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Tuesday
Aug272013

Lady Antebellum Announces 2014 Dates for Take Me Downtown Tour

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has added a second leg to their Take Me Downtown tour, starting January 9 in Charleston, WV. The new dates take them to New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas on top of a Canadian run in February and March.

Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will be along for all dates on the tour, kicking off November 8 in Southaven, MS. Ticket information can be found at LadyAntebellum.com.

Lady A's Charles Kelley has also enlisted a few "celebrity" pals, including Luke Bryan and Lady Gaga, to help him announce the new dates in a hilarious YouTube clip.

Here are the Take Me Downtown 2014 tour dates:

1/9 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/10 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
1/11 -- Greenville, SC, Bi-Lo Center
1/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
1/18 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena
1/19 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
1/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/7 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/8 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
2/14 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
2/15 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
2/16 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/20 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
2/21 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
2/22 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
2/28 -- Toronto, ON (CAN), AirCanada Centre
3/1 -- London, ON (CAN), Budweiser Gardens
3/6 -- Saskatoon, SK (CAN) Credit Union Centre
3/7 -- Edmonton, AB (CAN), Rexall Place
3/8 -- Calgary, AB (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
3/10 -- Vancover, BC (CAN), Pacific National Exhibition
3/12 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
3/14 -- Reno, NV, Lawler Events Center
3/15 -- Ontario, CA, CBBankArena
3/16 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Arena
3/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
3/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
3/22 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
3/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
3/25 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
3/27 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/28 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
4/11 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
4/12 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
4/26 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
4/27 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Scotty McCreery to Release New Album, "See You Tonight," on October 15

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will release his sophomore album, See You Tonight, on October 15. This project marks the first time Scotty has co-written songs he's recorded, including the lead single, "See You Tonight."

Scotty says, "I am excited about letting folks hear it. We have been working on this for the better part of a year now, so it's a long time coming.”

Fans can expect to hear some contemporary sounds on See You Tonight, but Scotty continues to include elements of classic country in his music.  "You will always hear the steel guitar and fiddle and those little nuances that make the older country what it was," Scotty says. "I definitely am trying to stay true to my tastes as an artist on this album."

Scotty will continue on his The Weekend Roadtrip headlining tour all year all year long.

Here's the See You Tonight track listing:

"Now"
"See You Tonight"
"Get Gone with You"
"Feelin' It"
"Feel Good Summer Song"
"Buzzin'"
"Can You Feel It"
"The Dash"
"Blue Jean Baby"
"Forget to Forget You"
"I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend"
"Carolina Moon"
"Something More"

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles on Sullivan in Cancun with Pete Best

Facebook.com/MusicinMoceanIn early 1964, The Beatles crossed the Atlantic for their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance, and now fans can cross the Gulf of Mexico to Cancun to celebrate the event's 50th anniversary.

A Beatlemania-themed vacation package commemorating the anniversary will take place this February 5-10 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, and will feature an appearance by original Beatles drummer Pete Best and his Pete Best Band.  Also participating in the event will be two former members of Paul McCartney's Wings -- Laurence Juber and Denny Seiwell.  In addition, John Lennon's former girlfriend May Pang will give a keynote speech.

The five-night extravaganza also will include a presentation by record producer Mark Hudson, who worked with Ringo Starr on five of the Fab Four drummer's solo albums.  And the tribute group Band on the Run will perform on the exact day and time The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.

All-inclusive five-night packages start at $1,780 per person, which includes a backstage pass to concerts and celebrity presentations, accommodations, and more.

For more information visit MusicInMocean.com.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Tamar & Vince Season-Two Trailer Released 

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With less than two weeks until the premiere, Tamar Braxton is allowing fans to check out a lengthy trailer for her reality show with her husband, Vince, returning next month.

Judging by the teaser, viewers can anticipate lots of drama in the new season of Tamar & Vince. In the nearly two-minute clip, you will see the self-proclaimed power couple juggling their busy careers, including promoting Tamar's sophomore album, Love and War, due out on September 3.

The cameras kept rolling when Tamar announced her pregnancy and coped with weight gain, and captured the singer delivering the couple's first child, Logan Vincent Herbert.

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

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Juicy J Says Guest Features on "Stay Trippy" Mean "Everything" to Him

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Juicy J's highly anticipated major label debut album, Stay Trippy, arrives in stores today, and the rapper was able to recruit everyone from Lil Wayne to Justin Timberlake for the project.  He tells ABC News Radio that getting such big names to contribute to the new disc meant a lot to him.

"I mean, I've been doing this for a long time, and for people to reach out and still show me love, it's everything," he said speaking outside the MTV Video Music Awards.

The rap legend's 19-track project also includes contributions from Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, A$AP Rocky, Wale, 2 Chainz, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Big Sean, Pimp C, Yelawolf and Project Pat. The Best Buy deluxe edition will include three bonus tracks, two of which have features from The Weeknd and Trina.  He said he wasn't just looking to pack his album with features, but they were some of the best tracks he had recorded.

"Well, the way I did it, I just did like 98 songs and just picked the best ones, and the features were there, you know," the Memphis native said.

When asked what he hopes fans take away from his new album, Juicy said, "I want them to understand that my album is like a hustle.  I've been doing this for over 15 years, and I want them to understand that it's a classic and I want the young'ns to look at it and do the same thing that I did -- hustle, then come back, and do it huge like you never did it before."

Stay Trippy is available now.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Band Perry claims which Tennessee town as their home? ANSWER: Greeneville.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Nine Inch Nails Tour Rehearsal Audio Leaks on the Web

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesAs Nine Inch Nails prepares to release its new Hesitation Marks CD on September 3, a recent tour rehearsal by the band has leaked on the Internet.

According to RollingStone.com, the two-and-a-half-hour tape was recorded in June and features songs from the current set list including classics "March of the Pigs" and "Closer. " "Copy of A," "Came Back Haunted" and "Find My Way" from the new CD are also performed. Hesitation Marks is NIN first new CD since 2008’s The Slip.

Nine Inch Nails will kick off the Tension 2013 tour September 28 in St. Paul, MN. Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gary Numan and Autolux will support the band on select dates.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

John Mayer? Harry Styles? Taylor Swift Wants You to Make the Call

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTVWhen Taylor Swift accepted her MTV VMA trophy Sunday night for her video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," she said pointedly, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!"  While there has been plenty of speculation as to who, exactly, inspired the song, don't ever look to Taylor to clear up the mystery.

"For me, yeah, there’s a lot of curiosity about who each song is about and that’s kind of something that I love keeping to myself, never really revealing who exactly these songs are about," she explains.  But why not just end the speculation and say, "Yeah, that one 's about John Mayer" or "That one's about Harry Styles?"  Because, Taylor says, that would take away all the fun.

"I like for people to be able to paint their own picture," she explains. "Of whether they want to think about their ex-boyfriend, or someone they know, or make up their own mind about who they think I wrote it about."

She adds, "It’s all up to them, because I’m never telling!"

It's not clear who "I Knew You Were Trouble" is about.  The song seems to pre-date Taylor's relationship with Harry Styles, since it was released in October of 2012 and they broke up in January of 2013.  However, there are rumors that the two actually first dated very early in 2012, but then he dumped her for someone else.  Either way, there's no hard feelings since Taylor actually posed for a photo with Harry after the VMAs Sunday night.

In other Taylor news, she's trying to show she's a good neighbor to her new community in Rhode Island, where she recently purchased a mansion.  The Providence Journal reports that the singer has donated a signed signature guitar for a charity auction that will take place during the centennial ball for the town of West Warwick, Rhode Island. 

The proceeds from the auction will go to a scholarship at the local high school, and to The Station Fire Memorial Fund.  In 2003, during a rock show, The Station nightclub burned down, killing 100 fans and injuring more than 200 others.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Stream Nine Inch Nails' "Hesitation Marks" Now on iTunes

Columbia RecordsTrent Reznor has been sharing tracks in recent weeks from the upcoming Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks.  But enough with the teasing already -- now you can hear the entire album online.

If you head over to iTunes now, you can enjoy a free stream of Hesitation Marks from start to finish.  Better still, it's the deluxe version, which features three bonus tracks.  If you order either version now, you'll receive an immediate free download of the lead-off single, "Came Back Haunted."

Hesitation Marks drops on September 3.  If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can catch NIN marking the release with an intimate gig that night at the Troubadour club as a warm-up for their Tension 2013 North American tour, which gets underway September 29 in St. Paul, Minnesota, wrapping November 25 in Calgary, Alberta.

For more information on both the album and tour, check NIN.com.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

"42" Star Chadwick Boseman Tapped to Play James Brown in Movie

Jan Persson/RedfernsUniversal Pictures has cast Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the movie 42, to star as James Brown in an upcoming film about the late singer, Deadline.com reports.

The movie tracks Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become the Godfather of Soul and one of the most influential music artists in history.

The project is being co-produced by another music legend, The Rolling StonesMick Jagger and his company Jagged Films, in conjunction with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer.

The still-untitled film will be directed by Tate Taylor, who directed The Help.

Deadline reports Brown was actively involved in developing the movie project until his death in 2006.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Were ‘N Sync Members “Upset” that Justin Timberlake Shortened Their VMAs Segment?

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV‘N Sync fans were happy to see their favorite 90s boy band briefly reunite during Justin Timberlake’s performance on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, though many -- including JT’s band mates -- reportedly thought it was a little too brief.

During the segment, Timberlake sang a medley of his solo hits before joining the band for a few bars of “Gone” and “Girlfriend,” then launching into “Bye Bye Bye.” The original plan, however, was to include more ‘N Sync songs.

A source tells Us Weekly, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez were initially “upset” to learn that Justin shortened their segment, adding, “The guys wished it could have been more songs. He told them to trust him and he was going to make it great.”

In spite of the disappointment, the source insists there’s no bad blood between the guys, saying, “They loved being all back together. “It felt like the old days.”

Justin did make a point during his acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award to point out that half of the VMAs he’s won were with ‘N Sync and that he was going to “share this with them.”

After the show, UsWeekly reports all five members partied together well into the early morning hours, joining Beyonce, Rihanna and Drake at Jay Z’s post-VMA bash.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Report: Dr. Luke Will NOT Be an "American Idol" Judge

Paul A. Hebert/Getty ImagesAmerican Idol may have an opening on its judges' panel. What's that, you say? The show has already hired Jennifer Lopez and producer Dr. Luke? Well, as it turns out, Luke reportedly is no longer in the running.

The Hollywood Reporter says Luke, who's worked on hits for the likes of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Britney Spears, has opted not to join the Fox competition. If true, this would contradict an E! News report from over the weekend that claimed Luke had officially signed on to the panel.

A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, decided that American Idol would have taken too much time away from his work with his record label, Kemosabe, which is owned by Sony Music.

The source says, "Luke wants to build an entertainment company...after a lot of conversations, both Luke and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris came to the mutual agreement that taking Dr. Luke out of the Idol running 'was the best thing for all parties.'"

Kemosabe is the home to Katy Perry collaborator Bonnie McKee and rapper Juicy J.

The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Universal Music Group, a rival of Sony, holds the rights to Idol recordings, which would've complicated matters for Luke.

So now American Idol is in a dicey situation, since it will have to tape auditions relatively soon and it's still in search of a third judge. Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted and PSY, has been floated as a possibility, although he's a pretty busy guy himself.

Keith Urban is the only judge who's been officially announced for the 2014 season by Fox, though J-Lo's return is believed to be a done deal.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

One Direction's Zayn Malik Says Gaga Gave Them Advice After VMAs Booing

Facebook.com/OneDirectionMusicOne Direction has a loyal fan in Lady Gaga, who offered the lads some advice after they were booed at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

Some audience members at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn jeered after 1D won the song of the summer prize, for "Best Song Ever," though Zayn Malik insists he and his band mates didn't realize it at the time. He told ABC News Radio, "Actually when we went to go accept the award, we didn't actually hear any boos."

Zayn says that after their acceptance speech, they were greeted by Gaga. He recalled, "She just gave us a bit of advice and was like, 'If you did hear any boos, like, don't listen to anything that's negative because you deserve to be here,' and she also told us she was a big fan, which was really cool."

Zayn spoke to ABC News Radio in New York on Monday evening, from the U.S. premiere of the new One Direction movie, This Is Us. He said the film wasn't particularly challenging to make: "I wouldn't say there was really a stand-out thing that was hard. I think it was just in the beginning to kind of see where we were going to go with it, the direction the film was going to take, and just what kind of an angle we wanted to come at it with."

You can expect to see plenty of screaming girls in This Is Us. The mother of 1D's Liam Payne admitted Monday the group's enthusiastic fans can be a bit overwhelming at times. Karen Payne declared, "They really get to me. I find it really emotional that they're screaming for my little boy. But it's crazy, it's crazy. And they love Liam, and they love the parents so much as well. They're so nice." 

This Is Us hits theaters this Friday.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Stephen Stills' New Supergroup The Rides Talk New Album, Tour and Future Plans

Photo: Eleanor StillsThe Rides, Stephen Stills' new blues-rock supergroup, releases its debut album, Can't Get Enough, today.  The record sees the folk-rock legend joining forces with guitar whiz Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg for an eclectic mix of original compositions, classic blues tunes and an interesting selection of modern cover songs.

The initial inspiration for Can't Get Enough was the 1968 Super Session album, a quickly recorded collection of mostly improvisational jams that featured founding Blood, Sweat and Tears singer/keyboardist Al Kooper teaming up with either Stills or late Electric Flag guitarist Michael Bloomfield.  However, Goldberg, who also contributed to Super Session, says the new project quickly transcended its original concept.

"When I first started writing [new songs] with Stephen, I had no idea what the concept was going to be like," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "It was a Super Session thing but, no, it wasn't really."

Goldberg adds that the addition of Shepherd brought things to a different level, and the sessions signaled the formation a new group.

"Kenny came along and just put his stamp on it, and…the chemistry was so great and so smooth, and we all had such a good time, it became the nucleus of a band," he notes.  "Not a 'super' anything…It's a real band of guys that really dig playing together."

Adds Stills, "We challenge each other and encourage each other."

Stephen also showers praise on the 36-year-old Shepherd for bringing some youthful energy to the collective, while Kenny says he feels similarly inspired getting to work with Stills and Goldberg.

"I think the whole experience for all of us has been energizing," he explains to ABC News Radio.  As much as they want to say that I energized them…it's the same for me…The whole thing has just been fun, and I anticipate that the fun will continue."

The fun really is just getting started for The Rides, who kick off their first tour this week with a pair of shows at the New York City club The Iridium on Wednesday and Thursday.

Asked how he feels about The Rides hitting the stage for the first time, Stills says, "About halfway through the first song, the butterflies will be gone and, I tell you what, we're gonna throw down."

As for what fans can expect to hear at the group's shows, Stephen reports that in addition to tunes from Can't Get Enough, The Rides will be playing "various things from our past, [starting] with some of the more obvious things," as well as "some surprises."

And while The Rides' album has just become available, Stills promises that there will be more new music to come.

"This is not a one-shot, one-off thing," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We're gonna write more original material and have really good covers every time.  You know, it's a dream come true and a breath of fresh air."

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Madonna Defends Her "Grilzz"; Will Son Follow in Her Musical Footsteps?

Facebook.com/MadonnaWhile in Rome last week to visit the latest branch of her Hard Candy Fitness workout studios, Madonna made headlines worldwide because she stepped out wearing "grilzz" -- gold dental jewelry that's commonly worn by rappers.  After being slammed worldwide for her fashion choice, the Queen of Pop is now responding to the haters with a message: deal with it.

Posting a photo of herself on Instagram and Facebook sporting a mouthful of gold, Madonna wrote, "The Grilzz Are here to. Stay! So There! If you Don't like don't follow!" 

Katy Perry, a noted admirer of Madonna's, wore a grill to the MTV VMAs on Sunday night.  Miley Cyrus, whose MTV VMA performance on Sunday was as controversial as any of Madonna's in her heyday, has also sported grills in the recent past.

In other Madonna news, it appears that at least one of her four kids would like to follow her into the music biz.  The British paper The Daily Mail claims that her 13-year-old son Rocco Ritchie has formed a rap duo with his best friend, and they have recorded six tracks, which they'd like to play for some of Madonna's music industry friends.  

According to a source, the duo, called "Modoccor," combines "rapping with street dance, gymnastics and break dancing."  Rocco actually danced with Madonna on stage every night during her MDNA tour last year.  The source says that Madonna feels this is just a phase the teen is going through, though Rocco is "totally serious" about it.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton appears on CBS's The Talk Tuesday.

Trace Adkins celebrated his 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member Friday night at the Opry House in Nashville. He closed the show with a special 30-minute set.

Joe Nichols' new video, "Sunny and 75," is now live on VEVO.  It's the lead single from Joe's new album, Crickets, due out October 8.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney Salute Alabama on New Tribute Album

Show Dog/UniversalJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney are among the stars singing Alabama songs with the legendary country group on the new album, Alabama & Friends, now in stores. When choosing artists for this project, Alabama wanted artists with a connection to the band or their music. The guys got to know Luke Bryan when he performed at their Bama Rising charity concert in Birmingham a few years back. Jason Aldean regularly wears vintage Alabama t-shirts on stage, and Toby Keith actually performed full-length Alabama albums with his band back in Oklahoma.

Toby shared that story with Alabama when they were in the studio recording "She and I." Alabama's Teddy Gentry says, "What a compliment from somebody like Toby to tell us how inspirational we were to him."

Alabama got bonding time with Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood and Eli Young Band during the recording process, too.

"One thing this project did was give us an opportunity to sit down and have some quality time hanging out in a creative environment in the studio with these artists," Teddy explains. "You say, 'Hi,' at the awards shows.  It's a quick, 'Hi, how you doing.'  You never really get to know 'em."

He adds, "We're like a bunch of kids in a candy store as far as hanging out with all these other artists.  It's been great.  It's been a lot of fun.

Alabama & Friends features two new songs from Alabama, "That's How I Was Raised" and "All American."  Jamey Johnson closes out the album with a cover of "My Home's in Alabama."

Alabama & Friends Track Listing:

"Tennessee River" -- Jason Aldean
"Love in the First Degree" -- Luke Bryan
"Old Flame" -- Rascal Flatts
"Lady Down on Love" -- Kenny Chesney
"The Closer You Get" -- Eli Young Band
"Forever's as Far as I'll Go" -- Trisha Yearwood
"She and I" -- Toby Keith
"I'm in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)" -- Florida Georgia Line
"That's How I Was Raised" -- Alabama
"All American" -- Alabama
"My Home's in Alabama" -- Jamey Johnson

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Lady Antebellum Hopes Their Anthem "Goodbye Town" Inspires Positive Changes in Fans

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Dave Haywood can't help but think of his and band mate Charles Kelley's hometown of Augusta, GA when he performs their latest single, "Goodbye Town." The song tells the story of a guy leaving town because that place holds too many memories of his lost love. Dave is just one of the many people who have been in that spot before.

He tells ABC News Radio, "There's spots across Augusta, Georgia that remind me of somebody when I was dating them in high school. Those are those moments where you just wanna get the heck outta there. "

In a larger sense, Dave and Charles both said "goodbye" to Augusta in order to pursue their dreams of country stardom in Nashville. Charles sees "Goodbye Town" as a kind of anthem for people looking to make life changes as well.

"Sometimes something bad has to happen, or heartbreak or something that, kind of, finally makes you [leave]," Charles says. "It's the trigger to move on."

Dave hopes this song can inspire fans to turn bad situations into opportunities for growth.

He says, "Hopefully it will be that empowering for people that listen to it."

Lady Antebellum will perform "Goodbye Town" on their Take Me Downtown tour launching November 8 with special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. Go to LadyAntebellum.com for dates and ticket information.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Monica Celebrates Her Carnival Baby Shower

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Monica and her husband, Shannon Brown, spent the weekend enjoying a carnival-themed baby shower for their soon-to-be-born daughter, Laiyah, with family and friends.

People reports the festivities were held in Atlanta at the home of Jermaine Durpri, who is a close friend to the singer and responsible for her earlier hit singles. "It was very whimsical, just like a Disney princess movie and just as I had envisioned it," Monica told the mag. "There was so much love in the room and everybody had a great time."

Complete with stilt walkers, jugglers, a carousel cake, the lavish event housed 200 guests and included Ludacris, Keri Hilson and Bravo reality star NeNe Leaks.

Monica, who has two sons Rocko, 8, and Romelo Montez, 5, expressed her excitement to do girly things with her daughter.  "I'm excited to share shopping dates and manis and pedis with her.  But I’m really looking forward to teaching her about life," says Monica.  "I want to be an example to her like my mother was to me."

Monica shared on Twitter that Shannon was hoping for a girl and it seems the entire family is looking forward to meeting the couple's first daughter.  The singer posted an image on her Instagram page revealing that her sons have already purchased the baby girl her first Louis Vuitton bag.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Joe Budden Announces New EP & New Album 

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Joe Budden announced via Twitter that fans can anticipate two new projects from him later this year. 

The Slaughterhouse rapper revealed that his next album will be titled All Love Lost and it's scheduled to be released this winter. But before that disc arrives, the New Jersey native will unleash an EP, Some Love Lost, due out in the fall. The upcoming projects follow the first installment of the trilogy, No Love Lost, which arrived in February and included the hit single, "She Don't Put It Down" featuring Lil Wayne and Tank.

The news comes just a week after Joe responded to Kendrick Lamar's controversial verse in Big Sean's "Control," which was renamed "Lost Control" and posted the freestyle answer track on his SoundCloud page.

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