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Thursday
Mar052015

Bobbi Kristina Brown Turned 22 Wednesday

LifetimeBobbi Kristina Brown turned 22 Wednesday.

The daughter and only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has remained in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.

In a message posted Wednesday on WhitneyHouston.com, Patricia Houston, the late singer's sister-in-law and the president of The Whitney Houston Estate, writes, “Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your prayers as she is still fighting the battle of her life.”


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Thursday
Mar052015

"American Idol" Recap: The Top Eight Guys Are Revealed

FOXWednesday’s edition of American Idol featured the season’s first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America’s vote to secure a spot as a top finalist.

The top eight guys, as decided by America’s vote, are Daniel Seavey, Mark Andrews, Rayvon Owen, Adam Ezegelian, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander.

It was the end of the line for Riley Bria, Trevor Douglas, Savion Wright and Michael Simeon.

The top eight girls will be revealed Thursday night.

The top eight guys took the stage at The Fillmore Detroit Theater in the Motor City and performed classic Motown songs for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes.

Aretha Franklin opened the show with a performance of “I Will Survive.”

The first performer of the night was 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, who sang Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Keith loved the performance, declaring, “For me, all you need is to just keep doing this.” Keith, however, did urge Seavey to play around with the melodies a little more. Jennifer was also pleased with the performance, overall, but thought the key was a little low for Seavey. Harry didn’t think Seavey was “singing and swingin’ hard enough,” and said the teen needed to feel the beat a little more.

Mark Andrews was the next artist called to the stage. He tackled The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” The performance felt a little flat for Lopez, who said she didn’t “connect” with it. Connick loved what he called Andrews’ “jam band” arrangement, but wondered how far he would go in the competition if he did too many of them.

The next act up on the stage was Rayvon Owen, who followed with another Temptations song, “My Girl.” Harry complimented Owen on the performance, as well as his stage presence, but wanted to see other sides of Rayvon’s personality in the future. J-Lo praised the singer for making the song his own.

Adam Ezegelian sang “I Want You Back,” by the Jackson 5. Urban thought it was a great song choice.  Jennifer also thought Ezegelian did an amazing job on the song. Harry declared the singer’s voice was his most “dangerous” talent, noting he was able to tackle a lot of really high notes and nail every one of them.

The next name announced was Clark Beckham, who took on Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” The audience enjoyed it, as well as Lopez, who declared Beckham had one of the best voices in the competition. She did, however, pass on some advice Aretha Franklin gave her about singing live, noting Clark should “not think so much” and just “let loose and feel” the song. Connick thought the performance showcased all of the strategic things an Idol performance needs, including a lot of high notes, but it lacked “a beginning a middle and an end.” Urban would have liked to see Beckham ditch the band and deliver a more stripped down performance.

Nick Fradiani tackled Stevie Wonders’ “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Connick thought it was a great arrangement and performance, showcasing Fradiani’s guitar-playing skills, as well as his vocals, but urged Nick to smile a little more. Urban didn’t think the singer looked comfortable playing the guitar, noting it seemed to prevent him from moving around the stage.

Qaasim Middleton followed with Wonder’s “I Wish,” complete with some flashy dance moves. Keith said when Middleton gets in front of an audience he "just explodes." Jennifer also thought Middleton owned the stage, but warned him not to forget the vocal aspect of his performance. Harry declared, “That’s what we’re looking for.”

The last act to sing for America’s vote was Quentin Alexander, who had the audience and judges bopping to yet another Stevie Wonder tune, “Master Blaster (Jammin’).” After gushing, “I’m glad you’re here,” Lopez called Alexander’s performance “easy and smooth” and declared him one of her favorites in the competition. Connick said Quentin “settled into the groove” of the song, but noticed a little reservation during the performance, chalking it up to Alexander being “freaked out because [he] was the last guy to get put through.”  Urban praised the performance and said Quentin knows who he is and what songs suit him.

American Idol continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Thursday
Mar052015

"Nashville" Recap: "That's the Way Love Goes"

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoCloseted country star Will Lexington wasn't happy when his new label boss, Luke Wheeler, set up in a writing appointment with Kevin Bicks -- a hit Nashville songwriter who just happens to be gay. Will was very uncomfortable with the writing session at first, but he and Kevin eventually bonded over their bad relationships with their dads. In the end, they managed to write a great song, too.

Will's ex-wife Layla Grant stood up for herself as an indie artist in her new deal with Rayna Jaymes' label, Highway 65. Her new manager, Jeff Fordham, even managed to get some traction on her single via iTunes, but it looks like Jeff and Layla's romantic relationship is staying on the down low for now.

Sadie Stone decided to use her interview on Good Morning America to expose her abusive ex-husband, Pete, who just took a big settlement to get out of her life. Pete was watching the segment, so we're guessing this storyline will continue in the coming weeks with another altercation.

Meanwhile at the Grand Ole Opry, Deacon Claybourne left quickly after he sang onstage with Rayna and her daughters, Maddie and Daphne. He'd been missing in action for the past few weeks, so Rayna tracked Deacon down to his cabin, where he finally told her he has liver cancer.

Keeping Deacon's illness a secret has taken a toll on his niece, Scarlett O'Conner, too. She went on a date with Deacon's oncologist, Caleb, but ended up talking about her uncle's disease the entire time. The evening went very badly, but Caleb accepted Scarlett's apology the next day. It looks like they'll be an item for at least the next few episodes.

Scarlett just happened to get a gig opening for Rascal Flatts in Nashville as one-third of a new trio with her two ex-boyfriends, Gunnar and Avery. She ended up taking Caleb as her date to the show, and he's the one who gave Avery and Gunnar the idea for their new band name -- The Triple Exes.

Scarlett, Avery and Gunnar debuted a brand-new song, "If I'm Still Dreaming," during their big debut. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett, is happy to see her character back onstage after suffering a nervous breakdown last year. Clare admits there are some similarities between her and Scarlett.

Clare tells ABC Radio, "She is a part of me. We're very different creatures. We both have that introvert quality about us. I think it's wonderful that now, like, later on in the show, she is starting to enjoy being out onstage."

Unlike Scarlett, Clare has always loved sharing her music with a live audience.

"Her happiness onstage is more merging with my own," Clare says. "I love it out there. I love giving that gift to people. You're giving them something to make them feel good. Make them feel something." 

"If I'm Still Dreaming" and all of the other songs featured on Nashville are available at iTunes. Of note, Nashville is taking a break for the next two weeks. The Nashville concert special, On the Record 2, airs March 25th on ABC, and a brand-new episode of Nashville will air on April 1st.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Chrissie Hynde to Publish Autobiography in September

Credit: Dean ChalkleyChrissie Hynde is set to join the ranks of the famous rockers who have penned an autobiography.  The New York Times reports that the Pretenders frontwoman has signed a deal with Doubleday to publish a "literary memoir" on September 8 of this year.

The as-yet-untitled book apparently will put quite a bit of brass in Hynde's pocket, as the sources close to the deal have told the newspaper that the memoir was sold for a seven-figure sum.  The tome will follow Chrissie's life story from her childhood in Ohio, the development of her passion for rock music in the 1960s and her years spent at Kent State University at the time of the infamous 1970 shootings of student protesters, to her involvement in the London punk scene during the '70s and her eventual emergence as an edgy, tough, sexy and talented singer/songwriter with The Pretenders.

"I'm approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album," says Hynde in a statement.  "I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar."

Meanwhile, Hynde's editor, Gerry Howard, says of the book, "Chrissie is so incredibly frank, intimate and witty -- and she has been involved in so much rich rock 'n' roll history -- that there seems to be a surprise on every page."

The book is available for pre-order now at RandomHouse.com, with the hardcover version priced at $26.99 and the eBook edition costing $13.99.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Mike Rutherford Says He's Excited About Touring America with New Mike + the Mechanics Lineup

Image Courtesy of Mike + the MechanicsMike Rutherford first found fame during the 1970s as the guitarist and bassist for Genesis, but he also achieved major success when he launched his own band, Mike + the Mechanics, in the mid-'80s.  The first incarnation of the latter group called quits in the early 2000s following the death of co-lead singer Paul Young, but a few years ago Rutherford put together a new version of the band.

The revamped Mike + the Mechanics lineup recently launched its first North American tour, which is scheduled through a March 20-21 stand in Chicago.  Rutherford tells ABC Radio the purpose of the trek is to gauge how much interest stateside music fans still have in the band.

"I'm excited about the tour because I think we have a nice history here in America," he explains.  "I know [that] the songs are still played on the radio, you know, so I want to try it and see."

Mike + the Mechanics is best known for the three big hits they scored the 1980s, "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and the chart-topping 1989 anthem "The Living Years."  Young shared vocal duties with ex-Ace/Squeeze singer Paul Carrack, who decided to focus on his solo career a few years after his band mate's passing in 2000.  When Rutherford decided to restart the group, he needed to find two new singers whose vocal qualities were similar to those of Young and Carrack.

As he explains to ABC Radio, "[I] found Andrew Roachford, who's a great R&B singer, and Tim Howar, who's got a great rock voice, and started touring a bit."

Rutherford says that as the new band members got some experience playing on stage together, he realized that they had developed into a great live unit and he felt that they were ready to test the waters by bringing the show to North America.

"What impressed me was how well the songs worked on stage.  What good live songs they were -- 'All I Need Is a Miracle' and 'Living Years' and 'Silent Running,' and [even some] new ones," maintains Mike.  "And it was just a great live band."

Besides playing the group's hits, older album gems and selections from the band's most recent record, 2010's The Road, Mike + the Mechanics also dips into the Genesis catalog for their live set lists.  Recent shows have included performances of "Turn It On Again" and "I Can't Dance."

Looking back to Mike + the Mechanics' 1980s heyday, Rutherford admits that he "never expected" the group to become as big as it did.  He also points out how amazing it was that three Genesis band members -- himself, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins -- would find such great success outside of the group.

In addition, Rutherford notes that many music fans still haven't put two and two together with regard to his membership in both bands.

As he explains, "To this day I meet people who say, 'You mean you, from Genesis, are the guy who's in Mike and the Mechanics?'"

Here are the remaining dates on Mike + the Mechanics' 2015 North American tour:

3/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Centre
3/7 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall – Hartford
3/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/11 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Theatre Maisonneuve at Palace des Arts
3/13 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3/14 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theatre
3/15 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live – Northfield
3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theatre
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
3/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West


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Thursday
Mar052015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRaeLynn will debut her new single, "For a Boy," on NBC's Today on Monday, March 9.

Hank Williams, Jr. will headline the fifth annual NRA Country Jam on Lower Broadway in Nashville on April 10. The show is free to the public and takes place as the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits go on at the Music City Center one block away.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Shirtless Justin Bieber Covers "Men's Health": "I Had to Grow Up So Quick"

Peter Hapak for Men’s HealthJustin Bieber is shirtless again -- this time on the cover of Men’s Health. The singer and Calvin Klein model, who recently turned 21, bares his abs, and a little bit of his soul, in a new interview for the magazine’s Reinvention Issue. "This is almost like a full 180 from how I was," he tells the magazine.

He talks about making the transition from boy to man, and how that process was sped up by living a life in the public eye. “I had to grow up so quick,” he tells the mag. “And it was almost like I grew up for the public but I didn’t necessarily grow up. There were things I had to do, as far as the way I had to make relationships, and conversation, but as far as actually growing up, there were a lot of things I missed out on.”

As was perhaps evident from his recent apology tour, which included appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and heartfelt Facebook video confessionals, Justin says this past year has been one of progress. “This has really been a big year for me, as far as figuring stuff out,” he says. “This is almost like a full 180 from how I was. Yesterday -- a year from yesterday -- I was in jail.”

But while he’s keen on not repeating certain mistakes of his youth, he doesn’t want to say goodbye to his childhood completely. “There’s a part of me that I don’t ever want to grow up,” he says. “I want to always remain...to have that sense of purity inside of me where I don’t...I don’t want to lose that sense of purity.”

Justin, who’s gearing up for his Comedy Central Roast on March 30, also reveals some other interesting tidbits about himself. For example, he can solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute and he has a man crush on Ben AffleckSelena Gomez’s ex also says he’s “very much a relationship guy” and is attracted to brunettes.  

The April issue of Men’s Health hits newsstands March 10. Of course, the Internet is already speculating about whether or not Justin’s muscles in the cover photo were enhanced with the power of Photoshop.


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Thursday
Mar052015

British Actor Ben Aldridge to Star in Rivers Cuomo-Inspired Sitcom 

Credit: Emily ShurBritish actor Ben Aldridge has been tapped to play Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Well, more like someone inspired by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

Aldridge has been cast as the lead in the FOX sitcom Detour, Deadline reports. Detour, which was inspired by Cuomo's life, tells the story Michael Sturges -- a 30-year-old rock star who decides to quit his band and go to college. Cuomo is an executive producer on the show.

While Cuomo never quit Weezer to go to college, he did apply to Harvard University after the release of the band's debut album. He attended the university from 1995 to 2006 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Alt-J Keyboardist Says Being Insulted by Noel Gallagher Is a "Rite of Passage"

Credit: Gabriel GreenSome say you've "made it" once you play Madison Square Garden. Alt-J will achieve that feat later this month, but keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton has a different definition of "making it": being insulted by Noel Gallagher. He tells BBC's Newsbeat that it's "a right of passage to get a pasting from [Gallagher]."

In a Rolling Stone interview, the former Oasis member said that, while he did like their single "Left Hand Free," Alt-J "can f**k right off as far as I'm concerned," and that he's "in no way a fan" of the band.

"Well, I think I said that we'd know we had made it when we were slagged off by Noel Gallagher, so there you go," Unger-Hamilton says.

When Rolling Stone asked why Gallagher didn't like Alt-J, he replied, "I don't know. One of them's got a mustache, and that's unacceptable."

"I'm glad he likes ["Left Hand Free"]," Unger-Hamilton says. "I'm sorry he doesn't like my mustache, but it is here to stay I'm afraid."

Gallagher's new album with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, entitled Chasing Yesterday, was released earlier this week.

Alt-J will play Madison Square Garden on March 30.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Usher, Missy Elliott Added to Essence Festival 

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Additional headliners have been added to the 2015 Essence Festival, taking place this summer at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Usher  is now scheduled to play the 21st annual event, which runs July 2 through July 5.  His last performance at the annual event was back in 2011. In addition, Missy Elliott will makes her first appearance following her Super Bowl performance last month.

The pair will join previously announced main-stage performers including Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Common and India.Arie.

Comedian Kevin Hart will also headlining the festival's opening "Now Playing" concert with Trey Songz. Other acts for the weekend include Mystikal, Common, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Floetry, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Price, Bilal, Nico & Vinz, Elle Varner, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred the Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper and Tweet, among many others.

Tickets and additional information are available at EssenceFestival.com.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Thomas Rhett Reveals Release Date and Possible Title for Follow-Up to "Make Me Wanna"

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett just scored his third #1 hit with "Make Me Wanna," but fans won't have to wait long to hear his new single from his upcoming sophomore album. Thomas tells ABC Radio the new track is coming out in about three weeks, and he's got it narrowed down to two possible song choices.

"It's between two songs -- "Crash and Burn" and "T-Shirt," Thomas says. "And they're both kind of in the same vein."

Fans can expect Thomas to continue exploring the sound he introduced on "Make Me Wanna" on the new album, too.

He says, "I think "Make Me Wanna" was a great bridge for what you're gonna hear on the second album. Gonna explore the more funky, R&B, soul side of T.R.. It's gonna be a fun record, man. It's gonna be very diverse."

Thomas's debut album, It Goes Like This, was released in October 2013, but Thomas had been living with the music on his debut album for a few years before it got to the public.

"For the fans, I guess they can technically say they've only had the album in their hands for like a year-and-a-half, but I've been playing these songs for, like, three years," Thomas explains. "So, for me to get out there and play new music that's on the radio is a very exciting time for us."

Thomas has been performing "T-Shirt" during his opening set on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour in the past few weeks.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Shania Twain Says Rock This Country Tour Will Let Her Feel the "Party Vibe" One Last Time

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain delighted -- and, possibly, saddened -- fans Wednesday with her announcement that she'll be going on tour for the first time in 11 years, but it'll be her last time on the road.  Shania says for her final live experience, she wanted to take her music directly to the fans.

"I thought, 'Well, I’m feeling the momentum of being on stage,'" she tells ABC Radio, explaining why she decided to launch a tour after SHANIA: Still the One wrapped up at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. "'It took me so long to get back up here. I wanna experience also getting back out on the road and touring with the show.' I didn’t want one room to be my last concert experience."

"I wanted to break that chain and say, 'If I’m gonna do this for the last time, I want it to be out on the road and taking it to the fans and feeling that whole excitement of the party vibe that you get when you’re on a concert stage.' So...it was just a natural succession."

Shania's tour doesn't start until June, but if you want to get a taste of her performing live, you can check out her new CD/DVD, SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas, which is currently available exclusively at Wal-Mart.  The show features her full Las Vegas production, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes footage showing what went into its creation and execution.

"At the end of [the] Vegas [show], I started to feel a little bit sad to see it coming to an end," Shania tells ABC Radio, explaining why she wanted to release a film of the show. "So I wanted to document that specific production. I put so much into the production itself, it was really a huge experience in that regard, and I was saying, 'Well, the only way to really make it last is to document it, get it filmed.' So I have that, now, forever. That’s, I guess, mine...forever, even though I’m not there live."  

Shania's Rock This Country tour starts June 5 in Seattle.  The ticket sales to the general public for most North American shows begin Friday, March 13; there's a pre-sale at ShaniaTwain.com on March 10.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Pharrell Denies Ripping Off Marvin Gaye for "Blurred Lines" at Trial

Randy Holmes/ABCPharrell Williams took the stand Wednesday in the "Blurred Lines" trial in Los Angeles, saying he did not rip off Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" when he wrote the Robin Thicke hit.

The Voice coach said he captured the "feel" of Gaye, but it was not copyright infringement. He said, "I must've been channeling that feeling, that late-'70s feeling."

When asked directly by his attorney, Howard King, "Did you copy 'Got to Give It Up?'," Pharrell replied, "No, sir."  When King asked, "Did you do it subconsciously?", the singer replied, "No, sir."

Pharrell said of Gaye, "I respect his music beyond words."

Pharrell, Robin and T.I. have been sued by Gaye's children over "Blurred Lines," which they claim ripped off their father's song.

An accounting statement revealed in court this week showed that "Blurred Lines" generated more than $16.6 million in profits.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Kelly Clarkson Reacts to Nasty Tweets from British Journalist: "I'm Awesome! It Doesn't Bother Me" 

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute Last month, controversial British journalist and TV personality Katie Hopkins tweeted some extremely nasty comments about Kelly Clarkson, criticizing her for her weight and her appearance.  Well, if Hopkins was hoping to shame Kelly into going on a diet, she's failed, because the singer just doesn't give a hoot.

Asked what she thought of Hopkins' tweets -- one of which asked, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?" -- Kelly told the British magazine Heat, ""I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?"  After it was explained to Kelly who Hopkins is, Kelly laughed, "Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."

"I've just never cared what people think," she added. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."

While unknown in the U.S., Hopkins is well known in the U.K., for, among other things, openly criticizing anyone who is overweight.  In fact, she even starred in a reality show in which she purposely gained and then lost about 40 pounds, to show that people are capable of dieting successfully and have no excuse for being obese.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Violent Femmes Release First New Song in 15 Years 

Steven Dewall/Redferns via Getty ImagesViolent Femmes have returned with "Love Love Love Love Love," the band's first new song in 15 years. The track, which is streaming at RollingStone.com, will appear on the Femmes' forthcoming EP, Happy New Year.

"Happy to have some new recordings for people that have loved our music," frontman Gordon Gano tells Rolling Stone. "Would be honored to have a few new ears hear us for the first time too."

Violent Femmes hope to catch a few of those new ears this summer when they join Barenaked Ladies on their Last Summer on Earth 2015 tour, which begins in June

Happy New Year will be released on Record Store Day, April 18.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Tinashe Recalls Five-Hour Shoot for "Bated Breath" Video 

Photo Credit: Carrington ScottTinashe is getting used to handling her music videos herself. Last month she debuted her first self-directed clip -- for the title track of her debut album, Aquarius. Now, the singer has released a lengthy video for another song from the album, "Bated Breath."

"I don’t like to sit around waiting for people to do things for me," she tells W magazine. "So when I know my label’s not going to produce music videos, I’ll either make them myself or I’ll find people that I think are cool and reach out to them directly. I’m like, ‘F**k it. I’ll just do it.'"

The singer recruited videographer Stephen Garnett to help film the nine-minute clip, posted on YouTube, which was shot in the Mojave Desert. "It was pretty DIY," she recalled of the five-hour shoot. "It wasn’t a big production or anything."

As to forthcoming products, the singer says: "I love directing, I’d love to direct for other people in the future."

 


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Report: Karrueche Tran Unaware of Chris Brown Baby Rumors Before Story Broke

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It seems Karrueche Tran only found out about reports that Chris Brown supposedly fathered a child with another woman just before TMZ published its story on the subject.

Sources tell TMZ that Karrueche and Brown weren't on speaking terms after having a big argument last week, however the singer reportedly tried to call Tran unsuccessfully after the baby news broke.

According to the gossip site a DNA test performed last week shows that Brown is the father of a nine-month-old girl with former model named Nia, whom Brown is said to have set up a financial arrangement with.

While Chris has yet to confirm or deny the reports, sources tell TMZ that Tran is relieved that her turbulent relationship with the singer will finally be over.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video Starring Tom Hanks to Premiere Friday

School Boy/Interscope RecordsThe much buzzed-about Carly Rae Jepsen video, starring Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, has an official premiere date. The “I Really Like You” video is set to debut on Bravo Media this Friday.

Beginning Wednesday night, the network will run on-air promotions for the reality show Newlyweds: The First Year featuring Carly's catchy new tune. Then on March 6, the video for the song will premiere on BravoTV.com’s The Daily Dish at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Carly recently told ABC Radio that the video will follow a day in the life of Tom Hanks, as he prepares to join the singer for her music video. It’s sort of a “video inside of a video,” she said. Justin Bieber also makes a cameo.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

T.I. Confirms 'ATL' Movie Sequel

Atlantic Records/Warwick DavisT.I. has confirmed what fans have patiently been waiting for: a sequel to the 2006 movie ATL.

Almost a decade after the first movie's release, the rapper posted an Instagram image of himself filming with director Chris Robinson and original co-stars Jackie Long, Albert Daniels and Jason Weaver. "#ATL2 Get Ready," wrote Tip.

The rapper also confirmed that actress Lauren London reprise her role as his love interest. "Shad&New-New #ATL2#KeepWatching," he wrote under another picture.

While that film is still in production, fans will soon get to see T.I. star alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a different movie, Get Hard, which hits theaters March 27.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Is Rod Stewart Getting His Own Reality Show?

Penny LancasterIs Rod Stewart about to rival the Kardashians? According to British tabloid The Mirror, the 70-year-old rocker and his family have started filming a reality show for E! at their home in Los Angeles.

The Mirror claims Rod agreed to do the series with his wife, 43-year-old model Penny Lancaster, and their two children, 9-year-old Alastair and four-year-old Aiden. The singer’s kids from his first marriage -- 34-year-old Sean and 35-year-old Kimberly -- are also said to have “prominent” roles.

Rod has four other children: Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, who was raised by an adoptive family. He’s also a grandfather to Kimberly’s daughter with actor Benicio Del Toro.

A source close to the family reportedly said, “Rod is very proud of his family and he wants to show everyone that. He will star very much as the dad, and it will show he has kept things together.”

According to The Mirror, the partially scripted show will begin airing in June. “The family hopes it is the start of something big,” the source said. But for now, we're taking all this with a grain of salt.


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