Drake to Release Special Edition Toronto Blue Jays Caps

Cash Money RecordsWith Drake's 4th annual OVO Festival taking place next month in Toronto, the rapper has partnered with New Era and the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team to release two special edition Blue Jays fitted caps, which retail for $75 each.

According to Drake's official website, fans will only be able to purchase the exclusive hats during the summer showcase, short for October's Very Own, held on August 4 and 5 at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

Drizzy has recruited Frank Ocean to take stage on the first night, followed by singer-songwriter James Blake.  Drake himself will headline on the second night.  The event will kick off Drizzy's Would You Like a Tour? outing which will run through major U.S. cities before concluding on November 25 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Drake continues to work on his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, slated to arrive on September 17.

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Incubus' Brandon Boyd Explains Origin of New Sons of the Sea Side Project

Scott Legato/Getty ImagesLast month, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd released a new EP under the moniker Sons of the Sea. The singer says that the new side project came together after longtime Incubus producer Brendan O'Brien approached him about writing some songs together.

“I’d never written music with anybody else other than my band and so it was an enticing and kind of exciting proposition,” Boyd tells Billboard in a video interview.

The singer notes that the duo worked together over the next six months to craft what would eventually be the Sons of the Sea debut EP, Compass. “Every song was different from the next one,” says Boyd. “It was really like this process of continual discovery in the studio.”

Boyd adds that his collaboration with O’Brien won’t end with Compass: the duo have completed recording a full-length debut album for Sons of the Sea, which will be released sometime in the fall. In addition, Boyd says he’s "in the process of putting a small band together" so that he can promote the release with a string of tour dates.

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Michael Jackson's Final Concert Plans Take Center Stage in Court

Facebook.com/MichaelJacksonJurors in a Los Angeles courtroom hearing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live saw documents Wednesday that allege AEG planned a worldwide tour for Michael Jackson the year before he died.

Although the King of Pop died before the launch of the This Is It tour, and his health had been a concern for some around him, the documents prepared by AEG Live LLC envisioned a grueling 186-date tour for which Jackson would earn a little more than 130 million bucks.

The promoter's figure of 132 million dollars was far less than the 835 million dollars an accountant for the Jackson family claimed Michael could have made for 260 shows all over the world.

Billboard reports attorneys for Katherine Jackson accused AEG of planning a global tour in spite of Jackson's questionable health and his insistence that he'd only be performing in London.

Jackson died in June 2009, a month before the This Is It tour was to start, after his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.  Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Supporting the Jacksons' claims was recorded testimony from Jackson's daughter, Paris, who insisted her father told her he only intended to do 50 London shows, and after those was going to take the family on a trip around the world.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG for 40 billion dollars, claiming it contributed to her son's death by hiring Dr. Murray.

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Tina Turner Is Married, Says Swiss Official

Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty ImagesThere have been rumors that Tina Turner was either about to get married or had already tied the knot with longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach, but now a municipal official in Switzerland confirms to E! News that the couple exchanged vows “a few days ago.”

Hannes Friess tells E! News that Turner and Bach were married in a quiet civil ceremony at Lake Zurick in Kusnacht, Switzerland.

Friess adds, “There will be a private celebration in Kusnacht on Sunday [July 21]. We do not have any information about names or number of guests."

E!News, citing various Swiss media reports, says Sunday’s celebration will be an intimate Buddhist ceremony that will include 120 guests. The Swiss news outlet Schweiz am Sonntag reports David Bowie and Oprah Winfrey are expected to attend and all the guests have been asked to wear white.

Turner, 73, and Bach, 57, have been in a relationship for more than 25 years. As you know, Tina was previously married to the late Ike Turner.

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Van Morrison's "Moondance" Album to Get Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Warner Bros. RecordsRemastered, expanded versions of Van Morrison's landmark 1970 album Moondance will be released on September 30.  The classic record will be available as a standard CD, a two-CD set and a deluxe edition boasting five discs.

The deluxe version, which will contain four CDs and a Blu-ray audio disc, will feature 50 previously unreleased tracks.  Among the rare recordings are multiple alternative takes of such memorable tunes as "Moondance," "Caravan," "Into the Mystic" and "Glad Tidings."

Also included will be versions of "I Shall Sing," an unreleased song that was recorded during the Moondance sessions; and an early take of "I've Been Working," a tune that first appeared Morrison's follow-up to Moondance, His Band and the Street Choir.  The aforementioned Blu-ray disc offers a 5.1 surround-sound audio version of Moondance. In addition, the deluxe package will offer a booklet with liner notes penned by music journalist Alan Light and Moondance engineer Elliot Scheiner.

The two-disc expanded edition, meanwhile, features a remastered CD of the original Moondance album plus an 11-track CD of highlights from the deluxe version's other discs.

Here is the track list for the two-disc expanded edition of Moondance:

Disc One – Original Album Remastered
"And It Stoned Me"
"Crazy Love"
"Into the Mystic"
"Come Running"
"These Dreams of You"
"Brand New Day"
"Glad Tidings"

Disc Two – All Previously Unreleased
"Caravan" (Take 4)
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (Outtake)
"Into the Mystic" (Take 11)
"Brand New Day" (Take 3)
"Glad Tidings" (Alternate Version)
"Come Running"(Take 2)
"Crazy Love" (Mono Mix)
"These Dreams of You" (Alternate Version)
"Moondance" (Take 22)
"I Shall Sing" (Take 7)
"I've Been Working" (Early Version, Take 5)

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Keith Urban Keen to Collaborate with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch on Light the Fuse Tour

Facebook.com/KeithUrbanFans attending Keith Urban's Light the Fuse tour can expect to hear some brand-new music from his upcoming album, Fuse. The trek launches Thursday night in Cincinnati, and Keith can't wait to see what the audience thinks of his new songs. The project won't be out until the fall.

He says, "I've never had that happen before where an album has come out after we've hit the road. I'll be doing several songs or more off the album that people don't know, but I'm really looking forward to that."

Another highlight of the Light the Fuse tour will be Keith's collaborations with his opening acts, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Keith and LBT gave fans a little preview of the tour with their powerhouse cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" at last month's CMT Music Awards.

Speaking of that performance, Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook says, "The energy that night was unbelievable." He adds, "I think we were all feeling like we were just trying to hold on. I think it made for a real moment that was happening."

Jimi's wife and band mate, Karen Fairchild, agrees saying, "Keith brings it, and all I've got to say is you better bring it when you step on stage with him.  It was a moment that we'll cherish forever, and now it makes me incredibly excited to see what might happen on the tour this summer."

Collaborating with his opening acts keeps things interesting for Keith too.

He explains, "I just like working with people and seeing what comes of those energies coming together, 'cause it's always different."

Keith's Light the Fuse tour will be on the road through December.

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Taylor Swift Fans Up in Arms over Another Shirt That Mocks Her

Sarah BarlowYou do NOT want to poke fun at Taylor Swift on a shirt without the approval of her camp or her fans.

You’ll recall that last month, Abercrombie & Fitch pulled a T-shirt that read "#more boyfriends than t.s." after fans complained.  Soon afterward, Taylor’s reps asked the owner of a Rhode Island T-shirt business to stop selling a tee that mocked Taylor buying a mansion in the state’s village of Watch Hill.

The latest Taylor clothing controversy centers around a tank top that lists the last names of her celebrity ex-boyfriends. The brand behind the top, Bad Kids Clothing, explains on its website that the shirt was inspired by a “light-hearted joke between friends,” a couple of whom are Taylor fans. The shirt originally read, “Jonas & Till & Lautner & Mayer & Monteith & Gyllenhaal & Redmayne & Efron & Kennedy & Styles.”

The online brand posted a picture of the shirt on Instagram, and long story short, Taylor fans “threatened to kill us and burn our store down because of how disrespectful we were being to Taylor,” according to its website.

Bad Kids Clothing states that a new wave of attacks from the fans began after Glee actor Cory Monteith -- one of the men mentioned on the top -- died last Saturday.

The brand says, “We will not be removing the shirt from our store.  We will however remove Cory’s name.  This shirt is intended to be light-hearted and a joke -- for those who can understand this type of humor.  We will deal with the death threats and incredible slander from here on out, when necessary, with proper authorities as it is never acceptable to threaten anyone’s life.”

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Has New Lady Gaga Song Leaked Online?

ABC/ SHAREIF ZIYADATJust days after Lady Gaga announced the release date for her new album, ARTPOP, an alleged song from the project is floating around the Internet.

It’s extremely difficult to determine whether the track, titled “Burqa,” is an actual Gaga song, because the quality of the audio is so poor.  But judging by what BuzzFeed says are the lyrics to the tune, the entire clip centers around the burqa, the full-body garment commonly worn by Muslim women.

According to BuzzFeed, the lyrics include the following: “Let’s get it on, religious risky fashion/Let’s get it on, religious risky fashion/Put it on, wear that burqa all year long/all year long.”

It remains to be seen whether the “Burqa” audio is legit. Gaga announced last week that she’ll release a new single on August 19, followed by ARTPOP on November 11.

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Justin Bieber Gets Tattoo Representing Mom's Eye

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber has paid tribute to his mom with his latest tattoo.  On Wednesday, Justin posted a photo to Instagram of his new ink: an eyeball on his left arm, just above another tattoo of the word “believe."

Justin wrote, “@bangbangnyc did this art. Moms always watching ;)” In the photo, next to Justin’s arm, there is a black-and-white picture of an eyeball, presumably that of Justin’s mom, Pattie Mallette, for the tattoo artist at the Bang Bang tattoo parlor in New York City to use as a reference.

Bang Bang has also posted an Instagram photo of Justin showing off his new tat.

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Chris Brown Delays Album, Reveals "Love More" Cover Art

Facebook.com/ChrisBrownChris Brown has revealed the official artwork for his new single "Love More" featuring Nicki Minaj, which Breezy performed live for the first time during last month's BET Awards.

The cover art, which shows a heart made of smoke with Chris’ face inside, seems to fall in line with the art work for his second single, "Don't Think They Know" featuring the late Aaliyah.  He's added the smokey theme to his online fan store as well.

The singer has recently posted new pictures on his new website, TheChrisBrownChannel.com, where he can be seen recording new material for his upcoming album, X, which was initially expected to arrive on July 16.

Last week, Brown tweeted that the project will include contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa as well as production from Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Pharrell, and more.

While there's no confirmed release date for X at this time, "Love More" will arrive on iTunes next week.

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DMB's Tim Reynolds Hopes to Record New Duo Music with Dave Matthews; Plans to Release New TR3 Album

Facebook.com/DaveMatthewsBandIn addition to playing guitar for the Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds also performs duo concerts with frontman Dave Matthews at which the pair cover a variety of DMB tunes.  While the duo has released several live recordings of their shows, they have yet to create any original music, a situation Reynolds says he hopes to rectify in the near future.

“I would love to record in a studio [with Matthews] just to do new stuff,” he tells ABC News Radio. “Like, even do stuff that hasn’t been done at all, because we tend to basically play DMB songs. There’s so many things we could do with that, you know.”

The guitarist is staying busy outside of his commitments to DMB, revealing that he has been working on another full-length album with his other band, TR3.  “It’s really close [to being finished],” he explains.  “The last time I did a lot of work on it was in the spring, and now having sat and listened to it, I realize there’s not a whole lot more to do.  It’s just a matter of finding time to do all the things to get it put out. So I’d imagine it probably won’t come out until the beginning of next year.”

Reynolds won’t have the chance to finish up TR3’s new album until DMB wraps up their North American summer tour on September 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Visit DaveMatthewsBand.com to view the full list of tour dates.

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Killswitch Engage Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Lamb of God

Roadrunner RecordsKillswitch Engage has joined forces with Lamb of God for a massive co-headlining tour this fall.

The bands will set out on a North American trek starting on October 22 in Toronto, ON, and will make stops in New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, among other cities. Testament and Huntress will support the groups on select dates.

Tickets for most of the upcoming concerts will go on sale on Friday. Here are the tour dates:

10/22 -- Toronto, ON, Kool Haus
10/23 -- Quebec City, QC, Pavillon de la Jeunesse
10/24 -- Montreal, QC , Metropolis
10/25 -- New York, NY, Roseland Ballroom
10/26 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
10/28 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
10/29 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
10/30 -- Chicago, IL, Congress Theater
11/01 -- Kansas City, MO, The Midland by AMC
11/02 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/03 -- Socorro, TX, Socorro Entertainment Center
11/05 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore Auditorium
11/07 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater
11/08 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
11/09 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
11/11 -- Kent, WA, ShoWare Center
11/12 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11/14 -- Edmonton, AB, Shaw Conference Centre
11/15 -- Calgary, AB, Big Four
11/16 -- Saskatoon, SK, Saskatoon Prairieland Park
11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
11/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
11/20 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Orbit Room
11/22 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/23 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
11/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
11/26 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring

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Craig Morgan Announces Details for 7th Annual Charity Event

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan has announced plans for his 7th Annual Charity Event, set for Saturday, September 14 in his hometown of Dickson, TN. The fun starts that morning with a motocross exhibition followed by a group trail ride.

That night, Craig and a few of his fellow country stars will perform an acoustic concert at the Renaissance Center in Dickson. Event participants will be announced soon. Proceeds from the event go to Billy's Place, Craig's fund to assist foster children in Dickson County, TN and throughout Middle Tennessee. Tickets go on sale August 1 at CraigMorgan.com.

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Demi Lovato Releases Patriotic and Romantic Video for "Made in the U.S.A."

Hollywood RecordsDemi Lovato on Wednesday released the music video for her latest single, “Made in the U.S.A.”  It stars Friday Night Lights actress Aimee Teegarden and 90210 star Dustin Milligan as a couple whose romance is interrupted when the boyfriend serves in the military.

Demi is seen performing at a carnival, where the couple’s relationship began.

“Made in the U.S.A.” is the second single off The X Factor judge’s latest album, Demi.

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U2's Bono Receives Prestigious Cultural Honor from France

Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty ImagesU2 frontman Bono received a prestigious honor from the French government on Tuesday in Paris.  The singer, activist and philanthropist was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters medal by France's Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The award, which is considered France's highest cultural honor, was bestowed on Bono in acknowledgement of his musical and artistic contributions.

"This is a huge honor for me, but really it belongs to the band," Bono said in accepting the award.  "I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other.  Being an Irish Francophile, a student of many great French artists and writers…it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist.  Thank you."

Filippetti, meanwhile, praised the singer for dedicating his "fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time.  Not for charity's sake but in the name of justice."

In 2003, Bono was presented with France's Legion of Honor medal from the country's then-president, Jacques Chirac.  The same prize was bestowed upon Paul McCartney in 2012, while Bob Dylan is expected to be given the honor later this year.

Other music luminaries who have received Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters medals include Dylan, David Bowie and Patti Smith.

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Elton John Lends His Expertise to UK Pop Star Ed Sheeran with Weekly Phone Call

Verve/Universal Music GroupElton John has been showing a keen interest in the career of another British artist, the much-younger Ed Sheeran, with whom he performed at the Grammys this year.

Sheeran recently told People magazine that he often hears from Elton.  Ed said, "He'll ring me weekly just to be like, 'Don't give up.  Do this single...I know you want to do this but do this.'"

Sheeran, 22, noted that the 66-year-old John "is really, really involved" in his career, and added, "For him to take so much interest in my projects is really flattering and humbling."

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Robert Plant Joins North Mississippi Allstars for Surprise Recording Session

Rounder RecordsRobert Plant is lending his blues harp chops to a new project from the North Mississippi Allstars.

The former Led Zeppelin frontman made a surprise appearance at a recent recording session the band was holding at Memphis' famed Royal Studios, reports The Memphis Flyer

"It was unexpected," studio owner Boo Mitchell tells the paper.  The Allstars' Luther and Cody Dickinson had opened shows for Plant in the past and they had discussed the idea of working together without making specific plans.  But with both the Allstars and Plant in town for gigs, the time apparently seemed right for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

"We let him use Al Green's mic," says Mitchell, whose father, Willie, famously produced classic sessions for Green at the studio in the 1970s.  "He dug the sound and the fact that we haven't changed anything.  He had a fabulous time."

The sessions did have one small hitch, Mitchell recounts -- when Plant dropped his harmonica into some Indian incense and a replacement needed to be found.  But, says Boo, "He should play harmonica more than he does. He is a bad-ass harmonica player."

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Nine Inch Nails Unveils Four Unique Covers for Different Versions of "Hesitation Marks"

Columbia RecordsNine Inch Nails has revealed that their upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, will have a different cover depending on which version of the release you buy.  A total of four unique covers were created by longtime collaborator Russell Mills, who had previously designed artwork for NIN’s 1994 album The Downward Spiral and several other releases from that period.

"This renewed collaboration very quickly suggested massive potential for the strange and the familiar to collide and collude in works that I hoped would encapsulate, by allusion, suggestion, metaphor and association, the conceptual ideas imbued in the album as well as in the undertow of its sonic world," says Mills in a statement. "I've tried to make works that obliquely allude to the essence of the subject matter, to its emotional core. I hope that they will invite multiple readings."

The mixed media pieces featured on the album covers were made using traditional materials like oils and acrylic paints with sundry objects that are subjected to a variety of processes, including burning, bleaching, calcification and erosion.

Hesitation Marks will be released on September 3. The digital version features a Mills piece called “Turn and Burn,” while the artwork on the vinyl cover is titled “Other Murmurs.”  In addition, the artwork on the standard CD release is a piece called “Time and Again,” while the deluxe features a piece called “Cargo in the Blood.”  You can view all the covers at NIN.com.

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Robin Thicke Issues "Ain’t No Hat 4 That"

RobinThicke.comWith less than two weeks to go before the release of his upcoming album, Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke continues to churn out new songs lifted from his sixth studio effort.

The blue-eyed crooner has released another new track, titled "Ain’t No Hat 4 That," which was co-written by his father, actor Alan Thicke.

The funky tune also includes an intro from his three-year-old son, Julian Fuego.

"You got your cure for anxious/ You got your pill for bad/ But your fancy shoes and handbag/ Can't help you when you're sad/ 'Cause there ain’t no hat for that," Robin sings on the dance-ready cut.

Earlier this week, Thicke issued "The Good Life," which followed last week's offerings: the Timbaland-produced "Take It Easy on Me" and the will.i.am-helmed "Go Stupid 4 U."

Blurred Lines arrives on July 30 and also contains contributions from Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.

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"Rolling Stone" Cover Featuring Boston Bombing Suspect Draws Criticism, Boycotts

RollingStone.comRolling Stone's decision to put a photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev on the cover of its upcoming issue has generated some harsh criticism, with many people taking to the Internet to condemn the magazine for apparently glorifying the alleged terrorist.  According to some members of the media, the image -- a self-taken photo that shows the 19-year-old Russian immigrant with tousled hair -- is reminiscent of pictures of rock icons like Bob Dylan and The Doors' Jim Morrison that previously have graced the front of the magazine.

The headline on the cover reads, "The Bomber. How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."  Thousands of people have left comments on Rolling Stone's official Facebook page, most denouncing the magazine for putting Tsarnaev on the cover.

Boston mayor Thomas Menino, meanwhile, sent a pointed letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, calling the cover "ill-conceived" and suggesting that it "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment."  The mayor also maintained that the survivors of bombings "deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them."

In addition, several New England-area stores have vowed to not sell the issue, including CVS, Tedeschi Food Shops, Cumberland Farms and Walgreens.

Rolling Stone's editors released a statement on Wednesday defending their decision to use the Tsarnaev photo.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families," reads the message.  "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

The editors also point out that because Tsarnaev is "in the same age group as many of our readers," they feel that "makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue."

While the issue doesn't hit stores until Friday, the article, which was written by Janet Reitman can be read at RollingStone.com now.  According to Rolling Stone, the journalist spent two months talking to "childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents" about Tsarnaev and the investigation into the bombing.

Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty last week to 30 counts associated with the bombing.  He's is accused of working with his older brother, Tamerlan, to set off a pair of bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three and injured more than 260 others.

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