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Tuesday
Jun302015

Luke Bryan Brings 2015 Farm Tour to 4 New Cities

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan kicks off his seventh annual Farm Tour September 30 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This year, the eight-concert run adds four new cities including Ft. Wayne; Lexington, Kentucky; Starkville, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Last year, the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year played for 110,000 fans on the rural tour, with some proceeds helping fund college scholarships for students from local farming families. Ticket presales start July 7, with seats for the general public going on sale July 10.

Here are the dates for Luke Bryan’s 2015 Farm Tour:

9/30 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, M&J Farms     
10/1 --  Lexington, KY, Talon Farm & Winery
10/2 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/3 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/7 -- Starkville, MS, Holtzcamp Farms
10/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Twin Creeks Farm
10/9 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park               
10/10 -- Valdosta, GA, MJ Taylor Farms

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Big Sean Says Relationships with Ariana Grande & Naya Rivera Were "Lessons"

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Big Sean may have endured the demise of two highly publicized relationships, but he says each split taught him important lessons.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper spoke briefly on how he views his failed relationships, referring to his engagement to actress Naya Rivera as well as his whirlwind romance with pop singer Ariana Grande.

"It's no mistakes in life, though -- only lessons," he says.

The rapper also revealed that he doesn't necessarily begin the dating process with a relationship goal in mind. "They just happen," Sean said. "That's all it is. I'm just... I'm just living it. It's no, it's no God, it's no script. You know, we just out here doing what we doin'. Feelin' it out."

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky Announce a Joint European Tour

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Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky are getting ready to hit the road this fall for a joint European tour, officially dubbed the 16 Day Trip.

The "See You Again" rapper announced the news late Monday night via Twitter to his 20 million followers.  "Taylors in Europe now get to get high with me and Rocky for 20 days," Wiz tweeted. "How awesome is that?"

Beginning October 13, the pair will play Nottingham, England’s Capital FM Arena and then travel to major cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool in England before wrapping up October 28 in Belgium at Brussels Forest National Arena.

Tickets going on sale July 3 via Ticketmaster, visit WizKhalifa.com/Tour for a full list of concert dates.

In the meantime, his U.S. fans can catch Wiz during his current summer outing, dubbed the Boys of Zummer, which concludes August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Robin Thicke Debuts Lyric Video for "Morning Sun"

Credit: Harper SmithAfter finalizing his divorce from ex-wife Paula Patton earlier this year, Robin Thicke is looking for love again with his new single "Morning Sun."

In an official lyric video, posted on YouTube, the singer serenades a lucky lady on the smooth tune.

"You are the one so why stop it / You are the one that calls me papi / You are the one, good and naughty / Baby, you’re the one," sings Thicke, presumably to his new girlfriend, model April Love Geary.

While the singer continues recording the follow-up to last year’s Paula, fans can catch him performing at a special concert next month for the Legacy of Hope Foundation on July 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Rolling Stones Release New Digital Album, "Sticky Fingers Live," Featuring Songs from Surprise L.A. Concert

Credit: Claude GassianOn Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.

The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends performed them at the show, which was different from how they appear on the Sticky Fingers track list.  The band also played six other non-Sticky Fingers tunes at the Fonda Theatre concert that aren't included on the live album, which was mixed by frequent Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain.

In addition to serving as the unofficial kickoff date of The Rolling Stones' current tour, the L.A. gig helped to promote the remastered and expanded versions of Sticky Fingers, which were released in the U.S. on June 9.  The Stones' next show takes place Wednesday, July 1, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek is mapped out through a July 15 concert in Quebec City.

Here is the full track list for Sticky Fingers Live:

"Sway"
"Dead Flowers"
"Wild Horses"
"Sister Morphine"
"You Gotta Move"
"Bitch"
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
"I Got the Blues"
"Moonlight Mile"
"Brown Sugar"

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Jon Bon Jovi Confirms He Gave Gov. Chris Christie Permission to Use Songs

David BergmanJon Bon Jovi may be a Democrat, but he still allowed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to use some Bon Jovi songs while  announcing his presidential bid.

The governor played hits from the Jersey rocker during a Tuesday morning event where he announced his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to NJ.com, the Bon Jovi songs “Because We Can” and “It’s My Life” played before his speech, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” played as he walked to the stage and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” played after he spoke.

Christie’s announcement came a day after Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, who’s vying for the Democratic nomination.

But Jon and Christie are pals, despite their different politics. Jon confirmed in a statement to ABC Radio that although he is a Clinton supporter, he was more than happy to let Christie use his songs. "My friendships are apolitical," he said, "and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs."

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Carrie Underwood Raps "See You Again" Mashup

John Russell/CMACarrie Underwood can now officially add “rapper” to her list of skills. Sunday at the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, she delivered both Wiz Khalifa’s rap from the hit “See You Again,” and also covered the vocals contributed by Charlie Puth.

The tune was part of a mashup that included Carrie’s own hit by the same name from 2013. The Wiz Khalifa track is a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Zac Brown and Hunter Hayes Share Their Playlists on Shazam

Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever wondered what music your favorite performers listen to, Shazam is now making it easier to find out. Starting today, the popular music-recognition app will now let you follow artists like Zac Brown Band and Hunter Hayes to see what songs they’ve recently checked out.

Hunter and Zac join mainstream bands like Maroon 5, Coldplay and One Direction, who are also sharing their playlists.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Mumford & Sons Premiere "The Wolf" Video

Credit: James Minchin IIIDid you miss Mumford & Sons at this year's Bonnaroo? Then you can experience the band's 48 hours at the Tennessee festival via the newly released "The Wolf" video, which you can now watch on YouTube.

Between clips of Mumford & Sons performing "The Wolf" live at Bonnaroo, the video shows the band walking around the festival grounds in costume and interacting with fans. Actor -- and banjo enthusiast -- Ed Helms, who starred in Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" video, also makes an quick appearance in "The Wolf" video.

"The Wolf" is a single from Mumford & Sons' new, banjo-less album, Wilder Mind. The track currently sits just outside the top five at Alternative Rock radio and inside the top 30 at Active Rock.

Mumford & Sons are on tour in support of Wilder Mind, which includes their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover dates featuring performances from The Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy & More Join Shazam's New Music Discovery Program 

Credit: Brandon Cox Have you ever wondered what new music the artists you love are checking out? Starting today, the song tagging app Shazam is giving you a window into exactly what sounds music's biggest rock bands are jamming to.

Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay are a few of the artists who are participating in Shazam's new music discovery program. When you follow your favorites on Shazam, you'll now be able to see what songs they've been Shazaming, and listen to them, too.  You can also give feedback directly to the artist about what you think about their taste in music.

"Shazam is one of my favorite ways to discover music," says Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. "I'm excited for the next step in its evolution, and happy that Fort Minor and Linkin Park can play a role."

"As an artist, I'm a big fan of discovering new music and Shazam helps me keep a pulse on that," adds Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. "I'm stoked to be able to share what I'm into with millions of fellow music fans."

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Atreyu Confirms Release Date for New Album, "Long Live"

Image Courtesy of Atom Splitter PRYou won't have to wait too much longer to hear Atreyu's new album, Long Live. The band's first album in six years will be released September 18. Along with announcing the release date, Atreyu also uploaded a 15-second preview of the album, which you can listen to now on their Facebook page.

Long Live will be available for pre-order July 17. Atreyu will also release a new music video that same day.

Last fall, Atreyu returned with "So Others May Live," their first new song in five years. The band released that song along with another new track, titled "When the Day is Done," as a seven-inch single for this year's Record Store Day. Atreyu's last album was 2009's  Congregation of the Damned.

In support of Long Live, Atreyu will play a variety of festivals this fall, including Riot Fest Chicago and Louder than Life.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Rob Thomas' "The Great Unknown" Coming Aug. 21, Video for "Trust You" Out Now

Ben WattsRob Thomas has finally set a release date for his new solo album: The Great Unknown will be in stores August 21.  Rob will promote the release with a performance on NBC's Today show on August 24.

The set is now available for pre-order at iTunes, and those who do so will receive an instant download of the first single, "Trust You," co-written by Ryan Tedder.  The video for the track has just premiered; it was directed by Phil Harder, who did Rob's previous clips for "Ever the Same" and "Lonely No More," as well as the Matchbox Twenty videos for "Mad Season" and "Disease."

In the retro sixties-flavored video, a sunglasses-wearing Rob sings the song while a dancing woman is reflected in his shades.  He also sings while surrounded by '60s-styled go-go dancers, retro graphics and images of hands with crossed fingers.  That's what you do behind your back when you tell someone to trust you, but you don't mean it.  There's also a trippy psychedelic visual of Rob's head surrounded by more dancing girls.

Rob's currently on the road promoting The Great Unknown through August.  Plain White T's are opening for him.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Taylor Swift Tells Sick Fan She Understands “It’s Impossible to Be Positive All the Time”

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOnce again, Taylor Swift is using the power of Tumblr to connect with her fans. The singer wrote some encouraging words to a Swiftie named Emily, who is suffering from a congenital heart defect.

The girl initially posted a message to Taylor on the blogging site, where she thanked the singer for helping inspire her during tough times. "Taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, EKG, IV, etc. easier, and I am so so incredibly grateful for that," she wrote. "You allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that I have, and I’m so unbelievably thankful for that."

Taylor responded with some kind words of her own, writing, "I think it’s amazing that you’re so honest about how it’s affected you. It’s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I’m glad you’re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them -- I really appreciate you writing this."

She concluded, "Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I've just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can."

After receiving Taylor’s message, Emily requested a real hug from the pop star. "You told me that you were ‘sending me a hug' so let's make this picture and that hug real!” she wrote. “I can't wait to see you on July 24th and 25th."

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Did Britney Spears Diss Iggy Azalea?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCDid Britney Spears just throw shade at Iggy Azalea? The singer seemingly hit back at the Aussie rapper on Twitter, after Iggy tweeted her opinion on why their song “Pretty Girls” flopped.

"Can't wait to get back to Vegas," Britney tweeted. "So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe."

It would seem that tweet is subtly referencing Iggy’s tour cancellation. And Piece of Me is the name of Britney’s Las Vegas residency show, but the hashtag #YouWantAPieceOfMe also seems like a “don’t mess with me” warning.

The drama started when Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”

Many took this as a dig at Britney, but Iggy insisted her words were being misconstrued by the media. She said she wasn't blaming Britney for anything and said the two are close friends. “Genuine friends have genuine opinions,” she tweeted. “Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being b**chy or shade.”

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Arrested Monday on New Charges, Including Rape and Sexual Abuse

Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeJourney drummer Deen Castronovo is facing several new and very serious charges apparently in connection with his June 14 arrest after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute.  Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician was arrested again via grand jury indictment Monday on charges that include first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.

A public-information officer for the Salem, Oregon, Police Department tells ABC Radio that Castronovo's arrest on Monday came after he violated a court order directing him to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the full list of charges he's facing also includes four counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of contempt of court.  The Salem public-information officer reveals that many of the new charges came about following further police investigation into the June 14 incident. Castronovo currently is being held without bond and is due back in court today, June 30, at 3 p.m. PT.

The drummer was first arrested June 14 by Salem, Oregon, police and charged the following day with fourth-degree assault and menacing.  Castronovo subsequently was released after he posted a $20,000 bond.  At the time of his release, Deen was directed by a judge to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  The new arrest came after Castronovo violated that order.

Following the June 14 incident, Journey announced that it would be using a fill-in drummer, Omar Hakim, on its forthcoming North American summer tour "due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues."

Castronovo also was arrested in January 2012 following an alleged assault on a woman.  After an alleged violent argument with an ex-girlfriend in Oregon, he was arrested on a number of charges, including coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and interfering with making a police report.  The Statesman Journal reported that Castronovo eventually agreed to a plea deal that called for him to attend anger-management classes and do 80 hours of community service.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Jason Derulo Thinks He's a "Mean" Judge on "So You Think You Can Dance"

ABC/Heidi GutmanAs a new judge on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, Jason Derulo has been putting his dance expertise to good use. But while he may have thought he’d be gentle with the contestants, he’s discovering he’s actually tough to please.

“People would ask me all the time, like, ‘What kind of judge are you gonna be? Are you gonna be tough? Are you gonna be nice?’” he said on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “I was like, ‘I’m a nice guy, you know what I’m saying?’ Then I started watching the show and I’m like, 'd*** I’m kinda mean.'”

Jason, along with fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe, is judging two very different styles of dance this season. The Fox competition series is split between street dancing and stage dancing.

“In the back of people’s minds it was always kind of street versus stage, but now it’s at the forefront and it is really street versus stage,” Jason said. “So next week we’ll be deciding the top 20 and it’ll be ten street and ten stage, and then it’s head-to-head. You know, you got Twitch that is the team captain for the street side and Travis Wall, who is the captain for the stage side.”

Between critiquing the contestants, Jason said he’ll also be performing on the show in the two weeks. “It will actually be the first time that I perform my new single, ‘Cheyenne,’ and I’ll be doing it with the all-stars,” he said.

Speaking of that new single, Jason just released the music video for "Cheyenne." He previously teased the visual on Good Morning America, saying he wanted it to have a huge concept and a dance break. The cinematic clip features Jason stuck in a haunted mansion where he’s tormented by the ghost of a past lover. And true to form, he busts out some Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, along with group of back-up dancers dressed as creepy ballerinas.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Maroon 5 Teams Up with Alesso for "This Summer" Remix 

222 Records/InterscopeMaroon 5’s explicit new summer jam just got remixed. The band enlisted DJ-producer Alesso to turn their single, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**ker,” into a booming dance track.

"We are big fans of Alesso's and were thrilled to hear that he would do a remix of the song," Adam Levine said in a statement.  "It was cool to be able to collaborate on something together like this."

Alesso was equally as excited about the collaboration. "I heard this record and I had to do a version," he explained. "It's just one of those records you have to turn up so loud it hurts. It's the record of the summer for me!"

Now Maroon 5 fans have one version of the song for the car, and another for the club.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Andy Grammer's Secret to Success: Being "Brutally Honest" About His Sex Life 

Sherwin LainezAndy Grammer's hit "Honey, I'm Good" is about a guy who refuses to cheat on his girlfriend when another woman comes on to him in a bar.  But another song on Andy's album Magazines or Novels is about a guy who refused to have sex before marriage --- himself.

Speaking to Glamour about how he wrote the songs for Magazines or Novels, Andy said he wrote 50 songs but wasn't happy with any of them, so he threw them all out and started over.  He decided to, as he puts it, be "as brutally honest as possible."  As an example, he points to the song "Holding Out."

"There’s a song on there about how I was a virgin until I was married," he tells Glamour. "Oh my God, writing that one out was super scary, but it’s just my story. Being that brutally honest was the door that got me out and back into my space. So the next 50 songs I wrote were all closer. It’s like a bullseye."

OK, so why did Andy decide to remain a virgin until he married his wife Aijia?  Because he thought if he started to have sex, he wouldn't be able to stop.

"I think we all know inherently what our faults are...So I inherently know that I’m capable of going way too far in that direction, [so] I’m not going to do that," he explains. " I think there was something for me about breaking that seal that was like, 'I really want to be a good guy, and I’m pretty sure that’s one of my biggest vices, and I don’t want to start that train. I don’t want to be the dude that sleeps with you and then doesn’t call.'"

Explaining why he decided to reveal this, Andy says, "The problem is, as an artist, if you’re not connected with who you are or honest with yourself, then your art sucks. That was a hard one for me...I was very honest!"

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Compilation Featuring New Versions of Rare Songs by Late Kinks Bassist Pete Quaife in the Works

Image Courtesy of The KinksFounding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died five years ago last Tuesday at the age of 66 from complications of kidney disease.  Now, his brother Dave has revealed a new album project is being planned that will feature newly recorded versions of rare songs Pete wrote.

In a message on his Facebook page, Dave Quaife reports, "I have recently been given some music tapes of my Bruv Pete which has knocked my socks off!  Apart from a lot of music he wrote and played there was also a very good interview.  We have decided now to record the songs using only the best bands, and also include extracts of the interview to be intertwined on this album."

Dave points out that putting the album together will take "a gigantic amount of work ahead," adding that "it must be perfect."

Dave Quaife is the co-founder of for the Pete Quaife Foundation, which provides support for young people who are undergoing dialysis treatments.  The organization has released a number of multiple-artist compilations featuring covers of songs Pete wrote with The Kinks to raise money for the cause, including the six-part Legends -- Shoulder to Shoulder collection, which was issued earlier this year.

Quaife played with The Kinks from 1963 to 1969, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1990.  He died on June 23, 2010.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Janet Jackson Adds New Date for World Tour 

Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/UniversaJanet Jackson is in high demand. Shortly after announcing the dates for her Unbreakable World Tour, the singer has added another show for her loyal fans in Hawaii.

The singer already sold out her November 12 and November 13 concert at Honolulu's Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, and now she's added a third date at the venue on the evening of Sunday, November 15.

"Hawaii, it's on! There will be No Sleeep until Miss Jackson leaves Hawaii. Let's keep the conversation going, " said Tommy Meharey, one of the producers of the Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour.

Tickets for the third Honolulu show go on sale to the public on Friday, July 3 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com.

As previously reported, Janet will begin a North American tour leg on August 31 to support her new album due out this fall, her first since 2008's Discipline.

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