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Monday
Sep292014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special will broadcast live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year's five honorees will be announced soon.

The Band Perry will perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 39th New York Honors Gala in Manhattan on October 21.

The Swon Brothers deliver an acoustic performance of their song, "Pray for You," in a new feature now posted at TooFab.com. The song appears on the duo's upcoming debut album, due out October 14.

Jason Aldean and his tour mates, Florida Georgia Line, had a hardcore female fan rush the stage during their recent show in Chula Vista, CA. The hilarious video of Jason directing the female fan off the stage was captured in a YouTube clip.


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Monday
Sep292014

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Book Post-Grammy Concert, She Says Her Job Is to Make Old Songs "Brand New"

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced a special live performance in support of their new album Cheek to Cheek, which is currently in a three-way tie for #1 on this week's album chart.  Gaga says the disc features what she considers to be "the greatest songs ever written," and it's up to her to make them relevant to music fans today.

Gaga and Bennett will perform Sunday, February 8 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, in a special performance sponsored by Citibank. The 9:30 p.m. show will take place immediately following the Grammy Awards, and will feature the two singers accompanied by a big band and orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m.  Cheek to Cheek is eligible for to be nominated for a Grammy, since it was released on September 23, and the cutoff for eligibility is September 30.

Since its release, Cheek to Cheek has been helping younger fans to become familiar with the decades-old jazz standards that Gaga and Bennett both love. Gaga says, "All of the songs are from the great American songbook, which for Tony and for myself...these are the greatest songs ever written. And it's our job to come together and tell the stories as if they're brand new."

After first teaming up for Bennett's album Duets II, and then on Cheek to Cheek, Gaga and Bennett are now the best of friends, but Gaga says initially, she was really intimidated at the prospect of meeting him.  They first encountered one another when they performed at the same New York City charity event several years ago.

"They said, 'Hey, Tony Bennett wants to talk to you,' and I said, 'Are you sure? Are you sure he was talking about me?'" Gaga recalls. "And I went back to see him and I brought my father and my mother with me and they were so excited and my mom was squeezing my arm so hard!" 

"We just hit it off right from that moment on," says Bennett. Gaga adds, "You know, instantly, when you're with Tony he makes you feel so at ease, because he's so humble, you know? He's had such an incredible career and he continues to make so many people around the world so happy, it was just a wonderful night to meet him."

But even though he might have made her feel at ease, Gaga says she was still jittery about doing an entire album with him.

"I wasn't as nervous to make the album, because I felt like I knew the music...[it's] already a part of me," she says, noting that she's been singing jazz since she was a teenager.  "But working with Tony, that made me nervous. I thought, 'Okay, well I gotta learn something, I gotta dig deep for this album.'  And the way that we did it is, he just let me be me, and he encouraged me to allow the songs that we choose to be the stories of my life -- and the stories of his."

And the Cheek to Cheek experience, Gaga says, has forever changed her approach to her own career.

"Now that I'm here with Tony and he's requiring of me to be the most creative, most honest vocalist I can be, I don't feel as inclined to do things that I have been doing before because I feel so fulfilled, creatively, just singing with him," she says.


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Monday
Sep292014

Deluxe, 40th Anniversary Edition of Jethro Tull's "WarChild" Arriving in November

ParlophoneAn expanded four-disc version of Jethro Tull's WarChild commemorating the 1974 album's 40th anniversary will be released on November 24.  Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition will include a remastered version of the original album, a variety of bonus recordings, DVD-Audio of the entire album and extra tracks, and some archival video footage.

WarChild originally was envisioned as a multimedia project encompassing a feature film, a soundtrack record and a studio album, but the famed British prog-rock group eventually abandoned plans for the movie and soundtrack.  Released in October 1974, the WarChild album climbed to #2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded one of the band's biggest U.S. singles, the #12 hit "Bungle in the Jungle."  Other memorable tunes from the record include the title track, "SeaLion" and "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day."

The expanded WarChild contains two CDs and two DVDs.  The second CD offers 11 bonus songs from the album sessions and 11 orchestral pieces originally intended for the movie soundtrack, many of which are previously unreleased.  As for the DVD content, in addition to the high-def versions of the various audio recordings, there's a promo video for the song "The Third Hoorah," as well as clips from a Jethro Tull press conference and photo session held in January of '74.

Remastered single-CD and digital download versions of Warchild also will be released on November 24, while a limited-edition 180-gram vinyl LP will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Here's the full track listing of the CDs included in Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition:

Disc One
"WarChild"
"Queen and Country"
"Ladies"
"Back-door Angels"
"SeaLion"
"Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day"
"Bungle in the Jungle"
"Only Solitaire"
"The Third Hoorah"
"Two Fingers"

Disc Two - The Second Act: Associated Recordings
"Paradise Steakhouse"
"Saturation"
"Good Godmother"*
"SeaLion II"
"Quartet"
"WarChild II"*
"Tomorrow Was Today"*
"Glory Row"
"March, The Mad Scientist"
"Rainbow Blues"
"Pan Dance"

WarChild Orchestral Recordings
"The Orchestral WarChild Theme"*
"The Third Hoorah" (Orchestral Version)*
"Mime Sequence"*
"Field Dance" (Conway Hall Version)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Conway Hall Version)
"The Beach (Part I)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"The Beach (Part II)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"The Beach" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"Field Dance" (Morgan Demo Recording)*

* = previously unreleased.


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Monday
Sep292014

Sixx:A.M. Set for First-Ever In-Store Album Signing

Image Courtesy Eleven Seven MusicWith Motley Crue in the midst of its farewell tour, it seems like bass player Nikki Sixx is ready to go full steam ahead with his band Sixx:A.M.  The band's new album, Modern Vintage, is due October 7 and the band has scheduled its first and only in-store signing of the year to promote it.

Sixx:A.M. will be signing copies of the new album at the Best Buy story in Burbank, California on October 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. PT, according to a post on the band's Facebook page.

The band is also planning its first live performance since 2009 in Burbank on the night of the album's release. On Friday, Nikki announced on Facebook that the band was just beginning rehearsals for the gig.

"With so many scheduling conflicts its hard to find time for us to play live. We have an event coming up on the same day that our album #‎ModernVintage comes out and we're gonna live play at….So its finally time…," he wrote, promising to tweet photos from the rehearsal and asking fans what songs they'd like to hear the band play live.


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Monday
Sep292014

Vance Joy Recalls "Magical" Encounter that Partly Inspired "Riptide"

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsThe lyrics to Vance Joy's huge hit "Riptide" sound like stream-of-consciousness, but he says most of them are actually rooted in reality -- including the parts that sound like they were made up.

In the first verse of the song, Vance sings, "Oh, all my friends are turning green/You're the magician's assistant in their dream."  While it sounds like the Aussie singer is just using the phrase "magician's assistant" to describe a woman who's very attractive, he says that line describes something that actually happened to him.

"I went out one night and I was with friends, and I was speaking to a girl and she was a magician's assistant," he tells ABC News Radio. "And she was gorgeous, as I think magician's assistants [are]...it's kind of like a prerequisite.  And...I was [working] as gardener [at the time], and and I was like, 'Oh, wow.  You're such, like, a mythical creature to me,' y'know, this magician's assistant." 

In addition, Vance says other seemingly random lyrics in the song -- "I got a lump in my throat 'cause/you're gonna sing the words wrong" and "Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen" -- are also drawn from his life.

"The 'singing the words wrong' bit and the 'Michelle Pfeiffer' bit, they're all kind of patchworks of memories and experiences that, for whatever reason, I could knit together," he tells ABC News Radio.  "And it's coherent, but it doesn't always work that way when you're writing songs.  So I feel lucky that, for whatever reason, they, like puzzle pieces, they could fit together."

Even the title of the song was inspired by something real; in this case, a place where his family used to vacation back home in Australia.

"It was the Riptide Motel, and it was a rundown kind of retro place," Vance, who was born James Keough, explains. "That was the first time we ever went to this beach destination called Queenscliff, and we stayed there.  And we went back year after year after year, and, I dunno, it just stuck."

Dream Your Life Away, Vance's debut album, is in stores now.  His North American headlining tour kicks off October 17 in Dallas, Texas, and wraps November 29 in San Francisco.


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Monday
Sep292014

Beyonce Subject of New Harvard Study

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Beyonce has inspired a new Harvard Business School study following her unconventional surprise release of her latest self-titled album.

An HBS case study to be published the week of September 29, looks at "what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyoncé and her management team confronted along the way," according to a an item in the Harvard Gazette, the school's official news website.

The study, written by Professor Anita Elberse and a former student, also asked M.B.A. students to evaluate "what they would have done if they were working for Beyoncé."

Back in 2012, Beyonce inspired Rutgers University's to create a course called "Politicizing Beyonce," which examined her over-arching influence. 

 


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Monday
Sep292014

Rod Stewart Impersonator Roams NYC

Penny LancasterRod Stewart has at least one imposter making his way around New York City and tricking fans and restaurant owners into thinking he's the singer, according to the New York Post.

The Stewart lookalike, sporting an English accent and spiked hair, has been spotted riding the subway, partying around town, crashing World Cup soccer parties, and even loitering near a schoolyard, sources tell the newspaper.

The sources say several Manhattan shop owners have been so eager to impress, they've showered the imposter with free cocktails and meals.

The impersonator, dubbed "Rockaway Rod," may have even been caught on camera, sitting on a subway train earlier this month.

"Wait, is that Rod Stewart?" the poster writes, accompanied by a picture of a man wearing eyeglasses and sporting the "Maggie May" singer's trademark rooster haircut.

The genuine Rod's longtime manager, Arnold Stiefel, has confirmed the man is a fake.  Stiefel tells the Post, “The real Rod has seen the [subway] picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, ‘Please let people know it isn’t me.’ ”

It's unclear whether the sightings are the work of one man or several, nor is it certain that the man in the subway picture is one of the imposters.

Stiefel notes, "This has been going on for years."


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Sunday
Sep282014

Moody Blues to Release Eight-Disc Box Set Featuring 1980s and '90s Recordings in November

Universal Music EnterprisesA new eight-disc box set collecting the recordings The Moody Blues made during their late-1980s and early-'90s tenure with the Polydor label will arrive in stores November 24.  The Polydor Years 1986-1992 features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three of the veteran British band's studio albums, plus two live albums, a concert film, and a documentary.

The period The Moody Blues were on Polydor saw the band enjoying a resurgence in popularity, 20 years into their career, thanks to such memorable tunes as "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The box set features remastered editions of the respective albums that yielded those hits -- 1986's The Other Side of Life and 1988's Sur la Mer -- as well as 1991's Keys to the Kingdom.  Each of these records is augmented with a variety of bonus tracks -- including live performances, single edits, remixes, B-sides and alternate versions -- most of which have never been released.

The Polydor Years also boasts a previously unreleased Moody Blues album recorded at the Blossom Music Centre in Cleveland in July 1986, as well as the two-CD live set A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which originally was issued in 1993.  In addition, the long-out-of-print companion DVD to A Night at Red Rocks is featured in the compilation, as is a documentary about the concert that previously had only been available to Moody Blues fan-club members.

The box set is rounded out by a collectible seven-inch blue-vinyl single featuring "Al Fin Voy a Encontrate," a rare Spanish-language version of "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The Polydor Years also comes with a 64-page hardcover book filled with info and photos.

You can check out the full track list for The Polydor Years 1986-1992 box set at MoodyBluesToday.com.  

The band currently is taking a break after finishing up a U.S. summer tour in early September.  The Moodies' next scheduled trek is a U.K. outing that begins in Plymouth, England June 6, 2015.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Courtney Love Insider Has Nothing but Good Things to Say About Her

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love may have a reputation for being a bit tough, but a staffer just off the Hole singer's Australian tour has a fair amount to say about the singer, and it's all good. 

On the Sonic TALK podcast, Andy Shillito, Love's front-of-house engineer -- the guy who runs the soundboard out at the back of the audience -- was interviewed. Sonic TALK is an audio geek website, so the angle was a little tech-heavy, but Shillito did reveal, perhaps surprisingly, that Love was a reasonable, low-key person to work for.

The engineer also said that Love -- who usually plays an unplugged guitar onstage -- is "actually quite a good guitar player, if she chose to play guitar." He indicated that it's Love's own self-doubts that cause her to unplug and use the guitar "as a prop." 

Shillito also called Love "a lot of fun" and said that her well-chronicled days of tour drugging are over. "You don't see so much of that anymore," he said. "People have to have it together."

The engineer's comments mirror Courtney's own; earlier this year she told the U.K. paper The Sunday Times that her crazy drugging days were behind her. 

You can hear the podcast in its entirety at SoundState.com, under podcasts.


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Sunday
Sep282014

August Alsina's "No Love" Soars Following Hospital Stint

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August Alsina's recent health scare has led to a sales surge for his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "No Love."

According to Billboard, concerned fans helped push the song back into the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it sits currently at #17, following his onstage collapse at a concert in New York on September 15.  The singer, who suffered multiple seizures, has since been released after awakening from a three-day coma brought on by dehydration.

With more than 20,000 downloads, "No Love" peaked at #5 on the R&B Digital Songs chart and #9 on the R&B Streaming Songs tally.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Goo Goo Dolls to Headline Environmental Benefit in November

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.

The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego.  The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night.  Tickets are now available online.  VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.

The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet.  It's named after champion surfer Rob Machado.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Lady Antebellum Making TV Appearances and Performing Live Streaming Concert to Launch "747"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They'll perform three songs on NBC's Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They'll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum's latest hit, "Bartender."


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Saturday
Sep272014

Paul McCartney to Sing on Benefit Single for Samuel L. Jackson-Supported Cancer Charity

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has signed on to lend his voice to a star-studded single that will raise money for One for the Boys, a charity championed by actor Samuel L. Jackson that seeks to raise awareness about cancers that affect males.

The Sun Online reports that Sir Paul is among the celebrities who will contribute to a cover of "Say Something," a top five hit for the young American pop act A Great Big WorldJennifer Hudson also is planning to sing on the record, which will be released in time to compete for the prestigious #1 spot on the U.K. charts during the week of Christmas.

Plans for the single were announced last week during a launch party held at a location that's more than a little familiar to McCartney -- London's Abbey Road Studios.  Among the luminaries in attendance at the bash were Jackson, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and fashion model Daisy Lowe, daughter of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Pharrell Williams' New G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora

PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.

The Voice coach described the scent as "super good" in a video posted on his YouTube channel. "You're going to like it," he assured fans, "I like it, girls like it, and people like it."  The word "boys" also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.

He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector's edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good.  On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a "scent for humans."

The fragrance is a "stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for 'girls and boys' that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity," according to comments posted with the YouTube video.  Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.

Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.

Pharrell's GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Hear Trent Reznor's "Gone Girl" Soundtrack Music

Image Courtesy The Fun StarThese days, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is almost as well known for his work scoring film soundtracks as he is for rocking out with NIN.

Fans can sample music from his latest soundtrack  -- for the upcoming movie Gone Girl -- via a SoundCloud page streaming four of the score's tracks.

The music, co-written with Reznor's frequent collaborator Atticus Ross -- ranges from industrial soundscapes to moody electronic tunes to soft piano music.  Earlier this month, Reznor told The Wall Street Journal that Gone Girl director David Fincher asked for a soundtrack that sounded like "spa music that has curdles and unravels."

Reznor and Ross won an Oscar for their score of another Fincher film, The Social Network. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, stars Ben Affleck.  It hits theaters October 3.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Jason Aldean Went All Out Buying Brittany Kerr's Big Engagement Ring

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean went all out buying Brittany Kerr's engagement ring. She debuted the massive diamond ring in an Instagram posting showing her and Jason sharing a kiss. The caption reads, "We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days. My heart has never been more full of happiness and love … Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

The marriage will be the first for Brittany and the second for Jason.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Beyonce Announces 2015 Official Calendar

Nick Farrell/Sony MusicCan't get enough of Beyonce? Lucky for you, the singer has released her second calendar, according to her official Instagram page.

The singer announced that her brand-new 2015 calendar includes 12 different still shots of Beyonce that were taken for her visual album. Fans will quickly recognize the singer's strappy orange bathing suit from her "Yonce" visual as well as her diamond encrusted lingerie from her "Partition" video. The calendar will also include a glossy centerfold, measuring 12 inches by 24 inches.

You can purchase the calendar for $15 dollars via Shop.Beyonce.com now.


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Friday
Sep262014

Cher Postpones & Reschedules Even More Dates Due to Illness 

Peter Kramer/NBCCher's Dressed to Kill tour isn't going back on the road anytime soon.  The legendary diva's recent illness is causing her to postpone and reschedule even more shows.

The tour will to resume in Lubbock, Texas, on November 9, and a schedule will be posted on Cher.com of all the new dates.  A rep for Cher says in a statement that the viral infection that the singer Cher was stricken with has "affected her kidneys" and "delayed [her] recovery time," adding, "Cher's doctors have advised her to extend her rest period and expect her to make a full recovery."

In a statement, Cher says, "I want to thank all my fans for their good wishes, patience and prayers.  The doctors assure me that I will be totally well by November 9th and ready to perform my show.  I'm truly sorry that I can't get on the stage sooner.  But, the good news is that I'm on the mend and feeling better every day.  I can't wait to see you all.  I'll be 'Dressed to Kill' in my unbelievable new Bob Mackie gowns and promise you an unforgettable night."

On Twitter, Cher also apologized for "screwing up plans" and "disappointing every 1."  She wrote, "I Am desolate, because I've disappointed u."  However, she takes issue with a recent story in the tabloid The Globe claiming that she'll be the next celebrity to die. 

"I will b going strong when Ur 6 ft under & being used 2 Wrap [fish]," she tweeted.  "Nxt Time i Step on Stage I Will Wipe my Feet on U."


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Friday
Sep262014

Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Expecting a Second Child

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, "Sinners Like Me," during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing "Give my dad a grandson," he sang "Give my dad another grandson." The baby's gender hasn't been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine's son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.


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Friday
Sep262014

Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones to Headline First-Ever US Edition of Rock in Rio Festival

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinThe long-running music Rock in Rio festival will make its U.S. debut in May in Las Vegas, and the headliners have now been announced.  They include Metallica, Linkin Park and Deftones, as part of an eclectic bill that will also feature  No Doubt.

The festival will take place May 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Vegas, in a purpose-built concert venue called City of Rock.  The venue will take up 37 acres and will accommodate 85,000 people per day; a VIP area will welcome an additional 4,000 people.  City of Rock will feature six stages, three themed "Rock Streets" that highlight the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, and a 64-foot-high zip line.

Now in its 30th year, Rock in Rio has been attended by over 7.4 million fans, and has featured over 1200 different artists.


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