SHINEDOWN: 'I'll Follow You' Video To Premiere On Friday
"I'll Follow You", the new video from SHINEDOWN, will make its online debut on June 14 at VH1.com. A teaser clip can be seen below.
"I'll Follow You" comes off SHINEDOWN's fourth album, "Amaryllis", which was released last year. The CD debuted atop Billboard's "Rock Albums" chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN's biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
"Amaryllis" arrived in stores almost four years after the band issued "The Sound Of Madness". SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith told The Pulse Of Radio that even though the band really came together on that last effort, they didn't want to rest on their laurels while making "Amaryllis". "We're never really a band that's gonna ever be satisfied," he said. "We're never gonna be complacent with 'Oh, well, that'll do.' We're the band that's looking for the doors that everyone is afraid to find, because we like that. We like pushing the envelope constantly. It keeps us on our toes."
The release of "Amaryllis" was accompanied by an e-book called "For Your Sake: Inside The Making Of Amaryllis", a 75-page, "completely interactive" e-book that contains commentary, photos, video footage and other content exclusively chronicling the creation of the new record.
SHINEDOWN will headline the 2013 Carnival of Madness tour, which will kick off on August 13 in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to SHINEDOWN, the bill will feature PAPA ROACH, SKILLET, IN THIS MOMENT and new act WE AS HUMAN.
MEGADETH Mainman Wants To 'Let The Music Do The Talking' On 'Super Collider'
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine tells Billboard.com in a new interview that he wanted to steer the lyrical themes on the band's new album, "Super Collider", away from both domestic and global politics that have dominated much of the group's output over the years.
"I thought it's just not the same climate anymore where you can really talk about stuff like that," he explains. "People are so polarized they'll chuck a musician that they really like because of them being a Democrat or them being a Republican or whatever. I'm not a partisan guy, and I seem to always get lumped in as a Republican, which I'm not. So I was trying to walk away from all this controversy and stuff that seems to follow me and let the music do the talking."
"Super Collider", which sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart, focuses "a little bit more [on] human politics, like my mother-in-law having Alzheimers and things like that," Mustaine says. "Not everybody watches the news, so when you tell somebody that this is going on, that's going on, this guys is part of a cover-up, this guy is a philanderer, they don't want to hear it. But if you say, 'Hey, my mother-in-law has Alzheimers or something they might have going on in their life, too, all of a sudden you've got that bond. So I figured I would write about what goes on inside my heart instead of inside my head this time, and I think it really came across that way."
"Super Collider" arrived in stores on June 4 via Dave Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
The album is available as a limited-edition CD with 3-D cover and bonus tracks, regular CD, regular LP, limited LP plus a bonus colored seven-inch single with two bonus tracks, and a download voucher.
"Super Collider" is MEGADETH's first release since the band's recent split with Roadrunner Records.
MEGADETH filmed a video for the "Super Collider" title track on May 10 in the Los Angeles area. California-based model, actress, singer and songwriterHunter Elizabeth was cast in the lead role in the clip, which she says is "about a high-school couple still loving each other after all the years after graduation, and at the 10-year reunion, both characters find themselves successful (a model and a mathematician) and still very in love."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Singer To Launch Side Project After Next Album Cycle
Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden's Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Ivan Moody of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metalshrine: What was it that made you come into this creative flow that resulted in two albums ["The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" and "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2"]?
Ivan: At first, it was really difficult for me to get into the studio. We had just gotten off the road and I had a lot of rust on me and anybody who knows me knows that I do not like to be in the studio. They guys were in there for about the first two months and they threw together like 17 or 18 tracks and then they started throwing them at me and I'm just going, "Man, this is overwhelming!" I dug in and ripped my chest open and let the monster out and I just started writing. Piece by piece, it started coming out, and by the time I was done, six months later, we had 27 tracks. We were all sitting at the table discussing how we wanted to go about this and if we were gonna shelf some of them, but the reality of it was that they were all amazing to us. We didn't wanna make it so that two years from now, we release these tracks. They were special to us so it just seemed more realistic to make two albums and it came out fantastic, man. We're really enthusiastic to get it out to the world. Not to mention the guest vocalists on the first album. It's gonna be an experience, for sure.
Metalshrine: Did you discuss releasing it as a double disc or was the idea from the beginning to have them released separately?
Ivan: We were gonna do a double disc at first, but with money being tight these days and being the season that it was in, we just thought it was more realistic to digest the first one instead of force feeding it to them and give them a chance to sink their teeth into the second one later on in the year. Overall, I think it's a better idea. Don't get me wrong, though, we were really looking forward to having it like a double disc, but in the long run, this just seems like a better idea.
Metalshrine: Did you really feel that all the songs had what it takes?
Ivan: It's a catalog in itself, bro. I'm just so impressed with it and they guys were, too. I really truly think this is our best material ever, and there wasn't one throwaway track and that was the benefit of it all. If there was a couple of them, we probably would have shelved them or whatever, but we put our hearts and souls into this one and I think it's gonna show.
Metalshrine: Releasing albums these days when record sales are down the drain, do you ever kinda wish that it was 1990 again, when bands were still selling a lot of records? It's gotta be difficult these days?
Ivan: I'd say yes, if we didn't have the fanbase we have. Our fans are militant, man. They're probably the best in my book, ever. They stick by our side through thick and thin and they still purchase albums. It really hasn't had that affect on us. I see what you're saying, and don't get me wrong, I'd love to sell two or three million albums.
Metalshrine: Do you write stuff that is not for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH?
Ivan: Most definitely. I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle. I've already got a few guys on the line that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with. I talked to the guys (in the band) and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again. I'm definitely looking forward to do this side project.
Metalshrine: How do you stay sane on the road? You're on a bus and wake up in a new town every other day, you do a show and then it's the same thing all over again.
Ivan: Well, first off, to answer that I would have to be sane and obviously I gave that up when I decided to become a vocalist. [laughs] We've been doing this for a while now, and I think the hardest part is the family and friends we constantly have to leave behind. I myself have kids and that's the hardest thing for me. Other than that, I live and die for that experience and I've worked my whole life for it.
Metalshrine: What made you end up in Vegas?
Ivan: I got tired of commuting from Denver. [laughs] The guys all lived in Vegas, so every time we had to do something, or we had somewhere to go, you're talking about a three-hour flight just to get out there, spend three or four days in pre-production and then fly back. It just got a little bit too chaotic, so to me, it seemed like a no brainer being closer to my boys. That, and that there's no state tax. [laughs]
Metalshrine: I recently read an interview with you where you said you consider yourself a bit of a recluse and still you're the frontman. How does that work?
Ivan: Well, I figured being the frontman, you're exposing everything about yourself to the world, so they get enough of me when I'm up there and when I'm on the road. When I'm at home, I shut off, turn the switch off and spend as much time as I can with my kids and I stick to what I know. Not to mention that I TiVo a whole bunch of television shows, so I can catch up.
Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips to Perform at Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert in July
Kings of Leon and The Flaming Lips are among the artists who have signed on to perform at a benefit concert to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last month. Dubbed Rock for Oklahoma, the event will take place on July 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state,” said Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill in a statement. “We were all devastated by what happened there. We have family and friends that were affected by the tornadoes...this is the least we could do.”
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne adds, “Shakespeare said ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after’ and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them.”
Other artists to take the stage at the event include Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and a number of special surprise guests.
Tickets for the Rock for Oklahoma concert will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster. All of the proceeds from the show will be given to central Oklahoma community organizations and local charities.
Incubus’ Brandon Boyd to Release EP as Sons of the Sea; Previews New Single "Where All the Songs Come From"
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has a new solo project headed our way. The singer is set to drop an EP under his new moniker, Sons of the Sea, on June 25. Titled Compass, the upcoming release will feature four new songs: “Space & Time,” “Come Together,” “Lady Black” and “Where All the Songs Come From.”
To give you an idea of what you can expect from Compass, Boyd has posted a stream of “Where All the Songs Come From” at RollingStone.com. Brandon tells the magazine that the song is about self-awareness: "This is a piece about the moment when you understand that as good or as bad as something seems, it's exactly where you are supposed to be," he says. "If perceived as such, one can have access to a limitless inspiration, a 'place' of sorts that is the wellspring of creativity!”
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Coheed and Cambria, Jimmy Eat World, Gaslight Anthem & More: 50 Concerts in 50 States on a Single Day
If you've ever been to a music festival, you know how hard it is to figure out which act you want to see at any given time because so many are performing simultaneously on different stages. Now imagine that same scenario, except instead of taking place in the same location, all the acts are performing simultaneously across all 50 U.S. states. That's the concept behind Budweiser's "50/50/1" concert event, scheduled for August 1. Coheed and Cambria, Jimmy Eat World, The Gaslight Anthem and Sevendust are among the acts who'll be taking the stage in every single state in the union on August 1st. For example, Coheed and Cambria will be performing in Honolulu, Hawaii, while Jimmy Eat World will take the stage in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gaslight Anthem will perform in Burlington, Vermont, and Sevendust will rock the stage in Lawrence, Kansas. Other artists involved include Portugal. The Man, Alex Clare, Capital Cities, The Flaming Lips, Halestorm and Sublime with Rome. Get the full lineup on Bud Light's MySpace hub.
Tickets for some concerts are available for purchase at LiveNation.com, but many more are available to win through the Bud Light app, Bud Lights' Facebook page or Bud Light's MySpace hub. Select performances will also be streamed on the MySpace site.
Here's the bad news: all concert attendees have to be 21 years of age and older.
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Black Sabbath’s 13 Expected to Nab #1 Debut in US and UK
It appears that Black Sabbath's long-awaited album, 13, reuniting the band with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, will make a big splash on both sides of the Atlantic.
According to HITS Daily Double, 13 is expected to dominate the top spot on the Billboard200 chart next week, with sales estimated to come in somewhere around 120,000 to 130,000 copies. Black Sabbath's highest-charting album in the U.S. to date is the band's third studio effort, Masters of Reality, which peaked at #8 back in 1971.
As for the U.K., 13 is expected to beat out Beady Eye's sophomore album, BE, for the #1 slot on the country's Official Albums Chart next week. That's according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, which keeps track of record sales. If the predictions are true,13 will be the group's first album to score the top spot on that tally since its sophomore release, Paranoid, did so in 1970. 13 is the first full-length Black Sabbath studio album to feature Osbourne since 1978'sNever Say Die.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, while the Official Albums Chart will unveil its latest rankings on Monday.