Apr 19th

Did Metallica Cheat? ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Goes Platinum

By Dave Simmons

Did Metallica just manipulate their latest release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, to platinum status?…in this day and age?…was it magic?…most likely it was the direct result of a master marketing plan…maybe even a blueprint for certification.

Blueprint #1

Release a video for every song

Earlier today, countless articles acknowledging / praising Metallica’s accomplishment began to surface online, but I couldn’t help thinking that it all seemed a bit misleading.  On April 12, 2017, the album was not only certified gold (sales of 500,000 copies) but was also certified platinum (sales of 1,000,000 copies). RIAA certifications are no longer solely based on traditional album sales, but now include individual digital song sales and audio / video streams (Metallica released a video for every song on Hardwired).  Read the entire article at fullinbloom.com

Oct 28th

Amazon Giving Away Free Vinyl LPs

By Mike Goldman

Amazon Giving Away Free Vinyl LPs

In honor of the relaunch of its Vinyl Record store, online retail giant Amazon is giving away free vinyl LPs to customers. The offer began on October 23rd, with one LP to be given away daily for 13 days. Today, the LP to be given away is a copy of the Rolling Stones' 1971 set, Sticky Fingers. On Thursday, Amazon will not only give away a copy of the Michael Jackson classic, Thriller, but also a TEAC turntable. For more information about Amazon's 13 Day Vinyl Giveaway, or to enter, Click Here.

Jun 23rd

Search for YouTube Videos on... Bing?

By dallaseste

Search for YouTube Videos on... Bing?

A common complaint among YouTube's most active users is that Google's search makes it annoying to search for musicians and their music.  That's a pretty significant gripe when you consider that YouTube is now the Web's number one source for new music discovery.  You would think that with all its knowledge and experience in searching the web, Google could find a better way to allow fans to find music, but the famed Google algorithm is designed to search the web for sources of information about a queried topic, not scour through videos for titles associated with a particular band.  Turns out, however, that somebody else has been working on this problem, and appears to have a solution, though it's hard to believe who it is.

Jan 16th

Alice In Chains to Perform at Halftime of NFC Championship

By dallaseste

Alice In Chains to Perform at Halftime of NFC Championship

The NFL's Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that Alice In Chains will perform at halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The team also announced that the National Anthem will be performed by 2005 American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee, who currently stars in the CBS dramatic series Scorpion. 
Jan 16th

Tour Dates and Ticket Info Now Available Straight from Google

By Dave Simmons
Tour Dates and Ticket Info Now Available Straight from Google 

Google introduced a change to its search website Thursday that will make it easier for music fans to find tour dates and retrieve ticket information.  In the past, fans searching for tour dates would have to type in “Soundgarden Tour Dates”, for example, and then click on one of the results to obtain the info they wanted.  As of Thursday, tour dates and ticket info will be displayed on the Google site.  The Mountain View, California-based tech giant has reportedly been working on the process for several years.  In addition to finding and negotiating with partners on the tour dates feature, they've also been developing HTML code and a widget to allow partner sites to feed the information directly into Google results.
Apr 15th

Triptykon, feat. Tom G Warrior, Drops New Album

By Kelly Curtis

A new album from Triptykon hit stores today, continuing a metal legacy that started with Hellhammer more than 30 years ago.  Frontman Tom G Warrior, also of Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun, rewards his loyal fans with Melana Chasmata, a beautifully written and engineered neo-gothic slab of extreme metal.  Early reviews of the set have been positive, with many reviewers claiming Melana Chasmata as Warrior's best work since the 2006 Celtic Frost finale, Monotheist.  

Want to learn more about Tom G Warrior?  Click Here for an awesome bio and discography on a true metal pioneer.
Aug 2nd

U.S. Album Sales Fall to All-Time Low

By Steve C.
U.S. Album Sales Fall to All-Time Low

US album sales have totaled less than 5 million units in each of the last five weeks, marking the longest stretch of sub-5 million record sales in the SoundScan era.  Additionally, one-week sales have set new record-lows in each of the last two weeks, underscoring the weakness in the industry brought on by the growing popularity of streaming music.  In the week ended July 28th, Americans picked up 4.68 million albums.  It was the lowest weekly record sales total since May 1991, when Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales, unseating the previous record low of 4.71 million records, set just one week earlier.
Oct 25th

Axl Rose Interviewed on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' - Video Available

By Geno
Guns n Roses frontman Axl Rose made a rare tv appearance last night (Oct. 24th) when he sat down with Jimmy Kimmel Live.  The reclusive singer is out promoting the band's upcoming Las Vegas residency 'Appetite for Democracy' which begins on Halloween (Oct. 31st) and runs through November 24th.  The interview (in 3 parts) can be viewed below:


Oct 23rd

Depeche Mode Announce New Album and Tour Plans for 2013

By Geno
80's pop pioneers, Depeche Mode, held a press conference today announcing plans for a new album and world tour in 2013.  The tour will travel through Europe and N. America, beginning on May 7th 2013 in Tel Aviv Israel.  

Not many details were given about the new album but chief songwriter, Martin Gore, admitted, "I think there are three or four songs that are up there with some of the best we've ever done". 

Watch footage below from the Depeche Mode, October 23, 2012 press conference (press conference starts at around the 5 minute mark):


Depeche Mode 2013 European Tour Dates

May 7: Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel
May 10: Terra Vibe, Athens, Greece
May 12: Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
May 15: National Stadium, Bucharest, Romania
May 17: Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
May 19: Usce Park, Belgrade, Serbia
May 21: Puskas Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary
May 23: Hippodrome, Zagreb, Republic of Croatia
May 25: Inter Stadium, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 28: O2 Arena, London, England
June 1: Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany
June 3: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
June 5: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
June 7: Stade De Suisse, Berne, Switzerland
June 9: Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany
June 11: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
June 13: Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 15: Stade De France, Paris, France
June 17: Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
June 22: Locomotive Stadium, Moscow, Russia
June 24: SKK Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
June 27: Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
June 29: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
July 3: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany
July 7: Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
July 11: BBK Festival, Bilbao, Spain
July 13: Optimus Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
July 16: Antic Arina, Nimes, France
July 18: San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy
July 20: Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy
July 23: Olympic Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
July 25: National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
July 27: Vingis Park, Vilnius, Lithuania
July 29: Minsk Arena, Minsk, Belarus 
Oct 17th

New Kiss Album, 'Monster', Debuts at #3 on Billboard

By Geno

The numbers are in for the new release from Kiss.  Their new album, "Monster", debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at #3, selling over 60,000 copies in its first week.  It is the 20th album from the band and it is the 9th time the band has broken Billboard's Top 10, which include Kiss classics like 1975's 'Alive' (#9) and 1977's 'Love Gun' (#4).

The new album features founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with former Black n Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer and Alice Cooper / Badlands drummer Eric Singer.  The album was produced by Paul Stanley.


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