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Daily Music News Report for 06/17/2016


You Don't Give Eddie Van Halen A Speeding Ticket

(Classic Rock) Eddie Van Halen has recalled how a police captain cancelled a speeding ticket - just because he was Eddie Van Halen. The guitarist, a keen racer and owner of a Lambourghini, a Porsche, two high-performance Audis and other vehicles, was stopped after driving at 95mph in a 65mph zone.

Van Halen tells CarAndDriver.com: "Audi contacted me to test-drive the V-10 on the track. You know, just go crazy. So my wife Janie and I drove up in her Mercedez-Benz ML63 AMG. It's a long drive and we're doing abuot 90, 95 in a 65.

"I get pulled over and the guy writes me up. I'm going, 'The last thing I need is a speeding ticket for that much over the limit.'" He later received a letter from his business office: "The patrol guy who gave me the ticket, his captain voided it. He said, 'You don't give Eddie Van Halen a ticket.' And I had a letter to prove it." Read more here.

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Peter Gabriel Streams Muhammad Ali Inspired Song 'I'm Amazing'

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has released a stream of the track I'm Amazing. The song will be available across all digital services today (June 17) and is the first material to be released by the former Genesis man since 2013's Show Yourself.

Gabriel says: "I wrote a song a few years back - I'm Amazing, which was, in part, inspired by Muhammad Ali's life and struggles. And at the time of his death, when so many people are celebrating his life and thinking about all he achieved, it seemed the right time to release it."

Last month, Gabriel revealed his albums So, Us and Up would be reissued on vinyl on July 15. The remastered editions were recorded at half-speed to deliver the "maximum sound range." Stream the song here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Release 'Dark Necessities' Video

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a music video for the track "Dark Necessities". The song is the lead single from their brand new album "The Getaway," which hit stores today (June 17th).

Directed by actress Olivia Wilde (Vinyl, House), the clip sees the band playing the tune while longboarders Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell and Noelle Mulligan skate through Los Angeles.

"I pitched them my treatment and they chose it based on the treatment and they gave me a shot and I'll forever be grateful because it served as another type of launch pad for me," Wilde tells ET Online. "I really found it to be a logical way to get your feet wet in directing because it is essentially an exercise in making a silent film. You have to learn how to tell a story without dialogue - that is really essential.

"They are incredibly creative people and they're so good at what they do," she adds. "They're so interesting that you really just have to let them have a free space to play in and set them free and they just do 90 percent of the work for you." Watch the video here.

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Lil Wayne Returns To The Stage Following Seizure Scare

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne was back onstage at Wednesday's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Wayne was at the event to promote his new mobile skateboarding video game 'Sqvad Up," reported Rolling Stone.

The performance came just two days after Wayne suffered two seizures, forcing his plane to making emergency stops. On Tuesday, Lil Wayne thanked fans for their support on twitter.

This wasn't the first time Lil Wayne experienced a medical emergency in flight. In 2012 the rapper suffered a seizure, forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Texas where he was hospitalized. Then five months later, he was hospitalized overnight for additional seizures. At the time, the rapper publicly revealed that he had epilepsy. Watch video of his return to the stage here.

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Rory Feek Releases 'To Joey, With Love' Documentary Trailer

(Radio.com) Rory Feek has shared the trailer for To Joey, With Love, his documentary in tribute to his late wife and musical partner. Joey Feek died in March of this year at the age of 40 after a battle with cancer.

Rory chronicled their family's experience through a blog titled This Life I Live, a very public and plainspoken account that brought their story to a national audience.

On that same blog, Rory explained that Wednesday would have been the couple's 15th anniversary and how he views the film as a gift to his late wife. "Yesterday, June 15th, was our anniversary. In the early morning, I carried a thermos and our two favorite mugs across the back field and shared a cup of coffee with my bride as the sun came up over the wooden cross with her name on it. I talked and she listened. Or at least, I hoped that somewhere, somehow, she could hear me. And I felt her presence the way I do most days since she's been gone'in my heart, and in my soul. And I pulled out my iPhone and pushed play' and we watched a movie trailer together as my tears fell. This was my gift to her."

To Joey, With Love will play in theaters for one evening on September 20th. Fans can visit the film's official site for a list of participating cinemas. Watch the trailer for To Joey, With Love here.

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Calvin Harris And Taylor Swift Delete Relationship From Social Media

(Radio.com) Shortly after photos of Taylor Swift and British actor Tom Huddleston getting cozy appeared in a British tabloid, Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, unfollowed her on Twitter and removed any trace of her from his social media.

He also unfollowed her brother Austin, started blocking Swift fan accounts and even deleted his civil breakup tweet: "The only truth here is that a relationship came to an end, and what remains is a huge amount of love and respect."

Taylor, reacted by erasing evidence of her relationship with Harris, including pictures of the former couple's romantic vacation in March. Read more here.

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Justin Moore Announces New Album 'Kinda Don't Care'

(Radio.com) Justin Moore has announced a new album, which will be titled "Kinda Don't Care." The singer's fourth studio effort is scheduled to be released on August 12th.

"It's hard to believe that we just recorded our fourth album," said Moore in prepared statement. "The process has changed, drastically, since our first time in the studio so many years ago. This is the best piece of music we've delivered because it gets more fun each time.

"Naming the album Kinda Don't Care is not meant to be nonchalant or careless. It's meant to be a challenge to folks to live life a little more freely and be true to themselves." Check out the full tracklisting here.

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Chance the Rapper Helps Change Grammy Rules

(Radio.com) The music landscape is changing thanks to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, so it makes sense that the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) would need to keep up by amending how it awards artists and musicians.

The organization announced on Thursday (July 16) that streaming-only recordings will now be eligible to participate in GRAMMY categories. In a press release, the Recording Academy stated, "Previous eligibility guidelines required recordings to be commercially available via general distribution or digital recordings/downloads, thereby precluding works released solely through streaming services." That will change for the new voting season, which covers October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Artists can release music to streaming-only sites without also making it available to purchase or download and still qualify for consideration.

Although the Academy didn't state as much, the new rule change seems to be in response to Chance the Rapper's May petition. At the time, he asked the Academy to consider streaming-only songs for nomination, according to XXL. Oftentimes rappers release free mixtapes, which fans adore, but which fail to qualify for awards.

Chance tweeted his excitement about the change. "The victory this morning isn't about me, it's about all the Soundcloud albums that may now be recognized for excellence," he wrote. Read more here.

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Radiohead Guitarist Shrugs Off James Bond Theme Rejection

(Radio.com) Radiohead were hired to write the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre, which was subsequently rejected. But guitarist Jonny Greenwood's not complaining.

"It wasn't right for the film, what we did," he said in a British radio interview. "So we thought 'Great! Then it's ours. So we can finish it how it's meant to be and we can release it.' So that side of it was really positive, you know?

"But I guess there's lots of people interested in who does it. There's a lot riding on it, and the song we did was just too dark or whatever, so that's fine. Which means we get to have it back and it's ours and we got to put it out. We're really, really proud of it. Why be, like, attached to an old-fashioned idea of what a James Bond thing was and it being a big deal? It's like it's sort of stupid to get worked up about, really." Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa To Receive Cavern Club Wall Of Fame Honor

(The Blues) Joe Bonamassa is to be honored with a brick in the Wall Of Fame at Liverpool's famous Cavern club later this month. His name will be added to the wall ahead of his free gig at the venue on June 27, and will join other names including the Beatles, Rod Stewart, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Queen and Ben E King.

Bonamassa is playing the free show as a thank you to his UK fans for the support they've given him throughout his career and is a warm-up show ahead of his Salute To The British Blues Explosion tour which kicks off in July.

He says: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm so excited to be debuting the British Blues Explosion concert at the Cavern Club. It's the perfect venue for me to showcase the music of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. I hope my fans will get a kick out of it as much as I do." Read more here.

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Harry Styles To Play Mick Jagger In Rolling Stones Biopic?

(Radio.com) Producers are reportedly eyeing Harry Styles to play the swaggering Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in a biopic tentatively titled Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones, according to NME.

The film will be based off of Robert Greenfield's 2006 book by the same name and follows the band as they record their 1972 album Exile On Main Street.

Besides being brunette, lanky and British, Styles does share a few similarities with Jagger. It wouldn't be a huge stretch to imagine him portraying the legendary musician even though fans of the classic rock band might not like a boy band icon stepping into his shoes. Read more here.

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Tupac Biopic Teaser Video Goes Online

(Radio.com) The first trailer for the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, has been released. The film was directed by famed video director Benny Boom, and featuring other figures from the 90s rap scene.

Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will play Tupac and told XXL Magazine that he feels a kinship with the late rap pioneer. "I have to say that I'm a very passionate person, a person that's very driven on integrity and my beliefs," Shipp said. "I believe there's definitely a similarity there. Just getting into the character, I fell in love with who he was. It was common things that were brought together with me and him, our childhood. It was a crazy thing to be able to do it."

The trailer features powerful voiceover by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), who plays Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur, the activist who passed away earlier this year. Watch the trailer here.

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Beyonce Songwriter Says 'Love Drought' Isn't About Jay Z

(Radio.com) The material on Beyonce's Lemonade has been widely interpreted as centering on Jay Z and the state of the couple's marriage. However, with a lengthy list of collaborators, other inspirations were bound come into play. Some even brought their own hangups and grievances into the creative process.

Ingrid Burley co-wrote the album track "Love Drought," and penned the lyrics, "Ten times out of nine, I know you're lying/ But nine times out of ten, I know you're trying."

Burley recently said the words weren't about Jay Z and Beyonce, they were about record industry brass who didn't pass Burley's material to the pop star. "Two of the people who were running the label at the time lied to me and told me that Beyonce wasn't currently listening to any new music," Burley said. Read more here.

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Kim Kardashian Claims Taylor Swift Approved Kanye's 'Famous' Diss

(Radio.com) Kim Kardashian claims there's video evidence Taylor Swift approved Kanye West's controversial line about her in "Famous." On the track, which appears on The Life of Pablo, Kanye raps, 'I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b-- famous."

When the song was released and inevitably drew people's criticism, Kanye defended it by saying Taylor had given him permission over the phone. Taylor's camp, however, denied that she'd ever done any such thing.

Speaking with GQ for their new issue, Kim says how a videographer commissioned to follow her husband around while he worked on his music (for a possible documentary down the road) caught the phone call Kanye made to Taylor. 'She totally approved that," Kim says. 'She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much sh- for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved."

Kim defends his honor, saying he went above and beyond accommodating Taylor when most people in the industry wouldn't have bothered. 'What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?" she asks.

Kim continues about the infamous phone call. "Rick Rubin was there," she recounts. "So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he's called me a b-- in his songs. That's just, like, what they say. I never once think, [gasping] 'What a derogatory word! How dare he?' Not in a million years. I don't know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.' It was funny because [on the phone, Taylor] said, 'When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I'm so against this, and I'll just laugh and say, 'The joke's on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.' And I'm like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again." Read more including a response from the Taylor Swift camp, which tells quite a different story, here.

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Erik Norlander Announces New Album 'Surreal'

(Prog) Californian keyboardist Erik Norlander has announced that his latest album entitled Surreal will launch later this month. The follow-up to 2009's The Gallactic Collective is set for release on June 21st.

The album is described as giving "both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analogue soundscapes, real living human grooves, and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener's head long after the music stops."

The record will be mostly instrumental, but Lana Lane will feature on lead vocals on the title track. Norlander says: "If there is only going to be one vocal track on an album, it had better be great, right? The vocal range of Surreal is rather wide, going from ballad-like warm lows to stadium-inspired powerful highs." Read more here.

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The Breakout Tour To Launch Next Month

(Adrenaline) The Breakout Tour, which will spotlight a lineup of up and coming heavy metal and rock bands from the Northeastern United States, has been announced.

The tour will feature performances from New York City's The Machinist and Lancaster, PA's Gladiators, with support from New Jersey's The Blessing Of This Curse.

The Breakout Tour will visit a total of eight Northeastern U.S. cities next month, beginning on July 8 in Falls Church, VA and will hit venues in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut before ending in Lancaster, PA on July 17 at 717 Fest. See the dates here.

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Simo, Aaron Keylock and Federal Charm Announce UK Tour

(The Blues) Simo, Aaron Keylock and Federal Charm have announced a UK winter tour. The run of 16 dates gets underway in Southampton on November 16 and will wrap up at London's Islington O2 Academy on December 7.

Simo are supporting their latest album Let Love Show The Way, which was released earlier this year, while guitar prodigy Aaron Keylock is currently working on his debut album with producer and Supersonic Blues Machine man Fabrizio Grossi.

Manchester outfit Federal Charm issued their second record Across The Divide in 2015. Tickets for all dates go on general sale on June 17 via The Gig Cartel. See the dates here.

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Queensryche Release Preview Video For Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Queensryche have issued a video preview of their upcoming summer tour of Europe. In support of the band's latest album, "Condition Human", the shows are a combination of headline dates and festival appearances that begin at Germany's Summer Breeze on August 19.

"We just wanted to say how much we're looking forward to coming to Europe," says vocalist Todd La Torre. "We've got so many countries throughout Europe that we're playing this summer, we have so many friends and Queensryche has an amazing loyal following and we just wanted say how much we're looking forward to seeing you."

Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary), "Condition Human" marks La Torre's second album with the group following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate. Watch the video here.

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