Mashup master DJ Earworm has released his yearly “United States Of Pop” song, which takes the 25 biggest hits of 2012 as determined by the Billboard 100 and pus them all together in one song. You can listen to the song below and also download it for free.
Personally, I like the 2009 mashup the best. For those of you who have listened to the past several years, what’s your favorite? READ MORE
You readers aren’t the only ones who are chomping at the bit for the upcoming horror thriller The Collection, the sequel to 2009′s The Collector. Turns out shock rocker Marilyn Manson is also excited for the film, which comes out this Friday, Nov. 30th.
In anticipation of this release, Manson has teamed up with VEVO to put together a playlist of several music videos that he thinks captures the feel and atmosphere of the film. Featuring his own cover of The Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams”, Rihanna‘s “Disturbia”, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”, Rockwell‘s “Someone’s Watching Me”, MGMT‘s “Kids”, and more, the playlist can be viewed below. Also, make sure to check out our review of his latest album Born Villain (iTunes).
“When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through thegruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena.”
The Collection, directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, stars Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream). READ MORE
These are the things that make me love people. On Nov. 19th, Chris Brown is scheduled to play Stockholm, Sweden at the Ericsson Globe, which seats approximately 16,000 for concerts. However, not everyone is thrilled by the prospect of an egotistical, unapologetic woman beater playing their city.
An unnamed person/group has taken to putting up advertisements for the concert with a large picture of Rihanna‘s brutally bruised and beaten face as a reminder of the actions of Brown two and a half years ago. According to Gawker, this person/these people are part of a larger group that wants the concert canceled. The posters that are being put all over town can be seen below (Warning: It’s still not easy to look at).
Sweden’s official Twitter account (which is run by a different citizen each week) posted the following statement: “In Stockholm people are showing their dislike that Chris Brown is coming to town by posting these posters.”
It’s things like this that make me believe in people. If this bastard can win Grammys two years after basically publicly beating a woman, and then show pretty much no remorse whatsoever, he deserves to have it shoved in his face every chance possible. You can see my own personal rant against Mr. Woman Beater right here. READ MORE
Fearless Records has released the fifth volume of their Punk Goes Pop series. Included are artists such as Memphis May Fire, Upon This Dawning, Craig Owens, The Word Alive, and more doing covers of famous pop songs. You can check out the full track list below as well as a lyric video for Issues cover of Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend”.
You can snag your copy of Punk Goes Pop vol. 5 on iTunes. Also, now through Nov. 19th, all previous editions of Punk Goes… are on sale for $7.99.
Personally, and maybe I’m not understanding this idea, but doesn’t it seem like you should have, I don’t know, punk bands doing Punk Goes Pop? These seem more like screamo, metalcore, and bands that fall into those types of genres. Help me out here readers, am I wrong? READ MORE
Singer Rihanna is about to embark on a short tour of seven shows in seven countries in seven days. Entitled the “777″ Tour, no specific dates or venues have been announced. All shows are said to be very intimate and the only confirmed location is that a performance will occur in the U.K.
At the same time, Rihanna has announced that her seventh studio album Unapologetic, which comes out Nov. 16th, will have a super limited edition that ships Dec. 11th. Called the “Diamonds Executive Platinum Box”, the set contains all sorts of goodies that cost the manufacturer probably pennies to the dollar, if that. Wanna know how much it costs? How about a cool $250. Allow me to present to you my face when I heard that news:
It’s nearing that time again when the music industry collectively pat each other on the backs and present awards to artists who already have shelves devoted to little statues that they earned based on record sales and not any sort of artistic merit. Yup, I’m talking about the AMAs (American Music Awards). But, before we get our panties in a bunch, let’s actually look at what the AMAs were created for. You see, according to a press release, Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 as a means of paying “…tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.”
So, I’m left scratching my head. Why even create such an event? What is the purpose? I mean, aside from the collective back patting and sycophantic groveling that I mentioned above, is there a point to these shows? Well, obviously ratings. People are gonna tune in to see over-the-top performances (where their favorite artist will no doubt be lip syncing) so they can gush about them to their friends via Facebook and Twitter (who talks on a phone anymore, right?). It’s also a status symbol: “My favorite artist won an award, meaning that he/she/they HAVE to be respected and lauded!”
Whatever. As per my thoughts on ANY award ceremony, I don’t think they do a damn thing. The only people that tune in are those that have a vested interest. No one that is seeking avenues to find new music will even consider watching. What’s the point? They’ve already heard it all before.
If you want to see the list of AMA nominations, check it out below. It’ll be a really recognizable and familiar list. READ MORE
Update: According to the AP, singer Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to rehab for substance abuse. The band also told AP that their set was not cut short.
On Friday night, at the IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV (which was also being broadcast live via Yahoo), Green Day frontman Billie Joe lost it when he saw that his band only had one more minute left to perform. And by “lost it”, I mean that he basically had a childish temper tantrum where he swore up a storm (he used the word ‘f*ck’, or a derivation of it, 21 times), smashed his guitar and then threw his microphone across the stage.
The trigger for this was the fact that all bands/performers at the festival had a 25-30 set time allotted. This included No Doubt, Usher, and Bon Jovi, as well as many others. And yet, for some reason, Billie Joe felt that his band deserved a longer set list, claiming that they’ve been around, “…since f*cking nineteen eighty f*cking eight“. Hmmm, Bon Jovi’s first release was 1984, but you don’t hear him whining, do you Billie?
Apparently, Billie Joe wasn’t calm or rational during the show either. Yahoo states that he berated the few people who decided to sit down during their performance (I’d be sitting too), the band premiered a new song entitled “It’s F*ck Time”, and Billie Joe pulled down his pants, revealing his, “…personal grooming habits.”
Read on for my thoughts as well as a video of Billie Joe reverting to a snubbed 4-year old. READ MORE
Okay, it’s gotten to the point where I can’t be silent anymore. F*ck Chris Brown. Seriously, what an utter waste. I didn’t write anything when it came out that he beat Rihanna. I kept quiet after his performance at the Grammy Awards. Both of them. I even kept a lid on it when two (!!!) remixes came out featuring the two together. But thinking about it, I feel that this is something I need to get off my chest. So, here we go…
Probably one of the hottest singers in popular culture today, Rihanna is actually really awesome. I really believe that she, along with Lady Gaga, are hugely influenced by horror. Just take a look at Rihanna’s video for Disturbia, which looks like a deleted scene from 2000′s The Cell mixed with Silent Hill. She has one hell of a voice, seems like a genuinely cool person and has one HELL of a smoking body (that never hurts).
After the jump, you can hear an awesome mash up of S&M
done by Subscale
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, were recently used in a psychological study that shows liked and disliked music are equally disruptive to serial recall. The disliked music in the study… the song “Thrashers” by DEATH ANGEL. Dr. Nick Perham explained his reasoning by using DEATH ANGEL as the “disliked” music in the study:
“We needed a track that most participants would say they did not like. Having been a fan of metal music since my teens, I was pretty confident that a thrash metal song would do the trick as most people never seemed to like the music I liked. In choosing a thrash metal song, I needed a song that was heavy but also allowed the listener to hear many of the different components of the song – the acoustical variation between the successive sound items. We chose ‘Thrashers’. Participants were only allowed to participate in the study if they disliked thrash metal as a musical genre.
Personally, I have been a fan of DEATH ANGEL since The Ultra-Violence’and saw them at the Bristol Bierkeller around 1990 supporting the Act III album.”