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Saturday
Sep202014

Watch Godsmack's Entire Uproar Set From California Online

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Godsmack fans, get ready to rock out.  There is fan-shot footage of the band's full set from the Irvine, California, stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  The entire set from September 16 was captured, and it included the band's greatest hits along with highlights from its latest album, 1000hp, covering more than an hour in all.

This weekend marks the end of the Uproar tour, which also features Rob Zombie, Buckcherry and Seether.  Godsmack will play eight more headlining shows after Uproar, which will wrap on October 5 in Minneapolis.

The video can be seen by searching "Godsmack Irvine" on YouTube.


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Saturday
Sep202014

New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Grateful Dead's catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band's long, strange trip will be made available.


The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead's publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band's songs in film and television.  However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead.  Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group's best-known songs, including "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Casey Jones."  Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are among those with rights to the group's song catalog.

"We will bring them everything for them to review," UMPG president Evan Lamberg tells Billboard, "and we will learn more about what they want."

Lamberg is confident this new deal will expand the legendary San Francisco jam band's reach to a different demographic.

"Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music," he said.  "If you're not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation]."


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Saturday
Sep202014

Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp & Others to Polish Stars for Philadelphia Walk of Fame

Paradise ArtistsPhiladelphians will be twisting again with Chubby Checker when he's on hand to personally polish his star on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame as part of the Making the Stars Shine Event on September 23.

Checker will be joined by other honorees, including Dee Dee Sharp, who duetted with the '60s icon on "Slow Twisting'" and had a hit with her own "Mashed Potato Time."  Also there will be famed guitarist Charlie Gracie and songwriter and producer Jerry Ross, who co-wrote the hit "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" for Diana Ross and The Supremes.

The stars will be joined by volunteers from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local Union 8, who will help clean and polish 121 bronze plaques along the Walk of Fame, located at Broad Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

The ceremony, sponsored by the union as well as the Philadelphia Music Alliance and the Avenue of the Arts, will also serve as a kick-off celebration for various Philadelphia venues as they unveil their fall performance schedules.


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Saturday
Sep202014

Thompson Square Moving Forward with Work on Upcoming Third Album

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013's Just Feels Good.  Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean's backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.

The duo's Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, "This time we don't have to wait for schedules to match up.  We're going to move ahead with the album and see how it works out.  I know that we will put out the best music we can, and that's a top priority for us."

Thompson Square has concert dates lined up for the rest of the year, too.  Go to ThompsonSquare.com to see where the duo is playing next.


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Saturday
Sep202014

Beyoncé and Jay Z's HBO Tour Special Premieres Tonight

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20. 

To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page.  "It's almost here!" she wrote in the caption.

In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie.  Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.

The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey's "Flawless" remix.

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.


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Saturday
Sep202014

Phillip Phillips May Eat Birthday Cake and More Onstage at Saturday's "Food Network in Concert" Fest 

Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday, and he'll be spending it engaging in his two favorite activities: playing music and eating.

Phillip is one of the headliners at the first-ever Food Network-branded music festival, taking place September 20 outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Not only will Phillip be playing, as well as his former tourmate John Mayer, but the charity event will feature cooking demonstrations and food tastings from some of the Food Network's biggest stars, as well as top chefs from around the country. 

"I'm so excited," Phillip tells ABC News Radio.  "I'm going to eat a lot of food."  In fact, he says he may not even wait until his set is over to chow down.   "I'm probably gonna walk off stage during the middle of the set and just go eat something," he jokes. "Or I'll just ask them to bring me some food up -- while the band's jamming, I'll just kinda sit down for a minute and just eat a little meal or cake."

Phillip is seriously into food -- he says he even tries to prepare his own food when he's on tour.

"Sometimes, yeah, we'll try to cook every once in a while," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's hard to in the fall, because...it's cold outside. But in the summertime, we try to do it once every couple of weeks, maybe twice. We have a tiny little grill we'll take out. It's tough but we try to. When I go home I like to cook a little bit."

And when he's not cooking, he's watching shows about cooking. The singer, who recently launched a new fall tour in support of his latest album Behind the Light, is also a bona fide Food Network addict.

"I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he says of the show that features Guy Fieri traveling around to hole-in-the-wall places and eating greasy delights. "I travel so much... I have the app on my phone and I always try to hit up those restaurants."

"So yeah, " he says. "I can watch eight or ten hours of that in a row!"  

Phillip wraps up his tour December 7 in Phoenix, AZ.


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Friday
Sep192014

Lorde Says "Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" Soundtrack Will Include "Legendary, Epic Musicians" 

ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay -- Part 1, and while it's a given that she'll be including cutting-edge performers on the album, she says iconic stars will be involved, too.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lorde says, "I have gotten a mix of really young, fresh, unknown artists and just legendary, epic musicians," adding, "The music is so f***ing cool."

Who, exactly, Lorde considers to be "legendary" and "epic" remains to be seen.  We know, for example, that she's a big fan of rock icon David Bowie, who would fit both those descriptions.

Lorde is also contributing at least one of her own songs to the project, and she has already teased fans by tweeting some of the track's lyrics: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm."

The new movie opens November 21; so far, there's no release date for the soundtrack.


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Friday
Sep192014

Kelly Clarkson Shares Lyrics of Song from Upcoming Album

Monty Brinton/CBSKelly Clarkson may be enjoying her time as a new mom to daughter River Rose, but she hasn't forgotten about her music career.  She's working on a new album and shared some of its lyrics Friday on Twitter.

Kelly tweeted, "The high road can be a lonely place but I'd rather talk to my shadow than a mirage."  When fans immediately began speculating about what she was talking about -- or wondering if everything was all right with her -- she followed it up by writing, "Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that's going on my next album.  Things r great n my world!  The song is about the high road :)."

No word yet on when we can expect the new album.  Her last release was the holiday album Wrapped in Red, which came out last year.  Her last album of original non-holiday material was Stronger, which was released in 2011.


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Friday
Sep192014

Garth Brooks to Honor Jay Leno at Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Event

CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno.  The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.


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Friday
Sep192014

Go Behind the Scenes of Trey Songz's "Touchin, Lovin" Video Featuring Nicki Minaj

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Trey Songz is giving fans a behind-the-scenes peak into the video for his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "Touchin, Lovin," lifted from the crooner's latest album, Trigga.

"It was a very interesting concept.  We actually have an extra surprise in the video, where there's an interactive feature," Trey told MTV News during an on-set interview.  "I know my fans are very engaged on the computer and very much social savvy, so when we give them options to watch the video, I’m sure they’ll watch it probably 20 times when you realize you can go this way, that way, this way."

Director Jason Zada adds that fans will pleasantly surprised.  "This idea of all your fantasy choices available to you at any point in time, it was kind of this really great way of sort of personifying all these fantasies that we all have floating around in our heads," he said.

He also revealed that Nicki's role in the upcoming visual will be significant.  "Nicki’s playing the dominant figure," Trey added.  "She’s basically controlling my dreams.  And each portion of what you see is what it is she wants to happen."

Trey adds, "I'm excited to see how the fans react."


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Friday
Sep192014

Lil Wayne Releases Video for "Grindin'"

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As promised, Lil Wayne has released the video for his Drake-assisted single, "Grindin,'" the newest offering off Weezy’s upcoming album, Tha Carter V.

In the DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip, Wayne stars alongside Drizzy in a compilation of live footage from their current joint outing, dubbed the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour.  The video was posted on Weezy's official YouTube page.

Fans can expect Tha Carter V on October 28.


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Friday
Sep192014

Paul Simon Added to Performers for George Harrison Week on "Conan"

Mark SeligerPaul Simon has been added to the list of performers scheduled to honor late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show.


Simon will join previously announced guests Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison's only child, Dhani, for Conan's George Harrison Week, a four-night musical salute beginning today, September 22.

Beck will kick off the celebration Monday, Simon will take the stage on Tuesday, Dhani Harrison and friends will appear on Wednesday and Jones will complete the festivities on Thursday.

As previously reported, the Conan event coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set -- which features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material -- will be available September 23 on CD and digital download.

Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.


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Friday
Sep192014

Smashing Pumpkins Stream Entire 1998 Concert to Tease "Adore" Reissue

Credit: Martha's Music

The weekend just got better for Smashing Pumpkins fans: In advance of Tuesday's deluxe reissue of Adore, fans can view a full-length show from 1998 -- Adore's original year of release -- from their own computers from tonight, September 19, until Sunday evening.

The Pumpkins are making available online their 1998 live set from Atlanta's Fox Theater, showing the Pumpkins in all their vintage '90s glory.  The show, which is included in the new Adore deluxe reissue, will be streaming live today, September 19, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.  The only catch?  The stream will end at the same time on Sunday.

The deluxe Adore reissue is a six-CD/one-DVD box set featuring 107 tracks, most previously unreleased.  It's available at all the usual locations as well as Billy Corgan's tea shop.  Go to MadameZuZus.com for details.

You can stream the concert on the Smashing Pumpkins' official YouTube channel. For a sneak preview, go to WhatDoYouAdore.com

Friday
Sep192014

T.I. Releases Track List for "Paperwork"

Image Courtesy Grand Hustle/AtlanticT.I. has revealed the official track list for his ninth album, Paperwork: The Motion Picture.

The rapper's 18-track deluxe edition boasts collaborations from Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz, The-Dream and Rick Ross.  The set will also include "No Mediocre," his Iggy Azalea-assisted hit, as well as "About the Money," which features Young Thug.

The set, on which Pharrell Williams served as executive producer, arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.

Here's the official track list:

"King"
"G' Sh**" (feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck)
"About the Money" (feat. Young Thug)
"New National Anthem" (feat. Skylar Grey)
"Oh Yeah" (feat. Pharrell)
"Private Show" (feat. Chris Brown)
"No Mediocre" (feat. Iggy Azalea)
"Jet Fuel" (feat. Boosie Badazz)
"Paperwork" (feat. Pharrell)
"Stay" (feat. Victoria Monét)
"About My Issue" (feat. Victoria Monét & Nipsey Hussle)
"At Ya Own Risk" (feat. Usher)
"On Doe, On Phil" (feat. Trae Tha Truth)
"Light 'Em Up (RIP Doe B)" (feat. Pharrell & WatchTheDuck)
"Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul)" (feat. The-Dream)
"Sugar Cane"
"I Don't Know"
"You Can Tell How I Walk" (feat. Rick Ross)

 


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Friday
Sep192014

Michael Jackson Duet with Late Queen Vocalist Freddie Mercury to Be Released in November 

Neal Preston © Queen Productions Ltd.In 1981, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came together in the studio for a once-in-a-lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day.  That's about to change, however: the duet will be included on the British rock legends' new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.

The song, titled "There Must Be More to Life than This," was originally recorded for the Queen album Hot Space, but the backing track was never completed.  Enter producer William Orbit, who's probably best known for his work on Madonna's Ray of Light album.  He was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a "a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians."

In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, "Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level."

Freddie Mercury eventually released a more stripped down-version of "There Must Be More to Life than This" on his 1985 solo album, but Orbit went in the opposite direction for this version of the song with Michael, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.

In addition to singing together, Michael and Freddie Mercury were pals. In fact, it was reportedly Michael who suggested to Freddie backstage at an L.A. concert that Queen should release their song "Another One Bites the Dust" as a single.  It went on to become one of their biggest hits.

"There Must Be More to Life than This" is just one of the many tunes featured on Queen Forever, which will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.

The song will be the second posthumous duet released in 2014 to feature Michael Jackson; the other one was "Love Never Felt So Good," a duet with Justin Timberlake.



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Friday
Sep192014

Against Me! Singer Laura Jane Grace Calls Out Rumored New Slipknot Drummer as a "Sh**bag"

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) As previously reported, Slipknot's new drummer has been widely rumored to be Jay Weinberg, formerly of Against Me!  The rumors are credible enough that his ex-band mate, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace, has tweeted a message to Weinberg's new colleagues: "Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #sh**bag."

And that's not all: Grace then rapid-tweeted a list of allegations and general mudslinging at Weinberg, who quit Against Me! via Twitter, after Grace came out as transgender.  Among her tweets: "We once had a drummer who sprained his ankle and wanted our tour manager to call 911 and have an ambulance come for him #entitlement" and "When our tour manager said no the drummers Daddy called him and scolded him saying the drummer was a 'star' and needed to be treated as such."  Jay Weinberg is the son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.

Three more tweets followed, all with the hashtag "#entitlement": "We once had a drummer who would go behind our back and tell house light people to focus all stage lights on him," "We once had a drummer who threatened to sue us after he quit via twitter" and "We once had a drummer who told me to move aside on stage cause the audience couldn't see enough of him."

Grace then followed up with, "I'm just kidding.  None of that ever happened," and then, "Grrrrrr... Snarl.... ROAR!"


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Friday
Sep192014

Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

Beck Diefenbach/Madame TussaudsJimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god -- in wax-statue form, that is.

A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco.  The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970.

A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix's guitar.  The figure got a thumb's up from Hendrix's brother, who praised the museum's work.

"The representation and detail of his figure is uncanny," he said.  "It's an honor to see him immortalized in this fashion."

Madame Tussauds San Francisco is in the city's Fisherman's Wharf district.


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Friday
Sep192014

Chris Brown Felt Trey Songz Joint Tour Was "Necessary"

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsLast month, Chris Brown and Trey Songz announced plans for a co-headlining outing, which will mark their first time doing so.  While promoting his new album, X, Breezy explained why he decided now was the best time for a joint tour.

"I felt like the time was necessary," Brown said in an interview with Vibe.  "I know he's been consistent over the years as well.  There's not a lot of cats that can put their egos aside and share the same stage.  A lot of business and opportunities, they always get mixed up in between friendships and people trying to work together and having fun."

He adds that their long friendship will make for a relatively stress-free tour.  "We're like brothers, so we're not going to let the business aspect come between us," he says.

Breezy and Trey have yet to announce the dates, but the outing is dedicated to their real fans.  Brown adds, "With me and him being young entertainers and young R&B cats, I think it's a blessing for the fans and a blessing for us to go out there and perform for them."

In addition to selecting Tyga as a supporting act, Brown also spilled that he's collaborating on new music with Trey.  "Right now, we're just working and vibing, giving fans more insight on the tour so they can just be prepared for it.  Just hear the music and get ready," Brown says.

The duo's fall tour will see Trey performing material from his latest Trigga LP, while Brown will showcase cuts from his X album.


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Friday
Sep192014

Kenny Chesney Approves of Taylor Swift's Pop Crossover, but He Won't Be Following Her

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has added his name to the list of country stars supporting Taylor Swift's full-time move into the pop world with her upcoming album, 1989.

He tells Entertainment Tonight, "She is such a global act. I mean, it's unbelievable. I have always been one of Taylor's biggest fans and I think that her songwriting has gotten really good. And I think that's the foundation of everything we do, songwriting."

While Kenny loves Taylor's new pop single, "Shake It Off," you won't find him flirting with a top 40 crossover anytime soon.

"I am going to be a country act just because of the way I talk and sing. I can't make those records," Kenny says. "If I did, it would be very disingenuous."

Kenny's new album, The Big Revival, is out Tuesday featuring the #1 hit, "American Kids."


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Friday
Sep192014

Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown

Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterIt's hard to believe, but in his five-decade career, Neil Diamond has never performed in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  All that will change, however, come September 29.

On that day, Diamond will give a special performance at a "surprise location" in Brooklyn, NY at 6 p.m.  It's so secret, he's not even announcing the location until 8 a.m. that day, via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Tickets will then be available on a first-come, first-served basis

The concert announcement comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, Oct. 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first release for Capitol Records under a new deal. It'll arrive packaged with a 36-page book that includes the lyrics and chords to each tune.


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