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Thursday
Dec182014

Kelly Rowland Shares a New Picture with Baby Titan

ABC/Randy HolmesKelly Rowland continues to share her bundle of joy with the world.

Despite the untimely passing of her mother, Rowland has found peace by focusing on her six-week-old son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon.

The singer posted an Instagram picture of herself "#chillinwiththelilbigguy!" Her baby boy appeared to be fast asleep in the shot. Although she has yet to show her son's face, the picture reveals Titan already has a full head of curly hair.

The baby is the first child for Kelly and hubby Tim Weatherspoon. Last month, proud aunt Beyonce expressed her joy in meeting the little one. "There's no better feeling than holding my beautiful nephew," she wrote on Instagram. "I thank God for the honor of witnessing my sisters journey into motherhood. I've always dreamt of our little ones growing up together. I'm so thankful for our bond. Baby Ty, I love you so much. Congrats to my Spoons."

#chillinwiththelilbigguy

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Thursday
Dec182014

Nick Minaj: "I Am the Greatest Female Rapper"

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper of all time, if you ask her.

“I am the greatest female rapper, and it’s humbling because the people make you that,”  Nicki explained during a recent interview for Elliott Wilson's CRWN Internet inteview series. “I wanna let the hip-hop culture know I take this serious.”

She adds that she brings something to the table that no other female rapper has. "The word of the day is skill," she says.

Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released Monday and is projected to become her third #1 on the Billboard album chart following her  previous projects, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Band of Horses Recording New Album, Releases Christmas Song, "Hang an Ornament"

Image Courtesy of Brown/ColumbiaBand of Horses has stampeded back to the studio. The band posted on Facebook that they hope to release the new album -- BoH's fifth -- by the end of 2015.

"We're excited to tell you that we are in the studio working on a new album that we hope to release later in the coming year," the post reads. "We can’t wait to finish this thing up and get it out to y'all!"

The new album will be produced by Jason Lytle, who fronts the indie rock band Grandaddy. BoH has also collaborated with Lytle to release a new Christmas song, entitled "Hang an Ornament." You can listen to "Hang an Ornament" on the BoH SoundCloud page.

Band of Horses' last album was 2012's Mirage Rock, which peaked at number four on Billboard's Alternative Albums chart.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Two People Have Found Vinyl Records Jack White Hid Inside Furniture in 2004

Image Courtesy of David James SwansonIt turns out Jack White developed a taste for unconventional album releases at a young age. Before he became the rock star he is today, White used to work as an upholsterer in Detroit. He was mentored by friend and coworker Brain Muldoon, who also had musical aspirations. The two formed a band -- aptly named The Upholsterers -- and recorded a single, entitled "Apple of My Eye," in 2000.

Four years later, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Muldoon's start in the upholstery business, they recorded a second single. They then hid 100 copies of the single, pressed on vinyl, inside pieces of furniture on which they worked, without telling the customers.  Now, according to White's current label, Third Man Records, two of the singles have been found by two separate people.

"Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers," reads a statement on the label's website. "This duo, comprising of actual upholsterers Jack White and Brian Muldoon, pressed 100 copies of this single and proceeded to hide them in furniture being reupholstered by Muldoon in 2004, in celebration of his 25th year in the business."

The upholstery route isn't the first time White has released singles in an unconventional manner.  In 2012, White released his single "Freedom at 21" via balloons . Only a few that were launched were ever found -- one of which sold for over $4,000 on eBay. So keep that in mind as you pull apart your furniture in search of the Upholsters' single.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Katy Perry, John Legend Among the Most "SoundHound’ed" Artists of the Year

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsFirst we had the list of the most Shazamed artists of the year, based on the popular song-tagging app.  Now we've got the list of the most SoundHound’ed artists of the year, based on a similar app that identifies not only recorded songs, but songs that you sing or hum.

According to SoundHound, the song most people were curious about was "All of Me" by John Legend, followed by Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," Pharrell Williams' "Happy," MAGIC!'s "Rude," "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry.  Others in the top 10: Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" and "Stolen Dance" by Milky Chance.

On the album side, Katy's PRISM album was the most SoundHound'ed, followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, John Legend's Love in the Future, Ariana Grande's My Everything and Prayer by Mr. Probz.  Other albums in the top 10 included discs by Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Pharrell and Lorde.

The most SoundHound’ed artist of the year overall, though, was Pitbull, thanks to his own hits, and his appearances on other artists' records.  Number two was David Guetta, and number three was OneRepublic.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Watch Maroon 5, Gwen & Pharrell, Plus 5SOS, Perform on Tonight's "People" Magazine Awards 

Dana Edelson/NBCIf you're upset that The Voice is over for the season, just turn on tonight's People Magazine Awards. It'll be like it never ended.

On the show, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC, you'll see Maroon 5 perform, and Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams teaming up for their collaboration "Spark the Fire," Gwen's new single.  5 Seconds of Summer, who have a new live album out, also are on the bill.

Nick Cannon hosts the show, which will look back on the year in pop culture.  Other stars attending include Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, Josh Groban and Kate Upton, among others.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Anthrax Announces Its Own Bourbon Brand

Image Courtesy of Matthew RodgersAnthrax received its sixth Grammy nomination earlier this month, and the band is celebrating in style.  The thrash metal veterans have teamed up with Jefferson's Bourbon to create their own brand of the beverage, called Indians.

"Anthrax's Indians, a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in," reads a press release.

"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a T-shirt or hoodie or poster, and Indians was perfect," adds bassist Frank Bello in a statement.

Indians is now available for order via the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.  One bottle will set you back $100.  If you live near Atlantic City, though, you can pick up a bottle in stores for $75.

Anthrax was nominated for the 2015 Grammys in the Best Metal Performance category for its cover of Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights."  The band recorded the song for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life.

"It's been an honor every time we've been nominated, but this one is particularly special," says drummer Charlie Benante.  "To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best."


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Thursday
Dec182014

Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at 2014 Bonnaroo Festival

Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this past June to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.

Platinum subscribers to John's Rocket Club will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival that was recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."

The download also includes a special message from John.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Michael Buble Donates Nearly $200K to British Music Therapy Charity 

Warwick Saint/Warner Bros.Michael Buble just wrapped up a tour of the U.K., and he didn't just leave behind a lot of satisfied fans: he left a bunch of cash behind for a good cause.

Michael has donated one pound from every ticket sold to his shows in the U.K. -- a total of 125,000 pounds -- to the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. That amounts to $195,700.  Michael is a supporter of the charity, which presented him with its highest honor, the Silver Clef Award, in 2012. 

The donation will help Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people across the U.K.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Michael said of his donation, "I came up with this a year ago after I played the O2 arena [in London]. My manager wanted to book the tour for 2014 and I said I’d only do it if we give back too. The U.K. has been so great to me and I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth was."

He added, "I’m lucky I can help a lot of beautiful young people.”

In a statement, the charity said, "Thank you so much to Michael, from the bottom of our hearts. What a lovely surprise to receive this donation just before Christmas, which will allow us to help even more people throughout 2015 and beyond."

Michael will resume his tour in January, when he travels to the Far East and South Africa.


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Thursday
Dec182014

The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes Confirmed to Attend the People's Choice Awards on January 7

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Hunter Hayes are both set to attend the People's Choice Awards on January 7. The Band Perry is nominated for Favorite Country Group at the People's Choice Awards, and Hunter is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Behrs, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Betty White are among the others stars confirmed to attend. The show airs January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Bobby Shmurda Charged with Drug Trafficking, Other Counts; Held on $2 Million Bail 

Image Courtesy Justin Hogan/Epic Records

Bobby Shmurda and 12 members of his GS9 crew were arraigned on a slew of charges, including murder, attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, drug trafficking and weapons possession in New York City on Thursday.  The rapper, who is being held on two million dollar bail, has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking, gun possession, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

"There is nowhere in the Western world where he can go without being recognized," Shmurda's defense attorney Howard Greenburg told WABC-TV. "And you're telling me he has to take time out of his busy life as an entertainer and do what is alleged in this indictment? It's a bunch of BS, and you can quote me."

The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard and his brother Javase, were arrested by the Special Narcotics Gang Unit at the Quad Recording Studio in Manhattan in the early morning hours on Wednesday on a sealed indictment.  That indictment was unsealed Thursday. The 100-count indictment includes charges of gang activity, multiple shootings and drug trafficking.  It alleges that members of GS9 engaged in violent disputes with rival gangs, committed murder and carried out numerous non-fatal shootings. Members are also charged in multiple instances of gunfire in public locations. Twenty-one guns, crack cocaine and marijuana reportedly were seized during the raid.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan spoke about the charges at a press conference Thursday, reports Pix 11.

“Just before we arrested him, he tweeted that he’d be holding a concert at a secret location,” Bratton said of Shmurda. “I don’t think that he was aware that location was now going to be the New York State Supreme Court.”


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Thursday
Dec182014

Essence to Honor Jill Scott at Black Women in Music Event 

Image Courtesy Jemal Countess/ Getty ImagesJill Scott will be the recognized at Essence magazine’s sixth annual Black Women in Music event, which honors the achievements of the day's biggest stars and breakthrough artists.

The singer will serve as the special honoree -- for her achievements and singular artistry -- during the upcoming invitation-only event in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2015. Jill is also scheduled to perform.

“It will be 15 years in July that my first album came out,” Scott tells Billboard, “and Essence has been there the entire time. I’m truly honored.”

“Jill Scott is the quintessential Essence woman," says Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca. "Like many of the female artists who inspired her -- she has touched the collective soul of women across generations."

Scott joins a short list of previous honorees including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Solange, Emeli Sandé and music industry executive Sylvia Rhone.

The ceremony will also serve as the official launch of the magazine’s year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Nicki Minaj Becomes the Face of Roberto Cavalli 

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj has landed a new endorsement. The rapper has become the new face of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign.

In tribal-inspired images shot photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Minaj exudes the "strong sensuality" that Cavalli was seeking for his campaign.

"I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," Cavalli said in a statement. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body -- who is not afraid to show her curves. Instead, she makes them her strength"

The rapper expressed her gratitude on Instagram. "I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign. #NickiForCavalli," she wrote.

I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign. #NickiForCavalli

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Thursday
Dec182014

Scotty McCreery Performing on "Fox & Friends Christmas Special" on Christmas Eve

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is performing on Fox News's Fox & Friends Christmas Special on Christmas Eve, December 24. Scotty and his band are set to sing "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" on the show, airing that night at 8 p.m. ET. Both songs are included on Scotty's 2012 holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery.

Look for the Fox & Friends Christmas Special to re-air on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year 

Capitol RecordsChalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014.

Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S.

In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”  He also tweeted that he was "completely speechless" over the achievement.


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Thursday
Dec182014

The Bee Gees & George Harrison to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

Courtesy NARASThe Bee Gees and late Beatle George Harrison are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Those artists and the rest of the honorees will be recognized at the Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony, an invitation-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and prolific record producer Richard Perry

Mann & Weil wrote hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "On Broadway," "Here You Come Again," "Never Gonna Let You Go," "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration," "Running with the Night," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."  Perry has worked with artists like Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Ringo Starr and more.

"This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Kid Rock Reveals Pre-Order Details, Track List for "First Kiss"

Image Courtesy of Top Dog/Warner Bros. RecordsKid Rock will release First Kiss, his tenth studio album, on February 24 -- but starting today, you'll be able to pre-order the album from the Detroit rocker's website. If you do, you'll scorea download of the title track on January 6, when the single's music video will premiere and the track hits radio. Select pre-order packages will also include pre-sale ticket access to Rock's 2015 headlining tour, which will be announced shortly.

Additionally, Rock has revealed the First Kiss track list, which consists of nine songs, plus one bonus track for both the explicit and clean versions of the record. "FOAD" is the bonus track on the explicit version, but if you prefer your Kid Rock without all the cursing, you'll get the song "Say Goodbye" on the clean version.

In more First Kiss news, Rock is asking fans to share a photo their New Year's Eve kiss on Twitter or Instagram using #KidRockFirstKiss. The best photos will be collected for a short video debuting January 5 featuring a preview of the song "First Kiss." All photos will be displayed on KidRock.com/FirstKiss starting on January 1.

Here is the track list for First Kiss:

"First Kiss"
"Good Times, Cheap Wine"
"Johnny Cash"
"Ain't Enough Whiskey"
"Drinking Beer with Dad"
"Good Time Lookin' for Me"
"Best of Me"
"One More Song"
"Jesus and Bocephus"
Explicit Bonus Track: "FOAD"
Clean Bonus Track: "Say Goodbye"


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Thursday
Dec182014

Incubus to Release Two New EPs

Image Courtesy of Epic RecordsFour years after releasing their last album, Incubus will return in 2015 with two new EPs.

"We’re planning on releasing two installments that will total an album, two EPs," guitarist Mike Einziger tells Billboard. “We’re hoping to put out the first one in February or March, then the summer.”

Along with the new music announcement, Incubus also revealed they've signed to Island Records. Having left Epic Records in 2012, Incubus wrote the new material without the influence of a label.

"We didn’t have any plans to make this record,” Einziger says. "Just having no horizon to look at was important for us. We needed that."

The lead single from the EPs will be a song entitled "Trust Fall," which Einziger describes as "pretty ambitious." As a whole, he believes that the new releases will surprise listeners with songs like "Trust Fall" and "Dance Like You're Dumb."

"['Dance Like You're Dumb' is] our version of a loud aggressive rock song," Einziger says. "It’s definitely not what someone would expect from us."

Incubus' last album was 2011's If Not Now, When?, which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.


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Thursday
Dec182014

George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyGeorge Harrison, The Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians who will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards include French classical composer Pierre Boulez, renowned Tex-Mex accordion player Flaco Jiménez, influential country duo The Louvin Brothers, and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, prolific record producer Richard Perry, and jazz promoter and producer George Wein.  In addition, Ray Kurzweil will receive a Technical Grammy Award for his technological innovations, including his work with synthesizers.

"This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.


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Thursday
Dec182014

Jamie Foxx Shares that He Once Sang Karaoke with Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx is an Oscar winner and an accomplished singer in his own right, but he once got to sing karaoke with the late music icon Whitney Houston.

"We did karaoke together," he tells MTV News. "Me, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown did karaoke at this little club in L.A. I had it on a tape and I put it in a safety deposit box thinking, 'Oh, this is going to be special one day' and then YouTube came out."

Foxx's Annie co-star Rose Byrne asked him, "What did you sing?"

“She sung, ‘and I will always love you,’” Foxx said imitating Houston. “Then me and Bobby did ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and as we are singing, Bobby forgets the words.”

Foxx said the experience was "wild" although he did not say when the karaoke session took place.

How did this come about? Well, Foxx said he was hosting a karaoke night with about 500 people, and everyone begged Houston to sing.

"These were the days before camera phones," Foxx added. "I am actually going to the bathroom and I hear, 'Now you know I don't sing this for everybody Jamie. You know, I don't sing this song for everybody,' and she got up and she blessed us with it. And at that time, all people could do was call their answering machine and hold it up like this and listen to her voice and she was absolutely perfect."

Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48.


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