BMG/Black Box The Glorious Sons, Sum 41 and Billie Eilish are among the nominees for the 2020 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.
The Ontario-based Glorious Sons and Sum 41 are both nominated for Rock Album of the Year for their respective 2019 releases, A War on Everything and Order in Decline. The category also includes The Dirty Nil's Master Volume.
Meanwhile, the decidedly not Canadian Eilish is nominated for International Album of the Year for her Grammy-winning smash debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
The 2020 Junos will beheld March 15 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For the full list of nominees, visit JunoAwards.ca.
Monty Brinton/CBSIf you watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday, you saw 18-year-old Billie Eilish win the so-called "Big Four" categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. She's only the second artist in Grammy history to pull this off -- and now the first one to do it is offering his congratulations.
In 1981, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross won the same four categories, thanks to his self-titled debut album and smash hit, "Sailing." On Instagram, the yacht rocker posted a photo of himself on that night, along with a caption praising Eilish and her brother and musical collaborator, Finneas.
Cross wrote, "My record of winning the four General Field Grammys in one night stood for 39 years, until a talented young sister and brother came along."
He continued, "Congratulations to Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for their remarkable contribution to music history. Well done. Records are made to be broken, and I could not be any more pleased with their achievement. Welcome to the club, friends."
Eilish has her work cut out for her if she hopes to match Cross' other achievements. He went on to sell 10 million records and win an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his hit "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)."
However, Eilish has been tapped to write and record the new James Bond movie theme, so an Oscar, Golden Globe or both could very well be in her future, too.
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesHayley Williams is continuing to tease her upcoming solo album Petals for Armor with a mysterious new video.
Following the premiere of the single "Simmer" last week, the Paramore frontwoman has shared "Simmer Interlude," a 76-second clip that appears to be a companion piece to the original track's video.
"Simmer Interlude" finds a creature dragging Williams' lifeless body and wrapping her in a cocoon. At the end of the clip, we see Williams' eye dramatically open. You can watch "Simmer Interlude" streaming now on YouTube.
"Wrath & mercy: an interlude," Williams writes, cryptically. "There is more to the story...coming soon."
Petals for Armor, Williams' debut solo album, will be released May 8.
Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty ImagesRage Against the Machine's reunion tour is coming to the East Coast.
The rap-metal icons are headlining the 2020 Boston Calling and Firefly festivals, taking place May 22-24 at Boston's Harvard Athletic Complex and June 18-21 in the Woodlands of Dover, Delaware, respectively.
Boston Calling also includes the previously announced headliners Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as The 1975, Brittany Howard, Angels & Airwaves, The Struts, Liam Gallagher, Andrew W.K., Banks, Dreamers, and PVRIS.
Other artists on the Firefly lineup include Billie Eilish, Blink-182, Cage the Elephant, CHVRCHES, David Lee Roth, Grouplove, Cold War Kids, K.Flay, The Glorious Sons, and Badflower.
Rage Against the Machine revealed last fall that they'd be reuniting for a tour in 2020, eight years after playing their last show in 2011. Prior to announcing Boston Calling and Firefly, Rage's tour had been limited to headlining Coachella, plus three shows in cities around the U.S.-Mexico border: El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona.
George SalisburyLast year, The Flaming Lips released their first live album: a recording of a 2016 Red Rocks show that featured them performing their beloved 1999 album, The Soft Bulletin, alongside the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Now, you've got a couple more chances to see a similar performance.
The band has added two shows to their spring tour during which they'll perform The Soft Bulletin in full, backed by orchestras and vocal choirs. The shows will take place April 13 in Portland, OR, and on April 19 in Dallas, TX as part of the Dallas Symphony's SOLUNA Festival. Tickets for both shows go on sale January 30 at 10 a.m. local time via FlamingLips.com.
The Portland show will serve as a kickoff for the band's spring tour of North America, which wraps up June 22 in Vancouver. The band is also performing May 22 in Walton-On-Trent, England, and July 18 in Galway, Ireland.
Courtesy Amazon MusicKaren O helped to induct rock icon Lou Reed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, teaming with her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner to perform a version of Reed's song "Vicious." Now, O has teamed with Danger Mouse to once again pay tribute to Reed.
O and Danger Mouse, who released the joint album Lux Prima last year, have recorded a version of Reed's "Perfect Day" as an Amazon Original recording. It's now available for download.
"Woman" a track from Lux Prima, was nominated for a Grammy Sunday night in the category of Best Rock Performance, but lost to Gary Clark Jr.'s "This Land."
Amanda Edwards/Getty ImagesSome Tool fans would argue that everything the band releases is groundbreaking in one way or another, but the band themselves were happy to win a Grammy Sunday night for one particular track they think really challenged them as musicians.
Tool won Best Metal Performance Grammy for "7empest," a 15-minute-long track on their long-awaited latest album, Fear Inoculum. Backstage, bass player Justin Chancellor told reporters, "I think it's a song that we're really proud of on our new album, kinda of pushed the boundaries a bit."
"From our point of view, we were still being very experimental when we did this particular track," he noted. "So that's pretty satisfying to be able to kind of still go out there and be included in this group of musicians."
For the record, the acts Tool beat in that category were Killswitch Engage, Candlemass, I Prevail and Death Angel.
While Tool's music is generally regarded as transcending genre, incorporating as it does aspects of alternative rock, progressive rock, post-metal and art rock, Chancellor says he's happy to have the band recognized in the category of "heavy" music, a genre he feels is alive and well.
"I think if you get out and about, you know, especially traveling around the country as we're doing at the moment, you've just got to get out and find it...there's plenty of good music, plenty of good heavy bands," he told reporters. "I'm glad that we won this so that maybe that'll open it up a little bit to keep the genre still kind of accessible to more of the public, y'know?"
Tool is on the road in support of Fear Inoculum. They'll wrap up their current batch of U.S. dates February 1 and then move on to Australia before returning to the U.S. in March.
It's safe to say that everyone has some kind of complaint about the Grammys, and Hayley Williams took to Twitter Sunday night to air her grievances.
First, Hayley praised Billie Eilish, who won five Grammys and made her Grammy performance debut with a hushed rendition of "when the party's over," accompanied by her brother Finneas on piano.
"Not able to watch tonight but i had to search the internet for this performance cause i knew this bish was gonna serve talent and delicious, buttery vox," Williams said of Billie's performance. "Congrats @billieeilish & @finneas."
The Paramore frontwoman then mentioned the Best Rock Album winners. That category was one of the dozens presented during a pre-telecast ceremony, which is only available to watch online.
"also - heard Cage won Best Rock Album? CONGRATS @CageTheElephant!!" Hayley said, of the Social Cuesrockers bringing home the gold.
But Hayley continued, "Can we get even just one Rock category televised next year, @RecordingAcad? Rock and Alternative music are vital(!) and relevant(!!!) and the youths need to see it on the TV. ok I'll shut up now."
None of the rock categories -- Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Metal Performance or Best Alternative Album -- were televised this year.
A number of fans agreed with Hayley's point, with one writing, "So TOOL won...Best Metal Performance, but of course it was in the rock genre, so it wasn’t in the prime time broadcast. I’m growing incredibly disappointed in the lack of equality when it comes to the music industry."
Yet another fan stated succinctly, "Grammy’s can go f**k themselves for not including Rock and Metal in the actual show."
Gary Clark Jr., winner of Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, did perform on the show, however.
Monty Brinton/CBSNow that Billie Eilish has won all the Grammys, everyone wants to know when we can expect new music from her. But she's reluctant to go on record about just how much work she's done on the follow-up to WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Speaking to Billboardat the Grammys, Billie said in the coming months, she'll release one-off singles "if I have them," but cautions, "I don't really know what's coming. I'm kinda just like doing what I feel and while doing that, thinking about making an album. But it's not done at all -- it's like, a couple songs, maybe. Maybe not."
Says Billie, "I'm just gonna like, go with whatever happens, y'know?"
The record-breaking singer also talked about her upcoming Apple TV documentary, and said she plans to watch it before it launches, noting, "I better get some say in what's in it and what's not! Dude, they have filmed some stuff that I'm like, ‘Please don't put that in there’ -- like, just me being annoying or whatever. But yeah, I'll watch it. I'll watch it, for sure. I'm excited.”
Billie also said that even though we think we know a lot about her, we'll still learn "hella s**t" by watching the doc.
As for her 2020 goals, Billie says above all things, she wants to be present.
“I realized a couple months ago that I'm in the period of my life that I'm gonna miss, I think,” she said. “Life is kinda perfect for me right now, to be honest with you, and I feel like I can say that now because it wasn't for a really long time...and now I'm not lying.”
The reunited rockers has announced a third U.K. show, at Milton Keynes, England's Stadium MK for June 18, having sold out their two previous dates on June 20 and June 21. In addition, the group has announced a show in Dublin, Ireland on June 23, one in Bologna, Italy on July 4, and a July 6 show in Bonn, Germany.
All the new shows were announced using images of the creepy skull-faced hooded figures that appear in the band's mysterious video, "An Offering."
As previously reported, Gerard Way and crew will spend March performing at festivals in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
MCR reunited for their first show in seven years on December 20, 2019 at L.A's The Shrine. That show was the venue's highest-grossing gig of all time.
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyGoing into the Grammys, Billie Eilish had six nominations, and when it was all said and done, she took home five, including the prestigious Album of the Year trophy for WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? And that means she's made Grammy history.
At age 18, Eilish is now the youngest-ever artist to win Album of the Year. The record was held previously by Taylor Swift, who was 20 years old when her album Fearless won the prize.
In addition to Album of the Year, Billie was also named Best New Artist -- the award she told ABC Audio would mean most to her -- as well as Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "bad guy" and Best Pop Vocal Album. The only category she lost was Best Pop Solo Performance, which went to Lizzo for "Truth Hurts."
As if that weren't enough, Billie's 22-year-old brother and musical collaborator Finneas was named Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and he shared in most of her wins, having co-written "bad guy" and produced his sister's album.
Billie also took the Grammy stage for the first time and performed "When the Party's Over," with a choir of background singers and Finneas accompanying her on piano.
In her acceptance speeches, Eilish was, as usual, very humble: When she won Album of the Year, she blurted, "Can I just say Ariana [Grande] deserves this?" and said that Grande's album thank u, next "got me through some s**t."
While winning Best New Artist, she gave credit to the fans, noting, "I think they deserve everything. They're the only reason that any of us are here at all." She also praised her fellow nominees' fandoms, joking, "They're gonna talk s**t about me for years because of this!"
By the time she won Record of the Year, Billie and Finneas had run out of people to thank, so she just said, "Thank you, goodbye!" and ran off the stage.
Other rock winners Sunday night included Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride for Best Alternative Album, Tool's 7empest for Best Heavy Metal Performance, Cage the Elephant's Social Cues for Best Rock Album, and Gary Clark Jr.'s This Land for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Chris Cornell posthumously won Best Recording Package for his career-spanning boxed set.
On the classic rock side of things, Elvis Costello & the Imposters won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Look Now, while the massive Woodstock: Back to the Garden boxed set won for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.
Francis Specker/CBSAs usual, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards crammed a whole lot of extravagant, emotional and occasionally mind-blowing performances -- and very few actual awards -- into a three-and-a-half hour telecast. There was a lot of profanity onstage -- both in the acceptance speeches and in the lyrics of the songs -- causing the telecast to be perhaps the most highly-bleeped Grammys ever. Here's a rundown of who performed what:
Lizzo kicked off the show with a medley of her song "Cuz I Love You" -- which she sang while wearing a huge, black sparkly gown while conducting an orchestral string section -- and "Truth Hurts," for which she stripped down to a futuristic bodysuit. The performance featured plenty of dancers as well as one of Lizzo's signature flute solos.
Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani had one of the first numbers of the night, singing their new duet "Nobody But You." They sweetly held each other's hands through the performance.
Following a brief a cappella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" with Boyz II Men in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, host Alicia Keys sang a version of Lewis Capaldi's Grammy-nominated "Someone You Loved" with the lyrics changed to be about this year's nominees -- the chorus was, "I'mma get you kinda used to hearing music you love."
The Jonas Brothers were up next: First, they performed a stripped-down performance of an unreleased song that may have been called "Five Minutes," and they took the stage for a massive performance of their current hit "What a Man Gotta Do," complete with dancers, horns and fireworks. Nick Jonas appeared to have something stuck in his teeth throughout, which he later acknowledged by tweeting, "At least you all know I eat my greens."
Tyler, The Creator gave the most bonkers performance of the night. It started out somewhat chill, as he performed "Earfquake" with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men. Then, he was joined onstage by dozens of Tyler lookalikes, all wearing the same blonde pageboy wig and white-and-red suit as he sang "New Magic Wand" on a set that looked like an empty suburban street. The song climaxed with Tyler jumping up and down and screaming and the entire street burning down; he then fell backwards off the part of the stage he was standing on and disappeared.
Usher performed a Prince tribute as a way of promoting the upcoming CBS-TV special Let's Go Crazy: A GRAMMY Salute to Prince. Singing and dancing his way through "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," Usher was backed up by Prince's close friend Sheila E. Oddly, even though FKA Twigs was introduced as being part of the performance, all she did was dance on a stripper pole and then slink around, rubbing up against Usher and looking sexy.
Camila Cabello gave one of the most emotional performances of the night, singing "First Man," a tribute to her father Alejandro Cabello, while home movies of him with a baby Camila were shown. At the end of the song, she came off the stage and stood in front of her dad, singing directly to him, as he wept openly. They embraced at the end of the song.
Country icon Tanya Tucker, who won her very first Grammys on Sunday, performed a stripped-down version of her winning song "Bring My Flowers Now" with her co-writer and musical collaborator Brandi Carlile.
Ariana Grande gave an elaborate performance of three songs. She started out dressed in a ballgown, singing "My Favorite Things" with a string section. Then, she stripped off her gown, donned some sexy sleepwear, and moved onto a bedroom set to sing her nominated song "7 Rings," which interpolates "My Favorite Things." She finished off with part of her smash hit "thank u, next."
The night's big winner, Billie Eilish, performed a hushed version of her song "when the party's over" with her brother and musical collaborator Finneas on piano, plus a backing choir.
Lifetime Achievement honorees Aerosmith performed "Livin' on the Edge" -- during which lead singer Steven Tyler stopped in the audience in front of Lizzo and yelled, "I f***ing love you!" -- and then teamed up with Run-DMC for their smash hit "Walk This Way." There was no last-minute reprieve for drummer Joey Kramer, who the band had barred from performing with them because they claimed his playing wasn't up to par. He sued...and lost.
Lil Nas X performed his 19-week number-one hit "Old Town Road" on a stage set that revolved to show different rooms, and in each room, there was a different act who joined him to perform the song, including K-pop superstars BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. At the very end, none other than Nas -- the rap legend who inspired Lil Nas X's stage name -- joined the younger artist onstage to sing "Rodeo."
Another emotional of a moment came from Demi Lovato, who performed a raw ballad called "Anyone," which she wrote just four days before she overdosed in 2018. She was so choked up that she had to stop the song and start it again, and then sang it with tears running down her face. She got a standing ovation at the end.
A tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle featured Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, who was arrested on robbery charges two days before the Grammys. Meek kicked off the performance by performing a rap addressed to Hussle; Roddy Ricch then did "Letter to Nipsey." Khaled, Franklin, YG and Legend performed "Higher," which then went on to win the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung performance. Hussle's other song "Racks in the Middle" also won a Grammy during the pre-telecast awards.
Spanish star Rosalía and a troupe of dancers performed her flamenco-inspired songs "Malamente" and "JuroQué."
At the podium to present Song of the Year, Little Big Town and Smokey Robinson harmonized on his composition "My Girl."
Alicia Keys and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard performed a stripped-down version of Alicia's current single "Underdog," co-written by Ed Sheeran. By the end of the song, Alicia, joined by a troupe of dancers, had moved to a satellite stage with a piano, which rose in the air for a dramatic finale.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist H.E.R. performed her song "Sometimes" at the piano, backed by a line of musicians in single file behind her, and then she stood up and ripped off a searing guitar solo.
Bonnie Raitt performed a brief rendition of John Prine's song "Angel from Montgomery" in tribute to Prine; that was followed by guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performing his Grammy-winning song "This Land," which is about racism and immigration.
The final performance of the evening was a version of "I Sing the Body Electric" from the 1980 movie Fame, featuring Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, pianist Lang Lang, violinist Joshua Bell, Gary Clark Jr., ballerina Misty Copeland and a chorus of student musicians. It was a tribute to music education, and to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who after 40 years is stepping aside.
Republic RecordsAfter releasing a string of new songs, singer/songwriter Two Feet, aka Bill Dess, has released details of his full-length debut album, Pink.
The album will be out March 13, and is currently available for pre-order. A new track, "Grey," is also available.
In a statement, Dess says, "For a lot of these lyrics, I’m using real memories and trying to figure out the best way to formulate and pull emotions from listeners. That’s how my past experiences affected this record."
"A lot of the songs deal with the passage of time and how you interpret it," he adds. "Musically, I wanted it to be a full album with bangers, heavy songs, and acoustic tracks.”
From the project, Two Feet has released the songs "Intro," "Pink," "You?" and "BBY."
In addition, the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" artist has announced his Two Feet Pink tour, kicking off April 28 in L.A. and wrapping up May 26 in Chicago. A pre-sale starts January 29 at 10 a.m. local time.
Two Feet will donate a dollar for every ticket purchased to SRNA, an organization that advocates and brings awareness to rare neuroimmune diseases. It's a cause that's close to his heart, since his sister has been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord.
BMGFollowing the unexpected 2018 death of frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries released their final album, In the End, last year. Featuring vocals Dolores recorded before her death, the well-received album unexpectedly earned the Irish band their very first Grammy nod: It's up for Best Rock Album at Sunday's ceremony. Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler tells ABC Audio that the nod is simultaneously exciting and bittersweet.
"Obviously, when we heard the news, it was very exciting cause it's our first Grammy nomination," says Lawler. "But then you obviously think, 'Oh, wouldn't it be great if Dolores was here to come up and be at this event with us?' Y'know, she loved getting dressed up and picking out a costume or whatever. So she'd have been really excited about that."
As for why it's their final album that got the Grammy love, and not, say, their 17-million-sellling smash No Need to Argue, guitarist Noel Hogan says, "I think there's the strength of the songs firstly, and...there's a lot of nostalgia as well that it brings back. And we felt from the very beginning it was one of...the strongest albums that we've done in a long time."
Lawler says he's sure Dolores would've been "very honored" because, he says, "Everyone knows in this industry that the Grammys is the biggest nomination you can get."
Dolores' brother and his wife will join The Cranberries Sunday at the Grammys, but the band still hasn't decided how they'll celebrate if they win.
"Haven't really thought about it, to be honest," says Lawlor.
"We're trying to stay calm either way," adds Hogan.
As for the future of The Cranberries, a documentary is in the works, as is a 25th anniversary reissue of No Need to Argue.
Now that Hayley Williams has officially announced her debut solo album, Petals for Armor, and released the first single, "Simmer," she's opening up about the inspiration behind her first non-Paramore music.
Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Hayley says the album's title comes from a lyric in "Simmer": "wrap yourself in petals for armor." To her, those words are "somewhat of a mantra to try and stay soft in a really, really hard world and feel pain, and let all of it come to you, and try and put out something that can redeem it all, even if it’s ugly at first."
"I kept feeling like the way for me to protect myself best is to be vulnerable and be O.K. with having a lot of pain at certain times, and also feeling a lot of joy at certain times," she continues. “As long as I’m staying soft to those things and I’m open to letting those things in and out of me, then I actually can survive the world a lot easier than if I stay hard...with my fists up all the time.”
As for the flower imagery itself, Hayley says it came to her while she was having a "cranial-sacral massage."
"I was laying on [the] table and I started having these weirdly creepy visions of flowers growing out of me -- and not in a beautiful way," she recalls. "It was very painful and very grotesque but I kind of realized in that moment there was a lot that was trying so hard to grow out of me, and it was going to hurt to do it.”
After revealing a June 20 stadium show in the U.K. via their cryptic video, "An Offering...," My Chemical Romance has added a second show at the same venue.
After the first show at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England sold out, the band tweeted, "This is incredible. Thank you all so much. We have announced a second show." Tickets for that show, scheduled for June 21, sold out immediately.
The announcement is illustrated with a picture of one of the hooded, skull-faced figures featured in the "An Offering...." video. As AltPress.com notes, there have been many fan theories surrounding the creepy two-minute video, which features the hooded figures walking through a forest, one of whom eventually drives a dagger through a drawing of a pentagram on the forest floor.
My Chemical Romance -- Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and Mikey Way -- first reunited December 20 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall, their first live show in seven years. The band has a handful of international dates scheduled for March, but so far, there's been no word of a North American tour.
Courtesy CBS NewsBillie Eilish is on top of the world right now: Sunday, she's up for six Grammys and will be performing on the telecast. But as the 18-year-old artist revealed Thursday night on CBS' The Gayle King Grammy Special, it wasn't that long ago that she was so depressed, she didn't think she'd make it to age 17.
Billie told King that in 2018, she was "so unhappy...and, like, joyless," because her extreme fame had made her isolated and lonely. She became clinically depressed, she said, and admitted, "I don't want to be dark, but I genuinely didn't think I would make it to 17."
When asked if she'd considered self-harm, Billie replied, "Yeah. I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel…And I remember there was a window right there…I remember crying because I was thinking about how the way that I was going to die was, I was going to do it."
Billie also revealed that the lyric "I wanna end me" in her song "Bury a Friend" was about herself.
The star says the one thing that kept her from taking her own life was her mother, Maggie Baird, who stepped in to scale back her daughter's schedule and the number of things she was expected to do.
"We checked in with her all the time about, 'Do you still want to do this?'" Baird told King. "She loved doing the shows. The fans and the shows, that's what kept her going."
Of course, therapy was also involved in Billie's recovery, as was her family's support. She turned 18 last month.