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Monday
Aug122013

Nashville Federal Judge Dismisses Curb Records' Case Against Tim McGraw

Big Machine RecordsA Nashville judge dismissed Curb Records' federal case against Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records Friday, but their legal battle isn't over. According to The Tennessean, U.S. District Judge William H. Haynes refused to hear Curb's case, claiming McGraw recorded his Big Machine Records album, Two Lanes of Freedom, while still under contract to Curb because they still have unresolved issues related to the case in Tennessee state courts. Haynes said this suit could be reopened once those disputes over McGraw's past recordings were settled.

After several appeals, the Tennessee Supreme court upheld a ruling that McGraw can continue to record with Big Machine. McGraw has now countersued Curb in that matter.

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Monday
Aug122013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge toasted Today host Hoda Kotb's birthday during his appearance on the show Friday morning.

Clint Black performs live on FOX News's FOX & Friends Monday morning.

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Monday
Aug122013

Expanded Version of 2000 Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set to Be Released Next Week

Legacy Recordings/Experience HendrixAn updated version of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's self-titled 2000 four-CD box set will hit stores on August 20.  The new edition of the retrospective, which is informally known as the "Purple Box," will be augmented with four extra tracks.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience offers a career-spanning look at the late guitar legend and his group, and is made up entirely of rare and unreleased studio and live recordings from the years 1966 through 1970.  Among the tunes features on the 60-track compilation are alternate renditions of memorable tunes such as "Purple Haze," "Foxey Lady," and "Little Wing," as well as rarities like "Country Blues" and "It's Too Bad."

The newly added tracks to the box set are a 1968 live performance of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" that Hendrix's played at San Francisco's Winterland; the original studio version of "Peace in Mississippi," previously available only as the B-side of the 2010 "Valleys of Neptune" single; a rare 1967 live rendition of "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"; and the original U.K. single mix of "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice."  The last-mentioned track has never been available on any previous U.S. release.

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Monday
Aug122013

John Mayer Planning to Make Yet Another Album in January

Facebook.com/JohnMayerJohn Mayer surprised fans when he announced that he would release a new album, Paradise Valley, a little more than a year after putting out his 2012 disc, Born and Raised.  Well, get ready for another surprise: John plans to record yet another album less than six months from now.

According to the Chicago Tribune, John, who's currently on the road supporting Paradise Valley, due out later this month, as well as Born and Raised, sees those albums as parts one and two of a trilogy.  He plans to record the third installment in January.

Meanwhile, John's girlfriend Katy Perry's album, Prism, is due out in October, and features songs about their romance; Paradise Valley includes a love song that's a duet with Katy.  When asked if he's worried that fans will listen to his album to get his take on their relationship, and then compare it to the songs on her album, John says possibly, but notes that requesting that Katy not write songs about him wasn't an option.

"I would never tell someone what they could or couldn't write. Ever," he says.

John also says that if people want to speculate about exactly who or what his songs are about -- for example, whether or not "Paper Doll," is about his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift -- that's their prerogative, but he's not going to be confirming or denying anything.

"I'm not interested in helping anybody decode anything. There's no code," he tells the paper. "I'm not saying that I welcome controversy, but I don't want to set anything straight. That would kill me as a writer. It would be like turning the lights on in a club. It's like, 'Ewww. I don't want to see this.'"

Overall, John says he's enjoying his new outlook on life, in which he doesn't over-share, and tries to shut himself off from today's pop culture.  "I'm smarter for being dumber," he tells the paper. "I don't take it very seriously anymore, because you saw what happened before when I did."

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Monday
Aug122013

Beyoncé Has the Number-One-Selling Celebrity Fragrance Line

BeyonceParfums.com

Beyonce has reached another career milestone.

The singer's perfume line has been named the best-selling celebrity fragrance brand worldwide, according to People.

It took Beyonce only three years to achieve the feat.  Launched in 2010, the fragrance collection features a total of six different scents, including the latest limited edition of Heat for her Mrs. Carter Show World tour.

"I want women to feel sexy, strong, empowered and I want them to feel like they can conquer anything," Beyonce wrote in describing her fragrances.  "When they walk into a room, I want them to feel like they can leave a lasting impression on everyone they walk past."

Beyonce's Heat collection beats out noted celebrity fragrances from Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Monday
Aug122013

Trent Reznor Reveals David Bowie’s “Shamanish Advice” Helped Him Beat Him Drug Addiction

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesNine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor recently revealed that he turned to David Bowie for some advice about how to beat his drug addiction while touring with the legendary rocker back in 1994.

"I was in the throes of [my former addiction]…when we toured with Bowie, and this was the Bowie that had come out the other side and was happily married,” he tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian. “I was nearing the peak of my addiction, and his role to me was kind of mentor, big brother, friend, and also he'd give me kind of shamanish advice."

Reznor adds that he’s glad to be sober, and that the memory of his recovery process helped to inspire NIN’s upcoming album, Hesitation Marks. “I've learned to recognize…that I'm wired wrong in certain ways, the chemical balance of my brain is off in terms of depression a little bit,” he explains. “[Hesitation Marks] was written as the other side of that journey. The despair and loneliness and rage and isolation and the not-fitting-in aspect that still is in me, but I can express that in a way that feels more appropriate to who I am now.”

Hesitation Marks will be released on September 3. If you pre-order the deluxe edition of Hesitation Marks now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the album’s first single, "Came Back Haunted."

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Monday
Aug122013

Paramore Performs, Wins at Teen Choice Awards

Facebook.com/ParamoreParamore made an appearance Sunday night at the Teen Choice Awards, and won an award to boot.

After performing "Still Into You," the band accepted the award for Choice Rock Group.

Imagine Dragons received the prize for Choice Rock Song, for their hit “Radioactive." Fox announced that more than 150 million votes were cast.

The Teen Choice Awards were handed out in in Universal City, California.

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Monday
Aug122013

Katy Perry Officially Debuts "Roar"

Image Courtesy Katy Perry via TwitterKaty Perry's new single rolled into iTunes with a "Roar" early Monday.

It leaked over the weekend, but "Roar" received its official release at midnight Eastern time, when it was made available on iTunes. Katy sings in the chorus of the poppy tune, "I got the eye of the tiger/the fire/dancing through the fire/'cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar/louder, louder than a lion/'cause I am a champion/and you’re gonna hear me roar."

"Roar" is the first single off Katy's upcoming album, Prism, which drops October 22. As you know, a huge gold semi truck bearing the album's name and release date has been traveling across the U.S. since July 30 -- though, according to TMZ, it was struck by a drunk driver in a Walmart parking lot in Pennsylvania on Friday. No one inside the truck was injured, and the drunk driver was arrested.

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Sunday
Aug112013

Queen's Brian May Recovering from Knee Replacement Surgery

Image Courtesy Brian May via TwitterHere's wishing a speedy recovery to Queen guitarist Brian May, who underwent surgery to replace his right knee this past week.  The 66-year-old musician has posted a series of messages on BrianMay.com and his Twitter account giving fans updates about how he's doing following the operation.

After the procedure on Tuesday, May wrote, "I'm THROUGH !!! With a shiny new knee. This no walk in the park (!) but for 1st time in months I feel optimistic and free of that OLD pain."

The next day, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reported that he felt "a huge lift in spirits" after having "been in pain for a long time."  He also thanked everyone who sent him get-well messages.

On Friday, May revealed that he was "in going-home-from-hospital mode, having been skillfully transformed into a Man of Steel."  The message was accompanied by a photo of Brian in his hospital bed holding up what appears to be a small comic book.  The rocker then confirmed in a post today that he was home from the hospital and was "continuing knee recovery."

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Sunday
Aug112013

Rascal Flatts's Eclectic Sound Stays Rooted in Today's Country Landscape

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts' catalog features stone cold country songs like "Mayberry" as well as the more pop/rock vibe of "Life Is a Highway" and "Easy." The band's Joe Don Rooney loves that all of those different sounds fit in today's country music landscape.

He tells The Wichita Eagle, "We’ve been around when country has changed more than at any time in its history. You can add different elements to it, and that just didn’t happen in country a generation or two ago."

That freedom to bring in elements of other genres keeps things interesting for Rascal Flatts too.

"I think that makes it more fun," Joe Don says. "It’s definitely been good for us.”

Rascal Flatts will play a ton of their diverse hits Thursday, August 15 in Detroit.

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Sunday
Aug112013

One Direction, Demi Lovato, Paramore & Florida Georgia Line Ready to Rock the Teen Choice Awards Sunday Night

Facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwardsThe 2013 Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox Sunday night, with performances from One Direction, Demi Lovato, Florida Georgia Line and Paramore, and Paramore's frontwoman Hayley Williams, for one, says she can't wait.

In addition to being nominated for Choice Rock Group, the group will perform its latest hit, "Still into You," on the telecast, and Hayley says,“I think that’s gonna be our biggest television performance to date, and it’s gonna be really exciting for us."

She tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve won a couple of Teen Choice Awards in the past but we’ve never actually been [to the event and] we’re up for [one] this year.  We’ll see if we win, but at the end of the day I feel like the coolest part is that we get to perform.”  That's because Hayley says rock isn't generally a genre you see on this particular award show.

“There’s not a lot of rock bands that get to play shows like the Teen Choice Awards,” she explains. “I think there’s a lot of people that still don’t know what Paramore is about, and this is like a really cool chance for us to not only attend…and see what it’s like but also to give people a really good idea of what we’re capable of live.” (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

While hot young acts like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have the lion's share of nominations this year, there are a few acts nominated who've had  decade or more of stardom under their belts --  among them Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5.  In fact, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he can't believe he and the guys are competing in categories like Choice Music Group and Choice Single by a Group against relative youngsters like Big Time Rush, One Direction and Icona Pop.

"When we're at those types of events, a lot of times I just feel like we're the Allman Brothers or something, you know?" laughs James.  "Like...I'm coming up on my 35th birthday.  We weren't still supposed to be doing this. That usually doesn't happen."  But he's not complaining, mind you.

"We're happy to still be a part of the pop culture conversation.  It's great, [but] I don't get it," he tells ABC News Radio.  "There's always has been a pretty broad audience for our music. [But] I think from the exposure on the [Voice], it's even more broad. I mean there's all ages at every show. It's pretty crazy."  (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

Among the stars who'll be appearing Sunday night: Selena Gomez, Emblem3, Candice Glover, Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Bridgit Mendler and The Wanted.  The show airs at 8 p.m. ET, live on Fox.

Here are the main nominees:

Choice Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips
Pitbull
Justin Timberlake
 
Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
 
Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
 
Choice R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
 
Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Drake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Kanye West
 
Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus
 
Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
 
Choice Single: Group
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
“Live While We're Young,” One Direction
“Love Somebody,” Maroon 5
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
“Can't Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next to Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started from the Bottom,” Drake
 
Choice Rock Song
“Carry On,” fun.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip Phillips
“Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Sail,” AWOLNATION
 
Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
 
Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
 
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Candice Glover
Ariana Grande
Psy
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
 
Choice Music Breakout Group
Emblem3
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
Pink 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

Choice Rock Group
AWOLNATION
Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Paramore
The Lumineers
 
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
Deadmau5
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia
 
Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Selena Gomez
Mila Kunis
Demi Lovato
 
Choice Male Hottie
Justin Bieber
Liam Hemsworth
Taylor Lautner
Harry Styles
Channing Tatum
 
Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Candie's Choice Style Icon
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Lea Michele
Emma Watson
 
Choice Twitter Personality
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
President Barack Obama
Katy Perry
Rihanna

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Sunday
Aug112013

Maroon 5: The Old (Thirtysomething) Men of the Teen Choice Awards

PressHereNow.comThe 2013 Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox Sunday night, and while hot young acts like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have the lion's share of nominations, there are quite a few more "mature" acts who are nominated...acts who have a decade or more of stardom under their belts. 

Among those "older acts:" Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Maroon 5. In fact, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he can't believe he and the guys are competing in categories like Choice Music Group and Choice Single by a Group against youngsters like One Direction.

"When we're at those types of events, a lot of times I just feel like we're the Allman Brothers or something, you know?" laughs James.  "Like...I'm coming up on my 35th birthday.  We weren't still supposed to be doing this. That usually doesn't happen."  But he's not complaining, mind you.

"We're happy to still be a part of the pop culture conversation.  It's great, [but] I don't get it," he tells ABC News Radio.  "There's always has been a pretty broad audience for our music. [But] I think from the exposure on the [Voice], it's even more broad. I mean there's all ages at every show. It's pretty crazy."  

None of these "older" acts are actually scheduled to attend Sunday night's show, however.  Fans will be treated to performances by Demi Lovato, One Direction and Florida Georgia Line, among others.

Here are some of the nominees in the main categories for Sunday night's show, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fox:

Choice Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips
Pitbull
Justin Timberlake
 
Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
 
Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
 
Choice R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
 
Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus
 
Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
 
Choice Single: Group
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
“Live While We're Young,” One Direction
“Love Somebody,” Maroon 5
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
“Can't Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next to Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started from the Bottom,” Drake
 
Choice Rock Song
“Carry On,” fun.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip Phillips
“Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Sail,” AWOLNATION
 
Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
 
Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
 
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Candice Glover
Ariana Grande
Psy
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
 
Choice Music Breakout Group
Emblem3
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 
 Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
Pink 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Choice Twitter Personality
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
President Barack Obama
Katy Perry
Rihanna

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Sunday
Aug112013

Kelly Rowland Announces New Single, Samples Joni Mitchell

RepublicKelly Rowland has announced the next single off her latest album, Talk a Good Game.

"Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone," she recently wrote on her official website. "I’m happy to announce that 'Gone' featuring Wiz Khalifa is the official third single from my new album."

The singer revealed track features a sample of rock singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" -- which is where the words Kelly posted originally come from.  That's the the same tune that Janet Jackson borrowed from on her 1997 hit "Got 'til It's Gone."

Kelly also posted a link to iTunes where fans can purchase the new single and Talk a Good Game. In June, her fourth studio effort debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Rowland's third top ten album.

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Sunday
Aug112013

Hayley Williams Says Teen Choice Awards Will Be Paramore’s “Biggest Television Performance to Date”

Fueled By RamenParamore is looking forward to performing their hit single “Still into You” on the Teen Choice Awards tonight. While the group scored a nod for Choice Rock Group, frontwoman Hayley Williams says that she’s just happy to be able to perform at the event.

“I think that’s gonna be our biggest television performance to date, and it’s gonna be really exciting for us,” she tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve won a couple of Teen Choice Awards in the past but we’ve never actually been, [and] we’re up for [one] this year.  We’ll see if we win, but at the end of the day I feel like the coolest part is that we get to perform.”

Williams adds she’s grateful for the chance to perform on the show, mostly because she wants to showcase Paramore’s ability to put on a rocking show.

“There’s not a lot of rock bands that get to play shows like the Teen Choice Awards,” she explains. “I think there’s a lot of people that still don’t know what Paramore is about, and this is like a really cool chance for us to not only attend…and see what it’s like but also to give people a really good idea of what we’re capable of live.”

The Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Other rock acts up for awards include Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, fun. and Daft Punk.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Children's Book Co-Written by The Band's Robbie Robertson Profiles Many All-Time Great Music Stars

Tundra BooksRobbie Robertson, the main songwriter and lead guitarist of The Band, has co-written a new book that seeks to introduce young people to 27 of the world's most influential and beloved music artists.  Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, which will be published on October 8 in the U.S. and Canada, features profiles of such stars as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and many more lauded music acts.

Robertson co-penned the book with his son, Sebastian; his manager, Jim Guerinot; and his former manager, Jared LevineLegends, Icons & Rebels delves into each artist's many achievements and contributions, while Robbie adds some of his own anecdotes about the stars and discusses how their music inspired him.  Each profile is accompanied by a new illustration created by one of several respected artists.

Packaged with Legends, Icons & Rebels are two CDs that includes classic songs by each of the 27 luminaries featured in the book.  The publication will be available as a hardcover volume and as an ebook.

"The book rose out of our lifelong love for music and a desire to share this deep connection with our children and grandchildren," the authors say in statement.  "By presenting some of the greatest musical artists of all time, we hope to lay a foundation for families to experience the pure joy that can only come from one source...music."

Here is the complete list of songs and artists featured on the Legends, Icons & Rebels CDs:

"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Get Rhythm" - Johnny Cash
"I Say a Little Prayer"- Aretha Franklin
"Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles
"What a Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong
"Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley
"Peggy Sue" - Buddy Holly
"The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell
"Hit the Road Jack" - Ray Charles & The Raeletts
"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley
"People Get Ready" - Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
"Lucille" - Little Richard
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" - Hank Williams
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye
"Fly Me to the Moon"- Frank Sinatra
"So Far Away" - Carole King
"Wonderful World" - Sam Cooke
"In My Room"- The Beach Boys
"Caldonia" - Louis Jordan
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" - Ella Fitzgerald
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
"Crazy" - Patsy Cline
"That's How Strong My Love Is" - Otis Redding
"It's Only a Paper Moon" - Nat King Cole
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - Stevie Wonder
"Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

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Saturday
Aug102013

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who Wins in the Album Anticipation Sweepstakes?

Facebook.com/KatyPerry; Facebook.com/LadyGagaWhen you're talking about big pop albums coming out this fall, it really comes down to two: Katy Perry's Prism and Lady Gaga's ARTPOP.  Since both discs are by larger-than-life female pop superstars, both of whom have gone through some sort of personal trauma since their last album was released, it's not surprising that they're being compared with one another.

So which album is more anticipated:  Katy's Prism, which is due October 22, or Gaga's ARTPOP, arriving November 11? 

In Katy's case, Prism is her first full-length studio album since her divorce from Russell Brand, and subsequent romance with John Mayer, and we already know several songs about John are included.  Her last album, 2010's Teenage Dream, produced five number one singles.

Gaga, meanwhile, is following up her successful and controversial Born This Way album, which came out in 2011.  ARTPOP is her first full-length studio release since she was forced to cancel her tour due to a hip injury, and also her first since she started dating actor Taylor Kinney.

A Billboard poll asking readers to vote on which singer's album they're more excited to hear shows a clear winner: Lady Gaga.  When we last checked, the voting was in favor of ARTPOP by a margin of 60.4 percent to 39.6 percent for Prism.  That may change, though, when Katy's new single "Roar" arrives on Monday.  And it may change again, when Gaga's single "Applause" is released August 19.

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Saturday
Aug102013

Justin Timberlake Tips Big -- but Not as Big as Taylor -- at Baltimore Seafood Eatery

Ira James/NBCOK, Justin Timberlake may not be as generous a tipper as Taylor Swift, but he's not stingy, either. He left a $100 tip during a visit this week to a seafood restaurant in Baltimore.

The Batimore Sun reports that JT dropped by Phillips Seafood restaurant this week when his Legends of the Summer tour pulled into town.  He was with four other people, and they ate in the restaurant's private dining room.  Among the items he ordered: the $84 "clam bake for two," which comes complete with two lobsters, snow crab legs, shrimp, claims, mussels, potatoes and corn on the cob.

According to the paper, the bill came to $300, and Justin tipped $100, which comes out to just under 35 percent.  By comparison, when Taylor Swift and her buddies ate at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia recently while on tour, she tipped about 63 percent, plus gave the chef free concert tickets, plus posed for photos with the restaurant staff. 

Who else wants to play the celebrity summer tour restaurant tipping game?  Bruno Mars, Train, Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, it's your move.

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Saturday
Aug102013

Kenny Chesney Spreads the Love with "Good Morning America" Concert Series Performance

Sony/Blue Chair RecordsKenny Chesney woke up early to entertain fans in New York City's Central Park on Good Morning America Friday. The performance comes in the middle of Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour, where he's giving the fans his all on the stage night after night.

"Preparing for our tour is trying to give our fans the best possible experience they can have at a show," Kenny explained on GMA. "You know, I've been to some shows where I left there going, 'Ehh. That was OK.' I don't ever want anybody to think that."

Kenny sang "Pirate Flag," "Summertime" and his latest single, "When I See This Bar," for the fans. His outfit consisted of his usual jeans, cutoff t-shirt and straw hat, but the t-shirt sported his Spread the Love fund logo on it. That's the fund Kenny spearheaded to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing get the prosthetic limbs and care they need. Kenny named the fund for his song, "Spread the Love."

He says, "We just started this fund and proceeds for the 'Spread the Love' song, which they can download and buy these shirts also. The money goes to help."

Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour continues through a two-night stand at Gillettte Stadium near Boston starting August 23.

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Aug102013

Robin Thicke to Play Free Lifebeat Benefit Concert for MTV VMA Pre-Party

Facebook.com/RobinThickeIf you're a Robin Thicke fan, you're in for a treat: later this month, you'll be able to see a free concert by him.

The singer is scheduled to perform at the pre-party for the 11th annual MTV Video Music Awards with additional special guests to be announced. Presented by Time Warner Cable, the free concert will take place at New York’s Terminal 5 on Friday, August 23 and will benefit Lifebeat Music Fights HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit agency focused on educating America’s youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

Tickets are available now while supplies last at Time Warner Cable's 96th Street Store in New York City.

The news comes on the heels of Robin thanking fans for making his new album, Blurred Lines, number one on the Billboard 200 chart. "Couldn't have done this without you," he wrote to his 690,000 Twitter followers. The disc, which sold 177,000 copies, has become his first number-one album of his decade-long career.

In related news, Thicke recently announced that fans can now submit a picture of themselves inserted into a still shot from his "Blurred Lines" video. The funny images can be shared with friends and will serve as a reminder to encourage everyone to vote for Robin's video, which is nominated for Video of the Year category for the 2013 MTV VMAs, which airs live August 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Aug102013

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney & Jakob Dylan Added to Petty Fest in Nashville

MusicCityEats.comThe Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan have been added to the lineup for this year’s Petty Fest, which will take place September 21 at Nashville, Tennessee's War Memorial Auditorium during the Music City Eats food festival.

The artists join previously-announced acts Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, who will serve as hosts for the event, which traditionally features a number of a number of artists performing music from legendary singer Tom Petty’s extensive catalog. In addition, both bands are expected to perform during the show.

Visit MusicCityEats.com to view the full lineup for the event.

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