Cam to Spend Her Album Release Day with Cyndi Lauper

Sony Music Nashville/Ninelle EfremovaCam will spend the release day for her first full-length album, Untamed, hanging out with Cyndi Lauper. The “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” legend has invited the country newcomer to perform at her 5th annual Home for the Holidays benefit, alongside Boy George, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, pop star Natasha Bedingfield, Valerie Simpson and others. The show at New York’s Beacon Theatre raises money for Lauper’s True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBT youth.

No word on whether Cam might’ve become acquainted with the pop legend during her recent time in Nashville. After telling Britain’s BANG Showbiz she has her sights set on putting out a country album with Tony Brown next year, Lauper was spotted with the producer at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony last month.

Both the release of Cam’s first album and Cyndi’s benefit happen on Friday, December 11. This week, Cam is enjoying her first top ten hit with “Burning House.”

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Killswitch Engage to Perform "Alive or Just Breathing" in Full at 2016 Soundwave Festival

Credit: Vegar AbelsnesKillswitch Engage has been added to the 2016 Soundwave Festival lineup. The band will be performing their 2002 sophomore album, Alive or Just Breathing, in full at the Australian festival.

Killswitch Engage is currently on tour with Rise Against. They will stage a brief three-date East Coast headlining tour this December.

Other bands playing Soundwave 2016 include Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, Deftones, Bullet for My Valentine and Refused.

The 2016 Soundwave Festival will be held January 23, 24 and 26 in various Australian cities. Visit for the full lineup and ticket details.

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Halsey Sells Out Madison Square Garden

Credit: Eric T. WhiteHalsey doesn't have a ton of experience in the music business: the 21-year-old electro-pop singer-songwriter just released her debut album, Badlands, over the summer. One thing she does have a lot of, though, is fans. 20,000 of said fans bought tickets to see Halsey headline New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden next August, selling out the show in less than three weeks.

"The fact that my fans made this happen is groundbreaking," Halsey tells Billboard. "This is seriously unbelievable. Like literally unbelievable. I don't believe it -- someone show me the proof."

The now-sold-out MSG show will be held August 13.

In other Halsey happenings, the singer will be performing alongside pop star Justin Bieber on The Today Show Wednesday morning. Additionally, on Tuesday, she will be the musical performer at The Museum of Modern Art's 2015 Film Benefit, which will honor the career of actress Cate Blanchett.

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Foo Fighters Cancel European Tour Following Paris Attacks

Hayley MaddenFollowing the attacks in Paris that have left at least 120 people dead, Foo Fighters has canceled the remainder of their European tour.  The band was scheduled to play Paris on Monday.

In a message on Facebook and on their publicist's website, the band said in a statement, "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now."

"There is no other way to say it," the band added. "This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one."

The band had four remaining shows in Europe, including the Paris show, one in Lyon, France, and two shows in Italy and Spain.

Meanwhile, the members of Eagles of Death Metal, who were performing at the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists opened fire and took hostages,  are apparently safe.  The brother of drummer Julian Dorio told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Julian called him from Paris and told him that the band "hit the floor" when they saw the gunman, and then escaped out a backstage door.

The British paper The Guardian reports that Eagles of Death Metal have canceled their European tour as well, and the band plans to return to the U.S.

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Joe Walsh to Take Part in L.A.-Area Q&A Event This Month

PRNewsFoto/Los Angeles College of MusicEagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be the focus of a special Q&A event Monday, November 30, at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California, as part of the school's ongoing "Let's Talk Music" series.  Walsh will discuss the current state of the music industry, offer advice to aspiring artists, and share stories about his own long and successful career.

The event, which runs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT, is open to the public, although space is limited.  To attend, you can RSVP via or by calling 626-568-8850626-568-8850.  Can't make it?  The Q&A also will be streamed online at

The interview will be conducted by acclaimed producer "Native Wayne" Jobson.  In addition to playing with The Eagles, Walsh, of course, also has a thriving solo career and was the frontman of the popular 1970s group The James Gang.  His most recent solo trek wrapped up last month, but he's planning to schedule additional shows in 2016.

Musicians who have participated in previous "Let's Talk Music" installments include Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Ziggy Marley, The English Beat's Dave Wakeling, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, and producers Don Was and Glen Ballard.

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HELLYEAH Promises "Big Touring News" Next Week 

Credit: David JacksonHELLYEAH is currently off the road as they continue to work on their new album, but their touring schedule is about to get full again.

"We got some big touring news coming at you next week," says drummer Vinnie Paul in a video update from the recording studio.

Currently, HELLYEAH has just two tour dates scheduled: a New Year's Eve show in Dallas and a spot on the 2016 Shiprocked concert cruise in January alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Halestorm.

HELLYEAH's new album will be the follow-up to 2014's Blood for Blood.

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Lee Brice Plays All 50 States in 46 Weeks

Photo Credit: Joseph LanesWhen Lee Brice plays his show this Sunday night at Brewhouse Music & Grill in Rome, Georgia, he’ll have completed his goal to play all 50 states in one year in record time. Once a member of his band pointed out how many of the U.S.A.’s 50 they were ticking off the list, Lee got on the phone with his management and booking agent, and threw down the gauntlet.

“I’m so excited about this,” he says, as he becomes the only country artist to achieve the milestone this year. "As soon as I realized how close we were, I just had to make it happen.” And make it happen he did, with six weeks to spare. If you’re counting, Lee completed the task in 46 of 2015’s 52 weeks.

Next up, Lee plays St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, with an announcement about his 2016 headlining tour to come soon.

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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Extend Heart and Soul Tour into 2016

Image Courtesy of Live NationThis past summer, two of the world's most-celebrated horn-driven bands, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, teamed up for a North American trek dubbed the Heart and Soul Tour, and now the groups are planning to hit the road together again next year.  The Heart and Soul Tour 2.0 will get under way on March 23 in Jacksonville, Florida, and is scheduled through an April 18 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The outing features a total of 15 dates, and includes stops in Tampa, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota; Columbus, Ohio; and Baltimore.  Tickets for the shows go on sale soon.  Visit to check out specific on-sale dates.

"I'm excited to be starting another leg of the Heart and Soul tour," says founding Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane.  "Both bands are playing great and when we play together, the show rises to another level."

Meanwhile, Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey says, "There's a saying that goes, 'If it's not broken there is no need to change it.'  Indeed.  The powerful magic of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire works for both bands and fans alike.  Here we go again!"

The two bands also toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

Here's a list of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire's upcoming joint tour dates:

3/23 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
3/25 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
3/26 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
3/29 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/31 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/1 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
4/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
4/5 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
4/6 -- Hershey, PA, GIANT Center
4/9 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
4/10 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
4/12 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
4/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
4/16 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
4/18 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

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Disclosure Making "SNL" Debut with Special Guest Lorde 

Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeDisclosure is making their Saturday Night Live debut tomorrow night, and the electronic duo's pal Lorde will be joining them.

Lorde and Disclosure likely will perform their collaborative single "Magnets" during the show. "Magnets," which currently sits in the top 30 at Alternative radio, appears on Disclosure's sophomore album, Caracal.

Actress Elizabeth Banks will host the SNL episode.

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Disclosure Making "SNL" Debut with Special Guests Sam Smith & Lorde

Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeDisclosure is making their Saturday Night Live debut tomorrow night, and pals Sam Smith and Lorde are joining them.

Sam will most likely join the electronic duo for their collaboration “Omen,” while Lorde will likely perform “Magnets.” Both songs appear on Disclosure’s sophomore album, Caracal, which came out in September.

Sam also previously worked with Disclosure on last year’s breakout hit, “Latch.”

Actress Elizabeth Banks will host the SNL episode.

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Check Out Super Trailer for Tamar Braxton's Reality Show, "Tamar & Vince"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTamar Braxton learns the hard way in the upcoming season of her WE tv reality show, Tamar & Vince.

In the 90-second clip, we see Tamar juggling the release of her new album, Calling All Lovers, and a busy schedule, with her TV roles on The Real and Dancing with the Stars. However, the work load proves to be too much as Tamar ends up in the hospital with her husband Vincent Herbert, by her side.

"I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little girl, but it's a lot of pressure," Tamar says in the clip. "I gotta take a deep breath and get it done."

The new season of Tamar & Vince returns December 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

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U2 Cancels Live HBO Concert in Paris in the Wake of Attacks

Paolo PellegrinU2 has decided to cancel the live HBO concert broadcast it had planned for Saturday night in Paris, following attacks in that city that have left over 100 people dead.

A statement on the band's website reads, "As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."

The band itself, whose member are evidently safe and sound, also said in a statement, "We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight."

Mentioning the hostages who were slain at a concert by the band Eagles of Death Metal held at a Paris venue, U2 added, "We are devastated at the loss of life at the...concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.  And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

In the wake of the attacks, French President Hollande has declared a state of emergency across the country.

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Kirk Franklin Talks "Losing My Religion" Recording Process & Staying Humble

Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA RecordsToday saw the release of Kirk Franklin's eleventh studio album, Losing My Religion, his first in nearly five years. The gospel star tells ABC Radio about the recording process for the album's lead single, “Wanna Be Happy?” -- which debuted and remains at #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart.

"When God gives me songs as a songwriter, it's really like writing one long song, meaning that I think some artists -- when they work with other writers and producers -- they are gathering information from different people, so they are connecting with the stories of the producers and stories of the other writers," Franklin says. "But for me that's kind of the gift that God has given me. So, you know, 'Want to Be Happy' it was the same process as 'It's Time' or 'Road Trip,' you know, they all come from the same soul and the same journey I guess."

Kirk adds that he doesn't get too caught up in first week sales, especially since he has a spiritual marker of success.  "I think what's supposed to happen is that before the album comes out, before you are finished with the record, you have to have a peace in you heart that God is smiling on it, that God is clapping, that God is applauding. Because if you don't have that peace, then you will end up becoming bipolar in your process."

The singer continues,  "So way before it even gets to you guys, I try to go through the process of knowing and having the confidence that God is pleased, that God has smiled upon it." 

Losing My Religion boasts 13 soul-stirring tracks including guest features from Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Lalah Hathaway, Tamela Mann, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Sarah Reeves.

Franklin’s last solo album was 2011’s Hello Fear.

Here's the official track list:

"Losing My Religion"
"123 Victory"
"Road Trip"
"Pray for Me"
"Wanna Be Happy?"
"It’s Time" (featuring Tasha Page-Lockhart and Zacardi Cortez)
"True Story"
"When" (featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway)
"My World Needs You" (featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann)
"No Sleep Tonight"


Elton John on Meeting with Putin: We'll Talk "Music, Sports and Then the Political Thing About Gay People"

ABC/Randy Holmes; Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesIn September, a few weeks after two Russian TV hosts pranked Elton John by phoning the pop-rock star and pretending to be Russian president Vladimir Putin, the actual Putin got in touch with Elton and told him he's ready to meet with him to discuss any topic he'd like.  John tells Rolling Stone that he's eager to get the chance to chat with Putin, noting that the politician was "so nice and apologetic" about the pranksters and "couldn't have been friendlier."

Elton says that when he does get to meet with Putin, he wants to discuss "some important things," although he's not planning to be overly confrontational.

"I'm not going to go in there with a sledgehammer," he maintains.  "I'm going to go in there as a musician -- I'm not a politician -- and try and sort things out.  We'll have a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and hopefully have a lovely conversation about music, sports and then the political thing about gay people."

Russia recently has come under fire for some of its laws regarding the rights of the country's LGBT citizens, which many people around the world consider restrictive.

While no meeting between Elton and the Russian president has been scheduled, a likely time when one could take place would be on or near March 16, 2016, when John will play a concert at Moscow's Crocus City Hall.

On how he plans to approach his meeting with Putin, Elton tells Rolling Stone, "I'm not going to go there and say, 'You've gotta do this, you've gotta do that.  That's just not the way to do things.  You take things very slowly.  It's about moving things forward…But I want to do it and I want to make things a better place for the LGBT community in Russia."

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Ashley Monroe Says Get Ready for More Music from Pistol Annies

Pistol Annies (Randee St. Nicholas)With two critically acclaimed collaborations with Pistol Annies already under her belt, Ashley Monroe tells Billboard there’s likely to be another one.

“I think definitely there’s going to be more music. I just don’t know when. We started several songs and we have so many that we haven’t even recorded yet,” she says in the latest edition of the Alt in Our Stars podcast. “I think next year we’re going to be doing something, I just don’t know what."

The trio actually already got back together last month, as Angaleena Presley reunited with Ashley and Miranda Lambert on two of her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars dates. Miranda’s Instagram post that weekend seems to confirm what Ashley is saying:  “The Pistol Annie’s raised a ruckus last night in Augusta GA when we surprised the crowd… The GIRLS are back in town!”

Since their sophomore effort Annie Up in 2013, Angaleena released her first solo album, American Middle Class last year, while Ashley hit number one with Miranda’s now-ex-husband Blake Shelton on “Lonely Tonight,” earlier in 2015.

Ashley recently released the video for the second single from her record, The Blade. You can check out “Bombshell” on YouTube.

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Andy Biersack Gives Update on New Black Veil Brides Album and Andy Black

Credit: Jonathan WeinerAndy Biersack is very busy at the moment. In addition to working on his debut solo album as Andy Black, Biersack will be returning to the studio for Black Veil Brides' next album.

"The next Black Veil record will likely start at the beginning of the year," he tells Alternative Press. "We're finishing up the Andy Black record. We've got maybe another week left, a week or two of tracking, and then it's all mixing, and then have a single out by the end of 2015 and have the record out by the beginning of 2016."

Biersack has been teasing the Andy Black album for some time now -- on social media, he's revealed that Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and The Used guitarist Quinn Allman have all contributed to the record.

"The songs are pop rock, fun songs," says Biersack of the Andy Black album. "There's certainly an element to the kind of '80s vibe in there with Depeche Mode and Sisters of Mercy and that kind of thing."

"We were joking the other day that it's goth [Bruce] Springsteen," he adds.

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Brendon Urie Celebrates Life's Little Triumphs in Panic! at the Disco's "Victorious" Video

Image Courtesy of Fueled by RamenPanic! at the Disco has shared the video for their current single, "Victorious." In the clip, frontman Brendon Urie is awarded with money, champagne and glory for the small, day-to-day accomplishments, such as helping an elderly woman cross the street or "not calling your ex." The video also gives you a chance to watch Urie box and get pummeled with dodge-balls.

"Victorious" is a single from Panic! at the Disco's forthcoming album, Death of a Bachelor, which will be released January 15.

Aside from the "Victorious" video, Panic! at the Disco does have a real reason to celebrate lately: the band's 2005 debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, has been certified double-platinum for two million copies sold.

"Well this calls for a toast so pour the champagne," writes Urie of the news. "Here's to 10 years, 2 million albums and you, thank you!"

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Kevin Gates Kicks Off Islah Tour (Part 1) Tour Tonight

Atlantic RecordsKevin Gates is scheduled to kick off his much anticipated Islah Tour (Part 1) tonight in Jacksonville, Florida.

The rapper's nationwide headlining tour will travel to major U.S. cities, including Atlanta; Philadelphia; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Dallas; and Austin before wrapping up in Mobile, Alabama on December 8. 

The tour will support the upcoming release of Gates’ highly anticipated debut album, ISLAH, (pronounced EES-lah), which is now slated for release on January 29, 2016.

ISLAH means to reform, to improve, to make better; and I believe that’s what my first daughter did to me. So I named my first album after my first daughter; because it improved me, it made me better,” says Gates in a statement.

The rapper's first studio effort is currently available for pre-order, accompanied by instant free downloads of “La Familia,” “The Truth,” “Really Really,” and the just unveiled “2 Phones.”

Tickets are still available via

Here are the official tour dates:

11/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, Mavericks
11/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
11/15 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
11/17 -- Columbia, SC, Music Farm
11/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theater
11/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA
11/20 -- Boston, MA, Middle East
11/21 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
11/22 -- Washington, D.C., The Fillmore
11/24 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora
11/25 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
11/27 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre
11/28 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
11/29 -- St. Louis, MO, Pop's
12/1 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's
12/2 -- Abilene, TX, Abilene Civic Center
12/3 -- Dallas, TX, South Side
12/4 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
12/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamo
12/6 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
12/8 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen

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"Clueless" Creator Dying to Cast Katy Perry in Musical Version

Peter Kramer/NBCIs Katy Perry the perfect Cher?  Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the 1995 movie Clueless, is now working on a musical version of the film, and says she'd love Katy to take on the role played by Alicia Silverstone in the movie: the well-meaning but meddling Cher Hororwitz.

Apparently, Katy has said that she's interested in playing the role, but Heckerling tells Vulture that she's not sure it'll be possible to fit it into her crazy-busy life.  "I love Katy Perry. But you never know what will happen, she has a whole big schedule," says Heckerling. "It was like 'I love it, I wish I could do it.'"

So far, the musical, due in 2016, has a director and a book, and producers are now casting actors.  Heckerling says, "It is true to the movie, but it sings, hopefully.” 

Clueless has already inspired a TV series, which ran on ABC from 1996-1997, and then on UPN from  '97 to '99.  There's also a series of Young Adult novels based on the film.

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R. City & Adam Levine to Perform “Locked Away” on Tuesday’s "The Voice"

RCA RecordsConsidering R. City’s “Locked Away” features Adam Levine, it was only a matter of time before they all got together to perform it on The Voice.  The sibling duo will take the stage with Voice coach Adam to sing the hit song on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC competition series.

R. City, made up of Virgin Islands-born brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas, also will be opening for Maroon 5 on select dates of their recently announced fall 2016 tour. The trek kicks off September 3 in San Antonio, Texas and R. City’s run with the band ends October 3 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Voice airs Tuesday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

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