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Wednesday
Mar252015

J. Cole Explains Inspiration for "G.O.M.D" Video

Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationIn the powerful video for "G.O.M.D," J. Cole portrays a rebellious house slave who plots an attack against the plantation owners. Now he's explaining the origins of the video's concept.

"You know, honestly, it’s a video idea I had on my last album for a song called 'Chaining Day.' I always wanted to do that video," Cole says in an interview with Saint Heron.  "I had that video idea in my head for like two years or so, and like, I always wanted to make that statement, because it comments on so much. The video idea was honestly already there before the song was ever made"

When asked why he felt compelled to create period piece, he says it was important to him to fight the "urge to go the typical route with this video."

"The video is really more of a commentary on the need for unity and togetherness more so than it is a comment on racism, because [the black community] knows -- we all know about oppression," he says. "We’re all aware of that."

The touching song is the latest single from J. Cole's album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, available now.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

"Uptown Funk" Tops Chart for a 12th Week

Dana Edelson/NBCThe way things are going, we won't be able to get ourselves out of this "Funk" for a long, long time.  "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is spending a staggering 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

In the 55-year history of the Hot 100, there have only been 15 songs that have spent at least 12 weeks at #1, and "Funk" is one of them.  In addition, the song now ties "Blurred Lines" for the song with the longest run at #1 of the 2010s.  One more week and it'll pass "Blurred Lines" to take the title.

Maroon 5's "Sugar" remains at #2, while Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" stays at #3.  Also stationary is Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do," which holds at #4, and "Four Five Seconds," by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, at #5.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

"Uptown Funk" Tops Chart for a 12th Week; Flo Rida Scores 10th Top 10 Hit 

Dana Edelson/NBCThe way things are going, we won't be able to get ourselves out of this "Funk" for a long, long time.  "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is spending a staggering 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

In the 55-year history of the Hot 100, there have only been 15 songs that have spent at least 12 weeks at #1, and "Funk" is one of them.  In addition, the song now ties "Blurred Lines" for the song with the longest run at #1 of the 2010s.  One more week and it'll pass "Blurred Lines" to take the title.

Maroon 5's "Sugar" remains at #2, while Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" stays at #3.  Also stationary is Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do," which holds at #4, and "Four Five Seconds," by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, at #5.

Flo Rida, meanwhile, returns to the top 10 with the song "G.D.F.R.," featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas.  This is the rapper's first trip to the to the top 10 in more than two years, and his 10th top 10 hit over all.  The title stands for "Going Down for Real."


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Report: Chris Brown Wants to Move Alleged Daughter to California

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown reportedly is looking to live closer to the woman who is reported to be the mother of his daughter

The singer has yet to confirm or deny multiple published reports that he fathered a daughter, Royalty, with Nia Guzman, but according to TMZ, sources connected to the singer say Brown has offered to relocate Guzman from Houston, Texas, to the Hollywood Hills, which is closer to his Los Angeles home. The singer also is said to have offered to pay for housing.

In addition, the gossip site reports that Brown is in "negotiations" with Nia over child support, even offering to pay more than he might be required to pay under law if she agrees to the move.

Although Brown hasn't spoken on the subject yet, fans will get to hear his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, when she breaks her silence in an upcoming interview on Oprah Winfrey's OWN, titled Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tran, airing Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. ET.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line and Vince Gill Featured on Dan Rather's "The Big Interview"

Image Courtesy AXS TVTrisha Yearwood is the featured guest on Dan Rather's series The Big Interview coming up Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV. In addition to talking about her dual music and cooking careers, Trisha opens up about her work with Habitat for Humanity and the special surprise her husband Garth Brooks pulled off to celebrate her 50th birthday.

The Big Interview continues with new episodes featuring Vince Gill on April 21 and Florida Georgia Line on May 12.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Rob Halford Signs Deal to Reissue Solo Catalog, "Essential" Compilation Due Out Next Week

Legacy RecordingsJudas Priest frontman Rob Halford has signed a new record deal that will see the reissue of nearly all of the albums and videos he released with his side projects Halford, Two and Fight.  The reissue campaign will begin with a two-CD, 30-track compilation titled The Essential Rob Halford that will hit stores on March 30.

In addition to the individual albums and video releases that will be made available, other retrospectives are also planned, including a Playlist collection and Complete Albums Box set.

After Halford left Judas Priest in 1992, he formed the band Fight, which released two albums and an EP during the years 1993 through 1995.  The rock legend followed that group with the industrial metal duo Two, whose only studio effort came out in 1998.  Then, in 2000, the powerhouse singer founded the straight metal band Halford, which has released a variety of studio albums, live record and videos.  Rob rejoined Judas Priest in 2003, but has continued to sporadically record with Halford.

Here is a list of Rob Halford's various non-Judas Priest releases that will be reissued:

Fight:
War of Words (1993)
Mutations (1994)
A Small Deadly Space (1995)
K5 -- The "War of Words" Demos (1997)
War of Words: The Film (video) (2007)
Live in Phoenix (video) (2008)

Two:
Voyeurs (1998)

Halford:
Resurrection (2000)
Live Insurrection (2001)
Crucible (2002)
Metal God Essentials: Volume 1 (2007)
Live at Rock in Rio 3 (album and video) (2008)
Winter Songs (2009)
Made of Metal (2010)
Live in Anaheim (album and video) (2010)
Live at Saitama Super Arena (album and video) (2011)
Live in London (2012)
Live 2010 North & South America Tour (album and video)
Metal God Essentials: Volume 2


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Boy George Announces Rescheduled North American Tour with Culture Club

Credit: Dean StockingsAfter canceling his tour with Culture Club last year due to vocal issues, Boy George has announced dates for a new North American summer trek with the band.

The iconic '80s group will visit 12 states plus a couple of venues in Canada, playing some of their greatest hits as well as songs from their upcoming album, Tribes.  The tour will kick off July 20 in Denver and is mapped out through an August 16 show in Orlando, Florida.  No announcement yet about when tickets will go on sale.

Culture Club's North American tour was supposed to have started last November, but was scrapped after Boy George discovered a polyp in his throat.  Doctors ordered him not to sing so as not to exacerbate the condition.  The group's U.K. tour was also canceled.

Rescheduled dates in the U.K. and other countries will be announced soon, according to Boy George's website.  Here are the new North American dates:

7/20 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
7/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
7/25 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
7/27 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena
8/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/4 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
8/6 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/7 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
8/8 -- Bethlehem, PA, MusikFest Main Stage
8/10 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 -- Cary, NC, Booth Amphitheatre
8/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
8/14 -- Miami, FL, Klipsch Amp at Bayfront Park
8/15 -- Tampa, FL, Madeira Beach Waterfront Park
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Linkin Park, The Offspring, Bastille to Play Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium 

James MinchinThe 2015 edition of Belgium's Pukkelpop Festival will be headlined by Linkin Park, The Offspring, Bastille and Limp Bizkit. Other bands included on the festival's initial lineup include George Ezra, The War on Drugs, Mastodon, Enter Shikari, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, All Time Low, Future Islands, Tame Impala and more.

Linkin Park has racked up quite the busy festival schedule this summer. Along with Pukkelpop, the band will play Rock in Rio USA, Rocklahoma, Rock on the Range, Amnesia Rock Fest, Summerfest and many more. This packed schedule comes after the band was forced to cancel most of its 2015 headlining tour in support of their last album, The Hunting Party, due to an ankle injury suffered by frontman Chester Bennington.

Pukkelpop 2015 will be held August 20-22 in Hasselt, Belgium. Visit Pukkelpop.be for the full initial lineup and all ticket information.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Is New Music Coming Tomorrow from Rihanna?

Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna teased fans late Wednesday with a cryptic Instagram post promising something on Thursday.

The post -- which looks like some kind of single or album artwork -- features a black-and-white image of the shirtless singer wearing an open motorcycle jacket and something which appears to be written in braille aside the image.  In the accompanying caption Rihanna included the hashtags #R8, #BBHMM and #March26.

Fans on Rihanna's website, where the image and hashtags were also posted, speculated that #BBHMM might stand for "B**ch Better Have My Money," and that it may refer to the name of a new single or even the singer's long-in-the-works eighth album.  Stay tuned.


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rihannaNOW.com #R8 #BBHMM #March26

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Kendrick Lamar’s "To Pimp a Butterfly" Scores "Billboard" #1 Debut

Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsAfter being released a week early, Kendrick Lamar lands his first number-one album on the Billboard 200 with To Pimp a Butterfly.

The rapper's third album debuted with 363,000 units in its first week, according to Billboard. Of that number, 324,000 copies were comprised of physical album sales.  As a result, Kendrick has scored the second-largest sales week of the year behind Drake's surprise project, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which moved 495,000 units in its opening week. Drake's latest project has sold an additional 52,000 copies this week.

A humbled Kendrick took to Twitter to thank his fans for his #1 debut. "I Appreciate it," he simply wrote.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

The Weeknd, Kid Cudi Confirmed for Lollapalooza 2015

Image courtesy Republic RecordsThe lineup for this year's Lollapalooza festival has been announced, and The Weeknd and Kid Cudi are on the bill.

Although there are no hip-hop headliners this year, Tyler the Creator, Travi$ Scot, A$AP Rocky and FKA Twigs are among the the acts that will take stage alongside Kanye West’s recent famed collaborator, Paul McCartney, and Sam Smith when the festival takes place in Chicago's Grant Park July 31 through August 2.  If you can't make it, a livestream will be available on a variety of devices.

Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a statement, "The heart of Lollapalooza has always been the music. The brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians is getting stronger and the unexpected surprises and collaborations are cementing magical moments that will live on in music history. Having young talented artists performing alongside legends is all I could ever ask for and I'll be grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend."

Three-day passes to the festival are already sold out, but single-day passes are available today at the festival's website starting at 10 a.m. CST, as are VIP and Platinum Passes, and travel packages.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

John Legend Helps Raise $6 Million for World Water Charity at Event 

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend has helped a non-profit organization devoted to global water accessibility raise $6 million.  The money was raised for the charity One Drop at a one-night only production at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday, event organizers announced. The proceeds will benefit the organization's global initiatives to ensure that water is accessible to all.

Appearing alongside various Cirque du Soleil performers at the One Night for One Drop event, Legend serenaded the crowd with a special rendition of his smash hit "All of Me," as well as another tune called "Dreams."


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Corey Taylor, Slash to Appear at Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. RecordsKirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil just got a little heavier. Slash, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante will make guest appearances at the Metallica guitarist's second annual horror-inspired music festival. Meshuggah, High On Fire and others are scheduled to perform.

In addition to the music, the Fear FestEvil will feature selections from Hammett's Crypt Collection of horror collectibles and memorabilia.

The FestEvil also will include the newly announced Carnival of Chaos, which will take place outside the RockBar Theatre in San Jose, California, where the music will be played. The free, outdoor Carnival of Chaos will feature carnival games, Hammett's famous '36 Ford and an "authentic freakshow."

Also new to this year's Fear FestEvil is a murder mystery dinner hosted by Hammett at San Jose's Winchester Mystery House on April 10. Guests will dine alongside Hammett, tour the infamous mansion and try to figure out the culprit of the night's "murder."

Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil will be held April 11 and 12 at the Rockbar Theatre. For all information, you can visit FearFestEvil.com.

 
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Wednesday
Mar252015

Modest Mouse's "Strangers to Ourselves" Debuts at Number Three on "Billboard" 200; Next Album to Feature Krist Novoselic 

Credit: Ben MoonThe eight-year gap between Modest Mouse albums appears to have been worth the wait. Strangers to Ourselves, the band's first album since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, has debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with 77,000 units sold.

Strangers to Ourselves gives Modest Mouse their second consecutive top-three appearance on the Billboard 200. Prior to We Were Dead, which debuted at number one, Modest Mouse's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 was 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which bowed at 18.

In other Modest Mouse news, frontman Isaac Brock has revealed the band's next album, a "companion" piece to Strangers to Ourselves, will feature Krist Novoselic. The Nirvana bassist was rumored to appear on Strangers to Ourselves, but his contribution never made the album.

"We ended up finishing tracking with one of [Novoselic's] songs that will end up on the next record. It fits the second piece, the companion piece to this record, a bit better," Brock tells HotPress.com, adding that Novoselic's contribution "sounds like a bunch of boulders falling down a mountain."

Brock also revealed the tentative title of the new album, which is set to be released next year.

"The title was just going to be Whatever. And the dumbest thing...I was going to misspell 'Whatever'. You know like, just have it be 'Whabever,'" Brock says. "I just wanted to go as dumb as f**king possible."


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Boy George Announces Rescheduled North American Tour with Culture Club

Dean StockingsAfter canceling his tour with Culture Club last year due to vocal issues, Boy George has announced dates for a new North American summer tour with the band.

The iconic '80s group will trek across 12 states plus Canada, playing some of their greatest hits as well as new songs from their upcoming album, Tribes. The tour will kick off July 20 in Denver, Colorado. Culture Club will wrap things up on August 16 in Orlando, Florida. No announcement yet about when tickets will go on sale.

Culture Club’s initial North American tour, which was supposed to start last November, was scrapped after Boy George discovered a polyp in his throat. Doctors ordered him not to sing so as not to exacerbate the condition. The group’s U.K. tour was also canceled.

Rescheduled dates in the U.K. and other countries will be announced soon, according to Boy George's website. Here are the new North American dates:

7/20 – Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
7/24 – Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
7/25 – Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
7/27 – New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/28 – New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/31 – Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/1 – Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena
8/2 – Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/4 – Newark, NJ, NJPAC
8/6 – Rama, ON, Casino Rama
8/7 – Windsor, ON. The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
8/8 – Bethlehem, PA, MusikFest Main Stage
8/10 – Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 – Cary, NC, Booth Amphitheatre
8/12 – Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
8/14 – Miami, FL, Klipsch Amp at Bayfront Park
8/15 – Tampa, FL, Madeira Beach Waterfront Park
8/16 – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Charli XCX & More to Play Lollapalooza 2015

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThe lineup for Lollapalooza 2015 has been announced and as usual, it's an eclectic one. 

The headliners include rock legends Paul McCartney and Metallica, but also on the bill are artists as diverse as Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Walk the Moon, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, George Ezra, Sheppard and Florence + the Machine.

The festival will take place in Chicago's Grant Park July 31 through August 2.  If you can't make it, a live stream will be available on a variety of devices.  Three-day passes to the festival are already sold out, but single-day passes are available today at the festival's website, as are VIP and Platinum Passes, and travel packages.

Lollapalooza is just one of many festivals that Sam Smith is playing this summer: his dance card also includes appearances at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama, the Squamish Valley Music Festival in British Columbia, Britain's T in the Park and V Festivals and Lollapalooza Berlin.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Sixx:AM Releases Lyric Video for Cover of The Cars' "Drive"

Credit: Paul BrownSixx:AM, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's other band, has added a visual component to their cover of The Cars' "Drive" in the form of a lyric video.  The clip features the lyrics from the track popping up in pink lettering over shots of -- what else? -- cars driving.  You can watch the automobile-focused video now on YouTube.

Sixx:AM's cover of "Drive" appears on the band's latest album, Modern Vintage.  The album gave the group its fourth top 10 hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart in "Stars."

Meanwhile, Sixx:AM has announced that Dustin Steinke of the rock band Bleeker Ridge will man the drums on its forthcoming tour.  While Sixx:AM has played live shows in the past, the group will embark on its first ever full-scale headlining tour beginning April 8 in San Francisco.  Cello rockers Apocalyptica will open the trek.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Listen to Boz Scaggs' Upcoming Album, "A Fool to Care," Online Now

429 RecordsBoz Scaggs' upcoming studio album, A Fool to Care, will be released next Tuesday, March 31, but the soulful singer is treating fans to a full preview of the record online now.  The entire standard version of the album is streaming through Monday, March 30, at Amazon.com.

A Fool to Care was recorded over four days at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, and includes guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and lauded alt-country artist Lucinda Williams.  Raitt lends her slide-guitar and vocal talents to an original tune titled "Hell to Pay," while Williams duets with Scaggs on a version of The Band's "Whispering Pines."  Accompanying Scaggs on A Fool to Care are such respected session musicians as bassist Willie Weeks, guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and drummer Steve Jordan. Jordan also produced the album.

The 12-track record finds Scaggs tastefully blending rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz influences on the record, which is made up mostly of cover tunes, along with a couple of a his own new compositions.  A deluxe version of A Fool to Care boasting three extra tunes can be purchased exclusively at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.

Scaggs has lined up a spring U.S. tour in support of the album that runs from an April 8 concert in Gainesville, Florida, through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.  Boz also is one of the many stars who will perform at the recently announced Brian Wilson tribute show, Brian Fest, this Monday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Here is Scaggs' full forthcoming itinerary:

3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts


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Wednesday
Mar252015

"Princeton Review" Appeases Taylor Swift with Ticket Offer for Fans

ABC/Fred LeeEarlier this week, a Taylor Swift fan pointed out that the Princeton Review had misquoted one of the singer's lyrics in an attempt to point out that pop songs are notorious for their bad grammar.  Now the publication is making it up to Taylor by treating her fans to some free concert tickets.

Initially, the Princeton Review quoted Taylor's song "Fifteen" as saying, "Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe 'em."  In reality, the lyric is "Somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them."  The publication has now tweeted a photo of the offending page with a strip of pink Post-it covering the misquoted lyric, on which the correct lyrics are written.

"Sorry ! We’ll make it up to you," the photo is captioned. "Pick a lover fan. 2 tickets to a U.S. show on us!"

As USA Today reports, fans are now angling to win the tickets by posting doctored photos showing Taylor with copies of the Princeton Review.

It's important to note that the grammar in Taylor's original lyric is incorrect as well, if you want to get really picky.  Since the indefinite pronoun "somebody" is singular, the line should actually read "Somebody tells you he/she loves you, you're gonna to believe him/her," although these days the singular use of "they" and "them" is common.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Britney Spears: "I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been"

Courtesy PEOPLEBritney Spears says she's she currently “the happiest I’ve ever been.” In a new People magazine cover story, the 33-year-old pop star opens up about her family life, saying her career will always take a back seat to her sons, 9-year-old Sean Preston and 8-year-old Jayden James.

“My kids come first in my life, bottom line,” says Britney, who co-parents with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Despite her hectic performance schedule for her hit Las Vegas residency, Britney’s a hands-on mom, taking her kids to play dates, soccer games, and gymnastics lessons. She even helps them with their homework. “Homework is a priority,” she says. “We have a reward system that helps motivate them: if they get so many As, they get one toy a month.”

Britney says the boys have recently started doing chores around the house, including washing their plates, taking out the trash and helping the family’s three dogs. Britney says she’s thinking of giving them an allowance: “Preston just asked for a high allowance -- like $10 a week or $20 a week -- but we’ll see!”

She adds that her boyfriend of six months, 32-year-old producer Charlie Ebersol, is great with the kids. “They relate to him really well and they have fun together,” she says. “He’s refreshing to be around and really light-hearted.”

Britney’s Planet Hollywood residency is set to continue through this year and possibly longer.  She also has a new single, a collaboration with Iggy Azalea, coming out May 5.

With a solid home life and a steady career, Britney says she’s in a “real good place” right now. She adds, “I’m very blessed.”

Her People cover story is out Friday.


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