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Avenged Sevenfold Has 'A Lot Of Similarities' To Kanye West

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows says the way the band chose to launch new album The Stage followed a path set out by Kanye West, Beyonce and Radiohead.

And asked whether his band are the heavy metal Kanye West, he tells Metal Hammer: "I think there are a lot of similarities." The Stage was sneak released by Avenged Sevenfold, with just one track and limited information made available before it was unleashed in a surprise move on October 28.

The band even enlisted the help of Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho to disseminate false information about the release date and album title to help put up a smokescreen around the actual release.

And with West, Beyonce and Radiohead all having previously dropped albums with little promotion, Shadows says he doesn't mind being compared to Kanye when it comes to their marketing methods.

He adds: "I know that people will see that and it'll be some kind of quote so someone can get some clicks off it, but the way we do merchandise, the way that we're going to be doing our live show, the way we're gonna release our records, the way that we're going get music to people, is very much in that vein. We're not going back to the old ways." here.

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Rock and Metal Grammy Nominations Named

(TeamRock) Metallica, Gojira, Megadeth, Disturbed, Twenty One Pilots, Primus and Blink-182 are among the rock and metal acts nominated for Grammy awards next year.

The 2017 Grammy ceremony takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12 - and the world of rock and metal is well represented.

Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots is up against tracks by Adele, Beyonce and Rihanna in the Record Of The Year category, while the song is also nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Primus' album Primus & The Chocolate Factory is nominated in the Best Surround Sound Album category, while Rosetta by Vangelis gets a nod in the Best New Age Album category.

Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel classic The Sound Of Silence on the Conan show is up for the Best Rock Performance category, alongside Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, Blackstar by the late David Bowie, Joe by Alabama Shakes and Don't Hurt Yourself by Beyonce featuring Jack White. Read more here.

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Drake 'Views' Reaches Quadruple-Platinum Status

(Radio.com) Drake's Views took 2016 by storm, reaching double-platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of American upon its release in June.The sales and streaming figures have barely dropped off in the last six months.

Earlier this week, Drake took to Instagram to celebrate a new milestone when Views became certified quadruple platinum. This is Drake's second time at the 4x platinum rodeo:

His Take Care earned the distinction in 2011. But now, more streaming is in the equation. Views has broken records at Spotify and Apple Music for its billions of streams since its release. See Drake's post here.

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'Westworld' Soundtrack Featuring Radiohead, Rolling Stones Streaming

(Radio.com) HBO has released a full soundtrack to its popular series Westworld. The album features pieces from the original score by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) as well as the popular songs which he re-worked as instrumentals for the series.

Amy Winhouse, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and The Rolling Stones are just a few of the artists to have their songs featured. "As Westworld came together, Lisa and I knew that we wanted to take enormous risks with the narrative of the show, tossing the audience into the deep end with our story," said Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan in a press release.

"And we were able to take those risks, knowing that, in addition to our incredible cast, we were collaborating with Ramin Djawadi, an artist whose ability to translate even the most nuanced narrative idea into music is peerless."Stream the full soundtrack here.

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OneRepublic Release 'Let's Hurt Tonight' Video

(Radio.com) OneRepublic have released a new music video for their song "Let's Hurt Tonight," which is a track featured on the band's fourth full-length studio album Oh My My.

The video features scenes from the film Collateral Beauty, which stars Will Smith. In the first shot in the clip, Smith says, "Love, time, death. Let's begin now." Then the delicate, plucked guitars and soft vocals kick in as vocalist rides through Midtown New York in a cab. Other shots depict the band performing from a rooftop and inside a warehouse.

Collateral Beauty opens December 16 and features Smith as a successful New York advertising executive who suffers a great tragedy and retreats from life. In a state of desperation, he writes letters to 'love,' 'time' and 'death' and receives unexpected answers that guide him on a new path and help heal his pain.

The film also stars Edward Norton and Kate Winslet. Watch the video here.

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Adele's 'Carpool Karaoke' the Most Popular Viral Video of 2016

(Radio.com) Scant weeks remain in 2016 and the year-end lists are rolling in. According to YouTube (as reported by Variety), Adele's installment of James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" is the year's most viral video with 135 million views.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Lip Sync Battle featuring Ginuwine and Beyonce also cracked the top ten, which was light on musical entries.

Apart from the overall final tallies, YouTube released the top ten most viewed music videos of the year. Fifth Harmony topped a list that's rounded out by Twenty One Pilots. See the list and watch the Adele segment here.

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LeAnn Rimes Announces New Album 'Remnants'

(Radio.com) New music is on the way for LeAnn Rimes in 2017. Billboard reports the country singer will release her 16th studio album, Remnants, on February 3rd.

"Hopefully, there comes a time in all of our lives where we stop resisting and start allowing ourselves to live a more authentic life," Rimes said in a statement. "Remnants are the pieces of ourselves we want to keep. Allowing one's self to fall apart as gracefully as possible and then picking up the most authentic pieces or remnants of ourselves and moving forward."

Rimes worked on Remnants with writers and producers Darrell Brown and Mark Batson as well as songwriters Toby Gad, Paul Barry, Lindy Robbins and Diane Warren. She will celebrate the release with a U.K. club tour, starting February 16th at Bristol Colston Hall. Check out the complete Remnants track listing here.

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Spice Girl Posts Topless Photo Online

(Radio.com) The Spice Girls' Mel C (Melanie Chisholm) may not be rejoining the girl group for a reunion, but she is making waves via social media. Sporty Spice recently posted a photo of herself topless on Instagram, prepping for a photo shoot.

In the picture, Chisholm is covering her chest with her arms, showing off her washboard abs and tattoos. 'Cheeky little cover shoot tomorrow," Mel C captioned the photo. 'Better get my work pants ready!"

After she posted the photo, she was called out on social media by some fans for being a hypocrite since she recently criticized British girl group Little Mix for being too provocative. Read more and see the post here.

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Ryan Adams Announces New Album 'Prisoner'

(Radio.com) Ryan Adams returns in 2017 with a new album, Prisoner. He also shared the album's first single, "Do You Still Love Me?" which is a moody, conflicted look at a failing relationship. Fans who pre-order Prisoner will receive an instant download of the track.

Before announcing his newest project, Adams detailed how he went into a prolific writing period that produced 80 songs. But he culled those options down to 12 for the album, which arrives February 17th. It marks Adams' first original music since his self-titled release in 2014. He recorded and released a cover album of Taylor Swift's 1989 in 2015.

Speaking with feline talk show host Lil BUB, Adams opened up about writing the songs on Prisoner. "I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire," he said, later adding, "I felt like I had been robbed of the most valuable thing in a person's life' Time." Check out the full track list and the new song stream here.

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Alan Jackson Announces Honky Tonk Highway Tour

(Radio.com) Alan Jackson has big plans for 2017 and it includes his Honky Tonk Highway Tour celebrating his vast repertoire of music. The dates will begin in late January.

The country musician will celebrate over 25 years in the industry by hitting the road for his Honky Tonk Highway Tour beginning on January 20th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and wrapping up on October 28th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

If that sounds like a long time to be on tour and away from home, Jackson has everything nice and spread out over the course of the year. Lee Ann Womack will support Jackson on select dates.

So far, Jackson has only announced 13 dates, but he promises more to come. All tickets are available through Jackson's website. Check out the full list of dates here.

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Clutch's Neil Fallon Has No Regrets Over Not So Great Songs

(Classic Rock) Clutch's Neil Fallon says that making bad songs is all part of the learning process. The singer says he has no regrets over the band's "not-so-great" material because it helped them make better music.

Fallon tells Music Radar: "It's as good as disowning a kid. Even if I don't really care for one, we still made it. It's all part of the learning process. To make great songs you have to make not-so-great songs. There's some early stuff we don't play, but we've changed over 25 years and it feels awkward. Saying that, we just started playing Passive Restraints from 92."

Though he says choosing their best song is like picking a favorite child, Fallon says he's "pretty proud" of their song The Regulator. He adds: "It was a kind of different thing for us and a bit risky doing almost a ballad with the fingerpicking thing. It was one of those songs that wrote itself very quickly and easily, and after all these years I still like it." Read more here.

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Halestorm Explore Different Ways Of Discovering New Music

(Classic Rock) Halestorm's Lzzy and Arejay Hale have discussed the very different ways that they discover new music. Drummer Arejay says he likes using streaming service Spotify to hunt for new bands, while sister Lzzy says she still prefers getting personal recommendations from friends in Nashville, where she now lives.

Arejay tells Live In Limbo: "I do the Spotify thing. I subscribe. Judge me all you want, I'm guilty as charged. I accept the new forms of the way music is perceived. You get music to get discovered, to bring people to your show - compared to the way it used to be, where you'd go on tour to sell a record.

"It's a cool way to discover new music, browse the different genres and playlists, look at the related artists. It's cool that right in your pocket you can discover any artist, any song ever recorded and put out there."

Lzzy jokingly calls her brother "a terrible person," adding that she's the more "old-fashioned" of the pair. Read her comments here.

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Nicki Minaj's New App Features New Song 'Ain't Gone Do It''

(Radio.com) Nicki Minaj's new mobile app Nicki Minaj: The Empire arrived early, and downloaders also get to enjoy a never-before-heard track, "Ain't Gone Do It."

The poppy rap number doubles as a feature of the game, which prompts users to record their own raps over various beats and backing tracks. "Ain't Gone Do It" is just one of the songs fans can choose from as they play by Nicki's rules.

Minaj posted a screenshot from Apple's app store on Instagram to announce the game's arrival and it seemed to take her by surprise: "Looks like my game/app came early. Honestly didn't know til a few mins ago." Read more here.

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Jay-Z Tried To Obtain Rights Prince's Catalog Following His Death

(Radio.com) After Prince's untimely death in April, many fans flocked to Tidal to stream his catalog when it became available on the service in June. Prince had been skeptical and reluctant to make his music similarly streamable during his lifetime, and the fate of his intellectual property was (and remains) unsettled.

Now Jay-Z's Roc Nation faces a suit from Prince's estate alleging that his catalog was streamed without permission. Billboard reports that new documents filed in court allege Roc Nation tried and failed to obtain managerial rights to Prince's catalog "weeks" after his death.

On the timeline, that could fall sometime before Tidal began streaming the majority of Prince's popular releases. According to the lawsuit, Roc Nation had entered a 2015 agreement with Prince to stream his next release for a limited time. Read more here.

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'The Circle' Trailer Features Haunting Hall and Oates Cover

(Radio.com) The trailer for The Circle hit YouTube yesterday and as soon as fans got past the Steve Jobs and Apple comparisons, many moved on to the question; Was that a cover of Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes?"

Indeed, it is a cover of the 1981 hit. The song was produced by Tim Myers, formerly of OneRepublic. In addition to his duties as pop star, Myers is a prolific artist in the film and TV sync world (song that serve as soundtracks). But the voice the voice makes this particular cover come alive.

As the owner of a record label, Myers tapped one of his own artists; Helene Immel, better known as Lenachka, a German-born singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles. This isn't the first cover Lenachka has been a part of however. Some of her interpretations include Skrillex and Diplo's "Where Are Ü Now", Taylor Swift's Safe & Sound, "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood, "Clarity" by Zedd Feat. Foxes, "Royals" by Lorde, and Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker."

Myers and Lenachka's take on the 80's classic tune fits the film's trailer perfectly with lyrics, "they're watching" hauntingly repeating over and over. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Mungbean's Am Your Eyes

Synth-pop duo Mungbean recently released their new single "Am Your Eyes," from their forthcoming EP. We asked Emma Swysgood to share the story behind the new track with us. Here is the story:

The single "Am Your Eyes" was the first song Sean and I recorded together. Sean had been working on solo electronic instrumentals, by utilizing new programs, gear, and recording methods. He started by sampling a guitar riff that one of our good friends had written, and repurposed it in a different direction, by incorporating a heavier riff with an ambient, electronic beat.

When Sean first showed me the instrumentals, "mungbean" was not yet "mungbean." Sean and I had only ever performed together acoustically at a local event in town - doing the opposite of what we're doing now. We stripped down more complex tracks in order to cover it acoustically, as opposed to writing acoustically and building it electronically. We learned quite a bit from this process. Covering Adult Jazz, Radiohead and Grizzly Bear allowed us to explore different styles of composition, and approach the process in converting more technical tracks into an acoustic piece.

The day Sean sent me an instrumental beat he made, I turned it up in my car and started singing. It's my favorite way to find a melody. Whatever comes out usually sticks, because it's coming from a very organic place in my chest and in my mind.

This song in particular was heavily influenced by a conversation I had in a class earlier that day. The conversation in class covered the intersection of medical and cultural discourses in literature. More specifically, the discrepancies between how we talk about male and female bodies in social and medical contexts. I left the conversation feeling very confused and frustrated. As a woman, one often feels that even the powers that are supposed to be objective, are working against you. In a social context, your body is always marketable and consumable. In a medical context, your anatomy is trivialized and degraded in comparison to men's.
The song explores these feels; questioning why our physical, tangible attributes are of constant focus, and why our intangible elements, emotions and intelligences, are glossed over. It is resigned in frustration, but still making a point to say something.

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

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