Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge Up for ACM New Artist of the Year

ACMCongratulations to ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge. They won the preliminary fan vote at GACTV.com and now will compete for the top prize. Fan voting in the final round starts March 24 at VoteACM.com. The award will be handed out live on the ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 on CBS.

All three New Artist nominees will be featured in a new GAC special premiering March 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Omarion Announces New Album, "Sex Playlist"

1Omarion.comOmarion is preparing a seductive new album called Sex Playlist, which will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The R&B crooner announced the news via his new website TheSexPlaylist.com and released a black-and-white trailer featuring a snippet of the title track.

"This is what you've been missing & you didn't even know it," Omarion tweeted and added the hashtag "#sexplaylist."

The upcoming project will be his fourth solo album and his first since signing to Maybach Music Group. The disc is the follow-up to 2013's EP Care Package 2.

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Future Confirmed for 2014 South by Southwest Festival

FutureFreeBandz.comFuture has been announced as one of the newly added performers scheduled for this year's South by Southwest Festival, which takes place in Austin, TX next month.

According to RollingStone, the rapper is expected to showcase several new tracks -- including his single "Move That Dope," lifted  from his forthcoming album, Honest.

Future will also be joined by newly added acts including TDE's ScHoolboy Q , Madlib, Ab-Soul, Dam-FunkTech N9ne and Chance the Rapper.

The 2014 South by Southwest music festival is scheduled to run March 11-16.

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Dolly Parton's Reveals US Release Date for New Studio Album, "Blue Smoke"

Dolly's RecordsDolly Parton has announced the official U.S. release date for her new studio album, Blue Smoke.  The 12-song collection will arrive in stores on May 13, a little over a week before the country legend kicks off a series of U.S. dates in support of the record.

"On this CD I think there are all of the colors of my life in all the areas of music that you've allowed me to dabble in through the years," says Parton in a statement.  "You will hear my old world mountain voice on songs like 'Banks of the Ohio' and 'If I Had Wings,' my tender side on songs like 'Miss You -- Miss Me' and 'Unlikely Angel,' my country/bluegrass side of songs like 'Home,' 'Blue Smoke' and 'Don't Think Twice' and my funny tongue-in-cheek side on 'Lover du Jour.'" 

Blue Smoke was first released in Australia late last month, in conjunction with a Down Under trek that gets under way tonight, February 11, in Melbourne.  The album is Dolly's first release on her new record label, Sony Masterworks, as part of a joint venture with her own Dolly Records.

Parton's U.S. tour is scheduled to run from a May 22 show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through a May 31 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  She'll follow those dates with a June-July European outing.

Here are all of Dolly's U.S. shows:

5/22 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts (St. Mark's Evening Among Friends)
5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee (Benefiting Dolly's Imagination Library)
5/30 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

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Mot├Ârhead, Twisted Sister, Skid Row to Perform at 2014 Rocklahoma Festival

Rocklahoma.comMotörhead, Twisted Sister, Kid Rock and Skid Row are just a few of the hard-rocking acts taking part in this year's Rocklahoma Festival.

Billed as "America's biggest Memorial Day weekend party," the 2014 edition of the annual fest is scheduled to take place May 23-25 in Pryor, Oklahoma.  Other artists in this year's bill include Staind, Deftones, Black Label Society, Cinderella frontman Tom Kiefer, Kix, Seether, Jackyl, and Five Finger Death Punch, among many others.

General admission and VIP packages go on sale Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. CT at Rocklahoma.com.  Check out the festival's website now for for special pre-sale ticket opportunities and to see the complete lineup.

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Lorde Posts Selfie of Her Face Covered with Zit Cream

Image Courtesy Lorde via InstagramLorde may be a best-selling, Grammy-winning star who's one of the most acclaimed artists out there today -- but she's still a teenager, and that means she still has zits.  Unlike many other celebs, however, the singer's not afraid to own up to her skin problems, and has posted the evidence for all to see.

On Instagram, Lorde, who prefers to go by her birth name Ella Yelich-O'Connor when she's offstage, has posted a photo of herself sitting in bed with no makeup on, and white zit medicine dabbed all over her face.  "[I]n bed in paris with my acne cream on," she captioned the selfie.

As for why Ella would be so open, perhaps her subsequent posting on Instagram offers a clue. It's a close up of a page from a recent Vogue interview with Girls creator Lena Dunham, in which the Emmy-winner talks about an observation her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of fun., once made. 

Lena tells the magazine, "He's like, 'You know what's hard?  People want the person who wants to share it all. But they want the person who wants to share it all, minus the foibles and mistakes and f**kups. They want cute mistakes. They don't want real mistakes.' If I placed that many censors on myself, I wouldn't be able to continue to make the kinds of things that I make."

Lorde captioned the photo of this excerpt, "finally read @lenadunham's vogue piece and this REALLY resonated with me."

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Mariah Carey to Debut New Video on Wednesday

Island Def JamMariah Carey's new single, "You're Mine (Eternal)," arrives Wednesday, and does its video.

The clip for the new single, which was shot in Puerto Rico's El Yungue National Rain Forest, will enjoy a global premiere on MTV at 7:50 p.m. ET/PT.  Mariah will be live on-air with MTV News host Sway for the event, and you'll also be able to watch it on MariahCarey.mtv.com.

On Valentine's Day, Mariah will appear on BET's 106 & Park to premiere a remixed version of the video featuring singer Trey Songz.  She is no longer scheduled to appear on ABC's The View on Wednesday.

As previously reported, Mariah will also spend Valentine's Day giving a private concert for one lucky couple in her New York City home. She raffled off the concert via the website Prizeo.com to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Mariah will release her long-awaited new album May 6.

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Miley, Katy, Rihanna, Beyonce, Taylor & Selena Make AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" List 

RCA RecordsLast year, Miley Cyrus was #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of the hottest females.  But on a similar list of the "100 Most Desirable Women" just released by AskMen.com, she's at #99.  Why would Miley rank so low? Surely all that nudity is worth something, right? Well, apparently, that ranking wasn't entirely based on merit: the website put her there for a reason.

In a statement, AskMen publisher James Bassil explains, "The final Top 99 list is the product of both reader and staff votes, but if it were up to the staff alone I don't think we'd be seeing Miley Cyrus on it. AskMen reader votes secured her a spot, but we remain skeptical about some of her recent behavior...at the moment No. 99 seems to be the right spot for her.”

Explaining why Miley is desirable in the first place, the website writes, "She’s become a boundary-pushing superstar whose music comes second to her brand. Sure, her act may be carefully designed to garner attention, but we’re still looking forward to seeing what stunts she pulls this year."

Of course, Miley isn't the only pop star featured on the list.  Here's a roundup of the others:

#90: Katy Perry
AskMen.com says: "Perry, who rocks a revealing bikini top on the cover [of GQ's February issue], is riding high off her 2013 album, Prism, and its inescapable hit single, Roar. That means we'll be seeing much more of her ample curves in photo spreads to come."

#89: Selena Gomez
AskMen.com says: "Until recently, most men didn’t pay too much attention to Selena Gomez. Sure, we knew her as the cute girl tweens like to listen to, and, of course, as the girlfriend of Bieber. But Spring Breakers opened all of our eyes. A movie in which the leads spend most of the running time in bikinis will do that to you."

#73: Ariana Grande
AskMen.com says: "Forget Miley with her publicity plays -- Ariana Grande is the real pop star of the moment...Yes, her music may be geared to tweens, but Ariana has looks that will disarm any man."

#30: Taylor Swift
AskMen.com says: "Taylor Swift's love life seems to be everyone's business, but we don't care whose bed her boots have been under -- she's still America's sweetheart."

#19: Rihanna
AskMen.com says: "...The Barbadian superstar...has been named the sexiest woman alive by more than one men’s magazine. Also notable: she can twerk upside down (see the “Pour It Up” video for proof)."

#11: Beyonce
AskMen.com says: "In 2013, Beyoncé officially transcended pop stardom to become something akin to royalty...[she] convinced us for the umpteenth time of her general unattainable perfection. We’ve got to hand it to Jay Z -- we’d feel insufficient in her presence."

So who's #1 on AskMen.com's list?  Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who plays the sometimes topless Daenerys Targaryen, aka the Mother of Dragons.

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Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest is the Secret to Olympic Snowboarding Gold

facebook.com/SlayerWhat pumped up U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg before his gold-medal run in Sochi this past weekend? Slayer, Metallica and Judas Priest.

The 20-year-old tells Today.com that on Saturday -- the day of the first-ever Olympic slopestyle event -- he woke up at 6:50 and "I just started bumping that stuff and getting into a nice mindset for the day."

The psych-up worked: Kotsenburg won gold for the United States.

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Nicole Kidman Opens Up About Her Tour Bus Life with Keith Urban

InStyle/Greg KadelNicole Kidman has traveled the globe shooting movies, but she never experienced America's heartland until she married Keith Urban. Nicole often accompanies Keith and their two daughters across the country on his tour bus.

“That’s basically how I’ve seen most of America, on that bus," Nicole tells InStyle. "Keith and I are both gypsies at heart. We can make our home wherever we are. The girls are like that too now, so we take them everywhere.”

Keith and Nicole's work often forces them to be apart, but he takes the lead in keeping the romantic spark alive.

Says Nicole, "For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship.”

Nicole graces the cover of InStyle's March issue, on stands Friday.

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Ray Davies, Donovan Among 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

SongHall.orgKinks frontman Ray Davies and folk-rock great Donovan, two stars who emerged during the mid-'60s British Invasion, are among five artists who've been chosen for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.  The honorees will be recognized at the organization's 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner, which is scheduled to take place June 12 at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Also slated to be inducted this year are Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly.  As a teenager, Gouldman penned such classic tunes as The Hollies' "Bus Stop," The Yardbirds' "For Your Love," and Herman's Hermits' "Listen People."  He also was a member of 1970s pop-rock group 10cc and co-wrote that group's hits "I'm Not in Love" and "The Things We Do for Love." 

Mark James' most famous compositions include Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling," and he also co-wrote the signature Willie Nelson tune "Always on My Mind." 

Jim Weatherly is best known for penning hits for Gladys Knight & the Pips, including "Neither One of Us," "Midnight Train to Georgia," and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."

"Each of our 2014 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," says Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb.  "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala."

Additional special award honorees also will be recognized at the ceremony, and will be announced soon.

Davies and Donovan are both already members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ray being inducted along with the rest of the founding Kinks in 1990, and Donovan entering the institution in 2012.

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Selena Gomez Thanks Fans for Support Following News of Rehab

Image Courtesy Selena Gomez via InstagramEver since it was discovered that Selena Gomez visited an Arizona treatment facility last month, the singer hasn't commented, despite the rumors regarding what sent her there, how long she stayed, and why she left.  Selena still hasn't said anything about that, but she's broken her silence  to thank fans for their support.

In a post on Twitter and Instagram, Selena writes, "I've done everything I could to the best of my ability. Thank you for the unconditional love and cyber hugs. You inspire me." She's included a photo of herself smiling while standing on the prow of a boat on a lake at an undisclosed location.

Selena entered Dawn at the Meadows, a facility in Arizona, on January 5, then left January 20 to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  She's since been seen at a number of industry events.  Her spokesperson told ABC News Radio, "Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse."

Selena's BFF, Demi Lovato, who's been in rehab for substance abuse and emotional issues, intimated on Twitter that she supported Selena's decision to seek help, and recently told E!, "That's all of her business, and I just want to let her do her thing. And yeah, she's amazing. I love her."

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Cher on Turning Down Invitation to Perform at Olympics: "I Just Couldn't Do It"

Peter Kramer/NBCThe Winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, Russia, but some artists who were invited to perform at the event said no because of Russia's anti-gay laws.  For example, '80s new wave icons Blondie recently revealed that they said no to such an offer, citing "human rights" as the reason why.  Cher also turned down an Olympic offer for the same reason, but she's conflicted because she doesn't want her Russian fans to feel slighted.

Last year, Cher revealed to the Canadian magazine Maclean's that she was asked to participate in the Olympics and said no due to the "gay hate" in that country.  Asked if she got a lot of praise for her decision from her gay fans, Cher tells ABC News Radio, "Yeah, I did, and the truth is, I wanted to go, y'know?  There were offers of, 'Would you like to do this?  You could do this or you could do that.'  And I hadn't accepted any of it, but I was really excited about going."

She continues, "I think that the law was passed after my friends had asked me [to perform].  And I just said, 'Well, boy, I'm so out of the loop, but I can't do this.'  It wasn't that I didn't want to do it, but it was just...I couldn't do it."

But Cher also tells ABC News Radio that her Russian fans and friends are now concerned that she'll never tour their country again.  "I have close Russian friends, I have great Russian fans who are really upset now," she says.  "[They're asking], 'Does this mean the tour will never come?'  So it's hard when people that you care about are painted with the same brush."

Noting that Elton John, who is openly gay, made the decision to perform in Russia recently so he could speak out against the law, Cher says, "I guess he can do it because -- y'know -- he has a horse in the race.  But the thing I don't like is to hurt my fans, because, as they keep saying, 'We did nothing, it's not us.'  So I don't know how that can work."

Cher's Dressed to Kill tour, with opening acts that include Pat Benatar and Cyndi Lauper on various dates, gets under way March 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.  It's currently scheduled to run through July 11, and so far, there are no international dates.

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Jerrod Niemann to Tie the Knot with Longtime Girlfriend, Morgan, Later This Year

CMAJerrod Niemann is officially off the market. He got engaged to long-time girlfriend, Morgan, late last year in New Orleans. So, what prompted Jerrod to pop the question?

He tells ABC News Radio, "No babies. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just good, old-fashioned love."

Jerrod describes his relationship with Morgan as reminiscent of New Orleans itself.

"It's a city that has a lot of culture and ain't scared to have a lot of fun," he says. "So, she has the culture. I have the fun. So, we kind of feel like New Orleans together."

Country fans are familiar with part of Jerrod and Morgan's love story, which has had its share of ups and downs over the years.

"She's the girl I wrote What Do You Want' about way back in the day," Jerrod says. They've both grown a lot in the past few years, and Jerrod is glad to share the secret to making love work.

He says, "I think you gotta, first of all, remember everybody has pasts. We've all made mistakes. If you can't get past somebody else's past or their mistakes, it's never gonna work."

Jerrod and Morgan plan to tie the knot sometime this year, though they haven't decided on an exact date just yet. In the meantime, Jerrod's new album, High Noon, is due out March 25. It features his latest hit, "Drink to That All Night."

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Will Ferrell Accepts Drum Challenge from Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith

Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageThe drum challenge is on.  Last week, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith challenged his celebrity look-alike Will Ferrell to a drum battle.  Now the comic actor has accepted the challenge.

Ferrell jumped on a recent Redditt Ask Me Anything session with the drummer to respond to the challenge. "I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle," the actor wrote.  "If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer for College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen.  We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library.  Your call."

The pair have yet to set a time or date for the epic showdown.

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Diana Ross Lines Up Handful of US Concerts

Metropolitan PresentsDiana Ross will be visiting a few select cities in the U.S. during the spring and early summer.  The Motown legend currently has a trio of concerts lined up in late April in the Midwest, according to Pollstar, and she also has announced a June 21 show in New York City at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A press announcement reports that the June 21 performance will be Ross' only appearance in the New York City area.  Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m. ET.

Her other shows are scheduled for April 26 in Durant, Oklahoma; April 27 in Kansas City, Missouri; and April 30 in Chicago.  Tickets for these events can be purchased now.

According to her official Facebook page, Diana's last concert took place this past October 30 in New Orleans.

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George Thorogood & the Destroyers to Head Out on 40th Anniversary Tour Later This Month

Universal Music EnterprisesGeorge Thorogood and his longtime backing band, The Destroyers, will mark their 40th anniversary this year with a major North American tour.  The trek is scheduled to get under way February 27 in Las Vegas, and currently is plotted out through a July 20 show in Mankato, Minnesota.

The outing is made up of three separate legs: a February-March stint that will hit cities in the Southern and Western U.S.; an April-May series of Canadian shows; and a June-July stateside run that will visit the Northeast and Midwest.  Thorogood and the Destroyers' are supporting a pair of 2013 releases with the new tour -- their Icon compilation CD and the Live at Montreux 2013 DVD and Blu-ray.

In honor of Thorogood's 40th anniversary, a couple of fellow legendary rockers have issued statements paying tribute to the singer/guitarist.

Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash says, "George Thorogood's genuine style and attitude continue to inspire me as he and The Destroyers rock on into their 40th year.  He has been a hero of mine since I first heard his music in the '70's, and is one of the baddest rock 'n' roll songwriters/electric slide guitar players ever."

Steve Miller, meanwhile, declares, "For 40 years, I've had the privilege and pleasure of sharing the stage with George many times, and what started as admiration has grown into a deep love and respect for the man, his music, his band and his spirit.  He is truly an original."

Here are all of George Thorogood and the Destroyers confirmed upcoming North American shows; more dates will be added:

2/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center
2/28 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Theatre
3/1 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
3/2 -- Mescalero, NM, Inn of the Mountain Gods
3/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
3/5 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
3/6 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
3/7 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
3/8 -- Red Rock, OK, Paradise Casino
3/10 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
3/11 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
3/12 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
3/13 -- Nashville, TN, Wildhorse Saloon
3/14 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino
3/15 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa
3/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Duke Energy PAC
3/18 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
3/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
3/20 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Theatre
3/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall  
3/22 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
4/30 -- Prince George, Canada, CN Center
5/1 -- Kamloops, Canada, Interior Savings Centre
5/2 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
5/3 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
5/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/6 -- Edmonton, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/7 -- Medicine Hat, Canada, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
5/8 -- Saskatoon, Canada, TCU Place
5/9 -- Regina, Canada, Casino Regina Show Lounge
5/10 -- Winnipeg, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre
5/12 -- Sudbury, Canada, Sudbury Arena
5/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, The Centre in the Square
5/14 -- Hamilton, Canada, Hamilton Place
5/15 -- Toronto, Canada, Massey Hall
5/16 -- Ottawa, Canada, National Arts Centre
5/17 -- Montreal, Canada, Metropolis
5/20 -- Quebec City, Canada, Theatre Capitole
5/22 -- Fredericton, Canada, Aitken Centre
5/23 -- Moncton, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
5/24 -- Halifax, Canada, Halifax Metro Centre
6/19 -- Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues
6/20 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
6/21 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
6/22 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch
6/25 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
6/26 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
6/27 -- Buffalo, NY, Buffalo Place Rocks
6/28 -- Rochester, NY, International Jazz Festival
6/29 -- Augusta, NJ, Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
7/1 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/3 -- Elizabeth, IN, Harrah's Casino
7/4 -- Davenport, IA, MS Valley Blues Festival
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/11 -- Manchester, IA, Delaware County Fair
7/12 -- Michigan City, IN, Blue Chip Casino
7/18 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Jazz Festival
7/19 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Ranch Jam Festival
7/20 -- Mankato, MN, Vetter Stone Amphitheatre

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Mastodon Adds Tour Dates

Facebook.com/MastodonMastodon has tacked on a few stops to their just-released schedule of tour dates. The shows will be in support of their new album, which doesn't yet have a name or a definite release date, though the band's label promises that it'll arrive just about the time the tour kicks off at the end of April.

To hold fans over while waiting for the new Mastodon album, the band has released a live digital video called Mastodon Live at Brixton, available at iTunes and all digital retailers.

The new dates are:

4/28 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo
5/04 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
5/05 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theater
5/10 -- Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy

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After Grammys, "SNL" & Beatles Tribute, Imagine Dragons Have Lost Their "Nervous Gland"

Bret Hartman/CBSAfter performing taking on a trifecta of huge TV appearances --  Saturday Night Live, the Grammys and Sunday night's Beatles tribute -- the guys in Imagine Dragons now say they'll never, ever be nervous again.

Speaking to MTV, bass player Ben McKee said, "It's crazy that the three most high-pressure gigs of our career all occurred in one week," referring to the fact that the Grammys were January 26, the Beatles tribute was taped on the 27th and their SNL appearance took place on February 1.  As a result, drummer Dan Platzman adds, "Whatever gland in the human body that produces the chemical that makes you feel nervous, that gland has died in all of us."

So which one of those gigs were the most stressful?  The Beatles tribute, which saw the group performing an acoustic version of the Fab Four classic "Revolution."  Lead singer Dan Reynolds laughs, "That was the most nervous any of us have ever been, because you're performing a Beatles song in front of Paul [McCartney] and Ringo [Starr]...and that's just so intimidating."

In fact, that taping was so stressful that by the time the guys took the stage for Saturday Night Live, they were barely fazed by it.

"SNL was a dream come true for all of us," Platzman tells MTV. "And when the moment came it was just so natural, and that freaked us out. Like, 'This shouldn't seem so natural!'"

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Ashanti Announces Next Single; Contributes to "Tupac" Soundtrack

Written EntertainmentAshanti is in comeback mode. The singer announced that she's decided on the next single from her long-awaited album, Braveheart, due out March 4.

According to her label, the singer has selected "First Real Love" featuring reggae superstar Beenie Man as the third offering from the set, which will be her first album since 2008's The Declaration. The singer is scheduled to shoot the accompanying video later this month in Jamaica.

In addition, the singer has been tapped to write music for the soundtrack and score of the forthcoming film Tupac. The film will be released by Morgan Creek in 2015.

As previously reported, the singer confirmed on Twitter that the video for "I Got It" featuring Rick Ross will premiere simultaneously on BET's 106th and Park and Vevo on February 11.

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