More than a decade before he rebranded himself as one of Canada’s best-selling country newcomers, Dallas Smith was a grunge rocker. His four-piece band, Default, went platinum on both sides of the American border around the turn of the 21st century, armed with a batch of sludgy, guitar-driven songs — including the Top 10 rock hit “Wasting My Time” — that the group had co-written with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. 50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own Default’s music was borne by aggression. As Smith grew older and became a family man, though, he realized his personal life didn’t always gel with the band’s material. Looking for a new sound, he turned to country music, a genre that his parents had consistently played throughout the house during his childhood. What followed was an unlikely transformation from Nickelback protégé to successful country pop-rocker — something few people apart from Staind’s Aaron Lewis have been able to pull off.
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“Here tonight is a band who are the runner-up on American Idol , wasn’t it fellas,” Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson joked introducing Metallica on the penultimate night of the metal gods’ week-long residency. With only two nights left, Metallica decided to bust out “one of their signature tunes,” as Ferguson put it, “a song called ‘Enter Sandman.'” Related: Metallica to Issue 27 Live Albums by Year’s End There’s nothing flashy about this version of their biggest Black Album track — just another polished, kick-ass performance by a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band that’s been doing it now for over three decades (although James Hetfield seems to really relish the moments where he laughs after the chorus). For the fourth consecutive night, Kirk Hammett thrashed away at a guitar emblazoned with a graphic of actor Boris Karloff as the Mummy, a reminder of Hammett’s passion for horror movie memorabilia.
A UK rock band say they were blocked from playing a charity show after a priest saw their picture on a poster.
The Platinum Edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album is scheduled to arrive November 24th, and after brief snippets of the box set’s new tracks, “7/11″ and “Ring Off,” leaked out early, the entirety of the two songs were finally unveiled Thursday night. Beyonce Sneezes on MTV and MTV Gets Sicker “7/11″ is the more frenetic of the two Platinum Edition tracks, a rapid-fire banger that finds Beyoncé repetitively detailing her dance moves aloud. “I put up my hands up, spinning while my hands up,” she sings on the track. “Let’s move it side to side, smack in the air.” After a breakneck two-and-a-half minutes, the song cools down for the final 60 seconds with an atmospheric outro.
Former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades have revealed details of their supergroup project.
Jethro Tull have launched a video to accompany The Third Hoorah from their 40th anniversary edition of War Child.
Former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler has been sober for 10 months – and says he’s aiming for a year away from drink before he goes back to work.
UFO will launch their latest album A Conspiracy Of Stars early next year, they’ve announced.
Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight’s ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar (Residente) have evolved in many ways, adding more elements to their sound while denouncing the conspicuous consumption of their early years. This March, in the video for “Adentro,” Residente went as far as to smash his Maserati with a baseball bat, then push it off a cliff. The 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time “Adentro” is up for three Grammys tonight, and its parent album, MultiViral, will be competing for Best Urban Music Album (a category Calle 13 have never lost) and the broader Album of the Year. After a spontaneous free concert pushed the conversation back a day, Vistante and Residente spoke with Rolling Stone about winning awards, going viral and finding inspiration in Irish pop songs
Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data
Billboard will make a huge change beginning with next week’s sales chart, incorporating streaming data and track sales into its formula for determining rankings. So an album like Maroon 5’s V , which has been languishing for two weeks at Number 24 might have surged up the charts this week given the massive Spotify streams of recent hits “Maps,” “Animals” and “It Was Always You.” Garth Brooks Calls YouTube ‘The Devil’ The change reflects the record industry’s transition in recent years – album sales have dropped by 13 percent this year, but streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube, Beats Music and Rhapsody generate more revenue every year. The new charts, to be revealed on December 4th, will more accurately reflect the popularity of an album, Billboard charts editor Silvio Pietroluongo told the New York Times. “We were always limited to the initial impulse, when somebody purchased an album,” he said.