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LACUNA COIL CHART HIGH ON BILLBOARD 200

Italy’s greatest musical export, LACUNA COIL, have returned with the massively anticipated, new full-length release, Shallow Life, and have undoubtedly proven that they are one of hard rock’s most revered artists as the album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This impressive position marks the band’s highest Billboard chart entry, as well…

ANTHRAX CONFIRMS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

The legendary ANTHRAX will be hitting the road in Europe this summer with a series of festivals and headline dates as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming new studio album, Worship Music will have a Fall worldwide release. The European dates kick off in Estonia on June 13 and continue into August, with the band…

NEW VIDEO FROM SECONDHAND SERENADE “MAYBE”

Check out the video for “Maybe,” Secondhand Serenade’s third single off A Twist In My Story. This video is made up of behind the scenes footage of life on the road over the past few months while John Vesely (A.K.A Secondhand Serenade) toured Portugal, the Philippines and Australia.

COLDPLAY TO GIVE AWAY LIVE CD TO FANS ATTENDING SUMMER TOUR DATES

Coldplay will be giving away an exclusive live CD, titled LeftRightLeftRightLeft, to all fans attending the Viva La Vida summer tour beginning May 15th, the first date of the band’s North American tour and at every remaining live show in 2009.   The CD will also be available as a free download during the same…

EVANSCAPPS TO RELEASE ALBUM ON MAY 12

EVANSCAPPS, the side project of Ean Evans (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (keyboardist for .38 Special), is set to release its album, “Last Time,” on May 12th via Rock Ridge Music.   The album features eleven songs of “Southern alternative metal,” as Evans has dubbed their sound. Capps provides the lead vocals with…

THE SILENT YEARS NEW SINGLE “MADAME SHOCKING” / DATES

Josh Epstein is certainly no stranger to change. The Silent Years’ founder and frontman has seen his share of shifts throughout the past four years his Detroit-based outfit’s been active, whether it’s in the line-up, musical approach or associations with record labels.

KILLERS WANNA TAKE NIRVANA AND ZEP DOWN

Killers singer Brandon Flowers says some legendary bands aren’t allowing their band to grow in popularity here in the States. He told NME that he feels that people in the U-S are still “so obsessed” with bands like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana that it doesn’t allow new acts to grow. Flowers said he’d like to…

DYLAN TO BE NUMBER ONE

It looks like Bob Dylan might have his fifth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart.   According to early numbers from Nielsen Soundscan, the legendary singer’s latest record, Together Through Life, is on track to move over 100-thousand copies in its first week of release.   That should be enough for the top…

TREY SONGZ IS READY

During a recent interview with MTV News, Trey Songz revealed what fans can expect from his forthcoming effort, Ready. The “Brand New” singer explained he is aiming for a “different sound” and more “diversity” in the album content. In addition, Trey will debut his new music video for “I Need A Girl” via Yahoo! Music…

GREEN DAY BONUS COVER SONGS

Green Day will be making four bonus cover songs available to fans via iTunes when they pre-order a digital copy of 21st Century Breakdown. Fans will get Green Day’s take on “A Quick One While He’s Away” by The Who, Social Distortion’s “Another State of Mind, “That’s Alright Mama” by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan’s…

DIDDY TO SIGN RED CAFE

According to MTV News, it looks like Diddy is currently in final negotiations with Shakedown Records to get Red Cafe signed to Bad Boy Records. Yes, the deal is nearly complete and if all goes well there will be a new Cafe mixtape coming out soon. Red told MTV the mixtape is “tough” with “original…

ASHANTI TO STAR IN MUSICAL

SingersRoom.com has learned Ashanti has landed a new gig… in a New York City musical. The “Way That I Love You” singer will appear as “Dorothy” in The Wiz. This is not Ashanti’s fist theatrical debut; she also played performed in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Defying Gravity. The Charlie Smalls and William F.…

LEONA LEWIS GET INJURED ON HORSE

First Madonna was thrown from a horse and now it’s being reported that Leona Lewis was head-butted by one — are these creatures turning on our pop stars?   According to British paper The Daily Mirror, the “Bleeding Love” singer was going out for a ride earlier in the week when the horse she was…

Evan Spade, Evan Spade

Within the bounds of the music industry, the Internet has emerged as the paramount vehicle of choice for up and coming as well as established artists. The sheer breadth and scope of the net’s reach is virtually limitless, and no one knows this better perhaps than Dallas-based pop rockers Evan Spade. And the pairing of…

Van Atta High, Doin’ Somethin’ Right

I posit that as a music journalist, you aren’t working these days unless you are writing about the proliferation of Pop-Punk bands. For this music journalist, it proves that I am not immune to the generation gap; rather a victim of it. My generation’s vantage point saw Punk as fringe and never intended for mass…

RANDOM STABBINGS & ARTLESS CRITIQUE, MAY 2009

Sweet, Action: The Sweet Anthology (Shout Factory   Records) With one purchase you can become a true 70s-arena-rock know-it-all instead of some underwear-fouling young poseur looking for attention from your hopelessly distracted parents.   Riding a rail between prog and glam at the height of their fame, Sweet (or “The Sweet” if you have nothing…

STOLI LOSES IN A STARE DOWN WITH HOPSIN

Ruthless Records is not letting any recession get them down. Their newest signee is 20 year old emcee known as, Hopsin. Hopsin is coming straight out the San Fernando Valley in California and he has alot he needs to get off his chest. Hopsin has been busy locked down is the studio creating his debut…

DEF JAM LAUNCHES 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN 2009

The greatest names in the history of hip-hop, rap and R&B – from LL Cool J and Slick Rick to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy and 3rd Bass to Ludacris, Redman and Rick Ross, from Jay-Z to Young Jeezy and dozens more – have made Def Jam Recordings the destination for Urban artists…

MYSPACE MUSIC AND REVOLVER MAGAZINE TO LAUNCH DIGITAL PARTNERSHIP WITH MYSPACE METAL

MySpace Music today announced an exclusive partnership in conjunction with Revolver magazine’s recently launched digital issues, making the magazine the official partner of MySpace Metal. The multi-media collaboration will take advantage of the audiences of both brands to deliver a fully interactive experience for users. Through the partnership, fans are able to read entire issues…

MU DILLS NEW SINGLE FEAT LIL KIM

Introducing the new track, “Raincheck” by MU DILLS featuring Lil’ Kim.   For the second day in a row “Raincheck” was allhiphop.com’s heater of the day. This is the dirty version and you know Lil Kim can be as dirty as they get. RAINCHECK (feat Lil Kim) EXPLICIT: SKOPE IT HERE!

GET FAMILIAR WITH CHESTER FRENCH VIA CLINTON SPARKS

To promote their upcoming full-length album Love The Future, Chester Frenchhas teamed up with mixtape DJ Clinton Sparks to collaborate on a star-studded mixtape called Get Familiar with Chester French: Jacques JamsVol. 1, Endurance. The group has acquired a growing celebrity buzz sinceLove The Future was recorded, so the new Jacques Jams raises the bar,…

PLIES IS LOOKING FOR A “GOONETTE”

A few months ago, we reported Plies was trying to shop a new reality series called Bust It Baby, which would showcase Plies looking for “love.” However, a clip has appeared on YouTube of Plies taking his reality show in a different direction. The rapper is now looking for a “Goonette” — which is a…

DMX PLANS TO HEADLINE U-S TOUR

ContactMusic.com reports DMX is expected to get out of prison on April 30th after serving time for drug possession, animal cruelty and theft. The rapper already has his next career move sorted out. X is scheduled to headline a three-month America’s Ambush 2.0 Tour later in coming months. In order to make sure he’s released…

DAVID COOK TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

David Cook is an honorary chairman for the 12th annual Race for Hope — DC.   It’s a 5k course through that nation’s capitol that is a fundraiser to get money to fight against brain tumors.   Thing is, David wants to raise ten-thousand dollars for the cause and he needs your help.   For…

LIL WAYNE SUES OVER THE CARTER DOCUMENTARY

According to Radar Online, it looks like Lil Wayne is going after the production company that put together The Carter documentary. Weezy has filed a lawsuit against one of the producers, QDIII, who happens to be Quincy Jones’ son. The “A Milli” rapper is claiming he was never given approval over the final cut and…

Jean-Pierre Simons, Sentimentally…To Africa

The multi-cultural and multi-dimensional artist known as Jean-Pierre Simons brings us one diverse piece of work.   The title track “Sentimentally…To Africa” brings it all back to Simons’ roots as a young man growing up in Cameroon.   He says during the song, “Everything is bringing me back to Africa” and you really feel his…

THE KILLERS CHOOSE WILD LIGHT FOR TOUR

The Killers have tapped New Hampshire quartet Wild Light to be the main support on their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off April 17, 2009 at the highly anticipated re-opening of Las Vegas’ premier rock club, The Joint. During this 10 city trek Wild Light will play to packed crowds at arenas including the…

NEW SINGLE FROM DALE WATSON “TRUCKIN’ MAN” MP3

Dale Watson has made a career out of defying contemporary country music standards. He’s remained tried and true to the spirit of authentic country giants like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and in the process has grown into an artist equal in stature.  

NEW VIDEO “COLD WATER” FROM FRANCES

Frances know this all too well. The coed sextet’s debut full-length All the While carries on the great tradition of pop music that plays with itself, taking the fun parts and discarding the dumb ones, flirting with chaos but always returning to a gloriously catchy, melodic center.

BURAKA SOM SISTEMA YOUTUBE VIDEO CONTEST / VIDEO

On April 7, the release of their full-length debut, Black Diamond, Buraka Som Sistema will unleash their hybrid of kuduro, hip-hop, grime and hard-edged dance music on North America. Ten days later, on Friday, April 17, their live show — with physics-defying dance troupes, serious percussion and rotating rapid-fire MCs — kicks off at Coachella.…

NEW ALBUM FROM THE BLACKOUT JUNE 9

The hottest new rock act in the UK, the Blackout, will be releasing their addictive new album, The Best In Town, on June 9th via Epitaph.   The Welsh six-piece will take the US by storm on the 2009 Warped Tour, where they will unleash their potent brew of massive rock riffs, soaring melodies and…

Beyond From Within, Beyond From Within

The record industry has without a doubt become an industry in flux. The standard formula for making a record, marketing that product and reaping the benefits of its sale still apply, it’s just that these days it isn’t the only formula out there. Steve Andrews, the one-man entity behind Pennsylvania’s Beyond From Within, is testament…