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Metallica Pushing Back Next Album Release

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Lars Ulrich says Metallica's long-awaited tenth album won't be released for at least another year.

He'd already suggested the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic wouldn't be released until 2015, although he'd also said work would begin in the coming weeks.

"We've got some good ideas," he said. "Our biggest problem is not the ideas, our biggest problem is time. Metallica is busier than ever – it just seems like there's more and more going on and the days get shorter and shorter. But hopefully we will be done writing this year. Next year we should record and hopefully have a new record out maybe next year."

Top Hit Like A Girl Contestants Make The Cut As Finalists

Celebrity Judges To Make The Ultimate Decisions To Be Announced April 3, 2014

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Louise Bartles, wild-card finalist (UK).

It’s getting down to the wire for Hit Like A Girl 2014, the global contest for female drummers. The public voting came to an end this weekend and all of the wild-card finalists, chosen by friends, fans, and sponsors have been chosen. There are now twenty-two finalists in the 18+ category and twenty in the Under 18 category. Fifteen countries are represented in the finals group including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

Fan Voting Victors

The winners in the Under 18 fan voting include Issey (Indonesia), Milana (US), Avelyn C (US), Payton Taylor (US), Selma (France), Maddie M. (US), Roo (US), Nat Drum-Her (US), CatDrummerGirl (US), and Daga (Poland). The winners in the 18+ fan voting include Lorena Perez Batista (Venezuela), Tosha Jones (US), Fer Fuentes (Chile), Rikki Woods (US), Vivien Tiszai (Hungary), Corlie Hervé (France), J-Burd (US), Alana Dym (US) Stephie G (US), and Vicky ‘Buttfairy’ Reader (UK).

Editor's Choice

Over the weekend we asked our sponsor judges, including the editors of DRUM!, to choose twp more finalists. Associate editor Andrew Lentz said “It’s so tough. There are 20 to 30 women who are at a very high level of skill. Since they all play different styles, you're not always comparing apple to apples. It's difficult to say one artist is better than another.” But the judges conferred and added two outstanding choices to the finals in the 18+ category. Asli Polat (Turkey), and Louise Bartle (UK). For a complete list of finalists visit http://www.hitlikeagirl.com.

Winners Announced Live April 3 On Drumchannel.com

Sheila E, Dawn Richardson, Cindy Blackman and the other celebrity judges now have their work cut out for them. They’ll review the entry videos and score contestants in ten categories such as technique, groove, and style before choosing the winners. They’ll be profiled and discussed in a live Drumchannel.com event April 3, 2014.

Celebrity Judges

  • Emmanuele Caplette
  • Hannah Ford
  • Jess Bowen
  • Meytal Cohen
  • Dawn Richardson
  • Alexey Poblete
  • Senri Kawaguchi
  • Emily Dolan-Davies
  • Valeria Sepulveda
  • Allison Miller
  • Lux
  • Sheila E
  • Kate Schellenbach
  • Nia Lovelis
  • Jen ledger
  • Didi Negron

For a complete list of sponsors and industry judges, click here.The Hit Like A Girl Contest was founded by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX. "Hit Like A Girl" is a trademark of the Percussion Marketing Council. http://www.playdrums.com

Black Keys Announce New Album Via Mike Tyson

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Photograph: Evan Agostini

The Black Keys announced their eighth album Turn Blue last Friday with a super weird YouTube video posted from Mike Tyson's twitter account.

...What?

Yeah, we don't get it either.

The video features nothing but a creepy hypnotist and a spinning record for a good couple of minutes until the very end, when an info screen pops up with the album title and release date.

Tim Ferriss Rehearse Five Days, Then Gigs With Foreigner

Ferriss and Copeland

To get a big gig on the main stage with a major band requires decades of practice and learning. But Tim Ferriss, author of such books as The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), wanted to shorten it. His goal: To rehearse for five days and then play with Foreigner.

He signed up Stewart Copeland to teach him the basics of rock drumming so he could play one song live and not embarass himself. And this video is the result. Look for some hilarious moments with Copeland, particularly around 14:00. Oh, and if you're planning on really making it as a drummer, you're still going to have to practice for decades.

Travis Barker To Host MusInk 2014

MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival

Blink-182 drummer, mixtape maestro, and entrepreneur Travis Barker will host the seventh annual MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, a three-day weekend of classic punk and hip-hop acts, custom cars, and the handywork of world-renowned inkers. “You have the greatest tattoo artist of our time all under one roof,” Barker told us en route to rehearsal with Transplants, Barker’s other band which headlines on Saturday. “You might get work done that you normally would have to fly to Japan or Europe for.”

For someone who sports as many unique tatts as Barker, the opportunity to present MusInk 2014 was a no brainer. For Famous Stars And Straps, the apparel company he founded more than a decade ago and judge of the festival’s daily tattoo contests, the ink connection is more than skin deep. “The graphics on our first T-shirts 15 years ago we’re tattoo-inspired,” he says. “We’ve always been a lifestyle brand rooted in music and that includes everything from tattoos to skateboarding to cars — it’s all a part of it.”

MusInk 2014 takes place March 21-23 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Coast Mesa, California. Single day pass, $29.98; 3-day pass, $59.96. For more information visit musink.org