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Wednesday
Jul302014

Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year

ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.

Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.

Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.

Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:

4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)"
5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)”
6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"
7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along"
9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle "
10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Damon Albarn Says New Blur Album Wasn't Finished Because of Bad Weather

Image Courtesy Linda BrownleeDamon Albarn has been cagey about whether there will ever be a follow-up to Blur's 2003 album, Think Tank. Now in a new interview with NME, the singer -- who just wrapped a solo tour -- says that he and his off-again, on-again band mates recorded more than a dozen songs in Hong Kong last year, but the session petered out because of bad weather.

"There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished," Albarn says. 

Though that sounds pretty lame and may leave some fans skeptical, it is in line with what the singer told Rolling Stone back in February when he said, "There is [new Blur] material, but I can't foresee us in the near future being in a position to finish it. We're just all doing other stuff." Despite this lack of urgency, Albarn at the time called Blur "a big part of my life. I'll never abandon the spirit of it ever. It's kind of in me." 

Perhaps Albarn will reconsider after he's had a little downtime; a year ago, he told The Wall Street Journal that Blur would hit the studio following the release of his then-upcoming debut solo album, Everyday Robots.

Ironically, all that's left to complete on the Blur album is Albarn's part -- the words. He tells NME, "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates...I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."

Stay tuned, Blur fans.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty. 

In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.

Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996. 

"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."

She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release." 

McLachlan said she wrote "that song in two days."

"Angel" was released in 1998 and became a hit.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line's cover of Motley Crue's "If I Die Tomorrow" is available now at iTunes. The song will be included on the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 19.

Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

Lucy Hale's new video for "Lie a Little Better" premiered on CMT this week.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Missy Elliott Readies "Game-Changing" Album, Says Timbaland

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsMissy Elliott is cooking up some heat for her first album in nearly a decade, according to her longtime collaborator, Timbaland.

"It’s coming," Timbo told Rolling Stone of the follow-up to 2005′s The Cookbook. "It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun."

He assures fans that Missy's upcoming set is a "game changer." The producer adds, "It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future."

Missy has yet to announce the release date for the album, tentatively titled Block Party.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Miguel Intends to Follow His Instincts for Third Album

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel has maintained a low profile as he continues to record the follow-up to his break-out album, Kaleidoscope Dream. The singer recently shared an Instagram picture of himself in the studio, with a caption updating fans on the state of his creative process.

"Creating isn't always easy for me, but as a musician I've learned instinct is everything... and if that's true all we have to do sometimes is put ourselves in a place to do- what we are naturally inclined to do #artgang #livingartdealerchic," he wrote.

So far, the singer has logged studio time with DJ Premier, Jessie Ware and J. Cole.

Fans can expect Miguel's third album to arrive this fall.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Gavin DeGraw Unveils "Dolphin Tale 2" Song

Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”

“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Danielle Bradbery Is Taking Your Requests in New Vevo Video Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery gained experience singing a wide range of songs on The Voice, and now she's taking fan requests for a new video series on Vevo.

Danielle's Request Line will feature the singer performing a new song each Tuesday for the next few weeks. Fans can request the song they want Danielle to sing by calling  (615) 450-0410(615) 450-0410 or posting their requests to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DBREQUESTLINE. Fans can also vote on the PAUWOW [pr: Pow Wow] app.

For her first fan requested performance, Danielle sings a country version of A Great Big World's pop hit "Say Something."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Hilary Duff Releases Video for New Single, "Chasing the Sun"

RCA RecordsHilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.”

In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result.

“Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s Dignity.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Ariana Grande Discusses Her Grandfather, Falling Out of Touch with Her Dad

Kenneth WillardtBefore her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her.

Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.”

The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day.  I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Ariana has since released a statement, via Seventeen, regarding her comments. She said, “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ariana revealed that the toughest thing she’s had to deal with during her life is her falling out of touch with her father. She said, “It’s private, but it happened last year.  It took me so long to be okay with it.”

She added, “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him.  So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself.  I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

The September issue of Seventeen, featuring Ariana on the cover, hits newsstands on August 5.

Ariana is featured on what is currently the number-one song on the iTunes chart, her just-released collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.”


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Watch Lollapalooza Without Leaving Your Living Room 

Outkast.comLollapalooza celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and you don't have to go to Chicago to see it. The festival organizers are streaming dozens of performances -- more than 200 hours worth in all -- and making them available for free online

Lollapalooza.redbull.tv has the full schedule of performances to be streamed, but here are some highlights; all start times are Central time:

8/1  -- 7 p.m. -- Lorde
8/2  -- 7 p.m. -- Foster the People
8/2  -- 8:15 p.m. -- Outkast
8/3 -- 12 p.m. -- Childish Gambino
8/3  -- 12:15 p.m. -- Chance The Rapper


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Roger Daltrey Sings with Joan Jett at Teen Cancer America Benefit Show in Philadelphia

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who's Roger Daltrey played a rocking concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Monday night that raised money for the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend.  The event included a very special onstage collaboration, as Joan Jett, who opened the show with her group The Blackhearts, joined Daltrey during his encore for a rendition of the Eddie Cochrane classic "Summertime Blues."

Roger's set was made up mostly of well-known Who songs, including "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Squeeze Box," "You Better You Bet," "Who Are You" and "Baba O'Riley," although he did close out the show with a rendition of his 1980 solo hit "Without Your Love."  In addition, Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, took over vocals on the band's Who's Next gem "Going Mobile."  Fan-filmed video of Daltrey's performance with Jett can be viewed now on YouTube.

The benefit specifically raised funds for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.  Teen Cancer America executive Howard Jaffe told ABC News Radio that the sold-out event helped the organization reach its goal of $250,000 for the facility.  In addition, Jaffe revealed that Jett, a native of the Philadelphia area, donated all of the proceeds brought in by sales of her merchandise at the concert to the cause.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light Introduce "Playable Poster" Technology on Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.

The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.

Miranda says, "I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”

Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Trace Adkins Making TV Appearances This Weekend; Two New Vocalists Added to Touring Band

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News' Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.

Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club.  They've just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years.  Trace says with a smile, "With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club may just have a shot at salvation after all."

Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Drake Sets a New Billboard Record

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake is winning. The rapper has reached a new milestone after earning his fourteenth number one song on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with his verse on Lil Wayne's new single, "Believe Me."

According to the publication, the chart-topper has made Drake the record holder for the most number one songs on that tally. The rapper surpasses Usher, who has had 13 number ones in the chart’s 22-year history. Wayne follows in third place with 10.

Drake also recently broke the records for the most number one songs on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart as well as on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

 


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Is Beyonce Apartment Hunting Without Jay Z?

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSFollowing continuing speculation that Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage is on the rocks, the singer is now reportedly seeking an apartment without her husband.

According to the New York Post, Beyonce was checking out a $21.5 million, 4,000-square foot Chelsea penthouse early last month, just weeks Solange attacked her brother-in-law at a Met Gala party.

"She was very quiet, as if she was looking on the sly," a source close to the couple said.

Although the couple have yet to confirm or deny the rumors, the Chelsea apartment would be a considerable downgrade for Bey -- she currently owns a 8,309-square-foot home in Tribeca with Jay. The source adds, "I can say with certainty that Jay is not downsizing."


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Tuesday
Jul292014

New Video for Linkin Park's "Final Masquerade" Streaming Now; Singer Chester Bennington Announces Facebook Contest

Image Courtesy Porsche DesignLinkin Park's latest video is for "Final Masquerade" and it's streaming online now. The clip is currently available on MTV's site, but eventually will appear on the band's official YouTube channel.

"Final Masquerade" features a graphic landscape more colorful than the majority of the band's videos from their most recent album, The Hunting Party, but the message isn't any lighter: the video shows apocalyptic scenes, death, sorrow and outrage.

On a lighter note, Linkin Park's singer, Chester Bennington, is offering t-shirts from his Porsche Design clothing line as prizes on a new Facebook contest. Also up for grabs are signed copies of The Hunting Party, and between now and August 4, the first 200 people to purchase anything from Bennington's clothing line will receive a special edition Linkin Park bonus CD for free. Head over to Porsche Design's Facebook page for details.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Ludacris to Receive BMI President’s Award

Island Def JamAfter fifteen years of crafting hits, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges will be the next entertainer to receive the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Luda is being recognized for his songwriting, which has had a "profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry,"said Mike O’Neill, BMI president & CEO, in announcing the honor.

The rapper joins previous BMI President's Award honorees including will.i.am, Adam Levine, Taylor Swift, and Pitbull.

"We are proud to be honoring Ludacris with our President’s Award," said Catherine Brewton, BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations, Atlanta. "He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television. His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI President’s Award."

The event takes place on August 22 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Ludacris will release his eighth album Ludaversal, this fall.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

OneRepublic Remix EP Now Available on iTunes

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsIf you’re enjoying OneRepublic’s latest hit, “Love Runs Out,” you may want to check out a new offering from the band on iTunes.

OneRepublic has released an EP comprised of three remixes of “Love Runs Out.” It will cost you $2.99.

The group continues their tour with The Script Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll perform “Love Runs Out” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 11.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.

The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.

Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."

Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.

“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.


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