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B-Sides Report for 11/30/2015



Adele Sells Over 3 Million Copies Of 25 Album In One Week In U.S.

(popmusiclife) The Adele juggernaut continues to smash US music industry records as "25" has become the first project to sell more than 3 million albums in a single week.

The UK singer's third album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 3.38 million copies, according to Nielsen Music via Billboard.

Only one of two albums to sell more than 2 million in a week, "25" surpassed previous record holder NSYNC's 2000 release "No Strings Attached" (2,416,000 copies) in its first three and half days in stores.

"25" establishes more US records as the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million sold of Taylor Swift's 2014 release "1989", on its way to becoming the 20th album to sell at least a million copies in a week. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Frontman Joe Elliott Explains Influence On Pop Stars

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says the group have influenced pop music due to their focus on infectious melodies. They've enjoyed global success on the back of a string of hit albums since the 80s. And Elliott says he realized Def Leppard had crossover appeal when pop artists started name-checking the group on a regular basis.

Elliott tells Spin: "I started becoming aware of our influence in pop music about 15 years ago when Pink did a radio show with us, and she was standing on the side of the stage singing every word. I was like, 'Well okay, she's a fan.' We have people like Jewel or John Mayer or the guys in Maroon 5, all of whom are huge fans.

"It wasn't just Ratt and Poison we were a part of - all of a sudden you've got Lady Gaga coming out and saying, 'I f***ing love Def Leppard,' and we had Taylor Swift wanting to work with us six or seven years ago when she was first kicking off."

Appealing to rock, pop and metal fans all at once can be tricky, but Elliott knows where Def Leppard's sonic home base is. He says: "We were never Dio or Anthrax or Judas Priest. We've always been about blending that kind of quirkiness that Queen had with the power of AC/DC. It's something we've always felt was our blueprint. So I absolutely hear it in pop because that's essentially who we were." Read more here.

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Coldplay Release Adventure Of A Lifetime Video

(popmusiclife) Coldplay have released the music video for "Adventure Of A Lifetime", the lead single from their forthcoming album "A Head Full Of Dreams." Directed by Mat Whitecross, the animated clip - which took six months to create - uses motion capture technology and CGI to have the band appear as apes performing the song in the jungle.

The video appears to be inspired in part by Stanley Kubrick's legendary 1968 science fiction movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." While the film presents apes discovering how to use objects as weapons after encountering a mysterious black monolith, the Coldplay clip sees them discovering instruments and performing the tune after finding a Beats Pill portable speaker in the forest.

Due December 4, "A Head Full Of Dreams" was produced by Norwegian duo Stargate and Rik Simpson and recorded in Malibu, Los Angeles and London.

The follow-up to 2014's "Ghost Stories" includes guest appearances by Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton. Watch the video here.

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Kendrick Lamar And J. Cole Release New Remixes

(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole both shared new tracks for Black Friday. Well, the two tracks weren't exactly 'brand new' per se. Both rappers laid down new freestyles over each other's previously released songs.

With both tracks aptly titled "Black Friday," Lamar's remix is a freestyle cover of J. Cole's 2014 song "A Tale of 2 Citiez" from his Forest Hills Drive album while J. Cole's "Black Friday" remix finds the North Carolina rapper flowing a new freestyle over Lamar's 2015 smash "Alright".

Lamar and Cole released the new songs this past Friday (November 27) without warning and labeled them as gifts to their fans. You can listen to both of the remixes here.

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DJ Joe Cozzo Releases 'Road To Recovery' Video

(CPG) DJ Joe Cozzo has released a video for his deeply personal track "Road To Recovery." The clip, which was directed by Kirk Gillon, was premiered on PopMatters. We were sent the following details:

'Tis the season that reminds us of what matters most: family. For Floridian DJ Joe Cozzo, this priority has been in sharp focus since a traumatic event changed everything he knew. Just days of relocating from New York to Florida to get a fresh start in 2012, Joe's three-year-old son Alex was found at the bottom of the family's pool.

After being rescued and rushed to the hospital, Alex remained in a coma for weeks before finally opening his eyes. Inspired by Alex's strength and the long road ahead, Joe Cozzo penned "Road To Recovery."

The song narrates the true struggles and emotions that the Cozzos experience every day. With help from vocalist Inaya Day, "Road To Recovery" serves as a shining light for anyone going through a similar heart-wrenching journey. The two co-wrote the powerful song full of hope and perseverance.

The video, directed by Kirk Gillon of the upcoming HBO Documentary "Breaking Bread," shows young Alex during his therapy sessions and spending time with his always positive and determined family. Watch the video here.

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On Dead Waves Release 'Blackbird' Video

(Mute) On Dead Waves have released the video for their debut track, "Blackbird." The song is the first taste of their group's debut album, which is set to be released by Mute sometime next spring.

According to the label, the album itself documents dark memories, and buried emotions. "Blackbird" gives us a taste of what to expect from the world of On Dead Waves.

The video, directed by award winning Polish filmmaker Lukasz Pytlik, amplifies the song's melancholic yearning with its vivid depiction of the changing of the seasons.

"My dreams are like summer, and yours are like spring / Let's sleep until sunrise, sing blackbird sing" Watch the video here.

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The Posterz's Husser Releases Video For Ragers Collaboration

(LOD) The Posterz rapper Husser has released a new music video for the track "Name Another N!99@", which is his collaboration with fellow Montreal group Ragers. We were sent the following details:

The Benoit Jones Valle-directed video finds Husser rolling around his city in motorized wheelchair while he makes a compelling case for his being a breakout star outside of his role in The Posterz.

Husser, one third of the collective known as The Posterz, emerged out of Montreal's tightknit Little Burgundy community. In true 90's baby fashion, his childhood was soundtracked by his mom's love for rap and R'n'B. Husser was playing drums by the age of 10, and was being offered basketball scholarships by the time he graduated high school. Check out the song here.

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Holy Holy Announce Australian Tour

(On The Map) Australian group Holy Holy have announced that they will be kicking off the new year with the launch of a national tour across their homeland dubbed "A Heroine Tour."

The six-city tour is scheduled to get underway on January 15th in Sydney at the Oxford Art Factory and will be concluding on January 30th in Brisbane at The Triffid.

Holy Holy have today announced a national tour for January set to kick off in Sydney at Oxford Art Factory on the 15th, moving through to Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, The Corner in Melbourne and finishing up at the Triffid in Brisbane on January 30.

The new tour announcement comes on the heels of the band's second European tour where they recently released their debut album, When The Storms Would Come. See the tour dates here.

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Asleep At The Wheel, Randy Owen Coming To Larry's Country Diner

(Webster) RFD-TV's "Larry's Country Diner" variety show has revealed their holiday guest lineup which will include country music guests Exile, Randy Owen, David Ball, Mo & Holly Pitney and Asleep At The Wheel, and guest hosts Larry Gatlin, Mark Wills, T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Seely and Rhonda Vincent.

Reminiscent of the golden days of classic country music and the knee-slapping family fun of "Hee Haw," the popular, old-time variety show takes viewers back in time to a simpler age, when food was home-cooked, and being "connected" meant nothing more than sharing good times with family and friends. A lively cast made up of show creator and namesake, Larry Black, Renae The Waitress, dessert-loving church lady Nadine, guitar-playing Sheriff Jimmy Capps and famed radio DJ Keith Bilbrey appear in all traditional episodes. However this season, its lead character is replaced by celebrity guest hosts as Black continues his recovery from a serious ATV accident.

Taped in front of a live studio audience, which is treated to hot food fresh from the diner kitchen and has the opportunity to appear on-screen in each episode, "Larry's Country Diner," is always live-to-tape and completely unscripted in format. With the frequently recited motto, "Where the cameras are always rolling, and we don't care," the show delivers can't-miss weekly episodes that have earned it over 1.6 million viewers per month and the title as the RFD-TV network's most popular show among viewers ages 50 and up. Fans are encouraged to register to attend a live studio taping by calling 800-820-5405.

A media alert released in September by Gabriel Communications, the parent company of "Larry's Country Diner," reveals Black's plans to return to his lead role of hosting for the next series of tapings, which will be held at Nashville's Northstar Studios on December 2.

"By the grace of God, and as a result of the multitude of heartfelt prayers and well wishes from my supporters, I am back on my feet and ready to get back to hosting the show," said Black. "It's been a long road to recovery but I am so grateful to the country music stars who lent their time to fill in for me as guest hosts this past season." See the schedule here.

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Singled Out: Jeremiah Tall's Time

Folk-rocker Jeremiah Tall recently released his new studio album "Where The Lore Began" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the single "Time". Here is the story:

"Time" is a song from my new full length album "Where The Lore Began". It was a song that just missed being on my EP "Waking". At the time it was a brand-new song and it wasn't where I wanted it to be, so I held off to see it be on my next release.

"Time" is more or less a love song about Pennsylvania. Each verse depicts a time of year in PA. Anyone living in the north-east knows all to well about the contrasting seasons. Hot and humid summers to what feels like a never ending winter. The colors of Autumn to a super green spring. The repeating words "She's mine" is how I feel about where I live.

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

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