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Tuesday
Sep102013

Justin Bieber Thrills NYC Fans; New Music Coming Soon

Image COurtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramThese days, it seems as though every time you hear the words "Justin Bieber," they're followed by reports of alleged bad behavior.  So it's refreshing to hear that the singer did something last night which absolutely nobody can criticize him for -- he took the time out to meet and greet fans after having dinner.

E! Online reports that Justin turned up at a New York City restaurant called Serafina Wednesday night for a late dinner -- 11 p.m. as a matter of fact -- with four friends and five bodyguards.  As Justin and his party enjoyed plates of pasta, a crowd of about 30 female fans gathered outside the restaurant -- apparently, they'd followed Justin from his hotel.  But when the singer emerged at 12:30 a.m., he didn't zoom away and leave them sobbing...he went out of his way to make their nights.

E! reports that when the girls swarmed his SUV, Justin rolled down his window and started signing autographs and chatting to the fans.  A patron at the restaurant tells E!, "It was so nice of him and the girls were just going crazy, screaming and crying.  Even one of the mothers who was there with her daughter couldn't get over it.  We heard her say, ‘My God, this is a miracle, we waited six hours for this.'"

Eventually, Justin's car was forced to move because a truck needed to get by, and he drove away, leaving many happy fans in his wake.

Meanwhile, the singer's fans are about to get even happier, because his manager Scooter Braun has revealed on Twitter that Justin will release new music in October.  Scooter also says Justin's new documentary, Believe, will be out in December, providing that the director, John M. Chu, finishes it in time.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Rod Stewart Accidentally Stands Up Prince Charles at Charity Event

Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesTalk about being late for a very important date: Rod Stewart and his wife were left red-faced when they got caught in traffic and stood up Prince Charles at a charity event on Tuesday.

According to the British paper The Telegraph, Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster were supposed to join Prince Charles at the opening of a store in London that's sponsored by his charity, the Prince's Trust.  The shop sells jewelry, clothing, shoes and decorative objects designed by young people who've been helped by the charity.  But the couple were delayed by London traffic and showed up 10 minutes later, after the prince had already declared the store open.

Apparently, protocol dictates that members of the Royal Family must arrive last at a public engagement, so the Stewarts committed a big faux pas.  Rod later told reporters, "I wish I had my own police escort [like Charles]; I would always be on time."

Still, no harm done -- the singer and Prince Charles were soon laughing and joking, with Charles asking Rod how his voice was, and Stewart replying that it was "improving with age."  "Like a lot of things," added Penny.  Apparently, she committed yet another faux pas by wearing heels to the event that caused her to tower over Prince Charles.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Elton John's New Album, "The Diving Board," Streaming for Free at Amazon.com

Capitol Records/Universal MusicElton John fans anxious to hear the pop-rock legend's latest album, The Diving Board, won't have to wait until its September 24 release date.  Amazon.com currently is offering a free preview of the entire 15-track collection.

The Diving Board, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, features 12 new songs co-written by John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three "piano interludes" composed by Elton.  The album boasts a stripped-down sound reminiscent of some of John's earliest releases.

The record is being sold in various formats, including Standard, Deluxe and Super-Deluxe editions, as well as on 180-gram vinyl.  Amazon.com will continue to stream The Diving Board until September 24.

In other news, John's set this past weekend at the Bestival 2013 event on the U.K.'s Isle of Wight is being sold as a limited-edition CD set exclusively at ConcertLive.co.uk.  The album features two hours' worth of performances from Elton, and buyers also will be to access a free download of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's encore from the show.  A deluxe bundle also is available packaging the Bestival CD set with a digital download of The Diving Board.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Metallica Previews Two Clips from Upcoming 3D Film, "Metallica Through the Never"

ThroughTheNeverMovie.comMetallica is giving us a sneak peak at its upcoming 3D film, Metallica Through the Never.  The band has just posted two short clips from the flick, which is set to arrive at IMAX theaters across North America for a full week starting September 27.

The first clip features actor Dane DeHaan, who portrays a member of Metallica's stage crew in the movie, wandering into a fight between an angry mob and the police.  The two-minute video also includes a snippet of "Wherever I May Roam," along with footage of the band performing the song live in concert.

The second clip shows DeHaan fighting against the mob, throwing a brick at one of its members before running away.  That video includes a snippet of "Cyanide" and also features footage of Metallica playing the song live.

After Metallica Through the Never has its run in the IMAX theaters, it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4.  The film's soundtrack, Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), will arrive at the usual outlets on September 24.  A vinyl edition of the full soundtrack, as well as some limited-edition singles, will be available in the fall.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

K. Michelle Bashes Tamar Braxton on Twitter: "You Run & Hide Behind Vince's Man Boobs!"

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Its no secret K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton are not the best of friends. The pair have traded barbs on Twitter for the past few months over everything from wearing similar blonde wigs to threatening lawsuits for defamatory comments.

Recently, Tamar slammed K. Michelle during an interview and eluded to low album sales as the thing that differentiates them. Upon learning the news, the Memphis singer fired back in an barrage of online criticism of the We TV reality star. 

K. Michelle said she assumed the beef was squashed since posting her support for Tamar's latest album.  "I'm really just trying to stay positive and live my life. I bought the album 2supprt her and everything. I don't get it. But I'm the bully?" tweeted K. Michelle.

The singer also took a shot at Tamar's husband and co-star of her reality show, Vince Herbert.  "You keep throwing rocks at me and then u run and hide behind Vince's man boobs!" she wrote "U not above getting checked shady boots! Don't worry about my album sales, worry about finding ur original face! My sales are REAL, nothing political ALL HARD WORK."

K. Michelle went on to add, "Humble yourself! You bout SEVERAL of those albums. I sold over a 100,000 albums 2, just 4 days after u. SHE is not winning like SHE thinks," adding, "Now stop coming for me. There's enough room for everybody! Just shut up and sing! Leave me alone! Damn."

Tamar has yet to respond.  She's promoting her sophomore album, Love and War, currently in stores and projected to sell between 105,000 to 110,000 copies in its first week.  Tamar also posted to Instagram another glimpse of an image from her cover story in the October issue of Ebony magazine, which will be on newsstands September 17.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Earl Sweatshirt Announces Dates for North American Tour

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Following the release of his major label debut, Doris, Earl Sweatshirt has announced the dates for his first headlining solo tour in North America. The rapper, who is coming off a European trek with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, is scheduled to kick off the outing in San Francisco on September 15.

Alongside Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Vince Staples, the rapper will travel through Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and New York City in addition to performing at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, before wrapping up in Los Angeles on November 9.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale on this Friday via Odd Future's official website.

Here are the tour Dates:

9/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Rock the Bells
9/28 -- Washington, D.C., Rock the Bells
10/04 -- New York, NY, Rock the Bells
10/06 -- Boston, MA, The Sinclair
10/07 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
10/08 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA
10/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Smalls Theatre
10/12 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Blind Pig
10/14 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
10/22 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
10/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Club Red
10/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful Festival  
10/27 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Catalyst
10/29 -- Eugene, OR, Wow Hall
10/30 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune
10/31 -- Vancouver, Canada, Vogue
11/09 -- Los Angeles, CA, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Grouplove to Celebrate "Spreading Rumours" with Art Installation, TV Appearance & College Tour

Atlantic RecordsGrouplove’s sophomore album, Spreading Rumours, arrives next Tuesday, and the band has a few things on their calendar to celebrate its release.

The festivities kick off with a three-day art installation of singer/keyboardist Hannah Hooper’s original paintings and other artwork, which will be on display at Monkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, September 17-19.  A limited-edition poster will be available at the event, with the proceeds benefiting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.  The last day of the installation, the band will perform tracks from Spreading Rumours on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Shortly after their TV appearance, Grouplove will be invading a number of college campuses as part of the 2013 Campus Consciousness Tour, which was created to help raise awareness about environmental and social issues.  That outing kicks off on October 24 at Kent State University in Kent, OH, with The Knocks and Saints of Valory supporting the band on all the newly announced dates.

For more information on the Campus Consciousness Tour, visit CampusConsciousness.org. Here are the dates:

10/24 -- Kent, OH, Kent State University                                    
10/25 -- Clinton, NY, Hamilton College                                           
10/26 -- Fredericksburg, VA, University of Mary Washington                  
10/29 -- Rochester, NY, Monroe Community College                       
10/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State University                                    
11/6 -- Worchester, MA, Clark University
11/8 -- Washington, D.C., American University
11/9 -- Ewing, NJ, College of New Jersey                                  
11/15 -- Somerville, MA, Tufts University                                              
11/16 -- Waterville, ME, Colby College

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Azealia Banks Releases Track List for "Broke with Expensive Taste"

Facebook.com/AzealiaBanksMusicThe release of Azealia Banks' debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, is still a few months away, but the rapper is giving fans a better idea of what to expect by unveiling the track list for the project.

The Harlem rapper posted an image of a handwritten note to her Instagram account listing the album's 16 tracks, which include contributions from Pharrell Williams, Theophilus London, Toko Yasuda, and Kevin Hussein.

"I was totally bluffing when 212 blew up. I literally had NO other material and didn’t know if I even knew how to make a body of work," tweeted Azealia.  "I did it! This is such a feat! creating a body of work has been my secret battle with myself since 17."

She adds, "More than being liked and loved by others, my biggest goal with my music career is to prove to MYSELF that I can stay dedicated."

Broke with Expensive Taste is slated to arrive early next year, with a new single expected soon.

Here's the track list for Broke with Expensive Taste:

“Idle Delilah”
“Gimme a Chance” feat. Toko Yasuda (2014)
“Lux N’ Plush”
“JFK” feat. Theophilus London
“212″
“Wallace”
“Heavy Metal and Reflective”
“BBD”
“Ice Princess”
“Yung Rapunxel”
“Soda”
“In Town” feat. Kevin Hussein
“Luxury”
“Miss Amor”
“ATM Jam” feat. Pharrell

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Beastie Boys Get Mixed Ruling in Copyright Lawsuit

Phil AndelmanIt was a mixed ruling for the Beastie Boys in court on Tuesday as a federal judge allowed two of six copyright infringement claims against the Beasties to move forward, while dismissing four others.

The suit involves six samples of songs by '80s go-go band Trouble Funk used on various tracks on the Beasties' 1986 long-playing debut License to Ill and their 1989 classic Paul's Boutique.  Lawyers for the Beasties had been seeking to have all the claims by TufAmerica, which holds the copyright on the Trouble Funk material, dismissed.

But a federal district court judge in New York found enough merit in two of the claims to allow those to proceed.  The two in question involve the Beastie's sample of the title phrase of Trouble Funk's "Say What" in their track "Shadrack" and the Beastie's use of a three-second "distinctive orchestral sequence" from Trouble Funk's "Let's Get Small" in the Beastie's track "Hold It Now Hit It."   TufAmerica's suit over those samples can now move forward.

In the other instances, the court concluded that the given Trouble Funk samples were not of sufficient quantitative or qualitative significance to the original song to "plausibly give rise to an entitlement to relief" for copyright infringement.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Little Big Town Riding "Tornado" Success to the Next Level

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town racked up multiple CMA Awards nominations Tuesday morning, including an Album of the Year nod for Tornado. That platinum-selling project has propelled the group's career to a whole new level, thanks to the #1 hits "Pontoon" and "Tornado."   Little Big Town could be riding that success to a big arena tour of their own next year.

“We’ve felt a shift in our lives and in a way the career is moving,” the group's Phillip Sweet tells Vindy.com. "We’ve definitely always wanted to be that band that headlines the big venues in the world, and I feel like we’re heading that way.”

Little Big Town is on the road with Keith Urban's Light the Fuse trek through early next year. They've got a show in Cleveland, OH Thursday night.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Elton John's New Album "The Diving Board" Now Streaming for Free at Amazon.com

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John fans anxious to hear the pop-rock legend's latest album, The Diving Board, won't have to wait until its September 24 release date.  Amazon.com currently is offering a free preview of the entire 15-track collection.

The Diving Board, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, features 12 new songs co-written by Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three "piano interludes" composed by Elton.  The album boasts a stripped-down sound reminiscent of some of Elton's earliest releases.

The record is being sold in various formats, including Standard, Deluxe and Super-Deluxe editions, as well as on 180-gram vinyl.  Amazon.com will continue to stream The Diving Board until September 24.

In other news, Elton's set this past weekend at the Bestival 2013 event on the U.K.'s Isle of Wight is being sold as a limited-edition CD set exclusively at ConcertLive.co.uk.  The album features two hours' worth of performances from Elton, and buyers also will be to access a free download of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's encore from the show.  A deluxe bundle also is available packaging the Bestival CD set with a digital download of The Diving Board.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Beyonce Shares Pictures from Lavish European Vacation 

Beyonce.comWhat does a couple, worth an estimated one billion dollars, do on vacation? Well, if you're Beyonce and Jay-Z, you travel the Mediterranean in a luxurious private yacht, making stops in the most desirable locations from Spain to Italy.

Shortly after returning from their European holiday, the singer posted various pictures on her Tumblr page, just to make sure everyone could see just how awesome the trip was. The pair were joined by their 20-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, but that didn't prevent Bey from enjoying her 32nd birthday.

The pictures chronicle the duo watching the sunset, diving into the sea, enjoying a tray of oysters, drinking Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne, and Jay showing off one of his favorites Cuban cigars.

The family sailed from the Italian port of Stromboli to the island of Capri inside the triple-Decker Galactica Star, which is 60-meters long, boasts two pools and can accommodate up to 12 guests, according to SuperYachtTimes.com.

With the trip over with, it's back to business for the busy singer. Beyonce is currently performing in Brazil for the Latin American leg of her Mrs. Carter World Tour, which includes stops in Venezuela, Colombia, and Mexico before wrapping in Puerto Rico on September 28.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

2 Chainz, Janelle Monae Release Respective Albums

Facebook.com/2Chainz; ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticTuesday sees the release of two long-awaited albums: Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady and 2 Chainz's B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. While many fans counted down the days until release, both artists are relieved their respective projects are available in stores and online.

For the rapper, he could hardly concentrate in the days leading up to release. On Monday, 2 Chainz tweeted, "This album is all I'm thinking about at the moment forgive me if I'm not doin' something for you," adding that the project will be the "album of the year." On the album's launch date, he wrote, "I'm like a kid can't sleep I'm up and at it" and quickly reminded fans that the deluxe version comes with three bonus tracks and a cookbook.

For Janelle, she's still reeling over the support that she's received from her loyal fans. Early Tuesday morning, she tweeted, "Y'all I remember selling CDs out my boarding house!! With just a about a 100 Followers. This day just makes me so thankful. So thankful." Diddy, who served as one of the album's executive producers, chimed in with, "Be sure to go support my little sister Janelle Monae today is amazing!!"

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Miley Cyrus "Wrecks" Vevo Record with New Video; Confirms Britney Collabo

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When One Direction released their video for "Best Song Ever," they broke the record, previously held by Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," for most views on Vevo in a 24-hour period.  Now, Miley's taken the record back with her new clip for "Wrecking Ball."

In the first 24 hours after it debuted on VEVO, the 1D clip racked up 10.9 million views, beating "We Can't Stop's" record of 10.7 million views.  Then Miley's official Twitter announced that "Wrecking Ball" has easily beaten that record -- 15 minutes before the 24-hour mark, it had scored over 18 million views.  When all was said and done, the final tally stood at 19.3 million views in 24 hours.  When we last checked, the clip was up to just under 20 million views.

One thing driving those ridiculous numbers was Miley's promise to reveal the track list of her upcoming album Bangerz if her fans "wrecked" the record.  She kept her promise, and the track listing confirms that she has indeed, as was rumored, collaborated with Britney Spears on the disc.  From what we can tell from Miley's Twitter shorthand, the track they did together is called "SMS (Bangerz)." Other guests on the disc include rappers Big Sean, Future, Nelly and French Montana.

Bangerz is out October 4. Here's the full track listing:

"Adore You”
“We Can’t Stop”
“SMS (BANGERZ)” (feat. Britney Spears)
“4x4” (feat. Nelly)
“My Darlin’” (feat. Future)
“Wrecking Ball”
“Love Money Party” (feat. Big Sean)
“#GETITRIGHT”
“Drive”
“FU” (feat. French Montana)
“Do My Thang”
“Maybe You’re Right”
“Someone Else”

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Tuesday
Sep102013

DMX Agrees to Hour-Long Interview on Dr. Phil This Month

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DMX is getting his act together. After making headlines ranging from traffic arrests, filing for bankruptcy and most recently streaking in a Detroit hotel, the rapper is ready to tell his side of the story when he makes an appearance Dr. Phil’s television show, later this month.

The 42-year-old rapper, birth name Earl Simmons, is expected to sit for an hour-long interview, which is being recorded Monday, September 16 in Los Angeles. His publicist, Domenick Nati, tells ABC News Radio, "Dr. Phil is going to discuss DMX's faith in God and various other aspects of his life."

If you'd like to be in the audience during the interview, you can sign up via the Dr. Phil official website.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Go Behind the Scenes for Future's Upcoming "Honest" Video

Future is giving fans a look at behind-the-scenes footage from his visual for "Honest," the title track off his upcoming album of the same name.

FutureFreeBandz.comThe Collin Tiley-directed clip, complete with a sprawling mansion and luxurious cars,  features LeToya Luckett starring as the leading lady. Future's real life-girlfriend, Ciara, was spotted on set and showed support for Future's video, which reflects the "grind" that it took to make it in the industry.

"I remember waking up going to the corner, now I'm waking up and going to video shoots...I’m not a rapper. I’m an artist," said Future on set. "I’m bigger than a rapper. I’m an entertainer. I’m a mogul. I’m an executive. I’m a writer. I’m a producer. I’m passionate about the music. I want people to understand that Future is here to stay. I can make hits. I was born to make music."

Future's sophomore album, Honest, is due out on November 26 via Epic Records. Before the disc arrives, Future and Miguel are scheduled to embark on Drake's Would You Like a Tour, beginning September 25 in Portland, Oregon.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Keith Urban "Clicked Really Quickly" with Fellow "American Idol" Judges

Michael Becker / FOXKeith Urban is getting along famously with his new pals on the American Idol judges panel, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. They got together for the first time last weekend in Boston for the first set of Idol auditions, and Keith says it "felt really good."

He tells USA Today, "We just have compatible chemistry, and, I think, as personalities we just sort of clicked really quickly."

Keith tells viewers to expect the unexpected from the judges when American Idol's 13th season premieres this January.

"I just think we are who we are, all three of us," Keith says, "and it seems to be very, very, just good."

Keith is busy promoting his just-released album, Fuse, this week. Look for him on ABC's The View Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Gavin DeGraw Announces "Make a Move" Release Date, Track Listing

RCA RecordsWe've known the album's name for some time.  Now, Gavin DeGraw has announced that Make a Move will hit retailers on October 15. 

Gavin's fourth album features eleven tracks, including his current single, "Best I Ever Had."  The disc finds him collaborating once again with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote Gavin's smash "Not Over You" on his last album, 2011's Sweeter.  Gavin also worked with hit-making producer Benny Blanco and singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Rudolf on the project.

If you order Make a Move now, you'll receive a free download of a brand-new track from the album, "Who's Gonna Save Us."

You can order Make a Move now on iTunes, Amazon.com and on GavinDeGraw.com.  Here's the track listing:

"Best I Ever Had"
"Make a Move"
"Finest Hour"
"I'm Gonna Try"
"Who's Gonna Save Us"
"Everything Will Change"
"Need"
"Heartbreak"
"Every Little Bit"
"Different for Girls"
"Leading Man"

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Faces Time? Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood Seen Dining Together with Their Wives

Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesWhile no definitive plans for a long-awaited Faces reunion appear to be in the works, fans at least can take comfort in knowing that singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood remain on good terms.  The Daily Mail reports that the two rock legends were spotted having dinner together with their wives on Monday in London.

The couples were photographed at The Arts Theatre Club, a private members venue in the city's Soho section.  Pics posted at DailyMail.co.uk show Wood, Stewart, Rod's wife Penny and Ronnie's spouse Sally, all stylishly dressed, posing arm in arm and smiling for the camera.

Stewart had been expected to reunite with his fellow surviving Faces band mates when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, but illness forced him to miss the ceremony.  Rod has told the media on a number of occasions that he still would consider playing with the Faces again, although Wood's commitment to The Rolling Stones continues to be a bone of contention.  In a interview with Billboard published last week, the singer said a Faces reunion would have to "wait 'til we know the Stones are finished."

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Sigur Rós to Appear in Fourth Season of HBO’s "Game of Thrones"

XL RecordingsSigur Rós is joining the list of musicians who have been featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the band is currently on location in Croatia shooting scenes for an episode for the popular TV show’s upcoming fourth season.

While Sigur Rós is staying mum about what they’ll be doing on the series, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell EW they are “longtime fans of Sigur Rós and would often listen to their music while shooting in Iceland.”

Other rockers who have made cameos on Game of Thrones over the years include Coldplay drummer Will Champion and Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody. The National and The Hold Steady also have a history with the show: they contributed songs to the program’s soundtrack in season two and season three, respectively.

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