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Tuesday
Jul162013

Tamar Braxton: "I'm Open to Having Another Child"

Facebook.com/TamarBraxtonTamar Braxton has a lot on her plate. The singer is juggling various projects, including her upcoming album promotions and her new talk show, The Real.  You can add to that her new mom duties to her month-old son, Logan.

"I come from a big family and I never wanted kids before I met my husband," she tells BET. "I think that right now we are enjoying ourselves being parents and we are going to take it just one day at a time."

Despite all that she's got going on, Tamar spills that she's "open" to expanding her family of three.  "I don’t know if we’re going to have another kid or not. But just like everything else in my life, you have to stay tuned because I don’t know. But I’d be open to it at this point," she explained.

The Braxton Family Values reality star admits, "It’s really hard to juggle and balance your career and motherhood and stay level-headed," but she says she finds a good example of how to do it by paying attention to Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, and their habit of "bringing their kids out with them while they’re working and stuff. "

"The kids are hilarious, they’re not snobs, they don’t expect anything from anyone," Tamar said of the couple's children. "And you would think that with someone as over-the-top as Mariah, but she’s so regular. "

In related news, the second season of Tamar's her spin-off reality show, Tamar & Vince, premieres on September 6, just days after she she releases her much-hyped album, Love and War, on September 3.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Acoustic Live Album Featuring Queen's Brian May to Be Released Digitally in August

Duck ProductionsA live album featuring performances from a late 2012 U.K. tour that Queen guitarist Brian May mounted with frequent collaborator Kerry Ellis will be released as a digital download in the United States on August 6.  Acoustic by Candlelight (Live in the UK) boasts 15 songs that the duo played together during their Born Free tour.

May and Ellis organized the trek to promote the release of their updated rendition of the theme song to the popular 1966 film Born Free that was issued to raise money for a wildlife conservation charity.  Each show featured Brian accompanying the singer on acoustic guitar on a stage illuminated by candles.

The album includes live versions of "Born Free," a few Queen tunes, a number of the duo's original compositions and covers of some of May's and Ellis' favorite songs.  Among the tracks on Acoustic by Candlelight are Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," George Harrison's Beatles classic "Something," Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" and the Barbra Streisand hit "The Way We Were."

The record, which already has hit U.K. stores, is being released to coincide with a new series of European Born Free concerts from May and Ellis.  Kerry is perhaps best known as the stage actress who originated the role of Meat in the U.K. production of the Queen-themed musical We Will Rock You.  She also starred as the Wicked Witch of the West in both London and Broadway productions of Wicked.  May and Ellis have worked together numerous times over the last several years, with the Queen guitarist contributing both his musical and production talents to her two solo albums -- 2008's Wicked in Rock and 2010's Anthems.

Here is the complete track list for Acoustic by Candlelight:

"Born Free"
"I Loved a Butterfly"
"I Who Have Nothing"
"Dust in the Wind"
"The Kissing Me Song"
"Nothing Really Has Changed"
"Life Is Real"
"The Way We Were"
"Something"
"Love of My Life"
"I'm Not That Girl"
"I Can't Be Your Friend"
"In the Bleak Midwinter"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"No One but You"

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Nas Honored with Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard University

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Widely regarded as a major lyricist, Nas has received acknowledgement for his 20 years of contributing to hip-hop. On Tuesday, Harvard University honored the rapper by establishing a fellowship in his name -- the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship.

The fellowship, established by the university's Hip-Hop Archive and W.E.B Du Bois Institute, will fund work by "exceptional" artists and scholars with connections to hip-hop, with the goal of proving that "education is real power."

"In my roller coaster of a life I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much thru art in my short life thus far, " Nas said in a statement.  "But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones HIP-HOP Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, NY to true cultural academia."

The rapper, who didn't complete high school, adds, "My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work."

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Fergie's Husband Reveals Baby's Gender

Photo by Paul Redmond/Getty ImagesFergie’s having a baby boy. The Black Eyed Peas singer’s husband, actor Josh Duhamel, reveals the gender of the couple’s unborn child on Wednesday’s edition of Live! with Kelly and Michael.

In a preview clip released Tuesday, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan play a game with Josh called “Du or Don’t, Part II: Baby Edition.” Kelly holds up a blue onesie and a pink onesie and asks him to choose one. After some mock hesitation, Duhamel picked the blue one and held it up to the camera, thus confirming that he and Fergie are having a boy.

Fergie and Josh announced in February that they're expecting their first child together. 

In a related story, it was reported earlier this week that Fergie has legally changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk Among Third Wave of Teen Choice Nominees

Facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwardsImagine Dragons and Daft Punk received additional nominations for Fox’s Teen Choice 2013 awards on Tuesday. While both bands received nods for Choice Summer Music Star: Group, Daft Punk’s smash hit “Get Lucky” -- which already scored a nomination for Choice Single Group -- is now up for Choice Summer Song.

As previously reported, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” AWOLNATION’s “Sail” and The Lumineers’ “Hey Ho” are in the running for Choice Rock Song, where they’ll face off against fun.’s “Carry On” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips.  Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers will also compete against each other for Choice Breakout Group.

Paramore, Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers will duke it our for Choice Rock Group, while fun. will compete against pop acts Big Time Rush, Maroon 5, One Direction and The Wanted for Choice Music Group.

The Teen Choice Awards, featuring performers including Paramore, will air August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET.  Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Bruno Mars, Pink, Taylor Swift Among Third Wave of Teen Choice Nominees

James MooneyThe third and final wave of music nominees for Fox’s Teen Choice 2013 awards has been announced.

Bruno Mars received three nods on Tuesday: choice summer song, for “Treasure”; choice summer music star: male; and choice summer tour.

In addition, Pink is a contender for choice summer music star: female, Maroon 5 is up for choice summer star: group, and Taylor Swift is nominated for choice summer tour.

Teens can browse all of the nominees and cast their vote at TeenChoiceAwards.com. Voting ends on August 10, one day before the ceremony airs on Fox from Universal City, California.

Here’s the final wave of music nominees:

Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
P!nk 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Bob Dylan to Release 10th Edition of His "Bootleg Series" Next Month

Columbia RecordsThe 10th installment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 27, a collection that will revisit a transitional period for the folk-rock legend that saw the end of the 1960s and the beginning of a new decade.  The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 -- Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) mainly features a variety of previously unreleased demos, outtakes and other recordings from the sessions that yielded Dylan's two 1970 studio efforts, Self Portrait and New Morning.

Another Self Portrait will be available as a standard two-CD set, as well as a four-disc package that also includes a remastered version of Self Portrait and a CD featuring the singer/songwriter's entire August 31, 1969, set with The Band at England's Isle of Wight Festival.

Despite its title, the Self Portrait album was a collection of traditional and modern folk songs mainly written by other artists, and initially was panned by many music critics.  The originally-released versions of the tunes featured overdubs recorded in Nashville, while a number of these same tunes appear on the new Bootleg Series release without the overdubs.

Perhaps in negative response to Self Portrait, Dylan returned later in 1970 with New Morning, a strong set of original songs more along the lines of his other studio efforts of that period.  Songs from these sessions featured on Another Self Portrait include an alternate version of "If Not for You" and two alternate renditions of "Time Passes Slowly."

In a nod to Self Portrait, the Another Self Portrait cover features a new self-painted portrait of Dylan's face.  The collection also will be sold as a three-LP vinyl set featuring the same 35 tracks as the two-CD edition.

Here is the complete track list of the deluxe version of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 -- Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), not including the remastered Self Portrait disc:

CD 1
"Went to See the Gypsy" (demo)
"In Search of Little Sadie" (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"Pretty Saro" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"Alberta #3" (alternate version, Self Portrait)
"Spanish Is the Loving Tongue" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"Annie's Going to Sing Her Song" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"Time Passes Slowly #1" (alternate version, New Morning)
"Only a Hobo" (unreleased, Greatest Hits II)
"Minstrel Boy" (unreleased, The Basement Tapes)
"I Threw It All Away" (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
"Railroad Bill" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"Thirsty Boots" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"This Evening So Soon" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"These Hands" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"Little Sadie" (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"House Carpenter" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"All the Tired Horses" (without overdubs, Self Portrait)

CD 2
"If Not for You" (alternate version, New Morning)
"Wallflower" (alternate version, 1971)
"Wigwam" (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"Days of '49" (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"Working on a Guru" (unreleased, New Morning)
"Country Pie" (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (Live with The Band, Isle of Wight 1969)
"Highway 61 Revisited" (Live with The Band, Isle of Wight 1969)
"Copper Kettle" (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"Bring Me a Little Water" (unreleased, New Morning)
"Sign on the Window" (with orchestral overdubs, New Morning)
"Tattle O'Day" (unreleased, Self Portrait)
"If Dogs Run Free" (alternate version, New Morning)
"New Morning" (with horn section overdubs, New Morning)
"Went to See the Gypsy" (alternate version, New Morning)
"Belle Isle" (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
"Time Passes Slowly #2" (alternate version, New Morning)
"When I Paint My Masterpiece" (demo)

Bob Dylan & The Band, Isle of Wight -- August 31, 1969
"She Belongs to Me"
"I Threw It All Away"
"Maggie's Farm"
"Wild Mountain Thyme"
"It Ain't Me, Babe"
"To Ramona"/"Mr. Tambourine Man"
"I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine"
"Lay Lady Lay"
"Highway 61 Revisited"
"One Too Many Mornings"
"I Pity the Poor Immigrant"
"Like a Rolling Stone"
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
"Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)"
"Minstrel Boy"
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"

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Tuesday
Jul162013

"ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" Special Re-Airing July 26

Greenroom PRThe heat of summer is bearing down on much of the the country, but you can keep cool indoors watching the rebroadcast of the ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night special on CBS Friday, July 26.

The special first aired in May featuring Tim singing hits from his latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry also perform on the show along with Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Brantley Gilbert. Florida Georgia Line delivers their "Cruise (Remix)" with Nelly too.

The re-broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET on July 26.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Avenged Sevenfold Announce Tour Dates, Details for Limited-Edition "Hail to the King" Box Set

Warner Bros. RecordsAvenged Sevenfold has just announced they're hitting the road to promote their upcoming album, Hail to the King.

The group will launch a North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, IL, and will make stops in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas, among other cities. The names of the venues and information on purchasing tickets to the gigs will be revealed in the coming weeks. Deftones and Ghost B.C. will support the band on all dates.

Hail to the King will arrive at all the usual outlets on August 27. In addition to a standard release, the band will be offering up a limited-edition Hail to the King box set. That package will run you $99.99 and includes a deluxe version of the album, exclusive artwork, a 20-page photo book, and a death bat challenge coin and skeleton key.

Here are the tour dates and cities:

10/3 -- Chicago, IL                  
10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN            
10/6 -- Cincinnati, OH              
10/8 -- Baltimore, MD              
10/9 -- Boston, MA                             
10/12 -- Bloomington, IL            
10/13 -- Detroit, MI                    
10/15 -- Atlanta, GA                  
10/16 -- Orlando, FL                  
10/18 -- Houston, TX                 
10/19 -- Dallas, TX                    
10/20 -- San Antonio, TX           
10/22 -- Omaha, NE                  
10/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK       
10/26 -- Las Vegas, NV     

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Jay-Z, Beyonce Among Third Wave of Teen Choice Nominees

Johnny Nunez/WireImageThe third and final wave of music nominees for Fox’s Teen Choice 2013 awards has been announced.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake both received two nods on Tuesday: choice summer music star: male; and choice summer tour.

Robin Thicke was also recognized, scoring two nods: choice summer song, for “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., as well as for choice summer music star: male.

In addition, Beyonce's current The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is up for choice summer tour, while Rihanna is a contender for choice summer music star: female

Teens can see a complete list of nominees and cast their vote until August 10 via TeenChoiceAwards.com. The Teen Choice Awards will air Sunday, August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Here’s the final wave of music nominees:

Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
P!nk 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Stevie Wonder Vows to Boycott Performing in Florida Following Acquittal of Trayvon Martin's Killer

UN Photo/JC McIlwaineStevie Wonder has joined the list of celebrities voicing their opposition to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch member who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin during a confrontation in February 2012 in Sanford, Florida. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Motown legend announced at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday that he will not perform in Florida until the state eliminates its "Stand Your Ground" law, legislation that some believe was a factor in Zimmerman avoiding a guilty verdict.

"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said from the stage.  "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

Leading into his emotional announcement, Stevie declared, "The truth is that -- for those of you who've lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world -- we can't bring them back.  What we can do is we can let our voices be heard.  And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody."

He added about his boycott decision, "You can't just talk about it, you gotta be about it."

Wonder also maintained that in taking a stand, people "can make change for the coming together of the spirit of unity -- not in destruction, but in the perpetuation of life."

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Florida Georgia Line and Taylor Swift Get Some Love in New Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nods

FOXFlorida Georgia Line gets some love in the third wave of Teen Choice 2013 nominations. The duo is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Group and Choice Summer Song for the "Cruise (Remix)" with Nelly. Taylor Swift also got a mention in the Choice Summer Tour category for the Red Tour 2013.

Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry are among the other previously announced country nominees.

Voting is now open for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at TeenChoiceAwards.com. The show airs live Sunday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

John Mayer's New Album Available for Pre-Order on iTunes

Facebook.com/JohnMayerYou can now pre-order John Mayer’s latest album, Paradise Valley, on iTunes and Amazon, ahead of its August 20 release.

If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll receive an instant download of the song “Wildfire.” A lyric video for “Wildfire” debuted online Tuesday.

Paradise Valley is comprised of 11 tracks, including the first single, “Paper Doll.”

John is currently touring the U.S. He plays the second of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on Wednesday night.

Here's the track listing for Paradise Valley:

“Wildfire”
“Dear Marie”
“Waiting on the Day”
“Paper Doll”
“Call Me the Breeze”
“Who You Love”
“I Will Be Found (Lost at Sea)”
“Wildfire”
“You're No One 'til Someone Lets You Down”
“Badge and Gun”
“On the Way Home”

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Justin Bieber Teases "Heartbreaker" in New Fragrance Ad

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via RockLiveJustin Bieber has been teasing his new single, “Heartbreaker,” on social media for a while. Now he’s finally given fans a brief taste of the song in a commercial for his new fragrance, The Key.

In the 30-second clip, Justin arrives at a hotel and picks up a key in advance of a rendezvous with a woman. The woman is then seen in bed, clutching a key while apparently in a dream state. The commercial ends by encouraging fans to use the hashtag "#unlockthedream."

The ad is set to the song "Heartbreaker," a slow-paced R&B tune featuring an acoustic guitar and Justin repeating the phrase “Heartbreaker, heartbreaker.” Justin has promised on Twitter that the full single will be released “soon.”

The Key, Justin’s third fragrance, is now available in department stores.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

James Murphy Says Arcade Fire’s New Album Is “Epic”

Merge Records/Anton CorbijnJames Murphy has a very high opinion of the new Arcade Fire album. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman, who helped Arcade Fire produce their as-yet-untitled release, says that he’s happy with the way the tracks turned out.

"It sounds like Arcade Fire in the way that only Arcade Fire sound like Arcade Fire,” he tells NME. “It's really f**king epic. Seriously. I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice.”

Murphy adds that just because he’s finished working on the album doesn’t mean that the band is through creating new songs for the release. “For them, it's not finished until it's in stores,” he explains. “They're all so phenomenally talented and full of ideas so songs keep on coming. The last time I dared think it was finished I came back to the studio three days later to mix and they'd written two new songs for the album!”

Last week, Arcade Fire responded to a fan’s tweet revealing that the follow-up to their 2010 Grammy Award-winning album, The Suburbs, will be released on October 29. The message also featured a composite photo of the band and a metal structure on fire, which may be the artwork for the upcoming release.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Hear Soundgarden Bassist Ben Shepherd’s New Single, “Collide”

Facebook.com/HBenShepherdBen Shepherd is sharing another cut from In Deep Owl, his debut solo album under his HBS moniker. The Soundgarden bassist has just posted a stream of new single “Collide” on his Soundcloud page.

In Deep Owl is set to be released on August 27. As previously reported, the upcoming release will feature guest appearances by Shepherd’s Soundgarden band mate, drummer Matt Cameron, and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain.

According to Consequence of Sound, In Deep Owl will feature 11 new tracks that Shepherd has been working on over the last four years. Here's the track list:

“Stone Pale”
“Koda”
“Collide”
“Loose Ends”
“Neverone Blues”
“Veritas”
“Baron Robber”
“From the Blue Book”
“Keystone”
“The Great Syrup Accident”
“The Train You Can’t Win”

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Lil Wayne Releases Video for "God Bless Amerika"

Facebook.com/LilWayneAfter teasing fans earlier this week, Lil Wayne has released the full video for his new single, "God Bless Amerika," which appears on his latest album, I Am Not a Human Being II.

Wayne dons a fitted shirt that reads "Jesus Saves, I Spend" while surveying scenes of urban devastation in the video, which was shot last month in the Hollygrove section of New Orleans, Wayne's home town.

The somber visual, which also includes cameos from Birdman and Mack Maine, ignited controversy after Wayne was seen in a behind-the-scenes video trampling a U.S. flag while shooting the video, during a scene in which the flag drops to the ground.

The rapper has since denied that he did it on purpose. "It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America," said Weezy on Facebook. "In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground."

In related news, Wayne is currently on the America's Most Wanted tour for the summer with 2 Chainz, T.I. and TygaCheck Wayne's Facebook page for the full tour itinerary.

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Lil Wayne "God Bless Amerika" from EIF RIVERA on Vimeo.

Tuesday
Jul162013

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Says "Fans Are Going to Love" Lightning Bolt

Monkeywrench/Republic RecordsIf you're not interested in becoming a Pearl Jam fan, you may want to stay out of earshot of the band's new album, Lightning Bolt.  Guitarist Mike McCready says the upcoming release is so good that it may convert anyone who hears it.

"If you're a Pearl Jam fan you're going to love it," he tells MusicRadar.com.  "And even if you're not, maybe it'll turn you into one!"

McCready adds that while it took the guys a long time to get Lightning Bolt together, he's very happy with the completed product.  "We finished seven songs two years ago and we had to take some time to figure out what we wanted to do," he explains.  "I think it's going to be a really cool record and I'm very excited about it.  Every artist says that about their new thing but I feel like we've been through a long journey to get there and it was totally worth it."

Lightning Bolt will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 15.  Last week, the band posted a stream of the album's first single, "Mind Your Manners," on their YouTube channel.

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Tuesday
Jul162013

K. Michelle Reveals "Rebelious Soul" Cover, Track Listing

Atlantic RecordsIt wasn't that long ago that K. Michelle announced that her debut album, Rebellious Soul, will drop later this summer.  Now the official artwork and track listing for the project has been released.

The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta reality star opted against recruiting any guest features on the 11-track effort.  She tweeted, "Grateful for my fans. Thank y'all for supporting me. I can't wait for y'all to hear the album!"  She adds, "I promise to always give y'all my best."

Led by her hit single, "V.S.O.P," Rebellious Soul will be hit retailers on August 13.  It'll be available for pre-order on iTunes at midnight, July 16.

Here's the Rebellious Soul track listing:

"My Life"
"Damn"
"I Don’t Like Me"
"Can’t Raise a Man"
"V.S.O.P."
"Pay My Bills"
"Sometimes"
"It’s Too Late"
"Hate on Her"
"When I Get a Man"
"A Mother’s Prayer"

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Tuesday
Jul162013

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Says "Fans Are Going to Love" "Lightning Bolt"

PearlJam.comIf you're not interested in becoming a Pearl Jam fan, you might not want to pick up their new album, Lightning Bolt.  Guitarist Mike McCready says that the upcoming release is so good that it may convert anyone who hears it.

"If you're a Pearl Jam fan you're going to love it," he tells MusicRadar.com.  "And even if you're not, maybe it'll turn you into one!"

McCready adds that while it took the guys a long time to get Lightning Bolt together, he's very happy with the finished product.  "We finished seven songs two years ago and we had to take some time to figure out what we wanted to do," he explains.  "I think it's going to be really cool record and I'm very excited about it.  Every artist says that about their new thing but I feel like we've been through a long journey to get there and it was totally worth it."

Lightning Bolt will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 15.  Last week, the band posted a stream of the album's first single, "Mind Your Manners," on their YouTube channel.

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