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My Chemical Romance Post Cryptic Video

my chemical romanceA few years ago, My Chemical Romance shocked fans when they announced that they would be headed in different musical directions. Since then, we’ve seen plenty of solo works, musical projects, etc.

Today, the band released a cryptic video showing a white flag with a black cross waving in the wind to the soft piano notes we all know so well.

Sending shockwaves, fans have been speculating what the video, which you can see below, actually means. Many believe that the only thing that “makes sense” is the Black Parade 10 year reunion tour.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

 

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Grammys 2016 – Winners List

2016 grammys.pngThe 2016 Grammys are off to a great start, and Planet Stereo’s here to let you know who wins what. Check out the list of winners announced below:

Album Of The Year

  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  • Taylor Swift – 1989
  • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Record Of The Year

  • D’Angelo & The Vanguard “Really Love”
  • Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Song Of The Year

  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Music Video

  • A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dir. Dexter Navy)
  • The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (Dir. Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Dir. The Little Homies & Colin Tilley)
  • Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Dir. Joseph Kahn)
  • Pharrell Williams – “Freedom” (Dir. Paul Hunter)

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

 

Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift – 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap – The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Best Rock Album: Muse – Drones

Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Best R&B Album : D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

Best Historical Album: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig – Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

Best Surround Sound Album: James Gutherie, Joel Plante – Roger Waters’ Amused To Death

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – Sylva

Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos – Grace

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cecile McLorin Salvent – For One To Love

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield – Past Present

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider Orchestra – The Thompson Fields

Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias – Made In Brazil

Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo – Sings 

Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart – Home
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Best Comedy Album: Louis CK – Live At Madison Square Garden

Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin – A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Los Tigres Del Norte – Realidades (Deluxe Edition)

Best Tropical Latin Album: Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & OrchestraSon De Panamá

Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Best Bluegrass Album: The SteelDrivers – The Muscle Shoals Recordings 

Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary – Go Go Juice

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, “Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall 

 

Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Dance Recording: Justin Bieber & Jack U – “Where Are U Now”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard – “Really Love”

Best Country Song: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

 

Best Metal Performance: Ghost – “Cirice”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway – “Little Ghetto Boy”

Best Rap Performance: Kenrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat – “These Walls”

Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale, Kansas City Chorale – “Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eight Blackbird – “Filament”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

 

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Jeff Bhasker

 

Best Music Film: Amy

Best Song Written For Visual Media: Common & John Legend – “Glory”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Antonio Sanchez – Birdman

 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Calls Out Connecticut High School For Banning ‘American Idiot’ Musical

GreenDayBack in 2010, Green Day shocked everyone with a Broadway production of the band’s hit seventh album, American Idiot. The show has since become one of the most beloved modern shows, unsurprisingly.

A Connecticut high school was slated to put on a production of the musical in early May, but the decision has since changed, and the school will not be performing the show.

Enfield’s drama club, the Lamplighters, began advertising auditions for the American Idiot production. However, their faculty director soon sent out a a general announcement to the school, which stated that the troupe will not put on the musical due to “a small number of extremely vocal people.”

In the statement, director Nate Ferreira stated, “Due to the mature content of the original production, I have been working with the publisher to modify the script, to ensure that it would be appropriate for a high school group to perform.

“This project was very successful, and we feel that the modified script and production notes maintain the integrity of the show, while removing profanity and the more adult scenarios in the original Broadway production. The publisher is even starting the process of turning our edited version of the script into their official ‘School Edition’ of the play, to allow other high schools to easily perform this play in the future.”

The compromise sounds awesome, but then the real bombshell is dropped:

“Unfortunately, a very small number of extremely vocal people have complained about our choice of production. This led to Mr. Longey [principal Andrew Longey] and I meeting on Friday to discuss a change in our choice of production. To be clear, Mr. Longey did not force us to change – he and I took a long and careful look at all aspects of the show, and all arguments on either side,” continues Ferreira. “At this late stage it is very difficult to switch to a different play, but I do feel that it is best for us to set aside American Idiot for the time being.”

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called out Enfield High School on his Instagram. The post, which can be found HERE, reads:

“Dear Enfield high school board,  #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite “suitable” for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that’s the one Enfield was planning to perform, which is suitable for most people. It would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all, be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway … “the show must go on!” rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called “Raiders”

The school district’s superintendent, Jeffrey Schumann, spoke to NBC Connecticut, and stated that the American Idiot production was “dividing our kids.”

In direct response to Armstrong’s message, Schumann says, “This is not a censorship issue. This is a participation issue. We chose to change our production so we can get maximum participation.”

In an almost ironic twist, the drama club will now reportedly perform Little Shop Of Horrors instead.

 

 

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Marilyn Manson Lands Role As Barber-Surgeon On TV

marilyn mansonMarilyn Manson is already a gothic icon, and he just became an even more perfect poster-child for the subculture. Manson has been selected for a guest starring told on WGN’s series, Salem, which he already has a hand in. Manson co-composed the witch-trial drama’s opening theme, “Cupid Carries A Gun.”

On the TV show, Manson will portray barber/surgeon Thomas Dinley. This is not the first time the star has crossed over into the acting world, having been featured on CSI, The Vampire Diaries, The Matrix, and more.

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Watch The New “Suicide Squad” Trailer

suicide squad.jpgJust moments ago, Warner Bros., courtesy of The CW and Kevin Smith as part of their Dawn of The Justice League special, has released a brand new Suicide Squad trailer.

The first trailer was chill-inducing, and this new one is sure to leave you dumbfounded.

You can view the full trailer below. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Quentin Tarantino Praises ‘The Hateful Eight’ Composer Ennio Morricone

the hateful eightQuentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, has acquired plenty of buzz, as has the score for the film, crafted by legendary maestro Ennio Morricone, who just won the Golden Globe for “Best Original Score.”

In an official clip for the movie, Tarantino refers to Morricone as his favorite composer, suggesting that he was more excited to see the soundtrack performed than he was for the film’s actual premiere–impressive endorsement coming from the director! You can check out the clip below and read more about The Hateful Eight soundtrack, as well as buy a copy of your own—including that $136 Collectors Edition—at thehatefuleightsoundtrack.com.

 

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Sending Off The Goblin King: a Tribute to David Bowie

David BowieThere are some people you think will just live forever.

They are the timeless, larger-than-life characters, who have enough personality for multiple lifetimes.

This morning, my mom was the one who broke the news to me. “David Bowie’s dead,” she told me, and I sat up in my bed.

“Bowie??” She nodded, and I froze, my groggy mind struggling to understand. “Bowie? The Goblin King?”

She nodded again. “He passed away yesterday. They announced it this morning.”

I just blinked at her. My mind wasn’t grasping the concept that this wonderful artist was gone. In fact, I actually blurted out, “But he can’t die. His album just came out.”

When I was running this morning, it hit me that I’ve never lived in a world without David Bowie being around as a living legend. In fact, I can never remember a time where I didn’t know who David Bowie was.

I remember being a little girl and seeing him on TV, and, even then, being completely fascinated by him.

He’s one of the primary reasons I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was seven years old.

I had watched Labyrinth and its Behind-The-Scenes features (on the VHS, mind you, so it came on automatically every time) for the thousandth time, and I was enchanted.

I had recently seen the Lord Of The Rings Two Towers behind-the-scenes for the first time, and between that and Labyrinth, I was mystified by the wonders of putting a film together.

But it was Bowie that truly brought it all to life for me.

There was something about this multi-talented artist that just had me floored, and made me want to be given space to test my own creativity.

When I had the chance, I started actively searching for his music, just to listen to songs other than the anthemic hit singles that had dominated the radio (“Changes,” “Heroes,” “Pressure,” etc.) or the tracks from Labyrinth that I had already memorized.

I found “Rebel Rebel” and “Starman,” and “I’m Afraid of Americans” became an anthem of sorts for me in high school. His discography is so expansive, and truly an event to journey through.

To hear about David Bowie’s death hit me in a similar vein that hearing about Robin Williams’ death did: it’s unimaginable, shocking, and feels very much like an old friend has passed.

I think, much like with Robin Williams, Bowie was such an integrated part of our popular culture, and so embedded into our lives, that it feels as though we all knew him on a personal level.

These were some of the thoughts that rolled around in my head throughout the morning.

But the overarching theme is that there will be no one like Bowie to grace this earth ever again. There will be no one who will enchant us in the same way, with his stunningly bold characters, wonderful storytelling ability, and pure talent.

Farewell to the Goblin King. Rest in peace David Bowie.

david bowie rip

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Farewell Ziggy Stardust: David Bowie Passes Away at 69

David Bowie.jpgJust hours ago, it was announced that rock legend David Bowie passed away after an 18-month long battle with cancer. The announcement came via the artist’s official Facebook page (see the announcement below).

Considering the amount of hoaxes there have been about the singer’s death, the news was a shock.

Bowie’s death comes just two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar, which was issued on his 69th birthday. The album shot to number 1 on iTunes in the UK and number 2 in the US.

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016

 

Bowie’s son, Moon director Duncan Jones, took to Twitter this morning, saying, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. <a href=”https://t.co/Kh2fq3tf9m”>pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m</a></p>&mdash; Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ManMadeMoon/status/686441083648212992″>January 11, 2016</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Duncan Jones’ mother, Bowie’s first wife, Angela, was sequestered on the UK Celebrity Big Brother, and was informed of his death off-camera, choosing to stay on the show.

Bowie’s wife of 24 years, fashion model Iman, has not yet released a statement.

News of the flamboyant, theatrical show master’s death has been met with an outpouring of sympathy from millions of people, musicians, and even British Prime Minister David Cameron, who expressed his sorrow to the press, stating, “Genius is an overused word but I think musically, creatively, artistically, David Bowie was a genius. He was a master of reinvention, and one of the things that’s so incredible is almost all his reinventions were incredible successes and worked brilliantly. And so we mourn the loss of a great talent.”

Planet Stereo would like to send our deepest sympathies to David Bowie’s loved ones. RIP David Bowie.

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Lady Gaga Wins Golden Globe For Role in AHS: Hotel

gagaDuring the Golden Globes tonight, pop superstar Lady Gaga took home her first acting award. She won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Gaga’s fellow category nominees included Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Felicity Huffman (American Crime). Check out Gaga’s Instagram post below:

 

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Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilot) Dies at 48

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Legendary rock singer Scott Weiland, founding vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots, and later, the band Velvet Revolver, passed away on Thursday in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48 years old.

His death was confirmed by his manager, Tom Vitorino. A statement was posted to Weiland’s Facebook and Instagram pages, stating that the singer had died in his sleep whilst on a tour stop with his current band, The Wildabouts. The band had been scheduled to perform on Thursday night in Medina, Minnesota, at the Medina Entertainment Center.

Though the police said that they had found a “small quantity” of cocaine during a search of the band’s tour bus, a cause of death has not yet been determined, as of late Friday.

Weiland’s legacy lives on through his family, friends, and countless fans, including many in the music industry who took to social media to comment on what a shock his death was.

Stone Temple Pilots was formed by Weiland, along with brother Dean and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass, and drummer Eric Kretz in the late 1980s in California.

Despite their initial dismissal, the band found a large fan base, and was later signed to Atlantic Records in 1992 by Nirvana’s former manager, Danny Goldberg. Their first studio album, Core, was dropped in September of 1992, with their sophomore release, Purple, following two years later. Together, the two records sold 14 million copies in the US, with the single “Plush,” earning a Grammy for best hard rock performance in 1994.

STP released three more albums prior to going on hiatus in 2001 before reuniting and releasing a self-titled album in 2010. Three years later, the band parted ways with Weiland, posting a brief statement on their website, announcing his “official termination.”

Weiland struggled with a drug addiction, who admitted his given diagnosis of bipolar disorder. After multiple stints in rehab, and two solo albums, Weiland found success in the super group Velvet Revolver. The band, comprised of three former members of Guns N’ Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum–, guitarist Dave Kushner, and Weiland, hit the No. 1 on the Billboard album chart for their debut, Contraband. Their single “Slither” also received a Grammy for best hard rock performance in 2005.

In 2008, Weiland’s time with Velvet Revolver ended, with the band citing his “increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems” were partly to blame.

Despite this, Weiland is still held in high regards amongst musicians and industry professionals alike. The entertainment industry joins the world in mourning the loss of a wonderful, creative mind.

Earlier today, Stone Temple Pilots released a statement of their own, a letter to Scott. Check it out below:

Dear Scott,Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. Together we crafted a legacy of music…

Posted by Stone Temple Pilots on Friday, December 4, 2015

Planet Stereo would like to give its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Scott Weiland. Our thoughts are with them. RIP Scott.

We’re going to keep you updated as this story continues, so be sure to keep checking back.

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