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Thursday
Nov142013

Parmalee Living a "Dream Come True" Thanks to Their Top 10 Hit, "Carolina"

Broken Bow RecordsCountry newcomers Parmalee have scored their first top 10 hit with "Carolina" more than a decade after they first formed the band in North Carolina. Now that they've achieved success on the country chart, lead singer Matt Thomas tells ABC News Radio it feels like a "dream come true."

 It's just awesome to be where we are," he says. "This is always what we hoped and wished for. Everything that's going on around it is amazing."

Parmalee has seen their Facebook and Twitter accounts explode since "Carolina" became a big hit on the radio. The band's friends are blowing up the guys' phones, too.

Drummer Scott Thomas says, "Oh man, I had to change my phone number just from all the messages I was getting from everybody hearing the songs. So yeah, they're hearing it, and they're telling us about it."

Parmalee will release their new album, Feels Like Carolina, on December 10.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Engagement for Jordin Sparks? She Says "We're Not at that Point Yet" 

Image Courtesy Jordin Sparks via InstagramJordin Sparks has been dating her boyfriend, singer Jason Derulo, since early 2012, and the latest rumor suggests that he's planning to pop the question very soon.  But Jordin herself says that she and her beau intend to wait a bit before heading to the altar.

"We're not at that point yet," Jordin told ABC News Radio recently. "We're just really enjoying each other and really just loving being together."  That doesn't mean that Jordin's opposed to the idea, though. "When that happens it'll be the most amazing day of my life and I know that it will," she says confidently. "So, we're just taking our time...it's a big commitment so we really want to be ready."

But all of Jordin's very public displays of affection with Jason, and the romantic songs they've written about one another, inevitably lead people to ask them all the time if they're going to tie the knot.  So, is she tired of answering that question?  "It depends," she laughs. "Some days, I'm just kind of like, 'Oh my gosh I really don't want anybody ask me again!' and then another day, I'm just like, 'Yeah, well, y'know, we set ourselves up for it, so we gotta deal with it!'  So it's OK."

If you'd like to see what Jordin's engagement might be like, all you have to do is watch the video for Jason's latest single, "Marry Me," in which she and Jason snuggle, laugh, kiss and flirt before he offers her a ring.  Jordin says that's really what life is like for them, as sickeningly sweet as it may seem.

"Of course, I'm a little bit more made-up than I usually would be and some things like that, but that, that's usually how we are with each other," she says of the video. "Just really playful and really lovey dovey.  My mom actually tells us, 'You're making me sick!' That's kind of how we are!'"  (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Meanwhile, Jordin is treating her fans to some brand new music.  Via SoundCloud, she's released a brand-new single called "11:11," which shows off a more mature sound for the former American Idol champ.  You'll also be able to see Jordin co-hosting the American Music Awards pre-show, streaming live on November 24 starting at 5 p.m. ET at Yahoo.com, ABC.com and TheAMAs.com.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSheryl Crow performs on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday.

Blake Shelton's latest single, "Mine Would Be You," is his 10th consecutive #1 hit.

Luke Bryan, George Strait, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill and Easton Corbin recently signed an acoustic guitar now up for auction at CharityBuzz.com. The auction is part of Yoplait Greek yogurt's fight against hunger, and proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

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Thursday
Nov142013

New Contest Offers Guitarists the Chance to Perform on Next Year's Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour

Sony MusicA new contest has been launched that's offering one lucky Jimi Hendrix-loving guitar virtuoso the chance to perform live during the upcoming 2014 installment of the star-studded Experience Hendrix tribute tour.  To take part in the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition, participating musicians are being asked to submit a video of themselves playing a classic Hendrix song.

One grand-prize winner will be selected by a team of judges that includes Jimi's sister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix; famed Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer; acclaimed producer and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart; and Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski.  In addition to being invited to play a song live during the Experience Hendrix trek, the winning guitarist also will receive complimentary travel and lodging expenses, a Fender Stratocaster guitar, a $2,500 prize, Hendrix merchandise, digital recording equipment, effects pedals and more.

In addition, five runners-up will be chosen by the public via an online vote.  The runners-up will get a Fender Squire guitar, plus most of the same Hendrix merchandise, digital recording equipment, effects pedals and other goodies the contest winner receives.

Entries must be submitted by January 15, 2014, while voting will take place from January 16 to January 22.  The winner will be revealed on February 6.

The 2014 Experience Hendrix tour will get under way in March and will include such respected musicians as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson.  A full lineup will be announced soon.  To enter or find out more information about the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition, visit Talenthouse.com.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Elton John Las Vegas Concert Tickets Plus Meet-and-Greet Being Auctioned for Charity

Courtesy of Elton JohnElton John is one of the stars taking part in a new online auction to benefit the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Foundation charities.  The pop-rock legend is offering a private meet-and-greet opportunity, plus two tickets to one of his "Million Dollar Piano" concerts in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace sometime in spring 2014.

The winning bidder and a guest will get to spend a little quality time with Elton either before or after one of his Vegas shows scheduled March 29 and April 26.

Also being auctioned is the chance to attend next year's MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Carole King, including access to the event's rehearsals.  The star-studded tribute show, which is scheduled to take place on January 24 in Los Angeles, will include performances by James Taylor, Steven Tyler, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga and many others.

Bidding for the lots is open through December 3 at CharityBuzz.com.  All proceeds from the auction benefit the programs and services of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, which helps musicians in need.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Toby Keith to Serve as Grand Marshal at NASCAR Race This Sunday

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith has signed on as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida this Sunday. He'll deliver those famous words, "Drivers start your engines," prior to the race.

For ticket information, go to HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Bassist Fieldy Says Korn Has Plenty of Material Left Over from "The Paradigm Shift" Recording Sessions

Korn.comKorn bassist Reginald Arvizu, a.k.a. Fieldy, says the recording sessions for The Paradigm Shift were so fruitful they produced enough songs for a double album.

“There’s a lot that didn’t make the cut,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve never done it like that where we recorded about 25 songs. We just kept writing and writing because we wanted to be able to pick from all that. I was trying to push the guys to do 50 songs. You’re gonna get the most banging songs ever if you have 50 to pick from. But it didn’t happen.”

Fieldy adds Korn’s creative juices got flowing from the first minute the band entered the studio, thanks to the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, who had quit the group back in 2005.  “We had nothing written, and I remember Head coming in and he sat down and he goes, ‘Hey, I have to bring something to the table,'” he explains.  “He had…some banging riffs already ready, so he played them and we would listen and then [guitarist James]Munky’ [Shaffer] would add to it, because they would always build each other up and, and make it better and that’s really what happened, is they started riffing out.”

Korn is currently out on the road with their old friend Rob Zombie for their Night of the Living Dreads Tour. This week, the North American trek hits the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK, on Friday; the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, TX, on Saturday; and the Concrete Street Amphitheatre in Corpus Christi, TX, on Sunday.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Phish's Trey Anastasio Schedules Another Batch of Solo Tour Dates in 2014

Facebook.com/TreyAnastasioTrey Anastasio isn’t done promoting his latest solo album, Traveler.  The Phish frontman has just added another string of North American tour dates for the Trey Anastasio Band to his calendar in 2014.

The upcoming outing includes two-night residencies at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, and the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and will make stops in Kansas City, MO; Milwaukee, WI; and Atlanta, GA, among other cities. 

Pre-sale tickets will be available at Treytickets.rlc.net starting Friday at 12 p.m. ET.  General ticket sales for most of the shows will begin on November 22. Visit Trey.com for more information.

Here are the tour dates:

1/28 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
1/29 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
1/31 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
2/1 -- St. Louis, MO, Pageant
2/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Ave.
2/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
2/7 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
2/8 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
2/9 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
2/11 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
2/13 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
2/14 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
2/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Ballroom

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Wednesday
Nov132013

The Killers Say Only Reason for Releasing "Direct Hits" Was Contract Obligation

Island RecordsThe KillersDirect Hits arrived in stores on Tuesday, but if the band had its way, the guys would have waited a lot longer before releasing a greatest hits compilation.  Drummer Ronnie Vannucci says the only reason the band issued the album was because of a contract obligation to their record label.

“We’d wait another ten years if it was up to us, but it’s a contractual thing,” he tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Star. “We can fill a CD so it makes good business sense at this time of year.  However, it’s not like we’re so pleased with ourselves we want to put it out.  It feels like a douchie move.”

While the band is currently on hiatus, Vannucci adds he expects the guys will reunite once everyone has had a chance to rest and pursue other projects. “I’m looking forward to coming back when we’re ready,” he explains. “It’s a very strange existence, a huge juggling act to navigate this rock and roll life. Bands don’t usually make it this long -- if you get past ten years, you’re bionic.”

Direct Hits boasts 15 tracks and features a number of the band's biggest singles, including "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me,” “All These Things I’ve Done" and “Human.” The release also includes brand-new tracks “Just Another Girl” and “Shot at the Night,” the latter of which was recorded with M83’s Anthony Gonzales.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

The Neighbourhood to Rock "Live on Letterman" Webcast Next Week

Columbia RecordsThe Neighbourhood will be the next band to take part in the CBS Interactive webcast series Live on Letterman. The band revealed the good news via its Facebook page, noting the show will be shot in black-and-white and will stream live on Tuesday, November 19.

During their set at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, the group is expected to play some tunes from its debut album, I Love You., which was released earlier this year. Following the live event, the concert will be available for viewing on demand at the Live on Letterman website.  Artists who previously have performed on the Live on Letterman series include Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, My Morning Jacket and Coldplay.

The Neighbourhood will also be the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman that same night on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Kendrick Lamar Freestyles During GQ Photoshoot

Facebook.com/KendrickLamarMusicKendrick Lamar has been named the "Rapper of the Year" by GQ in the magazine's 18th annual Men of the Year issue. To celebrate, the publication has released behind-the-scenes footage from the rapper's photo shoot, which reveals Kendrick spitting a freestyle while stylists adjust his outfit.

"Oh you thought you had me all figured out/ Take it from the horses mouth, you will never understand me/ I told y'all the plan B was to win your hearts before we win a Grammy," he rhymes.

With a straight face, he says that he took "laxatives" to take a "sh**" on all the "has-beens."  He adds, "But now I'm here, GQ man of the year."

To view GQ's full feature on its "Rapper of the Year,"  visit GQ.com.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Roger Waters Reveals Details About New Concept Album He's Recording

Photo: Sean EvansRoger Waters spent the last three years bringing his massively successful The Wall Live Tour around the world, but since the trek wound down in September, the ex-Pink Floyd star has turned his focus to a new studio album.

The 70-year-old singer/bassist tells Rolling Stone that, earlier this week, he finished a demo of the record, which will be his first album of original rock-based material since 1992's Amused to Death.

"It's 55 minutes long," he reports.  "It's songs and theater as well."

Insisting that he doesn't "want to give too much away" about the project, he reveals that "it's couched as a radio play."  He adds, "It has characters who speak to each other, and it's a quest.  It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children."

Roger explains to Rolling Stone that it's too early for him to say whether he'll support the album with a tour.

"I'm suffering a little bit of withdrawal after ending the Wall tour," he maintains.  "It's sort of a relief to not have to go out and do that every night."

Having said that, Waters offers some sincere praise for the musicians and crew members who accompanied him on the outing, which brought in more $450 million over the course of its 219 performances.

"They're such a great team," he declares.  "There were 180 of us together every day.  That piece was very moving every night."

Whether Waters might choose to mount another edition of The Wall Tour sometime in the future, he says, "I'm not thinking about that right now, but that's not to say I won't.  I think there's an audience there."

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Bob Dylan Receives France's Legion of Honor Award in Paris

French Culture MinistryAs expected, Bob Dylan was presented with France's highest public award, the Legion d'Honneur -- aka the Legion of Honor -- at the Ministry of Culture in Paris on Wednesday.  BBC News reports that the folk-rock legend said very little at the ceremony, commenting that he was "proud and grateful" before exiting the event.

French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, the politician who nominated Dylan for the honor, presented the award to the 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  In honoring Dyaln, Filippetti talked about the significance of his cultural contributions while name-checking a bevy of his well-known songs.  She also noted that some of Dylan's his writing had been inspired by such renowned French poets as Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine

The use of cameras was prohibited during the festivities.  A BBC reporter observed that the singer/songwriter looked visibly uncomfortable throughout the proceedings.

Dylan is in the middle of a three-night stand at Paris' Gran Rex theater, which wraps up on Thursday night.  The shows are part of a European tour that winds down with a November 26-28 engagement at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Don't Stop Believin': You Could Actually Meet Steve Perry

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for City of HopeIf you're a big Journey fan who believes that one day you'll get to chat in person with former lead singer Steve Perry, don't stop believin'!  The reclusive singer is offering the chance to have coffee with him in Los Angeles as part of an auction to benefit the City of Hope medical facility.

The winning bidder must be over 18 and is expected to "conduct him/herself appropriately" when meeting Steve.  Bidding for the coffee break with Steve will be accepted at CharityBuzz.com through 2 p.m. ET on November 26.

Located in Duarte, California, City of Hope focuses on compassionate patient care and research into and implementation of state-of-the-art medical treatment.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Jennifer Hudson Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Jennifer Hudson has reached yet another milestone in her career. On Wednesday morning, the Grammy Award-winning singer received the 2,512th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments in the music industry.

"I guess the first thing I can start by saying is the same thing I said when I won my Academy Award, look what God can do," Hudson told reporters during her speech in front of the W Hollywood Hotel.

The recognition seemed bittersweet for Jennifer, who fought back tears while she spoke of her late mother, Darnell Donnerson, who was murdered inside her Chicago home back in 2008.

"I knew I would get emotional and I'm sure my mom is in heaven, like, 'Jenny stop crying,' but now is the time to cry momma. It is," she said trying to regain her composure. "God, I don't know where to start because this is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see it coming."

Hudson adds that she did not prepare a speech but adds, "It's one thing to be in this type of position but it doesn't mean anything if you can't make a difference in the world and help someone.  And I always say that every time we go out, we make sure we treat everyone like family. So with that being said, I'm so honored that all of my family is here with me today."

You can watch the ceremony on WalkofFame.com now.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

How Harry Styles Wowed Cindy Crawford (Hint: It Wasn't with His Voice)

Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagicWhen Harry Styles isn't touring or recording with One Direction, he evidently enjoys popping over to random celebrities' houses and hanging out in their kitchens.  At least, that's the way Cindy Crawford recalls an encounter with the singer, who famously stopped by her house and helped her kids make pizza earlier this year.

Speaking to V magazine, the iconic supermodel says of Harry, "He stopped by to say hi when my kids and I were making pizzas. My kids were doing their own little pizzas and they couldn’t slide them off the pan."

She says Harry then surprised everyone by using his insider knowledge to fix the problem.

"Harry goes, 'Well, did you put down enough flour so they wouldn’t stick?'" Cindy recalls. "And my husband says, 'How in the world do you know that?' and my little girl chimes in, 'Oh, he used to work for a bakery, Dad. Everyone knows that.'"

Cindy adds, "My daughter is twelve. That was bigger than her birthday!"

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Justin Timberlake Rakes in $1.3 Million for Private Party Gig?

JustinTimberlake.comActing, album and ticket sales and endorsement deals aren't the only revenue streams for Justin Timberlake -- the actor reportedly pocketed a fat check for performing at a private anniversary party.

According to the New York Post's Page Six column, Justin raked in $1.3 million to do a solo acoustic set at a 10th wedding anniversary bash for J. Darius Bikoff, the founder of Smartwater and Vitaminwater.  The paper reports that Justin's performance -- a surprise for Bikoff's wife -- was the highlight of the elaborate party, held last Friday at a New York hotel.  A source tells the paper, "Expensive rare wines were served. There were burlesque dancers as the centerpiece of every table. It was insane."

It's not clear how many songs JT had to perform to get that money.  The New York Daily News recently reported that Bruno Mars was going to be paid a million bucks to do five songs at the bat mitzvah of a Russian millionaire's daughter.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform at NYC Xbox One Launch 

ABC/Lou RoccoWhat could be better than being one of the first people to get your hands on a brand-new Xbox One?  Getting it, and then enjoying a free concert by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Gamespot.com reports that for the New York City launch of Xbox One on Thursday, Microsoft is taking over the Best Buy theater in Times Square, and the first 1,000 people in line who purchase the gaming system will be able to check out the concert for free.  The concert will also be streamed on screens outside for those not lucky enough to get in.  And if you're under 18, you're not getting in at all.

If you can't make it to New York, Spike TV will broadcast some of the launch events -- which are being held worldwide -- starting at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday. You can also watch them on Xbox.com and through Xbox Live.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to buy the new consoles in a "Thrift Shop" -- they cost $500 each.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Ex-Manager on TLC's CrazySexyCool Biopic: "It Was a Complete Lie"

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Last month, TLC's former manager, Perri "Pebbles" Reid, expressed her frustrations via Twitter over her portrayal in the biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premiered on VH1 in October.  Now, Reid has appeared on The Wendy Williams Show to defend herself and tell her side of the story.

"It was a complete lie," she told Wendy during her visit to the show on Wednesday. "It was laughable some of the stuff. It was just so over the top."

In the movie, Reid is portrayed as an unethical manger who stole millions of dollars from the group with a recording contract that later caused the trio to file for bankruptcy.

"How would you feel if you were being portrayed as something you’re not? And you’re not being portrayed as who you are, a visionary," she said.

At one point in the film, the TLC members are shown being given $25 a week after they went platinum. However, Reid claims that information also was false.

"I don’t do $25 on things. I’m a very generous person. That’s a lie, a huge one," she says.  She adds the girls wanted Toyota RAV4s and explained they could not afford more expensive cars. "You don’t have Ferrari money," she said, "Why get you one?"

Pebbles also denies kicking Chilli out of the group and instead saying that it was T-Boz and Left Eye who wanted her out after Chilli began dating producer Dallas Austin. "They did not like it," she said. "They did not want it. It is the truth."

The only thing that was true in the film is the fact that she wore Chanel bags, Reid added. "The supposed true story is not true and VH1 will be hearing from me," she concluded.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

CMA Awards Exposure Translates into Big Album Sales Bumps

Mercury NashvilleExposure on the CMA Awards translated into big sales bumps for a few artists featured on the show. New Artist of the Year winner Kacey Musgraves' saw a 567 percent sales increase for her album Same Trailer Different Park, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The project is back in the top five on Billboard's Country Albums chart as a result.

Blake Shelton's CMA Album of the Year win for Based on a True Story… gave that album a 148 percent sales bump to push it to #4 on the Country Albums tally.  Duo of the Year winners Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times also saw a 68 percent sales bump.

The Duck Dynasty holiday album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, spends a second week at #1 on the country chart.

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