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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

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 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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Saturday
Aug302014

Luke James Unveils Artwork, Track List for Self-Titled Debut

Image Courtesy N.A.R.S./Island RecordsLuke James has new music coming this fall. The singer has released the track list and cover art for his self-titled debut, arriving on September 23 via N.A.R.S./Island Records.

Led by the Rick Ross-assisted single"Options," the 12-track standard edition features production from Danja, Salaam Remi, The Alliance, Kadis & Sean and Luke himself.

Fans can expect the deluxe edition of the project to feature James’ soulful rendition of Sam Smith’s "Stay with Me."

Luke James will be available for pre-order beginning September 9.

Here's the track list:

“Love XYZ”
“Dancing in the Dark”
“Don’t Do It” (Interlude)
“Trouble”
“The Run”
“Glass House”
“Exit Wounds”
“TimeX” (Interlude)
“Options” feat. Rick Ross
“Insane / Bombin’ Out” (Interlude)
“I Want You”
“Exposé”

Deluxe Edition:

“Make Love to Me”
“Options” (WolfJames Version)
“Stay with Me”


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Saturday
Aug302014

Black Keys' Patrick Carney Composes BoJack Horseman Theme Song

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/Warner Brothers RecordsThe folks behind the new Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman must be music fans. News broke earlier this week that the new series ending credits theme was composed by Grouplove, and now the Black KeysPatrick Carney has taken credit for the opening theme, which he says via tweet that he wrote with his uncle, Ralph Carney.  

The opening is a stylized little number without vocals, played over a montage of BoJack the horse at home, in nightclubs, at the supermarket, and in his swimming pool. Netflix describes Bojack Horseman as focusing on "the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s...20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show Horsin' Around, but today he's washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters."

The series stars Will ArnettAaron Paul and Amy Sedaris, and is available on Netflix now. The Patrick and Ralph Carney opening theme is streaming live on Netflix's official YouTube channel.


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Saturday
Aug302014

John Legend Teaming Up with Country Star Lee Ann Womack for "CMT Crossroads"

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry did it not long ago....now it's John Legend's turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads.

John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit "I Hope You Dance."  The two will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee -- just outside of Nashville -- before the special premieres in September.

This won't be John's first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash "All of Me" at the CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes

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.


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Friday
Aug292014

Is Madonna Slamming Lady Gaga & Ex-Husband on New Album? 

Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna's written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular -- which may or may not make the final cut -- appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called "Heartbreak City," Madonna sings -- allegedly about Guy -- "You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I'm no longer needed."  She also supposedly sings, "You tore me into pieces/You didn't have no damn reason" and "I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget."

Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.

However, the lyrics of another song, "Two Steps Behind Me," if legit, seem specifically aimed at Lady Gaga.

In that track, according to The Sun, Madonna sings, "You’re a copycat, Where is my royalty?/You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that/But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look/Did you study me hard enough? You’re never gonna be, you’re just a wannabe me."

The lyric add, "In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me/You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”

While in the past, Madonna and Gaga seemed friendly, even appearing on Saturday Night Live together, the Queen of Pop was dismissive of Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which she considered to be a ripoff of her own hit "Express Yourself."  To illustrate that point, she performed the two songs as a mash-up every night on her MDNA tour.


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Friday
Aug292014

Jason Aldean Rolls Out Steamy Clip for "Burnin' It Down"

Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Broken BowYou can check out Jason Aldean's steamy new video for "Burnin' It Down" on E!'s Music Channel.  The sexy clip, shot in Nashville earlier this month, features a scantily-clad brunette seducing a guitar player at home, while Jason and his band perform the song amid a pyro-laced backdrop.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are two of the song's co-writers. It's the first single from Jason's sixth studio album, titled Old Boots. It's due October 7, before Jason wraps his tour in Texas on October 25.


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Friday
Aug292014

Ne-Yo Previews New Single "She Knows" via Instagram 

Image courtesy Frank Micelotta/FOX

Ne-Yo is teasing a new offering from his upcoming, sixth album, Nonfiction. The singer gave fans a quick snippet of a new song called "She Knows" via his Instagram page on Thursday.

In the clip, Ne-Yo is sitting at a mixing board and nodding his head to the music while Jo Jo dances in the background.

"Taste test... "SHE KNOWS" feat. @juicyj Shout out @translucentbrownsugar (Jojo) I think she likes it. #ComingSoon #JustWaitOnIt #NONFICTION," he wrote in the caption.

The Juicy J-assisted song finds Ne-Yo lusting after a woman. "So bad, I just couldn't let her pass me, no/ I told her shorty, 'You so right, but you so wrong, so wrong, so wrong,'" he sings on the bouncy beat.

Non-Fiction is due out November 11, featuring collaborations with T.I. and Trey Songz.



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Friday
Aug292014

Neil Young Recording with Orchestra for Project Reportedly Titled "Storytone"

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAccording to multiple online reports, Neil Young has been working on a new music project that involves an orchestra.  German composer Chris Walden has revealed on his website that he contributed arrangements to a new album from the folk-rock great called Storytone, which is due out on November 4.

A series of messages that appeared over the last couple of weeks on the Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting Facebook page offer some additional details about the sessions.  A photo posted on August 19 shows Walden conducting an orchestra at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Culver City, California, while Young sings and veteran studio musician George Doering plays guitar.  A caption attached to the pic reads, "First day recording Chris Walden's fantastic arrangements for Neil Young."

A message posted on August 23 shows another photo of Walden at work, this one taken at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.  The caption for this pic reads, "2nd day of recording with Neil Young and producer Niko Bolas - this time for some awesomely loud big band arrangements by Chris Walden composer-arranger!"  Bolas has worked as an engineer and producer on numerous Young records over the years, including Landing on Water, Life, Freedom and Living with War.

The most recent Facebook post regarding Young appeared on Thursday.  It shows a photo of Neil's LincVolt hybrid car and reveals that the rock legend was back at the Sony studio "for more days of recording with orchestra and arranger Michael Bearden."  Bearden collaborated with an impressive list of music stars over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and many others.

Back in March, Young told Billboard that he was considering making "a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic."  He added, "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past."

Stay tuned as more information emerges about the upcoming album.


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Friday
Aug292014

Courtney Love's Memoir Is in Manuscript but "a Disaster," She Says 

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love has been talking about her autobiography for a while now, so it's no surprise that a Paper magazine reporter confirms spotted a manuscript form of the book while interviewing the singer in her home. However, the existence of a draft of the book doesn't mean we'll be reading it anytime soon, apparently, as Love hates it.

"It's a disaster," Love declares in the interview. "A nightmare."

True to form, Love bluntly gripes that her arrangement with her co-writer is "just not working." The singer says,"I never wanted to write a book in my entire life. It just sort of happened." 

Called The Girl with the Most Cake, the memoir apparently will cover Courtney's story until 2006 at which point, says Love, "It has to stop. What happens from 2006 on in the book is my personal business. I've been discreet from that time on, and I want to keep it that way."

Love recently included The Girl with the Most Cake on her list of "50 Obsessions I Couldn't Live Without" published on XOJane.com on her 50th birthday. 

Friday
Aug292014

Justin Timberlake Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!'s Live Channel 

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more.  But Justin Timberlake's just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service.

JT's concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert -- including "Mirrors" and "Cry Me a River" -- on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.

Justin's world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18.  He'll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.


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Friday
Aug292014

Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date for "The Pinkprint"

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," has successfully whetted the appetites of fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of her next album, The Pinkprint.

According to Billboard, the rapper's third studio album will be strategically released on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, November 28.

Nicki issued her debut album, Pink Friday, during the holiday rush back in 2010 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week.

In related news, her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling tune jumped from #10 to #1 on Billboard's  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, the third time she's appeared atop that chart, following 2011's "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake and Drizzy's 2012 hit, "Make Me Proud," on which she is featured. The tune also jumped to the #2 spot on Billboard Hot 100 this week.


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Friday
Aug292014

Sara Bareilles Joins Jason Mraz Onstage in L.A.

Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles has known Jason Mraz and his musical collaborators, the band Raining Jane, for a long time, so it's no surprise that she popped up onstage with them Thursday night when Jason's latest tour hit L.A.'s Pantages Theater.

Sara joined Jason and the Janes for a version of the Carole King song "Beautiful," which she performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year with Carole King herself.

The North American leg of Sara's Little Black Dress tour recently wrapped up; the Australian leg will get underway September 20, and she'll continue on to New Zealand and Asia.

Friday
Aug292014

Make Your Own Maroon 5 Artwork and Win Tickets to Their Tour

Peter Kramer/NBCIf you're feeling creatively inspired by Maroon 5 and the impending release of their next album, you may want to check out a new contest.

Maroon 5 and CreativeAllies.com have partnered on a contest that asks fans to submit illustrated artwork inspired by Adam Levine and company and their new album, V.

One winner will receive two tickets to any show on the band's upcoming tour, plus 500 bucks. Even better, that person's artwork will be printed on 500 limited-edition copies of V.

One runner-up will earn a Maroon 5 prize pack.

For more info, check out CreativeAllies.com.

Maroon 5 will release V on Tuesday, September 2. They have a series of TV appearances lined up to promote the album, including the Today show on Monday, The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday. Those are all NBC shows, as is The Voice, on which Adam returns as a coach later in September.

In addition, Adam will stop by The Daily Show on Thursday, and he and his band will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8.


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Friday
Aug292014

Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at "End of Summer" Bash at UK Mansion Next Week

Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The "End of Summer Party" at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt.  In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun -- if you've got the cash.  Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The "End of Summer Party" replaces Elton's long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he's discontinued.


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Friday
Aug292014

Miley Cyrus Says She's Not a "Pop...Dumb-Dumb," Insists that Elvis Presley Twerked

Karl Lagerfield for V MagazineMiley Cyrus covers the new "Rebels" issue of V magazine, and inside, she talks to designer Karl Lagerfield about some popular misconceptions about her.

"I know that I'm not a pop...dumb dumb," she tells Lagerfield. "I know that I'm not. I'm a lot more than someone who just goes and shakes her a** onstage."  That being said, though, Miley says she knows that she's being deliberately provocative most of the time, and likes to watch the reactions to what she does.

"I think it's kind of funny to mess with people and rile them up, because I'm actually the most chill person," she says. "And it's just funny to watch the world get out of their minds over things that are so irrelevant and don't matter."

The new issue of V hits newsstands September 10; you can pre-order it now.

Meanwhile, in a new interview on Australian TV set to air on Sunday, Miley insists that the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, twerked long before she did.  Referencing the fact that Elvis' hip-shaking was once considered too sexy to be shown on television, she tells Australia's Channel Seven, "No one wants to admit it, that Elvis was twerking," she says. "But no one would've ever called Elvis a slut 'cause he wasn't a girl."


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Friday
Aug292014

Beyonce Enjoys Sales Spike Following VMA Peformance

Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce has enjoyed a sales spike for her self-titled album following her show-stopping performance during Sunday's Video Music Awards.

According to Billboard, the singer's disc jumped up to #7 on the iTunes album charts, up from #40. The biggest week-over-week jumps for individual songs were for "XO" and "Flawless" -- both of which Bey performed during her 16-minute medley.

In addition, Billboard reports that Nicki Minaj's show opening song "Anaconda" saw sales rise from 68,000 units downloaded in the week before the VMAs to 120,000 for the week after, a 132 percent increase.  Usher's latest single, "She Came to Give It to You" featuring Minaj, had 43 percent sales increase to 7,000 copies sold.


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Friday
Aug292014

Watch New Trailer for "Led Zeppelin IV" Reissue; Robert Plant Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Atlantic/Swan SongA new teaser trailer has premiered online offering a short preview of the forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.  The clip, which runs for a minute and seven seconds, features an early mix of "Black Dog" that will be appear on the bonus "companion audio" disc included in the deluxe versions of the release.

The promo video also features footage of Led Zeppelin performing in concert, and glimpses of different images from the package, including the cover art, vintage concert posters and gig announcements and photos of the band members.  You can watch the trailer at Led Zeppelin's official website and YouTube channel.

The remastered Led Zeppelin IV packages will be released on October 28 as part of the second installment the band's reissue campaign.  Revamped versions of the group 1973 album Houses of the Holy also will hit stores the same day.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, Robert Plant has joined the droves of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A video clip, which can be viewed on Robert's YouTube channel, shows the rock legend standing in a nicely landscaped yard or park, ringing a little green bell.  Plant reveals that he was nominated by British comedy group Kiddy Lad, and then calls on "Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and my favorite commoner, Peter Gabriel" to take the challenge also.  He adds, "Come on lads, get wet.  Please don't forget to donate," before two men empty buckets of ice water over his curly locks.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within a day or two or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Friday, more than $100 million has been raised by this year's campaign.


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Friday
Aug292014

Mike Dirnt's Wife Finishes Chemotherapy

Image Courtesy Felisha TolentinoMore than four months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Brittney Cade Dirnt -- wife of Green Day's Mike Dirnt -- has finished treatment. Dirnt has posted a Instagram photo of a tired but smiling Brittney, wearing a knit cap and with an IV cart that includes -- as a joke -- a bottle of Champagne.  

Dirnt broke the news of his wife's illness back in May when he posted a statement on Green Day's Facebook page that read: "Dear Green Day Family, Recently my wife Brittney was diagnosed with breast cancer. We have started our battle and she is enduring treatment as we speak! We want you to know that Brittney is strong and with the help of amazing doctors, support from family, and positive thoughts/prayers from our Green Day family, SHE WILL BEAT THIS! This is going to be a challenging year, but we are determined to get though this as quickly and openly as possible."

Dirnt posted updates of Brittney's treatments regularly, calling his wife a "tough cookie" and a "rock star." 

Mike and Brittney have two children, ages 3 and 5, as well as Mike Dirnt's 17-year-old daughter, Estelle, from a previous marriage.


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