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Aug282014

ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week

Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.

Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Shakira Confirms She's Expecting Again

Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsShakira is going to be a mom again.

First came a report that the singer and former Voice coach had granted an interview to Mexican Cosmopolitan, in which she was quoted as says she was pregnant.  Now, the singer has confirmed it herself, tweeting, "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!"

Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan on January 22, 2013.  The new baby will be the second child for both of them.

While Shakira has said she and Gerard have no immediate plans to wed, she told Latina magazine earlier this year that she wants to have a big family and was eager to get pregnant again.  "If it weren't because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already," she told the magazine. "I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard -- my own [soccer] team."

The women of The Voice, past and present, seem to be remarkably fertile.  Christina Aguilera just gave birth to her second child, while Gwen Stefani welcomed her third this past February.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Ariana Grande Thanks "Angel Pie" Miley Cyrus for Flowers 

Republic RecordsMiley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are friends!  How do we know?  Because Miley sent Ariana flowers, and Ariana's showing them off on Twitter.

Miley and Ariana were both winners at the MTV VMA Awards this past weekend, and there's a photo of them kissing each other.  Now, Ari has posted on Twitter a photo of a flower arrangement of hydrangeas and roses, writing, "a special baby love sent me flowers... u are the cutest angel pie in da world."

The day after the VMAs, Ariana posted the photo of her and Miley together, and wrote, "I heart u & your big heart." She included a link to Miley's Prizeo campaign to raise funds for homeless youth.

It's no wonder that Miley and Ariana get along: they're both former child stars who've successfully made the transition to chart-topping pop divas, all the while facing criticism about being too "adult."

 

 

 

 


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Thursday
Aug282014

Simon Cowell: One Direction's New Album Is "Fantastic" 

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction is currently out on their Where We Are Tour, but they're also working on their fourth album.  How's it coming along?  Well, according to someone who should know -- their label boss, Simon Cowell -- it's pretty awesome.

"The album's fantastic," Simon told London's Capital FM radio. "There's probably five or six tracks I've already heard that could be singles. There's some very different kinds of songs than what we've done before, they've taken a few more risks."

"Most importantly, the boys love writing, they love recording, they're enjoying what they're doing," he adds.  Cowell then referred to the fact that he was recently quoted -- incorrectly, it seems -- as predicting that the group would split up in a couple of years.

"I went on Twitter recently to say I don't think they're going to split up, they're having too good a time!" he told Capital FM.  "I think they could be doing this for five, ten, twenty years if they wanted to!"

In the tweet he was referring to, Cowell wrote, "Just to clear up the rumors it is my guess and my hope One D will stay together for a very long time...The boys are having the best time...their new album is really really good."


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Thursday
Aug282014

Pharrell Thanks Fans for Supporting Usher's "She Came to Give It to You"

Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesShortly after releasing the video for “She Came to Give It to You,” Usher has shared an Instagram video of the song's producer, Pharrell, expressing his gratitude for all the fans who have supported their latest collaboration.

"Got another record with my boy, feels good to be able to do something so different and have it be supported, we're both ever so grateful," he says in the brief video.

"Very thankful," he continues before shaking Usher's hand.

"She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj will appear on Usher's eighth album, due out this fall.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Lil Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

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Lil’ Kim has released a new rendition of Iggy Azalea’s #1 hit "Fancy." Kim channels her inner valley girl and raps about her designer clothes and luxurious lifestyle in the new release which follows remixes of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” 

"I'm so fancy, please don't touch me. I'm fashionably late, so please don't rush me," Kim spits on the minute-long track.

"I’m so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!!” tweeted Kim.

Fans can expect the rapper to release her much-hyped mixtape, Hard Core 2K14, on September 11.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Passes It on to Bono

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionJosh Homme is the latest rocker to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The frontman of Queens of the Stone Age took a quick-and-easy ice water bath, when an off-camera person doused him with water in the middle of his speech in a video posted to YouTube. The footage then slows down so that Homme's sputterings sound like animal grunts and roars.

Apparently Homme was too shaken to actually voice his own pass-on challenge; that came in the form of the on-screen text reading, "I officially challenge BONO."

Any QOTSA fans looking to make a donation in Josh Homme's name can do so at ALSA.org. The Ice Bucket Challenge has so far raised more than $94 million for ALS research.

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Thursday
Aug282014

Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" to Be Published in November

Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen's 2009 song, "Outlaw Pete," is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss' tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

"'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book's text.

The epic song, which appeared on Bruce's 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

"When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," says Caruso.  "The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, "This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen's unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso's illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen's work."

Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Tim McGraw Takes Aim with "Shotgun Rider;" Readies for Release Day Livestream

Big Machine RecordsAs Tim McGraw gets ready to release his new CD, Sundown Heaven Town, next month, he’s taking aim at the charts with his new single, “Shotgun Rider.” Tim says he loves the way the song paints a picture and sets a mood.

"In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, 'How good do I have it?  Life is perfect’,” he reflects. “There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album."

On release day, Tim will team up with the man who directed the films Moneyball and Capote, Bennett Miller, to livestream a new episode of American Express Unstaged. You can watch the performance live from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom starting at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.

 
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Thursday
Aug282014

Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers

Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she'd go through with it -- but she's now proved him wrong.

"Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails," Parton says in her video accepting the challenge.  "Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my 'falses' for a good cause and a good laugh."  The country icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, "My shoes are plastic.  But then again, so's the rest of me!"

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  "Yes, I have on a bra!" she yells.  "Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!"

In a statement, Parton says, "Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!"


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Thursday
Aug282014

Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"; "Sex and Candy" Cover Now Online

Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.

The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."

The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.

Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."

Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Mark David Chapman Says He Was "Such an Idiot" for Murdering John Lennon

NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman's current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's parole board, Chapman said he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

"My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums," Chapman explained.  "It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That's why I pled guilty."

Noting that he wasn't "trying to make excuses" for his actions, Chapman admitted, "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn't resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."

Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn't agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he's now "interested in one thing and that's ministering prisoners."

The 59-year-old murderer said he was "sorry for this crime," adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer's family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

"Many, many people loved him," he said.  "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting."

Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he's been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  "There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God's hands," Chapman said.  "I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him." 

During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn't think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Dionne Warwick Duets Album, "Feels So Good," Now Set for Fall Release

Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupDionne Warwick's duets album, Feels So Good, is now scheduled for release later this fall.  The 14-track collection, which originally had been expected to arrive in July, now will hit stores on October 28.

As previously reported, Warwick's upcoming studio effort will feature some of her biggest hits re-done as duets,  and will included contributions from Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jamie Foxx, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Mya and Ruben Studdard, among others.

"I'm thrilled to release a new album with some of today's greatest singers and songwriters," says Warwick in a statement. "Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different.  The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring."


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Thursday
Aug282014

Florida Georgia Line Calls Jason Derulo Remix "A Huge Honor"

Ben Watts/Kristin BarloweAfter scoring a massive hit by teaming up with Nelly on "Cruise," country duo Florida Georgia Line have returned to the pop charts again, thanks to a collaboration with Jason Derulo on a remix of their song "This Is How We Roll."  But the guys say they weren't put together with Jason; the whole thing happened organically.

"I think it just kinda came up and he said he was a fan of that song and wanted to do a remix with us," says Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. "And we've been big fans of him for a long time. So it's really cool. Sometimes that's kinda how those collaborations work, you know. You don't really go looking or hunting or digging to try to find somebody to do something with. It just kinda happens. That's the beautiful thing about it."

As for their penchant for going back and forth between country and pop, Tyler tells ABC News Radio, "It's fun to step out of the box a little bit and do things with other artists. It's awesome. So for us to get to that was a huge honor with Jason, for sure."

FGL's Brian Kelley, meanwhile says that if he were given the choice of singing one of Jason's songs -- say, at karaoke -- he'd pick "Talk Dirty to Me" over "Wiggle" because he knows how to dance to the first song.

"We know how to do this move called 'The Haitian," Brian tells ABC News Radio. "It's a little dance move they taught us at the CMT Awards. I've kind've mastered it. A little hip thrust, a little head bob thing. I don't know what you call it, but it looks good!" 

Florida Georgia Line has no plans to stop teaming up with pop artists anytime soon.  Not long ago, Ed Sheeran told USA Today that the duo had approached him for a future collaboration.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Toby Keith Answers Ice Bucket Challenge with Sooners

Show Dog/Universal Toby Keith is the latest country star to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. Toby responded to about 60 challengers by dousing himself with ice water during football practice at the University of Oklahoma in his hometown of Norman. He nominated retired baseball pitchers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux before getting soaked.  Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer and University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione joined Toby in the challenge.

Meanwhile, four of Toby's number one songs made the official Tonight Show Truck Playlist:  "American Ride," "How Do You Like Me Now," "Red Solo Cup," and "Who's Your Daddy." Jimmy Fallon compiled the 57-track collection after deciding to buy a truck earlier this year.

Fans who'd like to have Drinks After Work with Toby also have only a few more days to enter the contest named after his latest CD. The Facebook sweepstakes wraps up August 31.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" Is the Perfect Song for Kids About to Tackle "The Real World" 

ABC/Lou RoccoIt's the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band's latest hit "Ain't It Fun" should be on their required listening list.

The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way --as the lyrics say, "So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?/Ain't it fun/living in the real world?" Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band's latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to.

"I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own," Hayley explains. "I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it's also connecting with younger people in that way too."

The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in fact: Paramore's been together ten years, but "Ain't It Fun" is their first top 10 hit. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley says. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us." 

While Paramore has had several pop hits, such as the ballad "The Only Exception," "Ain't It Fun" is a different sound for the band: it's very funky and soulful. "It's the kind of song that I've always wanted to sing in Paramore," says Hayley. "I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and pop and soul and so it's kind of cool that we were able to write a song that sort of infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band."

Paramore is finishing up a major summer tour this weekend.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Nickelback Reveals Album Release Date; Debuts Lyric Video

Image Courtesy Republic RecordsNickelback will release their new record, No Fixed Address, on November 4, the band has revealed. Nickelback has also released a lyric video to the new song, "Edge of a Revolution," on YouTube.

In the video, the silhouette of a figure wearing a hoodie spray paints the ocassionally profane lyrics on a variety of walls.  The politically-charged rocker, which is now available for download, features lyrics like, "Hey! Hey! Just obey/Your secret's safe with the NSA."

As previously reported, here is the track list for No Fixed Address:

"Million Miles an Hour”
“Edge of a Revolution”
“What Are You Waiting For?”
“She Keeps Me Up”
“Make Me Believe Again”
“Miss You”
“Get ‘Em Up”
“The Hammer’s Coming Down”
“Satellites”
“Sister Sin”
“She’s Got Me Runnin’ Round”

 
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Thursday
Aug282014

Brett Eldredge Says "Sexiest" Honor and Love Songs Haven't Changed His Bachelor Status

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge admits being one of People Country’s sexiest men is a pretty good gig-- until you’re in the airport early in the morning.

“I literally was sitting on an airplane, and a girl was reading a People Country or one of the magazines with the hottest guys or whatever,” he recalls. “It was like six in the morning, and I'm on the airplane and I slept, like, one hour, and I'm like, ‘Oh my God. She's, like, turning to the page that I’m on.’  I'm like, ‘Please don't look over here! Please don't look over here!’  I've got bags under my eyes.”

Having just logged two number one hits that were both love songs,  Brett admits the “sexiest” label still hasn’t helped him shake his bachelor status.

“I am single. I'm always looking,” he confesses. “ I'm not afraid to look and find that right one. I am a very focused guy with my music right now. That right one comes along and hits me over the head and says, ‘You'd be dumb not to follow this,’ then I'll do it. But right now, it's just like I’m living by the song, and maybe I'll find that one in the process.”

Brett’s current single, “Mean to Me,” is climbing the charts now.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert's Platinum album track "Another Sunday in the South" is a tip of the hat to which Shenandoah song? ANSWER:  "Sunday in the South," which went to #1 in 1989.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"

Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.

While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the '90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- the singer is featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.


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