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Green Day talks rehab, releases 'Dos!' tracklist

After making some news for all the wrong reasons, Green Day’s ready to move on.

In an interview BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe, the band’s bassist Mike Dirnt addressed Billie Joe Armtstrong’s public outburst in Las Vegas last month and the future of the band.

“At the end of the day, when we got off the road, the most important thing was my friend’s life.” Dirnt said, referring to Armstrong’s current stay in rehab for substance abuse treatment.

He also acknowledged how the group’s three-album strategy — releasing ¡Uno!¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! all within the span of a few months — might have contributed to Armstrong’s breakdown. “With hindsight 20/20 it was a tremendous undertaking,” Dirnt said. “Although we were having fun we didn’t take our nose out of the book for a long time. I think it catches up with you a little bit. We definitely just jumped off a moving train.”

“There were signs of things hitting the fan,” he continued. “We hadn’t slept in forever, and Billie had definitely had the worst of it. He’d been going through his own struggle.”

And while Armstrong will remain in rehab for the moment, Green Day took to their official site to unveil their next album’s tracklist. ¡Dos!, which is scheduled to hit streets Nov. 13, will look a little something like this:

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Album Sales: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' has the biggest debut of the year

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Mumford & Sons are officially the biggest band on the planet.

The London lads scored the best debut sales week of 2012 with their sophomore album Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its first week and easily topped the Billboard 200. Their last album, Sigh No More, which quietly sold 2.5 million copies over the course of two and a half years (and consequently jumped to No. 10 this week!) peaked at No. 2 during the week of the Grammys in 2011, when Mumford took the stage with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.

Babel‘s amazing sales far outshine the next-best debut of the year, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week. And the album marked the best debut since Drake’s Take Care moved 630,000 units in November. Still, Babel will have to settle for second place in terms of overall sales weeks in 2012 — Adele’s 21 sold 730,000 copies in the frame following the Grammys, her album’s 52nd(!) week.

Of the 600,000 copies that Babel sold, a whopping 420,000 (72 percent) of them were digital albums. That’s the second-biggest digital sales week ever behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 662,000 digital copies thanks, in part, to its controversial 99-cent deal on Amazon. READ FULL STORY

Alanis Morissette covers Green Day's 'Basket Case' in support of Billie Joe Armstrong: Watch it here

Green Day and Alanis Morissette are kindred spirits in a way. Both broke big when their third albums — 1994’s Dookie and 1995’s Jagged Little Pill – became smash successes at around the same time, so it makes sense that Morissette would want to make a public show of support for the beleaguered Billie Joe Armstrong.

“I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe, to me, he deserves to be bowed down to,” Morissette told Billboard after covering Green Day’s ’95 hit “Basket Case” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “He’s been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.”

“I think he’s braver than I am,” she added. “We’re all figuring it out, so let’s just support the fragile artist.”

Take a look at Alanis’ cover of Green Day in the video below:

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong seeks substance abuse treatment following outburst

On the heels of his epic onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival on Friday night, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse.

The rockers have also announced that some upcoming promotional appearances for their forthcoming disc Uno! (due Sept. 25) have been canceled.

Green Day posted this message on its official Facebook page Sunday:

“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.” READ FULL STORY

Billie Joe Armstrong rants at the iHeartRadio festival: 'I'm not f--ing Justin Bieber'

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No one tells Green Day when they’re leaving the stage and gets away with it. (At least not without a few smashed guitars and a whole lot of expletives.)

While performing at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas on Friday night, punk rocker Billie Joe Armstrong threw a tantrum when a sign reading “1 minute” suggested that his band should wrap up their set.

Feeling like they were being cut short (it remains up for debate whether the band was, in fact, cut short, but some believe that Green Day’s set was lessened by 20 minutes after Usher’s ran over), Bille Joe launched into an all-out rant that’s all kinds of amazing to watch.

“You’re gonna give me one minute?!” he yelled, distraught, into the mic. “I’ve been around since f–ing nineteen eighty f–king eight, and you’re gonna give me one minute?! You’ve gotta be f–ing kidding me!”

“I’m not f–ing Justin Bieber, you motherf–ers!” he continued. “Let me show you what one f–ing minute f–ing means,” he said before smashing his guitar on the ground, flicking the bird to the powers that be, and storming off the stage.

Check out the whole thing in the video below:

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Green Day now streaming new album 'Uno' in full on Facebook

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Green Day’s new album Uno! doesn’t hit store shelves until next Tuesday, September 25. But if you want to hear the full first act of the veteran punk band’s big 2012/2013 trilogy, you can get it right now.

The band has put up a full stream of Uno! on its Facebook page. Just follow that link and click on the “Hear Uno! Now” tab to spin new tracks like “Kill the DJ,” “Oh Love,” “Nuclear Family,” and “Angel Blue.”

Uno! is out next Tuesday. Dos! drops on November 13, and Tre! streets on January 15, 2013. The first entry in the series finds the band getting back to its sweet-and-fast roots (songs like “Let Yourself Go” and “Loss of Control” could have come straight from the Kerplunk era, and that’s a compliment.)

What do you think of Uno? Are you down with the throwback-type sound, or do you miss the rock operas? Sound off in the comments and find EW’s official review of the album in the new issue of the magazine, out Friday.

Read More on EW.com:
VMAs 2012 Best/Worst Performances: Green Day
Green Day crash a rave in their new ‘Kill the DJ’ video — Watch it here
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rushed to hospital, band cancels Italy show
12 Albums (and 1 Book of Sheet Music) We Can’t Wait To Hear: Green Day’s Uno!

On the Scene: What you didn't see on TV at the VMAs

With cameras strategically placed all around Staples Center at the Video Music Awards, MTV gives its viewers at home a pretty full view of the award show — from close-ups of the performers, to bird’s-eye views of the crowd, to cutaways to stars like Katy Perry and Olympic medalists in the VIP section. But there’s still more the camera didn’t pick up on. Lucky for you, EW was on the scene last night and has a few tidbits about what you didn’t see on TV.

Pink woos the crowd
Before Pink performed her show-stopping number, she ascended the platform in the middle of the audience at the beginning of the commercial break, giving her plenty of time to pump up the crowd with some beating on that electric snare drum. With the audience turned her way, many waving at her and snapping photos, she made sure to wave back with her drumstick and flash them all a big smile. What else did she have plenty of time to do? Test out that aerial rope. Wouldn’t you want to test it out a few more times, make sure you’ve got your form right, no matter how long you were in rehearsals the day before? But Pink only gave the rope one quick check, and then got back to charming the crowd. READ FULL STORY

Which live debut was the best of the VMAs? Take our poll!

While many awards show ceremonies focus on displaying nominated songs from the past year, this year’s MTV VMAs took another route: letting its top artists showcase their newest material.

Standout 2011-2012 singles like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and fun.’s “We Are Young” fell by the wayside in favor of cuts most people have yet to hear from albums that won’t be hitting the streets for a few weeks, if not months.

There was Alicia Keys performing her new smoking-chorus ballad “Girl on Fire,” which will be on her November-slated album of the same name. Before that, Pink vividly brought to life “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, taken from Sept. 18’s The Truth About Love.

Resilient punk trio Green Day gave fans a live whiff of the spiky “Let Yourself Go,” the third single from Sept. 24’s trilogy-starting album Uno! And, to close the show, Taylor Swift trotted (and hopped, and twirled) out her wildly catchy, chart-topping “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” READ FULL STORY

The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Green Day crash a rave in their new 'Kill the DJ' video -- Watch it here

“Shoot the f—ing DJ,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong instructs in “Kill the DJ,” the latest single from his band’s upcoming album Uno“Hold him underwater til the motherf—er drowns.”

OK! The accompanying new video delivers Armstrong’s DJ-homicide dreams a little more gently. Directed by Samuel Bayer, the clip begins with black-and-white footage of the boys revving their motorcycles and riding across the desert, like rock and rollers do. The boys end up at a rave-type affair, filled with disco balls and animal costumes and glowsticks.

Ew! Green Day look nonplussed as they enter, so they head straight for the stage and show the kids the power of guitar rock by playing a song that sounds like a mix of the Clash and the Arctic Monkeys.

Check it all out in the video below:

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