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Feb112014

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Confirms Engagement to Longtime Girlfriend

BabyfaceMusic.comKenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has announced that he's engaged to longtime girlfriend Nicole Pantenburg.

"I'm happy to say I'm on the love marriage path," the legendary singer confirmed in a statement to E! News. "I'm a very lucky guy."

The couple began dating in 2007and have a 5-year-old daughter together named Peyton. The crooner has two sons, Brandon and Dylan, with ex-wife Tracey Edmonds.

The news comes after he alluded to his proposal in an interview with BET last week while promoting his latest album, Love, Marriage & Divorce. When quizzed by his longtime collaborator and duet partner on the album, Toni Braxton, about tying the knot once more, Babyface replied, "I've already considered it. I'm engaged, so yes."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Chuck D Named Ambassador for Record Store Day

RecordStoreDay.comChuck D has been named the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2014,  organizers have announced.  The next installment of the annual event -- which promotes independent record stores and highlights vinyl records -- will be held on April 19.

The Public Enemy leader discussed his appointment in a lengthy statement, in which he explains what his ambassadorship means.

"Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don't go 1 single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture," he says. "The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, have simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording."

Chuck adds that "the record store made musicians listen beyond themselves." He explained, "It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out."

The rap veteran concludes, "In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It's worth a great try, let's do this."

Chuck D takes over from last year's 2013 vinyl ambassador Jack White, former front many of rock band The White Stripes. Other predecessors in the role included rockers Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.

Record Store Day was launched in the U.S. seven years ago and features exclusive in-store performances and special releases. For more information, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Kelly Rowland Celebrates 33rd Birthday, Talks Wedding Plans

Universal MotownKelly Rowland celebrated her 33rd birthday with a visit to ABC's The View to discuss everything from her recent engagement to her fitness routines.

The "Motivation" singer revealed that her birthday plans will entail "good friends, good family, good food" and spoke openly about her wedding plans with fiance/manager Tim Witherspoon.

"I want it to be him and myself and God, and just a beautiful setting and just call it a day," said Kelly of the upcoming wedding. When asked about a specific date, she shared, "Not yet, we've both been so busy so we're just taking it one day at a time."

She then thanked her trainer Jeannette Jenkins for helping her maintain her toned physique. "Nutrition is key. I’m a fitness-enthusiast, I’m not a trainer, but I love, love to work out," said the singer, who recently covered Shape magazine.

The singer also spoke on the recent cancellation of The X-Factor. "I had such a ball," she says. "It's really sad to see it go, but we had a good time and found great talent this year."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Win "If These Walls Could Rock" Signed by Slash

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The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood is arguably the most famous rock and roll hotel in history -- so famous that its 50th anniversary merited the publishing of If These Walls Could Rock.

The nearly 200-page coffee table book is full of photos and behind-the-scenes stories of the kind of shenanigans the Marquis is known for -- mainly sex, drugs and rock and roll. There are photos of scores of the hotel's rocker guests from over the years, including The Clash, Blondie, The Runaways, The Ramones, Metallica, Iron Maiden, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many others.

One of the hotel's most loyal customers, Slash, appears on the cover of the book, and L.A. Magazine is giving away a copy signed by Slash himself. Contest rules are simple: go to L.A. Magazine's website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and fill out a contest form.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Rihanna & Beyonce Make AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" List

Image Courtesy Beyonce Via TumblrLast year, Rihanna ranked #3 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of the hottest females and bested Beyonce, who came in at #14.  But on a similar list of the "100 Most Desirable Women" just released by AskMen.com, Bey is positioned at #11 while a much younger Rihanna sits at #19. 

So how does the ranking work? AskMen publisher James Bassil explains, "The final Top 99 list is the product of both reader and staff votes."

Thanks to her recent comeback, Beyonce's position is a significant jump from her #32 spot on last year's list.  AskMen.com says: "In 2013, Beyoncé officially transcended pop stardom to become something akin to royalty...[she] convinced us for the umpteenth time of her general unattainable perfection. We’ve got to hand it to Jay Z -- we’d feel insufficient in her presence."

Meanwhile, Rihanna went from #4 to #19. AskMen.com says: "...The Barbadian superstar...has been named the sexiest woman alive by more than one men’s magazine. Also notable: she can twerk upside down (see the “Pour It Up” video for proof)."

The duo comprise two of the 10 music artists that make an appearance on the list, which includes Miley Cyrus at #99; Katy Perry at #90; Ariana Grande at #73; Taylor Swift at #30. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was placed at #1.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

2 Chainz Tapped for Sweetlife Fest 2014

Def JamThis spring 2 Chainz is scheduled to take stage at Sweetlife 2014, a music and food festival which will be held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, May 10.

The fifth annual event will feature a diverse line-up of performers including Foster the People, Lana del Rey, Fitz and The Tantrums, Capital Cities, Chromeo, St. Lucia, Bastille, Hozier, Bombay Bicycle Club, ASTR, GEMS, Spirit Animal and Nicky Blitz.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 14 via Ticketfly.com.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Grouplove Postpones European Tour

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European Grouplove fans are out of luck -- the band has had to scrap plans for upcoming shows until singer Hannah Hooper recuperates from a vocal issue.

The band posted issued the following statement on its website: "We are deeply sorry to announce that we will be postponing our upcoming shows in the UK and Europe. Hannah is under strict orders from the doctor that she cannot sing (or talk for that matter) for the next four weeks as she undergoes a procedure to repair an aggravated vocal chord." Band members also say they "promise to do everything we can to make it up and come back as soon as we possibly can (we're planning for May now)... we are deeply sorry for any additional inconvenience this causes you... and hold on to your tickets, they will still be valid."

Grouplove's documentary, I’m With You, will be available for purchase on iTunes and at Amazon.com starting February 25. The release features interviews with the band and performance footage shot during a week in New York City on their 2013 SeeSaw Tour.  If you buy the movie, you’ll also get a six-track EP featuring live versions of “Colours,” “Schoolboy,” “I'm With You,” “Raspberry,” “Ways to Go,” and “Gold Coast,” all recorded during the SeeSaw Tour. 

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Tuesday
Feb112014

The Cadillac Three Recruits Famous Friends for Debut Single, "The South"

Big Machine Label GroupNew group The Cadillac Three recruited some heavy-hitters to perform on their debut single, "The South." Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli of Eli Young Band all make cameos on the track, which was inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

Lead singer Jaren Johnston says, "I remembered the first time I heard 'Sweet Home Alabama,' and I was just mesmerized with it. I thought we needed something that would resonate with people the way 'Sweet Home Alabama' did for me as a kid."

Fans got a glimpse of The Cadillac Three on a recent episode of ABC's Nashville when the band auditioned for the show's resident country diva, Rayna Jaymes. The Cadillac Three heads to Europe to open for Eric Church this spring.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Taylor Swift & Katy Perry Pay Tribute to Shirley Temple

Fox Photos / Getty ImagesShirley Temple, the iconic child film star of the 1930s who went on to become a U.S. ambassador and a crusader against breast cancer, died Monday at the age of 85.  And even though it may seem that some of today's younger stars shouldn't even know who Temple was, her work was so legendary that they do --- and they took to Twitter to pay tribute.

Taylor Swift, prepping for the final show of her RED tour in England, tweeted, "Sitting backstage at the O2 in London, thinking about what an impressive and extraordinary life Shirley Temple led. Thanks for the memories."  She followed that up by tweeting an Instagram photo, which shows the following words, attributed to Shirley Temple, written on a memo pad: "There's nothing like real love. Nothing."

Katy Perry also saluted the woman who sang "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers In My Soup," writing, "You were the original cherry on top Shirley Temple! Rest In Peace!"

And Jordin Sparks tweeted, "I will always remember this song making me laugh: 'Animal crackers in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop the loop...' RIP Shirley Temple <3."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Report: David Cassidy's Wife Filing for Divorce After 23 Years of Marriage

Bobby Bank/WireImageIt's been a tough year so far for David Cassidy.  About a month after the former Partridge Family star was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Los Angeles, word comes that his wife of 23 years, Sue, is filing for divorce.

TMZ reports that Sue Cassidy was planning to file papers to end her marriage to the 1970s pop heartthrob on Tuesday.  She told TMZ that the divorce "has been looming for some time," while adding, "I am truly heartbroken that our marriage is ending."

David, who currently is undergoing treatment in a rehab facility, was arrested for DUI two other times over the past five years.  According to a recent TMZ report, the 63-year-old pop singer could serve as much as one year behind bars for his latest offense.

Sue Cassidy tells TMZ, "I'm glad David is getting the help he needs and I am confident he will come back better and stronger than ever."

Meanwhile, David has responded to his wife's comments by issuing his own statement to E! News.  "It is very sad that Sue chose to take this approach," he says in the message.  "I have tried to resolve this amicably outside of the public eye.  I have reached out to her with no response over the last 3 months.  It's a sad day for me and for our son Beau."

David and Sue had been together for 28 years, and their 23-year-old son, Beau, is their only child together.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge Up for ACM New Artist of the Year

ACMCongratulations to ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge. They won the preliminary fan vote at GACTV.com and now will compete for the top prize. Fan voting in the final round starts March 24 at VoteACM.com. The award will be handed out live on the ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 on CBS.

All three New Artist nominees will be featured in a new GAC special premiering March 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Omarion Announces New Album, "Sex Playlist"

1Omarion.comOmarion is preparing a seductive new album called Sex Playlist, which will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The R&B crooner announced the news via his new website TheSexPlaylist.com and released a black-and-white trailer featuring a snippet of the title track.

"This is what you've been missing & you didn't even know it," Omarion tweeted and added the hashtag "#sexplaylist."

The upcoming project will be his fourth solo album and his first since signing to Maybach Music Group. The disc is the follow-up to 2013's EP Care Package 2.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Future Confirmed for 2014 South by Southwest Festival

FutureFreeBandz.comFuture has been announced as one of the newly added performers scheduled for this year's South by Southwest Festival, which takes place in Austin, TX next month.

According to RollingStone, the rapper is expected to showcase several new tracks -- including his single "Move That Dope," lifted  from his forthcoming album, Honest.

Future will also be joined by newly added acts including TDE's ScHoolboy Q , Madlib, Ab-Soul, Dam-FunkTech N9ne and Chance the Rapper.

The 2014 South by Southwest music festival is scheduled to run March 11-16.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Dolly Parton's Reveals US Release Date for New Studio Album, "Blue Smoke"

Dolly's RecordsDolly Parton has announced the official U.S. release date for her new studio album, Blue Smoke.  The 12-song collection will arrive in stores on May 13, a little over a week before the country legend kicks off a series of U.S. dates in support of the record.

"On this CD I think there are all of the colors of my life in all the areas of music that you've allowed me to dabble in through the years," says Parton in a statement.  "You will hear my old world mountain voice on songs like 'Banks of the Ohio' and 'If I Had Wings,' my tender side on songs like 'Miss You -- Miss Me' and 'Unlikely Angel,' my country/bluegrass side of songs like 'Home,' 'Blue Smoke' and 'Don't Think Twice' and my funny tongue-in-cheek side on 'Lover du Jour.'" 

Blue Smoke was first released in Australia late last month, in conjunction with a Down Under trek that gets under way tonight, February 11, in Melbourne.  The album is Dolly's first release on her new record label, Sony Masterworks, as part of a joint venture with her own Dolly Records.

Parton's U.S. tour is scheduled to run from a May 22 show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through a May 31 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  She'll follow those dates with a June-July European outing.

Here are all of Dolly's U.S. shows:

5/22 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts (St. Mark's Evening Among Friends)
5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee (Benefiting Dolly's Imagination Library)
5/30 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Mot├Ârhead, Twisted Sister, Skid Row to Perform at 2014 Rocklahoma Festival

Rocklahoma.comMotörhead, Twisted Sister, Kid Rock and Skid Row are just a few of the hard-rocking acts taking part in this year's Rocklahoma Festival.

Billed as "America's biggest Memorial Day weekend party," the 2014 edition of the annual fest is scheduled to take place May 23-25 in Pryor, Oklahoma.  Other artists in this year's bill include Staind, Deftones, Black Label Society, Cinderella frontman Tom Kiefer, Kix, Seether, Jackyl, and Five Finger Death Punch, among many others.

General admission and VIP packages go on sale Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. CT at Rocklahoma.com.  Check out the festival's website now for for special pre-sale ticket opportunities and to see the complete lineup.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Lorde Posts Selfie of Her Face Covered with Zit Cream

Image Courtesy Lorde via InstagramLorde may be a best-selling, Grammy-winning star who's one of the most acclaimed artists out there today -- but she's still a teenager, and that means she still has zits.  Unlike many other celebs, however, the singer's not afraid to own up to her skin problems, and has posted the evidence for all to see.

On Instagram, Lorde, who prefers to go by her birth name Ella Yelich-O'Connor when she's offstage, has posted a photo of herself sitting in bed with no makeup on, and white zit medicine dabbed all over her face.  "[I]n bed in paris with my acne cream on," she captioned the selfie.

As for why Ella would be so open, perhaps her subsequent posting on Instagram offers a clue. It's a close up of a page from a recent Vogue interview with Girls creator Lena Dunham, in which the Emmy-winner talks about an observation her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of fun., once made. 

Lena tells the magazine, "He's like, 'You know what's hard?  People want the person who wants to share it all. But they want the person who wants to share it all, minus the foibles and mistakes and f**kups. They want cute mistakes. They don't want real mistakes.' If I placed that many censors on myself, I wouldn't be able to continue to make the kinds of things that I make."

Lorde captioned the photo of this excerpt, "finally read @lenadunham's vogue piece and this REALLY resonated with me."

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Mariah Carey to Debut New Video on Wednesday

Island Def JamMariah Carey's new single, "You're Mine (Eternal)," arrives Wednesday, and does its video.

The clip for the new single, which was shot in Puerto Rico's El Yungue National Rain Forest, will enjoy a global premiere on MTV at 7:50 p.m. ET/PT.  Mariah will be live on-air with MTV News host Sway for the event, and you'll also be able to watch it on MariahCarey.mtv.com.

On Valentine's Day, Mariah will appear on BET's 106 & Park to premiere a remixed version of the video featuring singer Trey Songz.  She is no longer scheduled to appear on ABC's The View on Wednesday.

As previously reported, Mariah will also spend Valentine's Day giving a private concert for one lucky couple in her New York City home. She raffled off the concert via the website Prizeo.com to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Mariah will release her long-awaited new album May 6.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Miley, Katy, Rihanna, Beyonce, Taylor & Selena Make AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" List 

RCA RecordsLast year, Miley Cyrus was #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of the hottest females.  But on a similar list of the "100 Most Desirable Women" just released by AskMen.com, she's at #99.  Why would Miley rank so low? Surely all that nudity is worth something, right? Well, apparently, that ranking wasn't entirely based on merit: the website put her there for a reason.

In a statement, AskMen publisher James Bassil explains, "The final Top 99 list is the product of both reader and staff votes, but if it were up to the staff alone I don't think we'd be seeing Miley Cyrus on it. AskMen reader votes secured her a spot, but we remain skeptical about some of her recent behavior...at the moment No. 99 seems to be the right spot for her.”

Explaining why Miley is desirable in the first place, the website writes, "She’s become a boundary-pushing superstar whose music comes second to her brand. Sure, her act may be carefully designed to garner attention, but we’re still looking forward to seeing what stunts she pulls this year."

Of course, Miley isn't the only pop star featured on the list.  Here's a roundup of the others:

#90: Katy Perry
AskMen.com says: "Perry, who rocks a revealing bikini top on the cover [of GQ's February issue], is riding high off her 2013 album, Prism, and its inescapable hit single, Roar. That means we'll be seeing much more of her ample curves in photo spreads to come."

#89: Selena Gomez
AskMen.com says: "Until recently, most men didn’t pay too much attention to Selena Gomez. Sure, we knew her as the cute girl tweens like to listen to, and, of course, as the girlfriend of Bieber. But Spring Breakers opened all of our eyes. A movie in which the leads spend most of the running time in bikinis will do that to you."

#73: Ariana Grande
AskMen.com says: "Forget Miley with her publicity plays -- Ariana Grande is the real pop star of the moment...Yes, her music may be geared to tweens, but Ariana has looks that will disarm any man."

#30: Taylor Swift
AskMen.com says: "Taylor Swift's love life seems to be everyone's business, but we don't care whose bed her boots have been under -- she's still America's sweetheart."

#19: Rihanna
AskMen.com says: "...The Barbadian superstar...has been named the sexiest woman alive by more than one men’s magazine. Also notable: she can twerk upside down (see the “Pour It Up” video for proof)."

#11: Beyonce
AskMen.com says: "In 2013, Beyoncé officially transcended pop stardom to become something akin to royalty...[she] convinced us for the umpteenth time of her general unattainable perfection. We’ve got to hand it to Jay Z -- we’d feel insufficient in her presence."

So who's #1 on AskMen.com's list?  Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who plays the sometimes topless Daenerys Targaryen, aka the Mother of Dragons.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest is the Secret to Olympic Snowboarding Gold

facebook.com/SlayerWhat pumped up U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg before his gold-medal run in Sochi this past weekend? Slayer, Metallica and Judas Priest.

The 20-year-old tells Today.com that on Saturday -- the day of the first-ever Olympic slopestyle event -- he woke up at 6:50 and "I just started bumping that stuff and getting into a nice mindset for the day."

The psych-up worked: Kotsenburg won gold for the United States.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

Nicole Kidman Opens Up About Her Tour Bus Life with Keith Urban

InStyle/Greg KadelNicole Kidman has traveled the globe shooting movies, but she never experienced America's heartland until she married Keith Urban. Nicole often accompanies Keith and their two daughters across the country on his tour bus.

“That’s basically how I’ve seen most of America, on that bus," Nicole tells InStyle. "Keith and I are both gypsies at heart. We can make our home wherever we are. The girls are like that too now, so we take them everywhere.”

Keith and Nicole's work often forces them to be apart, but he takes the lead in keeping the romantic spark alive.

Says Nicole, "For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship.”

Nicole graces the cover of InStyle's March issue, on stands Friday.

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