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Thursday
Jul242014

Justin Bieber Teases New Songs on Instagram

Ben WattsJustin Bieber sent a strong signal to his fans on Wednesday night that he has new songs in the pipeline.

He took to Instagram to upload brief video clips in which 11 new songs can be heard. Each post only shows footage of a soundboard in a studio.

Justin didn't provide any details on the music, though he did tweet early Wednesday, "Great night in the studio."

In late 2013, Justin released a series of digital songs that eventually was gathered in one collection titled Journals.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Ed Sheeran: Getting Wasted Is "Educational"

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran likes a drink now and then, and he admits that from time to time, he's definitely overindulged, both in alcohol and drugs. But he says there's nothing wrong with that: it's all just one big learning experience.

Speaking to the U.K. paper the Daily Mail, Ed says, "There have been a couple of times over the past few years [when I've gotten wasted], but it’s not a regular thing. It happens when I’m under an immense amount of stress and pressure, and things just build up. But it’s not as dark as people make out. It’s educational."

How so?  "It’s not so much about temptation or peer pressure, it’s just about being in situations and wanting to experience things, so that later on in life I can say, 'Well, I’ve done that, I’ve done this, I enjoyed that, this wasn’t so much fun,'” he explains.  "I'm not trying to rebel. I'm just doing what anyone would do at my age."

Of course, most people Ed's age aren't keeping the company that he keeps.  He recalls to the Daily Mail, "‘I was at a [Oscar] party in Hollywood, and the first person I bumped into was Paul McCartney. We got chatting, although when you’re in that situation you don’t really know what to say, so you’re just like, 'Hey man, how are you? Shall we get a drink? Yeah, let’s get a drink.' We were interrupted, and I was a bit annoyed. Then I looked at the person who’d interrupted us and it was Prince."

That same night, Ed recalls, he got drunk and ended up sitting next to Pink, babbling about how much he likes her music.

Ed, however, says he isn't stunned and shocked that he ends up in parties surrounded by megastars.

"I knew exactly why I was there," he says of that Oscar party. "I’ve worked my a** off. Regardless of whether my music is any good or not, I’ve really put in the hours."


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Thursday
Jul242014

Shaun Morgan Says Seether's "Words as Weapons" Came a Year Early; Inspired Him During Hard Time

Image Courtesy Marina Chavez/Concord Record Group"Words as Weapons," the first single from Seether's new release, Isolate and Medicate, is lodged at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  Not bad for a song that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan says was initially written as a one-off for the band's greatest hits compilation.

Morgan tells ABC News Radio that he wrote "Words as Weapons" last year -- "actually, right before we got told we were no longer with our label," he says.  Then, "a friend of mine had mentioned to me, 'Don't you think that song's too good to go on that throwaway compilation?,' and I was like, 'You've got a point.' So I called all the guys and said, 'We've got to keep that song, we'll have to do something else [for the compilation].'"

Of course, after the greatest-hits collection, Seether's label sold them to another label, which plunged Morgan into a depression. Luckily, having "Words as Weapons" set aside helped pull him out. "I don't think I didn't write at all during that time," Morgan says. "But I think it was certainly good to know I had that [song] as a foundation, some positive energy driving me to keep writing."

Morgan says that the band knew "Words as Weapons" was a great song, and that belief helped them "pretty much set the bar for the rest of the album. It was like, 'Whatever is written has to be better than that song.'" 

Isolate and Medicate is available at the usual digital and brick-and-mortar outlets now.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Joe Perry Planning to Finish New Solo Album After Aerosmith Tour Ends

Image Courtesy of CBSAerosmith is scheduled to be out on tour with Slash through a September 12 show in Nova Scotia, Canada, but guitarist Joe Perry says fans will have quite a bit to look forward to after he and his band mates wrap up their 2014 itinerary.

As previously reported, Perry will be releasing his autobiography, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith, on October 7, and he reveals to ArtistDirect.com that he's also about halfway done with a new solo album.

"I've got about six songs I'm really excited about," Perry tells the website.  "I want to get into them as soon as possible.  That's the main focus now."

The 63-year-old rocker also says he'll spend about a month promoting his book, including some in-store signing appearances.

"We're thinking of different ways to use the Internet to promote it," Joe adds, revealing that he's planning to release four free songs that are "really representative of some of my solo work" to those who purchase the memoir.

In addition, Perry tells ArtistDirect.com that Steven Tyler also is hoping to complete a solo album, and says that Aerosmith may even "get together and do another record" sometime next year.

Aerosmith's next concert is scheduled for this Friday in Tinley Park, Illinois.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes and band and crew took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo Tuesday on his current tour of Japan.

Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Common's "Nobody’s Smiling" Projected to Have Modest First Week Sales

Image Courtesy Def JamThis week saw the release of Common's tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, which is projected to have a modest sales start.

According to Hits Daily Double, the rapper's album is estimated to sell between 18,000 to 21,000 copies in its opening week. His last offering, 2011's The Dreamer/The Believer, opened at number eighteen on the Billboard 200 chart, with 69,000 copies sold.

Still, it seems the rap veteran is just pleased that fans can finally purchase his long-awaited set. "I’m happy to share this with y’all!" he tweeted.

Nobody’s Smiling boasts guest features from Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake and Vince Staples as well as production from No I.D.

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Keith Urban Raises 'Em Up with Birthday Boy Jerrod Niemann and Pal Brett Eldredge Starting Tonight

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's Raise 'Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song's anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.

Says Keith, "I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It's a sense of community. It's a sense of oneness. It's a sense of optimism."

Unfortunately, Eric won't be on hand to sing "Raise 'Em Up" with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will bring fans plenty of excitement as the opening acts. Jerrod's stint on the tour starts in New Hampshire Thursday night, which just happens to be his 35th birthday.

Jerrod calls opening for Keith "the best birthday present ever." He says, "Just want to say thank you to him for letting me and my buddy Brett Eldredge come out and spend a summer with him. It's gonna be a blast."

Go to KeithUrban.net to see the complete list of Raise 'Em Up tour dates.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Kenny Chesney's Latest Hit, "American Kids," Will Be a Cornerstone of His Upcoming Concert Set Lists

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney will most likely return to the concert trail in a big way next year, and his latest hit, "American Kids," will be a centerpiece of his new live show. The song excites Kenny because it sounds unlike anything he's put out in the past.

"It's fun to have a melody that you may not have had before," Kenny says. "It was kind of the same way I felt about 'Somewhere with You' when that first came out. I knew exactly where I was gonna put that song in the show, and how it was gonna make our show a little bit different with a few more twists and turns. And I feel that way about 'American Kids.'"

Kenny can't tell you exactly where the new single will fall in his 2015 set list, but he can't wait to see his fans have a good time singing along with it.

Says Kenny, "It's such a fun, summer song. It's going to be a song that I feel like that is gonna be a part of our life for a long time. I can't wait to see how it comes across."

Kenny will be performing "American Kids" at his one-off show August 16 at the Florida-Alabama line on Perdido Key. His new album, The Big Revival, comes out September 23.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Usher Shoots Video for Pharrell-Produced Single, "She Came to Give It to You"

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Looks like fans will soon have a visual to accompany Usher's new single, "She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj.

The singer teased a snapshot of himself on location via his Instagram account, in which he is standing next to director Philip Andelman, who has filmed videos for Beyonce, Rihanna and Jay Z.

"It's coming... #SheCameToGiveItToYou ... A @Philipandelman #Mashup," the singer wrote in the accompanying caption.

The news comes just a week after Usher revealed another behind-the-scenes look into the recording process with producer Pharrell. "I'm too excited," the hitmaker says from inside the studio vocal booth in the clip.

"She Came to Give It to You" is lifted from his upcoming album, which arrives this fall.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show

Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: "Am I Wrong" hitmakers Nico & Vinz.  They'll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts.  The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.

"We'll try to make you dance at some point," Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo's live show. "I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well.  And really have that energy, and just make it...more than just a show: just, like, a great experience."

"We love to perform.  When we're on stage, we feel free," Nico adds. "It don't matter if it's five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing.  That's the reason why we came into this.  Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!"

Their hit "Am I Wrong," definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world.  But there's also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done.

"When we get [that] type of feedback, that's probably the most gratifying to hear," says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how "Am I Wrong" has changed their lives.  "That's a huge bonus as well!" laughs Nico. "I can't forget that...that's really rewarding."

Nico & Vinz's run with Bruno ends August 17.   They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Justin Bieber's Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Ben WattsJustin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.

Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber's neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.

Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer's Beverly Hills condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.

Police would like the controversial star, 20, to calm down if he's going to live in their city.

“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call," Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. "We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”

Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that "he does turn down the music."

"But it is often a cat-and-mouse game," Subin said. "We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”

In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.

These incidents were Bieber's latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Justin Bieber: Calvin Klein Model?

Credit: Ben WattsIf you've been wondering why Justin Bieber has posted so many photos online of himself sporting Calvin Klein undies, well, it just might be a business decision.  There's serious buzz that the singer has signed on to shoot a campaign for the famed underwear brand.

A source tells E! Online that the Bieb did, in fact, do a shoot for the brand.  However, a Calvin Klein rep wouldn't comment on the rumors, while a rep for Bieber tells ABC News Radio that they have no comment on the reports.

As E! notes, Calvin Klein announced last week that its fall advertising campaign will feature models Lara Stone and Matt Terry, with no mention of Justin's name, but you never know.

Interestingly, Justin once planned to make a movie with one of the world's most famous ex-Calvin Klein underwear models: Mark Wahlberg.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week 

ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular.  Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10.

"Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1.  In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song.  Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35.  According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Sheryl Crow Featured in New Season of Ovation Series "Song by Song"

Interscope RecordsSheryl Crow is one of the music stars whose hits will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series Song by Song.  

The Song by Song episodes focusing on Sheryl will premiere in October and feature her discussing the songs "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy," "My Favorite Mistake" and "Redemption Day."  The episode will use the songs to tell the story of what was happening in her life at the time; she'll reveal what inspired her to write them, and how they affected her career and popular culture.

Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are iconic New Wave rockers Blondie and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.

The series first premiered in 2012 on the Ovation cable channel.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Rixton Release New Single "Wait on Me"

Credit: Lindsey BarnesFollowing the success of their debut U.S. hit, "Me and My Broken Heart," the British band Rixton has just released a new single, "Wait on Me."  The group will perform the song, which they co-wrote, on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 4.

Rixton hits the road July 30 for a summer headlining tour sponsored by Chex Mix.  They're working with the brand to create a video content series called "Sound Chex," which will capture behind-the-scenes moments while on the road.

As previously reported, Rixton also will perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing August 10 on Fox. They're nominated as well, for Choice Music Group.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Alan Jackson Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Opening August 29

Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson's new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29.

"Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the "Chattahoochee" video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'bout Love).

Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. His exhibit runs through March 2015.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Judas Priest's Future May Include More Concert Dates and Another Studio Album

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsJudas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says the band may be getting a second wind.

Tipton tells tells Powerline that the addition of guitarist Richie Faulkner has "injected a lot of enthusiasm into the band," and as a result, there seems to be a renewed enthusiasm about Priest's future on the concert stage and in the studio.

It was assumed that Priest was in the process of winding down when it was announced in late 2010 that the Epitaph tour would be the metal band's final world trek.  But when the tour began, Tipton tells Powerline, "we hadn't found Richie yet. ... Fate hadn't put us together, so things change."

Now Tipton says that he expects more dates to be added to Priest's current concert itinerary, which was to be a smaller outing than the Epitaph tour and covers North America this fall; and more music could be on the way following up the recently released Redeemer of Souls.

The album is the first Judas Priest studio effort to feature Faulkner, who replaced guitarist KK Downing in 2011 during the Epitaph tour.  Faulkner is optimistic that Redeemer of Souls won't be his last with Priest.

"Based upon the new album and on how much material we came up with, and how easy it flowed from everyone on this record, I wouldn't rule out another studio record," Faulkner says.  "Based purely on the creative juices of these sessions, I wouldn't rule it out completely."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Miranda Lambert Shows Off Her On-the-Road Oasis

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is rocking out harder than ever on her just-launched Platinum tour, so she wanted her tour bus to be an oasis from the madness of being on the road. That's why she completely remodeled the interior with soft fabrics and colors for the 2014 tour.

Miranda showed off her new home on wheels in a new video posted on USA Today's website. She says, "When I come on here, I really just wanted to have a place that's like a cottage on wheels and I could really have relaxation before I have to go out there and hit the craziness."

The new tour bus is stocked with water, beer, wine, juice and snacks in her vintage-looking pink refrigerator. There's even a full-sized dresser and a laundry chute so Miranda can store and maintain all her stage clothes. After the shows, Miranda nods off to sleep in her back bedroom with about three dogs laying on top of her through the night.

Miranda is on the road all summer long on the Platinum tour. Go to MirandaLambert.com to see where she's playing next.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Ronnie Wood's Wife Says Children Could Be in the Couple's Future

Mark Robert Milan/GC ImagesThe Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has four grown children and is a grandfather eight times over, but his wife of two years, Sally Humphreys, says she'd like to have her own kids with the 67-year-old rocker.

"There's no plans but there's no non-plans, if you see what I mean," the 36-year-old theater producer tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.  "As time ticks on, I would like children.  I don't know if I will but I would like them."

Asked what Ronnie's opinion is about becoming a dad again so late in life, Sally explains, "Obviously we've spoken about it quite a lot, and you can ask him and his response would be, 'Well, that would be nice.'  He's up for it."

She points out that her husband has many friends in his age group "who have younger children and they all say it's fantastic and it keeps you young."  She adds, "I do think that would be wonderful, but I don't know if it will happen."

Meanwhile, in marrying Wood, Sally became a step-grandmother to eight children, even though she's younger than some of Ronnie's own kids.  As for how the youngsters refer to her, Humphreys tells The Telegraph, "Well, one of them did say to me, 'What shall we call you?' and I could see them all sitting there trying to work it out.  I just said, 'Call me Auntie Sally!'  I thought that was probably better for everyone involved."

As for whether she ever worried about the 31-year age difference between her and her husband, Sally says, "Well, I know it's there.  And I wish it wasn't, but it is."  She adds, "I think I had to say 'I can't do this because of the age' or I just had to let it go and take it all on board.  At no point, years ago, did I say to myself, 'I think I'll go out with someone twice my age,' but that is what has happened."

Regardless of the age gap, Humphreys maintains that Ronnie is "on my level completely.  He's a very nice and caring person…He's very funny, kind and affectionate and welcoming."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Kid Rock Subpoenaed in Sexual-Harassment Case Against Insane Clown Posse

Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideA phallic glass sex toy given to Kid Rock years ago by a former Insane Clown Posse employee is about to become a key piece of evidence in an ongoing sexual-harassment lawsuit against the rap-metal group.

On Monday, Michigan's Rasor Law Firm, which is representing plaintiff Andrea Pellegrini, filed a subpoena giving Rock 14 days to produce the item in question, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Co-defendant Dan Diamond, who worked for Insane Clown Posse and the group's Psychopathic Records, testified Friday in Las Vegas that he tried giving the glass object to then co-worker Pellegrini.  When she refused it, Diamond subsequently gave the item to Rock.

Pellegrini, a publicist and in-house attorney at ICP's label for three years, filed a 17-page lawsuit against ICP in September 2013, alleging wrongful termination and harassment, among other claims.  Her lawsuit makes specific reference to an incident that occurred on or around July 16, 2012, when Diamond, with two other Insane Clown Posse employees present, allegedly attempted to give Pellegrini a gift, which turned out to be a clear dildo he removed from a velvet bag.


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