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Daily Music News Report for 06/16/2016


Axl Rose Is No Diva Says AC/DC Production Boss

(Classic Rock) AC/DC production boss Dale 'Opie' Skjerseth says that Axl Rose is just "a regular guy." The manager, who's worked with the Guns N' Roses singer many times before, reports he's a "fantastic" fill-in for Brian Johnson, who was forced to pull out of the band's current Rock Or Bust tour earlier this year after he risked total hearing loss."

Skjerseth tells Metal Heads: "He's not the diva - he never has been. I've worked with him many times before. He's like any artist - he loves his show. He is a regular guy - we're all different, we all can be weird, but that's okay in life. That's what makes him who he is."

He adds: "He's enjoying himself, the band is enjoying him. They play old songs. The show is longer now too. It used to be two hours, it's now two hours and 20 minutes. Who knows what they'll come up with." Read more and watch the video segment here.

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Justin Bieber Vs Celebrity Gossip Site

(Radio.com) Justin Bieber took to Instagram to ask his followers early Wednesday morning (June 15) to start a petition in an effort to have celebrity gossip site Hollywood Life shut down. Justin is angry over the site's "hurtful and untruthful comments."

Justin Bieber didn't point out the specific articles or comments he was referring to. However, Jezebel reports Hollywood Life has posted several pieces about his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez and the woman he's alleged to be currently dating Nicola Peltz.

Just Tueday, the site ran an article claiming the three were in some sort of love triangle. That story and a few others have been removed from Hollywood Life, though there are still plenty of other articles about the trio that remain available on the website. Read more here.

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Nine Inch Nails Frontman Trent Reznor Slams YouTube

(TeamRock Radio) Like many musicians who don't want their work freely released and shared, Trent Reznor takes issue with the way YouTube provides its service to viewers.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman, and Apple Chief Creative Officer, along with his Apple colleagues Jimmy Iovine, Eddie Cue, and Robert Kondrk, spoke about their company's place in the streaming world on June 14th, but talk naturally turned to other outlets affecting musicians and bands.

Speaking with Billboard, Reznor said, "Personally, I find YouTube's business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that's how they got that big."

He continued, "I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It's making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That's how I feel about it. Strongly. We're trying to build a platform that provides an alternative-where you can get paid and an artist can control where their [content] goes."

Even though he has strong opinions when it comes to YouTube, earlier in the interview he admitted that he's long taken issue with people demanding free music. And he knows he needs to adjust his reaction. "I've dedicated my whole life to this craft, which, for a variety of reasons, is one that people feel we don't need to pay for anymore," he said. "And I went through a period of pointing fingers and being the grumpy, old, get-off-my-lawn guy. But then you realize, let's adapt and figure out how to make this better instead of just complain about it."

YouTube responded to Reznor's claims in a statement to Pitchfork. Read it here.

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Train Rock Led Zeppelin II Classics On Jimmy Kimmel Live

(hennemusic) Train performed a pair of tunes from their latest release, "Train Does Led Zeppelin II", on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 10th and video from show and a bonus web performance clip have gone online.

The San Francisco band delivered "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" from Led Zeppelin's legendary 1969 album, which they have re-recorded in its entirety for both fun and charity.

"Our favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and they made a huge impression on our lives musically," says singer Pat Monahan. "So I thought, why don't we record one of their albums, just for the fun of it for our fans. I've been singing Zeppelin songs in every band I've been in since I was a young kid, Train included."

100% of the proceeds from "Train Does Led Zeppelin II" will be donated to Family House, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing to families of ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Watch the videos here.

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Christina Grimmie Memorial And Burial Plans Revealed

(Radio.com) The Voice star Christina Grimmie will be buried later this week near her home town, Medford, New Jersey. A viewing will be held Friday at Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford and will be followed by a memorial service.

The 22-year-old singer and former contestant on NBC's The Voice was shot to death last week as she signed autographs at a meet-and-greet after a show in Orlando.

Authorities have reported that she apparently had no personal connection to 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, who shot her and then shot himself after being tackled by Grimmie's brother. Read more here.

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Zac Brown Band Release 'Remedy' Video

(Radio.com) Taking a page out of Dierks Bentley's book, Zac Brown Band will be releasing three extended music videos set to songs off their 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde. When viewed together, the videos comprise a mini-movie.

The band released part one, "Remedy," today (June 14). The other songs that will be featured in the short film are "Tomorrow Never Comes" and "I'll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)."

The nearly seven minute video was written and directed by Diego Pernia, and focuses on a young lady trying to help her alcoholic mother. Things reach a boiling point between the two and the mother insists her daughter leave her alone. She does, driving off in the family pickup truck and embarking on her own troubled journey.

Even though Zac Brown Band's song "Remedy" forms the backbone of the first part, it bleeds through the video as if relegated to the background. The focus is on the visual narrative and the band's song only comes in waves to highlight certain moments.

"It gives a story and a life to each one of these songs," Brown told Rolling Stone Country regarding the project. The video for "Tomorrow Never Comes" will be released Friday, June 17th. Watch "Remedy" here.

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Lil Wayne Goes After His Enemies On New Track

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne has been using his concerts and appearances to share how he really feels about Cash Money Records and Birdman. During his set at a Milwaukee night club on Sunday (June 12), Lil Wayne shared a new track he's been working on, which included some barbs possibly aimed at that messy situation.

There's no title, but Young Money signee and professional skateboarder Evan Hernandez filmed a bit of the track and shared it on Instagram, according to XXL. Throughout the video, Hernandez sweeps back and forth from Lil Wayne to the crowd. Lil Wayne appears to be jamming out, feeling his own flow. On the track, he raps, "F- my enemies."

In another verse, Lil Wayne raps, "I told you I live the Carlito way," a reference to the 1993 drama Carlito's Way about an ex-con released from prison who gets pulled back into the New York crime world. If that's Lil Wayne's way of saying he's getting pulled back into the drama, it could provide more evidence as to why he and Cash Money ended settlement talks in May. Listen to snippets of the new track here.

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Kanye West Adds New Track 'Saint Pablo' To 'The Life of Pablo'

(Radio.com) Kanye West will not settle for less than what he wants, so four months after releasing his seventh album, The Life of Pablo, Yeezy has added a new extra track, "Saint Pablo." A snippet of the cut leaked in April, It's unclear if the entire song was finished at the time.

'This is a living album and we're delivering a new update to the album, as we said we would," a source close to Kanye told Billboard. The six minute-plus song, , is the 20th and final track on the current version of The Life of Pablo. Sampha contributed vocals to the "Saint Pablo," which was co-produced by Mike Dean.

The song features Kanye boasting over a gentle beat, piano, keyboard orchestration and sound effects. He addresses the media's attacks on him and insists he's "not out of control."

"The media says he's way out of control/ I just feel like I'm the only one not pretending," he raps. "I'm not out of control I'm just not in their control." Read more here.

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Nick Jonas Speaks Out For Better Security At Music Venues

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas has spoken up about the need for increased security at venues, following the murder of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie last Friday night in Orlando.

"I was talking to my manager about it the other day. Interestingly enough, in an interview a while ago, he mentioned that he thinks that security needs to be increased at venues," Jonas said in an interview. "Just something that should be looked at across the country and across the world. I think it's obviously very poignant."

During the conversation, Jonas addressed a brief encounter he had with Grimmie. "My heart goes out to Christina's family," he said. "She introduced me at [a] festival this last year, and I had a chance to talk with her backstage and meet her for a minute, and she was so sweet and just kind of a light - a real positive energy." Read more here.

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YG Releases 'Still Brazy' Early

(Radio.com) What do Drake, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, and Nipsey Hussle have in common? They are featured among the 17-track set, on YG's new record, Still Brazy, which has been released two days ahead of schedule.

The Compton rapper's new LP, originally title Still Krazy, came out last night at midnight on Apple Music, which has a 48-hour exclusive on the record. The full release is scheduled for June 17.

YG hinted that the early drop was coming. Still Brazy is the follow-up to My Krazy Life, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in April 2014. See the tweet here.

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Young Thug Remixes Drake's 'Controlla' On New Track

(Radio.com) Young Thug liked Drake's beat and melody for "Controlla" so much he remixed the song into his own. Titled "No Wendy's," the song is a back and forth between Thug and the rapper Twice.

The song focuses on a girl neither rapper can get out of his mind, but she's not looking for commitment. She's just chasing them to get their paper. Drake's "Controlla" isn't the only reference to the Canadian rapper in the remix. "Used to call me all the time on that Hotline Bling," Twice raps in the first half.

As for where the title comes from, Young Thug raps, "All my n--s eating no Wendy's," during his verse. The song doesn't have the bass that Drake's does and the synths carrying the melody make up a greater focus for an altogether lighter feel. Listen to "No Wendy's" here.

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Dream Theater Release Hymn Of A Thousand Voices Tour Visuals Clip

(Prog) Dream Theater have shared a video featuring the tour visuals used for their track Hymn Of A Thousand Voices. The song is lifted from the band's latest album, The Astonishing - a concept record which explores a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire.

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently admitted their next album would be "very different" to their latest studio work. He said: "I don't think it's a question of necessarily topping it. I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera.

"I think that whatever we decide to do next - which we haven't really decided - will be something very different. It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do. But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." Read more here.

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The Darkness Singer Reunited With Long-Lost Cat

(Classic Rock) The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins has been reunited with his long-lost cat, Cully. His pet was found wandering the streets of Lowestoft, Suffolk, where the singer used to live after she went missing three years ago.

The microchip was scanned and Hawkins was revealed as the owner. The vocalist rushed home from tour to collect the Bengal cat - and she now lives with him at his home in Switzerland.

Hawkins told the BBC: "I always knew in my heart that she was still alive. She's always loved the great outdoors. I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come." Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Star Discusses Transition From Concept Albums

(Prog) Coheed And Cambria guitarist Travis Stever doesn't know if the band will return to making concept albums - but if they do, he believes recent record The Color Before The Sun will make it easier for people to connect with their storyline material.

Their eighth release marks the first time they've moved away from frontman Claudio Sanchez's Amory Wars concept. And although no decision has been reached about whether they'll return, Stever believes it could work better than ever.

He tells New Noise: "Claudio had a group of songs that he didn't know if they were going to be Coheed's or not, but we all loved them so much. It was his decision - he felt comfortable getting out of that realm.

"I think that he reached a point with his comfort with coming out from behind the storyline and being more exposed. That's nothing against the concept. We could go back to it. Who knows? I do think the concept gives people something to dive into."

Asked if non-concept songs make it easier to relate to the band's output, Stever points out that Sanchez's lyrics have always been based on real-life experiences. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis Reveals His Live Prep

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis says he'll "run, stretch and wrestle Flea" to get stage-ready before a gig. The frontman also says he has a special diet and holds group bonding sessions with his bandmates before each show to "get on the same wavelength."

He tells Rolling Stone: "The physicality of our shows is such, that there's no way you're gonna make that happen without preparation - you can't go from 0 to 100 miles per hour without preparing. Because I sing loud for two hours during a show, I have to spend a lot of time getting my voice together with the right food and right warm-ups, and then I have to run, stretch and do push-ups or wrestle Flea or something to get my blood flowing."

He continues: "There's also a certain headspace that you have to get into. We all kind of gravitate towards one room, 15 minutes before we go on and listen to music together to get on the same wavelength.

"It could be anything - Funkadelic, Patti Smith. Everyone has to have their bones, tissues and their thoughts warm, stimulated and together, for us to get on the stage and get off on the right foot." Read more here.

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Behemoth, Emperor and Mayhem Included In Graphic Novel

(TeamRock Radio) The first release of graphic novel Realm Of The Damned which features Behemoth, Emperor and Mayhem is scheduled to be released on October 19th.

The story is set in a dystopian world overrun by vampires - in which the most evil vampire is to be resurrected. It's written by Alec Worley, illustrated by Simon 'Pye' Parr at 2000AD, and was created by Steve Beatty, Werewolf Publishing founder and former co-owner of Candlelight Records.

Tenebris Deos, the first of four planned installments, will be issued via Maniacal Publishing after founder Greg Ross asked Beatty if he could release it in North America.

Ross says: "I literally begged him to let me release it. It's one of the most exciting projects I have ever been involved with and I can't wait for people to see it." Read more here.

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Jack The Stripper Release 'Nibiru' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Jack The Stripper have premiered their intense new video for Nibiru exclusively with Metal Hammer. The Dillinger-esque, mathy mayhem is a gutbusting punch of frantic riffs and nightmarish metallic stabs.

Speaking about the new song, frontman Luke Frizon says "With so many different platforms shared by media and your peers telling you how to feel, how to think, how to view yourself every day - it's a given that disillusionment and dissociation will strike a lot of people, and cause suffering.

"Nibiru is for those people and seeks to illustrate the sense of loss, separation, and worthlessness that they feel." Jack The Stripper are heading out across Australia, Japan and Europe. See the tour dates and watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: LOVEYOU's I Want To (Make You Feel Happiness)"

L.A. indie-pop band LOVEYOU are gearing up to release their debut album "Sparkle & Crush" next week and to celebrate we asked frontman Andrew to tell us about the song "I Want To (Make You Feel Happiness)". Here is the story:

Sometimes I'll write a song that's very different from the kinds of songs I'm writing at the time and it sends me off into something new. "I Want To (Make You Feel Happiness)" was that kind of lyric for me. The song is about the sentimentality I experienced after losing things I identified with, the static of days and the feeling of losing yourself in all that and being okay with it. So it's kind of about everything for me.

Before I recorded the song, I had the music laid out and when the chorus came, I'd just sing the only line I had; "I want to make you feel happiness." On its own as a lyric, it was sort of funny to me. I spent probably two months working out the rest of the lyrics and it shaped up to frame that line in a different light I think.

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

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