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Wednesday
Feb102016

Bruno Mars Thanks Coldplay & Beyonce for Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicBruno Mars has finally processed his thoughts about that epic Super Bowl 50 halftime performance on Sunday. In an Instagram post Tuesday, he thanked Coldplay and Beyonce for the experience.

“I had front row seats and witnessed these two incredible artist do their thing,” Bruno writes. “Thank you Coldplay for inviting the squad and I to perform our tune. We were all very honored to be a part of such a positive uplifting show. Thank You Beyonce for continuing to bless the world with that fire / hot sauce.”

He also showed his gratitude to the NFL for all their hard work, and to Versace, for dressing him and his dancers.  

In another Instagram post, he hinted that he might be back on the halftime stage for Super Bowl 52. “See y'all at Super Bowl 52 Ayyyyyyyy!!” he writes. “I'm jus joking.. Or am I ??? You never know bro. You jus never knowwww.”

Bruno previously headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2014.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Watch Courtney Love, Perry Farrell & More Perform Fleetwood Mac Songs at Tribute Concert

Scott Dudelson/WireImageThe first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest was held Tuesday in Los Angeles. Among the artists who paid tribute to the legendary classic rock band were Courtney Love and Perry Farrell. Love performed a rendition of the Fleetwood Mac b-side "Silver Springs," while Farrell and his wife, Etty, sang a cover of "Gold Dust Woman."

Other artists who performed at Fleetwood Mac fest included Cold War Kids, Weezer's Brian Bell, The Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, PHASES, and Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison. At the end of the concert, all the participants joined in for a group cover of "The Chain."

The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Corey Taylor Discusses Racism in Metal 

Victor Chavez/WireImageIn the wake of the Phil Anselmo controversy, prompted when the vocalist ended a concert last month by giving the Nazi salute and yelling "white power," many members of the metal and hard rock community condemned the former Pantera frontman's actions. Now, Slipknot's Corey Taylor has given his thoughts on what happened.

Speaking with The Guardian, Taylor says that he hasn't seen the video of Anselmo's actions, and that he's "kept mum for the most part, because I wasn't there." Instead Taylor chooses to address the issue of racism in the metal scene as a whole.

"This is a bigger problem than what happened that night," he says. "Slipknot has dedicated itself to bringing people together, to fighting racism, to fighting hate in general since the day we were started. I don't have time for people who judge other people by the color of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I'm sorry, you're wrong. I don't ever want our fans to feel like we're judging them because of color, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will."

Taylor acknowledges that "there is a problem in metal," but that the issue of racism is "across the board in music, though -- it's not a specifically metal thing."

"But it has come up in the metal community," Taylor continues. "It's risen its ugly head because of the incident we're talking about."

Taylor adds that the metal shows he's played, and the show he's attended, are "quite diverse and they always have been."

"We welcome the tribe of misfits -- we're the island of misfit toys, and we always have been," he says. "It will take very little to eradicate racism from metal because the majority of it isn't racist."

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Justin Bieber Says He “Really Loves” Hailey Baldwin

Eric Ray Davidson for GQPeople have been speculating about Justin Bieber’s relationship status with model Hailey Baldwin ever since he posted an Instagram photo of the two passionately smooching to ring in the New Year. The pair was most recently spotted spending Super Bowl weekend together. So are they dating or not?

Justin hasn’t yet confirmed if their friendship has turned romantic, but he reveals to GQ magazine that the two are quite close. In his first cover story with the mag, he says Hailey is “someone I really love,” adding that they “spend a lot of time together.”

While that doesn’t do much to clear up any rumors, Justin does clarify the meaning of his hit song “Sorry.” He tells GQ it’s not about apologizing for his past behavior.

“People ran with that,” he says, “that I was like, apologizing with that song and stuff. It really had nothing to do with that…It was about a girl.”

He adds, “Everyone when they start growing up realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb sh** when I was younger.’ It’s not just me…If I could go back I wouldn’t really change much. I think it’s all my journey. That stuff made me who I am.”

Justin’s full GQ interview comes out tomorrow, February 11.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Drake Launches "Views from the 6" Ad Campaign 

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Drake has begun his album promo mode by launching a Views from the 6 ad campaign. The rapper has several billboards posted across his hometown of Toronto in an effort to further promote his much-anticipated album.

Drake's campaign has been supported by Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, which posted two images via Twitter. One image has a sign that reads "Four Plus Two Equals 6" while the other highlights the city skyline with the "Summer Sixteen" six written below the black and white image.

"The #6god just landed at @BBishopAirport. Welcome home.#vft6," the company tweeted as a nod to Drake.

Drizzy also shared an Instagram image of another sign that reads "VIEWS" and simultaneously promotes the 2016 NBA All Star Weekend, which is taking place in Toronto Sunday.

Views from the 6 arrives in April. The set will include Drake's lead single, "Summer Sixteen," which debuted at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Protesters Planning Anti-Beyonce Rally Following Her Super Bowl 50 Performance 

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Beyonce has ruffled a few feathers following her “Formation” performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.

Protestors are scheduled to rally outside of the NFL headquarter in Manhattan next week, according to an unnamed organizer’s Eventbrite page. It seems many were offended by Beyonce's show for its racial nod to the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter movement.

“Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?" the page asks. "Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified? Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!”

The rally will take place February 16 from 8AM to 4pm and advises attendees to be respectful of the boundaries of private property.

The news comes just days after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Bayonce's routine was an “attack” on police officers.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Report: Future Says Ciara's Lawsuit Has No Merit

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Earlier this week, Ciara filed a $15 million lawsuit against her ex-fiance, Future, in an effort to prevent him from publicly disrespecting her. Now it seems the rapper is claiming her suit won't hold up in court.

TMZ reports sources close to Future tell them the rapper believes Ciara has no chance of winning her defamation lawsuit, and claims she's publicly bashed him as well. Future points to the singer's platinum-selling hit, "I Bet," in which Ciara insinuates he cheated on her, with lyrics like: "You know that it hurts your pride but you thought the grass was greener on the other side. I bet you start loving me as soon as I start loving someone else. Somebody better than you."

While sources add that Future is considering filing his own lawsuit against her, Ciara is seeking all negative tweets to be removed, and that Future be banned from airing their private affairs online.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Demi Lovato “Wouldn’t Mind” if Wilmer Valderrama Put a Ring on It

Image Group LA/ABCIs Demi Lovato itching to get hitched? During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the singer says her longtime boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, has yet to propose -- but drops the hint that maybe he should start ring shopping.

"I don't see a ring," she tells Ellen after being questioned about engagement rumors. "I wouldn't mind if I saw one, but there's time for everything."

While she’d love for Wilmer to put a ring on it, sounds like Demi won’t be giving him any ultimatums any time soon. "We've been together this long, obviously I'm not going anywhere and vice versa," she says.

The adorable couple -- who often sing each other’s praises on social media -- have been together on and off for about five-and-half years. Demi set her sights on the actor when she was just 17.  "I met him six years ago,” she says. “We were friends at first -- I mean, I was head over heels and he was like, 'Stay away until you're old enough.’”

Demi is now 23, and Wilmer is 36. On Monday, the two went on a pre-Valentine’s Day date and Demi documented it on Instagram. "I'm SO IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN," she captions the pic. "I went makeup free on a super romantic date we had because that's when he thinks I'm the prettiest.”

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Scotty McCreery Chats with Fans About His Return to "American Idol"

Eric AdkinsIf you want to know exactly what it’s like to compete to be an American Idol, you’ll have the chance to question Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery this Thursday. The 2011 winner's Q&A starts at 6 p.m. ET on the Fox show’s official page

 “I always have a blast talking with my fans, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what they want to ask me. Maybe I’ll share a backstage story or two from when I was taping American Idol last week,” he teases.

You can catch Scotty mentoring a pair of the final 24 contestants Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

You'll Never Believe Who Sam Smith Wants to Play Him in the Movie of His Life

Image Group LA/ABC By the end of this month, Sam Smith could very well be an Oscar winner -- his James Bond theme "The Writing's on the Wall" is nominated for Best Original song at the February 28 ceremony.  But Sam says he'd like to see a three-time Oscar-winner play him in a future biopic...just not one you'd expect.

Asked by E! who he'd cast as himself if a movie were to be made of his life, Sam thought a bit and then answered, "Meryl Streep. For sure. 100 percent. I think she could smash it!"

Sam and his writing partner Jimmy Napes also told E! why it seemed to be destiny that they'd be tapped to write a James Bond theme. 

"It's actually quite amazing for us," Sam said. "On one of our first ever sessions that we had together, we wrote a song that had a kind of Bond sound to it and from then, we were saying that it [would be] just a dream for us to do this.  But I never thought it was gonna happen in, like, the first few years of my career. So it's truly a gift, y'know?  We feel like we've already won."

Sam's competition in the Best Original Song category includes such heavy hitters as Lady Gaga and The Weeknd, so perhaps he shouldn't clear a space on his trophy shelf quite yet.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Carole King's Landmark Album "Tapestry" Was Released 45 Years Ago Today

Credit: Elissa KlineToday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Carole King's classic album Tapestry, which established the prolific singer/songwriter as a major solo star.

Throughout the 1960s, King had churned out hit after hit for other artists with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, but after the couple divorced in 1969, Carole focused on recording her own tunes. Tapestry, King's sophomore album, featured such hits as the chart-topping double single "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move," as well as "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend," the latter of which became a #1 hit for James Taylor in 1971.  Tapestry topped the Billboard 20 for 15 weeks during that same year, a record that lasted until 1993, when Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack was #1 for 20 weeks.

Tapestry also helped King garner four Grammy Awards in 1972,  including Album of the Year; Record of the Year for "It's Too Late"; and Song of the Year for "You've Got a Friend." The album has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

As previously reported, a new documentary called Carole King: Natural Woman will premiere Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS to coincide with Tapestry's 45th anniversary. The film, which will air as part of the network's American Masters series, will tell the story of King's life, from her Brooklyn childhood and her songwriting success with Goffin to her heyday as a solo star, all the way up through today. The flick will include previously unseen performances and home movies, as well as a new interview with Carole and conversations with many of her collaborators and musical friends.

You can watch a clip from the documentary focusing on the making of Tapestry at PBS.org.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Adele Announces One-Night Only L.A. Show

Alasdair McLellan Surprise: Adele will be playing a special one-night only show in Los Angeles Friday. The exclusive concert will take place at The Wiltern.

Don't bother with that plane ticket, though.  To score admission to the event, you must be a California-area resident registered with Adele.com.

The L.A. show comes ahead of the European leg of Adele's tour, which kicks off February 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele will be back in the States for her North American tour on July 5. That trek includes six shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

Back in November, Adele played a one-night only engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a few days before the release of her album 25.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Paul McCartney Composes Music for Skype's New Animated Love-Themed Emoticons

Courtesy of Skype 2016After composing music for the popular 2014 video game Destiny, Paul McCartney is once again pairing his songwriting talents with modern technology in a new partnership with Skype. The former Beatles star has created original music for a series of love-themed "Mojis," animated characters that you can employ to express various heartfelt emotions while using the video-chat platform.

McCartney composed music and devised sounds for 10 love Mojis, which have been released just in time for Valentine's Day. After agreeing to the task, the Skype team sent Sir Paul a description of various emotions and he was asked to create a unique seconds-long piece for each one.

"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realize you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds," McCartney explains. "It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."

McCatney recorded his mini compositions at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex, U.K., using various instruments, including a Moog synthesizer, guitars, keyboards, drums and a xylophone. Sir Paul also added his voice to some of the pieces.

A Q&A that McCartney did about the Skype project has been posted on his official website. In addition, you can check out videos of McCartney talking about composing the music for the love Mojis and of him at work in his studio at the website and at his official YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Gwen Stefani Unveils Album Cover, Release Date; Plans to Shoot Video During Grammys

Interscope RecordsAfter teasing the track listing for her long-awaited new solo album online Tuesday night, Gwen Stefani has now confirmed the disc's title and release date.

As Gwen hinted, the album is indeed called This Is What the Truth Feels Like.  The cover is a close-up glamour shot of the singer, with flowers, hearts and tears scribbled in marker over it.  The album title and her name are also scrawled in marker.  A deluxe version of the album is now available for pre-order at Target.com; the standard version of the album will be available for pre-order on Friday at all other outlets. The album itself is due March 18.

Gwen will make a big splash at the Grammy Awards Monday night by shooting her new music video live during the telecast.  That will take place during a four-minute commercial break at some point during the evening.  The clip will be for the song "Make Me Like You," which is being released Friday, directed by Sophie Muller.  In addition to catching it during the telecast on CBS, fans will also be able to see a "second view" of the action via Periscope, Facebook Live and Snapchat.

“Target has an incredible legacy of creating unexpected moments in music, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with them to create my new music video on live television next Monday,” says Gwen in a statement.

So far, Gwen has released the single "Used to Love You" from the disc. The song she put out last year, "Spark the Fire," isn't on the album.

Here is the official track listing for the Target edition of This Is What the Truth Feels Like:

1. "Misery"
2. "You’re My Favorite"
3. "Where Would I Be"
4. "Make Me Like You"
5. "Truth"
6. "Used to Love You"
7. "Send Me a Picture"
8. "Red Flag"
9. "Asking for It"
10. "Naughty"
11. "Me Without You"
12. "Rare"
13. "Rocket Ship" (Target exclusive)
14. "Getting Warmer" (Target exclusive)
15. "Obsessed" (Target exclusive)
16. "Splash" (Target exclusive)

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Sam Hunt Invites to Charles Kelley to Join Him on a "Fancy" Set at the Ryman

ABC/Image Group/LAIt's a long-standing Nashville tradition that the record labels roll out the red carpet during Country Radio Seminar for the disc jockeys that help make their songs hits. But this year, quite a few things changed, just as the landscape of Music City is changing. The deejay convention moved to the new, modern Omni Nashville hotel, and instead of a cruise on Gaylord's well-known General Jackson, one of the most important shows of the week was relocated to the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Clad in a white t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap, Sam Hunt showed the late-night crowd why he's a major contender for break-out success beyond country music. Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley joined Sam and his two guitar players and percussionist to harmonize on songs both inside and outside the genre. They winkingly delivered a Reba-influenced homage to Bobbie Gentry's "Fancy" and Trisha Yearwood's "She's in Love with the Boy." They threatened to segue into Erykah Badu's "Call Tyrone," before diving into Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine." They also sang Destiny's Child's "Say My Name."

Sam's record label interrupted the fun to present him with a plaque for his accomplishments. The Montevallo hitmaker didn't seem to mind at all.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the most recent country artist to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl? ANSWER:  Carrie Underwood, who sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 44 in 2010.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Performers Announced for Grammy Salute to Lionel Richie

Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by a contemporary artists from a variety of genres: R&B singer John Legend, pop stars Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato, and country superstar Luke Bryan.

Richie is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute organized by the charity.  The segment on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Legend, Trainor, Loato and Bryan will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with The Commodores to his huge solo hits. Richie himself also will take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Bryan's participation in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Richie's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.

The Grammy Awards ceremony, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Jeff Beck to Celebrate 50-Year Career at L.A. Concert with Buddy Guy

Credit: Ross HalfinRock guitar legend Jeff Beck will mark his 50-year career as a musician with a special concert on August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  The show will be a double celebration, as Beck will welcome as a special guest blues great Buddy Guy, whose 80th birthday takes place on July 30.

"Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me," Jeff says in statement. "His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence."

The "50 Years of Jeff Beck" concert is part of the Hollywood Bowl's 2016 summer concert season. Tickets for the concerts are available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000, and venue subscriptions and group sales are on sale now. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1. Singer/songwriter Beth Hart also will appear at the show.

Beck's many achievements over the last half century include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of The Yardbirds and a solo artist, collaborating with such fellow music legends as Guy, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner, and inspiring generations of guitarists.

In other news, Beck currently is putting together his first book, titled BECK01, which focuses on his passion for both guitars and fast cars. The coffee-table book will be published in a signed, limited-edition version later this year. Jeff also is working on a memoir and an autobiographical documentary.

For more information about BECK01, visit Genesis-Publications.com.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Apocalyptica Plots US Tour 

Jason Squires/WireImageApocalyptica has announced a U.S. headlining tour for this spring. The Finnish cello-rockers will hit the road starting April 23 in Sayreville, New Jersey, and will wrap things up May 22 in Philadelphia. Visit Apocalyptica.com for ticket info.

The band will be touring in support of their latest album, Shadowmaker, which was released last year.

"It's really exciting for us to return to the U.S. for another headline tour and we can't wait to present a lot of new material from...Shadowmaker," says Apocalyptica in a statement. "Our singer Franky Perez, who is a real entertainer, will definitely bring an interesting new edge to our show for those familiar with our live set. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones all across the U.S."

Here are Apocalyptica's tour dates:

4/23 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
4/25 -- Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot
4/26 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
4/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
4/29 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theater
4/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
5/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
5/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Fillmore
5/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Henry Fonda Theater
5/5 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
5/6 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
5/7 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theater
5/9 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
5/10 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
5/11 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey
5/13 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
5/14 -- Tampa, FL, The Ritz Yabor
5/15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
5/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
5/17 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos'
5/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
5/20 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
5/21 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium
5/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero

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Wednesday
Feb102016

Hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Fuller House" Theme Song

ABC/John FleenorWe already know Carly Rae Jepsen has a flair for ‘80s-inspired tunes. Now, you can hear her take on the Full House theme song.

The trailer for the sitcom’s Netflix reboot, Fuller House, premiered on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday and Carly’s rendition of “Everywhere You Look” can be heard in the background.

You’ll be able to hear the song in its entirety when the series premieres on February 26.

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