Heaven And Hell To Record New Album

by | 28 July 2008

Heaven And Hell have said they are almost ready to begin recording a new album – their first since 1992’s DEHUMANIZER.

The band is essentially the remaining members of BLACK SABBATH, but with Ronnie James Dio taking singing duties in place of OZZY OSBOURNE.

Gutarist Tony Iommi said his band has around "six or seven new songs", reports Music Radar.

"And then we stopped to do this Metal Masters tour. When we finish that, we'll take a couple of weeks off, then carry on writing," he added.

Iommi also said THE RULES OF HELL, a new boxed set which covers BLACK SABBATH’S Dio years, will not include any rarities or unreleased material.

"I've got tapes and stuff of many years ago of jams and things we've done in the studio, but it's not suitable for release. Instead of going backwards in time, we're going forward and coming up with new stuff," he said.



28/07/2008 11:58:44


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Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences! 4209125 News

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

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Ume To Support Black Sabbath Us Tour With Circa Survive - New Album 'Monuments' June 9th 2014 Plus More Uk Dates Soon 4202544 Press Releases

Austin, Texas 3 piece UME (pronounced "ooo-may") are set to release their brand new album 'Monuments' in the UK on June 9th through Dangerbird Records.  This huge, raucous and passionate record, produced by Grammy award winning Adam  Kaspar (QOTSA, cat Power, Nirvana, Foo Fighters) is the bands first ever release over here in the UK, and will see them venture here for the first time ever for dates in the summer.

The first set of these dates can now be announced as supporting the mighty , legendary BLACK SABBATH in Hyde Park on July 4th, which will be the bands first EVER UK live show. Before then, the band are touring the US with Circa Survive

UME frontwoman Lauren Larson was also recently, personally invited by Nancy Wilson (Heart) to perform with her at Acoustic 4-A Cure Benefit at The Fillmore In San Francisco on May 15th. Along with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), James Hetfield (Metallica), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Joe Satriani, and more!

A bit about the band - For UME, music is the embodiment of contradiction. The Austin band's powerful rock songs contain a multitude of opposing juxtapositions, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio's new album, 'Monuments', a collection of songs that re-imagines heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive. When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut 'Phantoms', the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume's momentous live show onto a recording - both sonically and emotionally.

Unrelenting and impassioned force that has made UME an acclaimed live band has finally been captured on the beautiful and massive new record called 'Monuments'.

Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, 'Monuments' is UME's most colossal sounding recording yet. The guitars are heavier, the rhythms more powerful, the vocals and song writing bolder and more intimate. From the first blast of the opening track "Black Stone," there is no doubt this is a record driven by guitars dropped to D, yet one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions.

"This band has always been about trying to reimagine heavy music," says Lauren who has been playing guitar in DIY punk bands since age 14. "During recording we opened ourselves to rethinking heavy music both sonically and emotionally. I learned to let go and take risks, something I could embrace when playing live, but that I was never able to do in the studio."

The result is a record that pummels as it explores an emotional range that most bands this loud don't touch, confirming why UME live has been described as attacking "with an intensity on par with Mastodon and a vulnerability reminiscent of PJ Harvey." Across 12 raw and honest tracks, Monuments delivers a melodic, visceral ferocity (see: "Too Big World" and "Chase It Down") that's deftly balanced with moments of wrenching lyrical clarity, as on "Gleam," a dedication to Esme Barrera, one of Lauren's fellow Girl's Rock Camp volunteers who was murdered during the writing of the record.

"Monuments began as an attempt to deal with loss, yearning, and struggle," says Lauren. "But it became a process through which I learned to appreciate and celebrate this life and making music again."

Lauren and Eric began making music together after meeting at a skate-park in high
school. Lauren was a guitarist playing in her first punk band Twelve Blades -- a politically charged grindcore band from a small Texas town. Years later the couple formed UME with long-time friend Jeff Barrera. Navigating between Lauren's PhD pursuit and two distant states, they played a couple hundred shows, opened for bands like Arcade Fire, Polvo, and The Fall, and began growing a fan-base that included the likes of Gang of Four's Dave Allen and Joan Jett

2011 dawned and so did a new era for the band. Ume welcomed new powerhouse
drummer Rachel Fuhrer, was named one of the top unsigned bands by Rolling Stone
Magazine, and released their critically acclaimed Phantoms. Since then, the trio has hared the stage with The Smashing Pumpkins, Warpaint, Foals, . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Franz Ferdinand, Helmet, and Kylesa, and were personally called by Perry Farrell to open for Jane's Addiction at their Lollapalooza after party.

UME are:
Lauren Larson - guitar and vocals
Rachel Fuhrer - drums
Eric Larson - bass

Austin, Texas 3 piece UME (pronounced "ooo-may") are set to release their brand new album 'Monuments' in the UK on June 9th through Dangerbird Records.  This huge, raucous and passionate record, produced by Grammy award winning Adam  Kaspar (QOTSA, cat Power, Nirvana, Foo Fighters) is the bands first ever release over here in the UK, and will see them venture here for the first time ever for dates in the summer.

The first set of these dates can now be announced as supporting the mighty , legendary BLACK SABBATH in Hyde Park on July 4th, which will be the bands first EVER UK live show. Before then, the band are touring the US with Circa Survive

UME frontwoman Lauren Larson was also recently, personally invited by Nancy Wilson (Heart) to perform with her at Acoustic 4-A Cure Benefit at The Fillmore In San Francisco on May 15th. Along with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), James Hetfield (Metallica), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Joe Satriani, and more!

A bit about the band - For UME, music is the embodiment of contradiction. The Austin band's powerful rock songs contain a multitude of opposing juxtapositions, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio's new album, 'Monuments', a collection of songs that re-imagines heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive. When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut 'Phantoms', the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume's momentous live show onto a recording - both sonically and emotionally.

Unrelenting and impassioned force that has made UME an acclaimed live band has finally been captured on the beautiful and massive new record called 'Monuments'.

Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, 'Monuments' is UME's most colossal sounding recording yet. The guitars are heavier, the rhythms more powerful, the vocals and song writing bolder and more intimate. From the first blast of the opening track "Black Stone," there is no doubt this is a record driven by guitars dropped to D, yet one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions.

"This band has always been about trying to reimagine heavy music," says Lauren who has been playing guitar in DIY punk bands since age 14. "During recording we opened ourselves to rethinking heavy music both sonically and emotionally. I learned to let go and take risks, something I could embrace when playing live, but that I was never able to do in the studio."

The result is a record that pummels as it explores an emotional range that most bands this loud don't touch, confirming why UME live has been described as attacking "with an intensity on par with Mastodon and a vulnerability reminiscent of PJ Harvey." Across 12 raw and honest tracks, Monuments delivers a melodic, visceral ferocity (see: "Too Big World" and "Chase It Down") that's deftly balanced with moments of wrenching lyrical clarity, as on "Gleam," a dedication to Esme Barrera, one of Lauren's fellow Girl's Rock Camp volunteers who was murdered during the writing of the record.

"Monuments began as an attempt to deal with loss, yearning, and struggle," says Lauren. "But it became a process through which I learned to appreciate and celebrate this life and making music again."

Lauren and Eric began making music together after meeting at a skate-park in high
school. Lauren was a guitarist playing in her first punk band Twelve Blades -- a politically charged grindcore band from a small Texas town. Years later the couple formed UME with long-time friend Jeff Barrera. Navigating between Lauren's PhD pursuit and two distant states, they played a couple hundred shows, opened for bands like Arcade Fire, Polvo, and The Fall, and began growing a fan-base that included the likes of Gang of Four's Dave Allen and Joan Jett

2011 dawned and so did a new era for the band. Ume welcomed new powerhouse
drummer Rachel Fuhrer, was named one of the top unsigned bands by Rolling Stone
Magazine, and released their critically acclaimed Phantoms. Since then, the trio has hared the stage with The Smashing Pumpkins, Warpaint, Foals, . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Franz Ferdinand, Helmet, and Kylesa, and were personally called by Perry Farrell to open for Jane's Addiction at their Lollapalooza after party.

UME are:
Lauren Larson - guitar and vocals
Rachel Fuhrer - drums
Eric Larson - bass

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Tom Jones To Headline An Eclectic Hyde Park Roster 4146820 News

Over two weekends in July, London’s Hyde Park adopts the veneer of festival season, attracting some of the world’s biggest acts to play in front of a sun-drenched crowd, weather permitting. This year’s proceedings will be headlines by legendary singer, Tom Jones, who called the park “a beautiful place,” in a statement.

Tom JonesTom Jones is clearly very excited to be headlining Hyde Park

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there," explained Jones, who recently reignited his popularity with a judging role on the BBC singing show, The Voice. "There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."

The family-friendly shows certainly have something for everyone, with Irish band Boyzone, X Factor winners Little Mix and veteran group 10cc all joining in on the fun. Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, McBusted, The National, Faith No More, Backstreet Boys and Motorhead are also playing across the two July weekends in London’s famous park. 

More: Tom Jones Performs With Jessie J At Birthday Gig

“Wow, Hyde Park – so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour,” wrote Little Mix.“We can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style,” they added.

Jones starts a worldwide tour in Nashville later this month, and will be supporting Morrissey alongside Cliff Richard as a special guest during a concert at the LA Sports Arena on 10 May. Tickets for the British Summer Time festival will go on sale on Friday 11 April at 9am.

Check out this fan video for 'Hit or Miss'
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Over two weekends in July, London’s Hyde Park adopts the veneer of festival season, attracting some of the world’s biggest acts to play in front of a sun-drenched crowd, weather permitting. This year’s proceedings will be headlines by legendary singer, Tom Jones, who called the park “a beautiful place,” in a statement.

Tom JonesTom Jones is clearly very excited to be headlining Hyde Park

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there," explained Jones, who recently reignited his popularity with a judging role on the BBC singing show, The Voice. "There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."

The family-friendly shows certainly have something for everyone, with Irish band Boyzone, X Factor winners Little Mix and veteran group 10cc all joining in on the fun. Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, McBusted, The National, Faith No More, Backstreet Boys and Motorhead are also playing across the two July weekends in London’s famous park. 

More: Tom Jones Performs With Jessie J At Birthday Gig

“Wow, Hyde Park – so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour,” wrote Little Mix.“We can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style,” they added.

Jones starts a worldwide tour in Nashville later this month, and will be supporting Morrissey alongside Cliff Richard as a special guest during a concert at the LA Sports Arena on 10 May. Tickets for the British Summer Time festival will go on sale on Friday 11 April at 9am.

Check out this fan video for 'Hit or Miss'
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Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014 4137912 News

If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.

The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.

Jabberwocky 2014 logoJabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.

Camden Crawl 2014 logoCamden Crawl (June 20th-21st)
This year will also see the return of Camden Crawl, which last summer took place in Dublin with a subsequent London stint in the winter. This festival sees a wide range of bands and DJs spread their music all over North London at a variety of unique venues such as KOKO, Roundhouse, Lock Tavern, Electric Ballroom, Monarch, St. Michael's Church, Jazz Cafe and Purple Turtle. This year will see sets from Atari Teenage Riot, Dirty Beaches, Ghetts, Gnarwolves and Will Varley among many, many others - a pretty eclectic line-up for an extremely eclectic city.

Lovebox Festival 2014 logoLovebox Festival (July 18th-19th)
A fairly well-established weekend event, Lovebox is now in its ninth year and still truly embodies the heart and soul of pop music. Taking place at Victoria Park in Hackney, Lovebox is a family friendly event that's always full of surprises. This year, festival organisers have teamed up with event producers Secret Productions so, as well as experiencing some fantastic music from the likes of Chase & Status, M.I.A. and Nas, you can also expect to be distracted by incredible art installations and a few circus-style performers. It takes place in July with tickets currently priced at £45 for the Friday and £55 for the Saturday plus fees.

Wireless Festival 2014 logoWireless Festival (July 4th-6th)
Wireless is by far London's biggest festival and, looking at this year's line-up, you can totally see the reason. Headliners include Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars, with special guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Rudimental and Outkast. The festival has become so well-established, that 2014 sees organisers play host to a Birmingham crowd in addition to their Finsbury Park, London event, so now even more people can enjoy it. Despite the name, we are extremely wired indeed to witness this festival, which returns to the capital in July.

Field Day 2014 logoField Day (June 7th-8th)
Originally a single day festival, this event has expanded to fill the weekend with loads more amazing bands and artists. This year's headliners are Pixies and Metronomy, who are supporting the likes of Warpaint, Temples, The Horrors, Sky Ferreira and SBTRKT. To prepare you for all this, festival organiser Tom Baker (not 'Doctor Who' - at least, we don't think) broadcasts Field Day Radio every two weeks showcasing exclusive interviews, live plays and all the best music from this year's line-up, ahead of the actual event on in June at Victoria Park. As well as great music, you'll get fed well too with their popular Street Feast and Venn Street Market. Couldn't get much better really!

Camden Rocks 2014 logoCamden Rocks (May 31st)
Camden is, of course, at the heart of rock music in London so naturally we return to the borough for yet another festival. Camden Rocks is a single day of epic guitar bands, this year headlined by The Subways and Reverend & the Makers. Taking place at many of the same venues of Camden Crawl, you'll pay only £25 per ticket for this outstanding rock event which will showcase, as per usual, a multitude of emerging artists such as Hacktivist and The Graveltones. Plus, it doesn't matter how like a guitar being played; if you're a fretboard fan, you'll find everything from blues to metal here.

iTunes Festival 2014 logoiTunes Festival (September-October) + Summer Series at Somerset House (July 10th-20th)
Less of a traditional festival and more a series of gigs, iTunes Festival takes place at The Roundhouse over a period of one month in September featuring a massive range of artists from chart sensations and legends to independent and newly emerging bands. Details for 2014 are yet to be announced, but they did have their own mini festival at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during SXSW last month which featured shows from Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull. In a similar vein, Somerset House holds their Summer Series musical event between July 10th and 20th. Artists confirmed for this year are Daughter, Kodaline, Bastille, Sam Smith and Chvrches.

Visions Festival 2014 logoVisions Festival (August 2nd)
On the other side of the festival spectrum, we have Visions Festival featuring a small but excellent range of international artists. There are first-rate emerging bands such as Eagulls, Young Fathers and Josef Salvat - all of whom have released, or will release, a debut album this year - and the more recognised Polica, Baths and Andrew W.K with his 'very special solo show'. A visionary line-up for Visions. Expect also a visually pleasing atmosphere with art from comic printers Breakdown Press, musical imagery from the Skull Paradise exhibition and Liam Sparkes Tattoo Art exhibition; and all that's not forgetting the amazing food stalls and other goods on sale throughout the day. At only £25 a ticket, you really can't go wrong!

Calling Festival 2014 logoCalling Festival (June 28th-29th)
Originally called Hard Rock Calling, this festival takes place at Clapham Common in June. So far, rock legends Aerosmith have been announced as the main headliner, alongside Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers, with a great many more to be announced later. Tickets are £69.50 for the Saturday - which is reasonable considering the price of going to see just one big band these days. We're pretty glad Calling Festival will be returning to London this summer, especially after rumours about its cancellation last year. Three names and as many venues later, it's still going strong whatever we're 'calling' it.

British Summer Time 2014 logoBritish Summer Time (July 4th, 6th, 12th)
Hosted by Barclaycard, 2014's British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year in the UK and truly feels like it's going to be one of the most memorable. As we've known for a few months, it will see everyone's new favourite supergroup McBusted headline July 6th in what they described as the biggest show of their lives. Making things even more exciting, shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne brings his band Black Sabbath to BST for the final show of their extensive Reunion Tour on Friday 4th, whereby the festival will be re-christened Black Sabbath Time for the day. Another blast from the past is Saturday 12th headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and not to mention July 6th's special guests Backstreet Boys. Soundgarden will also make an appearance, having only got back together a couple of years ago, while Faith No More is set to play their first show in two years!

Of course, that's not where it ends for London festivals this year. Elsewhere Festival launches this year on May 2nd and 3rd - a sister event of Nottingham's Everywhere festival taking place in Hackney with various DJs and dance artists - while LeeFest have broken their ticket sales record for 2014, and no wonder with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on the bill. This is a festival purely about fun with poetry, comedy, film and various other stuff going on over the July 11th-13th weekend. August's Bank Holiday Weekend brings us SW4 with Above & Beyond and deadmau5 headlining and we'll see a fantastic range of Nordic musicianship for November's Ja Ja Ja festival which made its debut at The Roundhouse last year.

Moving further South, not straying too far from the capital, is Brighton's answer to America's SXSW. The Great Escape prides itself on being 'Europe's leading festival for new music', each year featuring only the best of the world's innovative new musicians. This May, we'll see talent from the likes of Ella Eyre, Show N Prove, Asgeir, Amber Run, Chloe Howl and many more.

If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.

The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.

Jabberwocky 2014 logoJabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.

Camden Crawl 2014 logoCamden Crawl (June 20th-21st)
This year will also see the return of Camden Crawl, which last summer took place in Dublin with a subsequent London stint in the winter. This festival sees a wide range of bands and DJs spread their music all over North London at a variety of unique venues such as KOKO, Roundhouse, Lock Tavern, Electric Ballroom, Monarch, St. Michael's Church, Jazz Cafe and Purple Turtle. This year will see sets from Atari Teenage Riot, Dirty Beaches, Ghetts, Gnarwolves and Will Varley among many, many others - a pretty eclectic line-up for an extremely eclectic city.

Lovebox Festival 2014 logoLovebox Festival (July 18th-19th)
A fairly well-established weekend event, Lovebox is now in its ninth year and still truly embodies the heart and soul of pop music. Taking place at Victoria Park in Hackney, Lovebox is a family friendly event that's always full of surprises. This year, festival organisers have teamed up with event producers Secret Productions so, as well as experiencing some fantastic music from the likes of Chase & Status, M.I.A. and Nas, you can also expect to be distracted by incredible art installations and a few circus-style performers. It takes place in July with tickets currently priced at £45 for the Friday and £55 for the Saturday plus fees.

Wireless Festival 2014 logoWireless Festival (July 4th-6th)
Wireless is by far London's biggest festival and, looking at this year's line-up, you can totally see the reason. Headliners include Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars, with special guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Rudimental and Outkast. The festival has become so well-established, that 2014 sees organisers play host to a Birmingham crowd in addition to their Finsbury Park, London event, so now even more people can enjoy it. Despite the name, we are extremely wired indeed to witness this festival, which returns to the capital in July.

Field Day 2014 logoField Day (June 7th-8th)
Originally a single day festival, this event has expanded to fill the weekend with loads more amazing bands and artists. This year's headliners are Pixies and Metronomy, who are supporting the likes of Warpaint, Temples, The Horrors, Sky Ferreira and SBTRKT. To prepare you for all this, festival organiser Tom Baker (not 'Doctor Who' - at least, we don't think) broadcasts Field Day Radio every two weeks showcasing exclusive interviews, live plays and all the best music from this year's line-up, ahead of the actual event on in June at Victoria Park. As well as great music, you'll get fed well too with their popular Street Feast and Venn Street Market. Couldn't get much better really!

Camden Rocks 2014 logoCamden Rocks (May 31st)
Camden is, of course, at the heart of rock music in London so naturally we return to the borough for yet another festival. Camden Rocks is a single day of epic guitar bands, this year headlined by The Subways and Reverend & the Makers. Taking place at many of the same venues of Camden Crawl, you'll pay only £25 per ticket for this outstanding rock event which will showcase, as per usual, a multitude of emerging artists such as Hacktivist and The Graveltones. Plus, it doesn't matter how like a guitar being played; if you're a fretboard fan, you'll find everything from blues to metal here.

iTunes Festival 2014 logoiTunes Festival (September-October) + Summer Series at Somerset House (July 10th-20th)
Less of a traditional festival and more a series of gigs, iTunes Festival takes place at The Roundhouse over a period of one month in September featuring a massive range of artists from chart sensations and legends to independent and newly emerging bands. Details for 2014 are yet to be announced, but they did have their own mini festival at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during SXSW last month which featured shows from Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull. In a similar vein, Somerset House holds their Summer Series musical event between July 10th and 20th. Artists confirmed for this year are Daughter, Kodaline, Bastille, Sam Smith and Chvrches.

Visions Festival 2014 logoVisions Festival (August 2nd)
On the other side of the festival spectrum, we have Visions Festival featuring a small but excellent range of international artists. There are first-rate emerging bands such as Eagulls, Young Fathers and Josef Salvat - all of whom have released, or will release, a debut album this year - and the more recognised Polica, Baths and Andrew W.K with his 'very special solo show'. A visionary line-up for Visions. Expect also a visually pleasing atmosphere with art from comic printers Breakdown Press, musical imagery from the Skull Paradise exhibition and Liam Sparkes Tattoo Art exhibition; and all that's not forgetting the amazing food stalls and other goods on sale throughout the day. At only £25 a ticket, you really can't go wrong!

Calling Festival 2014 logoCalling Festival (June 28th-29th)
Originally called Hard Rock Calling, this festival takes place at Clapham Common in June. So far, rock legends Aerosmith have been announced as the main headliner, alongside Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers, with a great many more to be announced later. Tickets are £69.50 for the Saturday - which is reasonable considering the price of going to see just one big band these days. We're pretty glad Calling Festival will be returning to London this summer, especially after rumours about its cancellation last year. Three names and as many venues later, it's still going strong whatever we're 'calling' it.

British Summer Time 2014 logoBritish Summer Time (July 4th, 6th, 12th)
Hosted by Barclaycard, 2014's British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year in the UK and truly feels like it's going to be one of the most memorable. As we've known for a few months, it will see everyone's new favourite supergroup McBusted headline July 6th in what they described as the biggest show of their lives. Making things even more exciting, shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne brings his band Black Sabbath to BST for the final show of their extensive Reunion Tour on Friday 4th, whereby the festival will be re-christened Black Sabbath Time for the day. Another blast from the past is Saturday 12th headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and not to mention July 6th's special guests Backstreet Boys. Soundgarden will also make an appearance, having only got back together a couple of years ago, while Faith No More is set to play their first show in two years!

Of course, that's not where it ends for London festivals this year. Elsewhere Festival launches this year on May 2nd and 3rd - a sister event of Nottingham's Everywhere festival taking place in Hackney with various DJs and dance artists - while LeeFest have broken their ticket sales record for 2014, and no wonder with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on the bill. This is a festival purely about fun with poetry, comedy, film and various other stuff going on over the July 11th-13th weekend. August's Bank Holiday Weekend brings us SW4 with Above & Beyond and deadmau5 headlining and we'll see a fantastic range of Nordic musicianship for November's Ja Ja Ja festival which made its debut at The Roundhouse last year.

Moving further South, not straying too far from the capital, is Brighton's answer to America's SXSW. The Great Escape prides itself on being 'Europe's leading festival for new music', each year featuring only the best of the world's innovative new musicians. This May, we'll see talent from the likes of Ella Eyre, Show N Prove, Asgeir, Amber Run, Chloe Howl and many more.

3rd April 2014 1504962
A Week In News: Grammys Glory, Bad Boy Bieber, Retiring Rockers, And The Wild, Wild West 4047988 News

Daft Punk

Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.

As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.

Bieber Goes From Bad To Worse: How we long for the day when Justin Bieber's criminal acts are no longer making headlines. Hours after his manager bailed him for drag racing under the influence, eggy Bieber handed himself to Toronto police on assault charges after a limo driver was repeatedly hit last November. Meanwhile, a petition demanding that Bieber be deported speedily surpassed 200K signatures and now warrants an official statement from the White House. We're waiting...

Motley Crue's Press Conference From The Crypt: Rockers Mötley Crüe called a surprise press conference this week and, after arriving in a typically theatrical style in a hearse and plonking themselves down on named tombstones, the band announced that they were embarking on a final tour and had all signed an agreement to never again tour. The metallers shook off cash cow accusations and said they wanted to "go out on top" and with some "dignity." Find out where they'll be headed on their last ever tour here.

Scarlett Johansson

Super Bowl Sunday Draws Nearer: It's the Super Bowl on Sunday, not that you'll have failed to notice what with all the online premieres of the adverts that will air during the big game. Fox Sports allegedly charging advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial which means we'll only see the world's biggest brands advertised. There's been U2's philanthropic partnership with Bank of America, Budweiser's incomprehensibly adorable puppy ad, Laurence Fishburne's return to his Matrix Morpheus role for Kia, Anna Kendrick's hilarious non-Super Bowl Newcastle Brown ad and Scarlett Johansson's controversial SodaStream sell-out. Who needs TV?

'Dallas Buyers Club' UK Premiere: Having gathered up a bunch of awards and Oscars nominations, Matthew McConaughey's new movie Dallas Buyers Club is set to hit the UK after premiering earlier in the week. Watch the trailer here. With nominations in all the key Oscars categories, the film's success in the UK is a dead-cert and mercifully for McConaughey and co. probably won't be influenced by Jared Leto's shockingly haughty behaviour upon his arrival in London this week. See what we mean here. Make sure you check out the snaps from the premiere, which a triumphant McConaughey attended with his wife Camila Alves.

Game Of Thrones Teasers Tease: The Game of Thrones season four premiere may still be well over a month away but HBO have been keeping fans excited with the simultaneous release of a new trailer and 15 brand new photos ahead of the April 6th US launch. The dark new season is said to be riddle with death and deceit after the horrors of the red wedding and the imminent festivities of the purple wedding. Check out the trailer. As Jon Snow moves up in the world, Tyrion must confront shocking truths and Daenerys rises as a ruthless leader. The tension is killing us, we may have to watch seasons 1, 2 and 3 again in readiness!

Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino Calls His Lawyer: Director Quentin Tarantino is taking legal action against Gawker Media after the website publically leaked his already-leaked, now-shelved western script, Hateful Eight, in its entirety. Tarantino had already drawn attention to the leak in a Deadline interview, explaining the proto-movie, described as "like a tense stage play," got out after one of the actors he gave it to betrayed him. Naturally, everyone then wanted to read the script and Gawker provided a way to do so, using "predatory journalism" according to the Kill Bill filmmaker. Read a detailed report here.

George Clooney Graces Reddit: It's been a busy week but we just had to pack this one in. George Clooney took part in a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' session this week to promote his charitable work and charm the pants off the internet. The actor discussed his favourite hobby (cobbling, actually), as well as being the subject of a vicious Tina Fey jibe and being a notorious prankster. Check out the highlights from his session and don't be surprised if you catch yourself giggling.

Video Of The Week - 'A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer' [Redband]: The trailer has been dropped for Seth MacFarlane's first live action comedy since Ted, and boy, are we stifling the laughter. In a good way of course, Seth's new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman, promises all of the childish jokes Family Guy fans will enjoy alongside a fair bit of gun-toting and whip-cracking. Watch the trailer. Also, check out the seriously wall-worthy, stylised cast posters that have been released, complete with immature puns.

Daft Punk

Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.

As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.

Bieber Goes From Bad To Worse: How we long for the day when Justin Bieber's criminal acts are no longer making headlines. Hours after his manager bailed him for drag racing under the influence, eggy Bieber handed himself to Toronto police on assault charges after a limo driver was repeatedly hit last November. Meanwhile, a petition demanding that Bieber be deported speedily surpassed 200K signatures and now warrants an official statement from the White House. We're waiting...

Motley Crue's Press Conference From The Crypt: Rockers Mötley Crüe called a surprise press conference this week and, after arriving in a typically theatrical style in a hearse and plonking themselves down on named tombstones, the band announced that they were embarking on a final tour and had all signed an agreement to never again tour. The metallers shook off cash cow accusations and said they wanted to "go out on top" and with some "dignity." Find out where they'll be headed on their last ever tour here.

Scarlett Johansson

Super Bowl Sunday Draws Nearer: It's the Super Bowl on Sunday, not that you'll have failed to notice what with all the online premieres of the adverts that will air during the big game. Fox Sports allegedly charging advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial which means we'll only see the world's biggest brands advertised. There's been U2's philanthropic partnership with Bank of America, Budweiser's incomprehensibly adorable puppy ad, Laurence Fishburne's return to his Matrix Morpheus role for Kia, Anna Kendrick's hilarious non-Super Bowl Newcastle Brown ad and Scarlett Johansson's controversial SodaStream sell-out. Who needs TV?

'Dallas Buyers Club' UK Premiere: Having gathered up a bunch of awards and Oscars nominations, Matthew McConaughey's new movie Dallas Buyers Club is set to hit the UK after premiering earlier in the week. Watch the trailer here. With nominations in all the key Oscars categories, the film's success in the UK is a dead-cert and mercifully for McConaughey and co. probably won't be influenced by Jared Leto's shockingly haughty behaviour upon his arrival in London this week. See what we mean here. Make sure you check out the snaps from the premiere, which a triumphant McConaughey attended with his wife Camila Alves.

Game Of Thrones Teasers Tease: The Game of Thrones season four premiere may still be well over a month away but HBO have been keeping fans excited with the simultaneous release of a new trailer and 15 brand new photos ahead of the April 6th US launch. The dark new season is said to be riddle with death and deceit after the horrors of the red wedding and the imminent festivities of the purple wedding. Check out the trailer. As Jon Snow moves up in the world, Tyrion must confront shocking truths and Daenerys rises as a ruthless leader. The tension is killing us, we may have to watch seasons 1, 2 and 3 again in readiness!

Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino Calls His Lawyer: Director Quentin Tarantino is taking legal action against Gawker Media after the website publically leaked his already-leaked, now-shelved western script, Hateful Eight, in its entirety. Tarantino had already drawn attention to the leak in a Deadline interview, explaining the proto-movie, described as "like a tense stage play," got out after one of the actors he gave it to betrayed him. Naturally, everyone then wanted to read the script and Gawker provided a way to do so, using "predatory journalism" according to the Kill Bill filmmaker. Read a detailed report here.

George Clooney Graces Reddit: It's been a busy week but we just had to pack this one in. George Clooney took part in a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' session this week to promote his charitable work and charm the pants off the internet. The actor discussed his favourite hobby (cobbling, actually), as well as being the subject of a vicious Tina Fey jibe and being a notorious prankster. Check out the highlights from his session and don't be surprised if you catch yourself giggling.

Video Of The Week - 'A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer' [Redband]: The trailer has been dropped for Seth MacFarlane's first live action comedy since Ted, and boy, are we stifling the laughter. In a good way of course, Seth's new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman, promises all of the childish jokes Family Guy fans will enjoy alongside a fair bit of gun-toting and whip-cracking. Watch the trailer. Also, check out the seriously wall-worthy, stylised cast posters that have been released, complete with immature puns.

31st January 2014 4042329
Ozzy Osbourne Explains Muddled Ringo Starr Grammys Intro: "I Completely F***ed It Up!" 4043177 News

Ozzy Osbourne has reflected upon one of the more bemusing incidents of last night's Grammy Awards. The 65 year-old rock star was tasked with introducing former Beatle Ringo Starr at the glitzy music event in Los Angeles. The Grammys organisers had made it simple for the Black Sabbath frontman: all he had to do was stand on stage with his bandmates and read from a teleprompter.

Ozzy Osbourne
Awards Show Veteran Ozzy Osbourne Fluffed His Lines.

Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler headed to the stage for the introduction and the singer began to read the script. However, Ozzy soon lost pace and jumbled up his words to form an incoherent stream of babble, according to Fox News. Tony and Geezer burst into laughter at their band chum's ineptness but Twitter reactions soon took the shape of a collective eye-roll as exasperated Grammys viewers questioned the rocker's sobriety.

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Showed They're Still The Kings Of Rock At The Grammys.

The star has struggled with substance abuse over the years but probably decided to let his hair down on the night that Sabbath took the award for Best Metal Performance with 'God Is Dead?' and proved they're still the kings of rock music. Formed in the late sixties, the group certainly represented some of the most veteran performers present at an event that consistently favours the hot young things of the music industry.

Ozzy Sharon Kelly Osbourne
Ozzy Attended The Grammys With His Wife Sharon & Daughter Kelly.

The band were interviewed backstage after their Grammys win and Ozzy's words were characteristically profane. "I completely f***ed it up," he said, evaluating his teleprompter goof. He was then asked whether he was a fan of country pop star Taylor Swift who, unlike in recent years, went home empty-handed.

"Yes, I am a big fan of Taylor Swift," professed Ozzy, adding "Who the f*** is Taylor Swift?"

Perhaps some special Ozzy subtitles may need to be arranged for next year?

Ozzy Osbourne has reflected upon one of the more bemusing incidents of last night's Grammy Awards. The 65 year-old rock star was tasked with introducing former Beatle Ringo Starr at the glitzy music event in Los Angeles. The Grammys organisers had made it simple for the Black Sabbath frontman: all he had to do was stand on stage with his bandmates and read from a teleprompter.

Ozzy Osbourne
Awards Show Veteran Ozzy Osbourne Fluffed His Lines.

Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler headed to the stage for the introduction and the singer began to read the script. However, Ozzy soon lost pace and jumbled up his words to form an incoherent stream of babble, according to Fox News. Tony and Geezer burst into laughter at their band chum's ineptness but Twitter reactions soon took the shape of a collective eye-roll as exasperated Grammys viewers questioned the rocker's sobriety.

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Showed They're Still The Kings Of Rock At The Grammys.

The star has struggled with substance abuse over the years but probably decided to let his hair down on the night that Sabbath took the award for Best Metal Performance with 'God Is Dead?' and proved they're still the kings of rock music. Formed in the late sixties, the group certainly represented some of the most veteran performers present at an event that consistently favours the hot young things of the music industry.

Ozzy Sharon Kelly Osbourne
Ozzy Attended The Grammys With His Wife Sharon & Daughter Kelly.

The band were interviewed backstage after their Grammys win and Ozzy's words were characteristically profane. "I completely f***ed it up," he said, evaluating his teleprompter goof. He was then asked whether he was a fan of country pop star Taylor Swift who, unlike in recent years, went home empty-handed.

"Yes, I am a big fan of Taylor Swift," professed Ozzy, adding "Who the f*** is Taylor Swift?"

Perhaps some special Ozzy subtitles may need to be arranged for next year?

27th January 2014 4040049
Black Sabbath Reunion Tour To Continue In 2014 3953617 News

Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates have extended their reunion tour into 2014.

The heavy rockers were expected to bow out after a final hometown show in Birmingham, England on 22 December (13), but it appears the tour and the success of comeback album 13 has re-energised them.

In a statement released to various media outlets on Thursday (14Nov13), the group announced plans to tour North America and Europe in 2014, with a series of dates that will begin in Brooklyn, New York on 31 March (14).

Black Sabbath will hit 10 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up dates in North America at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 26 April (14).

New European dates have yet to be confirmed.

Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates have extended their reunion tour into 2014.

The heavy rockers were expected to bow out after a final hometown show in Birmingham, England on 22 December (13), but it appears the tour and the success of comeback album 13 has re-energised them.

In a statement released to various media outlets on Thursday (14Nov13), the group announced plans to tour North America and Europe in 2014, with a series of dates that will begin in Brooklyn, New York on 31 March (14).

Black Sabbath will hit 10 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up dates in North America at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 26 April (14).

New European dates have yet to be confirmed.

14th November 2013 3930827
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Earns Him First No. 1 Debut In Album Chart 3803665 News

Robin Thicke is having one heck of a summer so far, seeing his single 'Blurred Lines' climb to the top of just about every singles chart across the globe. With the release of his new album, also titled Blurred Lines, the singer has continued his run of blurry success by landing straight at the number one spot in the Billboard Album Charts, a first for the R&B star in his more-than-a-decade-long career.

Robin Thicke
Thicke is experiencing the most successful period of his career

As reported by Billboard, Thicke has scored his first number one album at the sixth time of asking, shifting 177,000 copies since it was released last week (30 July). As expected, this success has also landed Thicke with his best week of album sales in his career, with his closest equivalent coming when 2008's Something Else managed 137,000 sales, landing it at the No. 3 spot. Interestingly enough, 2013 has proved to be the year of the comeback as Blurred Lines has become the sixth album to reach No. 1 more than a decade after the artist's debut album was released. Prior to him, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, Gary Allan and Chris Tomlin all scored number ones with their new releases.

Watch the NSFW video for Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'
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The rest of the top ten of the Billboard 200 is made up mostly by new releases too, with rockers Five Finger Death Punch debuting at No. 2 in the chart, also scoring their best week of sales with new album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1. At No. 3, Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail is still performing well, whilst Tech N9ne's Something Else was another new entry, with the underground rapper coming in at No. 4 with his first album. Finishing the top five, the Backstreet Boys' In a World Like This was another new arrival to crack the top ten, and despite the relatively poor first week's album sales, the band could be joining Thicke, Sabbath, QOTSA and co. as one of the oldies to crack the No. 1 spot after more than a decade of performing.

Backstreet Boys
In A World Like This was the first album to be released independently by the BSB

It was a double swoop for Thicke this week actually, as his single 'Blurred Lines' managed to retain the top spot in the Digital Songs chart, after being temporarily replaced by One Direction's 'Best Song Ever.' The track is now the second most downloaded song of the year, selling 4.3 million, behind Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' (featuring Wanz), which has managed to shift 5.8 million units so far.

Robin Thicke Radio 1
Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' has been a hit across the globe

Robin Thicke is having one heck of a summer so far, seeing his single 'Blurred Lines' climb to the top of just about every singles chart across the globe. With the release of his new album, also titled Blurred Lines, the singer has continued his run of blurry success by landing straight at the number one spot in the Billboard Album Charts, a first for the R&B star in his more-than-a-decade-long career.

Robin Thicke
Thicke is experiencing the most successful period of his career

As reported by Billboard, Thicke has scored his first number one album at the sixth time of asking, shifting 177,000 copies since it was released last week (30 July). As expected, this success has also landed Thicke with his best week of album sales in his career, with his closest equivalent coming when 2008's Something Else managed 137,000 sales, landing it at the No. 3 spot. Interestingly enough, 2013 has proved to be the year of the comeback as Blurred Lines has become the sixth album to reach No. 1 more than a decade after the artist's debut album was released. Prior to him, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, Gary Allan and Chris Tomlin all scored number ones with their new releases.

Watch the NSFW video for Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'
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The rest of the top ten of the Billboard 200 is made up mostly by new releases too, with rockers Five Finger Death Punch debuting at No. 2 in the chart, also scoring their best week of sales with new album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1. At No. 3, Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail is still performing well, whilst Tech N9ne's Something Else was another new entry, with the underground rapper coming in at No. 4 with his first album. Finishing the top five, the Backstreet Boys' In a World Like This was another new arrival to crack the top ten, and despite the relatively poor first week's album sales, the band could be joining Thicke, Sabbath, QOTSA and co. as one of the oldies to crack the No. 1 spot after more than a decade of performing.

Backstreet Boys
In A World Like This was the first album to be released independently by the BSB

It was a double swoop for Thicke this week actually, as his single 'Blurred Lines' managed to retain the top spot in the Digital Songs chart, after being temporarily replaced by One Direction's 'Best Song Ever.' The track is now the second most downloaded song of the year, selling 4.3 million, behind Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' (featuring Wanz), which has managed to shift 5.8 million units so far.

Robin Thicke Radio 1
Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' has been a hit across the globe

8th August 2013 3795349
Black Sabbath Score Their First Ever US Number One Album And Another Could Be On Its Way 3734325 News

Black Sabbath are back, well and truly too, with the Gods of metal scoring their first ever number one album on the US Billboard Chart, with their comeback album 13 shooting to the top of the charts after nearly 50 years of waiting. The album ended a forty plus year wait for band to return to the top of the UK Album charts when it took the top spot last week, but in scoring their first US number one the band have performed quite a remarkable feat.

Upon hearing the news, the active members of the group each issued a statement exclaiming their shock at the success of the album, with guitarist Tony Iommi stating, "The news is absolutely amazing--we couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans," whilst bassist Geezer Butler had this to say; "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever."

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne was equally as overwhelmed with the success saying; "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."

As well as the US and the UK, 13 has had considerable success elsewhere across the globe, hitting the number one spot in Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland as well as making the top five in Australia (no. 4), Austria (no. 2), Belgium (no. 5), and Ireland (no. 5).

Whilst the dust is still settling on the new album, there have already been rumblings that the band are already planning on releasing a third album, with Butler saying he would be up for another recording session with the boys. Ozzy has also given his word that a follow-up to 13 could be on the cards, providing drummer Bill Ward re-joins. Ward had to sit out of the recording of 13 because of health issues, with Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilkes stepping in.

Black Sabbath Kerrang
Sabbath are back!

Ozzy Osbourne Kerrang
And they might be back for good

Black Sabbath are back, well and truly too, with the Gods of metal scoring their first ever number one album on the US Billboard Chart, with their comeback album 13 shooting to the top of the charts after nearly 50 years of waiting. The album ended a forty plus year wait for band to return to the top of the UK Album charts when it took the top spot last week, but in scoring their first US number one the band have performed quite a remarkable feat.

Upon hearing the news, the active members of the group each issued a statement exclaiming their shock at the success of the album, with guitarist Tony Iommi stating, "The news is absolutely amazing--we couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans," whilst bassist Geezer Butler had this to say; "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever."

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne was equally as overwhelmed with the success saying; "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."

As well as the US and the UK, 13 has had considerable success elsewhere across the globe, hitting the number one spot in Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland as well as making the top five in Australia (no. 4), Austria (no. 2), Belgium (no. 5), and Ireland (no. 5).

Whilst the dust is still settling on the new album, there have already been rumblings that the band are already planning on releasing a third album, with Butler saying he would be up for another recording session with the boys. Ozzy has also given his word that a follow-up to 13 could be on the cards, providing drummer Bill Ward re-joins. Ward had to sit out of the recording of 13 because of health issues, with Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilkes stepping in.

Black Sabbath Kerrang
Sabbath are back!

Ozzy Osbourne Kerrang
And they might be back for good

25th June 2013 3714998
43 Years Later, Black Sabbath Finally Take Over The Billboard Chart 3727158 News

Is it possible that in the 43 years since Black Sabbath’s debut on Billboard, the band have never had a number 1? Not only is it possible, it was true, until this week they finally broke the top spot with the arrival of “13”. This record marks a big moment for Black Sabbath – not only is it their first record to start at Number 1, with 155, 000 copies sold, according to Billboard, but it also marks the band’s reunion with singer Ozzy Osbourne, who has been absent from the lineup since 1978’s “Never Say Die”. Presumably, he was off all this time pursuing a new found calling of being a reality TV husband and dad.

Well, he has been pursuing a solo career as well and, as far as the Billboard Chart is concerned, a more successful one than that of the band. He’s had seven Top 10 titles on his own, though, again, none of them managed to crack the Number 1.

"13's" launch of 155,000 is also easily the biggest sales week for the band since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Their previous best frame came when the live set "Reunion" bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11. The new release is only the group's second top 10, following 1971's "Master of Reality," which peaked at No. 8.

Black Sabbath, Kerrang! Awards
The band has remained active, though with a few lineup changes.

Ozzy Osbourne, Kerrang! Awards
Case in point; Ozzy is back!

Is it possible that in the 43 years since Black Sabbath’s debut on Billboard, the band have never had a number 1? Not only is it possible, it was true, until this week they finally broke the top spot with the arrival of “13”. This record marks a big moment for Black Sabbath – not only is it their first record to start at Number 1, with 155, 000 copies sold, according to Billboard, but it also marks the band’s reunion with singer Ozzy Osbourne, who has been absent from the lineup since 1978’s “Never Say Die”. Presumably, he was off all this time pursuing a new found calling of being a reality TV husband and dad.

Well, he has been pursuing a solo career as well and, as far as the Billboard Chart is concerned, a more successful one than that of the band. He’s had seven Top 10 titles on his own, though, again, none of them managed to crack the Number 1.

"13's" launch of 155,000 is also easily the biggest sales week for the band since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Their previous best frame came when the live set "Reunion" bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11. The new release is only the group's second top 10, following 1971's "Master of Reality," which peaked at No. 8.

Black Sabbath, Kerrang! Awards
The band has remained active, though with a few lineup changes.

Ozzy Osbourne, Kerrang! Awards
Case in point; Ozzy is back!

20th June 2013 3714998
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