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Mushroomhead Drummer Says Billboard’s Rock Charts Are “Disrespectful”


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Mushroomhead aren’t happy with the artists Billboard have been classifying as rock music lately. The group’s drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton recently said of that:

“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.”

The final comment refers to Lorde recently being awarded ‘Top Rock Song’ at the Billboard Music Awards. Mushroomhead‘s latest album “The Righteous & The Butterfly recently sold 10,715 copies during its first week on sale and entered the Billboard Top 200 at #20, #1 on the Hard Rock Chart and #5 on the Rock Chart.

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