Avril Lavigne’s New Music Video For “Hello Kitty” Is Stirring Up Controversy

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(PCM) While I had previously listed the horrific “Chinese Food” video from Alison Gold and creepy viral video producer Patrice Wilson as one of the worst (and most racist) music videos of all time; it now seems that Avril Lavigne has secured her spot on that list with the release of the “Hello Kitty” music video.

The video features Lavigne prancing about, spewing out Japanese phrases and outright mocking Japanese culture, at least that is how many people are taking it. Lavigne defended the video on Twitter, claiming that she adores Japanese culture, spends half of her time in Tokyo and even specifically flew into Japan to shoot the video for her Japanese fan base.

It is not just the video. The song itself is just really bad…and to think Lavigne and husband Chad Kroger of Nickelback penned this gem together…wow!

Lavigne claims the video is meant to be “flirtatious and a little bit sexual” but is really all about her love of “Hello Kitty”.  What I find a bit odd is that “Hello Kitty” is no where to be found at all in the video. I’m guessing Sanrio wouldn’t allow her to secure the rights to use “Hello Kitty’s” iconic image and I certainly can’t say I blame them!

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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Miley Cyrus Postpones Remainder Of U.S. Tour Dates

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(PCM) As reported last week, Miley Cyrus was suffering from a terrible allergic reaction to antibiotics that caused her to cancel several stops on her “Bangerz” tour. Now, it seems that Miley has made the decision to postpone the remainder of the U.S. tour stops and will make-up the dates in August.

The upcoming European leg of the tour is still currently slated to begin in Amsterdam on May 2nd and appears to remain unaffected.

Miley’s U.S. tour will resume on August 1st in Uniondale, NY and the new dates will include seven make-up dates and new additional shows.

A rep for Miley claims that the singer was suffering from a nasty sinus infection and was given the antibiotic cephalexin, to which she had a very scary allergic reaction that landed her in the hospital.

Those that purchased tickets to any of the postponed tour stops can rest assured that their tickets will be honored at the rescheduled show later this summer.

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Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion Announced Performance Times and Friday Night Campground Party Info

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Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion has announced band performance times for the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, which proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina May 3 & 4. The massive weekend festival lineup includes Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, along with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.

The festival has also announced details for the Friday Night Campground Party, presented by Bud Light and The FOX in Charlotte. The Friday Night Campground Party is open to those with Carolina Rebellion camping or hotel packages and will feature performances from Red, White & Crue (9:50 PM), Eve To Adam (8:40 PM) and Cadaver Dogs (7:30 PM). Doors open at 6:30 PM for the Friday Night Campground Party. A limited number of Friday Night Campground Party tickets will also be available at Charlotte area Hooters Restaurants beginning April 21, courtesy of Bud Light (while supplies last). The festival campground opens at Noon on Friday, May 2 and closes at Noon on Monday, May 5.

Band performance times for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion are as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, May 3

Doors open at 11:30 AM.

Monster Energy Carolina Stage

1:00 PM Adelitas Way

2:45 PM Black Label Society

4:55 PM Anthrax

7:15 PM Volbeat

9:50 PM Avenged Sevenfold

Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

12:25 PM Trivium

2:00 PM Black Stone Cherry

4:05 PM Killswitch Engage

6:20 PM Seether

8:45 PM Rob Zombie

Jägermeister Stage

Noon Truckfighters

1:35 PM Devour The Day

3:30 PM Kyng

5:45 PM Thousand Foot Krutch

8:10 PM Fozzy

Sunday, May 4

Doors open at 12:30 PM.

Monster Energy Carolina Stage

2:00 PM Hellyeah

3:40 PM Theory of a Deadman

5:40 PM A Day To Remember

7:55 PM 311

9:55 PM Kid Rock

Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

1:25 PM Nothing More

3:00 PM Fuel

4:55 PM Alter Bridge

7:00 PM Staind

8:50 PM Five Finger Death Punch

Jägermeister Stage

1:00 PM Gemini Syndrome

2:35 PM Twelve Foot Ninja

4:20 PM Redlight King

6:25 PM Of Mice & Men

Fans can save by buying tickets early, before weekend ticket prices increase on April 21 at Noon Eastern Time. The ticket price increase details are as follows:

  • Weekend GA – From $119 + fees to $139 + fees
  • Weekend GA 4-Pack – From $399 + fees to $449 + fees
  • Single Day Ticket – From $79.50 + fees to $99.50 + fees

A few camping packages are still available for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, but hotel packages are now sold out. The last day for advance shipping is Sunday, April 20 at 11:59 PM. All orders purchased beginning 12:01 AM on Monday, April 21 will be placed in “WILL CALL.”

For more information on Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Website: www.CarolinaRebellion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinarebellion

Twitter: @cRebellion

 

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Budweiser Made In America Festival Expands In 2014

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Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Budweiser and United Way of Greater Los Angeles are bringing the spirit of “Budweiser Made In America,” to Los Angeles during the 2014 Labor Day weekend. The two-day music festival began in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend 2012 to benefit United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County, and this year will deliver twice the amount of music. Live Nation will produce both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles two-day music festivals, delivering must-see performances on both coasts. Details and lineups for both festival locations will be announced at a later date.

“Budweiser Made In America” will be the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts. Performances from both “Budweiser Made In America” sites will be available for fans to view with live-streaming.

With the addition of the west coast festival, JAY Z, Live Nation, Budweiser and United Way are committed to improving lives and strengthening local communities in Los Angeles County. United Way will invest the funds raised to ensure more people have the opportunity to reach their potential–through quality schools, good jobs and stable housing. The “Budweiser Made In America” Festival provides the perfect crescendo to summer and coincides with the culmination of “Summer of Success,” a multi-pronged approach by Mayor Garcetti to advance youth during the school break by providing them jobs, learning opportunities, and extended programming at City of Los Angeles parks and recreational facilities.

Budweiser, JAY Z and this festival embody the American spirit and enhance the ongoing partnership between the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles.

The Philadelphia site will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, Penn. The primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions.

As a result of last year’s “Budweiser Made In America” Festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing $300,000 in education and talent development initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education that ensures all students graduate high school college–and career-ready and equips individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure work that provides a family-sustaining income.

The festival also enabled United Way of Lancaster County to invest an additional $100,000 in programs and services that support learning success across the education continuum.

WHEN:

Labor Day Weekend 2014, Aug. 30-31

WHERE:

The Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Festival will take place on Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

The Philadelphia festival site will remain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

TICKET PURCHASE:

2 Day Early Bird presale tickets are available now at www.livenation.com

2 Day Early Bird tickets for Philadelphia are $99.50 and Los Angeles are $125.

Additional on sale information will be announced.

ONGOING FESTIVAL INFORMATION:

The festivals site, www.madeinamericafest.com will be updated with general information.

 

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Wu-Tang Clan Family Rapper Cuts Off His Penis and Leaps From A Balcony

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(PCM) Authorities in Hollywood are still trying to piece together what exactly caused Wu-Tang Clan affiliated rapper Andre Johnson to cut off his own penis and then leap from the balcony of the second story apartment in North Hollywood.

Johnson, who survived the balcony fall, was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, however doctors at the hospital were not able to reattach Johnson’s penis.

Johnson, who goes by the rap name Christ Bearer is a member of the group Northstar which was founded by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Sources claim that despite being a founding member RZA hasn’t collaborated with the group in quite a few years.

Sources close to the scene claim that several rappers were present in the apartment when the incident occurred and claim that they were not doing any drugs that would lead to that type of erratic behavior. Some are saying that Johnson may be suffering from some kind of mental issues which led to his shocking behavior.

 

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Will They Or Won’t They? Rumors Swirl About AC/DC Retirement

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(PCM) Several sources are reporting that AC/DC is headed for retirement after news has surfaced that they band’s 40th anniversary tour has been put on hold, as well as, work on a new album.

The band is currently back home in Australia and founding band member Malcolm Young is surrounded by his family. It is rumored that Malcolm Young is in ailing health and is unable to continue playing, although there has been no clear explanation of what exactly is going on.

Entertainment correspondent Peter Ford sparked the rumors about the band’s retirement during a recent radio interview during which he said “The suggestion is being put to me that tour will never happen and we will never see AC/DC perform again or record again”. This led many to believe that one of the band members is terminally ill, as the band made a pact several years ago that if any of them ever had to leave the band that no replacements would ever be made.

Further fueling the rumor mills a person with the user name Thunderstruck sent an email to 6PR claiming to have very good contact in Europe that are close to the band and has on very good authority that Malcolm Young has moved his family back to Australia, being that he is very, very ill and AC/DC may well be history.

In news that was released earlier this year, Brian Johnson revealed that the band had plans to work on a new album and planned a large tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Thus far, there have been official statements from AC/DC’s camp and other sources close to the band claim that all of this news is just a rumor.

Looks like we are going to have to wait this one out!

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Queens Of The Stone Age Release Mini-Movie And Announce Tour Dates

Having returned from a triumphant co-headlining Australia/New Zealand jaunt with NIN, Queens Of The Stone Age have wasted no time in teaming with director Hiro Murai (Childish Gambino, St. Vincent) for the just unveiled cinematic mini-epic for “Smooth Sailing,” the latest single from the hailed, hailed and more hailed international #1 album …Like Clockwork (Matador).

The definitely NSFW “Smooth Sailing” follows QOTSA’s Joshua Homme and cohorts on a delirious adventure that blossoms from garden variety drunken shenanigans to possibly the most nightmarishly accurate live action interpretation of a QOTSA song to date. Seriously, “Smooth Sailing” lends a new meaning to 3-D musical cinema-that is, it turns the 3 D’s into Drinking, Drugs and Death.

In addition to newly announced dates in Montreal, Bangor ME, Port Chester NY and Philadelphia, Queens Of The Stone Age have begun to confirm details of a South America tour for this fall, including stops in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. For further information, ticketing etc., as always, go to http://qotsa.com/live.
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North American Dates 2014
New Dates in BOLD

April 10 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
April 12 Indio, CA – Coachella/SOLD OUT
April 15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium/SOLD OUT
April 17 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 19 Indio, CA – Coachella/SOLD OUT
May 5 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
May 6 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 7 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
May 9 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom/SOLD OUT
May 10 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 11 Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo
May 13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
May 14 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
May 16-18 Gulf Shore, AL – Hangout Music Fest
May 23-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
July 9 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
July 12 Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
July 16 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
July 20 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann Center

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Emmure Unleashes New Video For “Like LaMotta”

From their forthcoming, sixth studio album, Eternal Enemies, EMMURE unleashes the video for “Like LaMotta” on Vevo.

Available everywhere on April 15th, “Eternal Enemies” is a collection of EMMURE’s most pissed off, violent material to date.

EMMURE is currently on tour in support of Eternal Enemies and will headline the Victory Records Stage at Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival all summer. View the full list of dates here.

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Paul McCartney: First U.S. Shows Of 2014 Confirmed!

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Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul’s universally acclaimed ‘Out There’ tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, today Paul confirms he’ll be getting back out there in the U.S. by announcing his first Stateside dates of 2014. In addition to his dates this month in Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and his return to Japan and first ever performance in Korea in May, Paul has confirmed the first four stops of an upcoming summer trek through North America:

* On June 19, Paul will return to New Orleans for the first time since his Driving USA Tour in 2002.

* Paul will play his first shows ever in Louisville KY and Albany NY, respectively, June 26 at the Yum! Center and July 5 at the Times Union Center.

* July 7 will see Paul returning to Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center for the first time since opening the arena with a pair of instantly sold out shows August 18 and 19, 2010.

The ‘Out There’ tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

 

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Outside Lands Announces 2014 Line-Up!

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Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced the dynamic new lineup for the seventh annual Outside Lands Festival. After three consecutive sold-out years, the world’s only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone called “remarkable,” and “one of America’s best,” will once again take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park August 8 – 10, 2014. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 10, at 10am PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.

Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands has officially emerged to become one of the most revered and prominent festivals in the country. The local and national media have been universally praising the event for many years and last year was no different, as the SF Chronicle called Outside Lands an “enormous success,” the Examiner hailed that it is “a must attend festival for any Northern California (or even Western United States) music fanatic,” and 7×7 said it was their “favorite music festival of all time.” Stereogum enthused, “Between music, comedy, food and artwork, Outside Lands really is one of the more interesting American summer festivals,” while the Hollywood Reporter said that the “eclectic mix of artists, DJs, comedians and bands stayed true to its Bay Area roots.”

The confirmed Outside Lands 2014 lineup is below:

Kanye West

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Killers

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Arctic Monkeys

Tiësto

Death Cab For Cutie

Disclosure

The Flaming Lips

Ray LaMontagne

Spoon

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Atmosphere

Cut Copy

Tegan & Sara

Duck Sauce

Haim

Chromeo

Ben Howard

Lykke Li

Chvrches

Paolo Nutini

Capital Cities

Kacey Musgraves

Local Natives

Jenny Lewis

Grouplove

John Butler Trio

Tycho

The Kooks

SBTRKT

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Boys Noize

Phosphorescent

Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)

Deer Tick

Holy Ghost!

Warpaint

Flume

Lucius

Typhoon

Dum Dum Girls

The Soul Rebels

Gold Panda

Christopher Owens

Bleachers

Big Freedia

Jagwar Ma

Greensky Bluegrass

Imelda May

Watsky

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Valerie June

Mikal Cronin

Woods

Vance Joy

The Brothers Comatose

Gardens & Villa

Jonathan Wilson

Tumbleweed Wanderers

Givers

Aer

Courtney Barnett

Bear Hands

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The Districts

RayLand Baxter

Night Terrors of 1927

Trails and Ways

Nocona

 

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