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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Says HERMAN FRANK And STEFAN SCHWARZMANN Were 'Fired' From ACCEPT
Metal Wani's Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. On ACCEPT's latest album, "Blind Rage", the third ACCEPT CD to feature vocalist Mark Tornillo:Udo: "I only know two songs of the new album. Yeah, they're doing quite well. So, I mean, what can I say? I mean, but ACCEPT is so far away from me. It's like a band for me now… like MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON or whatever, you know. It's, like, okay, there's a band called ACCEPT in this business, and that's it for me. We don't talk to each other. Okay, I wish them always good luck. But I have my own thing. U.D.O., after 15 albums, we're doing quite well. And when people ask me, 'Is there maybe a chance to do a reunion?' I say, 'No reunion.' I mean, why? I'm successful with U.D.O. [So] there's no reason to do this." On the previous ACCEPT albums, "Blood Of The Nations" and "Stalingrad", both of which featured Tornillo on vocals:Udo: "I only one song of 'Blood Of The Nations'. 'Teutonic Terror', it's called. And I know from 'Stalingrad' only the song 'Stalingrad'. That's it. Believe me, I don't listen to this ACCEPT music. I don't want to listen to that. There's a reason why I don't wanna listen to that." On ACCEPT's recent split with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann:Udo: "Let's say they have not left the band. They were fired. I know that exactly. I'm very good friends with Herman Frank."U.D.O.'s new studio album, "Decadent", was released in Europe on January 26 via AFM.
STEVEN ADLER On His '50' Art Collection: 'You Could See So Much Deeper Into The Music'
On January 22, Steven Adler, one of the most acclaimed and notorious drummers in rock history, celebrated two important milestones — 30 years behind the drums and 50 years of life. Utilizing the very rhythms that made him a legend, he'll unveil a collection of fine art "built" from the new medium of "Rhythm-On-Canvas." Adler has been working exclusively with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection titled "50". A project that has quietly been created over the last year in Los Angeles, the collection is scheduled to debut on February 6. Said Steven: "You could see so much deeper into it and into the music. And I never thought it would be possible to get deeper into the song. "I wanted to do the songs from 'Appetite For Destruction'. Each song is all feel, and you get to see it in this art. I was able to see what I was feeling." A new trailer for Adler's "50" collection can be seen below. As the founding drummer for GUNS N' ROSES, Adler is responsible for some of the most celebrated beats in hard rock history.SceneFour is the team responsible for the "Rhythm-On-Canvas" medium, having released blockbuster art collections over the last five years with a highly select group of drumming legends, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH) , Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD), Mickey Hart (GRATEFUL DEAD), Jose Pasillas (INCUBUS) and Dave Lombardo (SLAYER). The process of creating artwork from rhythm is an extensive one that begins with the drummer utilizing a bevy of drumsticks that light in a variety of ways similar to that of a painter utilizing brushes with different colors. In the creation process, the drummer is crafting rhythms that translate visually to abstract imagery before they are brought into the SceneFour studio, manipulated meticulously, and laid to canvas. For Adler's visual work, SceneFour co-founder Ravi Dosaj states, "Steven's rhythms visually look like the way he sounds...dark, gritty, and they even swing. Inside his abstract work, there are elements that seem to connect to his life." Those interested in learning more about the collection are encouraged to join the interest list at www.stevenadlerart.com.Steven and his critically acclaimed new band ADLER are currently in the studio recording new material as well as confirming 2015 tour dates for both the U.S. and overseas.Steven told Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon at the end of October that he was nearly ten months sober and was enrolled in "a nice program" to "take care" of his "problems with alcohol." He added: "I'm looking forward to going out and playing again… And it's just been very exciting. Having a new life is exciting." Steven Adler was the drummer for GUNS N' ROSES from 1985 to 1990. He was eventually fired from the band due to his drug addiction, which caused him to spiral down into depression and more drug use.GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Adler, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan attended the ceremony, while singer Axl Rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.
SLASH Reportedly Moves In With New Girlfriend, Gets Matching Tattoo
According to TMZ.com, Slash and his reported new girlfriend Meegan Hodges just moved into a new house in the San Fernando area in Los Angeles. The luxurious home, which the former GUNS N' ROSES axeman is leasing, has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a pool and a rooftop deck. In addition, Slash and Hodges, with whom the guitarist previously had a relationship 25 years ago, appear to have gotten a matching set of tattoos of GPS coordinates. The numbers correspond to addresses in Woodland Hills, California and Chicago, Illinois, although the locations' significance to the couple is unclear. Slash filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, Perla Hudson, late last month, citing "irreconcilable differences" and is asking for joint custody of their two sons: 12-year-old London and 10-year-old Cash. He lists June 15, 2014 as the date of their separation. The day before Slash filed, Hodges posted a photo of her and the guitarist on Instagram. The photo was captioned: "I love this man! <3 My heart My person. My best friend." This isn't he first time things have been rocky between Slash and his wife. In 2010, Slash (whose real name is Saul Hudson) filed for divorce from Perla, but decided to give their marriage another shot two months later. The following year they renewed their wedding vows. Around the time his second son was born, Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that becoming a family man helped settle him down. "I never actually was one of those guys that said I'm gonna be single forever and never have children," he said. "I just never made plans for it, so when it happened, it was, like, at the perfect time in my life. It's like, if it had happened a second earlier, I couldn't have handled it, 'cause I was too out there. Then when the kids came, it actually sort of secured me, more than anything."Slash has been performing as SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. Last September the band released the album, "World On Fire".SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS will be on the road from February through June.
Former TNT Singer TONY HARNELL To Record New STARBREAKER Album
Former TNT frontman Tony Harnell will re-team with PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Magnus Karlsson for a brand new STARBREAKER album. Says Tony: "One of my favorite recording projects, STARBREAKER, with Magnus Karlsson will finally release album #3 sometime next year. Other news soon..."STARBREAKER started as Harnell's side project while he was still in TNT. He was initially working on a solo record, but with Karlsson, former TNT drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Fabrizio Grossi, they formed STARBREAKER.STARBREAKER recorded its first self-titled studio album in 2005. After the CD's release, Harnell went back to being the lead vocalist of TNT, but left the band in April 2006 to spend some more time with his family. In late 2007, with STARBREAKER as his main musical project, he flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson, and started recording the new songs at the end of that year. The group's second album, "Love's Dying Wish", and was released in August 2008. It featured new bassist Jonni Lightfoot, who replaced Grossi, and was produced by Harnell and Karlsson, with Tommy Hansen (TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN) serving as the CD's mixer.Harnell announced his latest departure from TNT on January 3, a little over a year after he rejoined the group. He said: "It's not possible for me to continue with the band… It's nothing mindblowing and it's certainly nothing new and it's also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that's my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul." He added: "I had really high hopes that it would last this time and that we would continue for years to come, but it is a very volatile little machine." TNT released "30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra" on September 8, 2013 in Norway and on September 29, 2013 in the rest of Europe. This unique document of the band's three-decade career was captured on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making special appearances with the band were Hank Von Helvete, Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), TNT's original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen, and Harnell. British singer Tony Mills appeared on three studio albums from TNT: 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's"Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms".
New VOIVOD Song 'We Are Connected' Available For Streaming
Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD recently recorded a new song for a split seven-inch vinyl release with Century Media labelmates AT THE GATES. The collector's item will be available in stores April 7 and you can check out the VOIVOD track, "We Are Connected", in the YouTube clip below.VOIVOD and NAPALM DEATH will join forces for a North American tour, aptly dubbed "Through Space And Grind", in January/February.VOIVOD this past summer tapped Dominic "Rocky" Laroche to play bass for the band following the departure of Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky). Laroche, who previously performed with blues musician Steve Hill, made his live debut with VOIVOD on July 12, 2014 at Festival Jonquière En Musique in the group's former hometown of Jonquière, Quebec, Canada. VOIVOD on July 11, 2014 released a statement claiming that Blacky "decided to leave the band for his own personal reasons."Thériault played his first show with VOIVOD in 17 years in June 2008 in front of 22,500 fans as part of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He spent the last few years touring with the band in addition to performing on VOIVOD's latest studio album, "Target Earth", which came out on January 22, 2013 via the group's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media.
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DOWN: 'We Knew Him Well' Video Released
DOWN's video for the song "We Knew Him Well" can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew."We Knew Him Well" ia taken from DOWN's latest EP, "Down IV - Part Two", which sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous EP, "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP", opened with around 12,000 units in September 2012 to land at No. 35. Speaking to Revolver magazine, DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo stated about "We Knew Him Well": "I kinda like people to think for themselves and come up with their own conclusions, because a lot of times I'll have a couple of specifics in mind and then somebody will come along and say to me what their thoughts are on a certain songs is about. And I find it really interesting, because it's something that I haven't even considered before in my life and it makes sense to me the way they explain it. So, 'We Knew Him Well' is about several different people, not just in my life, but the lives of my bands, family life, anybody that is, I guess, very very close to you. That's one I wrote for them.""Down IV - Part Two" was released on May 13, 2014 via Down Records/ADA Music. Tracked at Nodferatu's LairAnselmo's home studio — and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and DOWN, the EP was the eagerly anticipated sequel to "Down IV - Part One". The new offering from DOWN is packed with the quintet's signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.
Drummer GAS LIPSTICK Quits HIM: 'There Is No Drama, Bad Blood Or Any Negativity'
Mika Kristian Karppinen, better known as drummer Gas Lipstick of Finnish "love" metallers HIM, has released the following statement: "With a heavy heart, I'm announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I've been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. "There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure. I simply feel that it's time for me to move on as a musician. "I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore. I've always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform. If my heart feels that it's time to let it go, then I have to listen, because otherwise it wouldn't be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans. It would end up being a forced effort and I can't perform or create like that. "Another thing that I've recently started to miss is songwriting. I've always been a songwriter. I didn't feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville [Valo] is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind, he has never brought a single half-assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn't have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I've started to feel that I'm missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again. "Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me. It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the 'Tears On Tape' record and performing 100+ live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I'm back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start. "I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years. "I'd like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I've had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME! "And for the last but not the least important I'd like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world! Without you, nothing would've been possible. "I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I'm going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!" HIM's latest album, "Tears On Tape", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart."Tears On Tape" was released on April 30, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29, 2013 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom".HIM has been a band for 23 years, releasing eight studio albums to date, of which their fifth LP, "Dark Light", was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America), making them the first Finnish rock band to have a gold album in the United States. They have had five of their studio albums certified platinum in Finland, with "Razorblade Romance" being certified double platinum in Finland and platinum in Germany.
'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014' Trailer Available
Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment are partnering to present a monthly "Classic Music Series", to be kicked off by legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers AEROSMITH. Fans will be blown away by AEROSMITH on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. It was captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band's critically acclaimed 2014 "Let Rock Rule" definitive rock and roll event. Rock's most lethal army — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford— rocked audiences in 16 countries with electrifying performances. The "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" 19-song set list includes the band's iconic hits "Love In A Elevator", "Janie's Got A Gun", "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing", "Dude Looks Like A Lady", "Walk This Way", "Dream On", "Sweet Emotion" and many more. A trailer for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" is available below. Tickets for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Eventsweb site (theaters and participants are subject to change). "It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," says Steven Tyler. "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, METALLICA and so many more." "We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best," said Joe Perry. "Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll." "We're really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014," Tom Hamilton says. "It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain." "AEROSMITH are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band's live concert performance to theaters across America," said Ray Carolin, CEO of Cinema 1. "I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014'." The first event in the "Classic Music Series", "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" will be followed monthly by a who's who of rock and pop which will be revealed shortly. Expected events include: a singer with a history of hits since the "50s face-to-face with a modern pop mega-star, the beloved progenitors of the jam band genre, one of the UK's greatest and most influential rock acts, a lauded guitar god and many, many more.Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, "AEROSMITH fans won't 'wanna miss a thing' with 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014'. Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the 'Classic Music Series' is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015." For a list of theaters that will be showing the film and complete ticket information, visit Fathom's web site.AEROSMITH's latest effort, 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!", debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.
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AMON AMARTH Begins Work On New Material
Metal Recusants conducted an interview with bassist Ted Lundström of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH on January 22 at Colchester Arts Centre, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if AMON AMARTH has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2013's "Deceiver Of The Gods", Ted said: "Yeah, we just started very recently. We have some ideas for songs and lyrics, but we haven't really sat down to put it together yet. But after this tour, that will be our main focus, just to work on the album 24/7. So hopefully we can record it after the summer. That's the plan. But we don't have any finished songs yet." Regarding when fans should expect to see the new AMON AMARTH album, Ted said: "I would hope that we can release it early next year. But it depends on so many factors: record label and release schedule and touring and studio time and all that. But hopefully early next year [we can get it out]. That would be our plan."Ted also made it clear that AMON AMARTH will stay off the touring circuit throughout 2015, and will focus on making the new studio album instead. "The plan is to stay out of shows," he said. "We will see. If something really interesting shows up, we might do something. But our plan is to not do any festivals whatsoever this year." AMON AMARTH's latest album, "Deceiver Of The Gods", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade Records. Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), "Deceiver Of The Gods" delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg's commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.
LANCE ARMSTRONG Cameos in Controversial Doping Video From RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's TIM COMMERFORD
Rolling Stone has premiered "Mountain Lion", the electrifying new video from FUTURE USER, the new project from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/AUDIOSLAVE bassist Tim Commerford. "Mountain Lion" is the fourth video from FUTURE USER, but the first to reveal Commerford as the band's frontman/bassist. Previous videos featured Commerford as a mask-wielding character named S.W.I.M., which stands for Someone Who Isn't Me, an internet acronym often used in online forums. "I wanted this to be more about music than personality," says Commerford, who formed FUTURE USER with collaborator/composer Jordan Tarlow. "That meant launching this project without letting people know it was me. Fair or not, we knew the songs would immediately draw comparisons to my past work, so it was important to let the music begin with a life of its own. We started releasing songs four months ago, so it feels like a good time to now let the cat out of the bag. Hopefully fans will be intrigued and go back and check out the other songs and videos and give them life all over again." About the controversial "Mountain Lion" video, which features a cameo by Lance Armstrong, Commerford says, "Lance is a friend, an awesome person, and, as far as I'm concerned, a punk-rocker. We're 'cycling buddies' and typically go after each other in a trash-talking/'I'll one-up you' kind of way. We'll jokingly leave each other voice messages like, 'Dude, I'm gonna crush you the next time I see you. I'm gonna take you down.' I thought it'd be cool to put one of his voice messages in the song. When it came time to make the video, I asked him to recreate the voice mail and he was totally cool with it.""Mountain Lion" is about the government's attempts to use the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs as a distraction from their own global sins. In the spirit of one-upsmanship that characterizes Commerford's relationship with Armstrong, the latter's taunt becomes the impetus for Commerford to light himself on fire at the video's end. "It was intense," he laughs. "Like, okay, you're gonna kick my ass? Well, let's see if you can do this." Whatever Commerford's take on it may be, you might imagine this as a subject Armstrong would rather avoid than be associated with in a song and video. Yet Commerford says, "He's fearless. He's not locked in his house, hiding from people. If you live in Austin, Texas, he's out there riding his bike and running. Let's not forget, this is a guy who raised $500 million for cancer research and people love him. I love him. I think he's badass.""Mountain Lion" isn't the first unsettling video from FUTURE USER to feature a noted sports figure. The band's first video was "Clockwork", a polarizing clip about police militarization in which tennis great John McEnroe was (literally) waterboarded by Commerford, dressed as the character S.W.I.M. That clip was released in September. Two more FUTURE USER music videos followed — one about the NSA/mass surveillance ("Supernatural") and another about the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods ("Medication Nation"). "Supernatural" featured a cameo by comic book legend Stan Lee, who typically only appears in Marvel film blockbusters. "We put a lot of time and effort into planning the videos," says Tarlow. "Tim and I usually approach topics from different angles, pitting left versus right and libertarian ideas versus spiritual messaging, but eventually," he laughs, "we zero in on a common target.""Mountain Lion", "Clockwork", "Supernatural" and "Medication Nation" will all appear on FUTURE USER's debut album, "#SteroidsOrHeroin", out February 24 through the band's own label, Middle Ring Partnership. Commerford calls the band's sound prog-tronic, a mix of early prog rock and modern electronics. Says Tarlow, "Listen to it and you hear the late '60s prog rock of KING CRIMSON and even SABBATH filtered through the EDM side of the current modular synth resurgence. Fans of Tim's past work will find familiar elements, but we've got a sound all our own.” Commerford, who handles vocals and bass on the album and Tarlow, who does keys and programming, produced the album themselves. They were joined by drummer John Knox and Commerford enlisted a special guest to play guitar: Grammy-winning producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE). O'Brien plays guitar on every song on the album, but is not officially in the band. The album was mixed by Tom Syrowski (PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, AC/DC). "We went into it wanting to try to make music without any guitar on it," admits Commerford, "and so the songs that we wrote were more electronic and were meant for programming to take the place of the guitar." But he finally couldn't resist bringing in another friend to add some guitar parts. That pal was O'Brien, the famed producer who helmed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's landmark albums. O'Brien is lesser known as a guitar hero. "It's insane for me to say this," Commerford acknowledges, "but I've never been in a room with anyone that's more talented on the electric guitar than Brendan O'Brien. You can call out any song from any band from the classic rock era — LED ZEPPELIN, YES— and he will play it note for note, exactly, and not just the chords but the solos. When I asked him if he'd be willing to play guitar, he came right down and started knocking songs off." Throughout the years, one element hasn't changed for Commerford. "I think you still need to use music as a way to say something that's important, and I'm always gonna do that. Always," he says.
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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards

June Squibb arrives at the Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Party at the Chateau Marmont on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)Quotes from Saturday night's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:


Oscar nominations announced for best picture
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actor in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for lead actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for lead actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The AP's top 10 movies of the year

FILE - This file image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:


Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV drama series

In this image released by Showtime, Claire Danes portrays Carrie Mathison in a scene from the Showtime original series, " Homeland." Danes was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for her role in “ Homeland .“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


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