Hear Metallica Play ‘Nothing Else Matters’ Live With Miley Cyrus

Just ahead of the release of their Blacklist album, Metallica played their iconic hit “Nothing Else Matters” live with Miley Cyrus on The Howard Stern Show earlier today (Sept. 9). The band announced the special earlier this week on their social media.

Cyrus previously recorded a cover of the song for the Blacklist album, which also featured Robert Trujillo, Elton John on piano and Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith. While that rendition was quite different from Metallica’s, this new performance sounds just like the original — except Cyrus tackles the majority of the vocals, and James Hetfield joins in during the choruses.

According to various posts on Twitter, Metallica praised Cyrus on the show, saying, “She belongs in rock. She’s making the right moves and she’s making the transition into an extremely extremely respected singer.” John apparently also called her the “best rock ‘n’ roll singer out right now.”

Listen to a recording of the set and see some reactions below.

The Blacklist album commemorates the 30th anniversary of The Black Album with covers performed by over 50 artists, including Corey Taylor, Ghost, Weezer, Volbeat, Cage the Elephant and more. The collection will be available on digital and streaming tomorrow (Sept. 10), and will be out on CD and vinyl Oct. 1. Reserve your copy here now.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z Partner With Tiffany’s for Scholarship Fund

Be good indeed. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, coming off the heels of their About Love campaign with Tiffany & Co., announced on Thursday (Sept. 9) that their charities BeyGOOD and the Shawn Carter Foundation have partnered with the luxury jewelry brand to launch the About Love Scholarship program.

Together, they have pledged $2 million in scholarship funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universitites — also known as HBCUs — to help students who are pursuing studies in history, communications, or the arts. The scholarship will be award to five colleges that are both private and public. The selected schools are Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Bennett College in North Carolina, University or Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Central State University in Ohio.

In order for a student to qualify for the scholarship, they must be receiving financial aid under their HBCU. The scholarship is based on need, and priority will be given to students who are in need of economic assistance or are in a financial hardship. The size of the award will also be based upon need.

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Lucy Dacus Shares Fan-Filled New Video for “Brando”: Watch

Back in June, when Lucy Dacus shared her Home Video single “Brando,” she also launched a contest, asking fans to send her footage of themselves soundtracked by the song for a chance to be in its official music video. That visual has now arrived. Take a look at the “Brando” video, featuring fans dancing and having fun, below.

“Big thank you to everyone who submitted,” Lucy Dacus said in a press release. “These videos brought me a lot of joy and made me feel more connected to the song and all of you.”

Dacus played “Brandon” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in June, performing from the Virginia Repertory Theatre in her home town of Richmond. She followed that by returning to her Richmond high school to record her “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.”

Dacus will tour North America through the end of October, and she’s pledged that all proceeds from her four dates in Texas will benefit abortion funds in the state.

Read Pitchfork’s feature “Lucy Dacus Breaks Down Every Song on Her Nostalgic Third Album, Home Video.”

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Stevie Wonder to headline Los Angeles’ Global Citizen festival – Music News

Stevie Wonder is to headline the Los Angeles leg of the Global Citizen Live worldwide festival later this month.

The worldwide event, which will also feature shows in London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Lagos takes place on 25 September.

The Isn’t She Lovely hitmaker leads a lineup of acts including Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers, and 5 Seconds of Summer, who will all take to the stage at L.A.’s famous Greek Theatre.

In London, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Maneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man will all perform at an unspecified “spectacular location”.

Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, Black Eyed Peas, Stormzy, and Christine and the Queens are all signed up for the Paris gig, with Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, and Shawn Mendes among those performing in New York’s Central Park.

Femi Kuti leads the Lagos lineup and fans in Rio will be treated to sets by Brazilian acts including Liniker, Alok, and Criolo.

The Global Citizen Live event will be broadcast on TV stations across the world, including the BBC in the U.K. and ABC in the U.S.

Yet to be announced are cities that will host performances by BTS, Metallica, Green Day, Usher, Lorde, Andrea Bocelli, Keith Urban, and Ricky Martin.

The Global Citizen organisation has held its annual festival since 2012, with tickets going to those who take action and raise funds to help alleviate global poverty.

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The Agonist To Release New Ep, ‘Days Before The World Wept’, In October

THE AGONIST to Release New EP, 'Days Before The World Wept', In October

Canadian extreme melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will release a new EP, “Days Before The World Wept”, on October 15 via Napalm Records.

Inspired by real-life experiences, “Days Before The World Wept” explores a grim, conceptual tale of greed, gluttony, confusion, pain, redemption and hope enveloped in a new level of aggression and cohesive, technical prowess.

Get a taste of the band’s newest music today by watching the music video for brand new single “Remnants In Time”. The death metal burner brings non-stop energy throughout, showcasing Vicky Psarakis‘s multifaceted vocal attack as she nails searing highs, guttural lows and magical clean passages. Just like the track itself, its haunting, conceptual music video’s imagery blends emotive and eerie imagery throughout.

The onslaught continues with the rhythmic soundscapes of cry for salvation “Immaculate Deception”, blending fast paced, aggressive verses with haunting, melodic choruses. “Resurrection” reaches into blackened territory before Psarakis splits it wide open — annihilating with her pinpointed vocal attack calling for rebirth. In addition to Psarakis and guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal Jobin, dexterous drums from Simon McKay and the bass attack of Chris Kells lead the listener through metallic melodic passages topped with emotive poetry before breaking into the next track, “Feast On The Living”. It stands tall with rollercoaster clean and gritty vocals, rapid fire drums and blazingly precise guitar leads and solos, cementing the track as one of the most technically meticulous of the entire offering. Shifting into fifth gear, title track “Days Before The World Wept” brings it all home, beginning with a beckoning acoustic introduction before roaring in with intense blastbeats, polyrhythms and bellowing screams. THE AGONIST pulls out all the stops, showcasing their chops in all directions with breakneck instrumentation and staggeringly superb vocal approaches. Soaring through a kaleidoscope of blistering metal mastery and hopeful lyrical dramatism, the opus dominates as one of the most impressive works of the band’s catalog.

Psarakis says about “Remnants In Time” and the accompanying video: “‘Remnants in Time’ is the first chapter in this story. It marks the final moments of a person’s life and the journey that begins right after.

“We wanted the visuals to strongly reflect the lyrics and the concept behind them, and transforming me into a demon was key in that. I’m a huge fan of horror/sci-fi and makeup transformations, so working with a professional makeup artist and the use of prosthetics was the coolest part for me!

“This song — and video — is all about extremes. Angelic and demonic, fragile and strong, delicate and aggressive. It embodies a lot of what THE AGONIST is about.”

“Days Before The World Wept” was produced by Christian Donaldson, who has previously worked with BEYOND CREATION, CRYPTOPSY and DESPISED ICON.

Psarakis adds about the record: “There’s a lot I could say about this EP and its importance to the band, but does it matter? Obviously, this is the part where I tell you these are the best songs we’ve put out to date. Honestly — it’s a journey. You’re either gonna reach the end and want to relive it or you’re not… and that’s okay. Let the music speak for itself.”

“Days Before The World Wept” track listing:

01. Remnants in Time

02. Immaculate Deception

03. Resurrection

04. Feast on the Living

05. Days Before the World Wept


Vicky Psarakis – Vocals / Piano

Danny Marino – Guitar

Pascal Jobin – Guitar

Chris Kells – Bass

Simon McKay – Drums

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Here are the bookies’ odds for who’ll win the 2021 Mercury Prize

The bookies’ odds for the 2021 Mercury Prize winner have been revealed, putting Arlo Parks and SAULT as favourites to walk away with the prize – see the complete list of odds below.

Parks is shortlisted for her stunning debut album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ while SAULT are up for their fourth album ‘Untitled (Rise)’.

William Hill currently have Parks at 2/1 while SAULT’s odds are 11/4. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of £25,000.

If SAULT do win, it’ll be the second year in a row that London-based producer Inflo has had a hand in creating a winning record. They have songwriting credits on ‘Untitled (Rise)’ and also helped produce Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘KIWANUKA’ which won in 2020.

The current list of odds as found on William Hill is as follows:

2/1 Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’
11/4 SAULT – ‘Untitled (Rise)’
9/4 Laura Mvula – ‘Pink Noise
6/1 Black Country, New Road – ‘For The First Time
12/1 Floating Points – ‘Promises’
16/1 Wolf Alice – ‘Blue Weekend
12/1 Ghetts – ‘Conflict of Interest
16/1 Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse
20/1 Nubya Garcia – ‘SOURCE
16/1 Mogwai- ‘As The Love Continues
25/1 Berwyn – DEMOTTAPE/VEGA’
33/1 Hannah Peel – ‘Fir Wave’

Nominees Wolf Alice, Arlo Parks, Ghetts, Celeste, Mogwai, BERWYN, Hannah Peel, Laura Mvula, Nubya Garcia and Black Country, New Road will each play a song from their shortlisted album at the ceremony held tonight (September 9) at London’s Eventim Apollo.

Lauren Laverne will return to host the ceremony again, with BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Four both broadcasting the awards ceremony live.

In a joint statement, the Mercury Prize judges, who include last year’s winner Kiwanuka alongside Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Jamie Cullum and more, said: “It is testament to the strength of British music that, during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless.”


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When Tom Petty Imagined a Failed Career in the ‘Wide Open’ Video

Tom Petty knew what it was like to move to California on a whim in the hopes of becoming a star. So when it came time to make a video for the title track of 1991’s Into the Great Wide Open, he took the trope and ran with it.

The clip starred Johnny Depp as the handsome Eddie Rebel, freshly graduated from high school and in search of stardom. The video included cameos by a multitude of actors and fellow musicians: Faye Dunaway as Eddie’s manager (and vengeful fairy godmother), Gabrielle Anwar as his girlfriend, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chynna Phillips and Matt LeBlanc.

Unlike Petty’s success story, Eddie’s journey comes crashing down just as quickly as it takes off. After successfully launching his music career and tasting a bit of the high life, Eddie ditches his manager, who waves her magic wand and makes his career crumble. He causes scenes at awards shows and video shoots, and his girlfriend leaves him. At the end of the video, Eddie returns to the tattoo shop where it all began only to find the new tattoo artist is an older version of himself.

There was so much story to be told that Petty and the Heartbreakers had to cut a longer version of the song in order to fit all the footage. “The video was as good as the song, I think. It’s a rare instance where they really complemented each other,” Petty said in Conversations With Tom Petty. “We shot so much, and we didn’t want to lose it. So we went back and did a reedit and remix of the song to make it fit the video.”

Watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ Video

“We just wanted to capture the song’s depiction of the perils of rock stardom,” director Julien Temple told the Los Angeles Times in 1991. Temple also helmed videos for Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” “Yer So Bad” and “Learning to Fly,”  in addition to directing clips for Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Judas Priest, the Kinks and many others. “There’s such a universal quality to it. Johnny Depp could be James Dean or Sid Vicious or Axl [Rose]. In fact, Johnny’s a huge Sex Pistols fan —and I think you can see a lot of Sid in his performance.”

The Heartbreakers themselves got in on the action — Petty appears as the Mad Hatter-style narrator, tattoo artist and Eddie’s roadie, guitarist Mike Campbell helps present an award to Eddie near the end of the video, keyboardist Benmont Tench is Eddie’s record producer, bassist Howie Epstein serves as motorcycle dealer and drummer Stan Lynch appears as the doorman who denies Eddie’s manager entry into a red-carpet event. Petty’s real-life manager, Tony Dimitriades, even makes a cameo as the agent who first signs Eddie to a recording contract. (“He’s a natural,” Temple said of Dimitriades. “I just gave him a phone and let him loose.”)

Petty was, by this point in his career, not a rookie in the music video-making game. His clips for songs like “You Got Lucky,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” were among the most lavish and popular of the era. Instead of straight performance footage of the band, Petty often opted for a more whimsical or dramatic approach, bringing the characters in his songs to life. “Into the Great Wide Open” in particular had an especially cinematic quality to it. “One of the only times I’ve ever felt fulfilled by a video,” he later said. “I even had people coming to me wanting to make it into a movie.”

Depp, who was 28 at the time of the video’s release, would go on to maintain a close friendship with Petty for years afterward. “We’d call each other and ask, ‘Hey, you still smoking?’ ” Depp recalled in a 2018 interview following Petty’s death. “Tom would go, ‘Yeah, I’m still smoking,’ and I’d feel better: ‘Well, if Tom is still smoking, I’m okay.’ … I loved him.”

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LEGO’s New Fender Stratocaster Set Comes Out Soon and It Is Sick

LEGO’s Fender Stratocaster set comes out soon, and it is sick.

Whether you enjoy building LEGO or not, this new set from LEGO is a must-have for all music lovers. Soon you’ll be able to live your rock star dreams’ by building the iconic electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster as well as an amp out of LEGO.

Here’s what you should know about the new Fender Stratocaster LEGO set and when it comes out and watch the sick promo video from LEGO, too.

LEGO’s New Fender Stratocaster Set Comes Out Soon and It Is Sick

Soon you can build the iconic electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster, and ’65 Princeton amp out of LEGO. The LEGO Fender Stratocaster set comes out in October.

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CMA Awards Nominations 2021: Snubs & Surprises

 Surprise: With both Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood nominated for the entertainer of the year honor again this year, it marks the first time two solo female artists have been nominated for entertainer of the year for two consecutive years since 1978-1979. In 1978, Dolly Parton and Crystal Gayle vied for the honor, with Parton winning. One year later, Gayle and Barbara Mandrell were both nominated in the category, though the win went to Willie Nelson.

Snub: Underwood is no doubt delighted to be nominated in the entertainer of the year award category, but it’s hard to understand overlooking her for female vocalist of the year given that she had not one, but two, No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart during the eligibility period with Christmas set My Gift and gospel album My Savior. To be sure, they weren’t radio driven projects, but it’s hard to deny her prowess.

Surprise: It’s about time  Kane Brown receives his first CMA nomination— his first three actually— all for his work with Chris Young on their duet, “Famous Friends.” For whatever reason, the CMA voters have ignored him until now and they haven’t treated Young much better: these are his first nominations since 2016 and he’s never won.

Snub: Luke Bryan scored five No. 1s on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart from his current project, Born Here Live Here Die Here (and its deluxe version), yet the CMA voters have not seen fit to nominate him for any award during the lifespan of that project. In fact, the reigning ACM entertainer of the year’s CMA last nomination was in 2018.

Surprise: Morgan Wallen grabs a nomination for album of the year, which is only a partial surprise, given that Dangerous: The Double Album is the most successful country album of the year by a country mile. Because of his racial slur earlier this year, the CMA declared him ineligible for categories such as male vocalist where he would be the sole nominee, but allowed him to compete in categories that honored him alongside his collaborators. While he was not nominated for song or single of the year, last year’s new artist of the year grabs the nomination that undoubtedly means the most to him and shows that his peers are ready to move on.

Snub: Last year, Lee Brice and Carly Pearce won a CMA Award for musical event of the year for their hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” In October 2020, Brice followed up on that hit with “One of Them Girls,” which spent three weeks atop Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart–a feat few artists not named Luke Combs reached over the past year. However, Brice earned no nominations for this year’s CMA Awards.

Surprise: This year marks the first time that two Black artists are nominated for new artist of the year, with Mickey Guyton and Jimmie Allen both in the running. Allen was also nominated in this category last year, though  Wallen emerged as the winner. This is Guyton’s first nomination.

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Lorde Releases EP With Māori Renditions of Solar Power Songs: Listen

Lorde has released an EP called Te Ao Mārama, which collects five new recordings of songs from her new album Solar Power sung in Māori, the indigenous language of New Zealand. Lyrics were translated by Hana Mereraiha and the tracks feature background vocals from Māori singers. “Special thanks to Dame Hinewehi Mohi & Sir Timoti Kāretu for overseeing the project,” the credits note. All proceeds from the album will go to the New Zealand-based charities Forest and Bird and the Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust. Listen to it below.

“Many things revealed themselves slowly to me while I was making this album, but the main realisation by far was that much of my value system around caring for and listening to the natural world comes from traditional Māori principles,” she wrote in a newsletter. “There’s a word for it in te reo: kaitiakitanga, meaning ‘guardianship or caregiving for the sky, sea and land.’” She continued: 

I’m not Māori, but all New Zealanders grow up with elements of this worldview. Te ao Māori and tikanga Māori are a big part of why people who aren’t from here intuit our country to be kind of ‘magical,’ I think. I know I’m someone who represents New Zealand globally in a way, and in making an album about where I’m from, it was important to me to be able to say: this makes us who we are down here. It’s also just a crazy beautiful language—I loved singing in it. Even if you don’t understand te reo, I think you’ll get a kick out of how elegant my words sound in it. Hana’s translations for Te Ara Tika / The Path and Hine-i-te-Awatea / Oceanic Feeling in particular take my g-d breath away.

Surrounding the release of Solar Power, Lorde has covered Britney Spears, performed in Central Park, went day drinking with Seth Meyers, appeared on “Hot Ones,” and was a guest for a full week of James Corden episodes. Her tour in support of the album begins in February.

Read “7 Great Lorde Live Performances” on the Pitch.

This article was originally published on September 9 at 12:15 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on September 9 at 12:24 a.m. Eastern.

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