Maluma and the Weeknd Share Video for New “Hawái (Remix)”: Watch


Maluma has shared a new remix of his Papi Juancho song “Hawái.” The new version, which arrives with a video directed by Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants, features the Weeknd. Check out the collaboration below.

“I have always admired the Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on ‘Hawái (Remix),’” Maluma said in a press release. “He brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive.”

Maluma dropped Papi Juancho in August. He performed “Hawái” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards later that month.

The Weeknd released After Hours in March. He, too, performed at the 2020 VMAs, singing “Blinding Lights” from a rooftop.





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Justin Bieber’s spiritual mentor fired from megachurch over ‘moral failures’ – Music News



Justin Bieber’s spiritual mentor Carl Lentz has been fired from his position at the Hillsong Church East Coast due to “moral failures”.

Lentz first became a pastor at the New York branch of Hillsong in 2010 and quickly rose in popularity in the church. He became a close spiritual confidante to Bieber several years ago and the singer briefly lived with Lentz in 2014. He also guided Bieber after his breakup from Selena Gomez in 2017.

Now, according to the megachurch’s founder Brian Houston, Lentz, 41, has been terminated from his position, in a move that “was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl”.

“Today Hillsong Church East Coast advised our congregation that we have terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz,” Houston explained in the statement, obtained by People. “This action was not taken lightly.”

He added that Lentz’s firing comes after “ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures,” insisting it would “not be appropriate” to go further into why Lentz was fired.

“We thank Pastors Carl and (wife) Laura for the way they have served faithfully and sacrificially since the start of Hillsong NYC and for contributing so significantly to the countless lives that have been transformed for Jesus Christ through this ministry,” Houston added.

“They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church. In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here.”



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Five Finger Death Punch Releases Official Lyric Video For ‘Broken World’


FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Releases Official Lyric Video For 'Broken World'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has released the official lyric video for the song “Broken World”. The track is taken from the second instalment of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s greatest-hits collection, “A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2”, which was released on digital and CD formats on October 9, with a two-LP set arriving on November 20 via Better Noise Music.

“A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2” includes four previously unreleased tracks: “Broken World”, a Steve Aoki remix of “Bad Company”, a Joe Hahn remix of “Wash It All Away”, a Felmax remix of “Trouble” and a new acoustic version of “Wrong Side Of Heaven”.

“A Decade Of Destruction – Volume 2” track listing

01. Blue On Black [taken from “And Justice For None”]

02. The Tragic Truth [taken from “American Capitalist”]

03. Broken World [previously unreleased]**

04. I Refuse [taken from “And Justice For None”]

05. The Pride [taken from “American Capitalist”]

06. Hard To See [taken from “War Is The Answer”]

07. When The Seasons Change [taken from “And Justice For None”]

08. Cradle To The Grave [taken from “The Wrong Side Of Heaven, Vol. 2”]

09. Sham Pain [taken from “And Justice For None”]

10. M.I.N.E. (End This Way) [taken from “The Wrong Side Of Heaven, Vol. 1”]

11. Hell To Pay [taken from “Got Your Six”]

12. Never Enough [taken from “The Way Of The Fist”]

13. Walk Away [taken from “War Is The Answer”]

14. Wrong Side Of Heaven (new acoustic version – original version taken from “Wrong Side Of Heaven, Vol. 1”)**

15. Trouble (Felmax Remix) [original version taken from “And Justice For None”]

16. Wash It All Away (Joe Hahn Remix) [original version taken from “Got Your Six”)**

17. Bad Company (The Five Finger Dim Mak Steve Aoki Remix) [original version taken from “War Is The Answer”]**

** Previously unavailable

Last month, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH confirmed that it officially parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook back in February 2020, during the band’s sold-out European arena tour. He has since been replaced by renowned British virtuoso Andy James, who is also featured on “Broken World”.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s latest album, “F8”, was released in February. The follow-up to 2018’s “And Justice For None” capped a turbulent period for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in which singer Ivan Moody finally got sober after a near-fatal struggle with addiction, while co-founding drummer Jeremy Spencer bowed out of the band due to physical issues.

Much of “F8”‘s lyrical content deals with Moody‘s battle with addiction, its aftermath and his recovery. The singer celebrated two years of sobriety in March.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s new disc was once again helmed by Kevin Churko, the Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter who currently lives in Las Vegas, where he works out of his private studio, The Hideout Recording Studio. The drums on the LP were laid down by Charlie “The Engine” Engen, who made his live debut with the group during its fall 2018 tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN.

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Erykah Badu reflects on U.S. election: “Hip-hop is bigger than the government”


Erykah Badu has reflected on the US Election, explaining that music has the power to be a uniting force in divided times.

Speaking to Ebro Darden on Apple Music, the neo-soul icon recalled how she spoke to Republican and Democrat voters for a new documentary, before Tuesday’s dramatic vote had even taken place.

Despite the voters expressing differing views, Badu explained that they expressed the same sense of enjoyment when they were played music by Beastie Boys.

“I did this documentary a couple weeks ago… leading up to this day asking people in my city what they believed and were they Republican or Democrat or did they believe the system really worked or does the voting system really work in your opinion,” said Badu.

“And they gave these differing opinions and everybody’s was very intelligent and it was their own belief. I challenged them next to put on some headphones and listen to a song. It was Beastie Boys ‘Hold It Now, Hit It’.

“No matter what they believed, whether they agreed or not on their beliefs, everyone nodded in agreement to the kick of the snare. Hip Hop is bigger than the government. Anything that we collectively believe together can change many things… the frequency of everything.”

But even if the government is opposed to your own personal view, Badu stressed the importance of keeping up to date with their latest moves.

“No matter what we believe, what the powers that be believe will affect us,” she told Darden.

“No matter how many different directions we want to take ourselves and our communities, what the powers that be that believe will affect all of us so it’s very good to keep up with what’s going on and the choices the powers that be are making for us.

“Of course, we can effectively come together and change those things as we’ve seen over the years and it takes time… because anything that is strong and will outlast all of us takes a long time and a real plan. Organizing and putting forth your effort and your life.”

Her comments came before Tuesday’s vote, which is yet to determine a winner.

Joe Biden has edged ever closer to the presidency, with The Guardian reporting that he is only six electoral college votes away from securing victory over Donald Trump.

However, Trump prematurely claimed victory yesterday and vowed to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent further votes from being counted in some of the country’s key battlegrounds.





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Former Uriah Heep Keyboardist Ken Hensley Dead at 75


Ken Hensley, co-funding former keyboardist with Uriah Heep, died at the age of 75 at home in Spain on Nov. 4, his brother confirmed.

Hensley wrote many of the band’s songs during his tenure from 1970 to 1980, performing guitar and lead vocals on a number of occasions. He later worked with W.A.S.P., Cinderella, Blackfoot and others following his departure and led his own band, Live Fire.

“I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening,” Trevor Hensley wrote on Facebook. “His beautiful wife Monica was at his side and comforted Ken in his last few minutes with us. We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and ask that you please give us some space and time to come to terms with it.”

He noted that “Ken will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain, so please don’t ask for information about a funeral. Ken has gone but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.”

In a statement, Uriah Heep said Hensley’s death took place after a “very short illness,” adding that he “was one of the most important musicians of the past half-century. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. … A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists.”

Band leader Mick Box said: “I am in deep shock at the news Ken Hensley has passed away, and my sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica. Ken wrote some amazing songs in his tenure with the band, and they will remain a musical legacy that will be in people’s hearts forever.”

In an interview with Eonmusic last month, Hensley explained why he had no writing credits on Uriah Heep’s debut album, Very ‘Easy, Very ‘Umble. “When I joined the band, I had a publishing contract with another publisher, which meant they had to hide my name,” he explained. “I did, in fact, write songs for the first album, but we just weren’t allowed to publicize it, and so it was disguised under Paul Newton’s name.”

He noted that the “reason I became the dominant writer was because I always wrote a lot of songs. In the days of vinyl, you could only put eight or nine tracks on an album, and I would go in with 10, 12, 15 songs, and the other guys would bring maybe one or two, so naturally, that’s the way it came out.”

Hensley left Uriah Heep after becoming disillusioned with lineup changes, and said, despite a reunion show in Russia in 2015, he had no desire to return. “But to think about what we achieved together and the things that we did and everything else, it still puts a smile on my face,” he said.

The cause of Hensley’s death was not revealed. He had recently finished writing a memoir titled My Book of Answers, which is set for publication in February.

 





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Creed Reunion Is a ‘Possibility,’ Band’s Drummer Says


A Creed reunion could happen sooner than later, judging by a recent interview with the “Arms Wide Open” act’s drummer, Scott Phillips.

Earlier this year, rumors swelled regarding the post-grunge hitmakers possibly getting back together after Creed updated their Facebook profile with an old band photo. And while the coronavirus pandemic has large, in-person concerts mostly nixed for now, could 2021 see a comeback from the Scott Stapp-led act?

Speaking to Audio Ink Radio this week (Nov. 4), Phillips — the drummer who launched Creed in 1994 alongside Stapp, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and rhythm guitarist Brian Brasher — plead ignorance about the social media update. But he led credence to the reunion chatter:

I didn’t know that had happened! That’s interesting. I’m the worst when it comes to social media. I go through phases where I’m into it for about two days, and then I don’t pick it up for about two months. But, that being said, there’s always talk every now and then of the possibility of us getting back together and doing some stuff. We’re all in a good spot right now where we feel like we have a good relationship amongst the four of us. Obviously, Mark and Brian and I are in the same band together. But, Scott seems to be doing really, really well. There’s some dialogue. We tend to check up on each other when it’s birthdays and holidays, things like that. So, there has been some chatter, and there’s no specific timetable for anything or no specific plans, but it’s a possibility down the road. We’ll just kind of let it play out naturally and see what happens.

Talk about some positive news for Creed fans. There’s no doubt that Phillip’s discussion of the group’s members all being on good terms with each other gives a reunion a fertile breeding ground from which to bloom. The situation’s a far cry from back when Stapp, who’s now recovered, had a drug meltdown.

Of course, as the drummer indicated in the above interview excerpt, three members of Creed still currently perform together in Alter Bridge. In that band, Phillips, Tremonti and Marshall have joined frontman Myles Kennedy since Creed initially became inactive in 2003 and finally called it a day in 2004.

But Creed has since reunited once already. They were officially back together from 2009 to 2012, before going on hiatus again in 2013. So the possibility of a new reunion from the outfit doesn’t seem all that remote.

Last year, Stapp himself noted that “everything’s positive” with Creed in the present day. Does that mean the band will return once more to take us “Higher”? We’ll just have to wait and see.

20 Bands Who Reunited Over the Last Decade (2010 – 2019)





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Amid the COVID Chaos, Concert Promoter Michael Chugg Has a Career Year With His Label


Due to the pandemic, it’s been a quiet stretch for his live entertainment company Chugg Entertainment, which launched in 2000 and is now affiliated with Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring.

No shows, no worries. Chugg switched gears, shifting his energies to Chugg Music, the independent management, record label, label services and publishing company he launched in 2012 with Andrew Stone.

In recent times, Chugg honed his roster, focused on digital, and expanded his company with the launch of Chugg Music Asia, led by Michael “Mick” De Lanty in Bangkok.

Those moves are paying off.

“When the pandemic started, Andrew, myself and our team realized we need to focus on the online world and since march our artists have done around 80 -90 streaming events,” Chugg tells Billboard.

Brands got involved. This year alone, Chugg Music and its artists partnered with the likes of Doritos, Ariat, Wrangler, YouTube, drinks brands Mercury Cider and Young Henry’s, and more.

“The learning curve has been amazing and we have built a solid relevant roster,” notes Chugg. “At one stage we had around a dozen acts or so but we quickly worked out in ’18/’19 we needed to focus on just a few and this year that plan has really stated to work in a big way.”

One of the big success stories in Australia this year is that of Lime Cordiale. An early signing to Chugg Music, Lime Cordiale saw their sophomore album 14 Steps To A Better You blast to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in June.

The sibling indie pop outfit was rewarded with a leading eight nominations for the 2020 ARIA Awards, set for Nov. 25 in Sydney.

In any other year, Lime Cordiale would be flying in the stratosphere. “We’ve had to cancel or postpone two U.S. tours, a sold-out 40-date U.K. and European tour and an Australian arena tour,” explains Chugg. “My motto is, if you love and believe in something, never give up. Keep banging your head and the wall will fall down. It sure has.”

Chugg and his team have made virtual walls fall in Asia, too. Since announcing Chugg Music Asia in September, the company and its roster has enjoyed breakthrough in China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and Indonesia, Chugg notes.

The first project for Chugg Music Asia was ‘Somebody Like You,’ a collaboration between Chugg signing Sheppard and Taiwanese singer Sammy, performed in Mandarin and English.

Closer to home, Chugg and Stone’s recently-launched label City Pop Records has added several new artists to its roster this year, including Mason Watts and Andrew Lambrou, joining first signing Mia Rodriguez (“Mia is an amazing talent,” Chugg enthuses. “Watch this space for a major international announcement.”)

Chugg Music kicked another goal when its act Sheppard performed Oct. 24 during the halftime break at the AFL Grand Final in Brisbane. A new album Kaleidoscope Eyes is slated for release in February 2021, and global streams for the pop outfit now top four million each month, Chugg says. Other signings include Casey Barnes and Avalanche City.

Since launch, Chugg Entertainment has toured hundreds of major international acts including Dolly Parton, Coldplay, Radiohead, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Robbie Williams, and homegrown heavyweights Tame Impala.

Chugg promoted Coldplay’s first ever arena and stadium tours in 2006 and 2012, and co-promoted the Australasian leg of AC/DC’s Black Ice trek, which sold more than 650,000 tickets.

On the festivals front, Chugg partnered with Lunatic Entertainment on Laneway which, at its peak, played cities on both sides of the Tasman and ventured into Singapore and the U.S.

As the months heat up, Australia’s states are tentatively opening to socially-distanced concerts (Victoria remains some way off). There’s no sign of touring on the horizon. “I really miss working with international and local acts on sell-out tours and our festivals and watching acts grow into massive live acts, that satisfying buzz of watching 1000s of fans having a night of their lives,” Chugg admits.

So when will live return to a new normal? “Mr Gudinski and I talk every day,” he says. “Hopefully we will get back to shows next year but we have a long way to go. It could even be 2022 for internationals.”





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Drakeo the Ruler to Be Released From Prison After Striking Plea Deal


Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler is getting released from prison after striking a plea deal with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, journalist Jeff Weiss reports. Drakeo’s attorney, John Hamasaki, confirmed to Pitchfork that his client will be released due to time served. Hamasaki also said Drakeo will be given five years of formal probation. “We know the Truth,” Drakeo said in a statement. “The truth is undisputed. #DrakeoFree.”

Drakeo was on trial for charges of criminal gang conspiracy and shooting from a motor vehicle. Jeff Weiss told The FADER that Drakeo pled guilty to shooting from a motor vehicle with a gang enhancement, while the criminal street gang conspiracy was dismissed.

“Drakeo has been put through hell over the last three years,” Hamasaki said in a statement to Pitchfork. “After one day of trial the prosecutors approached us about a time served offer. Drakeo will be home to his family in the next few hours. It is a good day for Drakeo and rap music.”

Pitchfork has also reached out to representatives for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

In July 2019, Drakeo the Ruler was acquitted of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to a 2016 incident that left a 24-year-old man dead. He was also acquitted on five attempted murder charges, but convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon. The jury was hung on related counts of criminal street gang conspiracy and shooting from a motor vehicle, which led to his new trial.

In June, Drakeo released Thank You for Using GTL, having recorded his vocals from a jail phone while detained at Los Angeles County’s Men’s Central Jail.

Read “How Drakeo the Ruler Recorded an Amazing-Sounding Album From Jail” on the Pitch.

This article was originally published on November 4 at 4:13 p.m. Central. It was last updated on November 4 at 5:12 p.m. Central.





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Little Mix channel even more of their ‘own sexual energy’ on new album ‘Confetti’ – Music News



The chart-topping girl group’s longtime collaborator Kamille – who has co-written seven tracks on the hotly-anticipated record, which is out tomorrow (06.11.20) – has revealed that she always tries to push the boundaries when it comes to how “controversial” they can get with their young audience, as she teased the ‘Sweet Melody’ hitmakers’ sexy record.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column, Kamille said: “A big part of that is because the girls are not young anymore. They are grown women who have their own minds, their own sexual energy, and sometimes they wanna just say some s***!”

She continued: “It’s been a journey, having to keep it super PG. I’m definitely someone who always wants to push that, and we have with this new album. I do like making things a bit controversial – I think that’s what sells and what catches people’s ear.”

The songwriter – who penned their BRIT Award-winning mega-hit ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ – explained that building a strong friendship with Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards means they can rely on her to “reflect” exactly what they want to say in the tunes she writes for them.

She added: “Over the years, we’ve built up a lot of trust. I think it comes from having success together. They’ve got to the point where they can trust that I’m gonna go in the studio and write something that’s gonna reflect them. We know each other so well, I can literally just write something that they probably would have said. I try and build that with any artists I’m working with. I really like to have a relationship. Just being a friend to people I think is the most important thing.”



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CD Reviews – Expelled Into The Unknown Depths Of The Unfathomable Bloodsoaked Necrovoid


(Iron Bonehead)

01. Dispossessed in an Asphyxiating Endless Darkness

02. Perverted Astral Intoxication for a Death Incarnation

03. Viciously Consumed by the Unfolding Unknown

04. Inescapable Transference of a Profane Malignity

05. Existential Dismemberment by a Transcendental Nothingness

06. Traversing the Threshold of a Treacherous Depraved Absolute

As observant fans of heavy music may know, underground metal bands often try to evoke the sound of the abyss yawning open. Death, despair, depravity and disgust are all central to the extreme metal way of things, but it’s increasingly difficult to be startled or truly moved, desensitized as we are to all things grim and cacophonous. That memo obviously never reached Costa Rica, however, because BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID are immediately recognizable as one of those unique, epoch-slicing bands with a direct psychic link to the Lovecraftian black. Emerging from the shadows two years ago, with two astonishing demos (later compiled on last year’s “The Apocryphal Paths Of The Ancient 8th Vitriolic Transcendence”), this San Jose duo peddle an extraordinarily twisted and haunting strain of slow-motion death metal, dense with hellish reverb and raw as all unholy fuck. Of course, there is no shortage of like-minded music out there in gruesome corners of the extreme metal scene, but it’s incredibly rare to find a band that make the black magic seem real. Like music spewed from the depths of some surreal, subterranean labyrinth, “Expelled into the Unknown Depths of the Unfathomable” doesn’t so much raise the bar as use it to smash mortality’s head in.

Opener “Dispossessed in An Asphyxiating Endless Darkness” delivers on its title’s promise: this is excruciating, scabby-knuckled doom, underpinned by the monstrous tectonic rumble of wild, reverberant bottom end and the skeletal clatter of a bloodied drum kit. “Perverted Astral Intoxication for a Death Incarnation” brings more legitimate death metal to the table, but the pace is still glacial and grim, as singer / guitarist Frederico Gutierrez belches pure devilry from the heart of an intoxicating fog. In contrast, “Viciously Consumed by the Unfolding Unknown” switches from skin-flaying dirge to bursts of authentic death metal fury, resolutely old-school to the bone, but delivered with mad-eyed, lysergic abandon.

If BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID really intend to be insanely psychedelic remains unconfirmed, but whether through luck or judgement, “Inescapable Transferance of Profane Malignity” is deeply, disturbingly trippy, as guitars writhe and squall, edging towards amorphous noise but always held in check by the caveman heft of Jose Maria Arrea‘s drumming. I would never endorse the use of soft drugs, but getting high to this would definitely seem to be a brilliant idea, assuming your subconscious can take a good pummeling. Seeping viscous dread from every pore, both “Existential Dismemberment by a Transcendental Nothingness” (BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID give great title, don’t they?) and “Traversing the Threshold of a Treacherous Depraved Absolute” add extra layers of terror and tension to this 40-minute voyage’s steady march towards the spiritual brink. When the horror ends, you may find yourself feeling strangely cleaned. Or horribly traumatized. Either way, these burgeoning cult heroes are making some of the heaviest music available today. Whatever they’re smoking in Costa Rica, it’s definitely hitting the spot.

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