Yep, there’s an “Angry Birds” movie coming this May — taking the birds vs. pigs game, giving it a loose plot, and selling it to kids, their parents, and any other adults who like underdog stories and pee jokes. A teaser trailer came out last September, but the first official trailer just dropped, focusing on a bird with anger issues named Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis ). Red is the only one who recognizes that the new pigs in town are up to no good. And Red seems to be angry because he’s bullied for his eyebrows and treated like an outcast — like Rudolph if Rudolph just snapped one day. The trailer takes us through the basics of the story, as Red and his fellow outsider buddies Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) try to figure out what the green pigs are up to
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Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, have been filming a new show for the History Channel, in which the Black Sabbath frontman travels to unique historical sites, since last fall. So far, they’ve visited the Alamo – where Osbourne apologized for urinating on the monument three decades earlier – Stonehenge, Roswell, New Mexico, Havana, Cuba and Mount Rushmore, among other places. It’s an experience for which the singer is grateful. “After The Osbournes TV show, my son chose to go behind the camera and he’s got his own company,” Osbourne tells Rolling Stone . “He said, ‘Would you be interested in doing this show?’ And I went, ‘Oh, great, fine.’ I just got back from Cuba last week, which, incidentally, if you get any chance to go over there you should go, mate. It’s fucking great.” Ozzy Osbourne Tours Alamo 33 Years After Urination Arrest Havana left a strong impression on the singer, who lauds how cheap things are, how easy it is to navigate and its abundance of “fucking mind-blowing” architecture and classic cars. He also enjoyed visiting a war memorial built after the Cuban Missile Crisis. “They got parts of a fucking U-2 plane lying around in this military thing in a park and you can just go and touch it,” Osbourne says. “And I’m going, ‘Fucking hell. If that was in England or America, they’d have a fucking screen that you couldn’t touch this stuff.’ Then somebody pointed out to me that under the Castro regime, it’s everybody’s property
Texas-music stalwarts the Randy Rogers Band released their bright new album Nothing Shines Like Neon last week, a bonafide country album produced by Nashville vet Buddy Cannon. Led by songs like “Rain and the Radio,” a funky bit of Ronnie Milsap Eighties country, the barroom shuffle “Things I Need to Quit” and an old-school duet with Jamey Johnson, “Actin’ Crazy,” Neon expertly marries the country-rock of the Red Dirt scene with classic country twang. Hank Williams Jr. Talks Hank Sr., the Opry and New Album “I have been trying to convince our band to put out a stone-cold country record for years and years. I grew up listening to a lot of early Nineties country that doesn’t sound like anything on the radio these days,” Rogers tells Rolling Stone Country . “The record is a country album because we wanted it to be. We set out to make this record.
For years, rumors of a biopic based on the life on unpredictable Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard have been circulating through Hollywood. Now, a movie penned by the rapper’s cousin dating back to 2011 may finally see the light of day. RZA: Martin Shkreli ‘Has the Power to Do Something Cool’ “I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it. There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened,” RZA tells Rolling Stone . “Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.” Rayshawn originally asked RZA to direct the film, but the producer says he’s ambivalent about being heavily involved in the project. “I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it,” he admits. “From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels.
Bob Seger, a longtime friend of Glenn Frey who collaborated with the guitarist when the two artists resided in Detroit in the Sixties, paid tribute to the late Eagle in an interview with Billboard . “I knew him for 50 years,” Seger said. “He was a great kid. I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit. He was fucking brilliant. He was a joy to be around
Glenn Frey’s Eagles bandmate Don Henley has written a touching tribute to his friend, following the news of the guitarist’s passing . “Glenn was the one who started it all,” he wrote. “He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven.” Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Eagles Songs Frey died Monday due to “complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” according to a statement from the Eagles . Henley wrote that the band members are still processing the death. “We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow,” he wrote. “We brought our two-year History of the Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.
After a slight delay, Kanye West resumed his #EveryFriday series Monday morning with the arrival of “No More Parties in L.A.,” the Kendrick Lamar -featuring cut the rapper teased when “Real Friends” dropped on January 8th. The Madlib-produced track marks the first time West and the To Pimp a Butterfly rapper have appeared together on a song, and while Lamar garnered all the acclaim in 2015, West uses their collaboration to showcase his own unparalleled skills. “I soooo didn’t mean to lie to you guys about GOOD FRIDAYS coming back. Kanye flew to Italy for a Yeezy Season 3 fitting,” the rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian tweeted Saturday after the promised Every Friday track didn’t show up. “He flew Noah out with him so he could finish “No More Parties In L.A.” & wrote 90 bars on the plane there!!! 45 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 That extra work is evident on “No More Parties in L.A.” as West lyrically unfurls on the latter two-thirds of the six-minute track long after Lamar leaves the party. “I know some fans said I’d never rap like this again / But the writer’s block is over / MCs cancel your plans / A 38-year-old ate your role, ” West boasts on the new bars after earlier announcing he was feeling “uninspired since Lauryn Hill retired” and could relate with Andre 3000, the OutKast rapper who similarly distanced himself from music
Legendary singer and songwriter Mel Tillis is currently “on the road to recovery” from colon surgery, his Nashville-based rep confirmed to Rolling Stone Country Friday afternoon. 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own Speculation about the 83-year-old’s health began to circulate after fellow entertainer Tony Orlando tweeted Wednesday evening that singer Johnny Lee had “informed us that our friend Mel Tillis is in critical condition….please pray.” Tillis’s publicist confirmed that Tillis had undergone surgery but that his condition was not critical. Tillis was scheduled to take part in the Country Music Cruise, which sails this weekend, but organizers of the weeklong event announced on Tuesday (January 12th) that he had undergone surgery and would need several weeks to recover. Fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare will fill in for Tillis on the cruise. In addition to his four decades of hits as a recording artist, including such Number One singles as “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Good Woman Blues” and “Heart Healer,” Tillis has penned such iconic tunes as “I Ain’t Never,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “Detroit City.” He is the father of country hitmaker (and fellow Opry member) Pam Tillis. Related 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time Dan Auerbach Cameos on ‘Nashville’
Black Sabbath will offer a limited edition CD, The End , on their upcoming final world tour that will feature four new songs. Black Sabbath Wrote ‘A Whole Load’ of Riffs for Abandoned LP The metal pioneers recorded the tracks at Shangri La Studios in Malibu with producer Rick Rubin during the sessions for their 19th and final album, 13 , which arrived in 2013. While Sabbath had been planning a follow-up to 13 , they ultimately scrapped it this fall to focus instead on “The End” tour. “If we were to do an album before the tour — it would take three or four years to complete the album,” Ozzy Osbourne told Australian site news.com.au. “We want to end it on a high note.” The second half of the special The End tour disc will feature previously unreleased live recordings from Sabbath’s 13 world tour, including three songs from that album and a rendition of “Under the Sun” from 1972’s Vol. 4 . A complete track list is below.
Eight years have passed since Chuck Wicks released his debut album Starting Now , which contained his blockbuster single “Stealing Cinderella.” Much has changed for Wicks since then — including record label shuffles and landing his current day job as co-host of NASH-FM’s America’s Morning Show — and he’s the first to admit he’s not the same person he was back then. 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing,” he says, calling in after his on-air shift. “I was just happy to be making a record. I was happy that I had a record deal. I was happy that my song was going to be played on country radio.” Wicks’ new album Turning Point finds him on a new record label and with a more mature outlook, both as artist and songwriter. The title encapsulates his journey from then to now, coming out of confusion and finding his place as a recording artist. “I believe everybody goes through that in their life with whatever they’re doing, where they look around like, ‘OK, where am I going?'” adds Wicks. “And something happens and they’re like, ‘Ah, I know where I’m going now.'” Turning Point ‘s leadoff track “She’s Gone” is a fine example of Wicks 2.0. Opening with a drum groove and some moody electric guitar reminiscent of the Wallflowers’ “One Headlight,” the song has Wicks talking about a former lover who was nothing but trouble
While diverse, this year’s nominees in the Academy Awards’ Best Original Song category are competing on an even playing ground. Most of the writers and performs are first-time nominees, with two-time Best Documentary winner J. Ralph and, now, eight-time Best Original Song Nominee Diane Warren as the exceptions. Still, it’s an Oscar-winner free game and has many hitmakers vying for a very rare award for musicians to nab. 12 Performances From 2015 That Oscars Shouldn’t Forget From booming ballads to sexy themes for BDSM love stories to emotional rap tracks, this year’s roster of nominees are representative of the year in music and film. The winner will be announced during the Oscars ceremony, which will air on February 28th at 7 p.m. EST on ABC. But until then, listen to the nominations for Best Original Song below.