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Wednesday
Aug262015

Performances by Don Henley, James Taylor to Be Featured on Upcoming "Austin City Limits" Season

Danny Clinch; Timothy WhiteDon Henley and James Taylor are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming 41st season of the PBS live performance series Austin City Limits.  The fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will make their respective debuts on the show on episodes scheduled to premiere on October 24 and November 14.

As previously reported, Henley will release a new solo album on September 25, the country-flavored Cass County.  The Eagles star will tape his episode on September 1.  Taylor, meanwhile, continues to promote his latest studio effort, Before This World, which arrived in June.

Austin City Limits is taped at the Austin, Texas, venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  The show's new season premiere on October 3 with a special featuring highlights from the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Here's a list of confirmed Austin City Limits episodes and guests; more will be announced soon:

10/3 -- 2015 Hall of Fame Special
10/10 -- Cassandra Wilson
10/17 -- Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
10/24 -- Don Henley
10/31 -- Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett
11/7 -- TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs
11/14 -- James Taylor
11/21 -- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Luke Bryan Stripping It Down with Wife Caroline as Other Celebrity Couples Call It Quits

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan wrote his sexy new single, "Strip It Down," thinking about his wife, Caroline. It's an indication of where the couple's marriage is these days, which means you likely won't see Luke and Caroline headed for divorce court any time soon.

It's a bright spot for country fans in a summer that has seen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert end their four-year marriage. Jake Owen and Reba have also announced splits from their respective spouses.

"Any time we hear of couples in the public eye breaking up, me and Caroline talk about it," Luke tells People. "It really hurts our hearts that people arrive at that and can't work it out. Yeah, you do think about it in this business. Caroline and I just say our prayers that we're happy and that things are good."

Luke and Caroline look forward to growing old together as Luke celebrates his 40th birthday next summer.

He adds, "Caroline says growing old is a privilege, so you gotta understand it like that."

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Talking About Fertility Issues on "Good Morning America" Friday

Womanista/Greenroom PRLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in spring 2016. The couple faced infertility issues as they tried to conceive the child. Cassie will be talking about their fertility struggles on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning. The appearance is a part of GMA's Fertility Week programming.

Cassie is also keeping fans updated on her pregnancy through her women's lifestyle site, Womanista.com. She announced the pregnancy on the site earlier this month.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Wu-Tang Clan Hasn't Sold That Five Million Dollar Album Yet 

Image Courtesy ScluzayRemember when the Wu-Tang Clan announced that their final album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was being auctioned off? Well, with bids starting at five million dollars, the project has not been sold yet.

Their one-of-kind album, which includes all nine members on 31 tracks, is still up for grabs, according to FlavorWire.com. Back in March, the set was posted on the online auction house Paddle8 and it's still available now. The disc took six years to make and features rare collaborations, but it will be a long time before the public hears it due to the copyright clause, written by RZA and Cilvaringz, which states that the buyer cannot release it commercially for 88 years.

In related news, the group reportedly is negotiating a partnership with Nike for a special edition of the company’s Foamposite sneakers.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Pearl Jam Will "Probably Try" to Record New Album Next Year, Says Ament 

Credit: Danny ClinchIs there a new Pearl Jam album on the horizon? In an interview with Vice, bassist Jeff Ament says the band may return to the studio in 2016.

"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," Ament says. Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Ament didn't give any more details about the prospective new Pearl Jam album -- the interview mostly focused on his efforts building skate parks for youth communities in South Dakota and his home state Montana, which he pays for himself.

"The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money," Ament says. "If I make more money I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I'm usually not too excited about it."

Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in New York City's Central Park, followed by a South American tour in November.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Pop Evil Added to Inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival Lineup

Credit: Dean BradshawThe inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival now comes with an extra dose of evil. Pop Evil has been added to the festival's lineup, which will be headlined by Godsmack and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, Otherwise, Black Label Society, Anthrax, Like a Storm and Sevendust will also play the Food Truck and Rock Carnival. Along with the concerts, the two-day event features a free food truck competition featuring over 40 trucks, wrestling and amusement rides.

The 2015 Food Truck and Rock Carnival will be held September 18-20 at the Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey. While entry to the food truck and carnival activities will be free, tickets are required for the concerts. Visit TheRockCarnival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Pop Evil's new album Up, featuring the top-three Active Rock single "Footsteps," is out now.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Hear Jennifer Hudson Sing The Color Purple Musical Theme Song 

Heather Wines/CBSJennifer Hudson is giving us a sneak peek at her role as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.

In a new Facebook video for the production, Hudson and co-star Cynthia Erivo stand inside a recording booth and perform the title song.  Their performance is interspersed with footage from the show.

"[It's] a timeless piece of American culture," Hudson recently told People of The Color Purple. "The story holds a special place in my heart because, in part, it's so honest. All of the characters are true to who they are. Each individual is an integral part of the message and it brings a complex emotion that sticks with the audience."

The show, which opens in December, will mark Hudson's Broadway debut.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

New Concert Film Showcasing The Who's 2015 Hyde Park Show to Be Screened in Theaters in October

Arts Alliance/Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert in front of a crowd of 65,000 at London's famed Hyde Park.  The performance, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. performance on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, was filmed for a new movie that'll premiere in theaters around the world October 7.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park features the British rock legends playing a set packed with their memorable songs, including "I Can't Explain," "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The film also offers interview segments with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers, including Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a bonus featurette with extended interviews at the end of the film.

Townshend said of the experience of playing in Hyde Park, "It's a good gig.  You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd."

You can check out a trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  Further details about the screenings will be revealed soon at TheWhoFilm.com.

The Who will kick off a fall North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour on September 14 in San Diego.  The trek is scheduled to run through a December 13 concert in Oakland, California.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Vance Joy Says Opening for Taylor Swift Has Been "Trial by Fire"

Credit: Darren AnkenmanVance Joy may be known for his intimate, acoustic-based songs, but he's playing venues that are anything but intimate as the opening band on pop star Taylor Swift's massive 1989 tour.

"It's been a trial by fire," Joy tells the Los Angeles Times of opening for Swift in arenas. "The goal is just to be yourself, which you think you've got down pat. Playing for 100 people in a room, you can mumble into the mike and say a few things and nothing's missed. But playing for 20,000 people and getting them to be engaged? You need to really project and be like, 'Hey, I'm here!'"

"Over the last 30 shows I've been taking steps out into that void," he adds. "I'll try to get the whole crowd to clap along or hold their phones up."

Joy names his songs "Fire and the Flood" and "Georgia" as his favorite moments of his set, but "Riptide," his first hit, still receives the biggest crowd response.

"It's hard. I get in touch with the people loving it and with that feeling," Joy says of playing "Riptide." "From early on it's been like this thing I've got in my pocket, this nice little gift. But you stop thinking about the fact that you wrote it, you know? It goes from a song you wrote to this thing that's in a book. You open up the book, and you play the song."

Joy's tour with Swift continues tonight with the fifth and final show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The North American leg of the tour wraps up Halloween night in Tampa, Florida.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Adam Levine Nurses Wife After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Christopher Polk/NBCGetting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t so bad when you have Adam Levine to comfort you. The Maroon 5 frontman has been helping wife Behati Prinsloo as she recovers from oral surgery this week.

Following Monday’s dental work, Behati posted a video on Instagram of the two lying in bed together.  Adam makes a funny face as Behati cuddles a teddy bear.

“My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute,” the model captions the video. Behati later posted a picture of herself looking rather miserable, with a swollen face and her head wrapped in a scarf. “On point,” she writes of her look.

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My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute update: day 2 after removing my wisdom teeth SUCK!!!!!!

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Christina Aguilera Throws Carnival-Themed Backyard Bash for Daughter's First Birthday

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCChristina Aguilera’s daughter, Summer Rain, celebrated her first birthday in style over the weekend, thanks to some expert party-planning by her parents.

People magazine reports Christina and her fiancé, Matthew Rutler, hosted the carnival-themed backyard bash for their baby girl in Los Angeles  Saturday, complete with Minnie Mouse, a balloon maker, a bubble station, and lots and lots of pink.

The magazine also has exclusive photos of the soiree. In one pic, Christina holds a smiling Summer in front of a tiny pink birthday cake as Matthew looks on. In another, Summer wears an adorable tutu as she holds a bunch of balloons.

Summer’s actual birthday was on August 16. On that day, Christina posted a snap of her daughter on Instagram and wrote, “Happy 1st birthday! My sweet, Summer Rain.”

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Happy 1st Birthday! My Sweet, Summer Rain.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Lady Gaga’s "American Horror Story: Hotel" Character Has a Taste for Blood

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LANow we know why Lady Gaga dyed her pool blood-red for that American Horror Story: Hotel cast party. In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, we learn that Gaga’s AHS character has a unique obsession with the sticky red stuff.

Show creator Ryan Murphy reveals that Gaga’s character, The Countess, maintains her youthful glow by drinking human blood. He says she’s not a vampire, though.

“I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.”

The Countess -- who owns the mysterious Hotel Cortez -- is also entangled in a love triangle with the similarly blood-obsessed Donovan, played by Matt Bomer, and a male model named Tristan, played by Finn Wittrock. Angela Bassett plays Ramona Royale, an actress and former lover of The Countess seeking revenge.

But we'd think twice before messing with The Countess, especially since she wears a fashionable, yet deadly chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” Gaga says. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”

The singer tells the mag she’s relishing the show’s macabre storyline.  “I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” Gaga tells the mag. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do -- Horror Story fans, my fans -- there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres October 7 on FX.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Mariah Carey Releasing Children's Book Based on "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNCMariah Carey is releasing a children’s book inspired by her most popular Christmas song, People reports. The picture book, titled “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” tells the story of a little girl whose only holiday wish is to get a new puppy.  It features the complete lyrics from the song and is set to hit shelves November 10.

"When I wrote 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' it was my dream for it to become a classic Christmas song," Mariah tells People in a statement. "I am so proud of the song's impact as it continues to create memories for fans each year."

She adds: "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families with the picture book."

Christmas must be Mariah’s favorite holiday, because she's also set to direct and co-star in a holiday movie to air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas this year.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Newcomer Cam Making Her "Good Morning America" Debut September 1

Sony Music Nashville/Ninelle EfremovaCountry newcomer Cam will perform her breakthrough hit, "Burning House," on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, September 1. She's also featured on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday.

Cam's single is the highest-charting solo female song at country radio right now. It should hit the top 20 in the coming weeks.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Pharrell, A$AP Rocky, & Macklemore Confirmed for 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Courtesy MTVThe MTV VMAs just announced a slew of performers for this Sunday's show.  Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will all take the stage at the Miley Cyrus-hosted ceremony.  They'll be joining previously-announced performer The Weeknd, who will showcase his chart-topping hit, "Can’t Feel My Face."

This will be Pharrell’s first time performing as a solo artist. He performed back in 2006 with the Pussycat Dolls and Ludacris, and joined Diddy, Usher, Busta Rhymes, and Ginuwine for a medley of "Bad Boy for Life" and "Pass the Courvoisier" in 2002.

Three-time VMA winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis last performed on the show in 2013, while A$SAP Rocky last performed in 2012, alongside Rihanna

The VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live on MTV.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Kacey Musgraves Unveils Kacey for Lucchese Boot Collection

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves has partnered with Texas-based Western brand Lucchese to unveil her Kacey for Lucchese boot collection. The footwear is inspired by Kacey's life and experiences as a musician in the past few years.

 

 

She says, "As a native Texan (and a boot wearer!) this brand means something special to me and this opportunity was a dream come true. Every detail on each boot in this line represents sentiments and pieces of me and my career. I hope y'all will wear them as proudly as I will!”

To check out the Kacey for Lucchese collection, go to Lucchese.com.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Nick Jonas Named Music Curator for 2016 Miss America Competition 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas is adding another gig to his already-packed schedule. The singer will serve as the official music curator for the 2016 Miss America Competition.

That means Nick will personally select the music that will accompany the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the ceremony. He will also give commentary throughout the evening on his music selections, including why he chose each song.

We'd say Nick probably knows a thing or two about pageants, since his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, is a former Miss USA and former Miss Universe.  In fact, Nick's hit "Jealous" was inspired by one night when he was out with Olivia and he got angry that other guys kept checking her out.

The 2016 Miss America Competition, hosted by Chris Harrison, airs Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The 95th anniversary broadcast will air live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Confirmed for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" 

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesAfter turning down the offer for the past four years, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is finally taking the plunge: he'll be part of the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars season 21.

He tells US Weekly magazine that his buddy Joey Fatone of 'N SYNC talked him into it.  Joey competed on the show in seasons four and 15.  "He talks about it all the time and I was really debating if I wanted to do it, and he said, 'It's a great experience, it keeps you in shape and it'll teach you a lot of stuff,'" Nick said of Joey.

Nick says he also wanted to do the show to see if he could get further than his little brother, Aaron Carter.  During season nine, he came in fifth with partner Karina Smirnoff.

"There's a lot of competitiveness in me and I think there's a little something inside of me that says, 'Okay, I'm going to go there and represent the Carter name and do even better than what he did!'" Nick tells US Weekly.

You'd think that Nick would be a ringer, considering the dance routines he's been performing with Backstreet for years, but he claims he's nothing special.

"I never considered myself a great dancer. Even though funny enough I've danced my entire life, I might have had a little insecurity on that end," he tells the magazine. "But I felt this time around I had some time and I think it'll be a cool experience. I think they can teach me some stuff...it'll be a great experience to learn how to ballroom dance."

Nick says he also hopes the show will whip him into shape. "I have a tendency to get overweight pretty damn fast so dancing has always kept me slim," he laughs.

There have been quite a few boy banders on DWTS over the years in addition to Nick and Joey; Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees and 'N SYNC's Lance Bass have also competed.

Other confirmed DWTS cast members are Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, and triple crown jockey Victor Espinoza.  The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America. Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Pharrell Williams & Tori Kelly Performing on MTV VMAs 

Courtesy MTVThe MTV VMAs just announced a slew of performers for this Sunday's show.

Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Pharrell Williams, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and rock band Twenty One Pilots will all take the stage at the Miley Cyrus-hosted ceremony.  They'll be joining previously-announced performer The Weeknd.

This will be Demi's first time performing on the show, but she's performed on the VMA pre-show before.  She also won a Moonman for Best Video with a Message for "Skyscraper."

Three-time VMA winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis last performed on the show in 2013, with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.  Pharrell has never performed on the show as a solo artist, but he did join the Pussycat Dolls and Ludacris in 2006 for "Money Maker."  In 2002, he took part in a medley with Diddy, Usher, Busta Rhymes and Ginuwine

A$AP Rocky last performed in 2012, alongside Rihanna.  Twenty One Pilots are making their VMA debut, but they performed on the MTV Movie Awards last year.  This will also be Tori's debut on the show. 

The VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live on MTV.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Twenty One Pilots to Perform at MTV VMAs

Credit: Jabari JacobsTwenty One Pilots will bring their famously energetic live show to this weekend's MTV Music Video Awards. The performance will mark the band's first appearance at the VMAs, although they did previously play the MTV Movie Awards in 2014.

While they'll be performing, Twenty One Pilots are not nominated for a VMA this year. The nominees for the Best Rock Video are Arctic Monkeys' "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?," Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman," WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance," Hozier's "Take Me to Church," and Florence + the Machine's "Ship to Wreck."

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. A pre-show celebration, featuring a performance from WALK THE MOON, airs 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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