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May152015

John Fogerty Joins the Season Finale of "The Voice"

Image Courtesy of Lacee BendaRock icon John Fogerty is set to perform during next Tuesday's season finale of The Voice.

The former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman's appearance will serve as the kickoff of his summer "1969" world tour,  which focuses on the music from the pivotal year when Fogerty wrote and recorded three separate albums with CCR. His first memoir, titled Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, is scheduled for an October 6 release on Little Brown.

Fogerty will be joined by Maroon 5, country star Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, and Meghan Trainor. The finale will air 9 p.m. May 10 on NBC.


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Friday
May152015

Jackson Browne Extends Forthcoming US Tour Through Late October

Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne has added a series of October concerts to his upcoming run of U.S. tour dates in support of his latest studio album, 2014's Standing in the Breach.  The new shows run from an October 7 performance in Durham, North Carolina, through an October 28 appearance at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix.

The newly announced concerts include stops in such major cities as Atlanta; Nashville; New Orleans; Birmingham, Alabama; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and San Antonio, Austin and Houston, Texas. 

Joining Browne as special guests at all of the October gigs, as well as at most of his previously scheduled September U.S. shows, are the husband-wife Americana duo of Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.  Campbell previously was a member of Bob Dylan's touring group and served as music director for the late Levon Helm's band.  He and Williams, who together will be releasing an eponymous debut album on June 23, also have been performing frequently this year with Hot Tuna.

"I'm thrilled to be touring with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams," says Browne in a statement.  "We played together at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble a few years ago, and I've been waiting for the chance to play with them again ever since.  Larry has played in some of my all-time favorite bands, and I'm excited to hear what he brings to my songs as this tour unfolds."

Jackson adds, "Teresa and I have a great vocal blend, as does she and Larry, and I'm looking forward to what happens when we introduce these longtime favorites of mine into my body of songs."

The 66-year-old singer/songwriter's upcoming U.S. itinerary kicks off with a July 30 concert in Airway Heights, Washington.  Before that, Browne will mount a major European trek that runs from a May 24 concert in Rome through a July 7 performance in San Javier, Spain.

Here are all of Browne's confirmed upcoming U.S. tour dates; more shows are expected to be added soon:

7/30 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/1 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle
8/2 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle
8/4 -- Portland, OR, Schnitzer Hall
8/5 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheater
8/7 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Outdoor Arena at Harveys
8/8 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
8/11 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/12 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/15 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre
8/18 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
8/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/5 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival*
9/6 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Music Festival*
9/8 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
9/9 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion - Riverbend Music Center
9/11 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
9/12 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Kirby Center
9/15 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theatre*
9/16 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theatre*
9/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
9/19 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
9/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
9/22 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
9/24 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center*
9/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre*
9/27 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center*
10/7 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center*
10/8 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center*
10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Amphitheatre*
10/11 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre*
10/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre*
10/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre*
10/17 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP*
10/18 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theatre*
10/20 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre*
10/21 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall*
10/23 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center*
10/24 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar World Casino & Resort*
10/27 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall*
10/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Arizona State Fair*

* = with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.


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Friday
May152015

Cream Drummer Ginger Baker Set to Tour the US in June

Image Courtesy of Motema RecordsInfluential Cream drummer Ginger Baker will return to the U.S. next month for a series of shows with his current group, Jazz Confusion.  The nine-date trek is mapped out from a June 11 concert in Austin, Texas, through a June 21 performance in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

The outing includes a two-night stand, June 17-18, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, as well as stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.  Baker also has performances lined up in various European cities before and after his stateside concerts.

The 75-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continues to support his 2014 studio album, Why?, which he recorded with Jazz Confusion.  The band features saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, who previously played with James Brown and Van Morrison; bassist Alec Dankworth, the son of renowned jazz artists John Dankworth and Cleo Laine; and Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo.

As previously reported, Baker has signed on to take part in an upcoming installment of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp that will be held November 5 to November 8 at the famous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California.  David Crosby also will participate in the camp.

Here is Baker's full list of U.S. tour dates:

6/11 -- Austin, TX, One World Theater
6/12 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
6/14 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Theatre
6/15 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box
6/17 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6/18 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6/19 -- Washington, DC, Howard Theater
6/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival - Byham Theater
6/21 -- New Hope, PA, Havana


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Friday
May152015

Jazmine Sullivan Confirms Essence Music Fest Performance

Photo by Guy ArochJazmine Sullivan is heading to the this year's Essence Music festival, taking place this summer at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The singer confirmed the news via Twitter that she's been tapped for an All-Star tribute to honoree, Kim Burrell, during the 21st annual event, which runs July 2 through July 5.  "Can’t wait to play #ESSENCEFest this year honoring one of my idols @KimBurrellLove!" Jazmine tweeted earlier this week.

Jazmine performed at last year's festival, but it seems she's even more excited about the tribute. "Doing this is such a big deal for me, I’m going to cry!" she recently told Essence.

This year's mainstage performers include Usher, Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Common, India.Arie, Charlie Wilson, and Kem. Tickets and additional information is available at EssenceFestival.com.

 


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Friday
May152015

Model Gigi Hadid Says Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Video Is "Epic"

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has been teasing her “Bad Blood” video all week, but in case you wanted even more hints, model Gigi Hadid is happy to provide them. Gigi, one of the video’s many stars, tells Us Weekly the video is “going to be epic.”

"[It was] just like the craziest thing you’ve ever seen," she says. "I can’t say that much but it’s going to be epic. It’s just amazing how Taylor has the self-confidence and the confidence in her friends, her generation and this generation of women, that she loves to empower other people and I feel like that’s really what this is about.”

Gigi plays a character named Slay-Z in the video, a name and persona she chose herself. "I’m obsessed with Beyonce," she says. "It’s a play on Jay Z and then using the word slay.... It was just a good word for my character to say the least."

The “Bad Blood” video also features Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Lena Dunham, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Lily Aldridge, Zendaya and many more. It premieres this Sunday during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on ABC.


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Friday
May152015

K. Michelle Reveals Touching Connection to the Late B.B. King

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K. Michelle has revealed her connection to the late blues legend B.B. King, who died at age 89 in his home Thursday.

While paying tribute to the legendary musician, Michelle revealed via Instagram that King was close with her family in Lexington, Mississippi, a small town near King's birth place in Itta Bena.

"Rest in Peace Mr.King. My grandmother looked after you in Lexington,Ms as a little boy. You were brought up around music with my whole family. You were family to them," she wrote in the caption, along with a photo of King smiling.

Michelle continues, "You had a drive though and a love for music that couldn't be contained in the small city with a population of about 3,000. You took your guitar and walked out that city to follow your dreams. Just know that stories I was taught about your fight to be heard have inspired me. The Pate Family loves you  R.I.P wish we could've finally got to perform together."

King died of multi-infarct dementia, the coroner ruled -- essentially, a series of small strokes caused by dementia.  The icon had been in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas after experiencing health issues last month related to diabetes.


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Friday
May152015

Kesha’s Life After Rehab: “I’m Trying to Embrace the Skin I’m In”

ABC/Bob D'AmicoAfter checking into rehab for an eating disorder last year, Kesha is now living a healthier life. The singer opens up to Vogue about how she was able to overcome her issues.

“I realized being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself,” she says. “Now, I'm trying to embrace the skin I'm in. It's difficult sometimes. Every day I have to look in the mirror and make the choice to be kind to myself. This is who I am -- I have to love that."

She says that negative comments, from hackers, bloggers and even a colleague, caused her self-esteem to deteriorate and things came to a head in the beginning of 2014. “There was a lot of not eating -- and I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing,” she says. “The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting. Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, ‘Wow, you look great.’”

Kesha says at a certain point, she finally had to admit she had a problem. "I was singing these songs like 'We R Who We R,' and I really believed them," she explains. "I wanted to be genuine. But I was sad and [I wasn't eating].”

After talking with her therapist and her mom, she decided to check in to eating-disorder specific rehab. There, she says “a nutritionist taught me that food is a positive thing for your body.”

Now, she knows to avoid the Internet and surround herself with positivity. "Part of being healthy is being positive," she says. "I don't pay attention to the Internet or bloggers. I surround myself with positive people. I run a few miles on the beach every day, and I got into Transcendental Meditation to try to find some peace in my crazy life. [It reminds me] to be grateful for where I am, for my body, and my face -- as imperfect as any of it may be."


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Friday
May152015

John Legend Sheds Light on Racism in Upcoming HBO Documentary, "Southern Rites"

Image Courtesy ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaJohn Legend stopped by ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to promote the upcoming HBO documentary Southern Rites, a film he executive produced that follows the first desegregated proms in Montgomery County, Georgia.

The singer revealed what first attracted him to participate in the project, directed by Gillian Laub. "We feel so privileged to be a part of it. I have a production company called the Get Lifted Film company and Gillian presented this concept to us and this idea for this film and first of all, it was interesting just to hear about the fact that we had segregated proms in America in the 21st century," Legend says.

He continues, "I thought this couldn't be possibly happening now and so that was like the original hook that was piquing my interest, and saying we've got to learn more about this."

Despite his surprise at segregation still existing in America, Legend says the experience of making Southern Rites has given him hope for ongoing change in America. "The legacy of separating us by racial difference is really strong and its really difficult for us to overcome. But I think it's something we can overcome," he says.

Southern Rites premieres Monday, May 18 on HBO.


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Friday
May152015

Rihanna Stars in Funny Promo for "Saturday Night Live"

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna stuns in the promos for Saturday Night Live's season finale, airing May 16.

In one clip, host Louis C.K. tells SNL cast member Leslie Jones that apparently Rihanna is his girlfriend and they're planning a summer getaway to Hawaii. However, it seems Rih must have missed the memo. "Uh, no," she quickly responds.

Rihanna's upcoming performance will mark her fifth time on the show, which airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


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Friday
May152015

Miranda Lambert Reveals How Blake Shelton Helps Her Keep from Stressing Out

Image Courtesy SuccessMiranda Lambert is opening up about the role husband Blake Shelton has played in helping her maintain her platinum-selling country career. While she used to freak out about every little thing that didn't go her way, Blake has inspired her to pick her battles and relax a little bit when it comes to business.

Miranda says in the cover story of Success magazine's June issue, "I never take a deep breath or just sit on the couch. Blake can just let it all go, and I’m trying to do more of that because you need downtime to be re-inspired and not wear yourself down. But it’s hard."

Reaching the top of the country music world also has helped Miranda let go of the chip she had on her shoulder as a new artist.

She adds, "I think once you’ve proved your point, you don’t have to scream. With a little bit of success, I calmed down. I realized people were listening to me.”

For more of Miranda's interview, check out the June issue of Success magazine, on stands now.


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Friday
May152015

Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett Join The Who for Teen Cancer Benefit 

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSHow's this for an all-star rock lineup?  Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett joined forces with The Who Thursday night, all for a good cause. The show at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago raised money to benefit The Who's Teen Cancer America organization.

Rolling Stone reports while guitarist Pete Townshend was on hand for a pair of acoustic songs before the full Who touring band came out to jam, vocalist Roger Daltrey was on vocal rest.  "I can't sing tonight," the Who frontman told the crowd. "Doctor's orders. But we've got a whole bunch of fantastic guests lined up for you."

During the show, Vedder took out his ukelele for a performance of the Who by Numbers track "Blue, Red and Grey," while Jett ripped through the song "Summertime Blues." Vedder also joined Townshend, guitarist Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen for full-blown all-star finale of "My Generation."

Vedder's appearance at Thursday's benefit marked the second time he's united with The Who this week -- he joined the band for a performance of "The Real Me" at their 50th anniversary farewell tour stop in Chicago Wednesday night. The Pearl Jam frontman will pay tribute to another legend when he performs on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 18.

Here's the set list from Thursday night's show:

"She Asked Me," Simon Townshend and Eddie Vedder
"I'm the Answer," Simon Townshend and Eddie Vedder
"Blue, Red and Grey," Eddie Vedder
"Far Behind," Eddie Vedder
"Corrine, Corrina," (Bob Dylan cover) Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"You Stand By Me," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Drowned," Pete Townshend
"I'm the One," Pete Townshend
"The Kids Are Alright," Pete Townshend and Joe Walsh
"Eminence Front," Pete Townshend and Joe Walsh
"Summertime Blues," Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Joan Jett
"I Can't Explain," Pete Townshend
"Behind Blue Eyes," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Betterman," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Save It For Later," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Won't Get Fooled Again," Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen
"My Generation," Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen


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Friday
May152015

Florence Welch Talks Breaking Her Foot, Drinking, and Her Upcoming New Album 

Credit: Tom BeardFlorence + the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch is featured in two high-profile publications this week. Not only does she grace the cover of Billboard, she's also featured in Elle's Women in Music issue.

In the Billboard cover story, Welch describes how she broke her foot while playing at this year's Coachella.

"I jumped pretty fast and hard, and as I landed I just went, 'Ahhhh!' I just knew -- I heard the crunch," Welch says. "But out of fear and adrenaline, with clothes flying everywhere, I kept running around, and then finally collapsed on the floor. And it looked like a big rock n' roll fall for dramatic effect, but the truth is I just couldn't walk anymore. I crawled off the stage the wrong way. And there I was, crumpled behind a speaker, hugging my shirt, needing to be carried away"

"And I wasn't even drunk," she adds. On Florence's last tour, Welch says she would drink before every performance.

"I'm quite shy, really -- that's probably why I used to drink a lot. But I don't anymore," she says. "When I finally took time off to make this new record, I had time to strengthen. And when I was coming back into the fray, I really didn't want to lose that. I thought I could go dive-bomb back into it, but look what happened. I dived into it and literally broke myself."

That new record is called How Big How Blue How Beautiful, which will be released June 2. In Elle, Welch discusses working on the project with producer Markus Davis.

"Markus really encouraged me to be more vulnerable," she says. "I like hiding behind things -- metaphor, reverb, extra vocals -- and he just wouldn’t let me do that. The lyrics were more direct, so the music simplified along with that."


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Friday
May152015

Nicki Minaj Confirmed for ABC's "GMA" Summer Concert Series

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ABC's Good Morning America has announced its annual Summer Concert Series lineup, and the list is packed with stars from most every musical genre, including Nicki Minaj.

The rapper has been tapped for a July 24 performance for the morning broadcast.  Later that same day, she's scheduled to take her Pinkprint tour to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Elsewhere for the concert series, Nicki's "Bang Bang" collaborator Jessie J will perform on May 22.  Additional performers will be announced at a later time.

All the concerts take place on Fridays at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park.  Shows are free and will take place live during Good Morning America, which airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.  For details on how to attend, visit GMAConcerts.com.

Here's the full lineup for summer 2015:

May 22 -- Jessie J
May 29 -- Ed Sheeran
June 5 -- Florence + the Machine
June 12 -- Jason Derulo
June 19 -- Adam Lambert
June 26 -- Dierks Bentley
July 3 -- Mika
July 10 -- Walk the Moon
July 17 -- TBD
July 24 -- Nicki Minaj
July 31 -- Hozier
August 7 -- Luke Bryan
August 14 -- TBD
August 21 -- 5 Seconds of Summer
August 28 -- TBD
September 4 -- Florida Georgia Line


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Friday
May152015

Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh, Rick Nielsen Join The Who for Teen Cancer Benefit

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupHow's this for an all-star rock lineup?  Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen joined forces with The Who Thursday night, all for  a good cause.

The show at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago raised money to benefit The Who's Teen Cancer America organization.

Rolling Stone reports while Pete Townshend was on hand for a pair of acoustic songs before the full Who touring band came out to jam, vocalist Roger Daltrey was on vocal rest.  "I can't sing tonight," the Who frontman told the crowd. "Doctor's orders. But we've got a whole bunch of fantastic guests lined up for you."

Highlights included Vedder on a ukelele for a performance of the Who by Numbers track "Blue, Red and Grey," Jett ripping through "Summertime Blues," Walsh taking lead vocals on "The Kids are Alright," and a full-blown all-star finale of "My Generation."

Here's the set list from Thursday night's show:

"She Asked Me," Simon Townshend and Eddie Vedder
"I'm the Answer," Simon Townshend and Eddie Vedder
"Blue, Red and Grey," Eddie Vedder
"Far Behind," Eddie Vedder
"Corrine, Corrina," (Bob Dylan cover) Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"You Stand By Me," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Drowned," Pete Townshend
"I'm the One," Pete Townshend
"The Kids Are Alright," Pete Townshend and Joe Walsh
"Eminence Front," Pete Townshend and Joe Walsh
"Summertime Blues," Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Joan Jett
"I Can't Explain," Pete Townshend
"Behind Blue Eyes," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Betterman," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Save It For Later," Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend
"Won't Get Fooled Again," Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen
"My Generation," Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen

 
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Friday
May152015

Bob Dylan Booked as David Letterman's Final Musical Guest

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan will perform a rare television performance in honor of David Letterman's penultimate episode next Tuesday.

This will be Dylan’s first performance on Late Show with David Letterman in nearly 22 years. He previously appeared November 18, 1993, during the show’s inaugural season on CBS. Previously, he'd performed on Letterman’s NBC Late Night show twice: on March 22, 1984 and on Late Night’s 10th anniversary show January 18, 1992.  

Next Tuesday's performance also marks Dylan's first television performance since the February release of his most recent album, Shadows in the Night.

Dylan will join Letterman's last guest ever, Bill Murray, as part of the show's final three broadcasts. Previously announced guests Tom Hanks and Eddie Vedder will appear Monday, May 18.


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Friday
May152015

Alan Thicke Admits He Has Sex to Son Robin Thicke's Music 

Credit: Harper SmithWell, file this under creepy.  "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke should have no doubt that his father, Alan, is one of his biggest fans -- turns out Dad loves his son's music so much, he recently admitted he has sex to it with his wife of 10 years, Tanya Callau.

"When we do get freaky, we do like 'Sex Therapy,'" Callau told US Weekly.  Her husband and former Growing Pains star added, while shaking his head, "Freaky to your son's voice it's just..."

"You have to admit, though, 'Sex Therapy' is such a good song to get in the mood," Callau said.

Robin soon got wind of his father's comments, and apparently he feels it's a bit icky, too. "Dad, I heard what you said to @usweekly... I need you to give back all of my music. Immediately," he tweeted.

Alan had Robin with his ex-wife, Gloria Loring. The two divorced when Alan was seven.


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Friday
May152015

All Four "Voice" Coaches Appear at the End of "Pitch Perfect 2"

Trae Patton/NBCIf you go see Pitch Perfect 2 this weekend, you'll want to stick around after the credits roll.  That's because there's a surprise ending featuring an appearance by all four Voice coaches: Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell and Blake Shelton.

The scene involves Bumper, played by Adam Devine.  He's shown auditioning for The Voice and, while the coaches initially turn their chairs for him, his arrogant attitude makes them regret their decision.  When he hugs Christina and won't let her go, all bets are off.

Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld, is the sequel to the super-popular original film about college a cappella group The Barden Bellas.  The film features versions of hits by Fall Out Boy, Beyonce, Hanson, En Vogue, The Supremes, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and many more.


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Friday
May152015

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson Release Lyric Videos for New Singles

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsNow you can sing along to Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5's new singles. Both have released lyric videos for their latest songs.

Kelly’s lyric video for “Invincible” starts with black-and-white computer-generated letters spelling out key words in the song. When the second verse of the inspirational tune kicks in, the words are covered in rainbow-colored paint.

Maroon 5, meanwhile, issued their latest single today: the explicitly-titled “This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf****r.” The lyric video for the song features a series of cringe-inducing videos of people hurting themselves. They fall, crash, bang and belly-flop as the words to the song flash across the screen. 


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Friday
May152015

Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor Added to Lineup for "The Voice" Season Finale

Tyler Golden/NBCKelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor have joined the lineup of performers for Tuesday’s season finale of The Voice.

Kelly will be performing her new single, “Invincible,” while Meghan will perform “Dear Future Husband.” Meghan sang on The Voice season finale last year, too -- she performed her song “Lips Are Movin’.” She also appeared on the show this season as a mentor to Blake Shelton’s team.  Kelly, a good friend of Blake's, was a mentor for his team a few years ago.

As previously reported, Ed Sheeran will also be taking the stage during the finale to sing his new single “Photograph, and Maroon 5 will be debuting their new single, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf***er,” which is available for purchase today.

The final four contestants -- Team Pharrell's Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne, Team Blake's Meghan Linsey and Team Adam's Joshua Davis -- will compete for the last time on Monday night’s episode, airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. A winner will be crowned when the finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.


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Friday
May152015

R&B Stars React to B.B. King's Death

Image Courtesy Kevin WestenbergBlues legend B.B. King died Thursday at the age of 89 after years of ill health. Understandably, the music world is reacting to his death and mourning the void he'll leave. Here's a round-up of some the online reactions from the R&B world:

Tyrese: "Wow I'm devastated to have just found out he news of a very special gentle giant who has transitioned - my special and sincere prayers to the family children and grandchildren of the KING FAMILY thank you for all of the memories thank you for being an icon and one of our true forefathers of the blues and TRUTH MUSIC..... Aweeee man this hurts bad.... Tonight I'm gonna watch the documentary of #WhenWeWereKings #RIH Rest In Heaven and play some of those chords for our fathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Leelah James: "So sad to hear of the passing of the legendary BB King. As a lover of blues music, he was definitely one of my inspirations and will be greatly missed. I'm just thankful I had the opportunity to meet and share the stage with him, a time I will never forget. R.I.P Mr. BB King, gone but never forgotten. Your musical legacy will live on."

Gladys Knight: "What a brilliant man you were. One who will forever be noted as such an inspiration to millions globally, RIP"

Ledisi: "Sigh...You sir forever loved Golden....R.I.P. B.B.KING."

Deborah Cox: "R.I.P to the legendary icon B.B. King."

Maxwell: "BB KING RIP"


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