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Wednesday
Nov262014

Creed's Scott Stapp Says He's Broke and Homeless

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp has posted a nearly 16-minute long video on his band's Facebook page in which he says that the IRS has frozen his funds due to a "clerical error" and has left him penniless. He also says that he is currently living in a Holiday Inn after spending weeks living out of his truck.

Stapp says that everything began to fall apart after he conducted a "personal audit" of his finances.

"During the course of that audit a lot of things were uncovered," he says. "A lot of money was stolen from me or royalties not paid."

Stapp goes on the say that the people who he believes have stolen that money have threatened to reveal "any impropriety I’ve done in the past these individuals can get their hands on to humiliate and embarrass me and try to ruin my credibility."

He then says the IRS froze his funds and that his all the funds from his bank were stolen from someone who changed his online banking passwords.

"I had no money, not even for gas or food," Stapp says. "I went two days without eating because I had no money and ended up in an emergency room."

Throughout the video, Stapp insists that he is completely sober, which contradicts the reported claims made by his estranged wife, Jaclyn. According to the Miami Herald, Jaclyn filed for divorce from her husband, claiming he was abusing amphetamines and crystal meth.

In the video, posted Wednesday, Stapp asks for a lawyer to help him. He also promises a follow-up video with updates. The currently posted video is entitled "Scott Stapp of Creed: Public Statement #1."


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Billy Joel Denies He Smoked Cigarettes with Obama 

Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement.  It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.

The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?”  According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer. 

The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.

However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."

But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is?  Likely the other half of The Hill's report.  It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was in Rep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Lady Gaga Reveals What It's Like to Record with "Gentleman" Tony Bennett

ABC/Lou RoccoWhat was it like for Lady Gaga to record with Tony Bennett for their #1 album, Cheek to Cheek?  According to Gaga, it was every bit as cool as you might imagine.

"He's just such a gentleman. He's all about the music and he's all about the art," Gaga said on Wednesday's The View. "You know, when he's not singing, he's making paintings and he's sketching, and when he's not sketching, he's singing or he's creating arrangements or building a school for kids to learn about music.  Tony sketches me all the time while we're working."

Bennett also sets a dapper tone on the job.  "He always has a suit on when I come into the studio, and all of the players always stand up for me when I arrive and the music is all laid out for me," Lady Gaga says.

As for why Bennett's still going strong at age 88, his answer is simple: "Well, I love to entertain people. I could've retired 17 years ago but I love it so much I never wanna stop."

Gaga and Tony have booked a number of concert dates together for 2015, including shows at prestigious venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. The two will ring in 2015 with a performance in Las Vegas.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Foo Fighters Announce Intimate Show in Seattle

Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrBy now, the pattern of the Foo Fighters announcing a last-minute show in the city that will be profiled on that week's Sonic Highways episode has become quite apparent, so it comes as no surprise that the band has announced a concert for this Friday, November 28, at Seattle's The Showbox.

Tickets will be available at three locations throughout Seattle starting at 3 p.m. PT today.  The locations are at The Showbox, Easy Street Records and Sonic Boom Records.  Tickets will not be sold online.

This week's Seattle-themed episode of Sonic Highways will feature appearances from Heart's Nancy Wilson, ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.  It also will inclue archival footage of Nirvana.  After this week, the series will have only one episode left, which will focus on New York City.  The Sonic Highways finale will air on December 5.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Chris Brown Addresses Michael Brown Decision

RCA RecordsChris Brown has gathered his thoughts on the ongoing controversy after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

The singer posted a class photo of the slain teenager via his Instagram and expressed his feelings in a lengthy caption.

"I usually don't say too much sh** on really sensitive subjects but this is beyond f**ked up. We as a black community and me as a young black troubled individual need justice to be done," he wrote. "We also as black people need to find other more effective ways of protesting."

He continued, "We are strong and powerful and have come along way and its a shame that it feels like the 1950s and 60s. Just because u are given a badge and a gun doesn't mean you are invincible and not accountable for your actions. May God be with us all. #justiceforMIKEBROWN."


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Big Sean Surprises Detroit Students with Free Turkeys

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Big Sean gave back to his community during the second annual turkey giveaway in Detroit on Tuesday.

The rapper donated 1,000 turkeys and canned goods to students at River Rouge High School in connection with his non-profit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation. He also reportedly gave a speech to the children on the “importance of giving,” according to TMZ.

In related news, T.I. kicked off a Turkey Giveaway at the Wade Walker Family YMCA in Stone Mountain, Georgia on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Ludacris and his non-profit, Ludacris Foundation Giving Season Program, donated food baskets and coats to needy families at the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale, Georgia.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Beyonce Brings the Sexy in New "Haunted" Music Video

Columbia RecordsIn case you needed another reason to pick up Beyonce's re-released visual album, the singer has included new video for "Haunted" in it, and its way creepier than the original version.

The Jonas Akerlund-directed clip, posted on YouTube, opens with Bey lighting a cigarette, then walking down the hallway of a hotel filled with scary guests. Each room contains American Horror Story-inspired inhabitants, but luckily, Beyonce walks by unharmed and eventually does a sexy dance routine on a bed.

"I know if I'm haunting you, you must be haunting me," she sings.

The singer has also reposted all of the 17 videos from her platinum edition box set, including her new song, "7/11."

Beyonce's two-CD, two-DVD-set, featuring unreleased remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z, is available now.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Rihanna Teases New Music from Forthcoming New Album

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has finally given us a taste of what to expect for her eighth album, tentatively titled R8. The singer has shared a brief snippet of an untitled song via Instagram.

"Phuckin roun in da studio," wrote Ri Ri in the accompanying caption. Although the 15-second video is black, with no images at all, her vocals come off crystal clear.  "Ain't none of this sh** promised, ain’t none of this promised," she sings over blaring sirens. "Ain't none of this sh** certain, ain't none of this certain."

The singer also had a message for any false reports circulating about her highly-anticipated project. "ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!" she tweeted.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Sia the Big Winner at the "Australian Grammys"; Iggy & 5SOS Also Take Home Trophies

RCA RecordsSia's had a great year, scoring a #1 album and a hit with "Chandelier."  Now, she's been richly rewarded by her home country of Australia.

The singer/songwriter scored four trophies at the ARIA Awards, Australia's version of the Grammys, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She won for Album of the Year and Best Pop Release, for 1,000 Forms of Fear, while the "Chandelier" video was named Best Video.  Sia was also named Best Female.  Katy Perry, in the country on her Prismatic World Tour, accepted on her behalf.

Iggy Azalea was named Best Breakthrough Act at the ceremony, beating out 5 Seconds of Summer, among others.  Rising band Sheppard, whose song "Geronimo" is just starting to creep onto the charts here in the U.S., was named Best Group, also beating out 5 Seconds of Summer.  5SOS didn't go home empty-handed, however: in the publicly-voted Song of the Year category, they won for "She Looks So Perfect."

Vance Joy, nominated for two awards, did go home empty-handed, while in the publicly-voted categories Best Australian Live Act and Best International Act, the winners were Keith Urban and One Direction, respectively.  1D and 5SOS both performed on the show.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Taylor Swift Makes Way for One Direction at #1; Christmas Albums Complete Top 10 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOne Direction's new album, FOUR, has debuted at #1 on the album chart, which means that Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend has now replaced her in the top spot.

Taylor's album 1989, which has spent three weeks at #1, now slips to #2 as her ex Harry Styles and the rest of 1D take over the top slot with FOUR.  Ironically, Harry allegedly inspired some of the songs on 1989. With first-week sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, FOUR notches the second-largest sales debut of the year, after -- you guessed it -- Taylor's album.  It's also the largest sales week for a group in 2014.

Despite the good news, sales of FOUR were slightly down from projected totals of 420,000 copies.  The band's most recent disc, 2013's Midnight Memories, opened with 546,000 copies.

Meanwhile, 1989 has now sold 2.21 million copies.  There are five weeks left in the sales year, so if 1989 at its current pace, it may overtake what is currently the best-selling album of 2014: the Frozen soundtrack, which has moved 3.27 million copies.

Speaking of Frozen, Christmas albums have overtaken the rest of the top ten, as That's Christmas to Me, the latest from a cappella group Pentatonix, jumps to #3, while  Frozen star Idina Menzel's album, Holiday Wishes, jumps to #10 on a 39% sales increase.  Michael Buble's 2011 album, Christmas, is also back in the top 10, currently at #9.  It's returned to the top 10 every year since it first came out.

Elsewhere on the chart, Nickelback's new album, No Fixed Address, has debuted at #4.  It's the Canadian rock band's sixth top-10 album.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Nickelback, In This Moment Make Top-10 Debuts on "Billboard" 200

Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsHard rockers Nickelback and In This Moment have both made strong debuts in the latest edition of the Billboard 200. Nickelback's No Fixed Address bows at number four on the chart, while In This Moment's Black Widow comes in at number eight.

No Fixed Address marks Nickelback's sixth straight top-10 appearance on the Billboard 200, dating back to their 2001 breakthrough album, Silver Side Up. The band's last release, 2011's Here and Now, peaked at number two on the chart.

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told ABC News Radio that recording No Fixed Address in studios all over the world, including in Zurich and Budapest, was "incredibly beneficial" to the record's sound.

In This Moment, meanwhile, makes their first top-10 debut with Black Widow. It's the follow-up to the band's 2012 album, Blood, which marked In This Moment's previous chart peak on the Billboard 200, at number 15.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Coldplay Releases Interactive Video for "Ink"

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsColdplay's new video for "Ink" is less a music video and more of a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive experience. The video gives the viewer choices on how to direct a lonely traveler through a colorful world as he searches for his lost love, all set to the Ghost Stories hit. You can experience the "Ink" video at Coldplay.com/Ink.

The "Ink" interactive video was written, animated and directed by Los Angeles agency Blind, in collaboration with digital media company Interlude. A press release promises the video contains more than 300 different outcomes, depending on which options you choose.

In addition to appearing on the Ghost Stories studio album, you'll also find "Ink" on Ghost Stories Live 2014, the new Coldplay live CD/DVD that captures the band's intimate March 2014 performance in Los Angeles. Ghost Stories Live 2014 was released earlier this week.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Navigates the Family Politics of Having a New Baby at Thanksgiving

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and wife, Kelli, will be spending their first Thanksgiving with their baby boy, Cash, this week. Of course, everyone else in Dave and Kelli's family wants to see Cash on Thanksgiving, too. Dave isn't getting into the what he jokingly calls the "dirty politics" of visiting his family over Kelli's family this holiday season though.

He says, "I think for the holidays this year, it's just gonna be about, 'What's the most amount of family we can get him around.' Everybody wants to see him."

Dave and Kelli have come up with a great solution to give Cash the most family time possible on Turkey Day.

"I think we're gonna, obviously, entertain everybody coming to Nashville and being with us probably more than us traveling too much during the holidays," Dave says.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert

Image Courtesy of Badman Ltd.On February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and country legend Willie Nelson.

The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.

More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper Among Artists Set to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert

Badman Ltd.; WeTVOn February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and country legend Willie Nelson.

The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.

More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Foo Fighters Announce Intimate Show in Seattle 

Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrBy now, the pattern of the Foo Fighters announcing a last-minute show in the city that will be profiled on that week's Sonic Highways episode has become quite apparent, so it comes as no surprise that the band has announced a show for this Friday, November 28 at Seattle's The Showbox.

Tickets will be available at three locations throughout Seattle starting at 3 p.m. PT today. The locations are at The Showbox, Easy Street Records and Sonic Boom Records. Tickets will not be sold online.

This week's Seattle-themed episode of Sonic Highways will feature appearances from Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. After this week, the series will have only one episode left, which will focus on New York City. The Sonic Highways finale will air on December 5.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Garth Brooks Spends Second Week at #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Man Against Machine"

Image Courtesy RCA/PearlGarth Brooks spends a second week at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Man Against Machine. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the project moved 62,000 copies to come in at #5 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Man Against Machine is available in physical form at all retailers, but you can get it digitally only at Garth's GhostTunes.com.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

First Official Kurt Cobain Documentary to Air on HBO in 2015 

Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnThe first fully authorized documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is coming next year.  Titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary will be the first made with the full cooperation of Cobain's family.

"[Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck] is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks," reads a press release.  The statement also promises that the film will contain Nirvana songs and performances, as well as never-before-heard Cobain originals.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, will write, direct and produce Montage of Heck.  Cobain's daughter, visual artist Francis Bean Cobain, will be the film's executive producer.

"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen.  "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.  However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was most likely titled for the recently rediscovered Cobain mixtape of the same name, will air on HBO next year.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Metallica to Headline UK's Reading & Leeds Festivals 

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressThe U.K.'s Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced that Metallica will headline the 2015 events.  The metal legends together with Pierce the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra and are among the first confirmed performers.  A full lineup for Reading & Leeds has yet to be revealed.

"We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement.  "We are practically the house band.  Bring it!"

Metallica just finished up its week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  The band powered through five nights of performances, including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Enter Sandman," "Hit the Lights," "Sad but True" and "Fuel."

Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- Reading at Richfield Avenue and Leeds at Braham Park.  The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30.  Tickets to both events are on sale now.


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Wednesday
Nov262014

Patti LaBelle Confirmed for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is among the performers scheduled to participate in the National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place December 4 in Washington, D.C.

The legendary singer will be joined by Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz and award-winning vocal group The Tenors at the 92nd annual event, which will be held at the White House Ellipse at President’s Park.  The ceremony will be streamed live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout December.

Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced soon.


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