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Monday
Sep142015

Celine Dion Serenades Fan with Terminal Illness; Releases New Video 

Denise TruscelloCeline Dion has been caring for her husband Rene Angelil, who's battling cancer, but she took time out at her Las Vegas show on Saturday to bring some happiness into the life of another cancer victim.

According to the CBC, Michel Marceau, [mee-SHELL mar-SO] a Quebec man with pancreatic cancer, was serenaded by Celine at her show over the weekend.  Marceau, who's 67, had been told of his terminal diagnosis on his first day of retirement, and one of his bucket list items was to see Celine, who's also from Quebec, perform live.

Marceau and his family were sitting in the audience on Saturday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace when Celine approached them and sang a song directly to him.

In other Celine news, she's released a video for her song "The Hymn," which she's recorded for an upcoming 3-D animated movie whose title literally translates to The War of the Winter Hats.  It's an animated remake of a 1985 live-action French-Canadian film.  The official English title of this new animated version is Snowtime!


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Monday
Sep142015

Paul Stanley Debuts Side Project, Soul Station

Ross HalfinAs the founder of KISS, Paul Stanley may love it loud, but on Friday night the rocker showed off his soulful side with his new side project, Soul Station.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer debuted the ten-member band at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre. The group paid tribute to the era of soul music with covers of The Temptations’ “Get Ready,” Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh Baby Baby,” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back."

Stanley said he was inspired to put the band together as a way of celebrating live music. 

“We’re living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B,” said Stanley. “When I was a boy, before I ever saw The Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I’ve made."

"Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves.”

Stanley’s band members included guitarist Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira, bassist Sean Hurley, keyboardists  Alex Alessandroni  and Ely Rise, drummer  Eric Singer,  percussionist Ramon Yslas  and backup singers Nelson Beato, Crystal Starr  and Ayana Layli.

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Monday
Sep142015

Five Finger Death Punch's "Got Your Six" Debuts at Number Two on "Billboard" 200; Iron Maiden Bows in Top Five 

Prospect Park RecordsFive Finger Death Punch has grabbed the number-two spot on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Got Your Six. The band's sixth album moved 119,000 equivalent album units, 114,000 of which were pure album sales.

Though Got Your Six comes in second on the Billboard 200 to R&B star The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness, the album actually debuts at number one on the Top Albums Sales chart with its 114,000 in pure album sales. While the Billboard 200 now includes track and streaming equivalent albums in its tally, Top Albums only measures traditional album sales.

Got Your Six also gives Five Finger Death Punch their best week of sales, topping the 112,000 copies the band's 2013 album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1, sold in its debut week. Both Volume 1 and its companion album, Volume 2, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.

In other charting news, Iron Maiden's new album, The Book of Souls, debuts at number four on the Billboard 200 with 75,000 equivalent album units, 74,000 of which were pure album sales. That ties Iron Maiden's previous chart peak, which was achieved by their last album, 2010's The Final Frontier.

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Monday
Sep142015

Breaking Benjamin Premieres "Angels Fall" Video

Credit: Nicole NapierBreaking Benjamin goes to the beach for their new "Angels Fall" video, but not the fun kind of beach. It's more like the dark, moody, throw-your-instruments-into-the-bonfire kind of beach. The clip also includes some intense familial arguing and a sunken ship. You can watch the "Angels Fall" video now on YouTube.

"Angels Fall" is the second single from Breaking Benjamin's comeback album, Dark Before Dawn, the band's first record in six years. Dark Before Dawn gave Breaking Benjamin their first number-one album on the Billboard 200.

Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus in 2010 following the release of their 2009 album Dear Agony. Frontman Benjamin Burnley reformed the band with four new members in 2014 to record Dark Before Dawn.

This October, Breaking Benjamin will kick off a co-headlining trek with Shinedown. Nothing More and Sevendust will also join the tour on select dates.

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Monday
Sep142015

Rihanna Poses Alongside Rumored Beau Travis Scott in Sexy "Puma by Rihanna" Ad 

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna has stood alone in her campaign ads for her recently launched Puma collaboration, but now it looks like the singer and Puma creative director has new company: Travis Scott.

The brand has released a new black-and-white image of her getting close to her rumored boyfriend, whom she was spotted out with multiple times last week. In the ad, a shirtless Scott stands next to RiRi who sports the suede creeper-style sneakers she unveiled last week and a black dress.

Puma by Rihanna is available on Puma.com for pre-sale and from September 15 to 17 at an exclusive pop-up boutique at 312 Bowery Street, between East First and Bleecker Streets in New York City.

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Monday
Sep142015

The Weeknd Remains at No. 1 on "Billboard" 200 Chart 

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The Weeknd continues to dominate the Billboard 200 chart as his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness remains number one.

According to the publication, the album sold an additional 145,000 equivalent album units in its second week. Since its debut, it's sold a  total of 556,000 copies.

“PROUD XO MOMENT || number 1 two weeks in a row,” tweeted The Weeknd.

Elsewhere, Travis Scott debuted at number three with his long-awaited debut Rodeo, which also occupies the number three spot on the Rap Albums chart.  The rapper's project moved more than 85,000 units, 70,000 of which were pure album sales. "LOVE TO THOSE THAT SUPPORT RODEO," Travis tweeted to his fans.

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Monday
Sep142015

Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach Charity Auction Features Beatles Drum Kit & More

Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr's iconic Beatles drum kit and over 800 more items will be going up for auction in December.

The pieces come from the personal collection of the former Beatle and his wife, Barbara Bach. Rare Beatles memorabilia -- including Starr's three-piece drum set used in over 200 performances with the band, as well as John Lennon's "Beatle Backer" Rickenbacker guitar, which he gave to Ringo -- will be offered December 4 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

The kit is Starr's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster black pearl three-piece drum kit, which he played between May 1963 and February 1964 on some of the Beatles' biggest hits, including "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."  Paul McCartney also used the kit on his first solo album, 1970's "McCartney."  Pre-sale estimates put the kit's value at between $300,000 to $500,000.  It's actually one of seven of Ringo's kits that'll be up for bids.

Other items for sale include stage-worn clothing, fine art, furniture, antiques, and jewelry, as well as a 2000 Mercedes Coupe owned by George Harrison

Best of all, proceeds from the auction will benefit Starr and Bach's Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on social welfare issues around the world. 

You can bid in person, by phone or online, but if you're already thinking your bank account's not up to the challenge, you can buy a two-volume hardcover auction catalog box set for just $200, or a signed set for $1,000.

Starr will be hitting the road for a tour of North America with his All-Starr Band beginning Sept. 25 at the El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

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Monday
Sep142015

Thomas Rhett Earns Fourth Consecutive #1 Hit with "Crash and Burn"

CMACongratulations to Thomas Rhett on scoring his fourth consecutive #1 hit, "Crash and Burn." The song is the lead single from Thomas's upcoming studio album, Tangled Up, due out September 25.

“’Crash' was a really fun way for me to introduce this album and for it to already be #1 is completely crazy,” Thomas says. “I want to give a huge thanks to everyone for taking a chance on this song and record so far -- it’s just a piece of what makes up this new album and me, and I can’t wait to get the rest of it out there."

Thomas will kick off his new album, Tangled Up, with a big concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas September 23.

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Monday
Sep142015

Jake Owen Chills out with Pop Star Ed Sheeran in Nashville

Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen hung out with pop star Ed Sheeran Sunday night after Ed's show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The two artists posed for a photograph together, with Ed looking delighted to chill with Jake.

"Great night at the @edsheeran show," Jake wrote in the Twitter photo caption. "What an entertainer, but most importantly a great guy."

Jake's latest single, "Real Life," is now climbing the country chart.

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Monday
Sep142015

Whitney Houston Hologram Will "Maintain Absolute Authenticity," Says Producer 

Legacy RecordingsLast week, we learned that a deal is in the works to bring the late Whitney Houston back to the stage in hologram form. Now, Alki David, the CEO of Hologram USA, has revealed what fans can expect.

In an interview with Billboard, the Greek billionaire says the Houston hologram show will incorporate both "live components" drawing from the late singer's own live performances, "digital components, in the same way that Tupac and Snoop Dogg interacted on stage at Coachella," as well as a narrative structure.

"The show will not just be Whitney comes on, sings and gets off," David adds. "The narrative will document parts of her life, her achievements and celebrate Whitney."

He adds that the the company is working closely with Houston's estate and that "the musical arrangement, the choreography right down to the lighting and the design will be done with the original artists and original technicians and composers who worked with Whitney in the past so as to maintain absolute authenticity."

David adds the company is planning to debut the show in "about a year. We need to finalize the script [for the show]," he explains, before assuring it "should be a relatively smooth process."

According to the company, the plan is to create the hologram and content for distribution on the web via FilmOn.com and various traditional media outlets, as well as to create a live show that can tour the world in 2016.

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Monday
Sep142015

Brantley Gilbert Recruits Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and Aaron Lewis for Chattanooga Unite Concert

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has recruited Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and Aaron Lewis to join him on the bill for Chattanooga Unite. The concert pays tribute to the five soldiers who were killed in the attack on a military recruitment center July 16. The event will take place two months to the day of the attack, on Wednesday, September 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, who's a Chattanooga native, will emcee the tribute concert. Tickets are free, but donations for The National Compassion Fund are encouraged. Go to ChattanoogaUnite.org for details.

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Monday
Sep142015

Taylor Swift Won't Be in "X-Men: Apocalypse"; Thrilled With Emmy Win 

Image Group LA/ABCBack in July, the Internet went crazy over a photo of Taylor Swift posing with some of the stars of the forthcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse, including James McAvoy, who plays young Professor Xavier, and Sophie Turner, who plays young Jean Grey.  Speculation was that Taylor had visited the actors on set because she was going to make a cameo in the film -- but sadly, that's not happening.

Simon Kinberg, the writer and producer of the movie, was also in the photo, and he tells MTV News that the rumor started because of him.  It turns out he's a major Swiftie -- like, major.  He calls her album 1989 "the best pop album since Thriller," and reveals that he'd listen to it every day while on the set.  

So of course, when Taylor's tour came to Montreal, where the movie was shooting, Kinberg, McAvoy, Turner and additional cast members Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne all got tickets.  "She invited us to come back and meet her afterwards,” Kinberg tells MTV. "It was just a photo backstage at the concert, and that was the only time we ever saw her. That’s where that particular rumor came from.”

Oh well.  That means Taylor's quest for an Oscar might be longer than expected, but she already has an Emmy -- she won it last week for Best Original Interactive Program for AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience.  To say she was excited is something of an understatement.

Unlike Grammys, which take several months to get, Taylor got her statuette immediately, and posted a series of photos of her and her tour family marveling at its beauty and goofing around with it. 

"WHEN THEY OVERNIGHT YOU AN EMMY I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING," she wrote.  She added, "If you need us, we'll be taking selfies with the Emmy ALL DAY. We have no chill. The Emmy has rendered us chill-less."

WHEN THEY OVERNIGHT YOU AN EMMY I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING

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Monday
Sep142015

Jimi Hendrix Scores 46th Charting Album

Credit: Dieter HoffmannJimi Hendrix scored his 46th entry on the Billboard album chart last week, according to the magazine.

The new live set Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival debuted at number 63 on the chart after moving some 8,000 units. Recorded on July 4, 1970, the Atlanta concert was historic not only because the 300 thousand people there made up the largest U.S. audience Hendrix had ever played to but also because the legendary guitarist would be dead less than three months later.

No doubt the album's performance was helped by Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a documentary film about the concert that debuted on Showtime on September 4.

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Monday
Sep142015

Chaka Khan Will Dance to Her Own Song in "Dancing with the Stars" Premiere

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In case you needed another reason to tune into the season premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, we've learned the opening numbers that each celebrity will groove to on the opening night.

The network has announced that Chaka Khan, one of the older dancers, is set to hit the ballroom floor to her own song, 1984's "I Feel For You," alongside her partner Keo Motsepe.

Another diva in her own right, Tamar Braxton, will show off her moves to "Do Your Thing" by Basement Jaxx. The singer is paired with season 20 champion Val Chmerkovskiy.

The entertainers will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boy Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

Dancing with the Stars' two-night premiere begins Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Sep142015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year? ANSWER: Brett Eldredge.

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Monday
Sep142015

Chaka Khan Will Dance to Her Own Song in "Dancing with the Stars" Premiere

ABCIn case you needed another reason to tune into the season premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, we've learned the opening numbers that each celebrity will groove to on the opening night.

The network has announced that Chaka Khan, one of the older dancers, is set to hit the ballroom floor to her own song, 1984's "I Feel For You," alongside her partner Keo Motsepe.

Chaka will compete against R&B start Tamar Braxton, Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boy Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

Dancing with the Stars' two-night premiere begins Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Sep142015

AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno Is "Still Adjusting" to Success

Credit: Kari RoweAaron Bruno had been in-and-out of bands for more than 15 years before he found success with AWOLNATION. Even after notching hit singles with "Sail" and "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)," Bruno still has trouble believing that he actually made it through.

"I'm still adjusting to this," Bruno says in a video for UPROXX. "I'm still trying to comprehend that millions of people have head these songs I've written. It doesn't seem real at all. In fact I often wake up and feel like someone's gonna knock on the door and say, 'Just kidding! This didn't happen.'"

Before AWOLNATION, Bruno had gotten record deals with several other bands, but nothing was working out. Things were so bleak that Bruno felt like he was at "rock bottom."

"Once I started writing songs for this AWOLNATION project, I definitely didn't think this was gonna take off," Bruno says. "At this point I'd thrown in the towel of having some sort of massive success with my own songs. Just when I thought it really wasn't going to happen for me in music is when it started to."

Bruno now has two albums under his belt with AWOLNATION, most recently this year's Run. After a long spring and summer tour in support of Run, AWOLNATION will embark on a fall trek, dubbed the Run 2.0 tour, on October 27 in Seattle.

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Monday
Sep142015

Justin Moore Was "Squalling Like a Baby" Before Taking Oldest Daughter, Ella, to First Day of School

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore took his oldest daughter, Ella, to school for the first time a few weeks ago, and she handled the transition a lot better than her daddy.

Justin tells The Albuquerque Journal, "I didn’t take it well. My wife is still making fun of me. It was actually the night before that I broke down and was bawling and squalling like a baby.”

Once he saw Ella making new friends at school, Justin was able to let go of some of his fears. Still, hanging with his wife and three daughters is a big priority for the singer.

He adds, "It’s important to me to get in all the family time I can.”

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Monday
Sep142015

Chrissy Teigen Doesn't Want Any "Hot Nannies" Around John Legend 

ABC/Randy Holmes Chrissy Teigen may still be deciding on the perfect time to have children, but the model already has one rule when it comes to raising a child with her husband, John Legend: no hot nannies.

"No hot nannies, drivers or maids," Chrissy tells the New York Post.   "It’s an ongoing joke in my house. I do want to have kids one day, so it’s something that I have to think about. But the rule is no hot nannies. I trust John, but you never know with these men."

The model then joked that she also has another staff member to watch out for.  "It’s too late for me, though, because I have a hot assistant -- she is cute," Teigen suddenly remembered. "These days, it doesn’t really matter what you look like -- sometimes cabin fever just strikes and men do the do. I have to keep an eye on my assistant now, damn!"

She jokingly adds: "Christine, you’re done!"

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Monday
Sep142015

UPDATED: Patrick Carney Says Jack White Tried to Fight Him; White Denies Allegations; "All Good" Now? 

Credits: Danny Clinch; Jo McCaugheyThe feud between Jack White and The Black Keys appears to have been renewed. In a series of tweets, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney says in a series of tweets, most of which have since been deleted, that White tried to fight him while they were at a bar in New York City Sunday night.  But now, it appears all is well.

It began when Carney said of White,"He came to a bar in NYC I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me," He also called White a "40 year old bully [who] tried to fight the 35 year old nerd."

"[White] is why I play music. The bully a******* who made me feel like nothing," Carney continued. "Music was a private non competitive thing." He went on to say, "It might get loud but it might also get really really sad and pathetic," presumably referring to the documentary It Might Get Loud, which features White. Carney concluded by calling White "Billy Corgan's dumb a** zero t-shirt in human form."

For his part, White denies any physical altercation took place between him and Carney. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, White says, "Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or 'bullied' you."

"You were asked a question you couldn't answer so you walked away," White continues. "So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story."

And it appears the story has indeed ended: Carney has now deleted most of his tweets about White, and writes that he "Talked to Jack for an hour he's cool. All good."

White and The Black Keys have a contentious history: White has repeatedly said The Black Keys ripped off his sound, and Carney has said White "sounds like an a******." Last year, White apologized to The Black Keys, which was then the last entry in the now-refueled feud.

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