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Friday
Oct172014

Avenged Sevenfold Releases "Hail to the King: Deathbat" Mobile Game

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. RecordsAvenged Sevenfold has officially entered the world of mobile gaming. The band has released their action adventure role-playing game Hail to the King: Deathbat, which you can now download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

According to a press release, the game's story follows "Deathbat, the resurrected King of the Underworld, who must reclaim the lands of Haides from the despotic Dark Andronikos."

"The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play," says frontman M. Shadows in a statement. "We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game."

Shadows oversaw the production and design of the game.

The levels in Hail to the King: Deathbat are inspired by Avenged Sevenfold's discography and art work. It's soundtrack is comprised of classic AX7 tracks, as well as a new score specifically written for the game.

Avenged Sevenfold's last release was the 2013 album Hail to the King.


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Friday
Oct172014

Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis Want Jack White to Release Old Collaboration as an "Edible"

Image Courtesy of Team Love RecordsConor Oberst and Jenny Lewis want to hop on the novelty record bandwagon, and they think Jack White can help.

In a video for Noisey, Oberst and Lewis, who were both on the Saddle Creek record label during Lewis' days as the frontwoman for Rilo Kiley, revealed that they made a collaborative album in 2003 with the Bob Dylan-inspired title Blood on the 4-Tracks. Lewis than asked Oberst if he'd be open to releasing their collaboration.

"I'd be into it, as long as it's some sort of edible seven-inch or something," he said. "We can talk to Jack [White] about making us an edible."

"Yeah, we want a fruit roll-up seven inch of Blood on the 4-Tracks," Lewis responded.

White, who has experience with novelty records, has previously released a single via balloons and a record that spins from the inside out.

Also in the video, Oberst and Lewis discuss when they first met and when Elliott Smith passed away. You can watch their entire conversation on YouTube.


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Friday
Oct172014

Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley Is Hiding Nothing on Her Solo Debut, "American Middle Class"

Image Courtesy Blu Sanders/ShoreFireYou know Angaleena Presley as the brunette in Pistol Annies, the band she formed in 2011 with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Now, Angaleena is stepping out with her debut album, American Middle Class, in stores now. As she did with the Annies, Angaleena is brutally honest in the lyrics of her new songs. "Pain Pills" takes on the epidemic of prescription medicine abuse in her native Kentucky while "Life of the Party" details the effects of getting drunk night after night. "Knocked Up" gives a look at the situation surrounding Angaleena's out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

Angaleena tells ABC News Radio, "You know, my mom doesn't like me telling all this, but God wants me to. So, I just have to tell it. But it's just growing up, and sometimes you really have to grow up 'cause you see two little blue lines staring at you in the face."

If you're thinking this all sounds like the exact opposite of "bro country," you're right. That doesn't mean Angaleena has a beef with all the guys dominating country radio with songs about about trucks, girls in short-shorts and binge drinking.

She explains, "It doesn't make me mad because we're all singing about the same thing. We're all singing about the party. It's just some of us are singing about the party, and some of us are singing about the next day when you wake up pregnant in a pool of your own vomit."

Angaleena performed the title track from American Middle Class on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week.  While critics are raving about her new music, Angaleena knows it's not always easy to get people to pay attention to your music no matter how good it is.

She adds, "I'm just gonna keep writing these songs and just hoping that they find their way."


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Friday
Oct172014

Manhattan Transfer Singer Tim Hauser Dead at 72

Image Courtesy of JAG EntertainmentTim Hauser, a founding member of the pop-jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday at the age of 72.  The band's manager JoAnn Geffen tells the Asbury Park Press that Hauser passed away after suffering a heart attack.

The quartet's surviving members, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel, posted a joint statement on their official Facebook page that reads, "Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer.  We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives... It's incomprehensible to think of this world without him."

Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles.  Its biggest pop hit was the 1981 tune "The Boy from New York City," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the band has won eight Grammy Awards over the years, and in 1981 it became the first act to take home Grammys in pop and jazz categories in the same year.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow issued his own statement about Hauser, describing him as "a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music."  Portnow added that "Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group's live shows and international popularity."

Hauser is survived by his wife, Barb, as well as a son, Basie, and a daughter, Lily.

The Manhattan Transfer has announced that it will continue to tour despite Tim's passing.  The group's next show is scheduled for this Thursday, October 23, in Manchester, New Hampshire.


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Friday
Oct172014

Report: Mario Lopez's Pop Star "One Night Stand" Was Britney Spears

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsEarlier this month, Mario Lopez appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and discussed the fact that he'd once had a one night stand with a "mega pop star," but didn't reveal her name.  Now, Us Weekly reports that they have it on good authority that the pop star was Britney, b***h.

Multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly that it was Britney Spears who Lopez romanced in Las Vegas "six...seven or eight years ago," according to what he told Ellen.  At that time, Britney was single, having split from her husband Kevin Federline in 2006.  According to Us Weekly, Lopez was also unattached at the time; he was on a break from his then-girlfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff.

Lopez also told Ellen that he and the unnamed pop star are still friends.  Well, if it is indeed Britney, he's telling the truth that they're friends: he appeared onstage with her this past December during the opening night performance of her Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me.


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Friday
Oct172014

Pharrell Signs Snoop Dogg to His Label, Will Produce New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesNow that Snoop Dogg has ended his beef with Iggy Azalea, he’s ready to make music again with Pharrell Williams.

According to Billboard, Snoop has signed with Williams’ I Am Other label. A post on the company’s  Instagram page says that Williams will produce an entire album for the rapper from Long Beach featuring guest stars Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. Pharrell and Snoop have enjoyed great success together in the past collaborating on hits including “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Beautiful.”

The Doggfather will return to his rap roots after releasing his reggae flavored Reincarnated CD in 2013 under the name Snoop Lion. His last album as Snoop Dogg was 2011's Doggumentary.


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Friday
Oct172014

Iggy Azalea Takes to Twitter to Dish Deets on Ex Who's Suing Her for "Divorce" 

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is on a roll, and she's not holding back.  After taking to Twitter to call out Snoop Dogg for dissing her, and then her record label for allegedly letting magazines publish unapproved images of her, she's now revealing some of the behind-the-scenes details of her legal battles with her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams, aka Hefe Wine.

As previously reported, TMZ broke the story that Williams filed the divorce documents in an attempt to end what he calls a common-law marriage between himself and Iggy.  Williams had been battling the rapper over the rights to her early music, which she created during the years the two were in a relationship.  According to TMZ, if the judge recognizes the marriage, the music she made during the time they were together becomes their joint property, and proceeds would be split 50/50.

Referring to Williams' attempts to claim a financial stake in Iggy's early recordings based on an old contract, Iggy wrote on Twitter, "I've settled 2 old contracts privately. Both got a very fair sums & went on about their lives. Real cases are handled in court, not the press.  My lawyer agreed to be served 'divorce' papers but they want to hire someone to serve me in person, probably so it can be another TMZ story."

"I also was told yesterday via his lawyer if i do not settle out of court they will go to the press and say i gave him an STD, whats next?," Iggy added.

Addressing how Williams can possibly claim that they had a common-law marriage, Iggy continues, "Unfortunately to file common law 'divorce' all you need is three of your friends to sign a statement swearing the person's story is true. Actually proving it in court is another story i'm just waiting to get in front of a judge so it can be disproven & obtain a restraining order."

Iggy then goes on to reveal a sordid, alleged detail about Williams' personal life.

"The thing that i find awfully sad about this whole story is that the mother of this mans 3 year old child is in court right now...saying he stalked, headbutted and tried to strangle her in january after their 7 year relationship ended," she tweeted.  "Why is her truth being overlooked in favor of sensationalism? It makes me so sad & my heart goes out to [her]."

The rapper concludes by saying she's confident that this whole matter will be cleared up soon.

"Since this whole 'common law divorce' thing has gone public thankfully I've had so many women support me and come fwd with info," she tweeted. "I have such a great collection of witnesses now and I'm really excited to get my day in court and see justice prevail."


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Friday
Oct172014

The Real Reason U2's Bono Always Wears Sunglasses 

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you've ever thought U2 frontman Bono's habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there's a serious medical reason behind it.

On Friday's episode of BBC TV's The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years."

Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness.  The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.

Bono calmed fans' fears by adding, "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine," but jokes, "You're not going to get this out of your head now, and you'll be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'"

The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide.  Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.

"We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas," Bono tells Norton on Friday's show. "All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement."

The full interview with Bono and the rest of U2 airs Friday night in the U.K.


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Friday
Oct172014

August Alsina Shares Meek Mill Phone Call from Prison

Image Courtesy Def JamMeek Mill called August Alsina from prison Thursday to let him know he’s maintaining a positive frame of mind, and Alsina shared the part of conversation on Instagram.

Mills says, “Me and August kickin’ it, talking this real young n***a sh**; talking about how I gotta do it when I get back there. One love to everybody holding it down.”

Alsina commented, “Good to hear & feel a smile on em thru it all. I tol em God sat us down differently but at the end of it all he SAT US DOWN! He said Exactly!" He added, "We jus gotta know/recognize when da Man giving you a chance to get your sh** in order then Come back stronger then ever.”

Meek is serving a three to six month sentence for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction.

Meanwhile, Alsina is ready to go back on the road after he fell into a three-day coma on September 15. He tweeted Thursday, "Andddddd.. Jus like that, I'm bck to work. Gone!"

Alsina is performing Friday night at Cheney University and will open for Usher on the UR Experience tour beginning November 1 in Montreal.


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Friday
Oct172014

John Legend Selling His Los Angeles Home

ABC/Randy HolmesShopping for a new house?  John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are selling their Los Angeles home for $1.995 million.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the house includes three bedrooms, including one that was converted into a studio, where Legend wrote and recorded songs for his Love in the Future CD. The nine-time Grammy Award winner feels the 2,000 square foot home in Hollywood Hills is too small, and they're looking for more space.

“We’re ready to expand a little bit," Legend says. “If we could have the twice-as-big version of this place, we would get it. We love the feel of this home.” He personalized the house by inscribing lyrics from his songs on a light fixture. The living room includes a grand piano which Legend occasionally plays for special guests. 

The house, which sits on a quarter acre of land, was built in the 1960s.  The couple purchased it as a second home in 2007; Legend and Teigen’s primary residence is in New York City.


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Friday
Oct172014

Dave Grohl Says "Sonic Highways" Series Will Celebrate "Unsung Heroes"

Image Courtesy of Steve GullickYou may have heard that Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters recorded their newest album, Sonic Highways, in a less-than-traditional manner.  The band traveled across the country as they recorded the project in iconic American music cities and studios.  Along the way, Grohl would interview musicians who artistically represented each city.  The whole process was captured for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, an HBO documentary series that premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

For Grohl, Sonic Highways gave him a chance to try something new.

"We could just go and make another record in a studio and hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts," he said at a recent Los Angeles panel.  But Grohl and the band had a different idea.

"We've been a band for 20 years now.  Let's go to tiny studios all over the country, tell the story of music from that city and what is it about each one of these cities that influences the music that comes from there," he explained.  "Because there are real reasons.  Cultural influence from each one of these places.  There's a reason why jazz came from New Orleans.  There's a reason why country went to Nashville and why the blues went to Chicago."

In his journey to tell the story of American music, Grohl spoke with many famous faces, including country legend Dolly Parton, of whom he says "nobody is cooler," and President Barack Obama.

Grohl felt that speaking to the president was integral to telling the telling of that story.

"I wanted [President Obama] to talk about America as a country where you have the opportunity to start with nothing like Buddy Guy -- make your guitar from strings and wires in your screen porch, and then become a blues legend that's inducted into the Kennedy Center," he said.  "Or be a high school dropout from Springfield, Virginia, that winds up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Or being a kid from Hawaii that winds up being the president."

Though he talked with a lot of stars, Grohl was most impressed from the stories he heard from lesser-known artists.  He felt like it was these lesser-known artists who had the power to truly inspire.

"The idea is that you tell the stories of these unsung studios and these unsung musicians, and that's when people start feeling inspired," Grohl said.  "That's when you get a kid in his basement watching the guitar player of [punk band] Naked Raygun say, 'You shouldn't be intimidated by your heroes, you should be inspired by them.'"


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Friday
Oct172014

Dates Announced for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Image Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015.  The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Bonnaroo first began in 2002.  The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres.  The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran artists as Elton John, Lionel Richie, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Chaka Khan, Bobby Womack, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among many others.

Visit Bonnaroo.com for all the latest news on the event.


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Friday
Oct172014

Fall Out Boy Releases Video for "Centuries"

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementIt may seem like Foo Fighters week, with the their Late Show residency and the debut tonight of Sonic Highways, but Fall Out Boy has had a pretty good week, too. So far, the band released "Immortals," which will appear on the Big Hero 6 soundtrack, and frontman Patrick Stump and his wife Elisa Yao welcomed their first child into the world -- a baby boy named Declan. Now, FOB has released the video for their single, "Centuries."

In keeping with the epic nature of the song's title and lyrics, the video for "Centuries" finds the members of FOB appearing as gladiators in ancient Rome, facing their own "David vs. Goliath" situation. Stick around for the end of the video, which features a cameo from rapper Rick Ross.

"Getting back up. Dusting it off. My dad used to tell me the most important part of any of it was getting back up on the horse -- I didn’t grow up on a farm -- but it still applied," says Pete Wentz in a press statement. "David vs. Goliath, us vs. them, you vs. the world… brains, talent and luck are great but heart will always trump them. That is the sentiment of this video.”

"Centuries" is the first single off of FOB's next album, which has been shrouded in secrecy. You can view the video for "Centuries" on the band's YouTube page.


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Friday
Oct172014

Dates Announced for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Image Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015.  The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Bonnaroo first began in 2002.  The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres.  The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran rock artists as Elton John, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, The Allman Brothers Band's Derek Trucks and ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, among many others.

Visit Bonnaroo.com for all the latest news on the event.


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Friday
Oct172014

Garth Brooks' Rep Shoots Down Reports He's Playing Ireland in 2015

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsDespite reports to the contrary, Garth Brooks is not playing shows in Ireland in 2015. His rep tells ABC News Radio the news stories coming from across the pond are just rumors. Garth is expected to continue his World Tour well into the new year.

As previously reported, Garth canceled five planned shows in Dublin over the summer because of issues with concert permits.

Go to GarthBrooks.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Friday
Oct172014

Donald Trump Tweets to Katy Perry, Calls Her Ex-Hubby a "Loser" and "Dummy" 

ABC/Randy HolmesApparently because Donald Trump seems to consider himself an expert on, well, everything, he's taken it upon himself to inform Katy Perry that she must have been crazy to marry Russell Brand.

Since the two got divorced quite a while ago, it's odd that Trump would comment on their marriage now, but apparently, watching Brand on TV recently spurred him into action.

"I watched Russell Brand...on the show the other night—what the hell do people see in Russell—a major loser!" Trump tweeted, adding, "@ must have been drunk when she married Russell Brand – but he did send me a really nice letter of apology!"

Trump didn't explain the "letter of apology" part -- and he also was wrong about Brand appearing on the Fallon show: Brand appeared on several shows this past week, but not that one.  But never mind that -- Trump was on a roll.

He then tweeted directly to Perry: "Katy, what the hell were you thinking when you married loser Russell Brand. There is a guy who has got nothing going, a waste!"  He then sent her another tweet, saying, "I watched Russell Brand and I think his mind is fried - he looks really bad. Russell is a total joke, a dummy who is lost!"

Russell, meanwhile, wasn't going to take this lying down.  He responded, "are you drunk when you write these tweets? Or does that foam you spray on your bald head make you high?"  He added, "I don't think your daddy left you any witty ripostes, and everything you have you inherited."  He followed that with links to unflattering articles about The Donald, including one that called him a "deadbeat."

Katy, however, stayed above the fray. She's in Mexico on tour, and has so far been tweeting about how inspired she was after visiting the home of famed artist Frida Kahlo.


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Friday
Oct172014

Taylor Swift's Latest Lyric Post Is Lena Dunham's Future Wedding Song

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaAs part of Rolling Stone's recent cover story on Taylor, her friend Lena Dunham said that there's one song on Taylor's new album, 1989, that she plans to insist the singer perform at her wedding -- if she indeed ends up having one.  Now, Taylor has posted some of the lyrics to Lena's special song.

As part of her "posting lyrics from one new song a day" campaign, Taylor shared a photo of lyrics to a bonus track.  They read,  "One night he wakes/strange look on his face/Pauses, then says/'You're my best friend'/And you knew what it was/He was in love."

Lena responded to Taylor's post by tweeting, "my someday wedding song, as you know."

Lena is dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote some of the songs on 1989, including new single "Out of the Woods" and this mystery wedding song.  Lena told Rolling Stone, "If we ever do get married, there's no f***ing way Taylor is not playing that song."

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Friday
Oct172014

Fergie Releases Lyric Video for "L.A. LOVE (La La)" 

will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsFergie doesn't seem like the type to have time to sit down and scrapbook, but that's what she's doing in the new lyric video for her single "L.A. LOVE (La La)." 

The video also serves as a reintroduction to Fergie, who hasn't released an official solo single in eight years.  As we travel the world with her through the pages of her scrapbook, we also see photos of her many changing looks over the years, pictures of her onstage, and shots of her singing with musical legends like Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown

In a nice touch, we also see her passport, which identifies her as "Fergie Duhamel."  In addition, there are plenty of photos of fans throwing Fergie's new "L.A." hand sign.

The single is presumably from a forthcoming Fergie solo album, which will be her first since 2006's The Dutchess.  No title or release date on that as of yet.


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Friday
Oct172014

Taylor Swift Releases Video Documenting Her "'1989' Secret Sessions"

Big Machine RecordsIf you weren't one of the lucky ones selected for Taylor Swift's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she played her new album in its entirety for fans, you can now watch a YouTube video Taylor released that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what went down.

The four-and-a-half-minute clip shows fans before, during and after the sessions, which were held in five locations: Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville, Rhode Island, and London. We see Swifties nervously awaiting to be transported to the sessions, mingling with each other and with Taylor at the listening parties, and gushing about the album to the cameras afterward.

There are some comments from Taylor, too, as well as footage of her baking cookies for her fans.

The video doesn't disclose much about the album itself. At one point, the following message is displayed: "What happens in the Secret Sessions, stays in the Secret Sessions."

1989 will be released October 27. If you buy it between October 27 and November 2, you will be eligible for a contest to meet Taylor. Find more info on TaylorSwift.com.


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Friday
Oct172014

Mary Lambert Goes from "Same Love" to "Secrets," Releases Debut Album "Heart On My Sleeve"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMost music fans probably know Mary Lambert from the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song "Same Love" -- she wrote and sang its memorable hook, receiving two Grammy nods for her work on that groundbreaking song and the duo's album The Heist.  But now, Mary's making her own artistic statement, with her hit single "Secrets" and her debut album Heart On My Sleeve, which is in stores now.

Many of Mary's songs deal with serious issues, such as body image, gay rights, mental illness and the like, but she says her goal for Heart On My Sleeve was to continue to write those kinds of meaningful songs, but to also make a fun, accessible pop music album that will, hopefully, bring in some cash as well.

As she tells ABC News Radio, with Heart On My Sleeve,  she wanted to "make an ethical, conscious album with heart and authenticity, but also to be on the radio... and why not buy a beach house for my mom?"

"I don't believe every song should be social justice-y, but I know for me, I have to speak my truth," she adds. "And being a lyricist and being a writer is a priority, and so I want to talk about things that I care about, that will hopefully impact the world."

Mary is currently on the road, bringing her new music to her fans, and she says it's a real treat to be able to headline a tour, after spending the summer as an opening act.

"My last tour, I was opening for Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, which was an awesome experience because I think it opened the door for a lot of new fans," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And it was humbling in a way, because people weren't coming to see me and I kind of had to work for it, you know?  So, this is kind of a luxury!"

"The people that are coming out are so kind, and attentive and know the material, and they love the songs and they know the lyrics!" she adds. "It's, like, kind of surreal to hear people singing my lyrics back."

While some of Mary's previous tours have been incredibly emotional experiences because of the cathartic nature of her songs -- some of which are actually poems set to music -- she says she's taking a lighter touch with this tour.

"I'm not delving into the heaviest issues that I have previously," she says. "Which I think is OK because it's at least a little bit of an emotional break for me.  I'm still going into intense stuff -- body image and gay rights -- but the show's a little bit more upbeat and really fun."

So, with a debut album, hit single and a big tour, does Mary -- who describes herself in "Secrets" as overweight, bi-polar, gay, and the product of a dysfunctional family -- feel like an actual pop star yet?

"No, I don't!" she laughs.  "I'm working on it.  I refer to it as, like, quasi-stardom 'cause, y'know, sometimes there's people greeting me at the airport and I'm like, 'Who are you?'"  

Mary's tour wraps up November 17 in Boise, Idaho, but then she'll play some holiday concerts in December.  On November 13, she'll be in New York City to join Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors, Aloe Blacc and other artists for VH1's You Oughta Know concert.


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