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Monday
Aug052013

Britney Spears' "Recipe" for Upcoming 8th Album: A Mix of the Other Seven

Facebook.com/BritneySpearsBritney Spears fans are waiting patiently for her next album, which she wrote on Twitter is "coming sooner than you think."  But for those who want to know what the disc will sound like, it appears that all you have to do is listen to her previous seven albums.

On Britney's Facebook page, she's posted what she calls her "Album 8 Recipe," which includes various aspects of her other releases. "We need a bit of sweet ....Baby," reads the recipe, "not that innocent Oops!, self-confident Britney, damn hot [In the] Zone, club-smashing Blackout, personal Circus and powerful Femme Fatale."

"Mix in a vanilla-smelling studio. Pour some B-love into it," continues the recipe.  "Stir it carefully with a producer's spoon until combined.  Wait about a year.  Pour the mixture into CD cases and cover the top with bonuses stickers."

Britney also wrote on Twitter, "This album is for my diehard fans so it needs to be perfect!!"  She also tweeted to her fans, "I love each and every one of u and u guys are my inspiration 4 my new album."

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Monday
Aug052013

50 Cent Ordered to Surrender His Guns in Domestic Violence Case 

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50 Cent appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday to plead not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges, stemming from incident in June in which he is accused of kicking the mother of his child and trashing her place.

According to TMZ, a judge ordered the 37-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Curtis Jackson, to surrender all firearms to local law enforcement or sell them to a licensed firearm dealer within 24 hours.

Jackson also must obey a protective order prohibiting him from contacting model Daphne Joy -- the alleged mother of his second child.  He must remain at least 100 yards away from her.

An hour after leaving the courtroom, 50 posted an image on his Instagram page with the word, "Step into my shoes and walk the life I'm living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am."  In the image's caption, 50 wrote, "I learned to use confusion for fuel.  It sparks my creativity."

Jackson is due back in court next month to face five misdemeanor charges -- one count of domestic violence and four of vandalism -- and up to five years in jail if convicted. 

As previously reported, the L.A. City Attorney's office revealed the rapper got into a heated argument with his ex-girlfriend in June, which led to the woman hiding in the bedroom.  Jackson allegedly kicked down the door -- injuring his ex's face in the process -- and then left the condo before police arrived.

In a statement released to ABC News last month, Jackson's lawyer, Scott Leemon, declared, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest."

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Monday
Aug052013

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to Stage Circus-Themed Event in October

Vagrant RecordsEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros want to share their love of the circus with you. The band is set to curate a four-day event in October called Big Top which features performances from the band, a farmer's market, beer gardens, late-night happenings, vaudeville comedy, contortionists, acrobats, puppetry and interactive performance art.

"Far gone are the ancient days of the traveling troubadours, lingering in towns, meeting the people, entertaining for days," says frontman Alex Ebert in a statement.  "If you tour, or you have been to a 'professional' show, you may have had the sense that something is missing from the experience...and so, here comes the idea of Big Top -- a one-off experiment in reaching for a more colorful, soulful, way to tour."

Big Top will take place October 17-20 at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Los Angeles, CA.  Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com.

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Monday
Aug052013

Cage the Elephant Reveals New Album Title, Talk Difficult Songwriting Process

Colin LaneCage the Elephant has revealed the title of their follow-up to 2011's Thank You Happy Birthday. Frontman Matt Shultz tells ConsequenceofSound.com that their third studio album will be titled Melophobia, which he says is “the hatred or fear of music.”

The singer says he chose Melophobia as the title because he felt it reflected how he felt about writing songs for the upcoming release. “The whole process was riddled with adversity and growing pains,” he explains. “I don’t want to make it seem like it wasn’t rewarding, ’cause there were moments of peace and beautiful grace. But there was no part of the process that was easy.”

Shultz adds that the upcoming release was influenced by electronic dance music and 60’s rockers David Bowie and Velvet Underground.  “With electronic music, it’s so new and revolutionary that it seems the possibilities are endless,” he notes. “And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s this purist indie rock and garage…from the ’60s. So what we wanted is to take that playfulness and swagger but have it open-ended like EDM.”

While a release date for Melophobia has yet to be announced, the band is expected to unveil more information about the record in the coming weeks.

In other Cage the Elephant news, the band has signed on to support Muse on a series of dates for their upcoming fall tour. That outing begins on September 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Visit CageTheElephant.com to view the full itinerary.

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Monday
Aug052013

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx Launches Signature Line of Sunglasses

BluBlocker.comMötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has partnered with BluBlocker sunglasses to launch his own line of shades.  The sunglasses feature black frames with tan lenses, and are described as "great for blocking the sun during summer fun or looking like a champ while you're out on the town."

"It was my goal to create something special for you so I hope you will enjoy this special edition of Aviators in your personal collection box," says Sixx in a statement.

Sixx's signature line of shades will run you $49.95 a pair and are available now at BluBlocker.com.  The first 200 people to purchase the glasses will receive a signed autograph from the rocker.

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Monday
Aug052013

Willie Nelson Teams Up with Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples and More on New Duets Album, "To All the Girls…"

Legacy RecordingsDolly Parton, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris are part of an all-star roster of female singers who duet with Willie Nelson on a new album by the country legend titled To All the Girls… that's due out on September 24.  The 18-track collection will be the third studio effort from the singer/songwriter in just 16 months.  The releases celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member's 80th birthday.

Among the other artists collaborating with Nelson on the album are Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Wynonna, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.  Willie also is featured duetting with his daughter Paula Nelson on a rendition of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Have You Ever Seen the Rain."

Here's the To All the Girls… track listing:

"From Here to the Moon and Back" -- Dolly Parton
"She Was No Good for Me" -- Miranda Lambert
"It Won't Be Very Long" -- Secret Sisters
"Please Don't Tell Me" -- Rosanne Cash
"Far Away Places" -- Sheryl Crow
"Bloody Mary Morning" -- Wynonna
"Always on My Mind" -- Carrie Underwood
"Somewhere Between" -- Loretta Lynn
"No Mas Amor" -- Alison Krauss
"Back on Earth" -- Melanie Cannon
"Grandma's Hands" -- Mavis Staples
"Walkin'" -- Norah Jones
"'Til the End of the World" -- Shelby Lynne
"Will You Remember Mine" -- Lily Meola
"Dry Lightning" -- Emmylou Harris
"Making Believe" -- Brandi Carlile
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" -- Paula Nelson
"After the Fire Is Gone" -- Tina Rose

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Monday
Aug052013

Watch MGMT’s Campy Video for New Single, “Your Life Is a Lie”

Facebook.com/MGMTMGMT has unveiled a campy new video for “Your Life Is a Lie,” the first single from the band’s upcoming self-titled album, due out September 17.

The fast-paced two-minute clip features the band, and a cast of eccentric characters, acting out the lyrics from the track. The lyrics are also painted on some of the characters’ chests, as well as featured on signs and books that are thrown in front of the camera for just a few second each.

MGMT’s follow-up to 2010’s Congratulations will feature ten songs, including "Alien Days," the single that was released on vinyl in April for this year’s Record Store Day initiative.  In addition, the album will include a cover of “Introspection" by 1960s cult band Faine Jade.

Here's the new album's track list:

“Alien Days”                           
“Cool Song No. 2”                                   
“Mystery Disease”                               
“Introspection”                                      
“Your Life Is a Lie”                 
“A Good Sadness”                                 
“Astro-Mancy”                       
“I Love You Too, Death”                          
“Plenty of Girls in the Sea”                                 
“An Orphan of Fortune"

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Monday
Aug052013

Pink Says "It's a Compliment" to Be Called a Lesbian

TheFancy.comPink's certainly never made a secret of her support of gay rights, so when some haters took to Twitter to bash her for showing that support, the singer wore it like badge of honor.

The Twitter attacks apparently began after Pink draped herself in a rainbow-colored gay pride flag, given to her by an audience member, during her weekend concert in Sydney, Australia on her The Truth About Love tour.

In response to the haters, Pink tweeted, "Fun fact: when you twitter me and say 'you're a lesbian' it really doesn't bother me at all. It's a compliment. Most of my fav ppl are, so..."

She went on, "I'm sure all of you hate filled humans can come up with something a little worse than that?!? Come on -- be creative. You have 140 characters!"

Pink will stay Down Under through September 8 before returning to the U.S.  She'll resume her tour October 10 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  Visit TheTruthAboutLoveTour.com for her complete itinerary.

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Monday
Aug052013

Kanye West to Perform at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

Facebook.com/KanyeWestKanye West will head to Brooklyn later this month as he's been added to the official lineup for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

This will be the seventh time Ye has taken stage at the annual ceremony, tying Madonna for the most performances. The rap icon is expected to perform "Black Skinhead," from his latest album,Yeezus.

MTV made the announcement on Instagram, writing, "BREAKING! Kanye West to perform at the 2013 #VMAs 8/25 at @barclayscenter! Don’t worry Ye, we got your damn croissants."

Kanye joins previously announced performer Lady Gaga, who will showcase her new single "Applause," lifted from her forthcoming album ARTPOP, due November 11.

The 30th annual MTV VMAshow airs live on August 25 at 9 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Monday
Aug052013

Ozzy Says Drummer Bill Ward Is Too Overweight to Tour with Sabbath

Facebook.com/BlackSabbathIn a recent interview with GuitarInternational.com, founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward lamented that he isn't currently playing with the band, while insisting that reports claiming that he isn't physically able to handle touring with the group aren't true.  However, Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne maintains that he doesn't think the 65-year-old beat keeper "could have done the gig."

Speaking last week to the New York Daily News, Osbourne said, "He's incredibly overweight.  A drummer has to be in shape.  He's already had two heart attacks.  I don't want to be responsible for his life."

Even so, Osbourne told the paper that he'd be happy to have Ward back in the band, saying "the door is always open" for him to return, while admitting that Black Sabbath is "not the same" without him.  For his part, Ward told GuitarInternational.com that he'd consider rejoining Sabbath if he can reach an agreement on an acceptable contract.  As initially reported, Ward said his decision not to participate in the recording of the group's new album, 13, and the tour in support of it came down to being offered an unfair contract.

Meanwhile, Osbourne said he couldn't be happier about how well 13 turned out and is being received by critics.

With regard to the record debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, he told the newspaper -- with his trademark flair for language -- that he remembered thinking, "What the f*** is this?  Who the f*** gets their first number-one album 45 years into their f***ing careers?"

As for his initial reaction to hearing 13, Ozzy noted, "I'm a terrible critic of myself.  I rip my own albums apart.  But when I heard this finished, I said to my wife, 'I don't know what they did.'  It hit me like a sledgehammer."

Black Sabbath's current North American tour leg is mapped out through a September 3 show in Los Angeles.

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Monday
Aug052013

Mumford & Sons Enlists Help from Comedic Actors for “Hopeless Wanderer” Video

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons have tapped four famous comedic actors to star in their new video for “Hopeless Wanderer,” a cut from the band’s Grammy-winning album, Babel. The five-minute clip features the members of the band re-cast with SNL alumni Jason Sudeikis as frontman Marcus Mumford and Will Forte as bassist Ted Dwane. It also features Jason Bateman as banjo player Winston Marshall and Ed Helms as keyboardist Ben Lovett.

The storyline follows the band as they perform the track in a variety of locations including a barn, a field and on a boat in the middle of a pond. In addition, Sudeikis and Forte ham it up in the middle of the clip, passionately kissing in-between singing along to the lyrics.

In other Mumford & Sons news, the band will release a limited-edition vinyl box set of select tracks from Babel on September 23. Titled Babel: The 7-Inch Single Collectors Edition, the package includes five records featuring the singles “I Will Wait,” “Lover of the Light,” “Whispers in the Dark,” “Babel” and “Hopeless Wanderer.”

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Monday
Aug052013

Emeli Sandé Announces U.S. Headlining Tour

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Following her first performance at Lollapalooza on Friday, Emeli Sandé has revealed the dates for her upcoming North American tour.

Emeli's 12-city fall outing kicks off on October 11 at The Fillmore Miami Beach, hitting major cities including Cincinnati, Tampa and Memphis, before it wraps up at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on October 26.

Three-time BRIT Award winner's tour will support her critically acclaimed debut album, Our Version of Events. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 10.

Meanwhile, before she embarks on her trek, the singer has several one-off performances scheduled including showcases at L.A.'s Club Nokia on August 10 and San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival on August 11.

Additional summer stops include Emeli taking stage at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park on August 28 and at the House of Blues in Boston on August 3, and joining the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31.

In related news, fans will be able to catch the Scottish singer performing her new single, "My Kind of Love," on ABC's Good Morning America on August 27.  She recently announced on Twitter that the song will be next single off the project.

Here are the fall tour dates:

10/11 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/12 -- Tampa, Florida, The Ritz
10/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City Birmingham
10/15 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
10/17 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theater
10/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
10/21 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
10/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
10/23 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room - Old National Centre
10/26 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theater

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Monday
Aug052013

Big Sean's "Hall of Fame" Available for Pre-Order, Track List Revealed

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Big Sean's forthcoming album, Hall of Fame, will arrive later this month, but until then fans can pre-order the disc via Amazon and check out the track list for his sophomore effort.

The 15-song project includes guest appearances from Miguel, Kid Cudi, Nas, Jeezy, James Fauntleroy, Nicki Minaj and Juicy J.  However, notably absent is Eminem, who recently hit the studio with the rapper back in April and was rumored to be apart of the set.

Nevertheless, Sean is excited about the new material and the trajectory of his budding career.  He recently tweeted, "Excited for the future!!! There was a time when I was afraid of it... Then I realized we control our own destiny."  He also shared that the visual for his new single "Beware" with Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko is "on the way."

Hall of Fame is scheduled for an August 27 release on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.

As previously reported, a few days before the CD release, Sean is scheduled to join Kid Cudi's headlining outing, dubbed the The Cud Life tour, beginning on August 22 in Salt Lake City.

Here is the track list for Hall of Fame:

"Nothing Is Stopping You"
"Fire"
"10 2 10"
"Toyota Music"
"You Don’t Know"
"Beware" (Feat. Lil Wayne & Jhené Aiko)
"First Chain" (Feat. Nas & Kid Cudi)
"Mona Lisa"
"Freaky"
"Milf" (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J)
"Sierra Leone / Greedy Ho’s"
"It’s Time" (Feat. Jeezy & Payroll)
"World Ablaze" (Feat. James Fauntleroy)
"Ashley" (Feat. Miguel)
"All Figured Out"

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Monday
Aug052013

Katy Perry Dances on "Teenage Dream's" Grave in Latest Single Teaser

Facebook.com/KatyPerryIn the first teaser video for her new single "Roar," Katy Perry showed she was putting her Teenage Dream era past her by setting her blue wig on fire.  Now, she's taking that concept to the extreme, by killing the Dream entirely.

In the latest "Roar" teaser, Katy's at a funeral, where a coffin covered with pink roses and spinning peppermint wheels -- the kind she wore on some of her costumes during the Teenage Dream era -- is being lowered into a grave.  Two girls in purple wigs and heart-shaped headbands, like Katy wore in the "California Gurls" video, are sobbing on the sidelines.  Katy meanwhile, just lowers her dark glasses, smirks and then laughs.

Linking to the video on Twitter, Katy wrote, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, a new beginning is a must!"

"Roar" will be out August 12.  It's the first single from her new album Prism, which is due in October.

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Monday
Aug052013

Justin Bieber: Well-Behaved or Brat? Club Reports Paint Two Different Pictures

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramDepending on whom you believe, Justin Bieber spent his weekend being either a perfect gentleman, or adding to his reputation for being a brat.

According to both The New York Post and the New York Daily News, Justin and his entourage showed up at the South Point club in tony Southampton, on New York's Long Island, just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday.  That, however, is pretty much where the story similarities end.

The New York Post reports Justin was the perfect gentleman, spending about an hour at the club.  The paper quotes a "spy" as saying, "[Justin] was standing on a banquette dancing when his song ["#thatPOWER"] came on.  Girls were trying to flirt with him, but he played it cool.”

Well, somebody's either making stuff up or leaving stuff out, because the New York Daily News paints an entirely different picture.  Calling Justin a "super-brat," the Daily News says when a female club patron tried to make her way past Justin's "overbearing" bodyguards to talk to the singer, the woman's male friend and Justin had a "heated exchange."

At that point, Justin "ripped his shirt off and went nuts. He was screaming,” the paper writes, quoting an unspecified "source."  Justin's people reportedly hustled him out of the club, just before some club-goers apparently decided they'd had enough of his entourage's alleged bullish behavior and began fighting with them.

The Daily News says a spokesperson for the South Pointe club confirmed to them that there had been an "incident" on Sunday but provided no other details, other than that they were reviewing security footage.

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Monday
Aug052013

Luke Bryan Taking Over CMT for "Crash My Party" Album Launch

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is taking over CMT this weekend with exclusive performances and behind-the-scenes footage leading up to the release of his new album, Crash My Party, on Tuesday, August 13. Luke will sing on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET before the premiere of his new special on the making of his new album, Luke Bryan: Crash My Party, at 2 p.m. ET.

CMT will broadcast Luke's videos in very heavy rotation during their Music Hours starting on Monday. Fans can also log on to CMT.com to enter the Crash Luke Bryan's Nashville Party Sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to see Luke perform in Music City. That contest runs through September 16.

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Monday
Aug052013

Elton John "Recovering Well" from Appendectomy

Facebook.com/EltonJohnLast month, Elton John was forced to cancel a string of concerts after being diagnosed with appendicitis, and now the Rocket Man has finally gone under the knife.  Britain's The Independent reports that John had surgery on Thursday in Monaco, and a spokesperson said he is "recovering well" from his appendectomy.

The Independent reports that Elton is recuperating in his home in Nice, France, and according to the U.K. paper The Mirror, he's been telling friends, "I feel great."  A source tells the paper, "Elton is back in Nice playing with [his two] boys now.  He is a lot better and very positive after the operation.  He still has to rest up, but is determined to get back on the road next month and can't wait to see his fans who have sent thousands of 'get well soon' messages."

John posted a note on his website last month thanking fans for their well-wishes, and saying that they had "touched me deeply" and would "play a big part in my recovery."  He added, "Please know that I consider myself a very blessed man to have such caring and considerate fans."

Elton's first public appearance following his surgery is scheduled for September 2 in London, when he becomes the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, given by the same folks who hand out the BRITs, the British Grammys.  His first concert will be September 4 in Leeds, England; then, he'll appear at a couple of British festivals before heading back to the U.S. for a string of dates in Las Vegas.  His new album, The Diving Board, is coming out on September 24.

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Monday
Aug052013

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx Launches Signature Line of Sunglasses

BluBlocker.comMötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has partnered with BluBlocker sunglasses to launch his own line of shades.  The sunglasses feature black frames with tan lenses, and are described as "great for blocking the sun during summer fun or looking like a champ while you're out on the town."

"It was my goal to create something special for you so I hope you will enjoy this special edition of Aviators in your personal collection box," says Sixx in a statement.

Sixx's signature line of shades will run you $49.95 a pair and are available now at BluBlocker.com.  The first 200 people to purchase the glasses will receive a signed autograph from the rocker.

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Monday
Aug052013

The Script's Danny on Touring with Train & Whether His Pal Will.i.am Is Going to "American Idol"

Facebook.com/TheScriptThe Script is spending the summer on the road with Train, as one of two opening acts on the band's Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour -- the other is Gavin DeGraw.  According to Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue, this is pretty much a perfect triple bill.  Why?  Just check iTunes.

"If you look on iTunes...you know that list underneath?  You normally see either Gavin DeGraw or The Script if you click for Train, or you see Gavin DeGraw and Train if you click on The Script and vice versa, all the way around," Danny tells ABC News Radio.  "So it just seems like really a homey...I don't know, I can't describe it.  It's just a real family vibe."

The family feel extends to the stage as well, because unlike most tours, where the opening acts don't play together, the Mermaids of Alcatraz tour features a big jam session at the end, with Gavin and The Script joining Train on stage for a version of the classic song "The Weight," by The Band

And in addition to all the fun times on stage, Danny says the tour's been great because the group's been gaining new fans every night.  "In the major cities...they know pretty much every song," Danny says of hits like "Break Even" and "The First Time."  "But I think what's even more interesting...is that even in the places where we're not that well known, we find that three songs in, we're turning crowds over...people that hadn't heard of us before were really responding to us well."

"By the end of the gig it's like we were headlining the show," he says proudly. 

When the tour is over, Danny says he and The Script will focus on recording a new album, which he recently described as "the most important part of our career as a band."  He said that when he was announcing his departure from The Voice UK, where he was a coach for two seasons along with Jessie J, Will.i.am and the legendary Sir Tom Jones

"I think if you take your eye off the ball, I think you're in serious trouble," Danny tells ABC News Radio, explaining that he left the show so he and The Script could make music their #1 priority.  "I just think it's really important to focus everybody, focus the whole band, because America's high on the bucket list," he adds. "You know, we're over here trying to work hard now, and...the most important part of our career is our album, y'know?  Our album and our fans and taking this to the next level."

But what about his colleague Will.i.am?  There are reports that Will's about to join the judging panel for American Idol season 13, along with Jennifer Lopez.  While Danny says he hasn't talked to Will about it yet, so he doesn't know if the rumors are true, he's definitely in favor of the Black Eyed Peas frontman jumping to Idol.

"I think it's a fantastic career move for him," Danny tells ABC News Radio, "Although I'll be sad to see him gone from The Voice UK, he's a brilliant mentor on that.  But the thing about Will is he's a jack of all trades, and, a master of many!"

Danny says that if Will does, in fact, join American Idol, "I think he's gonna do brilliant...I think he's going to do an incredible job and they're very lucky to have him."

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Monday
Aug052013

Taylor Swift Hasn't Forgotten the Country Stars Who Gave Her Early Breaks

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift may be the biggest thing in music today, but she hasn't forgotten those country stars who gave her a shot on stage early on in her career.

Taylor tells Rolling Stone, "When I was a teenager, my biggest lessons came from Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley. I learned so much from opening up for those artists."

Since all of those superstars were so welcoming to Taylor on the road, she now extends that same hospitality to her opening acts on The RED Tour, including Florida Georgia Line and Brett Eldredge.

Taylor welcomes Casey James as one of the opening acts for her show in Wichita, KS Tuesday night.

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