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Tuesday
Jul092013

Mark Knopfler's "Privateering" Album to Get US Release in September

Verve RecordsMark Knopfler's latest album, Privateering, is finally set to get its release in the United States.  The two-CD collection, which initially was issued in the U.K. last September, will hit U.S. stores on September 10 thanks to a new worldwide deal the ex-Dire Straits frontman has signed with Universal Music Group's Verve Records label.

In a statement, the singer/guitarist explains that he decided to release Privateering as a double album "because of the sheer volume of material" he had amassed.  He adds, "I didn't want to separate songs into genres and I didn't want to leave too many songs on the shelf.  I just wanted it to be a reflection of the fantastic sessions we had."

Knopfler worked with his longtime solo band on the record, including former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher.  The album, which is Mark's first ever two-disc studio effort, also includes contributions from Fabulous Thunderbirds singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson and acclaimed country musicians Paul Franklin and Tim O'Brien.

Knopfler's new label agreement comes after he ended a 35-year association with Warner Bros. Records.

"Mark has long been one of the most innovative and successful artists in music," says Universal Music executive Max Hole.  "We're thrilled he's decided to sign to Verve so that we are now working with him everywhere across the world."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Foghat Releases New Single Co-Written by Contest Winner

Foghat.netVeteran boogie rockers Foghat are back with a brand-new single titled "The Word of Rock n' Roll."  The song actually is an updated version of the band's 2010 instrumental track "495 Boogie" that features lyrics written by a fan named Phil Dessinger in conjunction with a songwriting contest launched last year.

A special lyrics video for the tune, which celebrates the crazy life of a rock group on the road, can be viewed now at Foghat's official YouTube channel.  The clip includes a variety of candid, fan-submitted photos of the band members clowning around and hanging out with some of their faithful followers.  It also features footage of Foghat performing on stage.

"The Word of Rock n' Roll" was released Tuesday and is available for purchase now as a digital download at Amazon.com and iTunes.

Meanwhile, Foghat has more than 20 upcoming concerts scheduled this year.  Here are all of the band's confirmed 2013 tour dates:

7/13 -- Marion, IN, Brandt's I-69 Harley Davidson
7/19 -- Tygh Valley, OR, Run 21 Motorcycle Rally
7/26 -- Oswego, NY, Harbor Fest Main Stage
7/27 -- Morgantown, WV, Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally
8/3 -- Decatur, IL, Decatur Celebration
8/8 -- Albany, OR, Monteith River Park
8/9 -- Tillamook, OR, Tillamook City Fair-Rodeo
8/10 -- Sequim, WA, James Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
8/17 -- Central City, CO, The Reserve Casino Hotel
8/18 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
8/24 -- Lewiston, ID, Lewiston's Hot August Nights
8/31 -- Freeport, TX, Memorial Park Downtown
9/7 -- Ellsworth, WI, SCVR Chili Feed
9/13 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City Bikefest
9/14 -- Lodi, CA, Lodi Grape Festival
9/21 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Movie House
9/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Rockin' Beehive Festival
10/5 -- Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas Bikefest 2013
10/19 -- Leon, Mexico, Motofiesta Leon 2013
12/6 -- Miami, FL, Magic City Casino
12/13 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Kevin Jonas and Wife Expecting Child

Facebook.com/JonasBrothersKevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle Jonas, are expecting their first child.  The Jonas Brothers musician has revealed to E! News that his wife of three and a half years is pregnant, saying, "It's been the most exciting thing in my life so far."

Kevin has also tweeted, “It's true @daniellejonas is pregnant! can't even imagine how excited we are I can't wait to share this with my best friend. I love you baby.”

Kevin, 25, and Danielle, 26, tied the knot in December 2009.  They star in their own E! reality series, Married to Jonas.

This will be the first child for any of the Jonas Brothers.  Joe and Nick are not married.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Monica Celebrates Third Wedding Anniversary

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCMonica is still head over heels in love.

The singer posted a series of pictures on her Instagram page to celebrate the anniversary of her wedding to husband Shannon Brown.

Monica, who began dating the Phoenix Suns basketball player in 2010, tweeted that the pair were first married on November 22, 2010 but a lavish ceremony was held the following year, on July 9.

The singer shared her joy with fans and wrote, "July 9th 2011.... One of the best days of my life as the years pass by our love grows stronger each day!!! God is love & his love guided us to one another."

She captioned another picture, "ForeverAlways 7/9 this day was more than I dreamed of Thank U SB for all u did to make my dreams reality. On this day & everyday since ?MBSB"

After confirming her pregnancy back in May, the singer is now seven months pregnant and expecting her third child, which will be her first with Brown.

The Atlanta native is working on her eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2011's New Life.  The disc will include production from Missy Elliott, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Stargate, Mike WiLL Made It and Polow Da Don.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Daft Punk Getting Their Own Action Figures

P-Bandai.jpAfter listening to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” over and over again this summer, you’ll have a chance to play with action figures modeled after the duo during the holiday season.

The Japanese toy company Bandai is helping to create figures of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in the outfits inspired by their latest album, Random Access Memories.

According to an Amazon description, the figures were created under Daft Punk’s supervision, and will feature “seven sets of left/right interchangeable hand parts.” The figures are set to go on sale December 27.

Daft Punk was previously immortalized with action figures when their soundtrack to Tron: Legacy was released in 2010.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Sting Holding 10 Concerts in NYC This Fall to Benefit Arts Organization

Credit: Fabrizio FerriSting will hold 10 concerts in New York City this fall to benefit the city’s Public Theater arts organization.

From September 25 through October 9, Sting will appear at the 260-seat Anspacher Theater. He’ll perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, which will be released September 24. He'll also provide "unique insight into the creative process" of his musical of the same name, which he hopes will open on Broadway next year.

Sting says in a statement, “The Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of the city's distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this material that is, at its core, about the importance of community."

A limited number of seats for each show will be made available for free in a lottery held the day of the performance.

American Express card members can get their hands on tickets beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday night. For more ticket info, you can visit PublicTheater.org.

It’s also been announced that tickets for a separate Public Theater concert -- scheduled for October 2, Sting’s 62nd birthday -- will be given away to 100 Sting.com fan club members. More details on that show will be announced later on Sting.com.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Sales Projections for Next Week

Facebook.com/JayZAfter cutting a deal with Samsung to promote his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, many are wondering where Jay-Z will land on the Billboard 200 chart next week.

Tuesday marked the first day fans were able to purchase copies in stores -- the project was previously given to one million lucky Samsung users on July 4.

According to industry forecasts, Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell between 350,000 to 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 14, based partly on information from pre-orders on iTunes, Billboard reports.

The feat would give the rap mogul his 13th number one album on the Billboard 200, second only to The Beatles, who have an impressive 19 chart-toppers, and more than any other solo act.

The rapper's album may already be platinum. As previously reported, Hov's unprecedented decision to partner with Samsung for the Magna Carta Holy Grail app resulted in the Recording Industry Association of America changing its rules for awarding gold and platinum certifications.

Under the RIAA's prior rules, artists had to wait 30 days after release before the Association would certify album sales -- gold for 500,000 copies sold, platinum for 1 million copies sold.  The Association has yet to make an official certification but Jay doesn't have to wait 30 days to apply for a certification.

Meanwhile, Billboard has remained firm in its sales count policy -- opting not to count the one million albums Samsung distributed toward the album's chart position because Samsung gave them away to users, and did not sell them.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Aerosmith & Chickenfoot Members Featured on Ex-Alice Cooper Guitarist Steve Hunter's New Solo Album

PFA Media; Mad Ink PRAerosmith's Joe Perry and Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani are featured on an upcoming solo album by Steve Hunter, the lauded guitarist whose fluid playing is featured on classic recordings by Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel. Titled The Manhattan Blues Project, the forthcoming release also includes contributions from ex-King Crimson bassist Tony Levin and actor/guitarist Johnny Depp.

Perry and Depp play together on a 12-bar blues tune titled "The Brooklyn Shuffle." "I was thrilled when that happened," declares Hunter.  "I told them both, 'Plug the guitars in and have a blast,' and it sounds like to me they did."

The Manhattan Blues Project is available for purchase now on the CD Baby website and via iTunes.  Visit TheManhattanBluesProject.com for more information about the record.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Brett Eldredge's Offering Plenty of Extras to Go with His Debut Album, "Bring You Back"

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's debut album, Bring You Back, is now available for pre-order exclusively at BrettEldredge.com, and there are a few extras available to sweeten the deal.

The Bring You Back Music Pack includes delivery of the full album on CD and digital download when it comes out August 6 as well as an instant MP3 and music video download of Brett's hit single "Don't Ya."  Fans who spring for the Bring You Back Deluxe Pack get all that plus an instant download of Brett performing his song "One Mississippi" live, a Bring You Back album t-shirt, a personally autographed Brett Eldredge print and a video of Brett personally signing the print.

In addition to "Don't Ya," Brett's debut album includes his first single, "Raymond."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Sting Holding 10 Concerts in NYC This Fall to Benefit Arts Organization

Photo: Frank OckenfelsSting will play 10 intimate concerts in New York City this fall to benefit the city's Public Theater arts organization.

From September 25 through October 9, the former Police frontman will appear at the 260-seat Anspacher Theater.  He'll perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, which will be released September 24.  Sting also will provide "unique insight into the creative process" of his musical of the same name, which he hopes will open on Broadway next year.

Sting says in a statement, "The Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of the city's distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this material that is, at its core, about the importance of community."

A limited number of seats for each show will be made available for free in a lottery held the day of the performance.

American Express card members can get their hands on tickets beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET.  Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday night.  For more ticket info, you can visit PublicTheater.org.

It's also been announced that tickets for a separate Public Theater concert -- scheduled for October 2, Sting's 62nd birthday -- will be given away to 100 Sting.com fan club members.  More details about that show will be announced later on Sting.com.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

After Dislocating Shoulder, Mariah Tweets Photo of Herself Wearing a Sling

Image courtesy Mariah Carey via TwitterMariah Carey has provided visual evidence of the dislocated shoulder she suffered over the weekend on the set of her new music video.

On Tuesday, she tweeted a photo of herself in the hospital, wearing a sling. She wrote, “dislocated my shoulder on the remix video with Jeezy, sporting a very fashionable sling for the next couple of weeks!”

Her husband Nick Cannon, who’s directing the clip for the “#Beautiful” remix, told NBC’s Today show earlier in the day, "Not only did she dislocate her shoulder, she actually cracked a rib and...she chipped her shoulder bone." He confirmed that she suffered the injury after she fell from a platform while wearing a gown and high heels.

Mariah’s rep previously said in a statement provided to ABC News that the singer was taken to a New York City hospital Sunday night and had her shoulder “reset” by doctors. 

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Queens of the Stone Age Make Infomercial for "…Like Clockwork" USB Flash Drive Starring Fred Armisen

Facebook.com/QOTSAQueens of the Stone Age has tapped former Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen to help them sell the group’s newest product: an 8GB USB flash drive/bottle opener.

The band has just unveiled an infomercial for the flash drive, starring Armisen as Ricky Chism, the long-haired spokesman of the QOTSA’s Do Stuff Corporation. In the five-minute clip, Chism declares that CDs are outdated technology and that the best way to store and access music is through a USB flash drive. Chism goes on to reveal that QOTSA’s branded flash drive features a copy of the group’s latest album, …Like Clockwork, along with high-resolution photos, original artwork, music videos and lyric sheets. As a special added feature, the flash drive has a bottle opener on the end of it.

The QOTSA flash drive/bottle opener will run you $29.99, and for a limited time, the group is offering a special where you can get two drives for the price of one. Visit Your-Usb.com for more information.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Robin Thicke Tapped for Apple's iTunes Festival 

Facebook.com/RobinThickeRobin Thicke has been added to the official line-up for Apple's upcoming iTunes Festival later this year.

"Come see me at this years #iTunesFestival on Sept 28th. It's free for UK and all others can stream it live!" Thicke tweeted Monday night.

The "Blurred Lines" singer joins previously confirmed acts including John Legend and Justin Timberlake, with more performers to be announced.  The free concert series, taking place London's Roundhouse venue, will include more than 60 performers.

As Thicke mentioned in his tweet, the shows will be streamed live via the official app, on the iTunes Store and via Apple TV.  The annual festival traditionally has taken place in July, but this year runs from September 1 to September 30.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Randy Travis's PR Firm Denies Heart Surgery Reports

Webster PRRandy Travis's PR firm is denying reports that the 54-year-old singer underwent heart surgery.

People magazine quoted Travis's sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick, as saying the singer had heart surgery Monday. However, Randy Travis's publicist issued a statement later in the day, declaring that Travis didn't undergo heart surgery, but instead underwent a procedure to implant a device that helps support blood flow in people with weakened hearts.

Travis has been hospitalized since Sunday and remains in critical condition while receiving treatment for viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle.  He says through his publicist, "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

Fans can send well wishes to the following address:

Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, TX 76721

Travis is getting a lot of well wishes on Twitter. Keith Urban writes, "Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis."

Scotty McCreery says, "My thoughts and prayers are with @randytravis today. Praying for a great recovery for a true Country music and North Carolina legend!

Lance Armstrong added, "Thoughts go out to @randytravis. Heal up soon my man! One of country music's greatest voices ever."

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Selena Gomez's Breakup Ballad May Feature Justin Bieber Voicemail

Image courtesy Selena Gomez via TwitterSelena Gomez has already confirmed that one of the songs on her new album, Stars Dance, is about her breakup with Justin Bieber.  But she hadn’t mentioned that she duets with Justin on “Love Will Remember.”

Well, kind of.  “Love Will Remember” leaked online this week, and it begins with a voicemail from a man who reportedly may be Justin.  According to The Huffington Post, which listened to the song before it was pulled off the Internet, the man in the voicemail says, “Hey babe, it's me.  I just want to call and tell you that I love you so, so, so, so much.  I just wanted to let you know that you are my princess.  You are worthy of all the love in the world.  You are the love of my life."

There’s been no confirmation that the man is indeed Justin.

Selena addressed “Love Will Remember” in the June issue of InStyle, calling it “the most personal track on the record for sure.”  She also said she was “sure” Justin will love it.

Stars Dance is due out July 23.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Man Arrested at Taylor Swift Concert After Alleged Facebook Threat

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowA 28-year-old man was arrested at Taylor Swift’s concert in Pittsburgh Saturday night after police say he threatened her on Facebook.

According to KDKA-TV, police say Joseph Jackson of Clarksburg, Pennsylvania, also brought posters to the concert venue, Heinz Field, that read “I luv you” and “Taylor Swift is with Satan.”

Jackson was removed from his seat after Taylor’s security team informed police about him. Police records state that Jackson told the arresting officers “Taylor Swift is Satan and that 6,000 years is six days and death comes on the sixth day, so Taylor Swift is in danger.”

Jackson has been jailed and is expected to undergo a mental evaluation.

The KDKA-TV report cites sources who say that Taylor’s security team is “very proactive” in reacting to threats directed at her.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Featured on Tonight’s Episode of "Counting Cars"

Dana Nalbandian/WireImageFive Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook will be making a special guest appearance on the History channel’s Counting Cars. The guitarist, an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, is a personal friend of the show’s host, Danny Koker.

"I'm a great admirer of Danny's custom motorcycle work,” says Hook in a statement. “We both live in Las Vegas and I stop by the shop from time to time. It's crazy that he has his own hit show now, [and] it's even crazier that I got to sit in on an episode!"

The Counting Cars episode featuring Hook will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on History channel.

In other 5FDP news, the group will release the first part of their upcoming double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, on July 30. The second installment of the record will be released sometime in the fall.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Mumford & Sons Get Multiplied in “Babel” Video

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons rock out with a number of their clones in the new video for “Babel,” the title track from the group’s Grammy-winning album.  

In the black-and-white clip, the group performs “Babel” in a large empty music hall while the camera slowly pans around the room to reveal multiple versions of the band playing the song.

In other Mumford & Sons news, the band has announced that they’ll be releasing a limited-edition vinyl box set of select tracks from Babel. Titled Babel: The 7-Inch Single Collectors Edition, the package includes five records which feature singles “I Will Wait,” “Lover of the Light,” “Whispers in the Dark,” “Babel” and “Hopeless Wanderer.” While the vinyl set has yet to receive a firm release date, it is expected to be released sometime in September.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Elton John Suffering from Appendicitis, Postpones European Tour Dates

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John has been forced to postpone several upcoming European tour dates due to a bout with appendicitis.

According to a post on his website, the 66-year-old Elton was diagnosed with “appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis,” after he fell ill during his current European tour. He is currently taking antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks.

Sir Elton’s postponed dates include a headlining performance at London’s Hyde Park that was scheduled for Friday. A concert will still be held in Hyde Park that day, with previously-announced artists Ray Davies of The Kinks and Elvis Costello remaining on the bill.

Elton will not resume his tour until early September, when he’s expected to be fully recovered, according to his rep.

Elton has a handful of dates lined up in the U.K. and Germany for the first half of September, including a just-announced concert for London’s iTunes Festival on September 12. He kicks off a month-long residency in Las Vegas on September 18.

Elton's new album, The Diving Board, is due out September 24.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Ex-Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's New Solo Album Features Joe Perry, Other Stars

Glass Onyon PRSteve Hunter, the lauded guitarist whose fluid playing is featured on classic recordings by Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel, has released a new solo album in which he returns to the blues music that inspired him at an early age.  The Manhattan Blues Project features a impressive list of guest artists, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani, ex-King Crimson bassist Tony Levin and Johnny Depp.

In a video interview promoting the record, Hunter says he wanted the new collection to reflect his love for both the blues and New York City.

"Most albums I hear in regards to New York generally [are] jazzy, which is cool, but I wanted to do something different," he explains.  "I wanted to do something in a bluesy way, because I kind of saw the more soulful part of Manhattan."

The 12-track collection, which includes mostly original compositions, also features covers of Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On."  It worth noting that Hunter contributed lead guitar to the original version of "Solsbury Hill."

Perry and Depp play together on a 12-bar blues tune titled "The Brooklyn Shuffle."  "I was thrilled when that happened," declares Hunter.  "I told them both, 'Plug the guitars in and have a blast,' and it sounds like to me they did."

The Manhattan Blues Project is available for purchase now at the CD Baby website and via iTunes.  Visit TheManhattanBluesProject.com for more information about the record.

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