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Wednesday
May292013

Mariah Carey Releases "Explicit" Version of "#Beautiful" Video

Facebook.com/MariahCareyLast week, Mariah Carey released the explicit version of her latest hit, "#Beautiful," which revealed that the hashtag in the title actually stands for a naughty word.  Now, she's released an explicit version of the song's video to match.

Unlike the original "#Beautiful" video, which cut between shots of Mariah riding on a motorcycle with duet partner Miguel, writhing around on the same bike in a tiny leather outfit and dancing in a barn, the new explicit video only consists of scenes shot in the barn. 

In the clip, Miguel sits behind the wheel of a shiny red Porsche Speedster, which in real life once belonged to Mariah's late dad.  The car is parked in the barn -- the kind of barn that has chandeliers hanging from the ceiling --  and the headlights are trained on Mariah, who dances and prances in a tiny, curve-hugging short yellow dress that barely covers her.   That's the whole video, pretty much, but you do get to hear Miguel say the "f" word several times, as well as the word "ass."

The new video is now available for download on iTunes.  Some fans aren't thrilled with it, however: after Mariah posted a link to it on Facebook, one fan wrote, "You're too classy to have explicit themes," while another commented, "I don't feel the explicit version was necessary. You are better than that. Just saying!"

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Wednesday
May292013

Billy Joel Expands UK Tour Schedule

StoneMusicFest.comFollowing the announcement that he would be performing his first concert in years in Ireland this November, Billy Joel now looks as though he's in the process of booking a full U.K. tour.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has just scheduled three dates in England: One in October in Manchester, one November 5 in London and one November 8 in Birmingham.  These will the singer's first shows in the U.K. in seven years; tickets go on sale Friday.

These shows will be scheduled around Billy's already-announced November 1 show at the O2 arena in Dublin, Ireland.  So far this year, he's only performed one show in the U.S., at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last month.  It remains to be seen if more U.K. and European dates will follow, or if Billy is contemplating a U.S. tour, which he hasn't done since 2010.

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Wednesday
May292013

Blake Shelton Shooting Down More Marriage Rumors

Getty for ACABlake Shelton is on the cover of People magazine again, shooting down rumors of trouble in his marriage to Miranda Lambert.

The story reiterates the couple's open-book policy, meaning they have total access to each other's phones and computers. Blake says, "That's been really a good thing, because I don't want her to have any doubts."

Making time for each other in the midst of their insanely hectic lives remains difficult for Blake and Miranda, though.  "You come up with all these different ideas and theories -- 'We're going to make sure we have this many days together," Blake says, "but the truth is that you just got to take advantage of every window of time that you have, and you can't force it to happen."

Blake and Miranda tied the knot two years ago, and their relationship has turned Blake's focus from himself to Miranda when making big life decisions.  He says, "I'm thinking on behalf of someone else [now], just like I hope she's doing with me."

That kind of unselfish thinking will come in handy when Blake and Miranda welcome a little bundle of joy.  Blake admits, "I'm thinking about starting a family."

For more insight into Blake and Miranda's marriage, pick up the new issue of People, out Friday.

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Wednesday
May292013

Kanrocksas Festival Canceled Due to “Insufficient Ticket Sales”

Kanrocksas.comIt’s official: this year’s Kanrocksas Festival has been canceled.  The event was scheduled for June 28-29 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

“Due to insufficient ticket sales, Midwest Music Festivals and Kansas Speedway have decided to cancel the 2013 Kanrocksas Music Festival,” reads a statement on the festival’s website. “There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.”

Festival organizers say that all ticket holders will receive a full refund from the Kanrocksas authorized ticketing agent, ground(ctrl). The lineup for the event included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, fun., Passion Pit, MGMT, Imagine Dragons, Grouplove, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and others.

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Wednesday
May292013

Metallica’s Orion + More Festival to Include Motorcycle Stunt Show

Facebook.com/MetallicaMetallica has added a special attraction to its second annual Orion Music + More festival.  The group has just announced that it will offer festival-goers the chance to take in a motorcycle stunt show, featuring The Nerveless Nocks performing inside the Globe of Death.

"Watch this world-famous thrill-show family race their motorcycles within the confines of a 18-foot-tall steel ball cage," reads a statement on the festival's website.  "Michelangelo and Carolina Nock along with their son Cyrus will wow audiences with their skill and bravery racing around in circles and upside down, narrowly missing one another."

The second annual Orion Music + More festival will take place June 8-9 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.  In addition to headlining sets by Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the event also includes performances from Rise Against, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys and Foals.

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Wednesday
May292013

George Michael Discharged from Hospital

Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty ImagesAfter being injured in a car accident in the U.K. on May 16, George Michael has been discharged from the hospital.

A statement on Michael's website reads, "We can confirm that George Michael has been discharged from hospital and continues to rest and recuperate.  He is well and thanks everyone for all the messages of support."

As previously reported, George was a passenger in a Range Rover that was involved in the accident.  He was found on the road by paramedics and although at the time he was said to have suffered "bumps and bruises," the 49-year-old remained in the hospital "for observation."  Meanwhile, a woman who claimed to have witnessed the accident says the singer literally fell out of the car while it was doing 70 mph.

In the past decade, Michael has been involved in a string of car accidents, but in those cases, he was the one driving.  In 2010, he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for driving under the influence of pot and prescription medication.  In 2011, the former Wham! frontman suffered a bout of pneumonia that nearly killed him, and then last year, he canceled a tour due to "major anxiety," reportedly a side effect of that near-death experience.

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Wednesday
May292013

Alicia Keys Takes Fans to Rehearsal in New Reebok Video

AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys is busy on her Set the World on Fire tour, but she's still finding time to promote the latest sneaker from her collection for Reebok.  In a new video, Alicia takes fans behind the scenes of a rehearsal where she practices her moves for the stage in a pair of her signature A.K. Wedges, also known as AKWs.

Growing up in New York City, Alicia says she remembers running around the park in colorful kicks.  If she wasn't wearing Reebok's classic Freestyle hi-tops, then she was wearing "boy-looking" sneakers.  Even now Alicia appreciates a "tougher" shoe.  "And now that I have become 100-percent just into my womanhood, I really love merging the two worlds a lot," she says.

The end product is Alicia's new wedge sneaker, which is styled like a gym shoe but features an invisible heel.  "So if you're a dancer, or you're just a fly mom, or if you're just a cool girl going to school... whatever you need to do, you can still pound pavement and be cute at the same time," Alicia says.

To promote her Reebok release, Alicia is inviting fans to tweet their six word stories of "living with fire," using the hashtag #livewithfire.

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Wednesday
May292013

Thompson Square Cancels Concert Appearances This Weekend; Keifer Thompson on Vocal Rest

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square canceled their concert appearances on Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour this weekend due to duo member Keifer Thompson's ongoing vocal condition.  Keifer's doctor has ordered him to cancel all dates through June 2 in an effort to speed up the healing process.  Keifer and his wife and duo partner Shawna Thompson didn't take the decision to cancels those appearances lightly.

He says in a written statement, "Our fans are on our minds every moment of every day -- you are the reason we're here and the reason we get to live our dream of making music for a living.  We hope that you will understand what a difficult decision this has been and know that we can't wait to get back out on the road and make it up to you as soon as possible.”

Luke Bryan's concerts will still go on without Thompson Square this weekend.

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Wednesday
May292013

Jennifer Lopez Too Hot for "Britain's Got Talent?"

Frank Micelotta / FOXIs Jennifer Lopez too hot for British TV?  A Tuesday night appearance on Britain's Got Talent has drawn some viewer complaints.

E! Online reports that Jennifer sang her new single "Live It Up" on the show, whose judging panel includes Simon Cowell.  As usual, she wore a sexy costume -- a tight, high-cut bodysuit and thigh-high boots -- but it turns out some felt her getup was too sexy and her moves too provocative for the family-oriented show. 

The British media watchdog group Ofcom told E! News that it had "received complaints" about the performance, which they are "currently assessing."  At stake is the possibility that J-Lo's performance has violated the British broadcasting code.

The performance itself doesn't seem that different from the one Jennifer did on American Idol earlier this month.  At one point, though, as she slides on her knees towards the edge of the stage, her groin area is essentially presented right in the center of the screen.

Jennifer herself apparently didn't see anything wrong with her performance: she posted an Instagram photo of herself and her dancers afterward, along with the message, "Thanks @GotTalent for a great night #liveitup."

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Wednesday
May292013

Bassist Jared Followill Says New Kings of Leon Album Will Be “Musically Complicated”

RCA RecordsKing of Leon fans can expect the group to head for familiar territory on their upcoming sixth album. During a recent Q&A session with fans on Twitter, bassist Jared Followill revealed that the group’s new material will sound like their earlier work.

Jared tweeted, "Vibe/feeling [of the new album] could be compared to the first couple. It's much more musically complicated though, so I'd have to say the last 2." When asked if he had a favorite amongst the new cuts they’ve been creating, the bassist replied, “The ones I'm most proud of are the hardest to play. So it's hard to say.”

While a release date for the new album has yet to be announced, Followill has previously stated that he expects it to be released sometime in September.

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Wednesday
May292013

Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Jenna Michelle Kennedy

Justin Ross WardLove and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles is off the market.  According to People, Stephen got engaged to fiancée Jenna Michelle Kennedy Tuesday night on the beach in Fort Myers, FL.  He had a friend set up cameras on the beach outside the city's Fresh Catch Bistro, where the couple planned to eat that night.

Stephen says, "I called ahead and told them…to say that the table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes so that we had to kill some time and walk on the beach."

That's when Stephen says he begged Jenna to marry him, and she said yes.  They both cried as he slipped the 2.34 carat yellow center cut diamond ring on her finger.

The couple plans to get married in May 2014.  Stephen says of Jenna, "She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."

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Wednesday
May292013

Daft Punk Scores Big #1 Debut with "Random Access Memories"

Columbia RecordsDaft Punk's hit single "Get Lucky" has helped propel their new album to the top of the charts. 

The French duo's fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of 339,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the second-biggest opening week for an album this year, second only to Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which moved 968,000 copies back in March.

According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, Random Access Memories is the first dance/electronic album to reach #1 since Madonna’s MDNA debuted at #1 in April 2012.  It's also the first album by a French act to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart since 1968.

Prior to "Get Lucky," Daft Punk's biggest hits were "One More Time" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which was later sampled by Kanye West for his hit, "Stronger."

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Wednesday
May292013

John Mayer's Back in the Studio Recording Sixth Album, and You Can Watch

Facebook.com/JohnMayerEarlier this month, John Mayer unexpectedly told fans that he'd be putting out a brand-new album this summer, a little more than a year after the release of his 2012 disc, Born and Raised.  Now, John's announced that he's in the studio working on the project.

John's Facebook page features a photo of him "tracking a new song," along with the message, "John is recording his 6th studio album. Check back every Tuesday for more Studio Session videos to see what's going on behind the scenes."  The hashtag #MAYERISBACK and a link to the first installment in the video series round out the posting.

The video shows John turning on an amplifier, pulling out a drawer full of guitar pedals, playing guitar, twiddling some control room knobs, and saying, "I like it."

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Wednesday
May292013

Diddy Slashes Prices on Two Swanky Properties

Facebook.com/DiddyDiddy is putting a pair of swanky pads on the market, and he's listing them at deeply discounted prices.  A source tells the New York Post, "Diddy’s spending more time at his $30 million mansion in Miami, on Star Island.  It makes sense for tax reasons."

The Post reports that Diddy is ready to part ways with his Manhattan apartment on the 66th floor of a building on 56th Street.  The Bad Boy entertainment mogul is seeking $7.99 million for the property -- quite a drop from last year's $8.5 million asking price.  The player pad features a piano room, wet bar and marble foyer, according to the Post.

The second property that Diddy is looking to unload is his Alpine, NJ, estate, which he tried to sell for $13.5 million in 2006, according to the Post.  Diddy has reduced the asking price to $9.99 million for the home on a hill, which overlooks three acres.  The New York Post reports that the crib features a putting green, tennis court and swimming pool, among other amenities.

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Wednesday
May292013

Emeli Sande Adds Dates to Upcoming U.S. Tour

EmeliSande.comEmeli Sande has added two new dates to her upcoming U.S. tour. 

She'll now be making stops at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park on August 28 and the House of Blues in Boston on August 30.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Emeli's jam-packed summer schedule already includes appearances at a handful of festivals, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Essence Fest and Budweiser's Made in America showcase.  Her tour kicks off July 2 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Additional dates may be announced.

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Wednesday
May292013

Ringo Starr Tells His Life Story in New Digital Photo Book Due Out in June

Genesis PublicationsA new ebook featuring rare photos and personal recollections from Ringo Starr will be released June 12, exclusively via Apple's iBookstore.  In the interactive publication, titled Photograph, the ex-Beatles drummer tells his life story through previously unseen images from his archives along with accompanying text, video and audio.  The eBook can be viewed using an iPad with an iBooks program, or on any computer utilizing iTunes.

Among the many pics included in the eBook are photos from Starr's childhood, as well as candid shots he took of his Beatles band mates in a variety of scenarios and locations.  There also are images of various pieces of memorabilia from throughout the rock legend's long career.  In addition, Ringo has created audio and video segments especially for the eBook in which he shares details about the many photos.  "These are shots no one else could have," says Starr.

On the same day that the Photograph eBook is released, a new exhibition focusing on Starr, called "Ringo: Peace & Love," will open at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  The exhibit will feature the drum sets Ringo played at The Beatles' legendary Shea Stadium concert and on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as his Sgt. Pepper's costume, the cape he wore in the Help! movie, the red jacket worn during The Beatles' famed London rooftop concert, and an assortment of photos, documents and mementos from Starr's days with and before the Fab Four.

If you'd rather not go the ebook route, a limited-edition physical version of Photograph is scheduled to be published in December.  Starr will personally sign 2,500 copies of the hard-bound volume, which will feature even more images than the ebook edition does.

The Photograph ebook is priced at $9.99.  You can pre-order it now at iTunes, while the bound version can be pre-ordered at RingoPhotograph.com.

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Wednesday
May292013

The National’s "Trouble Will Find Me" Debuts at #3 on "Billboard" 200; 30 Seconds to Mars in at #6

4ADWhile Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories scored the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week, new albums from The National and 30 Seconds to Mars also secured positions in the top 10 on the list.

The National’s Trouble Will Find Me scored the #3 spot on the tally, selling 75,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album’s first-week chart position mirrors the group’s previous release, 2010’s High Violet, which debuted and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, racking up 51,000 copies its first week out.

Meanwhile, 30 Seconds to Mars’ fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, clocked in at #6 on the list with 53,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  The successful sales week makes Love Lust Faith + Dreams the group’s first album to debut in the top 10. The band’s previous release, 2009’s This Is War, debuted and peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.

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Wednesday
May292013

Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser Among New Artists Performing on 2013 CMT Music Awards

Broken Bow RecordsSome of country's hottest new stars have been added to the lineup for the 2013 CMT Music Awards, airing live Wednesday, June 5. Dustin Lynch, Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope, Kree Harrison, Love and Theft and Randy Houser will give abbreviated performances on the Nationwide Insurance stage during the show, airing that night at 8:00 p.m. ET on CMT and CMT.com.

Nationwide is also sponsoring the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award for country's best new live acts. Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and Lee Brice are up for that trophy. Fans can vote at CMT.com through June 2 to determine the winner.

Jason Aldean, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town are also slated to perform on the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Jason Aldean will host the show with actress Kristen Bell.

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Wednesday
May292013

Adam Levine Issues Statement Clarifying "I Hate This Country" Comment

Mark Seliger/NBCWhile he's already stated on Twitter that he was joking, Adam Levine has now issued an official statement clarifying an offhand remark he made Tuesday night on The Voice after two of his team members were voted off the show.

Adam was overheard muttering "I hate this country" after contestants Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons didn't receive enough of America's votes to continue with the competition.  His comment outraged some fans, who attacked him as unpatriotic and insensitive.  Adam responded by posting the definitions for the words "joke," "humorless," "lighthearted" and "misunderstand" on his Twitter feed, but now he's gone on record as explaining why he uttered the inflammatory comment.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Adam says, "I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration."

He adds, "Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results."

"I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show," the statement concludes.

Following Tuesday's elimination, Adam, Shakira and Usher only have one contestant each left on their teams.  Blake Shelton, on the other hand, has three contestants left.

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Wednesday
May292013

Garth Brooks Taping TV Special at Wynn Las Vegas Independence Day Weekend

Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has announced three shows at the Wynn Las Vegas over the 4th of July weekend. The series of dates will be filmed for an upcoming TV special and DVD/Blu-Ray release commemorating Garth's long-term engagement at the Wynn Las Vegas's Encore Theater.

Tickets for the shows on July 4, 5 and 6 go on sale Monday, June 3 through Ticketmaster and WynnLasVegas.com.

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