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Friday
Apr192013

Hear Daft Punk’s New Single, “Get Lucky”

Facebook.com/DaftPunkDaft Punk’s upcoming album, Random Access Memories, won't hit stores until May 21, but fans can hear a little preview of the release now.  "Get Lucky," the lead single from the release, was released to radio recently and is also currently streaming online. The track features guest appearances from rapper/producer Pharrell Williams and Chic's Nile Rodgers. In addition to checking out "Get Lucky" online, you can now download the single on iTunes.

Other artists expected to be on the forthcoming release include The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective's Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, famed Italian dance-music producer Giorgio Moroder, producer Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Canadian singer/producer Chilly Gonzales, and Academy Award-winning musician/songwriter Paul Williams.

Here is the track list:

“Give Life Back to Music” (featuring Nile Rodgers)
“The Game of Love”
“Giorgio by Moroder” (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
“Within” (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
“Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)
“Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
“Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)
“Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
“Beyond”
“Motherhood”
“Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)
“Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)
“Contact” (featuring DJ Falcon)

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Friday
Apr192013

"American Idol 's" Tanking Because Judges Don't Have Good Chemistry, Admits Exec. Producer

FoxAmerican Idol ratings this season have been disappointing, to say the least, and according to the show's executive producer, the blame for that can be placed squarely on the four people sitting at the judges' table.

In an interview with Zap2it.com, Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe describes the mix of Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson as "a bit like a jigsaw puzzle that doesn't quite fit," and adds, "I don't think we have good chemistry with the judges."

"That saddens me. They are good individually, but I miss the camaraderie we have had in the past," Lythgoe continues, saying that he felt the leaked audio of the cat fight between Mariah and Nicki last year "got off to a bad start," and it's just been downhill from there. 

That's not to say that Lythgoe doesn't like the judges individually, of course. "The guys themselves are -- goodness me, I don't think you could find two nicer men," Lythgoe says of Randy and Keith.  "Randy is loved by America, and Keith is the nicest man you could hope to meet. Individually, every single one of them has something to offer."

The executive producer, sometimes referred to by Idol-watchers as Uncle Nigel, says it's a shame that the judges' discord is affecting the show, because the season has "been an incredibly brilliant for talent."  

So what's the solution?  Will the judges all be dumped for a new set next season?  Lythgoe says he has nothing to do with it.  "FOX books the judges and has the last few years," he says.

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Friday
Apr192013

Rihanna Stamps Her Signature on the New RiRi Woo Lipstick

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesRihanna announced back in February that she was joining forces with MAC Cosmetics to unleash multiple collections this year.  Her first product, RiRi Woo lipstick, arrives in stores on May 4, so MAC is giving the Rihanna Navy a peek at her new creation.

Each tube of Rihanna's signature rouge comes in sleek, black packaging and features her autograph imprinted on the lipstick.  The RiRi Woo shade is inspired by Rihanna's favorite MAC red, Ruby Woo, and she'll be wearing it throughout her Diamonds world tour, according to E!

The RiRi Woo lipstick will retail for $16, E! reports.

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Friday
Apr192013

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Looking for Band to Record New Album

Sony MusicDespite talk that Music from Another Dimension! might be Aerosmith's final album, bassist Tom Hamilton says, he hopes not.

“I am looking to go back into the studio and do another record but under certain conditions, " he told ToneDeaf.com while in Australia for the band's performance at the inaugural Stone Music Festival on Saturday.  What Hamilton is looking for is more a live-in-the-studio feel with the band less concerned about perfecting everything in the studio, adding that he'd like to “slap on the bass, get the drums rockin’ and the guitars blazing with Steve [Tyler] on those vocals with melodies and harmonies.”

Aerosmith is performing Down Under for the first time in 24 years, and following three shows, Hamilton says the group will be “going to places we’ve never been to before, like New Zealand, Jakarta, and Manila.” He adds the band may tour in Japan, “and then we’ll be going to South America after a few brief shows in the U.S.  We'll actually be home for a lot of the time but definitely will be doing a lot of work throughout the year for sure.”

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Friday
Apr192013

Is Taylor Swift Starting a Second Career as a Real Estate Mogul?

Big Machine RecordsIt looks like Taylor Swift may be expanding her real estate portfolio again. She already owns property in Nashville and Beverly Hills, and she allegedly bought -- and then flipped -- that place in Hyannis Port, MA next to the Kennedy compound last year.  But the new property she's reportedly eying may be her biggest purchase yet.

According to TMZ, Taylor and her family and real estate agent recently looked at the 11,000-plus square foot Harkness House mansion in Rhode Island, which is on the market for more than $20 million.

Taylor is making plenty of money to afford that kind of property on The RED Tour. Check out TaylorSwift.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Friday
Apr192013

will.i.am Sings with Justin Bieber Hologram in New Video, Joins Ke$ha for "Crazy Kids" Remix

Facebook.com/Williamwill.i.am sure gets around: He just released a video for his collaboration with Justin Bieber, and he's also jumped on a remix with Ke$ha.

The video, for the song "#thatPower," uses a clever special effects trick to get around the fact that Justin obviously wasn't available to appear in the clip in person: Justin appears as a hologram. 

In the clip, Will drives through a tunnel in a super-futuristic blue car, steps out of the car and places what we'll call a "power cube" on the ground.  It generates the Justin hologram, kind of like how R2D2 projected that image of Princess Leia in Star Wars.  Holo-Bieb then sings the song's hook, "I'm alive I'm alive I'm alive/And oh, I can fly I can fly I can fly."

For most of the video, though, Will is trailed everywhere he goes by six guys who are dressed exactly like him.  They do synchronized choreography in a variety of futuristic-looking locations, as well as on a soundstage where the lyrics of the song flash electronically behind them.  Every once in a while, Will puts the "power cube" down and Holo-Bieb appears to sing.

Toward the end of the clip, Will and his lookalikes come face to face on a set of stairs with six other guys who are also dressed identically.  Will takes the "power cube" out of a briefcase, there's more synchronized choreography with Will, his lookalikes and the newcomers, and then he holds the power cube over his head: a stream of bright light shoots up into the sky and the clip ends.

As for the Ke$ha collabo, Will appears on a remix of "Crazy Kids," a song from Ke$ha's current album, Warrior.   The song will hit all digital music providers on April 30, but you can listen to it on Soundcloud now.  Ke$ha's MTV docu-series My Crazy Beautiful Life premieres on April 23.

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Friday
Apr192013

Is Taylor Swift Starting a Second Career as a Real Estate Mogul?

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowIt looks like Taylor Swift may be expanding her real estate portfolio again. She already owns property in Nashville and Beverly Hills, and she allegedly bought that place in Hyannis Port, MA next to the Kennedy compound last year. The new property she's eying may be her biggest purchase yet.

According to TMZ, Taylor and her family and real estate agent recently looked at the 11,000-plus square foot Harkness House mansion in Rhode Island, which is on the market for more than $20 million.

Taylor is making plenty of money to afford that kind of property on The RED Tour. Check out TaylorSwift.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Friday
Apr192013

Black Sabbath to Offer Three Additional Tracks on "13" Deluxe Edition

Vertigo/Republic RecordsIf you purchase the deluxe edition of Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, you're in for a treat. The band has revealed that they plan to include three additional cuts for the special release: “Methademic,” “Peace of Mind” and “Pariah.”

The standard and deluxe editions of 13 are set to be released on June 11. If you pre-order either version now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the album’s first single, “God is Dead?”

We’ll get a taste of the upcoming release when the group premieres one of the new cuts, "End of the Beginning," on the May 15 episode of the CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Here is the full track list for 13, including the running times for each song:

"End of the Beginning" (8:07)
"God Is Dead?" (8:54)
"Loner" (5:06)
"Zeitgeist" (4:28)
"Age of Reason" (7:02)
"Live Forever" (4:49)
"Damaged Soul" (7:43)
"Dear Father" (7:06)
“Methademic” (6:00)
“Peace of Mind” (3:43)
“Pariah” (5:35)

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Friday
Apr192013

Chester Bennington, Slash to Perform at MusiCares Benefit Concert

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesMore star power has been added to the lineup for the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in Los Angeles.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who will be honored at the event with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his commitment to helping addicts with their recovery process, has now signed on perform at the concert. In addition, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will also take the stage during the event.

Fellow Linkin Park band mate Mike Shinoda will present Bennington with his award, while Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis will present legendary skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva with the From the Heart Award. Alva and his band Chicken Noodle Project have also been added to the lineup of performers for the concert.

Other noted celebrities who will be on hand at the concert include Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike and comedian and current Dancing with the Stars contestant Andy Dick.

The MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert will take place at the Club Nokia on May 30. The MusiCares MAP Fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses and medical expenses. 

For more information, visit MusiCares.org.

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Friday
Apr192013

Carrie Underwood Speaks Out Against Tennessee's "Ag Gag Bill"

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood isn't one to court controversy, but she's ready to protest at the Tennessee governor's mansion over a bill recently passed in the Tennessee State Legislature.

The Animal Cruelty and Abuse bill, nicknamed the "Ag Gag Bill," gives anyone who records instances of animal cruelty 48 hours to report the violation and submit their video or audio recordings to authorities.  Otherwise, they could be charged with a criminal violation.  Carrie, a strict vegetarian, and she is concerned the bill will reduce the number of undercover videos made to expose instances of animal cruelty on farms, by not giving anyone investigating animal cruelty enough time to collect evidence.

Once she found out the bill passed, Carrie tweeted, "Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag bill. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door. Who’s with me?” 

Carrie eventually pleaded directly to Govenor Haslam, tweeting, "Please don’t sign the Ag Gag bill. Think about the welfare of the animals as well as the consumers. I’m begging you… @BillHaslam It’s not all about big business. Please look out for the little guys! Show TN that you have a heart… #NoAgGag."

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Friday
Apr192013

John Cusack Up for Brian Wilson Role in Biopic

Facebook.com/OfficialBrianWilson; Facebook.com/JohnCusackDo you think John Cusack resembles Brian Wilson?  Producers of the planned Wilson biopic Love & Mercy apparently do, enough to be talking to Cusack about playing Wilson in the film.

According to TheWrap.com, Cusack would play the Beach Boys leader in his later years, while Paul Dano will star as young Wilson.  Love & Mercy will examine Wilson's work with the Beach Boys in the 1960s, his mental illness, and his departure from the group. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman wrote the script and is also one of the executive producers.

Atticus Ross, who collaborated with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor on the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network, will work on the soundtrack.

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Friday
Apr192013

Katy Perry Halfway Done with "Schizophrenic" New Album

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesGood news for Katy Perry fans: the star is halfway through production of her third album.  Katy revealed the progress on her new disc while giving the keynote speech at Thursday's "I Create Music" Expo, sponsored by the performing rights society ASCAP.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Katy said she was "nervous" about speaking at the event, because she hadn't done anything "publicly" in a long time.  But she's not nervous -- at least not right now -- about following up the success of her smash album Teenage Dream.  "When I put myself on a timeline, when I tell the record company when I want to release the album, that’s when the race starts,” she explained, according to Billboard. "That’s when I put pressure on myself.”

Katy said that she's working once again with many of the same producers and songwriters with whom she made Teenage Dream, including Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Greg Wells and Bonnie McKee.  In addition, Australian singer/songwriter Sia is part of the mix.  Katy told the crowd, "She makes me laugh more than any human." 

Katy described the new record as "schizophrenic," and revealed one song title: "Double Rainbow."  When the audience laughed at that title, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Katy said, "Sounds insincere, but wait for it, OK?”

Revealing the highlight of her career thus far, Katy said it was her #1 hit "Firework," calling it "the most important song I've ever written."  She added that singing the song last year at a charity event with an autistic young girl was “the most important performance of my career so far.”

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Friday
Apr192013

Lauryn Hill's Landlord Wants Her to Pay Rent or Get Out

David Wolff; Patrick/Redferns via GettyThe I.R.S. isn't the only one waiting for Lauryn Hill to make good on a debt.  The singer's landlord is coming after her for money, too, according to TMZ, which reports that Lauryn stopped paying rent on her South Orange, New Jersey, mansion last month.

Lauryn's been renting the pad since 2009, but now that she's behind on payments, her landlord wants her out.  An eviction lawsuit that was filed in March demanded that Lauryn cough up the cash or hit the road, and since she hasn't done either, legal proceedings are moving forward, according to TMZ.

Lauryn certainly has enough to worry about already.  Next week, she'll be sentenced after pleading guilty to failing to file three years' worth of income tax returns. The mother of six faces several years in federal prison, but she reportedly is hoping for probation. 

Lauryn said previously that she'd stopped filing taxes only because she felt it was necessary to withdraw from society out of concern for the safety of herself and her family.

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Friday
Apr192013

Dave Grohl Details “Terrifying” Hall of Fame Performance with Rush; Hopes Nirvana Doesn’t Get Inducted Next Year

Didier Messens/RedfernsFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that he was nervous to induct his musical heroes, Rush, as well as perform with them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday night.

“It's terrifying to play your favorite band's song in front of your favorite band,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It's one thing to sit in the basement and woodshed [Rush’s 1976 release] 2112, and it’s another to stand in front of Rush in a f**king kimono and a wig and try to play…try to use a wah-wah pedal in your platform shoes. [It] was one of the most special nights of my life.”

While Nirvana will be eligible to get into the Hall of Fame next year, Grohl says that he hopes the powers that be will make the surviving members wait as long as Rush did to get inducted. “They didn't even say [Rush’s] name and the place went f**king crazy,” he notes. “That says it all.  I feel like their fans felt liberated.”

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Friday
Apr192013

Jay-Z Confirms Nets News: "My Job as an Owner Is Over"

Facebook.com/JayZJay-Z is confirming what media outlets have been speculating about for more than a week: he's dropping his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets so that he can expand his Roc Nation Sports agency into the NBA.  "My job as an owner is over," Jay writes in a post on his Life + Times website, "but as a fan it has just begun.  I'm a Brooklyn Net forever."

Less than a year ago Jay welcomed the Nets to their new home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he headlined sold-out concerts as part of an eight-night residency.  "Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions.  It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn," Jay writes.

He explains that "for Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets."  The decision was a "tough" one, Jay adds. "But as I stated earlier, it's not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net."

He thanks the Nets organization, its players and especially its fans.  "You are the lifeblood of any team," he writes.

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Friday
Apr192013

One Direction Unveil Movie Poster, Mark 1,000 Days as a Band

Image Courtesy One Direction via TwitterOne Direction has unveiled the poster for their upcoming 3D movie This Is Us, and if you look real hard, you just may see yourself on it.

Since February, fans have been submitting photos to One Direction's website in hopes that they will be used on the poster.  If you squint really hard, you can see that the poster background is indeed composed of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tiny photos of fans.  You can even use your smartphone to scan a code on the poster, which unlocks exclusive video content. You need the "Zappar" app to that, but you can download it for free.

A digital version of the poster, which includes even more fan photos, will appear online in early May at 1ThisIsUs-movie.com.  The movie itself arrives in theaters August 30.

1D is also celebrating an anniversary of sorts.  In July of 2010, the five members, all of whom failed to advanced on the U.K. version of The X Factor as solo artists, were put together as a group.  That was, apparently, 1,000 days ago, as Directioners turned #1000daysof1D into a trending topic Thursday night.

"1000 days of being in the band? Wow that really is incredible :) Amazing that you guys have shaped our career! Thank you so much," tweeted Louis TomlinsonHarry Styles added, "This is amazing, thank you all so much for all your support. That's a lot of days. We love you .xx."  And Liam Payne chimed in, "Wowee the best 1000 days of my life, spent with the best 4 brothers i could ever of wished for and the best fans ever! ."

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Friday
Apr192013

John Legend Reveals Plans for a Tour

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend fans were bummed when he postponed his tour last fall.  The Grammy Award winner told fans that he needed to focus on getting his Love in the Future album done, and now that John's had his time in the studio, he's says he'll hit the road when fall rolls back around.

He tells BET that he'll be visiting cities in the U.S. and Canada during his trek.  In the meantime though, John says that his fans can check him out at a couple festivals this summer.  On June 1, he'll join Beyonce, Timbaland and more for a concert at London's Twickenham Stadium to benefit the Chime for Change campaign.  He's also slated to perform at the Wireless Festival in London in July.

John's new album Love in the Future is due out later this year.

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Friday
Apr192013

Kanye West Making Paris Permanent Home?

PRNewsFoto/Victoria's SecretFor the past several weeks, Kanye West has been spending his time in Paris, and now there are reports that he could be making the city one of his permanent homes.  According to the New York Daily News, Kanye and his pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian have been searching Paris for a Parisian hospital where they can welcome their child.

Paris could be a good move for the celeb couple, especially since France has strict paparazzi laws and Kim's maternity wardrobe has become a frequent target of photogs in the U.S.  As previously reported, Kanye and Kim already have a place together in Los Angeles' posh Bel Air community.

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Friday
Apr192013

Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks: Things Get "Ugly" When They Collaborate

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJason Derulo and Jordin Sparks are pretty tight as a real-life couple but that doesn't mean their musical collaborations don't come without some challenges. 

Speaking to MTV about working with Jordin on new material, Jason said, "We kind of butt heads in the studio, a little bit...we kind of work differently and we're very used to being in the studio, but being in the studio our way...it could get kind of ugly in there sometimes."  However, Jason adds, "We made it happen.  It's a beautiful thing." 

The pair teamed up for two songs: one will be on her upcoming album, and one will be on his disc, which is due this summer.  The first single, "The Other Side," is out now.

Jason says the music on his new record is informed by the horrific accident he suffered at the beginning of 2012: he fractured his neck.  "I came off of a near-death experience, and it really helped me to grow up and change up a little bit.  I feel like I'm a different person," Jason tells MTV, adding that the new album will reflect "a Jason Derulo that is a little more sleek, a little more refined." 

Among the tracks on the disc are "super-emotional love songs and... crazy party records, all having to do with what I've been going through for the past year," he explains.

Fans will get a peek at the new-and-improved Jason when his video for "The Other Side" debuts later this month with, he says, "a lot of hot sexiness and some dancing."

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Friday
Apr192013

The Band Perry Wants to Visit Your Town to Help Outnumber Hunger

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry continues their role as the face of the Outnumber Hunger campaign with the just-announced Bring The Band Perry to Your Hometown contest.  Fans can enter for a chance to have lunch with the Perry siblings at Hometown.TheBandPery.com by writing an essay of 100 words or less describing how they are working to help made a difference on the local level. 

One lucky entrant will win The Band Perry visit, which also includes a one hour trip to the local Feeding America food bank with the band.

For more information on how to help fight hunger in America, go to OutnumberHunger.com.

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