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Tuesday
Jul092013

Robin Thicke Tapped for Apple's iTunes Festival 

Facebook.com/RobinThickeRobin Thicke has been added to the official line-up for Apple's upcoming iTunes Festival later this year.

"Come see me at this years #iTunesFestival on Sept 28th. It's free for UK and all others can stream it live!" Thicke tweeted Monday night.

The "Blurred Lines" singer joins previously confirmed acts including John Legend and Justin Timberlake, with more performers to be announced.  The free concert series, taking place London's Roundhouse venue, will include more than 60 performers.

As Thicke mentioned in his tweet, the shows will be streamed live via the official app, on the iTunes Store and via Apple TV.  The annual festival traditionally has taken place in July, but this year runs from September 1 to September 30.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Randy Travis's PR Firm Denies Heart Surgery Reports

Webster PRRandy Travis's PR firm is denying reports that the 54-year-old singer underwent heart surgery.

People magazine quoted Travis's sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick, as saying the singer had heart surgery Monday. However, Randy Travis's publicist issued a statement later in the day, declaring that Travis didn't undergo heart surgery, but instead underwent a procedure to implant a device that helps support blood flow in people with weakened hearts.

Travis has been hospitalized since Sunday and remains in critical condition while receiving treatment for viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle.  He says through his publicist, "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

Fans can send well wishes to the following address:

Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, TX 76721

Travis is getting a lot of well wishes on Twitter. Keith Urban writes, "Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis."

Scotty McCreery says, "My thoughts and prayers are with @randytravis today. Praying for a great recovery for a true Country music and North Carolina legend!

Lance Armstrong added, "Thoughts go out to @randytravis. Heal up soon my man! One of country music's greatest voices ever."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Selena Gomez's Breakup Ballad May Feature Justin Bieber Voicemail

Image courtesy Selena Gomez via TwitterSelena Gomez has already confirmed that one of the songs on her new album, Stars Dance, is about her breakup with Justin Bieber.  But she hadn’t mentioned that she duets with Justin on “Love Will Remember.”

Well, kind of.  “Love Will Remember” leaked online this week, and it begins with a voicemail from a man who reportedly may be Justin.  According to The Huffington Post, which listened to the song before it was pulled off the Internet, the man in the voicemail says, “Hey babe, it's me.  I just want to call and tell you that I love you so, so, so, so much.  I just wanted to let you know that you are my princess.  You are worthy of all the love in the world.  You are the love of my life."

There’s been no confirmation that the man is indeed Justin.

Selena addressed “Love Will Remember” in the June issue of InStyle, calling it “the most personal track on the record for sure.”  She also said she was “sure” Justin will love it.

Stars Dance is due out July 23.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Man Arrested at Taylor Swift Concert After Alleged Facebook Threat

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowA 28-year-old man was arrested at Taylor Swift’s concert in Pittsburgh Saturday night after police say he threatened her on Facebook.

According to KDKA-TV, police say Joseph Jackson of Clarksburg, Pennsylvania, also brought posters to the concert venue, Heinz Field, that read “I luv you” and “Taylor Swift is with Satan.”

Jackson was removed from his seat after Taylor’s security team informed police about him. Police records state that Jackson told the arresting officers “Taylor Swift is Satan and that 6,000 years is six days and death comes on the sixth day, so Taylor Swift is in danger.”

Jackson has been jailed and is expected to undergo a mental evaluation.

The KDKA-TV report cites sources who say that Taylor’s security team is “very proactive” in reacting to threats directed at her.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Featured on Tonight’s Episode of "Counting Cars"

Dana Nalbandian/WireImageFive Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook will be making a special guest appearance on the History channel’s Counting Cars. The guitarist, an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, is a personal friend of the show’s host, Danny Koker.

"I'm a great admirer of Danny's custom motorcycle work,” says Hook in a statement. “We both live in Las Vegas and I stop by the shop from time to time. It's crazy that he has his own hit show now, [and] it's even crazier that I got to sit in on an episode!"

The Counting Cars episode featuring Hook will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on History channel.

In other 5FDP news, the group will release the first part of their upcoming double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, on July 30. The second installment of the record will be released sometime in the fall.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Mumford & Sons Get Multiplied in “Babel” Video

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons rock out with a number of their clones in the new video for “Babel,” the title track from the group’s Grammy-winning album.  

In the black-and-white clip, the group performs “Babel” in a large empty music hall while the camera slowly pans around the room to reveal multiple versions of the band playing the song.

In other Mumford & Sons news, the band has announced that they’ll be releasing a limited-edition vinyl box set of select tracks from Babel. Titled Babel: The 7-Inch Single Collectors Edition, the package includes five records which feature singles “I Will Wait,” “Lover of the Light,” “Whispers in the Dark,” “Babel” and “Hopeless Wanderer.” While the vinyl set has yet to receive a firm release date, it is expected to be released sometime in September.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Elton John Suffering from Appendicitis, Postpones European Tour Dates

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John has been forced to postpone several upcoming European tour dates due to a bout with appendicitis.

According to a post on his website, the 66-year-old Elton was diagnosed with “appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis,” after he fell ill during his current European tour. He is currently taking antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks.

Sir Elton’s postponed dates include a headlining performance at London’s Hyde Park that was scheduled for Friday. A concert will still be held in Hyde Park that day, with previously-announced artists Ray Davies of The Kinks and Elvis Costello remaining on the bill.

Elton will not resume his tour until early September, when he’s expected to be fully recovered, according to his rep.

Elton has a handful of dates lined up in the U.K. and Germany for the first half of September, including a just-announced concert for London’s iTunes Festival on September 12. He kicks off a month-long residency in Las Vegas on September 18.

Elton's new album, The Diving Board, is due out September 24.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Ex-Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's New Solo Album Features Joe Perry, Other Stars

Glass Onyon PRSteve Hunter, the lauded guitarist whose fluid playing is featured on classic recordings by Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel, has released a new solo album in which he returns to the blues music that inspired him at an early age.  The Manhattan Blues Project features a impressive list of guest artists, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani, ex-King Crimson bassist Tony Levin and Johnny Depp.

In a video interview promoting the record, Hunter says he wanted the new collection to reflect his love for both the blues and New York City.

"Most albums I hear in regards to New York generally [are] jazzy, which is cool, but I wanted to do something different," he explains.  "I wanted to do something in a bluesy way, because I kind of saw the more soulful part of Manhattan."

The 12-track collection, which includes mostly original compositions, also features covers of Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On."  It worth noting that Hunter contributed lead guitar to the original version of "Solsbury Hill."

Perry and Depp play together on a 12-bar blues tune titled "The Brooklyn Shuffle."  "I was thrilled when that happened," declares Hunter.  "I told them both, 'Plug the guitars in and have a blast,' and it sounds like to me they did."

The Manhattan Blues Project is available for purchase now at the CD Baby website and via iTunes.  Visit TheManhattanBluesProject.com for more information about the record.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Brian McKnight, Coolio and More to Star in VH1's New Series "Miss U Much"

Facebook.com/BrianMcKnightAre you ready to reconnect with celebrities from the early '90s?

Later this month, viewers will be able to tune in to a new series premiering on VH1 called Miss U Much, which will profile three of its favorite celebrities each week to see what they’ve been up to.

Hosted by comedian Catherine Reitman, the series will focus on famous faces like rapper Coolio, R&B legend Brian McKnight, and rapper-turned-actor Romeo Miller, as well as noted actors including Robin Thicke’s dad, Alan Thicke from Growing Pains, Family Matters star Darius McCrary, Lark Voorhies  from Saved By the Bell, and much more.

Miss U Much, an 8-episode, half-hour series, will premiere Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Scotty McCreery's Former Manager Files Lawsuit Claiming Non-Payment; McCreery Denies Allegations

Mercury/19/InterscopeScotty McCreery has been hit with a lawsuit by a music industry veteran who says he served as Scotty's manager but was never paid.

In a suit filed in Chancery Court in Nashville last week, Todd Cassetty says that he served as McCreery's manager from October 2012 to April 2013, during which time he was promised the industry standard 15-20 percent of McCreery's gross earnings.  But he alleges that he was never paid.

Furthermore, he claims that when he severed ties with McCreery, Scotty's mother, Judy, stepped in and changed the terms of the prior deal, offering only two percent of gross revenues for the period. 

Cassetty and McCreery never memorialized their agreement in writing -- although Cassetty's complaint cites e-mails hashing out the specifics and notes that last November McCreery approved a press release announcing Cassetty as his "exclusive manager."

The suit accuses Scotty, his mom and his management company with breach of contract, "unjust enrichment" and fraud.  Cassetty is seeking actual and punitive damages from McCreery as well as payment of his legal costs.

McCreery claims there is no truth to these allegations, calling them "an attempt to embarrass me and my family."

The singer says in a statement, "I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this."

McCreery adds, "The facts will come out when we have our day in court."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Schedules Autograph Signings at Guitar Center Locations

Larry Marano/Getty ImagesDave Mustaine will be making a few pit stops during Megadeth's Gigantour outing to hang out with some fans.  The singer/guitarist has announced that he'll be appearing at a number of Guitar Center locations to take part in a special meet-and-greet event where he'll sign autographs for those in attendance.

Mustaine will be at Guitar Center Dallas in Dallas this Friday; Guitar Center Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City on July 16; and Guitar Center Brookfield in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on July 19.  The events will begin at 5 p.m. local time each night.

While Megadeth is in Oklahoma City, the band also will participate in a fundraiser to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, in May.  The guys will be playing in an all-star softball game at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex on July 15.  Fans who attend the game will be asked to make a $5 donation, which benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

In addition, Megadeth will donate all the proceeds from their July 16 Gigantour concert at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Jennifer Hudson's "Winnie Mandela" Biopic Gets Release Date

AristaAfter a couple false starts, fans will finally be able to see Jennifer Hudson star in the upcoming biopic Winnie Mandela, later this year.

Image Entertainment announced its acquisition of domestic distribution rights for the flick, which also features Terrence Howard, who portrays Nelson Mandela.

"Both Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard deliver powerful performances that depict the lives of two influential people of our time. They are a force to be reckoned with on screen, showcasing the Mandelas’ journey through their struggles and triumphs," Bill Bromiley, chief acquisitions officer for Image Entertainment said in a release.

IMDB.com describes the Darrell Roodt-directed movie as a "drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration."

The film will reportedly hit theaters on September 6.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

The Weeknd Announces Fall Tour

Facebook.com/TheWeekndThe Weeknd will embark on a 28-city North American outing beginning in September.

The Canadian singer's The Fall tour will kick off at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on September 6.  The tour will travel to major U.S. cities including Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago before wrapping up with a three-night stand in his hometown of Toronto on October 17, 19 and 20.

The trek will coincide with the release of The Weeknd's upcoming sophomore album, Kiss Land, which is expected to arrive "at the end of the summer," according to a press release.  Back in May, the R&B crooner treated fans to the nearly eight-minute title track for the new project.

Australian electronic dance singer Anna Lunoe and singer-songwriter Banks have been chosen by The Weeknd himself as opening acts for the outing.

 There are The Weekend's The Fall tour dates:

9/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
9/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum Theatre
9/10 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
9/13 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/14 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/20 -- Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
9/22 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
9/23 -- Cedar Park, TX, Cedar Park Center
9/24 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
9/26 -- Tampa, FL, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
9/27 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
9/28 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
10/1 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
10/2 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/4 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
10/5 -- Washington, D.C.,  DAR Constitution Hall
10/7 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/8 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/11 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/14 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/15 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
10/17 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
10/20 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Jason Aldean Feels Right at Home Performing in Boston

Greenroom PRJason Aldean pulls his Night Train tour into Fenway Park in Boston for a two-night stand this Friday and Saturday. The shows have been sold out for months now.  Though Jason feels right at home performing in Boston these days, he wasn't sure his brand of country music would be accepted there when he first played Boston.

Jason tells The Boston Herald, "The first time I played around here, opening for Tim McGraw, it was an eye-opening deal.  You always expect to do well in the South and Texas, but places like Boston or the Northwest were a surprise.  Now the right show can play anywhere."

Jason has Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and newcomer Thomas Rhett joining him for the Fenway Park shows.  He'll take the Night Train tour to Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 20.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

The Black Keys Sponsor Little League Team in Hometown

Danny ClinchThe Black Keys has given a special gift to a little league team in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. The group has donated $300 for the purchase of jerseys, bearing the band’s name, for a team in the West Akron Baseball League, reports TMZ.

Drummer Patrick Carney told the gossip website that he used to play for the West Akron Baseball League when he was a kid and was asked to sponsor the team by his best friend from childhood. Carney adds that after the season is over, he and frontman Dan Auerbach have agreed to autograph each one of their jersey as a keepsake.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Former "American Idol" Finalist Stefano Langone Parts Ways with Management Companies

Hollywood RecordsStefano Langone, who finished in seventh place on the 2011 season of American Idol, has split from his managers.

Stefano, 24, tells The Hollywood Reporter he parted ways with 19 Entertainment and Red Light Management earlier this year. They way he explains it, he wasn’t on the same page with either company.

The singer says of 19 Entertainment, which helps produce Idol, “It really just came down to one thing: my vision -- what I wanted to do and the amount of time that we were actually engaging with each other. I rarely ever talked to 19 Entertainment about anything relating to my career and where I wanted to go.”

Stefano, who will now represent himself, is currently working on new music with his record label, Hollywood Records. So far, he’s only released two singles during his time with the label.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Elton John Suffering from Appendicitis, Postpones European Tour Dates

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John has been forced to postpone several upcoming European tour dates because of a bout with appendicitis.

According to a post on John's official website, the 66-year-old pop-rock legend was diagnosed with "appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis" after he fell ill during his current European trek. He currently is taking antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks.

Among the shows affected by Sir Elton's illness is a scheduled headlining performance at London's Hyde Park that was to have taken place this Friday.  The concert, part of the British Summer Time series, will still go on that day with previously announced sets from Ray Davies of The Kinks and Elvis Costello, but it now will be a free event.

John will not resume his tour until early September, when he's expected to be fully recovered, according to his rep.

Elton has a handful of dates lined up in the U.K. and Germany for the first half of September, including a just-announced concert in conjunction with London's iTunes Festival on September 12.  He kicks off a new month-long installment of his ongoing Las Vegas residency on September 18.

John's new stduio album, The Diving Board, is due out September 24.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Dierks Bentley to Perform Benefit Concert for Fallen Arizona Firefighters

Greenroom PRArizona native Dierks Bentley will return to his home state this month to headline a benefit concert for the families of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The Country Cares Concert will take place July 22 at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ.  All proceeds will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities for direct distribution to the families.  

The fallen firefighters left behind 51 children. Dierks looks forward to honoring the memory of these brave members of the Prescott Fire Department.

He says, "I was and still am devastated by this tragic event in my home state. I certainly can't imagine what these families are enduring, but I do believe in the healing power of music and hope as many Arizonans as possible can come out and be part of this event.”  

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, and more stars will be added to the lineup. Go to Dierks.com for more information.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Randy Travis Had Heart Surgery, According to His Sister-in-Law

Webster PRRandy Travis had heart surgery Monday, according to his sister-in-law. Teresa Traywick, the wife of Randy's brother Ricky Traywick, tells People magazine, "We have been told he has had surgery. Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family."

She adds, "Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps."

Randy Travis is listed in critical condition in a Texas hospital, suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscles. He is 54 years old.

The singer has been getting a lot of get-well wishes on Twitter. Keith Urban writes, "Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis."

Lance Armstrong adds, "Thoughts go out to @randytravis. Heal up soon my man! One of country music's greatest voices ever."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Ray Davies Says He Wishes The Kinks Could Have Reunited at Last Year's London Olympics

Ian Brodie/Decca Label GroupThe Kinks haven't performed together since 1996, but the group's leader, Ray Davies, says that if circumstances had been a little different, they might have reunited last year for the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London.

"I would've liked The Kinks to have done it in truth but…we unfortunately weren't around as the band," the singer explained recently to HamHigh.co.uk about the event, at which he performed solo.

The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also admitted that he still is open to a Kinks reunion, but only under certain conditions.

"If we were still relevant and had new music to perform, I'd be up for it," he said.  "The thing is, you've got to keep evolving -- I always have new interests."

Ray revealed that among the things currently have peaked his interest are "Bulgarian folk songs [and] some Swedish music."

Davies has just one upcoming concert performance on his schedule, an appearance at this Friday's edition of the British Summer Time concert series in London's Hyde Park.  That show's lineup also features Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.

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