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Wednesday
Aug262015

Members of The Black Keys, The Gaslight Anthem to Pay Tribute to Neil Young at Neil Fest 

Credit: Danny ClinchPatrick Carney and Brian Fallon will be searching for a heart of gold at the inaugural Neil Fest, a tribute event held in honor of Neil Young. The Black Keys drummer and The Gaslight Anthem frontman will be performing classic Young tunes during the two-day event, which will be held in New York City.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Ryan Adams, Kim Gordon's Body/Head and Guster's Ryan Miller are also among the artists to pay tribute to Young at Neil Fest.

Proceeds from Neil Fest will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides assistance to career musicians. The event is organized by The Best Fest, which previously has staged tribute concerts to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones.

Neil Fest will be held September 13-14 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Visit TheBestFest.com/Neil-Fest for the full lineup and ticket info.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Carly Rae Jepsen “Doesn’t Feel the Need to Compare” Her Album to Taylor’s "1989"

Schoolboy Records/InterscopeCarly Rae Jepsen’s ‘80s-inspired new album, Emotion, has drawn comparisons to another album influenced by the decade: Taylor Swift’s 1989. But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Carly says she’s not trying to compete.

“I don’t really feel the need to compare,” she says. “I think that Taylor's fantastic and I think she made a really fantastic record, but they're different types of music and I think there's room for it all.”

And Taylor’s bestie Lorde seems to agree. She recently tweeted her love for Carly’s new single, “Run Away with Me.” Carly co-wrote the song, which is about “trying to escape for the weekend with your lover.” She says it contains her favorite lyric on the album: “I’ll be your sinner in secret.”

Carly also wrote two songs with Sia, whom she describes as a “genius.” She admits she’s been a Sia fan for years.

“I was a bartender back in the day in Vancouver and she played at the media club where I was working and I actually asked my manager if I could stay late to work that night,” she says. “And fast forward three or four years later and I get to write with her in a room.”

Together they penned "Making the Most of the Night" and "Boy Problems."

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Ed Sheeran Says New TV Character Is the "Opposite" of Him

Ben Watts Prepare to see a different side of Ed Sheeran. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that his character in the new FX show The Bastard Executioner is a complete change of pace for him.

“I find that I have reputation of being a smiley approachable guy, so I wanted the opposite,” he says. “I said to [show creator] Kurt [Sutter], make sure that I’m not typecast at all. Write me as a complete d******* in it. I feel like I need that.”

Ed, who’s been filming in between stops on his world tour, is playing the "deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder” on the 14th century drama. He warns that the guest starring role probably isn’t for his younger fanbase -- or grandmas.

“Oh, no no,” Ed says. “My grandmother, the other day -- she’s 91 and Irish and really sweet -- was like, ‘Ah, I’d love to watch it.’ And I said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to want to watch this, grams.’”

But he’s okay with shocking people. “It’s nice to step out every now and then to challenge yourself,” he says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean everyone who likes me for my music is going to like this. It means that I’m doing something different and interesting, rather than doing some rom-com, which is what I think people would expect me to do.”

While he’s stepped outside of his comfort zone for the role, there was one thing he wasn’t prepared to do: cut his signature ginger locks.

“When I walked into makeup they were like, we are going to have to cut your fringe and give you a bowl haircut, and I was like, ‘Ah that’s not happening,’” Ed says.

So they gave him a hat, instead. “This hat is a sign of faith,” he says. “With these hats, you instantly know I’m someone who is in a religious sect.”

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Mario Announces Comeback Album; Releases New Single, "Forever" 

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Mario is preparing a comeback album. After parting ways with RCA Records and going independent, the "Let Me Love You" singer has announced we'll get to hear his first album in six years later this fall.

The singer, who's logged studio time with Scott Storch, revealed his fifth album is titled Never 2 Late and its slated to arrive November 27. "Can't wait to share my new album with the world!" he wrote on Instagram.

To tide fans over, the singer has debuted the lead single, "Forever," which includes a Rick Ross feature. The love song is sure to give fans nostalgia, as Mario coos: "I want this forever, I want you forever/Stay here with me, baby/I just want to love you till you scream."

Mario's last offering was 2009's D.N.A., which spawned the hit single, "Break Up."

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Travi$ Scott Reveals Tracklist for Upcoming Album, "Rodeo"

Epic RecordsIn less than two weeks, Travi$ Scott will release his debut album, Rodeo. To get fans even more excited, the rapper took to Twitter  to share an image of the back cover.

The standard edition includes 14 tracks, including the single "3500," featuring an appearance from Future and 2 Chainz. In another post, Scott says the deluxe version of the album will have 16 songs.

We can expect Rodeo to arrive in stores on September 4.

In related news, Scott will accompany The Weeknd on "The Madness Fall Tour' beginning November 3 in Toronto.

Here's the official track list for Rodeo:

"Pornography"
"Oh My Dis Side"
"3500"
"Wasted"
"90210"
"Pray 4 Love"
"Nightcrawler"
"Piss on Your Grave"
"Antidote"
"Impossible"
"Maria I'm Drunk"
"Flying High"
"I Can Tell"
"Apple Pie"

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Miguel Reflects on Working with Mariah Carey, Who He "Grew Up Having a Crush On"

Photo Credit: Daniel SannwaldMiguel has enjoyed many great moments in his music career, but he still can't get over working with the one and only Mariah Carey.

The singer reflected on recording 2013's "#Beautiful" with Carey, who he says was the woman he grew up having a crush on.

“I grew up having a crush on this woman,” Miguel says in an interview with VH1. “It was crazy to finally get in the studio and learn so much about her and her creative process. I didn’t realize that she wrote so many of her own records. I don't think a lot of people know that.”

The song later received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, which Miguel was happy to be a part of.  "It was a great time, dream come true type stuff," he adds.

Miguel is currently on his Wildheart tour, which wraps up September 4 in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Alicia Keys Posts Adorable Instagram Photo of Her Two Sons

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Alicia Keys is enjoying motherhood.  The singer has given fans a quick glimpse into a special moment with her children via Instagram.

Keys shared a black-and-white image of her four-year-old son Egypt lying down next to her eight-month-old baby, Genesis Ali Dean.

"The most beautiful bond in the world!!! sometimes I can’t believe these two beautiful lives are in my hands….I got you both forever!! #mypromise #mylife #myboys #myheartbeat,” Keys captioned the image.  Her husband Swizz Beatz re-posted the shot, adding: "#GreatVibes."

When she isn't in mommy mode, Allicia's busy recording her first album since 2012’s Girl on Fire, which will include her latest single, "28 Thousand Days."

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Performances by Don Henley, James Taylor to Be Featured on Upcoming "Austin City Limits" Season

Danny Clinch; Timothy WhiteDon Henley and James Taylor are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming 41st season of the PBS live performance series Austin City Limits.  The fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will make their respective debuts on the show on episodes scheduled to premiere on October 24 and November 14.

As previously reported, Henley will release a new solo album on September 25, the country-flavored Cass County.  The Eagles star will tape his episode on September 1.  Taylor, meanwhile, continues to promote his latest studio effort, Before This World, which arrived in June.

Austin City Limits is taped at the Austin, Texas, venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  The show's new season premiere on October 3 with a special featuring highlights from the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Here's a list of confirmed Austin City Limits episodes and guests; more will be announced soon:

10/3 -- 2015 Hall of Fame Special
10/10 -- Cassandra Wilson
10/17 -- Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
10/24 -- Don Henley
10/31 -- Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett
11/7 -- TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs
11/14 -- James Taylor
11/21 -- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Luke Bryan Stripping It Down with Wife Caroline as Other Celebrity Couples Call It Quits

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan wrote his sexy new single, "Strip It Down," thinking about his wife, Caroline. It's an indication of where the couple's marriage is these days, which means you likely won't see Luke and Caroline headed for divorce court any time soon.

It's a bright spot for country fans in a summer that has seen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert end their four-year marriage. Jake Owen and Reba have also announced splits from their respective spouses.

"Any time we hear of couples in the public eye breaking up, me and Caroline talk about it," Luke tells People. "It really hurts our hearts that people arrive at that and can't work it out. Yeah, you do think about it in this business. Caroline and I just say our prayers that we're happy and that things are good."

Luke and Caroline look forward to growing old together as Luke celebrates his 40th birthday next summer.

He adds, "Caroline says growing old is a privilege, so you gotta understand it like that."

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Talking About Fertility Issues on "Good Morning America" Friday

Womanista/Greenroom PRLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in spring 2016. The couple faced infertility issues as they tried to conceive the child. Cassie will be talking about their fertility struggles on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning. The appearance is a part of GMA's Fertility Week programming.

Cassie is also keeping fans updated on her pregnancy through her women's lifestyle site, Womanista.com. She announced the pregnancy on the site earlier this month.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Wu-Tang Clan Hasn't Sold That Five Million Dollar Album Yet 

Image Courtesy ScluzayRemember when the Wu-Tang Clan announced that their final album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was being auctioned off? Well, with bids starting at five million dollars, the project has not been sold yet.

Their one-of-kind album, which includes all nine members on 31 tracks, is still up for grabs, according to FlavorWire.com. Back in March, the set was posted on the online auction house Paddle8 and it's still available now. The disc took six years to make and features rare collaborations, but it will be a long time before the public hears it due to the copyright clause, written by RZA and Cilvaringz, which states that the buyer cannot release it commercially for 88 years.

In related news, the group reportedly is negotiating a partnership with Nike for a special edition of the company’s Foamposite sneakers.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Pearl Jam Will "Probably Try" to Record New Album Next Year, Says Ament 

Credit: Danny ClinchIs there a new Pearl Jam album on the horizon? In an interview with Vice, bassist Jeff Ament says the band may return to the studio in 2016.

"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," Ament says. Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Ament didn't give any more details about the prospective new Pearl Jam album -- the interview mostly focused on his efforts building skate parks for youth communities in South Dakota and his home state Montana, which he pays for himself.

"The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money," Ament says. "If I make more money I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I'm usually not too excited about it."

Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in New York City's Central Park, followed by a South American tour in November.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Pop Evil Added to Inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival Lineup

Credit: Dean BradshawThe inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival now comes with an extra dose of evil. Pop Evil has been added to the festival's lineup, which will be headlined by Godsmack and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, Otherwise, Black Label Society, Anthrax, Like a Storm and Sevendust will also play the Food Truck and Rock Carnival. Along with the concerts, the two-day event features a free food truck competition featuring over 40 trucks, wrestling and amusement rides.

The 2015 Food Truck and Rock Carnival will be held September 18-20 at the Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey. While entry to the food truck and carnival activities will be free, tickets are required for the concerts. Visit TheRockCarnival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Pop Evil's new album Up, featuring the top-three Active Rock single "Footsteps," is out now.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Hear Jennifer Hudson Sing The Color Purple Musical Theme Song 

Heather Wines/CBSJennifer Hudson is giving us a sneak peek at her role as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.

In a new Facebook video for the production, Hudson and co-star Cynthia Erivo stand inside a recording booth and perform the title song.  Their performance is interspersed with footage from the show.

"[It's] a timeless piece of American culture," Hudson recently told People of The Color Purple. "The story holds a special place in my heart because, in part, it's so honest. All of the characters are true to who they are. Each individual is an integral part of the message and it brings a complex emotion that sticks with the audience."

The show, which opens in December, will mark Hudson's Broadway debut.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

New Concert Film Showcasing The Who's 2015 Hyde Park Show to Be Screened in Theaters in October

Arts Alliance/Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert in front of a crowd of 65,000 at London's famed Hyde Park.  The performance, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. performance on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, was filmed for a new movie that'll premiere in theaters around the world October 7.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park features the British rock legends playing a set packed with their memorable songs, including "I Can't Explain," "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The film also offers interview segments with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers, including Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a bonus featurette with extended interviews at the end of the film.

Townshend said of the experience of playing in Hyde Park, "It's a good gig.  You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd."

You can check out a trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  Further details about the screenings will be revealed soon at TheWhoFilm.com.

The Who will kick off a fall North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour on September 14 in San Diego.  The trek is scheduled to run through a December 13 concert in Oakland, California.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Vance Joy Says Opening for Taylor Swift Has Been "Trial by Fire"

Credit: Darren AnkenmanVance Joy may be known for his intimate, acoustic-based songs, but he's playing venues that are anything but intimate as the opening band on pop star Taylor Swift's massive 1989 tour.

"It's been a trial by fire," Joy tells the Los Angeles Times of opening for Swift in arenas. "The goal is just to be yourself, which you think you've got down pat. Playing for 100 people in a room, you can mumble into the mike and say a few things and nothing's missed. But playing for 20,000 people and getting them to be engaged? You need to really project and be like, 'Hey, I'm here!'"

"Over the last 30 shows I've been taking steps out into that void," he adds. "I'll try to get the whole crowd to clap along or hold their phones up."

Joy names his songs "Fire and the Flood" and "Georgia" as his favorite moments of his set, but "Riptide," his first hit, still receives the biggest crowd response.

"It's hard. I get in touch with the people loving it and with that feeling," Joy says of playing "Riptide." "From early on it's been like this thing I've got in my pocket, this nice little gift. But you stop thinking about the fact that you wrote it, you know? It goes from a song you wrote to this thing that's in a book. You open up the book, and you play the song."

Joy's tour with Swift continues tonight with the fifth and final show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The North American leg of the tour wraps up Halloween night in Tampa, Florida.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Adam Levine Nurses Wife After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Christopher Polk/NBCGetting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t so bad when you have Adam Levine to comfort you. The Maroon 5 frontman has been helping wife Behati Prinsloo as she recovers from oral surgery this week.

Following Monday’s dental work, Behati posted a video on Instagram of the two lying in bed together.  Adam makes a funny face as Behati cuddles a teddy bear.

“My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute,” the model captions the video. Behati later posted a picture of herself looking rather miserable, with a swollen face and her head wrapped in a scarf. “On point,” she writes of her look.

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My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute update: day 2 after removing my wisdom teeth SUCK!!!!!!

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Christina Aguilera Throws Carnival-Themed Backyard Bash for Daughter's First Birthday

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCChristina Aguilera’s daughter, Summer Rain, celebrated her first birthday in style over the weekend, thanks to some expert party-planning by her parents.

People magazine reports Christina and her fiancé, Matthew Rutler, hosted the carnival-themed backyard bash for their baby girl in Los Angeles  Saturday, complete with Minnie Mouse, a balloon maker, a bubble station, and lots and lots of pink.

The magazine also has exclusive photos of the soiree. In one pic, Christina holds a smiling Summer in front of a tiny pink birthday cake as Matthew looks on. In another, Summer wears an adorable tutu as she holds a bunch of balloons.

Summer’s actual birthday was on August 16. On that day, Christina posted a snap of her daughter on Instagram and wrote, “Happy 1st birthday! My sweet, Summer Rain.”

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Happy 1st Birthday! My Sweet, Summer Rain.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Lady Gaga’s "American Horror Story: Hotel" Character Has a Taste for Blood

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LANow we know why Lady Gaga dyed her pool blood-red for that American Horror Story: Hotel cast party. In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, we learn that Gaga’s AHS character has a unique obsession with the sticky red stuff.

Show creator Ryan Murphy reveals that Gaga’s character, The Countess, maintains her youthful glow by drinking human blood. He says she’s not a vampire, though.

“I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.”

The Countess -- who owns the mysterious Hotel Cortez -- is also entangled in a love triangle with the similarly blood-obsessed Donovan, played by Matt Bomer, and a male model named Tristan, played by Finn Wittrock. Angela Bassett plays Ramona Royale, an actress and former lover of The Countess seeking revenge.

But we'd think twice before messing with The Countess, especially since she wears a fashionable, yet deadly chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” Gaga says. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”

The singer tells the mag she’s relishing the show’s macabre storyline.  “I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” Gaga tells the mag. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do -- Horror Story fans, my fans -- there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres October 7 on FX.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Mariah Carey Releasing Children's Book Based on "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNCMariah Carey is releasing a children’s book inspired by her most popular Christmas song, People reports. The picture book, titled “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” tells the story of a little girl whose only holiday wish is to get a new puppy.  It features the complete lyrics from the song and is set to hit shelves November 10.

"When I wrote 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' it was my dream for it to become a classic Christmas song," Mariah tells People in a statement. "I am so proud of the song's impact as it continues to create memories for fans each year."

She adds: "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families with the picture book."

Christmas must be Mariah’s favorite holiday, because she's also set to direct and co-star in a holiday movie to air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas this year.

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