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Wednesday
Jun042014

Rob Thomas Addresses Rixton's Soundalike Hit: "They Are True Gentlemen"

Lindsey Byrnes; Randall Slavin/Atlantic RecordsRob Thomas has written songs for other artists before -- "Smooth" by Santana comes to mind, for example -- but his latest songwriting credit is for a tune he really had nothing to do with.

You may have noticed that "Me and My Broken Heart," by rising British band Rixton, sounds very much like Rob's solo hit "Lonely No More," and that's no accident: the band deliberately used part of Rob's song's melody. 

"We've been a huge fan of his, so we took a lot of inspiration from him and wanted to give him a tip of the hat," Rixton member Jake Roche told Billboard.  They didn't just give Rob a tip of the hat, though: they listed him a co-writer on the song, so he'd get royalty payments.

"They wrote that song, [then] realized it was so much like mine that they gave me credit on it...I had nothing to do with writing it," Rob tweeted in response to a fan who'd accused Rixton of ripping him off. 

"So we all know, I'm great with [Rixton]. we have all stumbled on a melody that has been written," he added. "They are true gentlemen."

It also probably didn't hurt that Rixton's music is produced by hitmaking producer Benny Blanco, a friend of Rob's with whom he is currently working on his upcoming solo album.


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Wednesday
Jun042014

Trey Songz Says Chris Brown Is in "Great Spirits" Following Jail Stint

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic Records; RCA RecordsEarlier this week, Chris Brown was released from jail in Los Angeles, less than a month after he was sentenced to 131 additional days for violating his probation. His close friend and fellow R&B peer Trey Songz revealed that the singer is in "great spirits."

When asked if he's been in contact with CB, Trey tells ABC News Radio, "Yeah, I have. I spoke to him yesterday. He sounds good. Very good to hear his voice. He's in great spirits. His mother is ecstatic. You know, and I'm eager for him to get back to this music."

So what are the chances the duo will collaborate again? Trey spoke on the "brilliant idea" of doing a joint album with Brown.

"I think the longer people wait for something like that to happen, though, it actually becomes greater.  Chris and I have talked about working together. He got his album coming out soon now that we know that he's out of jail, so I'm excited to see what he put on there," he tells ABC News Radio.

As previously reported, Brown is on probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.  He still faces trial in Washington, D.C. for allegedly attacking a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel last October. If he’s found guilty, he faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Katy Perry Posts Prismatic Tour Preview Video for U.S. Fans; Is She Back with Old Flame? 

Credit: Christie GoodwinKaty Perry's Prismatic world tour has been underway for a while now, but only overseas.  It doesn't hit North America until later this month, but Katy's getting fans hyped by releasing a new video featuring highlights of the show.

"Does it look like we are having fun... cause we are," she tweeted, adding a link to the video.  "Can't wait to see you [America]."

In the video, which is set to her latest single, "Birthday," you see Katy onstage performing all her hits.  You can't hear her sing, but you get a good look at all of her many costumes, which range from colored vinyl raincoats and a silver cheerleader-looking outfit, to an Egyptian-themed ensemble, a pink catsuit, a dress with an enormous two-story "skirt," a neon bra and skirt ensemble and many, many more.  There are also plenty of special effects -- like Katy flying over the audience holding a bunch of balloons -- as well as backup dancers, cool lighting and, of course, fireworks.

The U.S. leg of the Prismatic world tour, with opening acts Capital Cities and Kacey Musgraves, begins June 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In other Katy Perry news, the British tabloid The Sun reports that the singer seems to have reconnected with an old flame: Robert Ackroyd, guitarist for the British band Florence + the Machine. 

The two first hooked up at the Coachella festival in 2012 and then dated for a few weeks before splitting amicably; Katy then went on to date John Mayer. The paper says Katy and Robert were seen kissing and cuddling at an after-party in London over the weekend; a source tells E! Online, "Katy and Rob are very close and have remained close since they broke up a while ago."  Well, even "close" friends usually don't canoodle, but who knows? 


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Watch Metallica Soundcheck, Rehearse, Work Out Their Issues, Get Scared by Bee

BB Gun PressThere's a new video posted on Metallica's official website, featuring a bit of very cool behind-the-scenes footage.  The half-hour clip begins with the band's soundcheck from its recent date in Helsinki, Finland.  Next up is some work in the band's backstage tuning room, and here's where things get tense and scary, and a little funny.

The band rehearses a song and there's a moment where James Hetfield makes a maybe-joking, maybe-serious dig at Lars Ulrich about doing drum fills that are too long.  Lars looks irritated, but calmly suggests to James that if he turns sideways at that part of the song so that Lars can see his neck -- meaning the neck of the guitar -- that will enable Lars to play accordingly.  James jokingly sticks out his own neck and grins, and the moment of tension passes. 

Longtime Metallica fans who remember the band's work-it-out-in-therapy documentary Some Kind of Monster will appreciate the long years of struggle it's taken the band members to get to this laidback place with each other.  The tuning footage ends after an episode involving a wasp, bumblebee or yellowjacket -- no one seems to be sure which it is -- which is swatted, chased, captured and ultimately freed.

Last up on the video is some killer footage of "Enter Sandman" from the Helsinki show. 

The video is the latest offering from the media section of Metallica.com.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Jon Bon Jovi Joins Lineup for 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi is among the latest stars who've joined the lineup for this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, which will take place June 12 in New York City.

The New Jersey rocker, along with Chubby Checker, country stars Vince Gill and Martina McBride, American Idol season 12 champ Candice Glover, R&B singer Miguel, indie-pop duo A Great Big World and R&B singer Aloe Blacc, will either perform or present awards at the event, which recognizes current and legendary artists for their achievements in songwriting.

Those being honored this year include Ray Davies of The Kinks; folk-rock great Donovan; British Invasion songwriter and 10cc member Graham Gouldman; the songwriting team of Gamble & Huff, who were instrumental in the creation of the "Philly Soul" sound; and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who'll receive the Hal David Starlight Award, given annually to a young songwriter.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Chubby Checker Joins Lineup for 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

Paradise ArtistsChubby Checker is among the latest stars who've joined the lineup for this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, which will take place June 12 in New York City.

The "Twist" star, along with rocker Jon Bon Jovi, country stars Vince Gill and Martina McBride, American Idol season 12 champ Candice Glover, R&B singer Miguel, indie-pop duo A Great Big World and R&B singer Aloe Blacc, will either perform or present awards at the event, which recognizes current and legendary artists for their achievements in songwriting.

Those being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame include Ray Davies of The Kinks; folk-rock great Donovan; British Invasion songwriter and 10cc member Graham Gouldman; Mark James, whose compositions include Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling"; and Jim Weatherly, who penned some of Gladys Knight & the Pips' best-known hits. In addition, the songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were instrumental in the creation of the "Philly Soul" sound, will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Jon Bon Jovi, Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World Join Lineup for Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

Courtesy Songwriters Hall of FameJon Bon Jovi, A Great Big World and Aloe Blacc are among the stars who've joined the lineup for this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, which will take place June 12 in New York City.

Those artists, along with American Idol season 12 champ Candice Glover, R&B star Miguel, oldies icon Chubby Checker and country stars Vince Gill and Martina McBride, will either perform or present awards at the event, which honors current and legendary artists for their achievements in songwriting.

Those being honored this year include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ray Davies of The Kinks, the songwriting team of Gamble & Huff, who were instrumental in the creation of the "Philly Soul" sound, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who'll receive the Hal David Starlight Award, given annually to a young songwriter.  Past winners include Taylor Swift, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

ABC's "Rising Star" Promises "Instant Gratification," No Results Show

ABC/Bob D'AmicoEveryone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who's moving on.  But ABC's new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it.

In a new trailer, the show's panel of "experts," who include country star Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and Kesha -- plus the show's host, Josh Groban -- explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you'll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of video screens.  You download the Rising Star app, and if you like what you're seeing and hearing, you vote in real time by swiping right for "yes" and left for "no."  The faces of the voters -- maybe even yours -- will appear on the wall during the voting.

If the contestant gets enough "yes" votes, the wall will rise, and he or she will move on, and then Brad, Ludacris and Kesha will offer their opinions.  If they don't, the wall stays down and they go home.  The show airs only once per week, because essentially, the performance and the results are combined in a single episode.

"You know those other shows where you gotta wait for results, and the judges make all the decisions?  Well, yeah, we flipped that," says Ludacris.  "There's no results show," says Kesha. "No waiting until the next day," says Brad.  "We know how you are: you like it now, now, now!" adds Josh.

"I'm talking about instant gratification," says Ludacris.  "We all crave it," says Kesha.  Luda responds, "But with this show, you're gonna get it."

"We're not the judges," they all conclude.  "You are."

Rising Star begins Sunday, June 22 on ABC and will run for 10 weeks.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Listen to Chrissie Hynde's Upcoming Debut Solo Album, "Stockholm," Online Now

Dean Chalkley/Nasty Little ManPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde's first solo album, Stockholm, will be released on Tuesday, June 10, but you can check out the entire collection online now.  Amazon is streaming all 11 tracks from the album for free until this Monday.

Fans also will be able to check out Hynde on a few TV times shows this week.  On Wednesday, she'll be the musical guest on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.  The next night, the singer will appear on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, which airs at 11:30 ET p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.  Also in Thursday, Chrissie will be one of the performers on a new episode of the U.K. series Later…with Jools Holland that will get its U.S. premiere on the Palladia network at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

As previously reported, Hynde recorded Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden, with Bjorn Yttling [be-YORN YIT-ling] of the Swedish indie-rock group Peter, Bjorn and John.  The album also includes guest appearances by Neil Young and tennis legend John McEnroe, among others.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

ABC's "Rising Star" Promises "Instant Gratification," No Results Show

ABC/Bob D'AmicoEveryone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who's moving on.  But ABC's new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it.

In a new trailer, the show's panel of "experts," who include Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and pop star Kesha -- plus the show's host, Josh Groban -- explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you'll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of video screens.  You download the Rising Star app, and if you like what you're seeing and hearing, you vote in real time by swiping right for "yes" and left for "no."  The faces of the voters -- maybe even yours -- will appear on the wall during the voting.

If the contestant gets enough "yes" votes, the wall will rise, and he or she will move on, and then Brad, Ludacris and Kesha will offer their opinions.  If they don't, the wall stays down and they go home.  The show airs only once per week, because essentially, the performance and the results are combined in a single episode.

"You know those other shows where you gotta wait for results, and the judges make all the decisions?  Well, yeah, we flipped that," says Ludacris.  "There's no results show," says Kesha. "No waiting until the next day," says Brad.  "We know how you are: you like it now, now, now!" adds Josh.

"I'm talking about instant gratification," says Ludacris.  "We all crave it," says Kesha.  Luda responds, "But with this show, you're gonna get it."

"We're not the judges," they all conclude.  "You are."

Rising Star begins Sunday, June 22 on ABC and will run for 10 weeks.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Carrie Underwood Hosts Eighth Annual Fan Club Party at Grand Ole Opry House

Photo Credit: Chris HolloCarrie Underwood hosted her eighth annual fan club party at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House Monday morning. Fans started lining up Monday night to get into the event, which featured a private concert from Carrie. She returns to the Opry House Tuesday night for a pair of performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Look for Carrie to perform "Somethin' Bad" with Miranda Lambert on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Report: Drake Can't Get Over Rihanna

Island Def Jam Records/Cash Money RecordsFollowing rumors of a break-up, Drake reportedly is still smitten with Rihanna. Although the pair never confirmed their relationship, sources close to the rapper are quoted saying that Drizzy can't seem to get over her.

"Drake was ready to walk away for good after Rihanna dropped him, but she has this power over him," a source tells Radar Online. "All she needs to do is snap her fingers and he’ll go running back to her."

Apparently, the pair, who have been linked off and on since 2010, have dealt with insecurities and trust issues.

"Drake is convinced that Rihanna has self-esteem issues and is pushing him away because she doesn’t believe in or trust true love, which isn’t surprising after the crazy stuff that happened with her and Chris," said a source. "All of Drake’s crew wish he’d forget about her and move on but he’s hooked -- no matter how upset, hurt and angry he is with her right now."

The duo reportedly recently rekindled their romance earlier this year with Rihanna frequently flying to Europe where Drake was on tour before the recent rumored split.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Trey Songz Releases New Song, "What’s Best for You"

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Trey Songz continues to release new music from his highly anticipated album Trigga. The singer has issued a mid-tempo track called "What's Best for You," which will appear on the deluxe edition of his sixth studio effort.

In the song, the singer tells his woman that she deserves better. "It’s not about what I want, but it’s all about what you need,” he coos.

The song is available for download to fans who pre-order the album on iTunes. The track was also posted on his YouTube page.

Trigga includes contributions from Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Mila J, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign. The project will hit stores on July 1.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

GWAR's David Brockie Died of Heroin Overdose

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesGWAR frontman David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, died of an accidental overdose of heroin. 

"The cause of death was acute heroin toxicity, which means the manner of death was accidental,” said Arkuie Williams, spokesman for Richmond's chief medical examiner, to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Brockie was 50. According to the Richmond Police Department, Brockie was found dead in his home on March 23. The cause of death was undetermined at the time, though there was no suspicion of foul play.

Brockie formed GWAR in 1984 and remained the group’s only consistent member. GWAR may be best known for its scifi-inspired costumes and graphic onstage antics, though under Brockie’s guidance, GWAR emerged as one of the most respected thrash metal bands of the last 25 years. They released 13 full-length studio albums, staged a series of events, including the GWAR B-Q, and even earned a pair of Grammy nods.

Brockie's death comes just two years after former guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, was found dead on the band's tour bus in November, 2011.  Smoot died of complications from coronary artery disease.

There will be a public memorial for Brockie in Richmond on August 15, the day before this year's GWAR-B-Q.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Jason Derulo and John Legend Added to CMT Music Awards Performers Lineup

CMTThe CMT Music Awards just added two big stars from the pop world to the performers lineup. Jason Derulo is teaming up with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line for a collaboration on his hit "Talk Dirty to Me." R&B star John Legend and Jennifer Nettles will sing a duet version of his hit "All of Me," arranged by Hunter Hayes. Hunter will also join them on guitar.

Blake Shelton also is slated to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards for the first time in his career. Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves will perform in honor of Alan Jackson, who will be presented with a special award honoring his 25 years of making music and videos. Carrie Underwood also is taking part in that tribute in addition to performing "Somethin' Bad" with Miranda Lambert.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards airs Wednesday night at 8 ET on CMT.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Justin Timberlake to Perform Exclusive NYC Show on July 10 

Tom Munro/RCA RecordsIf you're a Justin Timberlake fan, there's good news and bad news.  The good news: JT is going to do an intimate show in New York City next month.  The bad news: it's only open to Citi AAdvantage MasterCard cardholders.

Tickets for the July 10 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale June 11 at 12 p.m. ET via PricelessAccess.com.  You can also enter a contest to win a trip to New York to attend the concert, but again, you have to be a cardholder.  Finally, you can bid on a package that includes airfare and concert tickets, but you have to use miles on -- you guessed it -- your AAdvantage card. 

If you want to see JT in concert and don't have one of those cards, you'll get your chance starting July 9, which is when the next North American leg of his 20/20 Experience World tour begins.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Roger Daltrey, Joan Jett to Perform at Teen Cancer America Benefit Show in Philadelphia Next Month

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who's Roger Daltrey will head to the U.S. next month to perform at a benefit concert for the Teen Cancer America organization, which he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend.  Daltrey and his backing group will be joined by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the show, which will take place July 28 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The event will specifically raise money for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is developing a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults battling the disease.

Daltrey will be performing a mix of classic Who songs, solo tunes and other material.  Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public starting this Friday at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at KimmelCenter.org of the Kimmel Center Box Office.  Limited VIP packages and pre-sale tickets also are available; visit KimmelCenter.org for details.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Report: Solange Knowles, Rachel Roy Avoid Each Other at Fashion Awards

Saint HeronFollowing last month's elevator incident with her brother-in-law, Solange reportedly made sure to keep her distance from designer Rachel Roy, the woman who allegedly caused the Met Gala altercation by flirting with Beyonce's husband, Jay Z.

Us Weekly reports Solo and Roy avoided each other at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York City on Monday night.

"Rachel looked uncomfortable," the source said. "They obviously didn't want to run into Solange, and Solange's people also tried to steer clear of them."

Beyonce and Jay Z released a statement last month saying that the issue had been resolved. "At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all, we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Usher to Perform at BET Awards

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Usher, Drake and Pharrell Williams are among the many acts confirmed to perform at this year's BET Awards, taking place later this month at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

The network has announced the entertainers will be joined by Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, and BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lionel Richie, at the 14th annual show.

Drake, Beyoncé and Jay Z lead with five nominations each while Pharrell and August Alsina trail with four nods a piece.

Hosted by Chris Rock, the BET Awards 2014 airs live on Sunday, June 29, at 8 p.m. ET.


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Tuesday
Jun032014

Lorde Promises "Something Different" on New Tour Leg 

Photo Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde announced a new U.S. tour leg this week, and she says even if you've already seen her live, you should come back and check her show out again, because it'll be all new.

"For those of you who saw me first time, this is gonna be something different," she tweeted. "I can't wait to show you what I got planned."

Lorde is also excited about the fact that she's teaming up with a service designed to prevent ticket scalping.  "There is a small sign up process but it's 4 u," she tweeted.  "You have to sign up to receive an invitation to purchase tickets...I know signing up takes a minute but it's a really excellent preventative measure for scalperzzzzzzz."

Dan Smith, frontman for the band Bastille, was so happy to hear this that he tweeted Lorde, "So good to see you doing this dude. I hate those scalping bastards."

Lorde also tweeted that she's excited to be opening for one of her favorite bands -- Arcade Fire -- later this week in London.  She's also headlining her own show in the British capital this week.

The singer's new tour leg kicks off September 5 in Philadelphia.


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