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Wednesday
Sep142016

Bruce Springsteen Shares a Chapter of "Born to Run" in New Video

Simon & Schuster If you ever wondered what it would be like to hear Bruce Springsteen read you a bedtime story, now is your chance to find out.

The Boss shared a video on his Facebook page previewing his memoir, Born to Run, with a glimpse into his writing process as he reads a passage from one of its chapters.

"Writing prose has its own set of rules," Springsteen says in the video. "It connects up to your musical rules but you got to create the music without the music. You gotta create momentum purely on the page."

With that, he reads a passage about his teen years coming of age in the sixties after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the escalation of the Vietnam War and the mood of the nation.

"This was the new lay of the land," he reads. "If I was going to put my characters out on that highway, I was going to have to put all these things in the car with them."

Born to Run will be released September 27, the same day Springsteen kicks off a one-month book tour.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Halestorm Launches "Dear Daughter" Remix Contest with Gender Amplified

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm has teamed up with Gender Amplified to launch a remix contest for the band's song "Dear Daughter." The winner will receive $1,000 and will get to meet frontwoman Lzzy Hale.

Gender Amplified is a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, "aims to celebrate Women in music production, raise their visibility and develop a pipeline for girls and young women to get involved behind the scenes as music producers."

"My band Halestorm and I are so proud to be partnering up with Gender Amplified for the 'Dear Daughter' remix contest," says Lzzy in a statement. "We firmly believe that in this business it is never a matter of gender, it is always a matter of talent, not only in the world of performance and live music but in production, mixing and audio engineering as well. I am honored to be supporting and creating awareness, because we are more than women, we are a powerful part of the evolution of the music industry."

To enter the remix contest, you can visit HalestormRocks.com.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

The Lumineers Turn Back Time in "Angela/Patience" Video

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThe Lumineers have shared a video combining their song "Angela" with the piano instrumental "Patience." The visual is a prequel to the folk band's "Cleopatra" video, and shows the title character decades younger, pregnant and struggling with responsibility. You can watch the "Angela/Patience" video now on YouTube.

Both "Angela" and "Patience" appear on The Lumineers' latest album, Cleopatra. The new video is part of the band's series of visuals that tell the story of the Cleopatra character in reverse-chronological order.

The Lumineers are currently on tour in support of Cleopatra. The outing makes a stop in Cary, North Carolina on Thursday, and the show will stream live online via LiveNation.com. In protest of North Carolina's controversial HB2 "bathroom" law, The Lumineers will donate proceeds from the show to the Human Rights Campaign and EqualityNC.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

LeToya Luckett and Camille Spirlin Join "Rosewood" Season 2

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicLeToya Luckett and actress Camille Spirlin have landed recurring roles on the second season of the Fox series Rosewood.

According to Deadline, Luckett, will play Tawnya, a new love interest for Morris Chestnut's character of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., while Spirlin will play Tawyna's daughter, Kayla, who is described as "a sharply intelligent and precociously cynical girl who views Rosewood, the new man in her mom’s life, with open suspicion."

The Miami-set medical procedural follows pathologist Rosewood and Detective Annalise Villa, played by Jaina Lee Ortiz, as they investigate challenging crimes in East Miami.

Rosewood season two premieres on Thursday, September 22 on Fox. 

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Blake Shelton Gives Back by Inviting Fans to Hang with Him on Next Music Video

ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton is hoping you’ll spend the day with him on the set of his next music video -- and it’s all for a good cause. On the heels of giving $600,000 to the children’s hospital in Oklahoma City, the “She’s Got a Way with Words” hitmaker is launching a campaign to raise money for Musicians on Call.

For a $10 donation to the non-profit that uses music to lift the spirits of patients all across the country, you’ll be in the running to hang out with Blake on his upcoming video shoot. The more times you enter, the better your chances of taking home the prize, plus you’ll also have a shot at winning other premiums, like a tour meet-and-and-greet, a signed lyric sheet or an exclusive t-shirt.

The star of The Voice explains how it works in a new YouTube video, plus you can find all the details at Prizeo.com.  

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Eagles Bassist Timothy B. Schmit Premieres Lyric Video for "Red Dirt Road"

Courtesy of MSO PREagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is inviting fans to sing along to his new single with the premiere of a new lyric video featured on his Facebook page.

The song, "Red Dirt Road," will be included on his forthcoming solo record, Leap of Faith, due Sept. 23 on Benowen Records.

Recorded in Schmit's Los Angeles studio, the song -- which features  Van Dyke Parks on accordion, John McFee from The Doobie Brothers on fiddle, and harmonies by Herb Pedersen -- centers on a theme of letting go, Schmidt wrote on his page.

"Upon hearing this song one might think the setting is from the deep South, but actually the image comes from the island of Kauai," he said.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Rockers to Bowl for Ronnie James Dio Cancer Benefit

Courtesy of Dio Cancer FundSet up the pins! The 2nd Annual Bowl 4 Ronnie Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, will take place November 4 at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California.

The event, hosted by VH-1's Eddie Trunk,  honors the memory of Dio, who died of stomach cancer in 2010. The benefit features a celebrity bowling tournament. Participating rockers trading their spiked boots for bowling shoes include Eddie Money, Dio Disciples and Yngwie Malmsteen bassist Bjorn Englen, Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick, actor and musician Sean McNabb of Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Quiet Riot and more. 

In addition to bowling, a specially designed bowling ball featuring the Bowl 4 Ronnie artwork and a 6-string Jackson guitar donated by Broderick will be raffled off.

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. All of the net proceeds from the Bowl 4 Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund. Tickets are available at www.diocancerfund.org.

Individual tickets and lane sponsorships are now on sale, and participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Wrabel Debuts Music Video for “11 Blocks”

Eliot HazelWrabel’s music video for his wistful tune about lost love, “11 Blocks,” has debuted on Vevo.

The visual features the singer-songwriter strolling through city streets as he sings about being lonesome for an ex, despite being with somebody new.

“Whelp. the '11 blocks' official music video is here,” Wrabel tweeted. “I am so proud of this. THANK YOU to everyone involved.”

Wrabel is currently opening for Andy Grammer and Gavin DeGraw on their joint tour.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Zayn Malik Releasing Autobiography in November

Penguin/Random HouseZayn Malik may be only 23, but he's experienced a lot. Now, he's ready to share his life story with his fans.

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday it will publish an autobiography from the former One Direction singer on November 1.

The book, titled Zayn, promises to share a photographic journey of his life, with personal pictures, stories, drawings and more.

"I'm going to show you as much as I can so that you can judge me on my own terms, not on what the press or anyone else says," Zayn says in the book.

Zayn, who left One Direction in 2015, released his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, in March. He's cancelled a couple of performances in London and Dubai in recent months due to what he's described as "extreme anxiety."

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Wednesday
Sep142016

How Super-Producer Shane McAnally Turned 40 Songs and 30 Superstars into "Forever Country"

CMAThe countdown is on to Friday morning’s release of “Forever Country,” the new single commissioned by the Country Music Association to mark 50 years of the CMA Awards. Put together by super-producer Shane McAnally, the new recording combines Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and the late John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

But the man behind the hits of Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion wasn’t always sure it would work.

Joseph Kahn, the video director, was the one who… said that he liked the idea of a mashup and I was really opposed to it," Shane confesses. "I thought that...might compromise the integrity of the full songs. Country music is about...stories and I certainly didn't want to go in and start chopping up people's songs. And he said, 'Why don't you just try? Just throw some ideas around and see what happens.'”

So Shane set about trying to turn a list of 40 classic country songs into something new.

“I was literally laying in bed thinking about these songs,” he recalls, “and I could hear 'I Will Always Love You' over 'Take Me Home, Country Roads.' And I wasn't sure that it would work, but I was like, 'If this is a possibility, this might really work!' So I got up and sort of sang the idea into my phone.”

With the help of 30 CMA winners, Shane’s initial idea evolved into “Forever Country,” which premieres Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET, with Joseph Kahn’s epic music video following on Tuesday.

You can get a sneak peak of the artists involved, from Keith Urban to Dierks Bentley to RebaTrisha Yearwood and many more, at ForeverCountry50.com.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock George Strait is releasing “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” as the latest single from his Cold Beer Conversation album.

“Make You Mine” hitmakers High Valley took home the Canadian Country Music Award for Group or Duo of the Year over the weekend.

If you missed Eric Church performing “Kill a Word” with Rhiannon Giddens Monday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can check it out online.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Kevin James Says He's "Begging" Pal Billy Joel to Appear on His New Show

Kevin Mazur/WireImageActor Kevin James and Billy Joel are both from Long Island, New York, and they're pals:  Kevin even appeared on stage with Billy twice last year. Since turnabout is fair play, James now says he's going to get Billy to guest star on his new TV show.

The former King of Queens star's new sitcom, Kevin Can Wait, debuts on CBS September 19 at 8:30 p.m.  It's set in Long Island, and casts James as a retired police officer whose wife and three kids keep interrupting his fun with his three cop buddies.  Kevin Can Wait is the first episodic sitcom ever to be filmed in Long Island, according to Newsday, which is probably why James thinks he can persuade Billy to show up.

“I’m begging him to be on the show. We will get him in somehow," James tells Newsday.  "It’s definitely surreal for me [to be friendly with him] because he is this legend who I grew up listening to. Every song he has is a distinct memory from my childhood."

In 2015, James appeared on stage with Billy the night he broke the record for the most shows ever performed at New York's Madison Square Garden by a solo artist.   He also appeared on stage with Billy a few months later, when Billy played the final show before Long Island's most famous concert venue, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno Is "Very Proud" of "Run's" Success 

ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION recently released Run (Remixes), a nine-track collection featuring remixes from the band's latest album, Run. Originally released in March 2015, Run is the sophomore follow-up to AWOLNATION's 2011 debut album Megalithic Symphony, which boasted the mega-single "Sail." Reflecting on Run a year later, frontman Aaron Bruno is quite happy about how his band's second album turned out.

"I tried to walk a fine line between what I felt could be successful commercially, and what I wanted to make artistically," Bruno tells ABC Radio of Run.

"Also it was just the record I made, it's hard for me to really write anything other than what I write," he adds. "I'm very proud of how well it's done, considering how strange, I guess, of a record it is."

A lot of that strangeness stems from Bruno's very real anxiety about creating a follow-up to AWOLNATION's successful debut, which crept into the music and lyrics on Run. Still, Bruno says that some of his favorite albums have been "sophomore slumps," including perhaps the most notorious sophomore slump of all: Weezer's Pinkerton.

"I've become buddies with [Weezer frontman] Rivers [Cuomo] over the years," Bruno tells ABC Radio. "And we actually discussed his experience with Pinkerton and how he went through a great depression after it didn't do as good as he had hoped. But me being a kid who looked up to that record, [I] thought it was so courageous." 

AWOLNATION is currently on tour with Prophets of Rage.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Guordan Banks on His Success: Being Told to Get a "Real Job" "Inspired Me to Work Harder"

DeWayne RogersThe success of Guordan Banks' number-one hit, "Keep You in Mind," may have surprised some folks, but not the Philadelphia singer.

"I knew it was a special song. I knew that the people would like it," he tells ABC Radio.  

"We felt it and we knew that it would go to a high place and knew that it would reach the highest. I guess it all goes back to the music and it all goes back to the sound, and what people wanna hear."

Banks has become an artist-to-watch in the music industry. But the independent vocalist remembers a time when he struggled to pursue his art and to convince loved ones of his worth as a recording artist.  

"I probably moved to seven, eight homes and [remember] just struggling and trying to find myself and trying to create a movement through my art," he says.

"A lot of my family and my close friends would say, 'Man, you need to start thinking about getting a real job.' I remember them saying that; and I remember every time that they said it, it inspired me to work even harder," he adds.

With Banks' debut studio album, Unpopular, slated for release later this fall, Banks hopes his success can serve as a model for others -- regardless of whether or not they have musical aspirations.

"I hope that this does inspire people outside of music that have any type of dream, any vision -- and they'll go for it until they achieve it," he says. 

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin "BBC Sessions": "We Were Totally Fearless"

Atlantic/Swan SongA compilation of all of Led Zeppelin's BBC radio session arrives Friday. The set -- an expanded edition of a collection first complied in 1997 -- pulls together all the extant material the band recorded for radio broadcasts or performed live over the air from 1969 to 1971. Guitarist Jimmy Page says the sessions were crucial to building the band's popularity in its native country.

"Because we spent so much time in the States in the beginning, we weren't able to do so much in England," Page tells Rolling Stone. "And we didn't have radio here like what was called underground radio over there. So we got these little slots on the BBC."

Page says listening back to the young Zeppelin he's impressed by the band's boldness. "Considering that we only had these limited opportunities for exposure over here in Britain, it's just the fact that we were totally fearless," Page says.  “You can hear the energy and the attitude -- and the fact that we could go in there and make up numbers but not tell the people in the control room."

To promote the release Page is hosting a Facebook Live stream listening event from Olympic Studios in London today. The intimate event -- hosted by BBC DJ Johnnie Walker -- will include conversation with the guitarist, who served as producer on the project.  The session begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The world premiere of a new video for "What Is and What Should Never Be" will conclude the evening. Directed by Ariel Costa, the monochromatic video will meld a classic live Zeppelin performance with animation.

The Complete BBC Sessions, including eight previously unreleased recordings, three of which come from an April 1969 session that had long been considered lost, is set for release this Friday, September 16.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Prince's Ex-Wife, Mayte Garcia, to Write Memoir About Their Relationship

Peter Still/RedfernsPrince's first wife, Mayte Garcia, will release a memoir next year about her romantic relationship with the late music icon, titled The Most Beautiful

Named after the artist's 1994 song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," the book will detail her memories of their love story -- from the first time Garcia met Prince to their divorce.   

The Most Beautiful is set to be released in hardcover, e-book and audiobook form on April 4, 2017.  

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Joey Kramer Admits Aerosmith Is Considering Retirement

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesCould Aerosmith may ready to call it quits?

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer admits in a new Rolling Stone interview that the idea has been discussed.

“Aerosmith is all of our first loves, but I also don’t know many other people who have consistently done the same job for 45 years,” he says. “As we’re getting older, we’ve been kicking the idea [to end the band], but a final decision hasn’t been made.”

Kramer acknowledges that his heart attack in 2014 and Joe Perry's recent onstage collapse after a show with the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, scared him. 

 “We’re not 25-year-olds anymore -- we can’t play as many shows as we used to. Steven can’t sing two nights in a row or three to four nights a week -- it’s physically impossible," he says. "So it becomes a question of going out [on tour] less than we used to, or not doing it at all.”

Earlier this year frontman Steven Tyler suggested the band might be ready to undertake a "farewell tour" though Perry later called such talk "premature."

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Mac Miller Says Ariana Grande Is His "Best Friend in the World" 

Chris Phelps for AUDIENCE NetworkDon't think that Ariana Grande and Mac Miller are just hooking up randomly or anything: according to the rapper, they have a deep and true friendship too.

Speaking to People magazine, Mac says that he and Ariana have known each other since he was featured on her early single "The Way," but when he asked her to guest on his song "My Favorite Part," things started heating up.

"I wrote that love song before I saw her. We're very good friends first and foremost," Mac tells People. "We made that song and started becoming close again. It's very dope and I like how that worked out." 

Mac explains the reason they were able to have a relationship now is that "when we first recorded together we were young and figuring it out, which we still are, but now seeing her growth and my growth -- it's great."  He adds that he and Ariana are both "older, more mature and more sure of ourselves."

"Everything just happened organically. We love making music together -- we do that always. But she's my best friend in the world," insists Mac, calling Ariana "very warm and comforting" and "very caring," adding, "We have a lot of fun."

People spoke to Mac at the taping of AT&T Audience Network Presents, and when the cameras stopped rolling, People says, Mac and Ariana kissed.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Perform at Los Angeles Rams Home Opener

Credit: Steve KerosThe Los Angeles Rams will play their first game back in Southern California this Sunday, and they've recruited hometown heroes Red Hot Chili Peppers to help celebrate. Anthony Kiedis and company will perform at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the Rams take the field to battle the Seattle Seahawks on September 18.

The Rams were based in L.A. from 1946 to 1994 before moving to St. Louis in 1995. After 20 years in St. Louis, the Rams returned to Southern California this season.

"Since I was a little boy, I've taken joy in the beauty of the Rams," says Flea in a statement. "When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, 'Well, where I'm going they've got the Rams. It's going to be all right.'"

The Chili Peppers, of course, previously played the Super Bowl XLVIII half-time show, during which they infamously "mimed" their performance of "Give It Away" with pop singer Bruno Mars. Be sure to tune in for the band's Rams performance this Sunday to see if they actually plug in their instruments.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Eddie Vedder to Play Anti-Gun Violence Concert in New York City

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has joined the lineup for the Concert Across America, a benefit show protesting gun violence. The concert will take place September 25 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

The Concert Across America lineup also includes Jackson Browne and Rosanne Cash. Along with the Beacon show, hundreds of country will be held across the country on September 25 to protest gun violence. For more info, visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org.

A day before the Concert Across America, Vedder will play the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park, as will Metallica and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

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