Epic RecordsOzzy Osbourne will release a new solo album, Ordinary Man, next year. And if that's not exciting enough, the record was recorded with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Speaking to Billboard, Smith reveals he joined the project after playing on the recording sessions for "Take What You Want," Ozzy's collaboration with Post Malone and Travis Scott.
"He had such a great time and sounded so good, we were like, 'What the hell, let's write some songs for Ozzy and record some s*** for Ozzy and see if he likes it. Ozzy needs to do music,'" Smith explains. "So we did and we played it for him, and he loved it."
"He got inspired," the drummer adds of Osbourne. "He was coming in every day and singing and getting better and having a great time. And he was like, 'Omigod, you work so fast! I f***ing love this!'"
Smith brought his friend McKagan on board, and the album also includes contributions from Slash, Tom Morello and Elton John. Because they were playing for the Prince of Darkness, Smith says everyone involved upped their game.
"Everyone wants to bring it for Ozzy, 'cause he deserves it," Smith shares.
"It's performances, not chopped-up, modern s***," he adds. "It's a f***ing good rock album. I'm just honored to be part of it and I can't wait for it to come out 'cause I think people are just gonna dig it."
Ordinary Man, the follow-up to 2010's Scream, is due out early 2020.
Credit: Jessie EnglishYungblud has been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2020 award, which recognizes the "most exciting rising stars in music."
"Hyperactive, outspoken and boldly vulnerable, Yungblud is challenging the definition of what it means to be a rock star," the BBC says of the "Original Me" singer.
Yungblud is one of 10 artists on the Sound of 2020 longlist. The top five will be chosen by a voting body consisting of various writers, DJs, media members and industry figures, as well past Sound of... nominees including Billie Eilish and CHVRCHES, and will be revealed in January.
Previous Sound of... winners include HAIM, Adele, The Bravery, Sam Smith and 50 Cent.
In other Yungblud-in-the-U.K. news, the 22-year-old rocker will be performing at the 2020 NME Awards. The British publication's annual show will return on February 12 after taking 2019 off.
Courtesy of The Art of ElysiumDave Grohl and Marilyn Manson are performing at The Art of Elysium charity's 13th annual Heaven gala and art installation, taking place January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The music lineup for the event, dubbed "Heaven Is Rock and Roll," also includes Cheap Trickand grunge rockers L7.
The Art of Elysium is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists and communities to join together, using art to triumph over adversity.
Each year, an artist or group is honored at the Heaven gala with the Visionary Award, and also is asked to curate the event's art installation by depicting what their idea of what heaven is. This year's recipient is We Are Hear, an L.A.-based record label, music publisher and artist-management company founded by producers and musicians Linda Perry and Kerry Brown.
Previous Visionary Award honorees include Stevie Wonder, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, John Legend, and the aforementioned Perry.
Credit: Jimmy FontaineCoheed and Cambria has premiered the video for "Toys," a track off the band's latest album, The Unheavenly Creatures.
Dubbed an "Unheavenly Christmas Carol," the animated clip begins with a young kid feverishly writing Santa to make him president of the United States for Christmas, and ends with Saint Nick spanking Donald Trump in the Oval Office. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
"I've wanted to 'toy' with a Santa story for some time," frontman Claudio Sanchez says, punnily. "I guess, no better time than the present. And for Jolly Ole' to decide if he's Naughty or Nice? The President."
Meanwhile, you can catch Coheed on the high seas on the inaugural S.S. Neverender concert cruise, setting sail October 2020.
Sub PopBefore The Shins changed Natalie Portman's life in Garden State with "New Slang," the song was titled "When You Notice the Stripes." Now, you can listen to that early version.
James Mercer's band has reissued a trio of out-of-print songs, including the pre-Oh, Inverted World recording of "New Slang." The other tracks are called "When I Goose-Step" and "The Gloating Sun."
All three songs were previously released on a tour-only CD EP in 1999. They've now been reissued as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club subscription service. While the physical seven-inch single featuring the tracks is sold out, they're also all available now for the first time via digital outlets.
The Shins' most recent album is 2017's Heartworms.
Interscope RecordsBlink-182's Mark Hoppus is open to the idea of a 44 reunion.
When asked in an interview with Australia's Wall of Sound if the band, which also included Blink drummer Travis Barker and guitarists Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh, could get back together, Hoppus responded with a "maybe."
"I would never say never," he said.
However, Hoppus added that he hasn't spoken with Gallagher and Fairbaugh in "years."
"I think that they have moved on in their own lives, and we're in a different place," he said.
Hoppus and Barker formed 44 following Blink-182's break-up in 2005. They released their one and only album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, in 2006.
"That album holds such a special place in my life and in my memory," Hoppus said. "The lyrics and the making of that album was a huge moment of me working through the death of Blink-182 at the time, and that holds a really special place in my heart. So I would love to play it again at some point."
Glassnote'Tis the season for holiday music, and Mumford & Sons are ready to join in.
In an interview with Billboard, frontman Marcus Mumford was asked which Christmas song he'd want to cover.
"Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas,' without a doubt," Mumford replied.
"There are only two acceptable Christmas songs in my opinion: That one and [The Pogues']? 'Fairytale of New York,'" he added. "All the others are completely unacceptable."
Once the holiday season is over and 2020 arrives, Mumford & Sons will be prepping a new documentary, due out in the spring. The film will be about the band's trip to Podor, Senegal, the hometown of musician Baaba Maal, with whom Mumford collaborated with on their 2016 EP, Johannesburg.
"It's a very small town on the river of Senegal and people from four or five different countries come and there's a sort of great meeting of minds in the desert," Mumford explained. "I think we're the first western band to play it."
The doc will be accompanied by new Mumford & Sons music, which will follow the band's 2018 album, Delta.
"It's something we're really proud of," Mumford said of the project. "We've just been finishing up the music for it at last."
Geffen RecordsRise Against bassist Joe Principe is selling various instruments and gear from his personal collection.
Among the 70 items available for purchase include basses, guitars and amps used on Rise Against albums including 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness, and 2011's Endgame.
You can check out all Principe has to offer via the online gear marketplace Reverb.com.
Rise Against's most recent album is 2017's Wolves.
"This tour is extra special," says Bad Religion vocalist Greg Graffin. "Not only are we celebrating our 40th anniversary, but we get to do it with Alkaline Trio, who are such a great band, really excited about this!"
"Bad Religion was one of my first loves," adds Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba. "I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard 'Suffer' around age 12. They are one of the very reasons I started playing punk rock music and continue to today."
Bad Religion released a new album, Age of Unreason, in May. Alkaline Trio's most recent effort is 2018's Is This Thing Cursed?
MGMT RecordsMGMT has dropped a new single called "In the Afternoon."
The track, which is accompanied by a typically psychedelic video, is available now for digital download and will also be released on a 12-inch vinyl single featuring another new tune, "As You Move Through the World." The disc is due out March 2020, but you can pre-order a copy now via MGMT's website.
"In the Afternoon" follows MGMT's latest album, 2018's Little Dark Age.
MGMT will play a series of shows in Mexico next year, including dates with Tame Impala and Clairo.
ABC/Image Group LABillie Eilish is aiming to make new music on the road.
Speaking to Billboard, the "bad guy" singer shares that she expects she'll write her sophomore album while on tour.
"We're at a point now, from touring and working so much, that I'm pretty sure the next album will be made on tour -- around the world," she explains.
That'd be quite a departure for Eilish, who recorded her hit debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, in her house.
"For me, I didn't really know how to make music anywhere else," Eilish says. "We would try and work in studios, and it would never work out the way I wanted it to. It would be exhausting and not very fun."
Eilish will launch a giant U.S. arena tour next year starting March 9 in Miami.
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesParamore had fans worrying that the band was breaking up after they sharead an emotional holiday post. Luckily, that's not the case.
On their Instagram Tuesday, Hayley Williams and company shared a black-and-white photo of themselves, along with a caption about how far the trio has come. They also wished fans a "happy holidays" and thanked them for their support over the years.
"We should also say thanks to you, while we're here, for carrying the torch for the band and believing in all the ways we've found to create," Paramore wrote. "We love us and we love you too."
Given the reflective tone of the post, and the general uncertainty currently surrounding Paramore -- Williams said in August that she didn't know "what's next" for the band -- some fans thought that the holiday post meant that the "Hard Times" group was calling in quits. Fortunately, they put that notion to bed.
"No, it's not a breakup announcement, weirdos," they wrote in a subsequent Instagram Story.
Parmore's most recent album is 2017's After Laughter.
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975's 2020 European tour has been postponed so that the band can finish recording their upcoming new album, Notes on a Conditional Form.
"We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that everyone can make the new shows," reads a statement from The 1975's record label, Dirty Hit. "We understand that this will be a cause of upset but rest assured the delay will make for the best shows possible."
The tour, which had been originally scheduled to kick off in March, will now launch in October. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled shows. If you can't make the new dates, refunds are available.
Notes on a Conditional Form, the follow-up to 2018's A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, is due out February 21. It features the new songs "People" and "Frail State of Mind."
ABC/Jeff NeiraChester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze is releasing an album of re-recorded material.
Talinda Bennington, Chester's widow, confirmed the news in a statement posted to Twitter. The project dated back to February 2017, when Chester reunited with his Grey Daze band mates to revisit the group's early material. Additionally, a 20th anniversary reunion show was in the works.
Of course, those plans were put on hold when Chester died in July 2017.
"When Chester passed away, Grey Daze's reunion seemed like an afterthought to everyone involved," Talinda writes. "They were suffering, I was suffering, and there were way too many emotions to work through before we could even think about what would happen to that project."
Talinda explains that, "once the clouds lifted a bit," the Grey Daze members resumed the project in an effort to celebrate Chester's early music.
"The Grey Daze project is one of the ways we can continue to tell Chester's story and connect with his fans," Talinda says.
She continues, "For us, releasing a new Grey Daze album will shine a light on where my husband started an hopefully give his fans a better understanding of his art and a more full picture of his journey through this incredible music."
Earlier this year, Grey Daze revealed that they were recording with Chester's son, Jaime.
Lesser Known Records/Thirty Tigers The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has announced a new solo album, titled Local Honey.
The eight-track collection will arrive March 27. You can download the lead single, "You Have Stolen My Heart," now via digital outlets.
"Every single song [on Local Honey] is about right now," says Fallon. "There's nothing on this record that has to do with the past or even the future, it just has to do with the moments that are presented and things that I've learned and I'm finding in my day to day."
"This record is 100 percent about the day today," he continues. "It's not about these glorious dreams or miserable failures, it's just about life and how I see it."
Local Honey is Fallon's third solo offering, following 2018's Sleepwalkers and 2016's Painkillers. He'll embark on North American tour in support of the new record starting March 12 in Wilmington, Delaware.
As for Gaslight, the New Jersey rockers reunited in 2018 after a three-year hiatus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their beloved 2008 album, The '59 Sound. No future Gaslight plans have been announced.
Here's the Local Honey track list:
"When You're Ready" "21 Days" "Vincent" "I Don't Mind (If I'm with You)" "Lonely for You Only" "Horses" "Hard Feelings" "You Have Stolen My Heart"
Credit: Meredith TruaxOf Monsters and Men has premiered the video for "Wars," a track off the band's new album, Fever Dream.
In the animated clip, the members of the Icelandic band are chopped up by monsters and cooked inside the skull of an even bigger monster. To see exactly what that looks like, you can watch the "Wars" video streaming now on YouTube.
"The visuals for our album Fever Dream are inspired by other-worldly, dreamy, horror-[esque] themes," the group explains. "For the 'Wars' video we wanted to continually build on those themes while also keeping it carefree and fun."
Fever Dream, Of Monsters and Men's third album, was released in July. It features the lead single "Alligator."
ABC/Randy HolmesCage the Elephant, The Raconteurs and Billie Eilish will all perform on upcoming episodes of PBS' long-running TV concert series Austin City Limits.
You can watch The Raconteurs on January 11, Cage on January 25 and Eilish on February 1. Each set includes performances of songs from each act's respective 2019 album: Help Us Stranger, Social Cues and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Check your local listings for air times.
The new episodes will make up the second half of ACL's historic 45th season.