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Wednesday
Oct292014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae's debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," is the first song by a female duo to hit the top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart since The Wreckers hit that mark with their second single, "My, Oh My" in January 2007.

Catch Lady Antebellum on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night.

Rodney Atkins' new single, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat," is now available for download.

Tim McGraw's new video for "Shotgun Rider" was filmed at his recent American Express Unstaged concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It's now posted on Vevo.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Jazmine Sullivan Pens Open Letter Regarding New Single "Forever Don't Last"

Image Courtesy Guy Aroch

Last month, Jazmine Sullivan announced the release of "Forever Don’t Last," the second single from her first album in four years, Reality Show. Now, she's unveiled an “open letter,” detailing how the love-sick song came to fruition.

"When writing 'Forever Don’t Last' I only focused on the pain coming across in the lyrics and the performance. I think its typical to create a solution or resolution for the listener. Like, 'Here everyone, I figured it out and [I'm going to] show you the way,'" she writes. "But with this song, I wanted it to be in the moment. Kind of like I was having a conversation with myself and figuring it out one step at a time, which is how real life happens."

She adds that the song was inspired by personal events in her life. "At the time I was trying to talk myself through my own mess...through my own heartache. I was a woman still in love with a man that I had to emotionally let go of," she adds.

Jazmine later reveals that she was tempted to "stop singing and go cry through most of it...but instead I just put it all on the song."

Fans can expect Jazmine's highly anticipated album, Reality Show, later this year. The set will include her Meek Mill-assisted single "Dumb."

Meanwhile, Jazmine has announced a string of new tour dates this November across the U.S.

Here are the newly added dates:

11/3 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
11/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy Theatre
11/9 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
11/18 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre


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Wednesday
Oct292014

The Allman Brothers Band Performs Final Show

Image Courtesy Allman Brothers Band; Legacy RecordingsThe Allman Brothers Band ended their remarkable 45-year career Tuesday night after performing the final show of their annual Beacon Theatre residency in New York City.

The band announced last June that it was calling it quits following an earlier revelation that guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks would be exiting the band before year’s end.

The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman.

Fittingly, the band’s final performance ended long after midnight, early Wednesday, which marks the 43rd anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia, on October 29, 1971 at the age of 24.

According to jambase.com, Trucks use Duane's famed 1957 Goldtop Les Paul several times during the show and the band opened with the late guitarist's "Little Martha" instrumental.  The group also performed a number of covers, including a version of The Carter Family tune "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" According to Jambase.com, the band had played that song at Duane's funeral.

In addition to Duane on slide and lead guitar and Gregg on vocals and organ, the original lineup also included guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. On November 11, 1972, Oakley crashed his motorcycle just three blocks where Duane Allman was killed. Oakley died at a hospital a short time later.

Of the original lineup, only Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson remain.

With Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allmans arguably defined Southern rock for the world, earning multiple gold and platinum albums along the way and earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Here's the set list from the band's final show Tuesday, according to the website setlist.fm:

Set 1
"Little Martha"
"Mountain Jam"
"Don't Want You No More" (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
"It's Not My Cross to Bear"
"One Way Out" (Elmore James cover)
"Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)
"Midnight Rider"
"The High Cost of Low Living"
"Hot 'Lanta"
"Blue Sky"
"You Don't Love Me" (Willie Cobbs cover)

Set 2
"Statesboro Blues" (Blind Willie McTell cover)
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
"Black Hearted Woman"
"The Sky Is Crying" (Elmore James cover)
"Dreams"
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"

Set 3
"Melissa"
"Revival"
"Southbound"
"Mountain Jam"
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (The Carter Family cover)
"Mountain Jam" (reprise)

Encore:
"Whipping Post"

Encore 2:
"Trouble No More" (Muddy Waters cover)


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Ariana Grande Says She Worked with Lorde on "Hunger Games" Song

ABC/Kelsey McNealWhen the track listing for the Lorde-curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 was announced, the fifth track was left untitled, and it was credited only to "various artists." Well, Ariana Grande has all but confirmed that she's one of those artists.

During a Livestream chat with fans on Tuesday, Ariana revealed that she recorded a song with Lorde and DJ/producer/rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo for the soundtrack. She described it as an "interesting" and "different" song.

Charli XCX and Tove Lo are two of the other artists on the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which is due out November 17. The film arrives in theaters four days later.

Ariana also mentioned during the chat that she'll release a single during the holiday season.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Jerrod Niemann Raises $100,000 for His Charity Thanks to His Pro Rodeo Bull, High Noon

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has raised $100,000 for his Free the Music charity thanks to a prize-winning bull he named after his latest album, High Noon. Jerrod became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock contractor back in January, and the bull he selected has now gone on to win the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize at the organization's recent championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Jerrod is amazed the bull's success generated $100,000 in prize money for his charity, which supports music education and collects used instruments for children and teens in need.

He says, "I was hoping we'd be able to get in there with High Noon and raise some funds for children and their opportunities to have music as a steady part of their lives, but I didn't realize we could be blessed enough to do so well."

Back Seat Buckers is a bull ownership program created that allows anyone to become a stock contractor and provides care, housing and training for bulls for their first year of competition.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Kip Moore Gets a Big Honor from His Alma Mater, Valdosta State University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore could walk away with the New Artist of the Year award at next week's CMA Awards, but he's already received a big honor from his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia.

According to Valdosta Today, Kip is one of five graduates receiving this year's Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Valdosta State. The announcement was made at the school's Homecoming celebration last weekend, but Kip was not able to attend due to his touring schedule.

Kip will be on hand for the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Pharrell Joins Apollo Theater’s Board of Directors

Trae Patton/NBCPharrell is among the six newly elected members of the board of directors of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, according to Variety.

The super producer joins New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Jason L. Matthews, Carolyn Minick Mason, Charles Phillips, and Bronson van Wyck and together they will help further the theater’s artistic, education and community programming, fundraising and strategic planning.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these six individuals to the Apollo board. It is such a wonderfully diverse group of professionals, each representing the very best in their respective fields. They all understand the incredible legacy of the Apollo’s contributions to American culture and are equally committed to investing in its future,” said Richard Parsons, chairman of the Apollo Theater’s board. “I know that the collective knowledge and insight of these new board members will be a wonderful and valuable addition as we guide the Theater forward.”

Pharrell isn't the only producer on the board -- Quincy Jones also serves as a director.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

London Mayoral Candidate Wants to Erect Statue of Adele in the Capital

Eric McCandless/CBS In London, England, there are hundreds of statues of notable people, from military heroes to great writers to former monarchs.  But one London mayoral candidate says it's time to erect sculptures that honoring some of our modern-day British heroes...like Adele, for example.

According to the Evening Standard, the candidate, David Lammy, wants to honor current cultural icons who hail from London's outer boroughs.  He said in a speech at a university, "Walk through Central London and you’ll pass statue after statue celebrating iconic Londoners. But why are these mostly limited to Zone One?" 

"Zone One" is a reference to the area of London most frequently visited by tourists; it's also the most expensive to travel to and around by subway.  Lammy is concerned that young people from poorer areas of town never get a chance to see those statues, so their areas should contain tributes to locals.

He continued, "For example, Adele is an inspiration to people in my constituency of how, with hard work and determination, they can succeed in the arts.”  Adele hails from Tottenham, in North London.

Lammy added, "[Cultural] achievements should be recognized through physical tributes that act as an inspiration for a new generation of cultural icons.”

The paper notes that other successful outer-borough Londoners who could be subjects for statues include actor Daniel Day-Lewis, rock legend David Bowie and soccer icon David Beckham.

This isn't such a crazy idea, actually: just last month, a statue of the late Amy Winehouse was erected in the North London borough of Camden.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Miguel Teams with Ludacris on "Good Lovin'"

Image Courtesy Timothy Saccenti/RCA records; Island Def JamMiguel's smooth vocals will be put to use by Ludacris on a new song called "Good Lovin,'" a forthcoming offering from the rapper's upcoming Burning Bridges EP.

The rapper teased the upcoming collaboration in an Instagram video, in which a pensive Miguel sits at a studio board while listening to the piano keys play in the background. Meanwhile Miguel shared the official artwork, which was photographed by actor Lance Gross and sees a woman laying naked except for a pair of black heels against a red backdrop.

Although neither have revealed when the track will be released, Kosine, who is one half of the producing duo Da Internz, revealed that fans are in for a treat. "Shout out to my other job, we gotta nother single!!!! This has been a LONG LONG TIME COMING. Special shouts to my big homey @ludacris God bless you, @miguelunlimited thank you!" he wrote on Instagram.

Fans can expect Luda's Burning Bridges EP to arrive in December followed by his album Ludaversal on March 31.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Report: A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman Break Up

Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsFollowing the breakups of Ciara and Future as well as Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, A$AP Rocky and model Chanel Iman may be the latest couple to call it quits.

"They are no longer together. This happened about a few weeks ago," a source tells E! News. "It was just not working out with both of their busy travel schedules."

Despite dating for more than a year, the pair are said to have found it difficult to spend time together. The source added, "Time away from each other played a big part in the breakup."

Fortunately, though, the duo are looking to remain friends. "They don't have any hard feelings," the source added. "[They] only want the best for each other in the long run."

The newly single rapper can now focus all his energy on recording his second album, which is a follow-up to his debut, Long. Live. ASAP.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Bleachers Unveils Video for "Rollercoaster"

Image Courtesy of Daniel Silbert/RCA RecordsThe video for Bleachers' song "Rollercoaster" does not feature any rollercoasters, but it does have Jack Antonoff and his band jamming on top of a moving ice cream truck. You can watch the video, which was directed by Richard Shepard, on Pitchfork's YouTube page.

"The idea of getting on top of a car and playing on a highway felt distinctly '90s in a way that excited me about videos I saw growing up," Antonoff tells Pitchfork. "Didn't think it would be acutely dangerous --- the breaks ended up going out and we literally almost died. There's something special about almost dying for a video."

The fun. guitarist released his debut album as Bleachers, entitled Strange Desire, earlier this year. The album, which features "Rollercoaster," hit number two on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Rita Ora's First Reaction to "Black Widow" -- "This Is the F***ing Song!"

Matthias Vriens-McGrath for CosmoRita Ora graces the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and inside, the Albanian-born British singer talks about relationships, sex and her hit with Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow."

"As soon as I heard it, I was like 'This is the f***ing song,'" Rita tells Cosmo about "Black Widow."  "Katy Perry co-wrote it, [so] it felt nice to have all the women involved."

Rita's single before "Black Widow" was "I Will Never Let You Down," which was written and produced by her now-ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris.  It reached #1 in the U.K. but stalled in the U.S., amid controversy that Harris wouldn't allow her to perform it on TV. 

Speaking to Cosmo about her breakup with Harris, Rita says, "It was the right guy at the wrong time. I was about to start a tour, and he was also all over the place. There’s only so much you can do when you don’t see each other." 

She adds, "I really admire people who have long-distance relationships. It’s an incredible achievement. I couldn’t do it.”

Rita looks super-sexy on the cover of Cosmo in a high-cut white bathing suit with top that doesn't conceal very much, and she says she's not self-conscious about her appearance at all. "You have to come to terms with loving your body," she explains. "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, ‘I’m f***ing sexy.’ That’s where it starts.”

"I’m very proud to say that I think about sex. It’s what everybody thinks about, whether they say it or not," she adds.

Read more from Rita in the December issue of Cosmo; it arrives on newsstands November 4.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Alice in Chains Releases Video for "Phantom Limb"

Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioAnother band has joined the BitTorrent train. Last month, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his new solo album via the file-sharing site, and now Alice in Chains has released the video for their song "Phantom Limb" through BitTorrent Bundle.

The seven-minute long video is an eerie, violent thriller with a dash of Memento thrown in for good measure. With Halloween right around the corner, the creepy video could not have come out at a better time.

"Phantom Limb" appears on Alice in Chains' most recent studio album, 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The album, AiC's fifth, reached number one on the Billboard Rock Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was "Really Emotional"

ABC/Lou RoccoIf you think it might be rather emotional to record a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets.

"You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself.  I had to push myself away from the speakers," Manilow said Tuesday during a visit to ABC's The View.  "She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex."

Barry's duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Manilow sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr. 

Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album.  "You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, 'How can I make my duets album different than everybody?'' he noted.  "I picked all these people that I would've loved to sing with, but they're all gone."

Also on The View, Manilow performed "I Believe in You and Me" from the album, using an LED screen image of Houston to bring the song to life.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Pitbull to Star in Not One but Two Reality Shows 

Credit: Gregg WatermanThings just got real with PitbullDeadline reports that the rapper will be the star of not one but two reality TV shows.

Mr. Worldwide is teaming up with The Weinstein Company for the two projects.  The first, called Pitbull: The Lyfe, will give fans an up-close-and-personal look at his world tour, his recording sessions and his life behind the scenes.  The second series is called The REAL Change Project, and it involves Pitbull teaming with other celebrities for a good cause.

On The REAL Change Project, Pit will work with people like Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Kobe Bryant to raise money for teachers around the world. They'll also talk about the mentors who helped them succeed, and the obstacles they overcame.

No word on when the shows will debut, but in the meantime, Pitbull's getting plenty of TV experience: he's hosting the American Music Awards on ABC next month for the second time, and will also host a New Year's Eve special on Fox.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Tyler Farr Kicking Off ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows Series in January 2015

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is kicking off the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows series with two shows this January. The first one is set for January 9 at Joe's Bar in Chicago, and the second one is happening January 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for Tyler's shows go on sale Friday, and more club dates will be added soon.

Proceeds from each ticket go to the ACM Lifting Lives organization to help people through the power of music. Fans who go to any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows can tweet a picture of their ticket for a chance to win tickets to the sold-out 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19, 2015 in Texas. Be sure and tag @ACMawards and use #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit in the tweet.

Go to ACMLiftingLives.org for more details.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Teyana Taylor Says Recording Sexy "Do Not Disturb" with Best Friend Chris Brown Was "Completely Professional" 

Image Courtesy G.O.O.D. Music/Def JamTeyana Taylor and Chris Brown have always maintained a close friendship, to the point where she often refers to Breezy as her brother. However, when it came to recording their latest collaboration, “Do Not Disturb,” the singer tells ABC News Radio that it wasn't too strange to get Brown to guest feature on her sex-drenched song.

"I think like with friends it's always going to be weird, but when you musically vibe out, its strictly music," she says. "It's like we can play, we can laugh all day but when it's time to get to work, it's time to get to work. At the end of the day this is a job, and we're both in the music industry, you know, so it's completely professional and just vibing out musically."

Teyana adds that approaching him the song was awkward at first. "Of course when you're like, 'Oh, I need you to get on this song,' he's like 'Eww, yucky!' And you start laughing but once the show starts all your nerves just go away and then you just get to work," she says.

The song will appear on Teyana'a first album,VII, which is due out November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music. The set also includes contributions from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, and Fabolous.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Heart Says "Thank You" to Foo Fighters with Cover of "No Way Back"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSEarlier this month, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson were invited to perform their song "Kick It Out" with the Foo Fighters during the latter band's residency on Late Show with David Letterman. Now, the Wilson sisters have returned the favor by covering the Foos' 2005 song "No Way Back" backstage with their band mates at Heart's show in Texas over the weekend.

"We wanted to give something back to them," Ann tells Rolling Stone. "Just to say thank you. It's the perfect HOOT song and worked well with the esoteric instruments we had around. It's a classic ripper with good melodies, great lyrics and perfect for hair-flipping."

You can watch a video of Heart's performance, featuring Nancy shredding the signature Foo Fighters riff on an acoustic guitar, at RollingStone.com.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis and Flea Hosting Benefit Concert

Clara Balzary/Warner Bros. RecordsRed Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and Flea will be hosting the fourth annual Silverlake Conservatory of Music benefit.  The event will feature performances by pop star Bruno Mars and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, as well as an auction that includes artwork from Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a Los Angeles-based school with 700 students enrolled, 200 of whom attend for free.

"This is our time, this is our children's time," says Flea, who founded the organization in 2001, in a statement.  "Come celebrate with us and help build great music education for all children in Los Angeles. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is for all of us."

The benefit will be held this Saturday in Beverly Hills.  


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was "Really Emotional"

ABC/Lou RoccoIf you thought it might be rather emotional recording a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets.

"You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself. I had to push myself away from the speakers," he said on The View Tuesday. "She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex."

Barry's duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Barry sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield, and Sammy Davis Jr. 

Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album. "You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, 'How can I make my duets album different than everybody?' I picked all these people that I would've loved to sing with, but they're all gone."

Also on The View, Barry performed "I Believe in You and Me" from the album, using an LED screen image of Whitney to bring the song to life.


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