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Monday
Oct132014

Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Her "Childhood Sweetheart"

Heather Wines/CBSBefore Jennifer Hudson accepted David Otunga's marriage proposal, the singer had a long-term relationship with a boyfriend of eight years. During an interview with NecoleBitchie, the singer candidly opens up about her "childhood sweetheart."

"His name was James. We used to call him ‘Bear, Bear.’ But he was my childhood sweetheart," she recalls.  "He has a baby now. He moved to somewhere else. So that’s all I know about him now. Yeah, we all grew up together."

When asked if their breakup was fueled by her rising success, Hudson replies, "I think [him proposing if I won an Oscar] was a made-up story at the time. When we broke up, it wasn’t the fame."

She decided not to "put his business out there," but adds, "It was my choice [to break up]. Definitely. But it was nothing new or foreign like nothing out of the blue like he didn’t know what was going on. It had nothing to do with my fame at all. It was not an issue pertaining to that."

Even though she's gone on to find love again in her fiance, Hudson reveals that her success can affect her relationships. "It is difficult with [this] type of lifestyle and being a strong woman and being in any type of relationship," she says. "Males at times have issues when they are with a successful woman. Or even, it’s weird. And I mean that in general. Across the board. It’s something I’ve noticed in a lot of situations when it comes to successful women or strong women."


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Monday
Oct132014

Little Big Town's Mentoring Sessions with Team Blake Start Tonight on "The Voice"

Image Courtesy ABCMonday night is the beginning of the Battle Rounds on NBC's The Voice, and that means it's time for each coach to bring on their mentors, who'll help advise their team members during this next phase of competition. Blake Shelton brought in Little Big Town to mentor his team, and the vocal group ended up learning a lot just watching Blake work with the contestants.

LBT's Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, "He finds out what's unique about them and helps them exploit that. I noticed that about him, too. He seemed to have something unique to everybody, and that's hard after you hear that many singers."

Band mate Karen Fairchild agrees, adding, "He has a way of nurturing, and it's super-endearing, I think, when you're up there, and you're so vulnerable as a singer, and he makes you feel comfortable."

Of course, Blake's personality wins him a lot of points on The Voice, too.

Says Karen, "We all know he's very funny and witty and charming and, of course, sexy. No, I'm just kidding."

She adds with a laugh, "You are sexy, Blake."

Catch Little Big Town helping out Team Blake on NBC's The Voice Monday night at 8 ET.


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Monday
Oct132014

Florida Georgia Line Launching "Anything Goes" with Media Blitz in New York City

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is in New York City to launch their new album, Anything Goes, with a Monday night appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The guys won't be getting any sleep after that appearance either.

The album will go live on iTunes at midnight, and FGL's Tyler Hubbard says, "Yeah, it’s just a tradition just to stay up all night and watch it come on iTunes and then watch to see what people say about it."

On Tuesday morning, Florida Georgia Line will appear throughout NBC's Today starting at 7 a.m. in all time zones. They've got multiple appearances in New York City lined up through the rest of the week as well.

"I think it’s a perfect place to kick off this album," says duo member Brian Kelley. "Anything Goes, and I think New York City, what better place to represent that, you know?"

FGL will cap off the week with a performance on CMT Instant Jam Friday night at 10 ET.


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Monday
Oct132014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to Bucky Covington and his fiancée, Katherine Cook, on the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Taylor Covington, Friday in Nashville.

The Swon Brothers got some much-needed downtime at Universal Studios in Los Angeles Thursday. The guys posted an Instagram video from the Jurassic Park ride on Friday.

 

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Had a little fun on our short visit to California yesterday...Jurassic Park Ride = Epic! #universalstudios

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Monday
Oct132014

Arctic Monkeys Drummer Speaks Out for Local Businesses 

Image Courtesy of Domino RecordsMatt Helders, the drummer for the Arctic Monkeys, is fighting to save the local shops in his hometown.

In response to a proposal to build new buildings where long-running local business stand in Sheffield, England, Helders tweeted his disapproval.

"You can't let em knock down these shops! Classic, independent businesses in sheffield," he wrote.

Fellow English band Drenge echoed Helders' sentiments in an essay entitled "Stop Knocking Down Our City," which was posted on the band's website.

Arctic Monkeys are finishing up a tour in the US. Their last date is a stop at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans on November 1.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Sam Smith Talks Self-Doubt on "CBS Sunday Morning" 

Credit: Drew WheelerSam Smith has one of the best voices in pop music right now, but he says he doesn't quite get what others hear when they listen to him sing.

In an interview airing on today's CBS Sunday Morning, Sam talks about his long struggle for success; he had his first manager when he was just 12 years old. "I feel like I've been on a journey, before I even got here, of letdowns," he says. "I mean, I had adults around me, promising things which they knew in their head was a lie.  And that was the most horrible thing."

Asked if he began to doubt himself, Sam says, "100%. Even now, I doubt myself. I don't understand what the big fuss is.  I don't understand what people hear in my voice. I can't hear it myself."

The singer says his ambition is what kept him going.  “I wanted it so bad,” he says. “And I still want it so bad that the thought of being 60 years old and thinking I could have tried harder makes me feel sick.”

On the show, Sam also takes CBS' Anthony Mason on a tour of his hometown in England, and they visit his old grade school, as well as his music teacher.

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 a.m. ET.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Watch Video of Neil Young Performing Orchestral Version of New Environmental Anthem "Who's Gonna Stand Up?"

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchNeil Young is giving fans a look into the recording of his upcoming album, Storytone, in a video that captures him performing his new song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" with a full 92-piece orchestra and choir.  The clip, which has been posted on the folk-rock legend's official YouTube channel, shows Young singing the tune live in a Los Angeles studio as German composer Chris Walden conducts the orchestra.

The video features close-up scenes of Young crooning the tune in an isolated area of the studio intercut with footage of the orchestra.  A video screen positioned above the ensemble of musicians alternately shows Neil delivering his vocals and various photographs, including an aerial image of a scarred, polluted landscape.

Young has described "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" as "a plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth's fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generations."  Three versions of the tune -- the aforementioned orchestral one, a solo acoustic rendition and a live performance recorded during the summer with Crazy Horse -- can be downloaded for free now at NeilYoung.com.

As previously reported, Storytone will feature 10 songs, with deluxe versions of the record offering orchestral and solo acoustic versions of the album.  Separate renditions of "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" will appear on each disc.  CD and digital versions of the album will be released on November 4, while a vinyl edition will hit stores on December 16.

Prior to the release of Storytone, the ever-prolific Young will be publishing his second autobiographical book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, which will arrive on Tuesday.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town Booked for Carnival Cruise Line's 2015 Concert Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts and Little Big Town are hitting the high seas for Carnival Cruise Line's 2015 concert series. LBT will make three appearances at "Fun Ships" in the Bahamas March 30, 31 and April 1. Rascal Flatts will deliver three performances in Cozumel, Mexico May 5, 6 and 7.

Smokey Robinson, Journey and Styx are also on the bill for 2015 Carnival LIVE. More acts will be announced soon at Carnival.com/CarnivalLive.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Kelly Rowland Reached Out to Beyonce Before Posing Naked

ABC/Randy HolmesKelly Rowland has posed nude for the first time in the new issue of Elle magazine, in which her pregnant body is on display. However, before she bared it all before the cameras, the singer sought the advice of her best friend, Beyonce.

Rob Shuter of VH1's The Gossip Table revealed that Rowland confided in Bey. "So before she got naked, she called Beyonce and asked her dear friend -- they really are like sisters -- what she thought about it," he says. "She wasn't asking for permission, but these girls talk all the time and they're best friends."

Kelly revealed that she wanted to show off her body after taking a birthing class. "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," she told Elle.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Slipknot Debuts New Song, "Custer"

Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group DistributionSlipknot has released "Custer," a new song from the band's upcoming album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The song is currently streaming on the band's YouTube page.

In very Slipknot fashion, "Custer" recommends that "listener aggression is advised."

.5: The Gray Chapter, the band's fifth studio album, will be released on October 21. Later that week, Slipknot will be playing their three-day music festival Knotfest October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, Anthrax, Black Label Society and more will also play the festival.


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Sunday
Oct122014

Kelly Clarkson to Perform in Vietnam in December? 

Peter Kramer/NBCSince she became a mom to daughter River Rose in June, Kelly Clarkson has only made one public singing appearance, joining country star Trisha Yearwood onstage for a duet.  But now, it appears that Kelly has booked a gig in a faraway country which she's never before visited: Vietnam.

According to a Vietnamese news website, Kelly is going to make her debut in that country on December 6, performing at the Miss Vietnam finale.  It's being held at a five-star resort.  The performance will air live on Vietnamese TV that evening. 

However, according to the website, the group that owns the resort has merely "gained approval from the beauty contest organizers to star Clarkson at the finale night."  From that language, it's not clear if they've actually nailed down Kelly for the event.  She herself hasn't commented on the booking; it's not listed on her website.


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Saturday
Oct112014

Jimmy Page Recalls the Creation of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinThe next wave of releases in the ongoing Led Zeppelin reissue campaign includes a expanded version of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, which features one of the all-time great rock anthems, "Stairway to Heaven."  In a new BBC News video feature, guitarist Jimmy Page discusses how the epic song was written as he listens to the remastered vinyl version of the track.

Page points out that he wanted the beginning of the tune to feature "quite a fragile, exposed acoustic guitar" reminiscent of the Bach   "Bourree" from the composer's Suite in E Minor for lute.  He then notes that the recorders heard early in the song, which were played by John Paul Jones, added a medieval feel.

Jimmy explains that the concept and structure of the song was thought out in advance.

"The idea of 'Stairway" was to have a piece of music…whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods," he notes, "and…the subtlety and the intensity of the overlay of the composition would actually accelerate as it went through on every level -- every emotional level, every musical level."

Page points out that putting the song together was "somewhat complicated" because, initially, there were no vocals to anchor the track since Robert Plant had yet to write them.  Jimmy says he marveled at how quickly Plant came up with the words once he did get down to writing, something he did in the studio while the rest of the band was running through the track.

The 70-year-old rocker says that when it came time for the tune's now-iconic guitar solo, he wanted a section that resembled "a sort of fanfare" to create "a definite transition."  Following the soaring solo, the song reaches its finale, a section in which, Page notes, "the passion has just unfolded [in] every respect."

As the song comes to an end, Page reflects on the fruitful period during which Led Zeppelin recorded "Stairway to Heaven."

"It really was an inspired time," says Page.  "It sort of shows.  The lasting quality of this music over all these years is the fact that everyone's playing so honestly and with such conviction.

Expanded and remastered editions Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy will be released on October 28.


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Saturday
Oct112014

Heart's Star-Studded 2013 Holiday Concert to Be Released on CD/DVD & Blu-ray Next Month

Frontiers Records/Universal MusicLast December, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson hosted a star-studded holiday concert in their hometown of Seattle that aired as an AXS TV special on Christmas Eve.  Now, the show will be released November 10 as a CD/DVD set, a Blu-ray disc and as a downloadable digital video under the title Heart & Friends -- Home for the Holidays.

Joining Ann and Nancy at the festive event were Train's Pat Monahan, Richard Marx and Shawn Colvin. The guests either duetted with the Wilsons or added backing vocals.  Among the songs performed: Heart's "Barracuda" and "Even It Up," Joni Mitchell's "River," Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," Harry Nilsson's "Remember Christmas" and the standard "Please Come Home for Christmas.

Heart has a busy touring itinerary lined up for the rest of 2014.  The band has 17 U.S. shows on its schedule, running from an October 17 performance in Yuma, Arizona, through a December 5-7 stand in Las Vegas.

Here's a list of songs included on Heart & Friends -- Home for the Holidays:

"River"
"Seasons"
"Rocking" -- featuring Shawn Colvin
"Love Come Down at Christmas"
"POEM"
"All Through the Night" -- featuring Richard Marx
"All We Need Is an Island" -- featuring Sammy Hagar
"Santa's Going South" -- featuring Sammy Hagar
"Please Come Home for Christmas"-- featuring Pat Monahan
"Remember Christmas"
"Barracuda"
"Even It Up"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"Ring Them Bells"


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Saturday
Oct112014

Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Airing Live This Weekend

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is coming to AXS TV this weekend. The two-day festival takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring headlining performances from Zac Brown Band starting Saturday night. They'll deliver another performance on Sunday night, too.

This broadcast marks the second straight year Zac Brown Band's festival has aired live on AXS TV.


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Saturday
Oct112014

Keyshia Cole Almost Cried During 'The Queen Latifah Show'

Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsWhile promoting her Point of No Return album, Keyshia Cole appeared on The Queen Latifah Show to perform her new single, "Remember (Part 2)," a sequel to her 2007 single "I Remember." Following her showcase, the singer revealed on Twitter that her ballad almost reduced her to tears.

One of her fans asked how she was able to keep from crying, especially since the song was inspired by her failed relationship with estranged husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. KC replied, "Honestly. I almost did. I stopped myself."

The song contains personal lyrics: "I don’t know if I even miss you / Don’t want to kiss you / How can you love somebody and everything just changes? / I just can’t take no more, it’s not meant to be / Just not meant to be."

Point of No Return is available now.


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Saturday
Oct112014

One Direction Concert Film Hits Theaters This Weekend

Credit: Cal AurandIf you weren't able to see One Direction in concert on there Where We Are tour, you'll get your chance this weekend, when the group's latest concert movie arrives in movie theaters, for three days only.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 13, theaters worldwide will host two screenings of the movie per day: at 12:55 p.m. and at 7 p.m. local time.  One Direction: Where We Are was filmed at San Siro stadium in Milan and features the boys singing their biggest hits.  There's also a never-before-seen interview with the group, as well as exclusive backstage tour footage.  To find out where you can catch the film, go to FathomEvents.com.

Ahead of the film's release, the group shared several advance clips, both of performances and interviews.  In the interview segments, the boys explain the mechanics of leaving the stage in the middle of their concerts to go to the bathroom, and reveal that they sometimes wear the same pair of underwear more than once.

 


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Saturday
Oct112014

Bill Hader and Cecily Strong Get "Cozier with Hozier" in "Saturday Night Live" Promo 

Image Courtesy of Dana Edelson/NBCIn preparation for his appearance on tonight's episode of Saturday Night Live, Hozier taped a few promos with host Bill Hader and cast member Cecily Strong. The Irish singer-songwriter mostly stays quiet, limiting his reactions mainly to nods and shrugs.

In the third promo, however, Strong suggests that she and Hader get "cozier with Hozier," and the two sandwich him in a hug.

"I'm so uncomfortable," Hozier says.

You can few all the promos on SNL's YouTube page. Hozier is currently on tour in North America through a two-night stand in New York City, November 5-6.


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Saturday
Oct112014

Smashing Pumpkins Recording Doom Metal Album? 

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicFrom hiring a 19-year-old drummer to planning a 44-track concept album, Billy Corgan has had his fair share of strange ideas for the Smashing Pumpkins. Things might continue down that path if current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder's Instagram is to be believed.

As reported by Alternative Nation, Schroeder posted a photo on his private account of a Sunn amp accompanied by the caption, "Billy [Corgan] and I are making a doom metal album. #smashingpumpkins #sunn."

Smashing Pumpkins are currently planning two albums, Monument to an Elegy and Day for Night, although Corgan recently stated he might disband the group for good. Hopefully for fans of both the Pumpkins and doom metal, Schroeder isn't joking and Corgan is. 


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Saturday
Oct112014

Smashing Pumpkins Recording Doom Metal Album? 

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicFrom hiring a 19-year-old drummer to planning a 44-track concept album, Billy Corgan has had his fair share of strange ideas for The Smashing Pumpkins. Things might continue down that path if current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder's Instagram is to be believed.

As reported by Alternative Nation, Schroeder posted a photo on his private account of a Sunn amp accompanied by the caption, "Billy [Corgan] and I are making a doom metal album. #smashingpumpkins #sunn."

The Smashing Pumpkins currently are planning two albums, Monument to an Elegy and Day for Night, although Corgan recently stated he might disband the group for good. Hopefully for fans of both The Pumpkins and doom metal, Schroeder isn't joking and Corgan is. 


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Friday
Oct102014

Katy Perry Keeping Her Romance Under Wraps?

Credit: Ryan McGinleyKaty Perry's love life has always been out in the open, but these days, she's keeping her lips zipped. E! reports that the singer's romance with deejay and producer Wesley Pentz, known as Diplo, is "stronger than ever," but she's not talking about it. 

"She's keeping this one undercover because she's learned her lesson. She's in control but he likes that," a source tells E!  "He knows she's in charge and respects her. She keeps tabs on him…but she trusts him and that's the most important thing to her."

According to the insider, the couple's family and friends have given the relationship a thumbs-up.

"[Her] whole crew hangs with him already and they approve," says the source. "It's important that everyone gets along with him because [it] makes her crazy life easier."

Katy's last big romance was with John Mayer.  After recording the duet "Who You Love," they broke up earlier this year.  Before that, she was married to comedian Russell Brand for 14 months; the dissolution of their relationship was on display in her concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me.


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