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Tuesday
Feb102015

Report: Pitbull Sues Oakley Sunglasses for Using His Name Without Permission

ABC/Matt BrownPitbull is suing Oakley, claiming the popular sunglasses maker is using his name on a line of shades without his approval, according to TMZ.

The suit claims Oakley is selling eyewear branded "Pit Bull" -- spelled using two words instead of one -- which isn't sitting well with the 34-year-old rapper, who sells his own line of sunglasses bearing his name.

According to the gossip website, Pitbull goes on to say that Oakley sponsored his 2009 tour and did wear their sunglasses at the time. He believes that proves the company understands that targeting his fans translates into big bucks, and why it's no coincidence they're continuing to use his name today.

Pitbull s also accusing Oakley of stealing his "Pitbull" trademark with its "Pit Bull" line.  He wants Oakley to stop selling the sunglasses, and also wants the profits made from selling them.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Ex-Yes Singer Jon Anderson to Undergo Sinus Operation Soon; Says Full Recovery Is Expected

Credit: Robin KauffmanFormer Yes frontman Jon Anderson recently has been sidelined by a severe sinus problem that has affected his singing voice.  He revealed in a recent post on his official Facebook page that he soon will be undergoing an operation that will correct the problem.

In his message, he thanks fans for their "kind thoughts and words regarding" his health issue, while reporting, "I will be better very soon, I was told by my specialist at UCLA that I will be a different person after the operation."

He added that he jokingly asked his doctor, "[W]ill I be able to play the violin?" and he said "yes, of course," to which Jon responded, "Wow!!!...now that's cool."

Anderson also reports that he's preparing a concert video and album that his new group The Anderson Ponty Band recorded last year for a spring release.  He also is planning to schedule a summer tour with the band, which also features acclaimed jazz-rock violinist Jean Luc Ponty.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Debbie Harry Schedules Residency at New York City's Café Carlyle

Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityBlondie frontwoman Debbie Harry will take a break from her lauded rock band to play a 10-night residency at the famous New York City cabaret the Café Carlyle this spring.  The shows are scheduled for March 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31, and April 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's set at the intimate venue will include songs she usually doesn't sing with Blondie, including selections from her solo albums and some surprises.  Blondie keyboardist Matt Katz-Bowen will be accompanying Debbie on keyboards and guitar.  Surprise guests will be joining Harry throughout the residency, including some of the artists who wrote or co-wrote the tunes she'll be performing.

The shows at the Café Carlyle begin at 8:45 p.m., while additional performances at 10:45 p.m. also scheduled for Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 3.

Blondie currently has no concerts on its 2015 schedule.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Jhene Aiko Says New Collaboration with Big Sean Is Her "Favorite" Yet

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In less than two weeks, Big Sean will release his forthcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise. Although the rapper has remained mum about the details surrounding the project, one of his collaborator's Jhene Aiko has spilled about their latest duet.

A reluctant Jhene didn't give away all the goods but she tells Vibe that fans are in for a treat. "I will say that it's in my favorite top three features that I've ever done," she says.  "One would be the first song Sean and I did for his mixtape, 'From Time' with Drake, and then it would be this feature with Sean. But it's my favorite one right now out of all three, probably because it's the newest one. I love working with Sean."

The singer adds that she recorded the new song in the studio with the rapper. "Every feature I've done with Sean has been a real collaboration. We're usually in the same studio, but yeah this time, we definitely did," Jhene recalls. "We always work super close, and he makes sure that it's an actual collaboration. He never sends me anything that is written, you know what I mean? Besides 'Beware,' but he just sent me the track, and we got to go back and forth. He let me add on and really have input on the song."

Big Sean’s third album, Dark Sky Paradise, arrives February 24.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Ricky Martin to Kick Off One World Tour September 15 

Courtesy Live NationRicky Martin has announced a new trek, called the One World Tour, kicking off September 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets for the tour go on sale in most markets on February 20.

The tour comes in support of Ricky's upcoming 10th studio album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, whose title translates to Who Do You Want to Hear. The album, recorded in Australia, Puerto Rico, L.A. and Mexico City, arrives Tuesday, and is described as "possibly the most personal and intimate" of Ricky's career.

Ricky will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show February 11, NBC's Today show February 12 and The Wendy Williams Show February 13.

Here are the tour dates:

9/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Axis at Planet Hollywood
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
9/20 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/27 -- El Paso, TX, El Paso County Coliseum
9/30 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
10/1 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Arena
10/3 -- San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum
10/4 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
10/8 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/9 --  Washington D.C., Patriot Center
10/11 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
10/15 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/18 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 -- Miami, FL,  American Airlines Arena
10/25 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Big & Rich's #1 hit love song from 2007? ANSWER: "Lost in This Moment."


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Muse Working with Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne Album Cover Artist 

Credit: Gavin BondMuse has been slowly teasing fans via their Instagram with info about the band's forthcoming album, entitled Drones, but now some new details have been revealed by another source. Artist Matt Mahurin has announced via his Instagram that he will be in charge of designing the new album's cover.

"Doing the photography, illustration and design for the next Muse record Drones," Mahurin's post reads. "Thrilled and grateful to be working with the band on an incredible project." The statement captions a photo displaying a folder, which Mahurin says, "contains my cover and concept designs."

Mahurin has designed album covers for Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and The Ramones.

Muse recently revealed that their forthcoming album would be called Drones through an Instagram video. The video quickly pans over a screen that reads ""Artist: Muse, Album: Drones." Since that video, the band has been tagging posts #MuseDrones.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary Celebrated with New Two-Disc Compilation

Image Courtesy UMGThe Academy of Country Music is teaming up with the Now! Music series for a new compilation celebrating the ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary. Now That's What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years is due out March 31 featuring hits from the show's history as well as current nominees on two discs. That means Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" are featured alongside classics like "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones and "Why Not Me" by The Judds.

Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Faith Hill are among the other stars featured on the new compilation. Look for it to come out on March 31. The Academy's proceeds from the project will benefit their charitable organization, ACM Lifting Lives.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will air live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

John Fogerty Bringing His Creedence Clearwater Revival Hits Tour to the U.S.

MAD Ink PRJohn Fogerty is bringing his "1969" tour to the U.S.

Launched last November in Canada, the trek features the 69-year-old former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman putting Creedence songs front and center.  The tour’s name, subtitled "One Extraordinary Year" and "Featuring the Songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival," is a reference to the year CCR released its second, third and fourth albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys, respectively.  Those albums launched the band to stardom, producing some of its biggest hits, including "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," "Fortunate Son" and more.

It appears as if the tour dates are still in the planning phase.  So far, the only confirmed stop is July 15 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, though the tour's scheduled to begin in May.  Fogerty promises to announce more dates soon on his official website.

Fogerty's clearly undaunted by an ongoing lawsuit by his former band mates, who perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  Bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, initiated a suit in Nevada this past December, claiming Fogerty's in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001, and also charging him with trademark violations.  The two original band members pay Fogerty a fee to use "Creedence Clearwater" as part of their group's name, and claim Fogerty's in breach of contract with what they say is his "unlicensed uses of the trademark 'Creedence Clearwater Revival.'"  The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership."

For his part, Fogerty responded, "No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs.  I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road.  Rockin' all over the world!"


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Miley Cyrus Video to Be Featured at NYC Porn Film Festival

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus is taking part in the NYC Porn Film Festival...sort of.

"Tongue Tied," a not-safe-for-work, bondage-themed short film she made with artist Quentin Jones, will be featured on the opening night of the festival,  February 27.

The "kinky collaboration" was featured on Miley's Bangerz tour.  She's not completely nude in it, but she shows off quite a bit of her body.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Shirley Manson Rips Kanye West over His Beck Comments

A&E RecordsShirley Manson has some strong words for Kanye West after the rapper nearly interrupted Beck onstage at the Grammys, then criticized Beck's Album of the Year win in an interview with E!

Kanye remarked, "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé."

Manson strongly disagrees. In a Facebook post directed at Kanye and published on Monday, the Garbage frontwoman wrote, "It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK."

Manson said Kanye came off as small and petty. She continued, "In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around."

Manson also advised Kanye that Beyonce "doesn't need you fighting any battles on her account."


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Does Sam Smith See a Country Duet in His Future?

Kelly Christine Musgraves/Sandbox Entertainment; ABC/Randy HolmesGrammy-winning British pop star Sam Smith's next big hit could be a country duet, and his partner would be none other than Kacey Musgraves.

"I love this. @samsmithworld told me he'd love to work with @KaceyMusgraves. Let's make that happen right now," E! Online's Marc Malkin tweeted from the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The 26-year-old country star wasted no time tweeting back her response. "Let's do it!" she wrote less than an hour later.

Sam won four Grammys Sunday night, including for Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.  Kacey of course won the 2013 Grammy for Best Country Album, for Same Trailer Different Park, and Best Country Song, for "Merry Go 'Round."


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Does Sam Smith See a Country Duet in His Future?

ABC/Randy Holmes; Kelly Christine Musgraves/Sandbox EntertainmentSam Smith's next big hit could be a country duet, and his partner would be none other than Kacey Musgraves.

"I love this. @samsmithworld told me he'd love to work with @KaceyMusgraves. Let's make that happen right now," E! Online's Marc Malkin tweeted from the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The 26-year-old country star wasted no time tweeting back her response. "Let's do it!" she wrote less than an hour later.

Sam also gave props to Stevie Wonder backstage at the awards.

"I was in my changing room and Stevie Wonder was next to my changing room," Sam told E! "He asked me to come to his room and I walked in and he started playing my song to me, 'I'm Not the Only One,' and he started singing it to me and I was like what the f***?"

"I just freaked out and got on my phone and filmed a little. It was incredible," he added.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Family Holds Public Vigil

LifetimeBobbi Kristina Brown's family is still praying for a miracle, and on Monday night several hundred people gathered for a vigil with that goal in mind.

The "Shining a Light for Healing" vigil began at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center in Riverdale, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, and was open to the public.

People held flashlights but attempts at lighting candles didn't work because it was too windy. A small stage held Brown family members, including her sister Leolah. Bishop Donald Battle began the session, which included gospel songs, prayers, scripture, and a call for healing.

A vocalist who didn't give his name took the stage and performed "I Need You Now," Smokie Norful's soulful song calling for God's help. The crowd sang along, many raising their hands up in the air in prayer.

As of last Friday, Brown remained on life support after being found unresponsive, face-down in a bathtub. Brown, 21, the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was rushed to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, where she had been treated, but sources have told ABC News that she has since been moved to the Neurology Intensive Care Unit of Emory University Hospital.

The Houston family last week released a statement about Brown's condition.

“Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family," the Houston family said in the statement. "As her father already stated, we are asking you to honor our request for privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and we greatly appreciate your continued support."


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Big & Rich Help Set a Romantic Mood on Monday Night's Episode of "The Bachelor"

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich made a guest appearance on ABC's The Bachelor Monday night. The duo helped this season's farmer bachelor, Chris Soules, and the bachelorettes write and perform songs during a group date in Deadwood, South Dakota. While his wife is a big fan of The Bachelor, Big & Rich's John Rich admits he was a little skeptical about watching a bunch of pretty women compete for one guy's hand in marriage. Meeting Chris and taking part in the taping changed John's tune, though.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It was an interesting process. I definitely gained more of an appreciation for the show by being on it and seeing how it goes down."

Taping the episode of The Bachelor in Deadwood was also Big & Rich's idea. They've written a lot of music there and consider the Wild West town to be a home away from home.

"I mean, that's where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane played cards," John explains. "That's where they're both buried. When you get out in that town, man, I mean it's drinking and gambling. It's the Wild West. To throw all the girls on The Bachelor into that scene -- that's gasoline on a fire."

Later on the show, Big & Rich played two songs for the bachelor and one of his bachelorettes, Britt. The set included Big & Rich's signature song, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," which they sang as "Save a Horse (Ride a Farm Boy)" in honor of Chris.

John says, "That song has become kind of Big & Rich's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' When we hit [that opening guitar riff] everybody just -- they know what it is. We could probably be a hundred years old and play that and they would still get up."

The other song on Big & Rich's The Bachelor set list is "Lovin' Lately," a song featuring Tim McGraw from the duo's latest album, Gravity.

"They asked us to play that one because of the subject matter of the show," John says. "'Who You Been Lovin' Lately?' No kidding! I mean, you're 'The Bachelor' with 20 hot girls around. So, it was fun."

In other Big & Rich news, look for their four-part Gravity Quadrilogy to premiere on CMT this Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET. The 15-minute video shows a love story unfolding in Las Vegas using their songs "Look at You," "Lovin' Lately, "Brand New Buzz" and "Gravity" as the soundtrack. Tim McGraw even makes a cameo in the video series, playing a bartender giving some advice to a heartbroken guy.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Beyonce Has Personal Connection to "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" 

Bret Hartman/CBSAlthough some felt Ledisi should have been the one singing "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" during the Selma tribute at Sunday's Grammy Awards -- Ledisi cut the song for the movie soundtrack -- it turns out that Beyonce has her own personal connection to the gospel standard.

"First time I heard 'Precious Lord' I was a kid and my mother sang it to me, and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version," Beyonce says in a behind-the-scenes Grammy rehearsal clip posted on YouTube.  "She sang the song with her eyes closed, and she was a vessel, and it was like God speaking using her body to speak and to heal."

Queen Bey adds that the song has deep roots to her family's involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

"My grandparents marched with Dr. King and my father was part of the generation of black men that attended an all-white school and my father has grown up with a lot of trauma from those experiences," Beyonce says. "I feel like now I can sing for his pain, I can sing for my grandparents’ pain, I can sing for some of the families that have lost their sons."


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has sold more than 107,000 tickets for his six upcoming concerts at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The run starts February 20 and wraps up February 28 with tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Get-well wishes go out to Frankie Ballard, who sustained some injuries while stage diving during his show over the weekend in Humble, Texas. Even though he separated his shoulder, injured some ligaments and broke a rib, Frankie is going forward with his tour schedule. He is unable to play guitar for the time being.

Sam Hunt is in Nashville this week shooting the video for his latest single, "Take Your Time." Look for it to premiere in a few weeks.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows starting December 2 and running through December 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Pattie Boyd, Ex-Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Excited to Show "Lost Photos" at New Exhibit

© Pattie BoydA new exhibition featuring photographs taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, opens today at the San Francisco Art Exchange.  The exhibit debuts almost exactly 10 years after Boyd's first photographic display opened at the gallery and, as Pattie explains to ABC News Radio, will feature "lost photos" that she discovered in the ensuing years.

Boyd -- who was married to Harrison from 1966 to 1977 and Clapton from 1979 to 1989 -- captured many candid moments with the two rock legends, as well as with many of their famous friends and musical associates.

She tells ABC News Radio that a couple of her favorite recent additions to her exhibit were pics she took of the late Beatles guitarist at Friar Park, the neo-Gothic British mansion Harrison bought in 1970.

"[There's one] of George playing the piano…and it's quite dark, but it's really beautiful," the former model points out.  "You just see the hall…and then someone playing at the piano, and it's rather romantic and distant."

The other, she says, is "of George in the gardens, and it's just white snow everywhere, which actually is quite unusual for England.  And there's a lovely little sort of Japanese bridge in the background, and it is really very beautiful."

Among the other photos from her exhibit that Boyd says she likes are a couple of images featuring Clapton that were connected to two famous all-star rock concerts he played.  One is a wide shot of the stage at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom from rehearsals for "The Last Waltz," The Band's historic 1976 farewell concert that was the subject of the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary of the same name.

"It was really exciting for me to be there," Pattie notes, "'cause everyone was there -- Bob Dylan and Joni [Mitchell] and The Band, who I just absolutely adore."

The other shows Eric and Mick Jagger on a sofa chatting the day before both performed at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert.

"You can see just how kind of nervous they were," she notes.  "But that's rather nice, 'cause it brings back memories for me as well."

Another interesting item that will be shown at the exhibit is the original painting that served as the cover art for Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.  The piece, which was painted by French artist Frandsen de Schonberg, has never been displayed in public before.

"It's a beautiful painting and it's really nice to see it in reality," says Pattie.  "It looks lovely."

Clapton acquired the abstract painting of a blonde woman because it reminded him of Boyd, with whom he'd fallen in love even though she was married to his good friend Harrison at the time.  Pattie, of course, was the inspiration for the song "Layla" and other tunes from the album.

Boyd will attend a special opening reception for the exhibit that's scheduled for this Saturday, Valentine's Day. 

Pattie tells ABC News Radio that she enjoys meeting fans of her photography because she likes to be able to tell them the stories behind the images.  The exhibition will remain open at the San Francisco Art Exchange until March 10.  You can preview some of the images at SFAE.com.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Grammys in Hand, Sam Smith's Now Looking for a "Crazy Love Story" 

Monty Brinton/CBS Sam Smith seems to have it all: four Grammy awards, a best-selling album, critical acclaim, millions of fans -- now, he says, all he needs is a guy to share it with.  However, he's not exactly sure what qualities Mr. Right needs to have.

Speaking backstage at the Grammy Awards, Sam told reporters that he'd like to have a boyfriend, but when asked what sort of guy he's looking for, the openly gay singer joked that he needed someone with "patience."  Then, he added, "I dunno. I do not know what I’m looking for and I think the minute I start looking it’s not gonna come my way....I’m just looking for, like, some crazy love story."

But it's not for purely selfish reasons that Sam wants a guy: he thinks having a boyfriend...or boyfriends...will help him write better songs.

"I’m trying to kiss as many people as I can, so I can write some good music," he told reporters. "I’m writing some music that I’m very proud of and it’s more honest than anything I’ve ever done."  In fact, Sam says his second album, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning debut In the Lonely Hour, is well underway.

"I work in terms of concepts. With In the Lonely Hour, I had the title 'In the Lonely Hour' before I wrote the music," he explained. "I feel like I have a title and a concept to the record, um, and I’ve already started writing. I’m living through it now."

Sam's Grammy-winning hit "Stay with Me" was inspired by a bad romance: his unrequited love for a man who didn't love him back. But that's not why he thinks the song appeals to so many people.

"I think the thing about 'Stay with Me' that everyone relates to I think is everyone’s had a lot of one-night stands, basically," he told reporters. "That’s what I’d like to think. And it’s the honesty. That’s something that I’m never ever gonna let go of, and being honest and true in my music is very important."

Next up for Sam: the BRIT Awards in London on February 25.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

All That Remains' Phil LaBonte Talks "Sarcastic" New Song, "Tru-Kvlt-Metal"

Credit: Justin BoruckiAll That Remains has released "Tru-Kvlt-Metal," a new track that will appear on the band's forthcoming album, The Order of Things. As frontman Phil LaBonte tells Billboard, which premiered the song, "Tru-Kvlt-Metal" is a "sarcastic" song aimed at those who criticize his band for changing their sound.

"It's really directed towards the people that we've heard year after year, record after record, saying, 'Oh, put out another record like [2006's] The Fall of Ideals," LaBonte says of "Tru-Kvlt-Metal." "We've done that, and even if we did it, some purist would say it's tarnished anyway because we've already done it. You can't win, so [the song] is kind of like flicking my nose at them and giving them the bird."

LaBonte laments that people care so much about whether the new All That Remains album is "heavy enough," as opposed to caring about  what he sees as more important issues.

"People getting beheaded in the Middle East, that's a consequential thing. Charlie Hebdo in Paris, that's a consequential thing," he says. "Whether or not our record is heavy enough by some kid's standards who has a blog? Who cares?"

"So I'll say something, and the way things go people will get p***ed off for a minute and then someone will jingle their keys and everything looks the other way," LaBonte continues. "There's a shiny thing over there, so the attention changes and everyone forgets -- 'til the next time."

The Order of Things will be released on February 24. All That Remains will hit the road in support of the album alongside In Flames starting February 20.


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