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Visionary Band Starset Break 1 Billion On YouTube

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Multi-media, modern rock band, Starset, recently passed the 1 billion milestone total views on YouTube with their official videos and User Generated Content (UGC) videos combined. The band’s cinematic sound and rabid fan-base have driven huge numbers at the video streaming service with fans uploading an unprecedented amount of their own videos using the band’s music, giving the band, led by singer, Dustin Bates, an unparalleled digital foothold. Starset’s stronghold at radio has added to this ascension with the band’s first single from new album, Vessels, Monster, currently the #2 most played song of the year at mainstream rock.

Starset tapped into powerful YouTube communities including anime and gaming, which are much larger than that of music on the platform. Many fan-uploaded Starset videos have hit multi-million views and YouTube data shows Starset videos gaining nearly two million new views per day. With only two albums released to date, Starset has exceeded the total view counts of most other contemporary rock bands and have views in the same league as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Bring Me the Horizon and AWOLNATION.

Glen Campbell Adios

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When I got the word that Glen Campbell had passed away my reaction wasn’t the same as when I heard of other passings. When Glenn Frey passed I was shocked, when George Jones and Merle Haggard passed I was sad, when Canadian teen idol and friend Bobby Curtola passed I was devastated. But when I heard about Glen Campbell passing the first word that came to mind was finally, finally free from the grip of that horrible disease Alzheimer’s. I was also terribly sad and nostalgic to hear but felt a great relief for him and his family. The last days of his life he couldn’t speak, communicate or interact in any way. Who knows for sure what was going on in his head. His family released a statement on his website “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease … In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at Bright Focus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page.”

Campbell was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in June 2011, he had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years, but the Alzheimer’s diagnosis was confirmed that year. The battle was long and hard and well documented in the Academy Award winning film “I’ll Be Me” , which followed the singer and his family on his 2011 tour as his memory declined.

Severn Records Announces October 6 Release Date for New CD from The Original Blues Brothers Band

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Severn Records announces an October 6 release date for The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, the new album from the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player “Blue Lou” Marini, with special guests Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Joe Morton.

“Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.

“We also have Tom ‘Bones’ Malone playing and arranging, and cameos from Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy and Joe Morton, a star from our second movie. We are also thrilled to have former members David Spinozza on guitar, Birch Johnson on trombone, and my steady sub, Baron Raymonde on alto sax.”

The Last Shade of Blue Before Black was produced by Lou Marini, Steve Cropper and The Original Blues Brothers Band and recorded at IWII Studios in Hoboken, NJ, by Jay Messina.

Open Road Recordings Drive the Hits with Five New Albums Now Certified Gold

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Music Canada has recently unveiled new updates to their Album Award protocol, which will now include digital song sales and stream count equivalents towards new certifications. This new development has had huge implications towards Open Road Recording’s overall roster, deeming five albums certified Gold, and one album has become certified Triple Platinum.

“It’s exciting to see digital analytics now taken into account, and the numbers overall speak to the success of the country genre when it comes to streaming and downloads. We are so proud to see Dean add 3 Gold Albums to his long list of accolades, as well as Tim Hicks, High Valley and Johnny Reid,” said Ron Kitchener, Founder of RGK Entertainment.

The following albums have been added to the overall totals:

GOLD:
· Dean Brody – Trail In Life
· Dean Brody – Crop Circles
· Dean Brody – Gypsy Road
· Tim Hicks – Throw Down
· High Valley – County Line

TRIPLE PLATINUM:
· Johnny Reid – Dance With Me

In addition, Open Road Recordings / RGK Entertainment are collectively up for 22 CCMA awards across all categories. In previous years, RGK has won CCMA Management Company of the Year 13 years in a row, and ORR has won Record Company of the Year nine times total.

Sons Of Texas Forged By Fortitude Release in September


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Following two years of touring behind their debut album, Baptized in the Rio Grande, Sons of Texas returned to the studio earlier this year with producer Josh Wilbur to record their follow up. The result is the 10-song CD,Forged By Fortitude, set for a September 22nd release with Razor & Tie. The album will be available in Europe through Spinefarm Records and with Sony in Japan, where the band was named the #1 New Band of the Year by Burrn Magazine, following their performance at the 2016 Loud Park Festival.

Sons of Texas Forged By FortitudeSons of Texas Forged By FortitudeThe album is available in advance visit sonsoftexasmusic.com.

The pre-order features multiple bundles including exclusive t-shirt and hoodie designs, a flask, a dog tag bottle opener, and a knit cap. In addition, one of the bundles will include a seven-inch vinyl single of the first radio track, Beneath the Riverbed. The B-side of the single will be a cover version of the Social Distortion song, Ball and Chain.

Sons of Texas are planning an extensive worldwide tour lasting throughout 2018.

Bobby Taylor Passes Away in Hong Kong

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Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers were a soul band from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. The group recorded for the Gordy Records (division of Motown Records) in 1968, where they had a top 30 hit single, "Does Your Mama Know About Me". As a producer and solo artist, Bobby Taylor contributed to several other soul recordings, both inside and outside of Motown. Taylor is most notable for discovering and mentoring The Jackson 5. Tommy Chong was a member of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers before he became famous as a comedian.

Bobby Taylor, born February 18, 1934 in Washington, DC, was raised in Washington. As a young man, he moved to New York City and sang in doo-wop groups with singers who later joined successful acts such as Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Little Anthony and the Imperials.[1] In 1958 he began his music career as a member of The Four Pharaohs, who released a few locally-selling recordings in the Columbus, Ohio area.

JAMBANATM One World Festival, Reveals Official Lineup

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As fans eagerly followed weeks of speculation of exciting artist announcements, Jones & Jones Productions Ltd has revealed the full lineup for JAMBANATM One World Festival 2017. Returning to the Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Road in Markham, ON, Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7, Canada’s festival devoted to reggae and world music will feature two days of music from over 35 globally acclaimed music, comedy and dance acts.

This year's legendary roster welcomes a diverse range of fan favorites and newcomers, including Wayne Wonder, Culture, 5-time JUNO Award winner Exco Levi, Leroy Sibbles, Half Pint, Dancehall giant Assassin and more.

Tickets for the 8th annual gathering are on sale now and at the door - $20 advance, $25 at the door, children under 5 are free, and children 5-10 years of age are $5. VIP tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Children’s VIP are $35. Services charges apply

Descendents Share Video For “Without Love”

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Just released - legendary punk band Descendents share their video for “Without Love.” The emotionally charged track appears on 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate—the band’s first album in 12 years.

Watch the video for “Without Love” here: https://youtu.be/NlA3HrmnNGM

Partially animated—and co-starring the classic Milo cartoon—“Without Love” captures moments from Descendents’ kinetic live show. The video also features behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s recent tours, complete with backstage badminton.

“Without Love” is the first proper video from Hypercaffium Spazzinate, which was released in July 2016. The heavy-hearted but anthemic song was mainly written by drummer Bill Stevenson, with its lyrics alluding to some major health troubles he suffered years ago.

Featuring Stevenson along with bassist Karl Alvarez, vocalist Milo Aukerman, and guitarist Stephen Egerton, Descendents formed in 1978. After delivering their iconic full-length debut—1982’s Milo Goes to College—the band released five more studio albums before going on an extended hiatus. In 2013, Descendents’ complete story was chronicled in the acclaimed feature-length documentary Filmage.

Earlier this year, Descendents embarked on a headline tour of North America. Tickets are on sale now, with dates scheduled through the end of 2017.

The Wild ! Release New Video Release and Announce Summer Tour

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Canadian wild boys, The Wild!, debuted another wild and crazy music video for their track, Livin' Free, off their new LP, Wild At Heart, exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine. Directed by longtime collaborator Stuey Kubrick, this is the second video we've seen from the band off this release. Their first video for Ready to Roll can be watched here.

"This song is basically a huge cheers to the best years of your life," says frontman, Dylan Villain. "The lyrics in the chorus say it all, 'One for the sun comin' up in the streets. And for the nights we never sleep. Here's to the ones still livin' free.' What a time we had making this one, man. Straight up livin' hard... and LIVIN' FREE!" 

The Wild! released Wild At Heart back in February via Entertainment One (eOne). Villain adds, "This record is a big one for me. All of us, man. I really had to go through some shit to get things right on this one. I can honestly sit here today & tell you that we made the best record we possibly could. I'm proud as hell of it and I can't wait for all of you to hear it. It's everything I wanted it to be." The tracklist and artwork are also available below.

National Music Centre Launches Special Exhibition Dedicated to k.d. lang

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The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to launch a new temporary exhibition honouring iconic Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang.

The exhibition, called Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, will be in the National Bank Private Banking 1859 Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell, and trace the versatile performer’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists.

“Working on this exhibition with NMC made me look back a bit on my life as a performance artist challenging norms, and how my evolving style became just as important as the performance itself,” said k.d. lang. “I hope the public enjoys the exhibition as much as I’ve enjoyed performing in those pieces and playing those instruments over my career. I can’t think of a place more suited than Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to preserve those memories and share them with my fans.”

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