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Inside Chris Stapleton's Grammy Night: Ram Report

“It’s a strange thing to show up and have the ticket for Row 1, Seat 1, and your rowmates are Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga,” Chris Stapleton tells Rolling Stone Country of he and wife Morgane’s Grammy Awards experience. “It’s very strange to be in the middle of, and wonderful, all at the same time.”

Stapleton won a pair of Grammys at the February 15th ceremonies, one for Best Country Album for his debut LP Traveller, the other for his performance of the title track. The singer-songwriter also took part in a tribute to the late B.B. King, with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. It was a fiery highlight of the broadcast, but for Stapleton, it prohibited him from seeing Lady Gaga’s David Bowie medley. He did catch the duet between James Bay and Tori Kelly, however, making him a new fan.

“I really enjoyed them. That was really, really good,” Stapleton says. “I wasn’t familiar with either one of their music, because I am completely an idiot on pop culture.”

While Stapleton may claim to be in the dark on pop culture, he’s quickly becoming a part of it: on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel, he participated in a laugh-out-loud skit that found him singing “The Words You Hate.”

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Hear Wintersleep's Soaring Song With Rush's Geddy Lee

When Canadian indie-rock band Wintersleep were recording their new album, The Great Detachment, they got sidetracked chatting about their love for one of their country’s most famous musical exports. “We were talking about how amazing Rush was … and how incredible Geddy Lee is,” Paul Murphy, the band’s lead singer, told Rolling Stone. “He can sing these incredibly complex melodies with complex lyrics, while playing perhaps even more incredibly complex bass parts, while also operating foot pedals. If there was an instrument he could play with his eyeballs, I’m sure he’d be able to!”

Coincidentally, later that same night, the band ran into trouble while fine-tuning the bass line on one of the tracks, “Territory.” “It was cool but the song didn’t feel as lively as it should in the end,” Murphy explains. “Someone was like, ‘What would Geddy Lee do?’ jokingly, and Tony [Doogan, producer] was like, ‘Oh, the best bass player in the world? He’d make it incredible. Why don’t we just ask him?'”

They did, and Wintersleep’s “what if …?” fantasy quickly turned into reality.

“Wintersleep contacted me a while ago and asked me to play bass on this track,” Lee told RS. “I had a listen and loved the song and the vibe of the band. I had a blast laying down a bunch of takes and sent them off to them. I’m happy to support a fellow Canadian band and wish them all the best with their new album.”

The result is “Territory” — no relation to the 1985 Rush song “Territories” — a muscular, hard-driving track that builds to a bright, yearning chorus. Lee’s trademark gritty tone and melodic inventiveness are easily identifiable, but there’s nothing showy about the performance; his bass lines blend perfectly with Loel Campbell’s drums and provide a firm anchor for the rest of the track.

“The bass line we originally had for ‘Territory’ was just kind of playing the roots of the song,” Murphy explains of Lee’s contribution. “There was a sort of hook-line melody in the choruses, but that melody sort of combated with Tim [D’eon]’s lead line in a weird way. It’s kind of an odd time signature, so it sometimes is hard thinking more creatively when a riff is long and kind of odd like that. In the end, the song just felt a little sticky and maybe a bit too dark, lacking the energy it needed. With a relatively dark lyric and a generous amount of minor notes in the progression, you have to be careful because it can just feel a bit dark and a bit too stone-faced or something.

“Geddy’s part was perfect because it had this great groove and locked into the vocal melody in the song from time to time, bringing more weight to the melody in important spots. It added a certain playful dimension to the equation because it’s so dynamic. Also, Tony was able to strip the song down more in the mix in sections because the bass had such a neat character and fuller sound, which was huge for the song dynamically.”

“Territory” will appear on Wintersleep’s The Great Detachment, out March 4th via Dine Alone Records. Fans who preorder the album starting February 19th will receive an instant download of “Territory.” In November, Rush released R40 Live, a CD/DVD/Blu-ray document of what was likely their final large-scale tour.

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Last Bullet Releases "Sin" Video

Toronto based Hard Rock band Last Bullet have released a music video for their new single “Sin”. Envisioned, edited and co-directed by frontman Bryan Fontez, “Sin” was filmed in the 24th floor attic of Toronto’s …Read More

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Hatsune Miku Releases Official Video for Miku Expo 2016 "Blue Star"

Hatsune Miku has released the official video for the Miku Expo 2016 theme song “Blue Star”. Check it out right HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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The Black Dahlia Murder’s "Threat Level No. 3" Video Released

The Black Dahlia Murder has released a new video for “Threat Level No. 3”. Check it out HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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BAND-MAID Releases Video for "alone"

Japanese all-girl rock band BAND-MAID released their new music video “alone” on Valentine’s Day, and the video has racked up over 10,000 views on YouTube in its first day of release. Featuring a blistering guitar …Read More

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New Years Day Releases "I’m About to Break You" Video

New Years Day has released a new video for “I’m About to Break You”. Check it out HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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Ronnie Spector Announces 'English Heart' Album, Track List

The Ronettes icon Ronnie Spector will release her first album of new material since 2006 this spring. The singer’s 1960s British-themed English Heart comprises her takes on songs from the era, which she handpicked. It includes her renditions of songs originally performed by the Kinks (“Tired of Waiting”), the Animals (“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), the Beatles (“I’ll Follow the Sun”) and Gerry & the Pacemakers (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”).

The first single is her take on the Rolling Stones’ “I’d Much Rather Be with the Boys,” which was written in 1964 by Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham. In her version, she flips the original perspective and switches up the title to “I’d Much Rather Be with the Girls.”

Her Sixties and British music focus pays homage to a pivotal time for the Ronettes and Spector. “I’ll never forget my first impressions of England in that winter of ’64. I’d never traveled outside the U.S. before,” she said in a statement. “To arrive at Heathrow and be welcomed by those kids was an amazing feeling. We’d never had fans waiting at an airport to greet us.” January 1964 was also the time that “Be My Baby” was storming the UK charts. 

English Heart will be released on April 8th.

English Heart Track List

1. “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)”
2. “Because”
3. “I’d Much Rather Be with the Girls”
4. “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”
5. “Tired of Waiting”
6. “Tell Her No”
7. “I’ll Follow the Sun”
8. “You’ve Got Your Troubles”
9. “Girl Don’t Come”
10. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
11. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”

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Kanye West Calls Taylor Swift 'Fake Ass' in 'SNL' Leaked Rant

Kanye West seemed to have had a bit of a meltdown while backstage at NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. According to Page Six, he threatened to walk off the show, and on Wednesday, Page Six posted audio apparently recorded at the time.

“Look at that shit, they took my fucking stage off a ‘SNL’ without asking me. Now I’m bummed. That and Taylor Swift, fake ass,” West is heard saying. His song, “Famous,” from The Life of Pablo contains lyrics claiming he made “that bitch famous.” Swift dismissed his claims in her Grammy acceptance speech on Monday.

While it’s not clear from the tape who is being addressed, Page Six reports that he was going off on the production staff. A source connected to Kanye West denies that West yelled at ‘SNL’ staff. “This audio was secretly recorded while he was venting his frustration in a private moment with his team,” the source tells Rolling Stone. “He found out his stage design was changed and taken apart under the direction of the show’s lighting director without anyone’s approval.”

In the audio tape, he also appears to reference walking out on the set in the audio obtained. “Now I ain’t gonna do this, we’re breaking the motherfucking internet,” he said. “I went through six years of this fucking shit. Let’s get to it, bro. Let’s get to it, bro.”

West’s infamous ego then seems to take over during the tirade. “Are they fucking crazy, bro? By 50 percent. Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso… fucking Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent, more influential than any other human being.

“Don’t fuck with me. Don’t fuck with me. Don’t fuck with me,” he continues. “By 50 percent, dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next thousand years. Stanley Kubrick. Ye.”

The source says that West’s frustration was justified. “He spent an entire day rehearsing and a lot of hard work into the performance. Dramatic set changes were made 30 minutes before going live. It should be understandable why he was upset after being completely blindsided.”

Despite the rant, West did perform on the show last Saturday. The source says that after everything was fixed and following West’s performance, “Kanye was seen hugging Lorne Michaels just before the goodnights and he stayed afterwards to chat with the staff and the cast, and thanked the producers on his way out the door.”

His recent tweets also seem to indicate he’s trying to be more humble. “Man, I was thinking about when I commented on the idea of ‘taking the rap throne’,” he wrote in a series of tweets on Wednesday, which were posted prior to the Page Six story being published. He stated his former stance was “a dated mentality” and acknowledged that “every rapper is somebody’s favorite” and that “everybody has something they do best.”

He addressed the importance of admitting his mistake with the rap boast. “A wise man should be humble enough to admit when he’s wrong and change his mind based on new information,” he wrote, later concluding that “My number one enemy has been my ego… there is only one throne and that’s God’s.”

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Metallica Detail Deluxe 'Kill 'Em All,' 'Ride the Lightning' Reissues

Metallica have revealed the contents of the deluxe editions of Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning that they will be putting out this spring. Each album has been remastered and will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as in a deluxe box set. In addition to the original albums, the lavish box sets will contain original source material from the band’s vaults, including previously unreleased music, and a book containing rare photos and essays. All editions will come out on April 15th.

The deluxe box set of Kill ‘Em All will contain four LPs, five CDs, a DVD and a deluxe book with rare photos and a patch. Ride the Lightning will also contain four vinyl records, along with six CDs, a DVD and a book with previously undistributed photos, a mini-book of James Hetfield’s handwritten lyrics, and three posters. The full track list for each is below.

The group also posted two samples of rarities that will appear on the deluxe box sets. The first is a version of Kill ‘Em All’s “Phantom Lord” that they recorded live in Paris in 1984. Hetfield introduces the band as “a bunch of alcoholics from California” to the audience and dedicates to the people who had the group’s early demos and “all the old stuff.”

The second is an instrumental, raw “garage demo” of Ride the Lightning‘s title track that Lars Ulrich uncovered while putting together the reissues. It begins with the band members declaring the tape recorder is playing.

Metallica kicked off their reissue campaign last year, when they reissued their No Life ‘Til Leather demo cassette. Ulrich told Rolling Stone at the time, that it was a sign of things to come. “It’s time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalog that everyone else has done; the U2s and the Led Zeppelins and the Oasises,” he said. “Instead of starting with Kill ‘Em All, which came out in 1983, we figured we’d go back another two years to when the band was formed in 1981.”

Kill ‘Em All Deluxe Box Set Track List:

Vinyl: Kill ‘Em All (Remastered)

“Hit the Lights”
“The Four Horsemen”
“Motorbreath”
“Jump in the Fire”
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth”
“Whiplash”
“Phantom Lord”
“No Remorse”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Metal Militia”

Vinyl: Live At Espace Balard, Paris, France – February 9th, 1984 (Two LPs)

Previously Unreleased

“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“Hit the Lights” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

Vinyl: Jump in the Fire (Picture Disc)

“Jump in the Fire”
“Seek and Destroy” (“Live” at The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: Kill ‘Em All (Remastered)

“Hit the Lights”
“The Four Horsemen”
“Motorbreath”
“Jump in the Fire”
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth”
“Whiplash”
“Phantom Lord”
“No Remorse”
“Seek and Destroy”
“Metal Militia”

CD: Interview and Radio IDs

Previously Unreleased

Metal Forces Interview With Lars, January 1984
Radio IDs With Lars, James and Cliff From 1984

CD: Rough Mixes From Lars’ Vault, Bootleg Tracks and Whiplash Remix EP

Previously Unreleased except “Jump In The Fire,” “Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix),” “Seek and Destroy (“Live” at The Automatt)” and “Phantom Lord (“Live” at The Automatt)”

“Motorbreath” (Rough Mix)
“Hit the Lights” (Rough Mix)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Rough Mix)
“Seek and Destroy” (Rough Mix)
“Whiplash” (Rough Mix)
“The Four Horsemen” (Rough Mix)
“Seek and Destroy” (Not Live from The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (Not Live from The Automatt)
“Jump in the Fire”
“Whiplash” (Special Neckbrace Remix)
“Seek and Destroy” (“Live” at The Automatt)
“Phantom Lord” (“Live” at The Automatt)

CD: Live at J Bees Rock III, Middletown, NY – January 20th, 1984

Previously Unreleased

“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash (Live)”

CD: Live at the Keystone, Palo Alto, CA – October 31st, 1983

Previously Unreleased

“Hit the Lights” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call of Ktulu’)” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

DVD: Live at the Metro in Chicago on August 12th, 1983

Previously Unreleased except “No Remorse” and “Metal Militia”

“Hit the Lights” (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live) (Video Only/No Audio)
“Jump in the Fire” (Live) (Video Only/Partial Audio)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

Ride the Lightning Deluxe Box Set Track List:

Vinyl: Ride the Lightning (Remastered)

“Fight Fire With Fire”
“Ride the Lightning”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Fade to Black”
“Trapped Under Ice”
“Escape”
“Creeping Death”
“The Call of Ktulu”

Vinyl: Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA – March 10th, 1985 (Two LPs)

Previously Unreleased

“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

Vinyl: Creeping Death (Picture Disc)

“Creeping Death”
“Am I Evil?”
“Blitzkrieg”

CD: Ride the Lightning (Remastered)

“Fight Fire With Fire”
“Ride the Lightning”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Fade to Black”
“Trapped Under Ice”
“Escape”
“Creeping Death”
“The Call of Ktulu”

CD: Metallica Interviews

Previously Unreleased

Metal Forces Interview with Lars, November 1984
WUSC Cleveland Radio Interview with Cliff and Kirk, February 1985
Metal Madness Interview with Lars, March 1985

CD: Demos and Rough Mixes From Lars’ Vault

Previously Unreleased

“Ride the Lightning” (Studio Demo)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call Of Ktulu’)” (Studio Demo)
“Creeping Death” (Studio Demo)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Studio Demo)
“Ride the Lightning” (Garage Demo)
“When Hell Freezes Over (‘The Call Of Ktulu’)” (Garage Demo)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Garage Demo)
“Ride the Lightning” (Boom Box Demo)
“Blitzkrieg” (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
“Am I Evil?” (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)

CD: Live at Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, CA – March 15th, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

CD: Live at the Lyceum Theatre, London, UK – December 20th, 1984

“Phantom Lord,” “The Call Of Ktulu,” “Creeping Death” and “Guitar Solo” Previously Unreleased. All Other Songs Previously Unreleased on CD.

“Phantom Lord” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“The Call of Ktulu” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Metal Militia” (Live)

CD: Live at Castle Donington, UK – August 17th, 1985

Previously Unreleased on CD

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

DVD: Metal Hammer, Day on the Green and Danish TV

Live at the Metal Hammer Festival in St. Goarshausen, Germany – September 14, 1985

Previously Unreleased except “The Four Horsemen,” “Fade to Black” and “Seek and Destroy”

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“Disposable Heroes” (Live)
“No Remorse” (Live)
“(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” (Live)
“For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Live)
“The Four Horsemen” (Live)
“Fade to Black” (Live)
“Seek and Destroy” (Live)
“Whiplash” (Live)
“Fight Fire With Fire” (Live)
“Guitar Solo” (Live)
“Am I Evil?” (Live)
“Motorbreath” (Live)

Live at MTV’s Day on the Green at Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA – August 31, 1985

Previously Unreleased except “For Whom the Bell Tolls”

“Creeping Death” (Live)
“Ride the Lightning” (Live)
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Live)
MTV Day on the Green Interview with Lars and James

Danish TV

Previously Unreleased

Lars Ulrich When He Was Young (Lars’ first television interview)
Spot – Lars Ulrich

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