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”

Selena Gomez to Host Global Citizen’s All-Star “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”

Selena Gomez is hoping to inspire people to get vaccinated…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress will host Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, an all-star concert that will be broadcast and streamed worldwide as part of a global effort to inspire confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage people to be inoculated.

Selena Gomez

Sponsored by Global Citizen, the concert will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World will be pre-taped at the stadium and air on May 8 as part of a worldwide event broadcasting on ABCCBSFoxYouTube and on iHeartMedia radio stations.

The event will include performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie VedderFoo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R.

“I’m honored to be hosting Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” said Gomez in a statement. “This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

YouTube will stream an extended, 90-minute version of the concert on the YouTube channel of Global Citizen, international anti-poverty advocacy group. The extended version will include additional performances and appearances by various YouTube personalities.

“As a global community, we are in a race against time and the key to coming back together is the vaccine,” Global Citizen co-founder/CEO Hugh Evans said in a statement. “We need to build vaccine confidence in the U.S. and globally, and encourage people to take the vaccine as quickly as possible.

“There is a light at the end of this tunnel,” Evans added, “but getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere regardless of who they are or where they are from, is key to ensuring the end of this pandemic around the world. We must all unite to get back on track to eradicating extreme poverty.”

The broadcast will encourage donations, with the goal of ensuring vaccinations for 27 million health-care workers globally, including in the poorest countries of the world. Organizers will also advocate for “equitable distribution” of vaccines.

“Global Citizen is giving voice to a core message to Angelenos, Americans, and citizens of the world: every time someone gets vaccinated, we move another step closer to ending this pandemic,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “Vax Live will open our eyes to the future we can forge if we all do our part, follow health guidelines and get our shots as soon as we’re eligible — a return to concerts with our fellow fans, gatherings with loved ones, and the embrace of family and friends.”

Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World is hosted by the State of California, and supported by the LA County Health Department, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood, and E. Stanley Kroenke, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park Developer, and Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman.

“The State of California is thankful to Global Citizen for demonstrating what’s possible when we embrace getting vaccinated and encourage others to get immunized as well,” said Gavin Newsom, Governor of California in a statement. “Music and the arts have long brought us together to celebrate moments of hope and happiness. This concert is no exception to that. We are excited to showcase the best of California reopening in compliance with the best standards of health and safety.”

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.

Spalding Among 102 Artists Signing Gibson Guitar for Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

Esperanza Spalding is signing her support for Planned Parenthood…

Los Angeles’ Old Style Guitar Shop has partnered with the nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally to raise money for Planned Parenthood.

Esperanza Spalding

Old Style Guitar Shop’s owner Reuben Cox has donated a Gibson CJ-165 acoustic guitar with 102 artist signatures, including that of the 32-year-old part-Latina jazz bassist and singer, who beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at the Grammys.

Other artists signing the guitar include Foo FightersLady GagaJohn LegendKaty PerryMac DeMarcoSiaTom Petty and Ryan Adams.

Additionally, Cox is partnering with the organization for “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” an upcoming series of 7-inch vinyl records curated to support reproductive health care and basic health services like STD testing and treatment, birth control and cancer screenings.

All proceeds from the vinyl collection will go to Planned Parenthood.

The guitar is part of a raffle, which can be entered by donating $10 to Planned Parenthood. The winner will also receive a bound book of the signees’ photos.

de la Huerta to Star in Dramatic Comedy “Puppy Love”

Paz de la Huerta is a lucky dog

The 32-year-old Spanish American actress will star opposite Hopper Penn in Puppy Love, a dramatic comedy written and to be directed by Michael Maxxis, a music video and commercials director making his feature film debut.

Paz de la Huerta

The film is based on Maxxis’ actual cousin and follows a year in the life of Morgan Fairchild (Penn), who marches to the distant sound of his own offbeat drum and meets and falls in love with Carla (de la Huerta), who is homeless. The relationship grows and develops into something kind, endearing and beautiful even in their otherwise odd circumstances.

Singer Elle King, rapper Mickey Avalon and Wayne Newton will also appear in the film, with Nirvana and Foo Fighters record producer Butch Vig producing the soundtrack.

Michael Madsen, Donald Cerrone, Rosanna Arquette and Colleen Camp are also on board.

Principal photography is set to begin next week in Edmonton.

de la Huerta’s credits include notable roles in the films The Cider House Rules, A Walk to Remember and Enter the Void, and a memorable role on HBO’s drama series Boardwalk Empire.

La Santa Cecilia Added to This Year’s BottleRock Napa Valley Lineup

La Santa Cecilia is ready to (bottle) rock Napa Valley…

The Mexican-American band, a Grammy winner in 2014 for its album Treinta Días, is set to perform at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley music festival.

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia, named after the patron saint of musicians Saint Cecilia, joins a lineup that includes headliners Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Maroon 5 .

The three-day music, wine, food, and craft brew festival, which is held over Memorial Day weekend (May 26 through May 28), will take place at the Napa Valley Expo in the heart of wine country.

In all, more than 80 other artists will perform over the BottleRock weekend, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Roots, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Fitz & The Tantrums, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gavin DeGraw and Andra Day.

Passes for the festival will go on sale at 10:00 am PST on January 4 at BottleRockNapaValley.com and eventbrite.com.

Check out the full lineup here.

Trujillo and His Metallica Bandmates Named Record Store Day Ambassadors

Robert Trujillo is going on the record

The 51-year-old bassist and his fellow Metallica band mates will serve as the official 2016 ambassadors for this year’s Record Store Day, which is set for April 16, the same day a multitude of vinyl exclusives are set to descend on independent record stores across America.

Metallica

The metal legends broke the news in an eight-minute video featuring all four members recounting their lifelong vinyl love.

But that’s not all. Metallica will have a special record store day release. The same day, the band will release a new live album called Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!  featuring nine tracks recorded at a 2003 gig at Paris’ Bataclan, the same venue victimized by the November 2015 Paris attacks. All proceeds from the LP will go towards the Fondation de France‘s Give For France charity.

Metallica has a long history of involvement with Record Store Day. In 2008, the band hung out with fans at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, Calif., to help promote the event’s inaugural year. And last year, the reissue of Metallica’s 1982 demo cassette, No Life Til Leather, was crowned Record Store Day’s top seller.

“Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA,” drummer Lars Ulrich said in an official statement. “They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”

Last year’s ambassador was Foo Fighter‘s Dave Grohl, preceded by Chuck D. in 2014 and Jack White in 2013.

Earlier this month, Metallica detailed plans to reissue its first two albums, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning. Both of these vault-opening box sets were scheduled to be released April 15, which now, conveniently, arrives just a day ahead of Record Store Day.

All this comes while Metallica is working on its so-far-untitled 10th studio album.

Here’s the track listing for Metallica’s forthcoming live album, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003.

  1. “The Four Horsemen”
  2. “Leper Messiah”
  3. “No Remorse”
  4. “Fade to Black”
  5. “Frantic”
  6. “Ride the Lightning”
  7. “Blackened”
  8. “Seek and Destroy”
  9. “Damage, Inc.”

Full Trailer Released for the Rodriguez-Starrer “CBGB”

Freddy Rodriguez is celebrating a piece of music history on film…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actor stars as Idaho in the historical drama CBGB, the true story of the New York City rock club that spawned such acts as the Ramones, the Talking Heads and Blondie.

Freddy Rodriguez

Starring Alan Rickman as the club’s colorful founder Hilly Kristal, the film – which saw the release of it’s full trailer this week – features a large ensemble that includes Donal Logue, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki and Bradley Whitford.

The film crams in more than 60 songs and a dozen on-camera performances including Malin Ackerman as Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha as the Dead BoysCheetah Chrome and Stiv Bators and Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.

“These kids have something to say,” Kristal tells a TV news crew. “We really should listen.”

Directed by Randall Miller, CBGB opens this fall.

Rodriguez to Star in the Punk-Rock Indie Film “CBGB”

Freddy Rodriguez will soon be helping shine a spotlight on New York City’s punk-rock scene.

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the growing cast of CBGB, a film that will take a look at the Big Apple’s venerable nightclub of the same name.

Freddy Rodriguez

The former Six Feet Under and Ugly Betty star will appear as Idaho, an addict who hung around Hily Kristal’s infamous New York City club in the 1970s.

Rodriguez—who will be starring in the upcoming John Stockwell-directed drama Code Name Geronimo, which centers on the hunt for Osama bin Laden—is scheduled to start work on CBGB next week.

Randall Miller is writing and directing the indie film about the club that saw the birth of American punk rock with bands like The Ramones, Blondie, Television and the Dead Boys on its tiny stage.

Sons of Anarchy’s Ryan Hurst has also joined the cast as a biker named Mad Mountain who is a regular at the club and provides Hily Kristal with some much need help when the CBGB owner. Alan Rickman will play CBGB proprietor Kristal.

Malin Akerman is set to play Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry. Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene will play Kristal’s daughter. The Hangover’s Justin Bartha will play Stiv Bators, lead singer of the Dead Boys. The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki is playing band manager Terry Ork. Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins is playing Iggy Pop. And Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint will play Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome.

The film is shooting in Savannah, Ga., before moving to NYC.

Mars to Perform at Grammy Awards Show

The 54th annual Grammy Awards may be exactly one month away… But Bruno Mars is already making plans for the big show.

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter—who scored six nominations for the 2012 Grammys, including nods in the three top categories—has been officially announced as a performer.

Bruno Mars

No word on what song Mars will perform, but his hit single “Grenade” is nominated for record of the year honors.

In addition to Mars, the first list of performers named includes Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.

More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to next month’s ceremony.

The Grammy Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles, will air live onat 8:00 PM EST on Sunday, February 12.