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MUSIC NEWS: UPDATE on Shinedown covers album


Shinedown initially planned to release an album of acoustic cover songs this year, but the original 10-song set turned into a six-track EP somewhere along the way. Singer Brent Smith told us that the band's idea of posting videos on YouTube of them recording all 10 songs was what caused the problem: "Some of the artists were cool with letting us put them up, like basically on YouTube, and like show the video of the song being recorded. Some of the artists were cool with the video and some of the artists weren't cool with the video, and that's totally their decision. So the first six were approved and good to go and you could show the video with it and everything else, so those are the first six that we're gonna release." The four songs left off the EP -- which include Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" and Adele's "Someone Like You" -- will eventually surface without videos on iTunes. Since the project only features Smith and Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers, it will go out under the name Smith & Myers and not Shinedown. The release date for the EP is still to be determined. The selection of cover songs were all chosen by Shinedown fans. Shinedown is now starting work on its fifth studio album. The band recently completed the touring cycle for its fourth effort, Amaryllis, which came out in April 2012.

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