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Feb112014

Another Chance to See Katy, Maroon 5, John Mayer & Alicia Sing The Beatles

Cliff Lipson/CBSIf you missed the star-studded CBS Beatles tribute that aired on Sunday night because you were watching The Walking Dead or The Olympics, we've got good news for you: you'll be able to catch it again this week.

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute will re-air Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.  Produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show variety program, it features acts like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and Eurythmics all performing songs made famous by the Fab Four.

The special also features an onstage reunion of the two surviving Beatles -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr -- who thrilled the audience with a performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" before bringing the entire lineup on stage for a big finale performance of "Hey Jude."

Unfortunately, we're told that there are currently no plans to release any of these once-in-a-lifetime performances as digital downloads.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Metallica, Judas Priest, Slayer Are the Secret to Olympic Snowboarding Gold

Blackened RecordingsWhat pumped up U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg before his gold-medal run in Sochi this past weekend? Metallica , Judas Priest and Slayer.

The 20-year-old tells Today.com that on Saturday -- the day of the first-ever Olympic slopestyle event -- he woke up at 6:50 and "I just started bumping that stuff and getting into a nice mindset for the day."

The psych-up worked: Kotsenburg won gold for the United States.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Debut Album by Police Guitarist Andy Summers' New Band, Circa Zero, Due Out in March

429 RecordsPolice guitarist Andy Summers' new group, Circa Zero, finally has revealed official release details about its debut album.  Circus Hero will hit stores on March 25 as part of a worldwide deal with 429 Records. 

Circa Zero is a collaboration between Summers and singer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles of the Los Angeles-based band The Rescues.  The 13-track collection was recorded at Andy's Bowl of Cherries studio in Venice, California, and was co-produced by him and Giles.

Summers says he was inspired to do a new rock project following The Police's farewell tour of 2007-2008 and he decided to team up with Giles after seeing The Rescues perform at the famed L.A. venue The Troubadour.

In a new interview with Billboard, Summers says he thinks the material on Circus Hero is "heavier and edgier than most of the Police stuff -- it's more aggressive, generally."

He adds, "The basic goal was 'Let's make a rock record,' as simple as that, and when we say 'rock' we mean rock…I'm not trying to play jazz or anything else on this record.  It's rock."

You can check out the album's lead track, "Levitation," now at Billboard.com, which is offering an exclusive stream of the song.

Circa Zero currently has one confirmed concert, a March 11 showcase at the 512 Rooftop during the 2014 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.  Meanwhile, Summers tells Billboard that he and Giles already are working on songs for a follow-up album by the band.

"I think we would add some more spice the second time around," he notes.  "I think we'll give ourselves permission to do that, stretch a bit as it were."

In other news, Summers' documentary Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which premiered at the DOC NYC Festival back in November 2012, is scheduled to get its debut theatrical run in late July.

Here is the Circus Hero track list:

"Levitation"
"Underground"
"The Story Ends Here"
"Say Goodnight"
"Gamma Ray"
"Night Time Travelers"
"Shoot Out the Stars"
"Underwater"
"Summer Lies"
"No Highway"
"Light the Fuse & Run"
"Whenever You Hear the Rain"
"Hot Camel"

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Darlene Love Biopic to Be the First Original TV Movie Produced by Oprah's OWN Network

Kevin Kane/WireImageLegendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love will be the subject of the first original scripted TV movie from Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.  The film will be based on Darlene's 1998 autobiography My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.

Winfrey and Love will serve as executive producers on the project, as will Morgan Neville, who directed the Academy Award-nominated 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom -- a film that focuses on the lives of several unsung studio-session vocalists, including Darlene.

Love came to fame singing for producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s. She was a member of the groups The Blossoms and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and was the lead singer on a pair of well-known 1962 singles credited to The Crystals -- the chart-topping "He's a Rebel" and the #11 hit "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  In addition, Darlene sang the 1963 holiday classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."  Later, Love would establish herself as prolific backing vocalist who worked with an amazing list of famous artists, including Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, Sonny and Cher, Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick.  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

"The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie," says OWN president Sheri Salata.  "There are a handful of stories brought to the screen of daring American women who walked through fire and back to make their dreams come true and Darlene is one of the heroes on that list."

In related news, OWN also has struck a deal to be the first cable network to broadcast 20 Feet from Stardom.  The film, which will compete in the best documentary feature category at this year's Oscars, will premiere sometime in 2015.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

"Wake Me Up" Singer Aloe Blacc to Advise Team Adam on New Season of "The Voice" 

Courtesy NBC's The Voice via TwitterAloe Blacc, the singer whose soulful vocals can be heard on the smash hit "Wake Me Up," is about to become a lot more visible.  He'll serve as an advisor for Team Adam when the new season of The Voice starts up later this month.

The show announced the news via Twitter, posting a photo of Aloe posing with Adam Levine.  It won't be his first time on The Voice: he appeared last season, duetting with finalist Will Champlin.  Aloe's debut album, Lift Your Spirit, is due March 11. 

The other advisors for season six include The Band Perry for Team Blake, Blake Shelton's wife Miranda Lambert for Team Shakira, and R&B diva Jill Scott for Team Usher.  You'll see them all during the Battle Rounds of the competition.  The Voice season six begins February 24.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Confirms Engagement to Longtime Girlfriend

BabyfaceMusic.comKenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has announced that he's engaged to longtime girlfriend Nicole Pantenburg.

"I'm happy to say I'm on the love marriage path," the legendary singer confirmed in a statement to E! News. "I'm a very lucky guy."

The couple began dating in 2007and have a 5-year-old daughter together named Peyton. The crooner has two sons, Brandon and Dylan, with ex-wife Tracey Edmonds.

The news comes after he alluded to his proposal in an interview with BET last week while promoting his latest album, Love, Marriage & Divorce. When quizzed by his longtime collaborator and duet partner on the album, Toni Braxton, about tying the knot once more, Babyface replied, "I've already considered it. I'm engaged, so yes."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Chuck D Named Ambassador for Record Store Day

RecordStoreDay.comChuck D has been named the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2014,  organizers have announced.  The next installment of the annual event -- which promotes independent record stores and highlights vinyl records -- will be held on April 19.

The Public Enemy leader discussed his appointment in a lengthy statement, in which he explains what his ambassadorship means.

"Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don't go 1 single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture," he says. "The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, have simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording."

Chuck adds that "the record store made musicians listen beyond themselves." He explained, "It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out."

The rap veteran concludes, "In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It's worth a great try, let's do this."

Chuck D takes over from last year's 2013 vinyl ambassador Jack White, former front many of rock band The White Stripes. Other predecessors in the role included rockers Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.

Record Store Day was launched in the U.S. seven years ago and features exclusive in-store performances and special releases. For more information, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Kelly Rowland Celebrates 33rd Birthday, Talks Wedding Plans

Universal MotownKelly Rowland celebrated her 33rd birthday with a visit to ABC's The View to discuss everything from her recent engagement to her fitness routines.

The "Motivation" singer revealed that her birthday plans will entail "good friends, good family, good food" and spoke openly about her wedding plans with fiance/manager Tim Witherspoon.

"I want it to be him and myself and God, and just a beautiful setting and just call it a day," said Kelly of the upcoming wedding. When asked about a specific date, she shared, "Not yet, we've both been so busy so we're just taking it one day at a time."

She then thanked her trainer Jeannette Jenkins for helping her maintain her toned physique. "Nutrition is key. I’m a fitness-enthusiast, I’m not a trainer, but I love, love to work out," said the singer, who recently covered Shape magazine.

The singer also spoke on the recent cancellation of The X-Factor. "I had such a ball," she says. "It's really sad to see it go, but we had a good time and found great talent this year."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Win "If These Walls Could Rock" Signed by Slash

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The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood is arguably the most famous rock and roll hotel in history -- so famous that its 50th anniversary merited the publishing of If These Walls Could Rock.

The nearly 200-page coffee table book is full of photos and behind-the-scenes stories of the kind of shenanigans the Marquis is known for -- mainly sex, drugs and rock and roll. There are photos of scores of the hotel's rocker guests from over the years, including The Clash, Blondie, The Runaways, The Ramones, Metallica, Iron Maiden, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many others.

One of the hotel's most loyal customers, Slash, appears on the cover of the book, and L.A. Magazine is giving away a copy signed by Slash himself. Contest rules are simple: go to L.A. Magazine's website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and fill out a contest form.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Rihanna & Beyonce Make AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" List

Image Courtesy Beyonce Via TumblrLast year, Rihanna ranked #3 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of the hottest females and bested Beyonce, who came in at #14.  But on a similar list of the "100 Most Desirable Women" just released by AskMen.com, Bey is positioned at #11 while a much younger Rihanna sits at #19. 

So how does the ranking work? AskMen publisher James Bassil explains, "The final Top 99 list is the product of both reader and staff votes."

Thanks to her recent comeback, Beyonce's position is a significant jump from her #32 spot on last year's list.  AskMen.com says: "In 2013, Beyoncé officially transcended pop stardom to become something akin to royalty...[she] convinced us for the umpteenth time of her general unattainable perfection. We’ve got to hand it to Jay Z -- we’d feel insufficient in her presence."

Meanwhile, Rihanna went from #4 to #19. AskMen.com says: "...The Barbadian superstar...has been named the sexiest woman alive by more than one men’s magazine. Also notable: she can twerk upside down (see the “Pour It Up” video for proof)."

The duo comprise two of the 10 music artists that make an appearance on the list, which includes Miley Cyrus at #99; Katy Perry at #90; Ariana Grande at #73; Taylor Swift at #30. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was placed at #1.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

2 Chainz Tapped for Sweetlife Fest 2014

Def JamThis spring 2 Chainz is scheduled to take stage at Sweetlife 2014, a music and food festival which will be held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, May 10.

The fifth annual event will feature a diverse line-up of performers including Foster the People, Lana del Rey, Fitz and The Tantrums, Capital Cities, Chromeo, St. Lucia, Bastille, Hozier, Bombay Bicycle Club, ASTR, GEMS, Spirit Animal and Nicky Blitz.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 14 via Ticketfly.com.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Grouplove Postpones European Tour

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European Grouplove fans are out of luck -- the band has had to scrap plans for upcoming shows until singer Hannah Hooper recuperates from a vocal issue.

The band posted issued the following statement on its website: "We are deeply sorry to announce that we will be postponing our upcoming shows in the UK and Europe. Hannah is under strict orders from the doctor that she cannot sing (or talk for that matter) for the next four weeks as she undergoes a procedure to repair an aggravated vocal chord." Band members also say they "promise to do everything we can to make it up and come back as soon as we possibly can (we're planning for May now)... we are deeply sorry for any additional inconvenience this causes you... and hold on to your tickets, they will still be valid."

Grouplove's documentary, I’m With You, will be available for purchase on iTunes and at Amazon.com starting February 25. The release features interviews with the band and performance footage shot during a week in New York City on their 2013 SeeSaw Tour.  If you buy the movie, you’ll also get a six-track EP featuring live versions of “Colours,” “Schoolboy,” “I'm With You,” “Raspberry,” “Ways to Go,” and “Gold Coast,” all recorded during the SeeSaw Tour. 

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Tuesday
Feb112014

The Cadillac Three Recruits Famous Friends for Debut Single, "The South"

Big Machine Label GroupNew group The Cadillac Three recruited some heavy-hitters to perform on their debut single, "The South." Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli of Eli Young Band all make cameos on the track, which was inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

Lead singer Jaren Johnston says, "I remembered the first time I heard 'Sweet Home Alabama,' and I was just mesmerized with it. I thought we needed something that would resonate with people the way 'Sweet Home Alabama' did for me as a kid."

Fans got a glimpse of The Cadillac Three on a recent episode of ABC's Nashville when the band auditioned for the show's resident country diva, Rayna Jaymes. The Cadillac Three heads to Europe to open for Eric Church this spring.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Taylor Swift & Katy Perry Pay Tribute to Shirley Temple

Fox Photos / Getty ImagesShirley Temple, the iconic child film star of the 1930s who went on to become a U.S. ambassador and a crusader against breast cancer, died Monday at the age of 85.  And even though it may seem that some of today's younger stars shouldn't even know who Temple was, her work was so legendary that they do --- and they took to Twitter to pay tribute.

Taylor Swift, prepping for the final show of her RED tour in England, tweeted, "Sitting backstage at the O2 in London, thinking about what an impressive and extraordinary life Shirley Temple led. Thanks for the memories."  She followed that up by tweeting an Instagram photo, which shows the following words, attributed to Shirley Temple, written on a memo pad: "There's nothing like real love. Nothing."

Katy Perry also saluted the woman who sang "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers In My Soup," writing, "You were the original cherry on top Shirley Temple! Rest In Peace!"

And Jordin Sparks tweeted, "I will always remember this song making me laugh: 'Animal crackers in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop the loop...' RIP Shirley Temple <3."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Report: David Cassidy's Wife Filing for Divorce After 23 Years of Marriage

Bobby Bank/WireImageIt's been a tough year so far for David Cassidy.  About a month after the former Partridge Family star was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Los Angeles, word comes that his wife of 23 years, Sue, is filing for divorce.

TMZ reports that Sue Cassidy was planning to file papers to end her marriage to the 1970s pop heartthrob on Tuesday.  She told TMZ that the divorce "has been looming for some time," while adding, "I am truly heartbroken that our marriage is ending."

David, who currently is undergoing treatment in a rehab facility, was arrested for DUI two other times over the past five years.  According to a recent TMZ report, the 63-year-old pop singer could serve as much as one year behind bars for his latest offense.

Sue Cassidy tells TMZ, "I'm glad David is getting the help he needs and I am confident he will come back better and stronger than ever."

Meanwhile, David has responded to his wife's comments by issuing his own statement to E! News.  "It is very sad that Sue chose to take this approach," he says in the message.  "I have tried to resolve this amicably outside of the public eye.  I have reached out to her with no response over the last 3 months.  It's a sad day for me and for our son Beau."

David and Sue had been together for 28 years, and their 23-year-old son, Beau, is their only child together.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge Up for ACM New Artist of the Year

ACMCongratulations to ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge. They won the preliminary fan vote at GACTV.com and now will compete for the top prize. Fan voting in the final round starts March 24 at VoteACM.com. The award will be handed out live on the ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 on CBS.

All three New Artist nominees will be featured in a new GAC special premiering March 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Omarion Announces New Album, "Sex Playlist"

1Omarion.comOmarion is preparing a seductive new album called Sex Playlist, which will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The R&B crooner announced the news via his new website TheSexPlaylist.com and released a black-and-white trailer featuring a snippet of the title track.

"This is what you've been missing & you didn't even know it," Omarion tweeted and added the hashtag "#sexplaylist."

The upcoming project will be his fourth solo album and his first since signing to Maybach Music Group. The disc is the follow-up to 2013's EP Care Package 2.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Future Confirmed for 2014 South by Southwest Festival

FutureFreeBandz.comFuture has been announced as one of the newly added performers scheduled for this year's South by Southwest Festival, which takes place in Austin, TX next month.

According to RollingStone, the rapper is expected to showcase several new tracks -- including his single "Move That Dope," lifted  from his forthcoming album, Honest.

Future will also be joined by newly added acts including TDE's ScHoolboy Q , Madlib, Ab-Soul, Dam-FunkTech N9ne and Chance the Rapper.

The 2014 South by Southwest music festival is scheduled to run March 11-16.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Dolly Parton's Reveals US Release Date for New Studio Album, "Blue Smoke"

Dolly's RecordsDolly Parton has announced the official U.S. release date for her new studio album, Blue Smoke.  The 12-song collection will arrive in stores on May 13, a little over a week before the country legend kicks off a series of U.S. dates in support of the record.

"On this CD I think there are all of the colors of my life in all the areas of music that you've allowed me to dabble in through the years," says Parton in a statement.  "You will hear my old world mountain voice on songs like 'Banks of the Ohio' and 'If I Had Wings,' my tender side on songs like 'Miss You -- Miss Me' and 'Unlikely Angel,' my country/bluegrass side of songs like 'Home,' 'Blue Smoke' and 'Don't Think Twice' and my funny tongue-in-cheek side on 'Lover du Jour.'" 

Blue Smoke was first released in Australia late last month, in conjunction with a Down Under trek that gets under way tonight, February 11, in Melbourne.  The album is Dolly's first release on her new record label, Sony Masterworks, as part of a joint venture with her own Dolly Records.

Parton's U.S. tour is scheduled to run from a May 22 show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through a May 31 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  She'll follow those dates with a June-July European outing.

Here are all of Dolly's U.S. shows:

5/22 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts (St. Mark's Evening Among Friends)
5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee (Benefiting Dolly's Imagination Library)
5/30 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Mot├Ârhead, Twisted Sister, Skid Row to Perform at 2014 Rocklahoma Festival

Rocklahoma.comMotörhead, Twisted Sister, Kid Rock and Skid Row are just a few of the hard-rocking acts taking part in this year's Rocklahoma Festival.

Billed as "America's biggest Memorial Day weekend party," the 2014 edition of the annual fest is scheduled to take place May 23-25 in Pryor, Oklahoma.  Other artists in this year's bill include Staind, Deftones, Black Label Society, Cinderella frontman Tom Kiefer, Kix, Seether, Jackyl, and Five Finger Death Punch, among many others.

General admission and VIP packages go on sale Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. CT at Rocklahoma.com.  Check out the festival's website now for for special pre-sale ticket opportunities and to see the complete lineup.

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