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Tuesday
Sep012015

The Dead Weather, TV on the Radio to Perform on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Third Man Records; JUCOThe Dead Weather may not be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Dodge and Burn, but they will be making at least one late-night TV appearance. Jack White and company will perform on The Late Show September 14 to kick off Stephen Colbert's second week as the program's new host.

Dodge and Burn, The Dead Weather's first album in five years, will be released September 25.

Also during the second week of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, TV on the Radio will perform alongside rap duo Run the Jewels September 15. Run the Jewels has previously collaborated with Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182's Travis Barker.

Colbert's hosting run on The Late Show starts Tuesday, September 8 at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. The former The Colbert Report host is replacing David Letterman, who signed off earlier this year.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrad Paisley hails from which town in West Virginia? ANSWER: Glen Dale.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

David Bowie, Aerosmith Members, Cyndi Lauper Contributing Songs to "SpongeBob SquarePants" Stage Musical

Jimmy King; Ross HalfinDavid Bowie, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and Cyndi Lauper are among the stars who are contributing songs to the upcoming stage musical based on the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to a press release posted on the Broadway in Chicago website, The SpongeBob Musical will premiere on June 7, 2016, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre and will feature original tunes by Tyler and Perry, Lauper, They Might Be Giants, modern rockers The Flaming Lips, R&B star John Legend, country group Lady Antebellum, rapper T.I. and other artists.  In addition, the release reports that the show will include "an additional song" by Bowie, although it's not clear whether the rock legend will be contributing a new tune to the project.

The producers offered this description of the production: "The end is here.  Only one sponge can save the day.  But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and music history."

The SpongeBob Musical's run in Chicago will be a limited engagement that will end on July 3 of next year.  The show then will move on to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.

Incidentally, Bowie has a previous connection to SpongeBob SquarePants: he voiced a character named Lord Royal Highness in the 2007 Nickelodeon TV movie SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

David Bowie, Aerosmith Members Contributing Songs to "SpongeBob SquarePants" Stage Musical

Jimmy King; Ross HalfinDavid Bowie and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the stars who are contributing songs to the upcoming stage musical based on the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to a press release posted on the Broadway in Chicago website, The SpongeBob Musical will premiere on June 7, 2016, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre and will feature original tunes by Tyler and Perry, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, modern rockers The Flaming Lips, R&B star John Legend, country group Lady Antebellum, rapper T.I. and other artists.  In addition, the release reports that the show will include "an additional song" by Bowie, although it's not clear whether the rock legend will be contributing a new tune to the project.

The producers offered this description of the production: "The end is here.  Only one sponge can save the day.  But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and music history."

The SpongeBob Musical's run in Chicago will be a limited engagement that will end on July 3 of next year.  The show then will move on to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.

Incidentally, Bowie has a previous connection to SpongeBob SquarePants: he voiced a character named Lord Royal Highness in the 2007 Nickelodeon TV movie SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Christina Aguilera to Teach MasterClass on Singing

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCWant to learn how to belt out a song like Christina Aguilera? Well, you're in luck. The Grammy winner will be teaching an online singing class this fall. Christina has signed on to be the newest instructor for MasterClass, a San Francisco-based company that makes it possible for everyone to learn a craft directly from an expert in that field.

“I’m excited MasterClass has given me the opportunity to truly share all I have learned about my craft with the world,” Christina said in a statement. “Coaching in this capacity not only gives me a chance to connect with my fans but lets me explore one of my true passions.”

According to the co-founder of MasterClass, Aaron Rasmussen, Christina’s class will show students the “tips, tricks, exercises, and some of the surprising mental techniques behind having one of the most impressive vocal ranges in music today.”

Each MasterClass is priced at $90 and includes 10 to 25 video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, learning materials and lifetime access to the lessons. MasterClass currently offers an acting class from Dustin Hoffman, a tennis class from Serena Williams and a writing class from author James Patterson.

Production on Christina’s class will begin in September. The class will be made available later this fall.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Report: Bono Now World's Wealthiest Music Star

ABC/Adam TaylorFor many years, Paul McCartney has been considered the world's wealthiest music artist, but the legendary former Beatles star now reportedly has been overtaken by U2 frontman BonoInternational Business Times reports that the Irish singer's wealth has increased greatly in recent years thanks to his 2.3-percent ownership of Facebook, a windfall that, according to sources, now is worth about 940 million pounds -- or more than $1.4 billion.

That figure would easily put Bono ahead of Sir Paul, whose fortune was valued at 730 million pounds, or about $1.1 billion, according to the latest annual Sunday Times of London's Rich List. 

International Business Times points out that the money Bono has made from his share of Facebook, which he purchased in 2009 when the social media website went public, is worth more than all the cash he's earned as a member of U2.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Chris Brown Featured in Premiere of New BET Docu-Series

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown will be the subject of the premiere of the new BET docu-series, The BET Life Of…

The one-hour program will include an exclusive interview and explore “Chris Brown the street art artist, skilled basketball player and all-around extraordinary performer.” Subsequent episodes of the weekly series will spotlight Breezy’s close friend Trey Songz, as well as Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson and Beyonce.

“BET is so fortunate to have been there since the beginning with these amazing artists,” says Stephen G. Hill, BET president of programming. “It’s been fun looking back at the early years of these superstars; many of whom have their very first look on BET. Through this show you’ll get nostalgic, but also realize the work, dedication and growth to today of your favorite performers.”

The BET Life of Chris Brown premieres September 8 at 9 p.m., followed by The BET Life of Trey Songz on September 15, Minaj on September 22, Jackson on September 29 and Beyonce on October 6.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Imagine Dragons to Play Private Concert for Citi/AAdvantage Members

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelIf you're an Imagine Dragons fan and a Citi/AAdvantage cardmember, you're in luck. Dan Reynolds and company are playing a private concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on September 28, and the only way to get tickets is with a Citi/AAdvantage credit card.

Tickets to Imagine Dragons' private Hollywood Palladium show will go on sale September 1 at 10 a.m. PT via CitiPrivatePass.com.

Imagine Dragons completed their North American tour earlier this month in support of their sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors. Aside from the private L.A. show, the band's lone remaining U.S. date this year is their headlining set at the Life Is Beautiful festival September 26, held in their hometown of Las Vegas.

Last week, Imagine Dragons debuted a new track called "Roots." The non-album single is the band's first new song since releasing Smoke + Mirrors back in February, where it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Rascal Flatts Gets an Assist from Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and Meghan Trainor on New Single

CMARascal Flatts' latest single, "I Like the Sound of That," is a "smooth and catchy" track co-written by pop star Meghan Trainor and Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney.

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus says, "The melody is so infectious, the lyrics are fresh and we're absolutely thrilled that it's our new single and we can't wait for people to hear this!"

Jay adds that "I Like the Sound of That" is one of the most fun tracks on the band's latest album, Rewind, available now.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

John Legend and T.I. Write Music for "The SpongeBob Musical"

ABC/Randy Holmes John Legend and T.I. are among the stars who will contribute original music to Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical.

According to the website  Broadway in Chicago, the show will premiere June 7, 2016 in Chicago and will feature music by a wide variety of artists, including David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. Following a one-month engagement in The Windy City, producers hope the musical will open on Broadway in the 2016/2017 season.

The producers offered this description of the production: “The end is here. Only one sponge can save the day. But he’s going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and music history.”

This will not be the first time Legend and T.I. have worked together on a project. T.I. featured the nine-time Grammy award winner on “Slide Show’ from his 2008 album Paper Trail.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Billie Joe Armstrong Bemoans Lack of Rock Bands at VMAs

Credit: Felisha TolentinoBillie Joe Armstrong wasn't happy with this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which were held over the weekend. On Twitter, the Green Day frontman criticized the VMAs for its lack of young rock bands.

"Just watched VMAs. Seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?" Armstrong wrote.

While Armstrong didn't name any artists he thought should've played on the broadcast, or been nominated for VMAs, he said "there [are] great up and coming rock bands headlining festivals AND on social media."

"What the hell," Armstrong concluded.

Fall Out Boy's video for "Uma Thurman" won the Best Rock Video award at this year's VMAs, beating out videos from Arctic Monkeys, WALK THE MOON, Hozier and Florence + the Machine. Twenty One Pilots performed during the show alongside rapper A$AP Rocky.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Demi Lovato Talks Racy Album Cover, Post-VMAs Pizza Party with Iggy Azalea on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Hollywood/Island/SafehouseMonday night, Jimmy Kimmel welcomed Demi Lovato as both his musical and interview guest, fresh from her performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.

Demi, who also appeared opposite Roseanne Barr in a game show sketch, sat with Jimmy and joked about Kanye West's rambling MTV Video Music Awards speech, and the shade thrown by Nicki Minaj at show host Miley Cyrus. "I'm Switzerland," Lovato joked, meaning she's neutral in the conflict, although admitting that after attending a designer's after-party, she and Iggy Azalea, with whom Demi performed Sunday night, quickly decamped back to Demi's house and the cozy comfort of sweatpants.

"One pair between you?" Kimmel asked. "I don't think our butts would fit into one pair," Lovato laughed.  "All we did was we went back, we ate pizza, and watched the VMAs back, and basically was like, 'What the f*** happened?!"

As for her new album, Confident, Kimmel asked whose idea it was to have Demi pose in a latex top and sheer underwear on the cover. "All mine!" Demi exclaimed.  "I've been on a meal plan for like a year, and I've been training my butt off for this album," she said to applause. "And I'm really loving my body now for the [first] time in my life, and I just wanted to show it off!"

Demi also played her new hit, "Cool for the Summer," as part of Kimmel's Summer Concert Series.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

"Straight Outta Compton" Makes Box Office History

UniversalStraight Outta Compton was the highest-grossing movie for the third weekend in a row, and now is the most successful music bio-pic of all-time.

According to Variety, the N.W.A. film registered $13.2 million at the U.S. box office last weekend, for a total of $134.1 million in domestic box office. It overtakes the 2005 Johnny Cash movie, Walk the Line, which earned $119.5 domestically. Compton also is the first film to remain number one for three straight weeks since Jurassic World in June.

Ice Cube was ecstatic about the news, tweeting, "Wow! I'm speechless... Thank you for seeing

Ticket sales for Straight Outta Compton dropped 50 percent as the gross fell from $26.8 million the previous weekend.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

The Fray's Joe King and Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola Expecting First Child Together

The Fray -- Joe King, far left; Epic RecordsThe Fray guitarist Joe King and his wife, The Vampire Diaries actress Candice Accola, are expecting their first child together, the couple announced Monday on Instagram.

“Sometimes a Saturday is best spent painting t-shirts and taking an awesome family photo. Happy Monday everybody! #ThatAintNoBurritoinMyBelly," Accola, 28, captioned an Instagram pic of herself with King, 35, and his two daughters from a previous marriage, pointing to her baby bump.

Joe shared the same picture on his Instagram page with the caption, "Baby King on the way!!!! So proud to welcome this new life into the world with my beautiful wife and daughters. I truly am a lucky man & dad."

King and Accola first met at a Super Bowl event in 2011 and were later set up by Accola’s co-star, Nina Dobrev, according to People magazine. They tied the knot in 2014.

The Vampire Diaries returns for its seventh season October 8 on the CW network.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley Weds in LA

Chelsea Lauren/WireImageSum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley and his fiancée Ariana Cooper tied the knot in Los Angeles on Sunday, a year after nearly losing his life to alcohol abuse.

The couple exchanged vows at the Hotel Bel Air in "a chill and intimate ceremony," an insider tells People magazine. "They had a violin play at the ceremony and the music was mellow, not typical rock that Deryck's band plays, which was surprising."

In April 2014, the 35-year-old rocker collapsed in his kitchen with a drink in his hand and was rushed by Cooper to the hospital, where doctors determined his organs had failed from serious alcohol abuse.

Cooper and Whibley, now sober and healthy, reportedly toasted their marriage with a glass of apple cider.

Whibley was previously married to Avril Lavigne. They divorced in 2009 after three years of marriage.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Frontman for The Damned Things, Featuring Members of Fall Out Boy, Anthrax & Volbeat, Talks Possible Reunion

Clay Patrick McBrideThe Damned Things, a supergroup featuring Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Volbeat's Rob Caggiano and Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley, released just one album before going on hiatus. While no reunion plans have been explicitly discussed, Buckley says that "there's no 'no' being said."

"Me and Joe talk all the time, we're still very good friends," Buckley tells Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on his podcast The Jasta Show. "I talk to Rob all the time and Andy and Scott, and we all keep in touch and we're just kinda keeping that door open."

The Damned Things released their lone album, Ironiclast, in 2010. The album featured the single "We've Got a Situation Here," which reached the top-25 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

"I think that's a good thing about the band is that it's kind of timeless," Buckley says. "It's just rock music, we could revisit it in three years or 10 years."

If The Damned Things were to reunite, expect there to be less "thought" this time around.

"I feel like we thought too hard about a lot of stuff in that band," Buckley says. "I think a lot of the production was very slick and overthought." Of course, he adds, "That's not a bad thing, at all."

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley will appear on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday, September 5 for the season opener between the University of Alabama and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.

Congratulations to The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, who married longtime friend Simone Staley Saturday in Nashville.

Chris Young will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Tim McGraw Works Up a Sweat Long Before He Hits the Concert Stage

Big Machine RecordsBy the time Tim McGraw hits the stage for a two-hour concert, he's already put in a few hours of intense workouts with his band and crew. That kind of training helps Tim make sure he's giving the audience everything he's got.

"I think that if you work really hard before the show, and you get conditioned that by the time the show hits that you’re really ready to go," Tim explains.

He sees the group workout sessions as a team-building exercise, too.

Tim adds, "For us, it’s a good chance to talk about the show. It’s a good chance to hang out together and sort of just talk our way through what we’re doing work wise."

Tim's Shotgun Rider tour continues through a September 19 date in Irvine, California.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Celine Dion Working on Two New Albums, Wants Your Songs 

Denise TruscelloIs Celine Dion Superwoman?  Not only is she caring for her ailing husband, taking care of her three kids and resuming her shows in Las Vegas, but she's also planning not one but two new albums.

Speaking to reporters in Vegas, Celine said of her recording career, "I will keep going with my art the best way possible. I don’t have much to talk about with whom I’m gonna be working with, but there’s gonna be a French and an English album hopefully coming out...French, 2016 and English, 2017."

The English album will be the follow-up to Celine's 2013 album Loved Me Back to Life, which saw her working with edgier collaborators than before.  Celine says she's ready to listen to any songs that anyone sends her to record, because she wants a variety of material.

"It’s open for everyone, any songwriters and composers, to send me their art for me to be able to reach different goals, or to evolve, or have a good time, or be passionate," she told reporters.  "Because I would love to keep going. I really would love to."

Celine's last French album, whose title translates to Without Waiting, came out in 2012.  She explained that for her, the title really meant, "Don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today."

The first round of dates for Celine's relaunched show at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace will continue through January 17.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Charlie Puth Gives Update on Meghan Trainor's Health: "She's Just Chillin'"

Atlantic RecordsEarlier this summer, Meghan Trainor was forced to cancel her M Train Tour because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cord, telling her fans she was "devastated, scared and so sorry."  Now her friend, duet partner and opening act Charlie Puth is updating us as to how the Grammy-nominated singer is feeling.

"Well, I haven’t been talking to her, I’ve been texting her. She isn’t allowed to talk," Charlie tells ABC Radio.  "She’s just chillin’; she’s gonna get surgery soon."  He added, " It’s good that she’s getting the surgery now to avoid further problems and then, I mean, [in] six weeks she’ll hop right back on the road."

Sam Smith was able to do the same after he had vocal cord surgery earlier this year, so hopefully Meghan will do the same.  Meanwhile, you can hear Charlie and Meghan singing together on the hit duet "Marvin Gaye."  The song references the late Motown star Marvin Gaye and his classic hit "Let's Get It On," but Charlie says he realizes that many of his fans are too young to have even heard of Gaye.

"I was reading YouTube comments and I saw a 12-year-old post -- what I assumed was a 12-year-old --- [writing]'What’s a Marvin Gaye? And can anyone explain to me what that is?'" he tells ABC Radio. "And I just posted the Wikipedia article to 'Let’s Get It On.' I was like, 'This is the little hint.'"  

In addition to Charlie's song, Marvin Gaye's name has been in the news in the past year because his family successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in court over their hit "Blurred Lines," which they claimed was too similar to Gaye's hit "Got to Give It Up."  Gaye himself was tragically shot to death by his own father in 1984.

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