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Wednesday
Jul302014

Tank Releases New Single, "Hope This Makes You Love Me"

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsIn less than three weeks, Tank will release his upcoming album Stronger, but he has surprised fans with a brand new ballad “Hope This Makes You Love Me.”

In the song, which was posted to YouTube in an audio-only clip, the singer shows his vulnerable side as he spills his heart.

"Look at me I’m such a mess / And I normally would keep this all to myself / All my heart is filled with pain / And I normally wouldn’t cry, but I’m gon' let it rain,” he coos.

The new offering follows his previous singles: "You’re My Star," "Stronger" and "Dance with Me."

The follow-up to 2012's This is How I Feel is due August 12.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Santana's "Corazón" Album Certified "U.S. Latin Double-Platinum"; Band Adds Fall Dates to Tour

RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana's first-ever Latin album, is a big success.  The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.

The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard's Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since its release.

Santana recently added a series of North American fall tour dates in support of Corazón, running from a September 25 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through an October 12 performance in Verona, New York.  The band currently is in the middle of a summer trek that includes joint shows with Rod Stewart and headlining dates promoting the album.

Here are all of Santana's upcoming tour dates; Corazón Tour shows unless noted:

7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
*7/31 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
8/1 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
*8/2 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
*8/4 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
*8/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
*8/8 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
*8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
*8/12 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green
*8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center
*8/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
*8/19 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
*8/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
9/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live Theatre
9/28 -- Midland, TX, Wagner-Noel PAC
9/30 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
10/1 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
10/3 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
10/4 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
10/5 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre
10/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
10/11 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center
10/12 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center

* = with Rod Stewart.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Debut "Hypnotic Eye" Songs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday

Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will celebrate the release this week of their new album, Hypnotic Eye, when they pay a visit to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night.  The band's appearance will feature the debut live performance of some songs from the album, which hit stores on Tuesday.

In addition, Petty & the Heartbreakers will chat with Jimmy Kimmel during the program.  The group will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego.  The trek is plotted out through an October 10 gig in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Colbie Caillat's "Try" Inspired by Label's Request for Her to Be Poppier & Sexier

Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way.  But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music.

"I recorded an album, I was so proud of it.  It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more pop.  And what comes with pop is what all those pop artists do: the girls dress very sexy and revealing, and the videos are over-the-top.  And they were requesting that of me."

As you might expect, this didn't sit well with Colbie: she loved the music she'd created, and was furious that she was told it wasn't good enough.

"I was just so mad, because I made this beautiful album that I wrote with amazing people, and I was so proud of it," she recalls. "And to have it just be, like, washed away and wanting someone completely different -- that's not the artist that they signed, you know.  So, it was hard for me." 

That's why there's been such a long delay between her last record and her upcoming one, Gypsy Heart.  "I then had to go back in [to the studio] and be even mentally prepared to start writing again.  I was not up for it," she admits.

However, the whole unpleasant experience has a silver lining. Colbie now says that she's happy with the new batch of songs that she came up with, some of which you can hear on her new teaser EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A.

"I will say, I am very glad that this happened, because I love the songs that came from it, and I love that I wrote 'Try' because of it," she tells ABC News Radio. "And even the up-tempo pop songs I did record that made the record, I absolutely love them.  So I will thank my label for inspiring that." 

There's no release date yet for the full Gypsy Heart album, but Colbie will kick off a headlining tour August 27 in Denver, CO.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl

Image Courtesy Universal music Group DistributionMaynard James Keenan is now the father of two. The singer -- who has an 18-year-old son from a previous relationship -- welcomed a baby girl with wife Lei Li. According to the Instagram page of Keenan's band Puscifer, their daughter's name is Lei Li Agostina Maria and she arrived at 7:19pm last Friday, July 25, weighing seven pounds.

Lei Li Agostina Maria has an older brother, Devo, who sings and plays the cello. Devo has helped out with his dad's musical projects, including providing backing vocals to a song on A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step album.

Members of Tool recently told Rolling Stone that their band has been on hiatus due to a legal snarl that began in 2007, but that they hope to release new music by the end of the year.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockEric Church had to ban his son, Boone, from watching which classic cartoon after the boy started slapping and hitting Eric and his wife, Catherine? ANSWER: Tom & Jerry.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Kristian Bush Enjoying the Simple Life with His Debut Solo Single, "Trailer Hitch"

Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsAfter a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, "Trailer Hitch." The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that's more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.

Kristian tells ABC News Radio, "I don't know how recently you've been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, 'Two bags!  You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,' or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less."

Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn't hard for Kristian, since he's prone to leave things behind on planes all the time.  "I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month," Kristian says with a laugh. "I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!"

"Trailer Hitch" is the lead single from Kristian's upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them.  He says, "I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn't realize I was doing it!"

All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he's hitting notes he's never been able to hit before.

"There are songs that I can sing where I'm getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that's in my brain when I write some of these songs," Kristian says. "There's just a lot more control involved."

He adds, "It's exciting! It's exciting to feel that change."

"Trailer Hitch" is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Garth Brooks Taking World Tour to Atlanta September 19

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Atlanta Friday, September 19. This is the first time he's played the Georgia capitol in 18 years.  Trisha Yearwood will once again open the show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8 through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Since the Friday night show time is 6:30 p.m. ET, we're thinking Garth may add more Atlanta shows, as he did last week for his 10 upcoming Chicago shows.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

"Bang Bang," Collabo with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande, Debuts at #1 on iTunes

Republic RecordsIt leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.”  The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart.

The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak.

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.  


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Eric Church's Anticipation Is Building for The Outsiders World Tour Launch in September

Image Courtesy EB MediaEric Church released his latest album, The Outsiders, back in February, but he's not launching the world tour behind the album until September. That's given him plenty of time to rehearse and really get excited about playing these new songs live.

Says Eric, "I can look forward to it, you know? I’ve never had the anticipation that I have for this one. So, I wish it was September right now."

To round out the bill, Eric has invited one of his heroes, as well as a brand-new duo, to open his shows.  "I’m bringing Dwight Yoakam, you know, back with me," he says. "I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music. And Brothers Osborne, who's a new band that’s out right now that I like a lot."

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark will also open a few shows on Eric's tour, which kicks off September 11 in Bossier City, LA.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Iggy Azalea Has Cameo in "Fast & Furious 7," Vin Diesel Says

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is now a “Fancy” movie star.  The rapper has landed a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie.

The film’s star, Vin Diesel, was doing promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked the actor which songs he’d like to dance to the most: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”

“Well, Iggy Azalea,” the actor replied, adding, “I just worked with her two weeks ago.  I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7,” Diesel revealed.

Fast & Furious 7 opens nationwide April 3, 2015.  The sequel was originally supposed to debut this month, but its release date was pushed back following star Paul Walker's death.

Iggy's getting some small-screen exposure, too.  Last week, MTV announced she'll be the new host of the channel’s revived fashion show, House of Style.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Reports: Orlando Bloom in Scuffle with Justin Bieber at Restaurant

Ben WattsApparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets. TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"

According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani; Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time.

Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr.   However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.

Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time.  Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks. 

After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.

TMZ also reports that Justin tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Glenn Hughes Says He Didn't Want New Band California Breed to Be Black Country Communion Part II

Frontiers RecordsCalifornia Breed is a new power trio featuring former Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, that released its self-titled debut album in May.  The band rose from the ashes of the short-lived supergroup Black Country Communion, whose lineup also included guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian and which broke up early last year after Bonamassa decided he'd rather focus on his solo career.

Hughes, who initially became embroiled in a feud with Bonamassa over the guitarist's reluctance to commit to Black Country Communion, soon turned his attention to starting the new group.

"Rather than sort of sit around and look at ourselves, I just decided I would [do something else]," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "I didn't particularly want to continue Black Country part two, so that's when I formed this band and, lo and behold, we call it California Breed."

Hughes says one big difference between the two groups is that the new band doesn't include a keyboard player, while noting that another is the unique playing style of California Breed's guitarist, a 23-year-old hotshot named Andrew Watt who was introduced to Glenn by a mutual friend, Julian Lennon.

Hughes adds that he thinks California Breed's music is "darker" and "more soulfully aggressive" than that of Black Country Communion.

An interesting aspect of California Breed is that Hughes, Bonham and Watt are, respectively, in their sixties, forties and twenties.  Glenn tells ABC News Radio that the gap in the band members' ages has no bearing on the chemistry between them.

"It's really hard to pin the age on who's who here," he explains.  "You know, we never set out to do that.  I just think we really found each other musically and we went in fearless, and we cut this album."

Hughes says on of the reasons the songs on California Breed sound so vibrant and raw is that the album was cut almost completely live in the studio.  Glenn admits that in his 45-year career, he'd never worked that way before, and says he now "can't imagine going back to overdubbing again."

The veteran rocker also reveals that a lot of the tunes on the new album were inspired by a serious health scare he experienced last year -- he underwent open heart surgery to correct a problem with his aorta.

"The lyrical content on this album is driven by what happened to me," says Hughes.  "The guys in the band wanted me to sing about it, so I did, but…subliminally."

Glenn also shares some details about the operation, noting that he chose to go under the knife immediately when his problem was diagnosed.  He adds that he was lucky to have "a great team of doctors" looking after him, and reports that he spent three months recovering after the surgery.

"The good news is that I feel better than ever, spiritually and physically and mentally, totally recovered, and I'm just full of beans!" he declares.  "Thirty, forty years ago I probably would've been dead, 'cause this procedure wasn't happening…I'm just very, very grateful to be on the other side of this."

California Breed initially delayed plans for its debut tour because of Bonham's commitments to his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tribute group and to Sammy Hagar's current A Journey Through the History of Rock trek.  The band finally will hit the road in the fall, kicking things off with a U.S. outing that gets under way October 3 in Detroit.  Visit CaliforniaBreed.com to check out the group's full itinerary.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt Says He's Helping Darlene Love Record Star-Studded Solo Album

Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management; NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanThe E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he's overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love.  During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he'd make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he's excited about finally getting the project off the ground.

Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune.  In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he's contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the '60s -- including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame -- about lending their talents to the record.

"Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I'm talking to," said Steven.  "We're hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves."

He added that he's planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed "in time for Christmas" or by "the first of the [new] year."

Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  She also was one of the stars profiled in last year's Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom.  Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year

ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.

Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.

Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.

Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:

4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)"
5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)”
6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"
7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along"
9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle "
10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Damon Albarn Says New Blur Album Wasn't Finished Because of Bad Weather

Image Courtesy Linda BrownleeDamon Albarn has been cagey about whether there will ever be a follow-up to Blur's 2003 album, Think Tank. Now in a new interview with NME, the singer -- who just wrapped a solo tour -- says that he and his off-again, on-again band mates recorded more than a dozen songs in Hong Kong last year, but the session petered out because of bad weather.

"There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished," Albarn says. 

Though that sounds pretty lame and may leave some fans skeptical, it is in line with what the singer told Rolling Stone back in February when he said, "There is [new Blur] material, but I can't foresee us in the near future being in a position to finish it. We're just all doing other stuff." Despite this lack of urgency, Albarn at the time called Blur "a big part of my life. I'll never abandon the spirit of it ever. It's kind of in me." 

Perhaps Albarn will reconsider after he's had a little downtime; a year ago, he told The Wall Street Journal that Blur would hit the studio following the release of his then-upcoming debut solo album, Everyday Robots.

Ironically, all that's left to complete on the Blur album is Albarn's part -- the words. He tells NME, "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates...I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."

Stay tuned, Blur fans.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. 

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. 

"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."

She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." 

McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days."

"Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line's cover of Motley Crue's "If I Die Tomorrow" is available now at iTunes. The song will be included on the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 19.

Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

Lucy Hale's new video for "Lie a Little Better" premiered on CMT this week.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Missy Elliott Readies "Game-Changing" Album, Says Timbaland

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsMissy Elliott is cooking up some heat for her first album in nearly a decade, according to her longtime collaborator, Timbaland.

"It’s coming," Timbo told Rolling Stone of the follow-up to 2005′s The Cookbook. "It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun."

He assures fans that Missy's upcoming set is a "game changer." The producer adds, "It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future."

Missy has yet to announce the release date for the album, tentatively titled Block Party.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Miguel Intends to Follow His Instincts for Third Album

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel has maintained a low profile as he continues to record the follow-up to his break-out album, Kaleidoscope Dream. The singer recently shared an Instagram picture of himself in the studio, with a caption updating fans on the state of his creative process.

"Creating isn't always easy for me, but as a musician I've learned instinct is everything... and if that's true all we have to do sometimes is put ourselves in a place to do- what we are naturally inclined to do #artgang #livingartdealerchic," he wrote.

So far, the singer has logged studio time with DJ Premier, Jessie Ware and J. Cole.

Fans can expect Miguel's third album to arrive this fall.


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