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Tuesday
May262015

Ciara is the New Face of Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 

Epic RecordsCiara has been named the face of designer Roberto Cavalli's new Fall/Winter campaign.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the brand has selected Ci Ci for embodying "purity and spontaneity," which is reflected throughout the campaign shot by famed photographer Francesco Carrozzini. The singer stuns in tailored suits, printed silks, flowing dresses, and traditional oriental embroideries, according to WWD.

"The story of a world encapsulated in one room. A surreal kingdom where the walls look like a magical sky and surfaces enchant with desert volumes and earthy hues," says the company in a statement. "[Ciara's] youthful, proud elegance dominates the colors of the scene."

Ciara's clearly excited about her new role with the fashion house.  She posted on Instagram."Aaahh!! I'm So Excited!! Love You @peter_dundas. @robertocavalli #CiaraForCavalli."

Last season, Nicki Minaj starred in Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.

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Tuesday
May262015

Neil Young's New Album, "The Monsanto Years," to Be Released in Late June

Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas.  The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.

The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download.  A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August.  Those who pre-order the album now will immediately receive digital versions of two songs -- "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop."  A video for the latter tune currently is viewable at DemocracyNow.org.

Young had performed live with Promise of the Real at several events before recording with the group, which now also includes Nelson's son Micah.  Neil has lined up a U.S. trek with the band dubbed the Rebel Content Tour, which is mapped out from a July 5 show at Milwaukee's Summerest through a July 24 performance at the Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada.  People purchasing tickets to the concerts -- not including festival dates -- will receive their choice of a free copy of the Monsanto Years CD/DVD package of one of the digital versions of the album.

Here is the track list of The Monsanto Years:

CD:
"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Workin' Man"
"Rules of Change"
"Monsanto Years"
"If I Don't Know"

DVD:
"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Rules of Change"
"Workin' Man"
"Monsanto Years"
"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"If I Don't Know"

And here are the dates for Young and Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour:

7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater
7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/16 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
7/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo
7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/22 -- Great Woods, MA, Xfinity Center
7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Wayhome Festival

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Tuesday
May262015

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Will No Longer Release Music to the Public

Image Courtesy of Record CollectionFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has always been on the reclusive side, and now he's gotten even more so. In a new interview with the Electronic Beats website, Frusciante reveals he no longer plans to release his music to the public.

"For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012," Frusciante says. "I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn't going to grow and I wasn't going to learn."

"Being an electronic musician meant I had to woodshed for a while, so I have a good few years' worth of material from that period that's never been released," he adds.

Just this past month, Frusciante released his debut album as Trickfinger, a new project that explores the acid house genre of electronic music.  "At this point I have no audience," Frusciante says. "I make tracks and I don't finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music."

Frusciante was a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992, and then again from 1998 to 2009. During his tenure with the band, he was the lead guitarist on their seminal 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, as well as Californication, By the Way and, most recently, 2006's Stadium Arcadium.

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Tuesday
May262015

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Form New Record Label

ABC/Kelsey McNeal; ABC/Randy HolmesDemi Lovato and Nick Jonas have partnered again. The former Camp Rock co-stars, along with talent manager and music executive Phil McIntyre, have formed their own record label.

Safehouse Records, a joint venture with Island Records, was conceived by the trio as a safe environment where artists can explore their creativity. In addition to signing new artists, both Demi and Nick -- who's currently signed to Island Records -- will release future music on Safehouse. Demi is signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a creative partnership between the labels.

"I've worked closely with both Nick and Phil for years and we share the same point of view when it comes to making music," Demi said in a statement. "It's incredibly exciting to be part of this new company where I'm in control of all aspects of my career. I can't wait to share what we're working on!"

Nick and Phil added in a joint statement: "Our focus at Safehouse Records is to put artists in control of their art while providing them the best tools to manage their careers. Through our partnership with Island Records they will also have access to the best marketing and promotion available."

Demi and Nick have been good pals since their Disney days. The two have a duet called "Avalanche" on Nick's self-titled solo album, and Nick was the musical director on Demi's Neon Lights tour. Demi also previously dated Nick's older brother, Joe.

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Tuesday
May262015

Pop Evil Announces New Album, "Up"

Credit: Jamyme ThorntonPop Evil's new album now has a name and a release date. The band's fourth record will be called Up and will be released August 21. Up's first single, "Footsteps," will be available June 1.

Up is Pop Evil's follow-up to 2013's Onyx, which produced three number-one Active Rock singles in "Trenches," "Deal with the Devil," and "Torn to Pieces."

"People ask me all the time, 'What it's like to hear your song on the radio?' It never gets old!" says frontman Leigh Kakaty in a statement. "It's a reminder of hard work, and of having that dream sitting in your garage, trying to write a song that someone would love one day. That dream happened for our band and it's something that we don't want to take lightly."

Pop Evil will play a show in Flint, Michigan May 30 before beginning a European tour. They'll return to North America in June for a few shows in Canada, followed by a group of U.S. dates in July. Later this year, Pop Evil will also play three shows opening for Nickelback.

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Tuesday
May262015

Eric Church Performing at Marty Stuart's Annual Late Night Jam June 10

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for EB Media PREric Church will make his second appearance at Marty Stuart's 14th Annual Late Night Jam coming up Wednesday, June 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The show takes place the night before the CMA Music Festival officially kicks off June 11.

Eric tells Rolling Stone, "I was fortunate enough to play the Late Night Jam early on in my career [in 2007], and enjoyed the whole vibe and experience. I love Marty and his guys and I can't wait to join an already fantastic lineup."

Eric joins previously-announced artists Brothers Osborne, Connie Smith, Charley Pride and Jimmy Webb on the bill for the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam. Go to Ryman.com for tickets.

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Tuesday
May262015

Rodney Atkins Announces Lineup for 5th Annual Music City Gives Back Concert on June 9

EB Media PRRodney Atkins has assembled an all-star lineup for his 5th Annual Music City Gives Back concert coming up Tuesday, June 9 on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae will join Rodney for the show to raise money for the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville.

Rodney says, "I’m grateful to be hosting this special event for the fifth year in a row alongside a stellar group of artists."

The concert is free to the public and kicks off at 6 p.m. CT with a performance from DJ Silver.

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Tuesday
May262015

Hear Jason Derulo Duet with Meghan Trainor on "Painkiller" 

Beluga Heights/Warner Bros. RecordsAmong the many special guests on Jason Derulo's upcoming album, Everything Is 4, is Meghan Trainor. Now you can hear their duet, "Painkiller," exclusively at MTV.com and VH1.com.

Currently, six never-before-heard tracks from the album are streaming at JasonDerulo.mtv.com and JasonDerulo.vh1.com.  In addition to "Painkiller," you'll hear Jason perform "Love Me Down," "Trade Hearts," "Love Like That," and "X2CU."  In the week leading up to the album's June 2 release, you'll eventually be able to stream the entire album.

Jason and Meghan's duet starts with Jason singing, "M-Train" -- Meghan's nickname -- while Meghan sings the now-familiar "Jason Derulo" intro.  And though you might not think the "All About that Bass" girl and the guy who sang "Wiggle" would sound good together, they really do.

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Tuesday
May262015

Carrie Underwood Performing at the CMA Music Festival June 13

CMACarrie Underwood will perform Saturday, June 13 as part of the CMA Music Festival's nightly concerts at LP Field. The appearance marks the 10th anniversary of Carrie's first appearance at the CMA Music Festival -- her first was just a month after she won American Idol in 2005.

Carrie will perform at the Grand Ole Opry for two shows Tuesday, June 9, just one day shy of the 10th anniversary of her first appearance on the show. Carrie's annual fan club party will also be held at the Opry that night.

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Hey #CMAFest! Looks like I will be seeing you real soon! 😎 @CMA

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Tuesday
May262015

Katy Perry Accuses Australian Paper of Recycling Old Quotes About Her Ex

ABC/Paul TrantowA few days ago, the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph published an interview with Katy Perry in which she discussed a variety topics, including her ex-husband, Russell Brand.  Katy's quoted in the interview as saying, "He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don’t want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say."  Now, Katy's accusing the paper of recycling those quotes from an interview she did years ago.

"It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film & then stamp a new date on it," Katy tweeted, then added, "The Daily Telegraph & Chris Knowles."  Knowles is the man who wrote the article in question.  Katy followed that with a thumbs down emoji.

Katy's tweet seems to indicate she did the interview three years ago while promoting her 3D concert documentary Part of Me, which included the famous scene of Katy having a breakdown after learning Brand wanted a divorce.

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Tuesday
May262015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockSam Hunt played quarterback for which college football team? ANSWER: UAB -- University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Tuesday
May262015

Luke Bryan's Sons, Bo and Tate, Can't Get Enough of Dad's New Single, "Kick the Dust Up"

CMALuke Bryan has some pretty trusty advisers telling him which songs to record for his albums.  He knew his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up," was a hit when his two young sons, Bo and Tate, couldn't enough of the songwriter demo of the track.

Luke says, "My boys wanna hear that song over and over and over and over, and they're going, 'Let's tear it up, up!' It's simple as can be, but there's a time and place for just a big, 'ol, fun, simple song."

Luke explores some deeper topics on his upcoming album, Kill the Lights, but he agreed with his record label's decision to put out "Kick the Dust Up" first.

He says, "The label was like, 'Yeah, we're doing that one.' So, I was like, 'All right, let's do it.'"

Luke's new album, Kill the Lights, comes out August 7.

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Tuesday
May262015

Santana Schedules Summer U.S. Tour Dates, New Las Vegas Residency Shows and More

Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsThis Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30.  Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.

The U.S. tour dates include an appearance at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as stops in Boston and Baltimore and an August 21-22 engagement in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On both the European tour and the U.S. trek, Carlos and company will be promoting Santana's star-studded 2014 Latin album, Corazon.  The band also has scheduled one fall date for the outing, an October 31 concert in Tucson, Arizona.

Santana also has two other series of Las Vegas residency dates on the books this year, taking place in late September and early November, respectively.  On top of that, Carlos will make a special appearance at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival on September 12, when he will hit the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical collective led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances:

5/27, 29-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
8/14 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
8/16 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/21-22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort
8/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Concert Pavilion
8/28 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/29-30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*9/12 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival
9/16, 18-20, 23, 25-27 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
10/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
11/4, 6-8, 11, 13-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay

* = Carlos Santana playing as special guest with Phil Lesh and Friends.

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Tuesday
May262015

Metallica to Perform National Anthem at the X Games 

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will perform the national anthem on June 6 at the 2015 X Games in Austin. Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform their instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Moto X Speed & Style competition.

Later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games. "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told skateboarding icon Tony Hawk of Metallica's set.

Hetfield and Hammett previously broke out their heavy, Jimi Hendrix-esque take on the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants' third annual "Metallica Day." You can watch that performance at the San Francisco Giants' Facebook page.

The 2015 X Games will be held in Austin, Texas June 4-7. Coverage of the X Games will air on ESPN.

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Tuesday
May262015

Report: Chris Brown's Baby Mama Seeking More Child Support 

Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records

Chris Brown and Nina Guzman, the mother of his child, are seemingly at odds over child support for their daughter Royalty.

According to sources cited by TMZ Guzman is claiming that Brown stopped paying $2,500 a month in child support back in March after Guzman asked for significantly more -- upwards of $15,000 a month.

Brown apparently feels the sum is excessive, but TMZ claims that Nia's lawyer, Carl Moore, will be filing legal documents in the next two weeks demanding back child support and a an increase in monthly support.

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Tuesday
May262015

After Hiatus, Lifehouse Returns with New Album & Full Creative Control

Press Here PublicityLifehouse, the band that brought you hits like "You and Me," "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time," is back after a three-year self-imposed hiatus with a new album called Out of the Wasteland.

After the band's 2012 disc Almeria, they decided to step off the endless album/tour cycle for a much-needed break.  "I think it just kind of made sense," frontman Jason Wade tells ABC Radio. "After thirteen years of being on the road, non-stop touring, it just felt like a good time to kind of reset, recharge the batteries and then kind of come back with a fresh perspective."

"It was the first time we’ve ever taken any time off in the history of the band, which is kind of crazy, you know?" he adds. "Now I feel like we’ve got this new, rejuvenated sense of energy."

During the hiatus, the members of Lifehouse worked on their own projects.  Jason attempted to make a solo album, but when he realized it wasn't working for him, he decided to reconvene the band and make a new Lifehouse album, which became Out of the Wasteland.

"Halfway through the process I just realized that I’m way more comfortable in a band setting. I missed the guys," Jason explains. "I wanted to bring everybody back together and I learned a lot about myself in that time, that I’m just not ever gonna be a solo artist in that sense. It’s not in my DNA, it’s not my personality. So I feel way more comfortable with the kind of familial quality that this band has."

Out of the Wasteland is the first album Lifehouse has released independently, without a major record label behind them.  Musically, Jason says the disc is a mixture of "all our influences" and "a collection of everything we've done for 15 years."

"I think it just represents a new era for the band. You know, leaving a major labor to kind of become independent artists I think was a big deal to us," says Jason. "We spent two years of our lives making this album, so we put more into it than we put into any other record, and doing it for us: not really worrying too much about singles, but really making sure that we made an album that had the kind of peaks and valleys that we like in music."

A major part of making the album was the freedom the band had to essentially call all the shots, which is something they'd never had before when they were signed to a big record company.

"We get to pick all of the singles, we get to make the videos that we want to make, we get full creative control over all of the artwork, and I think that, to us, is a big deal," says Jason. "'‘Cause we’ve been in positions where we’ve wanted a specific album cover and we got shut down because it didn’t have our faces on it. Little things like that, I think at this stage in our career is really nice to just be able to have full creative control over those things."

Lifehouse will take the new music on the road starting June 19, when they launch a tour with Nickelback.  So far, Jason says that fans seem to be liking the new songs.

"I think that they’re definitely getting the feeling that we’re returning to our roots and to a specific sound, at least for now," he says of the band's fans. "And I think that they’ve been pretty positive about that."

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Tuesday
May262015

Ed Sheeran Wants to Take a Year Off from Music to "Live a Bit"

Cliff Lipson/CBSWhat good is all the millions of dollars, cars and houses in the world if you can't stop working long enough to enjoy them?  Maybe that's why Ed Sheeran says that after several years of non-stop work, he's ready to get off the treadmill for a bit.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mirror, Ed says, "I’d like to live for a bit! I feel like I live in a bubble where normal happens outside, and everything ‘Hollywood’ happens inside.  I’d like to get on the outside for at least a year.”

Ed said something similar to Entertainment Weekly recently: "We’ve been touring for five years without a break," he said. "I actually want to go and live in the house that I bought because I haven’t lived in it yet."  He doesn't plan to put out his next album for "another year-and-a-half," he tells EW.

Unfortunately, Ed's got a ways to go before he'll be able to take that break: he has shows scheduled all over the world through December.

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Tuesday
May262015

Rob Thomas Debuts New Single, "Trust You," Co-Written by Ryan Tedder

Ben WattsRob Thomas is ready for a comeback. The Matchbox Twenty frontman just released his first solo single in five years: “Trust You.”

Rob debuted the up-tempo song on Entertainment Weekly Monday, and he talks to the mag about co-writing the tune with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. OneRepublic opened up for Rob during his 2009 Cradlesong Tour, and he says he and Ryan really hit it off.

“He’s worked with everyone,” Rob tells EW of Ryan. “…He was kind of the only person on my list [of collaborators]. He was the first person on my list and he was really hard to get. I had to figure out a way to get out on the road and meet him, because he never stays still. He’s like a shark.”

He says when they sat down to write “Trust You,” they were inspired by the Rolling Stones’ tune “Miss You.” The beat to the song came first, followed by the line, “trust you.”

Rob explains the meaning behind the song: “Everyone I know, even the most put-together people, have that one person that calls them up and that no matter what, they know that the night is going to end with a bunch of bad decisions.”

He says the single is about that one friend that “when they call you you’re going to say yes and things are going to go horribly wrong in a really fun way.”

Rob’s new album The Great Unknown, his first solo effort since 2009, is due out later this year. He says this time around, he wanted to collaborate with a lot of different people. “I’d never done that before, tried to actually work with other people for my record,” he says. “I usually work with other people for their records. I just wanted to do something a little different and not go back to the same well.”

Rob will kick off his summer solo tour on June 11 in Ontario.

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Tuesday
May262015

Jessie J Excited About Her First Movie Role: "It's Not the Obvious Thing" 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast fall, Jessie J revealed that she'd turned down several movie roles -- including a part in Kick Ass 2 --  due to her very busy schedule.  But now it seems she's finally found the time for Hollywood.  She reveals to ABC Radio that she's landed a movie role, but won't go into detail about what we can expect from her acting debut.

Asked if she thinks there'll be any acting in her future, Jessie tells ABC Radio, "Yes, I am, currently."  She adds, "I can’t talk about it too much, which is really frustrating ‘cause I really wanna tell people, but yeah it’s my first film. But I don’t wanna tell people what it is, ‘cause it’s not the obvious thing. So yeah, I’m excited!"

While we're waiting to see Jessie on the big screen, we can hear her on the soundtrack of the hit movie Pitch Perfect 2 -- she recorded the song "Flashlight" for the project.  And Jessie says that given the chance, she'd love to act in another installment in the series, if it gets made.

"Yes, if I was ever asked to be in Pitch Perfect 3, I would be there!" she tells ABC Radio. "I would be there in the Barden Bella outfit. I would love to be in it."

Meanwhile, Jessie hasn't abandoned her music career: the British singer just wrapped up her first headlining tour of America, and says the experience was "amazing."

"We did 19 shows. I feel like this has changed my life, this tour," she gushes to ABC Radio. "It’s my first-ever solo U.S. tour and I’ve been signed to my American label for eight years. And we’ve been here a lot and it feels like...it’s starting to happen."

While Jessie had initial success on the American charts with "Price Tag" and "Domino" a few years ago, things were a little quiet on the U.S. front for her until last year's Sweet Talker album and the singles "Bang Bang," "Burnin' Up" and "Masterpiece."  She says she feels that American fans are coming to understand her as an artist.

"We’ve really kind of adapted the show so that people walk away really taking from it what I want, which is to get to know me and my personality," she explains. "And that I’m awkward, and not very good at being famous, and I like to make people laugh, and I don’t lip-sync and I love to sing live."

"Every review I’ve seen has been a real true element of what I want people to take away from this tour," she adds. "And I think that’s why it’s felt so special."  

Jessie will now spend the summer touring in Europe and the U.K.

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Tuesday
May262015

Public Image Ltd. Releasing New Album in September; John Lydon Says Group Is "the Ultimate Band"

Credit: Paul HeartfieldPublic Image Ltd., John Lydon's influential post-Sex Pistols band, will release a new studio album called What the World Needs Now… on September 4.  The new record is the second one the artist also known as Johnny Rotten has made with the group's current lineup, following 2012's This Is PiL, which was the band's first release in more than 17 years.

The current incarnation of Public Image also includes guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Bruce Smith, both of whom first joined the band in 1986, and bassist Scott Firth, who came into the fold when PiL reformed in 2009.  Lydon tells ABC Radio that, for him, Public Image Ltd. "is the ultimate band," and says his relationship with his fellow members is "the closest bond I've ever had with people in music."

He explains, "This is the proper Public Image and it's been worth the wait to find a truly unified group of people that really do respect each other.  It's quite phenomenal…It's what I always wanted the bands I've worked with to be."

News of the upcoming PiL album comes on the heels of the publication of Lydon's new memoir, Anger Is an Energy, which hit stores in April.  In the book, John opens up about his impoverished childhood and health struggles, his adventures with the Sex Pistols and PiL, and much more.

Lydon tells ABC Radio that What the World Needs Now… "goes hand in glove with the book, but they're not similar works at all."  He adds, "It's like the ying [sic] and the yang of it all."

The album features 11 songs, and the first single is the lead track, "Double Trouble," which will be released on August 21.  A 10-inch vinyl version will include the new song "Bettie Page" on its B-side as well as a non-album track called "Turkey T*ts."

Public Image Ltd. has announced dates for a tour of the U.K. and mainland Europe that will take place in September and October, and the band is expected to launch a North American trek in November.

Meanwhile, Lydon says he has absolutely no interest in reuniting with the Sex Pistols again.

"I'm so in the right place in my mind with Public Image Ltd. that the idea of going backwards to the Pistols is impossible," he insists.  Lydon says the group's first reunion tour in 1996 "went on too long" and led to "all the old resentments" coming up.  He reveals that since then, he and his Pistols mates have "realized that we've lost our friendship through being in that band and we'd much rather be friends than musical enemies."

He adds that while he considers The Sex Pistols "my mind and body," Public Image is "where my heart and soul lay."

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