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Friday
Oct112013

Filter’s Jeff Fabb Denied Entry to Denver Restaurant Due to Neck Tattoos

Facebook.com/FilterIf you plan on eating at Brothers Bar & Grill in Denver, Colorado, you better cover your neck tattoos. Filter’s Jeff Fabb was denied entry to the restaurant because of his extensive ink following the group’s concert at The Summit on Wednesday night.  The drummer notes he was perplexed by the decision not to let him dine at the restaurant, due to the fact he had eaten there earlier that day.

“I had eaten in the restaurant twice, and after the show, we walked back there,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The door guy was about to let Amir, our merch guy, in, but he wouldn’t let me in. I went to speak with the manager and he was confrontational from the moment he saw me. I was kind of hurt, since most of the people who were in there at the time were from our show and we wanted to join them.”

Upon hearing about the incident, frontman Richard Patrick filmed a video on his cell phone in which he and Fabb try to gain entry into the restaurant, but are turned away. The clip ends with Patrick letting loose a stream of profanity aimed at the restaurant, and asking the band's Denver fans to boycott the establishment.

“I got a little heated, but this is ridiculous,” he explains. “I had wings at noon over there -- they were good wings, too! The crew was there all day, eating. This is prejudice, pure and simple.”

The Hollywood Reporter says they placed calls to all 17 U.S. locations of Brothers Bar & Grill to inquire about the restaurant's dress codes, and discovered the Denver location was the only branch to say that people with “above-the-neck tattoos” wouldn't be allowed to dine at their location. The restaurant reportedly didn't specify why they established the rule against patrons with tattoos.

Filter is currently trekking across the U.S. on their Self-Inflicted Tour, promoting their recently-released album, The Sun Comes Out Tonight. You can check out the group’s full itinerary at OfficialFilter.com.

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Friday
Oct112013

Taylor Swift Talks Bad Boys and Awards Show Haters for "InStyle" November Issue

Giampaolo Sgura/InStyleTaylor Swift knows she needs to find an honest, good man at some point, but she's been attracted lately to so-called bad boys like One Direction's Harry Styles. In a revealing new interview with InStyle, Taylor admits she needs to move on from chasing that kind of guy.

"My friends tease me about the fact that if someone seems bad or shady or like they have a secret, I find them incredibly interesting," Taylor says, "That’s just a phase I’ve been in lately. I don’t think this should be how I proceed in life. It’s important to be self-aware about these things because you don’t want to end up with that guy.”

As always, Taylor's thoughts on love play out in her music, so you can see that bad-boy attraction in songs like "Red" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." The days of Taylor writing about fairy tales, like in 2008's "Love Story," are long gone.

Says Taylor, "Early on, my ideas about love came from a day-dreamy prince-and-princess place. But when I actually experienced it, I realized it wasn’t those things. It can be, but not always.”

Trouble doesn't just find Taylor in the love department. The 23-year-old has withstood enormous scrutiny from the press and the general public for years.

"Every single part of me has been dissected at some point or another by a blog writer or a 14-year-old girl on a comments page who says something really terrible," Taylor shares. "Or someone in middle school who points out, 'You have little eyes.'"

That level of harsh judgment comes from her peers in the music industry, too. When asked about falling onstage during a concert versus falling onstage during an awards show, Taylor says her fans would laugh with her if she took a fall at her own show.

"They aren’t hoping I’ll fall," she says. "But at an awards show you know there are at least a few people thinking, 'Trip, trip, trip!'"

Taylor appears on the cover of InStyle's November issue, on stands Friday, October 18.

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Friday
Oct112013

One Direction Releases Track List for "Midnight Memories"

Sony Music EntertainmentAttention One Direction fans: the band has released the track list for their upcoming album, Midnight Memories.

The standard version of the disc will include 14 tracks, including “Best Song Ever” and the new single “Story of My Life,” which debuts in two weeks.

1D will also put out a deluxe edition of Midnight Memories, which comes with four bonus tracks and a 28-page booklet containing photos of the boys.

The artwork for the album is a straightforward photo of the five lads in street clothes.

As previously announced, Midnight Memories will be released November 25. Two days before that, the group will hold a “1D Day” worldwide event -- a live broadcast of sketches and more.

You can pre-order Midnight Memories now on iTunes.  Here’s the track list:

“Best Song Ever”
“Story of My Life”
“Diana”
“Midnight Memories”
“You & I”
“Don’t Forget Where You Belong”
“Strong”
“Happily”
“Right Now”
“Little Black Dress”
“Through the Dark”
“Something Great”
“Little White Lies”
“Better Than Words”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
“Why Don’t We Go There”
“Does He Know?”
“Alive”
“Half a Heart”

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Friday
Oct112013

Miley Cyrus Says Split from Liam Hemsworth Hasn't Been Awkward for Her

Facebook.com/MileyCyrusMiley Cyrus has rehashed her MTV Video Music Awards performance many times in the six weeks since it aired, but she’s mostly kept quiet on her split from fiancé Liam Hemsworth -- until now.

Miley addressed the breakup on Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen DeGeneres noted that she threw Miley an engagement party, featuring sexy male dancers, the last time the pop star was a guest on the show, which was November of last year. Miley joked, “Do you want your money back?”

Miley said the scrutiny that the breakup has received hasn't bothered her, telling Ellen, “It's not really as awkward because I'm living it, so I think people spend more time actually thinking about it than I really do, because I really believe when a chapter is done you have to close it and start a new one.”

Miley also said she's “impressed” with how people have focused more on her new music than on her relationship status. She added, “Because that's the only thing I worried about, was that I didn't want it to sacrifice what I've been working for, for just the attention to be on that."

Miley said her album, Bangerz, represents her journey with Liam. When asked if she keeps in touch with him, Miley sidestepped the question, again saying she’s trying to turn the page to a new chapter in her life. She declared that she is now the happiest she’s ever been.

Of course, Ellen did bring up Miley’s VMA twerk-fest and the backlash that ensued. Miley argued that no one mentions “the man behind the booty,” her onstage collaborator, Robin Thicke. She called it a “double standard,” adding that Robin wasn't caught off-guard during the live ceremony. She said, “He was in rehearsal as much as I was and loving it, people.”

In addition to the interview, Miley sang “Wrecking Ball” on Ellen.

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Friday
Oct112013

Hear the Remix of New David Bowie Song "Love Is Lost"

Jonathan Barnbook/DavidBowie.comIf you've been itching to hear the new remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost" that will appear on the rock veteran's upcoming expanded three-disc edition of his latest album, The Next Day, you're in luck.  A stream of the 10-minute recording, which was remixed by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, has just been unveiled at the Consequence of Sound website.

Titled "Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)," Murphy explains that the track was inspired by American minimalist composer Steve Reich, who used tape loops to create phasing patterns in his music.  "I was obsessed with Steve Reich's clapping music, so I opened [the remix] with a phasing clapping piece," he tells Consequence of Sound.

As previously announced, the deluxe version of Bowie's The Next Day, titled The Next Day Extra, will be released on November 5.  It will include the original 14-track album issued back in March; a companion CD featuring 10 more tunes, including five previously unreleased songs, the "Love Is Lost" remix and an additional remix; and a DVD containing four promotional videos.

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Friday
Oct112013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the first track on Eric Church's CMA Album of the Year-winning project, Chief? ANSWER: "Creepin'."

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Friday
Oct112013

Chris Young Passes the Time on the Road with Virtual Golf Game Golden Tee

RCA NashvillePerforming for a sold-out arena or amphitheater is a big rush for a country star, but the hours waiting to go on stage can get pretty boring. That's why Chris Young carries along his own entertainment -- the virtual golf game Golden Tee.

"If you’ve ever played virtual golf in a bar, that’s probably what you played," Chris says, "and it’s in a road case."

In addition to helping Chris and his band pass the time before shows, the Golden Tee game is always fun to show off to people visiting backstage.

Says Chris, "People are always like, 'Aww, you have anything cool out here?'  And I’m like, 'Well, we’ve got this road case that turns into a Golden Tee machine.' People are like, 'Oh, my God!' ‘Cause it’s the only one."

Chris takes his live show and his Golden Tee game to Waco, TX Friday night.

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Friday
Oct112013

Jordin Sparks: New Movie with J-Hud & Alicia Brings My Career Full Circle

Lionsgate EntertainmentWhile Jordin Sparks has been working on new music, her acting career is exploding.  She just wrapped up a part in a new Nicolas Cage film, she'll appear in an upcoming episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on Friday, she hits theaters in the new movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.  The movie also stars fellow American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys serves as executive producer and musical director.

Though the movie is just out this week, Jordin actually shot Mister & Pete quite some time ago.  "It was the second film that I've ever done and it was while I was doing [press for] Sparkle, so it was really crazy, and it has been awhile," Jordin tells ABC News Radio.  "I cannot believe that people are gonna see it!  I actually saw it for the first time about two nights ago and I'm still reeling from it.  Ohmigosh, it just turned out so absolutely incredible that I was floored."

Jordin says this movie brings her career full circle in several ways, because of the presence of Jennifer and Alicia.  "When I was 14, I got to go to American Idol and watch the show in the studio, and Jennifer was one of the people I took a picture with after the show," she recalls. "I still have that picture. It's just really strange how everything happened: then I did Idol, and now, a couple years later, we're doing a movie together!" 

"Same with Alicia Keys, actually," Jordin adds. "Alicia was the first tour I did, after American Idol, and she's definitely been like a mentor to me."

The movie, set in New York City, stars Jennifer as a drug addict and drug dealer with a young son named Mister.  After she gets arrested and taken to jail, Mister and his friend Pete -- whose mother is also an addict -- dodge the cops so they won't be sent to child protection services. Then, they end up having to fend for themselves all summer, with no money or resources.  Jordin plays Alice, a girl from the neighborhood who tries to help the two boys out.

Jordin says she did the movie because the script really touched her.  "I was reading it on the plane, actually, and I started bawling," she tells ABC News Radio. "It really pulls out your heartstrings.  It's very heavy...you know, kids just having to survive on their own and no one helping them. You never want to think of that.  You always wanna think of kids getting the help that they need and always having somebody to rely on, and that's not the case in this movie."

Jennifer, who has an Oscar on her shelf at home, says she's thrilled that Jordin's in the film, though they didn't have any scenes together.  "I didn't learn that she was in the film until I started filming, but that's great!  I'm a fan of Jordin," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And it's good to see her get into acting.  She did an amazing job as well.  So I was proud to see her be a part of the project too."  

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete opens Friday.

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Friday
Oct112013

Jennifer Hudson Gets Raw in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete"

Lionsgate Entertainment Inc.Jennifer Hudson is unlike we've ever seen her onscreen as Gloria, a drug-addicted mother in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, out Friday. The American Idol alum, who was raised in a Christian household and never even has drunk alcohol let alone experiment with drugs, told ABC News Radio the character was a real departure for her.

"Gloria and I are like complete opposites in every way imaginable, with the tattoos, with the diction," she explains. "And I'm like, 'Oh my God.  I'm in trouble.  What am I gonna...draw from?'  And so, I was like, well if I don't have anything within me, I need to find someone that I can draw from and tell their story.  So that's what I tried to do."

Jennifer says she went to a rehabilitation center to sit face to face with women who dealt with the addiction problem she tried to portray on the big screen. 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete plays out after Jennifer's Gloria is arrested for dealing drugs, leaving her son Mister and another abandoned boy Pete, to fend for themselves during a New York City summer.  With no money, air conditioning or adult supervision, the boys discover the importance of friendship and community.

As a mother raising 4-year-old David Jr., who Jennifer had with fiance David Otunga in 2009, Jennifer found Gloria even harder to tap into because her son was right there on set.  "It was difficult for him because he would see me rehearsing and preparing for the role and he'd be like, 'What's wrong with my mommy?  Why are you acting like that because that's not how my mommy is?'" she says of her son's reaction to her playing a heroin addict.

It was also a hard part for Jennifer to play because the Academy Award-winning actress felt her maternal instinct kick in when she played opposite Skylan Brooks, the 14-year-old actor who portrays Mister.  "Especially the scene when I had to smack him because I'm like, 'It's a child!" she admits.

Still, the titular characters, who also include Ethan Dizon as Pete, were complete professionals.  "It was amazing because they set the tone from beginning to end," she says.  "They were there every single day and for the rest of us we just stepped in and did our parts to support their roles."

Fellow American Idol alum Jordin Sparks was also on set, though not at the same time as Jennifer.  "I didn't learn that she was in the film until I started filming," the 32-year-old admits.  "I'm a fan of Jordin.  And it's good to see her get into acting.  She did an amazing job as well so I was proud to see her be a part of the project too."

Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright also star in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, out in limited release today.

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Friday
Oct112013

Stream Halestorm’s "ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP"

Facebook.com/HalestormRocksHalestorm is only a few days away from releasing their second EP of covers, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP, but the band is allowing fans to listen to the project ahead of the launch date. You can check out a stream of every song from the upcoming release at Blabbermouth.net.

ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP features six tracks, including cover versions of classic cuts by Judas Priest, AC/DC and Marilyn Manson.  It also boasts interpretations of hits by Daft Punk, Pat Benatar and Fleetwood Mac.

"Like our first ReAniMate EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves," says frontwoman Lzzy Hale in a statement.  "We decided to go more 'bare bones' with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances.  We hope all our fans have as much fun with ReAniMate: 2.0 as we did!"

ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 15.  Here’s the track list:

“Dissident Aggressor” (Originally performed by Judas Priest)
“Get Lucky” (Originally performed by Daft Punk)
“Shoot to Thrill” (Originally performed by AC/DC)
“Hell Is for Children” (Originally performed by Pat Benatar)
“Gold Dust Woman” (Originally performed by Fleetwood Mac)
“1996” (Originally performed by Marilyn Manson)

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Friday
Oct112013

Hear James Murphy’s Remix of David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost”

DFA RecordsIf you've been itching to hear how James Murphy remixed David Bowie's "Love Is Lost" for the rock veteran's expanded three-disc reissue of The Next Day, you're in luck. A stream of Murphy’s 10-minute masterpiece has just been unveiled at Consequence of Sound.

Titled “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA),” the former LCD Soundsystem frontman says the remix was inspired by American composer Steve Reich, who used tape loops to create phasing patterns in his music.

“I was obsessed with Steve Reich’s clapping music, so I opened [the remix] with a phasing clapping piece,” he tells Consequence of Sound. Murphy adds he enlisted his friend, percussionist-artist Hisham Bharoocha, to help with the track. “I literally just wanted an opportunity to hang out with [Bharoocha]…so I had him come over and we just made this little clapping, phasing clapping piece, that began the track. It was originally going to be the whole remix, just clapping.”

You'll be able to own Murphy's remix when Bowie's reissue, The Next Day Extra, arrives in stores on November 5.

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Friday
Oct112013

Upcoming Jerry Garcia Tribute Video Features Grateful Dead Members, Carlos Santana & More

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new video release featuring highlights from a star-studded August 2012 event commemorating what would have been Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday will hit stores on October 29.  Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday combines documentary segments with footage from a tribute concert held at Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California.

Among the many musicians who are interviewed in the film are Garcia's Dead band mates Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Donna Jean Godchaux.  Also appearing are such stars as Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Jane's Addiction members Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins.  The interviews are conducted by actor Luke Wilson.

Meanwhile, the concert portion of Move Me Brightly features renditions of various classic Grateful Dead tunes played by an eclectic lineup of artists, including Phish's Mike Gordon, members of the alternative rock acts The Hold Steady and Vampire Weekend, and Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti from the Dead spinoff group Furthur.  Among the songs that were performed are "Terrapin Station," "Shakedown Street," and "Friend of the Devil."

Move Me Brightly was directed by founding Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's son, Justin.  The flick will be available as DVD, Blu-ray and digital video.

Here's the track list of songs featured in Move Me Brightly:

"Cumberland Blues"
"Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad"
"Mission in the Rain"
"Shakedown Street"
"He's Gone"
"Eyes of the World"
"Terrapin Station"
"Days Between"
"Franklin's Tower"
"U.S. Blues"

Bonus Performances
"Friend of the Devil"
"Bird Song"/"New Speedway Boogie"

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Friday
Oct112013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves will tape a performance for PBS's Austin City Limits on November 25 to air at a later date.

FOX's Glee remembered the late Cory Monteith and his character Finn in Thursday night's episode. Naya Rivera, who plays Santana on the show, sang The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" as part of the tribute.

Country singer, Cal Smith, best known for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin," died October 10 in Branson, MO according to The Tennessean. He was 81.

Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown and Florida Georgia Line were among the music stars reading mean tweets about themselves on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week.

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Friday
Oct112013

Lady Gaga Makes Big-Screen Debut as Ruthless Assassin in "Machete Kills"

Open Road FilmsBefore she became a global superstar, Lady Gaga had a few minor TV roles, but since she became famous, she hasn't really acted, unless you want to count playing herself on The Simpsons.  But on Friday, all that changes, as she blasts onto movie screens in director Robert Rodriguez's violent, bloody action movie Machete Kills.

The movie, which stars Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard and dozens more stars, is a sequel to the 2010 film Machete, and follows the continuing exploits of the title character, a former member of the Mexican Federal Police force, played by Danny Trejo.   Gaga got involved because she enjoyed the original movie. 

"I was a fan of Machete when it came out. It was the first time in a while that I had gone to the movie theater,” she says. "I went out, and I bought some tequila, and put on my leather jacket, and I watched the film, and I laughed the whole time. I am a really big fan, and all of the stars aligned and I’m really happy to be [in this one].”

Comparing acting in the movie to singing for fans onstage, Gaga explains, "In a way, the preparation was exactly the same as what I do for my stage shows, except I have lines, and there’s a character that’s a little bit different from myself. But I applied what I do in my own work to my work with Robert.”

Gaga's character is La Camaleon -- "The Chameleon" -- a ruthless assassin who's a master of disguise, and who is actually played by four different actors: Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Walt Goggins.  To create her own unique version of the character, Gaga says, she "had some very specific ideas about her outfit."  She told Rodriguez that she felt La Camaleon should have a coat made out of a wolf skin, as well as "a machete tattoo, and tangerine hair."  She adds, "He really liked my ideas, and I love his ideas, so together we created this little moment in the film, and it’s very nice."

Cuba Gooding Jr., one of the other actors who plays The Chameleon, tells ABC News Radio that Gaga's performance reminded him of the kind of performance you might see from, say, a rapper-turned-actor.

"There was a time period where they only wanted to cast rappers for street kids because they were authentic, but there was something to be said about a guy who was on stage every night all year, performing for an audience, even though he had never acted in a film," explains Gooding. "He still knew how to get lost in his world, and that was Lady Gaga. You would've thought she had been doing this her whole life.  She's wonderful in the movie." 

By the way, make sure to stick around for the very end of Machete Kills for a hint about Gaga's future movie plans.

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Friday
Oct112013

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler and Brian Still Turning Down Fans' Marriage Proposals

ABC News RadioFlorida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are both still single, but they have several female fans who would take them off the market in a heartbeat. The guys often get marriage proposals from fans via social media, but they haven't accepted any of them yet.

Tyler tells Ball State University Daily News, "I just kind of ignore it to be honest with you. It’s just part of it. It’s not annoying."

He adds, "It’s still cool to see the passion from our fans, even if it’s someone proposing to us."

Florida Georgia Line brings their Here's to the Good Times tour to Ball State in Muncie, IN, Friday night.

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Friday
Oct112013

Lorde's Happy About "Hugely Positive" Reaction to Her Album, but Says Fame Is "Weird"

James K. LoweLorde rules.  Not only does her smash hit "Royals" remain at #1 for a second week on the Billboard singles chart, but the 16-year-old singer from New Zealand can boast that her debut album Pure Heroine debuted at #3 on the magazine's album chart.  And she says the success of the disc is both "awesome" and "weird."

"The response has been hugely positive," Lorde tells ABC News Radio about fan feedback on Pure Heroine. "People send me messages on Tumblr and  tell me about it, which is, like, the nicest thing ever."  But the singer, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, says it's unnerving that all of a sudden, everyone is listening to something she spent three years slaving over in a studio in New Zealand.

"It is weird to have something that has been sooo private out there, because you forget people have to judge it," she laughs. "I was like -- I just forgot about all that stuff. But that's alright. It's been good."

Also strange for Lorde has been navigating the crazy world of fame, where everything she says is put under a microscope and scrutinized. After making negative comments about a couple of female pop stars, she was slammed online by angry fans.  But says she's not letting that sort of stuff get under her skin.

"It's pretty weird just 'cause I'm super, like, open, and talk about anything I want to talk about," she tells ABC News Radio. "And then, like, some website will take it and turn it into this big thing.  And, I dunno, it's funny, but I'm not too stressed about it."

Meanwhile, "Royals" shows no signs of sliding down the charts.  And while Lorde takes some of the credit for the song's success, she says her co-writer, Joel Little, also deserves some props.  "I think people like the song because the beats and the melodies are really cool, and because the lyrics are really cool," she tells ABC News Radio.  "I wrote all the lyrics and Joel produced it, and we wrote all the melodies together so it's very much collaborative."

Of course, now, that "Royals" is a big pop hit, it's being played on the radio right next to the very types of songs that it criticizes.  "Yeah, I know," laughs Lorde, who turns 17 next month.  "The irony is not lost on me at all!"

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Friday
Oct112013

Cassadee Pope Reveals Her Life "Frame by Frame" on Just-Released Debut Album

Republic NashvilleThe Voice season three winner Cassadee Pope released her debut country album, Frame by Frame, this week. That album title came to her randomly during a massage, and she immediately knew Frame by Frame captured the full scope of the project.

Cassadee tells ABC News Radio, "I thought this album really is like a story, and it's all these beautiful moments captured in time. It's pain. It's happiness. It's sadness, and all these things that create this picture show. So, I thought it was pretty fitting."

The lead single from the project is "Wasting All These Tears," an anthem about finally getting past the pain of a breakup. Cassadee related to those lyrics since she's experienced a deep heartbreak or two herself.

She says of the song, "It's about hope and about choosing to move on from something and leave somebody behind that's just not good for you. It's an emotional roller coaster, that song. But it's really powerful."

Fans have turned "Wasting All These Tears" into a big digital seller, and Cassadee is relieved to be embraced into the country music community. Since she has a background in the pop and rock worlds, Cassadee knows she probably wouldn't have gotten the chance to cross into country without her exposure from The Voice.

"I think I really found myself on that show, and without it, I don't know if I would have done this genre," Cassadee admits. "I don't know if I would have had the confidence to just go for it. So, I feel like on the show, I got that validation. Like, the country world really embraced me and accepted me."

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Friday
Oct112013

Tamar Braxton Reveals Artwork, Track List for "Winter Loverland"

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Are you ready to ring in the holidays with Tamar Braxton? The singer has announced new details of her first holiday album, which is being described as a holiday project with "swagger and soul."  The singer revealed the disc is titled Winter Loverland and she's also released the official track list.

While the 10-track project has no guest features, Tamar puts her own spin on holiday classics like "Santa Baby" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."  The album, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon, arrives on November 11 via Streamline/Epic Records.

This year, fans will have several holiday albums to choose from including Mary J. Blige's first-ever Christmas collection, A Mary Christmas, due out on October 15 as well as Tamar's nemesis, K. Michelle, who recently tweeted about recording a holiday project, arriving later this year.

Here's the track list for Winter Loverland:

"Sleigh Ride"
"Santa Baby"
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"No Gift"
"Away in a Manger / Little Drummer Boy"
"Merry Christmas Darling"
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"
"She Can Have You"
"Silent Night"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

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Friday
Oct112013

Green Day’s Mike Dirnt, Jason Newsted Join List of Bass Player Live! Concert & Awards Show Presenters & Performers

BassPlayer.comGreen Day’s Mike Dirnt and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted are among the artists who've been added to the list of performers and presenters for the 2013 edition of the Bass Player Live! Concert & Awards Show, which will be held November 9 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Dirnt will be a presenter at the upcoming musical extravaganza, while Newsted will be performing with Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, who is set to receive a special honor at the event.  “Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler is my number one influence and greatest teacher of electric bass in Heavy Metal Music,” says Newsted in a statement.  “All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and Godfather of our chosen instrument.  The best, ever.”

Among the other respected musicians who will hit the stage with Geezer include Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.  Megadeth's David Ellefson, Anthrax's Frank Bello and Slayer's Kerry King.

The concert and awards show is held in conjunction with the annual Bass Player Live! conference, a two-day gathering of musicians, equipment manufacturers and fans that takes place November 9 and 10 at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood.  Among the activities offered at the event are bass clinics, book signings and gear exhibitions.

Visit BassPlayer.com/Live to check out the event's entire activity schedule.

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Friday
Oct112013

Lady Gaga Announces Next ARTPOP Single

Interscope RecordsLess than 24 hours after unveiling the track list for ARTPOP on Twitter, Lady Gaga went back onto the site Thursday evening to make another announcement.

Gaga informed her Little Monsters that the second official single from ARTPOP will be "Venus," and that it will be released worldwide on October 27. She wrote, "Descend your discoballs. #TAKEMETOYOURPLANET #TAKEMETOYOURLEADER #TAKEMETOYOURVENUS."

"Venus" follows ARTPOP's lead single, "Applause." Gaga has also released a lyric video for another ARTPOP track, "Aura," which promotes her new film, Machete Kills.

ARTPOP debuts November 11.

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