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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Gwen Stefani Unveils New Collaboration With Pharrell On “Spark The Fire”

Gwen-Stefani1(PCM) Global superstar and The Voice season seven coach Gwen Stefani releases new song “Spark The Fire” on Mad Love/Interscope Records. The track is available now for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services.

“Spark The Fire,” which the three-time Grammy Award-winner co-wrote with its producer Pharrell Williams, reunites the two hitmakers. They first collaborated on the 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl” which was featured on Stefani’s debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. A number one single; “Hollaback Girl” was the first digital download to sell over one million copies in the United States. “Spark The Fire” will be featured on Stefani’s upcoming album which will be released in early 2015.

“I am so excited to have a new song out with Pharrell,” says Gwen Stefani. “He is magic and we have this crazy unexpected musical connection. This song is a perfect expression of this new chapter in my life. Who got the lighter – let’s spark the fire!!”

“Working with Gwen is always a fun, inspiring experience,” says Pharrell Williams. “She’s the Queen of Awesome for a reason!”

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Relax Everyone! Axl Rose Is Alive And Well After Falling Victim To A Death Hoax

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(PCM) Yet another celebrity death hoax has gone viral on social media and this time the victim was Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose.

The death hoax posting was designed to appear as if it legitimately came from an MSNBC report, however it is not true and Axl Rose is very much alive and well.

The people behind the hoax have no affiliation with the actual MSNBC website and are in the business of using shocking trickery to cause people to click on a completely fake news story. Their headline for the Axl Rose death hoax read “Sources: Guns N’ Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead In West Hollywood Home At Age 52″.

The fake article went into even more details claiming ““Unconfirmed reports say Rose was found dead Tuesday late afternoon in his West Hollywood home after police were called around 3:30 pm for a welfare check.”

Enough people seemed to believe the hoax story as it was shared over 40,000 times on Facebook, despite the fact that it is completely untrue. The same individuals are behind the Macaulay Caulkin death hoax that was circulating last month as well. Just keep in mind that if a story came from the MSNBC.website domain that it is most definitely some sort of hoax.

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Concert Review: The Black Widow Tour : In This Moment

Words by: Megan Morrell
Photography by: Megan C. Brooks

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Tuesday evening at the TLA in Philadelphia started off with an up and coming local band Enstride. These are the nicest most humble group of guys you will ever meet. They came out to the audience after their set and spoke with as many people as they could as well invited the audience to come and hang out with them. Just a great group of guys with an amazing future ahead of them, check them out if you get the chance.

Up next was 3 Pill Morning. All wearing ties and dress shirts. Self described as anthemic rock, which seems to be is quite accurate. The band has a great stage presence. Jeff Stebbins very charismatic lead singer with a vast vocal range. They played an awesome set including “Skin”, “Loser” and “I want that for you”

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Twelve foot Ninja followed 3 Pill Morning. This band came in a very close second to In This Moment as our favorite performance of the night. The band is extremely talented instrumentally and lead singer Nik “Kin” Etik’s vocals are absolutely amazing. They are described as metal fusion. They mix alternative metal with funk, reggae and so much more. Their stage antics are amusing and humorous. This Australian band is one of a kind and is sure to gain a cult following, if not more, on this North American tour. Set list including fan favorites “Mother sky” and “I’m coming for you”

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Starset had a more elaborate stage setup. They looked straight out of a science fiction movie which made for a very entertaining show. They certainly have a theme that fits perfectly with the band name. The songs sound like something from “Halo” or an action packed science fiction soundtrack. Lead singer Dustin Bates, also the founder of Starset, has a great voice that fits very well with their particular genre, cinematic rock. Set list included “My Demons” and “Carnivore”.

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In this Moment was awesome! Maria Brink is a presence on stage to be reckoned with. She is a powerful yet feminine female metal artist. Beautiful, smart and demands attention. The stage show was so entertaining the crowd begged for an encore. Its amazing how she handles herself in incredible high heels around the elaborate stage set. The majority of the songs they played were from their latest album, Black Widow, such as “Sex Metal Barbie”, “Sick like Me” and “Big Bad Wolf” They also included one of the In This Moment’s bigger hits “Whore” from their 2012 release Blood. Toward then end of the show Maria picked an audience member to come on stage to be “infected”. This means the chosen audience member gets to wear one of the spooky masks and dance in a cage on stage. Everyone in the crowd wanted the chance, one lucky fan named Gina was chosen to be “infected”, for the rest of us, there is always next time.

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Lana Del Rey’s Single for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Gets a Lyric Video

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(PCM) “Summertime Sadness” and “Video Games” songstress Lana Del Rey has provided two songs to the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s drama Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, in theaters this Christmas Day.

Big Eyes will feature Lana Del Rey’s “Big Eyes” as a pivotal song in the film and “I Can Fly” during the end credits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lana Del Rey’s fans are hopeful that her two songs for Big Eyes will land her an Oscar nomination after what many deemed as a snub at the 2014 Academy Awards for her song, “Young and Beautiful” for Bahz Luhrmman’s The Great Gatsby.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, the lyric video for “Big Eyes” has made its way to the internet; hear the song and watch the lyric video for Big Eyes below!BigEyes

Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s.

The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes.

The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).

The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.

Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

Starring alongside Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have worked together before on the screenplays for 1408, Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, and The People vs. Larry Flynt, among other titles, teamed up to write the screenplay for Big Eyes.

Big Eyes opens in theaters nationwide December 25, 2014!

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The 2015 Rock On The Range Lineup Has Been Revealed

(PCM) Today, we received one of the best holiday gifts ever now that the 2015 lineup for Rock On The Range has been revealed. Linkin Park, Slipknot and Judas Priest lead this year’s line-up of over 60 band that will perform this year’s show that will take place on May 15, 16, and 17th at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio.

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The full weekend of non-stop rock will also feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more of the world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent.

Rock On The Range–part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series–has sold out in advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. In 2015, ROTR will welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live festival coverage, allowing fans around the world to experience Rock On The Range.

To kick off the ROTR weekend with a laugh, Guitar World & Revolver’s Roast On The Range returns to Columbus, Ohio Thursday, May 14. Look for more details to be announced in early 2015 at www.RoastOnTheRange.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com. The 2014 Roast featured nearly a dozen musicians and comedians who honored and lampooned Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in front of a live audience. (See our coverage from last year’s Roast On The Range here)

The current band lineup for Rock On The Range–fueled by Monster Energy Drink–is as follows: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames, Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot, Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron, Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more bands and entertainers to be announced soon.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “It’s been way too long since Slipknot has played ROTR…five years is too long. We’re coming back with a new album and a new show. It’ll feel good to headline again. Everyone, prepare for hell…”

Judas Priest proclaims, “Rock On The Range brings the Priest back to the USA! We can’t wait to unleash our metal maniacs #priestfamily once more with our ongoing 40th anniversary ‘Redeemer of Souls’ World Tour.”

“We’re very excited to be back and playing Rock On The Range. It was an honor to be a part of the very first ROTR back in ‘07 and we’re grateful to return to be a part of this amazing rock n roll event,” says Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin.

A specially priced pre-sale for Rock On The Range is available now through Friday, December 5 at 9:59 AM ET. Visit www.facebook.com/rockontherange to receive a code to purchase pre-sale tickets now. The ROTR ticket pre-sale offers a limited number of weekend tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

Weekend Field: $169.50

Weekend Stadium GA: $99.50

Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (save $100, while supplies last): $299

Regularly priced general admission tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10:00 AM ET and will be priced as follows:

Weekend Field: $184.50

Weekend Stadium GA: $124.50

Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (while supplies last): $349

These prices will stay in place through late February.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Rock On The Range partner GovX.

Monster Energy returns to Rock On The Range 2015 as the main stage sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and sampling Monster Energy Drink.

New to Rock On The Range in 2015 will be the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 VIP Lounge which features amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, charging stations, private restrooms, premium food options and more. This upgrade will be available for all ticket purchases for only $125 while supplies last.

For full details about all tickets, including Military Ticket discounts, VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles, Camping Packages and Layaway Tickets, visit: www.RockOnTheRange.com.

“Our mission each year is to widen the net as much as possible while staying true to the core that is Rock On The Range,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for RockHouse Presents. “Take headliners Slipknot, Linkin Park, and Judas Priest as well as heavyweights Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, the welcomed return of Breaking Benjamin, combine that with bands such as Rise Against, Of Mice & Men, Tech N9ne, Yelawolf and a rare appearance from the likes of Ministry, you then get the world that is Rock On The Range. A music festival…where ROCK (of all kinds) lives.”

Rock On The Range is proud to once again be fueled by their partners at Monster Energy Drink. Additional sponsors include Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience and Zippo, with more to be announced.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, Crew Stadium, and RockHouse Presents. The multi-stage music and lifestyle event features a potent lineup of bands on three stages over three days. The nationally renowned festival that’s centrally located in the heart of the country is proud to be part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series, and annually draws huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of over 120,000 fans in 2014.

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De La Soul Release New Single “The People” Featuring Chuck D

DelaSoulThePeople(PCM) De La Soul, the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio behind “Me Myself and I,” released a new single yesterday titled “The People” featuring the legendary Chuck D from Public Enemy.

In an email to fans to annoucning the release of the single, De La Soul explained the impact of “The People” and what the track means to the trio: “The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and the trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals.”

The track, available for free download on De La Soul’s website, was originally slated to drop back in June, but was held due to some drama caused by heated words exchanged between Chuck D and Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg.

Rescheduled for a Black Friday release, De La Soul decided to drop “The People” after the non-indictment verdict was announced for Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Mike Brown.

“Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times,” De La Soul wrote to their fans.

A t-shirt and sweatshirt were created for the song, with proceeds from the sales being donated to All Star Code and I Love Ferguson. All Star Code is an organization dedicated to helping under-served youth make their way into the tech industry, and I Love Ferguson is dedicated to rebuilding the town of Ferguson, MO.

De La Soul ended their email to fans asking them to “spread the love” by sharing this link: http://goo.gl/wdFIF1 accompanied by the hastags #thepeople and #itstime before signing out with “Until next time, love, peace, and soul.”

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Frank Ocean Releases New Two-Minute Song: “Memrise”

ChannelOrange(PCM) It has been far too long since we’ve been graced with any new material from Frank Ocean, making the new release of his moody stripped-down two-minute track, “Memrise,” a very welcome surprise.

Frank Ocean posted the track to his official Tumblr early on Friday, November 28th. The song’s lyrics accompanied the track, a slow piano driven song presumably directed towards a lover.

“I memorized the wayward expressions/
Never look down/
Never let you see me down/
I memorized the way no directions/
Can I come over now/
I’d like to stay a little while/
I memorized your body exposed/
I could fuck you all night long/
From a memory alone/

I never forget a face/
Don’t go plastic on me/
Nothing’s set in stone/
You’re not dipped in gold/
Dipped in gold/
You can’t breathe if you’re dipped in gold/
You are not on paper/
You are not a copy/
You’re so, you’re so..so thick, so thick”

Listen to “Memrise” here!

Frank Ocean has been working in the studio on the follow up album to 2012’s Channel Orange, Ocean’s debut studio album which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and received rave reviews from just about everyone everywhere.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a new Frank Ocean album in 2015!

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Have A Rockin’ Thanksgiving! A Looks At Some Of Our Favorite Songs About Giving Thanks!

(PCM) Thanksgiving is finally here and we have put together a list of some of our favorite songs that are all about being thankful.

They are sure to put you in the right frame of mind to celebrate the spirit of the holiday and will be the perfect soundtrack to a truly grateful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.

1. Thank U – Alanis Morissette

The track was written after Morrisette returned home from a journey to India with her mother and a few friends. It is a reflection of the gratitude she experienced during her journey.

2. Thank You  – Dido

Dido wrote the track to express her feelings about her then boyfriend and despite the fact that the couple has since split, the song still holds a thankful and hopeful message.

3. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John

You can truly feel the raw emotion and sensitivity along with a deep sense of gratitude within Elton’s vocals.

4. Shelter From The Storm – Bob Dylan

Dylan inspires us to be thankful for the protection we feel within our community and surrounded by our friends.

5. Thank You – Boyz II Men

There is no mystery here. Boyz II Men get right to the point and show their extreme gratitude with this heartfelt track.

6. Thank You, Thank You, You’re Far To Kind – Jay Z

Jay-Z released this track as a thank you message to his fans. Maybe a little egotistical but the message of gratitude towards fans is quite apparent.

7. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold

There is no way we could leave this classic track about the gratitude of friendship off this list. Most people will recognize it as the theme to the hit TV series “The Golden Girls”.

8. Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

A classic Thanksgiving story that rounds out our list. Just listen to all of the 20 minute glory!

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Creed Vocalist Scott Stapp Claims He Is Penniless And Living In A Holiday Inn

(PCM) We swear this is not a headline from The Onion or some other satire news site. Creed front man Scott Stapp posted a 15 minute long confessional style video on the band’s Facebook page claiming that he is flat broke, being investigated by the IRS and other agencies and living in a Holiday Inn.

Stapp titled the video “Public Statement #1″ and given what he discussed throughout the video we are surely going to see additional public statements popping up in the near future. Stapp claims that he is under some kind of vicious attack and that a bunch of money was taken from him. He also adds that many of his royalties have not been paid.

Stapp has admitted that he has suffered from severe drug and alcohol problems in the past, however in the video he claims that he is completely drug and alcohol free living a completely sober lifestyle dedicated to Christ.

Stapp asks for assistance in finding a good and honest attorney that would be willing to take on his case and many times throughout the video expresses concern for the well-being of his three children.

Prior to his current residence at the Holiday Inn Stapp says that he was living in his truck for a few days and was forced to go without food for two days which landed him in the emergency room after his bank accounts were all frozen.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Stapp’s wife Jaclyn Stapp had filed for divorce and is request full custody of the couples three children.

She claims to have received some incredibly odd text messages from Scott in last few weeks, ever since he disappeared from their home in Orlando, Florida in early October. Those message include commentary about biological weapons coming into the state of Florida, the CIA being behind AA and interest in both Nashville and Palm Springs driven by God.

Jaclyn says that Stapp has been using crystal meth and steroids and has filed a Marchman Act. If approved, Stapp will be court ordered to go into a treatment facility.

What do you think? Is Stapp’s video believable or do you think he is making up the whole story and is back on the drugs?

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