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Monday
Mar162015

Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum Performing at March Madness Music Festival

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big MachineZac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves have signed on to perform at the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Indianapolis. The performances take place Sunday, April 5 at White River State Park.  Footage from the concerts will be live streamed at NCAA.com/MusicFest.

Pop acts Rihanna and Bleachers will perform at the festival April 4. The concerts are being staged in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four.


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Monday
Mar162015

Patti LaBelle Is "Excited" & "Nervous" for Dancing with the Stars Debut 

Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaOver the last 19 seasons, ABC's Dancing with the Stars has featured a number of R& B powerhouses, including Brandy and Toni Braxton.  Now, in its 20th season, Patti LaBelle is the next legendary singer to enter the ballroom and show off her dance moves.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, the singer explained that she was previously approached to be on the show.  "I finally said 'Yes' to something I have said 'No' to for years.  I realized that I'm 70 years young and said, 'Why not say yes?'" she explains.

So how does she feel about her upcoming debut performance?  "I'm excited, but I'm nervous because I'm not a dancer," she explains.  "When I'm on stage in concert, I freelance and just go with the music and get into the spirit of the song.  I'm not counting, like, 'One-two-three-four, turn.'  I'm not that girl."

Patti continues, "I'm going to do my best, because I'm not afraid of failure.  I consider myself a young 70.  There is nothing that can stop me except me, myself and I.  I don't plan on being in my own way ever again. I was at one time, but no more."

The competition begins with the live two-hour season premiere Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC.


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Monday
Mar162015

Pearl Jam Announces South American Tour

Credit: Danny ClinchPearl Jam has announced their first live dates of 2015, but they won't happen until late in the year. The band will be touring South and Central America beginning November 4 in Santiago, Chile. The short stint will run through November 28 in Mexico City, Mexico. Visit PearlJam.com for all ticket info.

Pearl Jam spent much of 2014 touring in support of their latest album, 2013's Lightning Bolt. On one stop on that tour, the band surprised fans by playing their 1998 album Yield in its entirety.

As for any potential new Pearl Jam material on the horizon, bassist Jeff Ament told Rolling Stone last November that the band wasn't working any new music at the time, but each member had "some stuff stowed away."

Here are Pearl Jam's South and Central American tour dates:

11/4 -- Santiago, Chile, Estadio Nacional
11/11 -- Porto Alegre, Brazil, Arena do Gremio
11/14 -- Sao Paulo, Brazil, Estadio do Morumbi
11/17 -- Brasilia, Brazil, Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
11/20 -- Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Estadio Mineirao
11/22 -- Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Estadio Maracana
11/28 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Foro Sol Stadium


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Monday
Mar162015

Report: Grateful Dead "Considering" Scheduling Two June "Fare Thee Well" Concerts in California

Courtesy of The Grateful DeadIt looks like the surviving members of The Grateful Dead may be planning to say "fare thee well" to fans at more concerts than just the initial three-date stand at Chicago's Soldier Field that's scheduled for July 3-5.  Billboard reports "a source familiar with The Grateful Dead" has told the magazine the band is "considering" lining up one or more performances in Santa Clara, California, the weekend before the sold-out "Fare Thee Well" events in the Windy City.

A rumor about additional Dead concerts first was reported on the fan blog HypeMusicFestivals.com, which claimed a source told them the legendary Bay area group would be announcing gigs in Santa Clara on June 27 and 28.

Billboard sources suggested the California concerts would likely be held at Levi's Stadium, or perhaps at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and would be produced by the same organizers as the Chicago shows.  As previously reported, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart are planning to perform together under the Grateful Dead moniker for the final time at the Soldier Field shows, and they'll be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Millions of fans attempted to buy tickets for the Chicago shows, though only 210,000 tickets were available for the three-date engagement.


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Monday
Mar162015

Death Cab for Cutie Releases New Song, "Little Wanderer" 

Credit: We Are the RhoadsDeath Cab for Cutie have unveiled another new song from their forthcoming album, Kintsugi. The latest track, titled "Little Wanderer," is streaming now at TheLineofBestFit.com.

"Little Wanderer" is the fourth song Kintsugi track that DCFC have released, following "No Room in Frame," "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive," and lead single "Black Sun." Kintsugi will be released in full on March 31.

DCFC will be touring in support of Kintsugi beginning in April. The trek will include the band's first-ever headlining show at New York City's Madison Square Garden September 12.


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Monday
Mar162015

Rascal Flatts Provides Soundtrack for Bristol Palin's Vegas Engagement

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts helped Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, celebrate a really big milestone over the weekend. The group dedicated their performance of "Bless the Broken Road" to Bristol and her war-hero boyfriend, Sergeant Dakota Meyer, during their show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dakota then asked Bristol to marry him, and she said yes.

Bristol posted a video of Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox dedicating the song to them.

so thankful to have this on video 🙏🙌 @brady_melin

A video posted by Bristol Palin (@bsmp2) on

She also posted a message on her blog, saying, "It’s amazing to see what happens when you place everything in life in God’s hands.  He really is good and His plans are so much greater than our own."

Dakota Meyer received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama after rescuing 36 men during an attack in Afghanistan in 2009. Dakota and Bristol met when he was a guest on her mother's show, Amazing America.


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Monday
Mar162015

Tool Settles Lawsuit, Plans to Release New Album This Year

Credit: Tim CadienteTool has returned to the studio at last to record their first album since 2006's 10,000 Days. The nine-year gap between releases was caused by a complicated eight-year lawsuit, which, as revealed by guitarist Adam Jones, has been settled in the band's favor.

"When you try to be ethical and sleep well at night and try to do the right thing, and people around you are not doing the right thing and trying to take advantage of you, it really affects your creativity and your sleep and your relationships with people and everything you do," Jones tells Yahoo Music. "We would have had an album out a long time ago, we would have been taking more tours. But we’ve been discouraged and distracted by this major lawsuit, which is the worst thing that's ever happened to us."

The lawsuit began in 2007 when one of Tool's employees claimed he had created artwork for the band, and wanted credit for it. Tool assumed their insurance company would handle the matter, but the company instead refused and sued the band as well. The case was repeatedly delayed by Los Angeles courts, but the case was finally settled in favor of Tool the week of March 2, thanks to a venue change, and a judge who shares a name with one of rock's legendary guitarists.

"You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes!" Jones says. "I knew the power of metal and my appreciation of metal was some day going to be like a guardian angel. But he was great. He came in and took over, and he’s the reason the whole thing is finally over."

With the lawsuit no longer weighing down on them, Tool has returned to recording. Jones says he hopes the album will be released by the end of this year, but he's not setting any deadlines.

"We're older guys now," Jones says. "Everyone kind of has their own life. ... But I feel like every day we work on the songs is a productive day and we’re getting closer and closer to finishing them."


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Monday
Mar162015

Rihanna to Headline NCAA March Madness Music Festival 

Image Courtesy Ellen Von UnwerthRihanna has signed on to perform at the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Indianapolis.

The singer is scheduled to headline the event on Saturday, April 4 at White River State Park.  Footage from the concerts will be live streamed at NCAA.com/MusicFest.

In addition, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Lady Antebellum, as well as country rockers Zac Brown Band, will perform at the festival April 5. The concerts are being staged in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four.

Additional performers will be announced later.

The news comes on the heels of Rihanna filming a 30-second commercial for NCAA March Madness promos, set to her new single, "American Oxygen."


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Monday
Mar162015

Demi Lovato Celebrates Three Years of Sobriety, Thanks Boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama 

PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.March 16 is a big milestone for Demi Lovato.  It marks three years of sobriety for her, and she gives a lot of the credit to her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama.

In a post on Instagram showing the two kissing, Demi writes, "I wish I could put into words how grateful I am for this man right here. But my love has grown to a level that words could never possibly express how much this man completes me. He's loved me the way I never thought I deserved to be loved and with this day marking my 3rd year sober... After sharing my ups, putting up with my downs and supporting my recovery... he still never takes credit and I want the world to know how incredible his soul is."

"I really wouldn't be alive today without him. I love you Wilmer," she adds.

At L.A.'s Troubadour Club Wednesday, Demi will hold a benefit concert for her Lovato Treatment Scholarship, which provides mental health treatment for people who can't afford it.

(@ddlovato) on Mar 15, 2015 at 11:26pm PDT


 


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Monday
Mar162015

Punk Producer Thom Wilson Dies

Image Courtesy of Epitaph RecordsThom Wilson, best known for producing The Offspring's breakthrough 1994 album Smash, has died. A statement from Epitaph Records reports that Wilson passed away February 8, 2015.

In addition to The Offspring, Wilson also worked with Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys and Social Distortion.

"In '82 when I was just getting started Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to," says Epitaph CEO and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz in a statement. "He was the pro in our midst who loved punk and was willing to take kids under his wing to help them sound great. His work with TSOL and The Adolescents set the bar for everything that came after, including The Offspring's multi-platinum LP Smash, which was the best-selling independent release of all time. Tom was a friend, a teacher, and a great producer. He’ll be missed."


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Monday
Mar162015

Patti LaBelle Is "Excited" & "Nervous" for Dancing with the Stars Debut 

Credit: Carlo Dalla ChiesaOver the last 19 seasons, ABC's Dancing with the Stars has featured a number of R& B powerhouses, including Brandy and Toni Braxton.  Now, in its 20th season, Patti LaBelle is the next legendary singer to enter the ballroom and show off her dance moves.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, the singer explained that she was previously approached to be on the show. "I finally said 'Yes' to something I have said 'No' to for years. I realized that I'm 70 years young and said, 'Why not say yes?'" she explains.

So how does she feel about her upcoming debut performance? "I'm excited, but I'm nervous because I'm not a dancer. When I'm on stage in concert, I freelance and just go with the music and get into the spirit of the song. I'm not counting, like, 'One-two-three-four, turn.' I'm not that girl," she explains.

Patti continues, "I'm going to do my best, because I'm not afraid of failure. I consider myself a young 70. There is nothing that can stop me except me, myself and I. I don't plan on being in my own way ever again. I was at one time, but no more."

The competition begins with the live two-hour season premiere Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC.


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Monday
Mar162015

Couples Will Dance to Hits by Bruno Mars, OneRepublic & Hozier on Season Premiere of "Dancing with the Stars"

ABCThe 10th Anniversary season of Dancing with the Stars kicks off tonight and the contestants will be hoofing it on the dance floor to tunes by the likes of Bruno Mars, OneRepublic and Hozier.

Army veteran and amputee Noah Galloway and his pro partner Sharna Burgess will be dancing the cha cha to OneRepublic’s “I Lived,” while football player Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd will be doing their own version of the cha cha to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Other performances will include Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis partnering up with Val Chmerkovskiy for a foxtrot set to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” The Hunger Games actress Willow Shields and Mark Ballas dancing the cha cha to Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin,’” and Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson putting their spin on the cha cha to “Bills” by Lunch Money Lewis.  

LMFAO’s Redfoo and his partner Emma Slater will be doing the cha cha to “Juicy Wiggle” -- a song by Redfoo himself.

Julianne Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are all serving as judges this season. The two-hour season premiere airs tonight on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET.


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Monday
Mar162015

Couples Will Dance to Hits by Bruno Mars, OneRepublic & Meghan Trainor on Season Premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" 

ABCThe 10th Anniversary season of Dancing with the Stars kicks off tonight and the contestants will be hoofing it on the dance floor to tunes by the likes of Bruno Mars, OneRepublic and Meghan Trainor.

Army veteran and amputee Noah Galloway and his pro partner Sharna Burgess will be dancing the cha cha to OneRepublic’s “I Lived,” while football player Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd will be doing their own version of the cha cha to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Other performances include The Hunger Games actress Willow Shields and Mark Ballas dancing the cha cha to Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin,’” Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis partnering up with Val Chmerkovskiy for a foxtrot set to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani putting their own spin on the cha cha to “Physical” by Olivia Newton John, and The Bachelor’s Chris Soules and Witney Carson dancing a jive to “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins.

Musician Riker Lynch and Allison Holker will be dancing a jive to “What I Like About You” by The Romantics, and model Charlotte McKinney and her professional partner Keo Motsepe will be jiving to “Shake a Tail Feather” by The Blues Brothers.

Patti LaBelle will partner with Artem Chigvintsev for a foxtrot set to “Lady Marmalade” -- a song by Patti herself.

Julianne Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are all back as judges this season. The two-hour season premiere airs tonight on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET.


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Monday
Mar162015

The Killers' Brandon Flowers Talks Mixed Feelings About His Hometown

Credit: Williams + HirakawaLots of things come to mind when one thinks of Las Vegas. For Brandon Flowers, who calls Sin City home, he wanted to represent all of those things in The Killers' video for the title-track of their last album, Battle Born. In fact, they even recruited Wayne Newton, aka Mr. Las Vegas, for the video.

"We wanted to get in all the quintessential Las Vegas," Flowers tells Billboard. "We had a white tiger and [tennis player] Andre Agassi. Wayne was pretending to direct the band in the control room. The couches in the studio are still ripped up from the tiger."

However, Flowers isn't always fond of his hometown, as evidenced by the track "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas," from his debut solo album Flamingo.

"I have a love-hate relationship with this town. And it came out," Flowers says. "Usually I'm the ambassador for this place, but in this song I showed another side. I was sick of people handing out cards for hookers on the Strip, and had the idea to use that iconic sign and slogan and turn it on its head a little bit."

Perhaps the love-hate relationship will rear its head again in Flowers' sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect, which will be released on May 19.


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Monday
Mar162015

38 Special Among Bands Playing Coors Light Carb Day This May in Indianapolis

Image Courtesy of 38 Special38 Special is one of the bands set to perform at the 2015 Coors Light Carb Day, which is scheduled to take place Friday, May 22, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway days before the Indianapolis 500. Modern rockers Jane's Addiction will headline the event, while jam band O.A.R. also is part of the lineup.

"The combination of these three bands will provide the perfect musical entertainment for everyone anxious to kick off their Indianapolis 500 race weekend activities," says Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles.

The concert is free for those who purchase a ticket for the Coors Light Carb Day, which costs $30.  Fans can get closer to the stage by shelling out an additional $10, which gives them access to the Coors Light Concert Pit.  VIP packages also are available starting at $100.  Visit IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com for all ticket info.

The Indianapolis event is just one of dozens of upcoming concerts 38 Special has lined up for 2015.  The Southern rockers' itinerary stretches from a show next Friday, March 20, in Medina, Minnesota, all through was through an October 17 gig in Tyler, Texas.

Here a full list of the band's tour dates, according to 38Special.com:

3/20 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center
3/21 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District
3/27 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
3/28 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall
3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
4/11 -- West Monroe, LA, Ike Hamilton Expo Center
4/18 -- Natchitoches, LA, Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival
4/24 -- Punta Gorda, FL, Florida Tracks & Trails Country Life Music Festival
4/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, Race Track at Belterra Park Gaming
5/2 -- Winchester, TN, Winchester Dogwood Festival
5/21 -- Forest City, IA, Tree Town Country Music Festival
5/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
6/16 -- Burlington, IA, Burlington Steamboat Days
6/20 -- Vineland, CO, Bands in the Backyard
6/21 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
6/26 -- Pine Mountain, GA, Callaway Gardens
6/27 -- Fayetteville, GA, Southern Ground Amphitheater
7/3 -- Baytown, TX, Bicentennial Park
7/4 -- Flower Mound, TX, Bakersfield Park
7/10 -- Chippewa Falls, WI, Northern Wisconsin State Fair
7/14 -- Elk Grove Village, IL, Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex
7/17 -- Detroit, MI, 2015 Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series
7/19 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
7/20 -- Cumberland, MD, Allegany County Fair
7/24 -- Central Point, OR, Jackson County Fair
7/25 -- Sacramento, CA, California State Fair
7/31 -- Waverly, IA, Bremer County Fair
8/1 -- Council Bluffs, IA, River's Edge Park
8/27 -- Princeton, IL, Bureau County Fair
8/28 -- Blue Ash, OH, Blue Ash Summit Park
9/11 -- Hot Springs, AR, Bank of the Ozarks Arena
9/26 -- Hollister, CA, Hollister Concerts at Pepper Tree Ranch
10/10 -- Orlando, FL, America Gardens Theatre at Epcot Theme Park
10/11 -- Orlando, FL, America Gardens Theatre at Epcot Theme Park
10/17 -- Tyler, TX, T.B. Butler Square


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Monday
Mar162015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBefore he launched his solo career, Chase Rice was a co-writer on which one of Florida Georgia Line's #1 hits? ANSWER:  "Cruise."


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Monday
Mar162015

Florida Georgia Line Knows They're Lucky to Steer Clear of Onstage Injuries

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsFlorida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley never stand still during their energetic live shows, so it's impressive they haven't taken any major spills, or even fallen off the stage, like some of their fellow country stars.

Tyler says, "We’ve both left bleeding a couple times, really definitely sweatin’. We’ve had a couple falls. Nothing too major. No ambulance, no stretcher."

While they're cautious about safety onstage, FGL likes leaving room of spontaneity in their live shows.

"As much as we’re runnin’ around the stage, you never know what’s gonna happen," Tyler adds. "But, for the most part, man we’ve been super lucky.”

Florida Georgia Line just finished a run of shows in Europe. They headline the Houston Rodeo Wednesday night.


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Monday
Mar162015

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Announce Spring Tour

Frank MelfiSpring means flowers, warmer weather, and Robert Plant.  He’s taking his Sensational Space Shifters outfit on the road for a 15-city tour that’ll include shows at Bonnaroo and four other festivals.

The tour kicks off May 24 at the Sasquatch! Festival in Quincy, Washington, and wraps June 17 at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 20 via Plant’s official website, with Citi cardmembers getting access to select performances two days early.  Buy a ticket for a non-festival show, and you’ll also score a copy of the latest Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters album, lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

JD McPherson and The Pixies will take turns supporting Plant on the outing’s non-festival dates.  Prior to the tour’s kickoff, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will release More Roar, a Record Store Day exclusive three-track vinyl EP available Saturday, April 18 only via your local independent record store.  RobertPlant.com has more info on the EP and the tour.

Here’s the tour itinerary:

5/24 -- George, WA, Sasquatch! Festival
5/25 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
5/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
5/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
5/30 -- Napa, CA, BottleRock Festival
5/31 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
6/2 -- Los, Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/5 -- Hunter, NY, Mountain Jam Festival
6/7 -- Toronto, ONT, Molson Amphitheatre
6/9 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadowbrook Music Festival
6/10 -- Chicago, IL, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island
6/12 -- Memphis, TN, Mud Island Amphitheatre
6/12-14 - Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Festival
6/15 -- Raleigh, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater
6/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center


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Monday
Mar162015

Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" Released Early, Then Removed

Interscope RecordsWhen Kendrick Lamar's highly-anticipated sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was released late Sunday night, many fans thought he pulled a Beyonce. But the album, which was once available for purchase on iTunes, is back on pre-order status as of Monday morning.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, clean and explicit versions of the 16-track album, slated to arrive March 23, were accidentally released.

Kendrick's camp -- Top Dawg Entertainment -- seem split about the "surprise." 

CEO Anthony Tiffith tweeted his displeasure about the release. "I WOULD LIKE 2 PERSONALLY THANK @Interscope FOR F***ING UP OUR RELEASE... SOMEBODY GOTS 2 PAY 4 THIS MISTAKE !!!! #TOP," he tweeted shortly after midnight Sunday, before adding, "this is the kraziest s**t ever.

Anthony added, "i will deal with bs later.... lets focus on the album.....TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY."

On the other hand, others in TDE, like President Dave Free, who also serves as Kendrick's manager, appeared to know about the surprise release. In fact, he hinted at it Sunday morning.

"We about to 'f**k up some commas'...," he tweeted Saturday, referencing Future's hit song of the same name. "The homies think I'm playing...," he added. After the album was release, he wrote: "go brazy ," before adding, "yea this is real life people.. #TPAB."


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Monday
Mar162015

Jill Scott Finally Seems Ready to Release New Music

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When Jill Scott joined Instagram on Friday, many thought the move was because she was ready to release new music. Especially since her first post looked like a single cover. It's a black-and-white picture of a crying Jill, with the words "You Don't Know" written on it.

When Jill spoke with ABC Radio earlier this year, the R&B singer said new music was coming, but she was still preparing the album's release.

"I'm not even finished preparing for it -- mentally, emotionally," she said in January. "I have to disappear from everyone for at least a couple of weeks before I can actually put it out. It's like harnessing your chi."

In the two months since then, perhaps Jill has harnessed it all and she's ready to go. It's not like the singer didn't feel the pressure from fans and from herself.

"I'm not the kind of artist to force a circle in the square peg. I have to wait. I have to be patient. Even though I do feel the pressure. And I'm like, 'I really wanna put out a new album. I really wanna do it this year. I really wanna do it this month. I really wanna...' I have to wait," she explained. "For this record, I knew that there was something that I wanted to convey, but it wasn't coming just yet. You know, good songs, great songs, but I can't put it out until there is an underbelly."

There's no word on exactly what Jill's first single from her fifth studio album sounds like. But Jill explained what we can expect overall from her follow up to her 2011 album, The Light of the Sun, which she said she's been working on "for about three years now."

"It's a combination of country -- I love the stories, I love storytelling, so there's like some kind of country going on in there," she said.

"I love the storytelling of hip-hop so there's some of that in there," Jilly from Philly continued. "There's some soul that is so grown that it made me question like, 'Am I adult enough to sing this this way?' And then I thought about it: 'Hell yeah. I sure am.'" 

 
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