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Friday
Jan102014

K. Michelle Gives Update on Delayed Mixtape

Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle has bad news for fans that were expecting to download her Still No F**ks Givin mixtape, which was initially set to be released on January 8. The singer shared on Instagram that the project has been delayed, but will arrive soon.

"I'm soooo sorry y'all, but the mixtape isn't complete yet," she wrote in the accompanying caption. "These will be all brand new songs. I've been working hard in the studio and I still have some finishing touches to put on it, but I promise you'll have it in the coming days. I won't let y'all down!"

She adds, "This is going to be a great year! Ride and grow with me like y'all always do. We're throwing glitter in 2014! ????? #StillNoF**ksGiven."

The singer also shared the official artwork for the upcoming set, in which a little girl is crying and drooling with her eyes closed. The project serves as the sequel to her 2012 mixtape, 0 F**ks Given.

In other news, Michelle reflected on headlining her own tour by posting a recap of her outing on Instagram. "I do it for the love of music. The right ones will listen. From my heart to your ears. Thank you all for riding with me! Let’s go 2014!," she wrote.

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Friday
Jan102014

Guitars Signed by Members of Alice in Chains, Green Day, Linkin Park Up for Bid in Online Charity Auction

Johnny BuzzerioEach year, participants in the “Alice in Chains & Friends” fantasy football league donate signed items for an auction, with all proceeds given to charity. This year, the league has chosen to offer some killer rock memorabilia to support Linkin Park’s Music for Relief charity.  Proceeds from the auction will go to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines last November.

Included in the auction is a Fender acoustic guitar signed by Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez, a custom Gibson Les Paul electric guitar autographed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, a Squire Fender P-Bass signed by former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and an electric guitar signed by Linkin Park that was played by Brad Delson in the band’s “Burn It Down” music video.

All the items are up for bid through January 23 at CharityBuzz.com.

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Friday
Jan102014

Motley Crue Announces “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” Event

Motley RecordsMotley Crue has announced a January 28 special event in Los Angeles that many suspect will offer details about the band’s expected farewell tour.  The event's title is a big clue: “RIP Motley Crue All Bad Things Must Come to an End.”

In an interview with Billboard last August, Vince Neil acknowledged that the rumor about a farewell tour was “for real.”

“I think we'll start the tour around May -- I'm just kind of guessing on that, but in the spring of '14, and we'll do one more time around the world and kinda call it quits," the singer told the publication.

“It's just that time. We're going out on top. We don't want to be some band that people are like, 'Oh, they're playing a club now,' that kind of band. We still sell out arenas, have stadium stuff and things like that, so let's go out when it's a big deal,” Neil added.

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Friday
Jan102014

Ke$ha's Mom Blames Dr. Luke for Daughter's Eating Disorder

Yu Tsai/RCA RecordsThe rumors that Ke$ha’s producer, Dr. Luke, was one of the reasons why the singer developed an eating disorder have intensified, with the release of a People magazine interview with her mother.

Pebe Sebert claims her daughter’s advisers, including Dr. Luke, pressured her to lose weight, and as a result the 26-year-old “Timber” pop star became bulimic. Sebert says, "Dr. Luke had been telling her how she had to get in shape and lose weight and all this stuff. She was exercising and dieting and ultimately doing everything she could, but not getting thin fast enough."

Sebert alleges, "Dr. Luke told a friend of ours he thought she looked like a refrigerator on her latest video, and could she please try to control her weight." She says Luke went on to praise Ke$ha after Ke$ha went on a 14-day juice cleanse and shed some pounds.

Sebert tells People that Ke$ha had a breakdown before Christmas. She recalls that Ke$ha “called me from the gas station after she'd thrown up everything, and admitted how much she'd been doing it."

Luke’s rep denies Sebert’s accusations in a statement to People, saying, "It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment center, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health."

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Friday
Jan102014

The Jacksons Launching Vegas Residency Next Month

Image credit: Harrison FunkBritney Spears and Celine Dion, make room in Las Vegas for The Jacksons.

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon will launch a residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on February 20. They're set to perform 40 shows in all at the property's PH Showroom.

RockTellz & CockTails Presents The Jacksons promises to "take audience members on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their historic lives and influential musical career."

Jackie says in a statement, “As a Las Vegas resident, I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this amazing series at one of the most iconic entertainment destinations in the world. My brothers and I can’t wait to take the stage and bring our hits -- and the stories behind them -- to life for the fans.”

Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. local time.

Cirque du Soleil performs a Vegas tribute show for the Jacksons' late brother, Michael, titled Michael Jackson ONE.

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Friday
Jan102014

No Yolk: Neighbor Calls Cops After Alleged Bieber Egg Attack

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber is up to no good in his Calabasas, California, 'hood once again, according to a neighbor who says the star egged his home.

TMZ reports the unidentified neighbor heard banging against his home around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and, when he stepped onto his balcony to investigate, he claims he saw Justin chucking eggs at his front door.

According to the gossip site, when the alleged victim yelled at the star, the two got into a verbal dispute and the singer continued tossing eggs before retreating to his home.  TMZ has also posted an obscenity-laced video that they say was shot by the neighbor.  Although you can hear the alleged perpetrator in the heated exchange, you can't see who it is.

The neighbor, who has had issues with Justin in the past, called the L.A. County Sheriff's Department about the incident.  The neighbor estimates his house was struck by as many as 20 eggs.

Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ that deputies responded and filed an incident report.

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Friday
Jan102014

One Direction's Liam Denies Reports the Group Is "Clashing" Over Musical Direction

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmentFollowing a British tabloid report that the members of One Direction are having disagreements over the group's musical direction, Liam Payne has taken to Twitter to assure fans that everything is just fine in 1D land.

The Daily Star had initially reported that the five members of the group are in a "bitter battle" over Harry Styles' desire to change their sound. It cited "sources" as claiming that Harry is "clashing" with the other four guys because he wants them to start writing more of their own songs, and adopt an "edgier" rock sound in an effort to seem "cooler."  What's worse, the paper reports, the other four are reportedly afraid that if Mr. Styles doesn't get his way, he'll go solo and leave the rest of the group in a lurch.

But Liam has shot down the report, writing on Twitter, "Lots of articles saying we are clashing ... no ones clashing we are just having a bit of Family time after hitting the road for 3 years."

Ironically, news of this so-called musical "clash" comes just as 1D is enjoying huge success with their latest single, "Story of My Life."  In fact, according to Billboard, it's getting more airplay than any 1D single since "What Makes You Beautiful," precisely because of its sound, which is more folky and acoustic than the group's previous singles.

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Friday
Jan102014

The Who's Pete Townshend to Speak at London-Area Music and Film Festival

Photo: Ross HalfinThe Who's Pete Townshend is set to participate in a special Q&A event on February 16 during the second annual Ealing Music & Film Festival, which will be held in the London suburb of Ealing.  The guitarist/songwriter will chat about his storied career as a musician, his connection to Ealing, and his 2012 memoir, Who I Am.

During the band's early years, The Who played frequently at The Ealing Club, a famous local venue where many other famous British musicians performed, including Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Animals' Eric Burdon and members of The Rolling Stones.  The Townshend event will take place at Questors Theatre at 5 p.m. local time.

The Ealing Music & Film Valentine Festival runs from February 12 through February 16, and will celebrate the area's historic legacy as a hub of the arts.  The fest features a variety of music and dance performances, film screenings, discussions events and exhibitions.

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Friday
Jan102014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTaylor Swift is up for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards for writing "Sweeter than Fiction" from the movie One Chance. She'll be on hand for the ceremony broadcasting live that night at 8 ET on NBC.

Rodney Atkins has teamed up with Bubba Sparxxx for the new single "Right." A video for the song will premiere later this month.

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Friday
Jan102014

Madonna's Signature Ranks Among "Top 10 Most Valuable Living Autographs" 

Madonna.comOver the years, Madonna's probably signed her name thousands upon thousands of times, on everything from albums to photos to stage clothes.  But she's so famous that her autograph remains among the top 10 most valuable among celebrities who are still with us.

Paul Fraser Collectibles, a British firm that specializes in high-end items like stamps, vintage wine and celebrity memorabilia, has released its annual index of the the "Top 10 Most Valuable Living Autographs," detailing which still-living celebrities command the most for their signatures on photos.  Madonna comes in at #10 on the list: according to Paul Fraser, her signature is worth just under $1,640, and has increased by nearly 8 percent each year since 2000.

Other musicians on the list include Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is #9; his signature is worth just over $1,975.  Bob Dylan is #4 on the list, with an autograph worth more than $3,200, because he's so reclusive and his signature is rare.  Another ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney, is #3: his autograph is worth just under $3,300, simply because he has such a huge fanbase.

Other stars who are on the list include Muhammad Ali, Queen Elizabeth II, Tiger Woods, J.K. Rowling, Prince William and, coming in at #1, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose signature is worth more than $5,700.

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Friday
Jan102014

Deluxe Edition of Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" Features Bonus Concert DVD; Check Out Preview Now

Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's latest album, High Hopes, hits stores on Tuesday, but if you head over to Amazon you can purchase a limited-edition and exclusive deluxe version of the release that comes packaged with a bonus DVD.  The video disc features the Boss and his E Street Band playing his classic 1984 album Born in the U.S.A. in its entirety at a London concert this past summer.

Fans can check out a preview of the DVD by visiting the online retailer, which has posted a video of Springsteen performing the song "Cover Me."

Meanwhile, coinciding with the arrival High Hopes, Springsteen will be a guest Tuesday night on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  The show airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/11:35 p.m. CT.

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Friday
Jan102014

Lady Antebellum Launches Take Me Downtown Tour Tonight with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum launches their Take Me Downtown tour Friday night with special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. The trek marks a reunion for Lady A and Kacey, who toured together in Europe last year, but this is the group's first time hitting the road with Kip. Lady A's Charles Kelley thinks the three of them will offer something for everybody who's a country fan.

He tells ABC News Radio, "Kip, he puts on such a high-energy show. He's got a ton of number ones. It's like, you get a little taste of what all's happening in the genre."

As for Kacey, Charles adds, "She put out one of the best records of the year [with Same Trailer Different Park]. I mean, she really did. It's such an amazing record. So well-written. She's not afraid to take chances, which I love. I mean, that's what it's all about."

For his part, Kip is ready to make the most of his performance slot just before Lady Antebellum takes the stage.

He tells ABC News Radio, "Those guys better get ready, man, 'cause I'm coming, man. We're gonna really, really get after it aggressively in there."

For a full list of Take Me Downtown tour dates, go to LadyAntebellum.com.

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Friday
Jan102014

Janelle Monae, J. Cole & TLC Headline VH1's Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series

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Janelle MonaeJ. Cole and TLC are among the artists who'll be participating in VH1's annual Super Bowl Blitz concert event, which this year will include an entire series of shows throughout the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area the week before the big game on February 2.

Dubbed Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts, the concerts will run from Monday, January 27 to Saturday, February 1, with each show featuring a different headliner.  Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, all six concerts will air live on VH1 each night at 11 p.m. ET/PT.  They'll also be streamed live via the VH1 App, and at SuperBowl.VH1.com the day after each live concert airs.

J. Cole will kick things off in Queens on January 27 at Queens College followed by Janelle, who will play Lehman College in the Bronx on January 28. Meanwhile, TLC will take stage inside the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on January 30. Other artists participating include The Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw and Fall Out Boy.

If you're heading to the area for the big game, you can score tickets to the events.  You'll need to follow VH1 on Twitter, go to the locations they tweet out, get your picture taken with the VH1 Blitz mascot, Iggy the Penguin, and tweet out the picture with the hashtag #VH1Blitz. VH1 will begin tweeting out locations on Monday.

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Friday
Jan102014

Paramore to Perform at Eighth Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl

Fueled By RamenYou can now add Paramore to the list of artists who will be performing special concerts to celebrate next month’s Super Bowl. The band has signed on to play a set at the eighth annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, an event that features celebrities competing against former NFL players in a game of flag football.

The Celebrity Beach Bowl will take place on February 1 at Hudson River Park Pier 40 in New York City, on an indoor beach covered with more than a million pounds of sand. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. ET, with Paramore performing their set at the end of the game at 3:20 p.m. The event is open to the public, but if you can’t make it, you’ll be able to watch it on DirecTV’s Audience Network, NBC Sports Network, Root Sports Networks, as well as internationally on DirecTV’s Pan Americana and Puerto Rican outlets.

Some of the celebrities who’ll be taking the field for the football game include actors Tracy Morgan, Tom Arnold, and Peter Facinelli, and NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Deion Sanders, and Warren Moon. Visit DirecTV.com/BeachBowl to see the full list of game participants.

Super Bowl XVIII will take place on Sunday, February 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Friday
Jan102014

Scott Ian Says Anthrax Has “12 Songs” Ready for Next Album

Scott-Ian.comWe won’t have to wait too long for a new album from Anthrax. Guitarist Scott Ian says the guys have written more than enough material for their follow-up to 2011’s Worship Music, and are itching to get into the studio to record the new stuff.

“We’re sitting here right now with 12 songs musically arranged and really focusing on lyrics now,” he tells Metal Insider. “I like to think at the pace we’re going we would be ready to start recording maybe in April.  I think we’ve got all our bases covered and we’re ready.”

Ian adds the group’s chemistry is stronger than ever, especially since they had such a good time making Worship Music. “We were all really excited about getting back in a room and writing songs together, and it was the first time in a really long time that we weren’t going into writing a record coming off a really s**tty time,” he notes. “So for us to have come off such a great run with Worship Music, we were all really excited about it and I think it really shows in the music.”

Before Ian hits the studio, he’ll be hitting the stage at a number of venues around the U.S. for his one-man Speaking Words tour, in which the guitarist will tell stories about his life and times with Anthrax. That outing begins on February 20 at Maynestage in Chicago, IL. Visit Scott-Ian.com for the full itinerary.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Everly Brothers Music Sees Big Sales Increase After Death of Phil Everly

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe death of The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly this past Friday apparently has inspired a surge in sales of the influential country-rock duo's music.  Billboard reports that The Everlys' album catalog enjoyed a 455-percent gain for the week ending January 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The best-selling individual title for the duo was their compilation The Very Best of the Everly Brothers, with 2,000 copies sold.  The collection lands at #8 on Billboard's Country Catalog Albums chart.

As for digital sales, The Everly Brothers' sold 18,000 tracks during the past week, a 696-percent increase over the previous week.  Selling the most downloads was the duo's 1958 chart-topping hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream."  The tune sold 4,000 digital copies, a 455-percent gain.

During their career, The Everly Brothers released 31 singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including a dozen that reached the top 10 and five that hit #1.  Phil Everly was 74 when he died, after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Trace Adkins Is Latest Artist to Cancel SeaWorld Appearance Due to Animal Abuse Allegations

TraceAdkins.comTrace Adkins is the latest artist to cancel an upcoming appearance at SeaWorld in Orlando due to the allegations of orca abuse at the park, leveled in the documentary Blackfish

A rep for Trace says, "Trace prefers that the focus of his performances be on music, not on controversy. Therefore, he has decided not to proceed with this show in the midst of this debate.”

Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood are among the other stars in recent weeks who have cancelled concerts at SeaWorld's upcoming Bands, Brews & BBQ event. The park plans to begin the weekend concert series February 1, 2014, despite the cancellations.

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Thursday
Jan092014

You've Got a Friend: Alicia Keys Pens Heartfelt Tribute to Carole King for "People" 

Dimitrios Kambouris/Child 13/Getty ImagesRock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King will be honored later this month as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year, an award given out annually by the Grammy folks to recognize performers for their artistic and charitable contributions.  To mark the occasion, People magazine has tapped Alicia Keys to pen a tribute to Carole for its new issue.

Like Carole, Alicia is a piano player who grew up in New York and discovered music at an early age.  Calling her "one of the most significant inspirations of my life," Alicia writes, "She is pure, powerful and one of the greatest songwriters of all time!"  Pointing in particular to one of Carole's classic compositions, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," Alicia writes, "I swear when I sit down at the piano to play [it], I can only daydream about the moment in her life that ignited what I would call a perfect song. It gives me chills!"

"She reminds us that a woman alone at a piano can be as powerful as a 30-piece orchestra or an electrifying rock band," adds Alicia. "Her legacy is enduring, and her albums will be passed down to generations almost as a rite of passage.  I am so grateful for all the inspiration she's given me.  I'll never be able to thank her enough."

Carole and Alicia performed together last year in New York City at Alicia's annual charity event, The Black Ball.  Alicia finishes her People tribute by writing, "When I think about the fact that I can call her a friend, I almost faint!"

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Thursday
Jan092014

Flavor Flav Arrested in New York; Released to Attend Mom's Funeral

Image courtesy of the New York State Police Department

Flavor Flav was arrested on Long Island Thursday morning, after he was allegedly caught speeding and driving with a suspended license.

According to the New York State Police, the 54-year-old rapper -- born William Jonathan Drayton Jr. -- was pulled over by troopers for driving 79 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Hempstead at around 9:30 a.m.

During a routine check, authorities discovered Flav was driving with 16 suspensions on his license and a "small amount" of marijuana inside his vehicle, according to police.

The rapper was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and traffic violations, but was soon released on an appearance ticket so he could attend a funeral for his mother, Anna Drayton, who passed away last month. "I'm gonna miss her," he wrote on Twitter. "She lived a good life."

Flav is scheduled to appear at Nassau County court in Hempstead on January 28.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy to Headline VH1's Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series 

VH1The Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw and Fall Out Boy are among the artists who'll be participating in VH1's annual Super Bowl Blitz concert event, which this year will include an entire series of shows throughout the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area the week before the big game on February 2.

Dubbed Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts, the concerts will run from Monday, January 27 to Saturday, February 1, with each show featuring a different headliner.  Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, all six concerts will air live on VH1 each night at 11 p.m. ET/PT.  They'll also be streamed live via the VH1 App, and at SuperBowl.VH1.com the day after each live concert airs.

The Goo Goo Dolls will perform in Staten Island, New York on January 31.  Gavin DeGraw will close out the series February 1 in Montclair, New Jersey.  Prior to that, TLC will perform in New York City on January 30, Fall Out Boy will rock Brooklyn on the 29th, R&B star Janelle Monae will play the Bronx on January 28, and rapper J. Cole will kick things off in Queens on January 27.

If you're heading to the area for the big game, you can score tickets to the events.  You'll need to follow VH1 on Twitter, go to the locations they tweet out, get your picture taken with the VH1 Blitz mascot, Iggy the Penguin, and tweet out the picture with the hashtag #VH1Blitz. VH1 will begin tweeting out locations starting on Monday.

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