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Sunday
May032015

My Morning Jacket to Host Online Listening Party and Q&A

Credit: Danny ClinchMy Morning Jacket is letting you hear The Waterfall a day early. The band will be hosting a vinyl listening party for their new album live streamed on YouTube from Electric Lady Studios in New York City on May 3.

Before they play the record, MMJ will participate in a live chat on their Facebook page. The chat will begin at 9:30 p.m. ET, and the listening party will begin at 10 p.m. Following The Waterfall playback, MMJ will return to Facebook for another round of Q&A.

In other MMJ news, frontman Jim James released a cover of Blind Melon's "Sleepyhouse" in support of a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about the "No Rain" group's late frontman, Shannon Hood.

The Waterfall will be officially released on May 4.


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Sunday
May032015

Kurt Cobain Discusses "The Dreamer" Machine in Unearthed MTV Clip

Chris Cuffaro/Universal Music GroupKurt Cobain was never known for being particularly outgoing with the media, but in a newly unearthed clip from MTV, the late Nirvana frontman is downright gregarious in a 1993 interview while discussing "The Dreamer," a machine that supposedly helps with dreaming and reducing stress.

"I've tried it," Cobain says of The Dreamer in the clip.  "I dreamed about German shepherds and having sex with my stepfather and eating flowers and smoking potpourri."

He adds, "It's really amazing, it really works."

At the beginning of the interview, which took place at Hollywood Rock Brazil in 1993, Cobain is playing with a Taser and pretends to shock the interviewer with it.

MTV also released a 38-minute uncut interview with Cobain, parts of which would be used for the network's 1994 documentary Nirvana: Past Present and Future.  In that clip, Cobain talks about everything from his chronic stomach issues to his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Cobain, will premiere on HBO this Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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Sunday
May032015

Monica Stars in Mother's Day Tribute for People Magazine 

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsWith Mother's Day quickly approaching, Monica has paid tribute to her mom in the new issue of People magazine.

The singer credits her mother, Marilyn Best, for getting her into a gospel choir. "I didn't realize that what I was doing was any different from what anybody else did," Monica recalls of her vocal talent.

"We both love gospel," she adds. "But everything else I love she hates. She won't listen to anything with vulgarity."

As Monica gears up to release her upcoming album, Code Red, she also reveals that she got her confidence from her mom. "I always felt comfortable in my own skin because of my mom."

The issue also sees Wiz Khalifa honoring his mother, Peachie Wimbush. "She's always there when I need her," he says.


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Sunday
May032015

Brett Eldrege Won't Head to Court for Using a Piece of a Pop Hit in "Lose My Mind"

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge borrowed a line from the Gnarls Barkley pop hit, "Crazy," for the first part of the second verse of his latest single, "Lose My Mind," but you shouldn't worry that Brett's headed for a lawsuit over the issue.

In order to avoid a situation like the recent court case pitting Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams against Marvin Gaye's family over the monster hit "Blurred Lines," Brett and his co-writers gave co-writing credit to Gnarls Barkley's CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse, as well as to a pair of film composers who inspired Gnarls Barkley's recording.

"Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Brett's upcoming, as-yet untitled sophomore album.


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Saturday
May022015

Imagine Dragons and REO Speedwagon to Perform as REO Imagine Speedragons on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Image Courtesy of ABCImagine Dragons will unite with rock band REO Speedwagon for the "Mash Up Mondays" series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands will give a one time only performance as REO Imagine Speedragons on the show's May 4 episode.

"REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth," says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement.

"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" adds REO Speedwagon's  Kevin Cronin. "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it’s never been played before. Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"

Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's Weezer and ZZ Top -- and Morris Day and the HAIM, made up of funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.

REO Imagine Speedragons will take the stage on Kimmel on May 4 at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Saturday
May022015

REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons to Perform as REO Imagine Speedragons on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

ABCREO Speedwagon will take part in the latest installment of the "Mash Up Mondays" performance series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, teaming up with rockers Imagine Dragons as a one-off supergroup called REO Imagine Speedragons.  The two bands will perform together on tonight's episode.

"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" says REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin.  "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it's never been played before.  Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"

Adds Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, "REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth."

Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's ZZ Top and Weezer -- Morris Day and the HAIM, which paired up funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.  Smooth-jazz sax player Kenny G and rapper Warren G also joined forces for a Kimmel performance.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.


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Saturday
May022015

Prince Records Song for Baltimore

NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenIn light of the unrest in Baltimore, Prince has recorded a new song that addresses the killings of young black men and social and political issues around the country.

According to Billboard, Prince's song is a tribute to "all of the people of the city of Baltimore." It was recorded this week at Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, but it’s unknown when it will be released.

The news comes after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died of an apparent spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore earlier this month, was ruled a homicide.  Six officers have been charged with several counts, although charges differ for each individual.  Among the charges brought in the case are second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault.


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Saturday
May022015

Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack to Appear on "That Metal Show"

Credit: Jonathan Weiner Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack will be a guest on this weekend's episode of That Metal Show. If the band's Twitter is to be believed, BVB fans will have an extra reason to tune in.

"Rumor has it that @andybvb will be making a big announcement on @thatmetalshow this weekend!" Black Veil Brides tweets.

BVB previously announced plans for a live DVD to be released in June, so perhaps the "big announcement" will be related to that.

This summer, Black Veil Brides will be on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour alongside Asking Alexandria, Escape the Fate, Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack and many more. Warped Tour kicks off June 19 in Pomona, California and wraps up August 8 in Auburn, Washington.

That Metal Show airs Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic.


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Saturday
May022015

Ronnie Wood Still Hoping for Faces Reunion, Says Money Issues Exist with Rod Stewart's Management

Credit: Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood is still hoping to organize a reunion tour featuring the surviving Faces members, but he says there's one big road block to overcome -- singer Rod Stewart's management.

The Telegraph reports that during a London Q&A event this week promoting his upcoming book, How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary, Wood explained, "[They] make everything about money and we're trying not to do that.  Why can't the three surviving guys from the Faces just get together and play for people?"

In front of a cheering audience, Wood added, "That's what we want to try and do.  I think that would be brilliant."

Although founding Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan died this past October, Wood said that he, Stewart and drummer Kenney Jones still are interested in a reunion trek, particularly after they got together in January to perform at Rod's 70th birthday party.

Jones, meanwhile, said in a March interview with the Austin Chronicle that the surviving Faces would reunite in honor of McLagan sometime this year, noting "It's more important now than ever."

At the aforementioned London event, Wood also reminisced about his early days playing guitar with the U.K. band The Birds, a period he documented in a 1965 journal that serves as the centerpiece of his forthcoming book.

He pointed out that the members of his group shared a camaraderie he feels is lacking in many of today's bands.

"We had the gig wagon and rehearsing in a mate's garage, treading the boards and doing the circuit," he recalled.  "But I don't know if new bands get exposed to as much of [that] as we did."

He also cited The Beatles as an example of a band whose bond and work ethic helped them develop into such a musical force.  "[They] used to go over to Hamburg and play four sets a night, every night, and think nothing of it," Wood noted, "and that's how they ended up with their style so tweaked."

How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary can be pre-ordered now at RonnieWoodBook.com, and will be published in the coming weeks.  Only 1,965 copies of the book will be available, each one signed by Wood.


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Saturday
May022015

Panic! at the Disco's "Hallelujah" Debuts on Hot Rock Songs

Image Courtesy of DCD2/Fueled by RamenPanic! at the Disco now has another reason to exclaim "hallelujah." The band's new track, called "Hallelujah" has debuted at number three on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, sitting only behind chart mainstays "Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON and Hozier's "Take Me to Church."

"Hallelujah's" debut on Hot Rock Songs is Panic's highest position on the chart. The band's previous peak was number 12, which was attained by the single "This Is the Gospel" from their most recent album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!.

"Hallelujah" is the first new single from Panic! since drummer Spencer Smith officially announced his departure from the band. Frontman Brendon Urie is the only founding member of Panic! remaining in the group.

Panic! will be singing "Hallelujah" throughout North America on tour this summer.

 
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Saturday
May022015

Jazmine Sullivan Thanks Fans Following Tour Wrap

Photo by Guy ArochThis week Jazmine Sullivan concluded the second leg of her Reality Show Tour, her first headlining trek in more than four years.

The singer posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, in which she thanked her fans for supporting her following her hiatus.

"Thank u for letting me be myself. In a world where u don't feel appreciated unless u meet some unattainable mark of perfection.. That we all break our backs to reach... Being me," she wrote in the caption alongside a picture of herself on stage.

Jazmine described herself as someone "Loud mouthed" and "Antisocial sometimes" who took a "break over some damn boy," but appreciates her fans ongoing support. "U all make me feel beautiful beyond words and I thank u for that," she wrote. "It's a wonderful thing when someone sees u for who u really are and still thinks ur the sh**. There's no better feeling."

Jazmine's latest album, Reality Show, is available now.


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Saturday
May022015

Wiz Khalifa Counts His Tattoos in 'Saturday Night Live' Promo 

Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa will make his debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, and judging from the promos, it's going to be fun.

In one promo, the rapper stands with host Scarlett Johansson and cast member Cecily Strong, and the trio compares the number of tattoos between them.  Of course, Wiz wins with a surprising 411 tats.  Or so he claims.

You can expect Wiz to perform "See You Again" when the show airs on Saturday, May 2. The song featuring Charlie Puth, which appears on the Furious 7 soundtrack, currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week.


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Saturday
May022015

Jana Kramer Ready to Prove Country's New Wave of Women Can Sell Concert Tickets

Image Courtesy CMTJana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini launched their CMT Next Women of Country Tour this week. It's rare for two solo female acts to go on the road, and Jana is excited to show the rest of the country music industry how it's done.

She tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, "I wanted to get out there and show that girls can have an awesome tour together. We can go out, sell tickets, have fun and the crowd can have a good time. I want to be on the forefront with supporting women and helping us get heard.”

Jana and Kelsea will be on tour together through a May 28 show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


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Friday
May012015

Enrique Iglesias Nabs 9 "Billboard" Latin Music Awards

Joe BonillaEnrique Iglesias cleaned up at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last night. The singer nabbed nine awards, bringing his career total to a whopping 36.

"It has been an incredible night, and I can't help but continue to thank those who have inspired me, supported me, and believed in my crazy vision,” Enrique said. “To the fans that have grown up with me, I want you all to know that it's a great honor to walk with you; there is still a lot music left to share and we still have a long way to go."

This year, he took home trophies for the following categories:

"Latin Pop Songs" Artist of the Year
"Latin Pop Album" of the Year, SexAndLove
"Latin Pop Albums" Artist of the Year, SexAndLove
"Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando”
"Canción del Año", Digital, “Bailando”
"Canción del Año", Streaming, “Bailando”
"Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando”
"Hot Latin Song" Vocal Colaboration, “Bailando”
"Canción del Año", Airplay, “Bailando”

Also this week, Enrique awarded one lucky student a music scholarship to Berklee University. Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna, a 23-year-old tenor saxophone student from Mexico City, will begin her studies at Berklee this fall.

This month, Enrique continues his SexAndLove Tour throughout Latin America.


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Friday
May012015

"Uptown Funk" Writing Credits Awarded to 1970s Funk Group, The Gap Band

Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” had to give it to ‘em. Billboard reports that Mark Ronson’s mega-hit featuring Bruno Mars now features an additional five writing credits.

According to documents obtained by Billboard from RCA Records, writing credits were awarded to five members of the 1970’s R&B/funk group, The Gap Band: brothers Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons.

Publisher Minder Music reportedly filed a claim with YouTube on the band’s behalf back in February, due to the song’s similarities to The Gap Band’s 1979 R&B hit, “Oops Up Side Your Head.”

Mark and Bruno were listed as the original writers for “Uptown Funk,” along with producers Jeffrey Bhasker and Phillip Lawrence. Nicholas Williams, also known as rapper Trinidad James, and producer Devon Gallaspy also got a credit for the use of a sample of the rapper’s track “All Gold Everything.”

Trindad’s lawyer, Danny Zook, tells Billboard he thinks the “Blurred Lines” case influenced the “Uptown Funk” writers’ decision to share credit. “Everyone is being a little more cautious,” he says. “Nobody wants to be involved in a lawsuit.”


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Friday
May012015

New Kurt Cobain Album Will be Released this Summer

Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOIn order to make Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen was granted access to Kurt Cobain's personal archives. When asked in an interview with Bedford + Bowery whether any of that material would be released as an album, Morgen revealed that a record is indeed in the works.

"We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question," Morgen says.

He adds that the album "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about.  It's going to really surprise people."

Morgen does mention that people should not be expecting a Nirvana album.

"Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album," he says.  "It's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."

In the meantime, Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET.


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Friday
May012015

Katy Perry Is Barely Recognizable on "Wonderland" Magazine Covers

ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry plays dress up for the latest issue of Wonderland magazine. The fashion-forward pop culture mag revealed three separate cover photos of the singer, in which she sports three very different looks.

On one version of the cover, Katy’s barely recognizable with bleached eyebrows and a bleach blonde short haircut. On another version, she poses coyly while donning a red wig with a big, white hair bow and a puffy white dress. And on the third cover, Katy wears a fiery red wig with red lips to match, and a black-and-white jacket with a splattered-paint style design.

The pop star teased the photo spread on Instagram Thursday. "TOMORROW one of my favorite shoots I've EVER done is coming out on @wonderlandmag There's a couple rotating covers... But here's a sneak  [peek] for now!" she wrote, along with another picture from the shoot.

Wonderland’s summer issue comes out next week.

KP x WONDERLAND 1

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Friday
May012015

Stevie Wonder to Appear on New Albums by Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo

Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder has lent his talents to upcoming albums by two younger stars, rapper Snoop Dogg and R&B singer Jason Derulo.

Wonder appears on "California Roll," the lead track from Snoop's 13th studio effort, BUSH, which is due out on Tuesday, May 12.  The rap legend tells MTV News that the album, which was executive produced by Pharrell Williams, is "completely different than anything we've ever done.  It feels good, sounds good, looks good."

Stevie also has contributed to a track featured on Derulo's forthcoming record, Everything Is 4, which hits stores on June 2.  The Motown legend makes an appearance alongside American Idol judge and country superstar Keith Urban on a song titled "Broke."

Wonder recently wrapped up a series of spring U.S. shows as part of his Songs in the Key of Life Tour.  He currently has only one more concert on his schedule, a June 27 performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest.


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Friday
May012015

Josh Groban and Carly Rae Jepsen to Perform on "Dancing with the Stars" 

ABC/Adam RoseJosh Groban and Carly Rae Jepsen are both set to perform on Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.

Josh will sing his rendition of the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which appears on his new album Stages. Carly will perform her catchy new single “I Really Like You.”

Maddie Ziegler, Sia’s favorite pint-size dancer, also will be featured in a special contemporary dance number along with DWTS dancers Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson.

Contestants, meanwhile, will be facing a double elimination based on combining the judges’ scores with the public vote from their April 27 performance and their May 5 performance. The hour-long episode airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Friday
May012015

Carly Rae Jepsen and Maddie Ziegler to Perform on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/Randy HolmesCarly Rae Jepsen is set to perform on Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. She’ll be singing her catchy new single “I Really Like You.”

Sia’s favorite pint-size dancer, 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler, will also be featured in a special contemporary dance number along with DWTS dancers Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson.

Contestants, meanwhile, will be facing a double elimination based on combining the judges’ scores with the public vote from their April 27 performance and their May 5 performance. The hour-long episode airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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