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Monday
Sep012014

Carrie Underwood Announces She's Pregnant

Chris Hollo

Carrie Underwood picked an appropriate day -- Labor Day -- to announce that she and her husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child.

Carrie posted on Twitter a photo of herself holding her two dogs, Ace and Penny.  The caption reads, "In honor of 'Labor' Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!"  Ace is sporting a t-shirt that reads "I'm gonna be a big brother," while Penny is wearing one that reads "I'm gonna be a big sister."

In case there was any question about whether or not Carrie and husband NHL player Mike Fisher were actually having a baby, or just getting a new puppy, he responded to a Twitter question to confirm that in fact the pair are expecting.

It's not clear how far along Carrie is in her pregnancy.  She and Fisher married in 2010.

 
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Monday
Sep012014

Taylor Swift Joining "The Voice" as Season Seven Mentor 

Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season.  The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.

Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season: she'll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Wonder will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.

A source tells US Weekly, "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor." 

The new season of The Voice begins September 22.  Taylor's new album, 1989, is out October 27.


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Monday
Sep012014

Taylor Swift Loves Blake Shelton's Pizza Hut Spots

Warner Music NashvilleTaylor Swift is apparently a fan of Blake Shelton's Pizza Hut commercials.

"I saw Taylor Swift this week," Blake tells Rolling Stone Country. "She said, 'You're so funny in those Pizza Hut commercials!' And I said, 'Yeah, Taylor. That was my goal all along as a kid: to make it to this level in country music so I could sell the most amount of pizzas possible… reach the biggest audience of pizzas that I possibly can," he jokes.

Next up, Blake returns to his regular TV gig when the new season of The Voice starts September 22. The avid sportsman's only regret is that he'll be so busy he won't be able to spend much time in a tree stand this year.

"It's funny, because every year for the past 10 years, I've had this phone call with my manager where I say, 'Hey man, this fall… I'm not kidding this time, I'm not doing it. I don't care what it is. I'm tired, I want to protect my fall — that's when deer season starts. I just want to be home.' And here we go again."

Blake's new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, comes out September 30, right before he wraps up his tour at the Hollywood Bowl on October 4.


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Monday
Sep012014

Sting Set to Perform at NYC Concert Supporting Equality for LGBT Community

Image Courtesy of Patti HintonSting is among the stars who will perform at a September 15 fundraising event in New York City supporting organizations and activists fighting for the rights of those who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).  Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, and will feature a variety of artists and speakers from around the world sharing inspiring songs and stories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice's Fueling the Frontlines campaign.  The organization is committed to improvement of the LGBTI community's rights throughout the world.

The concert, which also will feature an appearance by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, is timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the equality issue.  Visit UprisingofLove.org for more information.


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Monday
Sep012014

Vegas Headliner Britney Spears Not Interested in Going Back on the Road 

Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' residency in Las Vegas has been more successful than anyone could've imagined: it's already grossed $20 million and is scheduled well into 2015.  It's no wonder that the singer is in no hurry to go back to the old way of touring, when she was playing a different city every night.

Asked by Variety if she's eager to get back out on the road, Britney tells the publication, "Actually, no. I’m really happy with the way I’m set up right now, going to Vegas and coming back and having my foundation here [in Los Angeles]. I’m a home girl."

"I really don’t see how I went all over the place and traveled the world and did everything," she adds. "I feel like I was out of my frickin’ mind, and I did that for 15 years. But I was just so hungry and young and eager to pursue my dreams that it made sense then. It’s really easy to lose track of where you are and what you’re doing.”

Luckily, Britney is still interested in making music, despite the disappointing performance of her most recent album, Britney Jean. 

"In my off-time I do record,” she tells Variety. "Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life."

"I’m definitely more in a creative space now," she adds, and one reason is because her Vegas schedule lets her spend a lot more time at home in L.A. with her sons.  Says Britney, "You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”


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Monday
Sep012014

Celine Dion Slashes Price on Florida Mansion by $10 Million

Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentLast year, Celine Dion made headlines for putting her Florida mansion up for sale for a jaw-dropping $72.5 million.  Now, she's slashed the price...all the way down to a bargain basement $62.5 million.

The New York Daily News reports that Celine's dropped the price of the 5.7 acre waterfront estate on Jupiter Island by $10 million.  The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home has its own water park, not to mention two decks, a media room, a tennis court, a simulated golf range and a master bedroom closet with automated carousels for shoes and clothing. 

Celine and her husband Rene Angelil purchased the home in 2010.  According to the News, Celine might be in a hurry to sell the house so she can be more focused on nursing Angelil through his battle with throat cancer.  She recently canceled all her engagements until further notice for the same reason.


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Monday
Sep012014

Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" Tops Billboard's Hot R&B Songs Chart

Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih has another hit to his credit. The singer's catchy tune "Don't Tell 'Em" has secured the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart.

According to the publication, the up-tempo track has made it to #1 following an 11-week climb. The song is his first #1 on the list since the chart's inception in October 2012.

In addition, Jeremih also claims the #1 position on the Rhythmic chart,  his third chart-topper on that list and his first since "Down on Me," featuring 50 Cent, spent eight weeks atop the chart in 2011.  Elsewhere, "Don't Tell 'Em" dominates the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop charts, moving from #2 to #1 on both.

The song is lifted from Jeremih's third album, Late Nights: The Album, arriving on September 30.


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Monday
Sep012014

Papa Roach Guitarist to Publish Book of Photography

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionPapa Roach's next album won't hit stores until 2015, but there may be another release from the band before that. Guitarist Jerry Horton has something in the woprks, but it's not a musical piece, it's a book of photography. In a just-posted interview from the England's Reading Festival, Horton says that a book of his photography is "in the works." 

Horton says he was convinced to compile his snaps because "other people have said that they really love it." His own opinion is a little lower: "Me, I'm my own worst critic, and I'm thinking, 'Well, I don't really think this stuff's good enough to put a book out.'..[but] somebody within our camp said, 'You need to do something with this stuff."

Jerry Horton's photographic eye ranges near and far, he says. "I enjoy photography on an amateur level and being fortunate enough to travel everywhere, I wanna take advantage of it. I don't necessarily have any sort of focus on any one particular thing; I just shoot whatever strikes me… landscapes, portraits."

As for the new Papa Roach album, tentatively called Face Everything and Rise (F.E.A.R.), that's scheduled for an early 2015 release.


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Monday
Sep012014

Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67

Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull's original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.  He was 67.  The British-born musician's family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull's first three studio albums, 1968's This Was, 1969's Stand Up and 1970's Benefit and played on the group's early tours.  He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung.  Prior to Jethro Tull's formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band's founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull's official website.  "Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone -- especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer.  "Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull."

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, "where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire."

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children -- son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.


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Sunday
Aug312014

Train Plays the Hits, Previews New Album at Atlantic City, NJ Concert 

ABC News"Tonight is gonna be a lot of fun for us," Train frontman Pat Monahan told the crowd at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Borgata Hotel & Casino Saturday night. "Are you ready?"  The enthusiastic crowd's answer was yes, and the band obliged by playing their hits, digging deep into their back catalog, and previewing one-third of their new album Bulletproof Picasso, due September 16.

The Atlantic City date was one is a series of one-off shows in the run-up to the special album release concerts Train plans to do in September in L.A., New York and San Francisco.  Still, the band performed four tracks from the new album, including the anthemic title track, the current single "Angel in Blue Jeans," and two additional tunes: "Cadillac Cadillac" and "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," which on the album is a duet with R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius.  The band's two new female backup singers filled in for her onstage, and filled out the band's overall sound as well.

All the new songs were well-received and the band -- now a lineup of seven, including the two remaining original Train members, Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- obviously enjoyed playing them, but of course, it was the hits that went over best with the crowd.  Pat acknowledged this by introducing one of the new songs as something "we want to play before we play what you want to hear."

Opening number "Calling All Angels," plus "Drive By," "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," "Marry Me" and, of course, "Drops of Jupiter" were all greeted with wild enthusiasm by the fans; "Hey Soul Sister," the hit that revived Train's career a few years ago, featured Monahan singing with a group of adorable young girls who he'd pulled onstage. 

In general, Monahan worked overtime to please fans: he grabbed their phones and took selfies during "If It's Love," had some female fans duet with him on "Bruises," and threw dozens of t-shirts into the crowd.  He also, at various times, played sax and drums, and showed off his formidable vocal power by singing the emotional ballad "When I Look the Sky" nearly a capella, with no amplification on his voice.  He constantly praised the New Jersey crowd as being "the best," and joked that they enjoyed playing the Borgata because after the show, they got to "spend every bit of money" at the gaming tables.

Train's set list also served as a reminder that -- despite their string of recent pop hits -- they began as, and remain, a rock band.  Blistering versions of Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and Aerosmith's "Dream On" showed off those rock chops, as did performances of their debut single, "Free" and the album track "Mississippi."

Here's the set list for Train's Atlantic City concert:

"Calling All Angels"
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
"If It's Love"
"Get to Me"
"Meet Virginia"
"Bulletproof Picasso"
"When I Look to the Sky"
"What Is and What Should Never Be" (Led Zeppelin cover)
"Save Me, San Francisco"
"Free"
"Mississippi"
"Angel in Blue Jeans"
"Bruises"
"Marry Me"
"Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life"
"Hey, Soul Sister"
"Drive By"

Encores:
"Cadillac, Cadillac"
"Drops of Jupiter"
"Dream On"  (Aerosmith cover)


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Sunday
Aug312014

Country Stars Take Center Stage on MDA Show of Strength

Big Machine Label GroupRascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and Nashville's Charles Esten all take center stage on this weekend's MDA Show of Strength Telethon. Rascal Flatts' performance of "I Wish" and Sara's "A Little Bit Stronger" were both taped on the Grand Ole Opry stage.  The traditional Labor Day weekend special raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can catch this year's two-hour version this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

 
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Sunday
Aug312014

Duran Duran Headlining Unveiling Event for New Mazda Sports Car; Band Shares Details About Next Album

PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American OperationsDuran Duran will be the headliners of a special event this Wednesday in Monterey, California, that will feature the unveiling of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Starting at 6 p.m. PT, the event will be streamed live on Mazda's YouTube channel, allowing the whole world to get a first look at the car, as well as check out highlights of a performance by the band.

"Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation," says Mazda executive Russell Wager.  "In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.  It is this combination of authenticity and endurance that makes the pairing of the MX-5 and Duran Duran so appropriate for this reveal."

Simultaneous unveiling events also will be held in Tokyo and Barcelona, Spain.

Meanwhile, a series of videos featuring new interviews with Duran Duran have been posted at FashionRocksLive.com to promote the upcoming 2014 Fashion Rocks concert, in partnership with Mazda.  In one of the clips, the band members -- Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor -- share some details about the group's upcoming album, which is due out in the spring of 2015.  Among the tidbits revealed: ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante contributed his talents to the record, and The Kaiser Chiefs' Nick Hodgson co-wrote one of the new tunes.

"This new record is like Duran in extremis," says John Taylor.  "It's like everything you ever wanted from a Duran record."  The group has been collaborating with a number of producers on the project, including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson.

Additional videos focus on the band's path to stardom and their evolving fashions.

Duran Duran is one of many acts that will be performing at this year's Fashion Rocks concert.  CBS will air the event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET on September 9.  The lineup also includes KISS, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull, Usher, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.


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Sunday
Aug312014

Get Texts from, Tune In for Bret Michaels & Other Stars on Today's MDA Telethon

Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationJust a reminder that Poison frontman Bret Michaels is among the stars who will appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The two-hour broadcast starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite celebrities, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then. 

Michaels is one of the many music artists that will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast.  Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters including Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: The first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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Sunday
Aug312014

Kurt Cobain Loved Motley Crue, Says Vince Neil, and the Feeling Was Mutual

Images Courtesy Anton Corbijn/Motley RecordsTo hear Vince Neil tell it, you'd never know that there was ever any hard feelings between heavy metal and grunge.

The Motley Crue singer tells the U.K.'s Q magazine that he and his band mates weren't threatened by the early grunge movement; in fact, they were totally into it. "We went on [MTV’s] Headbanger’s Ball and we’d had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind, he says. "We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out."

Neil slags metal rockers who bad-mouthed grunge. "Only people whose careers were on the way out said that," he says. "We supported that whole thing. I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock."

Apparently the love between Motley Crue and Nirvana was a two-way street. Neil says, "I was talking to Courtney Love one time and she told me that one of Kurt [Cobain]’s favorite records was [Mötley Crüe’s 1981 album] Too Fast for Love."

The entire interview is available in the new print version of Q magazine.


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Sunday
Aug312014

Ne-Yo Responds to Atlanta Exes Backlash: "I’ve Made My Apologies"

Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBSNe-Yo has received a lot of criticism ever since his ex-fiancee Monyetta Shaw revealed during an episode of VH1′s Atlanta Exes that he broke off their engagement over the phone.

In addition to saying he had been unfaithful, Shaw also spilled that the singer encouraged her to get her tubes tied following the birth of their second child, which prompted many to bash Ne-Yo online for robbing her of the chance of having more kids with her next partner.

Seeming to have had enough of the social media scrutiny, the crooner posted a quote on his Instagram: "Nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing, or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war."

In the caption, Ne-Yo asked that his detractors look at themselves before they judge him for his past.

"I’ve made my apologies to the people I feel I wronged. I was forgiven by those people. Anybody else passing judgment on me for my past mistakes and immaturities is more than welcome to it," he wrote.  "Your opinion is your own to do with as you please. The ONLY judgment I’m truly concerned with is the ONLY one that matters. Mistakes will be made, that’s human. So again to all the perfect beings out there who feel so worthy to judge my imperfection…..ENJOY THE SHOW. #NowTHATSNonfiction #AtlExes #Vh1 #WatchIt #IfCrucifyingMeMakesYouFeelBetterAboutYouHaveAtIt"


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Sunday
Aug312014

Get Texts, Tune In for Jason Derulo, American Authors & Aloe Blacc on Sunday's MDA Telethon

ABC/Adam TaylorJason Derulo, American Authors and Aloe Blacc are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, but if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then.

Jason, the Authors and Aloe will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast. Other performers include Josh Groban, Fall Out Boy, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes

Presenters include Jason's girlfriend Jordin Sparks; ABC's Rising Star experts Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha; Alyssa Milano; Nashville's Charles Esten; Tom Bergeron; Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy; and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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Sunday
Aug312014

Get Texts, Tune In for Josh, Jordin, American Authors & More on Sunday's MDA Telethon 

ABC/Bob D'AmicoJosh Groban, Aloe Blacc and Jordin Sparks are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, tonight, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then. 

Josh and Aloe will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast, while Jordin is one of the celebrity presenters.  Other performers include Jordin's boyfriend Jason Derulo, plus American Authors, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes. 

Other presenters include Josh's Rising Star buddies Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more.  In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.


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Saturday
Aug302014

Turtles Hits Get Boxed in New Vinyl Singles Collection

FloEdCo/Manifesto RecordsThe music of the legendary 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles will be celebrated with a special box set featuring a series of 7-inch vinyl discs boasting the band's biggest hits.  The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection, which will be released on September 16, will include eight discs boasting a total of 16 tunes.

Among the songs featured are all five of The Turtles' top 10 singles, including the 1967 chart-topper "Happy Together"; "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year; and the group's first hit, a 1965 cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" that peaked at #8.

The collection also features several gems from the Turtles catalog that weren't hits, including the Warren Zevon-penned "Outside Chance" from 1966 and 1969's "Love in the City," which was produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies.

After the original Turtles broke up in 1970, founding members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan -- a.k.a Flo and Eddie -- briefly joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and also established themselves as premiere session singers.  In recent years, they've been performing under the name The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie and headlining the annual Happy Together Tour.

Here's the track list for the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection:

"It Ain't Me Babe"/"You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain"
"Let Me Be"/"Love in the City"
"You Baby"/"You Know What I Mean"
"Happy Together"/"Grim Reaper of Love"
"She'd Rather Be with Me"/"Story of Rock and Roll"
"She's My Girl"/"Can't I Get to Know You Better"
"Elenore"/"Outside Chance"
"You Showed Me"/"Sound Asleep"


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Saturday
Aug302014

Kurt Cobain Loved Motley Crue, Says Vince Neil, and the Feeling Was Mutual

Universal Music Group/Anton Corbijn; Tenth Street EntertainmentTo hear Vince Neil tell it, you'd never know that there was ever any hard feelings between heavy metal and grunge.

The Mötley Crüe singer tells the U.K.'s Q magazine that he and his band mates weren't threatened by the early grunge movement; in fact, they were totally into it.  "We went on [MTV's] Headbanger's Ball and we'd had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind, he says.  "We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out."

In addition, Neil slags metal rockers who bad-mouthed grunge.  "Only people whose careers were on the way out said that," he says.  "We supported that whole thing.  I don't know why people say grunge killed rock."

Apparently, the love between Mötley Crüe and Nirvana was a two-way street.  Neil says, "I was talking to Courtney Love one time and she told me that one of Kurt [Cobain]'s favorite records was [Mötley Crüe's 1981 album] Too Fast for Love."

The entire interview is available in the new print version of Q magazine.


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Saturday
Aug302014

Lee Ann Womack and John Legend Team Up for CMT Crossroads

Sugar Hill Lee Ann Womack teams up with John Legend for CMT's next episode of Crossroads. The pair will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee before the special  premieres in September.

Legend won the 2005 Best New Artist Grammy and performed his most recent smash hit "All of Me" at June's CMT Awards with Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Lee Ann's latest single is the title track from her new album The Way I'm Livin', her first in almost six years.

Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET, just a few days after Lee Ann's album comes out on the 23rd.


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