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Tuesday
Jul292014

Watch Lollapalooza Without Leaving Your Living Room 

Outkast.comLollapalooza celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and you don't have to go to Chicago to see it. The festival organizers are streaming dozens of performances -- more than 200 hours worth in all -- and making them available for free online

Lollapalooza.redbull.tv has the full schedule of performances to be streamed, but here are some highlights; all start times are Central time:

8/1  -- 7 p.m. -- Lorde
8/2  -- 7 p.m. -- Foster the People
8/2  -- 8:15 p.m. -- Outkast
8/3 -- 12 p.m. -- Childish Gambino
8/3  -- 12:15 p.m. -- Chance The Rapper


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Roger Daltrey Sings with Joan Jett at Teen Cancer America Benefit Show in Philadelphia

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who's Roger Daltrey played a rocking concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Monday night that raised money for the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend.  The event included a very special onstage collaboration, as Joan Jett, who opened the show with her group The Blackhearts, joined Daltrey during his encore for a rendition of the Eddie Cochrane classic "Summertime Blues."

Roger's set was made up mostly of well-known Who songs, including "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Squeeze Box," "You Better You Bet," "Who Are You" and "Baba O'Riley," although he did close out the show with a rendition of his 1980 solo hit "Without Your Love."  In addition, Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, took over vocals on the band's Who's Next gem "Going Mobile."  Fan-filmed video of Daltrey's performance with Jett can be viewed now on YouTube.

The benefit specifically raised funds for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.  Teen Cancer America executive Howard Jaffe told ABC News Radio that the sold-out event helped the organization reach its goal of $250,000 for the facility.  In addition, Jaffe revealed that Jett, a native of the Philadelphia area, donated all of the proceeds brought in by sales of her merchandise at the concert to the cause.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light Introduce "Playable Poster" Technology on Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.

The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.

Miranda says, "I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”

Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Trace Adkins Making TV Appearances This Weekend; Two New Vocalists Added to Touring Band

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News' Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.

Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club.  They've just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years.  Trace says with a smile, "With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club may just have a shot at salvation after all."

Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Drake Sets a New Billboard Record

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake is winning. The rapper has reached a new milestone after earning his fourteenth number one song on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with his verse on Lil Wayne's new single, "Believe Me."

According to the publication, the chart-topper has made Drake the record holder for the most number one songs on that tally. The rapper surpasses Usher, who has had 13 number ones in the chart’s 22-year history. Wayne follows in third place with 10.

Drake also recently broke the records for the most number one songs on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart as well as on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

 


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Is Beyonce Apartment Hunting Without Jay Z?

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSFollowing continuing speculation that Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage is on the rocks, the singer is now reportedly seeking an apartment without her husband.

According to the New York Post, Beyonce was checking out a $21.5 million, 4,000-square foot Chelsea penthouse early last month, just weeks Solange attacked her brother-in-law at a Met Gala party.

"She was very quiet, as if she was looking on the sly," a source close to the couple said.

Although the couple have yet to confirm or deny the rumors, the Chelsea apartment would be a considerable downgrade for Bey -- she currently owns a 8,309-square-foot home in Tribeca with Jay. The source adds, "I can say with certainty that Jay is not downsizing."


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Tuesday
Jul292014

New Video for Linkin Park's "Final Masquerade" Streaming Now; Singer Chester Bennington Announces Facebook Contest

Image Courtesy Porsche DesignLinkin Park's latest video is for "Final Masquerade" and it's streaming online now. The clip is currently available on MTV's site, but eventually will appear on the band's official YouTube channel.

"Final Masquerade" features a graphic landscape more colorful than the majority of the band's videos from their most recent album, The Hunting Party, but the message isn't any lighter: the video shows apocalyptic scenes, death, sorrow and outrage.

On a lighter note, Linkin Park's singer, Chester Bennington, is offering t-shirts from his Porsche Design clothing line as prizes on a new Facebook contest. Also up for grabs are signed copies of The Hunting Party, and between now and August 4, the first 200 people to purchase anything from Bennington's clothing line will receive a special edition Linkin Park bonus CD for free. Head over to Porsche Design's Facebook page for details.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Ludacris to Receive BMI President’s Award

Island Def JamAfter fifteen years of crafting hits, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges will be the next entertainer to receive the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Luda is being recognized for his songwriting, which has had a "profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry,"said Mike O’Neill, BMI president & CEO, in announcing the honor.

The rapper joins previous BMI President's Award honorees including will.i.am, Adam Levine, Taylor Swift, and Pitbull.

"We are proud to be honoring Ludacris with our President’s Award," said Catherine Brewton, BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations, Atlanta. "He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television. His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI President’s Award."

The event takes place on August 22 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Ludacris will release his eighth album Ludaversal, this fall.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

French Montana Pays Tribute to R&B singers in New Video

Image Courtesy InterscopeEarlier this month, French Montana released his new single, "R&B Chicks," featuring Wale and Fabolous. Now, the rapper has issued an accompanying video to pay tribute to the beautiful vocalists that men swoon over.

In the Eif Rivera-directed clip, French parties with Ashanti on his yacht while Wale and Fab daydream over Erykah Badu and Christina Aguilera, respectively. The rappers also name-drop singers like Rihanna, Tinashe, Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus and Madonna.

The song will appear on his Mac and Cheese 4 album, which is arriving this November. The set includes contributions from Kanye West, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

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R. Kelly's past as an alleged sexual predator has resulted in him being pulled from the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, according to USA Today.

After locals expressed their disappointment via Twitter and Facebook, event organizers announced that they've “have decided to part ways” with the singer, who was indicted in 2002 on charges of making child pornography and then acquitted in 2008.

Fans seem to have mixed reactions to the news. One commented, "You guys were wrong in dropping R.Kelly out of the festival. Those allegations happened a decade ago." Another added, "SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS. I feel 100% about attending FMMF now!"

Meanwhile, Kelly’s publicist released the following statement to USA Today: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."

Although his replacement has yet to be revealed, the event will include a headlining performance from Michelle Williams over the Labor Day weekend, August 29-31.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Watch Lollapalooza Without Leaving Your Living Room

Lollapalooza celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and you don't have to go to Chicago to see it. The festival organizers are streaming dozens of performances -- more than 200 hours worth in all -- and making them available for free online

 

Lollapalooza.redbull.tv has the full schedule of performances to be streamed, but here are some highlights; all start times are Central time:

8/1  -- 5 p.m. -- Interpol
8/1  -- 6 p.m. -- Chvrches
8/1  -- 7 p.m. -- Lorde
8/1 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Arctic Monkeys
8/2  -- 4 p.m. -- Vance Joy
8/2  -- 7 p.m. -- Foster the People
8/2  -- 8:15 p.m. -- Outkast
8/3 -- 3:15 p.m. -- Bleachers
8/3  -- 4 p.m. -- Cage the Elephant
8/3  -- 8:30 p.m. -- Kings of Leon

Tuesday
Jul292014

Tyler Farr Drops First Single from Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy," with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.

The song is called "A Guy Walks into a Bar," but it's not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.

"A Guy Walks into a Bar" is now available for digital download at iTunes.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Taylor Swift Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Heart Extends U.S. Tour Itinerary into November

Image Courtesy of Norman SeeffHeart currently is playing a run of late-summer U.S. concert in the Midwest and Northeast that winds down on August 13 in Kettering, Ohio, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have extended their 2014 itinerary well into the fall.  The Wilson sisters and their band will launch a West Coast tour that's mapped out from a September 13 concert in Saratoga, California, through a September 26 show in Pomona, California.

That outing also will make stops in a couple of other California cities, as well as in Oregon and Washington.  In addition, Heart has a few shows lined up in October and November in Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

As previously reported, Heart also will headline the inaugural Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock event, which sets sail from Miami on November 4 and visits Grand Bahama Island and Nassau in The Bahamas before returning to port on November 8.  The nautical musical extravaganza, which celebrates Grammy-winning and -nominated female artists, also will include performances by Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls, Joan Osbourne, Shawn Colvin, Estelle and Skylar Grey.

Here is Heart's complete list of upcoming tour dates, according to the band's official website:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair
8/1 -- Anderson, IN, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
8/2 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino & Resort
8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/5 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/6 -- Watertown, NY, Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
8/8 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/11 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox (Market)
9/20 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
9/22 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
9/23 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel
9/25 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
9/26 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
10/18 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Go AZ Motorcycle Racetrack - Bob's Biker Blast
10/21 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/4-8 -- Miami, FL, Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock
11/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy.  The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.  The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California."  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er."  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.

Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:

Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc
"Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs
"Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix
"The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix
"Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix
"Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix
"When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc
"The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
"The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano
"Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track
"The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up
"Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal
"No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
"The Ocean" -- Working Mix


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes' duet partner on "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me?" ANSWER: Jason Mraz.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Florida Georgia Line's Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.

"It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."

FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."

Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."

Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.

Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."

Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.


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