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Monday
Mar092015

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Claims Nick Gordon Is Under Investigation for Attempted Murder

LifetimeBobby Brown's sister claims in a Facebook post that Nick Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder, after her niece and his partner, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home in late January.

Leolah Brown addressed her post to Dr. Phil McGraw, who staged a supposed intervention with Gordon for an episode of his TV show airing Wednesday.

Brown writes, "Nick Gordon is under investigation for the attempted murder of my niece Bobby Kristina Brown. We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that you or anyone else not provide this individual a platform to spin this situation to his benefit."

"If Nick Gordon does not have the courage to speak with my brother Bobby Brown and/or law enforcement about what happened the day my niece's body was found in a bathtub, he does not deserve to have a platform to speak to anyone of your caliber until this investigation is concluded," she concludes.

Authorities have not said Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder.

In a promotional clip for the intervention, Gordon cries, "I miss Krissy and Whitney [Houston] so much. I want them back."

Gordon also tells Dr. Phil, "I hate Bobby Brown." He and Brown have not seen eye to eye recently; Gordon's attorneys have claimed Bobby Brown has prohibited him from being at Bobbi Kristiona's side.

Dr. Phil is seen asking Gordon whether he's been drinking a lot. A family source confirmed to ABC News on Friday that Gordon entered rehab following the intervention.

Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalized in Georgia.


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Monday
Mar092015

Mick Fleetwood Hoping Fleetwood Mac Will Release New Album "Within the Next Couple of Years"

Credit: Danny ClinchWill Fleetwood Mac release a new album with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie?  That's a question on the minds of a lot of the band's fans.  It's no secret that the group has started amassing some material for a possible new record, but founding drummer Mick Fleetwood admits it may be a "couple of years" before he and his band mates will have the chance to complete the project since they're currently focused on touring and will be for some time.

"This whole touring stuff is getting sort of totally, in a good way, out of control," Fleetwood tells ABC Radio.  "We're going all over the world now, so we don't quite know how we're gonna finish this [album] out."

Fleetwood Mac is in the middle of its second North American tour leg since Christine McVie officially rejoined the band last year.  The current trek is scheduled to run through an April 14 concert in the Los Angeles area, and that will be followed by a European outing that runs from late May until the middle of July.  The group also is expected to visit other parts of the world before wrapping up the tour.

As for the new music Fleetwood Mac has been preparing, Mick tells ABC Radio, "We're building up this whole sort of dossier of material, a glut of stuff."  He explains that singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham "has a great chunk of wonderful songs, [most of which are] pretty flushed out and finished," adding that the band also has "been in the studio with Christine in months gone by [and that] worked out amazingly well."

Fleetwood says the only element that really is missing from the project is some new original songs from Stevie Nicks.  For her part, Nicks told ABC Radio late last year that she was unsure whether, after the band wrapped up its tour, she would be willing to keep her solo career on hold and "sign up for another year of making a record."

And what are Mick's feelings about the chances for a new Fleetwood Mac album?  "I hope it happens," he says.  "My inclination is, the music will not be wasted.  It will come out one way or another.  And I truly hope, and I quietly believe it will be Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie will do some lovely stuff and within the next couple of years we will get that done."

Here are the remaining dates on Fleetwood Mac's current North American tour:

3/11 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
3/12 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/15 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
3/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
3/18 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/21 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
3/23 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
3/25 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
3/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/31 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
4/1 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
4/4 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
4/6 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
4/7 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
4/10 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
4/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
4/14 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum


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Monday
Mar092015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstocBrad Paisley has been honored a second time with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for his work taking country music to Europe. He first won the award in 2011.

Trace Adkins will play a veteran therapy group leader in an episode of NBC's The Night Shift to air in early May.

Brett Eldredge has joined Snapchat. You can follow him at @Brett_Eldredge.

Mickey Guyton's scheduled Friday performance on ABC's Good Morning America has been postponed to do a later date due to breaking news coverage. We'll keep you posted on the new airdate.

Alabama, Lee Greenwood and Phil Vassar have been added to Charlie Daniels ' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 12.

Lee Ann Womack is releasing a three-song limited edition vinyl EP, Trouble in Mind, for Record Store Day on April 18. The project will only be available at independent record stores.


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Monday
Mar092015

Ashley Monroe Says Traveling with Duet Partner Blake Shelton Is Like Rolling with Elvis

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe knows the value of having friends in high places. Her pal Blake Shelton put her on his song, "Lonely Tonight," which just hit #1 on the country chart last week. She found out about the good news last Monday night through a text from Blake, and his support has meant a lot to her personally

Ashley tells ABC Radio, "He is genuinely so proud of me, and he wants me to shine. He texts me the whole time we've been at #1. I can tell he's excited for me way more than he is him. That means so much."

Ashley has known Blake and his wife, Miranda Lambert, for years now, but Blake's star is shining a lot brighter lately thanks to his gig as a coach on The Voice.

"He's like such a superstar these days," Ashley says. "We've known him so long. He's so much the same still, though, too."

Singing with Blake has given Ashley a lot of opportunities, including performances on the CMA Awards, The Voice and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ashley even filmed a Pepsi commercial with Blake on an aircraft carrier in Texas.

She recalls, "We had a police escort for that commercial in Corpus Christi. We landed in his private plane, and police escort takes us and we go on that aircraft carrier, police all around us. I said, "I'm so glad I'm friends with Elvis." That's what it felt like!"

Ashley is now climbing the country chart with her brand-new solo single, "On to Something Good." It's the lead release from her upcoming studio album.


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Monday
Mar092015

Does Kelly Clarkson Have Inside Information About Adele’s New Album?

Cliff Lipson/CBS; Justin Lubin/NBCNobody knows anything for sure about what Adele's new album is going to sound like...except, perhaps, Kelly Clarkson. In a new interview, she reveals what appears to be some inside information about the British star's eagerly anticipated project.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Kelly talks about how many artists seem to be hopping from genre to genre these days, and says she plans to record a country album in the future.  In the middle of the conversation, she says, "…Even Adele I heard is doing something more country-influenced with this next record."

Kelly doesn't go into detail about where she heard this bit of information, but here's a guess: Kelly worked on her new album with producer and writer Greg Kurstin.  Kurstin happens to be one of the people with whom Adele is rumored to be working, so perhaps there was some gossip in the studio that Kelly was privy to.

Other rumored collaborators on Adele's album include OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Phil Collins.  The disc is unlikely to see the light of day any time soon; songwriter and producer Paul Epworth, who won four Grammys for his work on 21, told Billboard in January that it "will come when it's ready."


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Monday
Mar092015

Why Is Tom Hanks in Carly Rae Jepsen's Video? It Was His Idea

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesCarly Rae Jepsen's video for her comeback single "I Really Like You" appeared late Friday night, and as promised, it stars Tom Hanks, who's shown lip-syncing the song while traveling to the video set and then dancing in the streets of New York City with Carly Rae.  While you might wonder just how hard the "Call Me Maybe" singer had to beg the Oscar-winner to appear in her video, the answer is "not at all"...because it was Hanks' idea.

It turns out that Hanks is friendly with Carly Rae's manager, Scooter Braun, and one night over dinner, Scooter shared with Hanks Carly Rae's concept for the clip.  "He was telling him how I had this vision for like a male lead, that I wanted to have this guy sing the song rather than me, and I thought it would be really comedic and funny, especially if it was someone totally unexpected," Carly tells ABC Radio. "And Tom was like, 'Well, why don’t you guys ever ask me?'"

She laughs, "So I got a call from Scooter three days before Christmas, like, 'What about Tom Hanks?' I’m like, 'Are you kidding me? That’s Christmas come early! So, yes, please!'”

And it's not like Carly was starstruck on set, either, because it turns out that she and Hanks had met before, at Scooter Braun's wedding...under some unusual circumstances.

"We were all trying to, like, shoo this hummingbird out of the tent," Carly recalls. "And I like thought he was gonna shoo it out with a broom...and I said, 'Don’t hurt the bird!!' And he turned around and I was like, 'Tom Hanks!'" 

She laughs, "So that was our introduction. But we laughed about it, and we kind of had a cocktail and talked for the rest of the night. So it was all good, but it was an awkward beginning, for sure!"

In addition to Tom Hanks, the video also features an appearance by Justin Bieber, who arranged for Carly Rae to be signed to Scooter Braun's record label after hearing "Call Me Maybe" back home in his native Canada and realizing it was a huge hit.  The two have since become buddies, having toured and sang together on numerous occasions.

"He was in New York. It was like a wonderful surprise," Carly says of Justin's appearance in the clip. "He was like, 'I’m coming down.' And we’re like, 'Great...we’re gonna do, like, a flash mobby-type dance at the end, so come be a part of it!'" 

"I Really Like You" is the first single from Carly's upcoming album, which doesn't have a release date or title yet.


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Monday
Mar092015

Chris Brown Readies Film Project with Tyga, Says Manager 

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Chris Brown has a film project in the works, according to his manager Mike G.

In an interview with XXL magazine, the singer's manager reveals plans to film a movie with Brown and Tyga, with whom Brown just recorded a joint project, Fan of a Fan: The Album.

"[On the management side] we’re looking at a couple different acts and just really focusing on brand marketing. [With Chris and Tyga] we’ve partnered up with Rob Weiss, the executive producer of Entourage, he just did the film Entourage. We’re partnering up with him on this movie deal that we’re working on," says Mike, who has been working with Breezy since 2012.

Brown's manager continued: "We’re definitely going to expand. We’re partnering with Rob who wrote Entourage for HBO and a ton of other TV shows. It’s a theatrical release. A lot of different studios are interested so we just want to make the right decision. We’re all involved. Chris came up with the movie idea."

It's unclear if the upcoming film project will focus on Fan of a Fan, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, doing 67,000 in sales and streams this week.


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Monday
Mar092015

Cage the Elephant Is Working on New Album

Credit: Colin LaneCage the Elephant said it best themselves with their breakthrough single: there ain't no rest for the wicked. The Kentucky band has announced that they have returned to the studio to begin work on their next album.

"Demoing for record #4 today!" the band writes on Twitter. They also retweeted a photo posted by guitarist Nick Bockrath featuring himself jamming in the studio with the caption "First notes!!!" followed by three thumbs-up.

Cage's last album, Melophobia, was released in 2013. Melphobia was up for Best Alternative Music Album at this year's Grammy Awards, but it lost out to St. Vincent's self-titled album.

Meanwhile, Cage has a busy touring schedule ahead of them, including appearances at the BottleRock Festival and Firefly. In between, the band will be play Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado on June 1, plus headlining shows in Omaha, Nebraska and Madison, Wisconsin.


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Monday
Mar092015

Ciara to Premiere "I Bet" Video Monday

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsAfter teasing fans with clips of an acoustic performance of her latest single, "I Bet," Ciara has announced the premiere date the song's official video.

The video will debut March 9 at 7 p.m. on Extra. Ciara posted the premiere date on Instagram along with a photo showing her posing on tip-toes, wearing a white leotard and white leg warmers.

In an interview with Women's Wear Daily last week, Ci Ci hinted that the video, which was filmed in New York City, will be a conceptual departure for her. "I did things I’ve always wanted to do in the video, style-wise and performance-wise," she said. "I had a vision!"

"I Bet," which was produced by Harmony Samuels and co-written by Rock City, is now available on digital retailers. Her sixth album, Jackie, arrives this spring.


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Monday
Mar092015

Sam Smith & John Legend Record "Lay Me Down" Duet for Charity

Comic ReliefSam Smith and John Legend have teamed up to record a duet of Sam’s song, “Lay Me Down,” for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity. 

Smith and Legend recorded the single, from Sam’s debut album In the Lonely Hour, earlier this year in Los Angeles for use as the official Red Nose Day song.  The session was itself was recorded and incorporated into the song’s official video, which is streaming now on VEVO.  Sam and John will also perform “Lay Me Down” live this Friday, March 13, during the Comic Relief -- Face the Funny live BBC One telethon from the London Palladium.

Universal, John and Sam will donate 100% of the proceeds from sales of the “Lay Me Down” duet to charity.

"I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my home town, which supports the young LGBT community in London,” Sam says in a statement. “I'm extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the U.K. and across Africa."

Says John, "Sam is such a talented artist. We've been looking forward to working together for a while now. I'm so glad we could collaborate on such a great song and for such a great cause."

Since 1985, Brits have celebrated Red Nose Day every two years, culminating with an all-star telethon every March, as a way to use comedy to raise money for charity. The name is inspired by the red noses clowns wear.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Other Influential Women Sign Letter Declaring, "Poverty Is Sexist"

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LALady Gaga and Beyoncé have joined actresses Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron as well as a number of business leaders and activists in calling on two world leaders to help empower women and end extreme poverty.

The stars signed a letter from the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE, co-founded by U2 singer Bono, calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Africa’s Minister of Health Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the way on the issues. Germany and South Africa are hosting summits this June that will address women's empowerment.

The letter, the release of which coincided with International Women's Day on Sunday, states, "Put simply, poverty is sexist, and we won’t end it unless we face up to the fact that girls and women get a raw deal, and until leaders and citizens around the world work together for real change. Because when we deliver for girls and women, we deliver for everyone."

It adds, "If we get this right, we could help lift every girl and woman out of poverty by 2030 – and by doing so we will lift everyone. Get this wrong and extreme poverty, inequality and instability might spread in the most vulnerable regions, impacting all our futures."

Thirty-six influential women in all have signed the letter, including Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike, actress Rita Wilson, comedian Sarah Silverman, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Bono's wife, Ali Hewson.

You can endorse the letter by visiting ONE.org.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Beyoncé, Other Influential Women Sign Letter Declaring, "Poverty Is Sexist"

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyoncé, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron and Lady Gaga have joined a number of business leaders and activists in calling on two world leaders to help empower women and end extreme poverty.

The stars signed a letter from the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE, co-founded by U2 singer Bono, calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Africa’s Minister of Health Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the way on the issues. Germany and South Africa are hosting summits this June that will address women's empowerment.

The letter, the release of which coincided with International Women's Day on Sunday, states, "Put simply, poverty is sexist, and we won’t end it unless we face up to the fact that girls and women get a raw deal, and until leaders and citizens around the world work together for real change. Because when we deliver for girls and women, we deliver for everyone."

It adds, "If we get this right, we could help lift every girl and woman out of poverty by 2030 – and by doing so we will lift everyone. Get this wrong and extreme poverty, inequality and instability might spread in the most vulnerable regions, impacting all our futures."

Thirty-six influential women in all have signed the letter, including Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike, actress Rita Wilson, comedian Sarah Silverman, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Bono's wife, Ali Hewson.

You can endorse the letter by visiting ONE.org.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Garth Brooks Hopes to Stay on the Road for the Next 20 Years

Image Courtesy Pearl/SonyGarth Brooks took more than a decade off from making music and touring to raise his three daughters, but don't expect him to hang up his guitar anytime soon now, that he's back on the road.

Garth tells The Oregonian, "I hope I get to do this for 20 more years, to tell you the truth. I love every second of it and can't get enough of it, no matter -- I don't even want to use the word 'work.' No matter how busy you are, it's fantastic. "

Garth is currently playing a run of shows in Buffalo, NY with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Taylor Swift Close to Overtaking The Beatles in Overall "Billboard" Hits 

ABC/ Lou RoccoIt's hard to believe, but Taylor Swift is poised to overtake The Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Taylor's song "You Are in Love," from the deluxe edition of her album 1989, was just made available on iTunes for download, and thanks to its sales, the song has entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #83.  This means in her career, Taylor has now scored 68 entries on that chart.  There are only nine musical acts in history who've had more, and next on the list is The Beatles, with 71.  If Taylor keeps releasing individual tracks from 1989, it might not take her too long to pass the legendary Fab Four.

It's worth noting that "You Are in Love" was inspired by the relationship of two of Taylor's best friends: Girls star Lena Dunham and her boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.

Currently, the only other female act who has had more entries on the Hot 100 than Taylor is Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, with 73.  Here are the other acts who are ahead of Taylor:

207: The Glee cast
125: Lil Wayne
108: late King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley
91: late Godfather of Soul James Brown
85: Drake
83: Jay Z
74: late R&B legend Ray Charles

Of this crop of artists, the only ones who are likely to stay ahead of Taylor are rappers Jay Z, Drake and Lil Wayne -- not only because they're all still alive, but because they get credit for guest appearances on other artist's records as well, and all three of them make an awful lot of those.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Tamar Braxton, Rick Ross, Estelle to Perform at Centric Salutes Selma Concert 

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A star-studded array of performers is set to appear at a during Centric Salutes Selma, a concert event the network is planning to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Alabama this Sunday.

Performers include Tamar Braxton, Rick Ross, Estelle, Aloe Blacc, Angie Stone, Bebe Winans, Eric Benet, India.Aire, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, Tyrese and more, reports AL.com.  Also appearing will be Harry Belafonte and folk singer Peter Yarrow, who were participants in the original marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965.

Hosted by AJ Calloway, the event will stream live from the Edmund Pettus Bridge -- where 600 protesters were attacked by police during the first of the marches on March 7, 1965, galvanizing public support for the Voting Rights Act -- March 8 via CentricTV.com and BET.com from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. ET.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Annie Lennox: "I Don’t Belong in the Music Industry"

Monty Brinton/CBSAnnie Lennox's most recent album, Nostalgia, debuted in the top 10 and was nominated for a Grammy, and then she had one of the most-talked-about performances on the Grammy Awards telecast.  That's why it's odd to hear that she feels she "doesn't belong" in the music industry at all.

Nostalgia is a collection of standards that Lennox didn't write, and speaking to Vogue magazine, the ex-Eurythmics frontmwoman says she "doubts" she'll ever write any original music again.  Why?  Because, she says, "For decades, I had a need to express something inside me that was dark, that needed to be brought out...And I don't want to be unhappy forever.  I'd rather be more content than unhappy.  [The songs] didn't all come from unhappiness, but there was always that little twist."

Annie said as much to ABC Radio not long ago, when she revealed that she'd rather be in a happy place in her life -- which is where she is now -- than be miserable, just so she could have stuff to write about.

"I think if it came down to lack of happiness versus lots of success, I think I'd rather be happy, really," she told ABC Radio.  "I mean, I'm talking about a place in one's life where you feel solid and not coming from a place of, you know, trauma or disturbance, basically...of course, many creative artists have been inspired by the dark side, the shadow self, and I certainly would put my hands up and admit to that."

She added, "I am at a very beautiful stage in my life, my personal life, and I'm so grateful for it that.  Yeah, I don't mind if I never write another song again.  It's true." 

But if she stopped writing songs, what would she do with herself?  Lennox tells Vogue, "I don’t know.  I don't belong anywhere.  I don't belong in the music industry.  I'm an outsider."

She adds, "There's the Annie Lennox persona, but I'm just a person.  I am passionate about many, many things.  I'm incredibly committed to campaigning for women's rights.  I'm a mother.  I read.  I walk.  I cook.  I do a lot of things."

You can catch Lennox performing songs from Nostalgia live -- including her big Grammy number "I Put a Spell on You"  -- on the PBS special Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, which starts airing on PBS stations around the country on April 3.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Metallica's Robert Trujillo's Film "Jaco" to Screen at Asbury Park Music in Film Festival

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica bassist Robert Trujillo's film Jaco, a documentary about legendary jazz-rock bassist Jaco Pastorius, will headline the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival, held next month in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Jaco was produced by Trujillo and Pastorius' son, Johnny Pastorius, and was directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak.  The film will feature appearances from Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Rush's Geddy Lee.

"Our film tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger than life musician who made an undeniable impact on music, and reinvented the electric bass; giving the instrument a powerful dynamic voice that had both edge and beauty," says Trujillo.

Following the screening of Jaco, Trujillo will take part in a question-and-answer session about the film alongside Johnny Pastorius and Marchand.

If you can't make it out to Asbury Park, Jaco is available for pre-order from Pledge Music.  Along with the Jaco DVD, a variety of perks are available, including a Skype call with Trujillo.

Meanwhile, Metallica currently is working on its new album.  Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the album's "creative elements are getting close to being done."

The Asbury Park Music in Film Festival will be held April 10-12.


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Saturday
Mar072015

RaeLynn Kicking off Music in Our Schools Tour Saturday at Disney World

Image Courtesy BMLGRaeLynn is kicking off the Music in Our Schools tour with a performance at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday. She'll perform as part of Festival Disney, a national competitive music event for high school students.  From there, RaeLynn will visit music students at five schools across the country.

RaeLynn can't wait to share her story with the next generation of music makers.  Looking back on her school days, she says, "The way for me to be creative was being in choir and being in orchestra because you know, I wasn't the kid that was good in sports. I was the kid that was always writing songs and playing my guitar. So, having those electives was always so awesome every day because it was my way to learn more about the craft that I wanted to do in the future."

RaeLynn is hitting the road with Rascal Flatts this summer.


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Saturday
Mar072015

On New Album, for Once, Madonna Looks Back: "It Seemed Like the Right Time" 

Interscope RecordsIf you're a Madonna fan, you probably know that she dislikes looking back.  But on her new album, Rebel Heart, there's a song called "Veni, Vidi, Vici" -- Latin for "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered" -- in which she basically tells the story of her career while name-checking the titles of her biggest hits, from "Holiday" and "Borderline" to "Ray of Light" and "Open Your Heart."  It's an unusual move for the Queen of Pop, but she tells the The New York Times why she chose to do it.

"I don't like to dwell in the past, but it seemed like the right time to do so," she tells The Times.  "After three decades, one has to look back.  Because there's a lot of times I just stop and think, 'Wow.'  I'm thinking about all the people that I've known, that I've worked with, that I've been friends with, that I've collaborated with, from [artist Jean-Michel] Basquiat to Michael Jackson to Tupac Shakur."

Noting that all three died too young, Madonna adds, "I survived and they didn't.  And it's bittersweet for me to think about that.  It just seemed like a time where I wanted to stop and look back.  It's kind of like survivor guilt.  How did I make it and they didn't?"

Perhaps one reason is because no matter what happens, Madonna just seems to roll with the punches. The release of Rebel Heart was fraught with drama: After unfinished songs leaked online, she rushed to get out the final versions, and then to complete the rest of the album.  The experience, she says, wasn't exactly something that she enjoyed.

"What started out as an invigorating, life-enhancing, joyous experience evolved into something quite crazy," she tells The Times.  "A strange artistic process, but a sign of the time.  We're all digital, we're all vulnerable and everything’s instant -- so instant.  Instant success and instant failure.  Instant discovery, instant destruction, instant construction.  It's as splendid and wonderful as it is devastating."

She adds, "Honestly, to me it's the death of being an artist in many ways."

Rebel Heart arrives this Tuesday.


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Saturday
Mar072015

On New Album, for Once, Madonna Looks Back: "It Seemed Like the Right Time" 

Interscope RecordsIf you're a Madonna fan, you probably know that she dislikes looking back.  But on her new album, Rebel Heart, there's a song called "Veni, Vidi, Vici" -- Latin for "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered" -- in which she basically tells the story of her career while name-checking the titles of her biggest hits, from "Holiday" and "Borderline" to "Ray of Light" and "Open Your Heart."   It's an unusual move for the Queen of Pop, but she tells the The New York Times why she chose to do it.

"I don’t like to dwell in the past, but it seemed like the right time to do so,” she tells The Times. "After three decades, one has to look back. Because there’s a lot of times I just stop and think, ‘Wow.’ I’m thinking about all the people that I’ve known, that I’ve worked with, that I’ve been friends with, that I’ve collaborated with, from [artist Jean-Michel] Basquiat to Michael Jackson to Tupac Shakur."

Noting that all three died too young, Madonna adds, "I survived and they didn’t. And it’s bittersweet for me to think about that. It just seemed like a time where I wanted to stop and look back. It’s kind of like survivor guilt. How did I make it and they didn’t?”

Perhaps one reason is because no matter what happens, Madonna just seems to roll with the punches. The release of Rebel Heart was fraught with drama: after unfinished songs leaked online, she rushed to get out the final versions, and then to complete the rest of the album.  The experience, she says, wasn't exactly something that she enjoyed.

"What started out as an invigorating, life-enhancing, joyous experience evolved into something quite crazy," she tells The Times.  "A strange artistic process, but a sign of the time. We’re all digital, we’re all vulnerable and everything’s instant -- so instant. Instant success and instant failure. Instant discovery, instant destruction, instant construction. It’s as splendid and wonderful as it is devastating."

She adds, "Honestly, to me it’s the death of being an artist in many ways.”

Rebel Heart arrives Tuesday.


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