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Monday
Feb042013

Lady Gaga's Backstage Demands: Naked Mannequins, Organic Food & Lavender Everything

LittleMonsters.comThe props and costumes that Lady Gaga has with her on stage during her tour are pretty out there, so you can probably imagine the kinds of things she wants to have backstage on the road.  Actually, you don't have to imagine, because Celebuzz has obtained details of Gaga's tour rider: the list of backstage demands that must be fulfilled for each tour stop.

According to Celebuzz, during her Monster Ball tour, Gaga requested that her dressing room be decorated in "glam rock" fashion, with silver satin walls, white leather couches, black satin drapes and posters of famous rock stars like David Bowie, Queen and Elton John.  She also requested a mannequin with "puffy pink pubic hair" be placed in her dressing room, for some unknown reason.

On top of that, Gaga requested that her backstage bathroom be decked out with lavender bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, hand soap, body wash and face soap, as well as with sea foam loofah sponges, fresh roses and a candle.

When it comes to food, Gaga definitely tried to eat healthy, requesting organic teas and milk, organic tortilla chips, sprouted grain tortillas, peanut butter with no more than four grams of sugar, tuna and Activa yogurt.  But to counteract that, she also requested booze, specifically two bottles of "quality white wine" and Jameson whiskey.

Celebuzz reports that the details of the rider were published in court documents during the six-hour deposition Gaga gave in that lawsuit involving her former assistant, Jennifer O'Neill.  As you'll recall, O'Neill is suing Gaga for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay, while Gaga has dismissed her as an undeserving "hood rat who thinks she's Queen of the Universe."   Gaga recently wrote on Facebook that O'Neill is not simply her "ex-assistant," but is "my best friend from NY since I was 19," adding, "Painful stuff."

Also revealed in the court documents were details of the singer's lavish lifestyle, including the fact that she spent $5,700 on the online retail site Gilt.com, and splashed out on three grand for designer luggage, and $150,000 to charter flights from New York to Europe.  In addition, Gaga was also browsing real estate listings in New York City, looking for a place in the four to five million dollar range.

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Monday
Feb042013

Muse Ties Foo Fighters for Single with Longest Run at #1 on Billboard Alternative Songs Chart

Gavin BondMuse has something in common with the Foo Fighters.  Muse’s single, “Madness,” has held the top spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 18 straight weeks, tying the current record held by the Foos' 2007 single “The Pretender,” according to Nielsen BDS.  Dominating the #1 slot on the tally is nothing new for Muse -- their single “Uprising” spent 17 weeks in the top slot when it was released in 2009.  

Other singles that have managed to linger at #1 on the chart for extended periods of time include Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Staind’s "It's Been Awhile" and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ "Scar Tissue," which each sat atop the list for 16 weeks.  In addition, the Chili Peppers singles “Dani California" and "By the Way" each held the top spot on the tally for 14 weeks.

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Monday
Feb042013

Troggs Singer Reg Presley Passes Away at Age 71

Chris Walter/WireImageFounding Troggs frontman Reg Presley died Monday in Andover, England, after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 71.  Kevin Lewin of World Entertainment News Network confirms to ABC News Radio that he spoke with the singer's daughter Karen, and she told him that Presley "passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him."  According to Lewin, she added, "We're absolutely heartbroken."

Presley's daughter also confirmed Presley's death to the BBC.

In January of 2012, Presley revealed in a message posted on The Troggs' official website that he had been diagnosed with cancer and announced his immediate retirement from the band.

The Troggs formed in Andover in 1964, and are best known for the garage-rock classic "Wild Thing," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966.  The band's single "With a Girl Like You" reached the top 30 hit that same year, while their hit "Love Is All Around" peaked at #7 in 1968.

Veteran music journalist Keith Altham penned a tribute to his "dear old pal" Presley that he posted on his Facebook page.  "He was one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world," wrote Altham.  "Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda and the family and those legion of fans who loved his music and his band.  I will miss him hugely."

The writer also revealed that, while fighting cancer, Presley had suffered "a succession of recent strokes."

After Presley's retirement, The Troggs brought hired Chris Allen as their new lead singer.  He previously had worked with The Denny Laine Band, The Commitments and The Animals.

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Monday
Feb042013

The E Street Band's Max Weinberg to Be Featured on Two Upcoming TV Shows

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesFor years, The E Street Band's Max Weinberg got to take part in a variety of sketches while serving as bandleader for NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show, but now the drummer is starting flex his acting muscles on other TV shows.  Weinberg will be featured in cameos roles in two programs in the coming week, according to the respected Bruce Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com.

The 61-year-old musician will appear on tonight's episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.  The show, title "Hookman," will be a recreation of an Emmy Award-winning episode of the original Hawaii Five-O series that first aired back in September 1973.  Weinberg will portray a weapons expert and gun-store owner named Norm on the program, which focuses on a maimed man who is intent on killing the police officers he blames for his injuries.

Then, on Sunday, Weinberg's voice and animated likeness will be featured on Fox's The Simpsons.  The episode will be a Valentine's Day-themed episode titled "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing."  According to Backstreets.com, this will mark the first time that an E Street Band member has been featured as himself on The Simpsons.  The late Clarence Clemons narrated the 1999 Christmas episode "Grift of the Magi," but his likeness didn't appear on the show.  The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Monday
Feb042013

Jason Aldean Scores Seventh Consecutive #1 Hit with "The Only Way I Know"

Greenroom PRJason Aldean has scored his seventh consecutive #1 hit at country radio with "The Only Way I Know," which features his pals Luke Bryan and Eric Church.  It's Jason's 11th trip to #1 since 2006, but sharing the triumph with his buddies makes this one stand out above the rest.

"Having Eric and Luke come sing on this track with me was one of the highlights of recording the album," Jason says.  "We are buddies off the road and outside of the music business, so this one is extra special for me."

"The Only Way I Know" is featured on Jason's latest album, Night Train.

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Monday
Feb042013

Former Anthrax Guitarist Rob Caggiano Joins Volbeat, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" Due in April

Facebook.com/VolbeatVolbeat has just announced that former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially joined the band as its second guitarist.  The news comes less than a month after the group announced that Caggiano had signed on to produce the group's upcoming fifth studio album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.

"The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him,” said frontman Michael Poulsen in a statement.  “Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”  Caggiano adds, “After weeks of collaboration between Michael and I it became quite clear that we had an amazing creative chemistry together.  It really isn't the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more ‘right’ to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I'm going for it!”

In addition, the group revealed that Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies will be released on April 8.  Poulsen says that the new album, which was inspired by “classic spaghetti western movies,” will feature “more old school heavy riffs” than the band's previous albums.

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Monday
Feb042013

Adele Gives Mom Her Luxury Apartment; Is She Getting Hypnotherapy?

Dan MacMedan/WireImageNever let it be said that Adele doesn't appreciate the sacrifices her mom made for her.  The British paper The Mirror says that the singer has gifted her mother Penny with a luxury apartment in an upscale area of London.

According to the paper, land registry records show that Adele has transferred ownership of her apartment, in London's fashionable Notting Hill area, to Penny, who raised her in a cramped flat while holding down two jobs to support them.  The apartment is estimated to be worth just under a million bucks.

The Mirror reports that Adele won't miss that apartment, since she has so many other places to live.  The paper claims that the singer owns a residence in North London worth more than eight million bucks, an apartment in southwest London that's worth $1.7 million dollars and a home in Brighton, England that's worth close to four million bucks.

In other Adele news, the singer, who has spoken in the past about her terrible stage fright, is allegedly receiving hypnotherapy so she'll be able to go on stage at the Academy Awards.  The British paper The Sun reports that Adele's been having "panic attacks" because she's so nervous about singing her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme "Skyfall" at the Oscars on February 24.

A source told the paper, "She has been rehearsing for the show with an orchestra, but all the preparation in the world isn’t enough to keep her calm.  She was so nervous before last year’s Grammys that she was sick before going on stage.  She doesn’t want a repeat of that."

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Monday
Feb042013

fun. Schedules Summer Tour Dates 

Facebook.com/OurNameIsFunIf you missed your chance to see fun. on their recent tour, the guys are giving you another chance this summer. The band has just announced they’ve added another string of shows to support their platinum album, Some Nights. That outing begins on July 6 at Downsview Park in Toronto and will make stops in Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Denver and Los Angeles, among other cities.  

Pre-sale tickets for most of the newly-announced shows go on sale on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local venue time on the band’s official website.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Friday.

In other fun. news, the guys will be performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night on CBS, where they're up for a total of six awards, including nods in all of the "Big Four" categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year, and Best New Artist.   And did you catch the Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial that featured a Spanish-language version of their hit "We Are Young?"

Here are the new fun. tour dates:

7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Downsview Park
7/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion @ Nautica
7/13 -- Rochester, NY, CMAC
7/14 -- Columbus, OH, Lifestyle Pavilion
7/16 -- Detroit, MI, Meadow Brook
7/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
7/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center
7/20 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/22 -- New York, NY, Hudson River Park – Pier 26
8/22 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Air Outside
8/27 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Lake Tahoe Harvey’s Outdoor Arena
8/28 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden
8/29 -- Portland, OR, Edgefield
9/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/6 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley
9/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Orlando, FL, UCF Arena
9/22 -- Whites Creek, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
9/24 -- Charleston, SC, Family Circle Cup Stadium
9/25 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
9/26 -- Charlottesville, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion

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Monday
Feb042013

fun. Schedules Summer Tour Dates

Facebook.com/OurNameIsFunIf you missed your chance to see fun. on their recent tour, the guys are giving you another chance this summer. The band has just announced they’ve added another string of shows to support their Grammy-nominated album, Some Nights. That outing begins on July 6 at Downsview Park in Toronto and will make stops in Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Denver and Los Angeles, among other cities.  Tegan and Sara will support the band on select dates.

Pre-sale tickets for most of the newly-announced shows go on sale on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local venue time on the band’s official website.  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Friday.

In other fun. news, the guys will be performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night on CBS.  The band is up for a total of six awards, including nods in all of the "Big Four" categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year, and Best New Artist.  Other rock acts set to take the stage at the event include The Black Keys, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.

Here are the new fun. tour dates:

7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Downsview Park
7/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion @ Nautica
7/13 -- Rochester, NY, CMAC
7/14 -- Columbus, OH, Lifestyle Pavilion
7/16 -- Detroit, MI, Meadow Brook
7/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
7/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center
7/20 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/22 -- New York, NY, Hudson River Park – Pier 26
8/22 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Air Outside
8/27 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Lake Tahoe Harvey’s Outdoor Arena
8/28 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden
8/29 -- Portland, OR, Edgefield
9/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/6 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley
9/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Orlando, FL, UCF Arena
9/22 -- Whites Creek, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
9/24 -- Charleston, SC, Family Circle Cup Stadium
9/25 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
9/26 -- Charlottesville, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion

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Monday
Feb042013

The Postal Service Announces Headlining Tour Dates

PostalServiceMusic.netThe Postal Service is taking their reunion on the road.  The duo of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello have just scheduled a batch of headlining tour dates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their only studio album, 2003's Give Up. The North American trek begins on April 9 at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno and will make stops in Phoenix, Las Vegas and New York, among other cities. Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, who sang on Give Up and appeared with the band on a handful of 2003 tour dates, will join the guys for their upcoming tour.

In other Postal Service news, the band is set to release a special edition of Give Up the same day their tour kicks off.  Titled Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition, the compilation boasts two CDs that include the original album, new tracks "Turn Around" and "A Tattered Line of String," and a number of B-sides, rarities and remixes.  In addition, the set features covers of “We Will Become Silhouettes” and “Such Great Heights” performed originally by The Shins and Iron and Wine, respectively.

Tickets for most of the upcoming concerts are on sale now at CrowdSurge.com.  Here are the tour dates:

4/9 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Theatre
4/10 -- Davis, CA, Mondavi Center
4/13 -- Indio, CA, Coachella
4/12 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Madonna Expo Center
4/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
4/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
4/20 -- Indio, CA, Coachella
6/14 -- New York, NY, Barclay's Center

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Monday
Feb042013

BET Experience Features Performances from Beyonce, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar & More

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCIf you've checked out Beyonce's tour schedule, then you probably saw that the North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show world tour kicks off June 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  What you might not have known though, is that the show also helps mark the start of the three-day BET Experience.

The star-studded weekend festival takes place in June, and culminates with the annual BET Awards show, broadcasting live from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 30.  On Friday, June 28, before Bey hits the stage, comedian Mike Epps will bring his comedy routine to Club Nokia.  And following Beyonce's performance, Erykah Badu will be at Club Nokia for a concert of her own.

On Saturday, June 29, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q are slated to perform.  The next day, Kirk Franklin will host a Sunday morning gospel celebration, and later that night, R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons will close out the concert series.

Tickets for the shows go on sale Monday, February 11, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.  In addition to the main events, there will be free musical performances and celeb appearances at the 106 & Park stage in Nokia Plaza L.A. Live.  New artists will also have chances to shine on the Music Matters stage, and that's not all -- a BET Experience film festival and fan fest is also scheduled, along with after-parties and celebrity panels.

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Monday
Feb042013

Toby Keith Launching The Hammer Down Tour June 8

Greg WatermannToby Keith will set out on The Hammer Down tour launching June 8 in Ozark, AR.  The show will be on the road through September with stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis along the way.  Kip Moore is set to open most dates of the tour.

Keith is also slated to perform at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo this Saturday and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on February 25.

Here are the Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour Dates:

6/8 -- Ozark, AR, Thunder on the Mountain
6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
6/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
6/28 -- Oshkosh, WI, Country USA
6/29 -- Cadott, WI, Country Fest
6/30 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/19 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/20 -- St. Clairsville, OH, Jamboree in the Hills
7/21 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/27 -- Cheyenne, WY, Frontier Days
7/30 -- Davenport, IA, Mississippi Valley Fair
8/2 -- Sweet Home, OR, Oregon Jamboree
8/6 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip
8/14 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair
8/24 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
8/25 -- Hartford, CT, Comcast Theatre
8/31 -- Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair
9/1 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Fair
9/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center

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Monday
Feb042013

George Jones Announces Special Guests for Final Concert November 22 in Nashville

Webster PRCountry Music Hall of Fame member George Jones has lined up some big talent to join him for his final concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22.  The Possum's special guests include Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson and Gene WatsonTanya Tucker has previously been announced as a performer on the show, and more stars will be added closer to the show date.

George Jones is currently on his farewell run of shows, called The Grand Tour, and he'll perform in Lakeland, FL Wednesday night.

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Monday
Feb042013

Keyshia Cole Says Michelle Williams is "WACK and Always Will Be"

KeyshiaCole.comYou've got to give it to Keyshia Cole.  Most celebrities would have thought twice about trashing Michelle Williams just moments after she appeared on stage during Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance.  But apparently Keyshia wasn't daunted -- not even by the possibility of attracting a backlash from an army of Destiny's Child fans who were tweeting in full force about the trio's reunion.

So while the Beyhive buzzed about what a great job Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle had done, Keyshia dropped this Twitter bomb: "I think I was frightened to blink for a sec. Then Michell sung and woke my ass up from my daze! She always f**kN the groove up."

That insult didn't get past DC fans, who swiftly responded to Keyshia with insults of their own.  Their pushback didn't stop Keyshia's rant though.  In another note, she wrote, "by the way The Bitch Michell said some foul s**t while I was performing once. But no one recalls that. I say what I want. No Likey. Run up."

It's unclear what performance Keyshia is referring to, and Michelle doesn't seem to be interested in jumping in the argument via Twitter.  She did, however, deny having tweeted some messages that had been fabricated to appear as though they'd come from her account.  "I never tweeted that! Be wise and check the ORIGINAL timeline before you spread more mess! Once again...God bless!" she wrote.

Keyshia's grudge against Michelle doesn't seem to be going anywhere though.  As far as she's concerned, Michelle is "WACK and always will be!"  And in a message to her critics, Keyshia posted a photo of herself laughing, along with the caption "YOU MAD?" 

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Monday
Feb042013

John Fogerty's Star-Studded "Wrote a Song for Everyone" Album Now Set to Arrive in May

Vanguard RecordsFull details have been revealed for John Fogerty's long-awaited collaborative album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which is now scheduled to be released on May 28.  The record will feature 14 songs, most of them new renditions of classic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs written by Fogerty that he rerecorded with help from a variety of famous music artists.

Among the stars who've contributed to the project are Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, R&B singer Jennifer Hudson, alternative rockers My Morning Jacket and country luminaries Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban and The Zac Brown Band.  In addition, Wrote a Song for Everyone includes two new solo recordings from Fogerty -- "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools" -- as well as a version of CCR's "Lodi" that features John's sons, Shane and Tyler.

Wrote a Song for Everyone is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com and iTunes.  Those pre-ordering the album will immediately be able to download one of the tracks for free -- a rendition of "Born on the Bayou" featuring Kid Rock.  That song got its premiere on Sunday during the Super Bowl XLVII telecast.

Fogerty will be touring this year in support of Wrote a Song for Everyone, and among his shows will be an as-yet-unannounced performance next month at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Here is Wrote a Song for Everyone's complete track list:

"Fortunate Son" (with Foo Fighters)
"Almost Saturday Night" (with Keith Urban)
"Lodi" (with Shane Fogerty & Tyler Fogerty)
"Mystic Highway"
"Wrote a Song for Everyone" (with Miranda Lambert featuring Tom Morello)
"Bad Moon Rising" (with Zac Brown Band)
"Long as I Can See the Light" (with My Morning Jacket)
"Born on the Bayou" (with Kid Rock)
"Train of Fools"
"Someday Never Comes" (with Dawes)
"Who'll Stop the Rain" (with Bob Seger)
"Hot Rod Heart" (with Brad Paisley)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (with Alan Jackson)
"Proud Mary" (with Jennifer Hudson featuring Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)

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Monday
Feb042013

Stream Coheed and Cambria’s New Album, "The Afterman: Descension", in Its Entirety

Facebook.com/CoheedAndCambriaCan't wait to hear the second part of Coheed and Cambria’s double-CD, The Afterman?  No worries.  The guys have posted a stream of every song from the second installment, The Afterman: Descension, at RollingStone.com.

In a press statement, the band said that the new album will "continue the conceptual storyline from volume one, where Sirius Amory, i.e., 'The Afterman,' is a scientist/cosmonaut who goes on celestial mission and makes what is arguably the most important discovery ever known to mankind.  But upon his return, he discovers his ambitiousness may have brought him fleeting fame, but also tragic repercussions."

The Afterman: Descension arrives in stores on Tuesday.

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Monday
Feb042013

Vampire Weekend Announces Title, Track List for Third Album

XL RecordingsJust two weeks after revealing the release date for their third studio album, Vampire Weekend, in a message on their website, has now revealed full details about the upcoming release.  Modern Vampire of the City will feature 12 new tracks, including “Unbelievers,” a song which the guys premiered on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Halloween last year.  Modern Vampire of the City will arrive at all the usual outlets on May 7.

In addition, the group has announced that they’ll be hitting the road to promote the new album. That North American trek begins with an appearance at the annual South by Southwest music festival on March 13 in Austin, TX and will make stops in Las Vegas, Boston, Detroit and Portland, OR, among other cities.  Tanlines and Of Monsters and Men will support the band on select dates.

Here is the track list for Modern Vampire of the City:

“Obvious Bicycle”
“Unbelievers”
“Step”
“Diane Young”
“Don’t Lie”
“Hannah Hunt”
“Everlasting Arms”
“Finger Back”
“Worship You”
“Ya Hey”
“Hudson”
“Young Lion”

Here are the tour dates:

3/13-16 -- Austin, TX, South by Southwest
4/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cosmpopolitan
4/14 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
4/16 -- Davis, CA, UC Davis (Freeborn Hall)
4/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
4/21 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
5/15 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
5/16 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
5/17 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
5/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theater
5/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
5/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
5/23 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium

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Monday
Feb042013

Michael Buble Named Juno Awards Host, Gets Under the Covers with Chad & Avril

CNW Group/Bell MediaMichael Buble has won many Juno Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys -- and now he'll be hosting the annual awards show, which takes place April 21 in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.  The news was announced during a TV ad on Sunday which featured Michael popping up in an unlikely place: the bed of engaged Canadian superstars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

In the spot, Chad and Avril are in bed watching TV and eating popcorn when they see an ad for the Juno Awards.  "Hey, look babe.  The Junos are on again this year," says Chad.  Avril shrugs and says, "Whatever."  Then Michael pops up in between them, wearing pajamas, clutching a teddy bear.  "No, no, no you guys!  I think this year's gonna be excellent," says Michael, stuffing his face with popcorn.  "This is gonna be an amazing show." 

Avril slaps Michael's hand to keep him from stealing her popcorn.  "Ow!" he yells.  Next, we see Michael suited up, saying, "I am so ready for this!"  The spot ends with Michael and Avril laughing and munching popcorn together, as a ticked-off Chad says, "I think we're gonna have to lay down some ground rules here!"

In a statement, Michael says, "It's a huge honor to be the host of a show that has done so much for Canadian talent, including myself.  I am going to do my very best to make it a great night!"  Michael will debut a new single on the Juno Award telecast, and plans to announce details of his new album very soon.

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Monday
Feb042013

Britney Spears Uses Dog's Twitter Account to Hint at Las Vegas Deal Announcement

Image Courtesy Britney Spears via TwitterFollowing reports that Britney Spears' prospects for a headlining show in Las Vegas were looking unlikely, the singer now seems to be teasing some sort of impending announcement about a Sin City deal.

Writing on Twitter, Britney retweeted a tweet from her dog, Hannah, who has her own Twitter account.  "Mommy, are dogs allowed to gamble in vegas?" wrote the pooch...or whoever tweets for her.  "Gonna cash all my bones in for chips." 

Britney responded, "I don't think so honey," but then added the hashtag "

Monday
Feb042013

"American Idol" Contestant Admits to Lying About Military Injury

Fox BroadcastingAmerican Idol contestant and Tulsa, OK, native Matt Farmer apologized Friday for lying about his military injuries after the website Guardian of Valor refuted his story a day after his audition aired.

The 26-year-old Iraq War veteran, accompanied by his 3-year-old daughter, Cadence, sang Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”  Before his audition, producers shared Farmer’s sob story that he had been hit by an improvised explosive device, or IED, while serving in Iraq and sustained a traumatic brain injury, while the medication he was subsequently prescribed was supposed to render him sterile, making Cadence something of a miracle baby.

After Farmer’s audition aired, several soldiers claiming to have served with Farmer came forward to the Guardian of Valor website with an alternate account -- that Farmer had to be rushed to a military hospital after he began having seizures brought on by mixing acne medication with alcohol.

“I bring this to your attention because as a retired vet, from the same unit as young Matt, I feel that it is incredibly morally unjust to our fallen brothers!” one of the soldiers wrote in a letter to the website.

At first Farmer told the website that Idol producers had taken his words out of context.  But later, he came clean.

“It was ALL lies.  I in fact HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it,” he said in a letter to the Guardian of Valor.  “I at no time was a sniper, was never deployed to Afghanistan, did a single tour in Iraq, and was never at any time hit or wounded by an IED.”

Farmer added, “To EVERYONE but more importantly [to] the men I served with, I AM DEEPLY REGRETFUL AND SORRY.”

Though he had received a golden ticket to Hollywood, Farmer later confirmed to Guardian of Valor that he is no longer a part of American Idol, although it’s not clear if he was disqualified or simply eliminated during Hollywood week, which has not yet aired.

Fox did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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