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Monday
Sep292014

Rod Stewart Impersonator Roams NYC

Penny LancasterRod Stewart has at least one imposter making his way around New York City and tricking fans and restaurant owners into thinking he's the singer, according to the New York Post.

The Stewart lookalike, sporting an English accent and spiked hair, has been spotted riding the subway, partying around town, crashing World Cup soccer parties, and even loitering near a schoolyard, sources tell the newspaper.

The sources say several Manhattan shop owners have been so eager to impress, they've showered the imposter with free cocktails and meals.

The impersonator, dubbed "Rockaway Rod," may have even been caught on camera, sitting on a subway train earlier this month.

"Wait, is that Rod Stewart?" the poster writes, accompanied by a picture of a man wearing eyeglasses and sporting the "Maggie May" singer's trademark rooster haircut.

The genuine Rod's longtime manager, Arnold Stiefel, has confirmed the man is a fake.  Stiefel tells the Post, “The real Rod has seen the [subway] picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, ‘Please let people know it isn’t me.’ ”

It's unclear whether the sightings are the work of one man or several, nor is it certain that the man in the subway picture is one of the imposters.

Stiefel notes, "This has been going on for years."


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Sunday
Sep282014

Moody Blues to Release Eight-Disc Box Set Featuring 1980s and '90s Recordings in November

Universal Music EnterprisesA new eight-disc box set collecting the recordings The Moody Blues made during their late-1980s and early-'90s tenure with the Polydor label will arrive in stores November 24.  The Polydor Years 1986-1992 features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three of the veteran British band's studio albums, plus two live albums, a concert film, and a documentary.

The period The Moody Blues were on Polydor saw the band enjoying a resurgence in popularity, 20 years into their career, thanks to such memorable tunes as "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The box set features remastered editions of the respective albums that yielded those hits -- 1986's The Other Side of Life and 1988's Sur la Mer -- as well as 1991's Keys to the Kingdom.  Each of these records is augmented with a variety of bonus tracks -- including live performances, single edits, remixes, B-sides and alternate versions -- most of which have never been released.

The Polydor Years also boasts a previously unreleased Moody Blues album recorded at the Blossom Music Centre in Cleveland in July 1986, as well as the two-CD live set A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which originally was issued in 1993.  In addition, the long-out-of-print companion DVD to A Night at Red Rocks is featured in the compilation, as is a documentary about the concert that previously had only been available to Moody Blues fan-club members.

The box set is rounded out by a collectible seven-inch blue-vinyl single featuring "Al Fin Voy a Encontrate," a rare Spanish-language version of "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The Polydor Years also comes with a 64-page hardcover book filled with info and photos.

You can check out the full track list for The Polydor Years 1986-1992 box set at MoodyBluesToday.com.  

The band currently is taking a break after finishing up a U.S. summer tour in early September.  The Moodies' next scheduled trek is a U.K. outing that begins in Plymouth, England June 6, 2015.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Courtney Love Insider Has Nothing but Good Things to Say About Her

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love may have a reputation for being a bit tough, but a staffer just off the Hole singer's Australian tour has a fair amount to say about the singer, and it's all good. 

On the Sonic TALK podcast, Andy Shillito, Love's front-of-house engineer -- the guy who runs the soundboard out at the back of the audience -- was interviewed. Sonic TALK is an audio geek website, so the angle was a little tech-heavy, but Shillito did reveal, perhaps surprisingly, that Love was a reasonable, low-key person to work for.

The engineer also said that Love -- who usually plays an unplugged guitar onstage -- is "actually quite a good guitar player, if she chose to play guitar." He indicated that it's Love's own self-doubts that cause her to unplug and use the guitar "as a prop." 

Shillito also called Love "a lot of fun" and said that her well-chronicled days of tour drugging are over. "You don't see so much of that anymore," he said. "People have to have it together."

The engineer's comments mirror Courtney's own; earlier this year she told the U.K. paper The Sunday Times that her crazy drugging days were behind her. 

You can hear the podcast in its entirety at SoundState.com, under podcasts.


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Sunday
Sep282014

August Alsina's "No Love" Soars Following Hospital Stint

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August Alsina's recent health scare has led to a sales surge for his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "No Love."

According to Billboard, concerned fans helped push the song back into the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it sits currently at #17, following his onstage collapse at a concert in New York on September 15.  The singer, who suffered multiple seizures, has since been released after awakening from a three-day coma brought on by dehydration.

With more than 20,000 downloads, "No Love" peaked at #5 on the R&B Digital Songs chart and #9 on the R&B Streaming Songs tally.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Goo Goo Dolls to Headline Environmental Benefit in November

Credit: Chapman BaehlerAfter spending the summer touring with Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls are set to headline, for the third year in a row, the Rob Machado Foundation annual benefit concert in November.

The two-night event is being held November 10 and 11 at The Belly Up club in San Diego.  The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the second night.  Tickets are now available online.  VIP packages that include a meet-and-greet with the Goos are also available.

The Rob Machado Foundation supports charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide, in particular programs that help kids understand how environmental issues impact the planet.  It's named after champion surfer Rob Machado.


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Sunday
Sep282014

Lady Antebellum Making TV Appearances and Performing Live Streaming Concert to Launch "747"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They'll perform three songs on NBC's Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They'll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum's latest hit, "Bartender."


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Saturday
Sep272014

Paul McCartney to Sing on Benefit Single for Samuel L. Jackson-Supported Cancer Charity

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has signed on to lend his voice to a star-studded single that will raise money for One for the Boys, a charity championed by actor Samuel L. Jackson that seeks to raise awareness about cancers that affect males.

The Sun Online reports that Sir Paul is among the celebrities who will contribute to a cover of "Say Something," a top five hit for the young American pop act A Great Big WorldJennifer Hudson also is planning to sing on the record, which will be released in time to compete for the prestigious #1 spot on the U.K. charts during the week of Christmas.

Plans for the single were announced last week during a launch party held at a location that's more than a little familiar to McCartney -- London's Abbey Road Studios.  Among the luminaries in attendance at the bash were Jackson, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and fashion model Daisy Lowe, daughter of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Pharrell Williams' New G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora

PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has officially launched his first-ever fragrance, G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.

The Voice coach described the scent as "super good" in a video posted on his YouTube channel. "You're going to like it," he assured fans, "I like it, girls like it, and people like it."  The word "boys" also flashes on screen when he makes those comments.

He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector's edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good.  On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a "scent for humans."

The fragrance is a "stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for 'girls and boys' that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity," according to comments posted with the YouTube video.  Among its ingredients: patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, violet, lavender and white pepper.

Pharrell collaborated with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN] on the scent, marking the first time Comme des Garçons worked with a musician on a fragrance.

Pharrell's GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Hear Trent Reznor's "Gone Girl" Soundtrack Music

Image Courtesy The Fun StarThese days, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is almost as well known for his work scoring film soundtracks as he is for rocking out with NIN.

Fans can sample music from his latest soundtrack  -- for the upcoming movie Gone Girl -- via a SoundCloud page streaming four of the score's tracks.

The music, co-written with Reznor's frequent collaborator Atticus Ross -- ranges from industrial soundscapes to moody electronic tunes to soft piano music.  Earlier this month, Reznor told The Wall Street Journal that Gone Girl director David Fincher asked for a soundtrack that sounded like "spa music that has curdles and unravels."

Reznor and Ross won an Oscar for their score of another Fincher film, The Social Network. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, stars Ben Affleck.  It hits theaters October 3.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Jason Aldean Went All Out Buying Brittany Kerr's Big Engagement Ring

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean went all out buying Brittany Kerr's engagement ring. She debuted the massive diamond ring in an Instagram posting showing her and Jason sharing a kiss. The caption reads, "We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days. My heart has never been more full of happiness and love … Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

The marriage will be the first for Brittany and the second for Jason.


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Saturday
Sep272014

Beyonce Announces 2015 Official Calendar

Nick Farrell/Sony MusicCan't get enough of Beyonce? Lucky for you, the singer has released her second calendar, according to her official Instagram page.

The singer announced that her brand-new 2015 calendar includes 12 different still shots of Beyonce that were taken for her visual album. Fans will quickly recognize the singer's strappy orange bathing suit from her "Yonce" visual as well as her diamond encrusted lingerie from her "Partition" video. The calendar will also include a glossy centerfold, measuring 12 inches by 24 inches.

You can purchase the calendar for $15 dollars via Shop.Beyonce.com now.


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Friday
Sep262014

Cher Postpones & Reschedules Even More Dates Due to Illness 

Peter Kramer/NBCCher's Dressed to Kill tour isn't going back on the road anytime soon.  The legendary diva's recent illness is causing her to postpone and reschedule even more shows.

The tour will to resume in Lubbock, Texas, on November 9, and a schedule will be posted on Cher.com of all the new dates.  A rep for Cher says in a statement that the viral infection that the singer Cher was stricken with has "affected her kidneys" and "delayed [her] recovery time," adding, "Cher's doctors have advised her to extend her rest period and expect her to make a full recovery."

In a statement, Cher says, "I want to thank all my fans for their good wishes, patience and prayers.  The doctors assure me that I will be totally well by November 9th and ready to perform my show.  I'm truly sorry that I can't get on the stage sooner.  But, the good news is that I'm on the mend and feeling better every day.  I can't wait to see you all.  I'll be 'Dressed to Kill' in my unbelievable new Bob Mackie gowns and promise you an unforgettable night."

On Twitter, Cher also apologized for "screwing up plans" and "disappointing every 1."  She wrote, "I Am desolate, because I've disappointed u."  However, she takes issue with a recent story in the tabloid The Globe claiming that she'll be the next celebrity to die. 

"I will b going strong when Ur 6 ft under & being used 2 Wrap [fish]," she tweeted.  "Nxt Time i Step on Stage I Will Wipe my Feet on U."


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Friday
Sep262014

Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Expecting a Second Child

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, "Sinners Like Me," during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing "Give my dad a grandson," he sang "Give my dad another grandson." The baby's gender hasn't been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine's son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.


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Friday
Sep262014

Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones to Headline First-Ever US Edition of Rock in Rio Festival

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinThe long-running music Rock in Rio festival will make its U.S. debut in May in Las Vegas, and the headliners have now been announced.  They include Metallica, Linkin Park and Deftones, as part of an eclectic bill that will also feature  No Doubt.

The festival will take place May 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Vegas, in a purpose-built concert venue called City of Rock.  The venue will take up 37 acres and will accommodate 85,000 people per day; a VIP area will welcome an additional 4,000 people.  City of Rock will feature six stages, three themed "Rock Streets" that highlight the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, and a 64-foot-high zip line.

Now in its 30th year, Rock in Rio has been attended by over 7.4 million fans, and has featured over 1200 different artists.


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Friday
Sep262014

Taylor Swift, No Doubt, John Legend to Headline First-Ever US Edition of Rock in Rio Festival 

ABC/Jon LeMayThe long-running music Rock in Rio festival will make its U.S. debut in May in Las Vegas, and the headliners have now been announced.  They include Taylor Swift, John Legend and No Doubt, as well as rock bands Metallica and Linkin Park

The festival will take place May 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Vegas, in a purpose-built concert venue called City of Rock.  The venue will take up 37 acres and will accommodate 85,000 people per day; a VIP area will welcome an additional 4,000 people.  City of Rock will feature six stages, three themed "Rock Streets" that highlight the culture and music of the U.S., U.K. and Brazil, and a 64-foot-high zip line.

Now in its 30th year, Rock in Rio has been attended by over 7.4 million fans, and has featured over 1200 different artists.

The 2015 edition of Rock in Rio Brazil, meanwhile, will feature Katy Perry and John Legend.


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Friday
Sep262014

Demi Lovato Is the New Face of N.Y.C New York Color Cosmetics 

PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.The way things are going, at some point in the future, it may very well be that all your beauty and fashion needs will be taken care of by products endorsed by Demi Lovato.

Demi, who in July signed on as the face of Skechers footwear and recently launched her own skincare line, is now the Global Brand Ambassador for N.Y.C. New York Color cosmetics.  She'll be featured in all the marketing and social media campaigns for the drugstore line of cosmetics and nail color, beginning in 2015.

"I'm really excited to be partnering with N.Y.C. New York Color," she says in a statement. "Their products make playing with different looks and trends fun, easy and affordable by all!"

An exec for the brand says in a statement, "Demi's youthful, modern sensibility, audacious style and wide-reaching appeal make her the perfect choice to represent N.Y.C. New York Color on a global scale...Demi's accessibility and willingness to play with color and fashion trends embodies the spirit of N.Y.C. New York Color."


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Friday
Sep262014

R.E.M. Chronicles History with MTV in "REMTV" DVD Box Set

REMHQ.comSeptember has been a good month for R.E.M. fans.  Two days in, the band released their two MTV Unplugged appearances on vinyl.  Now comes word today that the band’s entire history with MTV -- which pretty much amounts to R.E.M.’s entire history, period -- has been collected in a DVD box set, cleverly titled REMTV.

The first two DVDs in the six-disc set include R.E.M.’s MTV Unplugged performances, from 1991 and 2001, while disc three is devoted to their 1998 VH1 Storytellers appearance, including some songs that were cut from the original broadcast.

The real rarities and archival gems come with the remaining three discs -- 99 live performances in all, culled from R.E.M. performances and appearances around the world from 1995 through 2008.  They include 2001’s Live in Cologne, and 2008’s R.E.M. Live in Athens, Greece.  While both shows were recorded for broadcast, more than a dozen songs from those performances never aired, and are included for the first time in the box set.

Tying a bow around the REMTV set is the new, feature-length documentary R.E.M. by MTV, which essentially assembles highlights from all of the box set's contents into a chronicle of R.E.M. and MTV’s history together, from beginning to end.

REMTV is slated for release November 24.  Pre-order it now, though, and you'll score an instant video download of the R.E.M. Supersonic show from Milan, Italy.

For more details and to order, head over to REMHQ.com.


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Friday
Sep262014

Robert Plant Set to Rock "The Tonight Show" This Evening

Image Courtesy of Ed MilesRobert Plant will be the musical guest this evening on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  The mighty Led Zeppelin singer will be accompanied by his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he recorded his just-released solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters launched a brief U.S. tour on Thursday in Port Chester, New York.  Next up for the rock legend is a September 27-28 engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York, in conjunction with a concert series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Robert's new label, Nonesuch Records.  The trek also will stop in Toronto, Chicago and Denver before wrapping up on October 7 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Check out the full itinerary at RobertPlant.com.


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Friday
Sep262014

Report: Wiz Khalifa Challenges Amber Rose for Joint Custody

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABCAmber Rose and Wiz Khalifa's divorce is seemingly getting nasty. As they end their year-long marriage, the rapper reportedly is preparing to fight the model's request for sole custody of their one-and-a-half-year-old son, Sebastian.

Sources connected to Wiz tell TMZ that he is fighting for joint custody of their only child. The gossip site points out that in the state of California it's likely that joint custody will be awarded in the best interests of a child. 

In addition, Wiz has allegedly agreed on enforcing their prenup, which is said to award Amber with more than a million dollars as well as spousal support, which will be approximately $5,000 a month.


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Friday
Sep262014

Andre 3000 Covers Billboard Magazine; Reveals Outkast Doesn’t Have Any New Music

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Outkast fans will be disappointed to know that there isn't any new music on the way, according to Andre 3000. The rapper revealed in an interview with Billboard magazine that he hasn't recorded anything with Big Boi.

"There are no plans to do [an Outkast album]," he tells the magazine. "It’s not like some people think: ‘They’re about to drop this album!’ We don’t have, like, one song. There’s no trickery or nothing like that."

Despite the fact that he can command as much as $100,000 to do a guest feature, Andre needs inspiration, not just financial opportunity, to create. "At this age, the driver is just different, and I think for every artist, you’ve got to find out what’s pushing you," he says. "Like, what do you do it for? I didn’t grow up as a kid saying, 'Man, I want to grow up to be a music star.'"

Although there's no music projects in the works, 3 Stacks is focused on promoting his Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side, which is playing in theaters now.

 
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