All posts in March 2012

Celebrity Column: Miranda Lambert will show softer side at this year’s ACMs

LAS VEGAS — Miranda Lambert is set to show another side of her personality during Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Instead of coming out with a hard-charging song and setting things on fire like she’s done in the past, Lambert will perform her current single “Over You,” which she wrote with husband Blake Shelton. The song is about losing his brother as a teenager. “The song was really personal to Blake, and it was like a cool moment to share, writing the song together, and it was the first time he opened up to me about it,” Lambert says. Since then, “Over You” has taken on even more meaning for the couple. Just as the song was released as a single, Shelton’s father died, Lambert’s...

March 31, 2012

A.V. Club writers Genevieve Koski and Steven Hyden have decided to explore the Billboard charts every month in search of the good, the bad, and the ugly of contemporary pop music in all its forms. Today, they take a look at the digital songs chart for March 31, 2012.  Nicki Minaj, “Starships” (No. 3) Genevieve: Well, say this for “Starships”: Listeners who have grown weary of Nicki Minaj’s progressively more cartoonish flow since she blew up “Monster” with her heavily affected guest verse will have little to complain about here, at least as it pertains to Minaj’s rapping. The lead single from the upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has...

Soundgarden Festival Cancelled!

Soundgarden Festival, which SB was going to play on August 8th, has been cancelled. The full announcement is here. Ticket holders will receive a full refund direct from their ticket agents. Continue reading “Soundgarden Festival Cancelled!” »

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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ Tops UK Charts

share The Boss beats Adele and Lana Del Rey across the pond, moving 74,000 copies in its first week. Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday, March 11 on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra.our editor recommendsBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live at The Apollo: Concert ReviewBruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball': What the Critics are SayingBruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon Cover 'Sexy and I Know It'; LMFAO Reacts (Video) Wrecking Ball is The Boss'...

Kip Moore’s Debut Album ‘Up All Night’ Set to Hit Stores April 24

Kip Moore

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Kip Moore‘s fans just can’t seem to get enough of his latest Top 20 single, ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.’ Well, they better get ready for even more tunes from the charming newcomer, as his debut album ‘Up All Night’ is being released on Tuesday, April 24.

“That record is nine years of good times … and a lot of agony,” Moore tells Taste of Country with a grin. “I think there’s a lot of different emotions in that one record. My hope is that it’s going to move people to feel something when they listen to it, and it’s not just a fun record or whatever. It’s got all kinds of different emotions. I’ve poured every ounce of heart and soul into this record. Like I said, it’s been nine years in the process of making it, so I’m more excited about that record coming out than anything. I cannot wait for people to get their hands on it. I’m hoping it does what I think it can maybe do.”

Moore says some of the emotions he poured into his new album come from the “crazy struggle” in Nashville, trying to get a foothold in the always unpredictable music business. “I’ve been kicked in the teeth for a long, long time,” he says. “You learn to get real tough skin and get used to hearing no.”

But his hard work and determination to succeed definitely paid off in the recent years. “When you hear ‘yes,’ it’s like ‘What?! This is working?!’” he laughs. “It’s wild. It has strengthened my faith a whole lot … just having strength in myself and what I believe in. Now things are starting to look up. It’s been a wild, wild journey for me. I started having other people record my songs, and now my song’s working. It’s the strangest thing to walk into a club and sing a song that people are singing it, and you’re not singing ‘Margaritaville,’ you know what I mean? It’s like this is something I wrote. It’s a humbling, humbling thing.”

“I just want to be able to do this for a long, long time,” he continues. “That’s my ultimate goal, is to be able to play music for the next 20 or 30 years and people buy records and love what I do and support my career and give me a chance to do this.”

Preorder our new Album. Bonus Edition CD & Limited Vinyl July 1th, 2012

We’ve launched a limited-time preorder for the Edition of our newest Album along with an exclusive t-shirt. The CD version hits stores on July 1st. Continue reading “Preorder our new Album. Bonus Edition CD & Limited Vinyl July 1th, 2012” »

Kip Moore Avoids Surgery After Popping Vocal Cords

Kip Moore

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Kip Moore is “back to normal” after a scary vocal cord accident that forced him to not sing or speak for over two weeks. Those precautions were in order to prevent the need for surgery to fix the problem.

“I was in Charlotte, and I was about to do a show,” Moore reveals to Taste of Country, just days after being allowed to speak again. “I was doing soundcheck, and I had been singing a lot of shows with strep throat. I just kept singing, and I wasn’t getting better. When you’re out on the road, it’s late nights and this and that … you’re getting up early. My body just wasn’t healing, and I just kept on pushing through.

“I heard a pop and felt a pop in my vocal cord area,” he continues. “Basically, it was the same thing Adele went through … it hemorrhaged and started bleeding. It was in bad, bad shape. The doctors told me that I was on the verge of doing some permanent damage, so I just had to shut up for two and a half weeks and couldn’t say a word.”

Moore, who is currently in the Top 20 with his second single ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,’ says that not speaking was the toughest part about what he went through in order to mend his vocal cords. “I about lost my mind,” he says with a laugh. “I didn’t realize how much I actually talked. I did a lot of writing those two and a half weeks. I ended up just locking myself in my studio. I didn’t go around people for the last week and a half of it because I was so fed up with trying to write stuff and people not understanding what I’m talking about. So I just stayed in the studio and practiced and wrote and stayed away from people.”

However, that quiet time also allowed his mind to wander, thinking about what his future holds. “That was a really scary time because I had no idea what I was going to be like when I came back,” he says. “The first few shows I did, I was very weak and my voice felt like it had changed. I was scared to death because I was like I’m never going to be the same again. You have all these fears and doubts, right when the song was getting to pump. It was just scary, but it’s fine now. The last two or three shows, I’ve felt like I’m finally back to being strong again. I’ve got the same tone, and everything’s back to normal. It feels good.”

This spring, Moore will hit the road with his Universal Music Group labelmates David Nail and Billy Currington. The trek kicks off in mid-March and wraps at the end of May. Click here for a complete list of dates where the tour will be stopping.