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Thursday
Jun262014

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley taped a performance with hit writers Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James and Jon Randall Wednesday night in Nashville celebrating the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series. Look for it to air on Public Television's Front and Center this fall.

Tim McGraw's new music video for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" featuring Faith Hill premieres Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America. The clip features footage of Tim and Faith relaxing on their family farm in Tennessee.

According to a tweet from Sunday Night Football, Carrie Underwood worked on the opening for the NBC football franchise's upcoming season Wednesday.


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Thursday
Jun262014

Little Big Town Had the Weather on Their Side for Sunny "Day Drinking" Video Shoot

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town had just one day to film their new sun-soaked video, "Day Drinking," in Miami, but the forecast wasn't in their favor leading up to the big shoot.

The group's Jimi Westbrook says, "We thought it was gonna rain. Like, all week it had said 60 percent chance of rain, 75 percent chance of rain. And even that morning when we got up, it was supposed to be, but it turned out perfect and beautiful."

LBT's Kimberly Schlapman thinks the video director's positive thinking may have held off the clouds.

Thinking back to their dinner the night before the shoot, Kimberly says, "Somebody said, 'OK, what are we gonna do if it rains tomorrow? And [our director] wouldn't even entertain the thought. Did you notice? He was like, 'I can't think about that. That's not gonna happen. That's not gonna happen.' And it didn't!"

The "Day Drinking" video includes scenes of Little Big Town cruising in a classic Cadillac, drinking on the beach and taking in the lovely Miami views.

The group's Phillip Sweet adds, "Spending a day on the beach is not a bad way to shoot a video."

Little Big Town's "Day Drinking" video is now posted at People.com. It's the lead single from their upcoming album, Pain Killer, due out this fall.


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Thursday
Jun262014

Robin Thicke Shares Song Lyrics from Upcoming Album, "Paula"

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After sharing his side of the story in the "Get Her Back" video, Robin Thicke wants fans to pay close attention to what's being said in his upcoming album, Paula, which is dedicated to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.

The singer has used his Twitter account to share lyrics from two songs that will appear on his upcoming set. On "The Opposite of Me" the crooner sings: "All that she wants is honesty, all that she wants is the opposite of me."

On another track, called "Still Madly Crazy," Robin reflects on happier times. "So free just like heaven or what I expect heaven to be/ Soaked up in love baby, just you and me."

Paula will arrive on July 1.

 


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Thursday
Jun262014

Dustin Lynch Ready to Release Sophomore Album, "Where It's At," on September 9

Broken Bow RecordsSince Dustin Lynch graduated pre-med from Nashville's Lipscomb University, it's easy for him to compare finishing his upcoming sophomore album, Where It's At, with finishing a big exam or turning in a massive paper.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I think there's a weight off your shoulders, but what I learned after the first album, you get it done, you turn it in, you're like, 'Wow, it's finally done.' Which is a good feeling, but then you realize. 'Oh no! I've gotta start making the next one at some point.'"

Dustin is walking a little lighter these days now that Where It's At is finished and ready to come out on September 9. He revealed the album cover, release date and track listing on Rolling Stone Country this week, and Dustin's very excited to see the title track, "Where It's At," race up the country charts as the summer temperatures continue to rise.

"I've not really had a big summer hit yet, just the way my singles have worked," Dustin explains. "'Cowboys and Angels' was my first one. It did pretty good over the summer, but it wasn't a summertime-feeling song. It was kind of a ballad, so, it's nice to have a summerish song out during summer."

Expect to hear a lot more up-tempo tracks on Dustin's new album.

Here's the Where It's At track list:

"Hell of a Night"
"To the Sky"
"Halo"
"After Party"
"Where It's At"
"Mind Reader"
"Right Where We Want It"
"She Wants a Cowboy"
"World to Me"
"Sing It to Me"
"All Night"
"Middle of Nowhere"
"What You Wanna Hear"
"Your Daddy's Boots"
"American Prayer"


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Thursday
Jun262014

Jack White to Play BBC 1 Live Session

Third Man RecordsIf everything goes according to plan, Jack White fans should soon have a new live performance to check out online. White, who's in the U.K. playing shows in support of his new album Lazaretto, is due to stop in at the BBC on July 2 for a two-hour live session. Though it'll be broadcast live in the U.K., it's not clear whether international fans will be able to check out the show from outside Europe.

Good news, though: all BBC live sessions are typically made available for streaming after the show. Go to the Zane Lowe show area on BBC.co.uk for details, and to watch archived sessions, including those from Ed Sheeran and The Black Keys.

Jack White is due to play Glastonbury this weekend, and also has a show in London on July 3.

Lazaretto is number one on the Billboard's Rock Albums chart.


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Thursday
Jun262014

Stephen Stills Says He's Writing an Autobiography, and "It Is a B*tch"

Photo: Eleanor StillsTo date, every member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young has published a memoir except for one: Stephen Stills.  Now the singer/guitarist tells Rolling Stone that he's about to join the club.

"I'm writing one right now," the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals.  "And it is a b*tch.  It's the hardest f**king thing in the world!  I mean, there's writing and there's typing."

Stills also reports that he's planning to pen his book without any outside help.  "I got an 800 verbal [score on my SAT]," he declares.  "I'm writing it myself.  Why would I use a ghostwriter?  Do you want a 300-page People interview?"

Stephen admits that it's been challenging for him to accurately remember details of his early life -- a time when, as a military brat, he moved frequently.

"I have to get it all straight," he notes.  "Also, I went to five different high schools!  I have no idea why.  My father was up to something.  So I'm going to stick to the funny stuff, but getting it all sorted out is just drudgery.  Anyone that writes for a living knows what I'm going through."

Stills also says he plans to cover his time in the Buffalo Springfield, pointing out that his recollections of the short-lived band likely won't take up much of the book.

"It was so quick that picking out the best stories will only take a chapter or two," he explains.  "It can be efficient.  Back then, everybody was like Irish Wolfhounds and now we're like Basset Hounds.  You slow down when you get older."

Stephen just finished up a series of solo concerts, and he'll hit the road next week with Crosby, Stills and Nash for an expansive U.S. tour that gets under way July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through an October 3-4 stand in Los Angeles.  Meanwhile, as previously reported, a box set documenting Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1974 reunion tour, aptly titled CSNY 1974, will be released on July 8.


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Thursday
Jun262014

KISS/Def Leppard Tour "Off to Great Start"

Brian LoweKISS and Def Leppard kicked off their joint tour earlier this week and a tour source tells ABC News Radio, "It's off to a great start." 

KISS is calling this its 40th anniversary tour -- though they formed in 1973, the band's first tour didn't begin until a year later -- and singer Paul Stanley says, "We started building a legacy at that very first show and it's never veered from that. So going out on a 40th anniversary tour is just a way to put our eight-inch heels firmly back on the ground and let people know the legend lives [and] everything they heard remains true."

The set list includes all the signature KISS classics, what Stanley calls "songs of victory."  "[It's] a source of incredible pride and accomplishment," he says of the band's tunes.  "Each one of those songs is a celebration of going against all odds, going against the critics, going against the people who didn't like us, and winning."

In the decades since KISS began, they've gone from being pioneers in the use of pyrotechnics in concerts to being surrounded by younger bands trying to out-perform their predecessors. Not to worry, says Stanley. "When we started, there were no shows like ours," he said. "[Now it's] reached a point where many bands [have] KISS shows. Any band with money can do a KISS show, but no band can be KISS."

Tour dates are as follows:

6/23 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
6/25 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/27 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/29 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
7/2 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/3 -- Wheatland, CA, Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
7/5 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/13 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
7/22 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

 
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Wednesday
Jun252014

Willie Nelson Enjoys Highest Chart Ranking Since 1982 with Latest Album, "Band of Brothers"

Shock InkWillie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, bows at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart this week giving the Country Music Hall of Famer the third top 10 solo set of his career on that tally. It's his highest ranking on the Billboard 200 since Always on My Mind spent two weeks at #2 in 1982. Willie's last album, To All the Girls, debuted at #9 last November.

Willie's Band of Brothers debuts at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, too.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Iggy's Still #1, Maroon 5 Debuts at #14

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Iggy Azalea continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy" remains on top for a fifth week.  In addition, the Australian rapper is also holding down the #2 spot, thanks to her guest spot on Ariana Grande's "Problem."

The last time a female act notched five weeks at #1 and #2 simultaneously was back in 2002, when Ashanti did it with "Foolish," and as a featured artist on Fat Joe's "What's Luv."  The only other woman to do this in chart history is Mariah Carey, who pulled off the trick in 2005 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."

Songs moving up on the top 10 this week include Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," which jumps to #5, and "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz, which jumps to #4.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5's new song "Maps," the first release from their upcoming album V, debuts at #14 on the Hot 100.  That's the highest debut for a song so far this year by a group.  The band's last album, Overexposed, spun off four top 10 hits.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week with "Fancy"

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her infectious single "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX.

It's the song's fifth consecutive week at number one.  She also holds the number two slot as a featured act on Ariana Grande's "Problem." By maintaining both positions, Iggy has tied with Ashanti for the longest consecutive run by a female holding down the top two slots on the chart, Billboard reports.

She also ties runs by male stars Pharrell Williams -- who enjoyed a five-week run on the top two slots last year when he was featured on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"-- and T.I., who held both slots for five weeks in 2008 with "Whatever You Like" and  "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna

Iggy will have have to hold on for quite a few more weeks to get close to the all-time record, however.  Outkast dominated the chart for eight straight weeks in 2003-04 with "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown, but The Beatles hold the all-time record with 10 weeks in a row occupying the top two slots, a feat they pulled off in 1964.

The rapper expressed her gratitude via Twitter. "FANCY..5 weeks at #1 and #2 in the USA.Thank you guys. Amazingxo," wrote Iggy on Wednesday.

"Fancy" is lifted from Iggy's latest album, The New Classic.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Beyonce Remembers Michael Jackson on Five Year Death Anniversary

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Five years ago, Michael Jackson passed away and left a void in pop culture.  Beyoncé, who credits MJ as one of the biggest influences on her career, has written a heartfelt tribute via her website.

The singer reflects on MJ's vocal ability, which she points out as having "soul." She recalls being instructed by her first producer to pay attention to Michael’s live 1972 performance of "Who’s Loving You" with the Jackson 5.  "He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back," she adds. 

"What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult," Beyonce writes. "It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.

The singer acknowledged that the late King of Pop showed her that "sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go. "

"Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael," she concludes.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Colbie Caillat Announces US Tour Dates

Credit: Kurt IswarienkoHot on the heels of the surprise release of her EP Gypsy Heart Side A, Colbie Caillat is now treating fans to a batch of new tour dates.

The singer has just announced a late summer/early fall trek, which gets underway August 27 in Denver, Colorado and wraps up September 28 in San Diego, California.  Tickets go on sale Friday; visit ColbieCaillat.com for full ticket details.

Colbie plans to release her full Gypsy Heart album before the end of the year.

Here are the tour dates:

8/27 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanical Gardens
8/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Harrah’s - Voodoo Lounge
8/29 -- Glen Ellyn, IL, McAninch Arts Center
8/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
9/1 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
9/2 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
9/3 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
9/5 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah’s – The Concert Venue
9/6 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino
9/7 -- Vienna, VA, Filene Center at Wolf Trap
9/11 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica
9/21 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for The Arts
9/23 -- Arcata, CA, John Van Duzer Theatre
9/26 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Kavli Theatre
9/28 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Phil Collins to Donate His Entire Collection of Alamo Memorabilia to the State of Texas

Atlantic RecordsIn 2012, Phil Collins told ABC News Radio that he was pondering what to do with his extensive collection of memorabilia relating to the Alamo -- the site of a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution in the 1800s -- when he dies.  Well, he's now reached a decision: he's going to donate the whole thing -- worth tens of millions of dollars -- to the state of Texas, gratis.

Texas Monthly magazine reports that the deal was set up by Kaye Tucker, a manager at the Texas General Land Office, who had dinner with Phil and asked him if he'd consider giving at least part of his collection to the Alamo.  "To my amazement, he just said, 'Yes,'" she tells the magazine.  The details of the donation have yet to be worked out, but it's no wonder the state is thrilled to get Phil's collection.  It includes hundreds of historical documents, as well as items that once belonged to Alamo heroes like Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Jim Bowie and more. 

According to the magazine, the items will be displayed at a planned Alamo Visitors' Center.  This will no doubt make Phil happy, considering he told ABC News Radio, "I'd like the collection to stay together, and it to all be on a show."  The official announcement of the donation will take place on Thursday.

As for those who think it's weird that a British rock star would be so interested in a battle fought in Texas in the 1800s, Phil traces his fascination with the Alamo back to watching the old Davy Crockett TV series as a kid.  As for spending all his rock star millions collecting Alamo memorabilia, he told ABC News Radio, "Instead of buying the Ferraris or racehorses or houses everywhere, like certain rock stars I can mention, this is what I do."


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Phil Collins to Donate His Entire Collection of Alamo Memorabilia to the State of Texas

Atlantic RecordsIn 2012, Phil Collins told ABC News Radio that he was pondering what to do with his extensive collection of memorabilia relating to the Alamo -- the site of a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution in the 1800s -- when he dies.  Well, he's now reached a decision: He's going to donate the whole thing -- worth tens of millions of dollars -- to the state of Texas, gratis.

Texas Monthly magazine reports that the deal was set up by Kaye Tucker, a manager at the Texas General Land Office, who had dinner with the Genesis singer/drummer Phil and asked him if he'd consider giving at least part of his collection to the Alamo.  "To my amazement, he just said, 'Yes,'" she tells the magazine.  The details of the donation have yet to be worked out, but it's no wonder the state is thrilled to get Collins' collection.  It includes hundreds of historical documents, as well as items that once belonged to Alamo heroes like Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Jim Bowie and more. 

According to the magazine, the items will be displayed at a planned Alamo Visitors' Center.  This will no doubt make Phil happy, considering he told ABC News Radio, "I'd like the collection to stay together, and it to all be on a show."  The official announcement of the donation will take place on Thursday.

As for those who think it's weird that a British rock musician would be so interested in a battle fought in Texas in the 1800s, Collins traces his fascination with the Alamo back to watching the old Davy Crockett TV series as a kid.  As for spending all his rock star millions collecting Alamo memorabilia, he told ABC News Radio, "Instead of buying the Ferraris or racehorses or houses everywhere, like certain rock stars I can mention, um, this is what I do."


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Bruce Springsteen on World Cup Biting Incident: "Biting Has No Place in Sports"

Photo: Danny ClinchWhile the World Cup has been captivating sports fans around the globe, Bruce Springsteen says he's only been following the soccer tournament "a little bit."  When TMZ bumped into the Boss on Tuesday, he apparently hadn't heard yet about the altercation that occurred the same day in which a Uruguayan player named Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while the two competed for the ball late in a game that Uruguay ended up winning 1-0.

When the interviewer told Springsteen about the incident, and asked him for his opinion about biting in sports, Bruce responded by saying, "What are the rules about biting in the World Cup?" then added, "There probably should be one.  Biting has no place in sports."

The TMZ reporter then asked Springsteen if he thought that boxer Mike Tyson, who infamously chomped on Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 heavyweight title match, should be the last athlete to get away with biting an opponent, the Boss said with a laugh, "That was the last bite."

The interviewer also asked Bruce if, like fellow New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi, he would consider owning or creating a sports franchise.  "No," said Springsteen.  "Rock 'n' roll is hard enough."

The conversation also touched on some basketball news, as the TMZ reporter pointed out that the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and the Miami Heat's LeBron James had both decided to try the free agent market and asked the Boss where he thought the two stars would end up.

"I'm a big fan of the Heat and [team president] Pat Riley," Bruce said.  "But I don't know enough about it to know where they're going."


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down Has DUI Trial Postponed

D'Iberville Police DepartmentTodd Harrell, former bassist for 3 Doors Down who repeatedly has been arrested for driving under the influence, has had his latest DUI trial postponed.

Harrell was set to face trial this week in D'Iberville, Mississippi, on a DUI charge stemming from an arrest on February 18 of this year. But the trial was postponed at the request of Harrell's attorney, reports The Sun Herald. No reason was given for the postponement.  The trial is currently slated for December 16. Harrell has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Harrell is currently under house in Nashville where he is awaiting the resolution of a case in which he has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, following a crash that killed a 47-year-old man in April of 2013.  A status hearing is scheduled in that case for September 19.

The bass player was also arrested for DUI in D'Iberville in July of 2012.  He was convicted in that case last August, and though he appealed,  the conviction was upheld this past January. 

Harrell is one of the founding members of 3 Doors Down. He was temporarily replaced by Justin Biltonen in 2013 when Harrell entered rehab, and suspended from the band indefinitely following his latest arrest. 


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Trace Adkins Inducted into Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame last Saturday night during his show in Baton Rouge, LA. During the presentation, Trace was given a membership award and a signed statement from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Trace gave a shout-out to his hometown of Sarepta, LA by naming his band the Sarepta Gentleman's Club. He'll play a concert in Sarepta on Saturday, July 5.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Sunny Sweeney Lays It All Out There on New Album, "Provoked," Due Out August 5

Jon-Paul PhotographySunny Sweeney is back with her third album, Provoked, due out August 5. It's the follow-up to her album Concrete, which produced the top 10 hit, "From a Table Away." "Bad Girl Phase" is the lead single from Provoked, and it's already racing up the iTunes download chart.

As for the full album, Sunny says fans can expect to hear all about her mistakes and the road to recovery she's been on in the last few years.

"The album is a journey from nearly hitting bottom and losing everything personally to regaining my footing and being able to find not only my true self again, but real happiness," Sunny explains.

As part of her effort to pay it forward and inspire others, Sunny is donating a portion of the proceeds from Provoked to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in the legal system.

Here's the Provoked track list:

"You Don't Know Your Husband"
"Bad Girl Phase"
"Second Guessing"
"Carolina on the Line"
"Find Me"
"Can't Let Go"
"Front Row Seats"
"My Bed"
"Uninvited"
"Sunday Dress"
"Used Cars"
"Backhanded Compliment"
"Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass"


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Chris Brown Assault Trial Postponed After Singer Rejects Plea Deal

RCA RecordsChris Brown's assault trial in Washington, D.C. is now scheduled to begin September 8, after the singer rejected a plea deal in the case that would have kept him out of jail.

Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge over an incident last October in which he was accused of hitting a man.  Brown's bodyguard,  Christopher Hollosy, who was also charged in the incident, was convicted of assault in April.  Brown's trial was originally set to begin that month, but has been delayed several times.

News of the rejected plea deal was made public in a hearing in a Washington, D.C. court on Wednesday. Under terms of the proposed deal, Brown would have been sentenced to time served, meaning he would have gotten no new jail time: he's already spent around four months in jail in California as a result of the charge in Washington and its impact on his probation in California.  But Brown's attorney objected to some of the details of the facts Brown would have to admit to as part of the deal.

A deal still could be reached before September, however. At the hearing, Judge Patricia Wynn suggested she was hopeful that would be the case, and would be willing to reschedule the trial again if necessary.  One snag holding things up: the question of whether or not Hollosy, who won't be sentenced until November, would be forced to testify against Brown in the trial.


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Wednesday
Jun252014

Demi Lovato Reveals Grandfather Was Gay: "I Feel a Lot of My Spirit Has Come from Him"

ABC/Randy HolmesDemi Lovato has long been a fierce defender of gay rights, but the star revealed a personal connection to the LGBT community for the first time Tuesday night in New York City, during a taping of the Logo TV special Trailblazers.

Presenting an award to the cast of Orange Is the New Black, Demi told the audience that her grandfather was gay.

"I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather himself was a trailblazer," Demi said. "He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made."

Demi recently served as the Grand Marshal of the L.A. PRIDE parade, and she's scheduled to perform at another major Pride event in New York on Sunday.

The Trailblazers special, which also features appearances by A Great Big World, Adam Levine, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn and Pete Wentz, will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Logo TV.


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