• Clairo shares vulnerable new song ‘Just For Today’

    Clairo has shared a vulnerable new song addressing depression and mental health, titled ‘Just For Today’.

    The introspective new track features Clairo – real name Claire Cottrill – singing and playing guitar, and also getting briefly interrupted by her puppy Joanie.

    The singer posted a screen recording of an audio file yesterday (January 26) on Instagram TV. Listen to ‘Just For Today’ below:

    “Not sure about you, but my mental health has taken a major dip since quarantine started,” Cottrill wrote in an accompanying caption.

    “At times I feel like I’ve never felt worse. New medication, hotlines, and one scheduled appointment with a psychiatrist later and I’m feeling more like myself again. I wrote this last night and i feel there’s no real reason I should hold onto it. Hope you enjoy the song and Joanie’s squeaks. Thank you.”

    In October last year, Cottrill shared the first two songs from her new band, Shelly.

    The new project features Cottrill, Phoebe Bridgers’ new signing Claud, and their friends Josh Mehling and Noa Frances Getzug.

    “My best friends and I made a band and put out an A/B side – ‘Steeeam’ and ‘Natural’,” Clairo wrote on Instagram. “We created everything during quarantine in LA, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta. Hope you check it & enjoy.”

  • Adrian Smith + Richie Kotzen Collab Album Officially Unveiled

    Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, ex-Mr. Big, ex-Poison) have officially unveiled their collaborative debut album, aptly titled Smith/Kotzen. The nine-song record will arrive on March 26 and the music video for the opening track, “Taking My Chances,” has just premiered.

    The guitar duo both live nearby in Los Angeles and recorded and produced the new album together at Turks and Caicos Islands in February of last year, while Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Iron Maiden, Rush, The Black Crowes, Dream Theater) handled the mixing duties.

    Smith/Kotzen also features the work of three different drummers. Smith’s Maiden bandmate Nicko McBrain guests on “Solar Fire,” longtime friend and touring partner Tal Bergman played on “You Don’t Know Me,” “‘Til Tomorrow” and “I Wanna Stay” and Kotzen handled the remaining tracks himself.

    “Richie and I started working together a couple of years ago. We’d been jamming as we’d been friends for a few years before that. We both share a love for classic rock and bluesy rock so we decided to get together and start writing some songs and it went from there,” began Smith when reflecting on how the project was initiated.

    “Pretty much everything on the album is handled between Richie and myself including the production,” the Maiden guitarist went on. “We had developed a really strong idea of how we wanted it to sound and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. There’s a lot of cool songs on there that we are really happy with.”

    We had a very fluid process in writing,” beamed Kotzen. “Sometimes Adrian would send me a riff and I would immediately hear some kind of melody or a vocal idea. And sometimes it was the other way round so it was a kind of circular motion. We’d get together whenever we could and throw some ideas around and it just evolved, which was great because there was no pressure and nothing other than just a natural course and I think the record really speaks for that.”

    Watch the music video for “Taking My Chances” directly below and view the album art and track listing further down the page. To pre-order Smith/Kotzen, out March 26 through BMG, head here.

    Adrian Smith + Richie Kotzen, “Taking My Chances” Music Video

    Adrian Smith + Richie Kotzen, Smith/Kotzen Album Art + Track Listing

    1. “Taking My Chances”
    2. “Running”
    3. “Scars”
    4. “Some People”
    5. “Glory Road”
    6. “Solar Fire”
    7. “You Don’t Know Me”
    8. “I Wanna Stay”
    9. “‘Til Tomorrow”

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  • Dolly Parton and Shawn Mendes can now accompany you on your lockdown walks

    Dolly Parton and Shawn Mendes are among the notable names who have contributed spoken-word passages to a new feature on the Apple Watch, ‘Time To Walk’.

    The feature is being billed by Apple as “an inspiring new audio walking experience” which has been “created to encourage users to walk more often and reap the benefits from one of the healthiest activities”.

    Fitness+ subscribers can tune in to a series of episodes presented by the likes of Parton and Mendes as they “share thoughtful and meaningful stories, photos, and music” designed to accompany users during their walking work-outs.

    Parton’s ‘Time To Walk’ episode sees the country artist reflecting on her career, family and growing up in rural Tennessee.

    Dolly Parton
    Country music star Dolly Parton in her Time to Walk episode (Picture: Apple / Press)

    “I’ve loved walking ever since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains,” Parton said in a statement. “I think it’s so important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time. I do my best thinking when I walk.

    “And while many of us feel confined during this time, I’m hopeful that people will take a walk down memory lane with me and we can all feel a little more freedom taking the time to walk together.”

    As well as Parton and Mendes, NBA player Draymond Green and Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba have also contributed ‘Time To Walk’ episodes. New episodes from a different guest will appear in the Workout app on the Apple Watch each Monday through to the end of April.

    You can find out more about the new feature here.

    Earlier this month, Parton revealed that she has recorded a song that her fans will only get to hear in 30 years’ time.

  • Watch Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’ Transformed Into a Sea Shanty

    Hey, hey, even sea shanty singers can be rockstars! Thanks to TikTok, there’s a new viral sensation as a group called The Lottery Winners have turned Nickelback’s “Rockstar” into a sea shanty with the band getting involved as well.

    It started about a week ago when The Lottery Winners responded to a request to turn a Nickelback track into a sea shanty by taking on the band’s 2005 single “Rockstar.” While word of the cover quickly spread, things really took off over the weekend when Nickelback got involved and helped add a fresh take to the original post while sharing it on their own TikTok page. The Nickelback-added version, posted two days ago, has nearly 241,000 “loves.”

    Check out the original version below followed by the updated version below that:

    Sea shanties have become hugely popular over the past month as a TikTok trend, and one of the biggest beneficiaries has been Scottish postman Nathan Evans, who was recently able to quit his job after his sea shanty take on “Soon May the Wellerman” come landed him in the U.K. Top 10, according to NME.

    Evans recently signed a record deal with Polydor as a result of his newfound success.

    Will the popularity of sea shanties give this Nickelback hit a second life on the charts? That remains to be seen. But for now enjoy this fresh take on a familiar favorite in the player above.

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  • Footage emerges of Kanye West shouting at Chance The Rapper during studio session

    A video clip has emerged that appears to show Kanye West shouting at Chance The Rapper during a recent studio session.

    The footage is reportedly from an upcoming documentary on West’s shelved ‘Donda’ album, filmed last summer at the ‘Jesus Walks’ hitmaker’s Wyoming compound.

    The clip appears to show West growing increasingly frustrated during a recording session for the unreleased album before lashing out at Chance, telling him to sit his “ass down and listen to the album or leave.”

    Narrated by West’s longtime friend and collaborator Dame Dash, he said of the situation:”My thing was, like, get rid of the people who are triggering him, just get ’em out of here and let’s just have fun being creative.

    “So, you know, Kanye is finishing his album and there’s people around. Chance, honestly, because of what he was reading, he came through just to check Kanye. You know, again, Kanye deals with his issues at all times. They got into it, but they worked it out.”

    He concluded: “At the end of the day, Chance was there just to be a friend.”

    You can see the clip below:

    Neither artist has responded to the clip so far, but by the end of the video, all seems good between the pair as they pose for pictures and Chance even tells a joke that West laughs at.

    Earlier this month, Dionne Warwick confirmed that she’s working on a charity track with Chance The Rapper after the pair entertained fans with a friendly back and forth on Twitter last month.

    The singer was praised in December after jokingly asking Chance about his rap alias.

    Meanwhile, Lil Baby has shared new details about his time spent working with Kanye West in Wyoming last year.

  • The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2011

    Jump in the heavy metal time machine and buckle up — we’re looking back at the Top 25 Metal Albums of 2011!

    First, let’s look back at some significant moments of the year — Barack Obama was President of the United States; Donald Trump was still hosting the reality competition show The Apprentice; Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had died; Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis due to a spider bite; an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan; triggering the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Rebecca Black’s god awful “Friday” song was released.

    As usual, new music was there to help us all through the ups and downs of daily life. We finally got a new album from Anthrax, which the band had been talking about for what felt like an eternity. That album solidified the Big 4’s presence early on in the new decade.

    Dream Theater had a big shakeup after drummer Mike Portnoy left and the prog legends made their recording debut with new kinsman, Mike Mangini, after an intense and publicized search for Portnoy’s successor. Elsewhere in prog, Opeth revamped their sound completely and Devin Townsend continued to somehow get even weirder, all to our benefit, of course.

    Metalcore’s sound was evolving, classic heavy metal was starting to be embraced by a new crop of bands while some of the 21st century’s biggest names continued to reinforce their reign.

    Scroll through our picks for the Top 25 Metal Albums of 2011 below.

    The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2011

  • Watch Nandi Bushell cover My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’

    Nandi Bushell has tackled My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ for her latest cover.

    The young musician first went viral for her impressive covers a year ago, when she shared a video of her drumming along to Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’.

    With several other viral covers under her belt, Bushell has entered her “emo phase” with her latest video. The clip shows the 10-year-old dressed up in a marching band outfit – a reference to the costumes worn by My Chemical Romance during the Black Parade era – while nailing the drum part to the 2006 song.

    “I love being able to let out all my energy after a stressful week of home learning and online exams,” Bushell tweeted about the cover. “My daddy said I am starting to go through an #emo phase as I discovered @mychemicalromance this week!” Watch the video below now.

    ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ isn’t the musician’s first cover of 2021. Earlier this month, she marked Jimmy Page’s 77th birthday with an ambitious cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, which saw her taking on the drum, guitar and bass parts.

    Before that, she shared a cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ in a tribute to her burgeoning love of Britpop, saying she had been learning about “this awesome battle between 2 bands called Blur and Oasis”.

    Last year, Bushell caught the attention of Dave Grohl after her take on Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ went viral. The star responded to a challenge posed by Bushell in the summer in which the aspiring rocker challenged the 51-year-old to a drum-off through a video she posted covering Foo Fighters‘ hit song ‘Everlong’.

    Grohl then composed a superhero theme for Bushell, which she then duly responded to, penning ‘Rock and Grohl – The EPIC Battle’.

  • David Silveria’s Band BIAS Cover Faith No More, Release New EP

    Former Korn drummer David Silveria is taking the next musical step in his career, releasing an EP titled Acronym with his current band Breaking in a Sequence (BIAS).

    In addition to five original tracks, the album includes a cover of Faith No More’s “Midlife Crisis” that gives the drummer a chance to pound away behind the kit. Listen to both the cover and the full EP in the players below.

    “Midlife Crisis” was the lead single off Faith No More’s 1992 Angel Dust album. The track hit No. 1 on the Alternative Airplay chart and No. 32 on the Mainstream Rock chart, while the video earned consistent airplay on MTV.

    Since exiting Korn, Silveria has drummed both with the bands Infinika and Core 10. The latter band has carried over somewhat with his current group as Silveria, bassist Chris Dorame and guitarist Mike Martin played in both outfits. The current Breaking in a Sequence lineup is rounded out by vocalist Rich Nguyen and guitarist/vocalist Joe Taback.

    A video for “Midlife Crisis” is expected to drop soon. In the interim, you can hear the full EP on both Spotify and Apple Music.

    Breaking in a Sequence, “Midlife Crisis” (Faith No More Cover)

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  • Swizz Beatz and Timbaland want to do a 2Pac Vs. The Notorious B.I.G. ‘VERZUZ’ battle

    Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have revealed they would like to do a 2Pac Vs. The Notorious B.I.G. VERZUZ battle.

    The pair appeared on ESPN2’s Jalen And Jacoby show on Friday (January 22) to talk about bringing the online battle show into the world of sports for the upcoming Super Bowl.

    After being asked what their “holy grail” VERZUZ matchup would be, Tim and Swizz said they are trying to figure out how to make a 2Pac and Biggie battle become a reality.

    “My dream one, I want to figure out how to do Pac and Biggie in a way that the people is gonna really love it,” said Swizz, while Timbaland approved the idea. “I’ma call you later, I’ma text you,” said Timbo.

    Timbaland then suggested a battle between Prince and Michael Jackson, which co-host Jalen Rose suggested doing as a hologram battle.

    VERZUZ is the popular entertainment series that pits producers, songwriters and artists against each other in a rap battle style format on Instagram Live and Apple Music.

    Competitors take it in turns playing a song from a list of 20 from their discography, as fans, friends and fellow artists watch on. A winner is later decided by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.

    Kicking off in March last year after Timbaland and Swizz Beatz issued challenges to one another, artists that have taken part so far have included: T-Pain, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Brandy, Monica, Rick Ross, DMX, Snoop Dogg and many more.

    The most recent VERZUZ battle took place on Friday night (January 22) and saw Ashanti go up against Keyshia Cole. The singers went hit-for-hit following a number of coronavirus-related postponements.

    Meanwhile, a 2Pac compilation album is set to be released on vinyl for the first time.

    The Best of 2Pac, Part 1: Thug‘ and ‘The Best of 2Pac, Part 2: Life‘, two volumes that were originally sold separately in 2007, showcase the rapper’s cherished classics from ‘Changes’ to ‘Keep Ya Head Up’. Before now the compilation records were only available on CD or digital download.

  • The Hu Featured on Bank of Mongolia’s New Commemorative Coin

    The Hu have seen a meteoric rise over the last few years, with the band providing a fresh take in the rock scene with their brand of Mongolian folk-metal. Their impact has not gone unnoticed, especially in their homeland where the Bank of Mongolia has announced plans to feature them on a new commemorative coin.

    The freshly minted coin is expected to be available for release in February by the Bank of Mongolia. Have a look at the design of the coin in the illustration below:

    Recently speaking with Metal Hammer, multi-instrumentalist Jaya stated, “It’s not easy to be the ice-breaker. Following in someone’s footsteps is easier most of the time. We work hard and we are proud to be the one to pave the way for other bands who will come after us. The satisfying thing is that other young people are coming up after us in Mongolia. We’re inspiring these people. If you work hard, anything is possible. If you really love it and picture it, and work for it, things will happen. This is the most satisfying thing for us.”

    The Hu finished 2020 on a high note with a cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” but using their own Mongolian instrumental interpretation.

    “Metallica has been a huge influence and inspiration for us as music fans and musicians,” the band offered in a statement. “We admire their 40 years of relentless touring and the timeless, unique music they have created. It is a great honour to show them our respect and gratitude by recording a version of ‘Sad But True’ in our language and in the style of The Hu.” You can pick up the cover song via the platform of your choosing here.

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