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Page Too Report for 11/21/2016

Metallica Copied Black Metal Band's Music Video?

(Classic Rock) Mayhem guitarist Morten Bergeton Iversen says his life "got weird" last week when he saw the video for Metallica track ManUNkind. The Jonas Akerlund-directed promo features a black metal band onstage who bear an uncanny resemblance to Mayhem, complete with similar stage make-up, pigs' heads on spikes and the lead singer cutting himself with a hunting knife.

And after seeing the video, Iversen, aka Teloch, posted a message on Facebook to voice his surprise. He says: "My life just got weird, Metallica copying, not only the Mayhem logo and the old Mayhem characters in their latest video, but they copied an old gig as well."

Akerlund, who was a member of Swedish black metal pioneers Bathory in the early 80s, is known for directing videos which often mock movie trailer and films. here.

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Alice In Chains Cover Of Rush's 'Tears' Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) A stream of Alice In Chains covering the Rush track "Tears" has been posted online. Their cover version appears on the upcoming 40th anniversary edition of classic Rush album 2112, set for launch on December 16 and featuring contributions from Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Steven Wilson and Billy Talent, alongside Alice In Chains.

Alice In Chains say they're "honored" to have taken part in the project. The future of Rush remains in doubt following the apparent retirement of drummer Neil Peart, leaving frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson to reflect that their touring career is likely to be over.

Peart last week published an article passing on some of his experience to a new generation of musicians, while Hawkins joked that he'd be "crucified" by "dorks" if he dared try to replace Peart in the lineup. Check out the song here.

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Kanye West Cancels Remaining Saint Pablo Tour Dates

(Radio.com) A representative for Kanye West has confirmed that the rapper has canceled the remaining 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour. Ticket holders will receive full refunds.

Issues on West's St. Pablo Tour began innocently enough: In early November, he stopped an L.A. concert midstream because he was having voice problems.

Kanye then rescheduled the show and promised ticket holders the experience they paid for. Later in the month, West laid into Jay Z and Beyonce. 'Beyonce, I was hurt!" he said during at rant at his Sacramento concert. "Cause I heard that you said you wouldn't perform [at the VMAs] unless you won Video of the Year over me, and over 'Hotline Bling.'"

"In my opinion -- now, don't go tryin' to diss Beyonce, she is great. Taylor Swift is great," Kanye continued. 'We are all great people, we are all equal. But sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are -- just to win. F— winning! F— looking cool! F— looking cool! F— being cool! F— all that!" It didn't stop there. Read more here.

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Coldplay Recording New EP 'Kaleidoscope'

(Radio.com) Coldplay tweeted on Monday (November 21st) that they are back in the recording studio working on a new EP titled Kaleidoscope, which should arrive in 2017.

"Hello everyone, we're working on some new songs for next year. It's called the Kaleidoscope ep. We hope you're well, love cm #KaleidoscopeEP— Coldplay (@coldplay) November 21, 2016"

Radio.com spoke with Chris Martin in March about the band's future. Talk inevitably turned to Martin's statement about Coldplay's supposed final album. "I don't know whether we'll do another album," Martin said, "If you want the honest truth, I feel like we've done six and a half albums that I feel really proud of."

He added that the band was in a great place. "I don't feel the need to add to anything," he said. "I just want to enjoy what we've made already. And also, I don't know how I feel about trying to make people buy more albums. I don't know. We'll see."

Months later, it appears he's changed his tune. Read more here.

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Sting Plans American and European Tour Legs

(Radio.com) Sting has returned to performing live after he reopened the Bataclan in Paris earlier this month, almost a year to the day after the attack on the venue that killed 90 people.

The show won't be a special one-off performance, with the former Police frontman announcing that he will be hitting the road early next year to embark on North American and European tours.

Nearly 40 shows have been announced for the first half of 2017 so far, beginning in Vancouver, BC on February 1 and finish up with two dates back in Paris, France on April 12 and 13. See the tour dates here.

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The Cadillac Three Announce North American Tour

The Cadillac Three have announced that they will be hitting the road early in the new year for a North American trek dubbed The Black Roses Tour that will travel across the U.S. (with one Canadian stop).

The winter tour is scheduled to kick off on January 19th at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis and will conclude on March 17th in Sacramento, CA at the Ace of Spades.

The band have recruited Aubrie Sellers, Brent Cobb and Ray Wylie Hubbard and Quaker City Night Hawks to trade the support slot at various spots on the tour. See the dates here.

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Rick Ross Announces New Album 'Rather You Than Me'

(Radio.com) Rapper Rick Ross has announced his next studio album which will be entitled "Rather You Than Me," and Ross plans to released it early in the new year, he revealed.

Ross wore a sweatshirt with the album title printed on it to the American Music Awards, where he joined DJ Khaled for a performance of Khaled's 'Do You Mind."

Ross also took to his Twitter account to share a short behind-the-scenes clip from the album cover shoot, soundtracked by his recent track 'Kyrie." Ross' eighth album, Black Market, arrived last year. Read more here.

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New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men Tour

Pop music fans will soon be able to party like it's 1989 with the New Kids On The Block announcing that they will soon be launching a North American tour that will also feature Paula Abdul and Boyz Ii Men.

The Total Package Tour will visit more that 40 cities across the U.S. and Canada next spring and early summer kicking off on May 12th in Columbus, OH and wrapping up on July 16th in Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Live.

NKOTB's Donnie Wahlberg had this to say about the upcoming trek, "Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception. It's not just a show, it's an experience.

"Paula Abdul is such a pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the best R&B acts of all time. It's going to be a night of hit after hit, and we can't wait to deliver the 'Total Package' to our fans!" See the dates here.

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Phife Dawg's Final Solo Album To Be Released Next Year

(Radio.com) Phife Dawg was recording a follow up to his 2000 debut solo album, Ventilaton: Da LP before he passed away in March after complications with diabetes and that project will be released in 2017.

Phife's widow Desha Head Taylor spoke at a press conference over the weekend before the ceremony co-naming a Queens street after her late husband. During that event, she shared that he had been hard at work on his solo album before he passed away, and how his team was working equally hard to prepare it for the public.

"His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017," she said. "We're working on it now. He completed his entire solo album before he transitioned, so we're excited about releasing that." (via OkayPlayer). Read more here.

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2 Chainz Launches Ugly Sweaters For Charity

(Radio.com) Rapper 2 Chainz is bringing a holiday favorite back this season: his "Dabbin' Santa" ugly Christmas sweater. Last year, his apparel for the fashion-challenged helped lift spirits at holiday parties across the country, and now it's returning for a good cause.

Proceeds will benefit Chainz's T.R.U. Foundation, which provides help to families in need through the holiday season. "Bout to change some lives," the rapper announced on Instagram.

"If you have a situation or know a family who's in a bad place… you can submit stories on my website 2chainzshop.com. I'm looking for families to help. Each sweater SOLD is going to help a family." Read more here.

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Taking Back Sunday Frontman Talks 'Tidal Wave' Album

(Radio.com) With Taking Back Sunday's seventh album, fans are tasked with following the band on a new road, although not totally unfamiliar, Tidal Wave is an adventure both sonically and lyrically.

As frontman Adam Lazzara tells Radio.com, the band faced a fork in the road after seventeen years. Do they give fans the expected, or do they follow their hearts and produce an album that speaks about who they are as a band today? Lazzara not only describes the outcome of that decision but he treats fans to a little inside info by revealing some hidden Easter Eggs within the album.

He first reveals who the kid on the new vintage looking album cover is. "The child is mine! That's Asa Joe. My wife actually took that picture. We were kinda doing one of those bucket list trips like going to see the Grand Canyon. Well, we wanted to drive across the Florida Keys 'cause there's that one long highway. We stopped on the side of the road just to get out of the car--cause it takes way longer than we thought it was going to--she snapped the photo.

"As we were listening back to everything toward the end of the recording process we noticed there were all these references to water, which was completely unintentional. That was right about the time she had taken that photo. And as far as the vintage feel, for us, we kinda feel like we captured this timeless quality that we're constantly chasing. So we wanted the cover to reflect that. This could be something that came out three or four years ago or right now." Read the full interview here.

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Maren Morris Announces 'Hero' Headline Tour

(Radio.com) Country performer Maren Morris got in some good practice this year, touring with Keith Urban on his Ripcord tour. And now the 'My Church," singer will headline her own tour, kicking off on February 3 in Boston.

The Hero Tour, named after her breakout debut album, will include stops in Philadelphia, Nashville and Chicago, as well as a few gigs in her native Texas.

Morris' boyfriend Ryan Hurd, who just released 'City Girl," and Devin Dawson will open the shows. In April, Morris is slated to perform at the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., joining a cast of headliners that include Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney. des"and "My Church," and Keys' "No One" and "If I Ain't Got You." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Defends His Blues Credentials

(Classic Rock) Rolling Stones' Keith Richards says he is "as black as the ace of spades" in response to the debate around cultural appropriation in blues music.

In 1966, blues man Muddy Waters reportedly told a journalist that frontman Mick Jagger "stole" his music, but gave him his name - pointing to the revival of his singing career as the Stones spiralled to success.

But 72-year-old Richards insists "work songs" and slavery have been around since the beginning of time - and that the genre should not be defined by race.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I'm black as the ace of f***ing spades, man. Ask any of the brothers. I didn't know what color these people were, as a kid. I don't think of blues as being of any particular color at all.

"Obviously, its history. But there were white slaves, as well. There have been plenty of work songs from way back. Try Egypt. Quite Jewish, actually. People have been doing this since history began." Read more here.

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Justin Bieber Has Pants Pulled Down By Fan

(Radio.com) During a tour stop in Prague an overzealous fan grabbed Justin Bieber's pants and yanked them down as he walked to a vehicle with his security team.

Bieber launched his Purpose World Tour back in March and he has four more legs to go -- when it's all said and done, Bieber will have spent 15 months on the road.

That's a grueling schedule for anyone, much less a physical performer whose fans can't stop themselves from invading his personal space. Watch video of the incident here.

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Drake Blown Away By David Blaine Trick

(Radio.com) Magician David Blaine has captivated and disturbed fans with his catalog of weird, explanation-defying tricks--and even picked up some celebrity friends along the way.

On David Blaine: Beyond Magic, the illusionist brings some sleight-of-hand to a small party with guests like Drake and Dave Chappelle. During a champagne toast, Blaine gets distracted by the image of a frog on his iPhone and begins regurgitating frogs, dropping them from his mouth into glasses of champagne. Drake's up first and he looks more distressed than spellbound -- it's just too real.

Altogether, it looks like Blaine produced three frogs in this "human aquarium" trick. Chappelle seemed just as confused and appalled as Drake, though the both clearly respect Blaine's hustle. It's not clear whether the frogs survived their champagne bath. Watch Drake react to Blaine's gross trick here:

Drake, David Chappelle, Jimmy Butler & Stephen Curry reacting to David Blaine spitting out frogs is 1 of the funnie… twitter.com/i/web/status/7'— Jessie Karangu (@JMKTV) November 16, 2016 Read more here.

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Singled Out: Brett Ferguson's Take Me Home

Brett Ferguson just released his new album "Let Go" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the inspiration behind the single "Take Me Home". Here is the story:

I wrote the song "Take You Home" while living in Brooklyn, NY. I was working the stereotypical job as a waiter while I tried to "make it" as a musician in New York City. I was in a relationship at the time, and with the stresses of life, finances, and feeling like I was coming upon barrier after barrier with my music, things were tense. I found myself getting into little nit-picky arguments about nothing and for no good reason. Mostly, I think, it was my own stubbornness and self-centeredness. At any rate, after one such encounter with my girlfriend, I was riding into the city to carry around appetizers and drinks at some fundraiser, when I started laughing at myself about the stupidity of the argument that I was just involved in.

Where do arguments typically stem from? Usually, I have found, it has nothing to with the person I am with or the actual situation at hand. It can come from some other life event, some negative encounter earlier in the day, some interaction at work where my ego was bruised, etc. At this time in my life, these things occurring my life would build up and come out at the person I was with. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth. I started to catch myself in these moments, realizing what I was doing. I would take a breath, apologize, and then have a conversation about what was really going on.

Ultimately the song is about knowing that I truly care about someone, and recognizing the moments where I may have just a glimpse of this in the midst of a struggle. All the life stresses, arguments, and other negative things aside, the loving feelings and care for the other person are present in that relationship. I just have to get out of my own way, stop thinking about myself a little less, and start thinking about the other person a little more to see that.

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

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