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Monday, October 31, 2011

Nickelback Party Hard, Get Deep On Here And Now

Band's November 21 album kicks off with two wildly different singles, 'When We Stand Together' and 'Bottoms Up.'
By James Montgomery


Nickelback's Chad Kroeger
Photo: MTV News

Late last month, ahead of the release of their (sure to be colossal no matter what you think ) Here and Now album, Nickelback premiered a pair of singles — the pro-social "When We Stand Together" and the pro-party "Bottoms Up" — which seem to have only one thing in common: Nickelback wrote both of them.

After all, one's a positively massive power ballad with lyrics like "Hand in hand forever/ That's when we all win," and the other is, well, basically about drinking every substance under the sun, a list that includes, but is not limited to: Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, Black-Tooth Grins — Dimebag certainly would've approved — and, of course, "straight gasoline." You can probably guess which is which.

But if you think "Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up" represent a Nickelback veering in two wildly dissimilar directions, well, just wait until you hear the rest of Here and Now, as the band told MTV News earlier this week.

"I mean, it's not Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall or something; it doesn't have this theme. It's more all over the map than those two [songs], for sure," frontman Chad Kroeger explained. "Because, when you play a Nickelback show, I mean, there is every range of person that you could possibly imagine on the face of the earth [in the audience], and you couldn't peg one on the street to save your life. I think we can all pick out a Slipknot fan, but it's tough to pick out a Nickelback fan, because they're all so different."

And that was the challenge presented to the band on Now, which contains a whole lot of party-ready chuggers, plus a couple more, uh, conscious tunes, too. But though you'd think penning songs about global suffering would be tough for Kroeger and Co., well, you'd be wrong. Because, quite frankly, it's writing the hard-charging, harder-drinking numbers that keeps the band up at night. After all, partying is something they take pretty seriously over at Nickelback H.Q.

"It's a drinking anthem. I mean, it's harder to write those songs than it is to write those social-awareness type songs, it really is," Kroeger admitted. "Because for us, they've got to be good. Some of the stuff's got to be a little tongue-in-cheek, there's got to be some clever stuff there, you know, and you've got to be descriptive. But when you get done listening to it, you need to have the feeling of just wanting to grab a bottle of Jack. And I think we got there, because we'd bring friends over all the time and it was just like, 'You are now a test subject! Hit play; turn it up nice and loud.' And the song's over and they'd be like, 'I want to drink. I want to drink something right now.' And we were like 'Yes!' "

Are you a Nickelback fan? Share your thoughts on the band in the comments!

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Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1673387/nickelback-bottoms-up-here-and-now.jhtml

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Relatively Speaking: Theater Review

David Rooney
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dressing the Part

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Celebrity brides like Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and Katie Holmes strive to find their perfect wedding dress just as much as every other bride ? they just come equipped with stylists, wedding planners and famous designers pointing them in the right direction.

Now, every bride can feel like they?re getting the star quality experience when they search for their gown, thanks to Randy Fenoli, star of TLC?s Say Yes to the Dress and Fashion Director of Manhattan's Kleinfeld Bridal. In his new book It?s All About The Dress Fenoli shares tips on everything from finding a flattering silhouette to managing a bridal dress appointment. ?Whatever age you are, whatever size you are, a wedding dress should represent who you are and bring out your beauty,? Fenoli tells In Touch.

For more scoops on celebrity wedding dresses and Fenoli?s VIP bridal advice, check out the new issue of In Touch, which comes out on October 27.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

'I Want My MTV' Chronicles the Wild and Crazy Rise of Music Television

Andy Lewis
In their new book, out this week, veteran music journalists Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum assemble an eclectic cast of characters to tell the story of MTV's influential first decade.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 15 Grossing Threequels of All Time (Photos)

Sofia M. Fernandez
"Paranormal Activity 3" is the most recent film trilogy edition to make box office bank but it's nowhere nearly as successful as its threequel brethren.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Cup: Film Review

Megan Lehmann
Aussie director Simon Wincer, a veteran of horse films, tackles the true story a 2002 race that earned an enduring place in the nation?s heart

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

5 Revelations From Steve Jobs' Biography

Sofia M. Fernandez
The Apple co-founder's take on alternative medicine, turtlenecks, and Google Android are included in Walter Isaacson's upcoming book.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Exclusive: Jessica Simpson "Over the Moon" About Having a Girl

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The moment Jessica Simpson discovered she was pregnant was one of the happiest of her life. But nothing could compare to Jessica?s joy after finding out that she and fianc� Eric Johnson are going to be parents to a beautiful baby girl.

?She?s telling people it?s like winning the lottery, twice,? a friend tells In Touch exclusively.

Now, the 31-year-old mom-to-be is happily prepping for her princess? arrival, splurging on adorable girlie baby clothes and decorating the nursery ? complete with a $14,500 crib! ? in shades of yellow, green and pink.

The happy couple, who still plan to wed in Hawaii on November 11 despite Jessica?s growing belly, are also excitedly discussing baby names like Morgan or Karen for their daughter. ?She and Eric are both so happy,? the friend gushes.

And while Eric, 32, was originally hoping for a boy, the friend says that he?s changed his tune. ?He?s telling pals that his daughter will be a daddy?s girl,? the friend says, revealing that Eric has already ordered pink bubblegum cigars to hand out when the baby arrives. Meanwhile, Jessica is excited about playing with dolls and having tea parties ? and with such a doting mommy, the lucky little lady is sure to have a charmed life!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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