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Wednesday
Nov182015

Metallica Pays Tribute to "Project Manager" and Paris Victim Thomas Ayad 

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica has posted a tribute to Thomas Ayad, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris last week.  Ayad, who worked for Universal Music France, had been working with Metallica for the past eight years as the band's "project manager."

"While Thomas had the official title of being our 'project manager,' we knew him as a member of our Metallica family, a fan, a friend...and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France," the band writes on their Facebook.  "Friday we lost Thomas, at the Bataclan theatre, in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend."

The post concludes, "Our thoughts are with Thomas' friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times."

Terrorists attacked the Bataclan during an Eagles of Death Metal show on Friday, November 13.  The band members escaped uninjured, but crew member Nick Alexander was among those who were killed in the attack.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Adele Talks “Heavier” Themes of Adulthood on "25"

XL/Columbia Records After four years, Adele’s new album, 25, is only days away from release. We’ve already gotten a taste of a couple of songs -- “Hello” and “When We Were Young” -- and they both have wistful, nostalgic lyrics. Adele tells USA Today those “heavier” themes are due in part to her becoming a mother.

"I was blown away by how much having a kid can change your life,” she says of her son Angelo, now three years old. “It made me reflect, not so much on my childhood as on my teen years. I missed the intimacy I had with my friends before we all became grownups. I thought it would be a longer journey to get here -- it kind of crept up on me."

She says motherhood “turned my world on its head,” but she’s relishing it. “…I like who I am now,” she says. “I'm more confident, and also more willing to admit when I'm wrong -- to learn more about other things, and about myself."

Adele is also willing to acknowledge that her next album might not live up to the success of 21, which was the best-selling album of both 2011 and 2012. "I don't think I'll ever have more success with an album than I did with 21,” she says. “Every album I ever make will be following 21, because of the impact that album had."

She says that once she accepted that, she became free to make the music she wanted. "It took the pressure off, so that my only goal now is to make music that I like, and that resonates with other people," she says.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Scotty McCreery Unveils the Cover of Memoir, "Go Big or Go Home"

Jeremy RyanEven though it won’t be out for close to six months, today Christian publisher Zondervan gave fans a preview of Scotty McCreery’s first book, releasing the cover of Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream. The memoir follows the 22-year-old from his childhood in North Carolina to his winning turn on season ten of American Idol. You can pre-order the biography now, ahead of its May 3 release.

In the meantime, Scotty is working on finishing his fourth album, which features the first single “Southern Belle.” The full project is expected sometime in 2016.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Hinder Involved in Bus Accident; Driver's Service Dog Is Missing

Image Courtesy of Webster PRHinder's tour bus got into an accident today outside of Cookeville, Tennessee. A few of the band members and crew members were injured and are currently receiving medical attention.

"[Bassist] Mike [Rodden] and our lighting guy Clint are in the X-ray room right now," Hinder writes in a Facebook post. "Our bus driver, Dave is being transferred to a hospital in Nashville."

While the band assures that "everyone will be okay," their bus driver's dog went missing in the crash.

"Dave had his service dog, Cuzco with him," writes Hinder. "He is a male Australian Shepard. He weighs approx 45lbs."

Hinder is asking anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Cuzco to message them on Facebook.

Hinder's next tour stop is Thursday, November 19 in Charlotte. The show is currently unaffected by the accident.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Justin Bieber Performing Medley of Hits for American Music Awards Finale

Dick Clark ProductionsJustin Bieber will be closing out the American Music Awards on Sunday with a medley of his biggest hits. It’ll be his fifth performance at the awards ceremony.

Justin -- who’s won seven AMA trophies over the years --  joins a packed lineup of previously announced performers including his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Gwen Stefani, WALK THE MOON, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth and Pentatonix.

Jennifer Lopez is hosting the ceremony and also will be taking the stage to perform. 

The American Music Awards airs Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The awards pre-show, featuring performances by Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara, will stream live on Yahoo starting at 5 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Taylor Swift Interviews Alessia Cara

Photo by Tim Boyles/LP5/Getty Images for TASEven before Alessia Cara released her debut album, she had one very famous fan: Taylor Swift. Taylor not only plugged one of her songs on Twitter, she also invited Alessia on stage during her Halloween tour stop in Tampa, Florida.

After that concert, the two sat down to discuss Alessia’s rising career. In part one of their chat, filmed for Yahoo!, Taylor asks Alessia about everything from the inspiration behind her hit song, “Here,” to growing up in Canada with Italian immigrant parents.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a hit song about a party being lame,” Taylor says of Alessia’s first single.

“That is really true,” Alessia says. “And it’s funny because I hear now that it gets played at parties. And if you really think about it, it’s such a miserable song for a first single. But I feel like it worked, right? It was different.”

Part two of the interview will be released Thursday. Alessia’s album, Know-It-All, was released last Friday.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Lee Brice to Take Life Off My Years on the Road in 2016

Photo Credit: Joseph LanesHaving completed his goal to play a show in all of the 50 states in 2015 just this past weekend, Lee Brice is now mapping out his strategy for 2016. He’ll kick off his Life Off My Years tour February 4 in Salisbury, Maryland, with Tyler Farr opening on the 21-city trek. The series of shows takes its name from a track from Lee's 2012 album Hard 2 Love.

Here are the stops for Lee Brice’s Life Off My Years tour, with the venues to be revealed soon:

2/4-- Salisbury, MD
2/5-- Rochester, NY
2/6-- Kingston, RI
2/12-- Rockford, IL
2/13-- Kearney, NE
2/14-- Brookings, SD
2/18-- Southaven, MS
2/19-- Augusta, GA
2/20-- Pikeville, KY
3/17-- Lowell, MA
3/18-- Allentown, PA
3/19-- Indiana, PA
4/7-- Milwaukee, WI
4/8-- Kalamazoo, MI
4/9-- Chicago, IL
4/14-- Saginaw, MI
4/15-- Highland Heights, KY
4/16-- Huntington, WV
4/21-- Dayton, OH
4/22-- Youngstown, OH
4/23-- Toledo, OH

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Carly Simon Confirms "You're So Vain" Is About Warren Beatty -- and Two Other Guys

Image Courtesy of Iris RecordsIn her famous 1972 song "You're So Vain," Carly Simon sings about a former lover whom she suggests is so egotistical, he "probably think[s] this song is about" him.  But the singer/songwriter, who's been romantically involved with many famous men over the years, has never divulged just who the chart-topping song is about.  Until now.

Simon has confirmed to People that she's actually singing about three different men in "You're So Vain," and reveals that the second verse is about actor/director Warren Beatty, who's has long been rumored to be the subject of the tune.

Carly tells the magazine Beatty "thinks the whole thing is about him," while noting that she still plans to keep mum about the identities of the other two, "at least until they know it's about them."

Musing about whether she will eventually tell the her former flames that they were partly the inspiration for the enduring hit, Simon says, "Probably, if we were sitting over at dinner and I said, 'Remember that time you walked into the party and...'"  She adds, "I don't know if I'll do it.  I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person!"

The verse that Carly reveals is about Beatty goes, "You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve/Well you said that we made such a pretty pair, and that you would never leave/But you gave away the things you loved, and one of them was me."

Simon discusses her various romances in her new memoir, Boys in the Trees, which will be published this Tuesday, November 24. She has had flings with such celebs as Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, and Mick Jagger, the latter of whom contributed backing vocals to "You're So Vain." The 70-year-old singer was also married to James Taylor from 1972 to 1983, and while she confirms to People that the two no longer speak, she says she still loves him.

"I still want to heal him, I still want to make him all right," she says. "And I love him so much."

This Friday, Carly also will release a companion album to Boys in the Trees.  Titled Songs from the Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection), the compilation includes tunes she's written that reflect the stories she tells in the book.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Blink-182 & More to Play 2016 Firefly Festival

Credit: James Minchin IIIThe lineup for the 2016 Firefly festival has been revealed. Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Blink-182, Florence + the Machine and Death Cab for Cutie will play the Delaware festival.

The 2016 Firefly lineup also includes The 1975, The Neighbourhood, The Struts, Of Monsters and Men, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Elle King, Saint Motel, Atlas Genius and Robert Delong, among many others.

Kings of Leon is on the Firefly lineup for the second straight year, although they never actually played the 2015 festival. The band's headlining set was scrapped due to "severe weather."

The 2016 Firefly festival will be held June 16-19 in Dover, Delaware. Tickets will go on sale via FireflyFestival.com Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Music by Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, James Brown & More Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame; Grammy Noms Coming Dec. 7

The Recording AcademyClassic albums by Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and The Band, Roberta Flack, The Pretenders and The Grateful Dead, as well as songs by James Brown, Jimmy Buffett, The Zombies and The O'Jays are among the recordings that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.

Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 26 inductees spanning from 1929 to the early 1980s.

Among the full-length albums being recognized are Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 record, Dylan and The Band's 1975 The Basement Tapes collection, Flack's First Take, The Pretenders' 1979 eponymous debut and The Grateful Dead's American Beauty.

The individual tunes being inducted include Brown and The Famous Flames' "Cold Sweat -- Part 1," Buffett's "Margaritaville," The Zombies' "She's Not There," The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money," Kool & the Gang's "Celebration," Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful."

Since the Recording Academy established the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1957, there have been 1,013 recordings inducted, including the latest ones.  You can check out the full list of new inductees at Grammy.org.

In other news, the nominations in the so-called "big four" categories of the 58th annual Grammy Awards -- Record, Album and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist -- will be announced Monday, December 7, on CBS This Morning.  The rest of the nominees in all 83 categories will be revealed online that day.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Music by Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, James Brown & More Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame; Grammy Noms Coming Dec. 7

The Recording AcademyClassic albums by Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and The Band, Roberta Flack, The Pretenders and The Grateful Dead, as well as songs by James Brown, Jimmy Buffett, The Zombies and The O'Jays are among the recordings that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.

Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 26 inductees spanning from 1929 to the early 1980s.

Among the full-length albums being recognized are Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 record, Dylan and The Band's 1975 The Basement Tapes collection, Flack's First Take, The Pretenders' 1979 eponymous debut and The Grateful Dead's American Beauty.

The individual tunes being inducted include Brown and The Famous Flames' "Cold Sweat -- Part 1," Buffett's "Margaritaville," The Zombies' "She's Not There," The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money," Kool & the Gang's "Celebration," Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful."  Recordings by Fats Domino, The Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker and The Sir Douglas Quintet also are being acknowledged by the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Since the Recording Academy established the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1957, there have been 1,013 recordings inducted, including the latest ones.  You can check out the full list of new inductees at Grammy.org.

In other news, the nominations in the so-called "big four" categories of the 58th annual Grammy Awards -- Record, Album and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist -- will be announced Monday, December 7, on CBS This Morning.  The rest of the nominees in all 83 categories will be revealed online that day.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Zayn Says No Secret Relationships Within 1D; Harry Admits to Hooking Up with a Fan

Sven JacobsenYour fan fiction is making One Direction uncomfortable. At least, that’s what Zayn Malik tells FADER magazine in his new cover story. The former member addresses “shipping,” short for "relationship-ing," a short fiction genre that imagines the band mates in relationships with each other. Zayn clarifies it’s all just fan fantasy, but it really does affect the band.

“There’s no secret relationships going on with any of the band members,” he says. “It’s not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for them. They won’t naturally go put their arm around each other because they’re conscious of this thing that’s going on, which is not even true.”

But there may be secret relationships between One Direction and their fans. The remaining band members appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday and played a revealing game of “Never Have I Ever.”

When asked if they’d ever hooked up with fan, Harry Styles held up the “I Have” side of his paddle and was met with cheers from the audience. He quickly tried to downplay his answer by looking at his paddle and saying, “I think mine’s broken.”

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Music by Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Dylan & More Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame; Grammy Noms Coming Dec. 7

The Recording AcademyClassic albums by Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and The Band and The Pretenders, as well as songs by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Blondie, The Zombies and Joe Cocker are among the recordings that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.

Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 26 inductees spanning from 1929 to the early 1980s.

Among the full-length albums being recognized are Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 record, The Grateful Dead's American Beauty, Dylan and The Band's 1975 The Basement Tapes collection, and The Pretenders' eponymous 1979 debut.

The individual tunes being inducted include Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," The Zombies' "She's Not There," Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful," and Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville."

Since the Recording Academy established the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1957, there have been 1,013 recordings inducted, including these latest.  You can check out the full list of new inductees at Grammy.org.

In other news, the nominations in the so-called "big four" categories of the 58th annual Grammy Awards -- Record, Album and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist -- will be announced Monday, December 7, on CBS This Morning.  The rest of the nominees in all 83 categories will be revealed online that day.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast Monday, February 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Release Duet About a Cheating Lover

Island RecordsShawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello have finally released their duet, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The song -- which the two wrote backstage at a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year -- is about a girl who cheated on her man, but he can’t seem to let her go.

Camila starts the song, “He knows dirty secrets that I keep/Does he know it’s killing me?/He knows, he knows.”

Shawn then takes the lead on the chorus, while Camila harmonizes. They sing, “I know what you did last summer/Just lied to me, ‘There’s no other’/I know what you did last summer/Tell me where you’ve been/I know what you did last summer/Look me in the eyes, my lover.”

The song will be featured on the reissue of Shawn’s debut album, Handwritten Revisited, due out Friday. Shawn and Camila will appear together on Live! with Kelly & Michael on Friday, and on The Late Late Show with James Corden on November 23.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Rihanna Teases Her Holiday Sock Collection with Stance 

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Rihanna has given glimpse into her new sock collection with Stance.

The singer took to Instagram to share a sneak peek at her upcoming holiday collection with the brand, which is also the official sock provider of the NBA. In the brief clip, we see Rihanna directing the photo shoot and instructing models, who all show off the  graphic-heavy socks.

Back in September, Rihanna was named the contributing creative director for Stance, a title that will see her designing signature women’s collections throughout a multi-year deal. "I’ve had a great relationship with Stance for a long time and ‎I am happy to be working with them on such a fun and creative project," Rihanna said in a statement. "This is an exciting new venture."

The Rihanna x Stance holiday collection will be available this Thursday at Stance's online store.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

FX Drama Featuring Ed Sheeran Gets the Ax

Ollie Upton/FXIt seems Ed Sheeran is out of an acting job. The Bastard Executioner, the FX show on which he had a guest starring role, has been cancelled after one season.

According to Deadline, the series wasn’t showing enough ratings growth to justify the cost of filming. Ed’s pal and the show's creator, Kurt Sutter -- who also created the just-concluded FX hit series Sons of Anarchy -- took out an ads on Deadline and the Hollywood trades to thank his cast and crew and bid farewell to the 14th century drama.

“The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word, ‘meh,’” Sutter writes. “So with due respect, we bring our mythology to an epic and fiery close.”

The series finale aired Tuesday night. Ed played Sir Cormac, the protégé of a powerful church elder. He also sang the show’s theme song, “No Name.”

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Ciara Among Presenters Announced for American Music Awards

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ABC has announced several presenters for Sunday's American Music Awards, and Ciara is among them.

The singer is one of the many famous faces that will distribute the trophies, along with Tyrese Gibson, Wiz Khalifa, Zendaya, Terry Crews, and Kylie Jenner. Jennifer Lopez will host the live broadcast.

Previously announced performers on the telecast include The Weeknd, who's nominated for five AMAs this year. 

The AMAs will air Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

James Taylor Scheduled to Perform on "The Late Show" Tonight

Credit: Timothy WhiteJames Taylor is all over television this month.  Following his appearance on Guitar Center Sessions this past Friday on Audience TV and the debut of his Austin City Limits performance Saturday on PBS, the singer/songwriter is set to visit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

Taylor will be The Late Show's musical guest, while actors Sharon Stone and Justin Theroux also will appear on the epiosde.  The Late  Show airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/11:35 p.m. CT on CBS.

In addition, James will be featured on an upcoming episode of Oprah's Master Class that will premiere on the OWN Network on Sunday, November 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Taylor will be sharing stories and lessons from throughout his career on the program.

Taylor's album Before This World was released in June and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Chris Brown Previews New Music on Instagram

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Chris Brown vents in a series of video clips featuring new music. 

Breezy took to Instagram to preview snippets from a new song about a former girlfriend, which could potentially make the track list on his upcoming album, Royalty.

"This party rocking, booty poppin'/ In the VIP there's a section full of options/I remember when we used to be in love / Now you Hollywood, tryna get your name up,” he sings, perhaps referring to his most recent ex, Karreuche Tran. "Got a little money you starting to change up/Listening to hoes trying to get your game up/ Used to be a friend, now all I see is danger/When I look at you, all I see is a stranger."

Brown also previewed a new song with frequent collaborator Teyana Taylor, which features him singing over a sample of Adina Howard’s ’90s classic "Freak Like Me."

"Feature for @teyanataylor let’s bring this R&B S*** BACK!" Breezy wrote in the caption.

Royalty has been pushed back from November 27 to December 18.

In other CB news, the singer intends to start 2016 with healthier habits. "I'm quitting smoking for my New Years resolution! Horrible habit. Dats dat bulls***," he wrote.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Carly Simon Confirms "You're So Vain" Is About Warren Beatty -- and Two Other Guys

Image Courtesy of Iris RecordsIn her famous 1972 song "You're So Vain," Carly Simon sings about a former lover whom she suggests is so egotistical, he "probably think[s] this song is about" him.  But the singer/songwriter, who's been romantically involved with many famous men over the years, has never divulged just who the chart-topping song is about.  Until now.

Simon has confirmed to People that she's actually singing about three different men in "You're So Vain," and reveals that the second verse is about actor/director Warren Beatty, who's has long been rumored to be the subject of the tune.

Carly tells the magazine Beatty "thinks the whole thing is about him," while noting that she still plans to keep mum about the identities of the other two, "at least until they know it's about them."

Musing about whether she will eventually tell the her former flames that they were partly the inspiration for the enduring hit, Simon says, "Probably, if we were sitting over at dinner and I said, 'Remember that time you walked into the party and...'"  She adds, "I don't know if I'll do it.  I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person!"

The verse that Carly reveals is about Beatty goes, "You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve/Well you said that we made such a pretty pair, and that you would never leave/But you gave away the things you loved, and one of them was me."

Simon discusses her various romances in her new memoir, Boys in the Trees, which will be published this Tuesday, November 24.  The 70-year-old singer was married to James Taylor from 1972 to 1983, and has had flings with such celebs as Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, and Mick Jagger, the latter of whom contributed backing vocals to "You're So Vain."

This Friday, Carly also will release a companion album to Boys in the Trees.  Titled Songs from the Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection), the compilation includes tunes she's written that reflect the stories she tells in the book.

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