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Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Pearl Jam Among Stars Contributing Items for Sandy Hook Promise Auction

Photo: Danny ClinchPearl Jam is among the music artists that have contributed items to an auction to benefit those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last December in Newtown, Connecticut.

The band is offering a Fender guitar that was autographed by all its members during their November 21 concert in San Diego, along with a copy of the set list from that night’s show. Kings of Leon is giving you the chance to bid on a package that includes four tickets to their concert on February 15 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, as well as the opportunity to meet the band before the show.

Other items up for bid include tickets to an upcoming concert by the rock group Kings of Leon , a guitar signed by country superstar Tim McGraw, lunch with actor Nick Offerman on the set of Parks and Recreation in Los Angeles, and a meet-and-greet with actor Zachary Quinto, along with tickets to see him in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.

Bidding for the items is open until Tuesday, December 17, at Charitybuzz.com/SandyHook. All proceeds raised will go toward Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the causes of gun violence and helping the local community cope with the lasting effects of the tragedy.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Alicia Keys Answers 20 Questions for "Marie Claire"

AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys appears in the January 2014 issue of Marie Claire, in which she takes part in the publication's "20 Questions." In the article, the singer was quizzed about everything from her secret personality trait to the last three items on her credit card statement.

When asked about the greatest joys in her life, Alicia says, "My family. I lie in bed with my husband [music producer Swizz Beatz] and son, Egypt, and have little musical moments, which I love."

If she had to put together an "ideal" dinner party, Alicia reveals that U2's Bono, Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama and Tina Fey would be on the guest list. "I wouldn’t mind Chris Rock. Definitely my husband, too," she adds.

Alicia also shares that she love massages, named Maya Angelou as one of her heroes and mentioned "juicing" is one of her beauty secrets.

So what advice would she give her younger self? "I wish I knew how fast time goes by," she says. "So I could take more pictures and remember the moment."

And as for those last three items on her credit card statement, Alicia reveals, "Vitamins. I take multivitamins, probiotics, and vitamin D. I also bought a Big Wheel tricycle for Egypt and paid for his school applications."

The issue hits newsstands on December 17.

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Friday
Dec132013

Bruno Mars Named "Billboard's" Artist of the Year, 2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour Cities Set

Atlantic Records/BillboardBruno Mars was all over the charts in 2013 with hits like "When I Was Your Man," "Treasure" and "Locked Out of Heaven," which is no doubt one of the reasons why Billboard magazine has named him its Artist of the Year. Bruno topped eight of the publication's year-end charts, including Top Overall Artists, Top Hot 100 Artists and Hot 100 Singles Airplay.

Bruno tells Billboard, "There's been so many awesome moments this year. The highlight was going on tour, and doing the Moonshine Jungle tour with my boys, with my band and being able to see the world playing these songs."  He adds, "I feel like I'm just getting started!"

Bruno is marking this achievement by announcing the next leg of his Moonshine Jungle world tour: it'll visit arenas and amphitheaters across North America beginning in the summer of 2014.  While cities have been announced, exact dates and ticket information is coming soon.  Cities include Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tulsa, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Birmingham, Detroit, San Jose, Raleigh, New York City, Montreal, New Orleans, Omaha, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Ottawa. Visit the "Moonshine Jungle Tour" section of BrunoMars.com for a full listing.

Bruno, who just received four Grammy nominations, will close out 2013 with two shows at The Chelsea, the new room at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, on December 29 and 31.  He'll return to The Chelsea for an extended engagement through 2014: February 15 and 16, May 23 and 24, and August 22 and 23.

And, of course, 2014 will kick off with a bang when Bruno and his band, The Hooligans, headline the Super Bowl Halftime show on February 2 in New Jersey. "Expect to have some fun with us," says Bruno of the performance. "They keep telling us it might be freezing out there and we've never performed in such conditions, but we're all excited!"

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Friday
Dec132013

Jack White's Divorce Finalized

Third Man Records/ColumbiaJack White's divorce from his wife, model Karen Elson, after eight years of marriage is final. The breakup, which started out as a party -- then turned hostile -- ended quietly with what seems to be an amicable settlement.

Nashville's The Tennessean reports a Davidson County Circuit Court judge signed off November 26 on an agreement that lets White and Elson essentially keep what property they currently have. It also gives her primary custody of their two children, with the former White Stripes frontman getting about 150 days a year with them. He'll provide child support and health insurance.

The court papers say White won't be required to pay alimony.

White, 38, and Elson, 34, met on the set of the music video for the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan track “Blue Orchid." They married in 2005. Six years later, they threw a party together to announce that they were splitting up. Elson formally filed for divorce in September of 2011.

The case stalled until this past July, when Elson asked for a restraining order against White, accusing him of pressuring her to settle the divorce and using abusive language toward her. She claims he was angry that their child shared a classroom with one of the children of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. White denied the accusations.

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Friday
Dec132013

Fergie and Josh Duhamel Take Their Son Axl to Get Baptized

Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesFergie and her husband, Transformers star Josh Duhamel, had their three-and-a-half-month-old son, Axl Jack, baptized at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Brentwood, California, Thursday as a small group of family members watched.

Eyewitnesses tell People magazine, "Baby Axl was well-behaved and he wore all white and seemed very calm about being baptized. He didn't cry at all."

According to the magazine, Fergie, 38, was also wearing white, while Josh, 41, wore a dark suit for the brief ceremony.

The eyewitnesses tells People, "They seemed happy when they left the church. Axl had fallen asleep in his dad's arms and he looked adorable."

Axl, the couple's first child, was born this past August.

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Friday
Dec132013

"The X Factor" Recap: Three Acts Advance to the Finals

FOXIt was the end of the road for Restless Road Thursday night on The X Factor.

Simon's country group was eliminated from the Fox singing competition, leaving three acts to vie for a Sony Music record contract next week.

The finalists are: Paulina Rubio's "boys" contestant Carlito Olivero; Simon's group Alex and Sierra; and Kelly Rowland's "Over 25" rocker, Jeff Gutt (pronounced goot). Judge Demi Lovato doesn't have any protégés left in the competition.

The one-hour results show featured performances by the finalists. Carlito sang "Suave (Kiss Me)" by Nayer; Alex and Sierra covered Passenger's "Let Her Go"; and Jeff belted out Journey's "Open Arms."

In addition, Enrique Iglesias dropped by to perform his hit, "Heart Attack."

The third-season finale begins next Wednesday with the top three returning to the stage. A winner will be crowned in a two-hour finale the following night. Expect an appearance from One Direction next week, too.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Taylor Swift Celebrates 24th Birthday; Talks Strategy for New Album 

ABC/Richard HarbaughHappy birthday, Taylor Swift!  The superstar turns 24 on December 13, but because of global time zone differences, she actually got to celebrate her special day 24 hours early.

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

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

While 2013 has been a fantastic year for Taylor, with her sold-out RED tour, hit singles, and plenty of awards, 2014 promises to be even more exciting, because that's when she'll release the follow-up to Red.  She's working on it right now, but the key, she says, is picking the right songs to include on the final version of the album.  How does she do it?  It's a rigorous process.

“I’m pretty harsh on my own songs and I listen to them over and over again,” Taylor admits. “The ones that I get tired of first, don’t make the record.”

But it's not just her own opinion that Taylor uses to decide.  She uses her friends and family as sort of a big focus group, gauging their reaction to her new songs and adjusting her albums accordingly.  “The first rule that I always apply to the record is, ‘May the best song win,’" she reveals. "You determine that by the songs that your friends and family absolutely freak out over."

Explaining how this works, Taylor says, "My friends and family, when I play them new songs and they go, ‘Oh that’s really good,’ I know that one’s not supposed to make the record. Because unless they’re going ‘Oh... My... God! WHAT?! Whoa!’...unless they’re really losing it and asking to hear it again, then it’s not good enough.”

Taylor's uncanny ability to pinpoint the correct songs have led to some major chart milestones.  Though she's only been releasing music since 2006, she's racked up more top-40 hits than The Rolling Stones.

Copyright 2013 ABC New Radio

Friday
Dec132013

3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold Reveals Songs from the Basement Tour Inspired by Fans' Facebook Comments

3DoorsDown.com3 Doors Down will hit the road again in 2014 for their first-ever acoustic tour, 3 Doors Down Acoustic -- Songs from the Basement. Frontman Brad Arnold says he got the idea for the name of the tour after reading some comments on the group’s Facebook page, following a special acoustic set they played in Nashville back in September.

“The place that we played wasn’t that big of a place, and it really, just in that setting, it felt like we were in somebody’s basement,” he tells ABC News Radio. “Over the next couple of days after the show, I got three or four messages on Facebook that people were like, 'Man I felt like y’all were sitting in my basement,' and we just really kind of based it off of that.  So [it] seemed like a proper name for the tour.”

Arnold adds the upcoming tour will feature a number of deep cuts and fan favorites the band rarely performs in concert. “It does give us an opportunity to play things that maybe you just typically might not play at a concert, so I think it’ll be some songs that the fans will be very interested to hear,” he explains. “At a couple of the shows I know we’ll be playing in a couple of venues more than one night, and [we] definitely want to explore just changing up that set to give fans a different show.”

The 3 Doors Down Acoustic -- Songs from the Basement tour kicks off on January 10 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV. Visit 3DoorsDown.com to view the full itinerary.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Nashville Notes

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

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

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

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Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the top ten:

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday
Dec132013

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Taylor Swift Celebrates 24th Birthday

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec132013

Beyoncé Surprisingly Releases New Self-Titled "Visual Album"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's the complete track listing for Beyoncé:

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

These are the videos included with the album:

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec122013

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec122013

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

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

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

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

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

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