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Thursday
Sep042014

Musicians Mourn Joan Rivers 

Timothy White/E!Following the death of comic legend Joan Rivers, both veteran music stars and newcomers took to Twitter to express their grief.  Perhaps Katy Perry said it best, though: she tweeted, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart?"

"RIP Joan Rivers," she added. "You are a one of a one."

Here's a look at some other comments:

"Oh, Joan. Thank you for being so kind to me & making me laugh until tears in those moments I got spend with you. Rest in peace."

  "R.I.P. Joan Rivers. for all of you who don't know what a true bad ass she was check out this documentary." He then tweeted a link to her 2010 documentary, A Piece of Work.

Adam Lambert"Goodbye Joan. You were a bright light till the end. What a beautiful life and grand career you shared with us all! RIP. ;("

Josh Groban: "RIP Joan. What a tough trailblazing lady. We've lost so much laughter this year."

Bret Michaels: "My deepest condolences to the family of @. She was a very funny lady and will be missed. "

Paula Abdul: "The world just got a little less funny. My sincerest condolences to the @ family. "

"Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah!" Sad!"  He also tweeted a photo of them together.

Ariana Grande: "rip Joan Rivers :'( the MOST fabulous and hilarious. [My brother] Frankie and I saw her live and met her multiple times together, we loved her so so much. Heartbreaking. Rest in peace Joan, u will be so missed!!"

About Joan. She Had Told Stories About Her TOUGH Times, I Got [Strong]."

"RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed."

"Thanks for the laughs ! The last woman to bed me!"

"Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all."

"Very sad to hear about . Always a friend to . The Queen of camp, you will be missed." They also tweeted a video of themselves being interviewed by her.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Blake Shelton Reveals How Miranda Lambert Really Feels About Her Nine CMA Nominations

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton found out about his three CMA nominations during a phone call from wife, Miranda Lambert, who got a leading nine nods. When Miranda told Blake she'd tied her own record for the most nominations of any woman in CMA history, Blake could tell she seemed a little embarrassed about her good fortune.

He tells People, "If it was anybody else, she probably wouldn't even talk about it, but with me she's pretty excited about it."

Blake is also excited to see his former team members from The Voice, The Swon Brothers, get a Duo of the Year nomination.

He says, "They've worked really hard and to see them capitalize on the opportunity is just so gratifying."

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Hunter Hayes Previewing New Tour on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tonight

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes takes over the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night to give fans a small preview of his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. The trek kicks off October 30, and each fan in the audience will get a customized LED wristband that allows fans to actually be a part of the concert experience.

Says Hunter, "This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we’ve done before, and we’re using technology that’s never been used on tour before. Not only will fans be part of the show, but they will really BE the show."

Hunter will also work with the USO to create special moments for U.S. troops and their families at each show. Before the trek kicks off, Hunter will play one USO show in the U.S. and other one overseas.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Florida Georgia Line Performing Live on "Nashville" Season Three Premiere September 24

BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCFlorida Georgia Line will perform live on the season three premiere of ABC's Nashville on September 24. They'll actually perform twice that night -- once for the East Coast and then later for the live West Coast broadcast.

As previously announced, Charles Esten's character Deacon Claybourne and Chris Carmack's Will Lexington will also perform live on Nashville's season three premiere.


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Thursday
Sep042014

See the Trailer for One Direction's New Movie, Louis Says He and 1D Are "Little Scumbags" 

Credit: Cal AurandOne Direction's concert film Where We Are hits theaters next month, but you can get a preview thanks to a new trailer the band has released.

In the trailer, you'll see the band performing hits like "Story of My Life" and "What Makes You Beautiful" for stadiums full of screaming fans, goofing around, and commenting on their success.   "This is definitely the biggest tour we've ever done," says Niall Horan. "Playing stadiums all over the world."

"We get this amazing feeling of excitement," adds Louis Tomlinson.  "We're very lucky with our fans. They kinda take the pressure off us a little bit. You kinda feel like they've got your backs."

The movie will be in theaters for one weekend only: October 11 and 12.  You can get tickets by visiting 1DConcertFilm.com.

Meanwhile, the British tabloid The Sun quotes Louis as saying that he feels the band are a bunch of poseurs who aren't even close, talent-wise, to the rock gods who've previously performed at the venues they're currently touring, such as England's Wembley Stadium.

"I feel like we’ve blagged it again," says Louis -- that's British slang for getting away with something, or talking somebody into something.  He adds, “You look at the names of who’s played at Wembley and you almost feel like you’re not worthy of it. We just feel like we’re just little scumbags.” 

Bandmate Liam Payne adds, "For people like us to be playing stadiums, it’s just the biggest thing in the world.”


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Thursday
Sep042014

Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" Being Developed into a Six-Hour Limited Event TV Series

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood's hit song, "Two Black Cadillacs," has inspired a new six-hour limited event series coming to Fox. According to Deadline.com, the project is in development, with Carrie joining Jerry Bruckheimer as an executive producer. In keeping with the song, Two Black Cadillacs will explore a murderous love triangle in the modern South.

Carrie co-wrote "Two Black Cadillacs" for her 2012 album, Blown Away. No word on whether or not Carrie will have an acting role in the series.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Garth Brooks Releases His Music Digitally with New Venture, GhostTunes

Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has launched a new digital music outlet, GhostTunes, offering his music catalog online for the very first time.

Fans can purchase a bundle including all of Garth's eight studio albums, a new double live project, as well as two upcoming albums, including the project due on Black Friday, November 28. Fans who pre-order the Garth bundle will get an instant download of his latest single, "People Loving People," and another new track, "Send 'Em on Down the Road."

In addition to Garth's catalog, music from country's top stars, including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert, is featured on the GhostTunes.com home page along with releases from pop, rock and hip-hop.

Explaining why he opted to form his own digital music service instead of working with iTunes or another existing outlet, Garth says, "I didn’t find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it. I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special – GhostTunes."

He adds, "This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job everyday is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it."

Check it out now at GhostTunes.com. Garth launches his World Tour Thursday night in Chicago.


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Thursday
Sep042014

New Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Documentary, "Mr. Dynamite," to Premiere on HBO Next Month

Emilio Grossi/Courtesy of HBOOn the heels of the recently released James Brown biopic Get On Up, a full-length documentary focusing on the Godfather of Soul titled Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown will premiere on HBO on October 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The film was produced and includes an appearance by Mick Jagger, who also was one of the executive producers of Get On Up.

Directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, Mr. Dynamite follows Brown's career from his early success as an R&B singer through his emergence as a pioneering funk artist and civil-rights activist.  The movie was made with the cooperation of the late entertainer's estate, and includes rare and previously unseen film footage and photos of "the hardest working man in show business."

"We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown's estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the story of James' career from its inception through its pinnacle," says Jagger in a statement.  "We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career.  By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present."

Gibney, meanwhile, reveals that Jagger "reached out to" him to ask him if he'd direct the movie, while noting that they shared the same goal for the project, "to take the music of James Brown and put it into a larger historical context."

Mr. Dynamite features archival interviews with Brown, as well as new conversations with Jagger, Rev. Al Sharpton, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Questlove of The Roots and such Brown collaborators as Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Bootsy Collins and Fred Wesley.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Full Unreleased Version of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" Streaming Online Now

Atlantic Records/Swan SongLast week, Led Zeppelin debuted a trailer for the upcoming deluxe reissues of the band's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, that featured a segment of an unreleased rough early mix of the record's lead track, "Black Dog."  Now, a full version of the rarity has premiered on RollingStone.com.

The song, which kicks off the companion audio disc included with the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions of Led Zeppelin IV, is titled "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" and is notable for some of the extremely high notes frontman Robert Plant hits.

"'Black Dog' is obviously one of the songs that Led Zeppelin is really noted for," guitarist Jimmy Page, who's overseeing the reissue campaign, tells Rolling Stone.  "It's one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff.  The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert's original vocal.  And you can hear how mean it is."

The Led Zeppelin IV bonus disc will feature unheard versions of all eight songs from the original album, including an alternate version of "Stairway to Heaven" that was recorded at Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles.

The remastered editions of Led Zeppelin IV will be released on October 28, as will revamped versions of the group's 1973 album, Houses of the Holy.  For details about the different configurations of the reissues that will be available for purchase, visit LedZeppelin.com.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Brad Paisley Headlining Grand Ole Opry's Salute to Country Cares for St. Jude's 25th Anniversary

CMABrad Paisley will perform a special 30-minute set at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, September 23. Eric Paslay, Charlie Daniels and Maddie and Tae are also on the bill that night for the Opry's celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude kids.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales that night will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and a patient from St. Jude will appear as a guest announcer that night as well. Go to Opry.com for ticket information.

Country Cares for St. Jude Kids was founded in 1989 when Alabama lead singer Randy Owen met St. Jude founder, actor Danny Thomas. Since then, the organization has raised more than $500 million to help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancers and other diseases.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Jill Scott Responds to Nude Image Leak: "I Took the First Pic"

Image Courtesy The Chamber GroupSimilar to actress Jennifer Lawrence, Jill Scott has become one of the latest celebrities to have a personal photo leaked online this week. 

There were two images that surfaced, but the singer is only claiming to have taken one, which sees Scott taking a bathroom selfie with a robe on. Although she shows off a lot of skin, her private parts are covered.

"I def took the 1st pic w/ a robe; weight loss chronicle but the 2nd, sorry freaks, is not me. I wish I had that space between my thighs," Scott wrote via Twitter"'Watching me watching me watchin' watchin' watchin' me.' SOME things I'm smart enough not to do. Smfh."

In the other picture, a woman resembling Scott is posing topless while striking a pose in shape wear designed for arm and tummy control.

Jill also clarified that the one image of her was never supposed to be released. "1) How quickly they forget (smh). I did nothing wrong & nothing that was YOUR snake concern. My photo was hacked; my PRIVACY INVADED," she wrote before telling her detractors to "move from stilted satisfaction" and thanked her supported for their "empathy."


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Thursday
Sep042014

Idina Menzel to Release Holiday Album in October 

Warner Bros. RecordsThanks to Frozen, Idina Menzel's voice is now permanently associated with snow and ice, so maybe it's no surprise she's releasing a Christmas album this year.

Titled Holiday Wishes, the album will arrive October 14 and features the "Let It Go" singer -- who's Jewish, by the way -- giving her spin on classics like "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Joni Mitchell's "River," among others.  A full track listing, as well as information about the album's special guests, will be announced in the near future.

This is Idina's first new, non-soundtrack, studio album since her Frozen success.  Her last one, I Stand, came out in 2008.

Idina continues to star on Broadway in the musical If/Then, for which she received a Tony nomination earlier this year.  She previously won a Tony for her portrayal of Elphaba the witch, in Wicked.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Report: Beyoncé Celebrates 33rd Birthday with Family Vacation in Corsica

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyoncé is celebrating her 33rd birthday today, September 4, alongside her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy.

According to E! News, the singer and her family were reportedly spotted arriving on a private jet at Bastia-Poretta airport in Corsica in the south of France.

E! cites sources as saying that upon exiting the private jet, Jay tipped the hostess $500 Euros and refused to accept the remaining change.

So where are they headed? E! News reports the famous family are said to have chartered a luxury yacht, which reportedly rents for approximately $800,000 per week.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Alabama & Friends "At the Ryman" Coming Out September 30 on CD, DVD and Vinyl

Image Courtesy Eagle Rock/KayosAlabama's star-studded concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is coming to life with the new DVD/CD/LP release, Alabama & Friends At the Ryman. The live project is due out September 30 featuring Alabama singing their biggest hits with special guests Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood, Eli Young Band, and Jamey Johnson.

The DVD version of the release includes several bonus features that include interviews with Alabama and their famous friends. Go to MyPlayDirect.com/Alabama-Friends to pre-order your copy now.

Here's the Alabama & Friends At the Ryman track listing:

"If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)"
"Tennessee River" (featuring Jason Aldean)
"Dixieland Delight"
"Song of the South"
"One in the World"
"Forever's as Far as I'll Go" (featuring Trisha Yearwood)
"Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard"
"Born Country"
"All American"
"Love in the First Degree" (featuring Luke Bryan)
"The Closer You Get" (featuring Eli Young Band)
"High Cotton"
"Take Me Down"
"I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why)" (featuring Florida Georgia Line)
"That's How I Was Raised"
"My Home's in Alabama" (featuring Jamey Johnson)
"Mountain Music"


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Thursday
Sep042014

Ronnie Milsap Box Set, "The RCA Albums Collection," Features His Complete '70s and '80s Discography

Sony/LegacyRonnie Milsap will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville next month, and a new Milsap box set is coming out November 4 to celebrate the milestone.

The RCA Albums Collection features remastered versions of all of Ronnie's albums, from 1973's Where My Heart Is to his 1991 album, Back to the Grindstone. His 2006 release, My Life, is also included in the 21-CD set, which features several albums that have never before been released on CD.  Of note, four of the albums in this set were honored with CMA Album of the Year trophies. The RCA Albums Collection also includes all of Ronnie's 48 consecutive top-10 country singles.

Ronnie says, "The idea that all the music I made for RCA will be available in one place thrills me. It is my life’s work. These songs, and the record I made are a big piece of who I am -- and the people who loved them."

The RCA Albums Collection includes the following albums:

Where My Heart Is (1973)
Pure Love (1974)
A Legend in My Time (1975)
Night Things (1975)
20/20 Vision (1976)
Ronnie Milsap Live (1976)
It Was Almost Like a Song (1977)
Only One Love in My Life (1978)
Images (1979)
Milsap Magic (1980)
Out Where the Bright Lights Are Glowing (1981)
There's No Gettin' Over Me (1981)
Inside (1982)
Keyed Up (1983)
One More Try for Love (1984)
Lost in the Fifties Tonight (1985)
Christmas with Ronnie Milsap (1986)
Heart & Soul (1987)
Stranger Things Have Happened (1989)
Back to the Grindstone (1991)
My Life (2006)


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Thursday
Sep042014

Drake Leads Nominees for the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards 

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake continues to dominate the rap game. BET announced the nominees for the network's 2014 Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday and the rapper leads all nominees with eight nominations.

Drizzy scores nods in categories including Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Live Performer, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, Hustler of the Year and the fan-voted People’s Champ Award.

In the Lyricist of the Year category, Drake has some stiff competition as he goes up against Eminem, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj.

Hov, Future and Pharrell follow Drake with six nods a piece, while Nicki, Rich Homie Quan and YG each nabbed five nominations.

Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the ninth annual show will be taped on September 20 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, and its scheduled to premiere on BET on October 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Nominations:

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake -- “Worst Behavior”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino -- “Move That Doh”
Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX -- “Fancy”
J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Nicki Minaj -- “Pills N Potions”
Wiz Khalifa -- “We Dem Boyz”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Eminem f/ Rihanna -- “The Monster”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino -- “Move That Doh”
Jay Z f/ Justin Timberlake -- “Holy Grail”
ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid -- “Studio”
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan -- “My Hitta”

Best Live Performer
Drake
Jay Z
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
T.I.

Lyricist of the Year
Drake
Eminem
J. Cole
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
Drumma Boy
Hit-Boy
Mike WiLL Made It
Pharrell
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
DJ Mustard
Drake
Future
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Track of the Year
“Cut Her Off (Remix)” -- Produced by Will-A-Fool (K Camp f/ Lil Boosie, YG & Too $hort)
“Move That Doh” -- Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)
“My Hitta” -- Produced by DJ Mustard (YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan)
“Studio” -- Produced by Swiff D (ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid)
“Worst Behavior” -- Produced by DJ Dahi (Drake)

Album of the Year
Drake -- Nothing Was the Same
Eminem -- The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Future -- Honest
Rick Ross -- Mastermind
ScHoolboy Q -- Oxymoron
Yo Gotti -- I Am

Who Blew Up Award
Iggy Azalea
Migos
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q
YG
Young Thug

Hustler of the Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
Jay Z
Rick Ross
T.I.

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Jay Z
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj
Young Thug

Best Club Banger
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino -- “Move That Doh” (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It)
K Camp f/ Lil Boosie, YG & Too $hort -- “Cut Her Off” (Remix) (Produced by Will-A-Fool)
Migos -- “Fight Night” (Produced by Stack Boy Twaun)
Wiz Khalifa -- “We Dem Boyz” (Produced by Detail)
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan -- “My Hitta” (Produced by DJ Mustard)
Young Thug -- “Stoner” (Produced by Dun Deal)

Best Mixtape
Action Bronson -- Blue Chips 2
Fabolous -- The Soul Tape 3
Migos -- No Label 2
Rich Homie Quan -- I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In
Wiz Khalifa -- 28 Grams

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
B.o.B -- “Paranoid” (Ty Dolla $ign f/ B.o.B)
B.o.B -- “Up Down” (Do This All Day) (T-Pain f/ B.o.B)
Drake -- “Who Do You Love” (YG f/ Drake)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Control” (Big Sean f/ Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)
Pharrell -- “Move That Doh” (Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)

Impact Track
Common f/ Vince Staples -- “Kingdom”
Lecrae -- “Nuthin”
Lupe Fiasco -- “Mission”
The Roots f/ Patty Cash -- “Never”
Talib Kweli f/ Abby Dobson -- “State of Grace”

People’s Champ Award
Drake -- “Worst Behavior”
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino -- “Move That Doh”
Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX -- “Fancy”
Wiz Khalifa -- “We Dem Boyz”
YG f/ Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Rich Homie Quan -- “My Hitta” (Remix)


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Thursday
Sep042014

Al Green and Sting Among This Year's Kennedy Center Honorees

Christian Lantry; Frank Ockenfels IIIRock and Roll Hall of Famers Al Green and Sting are among the recipients of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The R&B legend and the former Police-man and join actors Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin, and ballerina Patricia McBride in receiving the prestigious honors, which are presented each year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of recipients' lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubinstein said in a statement announcing the honorees.  "Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own...Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades."

Per tradition, this year's honorees will first visit President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on December 7 before traveling to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the gala ceremony, which will be recorded for broadcast on CBS on December 30.  The awards themselves will be presented December 6 at the State Department, at a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Last year's recipients included Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Sting Among This Year's Kennedy Center Honorees

Image Courtesy of Frank Ockenfels IIISting is among the recipients of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The former Police-man joins R&B legend Al Green, actors Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin, and ballerina Patricia McBride in receiving the prestigious honors, which are presented each year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of recipients' lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement announcing the honorees.  "Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own...Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades."

Per tradition, this year's honorees will first visit President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on December 7 before traveling to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the gala ceremony, which will be recorded for broadcast on CBS on December 30.  The awards themselves will be presented December 6 at the State Department, at a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Last year's recipients included Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Iggy Azalea to Re-Release "The New Classic" with Bonus Tracks 

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has good news for her fans. The rapper tweeted that she plans to re-release her debut, The New Classic, which spawned her smash hit "Fancy" -- and it'll include new songs, too.

"Shooting the album re pack cover art this week. can't wait for you guys to hear some new stuff. six new tracks. <3," she posted.

She added that one of those new tracks will feature pop singer Ellie Goulding. "Me and ellie goulding have a nice little numberrrr together on there too. FYI," she wrote.

No word yet on a release date.


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Thursday
Sep042014

Chris Daughtry Sings Theme Song for New Reality Show "Utopia" 

Frank Micelotta/FOXChris Daughtry got his start on one Fox reality show, so maybe it's not surprising that he's been tapped to record the theme song for another one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris has been tapped to sing the theme for the new Fox reality show Utopia, which takes 15 people from different walks of life and challenges them to create a new society while the cameras roll.  Chris tells The Hollywood Reporter that the producers reached out to him to record the theme, and you'll hear the results when the show premieres this Sunday night.

"I’ve never seen a show like this,” he says of Utopia. "It's really cool...people are basically thrown to the wolves with no rules and no resources and no leader, and it is going to be interesting to see who the natural leader is.”

The song was produced by Howard Benson, who worked on three of Daughtry's albums.  "I wanted to make it more of a rock/pop kind of sound," explains Chris.  "In a way, [I wanted to] make it somewhat conducive to what our latest album is as well, so it kinda blends in the direction that we're already in."


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