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Jul222013

Kellie Pickler Reveals Her Video Inspiration for "Someone Somewhere Tonight"

Facebook.com/KelliePicklerKellie Pickler brought the video of her wedding to songwriter Kyle Jacobs into the studio while recording her latest single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight." The session took place while Kellie was busy competing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars earlier this year.

She tells Rolling Stone, "We didn't see each other a lot when I was on the show, so I got even more emotional singing, because I missed him."

Of course, Kellie went on to win Dancing with the Stars, and that victory has heightened anticipation for her upcoming studio album. Instead of chasing current musical trends, Kellie plans to continue making music that honestly reflects her life. That's what she did with her last album, 100 Proof, which was a critical, but not a commercial, success.

"It's my favorite album I've ever done because I went into the studio and said what I wanted to say and made a more traditional record," Kellie says of 100 Proof. "Had I gone in and made the same old sh*t, then Rolling Stone and different music critics wouldn't have picked it as one of the best albums of 2012. That showed me that I made the right call. It was tough, but I'm glad I stood up for myself."

Kellie is still finalizing the track listing for her next album. The steamy video for "Someone Somewhere Tonight," featuring her Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough, was released a few weeks ago.

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Monday
Jul222013

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon & More Call for Release of Jailed Russian Female Punk Rockers

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.What do Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Don Henley, Graham Nash and Sting, all have in common?  Aside from being multiplatinum-selling international stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, they -- along with dozens of other music artists -- have joined together in a new campaign to call for the release of two jailed female punk-rock musicians from Russia.

The Russian musicians, Masha and Nadia, are members of the activist rock collective Pussy Riot, and were imprisoned last year following their arrest on charges of "hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred" after they filmed themselves lip-synching a protest song about Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.  Ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week, the rock and pop stars are calling for Masha and Nadia's release in the form of a letter addressed to the duo.

"The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide," reads the message.  "While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.  The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy."

Amnesty International has declared the women "prisoners of conscience."  A spokeswoman for the organization says, "The Pussy Riot case has shocked musicians all over the world...several musicians have told me that if you can't sing a protest song without fear of arrest then something is badly wrong."

Other stars who have added their names to the initiative include Bryan Adams, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Bonnie Raitt and members of The Clash, R.E.M. and U2.

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Monday
Jul222013

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon & More Call for Release of Jailed Russian Female Punk Rockers

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.What do Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Don Henley, Graham Nash and Sting, all have in common?  Aside from being multiplatinum-selling international stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, they -- along with dozens of other music artists -- have joined together in a new campaign to call for the release of two jailed female punk-rock musicians from Russia.

The Russian musicians, Masha and Nadia, are members of the activist rock collective Pussy Riot, and were imprisoned last year following their arrest on charges of "hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred" after they filmed themselves lip-synching a protest song about Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.  Ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week, the rock and pop stars are calling for Masha and Nadia's release in the form of a letter addressed to the duo.

"The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide," reads the message.  "While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.  The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy."

Amnesty International has declared the women "prisoners of conscience."  A spokeswoman for the organization says, "The Pussy Riot case has shocked musicians all over the world...several musicians have told me that if you can't sing a protest song without fear of arrest then something is badly wrong."

Other stars who have added their names to the initiative include Bryan Adams, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Joan Baez, Jeff Beck, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Bonnie Raitt and U2.

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Monday
Jul222013

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, U2 & More Call for Release of Jailed Russian Female Punk Rockers

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.What do Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, U2, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Don Henley, Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Billy Joel, Graham Nash and Sting, all have in common?  Aside from being multiplatinum-selling international stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, they -- along with dozens of other music artists -- have joined together in a new campaign to call for the release of two jailed female punk-rock musicians from Russia.

The Russian musicians, Masha and Nadia, are members of the activist rock collective Pussy Riot, and were imprisoned last year following their arrest on charges of "hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred" after they filmed themselves lip-synching a protest song about Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.  Ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week, the rock and pop stars are calling for Masha and Nadia's release in the form of a letter addressed to the duo.

"The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide," reads the message.  "While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.  The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy."

Amnesty International has declared the women "prisoners of conscience."  A spokeswoman for the organization says, "The Pussy Riot case has shocked musicians all over the world...several musicians have told me that if you can't sing a protest song without fear of arrest then something is badly wrong."

Other stars who have added their names to the initiative include Bryan Adams, Jeff Beck, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Patti Smith and members of The Clash and R.E.M.

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Monday
Jul222013

Mariah Carey, Adam Levine to Lend Voices to Fox Animated Series

Courtesy FOXMariah Carey may not be a judge on American Idol anymore, but she still has a good relationship with Fox, apparently: she'll be lending her voice to an upcoming episode of the network's animated series American Dad.

According to Zap2It.com, Mariah is just one of many guest voices this season, along with Zooey Deschanel, Stanley Tucci and Olivia Wilde.  The show's new season debuts this September.  It's not clear if Mariah will play herself or a different character.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, who's generally seen on NBC's The Voice, will also journey to Fox for a guest shot on the new season of Family Guy, according to Entertainment Weekly.  

The magazine's website has posted a five-minute preview of the animated series' new season, and in one brief segment, Stewie threatens Brian the dog with his "Adam Levine dog whistle."  Next, we see a cartoon representation of Adam, saying, "Hey, my voice isn't that high!" to which Stewie replies, "It is.  It is, though."  It's not known if that's Adam's only appearance on the show.

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Monday
Jul222013

Kelly Rowland Premieres "Dirty Laundry" Video

KellyRowland.comOn Monday, Kelly Rowland announced that she has completed the video for her much-discussed single, "Dirty Laundry."

"Thank you so much for your patience!" she wrote and posted the link to her YouTube account.

In the clip, the former Destiny's Child member lets down her guard in the clip as she reflects on a past abusive relationship, her difficulty coming to grips with Beyonce's success and coping with industry pressures.

The video begins with Kelly laying in the fetal position, dressed in a black bathing suit, completely surrounded by black water. Suddenly, we see the singer sitting in a chair, alone in a large, empty room with a spotlight directly behind her. Her solitude seemingly matches the lyrics, "Forget the records, off the record, I was going through some bullsh**/ Post-survivor, she on fire, who wanna hear my bullsh**?"

When Kelly sings, "Meanwhile this n***a is puttin' his hands on me," there's a silhouette of a woman being physically beaten by a man.

With black shades on, Kelly flashes back to having dinner with her abusive ex-boyfriend. Fans will witness Kelly's tears and raw emotion as she sings about Bey, "Kinda lucky I was in her shadow/ Phone call from my sister, 'Whats the matter?'/ She said 'Oh No, baby you gotta leave/I’m on the kitchen floor, he took the keys."

Dressed in a long white gown, she falls underwater as the song continues, "I was battered/He hittin' the window like it was me, until it shattered."  Just before the visual ends, Kelly slowly resurfaces.

The-Dream-penned song is lifted from Kelly's latest album, Talk a Good Game.

In related news, the 32-year-old recently took part in a promotion for the new Jaguar F-Type series sports car as part of the automobile company's "my turn to drive" program.  After her ride, Rowland tweeted, "The new F-Type is so sexy! What's a girl to do with a sexy car like this one? I had so much fun!"

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Monday
Jul222013

Chris Brown Releases Official Version of "Love More" with Nicki Minaj

Facebook.com/ChrisBrownAfter debuting the song during the BET Awards last month, Chris Brown has announced the release of his third single, "Love More," featuring Nicki Minaj. The explicit version of the uptempo record was posted via his official Sound Cloud page on Monday.

"Till we get it right, we gon' f**k some more," Brown sings on the raunchy hook.

The dance track is the newest offering lifted from Breezy's highly-anticipated album, X, which will also include his previous singles "Fine China" and "Don't Think They Know," with the late Aaliyah.

Brown has confirmed via Twitter that the project will also include contributions from his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B and Wiz Khalifa as well as production from Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Pharrell, and more.

Last week, the singer posted several song previews on his YouTube account, which declares "X Album comes on 26 August" in the video description.

In other Chris Brown news, the singer spent the weekend personally donating Reebok sneakers to youth at Roy Campanella Park in Compton during the "WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity’s Shoes" event in L.A. He later tweeted his gratitude to everyone who helped support his unity campaign.

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Monday
Jul222013

Toby Keith Was Reluctant to Appear on "Forbes" Magazine Cover

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith only agreed to appear on the cover of Forbes magazine as "Country's $500 Million Man" and talk about his finances because his publicist convinced him to do it. In an interview with The Oklahoman, Toby admitted he's totally uncomfortable talking about his income, which totaled about $65 million last year alone. In fact, he hasn't even read the Forbes article yet.

"I’m just a boy from Oklahoma that still drives a pickup truck,” Toby says. “I got some hot rod cars in my barn and in garage ’cause I can -- cars I grew up loving -- but I’m a pickup guy."

A big chunk of Toby's fortune comes from his live shows. He'll rake in some more cash for his show in Minot, ND Friday night.

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Monday
Jul222013

Paramore Announces Additional North American Dates for Self-Titled Tour

Fueled By RamenParamore has added another round of tour dates to their calendar in support of their recently-released self-titled album. The North American trek will kick off on October 15 at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA, and will make stops in San Diego, Houston, Orlando, New York and Chicago. Metric and Hellogoodbye will support the group on select dates.

A number of pre-sale tickets for the dates are now available for official members of Paramore.net. In addition, other pre-sale ticket opportunities will be available for Citi cardmembers starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local venue time at CitiPrivatePass.com, and through Live Nation’s mobile app on Thursday.  Remaining tickets will be available to the public on Friday at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.

In other Paramore news, the band will take the stage to perform their hit “Still Into You” at this year's Teen Choice Awards, which air August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET.  In addition to performing, Paramore will be facing off against Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers for Choice Rock Group at the event.

Here are the tour dates:

10/15 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
10/16 -- Vancouver, BC, PNE Forum
10/18 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
10/19 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
10/22 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
10/23 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/26 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/27 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/29 -- Independence, MO, Independence Events Center
10/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theater
11/1 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
11/4 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
11/5 -- Orlando, FL, UCF Arena
11/8 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
11/9 -- Fairfax, VA, Patriot Center
11/11 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/15 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
11/17 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
11/18 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
11/20 -- Toronto, ON, Theatre at Air Canada Centre
11/21 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
11/24 -- Chicago, IL, UIC Pavilion
11/26 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
11/27 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center

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Monday
Jul222013

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Welcomes Daughter, Eisele Kaye Tyrell

Photo Credit: Joseph LlanesCongratulations to Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrell on the arrival of their first child, a daughter named Eisele Kaye Tyrell.  She was born Monday, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The name, pronounced Eyes-lee, is a combination of Chris's mother's maiden name and Hillary's mom Linda Davis's middle name, Kaye.

Hillary posted a photo of the baby's footprints on Twitter with the message, "She's here, and we are in HEAVEN!!! Eisele Kaye, our beautiful angel, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!"

Hillary has read a lot of books and sought advice from other mothers preparing for Eisele's arrival and beyond.

She says, "It starts from the very beginning preparing them to become the person, the adult, that they become. It all starts so early and so, every day it matters, and it’s important."

Hillary and her baby are set up with plenty of baby toys, clothes and other items thanks to Lady A's gracious fans.

"They’ve been so kind, honestly, just giving gifts whether they’re little cute stuffed animals for our daughter, or onesies, little socks or little keepsakes," Hillary says. "It’s been really, really sweet."

Chris and Hillary were married in January 2012 in Upstate New York.

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Monday
Jul222013

Elton John to Receive First-Ever "Brits Icon" Award

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John is the very definition of a British icon, so it's no surprise that he'll be the first-ever artist to receive an award with that name this September.

This fall Elton will be honored with the inaugural Brits Icon award, by the folks who bring you the Brit Awards, the U.K. version of the Grammys.  The award has been created to recognize artists whose writing, recording and performances have made "a lasting impact" on British culture.

The award will be given out, not at the actual Brit Awards, but at a stand-alone event on September 2 in London that will be filmed for broadcast on British TV.  During the evening, Elton will perform hits and new material live, and also sit for a candid interview.  Guest appearances from other artists will round out the event.

In a statement, Sir Elton said that he's "really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion," adding that the award is "a tremendous honor and a real thrill."

Part of the proceeds from tickets sales to the event will go to the Royal Academy of Music, where Elton trained as a young man.

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Monday
Jul222013

Makeup-Free Lady Gaga Says New Music Is Full of "Raw Passion"

 LittleMonsters.comLady Gaga's much-anticipated new single from her forthcoming album ARTPOP is due August 19, but in a new posting on her social networking site LittleMonsters.com, the star admits she's having a hard time handing over the tune so the world can hear it.

On the site, Gaga posted a photo of herself with no makeup, dressed down in a simple white t-shirt and brunette locks.  She writes, "ARTPOP as they pry the single from my bleeding fingers. its a scary thing to revisit those things underneath, the pain in your past. but all I found was raw passion. I thought I was destroyed inside. im just ready to fight. start the music."

The picture is definitely less provocative that one that surfaced over the weekend, showing a blonde, wild-haired Mother Monster stark naked, with her naughty bits covered by her hands.  That photo was posted on the Tumblr account of the design team Inez & Vinoodh, who wrote, "Get ready world for our pics of @ladygaga for @vmagazine !kisses iv #artpop." 

Inez & Vinoodh, you may recall, also collaborated with Gaga on the series of short "fashion films" she made for her song "You and I."

Also over the weekend, a bit of video leaked showing a brunette Gaga licking what looks like a mannequin's fingers.

Monday
Jul222013

Lars Ulrich Says There’s “Plenty of Metallica” in Upcoming 3D Film, "Through the Never"

Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageDuring San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Metallica revealed a new trailer for their upcoming 3D film, Through the Never, which features clips of live performances from the band and a separate storyline that revolves around In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan. Drummer Lars Ulrich says that while the flick isn't a traditional concert film, it will feature more than its fair share of concert footage sure to please die-hard fans.

"It's two parallel universes that sort of cross paths all the time," Ulrich said in a panel discussion with fans at Comic-Con.  "There's plenty of Metallica in there, you're not gonna walk away going, 'I wish there was more Metallica in there' and I think there'll be more people going, 'Put more Dane up there, get these guys off the screen.'"

Ulrich feels that Through the Never adds a new spin on the great tradition of music films like 1970's Woodstock, 1975's Tommy and 1982's Pink Floyd The Wall.  "We've put a lot of hard work and sweat into trying to make a movie that's really different from another other, sort of, music-based films," he explains. "They all stand on their own pedestals.  If our somehow can add an additional element to that great set of music films would be an honor, but the main thing is that it's really unique."

Through the Never will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.  After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional cinemas starting October 4.

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Monday
Jul222013

One Direction Dons Drag, Fat Suits, American Accents for Hilarious "Best Song Ever" Video

Columbia RecordsIf One Direction ever decides to give up music, they have a bright future in comedy, as their hilarious new video for "Best Song Ever" shows.

The plot of the clip has the group sitting in an office, getting increasingly fed up with the ideas pitched at them for selling and marketing their upcoming film, One Direction: This Is Us.  The funny part is that all five members not only play themselves, but also the people who are pitching them the bad ideas.  For example, Louis Tomlinson is Jonny, a balding, overweight studio executive who looks just like Tom Cruise's character Les Grossman in the movie Tropic Thunder.  Niall Horan is Harvey, an old, bearded, overweight studio executive with a strong New York accent. 

Meanwhile, Zayn Malik, dressed in drag, is the executive's sexy assistant, Veronica, and he's pretty good looking as a woman, believe it or not.  Harry Styles is Marcel, the nerdy marketing guy who tries to convince the guys to wear matching outfits and do choreographed dance numbers.  Liam Payne is Leeroy, the flamboyant choreographer who attempts to teach the guys some dance moves.

At the end of the clip, the 1D guys rebel, trashing the studio offices and singing "Best Song Ever."  The clip ends with them spray painting "This Is Us" across a photo of themselves dressed as they normally look.  Then, the credits roll, and you get to see who's playing which character, in case you couldn't tell.

"Best Song Ever" is out now.  The movie is in theaters August 30.

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Monday
Jul222013

Kanye West Debuts "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD" Video

PRNewsFoto/Victoria's SecretFollowing the unexpected leak of the song, Kanye West has released the finalized visual to his new song, "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD," which appears on his latest album, Yeezus.

Unlike his previous videos, this one is an interactive clip that allows the viewer to speed up and slow down the pace, adjust the sound and take a screenshot. After you hit the play button, you can see a computer-animated Kanye, donning leather pants and gold chain, running across the screen.

Directed by Nick Knight, the black-and-white clip also serves as the first official music video for the project -- Kanye intentionally avoided any promotion leading up to the disc's June 16 release. 

Earlier this month, an unfinished version surfaced online.  Upon learning about it, Kanye tweeted, "Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it’s heartbreaking when something like this happens."

According to a press release, the visual offering was a collaborative effort between Knight and Donda, the creative house funded by Kanye in homage to his late mother.

In related news, West tweeted a bold statement Saturday about the lyrics in his new song "New Slaves." He wrote, "I open the debate… The 2nd verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse of all time….meaning … OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD." His statement led to over 45,000 re-tweets over the weekend as fans debated the statement.

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Monday
Jul222013

Lauryn Hill Opens Up About Prison Life in New Letter

Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty ImagesJust a few weeks after heading to prison on tax evasion charges, Lauryn Hill has posted an open letter on her Tumblr page to express her gratitude for all the support she's received, as well as her optimism.

The singer, who is currently serving a three-month sentence, wrote, "I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials."

"Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here," she reflects from inside the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

Lauryn says she's grateful for the "general warm reception from a community of people, who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them."

She goes on, "Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day.  Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated."

At the end of her post, Lauryn lists the names of people who have encouraged her through her difficult time.

July 8 marked the beginning of Lauryn's sentence after she pleaded guilty to not paying nearly two million in taxes between 2005 and 2007.

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Monday
Jul222013

Elton John to Receive First-Ever "Brits Icon" Award

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John is the very definition of a British icon, so it's no surprise that he'll be the first-ever artist to receive an award with that name this September.

The pop-rock legend will be honored with the inaugural Brits Icon award, by the folks who bring you the Brit Awards, the U.K. version of the Grammys.  The award has been created to recognize artists whose writing, recording and performances have made "a lasting impact" on British culture.

The honor will be given out not at the actual Brit Awards, but at a stand-alone event on September 2 in London that will be filmed for broadcast on British TV.  During the evening, Elton will perform hits and new material live, and also sit for a candid interview.  Guest appearances from other artists will round out the event.

In a statement, John says he's "really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion," adding that the award is "a tremendous honor and a real thrill."

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales to the event will go to the Royal Academy of Music, where Elton trained as a young man.

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Monday
Jul222013

Morrissey Cancels Remaining South American Dates Due to “Lack of Funding”

Facebook.com/MorrisseyMorrissey has suffered another setback: the ex-Smiths frontman has just announced that he’s cancelled the remainder of his South American tour dates. In an open letter to the True to You fan webzine, the singer reveals that the tour has officially been axed due to “lack of funding.”

“The projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized -- due, I’m reliably advised, to lack of funding,” he writes. “It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G. Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing.”

Morrissey has canceled quite a few dates over the last year due to his ongoing health problems. Back in March, he postponed 22 dates of his North American tour because he suffered from a series of what he termed “medical mishaps,” including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus -- that's a complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, which causes heartburn.  

In other Morrissey news, the singer’s concert movie, Morrissey 25: Live, is expected to arrive in theaters on August 29. The film documents his March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California.

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Monday
Jul222013

Jake Owen Nearly Lost His Fingers in Go-Kart Crash Earlier This Month

Twitter.com/JakeOwenJake Owen is lucky to have his fingers after his July 7 go-kart accident in North Carolina. Jake was doing about 40 miles per hour when he flipped the go-kart on his head and then landed again, nearly severing his digits. The doctors at the ER sewed his fingers back on, but he had to undergo surgery to reconstruct the shattered finger bones once he got back to Nashville.

Jake tells CMT.com, "The doctor said it was like taking a cinder block and dropping it on your hand. Like it spider-webbed the bones inside my fingers. So he had to suture the bones back up to even make it a bone and then put a screw in there to keep it together."

Doctors won't know for another eight weeks if Jake will ever be able to bend his fingers the same way. The injury has left Jake unable to drive his boat or play guitar, but he mostly misses holding his young daughter, Pearl.

Though the injury is very painful, Jake didn't miss any of his concerts. The first show he played after the accident was at Boston's Fenway Park with Jason Aldean. The courage of that town's citizens following the Boston Marathon bombings inspired him to go on despite the pain.

"I thought that if those people are Boston strong, then I'm gonna be Boston strong," Jake says.

Jake continues on with his tour schedule this Thursday in Kearney, NE.

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Monday
Jul222013

Taylor Swift Brings Big Smiles to Children's Hospital Philadelphia Patients

Instagram.com/RyanSeacrestA few of Taylor Swift's biggest fans in Philadelphia couldn't come to her big show at Lincoln Financial Field over the weekend, so she went to visit them instead. Ryan Seacrest posted a few Instagram photos of Taylor visiting patients at Seacrest Studios at Children's Hospital Philadelphia Saturday. His caption reads, "Never were smiles bigger. Thank u T."

Taylor continues her RED tour with two shows at Gillette Stadium near Boston this Friday and Saturday.

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