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Dec022016

Halestorm Announces New "ReAniMate" Covers EP

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm has revealed the details of their third covers EP. Titled ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP, the six-track collection will be released on January 6.

The EP's eclectic track list includes Halestorm's take on Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," Soundgarden's "Fell on Black Days," Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens," Whitesnake's "Still of the Night," Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and Sophie B. Hawkins' "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." You can listen to the Whitesnake cover now via YouTube.

"On this EP we were inspired to push the limits and challenge the ears of our fans," states frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "There are some surprises that you may not have expected from us, and there are also things that you've always wanted to hear from us."

Here is the ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP track list:

"Still of the Night" (Originally Performed by Whitesnake)
"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (Originally Performed by Sophie B. Hawkins)
"I Hate Myself for Loving You" (Originally Performed by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)
"Heathens" (Originally Performed by Twenty One Pilots)
"Fell on Black Days" (Originally Performed by Soundgarden)
"Ride the Lightning" (Originally Performed by Metallica)

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Friday
Dec022016

Alessia Cara Is This Year’s “Rule Breaker” at "Billboard’s" Women in Music Event

Image Group LA/ABCAlessia Cara is set to receive the Rule Breaker award at Billboard’s 11th Annual Women in Music event this year. The award celebrates an artist who has pushed boundaries in the music industry and who “defies the conventional.”

Alessia joins Kesha, who’s getting the Trailblazer award; Meghan Trainor, who’s being honored with the Chart Topper award; and Halsey, who’ll pick up the Rising Star award. Shania Twain is receiving the Icon award and Madonna is this year’s Woman of the Year.

The Women in Music event will take place on December 9 in New York City and will air nationally on Lifetime on December 12.

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Friday
Dec022016

Lady Gaga Offering Fans the Chance to Be Her “Guest of Honor” at the Super Bowl

Courtesy of Gaga/NFL/PepsiWant to join Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl in February? She’s giving you the chance! The singer has announced her “Guest of Honor” contest in partnership with Pepsi and the NFL.

Fans will have a chance to win a trip to Houston, Texas to catch her halftime performance on February 5. To enter, make a video showing why you’re Lady Gaga’s biggest fan and why you deserve to be her Guest of Honor. Then, post your video to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #GOHContest and #PepsiHalftime.

And finally, make sure to follow @Pepsi and @LadyGaga on Instagram and Twitter. Do it all by December 15 and you’ve got a shot.

In celebration of the contest, Gaga released a special “Fanifesto” video that paid tribute to her fans. "Fandom can inspire a young girl to be an artist like me. It can give somebody the courage to speak up or come out," she says in the video. "Even turn a room full of strangers into a family for three hours on a Sunday."

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Friday
Dec022016

Train Debuts New Song, "Working Girl"

Brendan WalterIf waiting until next month for Train’s new album is making you impatient, the band has something to keep you happy while you wait. The album, a girl a bottle a boat, is available for pre-order today and pre-orders include the brand new song “Working Girl” as an instant download.

Train also has released a lyric video for the song, which features frontman Pat Monahan writing out the lyrics while sitting on a tour bus. The song is about a couple laying out their requirements for a relationship. “I’m in love with a working girl,” Pat repeats on the chorus.

A girl a bottle a boat comes out January 27. In a statement, Pat says the album has been “the most fun and fulfilling” of all the Train albums.

"Every album I've ever been a part of writing has had a fair amount of difficulty,” he says. “Wanting to touch people's lives is a daunting task but when it happens it makes all of the blood sweat and tears worth it.”

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Friday
Dec022016

"Good at Tonight" Video Follows a Day in the Life of David Nail

ABC/Image Group LAYou can find out what a typical show day is like for David Nail in the new live performance video for his latest single, “Good at Tonight.” You can check out the clip shot in different cities on David’s Fighter Tour on YouTube.

Written by CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, the single features vocals from TJ and John, though they don’t appear in the video. “Good at Tonight” is the second release from David’s Fighter album.

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Friday
Dec022016

Members of Pink Floyd, Queen, Guns N' Roses & More Sign Letter in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images; Neal PrestonMembers of the rock community are standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Queen guitarist Brian May, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong all have signed an open letter expressing their support for the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The letter, which was organized by British musician Kate Nash, is addressed to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers. "We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota," the letter begins.

"We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place," it continues. "Where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement."

Other artists who signed the letter include longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, X, Moby, Sia, Billy Bragg, Garbage's Shirley Manson, members of such bands as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fitz and the Tantrums and many more.

You can read the entire letter now on RollingStone.com.

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Friday
Dec022016

Watch Rolling Stones New Video, "Ride 'Em on Down," Starring Kristen Stewart Now

Interscope; Courtesy of Rolling StonesIn addition to releasing their new album, Blue & Lonesome, today, The Rolling Stones also have premiered the official video for their rendition of Eddie Taylor's blues gem "Ride 'Em on Down," starring Twilight actress Kristen Stewart. You can watch the clip, which was directed by François Rousselet, now at the band's VEVO YouTube channel.

At the beginning of the video, we see Stewart carrying some groceries out of a bodega in an urban section of Los Angeles when she's discovers a vintage blue Mustang GT with its driver-side door open and keys in the ignition. She proceeds to hop in the car and take it for a joy ride through the streets of L.A. Along the way, she is shown licking a blue lollipop -- a visual that reflects the Blue & Lonesome cover art -- dancing suggestively while stopping to gas up the vehicle, and encountering a zebra while she drives down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.

At one point, Stewart is pulled over by a police car, but it turns out that the cruiser is being driven by a sketchy looking guy in a ripped flannel shirt and jeans. The guy asks Kristen, "Where'd you get the gas?" Feeling threatened, she responds by grabbing the handle of a knife that's next to her and telling him, "You should probably get out of here." "Great tune," he says while walking away.

"Ride 'Em on Down" is one of the 12 vintage blues cover tunes featured on Blue & Lonesome, which The Stones recorded live in the studio over the course of a few days.

You can check out a new video feature boasting interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and producer Don Was discussing the making of the album at Amazon.co.uk.

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Friday
Dec022016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock On December 4, 1956, the foursome soon-to-be known as The Million Dollar Quartet held an impromptu recording session at Sun studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Can you name the group's members? ANSWER:  Elvis PresleyJohnny CashJerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

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Friday
Dec022016

Keith Urban's Catalog Goes Vinyl This Friday

Capitol NashvilleIf you’re an audiophile and a Keith Urban fan, Friday is your lucky day! Three of Keith’s records -- 2002’s Golden Road, 2010’s Get Closer, and 2013’s Fuse -- are being released on vinyl for the first time ever. 

Golden Road is a two-disc set, while both Get Closer and Fuse are single LPs. The Aussie superstar’s most recent release, RipCord, came out on vinyl last summer.

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Friday
Dec022016

Def Jam Records to Release New Compilation Album, "Direct Deposit Vol. 1"

ABC/Randy HolmesDef Jam Records is set to release a new compilation album featuring some of its best current, veteran and up-and-coming rappers. 

Titled Direct Deposit Vol. 1, the album includes ten tracks from stars such as 2 ChainzPusha TYGDesiigner and the label's newest signed recording artist, Amir Obe

The full-length studio project drops December 2. Here's the track list: 

"Big Amount" -- 2 Chainz featuring Drake 
"Circles" -- Pusha T 
"One Time Comin" -- YG 
"Tiimmy Turner Remix" -- Desiigner 
"Haitians" -- Lajan Slim 
"Stove Top" -- Dave East 
"I Wanna Benz" -- YG 
"No Peace" -- Amir Obe 
"Going Down" -- Trap Beckham 
"Trust Nobody" -- 070 Shake 

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Friday
Dec022016

Kierra Sheard's "Hang On" Lands at Number 10 on "Billboard" Gospel Airplay Chart 

Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence FestivalKierra Sheard's single "Hang On" is certainly hanging on the charts these days, landing at number ten on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart.  

The Grammy-nominated gospel singer's track is the lead single from the album GEI Live, which features backing vocals from the GEI Mass Choir.  A music video for the song is set to debut soon.

GEI Live is now available to purchase everywhere.  

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Friday
Dec022016

Madonna Combines “Art, Music and Mischief” Tonight to Benefit Raising Malawi

Joshua BrandaoTonight, Madonna brings “art, music and mischief” to Miami’s Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006.

"Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement.  "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.”

She adds, “I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi."

In addition to a performance by Madonna, the event will feature special guests including Oscar-winning actor and Madonna’s former husband Sean Penn, Ariana Grande and comedian Chris Rock. Late Late Show host James Corden will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The fundraising event will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

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Friday
Dec022016

Madonna Combines "Art, Music and Mischief" Tonight to Benefit Raising Malawi

Credit: Joshua BrandaoTonight, Madonna brings "art, music and mischief" to Miami's Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006.

"Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement. "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit."

She adds, "I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi."

In addition to a performance by Madonna, the event will feature special guests including Oscar-winning actor and Madonna's former husband Sean Penn, Ariana Grande and comedian Chris Rock. Late Late Show host James Corden will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The fundraising event will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Friday
Dec022016

Chad Smith-Hosted "Landmarks Live in Concert" Performance Series to Premiere in January 

PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New YorkLandmarks Live in Concert, a live performance program hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, will premiere January 20 on PBS. R&B star Alicia Keys will guest on the first episode.

Part of PBS' Great Performances series, Landmarks Live in Concert finds artists performing in front of landmarks to which they feel a special connection. For example, Keys' episode was filmed at various famous spots in her hometown of New York City. As host, Smith will interview each artist about why the landmarks are important to him or her.

"Working on Landmarks to create a new series which focuses on the artists' stories, not just the performances, is something that I'm truly excited about," says Smith in a statement. "Landmarks is a real collaboration between a unique creative team and artists that will certainly change how music shows are approached."

In addition to his Landmarks hosting duties, Smith will be spending 2017 on the road with the rest of the Chili Peppers in support of their new album, The Getaway.

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Friday
Dec022016

AXS TV to Air "Guitar Gods" Marathon Featuring Premiere of 2007 Eric Clapton Concert Film

Courtesy of AXS TV/Special Treats Production Company Ltd.The high-def network AXS TV will celebrate some of the rock world's most lauded musicians during its "Guitar Gods" marathon, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 17. The programming block will culminate with the television premiere of Eric Clapton Live in San Diego, a new concert film documenting a March 2007 show that Clapton played at the iPayOne Center.

Live in San Diego, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, features the British guitar master performing with his touring group, which at the time included Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, and joined on several tunes by Eric's friend and collaborator JJ Cale.

AXS TV's "Guitar Gods" marathon gets underway at 1:30 p.m. ET with an episode of Guitar Center Sessions featuring a performance by and an intimate interview with Joe Walsh, followed at 2:30 p.m. by the 2016 documentary The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash.

At 4:30 p.m., AXS TV will air Cream: Farewell Concert, a movie capturing the historic 1968 farewell show Clapton's old band played at London's Royal Albert Hall. Then, at 6:10 p.m., the network will screen Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, a documentary delving into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career.

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Friday
Dec022016

Five Finger Death Punch to Finish Tour with All That Remains Singer

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody; Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesFive Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody will sit out the remaining eight shows on their tour with Shinedown, Sixx:A.M. and As Lions, starting last night in Philadelphia, as he recovers from an unspecified illness.

According to the official 5FDP website, All That Remains singer Phil Labonte will step in and feature additional help from James Michael of Sixx:A.M. and As Lions singer Austin Dickinson, son of singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory says, "Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.”

Adds Labonte, “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself."

5FDP cut their set short in Massachusetts November 25 after Moody fell ill. The following night in New Jersey, Moody addressed the crowd, saying he'd had “a mental moment.”

Here are the remaining dates on the tour:

12/2 -- Hershey, PA Giant Center
12/3 -- Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
12/5 -- Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
12/6 -- Charleston, SC N. Charleston Civic Center
12/8 -- Orlando, FL Amway Arena
12/9 -- Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
12/10 -- Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center

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Friday
Dec022016

Katy Perry's Ready to Roar in 2017: "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman REBORN" 

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesFollowing a charity gala Monday where Hillary Clinton presented an award to Katy Perry, the singer has managed to sum up in an Instagram post what her experience campaigning for Clinton has meant to her.

"From the outside it probably looks as though I've always had a 'voice,'" she writes. "Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. [Or that] I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared.

"Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have," says Katy.

Katy goes on to say that Clinton "lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence."

The singer says she's "continually inspired" by Clinton's strength, and finishes her post by promising that in 2017, we'll be hearing a whole new "her."

"It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, 'Shut up and sing,'" she writes. "Boy, will I do so in a whole new way... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN."

Katy is expected to release a new album next year.

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Friday
Dec022016

Dead & Company Announces Summer 2017 Tour

Danny ClinchChristmas isn’t even here yet, but it’s already time to make your summer concert plants, if you’re a Grateful Dead fan: Dead & Company just announced their summer 2017 tour plans.

The outing kicks of May 27 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and continues through a July 1 show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.  It’s 19 dates and 15 cities in all.

The returning Dead & Company band, which includes Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir; singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge; and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, will perform two sets of Grateful Dead material during each stop.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m., with presales available starting this Monday, December 5.  Check out DeadandCompany.com for full ticket info.

Here are the Dead & Company 2017 tour dates:

5/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
5/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/3 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/4 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/7 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/9 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
6/10 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
6/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
6/15 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/17 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
6/18 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
6/20 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/22 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/24 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/25 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/28 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/30 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/1 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field

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Friday
Dec022016

Dolly Goes Head-to-Head with Cookie Lyon and Comes Out on Top

NBCUniversalAfter going head-to-head with Cookie Wednesday night, Dolly Parton officially comes out on top.  Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was number-one for the night, drawing nearly 12 million viewers for NBC, compared to nearly eight million for Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire, according to Variety.

The holiday-themed sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors was down about a million-and-a-half viewers compared to its record-setting predecessor, which was the most-watched made-for-TV movie in some time.

If you missed Dolly’s cameo as The Painted Lady who inspired her iconic look, you can stream or download Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love now, with the DVD on the way December 20.

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Friday
Dec022016

New Faces 2017: Prestigious Show Predicts the Superstars of Tomorrow

ABC/Image Group LA William Michael MorganMaren MorrisJon PardiGranger Smith and Drake White are set to play next year’s prestigious New Faces of Country Music show. Held every year during Country Radio Seminar, it’s seen as a significant indicator of who’s likely to be around for a long time, as well as who has a shot at super-stardom.

The performers are voted on by members of the radio industry attending the convention. Last year, both Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion took the stage, following in the footsteps of RebaGeorge Strait, and Thomas Rhett, who were also chosen early in their careers.

The already-sold-out show takes place Friday, February 24 at the Omni Nashville.

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