Warner RecordsA new Grammy-sponsored charity auction has been launched in celebration of the holiday season that's offering autographed collectibles signed by music stars including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Tom Morello and My Chemical Romance.
Smith has contributed a signed copy of the Chili Peppers' 1999 album Californication, while Morello and MCR have put their signatures on Grammy Museum posters.
The auction also features Death Cab for Cutie's 2015 album Kintsugi, autographed by frontman Ben Gibbard, and a drum head singed by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen.
In addition, bidders also will have the opportunity to score tickets to 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Aerosmith on January 24, as well as the chance to attend the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26.
The eBay auction runs through Wednesday, December 11. All proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum or MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.
Ultra RecordsIn what feels like a real-life version of musical Mad Libs, SHAED and Sting guest on a new track from Steve Aoki.
The track, called "2 in a Million," features the "Trampoline" trio's lead vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting with the Police frontman over a beat from the superstar DJ. You can download the collaborative tune now via digital outlets.
"We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police," SHAED says. "He was a huge influence on all of us so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no-brainer. We had the best time working with Steve and Sting and really love this track."
All three acts are featured in the "2 in a Million" video, which is streaming now via YouTube. You'll also be able to hear the track on Aoki's forthcoming album, Neon Future IV.
SHAED will close out their breakout year with a performance on the West Coast portion of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020, airing December 31 on ABC.
GlassnoteMumford & Sons have premiered the video for their new single, "Blind Leading the Blind."
The clip features slow-motion footage of frontman Marcus Mumford playing a drum set in a large garage. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
"We wanted to access the nature of the song, including some of its anger, introspection and even self-flagellation," the band says of the video. "A drum kit and an old sweaty laundry in Bangkok while on tour provided all we needed."
"Blind Leading the Blind" dates back to at least 2016, when Mumford & Sons premiered it live. They had meant to include it on their latest album, 2018's Delta, but didn't finish it it time. The track was finally officially released this past October.
Viking Wizard Eyes/Columbia RecordsToday's a good day to be a Blink-182 fan.
The punk trio premiered three new songs Friday: an original holiday song, a collaboration with The Chainsmokers, and a feature on a posthumous track from late rapper XXXTentacion.
The holiday track is a less-than merry tune called "Not Another Christmas Song," which features the line "Why can't we get divorced for Christmas?" It's accompanied by a season-appropriate claymation video, streaming now on YouTube.
The long-teased Chainsmokers collab, which was first announced in January, is called "P.S. I Hope You're Happy." It's featured on the hitmaking DJ duo's new album, World War Joy, out today.
Finally, you'll find Blink on the XXXTentacion song "It's All Fading to Black." That's included on the new album Bad Vibes Forever, the second posthumous record from the Florida rapper following his 2018 murder. During his life, XXXTentacion worked with Blink's Travis Barker on numerous occasions.
You can download all three songs now via digital outlets.
ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day and SHAED will be ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.
Both bands are performing on the West Coast portion of the annual December 31 special, which will be hosted from Hollywood by pop and R&B star Ciara.
The West Coast celebration will also feature performances from Paula Abdul, pop singer Dua Lipa, country artists Dan Shay and Kelsea Ballerini, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion, among others. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.
Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.
Round Hill RecordsDespite Gavin Rossdale's protests, many days have gone by since Bush released their hit debut album, Sixteen Stone. Over 9,000 days, in fact.
Yes, Sixteen Stone celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Originally released December 6, 1994, the six-times platinum album spawned the hit singles "Glycerine," "Comedown" and "Machinehead."
Speaking to ABC Audio, frontman Rossdale recalls being surprised that Sixteen Stone was even released.
"I made the record and then went back to work," he explains. "I thought it was never going to come out."
Even when Sixteen Stone was released and Bush went on tour, Rossdale is still shocked that any of it happened.
"I've been in shock for over 25 years," he laughs.
Twenty-five years later, one thing does irk Rossdale about Sixteen Stone.
"When I looked at the album sequence recently, I realized that the second song, I think, swims in 12/8 [time]," Rossdale explains. "It's progressive, it worked for us. But imagine how successful it could've been if the album order had been slightly better."
The sequencing doesn't really bother Rossdale -- or, at least, not enough to change it. He says he's "thrilled" that the songs from Sixteen Stone continue to resonate, and that he "loves" playing them.
At the same time, Rossdale continues to look forward to new material, including the forthcoming Bush record The Mind Plays Tricks on You, due out in 2020.
"I feel like I have accomplished stuff and I have some kind of a legacy, but I just believe you're as good as your last show, as good as your last song, as good your last record," Rossdale says. "I think resting on your laurels will just make for weak work. I like my work to have an air of desperation about it."
ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco is the number-one rock artist of 2019, according to Billboard.
The publications has unveiled its annual year-end charts, and Brendon Urie's band rules the 2019 Top Rock Artists ranking, which measures radio airplay, streaming data, song and album sales, and touring revenue, among other factors.
Queen is the number-two rock artist of the year, followed by Imagine Dragons in the third spot. The rest of the top 10 consists of Twenty One Pilots, The Beatles, Tool, Elton John, lovelytheband, Mumford & Sons and Hozier.
Panic! also leads the year-end Hot Rock Songs chart with "High Hopes," while Queen's 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is the Top Rock Album of 2019.
If you want to get even more granular, the year-end leaders for the Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts are "Remember When" by Bad Wolves and "Trampoline" by SHAED, respectively.
Meanwhile, Billie Eilish's monster debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? leads the 2019 year-end Billboard 200 chart, beating out the likes of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone, as well as the combined powers of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Additionally, Eilish's hit "bad guy" is the number-four single on the year-end Hot 100 ranking.
ABC/Image Group LAA new Billie Eilish documentary is in the works, and apparently it did not come cheap.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple TV is nearing a deal to pay $25 million for the film, which is expected to premiere on the platform in 2020.
The trade mag reports that the doc follows Eilish's life in the wake of the release of her hit debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, which dropped in March. Director R.J. Cutler was apparently "granted deep access to Eilish’s private moments with family and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances."
While you wait for that, you can watch Eilish's just-premiered "xanny" video, which stars the 17-year-old singer as she sits on a bench and unseen people put out cigarettes on her face. The video's on YouTube now.
On Wednesday, Eilish performed at the inaugural Apple Music Awards. During the ceremony, she won the awards for Artist of the Year, Top Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year with her brother/collaborator, Finneas.
Gary Miller/Getty ImagesWelcome to the Super Bowl, Guns N' Roses.
The reunited rock legends are performing at the Super Bowl Music Fest, taking place January 30 to February 1 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The event precedes Super Bowl 54, which goes down Sunday, February 2 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.
GN'R will take the stage on January 31. Other artists performing at the Super Bowl Music Fest include Maroon 5 and DJ Khaled.
Aaron J. Thornton/WireImageBlink-182 is dropping a new holiday song this Friday.
The track is called "Not Another Christmas Song." Drummer Travis Barker, who previously teased that the new holiday tune was coming, has shared an instrumental preview of the upcoming track, along with a 30-second video of Blink in Claymation.
"Not Another Christmas Song" is another holiday offering from Blink, following 1997's "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" and 2001's "Happy Holidays, You Bastard."
This Friday is looking to be a big day for Blink. Along with "Not Another Christmas Song," the punk trio's collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "P.S. I Hope You're Happy," is also dropping tomorrow.
ABC/Mitch HaasethFoster the People frontman Mark Foster is "seriously thinking of retiring" the band's breakout song, "Pumped Up Kicks."
Foster revealed the news in an interview with Billboard, explaining that the continued frequency of mass shootings in America has made him consider never playing the song live again.
"I feel like there are so many people that have been touched, either personally or by proxy, by a mass shooting in this country," Foster says. "That song has become almost a trigger of something painful they might have experienced. And that's not why I make music."
Released in 2010, "Pumped Up Kicks" put Foster the People on the map, topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and peaking in the top three on the Hot 100. Given its breezy, upbeat feel, the darkness of the song's lyrics, which paint a portrait of a young person planning a shooting, was not immediately apparent to many listeners.
"At some points I do make music to bring awareness to something," Foster says. "But I make music to connect with people, and I feel like the awareness that ['Pumped Up Kicks'] brought and the conversation that that song brought, that's been fulfilled. We're still talking about it 10 years later. It still gets brought up."
Foster adds that he's been affected by the occasional direct connection between "Pumped Up Kicks" and a shooting -- according to Florida's Sun-Sentinel, the 2018 Parkland shooter would listen to that song.
"I can't ask other people not to play it live, but the public made the song what it is -- and if the song has become another symbol for something, I can't control that," Foster says. "But I can control my involvement in it."
ABC/Randy HolmesCage the Elephant is performing at a tribute concert held in honor of the late cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.
The event is dubbed Hi How Are You Day 2020, named after Johnston's 1983 cassette. It takes place in Johnston's hometown of Austin, Texas on January 22, which would've been his 59th birthday.
Other performers include TV on the Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and Austin-based rock band White Denim. For ticket info, visit HiHowAreYou.org.
Johnston died in September at age 58. He achieved cult status for his lo-fi recordings, and he gained mainstream attention in the '90s after Kurt Cobain started wearing a t-shirt featuring the cover of Hi, How Are You.
Throughout his life, Johnston battled mental health issues, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His music and his health were the subjects of a 2005 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
ABC/Randy HolmesBrittany Howard will hit the road next year on a U.S. solo tour.
The headlining outing launches March 17 in Santa Rosa, California, and will wrap up April 28 with a home state show in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 6 via BrittanyHoward.com.
The Alabama Shakes frontwoman will be touring in support of her debut solo album, Jaime, which features the Grammy-nominated single, "History Repeats."
You'll also be able to catch Howard live at the 2020 High Water and Shaky Knees festivals.
Courtesy BonnarooHaley Williams' "Sanctuary of Self-Love" will be back at Bonnaroo next year.
The exhibit, curated by the Paramore frontwoman, first launched during the 2019 edition of the annual Tennessee festival, and promised to be a space of peace and relaxation. In addition to offering activities such as yoga and "deep sound bath rituals," the 2020 version of the Sanctuary will include by-appointment massage, aura photography and reiki therapy sessions.
ABC/Image Group LAThe live performance Billie Eilish recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville last month will be released this Friday, December 6.
You'll only be able to pick up the vinyl record at the Third Man stores in Nashville and Detroit. A special splatter black-and-blue colored version of the LP will be exclusive to the Nashville location.
Eilish was joined by her brother/collaborator Finneas for the intimate, acoustic show, which was recorded using Third Man's signature direct-to-acetate method.
White introduced Eilish to the Third Man stage as "someone we really love, and we think is really innovative and inspiring." She later thanked him for "inspiring a whole generation of people to do what they want."
ABC/Randy HolmesCHVRCHES is performing on the 2019 Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games.
The Scottish trio will play their song "Death Stranding," recorded for the game of the same name. It's included on the Death Stranding soundtrack, which also includes songs by The Neighbourhood, Bring Me the Horizon, Flora Cash and Missio.
You can watch CHVRCHES' performance and the rest of the Game Awards streaming live online December 12 at 9 p.m. ET via TheGameAwards.com. The ceremony will also feature a set from Green Day.