Tuesday, October 30, 2007

No VMA Fight Charges for Kid Rock

Kid Rock will not be charged in the fight with Tommy Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards, Las Vegas authorities said Monday.

"The Clark County District Attorney's Office will not pursue a battery charge," Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Bloxham tells Extra. "It should be noted that Tommy Lee has requested that there be no prosecution relating to the incident and there were no injuries to either person."
Rock, 36, was cited by police after he got into a shoving match with Lee, 45, at the Palms Casino Resort in the audience of the VMAs last month. Both men used to be married to Pamela Anderson, 40, who recently wed Rick Salomon, her third marriage.

Rock still faces a misdemeanor battery charge in a waffle house brawl in Atlanta. His latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, is topping the charts.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses lead Plug Award winners

Arctic Monkeys and Band of Horses were among the big winners at this year's Plug Independent Music Awards show, held Saturday (2/10) in New York City.

The British indie-pop Monkeys walked away with the award for New Artist of the Year, continuing the surge that followed the release of the band's 2006 debut album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not."

Band of Horses accepted Album of the Year honors for "Everything All the Time," which also picked up Song of the Year for "The Funeral" as well as the award for Americana Album of the Year.

Neko Case [ tickets ], whose most recent album was last year's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," was honored as Female Artist of the Year, and Sufjan Stevens won Male Artist of the Year.

The complete list of Plug Award winners is available at the event's website.

The awards show was hosted by comedian David Cross, who introduced a roster of live acts that included Tokyo Police Club, Deerhoof, El-P, Silversun Pickups, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, according a press release.

Malkmus accepted the Plug Impact Award for "his contribution to independent music through his prolific career in Pavement, Silver Jews and his solo work."

Rounding out some of the other main award categories, Yo La Tengo accepted the award for Indie Rock Album of the Year for the band's most recent set, "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass," while Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke nabbed the prize for Electronic/Dance Album of the Year for "The Eraser."

Band of Horses 'Begin' new life as trio

Indie rockers Band of Horses have weathered the departure of founding guitarist Mat Brooke and will return to the road this fall with a new studio album set for release in October.

The band was down to sole remaining member (and co-founder) Ben Bridwell following Brooke's resignation last year, but are back up to trio strength with the addition of new members Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett. Brooke's stated reason for splitting with Bridwell was to focus attention on his other going concern, indie rockers Grand Archive.

The reformulated Band of Horses will kick off its fall/winter outing Oct. 14 in Atlanta, with the group expecting to hit 21 cities on a trek that runs late into November. All dates are listed below.

"Cease to Begin," due in stores Oct. 9, is the follow up to last year's critically lauded "Everything All the Time," the band's full-length debut on the Sub Pop label. For the new disc, the group worked once again with producer Phil Ek, splitting studio time between Seattle and Asheville, NC. The album will ship in both CD and vinyl formats, with the CD version including eight removable photo cards featuring pictures by longtime Band of Horses photographer Christopher Wilson.

Bridwell and Brooke formed Band of Horses in 2004 out of the ashes of their previous band, Carissa's Weird, which released three indie-label albums. Already well known in Seattle indie circles, the duo signed with Sub Pop and toured extensively with Iron & Wine and Okkervil River before cutting their debut album.

Band of Horses Cease to Begin

If Ben Bridwell felt any pressure in crafting a worthy successor to his group's debut breakthrough, "Everything All the Time," it hardly shows.

Fitting of a man who wrote a song called "Weed Party," "Cease to Begin" finds Bridwell--his unkempt beard approaching hippie proportions these days--unapologetically baring his dude-bro demeanor. Between albums, he moved back home to South Carolina (from Seattle), inspiring a regional warmth, the musical equivalent of Southern hospitality.

There are no songs here quite as epic or grandiose as "The Funeral" or "The Great Salt Lake," but Bridwell is just as happy to seek peace and comfort in more humble doses. "Cease to Begin" checks in at 10 tracks (that is, if you include the 50-second "Lamb on the Lam") and 35 minutes.

The payoff here is not in sprawling guitar jams, but in Bridwell's high-on-life outlook that is equal parts corny and endearing. On the down-home "Ode to LRC," Bridwell wonders: "The town is so small, how could anybody not look me in the eye and wave as I drive by?" Then, with no hint of irony, he soars: "The world is such a wonderful place."

But Bridwell is at his romantic best on "No One's Gonna Love You," a misleading title given the chorus: "No one's ever gonna love you more than I do." If Bridwell didn't mean it so much, you'd half-expect to hear the friend from "Wayne's World" chime in, "No, I love you, man."

Chuckle if you must. But Bridwell, whose former Horses bandmate Mat Brooke left to work on other projects, seems to thrive on an infallible spirit and certain sincerity in which only the harshest of cynics would find fault.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Paramore Usher Invasion Into L.A.

September 15, 2007 - Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

Saturday at the Home Depot Center, usually home to David Beckham and the LA Galaxy, KROQ transformed the center for their annual Invasion concert. For the first time, KROQ re-located their large festival from the Inland “909″ to good ol’ Los Angeles, and what a great idea it was. With an amazing turnout at the beautiful venue, Paramore, an MTV favorite, opened up the main stage around 3:10pm. They started off their set with an old single, a crowd favorite that took the fans from dead to screaming and alive in seconds. It was my first time seeing them live, and what a show it was. Hayley Williams, the insanely dyed-redhead lead singer, played to the crowd as all the young fans in the front row yelled her name back at her. I couldn’t tell if I left Paramore’s set deaf because of the music blasting from the speakers or from the massive crowd screaming at my back. Either way, seeing Paramore perform live for the first time was well worth it!

One hour later Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party took the stage, and man do they know how to put on a show. Between Perry and his wife Etty (backup singer) making out onstage, to Perry jumping into the photo pit to pour his bottle of wine into the fans’ beer cups, this set was over the top. Only at a KROQ concert would you ever see something like that.

Later on, Tommy Lee’s “best friend” Kid Rock took the stage. Let me say, out of all the musicians at Invasion this year he was by far the biggest surprise to me when it came to talent. At one point during his 40 min set he walked around to every instrument (guitar, drums, mixing table, etc.) and proceeded to play each as if he was a master at every instrument. It was absolutely incredible, and it definitely gave me a newfound look on Kid Rock’s musical talents.

Thanks to a rotating stage, providing a non-stop live show, the next band was able to set up their equipment on the other side. After Kid Rock finished his set and escorted his four go-go dancers off the stage, the rotating platform begin to move to reveal Velvet Revolver to the crowd. Of course like always Slash played the crap out of his guitar as if he came out of mother’s womb with it, as Scott Weiland screamed out some amazing vocals.

Following Velvet Revolver was by far the best performance of the night. The infamous Foo Fighters took the stage. Dave Grohl opened their set with a solo to ease the crowd into an amazing one-hour show. The best part of their set had to have been the moment where Dave Grohl jumped into the photo pit onto the shoulders of a large security guard. Thank God for wireless technology because the next 5 minutes of their set Dave Grohl played his wireless guitar on top of the security’s shoulders as he ran him through the crowd from one side of the arena to the other. I have never seen something like that before! What an amazing performance!

Joining these bands were other amazing artists, such as Hot Hot Heat, Against Me!, Cypress Hill, Chris Cornell and Smashing Pumpkins closing the night out. Overall it was a great day filled with insane performances. Check out just a couple of photos I was able to take from the photo pit thanks to KROQ!

Paramore stages another Riot

Pop-punk quintet Paramore continues to tear up the road behind its latest album, "Riot!," with a whole new slate of North American dates booked for the fall.

The Tennessee-based band will finish a run of West Coast radio festivals next week before heading to Japan and Australia for a handful of shows into early October, and will then return to North America for a headlining trek, which is scheduled to crisscross the US and stop by Toronto. The outing takes off Oct. 23 in Sayreville, NJ, and runs through a Nov. 28 finale in New York City.

The Starting Line will join Paramore on the tour with special guests The Almost and Set Your Goals each having a turn in the opening slot. North American dates are listed below.

"Riot!," Paramore's sophomore set on the Fueled by Ramen label, debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 in June and recently jumped to No. 15. The album's first single, "Misery Business," is in the Top 10 at modern-rock radio and the video is making serious waves at MTV. The song and video are streaming at the band's MySpace page.

Fronted by 18-year-old Hayley Williams, Paramore has already been supporting the album all over the globe this year with tours of Japan, Australia, Europe and the US, including a mainstage slot on the Vans Warped Tour.

The group has been on many "bands to watch" lists since releasing its 2005 debut, "All We Know is Falling," which spawned the singles "Pressure" and "All We Know."

Paramore Tour Dates

September 2007
15 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center/KROQ LA Invasion
16 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Electric Park/KFMA Fall Ball
22 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field/KNDD Endfest

October 2007
23 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
25 - Utica, NY - Utica College
26 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
27 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
29 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
30 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater

November 2007
1 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
2 - Maplewood, MN - The Myth
3 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
4 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
6 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
8 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
11 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
17 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
18 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Que
19 - Houston, TX - Meridian
21 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
23 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
24 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
25 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
28 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]

Paramore Announce Tour Dates

Paramore will play their own headline tour dates in early September, after the Tennessee four-piece perform at this Summer's Reading and Leeds Festival on August 25th-26th respectively.

The quartet will only play five dates in Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Cardiff and London, with all tickets priced at £12 or £13.50 or London. Tickets go on sale this Saturday July 7th at 9am.

Paramore will be heavily promoting the release of their recent Riot! album!

Paramore Tour Dates

September 2007
15 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center/KROQ LA Invasion
16 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Electric Park/KFMA Fall Ball
22 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field/KNDD Endfest

October 2007
23 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
25 - Utica, NY - Utica College
26 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
27 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
29 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
30 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater

November 2007
1 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
2 - Maplewood, MN - The Myth
3 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
4 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
6 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
8 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
11 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
17 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
18 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Que
19 - Houston, TX - Meridian
21 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
23 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
24 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
25 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
28 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]

Paramore Schedule Second London Show

Paramore have sold out a few dates on their September tour, but have now scheduled a second night in London.

The new date will be held at the Astoria venue on September 7th, after the previous night's performance sold out in less than two hours.

Those fans who are attending the Wolver Hampton show will also need to know that the venue has been upgraded and the performance will now take place at the city's 3000 capacity Civic Hall.

But that's not all Paramore fans, as the band will follow the dates with a new single called Hallelujah.

September Live Dates:

1st - Portsmouth Pyramid
2nd - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
3rd - Manchester Academy 2
5th - Cardiff University
6th - London Astoria
7th - London Astoria

Paramore's Official Fanclub

Paramore launched their official fanclub! Check out http://www.paramorefanclub.com and be one of the first to check out their official fan club site! If you aren't already a member, join now to recieve exclusive offers.When you become a member, you'll get a t-shirt, membership card, pin and sticker along with access to the site and messageboard loaded with exclusive music, video and updates.

Paramore latest news, gossip, and trends!

Paramore has practically grown up together, a totally down-to-earth group led by 18-year-old Hayley, whose spunky personality and fab orange eyeshadow we fell in love with. Joined by three (cute!) guys: brothers Zac (17) and Josh (19), and Jeremy (22) -- they formed when Hayley was only 12 years old! And their music has grown up with them. They said the feel of Riot, their new album which just dropped, is much different from past albums, and much more mature. You can get a preview of the hot tunes on their MySpace page at myspace.com/paramore.

Hayley was asked what it's like being around three guys constantly. (We admit it -- we're a tad bit jealous!) Hayley said it's more like having three brothers -- they're fun, crazy, and totally protective of her. But she's found the perfect outlet for her girliness, away from the boys -- hair and makeup. She said she loves to have fun doing her makeup and dyeing her hair different colors -- and, judging from her effortless glam look, she's pretty good at it.

It'll be Paramore's third year on Warped Tour, and they couldn't be more pumped. Jeremy described the atmosphere on the tour as circuslike and high-energy. But, while Paramore loves to party and have fun, one thing they won't do is drugs. The whole group was in agreement that drugs are totally not worth it, and we definitely admire them for that.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Paul McCartney latest album "Memory Almost Full"

Paul McCartney says the inspiration for the title of his latest album, "Memory Almost Full" came from a phrase he saw on his cell phone.

"It seemed symbolic of our lives today," the 65-year-old ex-Beatle said Monday. "Your messages are always full. And your mind is full. And it doesn't matter if you're my age or 20. I think that we all need to delete stuff every so often."

McCartney is in Paris for a concert at the Olympia theater. He made his first appearance at the Olympia in 1964 with the Beatles, a performance that caused havoc in the streets. He returned to the theater nearly a decade later with Wings, the group that gave him a new life on the stage in the post-Beatles era.

Dressed casually in jeans and sneakers, McCartney gave the press a concert preview of "Let It Be" and "Lady Madonna," singing and playing the piano.

Beyonce Launches World Tour in Ethiopia

'Get Me Bodied'

(October 21)Beyonce Knowles began her world tour in front of an audience of 5,000 fans in Ethiopia, a country usually unimpressed by Western music.

The 26-year-old Texan R&B singer gave a spirited two-hour performance in the Ethiopian capital Saturday evening, as part of the country's yearlong celebration of its 2,000th year according to the Coptic calendar.

Addis Ababa hosted L.A. -based hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas in September, when the celebrations began, but reception was tepid.

Beyonce's opening act, multi-platinum-selling rapper Ludacris, also received lukewarm reaction.

But something about Beyonce seems to have struck a chord in Ethiopia, where even young Ethiopians are steadfast fans of tunes sung in the national language, Amharic. The audience was ecstatic when she came onstage for her concert, which included many ballads from her recent release, "B-day."

"Rap music doesn't suit Ethiopia," said Michael Melake, a 36-year-old local music promoter. "Ethiopians need a melody. Rap music is all about the message and we don't identify with that. It's all about the black American experience, and we don't relate to that."

Enoch Nicano, a 30-year-old nightclub owner, provided a slightly simpler explanation for Beyonce's fan base in Ethiopia.

"She's hot," he said, then paused to reconsider. "She's more than hot."

In a country where many women wear simple white dresses with colored stripes at the hemline and sleeves, all made from local cotton, Beyonce's outfits were covered in sequins or shiny, space-age material - from a modern interpretation of a hula girl with shiny black tendrils replacing the grass skirt to a high-necked Victorian-style top.

Despite - or perhaps because of - her outfits, many in the crowd appeared to genuinely enjoy Beyonce's performance.

Concert organizers were a little more delicate about why Ethiopians are so fond of the singer.

"Because she loves Ethiopia," said Mulugeta Aserate, a member of Ethiopia's millennium secretariat.

The singer conveyed that herself, showing genuine emotion before closing the show to deafening applause.

"I want to thank you," she told the screaming crowd. "You have been one of the best audiences of my lifetime."

This Week's Interesting CD Releases

Ryan Adams' Follow the Lights EP is released this week, and includes two new songs as well as seven tracks re-recorded live in the studio. Other discs I can wholly recommend this week include the Black Dice's Load Blown, Castanets' In the Vines, Phosphorescent's Pride, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's self-titled debut, Tullycraft's Every Scene Needs a Center, and Ween's La Cucaracha. Of the week's releases, I have probably spun Saturday Looks Good to Me's Fill Up the Room the most, it's one f my favorite discs of the year so far.

Notable reissues this week include my favorite Neko Case album, The Virginian, Of Montreal's If He Is Protecting Our Nation... Who Is Protecting Big Oil, Our Children?, and two Black Moth Super Rainbow discs: Start a People and Falling Through a Field.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Crush Crush Crush by Paramore

One of the best song that i love from Paramore, This is their Second Single. I love the video and the song, The scene is the Desert and it matches so well with Hayley's hair. Hayley is pretty hot and Jeremy is cool, great video, enjoy !

Paramore - Crush Crush Crush Lyrics

I got a lot to say to you
Yeah, I got a lot to say
I noticed your eyes are always glued to me
Keeping them here
And it makes no sense at all

They taped over your mouth
Scribbled out the truth with their lies
You little spies
They taped over your mouth
Scribbled out the truth with their lies
You little spies

Crush, crush
(Two, three, four!)

Nothing compares to a quiet evening alone
Just the one two, two i was just counting on
That never happens
I guess I’m dreaming again
Let’s be more than this

If you want to play it like a game
Well, come on, come on, let’s play
Cause I’d rather waste my life pretending
Than have to forget you for one whole minute

They taped over your mouth
Scribbled out the truth with their lies
You little spies
They taped over your mouth
Scribbled out the truth with their lies
You little spies

Crush, crush
(Two, three, four!)

Nothing compares to a quiet evening alone
Just the one two i was just counting on
That never happens
I guess I’m dreaming again
Let’s be more than this now

Rock and roll, baby
Don’t you know that we’re all alone now?
I need something to sing about
Rock and roll, hey
Don’t you know, baby, we’re all alone now?
I need something to sing about
Rock and roll, hey
Don’t you know, baby, we’re all alone now?
Give me something to sing about

Nothing compares to a quiet evening alone
Just the one two i was just counting on
That never happens
I guess I’m dreaming again
Let’s be more than
No, oh

Nothing compares to a quiet evening alone
Just the one two i was just counting on
That never happens
I guess I’m dreaming again
Let’s be more than
More than this

Kid Rock Charged in Waffle House Brawl

(Oct. 21) - Rocker Kid Rock was arrested early Sunday morning after a brawl at a Georgia waffle house.

Fox 5 News in Atlanta is reporting that Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, stopped in for a bite at approximately 5:15 in the morning, following a performance at a local club.

Another patron, identified as Harlen Akins, recognized a female member of Rock's entourage and the two began to exchange words. As things progressed, the altercation moved out into the parking lot, where it turned into a brawl.

Police were alerted and Rock's tour bus was soon pulled over, whereupon he and five other passengers were arrested and charged with simple battery. He was out on bond by 5 PM, signing autographs as he returned to his bus.

Akins was charged with felony assault and second degree criminal damage to property.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Nirvana's 'Unplugged' Heading to DVD

NEW YORK (Oct. 20) - Nirvana's 1993, "MTV Unplugged" taping will make its DVD debut Nov. 20.

"MTV Unplugged in New York" was released Nov. 1, 1994, on CD, the first Nirvana product to appear following Kurt Cobain's suicide that April.

Like the CD, the Universal Music DVD will include the songs "Something in the Way" and "Oh Me," which did not appear on the original MTV broadcast. The DVD also sports four tracks from the band's soundcheck and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage.

Nirvana's "Unplugged" date is arguably the most famous in the long-running series, as the band eschewed most of its hits in favor of lesser-known album tracks and obscure covers (particularly, three Meat Puppets songs). The live version of "About a Girl" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock tally.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

It's a slice of reggae-pop minimalism for summer 2007. Sean Kingston's debut single welds a simple lyric onto heavily sampled instrumental tracks from Ben E. King's classic "Stand By Me." Kingston's somewhat unpolished nasally vocals could wear thin quickly or "Beautiful Girls" may be just what you need for a singalong with the top down on the convertible on the way to the beach. I'm giving the teenager the benefit of the doubt and leaning to the latter category.

Beautiful Girls Review

17-year-old Jamaican-born Sean Kingston has a strong music pedigree. His uncle is reggae artist Buju Banton, and his grandfather was a reggae producer. "Beautiful Girls" is reminiscent of Akon's helium-voiced reworking of Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely" 2 years ago that landed him in the pop mainstream with the top 5 hit "Lonely." Instead of borrowing from Bobby Vinton, Sean Kingston takes the work of another early rock icon, Ben E. King, and sculpts the instrumental track for "Beautiful Girls" by borrowing heavily from "Stand By Me."

This is the first time in my recollection that the word "suicidal" has been put so obviously front and center in a mainstream pop song. It works here, and it doesn't seem nearly as startling as it might have if Rihanna had not equated cheating on a lover with murder on her hit "Unfaithful." Those "beautiful girls" can be rough on a guy's ego!

The melody of "Stand By Me" is indeed classic, and Sean Kingston has an appealing, fresh-faced approach. You just might find yourself singing "su-i-cidal" all summer long.

Soulja Boy Begins Sixth Week Atop Hot 100,

Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" remains unstoppable on the Billboard Hot 100, where it begins a sixth non-consecutive week at the top. Kanye West's "Stronger" continues to hold at No. 2, while Timbaland's "Apologize" featuring OneRepublic inches up 4-3 and is the top digital gainer after selling 133,000 downloads.

Alicia Keys' "No One" jumps 8-4 as the fastest growing track at radio, and rises 2-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, her fifth No. 1 on that chart. Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" climbs 7-5 on the Hot 100 to make her the first new female artist in the top 5 since Fergie in August 2006.

Britney Spears' "Gimme More" falls 6-3, while another Timbaland song, "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson, slides 5-7. J. Holiday's "Bed" is down 6-8, Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" holds at No. 9 and Kanye West's "Good Life" featuring T-Pain remains at No. 10.

The Hot 100's top debut comes from Sara Evans' "As If" at No. 74. Also new are Sugarland's "Stay" at No. 89, Fergie's "Clumsy" at No. 91 and the Last Goodnight's "Pictures of You" at No. 95.

Back on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Jay-Z earns his second Hot Shot Debut honor in recent weeks with "Roc Boys (And the Winners Is)" at No. 52. "Blue Magic" debuted at No. 35 three weeks ago.

On Hot Country Songs, Kenny Chesney scores his third No. 1 of the year with "Don't Blink," which rises 2-1. Chesney led for three weeks in March with "Beer in Mexico" and five this summer with "Never Wanted Nothing More."

Juanes holds on to the top slot of Hot Latin Songs for a fifth week with "Me Enamora," making it the second-longest-running No. 1 of 2007. On Billboard's rock charts, the Foo Fighters continue to reign supreme with "The Pretender," which is No. 1 on Modern Rock for a ninth week and on Mainstream Rock for a fourth.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has the top debut on Modern Rock with "Hard Sun" at No. 35, drawn from his soundtrack to the Sean Penn-directed film "Into the Wild." Vedder and Penn will speak about their collaboration at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Conference on Nov. 1 in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Kid Rock Rolls To No. 1 Album Chart Debut

As expected, Kid Rock scores his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with "Rock N Roll Jesus." The Top Dog/Atlantic set sold 170,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rock has had several bigger weeks in terms of sales (2000's "The History of Rock" bowed in the runner-up slot with 457,000) but this is the best debut of his four prior top 10 albums.

Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" (Columbia), suffers a 60% drop-off to 130,000 and falls to No. 2. Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (Lyric Street) is down 2-3 after a 43% slide to 96,000.

LeAnn Rimes' "Family" (Curb) is new at No. 4 after selling 74,000, her 12th charting effort on The Billboard 200. matchbox twenty's "Exile on Mainstream" (Atlantic) falls 3-5 in its second week after a 45% sales decline to 72,000. Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) rebounds 7-6 despite a 23% sales fall to 71,000.

Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" (MCA) also inches up 8-7 on a 15% drop to 68,000, whie Sara Evans debuts at No. 8 with "Greatest Hits" (RCA) on sales of 66,000. Her last set, 2005's "Real Fine Place," debuted at No. 3 with 126,000.

Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack climbs 10-9 despite a 14% drop to 66,000, while Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" (143/Reprise) debuts at No. 10 with sales of 64,000.

Three debuts arrive in the Nos. 12-14 spots, with Jennifer Lopez' "Brave" (Epic) new at No. 12 with sales of 53,000. All of her previous six studio albums, including this year's Spanish-language "Como Ama Una Mujer," debuted in the top 10 -- and four of those peaked in the top two slots.

Alter Bridge's Universal debut, "Blackbird," starts at No. 13 with 47,000, while Eric Clapton's "Complete Clapton" (Reprise) bows at No. 14 with 45,000. Additional top 40 debuts come from the Naked Brothers Band's self-titled Sony album (No. 23; 34,000), Puddle Of Mudd's Geffen set "Famous" (No. 27; 31,000) and Band Of Horses' sophomore Sub Pop album, "Cease To Begin" (No. 35; 21,000).

Album sales are down 6.3% from last week at 8.34 million units and 17.4% from the same week in 2006 (10.09 million units).

Kid Rock Splits With Longtime Manager

Just as he's reached the top of the album charts for the first time, Kid Rock has made a major change at the top of his business operations.

Rock's manager, Detroit-based Ed "Punch" Andrews, who also handles Bob Seger, has resigned after seven years of working with the Michigan rocker. Sources tell Billboard.com that Andrews has decided to retire after shepherding Rock's latest album, "Rock N Roll Jesus," to release last week.

"Rock N Roll Jesus" is Rock's first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, selling just over 170,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rock has reportedly replaced Andrews with Nashville-based Vector Management, which handles Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.

Neither Rock, who was performing in Nashville, nor Andrews could be reached for comment. It's unknown whether Andrews will continue working with Seger, whom he's handled since the late '60s.

Rock is in the midst of a theater tour to promote "Rock N Roll" Jesus." He also has TV appearances slated for "Ellen" on Oct. 25, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Oct. 26, the American Music Awards on Nov. 22 and on Larry the Cable Guy's VH1 Christmas special in December.

"Amen," the second single from "Rock N Roll Jesus," will ship to radio later this month, according to Rock's web site.

Paramore To Release Their Next Single

Paramore have named their next single following their recent sold out UK tour, and it is another lifted from their hugely popular second album Riot!

The four-piece will now release the song crushcrushcrush on November 19th through Fueled By Ramen records and if you attended any of the shows recently, you'll recognise the track as a standout and fan favourite.

Paramore's popularity seems to be rising steadily by the day and thanks to constant touring, the band have now sold over 250,000 copies of Riot! since being released 13 weeks ago.

Paramore Part ways with Guitarist

Tennessee outfit PARAMORE have parted ways with rhythm guitarist Hunter Lamb. The band have issued the following statement on the matter:

"The past few months have brought incredible things our way and have also forced us to face some of the hardest times we've ever been through as a band... both professionally and personally. At some points, we had no clue how we would all come through or if we'd even make it far enough to record the album. And even though we made our way through many of those things, we weren't able to come through the way we had pictured it.

"We have parted ways with our friend and guitarst for the past year, Hunter Lamb. We wish Hunter the best in all that he does next and in his engagement and marriage. It was a blessing getting to know him on the road and we were lucky to have him in the band with us. Obviously, we've been through more than a couple member changes and we are sure it's probably frustrating and confusing to you guys and we aren't really sure what more to say. Sometimes, things just don't work out the way you thought they would.

"Right now, we feel really great as a four piece band. But who knows what the future might hold, as we are always full of these types of surprises.
Hopefully, these changes will better prepare us for the year(s) to

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Slash Recounts Guns n' Roses Mayhem

By Molly Brown, Reuters

NEW YORK (Billboard) - He was the chain-smoking, Jack Daniels-drinking guitarist for one of the most explosive bands in history. But in his memoir "Slash," out October 30 via HarperEntertainment, the former Guns N' Roses member wants to set the record straight.

Fans can take note: riots, overdoses and controversies all make appearances. There are also surprises, from how Saul Hudson was dubbed Slash, to what it was like living with mercurial singer Axl Rose in their rehearsal space.

Just don't bother asking Slash, now sober and playing guitar in Velvet Revolver, if the original Guns will get back together, because he insists it won't happen. Ever.


SLASH: I've been approached about doing a book for probably all the wrong reasons so many times, I couldn't validate it in my own mind. For one, it seemed very self-indulgent, very self-centered and very final -- and I have no plans of retiring. Finally, I started to realize all this Guns hype that goes on, all this bull--- that surrounds that band, it's inaccurate, and most isn't even inaccurate, it's just made up. I got fed up with it. (The book will) answer a lot of these questions. I just figured, "Be as honest as possible."


SLASH: A lot of that stuff I came back and cut out because I didn't want it to be one of those books that basically bragged about how hardcore (we were), blah, blah, blah. Especially nowadays, (because) a lot of musicians and rock bands have this badge they wear that says that they can party really hard, and I hate that. But I probably talk more about that than I actually talk about music. The music was sort of a natural thing you don't have to talk about, but chemical abuse was sort of every living, breathing moment.


SLASH: There's no mention of that in the book at all because it's not my place. In other words, if there was some sort of history that was common knowledge, it would be different. Because there was no real logic behind any of it, the only thing I could do was sort of put the facts there the way I saw it. There could be a lot of stuff that I don't know about that goes on even behind the scenes, behind the scenes, behind the scenes.


SLASH: I know right now there's no rhyme or reason behind the business really that is the Guns N' Roses original lineup or as close to the original lineup as we ended up with. All that stuff is in such a topsy-turvy state, and there's really no relationship -- a healthy, positive relationship, at least -- between myself and Axl. (So) I really don't have any idea as to how any of that stuff will see the light of day. The situation will hopefully be rectified at one point.


SLASH: We have Japan and Australia booked for November and December, and then I think we'll probably be heading to Europe at the beginning of the year. We're going until the end of next summer for sure. We just got started touring, so as a group I can't say that we're actively working on the new record, but I've got my little recording apparatus on my guitar in my room, and that's what I do during the days off on the tour. That's where I start putting ideas down.


SLASH: Everybody asks me that. I didn't mention that in the book because it's on Axl's watch. It'll get done, and it'll come out when he feels comfortable with putting it out. And Axl works in a different time zone than I do. So what may seem like a long time to other people is a tick of the clock to him. It'll come out though. It will.

Friday, October 12, 2007

12 Stones - In Closing

12 Stones - In Closing Lyrics

Step back inside the lie again, you'll find you're
Wearing thin
Killing the sympathy as you take another swing
At me now
Fighting your inner self again, losing what
You feel
Shielded behind the lies that make you feel real

It's over and i don't feel a thing but you're
Trying to break the scar again your spirit is
Bleeding as you grin but your bridge keeps on
Burning at both ends

In your mind, the ending seems to be so far from
What you need
Take back the memories as you smile to hide the
Pain from me now
Shut down the curiosity that brings you here
No sense of purity as you try to take the life
From me now

Nothing that you ever say could ever possibly
All the hateful things you did and now i'm
Through with you nothing you could ever say

Nothing you could ever say
Hope you're happy now

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Waiting For Yesterday

12 Stones - Waiting For Yesterday Lyrics

It's a long way back to reality, she puts another
Brick in the wall of shame she made so long ago
Trying to figure out where things went wrong
Searching through all the lies she told
Somehow she missed out on all the things that
She needed most days spent wondering why this
Life is so cold and nothing ever changes

Screaming for attention, watch the sun steal
Hiding all emotion far away

Trying to find his self confidence, another
Broken heart behind the painless smile that he
Shows reminded that yesterday is so far gone
And tomorrow is still a miracle somehow he
Missed out on all the things he needed most days
Spent wondering why this life is so cruel and
Nothing ever changes

Tomorrow's still a miracle

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Stay

12 Stones - Stay Lyrics

I walk to the edge again, searching for the truth
Taken by the memories of all that i've been
If i could hear your voice i know that i would be
I know that i've been wrong but i'm begging you
To stay, won't you stay

Will you be here for will i be alone, will i be
Scared, you'll teach me how to be strong and if i
Fall down will you help me carry on, i cannot do
This alone

I wish that i could turn back time just to have
One more chance to be the man i need to be, i
Pray you'll understand if i could hear your
Voice i know that i would be okay i know that i've
Been wrong but i'm begging you to stay, won't
You stay

I need your hand to help me make it through
Nothing compares to how i feel when i look at
You never know, you never know tomorrow
You never know, you never know tomorrow, don't
Walk away

I am not alone i know you're there

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - 3 Leaf Loser

12 Stones - 3 Leaf Loser Lyrics

Artist: 12 Stones
Album: Potter's Field
Year: 2004
Title: 3 Leaf Loser

Biting the hand that feeds you, lying to the voice
Inside, reach out to beg for something this life
Is a lesson, take what you're given feeding on
Self destruction, waiting to explode again, no
Sign of resolution this life is a lesson, take what
You're given

You don't need direction to find your way, don't
You listen to yourself now and again killing
Time, killing you mind over matter, stop and
Listen to yourself now

Bend me before i breakdown, dying to be free
Within, it's not how you'd like to see it this life
Is a lesson, take what you're given forcing your
Self solution as you fall into line again, when
Will i find the answers this life is a lesson, take
What you're given

Falling to the ground, left face down as i recall
The mirrors ugly glare

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Photograph

12 Stones - Photograph Lyrics

Artist: 12 Stones
Album: Potter's Field
Year: 2004
Title: Photograph

Fear fall hard like rain again wahing over me
You say nothing will ever change what do i
You fall deep inside again nothing left to see
Weakness fills your heart again you put it to

Forfeit everything because you were never
Strong enough
Close my eyes again and pray that life will not
Give up

I try to see your face again a photograph for me
Your voice calling out again nothing left for me
You try to find your place again waiting just to
Weakness takes your heart again you put it to
Rest....locked inside again

Did you forget about the things i said
Fight the lies inside your head
Deny those who try to bring you down
Kill the pain and emptiness
Find a love and lose yourself
Without this life you're just a memory...locked
Inside again

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Bitter

Thankfully, there's a little more to 12 Stones than living off the reflected glory of a lucky collaboration. Potter's Field, 12 Stones' second album, builds on the sound of their steadily-selling debut album as they continue their attempt to take up the mantle of former touring partners, Creed.

12 Stones is an incredible band, but not only in the genre of Christian rock, but in the rock genre as a whole. The talent of the band really shines on this one: the awesome, heavy guitar riffs, sweet drum beats, and incredible lyrics and vocal talent of Paul McCoy (he has a great singing voice and screams a little bit when it's necessary in the context of the songs) really leave the listener in awe.

They really have an uplifting message for Christians and non-Christians alike that I truly appreciate, but they are definitely not afraid to show their faith in Christ with their incredible words. This band really cares about their listeners - which is also very inspiring.
This is really an incredible compilation of songs. "Far Away" is an incredible smash hit about the feelings and pain someone is going through as his/her friend has committed suicide..... it is truly an intense and heartbreaking song that no rock fan should miss (and please don't think this is depressing music, because it's not..... it is music that's truly relevant to today's society). "Stay" and "Photograph" are a few more great hits off this one that are incredible. Really, the whole 12 Stones Potter's Field album is awesome - I can't even skip through a song because it is really that good!

12 Stones - Bitter Lyrics

Artist: 12 Stones
Album: Potter's Field
Year: 2004
Title: Bitter

Mother mother can you hear me, i keep trying
Just to find me all i know now, all you s how me,
Endless questions, hopeless ending

This bitter pill is pushing me away and now i feel
Like there's nothing left to say and i pretend to
Look the other way but in the end will i be okay,
Will i be okay

Father father will you be there as i cry out
Silent again turning colder, frozen deeper,
Numb to this dream sleeing within

Before i face another day, won't you let asleep,
Lost among the dreams that always comfort me
And before i find my feet, won't you show me
What i need, what i need to walk again

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

12 Stones - Lifeless

Lifeless is one of the best songs on the album; this excellent track leads us in a serious direction as Paul sings about a loved one leaving "Before you go, you promise me something, I need to know, will you leave me lifeless?" Paul brings it home vocally on this song, and you can hear the emotion in every word, even the guitar solo brilliantly reflects the lyrics.

12 Stones - Lifeless lyrics

Artist: 12 Stones
Album: Potter's Field
Year: 2004
Title: Lifeless

Desperate and waiting, frozen to the core, numb
To this feeling, needing something more all I
Keep thinking is where I need to be, all I can hope
For is someone to take me away

Before you go you promise me something, I need
To know will you leave me lifeless leaving me

Will I bow down to this life that I live, will I find
Freedom or lose it all again all I keep thinking is
Where I need to be, all I can hope for is someone
To take me away

Before you go you promise me something, I need
To know will you leave me lifeless time moves so
Slow, i'm waiting for something, waiting for
Something again

Will I fall away from you, feelings that I never
Knew and I hope that I never fall away

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Shadows

I'd have to say I think 12 Stones were able to pull off an even better album than the first. The first though still has a couple tracks that surpass anything on this album though and that's probably why I still think the self-titled comes close. All around their second release is pretty solid and will please fans of the first record as well as anyone who enjoys modern rock.

You couldn't ask for anything more from 12 Stones. For their second release they stuck with what they do best. If your sick of modern rock this won't do, but If you're like me and enjoy a lot of rock like this then I'm sure you'll find something on this album to enjoy. I liked pretty much every track here. Still, because it doesn't offer a new sound that does hold it back slightly but it still doesn't take away from the music. Hey, if it sounds good, it's good. My favorite tracks would probably be "Shadows", "Waiting For Yesterday", "Bitter", and "3 Leaf Loser".

"Potter's Field" wastes no time pumping things up with the first track "Shadows," an up-tempo roller coaster of a song urging one to get rid of their hate and find their identity. "Don't you want to find your way home again? Just leave your hate behind!" Paul screams in the rolling pre-chorus. "When will you learn to just be you? (Find your own way) When will you learn to follow through? (Make your own way.)" The song's an exciting track and kick-off to the great songs that lie ahead.

12 Stones - Shadows lyrics

Artist: 12 Stones
Album: Potter's Field
Year: 2004
Title: Shadows

Look around and tell me what you see, a place
Surrounded by the hate that hides in the
Shadows inside of you, inside of me, what can we
Ever hope to see if we're not lookng don't you
Want to find your own way home again just leave
Your hate behind

When will you learn to just be you, find your
Own way
When will you learn to follow through, make
Your own way

Looking for something to believe, i find the
Answer starts with me each time i follow inside
Of you, inside of me, what can we ever hope to be
If we're not trying don't you want to find your
Own way home again, just leave your hate behind

Find another way to get inside me
Find yourself
Don't you want to find yoru own way home again
Just leave your hate behind

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

Sunday, October 7, 2007

12 stomes - Far Away

This new single by 12 Stones, “Far Away” from their sophomore release “Potter’s Field” is a mixture of tourmates Creed and Three Doors Down. If you weren’t one of the 300,000 who bought their debut album then perhaps you’ve heard of them via McCoy’s vocals on Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life”. Regardless this hard-working band is going nowhere but up.

We're back to more rocking out with the current single from this album, and a fine choice for a single it is. "Far Away" is one of the catchiest, tightest tracks off the CD. In the song, Paul talks about the distance he feels from someone, and how he wants to come back. "Now I'm feeling so far away, and now I'm hating you everyday." This song, like many of 12 Stones others, offers their buffet of screams, echoes, power chords, and the word "hit" written all over it, no wonder it's a single.

12 Stones - Far Away Lyrics

Something keeps on pulling me down
And I feel like I'm losing ground
Trying just to find my reasons
And losing sense of what is real

Willing to believe in something
Forgetting to believe in me
Will I find my place in your mind
Or will I fall away in time

Now I'm feeling so far away
And now I'm hating you every day

Waiting just to see the image
You follow down my road again
Trying just to find your purpose
You're fading faster every day

Willing to believe in something
Forgetting to believe in me
Will I find my place in your mind
Or will I fall away in time


Now I feel I'm losing time
Yesterday slipped away
When you didn't know
Time and time again you wanted more than I had to give
To leave me with nothing
I'm waiting and dreaming
Yesterday slipped away
When you didn't know
And no more waiting
Let me back

[Chorus x2]

(Now I'm feeling)
So far away [x3]

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

Saturday, October 6, 2007

12 Stones - The Last Song

12 Stones - The Last Song review. Although it's been a rising controversy as to whether 12 Stones is a Christian band or not, it's no doubt they're "Christians in a band" as Paul's said himself in the past, and this song stands out as their most spiritual. In the song, Paul sings indirectly to God about losing everything and needing Him and only Him. "Take it all away from me and tell me how you want this to be, I want you, I need you." He makes it pretty clear that he's singing vertically in the verses "You never change, never stay the same like a picture-perfect sunrise," pretty aggressive for a "praise song," and I mean that in a good way.

12 Stones - The Last Song Lyrics

I'm sorry for needing you to carry me
So simple sometimes when you're standing next
To me
You never change you never stay the same
Like a picture perfect sunrise every time with
One last song to sing

Take it all away from me and tell me how you
Want this to be
I want you i need you

A life without you made me wonder why i'm here
Until i found nothing ever seemed so clear
You never change you never stay the same
Like a picture perfect sunrise every time with
One last song to sing

I lose myself in everything you say i lose myself
In everything
I never knew that i could

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

12 Stones - Speak Your Mind

"Speak your Mind" kicks off with an exciting riff and pounding snares, leading to a rock anthem about well, speaking your mind. "Falling away from this pain, so I can fly high, oh feeling low, just let it show, and find the words to say what you mean!" Although not lyrically thick, the song owns when it comes to flow and those awesome guitar solos. You're definitely going to want to turn your volume up for this one.

12 Stones - Speak Your Mind lyrics

How does it make you feel when i look away
Feelings that will never seem to fade i try to
Find you, you hold your head up high i let it all
Fall down do you hear me

Falling away fromt his pain so i can fly high,
Feeling low just let it show
And find the words to say what you mean

Screaming silent fears, nothing left to say, lost
Inside the words that bring you donw you try to
Find me, i hold my head up high, you let it all fall
Down do you hear me

Find the words to say how you feel inside
Find the words to say how you feel inside
Find the words to say

Other Songs In Potter's Field Album :

12 Stones - Potter's Field

12 Stones - Potter's Field is more accomplished than the band's debut, but the group hasn't yet developed a distinct voice in a rock scene overcrowded with soundalikes. 12 Stones - Potter's Field is a muscular hard rock in the vein of Saliva, Seether, Three Days Grace, and virtually every other band on Wind-Up's roster. 12 Stones' sophomore effort aims to capitalize on the recognition brought by Paul McCoy's memorable chorus cameo in the Evanescence monster hit "Bring Me to Life." It opts for a more powerful, guitar-heavy sound than their 2002 debut, and demands maximum radio-friendly compression from returning producer/mixer Dave Fortman.

This approach should make thick-stemmed rockers like "Speak Your Mind" and "Far Away" quite palatable to loud rock audiences, or at least those who want more from the Creed fallout than Alter Bridge. For that's what 12 Stones offers -- urgent post-grunge rockers that follow a distinct and marketable formula. Loud lead riffs balance on introspective verses, which then burst into elegiac and/or bittersweet chorus melodies that get the hands in the arena a-wavin'. Fans of Nickelback and 3 Doors Down should be right at home here in Potter's Field.

It'll be interesting to track Potter's Field's trajectory as time passes by. It's a palatable record by Christian rock standards, as it conforms to many of the genre's standards and is quite innocuous for the most part. But its future with mainstream audiences is the question mark. Alternative conduits are being far more selective with post-grunge rock, opting rather for the out-of-the-box likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Jet, and Modest Mouse when choosing their playlists. 12 Stones are nowhere near this level of innovation, but merely remain content with what they've done before.

12 Stones - Potter's Field album