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Republic RecordsAfter releasing a string of new songs, singer/songwriter Two Feet, aka Bill Dess, has released details of his full-length debut album, Pink.

The album will be out March 13, and is currently available for pre-order.  A new track, "Grey," is also available.

In a statement, Dess says, "For a lot of these lyrics, I’m using real memories and trying to figure out the best way to formulate and pull emotions from listeners. That’s how my past experiences affected this record."

"A lot of the songs deal with the passage of time and how you interpret it," he adds. "Musically, I wanted it to be a full album with bangers, heavy songs, and acoustic tracks.”
 
From the project, Two Feet has released the songs "Intro," "Pink," "You?" and "BBY."

In addition, the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" artist has announced his Two Feet Pink tour, kicking off April 28 in L.A. and wrapping up May 26 in Chicago.  A pre-sale starts January 29 at 10 a.m. local time.

Two Feet will donate a dollar for every ticket purchased to SRNA, an organization that advocates and brings awareness to rare neuroimmune diseases. It's a cause that's close to his heart, since his sister has been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord.

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BMGFollowing the unexpected 2018 death of frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries released their final album, In the End, last year.  Featuring vocals Dolores recorded before her death, the well-received album unexpectedly earned the Irish band their very first Grammy nod: It's up for Best Rock Album at Sunday's ceremony.  Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler tells ABC Audio that the nod is simultaneously exciting and bittersweet.

"Obviously, when we heard the news, it was very exciting cause it's our first Grammy nomination," says Lawler.  "But then you obviously think, 'Oh, wouldn't it be great if Dolores was here to come up and be at this event with us?' Y'know, she loved getting dressed up and picking out a costume or whatever. So she'd have been really excited about that."

As for why it's their final album that got the Grammy love, and not, say, their 17-million-sellling smash No Need to Argue, guitarist Noel Hogan says, "I think there's the strength of the songs firstly, and...there's a lot of nostalgia as well that it brings back. And we felt from the very beginning it was one of...the strongest albums that we've done in a long time."

Lawler says he's sure Dolores would've been "very honored" because, he says, "Everyone knows in this industry that the Grammys is the biggest nomination you can get." 

Dolores' brother and his wife will join The Cranberries Sunday at the Grammys, but the band still hasn't decided how they'll celebrate if they win.

"Haven't really thought about it, to be honest," says Lawlor. 

"We're trying to stay calm either way," adds Hogan.

As for the future of The Cranberries, a documentary is in the works, as is a 25th anniversary reissue of No Need to Argue.

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Now that Hayley Williams has officially announced her debut solo album, Petals for Armor, and released the first single, "Simmer," she's opening up about the inspiration behind her first non-Paramore music.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Hayley says the album's title comes from a lyric in "Simmer": "wrap yourself in petals for armor."  To her, those words are "somewhat of a mantra to try and stay soft in a really, really hard world and feel pain, and let all of it come to you, and try and put out something that can redeem it all, even if it’s ugly at first."

"I kept feeling like the way for me to protect myself best is to be vulnerable and be O.K. with having a lot of pain at certain times, and also feeling a lot of joy at certain times," she continues.  “As long as I’m staying soft to those things and I’m open to letting those things in and out of me, then I actually can survive the world a lot easier than if I stay hard...with my fists up all the time.”

As for the flower imagery itself, Hayley says it came to her while she was having a "cranial-sacral massage."

"I was laying on [the] table and I started having these weirdly creepy visions of flowers growing out of me -- and not in a beautiful way," she recalls. "It was very painful and very grotesque but I kind of realized in that moment there was a lot that was trying so hard to grow out of me, and it was going to hurt to do it.”

Petals for Armor is due out May 8.

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After revealing a June 20 stadium show in the U.K. via their cryptic video, "An Offering...," My Chemical Romance has added a second show at the same venue.

After the first show at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England sold out, the band tweeted, "This is incredible. Thank you all so much. We have announced a second show."  Tickets for that show, scheduled for June 21, sold out immediately.

The announcement is illustrated with a picture of one of the hooded, skull-faced figures featured in the "An Offering...." video.  As AltPress.com notes, there have been many fan theories surrounding the creepy two-minute video, which features the hooded figures walking through a forest, one of whom eventually drives a dagger through a drawing of a pentagram on the forest floor.

My Chemical Romance -- Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and Mikey Way -- first reunited December 20 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall, their first live show in seven years.  The band has a handful of international dates scheduled for March, but so far, there's been no word of a North American tour.

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Courtesy CBS NewsBillie Eilish is on top of the world right now: Sunday, she's up for six Grammys and will be performing on the telecast.  But as the 18-year-old artist revealed Thursday night on CBS' The Gayle King Grammy Special, it wasn't that long ago that she was so depressed, she didn't think she'd make it to age 17.

Billie told King that in 2018, she was "so unhappy...and, like, joyless," because her extreme fame had made her isolated and lonely. She became clinically depressed, she said, and admitted, "I don't want to be dark, but I genuinely didn't think I would make it to 17."

When asked if she'd considered self-harm, Billie replied, "Yeah. I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel…And I remember there was a window right there…I remember crying because I was thinking about how the way that I was going to die was, I was going to do it."

Billie also revealed that the lyric "I wanna end me" in her song "Bury a Friend" was about herself.

The star says the one thing that kept her from taking her own life was her mother, Maggie Baird, who stepped in to scale back her daughter's schedule and the number of things she was expected to do.

"We checked in with her all the time about, 'Do you still want to do this?'" Baird told King. "She loved doing the shows. The fans and the shows, that's what kept her going."

Of course, therapy was also involved in Billie's recovery, as was her family's support.  She turned 18 last month.

(The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255).

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While the Guns N' Roses reunion has been a smashing success on the road, the prospect of new music from the band is less definitive.  In a new interview, guitarist Slash indicates that the band isn't quite certain what the plan should be in terms of releasing anything.

Speaking with Guitar.com about his new collection of Gibson acoustic and Les Paul electric models, Slash says of the band's plans, "There's been no definitive answer on anything and I'll just keep keep to that. Stuff is happening, but there are no specifics."

He continues, "More than anything, it's because of the nature of the industry right now. It's just like, 'How do you want to do this?' I mean, there's material and there’s recording and there's s*** going on, but we're not really sure what we're doing with it right now."

Of course, as Slash notes, the music industry has changed dramatically since 1993, which is the last time he, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan all made a record together as GN'R.

"There's a handful people who said, 'Yeah, make a record and go old school,'" he reveals. "And there's a handful of people that are like, 'We don’t even know what buying a record is any more!'"

While the band works out what to do music-wise, they've got plenty of live performances on their schedule.  They'll play the Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami on January 31, and in March, they'll tour South America. In May, they'll perform in Europe.

Axl, Slash and Duff launched their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour in 2016, marking the first time the trio had shared the stage together since 1993. The worldwide outing became the third-highest-grossing tour of all time.

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Stone Temple Pilots were supposed to kick off an unplugged tour on February 5, but that trek has now been scrapped due to lead singer Jeff Gutt's medical issues.

A statement from the band notes that Gutt has "a severely herniated disc," and "doctors have advised immediate surgery, along with several weeks of recovery time and physical therapy."

Gutt is expected to fully recover, after which the band hopes they can reschedule the tour for later this year. Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

STP's upcoming April tour of Australia with Bush and Live is still on, as is their summer tour with Nickelback.

The unplugged tour was in support of the band's upcoming acoustic-driven album, Perdida, due out February 7. It's STP's second album featuring Gutt, following 2018's self-titled release.

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Francis Specker/CBSIt's that time of year again: the 2020 Grammys go down this Sunday. Here's an overview of who's competing in the rock categories.

Starting in the Best Rock Album category, the nominees are Bring Me the Horizon's Amo, Cage the Elephant's Social Cues, The Cranberries' In the End, I Prevail's Trauma, and Rival Sons' Feral Roots.

The Best Rock Song nominees are Tool's "Fear Inoculum," The 1975's Give Yourself a Try, Vampire Weekend's "Harmony Hall," Brittany Howard's "History Repeats," and Gary Clark Jr.'s "This Land."

"History Repeats" and "This Land" are also nominated for Best Rock Performance, as are Bones UK's "Pretty Waste," Karen O and Danger Mouse's "Woman," and Rival Sons' "Too Bad."

In the Best Alternative Music Album category, the nominees are Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride, Bon Iver's i,i, Thom Yorke's Anima, Big Thief's U.F.O.F., and James Blake's Assume Form. Father of the Bride and i,i are also nominated for Album of the Year, as are Billie Eilish's WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and Lana Del Rey's Norman F***ing Rockwell.

The Best Metal Performance nominees include Tool's "7empest," Killswitch Engage's "Unleashed," I Prevail's "Bow Down," Candlemass' "Astorolus -- The Great Octopus" feat. Tony Iommi, and Death Angel's "Humanicide."

Meanwhile, the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical nominees include Jack Antonoff, The Black Key's Dan Auerbach, and Eilish's brother/collaborator, Finneas.

You'll also find Yorke's Suspiria song "Suspirium" nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, and the Beastie Boys' Beastie Boys Book in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

The 2020 Grammys will air live from Los Angeles Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Michele Crowe/CBSBillie Eilish is poised to have a big night at the Grammys this Sunday.

The 18-year-old phenom is up for six awards at this year's ceremony, and is the youngest artist ever to simultaneously be nominated for the so-called "big four" categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. She will also be performing during the ceremony.

Speaking to ABC Audio, Eilish reveals she's particularly proud of the Best New Artist nod.

"That's insane, that's insane," she says. "That's, like, the one that I feel like every single year has been an artist that I'm, like, 'Of course!'"

Eilish adds that it feels "incredible" to be nominated for the category at all.

"I'm really grateful and blessed," she says. 

Eilish's smash debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, is nominated for Album of the Year, while her hit single, "bad guy," will compete for Song and Record of the Year.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and "bad guy" are also up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, respectively.

The 2020 Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles this Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessWeezer will guest on an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

Rivers Cuomo and company are featured in the trailer for the forthcoming third season of the show, which is the Apple TV spin-off of the popular The Late Late Show segment. Joining the band in their episode will be actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen.

According to Billboard, Weezer' epsidoe will premiere on March 6.

Weezer will release their new album, Van Weezer, featuring the lead single "The End of the Game," on May 15. They'll hit the road this summer in support of the record on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy.

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ABC/Image Group LABillie Eilish has debuted the video for her new single, "everything i wanted."

The clip, directed by Eilish herself, finds her driving beside her brother and collaborator, Finneas. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

"My brother and I wrote this song about each other," Eilish explains. "I wanted to create a visual that emphasizes that no matter what, we'll be there for each other through everything."

Eilish dropped "everything i wanted" last November. It was the first new song she released to follow her smash debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

If you're craving more new Billie music, she's recording the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, which hits theaters in April.

Meanwhile, Eilish will compete for six awards at this year's Grammys, held Sunday, January 26. She's also performing at the ceremony.

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Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty ImagesFaith No More has announced a new show in the U.K. to raise money for the Australia bushfire relief efforts.

The concert will take place June 9 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England. All proceeds will be donated to a pair of relief funds established by the Australia organizations WIRES and the CFS Foundation.

"Australia is a country that we connected with early on in our career," says keyboardist Roddy Bottum in a statement. "We spent time not only with the people in their cities but also at its beaches and driving through its vast terrains."

"Reading the news about what's been happening in Australia has been heartbreaking," adds bassist Bill Gould. "It's hard to even comprehend the scale of damage; hopefully this small contribution on our part can make a difference somewhere."

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit FNM.com for all ticket info.

The benefit show will kick off Faith No More's upcoming U.K. and European tour, which will mark the band's first live dates since 2016.

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Hannah Peters/Getty ImagesFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is speaking publicly for the first time since the band announced that he was no longer in the group, and that longtime on-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante is returning.

During an interview with Marc Maron on the comedian's WTF podcast, Klinghoffer says that the news was a "complete shock, but not a surprise."

"It's pretty simple, and there's no animosity," Klinghoffer explains. "The explanation is that John would like to come back, and has rekindled the relationship with the band, or with Flea, musically, for the last little while."

"Behind your back," Maron suggests.

"I suppose," Klinghoffer responds.

Klinghoffer adds that the idea that Frusciante might be returning to the Chili Peppers had "crossed his mind once or twice" before the band officially told him the news after he learned that Flea and Frusciante had reconnected.

"I didn't know they'd been playing or anything," he says.

Overall, though, Klinghoffer says his emotions about his time in RHCP are positive.

"In that moment they told me, I sort of had this great wave of love for them, and love for everything I was able to do with them," he says.

Klinghoffer handled guitar duties in Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2009 to 2019, and played on two albums: 2011's I'm with You and 2016's The Getaway.

Frusciante, meanwhile, has previously gone through two tenures with the Peppers. He first joined in 1988 before departing in 1992, and then returned for a stretch between 1998 and 2009.

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ABC NewsTuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan told her side of the story in a contentious debate that's roiled the music industry just days before the Grammy Awards.

Dugan claims she was pushed out after exposing alleged sexual harassment, nomination rigging, and what she described as a toxic "boy's club" that sidelined women and minority groups. In response, the Recording Academy alleges it was Dugan who created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment and is investigating both Ms. Dugan's alleged potential misconduct and her subsequent allegations.

Regarding the nomination rigging, Dugan told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Thursday, "There are incidents of conflict of interest that taints the results."

Stephanopoulos then read out loud what's written in her complaint: "One artist who initially ranked 18 out of 20 in the 2019 Song of the Year category ended up with a nomination. This artist was actually permitted to sit on the Song of the Year nomination committee. Incredibly, this artist is also represented by a member of the Board."

"Who is this person?" Stephanopoulos then asked.

Dugan and her lawyer wouldn't reveal the artist's identity, but Dugan went on to say that that alleged incident wasn't an isolated one.

"It's not even just that one room. I have evidence that in another room....there were complaints made in the jazz category," she began, before Stephanopoulos interrupted her, saying, "That was gonna be my next question, so you do have evidence?

"I do," she responded.

As a reminder, last year's Song of the Year winner was Childish Gambino's "This Is America."  The other nominees were Lady Gaga's "Shallow," "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai, "God's Plan" by Drake, "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, and "The Joke," by Brandi Carlile.

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Credit: Neil KrugCage the Elephant's long-teased collaboration with Iggy Pop is finally here.

The "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" rockers have teamed up with the Godfather of Punk for a new version of the song "Broken Boy," which initially appeared on Cage's latest album, Social Cues. You can download the collab now via digital outlets.

"Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the rock dream," Pop says in a statement. "For a couple of fun minutes I was one of the boys. Sounds pretty wicked to me."

Frontman Matt Shultz adds that Pop is a "pioneer in so many fields."

"Only a couple times in your life do you have the opportunity to share a moment with a visionary and beautiful human as he is," Shultz says of Iggy. "I'm grateful and blown away to have experienced and witnessed, not just his creativity, but also his kindness, humility, and humanness first hand. Such a testimony to the power of love."

Social Cues, Cage the Elephant's fifth studio effort, was released last April, and also includes the lead single "Ready to Let Go" and the Beck collaboration "Night Running." It's nominated for Best Rock Album at this Sunday's Grammys.

Pop, meanwhile, just dropped his 18th solo album, Free, last September.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCHalsey was Jimmy Fallon's guest on Wednesday's The Tonight Show, and she joined him for a game of "Google Translate Songs," where they sang popular tunes after running the lyrics through the search engine's translation service.

For instance: Madonna's "Like a Virgin," translated to Polish and then back to English, became "Unwed Woman," with the lyrics becoming, “Unwed Woman/for the first time explored outdoors/Unwed Woman/When You're chest hurts they're nearby.”

The chorus of The Jackson 5's "ABC," turned into "Alphabet/It's simple as a two/It's easy to restore me/Alphabet/As a two/That's why we had a girl."

Halsey's "Without Me" became "You Soft Head."  "You have my emotion when you're on the ground/sounds so loud when you're ripped by the distance/I am single, not you why are you high/word made of air have you taken depression/I do not exist with Soft Head/I do not exist with soft head," she sang.

Finally, the two performed a duet to Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" -- a.k.a. "I Desire Roads."

Previous editions of "Google Translate Songs" have featured Kelly ClarksonMiley Cyrus and Camila Cabello.

Earlier, the New Jersey native, born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, drew laughs from Fallon and his studio audience by delivering the lyrics to her hit "Graveyard in a Jersey accent," and putting her art skills to the test by sketching a portrait of Jimmy that looked more like Baby Yoda.

Halsey, who will be the musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, revealed one of the songs she'll be performing is "You Should Be Sad."  The other she is keeping a secret, but did tease that we'll be seeing her play the guitar for the first time.

Halsey's new album, Manic, is available now.

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300 EntertainmentMeg Myers has been running up the charts with her "Running Up That Hill" cover.

The "Desire" singer's take on the 1985 Kate Bush classic has reached the top spot on Billboard's Rock Airplay, giving her the first number-one Billboard single of her career.

The "Running Up That Hill" cover also sits at number two on the Alternative Songs chart, which is a career high for Myers. She previously peaked at number 15 with her single "Sorry."

Myers premiered her version of "Running Up That Hill" last March. It follows her sophomore album, 2018's Take Me to the Disco.

You can catch Myers running up that stage when she performs at the 2020 BottleRock Napa festival in May.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe Strokes will head down South for a pair of festival dates this spring.

Julian Casablancas and company are headlining Miami's III Points Festival, taking place May 1-2, and Guadalajara, Mexico's Corona Capital, held May 16-17.

The III Points lineup also includes Disclosure, iconic rap group Wu-Tang Clan and Swedish singer Robyn, while Corona Capital also features Kings of Leon, The Hives, Foals, Of Monsters and Men, Blondie and Death Cab for Cutie.

For more info, visit IIIPoints.com and CoronaCapitalGDL.com.

The Strokes are expected to finally release their new album this year, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Comedown Machine. The group debuted a new song during their New Year's Eve show in Brooklyn, New York.

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Credit: Danny ClinchFollowing the premiere of the new single "Dance of the Clairvoyants" Wednesday morning, Pearl Jam has debuted a new video to accompany the track.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, is titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants, Mach I," and is stuffed with brief flashes of various natural phenomena, including forest fires, blooming plants and crashing waves.

At the moment, it's unclear exactly what "Mach I" refers to in this context, so stay tuned.

"Dance of the Clairvoyants" is the lead single off Pearl Jam's upcoming album, Gigaton, due out March 27. It's the 11th studio effort from the grunge legends is the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in support of Gigaton this spring starting March 18 in Toronto.

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Credit: Lindsey ByrnesHayley Williams has premiered her debut solo single, "Simmer."

The track, which is available now for digital download, was co-written and produced by Williams' Paramore band mate Taylor York. It's accompanied by a cinematic video, starring a naked Williams running through the woods, which is now streaming on YouTube.

"Simmer" is the first single from Williams' upcoming debut solo album, Petals for Armor, due out May 8.

"I'm so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project," says Williams. "Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing Petals for Armor. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation."

Paramore's most recent album is 2017's After Laughter.

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