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Tuesday
Jan142014

How Katy Perry Ended Up on Comedy Central's "Kroll Show"

ABC/Fred LeeKroll Show, the Comedy Central series starring Nick Kroll, begins its second season tonight, and it promises many upcoming big-name guest stars, including Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis,  and one person who isn't a comedian: Katy Perry.  So how did she end up being one of this season's guests?  Kroll says it all started on Twitter.

"She tweeted that she liked the show," Kroll tell the Huffington Post. "We have a couple of friends in common, so I reached out through them to her. I said, 'If you ever want to do anything on the show, we’d love to have you.'"  Turns out Katy did want to do something on the show: appear in the recurring sketch pubLIZity, which is reality show spoof about two publicists, both named Liz.

"She was very funny and professional. She’s got a real sense of humor about herself and was down to play with us," Kroll says of Katy. "There’s actually a picture of us online from when she was leaving her trailer to go to the set. I was dressed as Liz, and like a dutiful publicist, I made sure to shield her from the paparazzi."

No word on when Katy's episode will air.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

The One Miley Cyrus Outfit Her Mom Didn't Approve Of 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear ChannelSince Miley Cyrus spent most of 2013 naked, and the rest sporting a number of scandalous outfits, you'd think that her mom would've spent the past twelve months having quite the nervous breakdown.  But Tish Cyrus says really, there was only one thing her daughter wore last year that she didn't approve of...and no, it wasn't her birthday suit in the "Wrecking Ball" video.

Speaking to E!, Tish says that she wasn't a fan of the outfit Miley sported at a music festival in Las Vegas: a see-through white mesh dress, with nothing underneath but tiny black panties and black pasties covering her nipples.  "That's the only one I really didn't like," she told E!. 

Miley's sister Brandi confirms her mom's version of events, adding, "I was there for that and there was some tension."

But that doesn't mean that Tish is uptight or anything.  For example, she says she really wanted to be the one to kiss Ryan Seacrest at midnight on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, not Miley.  "I wasn't there, or I would've been the Ryan kiss," she joked to E!. "I guarantee it. He just settled for Miley 'cause I wasn't there."

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Outkast Announced for Firefly Music Festival Lineup

Outkast.comOutkast fans will have multiple opportunities to catch the rap duo perform live this year. Shortly after announcing their 40-city summer tour, the group have been to the lineup for this year's Firefly Music Festival.

The event takes place June 19-22 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. André 3000 and Big Boi will join a diverse group of performers including Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons and Ziggy Marley, among others.

Four-day passes for the festival start at $249 and will go on sale Monday, January 20 at 12 p.m. ET. To see the full lineup and to get your tickets for the festival, head over to FireflyFestival.com.

The news comes a week after Outkast was added to the roster for Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Governor's Ball in New York City.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Rick Ross Announces New Release Date for "Mastermind"

UMG/Jonathan MannionEarlier this week, Rick Ross tweeted that he's enlisted Diddy to mix and master his sixth studio album, Mastermind.  Now, the rapper has announced the official release date for long-awaited project.

In a short trailer posted to Revolt TV, which was directed by Hype Williams, the rapper reveals that the album will hit stores on March 4. The set was originally planned to arrive on December 17, 2013.

The disc features Rozay's new single "Devil Is a Lie" with Jay Z, which is available now.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Foo Fighters to Headline Firefly Music Festival; Imagine Dragons, Weezer & More to Perform

Steve GullickThe lineup for this year's Firefly Music Festival has been announced, and it’s an impressive one. Foo Fighters will perform a headlining set at the event, which will take place June 19-22 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. This is the first U.S. festival appearance the band has scheduled so far.

Other rock acts set to take the stage at the event include Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Tegan and Sara, HAIM, Cage the Elephant, Portugal. the Man, Grouplove, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Twenty One Pilots, MS MR and New Politics.

Four-day passes for the festival start at $249 and will go on sale Monday, January 20 at 12 p.m. ET. To see the full lineup and to get your tickets for the festival, head over to FireflyFestival.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett and More Playing Club Dates to Benefit ACM Lifting Lives

Sony Music NashvilleSome of country's hottest new acts are donating proceeds from their upcoming club dates to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

Tyler Farr, Chris Stapleton and Josh Thompson kick off the charity shows Tuesday night at Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, NC. Thomas Rhett will donate the money made from his February 1 show at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth, TX to the cause, and Josh Thompson will also donate proceeds from his February 22 date at Joe's Bar in Chicago.

Fans who attend any of these charity shows can tweet a photo of their ticket with the hashtag #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit for a chance to win a trip to the 49th Annual ACM Awards on April 6 in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Robin Thicke Among Headliners for 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NoJazzFest.comThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is usually an event that boasts an eclectic line-up of performers, ranging from soul artists to rock stars. This year, Robin Thicke has been tapped as one of the main headliners.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy, and features dozens of artists, including Trey Songz and Charlie Wilson.  Robin will perform on Saturday, April 26, about a month after his last currently scheduled tour date; his headlining tour kicks off in Atlanta on February 21. 

Among the other artists on the bill this year: Public Enemy, Chaka Khan, Solange, Mary Mary, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, and more. Find the complete festival bill and ticket info at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Which "American Idol" Has the Biggest Bank Account?

Justin Lubin/NBCAs the new season of American Idol gets underway this week, Forbes has taken the time to examine the bank accounts of the show's alumni to see which one is really the most successful -- at least, when it comes to money.  Surprisingly, Forbes found that many of the show's biggest earners weren't always the ones who actually won.

However, that rule doesn't apply to the woman who has the #1 spot on Forbes' list: Carrie Underwood.  The season four champ has raked in an astonishing $31 million just in the past year.  That's thanks to her endorsement deals and her extensive tours, as well as her best-selling albums.  Number two on the list is Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol champ, who earned $7 million in the past year, mostly due to touring, plus the release of a greatest hits disc.

Tied at #3 are one guy who didn't win: Adam Lambert, the season 8 runner-up; and one who did: season 11 champ Phillip Phillips.  They both earned five million bucks in the past year.  Phillip's money came from sales of his successful singles like "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," as well as extensive tours with John Mayer and Matchbox Twenty.  As for Adam, he's still pulling in the cash for live gigs.

Number five on Forbes' list is a guy who came in fourth on season five: Chris Daughtry, who made $4 million last year thanks to a heavy touring schedule with his band Daughtry.  Number six is season 10 champ Scotty McCreery, who earned $3 million last year from album sales and touring.  Number seven on the list is season 5 champ Taylor Hicks, who's cashed in with a Las Vegas residency and his own restaurant.

Season three champ Fantasia Barrino and season five sixth-place finisher Kellie Pickler are tied in eighth place with $1.5 million; Fantasia gets her money mostly from album sales, while Kellie gets hers from touring and, in the past year her Dancing with the Stars victory.

Rounding out the list are season three finalist Jennifer Hudson and season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, both of whom have found success as actresses as well as singers.  Both earned a million bucks in the past year, Katharine mostly from her role on Smash, and Jennifer from the movies she's made, and her endorsement deals.

Forbes' list examined income figures from June 2012 through June 2013.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Bruno Mars Announces Additional Tour Details, Opening Acts

Facebook.com/ThatBrunoMarsBruno Mars has now announced details of the second leg of his Moonshine Jungle world tour: it'll kick off with two shows in his hometown of Honolulu on April 18 and 19, and then hit arenas all across North America, with two special guests along for the ride.

Joining Bruno on select dates in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal will be Grammy nominee Pharrell Williams, who was featured on two of last year's biggest hits: "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines."  Opening for Bruno on additional dates will be Aloe Blacc, the guy who sings lead on the smash hit by Avicii, "Wake Me Up."

Tickets for the tour, which include two-night stands at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden, go on sale February 3.  Before that, though, Bruno has some special appearances lined up.  Not only will he headline the Super Bowl halftime show on February 2, but he and his band will also continue their mini-residency at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, performing February 15 and 16.  He'll also do shows there May 23 and May 24, and August 22 and August 23.

Here are Bruno's new tour dates:

4/18 -- Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Arena
4/19 -- Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Arena
5/27 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center  
5/28 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena  
5/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl  
6/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl  
6/4 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center  
6/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum  
6/7 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena  
6/10 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena  
6/11 -- Birmingham, AL, Birmingham Jefferson County Civic Center Arena  
6/13 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena  
6/14 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena  
6/17 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena  
6/18 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills  
6/20 -- Chicago Heights, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre  
6/21 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
6/23 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center  
6/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest  
6/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena  
6/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena  
6/30 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center  
7/2 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden  
7/9 -- Hartford, CT,  Xfinity Theatre  
7/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live  
7/12  -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion  
7/14  -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden  
7/15  -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden  
7/17  -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center  
7/18  -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena  
7/20  -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center  
7/23  -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre  
7/24  -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre  
7/26  -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
8/2  -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
8/3  -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
8/5  -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
8/9  -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheater
8/11  -- Eugene, OR,  Matthew Knight Arena
8/14  -- Stateline, NV, Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
8/15  -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
8/17  -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum Performing on "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Special

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw and Lady Antebellum have signed on to perform on a new TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Titled Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, the special airs Monday, February 3 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Models Kate Upton, Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley and Kathy Ireland are set to appear on the special along with host Heidi Klum.

More stars and special guests will be announced soon.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Carrie Underwood Is Highest-Earning "American Idol" Winner for the Past Year

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood remains the highest-earning American Idol champ for the past year. According to Forbes, Carrie pulled in an estimated $31 million last year, thanks to touring, music sales and sponsorship deals. That's more than show judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are estimated to have earned last year.

Kelly Clarkson is second on the top-earning American Idol winners list, with an estimated $7 million.

The new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday night at 8 ET on FOX.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Clapton, Plant, Santana, Fogerty and Springsteen Among Stars Performing at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NOJazzFest.comThe lineup for the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been revealed, and it features an impressive lineup of major classic-rock artists, including Eric Clapton, Santana, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.  The event takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Santana is scheduled to perform on April 25, Plant and his group will hit the stage on April 26, Clapton will giving a headlining performance on April 27, Springsteen and company will play on May 3 and Fogerty will help close out the festival on May 4.  For Plant, Clapton and Springsteen, the New Orleans Jazz Fest marks their first announced U.S. concerts of the year.

Dozens of other artists also will perform during the annual musical and cultural extravaganza, including Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Aaron Neville, Bobby Womack, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Phish, Chaka Khan, Delbert McClinton, Allen Toussaint and The Radiators.

To find out a complete bill for the festival, as well as what days each act will be performing, visit NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Miguel Records New Song for HBO’s Comedy Series "Girls" 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel has has been tapped to contribute new material for the third season of HBO's hit comedy series Girls.

The series, which premiered this past Sunday night, has issued its second soundtrack, which includes a brand new record from the R&B crooner entitled "simplethings." The disc also includes new material from Beck and Lily Allen.

The new offering follows Miguel's previous one-off song "Can’t Sleep 2gether," as part of the 2013 Adult Swim Singles Program.

Fans can expect the Girls Vol. 2 soundtrack to arrive in stores on February 11.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Clapton, Santana, Fogerty and Springsteen Among Stars Performing at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NOJazzFest.comThe lineup for the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been revealed, and it features an impressive lineup of major veteran artists, including Eric Clapton, Santana, John Fogerty, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  The event takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Dozens of other artists also will perform during the annual musical and cultural extravaganza, including Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his new group The Sensational Space Shifters, Boz Scaggs, Chaka Khan, Aaron Neville, Bobby Womack, Irma Thomas, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, Al Jarreau,  and Allen Toussaint.

See the complete festival lineup, as well as what days the acts will perform, at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

August Alsina Announces Release Date for Debut Album, Collaborates with Jeezy

Courtesy of August Alsina's InstagramAugust Alsina is capitalizing on the buzz from his breakout EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun by announcing the release date for his debut album, titled Testimony.

The crooner tweeted that the disc will arrive in stores on April 15, adding that he also has released the project's first single, "Make It Home."  The Featherstones-produced track includes guest verses from fellow Def Jam artist Jeezy and was co-written by The Exclusives.

"1st release from my upcoming album," August wrote on Tuesday. "Dedicate this to .. Another fallen solider "

The album’s launch date coincides with the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who was fatally shot in New Orleans in 2010. August credits his later brother for inspiring him to pursue music.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Christina Aguilera, Robin Thicke Among Headliners for 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NoJazzFest.comThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is usually an event dominated by rockers and soul artists, but every once in a while, a pop star will make an appearance. This year, two big ones are among the headliners: Christina Aguilera and Robin Thicke.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy, and features dozens of artists.  Robin will perform on Saturday, April 26, about a month after his last scheduled tour date; his headlining tour kicks off in Atlanta on February 21.  As for Christina, she's playing Friday, May 2.  She hasn't announced any other tour dates so far this year, but this date may be an indication that more are coming.

Among the other artists on the bill this year: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Santana, Chaka Khan, and many, many more. Find the complete festival bill and ticket info at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Arcade Fire, Phish, Vampire Weekend to Perform at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest

NOJazzFest.comTheir music can't remotely be described as jazz, but Arcade Fire, along with Phish and Vampire Weekend, are among the bands that'll be performing at the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Other acts on the bill for the musical extravaganza include Foster the People, Alabama Shakes, Better than Ezra, and dozens more. 

Find the complete festival bill and ticket info at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Lady Gaga's Album Finally OK'd for Release in China; Why She Toned Down Act for Golden Globes 

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga's ARTPOP album came out in November, but the Chinese government evidently had some issues with the disc, holding up its release in that country. Those issues have apparently been resolved.

"I'm so excited!!!! The Chinese Government Approved ARTPOP to be released in China with all 15 songs! Next I hope I can come to perform!," Gaga tweeted.  It's not clear to what, exactly, the Chinese objected, but it could have been any number of things, including references to sex and drugs, the semi-nude album cover, or curse words in the lyrics.

Gaga was also excited to announce that this week marks the fifth anniversary of her first #1 hit, "Just Dance."  She tweeted, "I can't believe I'm even here. Still making music I believe in. In my big shoes. Paws up."

Meanwhile, Gaga turned heads Sunday night when she showed up at the Golden Globes on the arm of her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, wearing a relatively -- for her -- toned-down outfit: a gold lame dress with one sleeve, a crystal-studded bodice and a thigh-high slit.  Her hair and makeup were also pretty normal.  So, why didn't she sport one of her signature outrageous getups?  A source close to Haus of Gaga, the singer's creative team, tells RumorFix, "She wanted to be there for her boyfriend...he’s an actor and it was his night.”

Kinney, who was photographed smooching Gaga at an after-party, gave a rare comment on his relationship with the star on Sunday night, telling E!, "I'm reserved. She's not. For whatever reason, it works. It works and that's that."  Last year, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo."

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Black Sabbath Remasters Entire Early Catalog Especially for iTunes

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath finally has made its entire catalog of studio albums featuring original frontman Ozzy Osbourne available for purchase as digital downloads in the U.S.  The albums, spanning from the influential heavy metal band's 1970 debut through 1978's Never Say Day!, have been remastered especially for iTunes.

In addition to Black Sabbath's 1970s studio efforts, two classic compilations from the group -- 1976's We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll and 2006's Greatest Hits 1970-1978 -- are being sold.  Also, a newly-created digital box set titled The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 that gathers together the band's first eight records can be purchased at iTunes.

"It's about f**king time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.," says Osbourne in a statement.

Adds guitarist Tony Iommi, "Great news, been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn't available."

As previously reported, Black Sabbath will launch a new North American tour leg in support of its chart-topping 2013 album, 13, on March 31 in Brooklyn, New York.  The trek, which will visit mostly Canadian cities, will wind down with an April 26 show in Los Angles.

Here is the complete list of Black Sabbath albums and compilations that are newly available at iTunes:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Ciara Confirms Pregnancy on 'The View'

Courtesy of Ciara's Instagram

Ciara made a big announcement during her appearance Tuesday on ABC's The View.

Toward the end of the interview, Barbara Walters asked the singer about the ongoing rumors that she and her fiancé, rapper Future, are expecting their first child together.  "There are rumors about pregnancy. Do you want to confirm?" Walters asked.

Ciara replied, "Of course, I would love to so." She then stood up and revealed her baby bump.

After dating for a year, Ciara and Future got engaged last October during Ciara's 28th birthday party. Their bundle of joy will mark Future's fourth child.  He has three kids with three different women: an 11-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl, and a one-year-old boy.

In other news, Ciara is scheduled to perform at the official Grammy Awards after-party on January 26.

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