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Thursday
Feb262015

Cole Swindell Takes Down Home Tour to Home State

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleThis weekend, Cole Swindell brings his Down Home tour to his home state.  Sunday, the Georgia native wraps up three days of music at Atlanta Motor Speedway, headlining just before the drivers are introduced for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500. Though he’s not performing, pop-rocker Gavin DeGraw is also the honorary pace car driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Cole grew up in the small town of Bronwood, Georgia, about three hours south of Atlanta. When he’s not playing his own solo dates, he’s currently out on the Burn It Down tour with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr.


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Thursday
Feb262015

The Moody Blues' John Lodge Releasing New Solo Album, "10,000 Light Years Ago," in May

Esoteric AntennaMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge will release his second solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue, hit stores.  The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14.

One of the undoubted highlights of 10,000 Light Years Ago is the tune "Simple Magic," which reunites Lodge with two former Moody Blues members -- flute player Ray Thomas and keyboardist Mike Pinder.  The album features a number of other guest musicians, including renowned rock guitarist Chris Spedding, who also contributed to Lodge's first solo effort.

Lodge says the music on 10,000 Light Years Ago was created using the same inspirations that guided him and his Moody Blues band mates when they recorded their classic 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

"The theme [of that album] encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives," he notes.  "When Days of Future Passed was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one.  Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with The Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle."

Lodge is responsible for a number of The Moody Blues' best-known songs, including ""Ride My See Saw," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)," "Steppin' in a Slide Zone" and "Sitting at the Wheel."

Prior to the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge will hit the road with The Moody Blues on a new North American tour that celebrates the band's recently released Timeless Flight -- Polydor Years box set.  The trek kicks off March 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and runs into May.  Check out all of the dates at MoodyBluesToday.com.

Here is the full track list of 10,000 Light Years Ago:

"In My Mind"
"Those Days in Birmingham"
"Simply Magic"
"Get Me Out of Here"
"Love Passed Me By"
"Crazy"
"Lose Your Love"
"10,000 Light Years Ago"


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Thursday
Feb262015

Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Wanted on Controlled Substance Charges 

Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesFormer Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted in Texas on controlled substances charges. According to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website, Abbruzzese is facing two charges: one misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams, and a felony charge for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, which carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.

Denton Country Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest.

Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam shortly before the band's seminal debut album, Ten, was released in 1991. He played drums on PJ's next two albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, before he was fired in 1994.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Engagement with the Cast of "Chicago Fire"

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LALady Gaga traveled to the Windy City Wednesday to meet up with her fiancée, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. star Taylor Kinney.

While visiting Kinney, 33, on the set of the shows, the 28-year-old singer also hung out with several of his co-stars, including Sophia Bush.

Bush posted a photo of her and Gaga, along with the caption, "#wcw @LadyGaga, naturally. She SLAYED the #Oscars and now she's snuggled up with the #ChicagoFam celebrating love. "The Oscars were amazing, but this!? This is everything."

"Oh #TaylorKinney you're a lucky man!! #love #congrats," she added.

Gaga flew home to New York City later that day, according to E! Online, and was all smiles as she flashed her engagement ring.

Gaga and Kinney met on the set of the singer's 2011 music video, "Yoü and I."  They announced their engagement a little over a week ago.

"We're just so excited to be engaged," Gaga told E! Online earlier this week at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party.

Kinney plays Lieutenant Kelly Severide on NBC's Chicago Fire.  His character also has a recurring role on the network's Chicago P.D.

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Thursday
Feb262015

"American Idol" Recap: The Top 12 Guys Perform in the Motor City

FOXWednesday's edition of American Idol featured the top 12 guys taking the stage in the Motor City at The Fillmore Detroit Theater, where they sang for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes. The top 12 girls will get their chance to perform on Thursday. The top 16 contestants, based on America’s votes, will be revealed next week.

First up, was Adam Ezegelian, who kicked things off with Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock.” Jennifer declared, “It’s like you’re every man saying ‘I wanna rock’ and living everybody’s fantasy up there.” Harry said Adam demonstrated what rock and roll was all about by having a good time and not taking himself too seriously. He said Ezegelian’s voice made the performance work.

On the other end of the spectrum was Michael Simeon, who performed Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live without You.” Jennifer loved the “feel” of the performance. Harry was also pleased with the performance, but thought it was a little pitchy at times. Keith said Simeon “stayed right in the moment and controlled it.”

Savion Wright, a 22-year-old student, followed with a soulful version of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.” Connick thought the performance started out a little “unfocused,” but got better as it went along. Lopez called Wright’s style “unique,” but reminded him that with America voting from now on, he needs to focus on the camera a little more. Urban also liked the performance, but not the song choice.

Former landscaper Mark Andrew sang “The Weight,” by The Band. Keith thought it was a perfect song choice for Andrew’s voice and would’ve even preferred to hear him sing it without the house band backing him up. Harry agreed, as did Jennifer, who added that Mark’s vibe was “so right now,” he had a real chance at winning the competition.

Trevor Douglas, the 17-year-old science nerd, took to the stage next with Gavin Degraw’s “Best I Ever Had.” Keith thought Trevor’s visual performance and energy were “palpable.” Jennifer, however, thought the number was just “okay.” Harry said it wasn’t Trevor's best vocal performance, but still good overall.

Street performer Clark Beckham belted out Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” J-Lo thought it was a flawless performance and summed it up by declaring, “Goosies all day.” Harry said Beckham is a “talented performer” and he’s looking forward to seeing more of him because he has the ability to withstand the criticism as well as the praise that would be coming his way. Keith simply called it a “killer” performance.

Singer and vocal coach Rayvon Owen tackled Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.” Harry called Owen “elegant, handsome, likeable [and] talented,” adding there was something about Rayvon that harkened back to the classic Motown singers. Jennifer liked the song, but felt the performance could’ve used a little more “attitude.” Keith was pleased that the song showed off Owen’s falsetto.

Daniel Seavey, the youngest singer in the competition, sang “I’m Yours,” by Jason Mraz. Urban said the song choice demonstrated Seavey’s singing range, which had been a question mark until now. Lopez called Seavey “beyond adorable,” but warned the teen that he needed to focus on being consistent throughout the song. Connick was also pleased with Seavey's performance.

Riley Bria performed Eric Church’s “Homeboy.” Lopez called Bria the perfect combination of “sweet, with a little bit of edge.” Connick said Bria reminded him so much of Urban, he dubbed him “Keith Suburban.”

Quentin Alexander delivered a haunting version of Sceamin’ J. Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.” Harry said Quentin had a “different presentation” and he hoped America would keep him in the competition. Jennifer thought it had all the qualities of a great performance: drama, dynamics and vocals. She called it “perfect.”  Keith declared Quentin hadn’t even recorded an album yet, but gave a “Grammy performance.”

Next up, was Nick Fratiani with Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Keith called the song choice “perfect” and gave Nick extra points for playing the guitar and singing. Jennifer noted that she had seen a lot of great performances Wednesday, but Fratiani’s was “the best.” Connick agreed it was a “strong performance.”

Brooklyn, New York's Qaasim Middleton closed out the show on a high note with Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” J-Lo said the Idol hopeful made her “want to get up there and dance and sing” with him. Harry thought Middleton left it on stage and gave it everything he had. Urban agreed, adding that Middleton “killed it.”

American Idol continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Thursday
Feb262015

Dierks Bentley and Garth Brooks Bring Fun, Unique Shows to Country Radio Seminar in Nashville

Image Courtesy ABC News Radio/Hunter KellyThings got a little weird at Dierks Bentley's after-hours show Wednesday night at the Country Radio Seminar. Dierks and his band took on the persona of a washed-up country group called Hot Country Knights to cover '90s country hits during a two-hour set at The Stage honky tonk on Nashville's Lower Broadway. The guys never broke character as they worked their way through Sawyer Brown's "Some Girls Do" and Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart" for the invitation-only crowd.

Miranda Lambert took on the alter ego Shelby Shelton to join Hot Country Knights for Shania Twain's "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under." Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley wore a bad '80s wig and a fitted, patriotic shirt for his performance of Brooks & Dunn's "My Maria"; Randy Houser took on the persona of curly-haired country star Dallas Houston to sing Tracy Byrd's "Watermelon Crawl"; and Kip Moore was on hand to sing David Lee Murphy's "Dust on the Bottle."

Dierks' cover show wasn't the only entertainment option in town for country radio programmers attending the CRS. Garth Brooks played an invite-only club show at Nashville's Marathon Music Works. The set list included a mix of new songs from his latest album, Man Against Machine, and classic tracks like "Friends in Low Places," "Rodeo" and "Two Pina Coladas."

Garth's wife, Trisha Yearwood, looked like she was having a great time according to an Instagram photo she posted at the show. The picture shows her holding two cups with Garth's "G" logo close to her chest with the caption, "Watching G with my double g's! #goinghomewithhim."

 

Here at Marathon MusicWorks watching G with my double g's! #goinghomewithhim

A photo posted by Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) on Feb 25, 2015 at 9:14pm PST

 


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Thursday
Feb262015

"Nashville" Recap: "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces"

Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Mayor Teddy Conrad grew increasingly paranoid his brief relationship with the call girl, Natasha, would be found out as more and more people learned about the forbidden affair. At the end of the episode, Teddy showed up at Natasha's house in an effort to come up with a lie about how they met. Unfortunately, an unrelated sting operation was going down at Natasha's house, so cameras and audio of Teddy covering up the affair was recorded in a surveillance van down the street.

Teddy's paranoia was fueled by his one-time blackmailer, Jeff Fordham, who was facing hard times since the record label he ran, Edgehill Republic, was suddenly shut down completely. Jeff was fired when his boss found out about his underhanded scheme to sign a record deal with Teddy and Rayna Jaymes' daughter, Maddie, using Teddy's relationship with the call girl as leverage. Look for Jeff to continue threatening to expose Teddy in the coming weeks.

Since superstar Luke Wheeler was left without a recording home due to the shuttering of Edgehill Republic, Jeff proposed Luke start his own label and let Jeff run the operation. They signed former Edgehill act Will Lexington to the label, but Luke ultimately cut Jeff out of the deal completely due to his terrible reputation.

Rayna Jaymes and her manager, Bucky, met with multiple acts in hopes of signing new talent to Highway 65 Records.  They ultimately decided to sign Will's ex-wife, Layla Grant, to the label. In the meantime, Rayna and her lawyers dipped into the Highway 65's liability insurance to reach a settlement with Sadie Stone's abusive ex-husband, Pete. His lawsuit claiming ownership of a portion of Sadie's career brought work on her new album to a halt, and Rayna threatened to ruin Pete if he ever messed with Sadie again once his payoff agreement was signed.

As Deacon Claybourne continued to wait for a liver, his oncologist offered him the option of signing up for a cancer drug trial. Deacon ultimately refused to participate in the trial, and his niece, Scarlett O'Conner turned to her ex-boyfriends, Avery Barkley and Gunnar Scott, to help her make some music to escape her sadness about Deacon. They ended up performing a new song called "World on Time" as a trio at The Bluebird Café, and the love song seemed appropriate as Scarlett made the leap to finally ask Deacon's cute oncologist out on a date.

"World on Time" is a song written by one of Nashville's favorite songwriters, Trent Dabbs. He's penned several songs for the show, including Juliette Barnes' big hit, "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet." As for "World on Time," Trent tells ABC News Radio, "[It's] just a straight-up love song, and that's another thing that I feel like is so much harder to do than it seems -- just to write a straight-up love song that isn't corny all, you know? So, it felt like an old-school, folky love song."

As for "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet," Trent admits he had someone else in the country world in mind when he co-wrote it.

"Caitlyn Smith and I had written it for a potential Carrie Underwood pitch, and it was like, 'I'll just send it to [Nashville Music Supervisor] Frankie [Pine].'  And she loved it, and then asked me if I would consider re-writing some of it, and I was like, 'Sure.'" 

If you're interested to hear Trent Dabbs' version of "World on Time," be sure to pick up a copy of his new album, Believer, available now. The Nashville cast version of "World on Time" is available at iTunes.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Kelly Clarkson is Pro Weed & Guns, Anti Brussels Sprouts 

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsIn a new article in Us Weekly magazine, Kelly Clarkson reveals "25 Things You Don't Know About Me," including the fact that she's pro marijuana, but anti Brussels sprouts.

"I cannot understand the fact that controlled narcotic substances and alcohol are legal and weed isn’t," she tells the magazine.  "How many people do you know who have died from weed? My point exactly."  Kelly also reveals herself to be pro gun, saying she has a "concealed handgun license" -- though refrains from saying whether or not she's actually packing. 

Other things that she reveals she enjoys: making tea and coffee, vacationing in the mountains, cleaning out her ears with Q-tips, the movie Talledega Nights, the book Jane Eyre and taking two-hour baths with bubbles and essential oils.

The singer, whose new album Piece by Piece arrives next week, also declares that she'd like to star on Broadway, and "secretly try out for The Voice to see if I can get all four chairs to turn around."  She'd also like to be the "singing and talking voice for an animated film."

So what doesn't Kelly like?  "I hate Brussels sprouts and can’t stand that every time I say that, somebody always says, 'Oh, but you’ve never tried mine!'” she says. "I love and eat every kind of vegetable, but not that one." 

And remember that terrible movie she made with Justin Guarini after she won American Idol and he came in secondl?  She knew it'd be terrible even before she made it. 

"I cried for a solid hour on the phone with the creator of American Idol and pleaded to be let out of the contract that said I had to film From Justin to Kelly," she tells Us Weekly.

You can read Kelly's entire list of fun facts at USmagazine.com.

People magazine's upcoming cover story on Kelly offers another fun fact: how she came up with her daughter River Rose's name. She explains to the magazine, "We were going back and forth on what to name her," adding, "I like androgynous names."

The name River was inspired by the Nashville-area property she shares with her husband, Brandon Blackstock, where there's a river. She recalls, “We were outside on our balcony, and we both looked at each other and were like, ‘What about River? That’s kind of cool.’”

As for Rose, it's Kelly's mother's maiden name.  

The issue of People featuring Kelly hits newsstands Friday.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Brett Eldredge Recharged His Creative Batteries with a Quick Trip to Key West Earlier This Week

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge spent the first part of this week in Key West, Florida, before heading back for the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Getting away from the freezing temperatures in Music City helped get Brett's creative juices flowing as he continues work on his upcoming sophomore album.

"I went down there to go fishing and become inspired by the beautiful beach," Brett tells ABC News Radio. "It was 20 degrees when we left Nashville. It was 68 when I got there, and it ended up being 87 by the time I left, and so I was like -- I'm inspired! I feel amazing."

One of Brett's biggest hits, "Beat of the Music," was inspired by his time at the beach, so it's no surprise to learn he's always looking to get back on the water.

Says Brett, "Anytime I can get away, if I have a couple days off, I go to somewhere where there's water because I just get completely reenergized by the ocean or lake or whatever it is -- a puddle, I don't care what it is."

Brett will release the first single from his sophomore album once his latest hit, "Mean to Me," finishes its climb to #1 on the country chart.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Still Confused About Sia's Grammy Performance? Preteen Dancer Maddie Ziegler Explains It All 

Monty Brinton/CBS Were you baffled by Sia's performance of "Chandelier" on the Grammy Awards earlier this month?  Well, luckily, it can be easily explained by a 12-year old: Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms star who appears in Sia's videos, and who was featured in the performance alongside former SNL star Kristen Wiig.

The Grammy performance featured Sia standing in a corner of what looked like a ransacked apartment, singing with her face to the wall, while Wiig and Maddie, both clad in nude leotards and blonde bob wigs, performed a modern dance number.  But it turns out there was a very specific storyline to the number, as Maddie reveals to ABC News Radio. 

"Kristen was, like, a hoarder and I was pretty much just…you know in like Cinderella how like the fairy godmother comes to life and helps her? That’s pretty much what it was," she explains.  "That’s why the room was so messy and cluttered. She pretty much was on the verge of just letting go, because she didn’t want to live the life that she did anymore..it was really hard to have all that mess and everything, and live in it. And I tried to help her, but she never let me."

Maddie, who also performed on stage with Sia on Saturday Night Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, says the Grammy performance was her favorite.  "I got to meet Sam Smith and he’s one of my favorite artists ever in the world. And that was like the coolest experience. It was really, really fun," she tells ABC News Radio.  "That's amazing, performing at the Grammys at the age of 12, and just getting to do it with Kristen Wiig and Sia, made it even more special."

In addition to her work with Sia and her role on Dance Moms, Maddie also has her own fashion line, along with her sister, and last week, she even worked as ELLE.com’s New York Fashion Week correspondent.  While she loves fashion, Maddie says dancing, acting and singing -- which she's working hard at getting better at -- are her main priorities.  But despite her busy schedule, the preteen says she'll continue to work with Sia. 

"I think we’re sticking together for now and Sia said that she doesn’t really want anybody else...we’re all just like a big family," she tells ABC News Radio. "We became so close and it’s not even been a year, I don’t think. So it’s just so cool."

Also cool is the fact that thanks to her appearances in Sia's videos and on Dance Moms, Maddie is now a role model to millions of kids all over the world.

"Fans will come up to me and say, 'Thank you so much, I started dancing because of you. Because you inspired me,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "And I was like, 'Well that is really, really cool.' So I am inspiring people, and I do the same with everyone else. I look up to people, but I never thought anybody would look up to me."

If Maddie does decide to branch out into singing enough to record her own album, has Sia, who's penned songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson, promised to write her some hits?

"I don’t know," she laughs. "We haven’t talked about that!"  


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Thursday
Feb262015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Church’s next single will be “Like A Wrecking Ball,” from his CD The Outsiders.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar on Wednesday, showing up to announce this year’s inductees into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Report: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffers Seizures, Returned to Induced Coma

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It reportedly isn’t good news this morning for Bobbi Kristina Brown.

People magazine quotes a family source as saying the 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston was brought out of her medically-induced coma, but was immediately returned to the coma after she began having “violent seizures.”  The source adds that Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, is “beside himself.”

Bobbi Kristina reportedly was brought out of the coma as a way to check on her condition.  She’s been hospitalized in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January, but her family still hopes for her recovery.

"There will be a sign of hope, and then nothing," the source tells People . "Every day, we wonder if this will be the day that we get good news."

The news comes on the heels of Bobby Brown postponing an upcoming Australian tour to to spend further time with his daughter, who remains at Emory University Hospital.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Drake's Homecoming Concert Film Coming to Theaters

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSA concert film capturing a sold-out performance Drake gave before he landed a recording contract with Young Money, will hit theaters next month for a special, one-night-only screening.

Homecoming: The Lost Footage, captures Drizzy's sold-out homecoming performance at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009.  Additional production and footage was added to the concert film including interviews with Rap-a-Lot Records CEO James Prince and his son Jas Prince, who brought Drake to the attention of Little Wayne.

The movie will be shown in select theaters on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. local time.  To find local theaters visit the Fathom Events website.

In a statement, Jas Prince says, "When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show, I just fell in love with his sound and talent --  it was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey."


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Thursday
Feb262015

Brandon Flowers Wants to "Be on the Radio" with New Solo Album

Credit: Lucy HamblinEarlier this week, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers announced his new solo album, The Desired Effect. So what is exactly is the desired effect of The Desired Effect? According to Flowers, the answer is simple.

"I want to be on the radio," Flowers tells NME. "I've never been ashamed to say that. I can't believe where radio has gone. It seems to be such a weird world now. Where once I seemed to fit in, now I'm seen as a little different. I used to be considered mainstream, but now I'm almost avant-garde or art rock compared to what's on the radio."

As for the actual music on The Desired Effect, Flowers says he was influenced by classic rockers like Genesis' Peter Gabriel, The Police's Sting and The Eagles' Don Henley.

"I think if you look at those people, they weren't just catering to little kids. I think adults like pop music too, and we shouldn't be -- I'm speaking for all of us -- we shouldn't be listening to a lot of music that we're listening to!"

The Desired Effect will be released on May 18.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Miranda Lambert Negotiates the Rivalry Between Oklahoma and Texas

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleAs a Texas native who both married Okie Blake Shelton and now finds herself living in his home state, Miranda Lambert says she’s never confused about where her loyalties lie.

“Oklahoma has welcomed me, and I found my second home in my husband’s home state,” she tells the Tulsa World. “We love living there on our farm. I am a fan of the small-town feel, and I get to be myself,” she says of her adopted hometown of Tishomingo.

But she’s quick to make sure the Lone Star State has the last word. “My parents have instilled in me to be proud of where you come from, so I will always be very proud of being a Texan,” she adds.

This Saturday night, Miranda brings her Certified Platinum tour to the Sooner State’s BOK Center in Tulsa.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Joey Kramer Says New "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film Is "a Real Good Representation of the Band"

Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe big night is upon us, Aerosmith fans. The one-night-only screening of the band's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will take place tonight in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.

The movie captures Aerosmith performing a headlining set last June at the U.K.'s famed annual hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Drummer Joey Kramer recalls that the band gave an electric performance at the event.

"It's a real good representation of the band," Kramer tells ABC News Radio.  "It's the show that we were doing at the time and, you know, it's just really exciting to play in front of that many people."

Joey adds that the audience, which he estimates numbered about 100,000, "was really into it, so it was really exciting."

You can get a taste of that excitement by checking out a trailer for the film and a preview clip of Aerosmith playing "Mama Kin" on YouTube.  Among the many other classic tunes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed during the show were "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is the first in a run of monthly cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

In related news, the band is planning to release a DVD version of the film sometime in the spring.

Meanwhile, Aerosmith has plans to head back on the road this summer.  The rockers already have announced seven North American tour dates that stretch from a June 27 concert in Durant, Oklahoma, through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Kramer tells ABC News Radio the band's itinerary eventually will be extended "'til the end of August."  You can check out all of Aerosmith's confirmed dates at Aerosmith.com/Tour.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Christina Aguilera Says "Nashville" Appearance Will Help Her Compete Against Fellow "The Voice" Coach Blake Shelton

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCChristina Aguilera stopped by Late Night Wednesday night to plug her return to The Voice as a coach.  She also told host Seth Meyers that she'll have some extra ammunition this season.

The 34-year-old singer, who recently signed on to make an appearance on the ABC series Nashville, thinks the guest spot will come in handy as she competes with fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton to land a country singer for her team.

"I'll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists," she says, explaining, "I'll be like 'Well, I'm actually on the show Nashville, recording in Nashville.'"

Aguilera told Meyers that, like many fans of the show, the blind auditions are one of her favorite parts. "Everyone loves the blinds, 'cause they're so suspenseful and it's nerve-racking."

Christina compares the coaches' chairs to a ride at an amusement park. She told Meyers that on occasion after she has turned her chair around, "sometimes you want to turn it back around."  The singer insisted she was "just kidding."

Aguilera tells The Hollywood Reporter her role on Nashville will be that of a pop singer who is trying to go country. Filming for her episode is set to begin next week.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.  The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Still #1 with "Uptown Funk"

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsBruno Mars and Mark Ronson's hit is still #1 after eight weeks.  Don't believe me? Just watch.

"Uptown Funk" continues its reign atop the Billboard Hot 100, extending its lead as Bruno's longest-running #1 hit; it's also the first #1 hit of Ronson's career as an artist.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100, the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack has now produced not one but two top 10 hits: "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding, and "Earned It," by Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd Taylor Swift also has two hits in the top 10 at once: "Blank Space" and "Style."

"FourFiveSeconds," the collaboration between Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West, slides down to #6.  Other songs in the top 10: Ed Sheeran's "'Thinking Out Loud," Hozier's "Take Me to Church," Maroon 5's "Sugar" and Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'."


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Wednesday
Feb252015

2015 Gathering of the Vibes Lineup Features Gregg Allman, Other Allman Brothers Band Alums

Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe initial lineup for the 20th annual edition of the popular music festival the Gathering of the Vibes has been revealed, and it includes several longtime members of The Allman Brothers BandGregg Allman, guitarist Derek Trucks and his current group Tedeschi Trucks Band, and founding Allmans drummer Jaimoe and his Jaimoe's Jasssz Band all will perform at this year's event, which will take place July 30 through August 2 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The eclectic bill also features Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new band, Billy & the Kids, as well as Weezer, Wilco, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Gaslight Anthem, The String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Dweezil Zappa, Dark Star Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.  The festival, which began as a gathering for Grateful Dead fans who wanted to pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, also is planning to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary this year.

"There's an unmatched heart and soul to the Vibes community -- coming together each summer, catching up with friends on stage and off," says festival founder Ken Hays.  "Our 20th year together will be a truly inspirational and meaningful experience!"

Tickets and VIP passes for the 2015 edition of the fest can be purchased at GatheringoftheVibes.com.


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Wednesday
Feb252015

Foo Fighters, Royal Blood Win Brit Awards

Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters and Royal Blood both took home prizes at Wednesday's Brit Awards. Foo Fighters won International Band of the Year, beating out the likes of The Black Keys, The War on Drugs and First Aid Kit, while Royal Blood won British Group of the Year, edging out Coldplay and Alt-J.

Royal Blood was also up for British Album of the Year and British Breakthrough Act, but they lost out to pop singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, respectively.

Visit Brits.co.uk for a full list of winners.


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