African-American 8th grade metal band secure record deal worth $1.7m

Unlocking The Truth Band Shot

A Brooklyn based African-American heavy metal trio who’s members are just 12 and 13 years old have secured a record deal that has the potential to net them $1.7million.

Unlocking The Truth were discovered by Eric Calpton’s drummer, Steve Jordan, who spotted them jamming in Washington Square Park in 2012. Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and bassist Alec Atkins, both 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, now have a set at Californian festival Coachella under their belts, along with supporting slots for hard rock heavyweights Guns N’ Roses.

Reports state that the band are guaranteed to release two records via Sony, with an advance of $60,000 for the first, and as much as $350,000 for the second. If the albums prove to be successful, Sony music can then pick up the group’s options for a further four albums, leading to the payout of up to $1.7million.

Alan Sacks manages the group, and New York Daily News has reported that they have a documentary in production, and a book due out at Christmas.

“It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon,” said Jarad’s mother, Tabatha Dawkins.

The trio all share singing duties and are currently touring North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

You can watch fan-shot footage of the band performing at this year’s Coachella festival below:

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Michael Jackson hologram performs at Billboard Music Awards

A hologram of Michael Jackson ‘performed’ at the Billboard Music Awards last night (18th of May.)

You can watch footage from the show below.

The hologram made up part of the performance of new song, ‘Slave To The Rhythm’, which features on the singer’s posthumous album, Xscape.

The performance was supposed to be secret, but a ruling by a federal judge which rejected a lawsuit from hologram companies Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd – who made the Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella Festival and hoped to stop the performance – made the news of the event public prior to the awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Xscape went straight to Number One in the UK last night.

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Muse to start work on new album in May

Muse 2014
Muse have let it be known that they will be starting work on a new album next month.

Speaking to KROQ radio at the Coachella festival this past weekend, the band revealed that they are planning to begin work on the follow up to The 2nd Law in May.

Says drummer, Dom Howard: “We’re going to start this year… (Coachella) is our last two gigs, then we’re completely done for touring this album. We’re going to go back in May and start working on some new stuff, so I think we’ll start making it this year… If we can get something out this year, that would be great, but definitely next year.”

Muse will play the second leg of Coachella on the 19th April. Speaking about the new album on a prior occasion, singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy said that he had already been writing new material.

“I’ve written some good tracks, actually. We haven’t had a chance to rehearse them out yet… I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we’ve experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff.”

Watch this space.

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Duff McKagan to rejoin Guns N’ Roses?

Duff McKaganDuff McKagan has hinted that he will join his former band, Guns N’ Roses, onstage in South America later this month.

McKagan tweeted a picture of a handwritten set list featuring Guns N’ Roses songs.

The accompanying caption read: “Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y’all in the next few weeks, Si? GNR.”

The bass player officially left Guns N’ Roses in 1997, and in recent years bass duties have been undertaken by Tommy Stinson. Stinson will be unable to play the South American dates, however, as he will be joining his bandmates in The Replacements to perform a run of reunion shows, including the Coachella festival in California.

McKagan last played onstage with Guns N’ Roses at London’s O2 Arena in 2010, while his own band, Loaded, have opened shows for Axl Rose during 2011.

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