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Jun302014

What Can't Kelly Clarkson Can't Wait for Her Baby to Do? 

Justin Lubin/NBCWhen a new baby arrives, most parents start looking forward to the day he or she sleeps through the night, or is toilet trained, or old enough to say "Mommy."  Kelly Clarkson, however, is looking forward to something much simpler from her new baby daughter, River Rose.

"Is it weird that I wait every day to hear my little baby laugh?" she tweeted. "I just really want to hear her giggle and all I get are quirky smiles :)"

River Rose, the first child for Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, arrived June 12.   Kelly shared a photo of the baby on Twitter on June 20, calling her, "the greatest thing on the planet."  Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.


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Monday
Jun302014

Coheed and Cambria Helps Keep Roof Over Fan's Head

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCoheed and Cambria has come to the aid of a fan who was at risk of losing her home. C&C "superfan" Cyndi Crouch, who helps run the band's website, Cobalt & Calcium, began aGoFundMe page when she and her husband were days away from being legally removed from the house after falling behind on the mortgage. The couple, their three children and a fourth child a month away from birth were "completely out of options and desperate," according to Crouch's GoFundMe post. They asked for help raising $3,500 to cover the arrears and other bills. 

The band heard of Crouch's situation and pledged $3,000, in a donation notated with "Cyndi, You have been there for us for so long, we deeply appreciate your neverending support. You will get through this! Sincerely, Coheed and Cambria". 

Crouch has posted a lengthy thank-you to C&C pledging, in part, "If I live for another hundred years, I will spend them doing exactly what I have been, telling everyone about this band, this community, showing my support in everything they do not only as a band, but as individuals as well."

It could be that at least one member of Coheed and Cambria is particularly sensitive to the needs of a family these days: frontman Claudio Sanchez and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child earlier this month.


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Monday
Jun302014

Mick Jagger Pokes Fun at Himself and the Stones in Promo Video for Monty Python's London Performances

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMick Jagger stars in a hilarious new video that was used to introduce Monty Python at a news conference held Monday in London to promote the famed comedy troupe's run of 10 sold-out shows at the city's O2 Arena, which kicks off on Tuesday.

In the clip, the Rolling Stones singer is shown sharing a couch with drummer Charlie Watts in a hotel room as they watch a soccer match.  An assistant for the band then enters the room and mentions that Jagger had wanted to look over the set list for an upcoming concert, while the singer points out that a newspaper review of a previous gig had complained that the lighting had been too dark.  Mick proceeds to ask where The Stones' lighting director Patrick is, and the assistant informs him that he's in London to work on Monty Python's O2 shows.

Jagger then delivers a stream of critical comments about the troupe that comically echo complaints that have been leveled at the Rolling Stones in recent years.

"Monty Python?  Are they still going?" Mick asks, sounding surprised.  When his assistant informs Jagger that the comics have scheduled 10 performances, the singer responds by declaring, "Ten shows!  Wow, that's pretty amazing!" then adds that the events "must be pretty expensive."

Jagger continues his digs at the Python crew, saying, "I mean, who wants…to see that again.  It was really funny in the '60s."

After the assistant comments that the first Monty show sold out in just 40 seconds, Mick answers back, "Still, it's a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money.  I mean the best one died years ago [referring to Graham Chapman].  Maybe back in the '70s it was fantastic, I mean it was the funniest thing [but] you've seen it all before…I mean they put it all up on YouTube."

His rant complete, Jagger finally gets around to the songs he wants the Rolling Stones to play at their next concert.  "Well, we'll start with something everyone knows like 'Let's Spend the Night Together' and then we can move onto 'Get Off of My Cloud' and then should hit 'Satisfaction,' I think then," he says, mentioning tunes that all date back well into the 1960s.

Lastly, the assistant suggests, "'Dead Parrot Sketch?'" which, of course, is one of Monty Python's most famous comedy routines.  Jagger answers, with a straight face, "Yeah, 'Dead Parrot Sketch.'"

The Monty Python Live (mostly) shows, which are the troupe's first live performances since 1980 and are expected to be their last ever, are scheduled through a July 20 event that will be broadcast live in movie theaters in more than 100 countries across the globe.  Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones' next concert is scheduled for Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden.


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Monday
Jun302014

Kenny Chesney Takes a Step Forward with New Album, "The Big Revival," Due Out September 23

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney's new album, The Big Revival, is due out September 23 featuring his latest single, "American Kids." His pal Grace Potter makes a guest appearance on the project along with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. Kenny took the summer off the road to make sure he got the new album right, and the title, The Big Revival, points to the renewed passion Kenny feels for his music.

He says, "After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

While Kenny kept an eye on country radio while making The Big Revival, he made sure his new songs would relate to his fans' everyday lives.

“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Kenny says with a laugh. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”

The music video for "American Kids" is now posted on Vevo.

 
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Monday
Jun302014

The Who to Launch 50th Anniversary UK Tour in the Fall; May Record Some New Music First

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupThe Who has revealed the first dates of their planned 50th anniversary tour, a run of late-fall concerts that will see the band performing in their home country, the U.K., as well as in Ireland.  The Who Hits 50! British Tour 2014 will get underway on November 26 in Dublin, Ireland, and currently is scheduled through December 17 in London.

The group is planning to play a set that touches on all eras of their long career, from their early days when they were called The High Numbers, to the present.  Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend describes the show that the band will play on the trek as "Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses," combining the group's classic material with a few some more obscure gems.

The set could even include some brand-new songs.  The BBC reports that at a press conference held Monday at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club that Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey attended, Pete revealed he'd recently given Roger demos of three new tunes that Daltrey approved of, "so we are now considering trying to get into the studio this summer."

Townshend described the music he's currently writing as "pretty complicated -- it's more prog rock than pub rock".  He also said The Who may record the new material in a "more basic way" than usual, taking a cue from Daltrey's recent collaborative album with ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.

Townshend and Daltrey also gave a brief acoustic performance as part of the press event.

Meanwhile, in a statement released in conjunction with the tour announcement, Daltrey says the UK trek "is the beginning of the long goodbye."  Townshend adds about the 50th anniversary outing, "We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring.  If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven."

Who fan club members can purchase pre-sale tickets for the concerts now.  Here are all of the confirmed dates for The Who Hits 50! British Tour:

11/26 -- Dublin, Ireland, The O2
11/28 -- Belfast, UK, Odyssey Arena
11/30 -- Glasgow, UK, SSE Hyrdo
12/2 -- Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
12/5 -- Nottingham, UK, Capital FM Arena
12/7 -- Birmingham, UK, NIA
12/9 -- Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
12/11 -- Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena
12/13 -- Manchester, UK, Phones 4U Arena
12/15 -- Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena
12/17 -- London, UK, The O2


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Monday
Jun302014

Elton John Claims Jesus Would Support Gay Marriage; Plans "Quiet" Wedding for Next Year

Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsElton John has weddings on his mind.  Since gay marriage became legal in the U.K., he and his partner, David Furnish, plan to tie the knot at some point next year.  Elton also believes that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be in favor of gay marriage.

When asked by Sky News if the Church of England -- which allows its clergy to marry -- should also allow its gay clergy to marry, Elton answered, "Of course," and also said he didn't understand why Catholic priests have to be celibate, either. 

"These are old and stupid things," he said.  "If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that's what the Church should be about."

Elton also said that the Church of England, which is Protestant, could learn a few things from Pope Francis, the current Catholic Pontiff, when it comes to tolerance.  "The new Pope has been wonderful, he's excited me so much," said the rock legend. "He's stripped [the Church] down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love and taking everybody in: inclusiveness." 

As for his own marriage, Elton told Sky News, "I don't think we can get married until next year.  However, when we do do, it will be very quiet and off-the-cuff -- we had our big shebang when we had our civil union.  But we will."


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Monday
Jun302014

American Authors Having the Best Days of Their Lives Playing Their Hit in Concert

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are currently out on a big summer tour opening for OneRepublic, and of course, a highlight of the set every night is the band's hit "Best Day of My Life."  One reason, says singer Zac Barnett, is that there's so much crowd participation that he gets to take a bit of a break.

"It's awesome because I get to relax," Zac tells ABC News Radio about performing the song live. "I'm like, 'Alright, you guys sing it for me. Here we go.'  It's a lot of fun." 

He adds, "It's cool though, because yeah, people are definitely singing along to 'Best Day of My Life,' which is absolutely amazing, but it's really great to see people singing along to our other songs too that are on the album, and that we've been touring with for a little bit now."

As the song has gotten more and more popular, the band has found themselves playing to larger crowds, and Zac says it makes their live shows even better.  "We thrive off the energy that's given from the crowd so it's always fun to play off that," he tells ABC News Radio. "And, y'know, seeing the rooms get bigger and bigger, and more people come out, it's just a dream come true."

One thing that makes "Best Day of My Life" a great singalong for fans are the "whooh-oohs" and the "whoa-oh-ohs" that are such an integral part of the song.  Zac says that the song wasn't planned as a hit single, though: it was actually cobbled together from many different songs the band had lying around, and they just decided to throw in a little bit of everything.

"We didn't go into it thinking any which way because it was a bunch of different pieces of songs all put together," he explains. "And when you go into a writing process, ready to do that, you're just having fun because you're just all sitting in a room together, a big group of you, and you're going, 'Well, hey! I have this piece. Let's put that in there. Well, where should we go from there? Oh, I don't know.'"

He adds, "It really was a lot of fun, and adding in the 'whoas' and the 'whoohs' and all that stuff was just us having a good time in the studio." 

The band is touring with OneRepublic through the middle of August, with a few individual appearances at festivals scattered throughout.  Then, they head to Europe for more shows.  This fall, they'll be headlining a leg of the annual Honda Civic Tour.


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Monday
Jun302014

Afrojack Feels "Ten Feet Tall" Thanks to Debut Album, Sting Duet 

ABC/Fred LeeHe was featured on Pitbull and Ne-Yo's #1 smash "Give Me Everything," he co-wrote Beyonce's "Run the World" and he's collaborated with everyone from David Guetta and will.i.am to Nick Cannon and Chris Brown.  Now Afrojack, one of the top deejays and producers in the world, is finally out with his debut album, Forget the World and a hit single, "Ten Feet Tall."  The Dutch deejay tells ABC News Radio, "It's an amazing feeling."

"It's sort of a statement for me, and all my fans that I've seen all over the road over the last couple of years," Afrojack told ABC News Radio about Forget the World. "I've been touring for the past five years around the world, doing like five, six thousand people shows, sometimes ten, twenty.  And, for me, now to show the world basically what we do on one album, it's an amazing feeling." 

Forget the World features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and even music legend Sting, who joined Afrojack Friday on ABC's Good Morning America as he became the first-ever EDM artist to perform on the show's Summer Concert Series.  So how did Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, get Sting to sing on his album?  Even he couldn't believe the rock icon agreed to do it.

"The song was so amazing and different, that we said, like, 'Who could sing this?'" says Afrojack of the song, called "Catch Tomorrow."   "And then someone said, 'Sting.'  And I said, 'Yeah, sure, let me call him right now!  Also I just spoke to Obama on the phone and Oprah, and they also want to do a verse.' Like, it's Sting! You don't call Sting!" 

Luckily, Afrojack's friend Martin, a big-time music executive, knew Sting and played the track for him.  The former Police singer liked what he heard, and agreed to the collaboration.

"Sting always wants to do something new.  That's why I like working with him, because he likes new stuff.  Martin showed him some of my videos and some of my live stuff and the message behind my music and he loved it," Afrojack tells ABC News Radio.

Afrojack and Sting drew a crowd of 3,000 on Friday, turning New York City's Central Park into a huge party.  But the deejay says whether he's doing that, or a festival, or spinning at a mega-club in Vegas or Ibiza, the connection with his fans is the most important thing.

"I recently played for seventy thousand people.  I played Ibiza last year in a couple of clubs for two thousand people, but I also like doing a thing like Good Morning America, or something -- you're with two, three thousand people, and you get to talk in between, and you get to actually talk to your fans, so I also love that," he says. "So for me, it doesn't really matter, as long as we have a place where we can get together."

Afrojack also likes the fact that he can now include his own music, from his own album in his deejay sets.  In fact, his current hit "Ten Feet Tall" is becoming quite the floor filler. 

Asked to name the one song that's guaranteed to get a party going, Afrojack tells ABC News Radio, "Up 'til a couple of weeks ago, it was always "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris, and now, I'm really happy to say, it's always 'Ten Feet Tall!'  Like, if I'm playing...and the party's going and I'll take it to the next level, [I put on] 'Ten Feet Tall,'  and they'll be like, 'Yaaaaay!!!'  So it's amazing." 


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Monday
Jun302014

Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Being a Gay Heavy Metal Singer Is "a Very Deep and Interesting Story"

David Livingston/Getty ImagesIt's no secret that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is gay -- he came out publicly in 1998 -- but the nuances of what it's like to be a gay heavy metal singer with millions of macho, heterosexual male fans is something he's never spoken about.  This could change if Halford decides to write an autobiography, something he says is not out of the question.

Halford tells ABC News Radio, "That's...a personal journey and I think that I'd probably have less of a problem with that [than with a band tell-all] because it would be coming from my mouth."  The singer says he'd keep it personal.  "I wouldn't say anything about Richie [Faulkner], I wouldn't say anything about Glenn [Tipton]," he maintains.  "I wouldn't bring anybody else into that part of my life because...it's not cool."

Halford is aware that his story is "of its own life compared to what I am, I'm a singer in a heavy metal band.  Oh, by the way, he's also gay.  That's...simplistic, but I know it's a very deep story, it's a very interesting story."

It's not just Halford being gay that's interesting, of course.  Judas Priest has had a 40-year career  involving numerous lineup changes, trips to rehab and other highs and lows, but the frontman says that even though he's been asked "time and time and time again, 'Can we have a book from Judas Priest?'...I don't think we'll ever do it."

He tells ABC News Radio, "We've always pushed back.  We know what people want -- an exposure of the band," adding that that's not going to happen.  "If you want to know about Judas Priest, put on that record from 1974 and listen to everything to 2014 -- there's the life of Judas Priest," he says.  "We don't feel as though we need to say anything more beyond the music." 

Speaking of music, Judas Priest's first studio album in six years, Redeemer of Souls, arrives next week, on July 8.  There are various pre-order options available, and if you head over to PledgeMusic.com, you can find t-shirt and music combos, as well as special band-signed artwork proofs from the album.


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Monday
Jun302014

The Zombies Planning to Invade the US Again in August

Lavid Photos/TCI ArtistsLate summer is the time of the season that The Zombies will return to the U.S. for a new tour leg.  The trek, which will visit cities on the East and West Coasts, is scheduled to kick off on August 6 in Fall River, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through an August 24 show in San Francisco.

Among the dates are three free performances that will take place August 13 in Massapequa, New York; August 21 in Santa Monica, California; and the aforementioned San Francisco concert, which will be part of the Stern Grove Festival.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone, who celebrated his 69th birthday on Tuesday, recently posted a lengthy message on his official Facebook page in which he talked about his and his band's busy year and their upcoming plans.  The singer noted that 2014 already has seen The Zombies mount tours of the U.K. and the U.S., while Blunstone also played series of solo shows in both countries in support of his new album On the Air Tonight.  He also reported that he and the band are beginning to focus on working on new music.

"Now we have new songs to write and learn for the next Zombies album and I've started collecting tunes for the next solo album too," he wrote.  "No peace for the wicked!!"

Here is the full list of The Zombies' upcoming U.S. tour dates:

8/6 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
8/7 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
8/8 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club
8/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/10 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre
8/13 -- Massapequa, NY, John Burns Park
8/14 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/15 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley
8/16 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach PAC
8/17 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
8/20 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
8/21 -- Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica Pier
8/23 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
8/24 -- San Francisco, CA, Stern Grove Festival


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Monday
Jun302014

Elle Varner's Next Album Sounds "Incredible," Says Bridget Kelly 

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If you've been following Elle Varner on Instagram then you'd know that she's cooking up something special for the follow-up to her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect.  Elle's good friend Bridget Kelly says that the singer's upcoming sophomore album, Four Letter Word, sounds amazing.

"Oh, her album is incredible, oh my God! It's incredible. I was so happy that she released 'F It All,' I love that record so much. I think that she has come out of her shell so much as a woman," Bridget tells ABC News Radio. "To see her going through the same type of things I'm going through, and being able to go in and be unbridled in the studio is incredible. So, I think the world is going to be so excited and so in love with this new project.

Bridget says that we will hear Elle like we never heard her before. "It's a little racier. She's a little more raunchy in this project, so I'm excited for the world to see it," she says.

Kelly has also considered working with Elle, although if any duet of theirs would wind up being released.

"We've discussed it. I think it's hard because there so many politics in the game. So, I think if we do a record, it's going to be off the record, so to speak. Labels don't want artists to be friends necessarily.  They don't want artists to do songs together, you know what I mean?" she says. "I don't want to say it's not something that they [don't] support, but in terms of female artists, it's kind of like, unless its like this smash pop record, they shy away from it. So I think Elle Varner and I are going to work on some stuff independently." 

Fans can expect Four Letter Word, which is being executive produced by Pop & Oak, to arrive later this year.


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Monday
Jun302014

Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Dierks Bentley hit is titled after the Los Angeles police code for involuntary psychiatric hold? ANSWER: "5-1-5-0."


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Monday
Jun302014

Billy Currington Is Country Music's Shoeless Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleYou won't see Billy Currington joining the growing list of country stars with their own shoe lines. In fact, you'll rarely see Billy wear any shoes at all. He's been going barefoot since his childhood just outside Savannah, Georgia. Unless it actually wintertime, Billy won't put shoes on for anyone.

Billy says with a laugh, "I’ve definitely been some places in the past few years barefoot, where they’re like, 'Hey man, you got some shoes or you’re not coming in.' So, I just don’t go in."

He even goes shoeless when he's exercising.

"I’ve been running barefoot for so long, not all the time, but probably half the time, you know, eight, 10 miles," Billy explains, "and so my feet, they’re used to it."

Billy is performing barefoot all over the country this summer. His tour dates are posted at BillyCurrington.com.


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Monday
Jun302014

Beyonce Tops "Forbes'" Celebrity 100 List; Rihanna, Pharrell, Kanye Also Included

Columbia RecordsWho runs the world? Beyonce, of course.  Queen Bey tops Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities, based on both money and fame.  The "fame" part is measured by how many times the star was mentioned in the media in general, and how present and powerful they are on social media specifically.

Beyonce is #1 on the list not just because she earned $115 million over the past year, but because she's among the most talked-about stars in the business.  For example, the star who's #3 on the list, rapper and producer Dr. Dre, earned a ridiculous $620 million in the past year because Apple purchased his company, Beats by Dr. Dre.  Yet Beyonce outranked him, so obviously, cash alone isn't enough to top the power list.

In addition to Beyonce and Dre, thirteen of the top 25 stars on this year's list are musicians, including Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, as well as Rihanna and Katy Perry, both of whom are in the top 10.  Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen also appear on the list.

Musicians making the list for the first time include Bruno, One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Avicii.  Musicians who fell off the list this year include Madonna, country star Carrie Underwood and British rockers gColdplay.

Here are Forbes' top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities.  To see the full rankings, go to Forbes.com.

1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million


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Monday
Jun302014

Beyonce Tops "Forbes'" Celebrity 100 List; Bruno, Katy & Taylor Also Included

Columbia RecordsWho runs the world? Beyonce, of course.  Queen Bey tops Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities, based on both money and fame.  The "fame" part is measured by how many times the star was mentioned in the media in general, and how present and powerful they are on social media specifically.

Beyonce is #1 on the list not just because she earned $115 million over the past year, but because she's among the most talked-about stars in the business.  For example, the star who's #3 on the list, rapper and producer Dr. Dre, earned a ridiculous $620 million in the past year because Apple purchased his company, Beats by Dr. Dre.  Yet Beyonce outranked him, so obviously, cash alone isn't enough to top the power list.

In addition to Beyonce and Dre, thirteen of the top 25 stars on this year's list are musicians, including Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, as well as Rihanna and Katy Perry, both of whom are in the top 10.  Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen also appear on the list.

Musicians making the list for the first time include Bruno, One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Avicii.  Musicians who fell off the list this year include Madonna, Carrie Underwood and Coldplay.

Here are Forbes' top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities.  To see the full rankings, go to Forbes.com.

1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million


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Monday
Jun302014

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Bass Player Billy Talbot Suffers Mild Stroke

Billy Talbot, far right/Image credit: Julie GardnerBilly Talbot, bass player for Neil Young & Crazy Horse, has suffered a mild stroke and will sit out the band's upcoming European tour.

Talbot will be replaced on the European tour dates by Rick Rosas, who has played with Young on and off throughout the years, including in both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Talbot, who's 70, is expected to make a full recovery.

The Neil Young & Crazy Horse European tour dates get underway July 7 in Iceland, and run through August 8, wrapping up in France.


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Monday
Jun302014

Rick Ross Arrested After NC Concert Appearance

Jonathan Mannion/Maybach Music/Def JamRick Ross was arrested Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, following an appearance at a local concert, on a warrant related to a marijuana charge.

According to Greensboro's News & Record, he's been released on one thousand dollars bond.

The warrant was issued after Ross, whose birth name is William Leonard Roberts II, failed to make a court appearance in connection with a 2013 arrest.

 
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Monday
Jun302014

Zendaya Drops Out of Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic, Film Now "On Hold"

ABC/Richard HarbaughLifetime has shelved its Aaliyah biopic for now, after losing its star.

In a tweet on Sunday, the cable network announced, "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold."

On her official Twitter account, the Disney Channel star shed light on the matter by quoting a source who told E! News, "Aaliyah has always been a source of inspiration to Zendaya. She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right."

E! News' report on Zendaya's decision notes there had been "production issues," partly related to access to Aaliyah's music.

It was announced earlier this month that she would portray the late singer in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, which is based on the Christopher Farley book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. It had been scheduled to shoot this summer and premiere in the fall.

After the biopic was announced, Aaliyah's family stated that they were not involved in the film.


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Monday
Jun302014

Miley Has a New Dog In Her Life

ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus, who lost her beloved dog Floyd earlier this year, has welcomed a new pooch into her life.

She revealed her puppy, named Emu Coyne Cyrus, on Instagram Saturday. The name appears to be a nod to Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, whose band recorded Beatles covers with her a couple of months ago.

In a lengthy message, Miley said Emu Coyne Cyrus was added to her family a few days earlier. She wrote, "It's taken some time to be ready for this next step and loving again. There will never be anyone like Floyd. There was a bond that was so deep it's irreplaceable but that's not what I am trying to do. Never will I replace Floyd and that's something I had to take time to understand."

When Miley announced Floyd's death, on April 1, she tweeted, "I am broken." Her mom later gave her a puppy named Moonie, but she gave it up, stating, "It's just too soon for me right now."


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Monday
Jun302014

Arctic Monkeys Are Surprised by the Success of "AM"

Image Courtesy Domino RecordsArctic Monkeys' latest album is AM -- and unless you've been living in a cave, you've heard and probably sung along to at least a couple of its six-count-'em-six singles. Before AM, the Monkeys weren't very big in the States, and no one was more surprised than frontman Alex Turner when they blew up this time around. Turner tells Billboard, "You can never tell how [an album is] going to be received."

Turner also says that although the band has "been knocking on [America's] door a while...it’s been gradually building because you didn’t have the explosion of [our] first record [in 2006] the way we did back in England." He also points out that the members were their own worst enemies when they were younger. "We said no to a lot of [promotional opportunities], trying to protect this thing that we created. We didn’t burn bridges necessarily, but we certainly didn’t do ourselves any favors during our cantankerous younger days."

Turner notes that with age comes wisdom and comfort, and that a big lesson for him and his band mates has been learning to not take themselves all that seriously.

Arctic Monkeys will take some time off before starting work on a follow-up to AM. Turner jokes that it'd "be a good time to get out of the...magazines. We've been pretty omnipresent for a year, so it'd be good to leave it for a minute."

You can check out the rest of Turner's interview at Billboard.com.







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