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  • Kings Of Leon have confirmed that they will release their seventh studio album, titled Walls, on October 14th. The disc is the band's first in three years and followed an intense period of soul-searching after the lukewarm response to 2013's Mechanical Bull. Frontman Caleb Followill told Billboard in a new interview, "There comes a point when you realize you’ve lost that passion and that hunger. You’re chastened and want to get it back -- and in order to get it back it’s like, ‘Forget about record sales, forget about the size ​of the venue you’re playing, forget about any of that stuff.'"

    The band shook up its routine on the new disc, parting ways with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia and recruiting Markus Dravs, whose resume included albums by Arcade Fire, Coldplay and Mumford And Sons. Bassist Jared Followill said that Dravs was a breath of fresh air, explaining, "He just said things that nobody had ever said to us. Like, ‘I don’t like that song, that’s not good, we can move on from that . . . He’d be like, ‘OK, now play it like the Sex Pistols. And then you’ve turned a slow song into a fast one."

    • The band -- three brothers and a cousin -- also said that the recent break was good for all four members and allowed them to spend time with their families and each other in a non-musical setting. Caleb said, "We definitely have a better, stronger ­relationship ­outside of music than we did in the past."
    • Jared Followill told us a while back that relations between him, Caleb, their brother Nathan and their cousin Matthew haven't always been rosy: "It's hard for me to compare it to anything 'cause it's the only thing I've ever known. It's the only job I've ever had and it's the only band I've ever been in. And so, like, for me, I can say we fight a lot and, you know, we kind of hate each other on and off all the time, but I don't know if that's because we're brothers or that's because we're in a band."
    • Caleb admitted that some of the songs on Walls deal with very personal subject matter, such as "Over," which touches on the addiction problems that led him to walk off a tour in 2011. He revealed, "That song is very personal, and to the people involved who know what that song’s about, it’s like ‘Holy s**t.' But if you look back on stuff that’s happened years ago, if it still means something you should write about it."
    • Kings Of Leon have yet to announce an official single or touring plans for Walls.
    AUDIO: KINGS OF LEON'S JARED FOLLOWILL SAYS BAND LIFE ISN'T EASY WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

  • Sixx: A.M. has released a new lyric video for "Prayers For The Damned," the title track from the band's latest album. The disc, the first volume of a two-record set, was issued last April. The second is slated to arrive this fall from the group, which revolves around Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael.

    Sixx told us that the trio are open to everything when they sit down to write a song: "We're just open to creativity. We sit in a circle. 'Yes' is always the answer. So if James goes, 'I got this idea,' we say, 'OK,' and it doesn't matter what it is. He sits down at the piano, he picks up a guitar, he says, 'Let me have your bass...' DJ goes, 'Hey, I wrote this riff.' 'Um, OK.' If it's good, we'll keep pushing until it's great."

    • Prayers For The Damned follows up 2014's Modern Vintage. The first single, "Rise," reached Number Three on the rock radio chart.
    • Sixx: A.M. was founded by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and also features ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba along with vocalist James Michael.
    • The second leg of the Sixx: A.M. world tour will kick off with a Canadian run this September followed by a stop in Japan and a massive year-ending U.S. tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, starting in October.
    AUDIO: SIXX: A.M.'S NIKKI SIXX ON BAND SONGWRITING

  • A new series from Dynamite Entertainment is reintroducing the classic rockers Kiss to comic books again this October. For almost as long as Kiss has been churning out music, they've been popping up in comic books.

    Marvel debuted Kiss in Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977. Series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and Archie Comics have made them a comic mainstay for almost four decades.

    • The new series, titled KISS, will focus, as the title indicates, almost exclusively on the band itself. Frontman Gene Simmons tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots. Don’t be jealous."
    • He adds that the writer/artist team behind the series, Amy Chu and Kewber Baal, are a "dream…. It's not just because they're both talented, but because they understand and respect the mythology of Kiss. From the outset, we started the band with four separate and distinct personas, each with his own tone, each with his own cross to bear – not always getting along together, but connected in a way none of them realizes."
    • Simmons said the premise of putting a group of people grappling with separate forces and ideas they don't understand reflects the band's actual beginnings: "We were completely delusional and inexperienced and really had no idea what we were doing, except for one magical thought: Let's put together the band we never saw on stage."
    • KISS launches digitally and in comic book stores in October. It is available for pre-order.

  • Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor revealed in a new interview with Alternative Press that the masked shock-rockers almost decided to split up after releasing their first major label album as a way of screwing over the music industry. Taylor explained, "That was one of those ideas that I was so in love with because it was such a 'f**k you' to the industry. Just to pull a total Sex Pistols and make one monstrously f**king destructive album then just be like, ‘No, that’s all you f**king get, f**k you.'"

    • Taylor added, "I even told some friends ‘Yeah dude, we’re gonna break up,’ and they were like ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ They just thought we were f**king crazy. But then of course, the outside influences started to weigh in and went 'Well…maybe you shouldn’t break up.'"
    • Slipknot went on to make its second major label album, the classic Iowa, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of its release on Sunday (August 28th).
    • Taylor recently hinted that the band could perform a one-off anniversary show to celebrate one of their albums, but didn't confirm whether it would be for Iowa.
    • Slipknot's current North American tour comes to a close this Saturday (August 27th) in Austin, Texas. Next month the band will co-headline, with Black Sabbath, the massive Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event on September 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, California.

  • Of Mice And Men frontman Austin Carlile suffered a collapsed lung during the band’s set in Denver earlier this month but still finished the show, according to Rolling Stone. Carlile told the magazine, "I couldn't breathe right and I was gasping. I managed to do the rest of the show. Then the medics came and gave me oxygen and the lung somehow kind of naturally re-inflated."

    The lung collapse is the latest in a long series of medical issues that have plagued Carlile since he was a teenager. When he was 17, Carlile was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects his connective tissue and causes weakness in his heart, lungs, ears, joints and muscles. Carlile revealed, "I have so much arthritis from this condition I'm in chronic pain from my wrists to my elbow. My spine and back hurts, my ribs hurt and my legs cramp up at night."

    • Carlile has had surgery on his ears, hip, heart, head and feet over the years, with operations last year on his ribs and skull forcing him to cancel a series of tour dates and undergo months of therapy.
    • Even with his ailments, Carlile decided to quit prescription drugs last January while recording the band's new album. He said that getting off his daily mix of OxyContin, Ritalin and antidepressants was a painful experience: "In January, I stopped taking all that and the next three months of my life, which was when we were in the studio, those were the worst months. You know, I would be throwing up over the toilet in the middle of the night or shaking in my bed and waking up, like, moaning and screaming, and you know, it was rough. I did physical therapy like four times a week, all while I was coming off the stuff for the first time in 10 years." in Austin and will play several festival dates before heading over to Europe for a fall trek.
    AUDIO: OF MICE AND MEN'S AUSTIN CARLILE ON KICKING DRUGS

  • Frances Bean Cobain's estranged husband, Isaiah Silva, is requesting $25,000 per month in spousal support from Cobain, who is worth an estimated $100 million. According to E! News, Silva's court documents give a detailed list of Silva’s monthly expenses. They include $4,500 for rent, $200 for clothes, and $3,333 on private schooling for his child from a previous relationship. He and Cobain have no children together.

    Silva also stated that his monetary income from his band, The Eeries, has "changed significantly" as a result of his divorce proceedings. He stated in his documents, "Due to break up of marriage and incidents of violence and harassment against me I have been unable to tour and record music."

    • Silva claims that because he and Cobain did not have a prenuptial agreement, he is entitled to half of her assets earned during their marriage.
    • Frances filed for divorce after being married for just 21 months to Silva. They were married on June 29th, 2014.
    • Frances has reportedly indicated that she is willing to pay spousal support to Silva, but that he has no claim on the estate of her late father, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, to which she is the sole heir.
    • Frances and Silva were together for five years, although Frances never publicly acknowledged that they got married. Her mother, Courtney Love, was not even aware the marriage was happening at the time.

  • Led Zeppelin's previously unreleased "Sunshine Woman" is now available. The band has released the only version of the lost track, in advance of its release on the forthcoming The Complete BBC Sessions.

    It was previously only available via bootlegs. Jimmy Page, who managed the expanded reissue of 1997's double-platinum BBC Sessions has acknowledged fidelity issues: "There's no point pretending it wasn't recorded off the radio."

    • The Complete BBC Sessions is set to drop September 16th and includes Zeppelin live recordings made by BBC between 1969-1971. Other unearthed songs include different takes on "Dazed and Confused," "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "You Shook Me."

  • CHRIS ROCK SPARKS ENGAGEMENT RUMORS

    Chris Rock is sparking engagement rumors with Megalyn Echikunwoke just a few days after his divorce was finalized.

    A friend of the couple posted a photo to Instagram over the weekend where Megalyn appears to be showing off her ring along with the caption, "Last night we celebrated new beginnings! How much do I adore these two? @megalin and @chrisrock #lovewins" The post has since been taken down.

    • Chris' rep also shot down the story saying it is "100 percent not true."
    • He and Megalyn have been dating for almost a year and she has reportedly been staying at his home in New Jersey.
    • Chris' marriage to Malaak Compton officially ended on Monday (August 22nd) when a judge in New Jersey signed off on their divorce.

    CHRIS ROCK'S 'KILL THE MESSENGER' PULLED OVER GAY SLUR

    In other news, Chris' 2008 stand-up special Kill the Messenger has been removed from Delta Air Lines’ in-flight entertainment offerings due to the comedian’s use of the word "f*ggot." According to GayTravel.com, Jeremy Foreshew, an employee at Grindr watched the special on a flight from New York to Los Angeles earlier this month and complained about the slur.

    • Delta said in a statement, "The Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger segment should not have been uploaded on flights based on our criteria for excluding onboard programming that includes content featuring explicit language, slurs, extreme violence, and explicit scenes...."

  • AMBER HEARD CALLS BS ON JOHNNY DEPP'S DONATIONS

    The divorce may be settled but the drama may be far from over for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Amber is calling BS on Johnny's claims about writing check to the charities she chose as part of her $7 million divorce settlement.

    TMZ is reporting that Amber's team is arguing that because Johnny sent the money directly to the organizations, Children's Hospital of L.A. and the ACLU, he is entitled to tax breaks which means it did actually cost him the full $7 million. They said in a statement, "If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber. We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years. Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny's counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client's true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported."

    • Amber's team also stated that it's not technically Johnny's money to give away.

  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    FORMER AUDIENCE MEMBER SUES 'LIVE': A woman is suing Live With Kelly Ripa, Disney and ABC because she claims that she was injured on the set of the show. The former audience member is alleging that she attended a taping in January 2014 where an employee let her to her seat but she tripped and fell on cables. Her court documents refer to the set as having "trap like" conditions that left her with severe and permanent injuries. It is unclear how much money she is fishing for.

    CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED OVER 'EMPIRE': Several teenagers who are serving time at the juvenile detention center in Chicago have filed a lawsuit against Fox trying to go after money made from episodes of Empire filmed at the facility. The kids allege that they were put in lockdown for almost two weeks while the cast and crew came in to film scenes for the show last year. They are also claiming that their education was also affected. They are suing FOX, Cook County and the warden of the center.

    MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY ANNOUNCES RETURN TO 'DANCING WITH THE STARS': Maksim Chmerkovskiy has announced that he will be returning to Dancing With the Stars for the new season. He retired after winning season 18 with Meryl Davis. This season's other dancers include Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Allison Holker, and Gleb Savchenko.

    WORKER KILLED ON 'BLADE RUNNER 2' SET: An accident on the set of Blade Runner 2 in Budapest has left one worker dead. The victim was working underneath a platform that suddenly collapsed. It is unclear what caused the accident but an investigation is in the works.

    'BLACK-ISH' ACTRESS TO STAR IN AMAZON'S 'AMERICAN GIRL' SPECIAL: Black-ish star Marsai Martin has landed the lead role in a new Amazon special based on the American Girl dolls. Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story follows a 10-year-old girl living in Detroit during the civil rights movement. The movie will also star Frances Fisher, Frankie Faison and Idara Victor. Common is an executive producer

  • LARRY KING'S WIFE ACCUSED OF CHEATING ON HIM

    Larry King's 19-year marriage may be over due to his wife's affair. Shawn King has reportedly been seeing a public-speaking guru named Richard Greene.

    A source told People magazine, "It's true, and Larry is completely embarrassed and anguished by all of this. He doesn't know what to do." 56-year-old Shawn reportedly told Richard that her marriage was over before starting their fling which is rumored to have started nearly a year ago.

    • They met when Richard was guest on the couple's podcast, Back and Forth With Shawn and Larry.
    • Shawn and Richard supposedly had a brief breakup before getting back together.
    • She and the 82-year-old host filed for divorce in 2010 but eventually worked things out.
    • Shawn is Larry's seventh wife. They have two sons -- 17-year-old Chance and 16-year-old Cannon.
    • It is rumored that she wants to leave Larry to be with Richard full time but he has been indecisive about it.
    • Reps for everyone involved have stayed silent aside from saying that some of the reporting has been "inaccurate."

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