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Thursday
Jul022015

Breaking Benjamin Frontman Benjamin Burnley Discusses Mystery Illness and Pushing Through "Horrendous Pain"

Credit: Nicole NapierSince 2007, Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley has been suffering from a mysterious illness that causes dizziness and severe joint and muscle pain. His condition forced the band to cancel part of their 2010 tour and led to a five-year hiatus. While Breaking Benjamin has returned with Dark Before Dawn, their first new album in six years, Burnley's illness has stuck with him.

"I'm still extremely sick after getting the same answers from some 300 doctors: 'We don't know what's wrong with you,'" Burnley tells Rolling Stone. "The last time I was in a doctor's office, I slammed down my medical records, which are as thick as a phone book, and walked out. I'm tired of being a guinea pig. Now I push through the horrendous pain and do my thing."

Burnley even feels the pain when he's on stage performing, but he's found a way to use that to his advantage.

"The muscle and joint pain is so horrendous it distracts me from my other symptoms, so it's relieving in a sick way," he explains. "Basically, my only relief is intense pain."

Burnely even wrote some of the lyrics and riffs to Dark Before Dawn, the band's first number-one album on the Billboard 200, while visiting doctors' offices.

"I am pushing through all this bulls**t and the music is getting a great response," says Burnley. "It makes me really optimistic that things can be pleasant through darkness. You can still have a great time while you're suffering as long as you're strong enough to endure your pain."

Breaking Benjamin will be touring in support of Dark Before Dawn with a series of acoustic shows starting July 1, in Asheville, North Carolina, followed by a proper electric tour beginning July 14 in Big Flats, New York.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Gets Married

Michael Buckner/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcpFlorida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard commemorated a special anniversary Wednesday by getting married.

He married Hayley Strommel Wednesday night at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley, Idaho, he tells People magazine.

The couple tied the knot on the two-year anniversary of their first kiss.

Hubbard comments, "There's something about being able to call Hayley my wife and say that it's official!"

"Marriage is forever and we're just so happy to share our love forever," he adds.

Hubbard's band mate, Brian Kelley, served as his best man. He remarked, "We've kind of built a family, Hayley and myself and BK and his wife Brittney. It's a special day for all of us to celebrate."

The newlyweds will enjoy a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos before Florida Georgia Line resumes touring next week.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Tamar Braxton Releases Sneak Peek for "If I Don’t Have You" Video 

Epic RecordsLast month, Tamar Braxton has released a new song called "If I Don't Have You," the official lead single from her forthcoming album, Calling All Lovers. Now, she's giving fans a glimpse into the upcoming music video.

In the Harlem Nights-inspired clip, Tamar takes on an unexpected role inside a brothel alongside fellow reality stars, including former Real Housewife of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, Shateria Moragne-el and Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars Malika and Khadijah Haqq.

"I thought about it and I was like, 'You know, it would be really cool if I had my real girlfriends in a bit of a brothel. But you know it could be in the 1930s, it could be -- 2015!'" Tamar told Entertainment Tonight. "And it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re selling ourselves. It just means we’re all looking for something, and you don’t really know what each individual is looking for ’til you see the video."

She adds, "[The song is] about being transparent and it's about being open and honest with the person that you love."

"If I Don’t Have You," produced by Da Internz, appears on Tamar's third album, Calling All Lovers, arriving July 31.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Kid Ink Is Engaged to Girlfriend Asiah Azante

Courtesy Estevan Oriol/ RCA RecordsKid Ink has taken the next step in his relationship and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, fitness model Asiah Azante.

The 29-year-old rapper announced the news by sharing a couple pictures of her massive engagement ring on Instagram. While Ink didn't spill any details on how he proposed, his soon-to-be wife gushed about looking forward to their new life together.

"I’m the happiest girl in the universe," she wrote on Instagram while giving a better look at her diamond ring. "@kidinkbatgang I love you with all my heart!!! From a 15 year old girl to a 26 year old woman you’ve always had my heart we were always meant to be… I’ll love you like none other ever could FOREVER baby!"

She adds, "I've had a lot of great moments in my life but this month has by far been the best time in my life!!! I'm f**king ELATED!! #BLESSED"

The couple has known each other for more than a decade and lives together.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Tyga Says Label Problems Interfered with "Gold Album: 18th Dynasty"

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Following several false starts, Tyga planned an unexpected rollout for his latest album, Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

The rapper took to Twitter to explain the reason why he released the project as a free album stream last week.

"Didn't plan on selling on selling it Kuz of label problems," he writes. "It's a dope album. Got a lot of great feedback and millions of streams." He adds, "No physical copies either. All independent."

While his disputes with his Cash Money label have yet to be settled, Tyga has other things to focus on like his upcoming reality series, Kingin' with Tyga on MTV, which premieres July 24.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Extends US Solo Tour into Late September

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Moody Blues wound down their 2015 tour schedule with a June 27 performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, and now frontman Justin Hayward is turning his attention to his planned solo acoustic performances.  The singer/guitarist has a previously announced U.S. trek scheduled to kick off on August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and he recently tacked on more than a dozen dates that will see him on the road until late September.

The newly added shows run from a September 1 concert in Kent, Ohio, through a September 23 gig in Napa, California, and also include a two-night stand in Chicago and stops in Nashville; St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Boulder, Colorado; and Oakland, California.  The trek is billed as "An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward: The Watching & Waiting Tour," and the concerts will feature an opening set by Hayward's backing guitarist Mike Dawes.

First up for Justin, however, is a series of U.K. shows mapped out from a concert tomorrow night, July 2, in Porthcawl through a July 13 performance in Truro.

In other news, Hayward recently debuted a new live video featuring him performing the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story on Your Eyes" with accompaniment from a string quartet.  Watch the clip now by visiting JustinHaywardUnlock.com.

Here is a full list of Hayward's forthcoming solo U.S. dates:

8/19 -- Plymouth, NH, Flying Monkey
8/20 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
8/21 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
8/22 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall Hartford
8/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
8/25 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for the Arts
8/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/27 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
8/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/30 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater
9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall
9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre
9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Taylor Swift on Crop Top Obsession: "That's All You'll See Me Wear for Two Years"

Image Group LA/ABCNo, you’re not imagining it. Taylor Swift has been wearing cop tops and flared mini-skirts a lot lately. And she readily admits her style obsession.

“It’s hard to say when I decided they’re what I want to wear all the time, but I’ll make up my mind, and that’s all you’ll see me wear for two years,” she tells People magazine.

If you look back at her fashion evolution, she’s clearly gone through some phases. “You might recall from 2012 to 2014, you didn’t see me in any outfit that didn’t look like I was straight out of the ’50s,” she says. “Who knows what it’ll be next.”

She does spice up her wardrobe every now and then, though. She recently sported a harness as an accessory while carrying a studded Christian Louboutin x Louis Vuitton bag. “I never say fierce because I think it should be used lightly and when it’s appropriate, but this is a fierce bag,” she tells People. “It looks like a weapon. It’s got spikes on it!”

It’ll also set you back $5,150. But when you’re one of Forbes highest-paid celebrities, you can afford to wear what you want.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Carly Rae Jepsen Was "Less Afraid and More in Control" with New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter being told she was “just here for decoration” while making her last album, Carly Rae Jepsen knew she had to take control this time around. She tells Elle Canada that with her new album, Emotion, she was adamant about being in charge.

“When I first moved [to L.A.], I still felt like a little girl, even though I was 26,” she says. “I was just very grateful for everything and scared to say anything. There were so many things that I wouldn’t be vocal about. This time, I’m a little bit less afraid and more in control.”

She says that after the runaway success of “Call Me Maybe,” she was rushed to create her 2012 album Kiss. “I’d show up to a [writing] session and people would be like ‘You’re just here for decoration; we’ll write the song and give you credit,’” she says.

After that disheartening experience -- and amid constant badgering by her management to top the success of “Call Me Maybe” -- Carly took a two-year break, which included a lot of soul-searching and a stint on Broadway in Cinderella.

“I think doing Cinderella really placed me outside of what I thought was the whole world,” she says. “Being around people who not only didn’t care if you were in the pop world but actually preferred if you weren’t took my head out of that game in a really healthy way. Suddenly, it wasn’t about sitting down and writing a song but having an idea while walking through New York City and thinking ‘Where’s my phone?’”

She recorded her title track, “Emotion,” after one such moment of inspiration. “The night I recorded it, I had to do a show, and afterwards the director asked me why Cinderella sounded like Janis Joplin!” she says.

Instead of rushing through the process of making an album, Carly took her time and handpicked the people she wanted to work with. “I gave myself time to experiment and make some left turns,” she says. “I think it’s hard for artists when they’re known for one type of music -- you go through this rebellion stage and think ‘But I’m so much more!’ And I definitely felt that. So I wrote about 200 songs just for me and my own heart.”

Emotion, which contains 17 of those songs, will be released August 21.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Little Mix to Perform at Teen Choice Awards; Fifth Harmony to Present Style Award

Mark HunterLittle Mix will be bringing their “Black Magic” to the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. The British girl group will make their U.S. television debut with a performance on the Fox awards show Sunday, August 16.

The group -- consisting of Zayn Malik’s fiancée Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall -- will sing their new single, “Black Magic.” The girls are also known for co-writing the Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea song “Pretty Girls.”

Another girl group, Fifth Harmony, will be presenting the Candie’s Choice Style Icon Award at the ceremony, a prize given to the most stylish and fashionable girl of 2015. The ladies of Fifth Harmony were recently announced as the new faces of Candie’s back-to-school fashion line.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Disturbed Releases First "Immortalized" Making-Of Episode 

Credit: Travis ShinnAfter a four year hiatus, Disturbed will be releasing their comeback album Immortalized this summer. In honor of their return, the band filmed their time in the studio recording Immortalized for a making-of web series. Disturbed has now released the first minute-long episode of the series, which you can watch on YouTube.

"Here we are kids, Disturbed, new record, day one," says drummer Mike Wengren in the video. "We are in the middle of the Nevada desert on secret location right outside of Area 51. This is very top secret, you don't even know what's happening right now, you won't even see the footage until the record's done."

Wengren, frontman David Draiman and guitarist Don Donegan met up in January 2014 to begin writing material for Immortalized, marking the first time all three had collectively written together since 2001.

Immortalized will be released on August 21. If you pre-order the album, you'll receive an instant download of the lead single "The Vengeful One."

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Modest Mouse Plays "Game of Thrones" in "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" Video

Credit: Ben MoonModest Mouse's new video for "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box," looks likea Game of Thrones with a much, much smaller budget. The clip stars frontman Isaac Brock as a shirtless, crazed king who wields a broken light bulb as a scepter and dispatches enemies the same way The Mountain dealt with Oberyn Martell. You can watch all of the fantastical chaos of the "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" video now on YouTube.

"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" appears on Modest Mouse's new album, Strangers to Ourselves -- the band's first record in eight years. Strangers to Ourselves debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

Modest Mouse is currently touring Europe in support of Strangers to Ourselves, but the band will return to North America later this month. Their North American tour will run all the way through the end of October and will include appearances at Riot Fest, Austin City Limits and Voodoo Experience.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Cole Swindell Visits the Inspiration for "Roller Coaster" This July 4

Warner Music NashvilleThis Independence Day, Cole Swindell is headed for the town that inspired the hit he co-wrote for Luke Bryan, “Roller Coaster.” 

“I think I have a few days blocked off to go down to Panama City, maybe, and just relax with some friends,” Cole says. The summer hit was inspired by PCB’s Miracle Strip Amusement Park, and mentions one of the city’s main drags, Thomas Drive.

But after his trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast, Cole is looking forward to getting back to work. “Then it's busy. Back out with [Jason] Aldean and Kenny Chesney, man. This is a big opportunity and while things are hot, I want to get out there for the fans and play music as long as I can,” he reflects.

Look for Cole to perform his latest hit “Let Me See Ya Girl” as he puts his nose back to the grindstone with a solo date in Louisville, Kentucky on July 10, before playing Target Field in Minneapolis with Jason, Kenny, Brantley Gilbert and Old Dominion on July 18.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Miguel Headed to Las Vegas for His First Drai's Live Concert 

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Shorty after releasing his Wildheart album, Miguel has announced plans to play Las Vegas' Drai’s Beachclub, known as Sin City's only indoor/outdoor rooftop club.

Organizers have revealed that the singer is scheduled to perform at the venue on August 28, which will be his very first performance at the  65,000-square foot venue. The singer joins a growing list of high profile entertainers on the Drai's lineup -- previously announced performers include The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Ciara, 50 Cent, Akon, J. Cole, Tyga and others.

The stop will coincide with Miguel's North American summer tour, beginning on July 24 in Austin, Texas, and wrapping up September 4 in his hometown of Los Angeles.

You can grab tickets for Miguel's upcoming concert now via Draislv.com.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Kacey Musgraves' "Pageant Material" Claims the Crown, Debuts at #1

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves officially claims the crown, topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, as her second album, Pageant Material, debuts at number one. Her sophomore effort sold close to 55,000 copies during its first week, besting the 43,000 her debut moved in 2013, according to BillboardSame Trailer Different Park bowed at number 2 on the Country Albums ranking.

The new 14-song set also emerges in third place on the all-genre album chart, outpacing Taylor Swift’s 1989, which comes in at #4. Kacey kicks off her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue August 27 in Atlanta.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Chris Squire's Widow Asks Fans to Keep the Late Yes Bassist in Their Thoughts Today

Credit: Rob ShanahanFounding Yes bassist Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67 of a rare form of leukemia, and now his widow, Scotland, has come forward with some news to share regarding her late husband.

Scotland Squire reveals in a statement posted on YesWorld.com, "My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 p.m. [6 p.m. ET]."  She then quips, "However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris Squire."

Scotland goes on to request that, "at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix time, please take a moment to play your favorite Yes or Chris Squire song, or just think of your favorite Chris Squire memory."

Squire was the only member of Yes to play with every incarnation of the band since its 1969 formation.

Meanwhile, a bevy of new tributes have been added to the webpage Yes created to commemorate Squire's passing, including one from longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe.  Howe writes, "It's hard to imagine the future without Chris!  I sense that he will be in our thoughts & minds for sometime…He was a one-off, larger than life human being, who brought a serious amount to everything he was part of…Long may his memory resonate through the lands."

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Tori Kelly's Debut Album In at #2, "See You Again" #1 for 11th Week, Selena Blasts into Top 10

Capitol RecordsTori Kelly's Unbreakable Smile just got a little wider today: her debut album of the same name has debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart.

Tori's previous entry on that chart was the EP Forward, which reached #16 in 2013.  Unbreakable Smile has already produced the hits "Nobody Love" and "Should Have Been Us."  Rock band Breaking Benjamin beat her out for the top spot with their new album Dark Before Dawn.

Over on the Billboard Hot 100, "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, is #1 for an 11th week, and is currently dominating the race for the Song of the Summer.  If it lasts another week on top, it'll the record for the rap song that's spent the longest at #1.  The record of 12 weeks is currently held by the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

Selena Gomez blasts into the Hot 100 at #9 with her new single "Good for You." It's her third top-10 hit, following "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and "Come & Get It."  This is only the second song of the year to debut in the top 10 -- the last one was Maroon 5's "Sugar" back in January.  It's also the first song by a woman to debut in the top 10 since her pal Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off" in September of 2014.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Janet Jackson Launches New Jewelry Line

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Janet Jackson glowed during her appearance Sunday at the 2015 BET Awards, but she also had an extra sparkle thanks to the expensive accessories she wore, which are from her newly launched jewelry collection.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the singer has partnered with Paul Raps New York and is coming out with her own diamond jewelry line called the Janet Jackson Unbreakable Diamonds collection. Janet actually had some of her pricey jewels on display while giving her acceptance speech; she rocked a heart-shaped necklace made with twenty-five carats of Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds, which retails at $2 million. She also wore a thirteen-carat Fancy Intense Yellow diamond ring, retailing at $500K.

Perhaps you'll get to see more of Janet's showstopping jewelry during her upcoming Unbreakable World Tour, beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on August 31.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Rihanna Becomes First Artist to Score 100 Million in Certified US Digital Song Sales 

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Rihanna has become the first artist to have than 100 million in sales of gold and platinum-certificated digital singles under her belt.

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that the singer has the most Digital Single Awards and is the only artists to reach having 100 million cumulative certified singles.  The RIAA awards gold certification for 500,000 in sales and platinum certification for 1 million in sales.

"Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace," said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman in a statement.  "We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached.  Congratulations to Rihanna!  She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so.  It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."

The hit songs that helped her achieve this career milestone include her nine-times-platinum "We Found Love", her six-times-platinum "Stay" and even her two recent platinum singles, "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and "B***h Better Have My Money."

We're sure there's even more hits on the way as Rihanna continues to work on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out this year.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Watch Five Finger Death Punch Make Coffee and Knit in "Jekyll and Hyde" Video

Prospect ParkFor their "Jekyll and Hyde" video, Five Finger Death Punch decided to "punk" their record label, Prospect Park, and make it as ridiculous as possible. The resulting clip features drummer Jeremy Spencer making coffee, bassist Chris Kael knitting, and frontman Ivan Moody watching TV. Of course, this being Five Finger Death Punch, the band members then stop their activities and just destroy everything. You can watch the madness unfold on YouTube.

"Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying," says guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. "So either we make a video that makes a difference like "Wrong Side Of Heaven" did or we just f**k it all up and have fun with it, just clown the whole thing as we did with "Under and Over It," and now with this one. We didn't even hire a director, we didn't want this to accidentally make sense."

"First we were scratching our collective heads but we never once interfered with their vision," adds Prospect Park President Jeremy Summers. "So ultimately -- if that's what the band wants to put out we are not going to stop them. We were shocked, then cried, then laughed because it's actually funny."

"Jekyll and Hyde" is the lead single from Five Finger Death Punch's forthcoming album, Got Your Six, which will be released August 28. The band will be touring in support of Got Your Six alongside Papa Roach and In this Moment starting September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Beck Reads from "Song Reader" at Small London Gig

Credit: Peter HapakBeck played a secret show at the tiny London club The Social Tuesday night, NME reports. The venue's 100-person capacity was filled by winners of a competition held by Faber, the company that published Beck's Song Reader sheet music book in the U.K. During the show, Beck read from Song Reader, which includes songs that he wrote but never recorded.

"I was going to play some songs from Song Reader, but I don't know them," Beck said at the show. "Hey, I did it four years ago. The book is still available. It's full of hits you never heard." Instead, he read an essay featured in Song Reader called "The Secret to Music Is Hygiene" and rattled off fake song titles included in the book, such as "The Smell of Pot Potpourri Has Gone to Jeff's Head."

Last year, Beck produced a Song Reader album featuring contributions from fun. and Jack White.

As for what he actually played at the London gig, Beck's set list included the Morning Phase single "Blue Moon," his breakthrough hit "Loser" and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "No Expectations."

If you want to catch Beck at a not-so-secret show, he will be headlining the inaugural Fold Festival, held August 4-5 in Riverhead, New York.

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