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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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Thursday
Jun272013

Bon Jovi Performing at Green Building Conference in Philly This Fall

Image credit: David BergmanBon Jovi has been tapped to perform at a conference/expo dedicated to the green building movement.

The band will make an appearance at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia on November 20.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which will be presented by the U.S. Green Building Council from November 20 to 22.

In a statement, Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re thrilled to help kick off Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia this year, and to celebrate the environment, the mission of green building, and those at the forefront.”

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Thursday
Jun272013

Bridget Kelly Issues New Visual for "Street Dreamin'"

Facebook.com/BridgetKellyMusicBridget Kelly recently released the video for her laid-back, summertime single, “Street Dreamin," which includes guest verses from Kendrick Lamar.  The Roc Nation singer shows off her bold fashion in the clip, which was shot in Greensboro, N.C. near the railroad tracks.

In the Clifton Bell-directed video, the 27-year-old singer cruises around in an old school car with the top down and flirts with one guy in particular that has caught her interest.

Kelly's latest single samples Tupac's "Got My Mind Made Up" and it will appear on Bridget’s upcoming debut, which will receive noted contributions from Ne-Yo and The-Dream.

There is no official release date or title for her new album.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Zedd to Launch Moment of Clarity Tour

InterscopeGerman deejay and producer Zedd is about to provide a moment of "Clarity" for his fans.  The 23-year-old is hitting the road this fall for his Moment of Clarity Tour, kicking off August 28 in Boston.  The tour is right now scheduled to wrap October 3 in Eugene, Oregon; additional dates will be announced soon.

In a statement, Zedd says, "For the past six months, I've been working on a light and visual show for my tour. We've built tons special content and improved the production day by day, step by step. With the Moment of Clarity World Tour, I want to capture this moment and present it to my fans around the world!"

Let's hope the "light and visual show" he's planning has more bells and whistles than his tour announcement video, which simply shows a bunch of monkeys jumping up and down and getting excited when they spy, through binoculars, the list of tour dates.

Zedd is, of course, having his own moment with the song "Clarity," featuring vocals by British singer Foxes.  In the past two months it's been performed on Glee and on The Voice.

Here are Zedd's tour dates:

8/28 -- Boston, MA, HOB
9/1 --  New York, NY,  Electric Zoo
9/3  -- Atlanta, GA,  Tabernacle
9/4  -- Charleston, SC,  Music Farm
9/5  -- Orlando, FL,  HOB
9/6  -- Miami, FL, Fillmore
9/7 -- Tampa, FL, Ritz Ybor
9/9  -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
9/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
9/11 --  Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
9/12 -- Toronto, ON, Sound Academy
9/13  -- Detroit, MI, Royal Oak
9/14  -- Milwaukee, WI, The Eagle Ballroom
9/15  -- St. Louis, MO, Pageant
9/17  -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
9/18  -- Austin, TX, Emo's East
9/20  -- El Paso, TX,  Buchanan's
9/21  -- Phoenix, AZ, 5th and Madison Events Center
9/24  -- Denver, CO,  Ogden Theater
9/26  -- Calgary, AB,  Flames
9/28  -- Vancouver, BC Commodore
9/29  -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
9/30  -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
10/1  -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
10/2  -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
10/3  -- Eugene, OR,  McDonald Theater

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Thursday
Jun272013

Ludacris Sued for Allegedly Stealing “Sex Room” Lyrics

Ludacris (Island Def Jam)Ludacris is reportedly facing a lawsuit over allegedly stolen lyrics, according to TMZ.

The song in question is Luda's 2010 number “Sex Room” with Trey Songz.  TMZ reports that a Chicago rapper named Marvo claims the hip hop veteran stole the song concept and original lyrics for the baby-making tune, which Marvo says he created back in 2009.

Marvo is accusing the man who produced the cut, Kajun, of having sold the song without his consent.

The song was Luda's third single from his seventh studio album, Battle of the Sexes.  Thanks in part to the Chris Robinson-directed visual for the song, which was inspired by The Hangover film, the track debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.  It also reached the number 69 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

Marvo claims he was never compensated,  and is reportedly suing Ludacris and Trey Songz for an unspecified amount.

In related news, Ludacris is currently working on his eighth studio album, Ludaversal, which is expected to arrive sometime in September 2013.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses Featured on Deluxe Version of Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD

Eagle Rock EntertainmentFollowing Freddie Mercury's death from AIDS in 1991, Queen's three surviving members organized a historic, star-packed tribute concert that was held at London's Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992.  Now, a deluxe DVD containing the entire the show, as well as opening-act performances and a bevy of bonus material, will be released as a three-DVD set and a standard-definition Blu-ray disc on September 3.  Both releases include a freshly remastered soundtrack.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition features Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon teaming up with an incredible list of music luminaries to perform the British rock legends' best-loved songs.  Among the stars who participated in the event were Metallica frontman James Hetfield, Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

The video also boasts the event's complete opening set, which features performances from Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Extreme, as well as an introduction by May, Taylor and Deacon, a speech by Elizabeth Taylor, and a video homage to Mercury.  The extras include footage of the Queen members rehearsing with Bowie, Lennox and other singers; a documentary that marked the 10th anniversary of the concert; photo galleries and more.

In addition to paying tribute to Freddie, the event raised money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity May and Taylor helped establish in honor of the late Queen singer.  The new Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD set features a list price of $29.99, while the Blu-ray will cost $24.98.

Here's the DVD track list:

Opening Acts
Intro
Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Introduction
Metallica -- "Enter Sandman"
Metallica -- "Sad but True"
Metallica -- "Nothing Else Matters"
Freddie Montage (Insert)
Extreme -- Queen Medley, including "Mustapha," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Keep Yourself Alive," "I Want to Break Free," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Bicycle Race," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Radio Ga Ga"
Freddie Montage (Insert)   
Def Leppard & Brian May -- "Now I'm Here"
Queen -- "I'm Going Slightly Mad" video (Insert)   
Bob Geldof -- "Too Late God"
Guns N' Roses -- "Paradise City"
Guns N' Roses -- "Knocking on Heaven's Door"
Elizabeth Taylor Speech

Main "Queen +" Set
Joe Elliott, Slash & Queen -- "Tie Your Mother Down"
Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "I Want It All"
Zucchero & Queen -- "Las Palabras de Amor"
Gary Cherone, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "Hammer to Fall"
James Hetfield, Tony Iommi & Queen -- "Stone Cold Crazy"
Robert Plant & Queen -- "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Brian May -- "Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Paul Young & Queen -- "Radio Ga Ga"
Seal & Queen – "Who Wants to Live Forever"
Lisa Stansfield & Queen – "I Want to Break Free"
David Bowie, Annie Lennox & Queen – "Under Pressure"
Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen – "All the Young Dudes"
David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen – "Heroes"
George Michael & Queen – "'39"
George Michael, Lisa Stansfield & Queen – "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
George Michael, London Gospel Choir & Queen – "Somebody to Love"
Elton John, Axl Rose & Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Elton John, Tony Iommi & Queen – "The Show Must Go On"
Axl Rose & Queen – "We Will Rock You"
Liza Minnelli & Ensemble – "We Are the Champions"

Bonus Material:
Rehearsal performances of Queen +
-David Bowie and Annie Lennox, "Under Pressure"
-George Michael and Lisa Stansfield, "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
-George Michael, "Somebody to Love"
10th Anniversary Documentary
Photo Galleries   
Mercury Phoenix Trust Facts

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Thursday
Jun272013

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard Spill Secrets About Each Other

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are best friends as well as duo partners, so they know a few fun secrets about each other. Brian reveals that Tyler used to play saxophone, telling People, "He used to be a little Kenny G!"

Brian is spilling Tyler's nickname: "The Hurricane."

"He will very frequently spill a drink or two. That's how he picks up girls," Brian explains with a big laugh. "I'm the clean-up guy."

Florida Georgia Line plays a run of shows in Canada this weekend.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Avenged Sevenfold to Release "Hail to the King" on August 27

Warner Bros. RecordsAvenged Sevenfold has now confirmed the title and release date of their sixth studio album.  Hail to the King, produced once again by Mike Elizondo, will be in stores August 27. 

The night before, on August 26, A7X will play a free show as a "thank you" to their fans at the Hollywood Palladium. Better still, you'll be able to win tickets; the band will reveal how in the coming weeks.

Hail to the King is the follow up to Avenged Sevenfold's 2010 #1 album Nightmare, which produced three smashes: the title track, "So Far Away" and "Welcome to the Family."

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Thursday
Jun272013

Madonna & Lady Gaga Cheer Supreme Court's Rulings: "Justice Is Served"

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Marc JacobsIt'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.

Meanwhile, Madonna's sometime rival, Lady Gaga, also a staunch gay rights supporter, broke her recent Twitter silence to cheer the fact that the high court also struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples.

"We stand tall today. So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority."  When a fan responded, "THE WORLD IS ACTUALLY CHANGING," she replied, "isn't it amazing to witness?"

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Thursday
Jun272013

Soundgarden Bassist Ben Shepherd to Release Debut Solo Album, "In Deep Owl"

Photo: Paul LorkowskiSoundgarden’s Ben Shepherd has announced plans to release his debut solo album, In Deep Owl, this summer.  The bassist says the new album will be released under the moniker HBS, which are his initials.

According to SPIN, the upcoming release will feature guest appearances by Shepherd's Soundgarden band mate, drummer Matt Cameron, and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain.

To give you an idea of what In Deep Owl will sound like, Shepherd has posted a stream of one of the new cuts, "Baron Robber," on his Soundcloud page.

In Deep Owl is set to arrive in stores on August 27.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Jimmy Buffett's Upcoming Album to Feature Ex-Dire Straits Star Mark Knopfler

MarkKnopfler.com; Facebook.com/JimmyBuffettJimmy Buffett's upcoming album, Songs from St. Somewhere, reportedly is set to arrive in stores on August 20, and will feature some guest guitar work from former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.  According to a message on the British rocker's official Facebook page, he'll lend his talents to a tune titled "Oldest Surfer on the Beach," which he also wrote.

It's not the first time Buffett has worked with Knopfler.  He also tapped Mark to play guitar on a version of the 2004 Knopfler song "Whoop de Doo" that Buffett covered for his 2006 album Take the Weather with You.

Buffett has a bevy of upcoming U.S. dates scheduled as part of his ongoing Songs from St. Somewhere trek.  Knopfler, meanwhile, currently is touring Europe in support of his latest solo effort, Privateering.

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Thursday
Jun272013

David Nail's New Haircut Getting As Much Attention as His Music Lately

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail has a brand-new single, "Whatever She's Got," now climbing the charts, but his new hairdo is getting just as much attention as the new music. David recently got a flat-top hairstyle with the sides shaved short and longer hair combed back on the top. There wasn't much thought put into the hairstyle on David's end though.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I walked into a place down in Franklin where we live. I just said, 'I want something easy, something simple.' I've always been jealous of people that just kind of were able to wake up and throw it back and not have worry about it."

David had no idea fans would have such strong opinions about his new haircut though. One fan even reviewed David's hair and single in a single tweet.

"His comment was, 'I love the new single. The hair, change that'," David says, "and I thought that that was the funniest thing. I'm pretty sure I retweeted it just because he was so matter-of-fact about it." 

Fans will see more of David's new haircut in his upcoming video for "Whatever She's Got," coming out soon.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Hunter Hayes Gets "Crazy" with His First #1 Country Album

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes scores his first #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week with the re-release of his debut album, Hunter Hayes (Encore). The project features his latest hit, "I Want Crazy," which came from a few sessions intended for Hunter's upcoming sophomore album.

In an effort to get the song out to fans faster, Hunter and his team came up with the idea for the deluxe edition of his debut album. The idea of re-releasing his debut album with new and re-recorded songs was strange for the 21-year-old star at first.

Hunter says with a laugh, "'Crazy' kind of sums up the concept. It sums up the concept because it is crazy for me to do an (Encore). To do the deluxe edition. I don't know. It may become a thing, but for now it's weird, and I didn't know we were going to do it."

Now that (Encore) is doing so well, Hunter had a little more time to prepare for a proper sophomore album. He's currently thinking and writing for the project, but Hunter isn't rushing the process.

"In my mind, it's a ways away," Hunter explains. "I'm not saying it's years off, but in my mind, creatively, I can't think of it that way."

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Thursday
Jun272013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Hunter Hayes' home state? ANSWER: Louisiana.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Adele Finally Receives Her Diamond Award for "21", Shows Off Son at Zoo

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sony MusicBack in November, it was announced that Adele's album 21 had received Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 10 million copies in the U.S., prompting her to take to Twitter to thank her American fans for all their support.  Now, seven months later, Adele has finally received the actual trophy marking the achievement.

On Friday, Adele was in New York City for a record company event, and while she was there, she was presented with her special Diamond award trophy.  Adele is the only British or European female artist in history ever to sell 10 million or more copies of an album in the U.S.  Worldwide, 21 has sold more than 25 million copies.

In other Adele news, she doesn't seem too concerned about shielding her son's face in public anymore.  As E! Online reports, the singer was spotted in New York City Wednesday, taking the tot to the Central Park Zoo.  She was accompanied by five friends, and in the photos published by E!, the boy -- reportedly named Angelo -- can clearly be seen as she holds him with one arm; he appears to have her coloring.

According to E!, Adele, the boy and their pals were surrounded by security as they spent more than an hour looking at polar bears, penguins and snow leopards.  Later, they hit the petting area to hang out with goats and alpacas.

Adele's son was born in October; his dad is her boyfriend, Simon Konecki, who she's been dating since 2011.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Remains at Number One; Singer Re-Ups with Publisher

RobinThicke.comRobin Thicke's smash single, "Blurred Lines," continues its reign on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The T.I. and Pharrell-assisted track remains at the top spot for its third consecutive week. If that's not enough, his summer-ready single dominates the Digital Songs chart.  The infectious song had 424,000 paid downloads for the week, the best sales week of the year to date for any single.

Prior to "Blurred Lines," the singer's highest charting single on the U.S. pop charts was 2007's "Lost Without U" which landed at 14.

Elsewhere, Billboard reports Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed an agreement with Thicke to administer the singer's past catalog as well as his future projects.

"Robin is an extraordinary talent and a quintuple threat as a songwriter, singer, producer, arranger and performer," UMPG North America president Evan Lamberg said in a statement to Billboard.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Dave Grohl Lists California Beachfront Home for $3.25 Million

Didier Messens/RedfernsDave Grohl is looking to unload his beachfront home in Oxnard, CA. U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail reports that while the Foo Fighters frontman bought the house for $3.78 million in 2006, he’s selling it for the bargain-basement price of $3.25 million.

The two-story house, which was built in 2005, has 3,088 square feet of living space and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. You can see pictures of the home at the newspaper’s website.

In other Foo Fighters news, drummer Taylor Hawkins has revealed that the group has recently begun writing their follow-up to 2011's Wasting Light.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Earl Sweatshirt Still Battling Pneumonia, Cancels European Dates

Facebook.com/EarlSweatshirtMusicEarl Sweatshirt missed the recent Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival because of a bout of pneumonia, and Billboard reports the illness has now forced the rapper to cancel July tour dates in Europe.

Sweatshirt tweeted his frustration Wednesday night, saying, “I’m still sick and this sucks ass that I can’t make it to these July shows...”

Odd Future will take the stage Thursday night in Copenhagen without Mr. Sweatshirt.

His reps tell Billboard that U.S. dates set for late July have not been canceled.

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