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Monday
Mar022015

Papa Roach Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Credit: Dave JacksonFresh off their tour with Seether, Papa Roach will embark on another headlining tour this spring. Following appearances by the band at the Fort Rock and Welcome to Rockville festivals, the tour will begin April 28 in Huntington, New York and will run through May 23 in New Orleans, followed by even more festival appearances.

We Are Harlot, the new band led by Danny Worsnop, will join Papa Roach throughout the tour. Worsnop recently left his gig as the frontman for Asking Alexandria to focus on We Are Harlot, whose debut album will be released on March 31.

Papa Roach will be touring in support of their latest album, F.E.A.R., released earlier this year.

Here are all of Papa Roach's tour dates:

4/25 --  Ft. Myers, FL, Jet Blue Park
4/26 --  Jacksonville, FL, Metropolitan Park
4/28 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theatre*
4/29 -- Sayreville NJ, Starland Ballroom*
5/1 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Lunatic Luau
5/2 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/3 -- Knoxville, TN, The International*
5/9 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront
5/16 --  Columbus, OH, Crew Stadium
5/17 -- Traverse City, MI, Ground Zero*
5/22 --  Pryor, OK, Rocklahoma
5/23 --  New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
5/24 --  San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
5/30 --  Kansas City, MO, Liberty Memorial Park
7/16 --  Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/17 --  Oshkosh, WI, Rock USA

*with We Are Harlot


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Monday
Mar022015

Lady Gaga Tells Taylor Swift: "Your Prince Charming Will Come!" 

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaLooks like we may soon be able to add Lady Gaga to the long list of Taylor Swift's female besties. 

Taylor tweeted on Sunday, "Is it just me or is Lady Gaga, like, fully LIVING right now?!? She added the hashtag "#goals," perhaps to show her admiration for Gaga's hot streak, which includes an engagement to her boyfriend, a Grammy-winning album, a headline-grabbing Oscar performance, a part in American Horror Story and an upcoming tour with Tony Bennett.

A flattered Gaga responded, "wow you're a sweetheart! Life is friends, family, and love! We all see that in you, your prince charming will come!"

Taylor recently predicted in an interview that she believes she'll still be single at age 30, noting, "No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!' I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship -- no idea how that’s going to work."


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Monday
Mar022015

Are Beyonce and Cara Delevingne Recording Music Together?

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Are Beyoncé and Cara Delevingne joining forces?

Social media is buzzing after the singer and model posted matching Instagram images to their respective accounts. In the similar shots,  each woman's manicured hand is resting on top of a sound mixing board, sparking rumors that they're recording music together -- some reports suggest that they may be working on the Paper Towns soundtrack, since Delevingne recently finished filming and adaptation of John Green novel.

Although neither have confirmed nor denied the reports, the recording speculation comes a month after a producer hinted that Bey is recording a joint album with husband Jay Z. "Me and Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year," producer Detail told Billboard. "When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album.' You should already know."


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Monday
Mar022015

Nas Confirmed for Bestival Toronto

Image Courtesy Island Def JamLong-running U.K. festival Bestival will make its North American debut this summer. The inaugural Bestival Toronto will be held on Canada's Toronto Island in June, and Nas has been tapped to headline alongside rockers Florence + the Machine.

"To say that we're excited at Bestival HQ about launching our very first Bestival outside of the U.K. is a serious understatement," says Bestival curator Rob da Bank  in a statement. "We've spent 12 years working up to this moment and are so proud to be teaming up with Toronto to launch the good ship that is Bestival overseas. I'm also very proud of our first heavy hitting line-up with typically diverse headliners, Florence and The Machine and Nas! Two amazing talents."

Bestival Toronto will be held June 12-13 at Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto Island. Visit Bestival.ca for the full lineup and ticket info.


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Monday
Mar022015

Bastille, Tame Impala, The Libertines & More to Headline First Lollapalooza Berlin

Credit: Jesse JenkinsThe inaugural European Lollapalooza, taking place in Berlin, now has a lineup. Bastille, Tame Impala, The Libertines, CHVRCHES, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, MS MR, Glass Animals and more will play the first ever Lollapalooza Berlin.

Also on the Lolla Berlin lineup is FFS, which is collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and the long-running rock/new wave band Sparks.

Lollapalooza, founded by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, began as a touring festival before taking up permanent residence in Chicago in 2005. Since then, the festival has expanded to South America with Lollapaloozas in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Lollapalooza Berlin is the festival's first foray into Europe.

Lollapalooza Berlin will be held September 12-13 at Tempelhof Airport.


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Monday
Mar022015

Florence + the Machine Headlining Bestival Toronto 

Credit: Alex LakeLong-running U.K. festival Bestival will make its North American debut this summer. The inaugural Bestival Toronto will be held on Canada's Toronto Island in June, and Florence + the Machine has been tapped to headline. Florence is joined at the top of the lineup by seminal hip-hop artist Nas.

"To say that we're excited at Bestival HQ about launching our very first Bestival outside of the U.K. is a serious understatement," says Bestival curator Rob da Bank  in a statement. "We've spent 12 years working up to this moment and are so proud to be teaming up with Toronto to launch the good ship that is Bestival overseas. I'm also very proud of our first heavy hitting line-up with typically diverse headliners, Florence and The Machine and Nas! Two amazing talents."

Florence is no stranger to the Bestival scene, having already played the U.K. festival twice: once in 2008 in a tent and again in 2012 as a headliner.

Along with Bestival, Florence will also be headlining Coachella, Governors Ball and Bonnaroo this summer. These festival sets will likely be heavy on new material, as Florence will release her third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, on June 2.

Bestival Toronto will be held June 12-13 at Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto Island. Visit Bestival.ca for the full lineup and ticket info.


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Monday
Mar022015

Halestorm Releases "Amen" Video 

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLzzy Hale wants to take you to church -- the Church of Halestorm, that is. The band has released the video for "Amen," a new track set to appear on Halestorm's forthcoming album, Into the Wild Life. The video, which you can watch at RollingStone.com, features Hale and her band quitting their day jobs to rock out.

"This song, 'Amen,' is about taking ownership of everything you are," Hale tells Rolling Stone. "So we asked ourselves, 'If there were a Church of Halestorm, what would it be like?' We include a nod to the rock & roll church we recorded our latest album in, and you see us truly leaving everyday life behind and stepping 'into the wild life.'"

"Amen" follows previously released Into the Wild Life singles "Apocalyptic" and "Mayhem."

Halestorm will go into the touring life beginning April 22 in Nashville. Into the Wild Life will be released on April 14.


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Monday
Mar022015

MAGIC! Releases Video for New Single, "No Way No" 

Image Group LA/ABCMAGIC! has released the music video for their new single, “No Way No.”

In the clip that premiered on Vevo Monday, the Canadian band’s frontman, Nasri, attempts to win the affections of a beautiful woman. With the help of his band mates -- all clad in bright red suits -- he tries to court her with flowers, a puppy and a fancy dinner.

All the while he's serenading her: “Will I ever be too far away when you feel alone/No way no/Will I ever back down my sword to protect our home/No way no/Will I ever spend the day not telling you you’re beautiful/No way no.”

Spoiler alert: He gets the girl in the end.

“No Way No” is the latest single off the reggae-pop band’s album Don’t Kill the Magic, which spawned their debut hit “Rude.” The band is currently on tour with Maroon 5.


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Monday
Mar022015

Another Vegas Wedding for Britney Spears? She Teases: "You Never Know" 

Denise TruscelloCould Las Vegas wedding bells be in Britney Spears’ future? We know she’s done the Vegas quickie marriage before -- with pal Jason Alexander in 2004 -- but things are starting to get serious with her current boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol.

At a recent charity event, Extra’s special correspondent Pauly D asked the pop star if she might be heading down the aisle at a Sin City chapel soon. “You never know,” Britney teased.

She hasn’t been shy about proclaiming her love for Charlie. During a recent performance of her Vegas show Piece of Me, she wore the words "I love Charlie" on her vest. “I’m very blessed to have him as a part of my life, that’s very cool,” she told Extra.

Britney also discussed collaborating with Iggy Azalea on a yet-to-be-released new song. “I saw her song on TV and I was like a kid in a candy store, I was like, 'I love Iggy, I love that video, I want to work with her,'” she said. “And it was really weird, because a week after that her manager was like, ‘She’s a huge fan of yours.' I was like, 'Let’s do something together,' so it worked out.”

No word yet on when the song will be released.


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Monday
Mar022015

Madonna to Spend an Entire Week with Ellen 

Heather Wines/CBS Madonna's new album Rebel Heart arrives on March 10, and she'll be celebrating its release with Ellen DeGeneres...for quite some time.

Madonna will be the musical guest on Ellen's talk show for an entire week, starting March 16 through March 20.  In addition to performances, the Queen of Pop will no doubt also discuss her newly announced world tour, which starts August 29. 

Tickets go on sale March 9, and anyone who buys a ticket online will get an exclusive digital download of the super deluxe version of Rebel Heart, which features six bonus tracks.

Madonna will also appear on NBC's Today show on March 9 and 10.


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Monday
Mar022015

Madonna Announces 35-City Rebel Heart Tour

Interscope RecordsMadonna has announced she'll be bringing her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities, beginning August 29 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

Following stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities, the UK/European leg will kick off on November 4th in Koln, Germany, and will stop in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere.  Ticket details are available on Madonna's official website.

Here are the scheduled dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour:

North America/Puerto Rico:

8/29 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 
9/5 -- San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
9/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
9/12 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 
9/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
9/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/1 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena  
10/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
10/8 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
10/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
10/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
10/22 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
10/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum 

Europe/UK:

11/4 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
11/7 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena 
11/10 -- Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
11/14 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena 
11/17 -- Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen
11/21 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour 
11/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 
11/28 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis 
12/1 -- London, UK, O2 Arena
12/5 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
12/9 -- Paris, France, Bercy
12/14 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
12/16 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
12/20 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro


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Monday
Mar022015

Justin Timberlake & Pregnant Jessica Biel Double Date with Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson 

Jamie McCarthy/NBCExpectant couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel made time in their busy schedules for a double date this weekend, E! News reports.

Justin surprised his heavily pregnant wife Jessica on the New Orleans set of her new film last Thursday, and on Saturday, the two met up with Jessica’s co-star Mary Steenburgen and her hubby Ted Danson for a night on the town.

The couples grabbed dinner together at Sylvain restaurant in the city’s French Quarter. According to witnesses, the foursome spent around three hours at the eatery. Justin was seen being attentive to Jessica during the date. "They looked so in love!" a source told E! News. After the meal, Justin was even spotted opening the car door for Jessica. So gentlemanly!

Jessica is reportedly around 8 months pregnant, but she’s hardly putting her feet up. The actress has been hard at work filming The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which also co-stars Jason Sudeikis.


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Monday
Mar022015

Kelly Clarkson Says She Doesn't Care if Her Kids Are Gay 

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson doesn’t care if her kids are gay or straight -- she just wants them to be happy. The singer, who has an 8-month-old daughter, River Rose, and two stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage, tells PrideSource she doesn’t see sexual orientation as an issue.

“I just hope [River Rose] finds love,” she says. “It took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them.”

She adds that if one of her children did come out to her, she’d react with joy. “I’d be like, ‘Awesome! When do we meet him or her?’” she says. “Honestly, it's so funny, it doesn't even register in my world as different. I don't know why. But yeah, it doesn't. I'm glad it doesn't!”

Kelly, who has a large lesbian following, dubbed the Kezbos, also describes the first time she went to a gay bar at age 22. “I went with some of my friends and a couple of my gay friends, and they were like, ‘You’re gonna love this! But you’re gonna need to wear a hat,’” she says. “They played ‘Since U Been Gone,’ and it was so funny because nobody knew I was there. I had a blast!”

Even with her gay following, Kelly says, she doesn’t think of herself as a gay icon. In fact, the 32-year-old says it’s hard to think of herself as an icon in general. She does admit she has a bond with the gay community, though.

“I have a connection, but I don't look at it differently,” she says. “I don't ever look at a fan as a gay fan or a lesbian fan or a straight fan -- I don't ever look at that," she says. "Fans are fans, and no matter what our lives are like, no matter what path we're on, music is the one thing that connects us.”

Kelly's new album, Piece by Piece, arrives Tuesday.


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Monday
Mar022015

Ludacris Unveils Album Cover for "Ludaversal"

Island Def JamLudacris has released the art work for his long-awaited album Ludaversal.

The rapper, who is expecting a baby with his wife Eudoxie, posted the image via Instagram, which shows the juxtaposition of his first car -- the 1993 Acura he still drives -- and his private jet.  "Simple yet Complex. This Pic artistically describes everything about me," Luda wrote in the caption.

Fans can expect his upcoming album to land in stores on March 31 via Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam Recordings.

In the meantime, the rapper is expected to release a video for his newest single, "Good Lovin" featuring Miguel, lifted from his Burning Bridges EP, available now.


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Monday
Mar022015

Beyonce, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Drake Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

PRNewswire; Columbia RecordsYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. 

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Drake, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Def Loaf, Sam Smith and Ariana Grande also are among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched more than 47 billion times.

In honor of the musical acts that proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists will be released on the YouTube Music Awards channel on March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes, and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Monday
Mar022015

Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Image Group LA/ABCYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Hozier and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists, including Ed Sheeran, will be released on the YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Monday
Mar022015

Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & One Direction Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Dana Edelson/NBCYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Beyonce are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. 

Sia, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Hozier, and Meghan Trainor are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the musical acts that proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists, including Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX, will be released on the YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes, and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Monday
Mar022015

Keyshia Cole Blasts Estranged Husband via Instagram

Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole and her estranged husband Daniel Gibson seemed to be heading toward a reconciliation after they were seen together at the BET premiere party for her reality show last week. However, the singer has put those rumors to rest, blasting the former NBA player for allegedly pursuing another woman in front of her.

After she was invited to the set of his new music video, Cole says she discovered that Gibson was talking to another female. As proof, KC posted a screenshot via Instagram of an online conversation she says Gibson had with the unidentified woman, which seem to show him attempting to pursue the woman.

"I guess the starting over as ‘Friends’ thing doesn’t work," Keyshia wrote in the caption. "How could you invite me to a video shoot, but your trying to mess with the 'love interest' while your 'Wife' is there!"

In her next post, Keyshia shared a picture of their son, Daniel Gibson Jr., adding: "Everything is not for everybody. Gib is a Great father. I’m just ready to put this all behind me/Begin my healing process for once Nd for all," she wrote.


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Monday
Mar022015

Taylor Swift Named Godmother to Pal Jamie King's Second Child

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift is really cashing in on her BFF points. Two weeks ago, the singer announced she'd be serving as maid of honor at a friend's wedding, and now another bestie has bestowed her with a different honor. Taylor announced on her Instagram Sunday night that she was just named the godmother to her pal Jamie King’s second yet-to-be-born baby.

Taylor posted a photo of herself sweetly touching Jamie’s baby bump, and wrote the accompanying caption, "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (ME)."

The Hart of Dixie actress posted her own Instagram photo of Taylor looking over her shoulder at her burgeoning belly. “And @taylorswift will forever be looking over our new baby…we all love you!!!!” Jamie wrote.

Taylor can consider herself in good company. Jamie and husband Kyle Newman’s first child, 16-month-old James Knight, has famous godparents, too: Jessica Alba and Topher Grace.

 

Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (ME) @jaime_king @kyle_newman

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 1, 2015 at 9:39pm PST

 


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Monday
Mar022015

Hozier Releases "Someone New" Video Starring Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer 

Credit: Alex LakeHozier released a teaser for his new music video Friday. Now the full version is available on Vevo.

The video for the Irish singer-songwriter's new single, "Someone New," stars Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as a lonely woman who goes through life imagining intimate encounters with strangers. As Hozier sings on stage, "I fall in love just a little, oh, a little bit everyday with someone new," Dormer's character wistfully observes those around her.

In one scene, she makes out with a guy in the bathroom of a club, and in another she's kissing a man on the subway. But it's soon revealed that she's only experiencing those encounters in her mind.

"Someone New" appears on Hozier's self-titled debut album, which, of course, also features his Grammy-nominated hit, "Take Me to Church."


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