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Aug282015

Cassie Kelley, Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Opens Up About Fertility Issues

Womanista/Greenroom PRAs part of chart-topping Lady AntebellumCharles Kelley has helped take country music by storm. Now he has another reason to sing: He and his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting a baby after six years of marriage.

"We're almost four months and I'm due in February and we just found out that we're having a boy, which I just get choked up thinking about and we're thankful, we're so -- blessed isn't a strong enough word," Cassie said on Friday's Good Morning America. 

Cassie's road to pregnancy wasn't easy -- in fact, it was a two-year struggle. "When you're young and healthy and you're ready to start a family you just don't envision there will be any problems doing that," she explained.

The couple went through months of negative pregnancy tests before visiting a fertility specialist in November. There, they learned that Cassie doesn't ovulate regularly and also has a blocked Fallopian tube. "Our doctor told us we had a one percent chance of conceiving a child naturally without doing IVF," Cassie said.

Then, just when the Kelleys planned to start IVF, Cassie said she and her husband were surprised to learn she was already pregnant. The baby is due in spring 2016.

Charles and Cassie tied the knot in the Bahamas in 2009.  Cassie's the founder of the women's lifestyle site Womanista.

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Aug282015

Justin Bieber's New Single "What Do You Mean" Is Finally Here, Album Coming November 13

Def JamJustin Bieber enlisted dozens of stars to help him count down to his new song "What Do You Mean," from Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus, to Britney Spears, Will Ferrell and Martha Stewart.  Now, the song has finally arrived.

Justin will perform the song this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time.  It's slightly similar to "Where Are U Now," his collaboration with Jack U, but not as electronic sounding.  It's somewhat mellow and hypnotic, with Justin singing, "What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?"

E! reports that the black and white lyric video features Justin skateboarding with professional skaters Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro, who pull off some impressive tricks.

In a statement, Justin says, ""It's been an amazing journey to write, record and deliver this record to my fans. I'm so glad people have participated in it, and I hope they are receptive to it and love it as much as I do. This is only the first step in the journey for me. This album is so personal to me, there's so much of my heart and soul in it, and I can't wait to bring my fans along for the ride."

Justin will perform "What Do You Mean" this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time publicly.  He'll be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, and take over NBC's Today show for a week starting September 7.

Justin's next album, due November 13, will be his first since 2013's Journals and 2012's Believe.


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Friday
Aug282015

Watch James Hetfield "Audition" to Be a Zombie in New "Call of Duty" Video Game

Credit: Ross HalfinJames Hetfield can sing and plays a mean guitar, but can the Metallica frontman do a viable zombie impression?  You can find out by watching him "audition" to play a zombie in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.

The promotional clip was released as part of a campaign to raise money to help unemployed military veterans finds jobs.  If you donate at Omaze.com/CallofDuty, you'll be entered for a chance to see a "zombified" version of yourself in Black Ops III.

Early in the clip, you hear someone asking Hetfield from out of frame what his motivation is, to which he responds, "Brains!"  He then is reminded that zombies don't talk.  Later in the clip, he points out, "Just so you know, [Metallica is] big in the zombie community," adding, "You ever heard of 'All Nightmare Long'?"  Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows also appears in the video.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released on November 6.

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Friday
Aug282015

Expanded Reissues of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir Albums Due in October

Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

Astral Weeks:

"Astral Weeks"
"Beside You"
"Sweet Thing"
"Cyprus Avenue"
"The Way Young Lovers Do"
"Madame George"
"Ballerina"
"Slim Slow Slider"
"Beside You" (Take 1)*
"Madame George" (Take 4)*
"Ballerina" (Long Version)*
"Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

His Band and the Street Choir:

"Domino"
"Crazy Face"
"Give Me a Kiss"
"I've Been Working"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland"
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
"Blue Money"
"Virgo Clowns"
"Gypsy Queen"
"Sweet Jannie"
"If I Ever Needed Someone"
"Street Choir"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
"Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
"Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
"I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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Friday
Aug282015

Tinashe Says She Works Too Fast for Her Record Label

Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldTinashe has been in show business since she was three years old, and now at the age of 22, she says she’s waiting on her record label to catch up to her non-stop work mode.

"There's politics involved in ­everything,” she tells Billboard. “It's about them getting it together to master my schedule.” The singer from Lexington, Kentucky has recorded 30 songs for her second album, tentatively set for release in November. She also recently opened for Nicki Minaj, and is preparing to join the Katy Perry tour later this year.

Tinashe enjoyed success in 2014 with her debut album Aquarius and her first single “2 On." They both peaked at number three on the urban charts, yet she refuses to be categorized. "I don't see myself as an urban niche act," she says. "I want to have mainstream success that doesn't feel forced or label-made."

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Friday
Aug282015

Vanessa Carlton Announces Album Release Date; Debuts New Song, "Willows"

Dine Alone RecordsAfter giving us a taste of her new music with an EP released last month, Vanessa Carlton has now revealed the release date for her full-length album. Liberman comes out October 23.

The singer also teased another song off the album, the piano-driven “Willows.” She's released the song’s lyric video as well, telling USA Today the tune was inspired by her childhood home on a Pennsylvania hillside, surrounded by willow trees.  “When you’re a little kid, they’re just magic, those trees,” she says.

Vanessa combined that childlike wonder with the adult realization that the trees were part of the life her parents had created for their family -- something she thought about often as she started a life with husband John McCauley.

"Willows," she says, "was me going through the steps of what type of thing we wanted to start with each other, what we wanted to set up.”

Here is the complete track list for Liberman:

"Take It Easy"
"Willows"
"House of Seven Words"
"Operator"
"Blue Pool"
"Nothing Where Something Used to Be"
"Matter of Time"
"Unlock the Lock"
"River"
"Ascension"

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Friday
Aug282015

Jason Derulo to Perform at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row

ABC/Heidi GutmanJason Derulo is set to take the stage at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row. The fashion, dance and music event will close out New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, September 17.

Jason joins previously announced performer Nate Ruess. In addition to their performances, the event will feature special runway presentations of designs from Heidi by Heidi Klum Intimates, Jessica Simpson, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Tickets for the event are priced at $55 and $80, and currently are on sale. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation.

If you can’t be there in person, the show will air Wednesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on E!

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Friday
Aug282015

Dan Auerbach Is "Militant About the Loose Approach" with The Arcs

Credit: Alysse GafkjenDan Auerbach's latest project, The Arcs, is made up of some of The Black Keys frontman's oldest friends. That camaraderie allowed Auerbach and The Arcs to take a "loose approach" to their forthcoming debut album, Yours, Dreamily.

"That loose approach is everything to me. I'm militant about the loose approach, if that makes any sense," Auerbach tells Entertainment Weekly. "I don't like formality in anything, and especially not in my f****** music."

"But these guys that I get to play with, they're my favorite musicians," he says of his band mates. "I have nothing but like the utmost confidence in them. It's an absolute joy to go into the studio and create with these guys."

With the Arcs, Auerbach also made a new friend in artist Omar Juarez. Auerbach came across of one of Juarez's works, which featured a werewolf boxer. Juarez then used that character for The Arcs' video for "Put a Flower in Your Pocket." When The Arcs played their first show together earlier this month, a woman who Juarez used for inspiration for another character in the video was standing in the front row.

"It was just so weird, it was like the artwork was coming to life and then The Arcs were coming to life at the same time," Auerbach says. "It was so surreal."

Yours, Dreamily will be released September 4.

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Friday
Aug282015

All That Remains Announces Fall Tour with We Came as Romans

Credit: Justin BoruckiAll That Remains is joining forces with We Came as Romans for a joint tour this fall. The co-headlining trek kicks off October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and will conclude November 7 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Visit AllThatRemainsOnline.com for all ticket info.

Red Sun Rising will be the opening band on the first half of the tour, after which the band Failure Anthem will join the bill. Emmure will provide support on all dates.

Both All That Remains and We Came as Romans will be touring behind albums that they released this year: The Order of Things and We Came as Romans, respectively.

Here are All That Remains and We Came as Romans' co-headlining tour dates:

10/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
10/15 -- Green Bay, WI, The Watering Hole
10/16 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Piere's Entertainment Center
10/17 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium
10/19 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamo City Music Hall
10/20 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Live
10/22 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Orpheum Theater
10/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
10/28 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
11/2 -- Knoxville, TN, The International
11/3 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz (Raleigh)
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
11/6 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/7 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium

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Friday
Aug282015

Dustin Lynch Admits He Practiced Signing Autographs Before Becoming a Country Star

CMADustin Lynch spent a lot of time writing songs and practicing guitar in preparation for his career as a country star. He was so set on making it in the music business, Dustin even admits to practicing signing his autograph.

He tells ABC Radio, "Man, signing autographs was nerve-racking. Man, how do I sign my name? You don't think about that. I want it to look cool."

Now that he's been signing autographs for a few years, Dustin has noticed his signature has changed as fans have him sign the same T-shirt  each time they see him.

"I'll have people come back with the same shirt, our first T-shirt we sold, and they've seen me five times, and you can see the progression of my autograph," Dustin explains. "It's a lot more round and loopy now than it was. Used to, it was a D, a line, an L and then a line, and now it's just a D and an L. Now, I'm really efficient."

While the latest version of his autograph looks fancy, Dustin is most concerned with making sure he can sign his name really quickly.

He says, "For me, you want to hit as many people as you can."

Dustin's latest single, "Hell of a Night," could hit #1 at country radio over the weekend.

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Friday
Aug282015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Kelsea Ballerini's new puppy? ANSWER: Dibs.

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Friday
Aug282015

Move Over, Taylor Swift: Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Schumer Dance on Billy Joel's Piano During Chicago Concert

Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters.  "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."

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Friday
Aug282015

Celine Dion Returns to the Las Vegas Stage

Denise Truscello/WireImageAfter putting her career on hold last year to care for her husband, Rene Angelil, who's battling cancer, Celine Dion returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday night.

At a pre-show press conference, Dion explained despite her husband’s continuing battle, she went back to work because her family urged her to. "So my three children and my wonderful husband wanted me to be here. Because I'm not quite sure if I wanted to be here tonight," the multiple Grammy winner admitted.

Although exactly half of the questions were asked and answered in Dion's native French, the ones in English were primarily about her family and how they’re coping with Angelil’s health. Her answers were almost universally in praise of the strength of her family, with one notable exception coming when a reporter, trying to complement the singer’s hair, compared it to that of a Kardashian. The compliment did not go over well with Celine or her people.

Dion performed for an hour and 50 minutes on the Caesars Palace Stage. The set has changed since her last performances, but she says even some familiar love songs have taken on new meaning in light of her husband’s illness. "I have been singing them for so long. And now 'Power of Love' and 'Because You Loved Me' and 'Incredible' and all -- I sang them, but now I mean it."

The show itself started more than 35 minutes late, and ran for an hour an fifty minutes. It opened with a video of Celine fans from around the world lip-syncing "I Drove All Night," after which the diva then took the stage for her first number, "I Surrender."

Over the course of the evening, the backing band took on various sizes, from a high of 29 to a low of three, and the singer changed wardrobe five times. During many of those changes, members of Celine's band performed without her, with the horn section even performing in the aisles at one point.

Even the largest parts of the production were small compared to Celine's first run at Caesars Palace. But there were particularly intimate segments where she performed with a jazz trio, and again with a four-piece acoustic band sitting on stools. The latter required a bit of improvisation, when her guitarist unexpectedly left the stage to tune up -– the only real glitch in the show.

Celine also did three duets with video screens of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis -- and despite predictions of more original material this time around, she still indulged in plenty of covers, including a pair of Prince songs.

Despite the emotions surrounding her husband's illness, it was only referred to twice during the show. The first came during "The First Time." As home movies played on a video screen, the largest audience applause came when he appeared. Later, during an acoustic performance of "I’m Alive," Celine shouted "I love you, Rene!" to her husband, who was reportedly watching the show and the concert via a private video feed.

The encore began with the predicable "My Heart Will Go On," during which Celine was raised on an elevated platform inside a rotating waterfall. She then told the crowd, in part, "Tonight was not a new day. Tonight was not a new show. Tonight was a new beginning." From there, Dion launched into the evening’s final song: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Here’s the full set list:

"I Surrender"
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now?"
"Because You Loved Me"
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
"The Power of Love"
"Sing Sing Sing"
"Paganini"
"Quand Ca Balance"
"The First Time"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Will It Go Round in Circle"
"Immortality"
"All the Way"
"If I Can Dream"
"A New Day Has Come"
"That's The Way It Is"
"I'm Alive"
"Incredible"
"Love Can Move Mountains"
"River Deep, Mountain High"
"All By Myself"
"Show Must Go On"
"Uptown Funk Medley"
"Kiss"
"Purple Rain"
"My Heart Will Go On"
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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Friday
Aug282015

Maddie & Tae Turns Up the Fiddle and Steel Guitar on Harmony-Driven Debut Album, "Start Here"

Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae were so set on keeping their debut album, Start Here, squarely in the country format, they taught veteran producer Dann Huff a thing or two about making a country album. Dann started out playing guitar on classic albums from the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna before coming to Nashville to produce hits for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many others.

Maddie & Tae's Maddie Marlow tells ABC Radio, "With Dann Huff, you know, he's, like a rocker at heart, but he loved it, because it was such a challenge. He was like, 'I think this is the most country thing I've ever produced.'"

Over the past decade, the fiddle and steel guitar have been replaced on a lot of country songs with drum loops and loud electric guitars. Maddie & Tae employed a few of those tricks on their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," in an effort to prove a point about the state of modern country music.

As for the rest of Start Here, the duo's Tae Dye says their latest single, "Fly," is a better representation of what you'll hear on the rest of the project.

"Everything's country," Tae explains. "The way we write our music. The way we present it. Everything about it."

Maddie & Tae also keep it country with their honest lyrics on "Sierra" -- a song about calling out a female bully -- and "Shut Up and Fish" -- an ode to women looking for a no-nonsense kind of guy.

Tae says of their lyrical approach, "It's a really bold message, so we decided to take those messages head-on. In country, that's what you get to do. You get to speak about things that haven't really gotten talked about."

She adds, "It's like the big elephant in the room. It's like, 'Let's address it and make light of the situation.'"

Look for Maddie & Tae to perform on NBC's Today on Tuesday, September 1.

Friday
Aug282015

Could We Be Getting That Long-Awaited Adele Album in November?

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsCould it be true? Will we get a new Adele album before the year is over? According to Billboard, the singer’s record label is planning for a November release. That means in just a matter of months, we could be hearing Adele’s first collection of new music since 2011’s Grammy-winning blockbuster 21.

Adele and her team largely have stayed silent on any details regarding the album, but information about possible collaborators has been leaking out slowly. Among those she’s reportedly worked with are former Gnarls Barkley member Danger Mouse; OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Rumour Has It” on her last album; Swedish pop master Max Martin; 21 producer Paul Epworth; and producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

Billboard also reports that Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. wrote a track on the album, and it’s described as a potential standout.

Adele’s 21 has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. along and was the top-selling album of the year in both 2011 and 2012.

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Friday
Aug282015

Miley Cyrus Promises "Raw, Psychedelic" MTV VMAs; Producers Predict "Mayhem" and a "Wild & Crazy Night" 

MTVTwo years after the twerk heard 'round the world, and a year after she won the top prize, Miley Cyrus returns to  the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night as the host.  Complaining that last year's show had "no energy," she tells The New York Times this year's installment will be "psychedelic and raw."

Miley says that the decision to have her host came from Van Toffler, one of the show's executive producers, who is leaving the company.  As she tells the Times, "He's leaving, so he can’t get fired. He was like, 'I want to do something crazy -- I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.' It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."

The singer insists that for her hosting gig, she wouldn't let the producers make jokes about her 2013 performance with Robin Thicke, which shocked the world at the time.  Miley says she still can't see what the big deal was, either.  "When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch," she tells the Times. " Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all."

So what is she planning to do?  No jokes, and no actual monologue, she tells the paper, just "fun skits." "What I’m trying to do is create my Instagram -- which people love to think is so freaky -- in real life. It’s letting people into my world," says Miley.

Speaking about choosing Miley as host, Van Toffler tells ABC Radio, "She has a nice, fun history with the show, but she’s grown up since then."

MTV VMA Executive Producer Jesse Ignjatovic adds, "You know, [Miley] was the only person we talked about as possibly hosting. And then there was a meeting and we sort of went in and said, ' This is what the show is and how it’s looking and what we’d love you to do.' And she said, 'No, no, no. This is what I wanna do.' And we said, 'Yes!'” 

Meanwhile, the show's three excecutive producers -- Toffler, Ignajotovic  and Garrett English -- say they're excited about The Weeknd's performance of  "Can't Feel My Face," Justin Bieber's return to the stage with his new single "What Do You Mean," Kanye West receiving the Video Vanguard Award and the show's opening and closing moments, which are, according to them, must-sees.  But what we're all really tuning in for are, of course, those unpredictable moments, like the Madonna/Britney/Christina kiss.

"There’s always mayhem...we particularly like to put the combustible elements in one room together and then stand back, ‘cause that’s what makes a show really special," says Toffler.  "People feel the stage is special when they go up there to perform...they’re mindful of the heritage of the prior performances in the show and...they feel like, 'I wanna create a moment.'"

 "It's gonna be a wild and crazy night," agrees English. "There are gonna be moments that will be resonating for days to come, I'm sure."  

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Friday
Aug282015

The Weeknd Gives Thanks to Michael Jackson

Image Courtesy Lamar Taylor/Republic RecordsThe Weeknd releases his second studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness, on Friday, and he says he was inspired to write songs by the late Michael Jackson, the anniversary of whose birth is Saturday.

The singer from Toronto covered Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” on his 2012 album Trilogy, and when he read the song’s lyrics, he tells Billboard, “I got emotional -- it’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.”

Thanks to “Love Me Harder,” his top ten duet with Ariana Grande, and “Can’t Feel My Face,” which remained at number one for nine weeks, The Weeknd has achieved mainstream success, which he says can be uncomfortable.  “The pop-star life is a new challenge,” he admits. The singer also says he was shocked by the crowd response when he performed with Taylor Swift at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in July.

“When she introduced me and the whole stadium screamed their lungs out, it kind of threw me off,” he remembers. "I did not expect that reaction.”

Now he’s working with superstars such as Kanye West, who produced “Tell Your Friends” on the new album.  “We never disagreed on lyrics because I’m telling a story in my album,” he says about the collaboration, “and he respected my vision.”

The Weeknd is now preparing to headline the biggest tour of his career, The Madness Fall Tour, kicking off November 3 in his home town of Toronto. As he assesses the rapid rise in his career, he says, “I have much more control. I can go overboard, but nobody can stop me but myself."

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Friday
Aug282015

Rare Paul McCartney Sketches Part of Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction This Saturday

CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk.  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

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Friday
Aug282015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer's new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana's latest single, "I Got the Boy."

George Strait's final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, "Move On."

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Friday
Aug282015

Disturbed on Pace to Notch Fifth Straight Number-One Album 

Reprise RecordsDisturbed's Immortalized is on track to become the band's fifth straight number-one album on the Billboard 200. The album, Disturbed's first in five years, is projected to sell around 90,000 equivalent album units -- which includes streaming and individual track sales -- for the week ending August 28.

If the projections hold true, then Disturbed's 2000 debut album, The Sickness, will be the band's only album to not reach number-one on the Billboard 200. Disturbed previously topped the chart with 2010's Asylum, 2008's Indestructible, 2005's Ten Thousand Fists and 2002's Believe.

Additionally, if Immortalized debuts at number-one, Disturbed will become just the third band to score at least five straight records that debuted in the top slot on the Billboard 200. The feat has so far only been achieved by Metallica, who have five straight number-one albums dating back to 1991's self-titled release, also known as The Black Album, and Dave Matthews Band, who have six straight number-one albums dating back to 1998's Before These Crowded Streets.

Immortalized is Disturbed's first album since the band went on hiatus in 2011. They played their first show in four years last week on the same day Immortalized was released. Disturbed will launch a full scale tour in support of Immortalized next March.

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