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Wednesday
Aug062014

Maroon 5 to Perform at MTV Video Music Awards

Image Courtesy Vincent Perini/222 Records/InterscopeMaroon 5 is set to make their MTV Video Music Awards debut during the network's live broadcast from Inglewood, California's renovated venue The Forum.

This will be the band's first time ever appearing on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The band will perform its current single, "Maps," from a special outdoor stage.

"We are so excited about our upcoming new album and to be part of the great VMA lineup this year. It is our first time doing the show and we are thrilled to be on it performing our new single," said lead singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine in a statement.

This is a complete turnaround for the singer, who took to Twitter to voice his dissatisfaction with the network in 2011, despite having won a Moonman for Best New Artist in 2004.

"The VMA's. One day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I'm drawing a line in the sand. F*** you VMA's," he tweeted at the time.

The band will join previously announced performers Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.

The MTV Video Music Awards will air at 9 p.m. ET, on Sunday, August 24.

Maroon 5's  forthcoming release, V, is due on September 2.

 
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Wednesday
Aug062014

Listen to Two Jack White Lazaretto Demos Online 

Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsNews broke earlier this week that Jack White's Lazaretto has set a record by selling more than 60,000 copies on vinyl, making it the highest-selling vinyl disc in 20 years, since Pearl Jam's Vitalogy in 1994. Earlier this year, White made the demo versions of two of the album's tracks available on 7-inch vinyl, a limited edition which quickly sold out, but is now available for your listening pleasure on a fan's YouTube page

"Alone In My Home" and "Entitlement" are the two selections -- the latter sounds not too far off from the final, album version, but "Alone In My Home" is a tamed animal indeed compared to the finished product.

Judge for yourself on the YouTube page of Music Box.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Rascal Flatts Cancels This Weekend's Shows Due to Illness

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has canceled their shows this weekend due to an illness affecting Gary LeVox's voice. The affected shows include stops in Nampa, Idaho; Airway Heights, Washington; and Mission, British Columbia in Canada.

"It is incredibly difficult to make the decision to cancel shows and disappoint our loyal fans who have been so good to us over the years," says Flatts member Jay DeMarcus. "The schedule of shows this past weekend, coupled with media days in New York City, have left him without a voice. We promise to return as soon as we can and give our fans the best show possible!"

Ticketholders can contact the concert venues for refunds.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Miley Cyrus Gets New Ink

ABC/Lou RoccoLooks like Miley Cyrus used the downtime from her Bangerz tour to score some new tattoos.

The singer and her pal, celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang, each got a matching black half-moon, which Miley shared an image of on Instagram.

Not stopping there, Miley paid homage to her favorite band, The Flaming Lips, with an homage to one of their songs, "Love Yer Brain," forever embedded on her forearm.

The tat was a big hit with Lips leader Wayne Coyne, who gave Miley a big thumb's up on his own Instagram account, writing, ""Yep!!!! Sister Cyrus got Love Yer Brain tat today!!!!! Cool f**kin badass freak a** ghetto hippy !!! I love her sooooo much!!!!"


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Wednesday
Aug062014

K. Michelle Announces Air Date for 'Rebellious Soul - The Musical'

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle is finally ready for fans to check out her first musical. The singer has announced the air date for her upcoming production, K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical, which was directed by Idris Elba.

The singer revealed the news via Twitter and shared that the 30-minute special will premiere August 19 at 10 p.m on VH1.

"Let's go Rebels! Are y'all ready? It's finally here!," she tweeted before linking to the official trailer.

The musical features eight songs from K. Michelle’s chart-topping album Rebellious Soul, including "Can’t Raise a Man," "V.S.O.P.," "Hate on Her," and "My Life."

Fans will also get to see the singer starring in her own reality series, K. Michelle: My Life, airing in November on VH1.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Jeremih Reveals Guest Features on "Late Nights: The Album"

Image Courtesy Def JamJust a day after releasing his mixtape called N.O.M.A. (Not on My Album), Jeremih is already looking ahead to his third album, Late Nights: The Album.

The singer revealed that the disc will include guest spots from J. Cole, Juicy J, Flo Rida and Ty Dolla $ign. "You're going to get really the best of Jeremih on Late Nights: The Album," he said during an interview with Hot New Hip Hop. "I can't wait until everybody hear it."

He also hints there could be more collaborations on the set. "I'm so much of a last-minute perfectionist, I'm not even done yet."

The project is slated to arrive on September 30.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Lil Kim Calls Out Nicki Minaj on New Song, "Identity Theft"

Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty ImagesAfter throwing shade at Nicki Minaj on the unofficial remix to Beyoncé's "Flawless," Lil Kim continues to provoke her rap rival.

In the new song, "Identity Theft," Kim refers to Nicki as a "swagger jacker." 

"It’s looking like I’m headed back behind bars again ’cause bitches want to start again and I ain’t wit’ the arguing / I’m jet chartering, fresh cardigan, gettin’ my Martha in, while these broke hos borrowing,” raps Kim.

The single's artwork shows a "fake ID" -- a New Jersey driver's license for Kimberly Jones, Kim's birth name, with Kim's image replaced by Nicki's.

The song is available to stream via Queen Bee's SoundCloud page.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

The Script Debuts Video for New Single, "Superheroes"

Image Courtesy Columbia RecordsThe Script has premiered the  video for their single, "Superheroes," online.

The song is the lead single from their forthcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, set for release on September 15.

The clip was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Vaughan Arnell. Arnell's credits include work with Robbie Williams, Dead or Alive, The Spice Girls and One Direction.

The video features images of ordinary citizens -- including garbage men and a father picking up his child at the end of a day's work -- in the city, along with the band, including Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power.

The lyrics to the song are inspirational, as lead singer Danny sings, "“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life / You’ve been struggling to make things right / That’s how a superhero learns to fly."

The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic

The single for "Superheroes," which will be released on August 31, is available for pre-order online.  Also available for pre-order is No Sound Without Silence, at the usual digital retailers and on the group's website.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Jake Owen Offers a Natural Solution to California's Water Shortage on Jimmy Kimmy Live!

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/RCA NashvilleJake Owen shared a very interesting solution in song for California's ongoing drought during his appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. In an effort to convince listeners to conserve water, Jake sang a song titled "Drink Your Pee." He somehow kept a straight face as he sang lines touting urine as 95 percent water and "American-made."

The hilarious performance had the audience in stitches before Jake returned to sing his latest single, "What We Ain't Got."


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Katy Perry Greets Hundreds of Fans After Philadelphia Concert

ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry surprised the audience in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center when she announced from the stage that she'd come to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps to meet her fans.

True to her word, the 29-year old California Girl arrived attired in a pepperoni pizza onesie -- the same pattern she models in her newest video for the single, "This Is How We Do."

Katy was greeted by hundreds of fans as she made the appearance, Rocky-style, at the city landmark.

"I keep my promises Philly!" she tweeted.

 
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Wednesday
Aug062014

Brad Paisley Offers Two Immediate Song Downloads with "Moonshine in the Trunk" Pre-Order

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleFans who pre-order Brad Paisley's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, at iTunes will immediately get a download of his latest hit, "River Bank," as well as another track, "Perfect Storm." The lyric video for "Perfect Storm" premiered this week as the latest sneak peek from the new album along with a new song called, "High Life." That track features a cameo from Carrie Underwood, and the lyrics actually talk about a family getting quick money from suing Carrie for copyright infringement.

Moonshine in the Trunk is in stores August 26.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Montana Mountain Named After Paul McCartney for a Day in Honor of His Missoula Concert

Todd Goodrich/University of MontanaTo celebrate Paul McCartney's concert this past Tuesday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana, the city and the University of Montana bestowed a big honor on the rock legend, and we mean big!  Mount Sentinel, the mountain that overlooks Missoula and features a giant letter M made out of concrete on its side, was renamed Mount McCartney for a day, from Tuesday to Wednesday morning.

McCartney's show, which drew more than 25,000 fans to the stadium, was the largest concert in the history of Montana, according to the university

Prior to the event, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have a legend such as Paul McCartney playing in our community.  This concert not only brings folks from around our great state together in Missoula, but also attracts fans from around the country."

Added the city's mayor, John Engen, "It's exciting to have an artist of this magnitude visit Missoula."

You can check out a photo gallery from the concert at the University of Montana's official Facebook page.  Sir Paul's next show takes place on Thursday in Salt Lake City.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Mariah Carey Splits with Manager Jermaine Dupri

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has parted ways with her manager and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri.

The So So Def mogul confirmed the split in a statement to Billboard. "I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work," said J.D. "I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on."

The hitmaker, who produced some of Carey’s biggest hits including "We Belong Together," expressed that the split was amicable. "Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future," he says.

The announcement follows the disappointing sales of Mariah's latest album, Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse -- the album has sold only 103,000 copies, and has fallen off the Billboard 200 since its May 27 release.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Justin Bieber's Miami DUI Hearing Postponed

Image Courtesy Ben WattsA hearing to determine if Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest has been postponed.

The Biebs got a reprieve from a Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday, who pushed the date until 1:30 p.m. August 13 at the request of prosecutors and Justin's attorney, according the the Miami Herald.

The 20-year old pop star was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal drag race against a friend.

A breath tests determined the singer's alcohol level was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug. He was also was charged with driving on an expired license.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Taylor Swift Gives Fan $90 for a Birthday Celebration at Chipotle

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift may be the most charitable star of 2014.  The singer was in New York City's Central Park last week doing an interview for Rolling Stone magazine, when she noticed a fan rowing a boat toward her, hoping for a photo opportunity.

Not only did Taylor help the girl out of the boat, she gave the fan, who was celebrating her birthday, an impromptu gift. Reaching into her purse, Taylor pulled out $90, treating the girl and her friends to a birthday lunch at Chipotle, according to a tweet from one of the girl's friends.

Taylor will be back in New York City as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC August 13 to talk about her role in the new film, The Giver.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Hayley Williams of Paramore Expected to Recover Quickly from Infection and Exhaustion

Image Courtesy Fueled By RamenHayley Williams is clearly cranky about missing two shows earlier this week due to illness. In a post on Paramore's website, the singer grumps that she's confined to bed rest with what she says is a "chest infection...and something called 'exhaustion'. Ha."

"Words in this tiny little message cannot begin to express my frustration [and] sadness," she says. "I absolutely hate canceling anything. Admitting defeat is a tough thing for this gal."

Williams thanks fans for their support, thanks tour mate Fall Out Boy for playing a longer set to cover for Paramore, apologizes to fans in Corpus Christi and Dallas for the two canceled shows, and promises that she'll be back in the saddle by Thursday night's scheduled concert in Albuquerque, NM. Williams also asks fans to "Pray for me if you pray [and] fist bump me if you don't."

Paramore and Fall Out Boy have Monumentour tour dates scheduled through the end of the month:

8/7 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
8/12 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Orem, UT, UCCU Center
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV,  Cosmopolitan**
8/16 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/17 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
8/22 -- Reading, UK, Reading Festival 
8/23 -- Leeds, UK, Leeds Festival 
8/12 -- St.Paul, MN, MN State Fair
8/13 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
8/15 -- Scranton, PA, Pavilion at Montage Mountain

 

Wednesday
Aug062014

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Score First #1 Album, Eric Clapton's Latest Debuts at #2

Reprise RecordsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been around for close to 40 years but they've never had a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart…until now, that is.  The band's latest record, Hypnotic Eye, reached the top of the tally after selling 131,000 copies during its first week out.

This marks the highest first-week sales total for any Petty album since the start of the SoundScan era in 1991,  It's also the highest single-week sales total the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has had since his 1994 solo effort Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies in December of that year.

Billboard points out that sales of Hypnotic Eye were boosted by a promotion that allowed fans who purchased tickets to the band's current tour dates to download a copy of the album.  Petty & the Heartbreakers first appearance on the Billboard 200 came in September 1977, when the group's self-titled debut made its way onto the chart.

Meanwhile, landing at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week is Eric Clapton's latest album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which sold 61,000 copies.  Interestingly, Petty is one of the guest artists who appear on the tribute album, which also includes contributions from Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John MayerThe Breeze is Clapton's highest-charting record since From the Cradle bowed at #1 back in 1994.

Debuting just behind Clapton in third place on the chart is the movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which sold 60,000 copies.  The album is made up mainly of classic hits from the 1970s by such artists as The Jackson 5, Norman Greenbaum, 10cc, The Raspberries, Elvin Bishop and Blue Swede, and it also includes the David Bowie gem "Moonage Daydream."


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Foo Fighters Promise "Big News," Plug Swag Shop

Image Courtesy Steve GullickDave Grohl has taken to Facebook to give fans a heads-up about -- something. In his most recent post, the Foo Fighters frontman tells the masses to "keep an eye out here for some big news coming on Monday."

As for what direction that news might take?  The new Foo Fighters album Sonic Highways, due this fall? The TV mini series by the same name? A tour, maybe?

In the meantime, Grohl also plugged the Foos' new online store, which can be accessed at shop.FooFighters.com

Stay tuned.


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Wednesday
Aug062014

Katy Perry Calms Crying Baby in Viral Video

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsDesperate parents in need of a way to calm their crying infants now have a personal savior in Katy Perry.

A cute video posted this week of an adorable but fussy baby who instantly calmed down the minute she hears the singer's "Dark Horse" has gone viral, with over 4,282,789 views.

The video even got Katy's attention, who tweeted, "Available for babysitting at 10 dollars an hour & 4 Oreos."

 


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Wednesday
Aug062014

One Direction's Harry Styles Brightens the Day of a Young Fan with Cancer

ABC/Richard HarbaughOne Direction singer Harry Styles took time out of his busy touring schedule to meet a young fan with cancer.

Harry spent all day Sunday visiting eight-year old Campbell Hoyt in New Jersey. Campbell was diagnosed with ependymoma, a brain and spine cancer, back she was just three-years-old.

Campbell's mother, Robin, said the 1D singer met with her daughter, who was recently placed in hospice, only out of the goodness of his heart.

"He was emphatic that he did not do this for publicity," she told Alternative Press. "He truly just wanted to meet Cam. I would not want anyone to get the wrong idea."

As an added treat, Campbell got to enjoy even more time with Harry, checking out the group's show at East Rutherford, New Jersey's MetLife Center, on Monday night.


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