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Daily Music News Report for 06/23/2016


Def Leppard Release 'Man Enough' Video

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard have released a video for their track "Man Enough." The song originally featured on the UK outfit's self-titled 2015 album. And frontman Joe Elliott says that, although making videos for singles isn't as vital as it used to be, it's something they want to continue to do for their fans.

The singer tells InTV: "It's not as important as it was in 1983 to 1993, when we made videos because there was a channel that would broadcast them to a million people who would sit down and watch them. That kind of disappeared.

"There is a percentage of our audience who is glad we're still making videos, though. It's sticking to your guns - it's doing what we're always done. It's not keeping up with the Joneses. Now a video will get 20 million hits, or even a couple hundred thousand, and you'll see the thumbs up or thumbs down."

He continues: "We never really cared about a response like that previously-you just hoped they liked the video and song. Now you get actual feedback that can delight you or destroy your soul. We also don't spend an entire fortune on them like we used to.

"We probably spent on Man Enough what we used to spend on the food budget for some of our other videos." Watch the video here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Talks 'Controversial' Rock Hall

(Classic Rock) Metal God Rob Halford says he is pleased that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is becoming more diverse and adds that it would be "a real treat" if Judas Priest were inducted.

Priest have been eligible for the Rock Hall since 1999 - 25 years after the release of their debut album Rocka Rolla. NWA, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago were inducted at this year's ceremony and Halford believes the "controversial" Rock Hall has become more diverse in recent years.

Halford tells KBAD 94.5FM: "We got a Grammy a few years ago, which was highly unexpected and a tremendous thrill. And the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, you know, is a controversial entity.

"It's not like the Baseball Hall Of Fame or the NFL Hall Of Fame. Those incredible institutions have very little discourse going on in them. Music - much like sports - is very passionate, and I think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has been getting more diverse now, which I think it should.

"Because a musician is a musician is a musician, and, again, if you've been able to make an indelible mark with what you do, to be recognized for that, I think, is a great honor. And if and when that day comes, I think that will be a real treat." Read more here.

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Motorhead Star Reflects On Lemmy's Legacy

(Classic Rock) Mikkey Dee believes late Motorhead leader Lemmy is proud of what his band achieved, and that the icon is "up there" or "down here, somewhere, just laughing."

The rock world has continued to pay tribute following Lemmy's death in December at the age of 70, soon after he'd struggled with frail health to complete a European tour.

Honors include the Download festival's main platform being titled the Lemmy Stage, and the final race in the Swedish V8 Thunder Cars tournament renamed the Lemmy 500.

Speaking at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London earlier this month, Dee tells Red Carpet News TV: "I'm sure he's happy, he's proud about what he has done and what we have done. People are honoring him everywhere - they're naming stages and car races.

"He's up there, he's down here somewhere, just laughing. I kept saying, every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy, the man and friend and bandmate that I had."

The drummer worked with Lemmy for 23 years and says his bandmate was "so unique" as a musician and a person. He adds: "I think we went out with a bang, a big crash, a fantastic way of finishing off the band. I couldn't believe that Lemmy actually cold play, knowing that Well, we struggled on the European tour.

"But when he walked on stage he was unbelievably good. Then he suffered from energy loss - but no one thought he was going to pass away." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Judith Hill Thought She Saw Prince Die

(Radio.com) Grammy winner and contestant on The Voice, Judith Hill was on the flight to Paisley Park with Prince on April 15 when the superstar passed out and the plane made an emergency landing. Hill said she thought 'he was gone," and added she was "very freaked out," reported the The New York Times.

An ambulance was waiting by the runway when the plane skidded to a stop. 'We knew it was only a matter of time; we had to get down," said Hill. 'We didn't have anything on the plane to help him."

Paramedics gave Prince a shot of Narcan--used to treat opioid overdoses--on the tarmac, Hill said. He regained consciousness by the time they got to Trinity Moline Hospital.

Hill was an intimate and trusted Prince collaborator. "I was with Prince the last two years of my life," she said. She recorded and performed with him at Paisley Park, spent half of most months there and the rest at her home in Los Angeles. She opened for him in concert, in Baltimore, Detroit and Washington. He even co-produced her 2015 debut album, Back in Time and advised her how to deal with a major label record contract.

"Now he's gone, and I realize I was leaning on him a lot," she said. 'And that's what's scary. I'm on my own." Read more here.

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TLC Making First New Album in 14 Years

(Radio.com) T-Boz and Chilli, two-thirds of iconic girl group TLC, have reunited to work on a new album. TLC's manager Bill Diggins has confirmed that they "have 15 new songs to share soon" and that "the best is definitely yet to come," reported NME.

The release will be the first TLC album since 2002's 3D, a eulogy for member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, who tragically died in a car crash earlier that year. 3D failed to match the commercial success of 1999's FanMail, but served as a suitable goodbye to the group at the time.

TLC have been able to make their new album independently after raising over $150,000 from fans through a Kickstarter campaign last year. Read more here.

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Drake Cancels Summer Sixteen Tour Meet & Greets

(Radio.com) Drake's Summer Sixteen Tour sold out in mere minutes, nay seconds. For those interested in more than just the show, they could also pony up some big bucks to meet the Toronto rapper in special sessions he had planned throughout his co-headlining tour with Future. Now, it looks like those events won't be happening.

An insider source says Drake has canceled all meet and greets on his tour, which begins July 20th in Austin, according to People. Drake has not commented on publicly on the decision.

Fan access to artists has been under scrutiny following the tragic death of Christina Grimmie, who was shot by during an autograph session following her show in Orlando on June 11th.

Ticketmaster appears to be offering a variety of VIP ticket packages for the Summer Sixteen Tour, which still include a meet and greet with Future. For those who want Drake's special offer, they'll receive one ticket in the first five rows along with 6 God merchandise like a foam hand and candle. But no Drake. Read more here.

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Levin Minnemann Rudess Preview New Album

(Prog) Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann and Jordan Rudess have released a promo video and teaser audio clip for their second album From The Law Offices Of Levin Minneman Rudess.

King Crimson bassist Levin, Steven Wilson drummer Minnemann and Dream Theater keyboardist Rudess will release the follow-up to 2013's self-titled record on July 15.

In the video Levin says that the trio had long wanted to regroup in the studio, adding: "Touring schedules being what they are, it's taken a while to have the opportunity to do this album the way we want.

"We think it's worthwhile music and you'll want to check it out." Check out the video and album preview here.

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Kurt Cobain Art Exhibition Tour In The Works

(Gibson) If you're someone who has studied Kurt Cobain beyond "Smells Like Teen Spirit" fame, you probably know he was also a prolific artist. His artwork wasn't always the most socially acceptable of sorts, but it definitely had its own character and presence.

Now, a selection of the late Nirvana frontman's artwork may be on display via Jeff Jampol, who also manages the estates of the Ramones, Janis Joplin and the Ramones.

Jampol and Cobain's family are working together to put together a special touring exhibition of Cobain's "works and his art and his possessions." "(Cobain's) got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of," Jampol told The New York Times . He also commented that Cobain's body of work is "going to be relevant for centuries." Read more here.

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Purple Streaming New Song 'Love Maker'

(TeamRock Radio) Purple have released an online stream of their song called "Love Maker." The track will not be available on the band's upcoming album Bodacious, which is released on July 29.

"Love maker is about being a woman with a lot to offer," says singer/drummer Hanna Brewer, "and trying to find a man who can offer the same."

The album is the follow-up to 2014's well-received 409 album, which saw the Texan trio make the live UK debut. Check out the stream of the new track here.

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Deftones' Chino Moreno Talks Blended Sensory Approach To Songwriting

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones frontman Chino Moreno suggests that his blended sensory approach is a "gift" that has long inspired his songwriting. The singer previously said the band flirted with aesthetic when writing their latest studio effort Gore - describing the music as a "shade of purple" which is reflected in the artwork he chose for the album.

Describing a thought-process which sounds similar to the neurological phenomenon synaesthesia - in which a stimulus in one sense kindles sensation in another, such as 'tasting' a color - Moreno says it's one of his "favorite things" about how his brain works.

He tells TeamRock: "It's just visual. When I see things, I hear music in my head. When I hear things, I see visuals in my head. I've always been able to marry these two things together.

"It just happens - I just see it. That's something that, if you call it a gift, I feel is one of my favorite things about the way my brain works." Read more here.

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Tarja Turunen Previews 'Innocence' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Tarja Turunen has shared a preview for her Innocence video. The former Nightwish singer released the clip for the song taken from her upcoming album, The Shadow Self, which will launch on August 4.

The full video will also be released on June 24th. Meanwhile, Tarja tells Metal Hammer that she "cried for two weeks" after she was fired from Nightwish.

But she adds: "It had to end the way it did so I can now be happier than ever, doing my own music for my own public. It was tough to overcome, but the things that don't kill you make you stronger. I believe in that." Watch the preview clip here.

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Brett Eldredge Releases 'Wanna Be That Song' Video

(Radio.com) Brett Eldredge has released a music video for his track "Wanna Be That Song" from his 2015 'Illinois' album. The baseball themed clip was shot at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

"I chose Wrigley Field because I grew up going to games there and I've been a diehard Cubs fan from the day I was born," said Eldredge. "I've got childhood pictures from when I was still in diapers in a Cubs uniform. I love Wrigley Field, it's such a magical place."

"I wanted to capture this video in this stadium because "Wanna Be That Song" is all about those big moments in life," he continued. "And a lot of my big moments have involved this place and this city." Watch the video here.

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Cancer Survivor Calysta Bevier And Rachel Platten Duet 'Fight Song'

(Radio.com) Calysta Bevier, a sixteen-year-old survivor of stage-three ovarian cancer, wowed audiences with her performance of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," Tuesday night on America's Got Talent.

Judge Simon Cowell hit his golden buzzer, which automatically sends Calysta to next round. Bevier may have already been familiar to some viewers who remember her duet with Platten on Ellen.

Ellen invited Calysta onto her show after a YouTube video of the teen performing the track went viral, and surprised her by bringing out Platten for a duet.

Watch Calysta's America's Got Talent performance and her "Fight Song" duet here.

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Tyler, The Creator Remixes 'Pillowtalk' After Zayn 'Flaked Out' On Collab

(Radio.com) Tyler, The Creator shared his remix of Zayn Malik's 'Pillowtalk' and revealed via a social media exchange that Zayn twice 'flaked out' on studio sessions after expressing enthusiasm for a collaboration.

When his Australian tour was cancelled last year Tyler, The Creator had some time on his hands, so he reached out through twitter to Zayn. 'HI @zaynmalik I HAVE BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENTALS AND YOU HAVE A VOICE LETS FIGURE THIS OUT MY GUY. EPIC ALBUM CUTS THO NO RADIO SINGLES."

Malik, who left One Direction to embark on his own solo career, responded to Tyler's tweet with a message of his own, 'Sounds sick BRO let's do some s-."

Time has passed and the two have still not worked together. When a fan asked Tyler about the status of a collaboration, the rapper responded that Zayn had flaked on studio sessions, twice.

Undeterred, Tyler cut his own remix of Zayn's "Pillowtalk," and made a home video admitting, 'I HAD NO ART TO GO ALONG WITH THIS SO I RECORDED MYSELF DANCING TO IT. THEY MIGHT TAKE THIS DOWN." Zayn doesn't seem upset, the tweeted the clip together with a high praise emoji. Check out the video here.

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Bastille Release 'Good Grief' Video

(Radio.com) Bastille premiered their new music video on Wednesday (June 22) for the track "Good Grief," the first single off their upcoming sophomore album Wild World.

Shot over six days in Madrid, the video is meant to take viewers down "the rabbit hole within a rabbit hole." (How very Inception of the indie rock band.) The colorful clip oscillates between bright primary colors and more muted tones to reflect vivid dreams and less memorable images. What starts off as a series of random shots eventually overlaps as narratives bleed into other narratives.

Singer Dan Smith said of the video, "It is like a mad visual Rubik's cube that takes a load of archetypal narrative scenarios and then twists and collides them together. We wanted to make something fun and chaotic and surreal that would serve as a fittingly odd accompaniment to the song."

As for their new album, Smith said, "If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it, our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it's presented to you through the media. It's also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it." Watch the video here.

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Fans Concerned After Rihanna Brought To Tears During Concert

(Radio.com) Rihanna shed tears during her performance in Dublin Tuesday night (June 21). It had fans concerned because, according to Ireland's RTE, Rihanna was not only 30 minutes late for her show but her tears started during only the second song of the night.

When Rihanna began singing "Love the Way You Lie," her 2010 hit with Eminem, she became visibly moved and had to stop singing to wipe away tears. In the first of two 30-second videos a fan captured, Rihanna's voice quavers as she begins singing the song. The crowd's voices almost overwhelm hers, singing along with every word. She dips her head, backs away from the microphone and returns with tears brimming in her eyes.

Rihanna never fully addressed what had brought on the emotional outpouring, but she did tell the gathered crowd, "I only have ever in my life heard an audience of people scream so loud that they sound like one voice and that only happens in Ireland, in Dublin. Thank you so much." Watch it here.

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