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Thursday
Jun122014

Lorde Is Now "Lady Lorde" After British TV Show Buys Her a Royal Title

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCShe'll never be royal -- or will she?  Lorde is apparently now "Lady Lorde" after a British TV show went to the trouble of buying her a lordship.

Turns out you can buy such titles online for about 19 pounds, about 32 bucks.  You get an embossed certificate, and a deed for two square feet of land in England's Lake District.  During Lorde's appearance on the BBC's The One Show this week, the hosts, Matt Baker and Alex Jones, presented the singer with the certificate. "Oh my goodness. Is this real?" she asked.  "It's my first two feet of land!  Thank you!  That's really nice."

Of course, Lorde should more properly be known as "Lady Ella," since that's her birth name, but why look a gift horse in the mouth?  Besides, "Lady Lorde" is much funnier.  On the show, Lorde explained that it was her fascination with the aristocracy in general that led her to choose her stage name in the first place.  When asked why she finds royals so fascinating, the singer explained, "Well, I guess it's really like an old-school sitcom!"

The guy who runs the website from which the show ordered the lordship tells the British paper The Evening Standard, "It’s a legal English title and dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086. If she wanted, she could update her passport [and] credit cards: some people do that but for most people, it’s for fun.”


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Thursday
Jun122014

Billy Joel Needs a Buyer in a Hamptons State of Mind

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel's seemingly endless quest to sell his mansion in New York's ritzy Hamptons continues. 

The Piano Man has just chopped the price on the property down to $19.95 million; it was previously listed at $23.5 million.  The real estate website Curbed reports that the home may find a buyer now, thanks to the price reduction, and the fact that the floors have been refinished and the rooms have been redecorated. 

Commenters on the website had previously noted that the interior decoration was "just too busy" and "not restful" enough for a beach house -- if you want to call a 5,500-square-foot oceanfront mansion with four bedrooms, fourth-and-a-half baths, a butler's pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen a "beach house."

As previously reported, Joel originally listed the home, which previously belonged to late actor Roy Scheider, five years ago for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March for $23.5 million.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Ramones' Debut Album Just Certified Gold 

Warner Archives/RhinoIt's taken so long for the Ramones' self-titled debut album to be certified gold, you could say it's also certified "old."

The RIAA officially certified Ramones for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. on April 30 -- almost 38 years to the day after the disc was first released on April 23, 1976.  Since then, it's been issued a total of 15 times, on six different labels and three formats, and yet still took this long to achieve gold status.

Initially released on Sire Records and boasting 14 tracks that clock in at a hair over 29 minutes total, Ramones was recorded in a week's time for a reported $6,400.  Though it wasn't commercially successful at the time, the album since come to be regarded as one of rock's most influential: SPIN magazine placed it at the top of their "50 Most Essential Punk Records" chart.  It opens with "Blitzkrieg Bop," one of the Ramones' most recognizable songs, with its' "Ay, oh...let's go!" chorus.

Incidentally, the 1988 Ramones best-of album, Ramones Mania, went gold 20 years ago, certified on June 27, 1994.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Josh Groban Explains How New ABC Competition "Rising Star" Works

ABC/Bob D'Amico With American Idol, The Voice and the defunct X Factor, it's getting tough to put a new spin on TV singing competitions.  But Josh Groban, who will host ABC's new series, Rising Star, says the new show will feature a first-of-its-kind innovation: viewers will be able to vote "live, live, live" for their favorites, while they're performing.

"They don't have to call in or text in. They're basically watching with an app in their hand and they can swipe for yes and swipe for no and they can vote absolutely live, live, live with the performance," Groban explained on Thursday's Good Morning America. "They are basically the judges."

Josh will be joined by the show's panel of "experts:" country star Brad Paisley, pop star Kesha and rapper Ludacris.  Those experts, says Groban, will only get a small percentage of the vote to decide if a singer goes home.

"You've got a little bit of everything. I mean, between the four of us, I think you kind of have every genre covered. So it should be fun," Josh added.

Josh said that in addition to being the host, he'll also get a chance to work with the contestants as a mentor and "guide them through this very hair-raising process."  He added, "To be on live television, to be able to carry a show like this, is a new challenge for me and something I'm looking forward to."

ABC's Rising Star premieres June 22 at 9 p.m. 


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Thursday
Jun122014

Report: Drake Leaves "Maxim" Hot 100 Party When Chris Brown Arrives

Eric McCandless/CBSThings are apparently still not cool between Drake and Chris Brown.  Reportedly, Drake left the Maxim Hot 100 party June 10 in Los Angeles when he discovered Chris had arrived.

According to HollywoodLife.com, Drake had been at the party at the Pacific Design Center for a few minutes and was hanging with T.I. when he he left to avoid a confrontation after learning that Brown was in the building.

It was two years ago when Brown and Drake were involved in a bottle-throwing fight, apparently over Rihanna, at the W.i.P club in New York City.

Brown is enjoying his freedom after being released from jail on June 2, after serving just under a month for violating his probation with an alleged assault on a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel last October.  Chris was due to perform June 14 in Chicago, but canceled his show and issued an apology to his fans on Twitter: "#Chicago! Sorry I can't be with you this Saturday. Have fun everybody & I'll see you soon!"


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Thursday
Jun122014

Michelle Williams Says Destiny’s Child Knew "Say Yes" Had to Be a Reunion Single

Columbia RecordsBeyonce and Kelly Rowland are featured on Michelle Williams’ new song, “Say Yes,” making it an unofficial Destiny's Child reunion single.  Williams says that's a decision they all made when the others first heard the song.

Michelle told Us Weekly at the Think Like A Man Too premiere in Los Angeles, “We always let each other listen to our music in advance. They heard 'Say Yes' and were like, 'Right now is the time for Destiny's Child to make a single.'  The process was surprisingly simple, in fact.  No red tape, none of that.”

Michelle adds, "It was so much fun. No matter what, with our three voices together, there's no harmony like that. That blend that we [have]… there’s something spiritual about it."

Destiny’s Child sang together live at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans when Williams and Rowland were special guests for Beyonce’s halftime show. “Say Yes” is from Williams’ third solo album, Journey to Freedom, due to be released in September.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Drake and Lil Wayne Announce Joint Headlining Tour

PRNewsFoto/Live NationDrake and Lil Wayne are teaming up for a co-headlining U.S. tour. 

The two rappers will hit the road starting August 8 in Darien Center, New York.  The trek will visit 31 cities across the country.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 20 via LiveNation.com.

Of course, Drizzy and Weezy have been friends and frequent collaborators since Drake joined the Young Money family in 2009.  But their friendship doesn't mean that there won't be some friendly competition: the official name of the tour is "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne."

Here are the tour dates:

8/8 --  Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/9 --Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/10 --Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/12 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
8/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/16 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/17 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/19 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
8/21 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/25 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC, Bank Arts Center
8/27 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/29 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/31 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/4 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
9/7 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/10 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/11 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/17 -- Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/27-- Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


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Thursday
Jun122014

American Authors to Headline One of Three Honda Civic Tours This Year

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamThe annual Honda Civic Tour, which has long featured music's top names, is expanding this year to three different installments, each with a different musical genre.  One of those installments will be headlined by American Authors.

American Authors, who are currently on tour with OneRepublic, will kick off their Honda Civic Tour in October.  As is tradition, they'll get to design their very own custom Honda Civic as part of their involvement with the brand.  The tour dates have not yet been announced.

American Authors' Honda Civic tour will be the second of the three: the first gets underway August 10 and features alternative rockers Portugal. The Man and Grouplove. Latin DJ trio 3BallMTY will headline the third, which starts in mid-November.

Last year's Honda Civic tour was jointly headlined by Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5, and it was the best-selling installment of the tour's 12-year history, racking up 32 sellouts, and playing to more than 650,000 fans.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Taylor Swift Ends The RED Tour Tonight in Singapore; New Music Coming Soon

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift ends The RED Tour with a final show in Singapore on Thursday. She launched the trek back in March 2013 and has since played sold-out shows in North America and Europe before becoming the first woman in 20 years to headline stadiums in Australia late last year. The final string of Asian shows began June 4 in Jakarta. The RED Tour is Taylor's third major outing following her Fearless and Speak Now treks.

Now that The RED tour is behind her, Taylor can turn her full attention to launching her fifth studio album later this year. Her record label president, Scott Borchetta, tells Rolling Stone she's working with pop producer Max Martin on most of the new project, which promises to continue the pop leanings of RED. Taylor will still keep a foothold in the country market though.

Scott says, "Taylor fans are going to love it. Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it's her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her."

As she did with the first single from RED, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor is expected to announce the lead track from her fifth album before summer's end.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Idina Menzel's Latest Broadway Cast Album Scores Big Debut on "Billboard" Chart

Tony Esparza/CBSTurns out that if you want people to buy your movie soundtrack or cast album, you've got to make sure it includes one thing: Idina Menzel.

The Broadway cast album for If/Then, Idina's current show, has debuted at #19 on the Billboard album chart.  It's the highest debut for a Broadway cast album since 1996, when Rent entered at #19.  Rent, perhaps not coincidentally, also featured Idina; in fact, she earned Tony nominations for both those shows.

Idina's only Tony win so far has been for Wicked, whose cast album didn't do well on the album chart, but went on to win a Grammy.  Since its release in 2003, it's sold more than two million copies.  In fact, as recently as a month ago, Wicked was #1 on the Top Cast Albums chart, which means Idina simultaneously appeared on both the #1 soundtrack and the #1 Broadway cast album in the country.

Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack, which also features Idina, rebounds to #2 on the Billboard chart.  It's the disc's 24th week in the top five, marking the longest run in the top five for a movie soundtrack since Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard in 1993.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Soundgarden Reveal Five Super-Unknown Facts About "Superunknown"

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What better way to celebrate the re-release of Soundgarden's Superunknown than to reveal some super-unknown facts about it?  Rolling Stone has published five little-known tidbits about the album, gleaned directly from the band members.

First up, Chris Cornell says that the title Superunknown was taken from the name of a clown who had been featured on Seattle TV when he was a kid.  Cornell explains that when he woke up from a hangover, he looked at the VHS tape of the show he still had and thought that the name "Superklown" was "Superunknown," and the confusion "gave rise to creative ideas."

Cornell also gives credit for "Spoonman," or at least for the song's first appearance on a tape, to Jeff Ament.  He says the Pearl Jam bass player was asked to make a mock tape cover prop to use in the movie Singles, and Cornell thought the finished product was so cool-looking he made one straightaway for "Spoonman."

Speaking of "Spoonman," drummer Matt Cameron says that Artis -- the local Seattle performance artist the song is named for -- whacked himself in the face so hard with his utensils during the filming of the song's video that he cuts himself.  "He was quite the performance artist," says Cameron.

Spoons weren't the only non-standard equipment used on the album.  Cameron and Cornell agree that While listening to the original tapes to put together the Superunknown anniversary package, the two rockers say they were reminded of some of the wacky percussion props they used, including olive oil cans and biscuit tins.

Lastly, "Mailman" was included to pay homage to "some sort of a person who is in a sense powerless and isolated and forgotten by society, that then becomes this ferocious force to be reckoned with."

You can check out other behind-the-scenes details at RollingStone.com.

The anniversary edition of Superunknown is available now, in standard and deluxe vinyl formats.


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Thursday
Jun122014

The Band Perry Chops Down Trees Responsibly for "Chainsaw" Video

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry was up for 24 hours straight shooting the video for their latest single, "Chainsaw," in the Pacific Northwest.

The group's Reid Perry says, "[It was] one of the longest shoots we did, but it was a great time."

In the clip, the Perry siblings are on call to chop down the trees where heartbroken people have carved their initials with their former lovers.

"We're actually musicians by night in the video and, you know, I guess, avengers of unrequited love by day," Reid explains, "and so we go out, and yeah, we'll find the trees with the hearts carved in it and take 'em down."

Lead singer Kimberly Perry is quick to point out they didn't just go out into the woods and cut down random trees.

She says, "It was also important for us that we cut trees from a lumber yard. So, those trees are literally making houses as we speak."

"Chainsaw" is the latest single from The Band Perry's sophomore album, Pioneer.

 


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Thursday
Jun122014

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons-Related Releases Due Out in Conjunction with "Jersey Boys" Film Premiere

RhinoIn celebration of the impending premiere of the film adaptation of Jersey Boys, the award-winning musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a series of special releases will be arriving in stores in the coming weeks. 

In addition to the movie's soundtrack, which hits stores on June 24, an expansive 18-disc box set of Valli & The Four Seasons material, a package gathering together eight of the singer's solo albums and a two-CD set featuring various artists' recordings of Four Seasons songwriter/producer Bob Gaudio's compositions will be released on July 1.

Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical will boast 25 tracks chosen by Gaudio.  The album combines select original hits by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and recordings by cast members of both the film and the stage production.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons -- The Classic Albums Box features 18 of the band's albums, spanning from 1962's Sherry & 11 Others all the way through the group's last studio release, 1992's Hope + Glory.  The CDs come housed in mini jackets replicating the original albums' artwork.

Frankie Valli -- Selected Solo Works offers a selection of eight albums the acclaimed singer recorded outside of The Four Seasons, including his solo debut, 1967's The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo, 1975's Our Day Will Come and 1980's Heaven Above Me.

Finally, there's the wordily titled compilation Audio with a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy, The Music of Bob Gaudio.  As you'd expect, the two-CD, 36-track retrospective features plenty of the hits Gaudio either wrote or co-wrote for Valli and The Four Seasons, but it also includes versions of his songs recorded by such other artists as The Royal Teens, The Walker Brothers, Cher, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Bay City Rollers, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Roberta Flack.  In addition, three songs by the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys close out the set.

The Jersey Boys movie, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, opens in theaters across the U.S. on June 20.

Here is the list of albums featured in the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons -- The Classic Albums Box collection:

Sherry & 11 Others (1962)
Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve Others (1963)
The 4 Seasons Sing Ain't That a Shame and 11 Others (1963)
Folk-Nanny (1963)
On Stage with The Four Seasons (1965)
Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Other Great Songs (1964)
Born to Wander (1964)
Rag Doll (1964)
The 4 Seasons Entertain You (1965)
The 4 Seasons Sing Big Hits by Burt Bacharach... Hal David... Bob Dylan (1965)
Working My Way Back to You (1966)
New Gold Hits (1967)
The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette (1969)
Half & Half (1970)
Who Loves You (1975)
Helicon (1977)
Streetfighter (1985)
Hope + Glory (1992)

Here's the list of albums included in the Frankie Valli Selected Solo Works set:

The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo (1967)
Timeless (1968)
Closeup (1975)
Our Day Will Come (1975)
Valli (1976)
Lady Put the Light Out (1977)
Frankie Valli...Is the Word (1978)
Heaven Above Me (1980)

And here's the full track list for the Audio with a G compilation:

Disc One
"Short Shorts" -- Royal Teens
"Sherry" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Big Girls Don't Cry" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Walk Like a Man" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Whatever You Want" -- Jerry Butler
"Another Day" -- Chuck Jackson
"Dawn (Go Away)" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Rag Doll" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)" -- Bay City Rollers
"Silence Is Golden" -- The Tremeloes
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" -- The Walker Brothers
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" -- Cher
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" -- Frankie Valli
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" -- Nancy Wilson
"Saturday's Father" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Wall Street Village Day" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Elizabeth" -- Frank Sinatra
"I Would Be in Love (Anyway)" -- Frank Sinatra
"For a While" -- Nina Simone

Disc Two
"The Night" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"I Heard a Love Song (But You Never Made a Sound)" -- Diana Ross
"Stone Liberty" -- Diana Ross
"Deeper Than Love" -- The Temptations
"Who Loves You" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"Down the Hall" -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"The Night" -- Lene Lovich
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" -- Boys Town Gang
"Beggin'" (Pilooski Re-Edit) -- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
"When Someone Tears Your Heart in Two" -- Roberta Flack
"This Time Around" -- Ruthie Henshall
"Two Kinds of Fire" -- Ruthie Henshall & Tim Howar
"Ces Soirées-là" -- Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast
"Sherry" -- Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast
"Who Loves You" -- Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast


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Thursday
Jun122014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert's #1 hits? ANSWER: "Mama's Broken Heart."


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Thursday
Jun122014

Hear Mary J. Blige Duet with Pharrell on "See That Boy Again"

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCThe Think Like a Man Too soundtrack is turning out to be something of a steath Mary J. Blige album.  As previously reported the album contains 14 brand new songs from Mary, effectively the first full-length, non-holiday album from her since 2001's My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1).

Although the record, Think Like a Man Too (Music from & Inspired by the Film), is not due until on June 17, Yahoo Music is streaming one new track now.  "See That Boy Again" finds Mary duetting with Pharrell on a '70s style track strongly reminiscent of Songs in the Key of Life-era Steive Wonder.

Think Like a Man Too (Music from & Inspired by the Film) is available for pre-order now.  Think Like a Man Too opens in theaters on Friday, June 20.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Eve Reveals Wedding Details, Set to Marry British Designer Maximillion Cooper

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAfter getting engaged this past Christmas, Eve has revealed plans to marry her fiance, British entrepreneur and designer Maximillion Cooper, by the end of this month.

While promoting her upcoming horror movie, Animal, the rapper shared her excitement about the big day.

"I feel like it's right now," Eve told E! News. "I feel like I'm walking down the aisle right now."

Eve also spilled the beans on wearing a custom wedding dress by Alice Temperly. "I did the final fitting already," she said,  "I was scared. But it's so beautiful. It's so different than anything I thought I would have ever wanted, but it's perfect."

She adds that the ceremony and reception won't "huge," but it will include the people the couple loves most ,like Eve's grandmother, who is flying for the first time to attend the ceremony.

When asked about having kids, Eve seems busy being stepmom to Cooper's four children from a previous relationship. "I have four kids now -- that's nuts!" Eve said. "But I have to say they are the coolest, sweetest kids. I got really lucky. They're really independent and just very cool. It's really fun hanging with them."

She adds, "It's whatever God wants to give me, but I think with the four, two more is just enough." 

This will be Eve's first marriage.


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Thursday
Jun122014

Travis Barker Says Having His Songs in Films Like "22 Jump Street" Helps His Kids Understand Their Dad's Work

The soundtrack to the movie 22 Jump Street features a song from Travis Barker of Blink-182. The track is called "Live Forever" and features a guest vocal from rapper Juicy J. Barker tells ABC News Radio he wasn't planning to release the song so soon, or planning on having it show up in the movie.

"I sent a song to Juicy that was for my album, and he hit me a couple of hours later and was like, 'I played this for a couple people and they really want it to be in this movie,'"  Barker says.  "And I was like, 'Alright. A little quicker than I thought it would show up anywhere, but it was a cool opportunity and it was a rad movie.'"

Having the song in the movie also had the side benefit of helping Baker's children get a better sense of what he does for a living. Barker brought his kids along to the recent premiere for 22 Jump Street. He tells ABC News Radio, "They like going and hearing the songs, 'cause they see Dad working in the studio, [and] they're...going, 'Dad, let's go home,' and I go, 'I gotta finish something,' and then they...listen to it in different stages and then you come to something like this and it's finished, and they know why...so it's cool."

The 22 Jump Street soundtrack is available now -- the movie hits theaters this Friday.

 
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Thursday
Jun122014

Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry Joint Tour Will Be a "Great Summer Night," Says Rzeznik

Chapman Baehler for Warner Bros. Records; RCA RecordsGoo Goo Dolls and Daughtry are teaming up for an extensive joint tour that gets underway Thursday night in Wallingford, Connecticut, and Goos frontman Johnny Rzeznik says the double bill guarantees fans a great night of music.

"I am excited about it. We're all fans of Chris' and we're looking forward to doing, like, a big rock show," Johnny tells ABC News Radio.  "That's all I can say about it. It's going to be a big huge rock show. It's going to be a great summer night."  Plain White T's are also on the bill, adding to the strong collection of hits you'll hear every night from all three acts.

Johnny says there are a lot of "musical similarities" between his band and Daughtry, making for what he calls "a great pairing" -- one that's been a long time coming.  "I'm glad we finally get a chance to do it because we've been trying to set something up to play with Daughtry for a while," he explains.  In fact, he says he's surprised that he and Chris Daughtry have never ended up songwriting together at some point over the years.

"He's a busy person and so am I," laughs Johnny.  "Hopefully we'll get some time to do something like that this summer, because I think he's great. He's a real talent, and he really, really, redefined himself as, like, a staple rock musician."

As for whether fans can expect to see the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and the Plain White T's all teaming up for some sort of monster jam at some point during the night, Johnny tells ABC News Radio, "Yeah, I think I'd have to ask the other bands...I would love to do something like that. I'm very into things like that, but you just see how it goes."

The tour runs through the end of August, but Johnny says he's made sure that he gets one particular day off: July 26.  Last year, when the band was on tour with Matchbox Twenty, he took a few days off to marry his longtime girlfriend, Melina Gallo, but then went right back on the road.  This year, he'll be in the thick of the tour when July 26 rolls around, but Johnny says he doesn't plan to miss celebrating his first wedding anniversary this year.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I made sure when I was scheduling that I'd have my anniversary off and I can be in Los Angeles. So that's what I'm doing." 

The tour will serve to promote the latest albums from Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls: Baptized and Magnetic, respectively.  Coincidentally, both bands' drummers exited this year, but they've of course been replaced for this tour.


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Thursday
Jun122014

The Yardbirds Launching New US Tour Next Week; Drummer Jim McCarty Also Schedules Solo Gigs

Photo: Trevor HeathMore than 50 years since they first formed in London, The Yardbirds are bringing their blazing blues rock to venues on both sides of the Atlantic.  The band will kick off a brief new U.S. tour on Friday, June 20, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and the trek is scheduled to run through a June 29 show in Peoria, Illinois.  The outing also includes stops in Dallas and San Antonio, marking the first time The Yardbirds will be performing in Texas since the 1960s.

Until fairly recently, the group's touring lineup featured only one original member, drummer Jim McCarty, along with three young guns -- guitarist Ben King, singer/harmonica player Andy Mitchell and bassist David Smale.  Last year, however, The Yardbirds welcomed back into the fold its original lead guitarist, Anthony "Top" Topham, who as a teenager played in the band briefly in 1963 before being replaced by Eric Clapton.  Topham came on board to fill in for founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, who's been sidelined indefinitely since suffering a stroke in 2012.

McCarty tells ABC News Radio that he was glad to bring another veteran musician into the group to join him alongside the young rockers, noting that Topham has helped add a classic blues element to the band's sound.  He also points out that the interplay between Topham and King makes for some exciting performances.

"They have quite different styles," says McCarty.  "And it's quite interesting, if they're swapping guitar solos, to see the difference.  You know, one's sort of more authentic and one's perhaps a bit more dynamic."

Jim says that with Topham now in the group, "the bluesier side of the band now is the one to hear," adding that his current favorite tunes to play live include "Five Long Years," "Rack My Mind" and "Drinking Muddy Water."

Meanwhile, McCarty also will be playing a few solo shows in the coming weeks, and will kick things off by opening for The Yardbirds for the first time ever, at the Peoria concert.  McCarty is promoting a new compilation titled Frontman, which was released in April in conjunction with the latest Record Store Day campaign.  The limited-edition two-LP set is currently available on vinyl only and not easy to find, but Jim says he'll be selling copies at the Yardbirds shows and his solo gigs.

Frontman gathers together recordings McCarty did as a member of such groups as Renaissance, Illusion and Shoot, as well as his performances as a solo artist.  It also features new versions of two songs -- "Crying Out for Love" and "Dream Within a Dream" -- that originally appeared on the most recent Yardbirds studio album, 2003's Birdland.

"I didn't sing [those songs] on that album, but we re-recorded them and I sang them," he explains to ABC News Radio.

Here are the dates for The Yardbirds' U.S. tour:

6/20 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
6/21 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino
6/22 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door
6/25 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
6/26 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
6/27 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcadia Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
6/29 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight

And here are Jim McCarty's confirmed solo shows:

6/29 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight
7/3 -- Springfield, IL, Donnie's Homespun
7/5 -- Keokuk, IA, The Grand Theater
7/9 -- Fort Wayne, IN, C2G Music Hall


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Jun122014

Justin Moore and Wife, Kate, Beyond Ready for Third Child's Arrival Next Month

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, will welcome their third child next month, and the family is beyond ready for the baby's arrival.

Justin says, "I know my wife is. She's so miserable. She's just like, 'Oh, get this thing get out of me, please!'"

When they had their first daughter, Ella, Justin and Kate spent months getting the baby's room together and planning for the birth. That's all changed now that their expecting baby #3.

"You're like, 'Ah, if we don't have it, we'll get it,'" Justin says. "You know, the first time, the first baby you have, you're going, 'Oh, we need this. We need that, and we're doing that.' Then you get to the point where you're like, 'Ah, they'll be all right."

Justin is taking July 12 through 23 off the road to be with Kate for the baby's birth. Go to JustinMooreMusic.com for a full list of dates.


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