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Apr182014

Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," says Prince in a statement.

"Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces," adds Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Friday
Apr182014

Neil Young's New Album, "A Letter Home," Available Now Online

Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans!  A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for purchase via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label.  A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil.  Among the songs are Bob Dylan's "North Country Girl," Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Only Read My Mind."  Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young's recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that's located at White's Third Man Records store in Nashville.  The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc.  A statement from Young describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

"Changes" (Phil Ochs)
"Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan)
"Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)
"Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin)
"On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)
"If You Could Only Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)
"My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)
"I Wonder If I Care as Much" (Everly Brothers)

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Friday
Apr182014

Swizz Beatz to Attend Harvard Business School

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCSwizz Beatz has announced that he's set to attend Harvard Business School to study top-level management.

The producer has been accepted into the Owner/President Management Program and shared a portion of his acceptance letter on Instagram. "This might be one of the happiest days of my life. From the BX [Bronx, New York] to Harvard," he wrote earlier this week.

Swizz follows supermodel Tyra Banks, who graduated from the prestigious school in 2012.

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Friday
Apr182014

Miley, Beyonce, John Legend & Fergie Hitmakers Now Helping Madonna with New Album

Image Courtesy Madonna via InstagramMadonna seems to be going all out for her new album, teaming up with the best writers and producers in the biz.  Her latest crop of collaborators include songwriters who've penned hits for Madonna's new BFF Miley Cyrus, as well as Beyonce and Fergie.

In an Instagram post, the Queen of Pop noted that she was "having an iconic moment in the studio" with three people: Toby Gad, MoZella and Symbolyc One, also known as S1.  Even if you haven't heard of Gad or MoZella, you know the songs they've written: Miley's "Wrecking Ball," Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy," Colbie Caillat's "I Do," Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" and John Legend's "All of Me,"  to name just a few.

As for S1, he's produced songs for Beyonce, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent and more.

"My throat hurts from singing laughing and crying," Madonna continued in her Instagram caption, describing her studio experience.

As previously reported, Madonna is also working with producer/deejay Avicii on her new album, as well as Martin Kierszenbaum, who's one of Lady Gaga's collaborators, and singer/songwriter Natalia Kills.  What this will all sound like when it's done is anybody's guess.

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Friday
Apr182014

Chris Brown's Assault Trial to Begin Monday

RCA RecordsChris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial has been delayed to Monday morning in Washington D.C. Superior Court, according to the Washington Post.

Before Brown's trial begins, the judge will issue a verdict in the case against Brown's bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, who is accused of assisting the singer in allegedly attacking a man outside the W Hotel last year in D.C.  That verdict was expected Friday after two days of testimony earlier in the week, but Senior Judge Patricia W. Wynn said she need more time to deliberate in that case, the paper reports.

On Friday, Brown made a brief appearance in court to learn about his rescheduled trial date.  Brown's trial had been set to start Friday. The singer, who was ushered in by U.S. Marshals, smiled and waved at his encourage, which included Bow Wow, Tank and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, according to the Post.

If convicted in the D.C. case, beside facing a possible six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in that city, the singer could face problems in California where he is on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.   If he is found to have violated his probation in Los Angeles, he could face four years in a California prison.

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Friday
Apr182014

Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest-Charting Album in More Than Two Decades 

Rhino RecordsIt's amazing what being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can do for a performer's back catalog.  Linda Ronstadt, who entered the Hall less than two weeks ago, has just scored her highest-charting album in more than two decades.

Billboard reports that Linda's new compilation disc, Duets, has debuted at #32 on the album chart.  She hasn't been that high since 1990, when her album with Aaron Neville, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, reached #7.  That album featured three hit singles, including "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much."

The new album, Duets, collects Linda's duets not only with Neville, but with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and others.  There's also one previously unreleased track, called "Pretty Bird."

Ronstadt, who recently announced that she can no longer sing due to Parkinson's disease, has scored 10 top 10 hits in her career, and 10 top 10 albums.  She couldn't attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, but was honored by performances from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood.

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Friday
Apr182014

Austin Mahone Reveals More "Secret" Details 

Chase/Cash Money RecordsAustin Mahone has now announced more details about his debut release, The Secret, which will be out May 27. 

The disc is an EP that includes six songs, as well as two bonus tracks.  Among them is Austin's current hit with Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah," and you can get an instant download of the song when you pre-order The Secret on iTunes.  That's one of two tracks you'll get instantly with your pre-order: the other is "Till I Find You."

As previously reported, Austin will support the new EP with a summer tour sponsored by MTV.  It kicks off July 25 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texa.  British band The Vamps will open some of the dates, while other shows will feature Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and Alex Angelo.  If you buy tickets to the tour, you'll get a download of the EP for free.

Here's The Secret track list:

"Till I Find You"
"Next to You"         
"Mmm Yeah" feat Pitbull
"Secret"                          
"Can't Fight This Love"    
"All I Ever Need"              

Bonus
"The One I've Waited For"
"Shadow" (Acoustic)  

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Friday
Apr182014

First Lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler Guest Starring on ABC's "Nashville"

ABCFirst lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler will guest star on the May 7 episode of ABC's Nashville as lead character, Rayna Jaymes, organizes a military benefit concert at Fort Campbell. The military-themed event comes after Rayna finds out her current love interest, country star Luke Wheeler, has been injured while in Afghanistan.

Nashville's second season finale airs May 14.

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Friday
Apr182014

30 Seconds to Mars Lawsuit Documentary to Get TV Premiere

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Next weekend, 30 Seconds to Mars' 2012 documentary Artifact will get it's U.S. television premiere. Artifact premieres simultaneously on VH1 and Palladia on Saturday, April 26 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The film chronicles the band's legal struggle with its record label, Virgin/EMI, which filed suit for breach of contract against the band in 2008. In the lawsuit, the label demanded $30 million in damages from the band, which it said was still under contract with Virgin/EMI despite an ongoing royalties dispute.

Singer Jared Leto directed the film and in an interview with Yahoo Canada, says that his reaction to the amount of money in the legal documents was outrage. "Your jaw kinda hits the floor, [and] the kid in you is ready to throw a punch," he says.

The documentary won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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Friday
Apr182014

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Ready to Trade in the Cold for the Hawaiian Sun

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been playing shows in Canada this past week, but the duo's Tyler Hubbard isn't happy with the weather up there. He posted an photo from his hotel room on Instagram Friday saying, "Not the prettiest place I've been to in Canada. It's so cold and nasty today."

Luckily, FGL heads to Hawaii for a little fun in this sun this coming week before their show in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24.

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Friday
Apr182014

Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Package with Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne via TwitterAn exciting VIP package is up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Ozzy Osbourne.  The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy's Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Ozzy Osbourne package includes two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, including a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event's soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself. 

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb' Mo' and other stars.  In addition, The EaglesJoe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the package now through April 25 by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

Friday
Apr182014

Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," says Prince in a statement.

"Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces," says Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Friday
Apr182014

Jason Aldean Guest Judging Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl Program

Greenroom PRAvid baseball fan Jason Aldean has joined the guest judging panel to select the participants in this year's Major League Baseball Honorary Bat Girl program. Each Major League Baseball club will select a woman who has been affected by breast cancer or participated in the fight against the disease to serve as bat girl for their favorite team.  The cause is close to Jason's heart since he lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years back.

You can check out the stories of this year's nominees at HonoraryBatGirl.com.

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Friday
Apr182014

Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California.  The musician' wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes.  Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn't know his exact birth date.

Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band's fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group's releases through 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh.  He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.

Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child.  By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums.  While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria.  In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists.  Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.

In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James.  After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.

Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website.  The homage reads, "My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight.  He is now light only...no more in the body.  He is free from gravity and time.  Immortality is his playground.  Infinity is his domain.  Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza.  Be with GOD and the angels Dear one.  Peace."

Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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Friday
Apr182014

Magazine Denies It Photoshopped Lorde's Nose 

Eliza Grossman for FASHION MagazineLorde has been outspoken in the past about the way that images of her are sometimes Photoshopped without her consent.  But her latest accusation, against the Canadian magazine FASHION, has no merit, according to the editor-in-chief of the publication.

A few days ago, Lorde tweeted, "apart from the fact that i'm pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo."  She included a photo from her recent spread for FASHION, showing her looking beautiful in a motorcycle jacket and floor-length leather skirt.

But in a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Bernadette Morra, the editor-in-chief of the publication, said, "I can assure you, FASHION Magazine did not give Lorde a new nose. Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are.”

Lorde appears on the cover of the May issue of FASHION.

Last month, Lorde tweeted a photo of herself on stage, and another image of the same performance, showing how her acne had been Photoshopped out.  "i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)," she wrote.

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Friday
Apr182014

Joey Fatone Says There's "Absolutely 100% No" Chance 'N SYNC Will Reunite Again -- for Now

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVEver since Justin Timberlake managed to reunite 'N SYNC for the MTV Video Music Awards last year, fans have been hoping that he, Joey, Lance, Chris and JC will do it again.  But according to Joey Fatone, it ain't happening.  At least, not any time soon.

Recalling the circumstances under which the reunion happened last year -- Justin called the rest of the group just two-and-a-half weeks before the awards show -- Joey told the Huffington Post Live, "I don't know whether or not something will ever happen again, but you always say 'never say never,' 'cause that happened. That was never gonna happen, and all of a sudden it did happen."

"So at this moment in time, is it gonna happen?" Joey said of another reunion. "Absolutely 100% no, at this moment."

Joey also said that he's not really in favor of groups who claim they'll never tour again going back on their word.

"All these other groups and bands have said, 'We will never tour again,' and you see, like, New Kids on the Block touring," he noted. When asked if he felt 'N SYNC is being "shown up" by the large-scale tours that NKOTB and Backstreet Boys have done recently, Joey cracked, "No. I feel like they just need the money.  No, offense guys."

Joey did allow that if a group has a new album to promote, he's fine with them going back on the road.  But therein lies the challenge.

"We've been gone for over 10 years, what can we really do?" he asked. "How can we step it up? Are we gonna put a new album out?" He also noted that everyone has their own lives:  he, Justin and Chris Kirkpatrick are married, and Lance Bass is getting married.  Referring to JC Chasez, who is single, he then turned to the camera and joked, "JC, buddy, what's goin' on, bro?"

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Friday
Apr182014

Lady Gaga Gets Wisdom Teeth Removed Ahead of Tour Kickoff 

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterShe wouldn't be able to sing with her mouth all swollen, so that's why Lady Gaga has decided to get her wisdom teeth removed before her tour launches next month.

"Wisdom teeth out," the singer tweeted, adding, in a parody of her song "Poker Face," "P-p-Percocet p-p-Percocet."  Percocet is a powerful painkiller.

She then posted a selfie showing herself in bed, looking sad and clutching a stuffed animal. "Chipmunk Cheeks," she wrote. "Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can't eat.  I'm gonna put some meatballs in a blender."

Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.

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Friday
Apr182014

Former Korn Touring Guitarist Dead at 35

Courtesy Jonathan Davis via InstagramShane Gibson, who toured with Korn from 2007 to 2010, has died at the age of 35. According to Planet Mosh, the guitarist suffered from a rare form of blood-clotting disorder and passed away at 5:45 a.m. on April 15 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gibson was a member of the band Stork but was best known to music fans as Korn's fill-in guitarist when Brian "Head" Welch was taking a break from the band. Gibson also toured with Korn singer Jonathan Davis' solo band the SFAs.

Korn drummer Ray Luzier issued the following statement on his Instagram: "Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I'm still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I've ever known. I'm honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you've touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP."

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Friday
Apr182014

4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event 

AnEveningwithWomen.orgRemember 4 Non Blondes?  The group, led by Linda Perry, scored a massive hit in 1993 with the song "What's Up?" but then disbanded in 1994.  Perry's since gone on to write huge hits for Christina Aguilera, Pink and Gwen Stefani, but now she's getting the band back together for a special performance.

The band will perform at An Evening with Women, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's annual gala event which is produced by Perry.  The May 10 event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel also will feature an appearance by actress and singer Evan Rachel WoodMargaret Cho will host the night's festivities.

In a statement, Perry, who just married actress Sarah Gilbert last month, says, "To give is one of the greatest gifts one could ever receive. ‘An Evening with Women’ is all of us giving heart, passion, time and self.  I want to be of service and what better way than to create an evening raising awareness by celebrating life, music and community.”

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Friday
Apr182014

Ariana Grande's New Record Is "Huge," Says Iggy Azalea 

Image Courtesy Ariana Grande via TwitterAfter hinting at it on Twitter, Ariana Grande has now confirmed that her new single, "Problem," will feature Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.  And Iggy warns fans to expect something special.

"Well, I'm extremely happy to be a part of 's new record," Iggy tweeted. "And I'm warning you now... She may be small but the record is huge."

"Love you so much @IggyAzalea," replied Ariana.

"Problem" will be out on April 27.  Ariana, who's recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, said her fans' excitement over the news is helping her feel better.  She tweeted, "had a rough afternoon getting my stitches out and my jaw is starting to hurt a little but your energy is making me forget all bout iiiiiiit."

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