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Wednesday
Oct012014

Eddie Vedder Releases Cover of John Lennon's "Imagine"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSEddie Vedder has officially released his cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" via iTunes.  The live recording is a stripped-down version of the song, featuring only Vedder's vocals and an acoustic guitar -- as well as the united voice of the crowd.

Vedder's cover was recorded during his July 18 solo show in Meco, Portugal, marking the first time the outspoken anti-war Pearl Jam frontman has performed a rendition of Lennon's legendary anti-war song.

"I think it is the most powerful song ever written," Vedder said of "Imagine" prior to his performance, according to Consequence of Sound.  "Which is why I have never played it."

Proceeds from iTunes sales will go to Heartbeat.fm, an organization that helps to unite Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Elton John to Be Honored at Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner This Month

ABC/Lou Rocco Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, will be honored at the 18th Annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Council, a civil rights organization that work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

At the October 25 event in Washington, D.C., John and Furnish will receive the HRC's National Equality Award.  As one of the most high-profile gay couples in the world, they're being honored for "changing hearts and minds by living openly and honestly" and for their work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised $300 million over the years to help end the disease.

President Bill Clinton will deliver the evening's keynote address at the event.

On October 28, Elton and David will appear at their own annual New York City charity event, An Enduring Vision.  CNN's Anderson Cooper will host for a seventh year, and John will perform a solo set at the gala, which raises funds for his AIDS Foundation.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Elton John to Be Honored at Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner This Month

ABC/Lou Rocco Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, will be honored at the 18th Annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Council, a civil rights organization that work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

At the October 25 event in Washington, D.C., Elton and David will receive the HRC's National Equality Award.  As one of the most high-profile gay couples in the world, they're being honored for "changing hearts and minds by living openly and honestly" and for their work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised $300 million over the years to help end the disease.

President Bill Clinton will deliver the evening’s keynote address at the event.

On October 28, Elton and David will appear at their own annual New York City charity event, An Enduring Vision.  CNN's Anderson Cooper will host for a seventh year, and Elton will perform a solo set at the gala, which raises funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Rascal Flatts Flipping the Switch for Annual Opry Goes Pink Show Later This Month

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts will flip the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry's famous red barn backdrop pink later this month for the show's annual Opry Goes Pink event. Danielle Bradbery, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans and Nashville star Will Chase are also on the bill for the show set for Tuesday, October 28. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure to aid in its fight against breast cancer. Tickets are available at Opry.com.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Usher Announces European Leg of The UR Experience Tour

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Despite reports of low ticket sales for his North American trek, Usher has announced the dates for the European leg of his upcoming outing, dubbed The UR Experience Tour.

Kicking off February 13 in France, the extended trek will travel to Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and more before wrapping up March 26 in London, England. The crooner will be joined by “Am I Wrong” hitmakers Nico & Vinz as his supporting act.

“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before,” Usher explains in a statement.

Tickets will go on sale for the European dates on Friday, October. 3.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Anthony Hamilton Readies First Holiday Album

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsAnthony Hamilton has announced plans to release his debut Christmas album, Home for the Holidays.

Aside from holiday favorites, the R&B veteran has included six original tracks including, "Spend Christmas with You," "Coming Home" and "'Tis the Season." The album will feature appearances from Chaka Khan, Gavin DeGraw and ZZ Ward

"This album is for the people who really love the holidays and what feelings they bring. For the families that get together and love a good time,” Hamilton says in a release. "I wanted to remember every joyful, wholesome, tender, raw moment you feel during the holidays. I feel like some of the things we enjoy most, we can only feel with our hearts. Having an emotional connection to this project was essential because I want my fans to be moved by the music and associate each song with a time where no other feeling mattered but love. This album is for people who love good music."

Home for the Holidays will be available on October 21 via RCA Records.

Here's the Home for the Holidays track list:

"It's Christmas"                                                
"Spend Christmas with You"                            
"Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto"                     
"Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)"
"Little Drummer Boy"                               
"Home for the Holidays" feat. Gavin DeGraw            
"'Tis the Season"                                                        
"What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas"                     
"Coming Home"                                               
"Away in a Manger" (Interlude)                                   
"Away in a Manger" feat. ZZ Ward                              
"Please Come Home for Christmas"                
"The Christmas Song" feat. Chaka Khan                       
"Spirit of Love"  


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Mila J Recruits B.o.B, Ty Dolla $ign & Problem for Upcoming EP

Image Courtesy Motown RecordsMila J has lined up several rappers to appear on her newly announced EP, titled, M.I.LA, which stands for "Made in LA."

Jhene Aiko's sister has tapped B.o.B and Problem to contribute to her five-song set, which is led by the first single “My Main,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The set also includes beats from DJ Mustard

The project will be released on October 14 via Motown.

Here's the track list:

"My Main"
"Champion"
"Smoke, Drink, Break-Up"
"Times Like These"
"Pain in My Heart"


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Drake and Lil Wayne Hint at Another Joint Tour

Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsDrake and Lil Wayne concluded their joint tour by hinting that the duo are considering to do it all over again.

While performing in Texas on Sunday, September 27, the Young Money stars revealed that a second outing would be appropriate for their respective new albums.

"We’re tied up tonight. I know there has to be a winner or they want to see a winner, but I’ve got an idea," Drake can be heard saying in a video from the Texas performance posted by Revolt TV. "I feel like, you put out this Carter V, I put out this Views from the 6, we do this tour again next year and we start that bitch in Houston.”

Drake is rumored to be releasing his forthcoming LP Views from the 6 later this fall while Wayne is expected to release Tha Carter V on October 28.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Meghan Trainor Leads Female Artists to Chart Milestone; Tove Lo & Clean Bandit Hit the Top 10

Epic RecordsHere's ironclad proof that pop music in 2014 is all about the women: there's now been an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire month.

Billboard reports that this four-week all-femme top five streak is the longest such streak in 15 years, and only the second in the entire 56-year history of the Hot 100.  Leading the way is Meghan Trainor and her hit "All About That Bass," which is #1 for a fourth week, while Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off" is #2.  Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is #3; Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" is #4 and rounding things out at #5 is "Bang Bang" featuring Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki.

The last time females locked down the top five for a month, it was 1999, and the artists ruling the chart then included Monica, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, Cher, Brandy, Whitney Houston and Sarah McLachlan.

Elsewhere, two hot young non-American acts score their first top 10s.  Swedish singer Tove Lo jumps from #13 to #7 with her first chart single "Habits (Stay High)"; her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, just came out this week.  And British act Clean Bandit scores their first U.S. top 10 with "Rather Be."


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Nico & Vinz's Debut Album Streaming Online Now, Duo Records New Song for Reese Witherspoon Movie 

Sara McColgan/Warner Bros. RecordsYou've heard Nico & Vinz's worldwide smash "Am I Wrong," and now you can hear their entire debut album, Black Star Elephant, two weeks before it arrives in stores October 14.

The album, which is currently available for pre-order, is now streaming on the New York Times' website.  The 14-track disc is sort of a concept album, telling the coming-of-age story of a fictional character whose story mirrors the duo's own journey from unknowns in Oslo, Norway to worldwide domination.  In addition to "Am I Wrong," the disc features the brand new single "In Your Arms."

Meanwhile, the duo has recorded a brand new song called "Find a Way" for the soundtrack for the drama The Good Lie, which is opens in select theaters this weekend.  Starring Reese Witherspoon and Carey Stoll, the film is about young Sudanese refugees who resettle in America.  "Find a Way" can be heard in the trailer for the film, and on the movie's soundtrack.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Live Unveils New Song "We Open the Door"

Image Courtesy of Think Loud RecordingsLive has released another new song from the band's upcoming album, The Turn. Entitled, "We Open the Door," the new track can now be heard on the band's YouTube page. The video is introduced by guitarist Chad Taylor, who gives his thoughts on "We Open the Door."

"When we wrote 'We Open the Door,' we knew we had a Live album," Taylor says. "There's mysticism and that odd spiritual thing that we do, and just this really tight rhythm section."

The Turn will come out on October 28 via Think Loud Music. The album will be Live's first in eight years, and the first with new lead singer Chris Shinn.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Six-Disc, 45th Anniversary Edition of The Velvet Underground's Self-Titled Third Album Due in November

Polydor/UMeAn expansive six-CD version of The Velvet Underground's critically acclaimed self-titled third album will be released November 24The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features two separate stereo mixes of the 1969 album, as well as a mono mix, a disc of 1969 recordings originally intended for the influential rock act's fourth release, and two CDs of live tracks from a pair of November 1969 San Francisco concerts.

Prior to the recording of The Velvet Underground, the Lou Reed-led band had welcomed new singer/bassist Doug Yule, who replaced founding member John Cale.  The album, which found the group moving away from the noisy experimental sound featured on many songs on its first two records, was populated with such sonically delicate, introspective tunes as "Pale Blue Eyes," "Candy Says," "Jesus," and "I'm Set Free."

The CD containing the aforementioned 1969 sessions includes mostly previously unreleased mixes of songs that appeared on the rarities collections VU and Another View, which were issued in 1985 and 1988, respectively.  Among the songs are early versions of tunes that eventually appeared on some of Reed's solo albums, including "Andy's Chest," "Ocean," "I Can't Stand It," and "Lisa Says."

The two live discs boast songs the band's from the band's November 26 and 27, 1969, shows at San Francisco's The Matrix, a club owned by Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin.  Most of these tracks also have not been released before.

The updated Velvet Underground album also will be sold in several other configurations, including a two-CD set featuring a remastered version of the album and a disc of select recordings from the Matrix concerts; a single CD; and digital editions of the single-disc record and the Super Deluxe set.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Jordin Sparks Tells Wendy Williams She's "Good" Following Split from Jason Derulo

ABC/Richard HarbaughIn an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, Jordin Sparks again addressed the end of her three-year relationship with Jason Derulo.

Jordin insisted that she's "good" following their breakup, and that Jason is a "good guy." However, for what it's worth, she declined to comment when asked if he'd been unfaithful during their time together.

Host Wendy Williams mentioned the external pressure the couple may have felt to get married, and brought up the release of Jason's song "Marry Me."  Jordin, who appeared in the "Marry Me" video, replied, "Hey, listen, we set ourselves up for that....We set ourselves up for that pressure."

Williams asked Jordin whether she'll return the BMW that Jason had given her as a Christmas present. Judging by her answer, she doesn't feel a strong emotional attachment to the car: "I haven't really had time to think about it, but yeah, I probably will."

Jordin added, "Hey, he can have it."

The singer noted that she's now living alone in Los Angeles for the first time, and is enjoying exploring her neighborhood and meeting new people.

Aside from the breakup talk, Jordin discussed her new film, Left Behind, which opens Friday, as well as her work on her next album. She said she hopes to have new music out by the end of the year.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and Wife, Tiffany Fallon, Welcome Their Third Child

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCongratulations to Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, on the arrival of their third child. The baby girl is named Devon Olivia, and she came into the world Monday night in Nashville weighing six pounds, 11 ounces. She joins the couple's older children, six-year-old Jagger and four-year-old Raquel.

"We are so thrilled to finally become a party of five,” Joe Don tells People. “Jagger and Raquel are so happy to be her big brother & big sister.”


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Jason Aldean's New Album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," Now Streaming Online Prior to Next Week's Release

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFans curious to check out Jason Aldean's new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, can now stream the whole thing before it comes out next week. The project is now live at JasonAldean.CMT.com and on the CMT Artists app.

Jason has already released a few songs from Old Boots, New Dirt on iTunes, including his latest hit, "Burnin' It Down."  That song recently hit the platinum sales and streaming mark faster than any other country single released this year.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Grammy Eligibility Has Ended; Beyonce, Pharrell Should Receive Nominations

Eric McCandless/CBSKeyshia Cole, Mary J Blige and others entertainers with winter albums scheduled shouldn't expect any nominations for the biggest night in music, because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was Tuesday, September 30.

So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has predicted that Beyonce is the front runner in the Album of the Year category. The publications suggests that Beyonce's self-titled surprise album will likely compete against Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" and Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour."

For Record of the Year, Billboard says Pharrell's "Happy" and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" could potentially contend with Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" and Smith's "Stay with Me."

For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "All of Me" by John Legend and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" are likely to receive nods.

The official nominations will be announced in December. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Prince Joins Facebook, Hosts Bizarre Fan Q&A

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince is officially on the social media train.  The notoriously introverted singer created a verified Facebook account on Tuesday, the same day he released two new albums.

In an effort to promote his dual projects, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, Prince announced to fans that he would participate in a live Q&A.  However, it took hours before he answered the first question, which proved to be an unexpected one: "Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz [Hertz] sound frequencies??"

The legendary musician responded by providing a link to an article.

He opted not to answer any further questions.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Jennifer Hudson's "JHUD" Enters Top Ten on Billboard 200 Chart 

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Jennifer Hudson's JHUD has landed at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the singer's third album sold 24,000 units in its first week, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 19,000 to 22,000 copies.

Although the set has become Hudson's third top-10 album, it marks her lowest sales start of her career; 2011's I Remember Me debuted at number two and sold 165,000 copies its first week.

JHUD includes contributions from Iggy Azalea and R. Kelly, as well as her Pharrell-produced single, "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," featuring T.I., and "Walk It Out," which was produced by Timbaland.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown's X has slipped from #2 to #6 on the chart, selling an additional 37,000 copies.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Alt-J to Headline Madison Square Garden

Image Courtesy of Gabriel GreenAlt-J is having quite the week. Their latest album, This Is All Yours, was released on September 23 to considerable critical and popular acclaim and debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. Now, they've announced that they'll play their biggest American show yet: at Madison Square Garden.

The keyboard-shortcut loving group will headline MSG on March 30, 2015 with support from electro-pop band Phantogram. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

Alt-J will begin their fall North American tour on October 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour takes them through November 19 and will end in Washington, D.C.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Five Finger Death Punch Added to Yahoo's Streaming Concert Series

Image Courtesy of Prospect ParkFive Finger Death Punch will live stream their October 11 show from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA as a part of Yahoo's streaming concert series. The stream will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET via the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.

In partnership with Live Nation, Yahoo's concert series is live-streaming 365 shows in 12 months. Other band's slated to stream during the series include Rise Against, The Used, and The Pretty Reckless.

5FDP is currently on an arena co-headlining tour with Volbeat. That tour wraps up on October 24 in Las Vegas.


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