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Monday
Oct142013

Justin Bieber Accused of Assaulting DJ's Tour Manager in South Korea; Releases Movie Teaser, New Song

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber is being accused of assaulting a DJ's tour manager at a nightclub in South Korea.  Sources tell E! Online the 19-year-old singer got into a scuffle with DJ Michael Woods and Woods' tour manager Alex Madden at a club called Eden in Seoul. 

Sources say Justin was acting "aggressive," and exchanged words with Woods and Madden.  He reportedly punched Madden in the face before fleeing behind his security entourage.

Woods on Saturday tweeted his version of events.  He wrote, "Story is @justbieber + his army of heavy security muscled in to the booth half way thru my set in S. Korea demanding hip hop."  He added, "So when I told @justinbieber to f*** off and put some clothes on he took a cheap shot at my tour manager and fled behind a wall of security."

Justin's spokesperson had no comment about the incident, and the club promoter claims that no punches were thrown at all.

Meanwhile, Woods is getting some support from a fellow DJ -- deadmau5.  Deadmau5 tweeted, "I'm sorry, but if you got up in my face while I was performing, and demanded me to play some bull****, I'd probably punch you in the neck."  He added, "Someone needs to jump on Justin's stage and start telling him what to play. I apologize on behalf of Canada."

The brouhaha has overshadowed a couple of gifts that Justin has given his fans in recent days. On Friday, he debuted a teaser for his new movie, Believe 3D, which opens Christmas Day. He is promising more footage in the coming weeks, using the hashtag "FilmFridays."

He's already using the hashtag "MusicMonday" to promote the fact that he's releasing one new song every Monday over the course of 10 weeks. Last week, he premiered "Heartbreaker"; early Monday, his latest song, "All That Matters," hit iTunes. It's a sweet R&B tune in which he sings, "You make me complete/You’re all that matters to me."

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Monday
Oct142013

Tony Bennett Dedicates Song to Lady Gaga at NYC Show

Facebook.com/TonyBennettTony Bennett performed to a packed house at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this past Friday and, according to Showbiz411.com, he dedicated a song to Lady Gaga and told the crowd their duets jazz album will be out “right after the first of the year.”

Tony previously revealed in a Reddit Q&A session earlier this month that the duets album with Gaga will be released on January 1, 2014.

This isn't the first time the 87-year-old jazz legend and the 27-year-old pop star have recorded. They teamed up for “The Lady is a Tramp” on Tony’s Duets II collection in 2011.

The report doesn't mention which song Tony dedicated to Gaga on Friday night.

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Monday
Oct142013

Pharrell Williams Marries Longtime Girlfriend in Miami

Facebook.com/PharrellPharrell Williams married his longtime girlfriend, model Helen Lasichanh, in Miami on Saturday, a source tells Us Weekly.

The guest list included some of the singer-songwriter-producer’s famous friends, including Usher and Busta Rhymes. The source says Usher and Busta “did a mini-concert at the wedding,” adding, “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I've ever been to.”

Another source tells Us some of Williams’ hits were also played that night.

Williams, 40, and Lasichanh have a four-year-old son, Rocket.

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Monday
Oct142013

Velvet Revolver Drummer Matt Sorum Marries in Palm Springs

Craig Barritt/WireImageFormer Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who's currently with Velvet Revolver, married singer and dancer Adriane “Ace” Harper this past Saturday at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, his rep has confirmed to People magazine.

People reports the couple exchanged vows as friends and family, including former Guns N' Roses member Gilby Clarke, Matt's Velvet Revolver band mate Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, and actresses Jane Lynch, Juliette Lewis and Gina Gershon looked on.

Sorum tweeted early Monday morning, "My first tweet since becoming a married man, yes it does feel different, more in Love with (Sorum)."  Three weeks ago, Sorum, 52, posted a message on Instagram that read, “@AceHarper is the coolest fiancé on the planet.” Harper replied by tweeting, “U are too sweet.”

According to People, the couple met seven years ago at a Super Bowl party.

Matt’s latest project is the band Diamond Baby, in which he goes by the name Baron Von Storm. The group also features his new bride on vocals.

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Monday
Oct142013

Jay Z Rides the Underground to London Concert

Image courtesy TheO2 via TwitterJay Z made it to his concert at London’s O2 Arena this past Saturday the same way many of the fans who attended the show did -- by taking the subway -- or the tube, as it’s called in the U.K. city.

Us Weekly reports Jay was joined by almost 20 other people, including rapper Timbaland and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who joined him on stage that night. New York Yankees stars C.C. Sabathia and Robinson Cano were also along for the ride. Sources tell the magazine, “Fans went nuts on the train and in the walk to the arena.”

This isn’t the first time Jay Z has used mass transit to get to a show. Last December the hip-hop mogul took the New York subway to his concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena.

Jay Z’s expected to perform a second show at London’s O2 Arena on Monday.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Janelle Monae Releases Video for Miguel-Assisted "Primetime"

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Shortly after asking if her fans were ready, Janelle Monae has released the full-length video of her new single, "Primetime," featuring Miguel.

In the Blade Runner-inspired visual, Monae depicts her alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather, who falls in love Joey Vice -- played by Miguel -- inside the Electric Sheep nightclub. After the pair exit the club, their on-screen chemistry heats up as they go for a late-night stroll in the metropolis known as Slop City.

"The new 'primetime' emotion picture is one of my fav videos of all Time," Monae tweeted of her Alan Ferguson-directed clip.

Their infectious duet is off Janelle’s critically acclaimed album, The Electric Lady, available in stores now.

In other Janelle news, she will be the musical guest on the October 26 edition of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Ed Norton.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Boston's New Studio Album Reportedly Arriving in December

Photo: Kamal AsarIt's been more than a decade since Boston released its last studio album, 2002's Corporate America, but if a recent online report is true, the veteran rockers will be issuing a new collection of tunes before the end of the year.  According to MusicTap.com, the album will be titled Life, Love & Hope and will be hitting stores on December 3.

The record will be the group's first since the tragic death of lead singer Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 55.  A message posted on the band's website back in April revealed that Boston guitarist/songwriter Tom Scholz was nearly finished with the album and had just recorded a song titled "Someday" for the project.  The note also reported that Scholz planned to focus on putting together a Boston concert DVD after completing the record.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Mariah Carey Posts Update on Injured Shoulder

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SamsungMariah Carey is recovering nicely from the injuries she suffered on the set of a music video last July.

She suffered a fractured shoulder and a cracked rib after taking a fall during production of her “#Beautiful” remix clip. On Friday, she provided an update on her condition, writing on Facebook that she’s progressed more quickly that her doctors anticipated.

Addressing her “lambs,” Mariah writes, “Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it. It's been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.”

Mariah says that after much rest she is on her way to a full recovery. She adds that she’s been “working day and night.”

Presumably referring to her upcoming album, The Art of Letting Go, she tells her fans, “There's a lot of excitement that I'm going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you're going to understand why but more than that, you're going to feel what I've been feeling for the past- not three months- but three years.”

Mariah calls The Art of Letting Go one of the most important albums she’s ever made. There's still no word on when it will see the light of day.

Sunday
Oct132013

Alan Jackson Releases Pair of Videos from "The Bluegrass Album"

Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson has released a pair of videos from his recently-released project, The Bluegrass Album. The clip for "Blue Ridge Mountain Song" features Alan's daughter, Ali, acting out a love story filmed in Tennessee and the hills of North Carolina. The other video, for "Blacktop," was shot during Alan's recent one-night-only show at The Station Inn, the world-famous bluegrass club in Nashville.

Alan will perform songs from The Bluegrass Album at a special show at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 28.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Members of Jane’s Addiction, Phish, Vampire Weekend Featured in Upcoming Jerry Garcia Tribute DVD

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMembers of Jane’s Addiction, Phish and Vampire Weekend are among the artists featured in a new video release which includes highlights from a star-studded August 2012 event commemorating what would have been Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday.  Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday combines documentary segments with footage from a tribute concert held at Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California.

In addition to interviews with some of Garcia's Dead band mates, the upcoming DVD features actor Luke Wilson chatting with Jane's Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins, as well as Sammy Hagar.

Meanwhile, the concert portion of Move Me Brightly features renditions of various classic Grateful Dead tunes played by an eclectic lineup of artists, including Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, and The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.

Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday will hit stores October 29.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Pink on Why She Accepted Her Latest Movie Role: "They Brought Me a Cheesecake"

Facebook.com/Thx4SharingIn addition to topping the charts and playing to sold-out audiences everywhere, Pink is now a movie star: she's gotten great reviews for her turn as a sex addict named Dede in the new movie Thanks for Sharing.  The role was written especially for her, and Pink says the producers didn't have to twist her arm to talk her into accepting it.

Quoted in Britain's Star magazine, Pink explains, "I was extremely pregnant at the time and they brought me a cheesecake, so I said, 'Of course I'll do it!'"

Of course, the singer, who's credited in the film under her birth name, Alecia Moore, was a bit intimidated on set, since she was acting alongside heavy-hitters like Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins.  "They're such naturals, and I'm a newbie," she explains.  "I just watch. I can go on stage in front of 30,000 people...I can sing the same song, with the same emotion, 48,000 times, and people are like, 'Wow, how does she do that?'  But I get on a film set and I don't even remember how to talk!"

Pink's co-stars have praised her acting ability, and she says that it's really not so different from doing a concert.  Asked what she wants people to take away from the movie, she says, "It's the same as when I'm on stage: I want the audience to feel every emotion they possibly can," she explains. "I want them to laugh. I want them to cry.  I want them to be angry. I want them to be motivated and inspired. I want them to be challenged and freed and lifted up and beaten down.  I just want it all from them."

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Saturday
Oct122013

Metallica's Kirk Hammett to Host Horror Convention in 2014

Facebook.com/TooMuchHorrorBusinessBookKirk Hammett is taking his love of horror memorabilia to the next level.  The Metallica guitarist has announced he'll host his own horror convention early next year.

Dubbed Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil, the event will feature the guitarist participating in panel discussions, autograph signings of exclusive toys and books, photo opportunities, and private tours of his personal collection of horror memorabilia in Kirk’s Crypt.  The event also will feature performances from a number of bands, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.

You may recall that Hammett released 228-page coffee table book last year, Too Much Horror Business, that profiles his extensive horror memorabilia collection.

Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil will take place February 6-8 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.  Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.

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Saturday
Oct122013

Mariah Carey Posts Update on Injured Shoulder

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SamsungMariah Carey is recovering nicely from the injuries she suffered on the set of a music video last July.

She suffered a fractured shoulder and a cracked rib after taking a fall during production of her “#Beautiful” remix clip. On Friday, she provided an update on her condition, writing on Facebook that she’s progressed more quickly that her doctors anticipated.

Addressing her “lambs,” Mariah writes, “Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It's a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can't believe it. It's been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.”

Mariah says that after much rest she is on her way to a full recovery. She adds that she’s been “working day and night.”

Presumably referring to her upcoming album, The Art of Letting Go, she tells her fans, “There's a lot of excitement that I'm going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you're going to understand why but more than that, you're going to feel what I've been feeling for the past- not three months- but three years.”

Mariah calls The Art of Letting Go one of the most important albums she’s ever made. There's still no word on when it will see the light of day.

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Saturday
Oct122013

Sugarland's Kristian Bush Steps Out with Debut Solo single, "Love or Money"

Photo Credit: Dana TynanSugarland's Kristian Bush has released his debut solo single to iTunes. Called "Love or Money," Kristian first released it internationally last spring as a "thank you" to those who came to see him at a string of shows through Europe. He's now remixed it for the American version.

Kristian says, "This whole journey started because I wanted to thank my European fans for their support -- and now I get to say THANK YOU to everyone here at home, in a big way. They deserve it!”

In other Kristian news, he's recruited Chris Young to join him in the round for his annual Thanksgiving shows at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA coming up December 1 and 2. For tickets, go to EddiesAttic.com.

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Saturday
Oct122013

E Street Band's Lofgren Among Latest Additions to Rock Hall's Rolling Stones Tribute Concert

Photo: Joseph QueverThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a few new additions to the lineup of the special tribute concert that will close out the institution's 18th annual Music Masters Series, which honors The Rolling Stones.  The show will take place Saturday, October 26, at the State Theater in Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare.

E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren has joined the concert's house band, while other newly added stars include Public Enemy rapper Chuck D., David Bowie touring guitarist Earl Slick, Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner and two members of legendary power-pop group The Flamin' Groovies -- Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson.

As previously announced, the tribute event's music director will be longtime Keith Richards collaborator Steve Jordan.  The roster of performers also boasts a wide variety of other musicians who have performed and/or recorded with The Stones or their members over the years, including founding Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan; backing singers Merry Clayton, Sarah Dash and Bernard Fowler; sax player Bobby Keys; guitarist Waddy Wachtel; and bassist Willie Weeks.

Tickets for the concert cost between $30 and $80 and can be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare box office, PlayhouseSquare.org or by calling (216)241-6000.

The Rock Hall's 2013 Music Masters Series is titled "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones."  It runs from October 21 through October 26, and features an interesting array of events, lectures and exhibits focused on the British rock icons.

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Friday
Oct112013

The Who's Roger Daltrey to Be Honored for Contributions to UK Music Industry

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be receiving a special honor for his musical achievements and his philanthropic efforts this Friday at the Live U.K. Music Business Awards in London.  The singer will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution award in recognition of his success with the Who, as well as his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust charity and that organization's benefit concert series.

The annual Live U.K. Music Business Awards honors various artists, professionals, events and organizations for their accomplishments within the industry.  The ceremony is held during the annual Live U.K. Summit, a conference and networking forum focusing on the touring business.

Among this year's nominees are The Rolling Stones, who will be vying for two awards at the gala.  The veteran rockers are up for the Spectacle of the Year (Best Production) and Best Festival Performance prizes for their concerts in London's Hyde Park this past July.  Roger Waters' The Wall Tour Live show at London's Wembley Stadium also will compete for Spectacle of the Year.

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Friday
Oct112013

Kanye Address Paparazzi Altercation, Says "We’re in This Together"

Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage for H&MKanye West and the paparazzi usually don't get along, but the rapper seemingly turned over a new leaf and played nice with photographers while pumping gas in his Lamborghini in Calabasas on Friday.

In video footage posted by TMZ, West speaks candidly about his concerns for his and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West. "I couldn’t imagine my daughter being four years old and you guys screaming at 'em," he says.

However, Kanye seemed to understand that the paps are just doing their job.  "I know you guys are gonna photograph me.  I know it makes a cool photo. I got a cool ass car and s**t.  I got a dope ass outfit on.  It’s all good and sh**."

He adds, "We’re in this together.  You guys help me influence, you help with the family, you help Kim’s power and everything, so I’m not tryna f**kin’ get at you guys in any type of negative way.  I would prefer that we just have a decent relationship."

As for his widely reported altercation with the photographer at LAX in July, West explained the incident occurred the same "day I found out that my grandfather was not gonna make it.  He passed two weeks later," said ‘Ye, who has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft in the incident.

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Friday
Oct112013

Mack Wilds' "New York: A Love Story" Debuts on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Courtesy of Mack Wilds' InstagramMack Wilds' debut EP New York: A Love Story (Louder than Life) made its first chart appearance this past week, landing at #28 on Billboard's  R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 2,000 copies in its first week out according to Nielsen SoundScan.

According to the publication, the 24-year-old singer's radio hit "Own It," also made the charts, debuting at #40 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop list.  The feat solidifies Mack's transition from acting to singing -- he first gained recognition as an actor in HBO's The Wire and the CW's 90210.

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Friday
Oct112013

Nickelback to Release Greatest Hits Collection in November

Roadrunner RecordsNickelback is set to drop a collection of greatest hits, The Best of Nickelback Volume 1, on November 19.

The set boasts 19 tracks and features a number of the band's biggest singles, including “Photograph,” “How You Remind Me,” “Rockstar,” “Burn It to the Ground” and “Far Away." The release arrives just a few weeks before the band hits the road for their international The Hits Tour, which has the guys playing a number of venues overseas from October 26 through December 12.

Nickelback’s previous release, Here and Now, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart its first week out, and has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Here's the track list for The Best of Nickelback Volume 1:

“Photograph”
“How You Remind Me”
“Burn It to the Ground”
“Rockstar”
“Savin’ Me”
“Figured You Out”
“Too Bad”
“If Today Was Your Last Day”
“Far Away”
“Feelin' Way Too Damn Good”
“Someday”
“Never Again”
“Lullaby”
“If Everyone Cared”
“Gotta Be Somebody”
“When We Stand Together”
“Animals”
“This Afternoon”
“Something in Your Mouth”

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Friday
Oct112013

Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow Featured on "A Very Special Christmas: Icon" Compilation Out Tuesday

A&M/UMeCarrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow are artists who have contributed to the latest album in the A Very Special Christmas compilation series, which raises money for the Special Olympics.

A Very Special Christmas: Icon will be released next Tuesday.  The disc contains Carrie's version of the Christmas classic "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Sheryl contributes her version of "Run Rudolph Run."

The A Very Special Christmas series has raised more than 116 million dollars in royalties, benefiting Special Olympics programs, since its debut in 1987.

Here’s the track list for A Very Special Christmas: Icon:

"Happy Xmas (War is Over)” -- John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" -- Rod Stewart
"I Saw Three Ships" -- Sting
"Winter Wonderland” -- Aretha Franklin
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” -- Josh Groban
"Please Come Home for Christmas" -- Jon Bon Jovi
"Christmas All Over Again" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Run Rudolph Run” -- Sheryl Crow
"Blue Christmas” -- Elvis Presley
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" -- Carrie Underwood
"Last Christmas” -- Wham!
"O Holy Night” -- Nicole Scherzinger (available on international version only)

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