WISHING YOU ALL A LUMP OF THIS CHART TOPPER FOR CHRISTMAS: A year ago, if I’d challenged you to predict the Top Three first-week sales numbers, would you have answered Taylor Swift, Coldplay and rapper J. Cole? The first one’s obvious, the second possible and the third – like winning your NCAA-tournament pool by picking Valparaiso. Yet Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive sells 354,000 copies this week, or 375,000 if you include Billboard’s newfangled “equivalent units” formula, making its album-chart debut at Number One
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Dave Grohl didn’t need his manager to contact Paul Stanley to ask him to appear in Foo Fighters’ HBO music documentary series Sonic Highways ; he simply had to drive his kids to school. “I’ve seen Dave almost every day for the past three years,” says Kiss’ singer and guitarist, whose children attend the same school as Grohl’s. “Every year we actually do concerts, separately, but the same nights as a fundraiser for the school. He asked me if I would be involved with the [HBO] show, and I said absolutely.” 10 Things We Learned Hanging With Dave Grohl Stanley appeared in the New York City-based series finale Friday to speak to the virtues of his hometown’s music scene, including tributes to famed studios Electric Lady and the Record Plant and why the “cool” artists were merely “the soundtrack to a fashion show.” “He just wanted me to talk, and I’m very good at that,” the Kiss frontman says
The casual country fan might not know the names Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Brett James and Radney Foster, but even the casual music fan knows their songs. On Thursday night, the quartet performed their greatest tracks, almost all of which were made famous by other artists, at New York’s Joe’s Pub as part of the CMA Songwriters Series, which started a decade ago. But it was much more than a hit parade — on top of the music, the musicians gave the audience insight into the songwriting business, revealed the stories behind their beloved tunes, shared anecdotes that were both hilarious and heartfelt, and traded good-natured barbs. Darius Rucker Brings Country to New York DiPiero served as the evening’s host, though it didn’t seem like the guys needed much coordinating
Simon Collins has confirmed the drug charges levelled against him earlier this year have been dropped, and the police investigation into the matter has been closed.
Airbourne hope to follow-up their next album with an “old school” double live record.
Former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley has begged fans for financial help after his family has been threatened with eviction from their home.
Scott Stapp’s teenage son says his father “chose drugs over his family.”
Kiss mainman Paul Stanley says the band were “screwed over” by the organisers of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Scott Ian has discussed the moment his dad stopped his mum from trying to kill herself – and revealed that he only found out while working on his book.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes he’s hated on the same level as Nickelback, says Chad Kroeger.