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Aug012013

"Tamar & Vince" Returns for Season Two Next Month

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Attention Tamartians! Tamar Braxton is returning with the second season of her series, Tamar & Vince, next month.

We TV has announced that the hit show, which follows the lives of the singer and her husband Vincent Herbert, will reveal happenings since the singer delivered the couple's first child, Logan Vincent Herbert. This season viewers can enjoy the "hilarity" that ensues as the couple juggles becoming new parents with busy careers, including the launch of Tamar's highly anticipated new album, Love and War, arriving September 3.

Tamar & Vince is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, September 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Tim McGraw Keeps the Hits Flowing with New Single, "Southern Girl"

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has enjoyed an unbroken stream of hit songs for the better part of two decades now, and it shows no signs of slowing down. His last two singles -- "One of Those Nights" and "Highway Don't Care"-- both raced to the top of the country chart, and Tim's new song, "Southern Girl," seems to be following suit.

So, what's Tim's secret to keeping the hits flowing? It's simple enough: they just have to feel good.

Tim explains, "The ones that you really can tell are really working, that you like a lot are the ones that come out really easily because you’re not paying attention to it. You’re not working at it."

Often, when Tim finds a song he loves like "Southern Girl," he ends up lingering on it for hours in the studio.

Tim adds with a laugh, "You wanna keep singing it, keep singing it, keep singing it until the band’s like, ‘We got it. We don’t need to do this one anymore.’”               

"Southern Girl" is included on Tim's current album, Two Lanes of Freedom, now in stores.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Panic! at the Disco Drummer Smith Reveals Four-Year Battle with Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Jeff Fusco/Getty ImagesPanic! at the Disco’s Spencer Smith has just revealed that he’s been struggling with addiction to prescription drugs and booze. The drummer recently posted an open letter on the band’s website to let fans know that while he’s clean and sober now, it’s been a hard road for him to kick his habits.

“For the past four and a half years I’ve been battling addiction,” he writes. “For the first few years, my life in a band afforded me the ability to maintain a drinking habit that wouldn’t have lasted a week at a day job. But, unlike most of the other musicians I spent time with on tour, when I got home my drinking increased.”

Smith adds that he added prescription drugs into the mix two years ago after “something traumatic happened” to one of his loved ones. “I started taking Vicodin and Xanax on a daily basis,” he explains. “I quickly became a serious addict. On tour, it became a balancing act between taking enough so I didn’t start feeling withdrawal symptoms and not taking too much that I couldn’t function.”

The drummer notes that he entered treatment and has now conquered his addictions, thanks to the support from “my family, band mates, friends and my girlfriend.”  “I’ve met too many people who have lost everything and burned every bridge they have due to their addiction,” he writes. “I can honestly say that without the love and support of those closest to me, I wouldn’t be here, sober, and able to write this today.”

Panic! at the Disco will release their fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rich to Die, on October 8. The band is currently out on a North American tour to promote the upcoming release. Visit PanicAtTheDisco.com for the full itinerary.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Zeppelin Tune Appears in Trailer for New Film

Facebook.com/LedZeppelinLed Zeppelin's classic song "Good Times Bad Times" is being used in a trailer for the upcoming film American Hustle. The film, which opens in December, was directed by David O. Russell of Silver Linings Playbook fame and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro -- all of whom starred in that film -- as well as Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

"Good Times Bad Times" was the opening track on Zeppelin's self-titled debut album.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Kelly Rowland Covers Essence September Issue, Admits "For a Long Time I Wasn’t Happy"

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On Wednesday, Kelly Rowland tweeted her excitement about gracing the cover of the September issue of Essence magazine.

A flawless Kelly, dressed in all black and bold jewelry, appears on the front of the mag, with the caption that reads: "I had to learn my strength."

During the interview, the former Destiny's Child member discusses her newfound self-confidence and relationship with her estranged father, and revisited her wildly discussed single "Dirty Laundry," in which she confessed being jealous of Beyoncé's success.

"For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé," Rowland says in an excerpt.  "That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself."

Rowland adds that she's proud that "wonderful things happen for [Beyonce] and I am happy for her," but she still wants her own "path." 

"I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be," Kelly explains.

One thing is certain, the 32-year-old is no longer worried about what others may think of her.  She adds, "Judge me if you want to.  And as a matter of fact, it won’t even count, 'cause the only person who can judge is God."

The revealing issue will be available on newsstands August 9.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Kelly Clarkson Says, "I Should Be Married by Now"

Kelly Clarkson/Archetypes Studio Inc.Kelly Clarkson wanted to "Tie It Up" with fiancé Brandon Blackstock in June, but their crazy work schedules made that impossible. Kelly's on the road with Maroon 5 through October, and Brandon is busy working on tour as Blake Shelton's manager. Postponing the wedding to October isn't sitting well with Kelly, either.

She says with a laugh, "I'm very upset about it. I should be married by now, but we could not fit it in."

On top of her demanding tour schedule, Kelly is working on a Christmas album as well as country and pop material for her next studio album. She's also added the role of stepmom to Brandon's two kids from his previous marriage.

"We live together in a new house, and there's construction everywhere," Kelly explains. "I mean, everything you could actually put on a list we've actually put on our list."

Kelly's last concert date with Maroon 5 is an October 6 date at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Then, she insists, "I'm getting married right after I get off tour."

Kelly and Brandon's wedding should be full of big laughs, since Blake Shelton is officiating the ceremony.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Madonna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift Make "Rolling Stone's" List of the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now"

Kevin Mazur/WireImageWith concert tickets so expensive these days, who are the acts out there who are definitely worth spending your hard-earned cash on?  The ones who deliver night after night, and give you your money's worth no matter what?  Rolling Stone magazine polled industry insiders, writers and musicians to find out...and some of pop music's biggest names figure on the mag's newly-released list of the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now."

It's no surprise that Madonna's on the list: she had last year's highest-grossing tour.   What is surprising is that she's only #30 out of 50, but perhaps that's because the list is heavily weighted in favor of rock. She is, however, the highest-ranked pop star.

"Madonna sets the gold standard for pop tours, combining the precision of a Broadway spectacular with the theatricality of an action flick and the raunchiness of a burlesque show," the magazine notes, giving the Queen of Pop kudos for singing live and dancing her "well-toned ass off."  The magazine also says the highlight of any Madonna show is always "Like a Prayer."

Beyonce comes in at #33 on the list: "her choreography is pristine, her all-girl band is perfect and her confidence is punishing," says Rolling Stone, not to mention her amazing vocals.  Bruno Mars is in at #35, and the magazine notes that he "walks the old-school walk and talks the sexy talk...but he also nails the hits."

Mumford & Sons are in at #43, because they "make their shows as uplifting and fervent as possible," writes Rolling Stone.   Lady Gaga's #45, thanks to her "huge sets, massive choreography, epic speeches about overcoming obstacles...her ability to dance in foot-high platforms...killer pipes and effortless piano playing."

Taylor Swift just misses the bottom ranking, coming in at #49, because she "knows just the right dose of hooks, glitter, and stories about her famous exes to whip arena crowds into a teary frenzy."  According to Rolling Stone, she's got a special talent for "every fan in the house feel like they have a very tall, very talented BFF who just wants to hang for a few hours and gab about boys 'n' stuff."

Other acts who made the top 10 on the list include The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Prince and, coming in at #1...Bruce Springsteen.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Country Star Trivia 

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" first appeared on which one of Jason's albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Cissy Houston Writes Open Letter to Bobbi Kristina

Image credit: Jeremy DanielCissy Houston has reached out to her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina, in an effort to repair their relationship.

Whitney Houston's daughter publicly took issue with Cissy following the release of the latter's book, Remembering Whitney, earlier this year, because it addressed the legendary singer's drug problems and her roller-coaster marriage to Bobby Brown, Bobby Kristina's dad.

In an open letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Cissy says she hopes her granddaughter will one day read the book and "understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy," referring to Whitney's nickname.

However, Cissy also hints that she disapproves of Bobbi Kristina's recent engagement to Nick Gordon, the boy whom Whitney watched over. She writes, "Do I want you to get married in the near future? No, I don't. I think you're too young and I wish you'd wait. But that's because I'm Grandma."

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Thursday
Aug012013

Miley Cyrus: Britney Spears Is the One Person in My Life Who “Gets It”

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus hasn’t always found it easy being in the public eye, but she’s found a sympathetic ear in another former teen star who had to deal with growing up in the spotlight: her friend Britney Spears.

Miley tells The Huffington Post UK that Britney is the one person in her life who “gets it.”

The “We Can’t Stop” singer thinks Britney knows just what it’s like to be chased by the paparazzi or constantly asked about her personal life. Miley says, “Everyone goes through a time in their life when they don’t want their picture taken every day. She just never had that time where she could say, ‘I’m going through something right now and need to shut down.’ I also have that so it’s good to have that one person in my life who gets it.”

The 20-year-old singer says Brit has been a role model for her because she never blames her or makes her feel like she’s putting her career in jeopardy. She knows that “sometimes life just steps in the middle of your career the way life always does for anyone -- it’s just ours is a little more 24/7.”

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Thursday
Aug012013

Justin Bieber Off the Hook in Hit-and-Run Case

Facebook.com/JustinBieberJustin Bieber has a little less to worry about, now that he's been cleared in a hit-and-run case.

Last month, a photographer made the hit-and-run accusation against Justin. The paparazzo claimed he was pinned between the singer's Ferrari and a parked vehicle after Justin left a West Hollywood nightclub. Various photographers were taking pictures of Justin at the time.

According to TMZ, Los Angeles County prosecutors have determined there is insufficient evidence to prove that Justin "knowingly left the scene of a collision in which someone was injured."

Of course, Justin's driving has made plenty of news this year, including one incident in May in which he allegedly drove his Ferrari recklessly in his neighborhood.

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Thursday
Aug012013

The Weeknd Releases Video for "Love in the Sky”

TheWeeknd.comThe Weeknd has released a visual to accompany his new song "Love in the Sky," lifted from his upcoming album, Kiss Land, arriving later this fall.

The dark video clocks in at just under two minutes as the Canadian native sings in falsetto with city lights behind him, recalling his experience about making love to a woman.

“But I’m always gettin’ high ’cause my confidence low/ And I’m always in a rush/ Ain’t no time to f**k slow,” he sings.

Complete with provocative lyrics, sexual innuendo and drug references, the latest offering follows his recently issued songs “Belong to the World” and the forthcoming album's title track.

Kiss Land arrives on September 10 via XO/Republic Records, just days after The Weeknd embarks on his fall tour September 6 in Vancouver.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Goodie Mob Issues Video for "I'm Set," Album Arrives Later This Month

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCGoodie Mob has released a visual for their new song, "I'm Set," lifted from the legendary rap group's upcoming reunion album, Age Against the Machine.

All four original members -- Cee Lo, Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo -- appear in various matching outfits, including white down parka jumpsuits, in the video, which was shot in Los Angeles.  Complete with rockets and explosives, the fun clip serves as a reminder that their new album will invade stores this month.

Led by the first single "Special Education" with Janelle Monáe, Age Against the Machine is due out on August 27, marking their first effort since 2005's Livin' Life as Lumberjacks.

The upcoming disc will coincide with the kick-off of Goodie Mob's first nationwide tour since 2009, beginning August 24 in Washington D.C. and ending in their hometown of Atlanta on September 14.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGAC will broadcast the Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour concert special on Sunday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The show was previously released on DVD.

Country newcomer Kristen Kelly will perform at the Chicago White Sox's Country Music Night August 9 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Eric Church is ranked at #40 on Rolling Stone's new list of the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now. Taylor Swift comes in at #49.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Justin Timberlake Makes "Vanity Fair's" Best-Dressed List

Facebook.com/JustinTimberlakeLong as Justin Timberlake's got his "Suit & Tie," he'll keep getting kudos for his sense of style: he's just made Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List for 2013.

Justin makes the list thanks to his very fruitful association with designer Tom Ford, whose designs he wore to promote his comeback album The 20/20 Experience.  The deal ensured that JT would look on point in every video and on every red carpet.  The magazine gives him particular kudos for the Tom Ford tux he sported at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.

When the deal was announced in January, Ford said in a statement, "I adore Justin. He has innate style and enormous talent."  Looks like Vanity Fair agrees.

The only other pop star on the list -- unless you want to count Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham -- is Beyonce, who gets props for looking fabulous in Givenchy, Pucci and Christian Dior, especially the black floor-length Pucci gown she wore at the 2013 presidential inauguration.

Others who made the list include new mom Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge; Charlize Theron; Kerry Washington; Brooke Shields; Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady and, believe it or not, iconic Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who's better known for the substances he puts in his body than the clothing he puts on his body.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Rob Thomas Already Working on His Next Solo Album, Due 2014

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagicMatchbox Twenty is in the middle of a lengthy tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, and in December, they'll set sail on their first-ever fan cruise.  But that doesn't mean that frontman Rob Thomas has abandoned his solo career: his next solo project is in the works.

InsideNova.com reports that Rob has just started writing his third solo record, and he plans to release it in 2014.  His two previous solo discs, ...Something to Be and Cradlesong, hit #1 and #3, respectively, on the chart and produced hits like "Her Diamonds," "Lonely No More" and "Ever the Same."

And Rob's already thinking beyond that.  According to InsideNova.com, he figures that by the time he's done touring to support the new solo album, it'll be 2016, and time to plan a special event to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Matchbox Twenty's first album, Yourself or Someone Like You.

But even after nearly two decades in the business, Rob tells InsideNova that it still hasn't gotten old for him.  "You hear the bus. You hear the roar of it. You see the trucks. You walk to the stage. You see the lights. It’s still really, really exciting,” he says, noting that he's still motivated to give the band's fans the greatest show he possibly can.

"At the end of the day, we’re in the service industry," he says. "We want them to have a great time. It doesn’t do good for us if they don’t love the whole night.”

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Thursday
Aug012013

Springsteen, Prince, Stones Top "Rolling Stone's" List of the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now"

Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has topped a new Rolling Stone poll of the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now."  The Boss narrowly beat out Prince, who nailed second place on the list, and The Rolling Stones, who placed third. The poll was conducted among writers, industry veterans and the artists themselves.

Rolling Stone writes of Bruce, "Springsteen has always brought superhuman levels of energy to his shows, but his current Wrecking Ball tour stands as one of his greatest and most thrilling," and gives him kudos for "shredding the pre-planned setlist" and collecting "request-bearing signs from the crowd" instead.  The result?  Sets featuring impromptu covers of songs by everyone from The Ramones to Jackie Wilson.

"I don't look at the setlist very much during the night," Bruce tells the magazine. "I'm listening to the song we're playing -- it's talking to me about what to play next. And I'm watching the audience.'"

Of Prince, the magazine says, "He's never sounded better, his band...is fire-hot and he's plundering his back catalog with a vengeance." 

Neil Young made the top five on Rolling Stone's list,  with the magazine saying his "voice and guitar playing is undiminished from his Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere days forty-plus years ago."

Other veteran rock acts that turned up in the top 20 include U2  at number 11, Tom Petty at number 13  and Paul McCartney at number 15.  Further down the list, you'll find the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Rush.

Here's Rolling Stone's full top 10:

1.  Bruce Springsteen
2.  Prince
3.  The Rolling Stones
4.  Arcade Fire
5.  Neil Young
6.  Jay-Z
7.  Radiohead
8.  Jack White
9.  Rage Against the Machine
10.  My Morning Jacket

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Thursday
Aug012013

Brett Eldredge Lines Up New York City Show and TV Appearances Next Week

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge will be in New York City next week for the launch of his debut album, Bring You Back, on August 6. He'll play a show at the Highline Ballroom on the release date. On August 7, look for Brett to make his late night TV debut on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He'll follow that up with appearances on Live with Kelly & Michael and NBC's Today on August 9.

Bring You Back features Brett's current hit, "Don't Ya," as well as his 2010 single, "Raymond."

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Thursday
Aug012013

Nile Rodgers Given "All Clear" in Cancer Battle

Tracy Gosling PRThe man who co-wrote the massive 1979 hit "Good Times" received some very good news this week. Nile Rodgers, leader of Chic and producer and co-writer of smash hits like Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" and Madonna's "Like a Virgin," has announced that he is cancer-free. He has been battling prostate cancer since late 2010 and in fact wrote about getting the news at the end of his autobiography, Le Freak.

Now, the 60-year-old Rodgers has taken to Twitter to announce that he is currently clear of cancer. He tweeted, "Whoa, I just got home from the doctor. He gave me [a] video of him going down inside my body… Instead of showing gross internal video, I'll show my doctor's examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN!"  Good times indeed.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Sameer Gadhia Explains Why Young the Giant Prefers to Preview New Songs on Tour

Roadrunner RecordsIf you want to hear some tracks under consideration for Young the Giant’s upcoming sophomore album, you’re going to need to buy a ticket to one of their concerts.  Frontman Sameer Gadhia says that the band prefers to showcase new material at their live gigs so that they can evaluate how their fans react to the songs before recording them.

“It’s just kind of been how it always is, like from the beginning -- we test the songs live,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I feel like the merit of the songs are truly tested when they’re on the road, and you get an additional perspective on the songs that you wouldn’t just in the vacuum of the studio.”

The singer adds that the band is currently previewing a total of four new songs on their current tour, three of which are expected to make the band’s next release. “We’re playing a song called ‘Anagram,’ which is a brand new track, and another one called ‘Firelight,’” he tells ABC News Radio.  “Then the two others we’ve actually been playing since the last headlining run.  One is called ‘Teachers,’ another one is called ‘What You Get,’ which is not even gonna be recorded, so it’s just kinda like this weird live new song we’ll throw in there every now and then that some of the live fans will know as a song that we only play live.”

Gadhia has said he expects the group’s follow-up to their 2010 self-titled debut album will hit stores sometime around the beginning of 2014.

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