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Tuesday
May212013

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Join "The X Factor" Judges’ Panel

Facebook.com/KellyRowland; Facebook.com/PaulinaRubio The rumors are true.  Fox announced Monday night that one-time Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio will be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judges’ panel when The X Factor returns this fall.

“It’s taken more than a decade, but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!), Simon declared in a statement. "Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different,” Simon added.

Rowland and Rubio fill the vacancies left by the departures of Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Rowland served as a judge on the British version of The X Factor in 2011.  "I am very exciting to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family, said Rowland in a statement. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states."

Rubio, who has sold more than 20 million records and released 10 studio albums, said in a statement, "I love The X Factor.  I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America.  Simon. be careful what you wish for. Let's see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo."

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Monday
May202013

Toby Keith Sends Out Prayers for His Tornado-Ravaged Hometown of Moore, OK

Show Dog/UniversalThe devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, Monday hit close to home for Toby Keith, who grew up in the city. He released a statement Monday night saying, "I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all."

Toby and his family live nearby in Norman, OK.

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Monday
May202013

J. Cole Will Compete with Kanye West Next Month

Photo courtesy of J. Cole via InstagramJ. Cole is going up against Kanye West next month.  Just days after Kim Kardashian announced that her guy Kanye would be releasing his Yeezus album on June 18, Cole revealed via Twitter that he's delivering his Born Sinner project the same day.

The original release date for J. Cole's sophomore set was June 25, but the rapper took to Twitter to announce the new date.  He also explained the reason for the change, tweeting, "Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation.  Which is exactly why I'm moving my release date up."

On Monday, J. Cole revealed cover art for both versions of his Born Sinner project.  The standard set's cover art features what looks like a golden gate against the black silhouette of a building in the clouds.  The deluxe version of the project shows a shiny black figure with devil's horns against a white background.  Above the figure's head floats a golden crown.

In other J. Cole news, he'll be appearing alongside The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday.

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Monday
May202013

Prince Pushes Boundaries with New Music Venture

PRNewsFoto/42 WestA day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

A day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

The Purple One has joined forces with independent music-services company Kobalt Music Group, giving him the freedom to self-release his own music recordings.

Prince will unleash projects from a roster of new acts as well.  As part of the new venture, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers.  Meanwhile, Kobalt will market and distribute the music around the globe through its digital platform and network of brick-and-mortar partners.

This isn't the first time Prince has pushed the envelope when it comes to releasing new music.  Earlier this year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began teasing new songs and videos that would be available for purchase via his official website.

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Monday
May202013

Prince Pushes Boundaries with New Music Venture

PRNewsFoto/42 WestA day after receiving the Billboard Icon Award, Prince has announced a new music venture that will allow him and other artists to break free of the old-school label system.

The Purple One has joined forces with independent music-services company Kobalt Music Group, giving him the freedom to self-release his own music recordings.

Prince will unleash projects from a roster of new acts as well.  As part of the new venture, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers.  Meanwhile, Kobalt will market and distribute the music around the globe through its digital platform and network of brick-and-mortar partners.

This isn't the first time Prince has pushed the envelope when it comes to releasing new music.  Earlier this year, the music veteran began teasing new songs and videos that would be available for purchase via his official website.

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Monday
May202013

Hear John Fogerty's New Version of "Fortunate Son" with Foo Fighters

Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has unveiled the collaboration he and the Foo Fighters recorded for his upcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which includes new renditions of some of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks.  Fogerty and the Foos' version of CCR's 1969 hit single "Fortunate Son" is now streaming at RollingStone.com.

Wrote a Song for Everyone is set to arrive at all of the usual outlets on May 28.  In addition to the Foo Fighters, other well-known artists are featured on the release, including Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Jennifer Hudson and country stars Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.

Here is the complete track list for Wrote a Song for Everyone:

"Fortunate Son" (with Foo Fighters)
"Almost Saturday Night" (with Keith Urban)
"Lodi" (with Shane Fogerty & Tyler Fogerty)
"Mystic Highway"
"Wrote a Song for Everyone" (with Miranda Lambert featuring Tom Morello)
"Bad Moon Rising" (with Zac Brown Band)
"Long as I Can See the Light" (with My Morning Jacket)
"Born on the Bayou" (with Kid Rock)
"Train of Fools"
"Someday Never Comes" (with Dawes)
"Who'll Stop the Rain" (with Bob Seger)
"Hot Rod Heart" (with Brad Paisley)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (with Alan Jackson)
"Proud Mary" (with Jennifer Hudson featuring Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)

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Monday
May202013

Barbra Streisand Receiving Honorary Degree from Israeli University

Facebook.com/BarbraStreisandBarbra Streisand will be honored by Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem next month.

The university announced Monday that it will bestow upon Barbra an honorary doctor of philosophy degree, “in recognition of her professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.”

The degree will be presented during a ceremony scheduled for June 17.

Aside from Barbra’s Jewish background, she established a building for Jewish studies, named after her late father, at the university in 1984. That was one year after the release of the Jewish-themed film Yentl, which she directed and in which she starred.

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Monday
May202013

Carly Rae Jepsen and Boyfriend Are "Super-Professional" When Working Together

Vanessa HeinsCarly Rae Jepsen co-wrote her single "This Kiss" with, among others, her boyfriend, singer/songwriter Matthew Koma.  It was clearly a pleasant experience for her because Carly says she would be open to collaborating with him again.

Carly tells E! News, "Believe it or not, we're like super-professional when we get into the studio together.  We met while working on 'This Kiss,' and I think because of how we met, we pop right back into that professional behavior."

She also notes, "We're super, über-polite with each other, it's funny."

Carly did mention that she'd also like to work with Ne-Yo one day.

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Monday
May202013

Ratings for "Billboard" Music Awards Up from Last Year

ABCWhether it was Taylor Swift winning a bunch of awards or Justin Bieber pleading his case to be taken seriously as an artist, the Billboard Music Awards received a boost in ratings from the year before.

The three-hour ABC telecast, hosted in Las Vegas by former 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, averaged 9.5 million viewers on Sunday night, according to Deadline. That’s a 28-percent increase from the 2012 ceremony.

Taylor was the big winner, taking eight awards. Justin received three, including the Milestone Award, which he accepted by saying, “This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously.”

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Monday
May202013

Thompson Square to Debut "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" on "The Tonight Show"

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is set to debut their new single, "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About," on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. The duo's Keifer Thompson co-wrote the flirtatious song with a little inspiration from his wife of 14 years, duo partner Shawna Thompson.

"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" is the second single from Thompson Square's sophomore album, Just Feels Good.

In addition to the new single, Thompson Square is also releasing a novel, titled Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not. The book is based on their debut hit of the same name.  It'll hit stores on June 4.

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Monday
May202013

Hear Foo Fighters Cover “Fortunate Son” with John Fogerty

Steve GullickJohn Fogerty has unveiled his collaboration with the Foo Fighters for his upcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which features new renditions of classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks. Fogerty and the Foos' version of the CCR's 1969 hit single “Fortunate Son” is now streaming at RollingStone.com.

Wrote a Song for Everyone is set to arrive at all the usual outlets on Tuesday, May 28. In addition to the Foo Fighters, a number of other rock artists are featured on the release, including Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James.

Here's the complete track list for Wrote a Song for Everyone:

"Fortunate Son" (with Foo Fighters)
"Almost Saturday Night" (with Keith Urban)
"Lodi" (with Shane Fogerty & Tyler Fogerty)
"Mystic Highway"
"Wrote a Song for Everyone" (with Miranda Lambert featuring Tom Morello)
"Bad Moon Rising" (with Zac Brown Band)
"Long as I Can See the Light" (with My Morning Jacket)
"Born on the Bayou" (with Kid Rock)
"Train of Fools"
"Someday Never Comes" (with Dawes)
"Who'll Stop the Rain" (with Bob Seger)
"Hot Rod Heart" (with Brad Paisley)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (with Alan Jackson)
"Proud Mary" (with Jennifer Hudson featuring Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)

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Monday
May202013

K. Michelle Serves Up Her New Single, "V.S.O.P."

Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle's debut album, Rebellious Soul, arrives in stores July 30, and on Monday she released, "V.S.O.P.," the first single from her upcoming set.  The new track samples Debra Laws' 1981 hit "Very Special."

Presumably, "V.S.O.P." is an acronym for "very special old pale" cognac, which K. Michelle mentions in the song's hook.  "We gon' light some candles tonight, very special/We gon' do whatever you like, very special/got some Henny chillin' on ice, very special," she sings, referring to Hennessy.

Next month, K. Michelle will be performing in New York City.  Tickets are on sale now for her June 6 show at Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.

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Monday
May202013

Jon Bon Jovi Recalls "Horrible Moment" When Daughter Overdosed

Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has opened up about the day his 19-year-old daughter overdosed on heroin.

"It was horrible, a horrible moment.  It was my worst moment as a father,"  he tells the British newspaper The Daily Mirror.

The 51-year-old rocker recalls getting a 2 a.m. call from his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi, who was phoning him from a hospital near her upstate New York college.

"The first thing she said, 'I'm all right,' but then she said this is what happened," Bon Jovi remembers.  "You wake up, you shake it off and put your shoes on and say, 'OK, I am on the way home.'"

Bongiovi, a student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and her 21-year-old companion, Ian Grant, were initially arrested in November and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Those charges were later dropped because of a New York state law that prohibits prosecution of people who have overdosed, as well as those who help them seek medical care.

For Bon Jovi, who says he has never touched drugs despite his rock-star life, the incident was a wake-up call as a father.

"She was by no means sticking needles in her arms," he tells the Mirror.  "But there's a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn't know about.”

Bon Jovi also discusses with the Mirror lead guitarist Richie Sambora abruptly leaving the band's tour for "personal reasons."

"Love him, spoken to him once.  I talked to him once, once in six weeks and 18 shows,"  Bon Jovi says.  "He's not fired; we didn't have a fight.  It certainly isn't about money."

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Monday
May202013

Little Big Town Premiering "Your Side of the Bed" Video on "Good Morning America" Thursday

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's new video, "Your Side of the Bed," will premiere exclusively on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday. The clip was shot in Knoxville, TN at the Oliver Hotel and the Tennessee Theater, one of the stops on Little Big Town's recently-wrapped Tornado Tour.

Fans can watch the video at GoodMorningAmerica.com all day Thursday. Look for Little Big Town to make a special announcement during their appearance about the upcoming CMA Music Festival.

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Monday
May202013

Miley Cyrus Mum on Rumored Justin Bieber Collaboration

Miley Cyrus via TwitterIf Miley Cyrus is collaborating with Justin Bieber on a new recording, she isn't spilling the beans just yet.

E! Online has reported that Miley is working with Justin on some music, but when the website approached her Sunday about the speculation at the Billboard Music Awards, she simply acknowledged, "I know pictures are flying around."

Miley then added, "You guys will have to wait and see. I'm the biggest at top secrets. I've had this single ready for about a year, and I've had to keep my lips sealed and just not saying anything. So you'll see."

Miley was referring to her new single, "We Can't Stop," which will be released June 3.

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Monday
May202013

Daft Punk Expected to Score First #1 Debut on "Billboard" 200 with "Random Access Memories"

Columbia RecordsDaft Punk’s Random Access Memories is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere between 250,000 and 300,000 copies. 

If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s first #1 album on the tally. Daft Punk’s highest-charting release before now was the soundtrack they created for the 2010 film TRON: Legacy, which debuted at #10 on the list with 71,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released Wednesday.

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Monday
May202013

Bassist Shavo Odadjian Says Serj Tankian Doesn’t Want to Make New System of a Down Album

Facebook.com/SystemOfADownBassist Shavo Odadjian wants you to know that while System of a Down is ready to make a new album, their lead singer isn’t. On Monday, Odadjian took to his Facebook page to claim that frontman Serj Tankian is main reason why the band hasn’t recorded their follow-up to their 2005 albums, Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

“It's not us (meaning [guitarist] Daron [Malakian], [drummer] John [Dolmayan] or Shavo!!),” wrote the bassist. “It's Serj who doesn't want to do a new album!!!! We're trying to get a new album out, it’s just not passing Serj's RULES! Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he's holding us back!!”

Odadjian adds that he’s so frustrated with Tankian, he's thinking about dismissing him from the group. "We really want another SYSTEM record,” he explains. “Wish Serj was down, but if he's not, then I'm going ahead and making a SYSTEM record without him!!! I'm ready to release [an album] with someone who wants to be the singer of SYSTEM, not someone we have to beg to be a part of SYSTEM!!”

It's not as if Tankian hasn't been busy in the interim: he's released three solo albums since SOAD first went on hiatus in 2005. In addition, the singer will be dropping two new music projects, Orca and Jazz-iz Christ, on June 25 and July 23, respectively.

System of a Down will get the chance to discuss a new album when they hit the road this summer. While the group has a number of European festival appearances scheduled, their only North American concert of 2013 will be on July 29 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

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Monday
May202013

The Doors' Ray Manzarek Dead at Age 74 After Battle with Cancer

Blind Pig RecordsRay Manzarek, founding keyboardist of The Doors, died Monday at age 74 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile-duct cancer.  At his side was his wife of 45 years, Dorothy, as well as his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.

In a statement, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, in part, "Ray Manzarek of the Doors was a gifted keyboardist and a founding member of one of the most influential and enduring groups of the ‘60s. He and his bandmates helped shape the sound of rock music, and...have cemented their place in music history as one of the preeminent and original bands of our time. Our industry has lost a legendary and passionate musician."

Ray co-founded The Doors in Venice Beach, California, in 1965 with singer and fellow UCLA film student Jim Morrison, along with guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.  Driven by Morrison's charismatic stage presence, powerful voice and poetic lyrics, as well as Manzarek's hypnotic, jazzy keyboards, the band soon shot to stardom on the strength of such classic hits as the chart-topping "Light My Fire" and "Hello I Love You."  The group continued to release popular albums and singles until Morrison's death from heart failure at age 27 in July 1971.  On the strength of The Doors' enduring body of work, the band has gone on to influence and inspire countless other artists, while selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.

After The Doors broke up in 1973, Manzarek continued his music career, releasing a number of solo albums and collaborative albums.  From 2001 until his death, Manzarek performed Doors music in a popular touring group with Krieger that most recently was called the Manzarek-Krieger Band.  Manzarek also has recorded albums with blues guitarist Roy Rogers and poet Michael McClure, has produced music by such bands as Echo and the Bunnymen and X, and has written a memoir and two novels.

Commenting on Manzarek's death, Krieger said in a statement, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today.  I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade.  Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

Besides his wife and brothers, Manzarek is survived by a son, Pablo Manzarek, as well as three grandchildren -- Noah, Apollo and Camille.  No official funeral plans have been confirmed.  The family is suggesting that rather than sending flowers, fans can make a donation in honor of Ray to StandUp2Cancer.org.

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Monday
May202013

George Strait Makes Airplay Chart History with 60th #1, "Give It All We Got Tonight"

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait's Sixty for Sixty campaign paid off with the superstar's latest single, "Give It All We Got Tonight," hitting #1 on the Mediabase country airplay chart this week.  No other artist in any genre of music has put that many songs at the top of the airplay chart over the course of their career.

Says George, "I didn't realize we were making history -- I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy."

George goes on to thank his fans and country radio for their support in getting to this latest #1.  Some of country's biggest stars, like Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, contributed to the Sixty for Sixty campaign to get George this 60th #1 while he was still 60 years old.  George celebrated his 61st birthday on Saturday, but he's calling the Sixty for Sixty effort a success just the same.

"I may be 61," George says, "but I don't feel a day over 60."

"Give It All We Got Tonight" is the lead single from George's just-released 40th album, Love Is Everything.

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Monday
May202013

Stone Temple Pilots Offer Free Download of New Song Featuring Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Chapman BaehlerStone Temple Pilots may be without a lead singer, but that hasn’t stopped the group from making new music. They've partnered with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to create a new single, "Out of Time," which they debuted at an event on Los Angeles over the weekend. You can score a free download of the studio version of "Out of Time" at StoneTemplePilots.com.

"Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time," said guitarist Dean DeLeo in a statement.  "We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together.  We managed to find the time to record a song and we're all really happy with the result."

Bennington adds that he was thrilled to get the chance to collaborate with Stone Temple Pilots on "Out of Time."  "I've loved STP since I was 13 years old and they've had a huge influence on me," says Bennington.  "When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance.  The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I've continued to work on new music with LP."

STP has yet to reveal if Bennington has recorded more music with them, or indeed if he'll take over for former frontman Scott Weiland, who was dismissed from the band in February.

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