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Tuesday
Oct212014

Pearl Jam Surprises Fans by Playing "Yield" Album in Full at Milwaukee Concert 

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAt their concert Monday night in Milwaukee, Peal Jam played their 1998 album Yield from beginning to end.  The band gave no prior indication that they would perform the album in full; however, according to the official Pearl Jam message board, they walked out to the one-minute song "Red Dot," which is the eighth track on Yield.

Peal Jam tweeted a photo of the set list as proof that they did perform Yield in full.

The Yield recreation started with the fifth song on the set list.  The band then proceeded to play the record in its entirety, skipping only the aforementioned "Red Dot."  "Hummus," the hidden track on Yield, served as Pearl Jam's walk-off music.

In addition to the Yield surprise, Pearl Jam also played a cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" to celebrate the rocker's 64th birthday and a rendition of The Who's classic "Baba O'Riley" with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen.  Nielsen also joined The Foo Fighters for a couple of that band's performances last week on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Over the weekend, Pearl Jam played their 1996 album No Code in full during their show in Moline, Illinois.  The next stop on the band's schedule is Denver on Wednesay.  Perhaps they will continue the trend and play 2000's Binaural in its entirety for that show.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Who Postpones First Two European Dates on 50th Anniversary Tour

Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The reason given for rescheduling both events is "unforeseen logistical changes."  The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena -- formerly called the O2 -- now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show at the Odyssey Arena will happen June 21.

Meanwhile, last month The Who added a November 23 performance in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi to its itinerary, and that concert now apparently will serve as the kickoff to the band's "Who Hits 50!" trek.  Following that show, the British rock legends will launch a series of U.K. dates running from a November 30 concert in Glasgow through a December 17-18 stand in London.

The Dublin and Belfast dates will take place in between the two 2015 North American tour legs The Who announced recently.  You can check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Teyana Taylor’s Sound Is "So Necessary," Says Kanye West

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Teyana Taylor’s debut album, VII, has been officially endorsed by Kanye West, according to MTV News.

During an official listening party for the album on Monday night in Los Angeles, West gave an impromptu speech about how why Teyana's talents are needed in today's music climate.

“I feel like Teyana provides something that is so R&B, so black, so hood, so missing, so necessary in the marketplace,” he said before an audience that included Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, Nelly, YG and Big Sean.

He continued,  “Sometimes I don't talk in the most politically correct whatever the type way, but I felt like I ain't really express how proud I was, of this person, of this human being, that had the fight of this artist, that's fighting to make something that she really feels, that really connects in this generation.”

Taylor’s VII is set to be released November 4.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Chris Brown, Jodeci Confirmed for Soul Train Awards

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Chris Brown not only leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, but he's among the many performers who will appear at the upcoming ceremony.

Brown is scheduled to take stage for the pre-tapped show, which take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 7. He will be joined by Jodeci, who will showcase a medley of their biggest hits, as well as Jeremih, Lisa Stansfield, Kem, Liv Warfield Aloe Blacc and Nico & Vinz.

In addition, Trey Songz, Boris Kodjoe, Laila Ali and Wolf Blitzer will serve as presenters.

As previously reported, Beyonce scored six nominations, while Pharrell Williams follows with five nods -- both entertainers will be compete against each other for Album of the Year, alongside John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson.

Wendy Williams will host the ceremony, which will air November 30 on Centric and BET.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Wiz Khalifa Debuts First Interactive Video

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa has gotten creative with the release of his new video, “Stayin Out All Night,”  the newest video from his latest album, Blacc Hollywood.

In the X-directed clip, which marks Wiz's first interactive video, the rapper wakes up in a cage with a gorilla after an epic night of partying and allows fans to put him in different scenarios, ranging from crashing a wedding to getting a tattoo. It also features a cameo from Wayne’s World actress Tia Carrere.  The video debuted exclusively via StayinOutAllNight.com.

Blacc Hollywood is available now.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

J-Lo Considering a Las Vegas Residency?

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCJennifer Lopez was partying in Las Vegas last week, but does she want to do it onstage, on a nightly basis?

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that on Friday, J-Lo and her manager Benny Medina were seen at Shania Twain's concert at Caesars Palace, and the Las Vegas Sun says that on Saturday the two were spotted hanging out with Bruno Mars at Bruno's after-party at the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

The Review Journal says that Jennifer's presence may indicate she's being wooed to set up her own residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, since Celine Dion canceled her own shows at that venue for personal reasons and Shania Twain is wrapping up her stint there.

Despite her American Idol stardom and success as a businesswoman and TV producer, J-Lo's most recent album and its singles have underperformed, the paper points out.  However, she still puts on a spectacular live show, and she just might welcome the chance to stay put with her kids and perform in one place, as Britney Spears has done.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Adele Is in "Spectacular" Voice, Not Rushing New Album, Says Collaborator

Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that we know that Adele's new album won't see the light of day until 2015, we've got plenty of time to speculate on what it might sound like -- and it seems that even the people who collaborated with the star on the disc have no idea how the project is shaping up.

Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who's written numerous hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith, tells the British the paper The Sun, "I flew to London to work on new stuff with Adele last year. We did some great songs but I don’t know if they’ve made the record. I don’t think anybody does."

Explaining why it might be taking Adele so long to come up with the follow-up to her world-beating album 21, Warren says, "She has a mind of her own. Nobody rushes Adele or makes decisions for her, which is probably why she’s a great artist. She wants to get it right.”

However, Warren can confirm that Adele's voice seems to be in great shape.  You might recall that the singer had to have vocal cord surgery in 2011, but Warren says, "She was singing her a** off when I was in the studio. Her voice was spectacular.”

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder also worked with Adele on the album, but he's also said he doesn't know much about the final product.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Eric Clapton to Celebrate 70th Birthday with Series of Concerts at Royal Albert Hall

Universal MusicEric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year.  The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.

The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds.  The band was part of the lineup of the BBC television program Top Beat Show.

Clapton will be accompanied at his birthday concerts by his current touring group, which includes keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.  The shows are the first Slowhand has scheduled since his 2014 itinerary wound down with a June 28 gig in Poland.

Eric has said in multiple interviews that he's is considering retiring from touring once he turns 70, but he's yet to announce any official plans with regard to quitting the road.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Chris Young Taking His A.M. World Tour to Australia and Europe in 2015

Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Monarch PublicityChris Young is hitting Europe and Australia on his 2015 A.M. World Tour, starting with a headlining show in Melbourne, Australia March 11. He'll continue on to Sydney and the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, Australia in the following days.

In fall 2015, Chris will headline a European trek starting with a September 14 show in London. He'll also play the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland this fall, but that date hasn't been announced yet. Look for more tour dates to be announced soon.

Here are Chris's 2015 A.M. World Tour dates so far:

3/11 -- Melbourne, Australia
3/13 -- Sydney, Australia
3/14 -- Ipswich, Australia, CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival
9/14 -- London, UK
9/17 -- Dublin, Ireland
9/19 -- Munich, Germany
9/20 -- Cologne, Germany
9/22 -- Berlin, Germany


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Foo Fighters Schedule Intimate Washington, D.C. Gig

Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsFoo Fighters will host an intimate concert and screening of the second Sonic Highways episode on Friday, October 24 at the Black Cat in Dave Grohl's former hometown of Washington, D.C. Tickets will only be sold at the venue starting today at 6 p.m. ET.

Foo Fighters' documentary series Sonic Highways premiered last week on HBO.  The series follows the Foos across the country as they record their new album of the same name.  Sonic Highways the album will be released on November 10.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Gwen Stefani Premieres Colorful Video for "Baby Don't Lie" 

Mad Love/Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani fans are getting gift after gift from their girl this week: first, a new single, "Baby Don't Lie," at midnight on Sunday; then, a sneak peek at the song's video on The Voice on Monday; now, the full clip has arrived.

The video starts out with Gwen in close-up in black and white. She's then surrounded by a blizzard of words, which pull her into a highly-stylized animated world with a strong '80s aesthetic: there are black-and-white stripes, polka dots, a yellow street and a magenta sky.  She performs the song in this colorful world, at times joined by dancing fuzzy things, at other times by real dancers. 

Gwen ends up in an alley lit by a car's headlights, singing and dancing with her backup dancers, wearing a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones around her neck. Then, then the blizzard of words returns to pull her back to the start, where we now see her in color, rather than black-and-white.

"Baby Don't Lie" is presumably the first single from Gwen's long-awaited new solo album, which will be her first since 2006's The Sweet Escape.  She's also working on new music with her band No Doubt.

If you can't get enough of everything having to do with Gwen, Man on the Run, the new album by her husband Gavin Rossdale's band, Bush, is out this week as well.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Miguel, Tinsahe & Lorde Contribute to 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsMiguel and Tinahse are among the many entertainers who have contributed for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack.

The R&B crooner provides a dark track called “This Is Not A Game,” which boasts additional vocals from Lorde and production from the British electro duo, The Chemical Brothers. Meanwhile, Tinashe goes at it alone on “The Leap.”

The entire soundtrack was curated by Lorde and also features appearances from Pusha TQ-Tip, Grace Jones and Charli XCX.

The soundtrack officially arrives November 17, while the movie hits the big screen on November 21.

Here's the track listing:

“Meltdown” -- Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim
“Dead Air” -- CHVRCHES
“Scream My Name” -- Tove Lo
“Kingdom”-- Charli XCX ft. Simon Le Bon
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“Lost Souls”-- Raury
“Yellow Flicker Beat” -- Lorde
“The Leap” -- Tinashe
“Plan The Escape (Son Lux Cover)” -- Bat for Lashes
“Original Beast” -- Grace Jones
“Flicker (Kanye West Rework)” – Lorde
“Animal” -- XOV
“This Is Not a Game” -- The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel
“Ladder Song” -- Lorde


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Keyshia Cole Releases Video for “Remember (Part 2)”

Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole has released a somber video to accompany “Remember (Part 2),” one of the more personal songs off her new album, Point of No Return.

In the clip, Keyshia seems to find peace after her failed marriage with estranged husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. As she pours her heart out on the emotional sequel to her 2007 single “I Remember,” she spends a day at the ocean with her son and watch the waves crash.

“I don’t know if I even miss you / Don’t want to kiss you / How can you love somebody and everything just changes?” she asks. “I just can’t take no more, it’s not meant to be / Just not meant to be,” she sings.

 Point of No Return is available now.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Ariana Grande's Brother Heading to Broadway

Cliff Lipson/CBSAriana Grande's half-brother Frankie Grande, now famous thanks to his appearance on Big Brother, is heading to Broadway this November.

Frankie is joining the cast of the long-running musical Rock of Ages, playing Franz, the son of the developer who's threatening to tear down L.A.'s famed Sunset Strip. He'll be part of the show through January 18. 

In a statement, Frankie says, "Ever since my first role on Broadway, I have dreamed of playing Franz. I couldn't be more excited to finally get this opportunity, especially alongside this incredible cast."  Previously, Frankie appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, and has produced Broadway plays and musicals as well.

Ariana, who also has a Broadway background, tweeted, "huge congrats to my big brother going back to Broadway. so so proud of u! u deserve it."


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Beatles, Neil Young, Roy Orbison Part of Record Store Day "Black Friday" Vinyl Release Lineup

RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and vinyl lovers will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead and Roy Orbison.

The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.

Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn't been available in the format since 1974.

The Grateful Dead's Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are "Bertha," "Jack Straw," "Deal," "Sugar Magnolia," and a marathon 25-minute rendition of "Playing in the Band."

Metallica will release the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song's "first pass."

Roy Orbison's release is a colored-vinyl version of the late singer's first full-length album, At the Rock House, which was recorded in 1956 but not issued until five years later.  The long-out-of-print collection features such tunes as "Ooby Dooby" and "Devil Doll."

Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Velvet Underground and Wham.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.

The Record Store Day "Black Friday" celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Beatles, Neil Young, Metallica Part of Record Store Day "Black Friday" Vinyl Release Lineup

RecordStoreDay.comThe full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and lovers of vinyl and classic rock will have quite a list from which to choose.  Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, and The Ramones.

The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three other tunes.

Young will issue a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his early albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of last April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.

Genesis will release a vinyl version of their 1969 debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, which hasn't been available in the format since 1974.

The Grateful Dead's Record Store Day contribution will be a two-LP live album capturing performances from the second set of a show the band played in Houston on November 18, 1972.  Among the songs on the disc are "Bertha," "Jack Straw," "Deal," "Sugar Magnolia," and a marathon 25-minute rendition of "Playing in the Band."

Metallica will release the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring a studio and live version of the new song's "first pass."

The Ramones' Record Store Day release is a disc named Morrissey Curates The Ramones.  As the title suggests, the album is a compilation featuring songs by the punk pioneers chosen personally by the former Smiths frontman.

Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, The Doors, Chrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, and The Velvet Underground.  You can view the entire release lineup at RecordStoreDay.com.

The Record Store Day "Black Friday" celebration will be held on November 28 in independent record stores throughout the U.S.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Josh Groban's New Girlfriend Explains How They Met

Credit: Olaf HeineNow that 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and boyfriend Josh Groban are public with their romance, the actress is sharing how the two met. Apparently, Kat has her co-star, Beth Behrs, to thank for her newfound happiness.

"She's always talked about how great he is and they've been friends for years," Kat explained on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And she thought we were both, you know, nerds. So, there, she was right." 

Before Beth hooked her up with Josh, Kat said she had never met the singer but often exchanged tweets with him. "He's very witty on the Twitter and I saw his little tweets sometimes and sometimes we would like [tweet each other,]" she explained.

Kat previously dated actor Nick Zano, while Josh previously dated Mad Men star January Jones.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Don't Hate Taylor Swift Because She Has Security Guards

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift never goes anywhere without her security guards these days, but it's not because she's got an inflated opinion of how important she is. Unfortunately, it's become a necessity, because some people act a little crazy around her.

"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," Taylor tells Esquire magazine.  But she has to take precautions, she tells the magazine, "because [of] just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."

"This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about," she continues. "I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."

Despite her security, Taylor says she still tries to go out and interact with people in a normal manner, but if she feels like she just can't deal with the attention, she'll stay home.

"I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today?'" she tells the magazine. "If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood? Okay, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."

"I try really hard not to take bad days out on other people," Taylor adds. "Because I will get asked for an autograph, and I will get asked for a picture, and there will be someone with their cell phone filming me at a restaurant. If I'm not in the mood for that, I just kind of stay in. And that's fine. Those days don't happen very often. I try really hard to keep it light."


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Elton John Extends Contract in Las Vegas for Three More Years 

Capitol/Universal MusicElton John isn't planning to move his Million Dollar Piano out of Las Vegas any time soon.

Caesars Entertainment has just announced that the Rocket Man has extended his three-year contact at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for an additional three years.  Tickets for shows in January, March and April will go on sale this Sunday, October 26 at 10 a.m. PT.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Robin Leach notes that some of Elton's newly-announced dates will be the same dates that Celine Dion vacated earlier this year at the venue, when she canceled all her showbiz commitments to devote her time to caring for her ailing husband.

The Million Dollar Piano opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in September of 2011.

Here are the new dates for the show:

January 16-17 -- Friday, Saturday
January 19-20 -- Monday, Tuesday
January 23-24 -- Friday, Saturday
March 18, 20, 21 -- Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
March 23-24 -- Monday, Tuesday
March 27-28 -- Friday, Saturday
March 30-31 -- Monday, Tuesday
April 3-4 -- Friday, Saturday
April 6-7 -- Monday, Tuesday
April 10-11 -- Friday, Saturday
April 13-14 -- Monday, Tuesday


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Flea Says New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Will Be "Super Danceable" and "Introspective" 

Image Courtesy of Clara BalzaryRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a pretty good idea of what the band's new album will sound like.

"It's super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff," he tells Rolling Stone. "It feels good, man, and it's fun to play it."

When RHCP recorded their last album, 2011's I'm with You, they had just hired a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. Now, after going through a period of adjustment, Flea says the band feels much more comfortable.

"We had a new guitar player and it was a real feeling-out process with each other," Flea says. "We didn't want to play gigs with him until we'd made a new record. This time, it feels a lot better than the last one."

According to the bassist, RHCP has written upward of 30 new songs, though he thinks that most of them won't appear on the new album.  "We always write way more than we put on a record," Flea says. "We always write a lot-lot."

As for a street date for the new album, Flea is hoping for a 2015 release.  "I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we're on a world tour," he says.


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