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Top 20 Songs: Week of February 3-9, 2013

Mary Ouellette, Volbeat ‘s ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ had a brief two-week stay at No. 1, but the band is giving up the top spot on this week’s Loudwire Top 20 Countdown to All That Remain ‘s steadily climbing single, ‘Stand Up.’ After hovering in the Top 5 for the last few weeks, the track finally reached the apex of the countdown, where it hopes to remain for a little while. Rounding out the Top 5 this week are Deftones ‘ ‘Tempest,’ which climbs a notch from No. 4 to No. 3; former No. 1 Avenged Sevenfold , whose ‘Carry On’ flip flops with Deftones to fall back from No. 3 to No 4; and Alice in Chains , who crack the Top 5 at No. 5 with ‘Hollow.’ There was some major movement in this week’s Top 20 Countdown. The biggest riser of the week was Halestorm ‘s ‘Freak Like Me,’ which leapt up from No. 13 to No. 9. Meanwhile, Chevelle ‘s ‘Same Old Trip’ took a fairly big tumble, dropping eight notches from No. 5 to No. 13 this week. As for new songs, Hollywood Undead liven things up with their latest single ‘We Are,’ which jumps into the countdown at No. 18. In the process of making their debut, the track knocked out former chart-topper ‘Absolute Zero’ from Stone Sour . Check out the top 20 songs of this week’s countdown below and be sure to tune in and crank it up with Loudwire Radio this weekend. To find out where you can hear the countdown, click the red button below. Loudwire Radio Top 20 Songs of the Week: 20. Soundgarden, ‘Been Away Too Long’ 19. Hinder, ‘Save Me’ 18. Hollywood Undead, ‘We Are’ 17. Otherwise, ‘I Don’t Apologize’ 16. Green Day, ‘X-Kid’ 15. P.O.D., ‘Higher’ 14. Shinedown, ‘Enemies’ 13. Chevelle, ‘Same Old Trip’ 12. Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Pride’ 11. Three Days Grace, ‘The High Road’ 10. Papa Roach, ‘Where Did the Angels Go’ 9. Halestorm, ‘Freak Like Me’ 8. Young Guns, ‘Bones’ 7. Adelitas Way, ‘Alive’ 6. 3 Doors Down, ‘One Light’ 5. Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ 4. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Carry On’ 3. Deftones, ‘Tempest’ 2. Volbeat, ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ 1. All That Remains, ‘Stand Up’ [button href=”” title=”See Which Stations Air Loudwire Radio” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead Announce New Run of 2013 North American Tour Dates

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Hollywood Undead got a jump on 2013 by releasing their ‘ Notes From the Underground ‘ album early in the year. They followed that with a quickie tour around North American supporting the effort, but rest assured that the January run was not the only dates they’ll play stateside this year. The band just announced a new leg of dates launching March 4 in Reno and running through March 27 in Providence. The band will have Dance Gavin Dance and Abandon All Ships supporting on select dates. Dance Gavin Dance will play the first four stops of the trek in Reno, Boise, Spokane and Portland before giving way to Abandon All Ships, who will open on a majority of the remaining dates. Hollywood Undead are promoting their ‘Notes From the Underground’ album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in early January. The disc has already spawned the hit single, ‘ We Are .’ For ticket and VIP package offers, be sure to check their official website here . Hollywood Undead March 2013 North American Tour Dates: 3/4 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/6 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/7 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/8 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater 3/9 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rickshaw Theater 3/11 — Calgary, Alberta — MacEwan Hall Ballroom 3/12 — Edmonton, Alberta — Starlite Room 3/13 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Odeon Events Centre 3/15 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — Garrick Event Center 3/16 — Fargo, N.D. — The Venue @ The Hub 3/19 — London, Ontario — London Concert Theatre 3/20 — Toronto, Ontario — The Phoenix Concert Theatre 3/21 — Guelph, Ontario — Guelph Concert Theatre 3/23 — Jonquiere, Quebec — Theatre Palace Arvida 3/24 — Quebec City, Quebec – Imperial de Quebec 3/25 — Laval, Quebec — Marcellin-Champagnat 3/27 — Providence, R.I. — Fete (Ballroom) [button href=”” title=”Next: Johnny 3 Tears on Hollywood Undead’s New Album” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides Score Top 10 Debuts on Billboard Album Chart

Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Hollywood Undead and  Black Veil Brides  are reaching new heights with their latest albums. Hollywood Undead’s third release, ‘ Notes From the Underground ,’ landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, while Black Veil Brides enjoyed their first-ever Top 10 entry with ’ Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones ,’ which arrived at No. 7. Hollywood Undead moved 53,000 copies in their debut week, finishing behind the 73,000 sold by this week’s chart champ, contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin. However, ‘Notes From the Underground’ gives the band their highest debut yet in their career, as their last album, ‘American Tragedy,’ arrived at No. 4 back in 2011. As for Black Veil Brides, ‘Wretched and Divine’ sold 42,000 copies in its opening week. The group also shot to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart and the iTunes Rock Chart. To show how the band’s fan base has grown, ‘Wretched and Divine’ nearly doubled in first week sales what the group did on their 2011 release, ‘Set the World on Fire.’ Black Veil Brides are currently on the ‘Church of the Wild Ones World Tour,’ with dates booked through a March 8 finale in San Francisco. Between now and then, the group will have played in four different countries on two continents. The remainder of the itinerary can be seen here . Hollywood Undead, meanwhile, are currently on a tour of their own. Check out the dates here . [button href=”” title=”Next: The Used’s Bert McCracken Records With Black Veil Brides” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears Talks New Album, Working With Slipknot’s Clown + More

Ethan Miller, Getty Images Hollywood Undead have just unleashed their new album, ‘ Notes From the Underground ,’ and one of the band’s vocalists, Johnny 3 Tears, recently took some time out to speak about the creation of their latest effort with Loudwire. The rhyme-slinger also shares his thoughts on songwriting, shooting a music video with Slipknot ‘s Shawn Crahan , the importance of getting to know the fans, what makes their live shows special and the evolution of their famous masks. Check out the interview below: Loudwire had a chance to preview the first webisode for the ‘Notes From the Underground’ sessions and it looks like you’re just having a really ‘good time’ in the studio. Did it seem more laid back this time around for you? That was all an act. [laughs] But yeah, you know, sometimes you get too comfortable and the more you’re in a band the more complacent you can get, so I think our focus was really on keeping it interesting and not getting too comfortable, but we try to keep it exciting which is where liquor and such comes in, you know. You never know what’s gonna happen, buddy! With such a large group of guys and people contributing, is it difficult to pick and choose what’s going to make it to a record and does having such a wealth of talent in the band lead to an excess of material? It’s a little more systematic than that. There’s typically just a few of us writing songs and the other guys bring in their thing and stuff like that, but if you saw us writing songs you’d think it was just a couple of schmoes that just sit with an acoustic and write and then we kind of build from there. At the core, I think we start a song just like anybody else, but I think we just build more around it as opposed to a more strict mentality that some guys have. But we do write a lot more than we typically need, but in this day and age, it’s tough. There’s so many places you have to put songs to get your CD out. It’s not like you just make a record with 14 songs, stick it out, and that’s that. There’s iTunes and bonus tracks and foreign releases and EPs, so the songs always end up somewhere in other words. The single ‘We Are’ is an anthemic track with a strong message. Tell us a bit about the genesis of that song. I actually wrote that chorus before anything else and it was on standstill for a while. I wrote that chorus when we were on tour last year and at the time, I mean, I don’t know, I guess especially when you’re out on the road, you talk to a lot of kids. A large majority of our fanbase are 16- and 17-year-old kids and they get up in their 20s and stuff, and the vast majority of them I make it a point to speak [to] and get to know as many of them as I can. And I suppose I hear a lot about their difficulties in this day and age. It’s depressing. I’m older now and kind of out of touch with some of the things that present themselves. And I kind of got the idea from talking to kids as much as I could. They go through what they go through and I always find that inspiring. I think it’s one of the more difficult times in anyone’s life and that was what I wrote the chorus about and we kind of filled in the gaps from there. I kind of got a smile out of the ‘We Are’ line, ‘You can see God when I take my mask off.’ Obviously, it’s fun for you and you take pride in writing some clever lyrics, but do you have a favorite lyric off this album? There’s one song in particular, it’s called ‘Outside’ and it’s the last song on the record, and I think more so than any other song, that one, and it’s not just one lyric but the whole thing and the message, but to me it’s the best Hollywood Undead song that we’ve ever written. That’s my personal viewpoint, but it was one of the songs that we sort of wrote on accident. We’re not one of those bands, not a radio band that’s ever going to get the artistic credit, not that we even deserve it. I’m not saying that, don’t get me wrong, but I think that was one of those artistic moments where we went, ‘Oh, we’re actually really good at this sometimes.’ Sometimes, we’re not, but like George Harrison said, ‘Sometimes you just write a stinkeridoo or a bad song,’ but that was the complete opposite moment where I went, ‘Sometimes we can do this well,’ and I think that whole song was that moment for me. We’ve all had a chance to see the ‘We Are’ video , which is pretty awesome. What was it like getting a chance to work with Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, who directed the video? Oh, it was gnarly. You know, one cool thing about it, it was really unexpected. There’s a group of guys who do music videos very consistently and we’ve worked with some of them, and they’re all very good, don’t get me wrong, but we wanted to do something different. And one of the guys had heard that Shawn had actually done some videos and that he might have an interest, so we just took a shot in the dark. We didn’t actually expect that to happen. And not only was he interested, he was excited. So that was pretty mind-blowing from the beginning. The coolest thing to me was that he’s been in a band a lot longer than he’s been a video director, so to him, I think he understands the other side of it. You get a real feeling of comfort and he really listens to you. You can really tell, but he really gave us some artistic freedom too. On most videos, it’s kind of a cattle call and you do what they tell you to do and you leave. But this was much more of a discussion and he was very welcoming to our ideas. It was quite a thrill and the dude is certainly a very creative force. I’m very interested to see where his career goes as a director because he’s got a world of talent. I heard that you shot that video at the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital. How spooky was that? [Laughs] Yeah man, it’s just a weird, weird spot. It’s really really creepy and I know it has a really funky history. I know it was on ‘Ghost Hunters’ and I know those shows are garbage, but still. But, you know, there was like 60 people there so I wasn’t by myself. I don’t think you could pay me a lot of money to go inside alone cause I’m a chickens—. But when you’re there with a lot of people, it was fun. There were incubators lying around and spinal tap machines and a morgue where you could open the freezer doors. It really gave me the heebee jeebees, but it was definitely good for the music video. Your fanbase is growing year-by-year. What are some of your favorite moments of interacting with the fans and getting that positive feedback? When you’re in a band, there’s so many steps or little goals that you shoot for as time goes on and stuff. I remember when saving up to buy a guitar amp was one thing and I think at that point it seemed pretty unrealistic that you would actually get to have a relationship like this. But there are enough kids out there that are interested in what you have to say, and that’s the most gratifying part. To think that there are people out there who are identifying with what you are saying, I think that was kind of an unrealistic goal before it happened, so that fact that it has and that we’re in this position, to be able to do what we gotta do … You know sometimes, I’ll forget and it’ll just hit me and blow me away that I can write music and do what I always want to do, but there’s people out there who understand it and that’s one of the coolest parts. Just hanging out with kids after a show and hearing what they have to say. Man, I do that most every night we’re on tour cause I like ‘em a lot more than my fellow bandmates. Getting into the album a little further, ‘Dead Bite’ leads off this disc and it’s got that sick opening that sounds like a demented kid’s tale. Where did that song come from? ‘Dead Bite,’ I think that’s actually the only song on the record where we wrote the verses and then applied a chorus to it. Almost all of these, I think it would be safe to say we write a chorus and then work from there. You know, there’s a lot of ups and downs as far as being in a band and it’s not always as fun as some people might thing, and it was a really good opportunity for the band to get stuff off their chest. So, straight up, it’s one of those songs that’s supposed to make the white kids roll around in their cars and be tough for a while type thing. It was a fun thing to make with the aggression, but not just screaming at the top of your lungs. Once we put words to it, it was a fun song to write. Funny Man stated that he just directed a lyric video for ‘Up in Smoke.’ I was wondering, when you’re writing the music, do you take in all aspects of a song, like how it will translate live or what a video might look like? I don’t. I’m always thinking about the songs and the record and that’s enough stress. But with [lyric videos], it’s like you just give Funny a joint and a cell phone camera and you’ll usually end up with something okay. I usually don’t have to worry about it too much. I’m hearing some buzz that ‘Another Way Out’ may be a key track for you down the road a bit. Can you tell me a little bit about that song? I think it’ll definitely be a single down the road. That’s a straight-up rock two-and-a-half minutes of go-time type of song. It’s really clever and really catchy and that song, in particular, we didn’t want to make it hard to understand. It’s one of those Andrew W.K. super-melodic moments where we just wanted to make a catchy song that people can just rock out to. Sometimes music doesn’t have to be complicated and that was definitely one of those moments. But it’s a fun song where simplicity is kind of bliss. What new songs are you working into your  new tour ? I know we’re going to add ‘Dead Bite’ and ‘We Are’ to the immediate run that’s in January. We start right when the record comes out. But we don’t want to do too much. I used to hate that when I was a kid and I’d go see a band and they would just play their whole new record that I hadn’t heard yet. That used to be a real bum-out. So we do it bits and pieces. We’ll do ‘Dead Bite’ and ‘We Are’ to kick things off. It’s a quick run. Then we’ll go back and rehearse and we’ll learn some more songs and add ‘em as we go, so that way you never assault the senses of our audience, you know? God forbid they hear something they haven’t heard before. I figure at three albums in, you’ve also got to be pretty loose and confident in the live show as well. Can you take me up onstage and tell me a little of the feeling you get performing with these guys night-in, night-out? It’s a cool blessing to be able to rock out every day. We try to keep it as fun as possible, even in the darker moments. I think one of the cool things about our band, and what makes it different, is that we play different things during the set. We’re all multi-instrumental, so you’ll see one guy play bass the guitar the piano and whatever. We circulate a lot and I think that kind of keeps the show going and intriguing to the audience. But we certainly want people to come in and have a good time and feel like they got their money’s worth and that’s our number one goal. With each disc, you update the masks a little bit. Can you tell us about the evolution of the masks as we head into the ‘Notes From the Underground’ album? Every time we try and change them and keep them interesting artistically. That was always the focus of the masks was to have some sort of visual representation outside of a bunch of dudes with tattoos standing around. That was never something we wanted to buy into, so that’s why they were created. We want them to evolve, but they eventually might evolve to us not wearing them at all. I don’t really know. We just kind of take it with time. But each time we try to step it up and make ‘em cooler. We’ve got a guy, this guy named Jerry Constantine, who we work with and he’s a real genius. He helps ‘em along and we make sure we don’t change them so much that their not familiar, but change them enough to where we’re stoked on ‘em and kids could stay interested. So it’s one of those things. We take it as it goes and as long as it’s something that captivates us, we’ll keep doing it. ‘Notes From the Underground’ is now available via iTunes . The band is currently in the midst of a U.S. winter tour. See the remaining dates here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Making of Hollywood Undead’s ‘We Are’ Video” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead, ‘Lion’ Lyric Video – Exclusive Premiere

Octane Hollywood Undead have returned to the music scene with their just-released third album, ‘ Notes From the Underground .’ Helping to grow the buzz this week is the band’s new lyric video for the song ‘Lion,’ which is exclusively premiering Loudwire (watch below). The video itself features time-lapsed footage of the sun setting into nightfall over a gated closure, presumably for a lion. In the background, you see a very well maintained grassy area shaded by the neighboring trees. Lyrically, the song takes you on a journey, opening in more restrained tones with, “ I am a lion and I want to be free / Do you see a lion when you look inside of me / Outside the window / Just to watch you as you sleep / Cause I am a lion born from things you cannot be .” But as the track builds, so does the title character’s inner turmoil and the aggression of the song. Creatively, the track is a little deeper than normal. Johnny 3 Tears recently told us that the band may not always receive artistic credit, but there are moments on the new album where it’s clear that songwriting is something they can do rather well. Though he was not speaking specifically about ‘Lion,’ it’s clear that the group offered something a little more personal on the song. ‘Lion’ can be heard on Hollywood Undead’s ‘Notes From the Underground,’ which is currently available for purchase  here . The song follows their previously released video for ‘ We Are ,’ which was directed by Slipknot ‘s Shawn Crahan . The band just launched their North American tour in support of the album. Watch Hollywood Undead’s ‘Lion’ Lyric Video [button href=”” title=”Next: Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears Discusses ‘We Are’ Inspiration” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead, ‘Notes From the Underground’ – Album Review

A&M / Octone Hollywood Undead continue to step up their game with the release of their third album, ‘ Notes From the Underground .’ The disc not only shows the wealth of talent the rap-rock collective has, but also the eclectic tastes they possess, as well. The 11-track album provides a variety of styles even though they’ve enjoyed their biggest successes to date with harder-edged rap-rock tracks. For those looking for what they’ve come to expect from Hollywood Undead, the lead single ‘ We Are ‘ is the perfect way to introduce the new album. With military-like drums providing an ominous opening, the band blasts into an anthemic track about fighting for your dreams no matter what obstacles may fall in your way. Hollywood Undead also deliver a pair of obvious radio-ready singles with two different slants. ‘Dead Bite,’ which opens the album, is more of a sinister track, complete with a demented child’s prayer that goes, “ Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the dead bite .” From there, the various members riff on personal conflicts, with Charlie Scene going so far as to rap about chloroforming his prey. The song offers several clever lines and a chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head. Meanwhile, ‘Another Way Out’ is a full-on foot-tapper, with the band speeding up the beats-per-minute into what could easily become a club track. In fact, the song is so infectious you might overlook its stalker-y perspective on an obsessive relationship. ‘Notes From the Underground’ also features a handful of tracks that shows the band’s desire to push their boundaries. ‘From the Ground’ is as schizophrenic of a song as you will hear, with its piano opening and melodic chorus offset by moments of pure thrash metal. ‘Lion’ feels like something that came out of the Linkin Park songbook, with its intimate and haunting moments mixed with elements of in-your-face rapping. And the album closer, ‘Outside,’ is a surprisingly moving track that comes from somewhere deeply personal and may connect with audiences more than any track in their career. On a less serious note, Hollywood Undead also offer the bravado-filled ‘Pigskin,’ with its hip-hop leaning, sports and sex metaphors, and the unbelievably catchy sing-along, “ Hut one, hut two, hut three, go .” The band also add their bouncy weed-friendly track ‘Up in Smoke,’ stamped with their own sense of humor. All in all, ‘Notes From the Underground’ is not the most cohesive album and is not an aggressive rock record throughout, but with the band’s mining of several different genres, the group most certainly hits on something for just about everyone. ? [button href=”″ title=”Stream ‘Notes From the Underground at” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears: New Single ‘We Are’ Inspired by America’s Youth

Ethan Miller, Getty Images Hollywood Undead continue to pull in new fans with each album and the fact that their latest single ‘We Are’ is connecting with a certain demographic of their fanbase is no coincidence. One of the band’s emcees, Johnny 3 Tears, tells Loudwire that he specifically wrote the chorus with the fans in their teens and early twenties in mind. He explains, “I guess especially when you’re out on the road, you talk to a lot of kids. A large majority of our fanbase are 16- and 17-year-old kids and they get up in their 20s and stuff, and the vast majority of them I make it a point to speak [to] and get to know as many of them as I can. And I suppose I hear a lot about their difficulties in this day and age. It’s depressing. I’m older now and kind of out of touch with some of the things that present themselves. And I kind of got the idea from talking to kids as much as I could. They go through what they go through and I always find that inspiring. I think it’s one of the more difficult times in anyone’s life and that was what I wrote the chorus about and we kind of filled in the gaps from there.” Loudwire happened to speak with Johnny on the day of the Newtown, Conn., school tragedy and he relayed how different things are for kids of today than when he was growing up. He explained, “When I was a teenager, that stuff didn’t happen. I never heard of anything like that and now it seems to be, and I’m not just narrowing it down to one thing, but these things seem to happen all the time. I don’t know. I really feel for the group of kids that are walking around that have to deal with this stuff.” He went on to add, “Obviously, I look at it from a different vantage point. I have a kid of my own and it’s definitely scary man, the way the world is going, and I really don’t know how things get this messed up. But certainly a song like ‘We Are’ is more important now than it was when I was younger. I feel a full-on empathy for what kids are going to have to go through cause it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, it seems quite the opposite. It’s pretty sickening sometimes, man.” ‘We Are’ is the lead single from Hollywood Undead’s forthcoming album, ‘ Notes From the Underground ,’ due in stores Jan. 8. Pre-orders for this disc are currently being taken here . Stay tuned for our full interview with Johnny 3 Tears about Hollywood Undead’s ‘Notes From the Underground’ album. [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Hollywood Undead’s ‘We Are’ Video” align=”center”]