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Sep232013

Mumford & Sons Going on Hiatus for “Foreseeable Future”

Glassnote RecordsWith the band’s Babel tour now completed, Mumford & Sons is taking a break for a while.

"There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future," keyboardist Ben Lovett tells Rolling Stone. “We’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that.”

Lovett adds that while he’s not sure how long of a break the group will take, he’s looking forward to reconnecting with his family and friends. "I don’t think we’ve had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band,” he explains. “I think that’s what’s in place at the moment, to do very little -- especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons."

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Monday
Sep232013

Luke Bryan's Small-Town Georgia Roots Guide Him Through Country Super-Stardom

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan only gets back to his hometown of Leesburg, GA once a year these days, but he still lives by those small-town values now that he's a country superstar.

"You learn and grow up in an environment around good, kind-hearted people and they bestow really great values on you," Luke tells AccessAtlanta.com. "I’ve tried to carry that and take that small-town knowledge and go see the world and try to inspire."

These days, you're more likely to find Luke in a big city playing a sold-out arena than you are to find him out in the woods. Either way, Luke is a guy that can take care of himself.

He says, "I’ve been around the block a time or two, so you can let me out in New York City and I’ll be OK and you can leave me in a swamp and I’ll be OK there, too."

Luke's next show takes place Thursday night at the Riverbend Music Center on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati.

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Monday
Sep232013

TLC Reveal Title, Track Listing For New Compilation Album 

PR NewswireTLC has announced new details for their next compilation album, due out next month. The set will be titled 20, as a nod to the group's two-decade-spanning career.

The 14-track project will include TLC's biggest hits and new contributions from Ne-Yo, who penned a song for the closing credits of the upcoming VH1 original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. The film, which stars Keke Palmer (Akeela & The Bee) as Chilli, Drew Sidora (Step Up) as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, and Lil Mama (America's Best Dance Crew) as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, chronicles TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta and unprecedented rise to fame in the '90s. The movie will premiere on VH1 on October 21.

You'll be able to purchase 20 on October 15 via LaFace/Epic Record.  That should tide fans over until TLC releases a full album with all-new music sometime next year, marking their first studio effort since 2002's 3D.

In related news, Chilli and T-Boz will celebrate the release of 20 and CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story with a string of television appearances, including Good Morning America on October 15, The View on October 16, and The Wendy Williams Show on October 17.

Here's the track listing for 20:

"Ain't 2 Proud Beg"
"What About Your Friends"
"Baby, Baby, Baby"
"Hat 2 Da Back"
"Creep"
"Waterfalls"
"Red Light Special"
"Diggin' on You"
"Kick Your Game"
"No Scrubs"
"Unpretty"
"Silly Ho"
"Damaged"
"Meant to Be"

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Monday
Sep232013

Lil Wayne Launches Female Clothing Line for Trukfit

Facebook.com/TrukFitApparelLil Wayne's clothing brand, Trukfit, will now cater  to his female fans with his first ever Trukfit Juniors line. The newly-expanded line will feature Young Money's Chanel West Coast as the official face of the brand.

"When I created Trukfit, I wanted it to have something for everyone. Now my female fans can get their TRUK on too," says Weezy in a statement. "I'm psyched to have my artist, Chanel West Coast, involved as she personifies what Trukfit Juniors and this life is all about."

Chanel, who appears on MTV's Ridiculousness, comments, "Fashion, hip-hop, and skating culture are a big part of my life so coming to be a part of the Trukfit family felt just right for me. The girls line is super-sick and I'm hyped to be reppin' it!"

Similar to the men's collection, Trukfit Juniors has price point ranging from $29.95 for t-shirts to $120 for outerwear. You'll be able to purchase Trukfit Juniors beginning on September 25 at select Dillard's and Jimmy Jazz stores nationwide.

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Monday
Sep232013

Lady Gaga & Rihanna Tease Collaboration on Twitter

Facebook.com/LadyGagaA few weeks ago, Rihanna got people talking when she tweeted about recording a "monster" hook on another artist's song.  Her use of the word "monster" caused fans to assume that she was singing on a Lady Gaga track, and now it appears as though it's true.

Rihanna tweeted Gaga over the weekend, "Lastnight.... YOU were in my sex dreams!!"  To which Gaga responded, "doing really NASTY THINGS *dancing gaga*."  Since that sounds like a lyric, it seems as though the two really have collaborated on a track, either for Gaga's new album ARTPOP or for a track on the album that Rihanna is rumored to be releasing this year.

Gaga is actually still working on ARTPOP, but she tweeted that she must turn in the finished product at some point in the next six days.  She joked that she needs to have an inhaler to combat her "album separation anxiety."

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Monday
Sep232013

Katy Perry Announces Hollywood Bowl Charity Event

Paramount PicturesKaty Perry will give fans a live look at her new album Prism with a special performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 23, the day after the disc hits stores.

Called Katy Perry's We Can Survive, the concert will benefit the Young Survival Coalition, which supports young women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Promoters say it's Katy's only concert appearance this year, if you can believe it, and she's bringing along some of her favorite artists: Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, country star Kacey Musgraves and Sara Bareillies, presumably so they can do that long-awaited mash-up of "Brave" and "Roar."

Citi Thank You cardmembers will get exclusive access to the event starting September 24 via CitiPrivatePass.com.  Citi will also team with Katy on her upcoming Prism world tour. Regular tickets to the event go on sale September 27 via Ticketmaster.

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Monday
Sep232013

Garth Brooks Returns to Wynn Las Vegas for Limited Engagements Starting Next Month

Wynn Las VegasGarth Brooks is coming back to the Wynn Las Vegas for a limited number of engagements October 18 through 19 and November 8 through 9. He'll play two shows each night.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday through WynnLasVegas.com.

Garth recently filmed a few of his concert at the Wynn Las Vegas, though it's not clear if that footage will be used for a TV special or DVD release, or both.

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Monday
Sep232013

Cher Announces Dressed to Kill Tour

Cher.comSeven years after she completed her "Farewell" tour, Cher is hitting the road again.  The 67-year-old legendary entertainer will kick off her Dressed to Kill tour -- named after a track on her new album, Closer to the Truth -- on March 22 in Phoenix.  The lengthy tour will run through July.  Cher has said previously on Twitter that her longtime costume designer Bob Mackie will be creating the costumes for this tour.

Anyone who purchases tickets online will receive a free copy of Cher's new album.  American Express cardholders get first crack at tickets, starting Monday, September 30 at 10 a.m.

Cher's Farewell tour, which was later renamed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour, lasted two years, visited 20 countries and raked in $250 million over a whopping 605 shows.

Here are Cher's Dressed to Kill tour dates:

4/5 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
4/7 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
4/9 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
4/11 -- Indianapolis, IN,  Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/12 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
4/23 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
4/25 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Center
4/26 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada Tire Centre
4/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
4/30 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
5/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Times Warner Cable Arena
5/7 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/9 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/10 -- East Rutherford,  NJ Izod Center
5/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
5/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
5/16 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
5/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
5/25 --  Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand
5/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
5/30 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/31 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
6/2 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
6/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
6/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
6/7 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
6/9 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
6/11 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
6/20 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
6/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
6/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/25 --  Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
6/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
6/28 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
6/30 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
7/ 2 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
7/ 5 -- Ontario, CA, Citizens Business Bank Arena
7/ 7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
7/ 9 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
7/11 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center

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Monday
Sep232013

"The Voice" Returns for Season Five with Christina & Cee Lo Back in Their Chairs

Trae Patton/NBCNBC's The Voice returns for season five Monday night with two familiar faces sitting in those big red chairs: Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. After both stars took last season off -- with Shakira and Usher filling in for them -- they've returned to the fold, and Christina says reuniting with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton does, indeed, feel "so good."

"It actually is like a family," she says about her return to the show. "I don't wanna be cliche or corny when I say that, but I was actually looking forward mostly -- besides, of course, being able to coach and [mentor] fresh talent -- having a laugh with these guys."  She adds, "I sit next to Blake and he keeps me laughing all day long!"

Cee Lo says he, too, is glad to be back in the Voice fold.  "Everything about this show is just...so positive and so progressive," he gushes. "It's just a real positive energy to be a part of, and it's such a genuine family atmosphere: so organic and honest and open. I really appreciate it, and I really missed the company a lot."

For his part, Blake says it's "truly like a family reunion" having the old gang back together, adding, "I think it's going to create probably the most competitive season that we've seen on The Voice so far because...it really brings back those original rivalries that we had in the beginning."

And speaking of those rivalries, Blake has won the last three seasons of the show.  While the other coaches say it'd be nice to keep him from making it four in a row, that's not what the show is all about.

"We want to pull for our teams -- we want them to win," says Christina. "But I think we can all agree it's the contestants that do win at the end of the day, and not us."  Adam, who pretends to be upset by Blake's winning streak, agrees.  "It's great to work with these guys and try to get them to win the show, which is obviously the end goal when you're on The Voice," he explains. "But it's kind of more amazing just to work with these people, and help them get to wherever they're going to get...whenever they go home, they go home with these amazing experiences based on the things that we've experienced, [that we're] handing down to them."

He adds, "Winning is great. And trust me, I hate the fact that Blake won three in a row. But winning isn’t always the point. And I think that as long as we do our jobs and teach them what we know and help them along, honestly, we win."

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  The mentors this year include Cher for Blake's team, Ryan Tedder for Adam's team, Miguel for Cee Lo's team, and Ed Sheeran for Christina's team.

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Monday
Sep232013

Kings of Leon Detail “Immature” Recording Sessions for "Mechanical Bull"

RCA RecordsKings of Leon created an interesting environment for themselves while crafting their upcoming album, Mechanical Bull. Bassist Jared Followill says that during their recording sessions, the guys would lighten the mood by playing pranks on each other.

“[Mechanical Bull is] the most immature album ever made,” he tells the U.K.’s Metro. “Fake rats, gun caps popping everywhere. We basically goofed off the entire time.”

In addition to enjoying the childish atmosphere, frontman Caleb Followill notes he was happy the guys made the record in their hometown of Nashville, TN. “It was like us jamming for our first record in our basement -- only it was a bigger basement with better instruments,” he notes.

Mechanical Bull will arrive in stores on Tuesday in both standard and deluxe editions, the latter of which contains two bonus tracks: “Work on Me” and “Last Mile Home.” You can check out a stream of the entire album now on iTunes.

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Monday
Sep232013

Elton John Plans More Madison Square Garden Shows, Offers Ultimate Vegas Fan Package

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Elton John will return to Madison Square Garden before the year is through for his 63rd and 64th concerts there -- the most by any artist in the legendary New York venue's history.

According to his official website, when Elton takes the Garden stage on December 3 and 4, he is expected to play everything from album tracks dating back to the '70s to selections from his new album, The Diving Board.  Tickets for the two shows go on sale to the general public September 27 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

In related news, if you're seeing Elton in Vegas, you can check out his website to have the ultimate Elton experience -- or more accurately, The Million Dollar Experience Backstage Caesars Tour Package. This exclusive offer is for select performances of Elton's current Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano, but make sure you've got a few extra bucks to throw around, because it ain't cheap.

If you're already got a ticket for the show, paying $832 dollars will upgrade you to a front row orchestra seat, and gets you a pre-show backstage tour at Caesars, featuring "a half an hour of limited green room access," a photo with the Million Dollar Piano, an "Elton in Vegas" commemorative program and discounts on various items purchased through the website.  If you don't already have a ticket, the whole package costs $1248.

Elton's new album, The Diving Board -- which includes a dozen new tunes co-written with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin -- hits stores on Tuesday.

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Monday
Sep232013

John Legend Financing Documentary About Segregated Proms

Facebook.com/JohnLegendWhile John Legend honeymoons in Italy with his bride Chrissy Teigen, he’s financing a documentary about segregated proms.  According to Deadline.com, his Get Lifted film production company is providing money to complete Southern Rites.  Legend will serve as an executive producer for the film which is now in post-production. 

Southern Rites explores local high school proms and the racial divides around Georgia's Montgomery County 42 years after schools were integrated. The documentary will also focus on a campaign to elect the area’s first African-American sheriff.

The singer is also producing Down Lo, a dramatic series for HBO about the music, sports and fashion scene in Miami’s South Beach, as well as an untitled Showtime comedy about the music business.

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Monday
Sep232013

Blake Shelton Ready for a Sweet, Competitive Reunion with Original Coaches on "The Voice"

NBCBlake Shelton reunites with the original coaches on the season five premiere of The Voice Monday night. Even though his chemistry with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera is good as ever, Blake knows he's got to step up if he wants his team to win for a fourth straight season.

Blake says, "I think it's going to create probably the most competitive season that we've seen on The Voice so far because the four us -- it really brings back those original rivalries that we had in the beginning."

Blake feels this season's crop of talent is the best they've ever had on The Voice. Being able to mentor those talented singers alongside his fellow coaches makes it that much sweeter.

Speaking of his reunion with Adam, Cee Lo and Christina, Blake says, "It's a reminder of how lucky we were to accidentally somehow end up with four people who actually became instant friends and who argue and bicker like friends do, like family do, and we love like family."

The Voice season five premieres Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Monday
Sep232013

Watch Metallica Perform "Master of Puppets" from "Metallica Through the Never"

ThroughTheNeverMovie.comMetallica is sharing more footage from their upcoming 3D film, Metallica Through the Never. The band has just released a video for the live version of their classic track "Master of Puppets," which is featured in the film and on its soundtrack.

The nearly nine-minute clip features the band performing the song live in concert, interspersed with scenes of actor Dane DeHaan, who portrays a member of Metallica’s stage crew in the movie, getting into a car accident and wandering into a fight between an angry mob and the police.

Metallica Through the Never will arrive at IMAX theaters across North America for a full week starting September 27. After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4. The film’s soundtrack, Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), will arrive at the usual outlets on Tuesday.

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Monday
Sep232013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett's father is the singer of the '90s country classic "That Ain't My Truck." Who is he? ANSWER: Rhett Akins.

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Monday
Sep232013

Mick Jagger to Become a Great-Grandfather, Reports UK Media

Mick and Jade Jagger; Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesThe Who famously sang, "I hope I die before I get old."  Don't tell that to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who's about to become -- wait for it -- a great-grandfather.

Jagger's 21-year-old granddaughter, Assisi, will give birth next year, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper.  Assisi is the daughter of 42-year-old Jade Jagger, 70-year-old Mick's daughter with his first wife, 68-year-old former model Bianca Jagger

Mick could have lots more grand kids and great-grand kids in his future: he's got seven children in all from four relationships.

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Monday
Sep232013

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Voice season four winner Danielle Bradbery will releases her new video, "The Heart of Dixie," Monday on Vevo.

Keith Urban debuted at #1 on Australia's overall albums chart with Fuse this past week. This marks the first time Keith has debuted at the top Down Under with a studio album.

Trisha Yearwood and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley teamed up for a duet of Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" Saturday night at the Petty Fest concert in Nashville.

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Monday
Sep232013

Best-Selling Author Slams Justin Bieber: "Wake the Hell Up"

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramMost celebrities who've been criticizing Justin Bieber lately have taken issue with his headline-grabbing behavior, such as showing up late for concerts, allegedly driving recklessly and walking around shirtless in inappropriate places.  But now, one multi-millionaire celebrity is upset at Justin because one time, the singer dissed...reading.

Best-selling author James Patterson's books have sold 280 million copies; he created the popular Alex Cross series, which has inspired three movies.  In a new interview, he slams Justin for saying last year in an interview that he's "really not into writing and reading." 

Speaking about the vital importance of reading for all kids, Patterson tells Salon.com, "You’ll get the rare athlete or the rare musical artist, like Justin Bieber, who then goes and starts knocking reading. Give me a break, Justin. Wake the hell up. For most kids, who aren’t as lucky as you are, if they can’t read it’s going to be a big problem."

Patterson explains, "It’s going to be a problem in high school and it’s going to be a problem afterward. They’re not going to get into college, and they’re going to have trouble getting jobs."

When Justin made those comments, he was speaking to an Australian paper about the fact that his mother encouraged him to get his diploma, and he did, even though he had to do all his schoolwork while he was on tour. 

"This kind of lifestyle has given me a different perspective on life. I've been able to travel the world," he said, "At school, usually you have to do a lot of writing and reading. I'm really not into that stuff. I like to be out there."

Justin was later roundly criticized online for making those comments.

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Monday
Sep232013

Cee Lo Green Returns to "The Voice," but Won't Watch Himself on It

Mark Seliger/NBCCee Lo Green is happy to be returning as a coach on The Voice after taking last season off to focus on other projects including his autobiography Everybody's Brother.  During his hiatus he did watch his substitute on the show, Usher, but he tells ABC News Radio that he will not check himself out on DVR.

“I've never watched myself on TV," he says, adding that he rarely watches any television at all and is more of a movie buff. 

"I've heard other artists say it.  I've heard Michael Jackson say it in interviews, ‘Oh, I don't see myself, I'm too critical of myself,’" Green says of seeing himself on TV.  The problem is that the final product is out of his hands, and so is the way people respond to it.  "There's nothing you can do to control people's opinions about it,” he says.

But despite the fact that he's likely not to watch it if it happens, he does hope his group Goodie Mob will get a chance to appear on The Voice this season.  Goodie Mob recently released their first new CD in 14 years, Age Against the Machine.

We did The Voice once before, we did a record called ‘Fight to Win,’"  Cee Lo says.  "It didn't make the album but it did make some history.  If we deserve it we'll definitely be [on the show], and I think we will.”

The Voice returns for its fifth season September 23.

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Monday
Sep232013

McCartney Looks Back at the 'Early Days' in New Interview

MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney is featured in the new issue of Britain's MOJO Magazine, which hits newsstands on Tuesday.  In reference to "Early Days," a song from his upcoming album New, Sir Paul talks about people who weren't part of The Beatles' inner circle back in the day -- but act as if they were.  "The fact is, there's only a given body of people who really know inside out what [went] on… But when they get it wrong, you just have to live with it."  He adds, "Someone said to me the other day -- and it was kind of horrifying -- 'Well, John [Lennon] was the clever one, you were the cute one, Ringo [Starr] was the funny one and George [Harrison] was the spiritual one.' And I'm like, 'Yeeeah, that's it.'"

Elsewhere in the interview, McCartney remembers meeting with Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Wood, who directed Nowhere Boy, the 2009 biopic about Lennon.   He says, "[Sam] came around to my house with the script… In the film, John and his mates jump on the top of a bus and he never did that.  Sam said, 'Ah yes, but it's a great scene.'  So I have to go, 'You know what, Sam?  Let's get an agreement.  This is not a life, it's a film.  This is not the reality.'"

New, McCartney's first album of original material since 2007, arrives October 15.

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