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Thursday
May232013

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Reveals Which Beyoncé Song She'll Rock in the Delivery Room

Capitol NashvilleIt goes without saying that the members of Lady Antebellum are huge music fans, and they're sharing some of their favorite songs and albums in the new issue of People.

Group member Hillary Scott is expecting her first baby in July, and music will play a huge role in that child's life. Hillary even plans to rock out to Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" in the delivery room.  She explains with a laugh, "I wouldn't be going through this if I were a boy."

As for their other picks, Hillary's band mate Dave Haywood says he works out to the Grammy-winning Mumford & Sons album, Babel.

Says Dave, "Some of it is fast and frantic, so it gives you that edge."

Lady A's Charles Kelley admits he's a sucker for the Miley Cyrus pop gem, "Party in the U.S.A," as far as guilty pleasures go.  He says, "If you tell me that you’re not secretly loving it when they put that on in a club, you’re a liar!"

For more of Lady A's favorites, pick up the latest issue of People, on stands Friday.

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Thursday
May232013

Beyonce, Shakira & Their Other Halves Among "World's Most Powerful Couples"

Mychal Watts/WireImageFresh from being named to Forbes' annual list of the World's Most Powerful Women, Beyonce and Shakira are now being recognized for their love matches.  Both women and their significant others have been named to the publication's list of 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.  As two of the biggest names in music, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z certainly qualify, while Shakira and her baby daddy, soccer player Gerard Pique, straddle the worlds of music and sports.

Talking about Bey and Jay's influence, Forbes notes that they're "tight with the first couple of the United States" -- who naturally are #1 on the list.  Forbes also points out the couple's headline-making trip to Cuba, and their ability to pull in the big bucks on the road, not to mention all their other business dealings.

As for Shakira and Pique, he gets points for being one of Spain's most popular athletes, who plays for FC Barcelona, one of the most valuable teams in soccer.  She scores for her warmly-received appearance on The Voice, of course, and her status as a global music superstar.

In addition to Barack and Michelle Obama, the list also includes the likes of Bill and Hillary ClintonAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

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Thursday
May232013

Blink-182 Begins Recording New Material

Courtesy of Blink-182Good news for Blink-182 fans: the band is in the studio working on their follow-up to 2011’s Neighborhoods.

Frontman Tom DeLonge revealed that the group has begun the recording process on Wednesday by posting a picture on Instagram that features a number of keyboards, along with the caption, “This my office... Inside my studio... As I record.... A New #Blink Song.”

In other Blink-182 news, the band is stepping up to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, killing at least 24 people. The guys announced that they'll be offering some exclusive products for a number of charity auctions, the proceeds from which will go to support tornado victims. The first item up for bid is a limited edition bunny painted by longtime Blink-182 collaborator Brandon Heart.  It'scurrently being auctioned off on eBay.

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Thursday
May232013

Miranda Lambert Has High Hopes for Her Dearly Departed Horse

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert clearly loves her husband, Blake Shelton, but her affection for her animals comes in a close second. Miranda had to put down one of her horses Thursday. The loss hit her hard.

She tweeted, "Animal love is so strong & it can really break your heart. Hope he is the one Jesus comes back on."

Miranda is an outspoken advocate for animals, especially dogs.  Find out more about Miranda's work at MuttNationFoundation.com.

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Thursday
May232013

Goapele Premieres "Undertow" Music Video

Facebook.com/GoapeleGoapele's Break of Dawn album arrived in stores more than a year ago, but she's come through with a music video for her song "Undertow."  Appropriately, the Bay Area native heads to the beach for the John Mazyck-directed clip.

Like the slow-burning "Undertow" track, everything seems to be moving in slow motion in the visual.  Frothy waves crash against the shore, where Goapele -- dressed in cutoff jean shorts and a fitted top featuring the face of an eagle -- sings to the camera.  Later the low-key clip finds Goapele preparing for a performance.  Behind the scenes, she and her band bow their heads for a quick pre-show ritual, then it's off to the stage.

In a message to her supporters Thursday, Goapele tweeted, "Thanx to all my friends, family and fans for the #UNDERTOW push!!!!"

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Thursday
May232013

Aretha Franklin Taking a Break from Touring Until July; Plans to Reschedule Canceled Shows

Peter Kramer/NBCAfter canceling a pair of concerts this month because of unspecified medical issues, Aretha Franklin apparently is now set to take a break from touring until July.  A representative for the Queen of Soul confirmed to ABC News Radio a recent report that the singer will be staying off the concert stage through the coming month, and that she's planning to reschedule the two nixed shows.

The aforementioned performances originally had been set to take place this past Monday in Chicago and this coming Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 71-year-old music legend was last seen on the finale of Fox's American Idol on May 16.  Appearing live via satellite, Aretha sang a medley of her classic songs with the program's female contestants.

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Thursday
May232013

Did Bronx Rapper Tim Dog Fake His Death?

TimDogMusic.comCould Bronx rapper Tim Dog  have faked his death?  That's what authorities are investigating more than three months after media outlets, including The Source magazine, announced that Tim had died at age 46 after supposedly suffering a seizure that was related to diabetes.

Now, Memphis television station WREG reports that a Mississippi judge has issued an arrest a warrant for Tim Dog, born Timothy Blair, and a prosecutor is demanding to see the rapper's death certificate. 

A woman tells WREG that she believes Tim is a con man who is trying to get out of making court-ordered repayments to her for money that she allegedly lost in an online dating scam involving him.  The payments stopped, she says, after the death was reported.

The woman, Esther Pilgrim, says that at first she, too, believed that Tim Dog had died.  But then, she says, she and an friend began investigating, including searching for a death certificate.  "There was nothing of what you would normally find," she says.  "What city?  Who found him?  There was nothing with any type of concrete details."

Tim Dog was best known for dissing West Coast artists with his 1991 song "F**k Compton."  Interestingly, his former producer and collaborator Cedric "Ced Gee" Miller told WREG that he refused to speak at Tim Dog's funeral because he had suspicions about the supposed February 14 death.  Ced says he's not even sure that a funeral ever took place.

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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

Billy Joel Books Concert in Ireland, Dines with James Taylor, Offers Fans Live Videos

BillyJoel.comLooks like Billy Joel's decided he still enjoys playing live.  Following high profile appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and at a rock festival in Australia, the Piano Man has now booked his first concert in seven years in Ireland.

According to U.TV, the show will take place at Dublin's O2 arena and will be Billy's first ever indoor concert in the Emerald Isle.  Tickets go on sale May 30.   Fans are still waiting to see if Billy, who turned 64 earlier this month, will book a full tour, and play his classic albums in their entirety, which is something he told Rolling Stone he'd be interested in doing.

In other Billy Joel news, the Washington Post reports that he and his buddy James Taylor were spotted dining together Wednesday night at Washington, D.C.'s Cafe Milano, described as a "see and be seen hotspot."  The two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were in town to perform in honor of Carole King, who just won the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music.  The restaurant reports that Billy, James and their dates chowed down on rockfish, gluten-free pasta and biscotti.

And in a final bit of Billy Joel news, starting today, he's posting videos of four songs from his April Jazz Fest set on his official website: there will be one song per week, for four weeks.  The first one is up now: it's "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."

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Thursday
May232013

Trace Adkins Serving as Grand Marshall in Memorial Day Parade, Playing "Tonight Show" June 12

Show Dog/UniversalTrace Adkins won All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and released his new album, Love Will…, all last week, but he's not slowing down anytime soon.  Trace is set to serve as the honorary Grand Marshall in the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade Monday in Washington, D.C.  He's also gracing the cover of Country Weekly's new issue, on stands Friday.  As if that weren't enough, Trace has lined up a performance slot on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 12.

Love Will… features Trace's collaboration with Grammy winner Colbie Caillat on "Watch the World End."  Trace called on his fans to submit their personal videos for a new clip of the song.  It's now posted on Vevo.

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Thursday
May232013

"EW" Poll Names Justin Timberlake "Mr. Saturday Night 2013"

Dana Edelson/NBCFor the second year in a row, readers of Entertainment Weekly's website EW.com have voted to determine who the best Saturday Night Live host was this past season.  The winner, perhaps to no one's surprise, is Justin Timberlake.

Voting went on throughout the season until finally it came down to six names: Seth MacFarlane, Martin Short, Justin Timberlake, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Ben Affleck.  Justin won handily, capturing just over 48 percent of the vote.  The runner-up was Melissa McCarthy, with just under 22 percent of the vote. 

Justin's episode, which aired in March, marked his fifth time as host, and as such, he was inducted into the exclusive Five-Timers Club, with help from guest stars like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.  Over 90 minutes, Justin appeared as Elton John, reprised his classic "D**k in a Box" character with Andy Samberg, gave us another installment of the ongoing sidewalk hawker "Bring it on down to..." sketch and much more.   And if that wasn't enough to prove his talent, Justin was also the musical guest that night.

It's notable that three other chart-topping musicians who hosted this year did not make the final five: Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Adam Levine.

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Thursday
May232013

Former MCR Frontman Gerard Way Not Interested in Making a Solo Album Anytime Soon

Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesEver since My Chemical Romance announced in March that they were breaking up, fans have been wondering what’s next for its members. Former frontman Gerard Way says while he’s working on new music, fans shouldn’t expect a solo album from the singer anytime soon.

"I’ve never seen myself as a solo guy,” he tells Stop the Presses! “Some of my favorite artists, like Nick Cave and Tom Waits, are so far beyond me right now and I feel that if I was going to do something like what they do, I’d have to be a lot older and I’d need a lot more life experience.”

In other Way news, the singer has been contributing his talents to the children’s television series The Aquabats! Super Show! Way recently co-directed the first episode of the show’s upcoming second season, and even wrote some lyrics for music that will be featured on the program.

In addition, former MCR bassist Mikey Way will be featured in the episode, which airs June 1 at 1 p.m. ET on children's cable channel The Hub Network.

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Thursday
May232013

Sorry, "American Idol" Fans: Kelly Clarkson Isn't Judging Season 13

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsWhile having Kelly Clarkson sitting on the judges' panel of American Idol sounds like a pretty awesome idea, it's not happening.  That's according to a rep for the singer, who tells The Hollywood Reporter that despite claims by both E! and New York magazine, Kelly has not inked a deal to be a judge on season 13 of the Fox show. 

E! had said that a three-judge panel made up of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and one other Idol alum -- possibly Adam Lambert -- was "95 percent there."

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam's reps haven't been contacted about a slot on the panel.  Furthermore, an insider tells the publication that the producers' first choice is actually to bring Jennifer Lopez back.  In addition, the insider claims they're eyeing Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, but a source says it's "doubtful" the rapper could fit it into his schedule.

Looks like it's going to be a long summer of non-stop Idol rumors...buckle up.

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Thursday
May232013

Taylor Swift Loves Katy Perry's Cheeky Tweet

Facebook.com/TaylorSwiftTaylor Swift's already proven that she can poke fun at herself: she told Billboard that she thought the "goat" version of her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" was "brilliant."  Now, she's giving Katy Perry props for making fun of the song as well.

Katy randomly tweeted on Wednesday, "I knew you were truffle when you walked in," and added the hashtag "#dinnertime."  Taylor wasted no time in retweeting her comment, and then wrote to Katy, "Please never change."

It's odd, however, that Katy would tweet about consuming something as delicious and indulgent as truffles, considering that right before that, she tweeted a photo of herself holding up three enormous bags of pills, capsules and tablets, along with the caption,  "I'm all about that supplement & vitamin LYFE!"

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Thursday
May232013

New Bruce Springsteen Documentary, "Springsteen & I," to Hit Theaters in July

Photo: Danny ClinchThe new Bruce Springsteen documentary Springsteen & I, which focuses on the passionate relationship The Boss shares with his fans, will premiere July 22 at movie theaters around the world.  The film was created with major input from the New Jersey rock legend's faithful followers, and features previously unseen concert footage as well as interviews with many people who've been deeply touched by Springsteen's music.

"This beautifully-crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music," says famed filmmaker Ridley Scott, Springsteen & I's co-executive producer.  The movie, which was directed by veteran music-video director Baillie Walsh, has the full support of Bruce, his management and his label, Columbia Records.

Tickets for the Springsteen & I screenings will be available for purchase starting on June 4.  The documentary's producers are giving fans the chance to have their photo incorporated into the film's official poster.  To find out more details about the promotion and the movie itself, visit SpringsteenAndI.com.

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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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