Daily Archives: November 6, 2017

Ashley Gorley Named Songwriter of the Year; Celebrated Songwriter-artist Rodney Crowell And Rising Star Kelsea Ballerini Honored At 55th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

ASCAP Logo (PRNewsfoto/ASCAP)NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The stars of country music gathered for the 55th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music Awards on Monday, November 6, at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The writers and publishers of…


Meek Mill Receives Up to Four Years in Prison for Violating Probation

Meek Mill received a sentence of two to four years in prison after the Philadelphia rapper violated his probation with a pair of arrests earlier in the year.

The rapper, born Robert Williams, was arrested in March following a fight at a St. Louis airport, although those charges were dropped. Meek Mill also pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after he posted videos of himself doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who has previously overseen matters relating to Meek Mill’s probation, deemed both arrests a violation of the rapper’s probation before sentencing him to two to four years in a state prison, Philly.com reports.

Brinkley, who previously sentenced to Meek Mill to 90 days of house arrest following a February 2016 probation violation, accused Meek Mill of “just thumbing your nose at me” with his repeated violations.

Meek Mill was initially arrested on drug and weapons charges in 2008, resulting in eight months in prison and five years of probation. After the rapper violated his probation in 2009 by travellng out of Philadelphia without approval, he was sentenced to an additional five months in prison and his probation was extended for 10 more years, Philly.com added.

Although Meek Mill’s defense attorney declined to comment following Monday’s decision, he said regarding an appeal of the sentence, “You’re goddamned right I am.”

Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation company manages the rapper, denounced the sentence on Facebook. “The sentence handed down by the Judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”

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Marilyn Manson: Assault Rifle Stunt 'Not Meant to be Disrespectful'

Marilyn Manson defended his actions at his Sunday night concert in San Bernardino, California, where the shock rocker pointed a fake assault rifle at the crowd, saying the stunt critiqued how assault weapon violence has been “normalized” in our society.

“In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence this was an act of theater in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized,” Manson said of the stunt.

During his performance of “We Know Where You Fucking Live” Sunday at Knotfest Meets Ozzfest, Manson – confined to a wheelchair due to his onstage accident – used a microphone fashioned to the scope of the prop assault rifle so that when he sang the track, the gun was held as if it was about to be fired, TMZ reported Monday.

“My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity,” Manson continued. “The prop microphone I used on stage was handed to me with the approval of a police officer.”

Manson’s concert took place just hours after a gunman opened fire on a Sutherland Springs, Texas church, killing 26 people. The concert’s setting, San Bernardino, California, similarly witnessed a December 2015 terror attack that killed 14 people at a Christmas party. An assault rifle was used in both killings.

“My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world,” Manson concluded. “My empathy goes out to anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns.”

Manson’s Knotfest Meets Ozzfest gig was the artist’s first since injuring himself and canceling nine shows when a stage prop crushed him mid-concert, as well as Manson’s first show with new bassist Juan Alderete after firing Twiggy Ramirez over that artist’s sexual assault allegations.

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Paul McCartney: Trump's Refusal to Recognize Climate Change Is 'Madness'

Paul McCartney criticized President Trump‘s lax attitude toward climate change in a new interview with the BBC. “You’ve got someone like Trump who says that it [climate change] is just a hoax,” he said. “A lot of people like myself think that’s just madness.”

Trump – who famously tweeted in 2012 that global warming was a concept “created by and for the Chinese” – made his stance on climate change clear in June by announcing that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement to cut global emissions. Nonetheless, McCartney is confident that ordinary people can take small measures to create change: The former Beatle, a longtime vegetarian, encouraged readers to avoid meat one day per week, arguing that the reduced meat consumption would aid the environment.

“It’s maybe a good time now to try and focus people’s attention and say, ‘Look, forget about [Trump] – we can do something,'” he said. “It’s not the total solution, but it’s part of the solution. A lot of people have been saying this for a long time but there’s resistance.”

As the BBC notes, a 2016 report from researchers at the universities of Vermont and Sheffield and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change concluded that global agricultural emissions need to be greatly reduced to prevent Earth from warming over two degrees Celsius across the next 100 years.

McCartney recently narrated One Day a Week, a short film about the impact of animal agriculture on climate change. The project – the first collaboration between the McCartney family’s Meat Free Monday campaign and French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Hope Production – premiered ahead of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change conference, which runs from November 6th to 17th.

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Watch Liam Payne Explore Infidelity in New Video for 'Bedroom Floor'

Liam Payne explores the power dynamics of a couple on the verge of breaking up in the video for new ballad, “Bedroom Floor.” The One Direction singer narrates the loss of romance in his satiny croon and hovering ghostlike in the tense scenes.

The clip opens in a bedroom where a woman looks down regretfully at clothes scattered across the floor. She angrily confronts her partner about his infidelity. And later, after catching him flirting with another woman, she dumps his clothes into their pool. 

The tropical-tinged “Bedroom Floor” is Payne’s third single as a solo artist, following club banger “Strip That Down” and sultry Zedd collaboration “Get Low.”

Payne has yet to announce a title or release date for his forthcoming debut solo LP, which follows One Direction’s 2015 hiatus. In a statement about “Strip That Down,” the singer teased that he’d been “working hard in the studio for over a year” on new music. 

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Paul McCartney is Dead: Music's Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

The bigger the name, the weirder the theory.

Paul McCartney became a household name when he rose to prominence as part of the Beatles in the 1960s, and his star power has held steady ever since the band broke up in 1970. But some conspiracy theorists believe that the Paul we know and love today is not Paul at all, but “Faul,” or a faux Paul McCartney.

According to a longstanding theory, the real Paul McCartney isn’t the septuagenarian still tearing up stages – he actually died in the early hours of November 9th, 1966, after his car skidded off an icy road and crashed into a pole.

Conspiracy theorists claim that John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr worried about how his death might impact the Beatles’ huge commercial success, so they covered up his death by replacing him with a lookalike named Billy Shears, who looked, acted and even sounded the part.

Extreme theorists have pointed to discrepancies in older photos of Paul and more recent photos, claiming that details like chin shape or the placement of his ears are dead giveaways. “Faul’s” head size and shape are also supposedly different from McCartney’s. Some theorists even go as far as to say Shears was an orphan who had once won a McCartney lookalike competition.

And so, the story goes, the Beatles were able to continue on with their hit-making career undisturbed, their big secret well hidden from the world.

But, according to McCartney truthers, Lennon, Harrison and Starr began to feel guilty about their cover-up, so they began leaving clues that hinted at McCartney’s untimely death via their album covers and even in their songs themselves.

The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967, is supposedly a big clue, with theorists asserting that the image of a whole cadre of the band’s heroes is not just a gathering, but a funeral. They point to the freshly dug earth in the foreground, the younger Beatles all dressed in black, and a patch of yellow flowers prominently displayed in the front — could it be a nod to the left-handed bassist?

Fans who believed in the theory started looking for hints in the band’s songs as well, and found quite a few eerie coincidences.

Perhaps one of the best-known is their 1968 track “Revolution #9,” which, if played backward, has one part that sounds a lot like a violent car crash and a voice that can be made out to be saying, “He hit a pole! Better get him to see a surgeon.”

The supposed audio clues didn’t stop there. Play “I’m So Tired” backwards, and you get a recorded phrase that sounds kind of like, “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” Slow down “Strawberry Fields Forever” and you can hear John saying, “I buried Paul.” (In interviews, however, Lennon has explained that the phrase was actually “cranberry sauce.”)

Then there’s the famous cover for Abbey Road, in which all four bandmates are crossing the street toward their studio. At first glance, the image looks harmless. Conspiracy theorists, however, are convinced that the album is a huge confirmation that McCartney is, in fact, dead.

In the picture, John is wearing all white, just like a priest; Ringo’s all dressed in black like a pallbearer; and George is bringing up the rear in a blue-jean getup, the gravedigger of the group.

And Paul? The supposedly deceased Beatle walks shoeless across the road, theorists say, because he’s dead.

Yet another example that theorists point to is the significance of the black walrus that appears on the cover of their 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour. According to these theorists, the black walrus symbolizes death in certain Scandinavian cultures, and McCartney was undoubtedly in that animal costume.

And in a truly bizarre coincidence – or was it? – on a later Beatles release, the White Album, Lennon sings on one track, “Glass Onion”: “Well here’s another clue for you all – the walrus was Paul!”

As for Paul – or is it “Faul”? – the rumors don’t really bother him. “To the people’s minds who prefer to think of them as rumors, then I’m not going to interfere,” he told Life magazine in 1969. “I’m not going to spoil their fantasy.” 

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From Kurt Cobain to Janis Joplin, Listen to Tales Behind Legendary Rock Photos

Our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast recently celebrated 50 years of Rolling Stone with a look back at some of the stories behind the magazine’s greatest photographsListen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify, or check it out below.

Here, a look at some of the episode’s highlights:

Original Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman felt a deep responsibility to represent artists properly.
“In the early days of Rolling Stone,” he says, “there was no MTV, there was no Internet. There was no way to really see what the musicians that you cared about looked like other than in the pages of Rolling Stone. And the challenge then was to make individual pictures that told a much larger story than just having been there at that moment.”

Wolman lived a couple blocks away from Janis Joplin, and photographed her often. 
“She was so many things,” he says. “She was depressive and she was exciting and she was happy and she was sad. She had a really rough life growing up and behind some of the sadness there was a kid. And she had a fabulous smile. So I always worked really hard to get her to smile.”

Shooting Amy Winehouse’s 2007 Rolling Stone cover was harrowing. 
When photographer Max Vadukul arrived for the shoot in Miami, Winehouse was ebullient: She had just gotten married (to Blake Fielder-Civil) minutes before. “Can you do my wedding pictures for me?” she asked, and Vadukul complied. But as the day went on, Winehouse’s mood turned dark, especially after she disappeared into a bathroom for a while. “She said, ‘What am I doing here?’ I just got married,” Vadukul recalls.   She ended up leaving early – and later, Vadukul discovered that some of his pictures showed white powder under her noise. “It was depressing,”  says Rolling Stone creative director Jodi Peckman, “and a little scary.”

Photographer Mark Seliger came to regret telling Kurt Cobain not to wear t-shirts with writing on them to Nirvana’s 1992 cover shoot. 
“It’s like telling a teenager not to do something,” Seliger says. “The first day Kurt was wearing a shirt with a weird little animated duck on it that said, ‘Jerry Garcia still sucks.’ And then the following day, Kurt was wearing  his signature sweater and  big dark sunglasses – and then he opened up the sweater and it said, ‘corporate magazines still suck.’ And I was kind of laughing and I said, ‘Would you mind maybe not wearing that shirt?’ And he said, ‘Nope.’ And I said, ‘What about the sunglasses off?’ And he said sure. And every time he took his sunglasses off he crossed his eyes.”

Seliger got all the time he needed with Snoop Dogg when he shot the rapper with Dr. Dre in 1993.  
“His publicist says, Oh, he’s on house arrest. He’ll be there all night.”

Tom Petty had some advice on photographing George Harrison.
“If you bring four or five ukeleles,” Petty told Seliger in 1991, “you’ll find a very happy man.”

Listen and subscribe to Rolling Stone Music Now on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show broadcast live on Sirius XM’s Volume, channel 106.

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AEG Presents and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Present NICKELBACK FEED THE MACHINE LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After a nearly seven-year absence from Las Vegas, multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, Nickelback, is returning to Sin City for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Monster Truck will open all five…


AEG Presents and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Present NICKELBACK FEED THE MACHINE LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After a nearly seven-year absence from Las Vegas, multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, Nickelback, is returning to Sin City for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Monster Truck will open all five…


Lost in a Dream Karaoke Competition Promises $20,000 Prize!

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/11/Ha_Phuong_Lost_in_a_Dream_Karaoke_Competition.jpg?p=captionNEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “Lost in a Dream,” the theme song for Ha Phuong’s new feature film, Finding Julia, takes center stage in a karaoke-style competition. Professional and amateur singers alike are invited to record themselves singing “Lost in a Dream,” which ca…