Billboard profiles Eytan Oren, the man who helps pair up tech-brands with bands. Because why else would anyone use Kik?
Kytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of people that won't pay for music, but they'll pay $1.99 for your branded sticker emoji pack," says Oren, who left his position as director of partnerships at IPG Media Labs in September to start his own social media integration service, Block Party.
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects. Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled. We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.
Marina, who resides in Austin, Texas, says her daughters, age 10 and 7, “live in constant fear” of their father. While under his care, she claims Greg “routinely denies [them] food” so that they do not gain weight, has threatened them with physical abuse and, at times, thrown cups of water in their faces. Marina also alleges that he emotionally harasses his daughters by whistling and telling them, “You’re hot.” According to Marina, her youngest daughter, Karis, was taken to the hospital on October 7th over stress and anxiety stemming from these events.
According to TMZ, Kesha has filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery.
In one instance, Kesha claims he forced her to snort something before getting on a plane … and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged. On another occasion, Kesha claims after forcing her to drink with him, Dr. Luke gave her what he called "sober pills." Kesha claims she woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke's bed, sore, sick … and with no memory of how she got there.
Good Old War have launched a PledgeMusic to help obtain the funds to make their new album the absolute best it can be.
It’s really exciting to officially announce that we are in the studio making our next record! We’ve put this pre-order up with a bunch of fun exclusive extras, for those who pledge. Your support will make a huge difference in the music – when you order anything on this page we can use these funds to make the record that we’ve always dreamed of. So essentially you’re helping us make this next album, which allows us to get back on the road and come see you.
Head to the replies to watch Knuckle Puck play their song "Home Alone" acoustically at the Glamour Kills Headquarters. The band's new EP, While I Stay Secluded, releases October 28th through Bad Timing Records. Pre-orders are available here.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
Fall Out Boy's "Immortals" can now be streamed in the replies. Pete Wentz posted up a little write-up about the song on his blog.
so we returned and saw some storyboards and some early animations… we then went and wrote a song to a specific scene but tried to capture the spirit of the film. this is something we have been working on very hard and close with the filmmakers- i cant wait for you to see the movie and how “immortals” fits into it…
Head to the replies to watch We Came As Romans' new music video for their cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." The track is from the upcoming Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 which hits stores November 17th.
Everything Ever have signed to Secret Audio Club and will release a limited edition 7" called Doing Nothing. Watch the video for the title track in the replies - you can get it on iTunes and pre-order the new 7 inch.
Side A: Doing Nothing
Side B: Doing Nothing (Acoustic)
Maika Maile of There For Tomorrow will be dropping by to chat tomorrow at 12PM PST/3PM EST to talk about the band's upcoming EP, Nightscape. We will also be premiering one of my favorites off the EP, "Lady In Black".
I wouldn’t say stale, because I’m very grateful for our career. But you’re writing the same way for a long time, of course there are going to be things that feel a little bit more routine and comfortable. I think that’s what the song “Selfless” is about. I know — and I don’t mean this in a conceited way — we’ve created this subgenre of music. So, I’m comfortable knowing that I can write songs that I know our fans and people will be into, but that was from a safe point. Now I’m going to push myself without this new way of writing out of this safe zone. “Selfless” is a declaration of where we see ourselves and where we want to be.
Hip-hop producer Young Chop will be releasing a new full length record, Still, on October 28th. The album will feature contributions from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, and Lil Herb, among others. Hit the replies to check out the artwork.
1) Still ft. Chief Keef
2) All I Got ft. Fat Trel
3) Valley ft. Chief Keef
4) Some Of Mine ft. King100James
5) Finer Things ft. Lil Herb
6) Tre 073 ft. Lil Dave
7) Never Gonna Change ft. Johnny May Cash, Y.B., J-Rock & B-Moe
8) Ain’t Fuckin’ With Her ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Cap 1
9) Murder Team ft. Lil Durk
10) Bang Like Chop ft. Chief Keef & Lil Reese
This book is ridiculous on so many levels that I am not sure it even counts as a criticism: this is a man who clearly revels in his own ridiculousness. Telegraph rock journalist Andrew Perry is Lydon’s ghostwriter and has made the decision to preserve his subject’s spoken style as closely as possible. The result reads like a marathon pub rant, by turns defiant, whiny, sentimental, angry, funny, clever, stupid, repetitive, self-contradictory and borderline delusional, unfolding in lateral jumps and delivered with the garbled bravado of someone whose command of English is not quite as...
Clarkson has tapped a star-studded special guest lineup of artist friends including Reba, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Charles Esten, Meghan Trainor and more to sing their versions of classic Christmas favorites, as well as join her in performing original hits from her platinum selling Christmas album, Wrapped In Red.