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Thursday
Aug072014

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Special Probed by the FCC

Image Courtesy Olivia Malone/NBCHer much-discussed performance at last year's MTV VMAs apparently wasn't enough to do the trick, but Miley Cyrus' July 4 weekend special on NBC has reportedly drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC is determining if the network violated its rules on broadcast indecency or profanity during the special, Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour.

Although the special only drew two million viewers, three written complaints filed with the FCC may be enough to cause the agency to take action, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

The July 6 special featured Miley performing a sexy dance with a man dressed like Abraham Lincoln. This in particular irked one viewer.

"She was dressed more in line with a video geared towards MTV," said the complaint. "Her performance was impropriate [sic] for broadcast TV, as she grinded along there was a costumed performer depicting President Lincoln following behind her and alongside her and the character acted quite lecherous even patting her on the backside. Very patriotic for the 4th ya think?"

One parent objected to the show's PG-13/TV-14 rating, adding that he was "offended, appalled and ready to start taking public action to remove this garbage from our televisions."

The third complaint called the program, "Very graphic and disturbing for a Sunday evening 9 pm summertime broadcast."

A fourth complaint about Miley was also filed with the FCC, but that addressed an appearance the singer made on a separate show featuring fireworks.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Garth Brooks Breaks His Own Ticket Sales Record with Chicago Shows

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is already breaking records with his upcoming World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. His previous record for most tickets sold in a single city was set back in October 1998 in Minneapolis with 162,822 tickets sold. Garth's shows in the Chicago area this September have now surpassed that mark and are continuing to sell. The shows kick off September 4 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Tickets for Garth's Atlanta show at Philips Arena go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Mike McCready to Perform with Seattle Symphony

Image Courtesy Karen LoriaMike McCready will make a special appearance with the Seattle Symphony in January. The Pearl Jam guitarist will sit in for a special one-off performance called "Sonic Evolution." According to the Symphony's website, the evening "celebrates Seattle’s musical legacy of innovation with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and others."

Tickets for the January 30 show range from $20-50 are available at SeattleSymphony.org.

 


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Thursday
Aug072014

Drake Wasn't Calling Rihanna the Devil, "It’s All Love!" He Says

Eric McCandless/CBSEarlier this week, Drake was accused of dissing his ex-girlfriend Rihanna during OVO Fest in Toronto. However, the rapper has dismissed the speculation on Twitter.

While Drake performed “Days in the East,” a fiery 6 flashed on the screen behind him followed by a photo of the Rihanna. The satanic visual repeated itself three times, causing many to believe Drake was calling Rihanna the devil.

"My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto," he tweeted. "Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It’s all love!!"

As Rihanna embarks on her joint outing with Slim Shady, Drake will soon hit the road with Lil Wayne. "Now on to this Drake vs Lil Wayne tour. It's about to be an event every night. I'm going to SNAP on that stage," he tweeted.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Tyga Announces Release Date for "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty"

Image Courtesy Pamela Littky/UniversalAfter dropping out of Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music tour to complete his album, Tyga has announced the release date for his fifth LP, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

"The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty drops NOV 18th!!!!" tweeted Tyga, who enlisted Kanye West as the album’s executive producer.

The album will include the two singles: "Wait for a Minute" featuring Justin Bieber and "Hookah" with Young Thug.

The set will serve as the follow-up to 2013′s Hotel California.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Robert Plant and His New Band The Sensational Space Shifters Announce Fall North American Tour

Image Courtesy of Frank MelfiRobert Plant and his new group, The Sensational Space Shifters, have revealed a full list of dates for their 2014 North American fall tour in support of the Led Zeppelin singer's upcoming solo album, Lullaby and...the Ceaseless Roar.  The seven-show trek gets under way on September 25 in Port Chester, New York, and winds down with an October 7 performance in Los Angeles.

The outing includes a previously announced September 27-28 engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York, in conjunction with a concert series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Plant's new label, Nonesuch Records.  Robert and his group also will visit Chicago, Toronto and Denver during the tour.

Tickets for the concerts will be available to the general public starting on August 15.  Citi card members can purchase presale tickets beginning August 12 via CitiPrivatePass.com.  Those purchasing advance tickets will receive a copy of Lullaby and...the Ceaseless Roar.

In other news, a new video featuring footage of Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters performing his new song "Rainbow" at recent concerts in Italy and the Czech Republic premiered at RollingStone.com and also can be viewed on Robert's official YouTube channel.

Here are all of Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters' North American tour dates:

9/25 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
9/27 -- Brooklyn, NY, BAM
9/28 -- Brooklyn, NY, BAM
9/30 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
10/4 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore Auditorium
10/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium


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Thursday
Aug072014

Rick Springfield to Play Rock Musician in Film Starring Meryl Streep

Image Courtesy of Cris Toala OlivaresRick Springfield will get to combine his music and acting talents in a new dramatic film called Ricki and the Flash, which will star none other than Meryl Streep in the title role.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Springfield has been cast as one of the multiple-Academy Award winner's band mates in the flick, which will feature Streep as an aging rock star who gets one final chance to connect with her estranged kids.

Springfield will play a musician who has a crush on Ricki.  Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme will be behind the lens for project, which will begin shooting in October.  Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody penned the script.

Rick has posted a photo of him hanging out with Streep and Demme on Twitter.

As an actor, Springfield is best known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital, and he's also appeared in such shows as Californication, Hawaii Five-0 and Hot in Cleveland.  Rick's music career is highlighted by his big early-1980s hits "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Calling All Girls."


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Thursday
Aug072014

Lady Gaga Shares Oxygen Mask Selfie

ABC/Matt BrownAre oxygen masks the new black?  They are, if you're Lady Gaga.

The "Applause" singer's latest fashion accessory comes courtesy of the hospital.  Gaga was grounded in Denver due to the elevation of the Mile High City, and shared her ordeal with a selfie posted to Instagram, showing her wearing an oxygen mask.

"Altitude Sickness is no Joke! #hitThatHospitalShit #artRaveDenver many true ravers crowd tonight," she wrote.

Despite her ailment, Gaga was able to perform at her Wednesday night show, but was rushed to the hospital immediately after.  Gaga's Friday night date in Seattle will go on as scheduled.
 
In other news, Gaga's duets album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, hits retailers Sept. 23.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Beyonce to Perform, Receive MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2014 VMAs

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce has been tapped to perform at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California later this month.

The network has announced the singer will also be honored with the 2014 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is reserved for "exemplary musicians who have made an incredible and long-lasting impact on pop culture."

Beyonce joins an elite list of previous Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipients, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Michael Jackson himself, who took home the coveted honor in 1988.

Beyonce leads all MTV VMA nominees with eight nods, including Video of the Year for "Drunk in Love."

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony airs Sunday, August 24 at  9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Pentatonix Salute Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pizza in New Video

Image Courtesy Brandon LyonIn celebration of the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Pentatonix has released a song honoring the heroes' favorite snack -- pizza!

The a capella group's latest offering, "We Are Ninjas," is a musical ode to the Turtles latest adventure, out in theaters August 8.

“The ideas is we’re kind of riffing of the Turtles,” said director Melissa Bolton-Klinger in an MTV behind-the-scenes clip. "Dark alleyway scenes, kind of West Side Story meets ninjas."

The video, filmed at Paramount Studios, features the group's trademark harmonies set to some righteous closeups of the crime fighters themselves.

The lyrics,"Long before our days begins/What every hero needs/Is a big 'ol greasy piece," are sure to have fans craving a slice by the end of the tune.


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Thursday
Aug072014

President Barack Obama "Sings" Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

Image Courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesOK, President Barack Obama isn't really singing in the latest video from the deliciously warped YouTube Channel, BaracksDub, which offers presidential covers, twice a month. But if you've ever wanted to hear Obama semi-croon the lyrics "cup of Ace, cup of Goose, cup of Cris," now's your chance.  The site's latest offering is a presidential cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

BaracksDubs scoured the commander-in-chief's clips of speeches, stumps, and press conferences to piece together the lyrics to one of the biggest songs of the summer.

Previous videos of the president singing LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" are equally entertaining.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Is Elton John Developing a New HBO Series?

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John reportedly is producing a television pilot for HBO centered around an elite music academy.

Elton is developing the project, titled Virtuoso, along with his husband David Furnish and True Blood creator Alan Ball, according to Showbiz411.

Set in 1790s Vienna, the program will follow young musicians in a distinguished music academy headed by Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Mozart's nemesis in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.

A casting notice is already under way for actors and actresses skilled at piano and other instruments.

The show is rumored to feature "lots of music, ruffled shirts and sex of all kinds," according to the report.

As previously reported, HBO is currently working with Mick Jagger's production company and Boardwalk Empire writer Terry Winter on a series about rock music in the '70s.


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Thursday
Aug072014

CMA Music Festival Special Ratings Hold Steady

Image Courtesy CMAABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special delivered solid ratings for the network with more than 7.2 million viewers tuning in to the three-hour special. Those numbers will rise as DVR and online streaming views are factored into the equation.

The special, hosted by Little Big Town, brought in the strongest ratings for a non-sporting event of any Tuesday program for ABC since 2010. That's even more impressive since the show went up against NBC's America's Got Talent this year.

If you missed the CMA Music Festival special, you can check it out now at ABC.com.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Godsmack Posts Fifth and Last "1000hp" Webisode

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionYou'd think that now that the band's new album 1000hp is in stores, there'd be no incentive for Godsmack to continue offering fans behind-the-scenes webisodes, but you'd be wrong. The fifth and final installment of the inside-scoop series is streaming live now.

This last episode is a private look at the "1000hp" video shoot, and features interview footage with the band members about the experience. Their impressions include nausea -- drummer Shannon Larkin says he did four takes and "went backstage and threw up" -- and discomfort, by guitarist Tony Rombola, who says he wishes they'd brought fans in for the stage shots so it wouldn't feel so "awkward." Those are odd reactions for a video that looks as tight and exciting as the "1000hp" clip.

The fifth Godsmack webisode is streaming live at Godsmack.com. 1000hp is available in digital and brick-and-mortar stores now. 


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Thursday
Aug072014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts' duet partner on their hit song "Easy?" ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Pharrell Begins Countdown for Dear Girl Tour

Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell has begun the countdown for his  headlining European outing, dubbed the Dear Girl tour.

The hitmaker expressed his excitement on Twitter.  "The starts in 6 weeks. Can't wait...," he tweeted to his four million followers.

The singer is scheduled to begin his 20-city trek at Manchester, England's Phones4U Arena on September 9. He will travel to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain before wrapping at the O2 Arena in London on October 9.

The tour will further support his sophomore album, G I R L, which has spawned the smash hit singles "Happy" and "Come Get It Bae."


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Thursday
Aug072014

Dead Daisies Singer Jon Stevens Says His Supergroup Is a Modern Classic-Rock Band

Spitfire RecordsThe Dead Daisies may be a relatively new band, but they feature quite a few familiar faces.  Formed in 2012 by one-time INXS singer Jon Stevens and guitarist John Lowy of the band Mink, the hard-rocking group's current lineup also includes Guns N' Roses members Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus, former Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy/Ted Nugent bassist Marco Mendoza and ex-Whitesnake/Billy Idol/Foreigner drummer Brian Tichy.

After releasing a self-titled debut album earlier this year, The Dead Daisies have just issued a new four-song EP titled Face I Love, and are promoting the record while serving as opening act on KISS' joint tour with Def Leppard.  This high-profile gig comes on the heels of a supporting slot on Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd's recently completed co-headlining trek.

Stevens tells ABC News Radio that he views The Dead Daisies as "a modern version" of some of the very groups they've been sharing stages with.

"[We're] sort of loosely based on Bad Company meets Free meets Paul Rodgers," he explains.  "You know, the guitar riffs, the big choruses…That's what we try to do, with new music, but it's still in that classic-rock vein.  Possibly a little harder edged, but [we're] certainly trying to keep it just real."

Face I Love includes the lead single title track, as well as a blistering cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter."  Stevens says The Dead Daisies decided to include the rocking Fab Four tune on their record because "it's kind of indicative of the band's energy."  He adds, "It's a classic song but it's [like] our original songs, [which also] have that kind of intensity."

Mendoza, meanwhile, had been splitting his time between The Dead Daisies and the Thin Lizzy spinoff group Black Star Riders, but he recently decided to bow out of the latter band and focus his attention on The Daisies.

"I felt like this is home, for me musically, in so many ways," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I'm a big fan of great singers, and Jon just blew me away when the music was sent to me.  And then the writing began and I'm going, 'Whoa!  This is really cool.'"

Stevens points out that although most of his band mates have other important musical projects and groups to which they're committed, they also are happy to lend their talents to The Dead Daisies.

"I guess for guys like Richard and Dizzy and Marco, coming from major touring acts to do something that sort of has a different kind of feel about it and is more creative for them, actually -- 'cause…the band's creating together -- is something that you want to be a part of, you know?" explains the singer. 

Adds Mendoza, "That's the key word, creative -- moving constantly, liquid.  It's liquid.  It's here.  It's not that big promise that we're gonna be doing this next.  It's happening here, right now.  And it's beautiful, man.  It really is." 

The Dead Daisies will be on tour with KISS and Def Leppard through the finale of the trek, which is scheduled for August 31 in The Woodlands, Texas.  Face I Love is available as a digital download at iTunes and Amazon.


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Thursday
Aug072014

Is Marilyn Manson Working on New Album?

Image Courtesy Delaney Bishop/Universal Music Group Distribution

Marilyn Manson is a man of mystery. The singer and all-around influencer has posted a cryptic message on his Instagram, suggesting he could be at work on some new music.

The mysterious entry goes like this: "After the puke and shape-shifting. When the broken glass settles. It is no hero. The shots you will hear are from a mouth disguised as a gun. Now I begin."

If indeed this is the sign of new music to come, a new album would be Manson's ninth. The last, Born Villain, was released in May of 2012.  

Marilyn Manson's last project was an acting gig; he'll have a recurring role in the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy, and recently shared an image via Twitter of himself in character. He'll play a jailed white supremacist.

Sons of Anarchy is set to premiere September 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 


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Thursday
Aug072014

Brantley Gilbert Having a Blast Performing with Pals Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett on "Small Town Throwdown"

Image Courtesy CMABrantley Gilbert's latest album, Just as I Am, was recently certified gold thanks in large part to his hit collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett on "Small Town Throwdown." The trio performed the song on ABC's CMA Music Festival special Tuesday night, and it was obvious the guys are genuinely friends in real life.

Brantley says, "Man, I love those guys to death. It's no joke. You see a lot of collaborations, [but] these two guys are good buddies of mine."

Justin and Thomas both quickly agreed to cut the song when Brantley approached them. Their natural friendship is on full display in the brand-new "Small Town Throwdown" video. The guys shoot guns, take on a former wrestler and show off some funky dance moves in the clip.

"Me and Justin and T.R. cut up pretty good," Brantley says. "We have a good time."

Since Brantley, Thomas and Justin are all on the same record label, there weren't any legal issues with their contracts preventing them from cutting the song.

Says Brantley, "It was an easy idea, and a whole lot of fun carrying it out."

Brantley will perform "Small Town Throwdown" when he joins Luke Bryan's concert bill at Lincoln Financial Field Friday, August 15. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell also are on that stadium show.


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Thursday
Aug072014

For OneRepublic, "Throwing Darts" Led to "Counting Stars"

Image Courtesy LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic's debut single, "Apologize," which came out in 2007, was a huge hit -- and it only took them another six years to score a song that was just as big. 

"Counting Stars" is the only OneRepublic single that's matched the chart position of "Apologize," and it's a song that revitalized their career -- and their album Native -- in a big way.  So why did it take OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder -- a guy who's written and produced huge hits for everyone from Adele to Kelly Clarkson to Beyonce -- so long to come up with another massive hit for his own band?  He says it's because the band's gradually been honing their sound until they finally hit the musical jackpot.

"I feel like for the last six years, we've kind of been throwing darts a bit," he tells ABC News Radio. "And we have an idea of where the bulls-eye is.  And our vision's just gotten better and better...so we get more accurate."  In other words, "Counting Stars" hit the bullseye.  But why?

"When we did 'Counting Stars,' I remember telling the band: 'Guys, this represents...what I like about music and, I think, what we are, better than any song."  And I think the reason that it reacted so big is that it was true.  It was the truest form of what we were when we recorded it."

Ryan wrote "Counting Stars" about a time in the band's life when they had no money and no record deal, and he despaired of ever becoming successful.  Noting that a song inspired by failure led them to their biggest success, Ryan laughs, "That is kind of funny, yeah.  The irony is very, very thick." 

OneRepublic's North American summer tour in support of Native and their latest hit, "Love Runs Out" through the end of this month.  The band will then head to Europe in the fall for a batch of new tour dates.


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