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Nikki Sixx nominated for 2015 Rock Radio Award "Syndicated Host Of The Year".

‘Congratulations to Nikki Sixx for being nominated for the 2015 Rock Radio Award for Syndicated Host Of The Year.’

Adele Shatters ‘NSync’s First-Week Album Sales Record

Adele  has already sold at least 2.433 million copies of her new album 25 according to Nielsen Music, breaking the single-week U.S. album sales record long-held by ‘NSync’s No Strings Attached , Billboard  reports. Can Adele’s ’25’ Save the Music Business? Amazingly, those numbers only account for sales since the album’s release on Friday. According to early predictions , Adele could push 2.9 million records by the end of the week. Nielsen will release 25 ‘s full first-week figures on Sunday, November 29th. Adele’s record-breaking week comes 15 years after ‘NSync set the benchmark for the Nielsen era, selling 2.416 copies of No Strings Attached  its first week ending March 26th, 2000 (these sales records only account for albums released after Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991)

Sigur Ros to Test Drive New Music Next Summer: ‘Trust Us on This One’

Sigur Rós  announced their intention to write new music in a more spontaneous manner in a statement that accompanied their upcoming European tour dates. “This time, in addition to playing songs you know, we wanted to remember the seat-of-your-pants feeling experienced in the wake of [1999’s]  Ágætis Byrjun , when for two years we formed and re-formed the songs that would go on to be the ( ) album, live in front of people, night after night,” the post-rockers wrote. The 15 Coolest (and Weirdest) Musician Cameos on TV Shows Accordingly, fans in England, Scandinavia and mainland Europe will hear “new unreleased songs,” the group promised when they hit the road next summer. “All we can say now is it’s going to be different,” they wrote. In addition to new songs, they teased that they would presenting a new stage production and “other new things.” “Every time you go on tour you want it to be different … and every time it is, usually because you have a new album you want to play people,” the wrote. “And that can be fun, because you have to work out how to recreate all the complicated stuff you did in the studio for the stage.

Kellie Pickler Talks Chicken’s, Friends and More with Larry King

Country star Kellie Pickler sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now to talk about not wanting kids, but raising chickens, country stars Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, and Carrie Underwood and a possible “American Idol” reunion. Plus, reminiscing about getting cozy with Clint Eastwood. Reality stars, Kellie Pickler and her […]


The Santa Train and Meghan Linsey Take Christmas to Appalachia

“The Voice” Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey accompanied the Santa Train on its 73rd run along its 110-mile route through Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 21. Meghan helped Santa Claus and volunteers from CSX, Food City, Dignity U Wear and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce hand out gifts at the 14 stops on […]

Watch Adele Croon New Song, Cackle on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

Adele  unleashed both her beloved voice and cackle on The Tonight Show  Monday, joining host Jimmy Fallon for a silly game of “Box of Lies” and belting a new song, “Water Under the Bridge.” Adele: I Want to Do ‘Hotline Bling’ Remix With Drake “Box of Lies” found Fallon and Adele choosing a container with an odd item in it and trying to trick the other about its contents. Adele, very gravely, attempted to convince Fallon that she was in possession of a toy tyrannosaurus rex dressed up as a fairy, but the host called her bluff. The singer, too, caught Fallon in the act — but in the host’s defense, conjuring a G.I. Joe doll dressed as Santa Claus staring down a candy cane throwing star was a far easier task than describing what he did have: A game of Simon stamped with disconcertingly fleshy prosthetic noses. In the last round, Adele tried to slyly squeeze the truth past Fallon with a cocked eye and cockney lilt, but the host bought her not-tall tale about a giraffe wearing “‘free” — as in “one, two, ‘free” — donuts around its neck. Adele also chatted with Fallon about  her appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, as well as the excruciating waits for new albums by Frank Ocean and Rihanna

Alan Jackson and Ply Gem Launch “Home for Good Project” with Habitat for Humanity

Alan Jackson is partnering with Ply Gem Industries as the ambassador for their “Home for Good Project” to build more than 300 homes across the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity. As ambassador, Alan will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled […]

Chris Young Holds Steady at #1

Chris Young earned the seventh #1 single of his career last week with the RIAA Gold-certified title track to his I’m Comin’ Over album, and now, his first co-produced collection debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with first-week sales of 57,147 according to Nielsen Music. Already hailed as “the strongest album of […]



In 2016, Anthrax will celebrate its 35th anniversary as a band, and will release its much-anticipated new album, the aggressive and super-thrashy For All Kings, on February 26 (Megaforce). But just before that, the band will join Lamb of God for a four-week U.S. trek that starts on Friday, January 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh and wraps up at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on February 12. Tour dates are below. Anthrax recently released, Evil Twin the first new track from For All Kings . The song’s lyrics were inspired by the terrorist attacks that took place at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris in January, 2015, and the song is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable. The track’s accompanying video is a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message. For the new release, Anthrax went into the studio with more songs than they ever had in their career and ended up recording twenty. This wealth of material was largely due to drummer Charlie Benante’s surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss quite a number of the band’s 2011-2014 Worship Music tour dates.



Bassist Billy Sheehan picks ten live albums that he thinks broke the mold, but before we list his choices, Classic Rock Magazine spoke with him about his band with guitarist Richie Kotzen and drummer Mike Portony, The Winery Dogs. Sheehan says, “To be honest, I didn’t have a molecule of a clue that this would work out so well…I think there’s an honesty to the band, and maybe that’s why people have picked up on us..” When asked if the band may consider working with an outside producer in the future, he says, “I wouldn’t be opposed to it, but I don’t know if it’s really necessary.” Now for Billy Sheehan’s top ten live albums with edited commentary: The Yardbirds – Having A Rave Up (1965): “It’s a pretty interesting album, half studio and half live…This record made a huge impression on me because it really illustrated what a band can do in front of an audience. It was also my introduction to the Yardbirds; after this album, I went off and got everything else they did… was always amazed that the Yardbirds didn’t become a huge band in America. Their fans loved them, but they weren’t accepted by the masses like they deserved to be.” The Rolling Stones – Got Live If You Want It! (1966): “This was the Rolling Stones’ first live record, when Brian Jones was still their guitar player…This record made me more of a Stones fan than I was before. I preferred the Beatles, but hearing the Stones do their stuff in front of an audience notched them up a bit…” Jimi Hendrix – Bang of Gypsys (1970): “Jimi Hendrix was the first concert I ever saw, and Band of Gypsys is the first fully live album he did with Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass. Even though it’s Hendrix’s record, it taught me how important it was to have a great, great drummer behind you…I must have listened to this record a thousand times. The automatic arm on the turntable would reach the end, and then it would come up and go back down and start all over again.

LoCash Inks Publishing Deal with Tim McGraw

Reviver Records recording artists, LOCASH, are partnering with ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent rights management company, to continue churning out hits for the publishing arm of Reviver Records, LLC. The exclusive administration agreement establishes a relationship between , LOCASH and Reviver Publishing. This partnership also includes LOCASH and Reviver Publishing’s joint venture with Tim McGraw. […]


BASSIST BILLY SHEEHAN, GUITARIST STEVE VAI AND DRUMMER GREG BISSONETTE TEAM UP WITH STEEL PANTHER VOCALIST, TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVID… reports: Ultimate Jam Night will celebrate the 30th anniversary of David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em And Smile album with a special performance by Steve Vai (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Gregg Bissonette (drums), along with guest vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr of Steel Panther), this Wednesday, November 25th at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California in a free show beginning at 8:30 p.m. The performance will mark the first time in 30 years that Vai, Sheehan and Bissonette have played together, and they — along with Saenz — will re-create some of the music from the 1986 LP and tour. Eat ‘Em And Smile ” was the first of two Roth albums to feature the duo of Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan on guitar and bass. Throughout the LP, the two would often sync complicated bass lines together with the lead guitar parts, as on tracks such as Shyboy and Elephant Gun . Vai, recognized as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, continues with his own projects. Sheehan, a modern bass legend, is part of the highly successful bands The Winery Dogs and Mr. Big.

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