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Saturday
Dec062014

Sara Evans Teams with Leese-Fitch Wine to Offer VIP Stagecoach Festival Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans has teamed up with Leese-Fitch wine to offer fans a VIP trip to the Stagecoach Festival in California in April 2015. The winners will meet Sara and get tickets to the big festival, which also features performances from Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.

For more information on the contest, go to TOGWines.com.


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Saturday
Dec062014

Nicki Minaj Set for This Weekend's 'Saturday Night Live'

ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is scheduled to serve as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The rapper has been tapped to perform while actor James Franco handles hosting duties. In promos for this week's episode, the pair pretend to fly to Never Never Land -- a goof on NBC's live broadcast this week of the musical Peter Pan -- and show off their signature handshake, since they are "besties."

"A lot of people don’t know Nick and I are really good friends in real life," says Franco.

The performance will be Nicki's second appearance on the show, she previously appeared back in 2011. Viewers can expect her to perform her single “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey from her upcoming album, The Pinkprint.


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Friday
Dec052014

Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

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Five artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.  Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated. 

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

"Oh my gosh, dream come true!" exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees.  Sam is now the first male artist in 34 years -- and the first male U.K. artist ever -- to be nominated in all of the "Big Four" Grammy categories: Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations, and so does Pharrell.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.

The special featured Christmas and Grammy reminiscences from Mary, Ariana, Tim, Pharrell and Adam Levine, who admitted that even though he's Jewish, Christmas is a special time of the year for him, too.  Tim related the story of how, as a kid searching for Christmas presents one year, he found his birth certificate, which revealed that his real father was baseball legend Tug McGraw.

The artists performed the following numbers:

Maroon 5 -- A cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and a medley of "This Love" and "Animals"
Ariana Grande -- "Santa Tell Me" and "Best Mistake," the latter of which she performed with her boyfriend, Big Sean
Mary J. Blige -- Her cover of U2's "One" and "When You're Gone"
Tim McGraw -- "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Overrated"
Pharrell Williams -- "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Lost Queen"
Sam Smith -- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"


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Friday
Dec052014

No, Taylor Swift Didn't Make Out with Her BFF Karlie Kloss 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift and supermodel Karlie Kloss may be BFFs, but they don't regularly engage in makeout sessions, contrary to what someone claimed on Twitter.

A fan tweeted a photo of Taylor and Karlie attending a concert by the band The 1975 in New York City on Thursday.  The two women's heads were very close together, prompting the fan to caption the photo, "exclusive taylor and karlie making out #confirmed.”

But when contacted by the New York Daily News, Taylor's spokeswoman said, "It's sad that on the day it's announced Taylor has three Grammy nominations for 'Shake It Off,' I have to shake off this crap."

There is much speculation that Taylor is dating Matt Healy, the lead singer of the 1975, though in her most recent interview, she affirmed that she is single and fine with it.


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Friday
Dec052014

Beach Boys Release Two Expansive Archival Digital Albums Featuring Music from 1964

Capitol Records/Universal MusicThe Beach Boys released two expansive archival collections of recordings from their early career as digital downloads this week.  Keep an Eye on Summer: The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 is a compilation that gives a look into band's studio work during that eventful year, while Live in Sacramento 1964 features performances from a pair of shows the surf-rock legends played in August '64.

Keep an Eye on Summer boasts a whopping 46 tracks, and includes alternate takes, outtakes, backing tracks, studio banter, a cappella performances, new stereo mixes, unreleased recordings and more from a variety of Beach Boys sessions.  Among the songs featured on the album in various forms are "Fun Fun Fun," "Don't Worry Baby," "Warmth of the Sun," "I Get Around," "Wendy" and "Little Honda."  The compilation also includes the unreleased holiday tunes "Christmas Eve" and "Jingle Bells," which originally had been intended for Beach Boys Christmas Album.

Live in Sacramento 1964 contains 37 tracks recorded on August 1, 1964, when the band played two concerts at the California city's Civic Memorial Auditorium.  The album includes many of The Beach Boys' own early hits, as well as covers of such tunes as "Hushabye," "The Wanderer," "Monster Mash" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow." Some of the performances featured on Live in Sacramento also appeared on the 1964 record Beach Boys Concert.

A number of media outlets have noted that these collections of 50-year-old recordings are being made available now so that copyright protection of the material can be extend.

Here's the full track list for Keep an Eye on Summer: The Beach Boys Sessions 1964:

"Fun Fun Fun" (Session Highlights and Stereo Track)
"Fun Fun Fun" (A Capella)
"Fun, Fun, Fun" (2013 Stereo Mix)
"Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (Session Highlights and Stereo Track)
"Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (New Stereo Mix)
"Don't Worry Baby" (Session Highlights and Track With Backing Vocals)
"Don't Worry, Baby" (2009 Stereo Mix)
"In the Parkin' Lot" (Session Highlight and A Capella Mix)
"Warmth of the Sun" (Session Highlights and Track with Backing Vocals)
"Warmth of the Sun" (2012 Stereo Mix)
"Pom Pom Play Girl" (Session Highlights, Track and Track with Backing Vocals)
"Pom Pom Play Girl" (New Stereo Mix)
"Denny's Drums" (Session Highlight and Alternate Take)
"Keep an Eye on Summer (Track with Backing Vocals)
"Endless Sleep" (Unreleased Brian Wilson Production; Lead Vocal: Larry Denton)
"I Get Around" (Session Highlight and Stereo Backing Track)
"I Get Around" (A Capella)
"All Summer Long" (Session Highlights and Stereo Track)
"All Summer Long" (A Capella)
"All Summer Long" (2007 Stereo Mix)
"Hushabye" (Track and Backing Vocals)
"Girls on the Beach" (Alternate Vocal Session Highlights and Master A Capella Mix)
"Wendy" (Vocal Session Highlights and A Capella Mix)
"Don't Back Down" (Alternate Version Session Highlight and New Stereo Mix)
"Little Saint Nick (Drive In)" (Vocal Session Highlights and New Stereo Mix)
"Untitled Jam/Let's Live Before We Die" (Session Highlights and Track)
"Little Honda" (Alternate Version Session Highlight and New Stereo Mix)
"Little Honda" (Unreleased Single Mix)
"She Knows Me Too Well" (Vocal Session Highlight and Track with Backing Vocals)
"She Knows Me Too Well" (A Capella)
"Don't Hurt My Little Sister" (Session Highlight and A Capella Mix)
"Christmas Eve" (Unreleased Track)
"Jingle Bells" (Unreleased Track)
"When I Grow Up" (A Capella)
"Fun Fun Fun" (Unreleased "Live" Version)
"I Get Around" (Unreleased "Live" Version)
"I'm So Young" (Alternate Version Session Highlight and New Stereo Mix)
"All Dressed Up for School" (Session Highlights and New Stereo Mix)
"Dance Dance Dance" (Alternate Version New Stereo Mix)
"Dance Dance Dance" (Session Highlights and Stereo Backing Track)
"Dance Dance Dance" (A Capella)
"I Get Around" (Live BBC 1964)
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (Live BBC 1964)
"Graduation Day" (Live BBC 1964)
"Surfin' USA" (Live BBC 1964)
"Johnny B Goode" (Unreleased Live Single Mix)

And here's the track list for Live in Sacramento 1964:

First Show:
"Little Honda"
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow"
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
"Hushabye"
"Hawaii"
"Let's Go Trippin'"
"The Wanderer"
"Surfer Girl"
"Monster Mash"
"Be True to Your School"
"Graduation Day"
"Surfin' USA"
"Don't Back Down"
"Don't Worry Baby"
"Wendy"
"I Get Around"
"Fun, Fun, Fun"

Second Show:
"Concert Intro"
"Little Honda"
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
"Hushabye"
"Hawaii"
"Let's Go Trippin'"
"The Wanderer"
"Wendy"
"Monster Mash"
"Surfer Girl"
"Be True to Your School"
"Graduation Day"
"Surfin' USA"
"Don't Back Down"
"Don't Worry Baby"
"I Get Around"
"Encore: Papa Oom Mow Mow"

Rehearsals:
"Little Honda"
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow"


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Friday
Dec052014

Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and Jessie J to Be Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Awards Gala

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAdd three more amazing women to the list of honorees at this year's Billboard Women in Music Awards, taking place December 12 in New York City.  Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and Jessie J will all be receiving awards at the ceremony.

Iggy will get the "Chart-Topper" award, while her "Fancy" partner Charli receives the "Hitmaker" honor.  Jessie, meanwhile, will be honored as "Powerhouse."  They join a list of honorees that already includes Taylor Swift, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.


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Friday
Dec052014

Stars React to Grammy Nominations 

NARASNow that nominations in 82 out of 83 Grammy categories have been revealed, the stars are all collectively freaking out on Twitter. None more so than Sam Smith, however.

The British singer and Beyonce both lead with five nods apiece, and they may each scoop another one when the final category -- Album of the  Year -- is revealed later tonight on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas. 

When the nominations started rolling in, Sam posted a string of emojis crying happy tears, and then followed it with a series of Instagram posts of the different categories he was up for.  Eventually, he wrote, "UP TO FOUR GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!" with more happy tears emojis.  He then posted a photo of himself holding up four fingers and captioned it, "4 Grammy Nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet - f***ing hell." 

Finally, he posted a photo of himself with his hand in front of his face, and wrote, "5 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is happening??"  He added, "Today is a good day."  Which is an understatement.

Sam also took time out to congratulate his friends Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sia and Meghan Trainor on their Grammy nods.

Meghan, meanwhile, reacted by posting a photo of her fellow nominees in the Record of the Year category, and writing, "congrats to all the nominees! I just cant believe my face is next to these amazing artists."  She added, "Dad cried when he heard i was nominated for a Grammy.  love u dad. Couldn't have done this without you."

Early in the day, Ed Sheeran tweeted, "Grammy nom and my album [X] multiply has sold 3 million worldwide as of this morning. Good start to the day, thanks for all the support and love."  He found out later that he'd received yet another nod, for his song "I See Fire," from the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  He added, "I see fire got a Grammy nomination, which is my favorite thing ever. Thanks to the powers that be for that."

Sia, meanwhile, was her usual bizarre self, tweeting, "I don't know what to say so thank you. Sia loves dogs."

Here's a roundup of some other reactions:

Ariana Grande: "at a loss for words. 2 Grammy noms. thankful to even be considered. my heart is exploding, can't process it. this means the most. so honored. i....... really can't. find the words. been crying on & off since 6. thanks to for the consideration & u loves for making this year what it was. u are my everything (pun intended // I'm crying bye)."

Lady Gaga: "Me and Tony [Bennett] are so excited!! @TheGRAMMYs has nominated "Cheek To Cheek" for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album WOW!!!!!"

Tony Bennett: "After winning 17 already, it's such a thrill to now be nominated with the great !

Charli XCX: "honored to be nominated for record of the year at with iggy. so so so exciting!"

Iggy Azalea:  "Woah! Amazing thank you

Friday
Dec052014

Marsha Ambrosius, Jhene Aiko, Ledisi React to Grammy Nominations

NARASMarsha Ambrosius, Jhene Aiko, and Ledisi are among the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which were announced on Friday. All three R&B singers have taken to social media to acknowledge their respective nods.

Marsha, whose duet with Anthony Hamilton is up for the Best Traditional R&B Performance, posted a lengthy message via Instagram, in which she expressed her gratitude.

"GRAMMY NOMINATED ?? I woke up to a text saying 'Congrats on your Grammy nod!' I was half asleep when I read it. Then it hit me! It is that time of year! They were to be announced soon so... My reply was 'For real?! I just woke up!' And there it was," she wrote.  "For the song that has meant the world to me MY WHOLE LIFE! 'As' For the song that when 99.9% of the people that heard this version, were crying their eyes out in one of the most heart breaking scenes in The Best Man Holiday!"

A seemingly speechless Jhene tweeted to her 710,000 followers: "Woah. Thank you for the consideration!" She's scored two nods, including Best R&B Song for "The Worst."

"Wow....another nomination speechless.Thank You! Congrats to all the nominees.Wow....God Bless." Ledisi tweeted, who is nominated for Best R&B Performance for "Like This."

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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Friday
Dec052014

Eminem's "Shady XV" Compilation Sits Atop Billboard's Rap Albums Chart 

Aftermath/Shady/Interscope

This week Eminem's Shady XV earned the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, and it also topped the Rap Album chart, according to the publication.

Shady Records' compilation, which sold 138,000 copies in its first week, features new music from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, D12, Yelawolf and Bad Meets Evil as well as the label's greatest hits including 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Em's "Lose Yourself." The double-disc project coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire follows at #2 on the Rap Albums chart, selling 74,000 copies and marking his eighth top 10 entrance. The set is the rapper's second offering in the span of one year -- Mastermind debuted at No. 1 in March with 179,000 copies sold.

Last but not least, Iggy Azalea's revamped version of The Classic opens at #6 this week, with sales of 14,000 in its opening week.


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Friday
Dec052014

The Libertines Sign to Virgin EMI, Announce First Album Since 2004 

Image Courtesy of Rough TradeThe Libertines have announced that they will be releasing their third album after signing a record deal with Virgin EMI. The currently untitled album will be the first since the British band's 2004 self-titled effort.

"After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, and we couldn't be more excited," reads a post on The Libertines' Facebook page. "This signals a new era and a new beginning for The Libertines."

The band signed the deal on Ko Si Chang Island in Thailand, which is, as Pitchfork notes, where notorious frontman Pete Doherty is going to rehab.

"I don't know what to say, I'm so happy," Doherty adds. "A beautiful day."

The Libertines broke up in 2004 following Doherty's very public struggle with addiction, as well as disagreements between him and band mate Carl Barât. The band briefly reunited in 2010 for the Reading and Leeds Festivals. They began touring again earlier this year.


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Friday
Dec052014

Stars React to Grammy Nominations

NARASNow that nominations in 82 out of 83 Grammy categories have been revealed, the stars are all collectively freaking out on Twitter. None more so than Sam Smith, however.

The British singer and Beyonce both lead with five nods apiece, and they may each scoop another one when the final category -- Album of the  Year -- is revealed later tonight on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas.

When the nominations started rolling in, Sam posted a string of emojis crying happy tears, and then followed it with a series of Instagram posts of the different categories he was up for.  Eventually, he wrote, "UP TO FOUR GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!" with more happy tears emojis.  He then posted a photo of himself holding up four fingers and captioned it, "4 Grammy Nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet - f***ing hell." 

Finally, he posted a photo of himself with his hand in front of his face, and wrote, "5 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is happening??"  He added, "Today is a good day."  Which is an understatement.

Sam also took time out to congratulate his friends Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor on their Grammy nods.

Meghan, meanwhile, reacted by posting a photo of her fellow nominees in the Record of the Year category, and writing, "congrats to all the nominees! I just cant believe my face is next to these amazing artists."  She added, "Dad cried when he heard i was nominated for a Grammy.  love u dad. Couldn't have done this without you."

Here's a roundup of some other reactions:

Barbra Streisand: "What nice news to wake up to! So happy to share this nomination w/ all my wonderful duet 'partners.' Thank you NARAS. Thrilled & honored. Bx."

Lady Gaga: "Me and Tony [Bennett] are so excited!! @TheGRAMMYs has nominated "Cheek To Cheek" for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album WOW!!!!!"

Tony Bennett: "After winning 17 already, it's such a thrill to now be nominated with the great !

Friday
Dec052014

SnoCore 2015 Announces Full Itinerary

Image Courtesy of MSO Public RelationsEarlier this week, the SnoCore Tour announced that Flyleaf will be headlining the 2015 tour, along with Adelita's Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals. Now, the full itinerary for the SnoCore 2015 Tour has been revealed. The tour will begin February 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrap up March 11 in Sacramento, California. All dates will go on sale December 6 at noon via SnoCore.com.

SnoCore 2015 will be Flyleaf's second appearance on the tour's bill -- the band was a supporting act on the 2006 tour with Seether, Shinedown and Halestorm.

If all goes as planned, SnoCore 2015 will be the first SnoCore since 2010 when the tour went on hiatus. A 2014 tour, headlined by The Pretty Reckless, was announced, but had to be canceled after Taylor Momsen came down with acute laryngitis and walking pneumonia.

Here are all the SnoCore 2015 tour dates:

2/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos South End
2/4 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head
2/6 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
2/7 -- Manchester, NH, Jewel
2/8 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
2/13 -- Syracuse, NY, Lost Horizon
2/14 -- Buffalo, NY, Rapids Theatre
2/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
2/17 -- Louisville, KY, Expo Five
2/18 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar
2/20 -- South Bend, IN, Club Fever
2/21 -- Flint, MI, Machine Shop
2/22 -- Joliet, IL, Mojoes
2/24 -- Libertyville, IL, Austins
2/25 -- Minneapolis, MN, POVS
2/27 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/28 -- Grand Junction, CO, Mesa Theatre
3/3 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Hanger 18
3/4 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma
3/6 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
3/7 -- Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
3/10 -- Reno, NV, Knitting Factory
3/11 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades


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Friday
Dec052014

Rod Stewart Pays Tribute to Late Faces Band Mate Ian McLagan

Penny Lancaster; Theresa DiMennoSince the death of Faces and Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan Wednesday, many artists have issued statements paying homage to the beloved musician, including his old band mates Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones.  Now, Faces frontman Rod Stewart has joined that list.

The singer posted a message on his Twitter feed Friday that reads, "I'm absolutely devastated. Ian McLagan embodied the true spirit of the Faces. I'll miss you mate."  Besides working together in the Faces, McLagan conributed to all of Stewart's early solo albums through 1974's Smiler.

Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, who stepped in for Stewart when the Faces played a number of reunion shows in 2009, 2010 and 2011, also penned a tribute to Ian that's been posted on Facebook.  The note reads, "Ian McLagan will not be resting in peace. He'll be rocking whichever house he chose to be in. Bless his soul."

McLagan died in a hospital in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke. He was 69.


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Friday
Dec052014

Fun Facts from Friday's Grammy Awards Nominations

NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday's Grammy Awards nominations:

-- Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

-- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." They've won that trophy twice.

-- Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton's record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.


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Friday
Dec052014

U2, Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Metallica Among Nominees for 2015 Grammy Awards

NARASThe nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Friday, with nominations in the Album of the Year category coming later tonight during CBS' A Very Grammy Christmas special, airing at 9 p.m. ET.

While the majority of the latest nominations went to younger artists, a number of classic rock acts were recognized as well.  Among the nominees for next year's awards are U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, Metallica, Anthrax, Motorhead and Pink Floyd.  In addition, music collections from Neil Young and The Grateful Dead are in the running for the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package prize.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is a select list of Grammy categories featuring the aforementioned nominated artists:

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Metal Performance
"Neon Knights," Anthrax
"High Road," Mastodon
"Heartbreaker," Motörhead
"The Negative One," Slipknot
"The Last in Line," Tenacious D

Best American Roots Performance
"Statesboro Blues," Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal
"A Feather's Not a Bird," Rosanne Cash
"And When I Die," Billy Childs featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
"The Old Me Better," Keb' Mo' featuring The California Feet Warmers
"Destination," Nickel Creek

Best Blues Album
Common Ground -- Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Promise of a Brand New Day, Ruthie Foster
Juke Joint Chapel, Charlie Musselwhite
Decisions, Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin'
Step Back, Johnny Winter

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Cities of Darkscorch, Various Artists
A Letter Home (Vinyl Box Set), Neil Young
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), Various Artists
Sparks (Deluxe Album Box Set), Imogen Heap
Spring 1990 (The Other One), Grateful Dead

Best Surround Sound Album
Beppe: Remote Galaxy, Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes, David Miles Huber
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set), Pink Floyd
Epics of Love, Song Zuying, Yu Long & China Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection', Benjamin Zander & Philharmonia Orchestra

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On the Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet from Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica Through the Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne, Pink


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Friday
Dec052014

Glen Campbell Scores Two Nominations for 2015 Grammy Awards

Image Courtesy of Surfdog RecordsThe nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Friday -- with nominations in the Album of the Year category coming later Friday night during CBS' A Very Grammy Christmas special, which airs at 9 p.m. ET.

Glen Campbell is among the artists who received multiple nominations.  The veteran singer/songwriter, who was forced to retire recently as he battles Alzheimer's disease, has received two nods, for Best Country Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media.  Both nominations are for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which appears on the soundtrack of the biographical documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

Other veteran artists who picked up nominations include, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Annie Lennox, Gloria Gaynor, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, James Brown, Darlene Love, Pink Floyd and Sergio Mendes.  In addition, music collections from Neil Young and The Grateful Dead are in the running for the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package prize.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is a select list of Grammy categories featuring the aforementioned nominated artists:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Night Songs, Barry Manilow
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Partners, Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Country Song
"American Kids," Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
"Automatic," Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
"Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church, songwriters Eric Church, Luke Laird
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle, Various Artists
Frozen, Various Artists
Get On Up: The James Brown Story, James Brown
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Various Artists
The Wolf of Wall Street, Various Artists

Best Song Written for Visual Media
"Everything Is Awesome!!!," Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, songwriters (Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island)
"I See Fire," Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
"Let It Go," Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)
"The Moon Song," Spike Jonze & Karen O, songwriters (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)

Best American Roots Performance
"Statesboro Blues," Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal
"A Feather's Not a Bird," Rosanne Cash
"And When I Die," Billy Childs featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
"The Old Me Better," Keb' Mo' featuring The California Feet Warmers
"Destination," Nickel Creek

Best Blues Album
Common Ground -- Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Promise of a Brand New Day, Ruthie Foster
Juke Joint Chapel, Charlie Musselwhite
Decisions, Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin'
Step Back, Johnny Winter

Best World Music Album
Toumani & Sidiki, Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
Eve, Angelique Kidjo
Our World in Song, Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho
Magic, Sérgio Mendes
Traces of You, Anoushka Shankar

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Cities of Darkscorch, Various Artists
A Letter Home (Vinyl Box Set), Neil Young
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), Various Artists
Sparks (Deluxe Album Box Set), Imogen Heap
Spring 1990 (The Other One), Grateful Dead

Best Surround Sound Album
Beppe: Remote Galaxy, Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes, David Miles Huber
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set), Pink Floyd
Epics of Love, Song Zuying, Yu Long & China Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection', Benjamin Zander & Philharmonia Orchestra

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On the Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet from Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica Through the Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne, Pink


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Friday
Dec052014

Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown & More Score Grammy Nominations

NARASThe nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Friday -- with nominations in the Album of the Year category coming later Friday night -- and so far, Beyoncé and Sam Smith lead the pack with five nods a piece.

Beyoncé earned nominations in categories including Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Surround Sound Album, Best Music Film and, as previously reported, Best Urban Contemporary Album, a category she shares with Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown, Mali Music and Pharrell Williams.

Iggy Azalea and Usher have four nominations each, a distinction they share with four others -- country stars Eric Church and Miranda Lambert, rocker Jack White and Australian pop songwriter Sia.   As previously reported, Iggy's nominated for Best New Artist and "Fancy" has been nominated for Record of the Year.

Album of the Year nominees will be revealed during the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas at 9 p.m. ET.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here are the Grammy nominees nominees with R&B and hip-hop nominees announced Friday afternoon and not previously reported:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
"A Sky Full of Stars," Coldplay
"Bang Bang," Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande
"Say Something," A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
"Dark Horse," Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best R&B Performance
"Drunk in Love" Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
"New Flame" Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross
"It's Your World" Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly
"Like This" Ledisi
"Good Kisser" Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"As" Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton
I.R.S., Angie Fisher
"Jesus Children," Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Nobody, Kem
"Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)," Antonique Smith

Best R&B Album
Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best R&B Song
"Drunk in Love," Beyonce & Jay Z, songwriters Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko
"Good Kisser," Usher, songwriters Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel
"New Flame," Chris Brown f. Usher & Rick Ross, songwriters Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice "Verse" Simmonds & Keith Thomas
"Options (Wolfjames Version)," Luke James, songwriters Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica "Kahn-Cept" Smith
"The Worst," Jhené Aiko, songwriter Jhené Aiko Chilombo

Best Rap Album
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody's Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap Song
"Anaconda," Nicki Minaj, songwriters Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett
"Bound 2," Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, songwriters Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young
"I," Kendrick Lamar, songwriters K. Duckworth & C. Smith
"We Dem Boyz," Wiz Khalifa, songwriters N. Fisher & C. Thomaz
"0 To 100/The Catch Up," Drake, songwriters  A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib

Best Rap Performance
"3005," Childish Gambino
"0 To 100 / The Catch Up," Drake
"Rap God," Eminem
"I," Kendrick Lamar
"All I Need Is You," Lecrae

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Blak Majik," Common Featuring Jhené Aiko
"The Monster," Eminem Featuring Rihanna
"Tuesday," I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
"Studio," Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
"Bound 2," Kanye West & Charlie Wilson


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Friday
Dec052014

Beyoncé Surpasses Dolly Parton as the Most Grammy-Nominated Woman of All Time

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce is now the most Grammy-nominated female artist of all time, following the 2015 Grammy nominations announcement on Friday.

According to Billboard, the Queen Bey has earned 52 nominations total, including five nominations through midday Friday for her self-titled "visual" album. So far, the singer is up for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Music Film.

Beyonce has officially passed Dolly Parton, with whom she was previously tied at 46 nominations each. Of those nods, Beyonce has won 17 so far while Parton has only accepted 7 trophies.

During this year's ceremony, Beyonce could potentially catch up to other artist with more Grammy Awards to their credit, like Stevie Wonder, who has 22 wins, and Kanye West, who follows with 21 wins.


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Friday
Dec052014

Why Taylor Swift's OK with Being Single: "No One Gets Hurt This Way" 

Miller Mobley for BillboardMuch has been made of the fact that Taylor Swift isn't currently in a relationship, and that her album 1989 is -- as she tells Billboard for its new cover story -- "not about boys."  Taylor says this way, she doesn't have to worry about any emotional drama, either in her real life, or in her music.

"I don't have anyone whose feelings are on the line except for me," she tells Billboard about her current single status. "If I was in love with someone right now, I don't know how I would handle everyone else weighing in on our stories, because when you're in a relationship there are a lot of secrets and a lot of sacred moments that you don't want to divulge."

"I, however, am 24, perfectly happy being alone, and one of the reasons I'm perfectly happy being alone is that no one gets hurt this way," she adds.

While she's not hanging out with boys, Taylor is surrounding herself with girls: famous female friends like Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham and Lorde, just to mention a few.  She tells Billboard that she's glad that all her pals have so much going on in their own lives that they don't freak out over the fact that they're hanging out with her.

"You'll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them...and it's because those celebrities need to be fawned over," she explains.  "I feel uncomfortable being the No. 1 priority in my friends' lives -- I want to be there to make their lives more fun, if they need to talk, to be there for spontaneous and exciting adventures, but I don't want friends who don't have a life outside of me."

"The one thing they all have in common is that they love what they do," she says of her BFFs. "They have me in their life because they want me in their life, not because they gain from it."

Taylor will receive the Woman of the Year honor from Billboard on December 12 in New York City.  It's her second time winning that award.


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Friday
Dec052014

Lil Wayne Manager Says Everything Is "Good" Between Them and Cash Money 

Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsThere seems to be some miscommunication happening within Cash Money Records. Following Lil Wayne's Twitter rant about his unhappiness with his label home, his manager says things are just fine within the camp.

TMZ caught up with Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant outside a club in West Hollywood on Thursday night. "We good," he said. "I’m smiling. I wouldn’t be out at the club right now."

When asked about Tyga, who also publicly expressed his disdain for the label, he said, "Tyga’s good too. That’s my brother."

Bryant also revealed that Weezy intends to stay with his longtime label home."We good, we staying where we at," he adds.

On Thursday, Wayne tweeted that he felt like "a prisoner" while announcing that his oft delayed album Tha Carter V won’t be released this month. Interestingly, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint remains scheduled as planned for December 15.


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