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Saturday
Mar282015

Scott Weiland, Molly Hatchet Join Lineup for Swamp Fox Biker Bash

Credit: Jamie WeilandEx-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and veteran Southern rockers Molly Hatchet have been added to the entertainment lineup for the Swamp Fox Biker Bash in Marion, South Carolina, a motorcycle rally that runs May 8 to May 17.  Weiland and his new band, The Wildabouts, will play a special May 13 concert to raise awareness about motorcycle safety and the dangers of drunk driving.  Molly Hatchet will perform during the Biker Bash's May 16 festivities.

Other artists playing the Swamp Fox Biker Bash include The Marshall Tucker Band on May 14, Bret Michaels May 15, and Buckcherry on May 16.  Tickets are available via Pledge Music.  Weiland also teamed up with Pledge Music to release his debut album with The Wildabouts, Blaster, which will hit stores this Tuesday, March 31.

In other Scott Weiland news, the singer recently took to Facebook to apologize after he was rude to fans at a recent meet-and-greet following a concert in Boston.

"I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston," he writes.  "I'm embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said."

As first reported by AlternativeNation.net, several fans took to the STP forum BelowEmpty.com to vent about their unpleasant experience at the meet-and-greet, saying that Weiland was disrespectful and seemed drunk.

"I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted," Weiland continues in his apology.  "Either way, I acted like a total a**hole and for that I'm truly sorry."


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Saturday
Mar282015

Boz Scaggs Adds Summer Dates to 2015 North American Tour

Credit: Danny ClinchBoz Scaggs' busy 2015 schedule just got a lot busier.  The soulful pop-rock singer, whose new album, A Fool to Care, will be released this Tuesday, has just announced a series of North American summer concerts that will follow the spring U.S. trek he'll embark on starting next month.

The newly added run of dates kicks off on July 3 in Marysville, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 9 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Other major cities the trek will visit include San Diego; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Scaggs' spring tour gets under way April 8 in Gainesville, Florida, and runs through a May 24 gig in Modesto, California.

Meanwhile, Boz is scheduled to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 3.  He'll sit in with the show's house band, The Roots.

As previously reported, A Fool to Know currently is streaming online at Amazon.com through this Monday.

Here are all of Scaggs' confirmed North American tour dates:

3/30 -- Los Angeles CA, Brian Fest - Fonda Theatre
4/8 -- Gainesville, FL, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
4/9 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
4/13 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center - Au Rene Theater
4/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live
5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
5/2 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/6 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
5/7 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
5/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
5/10 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
5/12 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall
5/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino - Indoor Theater
5/16 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Fest
5/19 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall
5/20 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/22 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center
5/23 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre
5/24 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
7/3 -- Marysville, WA, Tulalip Casino
7/4 -- Coquitlam, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
7/7 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/9 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
7/10 -- Newport Beach, CA, Hyatt Regency – Back Bay Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
7/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
7/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino
7/21 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights
7/22 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium
7/24 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort
7/25 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
7/26 -- York, PA, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
7/28 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
7/29 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Music Box
8/1 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino – Event Center
8/2 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall
8/4 -- North Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, NC Knight Theater
8/6 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
8/8 -- Westhampton Beach, NY, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
8/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse


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Saturday
Mar282015

Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Coldplay Nominated for Tonight's Kids' Choice Awards

James Dimmock/NickelodeonImagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy and Coldplay are all up for orange blimps at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

All three bands are nominated in the Favorite Music Group category. Their competition includes pop groups Maroon 5, One Direction and OneRepublic.

The telecast will also include actors Emma Stone, Liam Hemsworth, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Grant Gustin, Josh Gad, Jamie Foxx, Kevin James and Nick Cannon, as well as Little League star Mo'ne Davis. Former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas will host.

Here are the music nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards:

Favorite Music Group
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Male Singer
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Nick Jonas
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith
 
Favorite Female Singer
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor)
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry)
“Fancy” (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
 
Favorite New Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Iggy Azalea
Jessie J
Meghan Trainor


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Saturday
Mar282015

Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson Performing Tonight on Kids' Choice Awards

James Dimmock/NickelodeonIggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson will perform their new single “Trouble” tonight at the Kids’ Choice Awards airing from The Forum in Los Angeles.

Azalea is up for Favorite New Artist, and she also has two nominations in the Favorite Song of the Year category: one for “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX, and one as the featured artist on Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Beyonce is competing against Nicki Minaj for Favorite Female Singer, and the nominees for Favorite Male Singer include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.

Jamie Foxx and Nick Cannon are among the celebrities who will participate. Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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Saturday
Mar282015

Reba Teases New Music from "Love Somebody"

Image Courtesy BMLGIf you can’t wait until Reba’s new album Love Somebody comes out on April 14, you'll be glad to know that the country icon is already giving fans a preview. You can now hear a snippet of the uptempo “Until They Don’t Love You,” on YouTube, ahead of the song’s debut next week.

Those who pre-order Reba’s first album since 2010 on iTunes will also get an immediate download of “Enough,” her duet with Jennifer Nettles. Packages on Reba’s website also offer both an exclusive T-shirt and a vinyl copy of the record. Love Somebody showcases her current single, “Going Out Like That” as well.

 


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Saturday
Mar282015

Karrueche Tran Dishes on Chris Brown and Rihanna in OWN Special

Photo by Dale Berman and Courtesy of OWNKarrueche Tran reveals that Chris Brown admitted he was in a love triangle with Rihanna and her in the Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tran special, hosted by Iyanla Vanzant and airing tonight on the OWN.

Tran told Vanzant that at the time, she wasn't bothered by Chris' relationship with Rihanna because, “I was under the impression it was a friend-type, not a friend, but it wasn’t what it became to be.” When it became apparent that Brown and Rihanna were romantically connected, Tran told Vanzant, “I knew, but I didn’t want to believe it.”

Vanzant responded, "I'm going to repeat to you what you said, 'I knew, but I didn't want to believe it,'" Iyanla says.  "Huge mistake. Huge! But you've got to get that. Don't just zip past that."

In the emotional interview, Tran also reacts to the news that Brown has a daughter with another woman.

Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tran airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on OWN.


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Saturday
Mar282015

Nick Jonas-Hosted "Kids' Choice Awards" Air Tonight

James Dimmock/NickelodeonNick Jonas will pull double duty this weekend as he both hosts and performs on Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which air Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Nick, who's also a nominee, will open the ceremony with a performance of his hit, "Jealous." Other performers include 5 Seconds of Summer, and Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson, who'll team for their duet, "Trouble."

Other musicians who'll be taking part in the festivities, but not performing, include Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony and Echosmith, all three of whom are nominated for Favorite New Artist.  Meghan's also up for Favorite Song of the Year, for "All About that Bass."

Echosmith frontwoman Sydney Sierota, who's 17, tells ABC Radio that she used to watch the Kids' Choice Awards when she was a little kid.  "I never even thought, 'Oh, it'd be cool to be on it,'" she tells ABC Radio of watching in years past.  "It wasn't even something that I even thought was a possibility at all."

She laughs, "And here we are: we're getting nominated, not just attending, which is quite the difference [from] me being a little kid watching it and thinking, 'Oh my gosh, they're so cool!'"

Sydney adds she's happy the show is actually voted on by kids, not music industry insiders. "The Kids' Choice Awards is a great idea 'cause everybody gets to have their opinion, and that gets to play into the end result is," she tells ABC Radio.  "And whether we win or not, the fact that we get to even be at the point of people being able to vote for us...we're really excited about it and really thankful." 

Other stars you'll see on the telecast include Emma Stone, Liam Hemsworth, Zendaya, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Grant Gustin, Josh Gad, Bethany Mota, Shawn Mendes, Jamie Foxx, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, and Little League star Mo'ne Davis.

Here are the music nominees for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards:

Favorite Music Group
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Male Singer
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Nick Jonas
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith
 
Favorite Female Singer
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor)
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry)
“Fancy” (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
 
Favorite New Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Iggy Azalea
Jessie J
Meghan Trainor


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Saturday
Mar282015

Katy Perry's "Prismatic World Tour" to Air on EPIX Tonight, but No Need to Subscribe

Christie Goodwin/EPIXDidn't get a chance to check out Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour?  You can watch the whole spectacle from the comfort of your own home tonight, thanks to EPIX.

Saturday at 8 p.m., the network will air Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour, a two-hour extravaganza filmed during the singer's current tour.  It includes her entire concert, plus some behind-the-scenes footage.  Here's even better news: even if you don't have EPIX, you'll be able to watch it. The network is running a free preview this weekend, so you can catch it via the EPIX app, on Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-Verse and as a live free stream on the official EPIX and Katy Perry Facebook pages.

In a statement, Katy says, "After over 100 shows and counting on the Prismatic World Tour, I’m thrilled to now be partnering with EPIX to share this incredible show with everyone at home in the U.S. If you thought the 12 1/2 minutes at the Super Bowl were a feast for the eyes, imagine what you’ll get in this 2-hour show!”

The Prismatic World Tour continues next month in Europe and Asia.  That leg wraps May 14, and then Katy will do a few more dates in September in Peru, Columbia, Brazil and Puerto Rico before she finally puts all her costumes and props away until next time.

Here's the set list for Katy's EPIX special:

"Roar"
"Part of Me"
"Wide Awake"
"This Moment "/ "Love Me"
"Dark Horse"
"ET"
"Legendary Lovers"
"I Kissed a Girl"
"Hot n Cold"
"International Smile"
"By the Grace of God"
"The One that Got Away"/"Thinking of You"
"Walking on Air"
"It Takes Two"
"This Is How We Do" /"Last Friday Night"
"Teenage Dream"
"California Gurls"
"Birthday"
"Firework"


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Friday
Mar272015

Jerry Seinfeld Joins Wale to Promote "The Album About Nothing"

Image Courtesy Jon Dragonette/InterscopeWale and Jerry Seinfeld may seem like an odd combination, but the comedian and the rapper have a mutual admiration and Seinfeld is helping to promote the Wale's new album, The Album About Nothing. 

The duo are starring in their own web series, and in their latest episode, Wale predicts Seinfeld will win a Grammy for inspiring the song, "The White Shoes.”

Seinfeld recalled white shoes were not cool when he was a child. "When I grew up, grown ups wore black shoes." He continued, "And then [Bill] Cosby wore white sneakers on I Spy and then Joe Namath wore white shoes with the '69 Jets, and it was like, it's okay to wear white shoes." 

Wale commented. "I think white shoes make people happy." 

The Album About Nothing, including “The White Shoes,” will be released March 31 featuring Usher, Jeremih, J. Cole and commentary from Seinfeld.


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Friday
Mar272015

No Truth to Ariana Grande Diva Rumors on "Scream Queens" Set, Says Studio

Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this week, rumors surfaced that Ariana Grande’s diva-like behavior on the set of the upcoming Fox show Scream Queens was causing serious problems with co-star Emma Roberts. But on Friday, representatives from Fox Studios told VH1 those rumors are completely untrue. In fact, Ariana hasn’t even been to the set because she’s been on tour.

“Ariana Grande is currently on tour and has yet to hit the stages of Scream Queens,” the reps said. “These rumors are false and we look forward to working with her.”

The rumors, reported on by VH1's The Gossip Table, claimed Ariana had banned cell phones from the set to prevent any pictures of her near the catering table from surfacing. The Gossip Table said Emma supposedly went screaming to show creator Ryan Murphy about how upset she was over Ariana’s behavior.  

Once she finishes up her Honeymoon Tour, Ariana is slated to have a recurring guest role on the series.


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Friday
Mar272015

George Ezra Adds Summer Headlining Dates

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsGeorge Ezra has expanded his headlining tour into the summer. The English singer-songwriter's new batch of dates begin July 27 in Washington, D.C. and conclude August 11 in Seattle. Visit GeorgeEzra.com for all the ticket info.

Ezra is currently touring North America in support of his debut album, Wanted on Voyage, through April 22 in New York City. The trek also includes a stop at Coachella.

For a preview of Ezra's live show, the "Budapest" singer will make his Saturday Night Live debut on the March 28 episode, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.

Here are all of George Ezra's new tour dates:

7/27 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
7/28 -- New York City, NY, Terminal 5
7/29 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/4 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
8/7 -- San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands
8/8 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
8/9 -- BC, Canada, Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/11 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre

 
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Friday
Mar272015

Update: Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Recovering After Suffering a Heart Attack

Credit: Mike ThutSome new information about Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's health scare has been revealed on the band's official Facebook page.  A message posted Thursday reports, "Paul did indeed have a heart attack," adding that "he had a procedure [Thursday] afternoon and he'll be recovering in the hospital the next few days before heading back to San Francisco to recuperate."

The group also thanks fans "for all of your incredible support."

News of 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's illness was first reported on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Kantner had been hospitalized and was undergoing tests to find out what was wrong.  The Jefferson Starship has decided to continue its current tour while Kantner recuperates.  The band's show takes place tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut.


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Friday
Mar272015

Blake Shelton's Steamy "Sangria" Video Hits YouTube

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton’s steamy new video for “Sangria” begins and ends with a naked woman submerged in a wine-colored bath.  Shot at Miranda Lambert’s bed and breakfast The Lady Smith in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, the clip features her husband performing his latest single as a model and her partner engage in a heavy make-out session that ends in the bedroom.

The video, which premiered earlier this week on Vessel.com, a new premium video service, hit YouTube on Friday. The Voice star says his latest video simply reflects the message in the song.

“It’s just about one of those nights where you drink too much and you’re gonna end up hookin’ up with this person, it’s just inevitable," he says.

“Sangria” is the third single from Blake’s Bringing Back the Sunshine.


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Friday
Mar272015

Rock in Rio USA to Auction Signed Linkin Park Guitar for Music for Relief

Credit: James MinchinThe inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival has partnered with Music for Relief to plant trees in the U.S., including restoring areas burned in California wildfires. In order raise money for their efforts, Rock in Rio USA will be auctioning a guitar signed by festival headliners Linkin Park.

At a press conference held Thursday, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and the band Echosmith were on hand to sign the first line of guitars to be auctioned. Bidding will take place on-site at the festival and online.

Other items in the auction that have been announced so far include a signed guitar by No Doubt.

Rock in Rio USA will be held May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. Metallica, Coheed and Cambria, Deftones, Rise Against, Bleachers, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Menand Foster the People are also on the lineup.


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Friday
Mar272015

Modest Mouse Grabs Top Spot on Top Rock Albums; Foo Fighters Top Mainstream Rock Songs

Images Courtesy of Epic Records; Roswell Records/RCA RecordsModest Mouse's comeback record, Strangers to Ourselves, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. The album, Modest Mouse's first in eight years, also reached the number-three spot on the Billboard 200. "Lampshades on Fire," the lead single from Strangers to Ourselves, retains its position as the number-one track on Alternative Songs.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters notch their sixth number-one single on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with "Congregation." Dave Grohl and Co. recently ruled Mainstream Rock Songs for 13 weeks straight with "Something from Nothing," the first single from their album Sonic Highways.

"Congregation" isn't the only religion-tinged track to top the charts -- Hozier's "Take Me to Church" continues its reign atop Hot Rock Songs for the 23rd straight week. That streak ties the record-breaking run set by Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive."

In other Hot Rock Songs happenings, Walk the Moon's catchy "Shut Up and Dance" reaches the number-two spot on the chart, while Twenty One Pilots make their highest debut at number eight, with "Fairly Local." Of Monsters and Men's "Cyrstals" also debuts on Hot Rock Songs, coming in at number 15.


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Friday
Mar272015

Twitter Attacks Cause T-Pain to Remove Aaliyah Track from Mixtape

Inage Courtesy RCA Records Following bitter profanity-laced attacks on social media, T-Pain gave into the backlash and removed his song “Girlfriend” featuring Aaliyah from The Iron Way mixtape he released Friday.

He tweeted, “I'm still tryin to figure out how ppl feel I dissed Aaliyah. I was talkin bout how ppl turn into WBC anytime somebody mentions her name." One tweet summed up the many negative messages he received condemning using the voice of the icon who passed way in 2001 at the age of 22. It read, “He clearly disrespected Aaliyah's name."

As was previously reported, the artist/producer said at a New York City listening session for the tape, "I've seen people directly say, 'He doesn't deserve her records,'" he recalled. "I'm trying to figure out what the f**k did I do?" 

The Iron Way, which originally had 21 songs, was released with only 20 songs. Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Yo GottiBun BBig K.R.I.T, Migos and K Camp are among the artists featured.


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Friday
Mar272015

New Music and More Expected as 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death Nears

Gramercy Pictures/Getty ImagesAs the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death approaches in September, his estate is planning a major promotion of his vast archives, including the release of previously unheard music, a line of apparel and a new biography. 

According Billboard, the recent Powerade commercial starring Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose with poetry by Shakur signals a new marketing focus for the anniversary. JAM Inc, a company that has promoted music by the late Michael Jackson, Rick James and Otis Redding, is now working with Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur.  The company's Jeff Jampol  says, Tupac left "almost an embarrassment of riches, including unreleased music, remixes, original demo, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments and poems."

Tom Whalley, who signed Shakur to Interscope in 1991, says, “Some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work." He adds, "But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing."

Jampol and Whalley say a clothing line is coming later this year and they're finalizing a contract with "a very serious writer" for a new a biography. There's also talk of a project in which contemporary artists would set to music lyrics and poetry that Tupac left behind.  In fact the estate was considering approaching Kendrick Lamar about such a project before the rapper approached them for permission to use the clip of a Tupac interview featured on his To Pimp a Butterfly track "Mortal Men."


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Friday
Mar272015

Josh Groban Jokes that He Isn't Gay Because He Passed the "Ryan Gosling Test"

James DimmockJosh Groban is straight; he's currently dating actress Kat Dennings.  Over the years, some have speculated about his sexuality, but in an interview with the gay website PrideSource, he says if he actually were gay, he'd have been the first one to talk about it.

"Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one," he tells the website. "It's such a thing when people speculate. I would have nothing to hide if that were the case. People have speculated, have wanted to speculate -- whatever, fine. I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't view it as a bad thing. If I were, I'd say, 'OK, fine, speculate all you want and let's talk about it.'"

Asked if spending some of his formative years within the performing arts community, where he was surrounded by many gay people, ever made him question his own sexuality, Josh says, "No, not at all. It wasn't in any way, shape or form about my own life or my own sexuality -- it was about understanding and accepting everybody, and being friends regardless of that."

The singer also jokes that the fact that he co-starred with a frequently shirtless Ryan Gosling in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love and nothing happened between them proves that he's not gay.

"Listen, if I was gonna be gay, that would've been the moment," he laughs. "That was probably my greatest test, and I failed."


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Friday
Mar272015

BET Honors Erykah Badu Saturday at "Black Girls Rock!"

Image Courtesy BETErykah Badu will receive the Rock Star Award at BET’s Black Girls Rock!, being recorded Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Tracee Ellis Ross from Black-ish and Regina King will host the show, which will air Sunday, April 5. Ciara, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, and Sheila E. will be among the performers.

In addition to Badu, the honorees will include Jada Pinkett Smith, who'll receive the Star Power Award; Cicely Tyson, recipient of the Living Legend Award; and Selma director Ava DuVernay, who will receive the Shot Caller Award. 

First Lady Michele Obama will also appear to promote her “Reach Higher” education program. 

Now in its fifth year, Black Girls Rock! recognizes African-American female trailblazers in the arts, philanthropy, sports and community service.


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Friday
Mar272015

Ed Sheeran Comments on Zayn Leaving 1D; Bandmates Might Make Less Money Now

Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction.  So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.

"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."

Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"

Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”

According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.

However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.


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