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Guess Who Is Back On Top Of Billboard 200 This Week?

2/2/2016 10:02am EST
Adele Reclaims No. 1 On Billboard 200 After a Two-Week Break
Two weeks ago, David Bowie’s final album Blackstar would dethrone Adele’s record-breaking 25 after it spent seven consecutive weeks at number one. While Bowie wouldn't retain the top spot the following week, Panic! At The Disco would score its first number one album with Death of a Bachelor. Both weeks, 25 had to settle for runner-up as opposed to “ruling the roost.” Not this week friends – no sir!

After a two-week break – call it a vacation – Adele returns to a familiar, fitting spot at number one. This week marks the eight nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse for the British powerhouse....

Panic! At The Disco Tops Charts

1/26/2016 9:48am EST
Panic! At The Disco Tops The Billboard 200 For The First Time
After being an active part of the music industry for a decade, Panic! At The Disco finally got over “That Hump” to quote Erykah Badu – scoring a number one album on the Billboard 200. That’s right; Death of A Bachelor earned Panic! At The Disco – specifically sole original member Brendon Urie – it's first career number one album. The numbers were impressive as Panic! At The Disco impacted to the tune of 190,000 units, with 89% of those units being pure sales.

Sure Urie is the only member left, but things seem to be looking up judging by the numbers and hits from the album. If you ask us, w...

Tank's 'Sex, Love & Pain II' Leads This Week's Albums To Check Out

1/17/2016 12:45pm EST
Tank's 'Sex, Love & Pain II' Leads This Week's Albums To Check O
Slowly but surely, things seem to be heating up in the music industry, despite the frigid January weather. January 2016 has delivered some noteworthy albums early on, led by David Bowie’s final masterpiece Blackstar and Panic! At The Disco’s eclectic crowd pleasing Death of A Bachelor. Hard acts to follow, this week brings fresh blood to music stores everywhere, led by R&B singer/songwriter Tank. Also on the list – a sure-to-be award-winning compilation, metal vets, composer royalty, and a newbie alternative band. Jam-packed!

1) Tank, Sex Love & Pain II (Atlantic)

Following up his 2013...

Dave Mustaine Investigating Christmas Contest Plagiarism

12/28/2012 2:36pm EST
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine was duped by a Christmas card competition -winner who allegedly submitted the work of another artist in the band's annual festive contest.

The rockers invite fans to submit original illustrations over the holidays and the top 10 all get a prize, while the best entrant receives a phone call on Christmas Day from frontman Mustaine, along with other rewards.

This year, however, the winner is believed to have passed off the work of another artist as his own and the metal stars were completely unaware until it was spotted by an eagle-eyed fan in Brazil.

A posting o...

Tarantula Named After Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

12/14/2012 10:56am EST
Dave Mustaine
A new species of deadly spider has been named after heavy metal rocker Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.

The Aphonopelma Davemustainei tarantula was recently discovered in New Mexico and Arizona.

The singer shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing, "How cool is this? I got my own tarantula named after me! Totally metal!!!"

Megadeth Releases Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition)

11/23/2012 7:06am EST
Following the lead of 1991's Metallica, Megadeth traded in their lengthy, progressive compositions for streamlined, tightly written and played songs more conducive to radio and MTV airplay in 1992's "Countdown To Extinction."

Songs like the mega-hit "Symphony of Destruction," "Skin O' My Teeth," "Foreclosure of a Dream," and "Sweating Bullets" are among the favored tunes. The album is considered by many to be the band's best.

The new new commemorative edition includes the remastered original album with a 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco s Cow Palace.

Disc: 1
1. Skin of My Te...

Former Megadeth Bassist James LoMenzo To Compete On 'The Amazing Race'

8/30/2012 10:15am EDT
James LoMenzo
The new season of "The Amazing Race" will feature former Megadeth star James LoMenzo. The bassist, who has also performed with White Lion and Black Label Society, is teaming up with his entertainment lawyer pal Mark "Abba" Abbattista.

A total of 10 teams will compete in the 21st season, which features players traveling all over the world as they tackle various obstacles.

Other contestants include goat farmers The Fabulous Beekman Boys and Chippendales strippers - dancer James Davis and host of the male stripper troupe Jaymes Vaughan.

"The Amazing Race's" new season kicks off Sept. 30 on ...

Dave Mustaine Wants An Investigation Into His 'Obama Is Behind Colorado Movie Massacre' Conspiracy Theory

8/17/2012 9:37am EDT
Dave Mustaine
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is adamant his controversial comments about the Colorado cinema massacre were not intended to "hurt" fellow Americans as they were said in the "heat of the moment" on stage.

The rocker hit headlines this week after he accused President Barack Obama of using last month's movie theatre atrocity and a recent shootout at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin to push through a U.S. gun ban.

He said, "Back in my country, my president... he's trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there... and now...

Megadeth Singer: Obama Is Behind Colorado Movie Massacre, Other Gun 'Murders'

8/16/2012 9:40am EDT
Dave Mustaine
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine believes President Barack Obama is staging murders in order to push through a nationwide gun ban.

The singer shocked fans in Singapore last week after he accused the U.S. leader of of using last month's Colorado cinema massacre and a recent shoot out at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin to push through his anti-gun agenda.

Mustaine said in video footage obtained by, "Back in my country, my president... he's trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there... and now the beautiful peop...

James Murphy Releasing His Own Coffee Blend

2/1/2012 9:01am EST
James Murphy
LCD Soundsystem star James Murphy has become the latest celebrity to launch his own coffee blend.

The musician is a coffee enthusiast and recently took a training course to learn more about beans and blends from an expert - and now Murphy is developing his own espresso.

He tells food blog, "I make a lot of coffee. For my birthday, my girlfriend got me a training course with the world champion. That's what I'm going to do when I get back to London (make my own brand). I thought it would be fun. I have beans that I like. I like this sometimes and that sometimes. Sometimes i...

Slipknot To Stream Sonisphere Performance

7/8/2011 1:28pm EDT
Rockers Slipknot will share their upcoming set at Britain's Sonisphere festival with fans all over the world by streaming the gig over the internet.

The band will take to the stage at the rock event at England's Knebworth House on Sunday and the gig will mark the band's first U.K. show since the death of bassist Paul Gray last year.

They have asked fans to observe a two-minute silence prior to their set in memory of the late rocker, and they have now revealed they will be streaming their performance live on the internet so fans across the globe can see the show.

A statement from the b...

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

4/26/2011 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...

Dave Mustaine Collapses Backstage At Russian Concert

3/18/2011 12:31pm EDT
Dave Mustaine
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine collapsed backstage at a concert in Russia on Wednesday night after suffering from kidney stone pains - but he insisted on playing a half-hour set.

The rocker was performing at the Jubileeny Arena in St. Petersburg when he fell ill and was told by doctors to scrap the gig and get himself to a nearby hospital.

However, Mustaine insisted on playing six songs for the crowd before he was taken to a medical facility 30 minutes later.

He tells, "Two hours before the show I started to feel like I had a hernia, or I'd been hit in the groin. I t...

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax Regrouping For Coachella

1/26/2011 1:20am EST
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are teaming up again for one U.S. Big Four date on the site of the Coachella Festival.

The heavy metal groups will come together on April 23 for an outdoor supergig at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The four acts first banded together last year for seven acclaimed shows across Europe.

No other North American dates are scheduled as WENN goes to press.

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Celebrity Birthdays - September 13, 2010

9/13/2010 3:00am EDT
Dave Mustaine
Happy Birthday to:

Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961)

"Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980)

Singer Fiona Apple (1977)

Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975)

Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967)

British drummer Zak Starkey (1965)

Jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955)

Record producer Don Was (1952)

Actor Raymond O'Connor (1952)

Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952)

"Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951)

"Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003)

Ex-Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944)

British actress Jacqueline Bisset (1944)

Blood, Swea...

Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' Named Top Metal Album

4/29/2010 9:49pm EDT
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has topped a new list of heavy metal albums. The group's 1986 release beat Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses on the joint and Metal Hammer magazine poll.

Ironically, the results have been released on International Noise Awareness Day.

More than 6,000 heavy rock fans took part in the vote, with 20 per cent of them picking "Master of Puppets" as the top album.

Also making the top 10 were Metallica's "Ride The Lightning," AC/DC's "Back in Black," "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth and Black Sabbath's "...

Lemmy & Rob Halford Named 'Golden Gods' Top Honorees

2/18/2010 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...

Aerosmith Back Together?

2/15/2010 8:15pm EST
Aerosmith's split could be over a lot sooner than expected - the band has signed on to co-headline Britain's Download festival, and Steven Tyler is expected to be part of the show.

Tyler temporarily quit the group last year after announcing he wanted a hiatus; he has since checked into rehab in an effort to kick a painkiller addiction.

Following the shock news he'd be leaving the band, guitarist Joe Perry revealed he'd be looking to replace the frontman with a new singer, so the group could honor 2010 studio and concert commitments.

But now it seems Tyler is heading back to the ban...

Dave Mustaine: 'Christianity Saved Me'

2/12/2010 6:00pm EST
Dave Mustaine:
Heavy metal hero Dave Mustaine has credited Christianity for turning his life around and making him realize he was "a weasel." The Megadeth star admits he wasn't a very nice person before he found God and he's eager to make amends for all his wrongs.

He says, "Once I changed my life I thought, 'If anybody needed to become a Christian it was me because I was so bad. I really am enjoying who I'm discovering myself to be. I don't really know what the future has in store for me but it's a hell of a lot different than it was."

"I'm sure glad I didn't give up because there were some years...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

9/13/2009 3:00am EDT
Dave Mustaine
Happy Birthday to:

Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961)

"Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980)

Singer Fiona Apple (1977)

Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975)

Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967)

British drummer Zak Starkey (1965)

Jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955)

Record producer Don Was (1952)

Actor Raymond O'Connor (1952)

Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952)

"Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951)

"Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003)

Ex-Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944)

British actress Jacquelin...

Zachary Quinto Takes A Hostage, VenetianPrincess Does Taylor Swift, Batman, Suge Knight & More (Videos)

9/4/2009 3:19pm EDT
Zachary Quinto Takes A Hostage, VenetianPrincess Does Taylor Swi
Watch some videos and clips of the latest funny, informative, viral, WTF, FAIL, and other time-wasting stuff that we gathered from around the web today. Check 'em all out!

Funny or Die's latest, "HOSTAGE: A Love Story with Zachary Quinto" (contains strong language)...

"HOSTAGE: A Love Story":

VenetianPrincess parodies Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me":

"You Belong With Me" ('Just A Zombie'):

Check out the latest video of The Script from their recent appearance at V Festival. The band was filmed on their way to the show, as well as backstage and on stage during t...

The Learning Curve: This Week's Lesson Is Rock

3/11/2009 10:11am EDT
This week's article is devoted to rock music, whether it's scenesters, 90'salt-rock, hardcore, and southern hard rock. You should hear, see and read about a lot of faces you might have seen before, but this time they are in different places.

If you want to hear something maybe a little different from the norm, check out TV/TV or Damn This Desert Air. If you want hard rock, then lean towards F5 and Disciple, but if you want your music very, very heavy - Kill What I Adore is right up your alley.


Damn This Desert Air

Hail from: Wayne, New Jersey

Label: Koi Records...

Capitol/Emi Releases Megadeth's 'Anthology: Set The World Afire' Sept. 30

9/29/2008 7:00pm EDT
Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, Megadeth is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30 by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth's top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.

Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks, among them Megadeth's top hits, including "Trust," "A Tout Le Monde," "Insomnia" and "Train of Consequences." Also included are rare 1992 concert recordings of "Peace ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

9/13/2008 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...

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

7/14/2008 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...

Legendary Rock Band The Who Paid Tribute In Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

7/3/2008 7:00pm EDT
The Who
VH1 recently confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's revol...

Megadeth Launches a National Fan-Centric Promotion

5/30/2008 7:00pm EDT
A consistent innovator in music and technology, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine will be the first musician to utilize a fan-centric video widget to keep in touch with fans while on the road for Gigantour.

Gigantour, "The Ultimate Shred Fest," put on by Live Nation features bands hand-picked by Mustaine with a sharp eye on true musicianship and a heavy focus on top-notch guitarists. The innovative video widget created by San Francisco based Ojingo Labs (, takes the interactive fan experience to a whole new level by 'connecting fans to their favorite bands.' Fans...

Slipknot And Disturbed Top The Bill On The First Annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

2/1/2008 8:00pm EST
In what's sure to be the hottest concert ticket of the summer, multi-platinum rock acts Slipknot and Disturbed will lead the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a riotous road show packed with some of hard music's most influential artists and a plethora of the genre's most exciting young voices. The tour is set to kick off July 9th at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle and will hit 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August (a full itinerary will be announced in the coming weeks).

Joining Slipknot and Disturbed on the main stage will be DragonForce...

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Fields Fan Questions As Band's Career-Spanning Box Set Debuts

10/11/2007 9:00pm EDT
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine answers fans' questions at, a new site launched by Capitol/EMI to promote today's release of the band's 4-CD+DVD box set, Warchest. To support the new interactive fan experience, Mustaine has recorded videotaped answers to more than 100 questions, ranging from the basic "How tall are you?" to the more specialized "What is the origin of Vic Rattlehead?," resulting in an engaging fan experience that's pure metal gold.

Dave Mustaine and Capitol/EMI have collaborated to create and deploy the ultimate Megadeth boxed set: Warchest. Released Tu...

Megadeth's 'Warchest' Box Set Release Date Pushed To Oct. 9

10/2/2007 11:39am EDT
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Capitol/EMI have collaborated to create and deploy the ultimate Megadeth boxed set: Warchest. The 4-CD+DVD collection features more than six hours of digitally remastered content, hand-selected by Mustaine, including 30 audio and video tracks making their global release debuts, and an additional three tracks that have never before been released in the U.S.

Warchest's release has been moved from October 2 to October 9, and the set caps the in-depth Megadeth catalog remastering and restoration campaign, which has encompassed the band's Capitol studio albums...