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Dec032013

Albums by Lorde, Miley, Eminem Make "Rolling Stone's" List of the "50 Best Albums of 2013" 

Universal RecordsDecember means it's time for end-of-the-year roundups, and Rolling Stone is one of the first out of the gate with its list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013.  Ranking in the top 10 on the survey are albums by Lorde, Kanye West and Daft Punk.

Kanye's album Yeezus comes in at #2 on the list, with Rolling Stone noting that it's the rapper's "most extreme album ever," and that it features him "taking you on a guided tour of the dark sh** inside his brain."  Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, featuring the hit single "Get Lucky," is in at #3, with what the magazine describes as "lush Seventies-style studio funk fusion."  Lorde's debut, Pure Heroine, is #7, and the magazine says its success was due to the 17-year-old singer's "sultry, swaggering, hip-hop-savvy, fully grown voice and stark synth jams as earworm-y as Miley's or Katy's splashiest hits."

Absent from Rolling Stone's list are the latest albums by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.  The album that came in at #1 was   Modern Vampires of the City, by the alt-rock group Vampire Weekend.  Here's a sampling of what else made the list:

14. Drake, Nothing Was the Same
24. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
27. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
30. Tegan & Sara, Heatthrob
45. Avicii, True

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Tuesday
Dec032013

David Nail Lightens Up with His Latest hit, "Whatever She's Got"

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail seems to be in a really good mood singing his latest hit, the uptempo love song, "Whatever She's Got." Since he made a name for himself with the moody hits "Let It Rain" and "Red Light," it's a big change of pace to hear David singing about a love gone right. He credits this sunny song choice to an overall attitude adjustment in his personal life.

"To be honest, over the last 12 months, I think that I've kind of transformed into a carefree and fun individual," David tells ABC News Radio. "And so, this record kind of took on that personality that I guess I've kind of achieved over time."

Part of David's happy outlook may stem from spending time on a lake with friends in the past few years. He's got some pals with a boat who love to crank up the stereo while they're on the water, and David knew "Whatever She's Got" would fit perfectly on that lake playlist.

Looking back on the time he first the heard the song, David says, "The first thing I did was text my buddy and say, 'I've got a boat song, now.'"

"Whatever She's Got" is also a good indication of what fans can expect from David's new studio album, due out next year.

"That definitely set the tone," David says. "It is a bit different. I think people are a bit surprised, but I tell 'em all the time, 'From here on out, we're about 75 percent happy.'"

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockTaylor Swift was born in which state? ANSWER: Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, David Bowie Make "Rolling Stone" List of 50 Best Albums of 2013

Hear Music; Vanguard RecordsRolling Stone has released its annual list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 and, along with a bevy of contemporary artists, a few of the most beloved rockers of the 1960s and '70s have landed on the tally.  Finishing in the top 10 are Paul McCartney's New and John Fogerty's Wrote a Song for Everyone, which were ranked #4 and #10 respectively.

The magazine notes that McCartney's New finds the former Beatle "play[ing] to his strengths" by including "Wings-like glam rock, Little Richard howls and…some remarkably Beatlesque pop tunes and George Martin-ish arrangements."  Rolling Stone also praises the 71-year-old rock legend for exploring "21st-century pop with sharp ears, bringing in young-gun producers like Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson and Ethan Johns."

As for Wrote a Song for Everyone, which features updated versions of many classic Fogerty tunes recorded with various guest stars, the magazine points out that the collection "shows how vital and relevant his songwriting remains more than 40 years after it owned the radio."

Other veteran artists who made it onto the list were David Bowie and Elton John.  Bowie's The Next Day is ranked #16, while John's The Diving Board took the #25 slot.

Topping the list was alternative rockers Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Richie Sambora Predicts Bon Jovi Reunion "Down the Road"

Karl Larsen/INFPhoto.comBon Jovi's Richie Sambora left the band's tour in April, and since then, he hasn't performed with them.  At first, he wouldn't give his reason for the departure, but lately, he's said that he simply wanted to spend more time with his family.  But does he see a future with Bon Jovi going forward?  "Sure!" confirms the guitarist.

Speaking at the taping of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which will air December 11 on the Hallmark Channel, Sambora told reporters that "sure" he foresees a time when he'll reunite with Jon Bon Jovi and the rest of the band "down the road," but added, "There's no plans. They're still on the road, you know."  Bon Jovi will wrap up its Because We Can tour on December 17 in Australia. 

Discussing why he left the Bon Jovi tour, Sambora maintained, "I just needed a break, man. Thirty years on the road was enough for me!"

Specifically, Richie said he wanted the break so he could be with his teenage daughter, Ava, whose mom is Sambora's ex-wife, Heather Locklear.  "I really wanted to plug in with my kid, especially at this specific time in her life.  You know, it's a very, very transitional period," he told reporters.  "People don't understand when you're out there [on the road], it's 24/7.  You lose a lot of life."

At the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Sambora duetted with Stevie Wonder on the holiday standard "Silent Night," and also delivered a version of the Bill Withers hit "Lean on Me," as well as a solo rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer."  Other performers on the two-hour special included Kenny Loggins, The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, LeAnn Rimes and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

R. Kelly Talks "Black Panties", Recording Follow-Up & More

RCA RecordsR. Kelly has a lot to prove with his upcoming album, Black Panties, which arrives next week. During an interview with Billboard, the legendary singer admits there were many people counting him out.

"I was being told I wouldn't be back in business," R. Kelly told Billboard a few days before his AMAs appearance. "While that was happening people were bringing me down instead of lifting me up. It pissed me off because when you're up everyone believes in you, but as soon as they feel your life or career is threatened they fall off from you. They disappear."

After collaborating with pop starts like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, it seems Kelz is entering new territory in his career, which is an idea that he openly welcomes.

"It feels good to still be on people's mind after 23 years in the business," R. Kelly explains. "I've got all the younger cats following me and calling me to get on their tracks. It's a blessing."

While working on Black Panties, Kelly reveals he had to re-invent his signature sound, which has been borrowed by many of his peers.

"Trying to come back with the Black Panties album, I hadn't done this type of music in three years, so I was studying music," he says. "And I came to find that people have been studying me. I'm seeing Trey Songz, who is very talented; The-Dream, who is very talented; rappers like Future. A lot of my style was on a lot of other people's music. They flipped it very well, but I needed to flip it back to me."

The singer adds that his creative juices are flowing and he's already started recording the next project. "I'm already working on my next album, which I'm six songs deep into. I haven't named it yet, but it's going to be a follow-up to Black Panties," Kelly says before adding that he soon plans to film 10 more installments to his "Trapped in the Closet" video series. "I'm going to start putting out music like Jordans after Black Panties.  I don't want people to get it twisted: R. Kelly is going to be R. Kelly," he concludes.

Black Panties will be available on December 10 via RCA Records.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Ashanti Added to NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special

Courtesy NBCAshanti is among the newly added performers scheduled to take the stage during this year's star-studded 81st annual tree lighting ceremony in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Leona Lewis, Audra McDonald and country singer and former American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina have also been tapped for the event.

The singer joins previously confirmed acts including Mary J. Blige, Mariah CareyToni Braxton, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and pop singer Ariana Grande. 

Viewers will also see Kelly Clarkson, the Goo Goo Dolls and Jewel when Christmas in Rockefeller Center airs Wednesday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Muse Looking to Revisit Stripped-Down Sound for Next Album

Gavin BondFrontman Matt Bellamy revealed that Muse has begun working on the follow-up to their latest release, The 2nd Law, which he says will sound more like the band's earlier work.

“I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we've experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I kind of feel like it will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are.”

Bellamy says the guys plan on heading into the studio to make their next album sometime in 2014, which marks the 20th anniversary of the band. The singer envisions the band embarking on a unique tour to promote the upcoming release.

“I can see us doing a combination of things, probably theaters for fun and to reconnect with what it's like to be in a small, sweaty venue and then do huge festivals to cover the fans that can't get into the theaters,” he explains. “Then…we might do a short run of really high-concept shows. We touched on that on [The 2nd Law] tour, but I think we can go a lot further.”

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Lady Gaga Announces artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour 

Live Nation/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga was forced to cancel her Born this Way Ball earlier this year due to hip surgery, and now she's raring to get back on the road.  The singer has just announced the dates for her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, which kicks off May 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Many of the cities Gaga plans to visit are those she didn't get to play as a result of the previous tour cancellation, while others have never hosted a concert by her before.  Tickets go on sale December 9, but members of Gaga's social media network, LittleMonsters.com, will have early access.

Gaga will warm up for the tour by doing seven sold-out shows at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom from March 28 through April 7. They will be the last shows at that venue before it closes its doors forever, and those concerts have set the record for the most consecutive shows by any artist at Roseland.

Here are Lady Gaga's tour dates, with more likely to be added:

5/4 --  Ft. Lauderdale, FL,BB&T Center                          
5/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena                               
5/8  -- Pittsburgh, PA,  Consol Energy Center             
5/10 -- Uncasville, CT,  Mohegan Sun                           
5/12 -- Philadelphia, PA,  Wells Fargo Center                  
5/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden           
5/15 -- Washington, DC,   Verizon Center                             
5/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena                 
5/20 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Entergy Center                       
5/22 -- Winnipeg, MB,  MTS Centre                                  
5/25 -- Calgary, AB,   Scotiabank Saddledome         
5/26 -- Edmonton, AB,  Rexall Place                               
5/28 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena                                      
5/30 --  Vancouver, BC,  Rogers Arena                            
6/2  -- San Diego, CA,  Viejas Arena                             
6/3 -- San Jose, CA,  SAP Center at San Jose          
6/30 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden                                  
7/2 --  Montreal, QC,  Bell Centre                                  
7/9  -- Toronto, ON,   Air Canada Centre                      
7/11 -- Chicago, IL, United Center                              
7/14 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center                                 
7/16 -- Houston, TX,    Toyota Center                          
7/17 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center               
7/19 -- Las Vegas, NV,    MGM Grand Garden Arena             
7/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Beck Reveals Track List for "Morning Phase"

Third Man RecordsBeck’s new album, Morning Phase, won’t be in stores until sometime in February, but the singer has revealed the track list for the record, according to Revolt TV.  There are 12 songs on the album, which marks his first studio effort in several years.

Here’s the album’s full track list:

1. "Morning"
2. "Heart Is A Drum"
3. "Say Goodbye"
4. "Waking Light"
5. "Unforgiven"
6. "Wave"
7. "Don’t Let It Go"
8. "Blackbird Chain"
9. "Evil Things"
10. "Blue Moon"
11. "Turn Away"
12. "Country Down"

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Justin Bieber Releases Sexy Music Video for "All That Matters"

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber shares some intimate moments with a beautiful blonde in his just-released music video for "All That Matters."

Initially, the clip shows Justin alternately singing to the camera and sizing up the woman as she stands, lies on a motorcycle and poses seductively on a couch. Eventually the romance kicks in and we see the two kissing.

We occasionally get a glimpse of the singer without a shirt because, well, he's Justin Bieber and that's how he rolls.

"All That Matters" was released in October as the second song in Justin's "Music Monday" series.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

"The Voice" Recap: The Top 6 Perform Twice

Photo by: Trae Patton/NBCThe six remaining artists on NBC's The Voice were back in the spotlight on Monday night. This time, they were asked to perform two songs: a special dedication they chose themselves, and a coach's pick.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green were all in their usual seats to offer their opinions. Cee Lo does not have any artists left in the competition.

Blake's lone remaining protégé, Cole Vosbury, opened the show with a coach's pick: "Rich Girl," by Hall & Oates. Blake said it was evident that Cole has been working hard. He added that Cole's live version of the song could easily sell on iTunes as is. Adam, a self-professed Hall & Oates fan, told Cole it is a joy to listen to him sing.

Tessanne Chin, the first of three Team Adam artists to take the stage, was assigned "Redemption Song," by Bob Marley. Tessanne was excited about the choice, since both she and Marley are Jamaican. Adam said he got lost in her performance, and that viewers should understand the "potency" of both Bob Marley and Tessanne Chin. Christina again detected a more pronounced accent in Tessanne's vocals.

Matthew Schuler of Team Christina unveiled his special dedication song, One Direction's "Story of My Life," as a tribute to his family. Christina approved of the choice and said the "modulation" made it seem as if the heavens had opened up. Adam admired the fact that Matt went in a different direction after his stirring cover of "Hallelujah" on the show last month.

Adam Levine artist Will Champlin dedicated Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" to his wife and their baby daughter. His coach raved about the courage and the grit Will displayed on stage. Cee Lo suggested that Will was "overly ambitious" at times, but added that Will got back on track.

Will's teammate, James Wolpert, put a folksy spin on The White Stripes rocker "Fell in Love with a Girl," which he dedicated to his father. Adam liked the fact that it was simple and different, even if there was a mess-up in the middle of it.

Christina gave Jacquie Lee "Cry Baby," by Janis Joplin. Christina embraced her on stage after the performance, and declared how proud she is of the teen. Cee Lo marveled at the diversity of the song choices for Jacquie during the competition.

Cole returned with his dedication song, James Morrison's "Better Man." He chose it with his first love -- with whom he's no longer involved -- in mind. Blake joked, "If you don't get her back now, something's wrong." Christina advised him to preserve his voice during rehearsals because he sounded a little raspy.

Tessanne dedicated a rendition of Katy Perry's new single, "Unconditionally," to her mother and father. Her coach, Adam, noted that past contestants have had trouble with Katy's songs, but Tessanne's range allows her to perform virtually whatever she wants. Blake called her a "world-class vocalist."

The coach's pick for Matthew was "When A Man Loves A Woman," made famous by Percy Sledge and later Michael Bolton. Christina said he took things back to basics after tackling One Direction earlier in the night. Blake said it seemed Matthew and his teammate, Jacquie, were bringing the best out of each other.

Adam assigned Will "Hey Brother," by Avicii. Adam said with each passing week he wants to see more from Will. Blake was unfamiliar with the song but he loved the banjo influence.

Jacquie won brownie points with her coach by singing Christina's "The Voice Within." Christina said she appreciates that Jacquie took on such a big song, which she described as "age appropriate." She added that Jacquie has only scratched the surface of her talents.

James closed the night with Adam's choice for him, the Meat Loaf classic "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Adam revealed to the crowd that James was not feeling well, then said that under the circumstances, James did a good job.

Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Katy Perry & John Mayer Unveil Romantic, First-Ever Official Portraits for "Who You Love" 

Columbia RecordsKaty Perry and John Mayer are madly in love, and now they've captured their feelings for one another on film for posterity.  Vanity Fair has an exclusive look at the first-ever official joint portraits of the couple, which were taken to promote their romantic duet, "Who You Love."

In the series of black and white photos by Mario Sorrenti, Katy and John show their affection for one another in small, but intimate ways.  In one, Katy is posed above John, but she has her hand inside his shirt.  In another, she's lying on her stomach on a couch as he sits on the floor in front of her with a guitar; she's got her arm around his shoulder.  In yet another, Katy's bending backwards, while John leads forward and nuzzles her neck. 

The actual "Who You Love" artwork is a variation on the couch shot.  "Proud of this song, proud of this artwork, proud of this girl," John tweeted.  The song, from John's album Paradise Valley, is available on iTunes.

In other Katy news, she's giving more detail about a song on her album PRISM called "By the Grace of God," in which she describes "laying on bathroom floor" in a state of depression following her breakup with ex-husband Russell Brand.  The singer confirms that yes, she really was thinking about ending her own life during that time.

Asked if she was truly contemplating suicide at the moment she sings about in the song, Katy told the Toronto Star, "Yes. I was. I remember specifically, I was in New York. I had a spell of sorts and it was very difficult and sad."  Explaining why she's willing to talk openly about this, Katy explains, " A lot of people struggle with negative thoughts, but you shouldn’t be ashamed of that. You should share how you feel with people, so you don’t feel so alone in your problems.”

What helped her get through that dark time, Katy says, was divine intervention.

“Sure, the hikes helped and the meditation helped and the therapy helped and the vitamins helped and my friends helped, but I think something cosmic was looking out for me," she tells the paper.

The singer insists that these days, she's in a much better state of mind -- not perfect, but on the right track.

"I think I’m a work in progress, really,” she tells the paper. "I always have to be aware that the work is unfinished. In the last little while, I had to do a lot of looking inward and re-patching things than needed to be patched."

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Britney Spears Arrives in Las Vegas, "Britney Jean" Arrives in Stores Today 

RCA RecordsIt was Britney Spears' birthday yesterday, but her fans are getting the present: a brand-new album from the 32-year-old star.

The disc, Britney Jean, arrives in stores just as the star is ramping up for her Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino.  To mark the occasion, Tuesday afternoon, Britney will make what's being described as an "elaborate arrival" to the venue down the Las Vegas strip.  According to the Las Vegas Sun, spectators will witness "an outrageous and over-the-top mobile-stage spectacular," featuring "a 'Tree of Life'" that will spawn "acrobats and sexy dancers," and Britney herself will appear "through a wall of fire tunnel."

The two-year residency, Britney: Piece of Me, starts December 27 and is described as "the most intimate, yet dynamic, concert experience of her career."

While the show will feature all of Britney's hits, it's not clear if the material on Britney Jean will be included.  Billed as her "most personal album ever," the disc has been streaming on iTunes for the past week, and most critics agree that, while the album isn't actually that personal, it's still pretty good. 

Britney co-wrote every track, and other writers on the songs include David Guetta, Katy Perry, Sia and Will.i.am.  As for guest appearances, there are three: one by Will, who is the album's executive producer, as well as one from T.I. and one from Britney's little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.  Fans should savor the album, because it's not likely that they'll be getting another one anytime soon.  As she told BBC Radio 1, "I'll take a break after this one for a while."

"This album is different from any album I've ever done," Britney told BBC Radio 1. "It's very moody and electric and different, so it's pretty cool."  As for the title, she told London's Capital FM, "It's my personal name that my family calls me. It's a term of endearment and I just wanted to be able to share that with my fans."

If you don't find Britney Jean the album personal enough, hold out for the upcoming I Am Britney Jean documentary, which is coming to E! on December 22nd.  "Been filming for months to capture EVERYTHING we've put into the Vegas show & album. So much to show the world. Can't wait!," Britney wrote on her website.

You can hear more from Britney on Tuesday when she appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSheryl Crow appears on Katie Tuesday. Check local listings for time and channel.

Craig Morgan will perform "Wake Up Lovin' You" on Fox News's Fox & Friends Wednesday.

According to Bing's year-end figures, Taylor Swift is the fourth most-searched person of 2013 behind Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, respectively.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

"CMT Artists of the Year" Honors Top Country Stars Live from Nashville Tonight

CMTLuke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Hunter Hayes are the honorees on this year's CMT Artists of the Year special, airing live from Nashville Tuesday night. Since it first started four years ago, this show has gained a reputation for showcasing the year's top country stars in a laid back environment. The artists enjoy the show since they get to catch up with their fellow stars at the end of the year.

Luke Bryan explains,  "It's just a great reason for all of those artists to get together and go, 'You know, we had a great year guys. Let's keep country music going great. Let's keep music going great.'"

The party keeps going when the cameras stop rolling, too. Luke adds, "We'll typically have an after-party somewhere, and it gets pretty fun."

Jason Aldean has been honored at all four CMT Artists of the Year shows, but he didn't know what to expect when the show first started in 2009. The event's formal dress code really threw Jason off at first.

He remembers thinking, "Like, 'It's a black tie deal? I don't even own a black tie!'"

He says, "It's turned out to be a really cool thing. I think it's a really special night where you have artists come in and pay tribute to other artists by doing their songs, which I think is really cool to do."

Having just five honorees on the show gives Jason even more time on camera to really thank the people who work on his team behind the scenes.

"The things that happen in our career, they don't happen without a lot of other people that do a lot for us to make the wheels turn," Jason explains.

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley thinks the small, intimate feel of CMT Artists of the Year allows for a rich viewer experience, too.

"I think in most awards shows there's so many things crammed into a couple hours that you have to rewatch it to figure out exactly what just happened," Brian says. "CMT Artists of the Year, there's not many artists, and it's very focused on what these artists did throughout the year. So, kinda slows it down and gives everybody a little bit more time to kind of get to know the artist."

Hunter Hayes attended the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year event to recognize last year's honoree, Carrie Underwood. Before going on stage, he got to have some hang time backstage with his pals in Rascal Flatts, too.

Says Hunter, "I'd just finished a tour with them. We ended up just kind of joking around and just hanging out for a minute."

On top of that, Hunter was there to see all the big performances, like Luke Bryan's collaboration with One Republic's Ryan Tedder and Miranda Lambert's intimate performance of "Over You."

He adds, "There's a lot of, like, collaborations that happen on the show, too, which obviously I love. I'm excited to see who teams up with who and what happens."

Being honored as a CMT Artist of the Year is a full-circle moment for Tim McGraw since CMT played a big role in his decision to move to Nashville.

He explains, "I learned to play guitar by watching guys on CMT and where they were placing their hands on the guitar when they were playing in their videos, and that's how I learned to play."

Tim made that move to Music City in 1989. He adds, "To be here now in 2013 and sort of being honored this way by CMT, from one of the impetuses it was for me to move to Nashville, it's pretty special."

Dierks Bentley, Alabama, Peter Frampton, Nashville star Hayden Panettiere, Lady Antebellum, Train's Pat Monahan, Cassadee Pope, Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt and Dwight Yoakam are among the performers and presenters on CMT Artists of the Year. Comedian Ron White serves as host.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Listen to New Archival Neil Young Album, "Live at the Cellar Door," Online Now

Photo: Gary BurdenNeil Young's new archival concert album, Live at The Cellar Door, won't be released until December 10, but you can check out the entire recording now online.  RollingStone.com is offering an exclusive stream of the 13-track collection, which features performances from a multiple-night stand the folk-rock great played in the fall of 1970 at the famed Cellar Door club in Washington, D.C.

The album captures Young shortly after he put out his classic solo effort After the Gold Rush.  Among the songs featured on the album are that record's title track, other solo classics like "Old Man," "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River" and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," and the Buffalo Springfield gems "I Am a Child," "Expecting to Fly" and "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong."

The Cellar Door shows included the debut live performances of "Old Man" and the rarity "Bad Fog of Loneliness," plus a rare rendition of "Cinnamon Girl" featuring Young playing piano rather than guitar.

Meanwhile, Young's next scheduled concerts are a series of four shows at New York City's Carnegie Hall on January 6, 7, 9 and 10.  Tickets are available at CarnegieHall.org.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Joe Nichols Scores Fifth #1 Hit with "Sunny and 75"

Red Bow RecordsCongratulations to Joe Nichols on earning his fifth #1 hit on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Sunny and 75." The song rises to the top of the country chart this week, and Joe is grateful to be back on the radio in a big way.

"Whether it's your first #1 record or your 50th, seeing your song at the top of the charts never gets old," Joe says. "God is good."

"Sunny and 75" is the lead single from Joe's latest album, Crickets. Look for him to serve as a presenter on the 4th Annual American Country Awards Tuesday, December 10 on FOX.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, David Bowie Make "Rolling Stone" List of 50 Best Albums of 2013

Hear Music; Vanguard RecordsRolling Stone has released its annual list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 and, along with a bevy of contemporary artists, a few of the most beloved rockers of the 1960s and '70s have landed on the tally.  Finishing in the top 10 are Paul McCartney's New and John Fogerty's Wrote a Song for Everyone, which were ranked #4 and #10 respectively.

The magazine notes that McCartney's New finds the former Beatle "play[ing] to his strengths" by including "Wings-like glam rock, Little Richard howls and…some remarkably Beatlesque pop tunes and George Martin-ish arrangements."  Rolling Stone also praises the 71-year-old rock legend for exploring "21st-century pop with sharp ears, bringing in young-gun producers like Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson and Ethan Johns."

As for Wrote a Song for Everyone, which features updated versions of many classic Fogerty tunes recorded with various guest stars, the magazine points out that the collection "shows how vital and relevant his songwriting remains more than 40 years after it owned the radio."

Other albums by veteran artists that made it onto the list include David Bowie's The Next Day at #16, Elton John's The Diving Board at #25 and Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt at #40.

Topping the list was alternative rockers Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Richie Sambora Predicts Bon Jovi Reunion "Down the Road," but Says, "I Really Wanted to Plug In with My Kid"

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty ImagesBon Jovi's Richie Sambora left the band's tour in April, and since then, he hasn't performed with them.  At first, he wouldn't give his reason for the departure, but lately, he's said that he simply wanted to spend more time with his family.  But does he see a future with Bon Jovi going forward?  "Sure!" confirms the guitarist.

Speaking to reporters at the taping of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which will air December 11 on the Hallmark Channel, Richie said that "sure" he forsees a time when he'll reunite with Jon and the rest of the band "down the road," but added, "There's no plans. They're still on the road, you know."  Bon Jovi will wrap up their Because We Can tour December 17 in Australia. 

"I just needed a break, man. Thirty years on the road was enough for me!" he told reporters.

Specifically, Richie says he wanted the break so he could be with his teenage daughter Ava; her mom is Richie's ex-wife, Heather Locklear.  "I really wanted to plug in with my kid, especially at this specific time in her life. You know, it's a very, very transitional period," he told reporters. "People don't understand when you're out there [on the road], it's 24/7. You lose a lot of life."

At the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Richie duetted with Stevie Wonder on the holiday standard "Silent Night," and also delivered a version of Bill Withers' hit "Lean on Me," as well as a solo rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer."  Other performers on the two-hour special included the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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