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Nov162015

Miley Cyrus Helps Ex Liam Hemsworth Adopt a Puppy

ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus helped her ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth adopt a puppy over the weekend. According to People, Miley accompanied Liam to the Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue in Los Angeles Saturday. Liam left shortly after with a new furry friend.

The pet rescue organization shared a photo of Liam with his new pet on their Instagram page, and thanked Miley for her help.

“Thanks @mileycyrus for loving dogs as much as we do!!” the organization writes. “You helped find this gigantic, 6 month old puppy a new home. @liamhemsworth you will give this deserving baby a great life!”

People reports that later that same day, Miley went with Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne to a different adoption drive hosted by The Bella Foundation. Wayne adopted a dog named Yogi, and Miley posted several Instagram pics of the pup.

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Monday
Nov162015

Ween to Reunite for Two Shows in Colorado

Image Courtesy of Big Hassle The members of Ween are getting the band back together. More than four years after their last show in December 2011, founders Aaron Freeman, a.k.a. Gene Ween, and Mickey Melchiondo, Jr., a.k.a. Dean Ween, will reunite for two shows in Broomfield, Colorado over 2016's President's Day Weekend. Visit Ween.com for ticket info.

"I can't wait to get on that stage and hear how happy this makes people," Freeman says in a statement.

"Ween is an extension of who we are," adds Melchiondo. "It's not a persona that we put on to go onstage."

As for what they will be playing at the reunion shows, Ween promises a mix of deep cuts and "new stuff that nobody has ever heard live before."

Ween's reunion shows will be held February 12-13 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Monday
Nov162015

WALK THE MOON to Play National Anthem at Cincinnati Bengals Game

Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsWALK THE MOON is supporting their hometown football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, tonight. Cincinnati.com reports the band will be playing the national anthem before the Bengals face off against the Houston Texans at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.

If you’re heading to the game and don’t want to miss their performance, make sure to line up early. Last Thursday at the Bengals game against the Cleveland Browns, last-minute crowds clogged security checkpoints, which resulted in delayed entrance for many.

Earlier this year, the band showed their hometown pride at another sporting event. They played the Home Run Derby at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.

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Monday
Nov162015

Nothing More Premieres "Here's to the Heartache" Video

Credit: Jody DomingueNothing More has released the video for their current single, "Here's to the Heartache." Much like the song itself, the black-and-white "Here's to the Heartache" video starts off gritty before transforming into something lighter when the celebratory chorus strikes. You can watch the video now at AltPress.com.

According to frontman Jonny Hawkins, "Here's to the Heartache" was inspired by a quote from best-selling author Steve Maraboli: "As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better."

"This quote sums up the heart of this song," Hawkins explains. "We've seen failed relationships lead to soul mates. Crippling weakness, uncover hidden strength. And epic loss pave the way for greatness. For us, 'Believing it would work out' led to things working out. Was it ever easy? No. Was it always worth it? Yes. So, here's to the heartache..."

"Here's to the Heartache," the fourth single from Nothing More's 2014 self-titled album, currently sits in the top 20 at Active Rock radio. The previous three singles from Nothing More, "This Is the Time (Ballast)," "Mr. MTV" and "Jenny," all reached the top 10 at the format.

Nothing More will embark on a European tour later this week. The band will return to the U.S. for a New Year's Eve show in Dallas alongside HELLYEAH and Sevendust.

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Monday
Nov162015

Loretta Lynn to Be Honored Alongside Lady Gaga at "Billboard's" Women in Music Event

Russ HarringtonWhat does Loretta Lynn have in common with Lady Gaga? For one thing, both will be honored next month at Billboard’s Women in Music gathering in New York City. Gaga will be named Woman of the Year, while the Coal Miner's Daughter will become the first recipient of the magazine’s “Legend” award.

"From the moment she broke through more than five decades ago, Loretta Lynn has been an unstoppable musical force who writes and performs with a breathtaking fearlessness and honesty. As a musical pioneer, author and inspiration to everyone from Jack White to Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn has pushed every boundary in music and is the definition of a legend,” says Janice Min, the co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which oversees Billboard.

Kelsea Ballerini will  be named 2015’s Rising Star at the December 11 event, which will be taped to air December 18 on Lifetime.

Loretta’s first new album in more than ten years, Full Circle, is due out March 4.

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Monday
Nov162015

"ET" Names Garth Brooks an Icon, in the Same Class as Oprah, J-Lo and Ellen

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks is one of five celebrities being honored this week with Entertainment Tonight’s first Icon Awards, as the show marks its 35th season.  Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, and Ellen DeGeneres are the other ET Icons, as well as former host Mary Hart, who was honored in a special show last month.

This week, you’ll start to see new interviews, as well as archival footage, focusing on each celebrity’s individual accomplishments. “Each one has a unique story to tell:  Oprah Winfrey is about intention; Jennifer Lopez, passion; Ellen, truth; Garth Brooks, gratitude and Mary Hart, groundbreaking,” Executive Producer Brad Bessey says. Check your local listings to see where ET airs in your area.

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Monday
Nov162015

Sevyn Streeter Remixes Bryson Tiller's Hit Single, "Don't" 

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Sevyn Streeter is turning into a remix Queen of sorts. After revamping tracks from R&B newcomers Roy Wood$ and Tory Lanez, Sevyn has put her own spin on Bryson Tiller's "Don't" as part of her music series, which she's calling "Streeter Switch."

Similar to her previous flips, Sevyn changes the lyrics to a female perspective as she warns a man to stay away from a woman that doesn't bring "nothing to the table."

"Lately you said she's been killing the vibe/Can't turn no hoe to no wife" she sings over the DopeBoi production. "Babe you deserve what you've been missing/She don't even care if you get your nutrition/ She don't cook nothing up in your kitchen."

The song can be streamed or downloaded on SoundCloud now.

When she's not remixing songs, Sevyn is busy finishing up the West Coast leg of her 7-city tour --she'll be performing at the El Rey Theatre in LA on November 18, the Social Hall in San Francisco on November 21 and at Harlow's in Sacramento, CA on November 22.

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Monday
Nov162015

Barnes & Noble to Celebrate Its Own Vinyl Day with Exclusive Releases from The Beatles, McCartney and More

Image Courtesy of Barnes & NobleOver the last several years, the Record Store Day initiative has helped spark a renewed interest in vinyl, while promoting local music shops at the same time, by making limited-edition discs available exclusively at independently run stores across the U.S.  Now, however, a major retail chain, Barnes & Noble, is launching its own vinyl-related event called, appropriately enough, Vinyl Day, which will take place this Saturday, November 21, six days before Record Store Day's 2015 "Black Friday" event.

The Vinyl Day promotion will be held at more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores around the country, and will feature exclusive vinyl albums, autographed discs, giveaways and other special offers, live appearances and more.  Among the exclusives vinyl items will be The Beatles' The Singles box set and versions of the recently reissued Paul McCartney albums Tug of War and Pipes of Piece that come packaged with limited-edition seven-inch singles.

Other special discs include colored vinyl editions of The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead, Don Henley's Cass County, Chicago's Greatest Hits, James Taylor's Greatest Hits and Before This World, and Boz Scaggs' Fool to Care, plus such exclusive releases as The Pretenders' Vinyl Collection 1979-1999 box set.

Among the artists who have contributed signed discs to the campaign are Brian Wilson and Bad Company's Paul Rodgers.

For full details about Barnes & Noble's Vinyl Day celebration, visit BN.com/VinylDay

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Monday
Nov162015

"Eve of Destruction" Songwriter P.F. Sloan Dead at Age 70

Credit: Joaquin MontalvanP.F. Sloan, the songwriter who penned Barry McGuire's 1965 chart-topping single "Eve of Destruction" and co-wrote Johnny Rivers' memorable 1966 hit "Secret Agent Man," died at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday at the age of 70.  According to a statement from Howlin' Wuelf Media, Sloan passed away after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago and "fighting it valiantly."

Sloan, whose birth name was Philip Gary Schlein, was only 13 years old he signed a record contract with Aladdin Records.  He later signed a songwriting deal with the Screen Gems music publishing company, where he began a collaborative partnership with Steve Barri, with whom he wrote "Secret Agent Man."

Sloan's biggest success was "Eve of Destruction," the enduring protest anthem sung by McGuire that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1965.  "Secret Agent Man," meanwhile, peaked at #3 the following year.  Sloan and Barri also co-wrote hits for Jan & Dean, Herman's Hermits, The Turtles and The Grass Roots.  In addition, Sloan co-produced The Grass Roots' first two albums with Barri.

While the most successful period of his career took place during the 1960s, Sloan continued to write and record songs throughout his life.  His most recent album, My Beethoven, was released in 2014, and he also published a memoir titled What's Exactly the Matter with Me? that same year.

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Monday
Nov162015

Justin Bieber Edging Out One Direction for #1 Next Week 

Retna/RBMG/Def Jam Recordings; SYCO/Columbia RecordJustin Bieber and One Direction are locked in a record sales cage match over which of their albums will debut at #1 on the Billboard chart next week. Right now, it appears that the Bieb has a bit of an edge over the British band.

Sources tell Billboard that Justin's new album Purpose might sell as many as 525,000 units in its first week, which would be the singer's largest sales week yet.  Meanwhile, 1D's album Made in the A.M. is on target to sell more than 475,000 units.

The good news for both artists is that both albums are selling much better than had been predicted.  The last time two albums debuted with more than 400,000 copies sold each was back in 2007, when Kanye West's Graduation entered the chart at #1 with sales of 957,000,while 50 Cent's Curtis came in at #2 with 691,000 copies.

The full numbers will be revealed this Sunday.

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Monday
Nov162015

WALK THE MOON to Play National Anthem at Cincinnati Bengals

Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsWALK THE MOON is supporting their hometown football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, tonight. Cincinnati.com reports the band will be playing the national anthem before the Bengals face off against the Houston Texans at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.

If you’re heading to the game and don’t want to miss their performance, make sure to line up early. Last Thursday at the Bengals game against the Cleveland Browns, last-minute crowds clogged security checkpoints, which resulted in delayed entrance for many.

Earlier this year, the band showed their hometown pride at another sporting event. They played the Home Run Derby at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.

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Monday
Nov162015

Lorde Denies Lip Syncing on "Saturday Night Live"

Dana Edelson/NBCIn case you were wondering, Lorde did not pull an Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singer shot down reports that she was lip syncing during her performance of "Magnets" with Disclosure on Saturday.

"Wow - the fact that some people thought i was lip syncing on snl is an awesome compliment! goes without saying i have never/will never haha," she writes.

And indeed if you watch the video of her performance closely, it's pretty clear she was singing live.

Lorde later tweeted her gratitude for being able to appear on the show with the British electronic duo: "We're just a bunch of kids from far away places and we played on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! it's all a bit overwhelming and i'm crazy grateful."

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Monday
Nov162015

Ariana Grande Releases ARI Fragrance Short Film

PRNewsFoto/LUXE BrandsAriana Grande released her debut fragrance, ARI, in September, and now she has a short film to go along with it.

The retro-styled video features Ariana hopping into the back of purple New York City taxi cab with her dog, Toulouse. As they drive through the city, Ariana sings her new single, “Focus,” with the help of her taxi driver, Joe.

When they pull up to her destination, the paparazzi are there waiting for her. After a few spritzes of her perfume, she has Joe step on the gas and speed her away.

The video comes on the heels of another big accomplishment for Ariana. “Focus” recently became her sixth Billboard Hot 100 top-10 hit, making her the first artist to debut in the top 10 with the lead single from each of her first three albums.

Ariana’s third album, Moonlight, is due out next year.

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Monday
Nov162015

Dixie Chicks Return in 2016 With Most Extensive Tour in Ten Years

PMK•BNC“Just when you thought you were safe, America-- we’re back!” Natalie Maines teased Monday, announcing the Dixie Chicks’ most extensive tour in a decade, in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page.

“There’s no telling what will happen this time,” Emily Robison added, making a sly reference to Natalie’s 2003 comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq War that continue to make the trio somewhat controversial.

The North American leg of the DCX MMXVI World Tour kicks off June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, immediately following more than a dozen European dates. Tickets for the 40 plus shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, with Citi cardmembers getting access to pre-sale seats as early as Wednesday.

Here’s the complete list of dates for the Dixie Chicks’ DCX MMXVI World Tour:

6/1 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/3 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Amphitheater
6/4 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/5 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/8 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
6/11 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/14 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
6/16 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/17 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
6/18 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/21 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/22 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/24 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
6/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
7/8 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheater
7/9 -- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
7/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheater
7/15 -- San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
7/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas Arena
7/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, AK-Chin Pavilion
7/20 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
8/5 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/6 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
8/7 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/10 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
8/12 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Alpharetta Amphitheater
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/19 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
8/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
8/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheater
8/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/30 -- Kansas City, MO, Spring Center
9/1 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
9/2 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
10/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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Dixie Chicks Return to North America!

There's no telling what will happen when the Dixie Chicks return to North America next summer for the DCX MMXVI World Tour! Be the very first in to get tickets by joining the all new MMXVI Tour Club.SHARE & COMMENT to show your excitement for the return of the Chicks!

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Monday
Nov162015

Alessia Cara Announces 2016 North American Know-It-All Tour

Meredith TruaxAlessia Cara’s first full-length album Know-It-All was released last week, and soon she'll be hitting the road in support of her debut effort. Alessia has announced dates for her 2016 North American Know-It-All tour.

The Canadian singer will begin and end the trek in her home country. She’ll first hit the stage on January 15 in Montreal and wrap things up in Edmonton, Alberta on April 1.

A pre-sale starts Wednesday, November 18 at 10 a.m. local time on AlessiaCara.com/Tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m. local time. You can also purchase the Know-It-All CD + Meet & Greet Package via the Alessia Cara official store for a chance to meet Alessia at one of her upcoming shows. Limited meet and greets are available.

Here is the list of 2016 tour dates:

1/15 -- Montreal, QC, Corona Theatre
1/16 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall
1/22 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
1/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1/29 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
1/30 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall
2/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
2/2 -- Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge
2/4 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
2/5 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live Studio
2/6 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
2/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
3/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
3/31 -- Calgary, AB, Macewan Ballroom
4/1 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall – Edmonton

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Monday
Nov162015

Pusha T Spills on Features & Producers for "King Push:Darkest Before Dawn"

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Pusha T has lined up several collaborations for his sophomore album, King Push:Darkest Before Dawn.

According to The FADER, the rapper's album is set to feature guest appearances from Beanie Sigel, A$AP Rocky, The-Dream, Kehlani and Jill Scott, as well as production credits from Kanye West, Timbaland, Q-Tip, Nashiem Myrick, Hudson Mohawke, Boi-1da, and Puff Daddy.

The newly announced G.O.O.D. Music President also revealed that he's not rushing his next studio effort.  "I take my time, music isn't a pressure thing for me, it never has been," he says, adding that his new role won't affect his future releases:  "I've never been solely dependent on [my music], so I've always had the luxury of taking my time and really putting things together. So when I drop, it's always an event."

Pusha T remains mum on the release date but assured that he's serving up "music that I love and the music I think you guys love from me."

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Monday
Nov162015

Lorde Denies Lip Syncing on "Saturday Night Live"

Dana Edelson/NBCIn case you were wondering, Lorde did not pull an Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singer shot down reports that she was lip syncing during her performance of “Magnets” with Disclosure on Saturday.

“Wow - the fact that some people thought i was lip syncing on snl is an awesome compliment! goes without saying i have never/will never haha,” she writes.

And indeed if you watch the video of her performance closely, it’s pretty clear she was singing live.

Lorde later tweeted her gratitude for being able to appear on the show with the British electronic duo: “We're just a bunch of kids from far away places and we played on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! it's all a bit overwhelming and i'm crazy grateful.”

Sam Smith also joined Disclosure for a performance of their collaborative tune, “Omen.”

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Monday
Nov162015

The Weeknd, Fetty Wap Remain High on "Billboard" 200 Chart 

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThe Weeknd and Fetty Wap are the only two R&B & Rap albums in the top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 albums chart this week.

According to the publication, The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness spends its 11th week on the chart at the #4 position. The singer, who also has two singles in the top five of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, sold an additional 46,000 units in the week ending November 12.

Not too far behind is Fetty's self-titled album which drops from #6 to the #8 position, selling nearly 37,000 album equivalent units.  The New Jersey rapper's first project saw more than 24 million streams.

In related news, both artists have songs that are nominated for the American Music Awards, airing Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Nov162015

Baroness Shares New Song, "Shock Me"

Credit: Jimmy HubbardBaroness has released "Shock Me," a new song from their forthcoming album, Purple. The fast track comes with a big chorus and a bigger guitar solo. You can listen to "Shock Me," and watch the accompanying lyric video," now on YouTube.

"Shock Me" is the second track to be released from Purple, following the single "Chlorine & Wine."

Baroness will kick off their winter tour in support of Purple on Black Friday in Columbus, Ohio. The trek will conclude December 20 in Brooklyn, New York.

Purple will be released on December 18.

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Monday
Nov162015

Weezer Releases New "Thank God for Girls" Video, Now with Fewer Cannoli 

Credit: Sean MurphyAfter sharing a cannoli-filled lyric video for their new single, "Thank God for Girls," Weezer has now released the official video for the track. The new visual shows Rivers Cuomo and company as corrupt preachers who take people's money to gamble or go to strip clubs. The video isn't completely cannoli-free, however -- both the pastry and the guy from the lyric video make brief appearances.

Weezer released "Thank God for Girls" last month. It's one of two new non-album tracks from the band, along with "Do You Wanna Get High?"

Weezer's last album was 2014's Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

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