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Monday
Oct202014

Garth Brooks Hosting Basketball Camp for Kids in Kentucky November 1 

Credit: Mark TuckerGarth Brooks and his charity organization Teammates for Kids will host a Basketball Pro-Camp for 100 youth in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 1.

The camp coincides with Garth's run of concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington. He's lined up University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to lead the camp, and Garth will meet with the basketball campers, too.

Garth's Teammates for Kids and Pro-Camps are hosting these sports clinics in each city on Garth's World Tour.

 
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Monday
Oct202014

Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song, "Being Beige"

Credit: Martha's MusicSmashing Pumpkins' new song, "Being Beige," might not have the most exciting title, but Billy Corgan makes up for that with a big, evocative chorus.

The track is the first to appear from the Pumpkins' upcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy.  It starts with a minimalist approach before Corgan launches into the chorus accompanied by the full band -- featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee -- as he sings the line, "The world's on fire" over and over again.

"People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can't," Corgan tells Rolling Stone of "Being Beige." "But if there's honesty in this lyric, it's that there's something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love."

Monuments to an Elegy will be released on December 9. It is the first of two planned upcoming albums from Smashing Pumpkins, the other being Day for Night, which is due out in 2015.


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Monday
Oct202014

Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" in Concert

Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson's still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she's well aware of what's hot and happening in music right now.

At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a "bluesy" and "awesome" song, adding, "Anybody like Sam Smith here?  I love this song.  I know you've probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it.  This is called 'Stay with Me.'"  She then launched into a stripped down, soulful version of Sam's hit.

So far, he hasn't responded, but it's likely he will, since he's made comments when other artists have covered that tune.


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Monday
Oct202014

Michael Buble Taping New Christmas Special on October 26, Adds Tour Dates in Asia 

Chris Haston/NBCTalk about rushing the seasons: Michael Buble is taping his latest Christmas special even before Halloween gets here.

The singer will tape the special -- his fourth one for NBC -- at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall next Monday, October 26.  If you'd like to attend, you can apply for free tickets via his website.

Michael's previous Christmas specials have featured an interesting combination of guests, ranging from Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen, to Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and a variety of Muppets.

In other Michael Buble news, he's just announced an extension to his tour in support of his most recent album To Be Loved.  Starting January 13, he'll head to Asia, where he'll perform in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.  In March, he'll be performing in South Africa.

On Tuesday, Michael is releasing a version of his 2011 album Christmas on festive red and green vinyl.


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Monday
Oct202014

Foo Fighters Announce Concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field

Photo: Steve GullickThe Foo Fighters will rock Wrigley Field in Chicago next summer.

The band has announced it will stage a concert at the home of the Chicago Cubs on August 29, 2015. Tickets will go on sale this Monday at 10 a.m. local time. For more info, you can visit Cubs.com/Foo.

The date will be part of the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways World Tour. They've yet to announce a complete list of U.S. dates.

The band performed at the Chicago venue The Cubby Bear last Friday night to celebrate the premiere of their new HBO documentary series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways.

The Sonic Highways album is due out November 10.


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Monday
Oct202014

Lorde Premieres "This Is Not a Game," Another New Song from "Mockingjay" Soundtrack 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1, and she's just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single "Yellow Flicker Beat."  She's on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn't be more different.

The song is called "This Is Not a Game," and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers.  The song premiered on British radio on Monday. 

On the track, Miguel sings in a soulful voice over a clattering, jittery electronic music bed, and the chorus hinges on the phrase, "You're talkin' 'bout a revolution," which Lorde then answers by speaking the words "There it is."   Miguel also sings about "patience and determination/staring at a gladiator."

Mockingjay -- Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.  The soundtrack is set to come out November 17, according to Amazon.

Lorde tweeted that the song is "the first taste" of the soundtrack.


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Monday
Oct202014

Miranda Lambert Performing with "All About That Bass" Singer Meghan Trainor on CMA Awards

Image Courtesy CMA"All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor will sing that song as a duet with Miranda Lambert on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 5 on ABC. As previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande will perform on the show with Little Big Town. Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale will present an award on the broadcast, too.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts.


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Monday
Oct202014

Taylor Swift Derides "Sexist" Criticism of Her Relationship Songs 

ABC/Jon LeMayIt's true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don't seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist.

Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, "You're gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song -- the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that's valuable and that's good and that's real. And then you're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, y'know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.'  And I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take."

"No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars," Taylor points out. "They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriend, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."

Taylor's correct. For example, Bruno's song "When I Was Your Man" is about his fears of losing his current girlfriend, while Ed's song "Don't" is about how his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, yet no one seems to criticize those artists for "only" writing about their relationships.


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Monday
Oct202014

Study “Beyonce Feminism” and “Rihanna Womanism” at University of Texas

Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce’s brand of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.

The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture. 

According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression."

The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.  

As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.


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Monday
Oct202014

Nicki Minaj Says “Anaconda” Is About Women “Taking Back the Power” 

Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content.  However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment.

“At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24.  She also says it now may be time to change her flamboyant image.

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she says.” I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”


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Monday
Oct202014

P.O.D. to Release First All-Acoustic Album, SoCal Sessions; Announce New Studio Disc

T-Boy Records/Universal Music EnterprisesP.O.D. has a new record label and a new sound. The band has signed with T-Boy Records and Universal Music Enterprises, and their first release under the new partnership will be the first unplugged album, titled SoCal Sessions.

Set to drop November 17, SoCal Sessions features 12 newly-recorded acoustic versions of some of P.O.D.'s biggest hits, including "Youth of the Nation" and "Alive." The album follows Sevendust's Time Travelers & Bonfires, which was released early this year, as another all-unplugged album from a band known for their heavy riffs.

For P.O.D. fans who crave the their heavy, electric sound, the band has also announced they've begun writing their ninth studio album. The currently-untitled album of all new original songs will be released in 2015. P.O.D.'s last studio album was 2012's Murdered Love.

Here is the track list for SoCal Sessions:

"Panic ‘n Run"
"Will You"
"Youth of a Nation"
"No Ordinary Love Song"
"Strength of My Life"
"Alive"
"Higher"
"It Can't Rain Every Day"
"Lost in Forever"
"I'll Be Ready"
"Beautiful"
"Set Your Eyes to Zion"


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Monday
Oct202014

Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys to Miss Band's Australian Tour 

Image Courtesy of Brian RasicWhen The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they'll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys.  According to a message on the band's official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek because he's been "a bit under the weather" and "is under doctor's orders to take it a bit easy for the next month."

Filling in for Keys during the outing will be Karl Denson, who leads his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and was a founding member of the California-based acid-jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars.

Denson says of getting the chance to perform with The Rolling Stones, "It's the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips…It's going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life."

Keys has been an in-demand session and touring musician for decades, and has appeared on such classic Stones songs as "Brown Sugar," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch," and "Happy."  He's also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many other stars.

The Down Under leg of The Rolling Stones' 14 On Fire Tour begins in Adelaide, Australia, and runs through a November 22 show in Auckland, New Zealand.  You can check out a promo video for the trek on the band's official YouTube channel.


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Monday
Oct202014

Vance Joy to Play JetBlue's "Live from T5" 

Atlantic RecordsVance Joy will be the next artist to play JetBlue's "Live From T5" concert series. The Australian singer-songwriter will be performing an acoustic set in the airline's home terminal -- T5 -- at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport October 27.

Riding high on the success of his single "Riptide," which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, Vance Joy released his debut album, Dream Your Life Away, early last month.

"Vance Joy is the perfect artist for this series," says JetBlue Airways brand analyst Chan Tran in a press statement. "He offers the type of fresh sound and sensibility that we like to feature on this unique stage."

The "Live From T5" concert series began in 2009. It features exclusive pop-up performances held post-security in JFK Airport. Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, Daughtry and other artists have previously played the series.

Vance Joy is also currently touring North American venues that are not airports. The "Dream Your Life Away World Tour 2014" wraps up December 10 in Sacramento, CA.


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Monday
Oct202014

Meghan Trainor to Perform with Blake Shelton's Wife on CMA Awards 

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she's a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It's no wonder, then, that she's booked an appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards.

Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  They'll be performing "All About that Bass," Meghan's #1 hit.

Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the show, and other artists who'll be performing include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Blake.

Meghan's debut album Title is available for pre-order starting tonight on iTunes.


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Monday
Oct202014

Alan Jackson Launching 25th Anniversary Tour January 8

Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will launch his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY tour January 8, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL.

Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark are taking the opening slots on the trek, which includes a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on May 17 as well as dates in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix. More dates will be added soon.

Here are Alan Jackson's 2015 tour dates:

1/8 -- Fort Myers, FL, Germain Arena
1/9 -- Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome
2/20 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
2/21 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Events Center
2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre LA Live
2/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
3/6 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
3/27 -- Augusta, GA, James Brown Arena
3/28 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
4/9 -- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College
4/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Independence Events Center
4/18 -- Enid, OK, Enid Event Center
4/24 -- Roanoke, VA, Civic Center Auditorium
5/1 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
5/2 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
5/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
5/9 -- Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
5/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
5/17 -- Denver, Co, Red Rocks Amphitheatre


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Monday
Oct202014

Justin Timberlake to Close 20/20 Experience Tour with Filmed Shows in Las Vegas

Dana Edelson/NBCJustin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film.

The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker who brought us The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Married to the Mob, as well Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed music documentary about '80s music icons Talking Heads.

Members of Justin's fan club, the Tennessee Kids, get first crack at tickets Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.  Everyone else will be able to purchase tickets this Friday, October 24 starting at 10 a.m. PT.

The 20/20 Experience tour has been going since November 6, 2013.


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Monday
Oct202014

Little Big Town Performing with Ariana Grande on the CMA Awards; Announces Major TV Appearances 

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is teaming up with one of pop music's hottest stars, Ariana Grande, for a performance at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show broadcasts live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.

The appearance is just one of many LBT will be making in support of their new album, Pain Killer, in stores Tuesday. Look for the group to perform on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday. They'll sing on ABC's The View on Thursday and close out the week performing with The Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

Following their CMA Awards performance with Ariana Grande, Little Big Town will kick off the Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH with special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.


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Monday
Oct202014

Sleater-Kinney to Release "No Cities to Love," First Album in Ten Years

Image Courtesy of Sub Pop RecordsThe riot grrrls are back.  Sleater-Kinney will release No Cities to Love, the band's first album since 2005's The Woods, on January 20, 2015. For Sleater-Kinney fans who have waited long enough for new material, you can download the album's title track now.

The announcement of the new album comes on the heels of the band including a new song, "Bury Our Friends," as a one-sided 7" with Start Together, a limited-edition vinyl boxed set consisting of remastered versions of their seven previous albums. Start Together will be released October 21.

"We sound possessed on these songs," says Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein of No Cities to Love in a press statement. "Willing it all -- the entire weight of the band and what it means to us -- back into existence."

In addition to the new album, the band will be hitting the road in support of their new release. The North American tour will begin on February 8 in the band's home state with a show in Spokane, WA and conclude in Pittsburgh, PA on March 1.

Sleater-Kinney went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006, but Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weis have been keeping busy. Browstein formed Wild Flag with Weis, and she's also been staring in the IFC series Portlandia, which she co-created with Fred Armisen. Tucker, meanwhile, released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band.    

You can pre-order No Cities to Love on the band's website. The deluxe vinyl LP version includes two bonus tracks on a single-sided 12" with an etching on the b-side.

Here is the No Cities to Love track list, and Sleater-Kinney's North American tour dates:

No Cities to Love
"Price Tag"
"Fangless"
"Surface Envy"
"No Cities to Love"
"A New Wave"
"No Anthems"
"Gimme Love"
"Bury Our Friends"
"Hey Darling"
"Fade"

Tour dates
2/8 --- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
2/9 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
2/10 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
2/12 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theater
2/13 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown
2/14 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
2/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
2/17 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera
2/22 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
2/24 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 
2/26 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
2/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
3/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE


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Monday
Oct202014

Ariana Grande to Perform with Country Group Little Big Town at CMA Awards

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is going country.  The singer will team up with the country group Little Big Town at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which will air next month on ABC.

So far, there's no word on which song the two acts will perform together.  In recent years, pop stars have regularly shown up at the CMA Awards, so this is nothing new.  In fact, there's buzz that this year's telecast will also feature a performance from Nashville resident Meghan Trainor.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC November 5.

 
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Monday
Oct202014

Pitbull Returns as Host of American Music Awards 

PRNewsFoto/NickelodeonMr. Worldwide is still the host with the most.  After making his debut last year, Pitbull will once again host the American Music Awards, airing November 23.

In addition to hosting, Pitbull will also perform on the show, which takes place the day before his new album, Globalization, hits stores. In a statement, the rapper said, "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I work, the luckier I get...more than anything let's get ready to have fun.  Dale!"

The show's producer, Larry Klein, added, "We’re working together to create elements of the show that will wow audiences and take the night to a whole new level.”

Charli XCX is also a confirmed performer on the show. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2014 American Music Awards air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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