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Creed’s Scott Stapp has apparently fallen on some hard times. Fifteen years after the band’s Human Clay sold over 11 million copies, the lead singer now finds himself “penniless” and reduced to living in a Holiday Inn, Stapp says in a jarring 15-minute video that he posted on his Facebook page (via TMZ).
Stapp opens his testimonial by assuring fans that he’s not under the influence. “I’m sure you’ve heard the many rumors and slanderous, libelous accusations over the last few weeks,” Stapp says. “First, I was dead. That came out obviously that it Article Continues…
Garth Brooks may be a Man Against Machine, but the machine certainly isn’t against him — for the second week in a row, the pride of Oklahoma tops the Billboard Country Albums chart, proving that distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder. It had been since 2001 that Brooks released a record of all new material, but he’s having no trouble reclaiming the throne from newer stars like Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt. Man Against Machine debuted last week with 130,000 units sold and this week moved 62,000.
With Black Friday upon us this week, the blockbusters have finally kicked in — will Taylor Swift and One Direction make a dent in the numbers? Album sales ticked down another notch this week to down 12 percent year-over-year (as opposed to last week, when they were down 13 percent). Track sales, however, remain stuck, down 13 percent from the previous year.
COULD ONE DIRECTION FINALLY MEAN “DOWN”?: After three weeks of Swift dominance, One Direction’s Four hits Number One with 387,000 sales, making it the year’s second-biggest Article Continues…
Ronnie Milsap didn’t just dominate country music in the Seventies and Eighties, he helped redefine it. One of the genre’s most successful crossover acts of all time, Milsap blended rock & roll, soul and pop, and took songs with those elements to the top of the country charts a staggering 40 times. His pop chart successes, with such tunes as “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Any Day Now” and the Top 5 smash “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” have earned the singer six Grammy awards, and in 2014, he was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music,” host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night’s Tonight Show. The teenage New Zealand singer’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric: She went from performing “Royals” in the 12:35 a.m. hour in October 2013 to promoting the soundtrack she curated for the Number One film in America in November 2014.
Lorde’s ascension came full circle Tuesday as Article Continues…
After scoring their first Number One in two years when “Rewind” hit the top spot on the Mediabase chart in June, Rascal Flatts’ return to chart dominance stumbled a bit with the follow-up “Payback,” an oddly aggressive track with a rock beat that stalled just shy of the Top 20. With new single “Riot,” however, the trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are on more solid ground. A soaring mid-tempo ballad written by Jaren Boyer and Sara Haze, the love song is right in the CMA Award-winning vocal group’s sweet spot.
The massive demonstrations flaring up across the country this week in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown have a lot of people thinking back to the 1960s. It was a time when the airwaves were full of protest songs by everyone from Bob Dylan to Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Beatles. By 1971, even the Beach Boys got it on the act with “Student Demonstration Time.”
Now we have a question for you for this long weekend: Article Continues…
When Record Store Day opens for business at music shops around the country on Black Friday, it’ll do so with a triple shot of Waylon Jennings. Black Country Rock, the independent record label run by the proto-outlaw’s son, Shooter Jennings, has readied a special seven-inch vinyl record of Waylon performing three songs for a long-lost Armed Forces radio broadcast. Rolling Stone Country is premiering the late country legend’s take on Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” today (listen below).
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Something to be thankful for this (and every) Thanksgiving: that country music gave us musicians like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. A bonus? The time those two icons performed together for a 1983 TV special that also featured Kris Kristofferson and Brenda Lee, both of whom had appeared alongside Parton and Nelson on a 1982 double album called The Winning Hand. Coincidentally, Johnny Cash — who wrote the liner notes for The Winning Hand — also hosted the syndicated TV event.
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In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focused on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King and Carly Simon. As recently as October 2012, Swift admitted that she was still eager to play Mitchell, but the role hadn’t been confirmed yet. Two years later, we finally know why the film wasn’t officially greenlit: Mitchell prevented the biopic from being made.
By now, Jake Owen has explained many times why he felt compelled to record Travis Meadows’ moving ballad, “What We Ain’t Got”: The tune, warning about a grass-is-greener mentality, connected with Owen on a personal, visceral level. But when it came time to film a video for his current single, the singer was conflicted about how to present the narrative.
“The song itself is such a powerful piece of art, that to try to tell the same story, all you can hope is to make it just as good. It’s Article Continues…
It’s been four months since the Civil Wars came to a close — not with a peaceful truce, but with a sad ceasefire prompted by problems that the duo wouldn’t announce (and couldn’t resolve) — and bandmate Joy Williams has a found a new duet partner… even if it’s just for one song.
Williams recently teamed up with Paramore’s powerhouse vocalist, Hayley Williams, for a harmony-heavy version of “Hate to See Your Heartbreak.” Originally released on Paramore’s self-titled album in 2013, the power ballad was re-recorded earlier this year Article Continues…
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, will see release on HBO in 2015. The film is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family, and was written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, Crossfire Hurricane).
Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives, and the film will consequently boast footage from numerous Nirvana performances, plus previously unheard songs and never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and Article Continues…
As protestors took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury revealed they would not pursue charges against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, many artists reacted to the news via Twitter, with some musicians even taking part in the protests.
Rapper Killer Mike, who was scheduled to perform with Run the Jewels in St. Louis last night, was especially critical of the grand jury decision. “I am so fucking angry…,” the rapper tweeted before unloading a series of tweets that Article Continues…