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Monday
Aug192013

Kelly Clarkson to Deliver Her First Christmas Album "Wrapped in Red"

RCA RecordsA while back, Kelly Clarkson told fans she was busy recording her first Christmas album, and now she's released all the details. Called Wrapped in Red, the disc will hit stores October 29, by which time she should be married to her fiance, Brandon Blackstock.

The disc's first single is a new, original song called "Underneath the Tree," which Kelly co-wrote with producer Greg Kurstin.  Kurstin also worked on Kelly's album Stronger.  Another original on the disc is the title track. 

Of course, Kelly has recorded plenty of holiday favorites for the project, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Run Run Rudolph," "Blue Christmas," "Please Come Home for Christmas" and more.  The full track listing will be announced soon.

In a statement, Kelly says, "I'm super excited to put out my first Christmas record. I absolutely love Christmas music and have had a total blast recording and writing for it.  I can't wait for y'all to hear it." 

On Facebook, Kelly added, " I have been dying to make this album since I was a kid!"

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Monday
Aug192013

Lady Gaga Premieres "Applause" Video Exclusively on ABC's "Good Morning America"

Image courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterThe streets of New York City's Times Square were lined with throngs of Lady Gaga fans Monday morning as Gaga debuted the video for her new single, "Applause," exclusively on ABC's Good Morning America.

An elegant Gaga arrived in style, walking past fans to the GMA Times Square studios, but taking time to sign photos along the way.  She rocked an all-white, very retro outfit consisting of a bias-cut miniskirt, low-cut blouse, and a stiff, cape-like shawl, finished off with mid-calf lace-up boots in a dark taupe, and white gloves with all but the index fingertips apparently snipped off.  The big surprise was the new, neck-length bob she sported, dyed a honey blonde with lighter streaked highlights.  She also wore very minimal makeup, looking fresh-faced enough to attend church.

Inside the GMA studio, Gaga sat for the interview on the oversized chair made of computer circuit boards that's been featured in promo images over the past few weeks.  She didn't reveal much as fans outside the studio pressed against the glass behind her, but one interesting note was how she arrived at the smeared clown makeup she wears on the "Applause" promo image.  Gaga said it was supposed to be straight-up clown makeup, but that she smeared it herself in a gesture of sadness when she realized how much she's missed her fans in the downtime while she was making ARTPOP, and also recovering from hip surgery.

After a break, it was Gaga on the roof with George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer, where the crowd on the streets below counted down from ten to one, and Gaga -- now also wearing a variation of the white video face frame she's worn in promo images -- pressed a big red button, and the "Applause" video lighted up the video screens in Times Square.

The video itself was everything we've come to expect from Gaga, with lots of dancing interspersed with layers of imagery and bizarre costumes that included the smeared clown makeup; Gaga's head superimposed on that of a giant black swan; a witchy diva in purples and greens, emerging from smoke and glitter; Gaga in a black frilled bikini with other dancers; Gaga in a long blonde wig with a seashell bra; and Gaga in a black bodysuit and skullcap.

Minutes after the "Applause" video debuted on Good Morning America, it was posted on Gaga's Vevo page.  ARTPOP arrives at the usual retailers later this year.

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Monday
Aug192013

Go Behind the Scenes of Luke James' "Oh God" Video

Facebook.com/WhoIsLukeJamesLuke James has treated fans to behind-the-scenes footage from his cinematic visual for "Oh God."

In the clip, Luke unveils the creative process for his new video, which was shot inside an art museum in New York City. He thanked the director, Sarah McColgan, for her vision. "Girl you are awesome in so many ways, I could not have done this without you. The product speaks for itself."

Meanwhile, Kevin Cossom, who engages in a fight scene with Luke, contemplates how he was going to beat up the singer, who steals away the leading lady, Maad Moiselle, in the clip. "I’m tryna figure out what techniques I’m gonna use on him. I don’t know if I wanna go 'Ip Man', disappearing fish, or if I wanna go Steven Seagal with the pressure points…either way, it’s going down," he says.

The Hit-Boy-assisted track is lifted from Luke's 2012 mixtape Whispers in the Dark, which was designed to tide over fans until Luke drops his upcoming debut album, Made to Love, this fall.

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Monday
Aug192013

Shania Twain Busy Writing New Music as She Plots October Return to Caesars Palace

Photo Credit: Denise TruscelloShania Twain could have some new music to perform in her Shania: Still the One show at Caesars Palace soon. She's spent her summer at home in Switzerland writing songs for a possible new album. Now she just needs to find the right producer to help her shape the music and get it out to the public.

"That's the big challenge right now at the moment," Shania tells ABC News Radio. "It's a fun challenge. I mean, it's overwhelming. There's a lot of amazing producers out there. I've just got to make sure that I find the right one suitable to what I want to do and where I want to go with things."

So far, Shania was written this new batch of songs by herself, but the producer will have a big role in determining the sound and feel of the album.

Says Shania, "That's why it's just so important that I get the right person to make sure that it's the right mix and the right balance of everything."

In the meantime, Shania's fans can look forward to 22 more performances of Shania: Still the One at Caesars Palace starting October 15. She kicked off the residency last year to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. Shania credits the show's success to her longstanding relationship with her fans as well as the risks she took to make Shania: Still the One her most eye-popping production ever.

"You know, you have people that go to shows, probably go to several shows a year," Shania explains. "They know what they like and they know what to expect and you've got to deliver that and more. You have to surprise them."

Shania admits she was extremely relieved when the show was a success because she put all of herself into it.

She says, "I wrote the show myself. The intention was to take that risk. It was a real challenge for me."

The ongoing demands of performing such a huge show keep Shania very busy while she's in Las Vegas, but she hopes to catch some other Vegas headliners' shows soon. Shania still hasn't seen fellow Canadian Celine Dion's show at Caesars -- they both play that same room at different times. As for newcomers to the Vegas strip, Shania expects Britney Spears' upcoming show at Planet Hollywood to be a big success when it debuts this winter.

"I'm sure that it's going to be amazing," Shania says. "I can only imagine that it would be."

Tickets for all 22 performances of Shania: Still the One are on sale now at ShaniainVegas.com. She's playing select dates at Caesars Palace from October 15 through December 14.

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Monday
Aug192013

Sting Gives Preview of New Album "The Last Ship" in New Online Videos

Frank OckenfelsSting has posted a couple of videos online that will help fans prepare for the release of his latest album, The Last Ship, which hits stores on September 24.  The recording was inspired by the former Police man's upcoming stage musical of the same name, which tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Sting's home area -- the Tyneside region of northeastern England.

One clip that's viewable at Sting.com features footage of the 61-year-old musician in the studio with various musicians who contributed to the album.  In the video, Sting talks about the traditional music native to Tyneside, elements of which he incorporated into the songs on The Last Ship.

"I was born and raised in Wallsend on the river Tyne, and it attracted massive immigration from Ireland, from Scotland," he explains.  "So, the folk music of Tyneside is an amalgam of Celtic music, local Northumbrian music typified by the Northumbrian pipes…which comes from where we live…It's a very rich area, musically."

Sting goes on to note, "A lot of music sounds like it was made in a pub -- you know, people drinking pints of beer and playing and singing.  So, we tried to recreate that in the studio [and] that atmosphere will be part of the record."

In addition, Sting has posted a video on YouTube that gives fans get a taste of all 12 songs from the standard version of The Last Ship.  Each snippet is a minute long and viewers can choose what tune they want to sample by clicking on a menu of titles located along the bottom of the screen.

As previously reported, Sting will celebrate the release of The Last Ship with a series of 10 intimate concerts in New York City.  The shows will take place from September 25 through October 9 at the 260-seat Anspacher Theater and will benefit the city's Public Theater arts organization.

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Monday
Aug192013

Justin's "20/20 Experience" Sequel Is the Reality After the Honeymoon, Says Manager

RCA RecordsIf fans were surprised when, after years of musical silence, Justin Timberlake actually released a new album earlier this year, they were even more surprised when he announced that he'd put out yet another album -- a sequel -- this fall.  So what's the difference between the two?  Apparently, it's all about the mood.

Noting that Justin started out with a collection of about 20 songs, Johnny Wright, Justin's longtime manager, tells Rolling Stone that they were split up based on feel.  "Some of the songs to him felt happy and lively, and some felt kind of dark," he explains. "So we turned the two pieces into, like, seasons."

"Everyone's going to have a different opinion," says Wright. "But for me, the first half is about new love, the honeymoon, when you're just getting into a relationship. And when you get to the second part, the relationship is established and things are going on."

When Rolling Stone asks if that means that The 20/20 Experience is about seduction, whereas The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, is about "the reality of a day-to-day relationship," Wright laughs, "Yeah, you could say that."  The 11-song sequel will be out September 30.

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Monday
Aug192013

Ex-Yes Singer Jon Anderson Taking Part in New Progressive Rock Cruise

Photo: Robin KauffmanOriginal Yes frontman Jon Anderson is one of the many artists who'll set sail on a new progressive-rock-themed cruise scheduled to take place this February.  The Progressive Nation at Sea event will embark from Miami on February 18 and visit two Bahamian locations -- Freeport and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay -- before returning to port on February 22.

The cruise was co-organized by former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and is a nautical version of the Progressive Nation multi-artist tours their old band headlined in 2008 and 2009.  In addition to Anderson, the seagoing music festival's lineup features ex-King Crimson singer/guitarist Adrian Belew, Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, veteran power trio King's X and a new supergroup that includes Portnoy, Sherinian, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Tony MacAlpine.

The cruise will offer more than 40 concerts and a number of different stages, as well as Q&A events and workshops with various musicians.  There also will be theme nights, contests and plenty of other activities.

Check out ProgressiveNationatSea.com for all the latest info on the cruise.

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Monday
Aug192013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the first song Luke Bryan sang when he got his first full performance slot on the CMT Awards? ANSWER: "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)."

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Monday
Aug192013

Imagine Dragons Have "Low Expectations" for Victory at MTV VMAs

Facebook.com/ImagineDragonsYou might think that Imagine Dragons, with a platinum debut album to their credit, would be optimistic and confident leading up to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Then again, the Las Vegas band is already a seasoned act when it comes to disappointment at the VMAs.

"Last year, we lost to Coldplay," Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon tells Yahoo! Canada Music, referring to "Paradise" besting "It's Time" for Best Rock Video. "So, we'll see who we lose to this time.  It's always an adventure."

Singer Dan Reynolds adds, "We like to go in with low expectations; that way, we're never disappointed."

This time around, Imagine Dragons' clip for "Radioactive" is up against videos by Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Fall Out Boy in the Best Rock Video category. Find out who will claim this year's Moonman trophy when the Video Music Awards airs live on MTV from Brooklyn, N.Y., on August 25 starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Aug192013

Report: Raz-B Out of Coma After Attempting to Break Up Fight in China

Facebook.com/RazB2KAmericaRaz-B is very lucky to be alive.  The former B2K member is no longer in a coma, and he is awake and responsive after an extremely difficult week in East Asia, reports TMZ.

The 28-year-old singer was smashed in the face with a bottle on Thursday while performing at a nightclub in Zhejiang, China. He reportedly was injured while attempting to break up a fistfight in the audience.

Raz was transported to a hospital and underwent surgery for facial lacerations, but the next day he did not wake up and one of his dancers rushed him back to the hospital.

Doctors determined that Raz had slipped into a coma and placed him on life support.  However, as of Sunday evening, Raz reportedly was out of his coma and in stable condition.

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Monday
Aug192013

Aerosmith Withdraws from Festival Dates in Shanghai and Taipei

AeroForceOne.comAerosmith has withdrawn from a couple of festival appearances in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan, with the band saying a local promoter was unable to meet contractual obligations.

The band expressed their frustrations and apologized to their fans in a statement issued on Sunday. The Shanghai appearance was scheduled for Wednesday, and the Taipei appearance for Saturday.

Lead vocalist Steven Tyler summed up the band’s feelings by saying they’re “extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning a giving them the show they deserve.”

Guitarist Joe Perry echoed the sentiment, adding, “We’ve looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

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Monday
Aug192013

Bad Religion Guitarist Greg Hetson Files for Divorce

Greg Hetson, 2nd from L; Epitaph RecordsBad Religion lead guitarist Greg Hetson has filed for divorce from his wife of two years, Alia, after each accused the other of domestic abuse, TMZ reports.

Alia obtained a temporary restraining order against Greg last week, alleging acts of violence including throwing her on the floor during a recent argument.

Hetson responded by requesting a restraining order of his own, claiming multiple violent acts by Alia, including beating the rocker with a coat hanger.

Now Greg, 52, has filed divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to the documents, Hetson wants to block the court from awarding Alia spousal support.

Representatives for Alia, 28, issued a statement to TMZ calling the accusations against her false.

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Monday
Aug192013

Track Featuring Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber Leaked Online

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via TwitterA song featuring Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber called "Slave to the Rhythm" was leaked online Friday.  The song was originally a solo track by the King of Pop that leaked soon after his death in 2009.

The origin of the remix is unclear, but Justin certainly likes the collaboration.  The singer tweeted: "He set the bar high," and he posted a photo of himself performing in front of a large audience and a separate photo of Michael doing the same thing.

On Friday, Justin tweeted, "Excited for what is to come. MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here…" He then wrote: "MJ. The greatest of all time. #fact."

Meanwhile, Justin's mother Pattie Mallette says that she's still getting adjusted to her son being a 19-year-old adult.  She explains to People.com, "When your kids hit a certain age your parenting style changes and it is hard letting go.  His life was my life and now I've had to let him go a little bit and let him be independent. It is hard to not be able to control everything that your adult child does."

Mallette adds that she tries to stay in touch with her son as much as possible while he is on his world tour.  She says, "Every parent worries.  I text and call him every day. I definitely want to know everything that he is doing and what he is going through so I try to talk to him as much as he'll let me. I mean, he's on tour and being pulled in a million different directions but we talk as much as he is able."

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Monday
Aug192013

Kanye Won't Face Felony Charges in Paparazzo Scuffle

Facebook.com/KanyeWestKanye West learned Friday that he won't face felony charges in connection with a scuffle with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport last month.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Friday it won't pursue assault and attempted robbery charges against Kanye, according to KTLA-TV. Prosecutors noted that a weapon was not used during the altercation, and that the photographer did not suffer a significant injury.

However, the case will be sent along to the Los Angeles city attorney, and 'Ye might still face a misdemeanor charge.

Video of the incident showed Kanye trying to take the photographer's camera.

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Monday
Aug192013

Lady Gaga Accuses Perez Hilton of Trying to Stalk Her

Facebook.com/LadyGagaThis should be a happy time for Lady Gaga, what with the recent release of "Applause" and the debut of ARTPOP on the horizon. But Gaga is engaged in a very heated Twitter feud with gossip blogger and former friend Perez Hilton, who's been less than supportive of her new single.

It all started to escalate on Friday, when Gaga alleged, "Still have the text Perez sent me of me in a wheelchair w the words KARMA written across + Madonna pointing a gun at me. Day of my accident." She was, of course, referring to her hip injury.

Gaga subsequently warned her fans not to attack Perez verbally, tweeting, "Please monsters do not be affected by someone like this NOTHING merits this kind of hatred. Im ok & I always survive. Ignore him. Just Dance."

However, that didn't stop Little Monsters from letting Perez know how upset they were, with one person writing to him, "killing you."

Things got even more tense on Sunday, when a fan on Twitter told Gaga that Perez was in the singer's apartment building. After Gaga wrote that she received confirmation that Perez was there, she tweeted to him in all caps, "STAY AWAY FROM ME + MY FAMILY YOU ARE SICK TRYING TO RENT AN APARTMENT IN MY BUILDING TO STALK ME. LEAVE ME ALONE!!!"

She added, "DO I NEED TO BE SHOT IT IN THE HEAD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HIM AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT HARASSES ME HAS GONE TOO FAR? IM A HUMAN BEING."

Perez responded with a statement on his website, which reads in part, "While it is still too painful for me to go into detail about why I chose to no longer make her a part of my life, I will say that I am a critic and not a 'stalker.' Any allegation that I am stalking her, based on a day of house hunting with my baby boy and my mother, is utterly false, defamatory and now appears to be putting me and my family in danger."

The statement seemed to infuriate Gaga even more. She tweeted to Perez, "YOU ARE A LIAR I KEPT EVERY PSYCHOTIC TEXT U SENT TO MY PHONE. I NEVER RESPONDED+NOW YOU'VE STALKED MY HOME. BOY WHO CRIED WOLF."

Gaga also refused to stop discussing the matter publicly: "I've been quiet for a long time, not this time."

However, Gaga did later advise her fans again to back off and not send "negativity" on Twitter.

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Monday
Aug192013

Good News for Robin, Katy & One Direction: Music Copyright Expert Says Nobody's Ripping Off Anybody

ABC/Rick PowellHey music fans: it's time to stop accusing artists of ripping off other artists.  Because according to an expert in music copyright law, nobody really has a case.

Exhibit #1: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."  Robin and his co-writers just went to court to to establish that "Blurred Lines" doesn't rip off two particular songs: Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up. Pt.1" and "Sexy Ways," by the group Funkadelic.   But let's say Robin was to get sued anyway.  Would he lose? Music copyright law professor Dr. E. Michael Harrington says no.

Dr. Harrington, who's on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music, has served as an expert witness in hundreds of music copyright matters.  Comparing "Blurred Lines" to "Got to Give It Up," he says, "I can hear the similarity and you can see where maybe they're even copying or even imitating...the style of 'Got to Give It Up.'  And I can hear that right away...but the melody's not that close at all, so the copyrightable parts of this are really not that significant."

As for "Sexy Ways," Harrington says, "The opening melody of it is similar to a section about 1:26 into Robin Thicke's song...and that's very close, but that's very brief, but I don't think it's that original."  That's the key, according to Harrington: if what you're copying isn't that original to begin with, and has been used many times before, it's fine.

Exhibit #2: Katy Perry's "Roar."  Fans have been up in arms about the fact that the song's intro sounds remarkably like the intro to "Brave" by Sara Bareilles. In fact, Katy is an admitted fan of Sara's song.  But could Sara sue Katy for ripping her off?  Again, Harrington says no.

"There are some similarities but nothing significant," he explains. "They're both in the key of B flat. And they keep repeating this piano [part]...but so what? That's called a repeated chord. It's just, y'know, that's part of a style. There's nothing really there. I mean, I could break it down technically, more, but I would say don't bother filing that lawsuit."

Exhibit #3: One Direction's "Best Song Ever."  There were rumors that the legendary rock band The Who was going to sue the British boy banders because the intro to that song sounds like their 1971 classic "Baba O'Riley."  Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote the song, says he has no plans to sue, but could he if he wanted to?  Harrington says sorry, but no.

"I mean I can definitely hear the similarity," he says, but points out that the notes used in the Who song and the notes in the 1D song are different. "Two of the three notes are the same," he says, "But you're talking about just, the basic, kinda...'get into this bass note, to this chord, and this bass note.' That can't be an infringement."

Harrington adds, "It's kind of what they do in the advertising world. You always hear something that sounds like something else, but they know how to come close to reference it. They call it referencing. So One Direction, I would definitely say they're definitely referencing The Who."

Exhibit #4: Lady Gaga's "Applause."  Fans of Madonna and Gaga have been feuding for ages now, and more fuel was added to the fire when Madonna's fans accused Gaga of ripping off the Queen of Pop's song "Girl Gone Wild" in the chorus for "Applause."  Do they have a point?  Harrington says not even close. 

"No, and I listened a few times," he laughs. "The others, I can hear things, but this...I don't get it."

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Monday
Aug192013

Allman Brothers, Bob Weir & RatDog Foster Collaborative Vibe at Second Annual Peach Music Festival

Facebook.com/ThePeachMusicFestivalOver the weekend, The Allman Brothers Band hosted their second annual Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. The band co-headlined two of the three days at the event with founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog, who ABB guitarist Derek Trucks says was a perfect match for the festival.

“There’s something about the Grateful Dead camp and the Allman Brothers camp getting together,” he tells ABC News Radio. “They’re kind of the last giants from that era and they started that music, you know, the whole jam band movement. East Coast is the Allman Brothers and West Coast is…the Grateful Dead, and I feel like it’s great when you can do a festival that combines the two. It just seems like a natural fit.”

During the event, a number of surprise musical collaborations occurred. Bob Weir sat in with the Allman Brothers during Friday night’s set for “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” while Grace Potter joined Weir and RatDog for a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” The next day, ABB spinoff group Gov’t Mule -- fronted by guitarist Warren Haynes -- welcomed tenor saxophonists Karl Denson, Ron Holloway and Bill Evans for an extended version of “The Devil Likes it Slow.” Haynes notes that these kind of experimental collaborations could only happen at an event like the Peach Festival.

“It’s one of the beautiful aspects of these kind of festivals because where else are you going to see that?” he explains. “When you got this many musicians that are not only of this stature but are also friendly, that’s a rare opportunity.”

The event also featured a headlining set by The Black Crowes, a performance by Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, featuring founding drummer Jai Johanny Johanson, and a special solo acoustic set by Weir on the fest's final day. Guitarist Trucks says that while he hopes the Peach Music Festival will continue for years to come, he’s never sure what’s next for the Allman Brothers Band.

“One thing I’ve learned from being around the Allman Brothers camp for the last 15-20 years is predicting the future with that group is a bad bet,” he notes. “I’ve counted it out about a half-dozen times and it comes roaring back and you just never know what’s going to go on.”

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Monday
Aug192013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOld Crow Medicine Show, the band that originally wrote and recorded Darius Rucker's hit "Wagon Wheel," accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. They will be formally inducted on September 17.

Luke Bryan's Crash My Party is now expected to sell at least 500,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard.

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Monday
Aug192013

Keith Urban Takes a Creative Cue from "Fearless" Wife Nicole Kidman for "Fuse"

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban pushed himself to explore new sounds and work with new writers and producers on his upcoming album, Fuse. He shares that drive to forge a new creative path with his wife, Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, who continues to balance big budget roles with quirky and often dark indie projects.

Keith tells ABC News Radio, "She's really inspiring as an artist, because she's pretty fearless with her choices. She really is. I mean, I'm very inspired by that fearlessness to try something."

Since Keith and Nicole tied the knot in 2006, she has taken on diverse roles ranging from an Oscar-nominated turn as a grieving mother in Rabbit Hole to a glamorous role as a European film star in the movie musical, Nine. This fall, Nicole takes on the daunting task of bringing Princess Grace of Monaco to the big screen. It seems the only common theme among these parts is Nicole's curiosity.

"She only tries things that she's interested in," Keith explains, "and a lot of the times she gravitates towards things that she's terrified of, characters that she just does not want to play, people that she wants to explore but doesn't want to 'cause it's a little uncomfortable, she'll go there simply because of that, to break through that. I really find that very inspiring."

As for Keith, his own attempt at breaking down creative walls, Fuse, will be in stores September 10. The lead single, "Little Bit of Everything," is climbing the country chart fast.

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Monday
Aug192013

Check Out New Starship Single, "It's Not the Same as Love," Online Now

Photo: Pat JohnsonFans of Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas can now check out the veteran pop rockers' brand-new single, "It's Not the Same as Love," by visiting Loud & Proud Records' official SoundCloud page.  The song will be featured on the group's upcoming studio album, Loveless Fascination, which will be released on September 17.

"It's Not the Same as Love" finds Thomas and Starship mixing a harder-edged and more modern sound with the melodic, arena-ready rock that made the group so popular in the 1980s.  The song arrives at radio stations today.

Loveless Fascination will be the first studio effort from Starship since 1989's Love Among the Cannibals.  The new album was produced by Foreigner/ex-Dokken member Jeff Pilson, who also was the project's main songwriter.

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas recently added some new tour dates to their itinerary in support of the album.  Here's a list of all of the band's upcoming 2013 shows, according to Loud & Proud Records:

8/17 -- Rexburg, ID, Madison County Fair
8/22 -- Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
8/23 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Arena
8/24 -- Bossier City, LA, Diamond Jack's Casino and Resort
8/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Station Square
8/31 -- Royal Oak, MI, Arts, Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/7 -- Columbus, OH, Hollywood Casino
9/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, Silverton Casino
9/22 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
9/27 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Walt Disney World
10/11 -- New Albany, IN, Harvest Homecoming Festival
10/12 -- Rising Sun, IN, Rising Sun Navy Bean Fall Festival
11/5 -- Friant, CA, Table Mountain Casino
11/8 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Air & Space Museum Event Pavilion

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