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Tuesday
May192015

Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and More Raise More than $100,000 for Georgia Music Education Programs

Rick Diamond/GettyThe 2nd Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit concert raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation last week. The show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featured performances from Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett, among others. The money raised will be distributed to music education programs throughout Georgia.

Georgia natives and hit songwriters Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, spearheaded the concert.  Craig Campbell, Lauren Alaina and Maggie Rose rounded out the stars on the bill.

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Tuesday
May192015

DC Comics Aims to Stop Rihanna from Trademarking Her Birth Name Robyn

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna might not be able to use her birth name for an upcoming project, if DC Comics get their way.

Last June, Roraj Trade -- the company holding the trademarks for Rih's brands like her Reb’L Fleur fragrance -- applied to register her legal first name, Robyn, for the purpose of "providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines." Now, however, the comic book giant DC Comic has disputed the trademark request made by Rihanna's company.

According to the law blog Pirated Thoughts, DC Comics claims the name is too similar to the name of Batman's sidekick, Robin. After submitting a Notice of Opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the publishing company argues the name conflicts and "consumers are likely to associate the goods and services provided by Rihanna under the ROBYN trademark with DC Comics’ ROBIN," adding the "Robyn" trademark will dilute Robin’s distinctiveness.

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Tuesday
May192015

Drake, Future, Fetty Wap & Boosie to Perform 2nd Annual Houston Appreciation Weekend

Universal MotownDrake is scheduled to take the stage during the Houston Appreciation Weekend, occuring over Memorial Day weekend.

The rapper revealed the schedule via Instagram for the four-day charity event taking place this Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, May 24. Drizzy, who is making his second consecutive appearance, is joined on the bill by FutureFetty Wap and Lil Boosie. The events also will include a tribute to Bun B.

The weekend also will be highlighted by a celebrity softball game on Friday, May 22, at the University of Houston’s Cougar Field hosted by Drake. The event will benefit the Houston Astros' Urban Youth Academy.

You can purchase tickets for the game via EntertainHouston.com.

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Tuesday
May192015

Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar to Headline Life Is Beautiful Fest

Image Courtesy Mark Davis/NBCKendrick Lamar will be rocking Sin City this fall, as the rapper prepares to perform at the third annual Life Is Beautiful festival.

K. Dot will headline the three-day fest, which will see nearly 60 acts performing in the middle of downtown Vegas, the event's organizers announced on Tuesday. The bill will also feature Stevie WonderKid CudiRun the JewelsSZA, as well as rockers Imagine Dragons and Duran Duran.

The Life Is Beautiful fest takes place September 25 through 27. 

For the complete festival lineup and ticket information visit LifeIsBeautiful.com.

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Tuesday
May192015

Stevie Wonder Among Headliners for 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival

Credit: Eddie WolflSteve Wonder will bring some soul to the streets of Sin City this fall, when he performs at the third annual Life Is Beautiful festival.

Wonder, along with Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, will headline the three-day fest, which will see nearly 60 acts performing in the middle of downtown Vegas.  The bill also feature Duran Duran, Weezer, Kid Cudi, Hozier, Run the Jewels and many others.

The 2015 Life Is Beautiful festival takes place from September 25 through 27.  For the complete lineup and ticket information visit LifeIsBeautiful.com.

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Tuesday
May192015

Bob Dylan Performs Tonight on Next-to-Last "Letterman" Show

Credit: William ClaxtonJust a reminder that Bob Dylan will make a rare television appearance tonight when he performs on the next-to-last episode of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.  The folk-rock legend will be the evening's musical guest, while Bill Murray also will appear on the show, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Dylan's only other Late Show performance happened almost 22 years ago, when he appeared on November 18, 1993, during the program's first season.  Previously, he'd performed twice on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman: on March 22, 1984 and on the show's 10th anniversary episode on January 18, 1992.

Tonight's appearance also will be Dylan's first television performance since the February release of his most recent album, Shadows in the Night.

David Letterman's final Late Show will take place on Wednesday, May 20.  No guests have been announced for the program.

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Tuesday
May192015

Sam Smith Gets Birthday Message from Celine Dion

Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith may not be able to talk after vocal cord surgery, but he’s still able to express himself on Twitter. Specifically, he’s expressing how bummed he was that he wasn’t able to meet Celine Dion at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

“I can't believe I missed out on meeting Celine Dion – f**king JOKE!!” he wrote.

Celine tweeted him a response today, on what happens to be his 23rd birthday. “Also sorry we did not meet last Sunday!” she wrote. “I wish our paths will cross in the near future. Rest and get well soon. Happy Bday!”

Celine presented Sam with the Top Male Artist award at the Billboard ceremony, but Sam was in New York recuperating from his operation. He accepted the award with a video message and the help of cue cards.

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Tuesday
May192015

Jason Derulo Releases Song Featuring Stevie Wonder & Keith Urban 

Warner Bros. RecordsJason Derulo is spanning genres with his latest song, “Broke.” The tune features Stevie Wonder and country singer Keith Urban, and was produced by Charlie Puth.

According to Spin, Stevie plays harmonica on the song and Keith plays the banjo. “Broke” is the fourth instant grat track to be released from Jason's upcoming album Everything Is 4, out June 2. The album features even more collaborations, with artists including Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Lopez.

Tonight, Jason will be performing his single "Want to Want Me” on the season finale of Dancing with the Stars, airing at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. And on June 1, he joins the new season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance as one of the judges alongside Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe.

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Tuesday
May192015

David Guetta & Nicki Minaj Party in the Desert for "Hey Mama" Video

Ellen Von Unwerth/Big Beat/Atlantic/ParlophoneDavid Guetta performed his new track “Hey Mama” with Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Now, he’s released a desert-themed video for the song.

The visual has a Mad Max-meets-Burning Man vibe, complete with tribal dancers, dune buggies and stunt bikers. A pink-haired Nicki appears as a holographic mirage.

“Hey Mama,” which is the fourth single from David’s album Listen, also features Afrojack. The video initially premiered on Vessel, an app that offers early access to short form videos, web series and TV. It’s now streaming world-wide on YouTube.

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Tuesday
May192015

John Mellencamp Joins Lineup of the "Red Nose Day" TV Special

Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp has been added to the lineup of stars participating in NBC's Red Nose Day charity special this Thursday, May 21.  The veteran rocker will team up with American Idol judge and country star Keith Urban to perform his classic hit, "Pink Houses."

The fundraiser aims to help the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world.  It's already a hugely popular event in the U.K. that has raised more than $1 billion for the campaign over the last 30 years.

The broadcast will include musical performances and comedy sketches -- and at some points, a combination of the two.  Game of Thrones: The Musical, a filmed sketch written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show's cast members, will debut on the program.

Other newly announced guests include Richard Gere, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, One Direction, Helen Mirren, Rose Byrne, Matt LeBlanc, Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Cannon, and Blake Shelton.

Previously announced stars scheduled to appear on the special include Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine.

Red Nose Day takes place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
May192015

Rachel Platten Releases Inspirational Video for "Fight Song"

Columbia RecordsRachel Platten’s “Fight Song” now has a video. The visual for the empowerment anthem has an inspirational message that matches the song’s lyrics. It shows the New York City-based singer-songwriter facing her insecurities and ultimately finding peace.

"'Fight Song' tells the story of my struggle with self-doubt, yet it's also a declaration to not give up on myself no matter what,” Rachel tells People magazine. "I wanted my video to show both sides of that -- my fear and pain -- but I also hoped to show that sometimes to overcome battles we just have to let go."

Last week, Rachel released her four-song Fight Song EP. She’ll be touring this summer with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri for their Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour. Her debut album is expected to be released later this year.

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Tuesday
May192015

Jordin Sparks to Sing National Anthem at Indy 500

Image Group LA/ABCJordin Sparks will be singing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, USA Today reports. The former American Idol winner will rev things up with her rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual car racing event, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

"The opportunity to sing at the world's largest one-day sporting event is the thrill of a lifetime," Jordin said in a statement. "I can't wait to be part of it."

Country singer LeAnn Rimes performed at the event last year. Other past singers include Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Jessica Simpson, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

The 99th running of the Indy 500 will air on ABC at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Tuesday
May192015

Bring Me the Horizon Releases New Clip from "Live at Wembley Arena" DVD

Credit: Jakob PrintzlauBring Me the Horizon has shared another clip from their forthcoming live DVD, Live at Wembley Arena. The new video shows the U.K. band roaring through their Sempiternal track "The House of Wolves." You can watch the live "The House of Wolves" clip, featuring, naturally, many shots of wolves, now on YouTube.

The Live at Wembley Arena CD/DVD collection will be released on May 29. If you pre-order the package before May 21, you'll get your name printed inside the package's booklet.

The "The House of Wolves" clip is the second preview Bring Me the Horizon has shared from Live at Wembley Arena, following a live video of the band's 2014 non-album single "Drown."

If you're impressed by the live DVD, you can catch the band in person at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this August.

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Tuesday
May192015

Spoon Shares Cover of The Cramps' "TV Set" for "Poltergeist" Soundtrack 

Credit: Tom HinesSpoon has recorded a cover for a reboot. The Austin band has shared their take on the 1980 song "TV Set," originally by psychobilly innovators The Cramps, which will appear on the soundtrack for Poltergeist.

Spoon's version of "TV Set" stays fairly true to the thumping, unhinged original, save for an echo effect on frontman Britt Daniel's vocals. You can listen to Spoon's "TV Set" now on YouTube.

Poltergeist, a reboot of the classic 1982 horror film of the same name, will hit theaters on May 22.

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Tuesday
May192015

Luke Bryan Opens Up to Ellen DeGeneres About Raising His 13-Year-Old Nephew, Til

CMALuke Bryan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday to perform his new single, "Kick the Dust Up."  During his chat with Ellen, Luke opened up about life at the Bryan house since his 13-year-old nephew, Til, came to live with them last year. Til's father died suddenly last November, and his mother, Luke's sister Kelly, passed away in 2007. Luke credits his wife, Caroline, for being able to juggle Til's hectic schedule with activities of their two sons, seven-year-old Bo and three-year-old Tate.

Luke told Ellen, "My wife is just running around. It's baseball, getting them to baseball."

Caroline and Luke are very happy to have Til join them in Nashville, but the country superstar admits it gets tricky raising a 13-year-old boy.

"You can kind of control a seven-year-old a little bit," Luke says. "You're not fooling a 13-year-old."

Til has two older sisters who are on the dating scene, so Luke is also taking time to meet the guys they're seeing to make sure they're good enough for his nieces.

Says Luke, "I've gotta do the whole 'scare whoever the boys [are] that they're talking to' [thing]. I have to play that role, too."

Luke also went head-to-head with five-year-old presidential history expert Macey Hensley to play a trivia game on U.S. history and country music. Video of the game, called Know Your Country, is now live at EllenTV.com.

"Kick the Dust Up" is the lead single from Luke's new studio album, Kill the Lights, due out August 7.

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Tuesday
May192015

Brad Paisley Opening for The Rolling Stones at Nashville's LP Field on June 17

CMABrad Paisley hasn't opened for another artist in years, but he's making an exception for rock legends The Rolling Stones. Brad will be a special guest for the Stones' Nashville stop on their Zip Code tour June 17 at LP Field.

The Rolling Stones' North American trek kicks off May 24 in San Diego.

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Tuesday
May192015

Set Times for Paul McCartney's and Metallica's 2015 Lollapalooza Performances Revealed

Fresh and Clean Media/C3 Presents/WMEAre you planning on seeing Paul McCartney and Metallica perform at this year's Lollapalooza?  Now you can find out what time the famous rockers will be playing their headlining sets, as the complete schedule for the three-day summer festival has just been released.

McCartney will be hitting the Samsung Stage on Friday, July 31, the first day of the 2015 Lollapalooza, at 7:45 p.m. local time and his set is scheduled to run until 10 p.m.

Metallica will headline the same stage on Saturday, August 1, and will play from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

British modern-rock act Florence + the Machine will close out Lollapalooza on Sunday, August 2, with a headlining performance that starts at 8:30 p.m.  Of course, dozens of artists will be playing at the fest throughout the July 31-August 2 weekend.

Lollapalooza 2015 will be held in Chicago's Grant Park.  To view the full festival schedule, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Tuesday
May192015

Jamie Foxx Credits Kanye West for Starting His Music Career

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 Jamie Foxx, who released his fifth album Tuesday, says his music career started back in 2003, thanks to none other than Kanye West

 

In a preview clip of Wednesday's The Steve Harvey Show, the Oscar-winner explains that the then-unknown producer/rapper showed up at his house, wearing a backpack. That night, Foxx was hosting a party at his house called "New Music Hour," where people would perform and he was impressed by West.

"And then he said, 'I gotta song for you.' So I sung it but I'm thinking in my mind like, 'Ehh, this song ain't gon' be nothing.' I leave for six weeks. I had to go do a bad movie and when I come back...[producer JonBrion is like, 'Remember that song you said wasn't nothing? It's number one in the country,'" he explains.

That song was the 2004 hit "Slow Jamz," by rapper Twista. It was also the lead single from West's debut album, The College Dropout.

"And that's how I got into the music game to sort of complete the cycle," Foxx said.

Foxx and West went on to do a number of collaborations, including "Gold Digger" and "Digital Girl."

Foxx's Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses is out now.

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Tuesday
May192015

Trey Songz Releases New Single, "All About You"

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsAs promised, Trey Songz has lined up new music for the re-release of his album, Trigga Reloaded.
The singer has issued a brand-new single called "About You," which features a sample of Carly Simon’s 70s classic "You’re So Vain."  

"I bet you think this song is about you, don’t you?" sings Trey over the upbeat track, posted on YouTube. If you head over to TreySongz.com/AboutYou.com, the singer's allowing fans to upload selfies of themselves for a unique fan experience to create custom artwork.

"About You" is just the first new cut from Trigga Reloaded, a project Trey created for his loyal following. "A lot has happened in a year," he says in a statement, "and after most recently completing two mega tours from the US to Europe, I felt re-energized by the love and wanted to share this glimpse of the journey while giving my fans some new music. The love I've received is beyond belief, I've attempted to reciprocate it by sharing this vulnerable yet genuine piece."

Trigga Reloaded will be available June 23. 

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Tuesday
May192015

Miguel Announces Release Date for "Wildheart"

 Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has officially announced the release date for his long-awaited album, Wildheart, which will arrive just in time for summer.

The singer's upcoming effort, which will include his new single, "Coffee," is slated to drop June 30 via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.  

"This album is Los Angeles, it’s attitude, it’s aggression, it’s sex, it’s psychedelia, it’s lust, it’s loneliness," Miguel recently told VH1. "Sonically and on a more visceral level, my energy. It's just more aggressive and raw and that's why I love this album."

Wildheart will serve as Miguel's first effort since 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream, which spawned his highest-charting single, "Adorn."

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