Daily Archives: July 24, 2017

Cannibal Corpse Announces New Tour

This November, Cannibal Corpse will kick off a USA tour, in support of their new album due this fall. The trek also features Power Trip and Gatecreeper, making this one show not to be missed! …Read More

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The Shape Releases “The Devil In Your Eyes” Video

Alt-metal act THE SHAPE have teamed up with New Noise Magazine for the premiere of their official music video for “The Devil In Your Eyes.” The lead track from the upcoming album, The World Away. …Read More

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM AND TOUR

The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, …Read More

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Counterfeit Culture’s Patrick Spreads the Message of the Deathwish

Post hardcore act Counterfeit Culture have got a new EP “Deathwish” tucked under their belts. During this time they have released a couple of singles off this release, with so much more in-store you have …Read More

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Angelspit Announces New Album "Black Dog Bite"

Angelspit’s 7th album “BLACK DOG BITE” is released this Fall. It’s pure mayhem firmly based in the slamming sound of early 90s cyberpunk. Ultra-brutal beats, dirty synths, scathing vocals and cynical lyrics dealing with politics …Read More

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Latin Music Youth Idol Maluma Joins ASCAP For Representation Of Public Performances Of His Songwriting Catalog

ASCAP Logo (PRNewsfoto/ASCAP)NEW YORK, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announced today that Latin music youth idol Maluma has joined the Society for representation of public…

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Jake Paul Joins LiveXLive Music Streaming Network As A Content Creator

LiveXLive (PRNewsFoto/Loton, Corp.)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –Loton, Corp’s (OTC: LIVX) LiveXLive Studios named social media sensation Jake Paul the newest contributing social editor of LiveXLive. Paul joins Andrew B. Bachelor, aka “King Bach,” and inaugural contributor Amanda Cerny. Individually,…

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Justin Bieber Cancels Rest of 'Purpose' World Tour

Justin Bieber canceled the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour. The singer announced the decision in a statement on his website, though he didn’t elaborate on his reasoning for axing the final promotional dates behind his 2015 LP.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts,” the statement reads. “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across six continents during this run. However, after careful consideration, he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

Last week, the singer was banned from performing in China after the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture criticized the 23-year-old, stressing its aim to “purify” the Chinese performance market.

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” the Bureau wrote on its website. “As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.

Bieber’s world tour was set to conclude in September and October with a run of Asian dates, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, the Philippines and Singapore.

In June, the singer teamed with EDM powerhouse David Guetta for collaborative single “2U.”

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Meek Mill Talks About Regaining His Hunger for 'Wins & Losses'

Few rappers today spit with as much passion and verve as Meek Mill. The Philadelphia MC raps as if his life depends on it, his voice frequently – and famously – ascending into a shout. When he talks about having run-ins with law enforcement, losing loved ones or celebrating his status as one of the best in the business, you can feel his joy and pain.

On his third studio album, Wins & Losses, he focuses on his penchant for vivid and incendiary raps, and mostly avoids the urban contemporary tracks that have sometimes muddied his past work. Yes, Wins & Losses is dropping amidst a spate of fresh controversies: a bizarre dustup with reality TV star Safaree Samuels, the continuing fallout from his highly publicized breakup with former girlfriend Nicki Minaj and a high-profile beef with Drake. However, during a conversation with Rolling Stone, Meek focused on why he’s one of the most vital hip-hop talents of recent years, from his strategy for composing raps from memory to why he’s “catering to street rap” this time around.

One of the things you’re most known for is painting vivid pictures through your raps. What’s your writing process like?
I don’t actually write. I just go in the studio and rap, throw verses together. I just use visuals in my head, and I try to make them rhyme. As I go, I just try to remember it, keep a good memory and make them rhyme.

You’ve put out hundreds of songs at this point. How are you able to keep all those word schemes in your head?
I don’t know. I just think it’s a talent, a God-given talent that God gives us. But, you know, I try to work on my memory and when I’m in the studio, I just focus it up. I love to make music. I have fun doing it, spending hours and hours and relentless hours in the studio, and days putting things together. So I don’t really mind, like, being on one subject for an hour straight if I have to. Sometimes it can take several hours, sometimes it can take 10 minutes.

One of your new tracks from the Meekend Music EP is “Left Hollywood.” Did you literally leave Hollywood, or is that just a metaphor?
It’s more like a metaphor. I did move from L.A., but it’s more like a metaphor. I’m catering back towards the streets, like, the culture that helped build me up from day one. The street culture, the street rap. 

Where did you move to?
I moved back to Philly. I live in a few different places. I live in Philly, Delaware…but that’s all surrounding Philly or is close to the Philly area. Basically, back to the trenches.

Wins & Losses goes a lot harder than some of your previous albums. Was that a conscious decision on your part?
Yeah. I wanted to do more rapping, and I wanted to turn it into a rap album. You know, there’s a lot of music out, you’ve got different platforms like SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal. People can listen to what they want, and we’ve got so many different genres of rap now, like you’ve got trap music, mumble music, street rap, pop rap. I just wanted to cater to, like, my side, you know what I’m saying? One day I hope [the platforms] are going to give us official genres. This is my side. I’m catering to street rap. So I wanted to open the gate back up to Meek Milly rapping, what people know me for, actually spitting and, you know what I mean, touching the heart.

There doesn’t seem to be many dudes like yourself that spit a lot of bars and are successful on the charts as well. How are you able to maintain that?
I try to remain hungry no matter what position I get in. It was, like, a year ago, I was kinda laid-back. I wasn’t as hungry as I wanted to. Me being through a lot of trials and tribulations, seeing people talk about me, saying bad things and good things. The bad things inspired me more to want to go harder, and it helped me gain some of my hunger back. On this album, I’m coming from a more hungrier standpoint.

“Young Black America” from Wins & Losses is one of your most political songs to date.
The people I make music for [is the] environment I come from, and the images I’m rapping about I’ve seen about and lived it. It’s kinda, like, ignorant sometimes. I just wanted to dedicate one song to open the eyes to the people who don’t come from my culture, or the people who are caught up in this jungle and the things that are taking place in the video. It’s an eye-opener out to the culture, and to keep people woke.

How are you and Rick Ross doing? You two have been through a lot together at this point.
Rick Ross is the person that put me on in the game and gave me my shot. It’ll always be, like, a big brother/little brother relationship with him. Everything’s always been good. We never really had any, like, super-bad spots where we feel like things had gone wrong. It’s the music industry, so there’s always times we’ve got to buckle down and get down to business, and no fun, and just get straight to business. And, you know, we do that. That’s how we met, on business terms, getting money, and we built a family relationship in time. It’s always been great.

It was good to see Wale in the first installment of your Wins & Losses movie. You guys have crossed paths in the past.
Yeah, Wale’s in the video. You know, sometimes family, we cross paths at certain times. But, if anything, we came in the game together. We never let [our issues] get to a serious level. I just think sometimes we handled it the wrong way in the public eye, where we shouldn’t of did it that way. But yeah, everything’s good.

You’re known for your street raps, yet you’ve also scored your biggest chart hits with urban/R&B tracks like “All Eyes on You” and, now, “Whatever You Need.” How do you balance doing music for the clubs, and doing music for the streets?
I don’t really balance it. I just do what I feel. When I’m in the studio I do what I feel. I probably create about 100 songs and then, you know, I balance it through picking out my songs. I know some people want to dance in the club, and some people want to ride in the car and hear something that’ll make them think. Some people want to be touched and relate to the music. So I try to level it out in a way that I can touch a mass amount of people.

What’s up with your Dreamchasers label?
I signed a new artist out of Baltimore. He’s, like, flaming hot out of Baltimore. His name is YBS Skola. We’ve got Omelly coming out on Dreamchasers Records. He’s working on a mixtape. We’re just looking for up and coming, new, raw talent. Something nobody’s ever seen before, some young stars, like, in a way, Lil Snupe was. He was a fast-growing star. He set the tone for Dreamchasers. So I make sure I pick a star, somebody we can get behind and make some money with, and be legendary with.

It sounds like you pour so much emotion into songs like “Cold Hearted,” the closing track on 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money. Where does that come from?
Music from the heart is actually the most easiest kind of music to make, because it’s just coming and flowing. All you have to do is make the words rhyme for the thought. It’s not just having to come up with a bunch of random thoughts. It’s just coming straight from the heart. The heart inspired it. It’s written by the heart. You know, I’m just delivering it and making it rhyme.

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person?
Yeah, I believe in God. I pray. I put all faith in God. It helps keep me focused.

How do you maintain that focus in the rap industry?
It’s kinda hard when it comes down to politics and, like, the way the game is structured. I just continue to try to make good music, man. I’m talented, and I’ve been rapping for a long time. Music’s a big thing to me. … Sometimes it can get a little frustrating. But, you know, I come from the trenches, from the bottom. So it’s nothing new in facing adversity and facing new problems. So we can stand on our feet and we can go at it head on.

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Dead Cross Take Brutal Look at Cockfighting in 'Obedience School' Video

Hardcore supergroup Dead Cross take a grisly look at cockfighting in their new video for “Obedience School,” a cut off the band’s self-titled debut LP.

Dead Cross – featuring Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Retox’s Michael Crain and Justin Pearson – teamed with director Dennis Bersales for the brutal black-and-white visual, which plants the viewer center-ring as roosters attempt to tear each other apart at a south-of-the-border arena.

“This band provokes my aggression,” Lombardi previously told Rolling Stone of Dead Cross. “We, Ross included, all have fearless musical mindsets. Our collective résumés definitely reflect that. I believe that when you have musicians in a room that share that particular attribute, it takes you to another level in every way. With this band, I play harder, I play faster, and I play with the fury that this music demands. Each member brings a great deal of intensity and skill to the table. It’s invigorating to work with them.”

Dead Cross will hit the road starting August 10th for a six-week North American tour in support of their debut album.

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