Franz Ferdinand Shares New Tracks “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” Online

Domino RecordsFranz Ferdinand is giving us the chance to check out two tracks from their upcoming album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

On Thursday, the band posted streams of new cuts “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” on their YouTube channel.  In addition to being available online, the songs will be released on a limited-edition seven-inch pink vinyl single on June 29.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will arrive at all the usual outlets on August 27.  The release will be available as a standard CD or vinyl LP; a deluxe, limited-edition two-CD or two-LP set featuring a disc of bonus live recordings; and as a limited-edition deluxe passport edition.  The latter package will include a deluxe edition of each physical format of the album, a number of seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl singles, plus access to exclusive tracks and content.

Here's the track list for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action:

“Right Action”
“Evil Eye”
“Love Illumination”
“Stand on the Horizon”
“Fresh Strawberries”
“Treason! Animals.”
“The Universe Expanded”
“Brief Encounters”
“Goodbye Lovers & Friends”

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Andrew WK to Perform Special DJ Set on Black Sabbath’s Upcoming North American Tour

AndrewWK.comAndrew WK has been chosen by Black Sabbath to be the opening act for the heavy metal legends’ upcoming tour -- but he won’t be singing. The notoriously hard-partying singer has revealed that instead of rocking the mic, he’ll be performing a special DJ set each night of the veteran band's North American run.

"This is the greatest honor I could be given,” says the singer in a statement.  “I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act.  I was really in a state of disbelief -- almost sick with amazement and excitement.”

Sabbath’s North American tour kicks off on July 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas.  Visit to view the full itinerary.

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Mark Fisher, Stage Designer of Metallica, Pink Floyd, U2 Tours, Dead at 66

Stufish.comMark Fisher, an acclaimed stage designer and architect who helped create impressive stage setups for Metallica, Pink Floyd, U2 and many other stars, died Wednesday at a hospice in Hampstead, U.K.  He was 66.  A statement announcing Fisher's death was issued by his design firm, Stufish, which added that he "passed away peacefully in his sleep…with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness."

Among the many famous treks and concert events for which Fisher served as artistic director were Metallica's 2012 Death Magnetic tour, Pink Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour and U2's massive 360 tour in 2009.  He was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II with an Order of the British Empire medal for his contributions to the London Millennium Show in 2000.

Other artists whose tours Fisher contributed to include Muse, Roger Waters, Van Halen, and AC/DC.  To find out more about his work, visit

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Mark Fisher, Stage Designer of Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 Tours, Dead at 66

Stufish.comMark Fisher, an acclaimed stage designer and architect who helped create impressive stage setups for The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 and many other stars, died Wednesday at a hospice in Hampstead, U.K.  He was 66.  A statement announcing Fisher's death was issued by his design firm, Stufish, which added that he "passed away peacefully in his sleep…with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness."

Among the many famous treks and concert events for which Fisher served as artistic director were The Stones' current 50 and Counting tour, Pink Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour, U2's massive 360 tour and Elton John's Million Dollar Piano Las Vegas show.  He was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II with an Order of the British Empire medal for his contributions to the London Millennium Show in 2000.

According to the BBC, The Rolling Stones issued their own statement paying tribute to Fisher, saying, "The remarkable sets he designed for us over last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours.  His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious.  We all loved his dry sense of humor and unflappable demeanor."

Other artists whose tours Fisher contributed to include Roger Waters, Genesis, Van Halen, Phil Collins, Metallica, AC/DC, Tina Turner, Madonna and Cher.  To find out more about his work, visit

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One Direction Gets New Ink in Maryland

Credit: TMZOne Direction's members are covered in tattoos, but apparently, there's always room for more.  Earlier this week, the boys, who are currently on a U.S. tour, stopped by a tattoo shop in Maryland to get inked.

A posting on Tattooed Heart Studio's Facebook page reads, "Guess who stopped by to get tattooed before they head out to Philadelphia today..." accompanied by a photo of Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik sitting in what looks like a waiting room. 

According to TMZ, Louis and Zayn had specific concepts for their new ink: Zayn wanted the face of his girlfriend -- that's Perrie Edwards of Little Mix -- while Louis wanted a spiderweb design and a bomb.  Liam Payne, who was also there, didn't get any work done.  During the session, TMZ reports that the guys started jonesing for fried chicken, so they sent their bodyguard out to the local KFC to bring back a bucket for them.

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Additional Tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert on Sale Friday

Greg WatmerannA limited number of tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert are going on sale to the public Friday at 1 p.m. ET.  The initially available number of ticket sold out, but these additional seats opened up once show organizers finalized their production plans.  Fans can purchase the new tickets through Ticketmaster.

Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood are set to perform at the concert July 6 in Norman, OK to raise money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

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Demi Lovato Launches Fund to Help People with Mental Illnesses

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Demi Lovato lost her father, Patrick, last weekend.  On Thursday's Good Morning America, the singer revealed that he, like herself, struggled with mental illness.  Now, she's doing something to help others struggling with similar mental health issues.

"I've dealt with mental illnesses, but my father also dealt with mental illness. And he wasn't able to function very well in society," Demi said. "And this week, I'm launching the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program."

"I'm basically helping one person at a time. I'm going to pay for their treatment. I'm working with Cast Recovery, which is a treatment center that I've worked really really closely with," she continued.

Demi lost her father, who was 53, on June 23.  Though the two were not on speaking terms -- Patrick divorced Demi's mother, Dianna De La Garza -- Demi said her father was a good man.

"My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he's still my dad and I grew up with him," the 20-year-old said. "And he's a wonderful person."

Professionally, Demi returns as a judge on the upcoming third season of The X Factor, joining executive producer Simon Cowell and newcomers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.

"X Factor takes up so much of the year that it doesn't leave me any time to shoot a movie or anything like that," Demi admitted.

The X Factor returns to Fox on September 11.

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"Same Love" Rapper Macklemore Cheers Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA & Proposition 8"Same Love," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, is a gay rights anthem, so it's no surprise that Macklemore is happy about the Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday that overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriage to become legal in California once again.

In a lengthy statement on his website, Macklemore, who was partially inspired to write "Same Love" because his uncle is gay, writes, "Today is a historic day for civil rights in America...This means that people like my uncles, who have been in a committed relationship for over 20 years, will now receive the same rights that my parents have."

He adds, "Personally, I feel reconnected to my American identity, and am proud of the progress we have made in recent years.  Today gives promise to the hope that we can and will change when our nation isn’t fair and just....It’s a victory...for all who devote their lives to fight for what is constitutionally and ethically right."

However, the rapper cautions that we still "have a long way to go," pointing out that there are still "37 states in our country that must shift legislation on same sex marriage before equality for same-sex couples is reached."  He also notes that "homophobia and intolerance continue to play a strong role in many households, schools, media and religious institutions in our country."

The rapper feels that without addressing those underlying problems, "America’s momentum towards justice will be stagnant and insincere."

He finishes by saying, "We, especially those of us whose rights are secure, are challenged to not sit passively in this crucial moment of cultural progress. True change lives in the minds and hearts of the people that make up our country, and must be cultivated, not mandated. We all have a part to play."

"Same Love" is on track to become Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' third hit, following "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."

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Pink Shows Off Acting Skills in Trailer for New Movie, "Thanks for Sharing"

Business WirePink has first major movie role in Thanks for Sharing, a movie about sex addicts that's coming out in September.  And in the just-released trailer, she proves that she can add "acting" to her list of accomplishments, alongside singing, songwriting and selling out arenas worldwide.

In the movie, Pink, credited under her birth name Alecia Moore, plays Dede, one of several characters who attend a support group for sex addicts.  Sporting platinum blonde hair streaked with blue, we first see her in the trailer at one of the group meetings, noting, "There's a lot of dudes in here. My other program isn't such a sausage fest." 

Also in the trailer, we see Pink's character developing a friendship with a fellow sex addict, played by Josh Gad.  He forcefully convinces her not to return to her ex for a booty call, and later, he joins her at a dance, where she encourages him to "let your inhibitions run wild."  At the end of the trailer, she hugs him and says, "I've never been just friends with a guy before. It's!"

Pink's co-stars in the film are pretty impressive: they include Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson and Carol KaneThanks for Sharing is due September 13.

The singer has other acting credits to her name.  She voiced the character of Gloria in the animated film Happy Feet Two, appeared as herself in Get Him to the Greek, had tiny roles in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Rollerball, and starred in a 2007 horror flick called Catacombs.

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Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke And More Join BET Awards 2013 Line-Up

BET.comIn case you needed another reason to tune into this year's BET Awards, new artists have been added to the star-studded lineup.

Viewers can now expect Janelle Monae and Robin Thicke to perform during Sunday's show.  Justin Timberlake will hit the stage as well, the network announced.

As previously reported the BET Awards 2013 also will feature performances from Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.

R. Kelly, Nicki Minaj, India.Arie, Ciara and Kendrick Lamar will hit the stage as well, and viewers will also see honoree Charlie Wilson.

Drake leads the pack with the most nominations this year -- he earned an impressive 12 nods, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year and the Coca Cola-sponsored Viewer's Choice Award.

Taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30,  the Chris Tucker-hosted event will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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AFI Signs with Republic Records; New Album Coming This Fall is now part of the Republic Records family.  On Thursday, frontman Davey Havok revealed that his band would be joining the record label’s roster, and that the group has a new album headed our way.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Republic family for the release of our ninth record,” says Havok in a statement. “We've spent over two years realizing this album and could not be more excited to share it with all.” 

While the band has yet to announce an official release date for the upcoming album, it is expected to arrive in stores in September.

You’ll be able to hear some of the new songs performed live when the band makes appearances at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, September 13-15 and at Riot Fest in Denver, CO September 21-22.  Dates for a headlining tour will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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Jay-Z Teases News Song "Oceans"; Unleashes "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Promo Video Plus Tracklist new promotional videos have surfaced online for Jay-Z's highly-anticipated album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

With less than a week to go, the rapper has a new piano-driven song that leaked, titled "Oceans," which features, appropriately, Frank Ocean. This marks the second time the artists have collaborated: they previously shared a track for 2011's Watch the Throne.

In the promo clip, Jay tells producer Rick Rubin, “It sounds like a celebration of where we are now on some big yacht, throwing champagne in the water.  But the undertow of the thing is that this is the same water that brought us here originally as slaves, so it has this old duality and how we are rewriting history.”

Earlier in the week, Hov revealed the lyrics to the Justin Timberlake-assisted "Holy Grail," while an Instagram user posted the official track list online after Jay-Z and his Roc Nation label conducted a special scavenger hunt across New York City to find it.

Also, if you download the Jay-Z Magna Carta app in Google Play, you could be one of the million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Note II owners who'll receive a free copy of Magna Carta Holy Grail, 72 hours before the public can purchase the disc. Visit to learn more.  The album officially arrives July 4.

In related news, Jay-Z and J.T. are scheduled to kick off their “Legends of the Summer” tour on July 17 in Toronto.

Here's the Magna Carta Holy Grail track list:
"Picasso Baby"
"Tom Ford"
"Beach Is Better"
"Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)"
"Part II (On the Run)"
"La Familia"
"Jay-Z Blue"
"Nickles & Dimes"
"Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)"
"Open Letter"

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Rolling Stones Members Post Video Message About Upcoming Glastonbury Concert

Photo: RankinThe Rolling Stones wrapped up the North American leg of their 50 and Counting tour Monday in Washington, D.C., and now the band is heading back to the U.K. to give their first-ever performance at the famed Glastonbury Festival this Saturday.  In advance of the big show, the rock legends have posted a video online featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discussing the event.

In the clip, Jagger reveals that playing the event will give him a chance to spend some quality time with his family.

"All my kids are gonna be there so I'm gonna be visiting them in the days before the actual show," he points out.  "They've got all kinds of activities set up for me to do.  And my brother also…lives there, actually in Glastonbury.  Not in the field, but he lives in Glastonbury."

Richards, meanwhile, notes, "It's almost as if you were, like, finally destined to play Glastonbury.  I mean, there were many years when we were offered it and turned it down, but I look upon it as a culmination of our British heritage, really.  It had to be done and it's gonna be done and we'll see what happens."

Adds Mick, "We look forward to seeing you in Glastonbury."

Glastonbury, which takes place in Piltdon, England, kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  In addition to The Stones, who'll play a headlining set on Saturday night, the festival will include performances by Elvis Costello, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Steve Winwood, Smashing Pumpkins, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers and dozens of other acts.

The Rolling Stones also have two more U.K. concerts scheduled, sold-out gigs on July 6 and 13 at London's Hyde Park.

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Madonna Cheers Supreme Court's Rulings: "Justice Is Served"

Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesIt's no surprise that Madonna applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday that paves the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Madonna, who is a longtime gay-rights advocate, writes on Facebook, "What a way to start my day!! I'm wearing a smile from ear to ear. There is a G-D! Justice is served. Hallelujah!!"

In late March, Madonna posted messages on her website and Facebook page calling for a "revolution" promoting marriage equality.  That same month at the GLAAD Media Awards, where she presented an award to Anderson Cooper, she was dressed as a Boy Scout as she denounced the Scouts' anti-gay policy. The Boy Scouts last month voted to end its ban on admitting gay members, though it won't permit gay leaders.

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Bon Jovi Performing at Green Building Conference in Philly This Fall

Image credit: David BergmanBon Jovi has been tapped to perform at a conference/expo dedicated to the green building movement.

The band will make an appearance at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia on November 20.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which will be presented by the U.S. Green Building Council from November 20 to 22.

In a statement, Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re thrilled to help kick off Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia this year, and to celebrate the environment, the mission of green building, and those at the forefront.”

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Bridget Kelly Issues New Visual for "Street Dreamin'" Kelly recently released the video for her laid-back, summertime single, “Street Dreamin," which includes guest verses from Kendrick Lamar.  The Roc Nation singer shows off her bold fashion in the clip, which was shot in Greensboro, N.C. near the railroad tracks.

In the Clifton Bell-directed video, the 27-year-old singer cruises around in an old school car with the top down and flirts with one guy in particular that has caught her interest.

Kelly's latest single samples Tupac's "Got My Mind Made Up" and it will appear on Bridget’s upcoming debut, which will receive noted contributions from Ne-Yo and The-Dream.

There is no official release date or title for her new album.

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Zedd to Launch Moment of Clarity Tour

InterscopeGerman deejay and producer Zedd is about to provide a moment of "Clarity" for his fans.  The 23-year-old is hitting the road this fall for his Moment of Clarity Tour, kicking off August 28 in Boston.  The tour is right now scheduled to wrap October 3 in Eugene, Oregon; additional dates will be announced soon.

In a statement, Zedd says, "For the past six months, I've been working on a light and visual show for my tour. We've built tons special content and improved the production day by day, step by step. With the Moment of Clarity World Tour, I want to capture this moment and present it to my fans around the world!"

Let's hope the "light and visual show" he's planning has more bells and whistles than his tour announcement video, which simply shows a bunch of monkeys jumping up and down and getting excited when they spy, through binoculars, the list of tour dates.

Zedd is, of course, having his own moment with the song "Clarity," featuring vocals by British singer Foxes.  In the past two months it's been performed on Glee and on The Voice.

Here are Zedd's tour dates:

8/28 -- Boston, MA, HOB
9/1 --  New York, NY,  Electric Zoo
9/3  -- Atlanta, GA,  Tabernacle
9/4  -- Charleston, SC,  Music Farm
9/5  -- Orlando, FL,  HOB
9/6  -- Miami, FL, Fillmore
9/7 -- Tampa, FL, Ritz Ybor
9/9  -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
9/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
9/11 --  Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
9/12 -- Toronto, ON, Sound Academy
9/13  -- Detroit, MI, Royal Oak
9/14  -- Milwaukee, WI, The Eagle Ballroom
9/15  -- St. Louis, MO, Pageant
9/17  -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
9/18  -- Austin, TX, Emo's East
9/20  -- El Paso, TX,  Buchanan's
9/21  -- Phoenix, AZ, 5th and Madison Events Center
9/24  -- Denver, CO,  Ogden Theater
9/26  -- Calgary, AB,  Flames
9/28  -- Vancouver, BC Commodore
9/29  -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
9/30  -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
10/1  -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
10/2  -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
10/3  -- Eugene, OR,  McDonald Theater

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Ludacris Sued for Allegedly Stealing “Sex Room” Lyrics

Ludacris (Island Def Jam)Ludacris is reportedly facing a lawsuit over allegedly stolen lyrics, according to TMZ.

The song in question is Luda's 2010 number “Sex Room” with Trey Songz.  TMZ reports that a Chicago rapper named Marvo claims the hip hop veteran stole the song concept and original lyrics for the baby-making tune, which Marvo says he created back in 2009.

Marvo is accusing the man who produced the cut, Kajun, of having sold the song without his consent.

The song was Luda's third single from his seventh studio album, Battle of the Sexes.  Thanks in part to the Chris Robinson-directed visual for the song, which was inspired by The Hangover film, the track debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.  It also reached the number 69 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

Marvo claims he was never compensated,  and is reportedly suing Ludacris and Trey Songz for an unspecified amount.

In related news, Ludacris is currently working on his eighth studio album, Ludaversal, which is expected to arrive sometime in September 2013.

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Metallica, Guns N’ Roses Featured on Deluxe Version of Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD

Eagle Rock EntertainmentFollowing Freddie Mercury's death from AIDS in 1991, Queen's three surviving members organized a historic, star-packed tribute concert that was held at London's Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992.  Now, a deluxe DVD containing the entire the show, as well as opening-act performances and a bevy of bonus material, will be released as a three-DVD set and a standard-definition Blu-ray disc on September 3.  Both releases include a freshly remastered soundtrack.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition features Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon teaming up with an incredible list of music luminaries to perform the British rock legends' best-loved songs.  Among the stars who participated in the event were Metallica frontman James Hetfield, Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

The video also boasts the event's complete opening set, which features performances from Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Extreme, as well as an introduction by May, Taylor and Deacon, a speech by Elizabeth Taylor, and a video homage to Mercury.  The extras include footage of the Queen members rehearsing with Bowie, Lennox and other singers; a documentary that marked the 10th anniversary of the concert; photo galleries and more.

In addition to paying tribute to Freddie, the event raised money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity May and Taylor helped establish in honor of the late Queen singer.  The new Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD set features a list price of $29.99, while the Blu-ray will cost $24.98.

Here's the DVD track list:

Opening Acts
Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Introduction
Metallica -- "Enter Sandman"
Metallica -- "Sad but True"
Metallica -- "Nothing Else Matters"
Freddie Montage (Insert)
Extreme -- Queen Medley, including "Mustapha," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Keep Yourself Alive," "I Want to Break Free," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Bicycle Race," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Radio Ga Ga"
Freddie Montage (Insert)   
Def Leppard & Brian May -- "Now I'm Here"
Queen -- "I'm Going Slightly Mad" video (Insert)   
Bob Geldof -- "Too Late God"
Guns N' Roses -- "Paradise City"
Guns N' Roses -- "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
Elizabeth Taylor Speech

Main "Queen +" Set
Joe Elliott, Slash & Queen -- "Tie Your Mother Down"
Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "I Want It All"
Zucchero & Queen -- "Las Palabras de Amor"
Gary Cherone, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "Hammer to Fall"
James Hetfield, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "Stone Cold Crazy"
Robert Plant & Queen -- "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Brian May -- "Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Paul Young & Queen -- "Radio Ga Ga"
Seal & Queen – "Who Wants to Live Forever"
Lisa Stansfield & Queen – "I Want to Break Free"
David Bowie, Annie Lennox & Queen – "Under Pressure"
Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen – "All the Young Dudes"
David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen – "Heroes"
George Michael & Queen – "'39"
George Michael, Lisa Stansfield & Queen – "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
George Michael, London Gospel Choir & Queen – "Somebody to Love"
Elton John, Axl Rose & Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Elton John, Tony Iommi & Queen – "The Show Must Go On"
Axl Rose & Queen – "We Will Rock You"
Liza Minnelli & Ensemble – "We Are the Champions"

Bonus Material:
Rehearsal performances of Queen +
-David Bowie and Annie Lennox, "Under Pressure"
-George Michael and Lisa Stansfield, "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
-George Michael, "Somebody to Love"
10th Anniversary Documentary
Photo Galleries   
Mercury Phoenix Trust Facts

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Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard Spill Secrets About Each Other

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are best friends as well as duo partners, so they know a few fun secrets about each other. Brian reveals that Tyler used to play saxophone, telling People, "He used to be a little Kenny G!"

Brian is spilling Tyler's nickname: "The Hurricane."

"He will very frequently spill a drink or two. That's how he picks up girls," Brian explains with a big laugh. "I'm the clean-up guy."

Florida Georgia Line plays a run of shows in Canada this weekend.

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