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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 3

October 13th, 2013 2:50pm EDT
Ariana Grande
Welcome to the final part of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013.  Here is where I housed my honorable mentions, which were many.  If you missed the previous two posts, here’s how I opened them up respectively, beginning with Favorites and ending with Least Favorites:


“As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and som...

Black Sabbath's comeback honoured at Golden Gods prizegiving

June 17th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were the toast of the heavy rock crowd on Monday (17Jun13) when they won two top trophies at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods prizegiving.

The heavy rockers' long-awaited comeback project, 13, was named Best Album, just a day after it shot to number one in the band's native U.K. on Sunday (16Jun13).

The reunited supergroup also picked up the Best U.K. Band title.

Other big winners at the prizegiving in London included Motorhead, who took home The Golden God trophy, while Alice In Chains were the recipients of the Icon Award.

The winners are decided by the editors of Britain's ...

Daft Punk still at one as Little Mix debut high on the U.S. album chart

June 5th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Daft Punk
Daft Punk have scored a second week at the top of the U.S. album chart, keeping rockers Alice In Chains from number one.

The French electronic music duo's Random Access Memories debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 last week (29May13) and despite a huge dip in sales, it holds off Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which enters the new countdown at two.

Veteran rocker John Fogerty lands his highest debut ever at three with duets album Wrote a Song for Everyone, and British pop stars Little Mix open up their U.S. album chart account with DNA at four, giving the U.K. X Factor ...

Layne Staley's mother files lawsuit against Alice in Chains

May 13th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Alice in Chains Layne Staley
The mother of tragic former Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley has filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band.

Nancy McCallum claims the rockers have been trying to stop her from collecting royalties on songs Staley wrote or co-wrote, even though she is allegedly entitled to 16 per cent of the group's income.

And earlier this month (May13) she filed legal papers at the King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington seeking damages and a court order re-establishing her rights to her son's assets, according to local publication

The Man in the Box hitmake...

Cast Of 'Celebrity Rehab' Season 5 Announced

June 8th, 2011 8:15am EDT
Celebrity Rehab
Blade Runner actress Sean Young, Lindsay Lohan's father Michael and former Guns N' Roses rocker Steven Adler are among the stars checking into the next series of Celebrity Rehab.

Joining the trio on the reality TV show, hosted by celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky, will be The Crow star Bai Ling and Baywatch bad boy Jeremy Jackson as well as Amy Fisher.

Lohan recently made headlines when he announced he would open his own rehabilitation center, while Young has struggled with alcohol abuse issues in the past. Adler follows his pal Mike Starr who appeared on Celebrity Rehab last year . Th...

EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...

Former Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dies at 44

March 8th, 2011 11:39pm EST
Mike Starr | Photo Credits: Annamaria DiSanto/
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, has confirmed. He was 44 years old.

According to a spokesman for the Salt Lake City police department, police received a call of a possible death at 1:42 p.m. local time. When police arrived at the location of the call, they confirmed Starr was deceased. His cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

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Scott Weiland: 'Rock & Roll Bands Perform Live'

August 30th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has fired back at reports he is using backing tracks on the road.

The allegations were aimed at the rocker after he tumbled off the stage during a show in Ohio last week and appeared to keep singing.

Fans at the concert were stunned when Weiland continued singing seconds later without sounding flustered or breathless.

But the singer insists he's just professional.

At a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night, Weiland addressed the rumors, stating, "There has never been a time in the 25-plus years that I have been singing with the...

Mark Salling Releasing A Rock Album

August 6th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Mark Salling
Actor Mark Salling is following in the musical footsteps of his Glee co-star Matthew Morrison by releasing his own album.

The 27 year old plays bad boy football player Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the hit TV comedy, about a high school show choir, and regularly shows off his vocals on the program.

However, Salling is set to return to his roots as a trained musician for a new solo record and he will be taking inspiration from his favorite artists in rock and jazz.

He tells Teen Vogue magazine, "I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails...
I also love jazz greats lik...

Stone Temple Pilots Are Back, Refreshed, Recharged And Better Than Ever

May 25th, 2010 10:31am EDT
Stone Temple Pilots - “Stone Temple Pilots” (Atlantic): It’s been nearly a decade (nine years to be exact) since we last heard anything from the Stone Temple Pilots, especially anything close to a new record, since their 2001 release “Shangri-La Dee-Da.” Well, with the bands eponymous sixth studio release to date, STP are back and have decided to join the ranks of those bands they once rose to stardom alongside, bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, who have decided to get back together and give it a go one more time. After one listen to “Stone Temple Pilots” you will realize...

Alice In Chains Stars Say 'Celebrity Rehab' Exploits People

February 20th, 2010 4:38pm EST
Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains stars Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney have blasted the producers of reality show Celebrity Rehab for taking advantage of former drummer Mike Starr and the mother of their late frontman Layne Staley.

The rockers have saluted Starr's efforts to get clean after years of substance abuse, but were appalled when their former bandmate's rehab stint became part of Thursday night's VH1 show.

Taped last year, the episode featured Starr still struggling to come to terms with the drug-related 2002 death of his friend Staley - and featured an appearance from the late rock star's mot...

Lemmy & Rob Halford Named 'Golden Gods' Top Honorees

February 18th, 2010 10:08am EST
Lemmy & Rob Halford Named
Motorhead star Lemmy and Judas Priest's Rob Halford are to be honored with top prizes at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April. Ace of Spades singer Lemmy will be the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while fellow Brit Halford will take home the event's Golden God Award.

Rob Zombie, Fear Factory and Zakk Wylde will provide the performances at this year's show, which will be held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, while Andrew WK and professional wrestler-turned-musician Chris Jericho will co-host.

Nominees for awards were announced on Wednesday and Heaven...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Top Ten Best Records of 2009

January 7th, 2010 8:00am EST
2009 saw the release of a number of great records, but it wasn't that hard to nail down a solid list of the ten best. The year saw a number of musical comebacks as well, none more awe-inspiring and utterly impressive than Alice in Chains. Coincidentally their latest release and first since the death of Layne Staley, Black Gives Way to Blue, tops this very list as my album of the year, although my best album of the year choice changed a handful of times as 2009 progressed.

At one point in time my album of the year was the Prodigy's Invaders Must Die, then that quickly changed once Julien...

Johann Urb Talks '2012,' 'Eastwick,' And What It Was Like Playing A Gay 'Porn Star'

November 9th, 2009 10:00am EST
Johann Urb
We chatted with Johann Urb, star of "Eastwick" and "2012," and found his view on life fascinating. Originally from Estonia, we discussed his roots and interests, his movie and TV work, but somehow we often went off on a tangent that we think you will enjoy as much as we did.

I watched "Eastwick" so I could get a glimpse of you before the interview. You were such a Clark Kent.

Oh, thank you! I get a lot of that. When we were shooting the pilot, Lindsay Price's mom came to visit and she goes, "You look like Superman blond." So that's my nickname. I think it's kind of funny.

Are you d...

Lars Ulrich Planning Metal Mega-Tour

September 3rd, 2009 10:31pm EDT
Metallica, Lars Ulrich, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is secretly plotting a heavy rock super-tour, which will include his band, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer guitarist Kerry King has let it slip that negotiations have started during an interview with Britain's Metal Hammer magazine.

Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax toured with Alice In Chains on the Clash Of The Titans tour in 1991, while Metallica and Megadeth played a one-off show in Britain in 1993 - but the four acts have never performed on the same bill.

King says, "I don't know Lars that well and I haven't heard it from Lars, but apparently he's ta...

'Guitar Hero 5' With Kurt Cobain, Firestarters, Ne-Yo, NeoCube, & More (Videos)

August 31st, 2009 3:41pm EDT
Guitar Hero 5 With Kurt Cobain, Firestarters, Ne-Yo, NeoCube, Ni
Kurt Cobain featured in "Guitar Hero 5"; Dire Straits; reporter gets stung by a bee; and fire starting for dummies (actually, dummies starting fires). Also, Ne-Yo channels West Side Story for the VMAs; NeoCube may be the next Rubik's Cube (but probably not); and have a listen to Alice In Chains' "Check My Brain", off their forthcoming comeback album (sounds great!). Check 'em all out!

"Guitar Hero 5" is released tomorrow... here's Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", complete with Kurt Cobain on vocals and guitar...

"Smells Like Teen Spirit":

Let's see another. how about...

Elton John Makes Guest Appearance On New Alice In Chains Album

August 11th, 2009 11:34pm EDT
Alice In Chains Elton John
Among the many highlights on "Black Gives Way To Blue", the highly anticipated new album from Alice In Chains, is a special guest performance by Elton John. The two rock legends collaborated on the album's stunning title track, "Black Gives Way To Blue," a heart-stirring tribute to Alice In Chains' late lead singer Layne Staley. The album arrives in stores September 29.

"We were thinking about adding piano to the track and a friend suggested we call Elton," recalls guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell. "I remember laughing and saying, 'Yeah, I'll get right on that.' But I decided it was wor...

Video: Alice In Chains' New Single, 'A Looking In View'

July 7th, 2009 4:20pm EDT
Alice In Chains Release New Video
Alice In Chains is proud to release a brand new video today for their recently leaked track "A Looking In View." The mp3 single was released for free download at the band's site last week as well as on iTunes, and is the first new music to be released from the band in 14 years. It will be on their forthcoming album "Black Gives Way to Blue", scheduled for release September 29th on Virgin Records.

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Alice In Chains Sign With EMI; Long-Awaited New Album Coming In September

June 8th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Alice In Chains
Legendary rock band Alice In Chains has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and are gearing up for the release of their first new studio album in more than 10 years. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release this September.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. ...

Mindy McCready Heading To 'Rehab'

May 28th, 2009 9:26am EDT
Mindy McCready
Country star Mindy McCready is heading for rehab - and her recovery will be televised. The singer has been selected as a cast member for the new season of VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.

She'll tackle her alcohol and drugs demons during treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center in California. Joining McCready will be former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, Dennis Rodman and former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr.

As previously reported, actress Mackenzie Phillips will appear on the hit U.S. show as a sober coach, less than a year after checking in for her 10th ...

Kid Rock To Host A Two-Day Block Party

May 8th, 2009 3:01pm EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock is turning a forthcoming pair of performances in his home state of Michigan into a massive street party.

The rocker has announced plans to host a two-day bash after selling out a couple of shows at Comerica Park on the 17 and 18 of July in his native Detroit.

The star has invited wannabe rockers to compete in a battle of the bands contest on the streets near the venue, and he will even host a chili cook-off and a car show.

Kid Rock will be joined by Alice In Chains and Cypress Hill for the concerts

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Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' Tribute

September 20th, 2008 1:04pm EDT
Metallica's new album Death Magnetic was written as a tribute to tragic Alice In Chains rocker Layne Staley. Frontman James Hetfield admits the central message of the record is that people should come to terms with the inevitable prospect of death.

And he reveals that the main inspiration behind many of the lyrics was "Man in the Box" singer Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.

Hetfield tells Guitar World magazine, "The theme of our new album is that we're all gonna die sometime. Just like the poles of a magnet, some people are drawn to death and others are repulsed by it,...

Alice In Chains Heading Back To The Studio

September 5th, 2008 2:46pm EDT
Alice In Chains
Grunge pioneers Alice In Chains are heading back to the studio to record their first new material for 13 years - and their first without late frontman Layne Stayley.

The rockers reformed for live shows in 2006 with new singer William DuVall, but warned fans the prospect of recording without Stayley - who died of a drug overdose in 2002 - was too painful to contemplate.

However a message on the band's website reveals they are now hard at work preparing for a new LP. They will hit the studio to record the disc in October.

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How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

July 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
50 Cent
We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

Slash Forms Another Band

July 3rd, 2008 9:10am EDT
Slash is set to form another group for a launch concert at Las Vegas' Red Rock Resort.

The former Guns N' Roses star has recruited Alice In Chains star Jerry Cantrell and Led Zeppelin's Jason Bonham to his Blues Ball Band for the show on Saturday.

Liv Tyler's estranged husband Royston Langdon will also join the trio with other surprise guest artists planned.

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Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

April 22nd, 2008 10:33am EDT
Jerry and Slash
It's not every day that you are given the opportunity to witness performances by top notch musicians including Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), as well as numerous other talented musicians all on the same stage. However, on Thursday evening, April 17th, thousands of music fans gathered together at the Nokia Theater in New York City, to watch these artists rock out in celebration of Road Recovery's 10th year anniversary.

Road Recovery is a pro...

Velvet Revolver Pay Tribute To Drummer's Brother

August 28th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Velvet Revolver
Velvet Revolver are to pay tribute to drummer Matt Sorum's late brother when they perform in Minneapolis, Minnesota later this week - with a special charity show. Sorum's 11-year-old sibling, Daniel, lost his battle with brain-stem cancer earlier this year and now his big brother and his bandmates are set to remember the kid in style.

The rockers will perform at the Fine Line Music Cafe in St. Paul after their headlining show at the nearby Xcel Energy Center.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Daniel J. Sorum Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students at the schoo...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 22

August 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Tori Amos
Happy Birthday to Simple Plan guitarist Jeff Stinco (1978), Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough (1973), "Lost" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967), Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley (1967; d. 2002), singer/songwriter Tori Amos (1963), Tears For Fears singer Roland Orzabel (1961), Ratt bassist Juan Croucier (1959), Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (1958), actor Colm Feore (1958), Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux (1947), "Laverne and Shirley" actress Cindy Williams (1947), actress Valerie Harper (1940), "Brokeback Mountain" author Annie Proulx (1935), Sci-Fi writer Ray Bradbury (1920)...

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