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    Date: Oct 26, 2023
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

As another years winds down, Billboard, who annually keeps track of date surrounding sales and charting positions of artists, is revealing the finalists for the best of 2023 in a variety of categories for the 2023 edition of the Billboard Music Awards. While pop always tends to dominate, there are some rock and metal acts providing representation amongst this years nominees.

The two biggest winners when the nominations were revealed with rock-country crossover artist Jelly Roll and the iconic metal veterans Metallica.

Jelly Roll received nominations in the Top New Artist category, where hell face off against Bailey Zimmerman, Ice Spice, Peso Pluma and Zach Bryan. Hes also up for Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Song (Need a Favor) and Top Rock Album (Whitsitt Chapel).

Metallica have also received multiple nominations, with the band up for Top Duo/Group, where theyll square off against Eslabon Armado, Fifty Fifty, Fuerza Regida and Grupo Frontera, and theyve been nominated in the newly added Top Rock Duo/Group category, which pits them against Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters.

Nine new awards were added to this years ceremony, and the Top Rock / Duo Group will add more presence and representation for rock acts after there was only previously two categories.

There is also a Top Rock Touring Artist category which features Coldplay, Depeche Mode and Elton John.

Taylor Swift leads all nominees with 20 nominations this year, followed closely by country superstar Morgan Wallen and R&B favorite SZA with 17 nominations apiece. Winners are chosen from their works that charted between Nov. 19, 2022 and Oct. 21, 2023.

The actual ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19.

See a full list of the nominees for the 2023 Billboard Music Awards below.

Top New Artist

Bailey Zimmerman
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Peso Pluma
Zach Bryan

Top Duo/Group

Eslabon Armado
Fifty Fifty
Fuerza Regida
Grupo Frontera

Top Rock Artist

Jelly Roll
Noah Kahan
Stephen Sanchez
Steve Lacy
Zach Bryan

Top Rock Duo/Group

Arctic Monkeys
Foo Fighters

Top Rock Touring Artist

Depeche Mode
Elton John

Top Rock Album

HARDY “the mockingbird & THE CROW”
Jelly Roll “Whitsitt Chapel”
Noah Kahan “Stick Season”
Steve Lacy “Gemini Rights”
Zach Bryan “American Heartbreak”

Top Rock Song

Jelly Roll “Need A Favor”
Stephen Sanchez “Until I Found You”
Steve Lacy “Bad Habit”
Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything”
Zach Bryan “Something in the Orange”


    Date: Jul 18, 2023
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray
In This Moment have just released  their new single THE PURGE along with a music video directed by Jensen Noen (who has also created videos for Ice Nine Kills and Falling In Reverse). A co-headlining tour with Ice Nine Kills has also been announced.

The new track hails from the bands forthcoming new album GODMODE, their eighth, which the band just announced will arrive later this year on Oct. 27. The Kiss of Death tour, which kicks off on Nov. 3, will also feature special guests Avatar and New Years Day.

“We are thrilled to unveil THE PURGE to everyone,” says vocalist Maria Brink. “I am so grateful for how everything flowed to bring this song to life, both sonically and visually. Kane Churko and Jensen Noen helped to create this musical & cinematic experience with us and we could not have done it without them. The underlying message of the song is to not fall too deeply into the rabbit hole, everything is about finding balance. I had a lot of emotions building within me when I approached the song for the first time and after years of holding it all in I finally got to let it out! Enjoy.”

This song came from our time in lockdown. We all had our own personal experiences during the pandemic and we all saw the social unrest unfolding daily tearing us apart, it was such a crazy time,” says guitarist Chris Howorth. Our band, like everything else, was stopped in its tracks. During the lockdown I was sending Maria musical ideas I was working on, and this one really resonated with her. She even said This is gonna be our first single’. Fast forward a couple years and all the pent up frustration and angst came pouring out in Maria’s lyrics and performance, creating this crazy visceral song.”

Along with new single comes  the details of GODMODE, including the album art and track listing, as well as the Kiss of Death Tour with Ice Nine Kills and New Years Day. Head below for all the details.

Kiss of Death Tour: In This Moment with Ice Nine Kills + New Years Day

  • Nov. 03 - Gary, Ind. @ Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana
  • Nov. 04 - Maplewood, Minn. @ Myth Live **
  • Nov. 05 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theater **
  • Nov. 07 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Blue Ribbon Pavilion
  • Nov. 08 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
  • Nov. 09 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
  • Nov. 11 - Green Bay, Wis. @ Epic Events Center **
  • Nov. 14 - Greenville, S.C. @ Bon Secours Arena
  • Nov. 16 - Estero, Fla. @ Hertz Arena
  • Nov. 17 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily’s Place
  • Nov. 18 - Orlando, Fla. @ Orlando Amphitheater
  • Nov. 20 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca Cola Roxy
  • Nov. 21 - Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • Nov. 22 - Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
  • Nov. 24 - Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre
  • Nov. 25 - Bangor, Maine @ Cross Insurance Center
  • Nov. 28 - Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
  • Nov. 30 - Norfolk, Va. @ Chartway Arena
  • Dec. 01 - Johnstown, Pa. @ 1st Summit Arena
  • Dec. 02 - Wheeling, W.V. @ Wesbanco Arena


    Date: May 24, 2023
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

The music world took a massive hit when the news broke that legendary singer Tina Turner died at the age of 83 on May 24.

Hailed The Queen of Rock n Roll, a bunch of artists took to social media to pay their respects to Turner, including members of The Rolling StonesBlack SabbathGeezer ButlerSmashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan and more (see the tributes here). Thus, we wanted to look back on Turners career and explain why her influence was so profound, and how it helped pave the way for women in rock n roll.

Turner first began singing with Ike Turner in the late 50s, making their debut as a duo — Ike & Tina Turner — in 1960. They released a couple of hits throughout the first half of the decade that caught the attention of The Rolling Stones, and they were invited to open for the rockers during their U.K. tour in 1966, as well as their U.S. tour three years later. By the end of the 60s, Ike & Tina Turner recorded a couple of covers of songs by The Beatles, the Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival for the 1970 albums Come Together and Workin Together.

Tina and Ike Turner eventually parted ways, but Tina launched a successful solo career, which earned her 12 different Grammy Awards over the years. She had the chance to work with The WhoDavid BowieEric Clapton and quite a few other big rockers, so scroll through the gallery below to read about more of her rock n roll collaborations. Some were live performances and others were studio releases — regardless, all of them were unforgettable. Most of the information for the gallery was pulled from the website The World of Tina.


    Date: Feb 24, 2023
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

In advance of their headlining Rise of the Machines tour with special guests DopeFear Factory and more, Static-X have just unveiled an all-new mask and outfit for the anonymous frontman known only by the pseudonym Xer0.

To showcase the latest evolution of Xer0, Static-X partnered with Eddie Yang of Deity Creative, a notable costume designer and prop maker whose work has been featured in big name movies such as AvatarIron ManRobocopThe Amazing Spider-ManTerminator: SalvationMan of Steel and more.

Yang, alongside creative director Edsel Dope (who just dropped a new Dope album, Blood Money Part Zer0, today - Feb. 24) and Ed McDonough of ECCO Studios, have provided Xer0, the figurehead paying tribute to the late Wayne Static onstage with StaticX, with a well-timed update.

View additional photos of Xer0 below.

About getting to work with Static-X, Yang enthuses, I have always been a metal fan and have listened to Static-X since their first release Wisconsin Death Trip. I am honored to contribute to Waynes legacy and to work with the band on their incredible vision for evolving Static-X and Xer0 into something that is truly unique. This project finally combined my passion for character design and metal music into one big check-off the bucket list!

“Eddie is a genius,” adds Xer0, We wanted to evolve the Xer0 character into a more cybernetic/robotic figure for the Rise Of The Machine Tour and Eddie absolutely fucking killed it!!!!!!!

Bassist Tony Campos states, “Eddie took the mask to a level that we never imagined possible, and we are so stoked with the result.

Not only does Static-Xs tour kick off tomorrow (Feb. 25), the group, also comprised of the surviving Wisconsin Death Trip lineup with the blessing of Waynes family, recently announced the Project: Regeneration Vol. 2 album. The record follows Vol. 1, which came out in 2020, and features the final recordings of Wayne Statics original vocals amid the 13 tracks, one being a cover of Nine Inch Nails Terrible Lie.

See the music video for that cover here and look for the album to be released on Nov. 3 later this year.

After a big year in 2022, which included a summer tour supporting Rob Zombie and Mudvayne and openers Powerman 5000, Static-X are hitting the road again hard with North American dates from Feb. 25 through April 15 on the books. Head here to see all the upcoming stops and, for tickets, visit this location.


    Date: Nov 30, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player whose cool, soulful contralto helped define such classics as You Make Loving Fun, Everywhere and Dont Stop, died Wednesday at age 79.

Her death was announced on the bands social media accounts. No cause of death or other details were immediately provided, but a family statement said she passed away peacefully at hospital this morning with family around her after a short illness.

She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure, the bands statement reads in part.

McVie was a steady presence and personality in a band known for its frequent lineup changes and volatile personalities – notably fellow singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

During its peak commercial years, from 1975-80, the band sold tens of millions of records and was an ongoing source of fascination for fans as it transformed personal battles into melodic, compelling songs. McVie herself had been married to bassist John McVie, and their breakup – along with the split of Nicks and Buckingham – was famously documented on the 1977 release Rumours, among the bestselling albums of all time.

Fleetwood Mac, co-founded by drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The groups many other hit singles included Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Little Lies.


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