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May212013

Rockers React to Ray Manzarek’s Death

Facebook.com/pages/Ray-ManzarekThe rock world is reacting to the news of the death of original Doors member Ray Manzarek.  The keyboardist died Monday at age 74 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile-duct cancer.

Joe Perry tweeted, “I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarek now he's with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago."

Slash tweeted, “RIP Ray Manzarek words cannot express...” and added, "The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; 'Light my fire,' I'll never forget."

Flea wrote on Twitter, “Wow. Ray manzarek.  Bless his heart.  One of a kind rock original. Grateful to have jammed with him once. R.I..P.”

Billy Idol tweeted, “Sad to hear about Ray Manzarek passing. I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him & the other two Doors.. cheers mate say hi to Jim.”

Krist Novoselic wrote, “Thanks for the great music Ray Manzarek!”

Alice Cooper commented, “Ok it is OFFICIAL. Ray Manzarek is dead. Mind blown. RIP Ray.”

Three Dog Night tweeted, “RIP Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors.”

Flowers were placed on Manzarek's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday afternoon by the Hollywood Historic Trust.  Manzarek's star is in front of the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood.

Manzarek is also being remembered by the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, the famed Sunset Strip club where The Doors were the house band in the 1960s before they gained international fame. A rep for the Whisky a Go Go tells TMZ.com Manzarek is being honored on the club’s marquee for the rest of the week.  The marquee message reads: "Rest in Peace Ray Manzarek Thanks for all the memories."

The Roxy, another L.A. rock club, posted the following message on its marquee: “We love you Ray Manzarek.  You will always light our fire. RIP.”

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Tuesday
May212013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTaylor Swift's RED has sold more than 5.8 million copies so far worldwide.

Wynonna performs "I Want to Know What Love Is" on ABC's Dancing with the Stars season finale Tuesday night.

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Tuesday
May212013

Darius Rucker Sings What He Feels on New Album, "True Believers," Now in Stores

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker is back with his new album, True Believers, in stores this week featuring his monster hit, "Wagon Wheel." That song has been a staple on college campuses and in honky tonks since Old Crow Medicine Show released their version a few years back, but Darius had no clue "Wagon Wheel" had such a cult following when he cut it.

"I just think recording that song for me was such an organic thing," Darius tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, I'm old and out of touch with today's popular music, and I didn't know it was so big on college campuses. I just didn't know. I was just cutting a great song I heard."

Darius is a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show's music, and he simply thought "Wagon Wheel" would be a great song to put on True Believers.

He says, "Even after we cut it, I thought, this is gonna be a great album track. You know, put it the last song on the record, a really great way to go out."

As for the rest of the True Believers album, Darius wants his fans to know he put a lot of time and heart into getting these songs just right for them.

Says Darius, "Making a record is always hard because I want to make a great record. I want to make a record that my fans want to go get."

Though he may start out worrying about getting it right, Darius usually lets the music take over once he gets into the studio. That was the case while making True Believers.

He says, "Whenever it gets hard in the studio, I always say, 'Sing what you feel.' And that usually works out."

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Tuesday
May212013

Paul Stanley Complains About KISS' Continuing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snub

Photo: Brian LoweLast month, Rush and Heart finally were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after each being passed over for the honor for more than a decade.  One legendary rock band that continues to be overlooked by the Rock Hall, much to the chagrin of its rabid fans, is KISS

The group's longtime frontman, Paul Stanley, also is apparently pretty frustrated by the snub, while pointing out that the powers that be behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shouldn't necessarily be considered the authorities in charge of choosing which artists deserve to be recognized.

"Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing," he declares during a recent interview with The Huffington Post.  "You've got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official.  Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

As a case in point, Stanley notes that late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro -- best known for writing hits for Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Fifth Dimension and Barbra Streisand -- has even beaten KISS into the Rock Hall.

"I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans," the singer/guitarist maintains.  "I still listen to that stuff incessantly.  Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely."

Stanley also notes that many established musicians, including Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, have acknowledged that KISS has had a major influence on their own music and careers.  "It's absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," insists Stanley.

Despite his complaints, Paul says he could take or leave KISS being inducted into the Rock Hall, but says he'd like the band to be acknowledged for the sake of its fans.  "I would certainly accept on their behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them," he says.  "But I don't need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

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Tuesday
May212013

Janet Jackson Working on a New Album

Facebook.com/JanetJacksonJanet Jackson celebrated her 47th birthday last week, and Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of her sexy, fifth studio album, janet.  The music veteran has spent more than 30 years in the music business, but Janet doesn't seem ready to retire. 

"I am working on a new project now," Janet tells Billboard, blowing apart rumors that she would be giving up her recording career now that she's married to billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana.  

Aside from releasing a book in 2011, Janet hasn't released an album since 2008's Discipline.  Her follow-up to the set is still in the early stages, however, with Janet revealing to Billboard, "We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music."

Looking back on the release of janet., she says, "I can’t believe it is already 20 years!  I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time.  I wanted to allow people in...I want my fans to really know me. The janet. album was sexual, and I was beginning to really discover that side of me."

In case you've forgotten, one version of the janet. cover art shows the singer topless, with her hands above her head.  Her then-husband, Rene Elizondo Jr., covers her breasts with his hands.  Months later, the photograph appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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Tuesday
May212013

The Rolling Stones' "Crossfire Hurricane" Documentary Arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Today

Eagle Rock EntertainmentAfter 50 years together, The Rolling Stones are continuing to thrill audiences on their current 50 and Counting Tour.  Fans can find out how it all began for the band by checking out the Crossfire Hurricane documentary, which hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray today.  The film charts the history of the rock legends from their formation in the early 1960s through the arrival of guitarist Ronnie Wood in the mid-'70s.

The movie, which was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen, features candid new interviews with all four current Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Wood -- as well as with former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.  The documentary also offers a bevy of rare and previously unreleased archival footage, including concert performances, TV appearances, news segments and more.

In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray discs boast several bonus features, including footage of the Stones performing in Germany in 1965 and at the NME Poll Winners concerts of 1964 and '65, as well as a 1964 appearance on the U.K. program The Arthur Haynes Show.

Crossfire Hurricane was given its theatrical premiere last October in London, and it debuted on U.S. television the following month as a two-part HBO special.  The DVD sells for $14.98, while the Blu-ray is priced at $19.98.  The film also is available for purchase as a digital download.

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Tuesday
May212013

Ed Sheeran Finished Writing New Album

Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran's follow-up to his U.S. debut album, + [Plus], is slowly coming together.

In an interview Sunday with Billboard at the Billboard Music Awards, the British artist said he's finished writing the new album, and he plans to record the music in August.  He added, "The direction will take shape then.  The songs are good, which is the main thing.  I think you can have good songs and then you can put any sort of production behind it but as long as the songs are good.”

Ed reiterated that the album will drop early next year.  He explained, "It was going to be this year, but I don't finish touring till October, and then there's no time to get a plan together.  I'm going to spend October, November, December planning and then just smash it out next year."

Ed is currently touring with his pal Taylor Swift.

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Tuesday
May212013

Justin Timberlake Ties "Billboard" Chart Record with "Mirrors"

Facebook.com/JustinTimberlakeJustin Timberlake has achieved a Billboard milestone with his latest hit, “Mirrors.”

The single is currently number one on the publication’s Pop Songs chart. Justin has now had six songs top that chart, a record-tying total for a male artist.  Bruno Mars has also had six, after his hit “When I Was Your Man” went number one on the Pop Songs chart last month.

Rihanna has the most number-ones of any artist, male or female, with 10.

The Pop Songs chart was established in 1992.

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Tuesday
May212013

Jon Bon Jovi "Blessed" that Band's Songs Are Part of the "Patchwork of Pop Culture"

Facebook.com/BonJoviBon Jovi is currently out on the European leg of its Because We Can world tour, and the band has still got a long way to go.  After Europe, the New Jersey rockers play the U.K., then return to the U.S. for summer stadium dates, and then they head to Brazil and Australia.  But no matter where the band plays, the one thing that strikes Jon Bon Jovi about the fans in the audience every night is their ages: young, old and everything in between.

Describing Bon Jovi fans as "multi-generational,"  Jon tells ABC News Radio that he's proud of the group's broad appeal, especially since they've been making records for decades.

"We've been around for 30 years and we're doing the kind of business that we do out on the road...we're very lucky. We're very blessed," he says, adding, "I think this is that kind of a band that has crossed to a place where the songs are both your parents' songs and your songs."

Attempting to explain this concept, Jon points to The Rolling Stones, who, of course, have been around a lot longer than Bon Jovi, but whose tunes also have staying power.

"Those songs are just a part of the patchwork of what is pop culture.  And you just think that they've always been around and that band has always been around," Jon tells ABC News Radio.  "And so we've been around long enough that songs like 'Livin' on a Prayer,' 'Wanted Dead or Alive'... those are in the vernacular now.  They're just a part of the patchwork of pop culture.  And your mom might know it as well as you do because it's been on the radio for 27 years."

Bon Jovi performs in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday night.  There's still no word as to when guitarist Richie Sambora will rejoin the tour, if at all.  He recently wrote on Twitter, regarding his absence, "Thanks 4 your notes & concerns. I'm doing f**king great. This is a private matter but please know I love the band and you fans!"

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Tuesday
May212013

Madonna Presenting at London's Sound of Change Concert

Facebook.com/MadonnaMadonna has been announced as a presenter for an upcoming concert in London promoting improved education, health and justice for women and girls around the world.

The concert, dubbed The Sound of Change Live, will be presented by Gucci’s Chime for Change organization at Twickenham Stadium on June 1. The lineup includes Beyonce, Ellie Goulding and Florence + the Machine.

Madonna says in a statement, "60 percent of the children in the world NOT in school, are girls! 2/3 of the world's illiterate are WOMEN! I Do NOT accept this. We need to change this and we WILL CHANGE THIS!"

More information on the concert is available at ChimeforChange.org.

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Tuesday
May212013

Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT to Perform at Inaugural First City Festival in August

FirstCityFestival.comAlternative-rock fans have another summer music festival to add to their calendar.  Modest Mouse, Passion Pit and MGMT have signed on to perform at the first edition of the First City Festival, which takes place August 24-25 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Additional acts tapped to play at the fest include Beach House, Deerhunter, Dr. Dog, Okkervil River, The Hold Steady, Delta Spirit, The Black Angels and Blitzen Trapper.

Two-day passes for the First City Festival start at $149.50 and will go on sale on May 31 at 10 a.m. PT.  To see the lineup and to get your tickets, visit FirstCityFestival.com.

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Tuesday
May212013

"The Voice" Recap: The Top Ten Perform

NBCThe top 10 artists on The Voice returned to the stage Monday night as the live playoffs continued.

For the first time since the battle rounds, each team’s mentor dropped by rehearsals to dispense advice. Blake Shelton reunited with Sheryl Crow; Adam Levine was again joined by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott; Usher invited back Pharrell Williams; and Shakira brought in Cee Lo Green, a coach on the first three seasons of The Voice, who stepped in for usual mentor Joel Madden. The Good Charlotte member couldn’t make it due to his commitment to the Australian version of The Voice.

At the start of the broadcast, host Carson Daly acknowledged the tornado that struck the Oklahoma City area on Monday, killing dozens. He sent prayers to all those affected, then asked Blake, an Oklahoma native, for his thoughts. Blake said his family is safe, but it was difficult for him to do the show while Oklahoma residents are dealing with the aftermath of the tornado.

Multiple times during the broadcast, social media correspondent Christina Milian encouraged viewers to make a donation to the Red Cross.

Holly Tucker of Team Blake was the first performer of the night. The country singer showed off a different side of herself with the hymn "How Great Thou Art." Usher said he enjoyed what he heard, but it was a departure from what he expected. Blake, presumably referring to the devastation in Oklahoma, said it was an appropriate song choice because it expresses faith and hope.

Judith Hill, a former background singer for the late Michael Jackson, was brought to tears when she found out her coach Adam had assigned her the pop icon’s hit "The Way You Make Me Feel." Her rendition was more of a jazzy number at first before staying true to the original version. Usher said it made him remember how much he misses Michael. Adam noted that the audience was very receptive to Judith’s homage to a musician to whom she felt close.

The Swon Brothers of Team Blake, who are from Oklahoma, told Carson Daly that their family is OK, and that they send their thoughts and prayers to the tornado victims. They sang Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels,” to Blake’s approval.

Adam selected Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” for Amber Carrington because, he believes, she can cross over from pop to country, just like the American Idol season-one winner. As it happens, Adam’s band, Maroon 5, is touring with Kelly this summer. Blake said it was a smart decision by Adam to move Amber into Kelly Clarkson territory. Adam said Amber proved that she has a strong voice.

Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen tackled “Next to Me,” by Scottish R&B star Emeli Sande. Usher said he was happy to see Sasha having fun on stage. Shakira added that she was proud that Sasha showed how versatile she can be.

Josiah Hawley, one of two remaining Usher protégés, performed “Clocks,” by Coldplay. Shakira suggested that it was too much of a challenge to channel Coldplay because they have such a distinct sound. In addition, Adam thought Josiah’s performance was shaky in spots, but Usher reassured his artist that he will continue to “nurture that voice.”

Sixteen-year-old Danielle Bradbery of Team Blake was given "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Jo Dee Messina. Blake said she is so carefree, and that she can deliver a country lyric that audiences can relate to.

Team Shakira’s Kris Thomas, who described himself as the only male R&B artist left in the competition, covered the Miguel hit “Adorn.” Adam liked the performance but warned that Kris seems to be overthinking things at times -- an opinion that Usher shared. Shakira scoffed at the criticism, saying Kris has a unique voice.

Sarah Simmons told her coach, Adam, that she’d performed so many ballads on the show that she wanted to try something different. She ended up with “Mamma Knows Best,” by Jessie J. Blake said Sarah turned a corner by displaying a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Adam declared it to be the performance of the night.

Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher closed the show with Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason.” Adam said all of the coaches are proud of Michelle. In a nod to Adam and Adam’s critique of Sarah Simmons, Usher said Michelle delivered the best performance of the night.

Also on Monday’s show, Adam and his Maroon 5 band mates performed their new single, “Love Somebody.” You can watch the video for the song at NBC.com.

Two artists will be eliminated on the results show, airing Tuesday night on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
May212013

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Join "The X Factor" Judges’ Panel

Facebook.com/KellyRowland; Facebook.com/PaulinaRubio The rumors are true.  Fox announced Monday night that one-time Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio will be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judges’ panel when The X Factor returns this fall.

“It’s taken more than a decade, but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!), Simon declared in a statement. "Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different,” Simon added.

Rowland and Rubio fill the vacancies left by the departures of Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Rowland served as a judge on the British version of The X Factor in 2011.  "I am very exciting to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family, said Rowland in a statement. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states."

Rubio, who has sold more than 20 million records and released 10 studio albums, said in a statement, "I love The X Factor.  I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America.  Simon. be careful what you wish for. Let's see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo."

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Monday
May202013

Toby Keith Sends Out Prayers for His Tornado-Ravaged Hometown of Moore, OK

Show Dog/UniversalThe devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, Monday hit close to home for Toby Keith, who grew up in the city. He released a statement Monday night saying, "I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all."

Toby and his family live nearby in Norman, OK.

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Monday
May202013

J. Cole Will Compete with Kanye West Next Month

Photo courtesy of J. Cole via InstagramJ. Cole is going up against Kanye West next month.  Just days after Kim Kardashian announced that her guy Kanye would be releasing his Yeezus album on June 18, Cole revealed via Twitter that he's delivering his Born Sinner project the same day.

The original release date for J. Cole's sophomore set was June 25, but the rapper took to Twitter to announce the new date.  He also explained the reason for the change, tweeting, "Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation.  Which is exactly why I'm moving my release date up."

On Monday, J. Cole revealed cover art for both versions of his Born Sinner project.  The standard set's cover art features what looks like a golden gate against the black silhouette of a building in the clouds.  The deluxe version of the project shows a shiny black figure with devil's horns against a white background.  Above the figure's head floats a golden crown.

In other J. Cole news, he'll be appearing alongside The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday.

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Monday
May202013

Prince Pushes Boundaries with New Music Venture

PRNewsFoto/42 WestA day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

A day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

The Purple One has joined forces with independent music-services company Kobalt Music Group, giving him the freedom to self-release his own music recordings.

Prince will unleash projects from a roster of new acts as well.  As part of the new venture, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers.  Meanwhile, Kobalt will market and distribute the music around the globe through its digital platform and network of brick-and-mortar partners.

This isn't the first time Prince has pushed the envelope when it comes to releasing new music.  Earlier this year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began teasing new songs and videos that would be available for purchase via his official website.

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Monday
May202013

Prince Pushes Boundaries with New Music Venture

PRNewsFoto/42 WestA day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

The Purple One has joined forces with independent music-services company Kobalt Music Group, giving him the freedom to self-release his own music recordings.

Prince will unleash projects from a roster of new acts as well.  As part of the new venture, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers.  Meanwhile, Kobalt will market and distribute the music around the globe through its digital platform and network of brick-and-mortar partners.

This isn't the first time Prince has pushed the envelope when it comes to releasing new music.  Earlier this year, the music veteran began teasing new songs and videos that would be available for purchase via his official website.

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Monday
May202013

Hear John Fogerty's New Version of "Fortunate Son" with Foo Fighters

Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has unveiled the collaboration he and the Foo Fighters recorded for his upcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which includes new renditions of some of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks.  Fogerty and the Foos' version of CCR's 1969 hit single "Fortunate Son" is now streaming at RollingStone.com.

Wrote a Song for Everyone is set to arrive at all of the usual outlets on May 28.  In addition to the Foo Fighters, other well-known artists are featured on the release, including Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Jennifer Hudson and country stars Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.

Here is the complete track list for Wrote a Song for Everyone:

"Fortunate Son" (with Foo Fighters)
"Almost Saturday Night" (with Keith Urban)
"Lodi" (with Shane Fogerty & Tyler Fogerty)
"Mystic Highway"
"Wrote a Song for Everyone" (with Miranda Lambert featuring Tom Morello)
"Bad Moon Rising" (with Zac Brown Band)
"Long as I Can See the Light" (with My Morning Jacket)
"Born on the Bayou" (with Kid Rock)
"Train of Fools"
"Someday Never Comes" (with Dawes)
"Who'll Stop the Rain" (with Bob Seger)
"Hot Rod Heart" (with Brad Paisley)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (with Alan Jackson)
"Proud Mary" (with Jennifer Hudson featuring Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)

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Monday
May202013

Barbra Streisand Receiving Honorary Degree from Israeli University

Facebook.com/BarbraStreisandBarbra Streisand will be honored by Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem next month.

The university announced Monday that it will bestow upon Barbra an honorary doctor of philosophy degree, “in recognition of her professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.”

The degree will be presented during a ceremony scheduled for June 17.

Aside from Barbra’s Jewish background, she established a building for Jewish studies, named after her late father, at the university in 1984. That was one year after the release of the Jewish-themed film Yentl, which she directed and in which she starred.

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Monday
May202013

Carly Rae Jepsen and Boyfriend Are "Super-Professional" When Working Together

Vanessa HeinsCarly Rae Jepsen co-wrote her single "This Kiss" with, among others, her boyfriend, singer/songwriter Matthew Koma.  It was clearly a pleasant experience for her because Carly says she would be open to collaborating with him again.

Carly tells E! News, "Believe it or not, we're like super-professional when we get into the studio together.  We met while working on 'This Kiss,' and I think because of how we met, we pop right back into that professional behavior."

She also notes, "We're super, über-polite with each other, it's funny."

Carly did mention that she'd also like to work with Ne-Yo one day.

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