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Tuesday
Sep022014

Billy Corgan Says He Might Disband Smashing Pumpkins

Credit: Martha's MusicIf you're a Smashing Pumpkins fan, it might be in your best interest to snap up multiple copies of the band's new material: Frontman Billy Corgan is ready to disband the Pumpkins if the two new albums he's recording don't do very well.

That statement comes from Corgan himself, who tells the Chicago Tribune that the two collections -- Monument to an Elegy and Day for Night -- are a test of sorts.  "When this process [of recording and releasing the two albums] is over," he says, "I'm either going to bail on this ship for good, like 'I'm done,' or I'm going to have a new ship to sail on."

Corgan says he's cranky about being perceived as a nostalgia act, griping to the Tribune reporter, "How do you say, 'I still matter'?  How do you say, 'How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I'm supposed to play Siamese Dream for the rest of my life?'  At some point you've got to fight this fight or go away."

You can read the whole interview -- including Corgan admitting that doesn't understand why people think certain albums by The Beatles, Beach Boys or Ramones are considered great -- on the Chicago Tribune website.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Cher Adds More Dates to Dressed to Kill Tour

Warner Bros. RecordsBefore she kicked off her Dressed to Kill tour back in March, Cher said she wasn't sure if she'd enjoy herself.  Well, it appears as though she has -- she's just added a set of new dates to the tour.

"Having too much fun to stop now – new D2K tour dates!" Cher wrote on her Facebook page.  She also tweeted the news and included a gif of her dancing with Winona Ryder, from their 1990 film Mermaids.

The five new dates, all in November, will see the legendary diva take her over-the-top show to Lubbock, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Bossier City, Louisiana and Charleston, South Carolina.  Right now, the South Carolina show, on November 19, is Cher's last scheduled U.S. date, but there could be more.

According to Pollstar, pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday for fans who RSVP to Cher's Facebook page.  American Express is also holding a pre-sale on Wednesday, while Ticketmaster is holding one on Thursday.  The general public can buy tickets on September 5.

Cher plays two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 19 and 20.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Cher Adds More Dates to Dressed to Kill Tour

Warner Bros. RecordsBefore she kicked off her Dressed to Kill tour back in March, Cher said she wasn't sure if she'd enjoy herself.  Well, it appears as though she has been, as she's just added a set of new dates to the trek.

"Having too much fun to stop now -- new D2K tour dates!" Cher wrote on her Facebook page.  She also tweeted the news and included a GIF of her dancing with Winona Ryder, from their 1990 film Mermaids.

The five new dates, all in November, will see the legendary diva take her over-the-top show to Lubbock, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Bossier City, Louisiana, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Right now, the South Carolina show, on November 19, is Cher's last scheduled U.S. date, but there could be more.  Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo are serving as the support act for Cher's previously scheduled concerts, but the special guest for the newly added shows has yet to be revealed. 

According to Pollstar, pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday for fans who RSVP to Cher's Facebook page.  American Express also is holding a pre-sale on Wednesday, while Ticketmaster is holding one on Thursday.  The general public can buy tickets starting this Friday, September 5.

Cher next concert takes place September 11 in Albany, New York.  Her itinerary also includes two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, on September 19 and 20.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Cole Swindell Launching Down Home Tour This November

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will launch his Down Home Tour this November with special guest Kelleigh Bannen. The trek will hit Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas, and Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before winding up December 20 in Fort Wayne, Indian. This club tour follows Cole's experience opening shows for Luke Bryan all year long.

Says Cole, "I've been lucky enough to get a jump start performing alongside Luke Bryan in front of massive crowds, and while I wouldn't change anything for the experience I've gained so far, I know I still have a lot of work to do on the road."

In addition to the tour, Cole is also launching his Down Home Crew fan club with special opportunities for club members. Go to ColeSwindell.com for more information.

Here are Cole's tour dates:

11/13 -- Davie, FL, The Roundup
11/14 -- Cape Coral, FL, Dixie Roadhouse
11/15 -- Deland, FL, Volusia County Fair
11/20 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
11/21 -- Fort Worth, OK, Billy Bob's Texas
11/22 -- San Antonio, TX, Cowboys Dance Hall
11/28 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe's
12/3 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar/Miami University
12/4 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
12/5 -- South Bend, IN, Legends of Notre Dame
12/6 -- Rootstown, OH, Dusty Armadillo
12/11 -- Chicago, IL, Joe's Bar
12/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
12/18 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks
12/19 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Saloon
12/20 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Rusty Spur


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Jeezy Reflects on Police Response to Ferguson Protests

UMG/Jonathan MannionOn the week of his new album's release, Jeezy graces the cover of The Source magazine‘s 2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 issue.

In the mag, the rapper gives his insights on the recent tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"I just feel like, when things like this happen, you have to build trust within the community. They did all the wrong things," he said of the police response to the protests that sprung up in the wake of Brown's death.  "Instead of going there and trying to resolve the situation, they went in there with tasers, riot guns and riot forces, and you can’t come to my neighborhood and not expect us to stand up for what we believe in. You know, that type of sh** happens in Iraq, that doesn’t happen in Ferguson."

The upcoming issue will hit newsstands later this week.

Meanwhile, Jeezy's fifth solo album, Seen It All: The Autobiography, is available now.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Bastille to Perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Today" Show 

Credit: Jesse JenkinsBastille is back in action.  The British band who brought you "Pompeii" will perform September 18 on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on NBC's Today show October 6.

As previously reported, the band's fall headlining tour, dubbed Bad Blood: The Last Stand tour, opens October 7 in Philadelphia, wrapping November 20 in Los Angeles.  Bastille has basically been touring non-stop since the release of their debut album Bad Blood

"Pompeii" has now been certified four four million downloads. The band's latest single, "Flaws," is currently climbing the charts.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Ed Sheeran Goes EDM, Jamie Oliver Begs Ed to Let Him Cater His Wedding 

Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran's hit "Sing" is pretty danceable, but now it seems Ed's diving into the word of dance music full force.  First, he told Billboard that he had recorded a song with top deejay David Guetta.  Now, he's revealed that he's just recorded what he calls his "very first EDM song" with Martin Garrix, the producer who brought you the hit "Animals."

Ed posted a photo of himself in the studio with Martin, and wrote, "Finished up my very first EDM song with Martin Garrix, brilliant experience, looking forward to you all hearing it."  It's not clear when that will happen, however.  Martin also posted a photo of them together, and added the hashtag "," which may or may not be the title of the collaboration.

In other Ed Sheeran news, is he considering proposing to his girlfriend?  She works with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and according to the BBC, he's promised to cater Ed's wedding if the singer will perform at his annual food and music festival, which is called the Big Feastival. 

"I promise I will do your wedding food if you come and play at Feastival next year.  That's my one wish," the BBC quotes Oliver as saying, addressing Ed.  He reportedly added, "I'm going to start begging now, officially, so Ed Sheeran, please come next year bro, I promise I'll cook for you. His girlfriend works for me and I haven't dared ask her yet because I don't want to push my luck." 

Oliver also said that he "really respects and admires" Ed, and noted that "around 150" guests would be a good number for this future wedding meal.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Colbie Caillat Teams with Guitar Center to Mentor One Lucky Winner 

PRNewsFoto/Guitar CenterHey, aspiring musicians! How'd you like to win 25 grand, get the chance to work with one of the most famous record producers ever, perform on TV and be mentored by Colbie Caillat?  All this could be yours, if you enter "Singer Songwriter 4," an annual contest sponsored by Guitar Center.

Here's how it works: starting now through November 2, you can submit an original live music performance video at GuitarCenter.com/Songwriter.  Submissions will be ranked according to social media engagement, and the top 150 ranked artists will be reviewed by famed producer Don Was, who's worked with The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Elton John and others.  He'll handpick five finalists to perform live at the Troubadour club in L.A., and then one lucky winner will hit the jackpot. 

The winner will get to record a four-song EP with Was in the studio, and Colbie will mentor them during the process.  They'll perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, get thousands of bucks' worth of music gear free, be featured in American Songwriter magazine and receive a check for $25,000.

In a statement, Colbie says, "Taking a song and bringing it to life in a professional recording studio can be an intimidating process at first; I know it certainly was for me. So to be able to offer support and guidance to an emerging singer-songwriter is a huge honor. I look forward to playing a role in such an exciting time of someone's songwriting career."


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Kenny Chesney More Focused on Making Music for the Fans Than Winning Awards These Days

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has won CMA Entertainer of the Year four times in the past decade, but he won't be upset if his name isn't called when the CMA nominations are announced Wednesday morning.  He spent this year mostly out of the spotlight working on his upcoming album, The Big Revival, featuring his latest hit, "American Kids."

Kenny says with a laugh, "If I was really worried about awards show season, I wouldn't have taken a year off, you know what I mean? It was more important for me to cut a great record and concentrate on that. What comes with that comes with it."

While Kenny admits winning CMA Awards has meant a lot to him in the past, he's just focused on making music for his fans from here on out.

Says Kenny, "I think I'm at the point now in my life and career if I win an award, great. If I don't, I just want to connect with my audience and grow it, and whatever comes, comes. But it doesn't mean I'm not competitive, 'cause I am."

Kenny is currently using his competitive nature to put together his 2015 live show. The Big Revival comes out September 23.

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker will announce the top nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8:30 half-hour. They'll announce the rest of the categories in a press conference streaming live at CMAAwards.com starting at 10 a.m. ET.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

R.E.M. "Unplugged" Collections Out on Vinyl Today

Cass Bird/Warner Bros. RecordsR.E.M. made two very memorable appearances on MTV's Unplugged, in 1991 and 2001.  For some reason, those two performances were never available as official releases until this past April's Record Store Day, when they were released as a limited four-vinyl-disc set, which sold out pretty much instantly.  To quench the thirst of R.E.M. fans, the band is re-releasing the vinyl, this time as two individual sets arriving in stores today.

1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged each contain two vinyl albums in gatefold sleeves.  The sets are priced at $39.98, and each collection contains tracks that did not make the original broadcast; five on 1991 and six on 2001

For all you anti-old-schoolers out there, 1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged are also available on CD or digital formats.

Here is a track listing for the vinyl sets:

1991 Unplugged

Side One
"Half a World Away"
"Disturbance at the Heron House"
"Radio Song"
"Low"

Side Two
"Perfect Circle"
"Fall on Me"
"Belong"
"Love Is All Around"

Side Three
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Pop Song 89"
"Endgame"

Side Four
"Fretless"*
"Swan Swan H"*
"Rotary 11"*
"Get Up"*
"World Leader Pretend"*

2001 Unplugged

Side One
"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
"Electrolite"
"At My Most Beautiful"
"Daysleeper"

Side Two
"So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Country Feedback"
"Cuyahoga"

Side Three
"Imitation of Life"
"Find the River"
"The One I Love"*
"Disappear"*

Side Four
"Beat a Drum"*
"I've Been High"*
"I'll Take the Rain"*
"Sad Professor"*

* = not included in original television broadcast.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

TBS Cancels Cee Lo Green's 'The Good Life'

Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee Lo Green's unscripted TBS series, The Good Life, has been cancelled after one season.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network decided to axe the show for failing to attract big ratings -- the series reportedly averaged 677,000 viewers during its six-episode run.

The cancellation comes amid controversy surrounding the singer.  As previously reported, last Friday the former The Voice coach pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to a felony count of dosing a woman with ecstasy at a dinner in 2012. Then over the weekend the singer tweeted but later deleted comments about rape leading women's rights group UltraViolet  to petition for the show's cancellation.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Garth Brooks Releasing New Single, "People Loving People," to Country Radio Wednesday

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks' new single, "People Loving People," will be released to country radio on Wednesday. The song is written by busbee, Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Wallin. It's the lead single from Garth's upcoming studio album, coming out later this year.

There's a good chance Garth will perform the new single when he kicks off his run of shows in Chicago Thursday night.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Jhene Aiko Unveils Video for "The Pressure"

Image Courtesy Def Jam

Jhene Aiko debuted her blonde dreadlocks on Instagram last month and now the singer is showing off her faux locs in the new video for her latest single, "The Pressure."

In the clip, posted on her YouTube, Jhene spotlights relationship complications in several vignettes. The Childish Gambino and Calmatic-directed clip also includes a cameo from her daughter Namiko.

"I care about you baby, baby/ More than you'll ever know," she sings in song.

"The Pressure" is lifted from her debut album Souled Out, due September 9.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Proud College Mom Madonna Seen Dining in Ann Arbor, MI with Freshman Daughter Lourdes

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCMadonna may be the Queen of Pop, but she's also the proud mom of a newly-minted college freshman.  The singer's eldest daughter, Lourdes, is now a student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, her mom's alma mater.  The two were spotted at an Ann Arbor restaurant over the weekend as Lourdes prepared to start classes.

According to MLive.com, Madonna and Lourdes, whom she calls Lola, were seen eating dinner on Sunday at Ann Arbor's Cafe Felix.  Madonna, Lourdes and a few others sat in a back booth and stayed for an hour.  "She was delightful.  She was really low-key about it," the bar manager tells MLive.com.  "The coolest part was at the end she said 'I really enjoyed myself.'"  He added that the staff "flipped" when they realized who it was...and they weren't the only ones.

MLive.com reports that a few students tweeted that they'd seen Madonna and Lourdes in the dorms on on campus.  One wrote, "My roommate just screamed and ran after Madonna and Lola.  So it's safe to say that Lola and I aren't gonna be friends anytime soon."

Classes at the University of Michigan began on Tuesday.  Meanwhile, Madonna has Instagrammed a shot of her eldest son Rocco accompanying her two youngest children, David and Mercy, to their school.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Limited-Edition Led Zeppelin Scarves from UK Designer Paul Smith Arriving in Late October

Images Courtesy of Paul SmithIn conjunction with Led Zeppelin's ongoing catalog reissue campaign, the lauded rock band has collaborated with British fashion designer Paul Smith on a collection of scarves showcasing the updated cover art of the group's remastered albums.

Six separate limited-edition scarves have been designed for the collection, five based on Led Zeppelin's first five albums and a sixth boasting a newly created motif.  The scarves are 1.5 by 1.5 meters in size, or about 4.9 by 4.9 feet.

Each scarf will be produced in a limited run of 50, and beginning on October 23, the items will be available at the Paul Smith store on Albemarle Street in London, as well as at the company's website, PaulSmith.co.uk.  The scarves also will go on sale at Paul Smith's U.S. stores in October.

Expanded and remastered editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, hit stores in early June, while reissues of the band's fourth and fifth albums -- Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy -- are scheduled for a late-October release.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Britney & Rihanna Reportedly Shell Out Big Bucks for Dogs, Nails

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABCWhat's money to multi-millionaire pop stars like Britney Spears and Rihanna?  The two reportedly splashed out thousands of dollars -- separately, of course -- to keep their pets and their fingernails looking their best.

TMZ reports that according to new legal documents filed as part of her conservatorship, Britney spent over $13,000 in 2013 for two puppies: one of them cost $5568, while another set the singer back $8,212.  Then, the papers say, she spent over $1,585 on clothes for the two pups, as well as more than five grand on dog-sitting services.  Throw in regular pet expenses, like food, and Britney's pups cost her more than $31,000 in total over the past year.

As for Rihanna, she's been vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but a girl's gotta get her nails done.  The British tabloid The Mirror reports that she spent over $9,900 to fly in her favorite British nail technician, Jenny Longworth, from the U.K..  The paper claims that Rihanna shelled out for first-class flights and accommodations so that Longworth could do her long acrylic nails. 

A source tells the paper, "Rihanna is quite fussy and wants to be able to trust her glamour team. She’s known Jenny for a while and loves her technique, so would prefer to pay for her to fly out to Italy than risk going with a stranger."  The source adds, "Ri Ri’s staff loves working for her, as they get to party like rock stars aboard an ­extravagant yacht, too."


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Ne-Yo Announces "Live in Concert" Tour

Image courtesy Frank Micelotta/FOXNe-Yo is gearing up to embark on a fall tour in support of his upcoming album, Non-Fiction.

On his Facebook page, the singer announced a coinciding tour called Live in Concert, which kicks off October 12 in San Francisco and concludes in Chicago on November 2.

Those who RSVP to select dates will receive a special pre-sale notification containing an exclusive password on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

In addition, fans can also expect Ne-Yo's new single, "She Knows" featuring Juicy J, to be released later this week. 

Here are the tour dates:

10/12 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
10/14 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
10/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues
10/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
10/20 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/21 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
10/25 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
10/26 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
10/27 -- Washington D.C., The Fillmore
11/02 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Luke Bryan Closes Out 2014 Stadium Shows with Attendance Record at Soldier Field

Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/ Soldier FieldLuke Bryan played the last of his four 2014 stadium shows Sunday night at Chicago's Soldier Field, and in the process set a record as the best-selling country concert ever held at the venue.

More than 225,000 fans in all caught one of the stadium dates on Luke's That's My Kind of Night tour.

Luke also played back-to-back sold-out shows in Indianapolis over the weekend. He moves on to New York City for a show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 and another show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn September 14.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Billy Corgan Says He Might Disband Smashing Pumpkins

Credit: Martha's MusicIf you're a Smashing Pumpkins fan, it might be in your best interest to snap up multiple copies of the band's new material: frontman Billy Corgan is ready to disband the Pumpkins if the two new albums he's recording don't do very well.

That statement comes from Corgan himself, who tells the Chicago Tribune that the two collections -- Monument to an Elegy and Day for Night -- are a test of sorts. "When this process [of recording and releasing the two albums] is over," he says, "I'm either going to bail on this ship for good, like 'I'm done,' or I'm going to have a new ship to sail on."

Corgan says he's cranky about being perceived as a nostalgia act, griping to the Tribune reporter, "How do you say, 'I still matter'? How do you say, 'How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I'm supposed to play "Siamese Dream" for the rest of my life?' At some point you've got to fight this fight or go away."

You can read the whole interview -- including Corgan admitting that doesn't understand why people think certain albums by The Beatles, Beach Boys or Ramones are considered great -- on the Chicago Tribune website.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

TV on the Radio to Release New Album, "Seeds," Nov. 18 

Photo credit: JUCOTV on the Radio will return November 18 with a new album, Seeds.  A lyric video for the first single, "Happy Idiot," is now available.

The band will also kick off a tour this fall in support of the album.  They'll perform September 21 at Denver's Riot Fest, and open for Massive Attack in Santa Barbara, CA October 17, but the actual headlining tour gets underway October 19 in Big Sur, CA. 

If you pre-order Seeds through the band's official online store, you'll get an instant download of "Happy Idiot," as well as a presale code that'll get you first crack at buying tickets on Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.

Seeds is the follow-up to TV on the Radio's 2011 album, Nine Types of Light.  It's also the band's first album since the death of bass player Gerard Smith, who passed away from lung cancer nine days after the release of Nine Types of Light.

Here are the TV on the Radio tour dates:

10/18 -- Big Sur, CA, Henry Miller Library
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival
10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Regent
10/24 -- Joshua Tree, CA, Pappy & Harriets
10/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful
11/12 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix               
11/13 -- Montreal, QC , Corona  
11/14 -- Boston, MA, Paradise  
11/16 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club  
11/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer  
11/18 -- New York, NY, Apollo  
11/21 -- Brooklyn, NY, MHOW  
11/22 -- Brooklyn, NY, MHOW 


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