Shinedown frontman Brent Smith revealed at the band’s Twitter account over the weekend that the group is “four weeks into recording” its new studio album for a tentative “late July (or) early August” release. The first single may arrive as soon as late April. Smith added that “survival” is a theme for the new disc and stated, “It’s a devastating album — beautifully brutal.” Asked by a fan on Twitter to name one of his all-time favorite songs, Smith replied, “They are being recorded right now.”
Smith revealed last year that Darren Doane, director of the band’s music videos for “Devour,” “Sound Of Madness,” “Bully” and several others, would be shooting a feature-length documentary to accompany the new album’s release.
Pop Evil and Cage The Elephant have both begun work on their fourth studio albums, according to Alternative Nation. Pop Evil is recording the follow-up to 2013’s Onyx, with plans to release the record this summer. Kakaty said that Pop Evil has a mission to help people via their music:
“We . . . had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. With the success of our last record we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression.” “If you’re not writing music that stands the test of time and are really making people make life decisions for the better, for their families, for themselves, for something greater, then I lose my purpose here as well. We’re here for our fans and we’re here on the radio for a purpose, and I think that purpose is to make a difference.”
Meanwhile, fellow chart-toppers Cage The Elephant have confirmed via the group’s official Twitter that the Kentucky-based act has begun work on the follow-up to 2013’s Melophobia. The band tweeted out a photo of recording equipment and instruments in the studio with a caption reading, “Week 1 of writing for album #4 in the books!!!.”
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has revealed via Twitter that he has just begun recording a new solo album, according to Blabbermouth. No further details are currently available. Cornell’s last solo studio effort, 2009’s Scream, was an ill-advised attempt at urban pop produced by Timbaland. The album was received negatively by critics and fans, with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor calling Cornell’s attempted makeover as a pop singer “embarrassing.”
Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo revealed in a new post at Twitter that the band spent time last week writing new music with singer Chester Bennington, with the group headed into the recording studio on Monday (January 12th). STP’s first effort with Bennington on vocals, an EP called High Rise, came out in October 2013. It’s not clear whether the group will now be making a full album. Robert DeLeo acknowledged a while back that STP would work around Bennington’s schedule with Linkin Park: “His main concern definitely is Linkin Park and, you know, when he’s busy with them, it offers Dean (DeLeo, guitar) and Eric (Kretz, drums) and myself some time to really get some new music together. And when he’s available, that’s when we work, man, and we make the best of that time.”
Twitter users everywhere can control the lights on a New Jersey Christmas tree. The 9-foot Christmas tree and menorah contain nearly 1,000-LED lights that can be turned on and off by tweeting. Oxford Communications created the display to help charities, towns and businesses and fundraising campaigns. Twitter users can tweet #brilliant#twinkle to @Oxmas_Tree to light the display and tweet #figgyypudding to turn them off. (USA Today)
X-Men director Bryan Singer created a stir on Monday (June 30th) by tweeting a photo of the treatment for the next installment of the X-Men series. The picture doesn’t offer much aside from a mention of “The Four Horsemen” who work for the villain Apocalypse in the comic books. The treatment also lists Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris as the writers on the project. All four have worked on previous X-Men films. X-Men: Apocalypse has been scheduled for theatrical release in May 2016.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout Willis, performed a one-woman protest of Instagram’s nude ban on Tuesday (May 27th.) The 22-year-old walked the streets of New York City topless and posted the photos to the social media site trying to promote the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.
Scout uploaded one picture of herself checking out some flowers along with the caption, “Legal in NYC but not on @instagram.” She uploaded another of her just walking down the street and wrote, “What @instagram won’t let you see #FreeTheNipple.” Her page has since been shut down for violating its community uidelines.
Willis has been vocally anti-Instagram on her Twitter account for the past several days.