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Chart Report: Florida Georgia Line Remain Number One, Jason Aldean in Second Slot

The country charts received a shot of Pain Killer this week as Little Big Town’s sixth studio release becomes the quartet’s fourth to reach the Top Ten on Billboard ‘s Country Albums chart. Debuting at Number Three and led by the group’s Top Ten hit “Day Drinking,” Pain Killer sold 42,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That amount is less than half of the 113,000 copies their previous album, Tornado , sold in its debut week in 2012, earning them their second chart-topping disc. That album, however, was buoyed by mega success of their single “Pontoon.” The group had also debuted at the top spot on the country survey with their 2010 LP The Reason Why . Florida Georgia Line Score First Number One Album While first-week sales of the album may have been soft, the group’s approach to making the Pain Killer album had them walking the fine line between material that generates country radio airplay and what fuels their own sense of creative expression


Bob Dylan Releasing New Album ‘Shadows in the Night’ In 2015

Bob Dylan’s upcoming covers disc Shadows In The Night is officially slated for a 2015 release, according to an ad inserted into advance copies of Dylan’s new The Basement Tapes Complete box set. News of the LP first came in May when Dylan posted a cover of Frank Sinatra’s 1945 hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms.” “The track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year,” a spokesperson for Dylan told Rolling Stone  at the time – though the timeline has obviously shifted since then. Bob Dylan’s Legendary ‘Basement Tapes’ Will Be Released It’s unclear what other songs will be on the collection, though this week Dylan began ending his live set with “Stay With Me,” a track that Sinatra turned into a hit in 1964. Shadows In The Night will be Dylan’s first release since 2012’s Tempest and his first non-Christmas covers disc since 1993’s World Gone Wrong


Watch an Epic ‘Ghostbusters’ Audio-Visual EDM Remix

It’s been 30 years since the paranormal comedy Ghostbusters  first possessed the big screen – and to celebrate, audio-visual crew Eclectic Method have paid tribute to that classic film with a jittery remix. Jonny Wilson gives the original theme song a distorted electronic facelift, blending fragments of synths, programmed beats and snippets of dialogue from the film itself. On the visual side, cast members like Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd all make appearances – along with some of their demonic and ghostly nemeses. Check out the mash-up above, just in time for Halloween – but remember not to “cross the streams.”  ‘Ghostbusters’ Theme Gets Marshmallow-Scented Reissue “It’s Halloween, and it’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters was released, so I’m hitting two bats with one pumpkin with this Ghostbusters remix,” Wilson writes in the clip’s description. “Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd’s classic gets the rewind…..streams are crossed, Zuul prepares us for the coming of Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow man appears in all his guises.” Eclectic Method – formed in London by Wilson, Geoff Gamlen and Ian Edgar back in 2001 – have created similar remixes for other films, filmmakers (Wes Anderson), individual actors (Murray) and other random topics (“Orgasm Dubstep”).


Bruce Springsteen Reveals Books and Authors That Inspire Him

Bruce Springsteen’s first children’s book Outlaw Pete , based on a character introduced in the Working on a Dream song of the same name, is due out November 4th, and the songwriter-turned-author spoke to the New York Times  about his own favorite books and writers. The 10 Best Bruce Springsteen Deep Cuts Springsteen’s literary tastes are varied, as we learn the E Street rocker’s bookshelves are filled with everything from cosmology and philosophy books to hard-boiled crime novels, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s autobiography. “I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.


‘Fortress of Solitude’ and the Un-Suckification of Broadway Musicals

In my New York City high school in the late Seventies, the black kids listened to funk and disco, the white kids to Sixties rock and new wave — music that reflected back who we imagined ourselves to be. Then there were the musical theater kids, another race entirely, devoted to songs built on a different science, to develop characters and advance stage narrative. They were adorable, but song for song, generally insufferable.


Flashback: Taylor Swift Dresses Like Kiss to Crash Keith Urban’s Show

Halloween only rolls around once a year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other occasions — say, a sold-out show in Kansas City, Missouri, during your band’s final performance on Keith Urban’s Escape Together World Tour — worthy of dressing up in costume and letting your freak flag fly. That’s what Taylor Swift did on August 8, 2009, when the singer and three members of her road band stormed the stage during Urban’s headlining set, decked out in classic Kiss garb. Taylor Swift Will Headline ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ 2015 Sporting face paint, platform boots, black wigs and spandex pants, the Kiss clones chose their entrance wisely: during the first chorus of Urban’s then-current singl, “Kiss a Girl,” which had climbed its way up the pop and country charts earlier that summer. They stayed onstage for the remainder of the song, taking super-sized strums on their instruments and even lining up beside Urban for some synchronized dance moves

Public Enemy Dig Into Vaults for Lavish Reissues

As part of pioneering rap label Def Jam’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the label has planned reissues of Public Enemy’s 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their 1990 follow-up LP, Fear of a Black Planet , as multidisc deluxe reissues. Each reissue contains the album as it originally came out alongside a disc’s worth of bonus tracks, comprising hard-to-find tracks and B-sides, as well as liner notes by the Roots’ Questlove and Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres. Lights, Camera, Revolution: How Public Enemy Made ‘Fight the Power’ The first bonus disc for Nation of Millions includes different mixes for “Bring the Noise,” an instrumental version of “Rebel Without a Pause” and the horn-saturated soundtrack version of “Fight the Power,” as it appeared in Spike Lee’s 1989 movie Do the Right Thing . Another disc included in the Nation of Millions deluxe edition contains the group’s previously out-of-print 1989 video release Fight the Power…Live as a bonus DVD, featuring the videos for “Fight the Power” (directed by Spike Lee), “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” “Night of the Living Baseheads” and live performances


Metallica Enlist Fans for ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride the Lightning’ Reissues

Metallica are currently prepping deluxe editions of their first two albums, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning , which they hope to put out in 2015, but in the meantime they are asking for help from their fans. The band has requested that anyone who has photos of the group and memorabilia or audio of concerts they played between the years 1983 and 1985 to submit them for possible inclusion in the reissues. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Metallica Songs “We want it all,” the band wrote on its website. “Did you manage to sneak a video camera into a show long before they fit in your pocket?

Sammy Hagar: ‘I Would Agree to a Van Halen Reunion Tour for the Fans’

Sammy Hagar called into Rolling Stone the other week to chat about his contribution to The Art of McCartney , a 42-track collection of Paul McCartney covers by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, the Cure, Kiss and many other huge names. Hagar sings “Birthday,” and is still a little shocked he was asked to participate in the first place. But when Sammy Hagar is on the phone, it’s impossible to stick to a single topic. The Red Rocker remains one of the funniest and most unfiltered men in rock, especially when the inevitable subject of Van Halen, and the extremely slim possibility of a reunion, comes up.

Taylor Swift Whips New York Into a Frenzy on ‘Good Morning America’

By 7 a.m., Times Square was already packed: Young girls in their plaid school skirts and cheerleader uniforms were huddled across the Midtown hub, waiting to see Taylor Swift perform on Good Morning America and hoping that their first period teachers were also fans of the 24-year-old pop star. The Taylor Swift Guide to 1989: 20 Tracks From Her Key Year Swift’s latest album, 1989 , might be her most mature yet – a transition into pop, adulthood and independence – but clearly, the 16-and-under crowd remains as enthralled as ever. After soundcheck, the singer gave the earliest spectators a full performance of “Out of the Woods,” and a trio of her youngest fans – between the ages of 6 and 11 – were pulled onstage to sing their favorite Swift songs.


‘Hall-oween and Oates': Daryl Hall Opens New Venue With Spooky Show

Tomorrow night, Daryl’s House, the new bar and venue owned by Hall and Oates songwriter Daryl Hall, opens in Pawling, New York. To celebrate, Hall is joining his bandmate John for a show cheekily billed “Hall-oween and Oates.” “I’ve played many Halloween shows over the years,” he says over the phone. “But never anything like this.” 20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1980s The idea for the bar started with Hall’s “Live From Daryl’s House” web series, a show that recruits acts like Chromeo, Cee Lo Green and Fitz and the Tantrums to join him for sessions at his actual home. “Over the years so many people have said, ‘Wow man, I love the show.


Of Montreal, Foxygen Front Polyvinyl’s New Singles Series

Of Montreal, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado and Blikk Fang — the collaboration between Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden — are among the 12 artists set to partake in the second installment of Polyvinyl’s 4-track singles series, which will deliver a new two-song 7-inch on colored vinyl to subscribers every month throughout 2015. David Bowie, Neil Young Plan Record Store Day Offerings Like last year’s inaugural series, a handful of musicians were asked to record on a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder, which was then mailed from artist to artist. The rest of the Volume Two roster includes the Dodos, Ducktails (Matt Mondanile of Real Estate), Deerhoof, Kishi Bashi, David Bazan, Telekinesis, Crooked Fingers, Jacco Gardner and Saint Pepsi.

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