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Apr132015

Janelle Monae Works Out in the New Video for "Yoga"

Image Courtesy ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticJanelle Monae shows off more skin than usual in the video for "Yoga," the latest from her upcoming compilation EP, Eephus.

In the clip, posted on YouTube, the singer works out with her friends during a yoga session, which turns into an all-girl dance party. Janelle changes out of her black crop top and tattered jeans into an all white outfit as she does yoga while wearing a crown.

The funky tune features her fellow Wondaland artist Jidenna. "Baby bend over, let your booty do that yoga," sings Janelle before boldly declaring, "You cannot police me so get off my areola."

Eephus, a compilation from Monae's Wondaland label, is slated for a May 6 release.


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Monday
Apr132015

The Kinks Musical "Sunny Afternoon" a Four-Time Winner at UK's Prestigious Olivier Awards

David M. Benett/Getty ImagesThe Kinks-themed stage musical Sunny Afternoon was a big winner at the Olivier Awards, the U.K.'s equivalent of the Tony Awards, held Sunday at London's Royal Opera House.  The production, which tells the story of the band's rise to fame, took home four trophies, including the Best New Musical Award.

In addition, Kinks frontman Ray Davies was honored with the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, while John Dagleish and George Maguire, the respective actors who portrayed Ray and his brother, Dave, won the Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical prizes.

The BBC reports that, while accepting his award, Ray Davies discussed what inspires him to create his classic tunes.  "When you write songs you write about people," he noted.  "Without people we have no plays, we have no films…The next time you are sitting in a park somewhere and you see someone like me looking at you, don't phone the police.  I'm just writing about you."

Sunny Afternoon originally opened in April 2014 at the London's Hampstead Theatre, then reopened in October at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the city's West End.  It features an original story by Ray, who wrote the production's music and lyrics.  Among the many classic Kinks tunes heard in the show are "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Waterloo Sunset," "Sunny Afternoon," and "Lola."

Meanwhile, Dave Davies posted a message on his official Facebook page congratulating Maguire for winning an Olivier Award for portraying him, while also expressing some disappointment that he wasn't asked to attend the event.  Dave wrote, "I've been in London for 2 weeks and would have loved to have been there if I'd been invited."

Among the other Olivier Award winners was the U.K. production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which took home two honors -- Best Actress in a Musical for Katie Brayben, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for Lorna Want.


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Monday
Apr132015

Report: Drake Wasn't Disgusted by Madonna Kiss

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSWas Drake grossed out after Madonna kissed him during his set at Coachella Sunday?

TMZ cites unnamed sources as saying that it was the aftertaste of Madonna's lipstick that seemingly caused Drake to cringe, then lean forward and cover his mouth following their prolonged smooch. In addition, unidentified sources tell the gossip site Drake enjoyed their unexpected smooch, adding that Madge was initially only supposed to dance around him as he sat in a chair on stage.

While Drake hasn't publicly expressed his feeling on the kiss, Madonna has already responded with a single tweet for her haters. "If you don't like me and still watch everything I do, B***h, you're a fan," her post reads.


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Monday
Apr132015

Report: Drake Wasn't Grossed Out by Madonna's Kiss

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaWas Drake grossed out by Madonna’s kiss at Coachella Sunday night? According to TMZ, it wasn’t the kiss that prompted the rapper's seemingly-disgusted reaction -- it was the taste of Madonna’s lipstick.

Sources tell TMZ that the onstage make-out session was completely spontaneous and unplanned. They claim Drake loved it, but they say the transfer of glossy lipstick onto his own mouth is what made him cringe.

Madonna decided to plant one on Drake while he was seated on stage. After the kiss, which was caught on video, Drake is seen leaning forward and covering his mouth. The exchange led many to speculate Drake was less-than-turned-on by the smooch.

After Drake released a song called "Madonna" on his latest mixtape, the pop icon hinted that she'd like to get physical with the rapper. She told Us Weekly that she’d love to go on a date with Drake, "and only kiss him."


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Monday
Apr132015

Coachella Sets from Jack White, Alabama Shakes & More to Air on AXS TV

Credit: David James SwansonWith the first weekend of Coachella wrapped up, it's time to start looking forward to weekend number two. If you couldn't make it out to the desert, select sets from the second weekend of the Indio, California festival, including Jack White's and Alabama Shakes', will air on AXS TV starting Friday, April 17.

Other artists to be featured on the AXS telecast include Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Vance Joy, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lykke Li, St. Vincent, and hip-hop duo -- and Zack de la Rocha collaborators -- Run the Jewels.

AXS TV will air live sets from Coachella's second weekend starting April 17 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Monday
Apr132015

Shinedown Announces Summer North American Tour 

Credti: John Stephens and Jonathan LipkingShinedown will embark on their first full-scale tour in over two years this summer. The trek, which will feature support from Nothing More on select dates, will begin July 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and conclude August 9 in Jackson, Mississippi, with more dates to be added. Tickets will go on sale April 17, although ShinedownNation members will be able to purchase tickets beginning April 14. Visit Shinedown.com for all ticket info.

This summer's tour will mark the live debut for some of Shinedown's new material, which will appear on the band's forthcoming fifth studio album, due out later this year.

“We have a lot in store for 2015 and beyond. We have been working on our fifth album for the better part of two years, and it is almost complete," says frontman Brent Smith in a statement. "That being said, we felt it was time to return to the road to let everyone know that we are 100% back and ready to entertain!"

Here are Shinedown's summer tour dates:

7/14 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
7/16 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest XV
7/18 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/21 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
7/23 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
7/24 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/27 -- Boston, MA, Shubert Theater
7/28 -- Richmond, VA, The National
7/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
7/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
8/5 -- Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
8/7 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
8/8 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
8/9 -- Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fair


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Monday
Apr132015

Slayer, HELLYEAH, King Diamond to Play Mayhem Festival 

Credit: Tim TronckoeThrash metal titans Slayer will headline the 2015 Mayhem Festival. The touring festival, which kicks off June 26 in San Diego, will also feature HELLYEAH, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel and more.

"I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish!" says Slayer's Kerry King in a statement. "Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States -- never has Mayhem been more evil."

Tickets to Mayhem 2015 will go on sale beginning April 17 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit RockstarMayhemFest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Here is the full 2015 Mayhem Festival itinerary:

6/26 -- San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 -- San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
7/1 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks
7/7 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah’s Council Bluffs
7/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
7/10 -- Noblesville, IN, Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
7/21 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
7/26 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 -- San Antonio, TX, Whitewater Amphitheater
8/1 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Amphitheater


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Monday
Apr132015

Watch Florence + the Machine's Destructive "Ship to Wreck" Video 

Credit: Tom BeardFlorence + the Machine has premiered the video for their latest single, "Ship to Wreck." The video, once again directed by frequent Florence collaborator Vincent Haycock, starts with frontwoman Florence Welch standing in the rain before she goes back inside, where arguments, fights and general mayhem ensue. You can watch the "Ship to Wreck" video now on YouTube.

Given all the destruction that happens in the "Ship to Wreck" video, it's worth noting that the clip was filmed in Welch's actual home.

"Ship to Wreck" is the opening track from Florence's forthcoming album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, which will be released June 2.

Florence + the Machine just played Coachella Sunday night, and they'll return for the festival's second weekend on April 19. Following that, the band will resume touring with a headlining spot at Governors Ball in New York City this June.


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Monday
Apr132015

Iggy Azalea Says She Likes Being "A Little Scrappy"

Dan Martensen/Marie ClaireThough Iggy Azalea graces one of five covers for Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces May issue, she says she’s okay with not looking so “fresh” all the time. In fact, she says she likes being "a little scrappy."

The Aussie rapper, who recently admitted to getting breast implants, says she hopes women can relate to her imperfections. "I hope women think, 'Iggy Azalea actually has a body that is relatable to my body'…and you should feel f**king good about that," she tells the mag.

You won’t be seeing Iggy in full hair and makeup in every paparazzi picture, and that’s something she’s proud of. "I'm a little scrappy for sure, but I like that about myself,” she says. “Even with paparazzi pictures of me looking like complete s**t, and people are like, 'She should try harder,' I'm like, no. There's something to say about not being so contrived all the time. You should hold on to that as long as you can."

Last year was a banner year for Iggy, thanks to her mega-hit, “Fancy,” with Charli XCX. "I think it's particularly badass that we wrote 'Fancy,'” she says. “It was one of the most culturally impactful songs of last year, and two f**king chicks in their early 20s wrote it."

But as successful as Iggy is, she knows her limits. “I can get vocal training as much as I want, but I will never be able to sing," she says.

Marie Claire’s other Fresh Face covers feature The Theory of Everything Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, Insurgent’s Zoë Kravitz, True Grit actress and Taylor Swift pal Hailee Steinfeld, and model Kate Upton. The issue hits newsstands April 21.


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Monday
Apr132015

Ed Sheeran Visits New Zealand Cancer Patient on Her Birthday

Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran continues to nurture his reputation as one of the sweetest pop stars around. New Zealand’s ONE News reports the singer paid a visit to a young cancer patient in New Zealand this weekend, after the girl was too sick to make it to his concert.  

Jess Knight, who is battling leukemia, had originally planned to be at Ed’s Auckland show. But two weeks after buying the tickets last October, she was diagnosed with the illness.

Jess, with the help of some friends, set up a Facebook page recently in the hopes of catching Ed’s attention. And it worked -- Ed came to see Jess at an Auckland hospital Saturday, which was also her 20th birthday. It's hard to top that birthday gift.

"A couple of the girls had the shakes, I had a lot of butterflies," Jess told ONE News after the visit. "He was just a genuinely nice guy. Just real chill and down-to-Earth."

Ed and Jess reportedly spent the time talking about food, movies, and Ed’s upcoming visit to South America.


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Monday
Apr132015

Tim McGraw Performing Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook Promise Organization

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will perform a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise this summer in Hartford, CT. The organization was founded in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT and seeks to help protect children from gun violence.

Tim says, "Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise -- as a father and as a friend.” 

The cause hits close to home with Tim's band, too. His fiddle player, Dean Brown, is a longtime friend of Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

Tim's Concert for Sandy Hook Promise will take place Friday, July 17 at the XFinity Theatre in Hartford with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. Tickets are on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.


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Monday
Apr132015

The Black Eyed Peas Join David Guetta for Surprise Coachella Performance

RUKESThe Black Eyed Peas reunited with David Guetta during a surprise performance at Coachella last night. They joined the DJ/producer for his headlining set and helped him close out the first weekend of the California music festival.

During the unexpected appearance, the Black Eyed Peas and David debuted their new single, “Awesome.”

It’s the artists’ latest collaborative effort. The Peas and Guetta first worked together on the 2009 smash, “I Gotta Feeling.” The group, including Fergie, played that song last night, too, during an energetic encore.

The Peas celebrate their 20th anniversary as a group this year.


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Monday
Apr132015

Meryl Streep Will Sing Songs by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty in Upcoming Movie

ABC/Rick Rowell; Danny ClinchEver think you'd hear Meryl Streep sing songs by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty? According to Entertainment Weekly, you will in the Oscar-winning actress's upcoming summer movie, Ricki and the Flash.

In the film, Streep plays Ricki Randazzo, the lead singer in a cover band who left her family 20 years earlier to pursue rock 'n' roll stardom.  When her daughter -- played by Meryl's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer -- finds herself in crisis, Ricki returns to face her obligations as a mother.

But amid all the family drama, Streep gets to sing about a dozen tunes in the film, including Springsteen's "My Love Will Not Let You Down" and Petty's "American Girl," as well as Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Sam the Sham & the Pharoah's 1965 hit "Wooly Bully."  All of the songs were recorded in front of a live audience, according to the film's director, Jonathan Demme.

Streep previously showcased her singing talents in Mamma Mia! and Into the WoodsRicki and the Flash hits theaters August 7.


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Monday
Apr132015

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album Title

Matthew WelchCarly Rae Jepsen hopes fans really, really, really, really like the title of her new album.

She announced via Twitter, "I've been working on new music for a while now... happy to finally announce that my sophomore album 'E·MO·TION' will be out this summer!"  That's "Emotion" spelled with all caps, with dots in between the E, MO, and TION.

The day before she confirmed the title, Carly teased fans by posting a photo of the stylized word, along with a definition that read, "a natural, instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others, e.g. 'She was attempting to control her emotions.'"

Still no release date on the album, which features the singles "All That" and "I Really Like You."


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Monday
Apr132015

Josh Groban to Appear on ABC's "Repeat After Me" 

James DimmockJosh Groban previously hosted the ABC reality competition show Rising Star, and now he's appearing on the network's latest reality series, Repeat After Me.

The show, based on an ongoing segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is hosted by The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey, and it features celebrities interacting with unsuspecting regular folks.  Using an earpiece, McLendon-Covey tells the stars what to do and say, while a hidden camera records the ensuing hilarity.

Josh will appear on the show April 14, along with Mario Lopez, racecar driver Jimmie Johnson and actress Lauren Graham.   The show airs at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Monday
Apr132015

Jodeci Returns with "Real Harmonies and Lyrics Again"

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Last week saw the release of Jodeci's first album in twenty years, The Past, The Present, The Future, debuted at #2 on Billboad's R&B Albums chart and gives longtime fans the music that they've been waiting for.

Band member Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate says the reception has been overwhelming. "There’s a lot of love out here from fans, peers and friends," DeGrate tells Billboard. "People want to hear real harmonies and lyrics again; emotional music where you can feel happy, sad or in the mood to make love. For longtime fans, our new album sounds like where Jodeci left off. But it sounds current as well to bring in new fans."

The set includes contributions from Timbaland. Its lead single, "Every Moment," this week climbs from #25 to #18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally and #6 to #3 on the Adult R&B airplay chart.


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Monday
Apr132015

Fort Rock and Welcome to Rockville Fests Unveil Set Times

Credit: Dave JacksonFlorida rock festivals Fort Rock and Welcome to Rockville have revealed their 2015 set times.

Slipknot will headline the Main Stage North at Fort Rock, preceded by a lineup of bands including Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless and Starset. The Main Stage South will be headlined by Godsmack and also will host sets by Breaking Benjamin, In This Moment, Motionless in White and We Are Harlot.

The two day Welcome to Rockville will be headlined by Korn and Marilyn Manson on Saturday, April 25, while Slipknot and Godsmack will headlining on Sunday, April 26. The festival's first day will also feature Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Halestorm, Periphery, Of Mice & Men and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. Papa Roach, All That Remains, The Pretty Reckless, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Breaking Benjamin will play the second day.

While the set times are mostly staggered for Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville contains quite a few conflicting sets, including a three-way overlap between Papa Roach, Slash and All That Remains.

Fort Rock will be held April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, and Welcome to Rockville takes place April 25-26 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida.


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Monday
Apr132015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean grew up in which Georgia town? ANSWER: Macon.


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Monday
Apr132015

Trace Adkins Doesn't Care What His Grandkids Think His About Sexy, Onstage Dance Moves

Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins may be a grandfather now, but that doesn’t mean he's going to tone down his onstage dance moves. Before Luke Bryan started shaking it for audiences, Trace was getting down with his hits "Ladies Love Country Boys" and "Hot Mama."

He tells Billboard, "I was at the Opry and thinking the other night, "Man, when I'm 80 years old my grandkids are going to be here, and they're going to be so grossed out whenever I go out to do 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' and I do the pelvic thrust."

Trace just signed a new deal with Broken Bow Records and will release new music later this year.


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Monday
Apr132015

Pink Takes Haters to Task for Commenting on Her Weight Gain: "I Feel Beautiful" 

Gabriel Olsen/Getty ImagesAfter Pink appeared on the red carpet at a cancer benefit Saturday night sporting a slightly fuller figure than normal, haters took to Twitter to criticize her for her apparent weight gain.  But the Grammy-winner quickly put them in their place by posting an essay online about how she really doesn't care what they think of her.

"I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight," Pink wrote Sunday. "You're referring to the pictures of me from last night's cancer benefit that I attended...While I admit that the dress didn't photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful."

"So, my good and concerned peoples, please don't worry about me. I'm not worried about me. And I'm not worried about you either," Pink continued. "I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern."

Then, to underscore the point, Pink posted a photo of herself and hubby Carey Hart, with the caption, "and my hubby says 'it's just more to love baby' (and then I smack his hand off my booty cause we're in a supermarket)."

In addition, Pink also posted a photo of herself and her daughter Willow, with the caption, "Willow said to me the other day whilst grabbing my belly- 'mama-why r u so squishy?' And I said.."b/cuz I'm happy baby."


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