these hit songs via radio but Duke FM is on a mission to deliver the stories from the mouths of those who experienced the ride first hand, the Artists. The goal is to bring the Legends stories closer to the DUKE-FM fans. Our continuing interviews in Nashville far exceed our expectations and DUKE-FM continues to expose thought-provoking stories with country music enthusiasts across the land."

Kirt Webster, President & CEO of Webster PR adds, "Our partnership with DUKE FM could not be more synergistic. With our artist roster well-representing the iconic era of country music, The Video Vault series offers a new opportunity to keep our clients on the cutting edge and in the forefront of consumers' minds."

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Borgeous Releases New Track 'Savage' Featuring Lil Jon

(MSO) As he revs up for the August 13 release of his debut album 13, Borgeous is back with his next hard-hitting track, "Savage" (Geousus Records/Armada) featuring Lil Jon.

DJ and producer Borgeous produced the new track with east coast-based Riggi & Piros. The song made its debut via YourEDM with Matthew Meadow stating:

"Borgeous has teamed up with the likes of Riggi & Piros and Lil Jon to create 'Savage,' an intense bass house banger that goes as hard as you can. Lil Jon contributes what he can in terms of getting crowds and listeners hyped, but Borgeous and Riggi & Piros really went hard on the production side." Check out the song here.

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The Avalanches Streaming 'Wildflower' Album Ahead Of Release

The Avalanches are giving fans an early listen to their new album "Wildflower" ahead of its official release on July 8th with an advance stream of the effort via Apple Music.

Fans that pre-order Wildflower on iTunes will instantly receive the first single, "Frankie Sinatra" featuring Danny Brown and MF Doom, plus "Subways" and "Colours."

"We see Wildflower as a celebration of the 'little things,' of the beauty in the oft-unnoticed and overlooked," explains Robbie Chater. Adds Tony Di Blasi, "To me, a wildflower is a person - a free spirit, unrestrained by conventionality. They have haven't lost that innate curiosity and lust for life."

Wildflower is the follow-up released to the influential Australian band's 2000 debut album, Since I Left You." Check out the full album stream via Apple Music here.

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Gryphon Announce UK Concerts

(Prog) Gryphon have announced four UK shows for later this year. The band vowed to continue earlier this year after co-founder Richard Harvey left the band to concentrate on other projects.

And now they've scheduled four shows, including an evening at London's Union Chapel on September 16, which they call their "spiritual home." They'll also play dates in Godalming, Bilston and Southampton in August.

The medieval and Renaissance-inspired outfit say: "Be great to see all of you who came along and gave such fantastic support last time - and bring your friends to say hello to the new boys at our spiritual home." See the dates here.

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