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Thursday
Jan152015

Pharrell's Hat Set for Display at Grammy Museum

Cliff Lipson/CBS During last year's Grammy Awards, Pharrell Williams made headlines for his Vivienne Westwood-designed hat, which sparked various memes all over social media. Now, according to Billboard, fans will finally have a chance to see the hat in person.

Starting January 15, which is coincidentally National Hat Day, the famous hat will be on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit will help celebrate the "Grammy Effect," the official theme of this year's ceremony on February 8. The hat will be on display through March 15

The stylish hat currently belongs to Arby's, whose logo the hat resembles. The restaurant chain bought the hat for $44,100 when the hitmaker auctioned it on eBay last year to generate proceeds for Pharrell's charity organization, From One Hand to Another.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Beyonce, Pharrell Score Nominations for Brit Awards

Eric McCandless/CBSFollowing a stellar 2104, it should come as no real surprise that Sam Smith leads all nominees for the Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys. Although Smith racked up five nods, including Best British Solo Male, he wasn't the only R&B powerhouse to get recognized.

In the International categories, Beyonce has received a nomination, as have John Legend and Pharrell. The upcoming ceremony takes place February 25 in London.

Other British nominees include Coldplay, One Direction, Calvin Harris, Rita Ora and Mark Ronson, the super-producer who teamed with Bruno Mars for the #1 hit "Uptown Funk."

Here are the 2015 Brit Awards nominees:

Best British Solo Male
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paulo Nutini
Sam Smith

British Solo Female
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

British Group
Alt-J
Clean Bandit
Coldplay
One Direction
Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Act
Chvrches
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics’ Choice Winner
James Bay

British Single
Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Ella Henderson, "Ghost"
George Ezra, "Budapest"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"
Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"
Sigma, "Nobody to Love"

Mastercard British Album of the Year
Alt-J, This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran, X
George Ezra, Wanted on Voyage
Royal Blood, Royal Blood
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

British Artist Video of the Year
Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Charlie XCX, "Boom Clap"
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
One Direction, "You & I"
Rita Ora, "I Will Never Let You Down"
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"
Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"
Sigma, "Nobody to Love"

International Male Solo
Beck
Hozier
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo
Beyonce
Lana Del Rey
Sia
St Vincent
Taylor Swift

International Group
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War on Drugs


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Thursday
Jan152015

Wiz Khalifa Announces Dates for Summer Tour 

Image Courtesy Miko Lim/Atlantic Records

Following a busy tour schedule last year, Wiz Khalifa is showing no signs of slowing down. The rapper has announced the dates for a summer outing, dubbed the Boys of Zummer.

The upcoming trek will kick off June 10 in Camden, New Jersey and conclude August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale January 23 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale starting January 21 at 10 a.m. local time through CitiPrivatePass.com.

Boys of Zummer will be a multi-genre affair, with the rapper joined by Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen.

The trek will support his latest, fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood, which spawned his smash single "We Dem Boyz."

Here are all of the Boys of Zummer tour dates:

6/10 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
6/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/14 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/16 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/17 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/18 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/20 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/23 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/24 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/26 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/27 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/28 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
6/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/1 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/2 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/3 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
7/4 -- Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/10 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/11 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/12 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/14 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/15 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
7/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/21 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/22 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/25 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/28 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/29 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/1 -- Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater Northwest
8/2 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
8/4 -- San Francisco Bay Area, Venue TBD
8/5 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/8 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl


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Thursday
Jan152015

Royal Blood, Alt-J, Foo Fighters & More Nominated for 2015 Brit Awards

Image Courtesy of WBR PressThe nominations for the 2015 Brit Awards -- the British equivalent of the Grammy -- have been revealed, and Royal Blood leads all rock acts with three nominations. The British duo -- who currently have a top-10 single at both Active and Alternative Rock radio with "Figure It Out" -- received nominations for British Breakthrough Act, British Group and British Album for their self-titled debut.

Alt-J joins Royal Blood in the British Album category for their sophomore release, This Is All Yours. Along with Coldplay, Alt-J is also up for British Group. Damon Albarn fills out the rock representation in the British-only categories, scoring a nomination for British Male Solo Artist.

As for the international categories, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, The War on Drugs and First Aid Kit received nominations for International Group. Jack White, Beck and Hozier are up for International Male Solo Artist, while Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent scored nods for International Female Solo Artist.

The 2015 Brit Awards will take place February 25 in London. Here are the 2015 Brit Awards nominees:

British Solo Male
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paulo Nutini
Sam Smith

British Solo Female
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

British Group
Alt-J
Clean Bandit
Coldplay
One Direction
Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Act
Chvrches
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics’ Choice winner
James Bay

British Single
Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Ella Henderson, "Ghost"
George Ezra, "Budapest"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"
Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"
Sigma, "Nobody to Love"

Mastercard British Album of the Year
Alt-J, This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran, X
George Ezra, Wanted on Voyage
Royal Blood, Royal Blood
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

British Artist Video of the Year
Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Charlie XCX, "Boom Clap"
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
One Direction, "You & I"
Rita Ora, "I Will Never Let You Down"
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"
Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"
Sigma, "Nobody to Love"

International Male Solo
Beck
Hozier
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo
Beyonce
Lana Del Rey
Sia
St Vincent
Taylor Swift

International Group:
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War on Drugs


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Thursday
Jan152015

Steve Wonder Schedules New Run of "Songs in the Key of Life" Tour Dates

Live NationStevie Wonder has announced a new series of U.S. concerts that will feature him performing his classic 1976 double album, Songs in the Key of Life, in its entirety.  The 2015 edition of the Motown legend's Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour gets under way on March 17 in Denver and is scheduled through an April 12 show in Brooklyn, New York.

The 11-date trek also will visit such major cities as Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Baltimore.

Tickets for select shows go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. local venue time, while Citi card holders will have access to pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, January 20, through Citi's Private Pass Program.

The tour's initial 2014 run spanned from a November 6 show in New York City through a December 5 concert in Oakland, California.

Songs in the Key of Life features such Wonder classics as "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely," "I Wish," "Pastime Paradise," and "Love's in Need of Love Today."

Her are all of Wonder's confirmed upcoming concerts, along with the on-sale dates and times:

3/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
3/20 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center**
3/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center***
3/24 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center***
3/27 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center***
3/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center***
4/1 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center*
4/4 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center**
4/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena**
4/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena*
4/12 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center**

* = tickets go on sale 1/23 at 10 a.m. local time.
** = tickets go on sale 1/24 at 10 a.m. local time.
*** = tickets go on sale 1/24 at 12 p.m. local time.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Chris Young and Lee Brice Launching Joint Headlining Tour January 22 in New York

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLee Brice and Chris Young are headed out on a joint headlining tour starting January 22 in Syracuse, NY and continuing through a March 8 show in Honolulu, HI.

Lee and Chris have toured together in the past. Chris says, "Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad [Paisley] and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter."

Lee agrees. saying, "Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun together!”"

Brothers Osborne will be joining Lee and Chris on the road for select dates. Here's the itinerary:

1/22 -- Syracuse, NY, War Memorial at Oncenter
1/23 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
2/6 -- Jonesboro, AR, ASU Convocation Center
2/7 -- Corbin, KY, The Arena
2/19 -- Independence, MO, Independence Events Center
2/20 -- Bloomington, IL, U.S. Cellular Coliseum
2/21 -- LaCross, WI, LaCross Center Arena
3/7 -- Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
3/8 -- Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Concert Hall


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Thursday
Jan152015

Fall Out Boy Announces Massive Summer Tour

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementFall Out Boy has revealed the details of their summer tour. Dubbed the Boys of Zummer, the trek will begin June 10 in Camden, New Jersey and conclude August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale January 23 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale starting January 21 at 10 a.m. local time through CitiPrivatePass.com.

Boys of Zummer will be a multi-genre affair, with FOB joined on the tour by hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen.

Fall Out Boy will be supporting their forthcoming sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho, featuring the hit single, "Centuries." AB/AP will be officially released January 20, but you can stream the record in full now via FOB's YouTube page.

Here are all of the Boys of Zummer tour dates:

6/10 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
6/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/14 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/16 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/17 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/18 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/20 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/23 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/24 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/26 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/27 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/28 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
6/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/1 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/2 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/3 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
7/4 -- Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/10 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/11 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/12 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/14 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/15 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
7/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/21 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/22 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/25 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/28 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/29 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/1 -- Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater Northwest
8/2 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
8/4 -- San Francisco Bay Area, Venue TBD
8/5 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/8 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl


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Thursday
Jan152015

Glen Campbell Receives Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGrammy-winning pop-country legend Glen Campbell is now an Oscar nominee. 

The 78-year-old Campbell, who's suffering from Alzheimer's disease, has been nominated in the Best Original Song category for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which he co-wrote with Julian Raymond for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.

While the Best Original Song nominees category at the Golden Globe Awards was filled with pop and rock acts, the Oscars category is very different.  There's only only one song that was nominated for both the Oscars and Golden Globes: "Glory," co-written by singer/songwriter John Legend and rapper Common for the movie Selma.  It won the Golden Globe last weekend.

The rest of the Best Original Song nominees include "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie; "Grateful," from Beyond the Lights; and "Lost Stars," from Begin Again.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 22.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Justin Bieber Offered $2 Million to Shoot Scene for Gay Porn Site

© Mert Alas and Marcus PiggottA gay porn website is capitalizing on the allegation that Justin Bieber's package was enhanced in his Calvin Klein photo shoot by offering him two million dollars to participate in a scene with an adult film actor.

Men.com has released a video in which "gay heartthrob" Johnny Rapid makes his indecent proposal. He says, "Men.com and I are offering you two million dollars to do a scene with me. Two million dollars! That's insane!"

Rapid assures Justin that the shoot will be "easy." "I'll do most of the work, come in for a few hours, then you're out of here with two million dollars," he explains.

The clip is a clear response to the controversy over Justin's Calvin Klein campaign. A description of the video from Men.com reads, "Now that we've all seen his beautiful bulge, it's about time we see just how much heat Bieber is packing under there!"

The website BreatheHeavy.com had suggested that the Bieb's Calvin Klein photo shoot was Photoshopped to make him look more, ahem, manly, but it retracted the story after Justin's camp sent a cease-and-desist letter.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lee Ann Womack's signature song, which she performed at Maya Angelou's funeral last year? ANSWER: "I Hope You Dance."


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Thursday
Jan152015

Barbra Streisand to Be Honored for Film Work Next Month

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodBarbara Streisand has been nominated for a Grammy for her #1 duets album Partners.  If she doesn't win, her consolation prize will be a special honor a few weeks later for her work in movies.

Variety reports that the American Society of Cinematographers will give Babs its 2015 Board of Governors Award, in recognition of "extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking."

While the diva's last movie, the Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip, was poorly received, she is an Oscar-winning actress, and has also directed movies like Yentl, The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

According to Variety, the president of the ASC said in a statement, "Her [Streisand's] skill in working with cinematographers in achieving her vision is a hallmark of her directorial work.”

Streisand will receive the award February 15 in Los Angeles.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Kurt Cobain "Montage of Heck" Documentary Adds Companion Book

Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnThe first fully-authorized Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will also come in book form. Publisher Insight Editions will release a companion book to the documentary about the late Nirvana frontman on April 7. The book will also be titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

The book will feature "a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain's personal archive," reports Rolling Stone. It also will contain extended transcripts of the interviews director Brett Morgen conducted for the documentary, as well as Morgen's personal thoughts on the project.

Morgen was granted full access to Cobain's archives by his daughter, Frances Bean, and his widow, Courtney Love, for the film. Frances Bean is one of the documentary's executive producers.

Montage of Heck the documentary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will air on HBO later this year.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Tapped to Headline 2015 Mountain Jam Festival

Credit: Frank MelfiOn the heels of the announcement that Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will be performing at this year's Bonnaroo Festival comes word the Led Zeppelin singer and his current band will one of the headliners for the 11th annual Mountain Jam.  The four-day fest, which is co-produced by longtime Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes, is scheduled to take place from June 4 to June 7 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, New York.

The extravaganza's other headliners include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and, as usual, the Haynes-fronted Gov't Mule.  This year, Gov't Mule will play two sets that will include a special Pink Floyd tribute.

Also on the Mountain Jam lineup are Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Wailers, Rusted Root, moe., Michael Franti and Spearhead and longtime Levon Helm Band music director Larry Campbell, along with his wife, Teresa Williams.  A total of 28 acts have been confirmed for the bill so far, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.

Ticket packages for Mountain Jam 2015 are available now at the festival's official website.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Stevie Nicks on Her Love Life: "I've Narrowed It Down to Nobody"

Courtesy of Rolling Stone

While Stevie Nicks has had her fair share of romances, including some with her own band mates, she's never truly settled down.  Now that she's in her sixties, the Fleetwood Mac singer says she doesn't see much hope for a relationship on the horizon.

In a Rolling Stone cover story -- Nicks' first solo appearance on the cover since 1981 -- she says she doesn't want to date older men, because, "What if I fall in love with somebody and they die?"  As for men her age, she says, "They wanna go out with somebody that's 25.  That has been going on since the Bible, and I haven't even read the Bible, but I know that.  So what am I gonna do, compete with that?  I'm not a competitor.  So I don't even wanna be in that situation."

Stevie also reveals that during the 1990s, she dated a younger man -- a waiter -- but it didn't work out because, she says, she was too well-known.  When he asked her to go out to a show with him, she says she told him, "Are you insane?  No.  I'm not going.  I'm famous!  I'm Stevie Nicks!  Everybody's gonna spend the whole time taking pictures of us.  And I can't keep on making excuses about why you can't go anywhere I can go... Like, can I take you to the Grammys?  No.  Can I go to the market with you?  No.  Can we go to a movie together in downtown Santa Monica?  No.  All we can do is stay in.'"

As a result, Nicks jokes of her romantic prospects, "I've narrowed it down to nobody."

As for what her relationship is like with one of her more famous exes, Fleetwood Mac band mate Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie tells Rolling Stone, "Relations with Lindsey are exactly as they have been since we broke up.  He and I will always be antagonizing to each other, and we will always do things that will irritate each other, and we really know how to push each other's buttons."


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Thursday
Jan152015

Case Announces Release Date for "Heaven’s Door"

Image Courtesy eOne Music

Case is preparing his comeback. On Wednesday, the singer announced the release date for his upcoming album, Heaven’s Door, his first in five years.

After leaving his fans waiting, Case says that he's worked diligently to get the new albumright. "Heaven's Door has been my passion project for two years," the singer says in a statement. "I have poured my heart and soul, melodically, into an album my fans will love and play on repeat."

While his first single, "Shook Up," is available on digital retailers now, the R&B veteran's set won't arrive until March 31.  It'll  serve as the follow-up to 2010's Here, My Love, which spawned Case's ballad "Love 2 Love."


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Thursday
Jan152015

Some of Country's Hottest New Acts Playing "Nashville Lifestyles" Event Next Week

Image Courtesy BMLGA few of country's hottest new acts have signed on to perform at Nashville Lifestyles magazine's 11th Annual Music in the City event, coming up Tuesday, January 20. Danielle Bradbery, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Ell and new duo Native Run are on the bill.

The show takes place at Barlines at Nashville's Omni Hotel.  Tickets are available now at NashvilleLifestyles.com. Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the magazine's Music Issue, on stands now.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Dates, Ticket Prices Revealed for Mariah Carey's Las Vegas Residency 

ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has revealed more details about her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 

The show, dubbed Mariah Carey #1s, will launch May 6, and then run May 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23 and 24, and July 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, and 26.  Tickets range from $55 to $250 apiece, and are on sale now: you can purchase them at TheColosseum.com, AXS.com, or by calling 866-320-9763.

In addition to performing all 18 of her #1 hits, Mariah Carey #1s will also feature fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed numbers, and "musical surprises," according to Caesars.

In a statement, Mariah said, "I have so many ideas for the show that I’m currently working on and am excited to perform all of my #1 singles together for the first time and others that are very close to my heart. My songs are the soundtrack of my life and I can’t wait to share them with my fans on stage!”

To go along with the show, Mariah will release a new edition of her album #1s, which will feature those hits and newly-recorded music. Look for that later this year.

"Revisiting these songs for the show, working on the updated compilation and creating new music has really let me reconnect with my songs and I hope my fans will enjoy the experience,” Mariah added.

As previously reported, Mariah's dates at the Colosseum will fill some of those left vacant by Celine Dion, who put her career on hold to care for her ailing husband.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Glen Campbell Receives Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGrammy-winning country legend Glen Campbell is now an Oscar nominee. 

The 78-year-old Campbell, who's suffering from Alzheimer's disease, has been nominated in the Best Original Song category for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which he co-wrote with Julian Raymond for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.

While the Best Original Song nominees category at the Golden Globe Awards was filled with pop and rock acts, the Oscars category is very different.  There's only only one song that was nominated for both the Oscars and Golden Globes: "Glory," co-written by singer/songwriter John Legend and rapper Common for the movie Selma.  It won the Golden Globe last weekend.

The rest of the Best Original Song nominees include "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie; "Grateful," from Beyond the Lights; and "Lost Stars," from Begin Again, otherwise known as "the movie that stars Adam Levine from The Voice."

The Academy Awards will air on ABC February 22.


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Thursday
Jan152015

John Legend Receives Oscar Nomination for "Glory"

ARTium/Def JamFresh from winning a Golden Globe award, John Legend is now an Oscar nominee.  The singer has been nominated in the category of Best Original Song for "Glory," which he and rapper Common co-wrote for the movie Selma.

"So grateful for Award nomination for GLORY!!! On MLK's birthday!!" tweeted John.  Indeed, today, January 15 is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Selma is about the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which were led by Dr. King and others.

Other than "Glory," no other songs that were up for Golden Globes received Oscar nods.  Instead, the rest of the nominees include "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie; "Grateful," from Beyond the Lights; "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the documentary about country music legend Glen Campbell entitled Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; and "Lost Stars," from Begin Again. 

You may be familiar with "Lost Stars," since Adam Levine performed it on this past season of The Voice.  In the movie itself, Adam, who also was one of the stars, sang the song, but it was actually written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, from the short-lived '90s group New Radicals.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC February 22.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Adam Levine's Family Connections Led to "Wedding Crashers" Video for "Sugar" 

Travis SchneiderMaroon 5's new video for "Sugar" has attracted a lot of attention because it shows footage of the band showing up unannounced at a bunch of real-life weddings and performing the song.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine reveals that they were able to pull it off because of Adam Levine's unique connection to the director.

"We had been talking about working with the director David Dobkin for a very long time," James tells ABC News Radio. "He happens to be a family friend of Adam’s and he did the movie Wedding Crashers. So he came [to us] with the idea, 'Hey let’s actually crash weddings.'”

The band didn't go in 100 percent unannounced, though: as previously reported, the grooms had been notified that the crashing was going to happen, so the surprise concerts were really a surprise just for the bride and the guests. Still, James says the band was leery of actually barging in on the couples' special days.

"We were a little skeptical at first because of all the logistics that could actually go wrong," James tells ABC News Radio.  But in the end, he says, "It went perfectly."  

The "Sugar" video will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.


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