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Wednesday
Apr222015

Vinyl Box Set Featuring John Lennon's Entire Solo Catalog Being Released in June

Capitol/UMeA new box set featuring high-quality vinyl versions of John Lennon's eight studio albums will be released on June 9.  The nine-disc collection, titled simply Lennon, marks the first time that vinyl editions of the late Beatles star's solo albums will be available together in one package.

Each album -- spanning from Lennon's 1970 solo debut, Plastic Ono Band, through the 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey -- is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and replicates the original U.K. version's art, sleeves and other packaging elements.  All but two of the records -- 1971's Imagine and 1975's Rock 'n' Roll -- have long been out of print on vinyl in the U.S.  A video showing the collection being unboxed can be viewed at Lennon's official YouTube channel.

The albums were remastered in 2010 using Lennon's original mixes by Yoko Ono and a group of engineers at London's Abbey Road Studios and New York City's Avatar Studios, while the new vinyl masters were cut at Abbey Road by engineer Sean Magee.

The new vinyl editions of Lennon's solo albums will be released individually on August 21.

Here is the full list of albums featured in the Lennon vinyl box set:

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Some Time in New York City (two LPs) (1972)
Mind Games (1973)
Walls and Bridges (1974)
Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
Double Fantasy (1980)
Milk and Honey (1984)


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Wednesday
Apr222015

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Madonna Featured in "Variety's" New York Women's Impact Report

ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift has adopted New York City as her home, and she’s made quite an impact in the Big Apple since doing so. The singer, along with Lady Gaga and Madonna, has been included in Variety’s 2015 New York Women’s Impact Report. The report recognizes the year’s most influential women in entertainment, media, business and culture in New York City.

“Hundreds of fresh-faced twentysomethings move to New York every week, but few get to announce their arrival via the opening track on the bestselling album of the year,” Variety writes of Taylor. “Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ may have drawn the ire of some longtime Gothamites with its relentless positivity, but it’s already joined the canon of Big Apple anthems that stretches back from Bernstein to Sinatra and Jay Z.”

Lady Gaga, a New York City native, has been having a banner year, so it’s no surprise Variety included her on the list. The magazine points out that Gaga won the approval of audiences -- and Julie Andrews -- with her Sound of Music medley at the Oscars this year. She also scored a Grammy for her collaboration with Tony Bennett and was cast in the upcoming season of American Horror Story. These new ventures, according to Variety, prove “Gaga can check out of her eccentric pop diva persona anytime she likes -- but when it comes to hanging around in the public eye, she can never leave.”

And speaking of reinvention and longevity, Madonna makes Variety’s list for “maintaining the edgy confidence that has kept her appealing through the decades.” The mag writes, “Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, demonstrates her knack for staying perma-relevant; she collaborates with producers Kanye West and Diplo, catnip to millennial music consumers.”

The New York Women’s Impact Report is part of Variety’s 2015 Power of Women Issue.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

"The Voice" Recap: Team Adam Down to One Artist

Trae Patton/NBCAdam Levine has only one artist remaining on his Voice team, following Tuesday night's results show.

Joshua Davis is the sole survivor of Team Adam, having earned the instant save from viewers. His teammate, Deanna Johnson, was eliminated, as was Rob Taylor, a member of Christina Aguilera's crew.

Joshua performed the Tom Petty tune “I Won’t Back Down” in his successful attempt to convince viewers to save him via social media. Deanna sang Martina McBride's “Help Me Make It Through The Night," and Rob covered the Otis Redding classic “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.”

Blake Shelton still has three artists on his team. Christina and Pharrell each have two.

Earlier in the one-hour broadcast, Pharrell joined his artists for a rendition of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be," and Adam collaborated with his singers on the Steve Miller Band song "The Joker."

In addition, last week's guest adviser, Reba McEntire, entertained the audience with her single "Going Out Like That."

The Voice will welcome back three former coaches as part of next Monday's show on NBC. Usher will advise Team Adam, Cee Lo Green will help Team Blake, and Gwen Stefani will assist Pharrell and Christina's teams.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

R.E.M. Documentary Coming to Theaters Next Month

Anton CorbjinR.E.M.'s story will be told on the big screen next month.

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment will present a screening of Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV in select theaters on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The documentary details the band's career and features concert footage, TV performances and interviews, and more.

You can review a list of theaters screening the film, and buy tickets, at FathomEvents.com.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

Katy Perry's Request to Trademark "Left Shark" Design Rejected

Kevin Mazur/WireImageKaty Perry is trying to register a design for "Left Shark" -- inspired by the costumed dancer who wasn't quite in sync with a second "shark" during the singer's Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year -- but she's hit a roadblock.

Her application to the U.S. Trademark Office was examined by David Collier, who determined that not enough evidence was submitted to indicate consumers would associate the "Left Shark" design with Katy's performance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Katy's also looking to register the phrase "Left Shark." On that front, Collier seeks clarification on the kind of products to which she'll apply the phrase. Her company had stated it was considering "costumes" and "figurines," apparently without elaborating further.

In the wake of her Super Bowl performance, Katy's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to a designer who was selling a figurine of "Left Shark."


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Wednesday
Apr222015

GZA to Lecture at MIT on Link Between Art and Outer Space

Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesGZA will be making an appearance at MIT in May to talk about his new album and the link between art and outer space, The Boston Globe reports.

Sam Magee, manager of student programs at the Arts at MIT office, tells the Globe the Wu-Tang Clan founder “is coming in to talk specifically about how the arts and the study of physics intertwine.”

Magee said a physics professor will moderate GZA’s discussion with MIT students because the rapper’s new album, Dark Matter, encompasses aspects of space and time.

The rapper, whose birth name is Gary Grice, has visited the MIT campus before. In 2012, he delivered a lecture on rap. That year, he also led a discussion at Harvard on the state of hip-hop.

GZA’s visit to MIT this year is part of a series of lectures featuring hip-hop artists. Killer Mike will visit MIT this Friday to talk about technology and its impact on race relations in the U.S.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Sam Smith Geeks Out over "The Hobbit" Set Visit

ABC/Randy HolmesWho knew that Sam Smith was such a fan of the Hobbit films?  He's crammed his Instagram account full of photos of his visit to the movies' set in New Zealand, declaring it the "Best day of my life."

Sam posted a slew of pictures of himself visting Hobbiton, the part of Middle Earth where Hobbits like Bilbo Baggins, the main character in the Hobbit films, and Frodo -- the main character in the The Lord of the Rings -- live.  "THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING," he wrote, adding,  "I feel like Frodo."

Posing in front of the door to Bag End, Bilbo's house, Sam captioned another photo, "Geeking OUT."

"Sorry for so many pics, I just love it here," he added, noting, "I would chop off my toe to live here and be a hobbit."

After posting a photo of himself drinking "ale" in the movie set pub, The Green Dragon, Sam concluded by writing, "What a day. I am coming again. Until then I'm actually gonna build my own hobbit house. No joke x."  Well, he's certainly got the money for it.

Sam's tour continues Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then moves on to Australia and Japan.

 

Come in

A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on Apr 20, 2015 at 7:44pm PDT

 


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Tuesday
Apr212015

No Doubt's Adrian Young Says 2015 Is "About Playing Festivals"

Paul Morigi/Getty Images For CITIThis past weekend in Washington, D.C., No Doubt headlined the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event along with Train, Fall Out Boy, Usher and more.  This summer, the band will continue on the festival circuit, including headlining spots at Rock in Rio USA, New Orleans JazzFest, and the BottleRock Festival. Though a full-scale tour isn't on their summer schedule, any live dates at all are a welcome sight for No Doubt fans after the band postponed their 2013 tour.

"This year is about playing festivals and then we'll see where that takes us," drummer Adrian Young tells Billboard of No Doubt's 2015 plans. "There was some experimenting going on, but [frontwoman] Gwen [Stefani is] gonna do another solo record and we're gonna continue to play some more live shows and see what happens from there."

No Doubt took 11 years between releasing their 2001 album, Rock Steady, and their most recent effort, 2012's Push and Shove. As for how long it might take the band to put out another record, Young admits that "it's hard to say."

"We don't have any immediate plans for new music," he says.

Meanwhile, No Doubt is festival-hopping with their large, extended family, which now includes 10 children between the band's four core members.

"It's almost like we're siblings and they're cousins," says guitarist Tom Dumont of the band touring with their children in tow. "They all play together. They all have their own relationships and dynamics together."


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Rihanna Goes Blonde for "V Magazine" 

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna stuns in the summer issue of V Magazine, in a spread shot by fashion photographer Steven Klein.

A topless Rihanna dons a platinum blonde wig and blue panties on the cover, which reads: "The rapturous return of pop’s ultimate bad gal."

The singer posted Instagram pictures of her colorful spread, in which Rihanna poses with a yellow fur in front of a Mobil fuel tank. In other sexy images, she sips from a plastic cup, strategically placed over her breast, and she even channels a retro Stepford wife while lounging in a pool.

The issue hits newsstands May 7.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Paul McCartney on His Return to the Pop Charts: "It's Cool!"

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," which has returned the legendary Beatles star to the top 40 for the first time in decades.  Sir Paul says he certainly didn't expect the success of the song, but declares that it's "cool."

Speaking to Rolling Stone at this past weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, McCartney said of working with the extremely polarizing Kanye, "Oh, it was great, man!  It was really exciting.  I didn't know what was going to happen from one minute to the next.  But then he'd send me these hits!"

He added, "Suddenly, I'm working with Kanye.  And then suddenly, I've got a hit with Rihanna!  But it's cool!"

"FourFiveSeconds" was McCartney's first top five hit in more than 31 years.  The last time he'd charted that high was in 1984, when his duet with Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Paul McCartney on His Return to the Pop Charts: "It's Cool!"

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," which has returned the legendary Beatles star to the top 40 for the first time in decades.  Sir Paul says he certainly didn't expect the success of the song, but declares that it's "cool."

Speaking to Rolling Stone at this past weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, McCartney said of working with the extremely polarizing Kanye, "Oh, it was great, man!  It was really exciting.  I didn't know what was going to happen from one minute to the next.  But then he'd send me these hits!"

He added, "Suddenly, I'm working with Kanye.  And then suddenly, I've got a hit with Rihanna!  But it's cool!"

"FourFiveSeconds" was McCartney's first top five hit in more than 31 years.  The last time he'd charted that high was in 1984, when his duet with Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart.

As for Kanye, McCartney isn't the only Rock and Roll Hall of Famer he's worked with this year:  He also contributed to Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Madonna Denies Texting During Off-Broadway Show

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotDespite being spotted by witnesses and called out by the show’s star, Madonna insists she was not texting during a performance of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton over the weekend.

Madonna took in the show Saturday evening and was reportedly seen tapping away at her phone throughout the second act.  But the singer’s rep tells Us Weekly that the reports of her texting have been greatly exaggerated. “It's not true,” rep Liz Rosenberg says. “She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.”

An attendee, actress Casey Erin Clark, saw things a little differently. Casey who said she was sitting behind the pop icon during the musical afterwards tweeted about it. “That time you want to smack #Madonna upside the head for texting during the best show I've ever seen. #HAMILTONpublic,” Casey wrote.

The play’s writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, also posted a tweet after the show that many believe was directed at Madonna. "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou,” Lin-Manuel said in the tweet, which has since been deleted.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Beyonce Shows Off Gold Apple Watch

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce has a new, exclusive gadget for her wrist.

During her recent trip to Coachella, she showed off her new gold Apple Watch, which is the most expensive variety of the company's smart watches.

Business Insider reports that her version of the Apple Watch Edition is not available to the general public and it features a gold link bracelet, instead of the typical leather or metallic straps. While it's unknown how much the limited-edition watch costs, the most expensive Apple Watch Edition you can buy tops out at $17,000.

Queen Bey isn't the only celebrity to have the luxe watch, designer Karl Lagerfeld also owns one as well.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Teenage Time Killers, Featuring Dave Grohl and Corey Taylor, Announce Debut Album

Image Courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBSTeenage Time Killers, the collaborative band featuring contributions from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, has announced the July 31 release of their debut album, titled Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

Taylor will sing vocals on a track called "Egobomb," while Grohl, who has apparently mastered all instruments, plays bass throughout the album. Greatest Hits Vol. 1 was recorded at Grohl's 606 Studios in California, which is home to the famed Sound City mixing board.

Other Teenage Time Killers contributors include Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio and Blink-182, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, Foo Fighter Pat Smear and Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, among many more luminaries of hard rock. Blythe sings on the first track to be released from Greatest Hits Vol. 1, entitled "Hung Out to Dry," posted now on YouTube.

Here's the track list for Greatest Hits Vol. 1:

"Exploder" (ft. Reed Mullin, Pat Hoed, London May)
"Crowned by the Light of the Sun" (ft. Neil Fallon, Jim Rota, Dave Grohl)  
"Hung Out to Dry" (ft. Randy Blythe, Mike Schaefer, Dave Grohl)
"Power Outage" (ft. Clifford Dinsmore, Dave Grohl)
"Ode to Hannity" (ft. Jello Biafra, Mike Dean)  
"Barrio" (ft. Matt Skiba, Brian Baker)
"The Dead Hand" (ft. Reed Mullin, Woody Weatherman, Dave Grohl)
"Egobomb" (ft. Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl)
"Plank Walk" (ft. Pete Stahl, Greg Anderson, Dave Grohl)
"Time to Die" (ft. Mike IX Williams, Greg Anderson)
"Days of Degradation" (ft. Tommy Victor, Dave Grohl)
"Clawhoof" (ft. Tairrie B. Murphy, Dave Grohl)
"Big Money" (ft. Lee Ving, Pat Smear, London May)
"Devil in this House" (ft. Karl Agell, Dave Grohl)
"Say Goodnight to the Acolyte" (ft. Phil Rind, Jason Browning, Dave Grohl)  
"Ignorant People" (ft. Tony Foresta, Greg Anderson, Nick Oliveri)
"Son of an Immigrant" (ft. Johnny Weber, Brian Baker)
"Your Empty Soul" (ft. Aaron Beam)
"Bleeding to Death" (ft. Vic Bondi, Dave Grohl)
"Teenage Time Killer" (ft. Trenton Rogers, Greg Anderson, Pat Hoed)


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Tuesday
Apr212015

No Doubt's Adrian Young Says 2015 Is "About Playing Festivals"

Interscope RecordsNo Doubt will be an active participant on the festival circuit this summer, including headlining spots at Rock in Rio USA, New Orleans JazzFest, and the BottleRock Festival. Though a full-scale tour isn't on their summer schedule, any live dates at all are a welcome sight for No Doubt fans after the band postponed their 2013 tour.

"This year is about playing festivals and then we'll see where that takes us," drummer Adrian Young tells Billboard of No Doubt's 2015 plans. "There was some experimenting going on, but [frontwoman] Gwen [Stefani is] gonna do another solo record and we're gonna continue to play some more live shows and see what happens from there."

No Doubt took 11 years between releasing their 2001 album, Rock Steady, and their most recent effort, 2012's Push and Shove. As for how long it might take the band to put out another record, Young admits that "it's hard to say."

"We don't have any immediate plans for new music," he says.

Meanwhile, No Doubt is festival-hopping with their large, extended family, which now includes 10 children between the band's four core members.

"It's almost like we're siblings and they're cousins," says guitarist Tom Dumont of the band touring with their children in tow. "They all play together. They all have their own relationships and dynamics together."


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Keith Urban Celebrates 32nd Top-Five Hit with "Raise 'Em Up"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban latest single, "Raise 'Em Up" featuring Eric Church, has become his 32nd top-five hit and 33rd consecutive top-10 song at country radio.

Speaking about that accomplishment, Keith says, "The support I get from my friends at country radio and the fans, is absolutely astounding. It's what makes ALL of this possible, and I can’t wait to hit the road again and thank you all in the best way I know how!”

Keith and Eric opened last Sunday's ACM Awards with a performance of "Raise 'Em Up." It's featured on Keith's latest album, Fuse.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Star of Elton John Biopic Claims He Has "No Idea" How to Sing

Theo Wargo/Getty Images; ABC/Randy HolmesBritish actor Tom Hardy, best known in the U.S. for his roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, is going to star in Rocketman, the upcoming movie biography of Elton John.  However, he says he's having a bit of difficulty with the part because, well, he can't sing.

Hardy is expected to sing some Elton classics in the film, but the British paper The Sun reports that at the premiere of his latest film, Child 44, the 37-year-old told reporters, "I'm not a singer.  I have no idea really.  I'm really trying because of Rocketman but it's hard to open my mouth in that way."

He added, "I'm not really drawn towards singing and musicals and that stuff.  I did some rap when I was a kid but I'm somebody's dad now so it wouldn't be too cool to crack that out!"

So, if Hardy can't sing, why was he cast?  Maybe he's exaggerating his lack of musical talent for dramatic effect.  Last year, he admitted to ABC Radio, "It sounds more interesting to believe somebody who can't sing is playing Elton John, doesn't it?  So, I try to be interesting wherever possible.  I'm not very interesting.  So, it's one of those marketing ploys.  'The guy can't sing.  He's going to play Elton.  He's bound to fail,' you know, that kind of thing."


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Metallica to Close Long-Running Quebec Venue, Open a New One

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will play the final show at the long-running Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada, on September 14.  After closing one door, Metallica will open another, as the band will then play the inaugural show at the brand new Centre Videotron in Quebec City on September 16.  Tickets will go on sale April 24.  Visit Metallica.com for all ticket details.

"Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid 'Tallica fans anywhere," the band writes on its website.  "It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you!"

The statement continues, "Each show will be a completely different experience right down to where we set up the stage.  Look for one night with the classic end stage, the other in the round, different set lists and even different opening bands...two totally different Met experiences in one 48 hour period!"

Metallica first played Colisee Pepsi, which opened in 1949, in 1989.  The band performed at the arena seven more times, with two of those shows being filmed for the Quebec Magnetic concert film, which was released in 2012.

The two newly announced Quebec City shows now give Metallica four total upcoming North American concerts this year.  The band also will headline the Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on May 9 and Lollapalooza on August 1.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Rihanna Teases Interlude Called "James Joint"

Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna continues to tease us with new music. On Tuesday, the singer released a short interlude called "James Joint," lifted from her upcoming album.

In the minute-long cut, posted on her official website, Rih Rih sings about her love of weed. "I’d rather be smoking weed whenever we breathe/Every time you kiss me/Don’t say that you miss me/ Just come get me," she coos.

Her eighth album, which is being executive produced by Kanye West, is due sometime this year.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Madonna Denies Texting During Off-Broadway Show

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotDespite being spotted by witnesses and called out by the show’s star, Madonna insists she was not texting during a performance of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton over the weekend.

Madonna took in the show Saturday evening and was reportedly seen tapping away at her phone throughout the second act.  But the singer’s rep tells Us Weekly that the reports of her texting have been greatly exaggerated. “It's not true,” rep Liz Rosenberg says. “She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.”

An attendee, actress Casey Erin Clark, saw things a little differently. Casey who said she was sitting behind the pop icon during the musical afterwards tweeted about it. “That time you want to smack #Madonna upside the head for texting during the best show I've ever seen. #HAMILTONpublic,” Casey wrote.

The play’s writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, also posted a tweet after the show that many believe was directed at Madonna. "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou,” Lin-Manuel said in the tweet, which has since been deleted.


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