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Monday
Mar282016

Jordan Smith Becomes Best-Selling Artist in "The Voice" History

Courtesy of Republic Records Jordan Smith is now the best-selling artist in The Voice history. His full-length debut album, Something Beautiful, came in at number two on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, scoring sales of more than 54,000 units in its first week.

The season-nine champ now holds the record for highest-charting album and most first-week album sales for a contestant on The Voice. He surpasses the number-six peak of both Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby and Sawyer FredericksThe Voice: The Complete Season 8 Collection. Jordan also tops the opening sales week of Cassadee Pope’s Frame by Frame, which sold 43,000 units.

Jordan additionally shattered the record for the highest album sales debut from a new artist so far this year, period, and has achieved the highest ranking on the Billboard album chart by any winner of a TV singing competition in almost five years.

Jordan will return to The Voice for a performance on April 13. He also has performances lined up for The Tavis Smiley Show on April 5 and Steve Harvey April 18.

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Monday
Mar282016

Kelly Clarkson Says "Piece by Piece" Is About "What a Father Should Be"

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson will perform on the upcoming finale of American Idol next month, but it'll be hard for her to match the emotion of her most recent performance on the show, where her rendition of her song "Piece by Piece" brought everyone, including herself, to tears.  But Kelly says that writing that song -- which is now climbing the charts in the wake of that performance -- was an emotional experience too.

Kelly crafted "Piece by Piece" after talking with her sister about how amazing it is that they both managed to find men who are great husbands and fathers, considering that their own father abandoned the family when Kelly was six.  According to Kelly, it would have been very easy for both of them to let their "daddy issues" affect them and end up with losers, but thankfully, that didn't happen.

"We just had this conversation...and it was just, we were not given good examples of fathers and just a male figure in our life loving us and not wanting anything, y'know?" she tells ABC Radio. "And that's what I think a father should be, and it's what I know they should be, watching my husband now."

Kelly, who has a daughter, River Rose, with her husband Brandon, and a son on the way, adds that having her own child is what truly made her realize what she'd missed, and how damaging her father's absence really was.

"Putting it in perspective is having a baby and going, I can't believe anyone would walk away from your baby, like, I can't imagine ever leaving her side," Kelly says. "So it just kinda brings in a whole new depth and level once you have a kid and go, 'Wow, that is a special kind of person who can [leave their children like that].'" 

In addition to Kelly, the Idol finale will also feature nearly every other American Idol champ, including Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Ruben Studdard, Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Nick Fradiani, Candice Glover, Fantastia, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Caleb Johnson.  Only Phillip Philips will be missing from the lineup, likely due to his legal dispute with 19 Recordings, the label that has the exclusive rights to sign all the Idol contestants.  Dozens of other contestants will also be participating in the three-night event, which starts April 5.

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Monday
Mar282016

Blake Shelton Set to Return to Sunday's ACM Awards to Perform

Warner NashvilleBlake Shelton may’ve given up his co-hosting gig on the ACMs, but he will be returning to this year’s awards as a performer.

Little Big Town, Charles Kelley and Old Dominion also have locked down coveted stage time on the show. They join Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton with Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, and Florida Georgia Line, who are already set to sing.

The Academy of Country Music also has unveiled its lineup of presenters. Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, actor Kiefer Sutherland and Cole Swindell are all set to hand out trophies on the show.

This year, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley team up to co-host for the first time. You can catch the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Monday
Mar282016

Guns N' Roses Rep Says It's "Untrue" Axl Rose-Fronted AC/DC Will Open for GN'R

Columbia RecordsUnconfirmed rumors continue to swirl about AC/DC supposedly tapping Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to fill in for Brian Johnson on a series of makeup dates the Australian rockers are expected to schedule later this year. However, a rep for Guns N' Roses tells ABC Radio that a new TMZ report claiming that a Rose-fronted AC/DC will be opening for GN'R on the latter group's as-yet-unannounced North American tour dates is "absolutely untrue."

TMZ has posted photos of Rose apparently emerging this past Friday from the same Atlanta rehearsal studio as most of AC/DC's members. The website claims Rose revealed last week that he'd be taking Johnson's place on a series of dates that were postponed because Brian has been experiencing severe hearing loss, though Axl hasn't made any such announcement.

Rumors about Rose possibly filling in for Johnson began circulating following a recent radio report, then caught fire after Ross Malcolm Young, the son of retired AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, supposedly shared a link to the story on his Facebook page along with the note, "It's true." While that post has apparently been taken down, screenshots of it do exist.

Friday, Guns N' Roses posted a message featuring the names of 21 North American cities that the band apparently will visit on its forthcoming trek. Currently, the group has six confirmed shows lined up in April -- two in Las Vegas, two at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California, and two in Mexico City.

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Monday
Mar282016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock What was Loretta Lynn's most recent number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER:  Loretta last visited the top spot with "Out of My Head and Back in My Bed" in 1978.

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Monday
Mar282016

Why You'll See Kelsea Ballerini Racing in Her New "Peter Pan" Video, but Not in Real Life

ABC/Image Group LAYou’ll have to wait until Thursday to get your first look at Kelsea Ballerini’s new video for her latest single, “Peter Pan,” but you can get a tiny preview in the latest issue of People. The magazine features a photo of Kelsea in the Nevada desert during the shoot, along with her co-star, model Nick Davis.  

Filmed on Valentine’s Day, the clip features some high-speed antics -- something the “Dibs” hitmaker has sworn off in real life. “I enjoy driving fast, but it’s also landed me in six car accidents,” she confesses, “so I’m not a thrill-seeker!”

Just days ago, Kelsea found out the Academy of Country Music has named her its New Female Artist of the Year. She’s also up for the Female Vocalist trophy at Sunday’s show.

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Monday
Mar282016

Todd Rundgren's "BOX O'TODD" Limited Edition Box Set In Stores Now 

Stevo RoodA limited edition boxed set by iconic 70s rocker Todd Rundgren is in stores nowBOX O'TODD, a 3-disc set, features previously unreleased live in-studio recordings, which were originally broadcast on various radio stations over the years.

The three-CD package also includes a 20-page booklet with color photos, signature guitar pick, three collectible pins and a backstage pass.

The more than three dozen tunes featured include some of the singer/songwriter's most well-known tracks, like "Hello It's Me,"  "I Saw the Light" and "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference."
 
Here's the complete track listing:

DISC 1 - Live From Philadelphia 1971 with the Hello People
1. "Banter & Soundcheck"
2. "Believe In Me"
3. "Lady On The Terrace"
4. "I Got My Pipe"
5. "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
6. "Rock All Over Again"
7. "Everybody In The Congregation"
8. "Broke Down & Busted"
9. "Tonight I Wanna Love Me A Stranger"
10. "Ooh Baby Baby"
11. "Hold Me Tight (Excerpt)"
12. "Before I Grow Too Old"
13. "Be Nice To Me"
14. "I'm Feelin' Better"
15. "The Ballad (Denny & Jean)"

DISC 2 - Ultrasonic Studios 1972 with the Hello People
1. "Broke Down & Busted"
2. "Georgia Swing"
3. "Outside Love"
4. "Piss Aaron"
5. "A Dream Goes On Forever"
6. "I Saw The Light"
7. "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
8. "Feels So Good to Be Alive"
9. "Mad Red Ant Lady"
10."Blaze"
11. "Lady On The Terrace"
12. "Slut"

DISC 3 - Counterpart Studios Cincinnati 1973 with Utopia
1. "Intro"
2. "I Saw The Light"
3. "A Dream Goes On Forever"
4. "Piss Aaron"
5." Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song"
6. "Hello It's Me"
7. "Banter"
8. "Utopia Theme"
9. "Black Maria"
10. "Hungry For Love"
11. "The Ikon (Segments)"

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Monday
Mar282016

In Current Political Climate, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Bandmates Think She’s “Lucky” to Be Canadian

ABC/John FleenorWhile Americans debate Donald Trump as a valid presidential candidate, Carly Rae Jepsen doesn't have to worry about any of that. The singer says her bandmates think she’s lucky to be Canadian at a time like this.

“After a show, the boys in the band and crew sit at the back of the bus and catch up on what’s happening in American politics,” she tells The New York Post. “The debates always end up with someone saying, ‘You’re so lucky you’re from Canada!’”

Not to mention Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is currently having a moment. Trudeau is popular among the Canadian people and he was recently welcomed to the White House for a state dinner. “He is quite beloved,” Carly says. “I know people were fangirling with him [on Instagram] when he was snowboarding recently.”

But he’s not the only Canadian enjoying the spotlight. There’s been a surge of Canadian musicians dominating the pop charts lately, including The Weeknd and Justin Bieber. So how does Carly account for this new Canadian invasion?

“I can’t speak for everyone,” she says. “But for me, I just grew up in a family where every celebration or party would end in a big jam session…I wanted to be a part of that world.”

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Monday
Mar282016

Disturbed to Perform on "Conan" Tonight 

Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed is bringing "The Sound of Silence" to Conan. The band will perform their cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic on tonight's episode of the late-night show.

Disturbed's "The Sound of Silence" cover appears on the band's latest album, Immortalized. The track currently sits at number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

This summer, Disturbed will be touring in support of Immortalized on a co-headlining trek with Breaking Benjamin.

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Monday
Mar282016

Are Ciara and Russell Skipping Prenup?

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Ciara and Russell Wilson are only a few weeks into their engagement and already there's talk of their marital arrangement.

According to Hollywood Life, the famous couple are reportedly not looking to protect themselves financially before their wedding day.

“Russell and Ciara aren’t going to have a prenup,” an insider reveals. “Even the thought of speaking such words would mean that they’re questioning their love for one another. A prenup is like a jinx. They’re not going into the marriage thinking that it won’t last. They’re diving into this full on and they don’t want bad energy clouding their marriage.”

Wilson popped the question while on vacation with Ci Ci when he presented her with a massive engagement ring.

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Monday
Mar282016

The Smashing Pumpkins Reunite with James Iha for First Time in 16 Years

Credit: Scarlet PageThe Smashing Pumpkins reunited with founding member James Iha during their show in Los Angeles Saturday night, marking the first time the guitarist has played with his old band in 16 years. Iha joined Billy Corgan and company for a performance of a few Siamese Dream songs, including "Soma" and "Mayonaise." The crowd also sang "Happy Birthday" to Iha, who turned 48 Saturday.

Iha co-founded The Smashing Pumpkins with Corgan, and stayed on until the band broke up 2000. When Corgan reformed the Pumpkins in 2006, Iha elected to not join the reunion.

Along with Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins' current touring lineup includes guitarist Jeff Schroeder and original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. With Iha's appearance during Saturday's show, the Pumpkins performed with seventy-five percent of their original lineup -- the only one missing was bassist D'arcy Wretzky.

The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the midst of their In Plainsong tour, which continues Tuesday, March 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Monday
Mar282016

Michael Stipe to Appear on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday 

Monica Schipper/FilmMagicLast September marked four years since R.E.M. officially disbanded, and frontman Michael Stipe has pretty much kept a low profile since then, aside from a few one-off live gigs.  But if you’re a fan who’s missed him, good news -- he’ll appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

As for why Stipe’s appearing?  He doesn’t have any projects in the works, at least none anyone seems to know of, but he’s apparently performing on the broadcast.  Regardless, it’ll be Stipe’s first TV appearance since his cameo as part of the all-star send-off on Stephen’s Colbert’s final edition of The Colbert Report in December, 2014.  At least, that’s what Rolling Stone reports.

Stipe will also appear this coming Thursday and Friday at a pair of sold-out New York City tribute concerts for the late David Bowie, taking place at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively.  Visit MusicOf.org for the latest info on the events.

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Monday
Mar282016

Kelly Clarkson's Daughter Not a Fan of the Easter Bunny

Ray Mickshaw/FOXKelly Clarkson's daughter River Rose Blackstock is just not a fan of holiday characters. 

Over the Easter weekend the singer attempted to visit the Easter Bunny with River Rose, but her daughter started to cry when placed on the bunny's lap.  Kelly wrote on Twitter, "Happy Easter!! River loved the Easter Bunny about as much as she loved Santa ha!"  

Back in December, Kelly shared a photo via Twitter of her daughter breaking out in tears when she was placed on Santa's lap.

However, this weekend wasn't a total tear-fest.  River Rose. who turns two in June, did appear to enjoy participating in an Easter egg hunt with her Finding Nemo basket.  Kelly posted on Twitter, "River found a golden egg & was very excited about it!"  The American Idol alum added, "She insisted on hunting w/her purse & her Dori basket. "

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Monday
Mar282016

Adele Apologizes After Fan Is Injured During Her Glasgow Concert

XL Recordings/Columbia RecordsAdele has apologized after a fan was injured by a falling chain from the production rigging at her concert in Glasgow, Scotland's SSE Hydro on Friday.

The 27-year-old "Hello" singer, unaware of the incident at the time, later tweeted, "I'm so sorry to hear that someone got hurt at my show tonight. It's being investigated to ensure it won't happen again. X."

Speaking to Scotland's Daily Record, a spokesperson for the venue says, "A chain belonging to the production came down and hit one person who was taken to hospital as a precaution. We are liaising with the production crew to ascertain what happened. This is all we know at this stage."

A concertgoer at the sold-out show posted a picture on Twitter of the rigging, which appeared to have malfunctioned.

Adele performed a second show at the arena this past Saturday. The tour continues with four dates in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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Monday
Mar282016

Check Out Taylor Swift’s Easter-Inspired Game

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift and her brother created a game for Easter, and they shared the fun with others online over the weekend.

In a series of videos posted to Twitter, the singer and her brother Austin, 24, created what they called "Easter Egg Battles 2016."

The goal? Crack the opponent's egg without cracking your own.

As they waged battle, Taylor, 26, realized she wasn't the best at the game. She even claimed her egg was faulty.

"This isn't fair! I used this one last round," she said to her brother in one video captioned, "A devastating loss."

Taylor also accused her brother of cheating.

"That's against the rules!" she said to him, while he laughed.

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Monday
Mar282016

T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle Welcome Third Child Together

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesT.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle welcomed their third child together, and seventh overall in their family, on Saturday.

The former Xscape member confirmed the news on Sunday.

In a statement, Cottle, 40, explains, “While we expected her to arrive around April 20th, our PERFECT baby girl decided March 26th was the right time for her DEBUT."

"My husband, Tip Harris, went from the stage right to the plane from his show in Las Vegas and luckily, made it to Atlanta with time to spare," the R&B singer continues.  "Our whole clan was together to see our beautiful healthy baby girl make her way into the world. Just the way I like it!!"

"We are looking forward to more exciting times with our #Lucky7,” she concludes.

The couple has two sons together, ages 11 and seven. Cottle also has a 20-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. T.I. has two sons, ages 16 and 15, and a daughter, 14, from previous relationships.

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Monday
Mar282016

Lady Gaga Celebrates Her 30th Birthday in Hollywood

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesLady Gaga, whose 30th birthday is Monday, kicked off her third decade with a star-studded birthday party at No Name Club in Hollywood over the weekend.  The bash included a performance by the singer and a special gift made by the late Michael Jackson, according to TMZ.

A few of her celebrity friends attended the party, including Taylor Swift, Kate Hudson, Pharrell, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Lisa Vanderpump and Kathy Bates.

One of the amazing gifts given to Gaga was a 1990 Jackson sketch titled "Dancing Feet." Michael reportedly created several of these drawings: one sold for nearly 25 thousand dollars in 2010. No word on who gave Gaga the sketch.

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Monday
Mar282016

Nick Jonas Says He's "Digging Deeper" On New Album, "Last Year Was Complicated"

Safe House/Island RecordsFriday, Nick Jonas released "Close," the first single from his eagerly awaited new album, Last Year Was Complicated.  Nick says the album, which is coming out in June, represents his "best work."

"I’m so incredibly excited about this record," Nick told ABC Radio late last year. "It’s been kind of a process of making it over the course of about a year.  The minute the last record came out last November, I started writing the next one, [and] got a group of songs that sort of felt like a good first step." 

He says he worked on writing and recording "in between shooting different projects" -- such as his TV series Kingdom and his role in Fox's Scream Queens -- and adds, "I really feel like I’m doing my best work on this."  Nick says one thing that was important to him in making the album was turning his real-life experiences into songs, even if it was a painful process.

"It’s been all about tapping into what I’m trying to say, and saying more than just the easy version of what the song could be, y’know?" he tells ABC Radio. "And digging deeper, and challenging my collaborators and myself to do something that I think is different and excellent and communicates the point that I’m trying to make."

So far, the response to "Close" -- which is about how Nick "can't open up and be vulnerable with someone" -- has been positive, to say the least.  Nick tweeted, "The love for this song and launch of this new album has been overwhelming. I am humbled and so grateful to my amazing fans."  That means that expectations will be high for the new album, especially in the wake of how well Nick's recent hits like "Jealous" have done.

"It’s more pressure, and more freeing -- it’s both," Nick says of the solo success he's experienced since the breakup of The Jonas Brothers. "It’s moments where I’m thrilled and feeling the most free I’ve ever been in my life, and then there are moments where I stress about the next steps."

He adds, "With success comes the pressure to have more success, and it’s a shame that sometimes it’s that, and not necessarily just being able to enjoy it.  So, I’m finding that balance." 

Last Year Was Complicated comes out June 10.  Billboard reports that Nick revealed last week that the odd title of the new album was inspired by none other than Jay Z, whose company Roc Nation partnered with Nick's management company PhillyMack last year.  Apparently, Jay asked Nick about what he'd been going through lately.  When Nick replied, "Last year was complicated," Jay told him he'd found his new album title.

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Monday
Mar282016

Gwen Stefani Earns First Solo #1 Album with "This Is What the Truth Feels Like"

Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani's latest solo album has debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart.

This Is What the Truth Feels Like tallied 84 thousand equivalent album units, including 76 thousand in pure album sales, for the week ending Thursday.

It's Gwen's first #1 as a solo artist. Her previous two solo efforts, 2004's Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and 2006's The Sweet Escape, reached #5 and #3, respectively, on the Billboard 200.

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Monday
Mar282016

The Rolling Stones Entertain Crowd of 500,000 at Havana Concert

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThe Rolling Stones' concert in Havana, Cuba, on Friday was an historic event, and it lived up to all the hype, according to Rolling Stone.

The free concert -- which drew about a half a million people -- was the biggest in the country's history, and the band didn't disappoint, treating the crowd to a two-hour 18-song set in the 80-degree heat.

The Stones kicked off the evening with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," followed by "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" and "Tumbling Dice." In between, Mick Jagger greeted the crowd in Spanish, declaring, "This is a new time."

The hits kept coming with the Stones' classics "Angie" and "Paint It Black." Keith Richards took over the lead vocals for "You Got the Silver," telling the crowd, "Maybe I'll just stay here forever." Mick rejoined the band for "Midnight Rambler," which featured Richards' and Ronnie Wood's dueling guitars.

Jagger and company finished off their regular set with "Miss You," "Gimme Shelter," "Start Me Up," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Brown Sugar."

The legendary rockers delivered a two-song encore that included "You Can't Always Get What You Want" -- which featured backing vocals from a local choral group -- followed by "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

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