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Monday
Apr202015

KISS Teaming Up with Scooby-Doo in New Full-Length Animated Film

Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentZoinks!  A new animated feature film starring everybody's favorite makeup-wearing rock band, KISS, and everybody's favorite mystery-solving canine, Scooby-Doo, will be arriving in the summer.  Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a high-def digital download on July 21.

The movie's plot is centered on a big concert the rockers are scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World.  The show is set to take place on Halloween, but a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors, which may lead to the cancellation of the performance.

Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. sleuths -- Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred -- proceed to team up with KISS' members to see if they can foil the Crimson Witch's sinister plan, which involves the summoning an evil character named The Destroyer that seeks to destroy the Earth.

The movie features six classic KISS songs, as well as voice cameos from a variety of celebrities, including Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.

"KISS's spectacular theatrics mixed with Scooby-Doo's delightful antics create the perfect blend for an original new story," says Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Mary Ellen Thomas.  "This film is pure fun.  Adults will delight in seeing one of America's greatest rock bands, KISS, presented in gorgeous animation and kids will be entertained by Scooby-Doo solving a rock and roll mystery with his pals."

This actually isn't the first time KISS will be joining forces with Scooby and the gang.  A cartoon version of the band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?


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Monday
Apr202015

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill and Drug Charges

Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd apparently has admitted to doing some dirty deeds.  New Zealand's ONE News reports that the 60-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer pleaded guilty to three criminal charges -- including threatening to kill, and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine -- Tuesday morning in a district court in his home of Tauranga, New Zealand.

According to ONE News, Rudd faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence for the threatening to kill charge, while the drug charges could result in a several-month sentence or a monetary fine.  The case has now been adjourned until June 26, and Rudd's attorney, Craig Tuck, has announced that he plans to apply for a discharge without conviction for the rocker, which, if granted, could mean no jail time for drummer.

Rudd was arrested in November of last year, and initially also was charged with being involved in a murder-for-hire plot, although that charge was quickly dropped.

It's not clear what Phil's future with AC/DC will be. The band has announced that Chris Slade, who previously was a member of the band from 1989 to 1994, will be behind the drum kit for the group's 2015 Rock or Bust tour.


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Monday
Apr202015

Is Ciara Dating NFL Star Russell Wilson?

Epic RecordsSeven months after splitting with ex-fiance Future, Ciara may have already found a new love interest in Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The pair were spotted on at the Rangers vs. Mariners baseball game on Sunday afternoon, but we may never have noticed had Major League Baseball not pointed it out.  "@DangeRussWilson trying to be incognito at the @Rangers-@Mariners game," read a message posted to  the official MLB Twitter account alongside a photo.

In the picture, the rumored couple can be seen wearing shades and sitting next to each other -- Ci Ci posted also selfie on her Instagram in which she appears to be wearing the same outfit as she is seen wearing in another social media pic of the pair at the game.

Neither has commented on the reports.


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Monday
Apr202015

Stone Sour to Release Two More Covers EPs 

Image Courtesy of Roadrunner RecordsFresh off the release of Meanwhile in Burbank for Record Store Day, Corey Taylor has announced that Stone Sour will be recording two more five-song covers EPs. Taylor revealed the news to Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on his podcast The Jasta Show.

"The second one's called Straight Outta Burbank, and the third one's called No Sleep Till Burbank," Taylor tells Jasta. The titles are apparent references to rap group N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton and the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

Meanwhile in Burbank features Stone Sour covers of songs Metallica, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath and KISS. Taylor says the next two EPs will focus on an entirely new group of artists.

"The next album, just to give you a little hint, it's got everything from Bad Brains to Mötley Crüe on it,” says Taylor. "And then the third one is going to probably have everything from Violent Femmes to Rage Against the Machine."

In the meantime, Taylor will reconvene with Jasta when Slipknot and Hatebreed tour together starting April 29 in Pensacola, Florida.


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Monday
Apr202015

Panic! at the Disco Releases New Track, "Hallelujah" 

DCD2/Fueled by RamenPanic! at the Disco is back with new music. The band has released "Hallelujah," their first new song in two years. You can listen to "Hallelujah" now on SoundCloud.com.

"Hallelujah" is also Panic's first new song since founding drummer Spencer Smith announced he was officially leaving the band. Frontman Brendon Urie is the only original Panic! member left still in the band.

"As I begin what feels like a new chapter of my life, I’m filled with immense excitement and a fresh sense of hope," Urie writes on his band's website. "I’ve seen this band through every phase, every change, every hardship. And yet my appreciation and love grows with every breath."

"So I lift my arms in praise of your greatness," he continues. "YOU are great. YOU are beautiful. YOU are talented, and smart, and kind, and loving, and generous, and simply amazing. And you make me want to scream "HALLELUJAH!" from the top of my lungs with every bit of fervor and strength I possess. And I invite you to join me as you have over and over again."

Panic! will perform "Hallelujah" at tonight's Shorty Awards, which celebrate the best in social media. The event will be streamed live at ShortyAwards.com.

Panic! is working on their currently untitled fifth studio album.


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Monday
Apr202015

Elton John Named UK's Most Generous Celebrity

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John's not just a multi-multi-millionaire -- he's also a charitable one.  On The Sunday Times' annual "Rich List," he's named as the U.K.'s most generous celebrity, donating just under $36 million to charity last year.

The Times reports Elton gave away what amounts to 8.9% of his overall wealth, mostly to his AIDS Foundations in the UK and the U.S.  Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and One Direction, who donated about $1.8 million, including money they raised for Stand Up to Cancer, and a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold on their world tour.

Eric Clapton gave just over $2 million, raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction. Rounding out the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani, who gave $1.6 million to charity.


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Monday
Apr202015

Hozier Announces New Fall North American Tour Dates

Alex LakeFresh off his Coachella debut, Hozier has announced a slew of new fall tour dates in the U.S. and Canada.

The tour will kick off September 4 in Aspen, Colorado, and make stops including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on September 29 and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas on October 11. The Irish singer-songwriter will close things out at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, California, on October 23.

Hozier’s current U.S. tour wraps up on May 10 in New Jersey. On May 17, he’ll perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Tickets for his fall North American run go on sale this Friday. Here is the list of new dates:

9/4 -- Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass
9/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Northlands Park
9/6 -- Calgary, AB, X Fest
9/7 -- Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival
9/10 -- Saint Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
9/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
9/12 -- St Louis, MO, Loufest
9/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
9/15 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
9/24 -- Tempe, AZ, Summer Ends Music Festival
9/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful Festival
9/27 -- Boston, MA, Boston Calling
9/29 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
10/4 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival
10/6 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
10/8 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre
10/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
10/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival
10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
10/15 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Cost Credit Union Open Air Theatre SDSU
10/18 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/20 -- Portland, OR, Rose garden- Theater of the Clouds
10/22 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino- Grand Theatre
10/23 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre


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Monday
Apr202015

Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and getting to watch from there was one of the best moments ever,” he remembers.

As for Cole’s draft pick, his money is on Shane Ray from the University of Missouri. He believes Ray would “help get pressure on the quarterback and add to what [the new coach] is trying to build.” The Atlanta Falcons will pick eighth when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 30.


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Monday
Apr202015

Elton John Named UK's Most Generous Celebrity

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John's not just a multi-multi-millionaire -- he's also a charitable one.  On The Sunday Times' annual "Rich List," he's named as the U.K.'s most generous celebrity, donating just under $36 million to charity last year.

The Times reports Elton gave away what amounts to 8.9% of his overall wealth, mostly to his AIDS Foundations in the UK and the U.S.  Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and Eric Clapton donated just over $2 million, raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction.

Also on the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, who gave $1.6 million to charity.


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Monday
Apr202015

Tyrese Congratulates Chris Brown on Fatherhood

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Shortly after Chris Brown posted an adorable photo of himself apparently with his daughter, Royalty, one of his supporters, Tyrese, has publicly wished him well.

The singer took to Instagram to applaud Brown for taking care of his family and offered advice for the first-time dad. "You have no idea how much literally EVERYTHING changed for me when I was blessed with my angel Shayla Gibson," Tyrese says of his own daughter. "Chris.... My brother Everything is going to change.... Everything is going to change..... I repeat... Everything is going to change."

Tyrese credits the birth of his daughter changes he made in the people he associated with, changes that he suggests  Brown make as well. "People are in your life for a reason, others are there for a SEASON and its important to recognize when people['s] SEASONS are OVER," he writes in the lengthy caption. "You can't walk into the new SEASON of your life with DEAD WEIGHT.... It will weigh you down and ultimately STOP you from reaching your goals and tapping into higher levels of happiness."

He ends by warning the singer to keep family first. "It's not about you anymore, everything we DO, SAY, everyone that we ALLOW to stay around us, every deal offer you accept, will directly effect your daughter," Tyreses writes.


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Monday
Apr202015

Bobby Brown's Lawyer Issues Clarification on Condition of Bobbi Kristina

LifetimeAn attorney for Bobby Brown has issued a statement clarifying the singer's comments on the condition of Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with the late Whitney Houston.

"Bobbi Kristina’s condition has changed since moving from Emory University Hospital and there has been improvement," the attorney, Christopher Brown, revealed. "Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life. However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come."

As previously reported, on Sunday, the singer announced during a concert in Dallas, "Bobbi Kristina is awake" and "she's watching me."  Bobbi Kristina had been unresponsive since January 31, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home.

Brown's current wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, also released a statement saying that her husband was in "an emotional state" when he first announced the news of his daughter's improvements.

"She has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard," said Alicia. "I just wish my husband could deal with this most painful and difficult time with people surrounding him who fully support and pray for Bobbi Kristina’s recovery and only her recovery."

Bobbi Kristina's grandmother, Cissy Houston, also issued a statement, obtained by People magazine. Houston said, "I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."

"Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me," she added.


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Monday
Apr202015

Adam Lambert Unveils Track Listing, Cover Art for New Album

Warner Bros. RecordsAdam Lambert has revealed the track listing and the cover art for his upcoming album, The Original High. The former American Idol runner-up shared the details with his fans on social media.

The cover art features a black-and-white picture of a smoldering Adam clad in a leather jacket. The track listing of 11 songs includes a collaboration with Swedish pop star Tove Lo [tohv LOW] on a song called “Rumors.” In addition, Queen guitarist Brian May plays on a song titled “Lucy.”  Adam, of course, has spent the last couple of years touring on-and-off with the legendary British rock band as their lead singer.

The first single from the album, “Ghost Town,” premieres tomorrow, April 21. The Original High does not yet have a release date. Adam, who finished up his latest tour with Queen in February, hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Trespassing.

Here is the full track listing for The Original High:

“Ghost Town”
“The Original High”
“Another Lonely Night”
“Underground”
“There I Said It”
“Rumors" (feat. Tove Lo)
“Evil in the Night”
“Lucy" (feat. Brian May)
“Things I Didn't Say”
“The Light”
“Heavy Fire”

Track Listing #TheOriginalHigh

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Monday
Apr202015

Adam Lambert's New Album Includes Appearances by Tove Lo, Queen's Guitarist

Warner Bros. RecordsAdam Lambert has revealed the track listing and the cover art for his upcoming album, The Original High. The former American Idol runner-up shared the details with his fans on social media.

The cover art features a black-and-white picture of a smoldering Adam clad in a leather jacket. The track listing of 11 songs includes a collaboration with none other than Tove Lo on a song called “Rumors.” In addition, Brian May, guitarist for the legendary British rock band Queen, plays on a song titled “Lucy.”  Adam, of course, has spent the last couple of years touring on-and-off with Queen as their lead singer.

The first single from the album, “Ghost Town,” premieres tomorrow, April 21. The Original High does not yet have a release date. Adam, who finished up his latest tour with Queen in February, hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Trespassing.

Here is the full track listing for The Original High:

“Ghost Town”
“The Original High”
“Another Lonely Night”
“Underground”
“There I Said It”
“Rumors" (feat. Tove Lo)
“Evil in the Night”
“Lucy" (feat. Brian May)
“Things I Didn't Say”
“The Light”
“Heavy Fire”

Track Listing #TheOriginalHigh

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Monday
Apr202015

LL Cool J Loves Playing the Hero on 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

Island Def JamLL Cool J is truly enjoying his acting career. On Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael, the rapper-turned-actor discussed what he loves most about his role in NBC's hit drama NCIS: Los Angeles.

"It's a lot of fun, plus I get to play a hero, you get to play this character that has the values that I believe in," LL says of his character Sam Hanna. "You know, he believe in protecting his family, protecting his country, protecting our way of life, you know, he puts his life on the line every day."

LL Cool J adds that another perk of the job is all the gadgets the cast gets to use. "The technologies we use on NCIS: Los Angeles are all real.  It may be sped up for the sake of the episode, I mean, a case might take six months instead of a couple of days, but all of that technology is very real," he says.

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.


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Monday
Apr202015

Chris Brown & Rihanna's Previously Unreleased Duet Leaks Online

RCA RecordsA previously unreleased song from Chris Brown and Rihanna has leaked online.

The former couple worked together on a track called "Put It Up," which was recorded and then scrapped from Brown's last album, X. Over a mid-tempo beat, Chris and Rih sing about reconciling and getting intimate once again.

"I’m gonna explore all of your body," sings RiRi, while Breezy responds, "Treat me like I’m your property/I’m about to be your biggest fan."

Brown and Rihanna previously collaborated on "Birthday Cake" and "Nobody’s Business," both of which appear on Rihanna's 2012 album, Unapologetic.


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Monday
Apr202015

Brett Eldredge Confesses to Making Out to "Toy Story"

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFirst, People named Brett Eldredge one of its sexiest men. Now the country heartthrob is opening up to the magazine about his first heavy-duty encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie -- it might have been Toy Story. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he jokes. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, Brett says “lay a smack on those lips and sing her a song,” admitting that his technique may not have been quite up to par at that age. “You’re so nervous on that first kiss, you know, I don’t think it went too well, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Brett admits serenading the ladies is still one of his “favorite sports,” name-checking John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as a go-to tune. Currently working on his second album, the “Mean to Me” hitmaker made the comments during one of People’s Golf Cart Confessionals taped before Sunday’s ACM Awards. You can watch the entire episode online.


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Monday
Apr202015

Mumford & Sons Release New Track, "Snake Eyes"

Credit: James Minchin IIIMumford & Sons have shared a third track from their forthcoming album, Wilder Mind. The new song, called "Snake Eyes," starts off quietly before exploding into a raucous electric chorus. You can listen to "Snake Eyes" now on YouTube.

"Snake Eyes" follows previously released tracks "The Wolf" and lead single "Believe." All three songs show off Mumford & Sons' new, electric, banjo-less sound.

In other Mumford & Sons news, the band is adding to their tour a show at The Forum in Los Angeles August 17. The LA show will go on sale April 24 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com.

Wilder Mind will be released May 4.


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Monday
Apr202015

Sixx:A.M. to Stream Tonight's Concert Live

Credit: Paul BrownSixx:A.M. is currently in the midst of their first ever full-scale headlining tour, which makes a stop at the Vic Theatre in Chicago tonight, April 20. If you can't make it to tonight's show, have no fear -- the Vic concert will be streamed live on Yahoo! starting at 9:15 p.m. ET.

Sixx:A.M., which, of course, features Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, has played one-off live shows before, but this current trek marks the first time the band has been brought out for a proper tour. The outing, which features support from cello-rockers Apocalyptica, will wrap up April 29 in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Other artists scheduled for the Yahoo! Live series include Halestorm April 23, Stone Temple Pilots on April 27, and Testament April 28, as well as alt-rock bands Death Cab for Cutie, Walk the Moon, and Kaiser Chiefs. Additionally, the "rock" weekend of Rock in Rio USA, featuring Metallica, No Doubt and Linkin Park, will be streamed live May 8 and 9.


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Monday
Apr202015

Zayn Malik Returns to Twitter to Thank Fans for Support

Jeff Daly/NBCZayn Malik resurfaced on Twitter Monday to thank those who have supported him since he decided to leave One Direction.

“Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x,” Zayn wrote.

He then clarified, “The x is a kiss by the way ha it's not a mystery .. sorry to any confused ...”

Before today’s tweets, the last time Zayn tweeted was back in March, when he defended himself against rumors that he had cheated on his girlfriend, Perrie Edwards.  Shortly after that tweet, he announced he was leaving One Direction.

Last week, Zayn made his first solo red carpet appearance since exiting the band, attending the Asian Awards in London with his mom as his date. He debuted his new look, which included a shaved head and a pierced nose.

The rest of his former band mates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson -- are currently working on their fifth studio album.


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Monday
Apr202015

Madonna Reportedly Can't Stop Texting During Off-Broadway Show

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotYou’d think Madonna would know basic theater etiquette. The pop icon took in a performance of the Off-Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton in New York City Saturday evening, but she was reportedly texting throughout the entire second act.  

According to the New York Daily News, Madonna's rude phone usage was noticed by the show’s star, author and composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. When Lin-Manuel took the stage at the end of the show to urge audience members to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, he mentioned that there was someone in the audience who could afford a hefty donation -- and hinted that person did a lot texting. The dig was allegedly aimed at Madonna.

Later, Lin-Manuel tweeted, “Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage #noselfieforyou.” The tweet was later removed.

Madonna has yet to comment on the alleged incident.


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