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Thursday
Jan082015

Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea Win at People's Choice Awards

Heather Wines/CBSTaylor Swift and Iggy Azalea had a successful night at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Taylor earned three awards: Favorite Song for "Shake It Off," Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist.  Iggy was there to accept the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist. She later took the stage to perform her song, "Beg for It."

Taylor's buddy Ed Sheeran was voted Favorite Male Artist. He also won the Favorite Album prize for X (Multiply). Fall Out Boy was also part of the musical lineup, performing their hit "Centuries."

Aside from Taylor and Iggy, there were no pop winners announced during the two-hour CBS telecast; the voting results for most of the categories in general were revealed afterward.

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Favorite Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer

Favorite Male Country Artist
Hunter Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea

Favorite R&B Artist
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
X, Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift


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Thursday
Jan082015

Iggy Azalea Wins, Performs at People's Choice Awards

Sonja Flemming/CBSIggy Azalea had a successful night at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Iggy was there to accept the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist. She later took the stage to perform her song "Beg for It."

Aside from Iggy, there were no urban or pop winners announced during the two-hour CBS telecast; the voting results for most of the categories in general were revealed afterward.

Of note, Pharrell Williams was voted Favorite R&B Artist.

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Favorite Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer

Favorite Male Country Artist
Hunter Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea

Favorite R&B Artist
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
X, Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift


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Thursday
Jan082015

Lady Antebellum Wins, Performs at People's Choice Awards

Capitol NashvileThe country music world made its presence felt at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Lady Antebellum made a couple of appearances during the CBS telecast. They were on hand to accept the award for Favorite Country Group, and were also one of the musical performers on the evening. They delivered a rendition of their song, "Freestyle."

Hunter Hayes won the prize for Favorite Male Country Artist. He was there to accept.

Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist, a category that was not announced during the telecast.

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Favorite Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer

Favorite Male Country Artist
Hunter Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea

Favorite R&B Artist
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
X, Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift


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Thursday
Jan082015

Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Fall Short at People's Choice Awards

Phil HarveyThe rock music world didn't have much to celebrate following Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards.

There weren't any rock winners in the music categories. Coldplay and Imagine Dragons lost in the Favorite Group category to Maroon 5. Coldplay also fell short in the Favorite Album category, which was won by Ed Sheeran.

The lone highlight of the ceremony -- at least for rock fans -- was a performance by Fall Out Boy of their hit "Centuries."

Here are the winners in the music categories:

Favorite Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer

Favorite Male Country Artist
Hunter Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea

Favorite R&B Artist
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
X, Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift


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Thursday
Jan082015

"American Idol" Recap: Season 14 Begins with Auditions in Nashville

FoxAmerican Idol began its 14th season Wednesday night on Fox, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing a couple of new features to the show.

First, it was revealed that the judges would be heading to their hometowns this season in search of talent: Jennifer Lopez's New York, Harry Connick Jr.'s New Orleans and Keith Urban’s stomping ground, Nashville.  The show opened with its Nashville auditions.

In another Idol first, the top 24 finalists were introduced before the actual auditions were shown. However, the contestants’ faces only appeared in shadow as they all performed Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.”

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode:

The show got underway in Nashville with a look at Riley Bria, whom Urban immediately recognized. It turns out the 17-year-old was invited to play with Keith at a country awards show in 2012 after attending a summer camp sponsored by the Grammy Foundation. Riley won a gold ticket to Hollywood with his version of Urban’s “Georgia Woods.” Connick said the teen was able to entertain “without trying at all,” and Lopez noted that Bria was “made for the stage.” Having played with Bria, Urban commented that the hopeful could “shred on the electric too."

Mississippi native Priscilla Barker, 19, announced she was the youngest of 10 children and showed up to the audition with 14 family members rooting and carrying signs. Her performance of Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn" got a mixed reaction from the panel. Jennifer thought the performance needed to be more “special” and voted no. Connick said he liked Priscilla enough to want to see her again and voted yes, as did Urban. Barker earned a trip to Hollywood.

Up next was 25-year-old Wichita, Kansas, native Cameron Bedell, who sang “You Are the Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne. Harry liked the way Cameron got “lost in the song.” Keith agreed, adding that he wanted to “get up and jam” with him. Both voted yes. J-Lo joined them and Bedell was off to Hollywood.

Amber Kelechi Walker, a 15-year-old from “the hard part” of Memphis, Tennessee, credited music for keeping her out of the gangs. She belted out Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” Jennifer said yes, noting she could “die right now.” but Harry, while stressing that he loved Amber, thought she needed more time to “get her vocals together” and voted no. Keith, who wielded the deciding vote, drew a long sigh and held up a gold ticket for Walker's trip to Hollywood.

Kyle Blaine Korman, from Staten Island, New York, took his turn in front of the judges and impressed Harry right off the bat with his long curly red locks. So much so that Connick had to walk over and touch them. Connick wasn’t as thrilled with Korman’s performance of the Goo Goo Dolls’ version of the Supertramp hit, “Give a Little Bit.” Neither was Lopez, who said his voice felt like a “talking tone,” rather than a “singing tone.” Urban agreed. It was a unanimous “no” from the panel, and Kyle was sent home.

Kory Wheeler, 26, opened his audition by noting that it had been a crazy day, and he wasn’t kidding. Kory worked in a coffee shop across the street and got an hour off to come in and audition. His version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” earned this season’s first mention of getting “goosies” from Jennifer. Keith complimented Wheeler on having his own style and doing someone else’s song his own way. Harry agreed Kory had a “great voice.” The judges all agreed Wheeler deserved a trip to Hollywood.

Lumberton, Mississippi, farmer Michael Simeon, 20, put an acoustic spin on Sam Smith's "Stay with Me." He got three quick yesses from the judges, with Lopez declaring, “Sometimes it’s just that easy.” As an added bonus, J-Lo also honored Michael’s request for a slow dance with her, while Urban and Connick provided the music. Lopez commented that it was “the most fun” she’d had in months.

Closing the show was West Palm Beach, Florida, native Emily Brooke, who accompanied herself on the guitar as she sang Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” Jennifer said she was skeptical about the song choice at first, but noted Emily “executed it beautifully.” Keith declared “there was a lot of good talent and something raw in there.” Harry felt she had the most potential of any hopeful they’d seen so far. All three judges voted yes and Brooke was on her way to Hollywood.

The auditions continue Thursday night with a two-hour episode that begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Foo Fighters Announce "Surprise" Show in Los Angeles

Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters have announced a "surprise" performance for this Saturday in Los Angeles.

Dave Grohl and company will play a show at the Forum. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charities Rock School Scholarship Fund, MusiCares and Sweet Relief. The latter two organizations provide assistance to musicians in need.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday night on Ticketmaster.com.

The Foo Fighters have international dates lined up over the next several months in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways. They'll launch their North American tour in early July.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Justin Bieber Says He's Dreamed of Being a Calvin Klein Underwear Model "For Years" 

© Mert Alas and Marcus PiggottSome artists dream of topping the charts, scoring a platinum album or filling stadiums nationwide.  Well, Justin Bieber has achieved all those goals, so the only thing left for him to aspire to was, evidently, stripping down to his undies for all the world to see in the new Calvin Klein "#mycalvins" underwear and jeans campaign.

"To be the next Calvin Klein underwear/jeans model, for me, was the next step really," the Bieb explains. "I’ve been wearing Calvin Klein underwear for years, kind of in hopes of being, one day, the Calvin Klein model, but never really thinking it would come to reality. And now that it’s here, it’s really a dream come true."

Justin also tweeted that he "spoke to my boy Honored to be a part of the legacy," he added.

Speaking about what the brand means to him, Justin says, "When I think of Calvin Klein underwear I think comfort. I think of, you know, me performing on stage for the past two years in Calvin Kleins. I think about just the sleekness, the sexiness of the ads, and I’m just really happy to be a part of it."

Justin, who says he prepared for the sexy shoot by "working out a lot," "getting my mind ready" and drinking "a lot of water," says he didn't have to work too hard to be able to play the drumkit and the guitar that he's playing in the video portion of the campaign.

"Well, I’ve been playing instruments since I was a baby," he explains.  "Ever since I could remember, my mom was bringing out the pots and pans and I was always banging away. So I think that what’s special about this shoot is I was able to be me and I was able to just play drums, play guitar."

While Justin's already been slammed hilariously on Twitter for allegedly stuffing his crotch for the campaign, he has some kind words for the loyal fans who continue to support him through all his ups and downs.

"My fans are a different type of breed, really. They’re just Beliebers and that’s all you can really name them because they’re amazing, they’re loyal, they’ll fight for you," he says. "And that's what you need as fans. So, thank you guys for always staying there, and staying around and being supportive all the time."

Perhaps this campaign is the first step in Justin's attempt to put 2014 behind him and start fresh.  In a statement, he says, "This is the beginning of an exciting new year for me, personally and professionally, and being a part of this campaign has been a fantastic opportunity and experience.”


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Thursday
Jan082015

Two Beatles Albums Among the Best-Selling Vinyl Discs of 2014

Capitol Records/Universal MusicNielsen has tabulated the U.S. album sales figures from 2014, and while no releases by classic-rock acts were among the best overall sellers, The Beatles had two entries in the tally of top-selling vinyl records.

The Fab Four's Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold 38,200 and 33,600 copies, respectively, during the past year to land at #4 and #7 on Nielsen's 2014 Top LP Vinyl Albums list.  Also making the tally was Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic compilation Legend, which moved 37,800 copies for a fifth-place finish.  The best-selling vinyl album for 2014 was Jack White's Lazaretto, which sold 86,700 copies. Interestingly, overall vinyl sales increased an impressive 52 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The top-selling album overall for 2014 was pop superstar Taylor Swift's 1989, which sold 3,660,000 copies.

Here's the full 2014 Top LP Vinyl Albums list:

1. Jack White, Lazaretto, 86,700
2. Arctic Monkeys, AM, 58,700
3. Lana Del Rey, Born to Die, 42,100
4. The Beatles, Abbey Road, 38,200
5. Bob Marley & the Wailers, Legend, 37,800
6. The Black Keys, Turn Blue, 34,200
7. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 33,600
8. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence, 31,800
9. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, 31,700
10. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, 27,800


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Thursday
Jan082015

Chris Cornell Says He Was "Just Trying to Remember the Songs" During Soundgarden's First Reunion Show in 2010

Image Courtesy of Mike LavineSince ending their 12-year hiatus in 2010, Soundgarden has released a new studio album, King Animal, and a three-disc rarities compilation entitled Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path and of course the band has toured extensively. That touring started with Soundgarden's first reunion show on April 16, 2010 at the Showbox in the band's hometown of Seattle, Washington. Nearly five years later, frontman Chris Cornell remembers that first show back together.

"Personally, I was just trying to remember the songs and be able to play and sing. I mean, kind of get through it, you know?" he tells ABC News Radio. "Just sort of put everything in the place that's it's supposed to be in, and not look like we don't know how to do this."

When they first reunited, Cornell says that it took some time for Soundgarden to regain their onstage swagger.

"We weren't there when we first started playing. That took, I think, a tour, even if it was a short one," he explains. "It took us actually going out there and playing consecutive nights and becoming that band again."

Five years later, Cornell thinks that Soundgarden's onstage chemistry has progressed to peak levels, which has allowed them to become that band again.

"If somebody sort of goes off the map, the other three follow, without fail," Cornell says of the live chemistry between him, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron.

"Now we're back to that sort of level of 'in the moment' interpretation," he continues. "That's where Soundgarden should live as a live band."


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Thursday
Jan082015

Elvis Presley's 80th Birthday Being Celebrated with Special Ceremony at Graceland Today

Elvis Presley EnterprisesToday marks what would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday, and thousands fans from around the world are gathering in Memphis, Tennessee, to attend special events that have been scheduled to commemorate the milestone at the Graceland estate and around the city.  One of the main highlights of the celebration will take place this morning on the Graceland lawn, where a ceremony will be held that will include a proclamation decreeing Thursday to be Elvis Presley Day in Memphis and the cutting of a specially designed birthday cake.

Kevin Kern, director of public relations for Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises shared some details about the festivities with ABC News Radio.

"We've got a cake fit for a king, complete with eight tiers -- one for each decade," he revealed.  "And it's an exciting day, with members of the Presley family in attendance."

Kern says Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, and ex-wife, Priscilla, both will take part in the ceremony, which also will feature a group sing-along of "Happy Birthday" to Elvis, who died in August 1977 at the age of 42.

As previously reported, for those unable to make it to Graceland today, the birthday ceremony will be streamed at Graceland.com's LiveStream page starting at 10:15 a.m. ET.

Other events happening this week in Memphis in conjunction with the 80th birthday celebration include a number of musical performances, a screening of the Presley movies Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas, a Q&A event and fan-club parties.  In addition, an auction offering a variety of rare Elvis memorabilia will be held tonight at Graceland, with one of the most exciting items up for bid being the first recording Presley ever made, an acetate dating back to 1953.

Kern tells ABC News Radio that Graceland plans to continue Elvis' 80th birthday celebration throughout 2015.  He adds that later in the year, "we'll be launching two special exhibits…that highlight various periods of Elvis' life and milestones in his career."

Presley, of course, was the first true rock 'n' roll superstar, a charismatic heartthrob, dynamic performer and powerful singer who propelled the genre into the mainstream of pop music.  Regarding Elvis' enduring popularity, Kern notes that "almost half of [Graceland's] visitors were born after Elvis Presley passed, [which] goes to show the impact he still has on popular culture today and music of today."  Adds Kevin, "There probably wouldn't be The Beatles without Elvis Presley.  It was John Lennon who said, 'Before Elvis there was nothing.'  They were tremendously influenced by Elvis Presley and his music."

Kern says he thinks that one of Elvis' most important contributions was that, because of his success, he helped popularize the music of many other artists who influenced him or were his contemporaries, including black musicians who had difficulty getting their tunes played on the commercial radio at the time.

In honor of Elvis' 80th birthday, Yahoo! Music has compiled a list of some of the amazing chart accomplishments of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe will join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates for a concert at Nashville's City Winery on Monday, January 26 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Garth Brooks appears on all four hours of NBC's Today Thursday.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Ne-Yo Premieres New Song, "Make It Easy"

Image courtesy Frank Micelotta/FOX

Ne-Yo has premiered a brand new song called "Make It Easy," the latest from his forthcoming album Non-Fiction.

In the mid-tempo tune, Ne-Yo is seeking a woman who doesn't burden him. "Would you add to the stress or would you make it look easy?" he coos on the tune, which is available on digital retailers.

"I'm a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that," Ne-Yo recently explained in a statement.

"I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, they'll discover different dimensions and subplots," he says.

Non-Fiction is slated to arrive on January 27, featuring ScHoolboy Q, T.I., Jeezy, Juicy J and others.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Dustin Lynch Explains Why He's No Longer Opening Shows with His Latest Single, "Hell of a Night"

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch opened his 2014 shows with his brand-new single, "Hell of a Night," but he's taken it out of the opening spot now that the song is on the radio. Since Dustin is still building his arsenal of hits, he wants to save his most-recognizable hits, including "Cowboys & Angels" and "Where It's At," for later in the show.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "We don't want to play those songs up top, because then people are gonna go, 'Well, the show's kind of hit its high spot.'"

Dustin is replacing "Hell of a Night" in the opening spot with another new song, "To the Sky," which is all about the concert experience.

"It's about just having hands in the air and drinks in the air and girls in the air," Justin explains. "It's about that moment -- those moments that I get to share a lot of times throughout the year with my fans."

That moment Dustin hits the stage every night is a big energy rush for the singer and his fans, too.

He says, "A lot of people get there four or five hours early, and they're just standing, waiting. So, when we hit the stage, that first song, the phones are out, the Snapchats are going off, and they're videoing and taking the pictures."

While some artists don't like fans taking photos and videos during their concerts, Dustin admits he has his phone out when he attends concerts as a fan. Plus, he sees the benefit of having his fans plaster his concert photos and videos all over the Internet.

Dustin says, "When they post it to social media and to Snapchat, it's the whole, 'Wish you were here,' or 'You shoulda came.' So, it's a great advertisement, too, for us."

Dustin heads out with Luke Bryan on the That's My Kind of Night tour starting February 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Rita Ora's Cleavage Sparks Controversy on British TV

Kevin Mazur/WireImageRita Ora has sparked controversy simply by showing off some cleavage.

The 24-year-old appeared on the BBC television program The One Show on Tuesday dressed in a low-cut top and viewers were apparently not pleased. According to Britain's Metro, her outfit garnered nearly 400 reported complaints from viewers who deemed it offensive and inappropriate. Her exposed décolletage received so much negative attention that the show was forced to issue an apology.

"We're sorry to those of you who were offended by Rita's choice of outfit on yesterday's show,” The One Show said in a statement posted to its Facebook page. “If we had been consulted on it we would have requested she wore something more suitable for 7 p.m.”

The singer appeared on the program to promote the upcoming season of The Voice U.K., where she is set to replace Kylie Minogue as the fourth judge. Rita has yet to respond to her cleavage criticism.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Kings of Chaos Planning 2015 Tour with Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Jerry Cantrell & More

Ross Halfin; Edouard CurchodFormer Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has revealed that his all-star group Kings of Chaos will be hitting the road again in 2015 with an impressive lineup of guest stars.

Sorum posted a message on his official Facebook page, declaring, "Rock n Roll is very much alive and well, Kings of Chaos will prove it this year by celebrating RNR with its greatest icons."  The note also included hashtags with the names of such famed rockers as Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Motorhead's Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, as well as Sorum's ex-GN'R band mates Slash and Duff McKagan.

Kings of Chaos' most recent shows took place in South Africa last November and December, featuring a lineup that included Tyler, Gibbons, Zander and McKagan.  A version of Kings of Chaos also played at the 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in Los Angeles in early November, although the band has yet to tour in North America.  It will be interesting to see if that changes this year. 

Visit KingsofChaos.com for the latest news on the group.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

RedOne Scores Lifetime Whitney Houston Biopic 

Image Courtesy Lifetime NetworksLifetime's upcoming biopic of the late Whitney Houston was scored by three-time Grammy Award-winning producer RedOne, who was more than thrilled to be apart of the upcoming Lifetime film Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett.

"I’ve always had a passion for producing music for film and scoring.  I’m thrilled to make my debut on a movie directed by the great Angela Bassett," said RedOne of the much-anticipated world premiere. "It was exciting to challenge myself as an artist and expand my musical experience. I was very fortunate to work with my talented and supportive team on this project."

Bassett chimes: "From the iconic songs to scoring, the RedOne team completely and utterly delivered in every way on Whitney. Their enthusiasm and masterful skill was‎ ‎matched only by their 24/7 desire to help me tell a compelling story -- I couldn't have had a better crew to get me over the finish line"

Lifetime is scheduled to premiere Whitney next weekend. The made-for-TV film, which focuses on Houston's roller-coaster relationship with Bobby Brown, airs Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Swizz Beatz Says New DMX Album Is "Fake"; Adds, "We Got Fire Coming"

Ruff RydersOn Monday, DMX fans rejoiced after news broke that his upcoming album, Redemption of the Beast, will arrive next week. However, it looks like has nothing to do with this project, which remains listed on Amazon as due January 13.

The rapper's rep Domenick Nati tells ABC News Radio that the album release is news to him. "I don't believe anyone on the team had knowledge of this album release," he says via e-mail.

And Swizz Beatz -- who says he is currently working with X on his long-awaited album, took social media to disavow the scheduled released, which he called "fake" on Twitter

The hitmaker even compared the situation to the release of Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic last year. "I see a lot of people hitting me about this album!!! I can tell you 100% this is not the album X and I are working on!!!! (I feel like Timbo with the Aaliyah movie rite now) SMH !!!!!! #DontdisrespecttheDog  We Got Fire coming," Swizz wrote via Instagram.

 


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Iggy Azalea Talks "Black Music" & Misogyny

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea opens up about the ongoing heat that she catches from the hip-hop community in a new interview

"People have said I’m not real rap or real hip-hop, but I don’t care if people think I’m pop or rap. Everyone interprets music differently," she tells Vanity Fair.

When asked if she feels the criticism is misogynistic, Iggy says, "Well, they don’t say that stuff about Macklemore. So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina."

She adds that she never thought it was strange being white Australian girl with rap aspirations. "If you go back to the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem  -- they’ve all basically done black music. I felt this wasn’t that far from what we’ve seen in music history over and over again."

The full interview can be read online now.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

Slipknot Hopes to Record New Album After Tour 

Image Courtesy of Roadrunner RecordsSlipknot may have just released their last album, .5: The Gray Chapter, a few months ago, but the band is already looking towards their next release. In fact, guitarist Mick Thompson says the band might hit the studio as soon as they finish up their current tour.

"We hope to do our next record sooner after touring .5," he tells Music Radar. "We don’t want to spend the same amount of time between albums as we’ve done with the last two."

.5 was released six years after Slipknot's last album, 2008's All Hope is Gone.

"I'm constantly writing, maybe a little more than other guys in the band," adds guitarist Jim Root. "I find it a very therapeutic thing to do on the road, where you’re estranged from your hobbies."

Slipknot will begin their European tour starting January 14 in Dublin, Ireland.  It runs through February 15 in Helsinki, Finland. After that, the band will play a variety of European, Australian and American festivals, including Rock on the Range, Download Festival and Carolina Rebellion. Slipknot's last scheduled date is a June 21 stop in Dessel, Belgium.


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Wednesday
Jan072015

The Flaming Lips to Play 25th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy of George SalisburyThe annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert will turn 25 this year, and The Flaming Lips will be on hand to celebrate the event's silver anniversary. Wayne Coyne and company will headline the concert on March 5 at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson, who was married to the late Lou Reed, and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal will also perform alongside the Lips, with additional artists to be announced soon. Honorary chairpersons for the event include actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman.

Tickets to the 25th Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert are available now via Carnegie Hall's website.

Tibet House U.S. was founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalia Lama in order to protect Tibetan culture. Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Regina Spektor and Vampire Weekend are among the many acts to have performed at the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert over the years.


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