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Music: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Dies at 41

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington has died at age 41.

Bennington’s death at his private residence Thursday has been confirmed by The Los Angeles County Coroner as a suicide by hanging.

The death coincided with the band’s release of the music video for their new song “Talking To Myself”, the second single from their most recent album One More Light.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999, which went on to achieve fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. Since then, the band has sold over 70 million albums around the world.

In past interviews, the singer had discussed his struggles with substance abuse and childhood trauma.

Following Bennington’s death, Linkin Park announced that they will be cancelling their North American tour, which was previously set to begin on July 27.

Music: Paul McCartney Announces Two Extra Shows in Australia

Sir Paul McCartney has added two new shows to his Australia tour in December.

One on One tour is McCartney’s first visit to the country in almost 25 years, after having his last concert in 1993. The tour was launched in 2016, with McCartney playing 41 shows across 12 countries so far.

“We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening,” the Beatles member said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat.”

Promoter Frontier Touring said it is confident that the added shows in Melbourne and Sydney (on December 6 and 12 respectively) will sell out.

Below is the tour schedule:

Perth: nib Stadium, December 2

Melbourne: AAMI Park, December 5 and 6

Brisbane: Suncorp Stadium, December 9

Sydney: Qudos Bank Arena, December 11 and 12

Auckland: Mt Smart Stadium, December 16

Tickets are now available at Frontier Touring’s website.

Digital: Spotify is Testing Out ‘Sponsored Songs’ Program

Spotify is testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ program that allows labels to promote individual songs to non-paying users, the company has confirmed.

Unlike the regular ads, which appear on banners, Sponsored Songs are integrated into playlists that users follow. Users can opt out of this through a setting both on desktop and in-app.

If the test program is successful, Sponsored Songs could be rolled out officially to users on free tier, the company told TechCrunch. However, it remains unclear if the opt-out setting will still be available to non-paying users.

The program is an extension of Spotify’s effort to add more revenue streams. Since last year, Spotify has allowed brands to sponsor playlists, allowing them to add a logo and video ads.

With 140 million active users, Spotify earned a $US3.3 billion in revenue last year, but it still recorded an operating loss of $US389 million.

Music: David Duchovny Announces 2018 Australian Concert Tour

The X-Files star David Duchovny is coming to Australia… to sing. Yes, you read that right.

Duchovny has announced his 2018 Australian concert tour with a new album, which is set to be launched later this year.

The actor’s debut studio album Hell or Highwater was released two years ago, featuring alternative rock sounds inspired by Bob Dylan, R.E.M, Leonard Cohen, and the Flaming Lips.

Duchovny will be touring Australia throughout February and March 2018, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Brisbane.

Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, May 31, while ticket sales to general public start on Friday, June 2. For more information, visit Select Touring website.

Music: Yours and Owls 2017 Lineup Announced

The lineup for Wollongong’s Yours and Owls Festival 2017 has been announced, with headliners such as Safia, Allday, The Preatures, Dune Rats and more.

See the full line-up here:

Pre-sale tickets will be available Friday, while public ticket sales begin on May 22.

This event is strictly over 18s. For more information, visit Yours and Owls Festival website.

September 30-October 1 | Stuart Park, Wollongong

Music: Paramore Comes Back With A New Sound In ‘Hard Times’

Paramore has released a new single from their new album, ‘After Laughter’.

Titled ‘Hard Times’, the ‘80s-tinged pop song has received rave reviews from critics; Jordan Sargent of SPIN said the band has “come out of the other side with what immediately feels like one of the best singles of their career, and one of the best pop songs of the new year”.

The band, including returning drummer Zac Farro, has also been announced to play at Riot Fest in Chicago and Rock For People in Czech Republic.

‘After Laughter’ is out May 12.

Music: Patti Smith Announces Her Final Australian Show Ever

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith has revealed details of her last ever show in Australia following appearances in the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The 70-year-old’s final gig will take place at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on April 20. Melbourne-based musician Courtney Barnett has been named as a supporting act.

“Patti personally requested Courtney Barnett to be her special guest in her final ever show in Australia at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, just a few days after the festival,” said Peter Noble OAM, festival director at Bluesfest.

“Now we are thrilled to announce that Courtney will play before Patti on Easter Thursday at Bluesfest.”

Tickets are on sale starting Monday 10am. For more information, visit Bluesfest website.

Music: Field Day Sydney 2017

Music festival Field Day is coming on 2017 new year’s day, and it’s bringing some of the best musicians in the scene.

With headliners such as Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Alison Wonderland, and Tkay Maidza, Field Day promises a high quality mix of house, hip-hop, indie, and electronica in the sunny outdoor area of the Domain.

For more information, head to Field Day website.

January 1 | The Domain, Sydney

Music: Songs to Listen to When Creating

Getting stuck in a creative rut is not only not fun, but also unproductive. Listening to songs could help you get out of the box and find new perspectives, be it in writing, designing, or just making art in general.

To kick start your creative session, here are a few songs with unique lyrics and great sounds that would inspire you:

Radiohead – Everything in Its Right Place

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

Kimbra – Sweet Relief

Pharrell Williams – Freedom

Ngaiire – Once

Emily Haines – Reading in Bed

Mayer Hawthorne – Time for Love

Music: Green Day’s American Idiot Musical Comes to Australia

Green Day’s American Idiot musical is finally coming to Australia, complete with a soon-to-be-announced all-Aussie cast and directed by Australian award-winning director Craig Ilott.

The season’s premiere will take place at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane on February 23.

Written by the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, American Idiot tells the story of three friends and their self-discovery journey in a post-9/11 world. The rock musical will also feature songs from the albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Friday, October 28.

Green Day will also come to Australia for their Revolution Radio tour from April-May.