Mike Love Says He Was Unhappy with the Way The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Reunion Was Run

Photo: Guy WebsterIn a new interview with Billboard, The Beach Boys' Mike Love gives some insight into why he may have pulled the plug last year on the band's highly regarded 50th anniversary reunion, which included a lengthy tour and a new studio album.  Love tells the magazine that he was unhappy with how the trek and the recording project were organized, and seems to suggest that the people who manage his cousin and fellow Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson were the culprits.

The 72-year-old singer explains that, with regard to the group's That's Why God Made the Radio album, Wilson and he were "supposed to be allowed to get together to write songs from scratch like we did in the '60s, but that was never to be, and that wasn't because of me."

Love points out that he and Wilson had agreed on how they wanted to put the album together a year before the band hit the studio, but laments that the plan "never came to fruition at all."  He adds, "It was given another direction -- not by me and not by Brian but by others."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that while he enjoyed being back in the studio with some of his ex-band mates and getting to "listen to those harmonies coming back," he's upset that "it wasn't the opportunity it was supposed to be."

While Love says he has "serious issues" with the way the 50th anniversary reunion "was run and the people who were running it," he won't rule out participating in another Beach Boys project with Wilson, although it will have to be on his terms.

"It will happen only if I can do it with people who I trusted and liked and were honorable," he tells Billboard.  "I have no problem with my cousin Brian and I in a room with a piano, but it's not that uncomplicated."

Love continues to tour with the pre-50th anniversary Beach Boys lineup, which also features longtime singer/keyboardist Bruce Johnston.  Wilson, meanwhile, has been playing shows this year with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, and will bring them back out on the road for his fall co-headlining trek with Jeff Beck.  Brian also is recording a new solo album that features Beck, Jardine and Marks.

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Jaheim Reveals Cover, Track List for "Appreciation Day"

JaheimMusic.comJaheim is moving into promo mode for his upcoming album, Appreciation Day, due next month. The singer has posted the official artwork for his highly anticipated follow-up to 2010's Another Round via his Instagram page.

Jaheim, who recently dropped the visual to his hit single, "Age Ain’t a Factor," also announced that the disc is available for pre-order on iTunes now.

If you order Appreciation Day now, you'll be able to download the next single "Baby 3x," which features the R&B veteran professing his commitment to the love of his life.

As previously reported, Jaheim's sixth studio effort will arrive in stores September 3.

Here's the official track list for Appreciation Day:

"Age Ain't a Factor"
"He Don't Exist"
"What She Really Means"
"P**** Appreciation Day"
"Baby X3"
"Shower Scene"
"I Found You"
"Sticks N Stones"
"First Time"
"Blame Me"
"Chase Forever"

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Justin Moore's oldest daughter? ANSWER: Ella.

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Slipknot, Rush, Korn & More Featured in Roadrunner Records 30th Anniversary Box Set

Roadrunner RecordsRoadrunner Records turns 30 this year, and the label has announced it will be celebrating the occasion by releasing a box set. Titled XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records, the set boats a total of four CDs and features 54 tracks from a number of artists on the label's roster.

The first disc, titled Foundations, highlights the label's early years with ultra-heavy tracks by Mercyful Fate, Carnivore and Deicide, while the second disc, Horns Up, delivers cuts from the metal scene of the 1990s, including tracks by Slipknot, Machine Head and Sepultura. The third disc, And Metal for All, features songs put out by the label in the last 13 years, including cuts from Megadeth, Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed. The final disc, Rock for the Ages, features tracks by some of the biggest names in rock including Rush, Nickelback, Stone Sour, Korn and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records will run you $39.98, and is set to arrive at all the usual outlets on October 1.

Here is the full track list:

CD 1 - Foundations:

“Evil” -- Mercyful Fate
"Power Thrashing Death" -- Whiplash
"Abigail" -- King Diamond
"Carnivore" -- Carnivore
"Slowly We Rot" -- Obituary
"Alison Hell" -- Annihilator
"Sacrificial Suicide" -- Deicide
"Infecting The Crypts" -- Suffocation
"Punishment" -- Biohazard
"Christian Woman" -- Type O Negative
"Matando Güeros" -- Brugeria
"Veil of Maya" -- Cynic
"Through and Through" -- Life of Agony
"Excess and Overdrive" -- Treponem Pal

CD 2 - Horns Up:

"Wasting Away" -- Nailbomb
"Imperium" -- Machine Head
"No Fronts (Jam Master Jay's Main Edit)" -- Dog Eat Dog
"Crystal Mountain" -- Death
"Roots Bloody Roots" -- Sepultura
"Loco" -- Coal Chamber
"Eye For an Eye" -- Soulfly
"Shock" -- Fear Factory
"Spit It Out" -- Slipknot
"New Disease" -- Spineshank
"Pure Hatred" -- Chimaira
"Bloodwork" -- 36 Crazyfists
"What Comes Around" -- Ill Niño

CD 3 - And Metal for All:

"My Last Serenade" -- Killswitch Engage
"Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" -- Trivium
"I Could Care Less" -- Devildriver
"Nymphetamine Fix" -- Cradle of Filth
"Destroy Everything" -- Hatebreed
"Inflikted" -- Cavalera Conspiracy
"The Dagger" -- Roadrunner United
"Fear of a Blank Planet" -- Porcupine Tree
"On the Backs of Angels" -- Dream Theater
"Heir Apparent" -- Opeth
"Head Crusher" -- Megadeth
"Witchtripper" -- Down
"Bible Black" -- Heaven & Hell
"L'enfant Sauvage" -- Gojira

CD 4 - Rock for the Ages:

"Side of a Bullet" -- Nickelback
"Anger Rising" -- Jerry Cantrell
"30/30-150" -- Stone Sour
"Ma Petite Mort" -- Karma to Burn
"Pretty Lush" -- Glassjaw
"Girl Anachronism" -- The Dresden Dolls
"No One Fits Me (Better Than You)" -- Airbourne
"Dead in Hollywood" -- Murderdolls
"Bad Girlfriend" -- Theory of a Deadman
"Lonely Train" -- Blackstone Cherry
"Get Up!" -- Korn (featuring Skrillex)
"Headlong Flight" -- Rush
"Still Unbroken" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Alkaline Trio Announces Co-Headlining Tour with New Found Glory

Jonathan WeinerAlkaline Trio is adding another leg of U.S. tour dates to their schedule, and they’re taking some friends along with them. The band will kick off a co-headlining tour this fall with New Found Glory to further promote their latest release, My Shame Is True.

The trek kicks off on October 23 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA, and will make stops in Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Chicago, among other cities.  H2O will support the band on all the newly-announced dates.

Pre-sale tickets for a number of the upcoming concerts are available now at FrontGateTickets.com. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on August 21 at 12 p.m. local venue time.

Here are the tour dates:

10/23 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
10/24 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
10/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
10/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia
10/27 -- San Diego, CA, SOMA
10/28 -- Tempe, AZ, The Marquee
10/30 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/31 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
11/1 -- San Antonio, TX, Sunset Station
11/2 -- New Orleans, LA, Voodoo Experience
11/4 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
11/5 -- Atlanta, GA, The Buckhead Theatre
11/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
11/7 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
11/8 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/9 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount Theater
11/10 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/12 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Electric Factory
11/14 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
11/15 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
11/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bograt's
11/17 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
11/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
11/20 -- Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre
11/21 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
11/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
11/23 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
11/25 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre

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John Mayer: I Knew "Roar" Would Be a "Megaton Bomb"-Sized Summer Hit

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesBy now, you've formed an opinion on Katy Perry's new single "Roar," but what does Katy's boyfriend John Mayer think about the song?  Unsurprisingly, he claims he knew it was a smash as it was being recorded.  

Speaking to Billboard, John says, "I remember hearing it, going like, 'Wow what an interesting experience' to hear something that you identify as massive before it's massive."  Noting that he felt that "Roar" would be a "megaton bomb"-sized hit, he adds, "I thought it was a really sweet, unforgettable sort of experience" to hear Katy's song in the process of it being created.

"In a way you get swallowed up by it, it's so big," John says. "It's such an incredibly big song that it doesn't need you to tell anybody, while you're eating lunch, [that] millions of people are going to be dancing on tables to that."

As for "Who You Love," the duet he recorded with Katy for his own album, John tells Billboard that he primarily wanted her to sing on it, not because she's his girlfriend, but because she has "a cool voice" and "a cool artistic personality."

In the song John talks about how he's "tried to run" from love in the past, but he's "not running anymore."  Katy, meanwhile, sings about how she didn't see John coming, and that people say "his heart's too hard to hold."

John reveals that Katy wrote her own verse for the song.  "It was a really fun opportunity for her to write like, her answer to that," John says. "So you get these two sides to this relationship that are brutally honest but no less universal."

John's album Paradise Valley comes out next week.  Katy's album is due in October.

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Roger Daltrey Visits Las Vegas to Help Celebrate Upcoming Who-Themed Video Display

PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street ExperienceThe Who will be the subject of a new multimedia display that will debut in the fall at the Fremont Street Experience mall in downtown Las Vegas.  The Who -- Miles over Vegas is the latest in a series of light-and-sound shows projected on the facility's Viva Vision screen, which spans the length of five football fields.

The show will feature three classic Who tunes -- "My Generation," "I Can See for Miles" and "Pinball Wizard" -- accompanied by 3D graphics and images of the band.  Who singer Roger Daltrey was at the Fremont Street Experience earlier this week to take part in a press event announcing the attraction.

"It's quite exciting.  I'm intrigued at what it's going to look like," says the singer.  "It's a seven-minute, 3D video animation of our early period…done in the [Pop Art] style of the time…So, that's going to be very interesting to see."

Viva Vision features the world's largest video screen, with an LED display that's 90 feet high and 1,500 feet long.  Other artists whose music has been showcased at the attraction include Queen, The Doors, Heart and Bon Jovi.

In conjunction with the Who Viva Vision show announcement, Daltrey was presented with a five-thousand-dollar check from Fremont Street Experience president Jeff Victor for the Teen Cancer America charity founded by Roger and his band mate Pete Townshend.  The organization supports the development of teen-friendly treatment facilities at medical centers in the U.S.

Daltrey says he was motivated to get involved in the charity because he wants to give something back to those who have helped support him over the years.  "The whole [music] business was built on the back of teenagers' money, buying our records," he points out.  "Every band that's out there depends on teenagers and, sadly, they're incredibly overlooked within [the U.S.] medical system."

He adds that although America provides excellent care with regard to medicine, "in the provision of environment that is teenage friendly, there's…virtually nothing.  And we're out to change that."

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Ashanti's Accused Stalker Arrested Again

Facebook.com/AshantiThisIsMeThe man who was previously convicted of sending explicit cell phone pictures to Ashanti has been arrested again, according to the New York Post.

Devar Hurd, 35, who was ordered to never contact the singer or her family, reportedly recently sent lewd tweets to Ashanti from two different Twitter accounts. He also admits to having taken a picture alongside her little sister at a party in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last year.

"Yeah, I sent Ashanti lots of tweets, including the sexually-based ones," he confessed to authorities after his arrest on July 23. "I went up to Shia at a party. It was open to everyone. I took a picture with her."

Back in 2010, Hurd's harassment and stalking led to him serving a two-year prison term for causing Ashanti to feel threatened about her and her family's safety.

Hurd is currently being held at New York City's Rikers Island with bail set at $750,000.

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Luke Bryan Expected to Post Massive Sales Numbers with "Crash My Party"

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is on track for a massive first sales week with his new album, Crash My Party. Billboard cites industry sources estimating the project could move at least 450,000 copies, which would make it Luke's best sales week ever. That total would also give Luke the biggest first week sales for a male country artist since Kenny Chesney moved 469,000 copies of his 2005 album, The Road and the Radio.

If Luke's album sells 450,000, it would be the third-biggest opening week so far this year behind Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, respectively. Crash My Party will most likely give Luke his second #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart after Spring Break…Here to Party topped the chart earlier this year.

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Pink Invited to Army Ball by Female Soldier

Facebook.com/PinkPink has become the latest celebrity to be invited to an Army ball by an active duty service member, but there's a bit of a twist: the person doing the inviting is a female soldier.

Pfc. Joanna Wehr, who's currently deployed in Afghanistan, has asked the singer to accompany her to her unit’s welcome home ball at Fort Bliss, Texas, in December.  Wehr made a musical request in the form of a re-written version of Pink's song "Perfect," posting a video to YouTube of herself singing her version while strumming an acoustic guitar and leaning on a cargo truck tire.

“Pretty, pretty please would you consider joining me/to my formal for the Army,” Wehr sings. “Pretty, pretty please it’d be so amazing to take/a fellow girl from Pennsylvania with me.”  Wehr told the Army Times that she hopes that the fact that her hometown of Barnesville, PA is near Pink's hometown of Doylestown, and that Pink's father is a Vietnam veteran, will help sway the singer.

“I know she’s a supporter of our brothers and sisters in arms, past and present," she told the paper.

Wehr said said that although she is gay, and has had a crush on Pink since she was 12, she extended the invitation to the singer out of admiration and respect for Pink as a musician and a person. “I’ve always loved her music and her attitude, because she’s truly like no other female artist,” Wehr tells the Army Times.

Pink, of course, is already spoken for -- she's married to Carey Hart , and they have a daughter, Willow -- but has been a very public gay rights supporter.  In fact, she recently tweeted, "Fun fact: when you twitter me and say 'you're a lesbian' it really doesn't bother me at all. It's a compliment. Most of my fav ppl are."

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Justin Moore Continues Radio Hot Streak with "Point at You"

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is on his way to scoring yet another #1 hit with the playfully romantic single "Point at You," but there was a time not long ago Justin wondered if his run of hits was drying up. His last chart topper, "Til My Last Day," took months to catch on at radio.

"It was probably the slowest record of my career," Justin says of the chart climb for "Til My Last Day." "There were times during that record at 40, I thought it was done. I said, 'Man, I don't know if I'm gonna have another hit.' I really did. I'm thinking, 'I might be done.'"

"Til My Last Day" eventually caught fire at radio, and "Point at You" is following suit. That new track is the lead single from Justin's upcoming third studio album, Off the Beaten Path.

Says Justin, "We've had the luxury of, on our first two albums, having a big hit record to kind of kick off the albums coming out. You know, fortunately, we've done that again for whatever reason."

Off the Beaten Path is due out September 17 featuring Justin's duets with Miranda Lambert and Charlie Daniels.

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Tom Morello Promises “Huge Riffs” and “Huge Grooves” on New Solo Album

NightwatchmanMusic.comTom Morello has a new release headed our way. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist has revealed that he’s working on a new solo album, which will feature heavier material than what he's been putting out under his Nightwatchman moniker.

“This will be the first time since Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave that I’ve made a really big rock record,” Morello tells Bloody Disgusting. “I’ve written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves. I’m working it out with my band now and we’re about five songs deep at this point, but we’re taking our time with it.”

A title and release date for the album has yet to be announced.

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Justin Timberlake Announces Track Listing for "The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2"

RCA RecordsWith a little help from Instagram, Justin Timberlake on Wednesday released the track listing for his 20/20 Experience sequel.

JT posted a video in which he gradually revealed the titles for all 11 tracks, handwritten in a sketchbook. You're already familiar with the lead single, "Take Back the Night."

The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2 will be released September 30.  Here's the track listing:

"Gimme What I Don't Want Know (I Want)"
"True Blood"
"Take Back the Night"
"Drink You Away"
"You Got It On"
"Only When I Walk Away"
"Not a Bad Thing"

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Blue Oyster Cult Founding Keyboardist/Guitarist Allen Lanier Dead at 67

Allen Lanier, far left; Legacy RecordingsBlue Oyster Cult has announced that founding keyboardist and guitarist Allen Lanier has died. He was 67.

In a post on their official website and Facebook page, the band writes that Lanier "succumbed to complications" from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lanier was a member of Blue Oyster Cult when the group launched in 1967. He briefly left the band in the mid-1980s, but returned after two years and remained with BOC until he retired from touring in 2006.

Lanier reunited with Blue Oyster Cult last November in New York for a 40th-anniversary show.

The statement concludes with, "DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you," a reference to the band's biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

Lanier is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anne and mother Martha.

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Debbie Rowe Takes the Stand in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

Sony Legacy RecordingsDebbie Rowe, the 54-year-old mother of Michael Jackson's two older children, took the stand Wednesday in Los Angeles in the ongoing Jackson wrongful death trial.

An emotional Rowe told the jury three doctors were competing to treat Michael in the early 1990s and took advantage of his overwhelming fear of pain, prescribing him a host of narcotics. She said eventually, Jackson was taking a long list of painkillers and was addicted.

Rowe, who was married to the King of Pop from 1996 to 1999 and is the mother of Prince and Paris Jackson, claimed the singer trusted the advice he received from doctors. 

Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, has sued AEG Live, the concert promoter behind his aborted This Is It tour.  She claims AEG contributed to her son's death by hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's June, 2009 death for giving Michael an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

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Prince Officially Joins Twitter


Prince, often regarded as one of most mysterious entertainers in music, has just joined social media with a verified Twitter account. 

The legendary musician has officially taken over the account that previously belonged to 3rd Eye Girl, the female band that performs with him in concert.

The page has also been renamed "Prince 3rd Eye Girl" and, not too surprising, he is not following a single person.

He playfully announced to his 52,000 followers, "PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2..." followed by "PRINCE'S 2ND TWEET." For those who still didn't believe it was him, he posted a picture of himself in his usual funky attire with a caption that reads: "Hi I'm Prince."  The entertainer then posted his first "selfie," which was just an image filled with smoke.  More recently, he added a shot of himself playing guitar on stage.

So far, he's retweeted messages from a few fans shocked to find him part of the Twitter community, especially since he's made it a point to avoid all things Internet related.

The news comes just a month after Prince told V magazine that he doesn't own a cellphone.

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Ex-Kansas Violinist Robby Steinhardt Recovering After Heart Bypass Surgery

Paul Bergen/RedfernsJust a brief update on former Kansas violinist/singer Robby Steinhardt, who suffered a heart attack late last week.  According to a Facebook message from Steinhardt's girlfriend Cindy, the 63-year-old musician is now recovering after undergoing a bypass operation on Tuesday.

"Robby made it through an amazing surgery," she writes.  "He's comfortable and in good hands."

Cindy also thanks fans who have been sending messages of support and love to Steinhardt.  "Continue sending notes," she adds.  "I'll make sure he gets them."

Steinhardt was a member of Kansas from 1973 until 1982 and from 1997 to 2006.  He was featured on nearly all of the band's biggest hits, including "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return."

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Matchbox Twenty Guitarist to Do His Best Jimi Hendrix Impression at Ball Field

Facebook.com/MatchboxTwentyLet's not forget, there are other guys in Matchbox Twenty besides Rob Thomas, and one of them is about to take center stage at Oriole Park in Maryland.

On August 19, Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook will perform the national anthem to kick off a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays.  He won't be singing, though: he'll be playing the electric guitar instrumental version of the tune, made famous by late rock legend Jimi Hendrix

The following night, Kyle and the entire band will perform in Salisbury, Maryland, as part of their big summer tour with the Goo Goo Dolls.  The tour wraps at the end of this month, and then Matchbox Twenty will head to Brazil for the big Rock in Rio Festival, followed by two dates in Mexico.

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No Rift Between Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez over Justin Bieber, Says Rep

Michael Simon/StarTraks Photo via ABCEveryone knows that Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are best friends, but to hear Us Weekly tell it, a boy has come between the two...and his name is Justin Bieber.

Citing an unnamed source, the magazine reported that Selena's on-again, off-again romance with Justin has caused a rift in Selena's relationship with Taylor.  The source told Us, "Taylor hates him. She thinks Selena makes a mistake every time she reconciles with him." The magazine also quoted a "Bieber insider" as saying, "He complains Taylor's always telling Selena she can do better."

But Taylor's rep tells ABC News Radio that not only is the story untrue, but that she told Us Weekly so, and, the rep says, "they apparently left that out of the story."

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Kelly Clarkson Catches the Bouquet in New Fan-Featuring "Tie it Up" Video

Twitter.com/Kelly_ClarksonKelly Clarkson is celebrating all things wedding-related in her new video for her song "Tie It Up," which features real-life marriage photos and videos from fans.

Originally, Kelly asked fans to submit photos and videos from their own weddings for a planned lyric video, but she then tweeted, "Okay, so I LOVED the wedding pics y'all submitted SO much that I decided they had to be a part of my OFFICIAL video." The real-life images range from photos of wedding parties in goofy situations, to footage of champagne popping, couples kissing and shoving cake into each others' faces, and guests jumping into a swimming pool.

The clip mixes that material with footage of Kelly, in a short flirty dress -- the type a bride would change into after the ceremony -- as a wedding singer, performing with her band in a barn.

Kelly takes every opportunity to flash her own engagement ring during the video, and at the end, the bride in the barn tosses her bouquet right to the singer, who catches it and winks knowingly at the camera, as if to say, "I'm next!"  And indeed she is: she and fiance Brandon Blackstock will "tie it up" this October after her tour with Maroon 5 wraps up.

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