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Tuesday
Jul282015

Lollapalooza Sets by Paul McCartney, Metallica & Others to Be Streamed Live

MJ Kim; Courtesy of BB Gun PressGreat news for rock fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this weekend to attend the Lollapalooza 2015 festival!: Sets by a variety of artists, including headliners Paul McCartney and Metallica, will be streamed live online.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, TV on the Radio, Gary Clark Jr. and many other popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.

McCartney's set is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. CT on Friday, while Metallica's performance will start at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday.  This will mark the first time one of Sir Paul's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.

You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV; the full schedule will be revealed on Thursday, according to Consequence of Sound.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Paul McCartney's Lollapalooza 2015 Set to Be Streamed Live Online This Friday

Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and a variety of popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.

McCartney's set is scheduled to run from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT.  This will mark the first time one of the rock legend's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.

You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV; the full schedule will be revealed on Thursday.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Macklemore Admits He Relapsed Last Year: “I Just Wanted to Escape”

ABC/Lou RoccoIn a new cover story with Complex magazine, Macklemore reveals he relapsed with drugs last year. The rapper -- birth name Ben Haggerty -- blames the trappings of fame for his slip-up and says he “just wanted to escape.”

"I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings," he tells the mag. "I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping -- doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”

He adds, “In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame--everything. All the clichés, man -- like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings -- all of that put into one pie was just...I just wanted to escape."

Macklemore says he first started taking sleeping pills, then moved on to marijuana. He struggled with the addiction all through last summer. He finally decided to sober up when his fiancée, Tricia Davis, became pregnant with their first child.

"I have to keep myself on point and be the best version of myself for this child to be the best version of itself,” he says.

He’s also back in the studio with musical partner Ryan Lewis. He says they are about "three-fourths" of the way finished recording the follow-up to 2012's The Heist. The new album is due out later this year.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Avant Announces Comeback Album, "The VIII"

MO-B Entertainment/Capitol Music GroupAvant is gearing up for a comeback. The singer announced that fans will soon get to hear his eighth studio album The VIII, which means "The Eighth," later this fall.

The singer intends to give fans a candid reflection of his life on the thirteen-song project. “I try to keep everything in perspective as things just go on in life. I’m a writer that writes from real life -- a narrative. I try to write from what I see… I keep it fresh and new for the people,” states the Cleveland native. “With all my music, I want to leave classics that everyone will remember and be a part of the soundtrack of their lives.”

Led by the first single, “Special,” The VIII will be released on September 25 via MO-B Entertainment/Capitol Music Group.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

50 Cent Opens Up About His Bankruptcy 

ABC/Fred LeeAfter filing for bankruptcy, 50 Cent couldn't care less about what people have to say about his financial hardship.

During an in-depth interview with Larry King, the mogul candidly discusses his recent legal troubles and responds to the media scrutiny.  "I’ve seen so many things said about me on social networking at points and when you don’t anticipate it, it lands a little harder on you...I can see what’s going to come from people," he says, adding, "It’s strategic. It’s a move that’s necessary for me to make at this point."

The rapper, who has been shot nine times, adds that he's overcome greater adversity. "It makes me feel like there’s nothing that can be in front of me that can be more difficult than what I’ve already experienced. I’ve been through the tougher parts of my life already," he says.

As previously reported, the rapper recently explained that his bankruptcy filing is a business move following a jury verdict earlier this month ordering him to pay at least $5 million in damages to Lastonia Leviston, for posting a sex tape of her online in 2009.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Katy Perry Convent Dispute Headed to Court

Monty Brinton/CBSIn one corner, we have Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And in the other corner, we have two elderly nuns. Both sides have very different ideas regarding the sale of a California convent, and the battle over the sale continues in court this week.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will preside over a court hearing on the sale set for Thursday.

To recap: Katy is trying to purchase a former Los Feliz convent. The archdiocese wants Katy to have the property, but the nuns don't. In fact, Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose have already signed over the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister. The archdiocese has contested the sale in court, claiming only the archbishop has the right to sell the property.

In court papers filed Friday, attorneys for the archdiocese allege Hollister swindled the nuns into selling her the convent. They argue that Hollister paid "just $44,000" of the $15.5 million purchase price, and doesn’t have to pay the rest until a later date. They say that Hollister knew the elderly nuns were in a “fragile financial condition,” and insist that “the transaction should be declared void as a product of elder abuse.”

This week’s court hearing will decide whether or not the sale to Hollister is valid.

Katy is reportedly willing to pay $14.5 million in cash for the convent. The singer, who was raised in a devout Christian family, apparently became interested in the convent three years ago and wants to make it her home.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Lollapalooza Sets by Metallica, Florence + the Machine & Others to Be Streamed Live 

Fresh and Clean Media/C3 Presents/WMEGreat news for rock fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this weekend to attend the Lollapalooza 2015 festival: Sets by a variety of artists, including headliners Metallica and Florence + the Machine, will be streamed live online.

The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, Walk the Moon, James Bay, Cold War Kids, Death from Above 1979 and Glass Animals.

Metallica's performance will start at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday, and Florence + the Machine will hit the main stage at 8:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV. To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Taylor Swift Shares Behind-the-Scenes Clips from "Bad Blood" Video

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” continues to dominate the pop charts, so to celebrate, Taylor has been posting some behind-the-scenes footage from the song's star-studded video.

The first clip she posted on Instagram features Frostbyte, played by model Lily Aldridge. Taylor and Lily are seen filming their fight scene in a wintry setting.

"To get to do this, and work and play and be these awesome strong women that we are, it's so fun," Lily says in the video.

In the second clip Taylor shared, Empire actress Serayah discusses her character, Dilemma. Her scene takes place in a locker room and she punches a wall right before Taylor struts into frame.

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"So I'm ready..." -Dilemma @serayah Vote for VMAs! Link is in my bio.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Amy Winehouse's First 2 Albums Get Digitally Remastered

Universal Music EnterprisesFour years after her death at age 27, Amy Winehouse is having a resurgence. Fresh off the success of the Amy documentary, the British singer’s first two albums have been digitally remastered by Island Records and Universal Music Enterprises.

The newly enhanced versions of her 2003 jazz-influenced debut Frank and her 2006 Grammy award-winning follow-up, Back to Black, are now available for purchase at online retailers.

Additionally, rare remixes issued for singles from Back to Black -- including the title track, "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good" and "Tears Dry on Their Own” -- also have been released as digital e-singles. Many of the remixes had been unavailable for several years.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Rascal Flatts Chats with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview" Tonight

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts gives Dan Rather an in-depth look at their life on the road on The Big Interview Tuesday night at 8:00 ET on AXS TV. The chat took place earlier this year during the Flatts' residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Rascal Flatts guitar player Joe Don Rooney says, "To be able to offer such an esteemed reporter a look into our everyday life was an honor and I know we all really enjoyed talking with him and discussing things that are important to us as a band, as well as a little trip down memory lane, which is always fun.” 

Rascal Flatts is currently headlining the Riot Tour 2015. Go to RascalFlatts.com to see where they're playing next.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Judas Priest Schedules North American Fall Tour with Mastodon

Credit: Travis ShinnJudas Priest will be breaking the law alongside a similarly heavy band, modern metal act Mastodon, on tour this fall.  The North American trek begins October 16 in Paso Robles, California, and is mapped out through a November 12 concert in Toronto.

Judas Priest will continue to support its 2014 studio album, Redeemer of Souls, on the tour.  Visit JudasPriest.com for ticket info.

Following the North American trek, Judas Priest will head to Europe for a series of late fall shows.

Here are all of Judas Priest's North Amercian fall tour dates:

10/16 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
10/20 -- San Francisco, CA  The Warfield Theatre
10/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
10/23 -- Fresno, CA, William Saroyan Theater
10/24 -- San Bernardino, CA, Knotfest
10/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
10/31 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Center
11/1 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Center
11/3 -- Peoria, IL, Civic Center
11/6 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater
11/7 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
11/10 -- Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Center
11/12 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Center

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert Lined Up for ACM Honors September 1 in Nashville

Academy of Country MusicJake Owen returns at the host of the Annual ACM Honors Tuesday, September 1 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Roy Clark and Restless Heart are slated to perform, and Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers are among the presenters.

Look for more stars to be added to the 9th Annual ACM Honors lineup soon. The event recognizes the ACM Awards winners not presented on camera during the nationwide telecast in the spring. Tickets for the ACM Honors go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31 through Ticketmaster.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Bobbi Kristina's Funeral and Burial Details Revealed 

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's body was released to the family's designated funeral home on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, and now we've learned new details about her funeral arrangements. 

A source confirmed to ABC News that she will be laid to rest this Saturday, August 1, at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. The burial will be in Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery on Monday August 3 -- the same location where her late mother Whitney Houston is buried.

As previously reported, Bobbi Kristina died Sunday at 22 years old after months of existing in a vegetative state.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Rihanna Reportedly Wanted to Do Free Concert for Baltimore Protestors

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Rihanna seemingly had good intentions to get involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but she apparently was shut down after attempting to participate in the Baltimore protests.

According to a series of police emails released to The Baltimore Sun, the singer not only planned on attending the protests, but she was looking to perform. However, internal emails reveal that the Baltimore Police Department prohibited her "possible concert at Penn & North" because she did not have a permit.  Rih's reps had even planned on the singer "traveling to the city by train (or by car if necessary)" to divert media attention.

Protests roiled the city in April and May following the death of a man, Freddie Gray, in police custody. Six officers are facing criminal charges in connection with Gray's death.

Ultimately, Prince performed new music inspired by the chain of events during a show at the Royal Farms Arena on May 10.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

New Keith Richards Documentary to Premiere on Netflix in September 

Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released.  Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.  In the new movie, Neville captures Richards working on his new album, and visits important people and places that played a part in shaping Keith's music throughout his long career.

"If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it.  He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," says Neville.  "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom.  That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

Under the Influence features new conversations with Richards and other musicians, including his friend Tom Waits, as well as archival material and behind-the-scenes footage.  The movie finds Keith visiting Chicago, country music capital Nashville, and New York City, where he recorded Crosseyed Heart with help of his longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said Keith Richards: Under the Influence offers "a really interesting, unique take on Keith" and is "a really, really marvelous film."  He also noted that his network has recently gotten positive response after airing original music-focused documentaries about The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Nina Simone, so screening the Richards flick "felt like a great fit."

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer Returns with New Album, "Money Shot"; Hear Single "Grand Canyon" Now 

Credit: Tim CadienteMaynard James Keenan's Puscifer has returned. The Tool frontman's electro-rock side project will release Money Shot, the band's third album, on October 30. The album's first single, "Grand Canyon," and its accompanying video are now streaming at RollingStone.com.

"It's extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes," Keenan tells Rolling Stone of Money Shot. "And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes."

Money Shot comes four years after Puscifer's last album, 2011's Conditions of My Parole. It also comes nine years after Tool's last album, 2006's 10,000 Days.

Tool is currently working on a new record. They also will be headlining the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona October 31.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Judas Priest Schedules Tour Dates with Mastodon

Credits: Travis Shinn; Travis ShinnJudas Priest will be breaking the law alongside Mastodon on a joint tour this fall. The two bands will begin their tour together October 16 in Paso Robles, California. Visit JudasPriest.com for ticket info.

Along the way, Mastodon will play their own headlining dates, plus shows with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. You can visit MastodonRocks.com for info on Mastodon's shows.

Mastodon recently canceled a run of shows in August and September due to an unspecified "personal family matter."

Here are Judas Priest and Mastodon's fall tour dates:

10/16 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre***
10/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl***
10/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades*
10/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield***                              
10/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic***
10/22 -- Chico, CA, Senator Theatre***
10/26 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theater***
10/28 -- Austin, TX, Austin Music Hall**
10/29 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Live**
10/30 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center**         
10/31 -- New Orleans, LA, Civic Theater*
11/1 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City*
11/3 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre***
11/6 -- Huntington, NJ, The Paramount***
11/7 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center***
11/10 -- Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre***
11/12 -- Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre***

*** Judas Priest with Mastodon.
** Mastodon co-headlines with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity.
* Mastodon headlines.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Sia Buys $4.7 Million L.A. Mansion

Mary Ellen MatthewsSia’s new mansion has plenty of room for a chandelier or two.  The Australian singer-songwriter recently purchased a $4.7 million property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 1924 Mediterranean-style mansion was designed by famed architect A.F. Leicht, who was known for his whimsical sensibilities and ornate details like wood carvings and stained-glass accents. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and also features a sunken solarium, a billiards room and a library.

Sia must have really loved the place, because she reportedly paid about $400,000 more than the asking price.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Katy Perry Sells New Perfume on Twitter

ABC/Randy Holmes We all know Katy Perry used Twitter last week to weigh in on the short-lived Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift scuffle. But she also used Twitter in a much more productive way: she harnessed the social media platform’s new shopping feature to launch her latest perfume, Mad Potion.

You can purchase the fragrance directly from Twitter by going to the Twitter account @KatyPerryPopUp.

“For all you #KatyCats in the USA, @KatyPerry’s #MadPotion is available to buy now, right here!!” the pop-up shop tweeted.

The scent, Katy’s seventh fragrance, contains notes of Tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, and crisp apple. It sells for $30.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Jewel Announces New Album, "Picking Up the Pieces," Coming in September

Credit: Matthew RolstonFive years after her last proper album, Jewel is finally ready to release another. The singer-songwriter has announced she’ll release her next record, Picking Up the Pieces, on September 11.

Jewel says she recorded the album in Nashville and self-produced all 14 tracks to achieve a stripped down, folk sound.

“This is just me. These are my thoughts. These are my feelings. This is my poetry,” she says. “It really felt like returning to a part of me that I didn’t mean to lose, but with time and relationships and life and surviving and dealing, you take on new things and not all of them are great.”

In the years since 2010’s Sweet and Wild, Jewel’s life underwent some major changes. She had a son, got divorced, recorded a pair of children’s albums, and wrote her memoir, Never Broken -- which comes out September 15, four days after the new album.

“I was trying to keep my mind quiet and honestly get back to something I feel like I’d lost touch with in my life,” she says about her recording process this time around. “It was really an exercise in shutting out fear. I was giving myself permission to be exactly who and what I was.”

Picking Up the Pieces is meant to “bookend” Jewel’s debut, Pieces of You, which is now in its 20th anniversary year. It will include previously unrecorded live fan favorites like “Carnivore” and “Boy Needs a Bike,” as well as a collaboration with country legend Dolly Parton on the song “My Father’s Daughter.”

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