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Tuesday
Jul072015

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Appearing on New Ryan Seacrest Series, "Knock Knock Live"

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are teaming up with Ryan Seacrest to surprise some unsuspecting fans on Ryan's new Fox series, Knock Knock Live.

The show enlists Kellie Pickler and a few other personalities to show up unannounced on people's doorsteps across the country. Should they answer the door, the person living there might have a chance to win a prize, turn their wildest dream into reality or meet their favorite celebrities, like Luke or FGL.

Look for Knock Knock Live to premiere July 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Watch Unveiling of Super Deluxe Reissue of Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" in New Video

Atlantic/Swan SongRock fans now can get a look inside the upcoming Super Deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin's 1979 album, In Through the Out Door, by checking out new "unboxing" video that's been posted on the band's official website and YouTube channel.  The clip shows the unveiling of the box set's two CDs, two LPs, 80-page book, limited-edition print and high-def digital download card.

The video also features snippets of a few songs from the album, including "In the Evening" and "All My Love."  The upcoming Super Deluxe Edition of In Through the Out Door includes a bonus CD and LP of companion audio tracks featuring rough mixes of each of the original album's seven songs.  It also boasts packaging replicating the original release, including the brown paper sleeve in which that the record was housed.

The In Through the Out Door reissues will be released on July 31 as part of the final installment Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign.  Remastered and expanded versions of the band's 1976 album, Presence, and its 1982 rarities collection, Coda, also will hit stores that day.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Elton John to Open Inaugural Universal Music Festival in Spain This Month

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John will wind down his current European tour with a performance later this month at the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, Spain.

Elton will open the week-long festival with a "Solo Piano Show" on July 20.  His performance will take place in Madrid's Teatro Real, a 1,700-seat venue that typically hosts opera, ballet and classical music concerts.

The festival, which boasts an extensive lineup of some of the biggest names in Latin music, will run from July 20 to July 27.  According to Billboard, the event is being hosted by Universal Music Spain and Spanish management/entertainment companies LaRock Entertainment and Concert Tour.

After the fest, John will head to the U.S. for an August 8 concert in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and an August 9 appearance at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Elton John to Open Universal Music Festival in Spain

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is heading to Spain this summer. He’ll be performing at the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, according to Billboard.

Elton will open the week-long festival with his “Solo Piano Show” on July 20. His performance will take place in Madrid’s Teatro Real, a 1,700-seat venue that typically hosts opera, ballet and classical music concerts.

The festival, which boasts an extensive line-up of some of the biggest names in Latin music, will run from July 20 to July 27. It’s being hosted by Universal Music Spain and Spanish management/entertainment companies LaRock Entertainment and Concert Tour.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Chris Cornell Reissuing Solo Debut Under Original Title, "Euphoria Mourning"

Universal Music EnterprisesChris Cornell's solo debut, Euphoria Morning, is getting the reissue and remaster treatment under its original name.  The album will be released as Euphoria Mourning -- that's "mourning" with a "u" -- on vinyl, CD and digitally on August 14.

"The title of the record has been restored to its original spelling, which was changed before release after I listened to some bad advice," says Cornell in a statement.  "It's difficult to describe the satisfaction of seeing this as I had originally conceived it," he adds on Twitter.  "1 letter is everything."

Cornell released his solo debut in 1999, two years after Soundgarden first broke up.  He's since released two more solo studio efforts, plus a live acoustic album, Songbook.  Cornell's next solo effort, Higher Truth, comes out September 18.

Here is the track list for Euphoria Mourning:

"Can't Change Me"
"Flutter Girl"
"Preaching the End of the World"
"Follow My Way"
"When I'm Down"
"Mission"
"Wave Goodbye"
"Moonchild"
"Sweet Euphoria"
"Disappearing One"
"Pillow of Your Bones"
"Steel Rain"

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Nathan Sykes Covers the Meghan Trainor-Charlie Puth Duet, "Marvin Gaye"

Yu TsaiNathan Sykes recently put his soulful spin on the Meghan Trainor-Charlie Puth duet, “Marvin Gaye,” during a live session with U.K.’s Capital FM. In his acoustic cover, he sings a mash-up of the pop song and the 1973 Marvin Gaye track that inspired it -- "Let's Get It On."

Nathan’s rendition already has received praise from Charlie Puth on Twitter. “@NathanSykes dude you have such a good voice it’s ridiculous…love the ‘Marvin Gaye’ cover xx,” he writes.

It wasn’t the first time Nathan sang a Meghan Trainor duet. Back in April, he joined Meghan on stage at her Birmingham, England show to sing her song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You."

Nathan, formerly of The Wanted, will be performing his first solo U.S. show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on July 22. His debut single, “Kiss Me Quick,” is out now.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" Still No. 1 on Songs of the Summer Chart

Catie Laffoon/Atlantic RecordsIn the race to be crowned Song of the Summer, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth seems to be the clear frontrunner. The song has been number one on Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart for the past five weeks.

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, came in just below “See You Again” on this week’s chart. It’s held onto the number two spot each week, and could prove to be a strong contender in the battle for the Song of the Summer title.

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is at number three, WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up and Dance” ranks number four and a new contender, OMI’s “Cheerleader,” rounds out the top five. “Cheerleader” has continued to gain momentum since debuting on the season’s first tally at number 16.

The Songs of the Summer chart tracks the top 20 most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of that time period, a top song of summer will be named.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Tamia Announces Dates for Love Life Tour

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After releasing her long awaited album Love Life last month, Tamia is gearing up to hit the road.

The singer announced the dates for her summer outing, the Love Life Tour, which will kick off on August 20 in New York City and make stops throughout the U.S., including in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Orlando, before continuing to Dallas on September 19.

"Let's #LoveLife together," Tamia wrote on Instagram before posting the dates.

Additional dates will be revealed at a later time.

Here are the Love Life Tour dates:

8/20 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
8/21 -- Baltimore, DC, Rams Head Live
8/22 -- Washington. DC, Howard Theatre
8/23 -- Washington. DC, Howard Theatre
8/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
8/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Fillmore
8/29 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
9/16 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
9/19 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Alicia Keys Named Brand Ambassador for New Levi's Jeans

Michelangelo Di Battista/ RCA RecordsWe’ve got the skinny on Alicia Keys’ new skinny jeans campaign. The singer has officially been named Levi’s brand ambassador for their updated women’s denim line, The New York Times reports.

Alicia says she was attracted to the project because of the brand’s recent overhaul, which aims to make their jeans more comfortable and flattering to all body types. According to the Times, the new jeans have an almost yoga-worthy amount of stretch -- something Alicia, who recently gave birth to her second child, appreciates.

“It’s so much better because the stretch is really comfortable,” she tells the paper. “You don’t have to lie on the bed to get them up. You know, I’m a very shapely woman, and often a lot of fashion does not seem to celebrate a shapely woman. But that courtesy should be present in everything we wear.”

She adds that she prefers the high-waisted skinny style. “My personal jeans slogan is, ‘If it ain’t tight, it ain’t right,’” she says.

The singer posted a photo from her ad campaign on Instagram Tuesday. She wears a pair of tight black Levi’s, with a black top and black leather jacket. Alicia captioned the photo, “I find that when I see women that are comfortable in their skin… whatever that is, however that is and whatever way that manifests itself… it’s beautiful! #LiveInLevis”

In addition to print ads, she’ll star in a video that will appear on TV, in movie theaters and on the web. The video will feature  “28,000, ”a song from her upcoming album.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Corey Taylor Takes on Kanye West: "You Are Not the Greatest Living Rock Star"

Credit: Travis ShinnDuring Kanye West's headlining set at Glastonbury, the rapper declared himself the "greatest living rock star on the planet." That remark didn't sit well with everyone, especially Corey Taylor.

"Kanye, you are not -- not -- the greatest living rock star of all time," the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says in a video for Music Choice. "The fact that you had to tell people that kind of says it all."  Adding that being the guy who brags about being the biggest rock star is like being the guy who brags about having the most girlfriends. "They never get as much as they brag about," Taylor says.

"Stop it," Taylor adds before slapping his wrist. "Stop it!"

For more things that Taylor isn't a big fan of, you can read his new book, You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception that Humans Have Any Common Sense Left, which is available now.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop Featured on Upcoming New Order Album

Credit: Nick WilsonBrandon Flowers and Iggy Pop will lend their vocal talents to New Order's forthcoming album, Music Complete. The Killers frontman will guest on a song called "Superheated," while the Godfather of Punk sings on the track "Stray Dog."

Flowers' music, both solo and with The Killers, is heavily influenced by New Order and the band that gave it birth, Joy Division. In fact, he named The Killers after the band featured in New Order's "Crystal" video. Pop is also a fan, having performed Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with New Order's Bernard Sumner at the Tibet House benefit in New York City last year.

Along with the special guests on Music Complete, New Order has also revealed plans for a European tour this fall. The month-long trek begins November 4 in Paris and will conclude November 24 in Wolverhampton, England. Visit NewOrder.com for all ticket info.

Music Complete, New Order's first full-length album in 10 years, will be released on September 25. Here's the track list:

"Restless"
"Singularity"
"Plastic"
"Tutti Frutti"
"People on the High Line"
"Stray Dog"
"Academic"
"Nothing but a Fool"
"Unlearn This Hatred"
"The Game"
"Superheated"

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Florida Georgia Line Takes You to Their Backstage Cornhole Tournament in New YouTube Clip

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line takes their cornhole games very seriously, as seen in Episode 17 of the duo's Inside the Line YouTube series.

The clip features footage from FGL's band and crew's backstage cornhole tournament, complete with custom-made cornhole boards and bags. Though the duo's Brian Kelley participated in the competition, he didn't end up winning the tournament.

The rest of the episode features footage from one of Florida Georgia Line's headlining shows. They're on the bill for Luke Bryan's big stadium show at Vanderbilt in Nashville this Saturday night.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Beyoncé’s Curves Inspired in a Skyscraper in Australia 

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Beyonce's figure has inspire architects to design a high-rise tower in Melbourne after her likeness.

Design magazine Dezeen Daily reports that Queen Bey's video for "Ghost" was the inspiration behind a soon-to-be-built 740-foot tower, which is described as "structurally efficient" with curves and bulges similar to the Bey's figure.

"For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic -- we're going to trust you've seen the music video for Beyonce's 'Ghost," explained the design company Elenberg Fraser on its website

Plans for the Premiere Tower were approved in May. The residential building will feature 660 apartments in addition to a 160-room hotel.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Dave Grohl Plays with Original Pearl Jam Drummer at Motorcycle Rally 

Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSBefore he played Washington, D.C.'s massive RFK Stadium with Foo Fighters on Saturday, July 4, Dave Grohl made a quick pit stop.  He joined original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen to perform covers of The Rolling Stones and Neil Young at a local motorcycle rally that same day, according to Alternative Nation.  The performance marks a rare instance where the drummer on Nevermind shared the stage with the drummer on Ten.

Joining Grohl and Krusen for the performance were Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn and Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee.  You can watch fan-recorded footage of the group playing Young's "Cinnamon Girl" now on YouTube.

During the short morning performance, Grohl played while sitting in a folding chair, with his healing leg propped on another folding chair -- a much different sight than the guitar-adorned throne that he sat atop during the Foos' 20th anniversary show at RFK Stadium.  In a fan-recorded video from the stadium concert, Grohl explains the origin of the throne, saying that he was "High as a f**king kite" when he came up with it.

Foo Fighters' massive tour in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, continues on Wednesday, July 8, in Toronto.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Janet Jackson Releases Lyric Video for "No Sleeep"

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Janet Jackson has released the lyric video for her new single, "No Sleeep." Instead of offering up a traditional visual, however, the icon included home footage of herself in the studio working on her highly anticipated album.

In the clip, posted on YouTube, we get to see Janet in her element as she records. "A tiny glimpse into our creative space while recording #NoSL333P," the singer writes on Twitter.

At one point, Janet sits on the couch, wearing a black baseball cap and dark hoodie, and nods her head to the sultry jam, which has debuted at number 15 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

"No Sleeep," produced by longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, is the lead offering from Jackson's upcoming studio album, due in the fall. The set will serve as the follow-up to 2008's Discipline.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Ariana Grande Caught Kissing Backup Dancer

Dana Edelson/NBCLooks like Ariana Grande has moved on from Big Sean. TMZ caught the singer smooching one of her backup dancers at a California doughnut shop over the weekend.

The two were apparently swapping spit in more ways than one. In security footage from Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, Ariana and the rumored new beau, Ricky Alvarez, can be seen daring each other to lick the powdered doughnuts on the counter. While it’s unclear whether their tongues actually made contact with the pastries, they definitely got close.

After their doughnut dare, Ariana gives Ricky two quick kisses and whispers something in his ear.

Back in April, Ariana and rapper Big Sean called it quits after eight months of dating.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Miguel Clarifies Frank Ocean/The Weeknd Comments: "There's Room for All Artists" 

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Miguel is clarifying his bold comments from a recent interview with U.K.'s The Sunday Times, in which he claimed to make "better music" than fellow R&B peers Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.

The singer took to Instagram to clear up any notion that he's better than any other artist.   "Yes, I am competitive, we ALL have to have a level of competitiveness to put ourselves on the line day in and day out," he writes. "But I also believe there's room for all artists."

Miguel goes on to speak on individuality and makes reference to Ocean's 2012 debut album title, Channel Orange, "There's no need to compare apples to oranges, there's something out there for everyone," he writes. "That's why I'm here and I'm able to do what I do. So, thank you to everyone who enjoys my music and all love to anyone who doesn't, we're all here to find our own wave and that's OK!"

Miguel also made sure to plug his latest album, Wildheart, which was released last month.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Diana Ross Schedules New Las Vegas Residency in November

Image Courtesy of AEG LiveDiana Ross is coming out to Las Vegas again in November for another series of performances of her show The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, which debuted at The Venetian in April.  The Motown diva has scheduled nine new dates that will take place at the same venue on November 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.

Some Memories Never Fade features Ross performing songs that span more than 50 years, and includes many of her hits with The Supremes as well as classics from her solo career.  Tickets will go on sale soon via Venetian.com, at box offices at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Vegas, and by calling 702-414-9000702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469866-641-7469 FREE.  A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Diana Ross Charitable Foundation.  Showtime for every performance is 8 p.m. local time.

"Following her nine sold-out shows in April, it is an honor to have Miss Ross back at The Venetian Theatre," says George Markantonis, president of The Venetian.  "We consider Miss Ross a part of our family and can't wait to see what she has is store for her loyal fans in this intimate venue upon her return."

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Unveils Shorter Haircut for Summer

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is rocking a shorter haircut for summer. She posted a picture of her new hairdo on Instagram with the caption, "New hair today…thanks [Lee at Style House Salon in Nashville] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid."

Look for Hillary to be showing off her new, shorter cut when Lady A's Wheels Up tour plays San Diego Friday night.

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New hair today....thanks @stylehousesalon [Lee ??] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid ?????

A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on Jul 6, 2015 at 7:03pm PDT

 

Tuesday
Jul072015

Sam Smith Hints Ellie Goulding Could Be Singing James Bond Theme

Louie Banks/InterscopeCould Ellie Goulding be singing the theme to the new James Bond movie, Spectre? Sam Smith seems to think so. In a recent interview with U.K.’s Capital FM, Sam squashed rumors that he’ll be singing the song, but hinted that Ellie might.

“People seem to think I’m doing it but I have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “I’m being deadly serious. I think I would know by now.”

But, he added, “I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it; it's definitely not me.”

She’s certainly a plausible prospect, but according to U.K.’s The Mirror, her management has denied Sam’s claims.

Adele won an Oscar for singing the theme song to Skyfall back in 2012, so whoever follows her has some big shoes to fill.

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