Alan Jackson to Release "The Bluegrass Album" on September 24

Alan's Country Records/EMIAlan Jackson has finally recorded that bluegrass album he's always wanted to make, and he's calling it simply, The Bluegrass Album.  According to Bluegrass Today, Alan assembled some of the genre's top pickers to accompany him on the project.  He recorded it last April in Nashville.

The track listing features covers of The Dillards' "There Is a Time," John Anderson's "Wild and Blue" and a slowed-down take on the bluegrass staple, "Blue Moon of Kentucky," harkening back to Bill Monroe's 1946 original recording.

Alan's The Bluegrass Album will be in stores September 24.

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Aretha Franklin Postpones Detroit-Area Show Because of Ongoing Medical Issue

Peter Kramer/NBCAretha Franklin's health issues have forced her to postpone an upcoming Detroit-area concert that she's already rescheduled once before.  The Detroit Free Press reports that The Queen of Soul's July 27 show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkson, Michigan, which originally had been scheduled for June 22, has been shelved.

In a statement from the singer addressed to her "fans, friends and supporters," she says the reason for the postponement is "due to my miscalculation of the end of my treatment" for an undisclosed ailment.

Franklin further explains, "It would be totally disruptive to stop them now and go into concert with total success right at the door, 100%."

While no specific new date has been announced for the show, Aretha tells fans in the message that she'll "see you next summer."  She finishes the statement by saying, "I love you much and more than the spoken word can tell."

Back in May, Franklin canceled two other concerts -- in Chicago and Mashantucket, Connecticut -- after announcing that she needed treatment for an undisclosed medical condition.  Later that same month, she reported that she was postponing any additional shows until at least July while she continued her recovery.

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Rush to Play Benefit Concert to Help Flood Victims in Calgary, Canada, Area

Roadrunner RecordsRush will play a special benefit show at a venue near Calgary, Canada, after the band had to cancel its scheduled July 24 concert in the city because of damage that Calgary and the Scotiabank Saddledome sustained in a recent flood.  The new event will take place the same day at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Canada.

The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be donating all the proceeds they earn from the concert to the Canadian Red Cross' Alberta Flood Relief initiative.  In addition, the show's promoter, Live Nation, will be contributing its fee and time to the cause, while the Enmax Centrium will be donating goods and services to the charity.

"After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could," says Rush frontman Geddy Lee in a statement.  "Our apologies to all of the fans that bought tickets to the Calgary show for any inconvenience.  We're hoping they -- along with the great people of Red Deer -- can come to the Enmax Centrium for what has now become a benefit concert."

The bassist/keyboardist also thanks everyone else who donated "their time & services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need."

The devastating floods occurred late last month after torrential mountain rains caused rivers to overflow in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Rush's current North American tour leg is scheduled to run through an August 4 concert in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Smashing Pumpkins Live CD/DVD set, "Oceania: Live in NYC", Coming in September

SmashingPumpkins.comThe Smashing Pumpkins will release a live CD/DVD set that documents a concert the band performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on December 10, 2012 to support their latest album, Oceania.  Titled Oceania: Live in NYC, it'll arrive at all the usual outlets on September 3.

The collection boasts 24 career-spanning tracks, including hits “Tonight, Tonight”  “Cherub Rock” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” as well as a cover of David Bowie’s 1969 hit, “Space Oddity.” In addition to offering a standard DVD of the concert, a 3D version of it will be made available on Blu-ray.

While Oceania: Live in NYC will be available separately on CD, DVD and vinyl formats, a package featuring both the CD and DVD of the release will also be available.

Here's the track list for Oceania: Live in NYC:

Disc 1
“The Celestials”
“Violet Rays”
“My Love Is Winter”
“One Diamond, One Heart”
“Pale Horse”
“The Chimera”

Disc 2
“Space Oddity”
“Tonite Reprise”
“Tonight, Tonight”
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”
“The Dream Machine”
“Ava Adore”
“Cherub Rock”

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Mariah Carey Says She's Still in Pain, "But the Show Must Go On" Carey has updated her fans on her condition after she was injured on the set of her new music video last weekend.

Mariah tweeted,  “Thanks all for the well wishes <3 Still in a lot of pain -- cracked rib, fractured shoulder, bruises everywhere, but the show must go on.”

Mariah meant that literally -- she’s still scheduled to perform this Saturday at New York City’s Central Park for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity concert. She wrote, “In a sling, but will do my best to make it look good w/ the ensemble Sat w/ the NY philharmonic, an amazing honor for such a great cause.” Major League Baseball is donating one million dollars to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts as part of the concert.

Mariah has also posted a 25-second video on YouTube of her leaving a New York City hospital after she was treated for her fall on the set of her “#Beautiful” remix clip. In the YouTube video, she exits the hospital in a wheelchair  and deadpans to the camera, “Well, that was fun.” As she enters a car, she says she’s headed back to the set of her music video.

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Lil Wayne Teases New Video for "God Bless Amerika" all the flag controversy, Lil Wayne is gearing up to premiere the visual for his new song, "God Bless Amerika."

While the full clip will debut soon, Weezy has released a 30-second sneak peek for the track, which is off his latest album, I Am Not a Human Being II.  The Eif Rivera-directed clip was shot in his hometown of New Orleans in the streets of Hollygrove last month.

In the teaser, Wayne stands in front of a microphone with the American flag blowing behind him, wearing a fitted shirt that reads "Jesus Saves, I Spend."

As previously reported, Wayne was accused of trampling on the U.S. flag while shooting the video, during a scene in which the flag drops to the ground. However, the rapper denied he did it on purpose.

"It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America," said Weezy on Facebook. "In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground."

He also wrote on Twitter, "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform."

In related news, Wayne is currently on the America's Most Wanted tour for the summer. He's expected to perform in Atlanta, Georgia with T.I., Tyga and other special guests tonight, July 12. 

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The Band Perry Added to Dierks Bentley's Country Cares Concert Lineup

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry, Randy Houser and David Nail have signed on to perform at Dierks Bentley's Country Cares Concert in Arizona to benefit the families of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The show takes place July 22 in Prescott Valley, AZ, and tickets for the concert sold out after going on sale Friday.

Dierks says, "Country fans are the best, and when their friends need help, they show up. This is my hometown, and I feel a huge pull to go back and be there with them and do what I can to help."

All proceeds will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities for direct distribution to the firefighters' families.

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Justin Timberlake Releases New Single, "Take Back the Night"; New Album Available for Pre-Order

RCA RecordsAfter teasing it in a YouTube video earlier this week, Justin Timberlake has officially released “Take Back the Night.” It’s the first single off his new album, The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2, which will be released September 30.

“Take Back the Night” is available now on iTunes and will become available soon on other digital outlets. You can listen to it now on

If you pre-order The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2 on iTunes, you’ll receive an instant download of “Take Back the Night.” You can also pre-order The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, which includes the new tracks as well as those of the original 20/20 Experience album released back in March.

The track listing for The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2 has not yet been released, but the album will feature 11 songs plus “a special surprise from Justin.” He says in a statement, “I originally recorded a massive amount of material and decided on the 20 tracks that I wanted on the album over a year ago. But, when I was mixing and going through all of the songs there were so many that I loved -- I couldn't resist... I had to throw in something extra on the 2nd half."

The artwork for the new album is virtually the same as that of the original 20/20 Experience -- Justin looking into a phoropter, the device an eye doctor uses to test a patient's vision -- except the background and phoropter are black and gold, respectively, instead of white.

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Madonna Will Be a Topic at Exorcists Meeting in Poland will be a topic of conversation during an upcoming conference at Poland's Jasna Gora monastery, though she shouldn't feel flattered.

The conference will be attended by European exorcists and will focus in part on what Britain's Telegraph newspaper describes as "finding evil in pop culture."  It quotes one of the organizers of the meeting, Father Andrzej Grefkowic,  as saying, "Part of the conference is dedicated to the hidden subliminal message in communication, and the choice of this subject was inspired by the woman who dares to call herself Madonna."

Grefkowic also says, "We've been worried about her concerts."  That's not surprising, since Catholic groups in the past have criticized the dance diva for her use of crucifixion and other religious imagery in her performances.

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Full Track List Unveiled for Star-Studded "Sammy Hagar & Friends" Album

Frontiers RecordsNew details have been announced regarding Sammy Hagar's star-studded upcoming studio album, which will feature appearances by Heart's Nancy Wilson, Journey's Neal Schon and many other well-known artists.  The complete track list has been unveiled for the record, titled Sammy Hagar & Friends, which is scheduled to hit stores on September 24.

In addition, three final collaborators for the project have been revealed -- Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, veteran folk-blues singer Taj Mahal and country star Toby Keith.  Previously announced artists featured on the album include Hagar's Chickenfoot band mates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani; Kid Rock; country singer Ronnie Dunn; Hagar's longtime backing group The Wabos; the Red Rocker's son, Aaron Hagar; and Bill Church and Denny Carmassi -- the fellow surviving original members of Sammy's old band Montrose.

Sammy Hagar & Friends will be available as a standard CD featuring 10 songs, as well as a deluxe CD/DVD edition boasting a bonus track, a making-of documentary and a video for the album's first single, "Knockdown Dragout."  The bonus tune is a rendition of the Montrose song "Space Station #5" that was recorded at the April 2012 tribute concert for late guitarist Ronnie Montrose.

The album includes a mixture of original songs and covers that find Hagar and his musical buddies exploring not only rock, but blues, pop, country and zydeco sounds.  Among the tunes penned by other artists featured on the record are Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" and Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man."

Here is the full track list for Sammy Hagar & Friends, along with the guest artists who appear on each song:

"Winding Down" (with Taj Mahal)
"Not Going Down" (with Bill Church, Denny Carmassi)
"Personal Jesus" (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith)
"Father Sun" (with Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
"Knockdown Dragout" (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Carmassi)
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (with The Wabos -- David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
"Bad on Fords and Chevrolets" (with Ronnie Dunn, The Wabos)
"Margaritaville" (with Toby Keith)
"All We Need Is an Island" (with Nancy Wilson, Mickey Hart)
"Going Down" (with Schon, Anthony, Smith)
*"Space Station #5" (with Carmassi, Church, Satriani)

*bonus track (exclusively available on deluxe edition CD)

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Robin Thicke Unveils New Song Online


Just days after providing online teaser snippets for all the songs on Robin Thicke's upcoming album,  Interscope Records has released a new track, "Take It Easy on Me."  Fans can stream the club-banger in its entirety exclusively via GQ's website.

The Timbaland-produced cut will appear on the singer's new album Blurred Lines, which is due out July 30 in the U.S.  It's available for pre-order now on iTunes.

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Adam Lambert Joins "Glee" Cast

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After Jessica Sanchez starred on Glee in a recurring role last season, another former American Idol runner-up is following in her footsteps. Adam Lambert will be featured on the Fox show when it returns for its fifth season.

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted, “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall.”

There’s no word yet on the role that Lambert will play, or in how many episodes he’ll appear.

The new season of Glee begins September 19.

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Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being 2 Goes Gold

Lil Wayne can expect another plaque to add to his collection.

The rapper's latest album, I Am Not a Human Being II, has sold more that 510,000 copies and he expects to receive a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, according to his website.

His tenth studio album was released on March 26 and includes his current radio hit, "Rich as F**k" with 2 Chainz.

Nearly all of Weezy's efforts have enjoyed note-worthy sales -- ranging from his 1999 debut, Tha Block Is Hot, to 2008's Tha Carter lll, which sold a million copies in less than a week.

In related news, Wayne recently kicked off the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival tour in Birmingham, Alabama alongside T.I. and 2 Chainz.

The tour continues tonight, July 12, at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre.

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Sugarland's Kristian Bush Performing at CMA Songwriters Series in Chicago August 1

Photo Credit: Dana TynanThe CMA Songwriter Series continues with a show at Joe's Bar in Chicago August 1.  Sugarland's Kristian Bush will be there to perform his big hits along with top country writers Matraca [pr: Muh Trace-uh]Berg, Bobby Pinson and Bob DiPiero.

Kristian has been a regular at these shows in the past few years.  He says, "The thing I love most about the CMA Songwriters Series is watching the audience discover new things about songs they've known for years.  I know I've learned more about the songwriting process just by sitting next to the amazing writers in this series."

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Dropkick Murphys' Claddagh Fund Gives $300,000 to Boston Marathon Bombings Victims

DropkickMurphys.comDropkick Murphys have made a sizable donation to help their hometown of Boston.  The band’s charity, The Claddagh Fund, has given over $300,000 to more than 60 victims who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

The funds were raised through the group’s “For Boston” campaign which included the sale of a Boston-themed t-shirt, a three-song EP which features a guest appearance from Bruce Springsteen and proceeds from the band’s benefit concert at Boston’s House of Blues on April 28. The Claddagh Fund released the majority of the money last week, with singer/bassist Ken Casey visiting with many victims in person.  

"Every single person we had the pleasure of meeting expressed a positive attitude and an incredible sense of perseverance as they work hard to return to the lives they enjoyed before the tragic day in April," said Casey in a statement.  "We were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion, it was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals."

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Blake Shelton Opens Up About His Late Brother, Richie

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert co-wrote her #1 hit, "Over You," about Blake's late brother, Richie, who died in a car accident when Blake was growing up in Oklahoma. Blake hasn't spoken publicly about his brother that much in the past, but he goes in-depth about Richie in a new cover story for Men's Journal.

Blake refers to Richie as his hero in the article. He often went fishing with his big brother, and they shared a love of country music through Richie's record collection.

"The guy was my hero," Blake says. "Talk about worship – he was the coolest guy on Earth."

Blake remembers exactly where he was the morning of Richie's fatal car accident.

He says, "I was standing outside, waiting for a buddy to pick me up for school, and I heard all these ambulances go by. I didn't think anything of it."

Blake's father came and got him out of school, and he realized those sirens were for his brother. Two other lives were claimed when Richie's girlfriend's car slammed into the back of a school bus. Richie's girlfriend perished as well along with her four-year-old son.

Says Blake, "It was a three-casket funeral.They buried him on his fifth birthday."

Writing "Over You" with Miranda about that loss was healing for Blake. His father got to hear the song and see it become a hit before passing away last year.

Blake also opens up about his bromance with fellow coach on The Voice, Adam Levine, and those pesky tabloid rumors and his marriage to Miranda in the Men's Journal article. It's now on stands.

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Stephen Stills' New Supergroup The Rides Schedules First Tour

429 RecordsStephen Stills' new blues-rock supergroup, The Rides, is ready to take its show on the road.  The band, which also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and founding Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg, has announced dates for its first-ever tour.

The monthlong trek will see the group works its way across the U.S. during the late summer and early fall.  The outing gets under way with an August 28-29 stand at the famed New York City jazz club The Iridium, and is plotted out through a September 27 show at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada.  The tour also will include stops in Boston, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Houston and San Francisco.

Opening for The Rides throughout the trek will be blues-rock singer Beth Hart, who recently performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival and with Jeff Beck at last year's Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Buddy Guy.

As previously reported, The Rides' debut album, Can't Get Enough, will be released on August 27.  The project was inspired by Stills' 1968 Super Session album with late Electric Flag guitarist Mike Bloomfield and Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper.  Among the tunes featured on the record are several original compositions and covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," Iggy and the Stooges' "Search and Destroy and Muddy Waters' "Honey Bee."  There's also a new rendition of "Word Game," a Stills song that first appeared on his 1971 solo effort Stephen Stills 2.

Meanwhile, The Rides recently released an official lyric video for one of the album's original tracks, "Don't Want Lies," that can be viewed online now.  The clip features footage of the band members at work in CRM Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Here are all of The Rides' confirmed U.S. tour dates:

8/28 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
8/29 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club
9/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
9/3 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
9/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
9/7 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
9/8 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
9/10 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
9/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
9/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Ohio River Throwdown
9/16 -- Lexington, KY, Lexington Opera House
9/20 -- Houston, TX, Arena Theatre
9/21 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
9/24 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
9/25 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
9/27 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

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Nikki Sixx Says New Sixx: A.M. Record Is “Coming Together Fast” Sixx is making some serious progress on Sixx: A.M.'s next album.  The Mötley Crüe bassist posted a message on his Facebook page on Wednesday, noting that he scheduled time with his band mates to begin recording tracks for their follow-up to 2011’s This Is Gonna Hurt.

“Writing Sixx: A.M. lyrics today at home,” Nikki writes.  “Cutting bass parts tomorrow with [frontman] James [Michael] and DJ [Ashba] will be laying down his guitar parts when he returns from Canada...This album is coming together fast...Time to start thinking of an album title.”

Sixx will have about two months to work on the release after he finishes a leg of dates with Mötley Crüe that wrap up on July 22 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Crüe will then return to Las Vegas for another residency this fall, with 12 concerts at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from September 18 to October 6.

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Ashanti Delays "Braveheart" Album

Ashanti and her Written Entertainment label have reportedly decided to delay the release of her long-awaited album, Braveheart.

Initially slated to arrive later this month, the singer's fifth studio effort was first reported to have been moved to August 20. But's pre-order page says the disc will be available September 3.  There's no official word from Ashanti herself.

One thing that is certain -- a new song called "I Got It" featuring Future has recently released via Shani's website, though its unclear if the track will appear on the album.

Ashanti's upcoming disc will include guest spots from Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, French Montana, Keyshia Cole and singer-songwriter R. Kelly, who penned "That's What We Do."

In related news, her latest single, ""Never Should Have," has jumped from 98 to 8 on the official U.S. iTunes Singles Charts.

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Nicki Minaj, Nelly Issue Behind-the-Scenes Look at "Get Like Me" Video Shoot

Courtesy of Nicki Minaj's Instagram

Nicki Minaj and Nelly are offering fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the upcoming video for Nelly’s new single "Get Like Me," on which Nicki's featured.

The footage was shot in Los Angeles, with Colin Tilley directing the upcoming clip which also co-stars Pharrell Williams.

In the video, Nicki shows off her dance moves, dressed in all black and a spiked-hat, and plugs her new beverage line, Myx moscato.   Later, all three artists change into matching white outfits with a white backdrop behind them.

Fans can expect the video to premiere later this month.

"Get Like Me" serves as the lead offering from Nelly’s new album M.O.  The rapper's project is slated for a fall release and includes contributions from T.I., Future, 2 Chainz, Nelly Furtado, Trey Songz and more.

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