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Thursday
Aug142014

Lauryn Hill Confirmed for 2014 VooDoo Music + Arts Experience

Image Courtesy Lloyd Bishop/NBCFollowing her set during Drake's OVO Fest in Toronto, Lauryn Hill has landed another gig. The singer has been added to New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, which takes place in City Park from October 31-November 2.

She joins previously confirmed headliners Outkast and Skrillex as well as rockers like Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys. The festival is celebrating its 16th year and will feature more than 75 artists.

A wide variety of ticket options are still available via WorshipTheMusic.com.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Alt-J Releases "Every Other Freckle," Third Song from Upcoming Album

Image Courtesy Gabriel GreenAlt-J has released another track from their forthcoming album, This Is All Yours. “Every Other Freckle” is the third song to be unveiled from the English trio's sophomore set, following “Left Hand Free” and “Hunger of the Pine.” The atmospheric rocker can be heard now on the band's SoundCloud page.

This is All Yours will be available September 23 at all the usual outlets. Alt-J will kick off a five-week North American tour October 14 in Vancouver.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Luke Bryan's Impulse Shopping Got Him in Trouble in His Early Nashville Days

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNow that Luke Bryan is a millionaire, his habit of impulse shopping isn't that big a deal. When he was a broke and aspiring country singer in Nashville, however, spending big money was a real problem.

Luke tells People Country, "When I moved to Nashville, I didn't have much money, but I wanted a new guitar and I felt like this one guitar was the one to have, so I dropped, like, two grand on this high-end guitar and it was damn impulsive, considering I didn't have any money."

These days, Luke is more likely to splurge on something for his big piece of property south of Nashville.  He says, "When I want to buy something, I can't relax until I buy it. If I see an old farm truck I want on my farm … that's it, I want it."

Luke should have a big payday from his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Rock Your Baby to Sleep with "Moves Like Jagger"

Vincent PeriniMaroon 5 has recorded some nice ballads in their career, but "Moves Like Jagger" isn't one of them.  Still, that hasn't stopped it from being included on a new album called Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Maroon 5.

The album, due out August 19, features soothing instrumental renditions of Maroon 5's biggest hits, including "Payphone," "She Will Be Loved,"  "Love Somebody," and "This Love," as well as "One More Night" and, yes, "Moves Like Jagger."  While it's hard to imagine any baby drifting off to sleep to that particular song, it becomes pretty mellow when it's stripped of its lyrics and played on a xylophone. 

A promotional video for the song shows a cartoon teddy bear walking a red carpet, dancing, standing onstage and even spinning in a big red chair, just like Adam Levine on The Voice.

The Maroon 5 lullaby album is the latest in a series of discs the Rockabye Baby company has been putting out for a while.  Over the years, acts ranging from Michael Jackson, Elton John, KISS and David Bowie, to Queen, Pink and Coldplay have gotten the lullaby treatment. Head on over to RockabyeBabyMusic.com to hear the lullaby versions of all your favorite Maroon 5 tunes.


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Thursday
Aug142014

MAGIC! Frontman Says People Are "Addicted" to Their #1 Hit "Rude" 

Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe super-catchy hit "Rude," by the Canadian band MAGIC! is definitely one of the songs of the summer, and it's been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past five weeks.  But ironically, after the band's frontman came up with the song's instantly memorable chorus, he didn't want to finish the rest of it -- because he hated it.

MAGIC! singer Nasri tells ABC News Radio that it was the band's guitarist Mark Pelli who pushed him to complete "Rude."  "He was just fighting for it and I was just like, 'I just don't like it,'" Nasri recalls. "I think it was too catchy.  I was just like, 'I can't stand this thing.'"

But Nasri says he changed his mind when he came up with the idea for the song's story, about a guy asking a girl's father for permission to marry her.

"When it found a life of its own, I was just like, 'This is fun.  I'm having fun writing this right now,'" he says.  But he still wasn't convinced it was a smash...or even a possible single.  He says he had to be talked into it.

"I never thought it was a hit...[but] everybody was just like, 'This is a big song,' and I was like, 'Hey, let's do it,'" he says.

Of course, now everyone is grooving to "Rude," and Nasri compares its appeal to a drug.

"I think people just love the sound and, you know, the catchiness and the reggae," Nasri tells ABC News Radio. "It's just become, almost like, [as] my drummer Alex says, 'crack,' y'know?  Everyone is just, like, addicted to the sound of it."

Nasri says he's just thrilled to be on the top of the charts as an artist in his own right, since he's toiled for many years behind the scenes, writing hits for other artists, like Justin Bieber and Christina Aguilera.  He says he always knew in his heart that he could make it as a singer, too, but he was getting a bit frustrated with how long it was taking.

"You know, it's been a childhood dream, so it's just a feeling of relief," he says of "Rude's" success.  "You know, my soul rests a little easier now...you create a lot of anxiety as an artist when you have a goal, but it's not happening and you're like, 'OK, am I meant to just write for other people? What is going on?'  You're looking for your purpose.  But, I guess I was right and I just needed to keep going."  

"Rude" is the first single from MAGIC!'s debut album Don't Kill the Magic, in stores now.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Slash Discusses "World on Fire" Lyric Video in Latest "Ask Slash & Myles" Webisode

Image Courtesy of MSO PRSlash has unveiled a new installment of his weekly web series, Ask Slash & Myles.  In this, the third installment, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist discusses the lyric video for "World on Fire," the title track of his forthcoming album with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

In the two-minute clip, Slash calls the video "a little risqué" and adds, "I definitely [wanted] something that you couldn’t play on regular TV."

World on Fire arrives September 16 at the usual outlets. 


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Thursday
Aug142014

Willie Nelson Shares George Clooney's Health Tip in New "Rolling Stone" Cover Story

Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson graces the cover of Rolling Stone this month for the first time since 1978. In the cover story, Willie opens up about his multiple marijuana arrests and famous troubles with the IRS in the early '90s. He also reveals the health tip he recently took from his Oscar-winning pal, George Clooney.

Willie was recovering from a torn rotator cuff and couldn't play golf and could barely play guitar. That's when George suggested Willie look into a German treatment called Regenokine.

Willie explains, "The doctor took some blood out and recharged it and made it with, like, 150 percent more healing power, then he stuck it back in there. It really works. I'm in great shape."'

For more quotes from Willie, pick up Rolling Stone when it hits stands Friday.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the "GS" stand for on Cole Swindell's signature baseball hat? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Barbra Streisand Reveals "Partners" Track Listing, Michael Buble Says, "God Kissed Her Throat"

PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsFollowing the announcement of the release date and list of collaborators for her new duets album Partners, Barbra Streisand has now revealed exactly which songs she'll be singing with her star-studded cast of male vocalists -- one of whom thinks her talent is divinely inspired.

Many of the songs are reworkings of her own classic numbers, or standards -- with a few exceptions.  Here's the track listing:

"It Had to Be You" with Michael Buble
"People" with Stevie Wonder
"Come Rain or Come Shine" with  John Mayer
"Evergreen" with Babyface
"New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel
"I'd Want It to Be You" with Blake Shelton
"The Way We Were"  with Lionel Richie
"I Still Can See Your Face" with Andrea Bocelli
"How Deep Is the Ocean" with Jason Gould
"What Kind of Fool" with John Legend
"Somewhere" with Josh Groban
"Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley

Partners is now available for pre-order, and if you do so, you'll get a free download of the Billy Joel duet, "New York State of Mind."  Beginning August 26, the free download will be the Lionel Richie duet "The Way We Were."  Starting September 2, the free download will be the Michael Buble duet "It Had to Be You."

Speaking of Michael, he appears in a video that Barbra has posted to Instagram.  In it, he gushes about Babs, "God kissed her throat, and she's blessed with this beautiful voice, but I think what makes people fall even more in love with her is her ability to tell a story, and I guess that's the actress within her."

Partners will be available September 16.


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Thursday
Aug142014

David Tutera Planned Lil Kim's Baby Shower for 'Celebrations' Show

Image Courtesy WE tvLil Kim gave birth to her daughter back in June, but she can be seen enlisting celebrity event planner David Tutera to organize her baby shower in an upcoming episode of WE tv's Celebrations.

In a newly released video promo, Kim meets with David and expresses concerns about entertaining her guests.

"Even though I like classy and I want it to be sophisticated, most of the people I know are going to be clatchet," she says before explaining that the term means both classy and ratchet.

After letting Tutera feel the baby kick, the rapper warns that her due date is quickly approaching. "I have to pull a baby shower together, how the hell am I going to do that if she goes into labor?" Tutera says.

The show will air Friday, August 15 at 9 p.m.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Usher Says Getting Married at 28 Is His Biggest Regret

Image Courtesy Kenneth CappelloAs he prepares his next album, Usher details how he lives his best life in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

The singer candidly revealed that exchanging vows with Tameka Foster in 2007 was his biggest mistake.

"Getting married at 28.  Most people probably think I regret it because I ended up getting divorced, but it helped me learn that sometimes I think I know more than I actually do," he tells the mag.

Despite his failed marriage, the singer is all about family -- the pair have two sons together. He revealed that his best family traditions are "red-cup celebrations."

"Everybody’s hanging out on the lawn, drinking out of those plastic cups, eating fried chicken, and dancing to loud old-school music.  Sometimes the simpler the celebration is, the better," he says.

Usher also related the best piece of advice he was ever given. "'If you stay ready, you ain't gonna get ready.'  James Brown told me that right before we performed together at the Grammys in 2005," he says.  "I’ve never forgotten it, and I’m always telling people, 'Well, James Brown once told me…'"

The issue is available on newsstands now.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Johnny Marr Says Second Solo Album Will Feature Serious Themes Disguised as Pop Tunes; Memoir Coming

Image Courtesy Warner Music GroupSome artists worry about the sophomore jinx but Johnny Marr isn’t one of them.

The former Smiths guitarist is planning to release Playland, his second solo album, on October 7. The new disc comes just a year after his solo debut, The Messenger, and picks up where that album left off. Marr tells Rolling Stone, “I just wanted to take the energy of the band I was touring with and put it into the new songs. I kept on writing as soon as The Messenger came out… I didn’t want to change what I was doing.”

Songs on Playland include “Back in the Box,” “Dynamo,” “Easy Money” and the title track.  Of “Easy Money,” Marr says, “If you were to ask anybody in the City [London's financial district] what they're after, essentially the root of it is money. It's the age-old thing of people thinking that it will make us happy… I like the idea of sneaking a serious concern into the mainstream, disguised as a big pop tune.”

As for the title track, Marr explains, “A song like ‘Playland,’ it’s just classic sex, drugs and religion in a rock and roll song. In that way, it’s not really millions of miles away from a Patti Smith song.”

The album as a whole, Marr says, is about the cost of escapism. "Are drugs and sex and adrenaline something people are pursuing or are we trying to run away from something?" he says. "They're themes that can be celebratory, and you can hear the music that way, but at the same time it could also be symptoms of mental illness."

Meanwhile, Marr says he has another 18 months of writing to do on a planned memoir, but he says the book will not be a response to the memoir is former band mate and songwriting partner Morrissey published last year, calling his book "my life story, it won't be any kind of response to anything."


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Thursday
Aug142014

The Demon and His Daughter: Gene Simmons Unveils Makeup Tutorial

Image Courtesy Brian LoweWhen we hear the words "beauty tutorial," most of us probably think of Heidi Klum before we think of Gene Simmons.  But the KISS bassist has teamed up with the folks at Cosmopolitan on a new video. 

In the 14-minute clip, Simmons gives us a highly detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how he transforms himself into the KISS Demon before shows.  His pupil is none other than his daughter Sophie Tweed Simmons who, by the end of the video, looks like a chip off the old block.

Check it out at the official Cosmopolitan website.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Star-Studded DVD Collections Featuring Performances from "The Midnight Special" Due Out in September

Image Courtesy of StarVista EntertainmentIf you were a music fan who grew up during the 1970s and early '80s, chances are you witnessed some amazing performances on the late-night variety series The Midnight Special.  Created by producer Bert Sugarman and usually hosted by famed disc jockey Wolfman Jack, the show featured many of the biggest rock, pop and comedy stars of the era performing live in front of a studio audience.

Now, three new DVD collections will be made available next month featuring highlights from The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981.  The largest of these, an 11-DVD set called The Midnight Special Collector's Edition, will be sold exclusively online at MidnightSpecialDVDs.com.  The package, which lists for $99.95, can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped starting on September 8.

Among the many famous rock acts featured in the collection are Aerosmith, The Bee Gees, Blondie, Captain & Tennille, Jim Croce, John Denver, The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Marvin Gaye, Heart, KC and the Sunshine Band, Gordon Lightfoot, Linda Ronstadt, Steely Dan and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  The set also offers a disc of stand-up comedy from Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze; a variety of featurettes; and interviews with such stars as Frampton, Eddie Money, Helen Reddy, Loggins & Messina, Todd Rundgren, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Neil Sedaka.

In addition to the Collector's Edition, a six-DVD set titled The Midnight Special Collection and a single-disc release called, simply, The Midnight Special will be sold via retail outlets beginning on September 9.  These package are available for the respective list prices of $59.95 and $12.95.

Here is just a sampling of the performances featured on The Midnight Special Collector's Edition:

"Dream On" -- Aerosmith
"Nights on Broadway" -- The Bee Gees
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" -- Jim Croce
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" -- John Denver
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" -- John Denver & Cass Elliot
"Listen to the Music" -- The Doobie Brothers
"Shining Star" -- Earth, Wind & Fire
"Evil Woman" -- Electric Light Orchestra/
"Over My Head" -- Fleetwood Mac/
"Show Me the Way" -- Peter Frampton
"Takes Two to Tango" -- Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles
"Let's Get It On" -- Marvin Gaye
"Crazy on You" -- Heart
"That's the Way (I Like It)" -- KC and the Sunshine Band
"Lady Marmalade" -- LaBelle
"Sundown" -- Gordon Lightfoot
"I Am Woman" -- Helen Reddy
"To Love Somebody" -- Helen Reddy & The Bee Gees
"Keep on Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"When Will I Be Loved" -- Linda Ronstadt
"Breezin'" -- Carlos Santana & George Benson
"Love Will Keep Us Together" -- Neil Sedaka with Captain & Tenille
"American Girl" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


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Thursday
Aug142014

Star-Studded DVD Collections Featuring Performances from "The Midnight Special" Due Out in September

Image Courtesy of StarVista EntertainmentIf you were a music fan who grew up during the 1970s and early '80s, chances are you witnessed some amazing performances on the late-night variety series The Midnight Special.  Created by producer Bert Sugarman and usually hosted by famed disc jockey Wolfman Jack, the show featured many of the biggest rock, pop and comedy stars of the era performing live in front of a studio audience.

Now, three new DVD collections will be made available next month featuring highlights from The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981.  The largest of these, an 11-DVD set called The Midnight Special Collector's Edition, will be sold exclusively online at MidnightSpecialDVDs.com.  The package, which lists for $99.95, can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped starting on September 8.

Among the many famous rock acts featured in the collection are AC/DC, Aerosmith, Blondie, Alice Cooper, The Doobie Brothers, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Heart and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  The set also offers a disc of stand-up comedy from Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze; a variety of featurettes; and interviews with such stars as Cooper, Frampton, Eddie Money, Todd Rundgren, Loggins & Messina and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin.

In addition to the Collector's Edition, a six-DVD set titled The Midnight Special Collection and a single-disc release called, simply, The Midnight Special will be sold via retail outlets beginning on September 9.  These package are available for the respective list prices of $59.95 and $12.95.

Here is just a sampling of the performances featured on The Midnight Special Collector's Edition:

"Dream On" -- Aerosmith
"Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies" Medley -- Alice Cooper
"Listen to the Music" -- The Doobie Brothers
"Evil Woman" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Over My Head" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Show Me the Way" -- Peter Frampton
"Crazy on You" -- Heart
"Keep on Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"When Will I Be Loved" -- Linda Ronstadt
"American Girl" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Breezin'" -- Carlos Santana & George Benson


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Thursday
Aug142014

Allman Brothers Band's Third Peach Music Festival Begins Today; Allmans Drummer to Host Music Camp Next Week

Image Courtesy of Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band's third annual Peach Music Festival gets under way today at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The group will serve as headliners for the four-day extravaganza's final two nights, Saturday and Sunday, and will be performing its entire classic 1973 album, Eat a Peach, at both events.

This could the Peach Music Festival's last year, since The Allmans Brothers recently announced that they'll be playing their final concerts this October at New York City's Beacon Theatre.

Meanwhile, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will headline the festival's first night, while Phish frontman Trey Anastasio's solo band has stepped in to take the place of Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and his group RatDog as the Friday night's headliner.  Earlier this week, it was announced that Weir was cancelling all of his upcoming concert appearances, although no clear reason was given.  In the wake of Weir pulling out of the Peach fest, a special Grateful Dead-themed set featuring RatDog's Jeff Chimenti and other respected musicians from the jam-band scene also has been added to Friday's lineup.

Other acts on the 2014 Peach Music Festival bill include Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and a number of Allman Brothers Band spinoff groups.  The latter category includes Gov't Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes, Tedeschi Trucks Band with guitarist Derek Trucks and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band with founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe.

After the festival winds down, The Allman Brothers Band's other drummer, Butch Trucks, will head to New York's Catskill Mountains to host his second annual Roots Rock Revival event.  The five-day music camp will take place August 18 to August 22 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.  Butch will be joined by a few other instructors, including Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans and The North Mississippi Allstars' Luther and Cody Dickinson.

At the Roots Rock Revival camp, attendees can attend music classes, seminars and workshops, presentations, Q&A events, jam sessions and other performances.

Trucks tells ABC News Radio that last year's event "was a whole lot of fun," so he feels "very good about doing it again."

Butch reveals that there will be a few minor changes to the curriculum this year.  He says he felt stretched a little thin during the 2013 event, so he and his fellow organizers have decided to "cut down on the number of lessons and [seminars] and spend a great deal more time just hanging with the people that come."

In addition, Trucks tells ABC News Radio that rather than he and his fellow instructors playing two full sets during the evening performance sessions, as they did last year, "we'll get up and just play a few songs and then get [the campers] to come sit in with us, 'cause…that's what they love."

Among the interesting events planned for this year's Roots Rock Revival will be a chat by the late Duane Allman's daughter, Galadrielle, who wrote a recently published memoir about her dad, Please Be with Me -- A Song for My Father.  Butch also will share his own recollections of and anecdotes about Duane during a special multimedia presentation.  Visit RootsRockRevival.com to find out all the details about the 2014 camp.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Florida Georgia Line Promises Even More "Good Times" on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line's latest single, "Dirt," is already a runaway hit, but the reflective tone of that song doesn't mean they're saying goodbye to their good-timing ways on album number two.

The duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio, "You know, 'Dirt' is one of those amazing songs that don't come around very often, but at the same time we're still bringing the party on our album. We got quite a few uptempo songs that are still the FGL kinda vibe."

The most important thing for Tyler and his duo partner, Brian Kelley, is stepping up their game after the huge success of their debut album, Here's to the Good Times.

Looking back on that album, Brian tells ABC News Radio, "It's definitely a body of work. It's our life. We waited all our life to make that album, and, I think, we had the time of our life making it on the first go-around. I think we're at the same place now with record two. We are having a blast."

The guys are just putting a few finishing touches on the project, but they feel confident their fans are going to latch on to the new music very quickly.

"Our fans deserve the best songs," Brian adds. "We just want an album that, just like the first one, we feel like there wasn't one that you'd really want to skip."

Look for Florida Georgia Line to take over New York City's Central Park Friday on ABC's Good Morning America. They'll perform a few songs and make a big announcement on the show.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Charli XCX Finally Gets Top Billing on Her Own Top-10 Hit

Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsBritish singer/songwriter Charli XCX has scored two huge hits in the U.S. as a featured artist: she co-wrote and sang on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's smash hit "Fancy."  But after taking a back seat on those songs, she's finally scored her first top 10 hit with a song on which she gets top billing.

The song that did it for Charli is "Boom Clap," her contribution to the soundtrack of The Fault in Our Stars, which has just finally reached #10 after a long climb over the past few months.  Despite her proven track record, Charli says she's not quite sure why she seems to have this knack for churning out hit songs.

"I have no idea, because every song I write, I feel like I never think about it, and I just write it in half an hour," she tells ABC News Radio. "So, I guess it's just kind of luck maybe. I'm not sure."

As for "Boom Clap," it's heard onscreen during one of the few uplifting, happy parts of The Fault in Our Stars, which is about the doomed romance between two cancer-stricken teens.  "I cried continuously the whole way through," Charli says of the Shailene Woodley-starring film. "It's literally heart wrenching.  It's an amazing movie."

Charli says she's also happy to be included on the soundtrack with other artists who are personal friends of hers, like Ed Sheeran, who recorded the song that plays over the end credits.

"It's cool to be part of something together, and I think that the soundtrack is very well put together, and it's just an awesome teen movie, so it's cool to be part of it," she tells ABC News Radio.  

Charli has said that she originally offered "Boom Clap" to Hilary Duff, who turned it down, which is why she decided to record it herself.  But Hilary says she never heard the song, and claims she would have recorded it if she had, because she loves it.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Taylor Swift Confirms VMA Performance; Says Upcoming Live Stream Event Could Feature “Multiple Announcements”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCTaylor Swift confirmed during a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday that she’ll be performing at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24.

E!Online had reported late last month that Taylor was planning something “explosive” for the VMAs.

Swift was a promotion machine Wednesday night.  In addition to making the VMA announcement, the 24-year-old singer also plugged her August 18 Yahoo! worldwide live stream event. Swift told Fallon, “There could be one announcement or there could be multiple announcements.” It's most likely details about her brand-new album, or perhaps of the first single from that album. The live stream begins at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Swift also promoted her new movie The Giver, which opens nationwide on Friday and co-stars Jeff Bridges.  The singer said that in addition to acting with Bridges, the two also got a chance during down time to pull out their guitars and jam.

When Fallon asked what songs they played, Swift said Bridges had "really eclectic taste," but recalled playing some well-known tunes as well. “I remember playing ‘Apologize' by OneRepublic and playing 'American Girl' by Tom Petty,” Swift told Fallon.

Swift’s Tonight Show visit also included participation in Fallon’s recurring sketch, “Ew!” Fallon dresses as a young woman who hosts a show in her basement called Ew! Swift played “Natalie Benson,” a 13-year-old who wears braces, ponytails and likes to eat apricots and has a Band-Aid collection.

Taylor Swift is scheduled to visit NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Judge Praises Chris Brown at Probation Hearing

RCA RecordsChris Brown made an appearance at a probation progress hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday and reportedly was praised by the judge for his good behavior.

After receiving a favorable report from the probation department, the judge praised Brown for being in full compliance with the terms of his probation, E! News reported.

At the request of his attorney, the judge agreed to reduce the frequency of random drug testing to two times a week instead of three.

Brown didn’t post any tweets himself, but did retweet one from Alan Duke of CNN that read: "Judge just praised @chrisbrown for a good probation report, noting he’s tested negative on all drug tests since release from jail.’’

The probation is in connection with Brown's 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown’s next court hearing is set for October 23.  The probation period is scheduled to end in January 2015.


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