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Friday
Jun192015

Dierks Bentley Encouraging His Three Kids' Love for Music

Nino MunozAll three of Dierks Bentley's kids are showing signs of musical inclination. His oldest daughter, Evie, plays the piano, while his middle daughter, Jordan, plays the violin.

Dierks jokes, "I keep telling her it's the fiddle. She's like, 'It's the violin!' I'm like, 'It's the fiddle!'"

His baby boy, Knox, loves to blow on his little harmonica, too. Dierks looks forward to seeing his kids continue studying music.

He says, "We're fortunate where they're going to be in school where they can play music -- you know, [they] have that possibility to do that."

Of course, Dierks' kids are around music all the time when they visit their dad on the road. This year's show features a lot of pyrotechnics, so Dierks and his wife, Cassidy, are taking steps to protect the little ones' hearing.

"It's a big show this year," Dierks says. "We've got the headphones for the kids. They'll probably be using them a little more."

Dierks admits he's still not used to having all those fireworks going off during his live show. He says, "I'm still scared up there sometimes. Not exactly sure when it hits even though we've done all these rehearsals. It still kind of shocks me when some of the bigger stuff explodes."

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Friday
Jun192015

Adam Lambert Explains Why He Turned Down Role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

David RoemerAdam Lambert seems like he would be right at home on a Broadway stage, but he tells Queerty he’s not looking to make that commitment right now. In fact, he turned down a role in a rock musical seemingly perfect for him: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“They offered,” he says. “I’m flattered they asked me, but it’s not what I want to do right now."

He doesn't completely rule out the possibility of taking on the role in the future, though. "It’s an amazing role," he says. "Maybe one day. The thing about it is I don’t want to get in drag for eight shows a week.”

Hedwig stars have so far included Neil Patrick Harris, Dexter's Michael C. Hall and Glee’s Darren Criss.

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Friday
Jun192015

Ozzy Osbourne to Play with Geezer Butler and Slash at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 

Voodoo Music + Arts ExperienceOzzy Osbourne has performed "with friends" before, but for his headlining set at the 2015 New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, he'll be bringing his super friends. The Prince of Darkness will be joined Black Sabbath band mate Geezer Butler, Slash and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello for a Halloween performance.

The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience will be held October 30-November 1. Other rock acts scheduled to perform include Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Jane's Addiction.

Ticket info is available on WorshipTheMusic.com.

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Friday
Jun192015

Lady Gaga & Linda Perry Sing Covers of Each Other's Hits at Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of FameLady Gaga and Linda Perry both performed covers of each other’s hits Thursday night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York.

Gaga helped induct Linda by singing a rousing rendition of the 1992 4 Non Blondes hit “What’s Up?” Afterward, she explained how much that song meant to her.

“The song I just performed changed my life a million times over -- over and over again, not just once in my life,” Entertainment Weekly reports Gaga as saying. “Isn’t that what a f**king hit song is supposed to do?”

Gaga also referred to Linda as one of the “most powerful female songwriters in the pop industry today,” and added that her father was the one who first introduced her to 4 Non Blondes.

“This was the first album that my father ever gave to me,” Gaga said of Bigger, Better, Faster, More!  “He said to me, ‘The kids at work, in the office, said that this is what all the young people are listening to.’ And I fell in love, and I thought my dad was cool.”

Linda then came to the stage and thanked the Songwriters Hall of Fame for her honor. She performed the hit song she wrote for Christina Aguilera, “Beautiful,” and later returned to perform a rendition of Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

Linda introduced Tony Bennett, who presented Gaga -- his Cheek to Cheek duet partner -- with the first-ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Contemporary Icon Award.

Cyndi Lauper was also inducted last night, and Carly Rae Jepsen helped honor her by performing Cyndi’s hit, “Time After Time.”

Fun.’s Nate Ruess received the Hal David Starlight Award.

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Friday
Jun192015

Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Is Out of Surgery

Credit: Travis ShinnOf Mice & Men was forced to cancel the remainder of their Full Circle tour when frontman Austin Carlile was admitted to the hospital due to complications with Marfan syndrome, which affects the connective tissue within the body and can cause severe damage to the heart. On Thursday, Carlile tweeted that he was about to undergo the "big and final surgery of this whole ordeal." Fortunately, everything apparently went well -- Carlile returned to Twitter to say he was out of surgery.

"Made it," Carlile wrote with a smiling emoticon, adding "9:18 p.m. just out."

Carlile also gave a shout-out to Korn bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, thanking him for "the wise words to keep me up." That post was accompanied by a photo of the Bible verse Hebrews 12:11, which reads, "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening, it's painful. But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way."

Of Mice & Men had been touring in support of Restoring Force: Full Circle, the deluxe edition of their latest album. The standard edition Restoring Force debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.

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Friday
Jun192015

Beyonce Remembers Charleston Shooting Victims

Columbia RecordsBeyonce is the latest celebrity to share her reaction to the slaying of nine people inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.

"My heart is with the families, loved ones, and all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in Charleston," Beyonce posted on Instagram. "May they rest in peace."

Her thoughts are accompanied by a 15-second video at features the names of the victims superimposed over a photo of the Emanuel AME Church.

Meanwhile, Beyonce's Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland reminded everyone to keep the peace. "'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' - MLK; My heart is still breaking over this," Rowland wrote on Instagram.  "Let us all take some time out today to say a prayer for those we lost in Charleston and for their families."

The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has been captured and is in jail in Charleston.  He as reportedly confessed to the crime.

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Friday
Jun192015

Hozier, Meghan Trainor & Other Pop Stars Reveal Traits They Got from Their Dads

Alex LakeIn honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, four pop stars have revealed to Billboard the traits they got from their dads -- and they range from the good to the hairy.

Hozier says his dad influenced his taste in music, but the main thing his father passed on to him was his wild head of hair.  "If it wasn't my dad's passion for music or the blues -- I received much of my tastes from his record collection -- it would be his hair,” the Irish singer says. “We have a similar follicle endowment: hair that grows outward, thickly and wildly, with a mind of its own. I'm in no danger of going bald."

Meghan Trainor and her father share outgoing personalities and a knack for making people smile. "We are both extreme social butterflies with a passion for performing music,” she says. “I grew up watching him at church, and he was always so good at making the crowd happy. During my performances people have told me, 'The Gary Trainor in you really comes out.'"

WALK THE MOON’s Nicholas Petricca says that even though his dad is ill, they can still bond over their shared interests. "My dad, Joe, has Alzheimer's, but even with his debilitated memory, we still connect through our love of music,” he says. “We love to dance together at his nursing home."

And Jason Derulo credits his dad for showing him how to be a gentleman. "My father taught me how to treat a woman like a queen," he says.

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Friday
Jun192015

Dolly Parton Playing Benefit Concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on July 31

Webster PRDolly Parton will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on July 31 for her first Music City concert in more than a decade.  The show, called Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple, is a special one-night-only benefit for the city's W.O. Smith School of Music, through the Dustin Wells Foundation's Gift of Music program.

"The 'Gift of Music' is something that runs deep within my kin folks," Dolly says in a statement.  "I love and cherish The Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation.  This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music."

She adds, "Through all of us working together, we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music."

Tickets for Dolly's show go on sale this Saturday, June 20, at Ryman.com.

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Friday
Jun192015

Thomas Rhett Planning Belated Father's Day Hang at Dad's Sunflower Farm

Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett won't be able to see his dad, Rhett Akins, on Father's Day due to his tour schedule. Since Rhett was a country star in the '90s, Thomas thinks his dad will understand his absence. He plans to spend time with Rhett very soon, though.

Thomas tells ABC Radio, "Hopefully when we get home on Monday, we'll probably, honestly, just go out to his farm and look at the sunflowers he planted. He bought a farm and planted a billion acres of sunflowers. He loves to go just sit and look at 'em."

Thomas plays Chicago's Windy City LakeShake festival Sunday night.

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Friday
Jun192015

Country Star Trivia 

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett says his wife is so popular among his fans she should have her own fan club. What is her name? ANSWER: Lauren.

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Friday
Jun192015

Limited-Edition Double-Vinyl Version of Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" Available at Urban Outfitters

PRNewsFoto/Urban OutfittersA limited-edition two-LP version of the deluxe reissue of The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers is being sold exclusively in the U.S. via Urban Outfitters

The double-disc set features an alternate cover that first appeared on the Spanish edition of the 1971 album.  That country considered the famous original Andy Warhol-created "zipper" cover to be too controversial. The Spanish Sticky Fingers cover, known as the "can of fingers" cover, shows an opened can labeled "Fowler's Treacle," with a woman's fingers poking out of some dark-colored syrup. 

The two-LP set contains the remastered version of the original album on disc one and the nine unreleased tracks featured on the bonus disc from the deluxe Sticky Fingers reissue on disc two. These include alternate versions of "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," "Dead Flowers" and two other tunes, plus four live performances from a 1971 Stones concert in London.

Only 3,000 copies of the limited-edition Sticky Fingers vinyl set have been pressed.  It can be purchased now online at UrbanOutfitters.com, and will go on sale in Urban Outfitters stores starting this Tuesday, June 24.

Here is the full track list of the double-disc collection:

LP 1 -- Side A
"Brown Sugar"
"Sway"
"Wild Horses"
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
"You Gotta Move"

LP 1 -- Side B
"Bitch"
"I Got the Blues"
"Sister Morphine"
"Dead Flowers"
"Moonlight Mile"

LP 2 -- Side C
"Brown Sugar" (Alternate Version with Eric Clapton)
"Wild Horses" (Acoustic Version)
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (Alternate Version)
"Bitch" (Extended Version)
"Dead Flowers" (Alternate Version)

LP 2 -- Side D
"Live with Me" (Live at the Roundhouse, 1971)
"Stray Cat Blues" (Live at the Roundhouse, 1971)
"Love in Vain" (Live at the Roundhouse, 1971)
"Honky Tonk Women" (Live at the Roundhouse, 1971)

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Friday
Jun192015

Faith Evans Tapped for 2015 African American Festival

Image Courtesy eOne music groupFaith Evans is among the the entertainers tapped for the 2015 African American Festival, taking place this weekend at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex in Baltimore, Maryland.

Organizers have announced that Faith will take the stage on Saturday, the first day of the festival, around 6 p.m. ET.  The event will also feature performances by Stephanie Mills, Doug E. Fresh, Tamela Mann, SWVDemetria McKinney and Empire breakout stars Bryshere Gray and V. Bozeman, as well as the legendary musician Sheila E.

The two-day annual free festival is described as a celebration of life, music, and culture. Visit AfricanAmericanFestival.com for more information.

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Friday
Jun192015

Foo Fighters Cover Band Books Gigs on Same Days as Cancelled Wembley Arena Shows

Credit: Hayley MaddenIf you had tickets to Foo Fighters' now-cancelled shows at Wembley Arena in London on June 19 and 20, perhaps you'd still be interested in seeing something close to Foo Fighters at someplace close to Wembley. A British Foo Fighters cover band, aptly named UK Foo Fighters, will be playing gigs at the nearby Crystal Club on the same days as the cancelled Wembley shows.

"It is an absolute honor to confirm we will be playing Wembley this Friday and Saturday evening for fans from all over the world who have traveled to London this weekend, and for Dave [Grohl]  and Foo Fighters, who we know are gutted not to be playing," writes UK Foo Fighters on their Twitter.

During a secret show in England last year, the lead singer for UK Foo Fighters, Jay Apperley, joined the regular Foo Fighters on stage to sing the song "White Limo." In introducing Apperley, Grohl said, "Please welcome, me!"

Foo Fighters were forced to cancel the remainder of their U.K. tour, including their headlining spot at Glastonbury, after Grohl broke his leg falling off stage at a show in Sweden.

As of now, Foo Fighters' North American tour, scheduled to begin July 4 in Washington, D.C., has not been affected. A Boston Globe report posted Thursday claims that the Foos' shows at Fenway Park on July 18 and 19 are "still on."

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Friday
Jun192015

Florence + the Machine, Ozzy Osbourne Headlining New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music + Arts ExperienceFlorence + the Machine and Ozzy Osbourne will headline New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, scheduled for the weekend of October 30-November 1.

Florence + the Machine will perform on the first day of the festival. Ozzy will take the stage the next night, joined by Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler, plus Tom Morello and Slash.

Country group Zac Brown Band and Deadmau5 are scheduled for November 1.

Other acts who will appear at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience include Modest Mouse, Gerard Way, Yelawolf and Jane's Addiction.

Ticket info is available on WorshipTheMusic.com.

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Friday
Jun192015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe new stage production, MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical, will open at the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas on September 2. Justin Guarini, the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on season one of American Idol, has been cast in a starring role.  

Kacey Musgraves performs on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, the same day her new album, Pageant Material, hits stores. She'll perform on ABC's The View on Wednesday.

Zac Brown Band will headline the third and final day of New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, scheduled for the weekend of October 30-November 1. Ticket info is available on WorshipTheMusic.com.

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Friday
Jun192015

Stevie Wonder to Perform at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder is part of the star-studded lineup for the opening ceremony of this year's Special Olympics World Games, taking place next month in Los Angeles.  Also taking the stage at the event will be veteran R&B singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett, as well as pop stars Avril LavigneCody Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger

"I am touched to be a part of this celebration of determination, courage, joy and skill," Wonder says.  "Throughout my own journey of overcoming the odds, it's truly an inspiring moment to join these incredible athletes as they come to Los Angeles to compete and accomplish so many victories."

The Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony also will feature appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Glee actress Lauren Potter, who has Down syndrome.

The event will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25, and will air on ESPN.  Nearly 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 3,000 coaches representing 170 countries will be welcomed.

The World Games, featuring 25 Olympic-style sports, run for nine days, from July 25 to August 2.  The competitions are free to attend, but you can purchase tickets to the opening ceremony at LA2015.org.

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Friday
Jun192015

Little Big Town's Jimi and Phillip Talk About the Gift of Fatherhood

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet love to hear the roar of an adoring crowd, but nothing is sweeter to their ears than the sound of their kids' voices. Jimi and wife/band mate Karen Fairchild have a little boy named Elijah. Jimi tells ABC Radio, "That little man looking up at you and calling you daddy, there's nothing better than that in the world. It's the greatest thing ever."

Phillip feels the same way about his daughter with his wife, Rebecca.

He says of fatherhood, "It's just the greatest gift. You know, it teaches me every day to be a better person, and I couldn't imagine life without my sweet Penelopi."

As previously reported, Little Big Town has canceled or rescheduled all concert dates and appearances through July 30 as Jimi recovers from surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord.

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Friday
Jun192015

Usher Inspired Brandy to Pursue Broadway's "Chicago"

Image Courtesy RCABrandy has already made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. The singer reveals that she has a fellow R&B star to thank for her decision to pursue a role in the production: Usher.

"I saw the show when Usher played Billy Flynn [in 2006] and I remember being completely blown away and feeling inspired at that time to do Broadway," the singer tells NewYork.com. "Usher and I are from the same world, so I was inspired by him to do Broadway. I also saw the movie and fell in love with Renee Zellweger as Roxie. I thought the movie was awesome and I have seen it a gazillion times."

"This experience has truly reawakened the fearless Brandy that I once was as a child," she adds. Her run in the show has been extended into August.

Tickets are available now. Visit for more information.

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Friday
Jun192015

Lorde Says Taylor Swift Showed Her How to Be Friends with Girls

ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of one of the most exclusive female friendship circles of all time -- formed by Taylor Swift -- but in an interview with fellow Taylor bestie Lena Dunham for Dazed magazine, she admits she never thought she could have girlfriends.

“I mean, she definitely brought me into this amazing world of supportive female friendship,” Lorde says. “For me, someone starts talking about boys and I’m like, ‘I just don’t know what to say.’ I’m useless in that capacity and that was why I thought, ‘Well, I can’t have girlfriends [because] I don’t know how to talk about boys.’ But Taylor just glosses over the fact that I’m terrible at that and she’s just like, ‘It’s OK, I’ll love you for your other qualities.’”

The New Zealand singer dishes to Lena that she’s always surrounded herself with mostly guy friends. “I have a lot of dude friends,” she says. “I was kind of the camp mother of all the guys.”

She adds, “I feel like teenage boys, all their emotions are really simple and diluted. Teenage girls feel everything so intensely and are so multi-faceted. Boys are just like, they’ll rest a head on your shoulder and you know exactly what that means.”

Whether she’s hanging with girls or guys, Lorde remains true to her feminist roots. But she admits she’s still learning. “I’m not just going to do a 180 on a girl because she hasn’t learned about feminism,” she says. “I remember not being 100 percent sure what feminism or intersectional feminism is -- I’m still not 100 percent sure! …For a long time, I wasn’t aware of how important it was to be a feminist for all women.”

One thing she's always been sure of? Herself. When she first entered the music business as a young teen, no one tried to mess with her image because, she says, "my sense of self felt too permanent for anyone to f**k with."

Lena interviewed Lorde for Dazed’s Girls Rule the World issue, and after their chat was published, Lorde tweeted, “So lucky to have a friend in lena, one i can learn from and alongside every day as we navigate the strange world we're in.”

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Friday
Jun192015

Fall Out Boy Opening a Pop-Up Store in New York City 

Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy sang about a "Hotel in NYC" on the final track from American Beauty/American Pyscho, and now they're opening a store in NYC. The band is launching a Fall Out Boy pop-up store in New York City at the Elizabeth Street Gallery.

The shop will only be open for two days, June 23 and 24. There you'll be able to buy "limited merch that will only be available at the store (nowhere else!) along with some goodies from the Boys of Zummer tour collection."

"We're even bringing back a few classic FOB designs," the band writes on Facebook.

On June 24 at noon, bassist Pete Wentz will be doing a signing at the pop-up store. To get a wristband for the signing, you need to be one of the first 50 people to enter the store on either June 23 or 24. The store opens at 10 a.m. on both days.

Fall Out Boy is currently on their Boys of Zummer tour with rapper Wiz Khalifia, which will wrap up on August 10 in Los Angeles.

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