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Monday
Jun172013

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Says He's Ready to Make Follow-Up to "…Like Clockwork"

Facebook.com/QOTSARiding high from the success of Queens the Stone Age’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, …Like Clockwork, frontman Josh Homme says he’s ready to head back into the studio.

"I think we should make a record right away -- but I think we'll know when that is," he tells Billboard. The singer adds that while he has a plan in mind for the group’s next album, he’d prefer to keep the details secret. "The future is always out there,” he notes.  “Isn't that the minimum obligation of a band, to try to enthrall and surprise and, with as much mystery as possible, appear to its fans.”

Homme says that he’s thrilled with the way …Like Clockwork turned out, and that the band grew closer during the recording process. "[…Like Clockwork is] the tightest, bond-wise across the board, we've ever been,” he explains. “Everyone trusts each other. Everybody has each other's backs, and I think that solidarity really helped to sort of stabilize the sort of more vulnerable moments of the record."

QOTSA is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to North America for an appearance at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL, on August 2.

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Monday
Jun172013

Taylor Swift Says Her Perfumes Have Moved from "Fantasy" to "Reality"

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift has created three perfumes for women: Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted, and her brand-new scent, Taylor by Taylor Swift.  Why hasn't she done one for guys?  Maybe it's because how men smell isn't something she's really focused on.

Asked by People magazine whether she prefers guys who wear cologne, or guys who just go au naturel, Taylor replied, "I’d just prefer them to be good people. I’ll start with that.”

As for her new perfume, Taylor says it represents a break from the "day-dreamy, romantic kind-of departure, in a kind of a dream land" feel of Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted.  Instead, she says, Taylor by Taylor Swift is a bracing dose of the real world.

"There’s been sort of a progression between fantasy and reality," explains Taylor, "I think this perfume just really follows that progression. It would take place in my day-to-day life if that makes sense...it’s sort of who I am and embodies my personality and my style."

Taylor feels the same way about her current RED tour -- she recently explained that she rejected the fairytale themes of her last tour for more edgy, modern costumes and sets that feel like they're actually happening in a city, in the present day, rather than in some kind of enchanted castle.

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Monday
Jun172013

Alicia Keys on a Music Career for Her Son: "If It Makes Him Light Up, Hell Yeah!" 

James Devaney/WireImage)Alicia Keys was just four when she appeared on The Cosby Show, and when she was around 14, she linked up with her longtime manager Jeff Robinson.  But when Alicia thinks of her two-year-old son, Egypt, going into the music business in about a decade, it kind of freaks her out.

She jokingly shrieked at the idea when it was suggested by a reporter for the U.K.'s London Evening Standard, but then admitted that it probably wouldn't be fair if she didn't support Egypt, should he decide to make music his career.  But would she actually encourage it?  That's a tough question for Alicia, who says, "Jesus... Well, he has crazy rhythm. So, yeah, man.  But he has to do what makes him happy.  And if it makes him light up, hell yeah, I want him to do it."

Not only that, but Alicia says she and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, wouldn't be above using their music industry connections to smooth the path to stardom for little Egypt. "If my husband and I can fast-track him past the bulls**t a little bit, that would be cool," she told the Evening Standard.

Egypt is well on his way to a music career: he's already made his recording debut.  The toddler shares a few words -- "Mommy," "I love you" and "bye-bye" -- on Alicia's track "When It's All Over," from her current album Girl on Fire.

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Monday
Jun172013

John Legend Is "Made to Love"

Photo courtesy of John via InstagramJohn Legend has announced the next single from his upcoming album Love in the Future.  The song is titled "Made to Love," and it's set for release on Tuesday.

A music video for the new track is already in the works, and John has taken to Instagram with photos from the set.  The behind-the-scenes pics show him dressed simply -- a contrast to the luxury look he sported in the visual for John's previous single, "Who Do We Think We Are."  While filming his "Made to Love" video, John wears just a white t-shirt and dark pants.  It's not clear exactly what John is doing in the snapshots, but he's shown standing atop a circular platform that's elevated several inches off the floor.

"Made to Love" isn't the only big release happening on Tuesday.  John's pal Kanye West will also see the release of his Yeezus album.  Unfortunately, 'Ye's highly anticipated set has made its way to the Internet prematurely, and John seemed to be disappointed by that.  He was probably speaking up for Kanye, tweeting, "i never listen to leaks.  always want to wait til i'm sure it's the version the artist wants to release.  mixed, mastered, and paid for."

Of course, John is also probably speaking for his own artistic projects as well.  His Love in the Future album is due out this summer.

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Monday
Jun172013

Ariel-Obsessed Carly Rae Jepsen Thrilled to Remake "Part of Your World" for The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition 

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCGrowing up in Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen fantasized about being Ariel, from the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid.  Now, she's getting to fulfill her childhood dreams: Disney chose her to remake The Little Mermaid song "Part of Your World" for the upcoming Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of the movie.

"Every girl that I know has a Disney princess that they relate to," laughs Carly.  "For me, I always wanted to be The Little Mermaid. In fact, when I was swimming in lakes as a child, I full-on pretended I was Ariel!"

Carly says that when she got the call out of the blue from Disney to remake the song, she immediately asked them if she could use the same arrangement she remembered as a child -- the one that was sung in the movie by actress Jodi Benson.  "When they approached me, I'm, like, 'Do I get to do the original Jodi version, with the strings? And they're like, 'You are a geek! How do you know all this?' And I'm like, "Oh, I know! I loved it!'"

"Part of Your World" is a Broadway-style ballad, and is very different from "Call Me Maybe," but Carly said she really enjoyed tackling the tune. "It was fun to just kinda sing that way.  I was in musicals as a child, so there's a little part of me that totally gets off on the theatrics of it all!" she laughs.

But overall, Carly says that she enjoyed doing the song because it was like a trip back to her childhood. "It was so nostalgic and one of those moments you'll never forget," she tells ABC News Radio. "To even, like, be in the recording booth, listening to those strings from back in the day...there's a bit of magic to that song."  

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring Carly's new music video for "Part of Your World," will be out October 1.

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Monday
Jun172013

Bob Dylan Announces Fall European Tour

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan will perform 33 dates in Europe beginning October 10 in Oslo, Norway and running though November 28 in London. Multiple night stands include concerts in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Rome, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, and Glasgow. The full itinerary can be reviewed on his official website.

Dylan will also be on the road this summer headlining the Americanarama Festival of Music tour which kicks off June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and ends August 4 in Mountain View, California.

As previously reported, Dylan has been chosen to accept France's Legion of Honor, the country's highest civilian award. Last year it was presented to Paul McCartney.

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Monday
Jun172013

Watch Metallica Perform "Hit the Lights" as Dehaan During Second Annual Orion Music + More Festival

Warner Bros. RecordsDuring their recent Orion Music + More festival, Metallica thrilled fans who showed up early to the fairgrounds by performing a special set under the moniker Dehaan. The surprise concert featured the band performing their entire 1983 debut studio album, Kill ‘Em All, just in time to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary.

If you weren’t able to join the sweaty masses at the fest, the band is now offering you the chance to watch some of the footage of their performance as Dehaan. RollingStone.com is currently streaming a four-minute video of the group performing Kill ‘Em All's opening track, “Hit the Lights.” 

The next big thing coming up for Metallica will be their 3D concert film, Through the Never, which will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27. After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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Monday
Jun172013

Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" Scores Platinum Certification

Interscope RecordsCongratulations to Imagine Dragons on the platinum certification of their debut album, 2012’s Night Visions, which has sold one million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The set, which includes hits "It's Time" and “Radioactive,” debuted in the #2 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week out.  Night Visions scored the best first-week sales for a full-length debut by a new rock band in more than six years, selling over 83,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In other Imagine Dragons news, the band has scheduled a number of TV appearances to further promote Night Visions. They'll perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on July 5, and on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 26. The group also recently recorded an episode for the Live from the Artists Den public television music series, which is scheduled to air the weekend of August 9-11 on PBS.

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Monday
Jun172013

The Band Perry Proudly Continues Country Music's Big Hair Tradition

Facebook.com/TheBandPerryThe Band Perry's Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are all blessed with very full heads of hair, and it takes some effort to put every strand in place before hitting the stage.

While Kimberly admits she travels with more hair products than her brothers, she still gets her hair fixed in a timely manner.  As for who's the slowest, Kimberly tells The Boston Globe, "Neil does take the longest to get ready."

When it comes to who has the best hair in the band, Kimberly gives that honor to her brother Reid.  "Everybody tells us that," she says. "I've come to terms with it."

The Band Perry will be rocking their big hair at a show in Cullman, AL this Friday.

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Monday
Jun172013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKellie Pickler is married to one of Nashville's top songwriters. What is his name? ANSWER: Kyle Jacobs.

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Monday
Jun172013

Drake Announces Would You Like a Tour? World Tour 

OctobersVeryOwn.netWould you like a tour?  That's the question's Drake's asking -- and answering -- with the announcement of his Would You Like a Tour? world tour, kicking off this fall in support of his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same.

Drake will hit the road for a total of 41 North American dates beginning September 25 in Portland, OR, and wrapping November 15 in Los Angeles.  The outing includes seven Canadian dates as well.  Drake will be backed by Miguel on all of the dates, with Future and other TBA guests also performing guest sets.

You can get your tickets starting this Friday via LiveNation and Ticketmaster.  Here are the dates:

9/25 -- Portland, OR,  Rose Garden Arena
9/26 -- Tacoma,  WA, Tacoma Dome
9/ 27 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
9/29 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
10/2 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
10/3 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
10/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/9 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/11 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/12 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/13 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/15 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
10/16 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/18 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
10/21 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
10/22 -- Ottawa, ON, Scotiabank Place
10/23 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
10/27 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/28 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
10/30 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
10/31 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/2 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
11/3 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
11/5 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
11/6 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
11/9 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
11/10 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
11/12 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
11/13 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
11/16 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
11/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
11/19 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/21 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
11/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center

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Monday
Jun172013

Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift Take Home MuchMusic Video Awards

MuchMusic.comHe was apparently too busy to pick up the award in person, but native son Justin Bieber won the favorite artist award at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards Sunday night.  Fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen was among the other nominees in the category, which also included Drake.

Taylor Swift appeared in person to accept the favorite international artist or group award.  It wasn't much of a hardship for her to show up -- Taylor was already in Toronto for a two-day stop on her RED tour.

Other winners include Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne.  You can see the full list of winners at MuchMusic.com.

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Monday
Jun172013

Lock of Mick Jagger's Hair Headed to Auction

Facebook.com/MickJaggerOfficialHere's your chance to own a piece of Mick Jagger. A piece of his famous hairdo, anyway.

The British auction house Bonhams is putting a lock of the Rolling Stones frontman's hair -- dating back to the 1960s -- on the block.

Bonhams' website states that the lock of hair was saved by the grandmother of current owner Chrissie Shrimpton "when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents' farm. Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects."

Shrimpton, the younger sister of former supermodel Jean Shrimpton, dated Jagger in the mid-'60s.

The lock of hair will be auctioned July 3, and is expected to bring in between $2,300-$3,100.

Proceeds from the sale of the hair will go to Changing Faces, a U.K.-based charity that supports people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body.

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Monday
Jun172013

Drake Gets Apology from Amanda Bynes

Photo courtesy Drake via InstagramIt appears that Amanda Bynes has had a change of heart about Drake

The actress tweeted on Friday, "I'm sorry about the tweets I said about @drake I didn't mean what I said. I hope to become friends with him instead of smashing him!"

Bynes had repeatedly called the rapper "ugly" on Twitter recently.  And that was after Bynes tweeted in March that she wanted Drake to perform a sexually-violent act on a certain part of her body.

Drake has been tight-lipped regarding Bynes' many tweets about him. 

Bynes also tweeted a few observations about love last week.  She wrote, "You know you're in love with someone when you don't want to go a minute without talking to them or seeing them," and, "Everybody's made for someone. You're lucky if you find them or they find you."

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Monday
Jun172013

Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town Win Daytime Emmy Awards

Vector ManagementCongratulations to Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town on their Daytime Emmy wins Sunday night. Trisha's Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, tied for the Outstanding Culinary Program trophy with another show on that network, The Best Thing I Ever Made.  

Little Big Town took the Outstanding Original Song category for their song, "Good Afternoon," the theme from ABC's Good Afternoon America.

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Monday
Jun172013

No "Drugs or Strippers" for Ed Sheeran, but He "Wouldn't Mind Dating a Celebrity"

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCAside from his constantly obsessed-about friendship with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran is an unassuming guy who flies under the radar most of the time.  If he's not with Taylor, he's not stalked by paparazzi, and he's rarely written about in tabloids unless his name is linked to hers.  And Ed says he's determined not to give the press any bad behavior to start writing about any time soon.

Speaking to the Canadian Press, Ed says he "always expected" to become a tabloid target, but notes "it never did [happen]," adding, "I think it’s because I’ve never done anything interesting.  Like, I’ve never been caught taking cocaine or having sex with a stripper...you know, things that end up ruining people in the press -- I haven’t done these things.  I haven’t dated a famous person.  I’m not that scandalous."

But that doesn't mean he wouldn't like to try at least one of those scandalous things.

"I wouldn’t mind dating a celebrity -- that would be quite fun.  You never know," he laughs.  "As far as drugs and strippers...I’m a professional and I worked quite hard to get where I am...I think it would be silly to let that slip.  So I’m going to always turn up on time, I’m going to always do my job, and I don’t think the press can knock me on that."

However, Ed laughs, "If I ever end up bagging a hottie, then yeah, we’ll see."

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Monday
Jun172013

Miley Cyrus: People Wanted Me to Be the White Nicki Minaj

Courtesy: BillboardMiley Cyrus' current music is a lot more R&B and hip-hop influenced than her previous work, but don't worry: the woman formerly known as Hannah Montana will not be rapping on her upcoming album.  "A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj," she tells Billboard. "That's not what I'm trying to do."

"I love 'hood' music, but my talent is as a singer," the 20-year-old star tells Billboard for its new cover story, saying of her new disc.  "It's not a hip-hop album, though -- it's a pop album."

"I'm not coming in trying to rap," she explains. "It's more like, 'I don't see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.'" She describes her current sound, bizarrely, as a mixture of Dolly Parton, Adele and rapper Juicy J.

Miley's exploration of new sounds is fueled by her desire to leave her previous music behind her, but she says she's annoyed that it's still out there.  "Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it's so irritating to me because I can't just erase that stuff and start over," she tells Billboard.  "My last record [Can't Be Tamed], I feel so disconnected from -- I was 16 or 17 when I made it.  When you're in your 20s, you just don't really know that person anymore."

"I want to start as a new artist.  I consider my upcoming album my first, really," she adds.  And she's got big plans for it.

"I want my record to be the biggest record in the world, and I've given everything to get here, even down to friends and family and relationships -- I've just put this music first," says Miley.  "That's been kind of a trip: It's not like I'm losing who I am -- I actually found out more about who I am by making this music."

Miley's as-yet-untitled album will be released later this year.

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Monday
Jun172013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler will co-host ABC's The View on Tuesday, June 18. Look for Kellie to perform her new single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight," during her visit too.

Tickets for Hunter Hayes' October 18 and 19 shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium sold out in less than an hour when they went on sale Friday morning.

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Monday
Jun172013

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Hints at Hiatus Following Tour; Reveals Plans for New Side Project

Prospect ParkFrontman Ivan Moody says that Five Finger Death Punch is planning to take some time off after they're done promoting their upcoming double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.

“I talked to the guys [in 5FDP] and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other,” he tells Metal Shrine.  “That way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again.”

Moody adds that he’ll be keeping busy during the break, announcing that he has plans to go solo after the 5FDP's tour ends.  “I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle,” he reveals.  “I've already got a few guys on the line, that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with.”

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 will arrive at all the usual outlets on July 30 and will be available in a variety of formats, including standard and deluxe digital versions and a limited-edition box set. The second installment of the album will be released sometime in the fall.

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Monday
Jun172013

Barenaked Ladies Offer Fans Last Chance to Party on Second Annual Last Summer on Earth Tour

Facebook.com/BarenakedLadiesLast year, Barenaked Ladies paid a comical tribute to the supposed Mayan prophecy of the world coming to an end in December 2012 by launching their Last Summer on Earth Tour with Blues Traveler, Cracker and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. On Monday night, the group hits the road again for the second edition of their Last Summer on Earth Tour, which frontman Ed Robertson jokes may be mankind’s last chance to party.

“This now may be the last summer on earth,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I think it has little to do with the Mayan calendar but who know what’s going to happen come November, December.”  Drummer Tyler Stewart adds, “Who really knows what the Mayan margin of error is.  I mean they could have been off by a year, right?  So we better have a good time while we can.”

The Last Summer on Earth Tour will feature a headlining set by Barenaked Ladies, along with performances from Ben Folds Five and Guster.  Robertson notes that while he’s looking forward to performing tracks from the group’s recently-released album, Grinning Streak, fans shouldn’t worry that the guys will avoid playing the hits on the tour.

“I think over the course of the tour you’ll certainly hear the whole new record,” he explains. “But as much as I want to be playing the whole new record, people come to see the hits.  So it’s a balance we like to strike [where] the show has got to be fun and entertaining for us, but it’s also gotta be fun for the audience.”

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