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'Oprah's Next Chapter' Debuts Jan. 1

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- She may have left the studio, but Oprah Winfrey does not plan to stop her interviews with celebrities and remarkable people.

Her network, OWN, is set to launch Oprah’s Next Chapter early next year.  The media mogul will be seen traveling around the world chatting to newsmakers, leaders and real-life families.

The premiere episode, which airs Jan. 1, will be a two-hour special on Aerosmith frontman and American Idol host Steven Tyler.

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Steven Tyler's New Single, '(It) Feels So Good,' Was Rejected by Aerosmith

Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Steven Tyler's new single, (It) Feels So Good, was originally intended to be an Aerosmith song but was rejected by the band.  Tyler tells Rolling Stone that the band "didn't like it," so he just held on to the song "for the last couple of years." 

Tyler also planned on giving the song away to anyone who bought his new book, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, which is currently in stores.  He ultimately rejected that idea because he was afraid of the song leaking.  Tyler said, "Once one person gets it, they put it out. So that wouldn't work." 

A video for (It) Feels So Good will premiere on Thursday's American Idol.

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Steven Tyler Says Upcoming Memoir Is a "Yearbook"

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The eagerly-anticipated memoir from Steven Tyler will arrive in stores May 10.  Titled Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, Tyler says in a video message on his website that writing the book was like "watching your own yearbook.  Your own personal yearbook and I hope that that's what this is."

The book, according to, is "the unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler, straight from the horse's lips."  It chronicles Tyler's childhood, the creation of Aerosmith, the successes and perils the band faced, his relationship with his children and, of course, the publisher says, "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs and transcendence you will ever want to hear."

Tyler said writing Does the Noise in My Head was "beyond cathartic" and added that it's "one step better than having an album with your songs on it from the '70s and it being 2010."

The frontman is currently a judge on American Idol but is also working on a new Aerosmith album.

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Aerosmith 'Having Fun' Recording New Album

Photo Courtesy - Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Steve Tyler wasn't joking when he recently said Aerosmith was heading to the studio straightaway to begin work on a new album.  Marti Frederikson, a longtime collaborator with the band, recently told Billboard that Aerosmith is "playing songs, putting together riffs, having fun, laughing and working from noon to 11 [p.m.]" when it comes to the new album.  Frederikson is working with Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer on the new album until February 2, which is when Tyler will start his live appearances on American Idol.  As for Joe Perry, Frederikson said he didn't make the sessions due to an unspecified commitment. 

The album, which will be Aerosmith's first since 2004's Honkin' on Bobo, seems to be coming along quickly. Frederikson said he and the band tackled four songs in the first three days of working together.  He added, "We're trying to move quick and not necessarily finish up songs and make them complete but just get a lot of stuff to choose from."  Frederikson feels the album will be composed of "a lot of good stuff, and they've got a lot of great stuff already from the past that hasn't been finished, a whole stockpile that just needs to be produced up." 

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Will Steven Tyler's Loose Lips Be Good For 'American Idol?'

Photo Courtesy - Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- If Steven Tyler's recent remarks about snorting Lunesta and partaking in a backstage three-way are any indication of the kind of judge he'll be on American Idol, then the country's most-watched show is in for a wild ride.

As Tyler touted his new role on American Idol, which returns for a 10th season Wednesday night, during interviews with David Letterman and Howard Stern, it was clear the Aerosmith frontman had not signed a morals clause with the family-favorite show or even been coached on what not to say.

Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be filling the seats vacated last season by Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. They will join Randy Jackson, who will take Cowell's old seat as top dog.

On Monday, Tyler admitted to Letterman that his 2009 fall from the stage, that resulted in a broken shoulder and required 19 stitches in his head, was caused by drug abuse.

"A couple years ago, I was [snorting] Lunesta because of some problems with my feet," he said. "That shows you what kind of a drug addict I was, only the finest for me...I was looking for any excuse to get high."

Lunesta is a prescription sleep aid. Tyler checked into rehab four months later, and while he was there, he sent his manager a text telling him to find him a new gig, the rocker told Howard Stern on Tuesday. Two days after checking out of rehab, he was writing a song with DioGuardi when she suggested he might make a good judge. Apparently, she passed the word on to the show's producers, who contacted Tyler.

Tyler also took pains to say that his role on American Idol does not mean the death of Aerosmith.

"Idol is going to take this band up 10 notches," Tyler said, adding that the band is already booked for November and December.

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Aerosmith's Whitford to Perform Hendrix Classic on 'Tonight Show'

Photo Courtesy - RSVP/Track/Barclay/Polydor/Reprise/Capitol/MCA(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Fans of both Jimi Hendrix and Aerosmith will want to tune in to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday evening.

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will perform the classic song “Fire,” from Hendrix’s album Are You Experienced, joined by drummer Chris Layton of Double Trouble and guitarist Jonny Lang.  The musicians recently took part in the Experience Hendrix tour, which pays tribute to the late guitarist.

Whitford recently remembered seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Boston Gardens in his youth.  He tells The Macomb Daily, “It just really changed the way I thought about music…and even what kind of guitar I was gonna play.  It was like a door opened when he came along and created this new avenue that I just somehow had to be part of.”

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Aerosmith Drummer Says Band Will Release "Old-School" Album 

Photo Courtesy - Aerosmith [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says the band's next effort will be an "old-school Aerosmith record."

Kramer elaborated to Spinner, saying "We're going to do it the old way with the whole band [in the same room] and it should be a good one."  He went on to say that the band has hopes of releasing the new album in 2011 and that they're "anxious to get back in the studio and do a record."

No doubt that recording schedule will depend a lot on Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's new gig as a judge on American Idol, which starts in January.

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Aerosmith's Brad Whitford on Hendrix Tour, Steven Tyler as Judge

Photo Courtesy - Aerosmith(NEW YORK) -- Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is part of this year's Experience Hendrix tour.  Also featuring artists like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Steve Vai, Susan Tedeschi and others, the tour, which celebrates the music of Jimi Hendrix, kicks off on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will cross the U.S. and Canada until it wraps up on Nov. 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This will be Whitford's third time on the tour, and at this point, he says his favorite part of the shows is "getting to spend a lot of time with a lot of other musicians that I have a lot of respect for."  Some of Whitford's fondest tour memories include playing songs like "Fire," "Spanish Castle Magic" and "The Wind Cries Mary" with Lang -- "You couldn't ask for three better songs to play," he says.

As for the different performances of Hendrix's catalog on the show, Whitford says that "some of the performances are very faithful to original recordings and then there's other songs that are interpretations."

Whitford is also glad to be back on stage now that Aerosmith's tour has come to a close.  With frontman Steven Tyler getting ready to debut as a judge on American Idol, Whitford offered his take on what kind of judge Tyler would be.

He says that Tyler "isn't capable of being as rough as Simon [Cowell]," but will be "more like a Paula Abdul."  Whitford's reasoning is that Tyler is "more apt to try and give helpful suggestions rather than say 'Hey, that sucked.'"

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