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Drake And Future Take Top Honors

9/29/2015 9:02am EDT
Drake And Future Take ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ To No. 1
Lana Del Rey could practically taste her second no. 1 album – that is until Drake and Future totally ‘killed her vibe’ with surprise mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. Expectedly, the superstar hip-hop collaboration was too much for the moody, alt-pop singer to overcome. In other words, her Honeymoon in the ‘penthouse’ wasn’t meant to be. Okay, okay, enough puns!

Drake and Future took top honors on the Billboard 200, to the tune of 375,000 units – WOW! This doesn’t outpace Drake’s earlier no. 1 album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or the juggernaut that was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behin...

Lana Del Rey Tops New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/15/2015 11:30am EDT
Lana Del Rey performs at a concert in WaMu theatre, Seattle 05/2
This is the week that music lovers and music executives alike have been waiting for. No, Kanye West or Rihanna haven’t secretly dropped that new album BUT there are plenty of albums to choose from this the third week of September. Who are the ‘must-haves’ for this week? Definitely the moody Lana Del Rey and Pittsburgh rap phenomenon Mac Miller, who both know how to produce solid sales figures their first week out. That said don’t sleep on any of the new releases available beginning Friday, September 18!

1) Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon (Interscope)

Friday, September 18 got a huge upgr...

The Rundown: Otherwise, Shinedown, Taproot, War of Ages, Shadows Fall

6/18/2012 10:30pm EDT
The Rundown Episode 57 takes looks at releases from Otherwise, Shinedown, Taproot, War of Ages and Shadows Fall.

File Under: Hard Rock

Otherwise - True Love Never Dies (Century Media): Let’s face it – the world can always use another good rock band, and honestly, a worthy rock record is almost always deserving of a listen, a few criterion Otherwise meets with their debut long player True Love Never Dies. True Love is a promising release that shows flashes of the Veer Union, Rev Theory and even Ra (do your homework if you’re in the dark on the latter), though it’s ultimately a green releas...

CD Review: Shinedown - 'Somewhere In The Stratosphere'

6/6/2011 7:53pm EDT
Shinedown, if nothing else, has always been a monster when it comes to a live setting – anyone who has filled a seat at one of their shows throughout the years can attest to that. Now, with that in mind, one would think that the bands recently released Somewhere in the Stratosphere live CD/DVD couldn’t miss, and while there is a level of validity to that point, it isn’t entirely true.

Somewhere in the Stratosphere is a lengthy, comprehensive collection of what Shinedown is able to accomplish when taking the stage, and is split into two sections - the first titled Live from Washington ...

Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Eminem Lead 2009 American Music Awards Nominees

10/13/2009 1:49pm EDT
Taylor Swift
The American Music Awards (AMAs) will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, November 22(8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Taylor Swift leads the nominations race this year with six total nominations, Michael Jackson follows with five nominations. Eminem follows with four nominations and Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. collected three nominations, respectively.

For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting at, and, the official voting location starting today. Artists will be...

A Conversation With Brent Smith Of Shinedown

4/2/2009 9:50am EDT
It might be weird to think that a band with as much commercial success as Shinedown would even think of breaking up after only two records. Especially when every single released off of those two albums have reached the top five of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but you really would be surprised.

Vocalist/band saving grace Brent Smith almost saw everything he had every worked towards taken away from him, all due to some band member departures and certain personal squabbles, but he persevered. Smith worked as hard as ever, enlisted the help of some of his closest musician friends...

The Learning Curve: This Week We Rock Out

3/25/2009 10:29am EDT
This week my friends, it is all about bringing to you, the rock. Yes, rock music, you know it and hopefully love it, because you know very well your friends at the Learning Curve love it.

This time out you will get rock bands from all parts of the country - north, south, east and west, and will get a dose from all over the veritable rock spectrum.

From singer/songwriter, to 90's, to heavy southern rock/metal to just plain old good times rock, Safety Word Orange will bring you back to the mid-90's, the Vintage Burning might just hurt your ears if not ready and Rotation will give ...

Saving Abel To Open For Nickelback On 34-City Arena Tour

12/3/2008 5:15pm EST
Saving Abel
Breakout rock band Saving Abel will Join Seether as openers for Nickelback on their North American tour beginning February 25th in Nashville, TN (full schedule below). Saving Abel's largest outing to date will hit arenas in over 30 cities across the continent. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 5th at

"We're thrilled to be opening for Nickelback. It's crazy, a year ago we were playing small bars and clubs around Memphis and now we're touring the country in a bus and will be playing with one of the biggest touring rock bands in arenas," said Saving Abel frontman Ja...

Buckcherry Scores First Top 10 Album With 'Black Butterfly'

9/25/2008 5:00pm EDT
Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records hard rock band Buckcherry scored their first Top 10 album today on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart with Black Butterfly, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2006's RIAA-certified platinum 15.

Black Butterfly debuted at #8 on the chart, the highest debuting rock album.

"Buckcherry keeps letting it rip," said People magazine in a 3/4 star review of the album.

"There's no denying it, Buckcherry is what in-your-face rock 'n' roll is all about." — Associated Press

Dubbed the Next Great American Rock Band, Buckcherry, who just two y...

Saving Abel Set To Rock First Obama / McCain Presidential Debate

9/24/2008 6:00pm EDT
Saving Abel
After spending the summer opening for some of the biggest names in rock music, Virgin Records rock-quintet Saving Abel have announced that they will open for the biggest names in politics, playing at the first Obama / McCain Presidential debate on Sep. 26 at the University of Mississippi. The free show which begins at 12:00pm also includes Paul Thorn, Josh Kelley and the North Mississippi Allstars. Saving Abel will make a pit-stop at the U of M to play the pre-debate show before their gig at Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, AL that evening, part of their current outing with Buckcherry and S...

Buckcherry Tour: 3 Acts For The Price Of 1; 'Black Butterfly' Out Tuesday

9/14/2008 11:45am EDT
Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic recording group Buckcherry will continue on their upcoming tour as planned, despite the announcement that Avenged Sevenfold has had to cancel their performances in September and early October. The dates, originally billed as co-headline dates with Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry, will see Buckcherry supported by Shinedown and Saving Abel.

"We're glad to hear that Shadows is fine, and can't wait to get out on the road with the band in November," said Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. "We have a great show planned, and we are pumped to get on the road behind...

Shinedown To World-Premiere Entire New Album On MySpace June 17

6/15/2008 9:00am EDT
Early in 2007, producer Rob Cavallo asked Shinedown frontman Brent Smith about his goals for the band's new album. Smith didn't hesitate.

"I said, 'You know what -- when I'm dead and gone, when everybody in this band has passed or what have you, I want the world to remember this as a record that needed to be made, and that there was a reason for it,' " Smith says. "That was the motivation behind this album."

"And part of the reason it took so long to make!"

Welcome then to The Sound Of Madness, Shinedown's third album -- and the Florida rockers' boldest effort to date. Like i...

Deaf Pedestrians Strike Chord With 'Hail to the Geek,' Album Due Feb. 12

2/1/2008 11:00am EST
Deaf Pedestrians
Dallas-based quartet Deaf Pedestrians were chugging along, playing shows with bands like Staind, Papa Roach, Saliva and Shinedown and making a name for themselves on local radio. Then in June 2007, frontman Charlton Parker wrote the hooky, tongue-in-cheek song "Hail to the Geek" about his nerdy hobbies and awkwardness with girls.

Originally, Parker had no plans to record the number, but when his band mates heard it, they convinced him to track it with them. After a few hours in the studio, Deaf Pedestrians emerged with an undeniable cut that's catchy, funny, spirited and endearingly wi...

Army Of Anyone Extend SnoCore Tour With Hurt, Dropping Daylight, Neurosonic

1/15/2007 10:10am EST
Army Of Anyone
Army Of Anyone has announced additional dates to their upcoming headline spot on the 2007 SnoCore Tour, which also features Hurt, Dropping Daylight and Neurosonic in support. The 6-week trek--which launches January 18 in Houston—includes a February 1 performance at New York's Bowery Ballroom and a March 1 show at Los Angeles' Key Club. will sponsor the tour.

Meanwhile, Army Of Anyone--vocalist Richard Patrick, formerly of Filter; guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, ex-Stone Temple Pilots; and drummer Ray Luzier--continue to garner critical acclaim for their l...

Country Singer Jo Dee Messina To Entertain Troops in Italy

1/3/2007 11:46am EST
Jo Dee Messina
Multi-platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina will bring her unique country sound to service members stationed in Italy on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour Jan. 5-10. This marks the first USO tour for Messina, who will entertain and meet with service members and their families during the trip. She performed at the USO's 65th Anniversary Gala last September.

This tour continues the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tradition of bringing celebrities to troops stationed far from home. Entertainers who recently participated in USO tours include Craig Morgan, Mark Wills, Darryl Worley, D...

Army Of Anyone To Headline 2007 Sno-Core Tour

12/31/2006 11:00am EST
Army of Anyone
SnoCore Tour is back in 2007 with headliners Army of Anyone. The tour will kick off January 18th in Houston, TX, with support from Hurt and more to be announced. The first round of dates has been released and tickets have gone on sale.

Army of Anyone (featuring vocalist Richard Patrick from Filter, guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, and drummer Ray Luzier) is supporting their debut self titled release which hit stores this past November. Previous SnoCore Tour participants include Sparta, Trapt, Finger Eleven, Helmet, Chevelle, Seether, Shinedown, an...

Wilmer Valderrama To Entertain Troops In Germany

12/22/2006 10:22am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Actor and comedian Wilmer Valderrama will provide service members with some laughter on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Germany Jan. 3-6. This will be the first USO tour for Valderrama, who will be hosting a live version of his successful "Yo Momma" comedy show, currently on MTV.

This tour continues the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tradition of bringing celebrities to troops stationed far from home. Entertainers who recently participated in USO tours include Carrie Underwood, Chuck Norris, Drowning Pool, Bill Engvall, Craig Ferguson, Henry Rollins and Shinedown.

DMX To Visit Troops in the Persian Gulf

8/23/2006 12:02pm EDT
Rapper DMX will soon embark on his first USO tour to perform for troops stationed in the Persian Gulf region. The raspy-voiced rap superstar also will meet and greet service members.

Currently starring in his own reality show, "Soul of a Man," DMX recently released Year of the Dog ... Again, his first full-length album in three years and the sixth solo release for the Yonkers, N.Y., native. The album made its debut at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200.

This tour continues the USO's tradition of bringing entertainment to troops stationed far from home. Celebrities who have recently made...

Shinedown To Tour With Rob Zombie & Godsmack

6/21/2006 10:10am EDT
Shinedown has announced plans to join forces with Rob Zombie and Godsmack for the summer's most exciting hard rock multi-artist bill. The Jacksonville, Florida-based rock outfit is touring in support of their smash second album, "Us and Them," which features the current Top 5 rock radio hit, "I Dare You."

The triple-threat tour is slated to officially kick off on August 25th at Dallas' Smirnoff Music Center. From there, the trek will travel the U.S. through an October 1st date at Concord, California's Sleep Train Pavilion (see attached itinerary).

Road warriors to their very core,...

More Talent Added to Radio Music Awards

12/7/2005 10:54am EST
Snoop Dogg
The biggest names in music continue to confirm their participation for the 2005 Radio Music Awards live on Monday, Dec.19, from the Aladdin Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Nominees Snoop Dogg, Rascal Flatts and Gavin DeGraw have joined Ricky Martin, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Michael Buble, Ashlee Simpson, and the Pussycat Dolls as confirmed performers during the 2-hour show.

Also confirmed to appear are Ciara, Sean Paul, Steve Harvey, Anna Nalick, Crossfade, Lifehouse and Shinedown. They will join talent already announced including Bo Bice, Scott Weiland, Frankie J, Ryan Cabrera and many m...