Asking Alexandria’s ‘Alone In A Room’ and ‘Moving On’ Have Both Been Certified Gold In The US

Two huge songs. Two huge accolades.

Asking Alexandria have picked up a couple more RIAA certifications to kick-off 2022 in style.

The first is for ‘Alone In A Room’, the opening track from their 2017 Self-Titled album which is now certified Gold.

The video for the track has reached 22 million views since its release:

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And ‘Moving On’, taken from the band’s 2013 album ‘From Death To Destiny’, which is also Gold. And it’s video has been viewed 63 MILLION times:

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That means that both have sold 500,000 copies, which is absolutely massive.

They join the band’s other two Gold records, ‘Not The American Average’ and ‘The Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)’.

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The band released their latest album ‘See What’s On The Inside’ was released last year. 

They are now gearing up to release a new EP for the track ‘Never Gonna Learn’ this Friday (January 21) featuring some brand new music:

And here is our chat with Danny Worsnop and Ben Bruce all about the record:

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Another VPN agrees to instigate anti-piracy web-blocks in the US

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By | Published on Tuesday 18 January 2022

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On the tenth anniversary of the Wikipedia blackout as part of a protest against proposed web-blocking laws in the US, it’s emerged that another VPN provider has voluntarily agreed to instigate some web-blocks within America against a number of piracy sites, including the good old Pirate Bay.

That voluntary agreement is part of a legal settlement between VPN Unlimited and the consortium of independent film producers that have been busy suing internet companies of various kinds for copyright infringement over the last year.

In many ways those film companies – many of which are affiliates of Millennium Media – have been following the lead of the music industry in claiming that various US internet service providers have not done enough to deal with known repeat infringers on their networks. As a result, it is argued, those ISPs should not benefit from the copyright safe harbour, meaning they can be held liable for their customers’ infringement.

However, there are some differences between the lawsuits filed by the film producers and those instigated by the record companies. Firstly, many of the former’s lawsuits not only seek damages, but also ask the courts to force the targeted net firms to block their customers from accessing certain piracy websites. And second, the film producers have been targeting VPNs and hosting companies as well as ISPs.

Web-blocking has become a routine anti-piracy tactic in many countries, including the UK, with both music and movie companies frequently securing injunctions in court that order ISPs to block their customers from accessing piracy sites. Although the ISPs usually grumble – and sometimes shout loudly – when web-blocking first begins in any one country, in the main they then fall in line and just get on with complying with the web-block orders.

Web-blocking on copyright grounds has always been particularly controversial in the US, though. That dates back to 2011 when specific new web-blocking laws were proposed in Congress via two pieces of legislation known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

There was a significant backlash to those proposals from the tech sector, with Wikipedia basically blocking access to its English language service for 24 hours starting on 18 Jan 2012 in protest. The proposals were promptly dropped as a result.

But, as noted, in various other countries web-blocking has become routine as the music and movie industries continue to battle online piracy.

One problem with web-blocking, though, is that people can circumvent the blockades put in place by ISPs in a number of ways. That includes by using a virtual private network – or VPN – to browse the internet. Which means it was inevitable that VPNs as well as ISPs would ultimately be targeted by copyright owners regarding copyright infringement and web-blocks.

This consortium of film producers has sued various VPNs over the last year, including VPN Unlimited. In that lawsuit VPN Unlimited’s operator was accused of facilitating copyright infringement by allowing it users to access piracy sites – and even of encouraging the use of its VPN to access such sites within its help section.

That lawsuit has now been settled and – although the terms of the settlement are confidential – we do know that it includes a commitment by VPN Unlimited to do some web-blocking.

A filing with the US courts last week states: “Pursuant to the confidential settlement agreement, plaintiffs have requested and defendant [VPN Unlimited] has agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to block BitTorrent traffic and access to the following websites located outside of the United States – YTS, Pirate Bay, RarBg, 1337x and Popcorn Time – on its servers in the United States”.

It’s not the first company targeted by the film producers to agree to restrict its services as part of a settlement. Last October VPN.ht also committed to block BitTorrent traffic on its US servers, although it then said it simply planned to stop using US servers to comply with that commitment.

Hosting company Sharktech also agreed to instigate some web-blocks that would likely affect various VPNs that use its servers, though it wasn’t 100% clear how that would work.

Meanwhile, Torrentfreak reports that another notable VPN – Surfshark – has also reached a settlement with the movie producers, although it insists that there were no web-block commitments in its deal.

Either way, it’s interesting to see the the music and movie industries plough on with their battle against online piracy, targeting an ever widening variety of internet companies, and involving some web-blocking even in the US.

Of course, critics of web-blocking would probably argue that the fact that new web-blocks are now required to stop people circumventing the original web-blocks just goes to show that web-blocking is not an effective anti-piracy tactic. Which may or may not be true.

However, many of the same critics argued ten years ago that web-blocking on copyright grounds would negatively impact legit websites like Wikipedia and – in doing so – greatly hinder the internet experience. And, given how much web-blocking has since occurred in a variety of countries, without negatively impacting on any legit websites really, I think it’s fair to say that definitely wasn’t true.



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Watch Robert Glasper’s powerful performance of ‘In Tune’ and ‘Black Superhero’

Robert Glasper delivered an all-star performance of ‘Black Superhero’ on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – watch below.

The Grammy Award-winning musician appeared as the musical guest on the NBC chat show in support of his upcoming album ‘Black Radio III’, which is set for release on February 25 via Loma Vista.

Poet Amir Sulaiman appeared alongside Glasper for a powerful live airing of the record’s spoken-word prelude, ‘In Tune’, before Rapsody, BJ The Chicago Kid and DJ Jazzy Jeff took to the stage to contribute to ‘Black Superhero’.

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As Rolling Stone notes, the special set was put together to mark Martin Luther King Day in the US yesterday (January 17).

You can watch the full appearance below:

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Sharing ‘In Tune’ on Twitter ahead of the Fallon performance, Glasper wrote: “Martin Luther King wasn’t just the conductor of the black civil rights movement he created a model that other movements across the world replicated.

“He’s one of our superheroes because he showed us what’s possible when we stand united…when we’re in tune.”

The 13-track ‘Black Radio III’ follows on from 2012’s ‘Black Radio’ and 2013’s ‘Black Radio II’. It was first previewed back in 2020 with ‘Better Than I Imagined’ featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Elsewhere on the album are collaborations with the likes of Q-TipJennifer HudsonYebbaCommonTy Dolla $ignEsperanza Spalding and Ant Clemons. The studio version of ‘Black Superhero’, meanwhile, features Killer MikeBJ The Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T..

Robert Glasper’s most recent studio album, ‘Fuck Yo Feelings’, arrived in 2019.

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Guerilla Toss announce new album, Famously Alive

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By | Published on Tuesday 18 January 2022

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Guerilla Toss have announced that they have signed to Sub Pop to release new album ‘Famously Alive’ in March. The band’s first LP since 2018, the first taste of it comes in the form of new single ‘Cannibal Capital’.

On the writing of the album, vocalist Kassie Carlson says: “You have to be with yourself all the time during the pandemic. I had to figure out a way to manage my anxiety. The pandemic was hard, but it helped me get comfortable inside my own body. My peace of mind came out of being thrust into the deepest shit”.

“It felt like I didn’t need to force myself into this dark place to create anymore”, she goes on. “For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m finally comfortable inside my body. This album is all about being happy, being alive, strength. It’s meant to inspire people”.

As for the musical direction of the album, multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte adds: “I like to combine as many musical influences as possible. We thought the sleekness of current radio pop would make our dense wall-of-sound aesthetic both more bizarre and more accessible and fun at the same time”.

‘Famously Alive’ is out on 25 Mar. Watch the video for ‘Cannibal Capital’ here:

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Stars Pay Tribute To Country Music Hall of Famer Ralph Emery


01-17-2022

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(2911) Country Music Hall of Fame member Ralph Emery has passed away at age 88. Emery was a legendary disc jockey and television host who rose to fame during the late-night hours on Nashville’s WSM, where he hosted and allowed many new artists a chance to be heard for the first time.

Throughout his career, Emery hosted Pop! Goes The Country, Nashville Now, Ralph Emery Live, Ralph Emery’s Memories, and more. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2010, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Artists mourn the loss of their friend and share memories of one of the industry’s true mentors, Ralph Emery:

“We are saddened this week at the losses of Dallas Frazier, Jerry Crutchfield, and now, Ralph Emery. Ralph was not only a legendary personality but a dear friend who meant so much to The Oak Ridge Boys’ career. If Ralph liked you … EVERYONE liked you! it would seem a lot of folks are going home these days so CELEBRATE LIFE FRIENDS. Life is God’s greatest gift this side of salvation. Goodbye Ralph, Jerry, and Dallas. See you at the House.” – Joe Bonsall, The Oak Ridge Boys

“Ralph Emery was my friend. I did his show many times and he was kind enough to send me a Christmas card every year. He had that special country music knowledge and that voice. Ralph was to country music what Mel Allen was to the Yankees.” – Don McLean

“I am heartbroken to learn that the man who believed in me when I wasn’t even sure I believed in myself after my partner and I had parted company and I found myself a solo artist has been called home by the Lord. Ralph Emery was so good to me I adored him and I know that it was mutual. He brought me to Nashville to appear on Nashville Now so many times long before and of course after I’d recorded “Rainy Night In Georgia” with Conway. Ralph believed in me, he believed in my talent, and he presented me always in the best light, giving me the opportunity to shine. Gratitude, honor, and love Ralph, forever and always.” – Sam Moore

“The passing of my long-time friend Ralph Emery is devastating. His friendship to me and his contribution to country music will never be surpassed. It’s going to be tough not having him to turn to for advice. He was so kind to help guide me throughout my career as a friend and artist. Just knowing him made me a better person. My prayers go out to Joy and the family during this very sad time. R.I.P. my dear friend.” – T.G. Sheppard

“It was great leaders like Ralph Emery who helped build careers for so many of us performers. May God Rest his soul.” – Janie Fricke

“Ralph Emery just crossed over the river Jordan. If it were not for his generosity, I wouldn’t have had a career. He had me on his hugely popular show, “Nashville Now”, 56 times. The importance of that exposure to millions of country music fans cannot be overstated. He was a dear friend and we shared many good times together. He helped countless artists and was a giant figure in country music history. Sheila and I loved him very, very much and will miss him deeply. What a guy!!” – T. Graham Brown

“My earliest memories of Ralph Emery are listening to him on WSM Radio. My dad would talk about when he was married to Grand Ole Opry Star Skeeter Davis, and how she would pop in the studio and talk on the air during his late-night shift. Hearing my father talk about this, and listening to Ralph years later on the radio, became a vivid picture in my mind. For many years, Ralph Emery was the heartbeat of country music. He hosted Nashville Now on The Nashville Network. That’s where I came to know him best. He featured the best of the best on his show. Also hosted a morning show in Nashville. His passing is a great loss to the country music community, and he will long be remembered as the host of Nashville for many many years.” – Rhonda Vincent

“I remember when I first got signed to Curb Records, I did the Ralph Emery Show. He was filming it at the Opryland Hotel where I had played prior to getting the deal. I’ll never forget it. I sat between Ralph Emery and Ray Price. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather. I have missed hearing his voice on a regular basis for years. He will be sorely missed.” – Jeff Carson

“I first met Ralph Emery in Nashville with my brother Lefty at WSM Radio and then got to know him better in the early 80s with my singing partner Shelly West on The Nashville Now TV show.” – David Frizzell

“I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of my dear friend and father figure Ralph Emery. I will miss him so very much, but I know in my heart he is in a better place. Thank you Ralph for believing in me and playing such an important role in my life. Rest in peace.” – Kelly Lang

“Ralph Emery was a big part of my life. I played the Ralph Emery Morning Show for 14 years, and I later played piano on TNN’s Nashville Now as a regular sub for Jerry Whitehurst. Ralph broke records and made stars on WSM radio; then he introduced those same stars to a television audience and in the process became a household name himself. Ralph Emery was country music! I send my condolences and prayers to his wife Joy and the rest of his family and friends.” – Tim Atwood

“Ralph Emery was truly a one of a kind and legend in country music. Many artists owe their start to him, myself included. I will never forget his kindness and prayers to his family.” – Johnny Lee

“Talk about someone who makes a profound effect on your life, not only by his words but by his actions as well. He was sneaky. He would sneak up and be there for you when you least expected it. He was a friend and will forever be missed.” – Lulu Roman, HEE HAW

“Ralph Emery was a Country music Hall of Famer and broadcast star. I had the opportunity to meet him and I’m saddened by his passing. We lost another true legend!” – Shane Owens

“Prayers to the family of the Legendary Ralph Emery. One of the most iconic voices on the national airwaves. Sad to hear the news this morning from Nashville. Remember watching Ralph with my grandmother growing up. What a great life and career. He will be missed.” – JD Shelburne

“Ralph was such a great guy. I remember when we first met. It was my first time appearing on Nashville Now. He was extremely kind to me and made me feel right at home. Ralph loved traditional country music and you could tell that he really enjoyed what he did. He will truly be missed but, he’s getting one heck of a show in heaven by all of his friends who went before him.” – Jason Byrd

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