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Friday
Dec192014

Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson and Slash.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, Rick Springfield, David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while while Bo Diddley said "neither one."


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Friday
Dec192014

Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known music artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne and The Band's Robbie Robertson.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Queen collaborator Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson and Rick Springfield.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy and Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Bo Diddley said "neither one."


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Friday
Dec192014

Rock Stars and Celebrities Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Slash and three members of Metallica.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, David Byrne, Johnny Rotten, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Scott Weiland, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, The Monkees' Mick Dolenz, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich chose Oasis and his band mate Robert Trujillo said Harrison.


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Friday
Dec192014

1,000 Foo Fighters Fans in Italy to Play "Learn to Fly" Simultaneously

Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrA group of Italian Foo Fighters fans have launched a crowd-funding campaign to get the band to play a show in Italy's Romagna region.  The plan is to have 1,000 people simultaneously play the Foos' 1999 single, "Learn to Fly," which they hope will inspire Dave Grohl and company to play their home region.  The campaign is aiming to raise 40,000 euros in order to fund the project.

This isn't the first time fans have turned to crowd-funding to get the Foo Fighters to play their city.  Earlier this year, a group in Richmond, Virginia, began to sell tickets to a Foo Fighters show in their city, even though the gig wasn't scheduled by the band.  The campaign worked, and the Foos played their first show in Richmond in more than 15 years.

A group in the U.K. also launched a campaign asking the Foo Fighters to play the city of Birmingham.  While the campaign was fully funded, the band has yet to announce a Birmingham show.  As for Foo Fighters shows that are actually scheduled, you can find all touring information at FooFighters.com.

In other news, Foo Fighters stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to perform their song "I Am a River," from their latest album, Sonic Highways.  The band was accompanied by a string section as they ripped through the New York City-inspired track.


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Friday
Dec192014

Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday Helps Her Top "Social 50" Chart for First Time Since Last Year 

ABC/Fred LeeSince Taylor Swift is everywhere, has millions of fans and is very active online on Twitter and Instagram, you'd think she'd be #1 on Billboard's "Social 50" chart, which ranks the most popular artists on social media, every other week.  But it turns out it took a milestone birthday to send her to the top of that chart, which she hadn't visited since last year.

According to Billboard, Taylor's #1 on the chart thanks to her epic 25th birthday party in the wee hours of December 13, whose guest list seemed to include every famous person in the world...all of whom took to Twitter and Instagram to talk about the fabulous party.  Those who weren't at the party took to Twitter to wish her a happy birthday, and all that activity sent her to #1 on the chart for the first time since April of 2013.

In addition, being the subject of tweets from Lorde, Selena Gomez, Charli XCX, HAIM, Nick Jonas and more resulted in a 117 percent increase in mentions online, and her posts on Instagram featuring her partying with Justin Timberlake and Beyonce received nearly 11 million likes for that week.

Taylor had previously climbed as high as #2 this year on the Social 50 chart, but she was constantly blocked by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.


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Friday
Dec192014

K. Michelle Readies Christmas Concert with Run DMC, LL Cool J in Brooklyn 

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K. Michelle has already received the best Christmas gift she could've asked for: a chart-topping R&B album. To celebrate her successful week, the singer is scheduled to perform during a concert with hip-hop vets at Brookyln, New York's Barclays Center.

The singer confirmed via Instagram that she will share the stage with legendary acts like Run DMC and LL Cool J.

"Nothing like Christmas in New York!! Ready to have some fun at Barclays Center TONIGHT," she wrote in the caption. "Meet me there!!!! #AWBAH  Pay respect to the greats! I'm hype to share the stage with them."

In addition, Diggy and gospel star Lecrae are on the bill. Meanwhile, Michelle will showcase new material from her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart this week.

 


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Friday
Dec192014

Chris Brown Kicks Off Mini-Tour with August Alsina

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsBefore he hits the road with Trey Songz next year, Chris Brown will spend his weekend on a brief outing, dubbed the X Live Tour! with special guest August Alsina.

The duo's three-city trek kicks off tonight in Jacksonville, Florida and then travels to Columbia, South Carolina,  before wrapping up in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 21.

The mini-tour will support Brown's X and Alsina's Testimony albums.

Here are the X Live Tour! dates:

12/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
12/20 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
12/21 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena


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Friday
Dec192014

Christina Aguilera Developing ABC Family Show About Las Vegas Entertainers 

ABC/Richard HarbaughChristina Aguilera is getting into the TV business, beyond her appearances on The Voice.

Deadline reports that the singer is executive producing and helping to develop a dramedy for ABC Family which is focused on a group of Las Vegas entertainers who fall in and out of love. 

Tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs, the show is described as being similar to Love, Actually in the way that the characters' lives intertwine.  Another executive producer on the project is her fiance, Matt Rutler, the father of her baby girl Summer Rain.

Christina returns to The Voice for season eight early next year.


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Friday
Dec192014

Garth Brooks Adds More Shows in Detroit

Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks has added three dates to his run of shows in Detroit for a total of six concerts starting Friday, February 20. He'll then play two shows on Saturday, February 21. There's another show on Friday, February 27 followed by two shows on Saturday, February 28.

So far, Garth has sold more than 90,000 tickets in Detroit with tickets still available through Ticketmaster.com.


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Friday
Dec192014

Sam Smith First to Chart on "Billboard" Hot 100 with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 

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The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has been around for 70 years, but it took Sam Smith to bring it to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

The British singer's melancholy version of the song has just debuted at #90 on that chart.  Of course, various versions of the tune have appeared on the publication's Holiday chart, but never onthe Hot 100, alongside the other current hits of the day. 

Sam debuted his version of the song on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas, during which he learned he'd been nominated for Album of the Year. That's one of six Grammy nominations he has this year.

On the Holiday 100, Sam's version of the song is top 10, and there are three other versions on there as well, by Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera, and Michael Buble.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was first introduced in 1944, in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.\



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Friday
Dec192014

Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart 

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj continues to outdo herself on the charts.

The rapper's "Only" has climbed from #10 to #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking her fourth #1 on that list. That's the most #1's for a female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally.

Onika only had to step over a handful of female rappers who have multiple #1's, including Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Iggy Azalea.

The song, which features Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, also has furthered her collaborators' rankings: the song gives Drizzy his 12th leader on the chart, Wayne his ninth and Brown his fifth.

"Only" is lifted from Minaj's The Pinkprint album, available now.


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Friday
Dec192014

Martina McBride Shares Holiday Recipes and Traditions on "Today" This Tuesday

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsMartina McBride recently invited Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager into her home in Nashville for a segment airing just before Christmas. Martina shared stories about her Christmas traditions and prepared a few recipes from her new book about entertaining, Around the Table. The book came out earlier this year and offers tips on how to throw parties for every season.

Tune in to see Martina on NBC's Today on Tuesday morning.


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Friday
Dec192014

Miguel Releases Three New Songs for Free Download 

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has given fans new music just in time for the holidays.

The singer shared three funky new songs, via his SoundCloud page on Friday, accompanied by cover art showing the singer's hand grasping the mouth of his girlfriend Nazanin Mandi.

His unexpected material includes "Hollywooddreams," "NWA" featuring Kurupt, and the full version of "Coffee," which he teased back in October. The songs are available for free download and serve as an appetizer as he continues to record  the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream.

Based on his new songs, it seems he's been following his instincts while recording the disc. "Creating isn't always easy for me, but as a musician I've learned instinct is everything... and if that's true all we have to do sometimes is put ourselves in a place to do what we are naturally inclined to do," he wrote on Instagram.

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


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Friday
Dec192014

expand Beyonce and Jay Z Lose Bidding War for Pricey Beverly Hills Mansion 

Cliff Lipson/CBSEarlier this month, Jay Z and Beyonce were in a bidding war with three other buyers for an $85 million home in California. However, it looks like the power couple lost out on the mansion, according to Billboard.

Despite the Carters visiting the home six times, Swedish video game developer Markus Persson, who recently earned $2.5 billion from selling his company Mojang to Microsoft, purchased the home for $70 million. Realtors reveal it is the most expensive house to ever be sold in Beverly Hills.

The 23,000-square foot home features panoramic views, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar, 16-car garage and a 24-seat movie theater.

"Marcus fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him," wrote realtor Katia De Los Reyes on the blog of the realty company that sold the house.


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Friday
Dec192014

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay 

Peter Kramer/NBCRemember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey.

The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year. 

Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her. her. My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.” 

He added that Oliver is suing for "a significant amount" of money, because she was entitled to time-and-a-half if she worked more than 40 hours a week.

Mariah's rep told the paper, "I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit."


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Friday
Dec192014

Watch Rixton, Train, Jennifer Hudson on "A Home for the Holidays" Tonight 

Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment.Rixton, Train and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."

Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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Friday
Dec192014

Kid Rock to Play Daytona 500 Pre-Show

Image Courtesy of Clay Patrick McBrideBefore drivers start their engines for the 57th annual Great American Race, Motor City-raised Kid Rock will play the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show on February 22. Rock's set will include a performance of his new single, "First Kiss." Ticket packages to the Pre-Race Show are available now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

"Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated DAYTONA 500," says Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III in a statement.

On February 24, two days after the Daytona performance, Rock will drop his new album, First Kiss, his tenth studio record. If you pre-order it from Rock's website, you'll receive a download of the title track, available January 6.

The Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show will air on FOX at 1 p.m. February 22.


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Friday
Dec192014

TV on the Radio Releases "Lazerray" Video

Image Courtesy of JUCOTV on the Radio have unveiled the video for "Lazerray," a track from the band's new album, Seeds. As one of the punkier cuts on Seeds, "Lazerray" receives an aptly punky video treatment, featuring TVotR rocking out in a skate park. You can watch the video, directed by photographer Atiba Jefferson, on Vevo.

Seeds is TVotR's fifth full-length studio album. The record peaked at number five on Billboard's Alternative Albums chart.

TVotR don't have any more skate park appearances on their schedule, but they'll be touring the U.S. in 2015. The tour begins March 20 in Dallas, Texas and wraps up April 3 in Los Angeles.


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Friday
Dec192014

Watch Train, Rixton, Earth Wind & Fire and More on "A Home for the Holidays" Tonight

Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment. Train, Rixton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."

Also on the bill for the special are country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 


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Friday
Dec192014

Katy Perry Breaks Ticket Sales Records on Australian Leg of Prismatic World Tour

Christie GoodwinKaty Perry Prismatic world tour recently wrapped up its Australian leg, and to say it was a success is something of an understatement.

Katy's show broke a record at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, selling 89,500 tickets over six shows.  That beats the previous record, set by One Direction, of 81,542 tickets sold across seven shows in 2013.  Katy received a special bronze star plaque, as well as a bicycle, to commemorate her achievement. The plaque will be mounted on the arena's entryway.

Katy got the bicycle because she enjoys biking around the various cities where she tours.  This one is a custom-made road bike that incorporates design elements of her tour, and some of her earlier work.

The show's promoter told Billboard of Katy, "She’s a star performer. In this market, 350,000 is enormous. She’s a mile ahead of everyone else...We could have added another dozen shows everywhere easily. Without a blink. And probably even more.”

Futher underscoring Katy's popularity Down Under, her album PRISM has gone five-times platinum in Australia, which in that country means 350,000 copies.

However, Billboard notes that Pink is actually the all-time box office queen in Australia, selling 650,000 tickets in 2009 on her Funhouse tour, and more than 500,000 tickets last year for her Truth About Love Tour.

Katy's Prismatic tour wraps up for good Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then it's on to the Super Bowl halftime show in February.


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