It might have been a relatively quiet week for the music industry, but there are still plenty of rock headlines.
For starters, Cage The Elephant has hit the number one spot on Billboard’s Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts with their single “Shake Me Down” and Mumford & Sons reigns supreme on the Rock, Alternative and Folk Albums charts with Sigh No More.
Bjork has always been an innovator and now, the female artist is about to become more innovative than ever. She is slated to record a collaborative project with Omar Souleyman, a Syrian musician who fuses Arabic sounds with dance production. The project will be available as a digital download, CD and a limited 12” sometime later in the year.
Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky might have made headlines for being a rat in a cage just a few weeks ago, but the group’s new bassist just re-emerged with a staggering revelation. Nicole Fiorentino, the alternative rock band’s current four-string handler, disclosed earlier this week that she was one of the little girls originally featured on the cover of the Pumpkins’ 1993 studio album Siamese Dream.
"Just found out the weirdest news: our bass player Nicole just admitted she is one of the girls on the cover of Siamese Dream. " - Billy Corgan via Twitter
This has caught everyone on guard, including Pumpkins’ leader Bill Corgan. Days ago, the front man tweeted:
“Just found out the weirdest news: our bass player Nicole just admitted she is one of the girls on the cover of Siamese Dream.”
Fiorentino didn’t reveal the information sooner because, as Corgan puts it, “She thought maybe we wouldn’t let her be in the band.” Funny how life comes full circle.
Velvet Revolver Returns
Apparently, Velvet Revolver will return heavier than ever, but the big mystery remains as to whom will be named their new singer. In recent weeks, rumors have circulated that Fozzy singer and former WWE Champion Chris Jericho is slated to take over.
Also, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame has been linked to the group as well. While the reports of Jericho have died down, both Taylor and Slash haven’t denied the report nor have confirmed it.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Album
After a four-year hiatus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back and re-energized. In an interview with Spin, front man Anthony Kiedis revealed that the L.A. quartet (also comprised of bassist Flea Balzary, drummer Chad Smith and new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer) are working on their tenth studio album -- the follow up to Stadium Arcadium.
For the project, currently under the mega long working title of Dr. Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head, Kiedis is keeping an open mind, saying:
“The album has been one of evolution. Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss. On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea’s new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision.” More details to come in the weeks ahead.
Indie Music Award Nominations
And finally, the committee for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards have announced their nominations. Here are the following rock-related categories:
Best Indie/Alt/Hard Rock Song
- Georgi Kay - “Back To Back”
- Grand Atlantic - “She’s A Dreamer”
- Hotspur - “Chandelier”
- Lions - “Gimmie Riot”
- Midnight Spin - “Trigger Finger Itch”
Best Pop/Rock Song
- Fast Romantics - “Cool Kids”
- Fictionist - “Blue-Eyed Universe”
- Foreword - “Watch It All Go Down”
- The Swimmers - “A Hundred Hearts”
- Quiet Company - “It’s Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money”
Best Indie/Alt/Hard Rock Album
- Evils That Never Came - Northerly Windings
- Forest City Lovers - Carriage,
- Melissa Auf der Maur - Out Of Our Minds
- Shortstack - Please Leave My Mind
- Sun Hotel - Coast are up for
Best Pop/Rock Album
- Fictionist - Lasting Echo
- One Step Away - For The Broken
- Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
- shoe. - Speed Of Life
- The Hundred In The Hands – The Hundred In The Hands
The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards will reveal the winners sometime in March, so check back to Red Bull for the results next month.
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