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Sunday
Aug112013

One Direction, Demi Lovato, Paramore & Florida Georgia Line Ready to Rock the Teen Choice Awards Sunday Night

Facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwardsThe 2013 Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox Sunday night, with performances from One Direction, Demi Lovato, Florida Georgia Line and Paramore, and Paramore's frontwoman Hayley Williams, for one, says she can't wait.

In addition to being nominated for Choice Rock Group, the group will perform its latest hit, "Still into You," on the telecast, and Hayley says,“I think that’s gonna be our biggest television performance to date, and it’s gonna be really exciting for us."

She tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve won a couple of Teen Choice Awards in the past but we’ve never actually been [to the event and] we’re up for [one] this year.  We’ll see if we win, but at the end of the day I feel like the coolest part is that we get to perform.”  That's because Hayley says rock isn't generally a genre you see on this particular award show.

“There’s not a lot of rock bands that get to play shows like the Teen Choice Awards,” she explains. “I think there’s a lot of people that still don’t know what Paramore is about, and this is like a really cool chance for us to not only attend…and see what it’s like but also to give people a really good idea of what we’re capable of live.” (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

While hot young acts like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have the lion's share of nominations this year, there are a few acts nominated who've had  decade or more of stardom under their belts --  among them Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5.  In fact, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he can't believe he and the guys are competing in categories like Choice Music Group and Choice Single by a Group against relative youngsters like Big Time Rush, One Direction and Icona Pop.

"When we're at those types of events, a lot of times I just feel like we're the Allman Brothers or something, you know?" laughs James.  "Like...I'm coming up on my 35th birthday.  We weren't still supposed to be doing this. That usually doesn't happen."  But he's not complaining, mind you.

"We're happy to still be a part of the pop culture conversation.  It's great, [but] I don't get it," he tells ABC News Radio.  "There's always has been a pretty broad audience for our music. [But] I think from the exposure on the [Voice], it's even more broad. I mean there's all ages at every show. It's pretty crazy."  (AUDIO IS EXCLUSIVE)

Among the stars who'll be appearing Sunday night: Selena Gomez, Emblem3, Candice Glover, Little Mix, Miley Cyrus, Bridgit Mendler and The Wanted.  The show airs at 8 p.m. ET, live on Fox.

Here are the main nominees:

Choice Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips
Pitbull
Justin Timberlake
 
Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
 
Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
 
Choice R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
 
Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Drake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Kanye West
 
Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus
 
Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
 
Choice Single: Group
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
“Live While We're Young,” One Direction
“Love Somebody,” Maroon 5
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
“Can't Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next to Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started from the Bottom,” Drake
 
Choice Rock Song
“Carry On,” fun.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip Phillips
“Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Sail,” AWOLNATION
 
Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
 
Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
 
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Candice Glover
Ariana Grande
Psy
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
 
Choice Music Breakout Group
Emblem3
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
Pink 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

Choice Rock Group
AWOLNATION
Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Paramore
The Lumineers
 
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
Deadmau5
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia
 
Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Selena Gomez
Mila Kunis
Demi Lovato
 
Choice Male Hottie
Justin Bieber
Liam Hemsworth
Taylor Lautner
Harry Styles
Channing Tatum
 
Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Candie's Choice Style Icon
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Lea Michele
Emma Watson
 
Choice Twitter Personality
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
President Barack Obama
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Aug112013

Maroon 5: The Old (Thirtysomething) Men of the Teen Choice Awards

PressHereNow.comThe 2013 Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox Sunday night, and while hot young acts like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have the lion's share of nominations, there are quite a few more "mature" acts who are nominated...acts who have a decade or more of stardom under their belts. 

Among those "older acts:" Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Maroon 5. In fact, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he can't believe he and the guys are competing in categories like Choice Music Group and Choice Single by a Group against youngsters like One Direction.

"When we're at those types of events, a lot of times I just feel like we're the Allman Brothers or something, you know?" laughs James.  "Like...I'm coming up on my 35th birthday.  We weren't still supposed to be doing this. That usually doesn't happen."  But he's not complaining, mind you.

"We're happy to still be a part of the pop culture conversation.  It's great, [but] I don't get it," he tells ABC News Radio.  "There's always has been a pretty broad audience for our music. [But] I think from the exposure on the [Voice], it's even more broad. I mean there's all ages at every show. It's pretty crazy."  

None of these "older" acts are actually scheduled to attend Sunday night's show, however.  Fans will be treated to performances by Demi Lovato, One Direction and Florida Georgia Line, among others.

Here are some of the nominees in the main categories for Sunday night's show, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fox:

Choice Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips
Pitbull
Justin Timberlake
 
Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
 
Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
 
Choice R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
 
Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus
 
Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
 
Choice Single: Group
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
“Live While We're Young,” One Direction
“Love Somebody,” Maroon 5
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
 
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
“Can't Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next to Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started from the Bottom,” Drake
 
Choice Rock Song
“Carry On,” fun.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip Phillips
“Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Sail,” AWOLNATION
 
Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
 
Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
 
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Candice Glover
Ariana Grande
Psy
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
 
Choice Music Breakout Group
Emblem3
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 
 Choice Summer Song
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I)
“Cruise (REMIX),” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Selena Gomez
Pink 
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
Daft Punk
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”
Bruno Mars, “The Moonshine Jungle Tour”
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, “Legends of the Summer Tour”
One Direction, “Take Me Home Tour”
Taylor Swift, “Red Tour 2013”

Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Choice Twitter Personality
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
President Barack Obama
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Aug112013

Kelly Rowland Announces New Single, Samples Joni Mitchell

RepublicKelly Rowland has announced the next single off her latest album, Talk a Good Game.

"Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone," she recently wrote on her official website. "I’m happy to announce that 'Gone' featuring Wiz Khalifa is the official third single from my new album."

The singer revealed track features a sample of rock singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" -- which is where the words Kelly posted originally come from.  That's the the same tune that Janet Jackson borrowed from on her 1997 hit "Got 'til It's Gone."

Kelly also posted a link to iTunes where fans can purchase the new single and Talk a Good Game. In June, her fourth studio effort debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Rowland's third top ten album.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Aug112013

Hayley Williams Says Teen Choice Awards Will Be Paramore’s “Biggest Television Performance to Date”

Fueled By RamenParamore is looking forward to performing their hit single “Still into You” on the Teen Choice Awards tonight. While the group scored a nod for Choice Rock Group, frontwoman Hayley Williams says that she’s just happy to be able to perform at the event.

“I think that’s gonna be our biggest television performance to date, and it’s gonna be really exciting for us,” she tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve won a couple of Teen Choice Awards in the past but we’ve never actually been, [and] we’re up for [one] this year.  We’ll see if we win, but at the end of the day I feel like the coolest part is that we get to perform.”

Williams adds she’s grateful for the chance to perform on the show, mostly because she wants to showcase Paramore’s ability to put on a rocking show.

“There’s not a lot of rock bands that get to play shows like the Teen Choice Awards,” she explains. “I think there’s a lot of people that still don’t know what Paramore is about, and this is like a really cool chance for us to not only attend…and see what it’s like but also to give people a really good idea of what we’re capable of live.”

The Teen Choice Awards will air live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Other rock acts up for awards include Mumford & Sons, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, fun. and Daft Punk.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Children's Book Co-Written by The Band's Robbie Robertson Profiles Many All-Time Great Music Stars

Tundra BooksRobbie Robertson, the main songwriter and lead guitarist of The Band, has co-written a new book that seeks to introduce young people to 27 of the world's most influential and beloved music artists.  Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, which will be published on October 8 in the U.S. and Canada, features profiles of such stars as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and many more lauded music acts.

Robertson co-penned the book with his son, Sebastian; his manager, Jim Guerinot; and his former manager, Jared LevineLegends, Icons & Rebels delves into each artist's many achievements and contributions, while Robbie adds some of his own anecdotes about the stars and discusses how their music inspired him.  Each profile is accompanied by a new illustration created by one of several respected artists.

Packaged with Legends, Icons & Rebels are two CDs that includes classic songs by each of the 27 luminaries featured in the book.  The publication will be available as a hardcover volume and as an ebook.

"The book rose out of our lifelong love for music and a desire to share this deep connection with our children and grandchildren," the authors say in statement.  "By presenting some of the greatest musical artists of all time, we hope to lay a foundation for families to experience the pure joy that can only come from one source...music."

Here is the complete list of songs and artists featured on the Legends, Icons & Rebels CDs:

"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Get Rhythm" - Johnny Cash
"I Say a Little Prayer"- Aretha Franklin
"Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles
"What a Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong
"Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley
"Peggy Sue" - Buddy Holly
"The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell
"Hit the Road Jack" - Ray Charles & The Raeletts
"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley
"People Get Ready" - Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
"Lucille" - Little Richard
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" - Hank Williams
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye
"Fly Me to the Moon"- Frank Sinatra
"So Far Away" - Carole King
"Wonderful World" - Sam Cooke
"In My Room"- The Beach Boys
"Caldonia" - Louis Jordan
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" - Ella Fitzgerald
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
"Crazy" - Patsy Cline
"That's How Strong My Love Is" - Otis Redding
"It's Only a Paper Moon" - Nat King Cole
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - Stevie Wonder
"Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who Wins in the Album Anticipation Sweepstakes?

Facebook.com/KatyPerry; Facebook.com/LadyGagaWhen you're talking about big pop albums coming out this fall, it really comes down to two: Katy Perry's Prism and Lady Gaga's ARTPOP.  Since both discs are by larger-than-life female pop superstars, both of whom have gone through some sort of personal trauma since their last album was released, it's not surprising that they're being compared with one another.

So which album is more anticipated:  Katy's Prism, which is due October 22, or Gaga's ARTPOP, arriving November 11? 

In Katy's case, Prism is her first full-length studio album since her divorce from Russell Brand, and subsequent romance with John Mayer, and we already know several songs about John are included.  Her last album, 2010's Teenage Dream, produced five number one singles.

Gaga, meanwhile, is following up her successful and controversial Born This Way album, which came out in 2011.  ARTPOP is her first full-length studio release since she was forced to cancel her tour due to a hip injury, and also her first since she started dating actor Taylor Kinney.

A Billboard poll asking readers to vote on which singer's album they're more excited to hear shows a clear winner: Lady Gaga.  When we last checked, the voting was in favor of ARTPOP by a margin of 60.4 percent to 39.6 percent for Prism.  That may change, though, when Katy's new single "Roar" arrives on Monday.  And it may change again, when Gaga's single "Applause" is released August 19.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Justin Timberlake Tips Big -- but Not as Big as Taylor -- at Baltimore Seafood Eatery

Ira James/NBCOK, Justin Timberlake may not be as generous a tipper as Taylor Swift, but he's not stingy, either. He left a $100 tip during a visit this week to a seafood restaurant in Baltimore.

The Batimore Sun reports that JT dropped by Phillips Seafood restaurant this week when his Legends of the Summer tour pulled into town.  He was with four other people, and they ate in the restaurant's private dining room.  Among the items he ordered: the $84 "clam bake for two," which comes complete with two lobsters, snow crab legs, shrimp, claims, mussels, potatoes and corn on the cob.

According to the paper, the bill came to $300, and Justin tipped $100, which comes out to just under 35 percent.  By comparison, when Taylor Swift and her buddies ate at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia recently while on tour, she tipped about 63 percent, plus gave the chef free concert tickets, plus posed for photos with the restaurant staff. 

Who else wants to play the celebrity summer tour restaurant tipping game?  Bruno Mars, Train, Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, it's your move.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Kenny Chesney Spreads the Love with "Good Morning America" Concert Series Performance

Sony/Blue Chair RecordsKenny Chesney woke up early to entertain fans in New York City's Central Park on Good Morning America Friday. The performance comes in the middle of Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour, where he's giving the fans his all on the stage night after night.

"Preparing for our tour is trying to give our fans the best possible experience they can have at a show," Kenny explained on GMA. "You know, I've been to some shows where I left there going, 'Ehh. That was OK.' I don't ever want anybody to think that."

Kenny sang "Pirate Flag," "Summertime" and his latest single, "When I See This Bar," for the fans. His outfit consisted of his usual jeans, cutoff t-shirt and straw hat, but the t-shirt sported his Spread the Love fund logo on it. That's the fund Kenny spearheaded to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing get the prosthetic limbs and care they need. Kenny named the fund for his song, "Spread the Love."

He says, "We just started this fund and proceeds for the 'Spread the Love' song, which they can download and buy these shirts also. The money goes to help."

Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour continues through a two-night stand at Gillettte Stadium near Boston starting August 23.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

Robin Thicke to Play Free Lifebeat Benefit Concert for MTV VMA Pre-Party

Facebook.com/RobinThickeIf you're a Robin Thicke fan, you're in for a treat: later this month, you'll be able to see a free concert by him.

The singer is scheduled to perform at the pre-party for the 11th annual MTV Video Music Awards with additional special guests to be announced. Presented by Time Warner Cable, the free concert will take place at New York’s Terminal 5 on Friday, August 23 and will benefit Lifebeat Music Fights HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit agency focused on educating America’s youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

Tickets are available now while supplies last at Time Warner Cable's 96th Street Store in New York City.

The news comes on the heels of Robin thanking fans for making his new album, Blurred Lines, number one on the Billboard 200 chart. "Couldn't have done this without you," he wrote to his 690,000 Twitter followers. The disc, which sold 177,000 copies, has become his first number-one album of his decade-long career.

In related news, Thicke recently announced that fans can now submit a picture of themselves inserted into a still shot from his "Blurred Lines" video. The funny images can be shared with friends and will serve as a reminder to encourage everyone to vote for Robin's video, which is nominated for Video of the Year category for the 2013 MTV VMAs, which airs live August 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Aug102013

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney & Jakob Dylan Added to Petty Fest in Nashville

MusicCityEats.comThe Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan have been added to the lineup for this year’s Petty Fest, which will take place September 21 at Nashville, Tennessee's War Memorial Auditorium during the Music City Eats food festival.

The artists join previously-announced acts Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, who will serve as hosts for the event, which traditionally features a number of a number of artists performing music from legendary singer Tom Petty’s extensive catalog. In addition, both bands are expected to perform during the show.

Visit MusicCityEats.com to view the full lineup for the event.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug092013

UK Man Claims He Owns 50-Year-Old Leather Pants that Once Belonged to Paul McCartney

Jan Persson/RedfernsA U.K. man says he owns a very interesting piece of Beatles memorabilia that could be worth big bucks if he can verify its authenticity.  Bridlington, England, resident Mike Hoggard claims he possesses a pair of leather pants that Paul McCartney used to wear onstage more than 50 years ago.

According to BBC News, Hoggard alleges that late Beatles manager Brian Epstein gave him the trousers when he was in a jazz group for which the Fab Four used to open at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club back in the early '60s.  The name "Paul" is written on the inside of the pants, which apparently are the right size to have fit the rock legend at the time.

Hoggard tells the BBC that he'd lost track of the trousers for quite some time, but rediscovered them recently while preparing to move to a new residence.  He recalls that one night in 1960 or '61 when his group, the Yorkshire Jazz Band, was playing at the Cavern Club, Epstein told him to take the pants, which "were in a bag hanging up [in the dressing room]."  He adds that the manager "wanted to get [The Beatles] out of the leather and into these suits."

Hoggard explains that he gave no thought to the potential value of the pants at the time, since The Beatles weren't very well-known then.

Meanwhile, Mike's son-in-law, Paul Bennett-Todd, has done some research and says he believes that the trousers did indeed once belong to McCartney.  He tells the BBC that he's studied 1961 photos of Sir Paul performing at the Cavern Club that he thinks show the Beatles star wearing the pants in Hoggard's possession.

"We can see creases that are indicative of the way that a person might wear those trousers," Bennett-Todd maintains.  "It's like a fingerprint, almost."

If Hoggard can prove the trousers did belong to McCartney, he could stand to make a lot of money by auctioning them off.  A leather jacket dating back to the same period that the late George Harrison once owned sold for about $170,000 at an auction this past December.

The BBC reached out to McCartney representatives regarding the pants but hadn't received a response as of press time.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug092013

Lady Gaga Insists Fans Listen to New Album through Headphones

Facebook.com/LadyGagaCome November, after you download Lady Gaga's upcoming album ARTPOP, don't even think of starting up your iTunes program, hitting "play" and blasting it through your computer speakers.  The singer is insisting that all her fans use headphones to enjoy her masterpiece.

Writing on Twitter Friday, Gaga said, "just a suggestion... use HEADPHONES when listening to the new music, ARTPOP is ELECTRONIC CANDY & DELISH ON THE EARS. THE SPEAKERS ON YOUR COMPUTER are NOT ACCEPTABLE, unless you like hearing music underwater. I do not."

Then, after giving shout-outs to the three "amazing" producers she worked with on the disc, she tweeted, "PLEASE DO NOT MAKE US CRY AND LISTEN WITHOUT HEADPHONES."

Gaga also used her time on Twitter to ask fans to wish her "daddy," Joe Germanotta, a happy birthday.  "I love you dad. thanks for believing in me, you're my king," she wrote.

Finally, Gaga posted what looks like lyrics to one of her new songs.  The lyrics appear to be about marijuana, which Gaga openly enjoys, but some fans have now taken her to task, accusing her of going back on her promise NOT to sing about pot on ARTPOP.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug092013

Robin Thicke to Play Free Lifebeat Benefit Concert for MTV VMA Pre-Party

Facebook.com/RobinThickeRobin Thicke fans in the New York City area have a chance to see the singer in concert for free later this month.

The singer is scheduled to perform at the pre-party for the 11th annual MTV Video Music Awards with additional special guests to be announced. Presented by Time Warner Cable, the free concert will take place at New York’s Terminal 5 on Friday, August 23 and will benefit LIFEbeat Music Fights HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit agency focused on educating America’s youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.

Tickets are available now while supplies last at Time Warner Cable's 96th Street Store in New York City.

The news comes on the heels of Robin thanking fans for making his new album, Blurred Lines, number one on the Billboard 200 chart. "Couldn't have done this without you," he wrote to his 690,000 Twitter followers. The disc, which sold 177,000 copies, has become his first number-one album of his decade-long career.

In related news, Thicke recently announced that fans can now submit a picture of themselves inserted into a still shot from his "Blurred Lines" video. The funny images can be shared with friends and will serve as a reminder to encourage everyone to vote for Robin's video, which is nominated for Video of the Year category for the 2013 MTV VMAs, which airs live August 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Friday
Aug092013

Marsha Ambrosius Announces New Single "Without You" with Ne-Yo

Courtesy of Marsha Ambrosius' Instagram

Marsha Ambrosius is gearing up for the release of the next official single from her sophomore album, Friends & Lovers.

The British singer has revealed that the new single is titled "Without You" and features guest vocals from Ne-Yo. Her track was co-written by John Legend's new artist Stacey Barthe and produced by Brandon “B.A.M.” Alexander. Marsha, who just turned 36 on Thursday, tweeted, "I am SO EXCITED!!! I LOVE this song! With all my [heart]."

Marsha has yet to release the audio for her second single, but she teased her fans with the official artwork, which features Marsha crying black tears on the cover.  It's the album's second single following the Diplo-produced single, "Cold War."

Meanwhile, the follow-up to Late Nights & Early Mornings is due out later this year from RCA Music Group.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug092013

Kip Moore Breaks Down the Barriers Between Him and the Fans at Washington Show

The GreenroomKip Moore wants to be as close to his audience as possible, and he's not going to let a few security guards keep his craziest fans from getting right up to the stage. During his recent show in Ridgefield, WA, Kip noticed his rowdy fans were being held back by a barricade. Security wouldn't let them go past it, so Kip stopped his show until the guards let the fans get close to him.

"I honestly don't know what I was thinking and looking back it probably was a dumb move cause it could've easily backfired," Kip admits, "but they were energizing me so much, so I just went for it…and it worked!"

Kip eventually joined his fans in the standing-room-only audience. Check out Kip Moore's tour dates at KipMoore.net.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug092013

Beady Eye Cancels V Festival Appearance, Remainder of August Dates

Steve GullickBeady Eye has bowed out of the rest of their scheduled tour dates in August, including their slot at this year’s V Festival in the U.K., so Gem Archer can recuperate from his injuries.

The guitarist was recently hospitalized with severe head trauma following an accident that occurred on August 1, but has since been released and is recovering at home, where he remains under observation.

“Beady Eye regret to announce that they are cancelling their performance at V Festival and their remaining scheduled shows and promotional commitments in August,” writes the band in a joint statement on their website. “The band apologize to fans but under the circumstances feel they can not perform without Gem and want to focus on supporting him throughout his recovery.”

Beady Eye's next scheduled concert is set to take place on November 7 at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

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Friday
Aug092013

Chris Brown OK After Suffering a Seizure

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Turns out Chris Brown did indeed suffer a seizure Friday morning. 

In a statement to ABC News Radio Friday, a rep for the rapper declared, "While in the studio working early this morning, Chris suffered a nonepileptic seizure (NES). He was not hospitalized. His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity."

Reports of the seizure first surfaced early Friday, when TMZ reported that a 911 call was placed at around 1:08 a.m. from an unidentified person who said the singer collapsed inside the Record Plant recording studio in Hollywood. The gossip site reported the singer, who was inside working on his forthcoming album X, apparently refused treatment when medical assistance arrived.  He also refused to be transported to the hospital. 

When reached by ABC News Radio, a spokesperson for the L.A. Fire Department would neither confirm nor deny that published report.  "We are not responding to any inquiries at this time," said Steve Stern, who works the front desk for the department's Public Information Officer.  "I cannot confirm, at this time, any further information."

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Friday
Aug092013

Katy Perry Finally Lets Us Hear Her "Roar"

Image Courtesy Katy Perry via TwitterOh, that Katy Perry is such a tease: she's made fans wait through three teaser trailers for her new single "Roar" before finally letting them hear a bit of the chorus.

In her latest teaser trailer, called "Satin Cape," we see Katy wearing a satin jacket with tigers embroidered on it. It's the same one she wears in the artwork for the "Roar" single.  She walks down a path and into a recording studio, giving the camera come-hither looks over her shoulder.  The only sounds we hear are her footsteps.  Then, she positions herself in front of a microphone, puts on a pair of headphones, and looks at the camera.  Cut to the word "#ROAR," spelled out in tiger-striped letters, and then the music kicks in.

"'Cause I am the champion, and you're gonna hear me roar," sings Katy in the anthemic-sounding tune.  It's possible she was inspired by the song "We Are the Champions," by her favorite band of all time, Queen.

"Roar" is the first single from Katy's new album Prism, due October 22.  A huge gold semi truck bearing the album's name and release date is making its way across the U.S.  She's inviting fans to tweet her photos of the truck, teasing that their photos "may get featured in this album!"  She also wants fans to tweet their guesses about what's actually in the truck, but there's no word on when we'll find out.

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Friday
Aug092013

Icona Pop's "I Love It" Gets the Cookie Monster Treatment

Courtesy Sesame StreetCarly Rae Jepsen has said that of all the parody and lip-dub versions of her song "Call Me Maybe" that came out last year, her favorite one starred Sesame Street's Cookie Monster.  Now, the blue, furry, cookie-crazed character is taking on one of this year's popular hits: Icona Pop's "I Love It." 

In a new video, Cookie Monster takes Icona Pop's anthem of self-empowerment and turns it into a lesson about how to control your urges -- it's called "Me Want It (But Me Wait)."  Throughout the video, he's confronted by a bowl of yummy cookies, but he forces himself to refrain from shoving them all down his throat in one shot.   The message to kids: you can't always get what you want, when you want it, so you have to develop strategies that help you deal.

"Me get this feeling when a box of cookies on the shelf/Me want to grab it, want to eat it, can't control me self," sings Cookie Monster.  "But now me know that self-control is something me must do/Me want to grab it, want to eat it, but me wait/Me want, but me wait!"

During the bridge of the song -- the part where Icona Pop sings "You're from the seventies and I'm a '90s chick" -- Cookie Monster sings, "When me lose control/when me have no doubt/me have strategies that can calm me down/me can talk to self/me can stand up straight/me can take deep breath/me can self-regulate!"

At the end, though, Cookie finally gets his reward.  "OK, me waited long enough. Cooookieeee!" he announces before devouring them all.  The video was created to promote the 44th season of Sesame Street, which starts September 16.

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Friday
Aug092013

Hunter Hayes Goes Platinum with Debut Album and "I Want Crazy"

AtlanticHunter Hayes just moved into his own place in Nashville last December, and now he's got some pretty stellar bling to hang on the walls.

Hunter just earned a platinum plaque for his self-titled debut album, as well as a platinum certification for his latest single, "I Want Crazy." 

The honors come as Hunter gears up to take his music all the way to Japan and Thailand later this month. He'll play the Sonic Bang Festival in Bangkok on August 24 before heading over for some shows in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

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