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Thursday
Jul112013

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Reportedly Engaged to Model Jessica Miller

George Pimentel/WireImageLars Ulrich has gotten engaged to his girlfriend, model Jessica Miller. That's according to the Las Vegas Informer, which reports that the Metallica drummer was out Monday night celebrating their engagement with some of the couple's family members at N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

This will be Ulrich's third marriage.  He wed Debbie Jones in 1988 and Skylar Satenstein in 1997, with whom he had two sons, Myles and Layne.  Ulrich also has a third son, Bryce, with Danish-born actress Connie Nielsen.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Adele Not Secretly Married to Partner

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsIf you happen to stumble upon a rumor that Adele has secretly married her partner, Simon Konecki, you can ignore it.

According to the U.K. edition of Marie Claire magazine, the rumor began when a fan posted on Twitter a picture of the Grammy winner -- allegedly taken during a recent Robbie Williams concert in London -- in which she is wearing a diamond band on her ring finger. Turns out the photo is from 2011.

Adele and Simon Konecki welcomed their son, reportedly named Angelo, last October.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Chris Brown Teases Fans With New Baby-Making Song

Sony Music EntertainmentChris Brown recently tweeted a link to a new song that could potentially land on his upcoming album, X.

Posted on his new website, TheChrisBrownChannel.com, the singer gives fans a quick video snippet of the mid-tempo track.  In the sepia-toned clip, Breezy is seen hanging out inside his home and lights up what appears to be a cigarette. He then turns up the volume to his new song and lip-syncs along to the lyrics.

"Its just gonna be me and you together/One on one when I love you babe/One on one when I love you babe," he sings on the hook.

In addition to the new teaser, Brown has recently opened up about what fans can expect of his upcoming duet, "Put It Up," with his former girlfriend, Rihanna.

"What works with us is that we have similar ways of creating music. It’s as effortless as can be,” he tells HollywoodLife.com.  “It’s more of an R&B record.  I wanted to do an R&B record with Rihanna because I didn’t want it to be the same pop sound as before, something different than what you’d expect from us,” he adds.

Brown's follow-up to 2012's Fortune is scheduled to arrive later this year via RCA Records.

In related news, you can catch Chris performing at The Today Show Summer Concert Series alongside Alicia Keys on August 30.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Morrissey Postpones South American Tour Due to “Severe Food Poisoning”

Jim Dyson/Getty Images)Bad news for Morrissey fans: the singer has just postponed his entire leg of South American tour dates due to illness.

According to El Comerico, a concert promoter in Peru revealed that the former Smiths frontman was forced to pull out of the upcoming dates so that he and some members of his team can recover from a bout of “severe food poisoning.”

Morrissey has canceled quite a few dates over the last year due to his ongoing health problems. Back in March, he postponed 22 dates of his North American tour because he suffered from a series of what he termed “medical mishaps,” including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus -- that a complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, which causes heartburn.  

In other Morrissey news, the singer’s concert movie, Morrissey 25: Live, is expected to arrive in theaters on August 29. The film documents his March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Pearl Jam to Release New Album, "Lightning Bolt", in October

PearlJam.comThis is the moment you’ve been waiting for Pearl Jam fans.  The band has just announced that they will release their tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15.

The band revealed the good news on their website Thursday afternoon, posting a 41-second video that features footage of the guys working on the upcoming release in a recording studio.  At the end of the clip, the album’s artwork and release date are revealed, along with the name of the record’s first single, “Mind Your Manners.”  Lightning Bolt’s artwork features a giant black and red eye with a lightning bolt in the center of it, along with two other bolts on either side of an antenna that sits on top of it.

To give you an idea of what you can expect from the release, the band has posted a stream of "Mind Your Manners" on their YouTube channel.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Elton John's Insurance to Pay Out Millions to Promoters After Tour Postponement

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John’s insurance company will pay out a sizable sum of money to cover the postponement/cancellation of several European tour dates due to his battle with appendicitis.

Elton won’t be able to make up some of the performances because they were scheduled for summer festivals, so fans who were hoping to see him there will receive refunds.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, Elton's insurance company will fork over as much as 10 million British pounds -- more than 15 million American dollars -- to promoters to cover lost revenue. A source says, “Artists have insurance for the promoters’ liability. Elton is insured so they get their money back or they can have another concert. It has all been taken care of and will be rescheduled. No promoter will be out of pocket.”

The source adds, “Elton even spoke to some of the festival promoters to apologize because he has been working with them for so long.”

Elton is expected to resume touring in early September, after he recovers from his upcoming surgery.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Justin Bieber Calls Former President Clinton to Apologize for TMZ Video

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramEven Justin Bieber realizes he crossed a line when he sprayed cleaning fluid on a photo of Bill Clinton and said, “F**k Bill Clinton!” after urinating into a restaurant mop bucket in New York earlier this year.

Justin has revealed on Twitter that he reached out to the former president after TMZ earlier this week posted a video of his escapades. He wrote, “@billclinton thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant a lot. #greatguy.”

A source tells Us Weekly that the Bieb placed a call to Clinton on Wednesday and apologized for his comments. The source adds, "President Clinton took it in jest, and said, 'If that is the worst thing you have ever done, all is well.'"

Clinton reportedly encouraged Justin during the call to “focus on the good he does in the world.” To that end, Justin is said to have offered to help the Clinton Global Initiative, which was founded by the former president to take action on global issues.

According to Us Weekly, Justin told Clinton that the video footage was sold to TMZ by some friends.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Ciara Teams With Rick Ross on "Boy Outta Here"

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If you failed to cop the Target edition of Ciara's self-titled album, you missed out on a bonus track called "Boy Outta Here." The up-tempo cut includes guest verses and grunts from Rick Ross, marking the first time the duo has ever recorded together.

"Got a girl and you still trying to holla (Boy outta here)/Got a Benz but you're staying with your momma (Boy outta here)," Ci Ci sings on the Underdogs-produced record.

"Your speaking in a language, that I don't understand boy/I'm looking for someone that ain't afraid to be a man," Ciara adds.

Her latest album, which includes collaborations with Nicki Minaj, B.o.B and her boyfriend, Future, is in stores now.

Ciara's smash hit, "Body Party" -- which is number one on the radio chart -- has jumped from #34 to #25 in its 11th week on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, her new single, "I'm Out" with Nicki, is the week’s top new entry at #50.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Kings of Leon to Release New Single, “Supersoaker,” Next Week

RCA RecordsKings of Leon has set a release date for “Supersoaker” the first single from the group’s upcoming album, Mechanical Bull, due out September 24. Starting Wednesday, July 17, the track will be available for purchase at all the usual digital outlets.

You’ll get your chance to hear the band perform “Supersoaker” when the guys drop by NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 22.

The day after their appearance, Kings of Leon will perform at the Rock for Oklahoma benefit concert to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma in May. That event takes place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and will also feature sets by The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and a number of special surprise guests.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Jay-Z Shoots "Picaso Baby"; Behind-the-Scenes Footage Leaks

Facebook.com/Jay-ZJay-Z is on a roll.

Footage has surfaced online of the rap titan shooting a video for “Picasso Baby,” a new track off his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

For nearly six hours on Wednesday, the rapper shut down the Pace Gallery in New York, allowing fans to flock the set and take pictures of the mogul as he performed for the upcoming video.

Directed by Mark Romanek, Hov was joined on-set by Wale, Judd Apatow, Jerry Saltz, Adam Driver and performance artist Marina Abramovic, according to MissInfo.tv.

The news comes after Jay recently collected his platinum plaque for Magna Carta Holy Grail, which received one million downloads.

According to early reports, Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album is on pace to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 charts next week, with sales projections estimating around 475,000 to 525,000 physical copies sold its first week in retail outlets.

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Thursday
Jul112013

The Band Perry's Fans Are Turning "DONE." into Their Personal Anthem

Facebook.com/TheBandPerryWhile The Band Perry's latest hit, "DONE.," seems to address the abrupt end of a relationship, the group has heard stories of fans applying the lyrics to a lot of different scenarios.

"It's cool, it really taps into a sentiment more than a story," Kimberly Perry tells the Tahoe Daily Tribune. "We’ve seen a lot of feedback from our fans that says ‘All I want to be is done with school so I can get on to the summer,’ or ‘All I want to be is done with my diet so I can get back to eating chocolate.’ So it’s been really cool to see them take the song and use it for whatever they need it for.”

The Band Perry has a different reason for celebrating their latest single from their sophomore album, Pioneer.  Kimberly says, "It was the very last one written for Pioneer. So it was very fitting that the title was called 'DONE.'"

The Band Perry will perform "DONE." and several other songs from Pioneer at their show in West Fargo, ND on Saturday.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Paul McCartney Drummer Says Rock Legend's Next Album Will Feature "a Lot of Different Styles"

MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.For quite a few months, news reports have been trickling out about Paul McCartney's upcoming studio album suggesting that it will offer an eclectic mix of styles.  Now, McCartney's longtime touring drummer, Abe Laboriel Jr., has offered some hints of his own about what fans can expect from the record.

In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Laboriel reveals that Sir Paul has assembled "a wealth of material" for the new collection, which he confirms includes "a lot of different styles."

The 42-year-old beat keeper adds the McCartney's new music is "very youthful -- aggressively rock at times, and singer-songwriter, insular and intimate, at others."

Laboriel also notes that the former Beatles legend seems to constantly be coming up ideas for new tunes.

"Even if he's making a little fruit salad, he's humming a tune or whistling away," Abe explains.  "The music doesn't stop around him.  It's beautiful."

The drummer also points out that even though he's 71, McCartney continues to have incredible stamina when he's performing on stage.  He notes that after their shows, which usually run close to three hours' long, "I'm completely wiped out.  I've run the marathon.  It's amazing -- he's still bouncing around."

Laboriel suggests that McCartney's resilience is tied to just how much he loves to perform, which, he maintains, "gives us confidence that there's no sign of this gig slowing down."

McCartney's next concert takes place Friday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.  No word yet about when the new album might be arriving.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Brian Wilson, David Bowie Included on GQ's "Worst Rappers of All Time" List

Disney Pearl Records; MSO PRBrian Wilson and David Bowie are widely respected for their ability to create memorable pop and rock songs, but their forays into rap music have landed them on GQ magazine's list of the 25 worst rappers of all time.

Wilson lands at #16 on the tally, thanks to an obscure tune titled "Smart Girls" that was slated to appear on a never-released 1991 album called Sweet Insanity.  The tune features the Beach Boys mastermind awkwardly musing about why he likes women with brains, as samples of classic songs by his old band appear randomly throughout the track.  GQ says, "Wilson's rapping is on par with Biz Markie's singing."

As for Bowie, he shares the #14 spot with actor Mickey Rourke, who traded spoken-word lines in the middle of the song "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)," which appeared on David's 1987 Never Let Me Down album.  "How did this even happen?" GQ asks about the unlikely collaboration.  "Bowie had gone crazy because of the international success of 'Let's Dance.'  Rourke had gone crazy because he was Mickey Rourke."

Also making the cut are Madonna and Prince, who finish in 15th and 12th places, respectively.  The magazine turns a critical eye on Madonna's 2003 single "American Life," describing it as "banal," while it chides Prince for being "beat-deaf" and for his stiff rapping on such early '90s tunes as "My Name Is Prince" and "Days of Wild."

Other notables on the list include Puff Daddy, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Pitbull, actor Joaquin Phoenix, comedian Tom Green, Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline and -- to quote GQ -- "the two guys in the Black Eyed Peas who aren't Will.i.am."

Topping the list is the rock/rap group Insane Clown Posse.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Brian Wilson, David Bowie Included on "GQ" Magazine's "Worst Rappers of All Time" List

Disney Pearl Records; MSO PRBrian Wilson and David Bowie are widely respected for their ability to create memorable pop and rock songs, but their forays into rap music have landed them on GQ magazine's list of the 25 worst rappers of all time.

Wilson lands at #16 on the tally, thanks to an obscure tune titled "Smart Girls" that was slated to appear on a never-released 1991 album called Sweet Insanity.  The tune features the Beach Boys mastermind awkwardly musing about why he likes women with brains, as samples of classic songs by his old band appear randomly throughout the track.  GQ says, "Wilson's rapping is on par with Biz Markie's singing."

As for Bowie, he shares the #14 spot with actor Mickey Rourke, who traded spoken-word lines in the middle of the song "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)," which appeared on David's 1987 Never Let Me Down album.  "How did this even happen?" GQ asks about the unlikely collaboration.  "Bowie had gone crazy because of the international success of 'Let's Dance.'  Rourke had gone crazy because he was Mickey Rourke."

Other notables on the magazine's worst-rappers list include Prince, Madonna, Puff Daddy, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Pitbull, actor Joaquin Phoenix, comedian Tom Green, Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline and -- to quote GQ -- "the two guys in the Black Eyed Peas who aren't Will.i.am."

Topping the tally is the rock/rap group Insane Clown Posse.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Ciara Releases Two New Videos Shorts

Facebook.com/CiaraCiara has issued two more video snippets for songs from her recently released, self-titled album.

The new visuals include one for the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Livin It Up” and another for “Read My Lips.” They join previously issued video shorts for "DUI" and "Sophomore" -- all of which were directed by Hannah Lux Davis.

“I did video snippets of many of the songs on the album for my fans so they can have the best experience of my music possible,” CiCi said in a statement. “I wanted my fans to see the music for the first time while they are also hearing it.”

Meanwhile, CiCi's hit single, "Body Party" continues to ride high on urban radio.  Her latest album, Ciara, currently sits at number two on the iTunes chart, behind Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.

After appearing on a slew of high-profile television shows, Ciara recently tweeted that she will continue her 106 & Park  take over on BET for the remainder of the week.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz Featured in ABC Country Music Special

KellyClarkson.comKelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will be featured in a country music special on ABC next month.

They are among the performers listed for CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, airing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time on August 12.  The special was taped last month at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Country group Little Big Town will host the special, which will feature appearances by the cast of A&E's Duck Dynasty and stars from ABC's Nashville.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Gary Allan Celebrates All the "Pieces" of His Life in New Single

MCA NashvilleGary Allan has lived a very colorful life filled with a lot of interesting characters.  Those relationships shaped who Gary is today and also inspired his latest single, "Pieces."

Gary says, "I always believe that no matter who you meet, you take something from that person.  You meet them for a reason, especially anybody that’s in your life for any length of time."

While some of those pieces he's taken from people are positive and some are negative, Gary celebrates the whole person those pieces have created in his latest single.

"It's what you've been through that makes you," Gary explains, "and to me, that's what 'Pieces' is."

"Pieces" is the follow up to Gary's latest #1 hit, "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)."  Both songs are included on his latest album, Set You Free, in stores now.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Snoop Dogg to Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest

PRNewsFoto/Sony Computer Entertainment AmericaSnoop Dogg will be one of the headliners at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, festival organizers have announced.

Fun Fun Fun takes place November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, but there's no word yet about which date Snoop will be performing on.

The 8th annual edition of the eccletic festival will also include Big K.R.I.T, Lupe Fiasco, Ice-T, M.I.A., and many others.

To see the full artist roster and to get your tickets to the event, visit FunFunFunFest.com.

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Thursday
Jul112013

MGMT, Slayer to Perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Facebook.com/FunFunFunFestMGMT and Slayer are part of an eclectic list of artists who will participate in Fun Fun Fun Fest, which takes place November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. This year's lineup also includes former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, The Polyphonic Spree and The Walkmen, among others.

In addition to the performances, the festival will feature a comedy stage and skateboarding attraction. The full lineup of comedians and skateboarders will be revealed on August 3.

To see the full artist roster and to get your tickets to the event, visit FunFunFunFest.com.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Calling All Mermaids: Train Launches Summer Tour with Gavin DeGraw & The Script

Trainline.comGet your fishtails out of the closet: Train is kicking off its big Mermaids of Alcatraz tour tonight, and -- as a nod to the band's song "Mermaid" -- fans who show up in costume at concert dates have a chance to score ticket upgrades for premium seats. The tour kicks off in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at Farm Bureau Live.

All you have to do, says singer Pat Monahan, is arrive at the concert in your best mermaid finery.  "They'll be a group of people with us the entire time, kind of keeping an eye on people that are dressed up," he explains. "And they'll be, like, 'Hey, you guys look amazing, come on up, and you're gonna have a fun time up in row two, instead of back in the grass.'"

Of course, Train's male fans aren't thrilled with this concept because, understandably, they're not down with the idea of dressing like Ariel. 

"There are a lot of guys that are, like, 'Dude, you gotta like let us dress up like pirates, or something,'" says Pat. "Because all these girls are going to be getting sweet seats if they have nice costumes, and then we always have girls come up and do 'Mermaid' with us [onstage]. And so they're going to get all that stuff.  And these guys are like, 'What about us?" So we're going to have to figure something out."

On the other hand, Pat says, there are some male fans who welcome the challenge of going head-to-head with the ladies. "I know that there are a couple of guys that are like, 'I'm going to blast out a mermaid outfit that's gonna beat all them b***hes!,'" laughs Pat. "And that's really awesome to me."

As for why the tour is called Mermaids of Alcatraz, well, the "mermaid" part is obvious, but Alcatraz, the famous prison, is a big landmark in the band's hometown of San Francisco.  And, explains Pat, it offers a nice balance.

"'Mermaid' is a very feminine name, so like how do you 'cool' that out or give it any kind of masculinity?" he says. "And then you think, 'A mermaid from Alcatraz, she's a bad-a**, you know, probably has a little hair on her chest.' And that was the idea, so we kind of just brainstormed it."

In addition to all the costume shenanigans, the tour will, of course, offer great music, not only from Train, but from their opening acts: The Script, Gavin DeGraw, and Michael Franti, best known for his hit "Say Hey (I Love You)."  Pat says Train is happy to be touring with three acts that they have such great relationships with.

"The Script, we've been friends with those guys since we were on the VH1 cruise two years ago, and then Gavin, we've known him for eternity," says Pat.  "Michael Franti, he's someone we look up to actually."  Pat recalls that before Train even had a record deal, they aw Michael at a festival outside their mutual hometown of San Francisco. "I remember watching him onstage and just being in awe," Pat recalls. "And then I went and met him, and he was so good to me that I was like, 'I'm just going to be that guy's fan forever."

Overall, Pat says that Train is thankful that they can do a big summer tour like this -- a tour that's even bigger than the one they did in 2011 with Maroon 5.  "I think most of the shows during that tour were like, y'know, ten to twenty thousand people, and this is exceeding that," he points out. "And so, whether it's because the economy is a little better than it was back then, or you know the fact that we've kind of sustained through it all...we're just really grateful."

The tour wraps up August 14.

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