HeavyAsHell.com announces its public launch on March 1, 2010. The site will fill a gap in the social news community for fans of rock, metal, punk and other guitar-based genres. HeavyAsHell aggregates the best stories about ‘heavy’ music from around the web. It sprung from the negative experiences founder Mark Carras had with other news aggregators that buried or denied stories about harder genres, literally shutting out fans, journalists and bands from the benefits of social news. While the site will provide a haven for certain types of music, says Mark, ‘Heavy is in the ear of the beholder. Johnny Cash covering NIN’s ‘Hurt’ is heavy.’ There are two registration levels at HeavyAsHell. Bands register an account with basic information to create a page that will catalogue all its news. Everyone else – fans, writers, bloggers, site runners, labels, publicists – register as users. Users are essentially site editors. Users can submit news, reviews, videos and photo links that they find on the web. They can comment on content, and can vote on posts which in turn will position the story higher on the site. These various activities accumulate ‘sins’ (points). There will be benefits to being an active sinner. Starting March 1, HeavyAsHell will be giving away more than $10,000 in prizes to the top registered users. Each week, the top user will win $1000 while the second place user gets $500 and the third place $250. Additional prizes will be provided by Nuclear Blast America, Prosthetic Records, Rock Ridge Records, the band Mongrel and others. Users will be ranked automatically by their submissions, comments and voting activity. Full Rules and Conditions will be posted on the site at www.heavyashell.com/contest.
Sky launched Sky Songs in October, an online music service offering access to over four million tracks for download and ad-free streaming. Every track is available via unlimited online Continue reading →
Did you catch the U2 concert on YouTube last night? The one that was streamed live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena? Continue reading →
Damon Albarn and co have gone from Blur to blocks … after being recreated in Lego. The band, who reunited for a series of dates this summer, have been given a Lego makeover for a new video game. The characters are complete with bass player Alex James’s foppish fringe, Albarn’s Parklife-era tracksuit top and guitarist Graham Coxon’s geek-chic glasses. The band are among a number of Continue reading →
BBC Worldwide Music announces today that Robbie Williams’ BBC Electric Proms performance will be broadcast to cinema audiences in select world markets. The sell-out London concert will be broadcast live on 20th October to almost 200 screens in more than 23 countries across Europe. This event will be followed by screenings in Australia on the 6th November and in South Africa on the 13th November. International music lovers will be able to simultaneously experience the concert in high-definition in what is likely to be largest live music cinematic event of its kind in Europe. Tickets for the event will go on sale at 9am CET (8am BST) on Friday the 9th October and fans will be able to find out Continue reading →
Rolling Stone goes behind the scenes—and tags along in a private jet—for its cover story on the U2360° Tour (aka “the biggest rock tour of all time”), which is comprised of a 170-ton stage carted around by 200 trucks, 250 speakers, almost 400 employees—and $750,000 a day in overhead costs. The band is eager to “engage and try and do something different,” says Edge.
But it’s not all about the tour: Bono also discusses rock stardom in 2009, calling Jay-Z “a pioneer” who is helping to create a “porous culture, where there’s much more crosstown traffic.” He goes on to speculate, “In this age of celebrity and pop stardom, maybe it’s a sensible thing to question the values of being a pop star. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, a lot of people, who maybe had more sense than us, rejected it.”
Ricky Ullman was born in Israel, before his parents decided to move to Connecticut, USA. He first took an interest in acting when he was just eight-years-old, after watching a musical production put on by a local children’s acting camp. He was inspired by the performance, that he signed up for the summer camp the following year. During his time at the camp, Ricky developed his acting, singing and dancing skills. Ricky kickstarted his acting career with a stage role, touring with a production of “The King And I” playing the character Louis. He first took an interest in acting when he was just eight-years-old. He is a familiar face on the Disney Channel, having starred in the title role on the show “Phil of the Future” (the role for which he is best known) and made-for-TV movie “Pixel Perfect”. He also voiced a character Continue reading →
The 82-year-old, whose career spans over 60 years, keeps making films, but is not happy about the current state of the movie industry. She explains, “I have too much energy to stop working and I don’t believe in retirement.” Bacall says making films “means to me mostly…staying alive.” THE BIG SLEEP star blames television for dragging down the standard of films saying, “I think there are still people who really want to do good work. “Unfortunately, in television, sometimes they want to do good work but a lot of the time they’re doing terrible work and I think that has affected moviemaking badly.” She adds, “At the end of every movie, always I’m feeling, Continue reading →
Today the land of stars and stripes get their free StarSociety. Following the successful launch in the UK of StarSociety; a new online database of global talent and skills for the creative industries, performers and skilled individuals in the U.S. are being offered the chance to sign up to this invaluable resource for free. StarSociety will enable those including actors, models, musicians and sports stars to be sought from around the world by professionals such as producers, direc Continue reading →
Leona Lewis thinks her new album will flop. The British songstress – who gained millions of fans worldwide when her debut album Spirit topped charts in 2007 – is convinced her upcoming LP Echo will “bomb” and is working hard to try and improve the record to stop fans from deserting her. A source told Britain’s Look magazine: “Leona knows she’s going to have to work harder with Echo& to equal, never mind better, the success of Spirit. She wouldn’t want to be a one-album wonder. “She’s been heavily involved in the making of this album and there’s a detailed plan in place to make it a success. “Leona also knows she’s been in the US for a long time and she may have lost some of her UK fan base. There are plenty of reality TV stars who’ve been Continue reading →
BOY GEORGE has reportedly revealed that he is working on a new album. The former Culture Club star said that he is compiling a collection of cover songs which reflect his “personal journey and experiences”. Speaking to People, he said: “[I'm choosing songs that] feel [as if] it was written for you and these are the songs I’m planning to record. “I’m choosing songs that speak to me and have lyrics that reflect my personal journey and experiences.” The singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, also explained that he is scouring the internet for potential collaborators on upcoming dance track ‘Yes We Can’. He added: “I feel it’s a very refreshing idea. I’m pretty excited to find artists through Talenthouse and see what people do with my song. Absolutely, I can’t wait.”
Mika was a “weird” teenager. The Love Today singer – who is known for his outrageous outfits and wild curly hair – says his new LP, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, was inspired by his turbulent adolescence, which he now wants to forget. He said: “It’s still joyful pop music. I needed to liberate myself from my childhood – I was a weird, reclusive teen.” The 26-year-old pop star’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2007′s Life in Cartoon Motion, even contains a vengeful break-up song inspired by a bitter split. Lebanon-born Mika explained to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “There’s a song called Rain, which was a break-up letter, but I thought it would be funny to put a disco beat behind it. It’s Continue reading →