Shawn Mendes: ‘Lockdown has been abnormal but nice for me and Camila’ – Music News



Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello found settling into a daily routine after years on the road “abnormal but nice” during the Covid-19 crisis.

The singer opened up on life in lockdown with his girlfriend during his recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and admitted he feared being creative during the pandemic would be “impossible”.

“It’s funny. When I got here, it was like the beginning of the album process and I was like in a full panic state,” shared the 22-year-old.

“I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to make music. This is going to be impossible’,” he went on.

“But like a week goes by and you start cooking eggs in the morning, you start doing laundry and taking dogs for walks, and you like have a coffee mug that you use the same one every day, and it just becomes like really nice,” Shawn reflected.

The In My Blood star went on to acknowledge that things like this sound “so normal for everyone else,” but the situation has been “very abnormal” for him and the former Fifth Harmony star.

“I’ve basically been living in hotel rooms since I was 15,” he said, adding: “so it’s been nice, man, it’s been really nice.”

The singer-songwriter is the subject of new Netflix movie In Wonder, which follows his rise to stardom and features footage from his self-titled world tour last year. The film debuts on 23 November, a few weeks before the release of his fourth studio album, Wonder, on 4 December.



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Sebastian Bach Dons ‘F**K Trump’ T Shirt For Pre Election Video Message: ‘Vote For Rock And Roll Music Over Reality Television’


SEBASTIAN BACH Dons 'F**k TRUMP' T-Shirt For Pre-Election Video Message: 'Vote For Rock And Roll Music Over Reality Television'

Sebastian Bach has urged his fans to make their voices heard in next week’s presidential election, saying in a video message that they should “vote for rock and roll music over reality television.”

The former SKID ROW singer donned a “Fuck Trump” t-shirt but did not explicitly back Democratic challenger Joe Biden in his message, focusing instead on the issues he said had hindered the U.S. from adequately tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are days away, hours away from an election on November 3rd, which is by far the most important election of all of our lifetimes, and maybe the most important election of all time,” Sebastian said. “Because this is about democracy. This is about choosing who is the best man to run our country — and it’s not Jared Kushner, okay?

“Here’s the situation: all of us have had our lives stopped since March 2020,” he continued. “It’s now gonna be November. We all want our lives back. In order to change our lives back to normal, we have to put somebody in charge that has a plan — not give another four years to the guy that stopped everything. It doesn’t make sense.

“I have a tour booked starting in April. Half of the shows are in the country of Canada. We have booked shows in Canada, but Americans aren’t allowed in Canada right now. So if things don’t change, I don’t see how we’re gonna go on tour in Canada when Americans aren’t allowed in Canada.

“Do you understand how heavy this is?”

Bach added: “My kids have a chance to maybe go back to school. Everybody’s scared, because they don’t know if it’s safe or not, because nobody’s in charge. We need somebody in charge.

“I would never tell anybody who to vote for. I would never do that. I would never, ever try to influence anybody into, say, ‘Hey, vote for this guy.’ I would never do that. Never would I say those words. What I would say is this: vote for science, so we can stop the virus and go back to work, like before. Vote against racism, because racism is for assholes. Don’t be an asshole. Vote for the climate, because it’s a hundred thousand degrees. The world is burning, and there’s hurricanes all the time. So vote for the climate. Most importantly, vote for our children. As adults, it’s our job to leave the planet for our kids better than when we came into it.

“So I’m not telling you who to vote for, but it’s obvious that one candidate is thinking of our children. There’s obviously one candidate who has our children in mind and the future of America and the world in mind. Vote for that guy. Vote for the return of rock and roll to America. Vote for rock and roll music over reality television.

“Who are you?”

Bach frequently criticizes Trump‘s policies on Twitter. This past July, he told Esquire that he missed “smarts” in the White House. “I can’t watch footage of JFK from 1962,” he said. “I can’t even watch that shit because I’ll cry. Because motherfucker is so cool and so smart and hates racism. And then we have this fucking jackass. And it’s just not fair to the country. I put Barack Obama in the same category. When I watch him speak, it rips my heart out because he makes you feel safe.”

In August 2019, Sebastian lambasted America’s 45th president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republican leaders for their inaction on gun regulation. A month earlier, Bach made headlines when he said that he “would do a better job” running the county than Trump.

In a 2018 interview with TheRecord.com, Sebastian revealed that he voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Is this the last ever weekend of the United States of America? On Tuesday we have the chance to make things better and go back to normal. Or have things stay the same as they have been since March and watch everything get exponentially horrifyingly worse. It’s up to us America ? We can either vote for rock and roll or we can vote for reality television We can either vote for #science or we can vote for fiction Who are we?

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Will.i.am says Donald Trump comparing his achievements to Abraham Lincoln’s is “an insult”


Will.i.am has spoken out about Donald Trump, saying the president’s claim that he’s done more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln is “an insult”.

Speaking in a new interview, the Black Eyed Peas frontman, who debuted a new pro-Joe Biden video this week with Jennifer Hudson, was asked whether he felt Trump was drawing the support of young African American and Latino men.

“Most of the people that I see hopping the bandwagon, it is tax based,” he told The Washington Post Live. “It’s about money. It’s not about decency. It’s not about preparation for tomorrow.”

“That is what I see. And they are believing the lies and the shenanigans and his empty promises and his tall claims of how great he is. And comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. ‘He’s the greatest president to the Black community since Abraham Lincoln because Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.’ And his connection with freeing prisoners means that he sees the Black community still as slaves and now free. Get out of here with that bro. No. No. No. You have no idea how great the Black community is to compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln.

He concluded: “This is a different Black community now. You are not freeing us. What are you talking about? That’s an insult.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Will.i.am addressed recent comments made by Ice Cube, after the ‘Good Day’ rapper revealed that he met with Republicans to talk about their plans for the Black community, but that it was not an endorsement.

“[He is] forgetting that [Trump is] a liar, he’s forgetting that he’s a used car salesman, he’s forgetting he’s full of shit, and he’s forgetting that everything he said he went back on,” Will.i.am said.

Meanwhile, Lil Wayne has revealed he met with President Donald Trump just days before the 2020 US election.

Posting a photo of the two of them on Twitter, Wayne wrote he “had a great meeting” with the president.

“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” he wrote.





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How Iron Maiden Made Eddie Even Creepier for ‘The X-Factor’ Cover


Given Hugh Syme’s work — designing album covers for some of the world’s biggest rock and metal bands — it wasn’t uncommon to encounter strange, occasionally creepy items around the family home. One such oddity was the grotesque adaptation of Iron Maiden mascot Eddie that he crafted for 1995’s The X-Factor.

“My daughters benefitted [by knowing] that anything remotely unsettling or horrific that they saw in the movies was the product of models and art direction,” Syme tells UCR. “They grew up with the torso of Eddie in plain view in our basement, where they would often play. It wasn’t lost on them that there was a thing called ‘special effects.'”

Illustrator Derek Riggs created that skeletal, vaguely zombie-ish character, who debuted on the band’s self-titled 1980 debut and has remained a staple of their albums and merchandise. Looking for a fresh take on an iconic image, Iron Maiden sought out a new visual collaborator for their ninth LP, 1992’s Fear of the Dark — and they recruited Syme for the follow-up.

“[The band’s] manager at the time, Merck Mercuriadis, introduced me to [bassist] Steve Harris,” recalls Syme, best known for his decades-long tenure with Rush. “I remember asking why they would deviate from Derek’s pretty well-established [style]. I was sensitive to that — if Rush’s art director was replaced by somebody else, I know how that would feel. It’s a sad day for everybody, I presume —particularly the loyal and protective fans, so unique to Rush. So when the band started talking about taking Eddie to a place with a bit more realism, I said, ‘Where is this coming from? You have such a long history with an illustrative, graphic novel feel.'”

The band was impressed by Syme’s work with another famous metal character, Vic Rattlehead, and how he’d used the menacing skeleton in more subtle ways on two Megadeth albums, 1992’s Countdown to Extinction and 1994’s Youthanasia. “They said, ‘We like that Megadeth deviated from the norms of their Vic-centric world,'” Syme says.

Iron Maiden came in with a blank creative slate, allowing the designer to explore his own unique interest in the macabre.

“They didn’t say they wanted torture or evisceration or disembodied torsos,” he says. “I was talking a little bit about trepanning, the ancient Neolithic curiosity of removing the top of the skull, or drilling a hole, to see what makes us tick — the very early, crude days of surgery. And I’m a huge fan of the art direction in movies like Blade Runner and Terry Gilliam‘s Brazil.”

Syme says he entered the project free of expectations — sensitive to Eddie’s lengthy legacy but eager to “make it work” as a “personal challenge.” He sculpted and painted the figure, created a torture table and hired a local friend who did hunting and trapping to “introduce some actual entrails at the bottom of the photo.” (Syme notes he gave said friend credit as the “entrail wrangler.”)

The digital part of the process was equally laborious, given the limitations of mid-’90s technology.

“It was the early days of digital medium transferring — you couldn’t upload big files at the time,” he remembers. “The Internet was in its infancy. We were doing counter-to-counter shipments from my studio in Indiana to London. We would have a guy show up in the middle of winter at my place and pick up a disk which then held a maximum amount of 200 megabytes of data. That would be driven to the Indianapolis airport, put on a plane and picked up at Heathrow. It was something like $400 a trip. It was getting ridiculous and cumbersome.

“Merck said, ‘Come on over. I’ll set you up with the best digital suite in London,'” he continues. “I spent two weeks meeting with the band almost every day. It was great to be able to hang — and drink — with the guys, present the daily work-in-progress and have them come over to the graphic studio to see my process.”

The resulting cover — torture chamber, exposed brain, vampiric teeth and all — was fairly dark, even by Iron Maiden standards. The back image, meanwhile, features Eddie strapped into an electric chair.

“The electric chair was created as an ancillary image for the back cover, or interior panel within the CD Digipak or booklet‚ but never as a front cover,” he explains, noting that he’s “unaware” of online commentary that some retailers banned the primary image and used the rear one instead.

Syme never worked on another Iron Maiden piece. But he fondly remembers his one brush with Eddie.

“That was a fun project,” he says. “That cover was an effort at bringing some palpable reality to the otherwise more fantasial illustrative style that preceded.”

“And we still have Eddie laying in state here in my studio, by the way.”

 





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Here’s The Most Played Halloween-Themed Rock Songs


For rock and metal fans, there’s really no better time than October. It’s the month where you binge horror films and make endless playlists, cramming them with your favorite Halloween-time bands as well as some other generally spooky songs. Here are the most played Halloween-themed rock songs, per the U.K.’s Official Charts Company.

Loosely put, the Official Charts Company is the equivalent of the Billboard Charts in the U.S. and regularly tracks album and singles placement, singles downloads and more.

In their tally of the most popular Halloween-themed songs, the Official Charts broke down streaming numbers based in the U.K. for 12 tracks in particular, which were a mix of rock, pop and alternative. Basically, don’t be disappointed when you don’t see Rob Zombie, Cradle of Filth or even the Misfits pop up on the list below.

At the top of the heap is Australian pop/rock outfit 5 Seconds of Summer, who had an extraordinary lead over every artist listed with a total of 170 million streams. That’s more than triple the amount of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller,” which netted 51.1 million streams.

Other selections here may not be glaringly obvious as an end of October favorite (we’re looking at you, Backstreet Boys — don’t worry, we didn’t include the boy band in the rock breakdown below).

Even AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell” doesn’t immediately register as a Halloween staple, but with all those devils and ghouls loitering in the streets on October 31, it’s no shock the idea of Hell comes to mind.

See the streaming numbers on some rock favorites below. And, yes, we know the “Ghostbusters” song isn’t rock or metal, but it’s too fun not to include.

Happy Halloween!

  • “Youngblood” — 170 million U.K. streams

    by 5 Seconds of Summer

  • “Bury a Friend” — 103 million U.K. streams

    by Billie Eilish

  • “Highway to Hell” — 70.1 million U.K. streams

    by AC/DC

  • “Zombie” — 65.6 million U.K. streams

    by Cranberries

  • “Bring Me to Life” — 62.4 million U.K. streams

    by Evanescence

  • “Sympathy for the Devil” — 44.9 million U.K. streams

    by The Rolling Stones

  • “Ghostbusters” — 24.7 million U.K. streams

    by Ray Parker Jr.





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Bruce Springsteen Lends Voice to Joe Biden’s ‘Hometown’ Campaign Ad: Watch


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has enlisted Bruce Springsteen to narrate a new campaign advertisement about the former vice president’s “hometown” of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

“Scranton, Pennsylvania. Here, success isn’t handed down. It’s forged in sweat, grit and determination,” Springsteen says in the ad. “This is his hometown. In Scranton, good times aren’t promised. But here, and in towns across America, times are harder than they ought to be. Lives are on pause, dreams on hold, futures in doubt.”

Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. track “My Hometown” also appears in the minute-long ad, which premiered Friday (Oct. 30) on YouTube and will air during Saturday night’s broadcast of the college football game between Penn State and Ohio State.



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The Haxan Cloak and Swans Share New Song for Red Dead Online: Listen


Rockstar GamesRed Dead Online—the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2—has a new limited time update called “The Halloween Pass,” which features new season-appropriate additions to the game. One of those new additions is a new soundtrack from Swans and the Haxan Cloak. They worked together on reworked versions of two songs from The Seer: the title track and “Avatar.” Listen to the updated version of “Avatar” below.

Last year, Haxan Cloak scored Ari Aster’s horror hit Midsommar. His last solo album Excavation was released in 2013. Revisit our Rising feature with Bobby Krlic from that same year.



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Mel B calls on Eddie Murphy for more child support – Music News



Spice Girls star Mel B has requested more child support from Eddie Murphy to help her through some financial troubles.

The Wannabe singer, who is mother to the Trading Places star’s 13-year-old daughter Angel, has asked for Eddie’s financial records so she can assess what he pays her monthly to cover costs for their kid.

“Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry,” her lawyers write in the new documents. “Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor.

“Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time.”

Mel B’s representatives insist she made “numerous efforts to resolve this case without court intervention without any success,” adding, “Melanie was left with no choice but to file this.”

According to records, Murphy previously agreed to pay Mel $25,000 (£19,300)-a-month in child support, as well as Angel’s health insurance and a contribution to her education.

The teen is one of Eddie’s nine kids, who range in age from 22 months to 31.



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Rockers React To Passing Of Sean Connery


Rockers React To Passing Of SEAN CONNERY

David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE), Gavin Rossdale(BUSH), Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), WARRANT, Jason Bonham, John Corabi (ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Vernon Reid (LIVING COLOUR) are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of Sean Connery. The Scottish actor, who was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, died Friday night (October 30) at the age of 90.

Connery appeared in seven Bond films and won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in “The Untouchables”. Other notable roles included those in “The Hunt for Red October”, “Highlander”, “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” and “The Rock”.

Sean died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas. His son Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died in Nassau. He added: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”

The actor’s publicist Nancy Seltzer said: “There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended.”

Sean is survived by wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.

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So sad to hear we lost the coolest of cool Mr 007 Himself Sean Connery ??

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RIP Sean Connery. He sure did many amazing movies but my favourite is Highlander. What’s yours?

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Can’t quite call this a happy Caturday since 2020 took another legend from us, so here’s Sean Connery with a kitten. RIP Sean. Fuck off 2020

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The legend that is Sean Connery. Rip big man .??.

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Lenny Kravitz explains why he dropped out of Marvin Gaye biopic


Lenny Kravitz has opened up about his involvement in one of several ill-fated biopics on soul legend Marvin Gaye.

Cameron Crowe, Jamie Foxx, Scott Rudin and Dr. Dre have all reportedly been attached to projects telling the story of the late Motown icon at various points, though none have materialised as yet.

Kravitz signed on for one such project in 2012, titled Sexual Healing and helmed by Julien Temple, the director behind 1980 Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.

Three months later, Kravitz dropped out of the film – set to follow Gaye’s time trying to recover from addiction and rebuild his career in the early 80s – and was replaced by Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin.

Speaking to Rolling Stone in a new interview, Kravitz explained that he was initially committed to the role, having even travelled to the small Belgian city where Gaye briefly lived during his recovery period.

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Lenny Kravitz performing live. Credit: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“I went to Oostend. I did the whole thing,” he said. “I stayed at Marvin’s apartment. I went to the gym where he was training for boxing, the church where he sang the Lord’s Prayer. The director [Temple] went to the Bahamas [and] we hung out.”

However, Kravitz said he later “just didn’t feel right about it,” adding: “I can’t even tell you what it was. There were some business and financing things going on which had nothing to do with me. I just gracefully bowed out with due respect to the director who’s wonderful and I really like as a person.

“In the end, I’m glad that I didn’t do it. Playing Marvin Gaye is a wonderful opportunity but I’m just trying to do my thing.”

Kravitz previously claimed he was often turned away by record companies during the early part of his career because his music “wasn’t black enough”.

He told Variety magazine: ”I just knew that I was singing and performing my truth. This was a time right after everybody in the music industry was telling me that I couldn’t do this sort of thing. I would take my music around to the labels, and I would get the whole ‘It’s not black enough’ [response].”





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