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Jul232013

Icona Pop Announce Debut Album Title, Release Date & New Single

Record Company Ten/Big Beat RecordsAfter ruling the airwaves with their super-catchy single "I Love It," the girls of Icona Pop are finally ready to unleash their debut album.

The Swedish duo's disc, This Is....Icona Pop, will be in stores September 24, but if you can't wait for some new music, they've also announced a new single.  It's called "All Night" and it's available now.

If you're wondering if "I Love It" is representative of what the entire album sounds like, the answer is no.  "There will not be 15 tracks that sound like 'I Love It,'" group member Aino tells ABC News Radio.  "But you will hear the journey we've been on the for the past four years."  Her musical partner Caroline adds that through the songs on the album, "Everyone will get to know us.  It's time. We're gonna let everyone into our little Icona Pop world...we're ready now."

What the album will do is reflect the duo's unique blend of pop and electronic sounds, which defies strict categorization.  "We always say that we do pop music," explains Aino. "In the beginning, we called ourselves 'Death Pop.'  But also, we go into the studio...and sometimes we come out with a pop song influenced by hip-hop and sometimes by electronic [music]."

Aino adds, "I would say that, yes, we're a pop duo that do electronical music."  

Icona Pop is heading out on a North American tour starting August 2 with an appearance at Lollapalooza.  The trek will mix headlining shows with festival appearances in the U.S. and Canada.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Kelly Clarkson Finds "Amazing Ancestor" on "Who Do You Think You Are?" Tonight on TLC

TLC/Discovery CommunicationsKelly Clarkson explores her family history in tonight's season premiere of the TLC series Who Do You Think You Are?  The showfeatures celebrities learning about their ancestors, with sometime surprising results.

In a teaser trailer for tonight's episode, Kelly is shown finding "an ancestor with deep roots in American history," and coming "face-to-face with her three-times great grandfather's extraordinary bravery and wartime sacrifice." She also "discovers a family connection which runs deeper than she ever imagined."  What does all this mean?  We don't know but it's enough to make Kelly cry several times in the trailer.

On Twitter, Kelly mentions that she discovered "a particularly amazing ancestor of mine."  Get the scoop when you watch the episode tonight at 9 p.m. on TLC.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Def Leppard to Star in New Documentary Series

Press Here PublicityA new documentary series will give Def Leppard fans an inside look into the band's recent Las Vegas residency, during which the U.K. rockers performed their classic, diamond-certified 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety.  Living with Def Leppard captures the group in performance at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, as well as off stage as band members interact with each other and with fans.

The show will include scenes shot from the perspective of the band members, and also will feature interviews with Def Leppard aficionados, who will relate their personal stories about why they are passionate about the group.  The band's 11-show VIVA Hysteria! stint ran from March 22 through April 13.

Living with Def Leppard is being co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the same company that brought us The Real World, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Project Runway, among many other reality series.  No word yet on which TV channel the new show might air.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

The Lumineers to Release Deluxe Edition of Debut Album; Offer Stream of Bonus Track, “Darlene”

Dualtone Music GroupThanks to the success of their self-titled debut album, The Lumineers have revealed that they’ll be releasing a deluxe version of the release next month.

The upcoming album will feature five bonus tracks: "Ain't Nobody's Problem," "Elouise," "Darlene," a live version of "Slow it Down," and a cover of the Talking Heads’ "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)." The set also includes a 28-page booklet of exclusive photos and a 25-minute DVD, which features behind-the-scenes footage, live performances and interviews with the band.

You can check out a stream of one of the new tracks, “Darlene,” on the group’s Soundcloud page. The Lumineers deluxe edition will arrive at all the usual outlets on August 20.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

50 Cent's Arraignment on Domestic Violence, Vandalism Charge Postponed

InterscopeAfter being charged with domestic violence and vandalism, 50 Cent’s arraignment has been postponed until next month, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The 37-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Curtis Jackson, was initially scheduled to meet with the judge this week, but his defense attorney has requested the delay to give 50 the opportunity to appear in court.

Jackson is is being accused of kicking the mother of his child and trashing her place, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.  The alleged incident transpired last month inside her condo in Toluca Lake, CA, where police officers reported observing a broken television, chandeliers and furniture.

The L.A. City Attorney's office says the rapper got into a heated argument with his ex-girlfriend, which led to the unidentified woman hiding in the bedroom.  Jackson allegedly kicked down the door -- injuring his ex's face in the process -- and then left the condo before police arrived.

In a statement released to ABC News earlier this month, Jackson's lawyer, Scott Leemon, declared, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest."

Jackson faces five misdemeanor charges and up to five years in jail if convicted.  He's due back in court on August 5.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Tamar Braxton Joins John Legend for Fall Tour

Facebook.com/TamarBraxtonAccording to John Legend's official Facebook page, the singer is gearing up to embark on a fall outing, dubbed the Made to Love Tour.

Legend's upcoming trek will include special guest Tamar Braxton, beginning on October 20 in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The six-week North American tour will hit major U.S. cities including New York City, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Detroit and Miami before wrapping up on December 1 in L.A.

Fans can expect both performers to showcase new material, since the outing will further promote their respective albums -- John's Love in the Future and Tamar's Love and War -- both of which hit retailers September 3.

Additional cities, pre-sale passes and ticket sale information will be announced at a later time.

Here are the Made to Love Tour dates:

10/20 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand at Foxwoods
10/22 -- Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
10/23 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Revel Casino Hotel Ovation Hall
10/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/31 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
11/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
11/3 -- Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
11/4 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/6 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
11/7 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/12 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
11/13 -- Toronto, ONT, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
11/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/21 -- Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
11/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Kingsbury Hall University of Utah
11/24 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
11/25 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
11/27 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theater
11/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theatre at PalmsCasino Resort
12/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

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Tuesday
Jul232013

"NOW That's What I Call Music! #47" Features JT, Bruno, Taylor, Selena, Demi, Avril & More

Universal Music GroupWhy spend all your time downloading all the latest hits individually when you can get them all in one place? The 47th volume of the NOW That's What I Call Music!, due August 6, features pretty much every major hit of the last few months.

Among the tracks you'll find on the package: Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It," Zedd's "Clarity," Ke$ha's "Crazy Kids," Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack," Taylor Swift's "22," Mariah Carey and Miguel's "#Beautiful," and Avril Lavigne's "Here's to Never Growing Up."

In addition, the album includes four "NOW What’s Next" New Music Preview tracks from A Great Big World, Nikki Williams, Midnight Red, and MKTO.

Here's the full track listing:

1. Icona Pop (Feat. Charli XCX), "I Love It"   
2. Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
3. Mariah Carey W/Miguel, "#Beautiful"   
4. Selena Gomez,  "Come And Get It"   
5. Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
6. Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man"   
7. Labrinth W/Emeli Sandé, "Beneath Your Beautiful"
8. Zedd W/Foxes,  "Clarity"
9. Calvin Harris W/Ellie Goulding,  "I Need Your Love"
10. Jason Derulo, "The Other Side"
11. Ke$ha W/Juicy J,  "Crazy Kids"
12. Anna Kendrick, "Cups"
13. Capital Cities,  "Safe And Sound"
14. Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"
15. Taylor Swift,  "22"
16. Avril Lavigne, "Here’s To Never Growing Up"

Bonus Tracks: “Now What’s Next” New Music Preview
17. A Great Big World, "This Is The New Year"
18. Nikki Williams, "Glowing"
19. Midnight Red, "Take Me Home"
20. MKTO, "Classic"
 

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Tuesday
Jul232013

2011 Montreux Festival Performance by Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin Coming to DVD, Blu-ray

Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn July 1, 2011, Carlos Santana teamed up with fellow guitar legend John McLaughlin at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival for a special concert in which they revisited most of the songs from their classic 1973 collaborative album Love Devotion Surrender.  The show is the focus of a new video titled Invitation to Illumination -- Live at Montreux 2011 that will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 20.

While Santana and McLaughlin had previously performed many times at Montreux, the July 2011 event marked the first time the two had co-headlined a concert at the famous fest.  Besides the songs from Love Devotion Surrender, the two virtuosos played a number of tunes by artists who have influenced their own music, including Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Miles Davis' "Right Off" and John Lee Hooker's "Shake It Up and Go."

Accompanying Carlos and John were most of the then-current lineup of the Santana Band, including his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana.  Late Montreux festival founder Claude Nobs also makes a guest appearance, playing harmonica on the video's final song.

The Invitation to Illumination DVD features a list price of $14.98, while the Blu-ray will cost $19.98.  Here is the full track list:

"Echoes of Angels"/Introduction
"The Life Divine"
Medley: "Peace on Earth"/"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"/"Stairway to Heaven"/"Our Prayer"/"SOCC"
"Right Off"
"Vuelta Abajo"
"Vashkar"
"The Creator Has a Master Plan"
"Naima"
"Lotus Land Op. 47, No. 1"
"Downstairs"
"Venus"/"Upper Egypt"
"Let Us Go into the House of the Lord"
"Black Satin"
Cindy Blackman Santana Drum Solo
"A Love Supreme"
"Shake It Up and Go"

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Carly Rae Jepsen Recalls Recording Feel-Good Summer Duet...Via Email

Facebook.com/OwlCity"Good Time," a collaboration between Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Young, the artist who records under the name Owl City, was the perfect summer song when it came out last year, and it continues to set the bar high for all feel-good summer tunes.  But Carly reveals that she and Adam didn't have a "good time" recording the duet together in the studio....because they didn't actually meet until weeks after the song was created.

"It was really cool that I got to sing on that track, but we didn't actually meet until the video that we shot together," Carly explains.  "He was interested in having me sing the song; I responded back saying I was into the idea as well."  Not long after that, Carly says, she and her producer cut her part of the song at three in the morning.  Then, through the magic of technology, the duet was created.

"We sent him the files, he produced it that night, and like, literally, a couple weeks later I heard it on the radio," Carly laughs.

When Carly and Adam did meet, on the set of the "Good Time" video, luckily, the two actually got along, avoiding any awkwardness of singing about good times while secretly hating each other.

"We had our first introduction on the day of the shoot and we became fast friends," Carly confirms. "And now I've got to do a couple performances with him here and there, and it turns out that we like each other a lot.  So, that's a bonus!" 

It's not clear when Carly and Adam will next be able to perform the song live together.  They're both playing the New York State Fair next month, for example, but on different days.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Album Replaces Jay-Z in Number One Spot in UK

Facebook.com/RobinThickeRobin Thicke's Blurred Lines, has topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, giving him a number one album in that nation for the first time in his career.

The blue-eyed crooner has bested last week's number one, Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, which fell to the number two position.

Robins' sixth studio effort has become his second project to crack the U.K. Top 40 Album Chart, however 2007's The Evolution of Robin Thicke only managed to peak at number 30.

Robin's summer smash, "Blurred Lines" featuring Pharrell and T.I., also became the 137th single in the history of the British charts to sell more than one million copies.

The singer recently tweeted that he will be performing September 28 in the U.K. as part of the upcoming iTunes Festival. He will join several artists, including John Legend and Justin Timberlake, inside London's Roundhouse for a month-long series of free concerts.

Meanwhile, U.S. fans will be able to own Blurred Lines on July 30.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Jon Pardi Captures Romantic Vibe of "Up All Night" in Brand-New Video

Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Jon Pardi headed out to Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee to shoot his new video for "Up All Night." The clip portrays Jon acting out the song's romantic storyline with a pretty girl. A few of Jon's friends and his dog, Cowboy, make appearances in the video too.

Says Jon, "I had a vision of where I wanted the video to go and I feel like we hit every aspect of the song, which doesn’t always happen in music videos, so it’s cool.”

Both "Up All Night" and his top 20 hit, "Missin' You Crazy," will be included on Jon's upcoming debut album.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Kid Rock Concert Special, "Kid Rock: Live from Buffalo Chip", to Air on CMT in August

Clay Patrick McBrideHere's your chance to check out Kid Rock live -- and you don't even need to buy a ticket. 

CMT has announced that they will be airing a new concert special which features a live performance from the singer that will be recorded next month at the Buffalo Chip campground during South Dakota's annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Kid Rock: Live from Buffalo Chip will premiere on CMT on August 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

Rock is currently trekking across North American on his $20 Best Night Ever Tour.  Kool & The Gang, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will support Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band on select dates.  Visit KidRock.com to view the full itinerary.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Beyonce Reacts Via Instagram After Hair Gets Caught in Fan During Performance

Photo Courtesy of Beyonce on Instagram

This time, it wasn't an over-eager fan interrupting Beyonce's stage show.  During a concert in Montreal Monday night, her hair became tangled in a stage fan while she was singing "Halo."

Footage was captured by her Beyhive as the singer's blonde tresses gets sucked into the fan, making it difficult for Beyonce to move her head.  Security guards and stage crew member scramble to free the diva, who managed to continue the song, seemingly undeterred by the real-time crisis.

The singer later poked fun at the situation, posting her own video of the incident and a message to fans via her Instagram page.  "Gravity can't beginnnn to pull me out of the fan again," she writes in a handwritten note. "I felt my hair was yankinnnn from the fan that's always hatinnnnn."

Beyonce playfully makes fun of her virgin Remy weave getting caught, adding, "I got snatched, two snaps. Goodnight all."

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Dierks Bentley and Friends Raise $476,000 for Fallen Arizona Firefighters' Families

The Green RoomDierks Bentley's Country Cares Concert raised more than $476,000 for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots firefighters who lost their lives in recent wildfires. The Band Perry, Randy Houser and David Nail were also on the bill for the sold-out show Monday night in Prescott Valley, AZ. Several of the firefighters' family members, as well as the sole surviving firefighter from the Hot Shots, were in the audience.

Dierks paid his respects to the firefighters with a photo tribute during his brand-new song, "Here on Earth." Arizona's Rural Metro Pipe and Drum Corps also offered a special bagpipe introduction to Dierks' performance of "Home."

All money raised at the concert will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities for distribution directly to the affected families.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Josh Groban's PBS Special to Re-Air Next Month

Facebook.com/JoshGrobanIf you missed it the first time around, Josh Groban's Live from Lincoln Center PBS special is getting a return engagement starting August 3.

The special, called Josh Groban: All That Echoes, originally aired April 12.  It was taped at the Allen Room at New York City's Lincoln Center and featured Josh performing songs from his #1 album All That Echoes, as well as some of his hits.  Check your local listings to find out where it airs near you.

The show will give you a preview of what to expect from Josh's fall In the Round tour, which kicks off October 2 in Boise, ID.  Josh will be performing on a 360-degree stage, making for a more intimate feel.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

New John Mellencamp Art Exhibit to Open this Fall in Youngstown, Ohio

Hear Music/ConcordJohn Mellencamp fans will be able to enjoy examples of one of the singer/songwriter's other artistic passions, painting, at an upcoming exhibition of his work that will go on display this fall.  The exhibit, dubbed "The Paintings of John Mellencamp," will open on November 3 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

The exhibition will be the 61-year-old heartland rocker's first to be held at a museum devoted exclusively to art.  It will feature about 40 pieces, including some that have never previously been shown in public.

Mellencamp explains in a statement that his painting mainly has been inspired by German Expressionism, "which has stayed and remains the basic foundation for what I do."  He adds that the work of artists such as Max Beckmann and Otto Dix are "the foundation of my influence, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs."

Adds Dr. Louis Zona, the Butler Institute's director and curator of the exhibit, "Mellencamp's very personal works…display a unique understanding of art history, theory and composition.  They are crafted with both skill and spontaneity by a great talent who is truly 'twice blessed' with the creative gene."

The upcoming exhibit, which will run through January 12, 2014, follows Mellencamp's first museum exhibition -- held at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville in spring of 2012.  The Butler Institute of American Art is open from Tuesday through Sunday.  Its hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Blake Shelton's Fans Turning His Concerts into All-Day Affairs

Warner Music NashvilleFans attending shows on Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier tour may want to just take a day off work before the show. The tour launched this past weekend, and tailgaters took over the parking lots outside the venues early in the morning before the concerts. That scene even played out at Blake's show at Jones Beach in New York, which took the country superstar by surprise.

He says, "Here we are in New York and there are pickup trucks and cowboy hats filling out the parking lot at Jones Beach. That was beyond anything I had anticipated."

More than 110,000 tickets have been sold for the first two weekends of Blake's tour. Head over to BlakeShelton.com to see where he's playing next.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrad Paisley, Josh Turner, Trisha Yearwood and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley all graduated from which Nashville college? ANSWER: Belmont University.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

The Wanted's New Album Coming Sept. 16, New Single August 11

Timothy White/E!The Wanted announced on Twitter and Facebook on Monday that their new album, called Word of Mouth, will arrive September 16. "We can't wait for you to hear it," the group wrote. "We know you've been really patient but hopefully you'll think it's worth the wait!!" 

Group member Nathan Sykes added, "We worked really hard on this album to deliver a fresh but familiar sound!" while his group mate Tom Parker noted, "Been a long time coming!!"  And The Wanted's Jay McGuinness tells ABC News Radio that the disc will reflect the group's party-hearty philosophy, but will also go a bit deeper.

"We are a boy band, and as much as we fight against stereotypes, we do really want people just to have a good time and listen to your songs," Jay explains.  "So part of the album is just having fun, and not worrying too much about your own problems, and just being silly for a bit."

However, he adds, "The album will also reflect some personal pains that, y'know, [we] don't need to go into [right now]."

In addition, a brand-new single, "We Own the Night," is due August 11, and the group is shooting the video for it this week.  Let's hope that they like it better than their previous single, "Walks Like Rihanna," which Jay candidly admits the group really didn't like.

"When we first heard it we wet ourselves," he laughs, "Because it was like, 'This is far too cheesy. No, that can't happen.'"  He says they warmed up to it a bit when they put their own vocals on it, but he says they still didn't really like it, until super-producer Dr. Luke came along and put his magic touch on it.

Jay laughs, "When Dr. Luke got involved, we just felt like he really turned it around and made it, y'know, still really pop and really fun, but less, like, mind-numbingly painful!"

The group plans to announce a world tour very shortly.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Rihanna Makes Forbes' List of Top-Earning Celebs Under 30

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Forbes magazine's editors might agree with Rihanna's proclamation that her "reign just won't let up."

The singer is one of the only urban recording artists mentioned on Forbes' 2013 list of Top-Earning Celebrities Under 30.  Forbes estimates that from June 2012 through June 2013, Ri Ri earned $43 million, positioning her at number five  on the magazine's list, ahead of Katy Perry and Adele.

Forbes' calculation -- based on interviews with agents, managers, producers and industry executives -- includes "all entertainment-related income."  The magazine credits Rihanna for income from her lucrative endorsement deal with Vita Coco, from more than 40 shows she performed during the span and from the release of Unapologetic.

Furthermore, Forbes says Rihanna possesses "a formula that should keep the cash coming for years."  The singer is currently playing arenas and stadiums on the European leg of her extensive Diamonds World Tour.

The "Diamonds" singer also beat out actors Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Taylor LautnerLady Gaga placed first on Forbes' list with a staggering $80 million in income during the period, followed by Justin Bieber, who raked in $58 million.

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