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Jul312014

Listen to Smokey Robinson and Elton John's Duet of "Tracks of My Tears" Online Now

Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson's upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends, includes a collaboration with Elton John on a new version of the Motown legend's "Tracks of My Tears."  While the album won't be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the song for your listening pleasure.

A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about "Tracks of My Tears," and Robinson's influence on his own career.  The British pop-rock star called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey's old group The Miracles in 1965, "maybe the greatest pop song ever written."

Elton said of Robinson's ability as a wordsmith, "His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He's been in my heart ever since I was…17."

Smokey & Friends features reinterpretations of a variety of famous songs Robinson wrote or co-wrote for The Miracles, The Temptations and his own solo career.  In addition to Elton, the list of guest artists on the record includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Report: Nicki Minaj Pushed Back "Anaconda" Release for Beyoncé Collaboration

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj may have a great reason for delaying the release of her upcoming single, "Anaconda." The rapper is reportedly working on a collaboration with Beyonce, according to HipHopWired.

The site quotes an industry source as saying Nicki pushed back her new song to make sure it wouldn't be overshadowed by the duet, which will mark the first time the pair have worked together. The source's claims seem to support what Bey's management company, Parkwood Entertainment, confirmed last December via Twitter -- that the pair were recording a tune for Nicki's album.

As previously reported, Minaj kept a tight lip about the delay, writing on Instagram, "My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu."


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Thursday
Jul312014

Lil Wayne Discusses "Tha Carter V" in XXL’s New Issue

Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsLil Wayne graces the front of the August issue of XXL magazine, in which he discusses his 12th studio album, Tha Carter V. The rapper reveals that his Carter series has transformed into a movement that he didn't anticipate.

"I was feeling the success of Tha Carter I. I felt like people wanted to hear me. I was amped to do that, but then Tha Carter III? I don’t know what happened," he tells the mag. "It was amazing. And then Tha Carter IV was just unexplainable, and now this one here, there’s no words. I just hope everyone likes it."

Wayne adds that he feels anxious about how people will respond to his highly anticipated set. "I’m always feeling like I ain’t done sh**. I’m still nervous about Tha Carter V… I’m confident about what I do, but I’m still nervous about what people think."

If his lead single, "Believe Me" featuring Drake, is any indication, the rapper will be just fine. The song currently sits in the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Slipknot Teaser Number Five Online, Album News Coming Friday?

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group Distributionfifth Slipknot album teaser has joined its predecessors online. The clip is short and dark and features similar characters to those in the earlier installments.

In what could be a sign that the band senses fans' growing impatience with the tell-nothing teasers, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor posted a cryptic tease Tweet --"Heheh. Friday." -- hopefully signifying that some concrete information is forthcoming.

Slipknot has been working on the new album -- its first studio album since All Hope Is Gone in 2008 -- since February, and its progress has been marked by drama. It's the first without drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired late last year for undisclosed reasons, and without bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010 of a drug overdose. Though guitarist Jim Root worked on the new album and remains a part of the band, he was asked to leave Slipknot side project Stone Sour two months ago under mysterious circumstances, in a decisions which Taylor would only describe as "what's best for both bands."

Stay tuned, 'Knot fans...maybe there will be reason to celebrate this weekend.


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Thursday
Jul312014

K. Michelle Teases Instagram Pictures from Studio Session

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsSince announcing that she was working on her sophomore album, K. Michelle has remained tight lipped about the progress and direction of her upcoming effort. Now, the singer has given fans a quick glimpse into her recent recording session.

The singer shared an image of herself in the studio via Instagram, in which she seemingly refers to the disc as "AWBAH."

"My heart breaks just like glass on the floor. Outside looking in I'm so strong ?? AWBAH," she wrote in the caption.

In another shot, the singer stands before a mixing board and declares: "Yea I might be crazy but I'm talented as f**k!!"

She also teased what appears to be a song lyric: "It'll soon be over when my thoughts are sober AWBAH."

The set will serve as the follow-up to last year's Rebellious Soul.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Taylor Swift Has the Sexiest Female Smile in Hollywood, Says Victoria's Secret

ABC/Richard HarbaughYou may have noticed that Taylor Swift has a nice smile. Victoria’s Secret certainly has.

The lingerie retailer has released its “What Is Sexy? List,” honoring women in Hollywood who embody a “simple, casually confident lifestyle.” Taylor is on the list, earning the title of “sexiest smile.”

The categories on the list range from “sexiest legs” -- Johnny Depp’s fiancée, Amber Heard, received that distinction -- to “sexiest short hair, don’t care” -- congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence.

There aren’t many musicians on the list aside from Taylor. Ellie Goulding was named “sexiest songstress,” Jessica Simpson was honored as the “sexiest mom,” and New Girl star/folk-pop singer Zooey Deschanel was deemed to have the “sexiest sense of humor.”

The full list is available on VictoriasSecret.com.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Sam Smith Thinks Vin Diesel's Cover of "Stay with Me" Was "Hilarious"

ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith is flattered that his hit “Stay with Me” was covered by Vin Diesel. Yes, the same Vin Diesel who stars in The Fast and the Furious franchise and in the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Vin delivered his version of “Stay with Me” during an appearance on Britain’s Capital FM. Needless to say, it wasn’t great, but Sam enjoyed it. He tweeted, “Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha.”

Sam also discussed Vin’s performance with Capital FM, declaring, "First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it it's the most hilarious thing I've heard in my life."

He even suggested that he’s willing to collaborate with the actor one day: "It's so weird for me because i remember watching xXx when I was like eleven years old! I definitely think we should do a duet one day, it would be amazing."


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Thursday
Jul312014

Listen to Elton John and Smokey Robinson's Duet of "Tracks of My Tears" Online

Verve Records; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsElton John is one of the guest artists on Smokey Robinson's upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends; he collaborated with the Motown legend on a new version of "Tracks of My Tears."  While the album won't be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the new collaboration for your listening pleasure.

A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about "Tracks of My Tears," and Robinson's influence on his own career.  He called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey's old group The Miracles in 1965, "maybe the greatest pop song ever written."

Elton said of Robinson's ability as a wordsmith, "His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He's been in my heart ever since I was…17."

The list of guest artists on Smokey & Friends also includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Kanye West Tops "GQ"'s "21 Best Albums of the 21st Century" List

Dana Edelson/NBCKanye West has the best album of the 21st century, according to GQ.

The publication awarded the rapper's 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, with the top spot on its list of the best albums of the century so far, calling it a "hard-won, titanic achievement" on the culture.

"It could've been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever f***ing put together by a single artist," GQ says. "MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once -- a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art."

The mag suggests that "anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living -- or do both at the same time --should be forced to listen to MBDTF first."

The GQ list also includes OutKast's Stankonia, Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, and  Jay Z's The Blueprint, among others.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Volbeat Already Getting Started On Next Album

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Volbeat's most recent album, Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, continues to sell well a year-and-a-half after its release. Although the band has a jam-packed fall tour schedule, they won't be coasting much longer on the 2013 release; drummer Jon Larsen reveals that he and his band mates will hit the studio after "a bit of holiday."

In an interview with Finnish Kaaos TV, Larsen says, "We're gonna be on the road for most of the [rest of the] year. That's the end of this year and...the end of the Outlaw Gentlemen cycle, so to speak. I think after a bit of holiday, we will probably start working seriously on new tunes."

Larsen reveals that Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen "is already starting" on new material, "adding stuff and pieces, he's already thinking about artwork, titles, songs… he's already way ahead of that." Larsen says that the rest of the band will "start up probably either late December...[or] definitely [by] early January and lock ourselves in the rehearsal room and try to come up with some new stuff."

The bar has been raised by Outlaw Gentlemen; the album was widely applauded by critics and its latest single reached number three on the rock charts. It was the first Volbeat album to be produced by former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, who became so important to the recording process that he was asked -- and agreed -- to join the band.

Volbeat is in Europe playing festivals. The band's tour with Five Finger Death Punch kicks off September 16 in Salt Lake City. 


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Thursday
Jul312014

New Box Set Featuring Seven Classic Foreigner Albums to Be Released in October

Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s.  Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.

The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14.  It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat.  Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.

The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002.  Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You."  The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.

Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits.  The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."

Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat.  Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003.  Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Chris Brown's "Loyal" Goes Platinum

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Chris Brown's music career managed to stay afloat during his extended jail stint thanks to his hit single "Loyal," which just hit a new milestone.

The singer has announced on Twitter that his catchy tune, which features Lil Wayne and Tyga, has officially reached platinum status, meaning the song has sold more than one million copies.

"1,000,000 units! has now reached platinum sales. Thank you Team Breezy!," he tweeted.

He later added, "These hoes ain't loyal but my fans damn sure are!"

The singer will have plenty of time to celebrate as he's currently sailing on a yacht in Saint Tropez and Marbella, Spain to host several club gigs.

Last week, Brown thanked his fans for making the song's accompanying video Vevo Certified for garnering 100 million views.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Lorde to Curate Soundtrack to Next "Hunger Games" Movie

ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.

In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."

Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Florida Georgia Line Taking It Down to the Wire Recording Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's sophomore album is expected to come out by the end of 2014, but they're still not finished recording the project. While they've got a lot of strong material --  including the lead single, "Dirt" -- the guys just keep finding more great songs.

FGL tweeted Thursday, "Uh oh, another song came in last minute we have to cut. Ahhhhh Yeaya, we bringing some extra special heat on this one."

You can download "Dirt" now at all digital outlets.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Tim McGraw Mixes Up a Batch of Faith Hill's Watermelon Salsa

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Big MachineTim McGraw is getting domestic backstage on his on his Sundown Heaven Town tour. He just posted a Twitter photo of fresh veggies and fruit with the caption, "Makin my wife's famous watermelon salsa outside the bus in Washington!"

While he didn't share a link to Faith Hill's recipe, it looks like Tim's lined up a watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, an onion and some cilantro to go in the salsa.

Tim has cooked up a new batch of songs for his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out September 16.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Sarah McLachlan on Reviving Lilith Fair: "There Are No Plans" but "You Never Know"

Credit: Kharen HillSarah McLachlan is at the tail end of a U.S. headlining tour in support of her latest album, Shine On, but she says it's another one of her tours -- one she did years ago -- that everyone is still interested in: Lilith Fair.

Lilith Fair, a traveling music festival that ran from 1997 to 1999, featured only female artists, or female-led bands.  It was considered a watershed cultural moment of the '90s, though an attempted revival in 2010 was a bust.  Still, Sarah says people still ask her about it, which she feels is because people have such fond memories of the original incarnation.

"Almost every interview, that is a discussion, yeah," she tells ABC News Radio, "I equate that to it being a really important time, and really effecting some great positive change. You know, there are no plans [to do another one].  It was a huge undertaking, and it was sort of a happening that happened organically, in a time and a place that really needed it."

While the idea of an all-female festival may have been a startling one back in the nineties, Sarah says, "Things have shifted and changed and perhaps there's different dynamics at play now.  It's a different time.  So, it's not as needed as it was back then."

That doesn't mean that the idea of Lilith Fair has been retired permanently, though.  Sarah's been around long enough to know she should never say never.

"Because people continually talk about it and ask about it, you never know," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think if I ever did it again, it'd be a destination.  It wouldn't be a tour.  That would make more sense."  

Sarah's U.S. tour, during which she fields questions from the audience, wraps up August 3 in Dallas. She'll kick off a major tour of her native Canada in October.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Slash Launches New Web Video Series, "Ask Slash and Myles"

Image Courtesy of Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist's website.

In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn't planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped.

"They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into musically is very much in tandem with what they do, so the two of us playing together is a sort of unique rock 'n' roll package that you don't see to much of these days," says the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist.

"They were one of those band that helped draw up the blueprint for hard rock," adds Kennedy.  "The goal for me is to just try and keep up.  Steven Tyler is one of the greatest front men in rock and roll...so I'm real excited to sit on the side of the stage when we're done and just take notes."

New episodes of Ask Slash and Myles will be posted each Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Posthumous Studio Album by The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Due Out in Late September

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIt's been more than two years since The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb passed away at age 62 after a battle with cancer, but now a new studio album featuring recordings the singer made several years ago is being prepared for a September 30 release.  The record, named 50 St. Catherine's Drive after Robin's birthplace on the U.K.'s Isle of Man, was put together by his widow, Dwina, and son Robin-John, aka R.J.

According to Rolling Stone, the album includes tracks Robin recorded between 2006 and 2008 for a never-released project that was to have featured mostly autobiographical tunes.  50 St. Catherine's Drive also will boast a number of demos Gibb recorded as recently as July 2011.  All 17 songs on the record were either written solely by Robin or co-written with R.J.

One track on the album is an updated version of The Bee Gees' "I Am the World," a tune that originally was released as the B-side of the band's 1966 single "Spicks and Specks."

"He was always fond of this song and decided to record a new version for this album," Dwina explains to Rolling Stone.  "In the studio, Robin and [producer] Peter-John Vettese wrote new middle-eight sections, so it is now an extended version of the original."

Robin's new rendition of "I Am the World" currently is streaming exclusively at RollingStone.com.

Here is the complete track list of 50 St. Catherine's Drive:

"Days of Wine & Roses"
"Instant Love"
"Alan Freeman Days"
"Wherever You Go"
"I Am the World (New Version)"
"Mother"
"Anniversary"
"Sorry"
"Cherish"
"Don't Cry Alone"
"Avalanche"
"One Way Love"
"Broken Wings"
"Sanctuary"
"Solid"
"All We Have Is Now"
"Sydney"


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Thursday
Jul312014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley's baby boy born last year? ANSWER: Knox.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Miguel Producing Girlfriend Nazanin Mandi's Debut Album

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCIn addition to working on his third studio effort, Miguel is contributing to the debut album of his longtime girlfriend, model Nazanin Mandi.

The crooner has signed on as executive producer of the set, which Mandi describes as a collaborative project.

"When we head to the studio, we automatically turn off relationship mode and go into work mode. If he doesn’t like something, if I’m doing it wrong, if I’m not feeling a song or lyric, we’re 120 percent honest," Mandi says in an interview with Complex. "In order for this to work the way we need it to, we have to put our feelings aside and become business-minded. And that’s exactly what we’re doing."

Mandi adds that Miguel helped her hone her artistry.

"I was always too shy to even sing in front of him or say, 'I want to do this.' But one day, maybe three years ago, I had a breakdown and he said, 'Babe, you have to let me help you. You can do this, you’re a star, and I’m not just saying that because I am your man. I see it, everyone else sees it, you have to see it, and I think it’s time that you open your eyes.' And since then, we’ve been working with each other," says Mandi.

While Mandi has yet to announce the details for her first album, Miguel is expected to release his follow-up to Kaleidoscope Dream this fall.


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