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Thursday
May232013

Metallica Unveils Trailer for 3D Film, "Through the Never"

Facebook.com/MetallicaMetallica is offering fans a sneak peak at their upcoming 3D film, Through the Never. The group has just released a trailer for the flick, which will premiere at IMAX theaters across North America starting September 27.

The one-minute clip features scenes of In Treatment actor Dane DeHaan, who portrays a member of Metallica’s stage crew, getting into a car accident and then running from a group of masked, weapon-wielding attackers. It also includes footage of Metallica performing the title track from 1986’s Master of Puppets.

"For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought,” says drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. “There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience."

After Through the Never has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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Thursday
May232013

Darius Rucker Considering Mini Hootie & the Blowfish Reunion for 2014

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker isn't sure when he'll stage full-on reunion with his rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, but a short tour with the guys is still on the table. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hootie's debut album, Cracked Rear View, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies, and that could lead Darius to get the old band back together.

Darius tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We might do a month tour next year to commemorate Cracked Rear View, but that one total year where we decide to do a record and a farewell tour is a couple years away."

For now, Darius is enjoying his solo career at the top of the country charts, and there's just no room for Hootie & the Blowfish in that equation. It turns out the guys in the band missed their chance to go country with Darius before he ever set out on his own.

"At this point in my career, I don't think I would want to do a country record with them," Darius tells reporters in Nashville. "I said in several band meetings, 'Let's be a country band,' and it wasn't what they wanted to do."

Darius promises fans there will be another Hootie album and tour at some point, but he's not going to piggyback that reunion onto his country albums and tours.  Says Darius, "You know, we make rock records. That's what we're going to do."

Darius's third country album, True Believers, is now in stores featuring his big hit, "Wagon Wheel."

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Thursday
May232013

Beyonce, Jay-Z Named One of the World's Most Powerful Couples

Mychal Watts/WireImageOn her own, Beyonce is a stunning force.  But together with Jay-Z, she and her hubby are almost unstoppable, and that's why Forbes has named them among the World's Most Powerful Couples.  The magazine looked at twosomes across politics, media, technology and music to find high-profile pairs who are doing big things individually and even bigger things together.

Not surprisingly, the list includes the likes of Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and, of course, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who also get a special mention in the blurb on Jay and Bey.  "The first couple of music is tight with the first couple of the United States," writes Forbes, explaining why they've included the Carters in their power list.

The line between entertainment and politics actually blurred back in April when Beyonce and Jay celebrated their wedding anniversary with a trip to Cuba.  Some politicians demanded to know who gave clearance for the visit to that country where travel by U.S. citizens is generally prohibited, and the topic even came up during a White House press conference.  It turned out that Beyonce and Jay's journey had been pre-approved by the State Department, and President Obama even went on to joke about the controversy, saying, "I've got 99 problems and now Jay-Z's one."

Beside the fact that Beyonce and Jay-Z attract national attention, the pair also make an impact on the entertainment scene worldwide.  Jay will reportedly rake in around $100,000 for each show he does on tour with Justin Timberlake this summer, and Bey is busy selling out arenas on her the Mrs. Carter Show world tour.

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Thursday
May232013

Little Big Town to Host CMA Music Festival Special on ABC August 12

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has signed on to host the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special, airing Monday, August 12 on ABC. The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year will be running around all over the CMA Music Festival, running June 6 through 9, taping segments and interviewing the stars for the special. The festival features performances from country's hottest stars every night at Nashville's LP Field.

Little Big Town is honored to host the special this year. Band member Karen Fairchild says, "We could not be more excited about the party that's going to break out at LP Field every night!"

Though the list of stars appearing on the special hasn't been announced yet, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are just a few of the acts confirmed to appear at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival.

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Thursday
May232013

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter & Fiancee to Star in Reality Series

Angela Weiss/WireImageBackstreet Boy Nick Carter is the latest pop star to document his personal life in a reality show.  Deadline.com reports that the singer is executive-producing and starring in the series with his fiancee, Lauren Kitt

According to Deadline, the half-hour series will "chronicle [Nick's] life as he tries to make amends with his past and prepare for his upcoming nuptials." It's currently being shopped around; Deadline reports that several cable networks are showing interest.

This won't be Nick's first reality series: he and his siblings starred in the E! show House of Carters in 2006.  Leslie, one of his sisters who was featured on the show, died in 2012, reportedly from an overdose of prescription medication. Nick has publicly discussed his own struggles with drugs and alcohol.

Nick, the only remaining bachelor in the Backstreet Boys, got engaged to Lauren, an actress and fitness expert, back in February.  There's no word on when their wedding will take place, since the group is heading out on a massive tour in August.  Their new album, In a World Like This, is out July 30; the first single is the title track and that's coming June 25.

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Thursday
May232013

Miguel Releasing Second "Art Dealer Chic" EP Series This July

Facebook.com/MiguelMusicWhile the Web continues to giggle over Miguel's unintentional dropkick-stage jump at the Billboard Music Awards, the singer is focusing on a new music project that he'll be delivering to fans this summer.

"I did a small project called Art Dealer Chic last year, at the top of the year," Miguel tells Billboard.  He's referring to the three-part set, that introduced fans to his song "Adorn," which has gone on to win a Grammy.  The Art Dealer Chic, free EP series was released over the course of three months, and Miguel says, "We'll being doing that this summer, releasing new music for the fans online."

The official date isn't set yet, but Miguel tells Billboard that he expects to unleash his first new Art Dealer Chic EP in July, with the second and third installments coming in August and September. 

In addition to new music, Miguel is also getting his feet wet in the world of fashion.  He tells Billboard that he's designing some special items, "Things you can wear in the summer and fall."

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Thursday
May232013

Craig Morgan Co-Hosts Memorial Day Edition of "GAC Top 20 Country Countdown"

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan co-hosts a special Memorial Day edition GAC Top 20 Country Countdown with Nan Kelley this Friday night at 8 ET.  The episode was taped at Fort Campbell in Clarksville, TN and features a tour of the Don F. Pratt Museum, which covers the history of the 101st Airborne Division.

Nan and Craig also get in a little rappelling at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

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Thursday
May232013

Founding Crazy Horse Bassist Billy Talbot Releases New Album

PRNewsFoto/Vapor RecordsBilly Talbot, the longtime bassist of Neil Young's backing band, Crazy Horse, has just released a new album titled On the Road to Spearfish with his side group, The Billy Talbot Band.  A follow-up to 2004's Alive in the Spirit World, the nine-track collection is available now as a digital download, which also includes high-definition companion videos for each song featuring footage from the recording sessions.

On the Road to Spearfish was inspired by the open spaces in and around Spearfish, South Dakota, where Talbot helped his wife restore a homestead that she's owned for quite a while.  Reminiscent to the work of Crazy Horse, the album features several epic songs that run for more than nine minutes, including the title track.

Talbot also says that a major inspiration for the new record was the late Warren Zevon's final album, 2003's The Wind.  "When I first heard Warren's last record, the starkness and the raw emotion, I really felt that and got into it," he explains.  "That quality, that's what I'm going for."

You can check out all of the videos made to accompany On the Road to Spearfish's songs now at BillyTalbot.com and Vimeo.com.

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Thursday
May232013

Stone Gossard Says Solo Track “King of the Junkies” Was Inspired by Hitler Documentary

PearlJam.comFor the last few weeks, Stone Gossard has been previewing tracks from his upcoming second solo album, Moonlander. The Pearl Jam guitarist’s latest offering is “King of the Junkies,” which Gossard says was inspired by Adolf Hitler’s alleged drug habits.

"'King of the Junkies' was inspired by a documentary that I saw that claimed Hitler was using intravenous methamphetamines throughout this dictatorship,” says the guitarist in a statement posted on Pearl Jam’s website. “I figure this makes him the worst junkie of all time. The story I created imagines him in his last weeks."

Moonlander is set to arrive in stores on June 26. You can stream “King of the Junkies,” along with a number of other tracks from the upcoming release, at PearlJam.com/Moonlander.

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Thursday
May232013

Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Says Solo Track "King of the Junkies" Was Inspired by Hitler Documentary

PearlJam.comFor the last few weeks, Stone Gossard has been previewing tracks from his upcoming second solo album, Moonlander.  The Pearl Jam guitarist's latest offering is "King of the Junkies," which Gossard says was inspired by Adolf Hitler's alleged drug habits.

"'King of the Junkies' was inspired by a documentary that I saw that claimed Hitler was using intravenous methamphetamines throughout this dictatorship," the guitarist reveals in a statement posted on Pearl Jam's website.  "I figure this makes him the worst junkie of all time.  The story I created imagines him in his last weeks."

Moonlander is set to arrive in stores on June 26.  You can stream "King of the Junkies," along with a number of other tracks from the upcoming release, at PearlJam.com/Moonlander.

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Thursday
May232013

Beyonce Makes "Forbes" List of World's Most Powerful Women; Releases New Videos

Photo by James Devaney/WireImageBeyonce is a "Groooooown Woman," and according to Forbes magazine, she's also one of the globe's most influential. 

The magazine has unveiled its annual list of the World's Most Powerful Women, and once again, the roster includes the singer and entrepreneur.  Back in 2012, she came in at #32, but this go-round, King Bey's made the leap to #17, putting her above prime ministers, business leaders and a real-life monarch: Queen Elizabeth II, who comes in at #40.

Beyonce, who is just a handful of spots below Oprah Winfrey, also out-ranks the only other singers on the Forbes list, Lady Gaga and Shakira

So what's the big deal about Beyonce?  Forbes writes that, "If there was a single year when Queen B truly ruled the world, this is it."  The highlights include signing a contract with Pepsi reportedly worth $50 million, rocking the Super Bowl halftime show in February, premiering her HBO autobiographical documentary and kicking off a massive world tour.

Speaking of that trek, Beyonce has released a slew of YouTube videos from behind the scenes of her The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.  In one clip from April, Bey reveals that she's under the weather, but the show must go on.  "I'm actually quite nervous because yesterday I was diagnosed with tonsillitis," she says to the camera, just before a performance.  "Hopefully I'll give Croatia a great concert.  I'm gonna fight as hard as I can and I know that God has my back and God will protect me."  

Other clips introduce fans to identical twin brothers Les Twins, who dance alongside Bey during her shows.  There's also video from that night in Paris back in April when Beyonce premiered her "Grown Woman" song on stage. 

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Thursday
May232013

Katy Perry Spends $11.2 Million on Hollywood Hills Properties

PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.Katy Perry has forked over a good amount of cash to acquire two homes.

The Huffington Post reports Katy has purchased two properties encompassing three adjoining lots and approximately four acres of land in Hollywood Hills. The total cost: 11.2 million dollars.

Katy's newly-acquired properties include two homes, one of which was previously owned by Bruce Springsteen's drummer Max Weinberg -- who was Conan O'Brien's bandleader during O'Brien's Late Night and Tonight Show stints -- and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal's now-divorced parents.

Katy bought the properties in April in a blind trust. Her manager, Bernie Gudvi, is the trustee.

It was reported in April that Katy is selling the Hollywood Hills mansion she and her now-ex-husband, Russell Brand, purchased in 2011.

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Thursday
May232013

Heart, Eagles, Pretenders Members Among Stars Featured on Upcoming Album by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen

Legacy RecordingsA star-studded list of musicians, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, have contributed to the upcoming album by technology mogul and philanthropist Paul Allen and his band The Underthinkers.  Scheduled for an August 6 release, Everywhere at Once features 13 songs either written or co-written by Allen.

Other musicians who appear on the multi-billionaire's album include Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Ivan Neville and frequent Eric Clapton collaborator Doyle Bramhall II

The Wilson sisters lend their talents to the song "Straw into Gold," Walsh sings and plays guitar on the tune "Six Strings from Hell" and Hynde delivers a lead vocal on a track titled "Rodeo."  Trucks, meanwhile, appears on two songs while Hidalgo plays guitar on 11 of the album's 13 tracks.

Proceeds raised by sales of Everywhere at Once will benefit educational programs at Seattle's EMP Museum, which Allen founded in 2000.  Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and, after leaving the company in 1983, has gone on to fund and support a variety of projects in the areas of science, the arts, sports and business.  He's also a lifelong guitar aficionado whose own music has been greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix.

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Thursday
May232013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich music superstar co-wrote Kellie Pickler's hit "Best Days of Your Life?" ANSWER: Taylor Swift.

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Thursday
May232013

Dierks Bentley Mixes Old and New on Upcoming Album, "Riser," Due Out This Fall

Facebook.com/DierksBentleyDierks Bentley fans can look forward to familiar themes on his upcoming album, Riser, including a few lonesome songs and some songs about drinking a nice, cold beer. There are some new elements to the music too due to where Dierks is in his life right now as a husband and father.

He adds, "You know my dad passed away, so that’s all kind of tied into it. Just kind of look at the world around me and making observations on that."

No matter what project he's working on, Dierks always takes care to put some kind of new sound on every album.

"I think 'new' is what is exciting about country music, you know?" Dierks explains. "''New' is what got me into country music. Hearing Hank, Jr.  sing when I was 17-years-old was totally new to me. It might’ve been old to somebody else, but for me that was a brand new sound, and it just was…exciting."

The first single from Riser is titled "Bourbon in Kentucky." It will hit the airwaves next week.

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Thursday
May232013

Paramore, fun., Mumford & Sons Make First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Music Nominations

Facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwardsThe first wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced and a few rockers are in the running for a couple of awards.

Paramore, Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers will all face off against each other for Choice Rock Group, while fun. will compete against pop acts Big Time Rush, Maroon 5, One Direction and The Wanted for Choice Music Group. The music categories include nominees in almost every genre, including pop, country, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and electronic dance music, the latter of which was added last year. 

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

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Thursday
May232013

Fake PSY Psyches Out Cannes Film Festival

Facebook.com/WonderfulPistachiosFor two days, "Psy" took Cannes by storm, posing for pics with celebs, hitting hot parties, booking DJ gigs, and enjoying the life of an international music star -- except it wasn't really him.

The New York Post reports a lookalike for the "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman" performer, bodyguards in tow, hoodwinked attendees at the French film festival. Even more strange, he really isn't much of a dead ringer for the star, at least according to a pic snapped at the festival by Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun.

The real Psy re-tweeted the pic, posting, "Here the picture of  spotted by !!" and followed it with a hashtag revealing the star's real location: #realPSYinSINGAPORE.

A source who booked the fake star at one of the Cannes events finally realized his VIP wasn't the South Korean star only after getting in touch with Psy's record label. "We've been duped," the source admitted.

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Thursday
May232013

Trisha Yearwood Performs at White House in Honor of Carole King

Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood was one of several artists invited to the White House Wednesday night to pay tribute to Carole King, who was honored by President Obama and awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Obama remarked, "For an entire decade, behind so many of the songs that touched our hearts and stirred our soul, there was Carole forever joyful and uplifting."

Several artists paid tribute to King by performing her music, including Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Emeli Sande and Yearwood.

The highlights included Joel performing "Locomotion," Taylor playing "Up on the Roof," and Estefan, Yearwood and Sande teaming up on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."

Yearwood delivered a solo performance of King's hit "So Far Away."

King herself opened the event with a performance of "Beautiful."

The concert was presented as the latest edition of the “In Performance at the White House” series. It will air on PBS next Tuesday.

The 71-year-old King, the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize, was also saluted with a concert at the Library of Congress on Tuesday night.

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Thursday
May232013

Carole King Receives Library of Congress Prize at the White House

Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty ImagesCarole King was honored by President Obama at the White House on Wednesday night as she was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Obama remarked, "For an entire decade, behind so many of the songs that touched our hearts and stirred our soul, there was Carol forever joyful and uplifting."

Several artists paid tribute to King by performing her music, including Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Trisha Yearwood, Jesse McCartney and Emeli Sande.

The highlights included Joel performing "Locomotion," Taylor playing "Up on the Roof," and Estefan, Yearwood and Sande teaming up on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."

King herself opened the event with a performance of "Beautiful."

The concert was presented as the latest edition of the “In Performance at the White House” series. It will air on PBS next Tuesday.

The 71-year-old King, the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize, was also saluted with a concert at the Library of Congress on Tuesday night.

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Thursday
May232013

Sharon Osbourne Says Ozzy Remains Sober

Ozzy.comOzzy Osbourne has remained sober since announcing to fans last month that he had consumed alcohol and taken prescription drugs for an extended period of time.

On Wednesday's edition of the CBS daytime program The Talk, Ozzy's wife, co-host Sharon Osbourne, casually mentioned, "My husband is sober."

Sharon previously addressed the matter on The Talk April 23 as she denied reports that they were getting divorced.

Earlier that month, the Black Sabbath frontman, who's struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, wrote on his Facebook page, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place. However, I am happy to say that I am 44 days sober.”

Sharon provided the update on her husband Wednesday while confirming that she is rejoining the U.K. edition of The X Factor as a judge for its 10th season. She previously served as a judge on Simon Cowell's British singing competition from 2004 to 2007.

Sharon also said she will not be leaving The Talk despite her increased workload. She left her role as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent after the 2012 season.

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