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Gavin Rossdale Reflects on 20th Anniversary of "Sixteen Stone," Says "I Still Got Moves"

Gavin Rossdale Reflects on 20th Anniversary of “Sixteen Stone,” Says “I Still Got Moves”

Image Courtesy of Round Hill RecordsBush‘s debut album, Sixteen Stone, will turn 20 years old on December 6. The record peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and launched Bush and frontman Gavin Rossdale‘s career, with hits like “Glycerine” and “Comedown.”

“I just think we just came at a time, you know, the zeitgeist, we hit a nerve,” Rossdale tells ABC News Radio. “I could pull together a few songs that just seemed to speak to people, or allow people to speak for themselves.”

At the time, Rossdale wasn’t trying to write Sixteen Stone as the massive record that it would become. He says that his main goal was “to have a good chorus that people would like.”

“Basically, at that point, because I never made a record, a full record, I just wanted to have a legacy,” he continues. “I didn’t want to have been giving my life to making music and not have ever made a record.”

Having made that album, Sixteen Stone catapulted Bush into the mainstream, allowing the band to make five more records, most recently 2014’s Man on the Run.

“Most musicians don’t even get record deals,” says Rossdale. “And then most people who get record deals don’t have a hit, and most people who have a hit don’t even get more than one hit. So to be in that sort of other category is just a bit of a mind-bender.”

Bush will be releasing a special 20th anniversary remastered vinyl edition of Sixteen Stone on December 9. The special release will feature newly interpreted artwork and never-before-seen photos of the band taken during the Sixteen Stone tour. But don’t think Rossdale will be resting on his laurels and basking in past success — he says there’s still a lot of music left for him to write.

“It’s like I’m in a dance competition, I just don’t want anyone to tap me on the shoulder. That’s it,” he says. “Please don’t tap me on the shoulder, I still got moves.”

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Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special

CBSFive artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith. Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated.

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

“Oh my gosh, dream come true!” exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees. Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations.

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The Libertines Sign to Virgin EMI, Announce First Album Since 2004

The Libertines Sign to Virgin EMI, Announce First Album Since 2004

Image Courtesy of Rough TradeThe Libertines have announced that they will be releasing their third album after signing a record deal with Virgin EMI. The currently untitled album will be the first since the British band’s 2004 self-titled effort.

“After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, and we couldn’t be more excited,” reads a post on The Libertines’ Facebook page. “This signals a new era and a new beginning for The Libertines.”

The band signed the deal on Ko Si Chang Island in Thailand, which is, as Pitchfork notes, where notorious frontman Pete Doherty is going to rehab.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy,” Doherty adds. “A beautiful day.”

The Libertines broke up in 2004 following Doherty’s very public struggle with addiction, as well as disagreements between him and band mate Carl Barât. The band briefly reunited in 2010 for the Reading and Leeds Festivals. They began touring again earlier this year.

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SnoCore 2015 Announces Full Itinerary

SnoCore 2015 Announces Full Itinerary

Image Courtesy of MSO Public RelationsEarlier this week, the SnoCore Tour announced that Flyleaf will be headlining the 2015 tour, along with Adelita’s Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals. Now, the full itinerary for the SnoCore 2015 Tour has been revealed. The tour will begin February 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrap up March 11 in Sacramento, California. All dates will go on sale December 6 at noon via SnoCore.com.

SnoCore 2015 will be Flyleaf’s second appearance on the tour’s bill — the band was a supporting act on the 2006 tour with Seether, Shinedown and Halestorm.

If all goes as planned, SnoCore 2015 will be the first SnoCore since 2010 when the tour went on hiatus. A 2014 tour, headlined by The Pretty Reckless, was announced, but had to be canceled after Taylor Momsen came down with acute laryngitis and walking pneumonia.

Here are all the SnoCore 2015 tour dates:

2/3 — Charlotte, NC, Amos South End
2/4 — Baltimore, MD, Rams Head
2/6 — Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
2/7 — Manchester, NH, Jewel
2/8 — Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
2/13 — Syracuse, NY, Lost Horizon
2/14 — Buffalo, NY, Rapids Theatre
2/15 — Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
2/17 — Louisville, KY, Expo Five
2/18 — Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar
2/20 — South Bend, IN, Club Fever
2/21 — Flint, MI, Machine Shop
2/22 — Joliet, IL, Mojoes
2/24 — Libertyville, IL, Austins
2/25 — Minneapolis, MN, POVS
2/27 — Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/28 — Grand Junction, CO, Mesa Theatre
3/3 — Salt Lake City, UT, Hanger 18
3/4 — Missoula, MT, The Wilma
3/6 — Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
3/7 — Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
3/10 — Reno, NV, Knitting Factory
3/11 — Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades

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Dave Grohl Says "There Might Be a Season Two" of "Sonic Highways"

Dave Grohl Says “There Might Be a Season Two” of “Sonic Highways”

Image Courtesy of Roswell Records/RCA RecordsThe finale of Foo Fighters:Sonic Highways airs tonight, but luckily for fans of the eight-part Foo Fighters documentary, it may not be the series finale.

“There might be a season two,” Dave Grohl told Jon Stewart during his guest appearance on The Daily Show on Wednesday.

Sonic Highways followed the Foos across America as the band recorded their new album, also titled Sonic Highways, in different studios all over the country. In the midst of documenting the band’s recording process, the series also profiled the music history of each city the band visited. After hitting Chicago, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Seattle, tonight’s Sonic Highways episode will focus on New York City.

The Sonic Highways album was released in November and reached the number two spot on the Billboard 200.

Foo Fighters will be celebrating the Sonic Highways finale with an intimate show at New York City’s Irving Plaza. The band’s full-scale North American tour begins next year on July 4 in Washington, D.C. The tour will wrap up October 7 in Memphis, Tennessee. All ticket info can be found on FooFighters.com.

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Grammy Nominees for Best Rock and Metal Performance Revealed

Grammy Nominees for Best Rock and Metal Performance Revealed

NARASThe Grammy nominees for Best Rock Performance and Best Metal Peformance have been revealed. They are:

Best Rock Performance
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Metal Performance
“Neon Knights,” Anthrax
“High Road,” Mastodon
“Heartbreaker,” Motörhead
“The Negative One,” Slipknot
“The Last In Line,” Tenacious D

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Grammy Best Rock Album Nominees Revealed

Grammy Best Rock Album Nominees Revealed

NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today. Here are the nominees in the Best Rock Album category:

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams
, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

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Congrats @theGRAMMYs Best Rock Album noms @TheRyanAdams @beck @theblackkeys @tompetty @u2! https://t.co/RnJZCcMv3D

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) December 5, 2014

UK Study Says Depeche Mode Writes Most Sophisticated Lyrics, Led Zeppelin Writes Least Sophisticated

UK Study Says Depeche Mode Writes Most Sophisticated Lyrics, Led Zeppelin Writes Least Sophisticated

Image Courtesy of Press Here Publicity Depeche Mode is probably known more for their explosive synth-pop sound than their witty lyricism, but a study conducted by British tabloid The Mirror concludes the band writes the most sophisticated lyrics of all the U.K. bands that they surveyed.

Reportedly using algorithms designed to measure the difficulty of school textbooks, the study found that it requires 10.3 years of education in order to understand an average song written by the 80’s electronic group — the highest of all the bands surveyed. Legendary singer Elton John notched the second-highest sophistication rating: his lyrics require 9.3 years of education to fully understand.

On the other side of the spectrum, the study wasn’t too kind to Led Zeppelin. Their old blues lyrics, euphemisms for sex and references to mythical beings were deemed the least sophisticated of all the bands studied, notching an average readability score of only 4.4. They shouldn’t feel too band, though — The Beatles are also listed as one of the 10 bands with the least sophisticated lyrics, with an average readability score of 5.7.

Modern rock bands aren’t immune from the Mirror‘s study, either — both Coldplay and The XX were among the bottom 10 on the sophistication scale, receiving readability scores of 6.9 and 6.7, respectively.

If these results seem fishy to you, it’s probably worth noting that Def Leppard, who wrote the song “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” appear as one of the 10 bands with the most sophisticated lyrics, requiring 8.5 years of education to understand an average song. If you’ve always argued that Def Leppard writes more sophisticated lyrics than the Beatles, you’ve finally been vindicated.

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Grammy Best New Artist Nominees Revealed

Grammy Best New Artist Nominees Revealed

NARASThe nominees for the prestigious Grammy category of Best New Artist have been announced and they stretch across multiple musical genres, including pop, rap, alternative rock and singer/songwriter. Here they are:

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark

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Coldplay Recording New, Possibly "Final" Album

Coldplay Recording New, Possibly “Final” Album

Image Courtesy of Anton CorbjinColdplay may have just come out with Ghost Stories, their sixth album, earlier this year, but according to Chris Martin, the band is already working on a new record — which could be the band’s last.

“We’re making an album called A Head Full of Dreams,” the Coldplay frontman told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe on Thursday, also noting that A Head Full of Dreams might be Coldplay’s “final” album, even comparing it to the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

“It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that,” he said. “Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something.”

“I have to think of it as the final thing we’re doing. Otherwise we wouldn’t put everything into it,” Martin continued. He then announced that Coldplay would be going on tour after A Head Full of Dreams is released.

You can listen to Martin talk about A Head Full of Dreams via the BBC Radio 1 Soundcloud page.

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