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Sep132013

Morrissey Cancels Memoir Release Date Due to “Content Disagreement,” Searches for New Publisher

Facebook.com/MorrisseyFans looking forward to finding out all the details about Morrissey’s life will have to keep waiting.

According to the True to You fan webzine, the ex-Smiths frontman has just announced he's canceled the September 16 release date of his new memoir, Autobiography, due to “a last-minute content disagreement” with the book’s publisher, Penguin Books. While a new release date for the book has yet to be revealed, the singer is currently searching for a new publisher.

In other Morrissey news, the singer's new concert film, Morrissey Live: 25, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 22. The flick documents Morrissey’s March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, CA. It boasts a total of 19 performances, including a number of The Smiths’ classic tracks.

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Friday
Sep132013

Randy Travis's Album, "Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am," Now Coming Out September 30

Warner Music NashvilleThe release date for Randy Travis's Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am has been moved up one day, to September 30. The project features Randy paying tribute to his musical heroes Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell and others. Randy's duet with Joe Nichols on the new song, "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum," is also included on the project.

Album pre-order packages are now available at RandyTravis.com.

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Friday
Sep132013

Kanye West Adds More Shows to Yeezus Tour 

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Kanye West is adding additional dates to major city stops on his Yeezus Tour.

Second shows have been added at previously-announced tour stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.  In New York City, second shows have been added to Ye's tour stops at both Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Manhattan's Madison Square Garden.

As previously reported, the 23-city tour kicks off in Seattle, WA on October 19 and winds up in Houston, TX on December 7.

Kendrick Lamar will open for Kanye on most of the dates, including the newly-announced shows in L.A., Chicago and Toronto.  An as-yet-unannounced special guest will open the New York City shows.

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now with details available at KanyeWest.com

Here are the newly-announced dates for The Yeezus Tour:

10/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
11/9 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
11/13 - Toronto, ONT, Air Canada Centre
11/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
11/24 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

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Friday
Sep132013

Stevie Nicks: Christine McVie to Rejoin Fleetwood Mac for UK Dates

Peter Still/RedfernsSinger and keyboard player Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and as recently as last year, Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone that the chances that Christine would rejoin the group were as likely as "an asteroid hitting the earth."  But now, it appears as though Stevie and Christine are singing a different tune.

According to the BBC, in an interview on BBC Radio 4 that will air Monday, Stevie claimed that Christine will rejoin Fleetwood Mac for two shows on their European tour, which kicks off Friday, September 20 with two shows in Dublin, Ireland.  That's followed by three additional shows in London. 

Stevie said, "She is going to come and do a song on the second two shows.  I think it will probably be 'Don't Stop.'  I don't know, but she's coming to Ireland to rehearse with us."  It's not clear exactly which shows Stevie was referring to.

During the same interview, Stevie spoke about the close bond she and Christine shared as women in the mostly male-dominated rock world.  "Both of us in a man's world, from the very beginning, we made a pact that we would be a force of nature together.  And we were," she said.

"We had a lot of power when there were two of us," Stevie added.  "That wasn't really so noticeable to us because we just had it until she left. And then when she left I realized how much power we had when she was there, and how when she left she took 50 percent of the power with her… I felt powerless in many ways."

As for why Christine left Fleetwood Mac in the first place, Stevie told Rolling Stone, "She doesn't want to do it anymore.  She doesn't want to fly.  She doesn't want to come back to America.  When she left, she left.  She sold her house, her piano, her car.  She went to England and she has never been back since 1998."

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Friday
Sep132013

Britney Spears & Boyfriend: How She Met His Mother

Image Courtesy Britney Spears via TwitterBritney Spears and her current beau David Lucado, who started dating earlier this year, must be getting serious: she's now met his mother.

E! Online reports that on Thursday, Britney was in David's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia, accompanying David to a family wedding.   She and David were spotted enjoying dinner with his mom at a local eatery where David used to work. 

A source tells E!, "They were very relaxed and having a good time...No one tried to get photographs or autographs, everyone wanted them to have a normal night out." 

Britney, David and his mom all ate salads, the source reports, and then left.  David, a true Southern gentleman, opened up the car door for his favorite girl...and for Britney.

The Virginia trip was a brief respite for Britney; her new single "Work B***h" premieres on Monday, and on Tuesday, she'll appear on ABC's Good Morning America for a big announcement.

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Friday
Sep132013

Bon Jovi's Sambora Offers Drummer Get Well Wishes, Band Reschedules Dates

Credit: David BergmanFollowing an emergency appendectomy in Mexico City in Tuesday, Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres continues to recover at a local hospital.  His Bon Jovi band mates are by his side, but even guitarist Richie Sambora, who hasn't played with the group since April for reasons that are still unexplained, took time to wish Tico well.

"All my love, prayers and heart goes out to my brother Tico," Richie tweeted. "He is an amazing man, a true warrior, great artist and underestimated musician."

Meanwhile, Jon Bon Jovi posted a lengthy note on the band's website saying, "We’ll remain here with Tico in Mexico City and will see him through his release...Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers...We are sorry for any inconvenience this sudden change of plans may have caused."

The tour will now be continued through December, and the group's planned date in Mexico City has now been bumped to September 29. Their next scheduled date is in Brazil on September 20.

"On behalf of the band, I’d like to thank all of you who support us throughout these challenges," Jon writes.

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Friday
Sep132013

Justin Timberlake Describes Concept Behind "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2"

JustinTimberlake.comWith only a few weeks separating fans from the release of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, the singer is giving new details on the concept behind the highly anticipated project.

During an interview with The New York Times, Justin described the sequel as the "hotter, older evil twin sister" of 20/20, adding, "If you could imagine you’re 16 and she’s everything you thought. She’s Marilyn Monroe and then you meet her older sister; everything that’s dark and wrong about her at that age is why you become infatuated with her."

He also spoke about enjoying the artistic freedom he enjoyed in recording the whole 20/20 effort, which spawned platinum-selling singles "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors."

"You get to this point, which I’ve done in the last five or six years, where you become less worried about success and failure," he says. "I’m sure there’s some self-help cheese-ball book about the gray area, but I’ve been having this conversation with my friends who are all about the same age and I’m saying, 'Y'know, life doesn’t happen in black and white.' The gray area is where you become an adult . . . the medium temperature, the gray area, the place between black and white. That’s the place where life happens."

Led by lead single "Take Back the Night,"  The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 will arrive on September 30.

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Friday
Sep132013

Paul McCartney Reveals Track List of Upcoming Album, "New"

MPL/Mary McCartneyHere some cool news about New, Paul McCartney's upcoming studio album.  The rock legend has unveiled some fresh information about the record, including its complete track list.

New will feature 12 songs, half of which were produced by Giles Martin, son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin.  As previously reported, McCartney also teamed up with three other producers -- Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth -- each of whom collaborated with the ex-Beatles star on two tracks for the project.  The album's running time is 46 minutes, 11 seconds.

In a statement, McCartney explains why he decided to work with multiple producers.  "The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best -- but it turned out I got on with all of them!" he reveals.  "We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn't choose and ended up working with all four.  We just had a good time in different ways."

Sir Paul also notes that he likes the diversity of the material on New.  "It's funny, when I play people the album they're surprised it's me," he points out.  "A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognize as mine.  I didn't want it to all sound the same."

McCartney recorded New at six different studios -- Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles; Avatar Studios in New York City; Hog Hill Mill in East Sussex, U.K.; and Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios and Wolf Tone Studios in London.

New will be released on October 15.  Here's the track list:

"Save Us" (produced by Paul Epworth)
"Alligator" (produced by Mark Ronson)
"On My Way to Work" (produced by Giles Martin)
"Queenie Eye" (produced by Paul Epworth)
"Early Days" (produced by Ethan Johns)
"New" (produced by Mark Ronson)
"Appreciate" (produced by Giles Martin)
"Everybody Out There" (produced by Giles Martin)
"Hosanna" (produced by Ethan Johns)
"I Can Bet" (produced by Giles Martin)
"Looking at Her" (produced by Giles Martin)
"Road" (produced by Giles Martin)

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Friday
Sep132013

Mariah Carey Hits Studio with Jermaine Dupri, Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Mike WiLL Made It

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Mariah Carey has recruited the some of the hottest producers for her long-delayed album The Art of Letting Go, which was initially slated to arrive in this past July.

On Thursday night, the singer posted a picture on Instagram of herself in the studio with the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Darkchild, Hit-Boy and Mike WiLL Made It. She captioned the black-and-white pic with the hashtag "#studiolife."

The picture was liked by more than 29,000 fans. One of her lambs commented, "Mariah is the greatest singer in the world, there is no comparison. So looking forward to your new album! It's going to be amazing," while another wrote,"You are going to take over the world like a storm."

Another fan remarked that it was nice to see Mimi and JD collaborating once more, especially since the most recent collaborations by the duo -- on 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi and 2008's E=MC² -- resulted in some of her biggest hit singles.  Dupri did not produce any songs on the singer's 2009 effort, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which to date has sold far fewer copies than either of those albums.  It featured production by The-Dream, among others.

While no release date has been announced for The Art of Letting Go, Mariah tweeted in June, "I want to give you this album as it’s meant to be heard. When I’m ready, you’ll be the first 2 know."

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Friday
Sep132013

Tom DeLonge Says Blink-182 Is “Three or Four Steps” Along Writing for Next Album

Courtesy of Blink-182For months now, Blink-182 has been dropping hints on social media that they’ve been working on new material. Now, frontman Tom DeLonge has revealed that the group is pretty far along in the process.

“We're three or four steps in [to our songwriting process], so the actual getting into the same room and tracking that has not happened yet, but that's pretty soon,” he tells Rolling Stone. “That's probably the next step, to be honest.”

While the band is steadily writing new tracks, bassist Mark Hoppus notes they're currently on the hunt for a producer and a record label for the group’s follow-up to 2011’s Neighborhoods. “We've been meeting with labels, we've been talking about producers, trying to figure out internally what the plan is for Blink,” he explains. “We're keeping our options open.”

The band says they hope to release the project, their seventh studio album, in 2014.

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Friday
Sep132013

Hear Lorde’s New Single, “Team”

Facebook.com/LordeMusicRiding high from the success of “Royals,” Lorde has unveiled another cut from her upcoming debut album. The singer has posted a stream of “Team,” the next single from Pure Heroine, on her YouTube channel.

Lorde says the new track is an autobiographical one in which she discusses her upbringing in New Zealand. “No one comes to New Zealand, no one knows anything about New Zealand, and here I am, trying to grow up and become a person," she tells Billboard. "I've been countering that with going to New York and seeing this place that's in every movie and every TV show. Part of me wanted to go back to writing for me and for my friends, and write something that I felt related to us a little bit."

Pure Heroine will arrive at all the usual retail outlets on September 30. A few days before that, Lorde will head out on a brief trek to promote the release, starting September 24 at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Until the Ribbon Breaks will support the singer on all dates. Visit Lorde.co.nz to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Sep132013

Australian Girls Education Campaigner Wants Bruno Mars' Single Banned from Radio

Credit: James MooneyBruno Mars is generally considered to be a pretty inoffensive artist, thanks to his hits like "Just the Way You Are" and "When I Was Your Man."  But one woman in Australia says that Bruno's latest single should be banned because it advocates violence towards women.

Dannielle Miller is the co-founder of Enlighten Education, which runs workshops for high school girls.  According to the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph, Miller took offense to the fact that Bruno's new single, "Gorilla," was played on the radio while she was driving her children to school.

The sexually-charged song, which is about making love like, well, gorillas, features the lyrics, "Yeah, I got a fistful of your hair/But you don't look like you're scared/You just smile and tell me, 'Daddy, it's yours'/'Cause you know how I like it/You's a dirty little lover." 

Miller tells the paper, "As a mother of young kids I get offended when I hear lyrics where men refer to women as sluts. This is not a song that respects women.  Anyone who asks you to call them 'daddy' in the bedroom is just 50 shades of wrong."

Miller feels that songs such as "Gorilla" shouldn't be played on the mainstream radio station on which she heard it. She says she'd specifically like to ask Bruno this question: "How would you feel about someone saying that to your daughter?"

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Friday
Sep132013

Brad Paisley Wants to See You at the CMA Awards this November

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has signed on to co-host the 47th Annual CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood November 6, and he wants to see you in the audience. Brad has launched a new contest offering tickets to the big show as a tie-in with his new single, "I Can't Change the World."

To enter, post a photo of the person who "changed [your] world" to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ChangedYourWorld. One lucky winner will get tickets to the CMAs, and the photos could also be used in videos or advertisements for Brad's new song. Go to BradPaisley.com for more details.

"I Can't Change the World" is the latest single from Brad's album, Wheelhouse, in stores now.

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Friday
Sep132013

Father of The Black Crowes' Robinson Brothers Dies

Courtesy of The Black CrowesCondolences go out to The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson, whose father, Stanly, died on Tuesday.  A statement from the band reports that the elder Robinson passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta at the age of 73.

The Robinsons brothers paid tribute to their father in a message posted on the band's official website.

"We sadly bid a final farewell to our loving father, Stan Robinson," reads the message.  "The man who lived his entire life in Atlanta, GA left this earthly realm Tuesday afternoon on wings of pure love and with his sons by his side.  We love you Dad."

Chris and Rich are Stanly's only children, and he also had six grandchildren.  He spent his early working life pursuing a career as a singer and songwriter, and went on to be a representative for clothing manufacturers throughout the eastern U.S.

According to The Black Crowes' statement, Stanly's "life was blessed with many friends whom he constantly entertained with his countless stories and humor, and filled their lives with laughter."

The Robinson family will be holding a private memorial for Stanly, and request that "those who knew Stan, remember him as we all experienced him, so very full of life."

Following Stanly Robinson's death, The Black Crowes postponed a scheduled concert in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday for just one day, while canceling a show in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that had been slated to take place on Wednesday.  The band's next concert takes place tonight at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

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Friday
Sep132013

Drake Debuts "Wu-Tang Forever" Lifted From "Nothing Was the Same"

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Drake has released new music from his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, in the form of a mellow track called "Wu-Tang Forever."

The Canadian rapper's dark track borrows a line from Raekwon's verse from "It's Yourz," which appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's second album, Wu-Tang Forever, a double-disc released in 1997.

"I don't know what's getting in to me /I just like the rush when you see your enemy / Somewhere in the club and you realize he just not in a position to reciprocate your energy / You ain't ever worried 'cause he's not who he pretend to be," Drake spits on the cut lifted from his third studio effort.

Boasting contributions from Jay-Z and Jhené Aiko, Nothing Was the Same arrives in stores on September 24.

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Friday
Sep132013

Tupac Shakur's Death: 17 Years Later Murder Remains Unsolved

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Today marks 17th anniversary of the day Tupac Shakur tragically died. The 25-year old rapper was gunned down during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas around 4:03 p.m on September 13, 1996.

Despite living six days in a medically-induced coma following the incident, the legendary rapper was declared deceased after doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding. The official cause of death was noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. He was cremated after an autopsy.

With his extensive catalog, including "California Love," "I Get Around," "Hail Mary," "Dear Mama," the rapper has sold more 75 million records worldwide.

To date, no arrests have ever made in connection with Pac's murder, which remains unsolved.

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Friday
Sep132013

Keith Urban Missed Thursday Night Show in Cleveland Due to Bad Weather; Make-Up Show Happening Sunday

BormanKeith Urban left them wanting a lot more at his show in Cleveland Thursday night, since he never showed. Due to a bad weather, Keith was stuck at the airport in New York City for hours. Fans at the concert didn't know Keith wasn't there until the first two acts, Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town, had played their sets.

Keith did post a video from the airport, apologizing for the no-show. He also invited fans to come back Sunday night for an extended show to make up for the canceled Thursday night concert.

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Friday
Sep132013

One Direction's Harry Styles Defended by Elton John After He's Booed at Concert

Image Courtesy Harry Styles via TwitterOne Direction may take a lot of criticism, but it's nice to know that they've got at least one rock legend in their corner: Elton John.

As the British paper The Mirror reports, on Thursday night, the group's Harry Styles attended Elton's concert at the Roundhouse in London, which was part of the ongoing iTunes Festival.  But when Elton thanked him from the stage, calling him "the fabulous Harry Styles," he was greeted with a chorus of boos.  An indignant Elton shot back, "I love One Direction. F**k off."

Harry later posted a photo of him and Elton backstage, in which he referred to the singer as "a living legend."

It's not just onstage that Elton supports One Direction -- he also gives them shout-outs in interviews.  He told the British paper The Daily Mail, "They are a great British pop band. I just hope they are getting good money because they are working bloody hard.  I like their songs."  

Elton added, perhaps in recognition of ongoing rumors that one or more of the guys wants to quit for a solo career, "I don’t think they’d work if one of them left, but I just think, 'Good luck to them.’’’

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Friday
Sep132013

Stevie Nicks' CMT "Crossroads" Team-Up with Lady Antebellum Was Literally a Dream Come True

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupTonight, Stevie Nicks will be featured performing with country/pop trio Lady Antebellum on the latest installment of the CMT series Crossroads, which pairs rock, pop and country acts for musical collaborations.  Why these two acts specifically?  Well, the concept literally came to Nicks in a dream.  She's a fan of Lady Antebellum's music, and had a dream she was performing with them on stage, so she reached out to the group's people and turned that dream into this Crossroads special.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott tells ABC News Radio that was a "very Stevie way" of putting together a show.  She and her band mates soon learned that that magical way of thinking is just par for the course when you're hanging out with the legendary Fleetwood Mac frontwoman. Lady A's Dave Haywood adds, "Yeah, she's always telling these elaborate stories, which are crazy."

The Crossroads special was taped back in January in Culver City, California.  Overall, the country-pop outfit feels very privileged to have gotten to collaborate with the rock goddess immediately after their first meeting.

"I've always said, you know it's one thing to just meet another artist you're a huge fan of, but to actually work with them is how I would want to meet them," says Haywood.  "For us to be able to work with Stevie Nicks and for her to be so kind and so excited about our music -- because we were over the moon about hers -- for her to reciprocate, that was incredible."

Nicks and Lady Antebellum's CMT Crossroads episode premieres at 10 p.m. ET, and you'll see the two acts trade vocals on Nicks' classic solo and Fleetwood Mac tunes "Edge of Seventeen," "Landslide," "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon," as well as on Lady A hits like "Need You Now."  There's also a reworking of Stevie's hit duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."  In addition, the show will feature Nicks and Lady A sharing stories and discussing aspects of their respective music careers.

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Friday
Sep132013

Keith Urban's New Eric Church Duet Grew Out of Their Musical Friendship

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's new album, Fuse, includes a duet with Miranda Lambert on the new single "We Were Us," as well as a collaboration with Eric Church on "Raise 'Em Up."  Keith has known Miranda for years now, since she first opened shows for him back in 2005.  His relationship with Eric Church didn't really begin until Keith heard Eric's platinum 2011 album, Chief.

"Chief is one of my favorite records of the last, easily the last 10 years, if not more," Keith says. "It's just top to bottom, it’s just a great, great record."

As Keith and Eric got to know each other better, their families began hanging out quite a bit in Nashville. The conversation between the two country stars always turned to music, though.

Keith explains, "He would be turning me on to new music, and I’d texting him about, "You gotta listen to 'Bankrupt’ by Dr. Hook!" We’re trying to hip each other with records we love that probably the other guy hasn’t heard, so that sort of, that banter started sort of started happening pretty regularly."

Since they hit it off so well musically, Keith wanted to include a duet with Eric on Fuse. That's when Keith came across the anthem, "Raise 'Em up."

"It wasn’t written as a duet, but it just struck me as the perfect song," Keith says. "There’s a particular theme, really, in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I was really happy that he came and sang on it."

Fuse is now in stores and also features Keith's latest #1 hit, "Little Bit of Everything."

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