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Friday
May172013

Carole King to Be Saluted by Billy Joel, James Taylor and More at the White House on Tuesday

Photo: James O'MaraThe stars are coming out for Carole King this coming week.  On Tuesday, she'll be saluted in Washington, D.C., by the likes of Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan...and President Obama.

King is the first woman ever to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which is given annually to a composer for his or her contributions to popular music.  According to USA Today, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will get to hang out with the president and first lady, and she'll be treated to performances by Patti Austin, Michael Feinstein and Colbie Caillat, among others.

Then, during another ceremony at the White House, King's good friend James Taylor, as well as Joel, Estefan, rising British pop star Emeli Sandé, country star Trisha Yearwood and actor/singer Jesse McCartney, will all pay tribute to her.

The event will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/live starting at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.  PBS will air the show May 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
May172013

Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan to Salute Carole King at the White House on Tuesday

Photo: James O'MaraThe stars are coming out for Carole King next week.  On Tuesday, she'll be saluted in Washington, D.C., by the likes of Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Colbie Caillat, James Taylor...and President Obama.

Carole is the first woman ever to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which is given annually to a composer for his or her contributions to popular music.  According to USA Today, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will get to hang out with the president and first lady, and she'll be saluted by Colbie, Patti Austin and Michael Feinstein, among others.

Then, during another ceremony at the White House, Carole's good friend James Taylor, as well as Billy, Gloria, rising British pop star Emeli Sandé, country star Trisha Yearwood and actor/singer Jesse McCartney, will all pay tribute to her.

The event will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/live starting at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.  PBS will air the show May 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
May172013

Wynonna to Perform on "Dancing with the Stars" Finale on Tuesday

ABCWynonna will return to ABC's Dancing with the Stars for Tuesday night's finale.  She'll join the other celebrities from this season's cast on the show, including remaining finalist Kellie Pickler.

Look for Wy to perform her cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is."  PSY will be there to sing his latest hit, "Gentleman," and Pitbull will perform his new single, "Hands Up."

The Dancing with the Stars finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Friday
May172013

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Spotted Together in L.A. Club

Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez: Are they on or off?  It would seem that for this week, anyway, the two are on. 

A source tells E! News that on Tuesday, the young couple was spotted at the Los Angeles hot spot Supperclub.  They slipped in through a private back entrance around 11:30 p.m., accompanied by security. 

According to E!, Justin was there to show support for his DJ, Tay James, who was having a birthday party in the club.  Justin and Selena were seen holding hands and dancing, but then left at 12:15 a.m., after having a conversation with the club's manager.

Both Justin and Selena will be attending the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night on ABC.  We'll see if they show up on the red carpet together.

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Friday
May172013

Rush's Complete Catalog Remastered for iTunes

Photo: Andrew MacNaughtanRush's entire album catalog has been remastered specifically for iTunes to commemorate the band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The catalog spans from the Canadian power trio's 1974 self-titled debut through last year's acclaimed concept record Clockwork Angels.  All of the albums can be purchased now individually, while two newly created compilations that package together the prog-rock legend's work for the Mercury and Atlantic Records labels, respectively, also are available.

These bundles are titled The Complete Mercury Years and The Studio Albums 1989-2007.  The former collection featuring Rush's first 15 releases, through 1989's A Show of Hands.  The latter set, meanwhile, includes seven albums, from 1989's Presto through 2007's Snakes & Arrows.

Meanwhile, Rush is set to kick off a new European leg of its Clockwork Angels Tour on May 22 in Manchester, England.  Visit Rush.com to check out all of the band's upcoming dates.

Here is the full list of albums featured in digital box sets:

The Complete Mercury Years:
Rush (1974)
Fly by Night (1975)
Caress of Steel (1975)
2112 (1976)
All the World's a Stage (1976)
A Farewell to Kings (1977)
Hemispheres (1978)
Permanent Waves (1980)
Moving Pictures (1981)
Exit…Stage Left (1981)
Signals (1982)
Grace Under Pressure (1984)
Power Windows (1985)
Hold Your Fire (1987)
A Show of Hands (1989)

The Studio Albums 1989-2007:
Presto (1989)
Roll the Bones (1991)
Counterparts (1993)
Test for Echo (1996)
Vapor Trails (2002)
Feedback (2004)
Snakes & Arrows (2007)

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Friday
May172013

Queens of the Stone Age Finish Animated Promo Series with “My God Is the Sun” Video

Matador RecordsQueens of the Stone Age has unveiled the final chapter of their creepy animated series to promote their upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork. The final installment wraps us all the storylines from the other short films, and serves as the video for the single “My God Is the Sun.”

The four-minute clip begins with a giant, black-winged skull breaking out of the ground and floating toward the heavens. As the skull ascends, all of the characters who died in the previous films come back to life. The skull then uses some magical powers to levitate the newly-revived characters into the sky, where the skull proceeds to swallow them. The end of the clip shows the bandaged man in a suit to whom we were introduced in the “I Appear Missing” teaser getting thrown back to the ground in the same spot where we first met him.

...Like Clockwork arrives in stores on June 4. The album will feature a number of guest appearances, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.  In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.

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Friday
May172013

Report: Beyonce Pregnant; Blue Ivy Becoming a Big Sister

James Devaney/WireImageIf the reports are correct, Beyonce's having another baby.  Multiple sources have confirmed to E! that the singer is pregnant.  ABC News has reached out to reps for both Bey and her husband, Jay-Z, for comment; so far, there's been no response.

Rumors that they are expecting their second child began swirling earlier this month when Beyonce showed up to the Met Gala in New York City wearing a belly-concealing Givenchy gown.  The buzz intensified when the singer postponed a Belgium concert earlier this week, with her publicist citing "dehydration and exhaustion."

If the news of Beyonce's pregnancy is true, then the timing might come as a bit of a surprise, what with her Mrs. Carter Show world tour under way.  Then again, Beyonce revealed in an exclusive interview with ABC a couple of weeks ago that she "would like more children," explaining that she thinks her daughter, Blue Ivy, "needs some company." 

Well, now it looks like a new sibling may be coming to Blue, who was born January of last year.

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Friday
May172013

Bruce Springsteen Gives Thumbs-Up to Use of His Song in "The Office" Finale

Photo: Danny ClinchNBC's popular comedy series The Office came to an end Thursday night after nine seasons with a one-hour special that centered around the wedding of characters Dwight and Angela.  During the reception, the party-goers were shown dancing to a variety of popular songs including Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita."  Well, apparently the Boss was paying attention because he posted a note on his Twitter account that read, "Rosalita! Good choice for Dwight & Angela's wedding reception."

Angela Kinsey, the actress who plays Angela, was excited that Springteen had taken notice, tweeting in response, "Holy crap! Thx for watching!"

Other songs played during the wedding reception scenes included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Here Comes My Girl," The Cars' "You Might Think," Motley Crue's "Angela" and Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile."  If you missed The Office's finale, you can still watch it online at NBC.com.

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Friday
May172013

Natalie Cole "Seriously Offended" by Candice/J-Hud "American Idol" Duet

Ray Mickshaw/FOXMost people watching the American Idol finale Thursday night would say that the duet that Candice Glover sang with Jennifer Hudson on the song "Inseparable" was one of the highlights of the evening.  Someone who wouldn't say that is the woman who originally recorded the song: Natalie Cole.

Natalie was evidently miffed that she wasn't invited to sing her song with Candice on the finale. In a tweet, she wrote, "Make no mistake. 'Inseparable' was NOT originally recorded by [Jennifer Hudson] but by ME."  Cole further wrote on Facebook, "American Idol ought to be ashamed of themselves....I am seriously offended!"

Some fans responded that they, too, are upset that Natalie wasn't tapped to appear on the finale -- after all, for years, veteran artists have made special appearances to duet with the finalists.  Others, meanwhile, have advised Natalie to chill out, saying that at least Jennifer and Candice did the song justice and gave her song some exposure.

So far, neither Candice nor Jennifer have responded to Natalie's comments.

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Friday
May172013

Britney Spears' "Smurfs 2" Song Pops Up Online; She Marks 13th Birthday of "Oops..." Album

Facebook.com/BritneySpearsBritney Spears is about to start recording her new album with executive producer will.i.am, but in the meantime, we can listen to "Ooh La La," the song she's recorded for the soundtrack of the upcoming movie The Smurfs 2.

The song has apparently leaked and is now online, and it's super-poppy, sweet and upbeat, which is appropriate for a kids' movie.  It was co-written by longtime Katy Perry collaborators Dr. Luke and Bonnie McKee -- Katy plays Smurfette in the movie, as it happens.   Luke and McKee were also behind Britney's massive hit "Hold It Against Me."

In other Britney news, she's celebrating the fact that Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the release of her sophomore album, Oops...I Did It Again, which debuted at #1 and has gone on to sell some 20 million copies.

"'Oops...' is now a teenager, my goodness. Happy 13th!," Britney wrote on Facebook, posting a photo of the album cover.  On Twitter, she wrote, "can't believe it's been 13 years since the Oops album came out... Holy moly!"  She added a link to an Instagram photo: a close-up of her face from the "Oops" video.

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Friday
May172013

Beyonce Inspired by Celine Dion to Sing to Blue Ivy in Special "Mommy Voice"

Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP ImagesBlue Ivy Carter is one lucky girl, because she gets to hear her mom, Beyonce, sing to her all the time.  But Bey has revealed that when she serenades baby Blue, she doesn't exactly sound like she does when she's belting out "Crazy in Love."

Appearing on the British TV show Daybreak, Beyonce told interviewer Kate Garraway that she uses what she calls a "mommy voice" when she sings to her daughter.  "I keep my Beyonce voice for the stage and I have my simple mommy voice," she laughs.  "I remember hearing a story about Celine Dion and she's like, 'When I sing, my' -- I don't know if it was her son that cried -- and I'm like 'That is so interesting, she has the most beautiful voice in the world, and she's like, "He hates it!"'

"So I said, 'Well, maybe, I'll just, like, give a little simple nursery rhyme voice to my daughter!" Beyonce said, laughing.

During the same interview, Beyonce said her public persona wasn't the same as her private one.  "People take me a lot more seriously than I do," she revealed. "Definitely I’m a goofball."

The interview was to promote the upcoming animated film Epic for which Beyonce does one of the character voices.

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Friday
May172013

George Michael Injured in Car Crash

GeorgeMichael.comGeorge Michael and cars just don't mix.  The BBC reports that the singer was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after suffering a head injury in a car crash in the U.K.

A statement posted on George's Facebook page says that he is "fine" and only has "superficial cuts" as a result of the accident, which took place in Hertfordshire.  The singer wasn't driving the car; he was a passenger, and the statement adds that "no third party was involved."

A police spokesperson, meanwhile, told the BBC, "The exact circumstances of what happened are unclear at this time and until further investigations have been carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

This isn't the first time that George has been in a car crash.  In 2010, he was fined, sentenced to eight weeks in prison and banned from driving for five years after he crashed his car into a store while under the influence of marijuana.

In recent years, George has had some serious health issues.  He was hospitalized with pneumonia in 2011, and for a time was in a coma.  He later claimed he almost died.

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Friday
May172013

Robin Finck Replaces Eric Avery as Nine Inch Nails Bassist

NineInchNails.Tumblr.comNine Inch Nails has a new bassist. Frontman Trent Reznor has announced that longtime NIN collaborator Robin Finck will take over for former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery, who left the group on Wednesday so he could focus on other projects.

“I am proud to announce that the tour lineup now includes the incredible Robin Finck,” writes Reznor on NIN’s Tumblr blog. “The addition of Robin to the mix of players I’ve assembled makes this band incredibly powerful and versatile. We are deep in the rehearsal process and it feels exciting and great to be back at this. Lots of information, surprises and sweat headed your way.”

NIN’s first concert -- featuring the new lineup of Reznor, Finck, ex-King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin -- will be an appearance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on July 26. The group’s first show in North America will be on August 2 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL.

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Friday
May172013

Brad Paisley Gives Fans a Look at Beat This Summer Tour Staging in Upcoming GAC Special

CMABrad Paisley gives fans a look at the staging of his Beat This Summer tour in the new GAC special, Brad Paisley Spins the Wheelhouse: Live in Vegas, airing later this month. The special, filmed at The Orleans in Las Vegas after the ACM Awards last month, features appearances from Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and rock legend John Fogerty.

Brad delivers classic hits including "Mud on the Tires," "Water," and "Old Alabama," as well as new songs from Wheelhouse, including his latest hit, "Beat This Summer."

Brad Paisley Spins the Wheelhouse: Live in Vegas premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET on GAC.

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Friday
May172013

"American Idol" Runner-Up Kree Harrison Making Grand Ole Opry Debut June 4

Michael Becker / FOXAmerican Idol runner-up Kree Harrison is making a beeline back home to Nashville to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 4. That show serves as the Opry's kick-off to the CMA Music Festival.

Kree is floored to be on the bill.  She says, "I'm speechless. It has been my lifelong dream to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. I am so honored to be invited!” 

Friday is Kree's birthday, and she told reporters in a conference call that getting the invite to perform on the Opry is the "best birthday present I've ever gotten in my life." She added that she cried when Keith Urban told her Thursday night that she'd be performing on the Opry.

Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban are also on the Grand Ole Opry June 4.

Kree's debut single, "All Cried Out," is now available at iTunes.

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Friday
May172013

Jennifer Nettles to Release Debut Solo Album this Fall

Dana TynanSugarland's Jennifer Nettles has announced plans to release her debut solo album this fall. She's working with producer Rick Rubin, who has been in the studio with everyone from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z.

Jennifer says, "I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick. If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list,’ Rick would be on each and every one."

Sugarland's last album, The Incredible Machine, was released in 2010. Jennifer gave birth to her son, Magnus Hamilton, last December.

For now, it seems Jennifer and her Sugarland duo partner, Kristian Bush, are taking some time apart to work on outside projects, though a rep for Sugarland's record label tells ABC News Radio the duo has not broken up. You can keep up with Jennifer at JenniferNettles.com, and the latest on Kristian will be posted at KristianBush.com.

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Friday
May172013

Duff McKagan Says Walking Papers Frontman Angell Tried Out for Velvet Revolver

Duff-Loaded.comDuff McKagan reports that Missionary Position vocalist Jeff Angell, the frontman for his new side project Walking Papers, had a chance to be lead singer for Velvet Revolver.  The former Guns N’ Roses bassist tells Rolling Stone that Angell got a shot to try out for the supergroup before they chose former member Scott Weiland as their singer.

"I hoped at some point I would do something with Jeff; we're good bros and we share a similar path in certain aspects," he explains to the magazine.  "Early on, when we were looking for singers for Velvet Revolver, I brought Jeff Angell down, about 2003.  I've had a relationship with him and wanted to work with him for that long."

Walking Papers' self-titled debut album is due in stores on August 6.  McKagan is previewing the release by streaming online one of the cuts, "I'll Stick Around," which features a guest appearance from Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.  You can listen to the tune now at RollingStone.com.

You'll get your chance to hear Walking Papers in action when the group hits the road as part of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, which kicks off on August 9 at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Other bands set to perform at the fest include Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria.  Check out RockstarUproar.com to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
May172013

Sting Trying to Raise $15 Million to Bring Musical to Broadway

Facebook.com/StingBack in 1989, Sting starred in a Broadway musical: a revival of The Threepenny Opera.  Now, he's trying to raise some cash to bring his own production to the Great White Way.

The New York Post reports that the former Police frontman and his producing partner are trying to raise $15 million to bring their musical, The Last Ship, to Broadway next spring.  Based on his autobiographical album The Soul Cages, the musical tells the story of a family of shipbuilders whose future looks bleak when the shipyard where they've worked for years is shut down. 

A staged reading of the piece was conducted last week for potential investors, reports the Post.  While Sting isn't going to star in the show, he did write the music and lyrics, and the tone is said to be "moody," "reflective" and "haunting."  A source told the paper that the show is reminiscent of Billy Elliot in that it's about "working-class people who maintain their dignity in the face of adversity."

According to the Post, one potential investor said he thought the show was too "arty" for Broadway, but another pointed out that the musical Once was considered to be "arty" as well, and it won the Tony.

The Post also claims that Sting's been suffering from writer's block for several years, and working on this show is what cured him.

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Friday
May172013

Frank Ocean, Robin Thicke, Mariah Compete for O Music Awards

ABC/RICK ROWELLFrank Ocean isn't a non-stop tweeter like Questlove, but both guys managed to snag nominations for this year's MTV O Music Awards, which celebrate the intersection of music and technology.  Frank and Quest are listed in the Must Follow Artist on Twitter category, joining Erykah Badu, Solange and others.

Thanks to his not-safe-for-work "Pyramids" video, Frank is also in the running for the Too Much Ass for TV award.  The category also includes Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video -- the version featuring topless models, of course.

Beyonce and her Beyhive are nominated in the category of Fan Army FTW, which honors artists for just how fanatical their fans are.

Other nominees for this year's awards include Mariah Carey and Tyler, the Creator, who are up for Best Artist Instagram; Alicia Keys who's up for Most Inspiring Fan Outreach and Angel Haze, up for Best Web-Born Artist. 

Fans can vote for their favorites starting now through June 19 via Facebook, Twitter, or at OMusicAwards.com.

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Friday
May172013

Watch "Amazing" Kelly Clarkson Sing About Sex in Sneak Peek of New CBS Comedy "The Crazy Ones"

Image Courtesy Robin Williams via TwitterA few weeks back, Kelly Clarkson tweeted a photo of herself with Robin Williams, posing on the set of a CBS comedy pilot called The Crazy Ones.  Turns out she made a cameo as herself in the pilot, and now that CBS has now picked up the show for the fall, we'll be able see her.  A sneak preview, however, is available online now.

The Crazy Ones is set in Chicago, and is about a father and daughter, played by Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who both work in advertising.  In the pilot, they try to persuade Kelly to sing a McDonald's commercial, but she tells them she wants to change her image and "sing about sex."

"They said I wouldn't have to act, 'cause I suck at acting," says Kelly in the preview.  "They said, 'Well, you're playing yourself.' But it's not myself!"

Kelly says she "lost" it during a scene where Robin Williams and another cast member try to come up with ways that Kelly can sing about sex, and still sing about McDonald's.  Next, we see her in the studio singing a song called "It Ain't the Meat It's the Motion" -- which is a real song, by the way -- and simulating being in the throes of sexual passion.

The show's executive producers say that Kelly was "amazing" in the episode, adding, "She rocked it!"

The Crazy Ones will air on Thursdays this fall at 9 p.m.

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