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Apr222013

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj & More Among "Billboard" Music Award Nominees

Facebook.com/BillboardMusicAwardsRihanna and Nicki Minaj are among the nominees for this year's Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on ABC May 19.  They're both competing for Top Female Artist, a category that also includes pop stars Adele, Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Rihanna, who's nominated for 10 different awards this year, is also up for Top R&B Artist.  The other nominees in that category are Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys and Usher.  As for Top Rap Artist, Nicki and her YMCMB label mate Drake are nominees in that category this year.

Miguel is among the first artists booked to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, which will be hosted by Tracy MorganPrince will be given the Billboard Icon Award at the event.

Here are the nominees in a few of the biggest Billboard Music Awards categories:

Top R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Ne-Yo
Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Usher

Top R&B Album
Fortune
Girl On Fire
Channel Orange
Unapologetic
Looking 4 Myself

Top R&B Song
"Girl On Fire" Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj
"Adorn"
"Thinkin Bout You"
"Diamonds"
"Heart Attack"

Top Rap Album
Based on a T.R.U. Story
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
The Heist
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
God Forgives, I Don't

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Monday
Apr222013

fun., Gotye, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay & More Score "Billboard" Music Awards Nominations

BillboardThe nominees for the Billboard Music Awards have been announced and quite a few rockers are in the running for some big awards.

fun. scored the most nods of any rock act, racking up 11 nominations in a variety of categories including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist. Gotye follows closely behind fun. with seven nominations, competing against the band in the categories of Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song and Top Streaming Song with his smash hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Coldplay and Mumford & Sons both scored a few nominations each as well. Coldplay will compete with fun. and Mumford & Sons for Top Duo/Group and will face off against ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Rogers Waters for the honor of Top Touring Artist. Mumford & Sons are also in the running for Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album, for Babel.

The Top Rock Artist nominees are Coldplay, fun., Mumford & Sons, Gotye and Bruce Springsteen. Nominees for the Top Rock Album of the year include Some Nights from fun., The Lumineers’ self-titled album, Mumford & Sons’ Babel, Of Monsters and Men's My Head Is an Animal, and Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon

For Top Rock Song, the nominees are fun.’s “Some Nights” and “We Are Young,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, and Phillip Phillips’ "Home."

The Billboard Music Awards take place on Sunday, May 19 and will air live from Las Vegas on ABC. You can find a complete list of nominees at Billboard.com.

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Monday
Apr222013

My Morning Jacket, Wilco Join Bob Dylan for AmericanaramA Festival of Music Tour

Danny ClinchMy Morning Jacket and Wilco have teamed up with Bob Dylan for the upcoming AmericanaramA Festival of Music Tour this summer. That outing kicks off on June 26 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida and will make stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Virginia Beach and Denver, among other cities. Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham will support the bands on select dates.

Pre-sale tickets for the AmericanaramA Festival of Music Tour will go on sale on Wednesday. Visit MyMorningJacket.com for more information.

Here are the tour dates:

6/26 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Tampa, FL, Live Nation Amphitheatre
6/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/30 -- Nashville, TN, The Lawn at Riverfront Park
7/2 -- Memphis, TN, AutoZone Park
7/5 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/6 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/7 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
7/10 -- St. Paul, MN, Midway Stadium
7/11 -- Peoria, IL, Chiefs Stadium
7/12 -- Chicago, IL, Toyota Park
7/14 -- Clarkstown, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/19 -- Bridgeport, CT, The Ballpark at Harbor Yard
7/20 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
7/21 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga PAC
7/23 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/24 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/26 -- Hoboken, NJ, Pier A Park
7/27 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/28 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
7/31 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/3 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/4 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre

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Monday
Apr222013

Zac Brown Band Bringing Southern Ground Festival Back to Nashville; Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson Appearing

Southern GroundZac Brown Band is bringing their Southern Ground Music & Food Festival back to Nashville for a second year this September 27 and 28. The nightly super set from the band will include sit-ins by Kenny Chesney, John Fogerty, Jason Mraz and more.

Willie Nelson, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are also lined up to play solo sets at the festival, which will take place at the Lawn at Riverfront Park.  Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, April 27.

For more information, go to SouthernGroundFestival.com.

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Monday
Apr222013

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes & Luke Bryan Score "Billboard" Music Awards Nominations

Facebook.com/BillboardMusicAwardsTaylor Swift joins fun. and Maroon 5 as the lead nominees for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, with 11 nods apiece.

All three of those artists are up for the Top Artist prize too, along with One Direction and Rihanna. Taylor is also up for Top Female Artist, and for Top Billboard 200 Album, for Red. Other categories including a nod for Taylor are Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, and Top Streaming Song (Video), for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

Taylor also got a mention in the Top Country Artist field, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Carrie Underwood.

Jason also picked up a nomination for Best Male Artist against Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Bruno Mars and Drake. Taylor's Red and Jason's Night Train projects are up also for Top Country Album honors, along with Luke Bryan's tailgates & tanlines, Carrie Underwood's Blown Away, and Tuskegee by Lionel Richie.

The finalists for Top Country Song are Luke Bryan, with "Drunk on You," Eric Church's "Springsteen," "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes' "Wanted," and Taylor's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. 

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Monday
Apr222013

Alice in Chains Rocks Out on a Mountaintop in “Stone” Video

Johnny BuzzerioAlice in Chains takes the term "rocking out" to a new level in their video for "Stone," the next single from their upcoming fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.  The five-minute clip features footage of the band performing the track on top of a large mountain of rocks, accompanied by scenes of several people straining to push boulders of various sizes up a steep hill.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will arrive in stores on Tuesday, May 28, and features 12 new tracks.  If you pre-order The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of "Stone."

You'll get your chance to hear new material performed live when the band hits the road for a North American tour starting April 25 at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, Florida.  Visit AliceInChains.com for the full itinerary.

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Monday
Apr222013

Luke Bryan Throws Fans for a Loop with New Love Song, "Crash My Party"

Capitol NashvilleSince Luke Bryan recently topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his uptempo Spring Break…Here to Party album, you might expect his latest single, "Crash My Party," to follow in that fun, carefree vein. That's where the new song throws people for a little bit of a loop.

"I think everybody thinks it’s gonna be this big party song," Luke explains, "but it’s actually a love song about a guy telling a girl that, 'Hey-no matter what I’m doing, anytime, I could be at a bar, I could be at a big show, and you can text me or call me, and I’m dropping my party and we’re getting together.'"

Luke knows his male fans will be able to use this song to sweet talk the women in their lives too.

He says, "I think it’s a cool way to tell a girl, 'Hey, I’m diggin’ ya.'"

"Crash My Party" is the lead single from Luke's upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months.

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Monday
Apr222013

Stevie Wonder Takes Over "Dancing with the Stars" This Monday

Facebook.com/StevieWonderMonday night's Dancing with the Stars is all about Stevie Wonder.  He's taking over the ballroom for the evening, performing some of his greatest hits while the eight remaining contestants dance with their partners for America's vote.

Viewers can expect to hear Stevie favorites, including "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "For Once in My Life" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)."  Country star Hunter Hayes will also be on hand, joining Stevie for the show's opening number.

Dancing with the Stars airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Monday
Apr222013

Kid Cudi Gushes Over Michael Bolton

Facebook.com/KidCudiHere's something you probably didn't know about Kid Cudi: he really digs pop crooner Michael Bolton

"My mom is a huge fan so I grew up hearing him in the household..." Cudi tells MTV, explaining his decision to invite Bolton to appear on his third studio album, Indicud.  "I was like man I wanna utilize him in a way where I'm not tryna make a joke or anything -- I just wanna use the mightiness of his voice in a way that's never been done before," Cudi says.

Thanks to the magic of technology, just about any music artist with Internet access can collaborate with the guest of their dreams.  But Kid Cudi is different from most artists today because he won't feature anybody on his album that he hasn't spent time with.  Luckily for him, Bolton was happy to accommodate.

"I reached out, he responded immediately and we were able to get him in the studio for like three hours and most of the time he spent talking and just dropping science," Cudi tells MTV.  "It was really cool to have his energy and just to be around him because he's such a legend, so down to earth and cool.  He was like the uncle I never had."

Bolton recorded his part on the Indicud track "Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)," and his time in the studio is something that Cudi is happy to relive.  Not only did Bolton have great energy, but Cudi tells MTV that the singer arrived to the studio session "swagged out with the diamond earring."   Bolton was rocking the "ill blue sweater" and  wearing "extravagant cologne that smelled like a dozen babies in a cotton field somewhere," Cudi says.

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Monday
Apr222013

Michael Buble Reveals Man Crush on Bryan Adams

Facebook.com/MichaelBubleMichael Buble has sung with some pretty impressive artists in his career, but on his new album To Be Loved, he got to work with someone he says he admires more than anyone: fellow Canadian Bryan Adams.  In fact, Michael pretty much worships the guy.

Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Michael gushes about getting to co-write and sing "After All," one of the songs on To Be Loved, with Bryan.  "He was an idol of mine growing up," admits Michael, noting that the first album he ever owned was Bryan's Reckless.  He says the fact that Bryan was from Vancouver, just like him, and managed to become a huge international star, gave him hope that he could do it too.

Singing with Bryan on the record is "truly one of the great moments for me in my career so far," Michael tells The Sun, and adds that he literally halted the session to tell the veteran singer how much he loves him.

"I actually stopped in the recording with Bryan and I said, 'Bryan, I don't ever do this, but I promised myself I'll live in the moment and be more present,'" Michael recalls.  "And I said, 'I just got to tell you, buddy, that this is huge for me, because you were my idol. And to come full circle and get to sing with you on this song and to get to write with you...is a dream come true.'"

Michael said it was "kind of weird" that he told Bryan all that because it wasn't as if they had never met before: in fact, they're friends, and have the same manager.  "But, at the same time, I feel it needed to be said," he adds.  No word on how Bryan responded to Michael's gushing.

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Monday
Apr222013

Alicia Keys Settles "Girl on Fire" Lawsuit

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesLast year, it was reported that Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" had sparked a lawsuit by songwriter Earl Shuman, who felt part of Alicia's hit copied the melody from his song "Lonely Boy."  Well, it appears that the two have now kissed and made up.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alicia and Shuman announced in a court filing earlier this month that they had reached a settlement.  Unfortunately, no terms were revealed, so it's not known, for example, if Alicia paid money to Shuman, or agreed to add his name to the song credits or something else entirely.

At issue was the part in "Girl on Fire" where Alicia sings "No one knows that she's a lonely girl/and it's a lonely world."  The melody in that part of the song was similar to the melody of "Lonely Boy," which became a hit in 1970 for singer Eddie Holman under the name "Hey There Lonely Girl."

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Monday
Apr222013

Divinyls Lead Singer Chrissy Amphlett, Dead at 53

Facebook.com/ChrissyAmphlettChrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls who scored a 1991 Billboard top-ten hit with "I Touch Myself," has died at age 53.

Multiple sources are reporting that Amphlett died of complications from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Among those paying tribute to Amphlett is fellow Aussie Russell Crowe, who tweeted, "Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."  Crowe and Amphlett starred on stage together early in Crowe's career in a 1988 Australian production of Blood Brothers.

Divinyls was formed in 1980 and remained together until 1997, releasing five studio albums.  The sexually-charged single "I Touch Myself" was off the band's 1991 self-titled fourth studio album and remains their biggest hit, topping the charts in Australia and peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Divinyls briefly reunited in 2006 for a tour of Australia before again disbanding in 2009.  In 2005, Amphlett released the autobiography Pleasure and Pain: My Life.

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Monday
Apr222013

Alicia Keys Settles "Girl on Fire" Lawsuit

AliciaKeys.comLast year, it was reported that Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" had sparked a lawsuit by songwriter Earl Shuman, who felt part of Alicia's hit copied the melody from his song "Lonely Boy."  Well, it appears that the two have now kissed and made up.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alicia and Shuman announced in a court filing earlier this month that they had reached a settlement.  Unfortunately, no terms were revealed, so it's not known, for example, if Alicia paid money to Shuman, or agreed to add his name to the song credits or something else entirely.

At issue was the part in "Girl on Fire" where Alicia sings "No one knows that she's a lonely girl/and it's a lonely world."  The melody in that part of the song was similar to the melody of "Lonely Boy," which became a hit in 1970 for singer Eddie Holman under the name "Hey There Lonely Girl."

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Monday
Apr222013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Taylor Swift's mother's name? ANSWER: Andrea.

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Monday
Apr222013

Hunter Hayes Performing with Stevie Wonder on "Dancing with the Stars" Tonight

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is teaming up with Stevie Wonder yet again, this time on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars.  The two will perform together during the opening number, and Stevie will perform his greatest hits on the show while the eight remaining contestants, including Kellie Pickler, dance with their partners for America's vote.

Dancing with the Stars airs at 8 p.m. Eastern Monday on ABC.

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Monday
Apr222013

Olly Murs & Will.i.am to Perform on "Dancing with the Stars" Results Show Tuesday

Facebook.com/OllyMursOlly Murs and will.i.am will get the ballroom up on their feet this week, as they perform on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars results show.

Olly will be performing his current hit "Troublemaker," from his newly-released album Right Here Right Now.  Will, meanwhile, is going to promote his solo album #willpower, out on Tuesday, by performing his latest single, "#thatpower."  It's probably safe to say that his collaborator on the track, Justin Bieber, won't be there to sing it with him, since he's on tour in Europe.

But Olly and will's performances may pale in comparison to the musical guest on Monday night's episode of Dancing with the Stars.  The legendary Stevie Wonder will be stopping by to perform many of his classic songs, including "Sir Duke" and "My Cherie Amour," and all the dancers will hit the floor to more selections from his catalog.

The Dancing with the Stars results show airs Tuesday night on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Apr222013

Elton John's Outfits to Have Their Own Dressing Room at British Festival?

Facebook.com/EltonJohnEarlier this year, Elton John's spokesperson denied a report in a Brazilian paper that the singer requested an entire hotel room just for his glasses.  But now comes word that at an upcoming British festival, the star will have a separate dressing room...just for his stage outfits. 

Elton is one of the headliners for Bestival, an annual music festival that will take place on Britain's Isle of Wight this September.  The festival's organizer, a BBC Radio 1 deejay who goes by the name Rob Da Bank, told the Daily Star, "It wasn't too complicated to get Elton booked: no diva-ish antics or crazy demands."  That being said, Rob added that because the artists who play the festival are encouraged to dress up in costumes, Elton needed some extra space.

"Elton’s outfits will have their own dressing room," said Rob, adding, "He’s fond of dressing up in outlandish outfits, and so are Bestival people, so they’ll get on like a house on fire."  This year's festival has a nautical theme, so perhaps we'll see Elton wearing some sort of sailor suit, or perhaps a yachting cap and blazer.

Elton is the most veteran act on the bill for this year's Bestival, whose lineup is mostly made up of younger alternative rock bands and hip-hop acts like Snoop Dogg.

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Monday
Apr222013

30 Seconds to Mars Unveils Twitchy New Short Film, "Up in the Air"

Jared Leto30 Seconds to Mars has decided to release something unique to promote “Up in the Air,” the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. On Friday, the band posted a short film, directed by frontman Jared Leto under his pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, which serves as an extended video for the single.

The nine-minute film features footage of the band performing “Up in the Air” in a warehouse, interspersed with twitchy clips of gymnasts performing floor exercises, groups of people fighting with handfuls of colored chalk, and a variety of wild animals.

"This short film is quite unlike anything we have ever done before. With contributions from [artist] Damien Hirst,[burlesque star] Dita Von Teese, U.S. Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, [photographer] Maxwell Snow, [author/journalist] Neil Strauss, a lion, wolf, a snake (and yes some zebras), we take an epic, bizarre + hallucinogenic journey through a incredibly surreal landscape," says Leto in a statement. "It was exciting to explore new territory and once again work with the maniacal Bartholomew Cubbins at the helm."

Love Lust Faith + Dreams will arrive in stores on Tuesday, May 21 and features 12 new tracks. If you pre-order Love Lust Faith + Dreams now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Up in the Air.”

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Monday
Apr222013

Mumford & Sons, Leonard Cohen and Rush Win at Canada's Juno Awards

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons, Leonard Cohen and Rush were among the winners this weekend at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

Mumford & Sons claimed the award for international album of the year, for Babel. They defeated Rod Stewart, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and One Direction for the prize.

Leonard Cohen received two awards: artist of the year, and songwriter of the year.

Rush, which hails from Toronto, picked up the award for rock album of the year, for Clockwork Angels.

The Junos were presented over the course of two nights in Regina, Saskatchewan: at a gala on Saturday and at the main ceremony on Sunday.

Carly Rae Jepsen was the big winner, collecting three awards. For a full list of winners, visit JunoAwards.ca.

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Monday
Apr222013

Carly Rae Jepsen Triumphs at Canada's Juno Awards

604/Schoolboy/Interscope RecordsCarly Rae Jepsen had a nice weekend in her home country. She was the top winner at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

Carly Rae, who's from British Columbia, received three awards, including album of the year for Kiss and single of the year for "Call Me Maybe" during the Juno broadcast, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Sunday night. She also performed a medley that included her mega-hit single.

Carly Rae had already been given the prize for pop album of the year at a Juno gala on Saturday. She entered the weekend with a leading five nominations.

Michael Bublé hosted the broadcast and performed "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Home." Michael, Celine Dion and Nickelback lost the Juno Fan Choice Award category to Justin Bieber.

Celine was also nominated for album of the year and adult contemporary album of the year for her French-language disc, Sans Attendre, but was shut out.

For a full list of winners, visit JunoAwards.ca.

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