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Monday
Feb102014

2 Chainz Tells Chicago Students to Finish School

Def Jam2 Chainz got love for the kids.  During the Chicago stop of his Good to Be T.R.U. Tour, the rapper made a surprise visit to that city's Tanner Elementary School where he stressed for students on the importance of finishing school.

In a four-minute video, which was posted on his YouTube page, the rapper nonchalantly enters the school's cafeteria and reveals his identity to the unsuspecting children, who welcomed the rapper with cheers and applause.

2 Chainz reminded the kids that they have a responsibility to educated themselves. "It's an honor to come before people like y'all," he says. "Y'all are really going to make the decisions for the future and for the next decade. It's on y'all."

The rapper then told the children to do whatever it takes to finish school and to never give up.

"Just finish school," he says. "Mind your business and do what you need to do to get to the next level. Don't worry about following nobody else, all you got to do is do your job and you'll be good. Trust me."

Before taking questions from the students, 2 Chainz left them with a takeaway message on following their dreams. "Always follow your dreams because they can definitely come true," he says. "I'm up here headlining my own tour, I'm making moves and taking care of people and that's something I never thought I could do in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade."

The rapper's 2 Good to Be T.R.U. Tour will hit Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas, Seattle and Miami, before wrapping up March 24 in Washington, D.C.

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Monday
Feb102014

Katy Perry Ties Rihanna's Record for Most #1s on "Billboard's" Pop Songs Chart

Cliff Lipson/CBS Katy Perry and Rihanna are friends, and now they both share the same Billboard chart record.

Katy's latest hit, "Dark Horse," has risen to #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which is based solely on radio airplay.  It's her 11th number one on that chart, matching the all-time record set by Ri-Ri in December with her Eminem collabo, "The Monster." 

Katy's first #1 on the Pop Songs chart was "Hot N Cold," back in 2008, and since then, almost all her singles have gone on to top the chart, including "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "Wide Awake," and "Roar."

After Katy and Rihanna, Pink is next on list of all-time leaders on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with nine #1s.  Lady Gaga has seven, and Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are all tied for fifth place with six.  The Billboard Pop Songs chart has been around since 1992.

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Monday
Feb102014

Report: Beyonce to Play Brit Awards

Columbia RecordsBeyonce reportedly will take the stage during the this year's Brit Awards at London's 02 arena on February 19.

According to U.K.'s Metro, sources reveal the diva will perform at the event. "Beyonce is on. The only reason this has not yet been announced officially is because the Brits guys are nervous that it could all go wrong again," a source spills. "But what I can tell you is that in her camp it’s 99.9 per cent on."

If those rumors prove to be accurate, her showcase will mark her second performance for the ceremony -- she previously performed "Crazy in Love" ten years ago.  The Brit Awards are the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

The set would also fall in line with Bey's U.K. tour kick off, beginning in Glasgow, Scotland on February 20.

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Monday
Feb102014

Jennifer Hudson on Weight Loss: "You Can't Let Everyone Overshadow What You Want"

Image Courtesy Jennifer Hudson via InstagramJennifer Hudson knows what it's like to be criticized for her physique. Following the scrutiny of The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson's dramatic weight loss, the singer is voicing her opinion on the matter.

Hudson, who lost more than 80 pounds after she teamed up with Weight Watchers in 2010, tells People that "the key about losing weight: You have to do it for you."

"It's not about even starting the journey, it's about you," she explained on the red carpet before the taping of the 2014 BET Honors in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. "You have to want to do it. And you can't let what everyone has to say overshadow what you want for you."

So how does JHud keep her healthy diet on track? The singer says she maintains her weight by "tracking my points -- sticking with the plan with Weight Watchers. That's what I try to do and take it with me everywhere I go."

Meanwhile, Hudson shows off her svelte figure during an Aretha Franklin tribute at the BET Honors ceremony, airing February 24 at 9 p.m. ET on BET.

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Monday
Feb102014

Hunter Hayes Includes Fans, Partners with Child Hunger Ends Here for "Invisible" Single Launch

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is getting his fans involved in the launch of his latest single , "Invisible," via Instagram. After premiering the song on last month's Grammy Awards, Hunter asked fans to upload videos explaining why they aren't invisible, using the hashtag #iamnotinvisible. The clips shows fans sharing their stories of overcoming bullying and other struggles. A mosaic of those videos is now live at HunterHayes.com.

Hunter has also partnered with Child Hunger Ends Here for the "Invisible" launch. That organization will donate the equivalent of one meal to Feeding America for every download of the song sold on iTunes, up to one million meals.

"Invisible" moved 126,000 downloads in its first week out. Hunter begins his We're Not Invisible tour March 20 in Pikeville, KY.

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Monday
Feb102014

Phillip Phillips Says New Album Will Be "Darker" with "A Little More Rock"

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips scored the biggest single of any American Idol alumnus ever with "Home," but at first, he said he wasn't crazy about the song because it was "a little too pop" for him.  Well, Phillip's hard at work on his second album, and he says the songs on this one will truly reflect his musical style.

Speaking to Fuse, the American Idol season 11 champ says that the new disc is "a little heavier," and "a little more rock." He explains, "[On my] first album, I had a blend of the folk and rock. Now, I'm pushing a little more towards me."

Phillip also says his new songs are "a little darker," but before you think he's going to make an album that's miserable, he adds that there's "also some happy things" because "everybody wants to feel happy."

Phillip says he's "excited" to put the record out.  There's no planned release date as of yet, and he says he's "just trying to get it all done, but at a good pace, not too crazy."  Then again, Phillip made his debut, The World from the Side of the Moon, in just three weeks, and it's sold more than a million copies.

Phillip will put his recording on hold next month when he kicks off his first headlining tour of Canada.

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Monday
Feb102014

Kanye West Tweets About the 10th Anniversary of The College Dropout

Def JamTo celebrate the ten year anniversary of his classic debut The College Dropout, Kanye West has taken to social media to express his gratitude to fans who have supported his decade-spanning career.

"Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life's work up to that point: The College Dropout," West tweeted on Monday. "I say 'finally' because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear."

The rapper then acknowledged everyone who made the project a commercial success. "I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come," he wrote.

Kanye added, "I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of. Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM."

Meanwhile, his fiance, Kim Kardashian, referred to the album as "a game changer" in a lengthy Instagram post. Kim also called her husband-to-be the "best producer/artist over the past decade."

The College Dropout debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit singles "Through the Wire," "All Falls Down," and "Jesus Walks."

In other Kanye news, a pair of the rapper's Nike Red October sneakers are listed for $16.4 million on eBay, after the collection sold-out in minutes on Monday.

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Monday
Feb102014

The Turtles' 2014 Happy Together Tour to Feature Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Mitch Ryder, Gary Lewis

Paradise ArtistsThe Turtles have announced the lineup and initial itinerary for the 2014 edition of their annual Happy Together Tour.  The trek, which is marking its 30th anniversary this year, also will feature former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

So far, more than 40 dates have been confirmed for the package tour, which is scheduled to kick off June 7 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and is mapped out through an August 27 show in Pueblo, Colorado.  Among the major cities the outing will visit are Pittsburgh; Nashville; Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Winnipeg, Canada; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Along with each act performing a set filled with classic hits, the show also includes a special multimedia presentation offering video highlights of historic and nostalgic moments from the 1960s and '70s.  More dates are expected to be added to the tour soon.

"This Happy Together Tour 2014 sizes up to be the strongest and most rocking summer we've had so far," says Turtles singer Mark "Eddie" Volman in a statement.  "The artists who are with us make us excited to get started and the audience is in for a great night of music and memories."

Here are all of the confirmed dates for this year's Happy Together Tour:

6/7 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6/8 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
6/10 -- Columbus, GA, River Center for the Performing Arts
6/11 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts
6/12 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, Alabama Theatre
6/13 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/14 -- Fort Myers, Florida, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
6/15 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
6/20 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
6/21 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
6/22 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
6/24 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
6/26 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
6/27 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/28 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/29 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
7/1 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
7/2 -- Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours
7/9 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino Pavilion
7/10 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino/Snoqualmie Ballroom
7/12 -- Jackpot, NV, Horseshu Casino Outdoor Venue
7/13 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/20 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
7/27 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch
7/29 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
7/31 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
8/1 -- Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center/Polk Theater
8/3 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/6 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/8 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
8/9 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
8/10 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
8/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/20 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/21 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair
8/22 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Arts Centre
8/24 -- Winnipeg, Canada, Club Regent Casino
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/27 -- Pueblo, CO, Colorado State Fair

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Monday
Feb102014

Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga to Appear During Jimmy Fallon's First Week as "Tonight Show"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCJimmy Fallon's already announced that he's landed U2 as the first musical guest on his revamped Tonight Show, which debuts on NBC February 17.  Now he's announced some of the other musical guests you'll be seeing during his first week.

Chief among them is -- big surprise -- Fallon's buddy Justin Timberlake, who's appeared on Fallon's Late Night a dozen times, resulting in some of that show's most memorable bits.  He'll be on The Tonight Show Friday, February 21.  Lady Gaga will appear on the show on Tuesday, February 18, and the rest of the week includes appearances by country star Tim McGraw and alt-rockers Arcade Fire.

Fallon's non-musical first-week guests include Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper and Will Ferrell.

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Monday
Feb102014

T.I. Lands New Movie Role Opposite Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell

Image Courtesy T.I. via InstagramT.I. has landed another acting gig. The rapper has announced on Instagram that he will star in an upcoming film called Get Hard, which will feature Kevin Hart alongside Will Ferrell.

On Sunday, Tip posted a smiling image of himself standing next to Hart and Ferrell.  "Y'all won't believe what da fux about to happen.... #Wait4it!!!! Sh**s bout to be #EPIC S/O to my BiG(I use that term VERY loosely lol) It's...About....To Go....DOWN!!!!!" the rapper wrote in caption.

Hart shared the same excitement via his Instagram page. "Me & Will Ferrell are about to do a movie together people!!! All I can say is HOLYSH** & and happy to say that brother/Friend @troubleman31 will be apart of this amazing project as well!!! My hustle never stops!!! This could be legendary people!!!!"

According to Variety, the movie follows "a wealthy investment bank manager who is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car."

In the meantime, fans can check out T.I. showing off his acting chops in Showtime's House of Lies with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell at 10 p.m. ET on Sundays.

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Monday
Feb102014

Ex-Grand Fun Railroad Frontman Mark Farner Taking Part in Turtles' 2014 Happy Together Tour

Paradise ArtistsFormer Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner is among the veteran stars who will be performing on the 2014 edition of The Turtles' annual Happy Together Tour.  The trek, which is marking its 30th anniversary this year, also will feature Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, and Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

So far, more than 40 dates have been confirmed for the package tour, which is scheduled to kick off June 7 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and is mapped out through an August 27 show in Pueblo, Colorado.  Among the major cities the outing will visit are Pittsburgh; Nashville; Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Winnipeg, Canada; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Along with each act performing a set filled with classic hits, the show includes a special multimedia presentation offering video highlights of historic and nostalgic moments from the 1960s and '70s.  More dates are expected to be added to the tour soon.

"I am proud to be suckin' air and still able to do what I love doing," says Farner in a statement.  "Rock has a grip on my soul and our fans rally to the call and bring it out of our innermost being time after time.  Damn that's Good!  I know for a fact that Mitch Ryder, Gary Lewis, Chuck Negron, [Turtles singers Mark "Flo" Volman and Howard "Eddie" Kaylan] and myself will certainly be Happy Together this summer!"

Meanwhile, Volman declares, "This Happy Together Tour 2014 sizes up to be the strongest and most rocking summer we've had so far.  The artists who are with us make us excited to get started and the audience is in for a great night of music and memories."

Here are all of the confirmed dates for this year's Happy Together Tour:

6/7 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6/8 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
6/10 -- Columbus, GA, River Center for the Performing Arts
6/11 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts
6/12 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, Alabama Theatre
6/13 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/14 -- Fort Myers, Florida, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
6/15 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
6/20 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
6/21 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
6/22 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
6/24 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
6/26 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
6/27 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/28 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/29 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
7/1 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
7/2 -- Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours
7/9 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino Pavilion
7/10 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino/Snoqualmie Ballroom
7/12 -- Jackpot, NV, Horseshu Casino Outdoor Venue
7/13 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/20 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
7/27 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch
7/29 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
7/31 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
8/1 -- Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center/Polk Theater
8/3 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/6 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/8 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
8/9 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
8/10 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
8/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/20 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/21 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair
8/22 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Arts Centre
8/24 -- Winnipeg, Canada, Club Regent Casino
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/27 -- Pueblo, CO, Colorado State Fair

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Monday
Feb102014

Ashanti Releases Track List for "Braveheart"

Written EntertainmentJust a week after Ashanti unveiled the artwork for her long-awaited album, Braveheart, fans can now check out the official track listing for her independent release.

Target has posted a track list for the singer's fifth studio effort -- for both a 13-track standard edition and 15-track deluxe edition exclusive to the retailer. The disc boasts contributions from French Montana, Jeremih and Beenie Man.

While the album leaves off the earlier single "That's What We Do" featuring R. Kelly, the set includes Ashanti's newest offering, "I Got It" featuring Rick Ross -- the video for that track will premiere on February 11.

Braveheart is scheduled to hit stores on March 4.

Here's the track list for Braveheart:

"Intro/Braveheart"
"Nowhere"
"Runaway"
"Count"
"Early in the Morning" feat. French Montana
"3 Words"
"Love Games" feat. Jeremih
"Scars"
"Never Should Have"
"She Can’t"
"Don’t Tell Me No"
"I Got It" feat. Rick Ross
"First Real Love" feat. Beenie Man/Outro
"Bonafide Survivor" (Target Exclusive)
"RIP" (Target Exclusive)

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Monday
Feb102014

Bruno Mars Helps Ellen DeGeneres Prank an Unsuspecting Nurse; Tells Kids to Follow Their Dreams 

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Any other talk show host who landed Bruno Mars as a guest would probably just have him sing.  But on Monday's show, Ellen DeGeneres decided to use the Super Bowl halftime star to play a prank on an unsuspecting nurse.

To pull off the hidden camera prank, Ellen had Bruno sit in a dressing room and call for a nurse, with a complaint that his throat hurt.  When the nurse arrived, Bruno simply repeated everything that Ellen told him to say via a hidden earpiece, no matter how bizarre or outlandish.  The confused nurse had to contend with Bruno claiming that his real name is "Ramon," demanding that she remove her shoes, asking her how many years of training she's had, and requesting that she wear not one but two rubber gloves when she examines him.

Bruno also told the nurse that his throat's been hurting ever since February 2.  "I haven't swallowed since the Super Bowl," Bruno told her. When he asked her if she watched him on the Super Bowl, and she said no, he boasted, "I nailed it. I was so good. So, so good."   Amazingly, the clueless nurse then asked him what he did at the Super Bowl, because she's "not familiar" with it -- "I thought it was just football," she said.  Bruno informed her that he sang, and added, "I'm Bruno Mars, but I don't have a fragrance, that's probably why you don't know me."

After messing with the nurse some more -- and even pretending to cry -- Bruno suddenly pronounced himself cured and told her she's good at her job. He then revealed to her that the whole thing was a prank, and that everyone's been watching her on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The joke about Bruno not having a fragrance was a reference to something that he and Ellen chatted about earlier in the show. Discussing his Super Bowl performance, Ellen mentioned that some critics claimed that Bruno wasn't a big enough star to headline halftime because he isn't in the tabloids and he doesn't have his own fragrance. 

"I did hear that and I think that was by far the most disgusting thing I heard, not because it was taking a shot at me, but I was just thinking about aspiring young musicians," Bruno said, adding that he wanted to make a little speech to all the young people out there.

"If music is what you wanna do, music is what you love, and your passion, it doesn't take a fragrance, it's not about the tabloids, it's about you putting in the work, practicing every day, practicing your vocals, practicing your instrument, practicing your songwriting," Bruno said. "And hopefully, one day, you write the song that the whole world wants to get down to."

"And I promise you," he continued, "if you go out there and you sing and you put your heart and soul into it, and you follow your dream, one day, you're gonna be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres, talking about how you broke records and rocked the Super Bowl!"

To underscore his point, Bruno then ran up and down the aisles of the studio as the "Theme from Rocky" played in the background.

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Monday
Feb102014

Collective Soul to Release New Album, Sets Tour Dates 

Courtesy Collective SoulCollective Soul is getting set to release a new album. The disc will be called See What You Started by Continuing. It'll be the ninth studio release from Collective Soul, which this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first album, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.

"As a band we have experienced and developed so much as musicians and people in the last twenty years. This album represents a full circle, coming back to the roots of Collective Soul, and continuing to build on the music that we started making from the beginning,” Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland says in a statement.

Look for See What You Started by Continuing this summer.

Meanwhile, Collective Soul's has announced several upcoming tour dates:

2/22 -- Miami, FL, Rock the Boat Festival
2/28 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
3/1 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios Mardi Gras Festival
3/2 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theatre
4/1 -- Nanaimo, BC, Port Theatre
4/2 -- Victoria, BC, Royal Theatre
4/4 -- Kelowna, BC, Prospera Place
4/5 -- Richmond, BC, River Rock Casino Resort
4/7 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (Sold Out)
4/9 -- Red Deer, AB, Memorial Centre Auditorium (Sold Out)
4/10 -- Edmonton, AB, The Ranch Roadhouse
4/11 -- Calgary, AB, Cowboys Dance Hall
4/12 -- Saskatoon, SK, O’Brians Event Center
4/14 -- Winnipeg, MB, The Oak
4/15 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
4/17 -- Walker, MN, MoonDance Jam

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Monday
Feb102014

Tim McGraw Helping Jimmy Fallon Launch "The Tonight Show" Next Week

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will help Jimmy Fallon kick off his new gig as The Tonight Show host next week. Tim is the musical guest for Jimmy's show on Wednesday, February 19. Actor Bradley Cooper will be on the show that night, too.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres February 17 with guests Will Smith and U2.

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Monday
Feb102014

Jason Aldean Performing Indy 500 Pre-Race Concert May 24

CMAJason Aldean will perform the inaugural Legends Day concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 24. The event takes place prior to the Indy 500 on May 25. Tyler Farr will serve as Jason's opening act for the show.

Tickets for Jason's show are now available at IMS.com.

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Monday
Feb102014

New Mariah Carey Album Coming May 6, Single Out Wednesday 

Island Def JamMariah Carey finally has a release date for her long-awaited new album. 

Via Twitter, she's posted a YouTube video that features all the highlights of her amazing career, and at the very end, it reveals that her new single, called "You're Mine (Eternal)," will be out on Wednesday, and that the disc, the title of which has been announced as The Art of Letting Go, will arrive May 6. 

As previously reported, Mariah will appear on ABC's The View this week to promote the new single.  She performed it this past weekend at the taping of the BET Honors in Washington, D.C.  That show will air February 24 on BET.

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Monday
Feb102014

Bruce Springsteen Announces More US Tour Dates

Image credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has added 15 additional U.S. dates to his current trek, starting with an April 8 show in Cincinnati, OH.  Right now, those shows are scheduled to run through May 18, wrapping up in Connecticut. 

Tickets go on sale as early as February 14 for some dates, though others will be available starting the 15th, 21st or 28th.  Check BruceSpringsteen.net for full information regarding onsale dates. 

Bruce and the E Street Band are currently in Australia, and will be there through February 26.  Then, it's off to New Zealand for a few shows there before heading back to the U.S.  Springsteen is promoting his current disc, High Hopes, which debuted at #1 last month.

Here are Bruce's newly-announced dates:

4/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
4/12 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
4/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
4/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
4/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
4/24 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
4/29 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
5/1 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/6 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/13 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
5/14 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
5/17 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
5/18 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun

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Monday
Feb102014

Report: Adele Earned Nearly $50 Million Last Year by Doing Nothing

Adele.tvOther than showing up at awards ceremonies to collect an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe, Adele didn't do much in the way of her music career in 2013, but that doesn't seem to have affected her earning power.  According to one report, she raked in nearly 50 million bucks without having to tour, record or release any new music.

The British paper the Daily Mail reports that Adele took in 30 million pounds -- that's more than $49 million dollars -- in 2013, just in royalties from her best-selling album, 21.  The newspaper is basing that figure on an examination of the accounts of the singer's companies, Melted Stone and Melted Stone Publishing, which receive the money from sales of her albums, and from the sales of sheet music of her songs.  The paper says that Adele basically earns more than 50 thousand dollars a day from those royalties.

As for why she's still raking in so much money from an album that came out in 2011, the newspaper says it's not only because the album continues to sell, but because there's a time delay associated with royalty payments in general.

21 has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide since its release.  Adele is said to be working on material for a new album, and collaborating with producers and songwriters who include OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Phil Collins, Diane Warren, and William Orbit.  When Ryan was asked recently on Twitter how Adele's new music is sounding, he replied, "AMAZING! very 'Adele-ish.'"

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Monday
Feb102014

Jerrod Niemann Thanks His Fans for Latest Hit, "Drink to That All Night"

Photo Credit: Jeremy CowartJerrod Niemann has another hit on his hands with "Drink to That All Night." It's the lead single from his new album, High Noon, and Jerrod can't thank his fans enough for supporting him since he scored his first hit in 2010 with "Lover, Lover."

"It’s just so unbelievable to watch the life of a song, and the people [that] get affected by it," Jerrod says. "They want to pull out their hard-earned money that they could spend anywhere else and care to download your song or to pick up their phone in the middle of their life and call the radio station, and say, 'Hey, would you please play this?'"

Jerrod's new album, High Noon, will be out March 25, and he'll be touring behind the album for the rest of 2014. Jerrod hopes to thank all of his fans in person along the way for making his country music career possible.

He says, "We owe the country fans big time for just havin’ our backs through the last few years, and I’m gonna do all I can to never let ‘em down."

To celebrate his album release, Jerrod is headlining a week-long vacation experience at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico March 7 through 12. Fans have a chance to win a vacation package to see Jerrod there at HighNoonAdventure.com.

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