Avenged Sevenfold Announces North American Tour Dates

Warner Brothers RecordsAvenged Sevenfold has announced North American tour dates for its Shepherd of Fire tour. Set to start just two weeks after A7X returns from its current trek through Australia and South America, the band is booked solid through the spring with dates that begin in Canada and sweep through the northeast U.S..  A member of the band's camp tells ABC News Radio that there's a "good chance" there'll be more dates added.

"[The Avenged Sevenfold guys] love playing live -- they are totally into it. It's as cool for them to play as it is for the fans who come see them," says the insider.

Avenged Sevenfold's North American Shepherd of Fire tour -- named after the second #1 single from their album Hail To The King -- kicks off on April 12 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Here are the tour dates:

4/12 -- Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
4/13 -- Prince George, BC, CN Centre
4/16 -- Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
4/17 -- Edmonton, AB, Shaw Conference Centre
4/19 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Center
4/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
4/23 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
4/25 -- Tampa, FL, St. Pete Times Forum
4/26 -- Jacksonville, FL, Welcome to Rockville
4/28 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
4/30 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
5/02 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
5/03 -- Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion
5/04 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival
5/08 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
5/10 -- Bangor, ME, Rise Above Fest
5/11 -- Quebec City, QC, Colisee Pepsi Arena
5/12 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
5/15 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex
5/17 -- Columbus, OH, Rock on the Range

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Garth Brooks, Reba, Eli Young Band, David Nail and More Honor Bob Kingsley in Nashville

Photo Credit: Chris HolloGarth Brooks, Reba, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, David Nail, Chris Young, Alabama and Eli Young Band were among the stars honoring radio veteran Bob Kingsley Monday night in Nashville. The event, held on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, recognized Bob's 40 years as host of his syndicated country countdown show.

Garth performed "The Dance" in Bob's honor and recalled the first time they met at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Music City back in 1989. Says Garth, "'Much Too Young' had been out for a little while. He was very sweet, and the thing I remember is -- I just saw him in Vegas, three months ago? No different how he treated me then as he treated me just in Vegas. Same guy."

Trisha, who sang "The Song Remembers When," spoke glowingly of Bob's passion for the country format.

"He knows his stuff," Trisha says. "He found a way to put his passion for music to work, and he's been a great friend to us."

Eli Young Band front man Mike Eli grew up listening to Bob's countdown on Sundays after getting out of church. Now Mike regularly hears his music on the show.

He says, "It's a big thing to hear Bob say the name of your band and say the name of your song on the radio. To be able to be included in such a huge group of artists, you know, you've got huge names here. So, we're just glad we got invited!"

David Nail recently heard Bob announce his latest single, "Whatever She's Got," as the #1 country song in America. David was thrilled to perform that song and "The Sound of a Million Dreams" at the event.

"It just puts things in perspective," David says. "It was a very flattering moment, and one of the coolest things I've ever done."

Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Thomas Rhett, Jack Ingram and Steve Wariner were among the other performers singing in honor of Bob Kingsley. Proceeds from the event benefit the Opry Trust Fund to help musicians and artists in time of need.

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Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and His Model-Girlfriend Are Expecting a Child Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is a daddy-to-be. He and his girlfriend, model Meagan Camper, are expecting a child.

Pete, 34, made the announcement Monday on Instagram. He posted a picture of himself cuddling with Meagan and sharing a kiss with her, and wrote, "We're super excited to announce we're expecting a baby!"

Pete currently has a five-year-old son, Bronx, with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson.

A source tells People magazine that Pete and Meagan, 24, have "been planning on this for a while. And they’re really excited for Bronx to have a new little buddy.”

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Miley's Tour Merchandise Includes 24K Gold Rolling Papers

Image Courtesy Twitter via Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus isn't shy about telling people how much she enjoys marijuana, and one particular item of merchandise for sale on her newly launched Bangerz tour reflects that: 24K gold rolling papers.

Rolling Stone reports that in addition to the regular t-shirts and tour books available on the tour, fans can also purchase official Bangerz rolling papers for $40 per pack, and each one includes two sheets made of edible 24K gold leaf.  In addition, according to the British paper The Daily Mail, each Miley tour book comes with two free sheets of the gold papers.  The gold sheets, called Shine Papers, weren't just developed for Miley, though -- they retail for $65 per 12-pack.

During her concert tour, Miley, who recently told W magazine, "I love weed. I just love getting stoned," also parades on stage in a bejeweled leotard decorated with pictures of marijuana leaves, and according to Rolling Stone, one of her back-up dancers is dressed as a joint, while others are dressed as giant lighters.

Of course, there are other things going on during the concert besides weed-worship.  For one thing, Miley sings a lot, even busting out an acoustic version of the Outkast hit "Hey Ya."  She also straddles a giant hot dog, takes the stage by sliding down an enormous, inflatable tongue, and pretends to perform a sexual act on someone dressed like Bill Clinton.   She also twerks, throws fake money into the crowd and treats fans to a rendition of "Party in the U.S.A."  So, all in all, a typical evening at home for the singer.

The Bangerz world tour is scheduled to wrap up in Switzerland in June.

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Mark Rivera, Longtime Billy Joel and Ringo Starr Collaborator, Releases Debut Album on Tuesday

Red River EntertainmentHe may not be a household name, but over the last few decades Mark Rivera has toured and recorded with some of the biggest stars in music. Since 1982, the multitalented musician has been the saxophone player in Billy Joel's backing group and he also serves as music director of the current edition of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.

Rivera's also contributed to well-known recordings by Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Foreigner and Hall & Oates, but he'd never released an album of his own…until now.  Mark's debut studio effort, Common Bond, hits stores today and it features guest appearances from Starr and Joel, as well as a few other famous artists.

The 10-track album features seven songs co-written by Rivera, plus covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic" and the 1970 Fleetwood Mac tune "Tell Me All the Things You Do."  In addition to showcasing his saxophone skills, Mark also displays his talents as a singer, flute player, keyboardist, percussionist and guitarist on the record.

So why did it take Rivera so long to put out his first solo album?

"By the grace of God, I was very busy," he tells ABC News Radio. "I'd try to do [the album] and then every time I would, as luck would have it, and it was good luck, I got another gig, so I went out and played."

Starr appears on a song Rivera co-wrote called "Money Money Money," and Mark tells ABC News Radio that, for someone whose life was changed by The Beatles, having Ringo playing on his album was a mind-blowing experience.

"Ringo playing drums on one of my songs is…musically it's the greatest gift I've ever been given," he declares.  "I love him, I can't say enough about him, and he's playing on one of my songs…It's incredible."

Rivera also was excited that Joel agreed to be on the record. Rather have him play piano, Mark asked Billy to play the organ on his rendition of "Spanish Castle Magic."

With regard to having Joel serve as a session man, Rivera says, "It was great...I'm in there saying, 'Oh, that's pretty good.  Let's run it by one more time,' like who the hell am I?  But it was wonderful."

Other stars featured on Common Bond include longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, who's been playing with Rivera in Ringo's band.

One of the biggest revelations of Common Bond may be just how strong a singer Rivera is. While most people know him for his saxophone talents, Mark say he also has plenty of experience as a vocalist.

"It was something I just did," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I mean, I sang background with Foreigner and we were singing stuff like 'Jukebox Hero' and all these really hard vocals, and I just loved it."

Rivera is hoping to schedule some solo shows to support Common Bond, although he has yet to announce any confirmed dates.  Fans can see him when he hits the stage with Joel at the Piano Man's upcoming concerts this year.  You can check those dates out at

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Paul McCartney to Be Honored by "NME" with Songwriter's Songwriter Award

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney will have to clear a little space in his well-stocked trophy shelf next week, as the rock legend will be presented with a newly created honor called the Songwriter's Songwriter Award at the U.K.'s NME Awards 2014.  The former Beatles star will be on hand to accept the prize at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place February 26 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

The one-off honor will acknowledge and celebrate Sir Paul's career contributions to the world of music.

"We've spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they've told us: Paul McCartney is the world's ultimate songwriter," says NME editor Mike Williams.  "Paul's enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I'm incredibly honored that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter's Songwriter award to recognize that."

McCartney also has a chance to take home another award at the event, as he's been nominated in the Best Solo Artist category alongside David Bowie and four others.  You can check out all of this year's NME Awards nominees, and vote for your favorites, at  Voting is open until this Friday.

Meanwhile, McCartney joins a list of already-announced 2014 NME honorees that also includes Blondie, who will receive the Godlike Genius prize.

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Report: Rihanna Offered Settlement in Lawsuit over Real Estate Advice

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Last week, Rihanna claimed her former accountants left her "effectively bankrupt" by the end of 2009, as revealed in legal documents obtained by TMZ.  Now, the singer has reportedly been offered a multimillion dollar settlement in the lawsuit she first filed in 2012 against her former accounting firm, Berdon LLP.

The New York Post's Page Six quotes a source as saying that the firm is offering the singer more than $10 million in a settlement and that the singer will accept the deal this week.

According to the paper, the singer accused her former accountant of advising her to buy a $7 million dollar Southern California home even though her financial position was weak.

"The defendants advised Ms. Fenty by e-mail that purchasing a home in Los Angeles 'would be a good investment' despite knowing Ms. Fenty was experiencing financial difficulties," the paper quotes Rihanna's lawyer Edward Estrada as writing.  The paper also says the singer accused the accountant of knowing the home had water and mold damage, which ultimately cost her $1 million in renovations.

The singer later sold the home at a $2 million dollar loss.

Rihanna fired the accountant and sued for $35 million back in 2012.  Reps for the singer and the accounting firm had not responded to inquiries from the paper by press time.

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Eat, Drink and Listen to Radiohead

Album artwork: Parlophone RecordsFoodie Radiohead fans, listen up: a chef in Detroit has scratched an itch you may not have even been aware you had, and is hosting a 10-course dinner set entirely to the ten tracks of Radiohead's Kid A.

According to the Huffington PostKyle Hanley -- who is the chef at Detroit Golf Club -- studied music before he became a chef and says he hears "textures and colors" when he listens, which makes it natural for him to then associate music with food. His sidekick sommelier for the evening, Joseph Allerton, listened to Kid A exclusively while researching and selecting wine pairings for the evening's dinner. Courses include maple sugar seared duck breast set to "Optimistic," lamb chops with crispy pig ear in blood orange reduction during "National Anthem" and pan seared diver scallop with lemongrass ponzu while playing "Everything in Its Right Place." 

Hanley named the dinner "A Night With Kid A," and the entire menu is available for viewing on the event's Facebook page, where you can also read the complaints of the many Radiohead fans who have been shut out of the sold-out soiree. Chef Hanley tells ABC News Radio that he is just "overwhelmed" by the response, saying, "I really just thought it was gonna be my parents, my friends and a couple of hipster fans. The response has been incredible."

Good news for those fans who were shut out -- Hanley is already planning another Radiohead dinner and is accepting names for its wait list.

A Night With Kid A will take place at Detroit's Elizabeth Theater on February 19.

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Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Heads to Australia

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Kanye West has added an Australian leg to his Yeezus Tour. 

According to Billboard, the rapper's trek will hit major arenas in each of Australia’s five big cities, beginning May 2 inside the Perth Arena and wrapping up at the Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena on May10.

Alongside Pusha T as a supporting act, West will also make stops at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The upcoming shows will serve as Kanye's first solo headlining tour Down Under since 2008, though he performed there during the 2012 Big Day Out tour.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 24 via Live Nation.

Here's the Australian dates for Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour:

5/2 -- Perth Arena

5/4 -- Adelaide Entertainment Centre

5/6 -- Melbourne Rod Laver Arena

5/9 -- Brisbane Entertainment Centre

5/10 -- Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena

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Chris Daughtry & Adam Lambert Return to "American Idol" Tonight

Image Courtesy Chris Daughtry via InstagramAmerican Idol welcomes back two of its most popular alumni Tuesday night: Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.  The two will advise the contestants in a "Boot Camp" segment led by judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson.  Randy says he wanted Chris and Adam to help the contestants this year because, unlike him, they've actually competed on the show.

"I've been doing this show since it started so I have a wealth of knowledge," Randy said in a conference call with reporters. "But they were actually in the trenches of people that we were actually judging, so they could tell it from a completely different side."

Of course, there are literally more than a hundred American Idol alumni who've made the top 10 over the years, but Randy said that Chris and Adam can offer a unique perspective, because neither of them took home the Idol crown, but went on to top the charts.

"They're each equally successful and they weren't the winners their seasons," Randy said. "So they've gone on to amass great careers that are still running strong, and they weren't even the winners.  So I wanted the kids to see that -- see their knowledge, see their sense of self, where they are now, where they've grown, what they thought when they were on the show, auditioning.  It's just such an insight that I think none of the contestants have ever really had."

Chris evidently enjoyed working with this year's crop of hopefuls: he tweeted a few days ago, "Gotta say I'm excited about this season of @AmericanIdol ...first time in a while. Gonna be a great one!"  And Adam tweeted, "Had a Blast mentoring on @AmericanIdol can't wait for u all to see it this week!"

Randy says that during the "Boot Camp" segments of the show, he talked to the kids about trying to stay focused in the middle of all the distractions that come with the live shows. "You got cameras in your face, you got 500 people in the audience, you got all the chatter from social media," he said of the challenges the kids face. "You got your friends and family, you got millions of people watching on TV. We really broke it down and went through everything that we could...I think it really helped the kids a lot."

As for whether or not he misses being a judge, Randy says he was happy to step out from behind the table and leave things to Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. "When I walked away I was really done with it," he says.  "I'd done everything I thought I could do.  I couldn't even figure out another way to say stuff."

He added, "I was really happy, that I was on for 12 seasons as a judge and I'm happiest now about this new role as a mentor, 'cause that's kinda what I do anyway. As a record producer, as a manager of artists and a talent manager, it's what I do: nurture talent. So, this is the most natural fit for me."

On Tuesday night, the Top 15 girls will perform; on Wednesday, the Top 15 guys will do the same. On Thursday, we'll find out who the Top 10 finalists are, and the judge will announce their wild card picks to round it out to a Top 13.

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Dierks Bentley Thrilled to Hear His Highly Personal Hit, "I Hold On," on Country Radio

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley plays the San Antonio Rodeo Thursday, and he can't wait to get to his latest hit, "I Hold On," on the set list. The song recently went top 10 at country radio, so Dierks knows his fans are becoming more and more familiar with the song.

He tells ABC News Radio, "Until a song gets top 10, you really don't hear it on radio that much. So, now that it's top 10, I'm starting to kinda scan the channels a little bit and catching it here and there."

"I Hold On" addresses very personal aspects of his life, including the recent death of his father and his devotion to wife, Cassidy. He balances that out with mentions of more universal topics like holding on to faith and freedom as well.

"If there was ever a song that I wanted to be on radio, it would be 'I Hold On," because it's such a reflection of me," Dierks explains. "Honestly, it's about my truck, about my guitar, and it's a reflection of these values that we all have -- faith, love and freedom, but it's also a love song to my wife."

Though he's scored multiple #1 hits over the years, Dierks is just glad "I Hold On" has found a spot on country radio playlists.

He says, "It's never a guarantee. It just gets harder with the number of great artists and great songs and there only being so many slots on the radio. It's never a given, but this one is, it's just feeling really great."

"I Hold On" is included on Dierks' new album, Riser, due out next week.

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David Crosby Reschedules Remaining Solo Tour Dates After Undergoing Heart Procedure

Photo: Eleanor StillsDavid Crosby has been forced to reschedule most of his upcoming solo tour dates after undergoing a heart procedure this past Friday, Valentine's Day.  A message on the 72-year-old folk-rock legend reports that his doctors performed a cardiac catheterization operation and angiogram following the results of a routine stress test.

The physicians discovered that Crosby's left anterior coronary artery was 90-percent blocked and placed two stents in the vessel so that blood will be able to flow more freely to the singer's heart.  David is expected to make a complete recovery.  He didn't have a heart attack, but doctors were convinced that he would have if he hadn't had the procedure.

"I am very glad that I listened to my doctors and my family.  It seems I am once again a very lucky man," says Crosby in a statement.  "I'm sorry to have to move the dates, but I promise the music will be good when we do play them."

Prior to his health scare, Crosby had already rescheduled four concerts on his current solo tour -- February 3 and 4 dates in Vienna, Virginia, were moved to March 25 and 16; and February 8 and 9 in Chicago were pushed back to July 20 and 21.  All of these shows apparently will go on as planned.  Meanwhile, Crosby's two performances in San Francisco have now been pushed back from February 20 and 21 to April 20 and 21.  Lastly, David's five-show run at the Troubadour in Los Angeles has yet to be rescheduled.

Meanwhile, no word yet whether Crosby, Stills & Nash's March U.S. tour will be affected by David's health issues.

Here is Crosby's full upcoming solo tour itinerary:

3/16 -- The Barns at Wolftrap Vienna, VA (previously 2/4)
3/25 -- The Barns at Wolftrap Vienna, VA (previously 2/3)
4/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall (previously 2/20)
4/21 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall (previously 2/21)
7/20 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery (previously 2/8)
7/21 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery (previously 2/9)

Still to be rescheduled:
2/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour
2/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour
2/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour
2/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour
2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour

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Katy Perry's Valentine's Day Ring Sparks Engagement Rumors

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt seems like everyone is waiting with bated breath for Katy Perry and John Mayer to get engaged, so it's no wonder rumors started when Katy was spotted out with John in L.A. on Friday night -- Valentine's Day -- wearing a diamond ring on the fourth finger of her left hand.

People magazine reports that the ring appears to be a large, round bezel-set diamond in either a white gold or platinum setting, and is Art Deco-styled.  The magazine says that when Katy and John left the Bootsy Bellows club in West Hollywood, she didn't attempt to hide her bling, either. 

The magazine points out, however, that this is the second Valentine's Day in a row that Katy has been seen wearing a ring.  Last year, it was a gold-and-ruby heart-shaped one, which turned out to be a gift from John, though not an engagement ring.

A source tells E! that despite the ring sighting, the couple is not engaged....yet.

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Marsha Ambrosius Unleashes Video for "Stronger than Pride"

Image Courtesy Marsha Ambrosius via InstagramAs Marsha Ambrosius nears the finish line on production for her forthcoming, sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, the singer has surprised fans with a new video for her Sade cover "Stronger than Pride."

In the black-and-white clip, which was posted on her YouTube page, Marsha discovers that she can't resist her unfaithful lover. While the images play in reverse, she ultimately winds up in bed with her cheating man, despite finding a condom in his pocket.

Her self-produced song will appear on Friends & Lovers, which will arrive later this year.

In related news, Marsha recently announced the dates for her 25-city trek, dubbed the Friends & Lovers Tour.  The trek will begin March 16 in New York City at B.B. Kings and it's scheduled to wrap up at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas on May 10. Tickets are available now.  For a full list of dates you can visit the singer's website at

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Bruno Mars' "SNL" Hosting Stint Led to Role in "Rio 2" 

Dana Edelson/NBCWhen Bruno Mars served as the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live back in 2012, he probably didn't realize that it would double as a 90-minute audition.  Turns out, though, that it led directly to his being cast in the upcoming animated movie sequel Rio 2.

The movie's director, Carlos Saldanha, tells Billboard that after seeing Bruno on SNL, he decided to cast Bruno in the role of Roberto, the ex-boyfriend of Jewel, the bird who is the female lead of the film.  What's more, Saldanha says that Bruno's personality really factored into the plot.  After working with the Grammy-winner on the role, Saldanha decided to make the character of Roberto less macho.  The director even had a whole segment of the film redone to match Bruno's singing.

"He pushed it in a way that said 'this is the character' and we felt we could push it," Saldanha told Billboard. The Rio 2 soundtrack will feature a new song from Bruno, among other artists, and it'll be out around the same time as the movie, which arrives in theaters April 11. 

The movie continues the story of two macaws, Jewel and Blu.  The bird couple now has three kids, and they decide to leave behind their big city life in Rio de Janeiro and head to the Amazon rainforest, where they encounter a variety of creatures, including Roberto.  The voice cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Andy Garcia and Kristen Chenoweth.

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Beyoncé’s Global Campaign #BeyGood Announces Partnership with Prince's Trust Charity

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Beyoncé is all about giving back. The singer recently announced that she's partnered with the Prince of Wales during the U.K. leg of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour, in an effort to raise cash for The Prince's Trust charity, which benefits disadvantaged youth.

To assist the U.K. charity, the singer's global campaign #BeyGood is encouraging fans to make a three euro, or $4, donation via text or online. As a reward, charitable concertgoers will receive the chance to be selected for a seat upgrade to an exclusive VIP area. They will also be given an official #BeyGood sticker at The Prince’s Trust donation site set up at each venue.

"As a young child I was blessed to have the support of my family who encouraged me to reach for my goals. So many young people don’t have this," said Beyoncé in a statement. "I am honored to partner the #BeyGood campaign with The Prince’s Trust to help young people beat the odds and create better lives for themselves."

Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, explained how the donations will affect the organization's efforts.

"As a longstanding ambassador of our charity, Beyoncé understands that, every day in the U.K., young people are facing not only unemployment but also the devastating effects of homelessness, addiction, poverty, bullying and poor mental health," Milburn said in a statement. "All of these hardships can leave them feeling that life isn’t worth living. It is up to us to help them get their lives back on track and the funds raised through the #BeyGood campaign will help us to do that.”

To learn more, visit The Prince's Trust official website.

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Kendrick Lamar Confirmed for Pitchfork Music Festival

Kendrick Lamar has been tapped to play this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which will take place later this summer.

According to Billboard, this will mark the rapper's second time taking stage at the annual concert -- he previously performed in 2012. K Dot will be joined by Pusha T as well as a gang of rockers like Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel when the festival kicks off over the course of three days in Chicago's Union Park.

This year's edition runs Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. Tickets are available via now.  Lamar will headline the festival's final night. Pusha T is set to appear on Saturday.

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U2's Work on "Ordinary Love" Caused Album Delay

Courtesy of U2For U2 fans, the new song "Ordinary Love" might be considered a bit of a double-edged sword.  The tune -- which the band wrote for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- has been nominated for an Oscar and will be performed live by the Irish rockers on the Academy Awards telecast. But work on the single apparently delayed progress on the band's upcoming album.

In a new interview with BillboardThe Edge says that he and his band mates were in the middle of intensive work on the album when they got a call from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on behalf of Mandela's director and producer, asking if the group would work up a song for the soundtrack.  "When we got the call from Harvey to say, 'It's happening, are you in?,' it was like, 'Oh man, really?  Now?'  But we just had to do it, with the history that we have with the man and the cause," says Edge.

"It was hard to stop what we were doing," drummer Larry Mullen Jr. notes.  "We were on a roll -- it was clear where we were going.  And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this."

U2 has a longstanding commitment to the fight against apartheid in South Africa, and the members agreed that there was no way they would pass up this opportunity.  "This was the one project you just couldn't say no to," says bassist Adam Clayton.  "For our generation, South Africa was a real illustration of how music could affect change in the world, and it was a rite of passage in terms of our political awareness."

The still-untitled forthcoming U2 album is tentatively slated for a summer release.  The band will perform "Ordinary Love" on March 2 at the Oscars, which will air live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

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Collector's Edition of "Wonderwall," 1968 Film Scored by George Harrison, to Be Released on DVD & Blu-ray

Shout! FactoryA new Collector's Edition of Wonderwall, a 1968 psychedelic film that features a score composed by George Harrison, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25.  The movie focuses on a reclusive professor who's obsessed with the couple who lives next door, a model named Penny Lane and her photographer boyfriend, and winds up embarking on a surreal journey of self-discovery.

Harrison recorded the music for Wonderwall with a variety of musicians, including his Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and his good friend Eric Clapton.  The movie's soundtrack, which was released under the title Wonderwall Music, was George's first solo album.  The film's cast features British actress/singer Jane Birkin and Anita Pallenberg, the Italian-born actress and model who had a long-term relationship with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards during the late 1960s and '70s.

The Collector's Edition of Wonderwall includes both the original theatrical version of the flick and a director's cut that features additional music from Harrison's score.  It also boasts a 32-page book that contains material contributed by director Joe Massot, including essays, analysis and production details.  In addition, the movie has been updated with a high-definition restoration.

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Kacey Musgraves Almost Gave "Follow Your Arrow" Away to Katy Perry

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesCan you imagine hearing Katy Perry singing "Follow Your Arrow" instead of Kacey Musgraves? It turns out Kacey almost co-wrote that song with Katy for possible inclusion on the pop star's latest album, PRISM.

Kacey came up with the idea for the chorus to "Follow Your Arrow" while writing a letter to a friend who was moving away. She tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "I gave her a little arrow necklace, and on the card I wrote a dumb little poem. It said something about following your arrow and kissing lots of boys and having fun. But I saved the idea because I thought it would make a really great song.”

Shortly after writing that letter, Kacey had a songwriting meeting with Katy Perry.

Says Kacey, "When I played the idea, Katy said, ‘That sounds like something you’d really be great at. I think you should keep it for yourself.’ I’m really glad I did."

"Follow Your Arrow" is included on Kacey's Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park. Starting in August, Kacey is set to open select dates on Katy's Prismatic World Tour.

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