Journey’s new lineup debuts at Chicago show; Neal Schon invites Post Malone to play with the band at Lollapalooza

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On Thursday night at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, Journey played their first concert since late 2019, and the first since longtime bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were fired early last year.

The performance was part of a series of Lollapalooza “aftershow” events that select artists also performing at the Chicago festival this weekend are playing at various venues in the Windy City. The Aragon show was a warmup for Journey’s Lollaplooza headlining set Saturday.

In addition to guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda, Journey’s lineup includes drummers Narada Michael Walden and Deen Castronovo, keyboardist/backing vocalist Jason Derlatka and bassist Randy Jackson, although Marco Mendoza is filling in for Jackson at the Chicago shows while Randy recovers from back surgery.

According RollingStone.com, the Aragon Ballroom show was an extra-long, two-set extravaganza that included classic hits like “Open Arms,” “Faithfully” and “Separate Ways,” along with deep cuts like “Suzanne,” “Just the Same Way” and “Feeling That Way.” You can check out fan-recorded video of the band performing the 1978 gem “Wheel in the Sky” on YouTube.

Walden, Jackson and Derlatka joined the band last year, while it was announced earlier this week that Castronovo, who previously played who Journey from 1998 to 2015, was once again a member of the group.

Meanwhile, Schon tells ABC Audio that he’s excited that popular rapper-singer Post Malone will be headlining Lollaplooza alongside Journey on Saturday.

“I think he’s a very good guitar player…and I heard he’s a fan of mine as well,” says Neal. “And he plays many different styles.”

Schon adds, “Maybe he’ll get done before we do, ’cause I think we’re playing a longer show, and I’d like to invite him to our show to come…and sit in.”

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Listen to new PVRIS track “Monster” ahead of summer tour kickoff

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PVRIS have officially started their new era, releasing their first new music since last year’s album Use Me.

The new song, “Monster,” arrives ahead of their new headlining tour, which is set to kick off August 6 with openers Royal & the Serpent.

“‘Monster’ is a song about reckoning with outside opinions and expectations put upon oneself,” says frontwoman Lynn Gunn. “It can be easy to take on the weight of negative situations/opinions, this is about the struggle of releasing those inhibitions and internalizations and returning back to yourself.”

Earlier this month, PVRIS, which now consists of Gunn and Brian MacDonald, announced that they’d be “debuting three new songs on tour to give you an advanced preview of what’s to come,” adding, “It’s about to get crazy.” Presumably, “Monster” is one of those songs.

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Check out new music from Jacquees, Nao, Ant Clemons, Tink & Masego

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Multi-platinum singer Jacquees is back to serve up his new single, “Not Jus Anybody,” featuring Future. The smooth collaboration finds Jacquees letting women know he’s not like any other guy. 

“Yeah, you know that I’m about it / Don’t even gotta talk about it / You know I’m not just anybody / So don’t even try to play it shy with me,” he sings.

After linking up with Oscar and Grammy-winning producer D Mile on “Messy Love,” U.K. singer Nao has returned with the title track to her forthcoming album, And Then Life Was Beautifulout September 24th. 

Ant Clemons tapped 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign for his humble new song, “Appreciation.” The track features a catchy melody and chorus, in which Clemons and Ty Dolla expound upon their appreciation for women.

“Baby, I’m a black rockstar sensation / I like what you’re doin’, baby, give me motivation, woah / Shorty make it clap, yeah, standing ovation /  I’m spendin’ my money woah, just to show appreciation,” they sing. 

Meanwhile, Chicago rapper and singer Tink dropped off her new album, Heat of the Moment, featuring Kodak Black, Jeremih and Yung Bleu, and an exceptional track with Nigerian superstar Davido. The follow-up to her 2020 EP, Hopeless Romantic, features Tink’s Yung Bleu-assisted single, “Selfish.”

And lastly, self-proclaimed “trap house jazz” artist Masego shared the music video for “Mystery Lady (Sego’s Remix).” The visual has Masego wandering through the streets and alleys in Mexico City, Mexico. The original version, featuring Don Toliver, can be heard on Masego’s acclaimed 2020 EP, Studying Abroad.

 

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Source says Kelly Clarkson’s spousal support payments to ex-husband are “temporary”

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Earlier this week it was revealed that Kelly Clarkson has been ordered to shell out nearly $200,000 a month to ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. But a new report from People claims that agreement is only temporary.

A source tells the mag that the court order — which has Kelly paying $150,000 per month in spousal support and $45,601 per month in child support for their two children — “is strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out.”

The order, handed down by a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, also has the singer paying $1.25 million toward Blackstock’s attorney fees.

Kelly and Brandon married in 2013 and share seven-year-old daughter River Rose and five-year-old son Remington Alexander. Their split was made public in June 2020.

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Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley hit the blacktop for their cinematic “Freedom Was a Highway” video

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Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley bring the breezy, windswept vibes of their “Freedom Was a Highway” duet to life in a new music video. 

In the clip, Jimmie starts off solo, going for a summer joyride in a classic red convertible. Somewhere along the two-lane blacktop, in the middle of the woods, the singer pulls over to investigate something sparkly on the side of road: It’s a golden guitar that seems to have magical powers.

One strum on the guitar and Jimmie conjures up a full backing band, which immediately kick into gear as he begins to perform “Freedom Was a Highway.” But that’s not all: Soon, Brad enters the picture, sitting on the back of a pickup truck and singing along. Soon, the pair of artists’ middle-of-nowhere jam session turns into a packed concert, with golden confetti falling from the sky.

A live performance of “Freedom is a Highway” from Jimmie and Brad will likely become a reality for fans with tickets to see Brad’s tour this summer: Jimmie is currently an opening act on the bill. 

The two artists’ duet is currently a top-twenty hit at country radio.

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Slipknot posts official statement and video tribute to Joey Jordison: “Without him there would be no us”

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Following the death of their former drummer Joey Jordison, who passed away Monday at age 46, Slipknot tweeted a simple black square.  But on Friday, they posted a full statement, along with a video paying tribute to their founding member, who left the band in 2013.

On their socials, the band writes, “Our hearts go out to Joey’s family and loved ones at this time of tremendous loss. Joey Jordison’s art, talent, and spirit could not be contained or be held back.”

“Joey’s impact on Slipknot, on our lives, and on the music that he loved, is incalculable,” the statement continues. “Without him there would be no us. We mourn his loss with the entire Slipknot family. We love you, Joey.

The eight-and-a-half minute tribute video, meanwhile, features footage of Jordison rocking out onstage, practicing, doing interviews, posing for photo shoots and more.  At one point, he seen saying of his Slipknot band mates, “I love my eight brothers,” and declaring that Iowa, the masked metallers’ now-classic second album, “is the heaviest and best metal record of all time. Done.”

The video closes with a photo montage of Jordison, both alone and with the band, soundtracked to Slipknot’s song “Circle.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lauren Alaina is ‘Sitting Pretty’ as she announces her new album, due out this fall

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Lauren Alaina’s next full-length album is on its way. This week, the singer shared the news that a 15-song collection called Sitting Pretty on Top of the World will come out September 3.

“It’s about being a dreamer becoming an achiever. It’s being broken and ending up healed. It’s all of me,” the singer says of her new project. “The early chapters. The new beginnings. The hope for the future and total appreciation for the past. Taking the Road Less Traveled and ending up Sitting Pretty on Top of the World.”

To kick off her album roll-out, Lauren’s sharing the lead single “It Was Me” as an instant grat track for those who pre-order the album. Co-written by the singer with acclaimed co-writer Hillary Lindsey, “It Was Me” is a bare-all confessional that takes stock of all the insecurities that prevent a person from finding happiness. 

Lauren’s fans will likely recognize a few more songs on the album, too. The track list includes “Getting Over Him,” her duet with Jon Pardi. It also features a new version of Lauren’s RIAA Gold-certified single, “Getting Good,” reimagined as a duet with Trisha Yearwood.

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Greta Van Fleet scores huge sales boost from viral TikTok trend making fun of Josh Kiszka

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Greta Van Fleet frontman Josh Kiszka probably doesn’t mind that people are making fun of him on TikTok — because he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The viral TikTok trend features users trying to mimic Kiszka’s odd physical and vocal mannerisms when he sang “You’re the One” on Saturday Night Live in 2019.  Specifically, during the third verse, as Kiszka sings,”See, where we’ve been/Won’t you hold my hand and stay a while?”, he raises his arm, nods for seemingly no reason, jerks his head to the side, and then turns his head dramatically. He makes the words somewhat unintelligible.

But again, Josh likely doesn’t mind the ribbing.  As Billboard reports, sales of the band’s catalog are up 122% overall, while streams of their song “You’re the One” are up a whopping 508%.  Sales-wise, that song has experienced a nearly 1,960-percent surge.  In fact, it’s just re-entered Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart a number two.

Other Greta Van Fleet songs that appear to be benefiting from the trend are “Highway Tune” and “Heat Above,” sales of which are up 410% and 62%, respectively.

After it was released in 2018, “You’re the One” went on to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in March 2019.

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Albums by CSNY, Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones among July Record Store Day’s top sellers

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Limited-edition vinyl LPs from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band were among the top-selling albums for the second 2021 installment of the Record Store Day campaign, which took place on July 17.

According to Billboard, CSNY’s Déjà Vu Alternates, which features alternate versions of the songs from the group’s classic 1970 album, Déjà Vu, was the second-best-selling album released on July 17.

At #6 was Cat Stevens’ Harold & Maude: The Songs from the Original Movie soundtrack album, one ahead of The Rolling Stones’ yellow-vinyl reissue of their classic 1971 two-LP compilation, Hot Rocks.

The Allman Brothers Band’s live album The Final Note was #8 on the tally.

The top-selling RSD album was Foo FightersHail Satin, released under the name the Dee Gees. The project sold 12,000 vinyl LPs, plus another 3,000 downloads when it was made available digitally on July 19.

The 10-song album includes covers of four number-one Bee Gees hits and a cover of “Shadow Dancing,” by the Bee Gees’ younger brother, Andy Gibb.

Billboard reports that according to MRC Data, RSD resulted in 1.14 million U.S. vinyl album sales overall.

As for the top-selling singles, a vinyl disc featuring two remixed tracks from Bob Dylan‘s 1983 album, Infidels — “Jokerman” and “I and I” — was #3 on the list, while a single by Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell‘s current group The Dirty Knobs, featuring a cover of JJ Cale‘s “Humdinger” and the non-LP B-side “Feelin’ High,” was #10.

The top-selling RSD single release was Pearl Jam‘s “Alive,” which was issued on both 12-inch vinyl and cassette, along with the rare B-sides.

Here are the top-selling RSD 2021 July 17 drop albums at independent record stores, according to MRC Data:

1. Dee Gees/Foo Fighters, Hail Satin
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu: Alternates
3. Beastie Boys, Aglio e Olio
4. Amy Winehouse, Remixes
5. Miles Davis, Champions: Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
6. Cat Stevens, Harold & Maude: The Songs from the Original Movie (Soundtrack)
7. The Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks 1964-1971
8. Allman Brothers Band, The Final Note: Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71
9. John Prine, Live: At the Other End, Dec. 1975
10. The Ramones, Triple J Live at the Wireless: Capital Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980

And here are the top-selling singles:

1. Pearl Jam, “Alive”
2. Fleet Foxes featuring Resistance Revival Chorus, “Can I Believe You”/”Wading in Waist-High Water”
3. St. Vincent, “Piggy “/”Sad but True “
4. Bob Dylan, “Jokerman”/”I and I ” (Remixes)
5. Karen O & Willie Nelson, “Under Pressure “
6. Dio, “God Hates Heavy Metal “
7. Denzel Curry & Robert Glasper, “So Incredible”/”This Changes Everything” (Live from Leimert Park)
8. “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Beat on the Brat”
9. Jxdn, “Angels & Demons”/”Drivers License”
10. The Dirty Knobs, “Humdinger”/”Feelin’ High”

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Owners of Kurt Cobain’s childhood home want to open it up for private tours

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Some day soon, you may be able to tour Kurt Cobain‘s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington — that is, if the home’s current owners has anything to say about it.

Lee Bacon and his wife Danielle bought the house, where the late Nirvana frontman lived from 1968 to 1984,  in 2018 from the Cobain family.  Since then, Rolling Stone reports, they’ve been working to restore it to the way it looked in the ’70s and ’80s. It even has the Cobain family’s blessing: They’ve donated Kurt’s toddler bedroom set, as well as the mattress from his bedroom and their old dining room table and china hutch.

So far, the home has been officially approved for inclusion of Washington state’s Heritage Register of buildings that are culturally important.  While it’s not properly zoned to become an actual museum, Bacon says he wants to open it up in the coming months for private tours, and is trying to work out the logistics now. 

Rolling Stone adds that Bacon has also bought another building in downtown Aberdeen, where he plans to open an 8,000-square-foot “Tribute Lounge and Gallery Cafe” dedicated to Kurt.  He envisions it as a space that will “tell the story of the house” and Kurt’s childhood years via artifacts, memorabilia, photos and more.  Admission to that will be free, he says, and so will admission to the house, if he’s allowed to open it for tours.

Bacon also plans to install a plaque on the front of the house, telling Rolling Stone, “We have to write it for someone in the future, 20 years from now, who wants to learn about Kurt. We want it to be for someone who doesn’t know who he was or the contributions he made.”

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