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Tuesday
Oct072014

"The Voice" Recap: The Four Coaches Complete Their Teams

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCThe blind auditions concluded on The Voice Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams each completed their teams of 12, including one 15-year-old contestant who performed in front of a live audience for the first time.

Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:

Matt McAndrew, 23, opened the show with a rendition of Christina Perri’s "A Thousand Years." Adam immediately turned his chair around and Blake and Pharrell followed a short time later, pressing their buttons at the same time. An intense battle between the three coaches took place with Adam telling Matt his voice was “different” and “moving,” adding there was something really “spectacular” about him. Blake followed by noting McAndrew’s voice was “soft, but still intense.” Pharrell upped the ante by commenting that Matt had a voice he’d been looking for and that he would give the singer the freedom to pick his own songs. McAndrew went with Adam.

Jazz and R&B singer Brittany Butler sang the bossa nova classic "The Girl from Ipanema," coaxing Gwen to turn her chair right away and Pharrell soon after. Stefani noted Butler “had the whole package” and that she would try and steal her away from Pharrell eventually anyway. Pharrell declared Brittany’s unique style would give her an edge in the competition, adding that he would love to collaborate with her. After a polite debate, Butler chose Pharrell.

Next up was Ryan Sill, who dropped out of engineering school to pursue music. He sang Mary Lambert’s “Secrets” and got Gwen to immediately press her button. Blake eventually followed. Shelton thought Sill’s “cool” voice would be a perfect addition to his team, explaining that it was “laid back, but still very powerful.” Stefani, stressing that she usually didn’t turn her chair around that early, noted there were a few “wobbly” parts of the performance that needed work, but Ryan’s high notes made up for them. Ryan went with Gwen.

Fernanda Bosch, 17, took on Macy Gray's "I Try." Toward the end of the performance, Blake and Gwen pressed their buttons. Shelton noted that Bosch had a natural sandpaper rasp. Stefani tried to bond with the singer by pointing out that she was also 17 when she started in her band, No Doubt, adding that Fernanda had great range for her age. In spite of that, Bosch decided to go with Blake.  

All four coaches fought over South Carolina native Beth Spangler, who covered Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had." Pharrell gave the singer a standing ovation and later insisted that he would continue to stand up for her. He was also amazed at how effortlessly Spangler melded different musical influences. Adam pointed out that he had only one spot left on his team and chose Spangler for her courage in not trying to fit into any one style of music. Gwen called Spangler’s range “crazy” and bribed her by promising to hook her up with clothes. Blake said he fell in love with Beth’s voice “instantly.” Adam won the battle, completing his team of 12.

Greenville, South Carolina, native Griffin had dreams of moving to Nashville in pursuit of a music career, but ended up starting a fashion business when his family couldn’t afford the move. The singer, who eventually did land in Nashville, tackled Michael Bublé’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” convincing the three remaining coaches to turn their chairs. Blake emphasized his connection with Bublé, noting he’s a hero of his and he would know exactly what to do with Griffin. Pharrell tried to coax the singer onto his team by pointing out that he too was in the fashion business. Gwen complimented the richness of Griffin’s voice and declared it would be fun to work with him. Griffin chose Pharrell, admitting backstage afterwards that their mutual love of fashion played a part in the decision. With the addition of Griffin, Pharrell completed his team of 12.

Mayra Alvarez was inspired to try out for The Voice by watching last year’s runner-up, Jake Worthington, a fellow La Porte, Texas, native. Mayra's version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” got both Gwen and Blake to push their buttons. The gloves came off when Blake reminded Mayra that he coached Worthington and would like to avenge that loss by taking her all the way to the top. Gwen countered by complimenting Alvarez on her courage for taking liberties with a Michael Jackson song and nailing it. To everyone’s surprise, Alvarez picked Stefani. Gwen’s team of 12 was now complete.

Shelton completed his team of 12 with the addition of fifteen-year-old Justin Johnes‘, who performed Passenger’s “Let Her Go.” The teen revealed it was his first time performing in front of a live audience. Blake was impressed with the young singer’s range, especially the low notes, which he noted Adam wouldn’t have “when he’s 80.” As a nod to Stefani -- who gave out “Team Gwen” t-shirts to all the contestants on her team -- Blake gave Justin a “Team Blake” t-shirt.

The coaches’ teams are now complete and they’re ready to move on to the battle rounds.

The battle rounds begin next Monday night on NBC.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Katy Perry's Childhood Love Letters Up for Auction

Image Courtesy Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsWhat's more embarrassing than reading something you wrote back when you were 10 years old and crushing on a boy?  Having the whole world read it.  That's what Katy Perry's going through right now, as two love letters she wrote as a kid are hitting the auction block.

Noted auction house Julien's Auctions is holding a sale of celebrity memorabilia sale called Icons and Idols: Rock 'n Roll, and among the lots are Katy's letters, which she wrote back when she was still Katy Hudson, her birth name.   Both letters are addressed to one Christopher Villar who, according to the auction house, is a boy Katy met at camp, and then continued to see at the evangelical rallies that their families would attend.  In one of the letters, postmarked July 24, 1995, Katy writes, "I like you a lot. Write back a.s.a.p."  She signed it "Love Katy Hudson."

The other letter is postmarked slightly earlier -- July 18 -- and finds Katy confessing to Christopher that his mom gave her his address so she could write to him, but that she was totally embarrassed that his mom overheard her saying that she liked him.  She signs off "God bless you!" and her signature reads, "Love Katie Hudson" -- spelling her name with an "ie" rather than a "y."

Both letters are from Christopher Villar's personal collection, so it seems he's trying to parlay his childhood flirtation with Katy into some cold hard cash.  The starting bid for both letters is $300.

The Icons and Idols auction begins November 7 at 10 a.m. PT, and there are plenty more items from your favorite stars up for grabs.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to see the full catalog.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Peter Criss Says He's "Really Proud" to Be an Artist Ambassador for Hard Rock Pinktober Campaign

Diane Bondareff/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP ImagesFounding KISS drummer Peter Criss is best known for his years keeping the beat for the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, but he's also making a name for himself as a spokesman for breast cancer awareness.  While the disease affects far fewer men than women, the 68-year-old rock legend was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.  Thankfully, he's been cancer-free going on seven years.

Criss now has been chosen as one of Hard Rock International's Artist Ambassadors for the 2014 edition of its Pinktober campaign held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Peter is helping to spread the word that men also can be stricken with the disease.

At a recent New York City launch party for the initiative, the drummer told ABC News Radio that he appreciates the chance to team with the Hard Rock organization to help get the message out there.

"I'm really proud that the Hard Rock is getting involved with this with me, because for a while there, you kind of feel like you're alone," he explained.  "You know, you're out there and you're trying to get the word spread that 'guys can get it, guys can get it.'  I feel like I'm with the big guys now."

Criss said he was lucky that his cancer was caught in the early stages, and wants guys to know how important it is for them not to wait to see a doctor if they thing something is wrong.

"Go to the doctor immediately," he insisted.  "Early detection will save your life.  It's just that simple…You'd only be a fool and kidding yourself if you didn't immediately get your ass over to a doctor's and say, 'I'd like you to just check this out.'"

Peter pointed out that some men might have a macho attitude that would make them hesitate getting examined for breast cancer, but he says, regardless of any possible stigma, going to a doctor is the sensible thing to do.

"I grew up in Brooklyn.  There's nobody more tough than I can be, and I find that really the tough guys are the guys that get up and do something about it," Criss maintained.  "And to get up and save your own life is pretty obvious…You gotta be crazy to wait around [and] think it's gonna go away.

Beyond his work with the Hard Rock, Peter shows his support for breast cancer awareness by taking part in various promotional appearances, lectures and other events.  This October 19, the rocker will head to Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, to participate in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer charity walk, an event he's been involved with for several years.

He told ABC News Radio that the walk is a "piece of cake" to complete, adding, "It gets better and better every year.  I don't think it's 'cause of me.  I just think maybe, you know, I just added to the party."

The Pinktober initiative will raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other similar charities around the world via the sales of themed merchandise and menu items at Hard Rock's cafes, hotels and casinos.  Special Hard Rock-sponsored events also will benefit the cause.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

George Harrison's Childhood Home to Be Sold at Liverpool Auction Later This Month

Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA house where George Harrison lived while growing up in Liverpool, England, will be auctioned off later this month in the late Beatles guitarist's hometown.  According to the Countrywide Property Auctions website, the sale will take place on October 20 at the Cavern Club, the famous venue where the Fab Four played many of their early concerts.

The guide price for the residence, a three-bedroom council house located in Liverpool's Speke neighborhood, is 100,000 pounds -- about $161,000.  The Liverpool Echo reports that Harrison and his family lived at the residence from 1949, when he was six, until the early 1960s.  While living at the house, George met Paul McCartney and John Lennon and was asked to join their band The Quarrymen.  That group frequently held its rehearsals at Harrison's home.

The two-level house has been renovated in recent years, and includes a kitchen and an attached dining room, a living room and a bathroom.  The property also has a rear garden.

You can check out photos of the residence at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.  For more information, visit CountrywidePropertyAuctions.co.uk.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts will perform their latest single, "Playback," on ABC's The View Friday.

Carrie Underwood's new single, "Something in the Water," sold more than 124,000 downloads in its first week. That's Carrie's best-ever opening week sales tally ever.  

Toby Keith's new single, "Drunk Americans," will be released to country radio and to fans digitally on October 14.

Chris Young is performing at the Nashville Basket Brigade's Fundraising Fright Night at the Tin Roof Nashville on Wednesday, October 29. Proceeds go to help feed local families in need this Thanksgiving.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Jason Aldean Ready to Move Forward with His Life and Career on New Album, "Old Boots, New Dirt"

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is now on sale featuring his latest hit, "Burnin' It Down." That sexy song is something of a departure for Jason, but fans of his hard-rocking signature sound will find plenty to love about the new album.

Jason even hints at that mix of old and new sounds in the album title. He tells ABC News Radio, "Well, I think Old Boots, New Dirt kind of applies to a lot of things. It sort of applies to musically where I've been, where we're going."

While he forges a new musical path on Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason is once again backed up by the guys who know him best -- his road band. Unlike other artists who bring in studio musicians when they record, Jason sees his band mates as essential to creating the sound he wants on his albums.

He says, "I think that the overall sound is definitely a band effort, I guess you could say, and I think it could be very easily a band, you know. Had I decided to be the lead singer of a band, that could have been the thing."

Jason has the final say when it comes to which songs make it on his albums, though. Since he went through a divorce and went public with his now-fiancée Brittany Kerr while making Old Boots, New Dirt, fans may wonder if he's addressing those life changes directly on the new album. Jason says listeners shouldn't expect any big revelations about his personal life on the project.

"I didn't make it a conscious effort to go in and drag those things into the making of the album," Jason explains. "If some of that stuff ended up influencing the record, then it did. It wasn't my intention."

Jason does feel the album title, Old Boots, New Dirt, speaks to his desire to move forward with his life and his music now that he's engaged to Brittany.

He says of the title, "I feel like that's a great metaphor for, like, being able to now finally put a lot of things behind me that have sort of been weighing me down over the last couple of years -- putting a lot of that stuff behind me and looking forward to what's to lay ahead."

Jason performs on both NBC's Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday to promote the new album.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

The Swon Brothers Make the Hard Jump from "The Voice" to Country Radio with "Later On"

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers burst onto the national scene in a big way as contestants on NBC's The Voice, but they knew that was no guarantee their debut single, "Later On," would become a hit at country radio. Their coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton, made it clear they'd have to work very hard to earn their spot on those radio playlists.

The duo's Zach Swon tells ABC News Radio, "You still have a lot of loyal fans, but getting the radio audience is a little harder task, and you have a lot to prove. I think that starts with the music. You gotta do something that connects with people or makes them feel something."

Clearly, the fans and country radio love "Later On," which is currently sitting inside the top 15 on the country chart. Getting that kind of exposure with "Later On" has really given a shot in the arm to the The Swon Brothers' concerts, or "Swoncerts" as they like to call them.

"We know it's paying off, 'cause now when we do shows, everybody sings it back to us," Zach says, "and that's the best feeling in the world."

Fans can hear much more from The Swon Brothers when their self-titled debut album comes out next week.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Gerard Way Debuts Video for "Millions"

Image Courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson My Chemical Romance was known for their visually grabbing videos, and frontman Gerard Way continues that proud tradition with his new video for "Millions," a song off his recent solo album, Hesitant Alien. The video premiered on The Guardian.

The psychedelic video, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, features Way looking very Bowie-esque as he sings while leaving behind a world of motion trails.

Hesitant Alien arrived late last month, marking the MCR singer's solo debut. Way will begin his North American tour in support of the album on October 12 in San Fransisco. The tour concludes in New York City on October 23.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Ed Sheeran: "Sometimes It's Good to Sing About Stuff That's Pointless"

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran's songs have connected emotionally with fans worldwide due to their heartfelt lyrics.  But he says when it came time to make his current album, X, he wanted to trade meaningful tunes for songs that he describes as "pointless."

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Ed says that with his hit "Sing," he wanted to make a "bona fide pop song," adding, "I've never really done that before, and it was nice to do it and to not worry about how it would make people feel, and whether it was me opening up enough. I just wanted to write a song that was fun."

He says after hearing countless stories about how his fans listened to his previous record "on their own in their bedroom, while eating ice cream and crying," he "learned I need to give people some fun here and there."

"I am not a hugely depressed person," he explains. "I like to have fun and the melancholy doesn't reflect who I am. Sometimes, it's just good to sing about stuff that's pointless. 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo is not a song that comes from a lot of heartbreak or upset, but it is a great pop song, and I want to do that too."

In fact, at heart, Ed says he wants to be a pop star, like his pals Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams

"I really want to be in that world, among those big pop singers," he complains. "I think I am placed in that world when it comes to award shows and things, but I don't get mentioned in the same sentence as those stars when it comes to music...My sales can match up to most other big artists, but I don't get mentioned in the same breath."

Perhaps by the time Ed's current tour wraps up, sometime in August of 2015, he'll have achieved his goal.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

Elle Varner Releases New Video for Explicit Single

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsAfter partying with A$AP Ferg in the visual for “Don’t Wanna Dance,” Elle Varner has unveiled a dark new video for “F**k It All.”

In the clip, which premiered on the website of The FADER, the singer tries to overlook her boyfriend's cheating ways. At one point, things turn fatal as the couple escapes to countryside where Elle attempts to forgive his infidelities.

The Pop & Oak-produced song "is an exploration into the darker side of my mind," Varner said in an email to the magazine. "The most haunting thing about the tune for me is that I never break from the light, airy, melancholic melody until the very end." She adds, "It was a challenge as a writer and singer to stay on one melody and chorus lyric and let only the verse lyrics grow in intensity."

The song was written with a broad audience in mind. "When you're counting the hours at your job, making a change in your life big or small, or are simply ready to throw up your hands and accept what is happening at that moment, maybe there is something you need to let go of. I certainly did so myself," Elle wrote.

The song will appear on Elle’s sophomore album, 4 Letter Word, due this year.


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Tuesday
Oct072014

will.i.am and Jimmy Fallon Turn "Tonight Show" "Ew!" Sketch into Music Video

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCwill.i.am and Jimmy Fallon debuted a music video Monday based on the popular Tonight Show sketch, "Ew!," a mock Teen Nick show that features Fallon dressed as a teenage girl named Sara, who responds to almost everything by saying "Ew!"

In the clip, Sara is joined by will.i.am's alter-ego, "mir.i.am." The two are shown in various locations rapping about things they think are "Ew!"

Fallon introduced the clip by revealing that will.i.am is a fan of the Tonight Show, and that sketch in particular.

Jimmy revealed that when he suggested will.i.am join him for the sketch on a future show, the rapper suggested they write a song instead. Fallon said three days later, will.i.am presented him with the finished piece.


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Monday
Oct062014

Jerrod Niemann Hosting Benefit Concert for Songwriting Hero Whitey Shafer Tuesday in Nashville

Image Courtesy Arista Nashville/Darrin DickersonJerrod Niemann is hosting a benefit concert for legendary songwriter Whitey Shafer Tuesday night at Honky Tonk Central on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Tickets will be on sale at the door, and Jerrod promises fans some big surprises at the show.

Whitey Shafer is a co-writer of country classics like Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" and "That's the Way Love Goes" as well as George Strait's "All My Ex's Live in Texas" and "Ocean Front Property." Shafer has been experiencing some health problems lately, and Jerrod wanted to help his friend out.

Says Jerrod, "Whitey is the first phone call I made when I moved to Nashville. We became buddies and he was kind enough to take me under his wing and open some doors for me. He's my favorite songwriter, and I am so excited to be able to assist him in any way."


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Monday
Oct062014

Bush Unveils New Single, "Loneliness Is a Killer" 

Image Courtesy of Joseph LlanesAfter "The Only Way Out" and "Man on the Run," Bush has come out with a third song from their upcoming album -- "Loneliness Is a Killer." The song, which premiered on Elle, features a signature Bush guitar sound with a tinge of an electronic riff.

"I have an incredible wife and I have an incredible life. So I don’t want to write a song like 'Loneliness Is a Killer' because it comes across as a bit of a contradiction," Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale tells Elle of wife Gwen Stefani. "But when you’re traveling, you’re away from your family so you do feel that. So that’s how I wrote that song. I’m away from everyone I love about half of the time and it’s challenging."

The new album, entitled Man on the Run, is due out on October 21. Rossdale is scheduled to appear alongside his wife on The Voice on October 13.


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Monday
Oct062014

Did Mariah Carey Change Song Lyrics to Imply Nick Cannon Cheated?

Peter Kramer/NBCOnly Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon know for sure why their marriage has apparently fallen apart, but while onstage Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, Mariah may have provided a clue as to one reason for their relationship problems.

According to the New York Post, Mariah was singing the song "Don’t Explain,” originally recorded by Billie Holiday, onstage, when she apparently changed some of the lyrics.  At about 4:29 into a snippet of audio from the concert posted to YouTube, it sounds as though she's singing, "And I know you cheated, mother f***er," instead of the actual line from the song, which is "And I know you cheat/Right or wrong, don’t matter.”

Mariah's website says that the song "Don't Explain" is "a personal favorite" of the singer's.

A source, meanwhile, tells E! that Mariah and Nick's marriage can't be saved.  "She has made up her mind. She is definitely divorcing him," claims the insider.


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Monday
Oct062014

Jennifer Lopez to Star as a Cop in New NBC Drama :"Shades of Blue" 

Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXJennifer Lopez is a woman of many networks.  She's a judge on Fox's American Idol, one of her companies owns the cable channel Fuse and now she's signed a deal to star in a series for NBC.

J-Lo will take the lead role in Shades of Blue, a new 13-episode drama that she's executive-producing with her Idol pal Ryan Seacrest.  Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, of Rain Man and Good Morning Vietnam fame, will direct and executive-produce the pilot episode.

The show finds Jennifer playing Harlee McCord, a detective and single mom who's recruited to work undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force.  The show will start shooting next summer in New York, after J-Lo finishes her stint on this upcoming season of American Idol.

Levinson said in a statement that the show "gets into the fascinating dirt behind law enforcement with a female character we haven't really seen before."

This will mark J-Lo's first regular acting role in a weekly TV series since 1994, when she co-starred in the ill-fated CBS show Hotel Malibu.


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Monday
Oct062014

Robert Plant to Play Intimate Midnight Concert This Thursday in Brooklyn, NY

Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant and his new band The Sensational Space Shifters will bring their North American tour to a close this Thursday by playing an intimate late-night concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.  The just-announced show is scheduled to begin at midnight, and will take place after Plant's scheduled appearance on the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report.

To open the concert, Roots drummer Questlove will treat attendees to a DJ set.  According to The New York Times, Plant agreed to perform at the Brooklyn Bowl shortly after he and The Sensational Space Shifters visited the club last month while in town for their gigs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  The legendary Led Zeppelin frontman reportedly took part in a burlesque show while his current band mates enjoyed the venue's bowling alley.

Tickets for the concert cost $125 and go on sale at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday at BrooklynBowl.com.  The venue only has a capacity of about 850.

Plant's current tour, which kicked off on September 25 in Port Chester, New York, is promoting his recently released solo album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.


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Monday
Oct062014

Kanye West's New Album Is "Like a Pair of Timberlands," Says Co-Writer

Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordsKanye West is making great progress with his upcoming album, according to Chicago songwriter Malik Yusef, who frequently has collaborated with West in the past including on the Grammy-winning hit "All of the Lights."

Yusef has been tapped to help West create a project that's different than last year's Yeezus. "This album is different. It's like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede," Yusef tells Rolling Stone. "It's not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it's not the ruggedness of just 'hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.' We're still working like a motherf**ker. We've been all around the world [recording]."

So far, Kanye has "20 finished songs" and the recording process was a lot smoother this time around. "We fought over Yeezus every day," he says. "There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It's 'I don't give a f**k, Malik. It's a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.' Kanye's kicked me off the [G.O.O.D Music] label eight times."


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Monday
Oct062014

Kelly Rowland Does Nude Pregnancy Shoot for Elle Magazine

Kelsey McNeal/FOXKelly Rowland is showing it all off. To celebrate her impending arrival, the pregnant singer posed nude in the new issue of Elle magazine, in a picture shot by actor Lance Gross.

In the accompanying story, the singer reveals what she's looking forward to the most when she delivers her first child with husband/manager Tim Witherspoon.

"I can't wait until he gets here. I just have a couple more weeks," she tells the mag. "I'm excited to bring a child into the world, and sharing that experience with my husband is probably the most beautiful part."

Rowland adds that among her food cravings she loves "cherry pie and chocolate ice cream with peanut butter mixed in it." She adds, "I had a week straight where I was obsessed with nachos."

So what inspired the nude shoot? The 33-year-old revealed she's been amazed watching her "body carry a human." She adds, "I took a birthing class and I was amazed by all the things this woman was saying to me about birthing and what the body does naturally. Why wouldn't you want to celebrate that? The body should be celebrated."

The full interview can be read on Elle.com.


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Monday
Oct062014

Tamar Braxton Unveils New Single, "Let Me Know"

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsTamar Braxton is back with new music. The singer has released her new single “Let Me Know,” which features a guest verse from Future.

" hits iTunes TOMORROW! Get your LIFE & listen to it NOW!" she tweeted before adding a link to the song on SoundCloud.

On the track, Tamar expresses her undying love over samples of Aaliyah's classic "At Your Best (You Are Love)."

"We’ve been through so many things, ups and down and in-betweens / If you need more love from me, I’ll give you more, just let me know,” sings Tamar.

Tamar's upcoming album will serve as the follow-up to last year's Love and War.


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Monday
Oct062014

Angels and Airwaves Premieres New Song, "Paralyzed"; Talks Upcoming Concept Album

Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioTom DeLonge has debuted "Paralyzed," the newest song from his band Angels and Airwaves. "Paralyzed" is the first single off of The Dream Walker, the band's upcoming, fifth studio album, which is due in December.  The song is streaming now on the Rolling Stone website.  

"Lyrically, the song is about sleep paralysis," DeLonge tells Rolling Stone. "I think we needed something that would turn heads and ignite a fan base of post-hardcore punk-rock kids that might still be lingering there from my earlier years."

DeLonge wrote, recorded and produced The Dream Walker with Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin.  One might call The Dream Walker a concept album, but it is more of a concept project. The record tells the story of fictional character, Poet Anderson, a Seattle orphan who learns how to control his dreams and nightmares. In addition to the actual album, the band will release an animated short film, a comic book series, novels and even a live-action feature film to tell Poet's tale.

DeLonge's label, To the Stars, will begin releasing the accompanying multimedia elements on October 31. They will continue to trickle out into 2015, which also marks Angels and Airwaves' ten-year anniversary.


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