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Jan132014

Foster the People to Release Sophomore Album in March; Hear New Single “Coming of Age”

Columbia RecordsGood news for Foster the People fans: the band has just announced they’ll be releasing their sophomore effort, Supermodel, on March 18. The upcoming album features 11 tracks, which were recorded in a variety of locations around the globe.

"We didn't have any rules,” says frontman Mark Foster in a statement. “We just created as much as we could in seven days. And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like."

To give you an idea of what you can expect from Supermodel, the band is offering the chance to check out the record’s first single, “Coming of Age,” on their official website. The stream is accompanied by a video which documents the creation of a seven-story mural of the artwork for Supermodel, which features an animated woman standing on a pile gold bricks while a number of cameras take pictures of her. Starting on Tuesday, you can score an immediate download of “Coming of Age” if you pre-order the album at select digital retailers.

Here is the track list:

“Are You What You Want to Be”
“Ask Yourself”
“Coming of Age”
“Nevermind”
“Pseudologia Fantastica”
“The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones”
“Best Friend”
“A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon”
“Goats in Trees”
“The Truth”
“Fire Escape”

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Monday
Jan132014

Ed Sheeran Plans to Tease New Music Soon; Did He Reveal Album Title on Twitter?

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS Ed Sheeran has announced a tour of the U.K. and Ireland for 2014, but hasn't given any details about his new album.  But the singer now says that new music is coming soon: just be patient.

Speaking to London's Capital FM, Ed says that his plan is to "start dropping music a couple of weeks from now, probably with just a live YouTube video."  However, he notes, "It won't be the main single.  The main single will come after that, but I wanted to start teasing people with new music, and then come with the serious slice of the pie in a couple of months."

While Ed has already said that his pal Taylor Swift won't be on the new album, he tells Capital FM, "I've worked with a lot of interesting people on it."  But that doesn't mean the album will feature collaborations on every track -- as Ed explains, the process consisted of "mostly just writing by myself in bathrooms and hotel rooms."

Meanwhile, Ed seemed to drop a huge hint as to the title of his new album by tweeting out the "equals" sign (=) on Monday.  Since Ed's debut was called + (plus), and he's already said he wanted another non-traditional title, many fans assumed that "equals" was it.  However, he didn't confirm anything.

It remains to be seen whether we'll get any new Ed music before the singer appears on the Grammy Awards on January 26. He's nominated for Best New Artist, and he says unlike last year, when he was up for Song of the Year, he's not going there expecting to win.

"I got nominated last year and kind of got my hopes up a little bit," he tells Capital FM. "So I just know now not to get my hopes up, and just go and enjoy the ceremony.  I think Macklemore will probably win it, but I'm gonna go and network and have fun and enjoy Los Angeles."

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Monday
Jan132014

Juicy J Awards $50,000 Scholarship

Columbia RecordsBack in August, Juicy J announced on Twitter that he planned to give female fans an opportunity to win a $50,000 scholarship for college.  Now, the rapper has selected a lucky winner from the hundreds of video submissions received over the past few months.

The rapper selected Zaire Holmes, a 19-year-old, full-time mother who opted not to twerk in her video entry.

"50,000 is a lot of money and I just don't want to waste it on some some chick shaking her ass," Juicy explained in a YouTube video, in which he surprised Holmes at the Shore Bar in Santa Monica, California.

Holmes, who is also a full-time student at the State College of Florida studying biology, revealed in the video that she read the complete rules before entering the contest.

"A lot of people actually thought that you had to twerk," she says while holding a large check. "But you just had to read the rules." She adds that the money will go directly to the State College of Florida for her 2015 tuition. 

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Monday
Jan132014

Keith Urban Joining Fellow "American Idol" Judges for Live Chat Tuesday Night

FOXKeith Urban returns to the judges panel for American Idol's 13th season starting Wednesday night on FOX. He'll join other judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. for a live chat Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. ET at KeithUrban.net. Fans can submit questions Tuesday via Twitter using the hashtag #AskIdol.

Of note, Keith will actually be performing a concert in Vancouver Wednesday night when Idol premieres with the first of the pre-taped audition episodes.

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Monday
Jan132014

Police Guitarist Andy Summers' New Band to Release Debut Album Soon

Union Entertainment GroupPolice guitarist Andy Summers' new band, Circa Zero, is gearing up to release its debut album.  The group has shared a little bit of news about the set via a series of posts on its official Facebook page.

This past week, Circa Zero announced that a release date has been chosen for the album, and asked fans to guess what it was.  The only hint the band gave was: "Not Fall.  Not Winter.  Not Summer."

Circa Zero initially had intended to announce details about its debut album earlier last year, but explained in a note posted late last month that a number of factors delayed its plans.  As the band wrote on its Facebook page, "Hired management.  Fired management.  Searched for new [management].  Got them.  Searched for the right label.  Found them…Needed more songs and b-sides and acoustic versions etc.  Recorded them.  Remixed and remastered all of them."

Meanwhile, it's just been confirmed that the group will be playing at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, which runs from March 11 to March 16.

Summers formed Circa Zero with singer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Rescues.  The group completed its lineup with addition of drummer Emmanuelle Caplette, who hails from Montreal.

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Monday
Jan132014

Listen to Altitudes & Attitude's Single,“Booze & Cigarettes”

Megaforce RecordsAltitudes & Attitude -- the side project of Megadeth’s David Ellefson, Anthrax’s Frank Bello and A Perfect Circle drummer Jeff Friedl -- is giving you another chance to check out a track from their upcoming self-titled EP.

While the group briefly offered new cuts “Booze & Cigarettes,” “Tell the World” and “Here Again” last month on Megaforce Records' Soundcloud page, those tracks are no longer available. You can now check out the release’s first single, “Booze & Cigarettes,” at RollingStone.com.

Bello says the track is a tribute to his late grandmother, who was dealing with some serious health issues before her death in 2012. "My grandmother never smoked or drank a day in her life," he tells Rolling Stone. "When she was receiving chemo, I would wheel her to treatment and jokingly say to her, 'Come on, Gram, get your booze and cigarettes for the ride,' and that would make her smile.”

Altitudes & Attitude is set to arrive in stores on January 14.

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Monday
Jan132014

U2 Plays Surprise Set at Sean Penn's Haiti Benefit Event in Beverly Hills

Courtesy of U2On Saturday, the day before U2 took home a Golden Globe trophy for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for "Ordinary Love," the band gave its first live public performance in four years.  Billboard reports that the surprise concert took place during actor Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit, which was held at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The Irish rockers played a brief set that included "I Will Follow," "Desire" and "Vertigo."  Prior to the band's performance, Bono and The Edge took the stage to play a few songs with Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre, including a duet rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

A montage of fan-filmed clips from the evening's performances can be viewed now online at YouTube.

According to Billboard, the charity event raised almost $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.  Among the many stars who attended the gala were Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman and Idris Elba, star of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the movie for which U2 wrote "Ordinary Love."

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Monday
Jan132014

Tim McGraw, Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Performing at Faster Horses Festival in July

Faster Horses FestivalTim McGraw, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert have signed on to perform at the second annual Faster Horses Festival, set for July 18 through 20 in Brooklyn, MI. Kip Moore, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Parmalee and Cole Swindell are also on the bill. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets go on sale January 23.

Go to FasterHorsesFestival.com for more details.

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Monday
Jan132014

Outkast Announces Festival Tour

Outkast.comOutkast is planning a huge comeback. Shortly after confirming their reunion performance for Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the duo has announced plans to play more than 40 festivals throughout the spring and summer.

Although dates will be revealed at a later time, the worldwide outing is being scheduled to celebrate the duo's 20th anniversary.  Outkast's debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was released in 1994.

"It’s truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose," Big Boi said in a statement posted on Outkast’s newly launched website and their Facebook page. "Don’t just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans -- stank you smelly much, this is for y’all!"

André 3000 shared the same sentiment and expressed his excitement to hit the stage. "And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap," he said in the statement. "I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast."

The rap duo have not released an album since 2006′s Idlewild, which served as the soundtrack to their film of the same name. In addition, fans have not heard the group on an official track since 2007′s "International Player’s Anthem" alongside UGK.

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Monday
Jan132014

Prince Confirmed as Guest Star on New Girl Super Bowl Episode

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCBack in December, Prince was rumored to be making a rare television appearance in an episode of Fox's New Girl set to air on Super Bowl Sunday.  Now, the network has confirmed that the legendary singer will indeed guest-star as himself. 

In the upcoming episode, titled "Party Time," Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and best friend Cece, portrayed by Hannah Simone, are invited to one of Prince's notorious mansion parties, which the rest of Jess' roommates are determined to crash. 

The role marks Prince's first-ever guest spot on a TV comedy.  Viewers should also anticipate special guest cameo appearances.

The episode is scheduled to air February 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Monday
Jan132014

Beck, Jenny Lewis Contribute New Songs to "Girls" Compilation

Third Man RecordsNew songs from Beck and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis will be included on a new compilation tied to the HBO show Girls, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, the upcoming album features 15 tracks and is scheduled to arrive at all the usual outlets on February 11. Beck contributed a song titled “Blue Moon” to the upcoming release, while Lewis offers the track “Completely Not Me,” which was featured in the series premiere on Sunday night. You can hear a stream of “Completely Not Me” now at EW.com.

The record also includes Vampire Weekend’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Going Down,” and the 1995 Oasis hit single, “Wonderwall.”

Here's the complete list of songs and artists on the album:

Vampire Weekend, “I’m Going Down”
Jenny Lewis, “Completely Not Me”
M Ward, “I Get Ideas”
Lily Allen, “Late Comer”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
Miguel, “simplethings”
Christina Perri, “I Don’t Wanna Break”
Oasis, “Wonderwall”
Zero DeZire, “It’s My Birthday (Remix)”
Aimee Mann, “How Am I Different”
Father John Misty, “Nancy from Now On”
Jake Bugg, “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It”
Cat Power, “Free (Gigamesh Remix)”
Daniel Johnston, “Life in Vain (Live at Austin City Limits)”
Michael Penn, “Daisy (From One Man’s Trash)”

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Monday
Jan132014

Mariah's Husband Reveals What It Would Take for Her to Headline Las Vegas

ABC/Donna SvennevikTop-name entertainers from Elton John to Britney Spears get paid millions of dollars to do Las Vegas residencies at various hotels on the Strip.  But Mariah Carey would need something more than money to accept such a gig, according to her husband.

Asked what it would take for him and Mariah to headline a joint show in Sin City, Nick Cannon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "I mean, [for] me, it probably wouldn't take that much.  Mariah?  Somebody's gonna have to give her a hotel!"

Nick also continued the T.M.I. offensive the couple has launched recently.  Following the revelation in Ebony magazine that the two are members of the Mile High Club, Nick told reporters in Vegas that they way he and Mariah keep their marital flame burning is "lots of sex!"

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Monday
Jan132014

Jared Leto Talks Balancing 30 Seconds to Mars with His Award-Winning Acting Career

Paul Drinkwater/NBCOn Sunday, Jared Leto took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role as a transgendered woman in Dallas Buyer's Club. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman says balancing his time between working on music and film projects is a juggling act he’s very comfortable with.

“Jared Leto the musician doesn’t put on heels and a wig to go to work, although I could probably get away with it,” he told members of the press backstage at the event. “They’re wonderful things to do, both of those things and I’m a creative person. I spend time behind the camera directing, I love film, I love music, so all of it’s wonderful. It’s a really good thing to do with your life. I recommend it.”

While he’s enjoying having a busy schedule, Leto adds he’s not sure if he’ll continue working in both fields in the future. “If I projected myself in 20 years, I don’t know if I’ll be doing either,” he reveals. “I think it’s a big world out there, there’s lots to explore. If I’m so lucky to continue to be able to have these creative experiences, I’ll consider myself a very fortune person.”

Leto is likely to get more praise for his work Dallas Buyer's Club: the singer is a strong candidate to score a nomination for the 86th Academy Awards.  Nominations will be revealed on Thursday.

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Monday
Jan132014

Prince Confirmed as Guest Star on New Girl Super Bowl Episode

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCBack in December, Prince was rumored to be making a rare television appearance in an episode of Fox's New Girl set to air on Super Bowl Sunday.  Now, the network has confirmed that the legendary singer will indeed guest star as himself on the show. 

In the upcoming episode, titled "Party Time," Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and best friend Cece, portrayed by Hannah Simone, are invited to one of Prince's notorious mansion parties, which the rest of Jess' roommates are determined to crash. 

The role marks Prince's first-ever guest spot on a TV comedy.  Viewers should also anticipate special guest cameo appearances.

The episode is scheduled to air February 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Monday
Jan132014

Report: Justin Bieber Egg Attack Caused $20K Worth of Damage 

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramThe egg-throwing attack that Justin Bieber allegedly launched against his neighbor's house reportedly caused some serious damage, which may result in even more problems for the Bieb.

TMZ reports that the eggs caused $20,000 worth of damage, which would turn the prospective charge of vandalism from a misdemeanor -- which covers up to $400 worth of damage -- to a felony.  The entire front of the house has to be re-plastered, according to TMZ, which will clost $15,000, and another five grand is needed to repair the entry, including re-staining the doors.

As previously reported, Justin is a named suspect in the investigation, and a charge of assault is also a possibility, because the homeowner and his young child were standing outside on their balcony when the attack allegedly took place, so they could have been hit.  The case will be referred to the L.A. County D.A., who would be the one to file the charge.

TMZ caught on video someone -- it's not clear if it's Justin or not -- egging the house and telling the neighbor to "f off."  So far, according to TMZ, nobody in Justin's camp has commented on the incident, and nobody has called the neighbor with an apology or an offer to pay for the damage.

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Monday
Jan132014

Luke Bryan Making Major Announcement Wednesday Morning at Nashville Press Conference

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is making a major announcement Wednesday morning at a press conference in Nashville. Fans can stream the press conference at LukeBryanLive.com starting at 11 a.m. ET.

On the touring front, Luke kicks off his That's My Kind of Night tour Thursday night in Columbus, OH. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill.

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Monday
Jan132014

KISS Is "Dressed to Kill" in New John Varvatos Ads

PRNewsFoto/John VarvatosCoinciding with KISS' impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band's current lineup stars in a new advertising campaign for designer John Varvatos' spring 2014 clothing line.  The ads, which also serve to preview a fall 2014 KISS-themed line of apparel, were inspired by the band's classic 1975 album Dressed to Kill, and feature the group's four members sporting sharp suits while posing on a street in Brooklyn, New York.

KISS also appears in a promotional video that includes footage of the band playing a surprise, invite-only show at the for John Varvatos store in New York City's Lower East Side.  The clip includes footage of the group performing "Dressed to Kill" and Rock and Roll All Nite," brief scenes of the band members putting on their stage makeup, and commentary from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley about their experiences in KISS.

"I probably have a loose screw someplace in my head, otherwise I wouldn't be wearing more makeup and high heels than your mommy," jokes Simmons.  "And boy, do I look good!"

Adds Stanley, "This is my battle gear.  This is my war paint.  I go up there [on stage] to have a great time, but I'm dead serious, with all guns loaded and a six-string guitar that can kill."

Speaking about working with KISS on the new campaign, Varvatos says, "I was taken by how much everybody, regardless of their age, loves them.  For me, it is the idea of the superhero, a man in disguise with incredible powers, that makes the KISS myth so enduring and appealing, and it's exactly that mindset that I wanted to explore, adding a dash of fantasy to my work while keeping tailored finesse and elegance high on the agenda."

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Monday
Jan132014

Manhattan Community Board to Vote on Renaming Corner “Beastie Boys Square”

Phil AndelmanA campaign launched by Beastie Boys fan LeRoy McCarthy to get the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington Street in New York City renamed Beastie Boys Square will be considered by a community board in lower Manhattan.

The New York Post reports Community Board 3 will discuss the matter on Tuesday night, noting the meeting is the first step toward getting the corner, which is featured on the cover of the Beastie’s 1989 album Paul's Boutique, dedicated to the group.

MCarthy says he’s optimistic about getting the corner renamed, because he feels City Council members understand the cultural importance of hip-hop music. “They are knowledgeable of hip-hop, a lot of them were raised on hip-hop -- at their Sweet Sixteen parties and bar mitzvahs -- so you don’t have to explain to them who [late rapper] Biggie Smalls was,” he tells the newspaper. “They don’t necessarily have the preconceived negative approach to all hip-hop.”

You may recall that late Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch got Brooklyn’s Palmetto Playground renamed to Adam Yauch Park in the rapper's honor last year.  The decision fulfilled the wish of a number of fans who launched a Facebook campaign to that end shortly after Yauch's death from cancer in May of 2012.

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Monday
Jan132014

Tim McGraw Releases "Lookin' for That Girl," Announces Sundown Heaven Tour Starting in May

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw's new single, "Lookin' for That Girl," has been released to country radio, and fans can get a first listen to the track at Entertainment Weekly's website. It's the first release from Tim's upcoming studio album, and he says the track takes him beyond the boundaries of anything he's ever released before.

"It was hard to choose a lead single off this project because I really felt like we had six or seven good options," Tim explains. "I kept coming back to 'That Girl' because even though it may be a little different for me sonically, I couldn't get it out of my head!"   

Tim has also announced plans to hit the road for the Sundown Heaven tour starting on the west coast in May.  

Here are the Sundown Heaven tour cities:

Sacramento, CA
Mountain View, CA
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Irvine, CA
Pittsburgh, PA
Indianapolis, IN
Cleveland, OH
Hartford, CT
Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia, PA
Virginia Beach, VA
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
St. Louis, MO
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Brooklyn, MI
St. Clairsville, OH
Toronto, ON (CAN)
Atlanta, GA
Salt Lake City, UT
Albuquerque, NM
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX

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Monday
Jan132014

Guitarist/Bassist Gwil Sainsbury Quits Alt-J

Suzi Pratt/FilmMagicAlt-J needs a new guitarist who also knows how to play bass.

The group announced on Saturday that founding member Gwil Sainsbury has decided to leave the band. “With regret, Gwil is leaving alt-J,” writes the group on their Twitter account. “This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely.”

The group’s record label, Infectious Music, paid tribute to Sainsbury on their Twitter account, adding the group will soon be moving forward on their follow-up to their debut release, 2012’s An Awesome Wave, without him. They tweeted, “An awesome wave goodbye to Gwil, we wish him the very best for the future. alt-J return to the studio shortly to begin work on [their second] album.”

A replacement for Sainsbury has not been announced.

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