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Wednesday
Nov202013

U2, Judas Priest, The Clash Appear in New DVD Featuring Highlights of 1983 US Festival

MVD Entertainment GroupA new concert video featuring footage from the star-studded 1983 edition of the US Festival is available for purchase now as a digital download, and will be released on DVD on December 3.  US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 contains performances from U2, Judas Priest, The Clash and a variety of other popular rock, new wave and heavy metal acts from the 1980s.

The festival, which took place in San Bernardino, California, during Memorial Day weekend in '83, was the second of two musical extravaganzas sponsored and financed by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.  Among the other groups included on the lineup were Stray Cats, Men at Work, INXS, The Scorpions, The English Beat and Triumph.  More than 670,000 people were estimated to have attended the three-day fest.

Among the many highlights featured in the video are live renditions of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Judas Priest’s "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" and The Clash’s "Should I Stay or Should I Go." A full clip of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" performance can be viewed now exclusively at RollingStone.com.

The digital version of the US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is available for $9.99 at iTunes, while the DVD lists at $19.95.

Here is the full track list of the US Festival 1983 video:

"The One Thing" -- INXS
"Boys in Town" -- Divinyls
"Jeanette" -- English Beat
"Rock This Town" -- Stray Cats
"Please Make Up Your Mind" -- Stray Cats
"It's a Mistake" -- Men at Work
"Who Can It Be Now" -- Men at Work
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" -- The Clash
"Breaking the Law" -- Judas Priest
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" -- Judas Priest
"Magic Power" -- Triumph
"Fight the Good Fight" -- Triumph
"Lay It on the Line" -- Triumph
"A World of Fantasy" --Triumph
"The Zoo" -- Scorpions
"Can't Get Enough" -- Scorpions
"Sex" -- Berlin
"Find Another Fool" -- Quarterflash
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" -- U2
"The Electric Co." -- U2
"Words" -- Missing Persons
"Stand Back" -- Stevie Nicks
"Outside the Rain" -- Stevie Nicks

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Alt-J to Release EP Featuring Remixes by Members of My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons

Atlantic RecordsAlt-J is about to get remixed.  The band just revealed they’ve chosen a number of alternative rockers, electronic artists, rappers and producers to create their own interpretations of tracks from the group’s debut release, 2012’s An Awesome Wave.

Titled Summer, the six-track EP will feature new and unique remixes by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, and TV on the Radio bassist Dave Sitek, among others. James and Sitek reinterpret “Fitzpleasure,” while Lovett puts his own stamp on “Dissolve Me.” Other contributors to the release include rapper The Internet of Odd Future, plus Ben De Vries and Hanz.

Summer will arrive at all the usual outlets on November 25. Here's the track list:

“Fitzpleasure” (The Internet of Odd Future Remix)
“Fitzpleasure” (Jim James ‘Apple C’ Remix)
“Fitzpleasure” (Dave Sitek Remix)
“Dissolve Me” (Ben Lovett Remix)
“Tessellate” (Ben De Vries Remix)
“Ms” (Hanz Remix)

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Album Review: "Inside Llewyn Davis" Soundtrack

Nonesuch RecordsFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

Following an embattled young folksinger in 1961 Greenwich Village, Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers’ latest film, opened at Cannes in May to exuberantly positive reviews. Its original soundtrack, manned by the production-god T Bone Burnett, brings together traditional folk songs performed by the film’s stars (Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, et al.) and under-circulated versions of classics from actual Greenwich-developed idols (Bob Dylan and the late Dave Van Ronk). As such, it’s a look at both the ‘60s folk revival’s humble-but-stern values and where the scene might have gone if it had been branded further than it actually was.

In one category are the songs that are mostly convincing, in the sense that they sound like real Kennedy-era ramblers. Particularly effective are Isaac’s renditions, like “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me,” on which the 33-year-old adopts a mournful tone. It’s one of a handful of songs here about saying goodbye, upon either death or geographical relocation, and it borders on harrowing, even though it was originally written to communicate resignation. A song like The Downhill Strugglers and John Cohen’s take on “The Roving Gambler,” meanwhile, works as much for its rollicking but grainy banjo as for its strained vocals -- two elements reflecting the unvarnished approach favored by the Village’s performers.

Also included are the songs that, more or less, hold the folk-averse listener’s hand. Few folksingers of any past era were lucky enough to have the groomed arrangements and vocal purity here. Even with their sparse instrumentation, “Five Hundred Miles” (performed by Timberlake, Mulligan, and the Tony-nominated actor Stark Sands) and “The Last Thing on My Mind” (by Sands)  almost pass for soft-pop songs. Luckily, they also mirror the aesthetic the Coens, well-budgeted directors who began as indie types, have grown into. This soundtrack may be Hollywood-ized, but it’s also spirited in its reflection of America’s past 50 years.

Essential Tracks: Oscar Isaac -- “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”; The Downhill Strugglers and John Cohen -- “The Roving Gambler.”

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Wednesday
Nov202013

"The Voice" Recap: Austin & Kat Go Home; Adam Levine Confirmed as "People's" Sexist Man Alive

NBCTwo artists were eliminated from NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night: Austin Jenckes, a member of Blake Shelton's team, and Kat Robichaud, who had been coached by Cee Lo Green.

They were joined in the bottom three by Kat's teammate, Caroline Pennell, who advanced thanks to the "Instant Save." Caroline received more mentions than the other two contestants from fans who used the hashtag #VoiceSave on Twitter.

Caroline is the only artist remaining on Cee Lo's team. Blake and Christina Aguilera still have two contestants in the competition, while Adam Levine has three.

Speaking of Adam, the worst-kept secret of the past week was confirmed on the results show: the Maroon 5 frontman is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. Host Carson Daly made the announcement, then asked Adam for his thoughts on the honor. Adam quipped that he feels "fantastic" and "sexy." His buddy Blake chimed in that he believes Adam is sexy because of "what's on the inside."

People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles Wednesday, and nationwide on Friday.

Tuesday's one-hour live show was filled with performances. Christina joined her team for a Michael Jackson tribute that included renditions of "Bad" and "Scream," and Blake collaborated with his artists on ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man."

In addition, Kat teamed up with Team Adam's James Wolpert and Will Champlin on Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Goin Down," and Caroline and Team Adam's Tessanne Chin covered "Royals" by Lorde.

The top eight will hit the stage next Monday night on NBC.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

The Rolling Stones to Help Open New Australian Venue in 2014

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Rolling Stones are headed to the Land Down Under. The band has announced it will perform the first concert at the Adelaide Oval, a brand-new venue in Adelaide, Australia, on March 22, 2014.

Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who's made a series of cameos at the band's concerts over the past year, will make an appearance at the Adelaide show.

The concert is being billed as one of "the biggest, if not the biggest, stage and production Adelaide has ever seen, with nearly 60 trucks required for all the staging and production."

Mick Jagger says in a statement, “It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval…we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!”

Keith Richards adds, “Hi everyone down in Adelaide, it’s been a while since we were in your back yard…see you on March 22 when we’ll take over your new stadium and make it our own, look forward to it."

This will be the Stones' first concert in Australia since 2006.

Tickets go on sale to the public on November 25. The Stones will announce additional concerts for Australia, as well as one date in New Zealand, in the coming weeks.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Mick Jagger Role Cast for James Brown Biopic

Facebook.com/JamesBrownAn actor who stars on the CW network will play Mick Jagger in the upcoming James Brown biopic.

Nick Eversman, who appears on the new CW series Tomorrow People, will portray the Rolling Stones frontman in Get On Up, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the movie, a young Jagger will cross paths with Brown at a concert where the Godfather of Soul "becomes enraged."

Eversman, 27, has a small connection to the Stones -- he sang the band's "Time Is On My Side" for the 2011 HBO movie Cinema Verite.

42 actor Chadwick Boseman will star as Brown. The cast also includes The Help actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, as well as Dan Aykroyd and The Office actor Craig Robinson.

Get On Up is currently being shot in Atlanta.  It's scheduled to premiere October 17, 2014.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Katy Perry Debuts "Unconditionally" Video

Capitol RecordsTuesday evening, Katy Perry released the music video for her latest single, "Unconditionally." It's more serious in tone than many of the clips we've seen from her in the past.

As Katy explained in an interview posted on MTV.com immediately after the video's debut, it was inspired by films such as Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina. We see her performing alongside characters wearing centuries-old costumes; singing in the snow and surrounded by fire; and, in the video's climax, struck by a car that shatters upon impact.

Katy told MTV.com regarding the video's theme, "This time I just wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don't typically go for. And then some heavy metaphors, like the scene where I get hit by a car is kind of representational of, when love hits you it feels like you've been hit by a car."

Katy called "Unconditionally" her favorite song off her new album, Prism, because "not only can it be a romantic, intimate song, but the song can be about the type of love that maybe like a mother has when she sees her first child, you know? Or best friends...or partners, you know?"

She also stated that "Unconditionally" passed what she calls her "goose bump test" -- it struck an emotional chord with her after she recorded her vocals for it.

Katy described Prism as a whole as a "self-reflective" album, because she wrote it during a time when she was undergoing therapy. Left unsaid was the fact that she was dealing with the end of her marriage to Russell Brand back then. Katy said, "There's a lot of empathy in my writing, even if there is pain and sadness, I think I'm not always trying to point the finger. She added that on Prism "you hear I've kind of gone inside more so and looked at where I can make myself better."

Of course, Katy's now in a happy relationship with John Mayer, and she's plotting her Prismatic world tour. She's already announced the dates for her U.K. and Ireland leg, scheduled for next May.  

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Adam Levine Confirmed as "People" Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive"; First Musician Ever to Take the Title

Mark Seliger/NBCThe rumors were true: Adam Levine is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013.  Carson Daly announced the news on The Voice Tuesday night.

Carson held up the People issue on the NBC show and asked Adam how he felt about the honor. "Fantastic," the Maroon 5 frontman began to say, but then switched to "Sexy!"  Fellow coach Blake Shelton then told Adam he thinks he's sexy because of "what's on the inside."

Speaking to People, Adam says of the honor, "As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table. I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren't, so that's cool."

As for how he maintains his sexy body, Adam credits yoga and spinning for keeping his stamina up, especially as his success continues to skyrocket.

The 34-year-old singer also said he's not taking any of his current success for granted.

Adam reveals to the magazine that he cries at movies, loves to be naked and is looking forward to settling down with his fiancée, model Behati Prinsloo.

Before the announcement was made on The Voice, Adam told Access Hollywood that if he was, indeed, named the Sexiest Man Alive, he'd be scared because, as he said, “I’m going to be getting pranked by everyon...I’m going to be getting pranked by every single person I know!”

Interestingly, since People started this whole thing back in 1985, no music star has ever been named the Sexiest Man Alive -- the title has always gone to an actor, except for one year when John F. Kennedy Jr. got the honor.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Stevie Nicks, U2, Stray Cats Appear in New DVD Featuring Highlights of 1983 US Festival

MVD Entertainment GroupA new concert video featuring footage from the star-studded 1983 edition of the US Festival is available for purchase now as a digital download, and will be released on DVD on December 3.  US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 contains performances from Stevie Nicks, U2, The Stray Cats and a variety of other popular rock, new wave and heavy metal acts.

The festival, which took place in San Bernardino, California, during Memorial Day weekend in '83, was the second of two musical extravaganzas sponsored and financed by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.  Among the other groups included on the lineup were The Clash, Men at Work, INXS, The Scorpions, Judas Priest, The English Beat and Triumph.  More than 670,000 people were estimated to have attended the three-day fest.

Among the many highlights featured in the video are live renditions of Nicks' "Stand Back," U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and The Stray Cats' "Rock This Town."  A full clip of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" performance can be viewed now exclusively at RollingStone.com.

The digital version of the US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is available for $9.99 at iTunes, while the DVD lists at $19.95.

Here is the full track list of the US Festival 1983 video:

"The One Thing" -- INXS
"Boys in Town" -- Divinyls
"Jeanette" -- English Beat
"Rock This Town" -- Stray Cats
"Please Make Up Your Mind" -- Stray Cats
"It's a Mistake" -- Men at Work
"Who Can It Be Now" -- Men at Work
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" -- The Clash
"Breaking the Law" -- Judas Priest
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" -- Judas Priest
"Magic Power" -- Triumph
"Fight the Good Fight" -- Triumph
"Lay It on the Line" -- Triumph
"A World of Fantasy" --Triumph
"The Zoo" -- Scorpions
"Can't Get Enough" -- Scorpions
"Sex" -- Berlin
"Find Another Fool" -- Quarterflash
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" -- U2
"The Electric Co." -- U2
"Words" -- Missing Persons
"Stand Back" -- Stevie Nicks
"Outside the Rain" -- Stevie Nicks

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Wednesday
Nov202013

U2, The Clash, Stevie Nicks Appear in New DVD Featuring Highlights of 1983 US Festival

MVD Entertainment GroupA new concert video featuring footage from the star-studded 1983 edition of the US Festival is available for purchase now as a digital download, and will be released on DVD on December 3.  US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 contains performances from U2, The Clash, Stevie Nicks and a variety of other popular rock, new wave and heavy metal acts.

The festival, which took place in San Bernardino, California, during Memorial Day weekend in '83, was the second of two musical extravaganzas sponsored and financed by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.  Among the other groups included on the lineup were The Scorpions, Judas Priest, Triumph, The Stray Cats, Men at Work, INXS and The English Beat.  More than 670,000 people were estimated to have attended the three-day fest.

Among the many highlights featured in the video are live renditions of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday," The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go," Nicks' "Stand Back" and Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."  A full clip of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" performance can be viewed now exclusively at RollingStone.com.  Incidentally, The Clash's '83 US Festival appearance marked the final time founding Clash guitarist/singer Mick Jones performed with the band.

The digital version of US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is available for $9.99 at iTunes, while the DVD lists at $19.95.

Here is the full track list of the US Festival 1983 video:

"The One Thing" -- INXS
"Boys in Town" -- Divinyls
"Jeanette" -- English Beat
"Rock This Town" -- Stray Cats
"Please Make Up Your Mind" -- Stray Cats
"It's a Mistake" -- Men at Work
"Who Can It Be Now" -- Men at Work
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" -- The Clash
"Breaking the Law" -- Judas Priest
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" -- Judas Priest
"Magic Power" -- Triumph
"Fight the Good Fight" -- Triumph
"Lay It on the Line" -- Triumph
"A World of Fantasy" --Triumph
"The Zoo" -- Scorpions
"Can't Get Enough" -- Scorpions
"Sex" -- Berlin
"Find Another Fool" -- Quarterflash
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" -- U2
"The Electric Co." -- U2
"Words" -- Missing Persons
"Stand Back" -- Stevie Nicks
"Outside the Rain" -- Stevie Nicks

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Wednesday
Nov202013

2014 Experience Hendrix Tour with Billy Cox, Buddy Guy & More to Kick Off March 11

Experience Hendrix LLCJimi Hendrix Experience/Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox and blues great Buddy Guy are among the many respected musicians who will participate in an upcoming eighth edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour.  The 2014 installment of the tribute trek, which features a variety of stars performing the music of the late Jimi Hendrix,  gets underway on March 11 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and currently is mapped out through an April 3 concert in Detroit.

Serving as the rhythm section for the entire tour will be Cox and drummer Chris Layton of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing group Double Trouble.  Among the other musicians who will perform during the outing are Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, funk bassist extraordinaire Bootsy Collins, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk WyldeJonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson.

A variety of as-yet-unannounced special guests also will be hitting the stage during the outing.  In addition, the winner of the recently launched "Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition," who will be chosen in February, will get to perform at one of the tour stops.

Hendrix's stepsister, Janie, president and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company, says in statement, "It's our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what [Jimi has] given us and to keep his music in the forefront: The Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound."

Here are all of the confirmed dates for next year's Experience Hendrix Tour:

3/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
3/13 -- St Louis, MO, Fox Theater
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
3/15 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/18 -- Louisville, KY, Whitney PAC
3/19 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center
3/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Theater
3/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
3/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrahs
3/23 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Kirby PAC
3/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
3/27 -- Hampton, NH, Casino Ballroom
3/28 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
3/29 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/30 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
4/1 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for Arts
4/2 -- Northfield Park, OH, Hard Rocks
4/3 -- Detroit, MI, The Fox Theatre

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Wednesday
Nov202013

2014 Experience Hendrix Tour with Billy Cox, Buddy Guy & More to Kick Off March 11

Experience Hendrix LLCJimi Hendrix Experience/Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox and blues great Buddy Guy are among the many respected musicians who will participate in an upcoming eighth edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour.  The 2014 installment of the tribute trek, which features a variety of stars performing the music of the late Jimi Hendrix,  gets under way on March 11 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and currently is mapped out through an April 3 concert in Detroit.

Serving as the rhythm section for the entire tour will be Cox and drummer Chris Layton of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing group Double Trouble.  Among the other musicians who will perform during the outing are Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, funk bassist extraordinaire Bootsy Collins, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk WyldeJonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson.

A variety of as-yet-unannounced special guests also will be hitting the stage during the outing.  In addition, the winner of the recently launched "Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition," who will be chosen in February, will get to perform at one of the tour stops.

Hendrix's stepsister, Janie, president and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company, says in statement, "It's our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what [Jimi has] given us and to keep his music in the forefront: The Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound."

Here are all of the confirmed dates for next year's Experience Hendrix Tour:

3/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
3/13 -- St Louis, MO, Fox Theater
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
3/15 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/18 -- Louisville, KY, Whitney PAC
3/19 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center
3/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Theater
3/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
3/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrahs
3/23 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Kirby PAC
3/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
3/27 -- Hampton, NH, Casino Ballroom
3/28 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
3/29 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/30 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
4/1 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for Arts
4/2 -- Northfield Park, OH, Hard Rocks
4/3 -- Detroit, MI, The Fox Theatre

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockBlake Shelton guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, talking about The Voice.

Comedian Ron White will host this year’s CMT Artists of the Year honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw. The show airs live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney Make "Forbes" List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Show Dog/UniversaToby Keith was the highest-paid musician in country music in the 12 months between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's highest-paid musicians.  Toby ranks #4, between rockers Bon Jovi and Coldplay, raking in $65 million in the period.

Taylor Swift isn’t far behind, at #7, having earned an estimated $55 million, putting her just behind Justin Bieber, but ahead of Elton John. The ranking finds Kenny Chesney firmly in Beyonce territory, tied with the pop star at #9.  Both earned $53 million, Forbes estimates.

Tim McGraw squeaks onto the list at 24, with $33 million.  None of the country stars can compete with Madonna-money, however.  She clocks in at #1 with a cool $125 million.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Kip Moore Says He's Breaking the Mold with His Sophomore CD

The Greenroom PRAs he looks ahead to his sophomore CD, Kip Moore warns fans that they shouldn’t expect an album that’s cast in the mold of his debut.

“This record, it still sticks to who I am, but it's a completely different record than this first one, topic-wise, sonically, musically. We just tried a bunch of different things,” he says. “I feel like I've grown as a writer, as an artist. You can't help but to grow. You get out and you see things that you never saw before. The things that I want to say now are different, so the record is gonna be different.”

Even though his first album Up All Night boasted three consecutive number one singles, Kip says he wasn’t tempted to try to repeat the formula.

“Long before I started this thing, I never wanted to be one of those artists where you knew what was coming. You knew what single was coming, what it was going to sound like, what he was going to sing about. I never wanted to be that guy.”

The forthcoming album's first single, “Young Love,” is out now.

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Wednesday
Nov202013

R. Kelly Unleashes Cover Art, Track List for "Black Panties"

RCA RecordsR. Kelly highly anticipated twelfth album, Black Panties, is due next month and now the crooner has revealed the official track list and artwork for the upcoming project.

On the cover, Kelz dons a black face mask and a black suit with a matching fedora while he sits in a chair with a topless woman wearing, you guessed it, black panties.

The singer's upcoming disc, which features the 2 Chainz-assisted "My Story," boasts contributions from Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, Migos, and Juicy J.  Kelly also recruited Ludacris for a song called "Legs Shaking" -- the singer posted a teaser of that song on his Instagram page. The standard version of Black Panties includes with 12 tracks, while the deluxe version will include four additional tracks.

Black Panties will be available on December 10 via RCA Records. Both editions of the album will be available for pre-order at select retailers on Black Friday, November 29.

Here's the Black Panties Standard Edition track listing:

"Legs Shakin'" featuring Ludacris
"Cookie"
"Throw This Money on You"
Prelude
"Marry the P***y"
"You Deserve Better"
"Genius"
"All the Way" featuring Kelly Rowland
"My Story" featuring 2 Chainz
"Right Back"
"Spend That" featuring Jeezy
"Crazy Sex"
"Shut Up"

Black Panties Deluxe Edition additional tracks:

"Tear It Up" featuring Future
"Show Ya P***y" featuring Migos & Juicy J
"Physical"
"Every Position"

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Stream Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones' Everly Brothers Tribute Album, "Foreverly"

Reprise RecordsFor weeks now, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and singer/songwriter Norah Jones have been sharing tracks from Foreverly, their upcoming Everly Brothers tribute album that features the pair covering all the songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s second album, 1958’s Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. But enough with the teasing already -- now you can hear the entire record online.

If you head over to Amazon.com right now, you can enjoy a stream of Foreverly from start to finish. 

Foreverly will arrive in stores on November 25. Armstrong recently told Stereogum.com he wanted to remake Songs Our Daddy Taught Us so he could expose the songs to a new audience.  “I got into the Everly Brothers’ record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful,” the singer explains. “I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it.”

Here’s the track list:

“Roving Gambler”
“Long Time Gone”
“Lightning Express”
“Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”
“Down in the Willow Garden”
“Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet”
“Oh So Many Years”
“Barbara Allen”
“Rockin’ Alone (in an Old Rocking Chair)”
“I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”
“Kentucky”
“Put My Little Shoes Away”

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Coldplay, Roger Waters, Muse Make "Forbes"' Highest-Paid Musicians List

Capitol RecordsA few of the biggest names in rock show up on the Forbes list of the "World's 25 Highest-Paid Musicians" for 2013.

Coldplay placed the highest of any rock act on the list, taking the #5 spot with an estimated $64 million coming in, thanks mainly to the group’s recent world tour in support of Mylo Xyloto.  Ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters clocked in at #15 on the tally, earning $44 million from his The Wall Live tour, which grossed nearly half a billion dollars over the last three years.

Meanwhile, Muse is tied with pop superstar Rihanna for the #16 spot on the tally for each raking in $43 million.  Red Hot Chili Peppers, who share the #20 slot with rapper Dr. Dre, secured a place on the list for earning $40 million from their recent tour in support of their latest release, I’m With You.

The Forbes rankings are based on estimates of gross income earned by each artist between June 1 of 2012 and June 1 of this year.

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Tuesday
Nov192013

Madonna, Elton John, Paul McCartney on "Forbes" List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Madonna.com; Universal MusicForbes magazine is out with its annual list of the world's highest-paid musicians, and the Material Girl herself, Madonna, easily topped the tally, which estimates earnings from June 1 of 2012 through June 1 of this year.  The dance-pop diva brought in an impressive $125 million during that period.

Among the other veteran performers who also finished high on the list was Elton John, who came in eighth with $54 million in earnings.  Paul McCartney landed in 12th place after bringing in $47 million thanks to his share of The Beatles catalog and his successful concerts.  Ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters was #15 on the list with $44 million from his successful The Wall Live Tour and his Floyd royalties.  The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, came in tied for 22nd with pop starlet Katy Perry after a $39 million windfall.

Here's the full top 25 of the Forbes tally:

Madonna $125 million
Lady Gaga $80 million
Bon Jovi $79 million
Toby Keith $65 million
Coldplay $64 million
Justin Bieber $58 million
Taylor Swift $55 million
Elton John $54 million
Beyonce/Kenny Chesney (tie) $53 million
Diddy $50 million
Paul McCartney $47 million
DJ/Producer/Artist Calvin Harris $46 million
Jennifer Lopez $45 million
Ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters $44 million
Rihanna/Muse (tie) $43 million
Jay Z/One Direction (tie) $42 million
Dr. Dre/Red Hot Chili Peppers (tie) $40 million
Katy Perry/Rolling Stones (tie) $39 million
Tim McGraw $33 million
Pink/Superstar DJ Tiesto (tie) $32 million

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Tuesday
Nov192013

Lorde Says Her Tears for Fears Cover on the "Catching Fire" Soundtrack Is "Really Creepy and Weird" 

Republic RecordsThe soundtrack to the first Hunger Games movie was a huge hit.  The soundtrack to the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is out on Tuesday, and with big names like Christina Aguilera, Coldplay and The Lumineers on board, there's no reason to think it won't also be a success -- even if some of the songs on it are "creepy and weird."

That's Lorde's description of her contribution to the disc, a remake of Tears for Fears' massive hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."  Seventeen-year-old Lorde, the New Zealand singer who's hit #1 worldwide with her smash hit "Royals," was born more than ten years after Tears for Fears' song charted, but she says she was thrilled to cover it because, surprisingly, she claims to be a big fan of the English synth-pop duo.

"Oh yeah, I was," she tells ABC News Radio when asked if she was familiar with the original version of the song. "I mean, I love Tears for Fears, they're amazing: one of those classic groups who were so good at doing the pop thing in a cool way."

Asked how she made the song her own -- how she "Lordified" it, if you will -- the teen laughs, "I dunno, we just made it really creepy and weird!"  She's not kidding: her version of the song is dramatically slowed down, and has none of the shiny, upbeat pop sound that characterized the original.

As one of the most in-demand young stars around today, Lorde is quite picky about the projects she chooses to involve herself in -- she even turned down the chance to open for Katy Perry on her upcoming world tour.  So why sign on to the Catching Fire soundtrack?  "I think the film is really cool," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think it's like, the really cool blockbuster out there. There are really cool people on the soundtrack alongside me." 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the movie, will be in theaters Friday.

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