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Thursday
Aug132015

Luke Bryan Creates Camaraderie on the Road with Dustin Lynch and New Neighbor Randy Houser

CMALuke Bryan was made to feel very welcome on the road as a new act opening for the likes of Martina McBride and Jason Aldean. Now that he's a headliner himself, Luke goes out of his way to make sure his own supporting acts feel right at home.

"I feel that it's essential for the whole makeup and vibe of the tour," Luke tells ABC Radio. "Any of my people that I tour with, it's about doing what I can to build them up. People did that for me, and now it's time I really relish in the opportunity to kinda reciprocate that."

No matter how big his career may get, Luke still remembers how much work goes into launching a country career. He sees a lot of that same drive in his current supporting acts, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch, who both come out on stage with Luke for a freewheeling jam session during every show.

Says Luke, "I remember when I was in Dustin's spot, four or five singles out, and he comes into town he's got a lot of busy work [to] do," Luke says. "So, I try to make our stage time really, really fun and special and off-the-cuff."

As for his friendship with Randy, Luke sees the two of them staying close even after the Kick the Dust Up tour closes this fall.

Luke tells us, "Randy Houser just bought a house kind of close to me. So, he's kinda my neighbor now."

On the music front, Luke just released his brand-new album, Kill the Lights. It's on track to debut at #1 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.

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Thursday
Aug132015

Cole Swindell Wondered if His Latest Hit, "Let Me See Ya Girl," Would Ever See the Light of Day

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell wasn't even sure his current hit, "Let Me See Ya Girl," would ever see the light of day when he first wrote it.

He says, "This song is one, honestly, I never thought would have made the album because it started off as such a hip-hop groove song."

As he started testing the song out on his concert crowds, Cole found that his fans were going crazy for "Let Me See Ya Girl."

"It's one of my favorites to play live," Cole says. "[It's] just a feel-good thing about being in a club and wanting to get out of there, so you could hear what the girl was saying and wanting to see her dance in the Tennessee moonlight."

"Let Me See Ya Girl" is the fourth single from Cole's self-titled debut album, available now.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Katy Perry Jokes That She'll Get Married at Least Eight Times 

Jean Paul Goude for Harper's BazaarKaty Perry graces the cover of the September issue of Harper's Bazaar, and inside the mag, she's one of many famous women who pose as female icons of the past.  Katy poses as acting legend Elizabeth Taylor, and jokes that her personal life will eventually match that of the late actress, who was married eight times to seven men.

“An icon transcends time," Katy tells the magazine when asked why Taylor is her personal icon.  "Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years ...and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!”

So far, Katy's been married just the once, to comedian Russell Brand, but it seems she's broken up and gotten back together with John Mayer at least eight times.

Katy is currently promoting her latest fragrance, Mad Potion.  She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I love the idea of this perfume. I love the idea that fragrance is kind of like a magical potion. I think fragrance can create very impressionable memories and those memories can make you time-travel sometimes."

She explains, "You can smell something that reminds you of being a teenager, or if you meet a man who wears the fragrance of your first boyfriend, all of a sudden you time-travel, you go back to that moment."

Katy adds, "I believe that scent is really powerful. And, I like being in the business of powerful."

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly, Shawn Mendes & More Up for "Streamy Awards" 

Dick Clark Productions/VH1Everything that's really cool is happening online, which is why the Streamy Awards were created.  The awards, which honor the best in YouTube and online video, will air live on VH1 and its various digital platforms on September 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes are among the nominees in the Music categories of the Streamy Awards: all three have earned nods in the Breakthrough Artist category, along with Austin Mahone and MAX, who just wrapped up a tour with Fall Out Boy.

MAX and Tori are also up for Original Song, MAX for his song "Gibberish," and Tori for her hit "Nobody Love."  Other nominees in that category include "Here" by Alessia Cara and "Take Flight" by Lindsey Stirling.

In the Cover Song category, Fifth Harmony is nominated for their cover of "Uptown Funk," and a cappella vocal group Pentatonix is nominated for their song "Evolution of Michael Jackson." Sam Tsui and Casey Breves are nominated for their version of "Thinking Out Loud/I'm Not the Only One," and comic legend "Weird Al" Yankovic is up for "Foil," his parody of Lorde's "Royals."

Finally, Tyler Ward and Charlie Puth are nominated for "See You Again," though we're not sure that can really be called a cover, since Charlie's also featured on the original.

Among the other big names nominated in other Streamy categories: James Franco, James Van Der Beek, Jimmy Kimmel, former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi and Casey Wilson.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Dr. Dre Talks Detox, Alleged Domestic Violence in "Rolling Stone Magazine"

UniversalDr. Dre is everywhere right now, especially with his N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton opening this Friday. The hip-hop mogul, alongside Ice Cube, graces the cover of Rollingstone’s last issue, in which he opens up about his music and controversies.

Despite releasing his Compton album last week, fans are still wondering why he isn't releasing his long-awaited Detox LP.

"I had between 20 and 40 songs for Detox, and I just couldn’t feel it," Dre tells the mag.  "Usually I can hear the sequence of an album as I’m going, but I wasn’t able to do that. I wasn’t feeling it in my gut. So I really thought I was done being an artist."

For those who have gotten an advanced viewing of the biopic, critics have also called out Dre for seemingly glazing over his physical altercations with women, include the 1991 incident when he allegedly assaulted TV host Dee Barnes, as well as rumors that he abused his former girlfriend,  the singer Michel’le.

"I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life," says Dre. "I was young, f**king stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true -- some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f**ked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."

You can read the full interview online now.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

The Weeknd Tops "Billboard" Artist 100 Chart

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The Weeknd continues to dominate another chart. After earning his first No. 1 with "Can't Feel My Face"on the Billboard Hot 100, the singer has claimed the spot on the publication's Artist 100 ranking.

He is currently the top musical act in the U.S. for a third week on the chart, which measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts and blends track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to cultivate artist popularity. He becomes the third artist to achieve the feat following Taylor Swift, who topped the chart 31 times and Sam Smith who has also led for three weeks.

Elsewhere, Drake climbs to No. 2 on the list thanks in part to his surge in digital song sales, which totals over 236,000 downloads this week.

In related news, you can catch The Weeknd headlining the first Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, taking place Aug. 22 through 23 at Jones Beach in New York.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Mary J. Blige Headlining Soulfest Asia Music Festival

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige is in high demand. The singer is not only headlining Australia's first ever SoulFest, but she's also headed to Malaysia for the Soulfest Asia Music Festival.

Organizers have announced that the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will take the stage when the traveling festival takes place at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre on October 17. She will be joined by Mos Def, Talib Kweli, De La Soul and Jhene Aiko. Additional performers will be announced at a later time.

Tickets for the event, which is scheduled to run from 3pm to midnight, are available now.

Visit SoulFestAsia.com for more information.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Watch Marilyn Manson in Trailer for Film "Let Me Make You a Martyr"

Credit: Jiro SchneiderFor his latest acting role, Marilyn Manson will play a hitman named Pope in the indie crime drama Let Me Make You a Martyr. The film won't hit theaters until next year, but you can watch the trailer, featuring a silent, bespectacled and occasionally bloodied Manson, now at RollingStone.com.

Let Me Make You a Martyr also stars Mark Boone Junior as Larry, who hires Manson's Pope in the film. Manson and Boone previously worked together on the FX motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy.

"Mark brought me into the project," Manson tells Rolling Stone. "We were friends from Sons of Anarchy. He's sort of my unwanted mentor. He tells me what to do. He's always encouraged me, but he's very bossy about it. He says things like, 'You gotta do this, motherf*****. You'll like this.'"

Manson recently finished a co-headlining tour with The Smashing Pumpkins, dubbed The End Times tour. At the tour's closing date in Nashville over the weekend, Manson performed his song "Antichrist Superstar" alongside Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan, who was dressed as a nun.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Thom Yorke to Compose Original Music for Broadway Play "Old Times"

Credit: Steve Keros Thom Yorke is headed to Broadway. The Radiohead frontman will compose original music for the play Old Times, written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.

"The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'now-ness’ to the show," says director Douglas Hodge in a statement. "The play itself is about memory and love -- Thom's music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke-style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex."

"It's been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production," Yorke adds. "I've enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns."

Old Times, starring Clive Owen, will begin preview performances September 17. The play will officially run from October 6 through November 29 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.com for all ticket info.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Keith Richards Reissuing First Two Solo Albums as Digital Downloads This Friday

Mindless RecordsWith the September 18 release of Keith Richards' latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, approaching, the Rolling Stones guitarist will reissue his first two solo efforts -- 1988's Talk Is Cheap and 1992's Main Offender -- this Friday, August 14.  The two albums will be available as digital downloads and via streaming services for the first time ever, and will come out on Richards' own Mindless Records label.

Talk Is Cheap, Richards' solo debut, included the mainstream rock hits "Take It So Hard" and "You Don't Move Me," and went on to be certified gold for more than 500,000 sales in the U.S.  Keith worked on the album with his frequent collaborators Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel and Ivan Neville.  The project led to the formation of Richards' touring band The X-Pensive Winos.  Among the guest artists featured on the record are ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Maceo Parker.

Main Offender also featured major contributions from Richards' X-Pensive Winos collaborators, including Jordan and Wachtel.  The album yielded two songs that landed in the top 20 of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally -- "Wicked As It Seems" and "Eileen."

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Trisha Yearwood to Be Honored with ASCAP's Voice of Music Award This November

Sunshine SachsFresh off the launch of her exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Trisha Yearwood has been announced as the Voice of Music Award recipient at this fall's 53rd ASCAP Country Music Awards. The honor recognizes Trisha's talent as an artist whose music has captured the voice of her generation. Previous honorees include George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Amy Grant.

Trisha will accept the trophy at the annual ASCAP gala on November 2 at Nashville's Omni Hotel.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

"Montage of Heck" Album Gets Release Date

Wendy O'Connor/Courtesy of HBOThe much-anticipated Montage of Heck companion album, containing previously unheard demos from Kurt Cobain's personal archives, now has an official release date.  Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen tells AwardsLine that the album will be released November 6.

"It will come out November 6th, the same day as the DVD release," Morgen says.

Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, is now in theaters.  The theatrical version of the film contains one extra Cobain song not included in the televised version, which premiered earlier this year on HBO.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

5 Seconds of Summer to Release New CD "Sounds Good Feels Good" on October 23 

Hi or Hey Records/Capitol Records5 Seconds of Summer will release their sophomore album, Sounds Good Feels Good, on October 23.

The disc is the follow-up to the Aussie band's debut, which has sold three million copies worldwide.  The pre-order launches on Friday, and if you participate, you'll get an instant download of the first single, "She's Kinda Hot," as well as another song, "Fly Away."

The band will perform "She's Kinda Hot" on the Teen Choice Awards, airing live on Fox this Sunday, August 16 -- they're up for seven awards.  On August 21, 5SOS will rock ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.  Their U.S. tour wraps September 13.

Here's the track listing for Sounds Good Feels Good:

1. "Money"
2. "She's Kinda Hot"
3. "Hey Everybody!"
4. "Permanent Vacation"
5. "Jet Black Heart"
6. "Catch Fire"
7. "Waste The Night"
8. "Vapor"
9. "Castaway"
10. "Fly Away"
11. "Invisible"
12. "Airplanes"
13. "San Francisco"
14. "Outer Space" / "Carry On"

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Madonna: I'm Gonna Dress You Up In...Gucci, Wang & Moschino

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentWhile Madonna has worked with top designers Versace and Gaultier in the past, her upcoming Rebel Heart tour will feature her expressing herself in costumes created by a new crop of fashion bigwigs.

Among those whose designs Madonna will be wearing when she hits the stage: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu and Prada.  Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips will be overseeing all of Madonna's looks for the sixth time, and also contributing some of her own designs.

Madonna's already tried out some of these designers in various public appearances.  Women's Wear Daily notes that she wore Scott for Moschino to the Met Gala in May, as well as in the video for "B***h, I'm Madonna."  Alexander Wang made a cameo in that video, and she wore Wang's platform moon boots while out and about.

The Rebel Heart tour kicks off September 9 in Montreal.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Robin Thicke Talks New Single, Discovering What's Important on "Good Morning America"

ABC/Fred LeeRobin Thicke returned to Good Morning America Wednesday morning where he not only performed his new single "Back Together," he also opened up about his putting his life back together in the wake of his recent divorce from his ex-wife, Paula Patton.

"Thank you all for the love and support over the last year," Thicke told his fans.  "Everybody goes through ups and down, but its nice when people stick by you and send you lots of love to help you get through it."

The singer then revealed his soulful ballad "Morning Sun" is about "fresh starts and new beginnings" and "heralding of a new day."  However, he quickly pointed out that "Back Together" isn't about his ex-wife.

"I didn't write this song, so I can't take credit for the meaning," Thicke says of working with producers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha. "But when I met with the amazing producers, I just heard this idea of getting back together and getting yourself back together and you know, what I was going through at the time I really related to that and connected with that. So it's more about the theme of getting yourself back together with love and partnership."

Thicke says he recently took a rare year off, during which he spent more time with his five-year-old son, Julian.  "I started, you know, songwriting and producing and singing professionally when I was 16. And I never really stopped until last year," Thicke says. "Then I took some time off to just be with my son and my family. It helps you gain perspective on whats important in your life."

Armed with a new perspective on life, the singer goes on the explain that he now knows what matters most.  "When you have some tough times you call on your parents and you call on your grandfather for advice," he says. "I spent so much time with my son and that's what made me realize whats most important."

Thicke is scheduled to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday and The Late Late Show with James Corden August 19. The singer's upcoming, eighth album will arrive later this year.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

B.o.B Announces Title for Next Album, "Psycadelik Thoughtz"

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsB.o.B has been quiet lately -- because he's been quietly working on new music.  Now he's ready to talk about it.

The rapper announced his next album will be called Psycadelik Thoughtz, which will mark his fourth studio album.  B.o.B. took to his Instagram page  Wednesday to share the official artwork for the project.  B.o.B. appears with three heads, with pythons wrapped around his arms and tigers, elephants and other psychedelic images sharing the cover with him.

Although he's yet to reveal the release date or track list for his project, the rapper is scheduled to attend a listening party in his hometown of Atlanta later this week.

Psycadelik Thoughtz will serve as the follow-up to 2013's Underground Luxury, which spawned B.o.B.'s hit single, "We Still In This B****" with T.I.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Meek Mill Removes Drake Diss Track from Sound Cloud Page

Image Courtesy Warner Bros. RecordsJust as things started to cool down, Meek Mill has removed his Drake diss record, causing many fans to wonder if his beef with the Toronto rapper is officially over.

Meek's retaliation record "Wanna Know" has been taken down from the Dreamchasers Records SoundCloud page after being posted on July 31.

While Meek has not offered up a reason for the song's removal, it's possible that the track was deleted to avoid a lawsuit due to an uncleared sample from pro-wrestler, The Undertaker. A WWE spokesperson recently told TMZ, “WWE takes its intellectual property rights very seriously, and we’re looking into the matter.”

However, fans on social media are retweeting a screenshot of Meek allegedly claiming  via Instagram that he "doesn't have to prove" himself.

Meanwhile, "Wanna Know" still remains posted on YouTube.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

New Elvis Presley Forever Stamp Introduced at Graceland Ceremony Today

U.S. Postal ServiceThe new Elvis Presley Forever stamp was unveiled this morning during a first-day-of-issue ceremony held on the front lawn of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's Graceland estate in Memphis.  Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla, and U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan took part in the event, which was held in conjunction with the 2015 edition of the annual Elvis Week festivities in Memphis.

The stamp, which is the latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service's "Music Icons" series, went on sale today in post offices across the country and also can be purchased at USPS.com.  The Elvis Forever stamp is the second stamp the Postal Service has issued in honor of Presley: A 29-cent stamp featuring the music legend's image debuted in 1993 and has become the best-selling commemorative stamp ever in the U.S.

"On behalf of Lisa and the entire Presley family, we thank the United States Postal Service for this tremendous honor," Priscilla said at the dedication ceremony.  "We know what a rare tribute it is to receive a second stamp and we're so pleased to debut it here at Graceland.  Elvis would have been thrilled…It's fitting that this new stamp is a 'Forever' stamp, because Elvis is forever in our hearts and in the hearts of millions of his fans around the world."

During the dedication, a new version of the Presley song "If I Can Dream" was played for attendees.  The track appears on a new CD hits compilation called Elvis Presley Forever that was released in conjunction with the Forever stamp, and can be purchased for $9.99 at U.S. post office branches and at USPS.com.  The song also will be featured on the upcoming album If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which hits stores on October 30.  It includes classic performances by Elvis paired with new orchestral accompaniment.

You can watch a video of the Elvis Forever stamp dedication now at LiveStream.com.  The 2015 Elvis Week festivities continue through Sunday, August 16.  To find out more details about the celebration, visit Graceland.com/ElvisWeek.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper's New Band with Johnny Depp & Joe Perry, Announces First US Concerts

Universal Music EnterprisesHollywood Vampires, the band formed by Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp, has announced their first U.S. shows.  The band, which also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry, will play two concerts September 16 and 17 at the famed Sunset Strip venue The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.

Also performing with Cooper, Depp and Perry at the shows will be two ex-Guns N' Roses members -- bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum -- as well as Cooper's touring guitarist Tommy Henrickson and longtime Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar.  The gigs will be Hollywood Vampires' only U.S. concerts.  Tickets for the events will go on sale this Friday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketfly.com.

Hollywood Vampires recently revealed details of their self-titled debut album, a star-studded collection of mostly covers tunes that will be released September 11.  Among the many guest artists featured on the record are Paul McCartney, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.  Cooper and Depp appear on every track, while Perry contributed to four tunes.  Among the well-known songs covered on the album are classic tunes by The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Lennon, Badfinger, Pink Floyd, Harry Nilsson and T. RexHollywood Vampires also includes two new original compositions inspired by the aforementioned drinking club.

As Cooper explains, the Hollywood Vampires was formed to pay tribute to the late rock stars who were members of an informal drinking club of the same name with Cooper during the 1970s, who used gather to drink at the Sunset Strip club the Rainbow Bar & Grill in the early '70s.  Among the stars Copper would run into at the watering hole were Lennon, Nilsson, Hendrix, The Who's Keith Moon, The Doors' Jim Morrison, The Monkees' Mickey Dolenz, and Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin.

The week after Hollywood Vampires' Roxy Theatre concerts, the band will play a previously announced set September 24 at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In addition, the group has partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide more than 150 local people in need with hearing aids.  Several of the people fitted with the devices will be invited to attend the Hollywood Vampires' Rock in Rio gig.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Christina Aguilera Posts Near-Nude Selfie: "It's All Real, All the Time" 

ABC/Richard HarbaughJust because a woman's had two children doesn't mean she can't post nearly-naked photos of herself online.  Just look at Christina Aguilera.

Christina, mom to daughter Summer and son Max, has shared a topless selfie of herself on Instagram, wearing only a pair of pink panties, with her arms covering her bare breasts.  She writes, "Just so you know with me, it's all real, all the time. Felt like it was time to start sharing some personal stuff with you guys... And it's just the beginning. Night night. X."

According to Billboard, Christina may have been motivated to post the photo in response to haters who've accused her of having cosmetic surgery done.

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