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Dec202013

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Named "Best Christmas Pop Song of All Time"

MariahCarey.comThere's no question that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is one of the great modern holiday songs, but now it's topped a poll conducted by Parade magazine to be named the Best Christmas Pop Song of All Time.

According to Parade, Mariah's 1994 song snagged the title with nearly 65 percent of the vote, beating out the runner-up, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," which is the biggest-selling single of all time, overall.

And here's some more good news for Mariah: it only took 19 years, but "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has finally sold its millionth copy in the U.K.

When the holiday tune was first released in 1994, it peaked at #2 on the British chart, and since 2007, it's re-entered the British top 40 every December.  According to Britain's Official Charts Company, Mariah said in a statement, "I'm driving home looking at the snow in my hometown of NYC, celebrating selling 1 million copies of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in the UK. Thank you, thank you to all of my British fans! Love, Mariah xxxx”

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of only 142 singles in the history of the British singles chart to have sold a million or more copies.

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Friday
Dec202013

Chris Brown Granted Rehab Leave For Charity Event

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Chris Brown is currently serving 90 days of court ordered rehab, but the singer will be allowed to leave to participate in a good cause this weekend.

TMZ reports Brown was granted permission to leave the lock-down facility in California for a few hours on Sunday, so he can host a charity toy drive with girlfriend, Karreuche Tran in Los Angeles.

The upcoming event, which is organized by Brooklyn Projects, encourages people to bring unwrapped gifts for underprivileged kids. The first 100 guests will receive free shirts from Brown's clothing company, Black Pyramid.

As previously reported, a judge revoked Brown’s probation stemming from his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna, after the singer was arrested on assault charges in Washington, D.C. in October.

Brown is due in court in D.C. in January, and then again in Los Angeles in February.

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Friday
Dec202013

Drake Is 2013's Most Tweeted-About Rapper

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After a year's worth of hilarious trending topics and memorable hashtags, Twitter has named its most talked-about rappers of 2013.

MTV News reports Drake, who released Nothing Was The Same in 2013, was this year's most talked-about emcee, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The rapper was mentioned in approximately 52,202,000 tweets this year while his latest project was mentioned about 2,942,000 times. Drizzy was the brunt of many jokes, which ultimately became trending topics this year, including "#DrakeTwitterPassword" and "#DrakeTaughtMe."

Eminem was the second-most-discussed emcee on the social networking site leading up to the release of his latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The rapper's hit single "Rap God" spawned the #1 hip-hop trend "#RapGod." Slim Shady was also mentioned in more than 21,271,900 Twitter updates.

Rounding out the top three was Lil Wayne, who received tweets surrounding not only his music but his recent health scares. In addition to conversations pertaining to his I Am Not A Human Being II release, Twitter users also posted messages about Wayne's hospitalization in March of this year, which attracted 101,000 tweets. As a result, Wayne soon became the subject of several trending topics, including "#PrayForLilWayne."

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Friday
Dec202013

One Direction Won't Be Sued Over "Midnight Memories"

SYCO/Columbia RecordsDespite online rumors, '80s rock superstars Def Leppard have no plans to sue One Direction over the title track of their current album.

Not long ago, U.K. newspaper The Mirror ran a report suggesting that the veteran rockers were considering taking legal action against 1D because the song in question, "Midnight Memories," bears a number of similarities to their huge hit "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  But Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell tell Billboard that's not the case.

Collen agrees that the 1D song is "very similar in structure" to "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and Campbell adds that elements of the song are "reminiscent of the Leppard thing [including] the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled."  However, that doesn't mean they're going to sue.  Campbell says he finds it "very flattering" that a hot group like 1D thinks Def Leppard's sound is cool.

This is the third time that 1D has been called out for their songs sounding like classic rock tunes.  Earlier this year, it was noted that the intro of "Best Song Ever" sounded very much like "Baba O'Riley," a song by one of Niall Horan's favorite bands, The Who.  Additionally, fans and critics have noted that the opening riff of 1D's hit "Live While We're Young" sounds an awful lot like the opening riff of the 1981 classic by The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go."

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Friday
Dec202013

Miranda Lambert Launches "Feisty, Sexy, Confident" Line of Footwear This Week

MirandaLambert.comIf you've got a fashion-conscious Miranda Lambert fan on your last-minute Christmas shopping list, here's an idea. Miranda's new line of shoes, Miranda by Miranda Lambert, just launched at select DSW stores and on DSW.com this week.

The shoes are described as "feisty, sexy, confident," just like Miranda herself. Fans can find Miranda's footwear at ShoeDept.com and ShoeDeptEncore.com, too.

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Friday
Dec202013

Def Leppard Guitarists Say Band Won't Sue One Direction over Song Similarities

Andrew Macpherson; Columbia RecordsIt seems like boy band One Direction is getting a reputation for releasing singles that sound like tunes by famous classic rock acts.  The latest song in question is "Midnight Memories," the title track to the group's new album, which many people have noticed bears a number of similarities to the Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  In fact, U.K. newspaper The Mirror ran a report suggesting that the veteran rockers were considering taking legal action against the young quintet, but Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell tell Billboard that's not the case.

While Leppard may not be interested in suing One Direction, Collen agrees that the new song is "very similar in structure" to "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  Campbell, however, points out that both tunes feature a very common "one-four-five" chord progression.

"Those are the blues," he explains.  "You don't get more basic than that."  Campbell adds that several other elements of "Midnight Memories" are more specifically "reminiscent of the Leppard thing [including] the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled."

Campbell says he finds it "very flattering" that young artists are considering the sound associated with his band to be cool.

Earlier this year, another controversy emerged when a rumor was started online -- and was subsequently fueled by the British press -- claiming that The Who was planning to sue One Direction over their hit "Best Song Ever," because its intro was similar to the rock legends' classic 1971 tune "Baba O'Riley."  However, as in the case of Def Leppard, The Who's Pete Townshend, who wrote "Baba O'Riley," came forward to insist his band had no intention of suing One Direction.

Speaking with Uncut magazine about "Best Song Ever," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer declared, "I like the single.  I like One Direction.  The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music -- not always."

Additionally, fans and critics have noted that the opening riff of One Direction's "Live While We're Young" sounds an awful lot like the opening riff of the 1981 The Clash classic, "Should I Stay or Should I Go."

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Friday
Dec202013

Hear Against Me!’s New Single, “Black Me Out”

Ryan RussellAgainst Me! is offering a preview of “Black Me Out,” the last track on the group’s upcoming sixth studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The band has just posted a stream of the new cut, which you can hear at Total Treble Music’s SoundCloud page.

Transgender Dysphoria Blues arrives at all the usual outlets on January 21. It features ten tracks, which frontwoman Laura Jane Grace says explore themes of “gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend, and pure self-discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance.”

Against Me! will hit the road for a North American tour to promote Transgender Dysphoria Blues. That outing begins on December 31 at the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA, and will feature support from The Sidekicks and The Shondes. Visit AgainstMe.net to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Dec202013

Kendrick Lamar Talks Fans, Writing Process & Status of Next Album

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Kendrick Lamar still can't get over the buzz he created with last year's highly acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city album. The rapper told ABC News Radio how much he appreciates his fans for really listening to his lyrics.

"It's a great feeling, it's a great feeling, you know, the hardest thing for an artist to do is to get a person to listen," he says. "One person, your city, the next city and you know, then to have the world with their ears open, you know, it's a great feeling."

After garnering all that attention from his raw verse on Big Sean's "Control,"  Kendrick is aware that he's definitely got everyone's undivided attention. So, what's the status of his sophomore album? The Compton rapper says he's taking his time.

"I haven't jumped in the studio yet, you know, I have ideas," Kendrick says before adding that his "focus and attention" is on finishing School Boy Q's album, Oxymoron, which is due out in February. While working with School Boy on his project, Lamar adds that he's "vibing out and soaking up energy."

Kendrick also says that he doesn't need to be in a set place to write his songs. "I write stuff all the time, it can be pulled from anywhere, you know, that can generate some rhymes as soon as I walk out this door," he says.

When asked if he had any dream collaborations in mind, the rapper spills that he can be a bit picky. "I really pick and choose for the most part, you know, they ask and if I like the record I'll rock on it," he says. "It's really not about the name, it's about, you know, can I make this song a better song and that's how I look at features, that's how I look at collaborations. Even if I reach out for an artist to hop on my song, it's, what can this artist bring to the table to make it better?"

One thing's for sure: Kendrick feels no pressure to make sure the second effort matches the success of his debut.  "I mean, you always want to challenge yourself and be better but, you know, that pressure word, they were giving me pressure before my album came out," he says.

"Just the fact that there hasn't been a West Coast album in a long time, you know, that was co-signed by [Dr.] Dre and Snoop [Dogg]. So, I'm not really thinking about the pressure," Kendrick explains. "I'm just going to keep the same mentality I had going into my first album and that's, you know, do the music that's original and something that I like to do, that's a little bit different from what other people are doing and stay within my means of what I think is hip-hop or gangster rap."

For now, Kendrick will enjoy his massive 2013 success, with next year looking even more promising. As previously reported, the rapper is competing for Album of the Year and Best New Artist for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards next month.

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Friday
Dec202013

Aretha Franklin to Record Album of Songs by Other Famous Female Singers

Aretha's RecordsAretha Franklin has revealed some details about her upcoming recording project on which she's collaborating with music mogul Clive Davis and producers Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Don Was.  The Queen of Soul tells Billboard that the record will be a "concept" album, featuring songs by other renowned female vocalists.

"It's just re-working some things that were very, very good and certainly chart-worthy and sold a lot of records," Franklin explains.  "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with."

Franklin reports that she and Davis have settled on a list of 10 tunes that include Barbra Streisand's "People" and Donna Summer's "Last Dance."  She also says she's considering recording Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious."

Aretha tells Billboard that she's planning to start recording the new album on New Year's Day near her hometown of Detroit, and she's hoping the collection will be released sometime between early spring and early summer.

Franklin also says that Babyface and Was have been getting the instrumental tracks together, in preparation for her to add her vocals.  "I'm pretty much leaving it up to their expertise in that area," she notes.  "We all have a great deal of respect for each other.  They're not anybody that I would question. They've got great track records and I believe they're going to bring it home, and I'll do the rest."

After having to cancel a number of performances earlier this year because of an undisclosed medical issue, Aretha is ready to return to the stage.  On Saturday, she played her first new show since her recovery, in Detroit at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.  She also has concerts scheduled for January 17 and 18 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

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Friday
Dec202013

Katy & John Joke About Kimye, Talk Romance, Travel Back to the '70s on "Ellen"

EllenTV.comCute couple Katy Perry and John Mayer took their lovefest to Ellen DeGeneres' show on Friday.  First, Katy chatted with Ellen, and then John joined her on the couch for more questions.

One topic of conversation was the new video for Katy and John's duet "Who You Love," which shows them riding a mechanical bull together.  Ellen asked, jokingly, if the video was a response to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's video for "Bound 2," which shows the couple riding a motorcycle together, which led Katy to reply, "Yes! I thought our response was a little more authentic, though, because my hair was blowing in the right direction." 

As the audience laughed, Ellen realized that Katy was right: in Kimye's video, Kim is facing backward on the motorcycle, which meant her hair should have been blowing forward, but it isn't.  "You're right. No one thought of that!" marveled Ellen, while John added, "Genius! Genius!"

Ellen also tried to get Katy to talk about how romantic John is, but the singer turned it into a discussion about how "thoughtful and creative" he is, especially when it comes to Christmas gifts.  The two confirmed they'll be spending Christmas together, by the way.  They did last year as well, but then broke up in March of 2013 before reuniting over Memorial Day weekend.

Katy also gushed that dating John is great because he truly understands what she goes through every day as a global music star, because he's one as well.  "We have music as an understanding, and love between each other and we connect," Katy explained to Ellen. "It's like he understands what I do, because he does the same thing, and so after a long day, if it's been tough, I don't really have to go into it, he just gets it y'know? So it's nice with that understanding."

For Ellen's show, Katy and John also made a spoof 1970s video called A Perry, Mayery Christmas, complete with ugly '70s outfits and a cheesy duet of "Winter Wonderland."

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Friday
Dec202013

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Taking Time Off the Road to "Eat Pizza Naked"

CMAFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is looking forward to a low-key holiday season with his new bride, Brittney Marie Cole. The couple tied the knot December 16, and they're now living in Brian's new, high-tech tree house on his new 32-acre spread near Nashville.

Brian tells Glamour, "It's two bedrooms, and about 1,500 square feet."

Since they're newlyweds, Brittney certainly won't mind Brian's plans for taking it easy while he's off the road.  When describing his ideal night off, Brian says, "Seriously right now, just hang out at the house and eat pizza naked."

Florida Georgia Line rings in 2014 with a New Year's Eve show at Wild Bill's in Atlanta.

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Friday
Dec202013

Def Leppard Guitarists Say Band Won't Sue One Direction over Song Similarities

Andrew Macpherson; Columbia RecordsIt seems like boy band One Direction is getting a reputation for releasing singles that sound like tunes by famous classic rock acts.  The latest song in question is "Midnight Memories," the title track to the group's new album, which many people have noticed bears a number of similarities to the Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  In fact, U.K. newspaper The Mirror ran a report suggesting that the veteran rockers were considering taking legal action against the young quintet, but Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell tell Billboard that's not the case.

While Leppard may not be interested in suing One Direction, Collen agrees that the new song is "very similar in structure" to "Pour Some Sugar on Me."  Campbell, however, points out that both tunes feature a very common "one-four-five" chord progression.

"Those are the blues," he explains.  "You don't get more basic than that."  Campbell adds that several other elements of "Midnight Memories" are more specifically "reminiscent of the Leppard thing [including] the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled."

Campbell says he finds it "very flattering" that young artists are considering the sound associated with his band to be cool.

Earlier this year, another controversy emerged when a rumor was started online -- and was subsequently fueled by the British press -- claiming that The Who was planning to sue One Direction over their hit "Best Song Ever," because its intro was similar to the rock legends' classic 1971 tune "Baba O'Riley."  However, as in the case of Def Leppard, The Who's Pete Townshend, who wrote "Baba O'Riley," came forward to insist his band had no intention of suing One Direction.

Speaking with Uncut magazine about "Best Song Ever," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer declared, "I like the single.  I like One Direction.  The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music -- not always."

Additionally, fans and critics have noted that the opening riff of One Direction's "Live While We're Young" sounds an awful lot like the opening riff of the 1981 The Clash classic, "Should I Stay or Should I Go."

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Friday
Dec202013

Darlene Love to Give Annual Christmas Performance on "Letterman" Tonight

Kevin Kane/WireImageDarlene Love will help David Letterman usher in the holidays when she makes her annual pre-Christmas appearance on CBS' Late Show tonight.  The powerhouse vocalist will sing her soulful yuletide classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a song she's performed on the last Late Show episode before Christmas nearly every year since Dave began hosting the show in 1993. She also belted out the song on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman from 1986 through 1992.

Late Show with David Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" originally appeared on the acclaimed Phil Spector-produced 1963 holiday album A Christmas Gift for You.

Meanwhile, Love also has a few confirmed concerts on her itinerary, including holiday-themed shows tonight in New York City and on Saturday at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Here's a list of all of the shows Darlene has scheduled in the next few weeks, according to DarleneLoveWorld.com:

12/20 -- New York, NY, B.B. King's Blues Club
12/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/28 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
1/4/14 -- New York, NY, B.B. King's Blues Club

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Friday
Dec202013

AWOLNATION Says Next Album Will Feature Collaboration with Former Journey Singer Steve Perry

Red Bull RecordsAWOLNATION’s next album will feature some very special guests. Frontman Aaron Bruno says he’s lined up a couple of artists to collaborate with on the group’s upcoming sophomore release, revealing that one of them is former Journey lead singer Steve Perry.

"We became friends," he tells Rolling Stone. "It feels weird for me to talk about -- I feel like I'm bragging about how this legend likes the music I've written. But he asked for my number. He reached out to me." 

Bruno adds he’s got nine songs ready for the release, noting the new material is “a little bit more reflective, more about human relationships.” "We were touring for three years, so I had a lot of time to spend alone on that bus and think about the way I wanted to make the record and grow, hopefully, into another dimension,” he explains. “I'd like to push myself and get better."

A title and release date for the album has yet to be announced.

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Friday
Dec202013

Madonna's Daughter Gets a Kiss from Beyonce

Image courtesy Beyonce via InstagramWhat's better than your mom taking you to a Beyonce concert?  Getting a kiss from the superstar herself while at the concert.  And that's just what happened to Madonna's daughter on Thursday night.

Madonna posted on Instagram a photo of her eight-year-old daughter, Mercy James, being smooched on the forehead by Beyonce during the star's concert in Brooklyn, NY.  "Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!" Madonna wrote on the caption, adding "Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world!"

Mercy isn't the only young woman with a famous mom or dad who's a fan of Beyonce's.  In the new issue of People, first lady Michelle Obama said that her daughters Malia and Sasha "love" Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z.  "They've gotten to know Beyonce and she has always been very sweet to them," added President Obama.

Beyonce's tour travels to Boston Friday night, and then wraps up with another show in Brooklyn on Sunday.  It will resume Febuary 20 in Scotland.

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Friday
Dec202013

Watch Goo Goo Dolls Singer Screw Up the Lyrics, Sambora Sing with Stevie on Hollywood Christmas Parade

Image credit: Chapman BaehlerSometimes it's hard to believe that artists can get the lyrics to one of their best-known songs wrong in concert, considering how many times they have to sing them.  But Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik says that's just what happened to him during a recent Christmas special taping, and you can watch tonight to see just how badly he messed up.

Not long ago, the Goo Goo Dolls taped the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade special, along with Daughtry, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and Star Trek's Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.  Johnny tells ABC News Radio that he and the band were playing their hit "Better Days," but because they had to perform a shortened version of it, he completely lost track of his place in the song.

"I started singing the wrong words. You have to see it! I'm calling myself out on this because I screwed it up so bad!" Johnny laughs.  He tells ABC News Radio, "I was literally standing up there singing [gibberish] -- I forgot the words completely!  So keep an eye out for that!"  When asked why they wouldn't simply edit out his mistake, Johnny laughed, "I don't think they can!" 

Johnny adds that William Shatner had just performed before them, and claims that the actor's number was so strange that it threw him off his game.  "I was overwhelmed because I had just seen William Shatner perform...a really bizarre sort of spoken word thing," he laughs. "He's, like, 80 years old and he's still going for it!"  

You can watch all this go down tonight on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 5 p.m. ET/PT, and see if Johnny's exaggerating. Meanwhile,  speaking of screwing songs up, Johnny says he's "terrified" he may do the same thing this weekend when he sings the national anthem at the Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin on Sunday.

"I want to do it because I'm terrified to sing it," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've never been this nervous about anything in my life. Like, you can't screw that song up! So it's a challenge." 

After that, Johnny will spend what he calls a "low-key" Christmas in L.A. with his new wife, Melina, who he married in July, plus their pets and a few family members.  Not on the agenda: tons of presents. "Little gifts," is how Johnny describes the couple's plans. "There's nothing that we really need. It's more like, we just like to hang out with each other."  The two will actually go on their honeymoon in the spring of 2014.

Meanwhile, Richie Sambora, who you'll see duet with Stevie Wonder on "Silent Night" at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, says his Christmas will be spent with his teenage daughter Ava, whose mom is Richie's ex, Heather Locklear.  Richie says that he and Ava will "stay home first," enjoying "the tree and the food."  "After we do that, we usually hit the beach for a week, to get her ready for going back to school," he explains.  Asked if he has any special Christmas dishes he likes to prepare, he laughed, "I don't make anything. Are you kidding me?  I've been on the road for 30 years, man!  I just dial room service, baby!"

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Friday
Dec202013

Watch Goo Goo Dolls Singer Screw Up the Lyrics Tonight on Hollywood Christmas Parade

Image credit: Chapman BaehlerSometimes it's hard to believe that artists can get the lyrics to one of their best-known songs wrong in concert, considering how many times they have to sing them.  But Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik says that's just what happened to him during a recent Christmas special taping, and you can watch tonight to see just how badly he messed up.

Not long ago, the Goo Goo Dolls taped the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade special, along with Daughtry, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and Star Trek's Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.  Johnny tells ABC News Radio that he and the band were playing their hit "Better Days," but because they had to perform a shortened version of it, he completely lost track of his place in the song.

"I started singing the wrong words. You have to see it! I'm calling myself out on this because I screwed it up so bad!" Johnny laughs.  He tells ABC News Radio, "I was literally standing up there singing [gibberish] -- I forgot the words completely!  So keep an eye out for that!"  When asked why they wouldn't simply edit out his mistake, Johnny laughed, "I don't think they can!" 

Johnny adds that William Shatner had just performed before them, and claims that the actor's number was so strange that it threw him off his game.  "I was overwhelmed because I had just seen William Shatner perform...a really bizarre sort of spoken word thing," he laughs. "He's, like, 80 years old and he's still going for it!"  

You can watch all this go down tonight on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 5 p.m. ET/PT, and see if Johnny's exaggerating. Meanwhile,  speaking of screwing songs up, Johnny says he's "terrified" he may do the same thing this weekend when he sings the national anthem at the Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin on Sunday.

"I want to do it because I'm terrified to sing it," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've never been this nervous about anything in my life. Like, you can't screw that song up! So it's a challenge." 

After that, Johnny will spend what he calls a "low-key" Christmas in L.A. with his new wife, Melina, who he married in July, plus their pets and a few family members.  Not on the agenda: tons of presents. "Little gifts," is how Johnny describes the couple's plans. "There's nothing that we really need. It's more like, we just like to hang out with each other."  The two will actually go on their honeymoon in the spring of 2014.  

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Friday
Dec202013

A Day to Remember to Stage Inaugural Self Help Festival in March

ADTR.comA Day to Remember is getting into the festival business. The band has announced they'll be hosting their own signature event, the Self Help Festival, which will take place March 22nd at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon reveals the idea for the event came from a recent conversation he had with his girlfriend. “She told me that most people who come [to our shows] respond like it's more than just a concert to them," he says in a statement. "It's like the music is genuinely helping them. Thus we titled our festival Self Help, because at the end of the day, that's what music's all about.”

Other groups set to hit the stage at the Self Help Festival include Bring Me the Horizon, Of Mice & Men, The Story So Far, Memphis May Fire, Attila, The Word Alive, Stick to Your Guns, Issues, letlive, Terror, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, Hundredth, Beartooth, and Rotting Out.  Many of the bands were hand-picked by ADTR to perform.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday via Ticketfly.com.

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Friday
Dec202013

Poll: Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Among Top Trendsetting Celebrities for 2014

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Beyonce and Pharrell are very fashion forward, which probably explains why both stars have landed on a new list of the top trendsetting celebrities.

E-Score, a consumer research service, polled people across the U.S. to find out which celebrities will have the most influence over their decisions in 2014 when it comes to trends like fashion.  The study found Skateboard P to be the trendiest of all men in the entertainment biz. Meanwhile, Ne-Yo, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Macklemore, Usher, T.I. and Jay Z all landed in the top 10 among male celebrities. Drake also appeared on the list at number 13.

For the women, Beyonce came in at number 16, besting her Destiny's Child mate Kelly Rowland at #20. Jennifer Lopez came in at #5, Ciara at #12, and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger nabbed #23.  Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, claimed the top spot.

Other famous faces on the list include Prince, Robin Thicke, Will Smith, Nelly, Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, and Garcelle Beauvais.

To learn more information, visit EPollResearch.com.

The top 25 female trendsetters:

1. Kate Middleton
2. Victoria Beckham
3. Gwen Stefani
4. Tyra Banks
5. Jennifer Lopez
6. Elle MacPherson
7. Heidi Klum
8. Sarah Jessica Parker
9. Pippa Middleton
10. Jaclyn Smith
11. Giuliana Rancic
12. Ciara
13. Kendall Jenner
14. Kerry Washington
15. Blake Lively
16. Beyonce
17. Cindy Crawford
18. Katy Perry
19. Garcelle Beauvais
20. Kelly Rowland
21. Halle Berry
22. Jennifer Aniston
23. Nicole Scherzinger
24. Nicole Richie
25. Pink

The top 25 male trendsetters:

1. Pharrell Williams
2. Ne-Yo
3. Sean "Diddy" Combs
4. Macklemore
5. Justin Timberlake
6. Usher
7. Jay Z
8. David Beckham
9. Will.i.am
10. T.I.
11. Tony Hawk
12. Adam Levine
13. Drake
14. RuPaul
15. David Bowie
16. Prince
17. Pitbull
18. Taye Diggs
19. Antonio "L.A." Reid
20. Lenny Kravitz
21. Robin Thicke
22. Will Smith
23. Nelly
24. Johnny Depp
25. Psy

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Friday
Dec202013

Celine Dion Says Prince & Michael Jackson Asked Her Advice About Playing Vegas

CelineDion.comEver since the launch of her first Las Vegas show, A New Day, back in 2003, Celine Dion has been credited with making it acceptable -- and even desirable -- for big-name stars to perform regularly in Sin City.  And while the diva won't take all the credit for the fact that now acts ranging from Shania Twain to Motley Crue all have residencies in Vegas -- and Britney Spears is about to start one --  she will say that her show served as research material for stars who were interested in exploring the possibility.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Celine says that numerous stars -- "Michael Jackson, Prince, I can't name them all" -- had all come to see A New Day when it first launched, because they wanted to see if it might be a viable option for them, too.

"They were all interested -- like, 'How is it?'" she tells the paper. "They were very curious about whether it was really possible to do it in Vegas."  And so what did Celine tell them?  The same thing she says she'd tell Britney if the younger singer asked her: "It's a great opportunity to be a parent, to raise your children and to be the entertainer you want to be."

Celine's next series of Vegas dates will begin December 30 in her current self-titled show at Caesars Palace.  The Times reports that she plans to add a handful of songs from her new album Loved Me Back to Life to the set.

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