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Tuesday
Apr232013

Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell Says New Album Will Be "Different"; Not Concerned About Band Getting into Rock Hall

Facebook.com/AliceInChainsAlice in Chains fans can expect some serious musical experimentation from the band on their upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.  Guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell says the guys always strive to achieve something different every time they make a new album.

"I don't think you could say any one of our records sounds like another record that we put out, and that's a cool thing, I think, about this band," he tells ABC News Radio.  "After we put a record to bed, that is in the past.  You have to start from a zero every time, that way you get something fresh and you keep your perspective charged up…to make the new music and I think that's why we've been able to make the sorts of records that are different from each other."

Last week, Cantrell performed with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to help celebrate fellow Seattle musicians Heart getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  While Alice in Chains will be eligible for that honor in about two years, Cantrell says that he's not concerned about it.

"I don't really think about it a whole lot," he notes.  "I didn't get into this to win awards so it doesn't make me feel any better.  It's very nice to be thought of with other musicians and to have somebody consider your work something that's memorable or something to be celebrated.  That part of it is cool."

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will arrive in stores on Tuesday, May 28, and features 12 new tracks.  If you pre-order the album now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the band's current single, "Stone."

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Kenny Chesney's "Life on a Rock" Now Streaming on iTunes

Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney fans can now hear his new album, Life on a Rock, streaming on iTunes before it comes out next week.  Kenny wrote all but two songs on the ten-track album, which includes special appearances from Willie Nelson on "Coconut Tree" and The Wailers on "Spread the Love."

Kenny says, "When I wrote these songs, it was to capture a time and a place, friends, memories and the way it all felt, but the more you live, the more you realize how precious those things are."

In addition to those collaborations, Life on a Rock also features Kenny's latest hit, "Pirate Flag."  Look for Kenny to perform on ABC's Good Morning America next Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Reveals Reason Behind Split with Thurston Moore; Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Al Pereira/WireImageSonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon has revealed the reason behind her 2011 split with longtime partner and band mate Thurston Moore. Gordon says that she ended their 27-year marriage because Moore was having an affair with a woman who was the girlfriend of a former band member.

"We seemed to have a normal relationship inside of a crazy world," Kim tells ELLE magazine. "And in fact, it ended in a kind of normal way -- midlife crisis, starstruck woman."

The bassist notes that she confronted Moore about the affair and that they went to counseling, but Moore refused to stop seeing the woman. "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do," she explains. "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."

Gordon adds that she faced another setback following her separation from Moore: she was diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer called DCIS. While she had a lumpectomy to fix the problem, the news couldn’t have come at a worse time. "I’m fine; it’s literally the best you can have," Gordon explains. "I didn’t do radiation or anything, but I was like, 'Okay, what else is going to happen to me?'"

While the future of Sonic Youth is uncertain, Gordon says she’s planning to tour with her new band, Body/Head, sometime this year.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Portugal. The Man Schedules Summer Headlining Tour

Atlantic RecordsPortugal. The Man is hitting the road this summer to promote their upcoming album, Evil Friends.

The band has just unveiled the dates for their upcoming headlining tour, which kicks off on May 20 at Irving Plaza in New York City. The outing will make stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle, among other cities. Royal Bangs, Skaters, Guards and Avi Buffalo will support the band on select dates.

Evil Friends will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 4. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a performance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 5.

Here are the tour dates:

5/20 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
6/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
6/8 -- Washington D.C., 9:30 Club
6/11 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/12 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
6/13 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
6/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
6/19 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
6/20 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
6/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
6/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
6/23 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
6/25 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
6/26 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
6/27 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
6/28 -- Helotes, TX, Josabi’s
6/29 -- El Paso, TX, Tricky Falls
7/2 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Sol Stage & Grill
7/3 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Conference Center
7/4 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
7/5 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/10 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
7/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
7/13 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
7/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
7/17 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market
7/18 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom

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Tuesday
Apr232013

The-Dream, Kelly Rowland Promoting Albums with Co-Headlining Tour

Facebook.com/TheDreamMusicThe-Dream and Kelly Rowland will co-headline a cross-country tour this summer in support of their respective new albums.  Dream's IV Play arrives in stores May 28, and will feature Kelly.  Likewise, Kelly's Talk a Good Game album is due out this June, and features work from Dream on two songs, "Skywalker" and "Dirty Laundry."

"We just bonded over songs," Dream tells Billboard, explaining that Kelly is a great friend.  "We are really similar in so many ways.  Her and [Beyonce] are like sisters to me." 

It's no surprise then that making plans for a tour came easy to Dream and Kelly.  "It was just a regular talk: 'You gonna go?  We should go do it together.  We should go on tour,'" he says, recalling their conversation.

In addition to collaborating in the studio with Kelly, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West, The-Dream has been scoring a film.  "There's no printed title yet," he tells Billboard.  "I'm trying to move over to the movie world.  I'm writing for a smaller circle and focusing on the score.  And you never know.  I might drop an album on iTunes."

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Paul McCartney Announces Three Canadian Concerts

PaulMcCartney.comPaul McCartney's Out There World Tour is now set to visit the Great White North: the former Beatles star has scheduled concerts in three Canadian cities this summer.  The shows will take place July 7 at Scotiabank Place in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, August 12 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, and August 14 at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina.

McCartney has never played concerts in Ottawa or Regina, while his Winnipeg gig will be his first show in that city since 1993.  Tickets for the Ottawa show will be available to the general public starting this Friday at 10 a.m. ET via Capitol Tix.  Tickets for the Winnipeg and Regina performances go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. CT at Ticketmaster.

The rock legend has now scheduled a total of 17 North American concerts.  Here is his complete confirmed stateside itinerary so far:

5/18 -- Orlando, Florida, Amway Center
5/19 -- Orlando, Florida, Amway Center
5/22 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/23 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/26 -- Memphis, Tennessee, FedEx Forum
5/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/30 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/8 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
6/10 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
7/7 -- Ottawa, Canada, Scotiabank Place
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/12 -- Washington, D.C., Nationals Park
7/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Tulsa, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
7/19 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field
8/12 -- Winnipeg, Canada, Investors Group Field
8/14 -- Regina, Canada, Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field

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Tuesday
Apr232013

OneRepublic Announces "Native" Summer Tour

Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic is hitting the road in support of their brand-new album, Native.  The trek will kick off in singer Ryan Tedder's hometown of Tulsa, OK on July 19, and wrap up August 18 in Tennessee.  Up-and-coming blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne and Denver band Churchill will be the opening acts for most dates.

Tickets go on sale April 26 for selected dates.  When you buy tickets, you'll have the option to buy a digital copy of Native along with your order.  OneRepublic.com has information about pre-sales and VIP opportunities.

Native, released last month, debuted at #4 on the Billboard album chart and has produced the singles "Feel Again" and "If I Lose Myself."

Here are the tour dates:

7/19 -- Tulsa, OK, Downtown Tulsa Brady Arts District
7/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Myth  
7/23 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/25 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
7/26 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Pavilion
7/27 -- Detroit, MI, Meadowbrook
7/28 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
7/30 -- Newport, RI, Newport Yachting
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Bank of America Pavilion
8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods
8/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/5 -- Vienna, VA, Wolftrap
8/6 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/8 -- Elmira, NY, Tag’s Summerstage
8/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6
8/10 -- New York, NY, Pier 26
8/12 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/13 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live
8/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain
8/16 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
8/18 -- Whites Creek, TN, The Woods at Fontanel

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Willie Nelson Tapes Star-Studded Special to Air on CMT in Late June

Shock InkWillie Nelson welcomed Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Neil Young and Leon Russell for a new CMT Crossroads special taping in Nashville last week. Jack White hosted the show at his Third Man Records in Music City, and the cast of stars toasted Willie's upcoming 80th birthday during the taping. He'll celebrate that milestone April 29.

CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records will premiere in late June on CMT.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Lil Scrappy Turns Himself in to Police; Back in Jail

DeKalb CountyLil Scrappy is back in the slammer.  The rapper spent a couple days behind bars late last year for a probation violation, and this week he turned himself in to Atlanta police after refusing to submit a urine test.

That's according to TMZ, which reports that back in March, Scrappy tried to turn in a urine sample that was a little too cool to the touch to be fresh.  That, of course, led authorities to believe the sample may have been tampered with. 

Scrappy was asked to submit another cup, but he refused, TMZ reports.  When Scrappy gave himself over to police custody on Tuesday, his mother, Momma Dee, was on hand with a "Free Scrappy" t-shirt.  Cameras from VH1's Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta were also on the scene, along with Scrappy's fiancee, Erica Dixon.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Beyonce Premieres The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Trailer

IAmBeyonce.comRun-of-the-mill photos and grainy cell phone footage just don't do justice to the magnificence of The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.  Luckily for fans, though, Beyonce's released an official trailer for her trek, which is well underway in Europe.

A just-released 90-second clip captures all the glitz and glamour of King Bey's performances, starting with her opening number, "Run the World (Girls)."  Seconds before the song starts, Beyonce emerges from below the stage, transported by a hidden lift in the platform. 

It's not clear what happens after she powers through that song, but before we know it, Beyonce's being transported -- through the air -- from one stage to another.  She bops through a performance of "Love on Top," and the camera captures a tender moment between a pair of concert-goers who hug it out mid-song.

Then, to bring down the house, Beyonce belts "Halo" while a montage of her various stage costumes closes the clip.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Cher Finally Completes Long-Awaited Album; "Nightline" Interview to Air Next Week

Cher.comCher's new album  is finally complete.  The singer tweeted in all caps Monday,” I JUST FINISHED MY CD.” The first single, "Woman's World," will be out in June, with the album to follow in September.  It's Cher's first album of original material in over ten years.

In recent months, Cher had expressed frustration with the project, complaining that she wanted to release the disc earlier but was being prevented from doing so by her record company.  Responding to a fan who asked about how long the album was taking to come out, a clearly upset Cher tweeted, "If U think ANYONE HAS COMPLETE CONTROL OVER THEIR LIFE, U NEED 2 GROW THE FK UP.  AS A MATTER OF FACT, YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT PALES IN COMPARISON 2 MINE. RECORD CO Wants 2 put it out AFTER SUMMER ! SHOOT ME."

The album is expected to include a duet with Lady Gaga that was recorded quite some time ago, as well as songs written by PinkChristina Aguilera also is rumored to appear, but that hasn't been confirmed.  On May 1, Cher will be featured on ABC's Nightline, being interviewed by Cynthia McFadden.

We may be able to see Cher on the American Idol finale next month.  Ejected contestant Lazaro Arbos told reporters that plans are in the works for him to duet with her on the telecast.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Pistol Annies Line Up Major TV Spot in Support of Forthcoming "Annie Up"

RCA NashvillePistol Annies' sophomore album, Annie Up, lands in stores May 7, and they'll perform the project's lead single, "Hush Hush," on NBC's Today that morning.

Annies member Miranda Lambert is clearly looking forward to the album's release.  "We are so excited to release the new album. It's been like waiting for Christmas morning to come," she says.  Miranda's band mate Ashley Monroe adds, "I have great faith in this record and I really think that people are going to understand it. We’re all super proud of it and ready for it to be out!”

Annie Up includes 12 tracks all written by Miranda, Ashley and third member Angaleena Presley.  The ladies say they set out to just tell the truth about their lives with the new music.  Says Angaleena, "We’re not doing anything new. Loretta Lynn did it way before we did."

Miranda adds, "We’re just doing it for our generation, bringing it back home."

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Thom Yorke Says Upcoming Atoms for Peace Gigs Will Be "Frighteningly Good"; Talks Next Radiohead Album

Caitlin Mogridge/RedfernsAtoms for Peace -- theside project of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke that includes bassist Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers -- is gearing up for their summer tour to promote their debut album, Amok, and it seems like the rehearsals are going well. Yorke says that fans who attend the upcoming gigs are in for a unique musical experience.

“[My band mates are] super-fast and technically just frighteningly good,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It's quite a lot of energy -- I mean, obviously, Flea's very energetic, but the others are, too, in their own particular ways. When we play, it's quite in-your-face.”

Yorke adds that Atoms for Peace is his main priority at the moment and that Radiohead fans will have to wait a while to get their hands on the group’s next release. “We said a year, but I'm sure it'll probably be slightly longer than that, 'cause I am actually going have to have a break,” he reveals. “I really haven't got a clue…but it was quite exciting to actually finally decide to take a proper, proper break. We'd never really done that, not by choice.”  Radiohead's last CD was 2011's The King of Limbs.

Atoms for Peace will be making the rounds at a number of European music festivals before the band kicks off their North American tour.  That outing begins on September 24 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Visit AtomsForPeace.info to view the full itinerary.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Richie Sambora "Still a Member of Bon Jovi," Says Jon

Credit: David BergmanEver since Richie Sambora mysteriously departed the Bon Jovi tour, there has been plenty of speculation as to what caused him to leave.  While Richie has tweeted that he's fine and hopes to see all the fans soon, Jon Bon Jovi has shot down rumors that a power struggle between them is what caused the guitarist to leave.  Jon has now attempted to set the record straight -- kinda -- on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

Asked by Ellen why the band has been together so long, Jon explained, "We like each other...we all had to have a lot of give and take.  You had to love each other, you had to go through some ups and downs but in the big picture, you had to really like each other to go to work."  Ellen replied, "It begs the question...Richie is not here so I would like to give you an opportunity to address that." 

An uncomfortable Jon said, "Okaaaay," and then added, "All I can say, honest to God, is that it's a personal matter but we love him very much and he's absolutely still a member of the band."  When Ellen responded, "He's still your guitarist?" Jon said, firmly, "Absolutely," as the audience applauded.

Richie has been replaced -- temporarily, it seems -- on the Bon Jovi tour by guitarist Phil X.  The band plays Arizona on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Olly Murs Is at the "Right Place Right Time" for US Breakthrough

Columbia RecordsBritish singer Olly Murs first made inroads into the American music market last year when he was the opening act for One Direction's tour and his song "Heart Skips a Beat" was a medium-sized hit.  But now, things are really taking off for the U.K. X Factor runner up: his song "Troublemaker," featuring Flo Rida, is a smash, and his debut U.S. album Right Place Right Time has just been released, after being postponed from last year.

Olly says the album's title is fitting, since he feels that last year would have been the wrong time to put it out.  "For me, at that point, I'd have just gotten lost between all the big artists that you've got over here," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it was better for me to release at this time of year where it's not as congested and I can get out and do press interviews and people can see me a little bit more." Olly adds that he's "really proud" to be here in the States, and proud that "everyone's liking my music...it makes me really happy."

Olly also says he likes the way his career is progressing here, because unlike back home in the U.K., he's not immediately identifiable as someone from a TV singing competition.  "Here, it's a bit daunting starting from scratch but I kinda liked it really, because in the U.K., I came from The X Factor and people knew me instantly and my personality and didn't identify me with my music," he explains. "Whereas now, over here, you guys are hearing my music first and then you're getting to know me and I think that's quite cool."

The singer says he can already see his fan base growing by leaps and bounds from last May, when he made his first trip across the pond.  "I've just noticed here in the last year, the more times I've come back, there's more fans waiting inside hotels and different places which is good," he tells ABC News Radio. "So, it means I'm doing something right, which is great, and I'm really pleased with that."

Also helping Olly win over fans: a headlining tour, which he kicked off late last week and is set to run through mid-May.  For fans who didn't get to see Olly when he opened for 1D, what's his live show like?  "I've got lots of high energy," he says. "I like to perform with lots of charisma and lots of fun.  I like people to walk away that they feel like they've gone for a bit of a workout!" 

He adds, "I like people to get really connected with me and feel like they're on stage with me...that's kind of how I like to perform." 

You'll get a chance to see what the live Olly Murs experience is like Tuesday night on ABC, when he performs on the Dancing with the Stars result show. Then he has shows this weekend in Chicago and Milwaukee.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent Raffling Off Signed Guitars to Raise Money for Boston Bombing Victims

Facebook.com/StyxWorldIf delivering a tripleheader of unforgettable rock weren't enough, tour mates Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent are using their combined star power to raise money for some people who could really use the help.  The three acts are planning to raffle off a guitar autographed by Styx, REO and Nugent at each stop of their recently launched joint Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express trek and donate most of the proceeds to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The funds will be distributed via the Rock to the Rescue organization, with 75 percent going to a Boston charity set up to provide support to those affected by last week's horrific attack.  The remaining 25 percent of the money raised will go toward a local organization in each city the tour is visiting.

"Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help," says Styx in a statement.  "We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston.  We are Boston!"

Adds REO Speedwagon, "We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now.  We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night.  In our small way, we do what we do."

Lastly, Nugent notes that his band and family "are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need.  We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort."

Rock to the Rescue was founded in 2001 by Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO's Kevin Cronin in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.  Currently overseen by Shaw's daughter, Hannah, the charity seeks to promote aid to local communities by supporting grassroots organizations across the U.S.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on the Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour:

4/23 -- Springfield, MA, MassMutual Center
4/24 -- Glens Falls, NY, Glens Falls Civic Center
4/26 -- East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center
4/27 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
4/28 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Civic Center
5/1 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
5/3 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/4 -- Tampa, FL, Live Nation Amphitheatre
5/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/7 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/8 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/10 -- Kansas City, KS, Starlight Theatre
5/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater
5/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
5/15 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center
5/17 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
5/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/19 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Kix Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill Record Songs Written by Children's Hospital PatientsKix Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill Record Songs Written by Children's Hospital Patients

All the Buzz MediaSome of Nashville's biggest stars are lending their voices to a new compilation CD featuring songs from some very special writers. Everybody Has a Story features stars like Kix Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and more performing songs penned by young patients at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Music City.

The kids wrote the songs during their clinical music therapy sessions over the past six years, and the patients or the patient's families were invited to the studio to watch the artists bring their songs to life.

Vanderbilt music therapist Jenny Plume says, "For those patient songwriters who have passed on, this will be a legacy to celebrate their lives.

Proceeds from the album will go to the Julian T. Founce Music Therapy Fund at Vanderbilt. The album will be released May 14 through all digital outlets and music retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, go to EverybodyHasaStoryCD.com.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin & Rod Stewart Top Sales at Indie Stores in the U.K.

Jimmy KingWith the Record Store Day celebration of independent music retailers taking place this past week, the U.K.'s Official Charts Company paused to look at the 40 top-selling albums in that country's indie stores over the past year.  And it was a good year for classic rockers.

Records by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse all made the list.

Bowie's first new album in 10 years, The Next Day, made was the highest charter at #5.  Dylan's Tempest came in at #15 followed by Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day at #16.  Diamond's 2011 retrospective, The Very Best of Neil Diamond, made it to #20.  Stewart's holiday record, Merry Christmas, Baby, came in at #29 followed at #30 by Young's latest collaboration with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Here's Your Chance to Become PSY's Personal Chef

ABC/Richard HarbaughDo you know how to cook "Gangnam Style?"  If so, you may be able to hit the road with PSY.  The South Korean rapper has launched a contest that will give one fan an opportunity to be his personal chef during his world tour for one month.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is create a video depicting your "bibi" skills -- "bibi" means "mixing" in Korean -- and upload it to the PSY Go, Bibigo Facebook page by May 11.

If you watch the submissions already posted on the page, you'll find that they include plenty of cooking, wacky dancing and techno pop, the latter two obviously reflecting PSY's influence.

The winner will receive 40 thousand dollars, five-star hotel accommodations and luxury transportation along with the gig.

The winner will be determined by PSY as well as an online poll, and will be announced June 3 by bibigo, a Korean restaurant and food product company that's sponsoring the contest.

PSY currently does not have any tour dates scheduled.

In other PSY news, YouTube announced Monday that he has set a record for the most views in a single day. His latest single, "Gentleman," received over 38 million views on April 14 -- the day after the video debuted -- snapping the previous record of 30 million set by the "KONY 2012" film. "Gentleman" has received 200 million views to date.

Of course, "Gangnam Style" is YouTube's most-viewed video ever, at 1.5 billion views and counting.

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Tuesday
Apr232013

Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars Are Among Remaining Finalists for "Billboard" Milestone Award

ABC/ Lou RoccoAnd then there were three.  Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, along with Justin Bieber, are the three remaining finalists for the Billboard Milestone Award, which will be presented at the Billboard Music Awards May 19 in Las Vegas.

There were initially six nominees for the fan-voted award, which recognizes an artist who has achieved a major chart milestone over the past year.   In addition to Taylor, Bruno and Justin Bieber, country-pop act The Band Perry, R&B star Miguel and rapper Pitbull were also in the running. 

A Billboard executive said in a statement, "All six finalists achieved admirable milestones in their own right over the past year, but the fans have spoken, and these final three innovative artists have captured the most votes to date."

Voting will continue from now right up until the end of the May 19 ABC telecast, when Cee Lo Green will present the trophy toward the end of the show, along with a lucky contest winner.

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