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Friday
Jul192013

The Guess Who Among Bands Honored with Their Own Canadian Postage Stamps

CNW Group/Canada PostThey've been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame, but now The Guess Who have really gotten a stamp of approval in their home country.  The classic rockers are one of four music groups being recognized with Canadian postage stamps that went on sale Friday.

The Guess Who's stamp features the group's famous maple leaf logo.

Also among the Canadian groups receiving their own stamps is Rush.  The image on the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' stamp is the band's famous Starman logo that appears on the back cover of their landmark 1976 album 2112.  The other groups being acknowledged with stamps are alternative rockers The Tragically Hip and Montreal-based "folk-rock-urban" outfit Beau Dommage.

The new stamps are part of Canada Post's Canadian Recording Artists series, which honors the living legends of the country's recording industry.  Members of each group had input into the design of their respective stamps.

The stamps can be purchased now online at CanadaPost.ca/shop.

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Friday
Jul192013

John Lydon to Be Honored as BMI Icon in October

Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty ImagesFormer Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, will be honored as this year's BMI Icon at the performing-rights organization BMI's London Awards event on October 15 at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 

The honor is bestowed on artists who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." A statement from BMI announcing the honor describes Lydon as “a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world.” Previous BMI Icons have included Queen, John Fogerty, Carlos Santana and Paul Simon.

The BMI London Awards acknowledge British and European songwriters and publishers whose music was played or performed most frequently on U.S. television and radio.

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Friday
Jul192013

Carrie Underwood Wants to Meet You at Her "Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD Release Party

Arista NashvilleAnticipation is building for the release of Carrie Underwood's The Blown Away Tour: Live DVD August 13, and a few lucky fans will get to meet Carrie at the private DVD release party. The fly-away sweepstakes is now open for entries at CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com through July 26. Also, anyone who attended the Blown Away tour that tweets their memories of the show with #BlownAwayLive could win an autographed copy of Carrie's live DVD.

A minute-long trailer for the DVD is now live on Carrie's website. Filmed last March, the concert DVD features Carrie's full Blown Away tour concert as well as a bonus interview with Carrie and backstage footage.

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Friday
Jul192013

Rare Radiohead Demo to Hit Auction Block in September

XL RecordingsIf you're a die-hard Radiohead fan, here's your opportunity to own a special piece of band memorabilia. According to NME, a rare demo tape from 1986 featuring tracks that were never released on any of Radiohead’s albums will be auctioned off this fall. At that time, the band was called On a Friday and featured four members: guitarist Jonny Greenwood was not yet a member of the group.

The demo tape contains a total of nine tracks, which features cuts “Fragile Friend,” “Girl (In the Purple Dress),” “Everybody Knows,” “Mountains (On the Move),” “Lemming Trail” and “Lock the Door.” It also includes remixes of “'Fragile Friend,” “Lemming Trail” and “Lock the Door.”

"It has come directly from an old friend of the band who was at school with them at Abingdon School," auctioneer Paul Fairweather says of the recording. "We have copies of his school yearbook from 1985/1986 showing him and all four members of the band."

The demo tape is set to hit the auction block on September 14 at Omega Auctions in Stockport, England. Fairweather adds that he expects the recording to fetch at least £1,000, about $1,500 U.S.

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Friday
Jul192013

Fantasia Returns to Broadway, Preps After Midnight Musical

Facebook.com/FantasiaFantasia has been tapped to star in a new Broadway play this fall, according to Billboard.

The Grammy Award-winning singer will reportedly appear in After Midnight, a musical that was created to pay homage to Duke Ellington's orchestra, which served as the house band for several years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.  During the 1920s, the legendary jazz musician was one of the first to gain exposure inside the venue. The club would later introduced the the world to other musical talents including Lena Horne, Dorthy Dandridge and Sammy Davis Jr.

Fantasia will be the first guest star in After Midnight, beginning October 18.  Her run ends February 9.  The official opening night will be November 3 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Fantasia recently tweeted, "GET READY! I’m back on in an amazing new musical !" She then provided her name as a special code to get discounted tickets via TicketMaster. 

The Wynton Marsalis-directed play premiered last year off-Broadway under a different name, Cotton Club Parade.

This lead role will mark Fantasia's second Broadway production.  She previously starred on Broadway in the musical version of The Color Purple.

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Friday
Jul192013

Jana Kramer Is Wearing White for All the Wrong Reasons in "I Hope It Rains" Video

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer is set to tie the knot with fiancé Brantley Gilbert very soon, but she's wearing a white wedding dress for more sinister reasons in her new video for "I Hope It Rains." Jana and some of her pals act out a revenge plot against her ex and his new fiancée in the video, including ruining her wedding dress with paint balls. You can catch the clip now at JanaKramer.com.

Jana will be performing "I Hope It Rains" on Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier tour, launching July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Friday
Jul192013

The Beatles, Pink Floyd Featured in Upcoming DVD Documentary About 1960s London

MVD VisualA new documentary that delves into London's 1960s psychedelic counterculture scene and its influence on Paul McCartney and The Beatles will be released on DVD on October 1.  Going Underground focuses on the changing attitudes young people in swinging London had toward sex, drugs and rock music, promoted by such outlets as the liberal-minded journal The International Times and the famed UFO nightclub.

The 153-minute film features archival footage and photos of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine and more.  It also includes new interviews with a number of important figures from the scene, among them Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt, UFO co-founder and early Pink Floyd producer Joe Boyd, International Times editor and longtime McCartney compatriot Barry Miles and International Times founder and UFO organizer John "Hoppy" Hopkins.

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Friday
Jul192013

Robin Thicke Continues to Release Songs from "Blurred Lines"

Facebook.com/RobinThickeRobin Thicke fans continued to get showered with new songs from his upcoming album, Blurred Lines.

A new mid-tempo called "Feel Good" has been issued on SoundCloud and Robin showcases Robin's soulful vocal range, as he sings, "If there's something I can do that will make you see the light, that I will treat you right, I'll do it every night."

The song follows the singer's previous offerings "Give It 2 U" with Kendrick Lamar and "Ain't No Hat 4 That," which was co-penned by his father, Alan Thicke.

Blurred Lines will be available for purchase on July 30.

In related news, the singer tweeted that he will appear in a new episode of Centric TV's Culture List with host Letoya Luckett on Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Jul192013

Hear Newsted’s New Single, "Ampossible"

Photo: Fran StrineNewsted's upcoming debut album, Heavy Metal Music, won't arrive in stores until next month, but you can hear a little preview of the album now.  The band, which is fronted by ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, currently is streaming one of the new cuts from the release, "Ampossible," at RollingStone.com.

Jason says "Ampossible" started out as "a warm-up instrumental song" that he would play during sessions at the recording studio for his label, Chophouse Records, before it evolved into something more.  "It's a hyper-morphed take on the original TV theme song from the 1960s Mission: Impossible -- a childhood favorite," he tells the magazine.

The group currently is out on the road with Megadeth's traveling Gigantour festival.  In addition to sets by Megadeth and Newsted, the event features performances by Device, Black Label Society, HELLYEAH, and Death Division.  Visit Gigantour.com to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Jul192013

Large Katy Perry Poster Causes Trouble for Michigan College Students

Emma Summerton/EMI Music GroupA larger-than-life poster of Katy Perry has caused a minor rift between some Michigan State University students and East Lansing officials.

According to MLive.com, it all started when eight students hung the 90-square-foot poster -- a gift from one of their grandmothers -- in the front of their rental home in August of 2012. They took it down the subsequent winter, but the poster made a comeback in the spring.

In June, an officer from East Lansing's Parking and Code Enforcement informed the students that a resident had complained about the poster and that it violated a city code. The students were instructed to remove the poster.

One of the students, Adam Dimitry, says he and his housemates spoke to a couple of city departments, and "Everyone had a different reason why they wanted us to take the sign down -- it was flammable, it was blocking windows, it wasn't mounted anywhere. All those were false, and we were quite upset."

Nevertheless, the students complied with the order, and took down the poster. However, they launched a petition on Change.org.

To make a long story short, they reached an agreement with a community development analyst for the city that will permit them to hang the poster on football weekends. It must be taken down by the following Monday.

Dimitry would like to think that Katy would be happy with the students’ efforts to protect their poster. He says, "We're big fans. She's a creative artist and a very beautiful woman, and we'd be proud to have her support."

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Friday
Jul192013

Win a Chance to Roadie for Robin Thicke or Meet LL Cool J in Russell Simmons Auction

GeffenWant to spend a day as a roadie for Robin Thicke, hang out on the set of Law & Order: SVU with Ice-T or meet LL Cool J at an upcoming show?  You can if you have the scratch.  Those are just some of the opportunities up for bid this year as part of Russell Simmons' Art for Life charity auction.

For the incredible "Roadie for a Day" experience, one lucky winner will be able to join Thicke for an intimate day behind the scenes on his upcoming tour. In addition to snapping photos with the "Blurred Lines" singer, you will receive access to his soundcheck and concert rehearsals, backstage passes and two VIP tickets to the show.

If acting is your thing, you can bid on a walk-on appearance in Tyler Perry’s next film shooting in Atlanta, or a chance to have lunch with Sarah Jessica Parker in New York City.

Proceeds will benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which exposes inner city youth in New York to the arts.

You have from now through August 7 to bid on these and 25 other once-in-a-lifetime experiences on Charitybuzz.

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Friday
Jul192013

Courtney Love Promises Upcoming Memoir Will Be “Juicy”

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagicWhile Courtney Love fans can expect to read about the singer’s exploits in her upcoming memoir, they shouldn’t expect to hear wild stories about anyone else.

"There's some salacious things about myself [in the book], but there's certainly no kissy-telly,” she tells Billboard. “In fact, you'd think I was the Virgin Mary from his book so far -- but that doesn't mean there's not juicy parts in it. It's just juicy parts about ME, not other people."

Love is expected to release her as-yet-untitled book in December, which is around the same time she hopes to drop a pair of new singles titled "Wedding Day" and “California.”

"'Wedding Day's…a perfect punk song,” Love explains. “I wish I had written it when I was 19. And 'California' is my final bid to write the perfect California song, and I think I did.”

The singer adds that she has "eight recorded songs right now" for her next full-length album, tentatively titled Died Blonde, which she hopes to release sometime next year.

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Friday
Jul192013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJana Kramer starred as "Alex Dupre" in which TV series set in North Carolina? ANSWER: One Tree Hill.

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Friday
Jul192013

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Special Guests and Inspirations for Upcoming Christmas Album

KellyClarkson.comKelly Clarkson's latest single, "Tie It Up," is decidedly country, and it looks like her upcoming Christmas album will follow suit on a few tracks. Kelly posted a picture on Twitter earlier this week hinting at a collaboration with country stars Reba and Trisha Yearwood. It turns out they were celebrating Christmas in the July in the studio.

Kelly explains, "I can't believe that Reba and Trisha agreed to do a trio with me on it. So, they're doing 'Silent Night,' and it's gonna be so epic. I'm so excited."

Kelly also snagged Ronnie Dunn, formerly of country duo Brooks & Dunn, for a duet on the classic holiday duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

"He is like one of my favorite voices of all time," Kelly says of Ronnie. "He's so soulful, and that song, if you know Ronnie Dunn, is so his personality. Like, it's straight up his personality to say all of that to try to get you to stay and have a drink."

Kelly's pop fans shouldn't worry she's going completely country this time around. She points to Bing Crosby's White Christmas and Mariah Carey's 1994 holiday album, Merry Christmas, as other influences on the project.

"I'm a nerd about Christmas music," Kelly admits. "There's so many Christmas CDs that I just am in love with. So, I was really excited about making it."

We'll keep you posted on any further details about Kelly's holiday album.

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Friday
Jul192013

Watch Soundgarden's Unaired "Live from the Artists Den" Performance of "Slaves & Bulldozers"

Universal/Republic RecordsSoundgarden's recently aired episode of Live from the Artists Den may have featured performances of 28 career-spanning tracks, but the cameras at their gig at The Wiltern in Los Angeles captured more than that.  Now, the popular PBS television series is giving you the chance to check out one of the Seattle band's performances that wound up on the cutting room floor.

A 12-minute rendition of "Slaves & Bulldozers," which features blistering solos from guitarist Kim Thayil and frontman Chris Cornell, is currently available on Live from the Artists Den's YouTube channel.

Soundgarden's episode is part of Live from the Artists Den's sixth season, which is currently under way. Other rock acts who will be seen on upcoming episodes of the series includes The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The National and Imagine Dragons.  Check your local listings or ArtistsDen.com to see when the program airs in your area.

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Friday
Jul192013

Ex-Three Dog Night Singer Launches Campaign to Raise Funds to Pay for New Album

Courtesy of Chuck NegronFormer Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron is asking fans to help bring some joy to his world by contributing to his recently launched Kickstarter campaign to raise money to fund the recording of his next album.  The 71-year-old pop-rock veteran is trying to raise $75,000 toward the project via the online initiative.

The album, which tentatively is titled Then and Now, will include three previously unreleased Three Dog Night songs as bonus tracks.  Negron hopes to finish the recording by the summer of 2014.  The deadline to contribute money is August 17.

The way that Kickstarter works is that fans can donate as much or as little they'd like toward the album.  Those who contribute funds will receive various items and collectibles, with the incentives becoming greater the more you pledge.  Among the goodies Negron is offering are an advance digital download of Then and Now, a concert DVD, a greatest-hits CD, T-shirts, hats and various pieces of clothing worn by the singer.

Negron sang lead on many of Three Dog Night's biggest hits, including "Joy to the World," "One" and "Old Fashioned Love Song."  He exited the group in 1985, and has been touring as a solo artist for years.  He currently is taking part in the Happy Together Tour, which is headlined by The Turtles and also features Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and ex-Paul Revere and the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay.

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Friday
Jul192013

OneRepublic Stepping Up the "Theatrics & Insanity" on New Summer Tour

Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic's summer tour in support of their current album Native kicks off Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the band says that fans can expect something really special from them this time around: an eye-popping spectacle to go along with their music.

"We were in Vegas and I went to Cirque du Soleil -- one of the five or 50 shows they have -- for like the fourth or fifth time," recalls OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, explaining why the band decided to focus on their stage presentation. "And I thought, 'OK, in a world where you can pay money to see this, our asses need to step it up, and every band in the world has to step it up.'"

Guitarist Zach Filkins sums up the band's goal as bringing "a little bit more of a show, and....more value too."

"I mean, if people are spending their hard-earned money to go see a show, that means a lot to us," Zach says. "And I think it's time for us to grow that experience for them a little bit."  He adds, "So we're gonna do some new things, some new lighting things, just theatrics and insanity -- but something to really move with the music so that it becomes a bigger experience for everyone, even ourselves."

Ryan says that it's not just OneRepublic who've been influenced by Cirque du Soleil: he's noticed other artists trying to up their game as well.

"I think that's partly why Pink does what she does," says Ryan, referring to the pop star's incredible onstage acrobatics.  "She puts on the most fantastical show. And I've watched Coldplay's live set and I mean, you can see they're spending a huge chunk of the money they're making on that show.  And that where the world's at."

Ultimately, Ryan says, it's all about giving fans more bang for their buck.

"If you pay 40 bucks, then we're gonna give you a hundred and forty dollar show," he says. 

The OneRepublic headlining tour will run through August 18; on August 29, a new leg will start, featuring the band on a co-headlining bill with Sara Bareilles.

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Friday
Jul192013

Bassist Chris Wolstenholme Says Next Muse Album Will Feature “Twists and Turns”

Gavin BondChris Wolstenholme says Muse has been throwing around ideas for their next album while they’re out on tour promoting their latest release, The 2nd Law. The bassist admits that while they haven’t written anything just yet, fans can expect to experience some serious musical experimentation on their next record.

“We’ve always been the kind of band that our albums have been relatively diverse, pretty much from the start, and…I think that’s what people expect us to do now,” Wolstenholme he tells Australia’s FasterLouder. “They know when a new Muse album comes out, it’s not going to be like the last one. It’s going to have some twists and turns. It’s always going to be a shock.”

Wolstenholme, who wrote and took lead vocals on The 2nd Law tracks “Save Me” and “Liquid State,” adds that he would like to sing again on the next album.

“I think [singing] one or two songs is fine, you know,” he notes. “Hopefully it’s something I’ll do more of. I’d have to write some songs first, but the thing is if the songs are good enough then hopefully they’ll go on the next album.”

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Friday
Jul192013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVince Gill will perform at The Celebrity Barn Dance and Benefit Concert August 31 in Nashville benefitting MusiCares.

Keith Urban's just-launched Light the Fuse tour will be featured on GAC Top 20 Country Countdown Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Craig Morgan is set to make a special announcement on his Facebook page Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Jul192013

Luke Bryan Taking the Entire Family Out on the Road This Weekend

Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan's schedule is literally non-stop these days as he prepares to release his new album, Crash My Party, next month and perform sold-out shows on the Dirt Road Diaries tour at the same time.  That doesn't leave much time for Luke to be at home with his wife, Caroline, and their two young boys, Bo and Tate.  So, he's bringing them along on the road with him this weekend.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, "I'm getting the bikes' tires pumped up and we'll put bikes under the bus, and gonna buy some inflatable swimming pools, and just put 'em out there by all the buses and let 'em play and ride their bikes and throw the baseball and have fun."

Luke puts a premium on having fun with his family, but keeping the lines of communication open with his wife is just as important. Even though Luke is arguably country's hottest star right now, he and Caroline face the same challenges as any other couple.

"Well, you have just have to figure it out with any marriage," he says.  "If I was a banker, I'd come in and I'd be in a bad mood one day, and she'd be in a bad mood one day.  So, you just have to figure it out."

Luke's album, Crash My Party, comes out August 13. The deluxe edition with four extra songs is available exclusively at Target.

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