In a genre that’s seen its share of overnight successes, it took Keith Urban more than a decade to become a platinum-seller. He hit that milestone in August 2003, when Golden Road — his second American release — sold its millionth copy, thanks in large part to the popularity of the record’s kickoff single, “Somebody Like You.” Later that year, Urban landed another platinum award with his self-titled debut, which had been released back in 1999. That honor arrived on December 15, 2003, 11 years ago today. Keith Urban: The Rolling Stone Country Interview With American Idol getting ready to launch its newest season in January, it’s hard to picture a time when Urban wasn’t one of the most familiar faces in pop culture. When the now-superstar first moved to Nashville in 1992, though, he was a struggling songwriter and underrated guitarist whose success back home in Australia — where he’d released an album for EMI and appeared on INXS’ concert record, Live Baby Live , as a backup singer — didn’t open many doors in the American south. He was seriously gawky, too, rocking a peroxide-blond mullet as seen in this performance from an Australian TV show in 1991. Urban was still gap-toothed and ruffled-looking when he scored his first chart-topping single with 2000’s “But for the Grace of God,” proof that the guy began building his empire not on good looks, but on the strength of his material
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With 9 , Damien Rice scored his first Number One in his home country, topping the Irish album chart in the fall of 2006. The singer-songwriter followed with a world tour and a pair of live albums but put off returning to the studio in order to spend some time in self-reflection. “When I was a teenager, I thought I’d know more when I was a man,” he says. “But now that I’m a man, I’m working on unlearning most of the things I learned as a teenager.” 50 Best Albums of 2014 Two years ago, Rice and producer Rick Rubin began recording the tracks that would form My Favourite Faded Fantasy , a raw return that document the musician’s long period of soul-searching
A supergroup featuring members of Tremonti and Evanescence have released their debut album and lyric video for their first single.
Eight long years after Modest Mouse released their We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank , Isaac Brock’s influential indie rock outfit will return in March 2015 with a new LP titled Strangers to Ourselves . The album will be preceded by the single “Lampshades on Fire,” a track that’s been in heavy rotation in Modest Mouse’s setlists dating back to 2011. A spokesperson for the band confirmed the info to Rolling Stone . Modest Mouse: Happy Hour Word of Modest Mouse’s first LP since 2007 first leaked out when the band’s management started asking for the addresses of some fan page denizens, Interstate 8 reports
During David Bowie’s long hiatus prior to releasing The Next Day , the singer would sporadically reappear to contribute background vocals for artists like Arcade Fire (“Reflektor”), TV on the Radio and Scarlett Johansson. However, when Chris Martin attempted to recruit Bowie to contribute vocals to a song Coldplay was working on, Bowie rejected the collaboration because the track wasn’t good enough. 20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know Martin made the revelation at the inaugural BBC Music Awards on December 11th during a video tribute to Bowie, a nominee for the British Artist of the Year award. “One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it. He called me and said, ‘It’s not one of your best,'” Martin admitted (via NME).
The Endless River might mark “the end” of Pink Floyd, but that doesn’t mean David Gilmour will cease performing the band’s music. The guitarist made a rare appearance Saturday night at a Bombay Bicycle Club concert at London’s Earls Court, first playing lap steel guitar on that band’s “Rinse Me Down” before performing the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” live for the first time in over two years, NME reports. Pink Floyd Say Goodbye “This man gave me my first guitar and was one of the first people to play this venue and by my count has played here more than 27 times,” Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl told the crowd. The Bombay Bicycle Club’s gig at Earls Court was to be the last concert ever at the legendary venue before its planned demolition and redevelopment, so it was natural for the Pink Floyd guitarist to be on hand for Earls Court’s curtain call.
It’s been a long time since fans have heard Michael Stipe sing. After R.E.M. split up in 2011 following the release of Collapse Into Now , Stipe has remained largely away from the microphone, only singing on a sea shanty with Courtney Love for Johnny Depp’s pirate-themed compilation and a surprise appearance alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the 12-12-12 benefit concert in New York. Michael Stipe Inducts Nirvana Into Hall of Fame While fans questioned whether the singer was contemplating retirement, Stipe revealed to CBS This Morning: Saturday ‘s Anthony Mason that we might be hearing his trademark voice again at some point. “I think I’ll sing again. That’s maybe an exclusive?
“Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer Jeremih was arrested Friday for attempting to board a flight after the final boarding call. The alleged incident took place at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The singer, who had performed in New York the night before, was booked along with his entourage on a US Airways flight to Phoenix. 50 Best Songs of 2014 Jeremih was en route to Fresno, California, where he was scheduled to perform at the B95 Fresno Holiday Jam Friday night alongside Wiz Khalifa, E-40, T-Pain and more.
Dave Lombardo is tired of answering questions about his former band, Slayer.
Motley Crue have recalled how a German beer brand inspired them to use umlauts in their logo.
Paul Stanley has compared his life to that of the character he played in The Phantom Of The Opera.