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Jun272013

Lionel Richie Had Major '80s Flashback While Filming "Hello" Beer Commercial

ABC/Rick PowellLionel Richie's hilarious Australian TV ad for Tap King, an in-home draft beer dispenser, has been generating a lot of buzz online -- it features a guy opening his fridge, and seeing Lionel, sitting at a piano, singing, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" while handing over a frosty pint.  But it turns out filming the video was a real '80s flashback for Lionel, and not just because he was singing that song.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that while Lionel was filming the ad in Los Angeles earlier this year, the guy who was going to be Lionel's "hand double" arrived on the set...and it was Wayne Ward, one of the guys who'd co-starred in Lionel's original "Hello" video back in '84. 

A beer company spokesman told the paper, "We had no idea of the connection. It was just a complete coincidence.  "Lionel did a double-take and remembered him straight away. They thought it was bizarre that the song had somehow paired them together again three decades later."

According to the paper, the beer company paid an estimated $1.5 million to get the rights to the song...and Lionel...for the ad.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Stevie Wonder to Perform in Morocco on Friday to Celebrate Treaty Benefiting Blind Readers

UN Photo/JC McIlwaineStevie Wonder has agreed to play a special concert in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Friday to celebrate the adoption on Thursday of an international treaty that will give blind and visually impaired people greater access Braille, large-print and audio books.  The Motown legend had strongly petitioned negotiators from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to pass the agreement, and had promised to play a show in Marrakesh if it was ratified.

Before the treaty was adopted, Wonder taped a video plea imploring WIPO officials to approve it.

"This is a legacy, a gift to future generations," Stevie said in the video.  "So let's finalize a new agreement that opens doors to the world's written treasures and moves towards a future where there are no barriers to the expansion of knowledge and enjoyment of culture."

He added, "Let's get this signed, sealed, delivered, and I'm yours.  Do this and I will come to Marrakesh and we will celebrate together."

The concert reportedly will take place at 8 p.m. local time at Marrakesh's Palais des Congres, where the WIPO negotiations took place.

The legislation will help make it easier for publications geared toward blind and visually impaired people to be distributed across international borders by overcoming various copyright issues.

"With this treaty, the international community has demonstrated the capacity to tackle specific problems, and to agree a consensus solution," says WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. "It is a historic treaty that will lead to real benefits for the visually impaired."

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Thursday
Jun272013

Jay-Z Recruits Beyonce for "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Album

Johnny Nunez/WireImageHave you lost count with the amount of times Beyonce and Jay-Z have recorded together? Its okay, so have we.

Nevertheless, it looks like Mr. and Mrs. Carter are collaborating again, as Hov recently revealed that his wife will lend her vocal talents to the rapper's much-hyped album, Magna Carta Holy Grail 

As part of his #NewRules social media campaign, the Roc Nation mogul has released the lyrics for a song called "Part II (On the Run)," which could be interpreted as a sequel to their hit single, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" -- lifted from Jay's The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.

"I don’t care if you on the run/ Baby as long as I’m next to you/ And if loving you is a crime/ Tell me why do I bring out/ The best in you," Jay raps.

"They can take me/ Now that I found the places that you take me/ Without you I got nothing to lose," she sings on the hook.

As previously reported, Magna Carta Holy Grail has confirmed guest features from Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Rick Ross -- who raps on "F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt."  The rapper's twelfth studio effort will also receive production from hitmakers including Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin, Pharrell and Timbaland.  The set arrives on July 4.

Head over to MagnaCartaHolyGrail.com to learn how you can get the lyrics sent to your Samsung device.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Extra Tickets to Be Released for Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert Featuring Sammy Hagar

Photo: Jon HillIf you missed out on scoring a ticket to see Sammy Hagar and other stars throw down at the sold-out Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert next month, you once again have a chance to see the show.

Concert producers say they'll be releasing an extra batch of tickets, which will go on sale at 12 p.m. CT on Friday via Ticketmaster.  Tickets for the event are $25, with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

The Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, which was organized by country singer Toby Keith, is set for July 6 at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.  In addition to set by Hagar and Keith, the event will feature performances from such notable country artists as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Justin Timberlake's All Over "Inside Llewyn Davis" Soundtrack

CBS FilmsJustin Timberlake doesn't usually sing in his movies, but he does in the upcoming Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis -- and you'll be able to hear him on the movie's soundtrack, too.

Inside Llewyn Davis is about the New York City folk music scene of the 1960s; Justin plays a musician named Jim Berkey in the film.  His wife is played by British actress Carey Mulligan, who in real life is married to Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons.  Marcus is on the soundtrack as well; in fact, he and Justin even sing together on one song, called "The Auld Triangle."

Justin also sings a couple of other tunes on the soundtrack, including the folk classic "500 Miles" and another tune called "Please Mr. Kennedy."

The soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis will be released on September 17, while the film is expected to arrive in theaters on December 6.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson Is Back Behind the Mic Again

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square's Keifer Thompson is back behind the mic after being sidelined by a hemorrhage and polyp on his vocal cords for the past few weeks.  Keifer tweeted Wednesday, "Going to rehearsal to test out the ol pipes today #pumped."

While Keifer has gotten advice about and support for his vocal problems from Keith Urban and Luke Bryan, one country star is kind of sad to hear that Keifer is talking again.

Kip Moore tweeted Thompson Square, "was kinda hoping u would stay on voice rest…I could talk endless trash to u last time [without] a peep!"

Thompson Square is expected to be back on the road performing shows again.  You can keep up with their tour dates at ThompsonSquare.com.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Franz Ferdinand Shares New Tracks “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” Online

Domino RecordsFranz Ferdinand is giving us the chance to check out two tracks from their upcoming album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

On Thursday, the band posted streams of new cuts “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” on their YouTube channel.  In addition to being available online, the songs will be released on a limited-edition seven-inch pink vinyl single on June 29.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will arrive at all the usual outlets on August 27.  The release will be available as a standard CD or vinyl LP; a deluxe, limited-edition two-CD or two-LP set featuring a disc of bonus live recordings; and as a limited-edition deluxe passport edition.  The latter package will include a deluxe edition of each physical format of the album, a number of seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl singles, plus access to exclusive tracks and content.

Here's the track list for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action:

“Right Action”
“Evil Eye”
“Love Illumination”
“Stand on the Horizon”
“Fresh Strawberries”
“Bullet”
“Treason! Animals.”
“The Universe Expanded”
“Brief Encounters”
“Goodbye Lovers & Friends”

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Thursday
Jun272013

Andrew WK to Perform Special DJ Set on Black Sabbath’s Upcoming North American Tour

AndrewWK.comAndrew WK has been chosen by Black Sabbath to be the opening act for the heavy metal legends’ upcoming tour -- but he won’t be singing. The notoriously hard-partying singer has revealed that instead of rocking the mic, he’ll be performing a special DJ set each night of the veteran band's North American run.

"This is the greatest honor I could be given,” says the singer in a statement.  “I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act.  I was really in a state of disbelief -- almost sick with amazement and excitement.”

Sabbath’s North American tour kicks off on July 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas.  Visit BlackSabbath.com to view the full itinerary.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Mark Fisher, Stage Designer of Metallica, Pink Floyd, U2 Tours, Dead at 66

Stufish.comMark Fisher, an acclaimed stage designer and architect who helped create impressive stage setups for Metallica, Pink Floyd, U2 and many other stars, died Wednesday at a hospice in Hampstead, U.K.  He was 66.  A statement announcing Fisher's death was issued by his design firm, Stufish, which added that he "passed away peacefully in his sleep…with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness."

Among the many famous treks and concert events for which Fisher served as artistic director were Metallica's 2012 Death Magnetic tour, Pink Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour and U2's massive 360 tour in 2009.  He was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II with an Order of the British Empire medal for his contributions to the London Millennium Show in 2000.

Other artists whose tours Fisher contributed to include Muse, Roger Waters, Van Halen, and AC/DC.  To find out more about his work, visit Stufish.com.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Mark Fisher, Stage Designer of Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 Tours, Dead at 66

Stufish.comMark Fisher, an acclaimed stage designer and architect who helped create impressive stage setups for The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 and many other stars, died Wednesday at a hospice in Hampstead, U.K.  He was 66.  A statement announcing Fisher's death was issued by his design firm, Stufish, which added that he "passed away peacefully in his sleep…with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness."

Among the many famous treks and concert events for which Fisher served as artistic director were The Stones' current 50 and Counting tour, Pink Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour, U2's massive 360 tour and Elton John's Million Dollar Piano Las Vegas show.  He was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II with an Order of the British Empire medal for his contributions to the London Millennium Show in 2000.

According to the BBC, The Rolling Stones issued their own statement paying tribute to Fisher, saying, "The remarkable sets he designed for us over last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours.  His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious.  We all loved his dry sense of humor and unflappable demeanor."

Other artists whose tours Fisher contributed to include Roger Waters, Genesis, Van Halen, Phil Collins, Metallica, AC/DC, Tina Turner, Madonna and Cher.  To find out more about his work, visit Stufish.com.

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Thursday
Jun272013

One Direction Gets New Ink in Maryland

Credit: TMZOne Direction's members are covered in tattoos, but apparently, there's always room for more.  Earlier this week, the boys, who are currently on a U.S. tour, stopped by a tattoo shop in Maryland to get inked.

A posting on Tattooed Heart Studio's Facebook page reads, "Guess who stopped by to get tattooed before they head out to Philadelphia today..." accompanied by a photo of Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik sitting in what looks like a waiting room. 

According to TMZ, Louis and Zayn had specific concepts for their new ink: Zayn wanted the face of his girlfriend -- that's Perrie Edwards of Little Mix -- while Louis wanted a spiderweb design and a bomb.  Liam Payne, who was also there, didn't get any work done.  During the session, TMZ reports that the guys started jonesing for fried chicken, so they sent their bodyguard out to the local KFC to bring back a bucket for them.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Additional Tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert on Sale Friday

Greg WatmerannA limited number of tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert are going on sale to the public Friday at 1 p.m. ET.  The initially available number of ticket sold out, but these additional seats opened up once show organizers finalized their production plans.  Fans can purchase the new tickets through Ticketmaster.

Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood are set to perform at the concert July 6 in Norman, OK to raise money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Demi Lovato Launches Fund to Help People with Mental Illnesses

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Demi Lovato lost her father, Patrick, last weekend.  On Thursday's Good Morning America, the singer revealed that he, like herself, struggled with mental illness.  Now, she's doing something to help others struggling with similar mental health issues.

"I've dealt with mental illnesses, but my father also dealt with mental illness. And he wasn't able to function very well in society," Demi said. "And this week, I'm launching the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program."

"I'm basically helping one person at a time. I'm going to pay for their treatment. I'm working with Cast Recovery, which is a treatment center that I've worked really really closely with," she continued.

Demi lost her father, who was 53, on June 23.  Though the two were not on speaking terms -- Patrick divorced Demi's mother, Dianna De La Garza -- Demi said her father was a good man.

"My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he's still my dad and I grew up with him," the 20-year-old said. "And he's a wonderful person."

Professionally, Demi returns as a judge on the upcoming third season of The X Factor, joining executive producer Simon Cowell and newcomers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.

"X Factor takes up so much of the year that it doesn't leave me any time to shoot a movie or anything like that," Demi admitted.

The X Factor returns to Fox on September 11.

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Thursday
Jun272013

"Same Love" Rapper Macklemore Cheers Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA & Proposition 8

Facebook.com/Macklemore"Same Love," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, is a gay rights anthem, so it's no surprise that Macklemore is happy about the Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday that overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriage to become legal in California once again.

In a lengthy statement on his website, Macklemore, who was partially inspired to write "Same Love" because his uncle is gay, writes, "Today is a historic day for civil rights in America...This means that people like my uncles, who have been in a committed relationship for over 20 years, will now receive the same rights that my parents have."

He adds, "Personally, I feel reconnected to my American identity, and am proud of the progress we have made in recent years.  Today gives promise to the hope that we can and will change when our nation isn’t fair and just....It’s a victory...for all who devote their lives to fight for what is constitutionally and ethically right."

However, the rapper cautions that we still "have a long way to go," pointing out that there are still "37 states in our country that must shift legislation on same sex marriage before equality for same-sex couples is reached."  He also notes that "homophobia and intolerance continue to play a strong role in many households, schools, media and religious institutions in our country."

The rapper feels that without addressing those underlying problems, "America’s momentum towards justice will be stagnant and insincere."

He finishes by saying, "We, especially those of us whose rights are secure, are challenged to not sit passively in this crucial moment of cultural progress. True change lives in the minds and hearts of the people that make up our country, and must be cultivated, not mandated. We all have a part to play."

"Same Love" is on track to become Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' third hit, following "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."

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Thursday
Jun272013

Pink Shows Off Acting Skills in Trailer for New Movie, "Thanks for Sharing"

Business WirePink has first major movie role in Thanks for Sharing, a movie about sex addicts that's coming out in September.  And in the just-released trailer, she proves that she can add "acting" to her list of accomplishments, alongside singing, songwriting and selling out arenas worldwide.

In the movie, Pink, credited under her birth name Alecia Moore, plays Dede, one of several characters who attend a support group for sex addicts.  Sporting platinum blonde hair streaked with blue, we first see her in the trailer at one of the group meetings, noting, "There's a lot of dudes in here. My other program isn't such a sausage fest." 

Also in the trailer, we see Pink's character developing a friendship with a fellow sex addict, played by Josh Gad.  He forcefully convinces her not to return to her ex for a booty call, and later, he joins her at a dance, where she encourages him to "let your inhibitions run wild."  At the end of the trailer, she hugs him and says, "I've never been just friends with a guy before. It's so...hot!"

Pink's co-stars in the film are pretty impressive: they include Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson and Carol KaneThanks for Sharing is due September 13.

The singer has other acting credits to her name.  She voiced the character of Gloria in the animated film Happy Feet Two, appeared as herself in Get Him to the Greek, had tiny roles in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Rollerball, and starred in a 2007 horror flick called Catacombs.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke And More Join BET Awards 2013 Line-Up

BET.comIn case you needed another reason to tune into this year's BET Awards, new artists have been added to the star-studded lineup.

Viewers can now expect Janelle Monae and Robin Thicke to perform during Sunday's show.  Justin Timberlake will hit the stage as well, the network announced.

As previously reported the BET Awards 2013 also will feature performances from Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.

R. Kelly, Nicki Minaj, India.Arie, Ciara and Kendrick Lamar will hit the stage as well, and viewers will also see honoree Charlie Wilson.

Drake leads the pack with the most nominations this year -- he earned an impressive 12 nods, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year and the Coca Cola-sponsored Viewer's Choice Award.

Taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30,  the Chris Tucker-hosted event will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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Thursday
Jun272013

AFI Signs with Republic Records; New Album Coming This Fall

Facebook.com/AFireInsideAFI is now part of the Republic Records family.  On Thursday, frontman Davey Havok revealed that his band would be joining the record label’s roster, and that the group has a new album headed our way.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Republic family for the release of our ninth record,” says Havok in a statement. “We've spent over two years realizing this album and could not be more excited to share it with all.” 

While the band has yet to announce an official release date for the upcoming album, it is expected to arrive in stores in September.

You’ll be able to hear some of the new songs performed live when the band makes appearances at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, September 13-15 and at Riot Fest in Denver, CO September 21-22.  Dates for a headlining tour will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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Thursday
Jun272013

Jay-Z Teases News Song "Oceans"; Unleashes "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Promo Video Plus Tracklist

Facebook.com/Jay-ZSome new promotional videos have surfaced online for Jay-Z's highly-anticipated album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

With less than a week to go, the rapper has a new piano-driven song that leaked, titled "Oceans," which features, appropriately, Frank Ocean. This marks the second time the artists have collaborated: they previously shared a track for 2011's Watch the Throne.

In the promo clip, Jay tells producer Rick Rubin, “It sounds like a celebration of where we are now on some big yacht, throwing champagne in the water.  But the undertow of the thing is that this is the same water that brought us here originally as slaves, so it has this old duality and how we are rewriting history.”

Earlier in the week, Hov revealed the lyrics to the Justin Timberlake-assisted "Holy Grail," while an Instagram user posted the official track list online after Jay-Z and his Roc Nation label conducted a special scavenger hunt across New York City to find it.

Also, if you download the Jay-Z Magna Carta app in Google Play, you could be one of the million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Note II owners who'll receive a free copy of Magna Carta Holy Grail, 72 hours before the public can purchase the disc. Visit MagnaCarterHolyGrail.com to learn more.  The album officially arrives July 4.

In related news, Jay-Z and J.T. are scheduled to kick off their “Legends of the Summer” tour on July 17 in Toronto.

Here's the Magna Carta Holy Grail track list:
"Picasso Baby"
"Heaven"
"Versus"
"Tom Ford"
"Beach Is Better"
"F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt"
"Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)"
"F.U.T.W."
"Part II (On the Run)"
"BBC"
"La Familia"
"Jay-Z Blue"
"Nickles & Dimes"
"Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)"
"Open Letter"

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Thursday
Jun272013

Rolling Stones Members Post Video Message About Upcoming Glastonbury Concert

Photo: RankinThe Rolling Stones wrapped up the North American leg of their 50 and Counting tour Monday in Washington, D.C., and now the band is heading back to the U.K. to give their first-ever performance at the famed Glastonbury Festival this Saturday.  In advance of the big show, the rock legends have posted a video online featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discussing the event.

In the clip, Jagger reveals that playing the event will give him a chance to spend some quality time with his family.

"All my kids are gonna be there so I'm gonna be visiting them in the days before the actual show," he points out.  "They've got all kinds of activities set up for me to do.  And my brother also…lives there, actually in Glastonbury.  Not in the field, but he lives in Glastonbury."

Richards, meanwhile, notes, "It's almost as if you were, like, finally destined to play Glastonbury.  I mean, there were many years when we were offered it and turned it down, but I look upon it as a culmination of our British heritage, really.  It had to be done and it's gonna be done and we'll see what happens."

Adds Mick, "We look forward to seeing you in Glastonbury."

Glastonbury, which takes place in Piltdon, England, kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  In addition to The Stones, who'll play a headlining set on Saturday night, the festival will include performances by Elvis Costello, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Steve Winwood, Smashing Pumpkins, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers and dozens of other acts.

The Rolling Stones also have two more U.K. concerts scheduled, sold-out gigs on July 6 and 13 at London's Hyde Park.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Madonna Cheers Supreme Court's Rulings: "Justice Is Served"

Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesIt's no surprise that Madonna applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday that paves the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Madonna, who is a longtime gay-rights advocate, writes on Facebook, "What a way to start my day!! I'm wearing a smile from ear to ear. There is a G-D! Justice is served. Hallelujah!!"

In late March, Madonna posted messages on her website and Facebook page calling for a "revolution" promoting marriage equality.  That same month at the GLAAD Media Awards, where she presented an award to Anderson Cooper, she was dressed as a Boy Scout as she denounced the Scouts' anti-gay policy. The Boy Scouts last month voted to end its ban on admitting gay members, though it won't permit gay leaders.

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