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Thursday
Oct172013

Pearl Jam Expected to Score Fifth #1 "Billboard" Debut with "Lightning Bolt"

PearlJam.comPearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 170,000 to 180,000 units. 

If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s fifth album to debut in the #1 chart position. The group first topped the chart with 1993’s Vs., then continued to score #1 debuts with 1994’s Vitalogy, 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer, the latter of which sold 189,000 copies its first week out.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

Pearl Jam will be performing tracks from Lightning Bolt during a week-long tribute by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next week.  The series of shows will take place Monday through Friday, and will include performances from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, members of The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold, and country star Dierks Bentley.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Morrissey Details Two-Year Same-Sex Romance in New Memoir, "Autobiography"

Facebook.com/MorrisseyMorrissey’s new memoir, Autobiography, has arrived on bookshelves overseas, and its pages are filled with revelations about the singer’s private life. According to The Daily Beast, one the juiciest pieces in the book is where the ex-Smiths frontman discusses his sexuality.

Morrissey reveals his first crush was the drummer of the 1970’s cross-dressing punk band, the New York Dolls. "Jerry Nolan on the front of the Dolls debut album is the first woman I ever fell in love with," he writes. The singer adds that during his mid-30s, he was involved in a two-year “whirlwind” relationship with a man named Jake Owen Walters. “For the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we,’” he reveals. “Every minute has the high drama of first love, only far more exhilarating. His leap towards me is as uncharted as mine to him. There will be no secrets of flesh or fantasy; he is me and I am him."

The singer addresses a number of other topics in the book, including his bout with depression that often led to thoughts of suicide. “There comes a point when where the suicidalist must shut it down if only in order to save face,” he writes. “I could only tolerate an afternoon if I took a triple amount of the stated dose of Valium prescribed by my GP (who would soon take his own life).”

Autobiography is currently available in the U.K. and Europe. A North American release date for the memoir has yet to be announced.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Kid Cudi Announces Prelude EP to "Man on the Moon 3"

Universal Music Group/KidCudi.comKid Cudi made a major announcement during the Dallas stop of his ongoing Cud Life tour on Wednesday night. The rapper revealed to a packed crowd that he intends to drop a new EP prior to the release of his next album, Man on the Moon 3

Fan-recorded footage surfaced online of the rapper telling the audience, "When I give you the release date, it will be 25 hours before it's released. You won't know when it's going to happen, but it's definitely going to happen within the next three months."

Since Man on the Moon 3 won't arrive until 2015, Cudi adds, "I couldn't not give you any new music, right? I mean, what kind of guy would I be?"

"I had to say something. I've been working on this for a long time, I wanted to scream it from a mountain top, but I didn't have a mountain, I just have a stage," he says.

The upcoming EP is currently untitled and will include production from Dot Da Genius as well as guest verses from King Chip.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Carrie Underwood Featured on "The Sound of Music" Soundtrack, Due Out December 3

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is featured on the soundtrack to NBC's live production of The Sound of Music, due out December 3.  She plays Maria Von Trapp in the TV broadcast, which airs December 5.  Clearly, the soundtrack won't be a recording of the actual live broadcast.

The full cast, including True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, joins Carrie on the soundtrack singing classic songs from the musical like "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The soundtrack is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Here's The Sound of Music (Music from the NBC Television Event) track listing:

"Preludium"
"The Sound of Music"
"Maria"
"My Favorite Things"
"Do-Re-Mi"
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen"
"The Lonely Goatherd"
"How Can Love Survive"
"Reprise: The Sound of Music"
"The Party Grand Waltz"
"The Landler"
"So Long, Farewell"
"Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
"No Way to Stop it"
"Something Good"
"Processional"
"Reprise: Sixteen Going on Seventeen"
"The Concert: Do-Re-Mi"
"The Concert: Edelweiss"
"The Concert: So Long, Farewell"
"Finale Ultimo: Climb Ev'ry Mountain"

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Thursday
Oct172013

Luke Bryan Gives Back to the Children's Hospital of Georgia by Playing Intimate Concert

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan usually brings in about a million dollars for every concert he performs on his Dirt Road Diaries tour, but he didn't make a dime playing a small, intimate show Wednesday night in Augusta, GA. According to the Augusta Chronicle, Luke entertained 200 guests at a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Georgia to help renovate their camp for children undergoing medical treatments.

Luke has a very personal connection to the Children's Hospital of Georgia. His son, Bo, underwent surgery at that hospital when he was just five weeks old. The boy was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, which makes the opening of the stomach thicken and close. The surgery corrected the problem, and Luke is grateful to Children's Hospital of Georgia for taking excellent care of his son.

He says, "Pyloric is, once you figure out what it is, it’s very treatable, a very easy thing,” Bryan said. “I just know how reassuring the doctors and staff were here.”

Luke gets back to his Dirt Road Diaries tour with sold-out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Friday and Saturday night.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Pink Postpones Thursday and Friday Shows Due to Vocal Issues 

RCA RecordsPink's non-stop touring has finally caught up to her.  The singer has been forced to postpone her shows tonight in Salt Lake City, and tomorrow in Denver, because she's on vocal rest.

Pink is under doctor's orders not to sing, but the good news is that the shows have already been rescheduled: the Salt Lake City show will now take place on the 29th, while the Denver show has been moved to October 30. 

Accepting fans' wishes for a speedy recovery, Pink wrote on Twitter, "Thanks for all the support y'all. Not very dramatic- doctor just wants me on complete vocal rest for four days to heal. So I can kick ass. Both shows rescheduled and very quickly. Touring would be terribly easy if I lip synced. See you soon xo.'

The singer is currently into the second North American leg of her sold-out Truth About Love Tour, which also visited Europe and Australia.

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Thursday
Oct172013

New Lady Gaga Song Debuts in Beats by Dr. Dre Commercial; More New Songs Coming 

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterYou can now hear a preview of yet another new track from Lady Gaga's upcoming album, ARTPOP.  This time, it's the track "Do What U Want," featuring R. Kelly, featured in a new commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. 

The ad features the song playing while we see close-up shots of the latest version of the headphones.  Then the music stops, and we cut to a shot of a guy in a store listening with the headphones, while an employee asks, "Whaddya think?"  "Whew," says the customer, removing the headphones. "I know, right?" replies the employee, shaking his head in disbelief.  The music starts up again, more headphones shots, and then a final look at the customer and the employee, both jamming out to the song.

While not the official second single from ARTPOP -- that would be "Venus" -- "Do What U Want" will be available for purchase on October 21 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and October 22 worldwide.   On October 27, Gaga will release another new song, and November 4 will bring yet another.  November 11 is the release date of ARTPOP.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Miley's Milestones: Why "Bangerz" Is a Big Success

RCA RecordsEven though Miley Cyrus' new album Bangerz didn't break any records in its first week, sales-wise, it still debuted at#1, and gave everyone's favorite tongue-waggler a couple of notches on her belt when it comes to chart feats.

As Yahoo! Chart Watch points out, Bangerz' first-week sales didn't come close to those of albums released this year by Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kanye West or Daft Punk.  However, it racked up the highest first-week sales total by a female pop singer since Pink's The Truth About Love back in September of 2012.  Yes, Miley's album sold more its first week out than Rihanna's Apologetic, which came out in November.

In addition, Bangerz' #1 debut makes Miley only the third artist of 2013 to score both a #1 album and a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.  The others are her partner-in-twerk Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars.

And finally, Miley is now the first female artist to score five #1 albums before the age of 21: she won't be old enough to drink until November 23.  Still, she can't beat Justin Bieber for the overall record of most #1 albums at the youngest age: he managed to score five before he turned 19. 

Looks like Lorde better hurry up -- she's turning 17 next month and hasn't even scored her first #1 album yet.  What a slacker.

What will Miley do for an encore? How about a North American tour in the near future? According to E! News, she's "very close" to firming up a trek that will begin early next year, after some European dates.

This would be her first stint on the road since her Best of Both Worlds tour in 2007, in which she performed as both herself and as her Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Rod Stewart Launches Live the Life Tour with Steve Winwood Tonight 

Facebook.com/RodStewartBack in April, Rod Stewart was supposed to kick off a North American tour with his old pal Steve Winwood, but the tour was postponed so that Rod could finish his most recent album, Time.  The disc arrived in May, and now Rod and Steve are ready to hit the road together.  The trek, dubbed the Live the Life tour, gets underway tonight in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This isn't the first time that Rod has teamed with a fellow music legend for a tour: his double bill with Stevie Nicks a few years ago was a big success.  So why did he tap Steve Winwood this time around?  "Steve was actually famous before I was," Rod tells ABC News Radio. "He's not only a fantastic singer that I look up to and always have done, but you know, we're old school. I think, especially, if we get to sing a couple of songs together, it's gonna be fun."

Any Rod Stewart concert will feature its fair share of hits that you know and love, but Rod also wants to spotlight the songs on his album Time, which is his first collection of original material in over a decade.  However, he jokes that he plans to give the audience fair warning when he's about to perform his new material.

"I tell the people...when we play a new song, 'This is a new song.  You're not gonna like it, but I'd like you to really applaud and shout a lot when it's finished, and it will make me happy!'" laughs Rod. "And that's what I'm gonna do."

As for the hits, how does a veteran artist like Rod keep them fresh after performing them countless times for decades?  He says it's "purely audience reaction" that keeps things exciting for him, because unlike some other artists, he and his band don't try to reinvent classics like "Maggie May" each night. "We don't change them at all," he says. "We try and play them the way they were written.  We don't jam on them or anything."

Of course, "Maggie May" sometimes ends up getting changed accidentally.  Even though he's been singing the tune for years, Rod admits, "I still can't remember all the words perfectly.  I still have to look at the Autocue."  But, he laughs, "People don't mind.  I mean, it's just a rambling old song, but I can never get the words right.  The audience do!"  

Rod's Live the Life tour with Steve will run through the 26th, and then take a break in November as he does a new run of dates as part of his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  The tour resumes December 4, includes a stop at New York's Madison Square Garden on the ninth, and wraps in Toronto on December 15.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Paul Simon, Dylan, Hendrix Among Artists Offering Special Releases for Record Store Day's Black Friday

RecordStoreDay.comLegacy Recordings has revealed its lineup of special vinyl releases that will be sold in conjunction with this year's installment of Record Store Day's Black Friday initiative, which is scheduled for November 29.  Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cheap Trick are just a few of the artists who will be contributing limited-edition discs to the campaign, which supports local record stores.

Among the releases will be remastered vinyl editions of Simon's first three solo studio efforts -- 1972's Paul Simon, 1973's There Goes Rhymin' Simon and 1975's Still Crazy After All These Years.  Each will come with a download card that will allow buyers to access digital versions of the records.

Dylan will contribute a three-LP version of the Side Tracks rarities album that initially will be available on two CDs as part of the massive Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One compilation.

Also hitting stores will be a seven-inch single boasting live renditions of "Fire" and "Foxey Lady" from the Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival.

Cheap Trick will offer up The Classic Albums 1977-1979, a five-disc set gathering together the five albums the power-pop legends released during the 1970s -- Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Live Budokan and Dream Police.

Other Black Friday highlights include a four-LP anthology of Roy Orbison's recordings for the Monument label; Harry Nilsson's Rarities Collection, a 12-track LP culled from the late singer/songwriter's recent The RCA Album Collection box set; and a seven-inch single featuring previously unreleased early versions of Sly & the Family Stone's "Sexy Situation" and "Mother Is a Hippie."

A full official list of releases that will be available exclusively at various independent record shops on November 29 will be revealed soon on Record Store Day's website.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash Among Artists Offering Special Releases for Record Store Day's Black Friday

RecordStoreDay.comLegacy Recordings has revealed its lineup of special vinyl releases that will be sold in conjunction with this year's installment of Record Store Day's Black Friday initiative, which is scheduled for November 29.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick and The Clash are just a few of the artists who will be contributing limited-edition discs to the campaign, which supports local record stores.

Among the releases will be a seven-inch single boasting live renditions of "Fire" and "Foxey Lady" from the Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. 

Dylan will contribute a three-LP version of the Side Tracks rarities album that initially will be available on two CDs as part of the massive Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One compilation.

Cheap Trick will offer The Classic Albums 1977-1979, a five-disc set gathering together the five albums the power-pop legends released during the 1970s -- Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Live Budokan and Dream Police.

The Clash, meanwhile, will issue CD versions of all five of the band's classic studio albums -- The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandanista! and Combat Rock -- housed in replica LP sleeves.

A full official list of releases that will be available exclusively at various independent record shops on November 29 will be revealed soon on Record Store Day's website.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Billy Currington Finds Peace Catching a Wave

Mercury NashvilleWhen Billy Currington isn't on the road performing or in the studio working on hit songs like "Hey Girl," you can bet he'll be on the water.  Billy began surfing as a kid growing up near the ocean in Georgia.  His passion for the sea has only grown since then, and he now splits his time catching waves between Georgia, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

"I just have so much enjoyment doing it," Billy says.  "There's nothing like getting picked up on a huge wave and just being able to point your board in the direction you want to go and just ride it for two minutes and that just be a power and a force from the earth itself, and no one brought that to you but God."

Surfing also clears Billy's head when he needs to get away from the pressures of the music business.  If he thinks about anything but surfing while he's catching a wave, it could spell disaster.

He says, "You don't just go out there and float.  You gotta paddle out through waves.  You gotta duck dive huge waves, and then you gotta get on 'em right and try not to fall and try not to run over people."

Billy is on the road this fall in support of his new album, We Are Tonight.  See all of his tour dates at BillyCurrington.com.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Stream The Best Man Holiday Soundtrack Featuring R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Mario, John Legend & More

RCAChristmas is just around the corner and soon fans will be able to purchase the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday, which includes holiday songs from R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Fantasia, Monica, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, Emeli Sandé and more.

To get you in the holiday spirit, the 13-track disc can now be streamed in its entirety via RCA's official SoundCloud page.  If you like what you hear, you can pick up the soundtrack on October 29, and look out for The Best Man Holiday, hitting theaters on November 15.

The soundtrack is available for pre-order now.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Billy Currington's 2004 duet with Shania Twain? ANSWER: "Party for Two."

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Thursday
Oct172013

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Grouplove to Perform at Bob Dylan Tribute in NYC

TheBestFest.comA new installment of the long-running series of Bob Dylan tribute shows known as Dylan Fest is set to take place at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on November 11 and 12.

According to the event’s producers, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Grouplove are among the many musicians set to perform tunes from Dylan's expansive catalog at the concerts. Other entertainers on the bill include The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, Dhani Harrison, as well as a number of surprise guests.  All of the proceeds raised from tickets sales will go toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which donates money to artists in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.

Tickets for Dylan Fest will go on sale on Friday at 12 p.m. ET.  Visit TheBestFest.com for more information.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Tenacious D’s Jack Black Promises Special Guest Appearance, Unique Comedy Experience at Festival Supreme

Facebook.com/TenaciousTenacious D will stage their inaugural comedy-rock music festival, Festival Supreme, on Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. Frontman Jack Black says fans who attend the event can expect a few surprises, including a “secret guest” that will join them during their headlining set.

“There’s a secret weapon that when we unleash them, the excitement level will probably go through the roof,” he tells L.A. Record.  “Although there’s no roof there, so the floorboards of the pier will shake loose.”

Another attraction at the upcoming event will be the One Man Tent, which Black notes will allow concert-goers to get some one-on-one time with comedian Gregg Turkington’s stand-up comedy character, Neil Hamburger. “Only one audience member is allowed in at a time, and you have 30 seconds alone with Neil,” he explains. “I can’t guarantee he’s even gonna tell jokes. You might just stare at him drinking and drinking, and he might just stare at you sweatily. But it’s gonna be an experience to remember.”

In addition to the D, the Festival Supreme's bill features a host of other well-known comedy-rockers including Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, and Eric Idle. Visit FestivalSupreme.com to view the full lineup.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Billy Joel Brings Out the Rarities at Long Island, NY Benefit Show 

Courtesy: The ParamountEarlier this year, Billy Joel told Rolling Stone that if he did go back on tour, he was more interested in playing obscure songs than he was just running through his hits yet again.  And Wednesday night, at a hastily put-together charity show in his home base of Long Island, New York, Billy did just that, mixing a selection of old favorites with some rarities he claimed he'd never played live before.

The show, a benefit for Long Island Cares -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank, took place at The Paramount, a 1,550-seat venue in Huntington, New York, where Billy and his band have been rehearsing for an upcoming tour of England and Ireland.  As Billy told the audience, during those rehearsals, he felt that he and the band were sounding so good that, he says, they thought, "Let's do a gig!...and here we are."  Although he lives on Long Island, it was Billy's first time performing in the area since 2002.  "Long time no see," he told the adoring crowd, noting that he had an "easy commute to work."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, dressed in his customary dark tie and jacket and in fine voice, then announced that he didn't plan to play "the hits" during the show, claiming, "I'm sick of that s**t."  Of course, he wasn't entirely serious, since much of the two-hour show was made up of singles both old and new, from "River of Dreams" and "We Didn't Start the Fire," to "Allentown," "You May Be Right" and, of course, "Piano Man."  He also played live favorites that have been a part of his show for years, including "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" and "New York State of Mind."  But Billy did throw in some obscure numbers that were truly surprising.

The show got underway with "Everybody Loves You Now," likely because the lyrics mention Cold Spring Harbor, the next town over from Huntington, where the concert took place.  Then came the crowd-pleaser "Movin' Out," followed by "Vienna," an album cut from The Stranger that's a fan favorite, followed by the early tune "The Entertainer," whose lyrics detail the hazards of being a pop star.  "I know the game/You'll forget my name/I won't be here in another year/If I don't stay on the charts," sang Billy, and the irony was probably not lost on him.  After all, he hasn't released an album of new pop tunes or scored a hit single since 1993, yet the packed crowd Wednesday night certainly has not forgotten his name.

The first truly surprising song in the set list was "A Room of Our Own," a little-known track from 1982's The Nylon Curtain.  It was one of two deep cuts Billy played from that album, the other being the Christmas-themed "She's Right on Time."  He also played two obscure album tracks from 1993's River of Dreams: "Great Wall of China," which he thinks he may have performed live once, and "Blonde Over Blue," which he said he'd never played live at all.  Another jaw-dropper: "Stop in Nevada," an overlooked cut from the Piano Man album about an unhappy wife seeking a quickie divorce on her way to a new life in California.

As with most of Billy's concerts, the end was a non-stop string of upbeat hits, starting with "We Didn't Start the Fire," and running through "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me," "You May Be Right" and "Only the Good Die Young."  It was the only time during the show that Billy rose from the piano, strapping on a guitar at one point, and twirling the microphone around.  However, he didn't run around the stage nearly as much as he's done in years past -- "This is a lot harder than it used to be," he cracked at one point.

Still, it appears as though the Piano Man is enjoying himself enough that just might be considering a full-scale tour. "Maybe we'll see you again soon," he teased, as he bid the ecstatic crowd good night.

Here's the set list from Billy Joel's concert Wednesday night:

"Everybody Loves You Now"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Vienna"
"The Entertainer"
"A Room of Our Own"
"She's Right on Time"
"Allentown"
"Great Wall of China"
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"New York State of Mind"
"This Is the Time"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"Stop in Nevada"
"The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
"Blonde Over Blue"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"River of Dreams"
"Piano Man"
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"

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Thursday
Oct172013

"Wake Me Up" Singer Tells the Story Behind the Hit Avicii Song

ABC/Adam Taylor"Wake Me Up" is a worldwide smash.  While it's credited to Avicii, the Swedish producer and DJ, he's not the one singing on the track.  The vocals are provided by Aloe Blacc, an American singer, rapper and musician who's been releasing albums in a variety of genres since 1995.

Aloe stepped into the spotlight on Monday night when he was the featured performer on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and backstage at the show, he told ABC News Radio that his hookup with Avicii came about in a very unexpected way: through two members of two different alternative rock bands.

"I first got hooked up with Avicii through Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park, who suggested that I sing on Avicii's album," Aloe explains. It seems the two had never met, but had a mutual friend. "So of course, I sent an email to him and said, 'Thank you for suggesting this!'"

After that, Aloe says, Avicii called him up. "[He] said, 'I'm over at Mike Einziger's house from Incubus, would you like to write a song?' So I headed down and we went to the studio and wrote 'Wake Me Up,'" Aloe recalls.  "We did it in like four hours."

"Wake Me Up" has a unique sound because it's acoustic and organic sounding, but it's also a dance song.  And Aloe says that combination was Avicii's idea.

"I think Avicii had in mind something that was a little bit more, you know, rootsy and bluegrass," he tells ABC News Radio. "So it comes down to a feeling of sorta country with, of course, Avicii's world, which is dance, and he put the drums behind it and made it real big."

As for why "Wake Me Up" has become a hit around the world, Aloe says it's not so much because of the song's sound, but because of its lyrics, which appeal to folks of all ages.

"I feel like the lyrics are very nostalgic," says Aloe. "If you're older, it makes you feel like back when you were...[in] middle school. If you're young, it makes you feel like it's time for you to break out of your shell and live life. So I think it just hits everybody in their own interpretive way."

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Thursday
Oct172013

Rod Stewart Launches Live the Life Tour with Steve Winwood Tonight

Facebook.com/RodStewartBack in April, Rod Stewart was supposed to kick off a North American tour with his old pal Steve Winwood, but the tour was postponed so that Rod could finish his most recent album, Time.  The disc arrived in May, and now Stewart and Winwood are ready to hit the road together.  The trek, dubbed the Live the Life tour, gets under way tonight in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This isn't the first time that Rod has teamed with a fellow music legend for a tour: his double bill with Stevie Nicks in 2011 and 2012 was a big success.  So why did he tap Winwood this time around?  "Steve was actually famous before I was," Stewart tells ABC News Radio.  "He's not only a fantastic singer that I look up to and always have done, but you know, we're old school.  I think, especially, if we get to sing a couple of songs together, it's gonna be fun."

Any Rod Stewart concert will feature its fair share of hits that you know and love, but the 68-year-old singer also wants to spotlight the songs on his album Time, which is his first collection of original material in more than a decade.  However, he jokes that he plans to give the audience fair warning when he's about to perform his new material.

"I tell the people...when we play a new song, 'This is a new song.  You're not gonna like it, but I'd like you to really applaud and shout a lot when it's finished, and it will make me happy!'" laughs Rod. "And that's what I'm gonna do."

As for the hits, how does a veteran artist like Stewart keep them fresh after performing them countless times for decades?  He says it's "purely audience reaction" that keeps things exciting for him, because unlike some other artists, he and his band don't try to reinvent classics like "Maggie May" each night.  "We don't change them at all," he says. "We try and play them the way they were written.  We don't jam on them or anything."

Of course, "Maggie May" sometimes ends up getting changed accidentally.  Even though he's been singing the tune for years, Rod admits, "I still can't remember all the words perfectly.  I still have to look at the Autocue."  But, he laughs, "People don't mind.  I mean, it's just a rambling old song, but I can never get the words right.  The audience do!"

The Live the Life tour will run through the 26th, and then Stewart will take a break in November as he does a new run of dates as part of his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  The tour resumes December 4, includes a stop at New York's Madison Square Garden on the 9th, and wraps in Toronto on December 15.

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Thursday
Oct172013

Chris Young Reveals His Ultra-Nerdy Secret: "I Still Read Comic Books"

Monarch PublicityChris Young is a favorite among country's female fans thanks to his smooth voice and hits like "Gettin' You Home," but Chris has one secret obsession that may jeopardize his rep as a ladies' man -- he loves comic books.

Chris tells ABC News Radio, "Me and my stage manager are actually big, like Batman, Superman [fans]."

Chris even has an app on his phone that allows him to download the latest issues of his favorite comic books.

"Sometimes if I'm going on a plane, I'll buy a couple comics and read 'em on a plane," Chris admits. "That's pretty nerdy. Probably not something a grown man should be doing. I don't know."

We're sure there are plenty of women out there who would accept Chris's ultra-dorky pastime. He'll play a run of shows opening for Brad Paisley this weekend in Canada.

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