Day: June 12, 2014
RCA/Sony Latin IberiaSports fans who tune in to various events covered by ESPN and ESPN Deportes over the next few months will be treated to some brand-new music by Santana. The networks have launched a new campaign dubbed “The Summer of Santana” that will see songs from the group’s recently released, first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazón, integrated into select telecasts, leading in and out of commercial breaks, and played during highlight and studio segments on TV, radio and digital outlets.
The initiative, which will run through August, kicks off with the song “Saideria” …read more
THOMAS FREY/AFP/Getty ImagesIt’s officially a three-way. The drum-off between Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has picked up another contestant — Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich.
Earlier in the week in an interview with SPIN, Ferrell said that he and Smith were throwing down the gauntlet to “a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there.” Smith then dropped Ulrich’s name.
Ferrell told SPIN, “Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too.”
In a …read more
Warner Archives/RhinoIt’s taken so long for the Ramones‘ self-titled debut album to be certified gold, you could say it’s also certified “old.”
The RIAA officially certified Ramones for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. on April 30 — almost 38 years to the day after the disc was first released on April 23, 1976. Since then, it’s been issued a total of 15 times, on six different labels and three formats, and yet still took this long to achieve gold status.
Initially released on Sire Records and boasting 14 tracks that clock in at a hair over 29 minutes total, …read more
Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel‘s seemingly endless quest to sell his mansion in New York’s ritzy Hamptons continues.
The Piano Man has just chopped the price on the property down to $19.95 million; it was previously listed at $23.5 million. The real estate website Curbed reports that the home may find a buyer now, thanks to the price reduction, and the fact that the floors have been refinished and the rooms have been redecorated.
Commenters on the website had previously noted that the interior decoration was “just too busy” and “not restful” enough for …read more
What better way to celebrate the re-release of Soundgarden‘s Superunknown than to reveal some super-unknown facts about it? Rolling Stone has published five little-known tidbits about the album, gleaned directly from the band members.
First up, Chris Cornell says that the title Superunknown was taken from the name of a clown who had been featured on Seattle TV when he was a kid. Cornell explains that when he woke up from a hangover, he looked at the VHS tape of the show he still had and thought that the name “Superklown” was “Superunknown,” and the confusion …read more
Courtesy of The YardbirdsMore than 50 years since they first formed in London, The Yardbirds are bringing their blazing blues rock to venues on both sides of the Atlantic. The band will kick off a brief new U.S. tour on Friday, June 20, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and the trek is scheduled to run through a June 29 show in Peoria, Illinois. The outing also includes stops in Dallas and San Antonio, marking the first time The Yardbirds will be performing in Texas since the 1960s.
Until fairly recently, the group’s touring lineup …read more
Disney Pearl RecordsSome interesting new details have emerged about Brian Wilson‘s next solo album, which apparently will see the Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with an eclectic variety of artists. Rolling Stone reports that songs Wilson has recorded with three young female artists — country singer Kacey Musgraves, actress-turned-indie-pop-star Zooey Deschanel and modern-day chanteuse Lana Del Rey — are in the running to make it onto the record.