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Friday
May222015

Nikki Sixx's Side Band Sixx:A.M. Returning to the Studio

Credit: Paul BrownHaving just wrapped up their first full-scale headlining tour, Sixx: A.M., Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's side band, is ready to return to the studio, just as soon as the vetreran rocker gets a break in his schedule.  Sixx hopes to record with Sixx:A.M. during the breaks in his other group's farewell tour.

"I'll be home 4 days before Motley plays a couple of festivals in Europe, then back to America and into the studio with Sixx:A.M. before Motley starts our final American tour," Sixx recently wrote on Facebook.

Though Sixx:A.M. has been releasing albums since 2007, most recently 2014's Modern Vintage, the band has never been out on a full tour.  The group was conceived as a studio-only project, but the success of and the fan reaction to singles like "Stars" and "Lies of the Beautiful People" made Sixx and his band mates want to bring Sixx:A.M. to the stage.

Sixx:A.M. won't have a lot of time in the studio, as Motley Crue's final North American tour kicks off July 16 in Anchorage, Alaska, and runs all the way through New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.  Of course, after that, Nikki's schedule will be wide open.


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Friday
May222015

Brad Paisley's Probably Not Getting You Free Tickets to The Rolling Stones Concert in Nashville

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's family members have seen a dramatic increase in unwanted phone calls and text messages ever since his son was announced as the opening act for The Rolling Stones' June 17 show at Nashville's LP Field.

"You wouldn't believe it," Brad says. "There's people I don't know that called my father, that got his number and said, 'Hi, do you remember me? Is there any way?' Honestly, it's never a good indicator when they say, 'Do you remember me?'"

Brad wants to go on record as saying anyone not in his immediate family or band probably won't be getting on his guest list for the Stones show.

He adds, "How many tickets do you think I get that I'm on the 'Remember me?'  list?"

Even Brad's CMA Awards co-host Carrie Underwood hit him up on Twitter asking for a pair of tickets. Brad says her chances of getting into the show are very good if she agrees to join him onstage for their 2011 hit duet, "Remind Me."

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Friday
May222015

Nick Jonas & Jason Mraz to Appear on New Season of "Guitar Center Sessions"

ABC/Kelsey McNealNick Jonas and Jason Mraz will both be featured on the upcoming season of DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions.

The show features intimate live performances and interviews with different artists, and is hosted by music journalist Nic Harcourt. Its nine-episode 10th season will debut on May 29.

Nick will be featured on the June 26 episode, while Jason will appear on the July 24 episode. This season will also feature Lifehouse, The KillersBrandon Flowers and country icon Dwight Yoakam.

Guitar Center Sessions airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.

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Friday
May222015

Jason Mraz & Lifehouse to Appear on New Season of "Guitar Center Sessions" 

Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz and Lifehouse will both be featured on the upcoming season of DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions.

The show features intimate live performances and interviews with different artists, and is hosted by music journalist Nic Harcourt. Its nine-episode 10th season will debut on May 29.

Lifehouse will appear on the June 5 episode, while Jason will appear on July 24. This season will also feature Nick Jonas, Brandon Flowers of alt-rockers The Killers and country icon Dwight Yoakam.

Guitar Center Sessions airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.

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Friday
May222015

Isley Brothers Box Set Featuring More than 20 of the Band's Albums Due Out in August

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally. 

The box set spans from 1959's Shout! through 1983's Between the Sheets.  Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic "Shout," as well as their hits "It's Your Thing," "That Lady" and "Fight the Power," the last of which comes from the group's chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On.  The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.

The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop.  Among the artists who have sampled the band's tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.

Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:

Shout! (1959)*
It's Our Thing (1969)*
The Brothers: Isley (1969)*
The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969)
Get into Something (1970)*
In the Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*
Givin' It Back (1971)*
Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)*
The Isleys Live (1973)
3+3 (1973)*
Live It Up (1974)*
The Heat Is On (1975)*
Harvest for the World (1976)*
Go for Your Guns (1977)*
Showdown (1978)*
Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)*
Go All the Way (1980)*
Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*
Grand Slam (1981)*
Inside You (1981)*
The Real Deal (1982)*
Between the Sheets (1983)*

* = includes bonus tracks.

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Friday
May222015

P.O.D. Announces Summer Tour 

Credit: Bobby RuizP.O.D. will return to the road this summer with a batch of festival and headlining dates. Their month-long North American trek begins in June and will run through a July 18 show in Lancaster, Ohio. Visit PayableOnDeath.com for all ticket info.

P.O.D. is currently working on the final mixes of their ninth studio album, which will be released this summer. The band's last album was 2014's SoCal Sessions, which featured all-acoustic versions of 12 P.O.D. songs. Their last electric studio record was 2012's Murdered Love.

Here are P.O.D.'s summer tour dates:

6/14 -- South Bend, IN, St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
6/16 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas
6/19 -- Winchester, VA, Blue Fox
6/20 -- Syracuse, NY, Oswego Events Center
6/21 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount
6/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
6/24 -- Ft Wayne, IN, Pierre’s
6/26 -- Alix, Alberta, Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival
6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Stars and Stripes
6/28 -- Ringle, WI, Q&Z Expo Center
6/30 -- Madison, WI, Barrymore Theatre
7/1 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Reverb
7/2 -- Bloomington, IL, Castle Theatre
7/3 -- Sault Saint Marie, MI, Kewadin Casino
7/4 -- Waconia, MN, Carver County Fairgrounds
7/7 -- Minot, ND, Original Bar and Nightclub
7/9 -- Rockford, IL, District
7/10 -- Lansing, MI, Common Ground Festival
7/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Watering Hole
7/12 -- Des Moines, IA, Val Air
7/14 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Work
7/15 -- Hammond, IN, Wolf Lake Park Pavilion
7/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Pops
7/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Odeon
7/18 -- Lancaster, OH, Mickeys Outdoors

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Friday
May222015

The Offspring, Silversun Pickups & More Featured on New "Guitar Center Sessions" Season

Credit: Sam JonesThe tenth season of DIRECTV's Guitar Center Sessions will feature performances by and interviews with The Offspring, Silversun Pickups, The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Lifehouse. Flowers will kick off the season with the premiere episode, which airs on May 29 on DIRECTV's Audience Network channel.

Lifehouse's Guitar Center Sessions episode will air the next week on June 5. The Offspring will be featured on the penultimate episode, airing July 31, while Silversun Pickups will close out the program's 10th season on August 7.

Over the years, Guitar Center Sessions has hosted artists such as Soundgarden, Linkin Park, Phantogram, Joan Jett, The Smashing Pumpkins, Damon Albarn and Social Distortion.

Here is the full season 10 Guitar Center Sessions schedule:

5/29 -- Brandon Flowers
6/5 -- Lifehouse
6/12 -- Hanni El Khatib
6/19 -- Dwight Yoakam
6/26 -- Nick Jonas
7/17 -- Best Coast
7/24 -- Jason Mraz
7/31 -- The Offspring
8/7 -- Silversun Pickups

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Friday
May222015

Floetry Announces Dates for New Summer Tour

RCA RecordsFloetry has reunited and gearing up for a North American summer tour, their first in almost nine years.

The neo-soul duo, consisting of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, is scheduled to kick off their upcoming outing on June 16 at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Cleveland. The pair will travel to major U.S. markets, including New Orleans for the 2015 Essence Music Festival, before wrapping up on August 8 in Maryland at the Summer Spirit Festival.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com.

Here are the tour dates:

6/16 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
6/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rock
6/18 -- Columbus, OH, The Xclusive Venue
6/19 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
6/20 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park
6/21 -- Hammond IN, Horeshoe Casino
6/23 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
6/24 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
6/25 -- San Fransico, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/26 -- Tacoma, WA, Temple Theatre
6/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
7/1 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
7/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Essence Festival Superdome
7/9 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky Center
7/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Knight Theatre
7/12 -- Durham, NC, DPAC
7/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
7/18 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. King of Blues
8/8 -- Columbia, MD, Spirit Festival

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Friday
May222015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Reba and Kelly Clarkson's 2008 joint tour? ANSWER: 2 Worlds 2 Voices.

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Friday
May222015

Coldplay Parodies "Game of Thrones"; U2 and John Mellencamp Perform on Red Nose Day Event

Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.

- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.

- Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Friday
May222015

Ed Sheeran Sings with Kermit the Frog on Red Nose Day Event

Ben Watts"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event included a performance from Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Kermit the Frog for a version of "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie.

The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Friday
May222015

Ed Sheeran Sings with Kermit the Frog, One Direction Appears, on Red Nose Day Event

Ben Watts"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event included a performance from Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Kermit the Frog for a version of "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie.

One Direction was also on hand to urge viewers to donate, but did not perform.

The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

 

 

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Friday
May222015

Keith Urban Performs, Blake Shelton Parodies "The Voice" on Red Nose Day Event

David Giesbrecht/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included Blake Shelton and a performance from Keith Urban.

Urban launched into a version of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." He then introduced the rock legend, who took the stage to sing the rest of the song. Urban sang harmony on the choruses and played guitar.

Shelton joined his fellow Voice coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell -- along with host Carson Daly -- in a parody of the show in which Will Ferrell faced off against Parks and Recreation vet Nick Offerman to prove who is the best at convincing people to donate.

In addition to Ferrell, the telecast featured other celebrities from film and TV, including Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow,

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Friday
May222015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann kicks off Fox & Friends' All-American Summer Concert Series Friday morning on Fox News.

Justin Moore is playing in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Snoop Dogg, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson and Nick Lachey are also playing in the game, which will broadcast on ESPN following the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 13.

Cole Swindell has been added to the lineup for the 11th annual Stars for Second Harvest concert lineup at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium June 9. Dierks Bentley and Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Lennon & Maisy are also on the bill.

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Friday
May222015

Tim McGraw Shares the Screen with George Clooney in New Sci-Fi Film, "Tomorrowland"

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is back on the big screen with a role in the new George Clooney sci-fi film, Tomorrowland, in theaters now. He plays a NASA engineer who's out of work since the NASA program has been shut down.

Tim tells ABC Radio, "[In the movie], my daughter's a really curious young lady who gets into all sorts of things and ends up going into the future."

If you think that all sounds complicated, you're not alone. Tim says, "I mean, I don't even know how to explain the movie, and I read the script and was in the movie. It's just so much stuff going on."

Though the storyline of Tomorrowland is a little complex, Tim had no trouble stepping into the dad role. It's a part he's had a lot of real-life experience getting ready for as a father to his three daughters.

Says Tim, "I think as an actor, you bring all the life experience that you have into whatever you do, and it certainly has been a benefit to me."

So, can fans expect to see Tim riding a rocket or exploring outer space in Tomorrowland?

"Oddly enough, though, my character is never really involved in much of the -- one or two scenes -- but never much involved in the whole other world kinda thing," Tim explains. "So, I was pretty much rooted in reality in my part of the movie."

As for working with George Clooney, Tim says the screen heartthrob is a really good guy. Clooney's killer good looks didn't threaten Tim when they shared scenes together either.

Tim says with a smile, "The thing about me was not walking on the set and being the ugliest guy around. Since Clooney was there, I felt better about myself."

Actress Britt Robertson, who plays Tim's daughter in the movie, admits her family was much more excited about her working with McGraw over Clooney.

Britt tells ABC Radio, "We're huge country fans. Not that we don't love George. George is great. But small potatoes in comparison to the great Tim McGraw."

On the music front, Tim launches his Shotgun Rider tour June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Friday
May222015

Newly Crowned "American Idol" Nick Fradiani on Debut Album & Why He Won: "People Like to See Growth"

Michael Becker / FOXNick Fradiani has been your new American Idol for just over a week, but the fact that he won at all surprised a few people.  After all, he's from Connecticut, and nobody from the Northeast had ever won the competition before.  Not only that, but Clark Bentson, the eventual runner-up, had been the frontrunner all season.  So how did Nick do it?  With the support of his hometown, and the compelling nature of his Idol journey.

"When I tried out, you start looking up all the Idol stuff and I remember telling my mom, 'Mom...They say if you’re from where we’re from, there’s just no shot,'" he tells ABC Radio.  "I’m like, 'I just hope I can hang around a little bit.'...and I think what happened was Connecticut, especially my hometown, just got behind me so intensely. It was almost amazing. I mean, my hometown visit...12,000 people showed up in Guilford."

"I think people really just connected well to what I was trying to do, and I guess I overcame that stigma of being from a certain place where you can’t win Idol," he adds.  As for overcoming the obstacle of being the dark horse to Clark's frontrunner, Nick says he had an edge because viewers enjoyed watching his journey, and saw him improve week after week; Clark, meanwhile, was amazing right off the bat.

"He came out of the gates and it was just like, boom, Clark won. You know what I mean?" Nick laughs. "Or boom, Jax won. And they both were at this high level and I kind of started out as like, 'I’m good too, but I’m gonna do this for a couple weeks and it’s just OK.' People want to see growth. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just kind of happened, and I’m just so happy it did."

Of course Nick is happy: he gets to make an album, and release it on Big Machine Records, home to Taylor Swift.  He says he's spoken "very briefly" with Idol mentor and Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta about the project, adding, "I’m gonna be in Nashville for a lot of June, so I think we’re gonna really start focusing on the writing at the point -- who I’ll be writing with, who will be writing for me."

"I’ve been a songwriter for many years and Scott knows that so he’s looking to get me into some good co-writing sessions and I think I’ll have a better idea in a couple weeks," he adds.  Nick says he'd love to write with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and has been "really pushing them to try to have him help co-write."  As for what the project will sound like, he says his coronation single, "Beautiful Life," is a good indication of the sound he's going for.

This Sunday, Nick will be singing the national anthem at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing on PBS, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, and coming up, he'll appear on the CMT Awards.  These special gigs are things that only the winner of American Idol gets to do -- a bonus that Nick says he never actually considered before.

"At first I was just like, whatever, I’m in the top three, whatever happens, happens," he tells ABC Radio. "But I’m seeing how important it was to win. The things that are happening right now, all these different things I’m doing, it’s really incredible."   

You can see Nick on the American Idol Live tour this summer, starting July 7.

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Friday
May222015

Gregg Allman Releasing Solo Live CD/DVD Package in August

Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.

Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his hit "I'm No Angel" and other selections from his solo catalog.  Allman's son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.

The video portion of the release, which will be Allman's first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs -- "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge."  The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.

The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey.  The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, "Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there.  Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now.  I'm so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin' that night."

RollingStone.com has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of "One Way Out."

Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers.  Check out his full itinerary at GreggAllman.com.

Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:

CD 1
"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"Hot'Lanta"
"I've Found a Love"

CD 2
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
"Melissa"
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

DVD
"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
Interview: What Macon Was To Us
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
Interview: Practicing in Macon
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"Hot'Lanta"
"I've Found a Love"
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
"Melissa"
Interview: We Worked Hard
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

Bonus Tracks:
"Stormy Monday"
"Floating Bridge"

Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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Friday
May222015

Taylor Swift's Video Co-Star Hailee Steinfeld Will Now Compete with Her on the Charts

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCThere were a few famous singers in the cast of Taylor Swift's new all-star video for "Bad Blood," but now there's another one.  Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld -- aka "The Trinity" -- has just signed a recording deal with Republic Records to make her own album, and she'll be turning to you-know-who for advice.

Hailee, who at age 14 earned an Oscar nod for her role in True Grit, is now 18 and is one of the featured singers in the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect 2.  She's currently in the studio working on her debut album.  The label's co-founder says in a statement, "Hailee is a multi-talented artist and among her many gifts, her voice is both unique and undeniable. It’s exciting to have her join the Republic family.”

This past weekend at the Billboard Music Awards, ABC Radio asked Hailee if she'd thought about a potential record deal, and she was coy, not wanting to give away the fact that she already had one.  "I mean, I’d love to make music. I think making an album is a little far down the road, but, um, sure," she told ABC Radio. 

As it turns out, it was only about five days down the road.  As for what genre of music Hailee will be making, she said she's conflicted. "I’m so indecisive when it comes to that," she told ABC Radio. "I love all types of music and finding my own sound I find will be a very complicated process."

Perhaps someone she knows might be able to give her some advice to lead her in the right direction?  Someone whose initials are T.S.?  "Yeah, absolutely. She’d be the first person I’d go to," Hailee said of Taylor. 

And who knows?  Taylor and Hailee may one day end up as co-stars in Pitch Perfect 3.  The movie's Anna Camp tells E!, "I think that Taylor Swift would make a great [Barden] Bella. I really think she would. I think it would be an even bigger movie!"

If you're wondering what Hailee's voice sounds like, check out Pitch Perfect 2, in which she performs the song "Flashlight."  We wouldn't be surprised if she showed up as a special guest star on Taylor's just-launched 1989 world tour.

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Friday
May222015

X Ambassadors' "Renegades" Reaches Top 10 on "Billboard's" Alternative Songs in Four Weeks 

Credit: Nick WalkerX Ambassadors' first song to make the Billboard's Alternative Songs chart has reached the top-10 awfully quick. The band's single "Renegades" has reached the number eight spot on Alternative Songs, and it only took four weeks to get there.

The last band to have their first charting single crack the top-10 so quickly was Jack White's first White Stripes side project, The Raconteurs. Their debut single, 2006's "Steady, As She Goes," also charted in the top-10 in just four weeks. Before The Raconteurs, Billy Corgan's side project Zwan also reached the top-10 in four weeks with their 2002 single "Honestly."

The success of X Ambassadors' "Renegades" has been buoyed by a commercial advertising the Jeep Renegade. The ad prominently features both the song and the band members.

"Renegades" will be featured on X Ambassadors' forthcoming debut album, VHS, which will be released on June 30. The band will be touring in support of VHS on a headlining trek in June, followed by an opening stint for Milky Chance in July.

In other chart news, Twenty One Pilots' "Tear in My Heart" has also reached the top-10 on Alternative Songs at number 10. "Tear in My Heart" is the lead single from Twenty One Pilots' new album, Blurryface, which is out now.

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Friday
May222015

Halestorm Talks the State of Rock Ahead of Rocklahoma Performance: "Rock Is Not Dead"

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm's tour in support of their new album, Into the Wild Life, makes a stop in Oklahoma this weekend for the Rocklahoma music festival. The lineups for festivals like Rocklahoma challenge the notion that "rock is dead," and Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger points to the growth of rock festivals as evidence that the genre is actually alive and well.

"Rock is not dead," Hottinger tells ABC Radio. "It may not be in the mainstream consciousness right up front with a lot of other things, but that doesn't mean it's dead. There's more festivals now than there were five, six years ago."

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale agrees, adding that modern rock music has become much more about a band's live show.

"I think it's shifted to more of a live experience and an event and a lifestyle," Hale tells ABC Radio.

"Rock isn't always the most popular genre, it does go up and down," she continues. "But it never goes away, you know what I mean? It's just always going to be there."

Halestorm's optimistic view of today's rock meant they had no qualms about creating exactly the album they wanted to make while recording Into the Wild Life.

"It's a 13-song record, it's a 15-song record if you get the deluxe CD," Hale says. "And with all of the intros and outros -- especially considering the state of rock n' roll right now and how every one's freaking out about it, and whether we shouldn't even do CDs anymore, it should just be MP3s, or maybe it should just be singles-- we just wanted to make an album, and we wanted to make something that made us feel good."

Rocklahoma, which will feature, among others, sets by Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin, will be held May 22-24 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Halestorm will play on May 23.

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