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Monday
Sep092013

Keith Urban Sang with Steven Tyler and Eric Church Friday Night in Nashville

Facebook.com/KeithUrbanKeith Urban welcomed surprise guest Steven Tyler onstage Friday night during his short set at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville. The Aerosmith frontman just happened to be in Tootsie's when Keith popped in during his mini-tour of honky tonks. Steven and Keith teamed up for a bluesy cover of the Aerosmith staple "Walk This Way."

Keith also performed short sets at Nashville honky tonks The Stage and Legends Corner Friday night after playing a 45-minute show for Ram Country on Yahoo! at Nashville's Cumberland Park. Eric Church made a special appearance during that show to sing their new collaboration, "Raise 'Em Up." That song appears on Keith's new album, Fuse, in stores Tuesday.

Fans can see highlights from Keith's Ram Country show starting September 25 on Yahoo! Music.

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Monday
Sep092013

Check Out Electronica-Infused Remix of The Who's "Who Are You"

Geffen; Facebook.com/TheRunDMTOne of The Who's most enduring and popular songs has been cleverly reworked into a dance tune by an Austin, Texas-based musician who records under the name of Run DMT.  The electronica artist has remixed "Who Are You," modernizing the tune by adding staccato beats, swirling synthesizers and fuzzed-out bass.

Run DMT tells Rolling Stone that he worked on the track for almost three months, while it usually takes him about two weeks to complete a remix.

"I could not wrap my head around the idea of a dubstep-ish remix of such a classic, meaningful song, he explains.  "I floated through several concepts, all of which fell short of the power of the original."

He adds about the project, "It was like remixing my childhood."

Run DMT's "Who Are You" remix currently is streaming exclusively at RollingStone.com.

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Monday
Sep092013

Taylor Swift Headed to Toronto Film Festival to Promote Movie for Which She Wrote Song

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift is taking some time out from her RED tour to head to Toronto, Canada on Monday for the Toronto International Film Festival. Why?  Because a movie for which she wrote an original song will be debuting there.

According to Deadline.com, Taylor will be at the festival to support the movie One Chance, which premieres on Monday. It tells the story of Paul Potts, whose opera-singing skills led him to win Britain's Got Talent in 2007.  He's since released two successful albums, including his debut, One Chance, hence the name of the film.  Tony-winning British actor and comedian James Corden appears as Potts in the film.

The song that Taylor wrote for the film is called "Sweeter than Fiction." The Toronto Star reports that she'll be walking the red carpet at the movie's premiere.

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Monday
Sep092013

Katy Perry: I Can't Believe Rihanna Can Smoke So Much Pot, and Still Look So Great

Image Courtesy Katy Perry via InstagramKaty Perry always looks flawless, and she owes that to a healthy lifestyle that includes hiking, green tea, vitamins and meditation.  That's why in a new interview, she says can't believe that her pal Rihanna can looks equally as great, since she's, shall we say, not making the healthiest of choices.

Speaking to ELLE Canada about her beauty regimen, Katy says, "People say you should work out 30 minutes a day -- none of us works out 30 minutes a day!"  She adds, "I think that Rihanna looks so fresh, and I'm like, 'How do you do that?  We all know how much pot you smoke! And you don't sleep because you're on Instagram at four o'clock in the morning!'"

She jokes to the magazine, "I'll get her secret for you."

As for where Katy is mentally, she mentions that at age 28, she's truly passing through a phase from childhood to adulthood.  "I think that it’s a very important time, when you kind of let go of childish things and accept the wisdom that comes with age," she says. "That’s exactly where I am now.”

Saying her recent evolution has made her "cooler" and "sophisticated," she tells ELLE Canada, "I didn’t grow up with a real education, but now I am kind of educated by life.”

In other Katy news, her new album Prism, due in October, will include 13 songs on the regular album, and 16 on a deluxe version.  She previewed 12 of her new tracks a few days ago in New York City, and according to Billboard, there are quite a few songs directly inspired by the breakup of her marriage to Russell Brand.  However, her favorite track, "Unconditionally," is about her current beau, John Mayer.

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Monday
Sep092013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstoKenny Chesney's profile on CBS Sunday Morning has been pushed back to October 6.

Easton Corbin will perform "All Over the Road" on Fox News's Fox & Friends Monday morning.

Keith Urban sings "Where's the Playground, Suzie" with songwriting legend Jimmy Webb on Webb's new album, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, due out Tuesday.  Kris Kristofferson is also featured on the album singing "Honey Come Back."

Carrie Underwood is a big fan of R&B singer John Legend. She recently tweeted, "I like it when @johnlegend has new music out…I get to wake up and hear him on all the morning shows. #beautifulvoice."

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Monday
Sep092013

Luke Bryan, Kip Moore and The Band Perry Weigh the Odds of Getting CMA Nominations Tuesday

Capitol NashvilleNashville is buzzing with anticipation of the announcement of the CMA Awards nominees Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. Country superstar Luke Bryan won the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards earlier this year. He tells ABC News Radio how it would feel to get an Entertainer nod from the Country Music Association.

"Oh, it would be ginormous," Luke says. "I mean, it would be huge. Ginormous…It's just exciting. Wow." 

Kip Moore scored three consecutive #1 hits from his debut album, Up All Night, so there's a good chance his name will be read Tuesday morning. Moore isn't holding his breath for a CMA nomination though.

He says, "That's just one thing that's so out of my control. There's nothing I can do about that. If I get nominated, that's awesome. If I don't, I'm gonna be OK."

That's not to say Kip wouldn't be thrilled to get some love from the CMA. He says, "It'd be an honor and it'd be a thrill to be a part of it."

The Band Perry will most likely get another mention in the Group of the Year category, but lead singer Kimberly Perry knows they've got stiff competition from acts like Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band.

She says, "Of course, group nomination would be a really coveted one for us, but man, I also feel like it's one of the stiffest competitions in the whole batch."  Kimberly adds with a laugh, "We ain't too proud to beg."

Florida Georgia Line and Sheryl Crow will announce the CMA nominees live on GMA Tuesday morning. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return to host the 47th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 6 on ABC.

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Monday
Sep092013

Avenged Sevenfold’s "Hail to the King" Dominates Charts Around the World

Warner Bros. RecordsWhile we already knew that Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King debuted at the #1 slot on the U.S. and U.K. album charts, the group’s sixth studio album has conquered a few other charts around the globe.

Blabbermouth.net is reporting Hail to the King has claimed the top spot in four other countries: Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Brazil. The record also scored the #2 spot in Australia and Finland, and clocked in at #3 in New Zealand. In addition, it scored the #5 slot in Germany, #6 in The Netherlands and #8 in Italy.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently trekking across North America promoting Hail to the King. They'll perform at the Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavillion in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday and at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA, on Saturday. Visit AvengedSevenfold.com to view the full itinerary.‎

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Monday
Sep092013

Alt-J’s Gwil Sainsbury Says “Tessellate” Has Different Meanings; Talks Creating "Leave to Remain" Soundtrack

Jory CordyWhile Merriam-Webster defines "tessellate" as something that is formed into or adorned with mosaic, Alt-J guitarist Gwil Sainsbury says that the band’s single “Tessellate” can have a variety of meanings.

“Sometimes it’s about sex in a very…literal way,” he tells ABC News Radio. “To tessellate…to make small patterns out of shapes. It’s…pretty literal but then sometimes [frontman] Joe [Newman] says it’s about spooning, so I don’t know. I think it changes depending on who’s asking.”

While fans will have to wait a while for the group to put out their sophomore album, there is some new Alt-J music on the horizon. The band recently recorded the soundtrack for an upcoming film, Leave to Remain, which Sainsbury feels was a simpler process than making a full-length record.

“I think it’s easier because it’s pure music…you don’t have to worry about lyrics or really structuring it in the same way as thinking about someone listening to an album,” he explains. “There’s nothing there apart from just responding to the subject of the film, and I think that’s actually just a really enjoyable experience for a musician to be able to do whatever you want in response to something you’re watching.”

While a firm release date for Leave to Remain has yet to be announced, IMBb.com notes that it is expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2014.

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Monday
Sep092013

Fans React to Janelle Monae's "The Electric Lady"

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After giving fans the chance to preview Janelle Monae's much-hyped The Electric Lady before it hits stores, the singer has received an outpouring of compliments, many of which she retweeted.

One fan wrote, "You never cease to amaze me. 5 songs in & I already can tell that The Electric Lady is just as impressive as The ArchAndroid," while another tweeted, "Advance listen to The Electric Lady reveals this is, indeed, the album we have been waiting for," adding the hash tag "

The Electric Lady arrives in stores on September 10 through Bad Boy/Atlantic.  Head to VH1.com to check it out in its entirety.

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Sunday
Sep082013

Confirmed: Bruno Mars to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Atlantic RecordsIt's been rumored for a few days now but on Sunday, it was confirmed: Bruno Mars has been tapped to perform the halftime show during Super Bowl XLVIII, February 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  

The press release that followed the live announcement on FOX NFL Sunday also teased, "Fans are encouraged to tune into FOX Sports throughout the season to see what surprises Bruno Mars has in store for this historic halftime show.

As for why Hawaii native Bruno got the nod over a Jersey rocker, local hero Bruce Springsteen has already performed at the Super Bowl, while fellow Jersey boys Bon Jovi are in a state of flux since the departure of guitarist Richie Sambora.  In addition, Bruno has proved that he's an incredible live performer, thrilling audiences at the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards and his current Moonshine Jungle tour.  There isn't likely to be any speculation as to whether or not he'll be singing live.

In addition, Bruno's got the hits to fill out the performance slot.  Even though he's only been topping the charts for about three years, he's got a long string of smashes under his belt, from "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade," to "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man."

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Sunday
Sep082013

Elton John Says He Wishes He'd Had Kids Earlier; Will Honor Hillary Clinton at NYC Benefit

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAFElton John is now the father of two young boys, and while he's enjoying fatherhood immensely, he says sometimes he wishes that he didn't wait until he was in his sixties to have them.

The British paper The Daily Mirror reports that John told reporters during a Q&A session that fatherhood was "the best decision" that he and partner David Furnish ever made, but added, "I wish we had done it 20 years earlier because I'm no spring chicken."  He added, "I understand people criticizing us for having children at a late age, but to hell with it.  We can give these children so much love."

However, he admitted that by the time his kids are teenagers, he'll be pretty decrepit.  Asked if he'll be worried if his kids started drinking in their teens, he joked that when they're 15, he'll be so old that he'll be using one of those motorized chairs to get up and down stairs and "won't give a f**k." 

John also revealed that he's not much of a disciplinarian now, either.  "I don’t really tell them off," Elton explained.  "If they're being naughty they are being naughty.  They are just kids."

In other Elton news, he's scheduled his annual New York City benefit "An Enduring Vision" for October 15, and the night's special honoree will be former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The benefit for John's AIDS Foundation will be hosted for the seventh straight year by Anderson Cooper.  The event will present its first-ever Founder's Award to Clinton, in recognition of, among other things, a groundbreaking speech she gave in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring that "gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights."

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Sunday
Sep082013

Phil Lesh & Friends Announce New Tour Dates, Unveil Updated Lineup

PhilLesh.netFounding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is set to bring a new lineup of his musical collective Phil Lesh & Friends out on the road this a fall.  The group has scheduled multi-night stands at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the Best Buy Theatre  in New York City and the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

Performing alongside Lesh at these concerts will be his son Grahame on guitar, as well as North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson, guitarist Anders Osborne, keyboardist/fiddle player Jason Crosby and drummer Tony Leone.  Pre-sale tickets for the shows will be available at TerrapinCrossroads.net starting on Monday at noon ET.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday at noon ET.

Another version of Phil Lesh & Friends, meanwhile, are scheduled to appear September 16 at Phil's Terrapin Crossroads club in San Rafael, California, as part of an event called the Summer Harvest House Party.  Joining Lesh at this concert will be Leone, guitarist John Kadlicik, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and multi-instrumentalist Neal Casal.

Here are all of Phil Lesh & Friends' upcoming shows:

9/16 -- San Rafael, CA, Terrapin Crossroads
10/31-11/3 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/5-11/9 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
11/11-11/13 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater

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Sunday
Sep082013

Tamar Braxton Graces Ebony Magazine Cover with Baby Logan

Facebook.com/TamarBraxtonHerTamar Braxton is everywhere it seems, promoting both her sophomore album, Love and War, and her hit WeTV reality spin-off, Tamar & Vince. And now, the R&B diva announced on Twitter that she's landed yet another magazine cover.

Tamar is on the cover of Ebony's October issue.  She provided fans a glimpse, tweeting, "Logan and I are on the cover of the October issue of Ebony magazine," adding the hash tag "#wewon!"

"He's our miracle baby," she tells the magazine while detailing her painful struggle to infertility. For the cover, Tamar dyes her hair black and dons a white dress while holding her toddler, also dressed in white.

The issues will be available on newsstands September 17.

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Sunday
Sep082013

Lady Gaga to Appear on Bravo's "Watch What Happens" Live Wednesday, Goes to Oz on Monday

Facebook.com/LadyGagaLady Gaga will be dropping by Bravo's Watch What Happens Live during the show's new fall season, which starts on Sunday night.

Host Andy Cohen will welcome Gaga to the show on September 11, and she'll participate in a variety of segments, including "Plead the Fifth" and "Open the Vault." There will also be some drinking involved, according to NBC. 

Gaga also will appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday to perform her hit "Applause," and she revealed on Twitter that her performance will be inspired by the classic movie The Wizard of Oz.

"When Dorothy goes GLAM/snatches all the weaves of OZ/outsmarting the Wicked West/as she thrills for your APPLAUSE!" wrote Gaga, explaining that the performance will be a "'GAGA of OZ' theatrical rendition!"

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Sunday
Sep082013

Florida Georgia Line Mixes Country with Rock and Rap to Create Their Unique Sound

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has taken country music by storm with a sound all their own mixing country with rap and rock influences. The duo definitely stands out on country radio, and that was their goal all along.

"That's what we've wanted to do from Day 1 is have a sound that when people that haven't heard us say 'Well, who is that? I need to know,'" says Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley. He tells Pennsylvania's The Morning Call newspaper, "It's not 'Well, they sound like blah, blah blah,' because that's not going to work. So we wanted to be ahead of the curve and create music that's fresh and create music that's real."

Fans from all genres have embraced Florida Georgia Line in a big way. Their upcoming fall concert dates keep selling out just minutes after tickets go on sale. Check out FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for a complete list of tour dates.

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Sunday
Sep082013

Lollapalooza Heads to Argentina in 2014

Lollapalooza.comLollapalooza is expanding their brand. Producers of the annual music extravaganza posted a note on the festival’s Facebook page on Friday to announce that they'll be staging a new version of the fest in Argentina next year. 

“We'd like to officially welcome Lollapalooza Argentina to the #Lolla Family!,” reads the post. “Dates, lineup and ticket info is all coming soon, sign up on their email list to get the first announcement!”

The note also includes a link to video, which features footage of a number of bands performing at previous Lollapalooza festivals, including Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Jane's Addiction and Queens of the Stone Age.

Going international is nothing new for Lollapalooza: versions of the festival have been staged in Brazil and Chile. A Lollapalooza event in Israel was planned for last month, but it was canceled due to “financial and production setbacks.”

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Saturday
Sep072013

Loretta Lynn Cancels Weekend Concerts Due to Broken Ribs

The Co-OpLoretta Lynn was forced to cancel her shows this weekend due to broken bones from a recent accident. She was trying to get her guitar out of the closet just before Labor Day when it fell on top of her and made her fall on her dresser. Loretta went on with her Labor Day weekend show at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN despite the injury.

She says in a Facebook post, "I didn’t know how bad I hurt myself until the next day. Come to find out I had broken two of my ribs. We are rescheduling the shows now, I hate more than anything to have to miss shows, but it’s something you just have to do."

For more information on Loretta's tour dates, go to LorettaLynn.com.

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Saturday
Sep072013

New Jimmy Webb Album Features Duets with Brian Wilson, Crosby & Nash, America & More

eOne MusicAn all-star lineup of artists have lent their talents to Still Within the Sound of My Voice, the latest album by renowned pop songwriter Jimmy Webb.  Among the many artists contributing to the duets collection, which will be released this Tuesday, are Brian Wilson, David Crosby & Graham Nash, America, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Carly Simon.

Still Within the Sound of My Voice sees Webb revisiting 14 of his memorable tunes, adding country- and folk-flavored arrangements to the songs.  The album was recorded in Nashville and features musical accompaniment from a group of respected Music City studio musicians.

Among the interesting tracks are a rendition of "McArthur Park" highlighted by Beach Boys-inspired harmonies from Wilson, and a version of "Elvis and Me" that features Elvis Presley's famed backing singers The Jordanaires.

"Still Within the Sound of My Voice continues the sensual rediscovery of living through and fully realizing the potential joy in the recording experience," says Webb in a statement.  "This is a brother and sisterhood of like-minded people sparing nothing for the love of the recording and passing that experience on to the listener."

The entire album currently is streaming at AmericanSongwriter.com.  Here is the complete track list of Still Within the Sound of My Voice, along with the featured guest artists:

"Sleeping in the Daytime" (featuring Lyle Lovett)
"Easy for You to Say" (featuring Carly Simon)
"Elvis and Me" (featuring The Jordanaires)
"Where's the Playground, Suzie" (featuring Keith Urban)
"Still Within the Sound of My Voice" (featuring Rumer)
"If These Walls Could Speak" (featuring David Crosby and Graham Nash)
"The Moon's a Harsh Mistress" (featuring Joe Cocker)
"Another Lullaby" (featuring Marc Cohn)
"You Can't Treat the Wrong Man Right" (featuring Justin Currie)
"Rider from Nowhere" (featuring America)
"Honey Come Back" (featuring Kris Kristofferson)
"Adios" (featuring Amy Grant)
"MacArthur Park" (featuring Brian Wilson)
"Shattered" (featuring Art Garfunkel)

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Saturday
Sep072013

Brian Wilson, Crosby & Nash Featured on New Album by Iconic Songwriter Jimmy Webb

Disney Pearl Records; MusicforOccupy.orgAn all-star lineup of artists have lent their talents to Still Within the Sound of My Voice, the latest album by renowned pop songwriter Jimmy Webb.  Among the many artists contributing to the duets collection, which will be released this Tuesday, are Brian Wilson, David Crosby & Graham Nash, America, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Carly Simon.

Still Within the Sound of My Voice sees Webb revisiting 14 of his memorable tunes, adding country- and folk-flavored arrangements to the songs.  The album was recorded in Nashville and features musical accompaniment from a group of respected Music City studio musicians.

Among the interesting tracks are a rendition of "McArthur Park" highlighted by Beach Boys-inspired harmonies from Wilson, and a version of "Elvis and Me" that features Elvis Presley's famed backing singers The Jordanaires.

"Still Within the Sound of My Voice continues the sensual rediscovery of living through and fully realizing the potential joy in the recording experience," says Webb in a statement.  "This is a brother and sisterhood of like-minded people sparing nothing for the love of the recording and passing that experience on to the listener."

The entire album currently is streaming at AmericanSongwriter.com.  Here is the complete track list of Still Within the Sound of My Voice, along with the featured guest artists:

"Sleeping in the Daytime" (featuring Lyle Lovett)
"Easy for You to Say" (featuring Carly Simon)
"Elvis and Me" (featuring The Jordanaires)
"Where's the Playground, Suzie" (featuring Keith Urban)
"Still Within the Sound of My Voice" (featuring Rumer)
"If These Walls Could Speak" (featuring David Crosby and Graham Nash)
"The Moon's a Harsh Mistress" (featuring Joe Cocker)
"Another Lullaby" (featuring Marc Cohn)
"You Can't Treat the Wrong Man Right" (featuring Justin Currie)
"Rider from Nowhere" (featuring America)
"Honey Come Back" (featuring Kris Kristofferson)
"Adios" (featuring Amy Grant)
"MacArthur Park" (featuring Brian Wilson)
"Shattered" (featuring Art Garfunkel)

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Saturday
Sep072013

Win Trips to See Justin Timberlake with Online Scavenger Hunt

JustinTimberlake.comJustin Timberlake has been tapped by Bud Light Platinum to take part in a digital-to-real-world scavenger hunt that will give fans  the chance to win trips to concerts on Justin's upcoming 20/20 Experience World Tour.

During the course of 13 weeks, Timberlake will release a weekly clue via his Facebook page, pointing fans in the direction of real-world and online "Platinum" experiences where they can unlock additional clues.  The faster fans unlock clues and complete the scavenger hunts, the more points they will earn.  Each week the top point earner will win two tickets to a see Justin as part of a "Platinum Nights" adventure complete with travel and hotel accommodations, admission to clubs, spending money and car service.

"I'm always trying to find new ways to connect with my fans on social media," says Timberlake in a press release. "And 'Platinum Nights' is a new twist on scavenger hunts that combines digital and real-world engagement."

To learn more visit PlatinumNights.com now.

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