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Monday
Jun172013

Papa Roach’s Tony Palermo Feels “Privileged” to Perform at Download Festival; Reveals Timetable for Next Album

Facebook.com/PapaRoachPapa Roach was among the acts that rocked the crowd at the Download Festival in the U.K. over the weekend. Drummer Tony Palermo says that he’s always excited to perform at the annual event, especially because he’s been a fan of the fest since he was a kid.

“For me personally, Download has always been that festival that all of my favorite metal bands used to play at,” he tells ABC News Radio. “But for us as a band, I mean, it’s just one of the biggest festivals that you can play and be part of and we’re so privileged to be asked to come back here all the time.”

Palermo adds that he’s looking forward to getting back into the studio with Papa Roach once their tour is finished so they can begin working on their next album. “I think we’re gonna finish out...with the Euro run and then take, like, a month off,” he explains. “Then [we’ll] reconvene in the studio and start writing and recording hopefully by March, April of next year.”

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Monday
Jun172013

Little Big Town Reacts to Daytime Emmy Win, Announces Wednesday Performance on "The View"

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town can't believe they now have an Emmy Award to display next to their Grammy, CMA and ACM trophies. The group won the Outstanding Original Song category at Sunday night's Daytime Emmy Awards for "Good Afternoon America," the theme song to ABC's Good Afternoon America.

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild says, "We are freaking out right now. Winning a Daytime Emmy award is something that we could have never imagined and we are incredibly excited and honored!"

Little Big Town returns to daytime TV Wednesday on ABC's The View, where they'll perform their latest single, "Your Side of the Bed." The group's Kimberly Schlapman will also show off food she's created herself in The View's "Ladies Who Lunch" segment that day. Kimberly hosts her own cooking show, Kimberly's Simply Southern, on GAC.

 

Monday
Jun172013

Kenny Chesney Doesn't Let the Rain Dampen Spirits at His Kansas City Show

Sony/Blue Chair RecordsKenny Chesney didn't let a little bad weather keep him from partying with more than 50,000 fans Saturday night in Kansas City, MO. Despite a torrential downpour that delayed the show's start time by 30 minutes, Kenny went on with the concert at Arrowhead Stadium.

He says, "Obviously, we never want anyone to be in danger, but we know lots of people plan trips to come together for one of these shows -- and you hate for them to lose their travel, their hotels."

Kenny admits he didn't want to miss out on playing for the Kansas City crowd, either.  "The fans at Arrowhead Stadium are some of the loudest we play to every year!" Kenny explains.

Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour heads to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field this coming weekend.

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Monday
Jun172013

Andrew WK to Attempt to Break Guinness World Record for “Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store"

AndrewWK.comLast year, The Flaming Lips set a Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour span during MTV’s O Music Awards. This year, the event’s producers have tapped Andrew WK to take on a new challenge. The singer will play the drums for 24-hours straight at Oakley's flagship retail store in New York City’s Times Square with the goal to set the Guinness World Record for “Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store."

"Despite my apparent confidence, inside I am actually a very small, trembling shell of a person, who is not only intimidated, but completely mortified and horrified by the ramifications of this challenge," said the singer in a statement on his website. "Just drumming for an hour -- just drumming for 24 seconds -- can be quite intense. I think it will push me to the very lengths of my strengths."

The notoriously hard-partying singer adds that a number of surprise guests will drop by during his time behind the drum kit, including ?uestlove from The Roots.

The MTV O Music Awards -- and Andrew’s drumming challenge -- will stream live at OMusicAwards.com starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Jun172013

Chris Brown Unites Street Gangs; Dances with Aaliyah

Facebook.com/ChrisBrownChris Brown has made some missteps over the years, getting in fights and reportedly using homophobic slurs.  But Chris is putting all that behind him, launching his Unity campaign, which includes a just-released music video for his song "Don't Think They Know" featuring Aaliyah.

The clip opens with a startling statistic, "Every two hours in America today a child dies of a gunshot wound."  Then there's a message from Chris, "Unity is what we are afraid of so fear is insanity, [let's] love each other."  He signs it, "not CB, just Christopher."

Chris is on a peacemaking mission in the video.  The visual is mostly shot in black-and-white, but a few things -- including the old-school red drop-top that he's riding in with his friends -- appear in color.  The guys are surprised when Chris abruptly tells them to stop the car, then hits the sidewalk in his red Chuck Taylor sneakers.  Moments later, Chris is joined by a crew of guys, all dressed in touches of red -- perhaps a reference to Blood street gangs in Los Angeles.

There's a reference to the Crips, as well, with Chris walking alongside a group dressed in blue.  Eventually, Chris is surrounded by a huge group of kids, all dressed in different colors, but having fun together.

"Don't Think They Know" features previously unreleased vocals from Aaliyah.  Between scenes, Chris dances, flanked by the late singer's image, which is projected against a wall.  The Aaliyah-assisted single will be included on Chris' upcoming album X, which is due out July 16.

In a note at the end of his video, Chris writes, "Dear Aaliyah, We love and miss you, thank you for inspiring us all."

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Monday
Jun172013

Ed Sheeran Denies Selena Gomez Collaboration

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCLast week, Ed Sheeran was spotted leaving Selena Gomez's home with his guitar.  This, of course, led many people to assume that the two were cooking up some kind of musical collaboration, and some media outlets even reported it as fact.  Well, sad to say, it's not true at all, and that's according to Ed himself.

Speaking to Fuse ahead of the MuchMusic Awards in Toronto on Sunday night, Ed said he and Selena weren't making beautiful music together, literally or figuratively.  "I literally went to a house party at her house," Ed explained. "And I had my guitar 'cause I'd come from the airport.  So yeah, that rumor isn't true."

Ed also confirmed that he and Selena's BFF, Taylor Swift, recorded a second duet -- in addition to "Everything Has Changed" -- but he says he doesn't know when the track will be released.  "It's on my laptop," he says. "I guess if you robbed me, you could hear it tomorrow, but please don't rob me!"

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Monday
Jun172013

Want to Buy Elton John's "Honky Château"?

EltonJohn.comThinking about new digs?  The French château where Elton John recorded his classic 1972 album Honky Château can now be yours. 

According to the European news service AFP, the 18th century Château d'Hérouville, located about 20 miles outside of Paris, has been put up for sale for the bargain price of $1.73 million.  That'll get you 30 rooms, a 42,000-acre park, a pool and a tennis court.

French composer Michel Magne built a famous recording studio in the château in 1969, and many top artists recorded there, including Elton, who dubbed it the "Honky Château" and also traveled to there to record his albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player.

In addition, the Bee Gees recorded "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love" at the château, and Fleetwood Mac made their 1982 album Mirage there as well.  Other artists who recorded at the château until it closed in 1985 include David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens and Bad Company.

Elton's Honky Château produced the hits "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" and "Honky Cat," as well as the fan favorite "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters."

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Monday
Jun172013

Alice in Chains-Themed Pinball Game App on Sale Now for Apple Devices

Photo: Johnny BuzzerioA new Alice in Chains-themed app that's sure to excite gamers is now available for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks serves up plenty of crazy virtual flipper action backed by a soundtrack that features a number of the band's classic hits.  It also includes a bonus game that unlocks the single "Hollow" from their latest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereThe game boasts a variety of high-definition graphics and camera angles, including a 3-D perspective.

Players also can enjoy various Alice in Chains-related elements that have been incorporated into the game, such as the three-legged dog from the cover of the group's 1995 self-titled album.

Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks can be purchased for $2.99 at the iTunes store.

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Monday
Jun172013

Joni Mitchell Takes Part in Q&A Interview Event at Toronto Arts Festival; Will Perform at Tribute Shows

Photo: James O'MaraJoni Mitchell was at Toronto's Luminato Festival on Sunday to particpate in a rare and in-depth Q&A session, one of several scheduled events focusing on the influential folk/pop/jazz artist at the creative-arts fest.  The acclaimed singer/songwriter spoke with New York Times music critic Jon Pareles about a variety of topics, including her childhood struggle with polio and other illnesses, her musical and artistic influences and inspirations, her unique approach to writing and playing music, her painting and much more.

Among the interesting revelations Joni shared during the hour-and-a-half chat was that she once pulled the plug on a proposed film project about her by telling the director that the movie would be "a piece of s**t" because he didn't know enough specifics about her life.  A video of the entire interview can be viewed at the Luminato Festival's official YouTube channel.

The festival also is hosting a pair of tribute concerts for Mitchell in honor of her upcoming 70th birthday this November 7.  The shows, titled Joni: A Portrait in Song, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday night at Toronto's famed Massey Hall.  Mitchell herself will recite a poem she wrote recently that was inspired by early 20th century Canadian painter Emily Carr, with accompaniment from jazz drummer Brian Blade and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.  Other musicians scheduled to perform at the concerts include Herbie Hancock, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and Esperanza Spalding.

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Monday
Jun172013

Hall & Oates to Take Part in Life Is Good Festival in September

Photo: Mick RockDaryl Hall & John Oates are among the artists who will perform at the fourth annual Life Is Good Festival, scheduled for September 21 and 22 at Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts.  The pop-soul duo will hit the stage during the first day of the event, which expects to raise more than $1 million for the Life Is Good Kids Foundation, a nonprofit charity that aids in-need youth and supports a training program for childcare professionals.

Other artists on the lineup for the festival's 2013 edition include Jack Johnson, popular children's performance group Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Roots, Amos Lee, Dawes and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  In addition to the variety of musical performances, the family-friendly event also will feature activities and games geared toward young people.

Tickets for the extravaganza can be purchased now at LifeIsGood.com/Festival.  Adult prices are $65 for one day and $120 for a two-day pass, while children pay $20 for one day and $35 for a two-day pass.  Kids under age 2 are admitted for free.

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Monday
Jun172013

Black Sabbath Sets Chart Record in Scoring First #1 Album in UK Since 1970

Vertigo/Republic RecordsBlack Sabbath's 13 is #1 -- on the U.K. album charts, that is.  The legendary heavy-metal band's first full-length studio effort to feature founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die debuts at the top of the country's Official Albums Chart according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company.

The milestone comes 42 years and eight months after Sabbath last reached #1 on the U.K. albums tally -- with their second release, 1970's Paranoid.  This sets a U.K. record for the most years between chart-topping studio releases.  The previous record for the longest period between #1 studio albums was 38 years, set by Bob Dylan, whose 2009 release Together Through Life was his first #1 on the Official Albums Chart since 1970's New Morning.

Sabbath also eclipses Rod Stewart's recently set record for the British artist with the most years between chart-topping studio releases in the United Kingdom.  The singer's latest album, Time, bowed at #1 just last month -- 37 years after he scored his previous chart-topping original album, 1976's A Night on the Town.

"I'm in shock!" Osbourne tells OfficialCharts.com about 13's landmark achievement.  "The success of this album has blown me off my feet.  We've never had a record climb the charts so fast!"

Regarding surpassing Stewart's record, Ozzy adds, "It's great, but Rod's the same as us, we've got something other people haven't got.  It's all manufactured bulls**t these days.  But the likes of Rod, and Elton John and us have got something different.  We know our craft."

Black Sabbath's 13 also is expected to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.  HITS Daily Double estimates that 13 will move somewhere around 120,000 to 130,000 copies.  The band's highest-charting album in the U.S. was 1971's Masters of Reality, which peaked at #8.  The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday.

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Monday
Jun172013

Has Mariah Carey's Album Title Been Revealed?

Facebook.com/MariahCareyMariah Carey's album titles used to be one word, but in recent years, they've been getting more complex, such as The Emancipation of Mimi and Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. And it appears that the title of her forthcoming album, due July 23, may continue that trend.

A listing for the album on Walmart.com has the title as The Art of Letting Go, but this has not yet been confirmed by Mariah or her record company.  However, on Instagram, Mariah provided a photo caption which seems to refer to that title.

Next to a shot of herself in the pool, she wrote, "A much needed splash after hours pon de mic singing for my #beautiful #lambily! Melancholic moment letting go of something this personal to me, yet I couldn't be more excited to give three years of my soul to the fans."

Mariah's reportedly been vacationing in Capri, Italy, lately, where she's been putting the finishing touches on the new project.

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Monday
Jun172013

Mumford & Sons Bassist Ted Dwane Thanks Fans for Support Following Emergency Surgery

MumfordAndSons.comMumford & SonsTed Dwane is grateful for the support he’s received from fans following his recent emergency surgery to a remove a blood clot from his brain. On Monday, the bassist posted a note to thank fans for their get-well wishes, along with a photo of himself with a shaven head from the operation.

“Bear with a sore head!,” he writes on the group’s blog. “Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working! I’m home.”

Mumford & Sons recently cancelled the reminder of the dates for their North American Summer Stampede Tour so Dwane can recuperate from his surgery. The group’s next scheduled performance is June 30 in the U.K. at Worthy Farm in Pilton.

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Monday
Jun172013

Dierks Bentley Hosting Live Chat Monday from "Bourbon in Kentucky" Video Shoot

Greenroom PRDierks Bentley will host a live chat with his fans Monday from the set of his new video, "Bourbon in Kentucky." The shoot is taking place in Nashville, and you can take part in the chat starting at 7 p.m. ET at Dierks.com/Stream.

"Bourbon in Kentucky" is the lead single from Dierks' new album, Riser, due out this fall. The song features Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

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Monday
Jun172013

Estelle's "Love & Happiness" EP Series On the Way

Facebook.com/EstelleEstelle has apparently been busy in the studio, and in addition to her latest song "Call These Boys," she has a special project on the way.  It's a new three-part EP series titled Love & Happiness.

Each installment is named for a romantic classic.  For instance, volume 1 is titled Love Jones, and it's available for free download from Estelle's website, starting now.  Volume 2 is Waiting to Exhale, and volume 3 is How Stella Got Her Groove Back.  Both of those are coming soon.

The Love & Happiness series is presented by Estelle and the makers of Rosa Regale red, sparkling wine.  Last year, the company also backed Estelle's special mini-tour of select cities.

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Monday
Jun172013

Zedd Says the Music He Did for Lady Gaga's New Album Is "Pretty F***ing Cool"

Facebook.com/ZeddZedd has a massive hit on his hands with "Clarity," which you've heard performed on The Voice and on Glee in the last month.  But the German producer and DJ has also been busy with another project: producing Lady Gaga's upcoming album ARTPOP.

Zedd tells Rolling Stone that he and Gaga have completed five or six tracks together, all of which may or may not end up on ARTPOP, but he says, "I'm really, really excited for people to hear what we came up with."

"I just really can't imagine they would not like it, to just say it straight up.  I think the stuff we've made is pretty f**king cool," he adds.

Zedd, who's on the same label as Gaga, first met her in 2011, and it was then that she suggested, "Let's make music."  Last year, he opened for her on tour, and that's when they started working on new material together.  "Her first idea of how we should approach the music was just to be completely open -- nothing is too crazy. Whatever is dope is dope," he says, describing the way Gaga works.  "We do whatever we want."

An example of this, Zedd says, is "one song that started from her just giving me, like, 10 words to describe an emotion, and then I had to make this into music."  He adds, "It's been a very experimental way of approaching music."

ARTPOP is expected to be released later this year.

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Monday
Jun172013

U2, Bruce Springsteen Add Acoustic Performance Videos to Anti-Poverty Initiative

Interscope RecordsAs part of his One campaign's agit8 anti-poverty initiative, U2 frontman Bono posted a clip of the band delivering an acoustic performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on YouTube.  In an accompanying video interview, Bono also tells the story of how as a child songs by John Lennon, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan taught him the importance of how music could inspire social change.

Also adding a video to the agit8 campaign on Friday was Bruce Springsteen who offers a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land."  The collected videos can be seen on One's YouTube channel.

As previously reported, agit8 is a music-based campaign designed to help to create awareness about issues related to extreme poverty.  A variety of musicians including Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Donovan, Kid Rock and The Beach Boys' Al Jardine have contributed videos of themselves either covering protest songs or performing their own topical tunes as part of the initiative which is timed to correspond with the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

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Monday
Jun172013

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Says He's Ready to Make Follow-Up to "…Like Clockwork"

Facebook.com/QOTSARiding high from the success of Queens the Stone Age’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, …Like Clockwork, frontman Josh Homme says he’s ready to head back into the studio.

"I think we should make a record right away -- but I think we'll know when that is," he tells Billboard. The singer adds that while he has a plan in mind for the group’s next album, he’d prefer to keep the details secret. "The future is always out there,” he notes.  “Isn't that the minimum obligation of a band, to try to enthrall and surprise and, with as much mystery as possible, appear to its fans.”

Homme says that he’s thrilled with the way …Like Clockwork turned out, and that the band grew closer during the recording process. "[…Like Clockwork is] the tightest, bond-wise across the board, we've ever been,” he explains. “Everyone trusts each other. Everybody has each other's backs, and I think that solidarity really helped to sort of stabilize the sort of more vulnerable moments of the record."

QOTSA is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to North America for an appearance at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL, on August 2.

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Monday
Jun172013

Taylor Swift Says Her Perfumes Have Moved from "Fantasy" to "Reality"

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift has created three perfumes for women: Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted, and her brand-new scent, Taylor by Taylor Swift.  Why hasn't she done one for guys?  Maybe it's because how men smell isn't something she's really focused on.

Asked by People magazine whether she prefers guys who wear cologne, or guys who just go au naturel, Taylor replied, "I’d just prefer them to be good people. I’ll start with that.”

As for her new perfume, Taylor says it represents a break from the "day-dreamy, romantic kind-of departure, in a kind of a dream land" feel of Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted.  Instead, she says, Taylor by Taylor Swift is a bracing dose of the real world.

"There’s been sort of a progression between fantasy and reality," explains Taylor, "I think this perfume just really follows that progression. It would take place in my day-to-day life if that makes sense...it’s sort of who I am and embodies my personality and my style."

Taylor feels the same way about her current RED tour -- she recently explained that she rejected the fairytale themes of her last tour for more edgy, modern costumes and sets that feel like they're actually happening in a city, in the present day, rather than in some kind of enchanted castle.

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Monday
Jun172013

Alicia Keys on a Music Career for Her Son: "If It Makes Him Light Up, Hell Yeah!" 

James Devaney/WireImage)Alicia Keys was just four when she appeared on The Cosby Show, and when she was around 14, she linked up with her longtime manager Jeff Robinson.  But when Alicia thinks of her two-year-old son, Egypt, going into the music business in about a decade, it kind of freaks her out.

She jokingly shrieked at the idea when it was suggested by a reporter for the U.K.'s London Evening Standard, but then admitted that it probably wouldn't be fair if she didn't support Egypt, should he decide to make music his career.  But would she actually encourage it?  That's a tough question for Alicia, who says, "Jesus... Well, he has crazy rhythm. So, yeah, man.  But he has to do what makes him happy.  And if it makes him light up, hell yeah, I want him to do it."

Not only that, but Alicia says she and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, wouldn't be above using their music industry connections to smooth the path to stardom for little Egypt. "If my husband and I can fast-track him past the bulls**t a little bit, that would be cool," she told the Evening Standard.

Egypt is well on his way to a music career: he's already made his recording debut.  The toddler shares a few words -- "Mommy," "I love you" and "bye-bye" -- on Alicia's track "When It's All Over," from her current album Girl on Fire.

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