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Tuesday
Dec232014

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Says Media Interest in New Christmas EP "Exploded in My Face"

Unison Music GroupAerosmith's Joe Perry recently released a special holiday EP aptly titled Joe Perry's Merry Christmas.  The four-song collection features instrumental versions of the yuletide standards "White Christmas" and "Silent Night," as well as the guitar great's take on Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph" and Elvis Presley's "Santa Claus Is Back in Town."

The guitar legend says the release of the project was almost a spur-of-the-moment decision and he's surprised at the amount of attention it's been garnering, noting that it "exploded in my face."

"Four weeks ago I had no plans of doing it, and then we did it and we were just gonna put it up on my webpage," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "And then it went on iTunes and then it's everywhere."

In addition, his label prompted him to do a promotional video for "Run Run Rudolph," and then Fox picked up the song to use in its NFL coverage.

"So it kind of exploded in my face," Perry notes.  "I mean, I really did not expect it to have the impact it did, but as long as people have fun with it, I'm cool."

Perry recorded the EP in Los Angeles, where he was spending time promoting his recently published memoir, Rocks, after the end of Aerosmith's 2014 tour.  He worked on the project with a variety of talented session musicians at a studio belonging to Johnny Depp, and he even got the Hollywood star to lend his musical talents to one tune.

"We realized that 'Run, Run Rudolph' needed another guitar on it.  And I figured [that] the whole idea about this was to get to work with other talented people, and he's definitely one of 'em," explains Joe.  "And he's a Chuck Berry fan like I am, and so he laid down the other rhythm track for that song and it really helped it a lot."

The EP's lead track, "White Christmas," meanwhile, kicks off with an interesting vocal effect that will be recognizable to Aerosmith fans.

"It's the same piece of equipment that I used on 'Sweet Emotion' back in the '70s," Perry reveals.  "I've been wanting to use it somewhere over the years and I keep forgetting to plug it in.  And this time it gave me a chance to use it, and it turned out to be a really cool echo from the past, so to speak."

Joe Perry's Merry Christmas can be purchased on CD for $4.99 -- shipping not included -- at UnisonMusic.com, and digitally for $3.99 at iTunes and $3.96 at Amazon.  Perry tells ABC News Radio that some of the proceeds raised by the EP will be donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which supports music-education programs in public schools.

"It's important for the fans to pay for the music," says Joe, "because…it gives us a chance to give some of it to charity and help all the way around."


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Tuesday
Dec232014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley was heavily influenced by British soul singer Joe Cocker, who passed away Sunday at age 70. Charles tweeted, "Just heard Joe Cocker passed away. Sad to hear that. When I say HUGE influence, that's an understatement. He will be missed."

Blake Shelton tweeted out a holiday wish Monday: "In case I forget Merry Christmas yall!! Now get the hell off Twitter... It's the holidays!!!!

Nashville guitar player Chip Young, best known for playing that signature guitar riff on Dolly Parton's "Jolene," died Saturday at age 76, according to The Tennessean.


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Tuesday
Dec232014

Florida Georgia Line Probably Won't Be Writing Christmas Songs During the Holiday Break

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is spending a quiet Christmas at home after wrapping up a very hectic 2014. A lot of that time will be spent in the rustic treehouse Brian and his wife, Brittney, added to their home this year.

"Yeah, just kind of hanging out with the dogs, the wife, just kind of relaxing," Brian tells ABC News Radio. "Maybe write some songs in the treehouse. It's gonna be good to be in Nashville, be at home and just kind of kick it."

Brian and his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, probably won't be writing any Christmas songs over the break, though. In fact, fans will have to wait a long time before they hear FGL release any Christmas music.

Tyler explains, "I actually don't mind Christmas music, but I do mind singing it. So, I don't know. It may be 10 years before BK and myself release a Christmas album, but I've learned to never say never."

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest next week.


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Tuesday
Dec232014

Justin Moore Reveals What Christmas Morning Is Like with His Little Girls

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore's two oldest daughters are polar opposites when it comes to waking up, and the difference is especially obvious on Christmas morning.

Justin says, "[My oldest] Ella's the one who gets up a hundred miles an hour. Like, no easing into the morning. It's just non-stop from the word go. Now, my middle daughter, her little sister, [three-year-old Kennedy] is like me. She's just kind of groggy for an hour or two."

Ella is very specific on what she wants to find under the Christmas tree this year -- a unicorn. She got the idea on a recent family trip to Sea World.

Justin says with a smile, "Well, she saw [a unicorn] at the zoo, but it had not grown his horn yet. He was too young. I'd like to thank the Sea World trainers for letting her know that."

Justin and his wife, Kate, welcomed a third daughter, Rebecca, in July.


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Tuesday
Dec232014

Ciara Sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Baby Future

Epic RecordsJust days after serenading Instagram followers with a rendition of Nelly's "Dilemma," Ciara has shared another video performance, this one just in time for the holiday season.

The singer posted a brief black-and-white clip via Instagram, in which she sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" while her six-month-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn, plays random keys on the piano.

"Christmas Song. By Me and Baby F.," she wrote in the caption of the video. In another clip, her son stares in amazement as she belts the hook.

Over the weekend, Ciara shared another image from her holiday photo-shoot with her son. "We're So Ready!!:)" she wrote.

Meanwhile, its been three months since Future shared an image of his son on social media. In August, Ciara called off her engagement with the rapper after 10 months of dating. Interestingly enough, though, she's still one of the three people that Future follows on Instagram.


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Tuesday
Dec232014

Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Lack the "Drive" to Be a Bigger Band

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsWhen The Killers released their debut album, Hot Fuss, in 2004, the Las Vegas quartet became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Ten years and three albums later, however, frontman Brandon Flowers feels like his band has underachieved.

"There's definitely a drive that we're lacking," Flowers tells NME. "It takes a lot of work and that's fine, everybody's different, everybody's gonna have their own road that they go down. Other than Coldplay I'm not sure anybody's made the dent that U2 were able to make. They were so much a part of the landscape and the timing of when they were coming out."

Flowers wants to be his era's defining band, but he thinks that the current musical landscape makes it difficult for any band to achieve that status.

"It's changed so much now, there's so much music out there and so much noise to compete with, it's strange times," he says. "So sometimes it's frustrating with four different people and four different personalities in this band, we don't have that whole history that U2 have of these four young kids that knew each other and grew up in the same town."

Speaking of U2, Flowers does say that it bothers him that The Killers aren't as successful as Bono's band.

"It is frustrating," he says. "People actually talk about how they don't feel like they're adequate, and it's a big band. I don't feel like that -- I feel like I can do it."


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Monday
Dec222014

Music Stars React to the Death of Joe Cocker

Credit: Olaf HeineJoe Cocker passed away on Monday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.  The gritty-voiced British singer was best-known for his memorable renditions of other artists' songs, including his soulful version of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" that he performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival.  Now, a variety of music stars have issued statements paying tribute to Cocker, including the two surviving Beatles.

Paul McCartney, who co-wrote "With a Little Help from My Friends" with the late John Lennon, said in his homage to Cocker, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing.  He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing.  I was especially pleased when he decided to cover 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and I remember him and [late record producer] Denny Cordell coming round…and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that."

Sir Paul added, "I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away.  He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him."

Ringo Starr, who sang the original version of "With a Little Help from My Friends," posted his own tribute Cocker on his Twitter account that reads, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love."

Another song Cocker famously covered was Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," which was written by Dave Mason.  In a new Facebook post, Mason explains that he wrote the tune as "an unrequited love song about not feeling too good myself," adding that when he first heard Cocker's rendition, he "was blown away."

Mason continues, "This song was no longer about not feeling too good myself. It WAS feelin' alright! I owe a great debt of gratitude to Joe Cocker for cutting that song. Even though I wrote it and sang it with Traffic, it is the quintessential version that will live on long after his passing and mine. What a voice."

Here are comments and messages from some other artists about Cocker's passing:

Longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes is a huge Cocker fan who, with his other group Gov't Mule, paid tribute to Joe's classic 1970 live album Mad Dogs and Englishmen by playing it at a 2012 New Year's Eve concert.  Speaking on Monday with ABC News Radio, Haynes said of Cocker's passing, "It's a huge loss.  Vocalists like that don't come along very often, you know?" He added, "You could hear the influences, the history in his voice.  He was obviously a huge Ray Charles fan, but when he opened his mouth, everything that came out sounded uniquely like Joe Cocker."

Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman was a close friend of Joe.  He told the BBC that Cocker "had a voice that was just unique," adding, "The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years."

Bryan Adams, who co-wrote Joe's 1989 hit "When the Night Comes," posted on his Twitter account: "RIP my good friend, you were one of the best rock singers EVER."

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler tweeted, "WE LOVED YOU FOREVER, WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS...RIP JOE COCKER."

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told ABC News Radio, "He was one of those singers that everybody talked about.  He was such a dynamic performer and such an incredible singer."

In the '80s, Cocker teamed with Jennifer Warnes on the #1 duet "Up Where We Belong," from the movie An Officer and a Gentleman, which won a Grammy, as well as a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Warnes told ABC News Radio she's glad she had the chance to work with him. "I just feel so grateful about working with Joe. There was nothing bland, you know, there was nothing tricky. It was...it was just pure real music." Warnes told ABC News Radio she doesn't think she will ever sing "Up Where We Belong" again. "No, I think that's it for me. There's no experience that could duplicate singing that song with Joe."

Peter Frampton tweeted, "So sad to hear of Joe Cocker's passing. 'You are so beautiful' is both Joe and Nicky Hopkins piano at their very best. Gonna play it now RIP."

The Recording Academy's Neil Portnow issued a statement honoring Cocker and noting that he "had one of the most distinctive, soulful voices in all of rock…Our music community has lost a passionate and influential artist, and his legacy will continue to inspire and entertain generations to come."


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Monday
Dec222014

Ed Sheeran Sets Another Chart Record with His Album "X"

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran's Grammy-nominated album X (multiply) has done extremely well in the U.S., but in his native U.K., it's a monster smash.

Britain's Official Charts Company reports that even though the disc has been out for months, it sold more copies just in the past week -- 214,000, to be exact -- than any other album this year in the U.K. has sold in a single week. The sales surge is due to Christmas shopping: looks like a lot of Brits are getting X in their stockings this year. 

X has spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 on the U.K. charts and has spawned four hit singles, including "Sing" and "Thinking Out Loud."  

In the U.S., X is up for the prestigious Album of the Year Grammy, alongside discs by Pharrell Williams, Beck, Beyonce and Ed's pal Sam Smith.


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Monday
Dec222014

Phillip Phillips Remembers Joe Cocker: "He Was the Definition" of Passion 

Olaf Heine; Nick WalkerThe passing of the great Joe Cocker has inspired an outpouring of tributes from other artists, but one surprising artist to chime in via Twitter is a guy who wasn't even alive when Cocker recorded his greatest hits: American Idol season 11 champ Phillip Phillips, who wrote, "RIP Joe Cocker. Such an inspiration to me and music. His voice will carry on."  

Phillip says despite the fact that he was born in 1990, years after Cocker scored with "You Are So Beautiful," "Up Where We Belong" and "With a Little Help from My Friends," the singer had a huge impact on him.  As he tells ABC News Radio, "I mean, he's just a legend and I've listened to him since I was a little kid, y'know, hearing it on the radio or playing it throughout the house.  And hearing his voice, you can't help but notice it's him."  

"He's so iconic, and for me, he was a big inspiration with his voice and how much passion he gave into music," adds Phillip. "And I think that's what draws him to everyone, you know? It's like a light that you can't stop looking at."

In addition to Cocker's soulful vocals, Phillip says he was also taken with his unique performance style, which usually featured him spastically twitching all over the stage.  While Cocker's moves were often mocked, Phillip says it just shows how deeply Cocker felt the music.

"He gives it his all and that's what definitely inspired me," he says. "He didn't care what people were going to do or say or anything. He was doing it because it made him feel good and it doesn't matter what you do or how you do it, you just gotta be passionate about it. And he's definitely the definition of that."

As an American Idol contestant, Phillip had to make classic songs "his own" each week, and he says Cocker, who was a master of reinterpreting songs by artists -- most memorably The Beatles -- inspired him in that way as well.

"There's a lot of people that can change up songs but to make it a hit, you know, that was already a hit before that?  To make it an even bigger hit, that's hard to do," he laughs.

Phillip says he realizes that people his age may not know Cocker's name, but he suggests that all they have to do is listen to his music, and they'll realize how familiar it is.

"A lot of people my age and whatnot might not know him but they definitely know his music or his take on songs and some of his old songs as well," he tells ABC News Radio. "He's legendary in a way that his music will always live on." 


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Monday
Dec222014

Lady Gaga Says Pop Singers Who Don't Write Their Songs Are Doing "Karaoke for Pretty Girls"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLady Gaga has always prided herself on the fact that she writes nearly all her own songs, but she made an exception for her #1 Cheek to Cheek, her duets project with Tony Bennett.  On that album, she's recorded standards written by others, but she says that's OK...only because she's a great singer.

"If you’re not gonna write your own music, you better be able to blow," Gaga tells Yahoo! Style, using the slang term for "singing really well."  "Because if you can’t blow, there’s no reason to do the job." 

She then adds, somewhat controversially, "Then you think about artists that can’t really sing, that have songs written for them, and it’s like, well why are they artists? Why are companies paying money to promote them? Because they’re beautiful and look good on camera and are kinda-sorta singing along? It’s like karaoke for pretty girls."

"When you’re a singer-songwriter it doesn’t really matter if you’re beautiful," she tells the website. "What matters is that you create a relationship with your fans, and they care what you have to say.”

Gaga also reveals that she's already writing songs for the follow-up to her current album, ARTPOP.  Asked to describe it, Gaga says, "I want the fans to be surprised. But I will just tell you that it’s a wonderful, soul-searching experience."


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Monday
Dec222014

Pierce the Veil to Headline Self Help Fest 2015

Image Courtesy of Adam ElmakiasPierce the Veil has announced on their YouTube page that the band will be headlining the 2015 edition of Self Help Fest. The festival will be held on March 7 in San Bernardino, California -- the same city that hosts Slipknot's Knotfest. Tickets to Self Help Fest 2015 will go on sale December 24 via SelfHelpFest.com. VIP tickets, including a meet-and-greet and VIP area access, are on sale now.

Sleeping with Sirens, Falling in Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada also grace the 2015 Self Help lineup. The entirety of the festival's lineup has yet to be announced.

The 2014 Self Help Fest featured performances by A Day to Remember, Of Mice & Men and Bring Me the Horizon. In addition to the California-held festival, Self Help Fest also announced a 2014 Northeast edition, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October.

PTV will most likely be breaking out some new material for their Self Help set, as the band's fourth album is due out in 2015. Their last record, 2012's Collide with the Sky, peaked at number one on Billboard's Rock Albums and Alternative albums charts.


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Monday
Dec222014

Beyonce, Solange & Jay Z Make EW's List of 2014's Most Memorable Pop Culture Moments

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As 2014 draws to a close, Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the year's 25 most memorable pop culture moments and, as you might expect, Beyonce's family brawl was among the entries on the list.

Coming in at #4 is Bey's sister Solange Knowles' notorious attack on her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator following the Met Gala in May. Though we will likely never know what caused Solo to kick and punch Beyonce's husband, Bey made references to the issue on her "Flawless Remix" with Nicki Minaj: "'Of course sometimes s**t goes down when it's a billion dollars on the elevator," she sang.

Elsewhere on the list, Killer Mike came in at #18 for addressing police violence against unarmed young black men. The rapper received an outpouring of support following his emotional speech just moments after it was announced that a grand jury in Missouri had decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Some of the other things on EW's list: the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Marvel's announcement of its upcoming slate of movies for years in the future; the Purple Wedding on Game of Thrones; the disappointing finale of How I Met Your Mother; and, of course, the Sony hack and cancellation of The Interview.  You can read the the list at EW.com.


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Monday
Dec222014

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Selling the Rest of Their Nashville-Area Property for $18.5 Million

Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill are looking to sell the remaining 623 acres of their property just south of Nashville for $18.5 million. According to Zillow, the couple recently sold a portion of the land, and they're now offering the rest of property in two parcels.

One part is offered at $10 million, complete with a circa 1800 log home on 353 acres. That part has a 12-stall barn and a guest house, too. The smaller part is on sale for $8.5 million and includes the Beechwood Hall house, which was completed four years before the Civil War. That property is reportedly in need of a renovation.

The couple's main residence is located closer to downtown Nashville.


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Monday
Dec222014

Beyonce Sends Actress Laverne Cox Personalized Christmas Card

Eric McCandless/CBSBack in August, actress Lavern Cox fearlessly danced along during Beyonce's 16-minute performance at the the 2014 VMAs. So imagine her surprise when she learned that Queen Bey personally sent her a Christmas card in the mail.

The Orange Is the New Black star revealed the news via Instagram. "So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @Beyonce I literally fell to the floor," she wrote in the caption. "I was on the floor of my apartment. I have witnesses."

In addition to the card, Beyonce was kind enough to include her new holiday-themed sweatshirt with the words "Cake by the Pound" inscribed on it.

Cox shared, "Thanks Bey for the gift. I have had an awesome year and this is certainly a highlight. Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family."

She continued, "Thanks for all the amazing music and endless inspiration you've given to me and so many over the past 16 years. Since No No No I have been saying YASSS YASSS YASSS! #QueenBey forever."


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Monday
Dec222014

Charlie Daniels Band's 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam Scheduled for August in Nashville

Webster PRThe Charlie Daniels Band has announced the initial lineup for its 40th anniversary Volunteer Jam, which is scheduled to take place August 12, 2015, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  Among the artists who have signed on to perform at the concert are veteran Southern rockers The Outlaws and country stars Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Kentucky Headhunters.

More artists will be added to the bill soon, while unannounced special guests also are expected to appear at the event.

Speaking about the Volunteer Jam as its milestone anniversary approaches, Daniels says, "We never had any idea how big it would become, broadcasting around the world and on Voice of America.  We thought it was a hometown thing.  We never realized it would become an international event."

He adds, "I'm very, very excited to continue the Jam tradition 40 years later.  Ain't it good to be alive and be in Tennessee."

Money raised from the concert will benefit The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit organization Daniels co-founded that helps U.S. military veterans, as well as The Predators Foundation, which supports various Nashville-area charities.

Tickets for the bash will go on sale on January 30 at the Bridgestone Arena, Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com.  Tickets are priced at $17.68 and $40, while VIP packages cost $500.

Meanwhile, The Charlie Daniels Band has a bunch of other 2015 U.S. tour dates lined up.  Visit CharlieDaniels.com to check out the group's full itinerary.


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Monday
Dec222014

Phil Rudd Says He's "Going Back to Work with AC/DC" 

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has talked with the media for the first time since he was arrested last month on charges of threatening to kill and possessing illegal drugs.  In an interview with New Zealand's ONE News Monday, the 60-year-old rocker insists that despite his legal troubles, he plans on returning to his famous band.

"I'm going back to work with AC/DC, I don't care who likes it or who doesn't," he declares.

Along with the charges he's currently facing, Rudd also initially was arrested for allegedly hiring someone to kill two people, although those charges were quickly dropped.  With regard to the murder-for-hire charge, Rudd calls it "ludicrous," adding, "As if I needed anyone to do that."

Addressing the media frenzy surrounding him and his impending court battle, Phil says, "This has just been a big ball of cheese, with the rats [running around] grabbing a piece.  That's just life, but that's not who I am."

He adds, "Everyone listens to the wrong people.  They should listen to me.  I'm a good guy, and I'm a pretty good drummer, by the way.  Ask [AC/DC guitarist] Angus [Young,] he'll tell you."

Before the end of the interview, Rudd again discusses his intention to rejoin AC/DC, who will be hitting the road next year for a world tour in support of its just-released album, Rock or Bust.

"I want my job back, I want my reputation back and I'm gonna get it back," he tells ONE News.  "I'm gonna f**king take it back.

Phil is due back in court in his adopted hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand in February.  As for his immediate plans, he tells ONE News, "I'm going fishing today, flying this afternoon and a lot of fornicating tonight."

In an interview with USA Today last month, Angus Young revealed that Rudd had been acting erratically while the band was recording Rock or Bust.  As for Phil's status with the group, Angus said, "I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."


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Monday
Dec222014

Jordin Sparks Is an "Equal-Opportunity" Dater, but Would "Never" Try Online Dating

Image Group LA/ABCNow that Jordin Sparks is single following her painful breakup with Jason Derulo this fall, she says she's not quite ready to start dating again -- but when she does, it won't be via an online site or app.

Speaking to People magazine, Jordin says,  "I'm pretty much dating myself...I'm not ready to deal with all that. I don't have time for distractions or people who are going to waste my time. But I'm in a really good place. Mentally, physically, spiritually -- I'm in the best place I've been in years!"

When she's ready to reconsider romance, Jordin says, "I'm pretty much equal-opportunity: black, white, brown, yellow, I don't care. As long as you've got a good job, it really doesn't matter what you do." She adds, ""As long as you're a good man who respects me, it doesn't take much."

But Jordin says she won't be looking for Mr. Right on Tinder or OKCupid. "Oh my gosh, never in a million years!" she says. "If you see a profile on there, it's not me."

Meanwhile, Jordin's focusing on her new music: her new album, Right Here, Right Now, is coming in early 2015. She says writing songs has been "a very therapeutic process."  For a preview, check out her mixtape, #ByeFelica, which is available now.


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Monday
Dec222014

Taylor Swift Makes "EW's" List of 2014's Most Memorable Pop Culture Moments

Fred LeeAs 2014 draws to a close, Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the year's 25 most memorable pop culture moments and, as you might expect, Taylor Swift has a prominent entry on the list.

Coming in at #15 is "Taylor Swift replaces herself at #1."  That refers to the moment in November, when her song "Shake It Off" was replaced at #1 by her song "Blank Space" on the Billboard Hot 100. She became the first female artist ever to replace herself at #1 on that chart, and it illustrated how completely her album 1989 dominated the pop culture conversation since its announcement in August, and its subsequent release in October.

Other vaguely music-related entries on EW's Top 25 list:  Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator, which is #2 on the list, and at #5, John Travolta fumbling Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, introducing her as "Adele Dazeem" before her performance of "Let It Go."

Some of the other things on EW's list: the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Marvel's announcement of its upcoming slate of movies for years in the future; the Purple Wedding on Game of Thrones; the disappointing finale of How I Met Your Mother; and, of course, the Sony hack and cancellation of The Interview.  You can read them all over at EW.com.


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Monday
Dec222014

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Play Surprise Show at Her Oklahoma Bed and Breakfast

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert played a very small show at her Ladysmith bed and breakfast in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on Friday. According to Oklahoma TV station KXII, Blake and Miranda announced the all-ages show via the Ladysmith's Facebook page just hours before it started. There was a $5 cover, and about 80 people were on hand for the show. The fans got to meet Blake and Miranda after the concert.

Miranda opened the Ladysmith in September across the street from her boutique, The Pink Pistol. For more information, go to TheLadysmith.us.


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Monday
Dec222014

Karen O Says Yeah Yeah Yeahs Are "On a Bit of a Hiatus" 

Image Courtesy of Dan MartensenYeah Yeah Yeahs fans may have to wait some time for a new album. Frontwoman Karen O revealed to NME that the band is waiting for inspiration to hit, but, in the meantime, they are on "hiatus."

"We're on a bit of hiatus at the moment, so nothing yet. We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch," she says. "The time needs to be right and we're OK waiting for that, I think."

YYY's last album was 2013's Mosquito. Though the album was the band's highest-charting effort, reaching number five on the Billboard 200, it didn't receive the critical acclaim that they enjoyed on previous records. However, O says that those reviews have not affected YYY's desire to make another album.

"It's a pretty dangerous hole to fall down, reading your own reviews, so it's not something I personally do," she says. "All you can do is try to make albums you can stand by and be proud of, that are a snapshot of where you were at the time. It won't stop us, nothing like that."

O released her first solo album, Crush Songs, earlier this year.


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