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Feb072013

"American Idol" Hollywood Round Kicks Off with the Guys Taking the Stage

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's Hollywood week kicked off Wednesday night with the acapella and group rounds for the guys. Judge Keith Urban compared this round of competition to The Hunger Games, and Randy Jackson told the contestants they better sing like their lives depended on it. Nicki Minaj encouraged them to be themselves, and Mariah Carey said she was rooting for them all. Here's what happened:

The contestants first came out in a line of 10 to sing acapella in a sudden death round. Micah Johnson, who has a speech impediment from a botched tonsillectomy, was in the first group and really impressed with Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets." Nate Tao, rocker Gabe Brown and turban-wearing contestant Gurpreet Singh Sarin also made it.

Hyperactive redhead Karl Skinner was hopped up on Coca-Cola for his rendition of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," but the judges cut him from the competition. Firefighter Dustin Watts and Dr. Calvin Peters also got the axe in the first round.

Cortez Shaw took on the money notes from Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," and Mariah was a fan. Nicki was disgusted by Cortez's audition, but he made it through that round. Curtis Finch, Jr. impressed with a gospel number, and Frankie Ford earned the judges' approval too.

Lazaro Arbos suffers from a severe stutter and he admitted he was very scared to audition with "Angels" by Robbie Williams.  The judges sent him through to the next round.

Brian Rittenberry dedicated his version of Brian McKnight's "Back at One" to his wife, who survived a bout with cancer. Though it wasn't a unanimous decision, the judges sent Brian home.

On Day Two, the guys went into the group round, which is described as the most strenuous night of the competition. Many of the guys started forming their groups as soon as they knew they'd made it past the first Hollywood round, but the producers threw a curveball by announcing each contestant would be assigned to a group. What's more, the contestants couldn't change their group assignment.

On top of his stutter, Cuban-born Lazaro wasn't familiar with a lot of the selections on the list of 20 songs the groups could choose from in this round.  They went with The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice," but Lazaro hadn't even heard of the legendary rock group. Group mates Josh Stephens and Scott Fleenor weren't confident with the lyrics, and Christian Lopez did better. Lazaro struggled with the lyrics too, but he and Christian ended up making it to the next round.

Army sergeant Trevor Blakeny and country singer Lee Pritchard wanted to sing country, but their group mates, "resident divas" Joel Wayman and JDA wanted to go more pop.  They ended up going with the name Country Queen, but Trevor didn't like how much his group mates were focused on the dancing instead of the singing. Once they hit the stage, Lee and Trevor had trouble with the lyrics to Extreme's "More than Words" and got cut.  JDA and Joel were more confident and made it through.

The Couch Potatoes, featuring the socially awkward Charlie Askew and the charismatic Curtis Finch, Jr., also had trouble getting started. Charlie started feeling ill overnight, but rallied by show time. The group impressed with Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song," and they all earned a spot in the solo round.

Nick Boddintgon, Matthenee Treco, Gabe Brown and Matheus Fernandes's group was going strong early too. They ended up singing Queen's "Somebody to Love," and there was no weak link among the four of them. Nicki said they gelled well with a great blend, and all four of them made it to the solo round.

Returning contestant Johnny Keyser's group went with "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by the Four Tops, but Johnny forgot the words during the performance. His group mate, Kareem Clark, hit a lot of bad notes, and Keith Urban was shocked to learn only one of them actually knew the song. Keith thought Johnny's confidence was shot, but he ended up making it through. Kareem got the axe though.

Micah Johnson's group included Vincent Powell, Marvin Calderon and David Willis, who all made it through with Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'."  Zach Birnbaum, Nate Tao, Cortez Shaw and Elijah Liu also got a pass singing "Some Kind of Wonderful" by The Drifters.

The turban-wearing Gurpreet botched the lyrics to Maroon 5's "Payphone," and the rest of the group fell apart too. It was so bad, Keith told them, "Adam Levine is still alive, and he's already turning in his grave." For some reason, the judges decided to put them all through anyway.

Jason Jones, Dan Wood and Jessie Lawrence's group turned in a dreadful performance of One Direction's "You Don't Know You're Beautiful." Nicki said they were all equally bad, and they all got sent home.

Devan Jones and Devin Veliz's group took a risk singing "Payphone" by Maroon 5 without the band, and Keith thought that was a mistake. Devan and Devin ended up making it to the next round.

Tony Foster, Jr.,  Mario Jose, Burnell Taylor and Darien Moses had a lot of energy singing "Some Kind of Wonderful," but Keith wasn't impressed with Burnell's performance. Mario and Darien were sent home, but Tony and Burnell are going on.

Returning contestant David Leathers, Jr., cystic fibrosis patient Kayden Stephenson, Kevin Quinn and Sanni M'Mairura made up the youngest group. They performed Billy Joel's "The Longest Time," and Kayden struggled with the lyrics. He and Kevin were cut.

Street performer Frankie Ford felt out of place with his group since the other singers had musical backgrounds. Frankie blamed his problems on asthma and had a breakdown before the group hit the stage. Their actual performance of Estelle's "American Boy" turned out to be a big mess. Papa Peachez wasn't impressive on his part, but Adam Sanders was right at home with the sassy lyrics. Charles Allen laid down some serious soul on his part, but Frankie completely fell apart. Keith fought to keep Frankie, but it wasn't enough to keep him from going home. Nicki told Papa Peachez he was getting too complacent, but he ended up going through along with Charles and Adam.

American Idol's Hollywood round continues with the guy's solo performances Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Mindy McCready's Kids Taken from Her by Officials

Music City MediaMindy McCready, whose life partner died last month, has had her two children taken from her. Her attorney tells E! News that the Department of Human Services took custody of the kids on Wednesday afternoon.

A source says, "Mindy needs to get help and we all care and love her and we want her to get the right help so she can move on. She is in a bad state right now, depressed and unhappy. It is not good."

E! News also reports that a judge on Wednesday ordered that McCready be committed to a treatment facility for up to 21 days for a mental health and alcohol abuse evaluation.

McCready has a nine-month-old son, Zayne, whose father was David Wilson. Wilson died January 13 after authorities responded to his Heber Springs, Arkansas, home on a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McCready also has a six-year-old son, Zander, from her previous relationship with singer/songwriter Billy McKnight

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Thursday
Feb072013

Justin Timberlake Announces Track Listing for "The 20/20 Experience"

RCA RecordsJustin Timberlake has announced the track listing for his highly-anticipated album, The 20/20 Experience.

The album will include 10 tracks, including the lead single, "Suit & Tie," plus the two songs he debuted at a pre-Super Bowl party in New Orleans: "Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl."

Justin has also revealed the artwork, on which the singer's face is partially obscured by a phoropter -- that device an eye doctor uses to test a patient's vision.

The 20/20 Experience, Justin's first disc since FutureSex/LoveSounds dropped in 2006, will be released on March 19.

You can see Justin perform during CBS' telecast of the Grammy Awards this Sunday night.

Here's the track listing:

"Pusher Love Girl"
"Suit & Tie"
"Don’t Hold The Wall"
"Strawberry Bubblegum"
"Tunnel Vision"
"Spaceship Coupe"
"That Girl"
"Let The Groove Get In"
"Mirrors"
"Blue Ocean Floor"

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Thursday
Feb072013

Eric Clapton Helps Create Collection of Guitars to Benefit His Crossroads Rehab Center

PRNewsFoto/Guitar CenterEric Clapton has teamed up with Guitar Center and the Fender, Gibson and C.F. Martin companies to develop a special collection of guitars to benefit his Crossroads Centre rehab facility in Antigua.  The Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection, which will feature five limited-edition replica and signature guitar models, will go on sale starting March 21 exclusively at Guitar Center outlets in North America and via GuitarCenter.com.

Two of the new guitars are based on a pair of favorite instruments Clapton's owned over the years -- the Fender Eric Clapton "Brownie" Tribute Stratocaster and the Gibson Harrison-Clapton "Lucy" Les Paul.  The collection also features three newly created Eric Clapton Signature Martin acoustic models.

"It's been my experience that the proper guitars, like those in this collection, are just made for playing," says Clapton in a statement.  "They are beautiful guitars; from the inlays to the rosewood they are unique from one another.  One would be inclined to take care of and be in awe of them."

"Brownie," also known as the "Layla Stratocaster," was one of Eric's favored guitars during his years playing with Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos.  "Lucy" was the instrument Clapton played on the Beatles classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and he later gave it to his good friend George Harrison.  Only 100 of each replica model will be made available.

In addition to the guitars, a series of limited-edition Clapton Crossroads Collection guitar straps will be sold.  The straps were designed in collaboration with the Ernie Ball guitar-accessories company.

The debut of the Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection will precede the 2013 edition of Slowhand's star-studded Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for April 12 and 13 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  The concerts are sponsored by Guitar Center, and also raise funds for the Crossroads Centre.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Kelly Clarkson's Wedding Day: She'll Eat Turkey & Gravy Barefoot in a Tattered Gown

Courtesy Kelly Clarkson via TwitterWhen Kelly Clarkson tells People magazine that her upcoming wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock will be "very earthy," she's not kidding.  She says she'll walk down the aisle barefoot, and her wedding food will include turkey and gravy.

Kelly says the nuptials will take place outdoors in the early fall at her and Brandon's Nashville home.  The flowers will include sunflowers, as well as yellow roses, in honor of her and Brandon's Texas roots...as in "The Yellow Rose of Texas."  She tellsPeople that she'll walk barefoot down the aisle with no wedding party to speak of -- just her future stepdaughter, Savannah, who's Brandon's daughter from his first marriage.  And yes, Kelly says that she and Brandon will "totally" have their own child at some point.

As for the dress, Kelly says it's Vera Wang, and is her "personality in a dress," which means it's not all frou-frou and frilly. "It's sweetly damaged.  A little rock and roll.  A little tattered," she tells People. "Nothing like a princess thing!"  The food, meanwhile, will consist of her and Brandon's favorite meals: steak for him and turkey and gravy for her.

Kelly also tells People magazine how Brandon proposed.  It seems the couple was hanging out in their basement, and Brandon was getting ready to pop the question during a game of darts, but an unsuspecting Kelly moved things along by blurting out, apropos of nothing, "Thanks for being an awesome guy."  Brandon saw his opening, dropped to his knee and asked her to marry him.

So Kelly didn't see it coming at all?  "Not a damn clue!" she says. "If I did, I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra!"

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Thursday
Feb072013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is now open for business again.  It has been closed for the past two weeks for construction related to the Hall of Fame's current expansion project.

Tim McGraw performs on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Josh Groban Gets His Mojo Back, Brings Rock Energy to "All That Echoes"

RepriseJosh Groban's new album All That Echoes is in stores now, and if you think it sounds more upbeat than his last album, well, that's because Josh says he's feeling rejuvenated these days.

"I'm in a much more positive place than I was when I was making the last record," he tells ABC News Radio.  "The experience last time with the Illuminations record, it was a very kind of quiet, very intimate-sounding record, and I think that's just, kind of, where I was. I was in a very contemplative state." So what changed?  Well, he got his act together and took it on the road.

"We went on tour and we just played to thousands of people," says Josh. "We got our energy and our mojo back, and just felt, kind of alive again."  That led him to hook up with Rob Cavallo -- a producer best known for his work with Green Day and the Goo Goo Dolls -- and try to make his music more dynamic, urgent and energetic: in other words, the way he feels while performing live.

"I think that, for me, working with Rob, having had a rock background, was great because he provided that energy, but at the same time, he was definitely coming to my world," explains Josh. "His influences kicked in and the musicians he brought in were rock guys, and I brought my orchestra and we blended it together, and, hopefully, we created something that had a little bit of the old, and a little bit of the new."

But don't go thinking that Josh has gone all "rock and roll" on you: there's still plenty of the Josh Groban that you know and love on All That Echoes, from classical-sounding songs sung in Italian and Spanish, to ballads and cover songs, like his version of "Falling Slowly," from the movie Once.

Among the other cover songs Josh tackles on All That Echoes are classics by Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Webb, a traditional Irish song called "She Moved through the Fair" and, on the deluxe version, a song by the Dave Matthews Band called "Satellite."  How does he figure out which songs to record?  It's sort of hit or miss, he says.

"You walk in with, you know, 50 different song ideas, and some of them you just kind of relegate to karaoke time," he laughs.  "If it's just not right for the record or not right for your voice or you try it for ego reasons...and then [I] realize that's just not what my voice does, you know."

Overall, Josh says that with All That Echoes, he's trying to push the envelope without alienating his devoted fans.

"I do feel like I have a bit of a responsibility to my fans to do what I feel my voice does best," he says.  "And yet, I have this kind of creative antsy-ness that just doesn't shut up...I always want to push the boundaries a little bit."  He adds, "Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I think, ultimately, my fans are along for the ride."

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Thursday
Feb072013

Hunter Hayes Got Emotional Over His Three Grammy Nominations

Facebook.com/HunterHayesHunter Hayes tends to process both good and bad news internally before he shows his reaction, but he couldn't contain his joy when he found out about his three Grammy nominations last December

"That was one of the few times where I legitimately showed it naturally 'cause I just, I couldn't help it," Hunter says. "That was the most excited I'd been in a long time."

Of course, Hunter was a presenter at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! in Nashville, and he got in touch with a lot of friends and family after the show.

Describing that night, Hunter says, "It was exciting, you know?  It was definitely one of those things where you call everybody in your phone book and you kind of freak out a little bit."

In addition to his nods in the country categories, Hunter is also up for Best New Artist, which is one of the top prizes at the Grammy Awards.

Hunter says of that nod in particular, "I do realize how big of a deal that is, and how big, how broad of an area of music that it covers, and I'm shocked and completely honored to be considered as one of those this year."

Should Hunter accept that trophy during Sunday night's Grammy broadcast, he would be sure to thank the people who made his entire career possible -- his mom and dad.

"They uprooted everything and moved to Nashville on a dream, on a whim," Hunter explains.  "My folks have done everything, everything to see me have the opportunities to do what I want to do."

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast live on CBS Sunday night at 8 Eastern.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Bassist Pete Wentz Talks Fall Out Boy’s Hiatus, Writing New Music for "Save Rock and Roll"

Island RecordsJust one day after Fall Out Boy announced that they’ve reunited for a new album and a new tour, bassist Pete Wentz posted a message on his website to discuss the band’s hiatus and what fans can expect from their upcoming release, Save Rock and Roll.

Wentz explains that while there was “no real plan” for the band’s three year break, it was important for everyone to step back from the band for a while.  “We toured non-stop for seven years all over the world,” he writes.  “We needed to figure ourselves out in being creative and our personal lives.  We never thought it would end up being as big of a deal as it was.”

The bassist adds that a writing session with frontman Patrick Stump helped shape the sound of Save Rock and Roll.  “About nine or ten months ago Patrick and I wrote a few songs - they didn’t feel right, so we kept our heads down and went about other projects,” he explains.  “When we got together more recently we felt like we had written a few of the most compelling and heartfelt songs Fall Out Boy has ever written.”

The album’s first single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," is now available on iTunes.  Save Rock and Roll will arrive in stores on May 7, which is the 10th anniversary of the band's first full-length studio album, Take This to Your Grave.  The band launches their North American tour this spring, starting May 14 at Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for all the dates will go on sale Friday and Saturday via Ticketmaster.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Fleetwood Mac Announces Fall European Tour; Mick Fleetwood Talks New Music

Warner Bros. RecordsAs expected, Fleetwood Mac has announced plans for a European tour that will follow its upcoming North American trek, which kicks off April 4 in Columbus, Ohio.  The overseas outing will get underway on September 20 in Dublin, Ireland, and is mapped out through an October 25 performance in Helsinki, Finland.  So far, the tour is scheduled to stop in a total of 11 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Sweden.

Starting with the North American trek, which runs through a July 6 concert in Sacramento, California, fans may get to hear the band play some brand-new tunes live.  In a recent interview with BBC 6 Radio, drummer Mick Fleetwood talked about the three new songs the group has recorded, which likely will be made available for purchase as digital downloads soon.

Fleetwood says the tracks could figure in "a long-term plan" for the band to record a new full-length album, adding, "I hope there's a demand for it."

Visit FleetwoodMac.com to check out all of the group's confirmed shows.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

New Kids on the Block's Tour Is Now a Bigger "Package"

Facebook.com/ThePackageTourThe blockbuster tour that teams New Kids on the Block with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees just got bigger, with the addition of more tour dates.  The Package Tour will now kick off two days earlier, on May 29, and add 10 more performances before wrapping on July 28 -- about two weeks later than initially planned -- in Toronto, Canada.

Due to the demand for tickets, additional tour stops were scheduled for May 29 in Uncasville, Connecticut; June 3 in Boston, Massachusetts; three nights in Rosemont, Illinois including July 18-19 and an additional date in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 20.  Before returning to Toronto for an additional July performance, the tour will now stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 16 and Tacoma, Washington on July 9 before heading to California for stops on July 12 in San Jose and July 13 in Anaheim.

The expanded tour has NKOTB's Donnie Wahlberg pretty excited.  "Wow!  We are overwhelmed by the love and support that has come from us announcing this tour.  We can’t wait to come to your city and give you The Package!'" he said in a statement.

For a complete list of tour dates and ticket info, check out ThePackage-Tour.com or follow tour updates on Twitter with the hashtag #thepackagetour.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

In New Video, Pink Gets Steamy and Dreamy with Hubby...and Fun.'s Nate Ruess

Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty ImagesPink's new video "Just Give Me a Reason" features her singing with fun.'s Nate Ruess, but sharing some steamy, sexy scenes with her real-life hubby, Carey Hart

The video opens with Pink dolled up in vintage-style blonde curls and a summery, tiered-ruffle dress.  As she sings "Right from the start/ You were a thief/ You stole my heart/ And I your willing victim," the scene cuts to her lying on a mattress surrounded by mist and water, accompanied by a big teddy bear with illuminated eyes.

As for Nate, Pink observes him singing on a TV before the two actually come together and duet.  In between footage of her and Nate singing, and footage of her lying on the bed alone, she and Carey share some steamy screen time.  The couple is seen passionately kissing in the water, and lying on top of each other in bed, canoodling.  Still, it's not all sweetness and sentimentality for Pink: she also showcases her physicality with scenes where she is shown diving into, and then singing, underwater.

"Just Give Me a Reason," which is about two lovers struggling to reconcile with one another, is the third single from Pink's Grammy-nominated album The Truth About Love.  The second single, "Try," has just become her 13th top 10 hit.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

New Country Channel Funded by YouTube/Google Called Country Now Is Now Live

Monarch PublicityA new country channel has launched on YouTube featuring country videos, news, reviews, fashion and more.  It's called Country Now, and it's the first channel funded directly by YouTube and Google.

Stokes Nielsen of The Lost Trailers and Laura Bell Bundy are among the famous faces you'll see on Country Now's original programming.  For a preview of what to expect on the channel go to YouTube.com/CountryNowTV.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Florence + the Machine Frontwoman Launches Signature Jewelry Line

ABC/Donna SvennevikFlorence + the Machine’s Florence Welch has two things to celebrate: her first-ever top 10 hit, and her new signature line of jewelry.

"Sweet Nothing," Florence's collaboration with Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris, has just hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's Florence's first-ever top 10 U.S. hit, with or without her band.  The highest she'd previously gotten was #21 with the her and Machine's song "Dog Days Are Over."

As for the jewelry, it's inspired by Florence + the Machine's Grammy-nominated album Ceremonials.  Called Flotique, the seven-piece collection features three necklaces, two pairs of earrings, a ring and a cuff bracelet.  The jewelry runs between $33.00 and $82.50 and is available now on the band’s official website.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Beck to Unveil Cover of David’s Bowie’s ”Sound and Vision” on Sunday

Third Man RecordsWhile you won’t see Beck on stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the singer will be offering up a unique performance for his fans on the day of the big show.

Beck has revealed that he’ll will be releasing a video of his cover version of David Bowie’s song, “Sound and Vision,” as part of the Lincoln motor company's online "Hello, Again" series, which features musicians reinterpreting classic tracks from iconic artists.

According to Billboard.com, the song was recorded with a “167-piece ensemble” on Tuesday night on a soundstage on the 20th Century Fox lot in front of 300 audience members. Beck's father, David Campbell, helped shape the performance by conducting the ensemble.  While the original 1977 track was only three minutes long, Beck’s version reportedly timed out at a whopping eight minutes.

Beck’s performance of “Sound and Vision” will be available on Lincoln.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Baroness' Driver to Face Criminal Charges for Tour Bus Crash

Facebook.com/YourBaronessOn August 15 of last year, Baroness’ tour bus fell 30 feet from a viaduct outside of Bath, England, injuring the four band members and their five crew members, some seriously.  Now, BBC News is reporting that the tour bus driver, Norman Markus, will appear in court in April.

Markus will be facing a number of criminal charges including “using a vehicle with defective brakes,” “not having the correct license entitlement to drive the coach involved in the crash,” “insufficient daily and weekly rest periods” and “using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.”

Within a few weeks of the accident, frontman John Baizley posted an open letter to fans on the band’s website to give his account of what happened the night of the crash.

"When the bus hit the ground, I flew like a missile into the windshield,” wrote the singer. “My left leg was very obviously and badly broken.  My left arm was crushed beyond belief, broken in the middle…and hanging 90 degrees backwards, with many spurs of bone poking through muscles and sinew at the surface of my skin.  There was blood, glass and diesel fuel everywhere.”

As a result of the crash, the band was forced to cancel the reminder of its 2012 tour dates.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Rihanna Shows Up to LA Court With Chris Brown

Photo courtesy of Rihanna via Instagram

Chris Brown was joined by a special supporter during his appearance Wednesday in a Los Angeles County court room.  Rihanna, who E! reports was seen leaving a recording studio with Chris early Wednesday morning, was also with him during the hearing.  Rih's best friend, Melissa, sat beside her, just a few feet behind Chris and his legal team.

A judge ordered Chris to show up in court after the Los Angeles district attorney accused him of violating his probation in the Rihanna assault case.  The DA accuses Chris of submitting bogus community service documents to fulfill the requirements of his sentence.

It'll be a while before things get resolved. The judge has put everything off until April 5.  At that time, a date for the probation violation hearing will be decided.

After the hearing, Chris' attorney, Mark Geragos, adamantly denied the district attorney's claim, saying, "Exactly what the D.A. has claimed is absolutely false. And I don't mean just false, I mean fraudulent."

As for Rihanna's presence in court, Geragos commented, "She thinks it's utterly ridiculous what they're doing to him."

TMZ.com reports Geragos has filed a response to the district attorney's allegation, arguing that a Richmond, Virginia, deputy police chief "observed" the singer performing community labor. The lawyer further claims that in his investigation of the DA's claims, "what we've uncovered so far should shock the conscience of the court. And this is only the tip of the iceberg."

In other Chris news, a rep for the singer says that an Instagram rant being attributed to Brown was not written by him.  The spokesperson tells NecoleBitchie.com, "That was a fake Instagram.  It wasn't CB.  He no longer has an Instagram account." 

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Wednesday
Feb062013

The Who Tapped Fill-In Drummer on Tuesday After Zak Starkey Was Taken Ill

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who had to scramble to find a musician to fill in for Zak Starkey on Tuesday when the drummer fell ill just a few hours before the band's concert at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.  Luckily, Who singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend were able to call on Scott Devours, who played drums on Daltrey's solo "Tommy" tour a couple of years back.

According to a post on the group's official website, Devours did a "magnificent" job, after only having two hours to rehearse The Who's classic 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia.  The message also points out that Scott "performed the 'greatest hits' encore with no rehearsal at all."

At the end of the concert, Townshend reportedly gave a heartfelt tribute to Devours.  Daltrey, meanwhile, says in a statement, "Quadrophenia's not an easy piece.  To do what Scotty did took real guts."

Photos from the show can be viewed at The Who.com, while fan-filmed videos from the concert have made their way onto YouTube.

Strangely, this isn't the first time the Who have had to replace their drummer at the last minute at a California concert while they were touring Quadrophenia.  In San Francisco in 1973, during the original tour for that album, Keith Moon passed out on stage.  When Pete asked if anyone out there in the audience could play drums, a fan named Scot Halpin got on stage and finished the show.

By the way, TheWho.com reports that Starkey's illness is "nothing serious."

The Who's "Quadrophenia and More" Tour continues tonight in Glendale, Arizona.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

George Strait to Receive Career Achievement Award at Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony February 26 in Nashville.  The honor recognizes musical acts that have made significant contributions to country music and country radio, and Strait certainly meets that requirement.  He has scored 85 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Songs chart since his 1981 debut single, "Unwound."  That number puts him second only to Eddy Arnold, who has 92 top 10 hits on the same chart.

Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Reba are among the acts who have received this honor in the past.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Alicia Keys to Play Halftime, Fall Out Boy to Do First Post-Reunion TV Performance at NBA All-Star Weekend

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicAlicia Keys didn't play the halftime show at the Super Bowl -- that honor went to Beyonce -- but she'll get to do it at another big sporting event. 

Billboard reports that Alicia will headline the halftime performance at the 62nd annual NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas on February 17, and perform a medley of her hits.  Before that, Ne-Yo will kick-start the evening's entertainment by performing several songs during player introductions.  The game will start at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

In addition, fans tuning into the festivities on TNT during All-Star weekend will be able to catch Fall Out Boy Saturday, February 16 during TNT's State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.  It'll be the band's first live TV performance since announcing their reunion, and they'll rock the crowd with "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," the first single from their upcoming album Save Rock and Roll, due out in May.

Also on Saturday, Ellie Goulding will perform her song "Lights," while Phillip Phillips will perform "Home."  The musical activities on Saturday will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

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