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Apr042014

Austin Mahone to Release Long-Awaited Debut Album The Secret on May 27, Tour Starts July 25

AustinMahone.comThe Secret is out -- or at least, it will be May 27.  That's the name and release date of Austin Mahone's long-awaited debut album.

Austin, who turns 18 today, April 4, will be supporting the album with a summer tour presented by MTV.  Joining him for the trek will be British group The Vamps, and X Factor alums Fifth Harmony.  If you buy a ticket to the tour, you'll get free download of The Secret; tickets go on sale April 11 at 10 a.m. local time.  Visit AustinMahone.com for full ticketing info.  The tour starts July 25 in Austin's hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

In statement, Austin said of his big news, "This is for my Mahomies. Thank you for supporting me and sticking with me all this time.  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to be able to announce new music and a huge tour for all you guys!”

Another aspect of the tour is the MTV Ultimate Fan Experience.  One lucky fan and three friends will win private dance lessons from Austin's crew, plus makeovers and the chance to perform onstage with the singer at a select tour date.  To enter, submit a video of you and your three friends dancing to Austin's latest hit, "Mmm Yeah," to UltimateFanExperience.com starting May 3.

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Friday
Apr042014

Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance at Broadway Show Based on Her Life; Raises Big Bucks for AIDS Charity

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for BeautifulThe cast of Beautiful, the Broadway musical based on the life of Carole King, got a big surprise on Thursday when the famed singer/songwriter made an unexpected appearance on stage during the show's curtain call.  As the audience at New York City's Stephen Sondheim Theatre cheered wildly, King walked to the middle of the stage and gave a big hug to the musical's star, Jessie Mueller, then revealed that that evening marked the first time she'd attended a performance of the musical.

"I've been working up to coming.  I haven't seen the show.  This is my first night," she told the crowd, adding, "The word that I said backstage I'm not gonna say here, but it is effing awesome!"

The New York Times reports that at the time King made her appearance, the cast was making an appeal for donations to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.  Carole told the theatergoers that if they pledged enough money to the cause, she would sing a song.  Actor Jarrod Spector, who plays songwriter Barry Mann in the production, proceeded to lead an auction and got three audience members to each pledge $10,000.

King then proceeded to lead the cast and audience in a sing-along of her classic hit "You've Got a Friend," at one point duetting with a visibly emotional Mueller.  An edited video of the event can be viewed at Beautiful's official YouTube channel.  The clip also includes footage of King chatting with Mueller and another cast member after the show.

The original Broadway cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was released last month.

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Friday
Apr042014

Jennifer Lopez Outbids Diddy for Fuse TV

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They're both global music stars, and entertainment moguls -- and hey! They even used to date.  But now, Jennifer Lopez has one-upped her ex, Diddy, in a bidding war to acquire the Fuse cable channel.

Variety reports that NuvoTV, a Latino-targeting cable company whose chief creative officer is J-Lo, has reached a $226 million deal with to acquire Fuse from Madison Square Garden. Diddy had bid for Fuse as well, in an effort to expand his growing cable TV empire, which he launched with the recently Revolt network.

In a statement, Jennifer said, "Music is my first love so the acquisition of Fuse is near and dear to my heart. It’s exciting that between NuvoTV and Fuse we’ll have the ability to deliver a broad array of terrific content both from a Latino perspective and across multiple genres, including music, to a broader audience."

Variety reports that Fuse reaches 73 million homes, while NuVoTV is in 30 million.

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Friday
Apr042014

Rolling Stones Confirm That Their Postponed Down Under Tour Has Been Rescheduled for October & November

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Rolling Stones have officially announced plans to reschedule their recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand for the fall.  While specific information about the dates has yet to be confirmed, the shows now will be held from October 25 to November 22.

The band's Down Under tour leg originally was to have run from a March 19 performance in Perth, Australia, through an April 5 stop in Auckland, New Zealand.  New dates for those shows, as well as for postponed events in five other Australian locations -- Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Macedon Ranges and Brisbane -- will be revealed soon.  The tour's promoters have asked fans with tickets to hold on to them until they're notified about the rescheduled shows.

The Stones had just arrived in Australian in preparation for the tour kickoff when news of the suicide of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, on March 17 led the rockers to shelve the trek.

Next up for The Rolling Stones will be a series of recently announced European shows, running from a May 26 visit to Oslo, Norway, through a July 3 appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.

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Friday
Apr042014

Keyshia Cole Shoots “Rick James” Video with Juicy J

Courtesy Keyshia Cole via InstagramKeyshia Cole is shooting the video for her new single “Rick James” with Juicy J this week and she posted several photos from the shoot on Instagram

In one photo, she’s posing in bed wearing lingerie and commented, “You'll understand when u see the video. I've never did anything like this.” In another shot she’s rocking yellow nails and wrote, “Mad I had to change my nails for today's video.  I loved the yellow! Now they're red.”

The song will be included on her sixth album Point of No Return which she says is “Coming Summer 2014.” Cole has been recording with Future, Wale, R. Kelly and Scott Storch.

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Friday
Apr042014

Metallica's James Hetfield Builds Car From Scratch

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In all the time that he hasn't been recording a new Metallica album, James Hetfield built a car from scratch. Not himself, of course -- the sleek, sinister vehicle was constructed by Marcel and Luc DuLay, two legends in the field -- but from a sketch the singer made. Unlike many other so-called "custom" cars, this one -- which Hetfield named the Black Pearl -- was made completely from scratch, using sheets of aluminum custom-curved to form the body.

The car is killer, and just won the 2014 Mother's Custom Award at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association's annual All-American Get-Together. 

According to Goodguys, the Black Pearl's "sculpted, handmade aluminum body is inspired by the tear drop contours and seamless body transitions of coach built European and American cars of the 1930s. It rests on a custom built chassis which utilizes the outer frame rails of a 1948 Jaguar."

Goodguys' John Drummond tells ABC News Radio that Hetfield has been a lifelong hot rod enthusiast and has been collecting custom cars for the last decade or so.

Hetfield tells Goodguys that he was blown away by the craftsmanship of the Black Pearl. "As an artist myself, I see the passion, dedication and perfectionism it takes to be good at your craft," he said. "I am humbled by [the designers'] gift of metal sculpting. The fact that they started with a 8×10 drawing and ended up with a complete car is a testament to the ability of the human mind and hands. It still blows people’s minds when they ask what body we started with and we say ‘steel sheets.’”

Oh, and how much did the Black Pearl cost? Drummond says, "James said not to put a number on priceless art."

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Friday
Apr042014

Taylor Swift Sets New Chinese Record for Fastest Ticket Sell-Out

ABC/Chris HolloHere's something you don't see every day.  Taylor Swift now holds the record for the fastest show sell-out in Chinese history.

According to her label, tickets for Taylor's May 30 show at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena sold out in just one minute after they went on sale Thursday.  The show is one of seven Asian dates that Taylor added to her RED tour just last month. 

If you were hoping to see Taylor in Asia, you're too late: all of the dates are now sold out.

For more info on the RED tour, visit Taylor's website.

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Friday
Apr042014

Scotty McCreery Headlining Kentucky Derby Festival May 2

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is off to the races.

He's set to perform at the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville on May 2 with special guest Cassadee Pope. The Fray will headline the night before. Tickets are available at KDF.org.

Next up, Scotty takes his show to Scranton, PA on Tuesday, April 8.

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Friday
Apr042014

It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Held the Top Five Spots on "Billboard" Hot 100

CBS Photography 1964April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most impressive chart feats: the band became the only artist ever to simultaneously hold the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles tally.  That week in 1964, "Can't Buy Me Love" catapulted from #27 to #1, displacing the Fab Four's "She Loves You," which dropped to third place on the chart, while "Twist and Shout" was at #2, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" held the #4 spot, and "Please Please Me" was at #5.

In the ensuing half-century, the closest any other artist has come to The Beatles' milestone was in March 1995, when rapper 50 Cent appeared on three of the Hot 100's top-five singles.  His own "Candy Shop" topped the tally; The Game's "How We Go," a song to which 50 Cent contributed, was at #4; and his "Disco Inferno" was at #5.

In addition in 1964, "Can't Buy Me Love" became The Beatles' third consecutive chart-topping hit, following "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and the aforementioned "She Loves You."  In Billboard's 55-year history, no other artist has ever scored three straight #1 singles.

Meanwhile, the 27-to-1 position jump by "Can't Buy Me Love" was the biggest one-week leap to the top of the Hot 100 up to that time.  It was eclipsed in 2002 by pop star Kelly Clarkson, whose single "A Moment Like This" went from #52 to #1 in a single week.  Clarkson went on to set the mark again in February 2009, when her hit "My Life Would Suck Without You" bounded from #97 to #1.

"Can't Buy Me Love" went on to hold the top spot of the Hot 100 for five weeks, and The Beatles have scored 17 more #1 hits since then.  Their 20 total chart-topping singles remains a Billboard record.

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Friday
Apr042014

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton to Duet on "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops"

ACMMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will duet on the ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops special. Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts and Craig Morgan have also been added to the lineup. George Strait, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes and Merle Haggard are among the previously-announced performers.

The show tapes Monday night in Las Vegas and airs Tuesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Friday
Apr042014

Brandon Boyd of Incubus, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols Join Touring Production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

JesusChristSuperstar.comIncubus frontman Brandon Boyd has got himself a new gig.  No worries, though -- he's not leaving the band. 

Boyd is starring in a new touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  He'll be portraying Judas in the show, called the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular.  Meanwhile, punk icon John Lydon, best known for his work with the Sex Pistols and post-punk band Public Image Ltd., will play the role of King Herod. 

'N SYNC's JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate, while Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child will portray Mary Magdalene. Newcomer Ben Forster will portray the titular character; he won the role by competing on the British reality show Superstar. He also played Jesus in a version of the show that toured the U.K.  Deep Purple's Ian Gillan sang the role on the original 1970 concept album.

The touring production of the rock musical, which first ran on Broadway in 1971, will kick off June 9 in New Orleans and visit 50 cities. 

Jesus Christ Superstar, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, was most recently revived on Broadway in 2012.  There was also a movie version in 1973.

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Friday
Apr042014

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, JC Chasez of 'N SYNC, Join Touring Production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

JesusChristSuperstar.comIt's a flashback to Y2K pop music: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and 'N SYNC's JC Chasez are starring in a new touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Michelle will play Mary Magdalene and JC will play Pontius Pilate in the show, called the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular.  The role of Judas will be portrayed by Brandon Boyd of the alternative rock band Incubus, while punk icon John Lydon, best known as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, will play the role of King Herod.  Newcomer Ben Forster will portray the titular character; he won the role by competing on the British reality show Superstar. He also played Jesus in a version of the show that toured the U.K.

The touring production of the rock musical, which first ran on Broadway in 1971, will kick off June 9 in New Orleans and visit 50 cities. 

Jesus Christ Superstar, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, was most recently revived on Broadway in 2012.  There was also a movie version in 1973.

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Friday
Apr042014

JC Chasez of 'N SYNC, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Join Touring Production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

JesusChristSuperstar.comIt's a flashback to Y2K pop music: 'N SYNC's JC Chasez and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child are starring in a new touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

JC will play Pontius Pilate, while Michelle will play Mary Magdalene in the show, called the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular.  The role of Judas will be portrayed by Brandon Boyd of the alternative rock band Incubus, while punk icon John Lydon, best known as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, will play the role of King Herod.  Newcomer Ben Forster will portray the titular character; he won the role by competing on the British reality show Superstar. He also played Jesus in a version of the show that toured the U.K.

The touring production of the rock musical, which first ran on Broadway in 1971, will kick off June 9 in New Orleans and visit 50 cities. 

Jesus Christ Superstar, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, was most recently revived on Broadway in 2012.  There was also a movie version in 1973.

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Friday
Apr042014

Jewel Teaming Up with Pure Via Sweetener 

Business WireJewel has scored a sweet deal. She will serve as a brand ambassador and spokesperson for the zero-calorie sweetener Pure Via.

Under the new partnership, Pure Via is offering a free digital cookbook/songbook, which includes downloads of live versions of Jewel's songs "Hands" and "What's Simple Is True." In addition, two holiday-related songs will be made available for download on September 1.   

The cookbook/songbook also features song lyrics, photos, recipes and more. You can check it out at PureVia.com/Jewel-Tunes.

Jewel's image will appear on Pure Via packaging and advertising, as part of its "Tune in to Pure" campaign. In addition, the brand is sponsoring the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, at which Jewel will appear, this Saturday in Las Vegas, one day before the ACM Awards are held in the city.

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Friday
Apr042014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockHow many times has Taylor Swift won ACM Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER:  Twice.

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Friday
Apr042014

ACM Awards Co-Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan Open Up About Each Other's Shortcomings

ACMBlake Shelton and Luke Bryan return for a second turn as co-hosts of the ACM Awards this Sunday night. Now that they've got the first year of sharing emcee duties under their belts, the country superstars know what to expect going into this year's show.

Blake says, "I think the biggest thing I learned last year is I can't depend on Luke as much as I would like to be able to say that I can. I intended for him to lean on me a little bit being that it was his first year. But that favor's really not one that's returned often when I need his help."

Luke adds, "It's fun being at the reins, and this year will be fun for me, because I know what he'll mess up. I do know that he can read. He showed me that last year."

In all seriousness, Blake and Luke are looking forward to this year's ACM Awards and all the events surrounding the big night in Las Vegas. Luke will co-host the Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event with Justin Moore Saturday at The Linq. Look for that competition to be streamed live at 12:45 p.m. ET at Cabelas.com/ACMArchery.

The 49th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Friday
Apr042014

The Fray Announces North American Tour Dates

Epic RecordsThe Fray will hit the road for a North American tour, beginning in late April.

The three-month trek launches in Peoria, Illinois, on April 30. It ends in Boston on July 30.

The Fray will tour in support of their latest album. Helios. You can listen to one of the tracks on the disc, "Break Your Plans," on VEVO now.

Here's the itinerary:

4/30 -- Peoria, IL, Bradley University
5/1 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky Derby Festival
5/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Pimlico Race Course Infield
5/25 -- Little Rock, AR, Riverfest
5/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Resort – The Sandbar
6/1 -- Napa, CA, BottleRock Napa Valley
6/3 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
6/4 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden
6/5 -- Missoula, MT, Big Sky Brewing Company
6/7 -- Elmont, NY, Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park
6/8 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/10 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
6/11 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
6/13 -- Temecula, CA, Petchenga Theater
6/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek
6/18 -- Vancouver, BC, Malkin Bowl
6/21 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts
6/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/28 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/29 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
7/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/9 -- New York, NY, Pier 97
7/11 -- Toronto, ON, Echo Beach
7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
7/14 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
7/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
7/19 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
7/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/30 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Pavilion     

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Friday
Apr042014

Muse Cancels Concert Due to Illness, But Vows This Weekend's Show Will Go On

Gavin BondMuse canceled their show on Thursday night in Brazil, citing illness. Must be one of those 24-hour bugs, though, because the band members are now vowing that their concert this weekend will go on.

In a note to fans on their official website, the bandmembers write, "To our fans in Brazil, it is with great sadness that we have to cancel the show...at Grand Metropole here in São Paulo due to illness. It is our hope that with the additional rest, we will be able to assure the Lollapalooza show on Saturday goes ahead as planned... With Regret, Matt, Dom, and Chris."

Brazilian fans are crossing their fingers: Muse is slated to play Lollapalooza Brazil on Saturday, right before headliners Nine Inch Nails take the stage. The next U.S. shows Muse will play will take place at the Coachella Festival on April 12 and 19.

In other Muse news, singer Matt Bellamy recently told Australian music site Triple J that new music is on the way.  "I've written some good tracks, [but] we haven't had a chance to rehearse them out yet," he revealed, adding, "We'll take a break [this] year for a little few months and then we'll get in the studio. If it all goes very well, the new album could well be early 2015 or late 2015. Christmas 2014 might be [when we release] our next single." 

Bellamy made another revelation: his fiancée, Kate Hudson, with whom he has a son, makes a secret appearance in the band's video for "Panic Station." Hudson "is the one with the gold mask on, grinding up against me," he said. The video is streaming on Muse's official YouTube channel.

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Friday
Apr042014

Members of Pearl Jam Big KISS Fans

Courtesy Mike McCready viaTwitter

Count Mike McCready as a member of the KISS Army. The Pearl Jam guitarist admits to Rolling Stone that he fell for the band when his sixth-grade friend came to school with a KISS lunchbox, "and then I had a KISS room and I started playing guitar."

It turns out all of Pearl Jam's members are big KISS fans. Some interesting information about Pearl Jam and KISS:

-- Mike McCready dressed up as Peter Criss for Halloween in 1976, when he was in sixth grade.  There's even a photo in the Rolling Stone piece;

-- The Pearl Jam guys "sit down and have conversations about KISS all the time on tour";

-- Ace Frehley joined Pearl Jam on stage at Madison Square Garden in 2008 to play the KISS classic, "Black Diamond";

-- Drummer Matt Cameron used to play in a KISS tribute band -- and they got so popular that KISS' record label sent them a cease & desist letter;

-- McCready based the guitar riff in "Alive" on the KISS song "She."

Oh, and the question that's on everyone's mind as the April 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction looms closer: how does McCready feel about KISS choosing not to perform at the ceremony?  Well, he says, "I've been watching [this] play out. I saw Heart play with their original lineup...when they got inducted in the Hall of Fame. And then they got up with their new lineup, and everybody loved it. [So] it can be done, and I wish [KISS] would do it. It just makes the fans happy. And that's the point, in my mind."

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Friday
Apr042014

Meat Loaf Recalls Working on "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Webster PRIn addition to being famous as a rocker, most fans recall that Meat Loaf also co-starred in one of the biggest cult films ever: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.   But if you found your first sight of Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in fishnets and drag a bit of a shock, Meat says he felt the same.

"When Tim Curry came in wearing fishnet stockings, I got up and left," he tells USA Today.  "I wasn't expecting that at all."

The 66-year-old star, who played the doomed biker Eddie in Rocky Horror, takes on another role in the campy horror film, Stage Fright, out now on video on demand and in theaters May 9.  The movie, which also stars Minnie Driver and Allie McDonald, centers on a theater camp terrorized by a crazed killer.

Meat Loaf also admitted that even after all these years in showbiz, he still gets stage fright.

"For almost 50 years, everything that I do on any given night has to be better than the night before, and if I think it isn't, I'm upset," he says. "Every day you must learn something new, and the minute you stop learning something new, you should just pack it up and go fishing."

Meat Loaf is currently in residence at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino with his Rocktellz & Cocktails live show.

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