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Friday
Dec132013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton's 2012 NBC holiday special, Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas, has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award in the Comedy/Variety -- Music, Awards, Tributes -- Specials category.

Country newcomers and The Voice season-four finalists The Swon Brothers' debut single, "Later On," hit #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart after the duo premiered it on The Voice earlier this week.

Kenny Chesney traveled to Jamaica to shoot his new video, "Spread the Love," with The Wailers. Look for the clip to premiere Friday at RollingStone.com.

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Friday
Dec132013

Little Big Town Ready to Do Some "Day Drinking" in 2014

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is getting to do some "Day Drinking" in 2014. That's the title of the lead single from their upcoming studio album, which they'll start recording next February or March.

LBT recently tweeted a photo of a recent writing session with the caption, "Once everyone gets #SOBER, lets all do a little #DAYDRINKING. Spring 2014." Though they're not giving too much away about "Day Drinking" just yet, the group's Karen Fairchild tells ABC News Radio they just couldn't keep their excitement about the song under wraps.

"We got back from writing, and, I don't know, we were just excited. We had written [the] song awhile ago," Karen says of the Twitter leak of "Day Drinking." "It's kind of, like, the cornerstone, to me, of building the record."

Little Big Town is currently in heavy writing mode for the new project. Their current single, "Sober," from their platinum-selling album, Tornado, is now climbing the country charts.

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Friday
Dec132013

Garth Brooks Is Looking to Rewrite the Rules of Touring Next Year

Capitol NashvilleGarth Brooks is returning to the road next year for a world tour, and you can bet there won't be anything low-key about it.

Garth tells ABC News Radio, "The goal for this new tour is to make everything else we've done look small."

While Garth promises eye-popping stage production to go along with his record-setting catalog of hits, he also plans to control ticket prices for the fans.

"I want all the aspects of touring and everything to be better for the customer," he says. "I want it to be, you know, a show that is competitive with our old shows and competitive with everybody else out there."

Garth still isn't revealing whether this new tour will be accompanied by a studio album of new music, but he's got some ideas about where he fits into today's country music format, which includes shades of everything from rock to rap.

"I think the worst mistake that I could make if we do deliver new music is to try to chase something that I’m not," Garth says of making new music. "There is a new generation out there in country music, but I think my job is just to be me."

Garth is currently sitting at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his latest release, the Walmart-only box set Blame It All on My Roots. The multi-disc project features Garth's versions of hits by everyone from Stevie Wonder and Simon & Garfunkel to George Jones and Hank Williams. In the end, Garth hopes his versions of classics like "Superstition" and "Mrs. Robinson" simply do justice to the songs.

He says, "It was a labor of love, and it was a lot more work than I thought it was gonna be, but it was also a lot more fun than I could ever imagine."

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Friday
Dec132013

Beyonce, Nicki Minaj Among 10 Highest-Paid Women in Music 2013

Beyonce.com; Universal Motown/Howard HuangBeyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are among the highest paid women in the industry, according to Forbes.  The entertainers have made the publication's 10 Top-Earning Women in Music 2013 list, which had Madonna at number one for earning a whopping $125 million.

Beyonce claims the number four spot, behind Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, earning $53 million. Forbes estimates that on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, the singer earns two million in every city she plays.  Bey also earned income from her House of Dereon clothing line and lucrative endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M.

Ri Ri came in at number six, earning $43 million from touring behind her latest album Unapologetic, as well as earnings stemming from her ubiquitous Vita Coco ads. Meanwhile, Nicki tied with Mariah Carey at number 10 with $29 million. The rapper raked in $12 million alone for her stint as a judge on American Idol, while the rest of Nicki's income was generated by touring, music sales and endorsements.

The income was examined from June 1, 2012 through June 1, 2013, using data sources including Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America, Nielsen SoundScan, and interviews with managers and attorneys. Forbes also included income from concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures.

Here are the top ten:

1. Madonna -- $125 million
2. Lady Gaga -- $80 million
3. Taylor Swift --  $55 million
4. Beyoncé -- $53 million
5. Jennifer Lopez -- $45 million
6. Rihanna -- $43 million
7. Katy Perry -- $39 million
8. Pink -- $32 million
9. Carrie Underwood -- $31 million
10. Nicki Minaj -- $29 million, tie
10. Mariah Carey -- $29 million, tie

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Friday
Dec132013

Report: Biopic About The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson No Longer in Production

Legacy RecordingsA planned biopic titled The Drummer about late Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson has been indefinitely shelved, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The film's producers tell the publication that several factors have led to the project being put on ice, including the fact that actor Aaron Eckhart, who'd signed on to star in the film, dropped out in June 2012, because he was apparently exhausted from working on another movie, the upcoming I, Frankenstein.

"It was a huge blow for us when Eckhart pulled out," says The Drummer's music supervisor Brad Rosenberger, noting that the actor had spent a half year preparing for the role by taking singing lessons and learning to drum and play piano.

In addition, Shelley Surpin, the trustee who oversees Dennis' estate for his two children, Carl and Jennifer, confirmed in an email to The Hollywood Reporter "that there is no plan for proceeding with the Drummer project."

According to Gregg Jakobson, who worked as Wilson's producer and songwriting partner, Dennis' kids -- who'd agreed to co-produce the flick in October 2011 -- were not entirely happy with the screenplay, which was penned by Jody Savin.

Meanwhile, Rosenberger says Wilson's children still are interested "to see a movie honoring their father" come to fruition.  He adds, "There are no plans to make this Dennis Wilson movie now, but I don't think it would be accurate to say we don't want a movie to be made."

The Drummer was to have focused on the last few years of Wilson's life, including the recording of his 1977 solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, his turbulent personal relationships, his struggles with drugs and alcohol and his December 1983 death in an apparent drowning accident in Marina del Rey, California.  Actress Vera Farmiga had signed on to portray Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, who was romantically involved with Wilson following the breakup of her marriage to band mate John McVie.

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Friday
Dec132013

Melissa Etheridge Planning 25th Anniversary Documentary, Box Set, New Album & More

Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's hard to believe it, but it's been 25 years since the release of Melissa Etheridge's acclaimed debut album.  According to her manager, the singer plans to mark that anniversary with a slew of new releases and more.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Melissa recently took on a new manager, Larry Mestel, who tells the publication, "We're looking at a 25th anniversary plan that includes a very modern studio record, which we’re hoping to have out by summer, and a documentary which will coincide with a box set." 

He adds that they're also talking about "various residencies"  -- meaning extended series of concerts in one place -- as well as "other branding alliances."  "It will be a very busy 2014" for Melissa, he promises.

Melissa, who was just seen on the Grammy Nominations Live! special helping to announce this year's nominees, put out an album last year called 4th Street Feeling.  She's currently working in support of Uprising of Love, a movement that opposes Russian's anti-gay laws.  Other stars involved include Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Parsons, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Rob Reiner, 'N SYNC's Lance Bass, Glee's Chris Colfer and Bravo's Andy Cohen.  Melissa has also written a song called "Uprising of Love" as part of her involvement.

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Friday
Dec132013

Taylor Swift Celebrates 24th Birthday

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowHappy Birthday, Taylor Swift!  The superstar turns 24 on December 13, but because of global time zone differences, she actually got to celebrate her special day 24 hours early.

The singer is currently in Australia, which is 16 hours ahead of Eastern Time, so Taylor tweeted on Thursday, "It would appear that I'm now 24. That's on Australia time though. Still 23 in the States." She then posted a Vine video of a singing birthday card she'd received: it features pictures of cats, who are all singing "Meow," and it's signed "Meredith," which is the name of Taylor's cat.  "Thanks mom," wrote Taylor.

Even though it wasn't technically her birthday, Taylor still had a lot to celebrate Thursday: she received the second Golden Globe nomination of her career.  It was for "Sweeter than Fiction," the song she co-wrote with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff for the movie One Chance, which tells the story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts.  That came less than a week after she received several Grammy nominations.

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Friday
Dec132013

Beyoncé Surprisingly Releases New Self-Titled "Visual Album"

Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP ImagesWe can all stop speculating when Beyoncé's next album will drop, because it's already here.

Late Thursday, she surprisingly released a self-titled album exclusively on iTunes. Her fifth studio effort, described as a "visual album," contains 14 songs and 17 videos.

Bey says in a statement, "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."

Beyoncé's husband, Jay Z, is featured on a song titled "Drunk In Love," while their daughter, Blue Ivy, can be heard on another song, "Blue."

Her collaborators on the project also included Justin Timberlake, Drake, Frank Ocean, Timbaland, Miguel, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and her Destiny's Child band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Missing from the album: "Grown Woman," which was utilized in her Pepsi commercial, and "Standing on the Sun," which appeared in an H&M ad campaign.

The video collection, which was shot in cities ranging from Houston to Paris to Rio de Janeiro, does include a bonus "Grown Woman" clip.

In regards to the videos that accompany her new songs, Beyoncé says, "I see music. It's more than just what I hear. When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they're all connected to the music."

Her label promises a double-disc CD/DVD set will be available in time for the holidays.

You'll recall that earlier this year, Jay Z also launched an album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, in unique fashion. In his case, it was as a giveaway via Samsung phones.

As if the release of her new album wasn't enough, Beyoncé has also debuted on Facebook part one of a mini documentary chronicling her work on the album.

Beyoncé is currently taking her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour around North America.

Here's the complete track listing for Beyoncé:

"Pretty Hurts"
"Haunted"
"Drunk in Love" (Featuring Jay Z)
"Blow/Cherry"
"No Angel"
"Yoncé/Partition"
"Jealous"
"Rocket"
"Mine" (Featuring Drake)
"XO"
"***Flawless" (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
"Superpower" (Featuring Frank Ocean)
"Heaven"
"Blue" (Featuring Blue Ivy)

These are the videos included with the album:

"Pretty Hurts"
"Ghost"
"Haunted"
"Drunk in Love"
"Blow"
"No Angel"
"Yoncé"
"Partition"
"Jealous"
"Rocket"
"Mine"
"XO"
"***Flawless"
"Superpower"
"Heaven"
"Blue"
"Grown Woman" (bonus video)

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Thursday
Dec122013

Martina McBride to Release Eclectic Covers Album, "Everlasting," in March 2014

Morris ManagementMartina McBride is releasing a diverse collection of cover songs next year, titled Everlasting. The album is due out March 4, 2014, featuring Martina's take on everything from Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" to Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." She's posted her version of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now" to YouTube as well. Other artists covered on the album include Elvis Presley, The Supremes and Van Morrison. A duet with Gavin DeGraw on "Bring It on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke is another highlight.

Martina says, "While this is a bit of a departure for me song-wise, stylistically I approached these songs the way I always have which is singing with as much soul and emotion as I possibly can. I think my fans will love this record because they are some of the best songs of all time done in a very classic style."

Martina plans to tour with a horn section to support Everlasting next spring. The full album track list will be announced soon.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Report: Prince to Appear on "New Girl" Super Bowl Episode

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince is reportedly set to make a rare television appearance on an episode of Fox's New Girl that will air on Super Bowl Sunday -- February 2, 2014.

Sources tell E! News that the legendary entertainer, who is a fan of the show, will play himself.  The upcoming episode will be centered around the singer's notorious house parties, where he is rumored to come between the show's favorite couple: Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and Nick, portrayed by Jake Johnson.

Further evidence that Prince will make a cameo comes from actress Hannah Simone, who plays CeCe.  On Wednesday, she tweeted, "Big Deal Alert! Exciting news coming tomorrow....." which Prince, in turn, retweeted.

A rep from Fox declined to comment when contacted by ABC News Radio.  The appearance would mark Prince's first-ever guest spot on a TV comedy.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Bon Jovi's Sambora Would "Definitely Think About" Rejoining Bon Jovi in 2014: "There's No Malice There"

Press Here PublicityWhen Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora up and left the band in the middle of its world tour, the group soldiered on as rumors swirled about why he'd left.  Sambora has since revealed that he wanted more time with his family after 30 years of non-stop touring, but he says he has no problem with the idea of rejoining the band.

Speaking to Billboard about getting back together with Jon Bon Jovi and the guys, Richie says, "Yes, I would think about it for sure.  There's no malice here.  You get along for 30 years, that's a damn good marriage."

He also dismisses rumors that he left the group over disagreements about money.  Calling such reports "baloney," he adds, "You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money."

Sambora also reveals that during his downtime, in addition to spending time with his teenage daughter, he's also been caring for his ailing mother, who fractured her hip six weeks ago.  But overall, he confesses, "I needed to be with myself for the first time in a long time.  I had some time to grow up, because rock 'n' roll will make you a virtual 17-year-old."

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Thursday
Dec122013

The Beatles Among Artists to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

CBS Photography 1964The Beatles are among the artists and other music luminaries whom The Recording Academy will honor next month with Special Merit Awards.  The Fab Four will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special invite-only event in Los Angeles on January 25, the evening before the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians the Recording Academy will acknowledge for their career contributions include R&B/funk legends The Isley Brothers, country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, influential German electronic group Kraftwerk, Zydeco star Clifton Chenier, classical violinist Maud Powell, and Mexican singer/songwriter Armando Manzanero.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will honor a number of non-performers with Trustee Awards.  These include acclaimed rock photographer Jim Marshall, Italian film-score composer Ennio Morricone, and Rick Hall, founder of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based recording facility Fame Studios.

"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.  "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.

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Thursday
Dec122013

The Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kris Kristofferson to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

CBS Photography 1964The Beatles, R&B/funk legends The Isley Brothers and country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson are among the artists and other music luminaries whom The Recording Academy will honor next month with Special Merit Awards.  The Fab Four, The Isleys and Kristofferson will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at a special invite-only event in Los Angeles on January 25, the evening before the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians the Recording Academy will acknowledge for their career contributions include influential German electronic group Kraftwerk, Zydeco star Clifton Chenier, classical violinist Maud Powell, and Mexican singer/songwriter Armando Manzanero.

Meanwhile, a number of non-performers will be honored with Trustee Awards at the Special Merit Awards ceremony.  These include acclaimed rock photographer Jim Marshall, Italian film-score composer Ennio Morricone, and Rick Hall, founder of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based recording facility Fame Studios.

"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.  "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.

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Thursday
Dec122013

The xx Announces Intimate NYC Residency

Young TurksThe xx has announced they’ll be setting up shop at the Park Avenue Armory for a series of intimate shows next spring. The band will perform 25 concerts during a residency at the venue, taking place March 19-29.  

The group will only sell a total of 40 tickets to each performance, during which fans can expect to experience a “unique interaction with the band and their music and challenging the relationship between artist, audience, and environment.” The shows will take place at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the weekends.

Tickets are available through Park Avenue Armory’s official website, ArmoryOnPark.org.

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Thursday
Dec122013

K. Michelle Talks Grammy Snub: "I was a Little Hurt"

Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle has expressed her disappointment over not getting nominated for the Grammy Awards. On Thursday's Big Morning Buzz Live, the Love & Hip-Hop star spoke about being shut out in all categories.

"The line was too long at Western Union. I was doing a little Christmas shopping, so I didn’t make it," she said. "But people are entitled to their opinion. This is my first album. I’m a new artist, not a self-proclaimed new artist, really a new artist. So with that being said, I just feel like there’s a lot of time for it."

The singer says not being recognized has only motivated her to work harder. "I was a little hurt, but I truly feel like with my gift and my ability to write songs that touch people, that there’s always next year. That’s what we’ll aim for. We’ll just work even harder."

After her interview, Michelle performed her new single "Can’t Raise a Man" from her album, Rebellious Soul.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Lil Wayne Announces "Truk the Holidays" Sweepstakes

Facebook.com/TrukFitApparelTo celebrate the holidays, Lil Wayne and his lifestyle apparel brand, Trukfit, are giving one lucky fan the chance to win an exclusive diamond necklace during its Twitter sweepstakes, dubbed "Truk the Holidays."

"Trukfit and I would like to show our appreciation to our fans this holiday season," says Wayne in a statement. "We are giving away an amazing Trukfitchain this holiday. Consider it a special gift from me to you!"

The chain, which is valued at $4,995 and includes a black diamond encrusted Trukfit logo, is one of twenty currently available in the world.

To enter, consumers must follow the brand's official account on Twitter and retweet promotional tweets provided by the company beginning December 12 through December 15. The winner will be selected through a random drawing and announced during the week of December 16.

For more information, visit Trukfit.com.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Kelly Clarkson Headed to "Nashville" in January; Recording Song from the Series

RCA RecordsIt looks like the music from ABC's Nashville is jumping from the TV screen onto Kelly Clarkson's next album. Kelly is set to appear in Nashville's next episode, airing January 15. The show's producer, Dee Johnson, tells TVLine.com Kelly has also recorded the song "Fade Into You," which Gunnar and Scarlett sang on the show last season.

Of course, Kelly was on TV in a big way Wednesday night with her NBC holiday special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. According to Zap2It.com, her show came in second behind CBS's CSI in the 10 p.m. ET time slot Wednesday night.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Lorde & Taylor Swift Have Dinner in Australia 

ABC/Lou RoccoLooks like any hard feelings between Lorde and Taylor Swift are forgotten.  A month after the two were spotted having lunch at Shake Shack in New York City, the two were photographed enjoying dinner at Hibachi Japanese Grill in Melbourne, Australia, according to SplashNews.

Taylor is currently touring Australia -- her tour wraps up on Saturday, the day after her 24th birthday -- and of course, Lorde is from that part of the world.  In fact, in late November, fan video surfaced of Taylor on stage in New Zealand; in the middle of performing "22," she apparently greeted Lorde, who was in the front row at the show.

You may recall that Lorde initially caused controversy by saying in an interview with New Zealand's Metro magazine, "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls.  [They'll say] ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s f***ing bullsh*t."

After Taylor's fans attacked her for her comments, Lorde apologized to Taylor on her Tumblr, saying she was just trying to make a point about the emphasis on "physical perfection in this industry."  She added, "I am very very new to this whole thing. I will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that [Taylor] is for hers. I admire her very much for this reason. Basically, this is an apology for not thinking too hard before I speak." 

She also said of Taylor, "[She] has a very unique vision, which I admire."

Of course, there's still the matter of Lorde calling the lyrics of "Come and Get It", by Taylor's BFF Selena Gomez, "pathetic."  Wonder if they discussed that over dinner?

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Thursday
Dec122013

Def Leppard to Host AXS TV "Day of Hysteria" Marathon Later This Month

Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will hit the AXS TV airwaves to host a 12-hour block of rock concert specials on Sunday, December 29, including the broadcast premiere of the band's own Viva! Hysteria show.  For the "Day of Hysteria" event, the pop-metal group's five members will be featured commenting about their classic 1987 album Hysteria and the Las Vegas residency they played this past spring that featured a full performance of the record.

AXS TV's debut screening of Viva! Hysteria is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  The special boasts footage of Def Leppard from various dates on their 11-show stand at Vegas' The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  In addition to Hysteria hits like "Animal," "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites," the band also is shown performing such other classics as "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph."

The "Day of Hysteria" marathon also will include the broadcast TV premiere of Cheap Trick at Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance, a show filmed earlier this year at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre that saw the power-pop legends' playing the exact set featured on their landmark 1978 live album.  Cheap Trick at Budokan, which helped catapult the band to stardom, was culled from performances that the group played at the famed Budokan venue in Japan.  The 35th Anniversary Performance special will premiere at 9:35 p.m. ET.

Other specials that will air the "Day of Hysteria" marathon include shows featuring The New York Dolls, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and KISS.

Here is the full "Day of Hysteria" programming lineup:

1:30 p.m. ET: New York Dolls
2:35 p.m. ET: Bon Jovi: Lost Highway - The Concert (Encore screening at 7 p.m. ET)
3:40 p.m. ET: Alice Cooper Live at Montreux
5:25 p.m. ET: Sammy Hagar and Friends Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash (Encore screening at 4:30 a.m. ET)
7 p.m. ET: Bon Jovi: Lost Highway - The Concert
8 p.m. ET: Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria (Encore screening at 1:20 a.m. ET)
9:35 p.m. ET: Cheap Trick at Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance - Live from the El Rey Theatre (Encore screening at 2:55 a.m. ET)
11:15 p.m. ET: KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe Concert (Encore screening at 1:30 a.m. ET).

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Thursday
Dec122013

Salaam Remi on Grammy-Nominated "One in the Chamber": Just Making "Music that I Believe In"

The Chamber Group Salaam Remi's latest album, Salaam Remi: One in the Chamber, has been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards.  Prior to the announcement, the in-demand songwriter and producer revealed to ABC News Radio how the disc, which includes contributions from Akon, Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Stephen Marley and Jordin Sparks, came together.

"This project, I guess, came together over a number of years, I love music that actually inspires and hits an emotion with me just by listening to it," he says. "So I had written these songs with the artists, in between us doing other things, and just had a collection of music that I felt like people should hear because this is what I relax to, this is what I listen to. And then, once I put the orchestra behind it, it kind of had a similar thread that actually made it into its own movie, its own body of work."

Remi also explained the importance of making music that he believes in. "I'm really just connected to what I believe is the right way, doing the right thing and then making the music that I believe in. If I don't believe in it, then it's hard for me to back it the way I do," Salaam says.

As a result, the hitmaker is creating music that resonates with his fans. "I just want music that I can be proud of and have people go, 'Wow,' and then come up with creative ways to market it," he says. "I still feel like it's music for humans, not music for politics and charts and worrying about all that stuff. First of all, do people connect with this? And if that feeling is there then it can't go away."

At the Grammys, Salaam will be competing against his artist, Mack Wilds, who earned his first Grammy nod for his debut album, New York: A Love Story, which was released via Salaam's Re Mi Fa/Louder than Life label. The producer told ABC News Radio what he foresees for Mack's music career.

"Mack is doing well with a great start-up," Remi says referring to Wilds' hit single "Own It."  "But I definitely feel like he'll be the biggest artist that will come through the R&B lane in a while as a new artist."

With all his success -- writing hits for Alicia Keys, Nas, Miguel and the late Amy Winehouse -- the producer told ABC News Radio how he remains humble.

"The quality of artists and projects and opportunities that I've had, I had to be guided to this. There's no way that this has happened on its own," he says. "But I've also worked really hard at it, even when I get it, so when some people say, 'Oh you're great now, you have it.' I'm like, 'No.' I'm up early, I'm working hard, keeping my head down, humbly appreciative of every opportunity and making the best of it." 

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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