Social Distortion Schedules 25th Anniversary Tour 

Image Courtesy of Epitaph RecordsThis year marks the 25th anniversary of Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled album, and to celebrate, the band is launching a summer headlining tour on which they will perform Social Distortion live in its entirety. The tour begins July 28 in Tempe, Arizona and wraps up September 11 in Pasa Robles, California. Tickets will go on sale April 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit for all ticket info.

"We are very excited about this tour," says frontman Mike Ness in a statement. "It's not often we get to celebrate anniversaries of records, or play them in their entirety, but this record was a milestone for us and after rehearsing it we realized it was a hell of a set...high energy and good flow."

"It was a great feeling to play songs that I hadn't played in twenty years, or more," Ness continues. "It's inspirational to 'revisit' this album; especially during the writing of a new record. All I can say is 'it's gonna be a kick ass show!'"

Social Distortion was the band's first album to enter the Billboard 200 and became their best selling record. It also produced hit singles in "Ball and Chain" and Social Distortion's cover of the Johnny Cash classic, "Ring of Fire."

Here are all of the Social Distortion 25th anniversary tour dates:

7/28 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
7/31 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live @ Moody Theater
8/1-- Houston, TX, House of Blues
8/2 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
8/5 -- Sturgis, ND, Buffalo Chip
8/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
8/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
8/9 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
8/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room
8/15 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
8/16 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
8/18 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
8/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier
8/21-- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
8/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/23 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/25 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
8/27 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
8/28 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
8/29 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/2 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
9/3 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
9/5 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
9/7 -- Bend, OR, Century Center
9/9 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/11 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre

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Melissa Etheridge Says Her Busy Summer Tour Schedule "Covers the Whole Spectrum"

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge has a busy summer planned. The singer just confirmed dates for her solo U.S. tour, in addition to her co-headlining dates with Blondie. She tells USA Today she’s covering “the whole spectrum.”

"It's kind of a mixed-up tour," she says. "I love stretching myself and doing the solo gigs. It’s a lot of fun. And then, in July, we have the gigs with Blondie -- and one with Blondie and Joan Jett. Then I have some gigs on my own with the band and some more solo gigs. So it covers the whole spectrum this summer."

Melissa’s first set of solo dates kicks off June 10 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and runs through June 28 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Then she joins Blondie for ten dates in July. Joan Jett, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday, will join the two acts for a July 20 show in Airways Heights, Washington.

"I remember 1980, when [Jett's first solo] album came out, I was like, 'Oh, OK, there's rock and roll,’” Melissa tells USA Today. “There's a woman who's really playing rock and roll. That's it, right there."

After wrapping her co-headlining dates, Melissa will head back on the road for even more U.S. shows in August, finally concluding on August 30 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

On June 9, the day before her U.S. tour begins, she’ll release a live concert DVD, A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A., shot at her December 2014 concert at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater.

Here is the list of Melissa's summer tour dates:                          

6/10 -- Chattanooga, TN, Riverbend Festival (Coca Cola stage)   
6/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus  
6/13 -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort - The Sherman Theatre
6/14 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Bardavon 1869 Opera House
6/16 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
6/17 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
6/18 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
6/20 -- Toronto, ON, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
6/21 -- York, PA, Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
6/22 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
6/25 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino - Mystic Showroom  
6/27 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort  
6/28 -- Bayfield, WI, Lake Superior Big Top Chautau
7/1 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center @ The Heights (with Blondie)
7/2 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavillion (with Blondie)
7/3 -- St. Louis, MO, Fair St. Louis (with Blondie)
7/7 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Ampitheater (with Blondie)
7/8 -- Selbyville, DE, The Freeman Stage @ Bayside (with Blondie)
7/20 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino – Ampitheater  (with Joan Jett and Blondie)
7/21 -- Seattle, WA, Woodland Park Zoo (with Blondie)
7/22 -- Bend, OR, Athletic Club of Bend – The Courtyard
7/24 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery (with Blondie)
7/25 -- Napa (Oakville), CA, Robert Mondavi Winery (with Blondie)
7/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theater (with Blondie)
8/1 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall
8/3 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street
8/4 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
8/5 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
8/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Palms Casino - Pearl Concert Theater
8/8 -- Temecula, CA, Thornton Winery
8/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys
8/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Botanical Garden - Event Lawn
8/23 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Arts Knight Center
8/25 -- Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens Open Air Theater
8/26 -- Bethesda, MD, Music Center at Strathmore
8/28 -- Syracuse, NY, NY State Fair - Chevrolet Court
8/29 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/30 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 

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Sam Hunt Rises Above the Clichés with Latest Hit, "Take Your Time"

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleSam Hunt's latest hit, "Take Your Time," tells the story of a guy trying to pick up a girl in a bar, but he took pains to write the song in a way that would show a classy exchange between two people.

Says Sam, "I think those interactions between strangers, in terms of a guy going up and pursuing a lady or introducing himself or expressing his interest, that can get cliché at times. It can get kind of sleazy and shallow."

Instead of listing all the great things about himself, the guy in "Take Your Time" is careful to point out what an honor it would be for the girl to spend a few moments talking to him.

"Hopefully, the singer in this song and what he’s saying overcomes some of those stereotypes," Sam explains, "and you can see past just a surface attraction and you can see that he’s genuinely interested in this girl, who has just completely gotten his attention."

"Take Your Time" is the second-consecutive #1 hit from Sam's debut album, Montevallo, available now.

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"American Idol's" Joey Cook Talks Quentin Incident, Twitter Save & Wedding Hair Color 

Michael Becker/FoxThe infamous confrontation between American Idol contestant Quentin Alexander and judge Harry Connick Jr. went down a week ago, but the show is using that tense moment in a promo to promote tonight's episode...and the show's mentor is not happy about it.

A fan brought the promo to Scott Borchetta's attention, saying it was in "bad taste" and "horrible," and asking, "Does this help anyone?"  Borchetta responded, "I agree," and added, "NOT BASHING QUENTIN! I APPLAUD HIM. HE'S A GREAT ARTIST. I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THIS PROMO IS CUT - MAKES IT LOOK WORSE THAN IT WAS."

During the incident, Quentin declared that it "sucks" and that it was "wack" that his two friends Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen were in the bottom two, prompting Harry to call him "disrespectful" and inviting him to leave the show if he didn't like it.  Quentin then calmly explained to Harry that he wasn't dissing the show; he was just angry that his friends were in jeopardy of leaving.

One person who's not surprised that the confrontation got the attention it did is Joey Cook herself, who went home after losing the Twitter Save that night.  "I mean, it’s reality television. That’s as real as it gets," she tells ABC Radio.  And, while the Twitter Save failed to save her, Joey says she's still in favor of the fact that the show has instituted it this season. 

"I think it’s great. It’s interactive. It’s a way for an audience to immediately make a decision and it be shown on live television," she tells ABC Radio. "And it’s a really good use of social media. I think American Idol this year has done a really good job of embracing social media."

As for why Quentin was so upset about the prospect of her leaving, Joey says that she and the New Orleans musician have a special bond.

"We both understand each other a lot and we both understood how hard it was to try and remain ourselves throughout the whirlwind that was American Idol and we both supported each other," she explains. "If we wanted to do a song or wanted to wear something crazy or do something kind of out of the ordinary, we pretty much just had each other’s backs with it."

Joey, who says she feels she's done enough on the show to establish a real career, is happy that American Idol has come to embrace oddball contestants like herself and Quentin, who don't fit the normal pop, country or R&B star mold. 

"When I was younger watching the show, if I were to have seen somebody like myself, I wouldn’t have felt so odd as a child," she tells ABC Radio. "It’s a really important thing for people like me and Quentin to be on the show and Qaasim and Jax. I mean, there’s so many unique people on the show this year. That’s a really, really important thing for little kids to see: that somebody who’s just being themselves can be successful."

Now that Joey's off the show, she can focus on planning her wedding to her fiance, Evan Higgins.  She tells ABC Radio that she's planning to have a "big backyard wedding," and says that, while she won't be performing, Qaasim's mom will be.  As for what color hair Joey will sport on her wedding day, the singer, who had a rainbow of colors during the show's run, says she's got it all figured out.

"Silver. I wanna do silver," she tells ABC Radio. "I think it’s classy and me at the same time." 

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Britney Spears to Debut New Single, "Pretty Girls," with Iggy Azalea on "Billboard" Music Awards

Denise TruscelloSix-time Billboard Music Award winner Britney Spears will get some help from Iggy Azalea when Britney debuts her new single, "Pretty Girls," featuring Iggy, with a live performance on the Billboard Music Awards next month.

Britney and Iggy join the list of big names who'll be taking the stage at this year's ceremony, which already includes Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.  Other artists confirmed for the Billboard Music Awards are Hozier, Sam Smith, Fall Out Boy, and Nick Jonas.  The show will be hosted by Ludacris and John Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards airs May 17 on ABC, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker has released the title track from his latest album, Southern Style, as the follow-up to his latest hit, "Homegrown Honey."

Kelsea Ballerini's debut album, The First Time, is now available for pre-sale at digital outlets before its May 19 release. Fans who place their order now will automatically get a free download of Kelsea's self-titled EP, featuring her top-15 hit "Love Me Like You Mean It."

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Kelly Rowland & Brandy Land New Shows on BET 

ABC/Randy HolmesKelly Rowland and Brandy have landed their own TV shows on BET.

The network has announced that the entertainers will star in their own respective series, which will premiere later this year. Kelly's reality-based show, titled Chasing Destiny, will be centered around the "search for the next blazing hot singing sensation that will bring together young women with all that's required to meet Kelly Rowland's standards for excellence."

Brandy will star as Zoë Moon in an upcoming scripted, romantic comedy of the same name.  The show will follow "Zoë, a newly divorced single mom embarking on her new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul -- but it won't be easy. Her ex-husband is not ready to take a back seat in her life, nor is her precocious 10-year-old son ready for her new dating life."

The official air dates have yet to be announced.

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Nicki Minaj Confirmed for New Miami Concert Series

ABC/Lou RoccoNicki Minaj is among the many acts slated to perform as part of a a newly launched concert series at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheatre.

According to Live Nation, the series -- titled simply Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Concert Series -- is scheduled to begin May 16 with the Go Hard Miami Festival, featuring Rae Sremmurd, while Nicki Minaj will take stage on July 20, which is actually the second date on her North American tour.

The upcoming concert series features prices as low as $25 and an eclectic line-up, including rockers The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson. Visit Live Nation for more information.

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Alt-J, Atreyu, The Gaslight Anthem & More Added to UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals

Credit: Gabriel GreenThe full lineup for the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals has been revealed, and the new additions include Alt-J, Atreyu, The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! and Joywave. They will join previously announced acts Bring Me the Horizon, Royal Blood, Bastille, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Mastodon, Limp Bizkit and Panic! At the Disco.

The headliners for Reading and Leeds 2015 will be Metallica, Mumford & Sons and the newly reunited The Libertines.

Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- one at Reading's Richfield Avenue and the other at Leeds' Braham Park. The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30. Visit for all ticket info.

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Ed Sheeran First Artist Ever to Tour Australia & New Zealand Stadiums Solo

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSJust a couple of years ago, Ed Sheeran was opening for Taylor Swift when she toured stadiums around the world.  Now, Ed's doing it himself, and has just announced a bunch more stadium shows in Australia and New Zealand...and will set a record in the process.

According to the concert promoter, Ed will be the first musician to do a tour of Australia and New Zealand stadiums entirely solo.  It'll just be him, his voice, guitar and loop pedals.  Conversely, when Taylor toured stadiums, she had a full band and dancers.

Ed recently finished a March/April arena tour of those two countries.  His Australian and New Zealand stadium dates begin November 28.   "Coming back to Australia and NZ in November to play stadiums.  That's crazy," Ed tweeted.  He'll start another U.S. leg of his tour in May.

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Lzzy Hale Says Halestorm Doesn't "Use Tracks or Trickery" for Live Shows 

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm will begin their North American tour in support of their latest album, Into the Wild Life, tonight in Nashville. While the rock band's connection with the country-heavy Music City, which is where they recorded Into the Wild Life, might seem odd, Halestorm thinks it's a perfect fit.

"[Nashville] traditionally is thought of as country, but there is a lot of rock n' roll kind of moving in," frontwoman Lzzy Hale tells ABC Radio. "I think it's because, really, it's one of the few music towns that still believes and still bases everything in roots -- roots rock, roots country. They judge you on whether or not you can play every night, not [on] 'OK, what hit did you have last week?'"

That concentration on playing great from night to night is what fuels Halestorm's live shows, which is where the band feels the most at home.

"We pride ourselves as being an extremely meat-and-potatoes type of rock band, we don't use tracks or trickery," Hale says. "The tempos may be faster than you might have heard on the radio."

Of the Into the Wild Life tracks, Hale is looking forward to playing the punky "Mayhem," as well as the piano ballad "Dear Daughter." However, she has a lot of difficulty picking an absolute favorite new song to play live.

"We want to play them all," she says, laughing. "This album that we did with all of the intros [and] outros, with this kind of almost story, or at least journey, that you're going through on the record, it's almost like the entire record is one really long, annoying song, and it's my favorite song. So it's really tough to like break it up into pieces and be like, 'Well, that's my favorite. Yeah but I like that too,' you know?"

Into the Wild Life is only Halestorm's third album, but the band has been together for quite some time. Halestorm began in 1997 when Hale was 13, and the band has been a consistent four-piece since 2004. That time together has allowed them to form a chemistry that makes their live show that much better.

"We're really kind of developing our own personal language and talking to each other with our fingers and stuff musically and trying to create moments, and I think that's like the key," guitarist Joe Hottinger tells ABC Radio. "Great live shows that I've always seen and what we're trying to do is make just a whole bunch of really good moments on stage."

Even now, Halestorm's ability to wordlessly communicate on stage surprises Hale.

"It still freaks me out like when we're able to predict where someone's going to go in a certain part without like physically being like, 'Oh, we're going to go here,' like no nods or anything, it really still freaks me out," she says. "We've known each other a long time, but we've all developed this kind of, like we were saying, musical language with each other."

"It's special," she laughs.

Halestorm will be on the road through North America into July. The Pretty Reckless will support on select dates.

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Brett Eldredge Finds the Groove with His "Wacky" New Single, "Lose My Mind"

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's brand-new single, "Lose My Mind," is all about the way a love interest can totally take over your thoughts, which is exactly what the song's groove did with it first came to Brett the night before a writing session.

He says, "I'd been laying in bed, one of those laying in bed [up] all night kinda things, and this groove was in my head. I was going nuts. It was like, 'What is this?'"

The next day at his songwriting meeting, Brett shared that groove with his co-writers and told them "Let's just get wacky with this." That's how "Lose My Mind" came into being.

"You feel like you're losing your mind when you're listening to it, and that's what I wanted," Brett says. "I grew up listening to soul and bluesy kind of music, and I love Ray Charles, and there's a little part in there that has a little Ray Charles-esque kinda thing to it."

Brett just premiered the video for "Lose My Mind," too. It takes place in a mental hospital with Brett wearing a straitjacket and seeing visions of his sexy co-star, Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert, appearing as a nurse, a therapist, a janitor and a fellow patient.

"Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Brett's sophomore album, due out this fall.

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Vinyl Box Set Featuring John Lennon's Entire Solo Catalog Being Released in June

Capitol/UMeA new box set featuring high-quality vinyl versions of John Lennon's eight studio albums will be released on June 9.  The nine-disc collection, titled simply Lennon, marks the first time that vinyl editions of the late Beatles star's solo albums will be available together in one package.

Each album -- spanning from Lennon's 1970 solo debut, Plastic Ono Band, through the 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey -- is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and replicates the original U.K. version's art, sleeves and other packaging elements.  All but two of the records -- 1971's Imagine and 1975's Rock 'n' Roll -- have long been out of print on vinyl in the U.S.  A video showing the collection being unboxed can be viewed at Lennon's official YouTube channel.

The albums were remastered in 2010 using Lennon's original mixes by Yoko Ono and a group of engineers at London's Abbey Road Studios and New York City's Avatar Studios, while the new vinyl masters were cut at Abbey Road by engineer Sean Magee.

The new vinyl editions of Lennon's solo albums will be released individually on August 21.

Here is the full list of albums featured in the Lennon vinyl box set:

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Some Time in New York City (two LPs) (1972)
Mind Games (1973)
Walls and Bridges (1974)
Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
Double Fantasy (1980)
Milk and Honey (1984)

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Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Madonna Featured in "Variety's" New York Women's Impact Report

ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift has adopted New York City as her home, and she’s made quite an impact in the Big Apple since doing so. The singer, along with Lady Gaga and Madonna, has been included in Variety’s 2015 New York Women’s Impact Report. The report recognizes the year’s most influential women in entertainment, media, business and culture in New York City.

“Hundreds of fresh-faced twentysomethings move to New York every week, but few get to announce their arrival via the opening track on the bestselling album of the year,” Variety writes of Taylor. “Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ may have drawn the ire of some longtime Gothamites with its relentless positivity, but it’s already joined the canon of Big Apple anthems that stretches back from Bernstein to Sinatra and Jay Z.”

Lady Gaga, a New York City native, has been having a banner year, so it’s no surprise Variety included her on the list. The magazine points out that Gaga won the approval of audiences -- and Julie Andrews -- with her Sound of Music medley at the Oscars this year. She also scored a Grammy for her collaboration with Tony Bennett and was cast in the upcoming season of American Horror Story. These new ventures, according to Variety, prove “Gaga can check out of her eccentric pop diva persona anytime she likes -- but when it comes to hanging around in the public eye, she can never leave.”

And speaking of reinvention and longevity, Madonna makes Variety’s list for “maintaining the edgy confidence that has kept her appealing through the decades.” The mag writes, “Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, demonstrates her knack for staying perma-relevant; she collaborates with producers Kanye West and Diplo, catnip to millennial music consumers.”

The New York Women’s Impact Report is part of Variety’s 2015 Power of Women Issue.

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"The Voice" Recap: Team Adam Down to One Artist

Trae Patton/NBCAdam Levine has only one artist remaining on his Voice team, following Tuesday night's results show.

Joshua Davis is the sole survivor of Team Adam, having earned the instant save from viewers. His teammate, Deanna Johnson, was eliminated, as was Rob Taylor, a member of Christina Aguilera's crew.

Joshua performed the Tom Petty tune “I Won’t Back Down” in his successful attempt to convince viewers to save him via social media. Deanna sang Martina McBride's “Help Me Make It Through The Night," and Rob covered the Otis Redding classic “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.”

Blake Shelton still has three artists on his team. Christina and Pharrell each have two.

Earlier in the one-hour broadcast, Pharrell joined his artists for a rendition of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be," and Adam collaborated with his singers on the Steve Miller Band song "The Joker."

In addition, last week's guest adviser, Reba McEntire, entertained the audience with her single "Going Out Like That."

The Voice will welcome back three former coaches as part of next Monday's show on NBC. Usher will advise Team Adam, Cee Lo Green will help Team Blake, and Gwen Stefani will assist Pharrell and Christina's teams.

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R.E.M. Documentary Coming to Theaters Next Month

Anton CorbjinR.E.M.'s story will be told on the big screen next month.

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment will present a screening of Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV in select theaters on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The documentary details the band's career and features concert footage, TV performances and interviews, and more.

You can review a list of theaters screening the film, and buy tickets, at

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Katy Perry's Request to Trademark "Left Shark" Design Rejected

Kevin Mazur/WireImageKaty Perry is trying to register a design for "Left Shark" -- inspired by the costumed dancer who wasn't quite in sync with a second "shark" during the singer's Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year -- but she's hit a roadblock.

Her application to the U.S. Trademark Office was examined by David Collier, who determined that not enough evidence was submitted to indicate consumers would associate the "Left Shark" design with Katy's performance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Katy's also looking to register the phrase "Left Shark." On that front, Collier seeks clarification on the kind of products to which she'll apply the phrase. Her company had stated it was considering "costumes" and "figurines," apparently without elaborating further.

In the wake of her Super Bowl performance, Katy's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to a designer who was selling a figurine of "Left Shark."

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GZA to Lecture at MIT on Link Between Art and Outer Space

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesGZA will be making an appearance at MIT in May to talk about his new album and the link between art and outer space, The Boston Globe reports.

Sam Magee, manager of student programs at the Arts at MIT office, tells the Globe the Wu-Tang Clan founder “is coming in to talk specifically about how the arts and the study of physics intertwine.”

Magee said a physics professor will moderate GZA’s discussion with MIT students because the rapper’s new album, Dark Matter, encompasses aspects of space and time.

The rapper, whose birth name is Gary Grice, has visited the MIT campus before. In 2012, he delivered a lecture on rap. That year, he also led a discussion at Harvard on the state of hip-hop.

GZA’s visit to MIT this year is part of a series of lectures featuring hip-hop artists. Killer Mike will visit MIT this Friday to talk about technology and its impact on race relations in the U.S.

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Sam Smith Geeks Out over "The Hobbit" Set Visit

ABC/Randy HolmesWho knew that Sam Smith was such a fan of the Hobbit films?  He's crammed his Instagram account full of photos of his visit to the movies' set in New Zealand, declaring it the "Best day of my life."

Sam posted a slew of pictures of himself visting Hobbiton, the part of Middle Earth where Hobbits like Bilbo Baggins, the main character in the Hobbit films, and Frodo -- the main character in the The Lord of the Rings -- live.  "THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING," he wrote, adding,  "I feel like Frodo."

Posing in front of the door to Bag End, Bilbo's house, Sam captioned another photo, "Geeking OUT."

"Sorry for so many pics, I just love it here," he added, noting, "I would chop off my toe to live here and be a hobbit."

After posting a photo of himself drinking "ale" in the movie set pub, The Green Dragon, Sam concluded by writing, "What a day. I am coming again. Until then I'm actually gonna build my own hobbit house. No joke x."  Well, he's certainly got the money for it.

Sam's tour continues Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then moves on to Australia and Japan.


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No Doubt's Adrian Young Says 2015 Is "About Playing Festivals"

Paul Morigi/Getty Images For CITIThis past weekend in Washington, D.C., No Doubt headlined the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event along with Train, Fall Out Boy, Usher and more.  This summer, the band will continue on the festival circuit, including headlining spots at Rock in Rio USA, New Orleans JazzFest, and the BottleRock Festival. Though a full-scale tour isn't on their summer schedule, any live dates at all are a welcome sight for No Doubt fans after the band postponed their 2013 tour.

"This year is about playing festivals and then we'll see where that takes us," drummer Adrian Young tells Billboard of No Doubt's 2015 plans. "There was some experimenting going on, but [frontwoman] Gwen [Stefani is] gonna do another solo record and we're gonna continue to play some more live shows and see what happens from there."

No Doubt took 11 years between releasing their 2001 album, Rock Steady, and their most recent effort, 2012's Push and Shove. As for how long it might take the band to put out another record, Young admits that "it's hard to say."

"We don't have any immediate plans for new music," he says.

Meanwhile, No Doubt is festival-hopping with their large, extended family, which now includes 10 children between the band's four core members.

"It's almost like we're siblings and they're cousins," says guitarist Tom Dumont of the band touring with their children in tow. "They all play together. They all have their own relationships and dynamics together."

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