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Jan132014

Lee Brice Working to Recruit Pink for Duet on a "Booty Call, Late-Night Song"

Curb RecordsWhen Lee Brice attends the Grammy Awards later this month in Los Angeles, he's going to be on the hunt to meet pop star Pink. Lee is currently working on his new studio album, and he is dying to get Pink to sing with him on one of the new songs, "Somebody's Been Drinkin'."

"It's kinda like this booty call, late-night song. But it's very sultry," Lee explains. "So, her raspy, crazy voice on this kind of ballad song you wouldn't expect Pink on, it will be stupid good."

If Lee can't get to Pink at the Grammys, he's working a few other contacts to pitch the song to her.

Lee says, "The writers of the song, they know her [music] publisher. We know her publicist."

Lee is nominated for Best Country Solo Vocal Performance for "I Drive Your Truck" at the Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET. He expects to release his new single, "I Don't Dance," to radio around Valentine's Day.

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Monday
Jan132014

George Strait Sings with Jason Aldean at Louisiana Concert

Photo Credit: Terry CalongeGeorge Strait welcomed opening act Jason Aldean onstage for two songs Friday night during his show in Bossier City, LA. The pair sang "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her" for the sold-out crowd of nearly 14,000 fans. The hit-filled show marks the beginning of George's final run of shows on The Cowboy Rides Away tour, which will wrap up with a star-studded concert at Dallas's AT&T Stadium on June 7.

George also presented U.S. Army specialist Michael Edds with the keys to a brand-new home during the show as part of the Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program through the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Here's the setlist for George's January 9 concert:
“The Fireman”
“Check Yes Or No”
“Ocean Front Property”
“Marina Del Rey”
“Blame It On Mexico”
“A Fire I Can’t Put Out”
“Easy Come, Easy Go”
“Here For A Good Time”
“Arkansas Dave”
“Fool Hearted Memory”(with Jason Aldean)
“Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” (with Jason Aldean)
“River of Love”
“You Look So Good In Love”
“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls”
“I Saw God Today”
“I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
“Drinkin’ Man”
“That's What Breaking Hearts Do”
“I Believe”
“80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper”
“Give It Away”
“Amarillo By Morning”
“The Chair”
“Cowboys Like Us”
“I Got A Car”
“I'll Always Remember You”
“Give It All We Got Tonight”
“Troubadour”
“Unwound”

 Encore:

“Same Kind Of Crazy”
“All My Ex’s Live in Texas”
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“Cowboy Rides Away”

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Monday
Jan132014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams will release his new album, Reflections, on March 11.

Eddie Montgomery's failed steakhouse in Harrodsburg, KY was sold at auction Friday to Central Bank & Trust for $4.25 million, according to TV station WKYT. The restaurant closed in 2012, and Eddie recently filed for bankruptcy with debts of $12 million.

The long-running country variety show Hee Haw is the inspiration for a new Broadway musical. According to the New York Post, the show is expected to open in spring 2015 with hit songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally writing the music and lyrics.

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Monday
Jan132014

R. Kelly Thanks His Fans; Tweets About Designing Black Panties

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R. Kelly is appreciative of his loyal fans. The singer recently took time out to thanks his followers for supporting his latest album, Black Panties, which currently sits at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

"4 weeks into the #BlackPanties album release and I'm so happy with the reaction from my fans and how much they're feeling this record," he wrote on Instagram. "Appreciate all the love and support from y'all, always."

In addition, Kelz tweeted that fans can now design their own black panties via his official website. "Get creative and get to work here," he wrote.

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Monday
Jan132014

Robert Plant Announces First 2014 Tour Dates, Confirms New Album Will Arrive This Year

Photo: Oli PowellRobert Plant has announced plans to take his current group, the Sensational Space Shifters, back out on the road.  The famed Led Zeppelin frontman has scheduled a series of European summer tour dates, running from a June 10 show in Gothenburg, Sweden, through an August 9 concert in Glastonbury, U.K.

Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters also will play at both days of Japan's 2014 Summer Sonic festival, which will be held August 16 in Tokyo and August 17 in Osaka.  So far, a total of 14 concerts have been announced, although more shows will be added.  No word yet if any North American dates will be scheduled.

Meanwhile, Plant also has confirmed that his first album with the Sensational Space Shifters will be released sometime this year.  The news follows a message he posted on his official Facebook page last month revealing that the project was "almost complete."

Here are all of Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters' tour dates:

6/10 -- Gothenburg, Sweden, Tragarn
6/12 -- Bergen, Norway, Bergen Fest
6/14 -- Rattvik, Sweden, Dalhalla
6/16 -- Tallin, Estonia, Saku Arena
6/18 -- St. Petersburg, Russia, New Arena
6/20 -- Moscow, Russia, Crocus Hall
6/25 -- Cork, Ireland, Live at the Marquee
7/5 -- Cognac, France, Cognac Blues Passion
7/16 -- Berlin, Germany, Zitadelle
7/17 -- Dresden, Germany, Junge Garde
7/19 -- Ostrava, Czech Republic, Colurs of Ostrava
8/9 -- Glastonbury, U.K., Glastonbury Abbey
8/16 -- Tokyo, Japan, Summer Sonic
8/17 -- Osaka, Japan, Summer Sonic

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Monday
Jan132014

Blondie to Perform and Be Interviewed at 2014 South by Southwest Festival

Photo: F. Scott SchaferBlondie has been added to the lineup of this year's South by Southwest music festival, which is scheduled for March 11-16 in Austin, Texas.  The influential New Wave band will take part in an interview event and also will perform at the conference.

2014 will be an eventful year for Blondie, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is planning to release a new studio album in the spring.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers currently have only one other confirmed U.S. show on their schedule, a February 15 concert at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

Specific dates for Blondie's South by Southwest appearances are expected to be announced soon.

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Monday
Jan132014

Adele Working on New Music with Celine Dion/Cher Hitmaker

Lauren Dukoff/Colubmia RecordsIt's looking more and more as though Adele will be releasing new music sooner rather than later.  Word now comes that she's working with a top hitmaker who's penned smashes for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, LeAnn Rimes, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith.

In an interview with Studio System News, famed songwriter Diane Warren reveals that she "recently worked with Adele."  Warren confirms to ABC News Radio that the collaboration is for Adele's next album, though of course, there's no guarantee that anything they wrote will make the final cut. 

Warren, who's been nominated for an Oscar six times for songs she's written for moives, but has never won, says in the interview that she teased Adele about her triumph last year for "Skyfall."  "I told her, 'Man, you did your first movie and won! I’ve done, like, 200 movies, and I’m a six-time loser! You won your first time!'"

Among the songs that Warren has written: "If I Could Turn Back Time," "How Do I Live," "Because You Loved Me," "Unbreak My Heart," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," "Love Will Lead You Back," "Can't Fight the Moonlight," "I Turn to You," and additional hits by Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, Starship and more.

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Madonna collaborator William Orbit have both said in interviews in the last few months that they've been -- or will be -- working with Adele on her new album.  Entertainment Weekly listed the release as one of the big ones to look forward to in 2014.  Stay tuned. 

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Monday
Jan132014

Brandon Boyd Reveals Setlist for Upcoming Sons of the Sea Tour

Justin WysongBrandon Boyd will be taking his side project Sons of the Sea out on the road later this month, and he has a pretty good idea of what he’ll be performing. The Incubus frontman says fans can expect the singer, who will be backed by a full band for the outing, to perform more than just the cuts from Sons of the Sea 2013’s self-titled debut album.

“There’s 10 songs on [the Sons of the Sea] record, but then I put out a proper solo record a couple years ago called The Wild Trapeze and it’s under my name,” he tells ABC News Radio. “So technically speaking there are 20 songs to choose from which is kind of a set. I love playing other people’s music too, so don’t be surprised if you hear other people’s songs.”

While Boyd is looking forward to the tour, he doesn’t expect to be out on the road for very long. “I don’t want to hit it as hard as Incubus hits it on tour.  We go on tour for like a year and a half,” he notes. “We’ll start with two or three weeks and see how it goes, and if it goes well then keep going and you know maybe take it to different countries as well.”

Once the tour is over, you shouldn’t expect Boyd to work on new material with Incubus. The singer says he doesn’t have a timetable for the group’s follow-up to 2011’s If Not Now, When?, noting that the guys will get together whenever they feel the time is right.

“We can just go in there and churn out albums like a factory, but then it’s gonna start to sound probably over-produced or mass-produced and that’s not art to me,” he explains. “I would love to remain in that kind of artistic sentiment that we’re presenting things as they arrive, and so sometimes there’ll be large gaps of time in between there. Sometimes it’ll be small gaps of time if we’re feeling particularly inspired.”

Boyd’s Sons of the Sea tour kicks off on January 27 at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. Visit BrandonBoyd.me for the full itinerary.

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Monday
Jan132014

David Cassidy Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Town of Schodack Police DepartmentFormer Partridge Family star David Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday night.

The 63-year-old Cassidy was pulled over after making an illegal right turn against a red light. A police officer smelled alcohol in the car.

The 1970s heartthrob was arrested, then released the following morning on 15 thousand dollars bail. He's due in court on February 5.

Cassidy's rep tells Entertainment Tonight, "David just completed a stint in rehab and was doing very well in sobriety." The rep adds that Cassidy was in Los Angeles to attend depositions in a lawsuit he filed over Partridge Family royalties he claims he's owed.

The rep adds, "After attending his and his manager’s depositions, it appears as if the pressure led to a brief relapse. He was on his way to the airport to return to his home in Florida and to transitional rehabilitation. He plans now to return to rehab in an undisclosed facility."

This was Cassidy's third DUI arrest in the past five years.

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Monday
Jan132014

Taylor Swift Photobombed on Golden Globes Red Carpet by Fangirl Jennifer Lawrence

Image courtesy Ryan Seacrest via InstagramTaylor Swift is now a two-time loser when it comes to Golden Globes Awards -- she lost to U2 at Sunday night's show.  However, she did get the chance to start a new mutual admiration society with Jennifer Lawrence, a winner last night for American Hustle.

While Taylor was chatting on E!'s red carpet with Ryan Seacrest about her nominated song "Sweeter Than Fiction," J-Law pretended to sneak up a staircase behind Swift, with a giddily cartoonish expression of anticipation on her face.  He later posted her priceless "pouncing" expression on Instagram. "The single most important photo from the #goldenglobes red carpet," the American Idol host captioned the shot.

When Taylor was done talking to Ryan, she and J-Law hugged, and Jennifer joked to Taylor, "I was going to come and push you down the stairs," referring to her own famous near-face plant at the Oscars. "I was like, she'll crack up! She would really love that!"  "That would have been so funny," Taylor said sarcastically, but with a smile on her face.

When Ryan asked J-Law if she'd seen Taylor in concert, the actress said, "No, she's never invited me," leading Taylor to insist, "I have invited you so many times!  But she did watch the CMA Awards..."  "Oh my God, I freaked out about the CMAs!" Lawrence exclaimed, adding, "I sent her, like, a text message that was six inches long...she was just so incredible, I'm blushing now just thinking about it!" 

Taylor, who said she found the text very "heartfelt," told Jennifer that while watching her film American Hustle, she wanted to "do the same thing...send a novel[-length] text message."

Taylor and Jennifer have apparently known each other some time; Taylor's first Golden Globe nomination came for a song she'd written for the first Hunger Games film which, of course, starred Jennifer.

During the actual telecast, Tina Fey managed to reference the trouble that she and co-host Amy Poehler started last year when they made jokes about Taylor's love life.  Following their comments, Taylor said that there was a "special place in hell" for women who didn't support other women.  So when Poehler won last night for Parks & Recreation, Tina said onstage, "I just wanna say congratulations again to my friend Amy Poehler! I love you and there's a special place in hell for you."

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Monday
Jan132014

Jared Leto & U2 Win Golden Globe Awards

Paul Drinkwater/NBCRock stars had a great night at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, handed out Sunday night in Beverly Hills.  Not only did U2 take home the trophy for best original song for "Ordinary Love," but 30 Second to Mars frontman Jared Leto was named best supporting actor in a drama for his role as a transgendered woman in Dallas Buyer's Club.

Onstage, a clearly surprised Leto called his win "incredible," noting that he hadn't made a movie for six years.  "I have to say it's more than an hour to come back and have this love and this support."  Leto, who played a transgendered woman named Rayon in the film, joked onstage about having to wax his entire body for the role.  He also denied using any prosthetics for the role, joking that "that little Brazilian bubble butt was all mine."  Ending his speech, he thanked the "Rayons of the world for the inspiration."

Backstage, Leto told reporters that he was "thankful" and "grateful" and "moved" by his win, adding that he was "just really blown away."  He also said he didn't want to "let anyone down" on the film because it had been so long since he had acted.

Meanwhile, U2 won for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. As Bono said onstage, "This was personal," given the band's long association with the late South African leader Nelson Mandela. "You know about the global statesman, you don't know about the man. That's why you should see this film," he added.  Backstage, U2 bassist Adam Clayton gave thanks to Coldplay's Chris Martin for being "an early adopter of the song" and helping them "get it into the shape it was in in the film."

Ironically, U2 beat Coldplay out for the award Sunday night; they had been up for their song "Atlas," from the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  It was U2's second win in this category; their last came in 2003 for "The Hands that Built America."

Meanwhile, another rocker also took home a trophy, though you may not have noticed. Alex Ebert, the lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, took home the trophy for best original score for the movie All Is Lost.

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Monday
Jan132014

U2 Wins Golden Globe for "Ordinary Love"

Paul Drinkwater/NBCU2 beat off competition from pop stars like Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake to take home the second Golden Globe trophy of their career Sunday night.

The band won for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. As Bono said onstage, "This was personal," given the band's long association with the late South African leader Nelson Mandela. "You know about the global statesman, you don't know about the man. That's why you should see this film," he added.  Backstage, U2 bassist Adam Clayton gave thanks to Coldplay's Chris Martin for being "an early adopter of the song" and helping them "get it into the shape it was in in the film." 

Ironically, U2 beat Coldplay for the award Sunday night: the latter had been up for their song "Atlas," from the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  It was U2's second win in this category; their last came in 2003 for "The Hands that Built America."

Backstage, U2 guitarist Edge said that the band essentially put their album on hold to create "Ordinary Love," and added, "We're getting back to it now and we're really excited about what we've got going."  U2 is expected to release that new album at some point during the first half of this year.

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Sunday
Jan122014

Bruno Mars Confirms Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Join Him at the Super Bowl

Atlantic RecordsThough it was hinted it on Friday, Bruno Mars made it official over the weekend, announcing that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will indeed join him for his Super Bowl halftime performance next month.

The official announcement was made during Fox's coverage of an NFL playoff game on Saturday afternoon. Additional details regarding their collaboration were not revealed.

Super Bowl 48 will be held February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. Fox will air the big game.

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Sunday
Jan122014

Ke$ha's Mom Joins Her in Rehab 

Frazer Harrison/WireImageKe$ha's stint in rehab has now become a family affair.  People magazine reports that the singer's mom, Pebe Sebert, has now entered the same Chicago facility where her daughter is receiving treatment.

In a statement released Saturday to the magazine, Sebert, a songwriter, says, "I'm checking myself into Timberline Knolls today for post-traumatic stress disorder, at Ke$ha's urging."

In recent days, Sebert had accused Ke$ha's producer, Dr. Luke, of body-shaming her daughter.  That pressure to lose weight, said Sebert, was one of the reasons why her daughter is now in rehab for an eating disorder.  Dr. Luke has denied Sebert's claims.

"This whole Dr. Luke thing has almost torn our family apart and taken over my life, and Ke$ha wants me to heal along with her," Sebert told People.

Ke$ha entered rehab on January 3.  In a statement to ABC News Radio. she said she was ""seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."

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Sunday
Jan122014

Why U2's "Ordinary Love" May Win at Tonight's Golden Globes

Photo: Damon WinterGoing into this weekend's Golden Globe Awards, it's a heated competition in the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture, with U2 battling it out with Coldplay, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the trophy.  And while all these acts are superstars, one is just a little bit more "superstarry" than the others...and that, apparently, is the key to winning the award.

"They want to see Bono up on that stage," says Tom O'Neil, editor of the awards-centric website GoldDerby.com, which runs predictions for all the major entertainment awards each year.  He tells ABC News Radio that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the small group of international journalists who vote for the Globe winners -- will give U2 the trophy for their song "Ordinary Love" because of their worldwide fame.

"They're big stars," explains O'Neil.  "The Golden Globes like to have the biggest stars in the world on their stage.  The reason for that, on one hand, is good ratings for the show.  But also remember: These are foreign journalists, who have to sell their goods back to those newspapers in Stockholm and in Buenos Aires, where they get their living.  So they want to see glamour reign."

As a reminder, U2's nominated song is from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  Coldplay received its nod for "Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  Timberlake is nominated for co-writing "Please Mr. Kennedy," from the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis.  Swift and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff are nominated for co-writing "Sweeter than Fiction," from the film One Chance.  The fifth nominee is "Let It Go," from the animated movie Frozen.

Tune in to NBC on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to see who goes home with the gold.

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Sunday
Jan122014

Ticket Packages to See Paul Simon Perform with Sting Being Auctioned for Charity

Live Nation Entertainment, Theo Wargo/WireImageTwo separate ticket packages offering music fans the chance to see Paul Simon and Sting perform together on their upcoming tour are being auctioned now to raise money for a pair of charities.

The first package includes four passes to the singer/songwriters' March 6 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The winning bidder and three guests also will get to meet the folk-rock legend and the ex-Police frontman in person prior to the gig.  Money raised by this auction will be donated to the Children's Health Fund, a charity Simon co-founded that provides medical services to homeless and financially disadvantaged families throughout the U.S.

The second package offers two tickets to Simon and Sting's February 16 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  The lot also includes dinner for two at the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club, a private restaurant located at the Honda Center.  Funds raised by this auction will go toward modern-rock band Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity, which helps people affected by the devastating typhoon that ripped through the Philippines this past November.

You can bid on both packages online now at CharityBuzz.com. Bidding on the first is open until January 29 at 2 p.m. ET, while the second is open until January 23 at 3:10 p.m. ET.

The Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together tour kicks off on February 8 in Houston and runs through a March 16 show in Orlando, Florida.

In other news, Simon has taken to his website to ask fans to donate money to a memorial fund in honor of his friend -- and major musical influence -- Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers.  The fund will support the COPD Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Everly passed away on January 3 at the age of 74 after a battle with the disease.

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Sunday
Jan122014

Usher, Diddy to Present at Golden Globes

Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationUsher Raymond and Sean "Diddy" Combs are among the recently announced presenters for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday, January 12. The duo will be joined by a list of star-studded presenters including Leonardo DiCaprio and Drew Barrymore.

According to Billboard, the entertainers are just two of the many musicians participating in the award show. Justin Timberlake's song, "Please Mr. Kennedy" from Inside Llewyn Davis has received a nomination in the Best Original Song from a Motion Picture category. He will compete against Taylor Swift's "Sweeter than Fiction" from One Chance, Coldplay's "Atlas" from Hunger Games: Catching Fire and U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Shortly after the announcement, Usher promised fans that he will cut his hair in time for the ceremony following a petition that was launched on Instagram.

Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Golden Globes will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Sunday
Jan122014

"NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads 2" Compilation Due Out in Time for Valentine's Day

UMELooking to set a romantic mood for your Valentine's Day? Look no further than the new NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads 2 compilation, due out January 21.

The latest installment in the NOW Music series features some of country's great modern love songs including Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You," "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes and Keith Urban's "Without You." Tender tracks from Kenny Chesney, Eli Young Band, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker are also featured on the album, which will be available as a CD or through all major digital music services.

Here's the NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads 2 track listing:

"Drunk on You" -- Luke Bryan
"Wanted" -- Hunter Hayes
"Just a Kiss" -- Lady Antebellum
"Over You" -- Miranda Lambert
"Ours" -- Taylor Swift
"True Believers" -- Darius Rucker
"Without You" -- Keith Urban
"Don't Think I Can't Love You" -- Jake Owen
"Come Over" -- Kenny Chesney
"Better than I Used to Be" -- Tim McGraw
"Time Is Love" --  Josh Turner
"Even if It Breaks Your Heart" -- Eli Young Band
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" -- Gary Allan
"I Love You This Big" -- Scotty McCreery
"If You Ever Get Lonely" -- Love and Theft
"A Little Bit Stronger" -- Sara Evans
"All Your Life" -- The Band Perry
"(Kissed You) Good Night" -- Gloriana

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Sunday
Jan122014

Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, fun.'s Jack Antonoff, U2 & Coldplay Compete for Golden Globe Awards Sunday Night

Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationThis Sunday night's Golden Globes Awards will find some of music's biggest stars competing against one another to take home the trophy for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. The nominees include Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, U2 and Coldplay, and their songs couldn't be more different.

Justin received his nod for co-writing "Please Mr. Kennedy," from the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, in which he also co-stars.  U2 is up for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Coldplay is nominated for "Atlas," from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift, who got a nod last year for a song she wrote for the first Hunger Games film, is nominated once again, this time along with Jack Antonoff, for "Sweeter than Fiction."  That's the song they co-wrote for the movie One Chance, based on the real-life story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. The fifth nominee is the field the song "Let It Go," from the smash Disney animated film Frozen.

Of this year's field, U2 is the only past winner; they've been nominated four times and won once, in 2003.  But Justin Timberlake has the added prestige of actually being part of the cast of one of the Best Picture nominees: Inside Llewyn Davis is up for Best Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical.

fun.'s Jack Antonoff attended last year's Golden Globes because his girlfriend, Lena Dunham, the star and creator of the HBO series Girls, was nominated.  She's nominated again this year, but this time, he can walk the red carpet with her as a fellow nominee.  "Yeah...who knows when I'll get to do that again?" he tells ABC News Radio, confirming his attendance at the event. "So I'm not planning on missing it."

"I see it as like...a big celebration," Jack says of award shows, of which he's quite the veteran, thanks to fun.'s success.  "In a world where you go to websites that literally have columns like 'Worst New Music' or 'Worst New Films,' and everyone's obsessed with that kind of energy, it's really nice to put on an award show where people who made good work this year are talking about other good work."

Jack also enjoys award shows because they give him the opportunity to dress up a little nicer than his normal onstage rock star duds.

"I grew up going to a lot of Bar Mitzvahs," laughs Jack. "So it's like, my early memories of getting dressed up [are] wearing baggy suits.  And so it's nice for me to get dressed up now in, like, a more fitted, attractive look -- because it makes me feel better about myself!"  

The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out Sunday, January 12 on NBC.

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Sunday
Jan122014

fun.'s Jack Antonoff Looking Forward to Attending Golden Globe Awards

Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationThe 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards are tonight, and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, Coldplay and U2 will be competing for the trophy for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.  

Antonoff, who scored a nod for "Sweeter than Fiction," a track he co-wrote with pop star Taylor Swift for the movie One Chance, says he’s looking forward to attending the ceremony because of its positive vibe.

“In a world where you go to websites that literally have, like, columns like 'Worst New Music' or 'Worst New Films,' and everyone's obsessed with that kind of energy, it's really nice to put on an award show where people who made good work this year are talking about other good work,” he tells ABC News Radio.

The guitarist adds he’s especially excited to strut his stuff in some fancy new duds, which is something he rarely gets to do these days. “I like getting dressed up sometimes,” he explains. “I grew up going to a lot of Bar Mitzvahs so, it's like my early memories of getting dressed up [are] wearing like baggy suits. And so it's nice for me to get dressed up now in, like, a more fitted attractive look -- because it makes me feel better about myself.” (ANTONOFF AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

U2 is up for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Bono and company has been nominated four times in this category and won once: in 2003, they took home the trophy for "The Hands that Built America" from Gangs of New York. Coldplay will do battle against Antonoff and U2 for "Atlas," a track they wrote for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Jared Leto also scored a nomination for his portrayal of an HIV-positive transgender woman in the recently released film Dallas Buyers Club. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman is up for the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. Leto will be competing against a number of heavy-hitters for the award, including Michael Fassbender for his work in 12 Years a Slave and Bradley Cooper for American Hustle.

The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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