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LINKIN PARK’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ Certified 12 Times Platinum In U.S.

LINKIN PARK‘s debut album, “Hybrid Theory”, was officially certified 12 times platinum on September 11 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 12 million copies. The RIAA developed its gold and platinum awards program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard by which to measure the commercial success of a sound recording. The program trademarked the gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements. Presently, the RIAA awards a gold honor for 500,000 units sold, a platinum honor for 1 million units sold and a diamond award for more than 10 million units sold. In the streaming age, each permanent digital album or physical album sale count as 1 unit for certification pur...

FILTER’s RICHARD PATRICK: Why I Quit NINE INCH NAILS

During a recent appearance on the “Stop! Drop & Talk” podcast, Richard Patrick reflected on his decision to leave NINE INCH NAILS in 1993 and form FILTER. “I started in NINE INCH NAILS, but then I quit when I was, like, 26,” he said (see video below). “NINE INCH NAILS was the only time I actually had a boss. “We had just finished Lollapalooza — the first Lollapalooza — and we went to Europe to open up for GUNS N’ ROSES, which was kind of a weird thing, because no one in Europe knew us at the time, and they actually booed us off the stage, which was crazy. Imagine NINE INCH NAILS being booed off the stage. “[Trent Reznor and I] were just two knuckleheads from Cleveland, Ohio — we were not big yet,” he continued. “But eventually...

Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic – THE OCEAN

RATING: 9/10 The doomy prog metal generated by THE OCEAN has always been wrapped in an apocalyptic aura. But when the German collective began their two-album “Phanerozoic” suite in 2018, there was no way they could have known that the lyrical themes would be hitting incredibly close to home by its completion in 2020. “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” was produced before the current pandemic crisis, but conceptual themes centered around the extinction of multiple species cannot help but to project a timely prescience. The second chapter of this story would be haunting enough thanks to its lyrical content, but this story, in the hands of a band that long ago mastered the art of blending prog ambition with sonic power, simply adds to that specter. Given that their ...

ANATHEMA To ‘Go On An Indefinite Hiatus’

British alternative rock masters ANATHEMA have announced plans to “go on an indefinite hiatus” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The band broke the news of its upcoming inactivity in a social media post on Tuesday (September 22). They wrote: “Dear ANATHEMA family, this year is one like no others. We’ve all — every one of you included — faced unpredictable challenges, which impacted both our professional and personal situations. in this hardest of times, events over this year have left us with no option but to go on an indefinite hiatus. As individuals, it is now time to pursue other paths in life. “We are beyond grateful for everyone’s support over the years. There is no end to the love and respect we have for our fans ...

H.E.R. Is First Black Female Artist to Launch Fender Signature Guitar

Two-time Grammy-winner H.E.R. is the first Black female artist to launch a Fender Signature Guitar in the company’s 74-year history. H.E.R. first revealed the new axe in her performance Sunday at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. During the “In Memorium” segment, she covered Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, ripping through a flawless guitar solo in the process. Now, that same model can be yours for $1,099. The H.E.R. signature Stratocaster comes with an alder body that’s finished with a new iridescent color, which Fender is calling Chrome Glow. It features a modern oval “C”-neck shape, which should be comfortable for most hand sizes, as well as Fender’s Vintage Noiseless pickups that promise a clean, well-defined tone. The custom neck plate is engraved with H.E.R.’s artwork. In a statement, ...

Cardi B is Being Sued for Calling MAGA Supporters “Racist”

Last week, Cardi B filed for divorce from her husband Offset. Now, the rap superstar has a different type of legal issue on her hands: she’s facing a lawsuit for defamation. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Cardi, her sister Hennessy Carolina, and Carolina’s girlfriend, Michelle Diaz, are being sued for labeling a group of MAGA supporters as “racist”. It all started over Labor Day weekend, when Cardi and her crew were celebrating on Long Island’s Smith Point Beach. They’d set up not far from the lawsuit’s three plaintiffs, one of whom was proudly wearing a MAGA hat that afternoon. According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer (via NBC New York), Carolina approached them and began “raging, spitting, insulting, assaulting, defaming and threatening them, all the while videotaping them...

Rolling Stone Updated Its Top 500 Albums of All Time List So It’s No Longer Just White Dudes

Rolling Stone has published a new version of its Top 500 Albums of All-Time, and the biggest takeaway is that it’s no longer dominated by white dudes who played rock music. Compare the top 50 selections of today vs. the one published two decades ago. The 2003 list (which was slightly updated in 2012) had just three albums by female musicians among its top 50, and the first entry — Joni Mitchell’s Blue — didn’t appear until No. 30. Meanwhile, five Beatles albums appeared in the top 14. The 2003 list counted just 12 albums by people of color and zero from women of color. There was also only one hip-hop album among the entire top 50 — Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back — which ranked at No. 48. The updated 2020 is much more diverse. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goi...

IDLES’ Ultra Mono Offers Rallying Cries for a Burning World: Review

The Lowdown: In a year that’s seen the world burn physically, politically, and epidemiologically, getting into a debate about whether or not a rock band is phony feels as nostalgic as it does futile. However, this is an IDLES review, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do (at least for a minute). After the twin triumphs of 2017’s Brutalism and 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance vaulted the Bristol five-piece into the upper echelon of the British music world, the backlash arrived with bite that seemed to go beyond the music. Pick any IDLES profile from this album cycle, and you’ll inevitably see references to the recent charges and epithets leveled by fellow artists like Sleaford Mods (“their take on [political music] is cliched, patronising, insulting and mediocre”) and Fat White Family ...

Fleet Foxes: Shore

For Robin Pecknold, the music of Fleet Foxes has been a coming-of-age story. Pecknold founded the band in Seattle with childhood friend Skyler Skjelset when they were just about 20 years old, making unpretentious yet studied folk music and quickly signing with Sub Pop, who released the band’s pair of landmark 2008 releases, Sun Giant EP and their self-titled debut. Fleet Foxes hid their youth in plain sight, singing fables and channeling musical influences—like Judee Sill and the Byrds—that signaled nous and maturity. By 2011, a 25-year-old Pecknold began to show his age with the existential Helplessness Blues before disappearing and returning, at 31, with the more confrontational Crack-Up. Over the course of just a few releases, you could trace the arc of a songwriter shedding his past, f...

John Lennon’s Killer Mark Chapman Says he Sought ‘Self-Glory’

The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 says he was seeking glory and deserved the death penalty for a “despicable” act. Mark David Chapman made the comments in response to questions last month from a parole board, which denied him parole for an 11th time. As in previous parole board hearings, the now 65-year-old inmate expressed remorse for gunning down the former Beatle outside the musician’s Manhattan apartment building. “I assassinated him .. because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory. Very selfish,” Chapman said, according to a transcript released by the state Monday after an open records request. Looking back 40 years later, Chapman called his actions “creepy” and “despicable.” He said he thinks all the ti...

Daneliya Tuleshova Is ‘Alive’ With Impressive Sia Cover on ‘AGT’ Final: Watch

There are many things you should never attempt. Covering a Sia song for an audience of millions is one of them. The Aussie singer and songwriter has the range and talent to turn powerful, experienced singers into sobbing messes. Daneliya Tuleshova didn’t heed the warnings. And it really didn’t matter. The 14-year-old from Kazakhstan covered “Alive” for the finale of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night, and no one was injured or harmed. You could say, she’s very much alive in this competition. Singing before an impressive digital forest backdrop, Tuleshova belted out Sia’s classic without the absurd high notes but still managed to make it her own. Fun fact, Tuleshova was nine when “Alive” was release. Feeling old? You’re not the only one. Tuleshova, a one-time contestant at the Juni...

Roberta Battaglia Shines With Alessia Cara Cover on ‘AGT’: Watch

The great former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson once remarked, when you’re good enough you’re old enough. Roberta Battaglia is only 11 years of age. But she’s good enough. Good enough to reached the final stage of America’s Got Talent 2020. Maybe good enough to win it all. The Canadian singer has impressed throughout her journey, and again during the final round on Tuesday night (Sept. 22), when she covered her compatriot Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”. Battaglia and the nine other competitors will have to wait until Wednesday to find out who’s the boss, when the 2020 AGT champ is unveiled during the two-hour finale. Watch her performance below. [embedded content] You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what ...