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Friday
May292015

Billy Joel Joined by The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere at New York City Concert

Lloyd Bishop/NBC; The Hartman GroupBilly Joel played his monthly concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Thursday and during the show he welcomed another legendary local singer/keyboardist to the stage, The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere.  Joel and Cavaliere teamed up for an inspired rendition of The Rascals' classic 1966 #1 hit "Good Lovin'."

You can check out fan-filmed video of the performance on YouTube.  Cavaliere also posted a link to the clip on his official website, FelixCavaliereMusic.com, along with a message that reads, "Anyone else have goosebumps from this? AMAZING EXPERIENCE!"

Joel's next Madison Square Garden concert is scheduled for June 20, and he has plenty of other gigs lined in various cities throughout 2015.  Cavaliere and his current version of The Rascals, meanwhile, have 10 upcoming U.S. shows this year, starting with a performance Saturday night at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.

Here are all of the confirmed 2015 shows for Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, according his website:

5/30 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
6/19 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theater
6/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/21 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
7/11 -- Bay View, MI, Bay View Summer College of Music
7/23 -- Oswego, NY, Harborfest
7/25 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs - Hippie Fest
8/29 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
10/2 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/15 -- Culver, IN, Culver Academy

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Friday
May292015

Seattle-Tacoma Airport Launches Pearl Jam Poster Art Exhibit 

Credit: Danny ClinchIf you're a Pearl Jam fan, you may want to reroute any upcoming flights you have through the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.  As a part of their Experience the City of Music program, the Sea-Tac has teamed with the EMP Museum to launch a new exhibit of 85 Pearl Jam concert posters.

"These posters commemorate amazing concerts, such as Pearl Jam's four-night stand at The Spectrum in Philadelphia in 2009, where they closed down that fabled venue, but they also convey the band's and the artists' points of view on contemporary society," says EMP curator Jacob McMurray.  "As such, these posters are more than just graphic ephemera, but in fact objects of often deep artistic and cultural meaning."

Officially titled "Push Me, Pull Me: Pearl Jam and the Art of the Screen Printed Poster," the exhibit will be on display in the Seattle-Tacoma Airport's A concourse.

The Sea-Tac and the EMP Museum previously launched a Jimi Hendrix-themed exhibit through the Experience the City of Music program.

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Friday
May292015

Pitbull Unveils Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Orlando

PRNewsFoto/Madame Tussauds OrlandoPitbull is the latest musical act to get the Madame Tussauds treatment. The singer unveiled his wax double at Madame Tussauds Orlando today.

His likeness is dressed in a black tuxedo and posed in Pitbull’s signature power stance. The Miami rapper, clad in a contrasting all-white suit, posed for pictures with his doppelganger.

"Looking back, it was a great experience to sit with the Madame Tussauds artists who worked hard to capture every detail," Pitbull said prior to the unveiling. "Having been born and raised in Florida, it truly is an honor to have this figure in Orlando."

Pitbull met with Madame Tussauds artists back in May of last year, where more than 300 measurements of his face, head and body were taken. The new Madame Tussauds Orlando location opened May 4 on International Drive.

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Friday
May292015

Taylor Swift-Themed IndyCar Will Race This Weekend

ABC/Fred LeeOne racecar driver will be taking Taylor Swift for a spin this weekend. Sort of.

Tony Kanaan’s IndyCar for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be decorated with a Taylor paint scheme, according to the IndyCar website. The design is part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records, which is the official entertainment partner of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

A photo tweeted by ESPN shows the blue-colored No. 10 Chevrolet emblazoned with the pop star’s image and touting her 1989 World Tour. The race coincides with Taylor’s Detroit tour stop this Saturday.

“Big thanks to @BigMachine and @taylorswift13,” Tony, a former Indy 500 winner, wrote on Twitter. “Proud to run your car this weekend.”

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Friday
May292015

Wilco to Perform First Full Acoustic Set at Solid Sound Festival 

Credit: Austin NelsonWilco is going unplugged. At their annual Solid Sound Festival this June, Jeff Tweedy and company will perform their first ever full acoustic set. While on their last tour they would play a full electric set followed by an acoustic encore, Wilco plans on doing a full unplugged set followed by an electric encore at Solid Sound.

The acoustic show will take place the Friday of Solid Sound, while Wilco's Saturday set will be a traditional electric show with an unplugged encore. Solid Sound takes place June 26-28 at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts.

In other Wilco news, the band is releasing an archival poster book featuring concert posters from the last ten years. Called Beyond the Fleeting Moment: Wilco Concert Posters 2004-2014, the book will be available for purchase at Solid Sound on June 26. For those who can't make it to the festival, Beyond the Fleeting Moment is also available for pre-order via Wilco's web store.

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Friday
May292015

Nicki Minaj Talks Family & Sexual Satisfaction in "Cosmopolitan"

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has given new insights on her personal life in Cosmopolitan's July issue.

The rapper, who is currently dating Meek Mill, spilled on her aspirations of starting a family.

"Ten years from now, I will have two children, unless my husband wants three," she tells the mag. "I will be into my fitness a lot more, I will stop yo-yo dieting and I'll be a housewife with careers that I can run from home."

She continues, "I want to be able to cook for my children, bake cookies for them and watch them grow up. I just want to be Mommy. Take them to school, go to the parent-teacher conference, help them with their homework and put their work on the refrigerator."

When it comes to sex, Nicki adds: "I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that."

The July issue of Cosmopolitan hits stands on June 9.

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Friday
May292015

Korn's Jonathan Davis Is Working on a Country Project 

Image Courtesy of Prospect ParkKorn frontman Jonathan Davis is known for his taste for other kinds of music besides hard rock and metal -- particularly electronica -- but now he's exploring an unexpected genre: country. On Instagram, Davis announced that he is working with "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" singers Big & Rich.

"Working with Big and Rich on a country music project #Bakersfieldsound," Davis wrote. The caption accompanies a photo of Big & Rich in the recording studio.

Davis was born in Bakersfield, California, which is of course known for the "Bakersfield sound," a twangy country style used by legends like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

In addition to this country project, Davis also recently released a snippet of a new electronic-influenced solo song, "Can You Hear Me," which sounds decidedly not country.

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Working with Big and Rich on a country music project #Bakersfieldsound

A photo posted by Jonathan Davis Official (@jdevil33) on May 27, 2015 at 2:13pm PDT

 

Friday
May292015

Report: Beyonce's Albums Might Be Pulled from Tidal

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce may be one of the principal owners of Tidal, but her music may be pulled from the music streaming service, according to Bloomberg Business.

Bloomberg reports that Sony, which owns the licensing rights to Beyonce’s music, is holding out for significant advance fees and if a deal isn't made, the label may revoke Tidal’s right to stream music from its artists. While Universal already has reached an agreement with Tidal, Warner is also still negotiating over an advance.

The news comes after Beyonce has already started contributed exclusive content to Tidal, including a romantic new song "Die with You" and her appearance in Nicki Minaj’s "Feelin' Myself" video.

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Friday
May292015

Shania Twain Says Writing for New Album Is Almost Finished

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain may be wrapping up her career as a touring performer, but she has new music planned for fans this fall.

Shania tells the Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach that she's almost finished writing songs for her new album and she’ll start recording it in the fall after she finishes her upcoming tour.

Having wrapped up two weeks of rehearsals in Sin City, Shania kicks off her final road tour on Friday, June 5 in Seattle and winds things down in Toronto in October. She promises to play all her hits on tour, but warns the production will be tilted toward the rock side, including a new version of “Party for Two,” her hit duet with Billy Currington. She’s still entertaining the idea of debuting some of her new material on the road.

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Friday
May292015

Iggy Azalea Cancels Great Escape Tour, Will Still Play Festivals & Fairs 

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After initially postponing her Great Escape tour due to production delays, Iggy Azalea has now cancelled the tour completely.

An email apparently went out to ticket holders today, informing them of the cancellation. One fan tweeted an image of the email, which reads, "The Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour scheduled for this fall has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase."

It adds, “There will be a new tour planned around Iggy's new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Iggy later confirmed the cancellation on Twitter, writing, "As u may know, the tour is cancelled. I'm so sad and sorry to let my fans down...we'll be back out on the road when the next album is done."  She added, "The cancellations don't include Pittsburgh Pride, Ottawa Bluesfest, Québec Summer Festival, or Washington State Fair. Still coming to those!"

The trek was to be the Aussie rapper’s first arena tour and was slated to kick off September 18 in San Diego. It was originally supposed to begin in the spring, but Iggy postponed it in March after reportedly splitting with her tour producer over “creative differences.” She later teamed up with the production designer behind Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show and Britney Spears’ Vegas show Piece of Me.

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Friday
May292015

Colbie Caillat Engaged After "Friends"-Inspired Proposal

Kurt IswarienkoColbie Caillat recently turned 30, and she's about to experience another milestone: getting married.

Colbie posted a photo of herself and longtime boyfriend Justin Young on Twitter with the caption, "This sweet man asked me to be his lobster....And I said yes :)."

If you don't get the reference, keep in mind that Colbie is a huge fan of Friends.  There's a famous scene where Phoebe explains to Ross that he and Rachel will eventually get together because she's his "lobster."  "It's a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life," Phoebe explains. "You can actually see old lobsters couples walking around their tank, holding claws."  Rachel doesn't buy this, but when she finally realizes how much Ross loves her, and for how long, she kisses him passionately, causing Phoebe to cry, "He's her lobster!"

Justin retweeted Colbie's tweet and added a heart emoji.

Justin's a singer/songwriter who's also toured with Colbie as her guitarist. They've been dating since 2009.

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Friday
May292015

Jamie Foxx Forks Over His Player's Card in "You Changed Me" Video

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx is tired of being a bachelor in the video for "You Changed Me" featuring Chris Brown.

The Little X-directed video features a candid conversation between the Jamie and Breezy about settling down with their respective love interests. "So what are we doing? Because I got that feeling. Can we say settle down?" Jamie asks Brown before wondering if they should have "strippers or no strippers" at their mansion party.

When Empire star Grace Gealey shows up, Jamie tries to keep it cool, but later can't resist showing off his dance moves. Meanwhile, Brown serenades his girl in a hallway before heading into the bedroom.

"You Changed Me" appears on Foxx's album Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 this week.

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Friday
May292015

Nicki Minaj Says "Barbershop 3" Is "Gonna Have You Hollering" 

ABC/Lou RoccoEarlier this month, we learned Nicki Minaj landed a role in the upcoming film Barbershop 3, alongside Ice Cube, Regina Hall and Cedric the Entertainer. Now, the rapper has teased fans on social media about filming the flick.

After snapping a selfie from inside her trailer, Nicki informed us that there's some big laughs ahead in the movie. "The scene we're about to shoot is gonna have u when u see it," she tweeted, adding crying face emojiis.

When asked who she's most excited to work with on the film, Nicki tweeted that she couldn't decided, adding that its still very surreal.

"The cast is just so iconic. I just... Ice Cube was my older brother's hero. It's so surreal. The whole cast is epic"

According to Variety, Minaj will portray Draya -- a "sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop."  Other rappers appearing in the movie include Common and Eve, who will reprise her role as Terri.

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Friday
May292015

Kip Moore Says "Traveling Circus" and Fans Inspired New Album

MCA NashvilleKip Moore’s second album will be called Wild Ones, and in a new video preview of the album, Kip says it was inspired by “the traveling circus that our life has become” and the folks who come to his concerts.

“I think the fans had so much to do with this record because I now know who my fanbase is,” he says in the video, posted to YouTube. “I refused to make a record that doesn’t represent who we are and what they want to hear.”

The “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” hitmaker co-wrote all of the album’s 13 tracks, including the lead single “I’m to Blame,” as well as “Lipstick,” a tune that namechecks the cities Kip has visited while playing 200 dates a year.

Here’s the track list for Wild Ones, which comes out Friday, August 21:

“Wild Ones”
“Come and Get It”
“Girl of Summer”
“Magic”
“That Was Us”
“Lipstick”
“What Ya Got On Tonight”
“Heart’s Desire”
“Complicated”
“I’m to Blame”
“That’s Alright With Me”
“Running for You”
“Comeback Kid”

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Friday
May292015

Justin Bieber Sings Boyz II Men Song for Newly Engaged Couple

Peter YangJustin Bieber seems pretty intent on bringing back this Boyz II Men classic. For the second time this week, the Biebs performed the R&B group’s song “I’ll Make Love to You.” This time, a TMZ video captured him serenading a recently engaged couple with the song in Los Angeles Thursday night.

The fiancé apparently asked Justin to sing for them, and he obliged. He even had the man join in on the chorus.

Last Sunday, Justin covered the same song at the W Hollywood’s weekly Jazz Night. Boyz II Men sent him a message on Twitter afterwards. “Thanks for singing our songs #IllMakeLoveToYou! Next time you're in #Vegas join us @TheMirageLV,” the group tweeted him on Tuesday.

Justin also sang another Boyz II Men song, “End of the Road,” during carpool karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden last week.

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Friday
May292015

Sam Smith Hits British Chart Milestone Previously Achieved by The Beatles

Capitol RecordsSam Smith’s Grammy-winning In the Lonely Hour just celebrated its first birthday this week in the U.K. and Europe. Now, it’s just marked another milestone.

According to the U.K.'s  Official Charts Company, In the Lonely Hour became the only debut album since The Beatles’ 1963 album Please Please Me to spend nearly its entire first year in the top 5 of the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.

On the one-year anniversary of its European release Tuesday, In the Lonely Hour had already logged 50 weeks in the Top 5. Please Please Me remained in the top 5 for 51 weeks during its first year on sale.

“Seeing this statistic genuinely makes me feel very weird, but also insanely happy and just so thankful to everyone who has purchased the album,” Sam tells the Official Charts Company. “Not so lonely anymore!”

The only other album to rival Sam and The Beatles’ performance on the British chart is Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water, which managed a full first 52 weeks inside the top 5 back in 1970. But that was a not a debut album.

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Friday
May292015

Little Mix Releases Spellbinding Video for "Black Magic"

Rachael WrightLittle Mix may have co-written the Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea duet “Pretty Girls,” but now they’re casting a spell with their own single, “Black Magic.”

The British girl group, which was formed on the U.K. X Factor and includes Zayn Malik’s fiancée Perrie Edwards, just released the music video for the new tune. Seemingly inspired by the 1996 film The Craft, the four girls play nerdy high school students who can’t seem to get the popular guy to notice them.

After finding a spell book in the library, the girls practice a little magic and turned themselves into hotties. They use their powers to play tricks on a mean girl, and help a bullied geek.

While Perrie is probably the most recognizable member thanks to her relationship with the former One Direction boy-bander, the other girls in the group are Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson. They’ll release their third album later this year.

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Friday
May292015

Report: Scott Stapp Joins VH1's "Couples Therapy"

Image Courtesy Wind-up RecordsScott Stapp and his wife Jaclyn have signed on for the sixth season of VH1's relationship counseling reality show, Couples Therapy, People reports. The former Creed frontman is working on his relationship with his wife following a bizarre few months for the singer, beginning last November when Stapp posted a series of videos claiming he'd been robbed of all of his money.

In an interview with People earlier this month, Stapp explained that episode and others by revealing he'd experienced "a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse" and that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"I was hallucinating," Stapp said. "I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car."

Stapp says he's now sober and in intensive therapy, and that Jaclyn has helped him cope with his diagnosis.

"Jaclyn kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer," he said."

The sixth season of Couples Therapy will premiere this fall.

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Friday
May292015

Brett Eldredge Takes Two Fans on a Leap of Faith

Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove's Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge continues to live up to his reputation as an adrenaline junkie -- and this time, he took two lucky fans along for the ride. Lindsay Bade says she entered Muck Boot’s Facebook contest every day to win the chance for her and her fiancé to zipline with Brett at AdventureWorks in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

While being on stage remains Brett’s number-one thrill, he admits ziplining at 30 miles an hour, 90 feet off the ground is a pretty close second.

"That one was the most scary and the most fun! The only other time I had that feeling was when I went skydiving," Brett tells People. "That leap into the air is so scary, but it's also the time you feel most alive. You don't want to do it, but then you do it and you feel so alive. Sometimes you just have to let go and take the jump, the leap of faith."

The country heartthrob built his daredevil reputation on celebrating each of his number ones with a new feat. Brett jumped out of a plane for “Don’t Ya” and swam with the sharks to mark “Beat of the Music.” Next up, he’ll eat dinner on a table suspended 300 feet above ground by a crane to commemorate “Mean to Me.” “I’m thinking baby back ribs,” he quips.

Monday night, Brett performs his latest hit, “Lose My Mind,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers.

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Friday
May292015

Twenty One Pilots, Faith No More & Brandon Flowers Debut Atop "Billboard's" Rock Charts 

Fuled by Ramen; Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac RecordingsIn conquering the Billboard 200, Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface has also debuted at number one on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. Following Blurryface on both charts at number two is Faith No More's comeback album, Sol Invictus, while The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers' The Desired Effect comes in at number three.

With 31,000 albums sold, Sol Invictus, Faith No More's first album in 18 years, debuted at number one on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. That mark was also good enough for Sol Invictus to grab the number 15 spot on the Billboard 200 -- Faith No More's highest spot on the chart since 1992's Angel Dust.

The Desired Effect, Flowers' second solo album, sold 29,000 copies in its first week. In addition to debuting at number three on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, The Desired Effect also comes in at number 17 on the Billboard 200.

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