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Wednesday
Jan282015

Trisha Yearwood Releasing Third Cookbook, "Trisha's Table," on March 31

Image Courtesy Clarkson PotterTrisha Yearwood has revealed details of her third cookbook, Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life.

The book is due March 31 and will feature a mix of lighter dishes and a few traditional Southern comfort food recipes. The offerings reflect Trisha's new approach to dieting, which has helped her achieve a slimmed-down physique. The secret to Trisha's weight-loss success lies in allowing herself to indulge in her favorite Southern dishes 20 percent of the time while eating healthy for the rest of her meals.

Trisha says in the book's introduction, "I am not one of those people who gets so busy with my day that I suddenly think to myself, 'Wow, I forgot to eat lunch!'  That never happens to me.  Never.  I think about food all the time, so making peace with eating is a daily battle for me.  I won’t say I’ve completely figured it out, but I will say that right now, I win that battle more days than I lose it, and I believe that’s the key.”

Some of the lighter recipes in Trisha's Table include dairy-free angel hair pasta with avocado pesto and vegetarian smashed sweet pea burgers. More indulgent dishes, such as slow cooker Georgia pull-pork barbecue and chicken tortilla casserole, also are featured.

Trisha's Table is the first cookbook she has released since the premiere of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, in 2012.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Ludacris Wins Full Custody of 13-Month-Old Daugther 

Image Courtesy Island Def JamLudacris has won full custody of his 13-month-old daughter, Cai Bridges.

Following a nasty custody battle with Cai's mother, Tamika Fuller, the rapper has expressed his excitement over the verdict.

"After review of all the evidence, the testimony of the witnesses, the report of the guardian ad litem, and the claims made throughout this entire case, I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter," the rapper/actor told People in an exclusive statement.

The decision comes just a month after Luda married his longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan on the same day he proposed -- an action that Fuller accused Luda of undertaking to win favor with the judge.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

T.I. to Premiere New Music Video During Revolt TV Special 

Atlantic Records/Warwick SaintT.I. has a new video on the way. The rapper has announced that he will premiere the visual for "G' Sh**" featuring Jeezy from his latest album Paperwork on Revolt TV tonight, January 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

The network will play a 30-minute special, which will include a 12-minute long-form version of the video, behind-the-scenes footage and also an interview with T.I.

"We're gonna give you a slice of life that you've probably never been able to experience before," Tip promised in a sneak peek. "You can live vicariously through us."

T.I.'s video will be available to view on VEVO at 8:30pm ET.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Kristian Bush Releasing Debut Solo Album, "Southern Gravity," on April 7

Imgae Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush of Sugarland fame will release his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, on April 7. The project features the lead single "Trailer Hitch." Kristian says the new songs "feel like home" to him.

He says to his fans, "They are your stories as much as they are mine, and I hope you hear yourself in here, no matter if you are standing up, falling down or dancing in between the pieces of your life."

Kristian is a co-writer on all 12 tracks on Southern Gravity.

Here is the Southern Gravity track list:

"Make Another Memory"
"Light Me Up"
"Trailer Hitch"
"Southern Gravity"
"Flip Flops"
"Giving It Up"
"Feeling Fine California"
"Waiting on an Angel"
"Walk Tall"
"Sending You a Sunset"
"Sweet Love"
"House on a Beach"


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Report: Lil Wayne Sues Birdman's Cash Money 

Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsLil Wayne has finally had it. After publicly expressing his disdain for his longtime label Cash Moeny Records, the rapper reportedly has filed a lawsuit seeking to end his contract.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne wants to sever his obligations to the label which he accuses of having withheld tens of millions of dollars for his oft-delayed album Tha Carter V, a project that the label has yet to release.

Wayne is suing for $51 million. In addition, the rapper has also asked the court to deem him the joint copyright holder for all Young Money recordings, which would entitle him to royalties from the work of Drake, Nicki Minaj and others.

 


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Wednesday
Jan282015

expand J. Cole Wants to Turn Childhood Home into Rent-Free Haven for Single Mothers

Image Courtesy Roc NationJ. Cole had a reason other than nostalgia for purchasing his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The rapper, who named his most recent album after the house's address, says that he's hopeing to allow single mothers with multiple children temporarily to reside in the home rent-free.

"What we gon' do, we still working it out right now, obviously it's a detailed, fragile situation I don't wanna play with...My goal is to have that be a haven for families," he said during an interview with The Combat Jack Show podcast. "So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free."

He continued, "The idea is that it's a single mother with multiple kids and she's coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they're sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house."

The rapper also had a message for fans that have visited the home. "By the way, tell people to stop going to my house and sitting on my roof taking pictures," he said referring to his album cover, in which he appears on top of the roof. "And they stealing the f***ing street sign."

Cole's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is available now.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Chris Brown and Tyga Issue Track List for "Fan of a Fan: The Album"

image Courtesy RCA RecordsChris Brown and Tyga have revealed the official track list for their upcoming joint effort, Fan of a Fan: The Album.

The 16-track deluxe set features the lead single "Ayo" and guest appearances by Ty Dolla $ign, 50 Cent, Pusha T, Wale, T.I., Boosie Badazz and Fat Trel, as well as production from DJ Mustard, Drumma Boy, Jess Jackson, P-Lo and Nic Nac. Brown and Tyga are the album's executive producers and revealed its artwork last week.  The album is the follow-up to the 2010 mixtape Fan of a Fan.

Fan of a Fan: The Album will arrive February 24.

Here's the standard edition track list:

"Westside"
"Nothin’ Like Me" feat. Ty Dolla $ign
"Ayo"
"Girl You Loud"
"Remember Me"
"I Bet" feat. 50 Cent
"D.G.I.F.U." feat. Pusha T
"Better"
"Lights Out" feat. Fat Trel
"Real One" feat. Boosie Badazz
"B****es N Marijuana" feat. ScHoolBoy Q
"She Goin’ Up"

The deluxe edition adds:

"Wrong in the Right Way"
"Bunkin’" feat. Jay 305 & T.I.
"It’s Yo S**t" feat. Wale
"Banjo"


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Ellie Goulding Stars in Nike's Latest Campaign 

Louie Banks/InterscopeWhen she’s not singing hit songs, Ellie Goulding is all about staying fit. So it’s no surprise her latest gig is with Nike.  

The fitness-obsessed Brit is the face of the brand’s latest workout collection, which includes printed leggings and colorful sports bras. “I feel quite proud to be an ambassador for women who realize that being fit is better than being skinny,” the 28-year-old says on Nike’s website.

Ellie’s an avid runner who has run five half-marathons so far. She also counts everything Bikram yoga to boxing as ways she likes to stay healthy. As part of her collaboration with Nike, she’s also spearheading a new workout for the Nike + Training Club app.

Her high-energy 15-minute “Get Lean” workout will debut on the app on March 2. It incorporates all of her favorite training moves, mixing both high and low intensity movement for a full body workout. “I think having a yin and yang with exercise is the important thing for me,” Ellie said. “I love to do high intensity training, but I also love to take it easy. I say take it easy, but doing yoga is not easy. Doing something different every day keeps things fresh, exciting and interesting.”

The “Burn” singer is currently working on her new album and training for her next half-marathon.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Fall Out Boy Makes First Top-Ten Appearance on Hot 100 Since 2007

Credit: Pamela LittkyIt didn't take centuries for Fall Out Boy to return to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, but it did take more than seven years. With their single "Centuries," FOB makes their first appearance in the 90th percentile of the Hot 100 since 2007, when "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" hit number two -- the band's highest position on the chart to date.

"Centuries," which jumps from number 12 to number 10 this week, is the lead single from FOB's most recent album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The album is similarly enjoying great success, as it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Following number one debuts for 2007's Infinity on High and 2013's Save Rock and Roll, FOB now has three total -- and two straight -- number one albums.

In addition to "Centuries" and "This Ain't a Scene," FOB scored two more top-10 Hot 100 hits: "Dance, Dance" and "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" -- both from the band's 2005 breakout album, From Under the Cork Tree.

If you'd like to catch "Centuries" live, Fall Out Boy will be launching their Boys of Zummer tour this June.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

The Who Announces Special Vinyl Releases to Mark 50th Anniversary

LAMedia Collection/Sunshine/RetnaThe Who has announced that 180-gram vinyl reissues of all 11 of its studio albums, along with a double-LP vinyl version of its 2014 The Who Hits 50! compilation, will be released on March 24 in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.  In addition, on April 7, The Who will release a seven-inch blue-vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky," as well as the first of a series of four vinyl box sets gathering together the group's earlier singles.

The British rockers' reissued studio albums, spanning from their 1965 debut My Generation through 2006's Endless Wire, will feature remastered sound and will replicate the original artwork and inserts.  For example, 1969's Tommy will feature a six-panel fold-out sleeve and 12-page booklet; 1973's Quadrophenia will include a 44-page booklet; and 1981's Face Dances will come with a 24-by-24-inch poster.

As for the blue-vinyl "Be Lucky" single, it will be backed by The Who's very first single, 1965's "I Can't Explain."  "Be Lucky" was first released in 2014, and appeared on The Who Hits 50! compilation.  It was the first new music the band had put out since 2006.

The aforementioned vinyl box set is titled The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966, and features replica versions of all seven singles The Who released on the Brunswick label at the beginning of its career.  The package also includes a bonus disc featuring "Zoot Suit" and "I'm the Face," the two songs the band released under the name The High Numbers in 1964, and a color booklet with liner notes about the singles penned by Who biographer Mark Blake.  Each of the three other singles box sets that will be arrive later in 2015 will feature singles issued by the band's later record labels Reaction, Track and Polydor.

The Who will launch the first of two scheduled 2015 North American tour legs marking the band's 50th anniversary on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Visit TheWho.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

Here is the list of remastered albums The Who will release on vinyl on March 24:

My Generation (1965)
A Quick One (1966)
The Who Sell Out (1967)
Tommy (double) (1969)
Who's Next (1971)
Quadrophenia (double) (1973)
The Who by Numbers (1975)
Who Are You (1978)
Face Dances (1981)
It's Hard (1982)
Endless Wire (double) (2006)
The Who Hits 50! (double) (2014)

Here is the track list for The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 box set:

"I Can't Explain" b/w "Bald Headed Woman" (1965)
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" b/w "Daddy Rolling Stone" (1965)
"My Generation" b/w "Shout and Shimmy" (1965)
"Circles" b/w "Instant Party Mixture" (unreleased at the time)
"A Legal Matter" b/w "Instant Party" (1966)
"The Kids Are Alright" b/w "The Ox" (1966)
"La-La-La Lies" b/w "The Good's Gone" (1966)
Bonus Disc (The High Numbers)
"Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" (1964)


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Wednesday
Jan282015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Director Brett Morgen Talks "Raw, Intimate" Film

Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully-authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, made its premiere last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Brett Morgen says he "felt a lot more pressure" with Montage of Heck than with any other project he's worked on, including The Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

"I don't think there has ever been, or will ever be, another movie about an icon that's this raw or intimate," he says.

One of the bigger stories that came out of the Montage of Heck premiere was that Foo Fighters frontman -- and Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl was absent from the film. Morgen told Billboard that Grohl was interviewed, but that he couldn't cut the interview in time for the Sundance premiere of the film. The director reiterated that explanation to Rolling Stone, adding that he "didn't think I needed two people from Nirvana."

"It's not that type of movie," Morgen says. "So I was fine locking picture with [Nirvana bassist] Krist [Novoselic]."

Another big story surrounding the film was the use of Cobain's unreleased solo material.

"The score is all unreleased Cobain music. They don't have titles," Morgen explains. "Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music. And it's like: It's a movie. We're not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO on May 4.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Priory Schedules Tour with Kaiser Chiefs

Credit: Jiro SchneiderPriory will embark on a North American tour in support of Kaiser Chiefs this spring. The tour will begin April 20 in Victoria, British Columbia and wrap up May 17 in Toronto. Tickets go on sale January 30 via PrioryBand.com.

In addition to the tour, Priory will be appearing at a number of festivals this year, including South by Southwest, the Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo. The Portland duo, who scored a hit on the Alternative charts with their single "Weekend," have been deemed an MTV 2015 "Artist to Watch."  Priory's new full-length album is scheduled to be released this spring.

Kaiser Chiefs, meanwhile, are currently finishing up a South American tour opening for Foo Fighters. The British band have also just released a new track, entitled "Falling Awake."

Here are all the Priory and Kaiser Chiefs tour dates:

4/20 -- Victoria BC, Distrikt
4/21 -- Vancouver BC, Commodore Ballroom
4/22 -- Seattle WA, Showbox at the Market
4/24 -- San Francisco CA, The Regency Ballroom
4/25 -- Los Angeles CA, The Wiltern
4/26 -- San Diego CA, House of Blues
4/28 -- Tucson AZ, Rialto Theatre
4/30 -- Austin TX, Stubb's: Outdoors
5/1 -- Dallas TX, Trees
5/2 -- Houston TX, Warehouse Live
5/5 -- Lawrence KS, Liberty Hall
5/6 -- St. Louis MO, The Pageant
5/9 -- Carrboro NC, Cat's Cradle
5/10 -- Richmond VA, The National
5/12 -- Baltimore MD, Rams Head Live
5/13 -- New York NY, Irving Plaza
5/15 -- Boston MA, House of Blues
5/16 -- Montreal QC, Corona Theatre
5/17 -- Toronto ON, The Phoenix


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Mariah Carey Sued by Former Nanny

Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentMariah Carey is being sued by her former nanny, the New York Daily News reports. In the suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Simonette Da Costa claims Mariah forced her to work 100-hour weeks, and refused to pay her overtime.

Simonette says she went to work for Mariah and her now estranged husband Nick Cannon in October 2013. She lived with the family and took care of twins Moroccan and Monroe. She also accompanied the children whenever Mariah traveled for global concerts and appearances. “She was on call 24 hours a day. She was always at their beck and call,” the nanny’s lawyer, Eli Freedberg, says.

Simonette was allegedly paid between $6,000 and $7,200 per month, but didn’t get any overtime, despite working around the clock.

“Plaintiff was on duty during all hours of each 24 hour day with no entitlement for breaks, for meals, and even for sleep,” the suit claims. “Indeed, Ms. Carey would often call plaintiff at hours in the middle of the night and demand to be taken to her children or to be updated on the status of her children.”

Simonette says she was fired in January of last year after Mariah berated her “for expressing too much affection for their children.” Her lawyer says Mariah was “jealous” of her relationship with the twins. He estimates Mariah and Nick owe his client about $100,000 in damages.

A rep for Mariah tells the paper, “We don’t comment on frivolous lawsuits.”

This isn’t the first time Mariah’s been sued by a former employee. In December, she was sued for allegedly not paying her longtime staffer Ylser Oliver overtime for seven years. Ylser claimed she worked 10 to 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week, cleaning Mariah’s home and tending to her needs. That case is still pending.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Still #1, Fall Out Boy Score First Top 10 Since 2007 

RCA RecordsThe Billboard Hot 100 is still totally funked up.  "Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, rules the #1 spot for a fourth week.

According to Billboard, one thing that helped the song maintain its position this week is the popularity of a viral video featuring a teacher from Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Texas leading students in an elaborate dance routine to the song.  Streaming video now counts when it comes to chart position, and the clip has racked up close to four million views. 

Bruno reacted to the viral video on his Facebook page Tuesday, admitting it made him emotional. "I cried at the end," he wrote. "I'm still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video."

Elsewhere on the chart, Fall Out Boy's latest hit "Centuries" has jumped from #12 to #10, giving the band its first top 10 hit since 2007.  Fall Out Boy had previously reached the top 10 with "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," "Dance, Dance" and "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." 

By the way, the song "Centuries" samples the song "Tom's Diner," a top 5 hit in 1990 by singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, so she's listed as one of its co-writers.  As a result, Vega now has a top 10 hit for the first time in 24 years.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Gavin DeGraw to Perform at Super Bowl's NFL Tailgate Party This Sunday 

James Minchin III/RCA RecordsAdd Gavin DeGraw to the list of performers at Sunday's Super Bowl. 

Gavin, along with country star Dierks [derks] Bentley, will be performing at the NFL Tailgate Party as part of the pregame festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.  A portion of each singer's performance will air live during NBC's Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.

The pregame show will also feature John Legend singing "America the Beautiful," while Idina Menzel will belt out the national anthem.  Katy Perry, of course, will headline the halftime show.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Sly Stone Awarded $5 Million in Lawsuit over Unpaid Royalties

Sly Stone, 1975 (Credit: Herb Greene)Sly Stone, frontman of the pioneering funk band Sly and the Family Stone, has been awarded a $5 million settlement in a lawsuit he brought against his former manager and lawyer over unpaid royalties.  The verdict was announced Tuesday following two days of jury deliberations.

Variety reports that in the lawsuit, which was filed in 2010, the singer claimed that manager Gerald Goldstein and attorney Glenn Stone convinced him to sign an agreement with a company called Even Street Productions in 1989 that gave his business associates access to his music royalties, which he claimed they used for their own financial gain.

"It was a classic case of Hollywood accounting, but I guess it would have to be called record industry accounting," said Sly's lead attorney, Nick Hornberger.  He added that the jury "sent a very clear message."

The defendant's lawyer Gregory Bodell said in response to the lawsuit's outcome, "We are disappointed in the finding and believe it will be changed by further proceedings."

During the trial, Sly maintained that he hadn't been paid any royalties between 1989 and 2000.  However, lawyers for Goldstein and Glenn Stone claimed that the singer had received millions of dollars, and said he violated his agreement by not recording new music.  The defendants also argued that Sly was aware of the terms of the agreement he signed, which they say he renewed dozens of times between the years 1994 and 2006.

Sly Stone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his famous band in 1993.  The singer has battled drug problems for decades and has performed only sporadically in recent years.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Kenny G: I'm "Partially Responsible" for Starbucks' Frappuccino

Chapman BaehlerStarbucks Frappuccino fans might have Kenny G to thank for the delicious frozen beverage. The Grammy award-winning saxophonist told Bloomberg News Tuesday that he invested in the Seattle-based coffee chain early on, and his input helped get Frappuccinos on the menu.

"At the beginning, Starbucks didn't have anything but coffee," the 59-year-old said. "And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called 'blended' and it was a sweet drink and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard [Schulz, Starbucks' founder] and say, 'Howard, there's this thing that they do there that's like a milkshake or whatever.'"

He claims that his suggestion, along with other people making the same requests, pushed Starbucks to expand their drink options. "And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback," he said. "So I would like to think that I was partially responsible for that."

He said his favorite Starbucks drink to this day is the Frappuccino.

Kenny G’s latest album, Brazilian Nights, was released Tuesday. Funny enough, it’s not for sale at Starbucks counters yet. “I would advise them to take this Brazilian Nights because I think Brazilian music, coffee is going to go beautifully together,” Kenny said. If Starbucks learned anything from the Frappuccino, they’ll take Kenny G’s advice.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Big Sean Gushes About “Special” Relationship with Ariana Grande

ABC/Kelsey McNealWe’ve known for months that Big Sean and Ariana Grande are dating, but now we’re hearing Big Sean gush about his girl. In a new cover story with Complex, the 26-year-old rapper opens up about his “special” relationship with the 21-year-old singer and frequent collaborator.

Sean, who was previously engaged to Glee’s Naya Rivera, tells the mag he has a “new chick that [he’s] gotta thank God for.” He says he and Ariana first met at a Christmas show in 2011 and struck up a conversation. Ariana told him she was a fan of his music and the two became fast friends.

“We started as friends,” Sean says. “I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on. It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her…This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.”

Big Sean says he tries to avoid media scrutiny of their relationship and doesn't allow the pressure to get to him. “I don’t think about it like that,” he says. “You can’t be afraid, because when you’re afraid you don’t give it your all.”

Sean and Ariana first collaborated on the song “Right There” from Ariana’s debut album, Yours Truly. Sean also appeared on Ariana’s hit “Problem,” and another track on her current album, My Everything, called “Best Mistake.” They confirmed their relationship after they were seen walking hand-in-hand backstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards last August.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Paul McCartney Performing with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys?

Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsIf rumors are to be believed, Paul McCartney will be taking the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards next month to perform their new collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds."

"Paul McCartney's a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage," a source told U.K. newspaper The Sun.  "It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

McCartney plays on the track, while Rihanna and West share vocals.  "FourFiveSeconds" debuted this past Saturday, and marks the second collaboration featuring Sir Paul and Kanye that's been released in 2015.  McCartney plays keyboard on and co-wrote West's single "Only One," which premiered on New Year's Day.

If McCartney does team up with Rihanna and Kanye to perform at this year's Grammys, it stands to be quite different from Sir Paul's 2014 appearance on the awards show.  Last year, he and his former Beatles band mate Ringo Starr collaborated on a rendition of his new solo song "Queenie Eye."  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards take place on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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Wednesday
Jan282015

Mark Ronson Named Ambassador of Grammy Amplifier Program

Florent DechardBruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” collaborator and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson has just been named the ambassador of the 3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program.

The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Mark, a three-time Grammy winning producer, will help evaluate online submissions and choose the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing an opening act spot for an established musician and/or at a music festival.

The program is currently accepting submissions at GrammyAmplifier.com. Based on their track plays and social media performance, the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a mentorship experience, and then narrowed down by program curators to a short list of finalists. The program’s curators this year are The Band Perry, Ziggy Marley, and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. Mark will pick the three winners and decide which winner gets what prize.


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