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Foo Fighters release ‘Something From Nothing’ off upcoming ‘Sonic Highways’

- October 16th, 2014

After months of hyping up their eighth studio album Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters have officially released their first single off the album.

Something From Nothing is the debut song off the album and the first song HBO audiences will see being recorded on the band’s tie in show.

Recorded at Cheap Trick’s Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Something From Nothing is a collaboration of different musical backgrounds amalgamated into one rocking four minute track.

The song starts off slow, not unlike the beginning to a handful of songs on the band’s sixth album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, with lead singer Dave Grohl’s voice softly floating in.

Within no time, however, the song kicks it up a notch and slams down into second gear, bringing in metal sounding guitar riffs and angry drum kicks.

It shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though considering this was the track Grohl and his miscreant bandmates managed to persuade Albini to play on.

There will be seven more songs on the album, with each one debuting at the end of a different episode over the course of the next eight weeks.

For fans that aren’t willing to wait for a week by week unravelling of the album, the Foo’s Sonic Highways album will be available to purchase and download on November 10.

Foo Fighters kick off ‘Late Show’ residency with sizzling ‘War Pigs’ cover

- October 14th, 2014

Foo Fighters kicked off their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman with a little Sabbath for the masses.

The Foos, with some help help from Zac Brown, ripped through a sizzling version of Black Sabbath’s classic track War Pigs, with frontman Dave Grohl sharing the vocal duties.

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David Letterman couldn’t contain his praise for the Foos/Brown collaboration, saying: “Well there, you see, that’s what we’re talking about. Zac Brown. Black Sabbath. Foo Fighters. I don’t know, what do you kids want from me?”

Grohl and co. are promoting HBO mini-series Sonic Highways, which premieres on October 17, and the album of the same name, which arrives on November 10.

Watch the performance below:

Pornhub announces Pornhub Records Label

- September 24th, 2014

Attention musicians: Pornhub wants to know if your band can rise to the occasion.

The website known best for hosting a variety of adult entertainment videos is pulling a Playboy and expanding their entertainment offerings by starting a record label.

Pornhub vice-president Corey Price told Billboard Magazine that Pornhub Records, which officially launched Wednesday, was already in touch with some high profile artists to help pick the starting roster for the new label.

“We’re looking for artists that aren’t necessarily porn-focused,” Price said.

Warning: The following video may contain content that some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.

Although that statement may have come prematurely as he admitted earlier that the new artists picked would have all of their content made available to listeners on the company’s main pornography site.

A site, it should be noted, that receives an approximate 40 million views a day.

So how does one get signed to such a prestigious label like Pornhub Records? It’s actually not too hard.

The record label is hosting a contest to help find new talent, helping them discover the ins and outs of the industry by connecting them with high-powered artists.

The label’s already succeeded in securing one major artist… from the ‘90s.

Coolio made headlines a couple months back when he announced he would be debuting a new song — and a new video — on the pornography site.

Although there aren’t any rumours or leads on which artists will be partnering with Pornhub to help discover new talent, expect to hear more news from the label in upcoming months.

The only question left is whether to grab a 7-inch or a 12-inch of Coolio’s upcoming album.

Decisions, decisions.

Kanye West’s Chicago performance inspires man in wheelchair to crowd surf

- September 22nd, 2014

Kanye West may have found some redemption within the music community following a week of bad publicity.

Days after West received flack for embarrassing two physically disabled fans during a concert in Sydney, Australia, the rapper performed in front of thousands in his hometown of Chicago during Common’s AAHH! Festival set on Sunday.

The kicker? A man in a wheelchair was photographed by another audience member crowd surfing while West performed, putting an end to all of the negative talk circulating the rapper, Gawker reported.

The man in the wheelchair can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.

Wheelchair crowd surfer at Kanye show. 9/21/2014 pic.twitter.com/805DD3jTj3

— Al of the Lights (@lxscope) September 22, 2014

According to Gawker, West didn’t acknowledge the fan and carried on with his set as he usually would.

It may not have seemed like a big deal to West at the time, but it does prove his fans are willing to stick with him through whatever moronic saying or gesture he conjures up next.

And there will be a next time, don’t worry about that.

Jennifer Lopez takes on Nicki Minaj for best homage to butts in ‘Booty’ video

- September 19th, 2014

It’s a little sad to see Jennifer Lopez fall so far from grace.

Sure, little Jenny From the Block has had some staggering moments in her career (like trying to shed the Jenny From the Block title) and some rough spots (all of Gigli), but she’s been able to overcome her setbacks to endure a longstanding musical career.

Her albums have gone platinum, she’s been awarded a judge position on American Idol, and she’s still one of the leading female artists around the world.

Which is why it was so disappointing to see her degrade herself by explicitly rubbing her ass all over Iggy Azalea.

“Artistic expression” aside (mainly because this video lacks any kind of artistic expression), the video for Lopez’s Booty is one piece of tattered clothing away from premiering on PornHub instead of YouTube.

It’s obvious why Lopez has decided to shed her clothes and common sense in the process: now more than ever, sex is selling.

When Nicki Minaj released her video for Anaconda, the remixed incarnate of Sir Mix A Lot’s I Like Bigg Butts, the world went ballistic. Some applauded Minaj for her blatant sexual expression, condoning her decision to tackle the oversexualization of Hollywood head on by producing one of the raunchiest music videos to date.

On the other hand, there was a large community of online web dwellers who expressed outrage over the video, calling Minaj a string of vulgarities that should never have been typed and a setback for women around the world.

While viewers were obviously displaced on the issue, they were still talking non-stop about it. As their voices grew louder, so did the number of views the video received.

Thinkpiece after thinkpiece was published and Minaj stood by her video, but there’s a difference between the two women that, unfortunately, separates the two very similar videos.

Minaj has always been outlandish with her wardrobe of choice and personal appearance. She’s been able to rock an edgier style of dress that seems to perfectly compliment her loud personality. She doesn’t apologize for what she says, so why should she apologize for what she wears? She wouldn’t and we shouldn’t expect her to anytime soon.

Why, then, is the Jennifer Lopez video being treated so differently? Why is it all right for Minaj to twerk it all day and night, but not for Lopez?

It’s not a question of what’s acceptable; it’s a question of appearance. Lopez has the right to wear whatever she wants and act however she wants without fear of criticism.

She also needs to understand, though, that because of the video’s poor direction it feels more like a grab to maintain a young audience than it does a freedom of artistic expression.

Lopez has never been a crude musician. Her songs may be sensual, but they were never vulgar in the same way Minaj’s were.

This video came out of left field and the initial reaction has been to laugh and mock, as the internet audience has shown us, because it lacks any kind of authenticity.

It feels like it was pieced together by a high school student taking an A.V. course, and if Lopez’s creative team doesn’t have enough respect to find someone that can create a sexy and dignified video, why should we as an audience take it seriously?

It’s why this video depresses me. I can laugh at the absurdity of it, but I can’t laugh at Lopez’s attempt to stay young, vibrant, and sexual. After all, we live in a society that puts all three of those qualities in a woman above anything else.

It’s sad that this is Lopez’s attempt to remain within a crowd now dominated by artists like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.

She’s better than this as an artist and she’s paid her dues to the industry she’s now celebrated in.

Please Lopez, you’re not Jenny from the block anymore. You haven’t been in a very, very long time.

Let Minaj and the other relatively new artists of the world find their place in this world, and sit upon the golden throne you’ve worked tirelessly to take reign of.

You don’t need to make a mark on the world, especially through grungy music videos.

You’ve already far succeeded that world.