Zac Brown And Frank Ocean Debut On Top Of Billboard 200

Country group Zac Brown and R&B singer/songwriter Frank Ocean both battled for the number one spot in Billboard 200 with their respective debut albums, but in the end, it was Brown’s that claimed victory. Zac Brown’s Uncaged album started off by selling 234,000 copies, which was a larger-than-expected, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the other hand, Ocean’s Channel Orange sold 131,000 copies in its first week.

According to Billboard, Uncaged’s climb to number one got a little help from a couple of TV show appearances: CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman (July 11) and NBC’s Today (July 13). In contrast, Ocean relied mainly on iTunes where it remained exclusively on July 10 before being widely released on July 17. His online revelation about his first love with a man likely aided in drawing some attention to the launching of his debut album in iTunes, which shot to Number One, compared to Brown’s Number Two.

Ocean’s Channel Orange and Zac Brown’s Uncaged are the only two debut albums in this week’s Billboard Top 10.

Soul Asylum Releases New Record After Six Years

Soul Asylum returns with a new album Delayed Reaction under 429 Records. This will be the first time in six years the veteran band will release an album which receives good responses from USA Today and Spin.

The band’s current lineup includes founders Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy, joining them are ex-Replacements Dan Murphy, ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson who replaced original member Karl Mueller who died in 2006 and Michael Bland, former drummer of Prince.

Delayed Reaction
is produced by the band with recording sessions taking place in different locations, from Los Angeles to New Orleans to Minneapolis that brings in the place’s different cultural vibe.

Soul Asylum will perform on July 20th at First Avenue in Minneapolis in celebrating the new release.

Track Listing:
1. Gravity
2. Into The Light
3. The Streets
4. By The Way
5. Pipe Dream
6. Let’s All Kill Each Other
7. Cruel Intentions
8. The Juice
9. Take Manhattan
10. I Should’ve Stayed In Bed

Watch the new single Gravity.

Madonna Sued Over Nazi Image In France

France’s far-right National Front party is filing a lawsuit against Madonna for showing a picture of its leader with a swastika on her forehead during her concert in Paris on Saturday night.

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The image was part of a video montage being shown on a 3-split JumboTron during the interlude accompanied by the song Nobody Knows Me. Also included in the video presentation were other public figures such as Pope Benedict XVI, Sarah Palin, Hu Jintao, and Adolf Hitler.

This isn’t the first (and only) time the video was shown, however. It was in fact, rather, at her concert in Tel Aviv at the end of May to which Le Pen even warned to take the singer to court if she ever airs the video in France saying, “If she tries that in France, we’ll see what happens. It’s understandable when aging singers who need publicity go to such extremes.”

FN vice-president, Florian Philippot, said on Sunday describing the incident as a provocation and a “very serious insult” and accused Madonna of “trying to get more people to her concerts.”

Watch the video below and see the image concerned at 1:32, then see for yourself:

Concert Organizers Cut Off Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney in London

Concert organizers pulled the plug on Bruce Springsteen’s set at London’s Hyde Park because the show had extended the curfew time.

Springsteen had just invited Sir Paul McCartney to join the band on stage after three hours into the set and they were able to perform two Beatle classics I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout before their sound went off, silencing their microphones and leaving the stage without thanking the audience.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band started at 7pm and were due until 10.15pm. London has a nightly curfew at 10.30pm because of late night noise and nuisance by fans that caused friction to London’s wealthy residents.

Local officials have decided as of next year, to cut the number of concerts from 13 to nine and plan to reduce the crowd limits from 80,000 to 65,000 due to increasing complaints.

Earlier in the show, John Fogerty and Tom Morello jammed with the band.

NIN Frontman Trent Reznor Pens Theme Song For Call of Duty Game Sequel

To those of you who still haven’t heard, word has gone out that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor, will be composing the main theme song for the upcoming sequel of the Call of Duty: Black Ops video game, something that I think fans of either the band or the game will surely look forward to, especially if they’re fans of BOTH.

Being a video gamer himself, this isn’t the first time Reznor has lent his talent to the video gaming industry; he has previously worked with id Software on Quake and Doom 3. The musician even admits to being an ardent fan of the Call of Duty series, saying “I have always looked to that franchise as cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be taking place during the new Cold War between the U.S. and China. “There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface, so it didn’t make sense to have a gung ho, patriotic-feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty,” said Reznor about the music.

With the video game soundtrack already finished, Reznor has now refocused his attention to his band How to Destroy Angels with wife Mariqueen Maandiq and film soundtrack partner Ross, aside from working with some new NIN music.

Source: USAToday

Check out Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Villain trailer below:

Alternatively, you can check out a sample of How to Destroy Angels‘ music entitled The Space in Between below:

Chumbawamba Split Up After 30 Years

The band famously known for the hit single Tubthumping in 1997 is splitting up after 30 years. Chumbawamba started out in 1982 and released their first full-length album Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records in 1986 but got their biggest success with the album Tubthumper which peaked at number 3 in the U.S. charts.

The British alternative group posted a statement on their website about the split-up.

“We felt we’d got to a point where what we did as a band – and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle – wasn’t doing justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place. We were always as much about ideas as music, and that meant doing more than writing, recording and touring songs. It meant trying to be relevant and active and up-to-date, while trying to avoid the dreaded rut of routine or repetition. being up-to-date meant giving plenty of time and energy to the band, constantly, for those thirty years; a constancy we plainly couldn’t keep up with in the end.”

“Chumbawamba was our vehicle for pointing at the naked Emperors, for telling our version of the truth; it gave us more than the joy and love of playing live, writing songs and singing together – it gave us a chance to be part of a broad coalition of activists and hectors, optimists and questioners. But eventually the rest of our lives got in the way and we couldn’t commit the time and enthusiasm that the band demanded. Couldn’t keep up with whatever responsibilities came with a band like this.”

Two Florence + the Machine Tours Cancelled

Bad news has struck for Florence + the Machine fans over in Spain and Portugal as word got out that the Grammy-nominated band are pulling out of their performance schedules on both aforementioned locales this week.

Florence Welch, the flaming-redheaded songstress has revealed that the reason behind the cancellations is due to problems with her voice. On their website, she posted a note saying that her voice has gone out and that her doctor has recommended bed rest for an undetermined period.

I’m so sorry to all the fans, I was desperate to still perform, but was told without question not to, so as not to do permanent damage,” said Welch via the band’s website. “Actually feeling a bit teary looking at all your messages… thank you. I’m gonna get mended real quick and come sing all your houses down.

The band was supposed to play at the Benicassim festival in Spain on Thursday and at the Optimus Alive event in Portugal this weekend. Since their performance on both venues were part of a festival, the dates will not be reassigned, although MTV reported that the band recently added a date to the band’s upcoming American tour.

Slash Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday with close friend actor Charlie Sheen paying tribute.

Sheen quoted “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on. This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the Eighties.”

The award was fitting for the musician as he went to school nearby and spent years on Hollywood Boulevard dreaming of becoming a rock star. “This is a really special acknowledgement… it’s the coolest thing you could ever get,” Slash says. “I’m such a part of this scenery. I went to school here, and started playing guitar here, literally 100 yards down the street… I got a very technicolor education up here”.

The guitar legend whose real name Saul Hudson was with his wife Perla and two sons, Cash and London at the ceremony. The Hollywood star came shortly after Slash and his former band Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

White Stripes to Release First Ever Live Shows

The White Stripes have unveiled their first-ever live shows from 1997 available through Jack White’s Third Man Records’ “Vault” subscription series that includes package of tote bag – hand painted with The White Stripes’ peppermint logo and two vinyl records: Live at the Gold Dollar 7” – a red vinyl from White and Meg’s first live gig at Detroit open mic night on July 14th, 1997 and Live at the Gold Dollar 12” – a white vinyl that featured the duo’s first full show at the same venue on August 14th, 1997.

The newly released live record contains early recordings of Jimmy the Exploder, St. James Infirmary Blues, Lafayette Blues, Screwdriver, covers of the Stooges’ TV Eye, The Clovers’ Love Potion No.9 and more. It will be distributed to yearly subscribers and not available for purchase. Sign up at Third Man Records Vault HERE.

Check out another early performance at the Gold Dollar in 1999.

Nicki Minaj Accuses Airport Security of Fondling

Nicki Minaj recently realized that her rap stardom wasn’t enough to spare her from airport security’s frisky fingers. The rapper/singer claimed via Twitter that she was “overtly fondled” at the airport by the TSA on Monday (July 9).

Photo: Nicki Minaj at the Barclaycard Festival

“Pretty sure I was just overtly fondled @ this check point. By a very old lady w/an accent. Word?” she tweeted. The 29-year-old entertainer then seemed to have managed to take a picture of her alleged fondler, in spite of being warned not to, after the incident as she tweeted a photo.

A moment later, she posted, “So TSA always takes pics of me while doing their job! But wld u believe they just told ME EYE couldn’t take pics???? Wow. #luckyIMsick.” Minaj was said to be on her way back to the US after performing at the Wireless festival in London. Speaking of TSA, the Washington Post reports that it will be under discussion in Congress this week, with one hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon called “Challenging the Status Quo at TSA: Perspectives on the Future of Transportation Security.”