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Friday
Aug142015

Hunter Hayes Announces 21 Tour Dates, Starting in October

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has revealed the dates for his upcoming 21 tour, kicking off October 22 in North Carolina. The shows will be more intimate events, with most dates taking place on college campuses.

Kelsea Ballerini has signed on to join the tour's November 5 date at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Look for Hunter to announce more dates soon.  Here are the ones he's just announced:

10/22 -- Cullowhee, NC, Western Carolina University
10/23 -- Kent, OH, Kent State University
10/24 -- Highland Falls, NY, West Point Eisenhower Hall Theater
10/29 -- West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University
11/5 -- Bowling Green, KY, Western Kentucky University
11/14 -- Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma
11/19 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Wake Forest University

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Friday
Aug142015

Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Beyonce Included on President Obama's Summer Playlists

Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama is definitely a music lover, hosting a number of top artists at various White House events and even belting out an Al Green number during a 2012 speech at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.  Now, the Leader of the Free World is sharing his personal playlists with the world.

The White House has released The President's Daytime Playlist and The President's Evening Playlist and it's not surprising that both Beyonce -- a buddy of the Obamas -- and Al Green are included on the latter list.  Other songs that POTUS enjoys: "Paradise" by Coldplay, "Green Light" by John Legend, "Pusher Love Girl" by Justin Timberlake, "Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine, "Nothing Even Matters" by Lauryn Hill, "Woo" by Erykah Badu and "Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers.

The playlists are rounded out by The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, Van Morrison,  Ray Charles and more.

For the full list of songs, visit WhiteHouse.gov.

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Friday
Aug142015

Dolly Parton Open to Guest-Starring on "Grace & Frankie"; Developing "Jolene" TV Movie

Webster PRDolly Parton hasn't seen her 9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda's new Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, but she's still open to joining them for a guest appearance.

Dolly says, "I told them whenever I get a little block of time, I'd love to come be on the show."

Grace and Frankie has gotten great reviews and earned Tomlin an Emmy nomination for the first season. Dolly is proud of her friends' success, and says they've been looking for something to do together since 9 to 5 was such a monster hit in 1980, but time isn't on their side anymore.

Dolly says with a laugh, "It's not gonna be 9 to 5. It's gonna be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Older, or it's going to be 95 instead of 9 to 5."

Dolly's currently working on Coat of Many Colors, the first of a series of TV movies based on her songs as part of a deal with NBC. The network will premiere that movie this holiday season, and producers have announced plans to follow it up with a TV movie version of Dolly's 1973 hit song, "Jolene."

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Friday
Aug142015

Daryl Hall's Wife Files for Divorce After Six Years of Marriage

Credit: Kathrin BaumbachIt looks like Daryl Hall's kiss is no longer on his wife's list.  Page Six reports Amanda Aspinall, who married the Hall & Oates star back in 2009, has filed for divorce.

Amanda, who's the daughter of late British gambling tycoon and zoo owner John Aspinall, lived in Connecticut with Hall and her two children from a previous relationship.  According to People, Amanda filed documents to end the marriage in May, although word of the impending divorce has just surfaced.  People also reports the couple has a prenuptial agreement.

Amanda's daughter, March Fry, contributed backing vocals to three songs on Daryl's 2011 solo album, Laughing Down Crying.

Hall's manager told ABC Radio that he had no comment about the breakup.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer previously was married during the late 1960s and early '70s to Bryna Lubin.

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Friday
Aug142015

Dylan, McCartney and Lennon Top "Rolling Stone" Magazine's 100 Greatest Songwriters List

William Claxton; Mary McCartney/MPL; PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsRolling Stone has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters and, not surprisingly, Bob Dylan lands at the top of the tally.  In choosing the prolific folk-rock legend as the #1 songwriter, the magazine notes, "Dylan's vision of American popular music was transformative. No one set the bar higher, or had greater impact."

Coming in at #2 and #3 on the list, respectively, are former Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and John LennonRolling Stone calls Sir Paul "pop's greatest melodist," while noting that he has "a bulging songbook that includes many of the most-performed and best-loved tunes of the past half-century."  As for Lennon, the magazine says, "No one better rendered the complexity of personal life or global politics, or better connected the two, than [he did] during his solo career in universal songs like 'Watching the Wheels' and 'Imagine.'"

Rounding out the top 10 of the tally are Chuck Berry at #4, Smokey Robinson at #5, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at #6, Carole King and her ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin at #7, Paul Simon at #8, Joni Mitchell at #9 and Stevie Wonder at #10.

Some of the renowned songwriters from the world of rock that landed a little further down on the list include Bob Marley at #11, Brian Wilson at #12, Bruce Springsteen at #14, Neil Young at #17 and Prince at #18.

You can check out the complete 100 Greatest Songwriters tally at RollingStone.com.

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Friday
Aug142015

Dylan, McCartney and Lennon Top "Rolling Stone" Magazine's 100 Greatest Songwriters List

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Rolling Stone has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters and, not surprisingly, Bob Dylan lands at the top of the tally.  In choosing the prolific folk-rock legend as the #1 songwriter, the magazine notes, "Dylan's vision of American popular music was transformative. No one set the bar higher, or had greater impact."

Coming in at #2 and #3 on the list, respectively, are former Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and the late John LennonRolling Stone calls Sir Paul "pop's greatest melodist," while noting that he has "a bulging songbook that includes many of the most-performed and best-loved tunes of the past half-century."  As for Lennon, the magazine says, "No one better rendered the complexity of personal life or global politics, or better connected the two, than [he did] during his solo career in universal songs like 'Watching the Wheels' and 'Imagine.'"

Rounding out the top 10 of the tally are Chuck Berry at #4, Smokey Robinson at #5, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at #6, Carole King and her ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin at #7, Paul Simon at #8, Joni Mitchell at #9 and Stevie Wonder at #10.

The next 10 songwriters or songwriting teams on the list also are an impressive bunch.  Bob Marley lands at #11, Brian Wilson at #12, Hank Williams at #13, Bruce Springsteen at #14, the famed Motown team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland at #15, Canadian folk-rock poet Leonard Cohen at #16, Neil Young at #17, Prince at #18 and the respective songwriting duos of Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry and Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller at #19 and #20.

You can check out the complete 100 Greatest Songwriters tally at RollingStone.com.

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Friday
Aug142015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood's middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Friday
Aug142015

Carole King, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell & Stevie Wonder Among "Rolling Stone"'s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time

Christopher PolkCarole King, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder all make the top ten on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. The prolific artists rank numbers seven, eight, nine and 10, respectively.

Also included on the comprehensive list: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Prince, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and ABBA. Taylor Swift, the youngest artist on the list, comes in at number 97.

Bob Dylan takes the number one spot, followed by The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and John Lennon at numbers two and three. Rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry and Motown legend Smokey Robinson round out the top five.

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Friday
Aug142015

Madonna and Taylor Swift Among "Rolling Stone"'s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time

Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotMadonna and Taylor Swift are counted among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. The Queen of Pop ranks number 56, while Taylor -- the youngest artist on the list -- comes in at number 97.

“She might be the youngest artist on this list,” Rolling Stone writes about Taylor. “But she's already written two or three careers' worth of keepers.”

Of Madonna, the mag writes, “Through it all, her songs have been consistently stamped with her own sensibility and inflected with autobiographical detail.”

The legendary Bob Dylan takes the number one spot, followed by The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and John Lennon at numbers two and three respectively. Rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry and Motown icon Smokey Robinson round out the top five.

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Friday
Aug142015

Eli Young Band and Andy Grammer Calling on Couples to Star in "Honey, I'm Good" Video

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band and pop star Andy Grammer want you and your significant other to appear in their new video for "Honey, I'm Good." The two acts have teamed up for a country version of Andy's pop hit, and they're asking couples to submit footage of themselves looking all in love while singing the song and holding up a sign telling how many years they've been together.

A lot of couples have been bringing those signs to Andy's concerts. He tells People, "I also hope we can beat our previous record, which was 71 years of marriage."

You can submit your clip now through August 19 at Video.HoneyImGood.com. The video will premiere next month.

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Friday
Aug142015

Robin Thicke Among List of Biggest Celebrity Falls from Grace

Credit: Harper SmithPeople just weren't feeling Robin Thicke. According to survey data analyzed by The Hollywood Reporter, the singer ranks in the top five among a list of the top ten biggest celebrity falls from grace over the past two years.

Thicke comes in at number four, likely thanks to a period of bad publicity involving the copyright lawsuit over “Blurred Lines” and his very public divorce from Paula Patton, whom he allegedly cheated on during their marriage. Interestingly, Robin’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance partner, Miley Cyrus, also made the list, coming in at number eight.

As many would expect, Bill Cosby tops the list -- he's currently facing rape allegations from nearly 50 women.

To compile the list, The Hollywood Reporter used data collected from Q Scores, a company that polls Americans on their opinions about things like brands and celebrities. The publication looked for famous people with the biggest uptick in their “negative” Q Score from 2013 to 2015, and used this to determine which celebs had the biggest falls from grace.

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Friday
Aug142015

Pearl Jam, Metallica, U2 and Ozzy Osbourne Contribute Signed Skateboards to Charity Auction

Credit: Danny ClinchA variety of well-known music stars have personalized skateboard decks that are now up for bids as part of the third annual Boards + Bands auction, which benefits a charity founded by famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.  Among the artists who took part in the fundraiser are Pearl Jam, Metallica, U2 and Ozzy Osbourne.

The Boards + Bands sale features skateboards donated by pro skaters, decorated with the lyrics of their favorite song that have been handwritten by the artist or artists who penned the tune.

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament hand-wrote the lyrics to "Nothing As it Seems" on a deck donated by skater Doug Saladino.

James Hetfield signed a board contributed by skater Nyjah Huston featuring lyrics from Metallica's "Fade to Black."

All four U2 members signed a deck that Hawk contributed, and Bono also added some lyrics from "Where the Streets Have No Name."

Osbourne autographed a board featuring lyrics from Black Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots," which was contributed by skater Riley Hawk.

Other stars who have contributed personalized skateboards to the auction include Tenacious D, The National and Of Mice & Men. You can bid on the decks at BoardsAndBands.org.  Bidding is open until August 26.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Tony Hawk Foundation's initiative to create and maintain skate parks in low-income areas around the U.S. Hawk launched the fundraiser in 2012 with musician Ben Harper.

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Friday
Aug142015

Andy Grammer on "Really Sweet" Teen Choice Award Nominations: "It's...an Incredible Moment" 

Frank Micelotta/FOXAndy Grammer's actually been making records since 2009, but this Sunday, one of the two Teen Choice Awards he's nominated for is Choice Music Breakout Artist.  Then again, it's only been in the past few months that he's scored the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," and these are his first award nominations that reflect that.  Andy says he's thrilled, especially because teens are the ones deciding who wins.

"It’s a really incredible moment to have everybody really paying attention right now. It is really sweet," he told reporters in Nashville this week. "And it is cool to know it’s coming from the teenagers, especially with this message of this song." 

While Andy's been handling his new-found fame pretty well, he says what amuses him about the whole thing is that he doesn't really feel "famous."  "I’s such a funny thing ‘cause you’re like the same person," he told reporters. "These things, these award shows and fame and all that is so transitory from city to city. I’ll go somewhere like Boston, where I do really well, and if I walk down the street it’s like, 'Andy Grammer, what’s up? Oh my God!'"

He adds "And then the next night you’re in a different city and you couldn’t get me arrested!"

"I’m definitely loving it. I’m trying to like not let it go too much to the head," Andy continues. "One of my dad’s best [pieces of] advice to me when I was going into high school...I’m, like, about to get dropped off and he goes, 'All the cool kids continually change, so be nice to everybody.' I’m like, 'Got it, ok.' And I’ve really like applied that to the music industry as well."

"But to deny that it feels really great to be getting some recognition right now, I’d be lying," he laughs. "It’s great; it’s awesome."  Andy's also up for Choice Music Star: Male at Sunday night's awards, which air on Fox.

WALK THE MOON, another band who's been around for a while but has scored their first massive hit in the past few months, has also received a nomination: their single "Shut Up and Dance" is up for Choice Party Song.  Lead singer Nick Petricca tells ABC Radio that it really means a lot to him that the awards are based on votes from actual teens, and not guys in suits.

"That is maybe the highest honor for me. I think it’s amazing," he says. " Music has such an amazing impact and it’s so important to us and it was so important to me growing up, so it’s an honor."  

Ludacris hosts the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox.  He tells ABC Radio about why he's excited about hosting this particular awards show.

"I just love the energy of teens all by themselves....Teenagers don't have any responsibility -- they don't have to pay no damn bills, you know, they don't have stuff to worry about," he explains. "So I think that's part of the element that I'm most excited about, is having some of that energy, because wouldn't it be so great just to not have any damn responsibilities at all?" 

Rachel Platten, 5 Seconds of Summer, Little Mix, Flo Rida and Robin Thicke are performing, while Britney Spears, Fifth Harmony and Rita Ora are among the presenters.

Here are the musical nominees:

Choice Male Artist
Jason Derulo
Nick Jonas
Shawn Mendes
Pitbull
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

Choice Female Artist
Iggy Azalea
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group: Male
5 Seconds of Summer
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Choice Music Group: Female
Cimorelli
Fifth Harmony
Haim
Icona Pop
Little Mix
The Barden Bellas

Choice Song: Female Artist
Kelly Clarkson – “Heartbeat Song”
Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Nick Jonas – “Jealous”
Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”

Choice Song: Group
5 Seconds of Summer – “What I Like About You”
Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink –“Worth It”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
One Direction – “Steal My Girl”

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Jason Derulo
Andy Grammer
Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Little Mix
Maroon 5
One Direction

Choice Music Breakout Artist
Andy Grammer
Little Mix
Tove Lo
Rachel Patten
Meghan Trainor
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Song
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink, "Worth It"
Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky, "Good For You"
Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"
Omi, "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)"
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Choice Love Song
Fifth Harmony, "Sledgehammer"
Little Mix, "Black Magic"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
One Direction, "Night Changes"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"

Choice Break-Up Song
Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What It Wants"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Ed Sheeran, "Don't"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now?"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Meghan Trainor, "Lips Are Movin"

Choice Party Song
One Direction, "No Control"
Rihanna, "B**** Better Have My Money"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up and Dance"
Zedd featuring Selena Gomez, "I Want You to Know"

Choice Music: Collaboration
David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, "Hey Mama"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"
Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, "Pretty Girls"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do" from Fifty Shades of Grey
Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz, "You're So Beautiful"
Jessie J, "Flashlight" from Pitch Perfect 2
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps, John Deluca & Jordan Fisher, "Gotta Be Me" from Teen Beach Movie 2
Shawn Mendes, "Believe" from Descendants
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again" from Furious 7

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Flo Rida featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White, "I Don't Like It, I Love It"
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money"
Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds"
Silento, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Choice Rock Song
George Ezra, "Budapest"
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
Imagine Dragons , "I Bet My Life"
Twenty One Pilots, "Tear In My Heart"
X Ambassadors, "Renegades"

Choice Music: Next Big Thing
Clark Beckham
Kalin and Miles
Skate Maloley
Bea Miller
Neon Jungle
Spring King

Choice Summer Tour
5 Seconds of Summer, Rock Out With Your Socks Out
Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa, The Boys of Zummer Tour
Ariana Grande, The Honeymoon Tour
One Direction, On the Road Again Tour
Ed Sheeran, X World Tour
Taylor Swift, The 1989 World Tour

Choice International Artist
2NE1
5 Seconds of Summer
Girls Generation
Little Mix
One Direction
Super Junior

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
The Weeknd
Kanye West

Choice Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Hunter Hayes
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Song
Luke Bryan, "Kick the Dust Up"
Florida Georgia Line, "Sippin' On Fire"
Hunter Hayes, "21"
Sam Hunt, "Take Your Time"
Megan & Liz, "That Ghost"
Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Cara Delevingne
Fifth Harmony
Selena Gomez
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Male Hottie
5 Seconds of Summer
Justin Bieber
Ryan Guzman
Austin Mahone
Zayn Malik
One Direction

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Friday
Aug142015

Sara Bareilles’ "Waitress" Musical Is Broadway-Bound 

Danny ClinchSara Bareilles is heading to Broadway.  Well, at least the musical she helped write is, according to Playbill.

After successfully premiering at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this month, the musical, Waitress, will move to the Great White Way next spring. Previews will reportedly begin March 2016, with opening night scheduled for sometime in April at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

The show’s Cambridge run began August 2 at the Loeb Drama Center and ends September 27.

Sara retweeted the Broadway-bound news Thursday with a bunch of heart-shaped emojis. She wrote the music and lyrics for Waitress, which is based on the 2007 Keri Russell movie of the same name. The musical stars Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony award last year for her starring role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

A musical isn't the only thing that Sara's written lately.  Her first book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, will arrive in October.

Friday
Aug142015

The Kinks' Dave Davies Reveals Complete Details of New Live Solo Album, "Rippin' Up New York City"

Red River EntertainmentKinks guitarist Dave Davies has announced full details about his upcoming live album, which is titled Rippin' Up New York City: Live at the City Winery.  Scheduled for a September 4 release, the 15-song collection features a mix of classic Kinks songs and tunes from Davies' 2014 studio effort, Rippin' Up Time, as well as a few other selections from his solo catalog.

The album was recorded at two shows that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played this past November at the Big Apple venue the City Winery.  Davies was accompanied by a backing band that featured guest drummer Dennis Diken of The Smithereens, as well as guitarist Jonathan Lea and bassist/keyboardist Tom Currier.

Among the Kinks tunes Dave played are "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," "I Need You," "Death of a Clown" and "Livin' on a Thin Line."

As previously reported, the 68-year-old rocker will support Rippin' Up New York City with a U.S. tour that gets under way with an October 2-4 stand at the Big E fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and is plotted out through a November 3 concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.

"I'm very excited about the live album and the band sounds great," says Davies in a statement.  "My son Simon did a great job helping me with the production.  I look forward to seeing you all on the road this fall."

Here is the complete track list for Rippin' Up New York City:

"Intro"
"Rippin' Up Time"
"I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
"I Need You"
"Creepin' Jean"
"Suzannah's Still Alive"
"See My Friend"
"Strangers"
"Flowers in the Rain"
"Front Room"
"King of Karaoke"
"Death of a Clown"
"Livin' on a Thin Line"
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
"All Day and All of the Night"
"You Really Got Me"

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Friday
Aug142015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard teamed up with the CMA Foundation and Chevrolet to open the Notes for Notes recording studio at the Sports Academics Youth Detroit Play Center. The recording space features brand-new instruments, and Frankie opened the facility playing "I'm Thinking Country."

Luke Bryan and Reba enjoyed lunch together with a group at Del Frisco's in New York City Wednesday. According to People, Reba's manager, Narvel Blackstock, was there, too. The couple announced their separation on August 3.

Carrie Underwood is hitting the big screen this weekend. A two-and-a-half-minute feature on the making of her "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" NFL Sunday Night Football opening will debut Friday as part of the FirstLook pre-show program in movie theaters across the country.

Montgomery Gentry will appear on Fox News's Hannity on Monday, August 17.

Kelly Clarkson covered Wynonna's 1992 hit, "No One Else on Earth," during her show in Seattle this week.

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Friday
Aug142015

Florida Georgia Line Will Give Country Radio a Rest Before Releasing Their Genre-Redefining Next Single

Republic NashvilleOnce Florida Georgia Line's latest single, "Anything Goes," ends its run to #1 at country radio, the duo plans to take a few weeks away from country radio before releasing another single. They confirm that "Anything Goes" is the last single from their current album of the same name.

FGL's Brian Kelley explains, "We're gonna give some time from country radio, give it a rest for a second. We haven't done that since we came out, really. We tried to do that with 'Dirt.'

FGL's Tyler Hubbard chimes in, "It won't feel that way. They say that every time we get done [with a new album] 'We're gonna take a break.'"

When they do come back with the first single from their third album, Brian expects the reaction from fans to be on par with FGL's monster debut single, "Cruise."

"I think our music is on another level from anything that we've ever done. I think content, lyrically, musically," Brian says of the new material. "I think the next single, I'm not even gonna tell you the title, but I think it's going to change country music again."

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Friday
Aug142015

Jennifer Nettles Reveals She Was Handpicked by Dolly Parton for "Coat of Many Colors" Role

CMAJennifer Nettles was handpicked by Dolly Parton to play the role of Dolly's mother in the upcoming TV movie Coat of Many Colors. The decision was made while Dolly was watching audition tapes with the movie producers.

Jennifer tells ABC Radio, "What they told me was that Dolly saw my reading and that towards the end of it she was emotional and moved and said, 'Yes, that is my mom.' So, I love hearing that."

While she has met Dolly a few times, Jennifer is looking forward to working with the country superstar to flesh out the role of Avie Lee Parton.

"I'm interested just to ask [Dolly] about how [her mother] was from a personality standpoint," Jennifer says as she prepares to start filming. "You can get some things from the script, but some things are able to be interpreted, and I want to interpret those the right way. What kind of levity did she have and when? Was she very loud? Was she very reserved?"

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors will premiere on NBC this holiday season.

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Friday
Aug142015

Babyface Announces New Single, "We’ve Got Love"

Image Courtesy James Minchin III/UniversalBabyface is back with new music. After completing a duets album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, with Toni Braxton last year, the singer has announced a new single "We’ve Got Love."

The singer reveals that his new offering reflects all the love he's experienced. "I have been blessed to experience a lot of love in my life," said Babyface in a statement.  "It is the greatest gift in life and I feel blessed to share that universal message through my music."

"We’ve Got Love" serves as the lead single from his new album, Return of the Tender Lover, due out later this year on Def Jam Recordings.

The track will be available August 14 for streaming and download.

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Friday
Aug142015

Ice Cube Talks "Straight Outta Compton": "We Wanted to Show How We Really Were"

UniversalIf you're wondering what to expect from the highly-anticipated film Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. member Ice Cube reveals that the biopic is an accurate portrayal of the band's rise in hip-hop. Although they were known as the originators of gangster rap, Cube tells ABC Radio that there's plenty of laughs in the upcoming flick.

"We wanted to show how we really were, we had fun," Cube says. "We was doing something positive out of all the stuff that was going on around us. Making music, getting on stage, doing beats and rhymes was fun, so we wanted to show how much fun we really had too."

While viewers are sure to get a history lesson on the legendary rap group, Cube points out that their influence has had a trickle-down effect in pop culture.

"A lot of people are enjoying the fruits of N.W.A, you know, a lot of people love my Friday movies, they love Boyz in the Hood, they love me as an actor, you know they buy Beats by Dre, and they love all the music and all these people are seeing the fruits of N.W.A. because it all starts with us and Straight Outta Compton and that's where it starts, so I think the world deserves to see what really happened. "

Cube also spoke on the possibility of there being a reunion tour in the near future.  "We wish, you know what I mean, you know it's a couple of people that got to agree but it's not an easy nut to crack but it's not impossible," Cube says before bandmate DJ Yella interjects:  "I'll tell you what, it's closer now than it was 15 years ago." Still, Cube remains optimistic about touring with the band. "Straight Outta Compton, you know, we thought that was impossible too, but here we are," he says. 

Straight Outta Compton opens Friday, starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell.

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