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Thursday
Sep102015

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Get Their Stars on the Music City Walk of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame/CMAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood got their respective stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville Thursday. More than a thousand fans were on hand for the event, which included brief speeches from both Garth and Trisha.

Throughout the ceremony, the couple stressed how important Nashville has been to their lives and careers.

Garth told the crowd, "What I love about Nashville is that it’s the home of the dreamers, the home of the people that made the leap,” Brooks said. “It’s no question, I’m from Oklahoma. But I cannot thank Nashville enough for giving me a second home."

Trisha said, "It’s very surreal to have gone from moving here and driving down the streets of 16th and 17th Avenue … to standing here holding this plaque, it’s very emotional. I’m a Georgia girl, always. I’ve never lived any other place that felt like home, and Nashville feels like home.”

She added that she would be visiting her star on the Music City Walk of Fame at least once a week.

Garth was also surprised with the Music City Ambassador Award from the Music City Council. He and Trisha later surprised outgoing Nashville mayor Karl Dean with a star of his own. The country couple formed a mutual admiration society with the mayor as they recalled the nine flood relief shows Garth did in Nashville in 2010.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Musician Who Worked on Adele's New Album Calls It "Middle-of-the-Road"

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsWhile Adele's upcoming third album is one of this fall's most anticipated releases, one of the people who she collaborated with on the project says he isn't a fan of what he's heard from her so far.

Damon Albarn,  lead singer of the British band Blur, tells U.K. tabloid The Sun, that he worked with Adele on five tracks for the album, but he's not optimistic that they will make it on to the finished product.

"Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her, and I’m not a producer, so . . . I don’t know what’s happening really," Albarn says. "Will she use any of the stuff? I don't think so. Let's wait and see." 

He adds, "The thing is, she's very insecure, and she doesn't need to be, she's still so young."

Meanwhile, Albarn says, "I heard the work she did with my friend Brian," referring to producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse. "It's very middle of the road."

Adele also worked with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder on the project, which still doesn't have a title or a release date.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Rihanna Works Out in New PUMA Commercial 

ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna makes getting in shape look good in her new 30-second commercial as part of her deal with PUMA and its Platinum program.

In the ad, posted on YouTube, the singer stretches and speaks about her strength as the “B**** Better Have My Money” instrumental plays in the background.

"Why do I train? I train to get stronger," says RiRi, who models PUMA workout gear. "To climb higher, to go further. To have the strength to cross oceans and realize my dreams on the other side."

Her commercial comes just a day after Rihanna released her Stance campaign for her first sock collection.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Shinedown Shares Preview of New Track, "Outcast" 

Credit: Darren DoaneShinedown's new album Threat to Survival is just a week away, and the band is giving you another taste of the record in the form of a new song called "Outcast." The track will be released on Friday, but you can listen to a 15-second clip of "Outcast" now on Shinedown's Facebook page.

"Outcast" will be the fourth song to be released from Threat to Survival, following "Cut the Cord," "Black Cadillac" and "State of My Head." "Cut the Cord," the album's lead single, currently sits atop Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs, giving Shinedown an impressive nine number-one singles on the chart.

Shinedown will be touring behind Threat to Survival on a co-headlining trek with Breaking Benjamin, which kicks off October 16 in Wichita, Kansas. Nothing More and Sevendust will also join the tour for select dates.

Threat to Survival will be released on September 18.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Ellie Goulding Doesn't Know Why Sam Smith Tried to Pin Bond Theme on Her 

Louie Banks/InterscopeBefore Sam Smith finally admitted he's recorded the new James Bond theme song, he tried to throw people off the trail by suggesting Ellie Goulding had gotten the gig.  Now that the cat's out of the bag, Ellie says she had nothing to do with that little plan.

Speaking to Billboard, the singer says, "I don't know why he said that," but added, "I'm happy for him. I root very much for other British artists. It's a really special time for us. I had quite a lot of fun people thinking it was me, but I was never the one who started the rumor."

That may be true, but Ellie did help feed the gossip mill back in July by tweeting "Live and Let Die" -- the title of a 1973 Bond film starring Roger Moore and featuring a theme song written and recorded by Beatle legend Paul McCartney.

Sam's Bond theme for the movie SPECTRE, "The Writing's on the Wall," will be released September 25.

Meanwhile, Ellie plans to release her new album in November, and she's excited about it.  She says, "My voice is just so much stronger now, so I've been able to experiment and do more powerful things with it."

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Thursday
Sep102015

Damon Albarn Says Adele's Upcoming Album Is "Very Middle of the Road"

Credit: Linda BrownleeWhile Adele's upcoming third album is one of this fall's most anticipated releases, Blur frontman Damon Albarn isn't a fan of what he's heard so far from the pop star.

"I heard the work she did with my friend Brian," Albarn tells U.K. tabloid The Sun, referring to producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse. "It's very middle of the road."

Albarn actually worked with Adele on five tracks for the album, but he's not optimistic that they will make it on to the finished product.

"Will she use any of the stuff? I don't think so," Albarn says. "Let's wait and see."

"The thing is, she's very insecure," he continues. "And she doesn't need to be, she's still so young."

While Adele is recording her hotly-anticipated album, her first since 2011, Albarn is also working on a long-dormant project: Gorillaz. He says that the cartoon band will return for their first new album since 2011's The Fall.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Report: Jon Bon Jovi Buys NYC Condo for Nearly $13 Million

David BergmanHe’ll always be a proud New Jersey guy, but Jon Bon Jovi reportedly just dropped $12.87 million on a New York City condo.  

According to city records obtained by the New York Post, Jon purchased a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom unit at 150 Charles Street in the West Village. The sale wasn’t yet confirmed by the sales team that’s marketing the building, but the name on the deed reportedly matches Jon’s birth name, Jon Bongiovi.

The Post reports that the building has 40,000 square feet of private green space, a private covered driveway, a 75-foot lap pool, and a lounge.

The new pad sounds luxurious, but it’s also a lot smaller than Jon’s previous Manhattan digs. He owned a six-bedroom penthouse in SoHo before selling it this spring for $34 million.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Fifth Harmony Says Criticism Over How They Dress Is "Ridiculous"

Kareem Black/Cosmo For LatinasDon’t ever tell the ladies of Fifth Harmony how to dress, and especially don’t try to shame them for being sexy. The girl group opened up to Cosmopolitan for Latinas about the double standards they face in the music industry over what they wear.

When asked if they've ever gotten flack for how they dress, Lauren Jauregui says, "Yeah ... it's ridiculous! Just because we dress according to our body types and dress the way that we want to. A woman embracing her sexuality isn't wrong, it's not being a slut"

Normani Kordei says it's mostly other women who criticize them and Camila Cabello adds, "People aren't getting that it's time to move on and be accepting of other women dressing however they want."

Lauren points out that their male counterparts in the industry don't get nearly as much criticism. “I've noticed on our video comments, it's people's go-to, to accuse us of the whole ‘slut thing,’” she says. “Then they support men who do the craziest things and say nothing about them. F****** Justin Bieber ... I'm sorry, excuse me. Justin Bieber takes his pants off, posts a pic of it, and it's like, ‘OMG, he's so hot.’ What. Is. That?! How is this reality? Know what I mean?”

Each of the girls have their own distinct style, and they also know exactly what they want when it comes to dating. Dinah Jane Hansen takes her cues from Nicki Minaj.

“You gotta, you know, run your pockets for me,” she says of her ideal guy. “I got that line from a Nicki Minaj concert. She was like, ‘If you got a man, and he wants to shower you with gifts, let him. It's OK. Run that fool's pockets!’ It was really funny.”

She adds, "But someone who respects you a lot is a really big thing for me."

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Thursday
Sep102015

Omarion Bonds with Chris Brown Over Fatherhood, Talks Touring with Kids 

Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsOmarion and Chris Brown have a lot more in common than just collaborating and enjoying successful music careers. After becoming  first-time dads recently, Omarion reveals that they've bonded while touring together for Brown's One Hell of a Night outing.

In an interview with Vibe, Omarion has enjoyed having his son Megaa hang out with Brown's daughter, Royalty.

"It’s funny because he came to the bus the other day with Royalty, and her and Megs were playing around. Our whole conversation was about them," O recalls. "I mean to have a conversation like that as young fathers is crazy."

Omarion adds that it's "super cool" that Brown has "a designated play area" for Royalty and invited his son to come play anytime.

"I can tell that he’s motivated differently these days by being a father now. It’s probably the most selfless thing that can happen to anyone in our position," Omarion says.  "Growing up in the game, you are taught that you have to make certain harsh decisions and a lot of the time, they are selfish because you want to obtain a certain level [of success]. But when you have a child -- well, for me --that all goes away. It’s almost like it ain’t even about you anymore. It’s really about feeding your child."

The tour will further support Omarion's upcoming album Reasons, which is due out on October 23.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Watch Ronnie Wood Perform Song Inspired by His New Book, "How Can It Be?"

Image Courtesy of Ronnie WoodLongtime Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has recorded a new song called "How Can It Be?" that's available as a free download by those purchasing his new book of the same name.  How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary replicates a personal journal Wood kept in 1965 and is augmented with new commentary, hand-drawn illustrations, rare photos and more from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

A video of Wood performing "How Can It Be?" got its exclusive premiere Thursday on RollingStone.com.  Ronnie tells Rolling Stone that he was inspired to pen the new tune after he uncovered lyrics for an early song he wrote with the same title while putting together the book.

"To revisit that song again, I didn't refer to the original because I couldn't find a copy of it," he explains.  "But I still had a vague memory of it in my head, and I thought, 'Well, instead of trying to revamp that, I'll just bear what I have in mind of the original and write a new song, basically."

How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary features Wood's recollections of his adventures in the mid-'60s London music scene during his time with the U.K. band The Birds.  In the journal, he describes his experiences and interactions with such well-known artists as The Who's Pete Townshend and Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and many others.  The book, which includes an introduction by Stones drummer Charlie Watts, currently is available as a limited-edition, leather-bound version, with each of the 1,965 copies produced signed by Ronnie.  A wide-release "Open Edition" of the How Can It Be? is due out later this month.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Chase Rice Performs Most of Oklahoma Show Standing in the Audience with His Fans

Cody CannonChase Rice got up-close-and-personal with his fans at a festival show in Oklahoma last weekend. Instead of delivering his set from the stage, Chase decided to get down and perform his final six songs in the crowd while standing on a folding chair.

He says of the impromptu decision, " Oklahoma came ready to party that night, so we wanted to get out there and make sure they had the best time we could give them."

Look for Chase to add more dates to his JD and Jesus Tour in the coming weeks.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Grateful Dead Spinoff Group Dead & Company Expands US Tour

Image Courtesy of PMK-BNCWe're not sure how strange it will be, but the upcoming U.S. tour by the latest Grateful Dead spinoff group, Dead & Company, is turning out to be quite a long trip.  The collective, featuring three of the four core surviving Grateful Dead members and pop/blues guitarist John Mayer, has added 11 new shows to its 10 previously scheduled dates.

The newly announced gigs run from a November 11 concert in Buffalo, New York, through a November 27-28 stand in Las Vegas.  The new list of shows also includes performances in Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis and Minneapolis, as well as a pair of dates in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colorado.  Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday, September 18, at 10 a.m. local time.

As previously reported, Dead & Company features founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Mayer, along with longtime Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  The group's tour kicks off on October 29 in Albany, New York, and winds down with a December 30-31 engagement near Los Angeles.

In other Grateful Dead-related news, a track from the upcoming box set 30 Trips Around the Sun, a performance of "Uncle John's Band" from a 1974 show the band played in Paris, has been given its exclusive premiere at Billboard.com30 Trips Around the Sun will be released on September 18, and will be available as a massive 80-disc package and a four-CD collection.

Here are all of Dead & Company's U.S. tour dates:

10/29 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/31 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
11/6 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
11/10 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
11/11 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center*
11/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena*
11/14 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex*
11/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena*
11/18 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena*
11/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center*
11/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center*
11/24 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center*
11/25 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center*
11/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena*
11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena*
12/27 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/28 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
12/31 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

* = newly added date.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Report: Rihanna and Travis Scott Get Close at NYC Nightclub 

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna has proven to be a big supporter of newcomer Travis Scott, but there may be more brewing between the two than just collaborating together in studio.

Scott, who co-wrote Rih's "B**** Betta Have My Money," was spotted getting close to the singer while partying at two NYC hotspots, according to the New York Post's Page Six

"They are definitely together. They were dancing very close and didn’t care who could see them," a spy said of the pair, who apparently got close at Up & Down and 1 Oak Tuesday. Prior to partying in the same club as Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, Rihanna also attended Scott’s appearance at the Gramercy Theatre.

The news comes a few days after Rihanna posted an Instagram picture of her purchasing Scott's newly released album, Rodeo.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Janet Jackson Adds 22 More Dates to North American Tour 

Rhythm Nation/BMGJanet Jackson has announced 22 new dates for the North American leg to her Unbreakable world tour.

According to her official website, the new shows begin May 19, 2016 in Concord, CA and continue across major markets like Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Birmingham, Montreal and Providence, before wrapping up June 25, 2016 in Wantagh, NY.

Tickets for the general public go on sale on Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. while American Express card members and fans who pre-order the album can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, September 14 at 10 a.m. via JanetJackson.com.

The trek will further support Janet's upcoming album, Unbreakable, arriving October 2 via Rhythm Nation/BMG.

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Thursday
Sep102015

The Who's 2015 Hyde Park Concert Film to Be Screened in US Theaters October 8

Credit: Fabrice DemessenceWant to see The Who in Hyde Park?  The recently reported concert film documenting The Who's June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park is scheduled to be screened in theaters around the world next month, and now we know the U.S. screenings will take place October 8 at 7:30 p.m. local time at more than 360 theaters across the country.

The Hyde Park concert was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, and featured a set packed with memorable songs such as "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The movie includes 19 performances, and also offers interview segments with founding Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers like Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a special feature focusing on London landmarks and locations significant to The Who's early history.

You can purchase tickets for the screenings, and find more info about them, at FathomEvents.com.

Here is full set list featured in The Who in Hyde Park film:

"I Can't Explain"
"Who Are You"
"The Kids Are Alright"
"Pictures of Lily"
"I Can See for Miles"
"My Generation"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Bargain"
"Join Together"
"You Better You Bet"
"I'm One"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Eminence Front"
"Amazing Journey"
"Sparks"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"

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Thursday
Sep102015

Five Finger Death Punch's "Got Your Six" to Contend for Number-One Spot on "Billboard" 200 

Prospect Park RecordsFive Finger Death Punch's Got Your Six is in a race for number-one on the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, industry forecasters estimate the Las Vegas metal band's sixth album will move around 125,000 equivalent album units its first week on sale.

Got Your Six's main competition for the number-one spot will be R&B star The Weeknd's album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which industry forecasters predict could sell 130,000 equivalent album units. Now in its second week of sales, Beauty Behind the Madness debuted at number one on last week's Billboard 200, with 412,000 equivalent album units sold.

If the predictions hold true, Got Your Six will debut at number two, matching Five Finger Death Punch's previous high-point on the Billboard 200. That peak was achieved by the band's last two albums, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vols. 1 and 2.

Even if Got Your Six doesn't debut at number one, the next edition of the Billboard 200 looks to be particularly heavy in metal. Along with Five Finger Death Punch, Iron Maiden's new album The Book of Souls looks to debut in the chart's top 10 with an estimated 65,000 equivalent album units sold.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Big Grams Debuts First Single, "Fell in the Sun"

Image Courtesy of Epic RecordsBig Grams, Phantogram's collaborative project with Outkast rapper Big Boi, has released their debut single, "Fell in the Sun." Phantogram handles the dreamy, electronic-tinged chorus on the track, while Big Boi takes care of the verses. Check it out now on YouTube.

"Fell in the Sun" is the first song to be released from Big Grams' self-titled debut EP, which will be released September 25.

"The idea of the project was to do something fun and to not be stressed out about releasing an album that's going to be, that's gotta sound like this, or it has to be like that," Phantogram's Sarah Barthel told Pitchfork of Big Grams.

Phantogram and Big Boi have previously worked together on the rapper's 2012 solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Seal Debuts New Love Song, "Every Time I'm with You"

Warner Bros. RecordsSeal is back with a new single. The singer debuted the romantic track, “Every Time I’m with You,” on People Thursday. It’s the first song off his upcoming album, 7, which comes out November 6.

The slow, soulful tune seems primed to be played at weddings across the country. "The inspiration was romance, to be quite honest," the singer tells People. "I tried to think of the one thing that somebody who was in love would want to say to their loved one and also say the thing that they would most love to hear, and I couldn't imagine anything more romantic than: 'Every time I'm with you, I feel wanted.' I felt that that was a very romantic thing to want to say to someone and also to want to hear from your loved one."

Seal says he feels like his new album is his “most consistent” one yet. His last album, Soul 2, came out in 2011. He says that he finds it hard to choose a favorite track on 7 because “they’re like children.” “You learn to love all of them equally, so you don’t really have any favorites,” he explains.

As for his real kids with ex Heidi Klum -- Leni, 11, Henry, 10, Johan, 8, and Lou, 5 -- they prefer other artists to their dad’s music.

"I guess they're more into people like Taylor Swift, so Dad's been superseded," Seal jokes. "But they do sing along to some of them."

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Thursday
Sep102015

Check Out Lady Gaga in Creepy New "American Horror Story: Hotel" Trailer

FOXWe’re finally getting a peek into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The first full cast trailer for American Horror Story: Hotel has been released, and it features a glimpse of Gaga’s bloodthirsty hotel owner, The Countess.

The clip takes us through the super creepy halls of Hotel Cortez, showing us this season’s cast of characters along the way. It all leads to a final shot of Gaga entering an elevator wearing what appears to be a wedding dress with a long train.

This season also stars Chloë Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Matt Bomer.

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.

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Thursday
Sep102015

Sam Smith to Sing at LACMA's Annual Art + Film Gala

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCRight on the heels of his James Bond theme song announcement, Sam Smith has been tapped to perform at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s annual Art + Film Gala. The event will take place November 7 to benefit the museum’s film-related programming and exhibitions.

The day before the gala, the Bond movie Spectre -- featuring Sam’s theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” -- hits theaters.

“It’s a nice crossover to the film world that Sam Smith is doing the new Bond song. It’s nice timing,” LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan tells the Hollywood Reporter.

Previous performers at the event have included Stevie Wonder and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.

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