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Monday
Mar302015

Jay Z Re-Launches Tidal with Famous Co-Owners Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West & More

Cliff Lipson/CBSJay Z had good reason to get his famous friends to help promote the relaunch of his newly purchased music streaming business, Tidal.

At a press conference in New York City on Monday afternoon,  which was streamed via Tidal.com, the rapper stood alongside veteran music stars, including  Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, all of whom were announced as co-owners of the company.

Alicia Keys spoke on behalf of the group and expressed her excitement for the launch, which she says will help artists regain control of their content. "This is incredible, I mean, this is so powerful and I think that all of us, collectively in this room are feeling the same kind of energy, like look at this, look how we can do this, you know, look how we can all do this together and this is really a powerful moment," she said.

"Think about how many times music has truly changed the world and reshaped our culture. How much do we love this thing called music?" Alicia said.  "So we come together, before you on this day, March 30, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history."

Other celebrities who have signed on to help "turn the tide," include Madonna, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Arcade Fire and Deadmau5.

Founded by Swedish company Aspiro as a high resolution audio streaming venture, Tidal was purchased earlier this year for a reported $56 million by an investment company controlled by Jay Z.  Billboard cites unnamed executives familiar with the company's financials as saying that each of the 16 artists participating in the launch were given three percent stakes in the company.


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Monday
Mar302015

De La Soul Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Album 

Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty ImagesDe La Soul has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the recording their eighth album, the group's first since 2004’s The Grind Date.

The veteran rap group -- consisting of Posdnous, Dave and Maseo -- isseeking to raise $110,000 for the project, which will include contributions from 2 Chainz, an electronic music band Little Dragon, rocker and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and British rocker Damon Albarn. Fans who donate to the cause will receive various incentives including a dinner date with the band or even a studio session to record a personal skit for the album.

"Over the last three years, we’ve hired some of LA’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions," the group explains. "We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous 'sample police.'"

The trio has already raised more than $92,000 from more than 1,000 backers --  the set is expected in September.


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Monday
Mar302015

Lindsey Buckingham, Frankie Valli Among Guests Scheduled to Appear on AXS TV's "The Big Interview"

Danny Clinch; Varela MediaLindsey Buckingham and Frankie Valli will be featured guests on newly announced episodes of Dan Rather's AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Each show features Rather holding an in-depth conversation with various celebrities about their lives and careers.

Buckingham will appear on the April 28 episode of The Big Interview, while Valli will be featured on the May 26 show.

Also scheduled to appear on upcoming episodes are Trisha Yearwood on April 14, Vince Gill on April 21, Josh Groban on May 5, Florida Georgia Line on May 12 and director Paul Haggis on May 19.


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Monday
Mar302015

Robert Plant Collaborating with Dance/Pop DJ Diplo

Image Courtesy of Ed MilesAfter exploring Americana music in recent years with Allison Krauss and his group Band of Joy, Robert Plant made some hypnotic forays into electronic music on his latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Now, the Led Zeppelin singer apparently is continuing his journey into electronic sounds, as dance/pop DJ and producer Diplo has announced that he and Plant are collaborating.

Diplo hasn't offered any details about the project besides posting a photo of him and the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer together on his Instagram page along with the message, "Collab coming soon."  Diplo previously has worked with such stars as Madonna, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears.

Plant, with his current backing band The Sensational Space Shifters, finished a South American tour leg on Saturday with an appearance at the Lollapalooza Brazil festival.  They will launch a North American trek on May 24 with a performance at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington.


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Collab coming soon

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Monday
Mar302015

Brandon Flowers Releases Video for "Can't Deny My Love" 

Credit: Williams + HirakawaThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers takes a trip back to colonial America in the video for his new solo single, "Can't Deny My Love." Actress Evan Rachel Wood stars in the clip, which also features supernatural activity and a very important pink ribbon, which appears to be a reference to the short story "Young Goodman Brown" by 19th century writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. You can watch the "Can't Deny My Love" video now on YouTube.

"Can't Deny My Love" is the first single from Flowers' forthcoming sophomore solo effort, The Desired Effect, which will be released on May 19. Flowers released his solo debut, Flamingo, in 2010.

In support of The Desired Effect, Flowers has been trickling out tour dates, including two shows in California in April. He will also be touring the U.K. in May.


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Monday
Mar302015

Christina Aguilera and Nick Jonas to Perform at ACM Awards

Brian Bowen Smith/NBC, ABC/Kelsey McNealChristina Aguilera and Nick Jonas are going country…sort of. The pop stars have been added to the lineup of performers at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards set to air on April 19.

Nick will be performing with Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan + Shay, and Christina will duet with a surprise artist. Christina’s ACM performance will come just days after her April 15 debut on ABC’s Nashville as a pop star hoping to make a country album.

Christina's fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton and country singer Luke Bryan will co-host the awards, airing Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Monday
Mar302015

Ed Sheeran Working with Paul McCartney & Chef Jamie Oliver on Song for Food Revolution Day

Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran has co-written a song with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for this year’s Food Revolution Day campaign, which seeks to promote healthier diets for youngsters around the world.

Jamie revealed during a recent interview with an Australian radio show that he recently collaborated with the 24-year-old British pop star, and also managed to get the legendary Paul McCartney to lend his talents to the track.

According to Jamie, the former Beatles member contributed some of his own lyrics to the star-studded anthem, and also plays bass on the song. Jamie said Ed, "set me to task to go and get the rest of the band together, so I [asked Paul], 'Will you lay down bass and do some lyrics?' and he said, 'Yes!'"

Jamie reported that Paul already had sent over the tracks he worked on. The chef also revealed that Coldplay's Chris Martin had agreed to add some keyboards to the song, which he's planning to release in early May as part of a viral campaign ahead of Food Revolution Day on May 15.

The focus of the 2015 Food Revolution Day initiative is to get people around the world to sign a petition declaring that "it's a child's human right to have practical food education in school."

 
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Monday
Mar302015

Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and More Featured on TV Series "Front and Center"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and Sara Evans are among the country stars featured on the public television music series Front and Center next month. Starting April 4, an episode featuring a performance from Hunter Hayes and some of Nashville's top songwriters will begin airing on public television stations. The episode featuring Sara Evans and Martina McBride begins airing April 18 with the Little Big Town'sperformance to broadcast on April 25.

Check your local listings for exact air dates and times for these country-themed installments of Front and Center on PBS.


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Monday
Mar302015

Ex-GN'R Drummer Steven Adler's Solo Band Schedules Summer US Concerts

Image Courtesy of AdlerSteven Adler still has an appetite for rock.  The founding Guns N' Roses drummer is getting ready to hit the road this summer with his current band, Adler, and has lined up a handful of shows that'll mark the group's first performances in more than two years.

The first date is scheduled for June 18 in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and is part of a three-show Midwestern stint that also features a June 20 concert in St. Louis in support of Queensryche.  Adler's itinerary also includes a July 10 gig at the famed Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, and an August 28 show in Uncasville, Connecticut.

In addition, the band will head to Peru for three concerts in late July.  More dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

Adler continues to support their debut album, Back from the Dead, which was released in late 2012.  The record was produced by longtime Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, and features guest performances by ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

Here are all of Alder's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

6/18 -- Bolingbrook, IL, Tailgators
6/19 -- Pekin, IL, Hat Tricks
6/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater (with Queensryche)
7/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, Whisky a Go Go
8/28 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Casino


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Monday
Mar302015

Jason Aldean Part of Jay Z's New Streaming Service, Tidal; More Details Coming Later Today

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is one of the music stars involved in the relaunch of Jay Z's newly purchased music streaming service, Tidal. He appears alongside superstars Beyoncé, RihannaNicki Minaj, Kanye West and Madonna in a new video posted on his Instagram account.

An announcement about Tidal, originally launched as a Swedish audiophile streaming service before being purchased by the rapper earlier this year, is expected in the next few hours.


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Monday
Mar302015

Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West Get Behind Jay Z's Tidal Music Service 

Photo: Francis Specker/CBSJay Z has enlisted his celebrity friends to help promote the relaunch of his newly purchased music streaming business, Tidal.

His wife, Beyonce; Rihanna; Usher; Nicki Minaj; and Kanye West have all taken to Twitter to show their support by changing their profile pictures to an aqua blue pic while using the hashtag #TIDALforALL. "It's time to turn the tide and make music history," Usher tweeted, while Nicki added, "Change your avi in support of what is fair, of what is the future. The tides have changed, Barbz."

The entertainers also appear in a 30-second clip, posted on YouTube, in which Jay appears to be having a private meeting with everyone from Madonna to Alicia Keys to Daft Punk.

Fans can expect Jay to live stream a press conference via Tidal.com at 5 p.m. ET today regarding Tidal, which combines the best high-fidelity sound quality, high-definition music videos and expertly curated editorial.


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Monday
Mar302015

Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard and More Playing Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic

Image Courtesy Shock InkEric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Merle Haggard are on the bill for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic this summer in Austin, Texas. The 42nd edition of Willie's Picnic also will feature appearances from Jamey Johnson, Leon Russell and Asleep at the Wheel.

The show will take place at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Willie staged the first 4th of July picnic just outside Austin in Dripping Springs.

"I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together," Willie explains. "I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea, to this year have it back in Austin, but at a more comfortable venue for the fans AND the pickers."

Tickets for Willie's 4th of July Picnic go on sale Friday, April 10 at Ticketmaster.com and CircuitoftheAmericas.com.


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Monday
Mar302015

Lamb of God Drummer Chris Adler Joins Megadeth

Credit: Travis ShinnMegadeth has found a new drummer. The legendary thrash metal band has recruited Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler to man the kit on their next album.

"Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person," says Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine in a statement. "He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL!"

"Megadeth was the game changer for me," adds Adler. "Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction."

Mustaine and fellow original member bassist David Ellefson, are currently in the studio recording the new Megadeth album with Adler. The band's last album was 2013's Super Collider.


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Monday
Mar302015

The Smashing Pumpkins Debut "Drum + Fife" Video

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins have released the video for their Irish folk song-inspired track "Drum + Fife." Filmed by directing team Ahlander/Antiga, the clip shows a group of children playing with slingshots, but then the warfare becomes very real. You can watch the video for "Drum + Fife" now on Vevo.

"I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the directors captured that with poignancy," says Billy Corgan in a statement. "I couldn't be more proud of the message we're sending that we care what happens to those that are out there hurting."

Corgan will perform "Drum + Fife" April 2 on The Tonight Show along with fellow Smashing Pumpkin Jeff Schroeder, The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk. On April 3, Corgan and Schroeder will perform an acoustic version of the track on Good Morning America.

"Drum + Fife" is the latest single from the Pumpkins' 2014 album, Monuments to an Elegy.


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Monday
Mar302015

A$AP Rocky Covers Complex, Talks Recording Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsA$AP Rocky is spilling more details about his upcoming album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, in the April/May issue of Complex.

To avoid repeating the mistake of rushing his first album, 2013's Long.Live.A$AP., the rapper says he's taking his time with the follow-up.

"Yeah. I needed time to master my craft. You don’t rush art, and I don’t think you quickly produce fine art," he tells the publication. "You take your time. That’s not an excuse, or me trying to justify [any delays], that’s truly what I believe. I took time off and learned how to act, learned how to make beats and do production."

While he remains mum on the release date, he ensures fans that he's cooking up his best material to date. "This is more free than I’ve ever been," he says. "I’ve never been this free making music, ever. I’m experimenting, listening and looking for different sounds."

The full story can be read on Complex.com now.


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Monday
Mar302015

Robert Plant Collaborating with Dance/Pop DJ Diplo

Image Courtesy of Ed MilesAfter exploring Americana music in recent years with Allison Krauss and his group Band of Joy, Robert Plant made some hypnotic forays into electronic music on his latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Now, the Led Zeppelin singer apparently is continuing his journey into electronic sounds, as dance/pop DJ and producer Diplo has announced that he and Plant are collaborating.

Diplo hasn't offered any details about the project besides posting a photo of him and the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer together on his Instagram page along with the message, "Collab coming soon."  Diplo previously has worked with such stars as Madonna, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears.

Plant, with his current backing band The Sensational Space Shifters, finished a South American tour leg on Saturday with an appearance at the Lollapalooza Brazil festival.  They will launch a North American trek on May 24 with a performance at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington.


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Collab coming soon

A photo posted by diplo (@diplo) on Mar 28, 2015 at 4:58pm PDT

 

Monday
Mar302015

Milky Chance Announces Summer Tour 

Credit: James KendallAlthough they just began their first ever full-scale North American headlining tour this month, Milky Chance has already added a new batch of dates. Following their current trek, the German band will begin the summer leg of their tour on July 22 with a show in New York City's Central Park. The summer dates, which include an appearance at the Outside Lands Festival plus a pair of shows with Walk the Moon, will conclude August 11 in Portland, Oregon.

A ticket pre-sale period will begin March 31 at 10 a.m. local time, with general public sales starting April 3. Visit MilkyChanceOfficial.com for all ticket info.

Milky Chance's current tour will run through a two night stand in Vancouver on May 22 and 23, followed by a performance at the Sasquatch! Festival. The trek also includes stops at Coachella and Sunfest.

Here are all of Milky Chance's new summer tour dates:

7/22 -- New York, NY, SummerStage Central Park
7/24 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
7/27 -- Washington, D.C., Echo Stage
7/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Skyline Stage at the Mann
7/30 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
7/31 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/1 -- Montreal, QC, Osheaga Festival
8/3 -- San Diego, CA, Soma
8/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Shrine Expo Hall
8/6 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks*
8/8 -- San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands Festival
8/9 -- Squamish, BC, Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/10 -- Seattle, WA , Marymoor Park Concerts*
8/11 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom

*with Walk the Moon


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Monday
Mar302015

Brantley Gilbert Releasing Expanded "Just as I Am Platinum Edition" on May 19

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is releasing an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19, one year after the album's debut. The Just as I Am Platinum Edition will include five new tracks, including a remix of "Bottoms Up" featuring rapper T.I. The project features the original hit version of that song along with the singles "One Hell of an Amen" and "Small Town Throwdown" with Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Here is the Just as I Am Platinum Edition track listing:

"If You Want a Bad Boy"
"17 Again"
"Bottoms Up"
"That Was Us"
"I'm Gone"
"My Baby's Guns N' Roses"
"Lights of My Hometown"
"One Hell of an Amen"
"Small Town Throwdown"
"Let It Ride"
"My Faith in You"
"G.R.I.T.S."
"Read Me My Rights"
"Grown Ass Man"
"Bottoms Up (Remix)" featuring T.I.
"Do What the Night Wants"
"Stone Cold Sober"
"Same Old Song"
"Just as I Am"


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Monday
Mar302015

Will Sam Smith Be Collaborating with Rihanna? 

ABC/Lou Rocco; Image Group LA/ABCCould a Sam Smith/Rihanna collaboration be in the works? According to the U.K. tabloid The Sun, Rihanna is determined to make it happen.

“He is so talented, it would be amazing to work with him,” the 27-year-old singer tells The Sun. “No matter how busy we are, when two artists want to work together they make it happen.”

She continues to gush about Sam: “He has such a beautiful voice, is a beautiful songwriter, but more important than that he is an absolutely beautiful person, and that comes across in his songs.”

Earlier this year, Sam hinted that he had heard some of RiRi’s new material, sparking rumors that the pair might be working together. “I know some stuff about [Rihanna’s] record that no one knows,” Sam told Entertainment Weekly.

Rihanna’s upcoming new album -- which the singer has been referring to in social media hashtags as "R8," but for which an official title has yet to be announced -- still doesn’t have a release date.


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Monday
Mar302015

Iggy Azalea Says She Loves Her Breast Implants

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is not ashamed of her breast implants. In fact, the Aussie rapper couldn’t wait to tell people about them.

"I love them so much I had to talk about them," Iggy tells E! News.

But she says her friends didn’t think she had to say anything at all, because it wasn’t a very drastic change. "Everybody did say, 'I don't think you need to say it because no one will ever know because they're so small,'" Iggy says with a laugh. "I said, 'I know but I'm just going to say it [because] I'm a blabber mouth!'"

She adds that she’s glad she went public with the news before rumors and speculation started. "I'd feel better not to have some secret," she says. "It's much freer to say it and then you don't have to worry someone will dig it up."

The 24-year-old admitted to getting a boob job in an interview with Vogue that came out last week. "I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!" she told the mag. "I'd thought about it my entire life."


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