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Oct312013

TLC's Ex-Manager Angry About 'CrazySexyCool' Biopic

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TLC's former manager, Perri "Pebbles" Reid, is expressing her frustrations over her portrayal as an unethical businesswoman in the biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story that premiered on VH1 last week.

Reid tells TMZ that her attorney is demanding the network make retractions. "This unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family," she says, claiming the film contains  "many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me." 

In the flick, Pebbles is portrayed as a shady manger who stole millions of dollars from the group with a recording contract that later caused the trio to file for bankruptcy. TLC also claims that to break their contractual obligations with Pebbles, they had to pay her three million dollars -- a million for each letter in their stage name.

As previously reported, Reid became a trending topic on Twitter during the show's premiere last Monday, with many negative comments from fans. T-Boz tweeted, "We dont hv any problems with Pebbles We always give her the credit she deserves thats how we got here. But people hv differences & move on!"

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Thursday
Oct312013

One Direction Named Most Influential Tweeters in the UK, TV Special Coming

TriStar PicturesWho are the most powerful, influential people on Twitter in the U.K.?  Well, it's not the prime minister, the queen or even Kate Middleton. It's Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn: One Direction.

Including to PeerIndex, which monitors the clout of Twitter users, the top five most influential tweeters are all five members of the group, with Liam taking the #1 spot, followed by Harry, Niall, Louis and Zayn.  Number six is their friend Ed Sheeran.  British prime minister David Cameron is #7.

To come up with the ranking, PeerIndex analyzed more than 10 billion tweets from more than 150 million active Twitter users, filtering out anyone who wasn't in the U.K., and then taking note of how many people were responding to, retweeting or engaging with certain tweeters.  "The sheer volume of mentions and conversations generated by their legions of fans is hard to escape," says the PeerIndex report on One Direction.

As for other influential British celebs, Ricky Gervais is #10, Simon Cowell is #12, Olly Murs is #15, Jessie J is #20 and Tom Parker from The Wanted is #22. 

In other 1D news, the group will be featured in an upcoming special on the CW Network. Billed as an "album release party" for their new disc Midnight Memories, it'll feature a Q&A with the group, as well as a live performance.  It airs December 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Neil Young Schedules Four-Night Stand at Carnegie Hall in January

John Shearer/WireImageNeil Young has announced his first concerts of 2014.  The folk-rock legend will play a four-night stand at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall in January.

The shows, which are scheduled for January 6, 7, 9 and 10, will be held at the venue's Stern Auditorium.  Pre-sale tickets for the events will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET., while Billboard.com reports that the general public will be able to purchase tickets starting on Monday.

Young's most recent performances were this past Saturday and Sunday at the 2013 edition of his Bridge School Benefit Concert.  During the gigs, Neil played headlining sets with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as hitting the stage solo and joining several of the other artists on the bill.

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Thursday
Oct312013

At Christmas Special Taping, Kelly Clarkson Jokes About Making New Hubby Jealous

Credit: Jeremy CowartKelly Clarkson hasn't even been married a month and already she's got a wandering eye...sort of.

People magazine reports that when Kelly taped her Christmas special Wednesday night in Las Vegas, she commented on how good-looking one particular guy in the audience was.  When another audience member shouted out that she was a newlywed, she told the crowd, "I will hit on someone and make him jealous!"  She added, "I'm just kidding, I love my man."

The special, Kelly Clarkson's (Cautionary) Christmas Tale, airs December 11 on NBC.  According to People, it features guest appearances by her good buddy Blake Shelton, who her husband Brandon manages, as well as her stepmother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire, and country star Trisha Yearwood

People reports that during the taping, in addition to performing material from her newly released Christmas disc, Wrapped in Red, Kelly also sang some of her greatest hits...while barefoot.

Kelly posted on Facebook a photo of herself getting ready for the taping, standing in an ornately decorated theater with Christmas trees everywhere.  Loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the special will feature Kelly learning the true meaning of Christmas.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Rick Ross Remixes K. Michelle's "V.S.O.P"

UMG/Jonathan MannionFollowing his remixes of Drake's "Hold On We’re Going Home" and Lorde's "Royals," Rick Ross has hopped on the revamped version to K. Michelle’s hit song "V.S.O.P," which was previously remixed by Young Jeezy.

"Money machines on, tell K. Michelle a new king’s on," raps Rozay, who will release his much-anticipated Mastermind album on December 17.

"You smashed this," the singer tweeted to the Miami boss. Fans can expect the Memphis singer to soon release another remix with featuring August Alsina. "It's coming! Promise. Gotta [make] sure it's perfect for y'all," she replied to one fan.

Until then, the Rick Ross-featured song is available for download now.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Kendrick Lamar Among Performers at 2013 American Music Awards

Facebook.com/KendrickLamarMusicKendrick Lamar has been announced as one of the performers for the 2013 American Music Awards.

The Compton rapper, who was nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, joins Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who lead all nominees this year with six nods, and Lady Gaga as performers at the upcoming event.

Viewers will also see previously confirmed performers Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction. More performers and presenters will be announced at a later time. 

The show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Arcade Fire Expected to Score Second #1 "Billboard" Debut with "Reflektor"

Facebook.com/ArcadeFireArcade Fire’s Reflektor is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 135,000 copies. 

If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s second #1 album on the list, following 2010's The Suburbs. That record debuted in the top slot with 156,000 copies sold in its first week, and has sold more than 776,000 copies since its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst Developing Drama Series with CW

Chiaki Nozu/Getty ImagesLimp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is taking another shot at creating a television series. TVGuide.com reports the singer has just inked a deal with the CW network to develop a one-hour drama based on his life.

Titled The Noise, the program follows the story of “a young artist in the 1990s who escapes a tumultuous home life and forms a wildly popular band with a unique sound.” While it’s unclear if Durst will do any acting on the program, he is listed as a co-executive producer on the show’s script.

The Noise is the second television project Durst has worked on in recent years. Back in 2011, the singer developed and starred in a sitcom, Douchebag, a half-hour comedy project centering on a rock legend who tries to balance his high-profile lifestyle with raising a family. While snippets of the program surfaced online, the show never made it onto the air.

Durst has acquired a number of film and TV credits over the last decade. He directed two feature films, 2007’s The Education of Charlie Banks and 2008's The Longshots, and made appearances on Fox’s House and the 2005 NBC miniseries Revelations.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Lady Antebellum Announces TV Appearances for "Golden Deluxe" Release Week

Greenroom PRLady Antebellum releases the expanded edition of their album Golden Deluxe on November 11, and they've lined up some big TV appearances to promote it. Look for them to kick off  release week with a two-song performance on NBC's Today on the release date. A performance on Katie follows on Thursday, November 14, and Lady A closes out the week with a November 15 performance on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. They'll also perform a full show on the Live on Letterman series at CBS.com November 14.

Lady Antebellum is set to sing their brand-new single, "Compass," on the 47th Annual CMA Awards airing live from Nashville Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Billy Joel to Play Brooklyn on New Year's Eve, First NYC Solo Arena Show Since 2006

BillyJoel.comBilly Joel will help New York City ring in 2014.  He's announced a concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on New Year's Eve.

While Billy did perform at the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit show last year, this is his first solo concert in the New York City area since 2008, when he closed down the legendary Shea Stadium in Queens, NY.  It's his first solo arena, rather than stadium, show in New York City since 2006.

In a statement, Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, said, “When we opened Barclays Center 13 months ago, Billy was one of the must-have artists for our building and we are thrilled that he will be ringing in the New Year on Brooklyn’s biggest stage. New York City born and Long Island raised, Billy is an iconic New Yorker and we are looking forward to a memorable evening.”

After taking time off from the stage to recover from double hip surgery, Billy has slowly made his way back to performing over the past few months. In the spring, he played a music festival in Australia and performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest; a few weeks ago, he did an intimate charity show near his home in Long Island, New York.  He's currently touring in the U.K. and Ireland.

Tickets for the show will go on sale November 9 at 10 a.m.  American Express card members can buy tickets starting on Monday, November 4.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Luke Bryan Added to American Music Awards Performers Lineup

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan joins Florida Georgia Line on the performers lineup for the 2013 American Music Awards. Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also on the bill. The American Music Awards broadcast live from Los Angeles Sunday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Luke and Florida Georgia Line are both nominated for American Music Awards this year. Voting is now open at AMAVote.com.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Lady Gaga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform on American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsLady Gaga and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the lineup of this year's American Music Awards, along with red-hot rapper Kendrick Lamar and country star Luke Bryan.  All three acts will take the stage when the show airs live on ABC next month.

Gaga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Luke and Kendrick are joining previously-announced performers Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, One Direction and Florida Georgia Line on the show. 

Macklemore & Lewis are the leading nominees for the fan-voted awards, with six nods.   Gaga didn't receive any this year, but it's possible that she released her single "Applause" too late to make the cutoff for the nomination period.   After all, Katy Perry didn't receive any nominations this year either, and their singles came out within a day of each other.

The trophies will be handed out Sunday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  You can vote now at AMAvote.com.  For the first time ever, fans this year can also vote via Twitter.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Miley Cyrus Dresses Up Like Another Scandalous MTV VMA Star for Halloween

Image Courtesy Miley Cyrus via InstagramMiley Cyrus took time out on Halloween to remind everyone that she wasn't the first star ever to shock the crowd at the MTV Video Music Awards -- by dressing like one of them.

As photographs on Instagram reveal, Miley dressed as Lil Kim for Halloween, sporting the same outfit the female rapper wore to the MTV VMAs in 1999.  You may recall, Kim wore a purple wig and purple jumpsuit that year that left her breast completely exposed, except for a pastie.  You may also recall that when Kim took the stage with legendary singer Diana Ross, Ross reached over and jiggled her exposed boob.

Miley posted a series of photos of herself in her costume, one of which showed her with her tongue sticking out. She captioned that one, "Miley doing Lil Kim doing Miley."  And Lil Kim, for one, approved of the whole concept.

The rap diva posted one of Miley's photos and tweeted, "Awwww. Look at my baby @mileycyrus tonight!!! Looking GORGEOUS!!! I wish I was there to squeeze your boob :) :) Love U so much !!!! #mytwin."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Katy Perry Reveals Mick Jagger Hit on Her When She Was 18 

Image Courtesy Rolling Stones via TwitterKaty Perry is currently dating John Mayer, but if things had gone a little differently, she could've ended up dating a much more famous -- and much older -- musician: Mick Jagger.

Appearing on Australia's NovaFM, Katy was asked to confirm that she sang background vocals on "Old Habits Die Hard," a song that the Rolling Stones frontman recorded for the movie Alfie.  Katy said that she did it before she was famous, when she was about 19, and then dropped a bombshell about Jagger.

"I actually went to dinner with him one time and he hit on me when I was, like, 18," she revealed.  When the deejay expressed shock, Katy added, "Yeah, but that was a long time ago and since then he's been very kind. And I got to sing 'Beast of Burden' with him on his stage, on the Rolling Stones tour."

When asked by the deejays how you turn down someone like Mick Jagger, Katy laughed, "Well, you bring a friend and then they [have sex with] them...You sacrifice your friend!"

Katy also said it wasn't unusual back in the day for her to sing background vocals for famous stars, because she was just trying to make ends meet while waiting for her big break.

"I did a lot of stuff behind the scenes, as we do, coming up, y'know?," she explained. "I did lots of background vocals, I did background vocals on a Miley Cyrus record!  I did all that stuff, just to hopefully get by on Taco Bell money."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Justin Timberlake Could Work with Spike Lee on Upcoming Film

Facebook.com/JustinTimberlakeSpike Lee is in talks to direct the film that will star Justin Timberlake as the late legendary record executive Neil Bogart, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Justin has been attached to the project, titled Spinning Gold, since 2011. Bogart co-founded Casablanca Records, home to '70s superstars KISS, Cher, Donna Summer and the Village People.  

You can next see Justin on the big screen in the Coen brothers flick Inside Llewyn Davis, opening December 20.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Adam Lambert Releases "Glee" Performance of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night"

Adam Rose/FOXWhat happens when you cross Adam Lambert with Lady Gaga? You have a taste of what to expect when he appears on the next episode of Glee, airing November 7.

On Wednesday, Adam tweeted to his fans a SoundCloud link to his performance of the Gaga song "Marry the Night."

Adam's character, whose name is Elliot, but who goes by the nickname "Starchild," auditions for Kurt's Madonna cover band in the episode, which is titled "A Katy or a Gaga." It features music from both Gaga and Katy Perry.

The former American Idol runner-up has a personal connection to Gaga; she co-wrote the song "Fever" on his debut album For Your Entertainment.

The episode won't air until next week due to Fox's coverage of the World Series.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Motörhead Postpones European Tour Until February 2014

iMotorhead.comMotörhead has suffered another setback: The band has postponed its upcoming European tour dates so frontman Lemmy Kilmister can recuperate from his recent health problems.

"We have made the decision [to postpone the tour] because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health," the singer/bassist explains in a post on the band's website.  "Don't worry -- I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever."

Kilmister adds that he expects to be back on the road with the band by February of 2014.  "When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble," he writes.  "Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then."

You may remember Motörhead canceled a number of their summer tour dates back in July because Kilmister was rumored to be suffering from a hematoma, which is an abnormal collection of blood localized around blood vessels, much like an internal bruise.  News of the frontman's alleged ailment came in the form of an announcement from Barley Arts Promotion, shortly after the band canceled its June 25 concert in Milan, Italy, due to what the promoter said was "a severe hematoma which makes it impossible at the moment [for Kilmister to perform] on stage."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Elton John Collaborates with Jack White on Soundtrack for BBC Documentary Miniseries

Facebook.com/EltonJohn; Third Man Records/ColumbiaElton John has let slip that he recently recorded a song with former White Stripes frontman Jack White and The Diving Board producer T Bone Burnett for a new documentary miniseries for the BBC titled American Epic.  Burnett and White are collaborating on the soundtrack to the six-episode program, which profiles blues artists of the 1930s and features contemporary musicians recording on vintage equipment.

While John didn't give many details about the track he made with White, he did reveal the history behind the equipment they recorded on.  "I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on, and I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White played on it," he tells The Hollywood Reporter.  "So it went straight to analog.  That was a lot of fun."

Meanwhile, John gushed about his ongoing partnership with Burnett, with whom he first teamed up on The Union, the 2010 collaborative album he recorded with Leon Russell.

"At the end of my career -- or the twilight of my career -- I've found someone I feel just as excited about as when I first met [longtime producer] Gus Dudgeon," John tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Elton adds that he's already looking forward to making a follow-up to The Diving Board.

"I think we'll make another one pretty quickly," he reveals.  "[Burnett] got my love of recording back, and I thought I'd lost that."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Roger Daltrey, Ray Davies, Elton John Dress Up for 25th Anniversary Issue of "British GQ"

GQ.co.ukSome of the biggest names in U.K. rock history have taken part in a new photo shoot for British GQ that celebrates the magazine's 25th anniversary.  The Who's Roger Daltrey, The Kinks' Ray Davies, Elton John and Bryan Ferry are among the stars who dressed up in wool suits designed by some of the U.K.'s most famous tailors for a piece titled "Savile Row Is Rock 'n' Roll."

Other well-known musicians featured in the portfolio include Duran Duran's John Taylor, former Jam frontman Paul Weller, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker.  Most of the aforementioned rockers show off their fashionable side in a video shot in conjunction with the GQ photo spread.  The clip is accompanied by an exclusive original track boasting guitars by Weller, Taylor and Marr.

The 25th anniversary issue of British GQ is due out on Friday.  It's also available digitally for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Slash Says He Enjoys Celebrating Halloween with His Kids

ABC NewsBesides being a scary good musician, Slash enjoys a good scare himself, which is why he launched the Slasher Films production company that specializes in producing fright flicks.  Not surprisingly, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist also is a fan of Halloween, admitting that he and his family usually fully embrace the spooky holiday.

He tells ABC News Radio that his two kids, who are ages nine and 11, love to dress up for the holiday.

"Every October, we start looking at all the different Halloween outfits and costumes," Slash reveals.  "And we traditionally overdecorate the house."

He also says that he usually throws a big Halloween bash, but admits that "there's been so much going on this year that I don't really feel like doing the whole party thing."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that the rest of his neighborhood also gets into the Halloween spirit.

"Everybody brings their kids over to our community and there's this huge Halloween [trick-or-treat excursion]," says Slash, adding that he accompanies his kids to the local houses and will wait at the curb as they go collect goodies.

As much as his children enjoy the holiday, Slash reveals that one Halloween-related attraction he recently brought them to proved to be a bit too scary.

"I just took my kids to Universal's Halloween [Horror] Nights…and we got to the front gates and they were like, 'Uh-uh.  We're not going in there,'" he says with a laugh.  "[I] was like, 'Are you kidding me?  We came all the way down here.  You invited your friends.  We're all here.'  And they're like, 'Uh-uh.  We're not going in.'"

Slash explains that the attraction, which includes a Black Sabbath-themed maze, with its "chainsaws and all the metal music and the volume" proved "too ominous for them."

Incidentally, among the things that have been keeping the rocker busy in 2013 are the promotion of the recently released the debut Slasher Films offering, Nothing Left to Fear, and work on a new album.

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