Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California, in 1995, best known for its chart-topping 2002 single "Headstrong". The group consists of lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown, bassist Peter "Pete" Charell, guitarist Brendan Hengle and drummer Adam Prentice, they have released seven studio albums to date: Amalgamation, Someone in Control, Only Through the Pain, No Apologies, DNA. The members of Trapt met in middle school in the mid-'90s, were in an early NOFX cover band with Manny Terres and Aaron Azlant called the Swinging Udders. Shortly thereafter, the band reformed and developed an act with Chris Taylor Brown, Simon Ormandy, Peter "Pete" Charell, David Stege; the band's first few rehearsals were in Ormandy's guesthouse, which had a party-like atmosphere with its loft overlooking the living room. They began playing at local venues in 1997; the band received a positive buzz soon started to grow. In 1998, still before graduation, they were opening for up-and-coming fellow acts like Papa Roach.
They recorded and released their first CD, Amalgamation in 1999, which they sold at their live shows. Their second release, the Glimpse EP, came in 2000, another EP, 2001's self-titled Trapt, served as the band's demo. Between the strength of these releases and the successes in touring, they were able to garner major record label attention; the debut independent release by Trapt, released in June 1999 and sold only in the Los Gatos, California area. The album was a local success, selling over 900 copies by the end of 1999; this album sports a drastically different sound compared to releases, with vocalist Chris Taylor Brown rapping in every song, with releases not containing rapping at all. The Glimpse was an EP, released independently in 2000. In 2001, the band signed with Warner Bros. Records and started recording their debut album, with Robin Diaz replacing Stege on the drums. On November 5, 2002 the band released their self-titled album, which produced a total of three singles. In 2002 "Headstrong" was the first, it reached No. 1 on both the Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, as well as No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking their most successful single to date.
The second single from the album, "Still Frame" managed to achieve No. 1 spot on the US Mainstream Rock chart, No. 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The third single, "Echo" peaked at No. 10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The Trapt album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Although not a single, the last song on the album, "New Beginning", was featured in the film Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler. Before releasing their next full-length album, the band released a self-titled three-track EP, released March 30, 2004, that included live versions of the "Made of Glass" and "Echo" tracks from their debut album, as well as a unreleased non-LP track, "Promise", their second full-length album, titled Someone in Control, was released September 13, 2005. It produced three singles for the band: "Stand Up", "Waiting", "Disconnected". While these singles didn't do as well as those released from the first album, "Stand Up" still reached No. 3 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. In support of this album, Trapt toured with Thousand Foot Krutch, Chevelle, Three Days Grace and others.
Their live album titled Trapt Live!, was released on September 18, 2007. The album featured two new studio songs as well as live versions of nine songs from their earlier records. On March 7, 2008, it was announced, he was replaced by Robb Torres. Despite rumors indicating otherwise, Ormandy's departure was amicable, Chris Taylor Brown continues to speak of Ormandy to the media, while promoting Torres as the new guitarist. On March 8, 2008, Trapt released "Who's Going Home With You Tonight?" on the band's website, a song from their then-upcoming studio album entitled Only Through the Pain. The band posted four other songs from the upcoming album: "Black Rose," "Contagious," "Wasteland," and "Ready When You Are". On April 15, 2008, Trapt announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe's Crüe Fest along with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Sixx:A. M.. The tour began July 2008 in West Palm Beach, Florida. On June 10, 2008, Trapt released "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" as a single. They recorded a music video for the song.
On July 1, 2008, "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" was released as part of the weekly downloadable content for the Rock Band game series. Only Through the Pain was released on August 5, 2008. Trapt toured in support of the album by opening for Hinder on the Jägermeister Music Tour with Rev Theory. In March 2009, Trapt started the Contagious Tour featuring Red, Halestorm and Since October at several shows. "Contagious" was the album's second and last single, was available as a free playable track in the iPhone and iPod Touch game Tap Tap Revenge 2. In March 2010, Trapt said they were wrapping up the recording process of their new record with producer Johnny K. No Apologies was released on October 12, 2010; the first single, "Sound Off", was available on iTunes on July 20, 2010. Another song, "Stranger in the Mirror", was released for free from the band's Facebook page August 11, 2010. In September 2010, the songs "Drama Queen," "No Apologies," and "Storyteller" were made available on the band's website, along with the cover art for "No Apologies".
A digital-only download bonus track, "Head Up High," was released to those who pre-ordered t
Stephenville is a city in and the county seat of Erath County, United States. The population was 20,797 in 2017 according to the U. S. Census Bureau. Founded in 1856, it is home to Tarleton State University. Stephenville is among several communities that call themselves the "Cowboy Capital of the World". Stephenville is named after John M. Stephen, who settled there in 1854, donated the land for the townsite laid out by George B. Erath when the county was organized in 1856. In the first two years of its settlement, the townsite was successful. However, the townsite was located in Comanche territory and raids were common; the hardships of the American Civil War forced citizens to leave. The population declined until 1871, when it grew after Stephenville became an agriculture and livestock center. Coal mining became important to the area in 1886, was a major segment of the economy for the following three decades. Stephenville was incorporated with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway.
In the 1890s, many of the buildings around the town square were built, Tarleton State University opened, the community's two newspapers merged to become the Empire-Tribune, still in existence. In February 1907, the Stephenville North and South Texas Railway was chartered by Stephenville and Hamilton business interests which sold the line in 1910 to the historic St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas system. In the 20th century, industry became an important part of Stephenville, the population has increased since the 1920s. Stephenville is located at 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.89 square miles, of which 11.89 square miles are land and 0.04 square miles is covered by water. Stephenville is served by three major US highways - US Highway 377, US Highway 281, US Highway 67; the climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Stephenville has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.
As of the census of 2010, 17,123 people, 6,276 households, 3,351 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,440.4 people per square mile. The 7,579 housing units averaged 637.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.2% White, 2.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.2% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 15.7% of the population. Of the 6,276 households, 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 50.2% were not families. About 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.99. In the city, the population was distributed as 27.8% under the age of 19, 21.4% from 20 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 25.3 years. There were 8,933 females; the median income for a household in the city was $33,175, the median income for a family was $52,320. Males had a median income of $36,139 versus $30,007 for females; the per capita income for the city was $19,596. About 13.6% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over. Stephenville Public Library Stephenville Independent School District Stephenville High School Henderson Jr. High School Gilbert Intermediate School Hook Elementary School Chamberlin Elementary School Central Elementary School Huston Academy Tarleton State University Ranger College Ryan Bingham, Americana singer-songwriter Milton Brown, Father of Western Swing Robert A. Calvert, Texas historian Jacobs Crawley, rodeo world champion Ben Hogan, professional golfer Joe Holley, Left-handed jazz/swing fiddler & mandolin player, mainstay in Bob Wills' Texas Playboys Brock Holt, 2015 MLB All-Star baseball player Kevin Kolb, NFL quarterback Ty Murray, world champion pro rodeo cowboy Jewel, singer-songwriter, lived on a Stephenville, TX ranch while married to Ty Murray.
She makes reference to the town in the song "Stephenville, TX". Lee Roy Parnell, country music artist Sam M. Russell, politician Red Snapp, baseball player Carey Wentworth Styles, founder of the Atlanta Constitution, managing editor, or special writer at "more than a dozen Texas dailies and weeklies". West End Cemetery. Hugh Wolfe, football player Art Briles, former football coach at Baylor University Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian. Richard Samet "Kinky" Friedman, Singer Songwriter, Humorist and former columnist for Texas Monthly. On January 8, 2008, Stephenville gained national media attention when dozens of residents reported observations of unidentified flying objects. Several residents described a craft as the size of a football field, while others said they were nearly a mile long, similar to the Phoenix lights mass sightings of March 13, 1997; some observers reported military aircraft pursuing the objects. CNN's Larry King covered the news story in the days following the incident, according to Steve Allen, a private pilot who witnessed the UFO, the object was travelling at high speed which reached 3,000 feet in the air.
Allen said it was "About a half a mi
Seether are a South African rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they moved to the United States and changed it to Seether to avoid confusion with the deadly chemical known as sarin gas. Disclaimer is their original album and major label debut, they gained mainstream popularity in 2002 with their US Active Rock number one single "Fine Again", their success was sustained in 2004 with the single "Broken" which peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. They have experienced continued success with number one hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart such as "Remedy", "Fake It", "Country Song", "Words as Weapons", "Let You Down"; the band consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart, drummer John Humphrey, guitarist Corey Lowery. Seether has undergone several lineup changes since their formation in 1999, with vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan being the only constant member; the band formed in South Africa in May 1999 under the name Saron Gas.
Consisting of frontman vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Tyronne Morris, drummer Dave Cohoe, the band released their first album, Fragile, in 2000 under Johannesburg-based independent record label Musketeer Records. Despite the region's focus on pop and indigenous music, the band found success, caught attention of American record label Wind-Up Records, who signed them to a record deal to begin releasing music in North America. Upon signing to the label, they were told they needed to change their name due to its similarity to sarin gas, switched their name to Seether, after the Veruca Salt song. In August 2002, Seether launched their first official album, which earned the band three singles: "Fine Again", "Driven Under", "Gasoline", in which only the first managed significant success. After the release of Disclaimer, the band toured constantly. Near the end of the Disclaimer Tour, the band decided to return to the studio to record their second album, a project that had to be delayed by a year, since at that time Seether was on world tour with Evanescence.
"Fine Again" was included in the video games Madden NFL 2003 in 2002 and 1080° Avalanche in 2003. Following the release of Disclaimer, the band toured continually in order to increase sales and name recognition. A planned second album was delayed for nearly a year when Seether was selected as the support act for an Evanescence worldwide tour. Seether reworked their acoustic ballad, "Broken", as an electric ballad with guest vocals by Amy Lee of Evanescence. Favourable audience response led the band to record the revised version, with Lee on vocals; the track, along with a new song entitled "Sold Me", was featured on the soundtrack for the 2004 film The Punisher, became a major success for the band in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia. A romance developed between Morgan during this time. Morgan has stated that the reworking of "Broken" was due to the wishes of the record company, rather than those of the band. An alternate version of the original album, with many of its songs remixed or re-recorded, was released in June 2004 and entitled Disclaimer II.
The alternate version featured eight extra tracks. The band's follow-up album and Effect, was released in May 2005. Titled Catering to Cowards, the name was changed at the record label's demand. "Karma and Effect" debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 album charts, was certified gold in the US and Canada. The album spawned three singles, "Remedy", "Truth", "The Gift". "Remedy" reached number 1 on Seether's first number 1 hit. Seether released an acoustic CD/DVD set titled One Cold Night, recorded at Grape Street, in Philadelphia, on 22 February 2006. Morgan had been suffering from a stomach ailment, decided to do an acoustic performance of their set rather than cancel the show; the exclusion of "Needles" and "Burrito" from the album is due to the label's desire that it contain no obscenities. Lead guitarist Patrick Callahan's departure from the band was announced in June 15, 2006, his last performance with the band was on June 3. No reason was given, but he did not enjoy Seether's new material.
Shaun Morgan commented: "Um... relieved a little... a lot. He was the guy in the band, always our naysayer, he was the negative energy as far as writing. I have no love lost, weird for some reason'cause he was my friend for four years, but when he walked out, it kinda walked out with him."Morgan entered a rehabilitation program for what he felt was "dependence on a combination of substances" in August 2006, which forced the band to cancel a tour with Staind and Three Days Grace. Shaun Morgan, prior to the next album's debut, claimed that it would be more diverse than previous efforts. Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces was slated for an August release, delayed until 23 October 2007 due to the suicide of Morgan's brother, Eugene Welgemoed; the album debuted at number 9 in the Billboard 200 album charts, sold 57,000 copies in its first week. Its cover artwork featured "Candice the Ghost", was illustrated by David Ho; the first single, "Fake It", reached the top position of the US Mainstream Rock Charts and Modern Rock Charts, held that spot for at least 9 weeks on both charts.
It became the theme for WWE's No Way Out. "Rise Above This", written for Eugene Welgemoed, was released as a single and reached the No. 1 spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 2 on its mainstream counterpart. The final single from the album was "Breakdown", the video of, relea
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, blues and popular music styles such as pop, electronic dance music and filmi. Singing arranged or improvised, it may be done as a form of religious devotion, as a hobby, as a source of pleasure, comfort or ritual, as part of music education or as a profession. Excellence in singing requires time, dedication and regular practice.
If practice is done on a regular basis the sounds can become more clear and strong. Professional singers build their careers around one specific musical genre, such as classical or rock, although there are singers with crossover success, they take voice training provided by voice teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers. In its physical aspect, singing has a well-defined technique that depends on the use of the lungs, which act as an air supply or bellows. Though these four mechanisms function independently, they are coordinated in the establishment of a vocal technique and are made to interact upon one another. During passive breathing, air is inhaled with the diaphragm while exhalation occurs without any effort. Exhalation may be aided by lower pelvis/pelvic muscles. Inhalation is aided by use of external intercostals and sternocleidomastoid muscles; the pitch is altered with the vocal cords. With the lips closed, this is called humming; the sound of each individual's singing voice is unique not only because of the actual shape and size of an individual's vocal cords but due to the size and shape of the rest of that person's body.
Humans have vocal folds which can loosen, tighten, or change their thickness, over which breath can be transferred at varying pressures. The shape of the chest and neck, the position of the tongue, the tightness of otherwise unrelated muscles can be altered. Any one of these actions results in a change in pitch, timbre, or tone of the sound produced. Sound resonates within different parts of the body and an individual's size and bone structure can affect the sound produced by an individual. Singers can learn to project sound in certain ways so that it resonates better within their vocal tract; this is known as vocal resonation. Another major influence on vocal sound and production is the function of the larynx which people can manipulate in different ways to produce different sounds; these different kinds of laryngeal function are described as different kinds of vocal registers. The primary method for singers to accomplish this is through the use of the Singer's Formant, it has been shown that a more powerful voice may be achieved with a fatter and fluid-like vocal fold mucosa.
The more pliable the mucosa, the more efficient the transfer of energy from the airflow to the vocal folds. Vocal registration refers to the system of vocal registers within the voice. A register in the voice is a particular series of tones, produced in the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds, possessing the same quality. Registers originate in laryngeal function, they occur. Each of these vibratory patterns appears within a particular range of pitches and produces certain characteristic sounds; the occurrence of registers has been attributed to effects of the acoustic interaction between the vocal fold oscillation and the vocal tract. The term "register" can be somewhat confusing; the term register can be used to refer to any of the following: A particular part of the vocal range such as the upper, middle, or lower registers. A resonance area such as chest voice or head voice. A phonatory process A certain vocal timbre or vocal "color" A region of the voice, defined or delimited by vocal breaks.
In linguistics, a register language is a language which combines tone and vowel phonation into a single phonological system. Within speech pathology, the term vocal register has three constituent elements: a certain vibratory pattern of the vocal folds, a certain series of pitches, a certain type of sound. Speech pathologists identify four vocal registers based on the physiology of laryngeal function: the vocal fry register, the modal register, the falsetto register, the whistle register; this view is adopted by many vocal pedagogues. Vocal resonation is the process by which the basic product of phonation is en
Alternative metal is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are characterized by downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles; the term has been in use since the 1980s. Other genres considered part of the alternative metal movement included rap metal and funk metal, both of which influenced another prominent subgenre, nu metal. Nu metal expands the alternative metal sound, combining its vocal stylings and downtuned riffs with elements of other genres, such as hip hop, thrash metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal; the genre is considered a fusion between alternative rock and heavy metal, although Allmusic states "alt-metal is a far-reaching term, used to describe everyone from Hammerlock to Neurosis to Ministry to Limp Bizkit". They remarked that alternative metal was "a style united by its nonconformist sensibility rather than any classifiable sound."One of the main characteristics of alternative metal and its subgenres are downtuned, mid-paced "chug"-like guitar riffs.
However, funk metal bands use a more conventional riffing style influenced by 1980s thrash metal. Alternative metal features clean and melodic vocals, influenced by those of alternative rock, in contrast to other heavy metal subgenres. Bands incorporated vocal styles that alternated between clean singing and screaming. Examples include alternative metal bands associated with the nu metal movement, such as Korn and Deftones, who have been described as having "bipolar vocals". Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1990 "Just as rock has an alternative, wing-bands like the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.-so does metal. Alternative metal is alternative music that rocks, and alternative metal these days can reach 10 times the audience of other alternative rock. Jane's Addiction plays an intense brand of'70s-influenced arty metal. In fact, the arty meanderings of Sab and the Zep themselves would be considered alternative metal." Houston Press has described the genre as being a "compromise for people for whom Nirvana was not heavy enough but Metallica was too heavy."The first wave of alternative metal bands emerged from many backgrounds, including hardcore punk, noise rock, Seattle's grunge scene, stoner rock, sludge metal, gothic metal and industrial.
These bands never formed a distinct scene. Jane's Addiction borrowed from art rock and progressive rock, Quicksand blended post-hardcore and Living Colour injected funk into their sound, for example, while Primus were influenced by progressive rock, thrash metal and funk and Faith No More mixed progressive rock, R&B, funk and hip hop. Fudge Tunnel's style of alternative metal included influences from both sludge noise rock; the origins of the genre can be traced back to funk rock music of the early to mid-1980s, when alternative bands like Fishbone, Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers started mixing heavy metal with funk, creating the alternative metal subgenre funk metal. Other early bands in the genre came from hardcore punk backgrounds. Bands such as Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden are recognized as some of the earliest alternative metal acts, with all three of these bands emerging around the same time, setting the template for the genre by mixing heavy metal music with a variety of different genres in the mid to late 1980s.
During the 1980s, alternative metal appealed to alternative rock fans, since all 1980s alt-metal bands had their roots in the American independent rock scene. The emergence of grunge as a popular style of rock music in the early 1990s helped make alternative metal more acceptable to a mainstream audience, with alternative metal soon becoming the most popular metal style of the 1990s. Several bands associated with the genre denied their status as metal bands. Helmet drummer John Stanier said "We fell into the whole metal thing by accident, we always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us." Saby Reyes-Kulkarni of Pitchfork Media stated "bands like Faith No More, Primus, the Rollins Band, dozens more were marketed as quasi-metal acts. This was only possible in a climate where record labels and college radio DJs understood that the metal audience could embrace new, albeit arty variations on the form." The alternative music festival Lollapalooza conceived by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, helped bands associated with the movement such as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Alice in Chains gain exposure.
The progressive rock-influenced band Tool became a leading band in the alternative metal genre with the release of their 1993 debut album Undertow. Spin stated in August 1998 that "It was Helmet that spawned the idea of alternative metal with the punk crutch of 1992's Meantime bands such as Rage Against the Machine took the concept a crucial step further, integrating hip hop to connect with skate
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have focused on CD and MP3 formats; the audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s. An album may be recorded in a recording studio, in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places; the time frame for recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, brought or "mixed" together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live" when done in a studio. Studios are built to absorb sound, eliminating reverberation, so as to assist in mixing different takes. Recordings, including live, may contain sound effects, voice adjustments, etc..
With modern recording technology, musicians can be recorded in separate rooms or at separate times while listening to the other parts using headphones. Album covers and liner notes are used, sometimes additional information is provided, such as analysis of the recording, lyrics or librettos; the term "album" was applied to a collection of various items housed in a book format. In musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century. Collections of related 78rpm records were bundled in book-like albums; when long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album. An album, in ancient Rome, was a board chalked or painted white, on which decrees and other public notices were inscribed in black, it was from this that in medieval and modern times album came to denote a book of blank pages in which verses, sketches and the like are collected. Which in turn led to the modern meaning of an album as a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item.
In the early nineteenth century "album" was used in the titles of some classical music sets, such as Schumann's Album for the Young Opus 68, a set of 43 short pieces. When 78rpm records came out, the popular 10-inch disc could only hold about three minutes of sound per side, so all popular recordings were limited to around three minutes in length. Classical-music and spoken-word items were released on the longer 12-inch 78s, about 4–5 minutes per side. For example, in 1924, George Gershwin recorded a drastically shortened version of the seventeen-minute Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, it ran for 8m 59s. Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in 1908. German record company Odeon released the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky in 1909 on 4 double-sided discs in a specially designed package; this practice of issuing albums does not seem to have been taken up by other record companies for many years. By about 1910, bound collections of empty sleeves with a paperboard or leather cover, similar to a photograph album, were sold as record albums that customers could use to store their records.
These albums came in both 12-inch sizes. The covers of these bound books were wider and taller than the records inside, allowing the record album to be placed on a shelf upright, like a book, suspending the fragile records above the shelf and protecting them. In the 1930s, record companies began issuing collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums with artwork on the front cover and liner notes on the back or inside cover. Most albums included three or four records, with two sides each, making six or eight compositions per album; the 12-inch LP record, or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a gramophone record format introduced by Columbia Records in 1948. A single LP record had the same or similar number of tunes as a typical album of 78s, it was adopted by the record industry as a standard format for the "album". Apart from minor refinements and the important addition of stereophonic sound capability, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.
The term "album" was extended to other recording media such as Compact audio cassette, compact disc, MiniDisc, digital albums, as they were introduced. As part of a trend of shifting sales in the music industry, some observers feel that the early 21st century experienced the death of the album. While an album may contain as many or as few tracks as required, in the United States, The Recording Academy's rules for Grammy Awards state that an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. In the United Kingdom, the criteria for the UK Albums Chart is that a recording counts as an "album" i
Taproot is a four-piece nu metal band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are most known for their hit single "Poem", as well as a number of other singles from 2000 to the present. In 1997, Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Impressed with their material, he offered to get them a recording contract through Interscope Records. However, after extended negotiations, Taproot looked elsewhere, where they landed a lucrative record deal with Atlantic Records. Durst cursed the band on vocalist Stephen Richards' answering machine, he put some blame on System of a Down, who assisted Taproot in securing the Atlantic deal. In retaliation, Durst kicked System of a Down off the 1999 Family Values Tour. Taproot went on to independently release three albums:... Something More Than Nothing and Upon Us; the band released their debut album Gift on June 27, 2000. With the album's lead single "Again & Again" gaining heavy exposure through MTV2, the band's mainstream rise gained momentum. With the help of Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, Taproot landed a spot on the second stage of the 2000 and 2001 Ozzfest tour.
After spending seven months in Los Angeles, the band released their second album Welcome on October 15, 2002. Considered to be a more melodic effort, the album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, selling over 51,000 copies in its first week of release. Much of this was due to the success of the album's first single, "Poem", which shot to No. 5 on the Mainstream Rock charts. "Poem" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 6 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot 100. The album's second single, "Mine", followed with more moderate success. Welcome is Taproot's most successful album to date, achieving near gold status, with 475,000 copies sold. After touring across the country on Disturbed's Music as a Weapon Tour, as well as a European tour, the band took a two-year break. Returning from their hiatus, the band released their third major album Blue-Sky Research on August 16, 2005. Billy Corgan assisted in songwriting on the album, produced by Toby Wright.
It debuted at No. 33 on the Billboard 200, with 28,000 first week sales. The band's single "Calling" was used by WWE as the theme song for the 2005 pay-per-view "Unforgiven." The band headlined a major tour From Satellite to promote its release. Prior to the headline tour, Taproot acted as direct support to Chevelle on their tour alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars, they participated in the Fall Brawl Tour, which featured Staind and P. O. D. as headliners, is notable for taking the then-unknown Flyleaf along as the opening act for the three bands. On May 23, 2006, it was reported that Taproot had parted ways with Atlantic Records, after disappointing sales of Blue-Sky Research. At the time, the album had sold 112,000 copies since its release. On June 13, 2006, drummer Jarrod Montague, via Taproot's MySpace blog, confirmed the news. On March 5, 2007, the band confirmed that they were in the process of recording their new album, Our Long Road Home, with producer Tim Patalan. On March 2, 2008, the band released a song from Our Long Road Home entitled "You're Not Home Tonight" on their website.
The song received airtime on XM Satellite Radio, Squizz 48 Indicent Exposure with Grant Random Sirius Satellite Radio on Octane. A teaser trailer for Our Long Road Home was added to the Taproot YouTube page on April 28, 2008. At the end of the video, it was stated that the album would be released on August 5, 2008. According to the Taproot website, the band decided to forgo signing to a major label, their new album Our Long Road Home would be released independently through their management firm Velvet Hammer Music in a 50/50 partnership with the band themselves. Distribution was handled with Sony-owned RED Distribution. Our Long Road Home was released on September 16, 2008; the disc was shipped to all major outlets. Just over a week after the album's release, it was announced that long-time drummer Jarrod Montague would be leaving the band and replaced by Nick Fredell; the band released a statement regarding the change in lineup: "After 10 years of touring, our drummer and good friend Jarrod will be sitting out this cycle and we will be replacing him with our long time friend Nick Fredell.
We'll miss Jarrod's presence out on the road, but Nick has fit in and we're excited for all of our fans to meet him. Jarrod's still much a part of our family, so you'll be seeing him in press and the'Wherever I Stand' video, out now on Youtube..." In spring 2009, Taproot went on the road with Dear Enemy and Adakain for the Take It! tour. That year, they co-headlined a U. S. tour with Cold, in addition to releasing the following statement: "Taproot has a few upcoming shows in November and December and will start writing their new record in January/ February 2010. We hope to get into the studio sometime in March. We will be looking at a release date sometime in the late spring early summer of 2010!" After a brief period without a record label, Taproot signed with Victory Records. On April 1, 2010, at midnight, the band released the lead single for their upcoming album; the song was "Fractured". A video for the song followed the release soon after debuting on the band's YouTube channel on April 16.
Soon after, the band released. Taproot supported Plead the Fifth with a headlining run in the summer of 2010 with support from Ice Nine Kills and label mates Destrophy. In Sept