Metallica have paid tribute to Bruce Sinofsky, director of controversial band documentary Some Kind Of Monster, after he died yesterday.
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Rod Stewart’s guitarist Jim Cregan has confirmed he’s battling prostate cancer.
Machine Head will film a pair of shows in California this weekend for a future DVD release.
Director Clint Eastwood is headed to this year’s Academy Awards with six nominations for the well-reviewed but nonetheless controversial film, American Sniper . Thanks to his distinguished career as both an actor and director, even Eastwood’s most ardent detractors have likely forgotten that in 1978, he shared big-screen time with an orangutan named Clyde in a cinematic stinker called Every Which Way But Loose . This “plotless junk heap” (according to Newsweek ), which Eastwood didn’t direct, still managed to rank among 1978’s biggest box office hits. The film’s soundtrack also spawned a hit in the title song, which was recorded by Eddie Rabbitt. On February 10th, 1979, the tune, penned by Steve Dorff and Milton Brown, with Snuff Garrett (who produced the record), logged the first of three weeks atop Billboard’ s country chart.
While Charli XCX looks likely to break out as the pop world’s edgier, gloomier Katy Perry, the British singer melded her Top 40 sensibilities with a flash of fiery punk for a unique take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Charli XCX: Up All Night With 2014’s Breakout Pop Star The wiry, blistering cover was recorded during Charli XCX’s recent appearance on the BBC’s Live Lounge. With her band substituting the original’s bubblegum horns for a driving bass line and sinewy guitar riff, Charli delivered Swift’s charming kiss-off with sharp, punchy vocals bolstered by her cohorts’ proper pub punk shouts. Charli XCX has already found stardom on tracks featuring other artists — including Icona Pop’s 2012 earworm “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s ubiquitous “Fancy” — but the singer is shooting for solo domination with her recently released second LP, Sucker . That record has already notched one Top Ten single, “Boom Clap,” which was followed by “Break the Rules” and her recent Rita Ora-featuring cut, “Doing It.” Though she came away empty-handed at last week’s Grammys (she garnered two nominations for “Fancy”), Charli XCX’s 2015 is off to an auspicious start. She’s set to open for Perry during the European leg of her Prism tour, starting February 16th in Barcelona, before embarking on her own slate of international solo dates; she has a handful of U.S.
Beyonce, having won three awards for the night for her self-titled album, introduced John Legend and Common’s performance of the Golden Globe-winning song “Glory” from the film Selma with a booming, emotional performance of the gospel standard “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the singer, helping detail the history of the song. Written by Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey, the song was a favorite of Martin Luther King Jr., who is the subject of the Oscar-nominated Selma . Beyonce appeared angelic in all white, surrounded by a choir of male singers in white suits. Her delivery of the hymn was triumphant but somber, staying still as she sang through the classic.
Following a video message from President Barack Obama and an emotional, poignant speech from domestic violence activist Brooke Axtell, Katy Perry showed a different side at the Grammys than her high-energy, colorful Super Bowl Halftime performance. Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List Obama’s message was a PSA encouraging artists to take a stand condemning rape and violence against women. Specifically citing statistics of rapes on college campuses, Obama urged the night’s attendees to be more vocal in activism against assault. Axtell served as an example of the power in speaking out.
The enduring and enduringly unlikely pairing of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performed the title track of their 2014 collaboration album Cheek to Cheek on the Grammys. Singing in the round, the sparkly-dressed Gaga sang the opening lines, “Heaven, I’m in Heaven,” while coming around the piano to Bennett. When the crooner piped in, he barked the same line, the jazz music kicked up and Gaga began dancing. They then danced together for the instrumental break.
Pharrell Williams performed his inescapable Girl single “Happy” on the Grammys with newfound drama, since classical pianist Lang Lang, who played with Metallica at last year’s Grammys, and film composer Hans Zimmer joined him. Dressed like a bellhop in white gloves, blue shorts with yellow shoes, Pharrell led a cinematic intro to the tune that gave way to a typically blissful version of the song with breaks for piano sonatas and gospel breakdowns. In the midst of it, the dancers wore hoodies and raised their hands in the “hands up, don’t shoot” motion, showing support for last year’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Introduced by James Corden and accompanied by John Mayer on guitar, Ed Sheeran gave a wistful, romantic performance of his sweet single “Thinking Out Loud” during the Grammys. Questlove also joined in on the mid-show soft rock jam session right before ELO took the stage. Sheeran later joined ELO for “Mr. Blue Sky.” Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List Sheeran made his Grammy debut in 2013, singing his single “The A Team” with Elton John. The song received a nod for Song of the Year, and the following year Sheeran was up for a Best New Artist trophy.
From Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament (and Eddie Vedder, using his pseudonym “Jerome Turner”) scoring Best Recording Package to Beyoncé taking home Best Surround Sound Album, here is the full rundown of all the winners at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. We’ll be updating this post as each winner is announced, so check back for the full list. How 2015’s Record of the Year Nominees Stack Up Best New Artist Sam Smith Best Pop Duo/Group Performance A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something” Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek Best Rock Performance Jack White – “Lazaretto” Best Metal Performance Tenacious D – “The Last In Line” Best Rock Song Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters Best Alternative Rock Album St. Vincent – St
24 hours before Music’s Biggest Night, Gwen Stefani threw a pre-Grammy bash at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre, where she performed her first full solo concert in almost eight years. At the Orpheum show, in addition to tracks culled from her solo LPs Love.Angel.Music.Baby and The Sweet Escape , Stefani sang her two new singles “Spark the Fire” and “Baby Don’t Lie,” her Calvin Harris collaboration “Together” and, for the first time, a new ballad called “Start a War,” co-written by Sia. How Gwen Stefani Discovered Emojis & Jump-Started Her Career Stefani, who will perform alongside her fellow The Voice mentor Adam Levine at the 57th annual Grammys, staged the gig for 2,000 fans and lucky winners of the MasterCard Priceless Surprises contest, Beacon Street reports. Keeping with Stefani tradition, the singer chose not to perform any No Doubt tracks live without her band mates, instead focusing completely on her solo work. Despite performing her first full solo gig since November 2007, Stefani told Rolling Stone that she probably won’t tour in support of her upcoming solo album, which features tracks co-written with Pharrell, Harris, and Charli XCX