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Friday
Jun202014

Luke Bryan Hits the Beach for Sun-Soaked "Roller Coaster" Video

Photo Credit: A.J. NesteLuke Bryan filmed his latest video, "Roller Coaster," while in Panama City Beach, FL for his annual Spring Break concerts earlier this year. The clip was directed by Luke's LBTV videographer Michael Monaco, who has worked with Luke for four years now.

"In my opinion, he did such an amazing job visually capturing these lyrics," Luke says of Michael. "Also, anytime I can stand on a beach and film a video is a good day!” 

The "Roller Coaster" video is now posted exclusively at People.com. It's the latest single from Luke's double-platinum album, Crash My Party.


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Friday
Jun202014

Lorde May Sing at Her Parents' Wedding, Bears No Ill Will Towards Iggy Azalea

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNot long ago, Lorde tweeted her happiness over the fact that her parents, who have been together nearly thirty years but never married, finally got engaged at Niagara Falls.  But will she be their wedding singer?  Sure, says the 17-year-old star.

"If they want me to sing, I will sing,” she told the Confidential section of the Australian website News.com.au. "I can do that."

"It’s awesome. I’m so happy for them. After 30 years, you don’t think they’re ever going to get married,” Lorde said of her parents, Vic O'Connor and Sonja Yelich. “Now I can go to a wedding, and I’m excited about that.” 

O'Connor, a civil engineer, and Yelich, an award-winning poet, have three other children in addition to Lorde, who was born Ella Yelich-O'Connor.

In other Lorde news, she says she has nothing against Iggy Azalea, who recently criticized her performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with the remaining members of the band Nirvana.  Iggy told Billboard, "Nothing against [Lorde], but I think when you’re doing a tribute to someone that’s dead, generally it should be the person’s peer. Lorde is not [late Nirvana singer] Kurt Cobain’s peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don’t think it’s appropriate.”

Lorde, however, tells the website, "I enjoyed it. I had a good time. That’s all that mattered. I’ve been in a position where I’ve said something in an interview where I’ve thought: ‘Damn, I wish I could take that back.' I don’t know how [Iggy] is feeling about it. But anyone who’s doing well deserves respect, and I respect what she’s doing.”


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Friday
Jun202014

Lorde Will Sing at Parents' Wedding "If They Want Me To"

Photo credit: Andrew WhittonNot long ago, Lorde tweeted her happiness over the fact that her parents, who have been together nearly thirty years but never married, finally got engaged at Niagara Falls.  But will she be their wedding singer?  Sure, says the 17-year-old star.

"If they want me to sing, I will sing,” she told the Australian website News.com.au. "I can do that."

"It’s awesome. I’m so happy for them. After 30 years, you don’t think they’re ever going to get married,” Lorde said of her parents, Vic O'Connor and Sonja Yelich. “Now I can go to a wedding, and I’m excited about that.” 

O'Connor, a civil engineer, and Yelich, an award-winning poet, have three other children in addition to Lorde, who was born Ella Yelich-O'Connor.


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Friday
Jun202014

Kool & the Gang to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo: Silvia MautnerKool & the Gang are going to have some more good times to celebrate in the coming months, as the hitmaking R&B group is among the latest list of celebrities confirmed to be receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

No date for the Kool & the Gang celebration has been scheduled yet.  Recipients of the honor have up to five years to arrange their star ceremonies.

Other newly announced forthcoming recipients of Walk of Fame stars include actors Will Ferrell, Jennifer Garner, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Christoph Waltz, Seth MacFarlane, Julianna Margulies, Chris O'Donnell, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Kelly Ripa and Sofia Vergara; Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson; soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone; acclaimed music producer Al Schmitt; and pop/R&B star Pharrell Williams.


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Friday
Jun202014

Scotty McCreery Happy to Put Former Manager's Lawsuit Behind Him

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery's former manager, Todd Cassetty, won a lawsuit against the singer Wednesday in Nashville. According to The Tennessean, a jury found Scotty owes his former manager $239,329 in back payment.

In a statement, Scotty says, "I have a management team, including a professional business manager, in Nashville advising me. Now I am happy to put this behind me and focus on my music. As always, I am thankful to my fans for all of their support."

Scotty's latest single, "Feelin' It," is now climbing the country chart.


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Friday
Jun202014

Adam Levine Says Maroon 5's New Album Is “All-Encompassing”

Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBCAdam Levine describes Maroon 5’s upcoming fifth studio album -– appropriately titled V, as in “Five,” -- as “an all-encompassing kind of record.”

“This album is very much all over the place,” Adam tells MTV News. “There’s some stuff on our record that sounds a little like early Maroon 5, and then there’s some stuff that sounds like the newer direction that we went in.”

The singer continues, “I think that’s kind of the idea behind the album. It’s our fifth record. [Five] is literally part of our name. We thought we’d get back to certain elements that we’d been missing out on for a while with our original sound, but also bridge the gap with the new stuff that we’ve been doing.”

Adam adds, “I think it’s an all-encompassing kind of record.”

The 35-year-old singer confirms that Gwen Stefani, who'll be coaching The Voice alongside him this fall, appears on the album.

“She’s incredible. It was so much fun. We just sat around and talked for hours. It was so fantastic getting to know her. I’m a huge fan of hers.” Adam says he can’t reveal the title of their collaboration because it’s still being mixed and he hasn’t named it yet.

Asked about the group’s new single “Maps,” Levine replies, “It was just one of these things that we were really excited to release into the world.”

V will arrive September 2.


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Friday
Jun202014

Most of O-Town Returns for "Skydive" Video

Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesIt's been a few years since the members of O-Town could be described as a "boy band," but now the all-grown-up group -- minus Ashley Parker Angel -- is back with a new video. "Skydive" features Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller serenading a blonde beauty in the snippet for the single, which can be downloaded July 27.

The single is the first from the band's upcoming album, Lines & Circles, which debuts Aug. 3. While the group no longer features Angel, he's still backing his former bandmates -- at least on social media -- where he recently plugged the "Skydive" video.


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Friday
Jun202014

Aerosmith Cancels Concert in Ukraine Because of Civil Unrest in the Country

Photo: Ross HalfinAerosmith's European tour unfortunately won't be a-rollin' into the Ukrainian capital of Kiev next month as originally planned.  The concert's promoters have announced that the July 2 show has been canceled because of the violent political upheaval in the country.

A statement from National Corporation of Entertainment explains, "It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war.  We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience.  We can't ensure safety of the equipment.  We're facing many economic and technical difficulties and in a state of civil war those difficulties are impossible to resolve."

The organizers add that they "are very sorry" about having to cancel the event, while noting that they "did our best to present the show in Kiev."

Lastly, the promoters say they hope Aerosmith will be able to return to the country "at some time in the future when there is peace and more stability."  Arrangements are being made to provide ticketholders with refunds.

Aerosmith's European trek now will wrap up with a June 28 concert in London.  The rock legends then will return to North America, where they'll kick off a new leg on July 10 in Wantagh, New York, with Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators as the opening act.


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Friday
Jun202014

Marsha Ambrosius Says Recording "Friends & Lovers" Was "Tedious" but "Very Rewarding"

RCA RecordsNext month will see Marsha Ambrosius releasing her sophomore album Friends & Lovers, which she made sure not to rush. The singer explained the recording process for follow-up to her 2011 debut effort.

"It’s been a tedious, very rewarding journey as far as creating the album, but that’s what I do. I make albums," she said to Rap-Up. "I had to live and breathe this, whether that was the heartache, whether that was getting over it, whether that was lust, love, f**k, love, whatever it was, I had to be there. For me, that’s what I’ve been enjoying the most is living it."

After releasing her video for "Run" last month, Marsha announced that every song on the album will have an accompanying visual. "I have to make a movie surrounding this album, " she says. "Everything’s gonna have a video. Everything will have a story behind it."

So what can fans expect of her upcoming album? "It really is the sequel to what Late Nights & Early Mornings was. Late Nights & Early Mornings resulted in some Friends & Lovers,” she says.

The singer's album is due out July 15. It will include production from Pop & Oak, Da Internz, Eric Hudson and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.


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Friday
Jun202014

Scott Stapp's Wife Starts Children's Charity Called CHARM 

ChildrenAreMagical.orgJacyln Stapp -- wife of singer Scott Stapp -- has started a children's charity called Children Are Magical -- CHARM for short. According to a press release, CHARM aims to "heighten awareness of children's issues and provide underprivileged youth with the tools of life through education, mentoring and community resources."

CHARM "will partner with other foundations to support children and their families by providing resources to overcome many of life's obstacles caused by neglect, abuse, lack of education, and other hardships at home." Jacyln Stapp says she was motivated to start the foundation because her own childhood was brightened by adults "with a big heart and a little time."

Stapp is a multiple beauty pageant winner, model, and has written a children's book called Wacky Jacky: The True Story of an Unlikely Beauty Queen. She has been married to Scott Stapp since 2006; they have three children together.

While his wife is busy launching CHARM, Scott Stapp is on the road. Here are his summer tour dates:

6/20 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon 
6/21 -- Patchogue, NY, Emporium 
6/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Latitude Live @ Latitude 360 
6/25 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance Theatre 
6/27 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bear's Den 6/28/14 -- Flint, MI, The Machine Shop 
7/01 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre 
7/02 -- Fort Smith, AR, Neumeier's Beer Garden 
7/12 -- Woodhaven, MI, Civic Center Park 
7/18 -- Willmar, MN, Willmar Civic Center 
8/1 -- Kennewick, WA, Benton Franklin Fairgrounds 
8/8 -- Gilford, NH, Gunstock

Friday
Jun202014

Blake Shelton Gets Back in the Groove of Touring Tonight in Austin, TX

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton returns to the road Friday night launching his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 in Austin, Texas. Due to his schedule taping NBC's The Voice, Blake only tours during the summer and early fall these days, and that suits him just fine.

He says, "That's basically all I do anymore. It's all I really wanna do."

Spending just a few months on tour does make it harder for Blake to feel at home on the road, though.

"It wasn't until the end of the tour last year that I kinda felt like we were back in the groove, and I had my routine down," Blake admits.

When it comes to getting ready for a show, Blake doesn't have too many demands. He simply needs a good, strong drink before hitting the stage.

Says Blake, "I gotta have it just to loosen up and calm my nerves. That's really about [it],  that and my guitar and I'm good to go. I think my people would tell you, other than the fact that I'm probably late to everything, that I'm pretty low-maintenance."

Blake is taking out The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy as his opening acts this summer. Go to BlakeShelton.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Friday
Jun202014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton's middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.


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Friday
Jun202014

Alice Cooper Asking Fans Help Him with Hollywood Vampires Project

Photo: Ross HalfimAlice Cooper has been known to spend quality time with a boa constrictor and various sinister characters during his over-the-top stage shows, but in the early 1970s he also used to hang around with a bunch of vampires.  These creatures of the night weren't of the blood-sucking variety; rather, they were a drinking club made up of Cooper and some of his famous musical friends that collectively was known as The Hollywoood Vampires, who would meet in the loft at the Rainbow Bar on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard.

Alice now is asking fans to help him with a new project he's putting together that focuses on The Hollywood Vampires.  In a message posted on his official website and Twitter account, Cooper writes, "After watching my copy of Super Duper Alice Cooper, I decided that I'd like to tell the story of The Hollywood Vampires…Notable members were myself, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz & Keith Moon, with regular drop in's from just about everyone you could imagine.  We also had a baseball team that included many other rock stars of the time."

Alice adds, "I want to preserve our legacy, and I need your blood!  I'm looking for photos, stories, artifacts and witnesses from this place in rock history.  If you saw a Vampire, tweet your story along with #HollywoodVampires!"

The initiative appears to be tied in with the recently announced covers album Cooper has recorded paying homage to the music made by the members of The Hollywood Vampires, many of whom are no longer with us.  During a press conference for the recent Sweden Rock Festival, Alice revealed that the album wouldn't be released "until the fall or the beginning of next year."

In other news, Cooper recently revealed that his touring band's lineup recently underwent a change, with Australian guitar whiz Orianthi exiting the group and being replaced by Nita Strauss.  Strauss previously has played with such bands as The Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale and LA Kiss.

Cooper will play three headlining shows in Michigan in late June before hitting the road as Motley Crue's special guest on the glam-metal band's massive farewell tour.  The trek kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Friday
Jun202014

Brad Paisley Preparing for High-Stakes Premiere of ABC's "Rising Star"Sunday Night

ABC/Bob D'AmicoBrad Paisley didn't even want to hear about taking part in a singing competition when his manager first approached him about appearing on ABC's Rising Star. Only after his manager approached him a second time armed with footage from the show's Israeli version did Brad decided to sign on as an expert for the American version, hosted by Josh Groban.

Brad tells ABC News, Radio, "It's insane. It's just the most dramatic, highest stakes performance setting I've ever seen."

Contestants sing behind a video wall that rises based on viewers real-time votes at home. The singers actually get a sense of what viewers think of their performance as they're singing, which is a big feat since the show airs live in three out of four U.S. time zones.

"We're talking about trying to pull something off that works in countries that have one time zone and not a tenth of the population of America," Brad explains. "Imagine when we get this thing fired up and people download that app, then you've got three or four time zones starting to vote. Crazy!"

Brad sits on the expert panel next to rapper Ludacris and pop star Kesha, who has made quite an impression on the country star.

Says Brad, "She is brutally honest, unbridled. She's just is who she is. She's the most unique human being I've met lately."

For complete details on Rising Star voting, download the Rising Star app before the show premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET. Check local listings for air time where you live.

Here’s the list of singers set to perform on Sunday’s premiere:

  • Lisa Punch, 21, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joshua Peavy, 28, Soperton, GA
  • Jesse Kinch, 20, Seaford, NY
  • Maneepat Myra Molloy, 16, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sarah Darling, 31, Nashville, TN
  • Summer Collins, 18, Fayetteville, NC
  • Colin Huntley, 16, Georgetown, TX
  • The duo: Daniel & Olivia,(Daniel Wolfe, 24 and Olivia Thai, 25, San Gabriel Valley, CA
  • A group called Beyond 5 from Nashville, TN. (Zac Love, 19; Tanner Myler, 19; TJ Ryan, 16; Patch Crowe, 19; Ammon Soloasa Tuimaualuga, 17)

 
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Friday
Jun202014

Michael Buble Says Being a Dad Makes Me "Way Better at What I Do"

Dean Freeman/Warner Bros. RecordsIf record and concert ticket sales are to be believed, Michael Buble was already pretty good at his job before he became a father.  But he says now that he's dad to nine-month-old son Noah, he's a "way better" singer and performer.

Speaking to Canada's Global News, Michael says that now that Noah's in his life, "I’m way better at what I do. There’s a fulfillment and a joy that I have in my life that I didn’t have before. I was always a happy guy and had a good life but I didn’t know how good it can be. This kid has brought something to my life that I never knew was there. I didn’t know that kind of love existed. It’s allowed me to be way better at what I do.”

But fatherhood hasn't made him more critical of the kind of celebrity behavior that some parents frown upon.  Take, for example, Miley Cyrus.  Michael's totally fine with her antics.

"Miley’s no more shocking than Madonna was in the ‘80s but at the same time she can sing," he says. "I’m not that guy. I come from a very liberal family and I believe in that kind of self-expression."

"I believe it’s your responsibility as a parent to show your kid the way and it’s not my job to come down on other people and make them responsible for how my kid turns out or what’s happening socially in the world," he adds.

Michael just kicked off the Canadian leg of his latest tour, and his wife Luisana and Noah are joining him on the road.  Noting that shows in Canada will "always...be the most important to me," the singer says he adores connecting with his fans every night. 

"I want to hug everybody, I want to sing with them and dance with them. I get to be the host of this beautiful party," he says of his concerts. "It’s a really beautiful thing to walk off stage every single night and know that you’ve won. And know that you’ve given people their money’s worth and that you’ve taken them away for a couple of hours...it’s complete bliss for me.”


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Friday
Jun202014

Ed Sheeran Planning to Have a "Bunch of Kids," Reveals "Sing" Is About a "Very, Very Well-Known Person"

Credit: Ben WattsAttention, Ed Sheeran fans: you have less than a decade left to enjoy his musical stylings.  The singer reveals that he's got a ten-year plan for his career, and at the end of it, he plans to trade in his guitar and piano for diapers and strollers.

Speaking to Parade magazine, Ed explains, "I know this isn’t going to last forever. Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.”  Ten years from now, he says, he'll be "back home [in the U.K.], [with a] bunch of kids.”  The 23-year-old singer adds, "At 33, I should be starting to settle down.”

As for who he's going to settle down with, Ed does have a girlfriend right now -- she's a chef -- but he seems doomed to forever answer questions about his love life.  No, for the millionth time, he's never dated Taylor Swift. "On a professional level, I would have never gone there because I’m not an idiot," he tells the Australian paper The Herald-Sun. 

And no, he won't reveal who his song "Don't" -- about a fellow singer who cheated on him with a friend -- is about, even though everyone thinks it's about Ellie Goulding.

"It’s only fair to stay out of that. The song’s there, people can make up their own minds. I think it’d be unfair to point fingers," he tells the Herald-Sun.

However, Ed must still feel like answering questions, because he's just revealed that "Don't" isn't the only song on the album that's about a celebrity.  "Here’s a fact that’s interesting,” he tells The New York Times. “‘Sing’ is about a very, very well-known person. No one knows that, so no one’s being like, ‘Who’s it about?’"  Well, now they will, Ed, thanks to you.


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Friday
Jun202014

Frankie Valli Hasn't Seen the "Jersey Boys" Movie Yet

Courtesy of Dean EgnaterThe film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opens in theaters today, but you might be surprised to learn that Valli himself hasn't seen the movie yet.

The singer of such classic hits as "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" wasn't involved in the production of the film, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, and he apparently wanted to wait and watch the flick at the same time as the general public got to see it.

Valli tells ABC News Radio that he's excited to see his story brought to the big screen, although he admits that he initially was apprehensive about the way events in his life were portrayed in the musical.

"It took me three or four times when I went to see [the] Jersey Boys [musical] to really be able to form an opinion of what I thought," he explains.  "There were a lot of things that felt a little uncomfortable, and then I got used to it and I realized that it was really terrific."

He adds, similarly, that "it'll probably take me two or three times to see the movie before I really form an opinion."

Speaking about what specifically bothered him when he first watched the stage production, Valli tells ABC News Radio that he was concerned about the accuracy of how certain events were depicted and about the way the actors portrayed their real-life counterparts.

The 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that, eventually, "I realized that [the actors] weren't who you are and they're doing the best they can."  He also gives kudos to all the various actors chosen to play the main roles in the Jersey Boys productions, describing them as "spectacular talents."

Besides seeing the musical version of Valli's life on the big screen, fans will be able to watch Frankie perform in the flesh when he appears on PBS' annual Independence Day special A Capitol Fourth.  The event, which will air live from Washington, D.C., on July 4 at 8 p.m. ET, also will include performances by Michael McDonald, Patti LaBelle and other stars.  Valli also has a bunch of headlining concerts plotted out into November.


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Friday
Jun202014

K. Michelle Cancels Rebellious Soul Tour; Readies Next Album

Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle is cutting her tour plans short. The singer announced in a lengthy Instagram post that she's decided to axe the second leg of her Rebellious Soul Tour.

The singer posted a picture of herself sitting in the studio and explained that she will use her tour break to work on her sophomore album.

"Dear Rebels, I will not be doing the Rebellious Soul Tour (Part 2). I personally decided that I wanted to take the next couple of months to journey off to some different places. A writer has nothing to write about with no inspiration," she wrote in the caption.

She continued, "I will be traveling to South Africa to spend some time preparing for my new album #AWBAH, and reflect on the woman that I’ve become. I need this time for myself. So much has happened so quickly and I’m forever grateful. The only noise I desire to hear is the inner music. My soul has a song to sing and I have to be quiet to hear it. I have so much in store for you. I promise! Love y’all!"

In addition, K. Michelle announced that her upcoming Idris Elba-directed Rebellious Soul musical,  will debut on VH1 in July. The project is based on her debut album, Rebellious Soul.


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Friday
Jun202014

Outkast Confirmed for 2014 Voodoo Experience Fest

Outkast.comOutkast is giving fans multiple chances to see them live in concert this year. The rap duo has just been added to this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, taking place later this fall in New Orleans.

According to organizers, Andre 300 and Big Boi will join an eclectic lineup of performers for the a three-day music festival, which will be held from October 31 through November 2 at City Park.

The lineup features Action Bronson as well as headlining set from rockers like the Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27 at 11 a.m. ET. Visit the festival’s official website, WorshipTheMusic.com, for more information.


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Friday
Jun202014

HELLYEAH's "Blood for Blood" Tops Billboard Rock Chart; It's "the Album We Always Wanted to Make," Says Guitarist 

ABC News RadioHELLYEAH's latest, Blood for Blood, has landed solidly at the top of the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart this week. The album is the product of a couple of lineup changes -- Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla parted ways with the band before recording began -- leaving the remaining members  free to make the album they always wanted. 

HELLYEAH's Tom Maxwell tells ABC News Radio, "When me and [singer] Chad [Gray] first started this band, Blood for Blood is the album that we always wanted to make. But we couldn't, because there were other cooks in the kitchen, bringing in other elements and styles." Maxwell says that the Southern-tinged "party rock" vibe was something he "wasn't that fond of, that's not me. I'm a punk rock metal kid from Baltimore, Maryland. I'm razor blades...[not] party rock."

Blood for Blood is at times dark and aggressive. Maxwell says he finds it to be "brutally beautiful." As far as lyrics go, Maxwell salutes Gray. "[He] really stepped up and I think it's his finest work he's ever done, lyrically [and] performance-wise." 

HELLYEAH will play a few festivals this summer before leaving this fall to appear on the tour lineup with Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat.


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