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Jun282013

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Teams with Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor on New Blues Track

Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesThe Black KeysPatrick Carney is teaming up with one of the biggest names in rock on an upcoming album by London-based American blues singer Stephen Dale Petit. NME is reporting that the drummer will perform with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor on “Holla,” a new track which will be featured on Petit’s next release, Cracking the Code.

"It’s been mind blowing to get to work with the best musicians and producers in the world, the crème de la crème,” Petit tells the magazine about the collaboration. “I can't wait for people to hear it."

While a U.S. release date for Cracking the Code has yet to be announced, it will arrive at stores in the U.K. on September 9.

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Friday
Jun282013

Did Rick Ross Fail to Pay for Three Rolexes?

UMG/Jonathan MannionRick Ross is reportedly the target of a lawsuit by a Texas jewelry store that claims it delivered three diamond Rolexes to the rapper, which he has so far failed to pay for as agreed.

TMZ.com reports Johnny’s Custom Jewelry filed the lawsuit against Ross and Maybach Music, claiming the rapper agreed to purchase three Rolex watches last August, worth a total of $89,847.50.

The deal includes an 18k gold watch with 30 carats of diamonds that is worth $55,000, a second 18k gold watch with seven carats of diamonds worth 14 grand, and a two-tone watch with five carats of diamonds worth $14,000.

The jewelry firm says Ross got the watches as ordered, but never paid for them.  The company is suing for the money it claims Ross owes, plus interest.

Reps for Ross have not responded to the TMZ report.

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Friday
Jun282013

Adele Sporting a New Tattoo

Facebook.com/BangBangTattoosDuring a recent trip to New York, Adele got some new body art, which she showed off Thursday in a Facebook post by Bang Bang Tattoos.

The picture shows the “Skyfall” singer in sunglasses lifting up the outer side of her left wrist to reveal the tattooed word, “Paradise.”

It’s not Adele’s first tattoo. She revealed an “A” behind her right ear at the Grammy Awards this past February, sparking rumors that the name of the baby boy she had with Simon Konecki in October is Angelo. Adele has still not officially confirmed her son's name.

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Friday
Jun282013

David Bowie Asked to Play Hannibal Lecter's Uncle on "Hannibal"

Image credit: Jimmy KingMeet Hannibal Lecter's uncle...David Bowie?

The creator of the NBC drama Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, tells E! News that the show "has reached out to David Bowie to see if he's interested and available."

The rock legend has yet to respond to the offer, according to Fuller.

In the Hannibal Lecter mythology, the uncle, Count Robert Lecter, helped raise the killer as a teen before his sudden death.  Fuller says that the uncle can be resurrected through "alternate universe storytelling."

It's been a while since Bowie has lent his acting skills to the TV world.  He played himself in a 2006 episode of the Ricky Gervais comedy Extras, and he voiced a character on SpongeBob SquarePants the following year.  Of course, David also has had roles in many films over the years, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Prestige

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Friday
Jun282013

Source Says Selena Gomez and Austin Mahone Aren’t Dating

Eric Charbonneau/Invision for MTV/AP ImagesThe rumor circulating about a possible romance between Selena Gomez and singer Austin Mahone is false, according to an E! Online source.

The source tells E!, “They’re really good friends and have a lot of fun together.”

The two were spotted spending time together at Disneyland with a group of friends on Wednesday.

The report says Selena has been spending quality time with family and friends since confirming her split with Justin Bieber a month ago.

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Friday
Jun282013

Will.i.am Responds to Reports of Trademark Dispute with Pharrell Williams

will.i.am.comOn Wednesday, word of a trademark dispute between will.i.am and Pharrell Williams circulated in the media after Rolling Stone, citing legal documents, said Will was disputing Pharrell's attempt to trademark "i am OTHER."

Will holds a trademark for using "I AM" in a variety of commercial contexts and his trademark attorneys have argued that Pharrell's proposed brand would dilute Will's trademarks.  Pharrell told Rolling Stone he was "disappointed" that one artist would take such an action against another.

Now Will has fired back through his attorney.  The laywer, Ken Hertz, tells Rolling Stone that the current proceedings are "run-of-the-mill" trademark procedures. "This is how the process works," Hertz says. "We own a trademark. They have applied for a trademark. We think their proposed trademark is too close to our registered and common law trademarks. They disagree. We hope to work out a sensible compromise that will allow both parties to move forward without unnecessary acrimony."

However, Pharrell's attorney Brad Rose issued a statement to Rolling Stone accusing Will of having no intention of compromising.  "The plain truth is that Will has obstructed every overture made by Pharrell to amicably resolve this matter and has steadfastly refused to engage in a dialogue," Rose said, accusing Will of improperly contending that he has the sole right to use any form of the phrase "I am" in commerce.

Rose also said, "The statements made by Will and his advisors over the past two days amount to revisionist history in the face of the public condemnation against Will that has resulted after this story broke [Wednesday]."

Doesn't sound like we should be looking for a Pharrell/Black Eyed Peas collaboration any time soon.

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Friday
Jun282013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line and their band and crew tour with two buses and two trailers.

A live version of Tim McGraw's song "Mexicoma" is now available at Downloads.TimMcGraw.com.

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Friday
Jun282013

Lionel Richie Had Major '80s Flashback While Filming "Hello" Beer Commercial

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleLionel Richie's hilarious Australian TV ad for Tap King, an in-home draft beer dispenser, has been generating a lot of buzz online -- it features a guy opening his fridge, and seeing Lionel, sitting at a piano, singing, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" while handing over a frosty pint.  But it turns out filming the video was a real '80s flashback for Lionel, and not just because he was singing that song.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that while Lionel was filming the ad in Los Angeles earlier this year, the guy who was going to be Lionel's "hand double" arrived on the set...and it was Wayne Ward, one of the guys who'd co-starred in Lionel's original "Hello" video back in '84. 

A beer company spokesman told the paper, "We had no idea of the connection. It was just a complete coincidence.  "Lionel did a double-take and remembered him straight away. They thought it was bizarre that the song had somehow paired them together again three decades later."

According to the paper, the beer company paid an estimated $1.5 million to get the rights to the song...and Lionel...for the ad.

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Friday
Jun282013

John Lennon's First Car to Hit Auction Block Next Month in the UK

Bonhams/Simon ClayThe first car John Lennon ever purchased is slated to be auctioned in Chichester, England, next month.  But driving the Ferrari sporty blue 330-GT won't come cheap -- it's estimated to sell for between $270,000 and $340,000. 

The late Beatles legend was 24 years old when he bought the vehicle in early 1965, shortly after getting his license.   He eventually ran up some 20,000 miles on it before selling it in October 1967.  The car changed hands a few times since, and its current owner had it fully restored in the late 1990s.

The classic sports car is in mint condition. Included in the sale: the vehicle's original paperwork, its maintenance history and correspondence with Lennon.

The auction, which is being hosted by Bonhams, will take place July 12.

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Friday
Jun282013

New Celine Dion Track Previewed in New Movie "Unfinished Song"

Alix Malka © Feeling Productions Inc.While Celine Dion's fans wait for her new English-language album to arrive this fall, they can get a preview by going to see a new movie called Unfinished Song...and staying until the very end.

Celine sings the song that plays over the end credits of the movie, which is now in limited release but will be expanding into theaters throughout the summer.  It's called "Unfinished Songs," and it was written by Diane Warren, who's penned numerous songs for Celine over the years, including "Because You Loved Me."  You can hear snippets of the song in the movie's official trailer, but a decent chunk of the track also is available now streaming on Celine's website.

"Unfinished Songs" will be included on Celine's forthcoming album, which is tentatively titled Water and a Flame.  "I'm working hard on it but I'm very excited," she says.  "It's been at least six years, so going back [to recording]...it's exciting."

It's been reported that the new album will feature a duet with Stevie Wonder, and pop star Ne-Yo has also recorded a song with the diva.  While she won't go into detail about exactly who she's working with, Celine says that collaborating with new people helps keeps her music current.

"After [the] longevity of a career like this it's not about reinventing what you do, but it's to freshen up," she explains. "I mean, how you gonna do that?...Have new collaboration."  She adds that she's "thrilled" about the project because the songs she's recording are "amazing."

"Every time I'm like, 'Am I going to be as happy to go back in the recording studio?' [And the answer is] yes. So I can't wait. I'm very happy," she adds.

There's no official release date yet for the disc.

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Friday
Jun282013

Avril Lavigne Talks Wedding Day, Wedding Dress & Wedding Song

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCAvril Lavigne started dating Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on July 1, 2012, which happens to be Canada Day, the Canadian equivalent of America’s Independence Day.  That means the engaged couple's official one-year anniversary is fast approaching, and so is their wedding.  The couple will be getting married in the very near future, and Avril says there's one particular thing that she's looking forward to about her big day.

"I can't wait to party!" she laughs. "Any excuse to party, right?"  But in all seriousness, Avril tells ABC News Radio that it's the chance to have her loved ones around that's going to make her marriage to Chad special.  "Really, just to be with everyone that is important to you and close to you in your life like that -- it's just close friends and family -- I think that's going to be the best part," she says.

"It's always really powerful when those people are all together in that one room and I'm excited for that most," the blushing bride adds.

But enough about emotions...let's talk about the dress.  Avril has her own fashion line, Abbey Dawn, so, did she have a hand in designing her dress at all?  "I did," she reveals. "I picked one out and changed it up a bit with the designer."

As for the music, Avril says that her and Chad's wedding song might be one that nobody's ever heard before, because they wrote it.  The two teamed up to write and record a duet for Avril's upcoming album, but there's an extra one left over.  "We have two duets but I'm only putting one on the record," she explains. "I think the other one might be the wedding song."

So, will Avril and Chad romantically sing the tune to one another during the reception, then?  "We might sing it," Chad recently told reporters. "We might also dance to it."

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Friday
Jun282013

Jake Owen and Love and Theft Make Music with ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers

Getty Images/ACM Lifting LivesJake Owen teamed up with the campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Wednesday to record their original song "Livin' on Island Time."  The recording session took place at Ocean Way Recording Studio in Nashville under the supervision of hit producer Ross Copperman.

The campers wrote "Livin' on Island Time" earlier this week with Jerrod Niemann, and Jake was actually impressed with their songwriting chops.

Says Jake, "It's pretty awesome actually. I said I was gonna be singing it for the rest of the day."

The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp caters to people with William's Syndrome while providing music enrichment opportunities, and Jake is honored to be a part of the program.

"There's nothing that gives me the feeling of being able to help out and do things like this," Jake explains, "because this is something that these campers will remember for the rest of their life.  It's something I will remember for the rest of my life."

The fun continued Wednesday night as the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp took over Winner's near Music Row for a karaoke session with Love and Theft

The campers will perform "Livin' on Island Time" with Jerrod Niemann at the Grand Ole Opry Friday night.

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Friday
Jun282013

Watch the Trailer for Morrissey’s Concert Film, "Morrissey 25: Live"

Facebook.com/MorrisseyWhat can you expect from Morrissey's upcoming concert movie, Morrissey 25: Live?  A whole lot of obsessed fans, judging from the film’s trailer that debuted online on Wednesday.

The one-minute video features footage of Moz performing "Speedway" and "Still Ill," accompanied by shots of a number of fans showing off their Morrissey tattoos and merchandise.  It also includes clips of fans desperately trying to touch the singer while he’s performing.

Morrissey Live: 25 documents the singer’s March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California.  It will include performances of a number of The Smiths’ classic tracks, including "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," "Meat Is Murder" and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore."

The film is expected to arrive in theaters on August 29.

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Friday
Jun282013

Serj Tankian Says He Created Classical Music Project, "Orca", by Accident

Vahan StepanianSerj Tankian believes in happy accidents.  The System of a Down frontman says that he decided to create his classical symphony, Orca, after a chance meeting with one of his friends.

“When I was writing [my 2010 solo album] Imperfect Harmonies years ago, I ended up with the first two acts of Orca by accident,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “I was sitting down listening to them and then a friend of mine from TV was sitting listening to the tracks and he said, ‘Dude, that’s your first act of your symphony.’  So I came up with the symphony.  It sounds quite simple but it was a long, long process to make it as perfect as possible.”

On Tuesday, Tankian released a live recording of Orca which was performed with the Das Karussell Orchestra in Austria on October 28, 2012.  The singer notes that while he had some reservations about recording a live performance of the piece, he was thrilled with the way it turned out.

“There’s always that nervousness of wanting things to be perfect, and they’re never perfect obviously, but with orchestras they’re professional musicians,” he explains.  “They get it done pretty quick, so we’re very lucky to work with the people that we did in Austria and get this recorded.”

The singer adds that while he has a number of European dates scheduled for Orca to be performed, he would like to bring the symphony to the U.S. sometime in the near future. “We are planning to do something in the states but we don’t have anything etched in yet,” he reveals.  “We’re doing about 15 shows in Europe and Russia and we’re doing that in September, October.  I want to do more shows in the U.S. with Orca, we just have to find the right opportunities and right promoters to get it done.”

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Thursday
Jun272013

Father of Mary Mary's Erica and Tina Campbell Passes Away from Cancer

Mary-Mary.comMary Mary is suffering from a major loss as the duo recently announced the unexpected passing of their father, Eddie Atkins Jr., who died from cancer on Wednesday.

The gospel duo, which consists of sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, took to their social media accounts to confirm the sad news.

"Thanks (for) all the kind words & prayers sent today. Our Dad was a great man, but he’s with Jesus now he taught us how to pray & trust God. Our hearts are heavy but we can rejoice knowing our father knew we loved him. RIP Elder Eddie A. Atkins Jr. Rest in the arms of Jesus Daddy," they tweeted.

The singers star in their own reality show on Wetv, where they previously spoke openly about their relationship with their late father.

No further details have yet been released.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Ace Hood Issues Tracklist for New Album "Trials & Tribulations"

Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImageAce Hood has released a lengthy track listing for his upcoming new album, Trials & Tribulations, which boasts an all-star list of collaborators that reads more like the who's who list in hip-hop.

The 17-track project includes guest appearances from Meek Mill, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Future, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Birdman among others.

His fourth studio disc will include "We Outchea" with Weezy as well as the rapper's hit single, "Bugatti" featuring Rozay and Future, which peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his most successful single to date.  In addition, "Bugatti" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than 500,000 copies.

The follow-up to 2011's Blood, Sweat & Tears is slated for a July 17 release.  You can pre-order the disc via iTunes now.

Here's the Trials & Tribulations track list:

"Testimony"
"Trials & Tribulations"
"Another Statistic"
"Before the Rollie" (feat. Meek Mill)
"We Outchea" (feat. Lil Wayne)
"We Them N****s"
"The Come Up" (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
"Rider" (feat. Chris Brown)
"Hope Ace Hood"
"Pray for Me Ace Hood"
"Bugatti" (feat. Future & Rick Ross)
"How I’m Raised"
"My Bible"
"Mama" (feat. Betty Wright)
"Bugatti" Remix (feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Khaled & Birdman)
"F**k da World"
"Have Mercy"

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Thursday
Jun272013

Ed Sheeran to Release New Music in January

Credit: Dan CurwinEd Sheeran has already revealed that he's written a ton of songs for his next album, and now we know when we'll be able to hear them.  During a Twitter chat with fans, he responded to the question, "when can we expect new songs?" by saying, "January."

Previously, Ed had wanted to release the album this year, but as he told Billboard last month, "I don't finish touring till October, and then there's no time to get a plan together.  I'm going to spend October, November, December planning and then just smash it out next year."

Also during the Twitter chat, Ed answered a variety of odd questions, so now we know that he wears boxers not briefs, his favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor is Phish Food, he's never eaten Taco Bell, he wears a size 11 shoe, he brushes his teeth with either Colgate or Aquafresh, his favorite childhood toy was a Batman action figure and his favorite Beatles song is "Come Together."  What you do with this information is up to you.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Wants a Shot at "American Idol" Judges' Table

David Livingston/Getty ImagesNow that the American Idol judges' panel seems completely up for grabs, what with Randy, Mariah and Nicki gone, and Kelly Clarkson denying her involvement, it's a good time for anyone who wants the job to throw their hat into the ring.  So step right up, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.

Mark, who guest-judged American Idol in 2004, tells Billboard that the show could do worse than to go with someone like him, who has lots of experience on a variety of reality shows.  "They've done the $20 million salaries and gotten no ratings; they might as well get a guy like me to do it for free," he says. "I think they're recalibrating how those shows are going to work; they got really bloated like any music industry product does, and now they have to get a little...aggressive again."

Noting that it was a "lot of fun" to be on the show back in the day, he adds, "Sure, I'd love to do it."

Next week, Mark and Sugar Ray will kick off their Under the Sun tour, which brings together three other big bands from the '90s: Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms and Vertical Horizon.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Doobie Brothers to Perform Live Friday Morning on "Fox & Friends"

HOR RecordsGreat news for Doobie Brothers fans who'll be in the New York City area on Friday: You'll have the chance to see the band performing some of its classic songs for free, but you'll have to get up early.  The veteran rockers will be featured playing live on Fox & Friends, which airs 7 to 9 a.m. ET on the Fox News Channel.

The performance, part of the show's All American Summer Concert Series, will take place at Fox News Headquarters at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.  One hundred lucky fans in attendance will receive a copy of The Doobie Brothers' new DVD documentary, Let the Music Play.

After their Fox & Friends appearance, The Doobies will be visiting a wide variety of cities throughout the U.S., with tour dates stretching from a show this Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, through a November 7 concert in Winnie, Texas.  Check out all their tour dates at DoobieBros.com.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Scotty McCreery Gets Down and Dirty with the "Duck Dynasty" Crew

Universal Music GroupScotty McCreery got down and dirty with Duck Dynasty's Robertson family recently.  Before performing at 16-year-old Sadie Robertson's birthday party earlier this month in West Monroe, LA, Scotty headed out mud riding with her brother John Luke Robertson and some friends. They got John Luke's Jeep stuck in the mud, so they continued the fun riding on four-wheelers.

"That is when we got really muddy," Scotty says. "I drove a big old tractor out there and we had a lot of fun on the land.  It was just us and the mud, pretty much.”

Scotty and the crew cleaned up for Sadie's party though.  In addition to singing his latest hit, "See You Tonight," at Sadie's request, Scotty also teamed up with John Luke and his dad Willie Robertson to perform "Man of Constant Sorrow" at the birthday bash.

Scotty is now back in the studio working on his sophomore album, due out later this year.

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