Warner Music Group Intends to Buy French Digital Music Company Believe SA, Owner of Nuclear Blast Records and Tunecore

One of the largest record labels in the world, Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced it intends to purchase Believe SA, a French digital music company. Among the many companies Believe owns includes a controlling stake in Nuclear Blast Records (acquired in 2018) and its offshoot Blood Blast Distribution, as well as Tunecore a Brooklyn, New York–based digital music distribution, publishing and licensing service founded in 2006. Tunecore distributes music through online retailers such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Beatport. According to the press release you can read below, Warner “would provide Believe with strategic support and financial stability to help the development and growth of the Company, including by accelerating its expansion into new geographies.” Nuclear Blast founded in 1987 in Germany, is home to some of the greatest bands in Metal such as, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, C.O.C., Nightwish, Sepultura, Sabaton, In Flames, Lamb of God (Europe), and countless others. In addition to their legendary main brand known for Rock, Pop, Country, and Dance music, WMG owns a ton of sub labels boasting some of the biggest names in Hard Rock, Metal and Punk like 10K Projects, 300 Entertainment (Highly Suspect, Waterparks), Asylum, Atlantic (Shinedown, Halestorm) Big Beat, Elektra Entertainment (formerly: Metallica, Slipknot & Paramore – current: twenty one pilots, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson) Erato, First Night, Fueled By Ramen (Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, A Day To Remember), Nonesuch, Parlophone (Iron Maiden), Reprise (Lamb of God in the USA, Deftones, Disturbed, Crosses), Rhino (boxed sets, vinyl and CD reissues, and countless legacy releases), Roadrunner (Gojira, Turnstile, Motionless In White, Trivium, newly signed Deafheaven, Coheed and Cambria, Stone Sour), Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Records, Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville. WMG’s music publishing arm, Warner Chappell Music, as well as artist management and services divisions. If the sale goes through, it remains to be seen what shape the deal would have and what impact is might have for Nuclear Blast and Tunecore. Stay tuned for more news on this story.Continue reading

The Steepwater Band Prep Retrospective Album, New Music and Tour

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Chicago rockers The Steepwater Band wave goodbye to their past while celebrating their future with a new track and video ‘Hard As Stone’. with their forthcoming retrospective album Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band 2006-2014 (Sun Pedal Recordings/WMG). The take of Hard As Stone is a newly recorded version of their most memorable tracks, as it marks the debut of the band’s newest member, guitarist Eric Saylors. The band is also plotting a new album for 2015 as well.

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The Steepwater Band, a blaring rock ‘n’ roll group from the windy city has released a new music video for their song “Hard As Stone (2015)”. It was shot and edited by Jon Richey of VUture Visions and filmed at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, OH where the band recorded the song with platinum producer Jim Wirt (Incubus,Fionna Apple, Buffalo Killers). The unique “behind the scenes” footage gives fans an inside look into the song making process. Check it out now at Relix .

“Hard As Stone (2015)” is a new recording of an old fan favorite and will be on Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band 2006-2014, a “best of” collection that also features eight remastered tracks and a new song called “Silver Lining”. The record will be released digitally and on CD via Sun Pedal Recordings (Warner Music Group) on 2/17. A vinyl release is scheduled in April of 2015 and all three are currently available forpre-order along with limited merch that is exclusive to this release.

“‘Hard As Stone’ is an older tune of ours that we pumped some new life into with the new re-recorded version,” says vocalist/guitarist Jeff Massey. “Lyrically, its about dealing with loss, whether it be a relationship, a death, or just rolling with change, in general. It’s a song that always stood out for us as a band, mainly because our music is generally a heavier blues based sound. ‘Hard As Stone’ is stylistically a bit different than our other material. The song opened up new doors and possibilities for our music.”

“Silver Lining” and “Hard As Stone (2015)” will be the first studio recordings with the band’s newest member, guitarist Eric Saylors. The “best of” will be a sneak peek of the group’s new sound before they release a brand new full-length album next year.”


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12/31/14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues w/ Led Zeppelin 2

01/03/15 Porter, IN – Leroy’s

02/05/15 Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival

02/06/15 Whitesburg, KY – Summit City Lounge

02/07/15 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

02.08/15 Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall

02/12/15 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room

02/13/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

02/15/15 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

02/18/15 San Francisco, CA – Biscuits and Blues

02/19/15 Sacramento, CA – Torch Club

02/20/15 Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino

02/21/15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Pocket

02/23/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Bleu Bistro

02/24/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Bleu Bistro

02/28/15 St Louis, MO – Beale On Broadway

03/20/15 Detroit, MI – Hopcat

03/21/15 Benton Harbor, MI – The Livery

03/25/15 Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom

03/26/15 Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

04/24/15 Schuylkill, PA – Some Kind Of Jam 10

05/23/15 Indianapolis, IN – Rathskeller

07/02/15 Ozark, PA – Highberry Festival

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Ghost Cult- One Year Anniversary Contest: Round Four!

81rKlCKdRJL._SL1500_The party rolls on! Ghost Cult Magazine continues celebrating its first year and we are giving away our fourth round of prizes. We are proud to offer copies of the new greatest hits package from A Perfect Circle, Three Sixty (WMG), which is out now. Simply go to our Facebook page and enter to win in our tabs section. You get extra entries for getting your friends to sign up on Ghost Cult’s Facebook, and even more bonus entries if you share on Twitter! Special Thanks goes out to Speakeasy PR for the support!




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