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Tuesday
Oct282014

London Mayoral Candidate Wants to Erect Statue of Adele in the Capital

Eric McCandless/CBS In London, England, there are hundreds of statues of notable people, from military heroes to great writers to former monarchs.  But one London mayoral candidate says it's time to erect sculptures that honoring some of our modern-day British heroes...like Adele, for example.

According to the Evening Standard, the candidate, David Lammy, wants to honor current cultural icons who hail from London's outer boroughs.  He said in a speech at a university, "Walk through Central London and you’ll pass statue after statue celebrating iconic Londoners. But why are these mostly limited to Zone One?" 

"Zone One" is a reference to the area of London most frequently visited by tourists; it's also the most expensive to travel to and around by subway.  Lammy is concerned that young people from poorer areas of town never get a chance to see those statues, so their areas should contain tributes to locals.

He continued, "For example, Adele is an inspiration to people in my constituency of how, with hard work and determination, they can succeed in the arts.”  Adele hails from Tottenham, in North London.

Lammy added, "[Cultural] achievements should be recognized through physical tributes that act as an inspiration for a new generation of cultural icons.”

The paper notes that other successful outer-borough Londoners who could be subjects for statues include actor Daniel Day-Lewis, rock legend David Bowie and soccer icon David Beckham.

This isn't such a crazy idea, actually: just last month, a statue of the late Amy Winehouse was erected in the North London borough of Camden.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Miguel Teams with Ludacris on "Good Lovin'"

Image Courtesy Timothy Saccenti/RCA records; Island Def JamMiguel's smooth vocals will be put to use by Ludacris on a new song called "Good Lovin,'" a forthcoming offering from the rapper's upcoming Burning Bridges EP.

The rapper teased the upcoming collaboration in an Instagram video, in which a pensive Miguel sits at a studio board while listening to the piano keys play in the background. Meanwhile Miguel shared the official artwork, which was photographed by actor Lance Gross and sees a woman laying naked except for a pair of black heels against a red backdrop.

Although neither have revealed when the track will be released, Kosine, who is one half of the producing duo Da Internz, revealed that fans are in for a treat. "Shout out to my other job, we gotta nother single!!!! This has been a LONG LONG TIME COMING. Special shouts to my big homey @ludacris God bless you, @miguelunlimited thank you!" he wrote on Instagram.

Fans can expect Luda's Burning Bridges EP to arrive in December followed by his album Ludaversal on March 31.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Report: A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman Break Up

Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsFollowing the breakups of Ciara and Future as well as Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, A$AP Rocky and model Chanel Iman may be the latest couple to call it quits.

"They are no longer together. This happened about a few weeks ago," a source tells E! News. "It was just not working out with both of their busy travel schedules."

Despite dating for more than a year, the pair are said to have found it difficult to spend time together. The source added, "Time away from each other played a big part in the breakup."

Fortunately, though, the duo are looking to remain friends. "They don't have any hard feelings," the source added. "[They] only want the best for each other in the long run."

The newly single rapper can now focus all his energy on recording his second album, which is a follow-up to his debut, Long. Live. ASAP.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Bleachers Unveils Video for "Rollercoaster"

Image Courtesy of Daniel Silbert/RCA RecordsThe video for Bleachers' song "Rollercoaster" does not feature any rollercoasters, but it does have Jack Antonoff and his band jamming on top of a moving ice cream truck. You can watch the video, which was directed by Richard Shepard, on Pitchfork's YouTube page.

"The idea of getting on top of a car and playing on a highway felt distinctly '90s in a way that excited me about videos I saw growing up," Antonoff tells Pitchfork. "Didn't think it would be acutely dangerous --- the breaks ended up going out and we literally almost died. There's something special about almost dying for a video."

The fun. guitarist released his debut album as Bleachers, entitled Strange Desire, earlier this year. The album, which features "Rollercoaster," hit number two on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Rita Ora's First Reaction to "Black Widow" -- "This Is the F***ing Song!"

Matthias Vriens-McGrath for CosmoRita Ora graces the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and inside, the Albanian-born British singer talks about relationships, sex and her hit with Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow."

"As soon as I heard it, I was like 'This is the f***ing song,'" Rita tells Cosmo about "Black Widow."  "Katy Perry co-wrote it, [so] it felt nice to have all the women involved."

Rita's single before "Black Widow" was "I Will Never Let You Down," which was written and produced by her now-ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris.  It reached #1 in the U.K. but stalled in the U.S., amid controversy that Harris wouldn't allow her to perform it on TV. 

Speaking to Cosmo about her breakup with Harris, Rita says, "It was the right guy at the wrong time. I was about to start a tour, and he was also all over the place. There’s only so much you can do when you don’t see each other." 

She adds, "I really admire people who have long-distance relationships. It’s an incredible achievement. I couldn’t do it.”

Rita looks super-sexy on the cover of Cosmo in a high-cut white bathing suit with top that doesn't conceal very much, and she says she's not self-conscious about her appearance at all. "You have to come to terms with loving your body," she explains. "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, ‘I’m f***ing sexy.’ That’s where it starts.”

"I’m very proud to say that I think about sex. It’s what everybody thinks about, whether they say it or not," she adds.

Read more from Rita in the December issue of Cosmo; it arrives on newsstands November 4.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Alice in Chains Releases Video for "Phantom Limb"

Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioAnother band has joined the BitTorrent train. Last month, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his new solo album via the file-sharing site, and now Alice in Chains has released the video for their song "Phantom Limb" through BitTorrent Bundle.

The seven-minute long video is an eerie, violent thriller with a dash of Memento thrown in for good measure. With Halloween right around the corner, the creepy video could not have come out at a better time.

"Phantom Limb" appears on Alice in Chains' most recent studio album, 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The album, AiC's fifth, reached number one on the Billboard Rock Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was "Really Emotional"

ABC/Lou RoccoIf you think it might be rather emotional to record a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets.

"You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself.  I had to push myself away from the speakers," Manilow said Tuesday during a visit to ABC's The View.  "She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex."

Barry's duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Manilow sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr. 

Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album.  "You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, 'How can I make my duets album different than everybody?'' he noted.  "I picked all these people that I would've loved to sing with, but they're all gone."

Also on The View, Manilow performed "I Believe in You and Me" from the album, using an LED screen image of Houston to bring the song to life.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Pitbull to Star in Not One but Two Reality Shows 

Credit: Gregg WatermanThings just got real with PitbullDeadline reports that the rapper will be the star of not one but two reality TV shows.

Mr. Worldwide is teaming up with The Weinstein Company for the two projects.  The first, called Pitbull: The Lyfe, will give fans an up-close-and-personal look at his world tour, his recording sessions and his life behind the scenes.  The second series is called The REAL Change Project, and it involves Pitbull teaming with other celebrities for a good cause.

On The REAL Change Project, Pit will work with people like Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Kobe Bryant to raise money for teachers around the world. They'll also talk about the mentors who helped them succeed, and the obstacles they overcame.

No word on when the shows will debut, but in the meantime, Pitbull's getting plenty of TV experience: he's hosting the American Music Awards on ABC next month for the second time, and will also host a New Year's Eve special on Fox.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Tyler Farr Kicking Off ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows Series in January 2015

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is kicking off the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows series with two shows this January. The first one is set for January 9 at Joe's Bar in Chicago, and the second one is happening January 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for Tyler's shows go on sale Friday, and more club dates will be added soon.

Proceeds from each ticket go to the ACM Lifting Lives organization to help people through the power of music. Fans who go to any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows can tweet a picture of their ticket for a chance to win tickets to the sold-out 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19, 2015 in Texas. Be sure and tag @ACMawards and use #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit in the tweet.

Go to ACMLiftingLives.org for more details.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Teyana Taylor Says Recording Sexy "Do Not Disturb" with Best Friend Chris Brown Was "Completely Professional" 

Image Courtesy G.O.O.D. Music/Def JamTeyana Taylor and Chris Brown have always maintained a close friendship, to the point where she often refers to Breezy as her brother. However, when it came to recording their latest collaboration, “Do Not Disturb,” the singer tells ABC News Radio that it wasn't too strange to get Brown to guest feature on her sex-drenched song.

"I think like with friends it's always going to be weird, but when you musically vibe out, its strictly music," she says. "It's like we can play, we can laugh all day but when it's time to get to work, it's time to get to work. At the end of the day this is a job, and we're both in the music industry, you know, so it's completely professional and just vibing out musically."

Teyana adds that approaching him the song was awkward at first. "Of course when you're like, 'Oh, I need you to get on this song,' he's like 'Eww, yucky!' And you start laughing but once the show starts all your nerves just go away and then you just get to work," she says.

The song will appear on Teyana'a first album,VII, which is due out November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music. The set also includes contributions from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, and Fabolous.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Heart Says "Thank You" to Foo Fighters with Cover of "No Way Back"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSEarlier this month, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson were invited to perform their song "Kick It Out" with the Foo Fighters during the latter band's residency on Late Show with David Letterman. Now, the Wilson sisters have returned the favor by covering the Foos' 2005 song "No Way Back" backstage with their band mates at Heart's show in Texas over the weekend.

"We wanted to give something back to them," Ann tells Rolling Stone. "Just to say thank you. It's the perfect HOOT song and worked well with the esoteric instruments we had around. It's a classic ripper with good melodies, great lyrics and perfect for hair-flipping."

You can watch a video of Heart's performance, featuring Nancy shredding the signature Foo Fighters riff on an acoustic guitar, at RollingStone.com.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis and Flea Hosting Benefit Concert

Clara Balzary/Warner Bros. RecordsRed Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and Flea will be hosting the fourth annual Silverlake Conservatory of Music benefit.  The event will feature performances by pop star Bruno Mars and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, as well as an auction that includes artwork from Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a Los Angeles-based school with 700 students enrolled, 200 of whom attend for free.

"This is our time, this is our children's time," says Flea, who founded the organization in 2001, in a statement.  "Come celebrate with us and help build great music education for all children in Los Angeles. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is for all of us."

The benefit will be held this Saturday in Beverly Hills.  


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Barry Manilow Says Recording Whitney Houston Duet Was "Really Emotional"

ABC/Lou RoccoIf you thought it might be rather emotional recording a duet with one of your favorite singers, imagine how tough it would be if that singer had passed away.  Barry Manilow recently had that experience when he added his voice to a vocal track by the late Whitney Houston for his latest album, My Dream Duets.

"You know, it was really emotional hearing Whitney just by herself. I had to push myself away from the speakers," he said on The View Tuesday. "She was standing right next me. Really, I would sing with her and then I would go for the Kleenex."

Barry's duet with Whitney is among those featured on his latest album, released earlier this week. Through the magic of technology, Barry sings with other stars who are no longer with us, like Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield, and Sammy Davis Jr. 

Barry explained why he tapped all posthumous stars for his album. "You know, they asked me to do a duets album and I thought, 'How can I make my duets album different than everybody?' I picked all these people that I would've loved to sing with, but they're all gone."

Also on The View, Barry performed "I Believe in You and Me" from the album, using an LED screen image of Whitney to bring the song to life.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

New David Guetta Album Includes Ryan Tedder, Sia, John Legend, The Script, Nicki Minaj, Nico & Vinz & More 

Atlantic/ParlophoneDavid Guetta's upcoming album Listen features a slew of famous names, some of whom are re-teaming with the French deejay for a second go-round.

Both Sia and Nicki Minaj -- David's collaborators on the hits "Titantium" and "Turn Me On," respectively -- return for appearances on Listen.  Nicki is featured on a track called "Hey Mama," which also includes contributions from Afrojack.  Sia sings on two tracks: "Bang My Head" and "The Whisperer."  The list of collaborators includes a bunch of other well-known acts: Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, The Script, John Legend, Emeli Sande and MAGIC!, among others. 

Unlike David Guetta's previous albums, Listen didn't start with the deejay laying down a beat and then adding vocals.  Instead, he crafted the songs the old-fashioned way, using a guitar, piano and vocals. In a statement, he says, "I could have chosen to repeat the style that has become so successful for me, but I wanted to grow as a producer and push myself to the limit. Try new ideas. Get out of my comfort zone. Create songs that stand up whether played by a DJ, a rock band or an orchestra."

He adds, "I worked with piano, violins, guitars and blended them with electronic elements. It’s also my most personal album lyrically, which is why I called it Listen. Dance too, but really, it’s from the heart.”

Guetta will debut the video for the album's first single, "Dangerous," on YouTube October 31 at 12 p.m. ET via Google + Hangout.

Listen is due out November 24. Here's the track listing:

"Dangerous" feat. Sam Martin
"What I Did for Love" feat. Emeli Sande
"No Money No Love" feat. Elliphant & Ms Dynamite
"Lovers on the Sun" feat. Sam Martin
"Goodbye Friend" feat. The Script
"Lift Me Up" feat. Nico & Vinz, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
"Listen" feat. John Legend
"Bang My Head" feat. Sia
"Yesterday" feat. Bebe Rexha
"Hey Mama" feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack
"Sun Goes Down" feat. MAGIC! & Sonny Wilson
"S.T.O.P" feat. Ryan Tedder
"I'll Keep Loving You" feat. Jaymes Young & Birdy
"The Whisperer" feat. Sia


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Keyshia Cole Avoids Prosecution in Altercation with Woman in Birdman’s Condo

Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole was arrested last month after allegedly assaulting a woman, but she reportedly won't face any legal charges.

Sources from the L.A. City Attorney’s office tell TMZ that Cole will avoid going to trial but she will have an informal office hearing where someone will listen to the stories of both Cole and her accuser, Sabrina Mercadel, and then give the singer a strict warning. It's also possible that Cole might be required to take anger management courses.

As previously reported, Cole was accused of attacking Mercadel, who attended an after party at the home of Cole's rumored boyfriend, Cash Money CEO Birdman. Ultimately, Mercadel was granted a restraining order against the singer, who must stay 100 yards away from her.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Hunter Hayes Saluting the Troops at Monday Night Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is kicking off CMA Week with a free concert this Monday night outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is part of the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign. 

Hunter will help pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family during his set. Arnold has been deployed six times including stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which means he's missed quite a few "moments" with his wife and two young daughters. The USO hopes this concert can help create a special memory for them all to share.

Several servicemen and women from Fort Campbell near Nashville will be on hand for Hunter's Monday night concert, too. Dan + Shay and new group The Railers will also perform.

Hunter Hayes is also incorporating the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign into his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, where invited troops and their families will be honored at every stop on the trek.  You can get involved, too, by downloading the official Hunter Hayes Tour App before they go to the show. Check HunterHayes.com for tour dates.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

R.E.M. Releasing 1980's Singles Collection, "7IN -- 83-88" 

Image Courtesy of Anton CorbjinFrom 1983 to 1988, R.E.M. recorded eleven singles with I.R.S. Records. Now, the band is releasing all of them in a new boxed collection of vinyl seven-inch singles entitled 7IN -- 83-88. The collection will be released December 9.

In addition to hit singles like "Radio Free Europe," "Driver 8" and "Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," 7IN -- 83-88 also includes two U.K. releases making their U.S. vinyl seven-inch debuts: "Finest Worksong"/"Time After Time" (live), and the double-pack single for "Wendell Gee" with "Crazy," "Ages of You," and "Burning Down."

Here is the full track list for 7IN -- 83-88:

“Radio Free Europe”/“There She Goes Again”
“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”/“King of the Road”
“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”/“Catapult” (Live)
“Can’t Get There From Here”/“Bandwagon”
“Driver 8”/“Crazy”
“Wendell G”/“Crazy” + “Ages of You”/“Burning Down” [U.K. double-pack, previously unreleased on vinyl in U.S.]
“Fall On Me”/“Rotary Ten”
“Superman”/“White Tornado”
“The One I Love”/“Maps and Legends” (Live)
“Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”/“Last Date”
“Finest Worksong”/“Time After Time” (Live) [U.K. single, previously unreleased on vinyl in U.S.]


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Drummer Roger Taylor Says "I'm Sure" Queen Will Record with Adam Lambert

Image Courtesy of Christie GoodwinQueen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May have been performing with singer Adam Lambert on and off for the last few years, although the collaborators have never made their way into a recording studio.  However, Taylor tells Billboard that he's totally open to making new music with the one-time American Idol finalist.

"I think it would be a very interesting experiment," Roger says.  "It would be nice to just go in and see what came out.  I don't know if it would be an album or anything, but I think it's too good a marriage to just let it go at touring."

He adds, "I'm sure we'll do something.  His voice is so extraordinary, and it's a beautiful instrument.  I think it would be nice."

Taylor admits that he and May have yet to approach Lambert "in a serious way" with regard to a recording project, and also notes that they've yet to write any material for such a collaboration.  He says the subject probably will be discussed during Queen + Adam Lambert's 2015 European tour leg, which is plotted out from a January 13 show in Newcastle, U.K., through a February 19 concert in Zurich, Switzerland.

Roger also tells Billboard that a concert album and video recorded during Queen and Lambert's recent Australian trek likely will be released "at some point."

Meanwhile, a new compilation titled Queen Forever is scheduled to be released on November 11.  As previously reported, the retrospective contains three unreleased tracks featuring late frontman Freddie Mercury, one of which, "There Must Be More to Life than This," is a duet with Michael Jackson.

"It was really something the record company wanted," says Taylor of Queen Forever, "and we did have these three tracks that have never been heard, so we tried to put together an interesting collection."

On the same day the compilation arrives in stores, a massive box set of Taylor's solo work, titled The Lot, will get its U.S. release.  The package features 12 CDs, a DVD, and a 64-page hardbound book.  In addition, a single-CD, 18-track retrospective of the music Taylor made outside of Queen -- called, simply, Best -- was issued this week.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Heart Says "Thank You" to Foo Fighters with Cover of "No Way Back"

Image Courtesy of Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSAs part of the week-long Foo Fighters residency on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson performed their song "Kick It Out" alongside Dave Grohl and company. To return the favor, the Wilson sisters covered the Foos' 2005 song "No Way Back" backstage at their show in Texas over the weekend.

"We wanted to give something back to them," Ann tells Rolling Stone. "Just to say thank you. It's the perfect HOOT song and worked well with the esoteric instruments we had around. It's a classic ripper with good melodies, great lyrics and perfect for hair-flipping."

You can watch a video of the performance, featuring Nancy shredding the signature Foo Fighters riff on an acoustic guitar, on Rolling Stone's website.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

New Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled in Washington, D.C.; "1989" on Track for 1 Million Sales 

Image Courtesy Madame TussaudsEven though it often seems she is, even Taylor Swift can't be everywhere at once.  Good thing she's got two new wax figures of herself making their debuts this week at Madame Tussauds. 

On Monday, a new figure of Taylor was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Hollywood location.  On Tuesday, a completely different figure made its debut at the museum's Washington, D.C. location.  The figure shows the singer wearing high heels, a ruby-red sequined top and black shorts, and she's holding her "Taylor" acoustic/electric guitar.  Her hair is in bangs, but it's longer, not her recent, shorter 'do.

Taylor's had a figure on display in Madame Tussaud's on New York City since 2010.

Meanwhile, Taylor's new album 1989 is an overwhelming success.  Billboard reports that the disc is now projected to sell a million copies in its first week, which would automatically make it, in a single week, the second-best-selling album of 2014, behind the Frozen soundtrack.

If 1989 crosses the million threshold, it'll be Taylor's third million-selling debut in a row, and the largest sales week for any album since her own Red debuted two years ago.


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