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Jul052013

Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons Have Top-Selling Album & Song of 2013 So Far

Glassnote RecordsSince we've now reached the halfway point of 2013, Billboard has decided to take stock of which artists are leading the sales charge for the year.   So far, Mumford & Sons and Imagine Dragons are out in front.

Mumford & Sons’ Grammy-winning sophomore effort, Babel, is the year's best-selling album so far, having moved 884,000 copies.  The runner-up is Imagine Dragons’ debut album, Night Visions, which has racked up 692,000 copies. The Lumineers' self-titled debut takes the #3 slot with 649,000 copies sold, while fun.’s Some Nights is at #4, selling 506,000 copies.

Imagine Dragons may not have the top-selling rock album of the year, but they do have the year's biggest digital song. The group’s smash hit “Radioactive” has sold 3.24 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As for Mumford & Sons, their single "I Will Wait" is at #4 on the list with 1.34 million copies sold.

The 10 top-selling rock songs of 2013 so far are:

1. Imagine Dragons -- "Radioactive," 3.24 million
2. The Lumineers -- "Ho Hey," 1.97 million
3. Fall Out Boy -- "My Songs Known What You Did In the Dark (Light 'Em Up)," 1.96 million
4. Mumford & Sons -- "I Will Wait," 1.34 million
5. fun. -- "Carry On," 1.33 million
6. Phillip Phillips -- "Home," 1.32 million
7. Of Monsters and Men -- "Little Talks," 1.22 million
8. Imagine Dragons -- "It's Time," 1.20 million
9. AWOLNATION -- "Sail," 1.18 million
10. fun. -- "Some Nights," 911,000

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Friday
Jul052013

Chris Brown Confirms Rihanna Feature on New Album

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Despite their turbulent relationship, Chris Brown has confirmed that his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, will be a guest collaborator for his upcoming album, X. The pair reportedly joined forces on a duet called "Put It Up."

The "Fine China" singer recently announced on Twitter that in addition to his former flame, the disc will also feature contributions from top-notch talent including Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Wiz Khalifa, and B.o.B.

“New album features @NICKIMINAJ, Kendrick, @rihanna, @KELLYROWLAND, @wizkhalifa, @bobatl and more surprises to come,” tweeted Breezy.

You might be wondering when Chris and Rihanna logged studio time together, especially since Brown has currently moved on and is now reportedly dating model, Karrueche Tran, who recently posted a picture alongside her "baby."

In late March, after recording with Ri Ri for the "Nobody's Business" track, Chris recalls "we did another song for my album," according to the Los Angeles Times. "I wanted to do an R&B record with Rihanna. I didn’t want to do the pop stuff, I wanted to do something that people aren’t used to hearing."

The news comes just after Chris released the visual for his Aaliyah-assisted single “Don’t Think They Know” and premiered his newest offering, "Love More" featuring Nicki Minaj, during the 2013 BET Awards.

The project marks Chris's sixth effort, following 2012's Fortune. Known for his pop records, the singer previously told Rolling Stone the project will be more soulful, including production credits from Timbaland, Diplo, Polow Da Don, Danja, Pharrell and Drumma Boy.

"I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach," Chris said.  "The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now."

During that interview, he also confirmed Kendrick Lamar will be featured on a record called "Autumn Leaves." Brown said of the rapper, "His subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s. There’s a substance to what he says."

X is slated for a July 16 release.  Fans can expect Breezy to perform on the Today show August 30.

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Friday
Jul052013

Craig Morgan to Perform at Toast to the Troops Event

Photo Credit: Brian BayleyCraig Morgan will perform a free concert Thursday, July 11 at the 19th Jack Daniel's/USO Toast to the Troops Care Package Stuffing Party in Jacksonville, FL. The event is set for that day at the Jacksonville Landing, where a team of military spouses, USO volunteers and Jack Daniel's employees will prepare care packages to send to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. A toast card with a personal message to the troops will be included with each package.

Craig served in the Army for 10 years and has since taken part in every Toast to the Troops event since 2005. He says, "Our nation’s service members and their families sacrifice so much for us on a daily basis and I hope everyone will come out and join us for what promises to be a great day to honor and support these heroes.”

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Friday
Jul052013

The Doors' Robby Krieger Confirms that He and John Densmore Plan to Reunite for Ray Manzarek Tribute Concert

Henry Diltz/Elektra RecordsDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has confirmed that he and drummer John Densmore, the band's other surviving member, are indeed planning a special tribute concert to honor late keyboardist Ray Manzarek.  Krieger tells Rolling Stone that he and Densmore are "going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off," while noting that event should happen before the end of the year.

The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says the concert may -- or may not -- lead to other reunion performances, declaring, "That's either the start or the end of it."

Robby suggests that the tribute shouldn't be scheduled until after Densmore finishes promoting his new memoir, The Doors: Unhinged, which focuses on the bitter legal battles the drummer fought against Krieger and Manzarek over the use of the band's name and the licensing of its music.

He admits he now regrets that he and Manzarek launched a $40 million countersuit against John after Densmore sued to stop them from using The Doors moniker as part of their touring group's name.  "That's what you do -- if someone sues you, you sue them twice as hard back and hope that they drop the suit," Krieger explains, adding, "It was a very stupid idea.  We had the worst lawyers."

Robby reports that his relationship with John is now getting back on track.  "He's the one that got me in the Doors…I can't hate him forever," says Krieger.  "I just wish he had wanted to play with Ray and I back before all this started."

With regard to the loss of Manzarek, who passed away in May at age 74 after battling bile-duct cancer, the guitarist says, "He had a good run.  For a rock & roller, that's a pretty good age."

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Friday
Jul052013

Justin Timberlake's New Video Not Banned from YouTube, Despite Reports

Facebook.com/JustinTimberlakeIf you haven’t yet seen Justin Timberlake’s explicit video for “Tunnel Vision,” don’t worry: you haven’t missed your chance.

There were reports Friday morning that the video, released earlier in the week, had been banned from YouTube because it features naked women. However, the clip is still available on JT’s Vevo channel on YouTube, though you've got to sign in to YouTube to view it, then view a content warning. 

When contacted by ABC News regarding the reports that the video had been banned, a YouTube spokesperson said, "While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions."

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Friday
Jul052013

Elton John Says Title Track of New Album Partly Inspired by Justin Bieber & Lindsay Lohan

Photo: Robert GuayIt might seem odd to imagine Elton John spending time contemplating the lives of such young celebrities as Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, but he reveals that those stars partly inspired the title track to his upcoming album, The Diving Board.  Appearing recently on BBC Radio 4, John explained that the tune focuses on the dangers of fame, specifically its effect on young people.

"For me, the song is about someone like Lindsay Lohan who had everything...and then it all went really tragically wrong because of drugs and the wrong people," he notes.  "It's about the pitfalls of being a young star, like a Justin Bieber.  It's hard when you're young to go through that incredible fame, when you're that young, when you haven't had a childhood, and then you wanna grow up."

"I wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber or any of those young artists," Elton continues.  "It's tough on them.  They get pushed into things, they have too much too soon...they didn't do the driving around in a transit van, earning your corn.  Bands who drive around and do two or three years' hard work, that's the way to do it."

John generally is a big supporter of young artists and new musical talent, but he says he isn't a big fan of those singers who become famous by appearing on TV competition shows like The Voice.  In fact, he's dismissed all the winners of the hit NBC reality show -- and its British counterpart -- as "nonentities."

"They propel people into stardom that aren't ready for it, and haven't got the talent for it, and can't sustain it, and they're only as good as the next song," he tells BBC Radio 4.  "Nobody on The Voice in America has had a hit record.  Nobody on The Voice in England's had a hit record.  They're nonentities.  And I hate people being cast aside. It breaks my heart...they aren't prepared for stardom."

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Friday
Jul052013

KISS Launches New North American Tour in Canada Tonight

Brian Lowe/KISS Catalog Ltd.KISS is ready to bring its Monster Tour back to North America for the summer.  The costumed rockers kick off the trek with a Canadian leg that starts tonight in Victoria, British Columbia, and runs through an August 3-4 engagement in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The U.S. portion of the tour includes a July 20 appearance at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, and a series of gigs the following month plotted out from an August 7 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire, until an August 18 show in Hollywood, Florida.

Expect the new shows to feature the same updated stage setup KISS introduced at its recently completed European trek.  The stage boasts a giant robotic spider that hoists the band members off the ground and shoots fire from its legs.

Here are all of the band's North American tour dates:

7/5 -- Victoria, Canada, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
7/6 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/8 -- Kelowna, Canada, Prospera Place
7/10 -- Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre
7/12 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
7/13 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
7/14 -- Saskatoon, Canada, Credit Union Centre
7/16 -- Regina, Canada, Evraz Place
7/17 -- Brandon, Canada, Keystone Centre
7/18 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
7/20 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest
7/23 -- Sudbury, Canada, Sudbury Arena
7/25 -- Ottawa, Canada, Scotiabank Place
7/26 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Amphitheatre
7/27 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
7/29 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
7/31 -- Saint John, Canada, Harbour Station
8/1 -- Halifax, Canada, Halifax Metro Centre
8/3 -- St. John's, Canada, Mile One Stadium
8/4 -- St. John's, Canada, Mile One Stadium
8/7 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
8/9 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
8/10 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/12 -- Portsmouth, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion
8/13 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheatre
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Arena
8/18 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Friday
Jul052013

Boyz II Men Announce Additional 2013 Dates at The Mirage

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Boyz II Men recently announced additional dates for their 2013 residency at the Mirage LV Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Due to popular demand the Grammy-award winning group has added four extra shows for later this summer.

The now trio -- consisting of Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman -- is scheduled to begin their showcase on August 9 and run all the way until the holidays, December 29.

"We're thrilled with this entire Las Vegas experience.  We are overjoyed with The Mirage, the fans and the opportunity to continue adding dates," said Nathan Morris in a statement.

Tickets priced at $39.99, $49.99 and $59.99, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and can be purchased via TicketMaster.com and any MGM Resorts International ticketing outlet. Head over to Mirage.com for a full list of dates.

Meanwhile, If you can’t make it to Vegas, the band is currently touring through major U.S. cities, with their next stop being in tonight, July 5 in Los Angeles.

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Friday
Jul052013

Kanye West's "Yeezus" Album Sales Fall Drastically

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Perhaps there's good reason why artists have stuck to the tried-and true formula of promoting their albums.

Kanye West, who intentionally avoided press for his latest album, has experienced a huge dip in sales for Yeezus.

Without any major televised appearances or performances -- only a single tweet -- to promote it, Kanye's newest project claimed the number one slot on the Billboard 200 chart.  The disc even sold 327,000 copies in its first week out, two weeks ago.

However, Billboard.com reports Kanye's unorthodox tactic has led to a new record the biggest second-week sales drop in Billboard history.  The offering only sold 65,000 copies, which allowed Wale's The Gifted to take over the coveted top spot last Wednesday.

That's a 80 percent decrease for arguably one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2013, next to Jay-Z's newly issued album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

For 2013, the average drop off rate for number-one selling albums has been around 69 percent.

The news comes after 'Ye opted not to release a radio single or video for the album prior to its release.

Elsewhere on the chart, Billboard reports that industry insiders anticipate that J. Cole's Born Sinner, which launched on the same date as Yeezus, is on pace to take the top spot next week.  The disc could potentially sell 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 7.

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Friday
Jul052013

Will Adam Levine's Girlfriend Dump Him for...Justin Bieber?

Facebook.com/Maroon5/Facebook.com/JustinBieberAfter rumors surfaced in May that they were dating, Adam Levine and model Nina Agdal were photographed on vacation together in Mexico last month, seemingly confirming their relationship.  The two were also seen together in Vegas recently. But based on a new interview with Nina, it appears as though Adam should be worried about a younger dude stealing his girl: Justin Bieber.

Speaking to Galore magazine, the 21-year-old Danish model goes on and on about how much she loves the 19-year-old pop superstar.  "Oh my God, the Biebs!" she gushes. "Justin is having a rough time.  I just want to be there for him and support him.  I think he’s so cute!  Imagine how much he has accomplished.  I just think he’s f***ing cool, man."

She adds, "I was at his concert front row and I was like, 'Look at me!' I don’t know if he saw me, but I really, really tried to get his attention."  When asked if she has posters of Justin all over her bedroom walls, she says, "I actually don’t! I have a lot of photos of him on my phone though."

Let's hope she also has photos of Adam, who's 34, on her phone as well -- and that she'll be front row at Maroon 5's concerts when they hit the road next month on the Honda Civic Tour.

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Friday
Jul052013

Watch Atoms for Peace Perform “Default” & "Dropped”

Facebook.com/AtomsForPeaceWhile Atoms for Peace won’t be touring North America until September, the group is offering us a preview of one of their recent live shows to tide us over. They've posted videos on their YouTube channel of live performances of “Default” and “Dropped,” recorded last month during the group’s surprise concert at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles, CA.

Atoms for Peace is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to begin the North American leg of their tour to promote their recently-released debut album, Amok, on September 24 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, they'll make appearances during both weekends of the Austin City Limits Festival, and during San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music festival, both of which take place in October.

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Friday
Jul052013

Taylor Swift Says Stadium Shows Are the Highlight of the RED Tour

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift is gearing up to play a run of stadium shows starting with Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday and continuing with MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and two-night stands at both Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field and Gillette Stadium outside Boston.  She's already headlined Cowboys Stadium in Dallas this year, and Taylor describes the experience of playing for that many people at once as "insane."

She tells MTV News, "As far as you look there are people.  It was just crazy.  We've been doing a lot of stadiums on this tour and every time we play a new stadium, I'm like, that's the highlight of the tour."

Taylor will play even more stadiums in Australia this fall once she wraps up the North American leg of the RED tour.

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Friday
Jul052013

Mick Jagger's Hair Sells for More Than $6K at London Auction

Atlantic RecordsA lock of Mick Jagger's hair has brought some big bucks at a memorabilia sale hosted by Bonhams auction house Wednesday in London.  The snippet sold for $6,040, nearly twice as much as expected.

Bonhams' website states that the clipping was put up for bid by Chrissie Shrimpton, the younger sister of former supermodel Jean Shrimpton, who dated the Rolling Stones singer in the mid '60s.  The Shrimptons' grandmother saved the hair after it was snipped by Chrissie when she and Mick "were staying at her parents' farm."  The hair apparently was given to Chrissie's aunt after her grandmother died and then came back into Chrissie's possession after the aunt's death.

The auction also featured a wide variety of other rock-related collectibles.  Among the items bringing in the most money were a Martin acoustic guitar owned and played by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, which sold for almost $40,000; a set of handwritten lyrics from David Bowie to the song "The Jean Genie" that was purchased for more than $28,000; and a Vox 12-string electric guitar belonging to Bowie went for more than $20,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the hair will be donated to Changing Faces, a U.K.-based charity that supports people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body.

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Friday
Jul052013

Charlie Wilson Readies Busy Summer Tour Schedule

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After receiving the prestigious BET Lifetime Achievement Award and performing with the "new Rat Pack" during the BET Awards, Charlie Wilson is heading overseas.

Following his Essence Music Festival showcase in New Orleans on July 6, the crooner is scheduled to play a string of overseas venues, beginning in France on July 10 and ending on July 19 at the Lovebox Festival in London.

The singer will also take stage for a one-night performance inside London's 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on July 12.

Uncle Charlie will return stateside toward the end of the month, touching down inside the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.  His trek will travel through Las Vegas, Memphis and Atlanta before wrapping up at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield, Arizona.

The legendary singer, who is one third of The Gap Band, will perform old hits and new cuts lifted from his latest album, Love, Charlie -- including the hit radio single "Turn Off the Lights."

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Friday
Jul052013

Robin Thicke Unleashes Snippets for Blurred Lines Album

GeffenBefore fans flock to buy Robin Thicke's upcoming album, Blurred Lines, the crooner is allowing everyone to sample the disc ahead of its release date.

On Wednesday, Interscope Records released a sequence of 30-second album snippets via the label's SoundCloud page intended to inspire his U.S. fans to purchase his sixth disc on July 30.

The singer's international following will be able to own their copies several days earlier since the record is due on July 15 in overseas markets.

The album boasts contributions form T.I., Pharrell Wiliams and Kendirck Lamar, who provides guest verses on Robin's next single "Give It 2 U."

Here's the official track list for Blurred Lines:

“Blurred Lines” feat. T.I. and Pharrell
“Take It Easy on Me”
“Ooo La La ”
“Ain’t No Hat 4 That”
“Get in My Way”
“Give It 2 U” feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Feel Good”
“Go Stupid 4 U”
“4 the Rest of My Life”
“Top of the World”
“The Good Life”

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Friday
Jul052013

Jack White Offers Live Recordings of Willie Nelson 80th Birthday Concert to Third Man Records Vault Series Subscribers

Third Man RecordsHere's a big reason to become a member of Jack White’s Third Man Records subscription series, The Vault.  The 17th installment of the series will include an album of live tracks recorded during country legend Willie Nelson’s star-studded 80th birthday concert, which took place on April 18 at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN.

Titled Willie Nelson & Friends Live at Third Man Records, the 12-song set includes performances of Nelson singing a number of his classic hits with White, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe and Norah Jones.

Vault subscribers will also receive a six-inch vinyl record featuring Nelson and White performing “Red Headed Stranger” together in Third Man's Voice-O-Graph Recording Booth. A double-sided poster sporting pictures of Nelson and the Third Man Records logo will also be included in the package, along with a Third Man Records branded sticker, lapel pin and record topper.

Vault package #17 will be available to all subscribing members until July 31.  Here's the track list for Willie Nelson & Friends Live at Third Man Records:

“Roll Me Up”
“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” (with Ashley Monroe)
“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (with Ashley Monroe)
“Funny How Time Slips Away” (with Norah Jones)
“I Gotta Get Drunk” (with Norah Jones)
“Sail Away” (with Neil Young)
“Long May You Run” (with Neil Young)
“Far Away Places” (with Sheryl Crow)
“Whiskey River” (with Neil Young, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson)
“A Song for You” (with Leon Russell)
“Heartbreak Hotel” (with Leon Russell)
“Red Headed Stranger” (with Jack White)

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Friday
Jul052013

fun. Have "Hints of a Game Plan" for Their Next Album

Facebook.com/OurNameIsFunfun. hits the road on their Most Nights tour starting this weekend, but guitarist Jack Antonoff says the Grammy-winning group is definitely thinking about their next album, and could be in the studio as soon as the beginning of next year.

"There's, like, hints of a game plan," Jack tells Billboard.  "The way we work is pretty spontaneous and pretty quick...[an album] should be a documentation of a band in a moment, not a giant, three-year process.  So the next album will be the same thing."

He adds that he "assumes" that "some time at the beginning of next year we'd like to be in the studio," but cautions that it all depends on "when the feeling hits and when we have a concept that's worthy."  Right now, he says, "We're not there yet."

But when they do finally get into the studio, Jack says the success of their album Some Nights -- which won them a slew of Grammys and spun off a string of hit singles -- will be in the backs of their minds. 

"We learned a lot of great lessons with Some Nights -- the most important is that we made the album we wanted to make and we weren't really thinking about anything else besides that, and it just happened to have singles and be really successful," he explains. "So the lesson we learned is we should do what we want, and if that has a chance of being successful, it's great."

fun. will be on the road until October, and they've also released a fourth single from Some Nights, "Why Am I the One," which Jack says will be the last.  It follows "We Are Young," "Carry On" and the title track.

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Friday
Jul052013

Chris Daughtry Talks Touring with 3 Doors Down, Avoiding Lasagna on the Road 

Facebook.com/DaughtryDaughtry kicked off the latest leg of their Break the Spell tour on Wednesday, and then immediately took the day off for the Fourth of July holiday. They're back onstage tonight in Maryland, continuing a tour that Chris says will be fun for Daughtry, their opening act, and the audience.

Once again, Daughtry is touring with 3 Doors Down, two acts that Chris says make a great double bill. "We certainly share similar fan bases, and I think we've gotten a lot of their fans, and vice versa, by touring together," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's like family, man -- we've toured so long together at this point and they're, like, our best friends...aside from musically being compatible, we're just [compatible] off stage as well."

One thing fans will get to see on this leg of the tour is the return of Daughtry bass player Josh Paul, who left the band last year, but is now back in the fold.  In addition, unlike many bands who tour together, Chris says there definitely will be onstage collaborations between him and 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold.

"I'll come out and sing a song or two with 3 Doors, and he'll come out with us, and it's just a lot of fun," Chris promises. "I think fans love seeing that sort of thing, because it's not what they can hear on the albums, and it's giving them something fresh for the show and the experience. So, I think it's great."

Unfortunately, one thing you won't see on the tour is Daughtry premiering any of the new material Chris has been working on for the last few months, which will appear on the band's forthcoming album.  "As tempting as it is, no, because we haven't exactly worked them up as a band yet," Chris explains, noting that when he's tried to do it in the past, he wasn't happy with the way things turned out. 

"A lot of times, I'd play an acoustic version of the songs, and it just doesn't represent what's going to be on the record," he says. "And then it's out there, and people know it, and by the time they hear the record version, I don't know...it's just that I don't want to put all our little surprises out there yet."

Speaking of surprises, some fans may have been surprised to see Chris featured in the July issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine, showing off his ripped bod and talking about his workout.  But if you follow Chris on Twitter, you know that working out is a huge part of his life, and has been since he was a kid. 

"When I was in high school, I started buying the magazine and hitting the weights really hard," he tells ABC News Radio. "And being such a fan of comics books, there's no superhero that's out of shape, so seeing those characters was always kind of an inspiration to me: it made me want to look like that as well."  He calls being in the magazine "a childhood dream," adding that it's "a big deal" to him.

Of course, being on a lengthy tour presents challenges for anybody who wants to keep in shape -- there's food everywhere, and there's always the temptation to scarf down pizzas and other fattening goodies when you get off stage.  But Chris says he's got enough discipline to resist, generally.  "There's always that healthy option, but then there's lasagna," he says. "And you go, 'OK, am I going to go there today?" 

He explains, "I kind of self-edit, like, I know what I'm taking in, and it's not like a calorie counting thing more than it is, you know, If I'm eating this, I gotta not eat this.'  It's just one of those moderation things." 

Hopefully Chris's willpower will last him 'til the end of the tour, which wraps mid-August in New Mexico.

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Friday
Jul052013

Country Star Trivia 

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Lady Antebellum is the youngest at age 27? ANSWER: Hillary Scott.

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Friday
Jul052013

The Band Perry's Grandmother Takes Over Their Teen Choice Awards Voting Campaign

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry's grandmother, Betty Lou, may be a little too old to vote for the Teen Choice Awards, but she's doing her part to help her grandkids take the Choice Country Group and Choice Break-Up Song categories at the show.

The Band Perry has launched a new series of YouTube clips showing Betty Lou landing in jail for spray painting "Vote 4 The Band Perry" on a wall before using an old school rotary phone to try and cast her Teen Choice Awards vote.  In another clip, Betty Lou finally gets the hang of voting online using multiple computers and tablets.

Fan voting is now underway at TeenChoiceAwards.com. The show airs live on FOX August 11 at 8 p.m. ET.

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