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Tuesday
Aug132013

Pink Hopes Daughter Will Wait Until She's 16 Before Getting Tattooed & Pierced

Facebook.com/PinkIn many ways, Pink is a wonderful role model for her daughter Willow, but there are some things about her that the singer hopes Willow doesn't grow up to emulate -- all her tattoos, for example.

Appearing on Australia's Sunday Night show, Pink said, "I got my tongue pierced and my first tattoo when I was 12, so I'm hoping for, like, 15? 16?"  The singer laughs, "I'm just gonna tell her that nowadays, it's cooler not to; you're actually cooler if you don't do the stuff that everybody else is doing.  And she's gonna listen and we're gonna be best friends forever!  And we're never going to argue, ever!”

Pink also talked about expanding her family during the interview, and says she doesn't just want more kids -- she wants one specific kind of kid.

"I want a gay son, so I've gotta keep trying until I get that going," Pink laughed.  "I really want one."

Pink's record-breaking tour of Australia will wrap up in September.  She just received a plaque from the Sydney Entertainment Center for her string of sold-out shows at that venue. Thanking the venue via Twitter, Pink wrote, "MOST importantly thank you to all the amazing and super fun people that came out to all of our shows!!! We've had a blast- hope you have 2!" 

Her tour continues Tuesday night in Melbourne, where she's broken the venue record, selling out 18 dates at the 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Arena.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Listen to John Mayer and Katy Perry's Duet, "Who You Love"

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesKaty Perry and John Mayer apparently do everything as a couple. On the same day that Katy officially released her new single, "Roar," her boyfriend on Monday debuted the duet they recorded for his upcoming album.

"Who You Love" made its way onto the Internet and can now be streamed on iTunes. It's a sweet tune in which John sings, "My girl, she ain't the one that I saw coming/Sometimes I don't know which way to go/And I tried to run before but I'm not running anymore/'Cause I fought against it hard enough to know/That you love who you love, who you love."

Katy responds, “My boy, he ain’t the one that I saw coming/And some have said his heart’s too hard to hold/And he takes a little time but you should see him when he shines/'Cause you never want to let the feeling go.”

The song ends with Katy giggling.

"Who You Love" is one of the tracks on John's latest effort, Paradise Valley, which drops August 20. If you can't wait until then to listen to the album in its entirety, you can stream it for free on iTunes right now.

John will promote the disc with a performance on a Live on Letterman webcast premiering August 19.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Guns N’ Roses Guitarist’s Las Vegas Tour in Police Helicopter Sparks Investigation

Image courtesy DJ Ashba via InstagramA private police helicopter tour of Las Vegas given to Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist DJ Ashba so he could propose to his girlfriend has sparked an internal investigation, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Ashba posted photos of the tour on Instagram Saturday with the caption, “That was the most incredible day of our life!! Special Thx to the Las Vegas Police Dept. for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Las Vegas!”

DJ specifically thanked Captain David O’Leary for setting up the tour. As a result, a police spokesman confirms to the newspaper that O’Leary and the helicopter pilot are under investigation.

No further details were released, but the Review-Journal reports department officials were furious over the apparent misuse of the helicopter.

Ashba’s girlfriend said yes to the proposal. He writes the helicopter “landed in a field” next to a table with roses and champagne, adding, “It was beautiful she didn’t expect a thing, it was magical.”

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Monday
Aug122013

Keith Urban Experiments with Surprising Sounds on "Fuse"

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban fans are in for some surprising sounds like drum loops and synthesizers on his upcoming album, Fuse, due out September 10. That doesn't mean Keith has done away with his signature banjo and guitar sounds altogether.

"It's not like I've gone off and done a polka album or a screamo album," Keith tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. "I just wanted to see how far I could go before it's not me."

While the sounds on Fuse push new boundaries for Keith, he's actually singing with a little added twang in his voice on certain tracks, like "Love's Poster Child." This personal evolution fits in with some of Keith's quite lofty thoughts on country music as a whole.

Keith says, "I've always found country to be basically like a church. It's got to keep evolving, but it's gotta do it in a way that it doesn't lose its values or its core congregation. But it has to continue attracting new parishioners."

Keith's message seems to be getting out to the country congregation just fine. The lead single from Fuse, "Little Bit of Everything," is well on its way to the top of the country chart.

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Monday
Aug122013

Nikki Sixx Says New Sixx: A.M. Record Will Be "Unique"

Facebook.com/NikkiSixxOfficialNikki Sixx is happy with the way that Sixx: A.M.'s next album is coming together.  The Mötley Crüe bassist posted a message on his Facebook page on Saturday, noting that he's made some serious progress recording tracks for his side group's follow-up to 2011's This Is Gonna Hurt.

"We have a little ways to go to finish off the whole album but were zeroing in on what the first single will be," he writes.  "These songs are very unique.  [Frontman] James Michael, [guitarist] DJ [Ashba] and myself feel we have topped ourselves but in the end you will be the ones who make that decision."

The rocker adds that the group has already chosen the title and artwork for the release, which is expected to arrive sometime this fall.  "Photo sessions, videos, going over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all hovering above our heads now," he notes.  "The excitement is growing and things looks great for us to play live at some point."

Sixx will have another month to work on the release before he links up with Mötley Crüe for another Las Vegas residency this fall.  The band is set to play 12 concerts at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from September 18 to October 6.

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Monday
Aug122013

Early Elvis Presley Albums Remastered for iTunes in Conjunction with Annual Elvis Week Festivities

RCA/Legacy RecordingsNine albums that Elvis Presley released during the 1950s have been mastered specifically for iTunes and are now available for purchase via the digital music retailer.  The release of the recordings coincides with the 2013 installment of Elvis Week, the annual series of events in Memphis, Tennessee, held to commemorate the anniversary of the rock 'n' roll icon's death.

The remastered albums are Presley's 1956 self-titled RCA debut,  1956's Elvis, 1957's Loving You film soundtrack and Elvis' Christmas Album, 1958's Elvis' Golden Records and King Creole soundtrack and 1959's For LP Fans Only, A Date with Elvis and 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 2.  The nine records also are being sold together as a digital box set titled The Complete 50s Albums Collection.

In addition, The Essential Elvis Presley best-of retrospective and the just-released Elvis at Stax compilation also have been remastered for iTunes.  Elvis at Stax, which hit stores on August 6, revisits the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's historic 1973 sessions at Memphis' famous Stax Recording Studios.  It is available in deluxe three-CD and single-disc physical editions, as well as corresponding digital versions.

A special Elvis at Stax listening party is scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis at 4 p.m. CT.  The event is one of the many activities being held during Elvis Week, which kicked off Saturday, August 10, and is scheduled to run through this Saturday, August 17.  Presley died on August 16, 1977, at his Memphis mansion Graceland.  He was just 42.

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Monday
Aug122013

Estelle Readies Album for Her Newly Launched Independent Label 

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Estelle has announced on Twitter that she's not only working on a new album, but she has partnered with BMG to launch her own independent label called New London Records.

"This is a new and exciting move for me," Estelle said in a press release. "BMG has been an awesome partner throughout my career, and with New London we plan to continue bridging the gap between soul, pop, London and New York -- uniting them through music."

The new deal will allow the British singer, who was previously signed to John Legend’s HomeSchool/Atlantic Records label, creative control over all of her current and future music endeavors, including her upcoming fourth album.

Fans will hear new material from Estelle in the form of the upcoming two final installments of her three-volume EP, Love & Happiness, both due on the new label, the first coming later this month, the second in OctoberIn addition, the full-length follow-up to last year's All of Me will be released by the label in February 2014.

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Monday
Aug122013

Rihanna Unveils Her Second Collection for River Island 

Facebook.com/PerfumesbyRihannaRihanna is giving fans another glimpse into her second collection with British fashion retailer River Island.

Following her teaser video, which revealed her hands-on approach in creating her upcoming fall line, Ri Ri is now allowing everyone to check out each piece from her collection before it hits stores next month.

The autumn/winter 2013 range, described as "urban sports lux with sophisticated chic," can be previewed through British Vogue. The singer's co-designer, Adam Selman, recently told the magazine that her new collection is "a little more refined."

Rihanna has released footage from the Vogue photo shoot.  The singer says in the behind-the-scenes clip, "I literally designed everything I wanted to wear, exactly how I wanted to wear." She also says the promo shots were trying to capture "a New York Street vibe."

Rihanna's line includes 80 different pieces -- leather bra tops, mesh dresses, and cropped hoodies -- with different materials like metallic, camouflage, floral, denim leathers and other high-shine fabrics.

Rihanna for River Island Autumn Collection goes on sale September 12, with prices starting at $15 and running to $300 for limited-edition embossed leather jackets.  You'll be able to buy it in the U.S. and in Japan at Opening Ceremony, an online and retail fashion destination, as well as at RiverIsland.com.

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Monday
Aug122013

"Family" Environment on "The Voice" May Have Inspired Adam to Pop Question, Says Carson Daly

Trae Patton/NBCTo most male onlookers, Maroon 5's Adam Levine had the perfect life: he's a rich, handsome, famous rock star who could -- and did -- date an endless stream of supermodels.  So why spoil all that by getting engaged?  Adam's Voice colleague Carson Daly thinks he has the answer.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Carson said of Adam's fiancee, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo, "Have you seen her? She’d make an honest man out of a lot of us!But it's not just Behati's gorgeousness that inspired Adam to pop the question.  According to Carson, it's being on set on The Voice that might have made him decide to renounce bachelorhood.

Carson says he thinks the "big family" environment of The Voice must've influenced the singer in some way.  "I bring my kids -- I mean, it’s around him, for sure,” he explained. "[Blake's wife] Miranda [Lambert] is there a lot with Blake, and my whole family is there, and Cee Lo has a big extended family and they’re always there, Christina has got her kid there."

Does that mean that Adam and Behati are planning to start a family right away?  "I don’t know. He’s gonna get married, we know that! So, we’ll see what happens,” Carson tellsAccess Hollywood.  "He seems really happy."

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Monday
Aug122013

Dierks Bentley Balances Personal Insights with Universal Themes on "I Hold On"

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley's latest single, "I Hold On," may be his most personal song yet. The lyrics specifically mention Dierks' beloved white Chevy pickup truck and his favorite guitar as well as his recently departed father and devotion to his wife, Cassidy.

While Dierks admits "I Hold On" sums up his life in three minutes, he says, "The chorus is really universal…it's about faith, love and freedom…I don't think there's a country fan out there who doesn't live with those as big priorities."

Dierks hopes his fans will be able to understand him a little more after listening to "I Hold On." It's the lead single from Dierks' upcoming seventh album, Riser.

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Monday
Aug122013

Capital Cities: It's "Weird" to Have a Top-10 Hit

Facebook.com/CapitalCitiesCapital Cities is celebrating their first-ever top-10 hit this week, as "Safe and Sound" jumps from #15 to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  While the duo's Ryan Merchant says it's odd to hear their song played between the likes of Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5, he says he and musical partner Sebu Simonian always knew "Safe and Sound" would someday be a hit.

"It's definitely weird to have your song be in a position like that," Ryan says of the song's hit single status. "Just knowing that we have a hit song is kind of an interesting, unique experience."  But, Ryan adds, "We always kind of believed this song had a lot of pop potential -- that it was one of those songs that could really cross over.  And, now it's just sort of proving that fact.  [It was] something that we sort of believed all along."

Ryan explains that the upbeat tune wasn't one of those songs that came quickly, however.  He tells ABC News Radio that he and Sebu slaved over "Safe and Sound," trying out at least eight different versions before they came up with a sound that made them happy.

"When we first wrote the song we knew that we had something special, but we tried out multiple productions and just couldn't quite get it right and didn't feel like they were doing the song justice," Ryan explains.  He says the "a-ha" moment was when they decided to put a vintage keyboard on the song, and hire a trumpet player to perform the melody. "It just sort of took it to this epic place," he recalls.

As for why the song is a hit, Ryan says its message stands out during a time when everything in pop culture seems focused on apocalyptic, end-of-the-world-type scenarios. 

"This song is meant to instill some hope in people," he tells ABC News Radio. "Every generation thinks that the end of the world is right around the corner, but that never seems to happen.  So, the song is in some ways reinforcing that idea that we're gonna be fine." 

"There's bad things that are always gonna happen but somehow the human race is able to progress, even if it's a slow process," he adds. 

The "Safe and Sound" video is up for two technical awards at the MTV VMAs later this month, but right now, the duo has no plans to attend, since they're currently on tour.  In fact, this week, they're in Asia.  In the past, even before they had a major-label record deal, they successfully toured South America and Europe.  So what is it about their music that appeals to people worldwide who can't even understand the lyrics?"

"I don't know," admits Ryan. "I would guess, if they don't understand the lyrics, probably there's something about the beat and the melody that people are able to latch on to." 

He explains, "I think we have a knack for writing melodies that are simple but still somewhat sophisticated and interesting and different...that a five-year-old child can sing, and someone from Japan could hum back to you after hearing it one time."

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Monday
Aug122013

New Paul McCartney Album Reportedly Set to Arrive Later This Year

MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.It looks like we won't have to wait much longer for Paul McCartney's upcoming studio album.  Showbiz411 reporter Roger Friedman says he got exclusive word from the Beatles star that he's planning to release the project before the end of 2013.

Friedman reports that he bumped into McCartney at a party in New York's ritzy Hamptons area, celebrating the music mogul's new book, and asked him if his album would be arriving after the New Year.  The journalist says Sir Paul replied, "No, now.  Before that."

McCartney has been working on the album with several producers, including Mark Ronson and Ethan Johns.  The new collection reportedly will find the rock legend exploring a variety of styles.  In an April 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Ronson revealed that McCartney had been showing interest in a number of modern dance-music genres.

McCartney's last full-length solo album of original material was 2007's Memory Almost Full -- that is, if you don't include his classical score to the 2011 ballet Ocean's Kingdom or the 2008 electronica project Electric Arguments that he released under the moniker The Fireman.

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Monday
Aug122013

Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night" Jumps on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

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Justin Timberlake's new single, "Take Back The Night" has cracked the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week.

According to Billboard, the song moved from 12 to the eight slot in its fourth week, making it Timberlake's sixth offering to enter the urban chart.

I'ts somewhat hard to believe that Timberlake has yet to have his first chart-topper on the list. He's previously had four singles to peak at number two, including two songs with T.I.  -- Timberlake's 2006 hit, "My Love," and Tip's "Dead and Gone."  Thanks to Jay-Z, JT recently graced the chart twice earlier this year with "Suit & Tie" and "Holy Grail."

"Take Back The Night" is lead single from Justin's upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience -– 2 of 2, arriving on October 1. 

On the same day, Justin also will release a four-LP package dubbed The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, apparently containing both 20/20 Experience albums, although details have not been released. The vinyl set retails for nearly $60 and is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.

Elsewhere on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Robin Thicke continues to dominate the number one spot with "Blurred Lines," which has spent a total of nine weeks atop the chart.

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Monday
Aug122013

Carrie Underwood Getting Her Own Line of Nail Lacquers

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has teamed up with Nicole by OPI for a new line of nail lacquers coming out in January. There are 14 shades in the collection, including a signature shade, Carrie'd Away, created exclusively for the country star. This marks the first time OPI has created a signature shade for a celebrity partner. The rest of the line's colors range from light pastels to darker shades to more glamorous glitter to capture the different sides of Carrie.

For more details, go to NicolebyOPI.com.

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Monday
Aug122013

Cover Girls: Miley & Beyonce Score, Selena & Nicki Flop, Taylor's Mixed

Courtesy: CosmopolitanAs magazines battle to feature the biggest names on their covers, Women's Wear Daily has taken a look at which stars actually sell issues.  The verdict?  Some singers are home runs when it comes to magazine covers, while others are total flops.

In the home run column is Beyonce, whose Vogue cover back in March outsold the magazine's exclusive interview and cover story in April with Michelle Obama.  Also a winner is Miley Cyrus, whose Cosmopolitan cover story in March is that magazine's second-biggest seller so far this year, second only to Kim Kardashian's April cover.

Selena Gomez, meanwhile, flopped with her InStyle cover: it's the magazine's worst seller so far this year.  Her BFF Taylor Swift, however, gets mixed reviews.  Taylor's March ELLE cover gave the magazine its best numbers so far this year, though her April Vanity Fair cover was that magazine's worst-seller of the year.  Jennifer Lopez was a flop for Harper's Bazaar; her February cover was that mag's worst-seller so far.

According to WWD, everyone agrees that Nicki Minaj is "newsstand poison."  Exhibits A & B: the April cover of ELLE and the June/July cover of Teen Vogue, both featuring the rapper, were both among the magazine's worst-sellers of the year.

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Monday
Aug122013

Kelly Clarkson May Lose Jane Austen's Ring to Museum

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson purchased a ring that once belonged to legendary Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen at a British auction, but the British government won't let her take it out of the country, due to its status as a "national treasure."  Now, she may end up losing the ring altogether, to a museum dedicated to the author.

As previously reported, the government put what's called an "export bar" on the gold and turquoise ring, and has set a deadline of September 30 for any interested parties who can match Kelly's original bid of more than $230,000 to purchase the ring from her.  According to the BBC, Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England is now trying to raise the money to do so. 

The museum, which actually is the house where Austen lived and worked, already owns two pieces of the author's jewelry, a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross.  It attempted to buy the ring at auction last year, but it couldn't come up with the cash.  The museum says that it has until the deadline to show "a serious expression of interest to buy the ring," but hopes to actually raise the money by December.

In addition, the museum has invited Kelly to visit the house, where Austen wrote all six of her novels.

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Monday
Aug122013

Rascal Flatts Changing Things Up for Next Studio Album

Rascal Flatts is heading off in a new direction for their upcoming studio album. The multi-platinum group is recording the album in Los Angeles with producer Howard Benson, best known for his work with Daughtry, Bon Jovi and Hoobastank among others.  So far, the Flatts like what they're coming up with on the West Coast.

The group's guitar player Joe Don Rooney tells The Oakland Press, "We’ve recorded probably eight songs now, and really three or four of them are high on our radar right now.  It kind of set the bar for us.”

While Rascal Flatts feels like they have nothing to prove on this new project, it is important for them to keep growing creatively.

"We just want to make a great project," Joe Don explains, "and sonically we want it to sound different and do some songs we would have never cut, maybe, in the past and try to push ourselves and see what else we can come up with."

Rascal Flatts is also keeping the road hot this summer on their Live & Loud tour, playing Detroit on Thursday.

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Monday
Aug122013

Asking Alexandria’s "From Death to Destiny" Expected to Score Top-10 Spot on "Billboard" 200

Facebook.com/AskingAlexandriaAsking Alexandria’s third studio album, From Death to Destiny, is expected to make a big splash on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. 

According to Billboard, From Death to Destiny is expected to take the #7 spot on the list, with the first-week sales projected to be somewhere around 30,000 copies. If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s second top-10 album on the list, following 2011's Reckless & Relentless, which debuted at #9 on the tally with 31,000 copies sold its first week out.

The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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Monday
Aug122013

Panic! at the Disco Frontman Urie Fights for His Life in “This Is Gospel” Video

Fueled By RamenPanic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie fights off surgeons who want to slice him up in the new video for “This Is Gospel,” a cut from the band’s upcoming album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rich to Die.

The three-minute clip opens with Urie on an operating table, where he struggles to break free from a group of surgeons who are intent on cutting him open. Urie eventually gets a gas mask strapped to his mouth, and then finds himself in a dream where he's being placed in a coffin, which is slowly drowning. The end of the clip features Urie running toward a bright light, accompanied by the sound of heartbeat grinding to a halt.

Panic! at the Disco has also revealed the official cover art for the set. It features a black-and-white photo of Urie walking in the desert smoking a cigarette that produces multi-colored smoke.

Too Weird to Live, Too Rich to Die features 10 new tracks and will arrive in stores on October 8. If you pre-order the album now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of "Miss Jackson" and "This Is Gospel."

Here’s the track list for Too Weird to Live, Too Rich to Die:

“This Is Gospel”
“Miss Jackson” (featuring Lolo)
“Vegas Lights”
“Girl That You Love”
“Nicotine”
“Girls/Girls/Boys”
“Casual Affair”
“Far Too Young to Die”
“Collar Full”
“The End of All Things”

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Monday
Aug122013

Toni Braxton, Babyface Announce New Single, "Hurt Me" 

Courtesy of Toni Braxton's InstagramToni Braxton and Babyface have revealed the single cover for their lead offering, "Hurt Me," lifted from their upcoming joint album titled Love, Marriage, Divorce.

While the premiere date for their first single is unknown, Toni recently posted pictures of herself in the studio with Babyface working on the new project, which is scheduled to be released next month through Motown.

The upcoming effort marks a reunion for the two artists, who, alongside L.A. Reid, wrote and produced much of Toni’s classic self-titled debut album in 1993. 

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