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Make Me A Donut Releases Video for "Nominatus Padre"

Make Me A Donut has released a new video for “Nominatus Padre”. Check it out right HERE.


Beyonce Announces 'Formation' World Tour Following Super Bowl Show

One day after surprise-releasing a new song and videoBeyoncé followed her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance with news of the Formation World Tour.

The tour is the singer’s first solo trek since her ambitious Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. It kicks off April 27th in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park, with an additional 21 stadium dates that include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas. The European leg of the tour starts June 28th in Sunderland, U.K. at Stadium of Light and includes dates in London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more.

Bey debuted “Formation” live Sunday at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium dressed in a tight black jumpsuit with gold military “ammunition” that seemed to reference Michael Jackson’s signature look from the Eighties. Bruno Mars, another previous Super Bowl halftime show headliner, also appeared during Coldplay’s set.

“Formation” is available to stream and download for free exclusively through Tidal.

Beyoncé Formation World Tour Dates

April 27 – Miami @ Marlins Park
April 29 – Tampa @ Raymond James Stadium
May 1 – Atlanta @ Georgia Dome
May 3 – Raleigh @ Carter-Finley Stadium
May 5 – Nashville @ Nissan Stadium
May 7 – Houston @ NRG Stadium
May 9 – Dallas @ AT&T Stadium
May 12 – San Diego @ Qualcomm Stadium
May 14 – Los Angeles @ Rose Bowl
May 16 – Santa Clara @ Levi’s Stadium
May 18 – Seattle @ CenturyLink Field
May 20 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Commonwealth Stadium
May 23 – Minneapolis @ TCF Bank Stadium
May 25 – Toronto @ Rogers Centre
May 27 – Chicago @ Soldier Field
May 29 – Detroit @ Ford Field
May 31 – Pittsburgh @ Heinz Field
June 3 – Boston @ Gillette Stadium
June 5 – Philadelphia @ Lincoln Financial Field
June 7 – New York City @ Citi Field
June 10 – Baltimore @ M&T Bank Stadium
June 12 – Hershey @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 28 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
June 30 – Cardiff, UK @ Millennium Stadium
July 2 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
July 5 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford
July 7 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
July 9 – Dublin, Ireland @ Croke Park
July 12 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Esprit Arena
July 14 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
July 16 – Amsterdam @ Arena
July 18 – Milan, Italy @ Stadio San Siro
July 21 – Paris @ Stade de France
July 24 – Copenhagen @ Parken
July 26 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
July 29 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Commerzbank Arena
July 31 – Brussels, Belgium @ Roi Boudoin

Watch Lady Gaga Sing Stirring National Anthem at Super Bowl 50

A glittery red-suited Lady Gaga stunned with her version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the opening minutes of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday in Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium, where the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers were set to face off. To further show her patriotism during one of the most-watched TV events in the United States, the singer-songwriter — who has already scored Oscar and Grammy nominations for 2016 — wore blue-painted fingernails and glittery red eyeshadow.

Although considered by some to be a controversial choice to sing the national anthem, Gaga kept things fairly traditional: She started slowly and built until she hit the hight notes of the national anthem and Levi’s Stadium roared with cheers.

The Artpop singer turns 30 in March, but before celebrating that personal milestone, she will perform a medley of David Bowie songs in tribute to the late singer-songwriter during the Grammys broadcast on February 15, when the ceremony will air live on CBS.

On the Charts: Rihanna's 'Anti' Takes Long Way to Number One

Despite going platinum upon arrival, Rihanna‘s Anti was held out of the top spot on last week’s Billboard 200 due to a Nielsen SoundScan rule change. In its second official week of release, however, there was nothing to prevent Rihanna from claiming Number One as the singer’s latest LP sold 166,000 copies. Although Anti didn’t technically debut in the top spot – it entered the Billboard 200 at Number 27 last week – by climbing atop the charts, Anti gave Rihanna her second consecutive album to reach Number One, following 2012’s Unapologetic.

Upon Anti‘s release, the album was downloaded for free approximately 1.47 million times by Samsung users and recipients of a Rihanna promo code. While the RIAA recognized the album as platinum, SoundScan did not count those free downloads towards its Billboard 200 total. According to Billboard, the Number 27-to-Number One jump is the biggest leap for a chart-topper since Radiohead’s In Rainbows rose from Number 156 to Number One, the result of some vendors not adhering the album’s physical release date.

Anti‘s second week on the Billboard 200 left Kevin Gates’ Isiah at the biggest debut, with the rapper’s new album opening its run at Number Two and 112,000 copies, a vast improvement over his By Any Means and its Number 17 peak in 2014.

Last week’s chart-topper, Adele’s 25, dropped down to Number Three with another 89,000 copies. Although she abdicated the Billboard 200 throne, the singer’s blockbuster album pushed past 8 million copies this week. Sia’s This Is Acting debuted Number Four with 81,000 copies. Sales-wise, that’s a career high week for Sia, although her 1000 Forms of Fear peaked at Number One in 2014 with only 52,000 copies.

Justin Bieber’s Purpose finished the week at Number Five while Charlie Puth’s Nine Track Mind was the final new release to crack the Top 10, coming in at Number Six.

Dan Hicks, Hot Licks Singer, Dead at 74

Dan Hicks, a longtime Bay Area music figure and the lead singer of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, passed away Saturday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. Hicks’ wife CT confirmed the singer-songwriter’s death on his official website. “He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always,” she wrote. “To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail – they are all pure Dan.”

The Little Rock-born, Bay Area-raised Hicks first served as drummer with the San Francisco psych-rock pioneers the Charlatans before forming his own outfit, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, in 1967; Hicks’ new band first acted as the Charlatans’ opening act before breaking out on their own, signing with Epic Records and releasing their 1969 debut LP Original Recordings.

The country-rock ensemble, complete with the background singers “the Lickettes,” next released 1971’s Where’s the Money? and 1972’s Striking it Rich, the latter featuring one of Hicks’ most renowned tracks, “I Scare Myself.” In 1973, just as the Hot Licks were finding success with their LP Last Train to Hicksville, Hicks dissolved the band, the fallout of which was documented in a Rolling Stone cover story.

“I didn’t say I wanted to end the group, what I said was, ‘I don’t care if this group ever works again,'” Hicks told Charles Perry in 1973. “I just got off the stage in Columbus one day feeling really drug and I said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ It’d become a big business trip; it wasn’t a fun music trip anymore. I wasn’t in love with it the way I used to be. So then everybody started runnin’ around acting like I meant the end of the group. That wasn’t my idea.”

Hicks continued, “I’m gonna be makin’ a slow comeback, because I’m just blown out. Because I don’t think I have the confidence to even get back up on the stage. Can you comprehend a human mind, a state of mind, where everything bothers you? Yeah, there were pressures of touring and hassles in the band. But that ain’t it. It’s also, ah, the inner demons that possess me. Small, miniscule aliens from another planet.”

Following the release of Hicks’ 1978 solo LP It Happened One Bite, which featured unused tunes he penned for a Ralph Bakshi animated film – Hicks went on a 22-year hiatus from recording as a front man. During that time, Hicks recorded music for movies and television and pursued a low-key solo career. In the Eighties, Hicks performed with the Acoustic Warriors.

Over the following decades, Hicks would reform his Hot Licks with varying lineups, including a performance on a 1992 episode of Austin City Limits. In 2000, Hicks and the Hot Licks released Beatin’ the Heat, which featured guests like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer. The album also kicked off a prolific final 15 years in Hicks’ life and career.

We The Kings Releases Video for "The Story Of Tonight"

We The Kings have released a new video for “The Story Of Tonight”. Check it out HERE.


Madame Mayhem Releases "Left For Dead" Video

Madame Mayhem has released a new video for “Left For Dead”. Check it out HERE.


Simple Plan Releases "Opinion Overload" Video

Simple Plan have released a new video for “Opinion Overload”. Check it out HERE.


Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover David Bowie at Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

Red Hot Chili Peppers staged their first performance of 2016 Friday night at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel at the #FeelTheBern benefit concert for Bernie Sanders, who has gained the support of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. During the Peppers’ career-spanning set, the band also remembered David Bowie with a rendition of the rock legend’s Aladdin Sane cut “Cracked Actor”:

This isn’t the first time Red Hot Chili Peppers have paid tribute to Bowie: Soon after the singer’s death on January 10th, Flea was inked with a “Bowie” tattoo. For the benefit concert, Smith also adorned his drum kit with an image of Sanders meshed with Bowie’s Aladdin Sane.

Drums are ready for @BernieSanders #berninsane

— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) February 5, 2016

The Peppers’ 12-song set ranged from “Police Helicopter” off their 1984 self-titled debut LP to “Factory of Fear,” a cut from the band’s most recent album, 2011’s I’m With You.

In the weeks prior to the Sanders fundraiser, both Flea and drummer Chad Smith have been vocal in their support of the Vermont senator. “I’m for Bernie Sanders all the way,” Flea wrote in a Rolling Stone op-ed. “I believe in him; I believe in what he says. I relate to people who realize that we’re all connected, and who realize that we have to look out for each other and love each other. And that’s what Bernie’s about.”

The cost to book the fundraising event at the Ace Hotel was roughly $30,000, a fee the Peppers offered to pay themselves. However, the Sanders campaign refused their assistance. “We said, ‘Oh, we’ll pay for the cost of the venue rental.’ And [Sanders] wouldn’t accept it,” Flea added. “He said, ‘We can’t accept you guys; you’re a group — you’re incorporated — so I can’t accept that money.’ He can accept the ticket cost because each one is a small donation, but the 30 grand? ‘No, I don’t accept money like that.'”

Smith also lobbied for Sanders at an event at Las Vegas’ Tropicana on January 6th.

Deathless Creation – Thrash N Roll

Thrash metal comes in all shapes and sizes, including combing thrash metal with rock n’ roll? Yes indeedy from Deathless Creation with their debut release under the Timezone Records label, this one called “Thrash N …Read More