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Tuesday
Jun182013

The Band Perry Had to Earn Their Spot in the Family Group

Republic NashvilleYou might assume that the three members of The Band Perry automatically got into the group because they're siblings, but that isn't the case. It turns out their parents put them through an audition process while forming the family band.

The Perry siblings tell the U.K. website Female First, "Our parents, who are the 4th and 5th invisible members of The Band Perry, told us when we were younger that we would never be a part of the band because our last name is Perry. We had to earn our spot on stage and grow into our various roles."

The Band Perry is now celebrating their 14th year on the road. They'll take the stage in Cullman, AL on Friday night.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Zac Brown Band Members Playing Separate Solo and Group Sets at Southern Ground Festival

Southern GroundThe Zac Brown Band prides themselves on featuring up-and-coming acts at their Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville, and some of those acts will look very familiar to the band's fans. Group member Clay Cook will turn in a solo set at the event, and his band mate John Driskell Hopkins will perform with the Mosier Brothers Band. ZBB's Coy Bowles will also play a set with his band, The Fellowship.

Willie Nelson, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves are among the other acts performing at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival September 27 and 28 in Nashville. Tickets are available at SouthernGroundFestival.com.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Brad Pitt's Response to Melissa Etheridge's Comments on Angelina: "I'm Sure We'll Talk"

Paul Warner/Getty ImagesBreast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge raised some eyebrows with her recent interview in the Washington Blade, in which she stated that Angelina Jolie had made the "most fearful" choice, and not the "brave" choice, by having a double mastectomy.   Now, Angelina's partner Brad Pitt has responded to Melissa's comments.  Sorta.

When asked by US Weekly magazine what he thought about Melissa's comments, Pitt said, "I don't know. Somebody just said that."  He added, "Melissa's an old friend of mine. I'm sure we'll talk on the phone. I don't know what it is."

When Pitt says he and Melissa are old friends, he's not kidding: he invited Melissa to perform at his wedding to Jennifer Aniston, and for a while, he was even rumored to be the biological father of Melissa's two oldest children with her ex-partner, Julie Cypher.

In the meantime, Melissa has issued a statement clarifying her remarks.  "I don't have any opinion of what she 'should have' done. All are free to choose," she said. "I only objected to the term 'brave' describing it."

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Thom Yorke Auctioning Painting to Fight World Hunger

Bonhams.comRadiohead/Atoms for Peace frontman Thom Yorke is lending a hand to fight world hunger by auctioning off an anti-poverty painting he created with longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood.

Titled Business School for the Dead, the painting was originally created in 2005 for the Make Poverty History campaign. It features a man with a dollar sign on his head and a bloody briefcase shaking hands with another man, flanked on both sides by praying skeletons and angels -- with Radiohead's bear logo as their faces -- holding a bow and arrow.

Yorke commented that he’d like a certain kind of person to buy his unique painting, tweeting, “Hope someone in the financial industry buys this, what a novelty to have a painting at auction ha!"

Business School for the Dead is expected to rake in between $5,500 and $6,200, with all proceeds going to the Trade Justice Movement, a British coalition of more than 80 organizations campaigning for changes to the rules and practices of world trade to end poverty and hunger.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Whitesnake's David Coverdale Hopes to Patch Up 20-Year Feud with Robert Plant

Steve Johnston; Rounder RecordsDavid Coverdale says he'd like to end his 20-year-old feud with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant.  What feud, you may be wondering? 

Apparently, it began after the Whitesnake singer released a well-received one-off album with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Coverdale Page, in 1993.  According to ClassicRockMagazine.com, the quarrel began after Plant took some digs at Coverdale, whom he referred to as "David Cover-version."  David, in turn, hit back with some barbs of his own, at one point telling the press of Plant, "I wouldn't send him cat food if he was starving."

In a new interview that's set to air this week on U.K. digital radio station TeamRock Radio, Coverdale reveals he'd now like to bury the hatchet with Plant.  Coverdale explains that the last time he saw Page, he told him, "I'd love to buy Robert a drink," and asked the guitar legend to "offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I've ever said, which were mostly defensive."

David also declares that he holds Plant "in the highest esteem as a human being, as an artist, and I really would like to...buy him a drink, shake hands and say, 'I'm really sorry...Can we be friends again?'"

Coverdale expresses confidence that Page will pass along his message, while also admitting that Plant "might go and tell him to [expletive] himself."  Regardless of what Robert's reaction might be, David says, "I don't hold any animosity, just disappointment in myself that I took the bait and ran with some ugly things.  Because it's not appropriate for somebody I respect so much."

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Rihanna Officially Most Viewed Artist on YouTube

Meredith Truax/FOXMove over, Justin Bieber...there's a new queen in town.  Rihanna has officially passed The Bieb as the most-viewed artist on YouTube.

Billboard reports that at some point on Tuesday morning, Rihanna pulled ahead of Justin;  the 78 videos on her official VEVO channel have a combined 3.784 billion views -- around two million more than Justin's 79 VEVO videos

As for how this happened, Rihanna has 3.7 million more YouTube subscribers than Justin, so even if Justin's fans are watching his videos more, Rihanna can get more view counts because she has a larger subscriber audience to pull from.

Rihanna also has a much larger fan base on Facebook: her page has more than 72 million likes, while Justin's has only 54 million.  However, Biebs does beat Ri-Ri on Twitter, where he's surpassed 40 million followers; she has 30 million.

In other Rihanna news, she's now officially launched her summer cosmetics collection for MAC. It's called RiRi Hearts Mac Summer, and you can buy it now at MACCosmetics.com.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Blondie to Tour the US in the Fall with X

Photo: F. Scott ShaferBlondie has announced plans for a new tour that will see the veteran new wave band traveling throughout the U.S. during September and early October.  The trek, dubbed the No Principals Tour, kicks off September 5 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, and is mapped out through an October 4 concert in New York City.

Serving as Blondie's opening act during the outing will be Los Angeles punk legends X.  Everyone buying a ticket to the tour will receive five brand-new Blondie songs: "Make a Way," "Drag You Around," "Can't Stop Wanting," "A Rose by Any Name" and "I Screwed Up."  These tunes also will appear on the band's follow-up to its 2011 release, Panic of Girls, which will hit stores later this year.

Tickets for most of the concerts will go on sale this Friday.  For more details, visit Blondie.net.

Here are all of the confirmed dates for Blondie's No Principals Tour:

9/5 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
9/6 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Rapids Theatre
9/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – The Grand
9/9 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
9/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
9/12 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/14 -- Chicago, IL, Riot Fest
9/17 -- Redmond, WA, King County's Marymoor Park
9/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Nob Hill Masonic Center
9/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Montalvo Arts Center
9/23 -- Santa Fe, NM, The Santa Fe Opera House
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/27 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live - Ballroom
9/28 -- Dallas, TX, State Fair of Texas - Silverado Main Stage
9/30 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
10/3 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre
10/4 -- New York, NY, Roseland Ballroom

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne Says He Was Upset That Rick Rubin Hired Brad Wilk to Play Drums on "13"

Vertigo/Republic RecordsOzzy Osbourne has been speaking glowingly about working with Rick Rubin on Black Sabbath's new studio album, 13, but the famed frontman admits that he did have a major conflict with the producer about one aspect of the record.  The Metal Madman tells Billboard that he was very unhappy that Rubin chose to hire Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk to play drums on the album rather than Tommy Clufetos, who keeps the beat for his own solo group.

The issue started, of course, when founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the recording project because of a contractual dispute.  Ozzy wanted Clufetos to step in for Ward, but Rubin decided to call on Wilk instead.

"The way it was dealt with wasn't very fair on Tommy," Osbourne complains to the magazine.  "Rubin just didn't want to work with him for reasons I don't know.  He's a great drummer, and he's been with me for awhile now and I just felt that nobody discussed the decision about Brad to me."

Ozzy also says he was annoyed because Clufetos had been promised the gig.  He also insists that his irritation over the situation had nothing to do with Tommy being "my drummer and my ego wanted him," adding, "It was just the fact the way it was dealt with."

Osbourne maintains that although he was "p**sed off" about Clufetos being passed over, "It's alright now."  He also tells Billboard that Wilk "did a good job" and is "a very nice guy."

Rubin, meanwhile, sent an email to Billboard explaining his reasons for hiring Wilk.

"Brad is a muscular drummer with great feel and understands the groovy nature of [Black Sabbath's] music," notes Rick.  He adds that after Wilk's first rehearsal with Sabbath, "it was obvious he would do a great job in the seat Bill left vacated."

As for Clufetos, he's been playing drums for Sabbath at all the band's recent concerts and he is expected to continue to do so on their upcoming tour dates.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

J. Cole Fan Puts Gun to Child's Head for Retweet?

Roc Nation/ColumbiaPeople are always clamoring for the attention of their favorite stars on Twitter, but one J. Cole fan took things entirely too far, perhaps endangering a child.  On Monday, just a day before J. Cole's latest album arrived in stores, a Twitter user wrote to the star: "@JColeNC retweet me and I'll buy Born Sinner. Don't retweet me and I'll kill my lil sister..."

Included with the message was a photo of a young girl, basically staring down the barrel of a gun.  It's not clear whether the pistol in the picture is real or not, and the person holding the gun isn't visible, save for his hand.

J. Cole reportedly retweeted the message, according to TMZ, then later declared it the "Wildest s**t I ever seen on twitter."  The message has disappeared from Cole's timeline, though, and a link to the user's account reveals that it no longer exists.

TMZ has posted the picture of the child, but her face is blurred.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Emeli Sande to Play Benefit Concert in Memory of Stabbed Teen

EmeliSande.comEmeli Sande will take time out from her busy schedule this September to perform at a benefit concert in London.  

According to published reports, the "Unity" concert, scheduled for September 29 at London's O2 arena, will raise money for the struggling Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which was set up in memory of an 18-year-old British student who was stabbed to death by a racist gang 20 years ago.  Two men were jailed for life in January of 2012 after being convicted of his murder, but it's believed that others who were involved are still at large.

The trust is now struggling financially, which is why Stephen Lawrence's mother, Doreen, is organizing the benefit concert.  Established in 1999, the trust has helped fund the educations of more than 100 aspiring architects, which is the field that Stephen wanted to go into.

According to the U.K. paper The Daily Mirror, at the press conference announcing the event, Emeli said of Stephen's death, "I was quite young when it happened, but coming from a mixed-race family it was a big issue we spoke about -- this being something that happened in our country."  She added that the event "made a big impact on my family," and said that the work that Doreen has done with the trust over the years has "felt very empowering."

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Lil Wayne: "I Didn't Step on the Flag on Purpose"

Facebook.com/LilWayneLil Wayne is responding to outrage over a behind-the-scenes clip that shows him stepping on the American flag, during the making of his "God Bless Amerika" music video.  "I didn't step on the flag on purpose!" Wayne says in a tweet, about a behind-the-scenes clip captured during the film shoot.  "It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it [drops] it's just there as I perform."

In a Facebook post, Wayne further explains, "It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America... The clip that surfaced on the Internet was a camera trick clip that revealed behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal whats behind it but will never see it on the ground," he wrote.  

That footage has since been removed from the Young Money website, but the debate over Wayne's actions continue on his Facebook page.  Many of the comments come from armed forces veterans, their families and friends, who say the rapper was disrespectful.

In his note, Wayne explains the message behind his song, which includes lyrics like "My country ‘tis of thee/sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die..."  He writes that for many people who were raised in "the Hood," including himself, it's "the only America they know..." 

Wayne adds that his talents allowed him to escape the environment that he grew up in, "and see the other beautiful places this country has to offer but most people who are born in that environment don't get that chance.  That's their view of their America.  That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America.  That's who I'm speaking for in this song," he says, referring to his given name.

The "God Bless Amerika" video was shot in Wayne's hometown neighborhood of Hollygrove, in New Orleans.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Mariah Carey Album Title Confirmed as "The Art of Letting Go"

Facebook.com/MariahCareyWalmart.com seemed to have inadvertently revealed the title of Mariah Carey's new album a few days ago when it listed the disc for sale under the name The Art of Letting Go. Turns out that is indeed the album's title, as confirmed by Mariah's longtime collaborator and producer, Jermaine Dupri.

On Monday, Jermaine tweeted, "Mariah Carey, July 23: The Art of Letting Go. The new album will be available for all the lambs on July 23."

The Art of Letting Go, Mariah's 11th studio album, will be her first since 2009's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.   Not many details are known about it, other than it features production work from Jermaine, as well as Bryan-Michael Cox, The-Dream and producer of the moment Hit-Boy.

According to her latest tweet, Mariah is now on her way back home from a vacation in Italy.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Paramore to Perform at Teen Choice Awards

Fueled By RamenParamore has been added to the talent lineup for this year's Teen Choice Awards. The band will take the stage to perform their hit “Still Into You” from their recently-released self-titled album.

In addition to performing, Paramore will be facing off against Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers for Choice Rock Group at the event.

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Florida Georgia Line Helps Raise $100,000 for Middle Tennessee Food Bank

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line and Nelly's appearance at this year's Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert helped raise a record-breaking $100,000 for Middle Tennessee's Second Harvest Food Bank. The event took place June 4 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Ronnie Dunn was also on the bill.

In the last nine years, the Stars for Second Harvest concert has raised more than $611,000 to feed hungry people in Tennessee. That figure translates into more than 2.4 million meals served.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

New Bruce Springsteen Documentary to Be Screened in Theaters on Two Nights in July; Locations Revealed

SpringsteenAndI.comNew details have been announced regarding the premiere screenings of the new Bruce Springsteen documentary Springsteen & I, which focuses on the passionate relationship the Boss shares with his fans.  The film now is scheduled to be shown for two nights only, July 22 and July 30, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.  You can buy tickets for the flick and find out all the specific locations where the movie will be screened by visiting FathomEvents.com.

Springsteen & I was directed by Baillie Walsh and features interviews with many of the Boss' passionately devoted followers.  The documentary also boasts previously unseen footage of Springsteen and his E Street Band in concert.

Meanwhile, an official Springsteen & I movie poster has been created featuring personal photos that fans submitted online.  An interactive version of the poster with information about each person whose image is included in the promo can be accessed at SpringsteenAndI.com.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

John Mayer Announces New Album "Paradise Valley," New Single "Paper Doll" Is Out Now

Facebook.com/JohnMayerJohn Mayer wasn't kidding when he said he'd have a new album ready to go this year.  He's just announced the title: it's called Paradise Valley.  What's more, the first single, "Paper Doll," is on iTunes now.

There's also a bizarre lyric video for the song, in which a woman named Joanna Rohrback, the inventor of an actual fitness workout dubbed "Prancercise," encourages everyone watching to "Prancercise" to the song.  As the song plays, she literally prances down a random suburban street. It's so deeply weird that one viewer commented, "I switched to porn when my dad came into the room because it was easier to explain than this."

As for the song itself, it's a mellow ballad. "You're like 22 girls in one," sings John. "And none of them know what they're running from/Was it just too far to fall/For a little paper doll?"  Let the speculation begin as to which one of John's famous girlfriends may have inspired the track; some believe it's about Taylor Swift.

John is currently putting the finishing touches on Paradise Valley, on which he worked with famed producer Don Was, just as he did last year's Born and Raised album.  He'll kick off his first tour in nearly three years on July 6 in Milwaukee, with Phillip Phillips opening.  A dollar from each tickets sold will raise funds to combat and raise awareness of the effects of post traumatic stress on military veterans.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Katy Perry Says Russell Brand Asked for Divorce via Text; Reveals She's "Still Madly in Love" with John Mayer

Facebook.com/VogueKaty Perry's never really dished all the details about her split with ex-husband Russell Brand, but she's now revealed that Brand did the actual breaking up, and in a very impersonal way: via text.

In her new Vogue cover story, Katy says of Brand, "He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”

But wait, it gets worse: apparently, Brand used to use Katy as fodder for his comedy act.  When the Vogue writer says that Brand is "hysterical," she replies, "Hysterical in some ways. Until he started making jokes about me and he didn’t know I was in the audience, because I had come to surprise him at one of his shows."

Katy says she has to take some responsibility for the marriage's failure, telling Vogue, "I do admit that I was on the road a lot. Although I invited him time and time again, and I tried to come home as much as I possibly could. You saw that in the movie,” referring to her concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me.  But, Katy explains, "At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equal-ness. He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour."

Even so, that apparently isn't what destroyed their relationship, and Katy's not revealing anything more.  "I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day," Katy tells Vogue.  "I let go and I was like: This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me. So I have moved on from that.”

As for John Mayer, Katy tells the magazine that it's "over" between them, but the interview was done before Memorial Day, when the two reportedly started hanging out again.  "I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him," Katy says of John. "All I can say about that relationship is that he’s got a beautiful mind. Beautiful mind, tortured soul."

"I do have to figure out why I am attracted to these broken birds," Katy adds.  "I believe that I will be loved again, in the right way. I know I’m worth it.”

Read the entire interview with Katy at Vogue.com.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Cher to Answer Fans' Questions Online Backstage During "Voice" Finale

Warner Bros. RecordsThe finale of The Voice airs tonight, and in addition to finding out who the winner will be, we'll also get the first live TV performance in a decade from Cher, who'll be performing her new single "Women's World."  Not only that, but she'll chat with fans online this evening.

At 9:15 p.m. PT, Cher will participate in a 30-minute online event while backstage at The Voice, and you can watch it at Livestream.com.  The legedary entertainer will be answering questions that fans have been submitting via Twitter, so if you want to ask one yourself, visit Twitter.com/Cher and use the hashtag #CherLivestream or #AskCher.

Cher is just one of the big stars who'll be performing on Tuesday night's finale.  Among the other luminaries hitting the stage will be coach Christina Aguilera, who took a year off from the show this season.  She'll be singing "Feel This Moment," her collaboration with rapper Pitbull.  We'll also see a pre-taped performance by Bruno Mars, OneRepublic performing their latest hit "Counting Stars" with one of the finalistsas, and country music duo Florida Georgia Line teaming up with rapper Nelly.

The festivities get under way at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

John Legend Joining Service Leaders in Washington D.C.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is heading to Washington D.C. this week for the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service.  He'll join volunteer, national service and civic leaders at an event Thursday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

John is set to perform during America's Sunday Supper, sponsored by Target.  The evening will include a conversation on ways communities can come together to ensure better education opportunities for the country's youngsters.

The Conference on Volunteering and Service is hosted by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Cher to Answer Fans' Questions Online Backstage During "Voice" Finale

Warner Bros. RecordsThe finale of The Voice is on Tuesday night, and in addition to finding out who the winner will be, we'll also get the first live TV performance in a decade from Cher, who'll be performing her new single "Women's World."  Not only that, but she'll chat with fans online during the evening.

At 9:15 p.m. PT, Cher will participate in a 30-minute online event while backstage at The Voice, and you can watch it at Livestream.com.  She'll be answering fans' questions, which they've submitted on Twitter, so if you want to ask one yourself, submit one at Twitter.com/Cher using the hashtag #CherLivestream or #AskCher.

And Cher isn't the only star who'll be performing on Tuesday night's finale: as previously reported, coach Christina Aguilera, who took a year off from the show this season, will take the stage to perform "Feel This Moment," her collaboration with rapper Pitbull

We'll also see Bruno Mars in a pre-taped performance of his new single "Treasure," as well as country music duo Florida Georgia Line and rapper Nelly, who together have a hit pop single called "Cruise" on the charts right now.  In addition, OneRepublic will perform their latest hit "Counting Stars" with one of the finalists.

The festivities get underway Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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