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Friday
Sep062013

Katy Perry Reveals "Prism" Album Art on "Good Morning America"; Announces "Roar with Katy Perry" School Contest

Capitol RecordsIt was just yesterday that Katy Perry debuted the video for "Roar," the first single from her forthcoming album, Prism.  Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, Katy revealed the official Prism album cover.

The cover features a photo of a natural-looking Katy, shot from just below the shoulders.  She's wearing little to no makeup and her hair is her natural brunette color, in stark contrast to her candy-coated Teenage Dream persona.  Behind her is a blue sky and a field of what appear to be sunflowers.  The entire cover is overlaid with a gauzy prismatic effect, with the colors of the light spectrum shifting left to right from orange to blue.

However, the album artwork wasn't the only big news.  Katy announced the "Roar with Katy Perry" contest, in which she and Good Morning America are offering one lucky school the opportunity to win a live concert from Katy, right there at the school.  All you have to do is send GMA a two-minute video of you and others at your school performing "Roar," and the best entry wins the concert.  You have to enter between September 11 and October 1, so you'd better get busy if you want to win.  You can find the full contest details and rules at ABCNews.com.

Prism is due out October 22.

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Friday
Sep062013

Phillip Phillips' Debut Album Certified Platinum

Facebook.com/PhillipPhillipsPhillip Phillips’ debut album has gone platinum.  The World from the Side of the Moon was recently certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The album boasts Phillips’ multi-platinum single “Home.”

Phillips was included on the RIAA’s summer recap of its platinum and gold certifications, issued Thursday. As previously reported, Train’s latest effort, California 37, went gold. That’s their fifth gold album.

Demi Lovato earned her second gold album with her 2011 release, Unbroken.

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Friday
Sep062013

Florida Georgia Line Teams Up with ACM Lifting Lives to Outnumber Hunger

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has teamed up with the Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives organization to shine a light on the Outnumber Hunger campaign. The partnership is Lifting Lives' My Cause feature for the month of September, and Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard appear in a short YouTube clip promoting the effort.

"We're big believers in this because there is a huge hunger issue in America," Brian says. "The statistics are crazy. So, we've been given a lot, so we'd love to give back. You know, always try to be bigger than the music."

You can join the effort by purchasing specially-marked packages of General Mills products and entering the code on the package at OutnumberHunger.com.

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Friday
Sep062013

Taylor Swift Recognized in New Edition of Guinness World Records Book

Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift may want to pick up the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book, because she’ll find her name in there a few times.

Taylor is honored for having the fastest-selling digital single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which hit number one on iTunes’ singles chart 50 minutes after its release on August 14, 2012.

She’s also recognized as the first solo female artist who has twice sold more than one million copies of an album during a given week. That happened during the debut weeks of her last two albums, Speak Now and Red.

The new Guinness World Records book will be released September 12.

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Friday
Sep062013

Taylor Swift, One Direction Recognized in New Edition of Guinness World Records Book

Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift may want to pick up the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book, because she’ll find her name in there a few times.

Taylor is honored for having the fastest-selling digital single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which hit number one on iTunes’ singles chart 50 minutes after its release on August 14, 2012.

She’s also recognized as the first solo female artist who has twice sold more than one million copies of an album during a given week. That happened during the debut weeks of her last two albums, Speak Now and Red.

Among the other music highlights in the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book:

-- One Direction has the highest debut by a U.K. group on a U.S. singles chart, having reached number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 in October 2012 with “Live While We’re Young.” The boy band also has the record for the “Most Twitter Followers for a Pop Group”; they currently have 14.617 million followers.

-- Rihanna is the “Most ‘Liked’ Person on Facebook.” She currently has more than 74 million “likes.”

-- PSY has the most-viewed online video within a 24-hour span. “Gentleman” racked up more than 38 million views following its premiere on YouTube in April.

-- Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris, who wrote Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” has the most top-10 hits on the U.K. singles chart from one album. His 2012 disc 18 Months spawned a whopping nine top-10 hits in the U.K. The old mark was held by Michael Jackson -- he had seven top-10 hits from his albums Bad and Dangerous.

-- Justin Bieber has several milestones to his credit, including “Youngest Solo Artist to Have Five U.S. #1 Albums” before his 19th birthday.    

The new Guinness World Records book will be released September 12.

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Friday
Sep062013

Metallica to Screen 3D Film, "Metallica Through the Never", at Fantastic Fest in Austin

Facebook.com/MetallicaMetallica is giving you another chance to see a special screening of Metallica Through the Never before it arrives at theaters nationwide.

The band has just announced that their 3D flick will be shown at the annual Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin, TX. The screening will take place on September 25 at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. While the group has yet to reveal if they’ll be on hand to discuss the movie with fans, the guys note that they have “a few surprises scheduled,” and that they will reveal more details about the event in the coming weeks.

Metallica Through the Never will arrive at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.   After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

The soundtrack for the film, Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), will be available at all the usual outlets on September 24.  It features 16 career-spanning tracks, including hits “Enter Sandman,” “Master of Puppets” and “One,” which were recorded during last year's concerts at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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Friday
Sep062013

Madonna Releases New, Dark Trailer for "Secret Project"

Facebook.com/MadonnaMadonna has released a third trailer for her secret project with photographer Steven Klein, and it’s just as dark as the first two.

In the 45-second clip, Madonna is behind bars as she performs a creepy version of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee.” After she sings the words “Let freedom ring,” there are quick flashes of her being attacked in the jail and left lying in a cell. The screen goes dark and we hear Madonna say, “Are you with me?”

The clip then promotes the hashtag "#secretprojectrevolution" and the website ArtForFreedom.com. The site informs visitors, “Madonna & Steven Klein invite you to start your own revolution of love. We have created this platform to give people around the world an opportunity to answer the question: ‘What does freedom mean to you?’”

The project, which was screened for fans in Italy last month and has been described as a short film about tolerance, freedom, and love, will debut September 24, presumably on the website.

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Friday
Sep062013

Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk Up for Three "Q" Awards; Bowie Leads the Pack

QTheMusic.comThe U.K. magazine Q will be holding their annual Q Awards next month, and while veteran rocker David Bowie leads the pack with six nods, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk and Foals are up for three awards each.

Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, Foals and Biffy Clyro will battle against the Thin White Duke for Best Album, while Daft Punk’s hit single “Get Lucky” will face off against Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?” for Best Track. "Get Lucky" is also in the running for Best Video against Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young” and Beady Eye's "Shine a Light."

In addition, Arctic Monkeys and Foals will compete against each other in two other categories: Best Live Act and Best Act in the World Today. Other bands nominated for Best Live Act include Mumford & Sons, Muse and The Stone Roses, while bands nominated for Best Act in the World Today also include Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro and David Bowie.

The awards will be handed out October 21 at a ceremony in London, a ceremony at which it's customary for all the attendees to get rip-roaring drunk and say embarrassing things.

You can vote for your favorites now at QtheMusic.com/QAwards2013.

Here are the nominees in the main categories:

Best Track
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
Ellie Goulding, “Burn”
Robin Thicke featuring TI and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”

Best Video
Beady Eye -- “Shine a Light”
David Bowie -- “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams -- “Get Lucky”
Manic Street Preachers -- “Show Me the Wonder”
Vampire Weekend -- “Diane Young”

Best Album
Biffy Clyro, Opposites
David Bowie, The Next Day
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Foals, Holy Fire
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

Best Live Act
Arctic Monkeys
Foals
Mumford & Sons
Muse
The Stone Roses

Best Act in the World Today
Arctic Monkeys
David Bowie
Vampire Weekend
Biffy Clyro
Foals

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Friday
Sep062013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert is set to perform at the pre-race festivities prior to NASCAR's GEICO 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway on September 15.

Scotty McCreery is donating $50,000 to different youth base ball programs with proceeds from his six-city Major League Baseball Tour. The shows take place at ballparks through the rest of this month.

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Friday
Sep062013

Keith Urban Performs Live in Baltimore to Kick Off the NFL's New Season; Danielle Bradbery Performs National Anthem

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban performed on the NFL Kickoff 2013 pregame show Thursday night in Baltimore. Keith performed songs from his brand-new album, Fuse, from a floating stage in Baltimore's Inner Harbor just before the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens took on the Denver Broncos in Denver. Keith’s performance included "Even the Stars Fall 4 U"  and "Little Bit of Everything."

The new album comes out September 10.

Danielle Bradbery, the season four winner of The Voice, also helped kick off the new NFL season Thursday night by performing the national anthem in Denver.

Bradbery released her debut country single, "The Heart of Dixie," in July.

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Friday
Sep062013

Jennifer Nettles' Message to Twitter Haters: "I Will Make Fun of You"

Mercury NashvilleJennifer Nettles maintains a steady presence on Twitter, but you won't find her sharing too many details about her personal life on social media. While she loves being able to connect with fans and share inspirational thoughts on Twitter, Jennifer has seen firsthand how nasty people can be to celebrities when they're hiding behind a computer screen or iPhone.

"I definitely think it's a double-edged sword," Jennifer says of social media. "I appreciate it, but at the same time, there are some, dare I say, just douchebags out there. I'm like, 'Are you serious? Are you writing me and you're being negative to me!'"

As much as Jennifer would like to just shake it off, some of those negative Twitter comments really get to her.

She explains, "I'm such a sensitive person that it really sticks in my head even though it shouldn't because there are a myriad of wonderful, supportive people who are out there."

Jennifer feels so strongly about people who use social media for evil she wrote a song about it called "Know You Wanna Know" for her upcoming studio album. Besides those song lyrics, Jennifer refuses to respond to any of those social media haters in writing. She has other fun ways of getting her frustration out.

Jennifer says with a laugh, "When you're negative to me, I'm going to go to your profile and I'm going to make fun of your picture with everybody that's in the room with me at the time, and then I'm also going to look back at your tweets and make fun of the fact that you just reached out to the 50th porn star that you follow begging her to give you a picture of her toes."

Jennifer suggests her fans take a break from Twitter and head to iTunes to download her brand-new single, "That Girl." It's the lead release from her upcoming studio album.

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Friday
Sep062013

Stevie Wonder to Appear in Live MSNBC Special Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy

UN Photo/JC McIlwaineStevie Wonder is among the stars who will be at New York City's famed Apollo Theater to take part in a live television event hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton that will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on MSNBC.  Advancing the Dream: Live from the Apollo will salute the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and will feature interviews and conversations with a variety celebrities who will discuss a selection of relevant issues involving civil rights.

Among the topics expected to be covered during the two-hour program are education, workers' rights and job prospects for people of various ethnic backgrounds.  Wonder and such other luminaries as Magic Johnson, Condoleezza Rice and Tyler Perry also will share their own stories about their struggles to become successful and their plans for the future.

In conjunction with the TV special, MSNBC.com will offer backstage footage and interviews that will begin streaming at 7 p.m. ET.  The website also will offer visitors the chance to take part in discussions via online social media.

MSNBC's Advancing the Dream event marks the finale of an initiative Sharpton launched in July at the 2013 Essence Music Festival "to highlight efforts in communities across America to expand fairness, equality and opportunity."

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Friday
Sep062013

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Talks Dealing with Cancer Diagnosis While Band Played Vegas

Knight/Bilham PhotographyNext month, Def Leppard will release a live album and DVD capturing the band rocking out during its Viva Hysteria! residency at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past spring.  While the shows were by all reports celebratory events, guitarist Vivian Campbell admits that he had quite an emotional hurdle to overcome to get into the spirit of the performances.

The 51-year-old rocker tells ABC News Radio that he received word that he had cancer just as the band began preparing for the Vegas residency.

"I actually got my cancer diagnosis right before we started these shows in March," he explains.  "It literally was the first day of rehearsal, I went in for a surgical biopsy, and then, the next day, my oncologist called me to tell me that I had Hodgkin's lymphoma."

Campbell adds that his illness was caught early enough so that his doctor was comfortable allowing him to play the Vegas shows before starting his chemotherapy treatments.

He notes that throwing himself into his work has helped him deal with his diagnosis, but admits that it "was just a little bit weird for me being in Vegas and doing these shows…and playing rock 'n' roll and knowing that I've got a cancer."

Vivian adds that even after beginning chemotherapy, he's "continued to work all through the summer."  That included a series of European and North American dates with Def Leppard and, more recently, several U.K. concerts with a new project called Last in Line that features members of Dio's early 1980s lineup.

"I'm keeping busy, but I find that that's good therapy for me," he points out.  "Physically it is a little bit tough, you get tired, but it's good mentally to keep moving forward."

Campbell also points out that it's important to keep a positive outlook in the face of his illness.  "When you get a cancer diagnosis, you really have to rearrange your priorities in life," he maintains. "In a lot of ways, it's like making lemonade out of lemons…I've really enjoyed the focus on my work it's brought to me, you know?  I've really gotten back into my guitar playing."

Besides the treatments sapping some of his energy, Vivian tells ABC News Radio that they have had another side effect.

"I happen to have lost all of my hair," he reports.  But in a way, that's not a bad thing for two reasons.  Number one, I just turned 51, so at 51 years of age I kind of need an excuse for a grown-up haircut.  And number two, it really takes any sort of vanity out of the equation.  Now, my entire focus is just about how I'm playing guitar."

While Def Leppard has no other concerts planned for 2013, Campbell intends to continue to stay busy playing music, and is just about finished with his chemo treatments.

Meanwhile, the Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert video will be screened in theaters across North America in early October before being released as a DVD, Blu-ray and two-CD/DVD set on October 22.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep062013

Chrisette Michele Issues Visual for "Love Won’t Leave Me Out" 

Facebook.com/ChrisetteMicheleChrisette Michele continues to promote her latest album, Better, by releasing the stunning visual for new single, "Love Won’t Leave Me Out."

She announced on Twitter, "Aaaaahhhh!!!! The video's out!!! LOVE WON'T LEAVE ME OUT! (I'm kinda excited cause I styled it myself and my bestie/cousin did my make up!)"

The singer can be seen rocking a new hairstyle, known as the Marley Twists, and designer threads while cozying up to different male models in the old school hip-hop inspired clip, which was directed by Clifton Bell.

Chrisette's latest album, which includes contributions from 2 Chainz, Wale and Bilal, is available in stores now. The set marks her first effort since the 2010 release, Let Freedom Reign.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Keith Urban Announces TV and Online Performances to Launch New Album, "Fuse"

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban kicks off the media blitz for his new album, Fuse, Friday night with a live concert from Nashville for Yahoo! Music. The fun continues Monday as Keith chats with fans at USAToday.com and tapes an installment of Wall Street Journal Café.

Fuse lands in stores on Tuesday, and Keith will perform live on NBC's Today that morning. He'll head to the Apple store in Soho that evening for a performance and Q&A session with 200 invited guests. Look for him to continue the TV appearances this Wednesday on ABC's The View in the morning and CBS's Late Show with David Letterman in the evening.

Fuse includes the leadoff hit, "Little Bit of Everything." The next single from the album is Keith's duet with Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us."

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Thursday
Sep052013

"Billboard" Officially Names "Blurred Lines" the Song of the Summer

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It’s official: “Blurred Lines” is the song of the summer. Robin Thicke’s smash hit, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, ranks first on Billboard’s 2013 Songs of the Summer chart.

This is hardly a surprise, since “Blurred Lines” was number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks this summer. It was knocked out of the top spot this week by Katy Perry’s new single, “Roar.”

Only two other songs in the history of the Hot 100 chart were number one for 12 weeks for the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day: Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” which was released in 2005, and Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” which ruled the radio airwaves in 1998.

Billboard also notes that Robin is the first lead male solo artist to have the song of the summer since Usher accomplished the feat with “Confessions Part II” in 2004.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Taylor Swift Recognized in New Edition of Guinness World Records Book

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift may want to pick up the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book, because she’ll find her name in there a few times.

Taylor is honored for having the fastest-selling digital single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which hit number one on iTunes’ singles chart 50 minutes after its release on August 14, 2012.

She’s also recognized as the first solo female artist who has twice sold more than one million copies of an album during a given week. That happened during the debut weeks of her last two albums, Speak Now and Red.

The new Guinness World Records book will be released September 12.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Sonic Youth Bassist Kim Gordon to Appear in Third Season of HBO’s "Girls"

Al Pereira/WireImageKim Gordon will be making an appearance on a hit TV show next year. The Sonic Youth bassist tells Slate.com that she’ll guest star in an episode of the upcoming third season of HBO’s Girls.

Gordon didn’t say exactly what she’ll be doing on the show, but she does note that she’s friendly with series executive producer Jenni Konner. While a release date for the episode featuring Gordon has yet to be revealed, Girls’ third season is expected to premiere sometime in 2014.

This isn't the first time that Gordon has graced your TV screen.  The bassist and her Sonic Youth band mates also played a wedding band on an episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl in 2009.

In other Gordon news, she'll release the debut album for Body/Head, her new band with guitarist Bill Nace, next week. Titled Coming Apart, the record will be available on Tuesday.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Lady Gaga Says She Tried to Keep Up Fans' Strength After Hip Surgery

Facebook.com/LadyGagaYou may recall that after Lady Gaga underwent surgery to repair a tear in her hip, she was photographed sitting in what was described in reports as a 24-karat-gold wheelchair. To hear her explain it, her fancy ride was her way of reassuring her fans that she was doing OK.

In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian, Gaga says she would’ve kept the surgery a secret had she been able to have it and still complete her Born This Way Ball Tour. Instead, she was forced to cancel the remainder of her gigs in February before undergoing the procedure soon afterward.

Gaga says she was wheelchair-bound even before she went under the knife, and hid that fact from her fans. She continues, “I know everyone was thinking I was trying to be a bit silly with my gold wheelchair but I was really trying to keep a bit of strength for my fans because it really upset them and scared them."

During her conversation with The Guardian, Gaga also deflects some of the criticism she’s heard regarding her and her music. For example, she dismisses the notion that her latest single, “Applause,” refers specifically to her wanting to be adored by her fans.

She explains, "I want you to feel that way about yourself, that's why I wrote the song. I want you to wake up in the morning and say: 'I live for your applause, look at me today, I'm having a great day, I'm going to work and I'm going to have a fantastic lunch with my friends.' But it's not to be taken quite as seriously and as literally as people make it to be, which is why in the verses I'm sort of making fun of what people think about fame."

Gaga believes there are people out there who take a “sense of pleasure” in trying to tear her down. She says, “It's almost entertainment for people to poke fun at Lady Gaga, but at the very same time they have no idea the album I've made. They have no idea what I put into this, they have no idea the work that I've put behind my performances and what I do.”

Having said all that, Gaga insists that her detractors don’t bother her.

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Thursday
Sep052013

Judge Allows Melissa Etheridge to Bring Her Kids with Her on Tour

Facebook.com/MelissaEtheridgeLooks like Melissa Etheridge will be taking her six-year-old twins on the road with her.  A judge has denied an attempt by Melissa's ex, Tammy Lynn Michaels, to prevent the kids from joining the singer on her tour, according to TMZ.

Tammy Lynn made her request earlier this summer, claiming that the children haven't been properly vaccinated for measles and other illnesses.  She also alleged that marijuana is smoked on the tour bus and in the dressing rooms, and that Melissa's female fans have been known to expose their breasts during her concerts.

According to TMZ, the request was denied on August 30.  Melissa currently has six scheduled dates, including a show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday night.

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