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Hear Sia’s Soaring ‘One Million Bullets’

Sia  will release her new album This Is Acting in January, and on Friday the Australian singer unveiled “One Million Bullets,” the latest single off her 1000 Forms of Fear follow-up. The atmospheric, expressive track starts off on a hushed tone before unfurling an infectious, soaring chorus that has become a staple of Sia’s work. “One million bullets could come my way / But I want you to know that / I’d take a million, babe / How many would you take,” Sia asks on the chorus. Hear Sia’s Liberating New Song ‘Bird Set Free’ Jesse Shatkin, the co-writer of Sia’s smash “Chandelier,” produced “One Million Bullets.” Sia previously said of her upcoming album, which features songs she wrote for other artists before recording them herself, “It’s much more pop. I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking, ‘This is something I would say.’ It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.” While This Is Acting ‘s first two singles – “Bird Set Free”  and “Alive”  – were penned with Adele  in mind, it’s unclear who “One Million Bullets” was originally destined for.  This Is Acting is due out January 29th.


Bringing It All Back Home: Inside the Restoration of ‘Don’t Look Back’

D .A. Pennbaker still remembers the man with the wiry gray hair and the sunglasses, sitting across from him in his office and posing an innocent enough question. “He asked, ‘Would you like to come along on a tour with my client? His name is Bob Dylan.’ It sort of rang a bell.” The 90-year-old filmmaker lets out a raspy chuckle before continuing to speak at his customary rapid clip. “He had one song, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’,’ that had been playing on the radio and that’s about all I knew. But I’d just done this 15-minute film on a jazz vocalist, Dave Lambert…and at that moment, I’d been sort of making these shorts and then putting them in a box, because there was no market for them. So when Albert [Grossman, Dylan’s manager] brought up this tour, I thought, ‘Oh, another musician. Here’s my chance.’ And maybe that would be the start of something.” 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries History will confirm that yes, it was most definitely the start of something. Pennebaker would accompany the then–23-year-old singer-songwriter to England for a brief 1965 spring tour, bringing along his customized sync-sound 16mm camera and capturing several Dylan performances — as well as lots of backstage banter, backroom deals, after-party shenanigans, press conferences, put-downs, temper tantrums, rabid fans and one of the most uncomfortable troubadour-vs.-troubadour encounters ever caught on celluloid.

Hear Waylon Jennings Sing ‘Outlaw Bit’ on Tour in 1979

In 1976, Wanted! The Outlaws assembled the best of the Outlaw Movement in the studio, with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser lending some of their best material to the compilation. But a new recording of Jennings on tour in 1979 captures the outlaw attitude live onstage. An exclusive release for Black Friday Record Store Day (November 27th), the special 12″ vinyl is a full Jennings concert from Omaha and includes a barnstorming version of “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand.” (Listen to the track below). Readers’ 10 Favorite Waylon Jennings Songs Assembled by Jennings and Colter’s son, Shooter Jennings, for his Black Country Rock  boutique label, Waylon Jennings Live in Concert: Volume 2 was recorded the year the younger Jennings was born. “It’s from Omaha in ’79 and I just feel like he had an energy and attitude that was so badass,” Jennings tells Rolling Stone Country . “It also is probably the best showcase of his guitar playing on a live record to date. . . This was the peak of the Outlaw Movement and the peak of his popularity and it really shows it.” Along with the Waylon Jennings Live album, Jennings is releasing two other discs for Record Store Day: a recording by Internet personality the Angry Granpa, and “A Civilized Hell,” a collaboration between Jennings and another son of a seminal outlaw, Lukas Nelson. In March, Jennings will release his new album Countach (For Giorgio) , a tribute to electronic-music visionary Giorgio Moroder

Watch Erykah Badu Scold Audience, Sing ‘Phone Down’ at Soul Train Awards

Erykah Badu  wasn’t kidding when she asked us to put our “Phone Down.” In an exclusive advance clip from this year’s Soul Train Awards, airing Sunday, host Badu demands that several distracted audience members in the front row — including Tyrese Gibson — put away their cells and focus on her. Erykah Badu Preps Phone-Themed Mixtape “Tyrese, you’re on your phone?” she asks the singer-actor. “You’re in the front row on national TV … and you’re on your phone?” This annoyance prompts Badu to perform her soulful new track as she scans the crowd for cell phones, retrieving every one she spots. “I can make you put your phone down/As we cruise through the city,” she sings. “You ain’t gonna text no one when you wit’ me.” The 2015 Soul Train Awards air Sunday, November 29th at 8 p.m. EST on BET and Centric. The event will feature performances from Brandy, Fantasia, Jeremih, Boyz II Men, Jazmine Sullivan, Erica Campbell, V. Bozeman, Cameo and surprise guest Bobby Brown. Jill Scott will be honored with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will receive the Legend Award. Related Babyface Q&A: From ‘Waiting to Exhale’ to the Weeknd Rating the Many Covers of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’

Inside Adele’s Nashville Connection: The Ram Report

With her new album 25 poised to sell nearly 3 million copies  by week’s end, Adele is the top story in all of music. But the new queen of the torch song doesn’t restrict herself to soaring ballads — she also has an appreciation for country and bluegrass. Thanks, in part, to Chris Stapleton. 5 Things You Need to Know About Chris Stapleton For a special edition of her wildly popular album 21 , Adele covered “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” which Stapleton co-wrote while in the bluegrass band the SteelDrivers. The song first appeared on the group’s 2008 debut album. She also made a memorable appearance, pre- 21 fame, on CMT’s Artists of the Year special in 2010, pairing up with Darius Rucker to sing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” Although she clearly doesn’t need to — such huge sales point to an already established mass appeal — Adele has been making the rounds to promote  25

Watch Adele Perform Smoky ’25’ Ballad ‘Million Years Ago’

Adele  showcased her immense vocal range on Wednesday during a Today Show performance of “Million Years Ago,” a sparse ballad from her new LP, 25 . “I know I’m not the only one / Who regrets the things they’ve done,” she sings in the clip, swooping from dramatic high notes to a low rumble, backed by minimal acoustic and electric guitars. “Sometimes I just feel it’s only me / Who can stand the reflection that they see.” Watch Adele, Fallon Sing ‘Hello’ With Classroom Instruments Adele also spoke with Matt Lauer about 25 , her long-awaited, record-shattering third LP – explaining the writer’s block which, at first, prevented her from accessing the same emotions that defined 21 . “I don’t think sadness is always devastating,” she says. “It can be quite uplifting and joyful, as well.


Here’s the First ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer, Plus a New Poster

Happy Thanksgiving from Marvel, everybody! Last night, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (which airs on ABC, part of the ABC/Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm family) and chatted about making “Captain America: Civil War,” which comes out this May. But like the wise men for Christmas, they came bearing gifts. First, RDJ revealed the movie’s official one-sheet poster: Divided we fall. #CaptainAmericaCivilWar — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 25, 2015 Then Chris Evans said he brought the teaser with him, meaning the first official trailer for the movie. They aired the 2.5-minute footage around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and it’s still trending now, with more than 1,435,000 views in just six hours. Here goes: “Sorry, Tony

Naughty by Nature Plot 25th Anniversary Tour

Nineties hip-hop favorites Naughty by Nature will release a new EP in 2016 and embark on a 26-city tour in January in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Questlove’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time: Naughty by Nature, The New Jersey trio kicked off an international leg earlier this month and have a Tampa, Florida show scheduled for December 4th. The main trek, however, begins January 27th at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tickets for the tour are available via  Naughty by Nature’s website , while a complete list of dates is below. Along with the tour, Naughty by Nature teased a new EP, as well as a documentary chronicling their extensive career, which began in the late-Eighties when members Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee went by the name The New Style. The group released their debut LP, Independent Leaders in 1989, which garnered the attention of fellow New Jersey native Queen Latifah, who mentored the group as they prepped a self-titled release under their new name. Released in 1991, Naughty by Nature  was a huge success, propelled by the single “O.P.P.,”  an infectious ode to adultery that became a crossover hit despite its scandalous content. In author Brian Coleman’s exhaustive hip-hop history book, Check the Technique: Volume 2 , Treach recalled making the infamous track in an oral history excerpted for  Rolling Stone . “That was recorded in the first quarter of our recording,” Trach said.

2 Chainz, Jeezy Keep Friends Close, Money Closer in ‘BFF’ Video

Atlanta MC 2 Chainz  adheres to the old adage, keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your stacks of cash closest in the extravagant new video for a remix of “BFF,” featuring Jeezy. See 2 Chainz Debate Weed Legalization With Nancy Grace The video, directed by the Stupid Geniuses, revels in its own luxuriousness and takes its cues from 2 Chainz’s latest opulent, indelible hook, “Whole lot of money that my BFF / Keep a Glock. 40 in my Fendi belt / Getting so much cash I don’t need a wallet.” Fittingly, 2 Chainz and Jeezy spend the “BFF” clip sauntering among beautiful women and through a gold laced mansion where cash spills out of the cupboards and rains from the shower, while coins cover the tables and fill up the tub. The Zaytoven produced “BFF” originally appeared on 2 Chainz’s latest mixtape, Trap-A-Velli Tre , which arrived in August (the mixtape version did not feature Jeezy). The collection marked the rapper’s first solo release since 2014’s FreeBase  EP, but also followed January’s T.R.U. Jack City , a collaborative mixtape featuring artists from his new label, The Real University. While fans await 2 Chainz’s official follow-up to his 2013 album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time , the rapper has continued to diversify his revenue streams in characteristically unique ways, announcing a new line of ugly Christmas sweaters .

Sly and the Family Stone Co-Founder Cynthia Robinson Dead at 71

Cynthia Robinson, a founding member for  Sly and the Family Stone who played trumpet, has died after a battle with cancer. The musician’s Facebook page and Billboard confirmed the news Tuesday. She was 69. The trumpeter was best known for her joyous melodies and inspired vocals and ad-libs on songs like “Dance to the Music” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” She commanded listeners to “get up and dance to the music” at the beginning of the former song and sang “hey, hey, hey” background vocals on the latter. Robinson’s career with Sly Stone began in 1966 when the bandleader put together a group called the Stoners. They fell apart quickly, though, and she became a fixture of the Family Stone – a group whose members were male and female and represented different races, a novel idea at the time – alongside her cousin Larry Graham. Hear Sly and the Family Stone ‘Dance to the Music’ in 1968 Although the ensemble’s A Whole New Thing was not a hit, its second LP Dance to the Music scored a hit in 1967 with the title cut, paving the way for a string of successful songs that included “Everyday People,” “Stand,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again),” “Family Affair” and many others

Flashback: Roy Orbison Sings ‘Pretty Woman’ at Final Concert

Roy Orbison had a lot of reasons to be happy when he walked onstage at Cleveland, Ohio’s Front Row Theater on December 4th, 1988. After two decades of grinding it out on the oldies circuit, he was  wrapping up one of the most amazing years of his career. It began in January when Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown and many others saluted his music at the televised Black and White Night concert. At the time he was cutting a new solo album with Jeff Lynne, which would lead to the formation of the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty. Roy Orbison Singer performs gorgeous ‘Only the Lonely’ in 1965 The first Traveling Wilburys album landed in October and was a huge hit, peaking at Number Three on the Billboard 200. The single “Handle with Care” was all over radio and MTV, and Orbison’s next solo album – his first since 1979’s Laminar Flow  – was completed and slated for an early 1989 release. All of this led to a big uptick in ticket sales, and the house was packed at the Front Row

Jim James on Paris Attacks: ‘Music Must Always Go On. Fear Must Never Win’

My Morning Jacket ‘s Jim James  offered pointed words of healing and perseverance in an interview with Rolling Stone about the terrorist attacks in Paris , saying, “Every note we play and every syllable I sing is for peace, and for understanding, and for love.” See My Morning Jacket’s Candid Tour Polaroids The musician recalled the total confusion that took hold after learning about the attack at an Eagles of Death metal concert at Bataclan , where 89 people were killed. As James noted, some My Morning Jacket crew members have also worked for EoDM and Queens of the Stone Age, and for a while, the condition of their friends were unknown.  “That’s one of the weirdest things in life,” James says. “When shit hits the fan and it’s chaos, and it’s just, ‘What? Who’s alive? Who’s dead? What’s going on?’ And ever since then, I can’t count how many talks I’ve had with friends where we’re just sitting around trying to figure it out. We’re like, ‘Why, why, why, why, why?'” While the “wormhole of questions,” in James’ words, opened by the Paris attacks can be overwhelming, the singer remained adamant that there’s enough space on Earth for all ideas and beliefs to exist without violence. “The music must always go on and fear must never win,” James says. “And we must stick together and talk about how we can find ways to accept each other.” Related My Morning Jacket ‘The Waterfall’ Album Review Hear Jim James’ Heartfelt, New Solo Track My Morning Jacket’s Jim James on Roger Waters, David Lynch

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