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Monday
Apr212014

Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Packages with Journey, Ozzy Osbourne

Travis Shinn; MSO PRTwo exciting VIP packages are up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Journey and Ozzy Osbourne.  The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy's Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Journey package includes two tickets to one of the band's upcoming summer concerts, to be chosen by the winning bidder, as well as the opportunity to spend some face time with the group's members and get a picture taken with them.

As for the other offer, the winner will receive two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  The package includes a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event's soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself. 

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb' Mo' and other stars.  In addition, The Eagles' Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the packages through this Friday by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

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Monday
Apr212014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch studied pre-med at which Nashville college? ANSWER: Lipscomb University.

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Monday
Apr212014

Dustin Lynch's Fans Give a Big "Yep Yep" to His Latest Hit, "Where It's At"

Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch's latest single, "Where It's At," features him singing the phrase "yep yep" at several points in the song. Fans have latched onto "yep yep" so much, Dustin's already selling t-shirts and other items with that line at his concerts.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "What's crazy is how many people have picked up on that in social media, like Twitter and Facebook. I see it all over the place now. Hashtag yep yep."

The overall message of "Where It's At" celebrates the everyday magic of a true love relationship well beyond the first few dates.

"It's about not being able to take your hands off of someone, but for good reasons," Dustin explains. "It's about real. Being real. It's not about glam, you know. It's about just being who you are in your own clothes and a ballcap and t-shirt and pajamas and being the big spoon on the couch and all that good stuff."

"Where It's At" is the lead single from Dustin's upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.

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Monday
Apr212014

Sara Bareilles' Heart Is "Soaked with Excitement" over New Musical

Credit: Danny Clinch2014 has already been pretty memorable for Sara Bareilles: she attended the Grammys, where she was nominated for two awards and got to perform with music legend Carole King; she teamed with VH1 for a new initiative to bring instruments to schools; and she appeared on Live from the Artists' Den.  Now, she's deep into her most challenging project yet: writing songs for a stage musical.

"It's really exciting.  We're doing a stage adaptation of the film Waitress, and there's some incredible collaborators on board," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And so when I was approached to try this I was like, 'I don't know what I'm doing but I'm really curious. So, gimme a shot. If it doesn't work out, let me know!'"  

Sara's currently in New York City hard at work on the project, and she tweeted,  "Oh boy. My heart is soaked with excitement. Watching this musical start to take shape is insanely gratifying and precious."  She also shared a photo of a reading, adding, "It's happppppppppennning."  She added a string of hashtags, including, "#waitress," "#musicals," "#singing," "#people," "#stuff," "#me," "#you" and "#letsdothis."

"I'm having so much fun playing in a totally new medium," Sara tells ABC News Radio. "I'm a big musical theater fan.  It's something I always sort of dreamed for myself, but I didn't realize it would be in this capacity so it's kind of exciting!"

The movie Waitress came out in 2007; it starred Keri Russell as a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to a bully.  She works in a diner, where her job is to make creative and unusual pies. She hopes to win a pie contest and use the money to leave her husband and finance a new life for herself, but he won't allow her to go.  Then, an unwanted pregnancy, a sympathetic doctor, and a secret benefactor all conspire to eventually give her the life she wants.

So what can theatergoers expect from the songs Sara is creating for Waitress: The Musical?  Ones that are easy to sing along to.

"I grew up on Les Miserables and Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden -- lots of really, you know, beautiful, melodic [pieces]," she says. "I mean that's what I love about theatrical music anyways: the melodies are just, they are the heart and center.  I love that.  I like building the story over a beautiful melody and going from there." 

No word yet on exactly when the musical will debut.

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Monday
Apr212014

Beyonce Fan Turns Student Loan Debt into "Partition" Parody

Beyonce.comBeyonce has inspired a superfan, Chanel Carroll, to vent her frustration about student loan debt by remixing the singer's sexually charged song, "Partition," lifted from her latest self-titled album.

In the clip, which was posted on Carroll's YouTube page, Bey's original lyrics are swapped out for Carroll's, who has cleverly titled the tune "Tuition."

"Pay all my loans please, I just wanna live the debt-free life," she sings on the hook. Complete with Sallie Mae references and debt collector voicemails, the track describes the struggle many face when trying to pay down the accruing interest on their student loans.

One YouTube user commented, "True Dat. Student loan debt is real," while another added, "So smart! I hope Bey pays your loans off after this lol."

The video has racked up more than 23,000 views in less than a week.

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Monday
Apr212014

Chris Brown's Bodyguard Found Guilty of Assault

Sony Music EntertainmentChris Brown's bodyguard was found guilty Monday morning of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

Judge Patricia W. Wynn's conviction of Christopher Hollosy follows two days of testimony last week.  Both Hollosy and Brown face charges of misdemeanor assault in the attack, during which they're accused of punching a man outside of the W hotel.  Hollosy claimed the man was trying to board Chris Brown's tour bus, but the victim said he was trying to insert himself into a photo Brown was taking with two women.  Hollosy will be sentenced June 25.

The bodyguard's conviction may not bode well for Brown, who himself goes on trial Wednesday morning for the same crime.  He's denied hitting his accuser. 

If Brown is convicted of assault, he not only faces a possible six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in Washington, D.C., but also could face problems in California, where he's on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.  If he's found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

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Monday
Apr212014

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless Says She Would Have Turned Down Nirvana Hall of Fame Gig

Courtesy Taylor Momsen via TwitterWhen the surviving members of Nirvana played at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they asked a series of female singers -- including Joan Jett, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Lorde -- to stand in for the late Kurt Cobain. In a recent Rolling Stone piece, Dave Grohl said that he and Krist Novoselic chose women because "it was about the future."

These days, it's hard to imagine the future of women in rock without Taylor Momsen's name popping up. The frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless has a giant voice, an even bigger reputation and a Cobain-like snarling disregard for society's norms.

It turns out that Momsen is a big fan of Nirvana -- and knows Grohl and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear -- but she tells ABC News Radio that she wouldn't have taken the gig, if they had offered it to her. "See, I wouldn't have done it, because I'm not Kurt Cobain," she says. "It's not the same without him. I know all those guys, but I don't know if I'd do [a Nirvana song] justice."

Momsen probably will soon get the chance to talk about the Hall of Fame performance with one of the participants -- both she and Joan Jett are scheduled to perform at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this week. 

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Monday
Apr212014

Enrique Iglesias Reveals Why He Turned Down Multi-Million-Dollar Reality Show Judge Offers

Courtesy: BillboardEnrique Iglesias' friend Jennifer Lopez has raked in millions thanks to her work as a judge on American Idol.  But he says even though he's had similar offers -- from Idol and other shows -- he turned them all down.  Why?  Because it wouldn't make him as happy as making music does.

Speaking to Billboard magazine for its new cover story, Enrique says he rejected multi-million-dollar offers to judge American Idol, The Voice and the now-canceled X Factor because they would've interfered with his tour and recording plans.  "I cared more about going into the studio and writing songs," he tells Billboard. "That's what makes me happier."

Enrique also confirms a previously reported story that his famous father, Julio Iglesias, has never met his girlfriend, Anna Kournikova, even though the pair have been dating for 12 years.  However, he says he doesn't blame his old man.

"The last 14 years, 15 years of my life have flown by. And that's the only way I can truly explain it," he tells the magazine. "There's no reason why -- it's not his fault, and it's not my fault."

The singer also says he's not concerned about the fact that his latest album, Sex and Love, has dropped down the chart after debuting in the top 10. Pointing out that it took 18 months for his last album to produce two top-five hits, he notes, "I've never been so focused on the first week. For me, it's about getting to the finish line."

You can read more from Enrique when Billboard publishes its cover story in full on Monday.

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Monday
Apr212014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line has set up a new Instagram account, @fgltourlife, to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their life on the road.

Miranda Lambert set up shop at the Madill, OK Walmart Friday to help find puppies new homes in time for Easter.

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Monday
Apr212014

The Band Perry Feeling Out New Music for Upcoming Third Album

CMAThe Band Perry recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of their sophomore album, Pioneer. While the latest single from that project, "Chainsaw," climbs the charts, the Perry siblings are starting to think about what they want to say on their upcoming third album.

Lead singer Kimberly Perry says, "We have begun, slowly but surely, and I can’t even tell you what’s in our heads yet, because we’re still trying to get it all out on paper."

The Band Perry spent a lot of time writing and re-writing songs for Pioneer. This time around, they're taking a more intuitive approach to writing music.

"On the third album I can say it’s all about feel," Kimberly explains. "'How does this feel? This feels good. This is gonna feel good live.' So it’s already taken a life of its own and it has its own personality. We’ll see what it becomes."

There's a chance The Band Perry could try out some of those new songs on the road. Go to TheBandPerry.com to see where they're playing next.

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Monday
Apr212014

Pharrell’s Star-Studded Coachella Set Features Jay Z, Pusha T, and Usher

Jay Z & Pharrell; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaFrom our partners at Consequence of Sound.

Pharrell Williams returned to Indio, California, on Saturday night for another star-studded set at Coachella. After spending time on stage with Gwen Stefani, Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg, and Diplo during his weekend-one performance, Pharrell rounded up an equally impressive set of guests for weekend two.

Over the course of the 20-song set, Pharrell was joined by the likes of Jay Z, Pusha T, Usher, Busta Rhymes, and T.I. The set began with a cover of Daft Punk’s “Lose Yourself to Dance” before he brought out T.I. for a rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

Pusha appeared to perform his Clipse classic “Grindin’” while Usher crooned his way through “U Don’t Have to Call.”

Jay Z, meanwhile, joined Pharrell for “Frontin’,” “Excuse Me Miss,” “La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again),” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”

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Monday
Apr212014

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan Song, Dead at 76

Getty ImagesRubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who inspired a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington, has died following a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter's friend, John Artis, says the boxer died in his sleep Sunday morning in Toronto, according to CTV News. He was 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison on a murder conviction that was overturned after several appeals and a groundswell of support by civil rights groups and celebrities. He was released in 1985.

In 1975, Dylan released a song about Carter's case, titled "Hurricane." Washington portrayed Carter in the 1999 film The Hurricane, earning him an Oscar nomination.

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Monday
Apr212014

Mariah Carey Shares Family Easter Pics with Fans

Image courtesy Mariah Carey via TwitterMariah Carey celebrated Easter with her husband Nick Cannon and their two-and-a-half-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on Sunday, and she shared a series of photos with fans on Twitter.

The first post featured Mariah, 43, posing with Cannon, 33, and the twins, along with the caption, "Happy Easter!!!!"

A little later, Mariah tweeted a picture of Monroe and her sporting matching bunny ears, with the message, "Easter bunny? Are you coming??? - Love, Ms. Monroe & Ms. Mariah."

Cannon also got in on the fun, posting a picture on Instagram showing some goodies left by the Easter Bunny, captioned, "Such a beautiful day! #happyeaster."

“The Easter Egg Hunt was going down!!” accompanies another picture of the twins hunting for more treats.

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Monday
Apr212014

Justin Bieber's Deportation Request Rejected by White House

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation DepartmentJustin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.

The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”

The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."

The White House added, "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”

The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." It drew nearly 274 thousand signatures, well beyond the 100 thousand needed to generate an official response.

The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.

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Monday
Apr212014

Chance the Rapper Cancels Coachella Appearance After Falling Ill

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaChance the Rapper cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, at virtually the last minute on Sunday, after he was hospitalized with an unspecified illness.

Chance's reps made the announcement Sunday via his Twitter feed, writing, "Chance fell ill on Friday night & was admitted to the hospital today- Doctors & family are with him & he is expected to make a full recovery."

They did not elaborate on the nature of Chance's ailment. The 21-year-old rapper had mentioned two days earlier on Twitter that he was feeling ill.

Chance performed during the first weekend of the Coachella festival, inviting Justin Bieber on stage for a cameo.

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Monday
Apr212014

"Nobody Knows" Singer Kevin Sharp Dead at 43

Courtesy KevinSharp.comKevin Sharp, who scored a hit in 1996 with "Nobody Knows," has died.

Sharp's website announced the singer died Saturday night of ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.

Sharp -- who survived a battle with a rare form of bone cancer after he was diagnosed while in high school -- earned a #1 country hit in 1996 with "Nobody Knows," a cover of a song by R&B artist Tony Rich. It was off his debut album, Measure of a Man, which also featured the singles "She's Sure Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody."

Sharp later released two more studio albums: 1998's Love Is and 2005's Make a Wish.

A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. More information will be announced on Sharp's website in the near future.

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Monday
Apr212014

Reports: Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join "The Voice" 

Image Courtesy Gwen Stefani via InstagramLooks like Christina Aguilera's pregnancy has given Gwen Stefani a new opportunity: Both TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter say that the No Doubt frontwoman is likely to step in for Christina on the seventh season of The Voice.

While NBC hasn't confirmed anything, TMZ says that Gwen will be in the big red chair when season seven begins taping this June, alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, who's replacing the departing Cee Lo Green.  The website claims that Christina wanted to continue on the show throughout her pregnancy, but ultimately decided it would be too difficult and stepped aside.  Gwen's deal is for only one season, TMZ claims, as Christina is expected to be back for season eight.

Gwen knows all about putting things on hold due to pregnancy: she recently gave birth to her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn, with hubby Gavin Rossdale.

Meanwhile, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Gwen is "in talks" for the job.  The publication notes that earlier this month at Coachella, Pharrell brought Gwen out on stage with him for a version of "Hollaback Girl" and said big things would be coming for her.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, he may have been referring to their impending reunion on The Voice.

The current season's lineup of Voice judges includes Adam, Blake, Usher and Shakira.  The show's finale takes place May 20.

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Monday
Apr212014

Ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine Shares Details About Upcoming Brian Wilson Album

Courtesy of Al JardineBrian Wilson has been working on a new studio album that's sure to interest Beach Boys lovers and rock fans in general.  The project features contributions by guitar legend Jeff Beck, as well as a number of Wilson's fellow Beach Boys alumni -- Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.

Jardine recently chatted with ABC News Radio and revealed a few details about the upcoming record.

"I sang a couple of leads on it, and a few background parts, and that's pretty much all I know about it," he explained.

One tune featuring Jardine's lead vocals that he said he particularly liked is called "Run, James, Run."  The 71-year-old singer described the track as "a 21st century car song," adding that it's "a good up-tempo kind of nouveau Beach Boy kind of thing, which I kind of really enjoyed."

In addition, Al reported that his son Matt, who previously had served as Wilson's stand-in on some Beach Boys tours, also sings on Brian's upcoming album.

As for when the record might be released, Jardine admitted that he had no idea.  "It's in the hands of the producers," he said, "so we'll all find out together."

One byproduct of the recording sessions was a well-received 2013 co-headlining tour featuring Wilson and Beck, which also included Jardine and Marks as special guests.

Al told ABC News Radio that the trek helped make him aware of just how great a musician Beck is.  "[He's a] very, very talented guy," Jardine gushed.  "He's extraordinary.  [And he] has a real appreciation for Beach Boy music, which I didn't know."

Next up for Jardine is a May 10 performance at the Mayfest on Main event in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The free show also will feature Marks, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame and Al's son Matt, among other performers.

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Monday
Apr212014

The Kinks' Dave Davies Shares Health Advice with Ailing AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young

Cleopatra Records; Columbia RecordsOn Wednesday, AC/DC announced that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was "taking a break from the band due to ill health."  The news came on the heels of an unconfirmed Australian blog post that claimed Young had suffered a stroke.

While the nature of Malcolm's illness has yet to be officially revealed, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist who had a debilitating stroke back in 2004, The Kinks' Dave Davies, has offered some advice for the ailing musician.

Davies wrote a Facebook message directed at Young that reads, "[N]ever give up -- and remember all the important 'tricks' you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind -- always [exercise] your hands and fingers -- picking coins from the floor -- picking up pins from a flat surface -- constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster -- [imagine] playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep -- daily."

After suffering his stroke, it took a long time before Davies performed again, but he finally returned to the stage last year and has been playing shows fairly regularly ever since.

It's worth noting that the same blog post that reported Malcolm had had a stroke also claimed that AC/DC was set to announce its retirement, something the band refuted in its official statement.  The Australian rockers insisted in their message, "The band will continue to make music."

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Monday
Apr212014

Report: Rihanna Drops Lawsuit Against Ex-Accountants

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Rihanna has decided to drop a multimillion-dollar lawsuit she filed earlier this year, in which she claimed that her former accountants left her "effectively bankrupt" by the end of 2009.

The New York Post's Page Six reports she's reached a settlement with her ex-accountants  -- Peter Gounis, Michael Mitnick and the firm Berdon LLP -- after they filed a countersuit and accused the singer of "exorbitant" spending during her Last Girl on Earth tour.

"The tour did not make as much money as projected," lawyers for Gounis said, according to court docs. "The tour was what she wanted, just as the exorbitant amount of expensive clothing and other purchases she squandered her money on were…At the end of her two-year spending spree she had rooms of shoes, clothing and jewelry and fond, if not hazy, memories of extravagant parties, but little cash."

The settlement will prevent the case from going to trial, but lawyers for both sides refused to discuss terms of the agreement, the paper reports.

As previously reported, Rihanna accused her former accountants of mismanaging her fortune of $11 million and advising her to buy a $7 million Southern California home, which she later sold at a $2 million loss.

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