Unfortunately for fans, Green Day have begun scrapping and postponing tour dates so that Billie Joe Armstrong can continue to get the help he needs. All remaining 2012 dates have been cancelled, and the band is currently working to reschedule postponed 2013 dates. They aren’t letting Armstrong’s recovery slow them down otherwise, though: Rather, the band has opted to move up the release date for ¡Tre! to December 15th, just in time for those last minute holiday shoppers. “We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” Tre Cool explained. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
Also for while we wait, they’ve dropped another treat: a brand-new clip for “The Forgotten,” their contribution to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack. The video inter-cuts grainy footage of the guys in the studio with new (and teasing! Because, OMG look at how big Bella’s baby is!) footage from the final entry in the Twilight series. The song, also featured on ¡Tre!, is a big ballad that’s complete with a string section that’s reminiscent of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and somberness that feels appropriate given the band’s recent struggles. “Don’t look away from the arms of a bad dream,” Armstrong sings. “Don’t look away from the arms of love.”
Just in time for Halloween, Mya’s newest effort is a tropical track with a trashy theme. That’s because she inexplicably embodies a (sexy) garbage woman–complete with lacy bra, reflective vest and protective gloves. One of these things is simply not like the others. The song itself is moderately catchy, featuring rapper SPICE and Mya airing our her laundry (literally).
All 2 Chainz may want for his birthday is a “big booty h-.” In real life, off wax, he’s passionate about felons reinstating their right to vote. Don’t you love when celebrities use their influence for a greater cause? And 2 Chainz being somewhat political tickles our fancy. Nearly 20 million Americans are convicted felons, including this dreadlocked rhyme spitter. Five million of those felons cannot vote, but of the remaining 15 million who can, only one in five actually do. Insert the “No Lie” rapper to the rescue. Read more…
Fifty years ago this week, an aspiring actor turned songwriter named Bobby Pickett reached the top of the Billboard charts under the moniker Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers with his song, “Monster Mash.” The novelty track spent two weeks at #1 on the charts in October of 1962 and, to this day, displays remarkable staying power: A quick look at the iTunes Singles chart this morning shows the track sitting in the #40 position, likely being purchased by children whose parents were not even alive when the song was first written during the music industry’s dance craze phase of the early 60s (think “The Twist,” think “The Mashed Potato,” think “The Loco-Motion”).
S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg penned a fascinating tribute to the “Monster Mash” on his record company’s website this morning, and it got us thinking a bit. Why is a song that is 50 years-old, written as a parody of (if you’re generous) or a cash-in on (if you’re more cynical) a long-forgotten dance craze, and pegged to an (admittedly awesome) impression of a film star who rose to fame in the 1930s still relevant to today’s youth?
Mumford & Sons are of course talented, charming and let’s not forget stylish in those suspenders, but their quick and steady rise to fame was due in large part to their hard work. Once just a few banjo toting boys in London, they’ve since put in more than many miles touring, selling out small venues and large arenas everywhere they went because their stomps and howls really are that good live.
As they wont do, the band spent this past summer Stateside trekking back and forth the country wide on their “The Gentlemen of the Road” tour, but this time they invited documentary directors Fred&Nick to tag along. They tapped interviews and captured behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s life on the road, as well as the tour’s boisterous finale at Colorado’s beautiful Red Rocks amphitheater (as previewed in the “I Will Wait” video), and they have cut it all into a film called The Road to Red Rocks, out November 26th. From the looks of this first trailer (above), it will spend plenty of time showcasing Mumford & Sons good side — their epic onstage side. Our toe’s already tapping in anticipation.
It’s amazing how a casual Instagram can get everyone worked up. Especially when it’s a photo of Miguel and Beyoncé — with the former alluding in the caption: “…woah. creating for Virgo’s all weekend.” Beyoncé, of course, is a Virgo (haven’t you heard B’Day?) and she’s definitely had some R&B heavy-hitters “create” for her in the past. 4‘s “I Miss You” was written by a (then) relatively unknown Frank Ocean. And who could forget “Irreplaceable” written by none other than Ne-Yo (Whoops, not The Dream, he wrote “1+1″ — thanks @KingBeysus)? With Kaleidoscope Dream Miguel by her side, it’s easy to see Bey crafting up some magic for her next album.
Weirdly, Miguel deleted the Instagram soon after he put it out there. Bey is known for being mysterious, but she also must know the speed of the BeyHive–it’s out there and we’re all excited for this Bey/Miguel joint.
And to think, we thought Mumford & Sons‘ had totally crushed it when they sold more than 600,000 copies Babel in the first week out, nearly doubling Justin Bieber‘s first week Believe sales. But Taylor Swift has totally trampled their record by more than doubling their number, landing Red at the top of the charts in it’s first week out with more that 1.208 million copies sold, according to Billboard. Just imagine, more than a million people bought Taylor Swift’s album at Target or on iTunes, via Amazon or got it delivered with their Papa Johns pizza pie. Everyone in Nashville (population 590,807) would have to buy the album twice, or everyone in her home town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania (population 10,461), would have to cop more than 10 copies a piece to hit a million. Not so bad a debut week, eh? Read more…
It looks like the Rihanna‘s Navy has well weathered the storm. With only a few weeks until Unapologetic shakes the charts, details are still scarce. There’s that skin bare cover and “Diamonds,” a few pictures of late night studio sessions and then — well, not much else. But today we learn that, in addition to a regular release on November 12th, Rihanna’s giving her lucky number seven studio album a special Diamonds Executive Platinum Box release on December 11th. The deluxe box will include a t-shirt, seven lithographs, a flash drive, some laptop stickers, a View-Master with 3D pics of Rhi, a 40-page notebook filled with handwritten notes and an “exclusive poster” — a great gaggle of goods, and all for the price of $250. It’s an indulgence, to be sure; but Christmas is just the around the corner, and we suspect there might be a special Rihanna stan in your life who worth it. Will you be copping for an Unapologetic box of your own? Or will the usual iTunes download do it?
“Don’t Rush,” another of the new songs set to be included onKelly Clarkson‘s Greatest Hits — Chapter One, which is due out November 19th, has made it’s way into the world. It’s less the pop song that “Catch My Breath” is, and more the sweet and twangy country duet a Texas girl like she was born to do. Joined by country star Vince Gill, the two harmonize and “hang on every touch, baby don’t rush” over a bright and breezy country instrumentation. It’s a bit more soft-rock-y than “Don’t You Want To Stay,” he dark and wanting duet with Jason Aldean, but that’s okay — there’s nothing so wrong with taking it easy sometimes, especially when you still sound this good.
The world is hers. Taylor Swift has the world eating out of the palm of her hand. Whether it’s the latest cool gig of co-hosting the Grammy nominations television special with LL Cool J or RED‘s projected sales of over one million in its first week, Taylor Swift is winning. The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night will be taped in her hometown of Nashville, TN airing on December 5. But wait a minute? LL Cool J and Taylor Swift seem like such an odd co-hosting pair. Read more…