For Today will be shooting a new music video for “Break The Cycle” today, Jan. 28, and are seeking fan involvement. The shoot will take place from 1pm-5pm in Los Angeles, and will feature Memphis May Fire‘s Matty Mullins on set. All interested fans have to do is show up to 1200 Hope St with a few friends, and prepare for your 15 minutes of fame.
You can check out more information below, and grab the band’s new album, Fight the Silence when it drops Feb 4.
What would the world’s largest vinyl record would look like? Maybe a little like your old copy of The Eagles’ Hotel California? But, uh, bigger? And what better place for this vinyl than a city in California? As it turns out, that’s actually a thing”and it’s happening on the rooftop of Inglewood, California’s the Forum. The vinyl weighs in at a whopping 50,000 pounds, and measures 407 feet in diameter. It even spins at a leisurely 17 miles per hour. Extremely limited edition. So what’s the cause for such a gigantic Eagles tribute? The record was installed to coincide with the re-opening of the Forum, and the six shows that will be staged by the ’70s rock giants to mark the occasion beginning on January 15. You can check out a video documenting the construction below.
Happy New Year’s Eve, music lovers! As a special treat for fans, Artist Vs Poet have released a new single called “Close To You,” which you can take a listen to below. The band will be touring Japan this February with William Beckett for shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, in support of their latest release, Keep Your Secrets.
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TMZ is reporting that Chris Brown and Frank Ocean were involved in a fight at a Los Angeles recording studio last night following a dispute over parking. Apparently, Brown was at the studio working with an artist he recently signed, when Ocean rolled through and complained to Brown that he was parked in the wrong place. What followed exactly is unclear, but according to tweets from Frank Ocean (seen below) it seems Chris and his security jumped Ocean, with Brown landing at least one punch on the “Pyramids” vocalist. This is contrary to other reports, which claim Frank’s guards were the first to start the fight. Police were called to the scene, but Brown left before they could arrive. Ocean stayed to answer questions, and as a result is currently being considered the victim in the situation.
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