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Wednesday
Mar302016

Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to Close Out This Year's CMA Music Festival

ABC/Image Group LAEntertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will close out this year’s CMA Music Festival, wrapping  up four nights of concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium and endless events on the Riverfront and at Music City Center.  Little Big TownThomas RhettBrett Eldredge, and Keith Urban round out the Sunday-night lineup on the main stage.

The all-star lineup starts Thursday night with Rascal FlattsDierks BentleyKelsea BalleriniJason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. On Friday, Chris StapletonSam HuntEric ChurchHank Williams Jr. and Carrie Underwood entertain the sold-out crowd. Chris Young kicks things off on Saturday night, with Cole SwindellFlorida Georgia Line, and Blake Shelton carrying on Country Music's Biggest Party.

While the nightly shows at the stadium have been sold out since before the superstar lineup was even announced, you can still get tickets to see the performances and gather autographs at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Zakk Wylde Shares "Sleeping Dogs" Video 

Credit: Igor VidyashevZakk Wylde has released the video for his song "Sleeping Dogs." The visual focuses on the nefarious actions of a cult in between shots of Wylde jamming in the forest. You can watch the "Sleeping Dogs" video now on YouTube.

"Sleeping Dogs" is a track from Wylde's forthcoming solo album, Book of Shadows II, which arrives 20 years after his solo debut, Book of Shadows, was released in 1996. The album version of "Sleeping Dogs" will feature guest vocals from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.

"Having Father Corey Taylor's brilliant voice sing on 'Sleeping Dogs' fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel," says Wylde in a statement. "We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we've eaten at some of the same restaurants as them."

Book of Shadows II will be released April 8.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Zakk Wylde Shares "Sleeping Dogs" Video

Credit: Igor VidyashevFormer Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has released a video for his new solo song "Sleeping Dogs." The clip focuses on the nefarious actions of a cult in between shots of Wylde jamming in the forest. You can watch the "Sleeping Dogs" video now on YouTube.

"Sleeping Dogs" is a track from Wylde's forthcoming solo album, Book of Shadows II, which arrives 20 years after his solo debut, Book of Shadows, was released in 1996. The album version of "Sleeping Dogs" will feature guest vocals from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.

"Having Father Corey Taylor's brilliant voice sing on 'Sleeping Dogs' fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel," says Wylde in a statement. "We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we've eaten at some of the same restaurants as them."

Book of Shadows II will be released on April 8.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Iggy Pop Earns His Highest-Charting Album with "Post Pop Depression"

Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline InternationalIggy Pop has notched his highest-charting album ever in the U.S. with Post Pop Depression. The album, which Pop recorded in secret with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, and a career-high #17 on the Billboard 200. Post Pop Depression also claimed the #8 spot on the Top Album Sales chart, which exclusively measures pure album sales.

Prior to Post Pop Depression, Pop's highest-charting album was 1977's The Idiot, which peaked at #72 on the Billboard 200.

Pop and Homme are currently on a "one time only" world tour in support of Post Pop Depression. The band's live lineup includes Dead Weather guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, who also played on the album, plus Homme's Queens of the Stone Age band mate Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Cyndi Lauper Releases "Funnel of Love" Video

Credit: Chapman Baehler Cyndi Lauper has shared a new video for her cover of country/rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson's 1961 song "Funnel of Love."

In the western-inspired clip, a pink-haired Lauper jams with her band at the legendary bar Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, California. "Funnel of Love" is the first single from Cyndi's forthcoming album of vintage country classics, DETOUR, which comes out May 6.

Lauper is set to kick off an international tour in support of the album on May 9 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockIn addition to his five number-ones as an artist, Cole Swindell has written three number-ones for his contemporaries. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Luke Bryan’s “Rollercoaster,” Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll” and Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That”.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Cyndi Lauper Releases “Funnel of Love” Video

Chapman Baehler Cyndi Lauper has shared a new video for her cover of country/rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson’s 1961 song “Funnel of Love.”

In the western-inspired clip, a pink-haired Cyndi jams with her band at the legendary bar Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, California. “Funnel of Love” is the first single from Cyndi’s forthcoming album of country classics, DETOUR, which comes out May 6.

Cyndi is set to kick off an international tour in support of the album on May 9 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Andra Day to Perform at Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday Gala 

Photo credit: Myriam SantosAndra Day will head to Sin City next month to take part in Keep Memory Alive's 20th annual Power of Love gala, which will honor Tony Bennett.

Organizers announced that the Day will perform in celebration of Bennett's 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Other talent confirmed includes Quincy Jones, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and many more.

"Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend," said Day. "It's an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday."

Tickets are available on sale via KeepMemoryAlive.org/pol.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Premiere "I Need Never Get Old" Video

Credit: Brantley GutierrezNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have shared the video for their current single, "I Need Never Get Old." The clip, which is streaming on the band's Facebook page, follows Rateliff and company as they grow increasingly desperate trying to record the perfect take of the song.

"The concept of the video is us struggling over the song for decades, but ironically it took only 2 hours to record the song in the studio," says Rateliff.

Rateliff & the Night Sweats will be on tour through most of the spring and summer, including appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

A Great Big World’s “Kaleidoscope” Lyric Video Spells it Out with Sidewalk Chalk

Joseph Llanes A Great Big World has released a colorful lyric video for their upbeat love song "Kaleidoscope."

The video begins with a yellow ball escaping from a karaoke TV screen and bouncing along streets and sidewalks where the song’s lyrics are written in chalk.

“Violets and purples/Diamonds and circles/You’re my kaleidoscope/I love every minute/You’ve got me in it/You’re my kaleidoscope,” the duo sings.

According to the band’s Twitter, this visual is one of a few new lyric videos they have in the works. A Great Big World is currently touring North America.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Michael Stipe Performs David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMichael Stipe made a rare solo appearance during Tuesday's edition of The Tonight Show, paying tribute to a rock icon.

Backed only by a piano, the heavily-bearded former R.E.M. frontman performed a rendition of the late David Bowie's song "The Man Who Sold the World." You can watch the performance now on YouTube.

Later this week, Stipe will appear at both New York City tribute concerts for Bowie, taking place at Thursday at Carnegie Hall and Friday at Radio City Music Hall, respectively. Both shows are sold out, but you can live stream the Radio City event via MusicofDavidBowie.com.

The lineups for the Bowie tributes also include Heart's Ann Wilson, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Pixies, Perry Farrell and Patti Smith.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Puff Daddy & the Bad Boy Family Will Reunite for Biggie's Birthday in Brooklyn

Prince Williams/FilmMagicStart making your travel plans now: on May 20, Brooklyn's Barclays Center will play host to a "one night only" Bad Boy Family Reunion with a lineup that includes Jay Z, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim and, of course, Puff Daddy.

The concert -- which will also feature Mase, French Montana, Total, 112 and Mario Winans -- will celebrate what would have been the 44th birthday of the late Notorious B.I.G.  The set list will feature material from Bad Boy Entertainment's 20-year history.  If you watched the BET Awards last year, you saw a little preview of what you can expect from this show, as the Bad Boy Family brought the house down.

In a statement, Puffy said, "This isn't just another concert -- This is hip-hop history. The Bad Boy Family includes some of the biggest names in music and songs that helped define a whole generation of music. Also, we are celebrating one of the greatest of all time - Notorious B.I.G. This will be a night to remember. I can't wait to see you all there.”

Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday at 11 a.m. via Live Nation.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

"The Voice": Blake, Pharrell, Christina Say Goodbye to One Artist Each 

Tyler Golden/NBCThe Knockout Rounds on The Voice continued Tuesday night, with artists from Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera's teams making a bid to advance in the competition. Each coach said goodbye to one artist.

No one from Adam Levine's team took the stage during the one-hour episode.

Blake still had one steal to use entering the night, but he did not use it.

Once again, Miley Cyrus was on hand during rehearsals to advise the artists.

Blake got the episode started by pairing two team members he described as his "storytelling artists": Adam Wakefield and Peyton Parker. Adam chose “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke, while Peyton picked "Travelin’ Soldier” by Dixie Chicks.

Christina said Adam has a distinct, "inviting" voice. Both she and Pharrell detected a crack during Peyton's performance. Blake reassured Peyton that some musicians have built a career upon a crack. He added that Adam's voice is "dirty," in a good way. Blake named Adam the winner. It was the end of the road for Peyton.

Team Pharrell's Moushumi and Nick Hagelin faced off. Miley suggested to Nick during rehearsals that he put more air in his falsettos as he sang "Lost Without U" by Robin Thicke. Moushumi countered with Halsey's "New Americana."

After watching the artists' on-stage performances, Adam said he would've liked to have seen more moves from Nick, who's a dancer. Blake sided with Nick. Christina said Moushumi has a crystal-clear sound, and praised her song choice. Pharrell felt Nick's first four lines were a little weak, but he got stronger as the performance continued. Pharrell kept Moushumi, saying there's more work to be done with her. Nick was dismissed.

The final Knockout of the episode featured Maya Smith and Tamar Davis of Team Christina. Miley urged Maya during rehearsals to work on her confidence. Maya sang Alicia Keys' "No One," and Tamar covered Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down."

Pharrell said Maya delivered her best performance to date, and declared it was like watching two superheroes "really show what your voices can do." Christina announced Tamar as the winner. Maya is out of the competition.

The Knockout Rounds roll on next Monday night on NBC.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Carly Simon's Autobiography "Boys in the Trees" May Be Heading to Stage or Screen

Heidi WildMany singers of the '60s and '70s have seen their music or their lives -- or both -- turned into biopics or Broadway musicals.  Who's next?  Possibly Carly Simon, who says, "There are several things in the works."

Last year, Carly came out with Boys In the Trees: A Memoir, which is a no-holds-barred look at her childhood, her many relationships and, of course, her musical career.  She also released a companion album of all the songs she discusses in the book, and even wrote a score for the audiobook.  Sounds like she's got the ingredients for a musical or movie ready to go, right?

"Yes, that’s definitely...there are several things in the works now," she tells ABC Radio. "You never know whether they’re actually gonna come into being or not, but there’s a lot that’s being talked about." 

Carly tells ABC Radio that such a movie or play would be a thinly veiled account of her life, rather than a strict biography.  She sees the story "more as a theatrical play" with "some dancing in it," adding, "I don’t know what exactly would make it very different from the book, but it would be obviously much more video- and much more audio-oriented."

Boys in the Trees isn't Carly's entire life story, though: It basically ends with the end of her marriage to James Taylor, with whom she has two adult children, Ben and Sally.  So what do they think of their mom telling all in the book? 

"Well, in the first place, Ben has not read the book," she says. "I’ve read sections to him and people probably have told him things but...it’s not first on his list of things to do. I think he would feel more conflicted than Sally did."

As for Sally, Carly says, "I had told her almost everything, but when she read it all together, she was just so amazed. She said, 'I’m so proud of you for being able to tell it like it is for you.'”

Carly does certainly tell it like it is, including how her parents' dysfunctional marriage and her father's emotional distance shaped her personality.  She spills on her flings with everyone from Warren Beatty to Jack Nicholson to Cat Stevens, as well as her romance with Taylor, from whom she split in 1983.  She also describes creating her classic songs, including, of course, "You're So Vain."

One revelation in the book: The song is not about Mick Jagger -- she barely knew him when she wrote it.  Carly has already admitted that the second verse is about Warren Beatty, but hasn't revealed who inspired the first and third verses.  What's more, she insists that they truly don't know the song is about them.  So, what would have to happen for her to actually tell them?

"I would have to want to, ‘cause they are both living," she laughs. "So I would just have to say, 'OK, I’m gonna have to dunk you both into this fever that is people still wanting to know.' I still can’t understand that!"

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Jennifer Lopez Joins James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"; Texts Leonardo DiCaprio

Cliff Lipson/CBSJennifer Lopez joined James Corden for a brand-new edition of his popular segment "Carpool Karaoke," as he celebrated his one-year anniversary as host of CBS' Late Late Show on Tuesday night with The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special.

Between harmonizing on popular J-Lo tunes like "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "Booty," "Jenny from the Block," and "On the Floor," the two chatted about a number of topics, including the American Idol judge's mobile phone contacts, which reads like a who's-who of the entertainment world. One of them was Leonardo DiCaprio.  When Corden came across the Wolf of Wall Street star's name, he decided to send him a text -- pretending to be Lopez.

"Hey baby," Corden began, "I'm kinda feeling like I need to cut loose." Despite screams of protest from Lopez, she held the phone up to the camera to show that he did indeed send the message. "Now I'm going to explain this," she complained.

The 46-year-old Shades of Blue star also dispelled rumors that her famous butt has been insured for a million dollars. "There's no such thing as that," she insists. "I think there is a place in [England] where you can insure certain things, you know, parts of your body...I think that exists. I've heard that, but not here I don't think."

The primetime special also featured clips of past "Carpool Karaoke" segments featuring Stevie Wonder, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, One Direction, Rod Stewart, and Elton John, as well Adele, whose clip -- according to Corden -- became the most-viewed online in the history of late night television.  We do know it's the most-viewed of any his show has posted.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Why Brett Eldredge Is Having the Best Week Ever

ABC RadioIt's quite possible Brett Eldredge is having the best week ever. He'd just finished a high-profile TV appearance, when his nearest and dearest threw him a celebration for his 30th birthday on March 23 -- and the news about his single, "Drunk on Your Love," was the icing on the cake.

"When I found out this song was officially number one, I was in Nashville, had just got home from the road, from playing Jimmy Fallon. I played Jimmy Fallon the night before, woke up that day, went through the routines and saw the family and everything," he tells ABC Radio. "And when I was with my family at a surprise birthday party, with all my friends and my family, I found out that the song was gonna be number one. So at a surprise birthday party to find out that your song is gonna be number one, all that together. That's about one of the best days ever right there."  

Brett's good fortune didn't end there, either. He made the comments about his current number one while celebrating at a party Tuesday in Nashville for his previous chart-topper, "Lose My Mind." He's set to sing at this Sunday's ACM Awards, where he's also up for Male Vocalist of the Year.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line will celebrate the success of their album Anything Goes and its singles -- "Dirt," "Sundaze," "Sippin' on Fire," "Confession," and the title track -- with a #1 party Friday night in Las Vegas, in advance of Sunday's ACM Awards.

Jewel's video for "Pretty Faced Fool" premieres Wednesday on CMTKip Moore is one of the co-writers of the song.

If you're a fan of the Highwaymen -- Johnny CashWaylon JenningsWillie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson -- you'll want to mark your calendar for May 20. That's the day The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws comes out. The 3 CD/1 DVD set contains audio and video from a previously unreleased March 1990 concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, as well as live tracks from Farm Aid through the years.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Who's "Over and Over Again" About? Nathan Sykes Won't Tell

Global EntertainmentYou know what's great about being a songwriter?  If you're too shy to tells someone you love them, you can write a song that says it for you.  Of course, it would be helpful if you then told the object of your affection that the song is about them...wouldn't it?  Nathan Sykes doesn't think so.

"Over and Over Again," the romantic ballad Nathan sings with his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, was written specifically for someone who he won't name. "It’s basically me telling someone how I feel about them,  ‘cause I’m really bad at expressing my emotions in person," he tells ABC Radio.  "This is almost like a letter to someone. They don’t actually know it’s about them yet, nor does anyone else, really, so I kind of kept this to myself."

While he's keeping quiet about the subject of the song, Nathan says he's happy that fans are "really connecting to this song...and using it as their first dance at their weddings and stuff," adding, "It’s really beautiful to see."

So, when is Nathan going to man up and let this person know how he feels?  Never, apparently.

"Part of me wants to," he tells ABC Radio. "The softer side of me does, but then the tougher side of me is like, 'No! They’re gonna get the biggest ego...they’re gonna be [sitting] with their friends, being like, 'Hey that song’s about me!'”  

That's not just projection on his part: Nathan says that this particular person would "definitely get a big ego about it,"  so, he says, "I don’t think I will [tell them]."

His only consolation, the former Wanted singer says, is that his crush happens to enjoy the song, even though they have no idea that they inspired it.

"They messaged me. They’re like, 'Hey I really like your new song!'” he laughs. "I was like, “Well, that's good! Isn’t that great?”  

Nathan's currently on a U.K. tour with Little Mix.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Iggy Pop Earns Highest-Charting Album with "Post Pop Depression"

Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline InternationalIggy Pop has notched his highest-charting album with Post Pop Depression. The album, which Pop recorded in secret with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, and a career-high number 17 on the Billboard 200. Post Pop Depression also claimed the number-eight spot on the Top Album Sales chart, which exclusively measures pure album sales.

Post Pop Depression is the highest-charting album Pop has released since 1986's Blah Blah Blah, which peaked at number 75 on the Billboard 200.

Pop and Homme are currently on a "one time only" world tour in support of Post Pop Depression. The band's live lineup includes The Dead Weather guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, who also played on the album, plus Homme's Queens of the Stone Age band mate Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman guitarist Matt Sweeney.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

The Who's Pete Townshend Says It's Incredible How Much Money One Charity Gig Can Raise

ABC News RadioThe Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey recently visited Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to attend the opening of a new recreational area designed for young adults and teenagers that the rock legends' Teen Cancer America charity helped fund. Much of the money that paid for the facility, called The Lounge, was paid for by a special concert The Who played a couple of years ago at Madison Square Garden.

Speaking with reporters at the event, Townshend maintained that one of the positive aspects of being in a famous band is that he can raise a lot of money for charity with relatively little effort.

"It's incredible…You can do a show and raise, after expenses and everything else, around half a million dollars," he noted. "And then if you get sponsors folding behind you, it can go up to a million or more. It's a big chunk of money to raise in one night for doing stuff that you do every day anyway."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added, "It's such a great thing to be able to do. I tell you, this is something I thank God for every day...I always say, if you want to be charitable, write a f****** check, but I can just do what I do. Just turn 'round one way...Ka-ching!"

The Lounge is the latest in a series of facilities geared toward teens and young adults with cancer that have opened at various medical centers around the U.S. with the help of donations from Teen Cancer America. Townshend and Daltrey co-founded the charity in 2012.

Meanwhile, Townshend also talked with media members about the status of his relationship with Daltrey, with whom he often has quarreled regarding the direction of The Who.

"It's still not perfect," Pete admitted. "You know, we have different ideas and I think that's always been the way." Having said that, Townshend pointed out that he very much admired the way that Daltrey dealt with his bout with viral meningitis that forced the band to push back the second part of its 2015 North American tour until this year. The trek, which wrapped up its first leg on Tuesday night in Denver, gets going again with an April 26 show in Toronto and runs through a May 29 performance in Las Vegas.

Check out The Who's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.

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