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Friday
Apr152016

Report: New Festival Could Feature McCartney, The Stones, Dylan, The Who and More Rock Legends

Mary McCartney/MPL; Claude GassianA new music festival is in the planning stages that may feature the biggest classic-rock acts in the world. The Los Angeles Times reports that Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is working to book such huge stars as Paul McCartneyThe Rolling StonesBob DylanThe WhoNeil Young and ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters for the event, which would take place October 7 to October 9 at the Coachella grounds in Indio, California.

Sources close to new fest tell the Times that Goldenvoice is organizing the event with its corporate partner AEG Live, and say that the multi-day concert still is in the process of being finalized. Word has it that Dylan and the Stones would play on October 7; Young, with his current backing group Promise of the Real, and McCartney would perform on October 8; and The Who and Waters would close things out on October 9.

Young's longtime manager, Elliot Roberts, commented to the newspaper, "It's so special in so many ways, because you won't get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It's a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time."

While some of the aforementioned artists have performed with each other at various shows over the years, all six of them have never played on the same bill at the same time.

Meanwhile, Showbiz411.com claims that Elton JohnBruce Springsteen and Sting also have been approached about taking part in the festival.

The 2016 Coachella festival, which kicks off today, will feature two headlining performances by the partially reunited classic lineup of Guns N' Roses on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23. About one hundred acts in all will perform at the two-weekend event.

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Friday
Apr152016

Drake Publicly Declares His Love for Rihanna

Photo credit: Paolo Reversi

Rihanna was joined by Drake at her Toronto concert last night, marking their second performance together on her ANTI World Tour.

Fan footage captured Drizzy, after performing and grinding to their hit song "Work," proclaiming his feelings for RiRi to his fellow Canadians.

"One more time, if you would do me the favor and make some noise for the greatest woman I've ever known in my life," he told a stadium full of fans,  "She goes by the name of Rihanna. You better make some noise for her. I go by the name of Drake, and if there's one thing I care about it's everybody in this motherf****** building tonight."

In related news, "Work" logged an eighth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Friday
Apr152016

Bob Seger Makes Guest Appearance at Bruce Springsteen Show in Detroit Area

ABC/Randy Holmes; Danny ClinchBob Seger hasn't played a concert since his Ride Out tour wound down in March 2015, but the Michigan rocker returned to the stage Thursday night to make a guest appearance at his pal Bruce Springsteen's show at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit area. Rolling Stone reports that Seger played tambourine and sang a bit during Bruce and his E Street Band's encore performance of "10th Avenue Freeze-Out" and stayed for a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Shout."

You can watch fan-shot video of the "Shout" performance online at YouTube.

The last time Seger and Springsteen performed on stage together was in December 2011, when Bruce joined Bob and his Silver Bullet Band for a rendition of "Old Time Rock and Roll" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The only other time the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers played together was at a Springsteen and the E Street Band concert in October 1980 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Seger joined the Boss for a version of "Thunder Road."

Meanwhile, during Thursday night's show, Springsteen took time to speak out about legislation Michigan is considering passing that's similar to the "bathroom bill" enacted last month in North Carolina that prompted Bruce to cancel a recent concert in that state.

"We hope the bill doesn't pass, 'cause we love playing in Michigan," Springsteen told the audience. "So keep your heads up."

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Friday
Apr152016

Muse Drone Crashes During Concert 

Melissa Fossum/PHX/Voice Media Group via Getty ImagesThroughout Muse's world tour in support of their album Drones, the show has featured actual drones flying above the audience. During the band's performance in London's O2 Arena Thursday night, however, the concert included a bit of a drone mishap.

While Muse was playing their song "The Globalist," a large, blimp-shaped drone began to fall out of the air and onto the crowd as it was trying to fly around the arena. NME reports that the crew scrambled to "get it down onto the ground and out of the arena," and that no fans are believed to have been injured. Several Instagram posts captured footage of the incident.

Muse will play the O2 Arena again tonight, hopefully without any drone accidents this time. The band will tour Europe throughout the spring and summer.

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Friday
Apr152016

Metallica to Live Stream Record Store Day Performance 

Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica will be celebrating this Saturday's Record Store Day with an in-store performance at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California. Chances are you didn't get tickets to the very intimate show, but don't fret: it'll stream live on Metallica's Facebook page starting at 4 p.m. PT.

For this year's Record Store Day, Metallica is releasing deluxe reissues of their first two albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, plus a live CD called Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! -- Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France -- June 11th, 2003. Additionally, the metal legends will serve as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2016.

Metallica will play a much larger venue this summer when they headline August 20 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the new home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

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Friday
Apr152016

WALK THE MOON Cancels Tour Due to Family Illness

Image Group LA/ABCSad news, WALK THE MOON fans. The band has announced they'e cancelling their Work This Body tour. In a message posted to Twitter Friday, the band explains the decision is due to a serious illness in frontman Nick Petricca’s family.

“For many years now, Nick’s dad has been suffering from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease,” the message reads. “Unfortunately, it’s reached a point where he needs to come home and focus on his family for a while.”

The band says they’ll play the rest of their shows scheduled for May, but after that, they’ll be taking a break from the road. If you bought tickets to their headlining shows in July and August, your purchase price will be refunded.

WALK THE MOON thanks their fans for “their understanding and support,” concluding, “Through this time, it continues to be our dream and our mission to take the darkness in our lives and mold it into light + color. The only way out is through.”

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Friday
Apr152016

James TW Releases Debut EP, "First Impressions"

Island RecordsFollowing his poignant first single “When You Love Someone,” British singer/songwriter James TW has released his six-song debut EP, First Impressions.

The 18-year-old will also be opening for Shawn Mendes on tour, which starts Saturday in Cologne, Germany and runs through August. Last month, James opened for Shawn at his sold-out gig at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

“I am very excited to be going on Shawn's World Tour,” James says in a statement. “I've played in front of his fans before and they're incredibly welcoming. I’ve had the dream of going on a world tour since I was 12 years old so it’s amazing that's it's happening now.”

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Friday
Apr152016

Meghan Trainor Releases Confidence-Boosting New Tune, "I Love Me"

Tom SchirmacherIf you liked Meghan Trainor’s sassy self-esteem on her song “No,” you’ll be happy to know she takes that bold confidence one step further on her new single, “I Love Me.”

The snappy duet with LunchMoney Lewis has Meghan singing her own praises. “I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast/I love all ya’ll, but I love me the most,” she sings.

It’s the latest tune she’s released from her forthcoming sophomore album, Thank You, due out May 13. Last month, she released the James Brown-inspired “Watch Me Do.”

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Friday
Apr152016

Ice Cube Back in Business with New "Barbershop" Sequel, Not Studying Jungle Book Competition 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt’s good being Ice Cube.

With a near-30-year career in the business, he is showing no signs of slowing down.  It’s as if he’s dry ice -- the kind that’s always hot and never melts.

Just three months ago, the Los Angeles native starred alongside Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2, which has grossed over $120 million at the worldwide box office.  This on the heels of last summer’s sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton -- which he produced -- grossing over $200 million globally.

And within the past week alone, the N.W.A. co-founder joined former group members in being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  And today, his latest movie, Barbershop: The Next Cut, arrives in theaters.

Directed by Malcolm Lee and also starring Cedric The Entertainer, Eve, Common, Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj and Anthony Anderson, among others, Barbershop: The Next Cut shows how the popular barbershop takes an active role in trying to end the gun violence plaguing its Chicago community. 

Although the beloved comedy franchise is taking on some weighty issues, Cube is not worried about facing box-office competition from The Jungle Book.

“Ya know, Jungle Book is cool but reality should sometimes trump fantasy, especially on something like this,” he said.  “So we're happy with the movie we have and I think people are excited to see a contemporary story about what's really going on on the ground today.”

The first Barbershop film grossed over $75 million at the box office off of a $12 million budget in 2002. In 2004, its sequel, Barbershop: Back In Business, did $65 million.  The Queen Latifah-fronted 2005 comedy Beauty Shop, which he produced, tapped out at a little over $37 million.

A few of Ice Cube’s other projects have spun off through the years: The 1995 sleeper hit Friday spawned 2000’s Next Friday and 2004’s Friday After Next; and 2005’s Are We There Yet spun off into 2007’s Are We Done Yet? and a TBS sitcom.

He’s like a king of sequels.  And although it’s been over a decade since he revisited this barbershop story cinematically, he was careful in his approach to the new story.

“…the key to sequels is to make standalone movies and not borrow from the previous movie,” he explained.  “You gotta make a standalone movie because you never know, a person might see the second one first and go back to the first one and then the third.”

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Friday
Apr152016

Kip Moore Gets Romantic on the Beach

MCA NashvilleAvid surfer Kip Moore admits there’s another thing or two he might enjoy doing on the beach, confessing he’s had some memorable romantic moments in the sand.

“I’m not going to say with who -- I’d never do that -- but it was St. Simons Island, and this was many, many years ago,” the “Running for You” hitmaker tells People. “I brought a blanket out to the beach and I can remember we laid there probably until 4 or 5 in the morning and made out several times and drank lots of wine.”

This weekend, Kip plays the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it turns out he has some musical oceanside fantasies as well.

“I’d like to kick back around a fire on a beach night with a couple of guitars and Bonnie Raitt. There ain’t nothing that’s not cool about Bonnie Raitt. I feel like she has a lot of stories and I feel like we’d do a lot of picking and I’ve got a feeling that she could kick back some drinks and some other stuff, too,” he jokes.

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Friday
Apr152016

ZZ Top Cancels Concert After Dusty Hill Dislocates Shoulder

Credit: Ross HalfinOw, ow, ow, ow! ZZ Top's Dusty Hill dislocated his shoulder just before the band's scheduled concert in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday night, forcing the Texas trio to postpone the show. A manager at the venue, the Lone Star Events Center, told TMZ that the bearded bass player was injured while exiting the band's tour bus and that he taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated.

A source at the venue's official ticket seller, Ralph's Records, tells ABC Radio the concert will be rescheduled sometime in late May. Meanwhile, ZZ Top also has postponed their next two concert appearances -- a show tonight at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and a performance on Saturday, April 16, at the Chilifest event in Snook, Texas.

Check ZZTop.com for the latest news about the status of the band's current tour.

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Friday
Apr152016

Radiohead Management Says Statement Made About New Album Not "Official" 

Samir Hussein/Referns via Getty ImagesMaybe we shouldn't get our hopes up about having that new Radiohead album by this summer.

The band's management company, Courtyard Management, has clarified the comments made by Brian Message regarding the band's new album. Message, who was credited as Radiohead's manager, said during an event in London on Thursday that the album will be released in June. However, the statement from Courtyard says that while Message is a partner in the management company, he is not Radiohead's manager.

"Brian Message is not Radiohead's manager -- he is a partner in Courtyard Management but plays no operational role," the statement reads. "Therefore any quotes from last night's event, or any supposition arising from them, should not be attributed to Radiohead's management or be seen as official quotes on behalf of the group."

It's not exactly a denial of what Message said, so at this point it's anyone's guess if it's true.  Message had added that the album would be "like nothing like you've ever heard."

Radiohead's last album was 2011's The King of Limbs.

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Friday
Apr152016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Martina McBride's best showing of her career so far on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart came with these two albums, which both peaked at number three. Can you name them? ANSWER:  2005's Timeless and 2007's Waking Up Laughing.

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Friday
Apr152016

Lady Antebellum Gets Back to Work to Sing the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum may’ve been on a break for most of this year, but it’s quickly coming to an end, as the trio prepares to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Kentucky Derby May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It’s one of those songs that holds so much meaning and has already been performed by the best singers in history, so there’s a lot of pressure,” Dave Haywood tells USA Today, going on to explain what his version of the national anthem with Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley may sound like. “We will definitely put our own Lady A spin on it. Being part of a trio gives us a lot of room to play around with harmonies, which is one of the things we are really drawn to when we perform.”

You can tune in for the performance just after 5 p.m. ET on May 7, as the 142nd Kentucky Derby is broadcast on NBC. Later in the month, it’s back to work for the threesome, as Lady A kicks off its summer tour May 27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Friday
Apr152016

Jefferson Airplane Members to Perform at Grammy's Special Merit Awards Gala

Photo by CBS via Getty ImagesMost of Jefferson Airplane's surviving members will come together to perform at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends event, which celebrates the Recording Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards winners. The gala, which will feature various tribute performances saluting the honorees, will take place April 23 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and will be taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Great Performances.

The Jefferson Airplane are among this year's recipients of the Recording Academy's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards, along with Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Run-DMC, jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, late R&B singer Ruth Brown and late salsa legend Celia Cruz. Founding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady will take part in the concert, while longtime singer Grace Slick will attend the event but won't perform. Current Jefferson Starship singer Cathy Richardson will fill in for Slick.

Other performers confirmed for Grammy Salute to Music Legends include Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Earth, Wind & Fire, JD Souther, Ry Cooder and country star Martina McBride.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Awards presentations and tribute performances, the gala will salute the Trustees Awards, Technical Grammy Awards and Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award honorees.

Prior to 2016, the Special Merit Awards were presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with Grammy Week. This year marks the first time that a standalone event featuring a musical tribute has been organized. The ceremony also will include video presentations celebrating the honorees and appearances by celebrity guests who will hand out the awards.

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Friday
Apr152016

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Releasing New Album with Ex-Ted Nugent Singer Derek St. Holmes in June

Credit: David BeanIn recent years, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has rekindled a collaborative relationship with former Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes, with whom he recorded the 1981 album Whitford/St. Holmes.  Now the duo is set to release a brand-new studio effort.

Reunion will be released on June 3, the same day Brad and Derek will hit the road on a U.S. tour opening for Whitesnake to support the album.

Whitford and St. Holmes began working together again after they both moved to the Nashville area. After writing some new material, they assembled a band that features bassist Chopper Anderson, keyboardist Buck Johnson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta. Brad and Derek co-produced Reunion, which was recorded at The Castle Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.

The album's hard-rocking first single, "Shapes," will be released May 9, though you can check out the track now at WhitfordStHolmes.com.

"It's hard to believe we first jammed over 30 years ago," says Whitford about his collaboration with St. Holmes.

Adds Derek, "We are excited for this record to get out there, we want to share it with our friends, all those hardcore rock 'n' roll fans…Like our fans and good Whiskey we all seem to get better with age. These new cuts are bold, brassy and ballsy we can't wait to play them live."

Whitford/St. Holmes' opening stint for Whitesnake runs from a June 3 show in Dallas though a June 29 concert in Silver Spring, Maryland. The duo also has a couple of headlining gigs lined up, and is planning to announce more dates soon.

Here is Whitford/St. Holmes' full current list of U.S. dates, according to their official website.  All shows are with Whitesnake unless otherwise noted:

6/3 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
6/5 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
6/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
6/8 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
6/11 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
6/15 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
6/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
6/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater
6/22 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 1894*
6/23 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston
6/26 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
6/28 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater
6/29 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
7/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall*

* = headlining show.

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Friday
Apr152016

En Vogue Returns with New Single & Comeback Album, "Electric Cafe"

credit: Troy JensenEn Vogue is back. Without warning the R&B group -- consisting of original members Cindy Heron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and newcomer Rhona Bennett -- have released a new song called "Déjà Vu," posted on SoundCloud.

The retro song, which marks their first new release in almost five years, is lifted from their upcoming album, Electric Cafe, arriving later this year.

"We're proud of being considered trendsetters, fusing music with style from the beginning with our little black dresses to our red 'hot' 'Giving Him Something He Can Feel' video to the futuristic look of 'Free Your Mind,'" says Ellis. Bennett adds,  "We adore our fans and constantly strive to give them music from our hearts."

In related news, the trio are currently embarking on a world tour -- visit EnVogueMusic.com for concert dates.

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Friday
Apr152016

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Reportedly Couldn't Stay Awake During a Studio Session with Mariah Carey

Neil Lupin/RedfernsIt's hard to believe how many hits Mariah Carey has to her credit, but have you ever wondered how some of those collaborations came together?

In a new article, Billboard explores the stories behind some of those collaborations. Record executive Cory Rooney recalls an interesting story about Ol’ Dirty Bastard contributing -- and falling asleep -- while recording Mi Mi's “Fantasy (Remix).”

“I reached out to ODB and he wanted $15,000 to rap on the record,” Rooney said of the the late Wu Tang Clan member. “He finally showed up, three hours late, and when he got there, it was about 10:30 at night. He had been drinking, and was on the phone when he walked in. Irate, screaming at some girl how he’s gonna come kill her, he’s going to kick her a**…and then whispering, ‘I love you.’ Then screaming again. This went on for an hour.“

As for his catchy lines, Rooney says ODB took a while to record due to his sleep patterns. “He said one line -- ‘me and Mariah, go back like babies with pacifiers’ -- then paused, said, ‘Yo, I need to take a break,’ and went to sleep for 45 minutes.”

There you have it.

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Friday
Apr152016

Band of Horses Reveals Track List for "Why Are You OK" 

Timothy Hiatt/WireImageBand of Horses has unveiled the track list for their forthcoming album, Why Are You OK. The 12-track album, which includes song titles such as "Dull Times/The Moon" and "Hold on Gimme a Sec," will be released in June, and is available for pre-order now at BandofHorses.com.

 Why Are You OK, Band of Horses' fifth studio album, will be their follow-up their 2012 effort, Mirage Rock. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the record, frontman Ben Bridwell said Why Are You OK will contain some elements from Band of Horses' earlier work.

"I didn't want to just pander to our previous records or maybe even our most fruitful period, but at the same time I definitely attempted to tap into a lot of that stuff throughout," he said.

Here's the track list for Why Are You OK:

"Dull Times/The Moon"
"Solemn Oath"
"Hag"
"Casual Party"
"In a Drawer"
"Hold on Gimme a Sec"
"Lying Under Oak"
"Throw My Mess"
"Whatever, Wherever"
"Country Teen"
"Barrel House"
"Even Still"

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Friday
Apr152016

Killswitch Engage Shares Record Store Day Single, "Define Love"

Credit: Travis ShinnKillswitch Engage will be releasing a new song called "Define Love" as a seven-inch vinyl picture disc single on Record Store Day, held this Saturday, April 16. Ahead of the track's physical release, the band is now streaming "Define Love" at RevolverMag.com.

"'Define Love' was written as my critique on our attempts as humans to limit love or restrict love," says frontman Jesse Leach. "Whether it be political or religious agendas, love seems to be used as a way to manipulate people to think or act a certain way."

In addition to the "Define Love" single, Killswitch Engage will be celebrating Record Store Day with a signing at Newbury Comics in Leominster, Massachusetts. Later that night, the band will headline the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

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