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  • ACOUSTIC PRETTY RECKLESS ALBUM WILL GIVE FANS INSIDE LOOK AT SONGS

    The Pretty Reckless have had an incredible year in 2014 and plan to keep the momentum going in the new year. One project on the band's agenda is an acoustic record featuring stripped down versions of songs from the group's recent hit album, Going To Hell. Singer Taylor Momsen told Loudwire, "We’re making it very simple, just giving the listener an inside look as to how the song started when I was sitting on my couch . . . It’s something you don’t get from an artist very often, how the writer actually wrote the song as opposed to hearing the produced, done version."

    Momsen told us not long ago that the band's goal for Going To Hell was to create a set of songs they would enjoy playing live: "I think we all were subconsciously writing with the idea that we have to play this for the next two years of -- hopefully the next 10, 20 but, you know (laughs), at least the next tour cycle for sure. So we want to make it fun for us every night onstage."

  • Going To Hell, The Pretty Reckless' sophomore album, was released last March.
  • The disc has yielded two Number One rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and "Messed Up World", making The Pretty Reckless the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot.
  • The latest single from the record is "Follow Me Down."
  • The Pretty Reckless will open for Nickelback on a lengthy North American tour that begins February 14th in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
AUDIO: THE PRETTY RECKLESS' TAYLOR MOMSEN ON WRITING SONGS THAT ARE FUN TO PLAY LIVE

  • MASSIVE ARCHIVE OF NINE INCH NAILS LIVE RECORDINGS MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE

    Happy holidays, Nine Inch Nails fans. The site NINLive.com has spent six years compiling, editing and organizing recordings of as many shows by the band as possible, and the entire archive is now available for fans to download as a torrent. There are recordings of some 575 different concerts available, from more than 900 different sources, totaling 527 gigabytes of audio. Fans can either download the entire thing or send the site an external hard drive, which will be sent back with the entire archive on it.

    • More information on the files, their quality, how they were compiled and how to get them are available at the site.
    • The project apparently has the full support of Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor.
    • Reznor reactivated Nine Inch Nails in 2013 after a four-year hiatus for an album called Hesitation Marks and an extensive world tour.
    • His collaboration with Atticus Ross on the score of the movie Gone Girl recently landed the pair their third Golden Globes nomination. They were nominated twice before for their scores for The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, winning for the former.

  • HOZIER SAYS 'TAKE ME TO CHURCH' IS 'ABOUT SEX'

    Breakout Irish singer-songwriter Hozier told MTV News that despite its title, his smash single "Take Me To Church" is actually about something else entirely. Hozier explained, "'Take Me To Church’ is about sex." Asked about performing the song at a recent Victoria's Secret lingerie fashion show, Hozier continued, "The song is sexual. (Lingerie) has something to do with female sexual agency and having control over your own sexuality and your own body. For me that’s something that the music deals with also."

    • "Take Me To Church" is nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and comes off both Hozier's debut EP of the same name and his self-titled first album, which arrived in October.
    • Hozier has said that the song is a slam against "institutions that undermine some of the natural parts of being a person," adding that the video was inspired by a recent Russian campaign against homosexuality.
    • The 24-year-old singer was going to college and singing at parties in his native land when he decided to drop all that and focus on creating his own sound in an attic at home.
    • Hozier told us that he's been happy with the rate at which his career has taken off so far: "There's always a danger of kind of dropping an album and being a flash in the pan and, you know, I want to make a career out of this. So I'm very glad with the way we've done it and I always wanted to take my time with this. I was never in a rush, if you know what I mean."
    • The video for "Take Me To Church" has been seen nearly 50 million times on YouTube. The song is currently Number Three on the Modern Rock chart.
    • Hozier will start a lengthy North American tour on February 6th in Los Angeles.
    AUDIO: HOZIER ON HIS CAREER SO FAR

  • BILLY CORGAN ANGRY AT 'MIDDLING' REVIEWS FOR NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS ALBUM

    Now that the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Monuments To An Elegy, has been released, main man Billy Corgan said in a new interview with the Guardian that he's stupefied by the "three-star" reviews the disc is getting. Corgan explained, "I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for our new album, based on all the feedback I was getting. But I’m getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won’t **king say: ‘This is a **king brilliant album from a brilliant artist.’ It’s always got to have a qualifier to it."

    Corgan told us a while back that he puts an painstaking amount of effort into every song he records: "I'm more detail-oriented probably than anybody I've worked with. People commonly call it perfectionism, but I feel a little bit like a painter, because as the person who sort of generates the original idea and writes the song, I have to sort of put it all together. So it's like, if some element is not supporting another element that I'm intrinsically involved in, then there's some part of me getting disappointed." the next big thing, this is the next Nirvana."
  • Corgan added, "Here we are 25 years later, and how many f**king people are left? . . . There should come a point where it’s like, ‘Welcome to the rock ‘n’ roll club.' If I’d gotten the reward for the work I did during this generation that you love so much -- the '90s -- then maybe I wouldn’t be looking for it now."
  • The Pumpkins founder and sole remaining original member sounded a similar note in an interview with Billboard, saying, "Let's say you start with punk, '77 to now, I'm up there with the top writers. But I've still got to beg and stoop and be slavish to these great gods who are presiding over what? What are they presiding over? That's my big criticism."
  • Monuments To An Elegy is the ninth Smashing Pumpkins studio effort and follows up 2012's Oceania.
  • The disc features Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder -- the only other current "permanent" member of the Pumpkins -- and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set's songs.
  • Corgan recently assembled a touring lineup of the Pumpkins that includes Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer in addition to him and Schroeder.
  • A second album, titled Day For Night, is slated for release sometime next year.
  • AUDIO: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' BILLY CORGAN ON GETTING EVERY SONG RIGHT

  • POLICE CAN'T LOCATE SCOTT STAPP, CLOSE INVESTIGATION

    The police in Boca Raton, Florida have closed their investigation into Creed singer Scott Stapp's claim that his bank account had been robbed. The decision was made because investigators have been unable to make contact with Stapp. The frontman filed the criminal complaint against his wife, claiming she had likely transferred $26,000 out of his personal Wells Fargo bank account without permission. Stapp also alleged that his account password had been changed.

    • Police attempted to call the phone number left by Stapp a total of five times for follow-up questions.
    • Stapp never answered the calls, nor called back. He has not been listed as a missing person.
    • The whole drama began over a month ago when Stapp posted several videos online in which he claimed to be broke, nearly homeless and under "attack" from unnamed enemies who had wiped out his bank accounts and possibly set the IRS on him.
    • It later turned out that Scott's wife, Jaclyn, had filed for divorce, claiming that her husband had left their home in early October and had been on a drug bender since then.
    • Jaclyn Stapp has been attempting to get her husband into a 60-day psychiatric hold, claiming that his drug use has made him paranoid, delusional and possibly dangerous to himself and his family.
    • Stapp lost custody of his three children nearly two weeks ago, after Jaclyn and her sister reported that he had been riding a bike outside their house with no shirt on and claiming he was a CIA agent tasked with assassinating the President. He denied those allegations.

  • JIMMY PAGE PROMISES 'SURPRISING' NEW MATERIAL

    Although he won't reveal the hard details, Jimmy Page says that he's prepping new material for a comeback tour, according top Ultimate Classic Rock. During a recent chat with Classic Rock magazine, Page revealed, "I’m playing guitar at the moment, because I’m getting ready. I’m starting to get ready. At the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live. . . Whatever I do, I don’t want everyone to have made up their mind what I’m doing before I’ve done it. I mean, they already have. On the Internet, people are telling me that, ‘Oh, you’re doing this, and you’re doing that,’ and I’m -- ‘Am I? Just wait and see what I do.’"

    Page shed a little light on the new material, saying, "It will be surprising. . . I’d like to obviously show what I’ve done along the way, but I’d definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn’t sort of start yawning."

    • Jimmy Page explained that his songwriting process has stayed virtually unchanged throughout the years: "For me, it always starts with the guitar. Even though I wrote lyrics in the earlier days, I wasn’t that keen top be doing that, so I wasn’t sort of writing reams of poetry and putting the music to it. It was all about the music, and I guess, starting to develop my own techniques so it had a character to it."
    • There's been no release date announced for the upcoming Page album, which will be his first true solo set since 1988's Outrider.
    AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON DEVELOPING HIS SONGWRITING SKILLS

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      IS RICHARD SIMMONS MISSING?: Friends are concerned about Richard Simmons because he hasn't been seen publicly since January 11th. He also hasn't visited his exercise studio in six months. Attempts to reach the star have been thwarted by his housekeeper. Friends also noticed that they're aren't any Christmas decorations up at his Hollywood Hills home. According to his reps, Simmons has been depressed due to a knee injury so he's keeping a low profile.

      MIKE MYERS RETURNS TO 'SNL': Mike Myers returned to Saturday Night Live and reprised his Austin Powers role of Dr. Evil. During the spoof, Dr. Evil gave the GOP some advice. He said, "It's easy to kill a movie, just move it to January." Amy Adams hosted the show which featured performances by One Direction.

      TOM BROKAW SAYS CANCER IS IN REMISSION: NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw announced back in February that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August of 2013. On Sunday, December 21st, NBC posted a letter from the 74 year-old journalist that read, "A year ago, my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news . . . The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there."

      LAVERNE COX GETS CHRISTMAS CARD FROM BEYONCE: Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox was super excited when she received a card from Beyonce. Cox said via Instagram, "So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @Beyonce I literally fell to the floor . . . I was on the floor of my apartment. I have witnesses."

      KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD WELCOME SECOND CHILD: On Friday, December 19th, Kristen Bell took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her second daughter. She wrote, "The estrogen has now hit critical mass! Good luck, @daxshepard1. And welcome to the world DELTA BELL SHEPARD :)"

    • KRIS JENNER PLANS TO KEEP THE JENNER LAST NAME FOR NOW

      Kris Jenner's divorce from Bruce Jenner is official and will be finalized after a mandatory six month waiting period on March 23rd, 2015 but the former couple was able to remain friends throughout the process. During an interview for E! News, Jenner explained that it's all good. Kris Jenner said, "Things are really good . . . I mean, it's kind of surprising, and we work together, and we talk all the time and he'll be there on Christmas. We're still family."

      • Jenner also addressed whether or not she'd be reverting to her former Kardashian last name. She said, "I have two kids with the last name Jenner, so I think that would be weird. Like, 'oh guys, I'm changing it back to Kardashian.' I think I'm just gonna leave it alone for now and enjoy. I'm fine. I'm good."

    • JOANNA KRUPA AND BRANDI GLANVILLE FEUD ESCALATES

      The Real Housewives aren't one big happy family. Former friends Brandi Glanville from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Joanna Krupa of the Real Housewives of Miami are in a full on feud. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Glanville insinuated that Krupa's goodies smelled. She said to Andy Cohen, "She's a beautiful girl stunning . . . You can't help that odor situation."

      • Over the weekend, Krupa responded. She told TMZ.com, "I think Brandi Glanville is the biggest trailer trash woman out there . . . She needs to get a life. First of all I'm happily married. I'm sorry if you're so pathetic that your husband left you . . . she's trailer trash. That's what she is."
      • She added, "Obviously she so obsessed with me, she can't stop talking about me . . . Stop putting injections in your cheeks. You're never be eastern European. . . You can try to be me but you're never gonna be me b***h."
      • Glanville tried to apology later. She said via Twitter, "@joannakrupa I'm sorry I'm sure you smell as beautiful as you look! I won't joke about it again."

    • BILL COSBY'S LAWYER SAYS CNN IS TRYING TO RUIN COSBY'S REP

      Bill Cosby's lawyer Marty Singer has claimed that CNN is trying to ruin the legendary comedian's reputation by doing a special with Beverly Johnson. As previously reported, Johnson has accused Cosby of drugging her at his Brooklyn home in the 1980s. According to TMZ, Singer fired off a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker saying that they should contact Johnson's ex boyfriend Mark Burk.

      Singer said that Burk told CNN reporters that Beverly, "never said a negative statement about Bill Cosby throughout their entire four year relationship." Singer added that "Burk told CNN that to the contrary, Ms. Johnson stated that she was an admirer of Bill Cosby and only said great things about Mr. Cosby."

      • Singer has claimed that reporters tried to pressure and manipulate Burk to corroborate with Johnson's claims, but when Burk refused to lie, they decided not to use him for the story. Singer accused the network of being "reckless and malicious." He added,"Accusers are being given a national platform by CNN without first exercising the most rudimentary journalistic investigation as to their claims and motivations."

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