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Thursday
Jan292015

Attorney: Suge Knight Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImageAn attorney for Marion "Suge" Knight confirms to KABC-TV that the rap music mogul was the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California, Thursday.

The Death Row Records founder apparently got in a fight on the set of a promotional shoot for the biopic Straight out of Compton, about the group NWA.

According to attorney James Blatt, Knight claims he was attacked by two people and while driving away, he struck his friend with his vehicle, killing him. Another man was injured in the incident.

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a red Ford F-150 Raptor, similar to Knight's vehicle, authorities said.

Knight was expected to turn himself in Thursday night, but remains at-large.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Corina says they are not calling Knight a suspect, but they are "following up on what witnesses are telling us and we want to talk to him."

Corina says witnesses at the scene said the incident "looked like it was an intentional act," and as a result, police are "handling it as a homicide."

Robert Smith says he witnessed the deadly incident. “I turned to look out, and I seen Suge Knight turn around and go to his car. Backed his car up and then put it in drive and then he hit Terry Carter. He ran him over twice.”

Knight is currently out on $500,000 bail after being accused last fall of stealing a paparazzo's camera.

In August, Knight was wounded in a shooting at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party in Los Angeles.

Knight was also shot at a pre-VMAs party hosted by Kanye West in 2005.

 


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Thursday
Jan292015

Rick Ross Talks About His Love Life with "GQ"

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Rick Ross gets candid in the GQ’s February “Legacy Project” issue, in which he discuses his personal life.

The rapper, who recently shed nearly 90 pounds, is asked by the magazine if he's ever been in love. "I hope I have. I hope," Rozay tells the publication. "You know, I've never been married, so I'm just keeping it real. Of course, you have feelings. Of course, you've met women that you've had a lot of feelings for. You may have loved them, you never know!"

While he's unsure about the idea of loving someone, the rapper is certain that this year is going to be the biggest of his rap career. "Maybach Music Group will continue to run the rap game," he says of 2015. "I mean, that's easy. What else? The Bawse, Ricky Rozay, will most definitely gonna bring new excitement and business to the table, and he continues. It's a lot of beautiful things, and I'm just gonna keep it exciting."

The full interview is available online now.


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Thursday
Jan292015

One Direction Working with Rapper Juicy J?

Jeff Daly./NBCA future One Direction tune might involve some rap. Rapper Juicy J posted an Instagram photo Thursday that seems to suggest he’s working with the boy band.

In the photo, One Direction member Liam Payne is sitting with Juicy J in what appears to be a studio. “We working!” the rapper captioned the pic.

If the photo is to be believed, it wouldn’t be the first time Juicy J collaborated with a pop star. He added verses to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” But it would be the first time One Direction recorded a song with a rapper.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Billy Joel Announces New Concert Dates, Including 24th Straight Show at MSG

Library of CongressBilly Joel has announced a bunch of new concert dates for 2015.

The Piano Man will make his return to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on July 16, becoming the first artist to perform at the ballpark two consecutive years. And on July 25, Billy will play at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. It’ll be his first show in Baltimore in nearly four decades.

He also has a slew of new dates lined up through the fall. On September 16, he’ll be playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. On November 6, he’ll perform at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and on December 5, he’ll do a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Additionally, Billy will be playing his record-breaking 24th show of his long-term residency at Madison Square Garden on December 17.

Tickets for all these new dates go on sale to the public on Friday, February 6 at 10 a.m.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Fun.'s Nate Ruess Featured on Beach Boy Brian Wilson's New Album

Monty Brinton/CBSFun.’s Nate Ruess collaborated with Pink on the song "Just Give Me a Reason" in 2013, and it became a massive number-one hit. Now, the indie pop group’s lead vocalist has teamed up with a legendary rock-and-roll hall of famer.

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson personally invited Nate to record with him on his latest album, No Pier Pressure, which drops April 7. He's featured on a track called “Saturday Night.” Brian told Rolling Stone last year that Nate “sounds a little like my brother Carl.” Carl Wilson was one of the founding members of The Beach Boys.  He died of cancer in 1998.

In addition to the song with Nate, No Pier Pressure album also features contributions from Brian’s former Beach Boys band mates, country singer and Katy Perry pal Kacey Musgraves, actress Zooey Deschanel, and Sebu Simonian of “Safe & Sound” duo Capital Cities.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Brantley Gilbert Releases Solemn New Video for "One Hell of an Amen"

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has released the video for his latest single, "One Hell of an Amen." The song is a tribute to two men who passed away in recent years, including Brantley's pal, Kory, who lost his battle with leukemia after a brave fight against the disease. A fallen war hero, named Jon, is the other person whose sacrifice inspired the song and video. Jon was the best friend of Brantley's pal from Georgia, Josh, who served several tours of duty in Iraq.

Brantley says of "One Hell of an Amen," "It’s easy to say the song’s about death, but to me, it’s about the good fight. It’s about the attitude, the strength and the courage those boys had for what they were going through. Kory battling leukemia and Jon fighting in Iraq…it’s about two different wars."

The video for "One Hell of an Amen" incorporates mementos from Kory and Jon's lives. The song is included on Brantley's latest album, Just as I Am.


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Thursday
Jan292015

The-Dream Issues Steamy Video for New T.I.-Assisted Single 

Image Courtesy Island Def JamThe-Dream has no problem taking your girlfriend in the sultry video for “That’s My Sh**” featuring T.I.

In the dark visual, posted on YouTube, the singer retreats to a sprawling mansion for a sexy party, where models roam and dance around in lingerie. Both entertainers are dressed to the nines as they flirt with women, who already belong to someone else.

The song is lifted from the singer's upcoming twin EPs. Crown will arrive on March 31 while the Jewel EP drops in June. 

Crown is more modern R&B, and Jewel will be more what you might think of as my songwriter side, the songs I might have given to other artists before,” said The-Dream in a statement. “If you put me in a box, Jewel is more what you get when that box is open. But I’m not limited by any box I’ve been put in -- every year I’m expanding and growing, and it makes for a more interesting plot.”


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Thursday
Jan292015

Weezer, HAIM to Take Part in "Mash Up Mondays" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Image Courtesy of ABCThe ironic mustache will meet the majestic beard when Weezer teams up with classic rock band ZZ Top for a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays." The series will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts, and Weezer and ZZ Top will take the stage for its first installment as "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel. The Wee-Z Top episode will air February 2 on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February, will also feature HAIM teaming up with funk great Morris Day to form "Morris Day and the HAIM," a play on the name of Day's band, Morris Day & The Time. The sisters Haim will get their funk on during the February 9 episode.

The penultimate "Mash Up Mondays" episode will feature soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16. The artists who will perform on the February 23 finale edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Halestorm Releases Video for "Apocalyptic" 

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsHalestorm has premiered the video for their new single, "Apocalyptic." The video is a bit tamer than the lyrics suggest -- the song is essentially an ode to break-up sex -- as it showcases frontwoman Lzzy Hale and company just simply rocking out to the track. You can watch the video on YouTube.

"To all our Freaks, I'm proud to announce our newest video as part of our latest record," writes Hale on her band's Facebook page. "We wanted to keep this one simple and show a bit of our personality on this fun track. You will see some sneak peeks of what's to come, so keep your eyes open!"

"Apocalyptic" is the lead single from Halestorm's forthcoming album, Into the Wild Life. The new record, Halestorm's third, will be released on April 7.

Halestorm will be touring in support of Into the Wild Life alongside The Pretty Reckless starting April 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. The tour will wrap up May 27 in Houston, Texas.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Paul McCartney Schedules Japanese Concerts in April

Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has announced his first 2015 dates of his ongoing Out There tour, a four-show visit to Japan that will take place in April.  The concerts are scheduled for April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.

Last May, Sir Paul was forced to cancel a series of shows in Japan when he was taken ill with a virus, and he's excited to return to the country this year.

"I cannot wait to get back to Japan and have some more great rocking rolling nights together," McCartney says in a new video message.  "It was lovely to be there in two-thousand-and-13 and we had some fun.  It was also very disappointing not to be able to perform there last year, but I want to thank all you lovely people for the great messages you sent me.  It was very kind.  Thank you so much.  So listen, we're coming back and we're gonna rock, we're gonna roll, we're gonna do it together.  Let's have some fun!  Saiko! [Awesome]."

As usual, Paul will be accompanied by his longtime backing band at the shows, which will feature a mix of Beatles classics, solo hits and songs from McCartney's most recent studio album, 2013's NEW.

Tickets for the Japanese concerts go on sale February 28 at 10 a.m. local time.


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Thursday
Jan292015

ZZ Top and Weezer to Perform as "Wee-Z Top" This Monday on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Image Courtesy of ABCZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts.  The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February -- also will feature funk great Morris Day performing with pop-rock sister act HAIM as "Morris Day and the HAIM" on February 9, and soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16.  The artists who will perform on the February 23 edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, ZZ Top visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Monday, January 26, and performed three tunes -- the band's recent song "Gotsta Get Paid" and the classics "Tush" and "La Grange."  You can watch video of the performances online at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! official site and YouTube channel.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Katy Perry Teases Lions, Sharks, Surprise Female Guest for Halftime Show, Wants to Make 100 Million People "Smile in Unison"

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesKaty Perry's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday will feature wild animals, plenty of costume changes and a surprise female guest, she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Phoenix.  She also hopes to leave 'em smiling when she's done.

"I think I'm gonna play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy...I think my songs are anthemic," Katy told reporters. "And I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there's going to be an incredible energy that goes across the world."

"I think I'm probably the only person in Super Bowl halftime history that will ever bring both a lion and sharks to the show," she added.  Katy teased that her opening costume will be "flaming hot," but denied that it'll be a retread of her Halloween costume, which featured her dressed like a Flamin' Hot Cheeto.  "I did that already," she joked.

Katy's entrance and exit will be something "never done before," she said, and she also revealed that two of the songs she'll be singing are "Roar" and "Firework."

As for her guest, Lenny Kravitz, Katy said, "We've worked up something incredibly soulful. Of course he brings the soul and I think he's just going to make the night even sexier."  Then, she quickly added, "An appropriate sexiness, everyone!"  But the singer also revealed that a second surprise guest would be joining her.

"I thought long and hard about it, and wanted to kind of bring someone back, like a throwback of sorts, that definitely needed some more shine," she told reporters. "All I can say is that it will be a real female fun night. When this person enters the stage and when you hear the first ring of the chord I think jaws will drop and faces will melt."  Place your bets on who it's going to be starting now.

And speaking of betting, Katy says she doesn't believe in gambling, but is thrilled that there are prop bets out there regarding what she's going to wear, and what her hair will look like. "I've never been betted on as far as what my hair color is going to be," she laughed. "I feel like, 'Wow, nobody's ever really invested in me this much. This is exciting!'"

Katy also admitted she's rooting for the Seahawks, but when asked if she had her eye on any particular player romantically, she repeated Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's now famous line: "I'm just here so I don't get fined."

Idina Menzel, who's singing the national anthem on Sunday, is also rooting for the Seahawks, because as a New Yorker, she says she just can't bring herself to root for the Patriots.  She named Whitney Houston as her favorite past Super Bowl anthem singer, and said it's important for her to get across the meaning of the anthem when she sings it.  "It's actually a very poignant song and I'm proud to be singing about my country," said the Tony-winning "Let It Go" vocalist.

The Super Bowl airs this Sunday night on NBC.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Lady Gaga, John Legend & More Join Lineup for Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSThe lineup for upcoming special Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.

Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country stars The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Ed Sheeran and Usher.  As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing songs from his legendary catalog.  Wonder is the only artist ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys three out of four consecutive years.

The show will be recorded February 10 in L.A. and air February 16 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  LL Cool J, who is also hosting the Grammy Awards, will host the Grammy salute as well.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Partial Lyrics & Song Titles from New Album, "Piece by Piece" 

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson is revealing details of her new album Piece by Piece, well, piece by piece. In her latest gift to fans, she shares some lyrics and song titles from the album’s track listing.

“Each of these lyrics relates to an experience in my life, and I hope that some of these may trigger memories or reactions for y'all as well,” Kelly writes in a note to fans. “If it does, I would love to hear about it and why that lyric connected with you. I'll be checking in and reading your stories, and I might even reach out to you personally to hear more!”

One of the songs, called “Invincible,” seems to be in the same empowering vein as her hit “Stronger.” The lyrics read: “Now I am invincible/No I ain’t a scared little girl no more/ Yeah I am invincible/What was I running for/I was hiding from the world/I was so afraid I felt so unsure/Now I am invincible and I’m a perfect storm.”

The title track, “Piece by Piece,” includes the lyrics, “Piece by piece I fell far from the tree/I will never leave her like you left me/And she will never have to wonder her worth because unlike you I’m gonna put her first.”

And in another song called “War Paint,” the lyrics state: “We could be beautiful without our war paint, our war paint/And we could have it all once we let our walls break, our walls break.”

In total, Kelly reveals partial lyrics and titles for eight tracks, not counting the previously announced single “Heartbeat Song.”  You can view them all, and share your comments, by going to PiecebyPiece.KellyClarkson.com.

Piece by Piece hits stores March 3. Kelly released a lyric video for “Heartbeat Song” on Monday.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Rihanna Covers "i-D" Magazine's Music Issue 

Image Courtesy Paolo Roversi/ID MagazineRihanna is shifting into promo mode. The singer, who is finalizing her eighth studio album, has landed the front cover of British fashion magazine i-D's "Music Issue."

The singer experiments with her hair style as she rocks braids on the cover, which was shot by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“She really is one of the most creative, talented and inspiring women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says i-D’s Fashion Director Alastair McKimm. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings is intense. She’s the ultimate icon of our time.”

The cover comes on the heels of her new single "FourFiveSeconds" featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, the first offering from her upcoming album, tentatively titled  R8. The set is said to have contributions from Mike WiLL Made-It, Ne-Yo, DJ Mustard and more.

 


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Thursday
Jan292015

Nick Jonas: Girlfriend "Thought I Was Going to Propose" During Miss Universe Performance

ABC/Kelsey McNealWedding bells for Nick Jonas? Not so fast.

The “Jealous” singer almost had everyone fooled -- including his girlfriend Olivia Culpo -- when he got down on one knee to serenade her at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this past Sunday.  Olivia, a former Miss Universe, looked momentarily shocked and Nick had to later acknowledge that dropping to one knee probably wasn’t the best move.

“I went down and sang to her and I got on a knee and sort of approached her. Her face was in full panic -- she thinks I’m going to propose on national TV in front of the whole world! One billion people watch that,” Nick tells U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The couple met at a New York Fashion Week party in 2012 and started dating in 2013, but Nick says they’re still too young to think about marriage. “We’re 22, so there’s plenty of time to do that,” he explains. “We are very happy.”

Olivia hasn’t yet responded to the faux-proposal incident. A day after the pageant, though, she posted a photo to Instagram showing the two at the ceremony, saying, “Best part of tonight. Being serenaded by this stud.” Seems like she was fine with the fact that no ring was involved.

 

A photo posted by Olivia Culpo (@oliviaculpo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:21pm PST

 


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Thursday
Jan292015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Director Brett Morgen Talks "Raw, Intimate" Film

The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, got its premiere last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Brett Morgen says he "felt a lot more pressure" with Montage of Heck than with any other project he's worked on, including the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

"I don't think there has ever been, or will ever be, another movie about an icon that's this raw or intimate," he says.

One of the bigger stories that came out of the Montage of Heck premiere was that Foo Fighters frontman -- and Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl did not appear in the film.  Morgen told Billboard that Grohl was interviewed, but that he couldn't cut the interview in time for the Sundance premiere of the film.  The director reiterated that explanation to Rolling Stone, adding that he "didn't think I needed two people from Nirvana."

Morgen explains, "It's not that type of movie.  So I was fine locking picture with [Nirvana bassist] Krist [Novoselic]."

Another big story surrounding the film was the use of Cobain's unreleased solo material.

"The score is all unreleased Cobain music.  They don't have titles," Morgen points out.  "Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music.  And it's like: It's a movie.  We're not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO on May 4.


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Thursday
Jan292015

She & Him, Members of fun. and Capital Cities to Appear on New Brian Wilson Album

Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsThe Beach Boys' Brian Wilson will release his 11th solo studio album, entitled No Pier Pressure, this spring, and he's brought a few stars from today's alternative rock scene with him to play. Zooey Deschenal and M. Ward, otherwise known as She & Him, fun. frontman Nate Ruess, and Capital Cities singer Sebu Simonian will all appear on No Pier Pressure.

She & Him have some experience working with Wilson's legendary melodies, as they recently released a cover of The Beach Boys classic, "God Only Knows." The band's typically whimsical cover was recorded for the Deschenal-starring sitcom, New Girl.

Interestingly, Lana Del Rey is absent from the list of contributors, even though Rolling Stone reported back in June that she'd appear on the track "The Last Song." While "The Last Song" is on the track list -- although, oddly, it's not actually the last song -- Lana isn't listed in the credits.

No Pier Pressure will be released on April 7. Here is the track list:

"This Beautiful Day"
"Runaway Dancer" [featuring Sebu Simonian]
"What Ever Happened" [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
"On the Island" [featuring She & Him]
"Our Special Love" [featuring Peter Hollens]
"The Right Time" [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
"Guess You Had to Be There" [featuring Kacey Musgraves]
"Don’t Worry"*
"Somewhere Quiet"*
"I’m Feeling Sad"*
"Tell Me Why" [featuring Al Jardine]
"Sail Away" [featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
"One Kind of Love"
"Saturday Night" [featuring Nate Ruess]
"The Last Song"
"Half Moon Bay"

*Bonus tracks only available on deluxe CD and vinyl versions.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Brian Wilson's New Solo Album, "No Pier Pressure," to Be Released on April 7

Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has unveiled full details about his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.  The record sees the founding Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with a variety of guest artists, including former band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as acclaimed trumpet player Mark Isham.

Wilson also tapped the talents of a variety of younger music artists whom he's inspired, among them fun. frontman Nate Ruess, country singer Kacey Musgraves, indie-pop duo She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.  In addition, a number of well-known studio musicians were brought in to play on the album, including bassist/producer Don Was, guitarist Dean Parks and drummers Jim Keltner and Kenny Aronoff, as well as several members of Brian's touring group, his former band mate Jeffrey Foskett and Jardine's son Matt.

One surprising omission from the list of collaborators is rock guitar legend Jeff Beck, whose previously reported contributions to the No Pier Pressure sessions apparently did not make the final cut.

Brian initially had envisioned the new album as a follow-up to The Beach Boys' 2012 reunion project That's Why God Made the Radio, but when that plan fell through he decided to call on a variety of contemporary artists to take part in the recording.

No Pier Pressure will be available as a standard CD and digital download featuring 13 songs, a deluxe edition CD and download with three bonus tracks, and a 180-gram two-LP vinyl set featuring the same 16 tunes as the deluxe version of the album.

Here is the track list for the deluxe version of No Pier Pressure:

"This Beautiful Day"
"Runaway Dancer" (featuring Sebu Simonian)
"What Ever Happened" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)
"On the Island" (featuring She & Him)
"Our Special Love" (featuring Peter Hollens)
"The Right Time" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)
"Guess You Had to Be There" (featuring Kacey Musgraves)
*"Don't Worry"
*"Somewhere Quiet"
*"I'm Feeling Sad"
"Tell Me Why" (featuring Al Jardine)
"Sail Away" (featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine)
"One Kind of Love"
"Saturday Night" (featuring Nate Ruess)
"The Last Song"
"Half Moon Bay"

* = not featured on the standard version.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Jack White Reunites The Raconteurs at Nashville Concert 

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsJack White performed at the Bridestone Arena in his adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night, and he brought some old friends along with him. According to Rolling Stone, after a brief intermission, White brought out the members of his first post-White Stripes band, The Raconteurs.

White and the united Raconteurs -- which featured Brendan Benson and Jack Lawrence, plus White's drummer Daru Jones, who filled in for original drummer Patrick Keeler -- performed their hits "Steady as She Goes" and "Salute Your Solution."

The Raconteurs recorded two albums, 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, before going on hiatus. Despite rumors of a new album, Benson told Billboard last year that new Raconteurs material is "kind of off the table." White has since gone on to form The Dead Weather and, of course, launch his solo career.

Also during Thursday's Nashville show, White brought out legendary country singer Loretta Lynn to sing "Portland, Oregon" from Lynn's 2004  album Van Lear Rose, which White produced.

White's next show is January 30 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Rap group Run the Jewels will open the show.


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