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Friday
Jan302015

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Rihanna's New Video with Kanye West & Paul McCartney

Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsRihanna has debuted a behind-the-scenes look at at the upcoming video for "FourFiveSeconds," her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

In the video, we don't hear from Paul or Kanye; they just walk around, and Paul strums a guitar.  But speaking directly to the camera, a nearly make-up free Rihanna, with slicked-back hair, says, "This is the first song that fans are gonna hear from the new album, and the first visual they see." 

We then see Rihanna choosing clothes for the shoot, and explaining that Kanye had the vision for the clip's stripped-down fashion.

"Kanye came up with the idea of doing just some real street denim, All-American look," she explains.  Modeling her denim shirt, she adds, "This is actually his jacket, that is some Sean John throwback vintage jacket, that is f***ing major."

"That's the look. That's the fashion tip," she continues.  "Denim never goes out of style. It's classic. It's iconic, just like the f**ing Beatles."

No word on when the video will debut, or when Rihanna's new album will drop. There are rumors that the unlikely trio will perform together at the Grammys next weekend.


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Friday
Jan302015

Jordin Sparks & Idina Menzel Join Charli XCX & FOB for Tonight's "VH1 Super Bowl Blitz"

Courtesy VH1Jordin Sparks and Idina Menzel have joined the lineup of VH1 + Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops, which will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by Nick Lachey, the concert will feature headline performances by Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX.  Arizona native and football fanatic Jordin will introduce a group of top NFL players who'll be saluting the troops, while Idina, who'll perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, will discuss how important the anthem is to the military.

NFL stars Charles Tillman, Jeremy Hill and Maurice Jones-Drew will also appear on the show, which in addition to airing on TV will also stream live at VH1.com and on the VH1 app. 


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Friday
Jan302015

Hozier Rocks Out with Ariana Grande's "Problem" on British Radio 

Alex LakeThe music of Hozier and Ariana Grande couldn't be more different, and that's why it's so much fun to hear the Irish singer/songwriter put his own spin on the pop diva's smash hit "Problem."

Hozier covered Ariana's hit for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge program, which features artists doing cover versions of other artists' current tunes.  Hozier gave the song a rock feel, performing with a full band and even a 10-person choir.  Hozier told BBC Radio 1 that he chose the song because he "always found it to be quite an irresistible little beat in the verse and we could have a lot of fun with it."

Hozier and Ariana are both Grammy nominees.  Both will perform on the Grammy telecast February 8, and both are kicking off U.S. headlining tours in February.


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Friday
Jan302015

Jay Z Makes $56 Million Bid for Swedish Music Streaming Company 

Life + TimesJay Z has set his eyes on the music streaming business and he's looking to acquire Swedish tech company Aspiro which operates the streaming music services WiMP and Tidal.

A press release from Aspiro on Friday says a company committee has recommend that Aspire accept a bid worth around $56 million from a company Jay Z controls called Project Panther. Although shareholders of the publicly held company will have to approve the deal, tech news site TechCrunch says "completion seem imminent."

WiMP offers ad-free streaming while Tidal offers high-resolution audio streaming.  If it goes through, the acquisition would expand Jay Z’s Roc Nation empire, which already includes entertainment and sports divisions.

With the deal Jay would join fellow hip-hop icon Dr. Dre in the music streaming space -- Dre's Beats Music service was acquired by Apple in a $3 billion deal last year.


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Friday
Jan302015

Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Nicki Minaj to Headline 2015 UK Wireless Festival

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSAfter canceling last year under doctor's orders, Drake will get to redeem himself at the U.K.’s Wireless Festival, this summer at Finsbury Park in London.

Organizers have announced that the rapper will headline the three-day festival alongside Kendrick Lamar, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The festival takes place July 3 through July 5.

Additional performers include August Alsina, Joey Bada$$, iLovemakonnen, G-Eazy, Childish Gambino and Logic.

Tickets will be available, beginning February 3 at 9 a.m. local London time.


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Friday
Jan302015

J. Lo Selling L.A. Mansion for $17 Million

Matthias Vriens-McGrath/FOXAnyone in the market for a $17 million Hidden Hills, California mansion? Jennifer Lopez just put her nine-bedroom property up for sale, according to Variety.

Records show J.Lo and her third ex-husband Marc Anthony paid $8.2 million for the 17,129-square foot property in late 2010. The main house has an unassuming brick facade, but the interior is as swanky as it gets. The master suite reportedly occupies the upper floor’s entire south wing and includes a corner fireplace, a private stone terrace with a gorgeous view and a pair of walk-in closets.

Other famous residents within the Hidden Hills gated community include Jessica Simpson and her hubby Eric Johnson, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and singer Colbie Caillat.

It’s not yet known if Jennifer has plans to buy another house in Los Angeles, but the American Idol judge has been snapping up East Coast properties of late. In May 2013, she purchased a Hamptons mansion for nearly $10 million, and in October 2014 she dropped $20 million for a duplex penthouse in a New York City boutique building.


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Friday
Jan302015

Sam Smith Reveals How He Stays "Normal" 

Theo Wenner for Rolling StoneIn the past year, Sam Smith has managed to hit career highlights that some artists who've been around for 20 years have yet to do: he's appeared on Saturday Night Live, graced the cover of Rolling Stone, sold out Madison Square Garden, duetted with Mary J. Blige, partied with Taylor Swift and been showered with Grammy nominations.  With all this success, how does he keep himself from believing his own hype?  By going with his gut.

In a video posted on Rolling Stone's website, Sam explains, "When I’m sad, I’m sad. And when I’m having a down day, I’m having a down day. It’s important not to pretend everything’s OK because sometimes things aren’t OK, and that’s all right. It’s all right to have moody days and to be upset, you know, and be tired. I’m a human being, that’s how it should be."

"And so the way I stay normal," he adds, "is by letting my feelings take over and letting my feelings lead, not my mind."

It also helps, Sam says, that he never thought that he'd be an instant smash hit as soon as he launched his career, even though that's exactly what happened.

"I wanted to be well known at 22 and be making music, but for the success that I’ve had, I never dreamed of that happening now," he tells Rolling Stone. "I wouldn’t think I’d be playing Madison Square Garden on my first record, didn’t think I would get six Grammy nominations on my first album, I didn’t think I’d sell five million records on my first album, especially in the first year."

We'll see if Sam can continue being "normal" after the Grammys on February 8, where he's sure to take home at least a couple of trophies.


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Friday
Jan302015

Watch Death Cab for Cutie Play "Black Sun" on "Letterman" 

Credit: We Are the RhoadsDeath Cab for Cutie's new lineup made their television debut Thursday night when they took the stage at The Late Show with David Letterman. The band performed "Black Sun," the first single from their forthcoming album, Kintsugi.

The new lineup is without founding member Chris Walla, who left the band last year. Guitarist Dave Depper and keyboardist Zac Rae were recruited to DCFC's touring band in place of Walla.

Before DCFC played "Black Sun," host David Letterman asked the Washington-based band if they had ever climbed Mt. Whitney, to which frontman Ben Gibbard replied, "No." That may be because Mt. Whitney is in California. After the performance, Letterman realized that he meant Mt. Rainier, which Gibbard had actually climbed.

"He's been up Mt. Rainier, ladies and gentlemen," replied Letterman. "That's pretty cool."

Kintsugi will be released 31. Death Cab for Cutie will be touring North America in support of the new album starting in April.


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Friday
Jan302015

Limp Bizkit Guitarist Criticizes ShipRocked Fans

Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsLimp Bizkit will be headlining the ShipRocked concert cruise next week, but guitarist Wes Borland isn't particularly happy about it.

"Can't wait to see me some roided out tribal tattooed spray tanned Jell-O shot filled bohunks do their best drunk MMA impressions in the top deck mosh pit," Borland writes on Instagram. "Whenever we aren't on stage, I'll be curled up fetal position in my cabin, palms up, while I desperately cling to the last week of my thirties as it slips through my hooked fingers."

"I'd like to give a shout out now to all the other over-the-hill late nineties/early 2000s bands going on the cruise," he continues. "Let's give these people the raging alcohol fueled nostalgia fest they're paying for guys! I know we can do it if we tune down low enough!"

The ShipRocked lineup of "over-the-hill late nineties/early 2000s bands" also includes Chevelle, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust and Andrew W.K.

ShipRocked 2015 will be held February 2-6, whether Borland likes it or not.


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Friday
Jan302015

Trey Songz, The-Dream, and T-Pain Guest on Remix of Ne-Yo's "She Knows" 

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Following the release of his latest album, Non-Fiction, Ne-Yo has surprised fans with an official remix for "She Knows."

The singer recruits his R&B peers Trey Songz, The-Dream and T-Pain to breathe new life into his Dr. Luke-produced banger, which originally featured Juicy J.

"I told my partner Ne-Yo to hit me when she comes around, and I'ma tear that body up," Trey sings before Ne-Yo delivers a new verse. "She aware that I'm watching, so she gon' put on a show/ She look back and drop it because she knows, she knows," Ne-Yo croons.

Non-Fiction is available now.


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Friday
Jan302015

First Known Color Film of The Beatles to Be Sold at UK Auction on Thursday

Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K.  Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.

The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a popular skiffle group who was on the bill at that evening's show.  The lot also includes a DVD copy of the flick, a letter from McDevitt and a copyright letter from the film's current owner.  It's estimated to sell for between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds, or between about $10,500 and $13,500.   You can watch a brief clip of the footage at the official Ewbank's Fine Art Auctions YouTube channel.

Also going on the block is a collection of 109 black-and-white negatives of previously unreleased photos of The Beatles taken during their first trip to the U.S. in 1964.  The images, which were taken by the photographer Eve Bowen, include pics of the band on The Ed Sullivan Show, on a train headed to New York City, performing in Washington, D.C., and rehearsing in Miami.  The negatives, which will be sold with full copyright, are estimated to bring in between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, or between about $12,000 and $18,000.

Other collectibles being sold at the auction include items related to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more.  To see the complete list of memorabilia up for bid, visit EwbankAuctions.co.uk.


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Friday
Jan302015

Billy Currington Plays the Romantic Leading Role in His New Video, "Don't It"

Image Courtesy Mercury Nashville/Jeff JohnsonBilly Currington has released the video for his new single, "Don't It." The clip finds Billy taking on the role of romantic lead with his female co-star. He recently shot the video at Nashville's Roxy Theater with his band backing him up during the performance portions. "Don't It" is the lead single from Billy's upcoming, sixth album, and he'll be singing it on the road this summer opening Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider tour.

Says Billy, "I've spent the last few months creating an album with [producer] Dann Huff that I couldn't be more proud of. I look forward to bringing this new music to life out on tour this summer!"


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Friday
Jan302015

T.I. Weighs In on Iggy Azalea's Steven Madden Beef

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea seems to have no problem venting her frustrations via social media. Following beefs with Snoop Dog and Azalea Banks, the rapper has called out designer Steve Madden for releasing unauthorized modeling images for their latest shoe collaboration. Although she's since apologized via Instagram, her mentor T.I. feels the rap rookie is handling her Twitter rants the wrong way.

A TMZ photographer caught up with Tip to ask if he agreed with Iggy's actions. 

"Absolutely not, I think she should focus on what got her here and that's her music, her performing, and continue to just present her talents to the world," he said. When the photog asked if she should just leave the drama alone, Tip replied, "Pretty much, man."

On Thursday, Madden released images via Tumblr from what Azalea says was an unapproved photo shoot, which prompted the rapper to tweet about how "livid" she was at the time.

"Everything in a collaboration is supposed to be mutually approved. But Steve madden did the most disgusting photo shoot ever and never Even told me about it, I'm just now seeing it as its uploaded on some random tumblr page and iam livid," she wrote in a series of tweets, which were deleted but captured by Fader.

Steve Madden has not only password-protected the Tumblr page, but the brand has addressed this misunderstanding.

"This was a lover's quarrel," the company tells USA Today in a statement. "We love Iggy and are very excited about our collaboration. When you get two artists working together sometimes there are fireworks. It's our creative differences that allow us to design an incredible collection and we are looking forward to sharing it with the world!"

Meanwhile, fans can expect Iggy's upcoming capsule collection of shoes to arrive in February.


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Friday
Jan302015

Idina Menzel to Star in New TV Comedy Series 

ABC/Lou RoccoIdina Menzel is about to grace the small screen again. The Frozen singer/actress is set to star in a new half-hour comedy series produced by Ellen DeGeneres, according to Deadline.

In the series, called Happy Time, Idina will play a woman in the public eye who gets sick of pretending to be happy all the time and decides she’s ready to stop faking it. The show will be pitched to the networks for the 2015-2016 season.

Idina, who previously had a recurring role on Glee as Rachel Berry’s birth mother, will be performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.


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Friday
Jan302015

Idina Menzel to Star in New TV Comedy Series 

Idina Menzel is about to grace the small screen again. The Frozen singer/actress is set to star in a new half-hour comedy series produced by Ellen DeGeneres, according to Deadline.

In the series, called Happy Time, Idina will play a woman in the public eye who gets sick of pretending to be happy all the time and decides she’s ready to stop faking it. The show will be pitched to the networks for the 2015-2016 season.

Idina, who previously had a recurring role on Glee as Rachel Berry’s birth mother, will be performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

 
Friday
Jan302015

New Promo Teases "Epic" Season of "The Voice"

Courtesy NBCIf the new promo is any indication, season eight of The Voice is going to be epic. The commercial for the new season, set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, shows the four judges arriving for a gritty, underground cage battle, clearly inspired by the 1985 action movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Adam Levine enters the thunderdome-like cage, where he’s met by Blake Shelton, who teases, “You’re late again.” Then, returning judge Christina Aguilera shows up and taunts them: “Hey boys! You’re both late to the party. My party!” Pharrell Williams drops down from the ceiling and the judges all take their places in their red spinning chairs.

Host Carson Daly commands the battle to begin and a singer starts belting out a tune -- "We Don't Need Another Hero," Tina Turner's hit theme song from the movie.  The coaches hit their buttons and are ejected from their chairs. The clip ends with the four of them flying straight at each other, ready to duke it out.

The new season of The Voice premieres on February 23 on NBC.


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Friday
Jan302015

Ciara Issues Full Acoustic Version of "I Bet"

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsEarlier this week, Ciara offered fans a taste of an acoustic version of her latest single, "I Bet." Now, she's released the full-length video of the performance.

In the black-and-white video, which is streaming on People magazine's website, the singer is accompanied by just a guitarist and pianist, as well as three background singers as they perform the tune, which spotlights Ci Ci's painful past with ex-fiancé Future.

"As a songwriter, I always pull from my life experiences as well as the experiences shared by others," Ciara told People. "It is important to me that my music feels real."

"As soon as I had my son, everything changed," said the new mom, who gave birth to son Future Zahir Wilburn in May. "I am now experiencing what [my mother] must have when I was young. [Becoming a mom] has inspired my creative process…and given me clarity both with songwriting as well as musicality for the album."

"I Bet," which was produced by Harmony Samuels, is the first single from Ciara's upcoming, sixth album, Jackie. The song was co-written by Rock City and is now available on digital retailers.

 


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Friday
Jan302015

Blink-182 Returns to Rehearsals

Estevan Oriol/DGCWhether Tom Delonge likes it or not, Blink-182 appears to be moving on without him. On his Instagram, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus has posted a photo of a performance space, captioned "Blink-182 rehearsals."

This past week has been mired in Blink-182 controversy, which began Monday when Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker reportedly released a statement that said founding member and guitarist DeLonge had quit the band. DeLonge responded with his own statement, claiming that he did no such thing. Since then, Hoppus and Barker have taken to Rolling Stone, calling DeLonge "ungrateful" and "disingenuous," while DeLonge posted another letter reiterating that he hasn't quit Blink-182.

As for what the remaining members of Blink-182 are rehearsing, that would probably be for the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival in Los Angeles, which takes place March 22. Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba will fill in for the departed DeLonge.

Meanwhile, DeLonge's other band, Angels & Airwaves, just released the video for their track "Tunnels," off of their most recent album, The Dream Walker.


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Friday
Jan302015

Passion Pit Announces New Album, "Kindred"

Image Courtesy of Jason Nocito/Columbia RecordsPassion Pit has been teasing a new album for the last month, and now that album has a title: Kindred. The band tweeted a link to their website, PassionPitMusic.com, which redirects to a new site, KindredtheAlbum.com. Before the announcement, the Passion Pit website displayed the message "under construction."

Along with the web address, Passion Pit also released a 12-second teaser for Kindred, called "That flickering light's just a flame." The short video features two children holding hands before a sunset. The screen then goes black and the words "Passion Pit" flash briefly. You can watch the teaser on YouTube.

Leading up the official Kindred announcement, Passion Pit posted a few messages in Morse code -- the first one simply reads "kindred," while the second reads, "I put my hands to the air and my knees to the ground," referring perhaps to the lyrics from one of the songs on Kindred.

Kindred will be released in April. Passion Pit's last album was 2012's Gossamer, which peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.


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Friday
Jan302015

Scotty McCreery Entertained the Crowd at the New England Patriots' Pre-Super Bowl Party Thursday

Image Courtesy EB Media PRScotty McCreery entertained the crowd at the New England Patriots' Welcome to Arizona pre-Super Bowl party Thursday night in Phoenix. Scotty wore his "lucky" New England Patriots beanie for the performance, and even had his photograph taken with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Scotty will attend this Sunday's Super Bowl in Phoenix to cheer on the Patriots as they take on the Seattle Seahawks.


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