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Thursday
Oct302014

Taylor Swift's New Single: "Blank Space" 

ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren't sick of Taylor Swift's two most recent tracks -- "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" -- just yet, but she's got another single coming down the pike.

Taylor's record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 -- the official follow-up to "Shake It Off" -- will be "Blank Space."  It'll hit radio November 10.

The song is the second track on 1989, and like "Shake It Off," it's a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song's lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, "You look like my next mistake/Love's a game, want to play?" and "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/'Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game."

"Blank Space" is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor's new perfume Incredible Things -- one of the lyrics is, "I could show you incredible things."


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Thursday
Oct302014

Marvin Gaye's Family Wins First Round in Copyright-Infringement Battle over Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"

Image Courtesy of MotownA judge in California is allowing a lawsuit initiated by the late Marvin Gaye's family to move forward that alleges pop/R&B stars Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a classic Gaye song to write their smash "Blurred Lines."

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one hand and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright-protected elements of the Motown legend's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case.  The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 song "After the Dance."

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs.  In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Writes Music for "CSI" 

Image Courtesy of Black SabbathTony Iommi is, of course, the legendary guitarist for Black Sabbath, which still keeps him busy, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for side projects.  In a post on his Facebook page, Iommi says he's returning to the studio, and has recorded a piece for the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

"People have been asking what exactly I'm doing at the moment, well I'm getting back in the studio having tried to make myself rest after the tours," the statement reads.  "I'm writing, mostly just putting ideas down rather than complete songs.  I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used."

Iommi adds, "One specific piece though is for the CSI TV series that will be aired in the US on November 9th.  I was asked if I'd be interested so I had a look at the footage and came up with an idea they seemed to like.  It's not very long but it was different working with images rather than just music, I'd certainly be up for doing more."

This isn't the first time Black Sabbath has joined forces with CSI.  The band performed their song "End of the Beginning" on the show's season 13 finale, which aired May 15, 2013.

Iommi and Black Sabbath plan to record their 20th and final album next year, as well as embark on a final tour.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry, Justin Timberlake and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT is a finalist in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  He's competing against the latest tours by One Direction and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  Justin and One Direction are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

One Direction competes against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Justin Timberlake, One Direction, One Republic, Katy Perry Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards 

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentJustin Timberlake, One Direction and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT and 1D are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  They're competing against the latest tour by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  JT and 1D are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

One Direction is also competing against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. 1D is being recognized for its run of shows in Croke Park, Dublin this past May.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Gregg Allman Dismissed from Civil Lawsuit Tied to Midnight Rider Biopic Accident

PMK-BNCGregg Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, have been dropped from a civil lawsuit initiated by the family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed by a train during the filming of the Allman biopic Midnight Rider this past February. 

Deadline reports that an attorney for Jones' parents announced Thursday that they were dismissing claims against Allman and Lehman, who were serving as co-producers of the movie, as well as against the Open Road Films distribution company.

"After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah's death," said Jones family attorney Jeff Davis in a statement.  "Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah's life."

Sarah's father, Richard Jones, added, "During a very difficult and trying time for our family, Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman demonstrated their genuine sorrow over the loss of our daughter and their willingness to work with us in the future to ensure safe film sets for all.  For that, we are grateful."

News of the dismissals follows a hearing at a Georgia court this past Tuesday during which lawyers for Open Road Films told the presiding judge that the company was close to reaching an agreement with the Jones family.  The hearing is scheduled to continue on November 13.

Meanwhile, Deadline also revealed on Thursday the results of a federal investigation into the fatal accident, which occurred when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge near Jesup, Georgia, where the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a scene.  The report cites the production with a variety of health and safety violations.

As previously reported, Midnight Rider's husband-and-wife director-producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and assistant director Hillary Schwartz all are facing involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges in connection to the incident.  Their trial is scheduled to begin on March 9, 2015.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Fall Out Boy Performs "Centuries" with Suzanne Vega on "Ellen" 

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementDoes the "do do do" at the beginning of the Fall Out Boy song "Centuries" sound really familiar to you? That's because it's sampled from singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega's song, "Tom's Diner." In recognition of her contribution to the song, FOB performed "Centuries" alongside Vega during their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneris Show Wednesday.

In addition to providing the song's intro, Vega harmonized with Patrick Stump during the choruses. You can watch the performance on Ellen's YouTube page.

Before FOB took the stage on Ellen, host Ellen DeGeneres referred to the band as "some of the nicest people in music." DeGeneres and the band seem to have a strong connection, as she was the first person to break the news about Stump's new baby, Declan, earlier this month.

"Centuries" is the first single from FOB's next album, of which very few details have been released. Their other new, bombastically titled song, "Immortals" appears on the soundtrack for the Disney animated film Big Hero 6.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Little Big Town Splashes onto the Country Albums Chart with "Pain Killer"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's latest album, Pain Killer, made a big splash on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week. The set bowed at #3 on that tally with 42,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pain Killer features the lead single, "Day Drinking."

Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes holds on to the #1 spot on the Country Albums chart with Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt following at #2.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Jeremih Unveils Album Cover & Track List for "Late Nights: The Album"

Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordsAfter several false starts, Jeremih has revealed the official cover art and track list for his highly anticipated Late Nights: The Album.

The singer's 12-track set includes his club banger "Don’t Tell Em" featuring YG, as well as contributions from J. Cole, Juicy J, French Montana, Flo Rida, Trey Songz and Fabolous.

Fans can expect the set to arrive on November 11 via Def Jam.

In related news, the singer has thanked fans for making DJ Khaled's "Hold You Down," which features him, Chris Brown and August Alsina, the number one song on Mediabase's Urban radio chart.

Here's the track list for Late Nights: The Album:

"Planes" (feat. J. Cole)
"Don’t Tell Em" (feat. YG)
"Got Damn" (feat. Trey Songz & Fabolous)
"Dumptrucks"
"There You Go"
"Gimmie Kiss"
"Can’t Go No Mo" (feat. Juicy J)
"She No Good" (feat. French Montana & Johnny Cinco)
"Horny"
"You & I"
"Tonight Belongs to You" (feat. Flo Rida)
"Paradise"

 


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Thursday
Oct302014

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Round in Copyright Infringement Battle over "Blurred Lines"

Interscope RecordsA judge in California is allowing a case to move forward that alleges Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a Marvin Gaye classic to write their smash "Blurred Lines."

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one had and, and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright protected elements of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case. The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 track "After the Dance."

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs. In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Enrique & Pitbull Announce Second Leg of Joint U.S. Tour

Courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images Pitbull once sang "Don't Stop the Party," and now he's taking his own advice. He and Enrique Iglesias have just announced a second leg of their joint U.S. tour.

The new leg of the tour stars January 28 in El Paso, Texas, and right now is scheduled to wrap up February 20 in Rosemont, Illinois.  In between, Enrique and Mr. Worldwide will visit Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend, and play a Valentine's Day show in Oakland, California.   Tickets go on sale starting November 6.

In other Enrique news, his latest hit "Bailando" has just set the record for longest run at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart: 26 weeks.  Enrique told Billboard, "You don't know how successful a song is going to be...Sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong. This one just felt special."  

He adds, "I do my best and put so much enthusiasm into songs, songwriting and videos. But, ultimately, it comes down to the fans and how they react. If it wasn't for them, really, the song wouldn't be the hit that it's been."

And in other Pitbull news, he'll be sharing the stage with rock legend Carlos Santana at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will air live on the Univision Network on November 20.  While Pitbull appeared on Santana's most recent album, this will mark the first time the two have performed together live.

Here are the tour dates:

1/28 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
1/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
1/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Arena
2/05 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/06 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
2/07 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/12 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
2/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
2/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
2/20 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena


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Thursday
Oct302014

Brad Paisley Will Be ESPN's "College GameDay" Guest Picker on Saturday

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley will be the guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay this Saturday at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He'll join host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Berbstreit and Desmond Howard on the set for the winning picks segment. The show runs Saturday morning from 9 to noon ET.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on Texas Christian University Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will air on ABC.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Bruno Mars Announces New Single with Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk"

Credt: Kai Z. FengFirst, the good news: Bruno Mars is releasing a new single.  Now, the bad news: it's not from a new Bruno Mars album.  Still, the news is pretty exciting:  Nruno took to Instagram to reveal that the new single, "Uptown Funk," is a collaboration with his friend, famed producer Mark Ronson. 

"Dear friends and family, for the past year, my buddy Mark Ronson has been secretly working on his album. I had the privilege to hear some of the material early on and I was blown away!!," Bruno writes. "Even though I was on the road I told him I had to be part of it. After countless sessions and sleepless nights, we somehow managed to write a couple tunes that I am so proud of and couldn't be more excited for you guys to hear."

Bruno concludes, "Sooooooooooo, with that being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first single off his amazing project is coming out on November 10th."  Mars includes the artwork for the single in the post, which depicts what looks like a close-up of a speaker.  It's billed as "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars."

Mark Ronson may be best known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, but he also worked with Adele on her first album, as well as with Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and dozens of other artists.  He and Bruno are friends because he worked on Bruno's album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the single "Locked Out of Heaven."


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Thursday
Oct302014

Rihanna, Miley, JT Celebrate Designer Tom Ford at amfAR Gala, Rihanna Drops $135K at Auction

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageRihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake were among the stars who came out Wednesday night in Los Angeles to celebrate famed designer Tom Ford at this year's amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala, organized by the Foundation for AIDS Research.  

Rihanna was on hand to personally present Ford with this year's Inspiration Award, and according to Vogue UK, she told the crowd, "Everyone looks good in Tom Ford. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the community. He has been, and continues to be, a dedicated supporter of the fight against AIDS."

She added, "Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for inspiring us with his creative genius, his leadership, his integrity and his generosity. We honor him for doing good while making us look good."

According to Vogue UK, Rihanna also participated in the event's auction, dropping $35,000 for a pair of Harry Winston earrings featuring 72 diamonds set in platinum, and $100,000 on a photo of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor by a pool in Miami, Florida, signed and numbered by the photographer.

Rihanna raised eyebrows on the red carpet due to the revealing Tom Ford gown she wore for the event.   The bodice was see-through except for a cluster of purple flowers that just covered her nipples.  Miley Cyrus dared to bare even more: her Tom Ford creation consisted of snakeskin straps that left her upper torso nearly naked.

Coldplay's Chris Martin was a surprise musical guest at the event -- his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow was the evening's host -- and music legend Diana Ross also performed.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Sam Smith Brings Ed Sheeran Onstage for Duet on "Stay with Me" 

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCEd Sheeran has gone on record as being a great admirer of Sam Smith's song "Stay with Me" -- back in June, he said it was his "favorite song" of the past year and an "instant classic," and even covered it on British radio.  That's why it wasn't really a surprise that on Wednesday night during his concert in Manchester, England, Sam brought Ed out on stage for a duet.

Of course, the crowd went nuts as the two singers harmonized on "Stay with Me," and later, Sam posted a photo of himself and Ed on Instagram, with the caption, "So amazing to have this KING...on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x."  He also posted another photo of himself hanging out backstage with Ed, giving the finger to the camera.

Sam and Ed may end up running into one another at the Grammy Awards in February; both are tipped to score nominations for their respective albums and singles.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Faith Evans Releases Video for "Good Time" Featuring Problem

Image Courtesy Prolific Music GroupFollowing her party record, "I Deserve It" with Missy Elliott and Sharaya J, Faith Evans returns to the club in the feel-good video for “Good Time.”

In the video, Faye skips the line and heads straight to VIP as she parties the night away.

“We all need to have a good time,” sings Faith while Problem brings his "cold ass two-step" on the funky grove.

Fans can expect Faith to release her sixth album,Incomparable, on November 24.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Rick Ross Recruits K. Michelle for New Single,“If They Knew”

Image Courtesy Maybach Music GroupRick Ross has enlisted K. Michelle for his new single “If They Knew,” the latest from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire.

The duo are entangled in toxic relationship on the Timbaland-produced track, which was posted to the rapper's SoundCloud page.

“What we doin’ wrong, but it feels right,” raps Rozay, while K chimes in: “This is so all bad, nothing good can come from this.”

Hood Billionaire is slated to arrive on November 24, just two weeks before K. Michelle releases her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

 


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Thursday
Oct302014

Arcade Fire Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Award; Chris Cornell Featured as Keynote Q&A

Image Courtesy of JF Lalonde2014 might officially be Arcade Fire's "breakthrough" year -- at least as far as touring is concerned. Along with pop-rock band OneRepublic and country duo Florida Georgia Line, the Montreal band will vie for the Breakthrough Award at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Billboard describes the Breakthrough Award as an accolade that "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured as the conference's keynote Q&A session.

The winners of each award will be based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. Classic rock group The Eagles and pop stars Justin Timberlake and One Direction are the finalists in the Billboard Touring Awards' headlining category, Top Tour.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Phish Announces LivePhish+ Subscription Streaming Service, Upgraded LivePhish App

JEMP Records/Autumn DeWildePhish is going full-on digital, launching the LivePhish+ subscription streaming service, which gives fans access to every Phish concert since 2003, plus archive releases, studio albums and side projects. LivePhish+ will be run through the newly-upgraded LivePhish app, which now has the ability to create and save playlists.

The LivePhish+ subscription rates are $9.99 per month, or $99 per year. If you're a Phish fan unsure of the commitment, you can also try it out free for ten days. 

The app itself -- available for free to iOS and Android users -- does not require a subscription. Users will still be able to stream featured shows and content purchased at LivePhish.com via the app without signing up for the service.

In other news, Phish will be staging a three-night stand in Las Vegas starting Halloween night, and they'll close out 2014 and welcome the New Year in Miami, Florida with a four-night run starting December 31. Frontman Trey Anastasio will be touring with the Trey Anastasio Band in-between his main band's big holiday shows.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Writes Music for "CSI" 

Image Courtesy of Rhino RecordsTony Iommi is of course, the legendary guitarist for Black Sabbath, which still keeps him busy. That doesn't mean he doesn't have time for side projects. In a post on his Facebook page, Iommi says he's returning to the studio, and has recorded a piece for the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

"People have been asking what exactly I’m doing at the moment, well I’m getting back in the studio having tried to make myself rest after the tours," the statement reads. "I’m writing, mostly just putting ideas down rather than complete songs. I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used."

"One specific piece though is for the CSI TV series that will be aired in the US on November 9th," Iommi continues. "I was asked if I’d be interested so I had a look at the footage and came up with an idea they seemed to like. It’s not very long but it was different working with images rather than just music, I’d certainly be up for doing more."

This isn't the first time Black Sabbath has joined forces with CSI. The band performed their song "End of the Beginning" on the show's season 13 finale, which aired May 15, 2013.

Iommi and Black Sabbath plan to record their 20th and final album next year, as well as embark on a final tour.


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