"People's" Sexiest Man Alive Issue Features Levine, Timberlake, Derulo, Legend, 1D's Harry & Niall & More 

Art Streiber/NBCAs of today, Adam Levine is no longer People's Sexiest Man Alive: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel series of superhero films, including The Avengers, has claimed the honor for 2014.  So how is Adam taking the news that he no longer holds that title?

"Very well," laughs People staff editor Antoinette Coulton. "Y'know, it's a year officially, but people talk about this even after the year is up.  So I'm sure he wishes Chris well. He's in the issue as well, as our outgoing guy, and he's having fun with it."

Adam doesn't have much to complain about: in the year since he took the title, he won The Voice again, appeared in a movie, topped the charts with Maroon 5, and got married.  In the new Sexiest Man Alive issue, on stands Friday, he's featured in a segment called "Facing Their Fears," where hot stars are asked what scares them the most.  Adam says, "Death. Because I love my life."

John Legend is also featured in the segment, and Coulton says John reveals his greatest fear is a recurring dream in which "he's in college and he never gets to class on time and he never earns his degree -- even though he does have his degree."

A feature called Sexy at Every Age features One Direction's Harry Styles, and Jason Derulo among sexy men in their twenties, Justin Timberlake among sexy men in their thirties, and Prince and Lenny Kravitz among sexy men in their fifties.

"Anyone who saw his latest performance on SNL, would think that Prince, through the decades?  He's a mainstay," Coulton says of putting the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on the list.  As for JT, Coulton says, "I think he made that transition from boy band member to full-fledged musician and he made it seamlessly. There's no scandal. He looks great and we love him for that."  

A few other musicians featured in the issue: Adam Levine's Voice buddy Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani's rocker husband Gavin Rossdale, Drake, Adam Lambert -- in a segment called "From Geeky to Gorgeous" -- and Enrique Iglesias, Calvin Harris and 1D's Niall Horan, in a segment highlighting the countries that have produced the sexiest men.

In addition, Nick Jonas and Usher are among those starring in People's "Sexiest Moments of the Year": Nick for that magazine spread in which he appeared half-naked, showing off his ripped bod, and Usher for a photo in which he's shown in his underwear making breakfast.

You can drool over all these hot guys when People's Sexiest Man Alive issue hits newsstands on Friday.

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Justin Timberlake Now Part Owner of Audio Technology Company 

Tom Munro/RCA RecordsIn addition to being a global pop superstar and sometime actor, Justin Timberlake has a financial interest in several interesting enterprises, such as the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, MySpace, a clothing line, a tequila brand and, now, an audio technology company.

Justin has joined the company AfterMaster Audio Labs as an owner, and according to the company, he'll play an "integral role" as the company prepares its big launch into the marketplace.  So what does the company do?  It "provides revolutionary technology and sound to the digital audio processing world" via a "revolutionary sound innovation." 

Apparently, if your device has this technology on it, music and other audio will sound louder, clearer, deeper and fuller.  You can listen to samples on the company's website.

In a statement, Justin says, "I’m thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking company. The first time I heard audio, post AfterMaster, I knew that I had to be a part of this company and that we had something revolutionary on our hands.”

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Taylor Swift to Perform on "The Voice" Nov. 25 

Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift will debut her new single "Blank Space" on this Sunday night's American Music Awards, live on ABC.  But if you want to see her sing it a second time, tune into The Voice Tuesday night.

Taylor, who served as a mentor on the show during the Knockout Rounds, will return to sing "Blank Space" on the NBC reality show.  It's the latest release from her smash album 1989.

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Chris Brown Announces Dates for Tour with August Alsina

RCA RecordsChris Brown has a busy winter ahead of him. The singer, who will hit the road with Trey Songz next year, has announced the dates for a short, upcoming outing, dubbed the  X Live Tour! with special guest August Alsina.

According to Brown's Twitter, the three-city trek will begin in Jacksonville, Florida on December 19 and then travel to Columbia, South Carolina,  before wrapping up in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 21.

The mini-tour will occur just days after August wraps his supporting role on on Usher's UR Experience tour, which concludes on December 14 in Tampa, Florida.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Here are the X Live Tour! Dates:

12/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
12/20 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
12/21 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena

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Rihanna Says Her New Album Is Coming "Very Soon"

ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna fans will be excited to know that their favorite singer's next album will arrive "very soon," according to Ri Ri.

"That's my hope," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "I'm really excited about the music that we've been working on, so I can't wait for people to hear it."

While she didn't go into further detail about the highly anticipated project, the singer spoke about supporting in the fight against AIDS at the premiere of Andrew Jenks' new documentary It's Not Over.

"This documentary, It's Not Over, is really gonna be educational for the youth [with] what's going on and how they're affected by HIV/AIDS all over the world," she said.

It's Not Over premieres on Netflix and Pivot today, November 19.

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New Beyonce Song, "7/11," Surfaces Online

Eric McCandless/CBSThere's only a few days until Beyonce issues the expanded re-release of her self-titled album.  Now a 30-second snippet of a new song called “7/11″ has surfaced online, although its unclear if its been mixed and mastered.

On the bouncy banger, posted by BuzzFeed, the singer can be heard chanting fast-paced lyrics.

“Smack that, clap that like you don’t care,” she sings. “My hands up, my hands up, flexing with my hands up.”

Beyonce's platinum edition box set arrives on Monday, November 24. The two-CD, two-DVD-set will include another new song called “Ring Off,” as well as four remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z.


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Roger Daltrey Says The Who Hopes to Visit Areas of the World It's Never Toured Before

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who kicks off what is expected to be its final major world tour this Sunday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  The trek also is celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, and yet the show -- which closes out the annual Yasalam Festival -- will be the British rock legends' first concert ever in the Middle East.

Roger Daltrey says he feels that it's "absolutely wonderful" for The Who to finally be performing in that part of the world, and he's hoping the band now will start visiting other countries where it's never been before.

"We do have a certain amount of regrets and there are some places that we should have toured a long time ago," the singer tells Ireland's The National newspaper.  "The reason was that [Who guitarist] Pete [Townshend] was never keen on touring.  But now that the sands of time are ticking, he is more keen to tour than ever."

He adds, "We are looking at new territories to play.  For example, The Who have never been to South America or China…I mean, it's crazy that we didn't see more of these places."

The 70-year-old rocker says the new trek, The Who Hits 50! Tour, will be "quite different" from the band's last outing, which focused on the 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

"The Quadrophenia tour was very musical and theatrical.  This tour is much more fun and everyone will have a good time," he explains about the trek, which will see the band playing a variety of material spanning The Who's entire career.  "Sure, there is nostalgia in there but most musical events are about nostalgia...This show is more free, fun and we can have a joke and chat to the audience."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also points out that he believes a big reason why The Who connects so emotionally with its audience is the balance between what he and Townshend bring to the band.

"Pete is a head man and I am heart man," he maintains.  "I am a glass-half-full person.  I am always positive about moving on and letting go.  Pete has a lot of turbulent and emotional things going on within and he manages to put them to paper and write those songs.  I have to then take what Pete is thinking in his head and transmit that to people's hearts."

As for whether he feels nervous about Sunday's show, Daltrey tells The National, "Not really.  I wouldn't say it was nerves.  The best way to put it is that it is like a trip to the dentist.  You go to enjoy the gas."

You can check out the band's current tour itinerary at TheWho.com.

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Big K.R.I.T. Lands at No. 5 with "Cadillactica"

Image Courtesy Def Jam Recordings Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica has landed at number five on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to his label, the rapper's sophomore album sold 43,000 copiess, slightly exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 35,000 to 40,000 copies.

The rapper's sales start is right on pace with his last effort, 2012's Live from the Underground, which debuted at number five and sold 41,000 copies its first week.

Cadillactica features appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Raphael Saadiq, E-40 and Wiz Khalifa, plus production from Jim Jonsin, DJ Dahi, Terrace Martin, and Will Power.

Elsewhere, Whitney Houston's first live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, has debuted at #20 on the chart, selling 21,000 copies in its opening week.

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Barry Manilow Announces "One Last Time" Tour, Tickets Start at $19.75

Dan Harr/.Stiletto EntertainmentBarry Manilow is hitting the road....and it may be for the final time.

The legendary entertainer, who's performed in Las Vegas, and in limited concert appearances elsewhere over the past 10 years, has announced a 2015 tour dubbed ONE LAST TIME!  The tour kicks off in Omaha, Nebraska on February 11 and is currently scheduled to wrap up in his native Brooklyn on June 17, which also happens to be his birthday.

In a statment, Manilow said, "We’re having a great time putting the show together.  We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster.  I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.”

He added that this tour is "my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!”

The best part about the tour?  Tickets will start at a ridiculous $19.75 a piece, in honor of the year that Barry's hit "Mandy" topped the charts.  They go on sale to the general public on November 24 at 10 a.m. at AEGLive.com, but American Express card holders can grab them starting today.

Manilow's current album My Dream Duets, which features him duetting with late great singers like Judy Garland, Whitney Houston and John Denver, debuted at #4 on the charts a few weeks ago.

Here are the tour dates:

2/11 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
2/12 -- Kansas City, MO,Sprint Center
2/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
2/15 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
2/26 -- Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Center
2/27 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/1 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/26 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
3/28 -- Mashantucket, CT, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods
4/8 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
4/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, GM Grand Garden Arena
4/11 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
4/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
4/17 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
4/18 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
4/20 -- West Valley City, UT, Maverik Center
5/26 -- Vancouver, B.C., Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
5/28 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
6/4 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
6/5 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
6/6 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
6/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Wells Fargo Center
6/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center

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Paramore Unveil Expanded Digital Version of "Paramore" 

Image Courtesy of Fueled by RamenParamore has announced Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe -- a 29-track expanded digital version of the band's self-titled fourth album. Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe will include a collection of unreleased material, including a new version of "Hate To See Your Heart Break," featuring duet vocals from former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams, plus a 2012 demo, "Tell Me It’s Okay." The release will also include eight live tracks from Paramore's show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado.

Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe will be released on November 24. The original Paramore album was the band's first record to hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200, and gave them their first-ever top-10 single, with "Ain't It Fun."

A few weeks after the release, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams will accept the first ever Trailblazer award at Billboard's Women in Music Awards gala, scheduled for December 12 in New York City.

Here is the track list for Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe:

“Fast In My Car”
“Grow Up”
“interlude: Moving On”
“Ain’t It Fun”
“Part II”
“Last Hope”
“Still Into You”
“interlude: Holiday”
“Hate to See Your Heart Break”
“(One Of Those) Crazy Girls”
“interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore”
“Be Alone”
“Hate to See Your Heart Break” (feat. Joy Williams)
“Escape Route” (Bonus Track)
“Native Tongue” (Bonus Track)
“Tell Me It’s Okay” (Self-Titled Demo)
“Still Into You” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Decode” (Live at Red Rocks)
“The Only Exception” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Brick by Boring Brick” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Let the Flames Begin” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Part II” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Proof” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Ain't It Fun” (Live at Red Rocks)

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KISS, Slash and Motley Crue Added to Download Festival Lineup

Image Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThe U.K.'s Download Festival has added KISS, Slash, Motley Crue and Enter Shikari to its 2015 lineup. The new additions will play on the festival's third and final day, June 14. They join previously announced bands Muse, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest, among others.

The complete Download Festival 2015 lineup has yet to be revealed, but you can view the initial lineups on the official festival website.

Tickets for Download Festival 2015, which takes place June 12-14, will go on sale November 20.

The Download Festival has been held in Donington Park in Leicestershire, England since 2003. The 2014 lineup included Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.

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Meghan Trainor's New "Lips Are Movin'" Video Bends the Rules 

Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is out with the video for her new single "Lips Are Movin'," and she's teamed with technology company HP to promote the song and video throughout the holidays.

Meghan and "Lips Are Movin'" will be featured in the global holiday campaign for a new HP Pavilion computer; it's part of the company's #BendTheRules campaign.  She and HP also worked together on the video, which is being billed as the first-ever music video created by social "influencers" -- that is, the most influential people on Vine, YouTube and Instagram from around the world. 

These so-called "influencers" worked as the video's actors, choreographers, dancers, glam squad and behind-the-scene photographers.  Even Barkley the Pom, the world's most famous pomeranian pooch, got in on the action.

The brightly colored clip features Meghan singing and dancing in front of a variety of backdrops in a variety of outfits, while people dance, and paint and move scenery around behind her.

Meghan will be a presenter at this Sunday night's American Music Awards on ABC, where she's up for New Artist of the Year.

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Blake Shelton is Now Officially Sexy, Thanks to People Magazine

Courtesy: NBCAfter an entire year of kidding Voice co-star Adam Levine about being People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, Blake Shelton is now officially swoon-worthy himself. The magazine says it seems fitting the 38-year-old should make this year’s A-list, if only to see how the Maroon 5 front man can get back at him. The pair’s comical bromance also landed the two on the list of “Sexiest Best Friends in Hollywood.”

Keith Urban may turn a few heads with his contribution to People.com’s “Talk Dirty: 10 Sexy Quotes from 10 Sexy Guys.” The Aussie superstar says he keeps his marriage to Nicole Kidman hot with “Nice sex texting.”

Brett Eldredge is the only country bachelor to rank among the “Sexiest Guys Still Up for Grabs,” while revealing a penchant for women from the West Coast. “You’ve got to love California girls,” he says. “You know, being a single guy, out here I’m always like, ‘Wow, there are so many beautiful girls in L.A.’”

Tim McGraw represents the 40’s as People runs down “Sexy at Every Age,” while Nashville’s Sam Palladio is one of England’s “Hottest Guys from Around the World.” The issue proclaiming actor Chris Hemsworth 2014’s “Sexiest Man Alive” is out Friday.

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Lady Gaga Says New Tattoo Didn't Hurt as Much as Achieving Stardom Did 

Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga has gotten yet another tattoo -- by some counts, her 17th -- and documented the process step-by-step on Instagram.

The tattoo, in Gaga's left armpit, reads "Mother Monster," and she had it done at 3 a.m. in the morning in Manchester, England.  On Twitter, she explains that the ink was inspired by the anniversary of the release of her album The Fame Monster.  She tweeted to her fans, "feel more complete w/ my new tat, a declaration that I'm always with u, thanks for a killer summer. And for everything."

She added, "Someone asked me if my mother monster tattoo hurt. I said not as much as is hurt to get here."  She then added the hashtag "

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Judas Priest and Faith No More Among Bands Playing UK's Download Festival 2015

Image Courtesy of Travis ShinnThe U.K.'s Download Festival has announced the initial lineups for the first two days of its 2015 event, which will run from June 12 to June 14 in Leicestershire, England.  Judas Priest is among the bands that will perform during the festival's first day, while Faith No More is part of the second day's bill.

The June 12 event will be headlined by Slipknot and also will feature Five Finger Death Punch and Black Stone CherryMuse will top the bill of the June 13 show, while Marilyn Manson and A Day to Remember also will perform.  More bands for each day will be announced.

The initial lineup for the festival's third and final day, June 14, is expected to be revealed later this week.  Download Festival tickets will go on sale this Thursday.

The Download Festival has been held annually in Donington Park in Leicestershire since 2003.  The 2014 lineup included Aerosmith, Twisted Sister, The Offspring, Linkin Park, Status Quo, Rob Zombie, Richie Sambora, Skid Row, Black Label Society, Winger, Tesla and many more.

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Billy Joel Baffled by This Week's Honors: "I'm Supposed to Be Irrelevant" 

Courtesy of Library of CongressBilly Joel was honored Monday night in New York City with a big award from the performing-rights organization ASCAP, and on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., he'll be getting another one from the Library of Congress.  But the Piano Man says he's a bit confused by the sudden outpouring of accolades.  "I'm 65 -- I'm supposed to be irrelevant," he tells USA Today.

"I'm starting to suspect that I have some kind of terminal disease," he jokes to the paper.  "They keep giving me all these awards, and I'm thinking, 'Are you trying to tell me something I don't know?'...I keep trying to have a dignified exit, and getting pulled back in."

Joel's claim of being irrelevant isn't borne out by the facts, though: He's been packing fans into New York's Madison Square Garden once a month since January of this year, and there's no end in sight -- he just scheduled his 17th consecutive show there, for May 28.  But the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer keeps putting himself down.

"I was a lot better when I was younger," he says.  "I could hit higher notes, run all over the place."  He adds, "If I think I suck, I'll give it up."

But that's unlikely too.  Billy recalls a recent conversation he had with his pal Bruce Springsteen.  "We were saying, 'How do we keep doing this?'  But it's what we do.  We're lucky enough to have this job, the greatest that anybody could have," he reveals.

One thing's for sure, though: Despite his talent, Joel says if he was an artist coming up now, he'd never make it.  He laughs, "I'd probably have to wear a G-string — and that'd be the end of that."

Billy will receive the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday night.  The event will be taped and air January 2 on PBS, and will feature tributes from the likes of John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett and Kevin Spacey.

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MAGIC! May Not Continue Reggae Sound for Next Album: We "Have No Rules," Says Singer

Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsWhen MAGIC!'s super-catchy hit "Rude" topped the charts this summer, it marked the first time that a reggae tune had hit #1 in the U.S. in more than a decade.  But according to MAGIC! frontman Nasri, the reggae thing was something the band happened upon randomly, and he's not sure if they'll retain that sound for the future.

"You know, the reggae thing happened like half-way through [the album], where everyone around us, when we would do it, we'd feel good [and] they'd feel good," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I'd be like, "Should I dive in completely to this?  Because if I do, there is no turning back -- and will I enjoy it?'  And we just love it.  It's so relaxing to write, record and play."

But Nasri says reggae is just one of the Canadian band's many musical influences.  "We're grown men, man," he points out. "We've listened to music for a long time.  Combined, you know, there's a lot of years of experience, so we'll use whatever we want to use and, hey, next album -- we've already been writing it, and we write all the time -- it's kind of similar, but it's different concepts and different sounds."

"The next one could be, I dunno, a country album," he adds. "MAGIC! has no rules."

As for why the band even started playing reggae in the first place, Nasri  says the sound came naturally to him and his band mates, who heard a lot of reggae as kids in Canada. 

"Growing up, you know, in Toronto, we did listen to everything and reggae is a pretty big genre of music in Toronto because we have a big [population of] Caribbean descent there," he explains. "I've always listened to all kinds of music and reggae was just another one that I was dabbling with and this one stuck."

Considering it had been so long since a reggae song was a hit, does MAGIC! feel, then, that they've turned a whole new generation on to that sound?  "I don't know, I mean, I guess we'll find out, right?" says Nasri. "We'll see kids starting to listen to old [Bob] Marley records and old Police records and anything that resembles MAGIC! That'd be great."  

MAGIC! will be performing at this Sunday night's American Music Awards with Wyclef Jean.  In February, they'll kick off a tour opening for another band influenced by the Police: Maroon 5.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood won American Idol in which year? ANSWER: 2005.

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Sara Evans Puts Her Stamp on the Holidays with New Album, "At Christmas"

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans' first full-length holiday album, At Christmas, is now on sale. Instead of hiring a bunch of orchestras, Sara opted to take her own country sound and adapt it to holiday classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." The project came together rather quickly since her record label only asked her to make the album a few months ago.

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Sara says, "In a way, that was great, because I didn't obsess over it. I just kind of let [my producer] Mark go in, and I guided him on the phone. Like, 'Let's make it sound like Sara Evans' music, but it's Christmas songs.'"

Sara went in to record the vocals for At Christmas in a studio in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She brought a few special guests along with her for the recording sessions, too.

"My girls sang on one song with me, on 'The 12 Days of Christmas,'" Sara says. "It's really precious."

Here's the track listing for At Christmas:

"At Christmas"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" (featuring Olivia and Audrey)
"Silent Night"
"Winter Wonderland"
"O Holy Night"
"Run Rudolph Run"
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Go Tell It on the Mountain"
"O Come All Ye Faithful"

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Jack White, Metallica, Pearl Jam and More to Be Featured on "A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving"

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsThanksgiving isn't a particular musical holiday, save for a few football halftime shows. That's about to change with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a concert special airing on Thanksgiving on VH1. The special will feature a bevy of performances from the Tennessee music festival, including Jack White, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and many more.

Bonnaroo is also looking to be part of your Black Friday, too. Tickets for the 2015 festival will go on pre-sale November 28 at noon ET. Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14.

A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on November 27.

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