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Sunday
Jul242016

Video of Jon Lord's Farewell Concert with Deep Purple Getting Standalone DVD Release

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA home video documenting founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord's final performance as a member of the band, will be released as a standalone DVD and digital download for the first time ever on August 26.

Live at the NEC, which was shot at a September 14, 2002, show in Birmingham, England, previously only wasavailable as part of Deep Purple's 2008 Around the World Live box set. It features Lord joining the group's current lineup -- including his successor, Don Airey -- for a career-spanning performance.

The concert finds the band playing such classic tunes as "Hush," "Woman from Tokyo," "Space Truckin'," "Highway Star," "Perfect Strangers" and, of course, "Smoke on the Water." The show marked a symbolic passing of the torch from Lord to Airey with the latter musician handling keyboard duties by himself for the first part of the show, and Jon joining him onstage for the remainder of the gig.

The Live at the NEC video also includes bonus interviews with longtime Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover.  Lord died of lung cancer at the age of 71 in July 2012. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple this past April.

Meanwhile, Bombay Calling and Total Abandon -- two other Deep Purple concert videos that were first released as part of the Around the World Live collection and later were made available as standalone DVDs -- now will be released as digital videos on August 26.

Here is the full list of performances featured on the Live at the NEC video:

"Fireball"
"Woman from Tokyo"
"Mary Long"
"Ted the Mechanic"
"Lazy"
"The Well Dressed Guitar"
"When a Blind Man Cries"
"Space Truckin'
Keyboard Solo
"Perfect Strangers"
"Speed King"
Guitar Solo  
"Smoke on the Water"
"Hush"
"Black Night"
"Highway Star"

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Sunday
Jul242016

Aretha Franklin to Headline Inaugural City Winery Open Festival in New York

Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin will headline the second day of a new music, food and wine festival called the City Winery Open that will take place September 17 and 18 at Forest Hills Stadium in the New York City borough of Queens. The event, co-organized by the City Winery franchise, will feature an eclectic lineup of performers, as well as food from 40 top New York-area chefs and restaurants, and dozens of wines from around the world.

Other music acts that will hit the stage during the festival include Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Gillian Welch and Dawes. Tickets and various premium passes are available for purchase now at CWOpen.com. The premium packages offer special food and wine tastings, VIP seating and more.

There will be a 45-minute break between each music act to give attendees time to enjoy the various food and wine offerings.

"Over the past eight years at City Winery, we have been blessed to cultivate relationships with stars in the worlds of music, food and wine that converge to create such a unique experience at our five locations around the country," says City Winery founder Michael Dorf. "The Open is our opportunity to express this vision at a much larger scale, with the same commitment to quality, in a two-day experience in our own backyard."

Meanwhile, Franklin has eight other performances on her 2016 tour schedule, which spans from a concert tonight in Cincinnati through a November 12 show in Chicago.

Here are all of the Queen of Soul's upcoming gigs, according to ArethaFranklin.net:

7/24 -- Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Pops
8/19 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/26 -- Vienna, VA, Filene Center
9/18 -- New York, NY, City Winery Open
9/23 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Performance Hall
10/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
11/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
11/12 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre

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Sunday
Jul242016

Mary Mary's "Back to You" Music Video Premieres

PR NEWSWIREThe new music video for gospel sister duo Mary Mary's track, "Back to You," is both inspirational and powerful. The video recently premiered on BET.com and preceded a television performance of the single on the Fox faith-based television show, The Preachers, on Friday.  

Featuring Erica and Tina Campbell, as well as scenes from the upcoming movie remake, Ben-Hur, the music video captures the vocal strength and regal presence of the two. The track will be featured on the film's soundtrack.  

"Back to You" marks the return of Mary Mary after a four-year hiatus in which the sisters decided to pursue solo music careers and dove into reality television with their WEtv series, Mary Mary

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Sunday
Jul242016

Pierce the Veil Teases "Circles" Video

Credit: Jonathan WeinerPierce the Veil has shared a teaser for their forthcoming "Circles" video. The full video will premiere Monday, July 25 on MTV.

"Circles" is the lead single from Pierce the Veil's fourth studio album, Misadventures, which debuted at a career-high number four on the Billboard 200.

Pierce the Veil also will be on MTV this weekend when they appear on the MTV Fandom Awards, which air tonight, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

If you need even more Pierce the Veil, the band will embark on a huge tour in support of Misadventures this fall.

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Sunday
Jul242016

Christmas in July: Reba Reveals Details of Her Next Album 

PRNewsFoto/Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even amid the hottest days of summer. As part of her new partnership with Cracker Barrel, Reba is releasing her third yuletide collection this September. 

My Kind of Christmas includes eleven highly-recognizable standards, including Reba’s cover of Dolly Parton’s classic from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, “Hard Candy Christmas.” The Country Music Hall of Famer is no stranger to crooning a Christmas tune, having already notched two holiday collections in her catalog, 1987’s Merry Christmas to You and 1999’s The Secret of Giving.

Here’s the complete track listing for My Kind of Christmas, which will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel starting September 2:  

“Winter Wonderland”
“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“Holy Night”
“Hard Candy Christmas”
“Come All Ye Faithful”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“Silent Night”
“White Christmas”
“Jingle Bells”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

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Sunday
Jul242016

Plain White T's Want You...to Make Their Video 

James Minchin"Hey There," aspiring music video directors: the Plain White T's want to hear from you.

The "Hey There Delilah" band is teaming with Project Greenlight Digital Studios for a contest called "Now Recording," which invites directors to create a video for the T's next single, "Land of the Living," due later this summer. You can hear the song now on the Project Greenlight website.

If you want in, send a minute-long pitch explaining your idea.  Five finalists will be selected, and each will get two thousand bucks to do a short concept video.  The winner gets $25,000 to make the actual video.

The contest starts on Tuesday, but you should subscribe to the email list at ProjectGreenlight.com now to be eligible.

In a statement, T's frontman Tom Higgenson says, "The band and I are so thrilled to both inspire, and be inspired, by the amazing group of up and coming filmmakers in the Project Greenlight community!"

He adds, "Making music videos is one of my favorite things we get to do as a band, and this is definitely the most exciting and unique approach we have ever taken!”

Plain White T's latest album, American Nights, came out last year.

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Saturday
Jul232016

New Dramatic Movie Focusing on John Lennon's Death to Get Theatrical Release in October

Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA new dramatic film focusing on the events immediately following the December 1980 shooting of John Lennon will premiere in select theaters on October 7, Variety reports.

The Lennon Report, which debuted in April at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, takes a look at the aftermath of the tragic event, including doctors' efforts to save the rock legend's life and the TV producer tasked with breaking the news of John's death.

The film's cast includes Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as ABC news producer Alan B. Weiss, as well as Orange Is the New Black star Adrienne C. Moore. The movie was directed and written by Jeremy Profe, who co-wrote the script with Vincent.

The Lennon Report initially will open in 10 cities -- New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. It will get a wider release on October 14.

Previous theatrical movies made about former Beatles star's murder include 2007's The Killing of John Lennon and 2008's Chapter 27.

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Saturday
Jul232016

Lil Durk's New Album Is Out Now, He Says He's Kids Are His Motivation

Def Jam RecordingsChicago hip-hop artist Lil Durk's hotly anticipated album, LIL DURK 2X, arrived Friday from Def Jam Recordings. The studio project, which follows his 2015 debut album Remember My Name, features an array of major recording artists, including Dej LoafFutureYoung Thug, Ty Dolla $ign and Yo Gotti.  

Durk says that fans will be treated to even better-sounding tracks from those heard on his first studio effort. "I got more potential hits," he tells to Billboard. "More beat selection."

He also credits his 2 and 4-year-old sons, who are both featured on the cover of the standard edition disc, as his motivation to succeed. "My job is to put 'em up somewhere, playing baseball, soccer. I don't want my kids to be on the streets period. I want my kids to be nerds," he tells Billboard.

Before his solo ascent, Durk worked with notable artists such as Juelz SantanaMeek Mill and Chief Keef on as a featured guest. He was signed to Def Jam in 2014. In the same year, XXL placed him on its  Freshman Class cover, along with Chance the Rapper and Rich Homie Quan

You can buy the standard and digital deluxe editions of LIL DURK 2X through various digital streaming music platforms and online stores. Here are both album tracklists:   

LIL DURK 2X Digital Deluxe Version

"Check"
"LilDurk2x"
"Hated On Me" featuring Future
"So What" featuring Young Thug
"She Just Wanna" featuring Ty Dolla $ign
"Money Walk" featuring Yo Gotti
"Glock Up"
"Rich N****"
"True"
"Set It Off"
"Super Powers"
"My Beyoncé" featuring Dej Loaf
"Make It Back"

LIL DURK 2X Standard Version

"Check"
"LilDurk2x"
"So What" featuring Young Thug
"She Just Wanna" featuring Ty Dolla $ign
"Money Walk" featuring Yo Gotti
"Glock Up"
"Rich N****"
"True"
"Set It Off"
"Super Powers"
"My Beyoncé" featuring Dej Loaf

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Saturday
Jul232016

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Offers Thoughts on Chester Bennington's "Kept Metal Alive" Quote

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington made headlines this week when he said that he believed the band "kept metal alive" with the success of their debut album, 2000's Hybrid Theory. Now, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has given his thoughts on what his band mate said.

"He basically said that pop music was ruling the world, and we made a case for (commercially) viable heavy music. NBD," Shinoda writes on Twitter, adding that he thought the quote itself was taken "out of context" by many outlets.

Bennington made the statement in an interview with the U.K.'s Metal Hammer, which asked the vocalist about the people who felt that Linkin Park wasn't a "true" metal band.

"I think that's really funny -- just those words, 'the integrity of metal,'" Bennington said. "In my opinion we actually kept metal alive." He added that many younger bands have credited Linkin Park for getting them into playing music.

"Maybe not the best choice of words, but the sentiment wasn't as outrageous as today's rock news would have you think," Shinoda now says of the quote.

Linkin Park is currently working on their seventh studio album.

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Saturday
Jul232016

"American Idol" Runner-Up's Song to Be Used to Soundtrack US Women's Gymnastics Team 

Scott Kirkland/FoxHey, remember back in 2012, Phillip Phillips' American Idol coronation song "Home" became a big hit when it was used as the theme song for the U.S. women's gymnastics team?  Well, get ready for some deja vu. 

Billboard reports that "Battles," the coronation song from season 15 runner-up La'Porsha Renae will be serving the same purpose this year in Rio.  “I wasn’t even the winner of the show, so I felt very honored to be afforded this opportunity," La'Porsha tells Billboard.

The song will appear on La'Porsha's debut album, which is due this November on Motown.  It ended up in the Olympics because American Idol producer Megan Michaels drew her father's attention to it.  He's the producer for women's gymnastics for NBC.  According to Billboard, the song will be televised at least a dozen times over the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

"Battles" was written by Who Is Fancy, the pen name of songwriter and artist Jake Hagood, who wrote it after the tragic death of Simone Battles, a former X Factor contestant and member of the group G.R.L.  She took her own life in 2014.

La'Porsha tells Billboard that Fancy wrote the song "from a very sad and deep place," adding, "When people use their hurt and make a triumph in their song, that helps other people."  

She adds, "There was a girl who messaged me and said she was on the verge of taking her life, then 'Battles' came on just in the nick of time.  That's the impact the song has on people, and it ministers to me as well. I love 'Battles,' and I love what it's doing for people.”

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Saturday
Jul232016

Willie's Weed: Coming Soon to Colorado and Washington

Photo credit: Danny Clinch/Courtesy Shock InkIf you live in Washington or Colorado, you’ll soon be able legally to partake of Willie Nelson’s premium brand of cannabis. Willie’s Reserve is expected to be available in select stores in July in Washington, before debuting in Colorado in August.

In a press release that calls the Country Music Hall of Famer “the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States,” Willie says he always knew marijuana would be legalized. He’s just surprised it happened in his lifetime.

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” he admits candidly. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people. I hope it gives social justice to those who are incarcerated for doing what we’re now doing legally,” he adds.

To celebrate, Willie will do a show this Saturday at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. He’ll follow with another concert July 30 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado.

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Friday
Jul222016

Sting Announces November Release Date for New Rock Album, "57th and 9th"

Frank Ockenfels IIISting has revealed that his recently announced studio album, 57th and 9th, will be released on November 11. A new trailer promoting the record has premiered on YouTube that features footage of the former Police frontman working in the studio and clips of him reflecting on the project.

"There are many different styles on this record," he maintains in the video. "There's a lot of rock 'n' roll, but if there's a lyrical theme that runs through it it's about searching. It's about traveling. It's about the road. It's about that pull of the unknown."

He also notes that he thinks "the album has a spontaneous feel in the way it was made," adding, "It's not that polished. It's played with energy."

In addition, Sting points out that although the material is "energetic and noisy, [it's] also thoughtful."

As the 64-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone in a recent interview, 57th and 9th is "rockier than anything I've done in a while." Unidentified music from the album that's heard in the trailer is quite reminiscent of The Police.

Sting winds down his Rock Scissors Paper co-headlining tour with Peter Gabriel with a show this Sunday, July 24, in Edmonton, Canada.

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Friday
Jul222016

Eddie Vedder Rocks with Sting and Peter Gabriel in Seattle 

C Flanigan/Getty ImagesDuring their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden earlier this year, Pearl Jam invited Sting on stage to sing The Police song "Driven to Tears." Now, Eddie Vedder has returned the favor.

During his show in Seattle Thursday night, Sting, who's currently on tour with Peter Gabriel, was joined by the Pearl Jam frontman for another rousing rendition of "Driven to Tears." You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Not content with just singing with Sting, Vedder also joined Gabriel for a performance of his track "Red Rain." Footage of Vedder and Gabriel together is also streaming on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Pearl Jam's summer tour will continue August 5 and 7 with two shows at Boston's Fenway Park, followed by two shows at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 20 and 22. On August 27, Vedder will play a one-off solo show at the Ohana Music Festival in California.

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Friday
Jul222016

The Weeknd Performs at Leonardo DiCaprio's Third Annual Foundation Gala

Getty ImagesThe Weeknd has skyrocketed to the A-list. The Canadian singer-songwriter performed at Leonardo DiCaprio's third-annual gala, for the Hollywood actor's Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in St. Tropez, France this Wednesday. 

People reported Thursday that fellow recording artists Lana del Rey and Andrea Bocelli also entertained DiCaprio's celebrity guests, who included Mariah CareyChris Rock, actor Jonah Hill and model Joan Smalls.  

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was founded in 1998 to raise research funding for and awareness about issues concerning environmental issues around the globe.  

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Friday
Jul222016

Gucci Mane's New Album Is Now Available

Warner Bros. RecordsIt's been five long years, but Gucci Mane's latest studio album, Everybody Looking, is finally available everywhere today.

Recorded over a period of six days, the album comes after his early release from prison in May and features the hit singles "1st Day Out tha Feds," "Back on Road (Gucci Mane & Drake)" and "All My Children."

"1st Day Out tha Feds" garnered nearly one million SoundCloud plays in the first 12 hours of its debut on May 27. His latest single, "Guwop Home," which features Young Thug, is available to purchase on standard digital streaming platforms and its music video is currently streaming on Mane's YouTube channel.

To commemorate the arrival of Mane's new album, the recording artist has scheduled his first live performance, since leaving prison, for July 22. Called Gucci Mane & Friends, the concert will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and will be streamed live via Revolt TV online at 8 p.m. ET.   

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Friday
Jul222016

Is Jay Z's Next Album Complete?

ABC/Randy HolmesIn a recent interview with Rap Radar, music mogul Jermaine Dupri talked about his relationship with Jay Z, and revealed some exciting news about Hov's forthcoming studio album.

"I've spoken to Hov, even at the Beyonce concert...I know the name of Hov's new album and everything right now," says Dupri. After his interviewers erupt with laughter, Dupri says that the album "might be done."  

"I don't know! I'm saying it might be done," he continues.  

Jay Z's last studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released in 2013 and topped the Billboard 200 chart.

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Friday
Jul222016

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Take Baby Luna to Romantic "All of Me" House 

ABC/Rick RowellBaby Luna got quite the exclusive tour visit during her vacation with parents John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

The three-month-old daughter of the celebrity couple is currently spending her first vacation in Italy with Legend and Teigen, who brought Luna to the Lake Como, Italy house where the singer's "All of Me" music video was shot and their love affair began. The singer and model married in the Lombardy region in 2013. 

On Thursday, Legend posted an adorable picture on Instagram of Luna smiling, with the caption "Someone is enjoying her first vacation." To make the special vacation even more memorable, the wedded couple recreated a scene from the music video, which Teigen also posted on Instagram, set to the chorus of "All of Me."  

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Friday
Jul222016

Songbird Serenade: Sia Joins Cast of "My Little Pony: The Movie" 

ABC/Fred LeeSia doesn't like anyone to see her face, so her new acting role is perfect for her: she'll be lending her voice to an animated character.

The "Cheap Thrills" singer will appear in My Little Pony: The Movie as Songbird Serenade, the pony pop star.  She'll also contribute two original songs to the movie's soundtrack. 

Sia's in good company: the cast also includes Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye Diggs and Liev SchrieberMy Little Pony: The Movie arrives October 6, 2017.

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Friday
Jul222016

Pink's Duet with Country Superstar Kenny Chesney Out Next Thursday 

Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvillePink is going from "Just Like Fire" to "Setting the World on Fire."  That's the name of her duet with country superstar Kenny Chesney, and it'll arrive July 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Kenny says in a statement, "You can’t conjure a song that captures that feeling of being on the brink [of falling in love] like this does."  He adds, "I like the idea of Pink with her voice that is so strong and contains so many colors... she really makes that idea of giving into your heart, shouting out the window and whirling around in the middle of an abandoned street feel real.”

The duet appears on Kenny's upcoming album Cosmic Hallelujah, which is due this fall.  Pink is just Kenny's latest duet partner: he's also teamed up with Uncle Kracker, singer/songwriter Grace Potter, Dave Matthews and others.

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Friday
Jul222016

British Invasion: Nathan Sykes & Cher Lloyd Back with New Singles

Courtesy of Global EntertainmentNathan Sykes has released the follow-up to "Over and Over Again," his hit duet with his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande.

It's called "Give It Up," and it features rapper G-Eazy, the same guy who's featured on Britney Spears' new hit "Make Me."  G-Eazy also had a hit with "Me Myself and I," featuring Bebe Rexha.

Nathan's new single is now available for download and streaming. It's from his debut album, which will arrive this fall.  The former Wanted member will support his new music as the opening act on Alessia Cara's upcoming tour, which kicks off September 29 in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Meanwhile, another young British vocalist has returned: Cher Lloyd, who we last heard on Demi Lovato's single "Really Don't Care."  The "Want U Back" singer has a new single called "Activated," now available via all the usual digital outlets.

In a statement, the former X Factor U.K. finalist says, "I’ve waited two years to have creative control of my own career and finally do things my way. Returning with new music and releasing 'Activated' is such a huge deal for me. I’ve been working hard on new music and I cannot wait to reveal more to you all!"

She adds, "Now I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and show you all what I’m really made of, and to all of you who have stood by me since the start of my career, I promise you, this is just the beginning.”

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