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Wednesday
Oct222014

Luke Bryan Releasing New Single, "I See You," as 2014 That's My Kind of Tour Wraps Up

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is releasing a sixth single from his latest album. It's titled, "I See You," and Luke co-wrote it with hit songwriters Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.

The new single release comes as Luke wraps up his 2014 That's My Kind of Night tour this weekend with sold-out shows at The Hollywood Bowl and the Forum in Los Angeles. Look for ABC's Nightline to feature an in-depth look at Luke's life on the road Thursday night.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again.  A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, "They are back together and it's brand new…They're really happy about it."

The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City's Soho district together last week.

In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC's Today show that he hadn't given up on the relationship.

"She's an angel sent to me, and I'm very happy," he said during his appearance.  "And, you know, nothing's over 'til it's over."

Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple.

"There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship," the source maintains.  "But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal."

The insider adds, "They are a great couple.  All their friends were hoping it would work out."

People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.

John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he'll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Front Forever 21's Holiday Ads

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.

In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. "As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too," Azalea says. "It was funny watching him have that revelation!"

Young chimed in: "It was real cool. We had great chemistry," he says.

The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. "It was a two day shoot -- by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the "trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!"

Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Watch "Tamar & Vince" New Season Extended Preview

WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert have given fans a glimpse into their new season of WEtv's Tamar & Vince.

In an extended preview for season three, which premieres Thursday, the singer struggles to balance her recording, promotion and tour schedule with raising the pair's one-year old son, Logan Vincent Herbert. At one point, she reaches a boiling point and lashes out at Vince.

"Nobody has the perfect relationship. Everything is love and war. Get your life!" Tamar says before her husband confronts her about her disrespecting the relationship.

Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m. on WEtv.

 


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Meghan Trainor Matches Iggy Azalea's Streak on Top of the "Billboard" Hot 100

Epic RecordsIt's Lucky 7 for Meghan Trainor: her hit "All About That Bass" is #1 for a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100.  That means she's now matched Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" for longest-running #1 hit of 2014 by a woman.  Only Pharrell Williams' "Happy" has spent more time on top this year: 10 weeks.

Meghan's debut album, Title, is due in January; her follow-up song, "Lips Are Movin'" seem to be off to a good start.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran can now boast that he has his first-ever U.S. top ten hit, as "Don't" jumps from #13 to #10.

Taylor Swift's latest track, "Out of the Woods," debuts at #18, thanks to huge download sales.  This is Taylor's 61st Hot 100 hit, according to Billboard: among female artists only Aretha Franklin has more, with 73.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Watch Trailer for New Documentary "R.E.M. by MTV"

Image Courtesy of Anton CorbijnR.E.M. and MTV have a special relationship, beyond their affinity for acronyms. That relationship will be chronicled in an upcoming 6-disc DVD collection called I Want My REMTV. Included in the collection is the feature-length documentary R.E.M. by MTV. On Wednesday, R.E.M. released a trailer for the documentary on their YouTube page.

"We just wanted to get in a van and see the U.S., like Jack Kerouac did," frontman Michael Stipe says in the trailer.

I Want My REMTV will be released on November 24. R.E.M. by MTV will premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia in November.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Sting Talks Tantric Sex in Advance Clip for "Inside the Actors Studio"

Tony Behar/NBCUSting is not only a singer and songwriter, he's also an occasional actor, having appeared in quite a few movies over the years.  But during his appearance this Thursday night on the series Inside the Actors Studio, he ended up having to talk to host James Lipton, not about his craft, but about his sex life.

Specifically, Lipton asked Sting about his infamous quote regarding "Tantric sex," in which he and his wife Trudie Styler allegedly had eight-hour lovemaking sessions.  Sting has since backpedaled, saying the whole thing was a joke, but in an advance clip from the episode, Lipton still insists he explain the audience of young people just what he meant.

"If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate," Sting said, to huge laughs and cheers.  "Maybe not. But there is some truth to it.  The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act. I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, 'sacrament.' I would stand by it.  Not seven hours, but the idea."

He then quipped, "Seven hours includes movie and dinner," getting another round of laughs.

Sting's appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, which airs Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, is mostly focused on the opening of his first Broadway musical The Last Ship.  He wrote the music for the show, which is based on his own childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the north of England.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

ShipRocked Lineup Includes Limp Bizkit, Black Label Society, Metal Allegiance and More

Image Courtesy of ShipRockedLimp Bizkit will headline the 2015 edition of ShipRocked. Chevelle, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Andrew W.K, metal supergroup Metal Allegiance -- featuring Philip AnselmoScott Ian, Gary Holt and members of Anthrax, Megadeth and The Winery Dogs -- and and many more will also play the rock cruise, which is now in its sixth year.

"It'll be a blast to rejoin my fellow bad*ss Metal Allegiance compatriots on ShipRocked 2015,” says Anselmo in a statement. “Expect more blasts from the past, plus some killer musicians amongst the awesome atmosphere of jamming on the water! Come out and jam with us!"

ShipRocked 2015 will sail roundtrip between the Port of Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2-6. There will also be a ShipRocked Super Sail Away Pre-Party, which will feature Chevelle's only ShipRocked performance.

You can buy tickets and view the entire ShipRocked lineup on the event's website.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Kasabian, Johnny Marr and Pink Floyd Win "Q" Awards

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsThe 2014 Q Awards winners have been announced, and Kasabian went home big winners. The band won two impressively titled awards -- Best Live Act and Best Act in the World Today.

"We're invincible," the band said backstage after winning their awards.

Other winners included Johnny Marr who was given the Gibson Les Paul Award, which "salutes innovation, artistry and inspiration in guitar playing," and Pink Floyd who won the Classic Album award for Dark Side of the Moon.

The Q Awards are hosted annually by the British publication Q magazine. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ceremony.

You can view all the winners on the Q website.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Willie Nelson and Sister, Bobbie, Releasing Collaborative Album, "December Day," on December 2

Image Courtesy Sony LegacyWillie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson, will release a new collaborative album, December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1, on Tuesday, December 2.  The project features the siblings performing new versions of songs from Willie's catalog as well as covers of American standards from Al Jolson and Irving Berlin.

Bobbie has performed in Willie's band since 1973. Look for more installments in the Willie's Stash series soon.

Here is the track listing for December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1:

"Alexander's Ragtime Band"
"Permanently Lonely"
"What'll I Do"
"Summer of Roses"/"December Day"
"Nuages"
"Mona Lisa"
"I Don't Know Where I Am Today"
"Amnesia"
"Who'll Buy My Memories"
"The Anniversary Song"
"Laws of Nature"
"Walkin'"
"Always"
"I Let My Mind Wander"
"Is the Better Part Over"
"My Own Peculiar Way"
"Sad Songs and Waltzes"
"Ou-es tu, mon amour"/"I Never Cared for You"


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Taylor Swift Reveals Full Tracklisting for "1989"

Big Machine RecordsAfter teasing fans with song lyrics from her new album 1989, Taylor Swift has finally revealed the full tracklisting for the highly anticipated disc, posting it to Instagram.

The songs are:

"Welcome to New York"
"Blank Space"
"Style"
"Out of the Woods"
"All You Had to Do Was Stay"
"Shake It Off"
"I Wish You Would"
"Bad Blood"
"Wildest Dreams"
"How You Get the Girl"
"This Love"
"I Know Places"
"Clean"

The deluxe edition of Taylor's album being sold at Target will come with three extra songs and three voice memos. 1989 arrives October 27.

Interestingly, many of the song titles on Taylor's new album have already been used for previous songs.  For example, Mariah Carey has a song called "Shake It Off."  Maroon 5 has a song called "This Love."  Train has a song called "I Wish You Would."  And back in the '70s, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka had a hit with "Bad Blood."  You can't copyright a song title, however, so there's no issue with it.

The full track list. #TS1989

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Steven Tyler Added to "CMA Country Christmas" Lineup

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler have been added to the lineup for this year's CMA Country Christmas special. The show airs Monday, December 1 on ABC. Alan Jackson is also joining the bill along with previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.

Tickets to attend the CMA Country Christmas taping on Friday, November 7 are still available through Ticketmaster. The show takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

The Game's "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" Debuts in Top Ten on Billboard 200

Image Courtesy eOne MusicThe Game's Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf has landed at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's first independent album sold 33,000 units, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 27,000 to 30,000 copies.

Although the set has debuted #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #2 on the Independent Chart, The Game's overall sales start is significantly less than 2012's Jesus Piece, which debuted at number five and sold 86,000 copies its first week.

Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf features contributions from Tyga, Bobby Shmurda, Ty Dolla $ign, T.I., Chris Brown, French Montana, 2 Chainz and more.

Elsewhere, rapper Hoodie Allen bowed at #8 with his debut full-length effort, People Keep Talking, selling 30,000 copies.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Tyga Distances Himself from Young Money, Dislikes Drake

Image Courtesy Pamela Littky/UniversalTyga is not feeling the love from his Young Money label. The rapper reveals why he's decided to distance himself from Lil Wayne's roster in an interview with Vibe.

When asked if any of his label mates have contributed to his upcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, Tyga replied, "Nah. I tend to distance myself from them." He adds, "I’m tryna’ go independent."

The rapper speeaks candidly about his issues within the camp: "I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki Minaj," he says.

"I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me," Tyga explained, "I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people."

Tyga says that he and his label mates were "forced together," because "Wayne put us together," unlike his "genuine" friendship with Chris Brown. The rapper has decided that its not worth the energy to build on fake relationships. 

"At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki," he says. "It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow."

Fans can expect Tyga's The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty to arrive on November 18.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Diddy, Nas Confirmed for Alicia Keys' Black Ball

ABC/Lou RoccoDiddy has been tapped to host Alicia Keys' annual Black Ball charity event, which raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

According to PollStar, Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual ceremony, taking place October 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.

In addition, the event will include star-studded performances from Keys, Nas, Angel Haze and David Byrne, former front man for New Wave rock band Talking Heads.

Tickets for the benefit start at $3,500 and go all the way up to $100,000 for a table. For more information, visit the organization's website, KeepAChild.org.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with "Ride Out"; U2 Bows at #9

Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies.  This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006's Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.

The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock.  The Michigan rocker's best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.

Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2's latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three. 

Songs of Innocence's relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month.  Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection.  To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren't featured on the free version.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Blue October Releasing Live CD/DVD, Documentary Through PledgeMusic

Image Courtesy of Zayra AlvarezBlue October is teaming up with PledgeMusic to release their currently untitled live CD/DVD. The band will also be releasing a long-in-the-works documentary via the campaign.

In addition to pledging for the live album/film and the documentary, you also have a chance to pledge for an exclusive t-shirt, an autographed poster, and your name in the CD's credits, among many other options.

This isn't the first time Blue October has joined forces with PledgeMusic. In 2013, they used the platform to fund their album, Sway. That project was the largest U.S.-based campaign ever for PledgeMusic.  

The live CD/DVD is set to ship September 2015, while the documentary will come a couple months later, in early 2016.

Blue October will be touring North America starting November 12 Silver Spring, MD and concluding December 31 in Houston, TX.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Cold War Kids Announce 2015 Tour 

Image Courtesy of Downtown RecordsFresh off the release of their fifth album, Hold My Home, Cold War Kids have announced an expansive North American headlining tour. The trek will begin January 21 in Denver, CO and wrap up in Boston, MA March 21.

Hold My Home is the follow-up to 2013's Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

If you can't wait until next year to get your CWK fix, the band is currently finishing up their 2014 U.S. tour. That outing will conclude November 22 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Here are all the new Cold War Kids tour dates:

1/21 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
1/22 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown
1/27 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
1/28 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
1/30 -- Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion
1/31 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
2/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
2/3 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
2/4 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
2/5 -- Saxapahaw, NC, Haw River Ballroom
2/6 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
2/19 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
2/20 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market
2/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
2/25 -- San Diego, CA, The North Park Theatre
2/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Crescent Ballroom
2/27 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Orpheum Theater
2/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
3/3 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
3/5 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
3/6 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
3/7 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
3/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
3/18 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/19 -- Rochester, NY, Water Street Music Hall
3/20 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
3/21 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Initial SXSW Lineup Announced, Includes Scott Weiland and Ben Kweller

Image Courtesy of SXSW FestivalIt's time to start planning for South by Southwest. The giant Austin, TX festival has announced its initial lineup, which includes Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts, Ben Kweller, and many more.

Though known primarily as an outlet for new bands to make their mark on the music world, SXSW also hosts many already-established acts. SXSW 2015, the 29th edition of the festival, will take place March 17 through March 22.

The SXSW 2014 lineup included Phantogram, Bleachers, and Primus' Les Claypool.

You can see the complete initial 2015 lineup on the SXSW website.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Jessie J & Pink Score Top-10 Debuts 

Republic RecordsBoth Pink and Jessie J have notched top-10 debuts with new albums on this week's Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Coming in at at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You + Me.  The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green.  On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.

In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.” 

Green adds, "I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we've made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“

Jessie's new album, Sweet Talker, featuring the hits "Burnin' Up" and "Bang Bang," arrives at #10. It's now her highest-charting U.S. album: her debut, Who You Are, debuted and peaked at #11 in 2011.  Her second album wasn't released in the U.S.

It's worth noting that U2's much-maligned new album, Songs of Innocence, enters the chart at #9.  While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn't count toward a chart position.  The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.

Sam Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC's Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with "Cruise." This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.


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