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Wednesday
Sep112013

Katy Perry Maintains #1 Spot with "Roar," Becomes a Transatlantic Smash

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's "Roar" stays at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week this week, but it also debuts at #1 on the singles chart in the U.K., the home of her ex-husband Russell Brand.  It's her fourth song to top both the U.S. and U.K. charts, which puts her in extremely rare company.

Yahoo! Chart Watch points out that there are only two female artists in history who've had more #1 hits in the U.S. and the U.K.: Madonna and Rihanna.  Madonna's had five, including "Vogue," "Like a Prayer" and "Papa Don't Preach," while Rihanna's had six, including "We Found Love," "Take a Bow" and "Umbrella."

"Hey UK! I appreciate the love so much. In exchange I will be seeing you in both SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER. How's that for payback?" Katy tweeted in response to her latest chart topper.

In other Katy news, her boyfriend John Mayer seems to be taking a page from her promotional book.  The singer has posted a photo of an enormous tractor trailer, plastered with the cover of his latest album Paradise Valley.   "Off this week and then next up is South America!! Are you ready for JM??" read the caption.  Katy, of course, promoted her upcoming album Prism by sending a huge gold tractor trailer across America emblazoned with the album's title and release date.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Watch Video of Paul McCartney and Band Mates Giving Live Acoustic Performance of "New" Single

Photo: Mary McCartneyA charming video of Paul McCartney singing a stripped-down, off-the-cuff version of his latest single, "New," with help from his longtime backing group can be viewed now at the rock legend's official website and YouTube channel.  The impromptu clip was filmed backstage at Sir Paul's August 14 concert in Regina, Canada.

As the black-and-white clip starts, we hear McCartney whistling the song's melody and then see him enter his dressing room.  He soon begins singing the beginning of "New" as he puts on a jacket and fixes his hair in a mirror.  The scene quickly cuts to show McCartney and the members of his touring band -- drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens and guitarists Brian Ray and Rusty Anderson -- gathered together backstage as they perform the rest of the tune.

The performance is entirely a cappella, with harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys, save for an acoustic guitar strummed by Anderson.

In related news, the studio version of "New" will be featured in the upcoming animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  The movie focuses on the further adventures of a character named Flint Lockwood, an inventor who devised a machine that is creating deadly food animals -- "foodimals" -- such as tacodiles, shrimpanzees and watermelophants.

"I loved watching the first Cloudy with my kids, so I'm very happy to have my new song included in Cloudy 2," says McCartney.

Sony Pictures executive Lia Vollack adds, "We're thrilled and honored to have Paul's infectious and inspiring song in the film.  The sequence in the film is about Flint Lockwood optimistically beginning what he thinks will be a new and exciting chapter in his life, so as soon as we heard 'New' we thought that everything about it was perfect."

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will hit theaters sometime this fall.  "New" is available for purchase now as a digital single and will appear on McCartney's forthcoming album of the same name, which will be released on October 15.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Miley Cyrus' Dad Not Bothered by "Wrecking Ball" Nudity; "Director's Cut" Coming

Kevin Mazur/Fox/WireImageMiley Cyrus has managed to scandalize the world yet again with her "Wrecking Ball" video, in which she appears nude and suggestively licks a sledgehammer.  But her father Billy Ray Cyrus isn't batting an eye at his 20-year-old daughter's antics.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Billy Ray says that he prefers to focus on the music, rather than the visuals that go along with them.  "I'm a song man," he explains. "I come from the old school where it starts with an artist and a song ...colliding if you will ...in a moment where the song, the singer, the producer, the band and the listener become one."

Therefore, Billy continues, "I wouldn't have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt ...a Tux ...or a nun's habit. The song's a smash ...and her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God given talent.”

Meanwhile, we may be in for even more of Miley's unclothed body in the future.  The singer has tweeted that if the views of the "Wrecking Ball" video reach 150 million, she'll release the "director's cut" -- which presumably will include lots more nekkid footage.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Prince Sends Janelle Monae Singing Telegram

3rdEyeTunes.com; ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticFollowing the release of her latest album, The Electric Lady, Prince surprised Janelle Monáe by sending a bouquet of flowers and a singing telegram to her dressing room.  Revolt TV was on hand to capture the moment as Monae was blown away by the thoughtful gesture from the legendary icon, who is featured the song "Give Em What They Love" from The Electric Lady.

In the telegram, Prince paid homage to Monae by reworking the lyrics to his classic tune, "Kiss." The messenger can be heard singing: "You don’t have to be rich to be Monáe/ You don’t have to be a witch with a broom of hay/ Ain’t no particular rhyme that you need to say/ You just need a copy of Janelle’s Electric Lady."

After she realized the gift was, in fact, from Prince, Janelle held back tears and said, "Thank you, Prince. I just wanna cry This is too much for me to handle right now."

The Electric Lady is available in stores and online now.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Juicy J's "Stay Trippy" & Big Sean's "Hall of Fame" Slip on Billboard Album Chart

UKnowBigSean.com; Facebook.com/JuicyJMusicThis week, Juicy J's Stay Trippy slipped to the number 15 position on the Billboard 200 cross-genre album chart, selling an additional 22,000 copies and bringing his total sales tally to more than 86,000. The rapper's major label effort debuted last week at #4. Over on the Rap Albums chart, Stay Trippy sits at #2, second only to Big Sean's Hall of Fame, which is #26 on the cross-genre chart.

In other chart news, Jay-Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail dropped from #12 to #19 on the Billboard 200, while Hov's hit song "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake sits at #7 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, just a few slots above Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, positioned at #9.

Here's a list of dates for upcoming rap releases:

September 17 -- Maybach Music Group, Self Made Vol. 3 

September 17 -- The Roots and Elvis Costello, Wise Up Ghost 

September 24 -- Drake, Nothing Was the Same 

September 30 -- Nelly, M.O

September 30 -- Danny Brown, Old 

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Thompson Square Gearing Up for NASCAR Appearance; Duo Pulls Concert Double Duty in Nashville

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is set to perform a free concert at the Dover International Speedway later this month prior to the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The husband-and-wife duo will also sing the national anthem at the event on Sunday, September 29 after performing in Pittsburgh the night before with Luke Bryan. Go to DoverSpeedway.com for ticket information.

Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson won't be getting behind the wheel of any race cars at the Dover gig, but they're no strangers to traveling at high speeds. Tuesday night in Nashville, Thompson Square managed to perform at the ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium downtown after zipping over from a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House 20 minutes away.

According to Thompson Square's rep, the duo wanted to keep their previously scheduled Opry date while also paying tribute to another one of country music's great duos, The Judds, at the ACM Honors. It turns out Wynonna Judd personally selected Thompson Square to perform in The Judds' honor as the mother-daughter duo received the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Little Big Town's CMA Nominations Fire Them Up to Hit the Studio Again

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is headed into the studio very soon to work on the follow up to their platinum-selling album, Tornado, which just got a CMA Album of the Year nomination this week. That honor definitely gave the country quartet a big shot in the arm to go make some new music.

LBT's Karen Fairchild tells CMT.com, "If this nomination doesn't inspire you to continue on as we head into the studio, what else could?"

While Tornado has given Little Big Town the biggest success of their careers, they're not going to just repeat the same musical formula for the follow-up project.

"We want to push ourselves because that's how this album happened for us," Karen explains. "But we love what we're doing right now. And we want to keep on doing it."

Little Big Town is also up for CMA Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year for "Tornado." The 47th Annual CMA Awards will be handed out Wednesday, November 6, live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

 

Wednesday
Sep112013

Report: Kanye West's "Little Girl Changed Him and It Shows"

George Napolitano/FilmMagicKanye West seems to have taken a liking to raising his daughter, North West, alongside his girlfriend, Kim Karadashian.

A source tells Hollywood Life, "He is really loving being a father. He’s on North duty in the house all the time. He is love with her all day everyday," adding the couple's first child together is the "last one he kisses at night and the first thing on his mind in the morning."

The rapper-turned-doting father even tends to his daughter late at night, allowing Kim K the chance to catch up on her beauty sleep.

"If she cries in the middle of the night, guess what, he’s getting up, kissing her and patting her on the back until she goes back to sleep," the source adds. "He does all that because he’s making sure he’s a hands-on dad and he wants Kim to get all the sleep in the world. He’s really taking care of them and being everything to him. His little girl changed him and it shows."

The report falls in line with what West said of his daughter during a recent appearance Kris Jenner's talk show. "I have two really special people to live for," Kanye said last month. "A whole family to live for, a whole world to live for!"

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Gucci Mane Twitter Page Deleted

Warner Bros. RecordsAfter he apparently tweeted salacious claims about women he says he slept with, ranging from Nicki Minaj to Ciara, Gucci Mane's Twitter account seemingly has been deleted.

According to published reports, the final tweet before the account went down alleged that the rapper's ex-manager hacked his Twitter account.  Although he declined to comment on the tweets, Gucci's one-time manager Kevin "Coach K" Lee told Complex Music, "I haven't managed him in three months."

For three consecutive days this week, Gucci made headlines and became a trending topic on the social networking site for apparently using Twitter to blasting artists, including Drake, T.I., Jeezy, Waka Flocka Flame, as well as slamming Atlantic Records and tweeting graphic detail on the women he supposedly bedded. Though the claim of hacking calls into question the authenticity of the tweets.

In related news, Gucci's new album, Diary of a Trap God, was briefly available for free download on the Internet on Wednesday morning, but the file has since been taken down.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Ronald Isley Debuts Visual for Kem-Assisted "My Favorite Thing"

Island Def JamRonald Isley has released the video for "My Favorite Thing" featuring Kem, lifted from latest album, This Song Is for You.

In the visual, which was posted to Isley's official YouTube page, the crooners are love struck by their respective women and wait patiently for them to get home. "Come home to me, girl I need you/ I know it's hard to see/ Your love will always be my favorite thing," Mr. Biggs sings on the hook.

The smooth track is the newest single from This Song Is for You, which debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart over the summer. The album is the highest-charting release of Isley's solo career.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Dave Grohl to Perform Acoustic Set at Autism Speaks Event in Los Angeles

Didier Messens/RedfernsDave Grohl has confirmed that he'll perform at a charity event benefiting Autism Speaks, an organization that raises public awareness of autism. The Foo Fighters frontman will play a special acoustic set at the third annual Blue Jean Ball, which will take place October 24 at Boulevard 3 in Los Angeles, CA.

"We are thrilled and grateful to have the talented Dave Grohl perform,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld in a statement. “Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause." 

Tickets for the event start at $300 and are available now at Events.AutismSpeaks.org/BlueJeanBall.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Rob Zombie Posts Creepy Trailer for Great American Nightmare Event

GreatAmericanNightmare.comRob Zombie is giving us a sneak peak of what he’s got in store for anyone who attends his upcoming Halloween-themed event in Los Angeles, Great American Nightmare. The singer has just posted a trailer for the event, which will feature three fully-immersive haunted house experiences: Lords of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses.

The one-minute clip features scenes from Zombie’s movies, interspersed with footage of demonic figures drenched in blood and panicked women being chased by chainsaw-wielding maniacs as they make their way through the attractions.

The Great American Nightmare will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2 at the Fairplex FEARplex just outside of Los Angeles in Pomona, California. In addition to the haunted houses, the event will feature 15 nights of concerts, including sets by Zombie, Eagles of Death Metal, Andrew WK, The Used and Goldfinger, among others.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Bassist Robert DeLeo Reveals Reason STP Chose Chester Bennington to Be New Frontman

Photo: Chapman BaehlerThe members of Stone Temple Pilots feel that their new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, was the perfect choice to replace their founding frontman, Scott Weiland.  Bassist Robert DeLeo says he knew Bennington was right for the job because of his dedication to STP's musical legacy.

"He's made it clear that he grew up on our music," DeLeo tells Newark, New Jersey's Star-Ledger newspaper.  "But the thing that sold me was that he told us that the only way he'd ever want to do this is if we honor the past and move forward in a creative direction.  That's what we wanted, too."

DeLeo adds that while parting ways with Weiland was difficult, it was necessary in order for the group to move forward.  "We had a lot of great years with Scott, and we made amazing music together," he explains.  "But somewhere along the line, the vision was lost.  We wish Scott the best."

The band, which has now officially changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, is set to release its debut EP, High Rise, on October 8.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Bon Jovi Mexico Gig Cancelled After Drummer's Emergency Surgery

David BergmanBon Jovi's show Tuesday night in Mexico City was cancelled at the last minute when drummer Tico Torres was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.

A note posted on the band's website says the gig, scheduled for Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium, will be rescheduled at a later date.  No word on the status of future shows.  Bon Jovi has five more gigs on the schedule for the Latin American leg of its tour including two more this week -- one in Santiago, Chile and another outside Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The band is set to return to North American for shows in the U.S. and Canada begining October 2.

The website GossipExtra.com reports that the 59-year-old drummer experienced abdominal pains just before the band members were set to head from their hotel to the venue.  “He was in serious pain,” the site quotes a source as saying. “They rushed him to the hospital by ambulance and he had emergency surgery. The good thing is his appendix didn’t burst.”

Torres is expected to be in the hopsital at least through the weekend, according to the website.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Mariah Carey's Son Poses with Guitar, Shows Rock Star Potential 

Courtesy of Mariah Carey's Instagram

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's son, Moroccan "Roc" Scott Cannon, is already showing signs that show business may be in his future. The adorable 2-year-old was snapped holding a guitar while hanging out backstage at America's Got Talent, waiting with his mom as Cannon wrapped up hosting duties.

Mariah posted the image to Instagram, captioning it: "Roc: 'Mommy, what does it take to be Roc Starr?' Mommy: 'Rocky, just treat it as reality!'" In June, the singer posted an image of Roc's twin sister, Monroe, holding a microphone and singing with Mariah.

If either child actually does decide to follow in Mariah's footsteps, they will certainly have big shoes to fill.  With two decades of worth of platinum selling albums and singles to her credit, Carey is currently crafting her fourteenth studio album, The Art of Letting Go. The diva has recently snapped studio pictures as she continues to work on the project, which spawned her Billboard 100 hit single, "#Beautiful" featuring singer Miguel.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Rihanna Launches Her Fall/Winter "Rihanna for River Island" Fashion Collection

Courtesy: River IslandRihanna's branding franchise continues. The singer recently announced the launch of the latest collection for her clothing line, Rihanna for River Island.

"UK Navy, I’m in London today launching the Autumn #RihannaforRiverIsland range," tweeted RiRi Tuesday of her autumn/winter collection.  You can order Ri-Ri's new looks at us.riverisland.com.

In addition to her clothing line arriving in select stores this week, you can purchase Rihanna's fourth fragrance, Rogue by Rihanna, now via PerfumesByRihanna.com.  You can also expect her to issue the RiRi Hearts MAC fall cosmetics collection in coming weeks.

In other Rihanna fashion news, she'll soon appear in her upcoming reality show, Styled to Rock, premiering November 5 on the Style Network.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

David Bowie's "The Next Day" Vying for UK's Prestigious Mercury Prize

ISO RecordsAfter recently racking up the most nominations for this year's Q Awards, David Bowie is now in the running for another prestigious U.K. honor.  The influential rocker's new release, The New Day, has made the short list for the Mercury Prize, which is awarded annually to the best album from the U.K. and Ireland.

Bowie will be facing off against 11 other acts for the prize, which is voted on by industry experts, with the winner receiving a check for 20,000 pounds, or just over $32,000.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is the oldest and best-known artist up for the honor, while the list of other nominees includes Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Jake Bugg and Laura Marling.

Bowie was nominated once before for the Mercury Prize.  His 2003 studio effort Heathen made the short list that year, but didn't win the award.  The 2013 winner will be revealed on October 30.  To see the full list of nominees, visit MercuryPrize.com.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Elton John's Guide to Not Spoiling Your Kids: No Christmas Presents; Secondhand Cars & Yard Work

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAFElton John's two sons Zachary and Elijah have every advantage in life, but he and his partner David Furnish are determined not to spoil them.  In fact, they're so afraid of the kids turning into brats that, John says, they once gave away all of Zachary's Christmas presents.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mail, Elton explains, "My family was working class.  Underneath all of this, I've still got those values.  The first Christmas we had Zachary, we walked into the sitting room and it was full, floor to ceiling, with presents.  David said it would take two days to open everything.  Two hours later we had barely scratched the surface, and David just sat back and said, 'This is obscene.  No child should have this.'"

Eventually, John says that they kept one gift -- a swing for the backyard -- while noting, "Everything else was sent to a Ukrainian orphanage."  He adds, "We tell friends not to give gifts but donate money to a foundation we set up for Zachary to give to other children, so he'll actually understand what it is to give."

And when Zachary and Elijah are older, Elton insists that he's going to keep on teaching them the value of a dollar, even though they'll inherit millions.  "I've already decided that they are going to have to work for their pocket money," he tells the paper.  "They will have to do gardening, weeding whatever.  I can't bear the idea they won't understand the value of money."

And that sentiment will extend to the boys' first cars as well.  No Maseratis, BMWs or Ferraris for the John/Furnish kids, says Elton.

"When Zachary gets his first car, I want it to be like the car I had," he maintains.  "A good second-hand motor, a sensible car.  Nothing flash.  Nothing bonkers.  And he has to pay us back for it -- he won't have it just given to him on a plate."

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Ariana Grande Debuts at #1; Imagine Dragons Mark a Year on the Chart

Republic RecordsAriana Grande's album Yours Truly is truly a big hit.  The debut from the singer/actress enters the Billboard chart at #1 this week, with first-week sales of 138,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  According to Billboard, this makes Ariana the first female artist to have her debut enter the chart at #1 since 2010, when Ke$ha did it with Animal.

Ariana is the second artist managed by Scooter Braun to score a #1 album: the first, of course, was Justin Bieber, who's got five of them.  Ariana and Justin are friends, and Justin told all his Twitter followers to go purchase Ariana's album when it came out last week.  Looks like it worked.

"The Way," the first single from Ariana's album, reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since gone double platinum.  The next single is "Right There," featuring Big Sean.

Elsewhere on the album chart, Imagine Dragons' disc Night Visions has re-entered the top 10.  It's now spent over a year on the chart, selling 1.4 million copies.  According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, the group's big hit, "Radioactive," is close to snatching the title of "best-selling rock song in digital history" from Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

And speaking of albums that have been on the chart for a long time, Adele's album 21 has just racked up its 133rd week on the Billboard Top 200.  This year alone, it's sold 500,000 copies.  Most discs never sell that many, period.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Celine Dion Admits to Having 3,000 Pairs of Shoes

Ellen.TVThink you really, really love shoes?  Think again.  Celine Dion admits to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show today that she loves shoes so much, she's got 3,000 pairs of them -- and that's just in one of her houses.

While talking about her massive Florida mansion that she's selling for more than $70 million bucks, Celine describes to Ellen how the immense closet in the home has a dry cleaners' rack on it so you can fit as many clothes and shoes in it as possible.  "How many shoes to do you have?" Ellen asks innocently.  "In there, maybe 3,000," Celine responds, as the audience reacts in surprise.

However, Celine is quick to point out that if you buy the home, "It doesn't come with my shoes!"  "For $71 million, throw your shoes in!" Ellen urges.  "It opens up and it's electronic and it all rolls and you can see all of them," Celine gushes, and then breaks into a chorus of the Lisa Stansfield hit "All Around the World," with shoe-appropriate lyrics.  "All around the world and I, I/I don't want to wear those/I don't which, I don't know why," sings Celine, to much laughter.

Celine also performs her new single, "Loved Me Back to Life," on today's show.

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