Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty ImagesNew Radicals' decision to reunite for the first time in 22 years for the virtual Parade Across America event this week turned out to be the right move.
As previously reported, the group was one of several performers on Parade Across America, which was held following the inauguration of PresidentBiden. They sang their signature hit "Get What You Give," and following that performance, according to Billboard, the song experienced a sales bump of more than 260%.
As Rolling Stone reported, "Get What You Give" has special significance for both the Biden and Harris camps. Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, used the song as his walk-on music during the 2020 campaign, while Biden's late son, Beau, would often listen to it during his battle with cancer.
"Get What You Give" was the lead single from New Radicals' one and only album, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, which came out in 1998. It reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year.
In addition to frontman Gregg Alexander, the only other permanent member was former child actress Danielle Brisebois, who you may remember for her role as Stephanie Mills on the TV series Archie Bunker's Place.
Meanwhile, Billboard also notes that sales of Foo Fighters' "Times Like These" jumped big-time after the band performed on the Celebrating America primetime special on Wednesday night.
The Foos were one of the few acts on the special who performed an original song, rather than a cover. Sales of the song, from the band's 2003 album One By One, increased by more than 8,700%.
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AudibleLast year, Tom Morello found himself confronting fans who somehow missed the fact that not only is most of his music explicitly political, but that he himself has a degree in political science and so is, in fact, qualified to speak out on political issues. Morello discusses that disconnect between what his music means and what fans hear in the latest issue of Interview magazine.
In a conversation in which he and grandson interview each other, Morello says, "There’s a lot of Trump clowns out there who love to drunkenly mosh [to] Rage Against Machine. And it’s cringey and embarrassing, but when you look at those mosh pits, and you wonder what percentage of the people really understand what’s going on, I don’t know that it’s 50, or even 20. But 20 on a global scale is a significant number."
However, Morello notes, "I believe it’s fine to ignore the message and just enjoy the music...but to be completely surprised at my ideological point of view in 2020, when you’re very familiar with elements of my 20-album catalog, it’s surprising to me."
Morello and grandson also discuss their personal "Mount Rushmores" of lyricists, with grandson choosing Bob Marley, Bill Withers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and "maybe" Kendrick Lamar and Zack de la Rocha. Morello chooses de la Rocha, of course, but also Bob Dylan, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Bruce Springsteen.
When grandson asks Morello what he's learned from Springsteen after touring with him, Morello notes, "He confirmed for me the idea that every night, every show you should play as if everyone’s soul in the room is at stake. Rock and roll is fun. Rock and roll is a celebration. It’s nice to sing our songs. It’s also deadly important."
@thatsnathanjames.jpgSaturday Night Live has announced the performers for its first three shows of the new year: Machine Gun Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers and Nathaniel Rateliff.
The first show of 2021, on January 30, will feature MGK with host John Krasinski. The February 6 show will be hosted by Emmy-winning Schitt's Creek star/producer Dan Levy with Bridgers as the musical guest, and Rateliff will take the stage February 13 during the show hosted by actress and One Night In Miami director Regina King.
Rateliff's most recent album, And It's Still Alright, came out in February of 2020; MGK's Tickets to My Downfall came out in September; his new movie Downfalls High is on Facebook now. Bridgers' Punisher was one of 2020's most acclaimed releases and has earned her three Grammy nominations.
Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesThe archival video releases from The White Stripes just keep coming.
Following the release last year of the now-defunct duo's Greatest Hits album, the band is now sharing a video of their performance of "Seven Nation Army" from their now-legendary set at Bonnaroo in July of 2007. If you never saw the band live, you might be surprised at just how much noise two people can make.
The White Stripes' Greatest Hits album features 26 songs from the band's catalog, including "Seven Nation Army," as well as “Fell in Love with a Girl,” “Hotel Yorba,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” “Hardest Button to Button,” “Icky Thump,” “Ball and Biscuit," "My Doorbell" and more.
Morbius, starring the Oscar-winner and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman, will now open January 21, 2022. The movie's release date has now been moved nearly half-a-dozen times from its original July 10, 2020 opening.
The film was first shifted to July 31, 2020, and was then delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to March 19, 2021. Subsequently, it moved to October 8, 2021, and now to next year.
Morbius is part of a shared universe of Spider-Man-related films, and features Leto as Michael Morbius, a scientist whose attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease but instead turns himself into a vampire.
Regarding Leto's other, non-acting job, 30 Second to Mars' most recent album was 2018's America.
Danny ClinchThe MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which will raise money for those in the music industry affected by COVID-19, is set to launch on January 31, and items from Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Machine Gun Kelly are set to go on sale.
The Foos have donated signed drumheads, as well as a pair of used drumsticks signed by Taylor Hawkins and a set list. Billie and James Bond star Daniel Craig are offering a lithograph of the single artwork of the Bond theme "No Time to Die," signed by both stars. A Nikki Sixx autographed guitar and handwritten note is also on the block, as are handwritten lyrics for The Lumineers' "Stubborn Love," signed by the band's Wesley Schultz. HAIM's handwritten lyrics for "The Steps" are on offer as well.
Memorabilia that will be offered, but that isn't posted yet, include a pink signed guitar from Machine Gun Kelly, and guitars, instruments, wardrobe, artwork, and memorabilia from Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell.
In the final lyric of the English and Spanish track, Billie sings, “You say it to me like it's something I have any choice in/If I wasn't important, then why would you waste all your poison?”
She says that lyric was the last thing she wrote for the song and she came up with it mid-quarantine last year, with help from her whole family.
“This was a period of quarantine where every Friday we had a family dinner and a movie night, which got old pretty quick,” Billie tells Zane. “But it was a good one, and we had dinner, we watched a movie, and then we were like, ‘You guys want to hear this Rosalía song we've been working on?’”
“So my mom, my dad, Finneas, me, Finneas' girlfriend Claudia, we all came down to the studio, and we listened, and me and Finneas were like, ‘Should we just write this line right now?’” she continues. “So I was sitting in the room with my entire family. We both, all of us, including my dad and my mom, they were like, ‘What if it was like …’ We were all giving ideas. So technically they should have a writing credit, because we all wrote that line right at the end.”
Billie and Rosalía had been working on the song since January 2019 and they finally released it Thursday.
Steve Eichner/Getty ImagesA Sublime graphic novel is in the works with publisher Z2 Comics.
The book, titled Sublime: $5 at the Door, is said to be a "heartfelt anthology" of stories from the "Santeria" trio's heyday, and is described as "Xanadu meets Superbad."
"When you grow up in SoCal like I did, Sublime's music is this powerful background radiation, permeating the culture," says writer Ryan Cady. "You hear it everywhere."
"I saw these guys like neighbors," he adds. "As I research the human moments underneath their phenomenon with [drummer] Bud [Gaugh] and [bassist] Eric [Wilson], I get to share that feeling with everyone who picks up the book."
Sublime: $5 at the Door is due out in June. You can pre-order it now via Z2Comics.com.
Z2 Comics has previously worked with artists including Gorillaz, Yungblud and Grateful Dead.
Blackened RecordingsProducer Bob Rock has sold his rights to the songs on Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, aka The Black Album.
The deal was made by the company Hipgnosis Songs, which has made news in recent weeks thanks to the high profile acquisitions of catalogs from artists including ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Neil Young and Shakira.
Along with the Metallica songs, Hipgnosis also purchased Rock's rights to several albums he produced by singer Michael Bublé.
"The breadth of Bob Rock's enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music," says Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis in a statement. "From Metallica's most famous Black Album to Michael Bublé's Christmas, he has produced some of the biggest albums of all time that continue to be evergreen, year in and year out."
"I put my heart and soul into these recordings," adds Rock. "I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together."
Rock produced every Metallica studio album from The Black Album to 2003's St. Anger. He's memorably featured in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.
Crush Music/AtlanticWeezer has released a new song called "All My Favorite Songs," the first single off the band's upcoming album, OK Human.
The track points to the piano-based, orchestra-accompanied direction of OK Human, which was greatly influenced by the iconic 1966 Beach Boys album, Pet Sounds. You can download "All My Favorite Songs" now via digital outlets.
OK Human will be released January 29. It's one of two announced Weezer albums due out this year -- the guitar-driven Van Weezer is set to arrive May 7.
Weezer is scheduled to hit the road this summer on the massive Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy. The trek was originally supposed to kick off last summer, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images The 2021 inauguration celebrations wrapped up Wednesday night with the primetime special Celebrating America.
The event, which was hosted by Tom Hanks, featured a lineup of top-tier performers, multiple tributes that celebrated the diversity of America, and remarks from the newly sworn in President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Typically, the day's events are capped off with the official inaugural balls, however, in light of the pandemic, the Celebrating America event took their place this year, which allowed many Americans to tune in to an inspiring night of performances.
Kicking off the exciting night from the elegant steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was rock star Bruce Springsteen, who opened up the program with his 1999 record "Land of Hope and Dreams" as "a small prayer for our country."
Also there to keep things rocking was Jon Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker and his backing band appeared from Miami, where they performed The Beatles' iconic hit "Here Comes the Sun" on a boardwalk in Miami as blue clouds gave way to the sun peaking through.
Before the Foo Fighters delivered a timely production of their song "Times Like These," they were introduced by Mackenzie Adams, a lively kindergarten teacher who went viral for her creative lessons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band's founder, Dave Grohl, shared that there's a teacher in his life that holds a very special place in his heart -- his mother, Virginia, who was one for 35 years and was "a mentor for her students, remembered long after their graduation." He dedicated the performance to Adams, and teachers everywhere for continuing to "enlighten our nation's kids every day."
Credit: Dean MartindaleRoyal Blood will unleash their new single "Typhoons" Thursday.
The track will premiere at 6:15 p.m. UK time -- or 1:15 p.m. ET -- on BBC Radio 1.
"This is it, don't get scared now," the duo teases.
"Typhoons" will follow Royal Blood's dance-influenced 2020 single "Trouble's Coming." Both tracks are expected to be included on the band's upcoming new album, the follow-up to their 2017 sophomore effort, How Did We Get So Dark?
Credit: Carlos CruzWhen The Head and the Heart was first getting started in Seattle, the band would busk in the city's Pike Place Market, which is famous for its fish-throwing vendors. A decade later, they performed on the Pike Place Market rooftop, which is captured in the upcoming Rivers and Roads concert film and live album.
Vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Russell tells ABC Audio that playing the rooftop concert was a "humbling" experience, especially given his group's busking past.
"Basically right under where we were is where they throw the fish," Russell explains. "If you go one more level down, there's really good acoustics where the stairwell is."
Beyond the personal history Pike Place has to The Head and the Heart, performing on a roof made the show that much more special.
"It's not like any other concert we'd ever done before," Russell shares. "I mean, we were dozens and dozens of feet above people...just getting close enough to look down was terrifying."
When the show was finished, Russell recalls "immediately want[ing] to go out there and do it all over again."
"It flew by, it was almost a blur," he remembers.
Rivers and Roads also marks The Head and the Heart's first official live album, and Russell can't think of a more fitting show to hold that honor.
"We've been known as a live band for so long, and we've always sort of kicked the idea around of having a live album," Russell says. "I'm glad we waited for this one, because it feels pretty unique and pretty powerful."
"I'm glad that we documented it," he adds. "I've seen the cuts, I enjoy watching it again, it gives me all kinds of feelings."
Rivers and Roads will be released this Friday exclusively via Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music.
Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesOn a day that saw the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, U2 frontman Bono has posted a message on the band's socialmediasites reflecting on the historic event that marks the end of the turbulent administration of Donald Trump.
"As an Irishman, I've always believed America isn't just a country, it's an idea…one the whole world has a stake in," the singer writes. "Lady Liberty's been bruised and battered these past four years, but today her flame burns bright as we watch her torch transfer to two new leaders who will calm the waters, even while they chart a new course."
Bono continues, "Joe Biden understands that in perilous times like these it is [Irish poet William Butler] Yeats' concept of cold passion that's required…an idea both very Irish, and very American."
The 60-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer goes on to congratulate and wish Godspeed to President Biden and Kamala Harris, who becomes the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of Asian descent elected U.S. vice president.
"[Her] history making, history-shaping achievement deserves many more moments in the sun," Bono notes.
He ends his message by referencing the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters, and saluting "those conservatives who, when incited to turn your back on democracy, chose to put country above party, truth above tribalism...and accepted that the people have spoken."