Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album with "Trigga"

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsAs expected, Trey Songz has scored his second #1 album on the Billboard 200.

According to the publication, the singer's newly released album, Trigga has debuted atop the chart, selling 105,000 copies in its first week in stores. His last album, 2012's Chapter V, entered at #1, selling 135,000 copies in its first week.

Despite having the number one album in the country this week, Trey's sales figures mark his lowest since 2007's Trey Day opened at #11 with 73,000 copies sold.

Nevertheless, the crooner expressed his gratitude to his fans via Twitter.

"Thank you to everyone who went and spent their hard earned money on my album. #1 because of you all. I'm forever grateful.

Robin Thicke's Paula claimed the number nine position, selling 24,000 copies.


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Paul McCartney to Play San Diego in September -- for First Time in 35 Years

MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has added a San Diego date to the U.S. leg of his current Out There tour.

Sir Paul will play the city's Petco Park on September 28. This will be the first time he has performed in San Diego since he played there in 1976 with Wings. Tickets will go on sale to the general public July 18 at 10:00 am PT.

In the meantime, McCartney's Out There tour hits United Center in Chicago this evening.

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The Band Perry Shares the Spotlight with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Air New Zealand Show

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry headlined an event to celebrate the delivery of Air New Zealand's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Tuesday at the Boeing plant near Seattle. More than a thousand Boeing employees were on hand for the performance, which took place next to the giant airliner.

The Band Perry's Neil Perry posted a selfie on Instagram next to the plane, with the caption, "Had a blast playing the BRAND NEW Boeing 787-9 unveiling show!"

The Dreamliner is made of carbon fiber, so it's 20 percent more fuel-efficient than planes made of aluminum. Passengers also enjoy fresh air drawn directly from outside over air drawn through the engines, and the windows are bigger in the Dreamliner than in traditional planes.

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Is Mick Jagger Responsible for Brazil's World Cup Loss?

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIs Mick Jagger to blame for Brazil's crushing loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals? If you believe some people, the answer is yes.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that many Brazilians are indeed holding Jagger responsible for the country's defeat on Tuesday, calling him 'Pe Frio' -- which in English means 'cold feet' or 'the jinx.'

The Rolling Stones frontman took in the game with his 15-year-old son Lucas at Brazil's Mineirao Stadium from a VIP suite, his son wearing a signed Brazil jersey.  They watched the home team lose 7-1 to Germany in one of the biggest defeats in World Cup history. Mick was wearing an England cap even though his country's team had been eliminated from the tournament a couple of weeks back.

But it wasn't just Jagger's presence at this pivotal match that prompted some Brazilians to hold him responsible for their team's loss. Apparently, he has a history of supporting teams in countries the Stones are playing -- countries which nearly always lose following his show of faith. When in Rome, for example, Jagger told fans that Italy would advance to the next stage of the World Cup; instead, they were beaten by Uruguay. In Lisbon, he predicted that Portugal would go all the way to the finals; they immediately lost to Germany. And back in 2010, Jagger actually wore a Brazil shirt to a game in which that country lost to the Netherlands in the quarter finals.

In response to the Brazilians' taunting of Jagger -- which included cyber-bullying and making cardboard cutouts of the singer wearing the shirts of opposing teams -- Luciana Giminez, his former flame and Lucas' mom, took to Instagram in his defense. She wrote in Portuguese but translated by the Mail, "Mick is a person like us all, and he does not deserve to be treated this way by Brazilians."

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Is Miley Cyrus Dating Her Producer?

Tyrone Lebon/RCA RecordsSince Miley Cyrus broke up with her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, she hasn't really been publicly linked to anyone else.  But now Us Weekly is reporting that she's been seeing someone on the down low for quite some time.

Sources tell the magazine that for the past nine months, Miley has been "discreetly dating" Mike Will Made-It, executive producer of her album Bangerz and producer of "We Can't Stop."

A source close to Miley dishes, "Everybody in her circle knows they've been together this whole time."  Apparently, the two started seeing each other soon after she and Hemsworth broke up in September.  Their relationship is described as "pretty serious," and Miley's mom Tish describes him as "part of the family."  Even while she's on tour, Miley and Mike "talk and text all day, every day," adds another source.

Miley and the producer were also apparently "all over each other" at a BET Awards party on June 28, a witness tells Us Weekly.

However, an E! News source says Miley isn't dating Mike or anyone else.

Mike, born Michael Len Williams II, is an Atlanta-based producer who's worked with Rihanna, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, and 2 Chainz.  He plans to release his own debut album this year.

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Demi Lovato Stars in Video Promoting Marriage Equality 

Courtesy HRCDemi Lovato has been a staunch supporter of gay rights, and her dedication to the cause continues with an appearance in a new video by the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization.

In the video, Demi talks about marriage equality, saying, "I believe that love comes in all different colors, so whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift. So let’s protect love and strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing loving, caring and committed same-sex couples to legally marry.”

Demi has also written an email to HRC's supporters, in which she states, "My generation knows that it's wrong to tell two people in love they can’t get married, simply because of who they love. We’ve got to stand up for what's right and let our voices be heard if we want to put an end to marriage discrimination. The America I know and love values everyone, and that includes the LGBT community.

The singer is asking supporters to sign the HRC's pledge in support of marriage equality.

This is just the latest example of Demi's support of gay rights.  She was recently named Grand Marshal of the 44th annual Los Angeles Pride parade and filmed the video for her latest hit, "Really Don't Care," during that event.  In addition, she took part in Trailblazers, Logo TV's recent special honoring the pioneers of gay rights, during which she publicly revealed that her grandfather was gay.

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Pink Visits Paris While Hubby Bonds with Daughter

Bret Hartman/CBSPink's a devoted mom to her daughter, Willow, but sometimes mama has to have some "me" time.  The singer jetted off to Paris to attend Georgio Armani's Privé couture show on Tuesday, while her husband, Carey Hart, stayed behind for some bonding with Willow.

Women's Wear Daily reports that Pink was in the front row for the show with the likes of Kate Hudson and Chloe Grace Moretz, wearing a sequined top and black trousers.  Asked about her next project, the singer told WWD, "I am working on getting my three-year-old to listen to me. That might be a lifelong project."

Meanwhile, hubby Carey Instagrammed a photo of the singer, and wrote, "Missing this woman so much right now. Thank you for letting me have a wonderful papa/daughter week this week...You are an amazing wife and awesome Mama. Glad you had a solo trip to Europe, you deserve it. Now get your ass home cause i miss you so much!!!!!"

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Linkin Park Singer Says Outdoor Festivals Have "Killed the Live Experience"

Image Courtesy Porsche DesignIf you see Linkin Park play an outdoor festival, know that at least one member is doing so "begrudgingly." That, from the mouth of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who tells NME in an interview that he thinks that "Rock and roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face. It can be done, but it's done begrudgingly."

Though he made the comment with a twinkle in his eye, suggesting he's joking, Bennington goes on to make the point that "outdoor festivals kind of killed the live experience a little bit. The whole idea of seeing a rock band is to be in a dark place, the lights, the stage, to be part of the show. When you're sitting on the grass and the sun is shining...it doesn't f**king matter."

What does the singer prefer? "Inside," Bennington says. "Dark, controlled environment, lights, loud music, [is] always better."

Chester will get half his wish later this summer: the dates that Linkin Park have with 30 Seconds to Mars on their Carnivores tour are outdoors, but at night.

Here are the Carnivores tour dates: 

8/8 − West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/9 − Tampa, FL, Steinbrenner Field
8/12 − Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless
8/13 − Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 − Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 − Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
8/18 − Holmdale, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/19 − Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
8/21 − Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake
8/23 − Montreal, QC, Parc Jean Drepeau
8/24 − Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center
8/26 − St. Paul, MN, Minnesota St. Fair
8/27 − Winnipeg, SK, MTS Center
8/29 − Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Pavilion
8/30 − Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/06 − Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion
9/6 − Dallas, TX, Geza Energy Pavilion
9/8 − Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green
9/10 − Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Arena
9/11 − Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/13 − Quincy, WA, The Gorge
9/15 − Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/16 − San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/18 − Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/19 − Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion

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5 Seconds of Summer to Perform at MTV VMAs 

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCLast week, Ariana Grande revealed she'll be performing at next month's MTV Video Music Awards.  Now another artist has revealed their involvement: 5 Seconds of Summer.

The Australian quartet will perform on the telecast August 24, live from the forum on Inglewood, California.  Unfortunately, that means they'll have to cancel two of their planned performances opening for One Direction: August 24 in Dallas and August 27 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

In a statement, the band says, "To have been asked and given this opportunity is incredible and we cannot be more excited about it...We are really sorry to everyone that was hoping to see us but we hope to come back, do some more shows and rock out for all of you soon!"

This will be the group's second high-profile U.S. TV appearance, following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards in May.

In other 5SOS news, the group's song, "Amnesia," is the top debut this week onBillboard's Digital Songs chart, selling 162,000 copies in its first week. It's the group's best sales week to date.  Their full-length self-titled album is due July 22.

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Jessie J Posts Snippet of Collabo with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 

Matt Irwin/Republic Records"Bang Bang," the much-anticipated collaboration featuring Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, will be released July 29, according to Jessie, who posted the news on Instagram.  The British singer also posted a brief snippet of the song which, as the title suggests, is pretty upbeat.

In the song clip, Jessie sings, "She got a body like an hourglass but I can give it to you all the time/She got a booty like a Cadillac but I can send you into overdrive."  These lyrics suggest that the song is a sassy anthem in which the three ladies team up to warn another girl away from their men.

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" will appear as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Ariana's upcoming album, My Everything, and will also be the lead single for Jessie J's upcoming album.

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Justin Bieber to Face Misdemeanor Vandalism Charges in Egg-Throwing Incident 

Credit: Ben WattsEver since that incident in January in which Justin Bieber allegedly threw eggs at his neighbor's house in Calabasas, California, there's been speculation over whether the singer would actually be charged, and for what specific crime.  Well, it's finally been decided, and it's not as bad as it could have been.

Justin will be charged today with one count of misdemeanor vandalism for the egg incident.  He won't be present for his arraignment, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. PT in L.A. County Superior Court.

There had been some talk about Justin possibly being charged with felony vandalism, because the extent of the damage the egg-throwing caused was allegedly in the tens of thousands of dollars. Anything under $400 is a misdemeanor.  A felony charge would, of course, have been much more serious.

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Bastille Drummer Says "Pompeii's" a Hit Thanks to "Big Drums, Catchy Hooks" 

Credit; Jesse JenkinsBritish band Bastille first released their single "Pompeii" more than a year ago in their native U.K., but now that the song has become a global smash worldwide, they're more in demand than ever; they've been on tour basically non-stop for the past year.  If you haven't gotten a chance to check out the band live, what can you expect?  Well, for one thing, lunacy, according to the band's drummer.

"The live shows are a little bit more raw than the album...maybe a little bit rockier and heavier in places," Bastille drummer Chris "Woody" Wood tells ABC News Radio. "But I mean, you basically see Dan, our singer, jumping around, looking like an absolute lunatic for about an hour and a half."

While the band's concerts feature numerous songs from their debut Bad Blood, the highlight is, of course, "Pompeii," lead singer Dan Smith's imagining of a post-death conversation between two people who perished after being buried in volcanic ash in the ancient city of Pompeii.  Yes, you might be surprised to hear that that's what the song's about, but it's probably safe to say the lyrics aren't why the song has become such a hit.  Woody feels it's just one of those songs that everyone can sing along to.

"I think the kinda 'chant-y' hook at the start, that's quite universal, obviously," he says. "Because it's not in any sort of exact language, anyone can kind of latch on to that. But I think it's quite a fair representation of the kind of overall sound of the band...it's got the big drums, it's got the catchy hooks and the backing vocal." 

At this point, of course, Bastille has performed "Pompeii" countless times all over the world, but at least according to Woody, boredom hasn't set in quite yet.

"I never get bored of that, ever, I don't think I ever will," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think when you play a song quite a few times, you often kind of find different aspects of it that you like more than previously. But, I mean, that's a song that everyone seems to know."

He adds, "It's kind of nice to have that, obviously, 'cause, [let's] say the crowd aren't particularly receptive -- we've got, like, a Get Out of Jail Free card!"  

Bastille will no doubt be pulling out their Get Out of Jail Free card every night while playing festivals across Europe this month and August.  After a break, they'll return to North America in the fall for more headlining shows.

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Jackson Browne to Receive Special Award During 2014 Americana Music Festival in Nashville This Fall

Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne will be one of the special honorees at the Americana Music Association's 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which will be held on September 17 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.  The acclaimed folk-rock artist will be presented with the Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music prize.

The award, which will be co-presented by the First Amendment Center, will recognize Browne's longtime support for environmental, social and political causes, as well as his musical contributions.

The Americana Music Association also will give Lifetime Achievement Awards to country legend Loretta Lynn, folk-blues great Taj Mahal and Tex-Mex accordion virtuoso Flaco Jimenez, who will be acknowledged, respectively, in the categories of songwriting, performance and instrumental talent.

The ceremony will help kick off this year's installment of the annual Americana Music Festival, which will run through September 21.  The event will be recorded and will air later this year as a special episode of the PBS series Austin City Limits.

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Elle Varner, Rick Ross Join the 2014 Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! Campaign

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Elle Varner and Rick Ross have signed on to support the 2014 Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! campaign, which encourages people, especially younger people, to vote in this year's mid-term elections.

Organizers have announced that the entertainers will help promote the campaign's five-month national push to target 18- to 40-year-old voters who live in urban communities and Historically Black Colleges and University campuses.

"I am very passionate about everyone using their voices to affect change, and so I am very excited to be joining the Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! campaign," said Varner in a statement.

Ross commented, "To vote is to be a boss. When we vote, we are deciding who works for us on all levels of the government. I most definitely look forward to working with the Hip Hop Caucus to encourage young people to boss up at the polls."

To learn more about the initiative, visit RespectMyVote.com.

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Deep Purple Confirms Itinerary for North American Summer Tour

Image Courtesy of Jim RaketeDeep Purple has officially announced the full schedule for its 2014 North American summer tour.  The trek will feature 19 dates, and will run from an August 4 concert in Scottsdale, Arizona, through an August 31 show in Hollywood, Florida.

The tour will mark the first time the veteran British rockers will be visiting the continent since the arrival of their latest studio album, Now What?!, which was released in April 2013.  Deep Purple last toured Canada in February 2012, and while the group's most recent U.S. outing took place June 2011.

In advance of the 2014 North American trek, the band will release a new single from Now What?! to radio, a song titled "All the Time in the World."  The group currently is touring Europe, and that leg will wind down with a July 21 performance in Singen, Germany.

Here is Deep Purple's full North American tour schedule:

8/4 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino
8/5 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
8/8 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
8/9 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair
8/10 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
8/13 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/14 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon Casino Event Center
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Fremont St. Downtown
8/16 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
8/20 -- Elgin, IL, Festival Park
8/21 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Casino
8/22 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/24 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Casino
8/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/31 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich actress won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in the film, Coal Miner's Daughter? ANSWER: Sissy Spacek.

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Billy Currington Has an Arena-Ready Hit with "We Are Tonight"

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington was looking for a big song to really amp up his concert crowds when he recorded his latest hit, "We Are Tonight."

Billy tells ABC News Radio, "Everybody wants them kind of songs when you finally do get to the arenas. You want to put a song out like that in front of the crowd and create that environment. With 'We Are Tonight,' I think we did."

Performing "We Are Tonight" with a big sound system and elaborate light show has been a thrill for Billy. His fans seem to like it, too.

Billy says with a laugh, "Yeah, you definitely save a song like that for towards the end when you know they're good and ready and had a few drinks in 'em."

Billy is headlining a few shows this summer in between his tour dates with Lady Antebellum. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where he's playing next.

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Rage Against the Machine Bassist Says Headbanging Will Continue, Injuries or Not

Image Courtesy Greetsia Tent/WireImageAfter new broke that headbanging to Motörhead caused a man's brain to bleed, an intrepid reporter from TMZ pounced on Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford in a parking lot and asked him about moshing, headbanging, and all that makes a good rock show. Commerford -- who was obviously amused that the reporter recognized him --  talked about chronically suffering from what he called "banger neck...a slight whiplash [from headbanging]."

Commerford went on to say that he gets banger neck every time he plays a show, but when the reporter told him about the Motorhead injury -- in which a fan suffered a subdural hematoma and needed to have a hole drilled into his skull to allow his brain to drain -- Commerford said he didn't think that would be the end of headbanging. "I've seen the world's biggest mosh pit many times," he said, and then talked about the exchange of energy that fans and the band experience at a concert. "When we play, it's a shared [experience]. It's the four of us and the audience together, creating a great thing." 

That "great thing" may have come to an end: the band has not performed live together since their appearance in August 2011 at the L.A. Rising festival.

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Ariana Grande Never Gets Tired of Mariah Comparisons

Republic RecordsEver since Ariana Grande broke through with her debut album, she's been compared to Mariah Carey, thanks to her impressive vocal range and tone.  In fact, rapper A$AP Ferg, who appears on Ariana's upcoming album, just told MTV a few days ago that she's "the next Mariah Carey."  But how does Ariana herself feel about the comparisons?  She's not exactly complaining.

"No," Ariana told ABC News Radio when asked if she's tired of constantly being mentioned in the same breath as Mimi.  "I mean, it's a massive compliment. It would be so silly to be like, 'Ugh, stop saying that!' Like, that's so stupid."

Ariana, whose new album My Everything is due next month, explains that she doesn't mind comparisons with Mariah, because if you're going to be compared to someone, it might as well be the best.

"You have to look at it what it is.  She's the greatest singer in the world," Ariana says. "If somebody says that, I take it as a compliment."  However, she points out, "I'm also very excited for people to discover that I have my own sound as well."  

Ariana has just posted a snippet on Instagram of "Best Mistake,"one of her new songs from My Everything.  She's also out with a Star Wars-inspired lyric video for her new single "Break Free," a collaboration with Zedd.

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Lollapalooza Eyes Expansion to Toronto in 2015

LollapaloozaFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

Over the years, Lollapalooza has expanded beyond its longtime home in Chicago, launching several offshoot music festivals in South America. (The festival also previously announced a festival in Israel, but those plans were ultimately scrapped.) Now, it looks like organizers are setting their sights north with talks of a new festival in the city of Toronto.

In a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, Toronto Urban Roots Festival head organizer Jeff Cohen revealed plans of Lollapalooza’s impending Toronto invasion while discussing the future of his own festival:

“Lollapoloza is surely coming to Toronto next August 2015, and it’ll be very interesting to see how that changes the summer landscape in our great city,” Cohen explained. “Honestly, we’ve never played by the industry sets of rules with regard to how things work in our venues, etc … being able to book a festival and at the same time also book some into our clubs is just an organic progression. But yes, we are absolutely self-sufficient in terms of how we do business and fiercely independent of the big players like C3, AEG, and Live Nation.”

In a follow-up interview with CoS, Cohen further confirmed rumors of a Lollapalooza Toronto, adding that it could take place the second week of August.

Reached for comment, Lollapalooza organizers C3 Presents said “nothing is confirmed,” but failed to address whether the festival is in fact considering the possibility.

The move makes sense. In addition to Toronto Urban Roots, North by North East, and an offshoot of Riot Fest, Toronto has attracted a number of festivals to its area as of late. However, it’s lacked a major mainstream music festival since the dissolution of Virgin Mobile Festival in 2009.

If Lollapalooza were to stage a festival in Toronto the second week of August, it would face stiff competition from neighboring Osheaga Music Festival, which typically takes place the first week of August in Montreal. What’s more, it would be in direct conflict with San Francisco’s Outside Lands, which traditionally takes place the second weekend in August.

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