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8th grade metal band lands $1.7 million record contract with Sony

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Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins, and drummer Jarad Dawkins 12, just signed a two-record deal with Sony. Unlocking the Truth, the trio of Brooklyn 8th graders was discovered performing in Washington Square Park back by Steve Jordan, drummer for Eric Clapton. That led to gigs playing across the country, including opening for Guns ‘N’ Roses in Vegas, a current spot on the Vans Warped Tour, a gig with Queens of the Stone Age next weekend, and even an opening slot on Coachella’s main stage. This proves again that besides talent, success is being in the right place at the right time knowing the right people.

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

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Justin Moore and Vince Neil perform at the ACM Party for a Cause. PHOTO: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The country tribute album “Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe” will be released on August 19 via Big Machine Records, Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music. The project will feature fresh takes on 15 of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s biggest hits covered by some of country music’s biggest names, including FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, Justin Moore, BIG & RICH, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and more.

“Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe” track listing:

01. RASCAL FLATTS – “Kickstart My Heart”
02. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “If I Die Tomorrow”
03. LEANN RIMES – “Smokin’ In The Boys Room”
04. JUSTIN MOORE – “Home Sweet Home”
06. AARON LEWIS – “Afraid”
07. BIG & RICH – “SOS”
09. ELI YOUNG BAND – “Don’t Go Away Mad”
10. LAUREN JENKINS – “Looks That Kill”
11. THE CADILLAC THREE – “Live Wire”
12. THE MAVERICKS – “Dr. Feelgood”
13. BRANTLEY GILBERT – “Girls, Girls, Girls”
14. GRETCHEN WILSON – “Wild Side”
15. DARIUS RUCKER – “Time For Change”

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Christian Hip Hop has a large enough fan base today to land rappers on the Billboard charts next to Rick Ross, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. Christian Hip Hop is now infiltrating the mainstream in a big way and Rizen is helping pave the straight and narrow path. RIZEN was born in Brooklyn & raised in South Jamaica Queens.

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New writer to continue the Mitch Rapp series

Kyle Mills (born 1966) is an writer of thriller novels novels including Rising Phoenix, Fade, and The Second Horseman. (Image via Wikipedia)

Kyle Mills (born 1966) is an writer of thriller novels novels including Rising Phoenix, Fade, and The Second Horseman. (Image via Wikipedia)

Simon & Schuster and Flynn’s estate have commissioned thriller writer Kyle Mills to complete Flynn’s unfinished novel, “The Survivor.” The book is is tentatively scheduled to hit shelves next year.

Flynn, who sold more than 15 million books in the U.S. alone and counted Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush among his fans, was 47 when he died June 19, 2013, in his hometown of St. Paul after battling prostate cancer for more than two years.

Mills knows what it’s like to follow in another author’s footsteps. He has written 13 books, including three in the style of Jason Bourne creator Robert Ludlum, who died in 2001.

To prepare himself, Mills said he re-read every one of Flynn’s books in chronological order and took 150 pages of notes on everything from his writing style to his word choice. For “The Survivor,” Mills said he plans to continue with the story threads left hanging from Flynn’s last book, “The Last Man,” published in 2012.

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BIRDMAN – Official Teaser Trailer HD

BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Official site. 

In theaters this fall! I’m in!

You’ll never believe what Brad Paisley did with a fan’s GoPro camera

During a recent concert with Charlie Worsham, and Randy Houser, musician Brad Paisley takes the GoPro camera from a member of the audience in the front row uses it to play a slide guitar solo with it while recording.

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Leslie Nielsen lades and gentlemen. No one better.


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How much does it cost to book your favorite bands?

Want the dudes from Nickelback to come and ruin your party? That'll run ya about $350k-$500k.

Want the dudes from Nickelback to come and ruin your party? That’ll run ya about $350k-$500k.

Here are the asking prices from a third-party booking agencies that specializes in concerts and shows; as such, the numbers are likely inflated. Actual prices can be negotiated by many of these performers and may be contingent on a variety of factors.

According to this list, a total of eight Degy acts command more than $1 million per show: Taylor Swift, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.

Below, Priceonomics organized the artists by purported booking fees from highest ($100k+) to lowest ($1,000).


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