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Friday
May242013

Prince Releases Video for New Single "Fixurlifeup"

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince has released a video for his new single "Fixurlifeup" that's streaming now on Vevo.  The clip features images of the politically charged lyrics floating over footage of Prince performing the song with the female trio 3rd Eye Girl; in fact, the video is credited to "3rd Eye Girl featuring Prince."  Prince and the trio performed the song at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.  The video also intercuts live footage shot in San Diego on the Live Out Loud tour.

The single is Prince's first release with the Kobalt Music Group.  As previously reported, as part of his deal with Kobalt, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release not only his own music but also work from a roster of new acts.  In addition, he'll also provide artist development and recording services to newly signed performers. 

According to Spin.com, Prince's upcoming album has the working title Plectrum Electrum.

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Friday
May242013

2 Chainz Releasing Sophomore CD in September

Facebook.com/2Chainz2 Chainz announced on Twitter that he will release his second CD in September tweeting, "NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY SEPTEMBER TENTH!!!!"

He also expressed his gratitude for being named number two on MTV’s Hottest MC’s list. “Thanks MTV, headed to the lab,” he tweeted. “Def a blessing….Always wanted to be mentioned on that list." He added, “Next album will hush all the critics that the 1st album didn't...,”

2 Chainz’ debut CD Based on a T.R.U. Story hit number one on the Billboard album chart last year and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. 

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Friday
May242013

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Talks Cancer Battle, Band's Rift with Drummer Bill Ward

Vertigo/RepublicIn a new interview with Guitar World, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recounts the harrowing fight he mounted against lymphoma as his band worked to complete 13, its first studio album in 35 years to feature founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

Iommi discovered he had cancer shortly after the band's late 2011 announcement that they planned to reunite for a new album and tour.  The 65-year-old rock legend tells the magazine that after he found out about his diagnosis, "I thought, 'Bloody cancerous lymphoma?  Well that's it.  I've had it.'"

He says that although the treatment sapped him of his strength, he soon became determined to regain his health.  "I'd go through stages thinking, 'Can I do this?'" he explains.  "And then: 'Of course I can do this.  I don't want to die.  I want to carry on and do what I'm supposed to do.'"

Iommi says that while battling the illness, he also became motivated to keep creating, and ended up writing a lot of new material for Sabbath's forthcoming album.

Osbourne, meanwhile, tells Guitar World that he and bassist Geezer Butler tried to be supportive of their ailing band mate, although they made sure not to dote on him.

"We all rallied around him," says Ozzy.  "But it's not like we'd be saying, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?'  We just got on with it."  Osbourne adds that while it was obvious that Iommi was tired, "He was a soldier and marched on.  He still had more riffs coming out of him than anyone."

As for Butler, he says focusing on the Sabbath album "encouraged [Tony] and kept his mind off the cancer, which is the best thing you can possibly do if you have that."

Meanwhile, Iommi also recalls his reaction to finding out that founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had decided not to participate in the band's reunion because he was unhappy with the contract he was offered.

"I was shocked," the guitarist admits to Guitar World.  "We were hearing stuff from lawyers, like, 'I'm not happy with this.  I'm not happy with that.'  We waited a long time for Bill and we wanted to sort it out."

Iommi explains that he eventually became impatient when no agreement could be reached with Ward.  "At the end of the day, especially after I was diagnosed, I thought, 'F**king hell, that's it," says Tony.  "We've got to get a move on.  I might pop off next year!"

Iommi reveals that he then emailed Ward and informed him that "we can't wait any longer."

Black Sabbath's 13 will be released on June 11, and the band kicks off a North American tour leg on June 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Friday
May242013

Taylor Swift Trespasser Pleads No Contest

Credit: Sarah BarlowWhile it's not clear exactly why he was on Taylor Swift's property, a man arrested for trespassing near her Rhode Island mansion has pleaded "no contest" in court Friday.

Twenty-two-year-old Lucas Vorsteveld was arrested May 15 at 2:15 in the morning after he swam to a private road near the mansion, which Taylor recently purchased for over 17 million bucks, reportedly in cash.  He pleaded "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. The judge said the charge would be dismissed if he stays out of trouble, and steers clear of the property, which doesn't actually belong to Taylor.

Outside the court, Vorsteveld had no reply when asked by reporters if he owed Taylor an apology. 

Taylor was probably not at the house during the incident, considering she's currently on tour -- she performed May 12 in Washington and May 16 in Houston, Texas.

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Friday
May242013

Chris Brown Reveals Cover Art for New Single with Aaliyah

Facebook.com/ChrisBrownChris Brown drops his new single ”They Don’t Know” on Monday, featuring never-before-heard vocals from the late Aaliyah.  As revealed on Rap-up.com, the cover art shows Chris's tattoo-covered body in the shape of a X, which is the title of his upcoming CD.

Breezy says he shot the video earlier this month "in the hood" in Los Angeles. “I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block,” he explains. “[I'm] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I’m from.”

Breezy currently has a top-ten hit with “Fine China.” He'll release his sixth album, featuring Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, on July 16.

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Friday
May242013

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Says Trip to Cannes Is About Keeping 3D Film "Independent"

Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageMetallica recently partnered with Exclusive Media to screen and shop the band’s upcoming 3D film, Through the Never, at the Cannes Film Festival, in order to find an international distributor for the flick. Drummer Lars Ulrich says that his trip to Cannes wasn’t about finding a way to rake in some cash; it was about maintaining control over how their movie is presented.

“We are fighting fiercely to keep this as independent as possible,” he tells New York magazine. “It’s not a greed thing or a financial thing, so much as, if it says Metallica on it, then you’ll know that it came from us. We can look our fans straight in the eye and go, ‘We did our best and it’s straight from us to you.’”

The band recently unveiled a one-minute trailer for Through the Never, which features scenes of In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan getting into a car accident and then running from a group of masked, weapon-wielding attackers. Ulrich notes the upcoming concert film will focus heavily on DeHaan’s story, which accompanies a number of live performances from Metallica.

“[DeHaan] works the Metallica gig as a runner and he’s sent on an errand that leads to many, many bad things that happen to him on his journey through this unnamed city,” Ulrich explains. “So we follow his journey through the night and we keep cutting back to the Metallica concert, which is, I guess, the anchor of the film, but it’s really about his journey.”

Through the Never will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27, after which it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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Friday
May242013

Blake Shelton Announces Details for Tornado Relief Telethon Next Wednesday in Oklahoma City

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has lined up Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill to perform at his telethon, Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, coming up Wednesday, May 29 at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Center. More big names will be announced soon. The concert will be broadcast live on NBC that night at 9 p.m. ET.  E!, Bravo and CMT will also air the special either live or on a delayed basis.

Blake grew up in Ada, OK, not far from where the devastating tornado struck Monday, May 20, and he currently lives in Tishomingo, OK.

"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Blake says.  "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

Proceeds from the telethon will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Tickets to the event go on sale Saturday morning through Ticketmaster.

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Friday
May242013

Report: Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal to Judge "American Idol"

Kevin Mazur/WireImageJennifer Hudson has been in negotiations to become a judge on the next season of American Idol and now there are reports that she has agreed to terms.

According to E! Online, multiple sources have confirmed that Jennifer has signed a deal to judge the Fox show for season 13. 

Jennifer appeared on the season 12 finale earlier this month, duetting with Candice Glover.  She's returned to the show multiple times since she was came in seventh in season three, then went on to an Oscar- and Grammy-winning career. 

Fox has so far had no comment on the reports that American Idol alums are being tapped to be judges on the show next season.  Jennifer’s publicist told ABC News, “We have no comment at this time.”

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Friday
May242013

Report: Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal to Judge "American Idol"

Kevin Mazur/WireImageA rep for Kelly Clarkson told the Hollywood Reporter that the singer will not be a judge on season 13 of American Idol, but it appears that Jennifer Hudson may take the job.

E! Online claims that multiple sources have confirmed that Jennifer has signed a deal to judge the Fox show for season 13.  E! reiterates reports that either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken are also being considered for a spot, and claims that despite her rep's denials, Kelly is also close to signing on.

Jennifer appeared on the season 12 finale earlier this month, duetting with Candice Glover.  She's returned to the show multiple times since she was came in seventh in season three, then went on to an Oscar- and Grammy-winning career. 

Fox has so far had no comment on the reports that American Idol alums are being tapped to be judges on the show.  In addition, a rep for J-Hud tells ABC News Radio, "We have no comment at this time."

 

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Friday
May242013

Katy Perry Apologizes for Twitter Comment About Rapper's Song After He Threatens Her

ABC/Rick PowellKaty Perry has found herself in the unusual position of apologizing for something she said on Twitter about another artist's song...after he threatened her.

It all started a few days ago, when Katy tweeted, "Just heard a new song on the radio called 'I hate being sober' I now have serious doubt for the world."  That particular song, "Hate Being Sober," is by rapper Chief Keef, who unleashed a series of foul-mouthed tweets against Katy after being made aware of her comment, calling her a b**h, suggesting she perform a sexual act on him, and adding, "Ill Smack The Sh*t out her."  He also hinted that he was going to release a diss track about her, writing, "New song Katy Perry Coming Soon."

But Katy soon tweeted an apology to the rapper, writing, "Mr. Keef! I'm sorry if I offended you. I heard a lot of people guesting on the song & didn't even know it was you in particular." She's referring to the fact that both Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent appear on the track.

She added that she's actually fan of Keef's video for his song "Don't Like," and continued, regarding her comments on "Hate Being Sober," "I was really just having a general opinion on our generations desire to be constantly intoxicated. Believe me, I'm a lover, not a hater."

Keef appears to have accepted her apology, because he retweeted her comments.  Beef quashed!

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Friday
May242013

Jonathan Davis Says Korn’s Next Album Will Feature “Electronic Stuff”

Korn.comFrontman Jonathan Davis says that while Korn will continue to experiment with electronic elements on their upcoming album, it won’t be anything like their 2011 dubstep album, The Path to Totality.

“It’s not in a dubstep format; it’s more in a rock format,” he tells The Morning Call. “We never want to repeat ourselves. It’s really cool -- we’re just using the electronic stuff to highlight the rock, our music.”

Davis adds that reuniting with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has helped the guys create a new sound for the upcoming release. “It’s really cool that Head’s back with us,” he explains. “We got [James] 'Munky' [Shaffer] and Head’s dual guitar thing that they do and it’s really cool that we’re taking everything that we’ve learned since Head’s been gone and putting that all together and then we make it something different.”  

While a release date for the new album has yet to be announced, Shaffer had previous stated that the band hopes to release it by the end of the summer.

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Friday
May242013

Listen to Paul McCartney & Wings' "Wings over America" Reissue Online Now 

Universal Music EnterprisesThe deluxe reissue of Paul McCartney & Wings' chart-topping 1976 live album, Wings over America, doesn't hit stores until Tuesday, but you can check out a free preview of the remastered collection online now.  RollingStone.com currently is streaming all 28 songs featured on the standard, two-CD edition of the album, which boasts the same track list that appeared on the original release.

Wings over America features performances from various stops on the one and only North American tour McCartney mounted with his popular 1970s group.  The set includes a variety of Wings tunes, McCartney solo gems and Beatles classics.

Besides the two-CD version, Wings over America will be available as deluxe box set featuring a extra CD of concert performances, a DVD including the 75-minute Wings over the World TV special, several books, and various pieces of memorabilia.

McCartney recently launched a special Wing over America-themed section of his official website.  The feature offers an interactive map giving details about all of the stops on Wings' 1976 North American trek, as well as a digital recreation of the late Linda McCartney's tour diary, which includes several candid photos snapped during the outing.

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Friday
May242013

Little Big Town Raises Big Money at Small Show for Blood: Water Mission

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town raised some big money playing a small show recently near Nashville. The group's show at Rolling Hills Farm in Franklin, TN brought in $115,000 for Blood: Water Mission, an organization working against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney were in the audience. This concert was Little Big Town's second fundraiser for Blood: Water Mission.

Little Big Town heads to Virginia Beach, VA for a show Tuesday night.

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Friday
May242013

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Writing Memoir

Bird Street BooksNick Carter is especially busy with side projects outside of his work with the Backstreet Boys. Earlier this week, it was reported that he and his fiancee, Lauren Kitt, are shopping a reality show about his personal life and their upcoming wedding.

It seems Carter intends to reveal even more about himself in a memoir. Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It will focus on his music career and his struggles with drugs and alcohol.

Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It will be published by Bird Street Books and will be released sometime in September.

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Friday
May242013

The Moody Blues Schedule New Release Date for "Timeless Flight" Box Set, Announce Fall US Tour

Universal Music EnterprisesThe Moody Blues have announced a new release date for Timeless Flight, a massive box set gathering together the band's biggest hits, rarities and live performances, as well as archival video footage. The 17-disc collection now is scheduled to be released on June 25.  It includes 11 CDs, six DVDs, pieces of Moody Blues memorabilia and more.

The CDs feature remastered album tracks, unreleased alternate mixes, outtakes and audio from full concerts by the band.  Three of the DVDs offer various video gems including rare TV appearances, promotional clips and previously unreleased performances from a 1970 concert The Moodies played in Paris.

In addition, the collection offers three DVD-Audio discs featuring 5.1 surround sound mixes of six classic early Moody Blues albums -- 1967's Days of Future Passed, 1969's On the Threshold of a Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children, 1970's A Question of Balance, 1971's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and 1972's Seventh Sojourn.

Timeless Flight also comes with a 120-page hardcover book boasting a newly written essay about the group, an assortment of photos, a replica tour poster and tour program and other collectibles.

Meanwhile, The Moody Blues also will issue a four-CD version of Timeless Flight.  The pared-down set still features nearly 70 tracks and more than five hours of music.  Visit MoodyBluesToday.com to learn more about the Timeless Flight packages.

In celebration of Timeless Flight's release, the band has scheduled a new U.S. fall tour that 's mapped out from a September 26 show in Louisville, Kentucky, through a November 2 performance in Rancho Mirage, California.  Here is The Moody Blues' entire list of confirmed U.S. tour dates:

9/26 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
9/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
9/28 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
9/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
10/1 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/2 -- Elkhart, IN, Lerner Theatre
10/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater
10/5 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
10/8 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
10/9 -- Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center
10/11 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs
10/12 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Civic Center
10/14 -- Kansas City, MO, The Midland by AMC
10/15 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
10/16 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre
10/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
10/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/21 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/22 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for Performing Arts
10/24 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin Center
10/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Nob Hill Masonic Center
10/26 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort and Casino
10/27 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic Center
10/29 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's
11/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
11/2 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino

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Friday
May242013

Aretha Franklin Taking a Break from Touring Until July; Plans to Reschedule Canceled Shows

Photo: Matthew Jordan SmithAfter canceling a pair of concerts this month because of unspecified medical issues, Aretha Franklin apparently is now set to take a break from touring until July.  A representative for the Queen of Soul confirmed to ABC News Radio a recent report that the singer will be staying off the concert stage through the coming month, and that she's planning to reschedule the two nixed shows.

The aforementioned performances originally had been set to take place this past Monday in Chicago and this coming Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 71-year-old music legend was last seen on the finale of Fox's American Idol on May 16.  Appearing live via satellite, Aretha sang a medley of her classic songs with the program's female contestants.

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Friday
May242013

J. Cole Reveals Another Feature From His "Born Sinner" Album

Photo courtesy of J. Cole via TwitterJ. Cole's sophomore album, Born Sinner, already includes one big feature -- the Miguel-assisted "Power Trip."  But there's another buzz-worthy collaboration on the set, and it's with TLC.

"Yes. T-Boz and Chilli. It's crazy," Cole tells BBC 1Xtra.  The revelation shouldn't come as a total surprise, of course.  That's because back in March, petite Chilli tweeted a photo of herself looking up at the rather tall J. Cole.  She captioned the snapshot, "me n @JColeNC n the studio..yea he looks up 2 me 2 lol."

Cole fans can expect more big features, but for now, he won't say who his other guests are.  "You know how I got to do it. Four weeks away," he says.  Cole did, however, slip fans at least one other bit of important information -- he's the only person rapping on his Born Sinner project.

Born Sinner arrives in stores June 18.  The album had originally been slated for release June 25, but Cole wanted his disc to go out the same day as Kanye West's.  In a tweet about his decision, Cole calls Kanye, "one of the greatest artists of our generation."

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Friday
May242013

The Band Perry Recalls Their Family's Mississippi Memorial Day Tradition

Republic NashvilleBefore their touring schedule got out of hand, The Band Perry made it a point to head back to their grandmother's house in Mississippi for her church's annual Memorial Day event.  After the service, the church has a huge potluck lunch, and the Perry siblings took that opportunity to interview a few soldiers a few years ago while they were working on their first album.

Reid Perry explains, "We just listened to a lot of the stories that they had to tell because there’s some amazing anecdotes."

His sister Kimberly Perry adds, "Unfortunately, so many of those folks who had told us those stories three short years ago are no longer with us, so it’s really like this moment in time that we’re trying to soak up before it’s gone away for us."

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Friday
May242013

Lionel Richie Says Bruno Mars Begged Him for Advice

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleLast year, Lionel Richie made a major comeback with his album Tuskegee.  This year, he's still on roll: this summer, he'll perform for tens of thousands of fans in London's famed Hyde Park.  But the music legend says the thing that convinced he'd become cool again was that Bruno Mars, of all people, asked him for advice.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Star, Lionel says, "The new generation are discovering that guys like me can do melodies.  Bruno Mars is a killer for melodies and lyrics, and he came to my show. He asked me afterwards: ‘Can you tell me how you do it?,' and I said, 'Don’t worry, you’re doing just fine.'" 

Lionel says that "these new guys," like Bruno, "are hungry for longevity," of the type that he himself has.  But he admits that when he was creating his classic hits in the '70s and '80s, he didn't know they would last as long as they have.

"The words of 'Three Times A Lady' apply in 2013 just as they did in 1978, but at the time disco was happening and I was worried about being a laughing stock," he recalls about writing that smash hit.

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Friday
May242013

Josh Homme: "People Believe I'm Some Kind of Evil Dictator Sometimes"

Anthony Pidgeon/RedfernsJosh Homme wants you to know that he’s not a bad guy.  The Queens of the Stone Age frontman says that during his musical career he’s had to make difficult decisions which have led people to get the wrong impression of him.

“I think people believe I'm some kind of evil dictator sometimes,” he tells British GQ magazine.  “Sometimes hard decisions have to be made and sometimes wonderful decisions have to be made.  What is that root of [our upcoming album …Like Clockwork] is that you can't run away.”

…Like Clockwork will arrive in stores on June 4.  Homme notes that the upcoming release will be a reflection of what the band has been through since their previous release, 2007’s Era Vulgaris.

“All I really care about is that I'm being honest and I'm real and I'm coming from a real place,” he explains. “I think the best thing you can do, if you're blessed enough to do this for year after year, is to tell where you're at, what you know and ask about what you don't know.  That can make you pretty f**king vulnerable but I think you just have to let it all go and let what happens, happens.”

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