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Wednesday
Dec172014

Billy Joel Reportedly Looking for Pad in Palm Beach, Schedules 21st Show at MSG 

Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket: He's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, the Piano Man unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos for $12 million.  Now, he's eyeing a place in Palm Beach on the ocean, and is looking to spend $15 to $20 million.  Supposedly, Joel's good pal Howard Stern, who owns a place in the area, convinced him it was the place to be.

Meanwhile, Joel has just scheduled yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he does a monthly residency.  The September 25, 2015, concert will be the 21st show in the residency, and the 67th overall of his career at that venue.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 19.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Van Morrison to Release New Album in Early 2015 After Signing Deal with RCA

Exile ProductionsVan Morrison currently is finishing up a new studio album that will be released early next year, the first the acclaimed singer/songwriter will issue as part of a new deal with RCA Records.

RCA executives Tom Corson and Peter Edge said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster.  He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album."

Added Van the Man, "I am looking forward to working with Tom, Peter and the RCA team as we plan release of the new project for next year."

Morrison most recent album, 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B, was released on Blue Note Records, one of several labels for which the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has recorded in recent years.

Meanwhile, Van will be playing three sold-out shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club in London.  He also has several other tour dates, most of them in the U.K., mapped out through August 2015.  Check out his full itinerary at VanMorrison.com/Live.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Alan Jackson Playing 25th Anniversary Concert in Nashville April 11

Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin' It Country Tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan's 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.

Alan's Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville's Music City Center. Tickets for Alan's concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

2015 Wanee Festival Lineup Features Allman Brothers Members, Cheap Trick, Hot Tuna

Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

Other artists on the 2015 Wanee fest bill include Cheap Trick, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, funk/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire, Widespread Panic and many more.

Tickets for the 11th annual Wanee fest are on sale now.  General admission tickets for the three-day extravaganza cost $195, plus fees, while VIP packages are priced at $499.  Visit WaneeFestival.com for more information.

The Allman Brothers Band began the festival in 2005 and always served as its headliner.  The event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

2015 Wanee Festival Lineup Features Allman Brothers Members, Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire

Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

Other artists on the 2015 Wanee fest bill include Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Widespread Panic and many more.

Tickets for the 11th annual Wanee fest are on sale now.  General admission tickets for the three-day extravaganza cost $195, plus fees, while VIP packages are priced at $499.  Visit WaneeFestival.com for more information.

The Allman Brothers Band began the festival in 2005 and always served as its headliner.  The event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Tove Lo Cancels Shows, Needs Vocal Cord Surgery 

Photo credit: Johannes HeljeTove Lo will open for Katy Perry in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday and Saturday night, but then she plans to return home to Sweden to take care of a serious matter: she needs surgery on her vocal cords.

Tove wrote on Instagram, "Excited to be here and play my last two shows on the #PrismaticWorldTour before heading home for my surgery. Such an amazing year I've had. Feels very epic to end it on the other side of the world.. In a place I've never been."

On Tuesday, she posted a lengthy message on Twitter explaining that she has "cysts" on her vocal cords that need "surgery as soon as possible."  She added, "It breaks my heart to have to say I have to cancel all shows for the next two months...this is hard 'cause if I don't have my voice, I have nothing BUT I will be fine and I hope you all understand that I really can't wait for this to be over and done with so I can tour my ass off in every country in the world!!!! And write an insane amount of music!!!!"

She later tweeted, "The second I'm back on my feet I'm gonna tour the f**k out of this world."


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Selena Gomez Didn't "Throw a Fit" at Taylor Swift's Birthday Party 

ABC/Randy HolmesDespite a report, it appears that Selena Gomez did not, in fact, "throw a fit" at Taylor Swift's birthday party last week.

US Weekly reported that at the party, Selena "got emotional" over Justin Bieber, and shouted, "No one understands me! My boyfriend doesn't even understand me," while the other partygoers just "stared" at her.  However, Selena's rep tells Gossip Cop, "There is not one ounce of truth," to the story, and the website reports that nobody who attended the bash witnessed the alleged incident.

The party, which took place in the wee hours of December 13, featured a star-studded guest list that included Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and many other stars.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Open for The Who Throughout Band's 2015 North American Tour

AEG LiveThe Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment," says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. "I love her."

Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, "We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone."

As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, "gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records." Joan adds, "I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.  I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who."

Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who's tour.

Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.

The Who's 2015 North American tour includes a spring and a fall leg.  Here are all of the confirmed dates:

Leg One
4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

Leg Two
9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
*9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/3 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
10/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

* = without Jett & the Blackhearts.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Paul McCartney to Visit "The Tonight Show" This Evening

MPL/Mary McCartneyHot on the heels of his appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Paul McCartney will be a guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Fans can expect to hear McCartney chat about his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny.

Sir Paul will be a guest alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.  The oddball duo, who recently released the chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, will be interviewed as well as serving as the show's musical guest.  The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

In other news, the complete transcript of a recent live Q&A event McCartney took part in for U.K. model Lily Cole's website, Impossible.com, has been posted at PaulMcCartney.com.

During the interview, which focused on Paul's songwriting, he discussed such topics as creating the aforementioned "Hope for the Future" and his partnership with John Lennon.

McCartney explained that he had been collaborating with composer Marty O'Donnell on the Destiny score when he was asked to help write a regular song for the project.  He pointed out that O'Donnell told him some details about the game, which helped him come up with the lyrics.

"He told me that the idea of the game was that it's a big 'shoot-em-up' and you shoot your way, and you save humanity from all the aliens, therefore giving hope," noted McCartney.  "So I just put that idea together, that instead of a big 'shoot-em-up' I'll just make it a more general thing of 'we need some hope for the future.'  So that's what I did, and that was it!"

As for his long partnership with Lennon, Paul said, "Obviously writing with John was the ultimate collaboration.  I think we were both very lucky to find each other, because we played perfectly off each other."

He added, "One of the amazing things about me and John writing together was that -- I think we wrote just short of three hundred songs together…we never had a dry session. Every time we got together and sat down, we'd work…only for about three hours, because you start getting a bit bored after three hours, but we would always come up with a song, which is pretty cool!"


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend 

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.

The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. 

Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"

Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney ParksAfter you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC.

The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train, meanwhile, will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas."

In addition,  Ariana Grande will be seen performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while YouTube star Lexi Walker will perform her acclaimed version of Frozen's "Let It Go."

There will also be plenty of Frozen-themed festivities, including appearances by Elsa and Anna, as well as some touching reunions of real-life families.  The show is set to air at 10 a.m. ET but will vary depending on your location; check your local listings.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Report: Lil' Kim Owes More than $126,000 in Back Taxes 

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Two years ago, it was revealed that  Lil Kim she owed more than a million dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes covering eight years of income through 2009.  At the time a rep for Kim told TMZ that Kim and her attorneys were working to resolve the issue; but it seems her financial woes have not gone away.

According Life & Style, the IRS now has hit Kim with a new tax lien for  $126,725.12 claiming the rapper failed to pay taxes in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The magazine also reports that four months ago Kim was sued for failing to pay her former law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, for five years of legal services.  Ultimately, a judge ordered Kim to pay the firm $186,217.93 with interest, according to Life & Style.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

The Band Perry Releases Scenic Video for "Gentle on My Mind"

Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell's classic "Gentle on My Mind." The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.

The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis.

"Gentle on My Mind" is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Country Duo/Group performance.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Randy Bachman's Upcoming Studio Album Arriving in April; Features Neil Young, Peter Frampton

Credit: Mike HoughRandy Bachman has revealed full details about his upcoming solo album, which is called Heavy Blues and will be released on April 15, 2015.  The Canadian rocker, who's a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will issue the new record under the name Bachman, a three-piece outfit that also features bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

As Randy Bachman told ABC News Radio earlier this year, the album will feature appearances by a variety of guest guitarists, including Neil Young, Peter Frampton and Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph has contributed to project, and Randy has incorporated a performance by the late Jeff Healey into a track.

Heavy Blues is a collection of original tunes penned by Bachman that's influenced his love of 1960s rock and blues.

Bachman usually produces his own albums, but for Heavy Blues he hired Kevin Shirley, who previously has worked on recordings by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush and Iron Maiden.

"I've known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends," says Randy in a statement.  "I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.  The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna's musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me."

When Bachman spoke with ABC News Radio in September, he had high praise for Ruddick and Brendon. "They are just amazing," he declared.  "And at times we sound like The Who and we sound like Cream live and we sound like Zeppelin.  And at times it sounds like me."

Bachman also revealed during that interview that the new album was inspired by some advice Young had given to him.  "He said…'Don't do the same old crap and call it something new…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.'"

Although no dates have been announced, Bachman is planning to mount a major 2015 tour in support of Heavy Blues.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Cage the Elephant, Alabama Shakes Featured on Upcoming Season of "Live from the Artists Den"

Image Courtesy of Colin LaneLong-running public television music program Live from the Artists Den has announced the lineup for 2015. The new season -- the show's ninth -- will feature performances from Alabama Shakes February 6, and Cage the Elephant February 13.

Alabama Shakes' episode was taped at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tennessee, which is attached to the iconic Loveless Cafe. The performance featured songs from the band's debut album, Boys & Girls, as well as a number of new tracks.

"We've never played in a barn before," frontwoman Brittany Howard said in the interview included in the band's episode. "It's nice to play somewhere like this, because it's got a little more character and a little more flavor than some sort of new venue."

Cage's concert was taped at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry in Santa Barbara, California. Their typically raucous set included cuts from the band's 2014 album, Melophobia, which was recently nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative Album category.

The 2015 Live From the Artists Den season will begin on January 30 with a performance by country stars Zac Brown Band. The final episode of the season, featuring Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, airs February 20.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Ariana Grande, Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"

Image Group LA/ABCAfter you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC.

The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Ariana Grande performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas."

In addition, X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while YouTube star Lexi Walker will perform her acclaimed version of Frozen's "Let It Go."

There will also be plenty of Frozen-themed festivities, including appearances by Elsa and Anna, as well as some touching reunions of real-life families.  The show is set to air at 10 a.m. ET but will vary depending on your location. Check your local listings.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Taylor Swift Notches Fifth Week at #1 with "Blank Space" 

Heather Wines/©2014 CBS Broadcasting IncTaylor Swift's now been filling in the blank space on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.  Her single, "Blank Space," has now remained at #1 longer than her two previous #1s, "Shake It Off" -- which topped the chart for four weeks -- and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which spent three weeks in pole position.

Helping to keep Taylor on top was her performance of the song at the Victoria's Secret 2014 Fashion Show.  Another artist who appeared on that show with her also benefited from the exposure:  Ed Sheeran, who sees his new single "Thinking Out Loud" jump from #24 to #6. This is Ed's second U.S. top 10, following "Don't."

A third artist who sang on the Victoria's Secret show, Hozier, holds at #2 with "Take Me to Church."

Elsewhere, Meghan Trainor can now boast two top 5 hits, as "Lips Are Movin'," the follow-up to her eight-week #1 "All About That Bass," jumps to #4.  Sam Smith also scores his second top 5 hit, as "I'm Not the Only One" jumps to #5.

What's next for Taylor? Sources tell Billboard that her song "Style," which she also performed on the fashion show, will be the next single from her album 1989.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Madonna Addresses Album Leak, Thanks Fans for Not Listening

Image credit: Mert & MarcusA few weeks ago, Madonna and her manager were furious when a couple of songs from her upcoming album leaked online.  Now the entire album has apparently found its way onto the Web, but some fans, aware of Madonna's feelings on the subject, have taken to Twitter to say they won't listen.  The Queen of Pop has now taken to Instagram to thank those fans, and to caution them that what's out there isn't exactly the finished product.

"Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!" Madonna writes in her post.  "Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world."

The alleged album is being referred to by one of two titles: Iconic or Unapologetic B**ch, that last one being one of Madonna's frequently-used hashtags.  The alleged track listing features song titles that have already been confirmed or rumored, such as "Rebel Heart," "Make the Devil Pray," "Messiah," "Living 4 Love" and "B**ch I'm Madonna."

Madonna's new album, which includes production and songwriting collaborations from the likes of Avicii, Diplo and Ryan Tedder, has no official title or release date as of yet.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

K. Michelle Scores Top 10 Debut, Thanks Fans for Support 

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K. Michelle's latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? is expected to fall in the top ten debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, which will be revealed later this afternoon. However, the singer is celebrating early based on a note from her record label, in which she learned that  her sophomore effort secured the #6 position and sold more than 87,000 copies. 

"Just in from Atlantic Records. Rebels you rock. "Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart" makes my SECOND #1 R&B Billboard album this year," she wrote on Instagram. "It was also #6 overall on the mainstream charts SELLING 87,000 COPIES FIRST WEEK. God is good Lets keep the music alive."

If those figures prove accurate, Michelle's first-week sales will best those of her first album, 2013's Rebellious Soul, which entered the Billboard 200 at number two with 72,000 units sold.

The project includes her single “Love ‘Em All” and a song called “Drake Would Love Me,” as well as production from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak and Timothy Bloom.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

Bobby Shmurda Arrested Following Long-Term Police Investigation

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Bobby Shmurda was arrested early Wednesday morning in New York city following a long-term investigation into drugs and guns conducted by the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard, was arrested on a sealed indictment and is expected to appear in a Manhattan court on Thursday. Numerous guns were also seized in the operation.  The arrest took place at Quad Studios in Times Square.  Also arrested were members of Shmurda's GS9 crew.

Earlier this year, Shmurda, who is best known for his popular “Shmoney Dance,” was arrested in connection with a felony gun charge. Shmurda also was arrested in October on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.


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