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Wednesday
Oct022013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler will release her new album, The Woman I Am, on November 11.

Hank Williams, Jr. will headline Nashville's fifth annual Bash on Broadway concert this New Year's Eve. The show marks the 60th anniversary of his father Hank Williams' death.

Luke Bryan's Crash My Party album has been certified platinum in just six weeks.

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Luke Bryan Launches Farm Tour Tonight, Planning Farm Tour Album Down the Road

Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan takes time out of his massive Dirt Road Diaries tour to launch his fifth annual Farm Tour Wednesday night in Statesboro, GA.  Much like his annual Spring Break shows and EPs, the Farm Tour gives Luke a chance to break up the cycle of making music for mainstream country radio and arena crowds.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It's almost like the seasons.  About the time you're tired of winter, spring comes.  We just keep it interesting."

Since Luke grew up on a peanut farm in Leesburg, GA, he often finds himself writing songs about the farming life too.  Luke plans to record an album of those kind of songs at some point in his career.

"We'll see what comes out," Luke says of writing about his farming roots.  "You know, the more you can use your music to let your fans in on your life, they like that.  If it's good music, they'll buy it.  And if it's not, they won't buy it."

For a full list of Farm Tour dates, go to LukeBryan.com.

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Wednesday
Oct022013

John Lennon's Childhood Home to Be Auctioned at Liverpool's Cavern Club

Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA house in Liverpool, England, where John Lennon spent his early years is scheduled to be auctioned off later this month at the city's famous Cavern Club venue.  The Liverpool Echo reports that the Beatles legend lived with his parents and grandparents at the home, which is located at 9 Newcastle Road in the Wavertree section of Liverpool, from his birth until he was about five years old.

The red-brick house features three bedrooms, a lounge and rear lounge areas, a kitchen and a family bathroom, and has a yard at the back of the property.  It's estimated to sell for between 150,000 and 250,000 pounds, about $240,000 to $400,000 U.S.

"I'll be sad to leave John Lennon's first home but I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden," said the current owner of the house in a statement.  "I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period, when the Beatles wowed the whole world with their rock and roll music."

The home is located just a few blocks from Liverpool's Penny Lane area, and is near many other Beatles-related sites.  The auction is scheduled to take place on October 29 at 6 p.m. local time.  To find out more about the property, visit CountrywidePropertyAuctions.co.uk.

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Catch 'R&B Divas LA Divalogues Special' with Lil Mo, Chante Moore, Claudette Ortiz and Michel’le

Courtesy of Chante Moore's FacebookOn the final episode of R&B Divas: LA, viewers were able to witness the stage production of The Divalogues, which included riveting monologues from cast-members Lil Mo, , Claudette Ortiz and Michel’le.  And lucky for you, there's more to the stage play.  

TV One has announced that an extended version of the production will air this weekend since there was plenty of footage that wasn't used for the one-hour finale.  Fans will now get to hear the divas delve even further into their life stories, which include overcoming rape, suicide, depression, and low self-esteem and self-worth.

The show air this Saturday, October 5, at 10 p.m. ET on TV One.

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Alter Bridge Says European Fans Inspired "Fortress" to Be a “Heavier Record”

Facebook.com/AlterBridgeIt appears we have Alter Bridge’s European fans to thank for the group’s heavier sound on the upcoming album, Fortress.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti says the band decided to explore some new creative avenues after making appearances at a number of festivals overseas.

“When me and Myles were putting it together, we wanted to make sure the album was fun to play, so fun equals heavy in our world,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “Most of the record turned out to be a heavier record, and I think a lot of it has to do with our European fan base.  We’ve done these festivals and all these shows and every time we play a heavy song, crowd goes wild.”

While some fans may be concerned about Alter Bridge adopting heavier riffs, Tremonti notes it’s healthy for a band to experiment with its signature sound.  “It’s not such a departure that people will be afraid of the record, and not like Alter Bridge anymore,” he explains.  “I think it just shows a natural progression of the band and…we’re just trying to keep growing and not just keep regurgitating the same old thing.”

Fortress will arrive in stores on October 8.  Alter Bridge will celebrate the record’s release with their only scheduled US concert on October 4 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL.  Shortly after, the group will go on an extensive European tour that runs from October 16-November 16, with Shinedown and Halestorm supporting the band on select dates.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Celine Dion Offers Advice to Britney Spears on Playing Las Vegas

CelineDion.comCeline Dion is Las Vegas' biggest headliner, and she'll be appearing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace through at least 2019, if not beyond.  That's why she's the perfect person to offer some advice to Las Vegas' newest headliner: Britney Spears.

Britney has announced that she'll start a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood this December.  It'll feature all her biggest hits, plus new material, and plenty of bells and whistles when it comes to staging and production.  So what does Celine, whose Vegas shows are always big spectacles, have to say about Britney joining her on the Strip?

Speaking to ET Canada, the diva says she doesn't know if Britney needs any advice from her.  "She's been there.  She's been on stage, she's shook it all out!  She's very talented and knows exactly what to do," says Celine.  However, she does offer some words of wisdom when it comes to being a mother and a Las Vegas headliner, which is a topic that she's an expert on.

The mother of three tells ET Canada that she hopes Britney can "find wonderful people who can help her find a balance between the artist that she is and the mother."  She adds, "Try to find an emotional balance and cope with those two, and be the best of both worlds...and I think she can really do it!"

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Kip Moore Is Living in the Present on His Upcoming Sophomore Album

MCA NashvilleSo far, Kip Moore has built his career on songs inspired by his younger days, including the #1 hits "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" and "Beer Money."  Now that his life and career have shifted into overdrive thanks to his newfound success, Kip says his next album will be focused on the here and now.

He tells CMT.com, "This new record -- because my life has changed, and I'm seeing things I would've never seen -- is a more 'in the present' record. It's a much more intense record ... sonically, lyrically.  It's just a different record."

Kip is expected to release the first single from his sophomore album before year's end.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

K-Ci, Jo Jo Talk "My Brothers Keeper," Say After 10-Year Hiatus They're Still "Devoted" to Music

Courtesy of K-Ci & Jo Jo's Twitter

Following a decade long hiatus, K-Ci & JoJo both agreed on the mantra "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" while recording their newly released album My Brothers Keeper. The former members of Jodeci tell ABC News Radio that the vibe of project is in keeping with the personal sound of their last effort, 2002′s Emotional.

"We doing what we left off at, and you know that was ten years ago," K-Ci says.  While he says they're listening to contemporary sounds and styles, "We didn't try to go that way and we said let's stick with K-Ci and JoJo."  JoJo adds, "We're still talking about love, but in a more mature way because we're older now."

Knowing how they wanted the album to sound allowed the brothers to record the project much faster than they originally anticipated, all while recently touring in Japan.

"I can't believe how quick we did the whole album, while we were still touring," JoJo says.  "So that means go out and then go to the studio, go out and hit the studio, because we're devoted to it."

K-Ci and JoJo opted against working with major producers on the project.  Instead, the crooners primarily worked with up-and-coming talent like Michael Bell, Eric Jackson and Jerome Perkins, who penned their lead single, "Knock It Off."

"You don't have to have a top producer to make a hit, it's other people out there that's just as talented, give them a chance too," K-Ci explains. "So we put them together and we came up with 'Knock It Off.'"

With one listen to the album suggests that the R&B veterans have not lost touch with what fans want to hear even after two decades in the business. So how do they manage to keep going after all these years?  The crooners credit their undying passion as the key to their longevity.

JoJo warns, "Once you lose the passion for anything -- it can be sports, whatever -- if you don't have the passion to do what you do, then you'll give up and you won't give it your all.

"Show & Prove" has been selected as the next single from My Brothers Keeper, which is available in stores now.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Lorde Apologizes for Taylor Swift Diss: "I'm Am Very Very New to This"

Facebook.com/LordeMusicAfter feeling the wrath of the Internet following what seemed like a diss of Taylor Swift in a recent interview, Lorde has taken to her Tumblr account to apologize.

As previously reported, Lorde told New Zealand's Metro magazine, "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls.  [They'll say] ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s f***ing bullsh*t."

But on her Tumblr, Lorde explains that she was trying to make a particular point, but did it so clumsily that it came out sounding like a criticism of Taylor as a person.

"I think I cocked that up a bit and what I said wasn't put in context, also," she writes. "What I meant was: there’s a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and I wish my favorite stars didn’t look perfect because I think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense Photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection."

She adds, "Taylor Swift was the first person i thought of, which I regret. She happens to be good looking, but I think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way. Taylor Swift has a very unique vision, which I admire."

OK, Swifties?  Leave Lorde alone.  After all, she's only 16 and it's not like she's had a lot experience doing interviews.  As she writes on Tumblr, "I am very very new to this whole thing. I will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that [Taylor] is for hers. I admire her very much for this reason. Basically, this is an apology for not thinking too hard before I speak. Peace."

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Pearl Jam Previews New Single, "Let the Records Play"

Photo: Danny ClinchPearl Jam is ready for you to check out another song from the group's 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt.

After posting full-length videos of "Mind Your Manners" and "Sirens," and including clips of "Lightning Bolt," "Future Days" and "Getaway" in a new short film, the band is now offering a brief taste of another cut, "Let the Records Play."

The nearly one-minute clip, which is titled "Hatchet," features a snippet of the track, along with footage of frontman Eddie Vedder throwing an axe at a wooden target with a bullseye painted on it.  

Lightning Bolt will arrive in stores on October 15.  You'll get your chance to hear the new songs performed live when the band heads out on a North American tour this fall.  That trek begins on October 11 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Angry Elton John Drops F-Bombs at Paparazzi

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John is not a big fan of photographers, a fact he demonstrated a few years ago when he was caught on camera in Taiwan calling them "rude, vile pigs."  He proved once again that the paparazzi are not his favorite people on Monday night, when he dropped several f-bombs -- and worse -- when accosted by TMZ.

TMZ reports that John was on his way into Craig's, a Hollywood restaurant that attracts many celebrities, and one paparazzo outside the eatery dared to ask him about his current relationship with Lady Gaga.  Elton had done an interview where he was quoted as saying that he wasn't able to get through to the young pop superstar, but later, he told Ellen DeGeneres that he was misquoted, adding, "I'm not worried about her in the least.  She's godmother to my two children."

"Elton, so you're still good with Lady Gaga?" the pap asks the singer in the TMZ video, but before the guy can complete his sentence, John yells, "Why don't you just f**k off?"  Then, he lets loose another f-bomb, which he uses to modify the "c" word, and then ends the exchange by stalking away with another "F**k off!" 

Elton was so worked up that on his way into the restaurant, he appears to stumble and nearly falls down.

A more recent trip that John made to Craig's was more pleasant.  As previously reported, he had dinner there with Gaga, Johnny Depp and Elton's partner, David Furnish, shortly after the Emmys.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Nelly Releases "M.O," Thanks Loyal Fans for Their Support

Courtesy of Nelly's Instagram

This week saw the release of Nelly's latest album, M.O., his first album in three years following 2010's 5.0.

To celebrate the project's launch, the rap veteran took time to thank his loyal fans for always supporting all the music he's released in his lengthy rap career. "I truly wanna thank every1 that's been riding since day 1," the Real Husbands of Hollywood reality star tweeted. "7th album, 15yrs and ova 35mill records later and it's bcuzz of y'all," and added the hashtag, "

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Diddy Announces Air Date for 24-Hour Music Network, Revolt TV 

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Diddy is gearing up to launch his multi-genre music network, Revolt TV, which will debut on Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems in select cities later this month.

The rap mogul is giving fans a better idea of what to expect of his new network. "A lot of y'all have been asking what kind of music is Revolt going to play," Diddy says in a promo video.  "The best of rock, the best of E.D.M., the best of hip-hop, the future of music.  We may play some country music if its funky enough, ain't no closed-mindedness when it comes to music."

He adds, "Revolt is a music network.  If you love great music, you finally have a home, let's go."

Revolt TV will launch in major U.S. cities including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles on October 21.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Listen to Sleigh Bells’ "Bitter Rivals" Album Now

Facebook.com/SleighBellsBefore Sleigh Bells releases their third studio album, Bitter Rivals, we'll get a chance to sample it for free.  The band is currently streaming every track from the release at RollingStone.com.  

Bitter Rivals will arrive in stores on October 8. Sleigh Bells will support the record with a North American headlining tour, which kicks off on Friday at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA. "Even though our music is bombastic and tough and abrasive, this record is super positive," frontwoman Alexis Krauss tells the magazine. "I can't tell you how excited I am to get onstage and blast these songs, like 'Bitter Rivals' or 'Tiger Kit' or 'Young Legends,' that just feel so conducive to that celebratory experience that our live shows are."

Here’s the track list for Bitter Rivals:

“Bitter Rivals”
“Sugarcane”
“Minnie”
“Sing Like a Wire”
“Young Legends”
“Tiger Kit”
“You Don’t Get Me Twice”
“To Hell with You”
“24”
“Love Sick”

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Watch Green Day Record Theatrical Version of "21 Guns" in "Broadway Idiot" Documentary Teaser

BBGunPRGreen Day’s Broadway Idiot documentary won’t hit the silver screen until next week, but you can watch a little preview of it now. The band has unveiled a clip from the flick, which chronicles the musical Broadway adaptation of their 2004 smash hit album, American Idiot.

The two-minute clip, which is available at RollingStone.com, features footage of the band collaborating with cast and crew of the American Idiot musical to record a new version of the single “21 Guns” for their production.

"When we started filming our documentary, we had amazing access inside the creative process of the Broadway team," Broadway Idiot director Doug Hamilton tells the magazine. "But it wasn't until a few months later, when [frontman] Billie Joe Armstrong opened up and invited us into the private recording studios of Green Day, that we really got to see inside the process by which Billie Joe, [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tré [Cool] create the Green Day sound."

Broadway Idiot will screen first in New York on October 11, and then arrive in other U.S. and Canadian theaters and video-on-demand on October 18.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Florida Georgia Line to Release Expanded Edition of "Here's to the Good Times" November 25

ABC News RadioFlorida Georgia Line will release an expanded edition of their platinum-selling debut album November 25.  Here's to the Good Times: This Is How We Roll will feature five new songs, a few special guests and new video content. The duo made the announcement at an invitation-only final rehearsal for their Here's to the Good Times tour launching Thursday in South Dakota.

Fans attending shows on the trek will be treated to big production, loud guitars and a plenty of showmanship from Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. They even work in a cover of a Bruno Mars pop hit at the end of their latest single, "Stay."

Before the rehearsal got underway, Florida Georgia Line's record label presented them with a gold single for their latest #1 hit, "Round Here."

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Little Richard Says He Suffered a Heart Attack Last Week

Matt Stroshane/Getty ImagesLittle Richard has been going through some tough times lately.  Just a few weeks ago, the rock 'n' roll pioneer told Rolling Stone that he was "done" performing because of continuing problems with a painful hip injury, and now comes word that he suffered a heart attack last week.

RollingStone.com reports that the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer discussed his latest health scare on Tuesday at a Recording Academy-sponsored event in Atlanta during which he was interviewed by R&B star and The Voice judge Cee Lo Green.

"The other night, I didn't know I was having a heart attack," Little Richard said, recounting the incident.  "I was coughing, and my right arm was aching.  I told my son, 'Make the room as cold as ice.'  So he turned the air conditioning on, and I took a baby aspirin."

Little Richard apparently did all the right things because, as he noted, "The doctor told me that saved my life."

The singer/pianist, who is an ordained minister, also credited his faith for his recovery.  "Jesus had something for me," he said.  "He brought me through."

Richard and Cee Lo talked about a wide variety of subjects during the event, with the conversation eventually touching on the veteran rock 'n' roller's belief that an apocalypse is coming.

"God talked to me the other night," maintained Little Richard said.  "He said he's getting ready to come.  The world's getting ready to end…and He's coming, wrapped in flames of fire with a rainbow around his throne."

While some members of the audience reportedly laughed when the singer discussed his philosophy, Richard insisted, "When I talk to you about God, I'm not playing…I'm almost 81 years old.  Without God, I wouldn't be here."

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Paul McCartney to Discuss "New" Album in First-Ever Live Twitter Q&A

Photo: Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney fans who want to find out details about the rock legend's upcoming album, New, soon will have the opportunity to ask the man himself about the release.  McCartney is set to field questions about the record during in his first-ever live Twitter Q&A, which is scheduled for this Thursday, October 3, at 8:40 a.m. ET. 

Sir Paul will focus specifically on queries about New, his first solo album of new original tunes in six years, on which he collaborated with producers Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin.  You can submit your questions for McCartney via Twitter by using the hashtag #askMacca.  New will arrive in U.S. stores on October 15.

Paul McCartney fans who want to find out details about the rock legend's upcoming album, New, soon will have the opportunity to ask the man himself about the release.  McCartney is set to field questions about the record during in his first-ever live Twitter Q&A, which is scheduled for this Thursday, October 3, at 8:40 a.m. ET. 

Sir Paul will focus specifically on queries about New, his first solo album of new original tunes in six years, on which he collaborated with producers Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin.  You can submit your questions for McCartney via Twitter by using the hashtag #askMacca.  New will arrive in U.S. stores on October 15.

Meanwhile, Beatles fans know that the band members always were been big promoters of peace, and in the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on McCartney's official website, Sir Paul revealed that the concept is still near and dear to him.

A fan named Jackie asked the rock legend, "If you could have a superpower, what would it be?" to which McCartney responded, "I'd be called 'Peaceman' and my superpower would be a zapper that I would use to END WAR!"

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Jay-Z Covers Vanity Fair, Talks Wooing Beyonce, Raising Blue Ivy & More

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Jay-Z not only dons a black-and-white tuxedo on the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair, but the usually reserved rapper has also opens up to discuss his family life with his wife, Beyonce, and their daughter, Blue Ivy, in what's being billed as his most-telling interview ever.

Beginning with his relationship, the Brooklyn rapper finally answers a question that many fans have long pondered: Would Jay have been able to woo Beyoncé if he wasn’t Jay-Z?

"If I’m as cool as I am, yes," the rap mogul says.  "But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. … But I would have definitely had to be this cool."  He also adds that Beyonce is no longer a good girl, instead she's "gangsta now."

As for those pesky rumors that Beyonce was never really pregnant and used a surrogate, Jay says, "I don’t even know how to answer that.  It’s just so stupid.  You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her."

He adds, "I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain?  But when you think about it, we’re still human beings.... And even in hip-hop, all the blogs -- they had a field day with it.  I’m like, 'We come from you guys, we represent you guys.  Why are you perpetuating this?  Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?'"

The rapper then reveals what it's like raising the couple's only child.  "She plays a song and she goes, 'More, Daddy, more...Daddy song.'  She’s my biggest fan," Jay says of Blue.  "If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy.  And that’s not like a cliché.  I’m really serious.  Just to see her -- ’Daddy song, more, Daddy.’  She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy.  She just wants to hear it."

The issue will hit newsstands nationally on October 8.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

Katy Perry Releases Full "Prism" Track List, Debuts New Song at iTunes Festival

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's been previewing tracks from her upcoming album, Prism, one by one for the last few weeks, but now the full track list for the album has been revealed on iTunes.

In addition to the single "Roar," the preview tracks "Dark Horse" and "Walking on Air," and the song rumored to be the next single, "Unconditionally," the track listing also includes "Spiritual," a song that Katy's boyfriend John Mayer co-wrote; a song called "It Takes Two," which features John on guitar; "Ghost," which was inspired by her split with Russell Brand, and the ballad "By the Grace of God," which details her suicidal thoughts after her marriage to Brand fell apart.

Katy debuted "By the Grace of God" live on Monday at the iTunes Festival in London.  Among the lyrics: "Thought I wasn't enough/ Found I wasn't so tough/ Laying on the bathroom floor/ We were living on a fault line/ And I felt the fault was all mine/ Couldn't take it anymore."

Here's the full track listing for Prism, due October 22:

"Roar"
"Legendary Lovers"
"Birthday"
"Walking on Air"
"Unconditionally"
"Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J)
"This Is How We Do"
"International Smile"
"Ghost"
"Love Me"
"This Moment"
"Double Rainbow"
"By the Grace of God"
"Spiritual"
"It Takes Two"
"Choose Your Battles"

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