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Tuesday
Sep302014

"Midnight Rider" First Assistant Director Charged in Death of Camera Assistant

Danny ClinchAnother member of the production crew for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider is facing charges in connection with the train accident that killed a camera assistant.

Deadline.com reports first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was charged September 10 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. She has yet to enter a plea.

The husband-and-wife director and producer team of Midnight Rider, Randall Miller and Jody Savin, face the same charges, as does executive producer Jay Sedrish. They have pleaded not guilty.

All of the aforementioned names are also defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed when she was struck by a train during filming in Georgia last February. Several other crew members were injured.

Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. A criminal trespass conviction carries a potential sentence of one year.

Production on Midnight Rider was suspended following the accident.


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Monday
Sep292014

Weezer Premieres Video for Single "Back to the Shack" 

Image Courtesy of Emily Shur"Back to the Shack," the first single from Weezer's upcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, promises the band will be "rockin' out like it's '94," but its video, which premiered Monday on Noisey, goes back all the way back to '69.

Complete with Neil Armstrong's famous "One small step..." line, the Apollo 11-inspired video finds Rivers Cuomo and company jamming out on the moon. The band enlisted visual artist Warren Fu, who has worked with Julian Casablancas, The Killers and Daft Punk, to direct their space-rock adventures.

In the video, Cuomo rocks his signature lightning-bolt guitar strap -- an accessory that he mentions multiple times in the song. Between the strap and the repeated mentions of the year the band's breakthrough record, The Blue Album, came out, "Back to the Shack" is one of more self-referential songs that Weezer has released in a while. Cuomo even mentions that he "made up with [his] dad," which is a relationship he has referenced often in his songs, perhaps most famously in "Say It Ain't So."

Everything Will Be Alright in the End will be released officially on October 7 via Republic Records. The album is being produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.


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Monday
Sep292014

George Jones Museum Coming to Downtown Nashville

Image Courtesy Webster PRThe George Jones Museum is coming to Second Avenue in downtown Nashville soon featuring a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. George's widow, Nancy Jones, will unveil plans for the museum very soon.

She says, "We hope that this will draw George's friends and fans worldwide to our great city.  George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City."

George Jones died in April 2013. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.


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Monday
Sep292014

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Send Thanks for Support Following Her Father's Death

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman have shared a word of thanks via Facebook for the encouragement they've received since Nicole's father, Antony Kidman, died unexpectedly. The note reads, "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting." It's signed, "Sending love, Nic and Keith xx."

Antony Kidman died earlier this month after suffering a fall in Singapore.


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Monday
Sep292014

Hunter Hayes Adds Two "Wild Card" Shows to Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes had added two "Wild Card" shows to his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour beginning with an October 28 concert at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. The newly scheduled dates continue with a November 29 show at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas. The "Wild Card" shows are named after a track from Hunter's latest album, Storyline.

Dan + Shay and new country group The Railers join Hunter in the opening slots on the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.


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Monday
Sep292014

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Announce Two Shows for 2015

ABC News RadioDave Matthews and his erstwhile acoustic collaborator Tim Reynolds will play a pair of shows at Oakland's historic Paramount Theater. The duo will play their first-ever shows at the intimate venue on January 16 and 17, 2015.

Dubbed "An Evening with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds," the concerts are being presented by The Dreaming Tree wines, a creative collaboration between Matthews and seasoned Sonoma County winemaker Sean McKenzie

Matthews and Reynolds have been making music together for more than 20 years. They've released three live albums, most recently 2010's Live in Las Vegas. The duo has been heralded for their stripped down renditions of their songs and their onstage chemistry.

Reynolds, now an official member of DMB, most recently performed alongside Matthews earlier this month at Farm Aid 2014. His own trio, TR3, is set to release their new studio album, Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion, via ATO Records on October 7. 

Tickets to the two "An Evening with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds" performances will go on sale this Friday, October 3, at 10 a.m. PT on the Dave Matthews Band website.


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Monday
Sep292014

Annie Lennox Says Touring's for Men, Not Women; Calls Beyonce "Feminism Lite" 

Credit: Mike OwenAnnie Lennox considers herself a feminist, and is a staunch advocate for women's rights, but she admits that men and women aren't equal when it comes to one particular aspect of a musician's job: touring.

Speaking to Billboard, Annie says, "I'm not being sexist when I say this, but it suits the man's life more. When you're a woman and want to have a family...I never liked being away from my kids. I don't think it's healthy. I don't think I can hack that way of life like I used to."

A comment like that, however, doesn't mean that Annie can't criticize other female artists for not truly understanding what it means to be a feminist.  Speaking to the website PrideSource, she dismisses Beyonce's claim to feminism -- Bey performed at the MTV VMAs in front of a huge screen that read "FEMINIST," after all -- as "feminist lite."

"I'm sorry. It's tokenistic to me," Annie explains. "I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist -- I just love her performances -- but I'd like to sit down [with her]. I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think.  I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism."

"I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it," she adds. "Of course I do. I think it's a cheap shot."

Annie's new album Nostalgia arrives on vinyl on Tuesday and in all other formats on October 21.  Asked if this truly will be her final album, as she's hinted, Annie tells PrideSource she's not sure, but there certainly doesn't seem to be much place in our culture for a female pop singer who's nearly sixty.

"I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting -- women, especially -- when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style," she explains.

"I just find that so shallow. Because it's a shallow place, it's one of the reasons the music industry and the music scene is really not truly for me and never really has been."


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Monday
Sep292014

India.Arie, Ledisi Tapped for “A Soulright Evening”

Image Courtesy Sonja Pacho/RetnaIndia.Arie has been tapped by a music industry group in Memphis, Tennessee to perform at “A Soulright Evening,” which will honor music legend Stevie Wonder.

The singer will be joined by Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and Sharon Jones when the event takes place on Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. at the city's Cannon Center. Concertgoers also will be serenaded by Wonder, who will witness a tribute performance of his biggest hit songs.

"We are delighted to have Ledisi, India, Jordin and Sharon joining our celebration of soul music in the great city of Memphis.  It will be an evening of exceptional talent honoring the legendary Stevie Wonder with songs from his illustrious career," said soul songwriting legend David Porter, co-writer of many of Sam & Dave's greatest hits including "Soul Man"and founder of  The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town), which is organizing the concert.

Tickets for “A Soulright Evening” are available now.


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Monday
Sep292014

Chris Brown Denies Gang Affiliation

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown's alleged affiliation with the notorious Bloods gang in Los Angeles continues to make headlines.  In the latest tabloid report, TMZ says that his mother and girlfriend are "worried" that the singer could be in danger. 

However, Chris has denied being gang affiliated. "When you’re in L.A. and you’re around people, you meet everybody -- you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in," he told MTV News. "I’m not in the country world, I’m not in the all-the-way pop world. [When] you’re in hip-hop, all of that meshes."

The news comes on the heels of sources telling TMZ that Brown's family has asked his therapist to advise the singer to refrain from socializing in gang-affiliated circles.

Breezy sums up his interactions with gang-members as being "cordial."


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Monday
Sep292014

Phil Collins Reveals Struggle with Alcohol Abuse, Says He's Not Currently Interested in Genesis Reunion

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLast week, Phil Collins revealed that, despite rumors to the contrary, he was not planning a full-fledged return to performing.  Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, the former Genesis star has come forward with some other revelations, including the fact that he fairly recently underwent treatment for alcohol abuse.

The singer/drummer says his troubles with the bottle began a few years back, after he'd stopped touring and his ex-wife Orianne moved with their two young children and her new husband from Switzerland, where Phil has a residence, to Florida.

"We had a fantastic little set-up.  I was living…ten minutes away from the kids.  Used to pick 'em up all the time, used to go round for dinner with the ex-wife," he explains.  "But [her husband] didn't like Switzerland, so they moved to Miami.  And, really, retiring -- well, not working -- and not having the kids, I guess left a big void."

Phil admits that he developed a destructive routine, where "I used to get up and I'd start drinking and watch the cricket.  Red wine, white wine.  And before long… I had pancreatitis," which is a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.

He points out that his problems were exacerbated by medication he was taking for other ailments, including joint pain he developed from decades of pounding the drums.

Collins began to attend meetings and tried rehab, but says he couldn't stand it, comparing the experience to being in boarding school.  Eventually, Phil reports, "I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists.  And I don't drink anymore."

While Collins says he continues to take medication to treat his pancreatitis, he maintains that he's "never fallen off the wagon," adding, "I've just been lucky."

Phil also addresses how he feels about possibly taking part in another Genesis reunion.  He points out to The Daily Mail, "I'm 63, soon be 64, and I joined Genesis when I was 19.  So surely it's clear to people that I may not want to do this?  Or I may want to do something different?"

In addition to that, Phil adds that his current priority is spending time with his two kids with Orianne -- 13-year-old Nick and nine-year-old Matt -- noting that he may have not been as attentive as he would have liked when his children from his earlier marriages were growing up.

"I can't bear to not see my kids for a couple of months if I'm going to go on tour," says Collins.  "And my nine-year-old, I wonder what he thinks about when he puts the light off at night: 'Another ten days before Dad comes…'  I can't imagine him saying, 'Another two months.  Dad's on tour for two months.'"

Lastly, Phil stresses that no ego boost he might receive from performing in front of huge crowds with his old band mates "could possibly beat what I have with my kids."


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Monday
Sep292014

Tove Lo Reveals Her Own Bad "Habits" 

Photo credit: Johannes HeljeOn her breakout hit "Habits (Stay High)," Swedish singer Tove Lo sings about indulging in all kinds of terrible things to keep her mind off her ex, like going to sex clubs and getting drunk.  But in real life, the singer says she's got a few bad habits of her own.

Speaking to Billboard, Tove, whose birth name is Tove Nilsson, cops to sleeping in her bathtub when she comes home drunk. "I sometimes fall asleep, which is bad," she reveals. "But I always wake up when the water hits my face."

Another bad habit of hers, she says, is leaving really, really, really long voicemails. "Instead of just saying, 'Hey, call me back,' I record the whole thing I wanted to talk about and keep the conversation going, even though no one's answering me. I do that every time," she says.

Drinking too much coffee and leaving the lights in her apartment are a couple other bad habits Tove admits to.  But the worst one, she says, is not being able to stay in one relationship, and falling in love too easily.  "My whole album is kind of about that, the way my relationships go," she says. "That's definitely a habit."

Tove's album Queen of the Clouds is out on Tuesday.  Her VH1 You Oughta Know headlining tour is currently underway; she performs in New York City on Wednesday.


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Monday
Sep292014

Lady Gaga Gushes Over Kelly Clarkson's Fashionable Baby 

Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.

Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck.  "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!" she captioned the photo.

That caused Lady Gaga to reply, "oh my miss River Rose is givin' me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?" 

For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she's an actress, model and singer who was popular in the '80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.

Kelly replied to Gaga's comments, "if you ever need an opening act, she's all yours ha!" and added the hashtag "#bornthisway."

On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, "Having a hard time falling asleep. Can't stop watching my baby girl sleep. I'm addicted to her."

Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed River Rose this past June.

 


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Monday
Sep292014

Adam Levine's a Creepy Crazed Stalker in New "Animals" Video

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5's new video for their single "Animals."

In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam's real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.   When he's not poring over the photos, he's hanging out -- literally -- in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood.  At one point, Behati's seen sleeping -- in skimpy lingerie, of course -- and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.

In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam's right next to her at the bar, but she doesn't notice him.  He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn't having it.  We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he's lying right next to her. Creepy!

In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be completely nude, making out and groping one another, as big gushes of blood rain down around them and on them. They continue making out, totally covered in blood. Eww.

The clip ends with Adam standing outside in the rain, looking up at Behati's window. Was the whole thing a dream?

Samuel Bayer directed the "Animals" clip.  His other credits include the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as videos for Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana and Justin Timberlake.  His best known clip is the one for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."


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Monday
Sep292014

Listen to Clips of Brian Wilson's, Smokey Robinson's and Bob Dylan's Contributions to Upcoming Paul McCartney Tribute Album

Arctic PoppyThe star-packed Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, won't be released until November 18, but you can already preview a number of tracks from the project online.  Audio snippets of Sir Paul's compositions covered by Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and some other music greats have been posted on the album's official website and YouTube channel.

The clips you can hear now include Wilson's version of McCartney's 1982 gem "Wanderlust," Robinson's rendition of Paul's 1983 hit "So Bad," and Dylan, Alice Cooper and Willie Nelson's respective takes on The Beatles classics "Things We Said Today," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Yesterday."

Meanwhile, a video featuring Cooper's full cover of "Eleanor Rigby" premiered on Monday morning exclusively at USAToday.com.  The shock-rocker's version of the classic 1966 song sounds very similar to the Fab Four's original rendition, with Alice singing mournfully while accompanied by a string section.  The video includes footage of Cooper working on the tune in the studio.  If you pre-order the album at The Art of McCartney's official website, you'll receive a free digital download of the track.

Among the many other well-known artists who recorded Sir Paul's compositions for the album are Billy Joel, Barry Gibb, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Cat Stevens, Dion, KISS, Heart, Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Chrissie Hynde, and B.B. King.

As previously reported, The Art of McCartney will be available in a variety of formats, including a limited run of 1,000 box sets featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book, and the full album on digital, vinyl and CD.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a regular CD, a standard digital album, and an iTunes version with a couple of extra tracks.


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Monday
Sep292014

Listen to Alice Cooper's Version of "Eleanor Rigby" from Upcoming Paul McCartney Tribute Album

Arctic PoppyThe star-packed Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, won't be released until November 18, but you can already preview a number of tracks from the project online.  A video featuring Alice Cooper's full cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" premiered on Monday morning exclusively at USAToday.com, while several clips of other songs have been posted on the album's official website and YouTube channel.

Alice's version of the classic 1966 song sounds very similar to the Fab Four's original rendition, with the shock-rocker singing mournfully while accompanied by a string section.  The video includes footage of Cooper singing the tune in the studio.  If you pre-order the album at The Art of McCartney's official website, you'll receive a free digital download of the track.  Alice also recorded a version of the McCartney solo song "Smile Away" for the project; it appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album.

Among the many other music greats who recorded Sir Paul's compositions for the album are Bob Dylan, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, KISS, Heart, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar, Chrissie Hynde, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, and Willie NelsonThe Art of McCartney's YouTube channel features 30-second audio snippets of Dylan's version of The Beatles' "Things We Said Today," Nelson's rendition of "Yesterday," and Wilson's, Robinson's and King's respective takes on the McCartney solo tunes "Wanderlust," "So Bad," and "On the Way."

As previously reported, The Art of McCartney will be available in a variety of formats, including a limited run of 1,000 box sets featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book, and the full album on digital, vinyl and CD.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a regular CD, a standard digital album, and an iTunes version with a couple of extra tracks.


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Monday
Sep292014

Drake Jokes Dancing Like Chris Brown Would’ve Kept Rihanna

Eric McCandless/CBSDrake may still have a thing for Rihanna. During a recent stop on his joint tour with Lil Wayne, the rapper playfully joked that he might still be with her if he imitated Chris Brown's dance moves.

Fan footage shot during a show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas and posted on Instagram captured Wayne telling Drizzy that he’s "been listening to too much Breezy," to which Drake responded by doing a little bit of Brown's choreography.

"Man, I should’ve brought that sh** out earlier. Maybe I could’ve made that sh** work with Rihanna a little better and sh**,” he said before busting one last move.

Although its unclear if Drake and Rihanna are still in communication, she is still cordial with her ex.

"We're friends," Brown said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "Nothing too serious. We're not trying to start a life together right now, we're just having fun."


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Monday
Sep292014

Nicki Minaj Instagram Selfie Bares a Little More than Usual

Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.

The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a black bob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.

Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction.  One commenter wrote,"We’re not looking at the wig," while another called out her intentions: "SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing."

Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. "#ItsASecret," she wrote in the caption.

 
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Monday
Sep292014

Chris Cornell and Tom Morello Reunite at Benefit Concert

ABC NewsFormer Audioslave band mates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello reunited Friday at El Corazon in Seattle for a benefit concert in support of 15Now, an organization that successfully lobbied to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15, as reported by Blabbermouth.net.  The Soundgarden frontman and Rage Against the Machine guitarist had not performed together since their supergroup broke up in 2007.

In a nearly hour-long set, Cornell and Morello played songs from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Morello's acoustic side-project, The Nightwatchman. The set also included covers of John Lennon's "Imagine" and Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Audioslave disintegrated after Cornell infamously left the band without informing any of the other members, which included bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, but Morello has said that he has not harbored any ill-will against the singer.


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Monday
Sep292014

Taylor Swift's Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs 

ABC NewsTaylor Swift's management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer...but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren't being met.

The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor's management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June.  But a month into the job, Firefly's director of security told APG that there were "issues" that the contractor was told to "‘remedy as soon as possible."

According to APG security, the "issues" included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and "under what circumstances" the drivers were allowed to speak to her.

The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs.  The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 -- leaving APG stuck with that bill.

According to the Post, Taylor's reps have yet to comment on the suit.


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Monday
Sep292014

Melissa Etheridge Excited About New Album, "This Is M.E."

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge's new album, This Is M.E, is out this week. It's the first project the veteran singer/songwriter has produced on her own record label, and Melissa couldn't be more excited.

"Musically, professionally, it's a very exciting time. A lot of people get a little worried about the music business. But I'm not," she said on Monday's Good Morning America. "It is all about the artist right now. I can reach my fans. I've done it and I have a new album."

This year has been an exciting one for Melissa: she also married her partner, Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem, in June.

On GMA, the singer said she married her best friend. "It's a really amazing experience to be so connected," she added.

She'll appear on Live with Kelly and Michael tomorrow.  This Is M.E. is out Tuesday.


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