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Thursday
Nov132014

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake & Katy Perry Competing for Top Tour Honor at Pollstar Awards

James MooneyBruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and One Direction are among the acts competing for the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards, MusicRow.com reports.

The awards ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. Also nominated for the top prize are Beyonce and hubby Jay Z, for their joint tour, plus rock legends Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Paul McCartney, and country star Jason Aldean.

Katy and Justin are also nominated in the category of Most Creative Stage Production, alongside '80s metal icons Motley Crue, rappers Drake and Lil Wayne, and alternative rockers Arcade Fire and Nine Inch Nails.  Artists competing in the Best New Touring Artist category include Bastille, Lorde and Sam Smith.

The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.  The ceremony is the closing event of the annual Pollstar Live! conference, which is held at Nashville's Omni Hotel.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake & Katy Perry Competing for Top Tour Honor at Pollstar Awards

James MooneyBruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and One Direction are among the acts competing for the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards, MusicRow.com reports.

The awards ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. Also nominated for the top prize are Beyonce and hubby Jay Z, for their joint tour, plus rock legends Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Paul McCartney, and country star Jason Aldean.

Katy and Justin are also nominated in the category of Most Creative Stage Production, alongside '80s metal icons Motley Crue, rappers Drake and Lil Wayne, and alternative rockers Arcade Fire and Nine Inch Nails.  Artists competing in the Best New Touring Artist category include 5 Seconds of Summer, Bastille, Lorde, Sam Smith, Hozier and country stars Brantley Gilbert and Kacey Musgraves.

The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.  The ceremony is the closing event of the annual Pollstar Live! conference, which is held at Nashville's Omni Hotel.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Stevie Nicks Talks Challenges of Promoting Solo Album While on Tour with Fleetwood Mac: "I Don't Wanna Tick Anybody Off"

Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks has an new solo album -- 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault -- of which she's justifiably proud.  She hasn't been able to spend much time promoting it, though, because her day job with Fleetwood Mac, currently out on a massive world tour, is keeping her pretty busy.  Last week, during a break in the tour, she appeared on The Tonight Show to perform "Lady," one of the new songs, but she says it's unlikely you'll see her do that onstage with the band.  Why?  It's complicated, says Nicks.

"I don't even know if the people in Fleetwood Mac have even heard this record.  Honestly.  We don't talk about it a lot," Stevie tells ABC News Radio.  "It's like, y'know....it's not their thing.  So I don't push it on them, and I just let it go.  I don't wanna tick anybody off, and I don't wanna make people think that I'm not focused on Fleetwood Mac, because I totally am...but in my own time, then I can do anything I want, and I can promote this record."

As for the possibility of her taking time out during a Mac performance to spotlight a tune from 24 Karat Gold, Nicks says, "Could Christine [McVie] play 'Lady' and me sing it, and she sing a harmony?  Absolutely.  Will that happen?  Probably not, but maybe."  Noting that she really wanted her bandmate to hear the record, she laughs, "I put it on her iPod.  I bought her an iPod and then put it on the iPod!"

24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which debuted in the top 10 when it was released in September, is a collection of songs that Stevie wrote mostly between 1967 and 1989, with a few from the '90s thrown in.  But Nicks explains that these songs aren't a bunch of rejects that weren't good enough to be included on albums: they just never made it for a variety of reasons.

"These weren't songs that weren't the 'better' songs.  Some of them were recorded by Fleetwood Mac and I didn't like it," she tells ABC News Radio. "You'll get three-fourths of the way into recording a song and you'll just go, 'I don't like the way it's coming out, so I'm pulling it.'  Same with my own producers: 'I don't like what you've done with the song, so I'm pulling it.'"  Or, 'There's too many fast songs,' 'Too many mid-tempo songs,' 'Too many ballads -- a ballad has to go.'  So, that's what happened to these songs.  These songs should have all been on records already."

As Nicks continues to eke out time to promote 24 Karat Gold, she says she is truly enjoying the Mac tour, since it's the first one to feature Christine McVie in 16 years.  "She's so excited and she gets, just, like 16,000 people on their feet screaming several times a night," laughs Stevie.  "And it's pretty spectacular.  So she's getting, like, spoon fed this amazing reaction of people being so happy that she's back that she's just thrilled, you know?  She just feels like she won the lottery!  So, it's pretty great to watch and I think it's really fantastic.  Everybody's in really good shape."

They'll have to be, considering that the Fleetwood Mac world tour will stretch far into 2015.  That's why Nicks says she can't say right now if she'll join the rest of the band in the studio to record a new album, as Mick Fleetwood says he hopes she will in his new autobiography.

"I don't know, because nothing can be done on that until we're done, and we have another 70 shows until this American tour is done, then we have Australia, then we have Europe.  This isn't gonna be done until this time next year," Stevie tells ABC News Radio about the prospect of a new Mac album.  "So, I don't know how I'm gonna feel in a year."

She adds, "I don't know whether I'm gonna want to go back to my own thing or whether I'm gonna want to sign up for another year of making a record," she adds.  "I don't really know what I'm gonna want to do then." 

Fleetwood Mac is currently on tour in Canada.  They'll return to the U.S. next week but have dates scheduled in North America through March.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Dave Grohl Says Writing Lyrics for "Sonic Highways" Was "Complicated" 

Roswell Records/RCA RecordsAs you may have heard, the new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, was not recorded in a traditional way.  The band traveled from city to city to record at different studio across America.  During each stop, Foo frontman Dave Grohl would interview musicians and artists who helped create and further the music scene in each of their respective cities.  All of this was, and continues to be, documented in the band's HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

While the recording method of the Sonic Highways album didn't significantly impact the way Foo Fighters wrote the music, it did change the way Grohl wrote the lyrics.  He would not write the words to each song until he conducted his interviews.  Grohl would then use the quotes from the interviews in the lyrics of the song.

As Dave said at a recent Los Angeles panel, it was writing the lyrics that became the most difficult part for him in recording the album, especially since the album track list was going to be in sequence with the order of the series' episodes.

"Each episode has a theme, which becomes the theme of the song.  It's a complicated process because not only are we sequencing a series, but we are sequencing an album," he said.  "The album is in sequence of the series.  And we've got all these instrumentals, but we don't have lyrics.  We have these themes, so there's a beginning and an end."

During the series, Grohl interviewed everyone from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to Dolly Parton to Fugazi's Ian MacKaye to President Barack Obama, but one interview that really inspired him in his writing method for the album was with Nora Guthrie.

"One of my favorite interviews was Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter.  We talked about her father, and how her father approached songwriting," he said.  "Her dad wasn't really a recording artist, he was a songwriter.  Sometimes he was commissioned to write songs about specific things.  So in a way he was reporting."

Grohl used that mindset when he wrote his lyrics based on his interviews.

"To be able to talk to all of these people, it was literally just reporting what I had seen," he noted.

While the process was difficult, Grohl said he was excited each and every time to turn an interview into song lyrics.  But would he ever write an album that way again?

"It was so fun," he said.  "I will never, ever do it again, it was a pain in the ass."


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Thursday
Nov132014

Jay Z & Beyoncé Nominated for Big Touring Honor at Upcoming Pollstar Awards

Cliff Lipson/CBSJay Z and Beyoncé's On The Run tour is up for Major Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards.

The upcoming ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The famous couple are nominated in that category against heavyweights including Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry, among others.  

Sam Smith and Lorde also scored nods in the Best New Tour Artist category. The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.

 


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Thursday
Nov132014

Listen to Full All-Star Paul McCartney Tribute Album, Featuring Perry Farrell, The Cure and KISS, Online Now

Image Courtesy of Kyle Dean ReinfordAs the November 18 release of the all-star Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney has approached, a variety of preview videos and audio tracks have been posted at the project's official website and YouTube channel. Now, though, the 34-track collection is streaming in its entirety at RollingStone.com. The stream clocks in at just over two hours.

Among the many famous artists who contributed to the two-CD set are Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, The Cure, KISS, The Airborne Toxic Event, Heart, Def Leppard, Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Alice Cooper. The track list is made up mostly of well-known songs from The Beatles and Sir Paul's solo catalog.  Many of the musicians recorded their tracks with accompaniment from members of McCartney's longtime touring band.

The genesis of the Art of McCartney project dates back more than a decade, when producer Ralph Sall collaborated with Macca on the soundtrack to the 2003 remake of The In-Laws. Sall, who had previously worked on tributes to classic rock bands The Doors and The Eagles, presented his idea for a McCartney homage to the rock legend, who gave it a thumbs-up.

In addition to the standard two-CD version of The Art of McCartney, the album will be available as a limited-edition box set featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book and digital, vinyl and CD versions of the record. There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple-vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a standard digital album and an iTunes version with several extra tracks.

Here is the complete track list for the standard version of The Art of McCartney:

"Maybe I'm Amazed" -- Billy Joel
"Things We Said Today" -- Bob Dylan
"Band on the Run" -- Heart
"Junior's Farm" -- Steve Miller
"The Long and Winding Road" -- Yusuf/Cat Stevens
"My Love" -- Harry Connick, Jr.
"Wanderlust" -- Brian Wilson
"Bluebird" -- Corinne Bailey Rae
"Yesterday -- Willie Nelson
"Junk" -- Jeff Lynne
"When I'm 64" -- Barry Gibb
"Every Night" -- Jamie Cullum
"Venus and Mars/ Rock Show" -- KISS
"Let Me Roll It" -- Paul Rodgers
"Helter Skelter" -- Roger Daltrey
"Helen Wheels" -- Def Leppard
"Hello Goodbye" -- The Cure featuring James McCartney
"Live and Let Die" -- Billy Joel
"Let It Be" -- Chrissie Hynde
"Jet" -- Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
"Hi Hi Hi" -- Joe Elliott
"Letting Go" -- Heart
"Hey Jude" -- Steve Miller
"Listen to What the Man Said" -- Owl City
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Perry Farrell
"Drive My Car" -- Dion
"Lady Madonna" -- Allen Toussaint
"Let 'Em In" -- Dr. John
"So Bad" -- Smokey Robinson
"No More Lonely Nights" -- The Airborne Toxic Event
"Eleanor Rigby" -- Alice Cooper
"Come and Get It" -- Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
"On the Way" -- B.B. King
"Birthday" -- Sammy Hagar


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Thursday
Nov132014

Larry the Cable Guy Hosting CMT Artists of the Year 2014 Special December 2

Image Courtesy CMTLarry the Cable Guy has signed on to host CMT Artists of the Year 2014 special, Tuesday, December 2 live from Nashville. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored during the 90-minute broadcast, which will air on VH1 as well as CMT.

Larry can't wait to host the show. He says, "I'm very excited to get out of the house for a few hours and let the country celebrate this fantastic body I get to look at every day."

CMT Artists of the Year airs December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Dierks Bentley's oldest daughter's name? ANSWER: Evie.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Lorde Mocks Katy Perry's Alleged Boyfriend for Dissing Taylor Swift 

Francis Specker/CBS 

Here's a note to the haters who are gonna hate on Taylor Swift: her BFF, Lorde, is coming for ya.

Producer Diplo, who is rumored to be Katy Perry's boyfriend, retweeted a tweet from someone who started a joke online fundraising campaign to "Get Taylor Swift a Booty."  He then tweeted the link himself, twice. 

Lorde, of course, wasn't going to stand idly by and watch Diplo insult her buddy Taylor.  She tweeted to him, "should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm [?]."

But appearing on BBC Radio 1 on Thursday, Lorde stated that she actually "loves" Diplo -- who she calls by his birth name, Wes -- and that the whole thing was kind of a joke.

But why would Diplo diss Taylor?  Possibly because one of Taylor's new songs, "Bad Blood," was reportedly inspired by a feud she had with Katy, over Katy allegedly poaching Taylor's tour dancers for her own tour.

Katy hasn't weighed in, nor has Taylor: she's too busy posting links to her cover story in Time magazine.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Kid Rock to Release New Album, "First Kiss," February 24 

Clay Patrick McBrideJust 10 days after Valentine's Day, Kid Rock is giving the world a Kiss.

The Detroit rocker's new album, First Kiss, will be out February 24.  The disc is his first for Warner Brothers Records, and was mostly produced by Rock himself and recorded at his studio in Michigan.

Rock is currently planning a tour for summer of 2015 in support of the disc with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band.

As for what the album sounds like, a statement from Rock's label reads, "We're not going to tell you...we just couldn't do it justice and we're confident the music will speak for itself."


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Thursday
Nov132014

Jimi Hendrix-Themed Bus Shelter to Be Unveiled in Seattle

Jimi Hendrix Park FoundationSeattle hasn’t yet completed work on the previously announced development of the city’s Jimi Hendrix Park, but a bus shelter built in honor of the late guitarist is about to be unveiled.

On November 19, the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park will officially present a Jimi Hendrix-themed bus shelter to the city of Seattle.

The Metro stop shelter, located at 23rd Avenue and South Massachusetts Street in Jimi’s hometown, features an image of the late guitarist.

Jimi Hendrix Park is scheduled to officially open next year.


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Thursday
Nov132014

U2 to Include Fans in "Tonight Show" Performance

Damon WinterWhen U2 visits NBC's Tonight Show for a week-long residency, beginning next Monday, one or more lucky fans will get a chance to sing along with the band, via video.

On Wednesday's Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon invited fans to shoot a video of themselves lip syncing to the U2 song "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" from the band's new album, Songs of Innocence.

Fallon then instructed the fans to title the clips "Tonight Show U2 Lip Sync" and upload them to YouTube.  Fallon said the best ones will be incorporated into one of the band's Tonight Show performances next week.

For more details, visit The Tonight Show website at TonightShow.com/U2.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Demi Lovato Tweets About the Dangers of Eating Disorders

Giuliano BekorDemi Lovato, who's struggled with eating disorders in the past, took to Twitter on Wednesday to explain to her fans just how serious anorexia and bulimia can be.

In the first of a series of tweets, she wrote, "Having an eating disorder doesn't show 'strength.' Strength is when [you] are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long."

Demi continued, "There's a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice and you often hear people say things like 'why doesn't she just start eating?' Or even 'just stop throwing up.' It's the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to but [sic] mental health care on the back burner to congress even though this is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation, and causing more and more tragedy every day."

Demi told her fans that starving oneself is not a "diet," and that neither eating disorders nor other mental illnesses discriminate against a particular group.

She warned, "Let's be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED's and other mental illnesses."

Idolator.com speculates that Demi may have been reacting to an interview Entertainment Tonight conducted with Meghan Trainor back in September, during which the "All About That Bass" singer recalled that when she was younger a crush told her she would be more attractive if she weighed less. Trainor said she'd vowed not to eat for the rest of that day, but she ultimately "wasn't strong enough to have an eating disorder."


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Thursday
Nov132014

Sam Smith's the Guy to See on VH1's "You Oughta Know" Concert Tonight, Say Fellow Artists 

Josh ShinnerVH1 has featured a number of artists this year as part of its You Oughta Know music discovery program, and the channel has rounded them all up for a big blowout concert tonight in New York City, which will air at 9 p.m. ET.   Among the artists on the bill is this year's biggest breakout star, Sam Smith -- and he seems to be the act that his fellow performers admit they're most excited about seeing tonight.

"For me, I've really become a fan of Sam Smith," Aloe Blacc tells ABC News Radio when asked which artist on the bill he's looking forward to watching. "I got a chance to meet him backstage at a festival in the U.K....He's a fantastic person, a great songwriter and it would be great to collaborate with him at some point."

In addition to Aloe and Sam, tonight's concert also includes Tove Lo, A Great Big World, Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Echosmith, Vance Joy, KONGOS, Bleachers -- the side project of fun.'s Jack Antonoff -- and Mary Lambert.   Mary says she's looking forward to seeing Sam, who's a friend of hers, as well as Echosmith, A Great Big World and Tove Lo.  Matt Sanchez of American Authors says they're psyched to see Sam, who he calls "a really down-to-earth nice guy," adding, "It'll be really exciting to see him play."  He's also "stoked" to see Mary, who he calls "a sweetheart."

Vance Joy, best known for his hit "Riptide" and for being chosen as Taylor Swift's opening act for her upcoming world tour, tells ABC News Radio that he's a fan of Sam's as well, but he's really looking forward to seeing Aloe perform.  "I saw a bit of his rehearsal and it's like 'Whoa!' Usually, you got your foot off the pedal a bit for the rehearsal....[but] seeing him, I was like, '[He was] so good at rehearsal ...how can it get any better?," he says. "I was impressed!"

Nicole Richie is hosting the event, which will feature an inside look at each artists' lives and careers in addition to live performances.  Not only that, but many of the artists are expected to team up for special onstage collaborations.  Unfortunately, none of them would spill details on that.

"Nope!" laughed Mary Lambert when asked if she could give us a hint as to what sort of collaboration she might be doing. "But I'm really excited for people to see the performance. It's kind of elevated to a different level."

Aloe, meanwhile, says there'll be a "secret surprise" during his set, but adds, "The biggest part about it is that we actually have a choir this time. You know a lot of times we go out and perform, we have to use the backing track...but this time we have real live human beings."

American Authors claim they won't be doing any collaborations, but lead singer Zak Barnett says they're just glad to be part of the event.  "We've grown up watching VH-1 and, and following You Oughta Know artists that they've had in the past," he tells ABC News Radio. "So to be a part of this was really incredible....being here at the final concert is really a dream come true for us. And we're so inspired and we're big fans of all the other bands that are here today. And so it's really an honor."

Mary agrees, saying, "It's kind of bananas that I'm on the same bill as some of the people that I respect so massively...it just feels pretty cool."

As for whether or not being a VH1 You Ought Know artist has actually helped get the word out about his music, Vance Joy says he thinks so, but it's sometimes hard to tell.

"The way things grow, it's like, you kind of just play a show, and maybe there's more people that know you, and you're surprised by the momentum," he tells ABC News Radio.  "That word gets used a lot in music, I don't like using that word, but you're surprised by, maybe, the amount of people that recognize you...so in that way, even though it's hard to quantify, I'm sure that it's made an impact and for that reason, I'm happy to be a part of it."

In addition to the acts who are performing, presenters for the night include Rob Thomas, Nick Jonas, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Glee star Darren Criss, Blondie's Debbie Harry and Nick Lachey. In addition, viewers will see Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Ed Sheeran and Lorde making special appearances on the show -- in the past, all of them have been featured as part of VH1's You Oughta Know music discovery program.

The fun starts Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on VH1. If you can't make it, there will be on-demand content available at VH1.com.


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Thursday
Nov132014

"The Voice" Recap: The Top 12 Revealed

Trae Patton/NBCFollowing two nights of live performances, The Voice revealed its top 12 on Wednesday night.

Three of five artists from each team were saved -- two through America's votes, and the other by his or her coach.

Team Blake Shelton got things started with a performance of "Life in a Northern Town," originally by The Dream Academy and later covered by Sugarland.

Host Carson Daly subsequently announced that Team Blake's Reagan James and Craig Wayne Boyd had received enough votes to remain in the competition. Blake chose to save Jessie Pitts. James David Carter and Taylor Brashears were eliminated.

Team Pharrell Williams was up next. They sang the Sam Smith tune "Money On My Mind." Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey advanced via the viewers' vote, while Pharrell saved Sugar Joans. Elyjuh Rene and Jean Kelley were dismissed.

Team Gwen Stefani delivered a rendition of Vance Joy's "Riptide" before learning their fate. Daly revealed that Taylor John Williams and Anita Antoinette had made it to the top 12. Gwen saved Ryan Sill, spelling the end for Bryana Salaz and Ricky Manning.

Team Adam Levine tackled the Nico & Vinz hit "Am I Wrong." Damien and Matt McAndrew were saved by America, and Adam held on to Chris Jamison. It was the end of the road for Mia Pfirrman and Taylor Phelan.

The top 12 will return to the stage next Monday night on NBC.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Stevie Nicks Talks Challenges of Promoting Solo Album While on Tour with Fleetwood Mac: "I Don't Wanna Tick Anybody Off"

Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks has an new solo album -- 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault -- of which she's justifiably proud.  She hasn't been able to spend much time promoting it, though, because her day job as the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, currently out on a massive world tour, is keeping her pretty busy.  Last week, during a break in the tour, she appeared on The Tonight Show to perform "Lady," one of the new songs, but she says it's unlikely you'll see her do that onstage with the band.  Why?  It's complicated, says Stevie.

"I don't even know if the people in Fleetwood Mac have even heard this record.  Honestly.  We don't talk about it a lot," Stevie tells ABC News Radio. "It's like, y'know....it's not their thing.  So I don't push it on them, and I just let it go.  I don't wanna tick anybody off, and I don't wanna make people think that I'm not focused on Fleetwood Mac, because I totally am...but in my own time, then I can do anything I want, and I can promote this record."

As for the possibility of her taking time out during a Mac performance to spotlight a tune from 24 Karat Gold, Stevie says, "Could Christine [McVie] play 'Lady' and me sing it, and she sing a harmony?  Absolutely.  Will that happen?  Probably not, but maybe."  Noting that she really wanted her bandmate to hear the record, she laughs, "I put it on her iPod. I bought her an iPod and then put it on the iPod!"

24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which debuted in the top 10 when it was released in September, is a collection of songs that Stevie wrote mostly between 1967 and 1989, with a few from the '90s thrown in.  But Stevie explains that these songs aren't a bunch of rejects that weren't good enough to be included on albums: they just never made it for a variety of reasons.

"These weren't songs that weren't the 'better' songs.  Some of them were recorded by Fleetwood Mac and I didn't like it," she tells ABC News Radio. "You'll get three-fourths of the way into recording a song and you'll just go, 'I don't like the way it's coming out, so I'm pulling it.'  Same with my own producers: 'I don't like what you've done with the song, so I'm pulling it.'"  Or, 'There's too many fast songs,' 'Too many mid-tempo songs,' 'Too many ballads -- a ballad has to go.'  So, that's what happened to these songs.  These songs should have all been on records already."

As Stevie continues to eke out time to promote 24 Karat Gold, she says she is truly enjoying the Mac tour, since it's the first one to feature Christine McVie in 16 years.  "She's so excited and she gets, just, like sixteen-thousand people on their feet screaming several times a night," laughs Stevie. "And it's pretty spectacular.  So she's getting, like, spoon fed this amazing reaction of people being so happy that she's back that she's just thrilled, you know?  She just feels like she won the lottery!  So, it's pretty great to watch and I think it's really fantastic.  Everybody's in really good shape."

They'll have to be, considering the Fleetwood Mac world tour will stretch far into 2015.  That's why Stevie says she can't say right now if she'll join the rest of the band in the studio to record a new album, as Mick Fleetwood says he hopes she will in his new autobiography.

"I don't know, because nothing can be done on that until we're done, and we have another seventy shows until this American tour is done, then we have Australia, then we have Europe.  This isn't gonna be done until this time next year," Stevie tells ABC News Radio about the prospect of a new Mac album. "So, I don't know how I'm gonna feel in a year."

"I don't know whether I'm gonna wanna go back to my own thing or whether I'm gonna wanna sign up for another year of making a record," she adds. "I don't really know what I'm gonna wanna do then." 

Fleetwood Mac is currently on tour in Canada. They'll return to the U.S. next week but have dates scheduled in North America through March.


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Thursday
Nov132014

"Nashville" Recap: I'm Coming Home to You

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoGunnar Scott seemed to be adjusting well to life as a father to his son, Micah, on Wednesday's Nashville, and that's a good thing since Micah's mom, Kylie, left town without her son to pursue a love interest. It looks like Gunnar and his girlfriend, Zoey, will have to adjust to full-time parenthood now.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant found some common ground before attending the premiere of their reality show. They were able to smile for the cameras on the red carpet, but the show was edited to make Layla look stupid and Will look like a beefcake. The audience at the premiere loved the show, so Will and Layla will probably have to continue their charade of a marriage for the cameras a little while longer.

Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler struggled to find time to spend with each other due to their crazy schedules. As they tried to plan their wedding, Rayna was forced to spend her only weekend at home catering to a Rolling Stone reporter working on a cover story about her career. Unfortunately, that reporter was in the house when Rayna and Luke discovered her daughter, Maddie, making out with Luke's son. In order to keep the future step-sibling's romance under wraps, Rayna agreed to tell the Rolling Stone reporter all about her rocky relationship with ex-love interest, Deacon Claybourne.

Juliette Barnes struggled with loneliness as she faced delivering her baby all alone. Her record label president, Rayna, didn't like the songs she was writing, so Rayna told her to write about her experience with the baby's father, Avery Barkley. She wrote a new song, called "Disappearing," about the pregnancy. In the end, Avery stepped up to be Juliette's delivery coach.

Jonathan Jackson plays Avery, and he's glad to see his character come out of the drunken fog he's been in most of this season.

Jonathan tells ABC News Radio, "It's exhausting, you know, playing somebody who's wasted and that angry and drunk all the time. So, yeah, I was kind of happy when he's starting to kind of pull it together a little bit."

Even though Avery and Juliette are coming together for the sake of their child, Jonathan doesn't know if they'll ever be lovers again.

"I think that's sort of the big question is whether he can overcome the devastation of the betrayal that happened, you know," says Jonathan. "And if anything were to give them hope, I think it would be something like a child that they shared. Something that connects them regardless of the current emotions."

Music from Nashville is available on iTunes. The show returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Dave Grohl Says Writing Lyrics for "Sonic Highways" Was "Complicated" 

Image Courtesy of ABC/Travis BellAs you've no doubt heard by now, the new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, was not recorded in a traditional way. The band traveled from city to city to record at different studio across America. During each stop, Foo frontman Dave Grohl would interview musicians and artists who helped create and further the music scene in each of their respective cities. All of this was, and continues to be, documented in the band's HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

While the recording method of the Sonic Highways album didn't significantly impact the way Foo Fighters wrote the music, it did change the way Grohl wrote the lyrics. He would not write the words to each song until he conducted his interviews. Grohl would then use the quotes from the interviews in the lyrics of the song.

As he said at a recent Los Angeles panel, it was writing the lyrics that became the most difficult part for Grohl in recording the album, especially since the album track list was going to be in sequence with the order of the series' episodes.

"Each episode has a theme, which becomes the theme of the song. It's a complicated process because not only are we sequencing a series, but we are sequencing an album," he said. "The album is in sequence of the series. And we've got all these instrumentals, but we don't have lyrics. We have these themes, so there's a beginning and an end."

During the series, Grohl interviewed everyone from Fugazi's Ian MacKaye to President Barack Obama, but one interview that really inspired him in his writing method for the album was with Nora Guthrie.

"One of my favorite interviews was Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter. We talked about her father, and how her father approached songwriting," he said. "Her dad wasn't really a recording artist, he was a songwriter. Sometimes he was commissioned to write songs about specific things. So in a way he was reporting."

Grohl used that mindset when he wrote his lyrics based on his interviews.

"To be able to talk to all of these people, it was literally just reporting what I had seen," he said.

While the process was difficult, Grohl said he was excited each and every time to turn an interview into song lyrics. But would he ever write an album that way again?

"It was so fun," he says. "I will never, ever do it again, it was a pain in the ass."


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Nov132014

Jackson Browne Schedules Series of 2015 Florida Concerts in February

Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne has scheduled his first series of 2015 tour dates in support of his recently released studio album, Standing in the Breach.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's itinerary will kick off with six concerts in Florida, running from a February 17 show in Fort Myers through a February 24 performance in Orlando.

Browne also has lined up six concerts in Japan in March and four shows in Italy in May.  First up for Jackson, though, is a week-long U.K. trek that begins this Monday in Birmingham, England, and will wind down with a sold-out November 24 gig at London's famed Royal Albert Hall.

In addition, Browne is slated to make a guest appearance at veteran singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin's January 14 show at the City Winery in New York City.

Her are all of Jackson's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

*1/14 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/17 -- Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Perf. Arts Hall
2/18 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
2/20 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
2/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/23 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

* = appearing as Shawn Colvin's special guest.


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Nov132014

Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" to Be Released on Vinyl 

Image Courtesy of Bret Hartman/CBSFans of Daft Punk and vinyl records are in for a Christmas treat. The French electronic duo are releasing their Grammy Award winning live album Alive 2007 for the first time on vinyl on December 23.

The reissue of Alive 2007 will come in a standard double vinyl package, as well as a boxed special edition. The special edition will include Alive 2007 on two solid white vinyl records, a bonus record with the show's encore, a 52-page photo book, a turntable slipmat, a download card and Daft Punk's first live album, Alive 1997, on silver vinyl. Alive 1997 will be also be reissued separately.

Alive 2007 was recorded in Paris during June 2007.

Here is the track list for the standard Alive 2007 vinyl reissue:

Side A:

"Robot Rock"
"Oh Yeah"
"Touch It"
"Technologic"
"Television Rules the Nation"
"Crescendolls"

Side B:

"Too Long"
"Steam Machine"
"Around the World"
"Harder Better Faster Stronger"
"Burnin'"
"Too Long"

Side C:

"Face to Face"
"Short Circuit"
"One More Time"
"Aerodynamic"
"Aerodynamic Beats"
"Forget About the World"

Side D:

"Prime Time of Your Life"
"Brainwasher"
"Rollin' and Scratchin'"
"Alive"
"Da Funk"
"Daftendirekt"
"Superheroes"
"Human After All"
"Rock'n'Roll"


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