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Aug162013

Carly Rae Jepsen to Headline Anti-Bullying Concert for USA Network

CharactersUnite.comThere's no "maybe" about it: bullying is wrong, and Carly Rae Jepsen is doing something about it.

To mark the fact that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the singer has signed on to headline USA Network's #UniteLIVE: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying on October 3.  The show will take place at a currently-secret location, but even though we don't know where it is, you can still win a trip there.

From now through September 10, middle and high school students aged 13 to 18 can enter a contest to score an all-expenses-paid trip to the show.  Ten lucky winners will attend the concert and meet Carly Rae, as well as the stars of USA Network shows who'll also be on hand for the event.  Visit CharactersUnite.com to enter.

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Friday
Aug162013

Bruno Mars to Debut New Single on MTV Video Music Awards 

Facebook.com/ThatBrunoMarsBruno Mars is the latest performer to join the star-studded lineup of the MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live from Brooklyn, NY on August 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

Bruno will debut the next single from his hit album Unorthodox Jukebox live on the show, but the song itself is a mystery.  So far, Bruno's racked up a string of hits from the album, including "Locked Out of Heaven," "When I Was Your Man" and "Treasure."  He's received four VMA nominations this year for "Locked" and "Treasure." 

This will be Bruno's third time performing on the VMAs.  Other performers announced for this year's telecast include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus.

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Friday
Aug162013

Paul Revere Confirms Illness Reports, but Says He's "Still Alive and Still Kickin'"

Paradise ArtistsReports have circulated recently suggesting that Paul Revere, the leader and keyboardist of '60s pop-rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders, is seriously ill.  Now, the 75-year-old musician has come forward to update fans about his health.

In a good-humored message posted on the group's official website, Revere confirms that he has been sick, but insists that he's not in as bad shape as media reports have implied.

"That's right, I'm still alive and still kickin'!" he declares in the note.  "The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, but I won't lie to you, I got my butt kicked but good."

Revere then points out that he's faced numerous health problems over the years, explaining that he's "had just about everything you can get -- 2 types of cancer (beat em both!), rotator cuff surgery (killed it!), hysterectomy (don't ask) and on and on."

While Revere refrains from revealing what current illness he's battling, he asserts, "Let's just say, it ain't fun."  He adds, "It's been rough getting through the last few shows but I would do whatever it takes to avoid missing a show."

Revere goes on to thanks his fans for saying prayers for him, pointing out that "they're working [because] I'm feeling better and stronger every day."

He finishes the message by appealing to fans to "keep the prayers coming," explaining that he's promised his band mates that he "was going to live to be 100 and to plan accordingly."

Paul Revere and the Raiders, of course, scored a string of big hits from the mid-'60s through the early '70s, including "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and the chart-topping "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)."  You can check out all of the band's upcoming scheduled concerts at PaulRevereandtheRaiders.com.

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Friday
Aug162013

Black Sabbath Bassist Says Band's Current Tour May Be Its Last

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath has given its fans plenty to cheer about this year, thanks to its first-ever chart-topping album, 13, and a successful reunion tour.  However, in a new interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, bassist Geezer Butler shares some potentially very disappointing news about the band's future.

The 64-year-old rocker tells the paper that the current trek "will probably be [Sabbath's] last tour."  He explains that he wants to keep performing "as long as I can do it to a good level, [and when I] can't play to my usual standards, [t]hat's when I won't go out anymore."

Butler points out that he wants "to go out on a high," while noting that Sabbath "is playing really well at the moment."

Geezer admits that at his age, it's becoming difficult to go out on a lengthy tour.  "It really is tough going on every night," he says.  "You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before."

Butler insists that he doesn't want to keep performing just "for the sake of the money," noting that "you have to have a lot pride in yourself."  He adds, "I honestly think I'm coming to the end of the top of my job."

Black Sabbath wraps up its current North American tour on September 3 in Los Angeles.  After that, the band will play a series of Latin American shows in October, followed by a European trek in late November and December.  The heavy-rock legends' final scheduled concert is set for December 22 in their hometown of Birmingham, England.  No word yet if they plan to extend the tour into 2014.

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Friday
Aug162013

Big Sean Releases "Beware" Video

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As promised, Big Sean has debuted an artistic video for his new single "Beware" featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko, which appears on his upcoming album, Hall of Fame.

The rapper, who recently performed the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live, included lots of colors and imagery in the four-minute clip, directed by Matthew Williams for DONDA. Computer animation of varying scenery is juxtaposed against Sean and Wayne as they rap about a loving a scorned woman.

Fans can expect Sean's highly anticipated sophomore disc to arrive on August 27. The project will include contributions from from Miguel, Kid Cudi, Nas, Jeezy, James Fauntleroy, Nicki Minaj and Juicy J.

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Friday
Aug162013

Beyonce Has Another New Look, Switches Short Pixie to a Bob

Image Courtesy Beyonce via InstagramBeyonce has people talking about her hair, yet again. The singer, who debuted a short pixie haircut on Instagram on August 8, was spotted rocking hair extensions styled into a short inverted bob.

According to People, the singer was snapped wearing a golden headband over her new 'do while out in Miami with Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy on Thursday.

Her hairstylist, Kim Kimble, who wasn't responsible for Bey's big chop, recently told ABC News Radio why the diva's  hairstyle is such so fascinating and such a huge topic on the Internet.

"Beyonce, of course, is an icon. People love how she looks and I think that they just look to [celebrities] for the inspiration," Kimble explained.

In related news, Beyonce's hair has helped her re-enter the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 after a three-week hiatus. For the week ending August 11, the singer jumped from 26 to 6 on the chart, which ranks the overall popularity of artists based on their social media accounts using data compiled by music analytic company Next Big Sound.

After Beyonce posted three pictures of her new pixie cut, she received 199,000 new Instagram followers, a 9 percent increase from the previous week, and attracted between 325,000 and 400,000 likes for each image. 

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Friday
Aug162013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Draw Biggest "GMA" Summer Crowd; Added to MTV VMA Lineup with Bruno Mars

Facebook.com/MacklemoreAs one of the leading nominees at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, it was only a matter of time before Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were announced as performers on the show.  That happened Friday morning, during the duo's appearance on ABC's Good Morning America as part of the show's Summer Concert Series.

MTV has also confirmed Bruno Mars as a performer on the August 25 telecast.  Other performers include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform their hit "Same Love" at the awards show.  On GMA, Ryan Lewis said of the booking, "It feels crazy. We would've never guessed it. To perform on the VMAs is a privilege so we're very, very excited. It's gonna be a special night."  That's no overstatement, considering they're up for six Moonmen.

The duo, who drew GMA's largest crowd this summer to New York's Central Park, also spoke about how their amazing success this year has surprised them. "You know, 12 months ago, we were in the process of finishing the album and had no idea if anybody in America would even like the music we were about to put out," Macklemore said to a screaming crowd in New York City's Central Park.

The duo's album The Heist was a surprise #2 debut last fall, and it's since produced a string of hits, including "Same Love," "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will kick off a headlining tour October 22 in Portland, Oregon.  It wraps in their hometown of Seattle in December.

"The thing that is important about our live performances is keeping the intimacy," Macklemore said. "And what's important to me is to be able to connect with the fans like it was 20 people."

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Friday
Aug162013

Alicia Keys' Keep a Child Alive Organization Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Annual Black Ball

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This year, Alicia Keys' nonprofit organization, Keep a Child Alive, will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its annual Black Ball later this fall.

Taking place on November 7 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the event will include special performances from Alicia, who will also take on hosting duties, and additional entertainers in an effort to raise money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

"As I look back on the last ten years, I’m overjoyed by how far we’ve come and so incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish," said Alicia in a statement. "Since day one, Keep a Child Alive has been about directly touching the people who need us most!"

She added, "It is such a passion for me, gives me real purpose and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has supported us to make this real!  We are truly touching lives, and we couldn't do it without our Keep a Child Alive family who has made this all possible."

Tickets for the benefit start at $3,500 and go all the way up to $100,000 for a table. For more information, visit their official website, KeepAChild.org now.

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Friday
Aug162013

Elton John's Partner to Open Vegas Champagne Bar?

Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardElton John is always in Las Vegas entertaining the crowds at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and now his partner is reportedly hatching a plan to get those crowds tipsy.

The New York Post reports that David Furnish, Elton's longtime partner and co-parent of their two sons, is planning to open a high-end champagne lounge and bar at Caesars Palace.  Furnish is reportedly teaming up with a top New York nightlife figure to create the space, which will open in the fall.  Decorating the walls will be pieces from Elton and David's private art collection.

Elton's next run of dates in his Million Dollar Piano show at Caesars begins September 18.

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Friday
Aug162013

The Breeders to Release "The Last Splash" 20th Anniversary Reissue in September

4ADThe Breeders' sophomore effort The Last Splash turns 20 this year, and the band is marking the milestone by releasing a new vinyl box set.

Dubbed LSXX, the package features the original album on 12-inch vinyl, along with a second disc that includes demos from The Last Splash sessions and a 1993 BBC Radio Session. The set also includes a 12-inch disc of Stockholm Syndrome, a live concert album recorded in Sweden in 1994, and four 10-inch vinyl records of the band’s EPs: Safari, Cannonball, Divine Hammer and Head to Toe.

LSXX is set to arrive in stores on September 2.

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Friday
Aug162013

Stephen Stills' Supergroup The Rides to Be Featured on Public TV Series "Front and Center"

Photo: Eleanor StillsStephen Stills' new blues-rock supergroup, The Rides, are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming second season of American Public Television's live-performance series Front and Center.  Each episode of the one-hour show is filmed in high-definition and features a different music act playing a set at one of a handful of New York City venues.

This season of Front and Center will premiere in late September; check local listings.  The Rides' performance, which will be captured at New York's famed jazz club The Iridium, is the last of the series' nine episodes scheduled for broadcast, although no airdate has been confirmed for the show.

Other artists set to appear on Front and Center include blues legend Buddy Guy, pop-rock stars Train, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde with the Les Paul Trio, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Rides, which also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg, will release their debut album, Can't Get Enough, on August 27.  The band kicks off a U.S. tour with an August 28-29 engagement at The Iridium.

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Friday
Aug162013

Elton John's Partner to Open Vegas Champagne Bar?

Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardElton John is always in Las Vegas entertaining the crowds at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and now his partner is reportedly hatching a plan to get those crowds tipsy.

The New York Post reports that David Furnish,John 's longtime partner and co-parent of their two sons, is planning to open a high-end champagne lounge and bar at Casears Palace.  Furnish reportedly is teaming up with a top New York nightlife figure to create the space, which will open in the fall.  Decorating the walls will be pieces from Elton and David's private art collection.

John's next run of dates in his Million Dollar Piano show at Caesars begins September 18.

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Friday
Aug162013

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush & More Featured in Roadrunner Records 30th Anniversary Box Set

Roadrunner RecordsRoadrunner Records turns 30 this year, and the label will be celebrating the occasion by releasing a box set on October 1. Titled XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records, the set boasts a total of four CDs and features 54 tracks from a number of artists on the label's roster, including Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rush.

The first disc, titled Foundations, highlights the label's early years, with tracks by such ultra-heavy acts as Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Biohazard and Deicide.  The second disc, Horns Up, delivers cuts from the metal scene of the 1990s, including songs by Slipknot, Fear Factory and Sepultura. The third disc, And Metal for All, features songs put out by the label during the last 13 years, including cuts from Megadeth, Dream Theater, Heaven & Hell and Hatebreed.  The final disc, Rock for the Ages, features tracks by some of the biggest names in rock, including Skynyrd, Rush, Nickelback, and Korn.

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records will sell for a list price of $39.98.  Here is the full track list:

CD 1 - Foundations:

“Evil” -- Mercyful Fate
"Power Thrashing Death" -- Whiplash
"Abigail" -- King Diamond
"Carnivore" -- Carnivore
"Slowly We Rot" -- Obituary
"Alison Hell" -- Annihilator
"Sacrificial Suicide" -- Deicide
"Infecting The Crypts" -- Suffocation
"Punishment" -- Biohazard
"Christian Woman" -- Type O Negative
"Matando Güeros" -- Brugeria
"Veil of Maya" -- Cynic
"Through and Through" -- Life of Agony
"Excess and Overdrive" -- Treponem Pal

CD 2 - Horns Up:

"Wasting Away" -- Nailbomb
"Imperium" -- Machine Head
"No Fronts (Jam Master Jay's Main Edit)" -- Dog Eat Dog
"Crystal Mountain" -- Death
"Roots Bloody Roots" -- Sepultura
"Loco" -- Coal Chamber
"Eye For an Eye" -- Soulfly
"Shock" -- Fear Factory
"Spit It Out" -- Slipknot
"New Disease" -- Spineshank
"Pure Hatred" -- Chimaira
"Bloodwork" -- 36 Crazyfists
"What Comes Around" -- Ill Niño

CD 3 - And Metal for All:

"My Last Serenade" -- Killswitch Engage
"Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" -- Trivium
"I Could Care Less" -- Devildriver
"Nymphetamine Fix" -- Cradle of Filth
"Destroy Everything" -- Hatebreed
"Inflikted" -- Cavalera Conspiracy
"The Dagger" -- Roadrunner United
"Fear of a Blank Planet" -- Porcupine Tree
"On the Backs of Angels" -- Dream Theater
"Heir Apparent" -- Opeth
"Head Crusher" -- Megadeth
"Witchtripper" -- Down
"Bible Black" -- Heaven & Hell
"L'enfant Sauvage" -- Gojira

CD 4 - Rock for the Ages:

"Side of a Bullet" -- Nickelback
"Anger Rising" -- Jerry Cantrell
"30/30-150" -- Stone Sour
"Ma Petite Mort" -- Karma to Burn
"Pretty Lush" -- Glassjaw
"Girl Anachronism" -- The Dresden Dolls
"No One Fits Me (Better Than You)" -- Airbourne
"Dead in Hollywood" -- Murderdolls
"Bad Girlfriend" -- Theory of a Deadman
"Lonely Train" -- Blackstone Cherry
"Get Up!" -- Korn (featuring Skrillex)
"Headlong Flight" -- Rush
"Still Unbroken" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Friday
Aug162013

Kelly Clarkson Headed Back to High School to Perform for Safe Teen Drivers

Kevin Mazur/WireImage/ABC High schoolers, listen up! Kelly Clarkson could be coming to your school for a free concert if you promise to be careful behind the wheel. She's teamed up with State Farm for their Celebrate My Drive program, which asks teens to make a commitment to safe driving.

“I am excited to be a part of the Celebrate My Drive program, and to have the opportunity to positively influence thousands of teens,” Kelly says. “This program gives me the platform to engage with my fans in a unique way, and I look forward to working alongside State Farm to make a difference.”

School administrators must register their schools for the program at CelebrateMyDrive.com before October 17. Starting October 18, teens, their parents and community members can make commitments to safe driving. Schools with the most commitments have a chance to win either a cash grant or the private concert from Kelly.

The Celebrate My Drive program coincides with the U.S. National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20 through 26.

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Friday
Aug162013

Ellie Goulding Collaborates with fun. Frontman, Lands Spot on Rom-Com Soundtrack

Polydor RecordsEllie Goulding's having a pretty good summer: her collaboration with Calvin Harris, "I Need Your Love," is up for two MTV VMAs later this month, and last night, she wrapped up her opening stint on Bruno Mars' acclaimed Moonshine Jungle tour.  Next up for the British songstress: releasing a boatload of new material, and landing a spot on a movie soundtrack.

As previously reported, on August 27, Ellie will release Halcyon Days, a repackaging of her 2012 album Halcyon that includes the original album plus 10 new songs.  But now details have emerged about some of her collaborators on the songs.  According to Rolling Stone, she co-wrote one of them, "Goodness Gracious," with fun.'s Nate Ruess. She says of the track, "I've been in situations where I knew someone wasn't right for me, yet I kept bringing them back. The song is about dissing yourself for not thinking straight and not being fair."

Another song, called "Heart Without Chains," was co-written with Fraser T. Smith, who co-wrote and produced Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain."  She says it's her favorite of the new tracks.

In addition, another of the new songs, "How Long Will I Love You," will be featured in an upcoming movie called About Time, from Richard Curtis, the director who gave us the British rom-coms Notting Hill and Love Actually.  "I"m a hopeless romantic," says Ellie, noting that she grew up watching Curtis' films. "They make me feel happy and warm inside."

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Friday
Aug162013

Site of First Led Zeppelin Concert to Be Commemorated with Plaque in Denmark

Facebook.com/LedZeppelinLed Zeppelin will receive a special honor next month in Gladsaxe, Denmark, at the site of the legendary band's very first concert.  A commemorative plaque is scheduled to be unveiled at the Egegaard School on September 7, which marks the 45th anniversary of the rockers' show at a now-defunct venue called the Gladsaxe Teen Club that was located there.

Led Zeppelin was known as The New Yardbirds when they gave their historic performance.  In fact, The Yardbirds, guitarist Jimmy Page's previous group, originally had been booked to play the show but had broken up by the time the gig took place.  The band -- Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham -- reportedly played a set that mixed some classic Yardbirds tunes with such then-new songs as "Communication Breakdown," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "How Many More Times."

A successful initiative to raise funds to pay for the plaque was launched recently by a committee that includes Jorgen Angel, who took some famous photographs at the gig; and Jerry Ritz, who was the band's tour manager at the time.  More information about the memorial campaign and the history behind the concert is available at LedZeppelin1968.com.

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Friday
Aug162013

KISS Brings Arena Football Team to LA

Brian Lowe/KISS Catalog Ltd.KISS has slapped their name on everything from condoms to coffins, so why not a football team?  Like Bon Jovi before them, the group has now become part owners of an Arena Football League team.

The LA KISS, an expansion team, will play in Anaheim, in Southern California, where they haven't had an arena football team in five years.  Play will begin in March, with season tickets on sale now for $99 each.  All season ticket holders will get to attend a free KISS concert at Anaheim's Honda Center, the team's home arena, in 2014.

In a statement, Gene Simmons said, "As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us. With Arena Football, you are much closer to the action -- sitting in the front row is like putting a folding chair on the hash mark of an NFL game -– and it’s one of the only sports where you can experience this level of intensity."

He added, "Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

KISS will celebrate its new partnership by performing at halftime during the ArenaBowl XXVI Championship game this Saturday.  The game will air nationally on CBS at 1 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Aug162013

The Band Perry Launching We Are Pioneers World Tour November 8 in Sweden

Facebook.com/TheBandPerryThe Band Perry will launch their We Are Pioneers World Tour November 8 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The trek will continue across Europe for five weeks before hitting Canada January 9 in Penticton, British Columbia. The Band Perry then crosses into the U.S. February 6 with a show in Independence, MO.

“We live to play," says The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry. "In our minds everything we do -- writing, recording, interviews, appearances -- is the means to the live end. To fully and totally understand our band, you have to see us live.  It's the three of us in our element, our living room, our therapy session, our recess. We can't wait to bring We Are Pioneers to the world."

Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell will join The Band Perry for the North American dates. More shows will be announced soon.

Here are the We Are Pioneers World Tour Dates:

11/8 -- Gothenburg, Sweden, Tradgarn
11/10 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus
11/11 -- Skien, Norway, Ibsenhuset
11/12 -- Oslo, Norway, Folketeateret
11/13 -- Trondheim, Norway, Olavshallen
11/15 -- Helsingborg, Sweden, Tivoli
11/16 -- Randers, Denmark, Vaerket
11/18 -- Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten
11/19 -- Hamburg, Germany, Knust
11/20 -- Berlin, Germany, C-Club
11/22 -- Munich, Germany, Strom
11/23 -- Zurich, Switzerland, Mascotte
11/25 -- Paris, France, Divan Du Monde
11/26 -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Melkweg (The Max)
11/29 -- Birmingham, United Kingdom, Birmingham HMV Institute
11/30 -- Glasgow, United Kingdom, ABC
12/1 -- Manchester, United Kingdom, Ritz
12/2 -- London, United Kingdom, HMV Forum
12/4 -- Dublin, Ireland, Vicar Street
12/5 -- Belfast, United Kingdom, Mandela Hall
1/9 -- Penticton, BC (CAN), South Okanagan Event Centre
1/10 -- Kamloops, BC (CAN), Interior Savings Centre
1/11 -- Prince George, BC (CAN), CN Centre
1/12 -- Dawson Creek, BC (CAN) EnCana Events Centre
1/15 -- Red Deer, AB (CAN), Enmax Centrium Arena
1/16 -- Lethbridge, AB (CAN), Enmax Centre
1/18 -- Regina, SK (CAN), Brand Centre
1/21 -- Sudbury, ON (CAN), Sudbury Arena
1/22 -- Kitchener, ON (CAN) Memorial Auditorium
1/23 -- Oshawa, ON (CAN), General Motors Centre
1/24 -- Kingston, ON (CAN), K-Rock Centre
2/6 -- Independence, MO, Independence Events Center
2/8 -- Bemidji, MN, Sanford Center
2/9 -- Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Englestad Arena
2/13 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center
2/14 -- Kearney, NE, Viareo Event Center
2/15 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/16 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
2/20 -- Rockford, Il, BMO Harris Bank Center
2/21 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center
2/22 -- Corbin, KY, The Corbin Arena
2/23 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Events Center
2/27  -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
2/28 -- Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
3/1 -- Duluth, MN, Duluth Ent Convention Ctr. Arena
3/2 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
3/7 -- Savannah, GA, Savannah Civic Center
3/20 -- Macon, GA, Macon Centreplex
3/21 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/2 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena

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Friday
Aug162013

Kelly Rowland Talks Growth, Confidence and More in Essence Magazine 

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Kelly Rowland shares a lot of intimate information in the September issue of Essence magazine.

In the mag, Kelly delves even deeper than she has before into personal issues including the fact that she once faced domestic abuse and her feelings about her former Destiny's Child partner, Beyonce, a topic addressed on her last single, "Dirty Laundry."  Kelly says that record was not only about being jealous of Beyoncé's success.

"You get your early twenties to mess up," the 32-year-old says. "For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself."

As she tries to find her own "path," Kelly admits that she hopes to marry and experience motherhood like Beyonce. "I want to be in Miami chilling with a cute little tummy wearing cute little dresses on the beach and I want to be married. I do," Kelly explains.

The singer also spoke about her relationship with her estranged father, following the recent passing of her grandmother. When asked if she's talked to him, she says, "I haven't. I don't know what's stopping me, because I've had opportunities. But it really it is time. I probably need to ask my therapist about it."

Its clear that Kelly is becoming more transparent then ever, and she credits her newfound self-confidence to taking up boxing. "It teaches me strength, physically but mostly mentally," she says. "I had to learn my strength, because for so long I could have been tougher than I was."

A flawless Kelly appears on the front of the mag, available on newsstands now.

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Friday
Aug162013

Rod Stewart Thrilled New Album Is Platinum; Reportedly Sued Over Son's Personal Training Bills

Image Courtesy Rod Stewart via TwitterRod Stewart has been a rock star for more than 40 years, but he's still not jaded about the successes that come with that status -- like a platinum album, for example.

The singer tweeted, "Out shopping when I heard the news that [my album] Time is Platinum in the UK. Well knock me over with a feather!"  He illustrated that with a photo of himself passed out on the carpet of what looks like a very expensive clothing store, wearing a suit and tie, with his sunglasses beside him.  

All joking aside, Stewart is pleased about the success of Time because it's the first album in years that features mostly original songs that he's written, as opposed to covers of other writers' material.  The disc was Rod's first #1 album in his native U.K. in 24 years, and spent 12 straight weeks in the top five there.

In less pleasant news, TMZ is reporting that Stewart is being sued by a Hollywood personal trainer -- not because of anything he did, but because of something his son allegedly did.

The trainer, Randy Rene, has filed a suit in small claims court, saying that Sean Stewart owes him about $5,400 for helping rehabilitate him after a car accident.  When Rene asked Sean for the money, Sean supposedly told him to get it from his medical insurance.  Rene claims that this didn't work, so now he's suing Sean for the payment.  So why is Rod named in the suit as well?  TMZ speculates that it's because Sean is covered under the twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's policy, and it's Rod who's got the deep pockets. 

Sean is Stewart's eldest son, one of two kids he had with his first wife, Alana Hamilton.

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