David Bowie Featured on New Single by Arcade Fire

Photo: Jimmy KingDavid Bowie has revealed that he provided "a brief backing vocal" on the title track to Reflektor, the upcoming studio album by acclaimed Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire.  The rock legend announced on his Facebook page that the single will be available at 9 p.m. tonight on vinyl at "participating stores across the planet," released under the alias The Reflektors.

You can hear Bowie's contribution to the tune in two newly unveiled videos for "Reflektor" that debuted online.  The first clip is an interactive film that can be seen at JustAReflektor.com.  It follows a young woman's journey between two worlds.  Thanks to some unique programming, the website allows users watching the video to manipulate some special effects with their mouse, phone or tablet. If you allow the website to control the camera of your digital device, you will be able to see your reflection in the clip as well.

The second video is a nearly eight-minute clip that features Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne driving a truck filled with people wearing giant masks that feature each of the band members' faces.  In addition to featuring clips of the masked band performing the track in the back of the truck, the video includes footage of a mysterious man in suit made of shards of mirrors, as well as and scenes of the masked group performing some kind of ritual with a giant mirror ball and dancing in front of a coffin filled with baby dolls.

The Reflektor album reportedly will be released on October 29.

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New Jimi Hendrix Documentary to Premiere on PBS and to Be Released on DVD & Blu-ray

Experience Hendrix/Legacy RecordingsA new documentary about late rock legend Jimi Hendrix will be shown on PBS this fall as part of the network's American Masters series.  Jimi Hendrix -- Hear My Train A Comin' is scheduled to premiere on November 5 (check local listings), the same day as an expanded version of the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.

The two-hour documentary will trace the influential guitarist's astonishing music career, from his early years as a sideman to such stars as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers through his rapid ascendency to stardom to his tragic drug-related death at age 27.  The film will introduce previously unseen concert performances and home movies shot by Hendrix and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, and also will feature rare photographs, drawings, correspondence and more.

In addition, Hear My Train A Comin' will include interviews with Jimi, some of his family members and girlfriends; his band mates Mitchell, Noel Redding and Billy Cox; and such famous musical associates and fans as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Billy Gibbons, Dave Mason and Vernon Reid.  A preview of the flick can be viewed now at RollingStone.com.

The DVD and Blu-ray will boast expanded footage of Jimi in concert, including performances at the Miami Pop Festival in May 1968, the New York Pop Festival in July 1970 and Germany's Love & Peace Festival in September 1970.  The latter event was The Jimi Hendrix Experience's very last performance.  The video releases will offer high-definition visuals and revamped stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes from famed Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer.

In related news, a live album titled Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival will also hit stores on November 5.  The record boasts a previously unreleased performance by the group that was recorded by Kramer on May 18, 1968, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.  The album will be available as a standard CD and on high-quality, limited edition vinyl.

Here is the full track list of Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival:

"Hey Joe"
"Foxey Lady"
"Tax Free"
"Hear My Train A Comin'"
"I Don't Live Today"
"Red House"
"Purple Haze"
Bonus Performances:
"Fire" (Afternoon Show)
"Foxey Lady" (Afternoon Show)

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Elton John to Pay Tribute to Liberace at 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards

EltonJohn.comWhen you think of flamboyant, sequin-spangled piano players, two famous musicians immediately come to mind: Elton John and the late Liberace.  Now, Elton is set to pay tribute to Liberace by giving a special performance at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air live Sunday, September 22, on CBS.

Elton's homage will help showcase Behind the Candelabra, the HBO biopic about Liberace that's in the running for an impressive 15 Emmys this year.  The film's nominated stars, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, will be on hand to serve as presenters during the tribute.  The performance will mark John's first-ever appearance at an Emmy ceremony.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  The event will take place just two days before Elton releases his new album, The Diving Board.

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Demi Lovato Publishing Inspirational Book "Staying Strong"

Courtesy: Feiwel & Friends/MacmillanShe's a singer, songwriter, reality show judge and actress, but now Demi Lovato can add "author" to her growing resume.  The star has announced that she'll be publishing an inspirational book called Staying Strong.

In a video, Demi explains, "One of the things that has helped me in recovery is taking every day one day at a time, and I'm a firm believer in starting out the day right with an inspirational quote and sort of a morning meditation."

She adds, "So I've put together 365 of my favorite quotes and a little morning meditation for everybody. It's just something that I'm excited about and I hope you all like it and I hope that it inspires you to be staying strong."  The book hits shelves November 19.

You can get a sneak peek at the book by following the link that Demi's posted on Twitter to her publisher's website.   Described as a "powerful 365-day collection of Demi’s most honest, brave and hopeful insights," the site adds, "Here are her own words, with quotes that inspire her, as well as personal reflections and goals."

Stay Strong was the name of a MTV 2010 documentary special about Demi's rehab and recovery.  She also has those words tattooed on her wrists.

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One Direction's Louis to Receive Apology from Soccer Player Who Made Him Vomit

Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesOne Direction's Louis Tomlinson loves to play soccer, but when he took part in a charity match on Sunday, he was hit so hard by another player that he had to stagger off the field and literally throw up.  Now, the guy responsible says he's ready to apologize, but he's not going out of his way to do it.

According to the BBC, the player, Gabriel Agbonlahor, said of the incident, "It was one of those things. I'll apologize to Louis when we meet up."  He doesn't have anything against Louis: in fact, it's quite the opposite.

"I know he enjoyed playing in the game and it's fantastic that he took time out to be here," said Agbonhalor of the charity match in Glasgow, Scotland, which attracted 60,000 fans.  It raised money for a cancer charity named after a Bulgarian player who retired from the sport after being diagnosed last year with leukemia.

As you might imagine, furious 1D fans have been abusing Agbonlahor on Twitter for hurting their precious Louis.  But the singer had better get ready for more bodily harm, since he recently signed up to play for his local soccer team, the Doncaster Rovers, in select future games.

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Celine Dion Says to Be Cool Enough for Her Son, She'd Sing with Eminem

Credit: Denise TruscelloSure, Celine Dion's a worldwide superstar who's sold millions of albums, but that doesn't mean she's cool in the eyes of her 12-year-old son.  In fact, it's pretty much the opposite.

Speaking to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, Celine revealed that when it comes to her son Rene Charles, "I’m not his favorite singer, for sure."  She added, "I’m his favorite mom, though. That’s the main thing."  When Bush suggested that perhaps Celine could impress Rene Charles -- who she calls RC -- by collaborating with Eminem, she replied, "I'd love to!"

There is something musically that Celine's done recently that impressed RC, though.  She tells Access Hollywood that he couldn't believe it when she told him that her new single "Loved Me Back to Life," was written for her by Sia Furler.   In addition to singing on two top hits -- "Wild One" and "Titantium" -- Sia has also written songs for Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Rihanna, including Rihanna's smash hit "Diamonds."

"When I told [him] that I was getting ready to do another album and that there’s a new song called ‘Loved Me Back to Life’ and that it was Sia who actually wrote it for me, he said, ‘No way,’” laughs Celine. "He couldn’t believe it because I’m not cool, and I’m not Rihanna!"

Celine claims her son said, "What?! Sia wrote you a song? That must be a mistake. Like, this is not normal. She must not be feeling her best."

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In Twitter Spree, Gucci Mane Claims He Had Sex With Nicki Minaj; Nicki Fires Back Denial

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Gucci Mane is upset, well at least that's how his Twitter timeline reads. Late Monday afternoon, in a stream of tweets, the rapper took aim at various industry women he claims to have had sex with, including Nicki Minaj.

In the Twitter spree, the Atlanta native claims he's one of the few "authentic" rappers in the game and then vents his frustrations by name dropping women he says he slept with.  According to Gucci, he's bedded Future's girlfriend Ciara, video vixen Buffy, Monica, Keyshia Cole, T.I.’s wife Tiny, Fantasia and others. He then tweets that Iggy Azalea even offered up special services.  He also added, "I break hoes and make hoes" and even referred to one woman as a "fat piece of lard."

However, Nicki quickly denied everything, adding that she never touched Gucci.  She responded on Twitter, "Jesus, strike me dead right now if I ever had sex with this animal."  After eluding that his career is going nowhere, she adds, "Gucci look like a upset stomach." She then threatened that she was waiting outside his house.

Gucci's tweet barrage, which quickly became a trending topic on the social network, also included shots at Drake, Yo Gotti, Jeezy, Waka Flocka Flame.  

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Hear Travie McCoy’s New Single Featuring Jason Mraz, “Rough Water”

Atlantic RecordsRiding high on the success of Gym Class Heroes’ fifth album, The Papercut Chronicles II, frontman Travie McCoy has revealed he's got a second solo album headed our way.

The singer has just unveiled a new single featuring Jason Mraz, “Rough Water,” which will be featured on Travie's upcoming release. In addition to checking out a stream of "Rough Water" online, you can now purchase the single at all the usual digital outlets.

A title and release date for Travie's follow-up to 2010’s Lazarus has yet to be announced, though the album is expected to hit stores sometime in 2014.

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5FDP to Release Second Installment of "The Wrong Side of Heaven..." in November

FiveFingerDeathPunch.comThe second installment of Five Finger Death Punch’s double album has a release date. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 will arrive in stores on November 19.

The upcoming album’s first single, “Battleborn,” recently arrived at radio. Frontman Ivan Moody says that the track was inspired by being “physically and emotionally drained” from the group’s recent tour.

“Even though I was doing what I’d dreamed of doing, it took all the energy that I had…it was exhausting,” says the singer in a statement. “That made me realize, everything worth fighting for you will actually HAVE TO fight for. Every wish, every dream, every idea comes to existence only through blood, sweat and sacrifice…we are all battle born.”

Starting Tuesday, if you pre-order The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 at iTunes, you’ll score an immediate download of “Battleborn.”

5FDP's previous release, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week out, with 112,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Ryan Leslie’s Cadillac Seized After Singer Failed to Pay Million-Dollar Reward for Missing Laptop


Remember back in 2010 when Ryan Leslie offered a million-dollar reward for anyone who found his missing laptop? Well, the New York Post reports that the singer's 2010 Cadillac Escalade has been seized as a result of the singer failing to make good on his promise, after his computer was returned.

Last year, Armin Augustein, the man who recovered Ryan's stolen laptop overseas, took the singer to court and demanded compensation. However, Leslie claimed he did not owe Augustein anything, because the invaluable songs that he desperately needed were no longer on the computer when it was returned to him. Despite Ryan pleading his case, the court sided with Augustein and ordered the singer to make payment.

Since then, Augustein has only received $5,000 from Ryan, which has ultimately resulted in his truck being seized.  The "fully loaded," mint-condition truck, including "power steering, power windows, DVD players and third-row seating," will go up for auction today, Monday.

Three years ago, Leslie explained to MTV why it was so crucial to get the computer back. "I lost my computer out here in Germany.  I actually had my whole new album on there, which I had been working on in secret, and it got stolen," he said.  "So right now, I got a million-dollar reward for anybody that can return my intellectual property to me."

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Big Sean: "I’m Just Getting Comfortable as an Artist"


Many would agree that Big Sean has accomplished a lot in just a short amount of time. He's released two successful albums, including his latest Hall of Fame, both of which have debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.  He's worked with everyone from Kanye West to Lil Wayne, and even scored an an endorsement deal with Adidas. However, even with the hit singles and touring the world, the 25-year-old still feels there's much more to be done.

The Detroit native says his sophomore effort reflects a new mentality. "I just wanted to take people on that journey because I haven’t had an album like this," he tells Vibe magazine. "I feel like [the debut album] Finally Famous did it a little bit but not like how I wanted it to be. The Detroit mixtape did, too, but in a different way. On [Hall of Fame] I just wanted to tell them the exact story, have great songs and inspiration for others on the same album. I’m just getting comfortable as an artist."

With his growing confidence, the rapper can sometimes be misinterpreted. Sean clarified to the mag what he meant when he said during a recent New York listening party that he can out-rap anyone, including Jay-Z.

"I’m a real-ass dude, but I’m a humble dude, too. I’m not saying I’m a better rapper than Jay-Z, that’s not what I’m saying," he says. "What I’m saying is you can hop on a song and out rap somebody. It’s just about that song. Like if you don’t think you’re the best, then I don’t know what you’re doing out here."

Hall of Fame is available in stores and online.

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R. Kelly Announces "Black Panties" Release Date


R. Kelly fans will be happy to know that their favorite singer is looking to release his upcoming album, Black Panties, later this fall.

During Sunday's listening session in Atlanta, Revolt TV captured the crooner announcing that his highly anticipated disc will arrive on November 11. The self-proclaimed King of R&B also revealed the project's concept.

"I took my story and what I've been through and I channeled it," he said in the four-minute clip. "If you can take tragedy and turn it into triumph, that's when you've reached the zenith of a true champion. Don't mean to be too deep but this s**t is real.  I didn't run under a rock and go over here or there.  I stayed focused.  And I'm more focused then ever."

At one point during the listening session, Kelz revealed the album reflects everything he deals with on a daily basis.

"My story is all of this: sex, money, broke, women, clubs and even church. It's all of those things mixed up into one," he shared. "I'm not afraid of it, I understand it is the nature of life. This gift I have is a beautiful disease and I'm glad I got it."

Led by his new single "My Story," featuring 2 Chainz, Black Panties marks the crooner's twelfth studio effort, following 2012's Write Me Back, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Franz Ferdinand Posts Gory New Video for “Evil Eye”

Domino RecordsFranz Ferdinand pays tribute to low-budget horror films in the video for “Evil Eye,” the next single from the band’s recently released album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

The three-minute video features the band performing the track in front a pool with a dead man floating in it, interspersed with gory footage of random people getting their hands and limbs cut off.  “The video is a gruesome blood orgy eye stab death romp wide-oh creep necro fest, play this on the telly if you dare you f**kers,” says frontman Alex Kapranos in a statement.

Franz Ferdinand is currently overseas playing a series of worldwide festival dates. Those dates will lead up to the launch of their North American headline tour, which kicks off October 4 at the House of Blues in Austin, TX.

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Trace Adkins Releasing "The King's Gift" October 29; Christmas Tour Launching November 15

Credit: Peter Kramer/NBCTrace Adkins' Celtic-inspired Christmas album, titled The King's Gift, is due out October 29 featuring contributions from The Chieftans, Kevin Costner, Lily Costner and Alyth McCormack, among others. The project includes Trace's 2012 holiday single, "We Three Kings."

Trace will support The King's Gift with The Christmas Show tour launching November 15 in Illinois. The dramatic presentation is inspired by Trace's annual gig hosting Disney World's Candlelight Processional, where he narrates holiday stories and performs with a full choir and orchestra.

VIP tickets are available for each show on The Christmas Show tour at TraceAdkins.com.

Here's The King's Gift track listing:

"Wexford Carol"
"O' Come Emmanuel" (with Emma Stevens)
"Away in a Manger"
"I Saw Three Ships" (with The Chieftans featuring Alyth McCormack)
"Silent Night" (with Kevin and Lily Costner)
"We Three Kings" (with Sonya Isaacs)
"Drummer Boy" (with Kenny Aronoff)
"Oh Holy Night" (with The Isaacs)
"What Child Is This"

The Christmas Show tour dates:

11/15 -- Effingham, Il, Effingham Performance Center
11/16 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
11/17 -- Greensberg, PA, Palace Theatre
11/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
11/21 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs PAC
11/22 -- Utica, NY, Stanley Center for the Performing Arts
11/23 -- Sewell, NJ, TD Banks Arts Center
11/29 --  Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/30 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
12/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
12/3 -- Troy, OH, Hobart
12/4 -- Youngstown, OH, Coveli Center
12/5 -- Waukegan, OH, Coveli Theatre
12/13 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic
12/14 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs
12/15 -- Carmel, IN, Palladium at Carmel Center
12/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole
12/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Cher Confirmed as Mentor for Blake Shelton's Team on "The Voice"

Trae Patton/NBCThe mentors for the upcoming season of The Voice have now been confirmed by NBC, and the biggest surprise is that none other than Cher will be mentoring country star Blake Shelton's team during the battle rounds this October.

Cher performed her new single "Woman's World" on the finale of The Voice's fourth season earlier this year.  Shelton has won three out of four seasons of the NBC reality show so far.

It had previously been reported that British pop star Ed Sheeran would be mentoring Christina Aguilera's team, while OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder will do the honors for Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's  team.  Miguel, who duetted with Mariah Carey on "#Beautiful," will work with Cee Lo Green's team.

The Voice returns on September 23.

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Vince Gill Takes On Westboro Baptist Church Protestors Outside His Concert

MCA NashvilleVince Gill's Sunday night concert in Kansas City, MO was picketed by members of the Topeka, KS-based Westboro Baptist Church, and a new YouTube video shows Vince actually taking on the picketers.  One of the women from the church accuses Vince of committing adultery with his wife Amy Grant since they were both previously married to other people.  Vince said they were lucky they didn't have a sign saying anything about Amy.  He also told them, "I came out here to see what hate looks like" before calling one them a "dips**t."

According to the information posted along with the video, Vince reportedly slapped one of the picketer's phones before returning to the concert venue.

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Arcade Fire Unveils Second Video for “Reflektor”

Facebook.com/ArcadeFireIt appears that one video isn’t enough to promote Arcade Fire’s new single, “Reflektor.” After posting an interactive video for the track at JustAReflektor.com, the band has unveiled a second video on their YouTube channel.

The nearly eight-minute clip features frontman Win Butler and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne driving a truck filled with people wearing giant masks that feature each of the band members faces. In addition to featuring clips of the masked band performing the track in the back of the truck, the video includes footage of the masked group performing some kind of ritual with a giant mirror ball and dancing in front of a coffin filled with baby dolls.

While Arcade Fire has been keeping mum about the track, veteran rocker David Bowie has announced on his Facebook page that “Reflektor” will be available at 9 p.m., tonight on vinyl at “participating stores across the planet,”  released under the alias The Reflektors.  Bowie also reveals that he provided “a brief backing vocal” for the track, which was produced by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. The band has said that we can expect to get our hands on the full Reflektor album starting October 29.

The Montreal Gazette has reported that Arcade Fire is set to celebrate the single's release by performing as The Reflektors tonight at 9 p.m. at Salsatheque in downtown Montreal.

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Miley Cyrus Gets Naked, Licks a Sledgehammer in New "Wrecking Ball" Video

Facebook.com/MileyCyrusIf you thought you'd seen quite enough of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, think again.  The singer goes buck naked in the new video for her song "Wrecking Ball," and her famous tongue puts in another appearance as well.

The video begins with a close-up on Miley's face as she begins to sing the anguished breakup ballad.  Next, we see her leaning up against a concrete wall holding a sledgehammer, and then walking across the floor dragging it behind her.  

Then, cut to Miley wearing just a white tank top, white panties and boots, standing in a room with concrete walls, picking up the sledgehammer.  She rubs the hammer against the wall and kisses it, and then a -- you guessed it -- wrecking ball comes smashing through the wall.  The room collapses around it, and then we see Miley actually riding on the wrecking ball itself.

The singer starts out riding the ball in her tank top and panties, but then all of a sudden, whoops! -- she's buck naked.   While we can see her tan lines and tattoos, you never actually see her naughty bits -- but clearly, she was in her birthday suit when she filmed the clip.   That's intercut with images of her licking the sledgehammer, and using the handle in a manner similar to the way she used that foam #1 finger at the VMAs.

The video ends with a tearful Miley lying on her back on a pile of smashed up concrete, back in her white tank top and panties, clearly exhausted by the emotion in the song.

The "Wrecking Ball" video was directed by Terry Richardson, a photographer who's known for collaborating with Lady Gaga, and who has been criticized for his sexualized images of young girls.

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Arcade Fire to Perform on "Saturday Night Live" Season Premiere, Release Interactive "Reflektor" Video

Merge Records/Anton CorbijnArcade Fire has scheduled the first television appearance in support of their upcoming fourth studio album, Reflektor.  The band is slated to be the musical guest for the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live on September 28. Former SNL cast member Tina Fey will serve as the host for the episode.

This isn’t the first time that Arcade Fire has appeared on the late-night sketch program. You may recall that the group was featured on the 2012 season finale, where they joined Foo Fighters to support legendary Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, who hosted and served as the musical guest for the episode.

In other Arcade Fire news, the band has just unveiled a video for their new single, "Reflektor." The interactive clip, which can be seen at JustAReflektor.com, follows a young woman’s journey between two worlds. Thanks to some unique programming, the website allows users watching the video to manipulate some of the clip’s special effects with their mouse, phone, or tablet. If you allow the website to control the camera of your digital device, you will be able to see your reflection in the video as well.

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Thomas Rhett Launching Christmas Tour November 7 in Abilene, TX

Photo Credit: Jake OwenThomas Rhett will head out on the Taste of Country Christmas tour starting November 7 in Abilene, TX. The trek begins just days after his debut album, It Goes Like This, comes out October 29.

Thomas looks forward to sharing the new music with fans.  He says, "Two years ago I was lucky enough to open this same tour with Brantley Gilbert and it was my first time really experiencing that kind of energy from a crowd. It's been amazing to watch it grow one fan at a time."

Fans can meet Thomas at the shows and get exclusive Thomas Rhett merchandise, thanks to the exclusive VIP experience ticket package. Go to ThomasRhett.com for more details.

Here are Thomas Rhett's headlining tour dates:

11/7 -- Abilene, TX
11/8 -- Wichita Falls, TX
11/9 -- Lawton, OK
11/14 -- San Angelo, TX
11/15 -- Amarillo, TX
11/16 -- Lubbock, TX
11/21 -- Lufkin, TX
11/22 -- Lake Charles, LA
11/23 -- Texarkana, TX
12/13 -- Midland Odessa, TX
12/14 -- Victoria, TX

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