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Friday
Jul252014

Kesha Admits She Once Broke Into Prince's House

Patrick Fraser/RCA RecordsKesha's had no problem getting people to listen to her music since going all the way to #1 with her song "TiK ToK" in 2010, but there was a time in her career when she had to resort to desperate measures.

The Rising Star expert visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and explained how after moving to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old, she broke into her idol Prince's house to deliver a CD with some of her songs on it.

Kesha told Fallon sneaking into the "Purple Rain" singer's home was actually pretty easy. She slipped his gardener five bucks not to say anything and sneaked under the fence. She made it to the front door, which was unlocked, and walked into the house.

"Everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and there really was purple velvet," she recalls.

"I walk into the elevator," she continues, "and there's Prince music playing...I go up in the elevator and I come out...and there's Prince playing the guitar with a beanie on and I almost pooped my pants."

Rising Star airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Avenged Sevenfold Pauses During Colorado Performance for Onstage Marriage Proposal

Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideLove was certainly in the thin Colorado air earlier this month when Avenged Sevenfold performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison.

The band briefly paused during its Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival set on July 14 so Beau Barkley -- who has done marketing work for Rockstar, according to his LinkedIn profile -- could propose to girlfriend and big-time Avenged Sevenfold fan Micah Manzanarez.

It all started when frontman M. Shadows said to the crowd, "We're not used to this high altitude.  You mind if we take a break?"  Hinting at doing something "very cool, really quick," he escorted Manzanarez, whom he called a "volunteer," to the center of the stage and covered her eyes.  Barkley then raced out holding a ring in his right hand, got down on his right knee and popped the question.

The happy couple embraced as M. Shadows urged the audience to give them a round of applause.

Several days later, Barkley wrote on his Facebook page, "This took a lot of help from a bunch of people to make this happen.  I have toured with most of these people for years and don't just consider them friends.  They are my family."


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Thursday
Jul242014

Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

AEG LivePhiladelphia isn't far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he'll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause."  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon's charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. 

In a statement, Jon said, "It's a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia...and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."

Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, "This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia....We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better."

Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Iggy Azalea Is New Host of MTV's "House of Style"

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC)MTV's fashion show House of Style is coming back with a "Fancy" new host: Iggy Azalea.

The channel is officially reviving the show, which first started back in 1989 with original host Cindy Crawford.  The new series debuts on August 4, and according to MTV, Iggy says it'll be "wild, crazy, fun and fascinating, all at the same time." 

The eight-episode run will, as usual, focus on the intersection between fashion and music, with behind-the-scenes looks at designers, visits to video sets and shopping excursions.

Iggy will also host a House of Style VMA fashion special on August 26 at 7 p.m. ET; she'll wrap up all the style highlights of this year's MTV VMAs, which airs August 24.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Beyonce’s Producer Recalls Reworking “Crazy in Love” for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

IImage Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSPeople are still buzzing about Beyonce's revamped version of her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love,” which soundtracks the new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, the song's producer is talking about the process of making sure the new rendition matched the sensual teaser.

Boots, who went from producing Bey's latest self-titled album to scoring the upcoming flick, explained the reason for reworking Bey’s popular song.

"Falling in love can make you do crazy sh**," he tells Complex. "That was the spirit of the original song in the first place, we flipped it and it kind of became a whole thing."

He also praised Beyonce for her vocal performance. "Whenever it comes to the stuff that Bey and I do, I’ll never speak for her, but I think that she killed it," he says.

So why did he think the song was perfect for the trailer? "It was a cat and mouse thing happening in the trailer and I felt that it needed to feel that way in the build of the score," he explains before hinting, "There’s a lot of sh** that’s coming up."


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Thursday
Jul242014

Teyana Taylor Joins August Alsina on Tour This Summer

Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordingsTeyana Taylor is gearing up for a summer outing.

According to Def Jam, the singer will serve as supporting act for August Alsina's upcoming headlining tour, dubbed Testimony Live, named after his debut album, Testimony.

Aug's 20-city tour will begin in Seattle on August 14. The duo are scheduled to hit Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and other major markets before concluding September 21 in Kansas City.

Here are the tour dates:

8/14 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
8/15 -- Eugene, OR, Wow Hall
8/16 -- Portland, OR, Alhambra Theatre
8/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
8/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
8/21 -- W. Hollywood, CA, House of Blues
8/25 -- Tempe, AZ, Club Red
8/27 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
8/29 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live – Ballroom
8/30 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
9/3 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
9/4 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
9/7 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
9/9 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
9/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
9/13 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
9/15 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
9/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
9/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre


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Thursday
Jul242014

Courtney Love Sheds Light on Forthcoming Kurt Cobain Biopic

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love would rather not be the one to decide who gets to portray her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in a forthcoming biopic she says will begin filming "within the next year or so."

"Let's leave that to the agents," she recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  "I have great agents now.  But I will have a say in it."

Love says others who were close to Cobain also will have a say in how the biopic turns out.  There's his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as well as former band mates Kurt Novoselic and Dave Grohl, "if [the film] touches on Nirvana -- and it will," Love adds.

According to Love, she's received performance reels from Creative Artists Agency that feature lots of "blond, gorgeous" men in their mid-20s.

"I won't name names because I don't want to jinx it for anyone," she adds.  "Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces."


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Thursday
Jul242014

KISS and Duran Duran Among Stars Performing at 2014 Fashion Rocks Bash in September

Image Courtesy of Fashion Rocks!KISS and Duran Duran are among the famous acts that will celebrate the connection between style and music when they perform at this year's Fashion Rocks concert.  CBS will air the event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 9.  Other stars on the bill include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.

Ryan Seacrest will host the bash, and more artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.  Tickets for the 2014 Fashion Rocks event will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster.com and BarclaysCenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.  American Express Card members will have the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Monday at 10 a.m.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Announces that He Has Parkinson's Disease

Image Courtesy of William HamesMr. Big has announced some unfortunate news about one of its founding members.  Pat Torpey, the pop-metal band's longtime drummer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will not be able to continue his normal duties with the group when the rockers head out on their tour in support of their upcoming album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

"I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened," reveals Torpey in a statement.  "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."

Mr. Big intends to announce a new touring drummer soon, although the band expects that Pat will get behind the kit for select songs during its upcoming shows, as well as take part in the group's regular acoustic set.

The band's next confirmed concert is scheduled for October 14 in Manila, Philippines.  Mr. Big is best known for the chart-topping 1991 single, "To Be with You," and also scored hits with 1992's "Just Take Heart" and a 1993 cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World."  …The Stories We Could Tell is due out in September.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Kenny Rogers Giving In-Depth Interview at Country Music Hall of Fame August 16

Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will sit down for an in-depth interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville August 16 to celebrate the new exhibit, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years. If you can't attend, you can watch the event live that day at 3:30 p.m. ET at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/streaming.

Kenny's exhibit opens August 15 and runs through June 14, 2015.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Katy Perry Unveils PSA for "Make Roar Happen" Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric Video 

Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers' lives easier.  Now, she's debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called "Make Roar Happen."

Staples, which is sponsoring Katy's tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don't have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don't have to do that.

In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her.  "Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar," she says.  "Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn."

She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples' donation.  "Join us," she adds. "Let's make Roar happen!"

If you'd rather watch a video that focuses on Katy's music, she's got you covered there, too.  She's just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song "This Is How We Do," and she writes on Instagram, "To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!"

"Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point," she adds. "Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It's guaranteed to keep your party trill."  In case you're unfamiliar, "trill" is a slang term that's combination of the words "true" and "real," and it's commonly used in hip-hop.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, Usher to Perform on "Fashion Rocks" TV special 

than Miller/Getty Images via ABCFashion Rocks, a star-studded concert event, will return for the first time in about five years on September 9.  This year's show will air on CBS, live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz and Usher, among others.

Ryan Seacrest will host the show, which also will feature sets by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS, Rita Ora and country stars Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.  More artists, as well as celebrity presenters, will be announced soon.

The show's executive producer said in a statement, "Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before. For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center.  It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 1 via Ticketmaster.  Fashion Rocks normally has a charity component but that hasn't been announced yet.

The first Fashion Rocks concert, which raised more than a million dollars for charity, took place in London, and acts on the bill included Beyonce and Duran Duran.  Over the years, the shows have taken place in New York City, Monte Carlo and Brazil, and have featured stars ranging from Mariah Carey and Shakira, to Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyurs, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Slipknot's Latest Creepy Album Teaser Posted Online

Image Courtesy Bobby TongsThe first and second teasers for Slipknot's new album contained creepy images, and so does the third teaser, which the band posted this week on YouTube.

The fast-moving, slightly NSFW, 15-second clip is very dark, and there doesn't appear to be a severed ear this time around.  Other body parts are prominently featured, however, most notably a woman's bare breasts.

Stay tuned for more teasers and, we hope, some new info about the forthcoming Slipknot album.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Beyoncé Sings Sultry Version of "Crazy in Love" in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

Image Courtesy Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce's sultry voice can be heard in the first official trailer for the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

The singer has recorded a slowed-down version of her 2003 hit, "Crazy in Love," featuring the original lyrics for the movie, which soundtracks the trailer.  She teased fans with a trailer snippet via Instagram earlier this week.

In the trailer, Dakota Johnson portrays college student Anastasia Steele, who is interviewing billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. As their relationship progresses, so does their intimacy -- at one point Grey blindfolds Ana and takes her into his Red Room of Pain.

Fifty Shades of Grey steams up theaters February 13, 2015.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Nicki Minaj Unveils Racy Single Artwork for "Anaconda"

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj quickly became a trending topic on Twitter after she released the not-so-work-friendly artwork for her new single, "Anaconda," the second single from her upcoming album The Pink Print.

In the cover art, the rapper exposes her booty while wearing a pink G-string, halter top, and blue Jordans with her back facing the camera.

The jaw-dropping picture has prompted mixed reactions on social media. One fan wrote, "Nicki Minaj on that Anaconda cover.. She's hot! Can't even hate on that." Another wrote, " why'd you whore yourself out like that? Don't you know little girls look up to u. Smh the industry is dead."

Fans can expect the follow-up to "Pills N Potions" to be available on Monday, July 28.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Joe Perry Reveals He Recently Recorded with Paul McCartney for a Project That's "Under Wraps"

Ross Halfin/MSO PR; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsTwo of the rock world's biggest stars came together recently for a very interesting studio collaboration.  Aerosmith's Joe Perry revealed to the Chicago Sun-Times in a phone interview earlier this week that he did a recording session "with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing."

The guitar great explained that he'd previously met the Beatles legend briefly "once or twice" over the years, but this time he got to "spend six or eight hours in studio with him."

So, what was it like working with Sir Paul?  "He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy].  He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!" Perry declared.  "Everyone’s in the room at once; you play until you get a good take."

Also on hand for the session were Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, the latter of whom is mutual friends with Cooper, Perry and McCartney.  Joe recalled of the star-studded gathering, "[T]he three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney!  And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."

Perry added, "Paul was really nice.  He's all about business [when he's recording].  At 72 he can still hit all those notes."

As for what the recording is for, Perry would say only, "It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now.  There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."


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Thursday
Jul242014

The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert Performing on "Fashion Rocks" September 9

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Miranda Lambert will celebrate the connection between style and music when performing at this year's Fashion Rocks concert on CBS. The show airs live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher and KISS are among the other stars on the bill.  Ryan Seacrest will host.

Look for even more stars to join the lineup in the coming weeks. If you want to be there in person, tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 through Ticketmaster.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Nicki Minaj Previews Her Verse on Ariana/Jessie J Collabo "Bang Bang" 

Republic RecordsAriana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that's cheering her up. Next week, "Bang Bang," her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram.

In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, "Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry."

As previously reported, "Bang Bang" will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.  "Bang Bang," co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin, arrives July 29.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Listen to Song from Eric Clapton's Upcoming JJ Cale Tribute Album, "The Breeze," Online Now

Bushbranch Records/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won't be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White.  The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.

Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming "Don't Wait," which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.

The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.

Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric.  He's probably best known for writing the Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.

Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he's planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.

"I have to finish them.  It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point," notes Eric.  "So that's the next thing.  I've got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with [his widow] Christine's permission and [his manager Mike Kappus'] permission I'll put them on albums…I'll just include them in any other things I carry on doing."


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Thursday
Jul242014

Robert Trujillo Reforms His Pre-Metallica Band Mass Mental? for Two Summer Shows

Image Courtesy Chris M. JuniorWhen Jason Newsted was still Metallica's bassist, he tried to get his Echobrain side project off the ground, but it was reportedly frowned upon by frontman James Hetfield.

There appears to be more freedom these days within the Metallica camp to pursue outside interests, as current bassist Robert Trujillo will be reviving his band Mass Mental? later this summer for two concerts.

Tickets for the first Mass Mental? show, taking place August 26 at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, are on sale now through TicketWeb.com.

The other concert is set for September 6 in Markneukirchen, Germany, as part of Warwick Open Day 2014.

Mass Mental? began as a Trujillo side project in the late 1990s, when he was still a member of Suicidal Tendencies.  He became Metallica's bassist after Newsted departed in 2001.


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