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Friday
Sep132013

Mariah Carey Hits Studio with Jermaine Dupri, Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Mike WiLL Made It

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Mariah Carey has recruited the some of the hottest producers for her long-delayed album The Art of Letting Go, which was initially slated to arrive in this past July.

On Thursday night, the singer posted a picture on Instagram of herself in the studio with the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Darkchild, Hit-Boy and Mike WiLL Made It. She captioned the black-and-white pic with the hashtag "#studiolife."

The picture was liked by more than 29,000 fans. One of her lambs commented, "Mariah is the greatest singer in the world, there is no comparison. So looking forward to your new album! It's going to be amazing," while another wrote,"You are going to take over the world like a storm."

Another fan remarked that it was nice to see Mimi and JD collaborating once more, especially since the most recent collaborations by the duo -- on 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi and 2008's E=MC² -- resulted in some of her biggest hit singles.  Dupri did not produce any songs on the singer's 2009 effort, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which to date has sold far fewer copies than either of those albums.  It featured production by The-Dream, among others.

While no release date has been announced for The Art of Letting Go, Mariah tweeted in June, "I want to give you this album as it’s meant to be heard. When I’m ready, you’ll be the first 2 know."

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Friday
Sep132013

Tom DeLonge Says Blink-182 Is “Three or Four Steps” Along Writing for Next Album

Courtesy of Blink-182For months now, Blink-182 has been dropping hints on social media that they’ve been working on new material. Now, frontman Tom DeLonge has revealed that the group is pretty far along in the process.

“We're three or four steps in [to our songwriting process], so the actual getting into the same room and tracking that has not happened yet, but that's pretty soon,” he tells Rolling Stone. “That's probably the next step, to be honest.”

While the band is steadily writing new tracks, bassist Mark Hoppus notes they're currently on the hunt for a producer and a record label for the group’s follow-up to 2011’s Neighborhoods. “We've been meeting with labels, we've been talking about producers, trying to figure out internally what the plan is for Blink,” he explains. “We're keeping our options open.”

The band says they hope to release the project, their seventh studio album, in 2014.

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Friday
Sep132013

Hear Lorde’s New Single, “Team”

Facebook.com/LordeMusicRiding high from the success of “Royals,” Lorde has unveiled another cut from her upcoming debut album. The singer has posted a stream of “Team,” the next single from Pure Heroine, on her YouTube channel.

Lorde says the new track is an autobiographical one in which she discusses her upbringing in New Zealand. “No one comes to New Zealand, no one knows anything about New Zealand, and here I am, trying to grow up and become a person," she tells Billboard. "I've been countering that with going to New York and seeing this place that's in every movie and every TV show. Part of me wanted to go back to writing for me and for my friends, and write something that I felt related to us a little bit."

Pure Heroine will arrive at all the usual retail outlets on September 30. A few days before that, Lorde will head out on a brief trek to promote the release, starting September 24 at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Until the Ribbon Breaks will support the singer on all dates. Visit Lorde.co.nz to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Sep132013

Australian Girls Education Campaigner Wants Bruno Mars' Single Banned from Radio

Credit: James MooneyBruno Mars is generally considered to be a pretty inoffensive artist, thanks to his hits like "Just the Way You Are" and "When I Was Your Man."  But one woman in Australia says that Bruno's latest single should be banned because it advocates violence towards women.

Dannielle Miller is the co-founder of Enlighten Education, which runs workshops for high school girls.  According to the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph, Miller took offense to the fact that Bruno's new single, "Gorilla," was played on the radio while she was driving her children to school.

The sexually-charged song, which is about making love like, well, gorillas, features the lyrics, "Yeah, I got a fistful of your hair/But you don't look like you're scared/You just smile and tell me, 'Daddy, it's yours'/'Cause you know how I like it/You's a dirty little lover." 

Miller tells the paper, "As a mother of young kids I get offended when I hear lyrics where men refer to women as sluts. This is not a song that respects women.  Anyone who asks you to call them 'daddy' in the bedroom is just 50 shades of wrong."

Miller feels that songs such as "Gorilla" shouldn't be played on the mainstream radio station on which she heard it. She says she'd specifically like to ask Bruno this question: "How would you feel about someone saying that to your daughter?"

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Friday
Sep132013

Brad Paisley Wants to See You at the CMA Awards this November

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has signed on to co-host the 47th Annual CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood November 6, and he wants to see you in the audience. Brad has launched a new contest offering tickets to the big show as a tie-in with his new single, "I Can't Change the World."

To enter, post a photo of the person who "changed [your] world" to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ChangedYourWorld. One lucky winner will get tickets to the CMAs, and the photos could also be used in videos or advertisements for Brad's new song. Go to BradPaisley.com for more details.

"I Can't Change the World" is the latest single from Brad's album, Wheelhouse, in stores now.

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Friday
Sep132013

Father of The Black Crowes' Robinson Brothers Dies

Courtesy of The Black CrowesCondolences go out to The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson, whose father, Stanly, died on Tuesday.  A statement from the band reports that the elder Robinson passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta at the age of 73.

The Robinsons brothers paid tribute to their father in a message posted on the band's official website.

"We sadly bid a final farewell to our loving father, Stan Robinson," reads the message.  "The man who lived his entire life in Atlanta, GA left this earthly realm Tuesday afternoon on wings of pure love and with his sons by his side.  We love you Dad."

Chris and Rich are Stanly's only children, and he also had six grandchildren.  He spent his early working life pursuing a career as a singer and songwriter, and went on to be a representative for clothing manufacturers throughout the eastern U.S.

According to The Black Crowes' statement, Stanly's "life was blessed with many friends whom he constantly entertained with his countless stories and humor, and filled their lives with laughter."

The Robinson family will be holding a private memorial for Stanly, and request that "those who knew Stan, remember him as we all experienced him, so very full of life."

Following Stanly Robinson's death, The Black Crowes postponed a scheduled concert in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday for just one day, while canceling a show in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that had been slated to take place on Wednesday.  The band's next concert takes place tonight at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

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Friday
Sep132013

Drake Debuts "Wu-Tang Forever" Lifted From "Nothing Was the Same"

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Drake has released new music from his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, in the form of a mellow track called "Wu-Tang Forever."

The Canadian rapper's dark track borrows a line from Raekwon's verse from "It's Yourz," which appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's second album, Wu-Tang Forever, a double-disc released in 1997.

"I don't know what's getting in to me /I just like the rush when you see your enemy / Somewhere in the club and you realize he just not in a position to reciprocate your energy / You ain't ever worried 'cause he's not who he pretend to be," Drake spits on the cut lifted from his third studio effort.

Boasting contributions from Jay-Z and Jhené Aiko, Nothing Was the Same arrives in stores on September 24.

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Friday
Sep132013

Tupac Shakur's Death: 17 Years Later Murder Remains Unsolved

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Today marks 17th anniversary of the day Tupac Shakur tragically died. The 25-year old rapper was gunned down during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas around 4:03 p.m on September 13, 1996.

Despite living six days in a medically-induced coma following the incident, the legendary rapper was declared deceased after doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding. The official cause of death was noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. He was cremated after an autopsy.

With his extensive catalog, including "California Love," "I Get Around," "Hail Mary," "Dear Mama," the rapper has sold more 75 million records worldwide.

To date, no arrests have ever made in connection with Pac's murder, which remains unsolved.

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Friday
Sep132013

Keith Urban Missed Thursday Night Show in Cleveland Due to Bad Weather; Make-Up Show Happening Sunday

BormanKeith Urban left them wanting a lot more at his show in Cleveland Thursday night, since he never showed. Due to a bad weather, Keith was stuck at the airport in New York City for hours. Fans at the concert didn't know Keith wasn't there until the first two acts, Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town, had played their sets.

Keith did post a video from the airport, apologizing for the no-show. He also invited fans to come back Sunday night for an extended show to make up for the canceled Thursday night concert.

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Friday
Sep132013

One Direction's Harry Styles Defended by Elton John After He's Booed at Concert

Image Courtesy Harry Styles via TwitterOne Direction may take a lot of criticism, but it's nice to know that they've got at least one rock legend in their corner: Elton John.

As the British paper The Mirror reports, on Thursday night, the group's Harry Styles attended Elton's concert at the Roundhouse in London, which was part of the ongoing iTunes Festival.  But when Elton thanked him from the stage, calling him "the fabulous Harry Styles," he was greeted with a chorus of boos.  An indignant Elton shot back, "I love One Direction. F**k off."

Harry later posted a photo of him and Elton backstage, in which he referred to the singer as "a living legend."

It's not just onstage that Elton supports One Direction -- he also gives them shout-outs in interviews.  He told the British paper The Daily Mail, "They are a great British pop band. I just hope they are getting good money because they are working bloody hard.  I like their songs."  

Elton added, perhaps in recognition of ongoing rumors that one or more of the guys wants to quit for a solo career, "I don’t think they’d work if one of them left, but I just think, 'Good luck to them.’’’

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Friday
Sep132013

Stevie Nicks' CMT "Crossroads" Team-Up with Lady Antebellum Was Literally a Dream Come True

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupTonight, Stevie Nicks will be featured performing with country/pop trio Lady Antebellum on the latest installment of the CMT series Crossroads, which pairs rock, pop and country acts for musical collaborations.  Why these two acts specifically?  Well, the concept literally came to Nicks in a dream.  She's a fan of Lady Antebellum's music, and had a dream she was performing with them on stage, so she reached out to the group's people and turned that dream into this Crossroads special.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott tells ABC News Radio that was a "very Stevie way" of putting together a show.  She and her band mates soon learned that that magical way of thinking is just par for the course when you're hanging out with the legendary Fleetwood Mac frontwoman. Lady A's Dave Haywood adds, "Yeah, she's always telling these elaborate stories, which are crazy."

The Crossroads special was taped back in January in Culver City, California.  Overall, the country-pop outfit feels very privileged to have gotten to collaborate with the rock goddess immediately after their first meeting.

"I've always said, you know it's one thing to just meet another artist you're a huge fan of, but to actually work with them is how I would want to meet them," says Haywood.  "For us to be able to work with Stevie Nicks and for her to be so kind and so excited about our music -- because we were over the moon about hers -- for her to reciprocate, that was incredible."

Nicks and Lady Antebellum's CMT Crossroads episode premieres at 10 p.m. ET, and you'll see the two acts trade vocals on Nicks' classic solo and Fleetwood Mac tunes "Edge of Seventeen," "Landslide," "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon," as well as on Lady A hits like "Need You Now."  There's also a reworking of Stevie's hit duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."  In addition, the show will feature Nicks and Lady A sharing stories and discussing aspects of their respective music careers.

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Friday
Sep132013

Keith Urban's New Eric Church Duet Grew Out of Their Musical Friendship

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's new album, Fuse, includes a duet with Miranda Lambert on the new single "We Were Us," as well as a collaboration with Eric Church on "Raise 'Em Up."  Keith has known Miranda for years now, since she first opened shows for him back in 2005.  His relationship with Eric Church didn't really begin until Keith heard Eric's platinum 2011 album, Chief.

"Chief is one of my favorite records of the last, easily the last 10 years, if not more," Keith says. "It's just top to bottom, it’s just a great, great record."

As Keith and Eric got to know each other better, their families began hanging out quite a bit in Nashville. The conversation between the two country stars always turned to music, though.

Keith explains, "He would be turning me on to new music, and I’d texting him about, "You gotta listen to 'Bankrupt’ by Dr. Hook!" We’re trying to hip each other with records we love that probably the other guy hasn’t heard, so that sort of, that banter started sort of started happening pretty regularly."

Since they hit it off so well musically, Keith wanted to include a duet with Eric on Fuse. That's when Keith came across the anthem, "Raise 'Em up."

"It wasn’t written as a duet, but it just struck me as the perfect song," Keith says. "There’s a particular theme, really, in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I was really happy that he came and sang on it."

Fuse is now in stores and also features Keith's latest #1 hit, "Little Bit of Everything."

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Friday
Sep132013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich current country star hails from the small town of Rincon, GA? ANSWER: Billy Currington.

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Friday
Sep132013

Stevie Nicks & Lady Antebellum CMT "Crossroads" Team-Up Was Literally a Dream Come True 

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupThe Friday night, Stevie Nicks teams with country/pop trio Lady Antebellum for the latest installment of the CMT series Crossroads, which pairs rock, pop and country acts for musical collaborations.  Why these two acts specifically?  Well, the concept literally came to Stevie in a dream.  She's a fan of Lady A's music, and had a dream she was performing with them on stage, so she reached out to Lady Antebellum's people and turned that dream into this Crossroads special.

Lady A's Hillary Scott tells ABC News Radio that was a "very Stevie way" of putting together a show. The band soon learned that magical way of thinking is just par for the course when you're hanging out with the legendary Fleetwood Mac frontwoman. Lady A's Dave Haywood adds, "Yeah, she's always telling these elaborate stories, which are crazy."

The Crossroads special was taped a few months back, before Hillary gave birth to her new baby over the summer. Overall, the band feels very privileged to have gotten to collaborate with the rock goddess immediately after their first meeting.

"I've always said, you know it's one thing to just meet another artist you're a huge fan of, but to actually work with them is how I would want to meet them," says Dave.  "For us to be able to work with Stevie Nicks and for her to be so kind and so excited about our music -- because we were over the moon about hers -- for her to reciprocate, that was incredible." 

Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks' CMT Crossroads premieres Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, and you'll see the two acts trade vocals on Stevie's classic solo and Fleetwood Mac hits "Edge of Seventeen," "Landslide," "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon," as well as on Lady A hits like "Need You Now."  There's also a reworking of Stevie's hit duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."

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Friday
Sep132013

Tamar Braxton's "All the Way Home" Climbs Back in Top 20 

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Tamar Braxton is having one incredible week.

In addition to her sophomore album, Love and War, claiming the number two position on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sitting atop the iTunes R&B Albums chart, the singer has two singles positioned in the top twenty on the radio chart.

Her newest offering, "All the Way Home," has climbed to number 17, after falling off the chart last week, while her hit single, "The One," maintains the number three spot, just a couple of slots behind current chart topper Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," who has spent six weeks at the coveted spot.

Tamar recently expressed her gratitude to her fans by writing on Facebook, "Thank you for all the support and LOVE! I couldn't have done it without y'all," adding the hashtags "#shewon" and "#wedidthat."

In related news, the singer will be performing in Atlanta during For Sisters Only 2013 this Saturday, September 14. She will be joined her rumored nemesis, K. Michelle, as well as Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Bobby Valentino, among others.

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Friday
Sep132013

Imagine Dragons to Debut New Track, “Monster,” in Upcoming "Infinity Blade III" Video Game

Facebook.com/ImagineDragonsImagine Dragons has a new single headed our way, but if you want to hear it first you’ll need to buy the latest installment of the Infinity Blade video game franchise.

ChAIR Entertainment has announced that they’ve partnered with the band to incorporate the new song, “Monster,” into the soundtrack for Infinity Blade III, which will be available on September 18. Imagine Dragons notes that the track was written especially for “a crucial battle” scene in the game.

“Infinity Blade has been massive and we felt the song fit perfectly with the tone and visuals,” says the band in a statement. “We’re pretty big gamers ourselves, so we couldn’t be more excited.”

In addition to hearing “Monster” in the video game, you’ll be able to purchase the single at iTunes starting September 19.

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Friday
Sep132013

Report: Jennifer Hudson Received Payoff After "American Idol" Commitment Fell Through

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesIt pays to not be a judge on American Idol. Just ask Jennifer Hudson.

The season-three finalist had been rumored to be in the mix for one of the open judges' slots on the Fox competition. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter says, she had a commitment with the network, but producers backed away from her when Jennifer Lopez became a viable option. 

As a result, J-Lo and Harry Connick Jr. will join the returning Keith Urban on the panel for Idol's 13th season, while J-Hud will continue her career as an award-winning singer and actress.  But don't feel too badly for her -- according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox cut J-Hud loose by reportedly giving her about two million dollars. Not too shabby.

J-Lo, meanwhile, will reportedly make 15 million bucks for her work on the upcoming season of Idol, which begins in January.

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Friday
Sep132013

Paramore's Hayley Says "Still Into You" Is About Her Own Six-Year Relationship

Fueled by RamenIf you think that frontwoman Hayley Williams sounds convincing singing about a long-term relationship on Paramore's latest hit "Still Into You," well, she should: the song is about her own love life.

"This song is absolutely autobiographical from start to finish," she tells ABC News Radio, "It's about me and the relationship that I've been in for the last, like, almost six years now."  She adds, "This is one of the most, I think, autobiographical songs that we've ever released and that I've ever written, and maybe that's why I love it so much."

She laughs, "It's kind of exciting when Paramore writes a love song 'cause we don't do that kind of thing very often."

Hayley also likes the fact that such a personal song has become so popular. "It is, like, 100 percent my favorite song we've ever released as a single, so to see it doing well and that people are really loving it, it feels amazing," she tells ABC News Radio.

And if you like "Still Into You," you should probably check out Paramore's current self-titled album.  Like "Still Into You," the songs were drawn directly from Hayley and her bandmates' lives.

"This record is a lot more about who we are individually and personally," she explains. "I think what's cool is all the newer fans and people that are just discovering Paramore on this record, it's nice that they get a really good look into who we are."

She adds, "I think this is a great record for people to start with if they've never listened to Paramore, because by the time you get to the end of it, I feel like you pretty much get us."

You'll be able to enjoy Paramore's personal songs live starting next month, when the band starts a U.S. tour in Seattle on October 15.  When that wraps at the end of November, they'll take a break and kick off the new year in Australia and New Zealand.  Come March, you'll be able to get really up-close-and-personal with Hayley and the guys on their first fan cruise, Parahoy!, which sails from Miami on March 7.

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Friday
Sep132013

Robin Thicke Announces 2014 Tour Dates

Press Here PublicityThere are still a few months left in 2013, but Robin Thicke already has the early part of 2014 mapped out.  The singer will hit the road on a headlining tour of North America starting on February 21 in Atlanta.  Right now, Robin's scheduled to visit 15 cities, with things wrapping up March 29 in San Francisco.

Joining Robin for the jaunt will be British pop star Jessie J, as well as DJ Cassidy. The topless models from the "Blurred Lines" video will probably not be onstage with Robin, unfortunately, and it's anybody's guess if Miley Cyrus will show up for some guest twerking.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 20, but American Express card members can purchase tickets this Saturday, September 14 starting at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, September 19. 

In addition, Robin is offering fans the opportunity to bid online for excellent seats, with the proceeds going to two different charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Visit TicketsforCharity.com to find out how to take advantage of the offer.

Here are Robin's tour dates:

2/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
2/25 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
2/27 -- Washington, D.C., Patriot Center
3/1 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theatre
3/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata
3/4 -- Boston, MA, Agannis Arena
3/7 -- New York, NY, Theatre at MSG
3/12 -- Detroit, MI,  Fox Theatre
3/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
3/20 -- Austin, TX,  ACL Live at The Moody Theater
3/21 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
3/23 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
3/26 -- Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater
3/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
3/29 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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Friday
Sep132013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson will perform on QVC Presents Q Sessions Live Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m. ET in support of his new album, To All the Girls… The project, which includes collaborations with everyone from Dolly Parton to Sheryl Crow, is now available from QVC.com.  

Keith Urban is on track to score his second #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with Fuse.

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