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On this day in music history: March 23, 1979 - “Van Halen II”, the second album by Van Halen is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from December 1978 - January 1979. Issued only thirteen months after their multi-platinum debut, the band complete their second album in only three weeks worth of studio time. Many of the songs on their sophomore release had been written prior to the band’s first album, having been previously recorded as demos in 1976 and 1977. It spins off two singles including “Dance The Night Away” (#15 Pop). The yellow and black Charvel guitar pictured on the back cover of the album is buried with Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Abbott, a long time Van Halen fan meets his guitar hero, and tells him how much he admires the guitar. After Abbott’s death in December of 2004, Eddie Van Halen attends his funeral, and places the guitar in his casket. First released on CD in 1987, it is remastered  and reissued in 2000 as a standard red book CD with HDCD encoding. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2010 by Rhino Records. “Van Halen II” peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

NU'EST To Have Daily V Time With Individual Members, Starting With Baekho

Screencap of Baekho during NU’EST V Time

As the time draws near for NU'EST’s comeback with CANVAS on the 29th, the group will be holding a daily NU'EST V Time corner with the individual members, starting of with Baekho earlier this afternoon.

In the recording studio where they completed the 5th mini album CANVAS, the member also had a very special guest, mentor and fellow producer Kye Bumzu, as they briefly talked about CANVAS and answered fan queries. After much amusement about the coincidence of wearing ‘couple caps’, the duo proceeded to share some interesting events that took place while preparing the album, including the time they kidnapped Minhyun out of Seoul to Paju(?) to break his organized daily schedule.

In terms of the song production, Bumzu mentioned that as it’s done in a ’let’s have fun while doing it’ tone, the productions are conceived through assembling along the way. Baekho states that as he was very satisfied with their last album, Q is., he had some worries as to how this album would turn out, but because they did with a mindset to enjoy as they create, he felt it’d bring about good results.

Screencap of Bumzu and Baekho during NU’EST V Time

Bumzu elaborated that as the members are more actively participating in the production, following the lines of ’what messages do NU'EST want to send’ and ’what are the images they each want to show’, this album will show a more honest, natural side of them.

Rewinding back to their last comeback and title, OVERCOME, Baekho shared that the tracklist arrangement (showing L.O.V.E ♥) came to because they were thinking there’s there’s something missing as the album came to completion. In regards to the title, Bumzu excitedly commented that it was a song he’s really satisfied with, and when he first made it, as he thought it was a fit for NU'EST.

They’ve also both shared that they enjoyed sauna, recommended Indian cuisine and answered other fun fan comments, including Baekho-Bumzu’s lovestagram, revealed more on their cycling trip, and even how Bumzu voted Minhyun to be the most good-looking member even with Baekho beside him with other people around (cue a flustered, disbelief white tiger).

The 25 minute V Time ended soon enough with promises for more episodes, so stay tuned for more as another member will take the corner tomorrow.

Source: NU’EST V Time - Baekho’s Day

Ryan Adams may have been the first artist to give a complete tribute to Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, with his track-by-track re-recording, but he most certainly won’t be the last. In fact, several Nashville musicians will be paying tribute to Swift and her groundbreaking album in the form of a live concert in Music City.
—  Taste of Country Music on the Taylor Swift Tribute Concert taking place February 5th in Nashville
V magazine:

“The Home record was a soundtrack I created especially for the film,” she says. “My eight studio album was a place for me to completely express myself creatively with no bounderies and try anything that I wanted.” It’s clear that fans are fiending for the album material for that very reason. When she cryptically instagrammed a Paolo Roversi-lensed record sleeve with caption “#March26,” many of her fans stayed up the entire night before, speculating on Twitter about when her new song, “Bitch Better Have My Money”, would hit.

The thing that made me fall in love with [‘FourFiveSeconds’] is the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics,” she told V. “When you read the lyrics it’s a completely different song than what you are hearing. The music is easygoing, but the lyrical content is very loud and in your face. In performing this, the key was to make sure the aggression wasn’t lost.

Rihanna’s real power will be in reminding us her distinction as a vocalist, with her scratchy verses, wailing peaks and chesty depths, which harness new leels of grit and ferocity- no need for the bells and whistles of her previous productions. In this regard, the record achieves something rare: It maintains Rihanna’s ubiqutous pop dominance while stripping away the excess to arrive at some disarmingly straighforward.

“Dude, I’m in love with my interludes. This one called ‘James Joint’ is on constant repeat,” she told the magazine. “[The album is] soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.” It’ll feature a few songs that have already come out including, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “American Oxygen” and “FourFiveSeconds,” which she collaborated on with Paul McCartney and Kanye West.