Queen + Adam Lambert Share Electric ‘Somebody to Love’ Performance Video

It’s been a month since Queen + Adam Lambert shared their Live Around The World album, and the group portrayed the healing power of music on Friday (Nov. 6) when they unveiled the performance video for the album’s “Somebody to Love.”

Set at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 2016, marking Queen and Lambert’s first UK festival together, the American Idol alum belted out the Freddie Mercury-written 1976 classic with ease, engaging the crowd for a powerful final chorus and jamming out with his bandmates.

“Adam has the ability to sing anything and everything we throw at him,” Roger Taylor said of Lambert’s vocal abilities in a press statement. “There’s nothing he can’t handle. Our songs are big and theatrical and Adam fits that easily. I think he’s the best singer around. His range is staggering.”

“Some of Queen’s songs are just so vocally athletic and physically demanding, ” Lambert said of the music. “For example, ‘The Show Must Go On’ is certainly demanding, ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ goes from zero to 99. ‘Somebody to Love’ is really intense and big.”

Watch the “Somebody to Love” performance video below.

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Kelly Clarkson Works Hard for This Donna Summer Cover, Dedicated to Restaurant Servers

Kelly Clarkson effortlessly brought back disco by covering Donna Summer’s hit “She Works Hard for the Money” for her talk show’s latest “Kellyoke” segment on Friday (Nov. 6).

The song perfectly fit the theme of the hour, “Restaurant Resurgence: Salute to Servers,” since Summer reportedly found inspiration for the song when she met a hardworking waitress named Onetta at the West Hollywood restaurant Chasen’s.

According to LAist, “She went to the bathroom and saw the attendant taking a nap with a small TV on. Donna startled the woman from her nap, and the woman told Donna she worked 2 jobs and was really tired. Donna thought to herself, ‘Wow, she really works hard for her money.'” Summer wrote the song in about 20 minutes that same night. She even mentions the waitress by name in the first verse when she sings, “Onetta there in the corner stand.”

While wearing a laid-back white V-neck tee and floral maxi skirt, Clarkson made the feat look easy with her vocal range.

“She Works Hard for the Money” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The late Queen of Disco danced back to the Billboard charts this year with Kygo’s reimagining of “Hot Stuff” that reached No. 9 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart last month.

Watch Clarkson cover Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” below.

Beatport Is Hosting a 24-Hour Livestream for Mental Health With Kaskade, Boys Noize & More

The global pandemic has certainly strained our collective mental health, and the dance music industry is no exception.

On Saturday, Beatport is doing something about it by co-hosting a 24-hour livestream that will address issues related to mental health and wellness. Titled When the Music Stops: #YouAreNotAlone, the event will feature that enduring mental health salve — music — via performances from Boys Noize, Kaskade, Junior Sanchez, techno’s royal couple Ida Engberg and Adam Beyer, Scuba and many more.

In addition, the day’s worth of live content will feature educational wellness talks on topics ranging from depression, productivity during the pandemic, how to sleep and breathe better and other issues pertinent to the dance music community and to human beings in general. When The Music Stops happens on Beatport’s Twitch channel starting at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, November 7.

“These are trying times for our industry. Now more than ever taking care of ourselves – our minds, our wellbeing and, the wellbeing of others, is truly vital,” Beatport’s CEO Robb McDaniels says in a statement. “Mental health has been one of the most talked about topics in our industry for years, and this is a global topic that should continue to be discussed and destigmatized.”

The stream is co-hosted by When The Music Stops, a nonprofit supporting emotional and mental health through “music, connection and love” along with Silentmode, a wellness focused peak performance company.

Carrie Underwood & Josh Groban to Perform Festive Classics at iHeartRadio Holiday Special

November marks the start of the holiday season, and the most wonderful time of the year means festive music.

To celebrate its annual switch to holiday music across its stations on Friday (Nov. 6), iHeartMedia announced its iHeartRadio Holiday Special, a virtual concert hosted by Mario Lopez. The 30-minute event will feature festive performances by Carrie Underwood, who recently released her first Christmas album, My Gift, and Josh Groban. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also perform three holiday classics from the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

“The anticipation and excitement surrounding our stations’ flip to Christmas music is a staple of the holiday season for our listeners across the country, and we are thrilled to celebrate this festive occasion with our first ‘iHeartRadio Holiday Special,’” said Tom Poleman, chief programming officer for iHeartMedia. “Given all the country is going through, we know everyone needs the uplifting spirit of holiday music. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the sounds of the holiday season for our music fans than with an intimate performance from Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban across our stations and on Oculus and iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube pages.”

The show will broadcast on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. local time across iHeartMedia’s AC, HOT AC and Classic Hits stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. Video stream will be available iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages, plus in VR on the Venues app for Oculus Quest.

 

 

First Country: New Music From Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus, Barry Gibb and Jason Isbell

Jason Aldean, “Blame It on You”

As Aldean’s current album, 2019 chart topper 9, nears its first anniversary, he releases his third single from the project and follow up to No. 1 Country Airplay hit, “Got What I Got.” The mid-tempo track finds Aldean convincingly wallowing in his own misery over his woman leaving him and knowing, despite trying to blame it on everyone else, it’s his own damn fault. (Hopefully, the powers that be release “Champagne Town,” the album’s strongest song, as the single after this.)

Barry Gibb and Jason Isbell, “Words of a Fool”

The first release from Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol 1, is also the only previously unreleased track on this collection — which pairs The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb with some of country’s biggest names on recordings of the sibling trio’s greatest hits. This poignant, organ-drenched waltz sounds like it’s existed forever. Isbell and Gibb, of course, acquit themselves well here — but if a song ever cried out for George Jones to come back and sing, this is it.

Billy Ray Cyrus, The Singin’ Hills Sessions – Mojave

Understandably emboldened by the tremendous success of his appearance on the remix of Lil Nas X’s Grammy-wining “Old Town Road,” Cyrus opens this EP, the second in his The Singin’ Hills Session series, with a twangy country version of LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” that totally upends the rap classic. On the haunting “Ghost Dance,” a song inspired by his respect for the Native American culture, Cyrus sings in a voice that carries the weight of a thousand years — but he takes a lighter touch later on, especially on the jaunty EP closer, “Good at Goodbyes.”

CreatiVets, Veterans Day Special

The latest installment in this collaboration between CreatiVets (a non-profit that encourages healing for wounded veterans through songwriting sessions) and Big Machine Label Group features two new songs and a live version of Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell of an Amen,” all of which address the heavy price waged by our men and women in combat. Both “Helpless” (featuring Love and Theft) and “Picture in the Frame” (featuring Kalsey Kulyk) are poignant, emotional reminders of the very real faces behind the uniform. With BMLG continuing to contribute to CreatiVets’ operational initiatives, supporting this project is not only a great way to hear some impactful music but the right thing to do as Veterans’ Day approaches.

Seaforth, “Close Enough”

Duo Jordan Schmidt and Andy Albert are engaging on their latest, a poppy, R&B-influenced ditty about the early stages of a relationship when everything is still fresh and intoxicating. Clever wordplay rules the day on the sexy track, as the pair declare they can’t get close enough to their new love, while deciding if it’s not love (yet), it’s close enough.

MacKenzie Porter, “The One”

The standout track from Porter’s seven-track EP, Drinkin’ Songs: The Collection, also out today, is a shimmery, bittersweet song about being the one right before the right one comes along. Porter, who recalls Taylor Swift here, laments being “the coal before the diamond,” as she attends the wedding of the couple as she pretends to cry happy tears, but she’s not fooling anyone, especially herself.

Troy Cartwright, “Hammer”

Singer/songwriter Cartwright’s track, “Hung Up on You” finally officially goes for radio adds months after Warner Music Nashville released it — but attention should also be paid to “Hammer,” a grinding track that will appeal to fans of Eric Church and Chris Stapleton that finds Cartwright vowing vengeance.

Stephan Hogan, “So Long California”

New singer/songwriter Stephan Hogan previews his album, coming Nov. 20, with this gently chugging title track. The autobiographical tale chronicles Hogan’s move to Tennessee to chase his dreams. Hogan wrote, played guitar on and produced the song as well, with his descriptive songwriting shining as the top of his talents here.

System of a Down Releases First New Songs in 15 Years to Support Armenia

The reignited conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has provoked System of a Down to raise their voices in support of their Armenian homeland by releasing their first new songs in 15 years.

On Thursday, the hard rock band dropped “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” that “speak of a dire and serious war being perpetrated upon our cultural homelands of Artsakh and Armenia,” according to System’s Bandcamp page. Members Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan are raising funds via royalties from Bandcamp and their Aid for Artsakh campaign on YouTube to support the Armenia Fund.

In late September, Armenia and Azerbaijan restarted their 32-year struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region recognized to be a part of Azerbaijan but is overwhelmingly populated and governed by ethnic Armenians, who refer to the area as Artsakh. According to a lengthy description of the historic conflict on SOAD’s Bandcamp page, the Armenians living in Artsakh wanted to declare their independence from Azerbaijan in 1988, which led to a war that eventually ended in a ceasefire in 1994. Now, the band claims the regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey are “committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission” while the world is distracted with the COVID-19 pandemic, elections and civil unrest.

In an Oct. 30-dated interview with The Fader, SOAD frontman Tankian described the deadly attacks on Artsakh in 2020 as “a bitter reminder of the 1915 genocide.” “It is horrible to see this type of human rights crisis happening to our nation, where no one comes to our aid,” he continued.

The official video for “Protect the Land” splices together footage of protests in support of Armenia from across the globe and on-the-ground combat in Artsakh.

Listen to “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” below.

DMX Opens Up About the Origins of His Crack Addiction, Says He Was Given a Laced Blunt

DMX got vulnerable in a new interview with Talib Kweli on his People’s Party show, sharing his story of crack addiction and how it started.

“I learned that I had to deal with the things that hurt me,” he shared. “I didn’t really have anybody to talk to… in the hood, nobody wants to hear that… Talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness when actually it’s one of the bravest things you can do. One of the bravest things you can do is put it on the table, chop it up, and just let it out.”

He went on to reveal that his journey with drug abuse started at just 14 years old, when his mentor gave him a crack-laced blunt without telling him what he smoked. “He passed the blunt around and… I hit the blunt,” he explained, misty eyed. “I never felt like this before it f—ed me up. I later found out that he laced the blunt with crack… Why would you do that to a child? He was like 30 and he knew I looked up to him. Why would you do that to someone who looks up to you?”

“You never know when the things you stored away are going to come out and just fall all over the place…” he concluded. “Let me open this door and start dealing with this shit right now before it comes out at the wrong time and I just have a meltdown… that’s what’s helped with addiction and sobriety.”

Watch the emotional clip below, and catch the full interview on Monday (Nov. 9) at 9 a.m. ET.