Ryan J. Downey has worked as writer, editor, correspondent, and producer for MTV News, Marvel, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the MI Conversation Series and the Speak N' Destroy podcast, as well as a longtime artist manager in the rock, metal, and punk genres.
Ryan J Downey
How Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Lost His Porsche
The idea that a Metallica album could sell 10 million copies once seemed so preposterous, Kirk Hammett bet his Porsche against it.
How Metallica Shaped Fear Factory
Dino Cazares narrows down Metallica's influence on his band.
28 of the Most Watched Popular Rock + Metal Videos in 2020
You watched these videos millions of times.
25 Massive Rock + Metal Bands Ranked by Spotify Monthly Listeners
But which band is the king of streaming?
Comedian Dave Hill Knew Metallica Would Be Huge in 1988
Hear the story of the moment he knew.
‘Aquaman’ Star: ‘If You’re a Jason Momoa Fan, You’re a Metallica Fan’
Momoa got his copy of Metallica's S&M2 two days early.
Queen + Metallica Top 2019 Album Sales List
Kiss, Aerosmith and Tool also appear on Billboard’s detailed Top Money Makers lists.
Breaking Benjamin Guitarist Names His Top 5 Metallica Songs
Not every fan is worried about their cred with thrash metal purists.
Mark Tremonti Picks His Dream Metallica Set List
How much money would you pay to see this set?
Metallica + Slipknot Are YouTube’s Biggest Metal Bands
Metallica racked up 29M views this week worldwide.
Lzzy Hale on Halestorm’s Next Album: ’Now is the Time to Double Down on Rock’
Lzzy Hale talks about Halestorm's next album on the Metallica-centric podcast, 'Speak N’ Destroy.'
Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows: ‘The Rev Showed Me Metallica’
M. Shadows sat down for the debut episode of 'Speak N’ Destroy,' a podcast about all things Metallica.