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Thursday
Nov062014

Heart, Joan Jett to Join Foo Fighters at All-Star 4th of July Stadium Show in Washington, D.C.

Nasty Little ManHeart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are part of the lineup of a blow-out, day-long, all-star stadium concert headlined by the Foo Fighters that will take place next July 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The show, which will commemorate the Foos' 20th anniversary, is tied in with the modern rockers' current HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways.

All of the artists on the concert's bill are featured in Sonic Highways, with each act representing one of the eight cities saluted in the show. Other performers include blues legend Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk and Trombone Shorty. An ad for the show also promises "Fireworks!! Motorcycle rally!  BBQ!!"

In true democratic fashion, there will be neither be a ticket pre-sale nor reserved seating.  It's all general admission, with tickets going on sale this Saturday morning at 10:00 ET.  Tickets are $78 a pop.  RFK Stadium seats 46,000 people for an NFL game, so figure capacity at well over 50,000 for the concert.

Sonic Highways, the HBO series, hits the halfway point this Friday night with an episode filmed in Austin, Texas.  The eighth and final episode airs December 5.  The Sonic Highways album, which features songs recorded in each city the Foo Fighters visited for the TV show, drops this Monday, November 10.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Bette Midler's Kickstarter? To Plant a Tree on the Moon (It's a Joke)

Warner Bros. RecordsBette Midler's new album, It's the Girls, came out last Tuesday.  And what better way to promote it than to launch a Kickstarter campaign to plant a tree...on the moon?

In a new Funny or Die video, Midler -- "actress, singer, and tree-hugger" -- asks for a mere $174 million to make her dream of planting a single tree on the moon come true.  However, that total includes "hidden costs," like hors d'oeuvres, an acupuncturist, makeup, a mixologist, hair and lighting, plus the remaining $120 million for "all those wonderful, dear people who are working with me at NASA."

There are premiums for donating, of course, starting with a signed copy of It's the Girls for $100.  "For $100,000, I'll moon ya -- from the moon!" Bette promises.  And for $50 million, you get VIP tickets to Midler's first concert from the moon, though the Divine Miss M warns that also requires "several months of training which, I have to be honest, is not that easy.  You know -- spinning, vomiting.  Eck!"

Concludes Midler, "Donate today!  Because if I don't make it to the moon, I'm coming for Uranus!"


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Thursday
Nov062014

AC/DC Plans Album Launch in Small Australian Town

Columbia RecordsAC/DC's forthcoming album is called Rock or Bust, but it looks like it'll be Rock, not bust for the album's launch.  The band is planning to give the resident of The Rock, a small town in Australia's New South Wales, a preview of the new album before its official release.

U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports that although the band won't be appearing in The Rock, town residents will be privy to the album five days before its global release on November 28.  The album is due in the U.S. on December 2.

Rock or Bust is AC/DC's first studio album since 2008's Black Ice, but it comes amid troubled times for the band.  It's the group's first record without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who has retired after being diagnosed with dementia; and news of the album preview comes just a day after the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd in New Zealand on attempted murder-for-hire charges and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Rolling Stones Cancel Australian Concert This Saturday After Mick Jagger Comes Down with Throat Ailment

Image Courtesy of Brian RasicHere's a heartbreaker for Australian Rolling Stones fans planning to go to the rock legends' concert this Saturday at Macedon Ranges near Melbourne:  The band has canceled the show because singer Mick Jagger is suffering from a throat infection.

A message on the website of the Stones trek's promoter, Frontier Touring, reports that Jagger "is under strict doctor's orders to rest his vocal cords for the next few days in order to recuperate for the remainder of the tour."

According to a statement from a spokesperson for the group, "The Rolling Stones are incredibly disappointed to cancel the Hanging Rock gig and to disappoint their fans but were left with no other option."

Refunds will be available for all fans who purchased tickets for the event, which was to have been held at the Hanging Rock Reserve.

The band's next scheduled show will take place on Wednesday, November 12, in Sydney.  The Down Under leg of The Stones' 14 on Fire tour is slated to wind down November 22 with a concert in Auckland, New Zealand.


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Thursday
Nov062014

The 48th Annual CMA Awards Score Huge Ratings for ABC

Image Courtesy CMAThe 48th Annual CMA Awards proved to be a ratings bonanza for ABC Wednesday night. The show was the #1-rated show in every half-hour of prime time with 16.1 million viewers, beating second-place CBS by 7.4 million viewers.

The CMA Awards also gave ABC its strongest ratings for an entertainment program since the Academy Awards back in March. The 2014 CMA Awards will re-air on CMT coming up Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Leaked "Beyonce" Track List Was "Completely Made Up," Says Parkwood GM

Columbia RecordsEarlier this week, fans rejoiced after a track list for Beyonce's upcoming album surfaced online. However, the information that circulated was false, says Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment.

In an interview with Billboard, Callahan-Longo clarifies that the recent announcement of a “Platinum Edition” of Beyonce will arrive later this month, but it won't include the tracks on the fabricated list, which suggested that Beyonce scored a collaboration with Justin Timberlake on a made-up song called "Renouncement."

"It's completely made up," Callahan-Longo says. "After all the hubbub this weekend, we kind of said, 'Well, let’s just put it out and say what it is.' It’s funny, I got a bunch of calls over the weekend and I would say, 'It’s exciting to know people are excited.' Even if they’re reporting it wrong, and that people would take their time to go and create a fake one-sheet -- right down to using a Columbia logo on it. I would love to know who did it. They clearly knew what a line sheet used to look like -- they don’t look like that anymore."

She also addressed the likelihood of Beyonce releasing another surprise album without the traditional roll out. "You can only be first once, so I’m not sure we’d want to do it again," Callahan-Longo says. "We typically at Parkwood like to look at projects where, if it isn’t unique or different in some way, it’s really not interesting to us."

Meanwhile, fans can expect Beyonce's  album to arrive November 24. The four-disc project will include two CDs with two original cuts – “7/11” and “Ring Off” -- and two DVDs.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Jagged Edge's JE Heartbreak II is #1 R&B Album in the Country

Image Courtesy So So Def RecordingsJagged Edge continues to prove their staying power. The R&B quartet's eighth studio album, JE Heartbreak II, has become the #1 R&B album in the country according to Billboard.

Jermaine Dupri, the album's executive producer, expressed his excitement for the band that he initially signed in 1997 and helped create their signature sound.

"This initial response to JE Heartbreak II confirms my belief that people really do want true R&B," says  the So So Def CEO in a statement. "I look forward to continue showing the industry that this kind of music is wanted in today's marketplace."

The album serves as the sequel to 2000's double platinum-album, J.E. Heartbreak. It was released via a new deal with BMG Primary Wave Artists Services and So So Def Recordings.

In related news, the group has selected “Getting over You” featuring Styles P as the next single from the project.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Garth Brooks Performing on 2014 American Music Awards November 23

Image Courtesy Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has joined the performers lineup for the 2014 American Music Awards later this month. He's set to perform a song from his new album, Man Against Machine, live from his tour stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on the ABC broadcast Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

Man Against Machine comes out this Tuesday.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Michelle Williams on Destiny’s Child Comparisons: "It Would Be Whack If We Were All the Same"

Patrick Wymore/WARNER BROSHaving been part of one of the most successful R&B groups in recent memory, Destiny's Child, means Michelle Williams always hears a lot of comparisons between herself and her famous band mates, Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland

Williams candidly expressed her feelings about the ongoing comparisons during a visit to The Real to promote her new Oxygen reality series Fix My Choir.

"I'm still so excited to have that association with two of the most fiercest ladies that are in my life," she says. "So I don't mind the comparison, but my name is Tenitra Michelle Williams."

She continues, "We have different DNA and different blood, so it would be whack if we were all the same. No one here on this panel is the same."


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Thursday
Nov062014

Report: Miley Cyrus Dating Patrick Schwarzenegger

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteMiley Cyrus has a new man.  Sources confirm to Us Weekly that the singer is now seeing Patrick Schwarzenegger, an actor who's the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

If true, the relationship represents the fulfillment of a dream for Patrick. In 2011, in an interview with Details magazine, he said, ""My eye...is set on Miley."  Us Weekly claims that the two had a brief fling that year, when Miley and her then-fiance Liam Hemsworth were on a break, but got together again early this year. 

Insiders tell the magazine that Miley and Patrick, both 21,  have been seeing one another "for several months."  A source says, "They have been friends for a long time. They have a ton of common friends so they have run in the same circles for years."

Reportedly, the two spent Halloween together at a party in Hollywood, and then went back to Miley's house afterwards.  "She thinks he's hot, she thinks he's cool," another source claims.  "Patrick is a nice, good guy. He's grown up in Hollywood just like her and it was only a matter of time before they hooked up."


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Thursday
Nov062014

Joni Mitchell Taking Part in Los Angeles Q&A Event Tonight that Will Be Streamed Online

Image Courtesy of James O'MaraJoni Mitchell will celebrate her 71st birthday on Friday, and to mark the occasion, the lauded singer/songwriter is taking part in a special event tonight featuring a film screening and Q&A session at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The evening will begin with Mitchell introducing a showing of The Fiddle and the Drum, a 2007 movie that documents Joni's collaboration with Canada's Alberta Ballet Company.  The project combines an original dance performance set to a selection of Mitchell's compositions, along with a video installation.  The ballet's theme focuses on Joni's concern for the environment and the destruction caused by war.

Following the screening, Mitchell will field questions from audience members, tell stories and discuss her upcoming four-CD box set, Love Has Many Faces.  As previously reported, the compilation, due out on November 17, was inspired by an abandoned dance production Joni had begun work on with the Alberta Ballet company.  After the Q&A, Mitchell will be presented with a birthday cake, and copies of Love Has Many Faces will be made available for purchase.

For those who can't make it to the event in person, the post-screening festivities will be streamed live online at Hammer.UCLA.edu starting at 9:10 p.m. PT/12:10 a.m. ET.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Five Finger Death Punch Touring Europe with Judas Priest

Image Courtesy of Prospect ParkFive Finger Death Punch will be the special guests on the European leg of the Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls 2015 Tour, starting next summer. The run kicks off in Helsinki, Finland June 4 and wraps up in Lodz, Poland June 27. You can buy tickets starting November 7 on the 5FDP website.

"To come back to Europe with Judas Priest next year is taking it over the top and a dream come true. We’ve had a fantastic year in Europe and can’t wait to get back again next summer," says 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement.

5FDP headlined a European tour last spring, followed by a fall North American tour with Volbeat.

Priest frontman Rob Halford has previously collaborated with 5FDP on their hit single "Lift Me Up," off the first half of the band's 2013 double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell. Halford and 5FDP have performed "Lift Me Up" together twice -- at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards in Los Angeles, and during a show in Halford's hometown of Birmingham, England earlier this year.

Here are the Five Finger Death Punch and Judas Priest tour dates:

6/4 -- Helsinki, Finland, Icehall
6/8 -- Hamburg, Germany, Sporthalle
6/9 -- Berlin, Germany, Arena Treptow
6/16 -- Luxembourg, Rockhal
6/17 -- Paris, France, Le Zenith
6/25 -- Ostrava, Czech Republic, CEZ Arena
6/26 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena
6/27 -- Lodz, Poland, Arena


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Thursday
Nov062014

Britney Spears Wasn't Aware that She Holds Record that Taylor Nearly Broke 

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsSome artists watch their sales like a hawk, and could tell you exactly how many copies each of their albums sold their first week.  Britney Spears is not one of those artists.

Speaking to Extra in Las Vegas, Britney admitted that she didn't know that she holds the record for best first-week album sales for a female artist: Oops...I Did It Again sold 1.3 million copies in a single week when it came out back in 2000.  That number's been bandied about a lot in the past week because Taylor Swift's new album 1989 came close to breaking Britney's record, but failed to do so.

Asked how she felt about holding on to her title, Britney told Extra she didn't know she even had it.

"I had no idea that that was even the case, so that's really cool," she says. "It's really phenomenal. I'll just have to toot my own horn."

In the same interview, Britney confirmed that she's dating producer and writer Charlie Ebersol.  "Yes, there is a special someone," she told Extra, adding, "It's very new."


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Thursday
Nov062014

Bette Midler's Kickstarter? To Plant a Tree on the Moon (It's a Joke)

Warner Bros. RecordsBette Midler's new album, It's the Girls, came out last Tuesday.  And what better way to promote it than to launch a Kickstarter campaign to plant a tree...on the moon?

In a new Funny or Die video, Bette -- "actress, singer, and tree-hugger" -- asks for a mere $174 million to make her dream of planting a single tree on the moon come true.  However, that total includes "hidden costs," like hors d'oeuvres, acupuncturist, makeup, mixologist, hair and lighting, plus the remaining $120 million for "all those wonderful, dear people who are working with me at NASA."

There are premiums for donating, of course, starting with a signed copy of It's the Girls for $100.  "For $100,000, I'll moon ya -- from the moon!" Bette promises.  And for $50 million, you get VIP tickets to Bette's first concert from the moon, though Bette warns that also requires "several months of training which, I have to be honest, is not that easy.  You know -- spinning, vomiting.  Eck!"

"Donate today!" Bette concludes.  "Because if I don't make it to the moon, I'm coming for Uranus!"

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Thursday
Nov062014

Maroon 5 & Gwen Stefani to Perform on "The Voice" Next Week 

Trae Patton/NBCGetting music acts to play on The Voice each week is pretty simple: all they have to do is get the coaches out of their chairs and up onstage.

On November 10, coach Adam Levine and Maroon 5 will perform their current hit "Animals" on the show, and on Tuesday, coach Gwen Stefani will perform her brand new single "Baby Don't Lie."

Gwen actually appears as a guest star on Maroon 5's current album V, so don't be surprised if, at some point this season, the two acts end up duetting on the song they recorded together, "My Heart Is Open."


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Thursday
Nov062014

Lollapalooza Announces Berlin Edition

Image Courtesy of LollapaloozaHaving already expanded to South America with festivals in Brazil, Chile and Argentina, Lollapalooza has now set its sights on Europe. The festival has announced the inaugural Lollapalooza Berlin, which will take place September 12-13, 2015 at Tempelhof Airport.

"Lollapalooza Berlin will follow in the tradition of Lollapalooza U.S. bringing incredible music, food, art and social responsibility to a location in the heart of Berlin," reads a statement posted on the festival's website

"I'm extremely excited to finally bring Lollapalooza across the pond to Europe," adds Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. "Berlin's energy, vibrant art, fashion and music scenes are a mirror reflection of what Lollapalooza is all about and I can't wait to share in this cultural exchange."

Farrell created Lollapalooza in 1991 as a touring festival. In 2005, he partnered with C3 Presents to permanently hold the festival in Chicago's Grant Park. Lollapalooza then expanded into Chile, Brazil and Argentina starting in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively.

All three 2015 South American Lollapaloozas will take place in March -- Chile, March 14-15; Argentina, March 21-22; and Brazil, March 28-29. Brazilian publication Destak Jornal reports that Jack White, Robert Plant, Foster the People, Kasabian, and Bastille are rumored to play the Brazil festival.

Lollapalooza USA 2015 will be held in Chicago July 31 to August 2.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Pearl Jam Bass Player Says Band Members Have New Material "Stowed Away"

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchPearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament says he's not sorry that the band's Lightning Bolt tour, which ended last month, is over.

"I'm at the end of this tour and my knee hurts and my ears are ringing and I miss my wife and I miss my dogs.  So right now, I gotta say I can't wait to not be out here for a while," Ament tells Rolling Stone.  But, he admits, after some time off he'll probably be happy to get back to work with the band.

"The time off is good.  I can't think of a time in the last 10 years where I wasn't like [claps hands] 'I can't wait to see the guys' after we've been away from it a couple months," Jeff says.

When that's likely to be is anyone's guess, however.  Ament admits that the band currently has no plans to record a follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.  But, he says, it's not for want of material.  "I think everybody's got some stuff stowed away," he reports.

However, fans should expect most of what Ament has stowed away to wind up on a forthcoming box set from RNMD, his side band that features singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and Fastbacks/Three Fish drummer Richard Stuverud.

Still, Ament notes, he thinks that after almost 25 years, Pearl Jam is still able to fire on all cylinders.  "I'll be honest, when things blew up around the second or third record, I thought it could implode at any time," he maintains.  "It feels like it's all bonus time at this point, you know?  And it makes you want to try harder.  I feel like our last couple records are pretty strong, because we worked super hard on them.  As long as we're in the room we might as well go super hard.  Everybody's writing songs and everyone's super motivated creatively.  As long as that's all still there, there's no reason we can't do it for a while."


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Thursday
Nov062014

Jack Bruce's Funeral Attended by Cream Band Mates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker

Photo: Tina KorhonenA funeral service for Jack Bruce was held on Wednesday in London, and a number of famous musicians -- including the Cream bassist's old band mates, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker -- were on hand to pay their respects.  According to the Western Morning News, the memorial also was attended by Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Living Colour's Vernon Reid, and Cream lyricist Pete Brown, who'd continued to collaborate with Bruce through the late musician's latest solo album, 2014's Silver Rails.

The newspaper reports that the mourners sang several songs in homage to Jack, including The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever," Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken," and Bruce's own "Theme from an Imaginary Western."  In addition, pre-recorded music that Clapton wrote recently as a tribute to Bruce was played during the service.

The service also included speeches from Brown, Bruce's wife Margrit, and several of Bruce's children.  One of Jack's basses was displayed, as well as a flower arrangement that resembled a bass music clef.

Bruce died on October 25 of liver disease at age 71.  In a message posted on his official website, his family asks those who wish to honor Jack to send a donation to his chosen charity, the East Anglian Children's Hospice.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Imagine Dragons to Perform at American Music Awards 

Image Courtesy of ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons will be the harbingers of rock among the performers at the 2014 American Music Awards. The band will be playing their new single, "I Bet My Life," the first new music off the Las Vegas quartet's upcoming second album.

The performance will add to an already big night for Imagine Dragons at the AMAs. In addition to earning a nomination in the award show's top category, Artist of the Year, the band has also been nominated for the Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock and Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock categories.

Imagine Dragons went home with the Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock award at the 2013 AMAs, meaning they could make it two years in a row with a win this year. The other nominees for the category this year are Lorde and Bastille.

Other performers at the 2014 AMAs include Lorde, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and many more.

You can vote for your favorite nominees in every category once a day by visiting AMAVote.com. You can also have your say on Twitter by using the hashtag #AMAs and including the nominee and category name.

The 2014 AMAs will air on ABC live from Los Angeles November 23.


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Thursday
Nov062014

Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez to Perform at American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsImagine Dragons and Selena Gomez have both been added to the lineup of performers for the 2014 American Music Awards.

Selena will perform her brand-new single "Heart Wants What It Wants," which will mark the song's TV debut.  Imagine Dragons will be performing their own brand-new single, "I Bet My Life," the lead track from their forthcoming sophomore album.  Country superstar Garth Brooks will also perform on the show.

The new additions join a lineup that already includes Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Charlie XCX, Iggy Azalea, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige and more. 

The American Music Awards will air on ABC November 23 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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