Weird Al Yankovic Wants You to Learn Your Grammar in “Word Crimes”

(PCM) The king of song parodies has struck again with his latest single “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 summer anthem “Blurred Lines.”

Weird Al debuted “Word Crimes” yesterday as the second of eight videos that he is releasing over eight days in promotion for his newly released album Mandatory Fun, the musician’s fourteenth studio album.

“Word Crimes” parodies Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” song and video, which you’re probably already very familiar with if you were alive and conscious during the summer of 2013.

“Blurred Lines” was inescapable; the song was on every radio station and music video channel, leading it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and on to become the longest running number one single of 2013 and the 2010′s, remaining on the top of the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.

“Blurred Lines” also drew a lot of negative attention for its misogynistic stance and “rapey” lyrics.

As of today, “Blurred Lines” has over 327 million views on YouTube.

Taking the incredibly fun and catchy beat and laying down lessons in grammar, Weird Al has succeeded in making the song his own and catching people’s attention: after just one day on YouTube, “Word Crimes” has already gained over 2 million views.

Weird Al revealed on The View on Tuesday that he was inspired to write the song due to the prevalence of text-slang and improper grammar and lack of education in today’s society.

Watch Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” below and check out his website here, where you can also purchase his new album Mandatory Fun.

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Slipknot Post An Uber Creepy Video Trailer

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(PCM) We are all eagerly anticipating the upcoming new album from Iowa rockers Slipknot, as they have been hard at work on it for quite some time now.

We spoke with front-man Cory Taylor back in May when he was the guest of honor at this year’s Roast On The Range and he told us “People are going to lose their minds when they hear the new Slipknot record”!

Earllier today, Slipknot posted and then promptly removed quite an interesting video trailer! Many are speculating about what it could be for, but chances are it is a quick glimpse into the theme for the new album.

The band has recently announced that Knotfest will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. Slipknot will headline two of the three days, Friday and Saturday, playing a completely different set on each night. More than two dozen other acts are scheduled to appear, including Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice And Men, Danzig, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Hellyeah, Atreyu, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Testament and many more.Friday night’s show will be exclusively for fans who buy VIP or camping packages.

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Colbie Caillat Unleashes An Empowering New Music Video

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(PCM) Singer Colbie Caillat recently released her “Gypsy Heart Side A” EP, which is a five-song collection that comprises the first half of her forth-coming fourth full-length album studio album “Gypsy Heart”, due out later this year.

She has also unveiled the inspirational and empowering lyric video for the song “Try” which has a poignant message about self-acceptance. The video features photos of fans and celebrities- with little to no makeup, in an effort to inspire women to be comfortable in their own skin. Celebrity participants include Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum, Kelly Osbourne, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Perri, Katharine McPhee, actresses Amy Smart and Hayden Panettiere, the female anchors of The Today Show, Michelle Kwan, Jessie J & more.

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Dan Croll Talks Festival Life, Latest Album And More!

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(PCM) We were recently out at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE and caught up with British singer/songwriter Dan Croll.

Croll’s set on the Firefly Main Stage was sweet music to our ears and we enjoyed being able to chat after the set about topics such as festival life, the music industry, and of course his latest album release “Sweet Disarray”.

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Check out the full interview below:

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Catching Up With The Wild Feathers At Firefly 2014

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(PCM) What I adore so much about The Wild Feather’s is their ability to put a unique and fresh spin on the genre of southern rock n’ roll. The band gives it their own flavor and fans across the country are eating it up.

We were able to catch The Wild Feather’s performing at this year’s Firefly Music Festival and they were definitely one of our highlights throughout the entire weekend.

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The band is currently touring in support of their self-titled debut album and their current single “Left My Woman Behind” is continuing to pick up more and more steam.

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PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had a chance to catch up with The Wild Feathers at Firefly to discuss changes in the music industry, the importance of touring, upcoming plans and more. You can check out the full interview below:

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Woman With A Baby Thrown Out Of Brad Paisley Concert

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(PCM) The news that a woman has been thrown out of a recent Brad Paisley concert for having a baby strapped to her in the pit area in front of the stage has been stirring up quite a debate online.

The woman, who also had another child with her at the show who appeared to be about 10, was escorted from the “pit” area by venue security because local police felt that she was endangering the baby that was strapped to her chest by being too close to the speakers. The child was not wearing any sort of ear protection.

The incident appears to have taken place prior to Paisely taking the stage at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA, however the opening artists had already performed.

The woman was enraged about being asked to leave the “pit area” with her children and proceeded to take out her phone and begin filming the back and forth that went on between herself, venue security and local police.

The woman felt that the true reason she was asked to leave the show was because she was breast-feeding her baby in the “pit” earlier in the evening and was asked to stop by venue security.  The local police say they only had the baby’s safety in mind and it had nothing to do with a woman’s right to breast-feed in public.

I have chime in here and say from my own person experience attending hundreds and hundreds of concerts over the years, the sound decibels in “pit” area or really anywhere inside an amphitheater are incredibly loud and would most definitely pose a danger to a baby’s still developing ears. I am going to have to side with local police and venue security on this one.

I have seen plenty of young children out at shows, but all of them have always had very large headphones on protect their hearing, even at outdoor festivals nowhere near the speakers…I could not even imagine having a baby that close to the speakers inside the pit.

The woman was given the option to move to seats located in a safer area of the venue or she could leave and be refunded for the tickets. She chose to leave and receive the refund and her and her other child were seen crying as they exited the venue.

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The Last Original Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Had Died At Age 62

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(PCM) It is with great sadness that we report that the last original Ramone, drummer, Tommy Ramone, has passed away at the age of 62.

A call was made from Ramone’s wife, to Dave Frey who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, to let me know that Tommy Ramone had passed away. So, far there have been no additional details released about his immediate cause of death.

Tommy Ramone was one of the co-founders of the legendary punk band The Ramones back in 1974. His band mates were Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All members initially had different last names, but together adopted the last name of Ramone.

The band has been a huge influence in the world of rock n’ roll and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2002. Their staple hits such as “Blitzkreig Bop” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” truly put them on the map and assisted with their initial lack of commercial success.

The band’s influence has certainly left it’s mark on the musical landscape and to this day the band still has legions of fans all across the world. Our sincere condolences go out to Tommy Ramone’s family and friends during this difficult time.

 

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Ravens Ballroom Belongs On Your Radar

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(PCM) Ravens Ballroom is a New York-based power trio comprised of guitarist and vocalist Matthew Ravens, bassist and vocalist Simi Ravens, and drummer Jon Rosenbaum. The trio released their debut album, Rain Dance, in spring 2013.

Pulling from genres as diverse as psychedelic rock, post-punk, and Euro-jazz, and replicating the internal-production model trailblazed by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin, Ravens Ballroom has synthesized a broad range of sounds and aesthetics into its own unique style.

Ravens Ballroom performs regularly in the New York area, headlining small venues and opening for acts like the great David Johansen. The visionary trio and their passionate, evocative music have been well-received by industry insiders and audiences who are ever interested in hearing more.

Keep up-to-date with Ravens Ballroom:

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BET Makes A Major Blunder With Lionel Richie’s Name!

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(PCM) Artist Lionel Richie was recently honored at the BET Awards with one of the evenings highest honors…the Lifetime Achievement Award. However, during the award show broadcast, Richies’ name was misspelled on the screen as he was accepting the award.

As Richie was up on the stage giving his speech, “Lionel Ritchie” was displayed at the bottom of the screen. While it is a simple spelling error, you would think that given the fact that Richie was receiving such a high award, someone would have done their homework with the name spelling…opps!

Obviously, Richie was unaware of the incident during his speech and went on to give a beautiful acceptance speech about the merits of both talent and soul.

BET has yet to comment on the incident, however it blew up via social media with the hash tag #LionelRitchie trending on various platforms.

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Miranda Lambert Debuts Music Video For “Something Bad” feat. Carrie Underwood

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(PCM) When Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood performed a duet of the song “Something Bad” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards both critics and fans were blown away by the performance.

Not long after the performance, Lamberts’ new album “Platinum” soared its’ way to the top of the charts and iTunes as well.

Now, we are pleased to feature Lamberts’ sensational new music video for “Something Bad” which features Carrie Underwood. Check it out below:

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