Zedd Shares The Moment Of Clarity Documentary

(PCM) Multi-platinum, Grammy award winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd has recently premiered his “The Moment Of Clarity” documentary on Vevo. The broadcast premiere will air on Palladia December 21st at 10pm ET/PT.

 

Executive produced by Zedd and Sam Sabawi of Sunblock Studios, the 26 minute film was directed by Justin Nizer of Eyewax Films and chronicles his journey from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Clarity through his first major sold out US headline tour, culminating with his “Clarity” Ft. Foxes Grammy Award win for Best Dance Recording in 2014. The documentary was filmed over a 12 month period and features, behind the scenes footage and an unfiltered glimpse into Zedd’s life and creative process with cameos from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hayley Williams, Dillon Francis and many more.

“I can’t wait to share the Moment of Clarity Documentary with everyone around the world! The last couple of years have been incredible and the film captures some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences along the way” says Zedd.

“This project started when we were asked by Zedd to film a couple of shows of his new tour. What our team saw in the following year was a series of insane milestones in the Zedd story bookended by a Grammy win. It was captivating to watch this incredible artist go through it all up close and in real time. This documentary shows how it felt to be right there in the middle of it all,” says filmmakers Justin Nizer and Sam Sabawi.

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GWAR Eternal Tour Beautifully Paid Homage To Lost Leader Oderus Urungus

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(PCM) Many were curious just how GWAR and the scumdogs of the universe would survive after the loss of their leader Oderus Urungus but I can say that his spirit was very much alive and well during the GWAR Eternal Tour as it slayed its’ way across the nation.

After being sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum Lord Blothar has now found himself thrust on stage fronting the almighty GWAR and he certainly managed to pull it off without a hitch. Well, maybe that is not entirely true … he did have to deal with his sister from a distant future the sexy breast-blood spewing Vulvatron.

The tour overall focused on GWAR’s search for their lost leader Oderus and they payed homage to his spirit beautifully. The show was both highly entertaining and the perfect way to allow fans to both celebrate and mourn the death of Oderus, who in his own right was a true rock n’ roll pioneer.

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The production for this tour was phenomenal and it was an utterly fantastic idea to have the first song of the evening performed by Oderus himself through the magic mirror aka. a video screen on-stage. I am not going to lie that I actually shed tears during the song while watching one of the slaves (GWAR’s on-stage hands/prop guys) looking devastated the clawing at the screen which contained an image of their beloved leader.

Musically speaking everyone in GWAR has truly stepped up their game and their finale cover of the Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls” was fantastic. I definitely enjoyed GWAR’s version a whole lot more than the original.

I am sure that GWAR will have plenty more in-store for 2015 as the band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary!  It is sure to be a bloody good time!

Photography by: Megan C. Brooks

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Fan Brings Justin Timberlake to Tears During His New York Concert

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Justin was performing at the Barclay’s Center on Sunday night as one of the last few stops on his 20/20 Experience World Tour when a young 10 year-old fan handed the singer/songwriter/actor a small box.

Concert-goers cheer as Justin thanks his young fan for his admiration and devotion; the young boy told Timberlake that he has been a fan of hi since the tender age of 2.

Overcome with emotion, the young fan bursts into tears as Justin opens his gift; a small bowtie. Feeling the love, Justin Timberlake is also overcome by gratitude and sheds a few tears of joy, turning from the crowd and wiping his eyes.

The “Suit and Tie” singer thanks the boy, telling him that the bowtie is “the greatest gift ever” and that “a gentleman can never have too many bowties” before uttering a sentence his young fan is likely to never forget: “I love you, kiddo.”

Watch the sweet video below, but be warned, whoever filmed it had his/her phone turned sideways.

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D’Angelo Releases “Sugah Daddy,” Teases First New Album in 14 Years

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(PCM) It has been a long fourteen year wait for R&B/neo-soul fans eager for a new release from singer/songwriter D’Angelo, but the wait is finally over and well worth it.

D’Angelo and his band the Vanguard released the new upbeat hand-clapping percussive soulful single, “Sugah Daddy” as part of Red Bull’s 20 Before 15 series.

Red Bull’s 20 Before 15 is a series devoted to celebrating collaborations between Red Bull and artists in 2014 by releasing 20 exclusive tracks in the 20 days, and D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Sugah Daddy” is the fourteenth track to be released in the series.

The first 1,000 visitors to the site were awarded with a free download of the single and after that “Sugah Daddy” was uploaded to D’Angelo’s official soundcloud for streaming. “Sugah Daddy” has already gained over 86,000 streams on soundcloud.

The release of “Sugah Daddy” coincides with the long-awaited announcement of D’Angelo’s first album in fourteen years, Black Messiah, the follow-up to 2000’s critically acclaimed Voodoo.

A Black Messiah listening party will take place on Sunday at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea, hosted by Nelson George, renowned African American writer.

Major speculation places Black Messiah‘s release date as Tuesday, December 16, 2014, but there has yet to be any official confirmation.

D’Angelo will embark on an international tour titled “Second Coming Tour,” starting in Zürich in mid-February and wrapping up in Brussels in early March.

Check out a list of the “Second Coming Tour” dates below and watch a trailer for Black Messiah below!

UPDATE: D’Angelo’s Black Messiah will drop tonight, December 15, 2015 at midnight on iTunes!

D’Angelo’s “Second Coming Tour” dates:

02/11 – Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus Zurich
02/12 – Frankfurt, DE @ Hugenottenhalle
02/14 – Berlin, DE @ Halle
02/16 – Paris, FR @ Palais Des Congres
02/17 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
02/18 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
02/20 – London, UK @ Apollo
02/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
02/27 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
02/28 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
03/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
03/06 – Koln, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
03/07 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National

 

 

 

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Beyoncé Drops “Yours And Mine” Short Film On Youtube

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(PCM) To celebrate the one year anniversary of the surprise debut of her self-titled visual album, Beyoncé uploaded an 11 minute black and white video to her Youtube account entitled Yours And Mine, describing the piece as “a retrospective short film.”

Consisting of outtakes from the 17 videos comprising the visual half of 2013’s Beyoncé, Yours And Mine features narration by Beyoncé opining on life, marriage, motherhood, childhood, and society’s obsession with celebrity.

With constant rumors and tabloid covers proclaiming the couple’s split, Beyoncé puts any speculation about her marriage with Jay-Z to rest. “People feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” Beyoncé explains. “There’s nothing more exciting about having a witness to your life.”

The video begins with Beyoncé discussing the difficulties of living in the limelight. “Now that I’m famous, it’s really really difficult to do simple things. I think it’s the hardest thing to give up” the Grammy award-winning singer/actress reveals.

Yours And Mine ends with a shot of Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy on the beach, Beyoncé proclaiming, “one thing that’s for sure: the love I have – music, my husband, for my child – is something that will last far beyond my life.”

Watch Yours And Mine below!

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21 Songs/Artists The CIA Uses To Torture People

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(PCM) According to the San Francisco Chronicle, newly released documents show that these 21 songs are put on 24 hour loops and used by the CIA to torture people:

“Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera


“The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

“Zikrayati (My Memories)” by Mohamed el-Qasabgi

Playing the Meow Mix commercial jingle


“I Love You” by Barney the dinosaur

“Babylon” by David Gray

The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack

“Take Your Best Shot” by the band Dope

“We Will Rock You” by Queen

“The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson

“F— Your God” by the band Deicide

The Tupac Shakur album “All Eyez on Me”

“Bodies” by the band Drowing Pool

Songs from “Sesame Street”

“Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

“March of Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails

Songs by the band AC/DC

Songs by Prince

Songs by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers

Songs by the band Aerosmith

We are sure that there are plenty of other songs that could have made the list, especially those that act as an ear worm getting relentless stuck in your head. PCM has even complied an ever growing list of songs that constantly get stuck in your head, which you can view here. We couldn’t even begin to imagine the torture of being forced to listen to some of these songs on repeat 24/7.

While it is not the songs themselves that are necessarily torturous, it is the fact that the prisoners are often confined to incredible small spaces, sleep deprived and held in stress positions and forced to listen to the tracks on repeat. It would without a doubt be enough to start driving anyone crazy after a while.

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a 500 page summary of a classified report that reveals many of the often barbaric techniques that the CIA has put to use to interrogate and torture prisoners. At the top of the list was the use of music and loud noise as a way to disorient and break a prisoner down.

 

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LeAnn Rimes Spreading Holiday Cheer On 2014 One Christmas Tour

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(PCM) This December, LeAnn Rimes is spreading good tidings by performing select holiday shows around the country. Back on October 27, Rimes released her One Christmas: Chapter 1 EP, the first of a three-album holiday series (Chapter 2 is due out in 2015, and Chapter 3 will follow in 2016). The six-song collection offers renditions of “Silent Night, Holy Night”, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, “Blue Christmas”, “Hard Candy Christmas”, “Someday at Christmas”, and “Carol of The Bells”. Christmas is certainly a sacred holiday for Rimes. In 2004, she released her first Christmas album What a Wonderful World. Last Monday, Rimes was featured on ABC’s CMA Country Christmas, and last Wednesday she performed live on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

Last night, LeAnn brought her One Christmas Tour the Sands Event Center last night in Bethlehem, PA. Rimes got the evening off to a running start with a vigorous version of “Carol of The Bells”. From there, LeAnn proceeded to drop more holiday hits and share storied about her love of Christmas. “It’s tough, because I’m a Virgo, so I’m all about lists and organization,” LeAnn explained to the audience. “So, this year, with being on tour, I’ve pretty much had to do all my shopping online.” Rimes also expressed her love of being on the road. “However, if I were home doing all my shopping, I wouldn’t out on the road playing music for you guys.” For that remark, Rimes received a roaring round of applause.

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LeAnn’s passionate Christmas spirit exuded from her throughout the entire performance. She’s truly inspired by the holiday season, and you can hear it in her voice. Whether you’re a LeAnn Rimes fan, a country music fan, a Christmas music fan, The One Christmas Tour should be at the top of your wish list this year. The tour wraps up on January 17 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, LA. Ticket information can be found at LeannRimesWorld.com/Tour.

LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful solo artists of her generation. Throughout her young but illustrious career, Rimes has sold over 37 million records worldwide. She’s garnered a CMA Award, 3 ACM Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards, and 2 Grammy Awards. Her two Grammy Wins for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance came in 1997 at the tender age of 14, making Rimes the youngest artist to win a Grammy Award. Rimes’ last studio effort, 2013’s Spitfire, hit #9 on Billboard Top Country Albums and #3 on the UK Country Albums Chart. The disc produced four singles. In addition to her stellar music career, LeAnn is a wife and mother who has penned two novels and two children’s books. In 2009, she was awarded The Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian Award.

You can see more photos of LeAnn Rimes performing live here!

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Northern Invasion Rock And Camping Festival Debuts May 9 In Somerset, WI

7huu_NorthernInvasionadmat2015_1(PCM) Northern Invasion–the newest addition to the World’s Loudest Month festival series–is set for Saturday, May 9 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.

The new rock and camping festival will feature an unbelievable first-year lineup headlined by global rock juggernauts Slipknot, with a roster of rock heavyweights including Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, Anthrax, Live, Motionless In White, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Crutch, We Are Harlot, Starset and Crobot.

“We’ll be fresh out of the studio just in time to participate in the 1st annual Northern Invasion. It’s a huge festival and it will be amazing to get back on stage with peers in Slipknot, Volbeat, Halestorm and so many other kick ass bands,” says Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch.

Northern Invasion offers a full day of music on Saturday, May 9, along with a Friday Night Bonfire Party for all who purchase a camping or hotel package. See below for details about onsite camping, hotels packages and more. The Northern Invasion festival site map can be viewed at: www.NorthernInvasion.com.

An early bird pre-sale, featuring a discounted ticket price, is available from Wednesday, December 10 at 10:00 AM CT through Wednesday, December 17 at 9:59 AM CT. Visit the Northern Invasion Facebook page to receive the code to purchase the specially priced pre-sale tickets. The Northern Invasion pre-sale offers a limited number of tickets for the following discounted prices (plus fees):

General Admission Ticket: $49.50

General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $149

Concertgoers are encouraged to buy early to save, as ticket prices will increase in the coming months.

The Northern Invasion VIP Pavilion Upgrade will feature shade, seating areas, premium cash bar, premium food experience (for purchase), and private restroom access for those with VIP Pavilion access. Those who select the VIP Upgrade will also have access to VIP Parking and an exclusive festival entrance. The VIP Upgrade does NOT include access to the Friday Night Bonfire Party or the Campgrounds. All ages are welcome in the VIP area, but attendees must be 21 or older to purchase adult beverages.

The Northern Invasion Camping area will be open from Friday, May 8 at 12:00 PM CST through Sunday, May 10 at 12:00 PM CST, camping upgrades and camping / hotel packages will also include access to the Friday Night Bonfire Party. Camping will be available for purchase as either ‘tent camping’ or ‘RV camping.’ Pricing information can be found at www.NorthernInvasion.com.

All inclusive Camping and a limited quantity of Hotel Packages (Groupie, Roadie, Star) including a merchandise voucher, VIP Pavilion access, festival poster, and a commemorative laminate will be available starting at the pre-sale. More information on packages and military discounts can be found at www.NorthernInvasion.com.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Northern Invasion partner GovX beginning December 10 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

Northern Invasion is supported by Jack Daniel’s and Jägermeister.

Northern Invasion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and RockHouse Presents.

Somerset Amphitheater has been a favorite Midwest music venue since the late ‘80s. Located on the Apple River and less than 40 minutes from the Twin Cities, for years it has served as a summer hub for music and camping for those from Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

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Jennifer Nettles Set To Make Her Broadway Debut In Chicago The February!

Jennifer-Nettles1(PCM) As announced this morning on NBC “Today,” Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and international music superstar Jennifer Nettles will make her Broadway debut this February in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO.

Nettles joins the Broadway company in the starring role of Roxie Hart for a limited eight-week engagement — Monday, February 2through Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.)

“Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors,” said Jennifer Nettles. “I feel honored and proud to be part of this great tradition. Taking on such an iconic role as Roxie in CHICAGO is a dream come true.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Jennifer into our CHICAGO family this winter,” said producer Barry Weissler. “Her sensational talent and musicianship will no doubt make this an extraordinary Broadway debut engagement. I can’t wait for our audiences to experience her interpretation Roxie Hart.”

Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today and recently had a #1 Country Album with her solo debut CD “That Girl.” As the lead vocalist of the country group Sugarland, the band exploded onto the music scene in 2004 and have worldwide sales of over 22 million (albums and singles) to date, have achieved eight No. 1 singles and have won numerous awards including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards.

With a legendary score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history — and it shows no sign of ever slowing down!

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First Round of 2015 GRAMMY Nominations Announced!

GRAMMYAwards(PCM) In a live broadcast on Friday morning’s “CBS This Morning,” Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran announced the first round of GRAMMY nominations for 2015, with both announcers making an appearance on the list.

The official GRAMMY twitter account also tweeted the announcement and nominations to its 1.75 million followers.

Pharrell Williams is nominated for his album Girl for Best Contemporary Urban Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit single of the same album, “Happy.” Ed Sheeran received a nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for X.

An almost completely full list of the nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards will be published on GRAMMY.com at 2 p.m. ET while the Album of the Year nominations will be announced during “A Very GRAMMY® Christmas,” which will air on CBS at 9–10 p.m. ET/PT.

The 57th Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in L.A. Live on Sunday, February 6, 2015 and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.  Read below for the partial list of 2015 GRAMMY nominations!

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

  • Dierks Bentley, Riser
  • Eric Church, The Outsiders
  • Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
  • Miranda Lambert, Platinum
  • Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Coldplay, Ghost Stories
  • Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
  • Ariana Grande, My Everything
  • Katy Perry, Prism
  • Ed Sheeran, X
  • Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

  • Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
  • Beyoncé, Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown, X
  • Mali Music, Mali Is…
  • Pharrell Williams, Girl

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Iggy Azalea, “Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)”
  • Sia, “Chandelier”
  • Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
  • Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
  • Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • John Legend, “All of Me (Live Version)”
  • Sia, “Chandelier”
  • Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
  • Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
  • Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

BEST ROCK SONG

  • Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
  • Beck, “Blue Moon”
  • The Black Keys, “Fever”
  • Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
  • Jack White, “Lazaretto”

BEST ROCK ALBUM

  • Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Black Keys, Turn Blue
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • U2, Songs of Innocence

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Bastille
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Brandy Clark
  • Haim
  • Sam Smith

BEST COUNTRY SONG

  • Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
  • Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
  • Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
  • Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

  • Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
  • Lee Scratch Perry, Back On the Controls
  • Sean Paul, Full Frequency 
  • Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
  • Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power 
  • Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM 

  • Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
  • Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
  • Annie Lennox, Nostalgia 
  • Barbra Streisand, Partners
  • Barry Manilow, Night Songs

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

  • Roseanne Cash, The River and the Thread
  • John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
  • Keb’ Mo’, BLUESAmericana
  • Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
  • Strugil Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
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