For your next party: an unlikely collaboration between Steve Aoki, Kid Cudi and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. They all dominate this dubstep-inspired track “Cudi the Kid,” though it’s getting a mixed reaction. What do you think of it? [Source]
Singer and bassist Mark Hoppus has told MTV News that a new Blink-192 album is on its way.
Back in February, drummer Travis Barker told MTV News that his band’s long awaited album would be finished in “June or July,” an announcement that was greeted with much anticipation from fans. The album’s release date has had a timeline that stretches all the way back to February 2009, though, when Blink-182 announced that they were not only reuniting, but “in the studio writing and recording a new album.” Three years later, the album still isn’t here – but it’s on its way.
Hoppus post a brand-new studio clip on his Facebook page on Tuesday, but when MTV News spoke to the bassist last week, he backed up Barker’s claims of a summer release. Blink fans unite!
“The timeline! The Blink-182 timeline! Always an interesting point of discussion!” Hoppus laughed. “We are still planning for an early-to-midsummer release, we’re working very hard at it. Right now Travis is back on the road, so I’m back in L.A. working on the record, [guitarist Tom DeLonge's] working on the record, we’re sending stuff to Travis; as soon as [he] gets back, hopefully Tom and I will have the album in a shape where Travis can come in and we can spend, you know, a month, month-and-a-half working really hard on pounding out the album and get it done.”
Hoppus explained that most of the recording’s delay has been due to the way Blink have chosen to work this time around — in bits and pieces, alone and together, in a pair of California studios — all due to the members and their busy schedules.
“It’s definitely a very different process … before, at least we were all in the same room at the same time,” he said. “With this, with Travis having his solo record, me being in L.A., and Tom doing his stuff and also being in San Diego, at first it felt like maybe it was a bit piecemeal, but now it feels like we’re getting into a good rhythm.”
“Between sending songs back and forth to each other, we’ll all meet up in the studio every few weeks and go over everything, listen down to everything and I’ll say, ‘OK, I love what you did with this idea. Let me take this song for a week and try some ideas on it,’ ” he continued. “And I’ll take a song for a week, try a bunch of stuff on it, present it back to everybody else, they’ll make their comments and then move on from there.”
“It really depends on the day how finished songs are … there’s songs that I think are finished that we go back and work on some more, there’s songs that I think are going to take a long time and they end up progressing pretty quickly,” Hoppus explained. “I feel like we’ve worked on about 16 tracks, of which 12 of those are making the cut. When songs don’t seem to be working, we let them fall by the wayside, and I think we’re pretty good about putting the better songs forward. So, we’re working on 12, five or six of those are in states that are near completion, and the other ones are formed ideas with structures and parts — they just need filling in. The skeletons are all there, we just need to fill in the pieces.”
I’ve never been a huge fan, but I know many who are, so this is great news for them. Let’s see if they can reinvent themselves and bring something fresh to the table!
Federal officials have announced that the tires on the Learjet that crashed and killed four people, as well as injured Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and the late DJ AM, were under-inflated and played a part in the crash, according to TMZ.
Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said the under-inflated tires seriously affected the plane’s ability to stop (it hurtled off a South Carolina runway and crashed).
The Board said that a tire ruptured during takeoff, but that the pilot had not been given training on tire failures and decided to reject the takeoff: a “practise that training discourages.”
However, in a lawsuit filed by the late DJ AM, he said that one or more of the tires blew during takeoff, and “rather than proceed to takeoff, [the pilots] decided to abort and/or reject the takeoff in a negligent manner.”
The estate of DJ AM eventually reached a settlement in the lawsuit, which was filed against companies such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
TMZ has obtained a video with Travis Barker and his friends threatening the Paparazzi outside a Calabasas, California restaurant. Allegedly Barker and his entourage also slashed the photogs tires as well.
In the beginning of the video Barker is seen yelling “Where’s your homeboy?” Apparently Barker got into an altercation with photographers on his way into the restaurant, but the gentlemen in the video are not the same individuals.
Barker issued the following statement on his Twitter page regarding the altercation. “Paparazzi cried like young girls when it was no longer three of them against me and my kids. Didn’t they remember threatening me an hour ago? What happened to the tough guys with the cameras? It was gonna be a fair fight.”
Punk band Blink-182′s drummer Travis Barker has settled a lawsuit that he filed over the plane crash in 2008 that left him with third-degree burns and killed four other people, reports CHARTattack.com.
Barker was a passenger on a chartered Learjet plane on Sept. 19, 2008 when it crashed and burst into flames after overshooting a runway in Columbia, Southern California. The crash left Barker and DJ AM with third-degree burns, and killed the four other people aboard the plane.
Barker sued three major companies in November, 2008. First, Bombardier Inc., which manufactured the Learjet plane that crashed. Second, the charter company Global Exec Aviation. Third, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which made the plane’s tires. As well, he sued the companies that brokered the chartered flight.
With a high-energy reunion tour wrapped up, 90′s punk band Blink-182 is taking some time to rest. Still, according to their drummer Travis Barker, a new song is on the way.
Barker announced that Blink-182 will create a brand new song that will go on his solo album, reports MTVNews.com.
“There’s some stuff on my record that’s not going to have a bunch of guitars, that are just straight-up hip hop records,” he told MTV News. “We got a new Blink song on there, I think I’m going to do something with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Hopefully a guest appearance from Slash, I’m doing his big fundraiser that happens in a month. I think there’s going to be a collaboration with [Kanye West's touring DJ] A-Track, so it’s gonna be really in all directions.”
Barker does not have any details about the new Blink-182 tune, mostly due to the fact that the band hasn’t written it yet. But one thing is for sure: the song will be brand new. While the band wrote a new song recently, entitled “Up All Night,” it wasn’t played on their tour and so far does not have a home. Still, “Up All Night” will not be the track on Barker’s solo album.
Universal has announced that Lil Wayne’s long overdue rock album, Rebirth, will be released on December 15th.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after the release of his new mixtape, No Ceilings, and a week after the release of Weezer’s Raditude album, on which he makes an appearance on the song Can’t Stop Partying. He told Billboard.com that he plans to maintain the consistent rock vibe that he intended.
“I play guitar on 80 percent of the songs, and there’s a lot of rock influences and rock beats. I also have Travis Barker on the album.”
While working with two rock giants like Travis Barker and Rivers Cuomo should give Wayne the right idea, there is still no certainty about the outcome of this album. Based on the mild response generated by Prom Queen and Can’t Stop Partying, the anticipation will be filled with more curiousity than excitement.
The regret surrounding the tragic death of Adam ‘DJ YM’ Goldstein will deepen when MTV airs his eight-episode documentary ‘Gone Too Far’ on Monday, October 12th, MTV reports.
The documentary will feature DJ AM’s meetings with addicts, along with their friends and family, discussing the struggles, causes and possible solutions of addiction. The episodes will also reveal the details of his personal addiction, predominantly to crack cocaine.
Goldstein’s mission to blow open the discussion on drug abuse in North America came to a halt when he died of an accidental overdose at his New York City apartment on August 28th. Many suspect that the excessive drug use was linked to the mental and physical trauma he suffered after a plane crash in 2008.
His death may help cement the documentary’s conveyance of the dangerous toll that drugs take on the lives of addicts, and also those around them. He is a living example of that senseless fate.
DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his NYC apartment earlier today, according to TMZ. Early reports say that drug paraphernalia was found around his body when he was discovered. Last year, Goldstein and Travis Barker survived a plane crash that killed four others on board.
Once the news broke about his death, Shanna Moakler tweeted “My deepest condolences for DJ AM, you were a great artist and will be severely missed. My thoughts and Prayers to his family and friends.”
It’s been a busy news day for celebrity crime. Between the ongoing developments in both the Michael Jackson and Chris Brown cases, a few other notables managed to run into trouble today.
First off, Juelz Santana (most famous for “There It Go (The Whistle Song)”) was arrested for terroristic threats and posession of a weapon, according to MTV.com. Santana (whose real name is Laron James) was involved in an altercation with the mother of his son on Tuesday in New Jersey, when he threatened to harm her and wielded a kitchen knife as his weapon of choice, according to police. His rep is disputing the threat charges and said it was the neighbor’s, not Santana’s baby’s mama that called police. Santana was released later that day after posting a $5,000 bond but has not yet released a statement.
Next up: Patrick Stump, the voice of Fall Out Boy. (Well, technically, the singer. Everyone knows Wentz is the one in charge.) Stump was busted for driving without a valid driver’s license in Beverley Hills and hauled to the big house where he was detained four hours then released on $15,000 bail. He is only licensed to drive in Illinois. If Stump is charged with a misdemeanor, he could face six months in prison and/or pay $1,000 bail. In a statement to MTV, Stump agreed “ignorance of the law isn’t innocence. . . .But man, is my mom going to be pissed.” And to make matters worse, his awfully unflattering mug shot is circulating the web like wildfire.
DJ AM is seeking $20 million in damages following a fiery plane crash last September that seriously injured him and Travis Barker and killed four others.
The celebrity disc jockey (real name Adam Goldstein) filed suit Friday against the plane’s manufacturer, Learjet, and several other companies.
AM is seeking $10 million for medical expenses, lost earnings, profits and economic damages, while the other $10 million is related to non-economic losses including mental and physical pain.
Former Blink-182 vocalist and guitarist Mark Hoppus is going solo and said “the future is wide open” to a possible Blink-182 reunion with drummer Travis Barker and the rest of the band, to MTV News.
“Travis has played on a bunch of [my] tracks, and he’s working on his own album as well,” Hoppus told MTV News. “We totally support each other in whatever we’re doing. He’s like a brother to me.”
According to Hoppus, him and Barker have been collaborating, “I see him in our studio every week, and we’ll be in the room of the studio he’s working in, listening to stuff he’s recorded, or he’ll come into the room where I’m working and check out my songs.” said Hoppus to MTV News.
Fans can expect to hear a song Hoppus co-wrote in the movie “Fired Up,” coming out in February. Hoppus also produced the New Found Glory record “Not Without A Fight” which hits stores in March.
Los Angeles is in store for something special on New year’s Eve.
After a horrifying plane crash on September 19, and weeks in a hospital and rehabilitation, Travis Barker and DJ AM are set to take the stage for the first time since, at New Year’s Eve Party at the Lot in West Hollywood, California.
“I’m ready to get back on stage with AM and continue to rock the house,” Barker said in a statement. “I’m very excited to bring in the New Year in my hometown of L.A.”
According to MTV News, their performance will also be streamed live on the Internet via New Year’s Nation’s official site, and will be broadcast at other Nation parties across the U.S.
The Barker/AM duo last performed together at a T-Mobile sponsered event in Columbia, South Carolina on September 19, just hours before boarding the private jet that crashed and killed four, including Barker’s assistant, “Little” Chris Baker, and his security guard, Charles “Che” Still.
Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, pulled the trigger last week, filing a lawsuit against Bombardier Inc., a Canadian Aerospace conglomerate and makers of the Learjet that crashed in South Carolina in September. Now Barker explains the motive behind the decision, stating that “If something goes wrong that’s not supposed to go wrong or you fall victim of it, I think you should be compensated,” said Barker.
“I wouldn’t have been in the state I was in if I wasn’t in the crash,” said Barker, who blames the pilots and defective equipment for the accident.
“You know, I wouldn’t have third-degree burns all over my body or be prohibited to do certain things. I can’t go swimming; I can’t do some of the things that normal people can do. I didn’t ask for that to happen.”
However, Barker, optimistically says that he feels he has a strong case which he thinks he can win. The drummer is the only person connected to the deadly crash who has filed civil action. It is unknown whether DJ AM might follow suit, but Barker said he personally wasn’t aware of AM’s plans.
“I can’t speak for him,” he said. “I think everyone just has different attorneys.”
After being a victim of a terrifying jet crash in September, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has recovered and is suing Bombardier Inc., a Canadian Aerospace conglomerate for monetary damages for the incident which killed four people and put him and DJ AM in the hospital.
According to MTV News, a federal inquiry into the crash two months ago led investigators to conclude that a blown tire could have contributed to the incident. Officials have taken it into account due to the sound on the cockpit voice recorder, which matches with the tire blowout theory.
In the suit, Barker claims the parts, and therefore the plane itself, were defective.
“Its landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse-thrust system, squat switches and component parts were not airworthy,” the lawsuit reads. “One or more of the tires failed, leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600-foot runway.”
Barker is suing for “pain and suffering, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning.”
Barker made his first televised appearance since the crash on “Total Finale Live,” during which he spoke about the challenges he’s faced since suffering extensive second- and third-degree burns as a result of the incident.
Travis Barker is finally bidding goodbye to the Los Angeles burn centre where he has been recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash last month.
The former Blink-182 drummer was released from the Grossman Burn Centre, which had been treating him for second- and third-degree burns, on Friday.
The day before, Barker had blogged on his MySpace page about his eagerness to return home to his two children.
“I think I’m getting out of the hospital soon,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to get out of here and be home with the babes. The doctors say I’m healing up quickly.”
Barker will continue treatment at home and is expected to make a full recovery in the coming months.
Also expected to recover fully is the crash’s only other survivor, Travis’s friend and musical collaborator DJ Adam Goldstein, who is known as DJ AM.
Goldstein was discharged from hospital on Sept. 26 and appeared Wednesday at a Hollywood concert deejaying for Jay-Z, his first performance since the Sept. 19 crash in South Carolina.
The National Transportation and Safety Board is still investigating the crash, which killed four people.
Travis Barker, one of two survivors of last month’s plane crash that killed four people, and put him and DJ AM in the Hospital, blogged late Saturday on his MySpace page regarding the accident. In his post, he thanks fans for all their support, pays tribute to his assistant, Chris Barker, and security guard, Charles “Che” Still, both of whom were killed in the accident.
“Thank you. I want to give my deepest thanks to everyone who has helped deal with the current situation,” blogs Barker. “First and foremost, Chris and Che were my friends. I would give up anything to have them here with us today, healthy and happy. To call them my employees does them such a disservice, as they were so much more than that. Chris was my best friend before anything else, and I can never put into words how much he will be missed. Che was an amazing person as well, and I was honored to have him in my life.”
Barker also blogs about his progress, and writes that he is now able to move his hands, while also denying rumors that he and ex-wife Shanna Moakler are reuniting.
“Like the doctors said from the beginning, its been a slow recovery process. I am coming up on the 7th of my surgeries Monday,” writes Barker. “Today I finally was able to move all my fingers on my right hand. Every step seems huge at this point, and I’m doing EVERYTHING I can possibly do to get back to my kids.”
“Despite any rumors you might have heard via my EX-wife Shanna Moakler, who I have not seen since the week I checked in, I’ve been treated amazingly well, both here in LA and in Georgia. The hospitals I’ve been treated at are THE BEST,” said Barker.
Travis Barker has spoken out for the first time about last month’s plane crash that injured the former Blink-182 drummer and his friend DJ AM and killed four others.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Barker said he is “just grateful to be here at all” after suffering severe burns in the accident.
“I hate planes,” Barker said. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I’m just thankful to be alive!”
The musician and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) were on a small plane that crashed on takeoff Sept. 19 at the main airport in Columbia, S.C.
The other four members of the aircraft — two pilots and Barker’s assistant, Chris Baker, and bodyguard, Charles Still — were killed.
Barker was recently released from the hospital and is now being treated at a burn centre in Los Angeles.
“I am doing the best I can possibly be,” he told the magazine. “I’m so anxious to get out of here. … I’ve just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns.”
The drummer said he was looking forward to getting back to work and his family. “I’m trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again,” he said.
Meanwhile, friends of Goldstein, who was also recently released from the hospital, are putting on a benefit concert in California Tuesday in the DJ’s honour.
Mark Ronson, Cut Chemist and other acts will perform at the event, with all proceeds going to memorial funds for the crash victims.
Doctors have said they expect full recoveries from Barker and Goldstein.
Music Producer Jermaine Dupri, a close friend of Travis Barker, the former Blink-182 drummer who was severely injured in the fatal Barker/AM plane crash has released an update of Barker’s condition in the hospital.
“He’s doing good. He’s gonna be alright. He’s just got a lot of healing to do,” Dupri told People.com. Dupri says that Barker is expected to remain in the hospital for another two more weeks.
At least he’ll be comfortable.
Dupri said that the drummer’s hospital room has been decked out and outfitted with iPods, computers and some other fun toys, in order to keep him in a positive mood and ensure that he heals in a friendly environment. “You got to make sure he’s in a happy setting” he said.
Dupri said he was in total shock when he heard of Barker’s accident. “I was at home. Somebody called me early in the morning,” he said. “It was kind of crazy, and I didn’t really comprehend what had happened.”
Barker, whose torso and lower part of his body were burned in the crash, is doing well emotionally, according to Dupri. “He’s supposed to send a message out to everybody in a couple of days to let everybody know that he’s feeling better,” he said. “He’s definitely feeling the love from everyone.”
Another reality TV show couple bites the dust.
Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler, of the MTV series Meet the Barkers, have officially ended their marriage.
The couple continued their on-and-off again relationship after announcing their split in August 2006 but now, according to E! Online, Barker and Moakler were divorced earlier this month.
The exes share two children, four-year-old son Landon and two-year-old daughter Alabama and Moakler also has an eight-year-old daughter, Atiana, from her previous relationship with boxer Oscar de la Hoya.
Barker has recently spoken out to People magazine and says his main priority is his kids.
“I have a beautiful daughter at home, a beautiful son at home,” the rocker said. “That’s where my head is at right now. I don’t have time for anything else.”
Barker and Moakler tied the knot in October 2004.