Kat Von D Releases Debut Single “Exorcism”

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Kat Von D is makin’ music…

The 39-year-old Mexio-born half-Argentine renowned tattoo artist, makeup mogul, shoe designer, animal rights activist and Reality TV personality has added another role to her resume: recording artist.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D — who has been playing piano since she was a child — is releasing her debut album.

The 12-track Love Made Me Do It arrives on Augus 27 via KVD/Kartel Music Group, with first single “Exorcism” — a darkwave bop about love, loss and change — available now. (Listen to it here.)

Von D tells Billboard the project has been years in the making, and while she’s a fan of synthwave and bands like The Cure and Depeche Mode, she says her sound is different.

“I think we have managed to create our own sound, in our own way,” says Kat Von D.

Helping her craft that sound on Love Made Me Do It are collaborations with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters) and Danny Lohner (formerly of Nine Inch Nails), BauhausPeter Murphy, Linda Perry, and more.

Von D shares that though she had originally hoped to release the album and to tour to support it sooner, the coronavirus pandemic led to a change of plans.

“We treated the lockdowns as an opportunity to stay focused on the album, our set list and stage design, and worked together every weekday from noon to 5,” she explains of hunkering down with her band — Gregg Foreman (synth 1), Sammi Doll (synth 2), Dave Parley (drums) and Brynn Route (contortionist) — in a cottage on her property during the global shutdowns.

Love Made Me Do It arrives on August 27.

Here’s the full tracklist:

  1. “Vanish Intro”
  2. “Vanish”
  3. “Enough”
  4. “Exorcism”
  5. “Protected”
  6. “Fear You”
  7. “I Am Nothing”
  8. “Lost At Sea”
  9. “Interlude”
  10. “Pretending”
  11. “Easier Sung Than Said”
  12. “The Calling”

Zack de la Rocha & His Rage Against the Machine Band Mates Earn Third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination

Zack de la Rocha is getting another chance to head to the Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2021 nominees, with the 51-year-old Mexican American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and activist and his Rage Against the Machine band mates earning a spot on the ballot.

Zack de la Rocha x Rage Against the Machine

In the the most gender-inclusive ballot in the Rock Hall’s history, de la Rocha and his band mates are joined by Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick on the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot.

Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist  de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk.

The bands songs express revolutionary political views.

The band was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility in 2017, as well as in 2018, although both bids failed. Could their third nomination be the charm?

Fan votes, which you can cast at RockHall.com, contribute to the induction process, but don’t guarantee entry.

In 2020, the Rock Hall inducted Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, T. Rex and the Doobie Brothers into its ranks during a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicky Jam Becomes Hublot’s First Latin Music Ambassador

Nicky Jam is having a Hublot time…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American reggaetón star has joined Hublot’s ambassador club, as the brand’s first Latin music ambassador.

Nicky Jam

“It’s an immense privilege for me, as a real watch enthusiast, to become the ambassador for a Swiss watchmaking brand like Hublot,” Nicky Jam said in a statement. “In Latin America, Hublot is an absolute reference thanks to the technical quality and incomparable aesthetics of its watches.”

Nicky Jam joins a select group of Hublot “ambassadors” that includes Usain Bolt,Eli Manning and Floyd Mayweather.

Only two of the ambassadors Hublot has listed on its website are music artists: pianist Lang Langand Depeche Mode. And only two others have Latin American roots: soccer star Peléand Arturo Fuentecigars.

“Nicky is driven by a talent that has made him into a global star, with his hits getting the whole world dancing,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, in a statement. “A positive energy leading to success, a value shared by Hublot. And we will certainly commemorate this Football World Cupby celebrating with his music!”

Guadalupe was referring to the fact that the FIFA World Cupanthem “Give It Up!” is performed by Nicky Jam, with Will Smithand Kosovar singer Era Istrefi.

That song, however, is not the only Nicky Jam hit on Switzerland’s charts: “X,” his hit with J Balvin, landed in the country’s top 20.

Mars Earns Two Billboard Touring Award Nominations

Break out the moonshineBruno Mars is being recognized for his hit tour.

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer, known for his high-octane performances, has earned two Billboard Touring Award nominations for his Moonshine Jungle World Tour, which he announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February.

Bruno Mars

Mars earned a nod in the Breakthrough Award category, which honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who cracked the top ranks of top tours for the first time. He’s up against country crooner Luke Bryan and boy band One Direction.

He’s also nominated in the Fans Choice’ Award category. Mars competition includes Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,
 Dave Matthews Band, 
Depeche Mode,
 Fleetwood Mac,
 George Strait,
 Jason Aldean,
 Jay-Z,
 Justin Bieber,
 Kenny Chesney,
 Kid Rock,
 Luke Bryan,
 Maroon 5,
 Miranda Lambert,
 New Kids On The Block,
 One Direction,
 P!nk,
 Rascal Flatts,
Rihanna, The Rolling Stones,
Taylor Swift 
and Tim McGraw.

“The Fans’ Choice Award for Best Concert Tour of the Year is the only award determined by fan voting and Eventful is thrilled to power this award and give the fans a say in this prestigious industry event,” said Jordan Glazier, Eventful’s CEO.

The 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, which are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013,will take place on November 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

“The live music industry remains on a strong growth path, in large part due to the effort and creativity of the tours, artists, venues, events, executives and companies represented as finalists for the Billboard Touring Awards,” says Billboard‘s Ray Waddell. “By basing the majority of these awards on Boxscore data, as opposed to some sort of popular vote, the Billboard Touring Awards has, over the past decade, been the true mark of achievement in the live music space.”

Here’s a look at the complete list of nominees:

TOP TOUR
Bon Jovi, Because We Can
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball
Michael Jackson Immortal

TOP DRAW
Bon Jovi
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
P!nk

TOP PACKAGE
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake Legends Of Summer, with DJ Cassidy Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour, with Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift Red Tour with Ed Sheeran, and Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Casey James

BREAKTHROUGH
Bruno Mars
Luke Bryan
One Direction

TOP COMEDY TOUR
Jeff Dunham
Michael McIntyre
Russell Peters

TOP BOXSCORE
P!nk – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, July 7-Aug. 26
The Rolling Stones — O2 Arena, London, Nov. 25, 29 2012
The Rolling Stones — United Center, Chicago, May 28, 31, June 1

TOP FESTIVAL
Coachella
Lollapalooza
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

TOP ARENA
Barclays Center, Brooklyn
O2 Arena, London
Staples Center, LA

TOP VENUE – Under 10,000 seats
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live
Radio City Music Hall

TOP VENUE – Under 5,000 seats

Beacon Theatre, NYC
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Vegas

TOP CLUB
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
House of Blues, Boston
House of Blues, Orlando

TOP AMPHITHEATER
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.
The Gorge, George, Wash.

TOP PROMOTER
AEG Live
Live Nation
OCESA-CIE

TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (U.S.)
Another Planet Entertainment
C3 Presents
Jam Productions

TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER (INTERNATIONAL)
Chugg Entertainment
Frontier Touring
T4F

TOP AGENCY
Creative Artists Agency
Paradigm Agency
William Morris
Endeavor Entertainment

TOP MANAGER
Bon Jovi Management
Jon Landau Management
RDWM/Roger Davies

LEGEND OF LIVE
George Strait

Shell Rotella HAUL OF FAME
Bon Jovi
Brad Paisley
Dave Matthews Band
Kenny Chesney
Rascal Flatts
The Rolling Stones
Tim McGraw
Toby Keith
U2
Vans Warped Tour (HAULER OF THE DECADE)

CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD
Beyonce Mrs. Carter World Tour/Pepsi
Bud Light 50|50|1
One Direction North American Tour/Nabisco
Scooter Brown Projects/ConAgra
Taylor Swift Red Tour/Keds-Elizabeth Arden-Diet Coke
The Rolling Stones 50 & Counting Tour/Citi
Zac Brown Band/Landshark

Eventful FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Beyonce
Blake Shelton
Bon Jovi
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Bruno Mars
Dave Matthews Band
Depeche Mode
Fleetwood Mac
George Strait
Jason Aldean
Jay-Z
Justin Bieber
Kenny Chesney
Kid Rock
Luke Bryan
Maroon 5
Miranda Lambert
New Kids On The Block
One Direction
P!nk
Rascal Flatts
Rihanna
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift
Tim McGraw