According to a report by Billboard, a California judge has ruled that Lloyd’s Of London is not liable to cover Metallica’s insurance claim for financial losses suffered when the band was forced to postpone six shows in 2020 because of the pandemic. The lawsuit stemmed from the cancelation of Metallica’s six-date tour of South America in April 2020 with Greta Van Fleet. Due to late 2020 COVID-19-related travel restrictions, the band postponed the dates. They would rebook and complete this tour in December of 2021.
Rock legends Foo Fighters’ new album Medicine At Midnight (Roswell Records) has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart with first-week sales of 64,000 copies in the U.S. The Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. Foo Fighters previously topped the chart with 2017’s “Concrete And Gold” and 2011’s “Wasting Light”. This is their third #1 album in their career. 23,000 of “Medicine At Midnight”‘s first-week sales came from vinyl LP sales, with CDs and digital albums registering 20,000 each. The album released on February 5th and was produced by the Foo Fighters and Greg Kurstin.
According to a report from Billboard, Jane’s Addiction has signed with Artist Group International, one of the top independent booking agencies in the world. Michael Arfin and Marsha Vlasic will be the responsible agents for both Jane’s and singer Perry Farrell and his solo endeavors. Jane’s Addiction is working on new music, but more likely a single or a collection of shingles, rather than a full album, according to Farrell. The indication by this signing is the band will also embark on a world tour at some point after the pandemic.
According to a published report from Billboard, Metallica’s new album, released on August 28th, 2020 – Metallica And San Francisco Symphony: S&M² has entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4. The record racked up 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending September 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. This was aided by their “Encore Drive-In Nights” series “Jump in the Drive-In” event on August 29th in which every fan that bought a car-load package to their Drive-In concert event received four copies of the new album digitally. Many of their pre-order bundle options sold out early. The album ranked 4th behind Taylor Swift’s album Folklore, and slightly ahead of Katy Perry at number five.
Metallica has broken into the Billboard mainstream rock charts for the first time in five years with the S&M2 version of “All Within My Hands”! The song originally appeared on 2003’s St. Anger (Blackened Recordings) album. Arriving in stores, streaming, and mailboxes on August 28th via Blackened Recordings, S&M2, the collab of Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Pre-order the album and merch below!Continue reading
According to a report from Billboard’s and writer Bryan Reesman, Mongolian Metal band The HU are stuck in the Sydney Australia area stranded in another country because the borders of their homeland have been sealed off. Billboard called the band at their Airbnb “bunker,” as manager/translator Tuga Namgur calls it, where they are staying in the Sydney, Australia area. “Given that right now they’re not making money and had to cancel two months’ worth of touring, it’s a wiser housing option than a hotel.” Everyone in the band is well and they are keeping their spirits up. You can read the entire article here:Continue reading
Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, Ordinary Man (Epic Records), is now the Number One rock record in the world, with Top Ten chart positions in seven countries. It is already the highest-charting album of Ozzy’s entire career. The album has debuted on three Billboard charts including #1 On Top Rock Albums Chart, # 2 Top Album Sales Chart, and #3 On The Top 200. Rock and Metal don’t often factor in the pop charts, but this is still very big deal for the music industry. Continue reading
In a shocking report by Billboard Magazine, Metallica has been linked to a scheme by Live Nation the number one concert promoter and venue owner in the world, to facilitated the transfer of thousands of concert tickets per show directly into the hands of resellers and scalpers at the request of certain artists. This is not limited to Metallica and there is no evidence the individual band members are involved in perpetrating the scheme. The proof came to Billboard via an admission on a taped conversation between Live Nation president of U.S. concerts, Bob Roux, longtime Metallica associate Tony DiCioccio, and an independent promoter named Vaughn Millette. The recording dates back to February 2017, shortly before the launch of Metallica’s “WorldWired Tour” in North America, and hears DiCioccio asking Roux to set aside a portion of tickets so that they could instead be sold on the secondary market. This entire situation came to light after bots and resellers seemed to buy up all of the tickets for Metallica’s S&M 20th Anniversary concert in San Francisco, this September.Continue reading
It’s the mid-nineties and while the economy is flourishing, our president gets cool points for playing the sax on television and we have Super Metroid, we still found the need to complain. And of all the things to moan about during that decade, one of the silliest is to decry the lack of decent metal. Did we all suddenly forget that Pantera dropped possibly the heaviest release to debut atop the Billboard Top 200 in Far Beyond Driven (Eastwest)?Continue reading
Season three of Netflix’s Marvel Television series Daredevil, based on the popular Marvel comic book character debuted this past weekend. In a cool origin story episode for one starring character, there was a lot of early 2000’s nostalgia such as a Korn shirt, hemp-bead chokers on dudes, the first time Lil John screamed “Yeeeah” on a track, and Trapt’s ubiquitous anthem ‘Headstrong’ was heard too. It was a massive hit in the era of Nu Metal, although it’s a lot more rock than it’s contemporaries looking back. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock (one week on July 26, 2003) and Modern Rock (five weeks on May 31, 2003) charts and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 1 on the singles recurrent charts. It crossed over to mainstream pop radio, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40. Continue reading