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Jun062014

50 Cent's Talks New Series "Power," Says "Omari Hardwick was the Right Guy for the Lead"

ABC/Fred LeeCurtis "50 Cent" Jackson is an executive producer of an original scripted drama, Power, set to premiere on Starz on Saturday. The series centers on Omari Hardwick's character James "Ghost" St. Patrick, who is living a double life as a drug kingpin and a wealthy New York City nightclub owner.

The TV project was developed with producer Mark Canton and screenwriter Courtney Kemp Agboh, with whom the rapper worked closely to bring the drama to life.

"We were able to develop the characters and create the facets to everything that is happening in the actual project," the rapper tells ABC News Radio. "Omari Hardwick was the right guy for the lead."

He continues, "We worked on this, like, so people understand, that this was something that we started, like, two-and-a-half years ago. So when it came time for the casting, [Omari] was like the first person on Courtney's list. But there was a period of time while we were developing it that I was the actual lead."

So why did 50 turn down the lead role? He explains, "Because it would be sacrificing a lot of other things, I wouldn't be able to present music to you right now if I was the lead in that actual show. I wouldn't have had the time to develop everything."

Fans will see 50 Cent staring as Kanan, who is featured prominently on the show. The rapper also assisted in creating the show's theme song, "Big Rich Town," and in helping with the score.

Power premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.


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Friday
Jun062014

Thomas Rhett and His Fan Club Members Package Food for the Hungry in Middle Tennessee

Photo Credit: Jamie VessThomas Rhett gave back to his fans with an acoustic performance and a meal at his annual fan club party, but everyone at the event gave back to those in need, too. For the third year in a row, Thomas and his fan club members volunteered with Hands on Nashville and Second Harvest Food Bank to package more than 5,000 pounds of food for the hungry in Middle Tennessee.

Thomas has been working with the Outnumber Hunger campaign in the past few years, and that prompted him to get his fans involved in helping feed the hungry.

He says, "It's been an eye-opener to find out one in six Americans go hungry so I really wanted to do something with my fans that encourages us all to give back. It's cool to share in this experience with my fans and these two great organizations!"


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Friday
Jun062014

Kinks Guitarist Dave Davies Schedules New US Tour Dates in the Fall

Courtesy of Dave DaviesKinks guitarist Dave Davies is making plans for a new U.S. tour that will take place this fall.  The trek currently is scheduled from a November 7 show in Medina, Minnesota, through a November 24-25 stand at the City Winery in New York City.

The outing also includes two other two-night engagements -- on November 11-12 at Chicago's City Winery and on November 20-21 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Meanwhile, Davies recently revealed that he's working on a follow-up to his 2013 solo album, I Will Be Me, which recently was made available as a digital download via iTunes.  The new record is expected to be released later this year.

Here are all of Dave's confirmed tour dates, according to DaveDavies.com:

11/7 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center
11/12 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago
11/13 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago
11/18 -- York, PA, Pullo Center at Penn State York
11/19 -- Natick, MA, The Center for Arts in Natick
11/20 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
11/21 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
11/22 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café - ArtsQuest Center
11/24 -- New York, NY, City Winery
11/25 -- New York, NY, City Winery


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Friday
Jun062014

Iggy Azalea Unimpressed by Matching Beatles' Chart Feat; Questions Lorde's Performance with Nirvana 

Miller Mobley for BillboardMost artists would be honored to be mentioned in the same breath as The Beatles, especially when it comes to commercial success.  But Iggy Azalea? Not so much.

Speaking in the new issue of Billboard -- whose cover she graces -- the 23-year-old Australian rapper dismisses the fact that she's the first artist since the Fab Four to have her first two debut Hot 100 singles, "Fancy" and "Problem," occupy the #1 and #2 spots the charts simultaneously.  "It doesn't mean anything," says Iggy. "I'd rather be The Rolling Stones."

Perhaps Iggy's just trying to be provocative: she doesn't seem to have a problem speaking her mind.  Take, for example, her comments to Billboard about her "authenticity" as a rapper, which has been questioned, since she's a white female from Australia. 

"We get so caught up, especially in rap, with what's authentic, and I wish people would think more about what the f**k that even means," she declares. "One critic was like, 'Why didn't you talk about more Australian things?' I don't understand why I'm supposed to write a song about living in the outback and riding a kangaroo to be authentic."

Iggy also offers a different take on Lorde's well-received performance with the band Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year, during which Lorde was one of several singers who filled in for the band's late frontman, Kurt Cobain.  Iggy says, "Nothing against her, but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer."

"Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer," she continues. "No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."

For the record, the members of Nirvana were very pleased with Lorde's performance of their song "All Apologies."

You can read the entire Billboard cover story interview with Iggy on Monday.


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Friday
Jun062014

Fans React to Nicki Minaj "Pills N Potions" Video Snippet Starring The Game

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has her fans on the edge of their seats after releasing a 45-second video teaser for "Pills N Potions," the first single from her highly anticipated album, The PinkPrint. The rapper's upcoming clip, directed by Diane Martel, features The Game as her shirtless co-star.

Nicki's Barbz quickly gave their reactions to the sneak peek posted to her YouTube page.

One fan commented, "I like how she has that natural look instead of drag makeup & wigs." Another added, "Omg, this video is so different than her previous. Everything look great and artful. very creative for nicki minaj."

It seems some are confused about the unusual imagery, including a self-dispensing Pez rabbit and an animated bunny. One wrote, "The clips of the rabbits makes it less serious lol."

The full video for "Pills N Potions" will premiere Monday on Livewith Kelly and Michael.


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Friday
Jun062014

Karrueche Tran Surprises Chris Brown with Welcome Home Party 

RCA RecordsEarlier in the week, Chris Brown was released from jail in Los Angeles, less than a month after he was sentenced to complete a further 131 days for violating his probation. The singer's girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, surprised him with a welcome home party alongside his friends and family inside a private home in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

TMZ photographers captured footage of the model blindfolding the singer before leading him into the backyard. Moments later, he is greeted by a cheers from his famous friends including Tyga, Big Sean, T-Pain and Amber Rose, while his hit "Loyal" played in the background.

Tran shared an Instagram picture of a banner that read "Welcome Home CB!" as well as an intimate photo of the couple kissing

As previously reported, Brown has vowed to remain off drugs and away from negative influences as he never wants to be inside a jail cell ever again.


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Friday
Jun062014

TLC Slams Pop Stars for Nudity, Rihanna Responds via Twitter

Eric McCandless/CBSTLC's T-Boz appeared Friday on Australian television and took a shot at pop stars who sell sex, and at least one current star seems to have taken offense.

Appearing on Sunrise Australia with group mate Chili, to promote TLC's sold-out show in Sydney, T-Boz explained her issue with entertainers who rely on sex to sell records. "Every time I see you, you don't have to be naked," she said, without naming names. "It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say, 'Oh, TLC must be jealous,' but I call a spade a spade."

She continued, "We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot. It’s easy to sell sex. We could go around too with booby cakes [breasts] out all day long."

It seems like Rihanna took the comments as being aimed at her and the already infamous see-through gown she wore to the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.

Shortly after Rihanna learned of the duo's remarks, she wrote a thinly veiled message on Twitter. "When there's no changing the fact that I'm me, and they're well...they're them," Rihanna tweeted.

The singer also changed her header to a semi-nude photo of the original TLC trio lineup, including the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The ladies are pictured topless with their hands covering their chests.

Meanwhile, T-Boz posted a message on Twitter suggesting that she wasn't referring to Rihanna. "Last time I checked I didn't say no bodies name the interview lady did sh** I'm out of the country lol I didn't even see pics." she wrote.


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Friday
Jun062014

Train Drummer Scott Underwood Exits Band

C Brandon/Redferns via Getty ImagesTrain has weathered a number of lineup changes over the years.  Now there's another one: drummer Scott Underwood is exiting the band.

"I’ve been in this band for twenty years. I have had the most amazing time, and a life that is incredible," Scott writes on the band's website in a farewell note to fans. "I will always cherish my 20 years in Train, and am so proud to be a part of that legacy. I only wish I could have met more of you during that time."

He calls singer Pat Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford his "brothers," adding, "I’ll always be grateful to them. But none of us would have been anything without you guys. We know it, and will never forget it. YOU made our dreams come true! My family and I thank you so much."

What are Scott's plans?  "From this point forward I’m really excited about my future of writing, producing, collaborating, and drumming. There are so many possibilities out there, so many forms of music I want to explore, and so many people I look forward to meeting," he explains. "I also plan on coming out to the occasional Train show to make sure they’re toeing the line! Kidding… Pat, Jimmy and their amazing band will never disappoint."

It's not clear who'll be behind the drum kit when the band performs next week on NBC's Today show summer concert series.


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Friday
Jun062014

Coldplay Streams "Sky Full of Stars" Video, Says No Big Tour

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There's a new entry in Coldplay's video library -- "Sky Full of Stars." The clip shows a live performance of the song, very upbeat and happy, with confetti cannons shooting clouds of paper stars into the audience, which goes bananas. 

However, not so happy and upbeat is the news that Coldplay will not launch a full-scale tour behind Ghost Stories. This disappointing fact was confirmed on the "Oracle" page of the band's official website in response to a fan question. The statement reads, "As you may have noticed, Coldplay have been performing at more intimate shows at smaller venues. I suppose that amounts to a tour of sorts but not on the scale of previous ones. Chris [Martin] & Jonny [Buckland] said on the [BBC] that there will be no big world tour for this album and yes, that is true."

The website then lists the past and future "intimate shows at smaller venues." The still-outstanding gigs are:

6/12 -- Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6/19 -- Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia 
7/1, 2 -- Royal Albert Hall, London, U.K.


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Friday
Jun062014

Mike McCready & Peter Buck Featured on New Tuatara Album

Photo: Charles PetersonPearl Jam 's Mike McCready is among the artists who will appear on the upcoming album by Tuatara, the supergroup of sorts founded by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and a number of other Seattle-based musicians during the 1990s.

The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the new album, which follows their 2008 effort, The Here and the Gone.  Explaining the lengthy gap between releases, Martin says in a statement, "Tuatara is more of a musical idea than a consistently working band, even though the same musicians always show up when it's time to make a new record.  The reason for our six-year absence has more to do with our individual lives and the other bands we play in… Mike McCready is always doing something with Pearl Jam and Peter Buck joined about a half dozen other bands when R.E.M called it quits."

Tuatara makes instrumental music that incorporates not only by rock but also by jazz and electronic music.  In addition to McCready, Buck and Martin, its members have ranged from Michael Franti to alt-country singer Victoria Williams to Sufi poet Coleman Barks.

Billboard.com is currently streaming "The Skeleton Getdown," a new track from the upcoming project.


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Friday
Jun062014

L.A. Reid on Posthumous Michael Jackson Album: "We Tried to Do What Michael Would Have Loved"

Sony Music EntertainmentMichael Jackson's duet with Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good," made history when it reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 not long ago.  Now, the late King of Pop is the only artist ever to score a top 10 hit in each of five decades.  Response to the catchy, disco-flavored tune has been so positive that it's easy to forget that not everybody likes the idea of Michael Jackson material being released after his death.  But L.A. Reid, who oversaw MJ's latest posthumous release, XSCAPE, says the late legend would have wanted it that way.

"He wanted his music to live forever and I think he wanted his legacy -- as any great artist would want their legacy -- to live forever," Reid told reporters recently.  "And I don't think that when a great artist leaves us in body, that they leave us in spirit."

"He was there in spirit, he was there musically," Reid continued, describing the process of remastering the eight "leftover" songs that appear on XSCAPE.  "In working on the record, we tried to do, as best we could, what we thought Michael would have loved.  And those of us that worked on it that knew Michael really well, we had a good perspective on it.  But the truth is, you can't ever really know, because he wasn't there."

However, in response to those who wonder if the fact that MJ never released those particular songs must indicate that he felt they were sub par, Reid counters, "Those were his songs.  And he sang them many, many times, so my guess is that he must have loved the songs."

So why didn't he release them?  Because, Reid says, they simply weren't as good as some of the other material Michael was working on at the same time.  "Those songs were competing, at the time, against some of the greatest songs ever written that Michael had released, you know," Reid points out.  "So, they weren't 'Thriller.'  They weren't 'Off the Wall.'" 

In other words, Reid joked, "They weren't 'Bad,' -- but they weren't bad."

As the fifth anniversary of Jackson's death approaches, on June 25, he continues to make his presence felt, and not just through the new duet with Timberlake.  His classic "Billie Jean" re-entered the top 20 last week thanks to its inclusion in a viral video of a high school kid dancing to it.  Michael also scored his 50th Hot 100 single last week, thanks to "Slave to the Rhythm," another song from XSCAPE that an MJ "hologram" performed on the Billboard Music Awards last month.


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Friday
Jun062014

Carrie Underwood Learning to Ride Motorcycle Miranda Lambert Gave Her

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood hasn't quite graduated to riding the "big, serious" motorcycle Miranda Lambert gave her for singing on their new duet, "Somethin' Bad." But she's getting there.

Carrie tells Rolling Stone Country, "I'm starting with a dirt bike. I know I can hurt myself on a dirt bike, but it won't be as much as I could hurt myself on that motorcycle."

In the meantime, Carrie expects her husband, Mike Fisher, to get plenty of riding time on the new bike.


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Friday
Jun062014

Led Zeppelin’s Top 10 Songs Not Named “Stairway to Heaven”

Ian Dickson/RedfernsFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

(NOTE LANGUAGE)  “No ‘Stairway’? Denied?” The classic line from Wayne’s World applies unanimously here, namely because you won’t find it up ahead. Why? Well, for starters, the song never appeared once on any of our top 10s during our initial conceptualization. This proved rather humorous as we discussed our reasons for leaving it out. Some argued its legend was preceded by infinite hours of radio play, a few suggested it as a bloated rock anthem, while others simply pointed to ten other songs in Led Zeppelin’s catalog worth listening to instead. So, that’s exactly what we did, and if you happen to be a die-hard “Stairway” fan, we apologize in advance, and need only re-remind you…

10. "What Is and What Should Never Be"
The whole soft-loud-soft gimmick is an old trick that’s still favored by teenage garage rock bands across the globe. But when it works, it really works. “Gigantic,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Cut Your Hair” all tickle the spine in the right ways each time as they were originally intended. What separates those examples from “What Is and What Should Never Be” is that Zeppelin’s jam isn’t exactly a sudden punch, but an enjoyable tumble. When fans and critics point out the band’s universal chemistry, they’re usually alluding to moments like the chorus here. The way John Bonzo Bonham and John Paul Jones toss the battle horn to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in the chorus, eventually turning the spotlight to each member’s strengths… yeah, not everyone can do that. It should be noted that this was one of the first songs to be credited to Plant, who used the opportunity to lust after his wife’s younger sister. I’d like to say, “We’ve all been there,” but my fiancée reads this site every day, too. In a word, this one’s “sexy”; in two words, it’s “sexy cool.”

9. "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid"
There are a lot of reasons to love a song by Led Zeppelin. For “Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid," that reason is solely the guitar. Page is at his absolute finest on “Heartbreaker.” Over a simple chord progression, he wraps one of the most iconic guitar riffs in the history of rock and roll. Two minutes into the song, Plant screams out in a fit: “The way you call me another guy’s name when I try to make love to you!” Page’s six-string response is the only reasonable reaction to such gut-twisting heartache. We present “Heartbreaker” with “Living Loving Maid” as a pair because, for reasons the Internet has failed to adequately explain, the two have been played together on classic rock radio stations for as long as any of us can remember. “Living Loving Maid,” while a fun little ditty, wouldn’t have made this list alone. But as it stands, it’s a rocking pop tune that helps put the grandiosity of “Heartbreaker” into perspective.

8. "Over the Hills and Far Away"
The third track on Houses of the Holy, “Over the Hills and Far Away” was the album’s lead single but only peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard charts. Despite the initially lukewarm reception, the song has become a staple on classic rock radio and one of Zeppelin’s most recognizable love songs, due in large part to its folky acoustic intro. Fingerpicked on a six-string acoustic, Page overdubbed a 12-string to add harmonic resonance, a gentle prelude to the electric romp that makes up the remainder of the song. Bonham’s drums pick up speed as Plant reminisces about his past, lost romance, and what all this youthful yearning is adding up to. “Guessing ’bout a thing you really ought to know…” he sings as the instruments collapse into a blissful outro. There’s a distinct beginning, middle, and end to “Over the Hills and Far Away,” but it’s written and produced so that it doesn’t feel like disparate parts pasted together, but a fully realized composition.

7. "Communication Breakdown"
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the guitar and just played the opening riff for sh*ts and giggles. That may sound like some dumb personal anecdote -- and it is -- but it’s also a telling one. Over the 10 years I’ve opted to not learn to play guitar correctly, I’ve kept a list of riffs I’ll never forget. This one’s on it. And for a band that’s lasted solely on its ability to rock, riffs and hooks are second to none. Well, maybe musicianship, but few will argue that about Zeppelin. Bonzo doesn’t do much here, but son of a b*tch do Page and Plant have a grand ol’ time. Wait for the big drop 1:25 seconds in and try not to pee your pants. Not saying that happens, not saying it doesn’t, either. I’ve shared too much on here, haven’t I? Oh, well.

6. "Kashmir"
As the ’70s progressed, so did Zeppelin (and also everyone else). You hear the sky-scraping intro to “Kashmir” and figure the whole thing will be likewise entrancing. And it is, but it takes different shapes and forms. Physical Graffiti, a double record, has two longer songs (“In the Light” at 8:47 and, more famously, the blues epic “In My Time of Dying,” which lasts 11:06), but “Kashmir” feels the longest, positively so. It just pulls you in, and you can partly chalk that up to its practically exotic idiosyncrasies, including the Open Dsus4 tuning and the Moroccan, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences. The rest of the world would have to dig if they wanted to further research these sounds, but they already had an expansive mix tape in “Kashmir.”

5. "Since I've Been Loving You"
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were great admirers of the blues greats and the influence of artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf is so present in the early albums that it borders on appropriation. A song like “You Shook Me” (from Led Zeppelin I) is caught in an awkward space between doting homage and an attempt to create a new sound. The result is something of a misshapen, hybrid, super-charged blues rock that isn’t quite enough of either to cohere. On Led Zeppelin III, the band took a different route. With “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” they stripped away any aspiration to modernize the blues sound, instead sticking to the tried-and-true template that inspired them in the first place. Through simplicity, divinity is born. Slow, stately, and mannered, the track is the greatest of the outright blues-inspired Led Zeppelin songs. It’s faithful to the source without being derivative. It operates as homage without hiding Zeppelin’s true sound. It’s a template for bands experimenting with styles: seek inspiration but never lose yourself.

4. "Dazed and Confused"
Aside from its status as one of the best tracks on Zeppelin’s debut, “Dazed and Confused” is perhaps the best example of the band’s early ability to appropriate the hell out of blues standards, making others’ songs distinctly their own with little regard to copyright law or other earthly matters. “Dazed and Confused” was first written and recorded in radically different fashion in 1967 by Jake Holmes, who later sued Jimmy Page for copyright infringement, but it was Page himself who added the searing, descending blues riff -- as a member of The Yardbirds in 1968. Had he not taken that step, you’d have never heard the song before. Still, it didn’t reach peak potential until it had Plant’s signature wail and Bonham’s tumbling fills during the raucous instrumental breaks. Listen to each rendition one-by-one and it’s like an anatomy lesson on how an early Zeppelin track came to be. Oh, and a last tip: the “Dazed and Confused” riff is much simpler than “Stairway,” and as a bonus, it isn’t banned from most Guitar Centers.

3. "Good Times Bad Times"
Jimmy Page erupted one of the great album openers in rock history, “Good Times Bad Times,” with two swift and forceful strums. That’s it. The lethal snare of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” for one, ranks among the top of the list as far as instantly recognizable songs go, but any hack can smack a drum. Page’s playing for the duration of the three minutes is both instinctive and -- because we are talking about Jimmy F**king Page, here -- uniquely his. Robert Plant, too, the whole motley crew backing him, strutted with a pointed but nonchalant vocal: “Good times bad times, you know I had my share.” The song stood out on the charts among The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” for its hard-rock edge, peaking the week of April 19th, 1969. It would only take a few more riffs, solos, and grooves as potent as the ones here before the band raided the top of the pops.

2. "Going to California"
Here’s why I’m forever in awe of Led Zeppelin IV’s pacing: a first-time listener makes it to “Misty Mountain Top,” confronts the fact that the rest of the record can’t possibly match side 1, and is then struck with the strange reality that the last two tracks are in fact the best on the record. The first of those, “Going to California,” is perhaps the platonic ideal of a Zeppelin ballad. It doesn’t try to match the nerdcore majesty of “The Battle of Evermore” or the epic grandeur of “Stairway to Heaven.” It simply is -- a simple, aching acoustic cut that’s home to an uncharacteristically restrained Plant performance and lyrics said to have been inspired by unlikely muse Joni Mitchell. Fitting that after releasing an album literally full of acoustic ballads, Zeppelin saved the best they ever wrote for IV.

1. "Whole Lotta Love"
“Whole Lotta Love” is the best Led Zeppelin song because it exemplifies and epitomizes all of the band’s signature qualities: virtuosic guitar work, keen pop sensibilities, mystical psychedelia, and romantic bravado. Jarringly heavy, the chugging main riff is the stuff of legend and defined hard rock before the genre had a name. Add to that Plant’s wails and not-so-subtle double entendres (“I wanna give you every inch of my love”) and you’ve got the makings of a game-changer, both culturally and musically. The way the arrangement descends into a murky haze, only to emerge with a blazing guitar solo (arguably Page’s best) and a return to the melodic refrain… nobody was writing songs like this in 1969. “Whole Lotta Love” pushed pop music into more abrasive and limitless territories, signaling the end of the hippie ‘60s as long-haired kids everywhere started cranking their amps in vicarious worship of these new rock gods. The world would never be the same.


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Friday
Jun062014

Demi Lovato Sings the Hits, Talks Tour on "GMA" Summer Concert Series

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteDemi Lovato made her sixth appearance Friday on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, performing her hits "Really Don't Care," "Neon Lights" and "Heart Attack." 

The day before her performance, the singer appeared at the Jed Foundation Annual Gala in New York City, helping honor those who raise awareness and minimize prejudice for people diagnosed with mental illness.   Demi, who's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, said it's something that comes naturally for her.

"It's easy for me because I'm just being honest," Demi said. "I've dealt with a lot with mental illnesses and I know so many people with mental illnesses that it's so important that we raise the awareness and start to incorporate it in schools and really start to make a difference."

Demi also said she's looking forward to having a great 2014, including the launch of her 25-city North American tour on September 6.  "I've worked really really hard this year and so the hard work is starting to pay off and I'm really happy about that," she said.

Tickets for Demi: The World Tour are on sale to the general public today via LiveNation.com.


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Friday
Jun062014

Chris Young Cancels CMA Music Festival Autograph Session After Injuring Left Hand

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young canceled his planned four-hour signing session at CMA Music Festival Friday after accidentally cutting his left hand Thursday night. Chris was making dinner at home when he injured himself and was taken to a hospital.

Though he can't sign autographs right now, Chris is still scheduled to perform at the CMA Music Festival concert Saturday night at Nashville's LP Field.


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Friday
Jun062014

Justin Moore Announces 2014 Winner of Crown Royal's Your Hero's Name Here Program

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore has been involved in Crown Royal's Your Hero's Name Here program for the past three years, and he's proud to announce this year's winner is Green Beret John Wayne Walding. As a result, the soldier's name will be included in the title of next month's NASCAR race, Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

During Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, Justin presented John Wayne Walding with a custom-made Gibson guitar with the official race logo bearing Walding's name on it. Says Justin, "We’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing heroes over the years and are looking forward to honoring John Wayne at the Brickyard this summer.”

John Wayne Walding is an Army veteran with 12 years of service, including tours in the Middle East. In 2008, he was involved in a fire fight and lost the lower part of his leg. Since then, Walding has gone on to graduate from Special Forces Sniper School and complete the Army 20 miler on foot. He also completed the 2009 Boston Marathon using a hand cycle within a year of losing his leg.


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Friday
Jun062014

New Kids on the Block Begins Production on Cruise Reality Show

Shirlaine Forrest/WireImageThe New Kids on the Block -- and some of their most loyal fans -- have begun work on their new reality series for TV Guide Network.

Production began Thursday in New York on Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, which will chronicle the band's five-day cruise. Specifically, it'll revolve around a number of the fans who are on board the ship and who are pretty crazy about NKOTB.

If you want an idea of the kind of fans you'll see on the show, you can check out a trailer on TV Guide Network's YouTube page.

Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block will premiere this fall.


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Friday
Jun062014

Danity Kane Wrap Reunion Tour, Ready to Finish Up Comeback Album

Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesIf you felt "Damaged" when Danity Kane disbanded, you're probably thrilled that the girl group -- who made music history when their first two albums debuted at #1 -- has finally gotten back together.  But the girls themselves -- the trio of Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard and Shannon Bex -- say they're just as thrilled at the warm response they've gotten from fans on their just-concluded No Filter reunion tour.

"It's really, I think, blown our minds because the fans have been wanting us to come back together and we got back together, but I don't think we really understood the love and the passion that they were going to be giving to us on stage every night," Aubrey tells ABC News Radio. "It's unbelievable."

"They make every hard day [easy]," she continues.  "We could be struggling so bad, and they walk in, run up to us in the meet-and-greets, crying, like hysterical, singing every song, [they] know all the choreography." 

"They give us a second wind every night we perform," adds Shannon. 

The only bump in the road in the reunion so far has been the departure of member Aundrea Fimbres, who announced on the first night of the tour that she was leaving the group to have a baby.  But there's no drama between Aundrea and the rest of the girls, who all agreed to carry on as a trio.

"This is an amicable split, where she's forever gonna be a DK girl," Dawn tells ABC News Radio of Aundrea. "It's just she's choosing a new path for herself...every woman has to come to that decision...job or family, and how do I do both? This is a strong thing to say we're gonna decide to go on with a whole new dynamic. That means we really love the name and we want to win."

While it's been a struggle for them to get back into the game as independent artists, without any help from their former mentor Diddy, Dawn feels the fans are rooting for them to succeed as well, because they literally watched them be created, on the 2005 edition of the reality show Making the Band.

"They identify with us in a whole 'nother level than a normal artist-fan relationship. They really feel like they know us, to the point of they know how we grew up, all the bad moments, the great moments and the far and few between," Dawn explains. "So it's beautiful.  I think they genuinely want us to win because it feels as if they're winning themselves."

If you missed the girls on this leg of the tour, don't worry -- there'll be more dates coming later this year, along with a reunion album.  So far, the group has officially released the R&B-leaning single "Lemonade," but they say the album will be much more eclectic than that.

"This is a great time for our group like us because, you know, Shannon, with her country roots, and a little bit of her rock edge, and Aubrey with her pop and rock, and me with my R&B, I think we're able to make an album that is not linear," Dawn explains. "Normally people try to make girl groups gravitate to one sound and one look, and I think we've never really been that girl group.  Ever."

Dawn, who had success as a member of Diddy-Dirty Money while Danity Kane was on hiatus, says she's put plans for her solo career on hold, because the reunion is so fulfilling for her artistically.

"The only reason why I ever started to do a solo project was because I wanted to be a part of something that was great and I wanted to change people's whole idea of what art was musically," she tells ABC News Radio. "Danity Kane is that."  


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Friday
Jun062014

Elton John's Favorite Stage Costume? His Choice May Surprise You

Photo: Joseph GuayThese days, Elton John has toned down his look considerably, but back in the '70s, he was all about feathers, glitter, sequins, platform boots, sparkly eyeglasses and other glam accessories.  But when asked to name his favorite stage costume, he picked one of his most unglamorous get-ups ever: one that literally made him look like a cartoon character.

Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Elton says, "I love the stage wear that I have now, but...the first thing that comes to mind is the Donald Duck costume I wore in Central Park in 1980.  It was so hard to get into!  I was frantically putting my hands in the feet and my feet in the hands while the crowd was waiting for an encore."

The blue, white and yellow outfit featured a hat that looked like a duck's bill, yellow legs and feet, a sailor-style top, and a huge white tail, just like the Disney cartoon character.  A variety of YouTube videos show John in action, performing in the ridiculous outfit.

Asked by the publication to name his most memorable career moment, the Rocket Man chose one that also took place on a stage in New York City: Madison Square Garden, to be exact.

"If I had to [pick one moment], it would be the night that John Lennon came on stage with us at Madison Square Garden in 1974," Elton recalls.  "It was his last public concert, although of course no one knew that at the time, and the ovation he got was something I will never forget."

That legendary appearance took place on November 28, 1974.  It came about because Lennon had promised John that if their collaboration, "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," reached #1, he'd join him onstage.  In addition to performing that song, Lennon also sang "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" with Elton, as well as "I Saw Her Standing There."  Lennon never performed in public again; he was murdered in 1980.

Looking ahead, John, who's currently on tour in the U.K., tells the paper, "We have lots of plans for this year and the future.  I will continue to tour through the year in the U.K., Europe and North America. There is a movie being made about my life, starring Tom Hardy.  And I have other projects in the works, but I shan't spoil all the surprises!"


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Friday
Jun062014

Judas Priest, Stone Temple Pilots, Kid Rock and More on Board for Inaugural "Louder than Life" Festival

Courtesy of Judas PriestJudas Priest, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and Kid Rock, are just a few of the hard-rocking acts who have been confirmed for the very first Louder than Life festival. The event -- which will feature not only music but food and alcohol galore -- is set for the weekend of October 4 and 5 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

The festival's lineup also includes KornLimp Bizkit, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Deadman, Mastodon, Volbeat and many more.

Danny Wimmer, who created the festival, says, "Louisville is known for a lot of things -- but I don't think people realize what a great rock town this is.  When I first came to Louisville, I fell in love with the city, its diverse food, its bourbon and its culture."

For full band lineups, special VIP packages and other information, go to the official Louder than Life website.


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