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Feb072013

Blink 182’s Travis Barker to Perform with Tom Morello at the Grammy Awards on Sunday

Grammy.comBlink 182 drummer Travis Barker and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello have been added to the lineup of performers at the Grammy Awards this weekend.  Barker and Morello will team up with DJ Z-Trip and rappers Chuck D and LL Cool J for a special performance at the ceremony, which airs on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Among the previously announced performers for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards is The Black Keys, fun., Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Jack White.  In addition, a tribute to late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm will be staged featuring a number of artists, including Mumford & Sons, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, pop icon Elton John and country star Zac Brown.

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Thursday
Feb072013

David Cassidy, Micky Dolenz, Peter Noone to Launch World's Greatest Teen Idols Tour in March

Paradise ArtistsDust off your old copies of Tiger Beat and get ready for the musical extravaganza of the year.  Three pop superstars of yesteryear -- The Partridge Family star David Cassidy, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone -- will team up for a yearlong tour that will take them across North America.

The World's Greatest Teen Idols trek is set to kick off on March 22 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York.  A complete itinerary hasn't been confirmed yet, but two other performances currently are listed on Cassidy's official website -- an August 31 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington, and a September 10 show in Spencer, Iowa.

The tour will mark the first time the three singers have ever performed together at the same event, although Cassidy and Noone recently played several joint concerts. 

In addition to the World's Greatest Teen Idols trek, Cassidy, Dolenz and Noone each have a variety of other performances scheduled throughout 2013.  Visit DavidCassidy.com, MickyDolenz.com and PeterNoone.com to find out more information about their touring plans.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Upcoming Van Halen Box Set to Feature All of the Band's Early Albums

VanHalenStore.comAs Van Halen fans wait for the band to announce its 2013 touring plans, the rockers have announced that a box set featuring all of their early studio albums with singer David Lee Roth will be released on March 26.  The Studio Albums 1978-1984 is a limited-edition package containing six CDs -- 1978's Van Halen, 1979's Van Halen II, 1980's Women and Children First, 1981's Fair Warning, 1982's Diver Down and 1984's aptly titled 1984.

The "no-frills" set boasts remastered versions of the releases without any bonus tracks.  The CDs are housed in paper sleeve replicas of the original album covers, all collected in a clamshell box.  The Studio Albums 1978-1984 is available for pre-order now at Van Halen's official online store.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Selena Gomez Targeted by Protesters; Justin's Mom Says She’s a "Sweetheart"

PRNewsFoto/adidas NEO LabelSelena Gomez was in New York City on Wednesday to attend a runway show for the adidas NEO clothing brand, with which she recently signed a three-year deal.  But the event was marred by the appearance of protesters who decided that she'd make a great target.

According to E! Online, activists from the United Students Against Sweatshops group positioned themselves outside the fashion show venue, and displayed a banner reading, "Selena: Don't be an Ambassador for Sweatshops."  There have been accusations that adidas has used sweatshop workers in factories overseas. 

However, the incident didn't seem to trouble Selena, who, according to Hollywood Life, enjoyed a front row view for the show and afterwards thanked everyone who attended.  Post-event, Selena didn't mention the protest at all when she tweeted, "Amazing show for @adidasNEOLabel tonight!! They looked amazing."

Meanwhile, one person who isn't protesting Selena is Pattie Mallette, the mother of Selena's ex, Justin Bieber.  During an interview on Thursday's Today Show, Mallette was asked if she wanted Selena and Justin to get back together. "You know, I just try and support whatever [Justin]'s wanting and I think [Selena]'s a sweetheart," she replied. "And whatever they decide is great."

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Thursday
Feb072013

Adam Levine Assures Female Fans His New Perfume Won't Make Them "Smell Like a Stripper"

PRNewsFoto/Adrenalina IncMaroon 5's Adam Levine was a very vocal critic of celebrities who have their own fragrance lines, but now that he's launching one himself, he's singing a different tune.

"It smells really good," he tells E! Online of his self-titled scents for both men and women. "I couldn't really conceive the idea of not loving whatever it was."  He explains that his goal was to "make something that I would wear," adding, "That was a process, and we finally came to a great conclusion and it smells great.  I fully endorse it and I'm really happy because it has my name on it."

Adam also took to Twitter to hype the fragrance to his fans in a way that he feels everyone can understand.

"2 facts about my fragrance," he tweeted. "1. men wont smell like a bad 80s movie 2. women wont smell like a stripper (not that theres anything wrong w/ that)."

The Adam Levine fragrance line arrives at Macy's this month.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Brad Paisley Puts Los Angeles Home on the Market for Just Under $3 Million

John Russell/CMABrad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have put their Los Angeles home on the market for $2.9995 million. According to the Los Angeles Times the 3,394-square-foot home is located in Pacific Palisades and was built in 1925.  It features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a detached garage with a bonus room.

Brad reportedly paid $1.644 million dollars when he purchased the house in 2004.  The couple also owns a farm near Nashville.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Zayn Malik Not Leaving One Direction

Peter Kramer/NBCGirls, you can exhale now: Zayn Malik isn't leaving One Direction.

Various reports had stated that the boy bander had become disillusioned by fame, especially in recent days, when he's been raked over the coals by the British tabloids for allegedly cheating on his girlfriend Perrie Edwards, of the girl group Little Mix, with a stripper-turned-waitress. 

Zayn was allegedly "in a daze," claimed the reports, and wanted to quit the group because he missed his family.  But don't worry...it ain't happening.

A rep for the band told Glamour magazine's U.K. website, "It's completely untrue, Zayn isn't leaving the band."

Even if Zayn did want to leave the band, it would be difficult for him to do so.  According to the British paper The Sun, the boys are under contract to stick together for at least three years, releasing an album a year, after which they will get a huge payday.  If one of them leaves, however, the rest of them forfeit the cash.

One Direction's world tour kicks off at the end of this month.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Fall Out Boy Schedules First Post-Reunion TV Performance at NBA All-Star Weekend

Island RecordsFall Out Boy is celebrating their reunion by scheduling a performance during the weekend festivities surrounding the 62nd annual NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas.

Billboard reports that fans tuning in to TNT on Saturday, February 16 will be able to catch Fall Out Boy during the network's State Farm All-Star Saturday Night programmingIt'll be the band's first live TV performance since announcing their reunion, and they'll rock the crowd with "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," the first single from their upcoming album Save Rock and Roll, due out on May 7.

In other FOB news, the band will launch a North American tour this spring, starting May 14 at Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Tickets for all the dates will go on sale Friday and Saturday via Ticketmaster.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Taylor Swift Set to Perform at the Brit Awards in London February 20

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift has signed on to perform at the Brits February 20 in London. The show is England's answer to the Grammys, and Taylor's also nominated for Best International Female going up against Alicia Keys and Rihanna.

Taylor's Brits performance slot means she'll be in the same room as her ex-love interest Harry Styles.  He's also slated to perform with his band One Direction.  The show takes place at London's O2 Arena.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Justin Timberlake Partners with Bud Light Platinum

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageFollowing news of Beyonce's deal with Pepsi and Taylor Swift's deal with Diet Coke, Justin Timberlake is getting into the mix: he's the new face of Bud Light Platinum.

As part of the deal, Justin will both star in ads for the beer and serve as a "creative and musical curator" for the brand.  His first commercial for the beverage will run during this Sunday's Grammy Awards: dubbed "Platinum Night," the spot will feature JT's new single "Suit & Tie."

In a statement, Justin said, "Bud Light Platinum brings a refined, discerning aesthetic to beer that plays well with what I'm doing," adding, "I'm looking forward to not only being a part of the creative process, but in bringing other talented musicians to the forefront as well."

AdAge.com notes that Justin and Budweiser go way, way back.  In his 'N SYNC days, he and the group appeared in a "drink responsibly" ad for the brand that's still floating around YouTube.

Another reason JT is the perfect fit for Bud Light Platinum: he's already in the booze business.  He launched his own tequila brand, 901 Silver, back in 2011.  And this won't even be the first company he'll be working with in a creative role: he's done that at Callaway Golf since 2011.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Dave Grohl Schedules TV Appearances, Sound City Players Performance on "Letterman"

Peter Wafzig/Getty ImagesDave Grohl will be making a couple of TV appearances while he’s in New York City next week to promote his recently-released documentary, Sound City. The Foo Fighters frontman will drop by Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Wednesday, which is the same day he’ll be putting on a concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom with the Sound City Players, a band comprised of some of the artists who appear in the movie.

Accompanying Grohl for the concert will be all the members of the Foo Fighters, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Fear frontman Lee Ving, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, John Fogerty, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and producer Chris Goss.

The next day, Grohl will bring his Sound City Players to CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman to perform on the program.

Grohl has said that he plans on staging Sound City Players concerts all over the world in the coming months.  More dates for the supergroup are expected to be announced soon.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Guns N’ Roses Named Third Headliner for Governors Ball Music Festival

Facebook.com/GunsNRosesThe lineup for this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival is now complete.  Event producers have just announced that Guns N’ Roses will be the third headliner for the upcoming fest.  The band joins previously-announced headliners Kings of Leon and Kanye West at the event, which will be held June 7-9 on New York City's Randall’s Island. 

Other artists appearing at the Governors Ball Music Festival include Young the Giant, The Lumineers, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Animal Collective, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Feist and Beach House, plus more.  To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Elton John Reveals New Collaboration During "Chelsea Lately" Appearance

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John made a relatively rare talk show appearance on Wednesday when he visited comic Chelsea Handler's the E! show Chelsea Lately, which this week is featuring Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl as guest host.  During the interview, the Rocket Man revealed that last fall he contributed to a song by Queens of the Stone Age, a veteran alternative-rock group that currently features Grohl on drums.

The conversation was something of a gush-fest between John and Grohl, beginning with the two recalling how they first met.

Grohl explained that he was in London with his wife and a friend several years ago when they spotted Elton hurrying into his car.  The starstruck friend wanted Grohl to introduce them, but the pop superstar's car drove off: only to stop and, to Grohl's surprise, drop John off so he could introduce himself as a fan of the Foo Fighters singer.

Elton explained his decision to appear on the E! show by saying, "I do respect this guy so much, I think he's probably the most respected guy from his generation in the business, and I couldn't say no.  And I love him dearly."

The pair then discussed their until-now secret session with Queens of the Stone Age, which apparently took place immediately after John recorded a duet with British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck.  "I went from Engelbert Humperdinck to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf**k," joked Elton.

No word on when or if the track will see light of day, but Queens of the Stone Age have said they plan to release a new album sometime in the first half of this year.

John also revealed that he's willing to play with a lot of bands, but hardly any ask him because they assume he'll say no.

In addition, Elton expressed his admiration for Grohl, saying, "I love him because he's still a fan of music.  He's got so many different projects he plays on, he's got so many bands he's a part of,  and he has the time, he takes the time to champion people, and that's where I'm at, still, and I love people like this so, you know, he's a good guy."

As the interview wound down, John told Grohl, "One day, I'll play on stage with you, maybe."  The rocker responded by saying, "Promise?" to which Elton replied yes.

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Thursday
Feb072013

John Mayer Admits: "I Was Just a Jerk"

Courtesy: CBSJohn Mayer says he's currently "quite happy" in his relationship with Katy Perry, and so far, things seem to be going fine with the couple.  But it wasn't that long ago when John was considered the worst sort of womanizer, and in an interview which will air on CBS Sunday Morning, he's owing up to it.

"I was just a jerk," John tells CBS' Anthony Mason on the show, speaking about his past behavior.  After all, who could forget his 2010 Playboy interview, where he referred to his ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm," dished on his relationship with Jennifer Aniston and made seemingly racist comments about the types of women he prefers?

Attempting to explain his behavior, John tells Mason, "I wanted everybody to like me. I thought I was one shuck and jive away in every direction."  But now, he says, he's changed.  "It’s very liberating when you finally realize it’s impossible to make everyone like you," he admits.

John also tells Mason that dealing with losing his voice for months following vocal cord issues and surgery wasn't as difficult as dealing with the bad PR he got from all his "open mouth, insert foot" comments.  The interview airs this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Keith Urban Pays Tribute to Australian Flood Volunteers During Rescheduled Brisbane Show

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was forced to postpone his third and final show in Brisbane, Australia last week due to flooding in the area, but he made it up Tuesday night.  The rescheduled date forced Keith to postpone his trip back to Los Angeles.  He made the extra effort to spend one more night with his fans and also say thank you to the volunteers helping those affected by the flood.

According to Australia's Courier-Mail, Keith had a few of the flood volunteers from the Red Cross, Surf Live Savers and the State Emergency Services  on stage with him.  He told the crowd, "This is just 15 of the thousands of people around Australia and especially Queensland who all too often remain nameless."

Keith is back in L.A. to serve as a presenter on Sunday night's Grammy Awards, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Marilyn Manson Collapses During Canadian Concert Due to Flu Symptoms

Cooking VinylMarilyn Manson fans have the flu to blame for the singer collapsing on stage on Wednesday night during a concert in Saskatchewan's TCU Place in Saskatoon.

TMZ.com is reporting that Manson was suffering from various flu symptoms and “vomit[ed] on stage several times” before he “passed out” while performing the show’s encore, “The Beautiful People.” The gossip site adds that Manson had been “feeling like crap all day long” but didn’t want to disappoint fans by canceling the concert.

Sources tell TMZ that the singer didn’t go to the hospital following the incident, but that he headed back to his hotel room to recuperate. Manson is expected to continue his tour dates as scheduled.

Fan-filmed footage of event has been posted on YouTube, and you can see the singer going down at around one minute and 13 seconds into the clip.

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Thursday
Feb072013

ZZ Top Frontman Billy Gibbons' 1960s Band The Moving Sidewalks Schedule Second Reunion Show

Facebook.com/TheMovingSidewalksBilly Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks have added a second performance to their 2013 reunion plans.  The group will headline the final night of the sixth annual Austin Psych Fest, taking place April 26-28 at the Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas.

The three-day festival's lineup also includes Roky Erickson of the legendary Texas psychedelic band 13th Floor Elevators, Brazil's Os Mutantes, The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and dozens of other acts.

As previously reported, The Moving Sidewalks' original lineup  -- Gibbons, drummer Dan Mitchell, bassist Don Summers and keyboardist Tom Moore -- will play together for the first time in 44 years on March 30 at New York City's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.  The show will be part of the ongoing Cavestomp garage-rock concert series.

Founded in Houston in 1967, The Moving Sidewalks went on to perform on concert bills with such famous artists as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, Steppenwolf and Stevie Wonder.  Following the release of its one and only album, 1968's Flash, the group disbanded in 1969 after Summers and Moore were drafted.

To learn more about The Moving Sidewalks, visit the band's official Facebook page.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Who's the Biggest "Diva" on "Glee"? Find Out Tonight

Adam Rose/FOXGlee-watchers have always known that there are several divas among the New Directions members, and those diva attitudes will be in full effect in Thursday night's episode, which is called -- you guessed it -- "Diva."

In the show, Finn challenges the members of New Directions to unleash their inner divas.  We'll see Unique, Tina, Marley, Brittany and Blaine singing Beyonce's "Diva," and Blaine taking on Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now."  Tina, meanwhile, sings Madonna's "Hung Up," possibly to reflect her unrequited love for Blaine.

Meanwhile, things are rocky between Kurt and Rachel: he thinks she's getting too big for her britches, so he challenges her to a sing-off of the song "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables.

In last week's episode, Santana noted that New York City was more "her speed," and this episode lays the groundwork for her to move from Kentucky to the Big Apple.  She's got two featured songs in the episode: Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits," and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire."

In addition, Santana duets with Sam on "Make No Mistake (She's Mine)" -- a hit for country stars Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers -- as they compete for Brittany's affections.  Reportedly, we'll see Santana move in with Kurt and Rachel in New York when she realizes that Brittany has finally moved on.

Glee airs Thursday night on Fox.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Looks Back on Her College Love Life with New Single, "Downtown"

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is keeping her distance from the loud, smoky honky tonks on Nashville's Lower Broadway now that she's expecting her first child, but there was a time when heading to downtown Nashville was a really big deal for her.  Hillary grew up in Music City but went to college 40 miles away at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, TN.

She says of her college days, "If you got asked on a date and he drove you to Nashville that was a big deal, you know, because that’s like you’re in college, paying for gas and all that stuff."

Now that Lady A has released, "Downtown," a song about a girl wanting her guy to take her into the city, Hillary is reminded of those fun, college dates long before she met her husband, drummer Chris Tyrell.

"It’s like a guy really liked you if he took you all the way to downtown Nashville," Hillary says with a laugh.

"Downtown" is now available for download at iTunes, and the video will premiere soon.  Lady A's fourth album will be in stores this spring.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Jack White Talks Plans to Reissue Over 25,000 Rare and Vintage Blues Recordings on Vinyl

Third Man RecordsJack White has revealed more details about his new vinyl reissue series, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order. The ex-White Stripes singer says that he plans to reissue the entire catalog of rare and vintage blues recordings that are owned by Scottish independent Blues label, Document Records.

"There's over 25,000 recordings [to release]," he tells BBC 6 Music. "[I’ll be] releasing the full recorded works [in] chronological order. It's not a project for the faint-hearted."  

White adds that releasing the recordings through his label, Third Man Records, is a labor of love and has nothing to do with turning a profit. “We just want to create things that we want to see exist and if it breaks even, we're lucky -- if not, it doesn't really matter,” he explains.  “[These recordings are] very important to American history and also to the history of the world.”

The first installment of White's reissue series was released on January 29 and featured recordings by Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks.

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