Electronic dance stars Chromeo have been replaced by rockers Twin Atlantic on the bill for Britain's Glastonbury festival after pulling out of their scheduled set this weekend (27-29Jun14). The Canadian DJ duo had been booked to perform the penultimate set on the John Peel Stage on Saturday (28Jun14), but they have since had to cancel the show.
Glastonbury bosses have now drafted in Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic to fill the gap - and the band can't believe its luck.
Singer Sam McTrusty says, "It's been a dream of ours to play Glastonbury. It's the biggest and probably most famous festival in the world so it's genuinely an honour to be asked to play our songs and be a part of it all.
"Being there this weekend is a massive achievement for us and will feel very special on Saturday night... Hopefully you can join us for what will be a historic moment for our band."
Acts including Metallica, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Jack White and Lily Allen are all due to perform at the festival from Friday (27Jun14).
A woman has died and a man has been left in a critical condition following the first night of this year's (14) Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England. A 26-year-old male gig-goer has been left fighting for his life after taking the sedative ketamine just hours after the festival's gates opened on Wednesday (25Jun14).
A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police has told reporters the reveller may have suffered an adverse reaction to the drug.
Meanwhile, a 67-year-woman died of natural causes at the event. Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious.
There had also been 12 arrests as WENN went to press.
Acts including Metallica, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Jack White and Lily Allen will perform at the festival from Friday (27Jun14).
Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82. The revered singer/songwriter and producer passed away at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Thursday morning (08Aug13) after a long illness, reports CMT.com.
Born Jack Henderson Clement in Memphis, Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Marines when he was still a teenager and served his country for four years before embarking on a career in music.
He formed his first band, a bluegrass group called Buzz and Jack & the Bayou Boys in 1953, but soon found fame as a producer and songwriter, picking up work at the Tennessee-based Sun Records, where he collaborated with a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
He went on to work at RCA Records and then teamed up with the likes of Dickey Lee, Allen Reynolds and George Jones, who he convinced to record a cover of Lee's She Thinks I Still Care, which became a big hit in 1962.
Clement also produced Cash's signature tune Ring of Fire, and both tracks have since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
His other producer credits include songs by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones and Waylon Jennings.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and has also been immortalised in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame online and the Music City Walk of Fame in Tennessee.
In April (13), Clement was announced as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Kenny Rogers? Chicken? Well, there is much more to this man than his fast food franchise. He is a living music legend (he's sold over 145 million albums), and shortly you will be able to read all about the crazy experiences the 74-year-old country star has been through in his life in his upcoming memoir, Luck or Something Like It. But, while Rogers openly talks about sex scandals in his new book, there is one topic his editors decided to cut: the chapter about Rogers' plastic surgery, Fox News reports.
During the '90s, three women filed a lawsuit against Rogers, claiming that he had lured them into playing phone-sex games. "Well you’ve got to have one in your life!" Rogers said during his interview with Fox. "I thought that [phone sex] was the safest sex there was, only to get hammered by it." Rogers initially thought the whole situation was something that wouldn't leave his social circle. "Here I was, it’s between friends," he explained. "We can’t be together, so let’s talk about it. It was great, it was exciting, it was fun." But it didn't turn out that way, and Rogers decided he didn't want to fight the lawsuit. "If I’d fought the lawsuit I could have won that battle," he said. "It was a phone number they had to call and pick up the message. They didn’t have to call if they didn’t want to, but they did and recorded it. I thought that it was going to cost me more to fight it than to pay it so I paid it and left it alone." He added, "What hurt me the most was I thought they were friends."
Losing his "friends" wasn't the only thing that hurt Rogers in his life. Rogers also underwent an eye job that didn't turn out the way he expected. "I regret the results of the eye job but quite honestly I don’t know what I’d look like if I hadn’t done it and it may have been way worse," Rogers admitted. "It was a phase I went through. I improved myself. I didn’t like the way he did my eyes but I see all these other guys who have had it done and theirs are worse than mine. I’m not going to complain anymore." And you won't read him complaining about the surgery in is memoir. "I actually had written a whole segment on it," Rogers said. "But the publishers said, ‘Let’s not do that, that’s all people will talk about,’ and this book is about my journey and my musical connections."
While Rogers memoir leaves out the bit about plastic surgery, it does take a dive into Rogers' rough childhood growing up in the Houston, Texas slums, his five marriages, and even his friendships with the likes of Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie. Rogers' memoir went on sale Tuesday.
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Music. It is the food of love. It expresses that which cannot be said. It makes the people come together. It's pretty rad, as far as most everybody is concerned. The reason for this is that music is such a versatile art form that you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't connected to one genre of music or another. And thanks to another pretty versatile art form—film—music has been and continues to be duly celebrated in each of its ever-expanding forms.
The release of Joyful Noise has reminded us of just how many different films there are dedicated to different types of music. There might not be a movie for every genre (I can't think of too many ars antiqua films), but quite a few sound styles have indeed had their fifteen minutes. We've rallied up a list of some of our favorite movies dedicated to conveying the power of the tune.
Gospel: Joyful Noise
Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan deliver a story about a small town choir's emotional race to win a national championship. Packed with stars and a director who are no strangers to the art of song, Joyful Noise sets out to instill the ideology that there’s nothing gospel music can’t fix—be it longstanding rivalries, shattered relationships or personal tragedies.
Director Clint Eastwood gives us a celebratory illustration of Charlie "Bird" Parker, the jazz legend who gave the world "Anthropology," "Ornithology" and "Billie's Bounce." The film enlists the great Forest Whitaker as Parker in a tale that chronicles the artistic dedication and personal struggles inherent in America's connotations with the musical form of jazz.
Country: Walk the Line
Johnny Cash is as iconic a figure as a specific genre of music can get, and Walk the Line is as dedicated and triumphant a tribute to a music legend as modern cinema has to offer. Joaquin Phoenix gives a stellar performance as the Man in Black, whose musical prowess and inner demons both abet and dominate one another. The film gives us some grave insight into the balance of power and vulnerability that country music embodies, allowing Phoenix and costar Reese Witherspoon to do wonders with their roles.
Classical: Mr. Holland's Opus
I suppose Amadeus might be worthy of the title here, but Mr. Holland's Opus brings classical music into the lives of the modern, and the common, man. The film, both heartbreaking and uplifting, allows us to see just how strong a presence music can have in someone's life, in both creative and destructive ways. More than anything, it is about a man trying to share his unparalleled passion for music with his loved ones, against unimaginable odds.
Hip-hop: Hustle and Flow
Hustle and Flow delivers the truthful tribulations concurrent with the lifestyle of intercourse peddling. But aside from that the film enlightens its audiences to the harsh and competitive industry of hip-hop music. With a cast including Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Taryn Manning, Ludacris, DJ Qualls, Anthony Anderson and Sir Isaac Hayes in his final big screen performance, Hustle and Flow works to deliver an honest and authentic look into the world of rap and into what makes a rapper.
Folk: A Mighty Wind
Although it's primarily a comedy, A Mighty Wind definitely embodies the spirit of folk music. It's humble and softspoken but engrossed with a vim and a charm all its own. Christopher Guest and his usual cast of characters really hit the mark in this funny, quirky story about an everything-goes-wrong concert tribute to a folk music legend.
Blues: The Blues Brothers
I mean, come on. Is there really any contest? And DON'T say Blues Brothers 2000. Don't. It'd just be mean.
Punk Rock: Sid and Nancy
One of the darkest and most invigorating music biopics out there tells the tragic story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen: the most troubled love affair in musical history.
Glam Rock: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch amply expresses the inward angst and frustration for which glam rock artists have developed a dynamic creative outlet.
'80s Rock: The Wedding Singer
Say what you will about Adam Sandler, but his pioneer role as a non-lunatic served well in this pretty sweet tribute to music and the 1980s in general.
Beatles Rock: A Hard Day's Night
This just happens to be the Beatles film I have watched most recently. They're all pretty Beatly.
Record Store Rock: High Fidelity
If I had to make a Top Five list of my favorite music movies...
Schoolhouse Rock: The School of Rock
Schoolhouse Rock! is an interstitial television program, so it wasn't really viable for the running here. But The School of Rock was a pretty magnificent tribute to rock and roll from Jack Black and a surprising Richard Linklater.
Poultry Rock: Rock-A-Doodle
Music makes the sun happen, people. Where can you find a stronger message than that?
Rock Opera: Tommy
I love Pink Floyd as much as the next guy, but Tommy beats out The Wall for its unbelievable cast, greater versatility in music, and the prevalence of pinball—the most important aspect of any musical movie.
Music in General: Almost Famous
This is it: what I consider to be the most lively, flavorful illustration of how important music can be to someone, and how terrific, and how despicable, it can make someone become. Almost Famous is a lovely tribute to not only music, but to music fandom. It's a celebration of the celebration. It spreads the message that the love of the art is just as much of an art as the art. Of love. No, that ruined it. Sorry. Should have stopped at "art."
And yes, there are other films out there that are worthy of mention. 24 Hour Party People will likely find its place in the comments section, as might Ray, This Is Spinal Tap, or 8 Mile. Music is as versatile as the people who love it. There will never be a universal list of best songs, best bands, or best movies about music. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun to share our thoughts.
It might have been early in the morning, but that didn't stop everyone from Dido to Moby to Evanescence's Amy Lee from showing up at the announcement of the 46th annual Grammy Award nominations this morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
OutKast, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are tied for the lead with six nominations apiece. Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Eminem, the Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Skaggs, Evanescence, Luther Vandross and the late Warren Zevon are close behind with five noms each.
The four big categories--album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist--reflect the dominance of rap, hip-hop and R&B artists in mainstream music as well as the renewed popularity of rock music.
Up for album of the year are Missy Elliott's Under Construction, Timberlake's Justified, Evanescence's Fallen, the White Stripes' Elephant and OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Hip-hop duo's OutKast's single "Hey Ya!" will go head-to-head for record of the year against Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love?," Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Crazy in Love," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and Coldplay's "Clocks."
For song of the year, which goes to the songwriter as opposed to the recording artist, nominees are Linda Perry for Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," Eminem and Luis Resto for Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for Vandross' "Dance With My Father," Avril Lavigne and the Matrix for Lavigne's "I'm With You" and the late Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderon for Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart."
Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Evanescence, Fountains of Wayne and Heather Headley will compete for the best new artist award.
The Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be telecast on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).
Here is a partial list of nominations (a full list of nominees is posted on Grammy.com):
Album of the Year
Under Construction, Missy Elliott
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast
Justified, Justin Timberlake
Elephant, The White Stripes
Record of the Year
"Crazy In Love," Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z
"Where Is The Love?," Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake
"Lose Yourself," Eminem
"Hey Ya," Outkast
Best New Artist
Fountains Of Wayne
Song of the Year
Linda Perry for "Beautiful" (performed by Christina Aguilera)
Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for "Dance With My Father"
Avril Lavigne and The Matrix (Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock) for "I'm With You"
Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon for "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself"
Best Rap Song (NEW!)
Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Beautiful" (performed by Snoop Dogg Featuring Williams and Uncle Charlie Wilson)
Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Excuse Me Miss" (performed by Jay-Z Featuring Williams)
Mike Elizondo, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and A. Young for "In Da Club" (performed by 50 Cent)
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself" (performed by Eminem)
Missy Elliott and Tim Mosley for "Work It" (performed by Elliott)
Best Rap Album
Missy Elliott, Under Construction
50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Jay-Z, The Blueprint2 - The Gift & The Curse
Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Best R&B Album
Erykah Badu, Worldwide Underground
Blu Cantrell, Bittersweet
Aretha Franklin, So Damn Happy
Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs, Body Kiss
Luther Vandross, Dance With My Father
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Ashanti, Chapter II
Beyoncé, Dangerously In Love
Mary J. Blige, Love and Life
Anthony Hamilton, Comin' From Where I'm From
R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory
Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters, One By One
matchbox twenty, More Than You Think You Are
Nickelback, The Long Road
Best Rock Song
Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (David Hodges, Amy Lee and Ben Moody)
Train, "Calling All Angels" (Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood)
Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon, "Disorder In The House" (Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon)
The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (Jack White)
Nickelback, "Someday" (Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Ryan Vikedal)
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
The White Stripes
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful"
Kelly Clarkson, "Miss Independent"
Dido, "White Flag"
Avril Lavigne, "I'm With You"
Sarah McLachlan, "Fallen"
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera, "Can't Hold Us Down"
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang for "La Vie En Rose"
Pink and William Orbit for "Feel Good Time"
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples for "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking"
Sting and Mary J. Blige for "Whenever I Say Your Name"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Christina Aguilera, Stripped
George Harrison, Brainwashed
Annie Lennox, Bare
Michael McDonald, Motown
Justin Timberlake, Justified
Best Pop Male Vocal Performance
George Harrison, "Any Road"
Michael McDonald, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Sting, "Send Your Love"
Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me A River"
Warren Zevon, "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán for "Patricia"
Dave Koz, "Honey-Dipped"
Randy Newman, "Seabiscuit"
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, "The Nutcracker Suite"
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Bette Midler Sings, Bette Midler
Rosemary Clooney Songbook, Rosemary Clooney
The A Wonderful World, Tony Bennett and k.d. lang
As Time Goes By…The Great American Songbook: Volume II, Rod Stewart
The Movie Album, Barbra Streisand
Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Eric Idle
Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Jim Dale
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren
Tell Me A Scary Story, Carl Reiner
Winnie-The-Pooh, Jim Broadbent
Best Spoken Word Album
Fear Itself, Don Cheadle
Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right, Al Franken
Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, Nikki Giovanni
When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden, Bill Maher
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Patty Loveless, On Your Way Home
Martina McBride, This One's For The Girls
Dolly Parton, I'm Gone
Shania Twain, Forever And For Always
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, Beer For My Horses
June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, Temptation
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
James Taylor and Alison Krauss, How's The World Treating You
Best Country Album
Faith Hill, Cry
Lyle Lovett, My Baby Don't Tolerate
Willie Nelson and Ray Price, Run That One By Me One More Time
Willie Nelson, Live And Kickin'
Shania Twain, Up!
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