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Lorde Shares Alluring ‘Hunger Games’ Single ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Ryan Reed |
September 29, 2014

Lorde has shared “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her alluring lead single from the singer’s curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. The dark jam fits comfortably within the 17-year-old’s sonic wheelhouse, with Lorde’s brooding croon stretched out over minimal synths and rattling drums. “I’m a princess cut from marble / smoother than a storm,” she sings, in what sounds like a reference to Hunger Games protagonist Katniss Everdeen. “And the scars that mark my body / they’re silver and gold.”

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“It’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love,” the singer wrote on her Tumblr. “It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’. i hope you like it.” Lorde noted that after each show, she retreats to her “little bed office” and works “from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes.”

“We are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real,” she added. “I’m reminded of this day last year, when Pure Heroine came out in this country. The feeling of something very solitary that I had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s.”

Lorde announced her involvement with the soundtrack back in July. Last week, she teased her own original track on Instagram, posting intimate images of the lyrics. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21st. The soundtrack is also planned for a fall release on Republic Records, though a firm date hasn’t been scheduled. 

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde said in a July statement. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

The New Zealander, who graced the cover of Rolling Stone back in January, is a logical choice to curate the soundtrack. She previously recorded an epic cover of Tears for Fears’ pop anthem “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the soundtrack to 2013′s Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games franchise. 

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Hear Carrie Underwood’s Spiritual New Single ‘Something in the Water’

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Beville Dunkerley |
September 29, 2014

Carrie Underwood is once again wearing her faith on her musical sleeve.

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It’s been nine years since the country superstar released “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the Grammy-winning, double-platinum-selling song that spent six weeks at Number One. Back then, she was fresh off her American Idol win and the new toast of Nashville. Fast forward to today, and she’s the top-earning Idol alum of all time, according to Forbes, and is kicking off her first greatest hits compilation with another spiritual heartstring-tugger.

“Something in the Water,” which Underwood co-wrote with Chris DeStefano and Brett James, is a new track off the Oklahoma native’s upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album. It’s a “joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better and waking up and having that a-ha moment and your life being different from that moment forward,” the singer explained last week on NBC’s Today show. Similar to “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the new song is about turning to God in troubled times.

“I followed that preacher man down to the river/And now I’m changed/And now I’m stronger/There must’ve been something in the water,” Underwood sings in the soaring song that showcases her heavenly high vocal range. (Listen above.)

Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will also include Underwood’s 18 Number One singles from her decade-long career. It is set to hit stores December 9th.

Pregnant with her first child, due in spring, Underwood has cleared her tour schedule for the rest of this year. She played the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park last week, raising money and awareness for impoverished communities alongside Sting, Beyonce, No Doubt and a long list of other musical heavy hitters.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/carrie-underwood-something-in-the-water-20140929

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Aretha Franklin Covers Adele, Details New ‘Diva Classics’ Tribute LP

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Ryan Reed |
September 29, 2014

Adele is one of the most acclaimed soul singers of her generation. But now she’s earned major “Respect” from the all-time greatest, Aretha Franklin, who’s shared her cover version of “Rolling in the Deep.” Franklin gives the 2011 smash a fiery makeover, tossing off melismatic vocal runs and even incorporating the chorus from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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The cover tune, available to stream below, is the first single from the 72-year-old Franklin’s new covers LP, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, out October 21st on RCA Records. 

The album’s track list spans numerous eras and styles of soul – from Etta James‘ bluesy 1960 staple “At Last” to Sinéad O’Connor‘s minimal 1990 pop ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Alicia Keys‘ anthemic 2007 RB smash “No One.” In addition to singing throughout, Franklin also plays piano on a version of the Supremes‘ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

The album was co-produced by Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis and features additional production work from André 3000, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Harvey Mason Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper. A limited edition vinyl will be available for pre-order on September 30th, and select retailers are offering a download of Franklin’s “Rolling in the Deep” with digital pre-order. 

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics track list. 

1. “At Last” (Etta James Cover)
2. “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)
3. “Midnight Train To Georgia” (Gladys Knight and The Pips Cover)
4. “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor Cover)
5. “People” (Barbra Streisand Cover)
6. “No One” (Alicia Keys Cover)
7. “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan Cover) / “Respect”
8. “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington Cover)
9. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes Cover)
10. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor Cover)

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/aretha-franklin-covers-adele-details-new-diva-classics-tribute-lp-20140929

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Watch Alexandra Shipp Channel Aaliyah in First Look at Biopic

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Miriam Coleman |
September 28, 2014

Lifetime offered viewers a first look at its Aaliyah biopic this weekend, releasing a brief, 15-second trailer that shows its new star, Alexandra Shipp, taking on the role of the late RB singer.

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While the short trailer shows little more than a moody glimpse of Shipp undertaking some of Aaliyah’s distinctive choreography and channeling her fashion and attitude, it also provides some reassurance that the production is back on track after a rocky start earlier this summer. At the end of the clip comes a note that Aaliyah: The Princess of RB will premiere on Saturday, November 15th.

In late June, the production was put on hold after Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman announced that she was dropping out of the title role. Shortly before that, Aaliyah’s relatives had raised objections to the project, criticizing it for “disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on.” The film, based on Christopher John Farley’s biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, will follow the singer from her debut on Star Search at the age of 10 through her untimely death in a plane crash at 22.

By mid-July, Lifetime announced that Shipp, best known for her role in the Nickelodeon mystery series House of Anubis, had signed on to play Aaliyah. The following month, the network cast newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith in the role of Aaliyah collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Shipp also has a part in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-alexandra-shipp-channel-aaliyah-in-first-look-at-biopic-20140928

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Beyonce Surprises Global Citizen Festival During Jay Z’s Set

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Miriam Coleman |
September 28, 2014

Jay Z and Beyoncé may have just wrapped up their On the Run tour earlier this month, but the pair aren’t finished sharing the stage yet. During his headlining performance at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, the rapper brought his wife out as a surprise guest for two songs in the couple’s New York hometown.

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Beyoncé made a dramatic entrance onto the Central Park stage to close out Jay Z’s set, delivering her take on Justin Timberlake’s vocal parts for “Holy Grail.” After finishing that number, Jay Z rallied the audience with an acknowledgment of the event’s poverty-fighting mission: “If you’re committed to this Global Citizen movement, we need lighters, lighters, lighters, lighters!” With that, the pair launched into “Young Forever,” to which Jay Z added some further exhortations to the cause. “We’re gonna end extreme poverty by 2030! It’s on you, New York City!”

The rapper’s call for individual efforts echoes the ethos of the concert’s hosts, the Global Poverty Project, which offers 80 percent of its festival tickets free to those who participate in poverty-related activism through its online platform. “Change only takes place when and where there is action,” Jay Z said in a statement earlier this summer. “I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”

Saturday’s concert had another notable guest appearance in store. During No Doubt’s set, Sting joined the band onstage to perform the Police hit “Message in a Bottle.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beyonce-surprises-global-citizen-festival-during-jay-zs-set-20140928

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Watch the Boomtown Rats Play Their First U.S. Show in Decades

September 29th, 2014 · Guitar

By Miriam Coleman |
September 28, 2014

The Boomtown Rats played their first U.S. show in more than 25 years on Friday night, taking the stage at New York City’s Terminal 5 for Smithwick’s Presents the Big Session. During the show, the Irish punk band, who originally broke up in the mid-1980s, revisited their somber 1979 hit “I Don’t Like Mondays.” 

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Despite the dark content of the song, which was inspired by a school shooting, the performance turned into a warm crowd singalong, with a chorus of cheers erupting during the dramatic pause after the line, “the lesson today is how to die.” 

Frontman Bob Geldof spoke with Rolling Stone about the Rats’ reunion in 2013, when the band first reunited for shows in the U.K., Ireland and the U.A.E. Although he observed that the sour economic conditions that originally gave rise to bands like his were repeating themselves three decades later, he questioned whether rock could have the same social impact today. “The rock roll era has passed,” he said. “It’s over. So [our reunion] won’t have, I think, the same sort of cultural value. It’ll have a nostalgic value, I guess, but that’s not good enough for me. I would like it to be about these times now, addressing 18-year-olds. A rock festival shouldn’t be a middle-class outing, it should be a gathering of the clans, with intent.” 

The Boomtown Rats will play one more U.S. show at Boston’s Royale on Sunday night before heading to the U.K. for a string of tour dates running through November. The band is also set to release a new compilation called So Modern: The Boomtown Rats Collection on October 13th.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-the-boomtown-rats-play-their-first-u-s-show-in-decades-20140928

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Thom Yorke Unveils Surprise New Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’

September 28th, 2014 · Guitar

By Kory Grow |
September 26, 2014

Less than a decade after Radiohead offered up In Rainbows with a pay-what-you-want model, the group’s frontman, Thom Yorke, is now selling a surprise new album via BitTorrent. The record, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, is available now at the pay-gated cost of $6. A video for the album’s first track “A Brain in a Bottle,” which expands on the haunting vocals and glitchy electronic music of Yorke’s 2006 debut album The Eraser, is available for free. A link to buy the record on vinyl is also included. A step-by-step guide explains how to get the record.

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The singer said in a joint statement with his Atoms for Peace collaborator, producer Nigel Godrich, that he hoped it would help regain control of file sharing. “It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” they said. “If it works well, it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work, enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves [and] bypassing the self-elected gatekeepers.

“If it works, anyone can do this exactly as we have done,” Yorke and Godrich continued. “The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey. It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front. The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.”

In this model, the music publisher covers transaction fees, while BitTorrent takes 10 percent after that. The artist is then able to keep any data about its fans – impressions, downloads, stream info, email addresses – and they’re allowed to publish in any format. A BitTorrent press release compares this to models where online distributors take 40 percent of payment and keep all associated info.

Earlier this week, Yorke and Godrich both posted a picture of a mysterious, unlabeled white vinyl, with fans speculating if it was for Yorke’s album or a new Radiohead project. 

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes track list:

1. “A Brain in a Bottle”
2. “Guess Again!”
3. “Interference”
4. “The Mother Lode”
5. “Truth Ray”
6. “There Is No Ice (For My Drink)”
7. “Pink Section”
8. “Nose Grows Some”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/thom-yorke-unveils-surprise-new-album-tomorrows-modern-boxes-20140926

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U2 Reveal Intimate Album Cover for ‘Songs of Innocence’

September 28th, 2014 · Guitar

By Ryan Reed |
September 26, 2014

U2 have unveiled the intimate cover image for their new LP, Songs of Innocence, which will be released in physical form on October 13th. The black-and-white photo, shot by Glen Luchford, shows drummer Larry Mullen Jr. shielding his 18-year-old son in a protective embrace. The band unveiled the image via their website on Friday morning, with frontman Bono explaining how the cover symbolizes the personal themes of the album.

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“We’ve always been about community in U2, about family and friends,” he says. “Songs Of Innocence is the most intimate album we’ve ever made. With this record, we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back. . . holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else’s.” 

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The visuals are also meant to reflect the band’s formative years in Dublin. A statement accompanying the cover reveal draws parallels between the image and the covers for their 1979 debut, Boy, and 1983′s War – both of which featured the face of child Peter Rowen, the younger brother of Bono’s childhood friend Guggi.

Songs of Innocence will be available in three formats: a deluxe, two-CD edition (which features additional tracks, including a six-song acoustic session), a two-LP 180-gram white vinyl and a standard single CD. The album, their first in five years, was originally made available on September 9th as a surprise free download to all iTunes users. 

“We wanted to make a very personal album,” Bono told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview the day before the iTunes reveal. “Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys — first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/u2-reveal-intimate-album-cover-for-songs-of-innocence-20140926

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Ariana Grande Brings on the Weeknd for ‘SNL’ Debut

September 28th, 2014 · Guitar

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Robert Plant Goes Doo-Wop With Jimmy Fallon on "Duke of Earl"

September 28th, 2014 · Guitar

By Miriam Coleman |
September 27, 2014

In between two New York kickoff dates for his North American fall tour, Robert Plant stopped by The Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Fallon about his new solo album, Lullaby and. . . The Ceaseless Roar. During Plant’s visit to the show, Fallon enlisted the Led Zeppelin singer into joining him on one of his iPad-aided doo-wop experiments.

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As he’d previously done with Billy Joel on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” Fallon used the iPad Loopy app to build his voice in layers with Plant’s in order to form a two-man doo-wop group for a performance of Gene Chandler’s 1962 hit “Duke of Earl.” “This looks like one of them funny shops in Amsterdam!” Plant joked while handling the microphone.

After the sit-down chat, Plant took the stage with the Sensational Space Shifters to perform two tracks from Lullaby: the first single, “Rainbow,” as well as “Turn It Up” as a web exclusive.

Plant released Lullaby and. . . The Ceaseless Roar on September 9th through Nonesuch. “It’s pretty virile stuff, and it has come from our countless hours of trudging the endless highways,” Plant said of the album in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “If we’d just met in a room somewhere, we’d have never gone anywhere near this.” Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters head to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for performances on Saturday and Sunday night before heading up to Toronto on September 30th.

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