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Thursday, May 22 2014 23:18

MUSHROOMHEAD rock, but LORDE is confused?

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I really need to share some formal thoughts on it soon, but I've been spinning THE RIGHTEOUS & THE BUTTERFLY, the latest effort from MUSHROOMHEAD, quite a bit here at Rock Father HQ these past few weeks. The album, released to the public last week, landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 (the band's highest debut), along with securing the #1 spot on the Hard Rock Chart. The oddball of the bunch is the #5 debut on the Billboard Rock Album chart, where TORI AMOS and LORDE landed ahead of MRH... along with actual "rock artists," THE BLACK KEYS and SANTANA.

"Either they're extremely lazy, or Billboard is simply out of touch with current musical styles. This rock chart should be more respectful of rock and metal artists, and all artists, period. Hardworking metal and rock bands don't have a chance at the proper recognition they deserve. Billboard should redo this chart and remove non-rock artists like TORI AMOS, LORDE and others. It's disrespectful to all artists. TORI AMOS? I own a few of her early records, and I can assure you when I purchased these, they weren't filed under 'rock.' LANA DEL REY? Didn't she do a dance mix to get a Top 40 hit? Oh, and she's performing at KANYE WEST's wedding to Kim Kardashian - how is that 'rock'? Even LORDE is annoyed."Skinny, MUSHROOMHEAD

Indeed, after winning "Best Rock Song" at the recent Billboard Music Awards for "Royals," LORDE tweeted the following...

\m/ LORDE \m/

MUSHROOMHEAD will send their new single, "Out of My Mind" to radio on the 27th, and will be on Mayhem Festival this summer.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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