Trial Date Set in Midnight Rider Manslaughter Case; Indicted Assistant Director Turns Herself In

PMK-BNCThere are yet more new developments with regard to the legal drama stemming from the train accident that killed a camera assistant during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight RiderDeadline.com reports that a March 9, 2015, trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter and criminal-trespass case that's been brought against the four indicted filmmakers involved in the project.

According to an order issued by Judge Anthony Harrison of Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court, pre-trial motions will be heard on February 12 and 13 of next year, with jury selection beginning on March 9.  All discovery evidence must be entered into the court by December 10.

The indicted parties are the husband-and-wife director and producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz.  Schwartz became the most recent member of the Midnight Rider team to face charges when she was indicted on September 10.  She was on hand Tuesday for a status conference at the Wayne County Superior Court that all the lawyers for the indicted parties also attended.  Afterward, Schwartz -- accompanied by her lawyer -- walked to the adjacent Wayne County Jail Detention Center and turned herself in.

If convicted on the manslaughter charge, Miller, Savin, Sedrash and Schwartz face a possible 10-year prison sentence, while the criminal trespass charge carries a potential one-year term.

This past February 20, Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and several other crew members were injured by a train during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.  The crew was filming a scene on a trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia, when the train barreled through.

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Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" Now Exists in a Booty-Free Version

Epic RecordsWhat would Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass" be without its constant references to booty?  It'd be the same song, with different lyrics...and it's now an actual thing.

Billboard reports that an edited version of Meghan's #1 hit has been produced for those radio stations who might be uncomfortable with the more racy lyrics of the original track.  For example, in the edited version, instead of "Yeah, my mama, she told me, 'Don't worry about your size' / She says, 'Boys like a little more booty to hold at night,'"  Meghan now sings, "She says, 'Boys like the girls for the beauty they hold inside.'"

Even lyrics that don't mention booty have been changed in the edited version.  Instead of "Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two / But I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do," Meghan now sings, "But Imma make it, make it, like I'm supposed to do."  Even the "all the right junk in all the right places" line has been changed to, "I'll be the star on all them big stages." 

But according to Billboard, Meghan herself chose the revised lyrics and re-recorded the song of her own volition.

Creating an edited version of a song to increase its chances of success is a common practice.  How big would Cee Lo Green's 2011 song have been if the title and lyrics hadn't been changed to "Forget You"?

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Grammy Eligibility Ends Today...So Who'll Get Nominations?

Courtesy of The Recording AcademyWhen Taylor Swift's album 1989 comes out October 27, it may set the charts, and the cash registers, on fire, but it won't be receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.  That's because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is today, September 30.  So any music that was released between October 1, 2013 and today can be nominated, but Taylor will miss out.  So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has a roundup.

In the Album of the Year category, Billboard says Beyonce's self-titled surprise album has a good shot, while other possible contenders might include Ed Sheeran's X, Ariana Grande's My Everything, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Katy Perry's PRISM and Pharrell Williams' G I R L.

For Record of the Year, Billboard says Idina Menzel's Frozen anthem "Let It Go," Pharrell's "Happy," Taylor's "Shake It Off," Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" might make the cut.

For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "Stay with Me" is a contender, as is "Sing" by Ed Sheeran, "All of Me" by John Legend, Sia's "Chandelier," Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" and possibly Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

Sam Smith is a no-brainer when it comes to a Best New Artist nod, according to Billboard, and Iggy Azalea might also make the cut.  By the way, U2's free iTunes album Songs of Innocence has been ruled eligible for nominations, but the publication doesn't think the Academy will show Bono and the boys much love.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8 and air live on CBS.  Nominations are usually announced in December.

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Usher's Upcoming Tour Struggling with Lackluster Ticket Sales?

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Usher is preparing for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour, however ticket sales reportedly  have been lackluster.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the crooner's 27-city outing is said to have sold only a small portion of the available seats.

“Usher’s sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he’s selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can’t offset the bad ones,” says one source.

In addition, tour promoter Live Nation could potentially lose $5 million due to soft ticket sales, which some insiders attribute to the lack of a strong opening act -- August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are currently on the roster.

The news comes on the heels of Usher delaying the release of his eighth studio effort, which was initially expected to arrive this fall.

As previously reported, the singer is scheduled to kick off the tour on November 1 in Montreal. He'll travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa.

Tickets are available via Usherworld.com.

Here are the dates for The UR Experience Tour:

11/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre    
11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/4 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills    
11/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena    
11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden    
11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center    
11/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center    
11/13 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun    
11/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
11/17 -- Chicago, IL, United Center    
11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center    
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center    
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/26 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena    
11/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena    
11/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place    
12/2 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center    
12/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center    
12/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center    
12/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center    
12/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum    
12/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena    
12/12 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
12/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
12/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Nickelback Reveals Album Cover for "No Fixed Address"

Image Courtesy Republic RecordsNickelback has unveiled the cover of their upcoming record, No Fixed Address. The artwork reflects the grandiosity of the album's title, as the cover features the rising sun shining bright over the earth.

No Fixed Address is set to arrive November 18. It will be the first Nickelback album since 2011's Here and Now.


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Zac Brown Band Jumped at the Chance to Record "Black Water" with The Doobie Brothers

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleZac Brown Band teams up with The Doobie Brothers for a new version of "Black Water" on the new Doobie Brothers country collaborations album, Southbound. Zac Brown admits he jumped at the chance to perform that classic song from The Doobie Brothers catalog.

"I have seen a lot of people, including myself, make a lot of tip money because of ‘Black Water,’ so this is a full circle moment," Zac says. "“To collaborate and recreate this iconic song is just an amazing moment as an artist.  As a new generation vocal band, it is an absolute honor to get to play with them."

Fans can now pre-order Southbound at iTunes or Amazon and get an instant download of The Doobie Brothers and Zac Brown Band's version of "Black Water." The full album comes out November 4.

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Brian Wilson Added to Lineup of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIIA very special guest star has been added to the lineup of the 2014 edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit ConcertBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will perform at both of this year's shows, which will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins a bill that, as usual, includes Young and also features Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones' new group, Puss N Boots.  Young's estranged wife, Pegi, who co-founded the Bridge School, also will perform with her backing band, The Survivors.  Tickets for the concerts are available now via LiveNation.com, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilson was one of the many performers this past Sunday at the star-studded tribute concert George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, which was held at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre.  Among the evening's many highlights was Brian's rendition of the Harrison solo classic "My Sweet Lord," which included accompaniment by The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, among others.  You can check out fan-recorded video of the performance on YouTube.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Announces Full Details About Latest Solo Album, "Rippin' Up Time"

Red River EntertainmentKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has unveiled complete official details about his forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time, which will be released October 28 on CD and will be available a week earlier as a digital download.  The collection features 10 original tunes and was co-produced by Davies and his friend David Nolte.

Dave's son Russell Davies, a musician and producer in his own right, contributes vocals to two songs, "In the Old Days" and "Through My Window."  Dave and Russ previously worked together on the 2010 eletronica-influenced album Two Worlds.

According to Dave, Rippin' Up Time focuses on "a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future."

The 67-year-old guitarist explains, "I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and The Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future."  He adds, "I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind.  I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream."

You can check out the title track of the album now at Red River Entertainment's SoundCloud page.

As previously announced, Davies has scheduled a series of fall U.S. tour dates to promote Rippin' Up Time.  The trek is mapped out from a November 11 show in Milwaukee through a November 28 concert in Englewood, New Jersey.

Here is the complete track list for Rippin' Up Time:

"Ripping Up Time"
"Semblance of Sanity"
"King of Karaoke"
"Front Room"
"Johnny Adams"
"Nosey Neighbours"
"Between the Towers"
"In the Old Days"
"Through My Window"

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Slipknot's Knotfest Officially Will Smell Like Camel Dung

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionLeave it to Slipknot to create the first music festival to have its own official smell. For the second edition of Knotfest -- a three-day festival organized and headlined by Slipknot -- the band has chosen a particularly pungent smell to grace the nostrils of festival-goers: camel dung.

"Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over," a press release reads. "Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel s**t… set aflame to last the entire festival."

In an interview with Rolling Stone, percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that after having camel dung at the first Knotfest -- held in 2012 -- and he knew he had to bring it back for next edition.

"We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful," he says. "[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel s**t. A very distinct smell. You can't huff it, but it's got this smell. And it's not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it's just remembering thoughts -- it's gonna be a reoccurring thing."

Crahan isn't entirely certain how he will get the material to needed to create his desired festival odor, but he assures fans that it will be done.

"I don't want to get anybody in any sort of accusations of wrongdoing or whatever, but you have to get it from a zoo probably. How you get it from the zoo is not my origin of expertise," he says. "I just put out the order and the captains go out and get it done."

Knotfest will be held on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, Anthrax, Black Label Society and more will also play the festival.

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Dierks Bentley Takes Friend Battling Cancer Out for a Spin in His '67 Camaro

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley often returns to Nashville's famed bluegrass club, the Station Inn, to catch a show or even sit in with some of his musical heroes. Over the years, Dierks has become close friends with Ann Soyers, the woman who collects cover charges and books talent at the Station Inn. According to The Tennessean, Ann was an early supporter of Dierks' music before he became a staple of country radio. Now that she's battling cancer, Dierks has kept a regular vigil at her hospital room in west Nashville. He even took her out for "one last ride" in his vintage '67 Camaro this week.

Dierks posted a picture on Instagram of their ride. The caption says, "She's hanging tough. Enjoying good friend and music."

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Jordin Sparks to Honor Stevie Wonder in Memphis Next Month

Credit: Troy JensenJordin Sparks has been tapped by a music industry group in Memphis, Tennessee to perform at “A Soulright Evening,” which will honor music legend Stevie Wonder.

Jordin will be joined by R&B singers India.Arie, Sharon Jones and Ledisi [LEH duh see] at the event, which will take place Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. at the city's Cannon Center.  The women will perform Wonder's hits in tribute to him, but he himself will also serenade the crowd.  The whole event will raise money for The Consortium MMT, a music education and mentorship program.

Rickey Minor, the music director for Jordin's alma mater, American Idol, will direct the evening.  He says in a statement, "Stevie Wonder is one of the most prolific artist and songwriter of our time. I'm so happy that these incredible ladies have joined us in the celebration of his storied career. It will certainly be, ‘A Night to Remember.'"

Tickets for the event are available now via Ticketmaster.

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Jared Leto to Share Photos from his Book HAITI via Online Event Tonight

ABC/Randy HolmesJared Leto will be sharing photos from his personal archive book titled HAITI, during an interactive event being webcast live from Brooklyn, New York tonight at 6:30 ET.

The photos were taken during the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman's 2011 trip to the troubled island nation. Leto also will share personal stories and memories from his experience.

Audiences who wish to participate in the interactive event can visit the website of the event's host, VyRT, for digital ticket packages. All of the of profits from ticket sales will go toward the people of Haiti through charities Leto will select.

VyRT has previously hosted live broadcast events for bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park and The Jonas Brothers.

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Pink Releases Yet Another Track from You + Me Project, Kelly Clarkson's a Fan

Credit: Eliot Lee Hazelrose ave., the debut album from Pink's new musical side project, You + Me, arrives October 14, and she's just released yet another preview track.

The song, "Capsized," is the latest taste of the mostly acoustic project, which Pink recorded with her friend Dallas Green, a singer/songwriter who records under the name The City and Colour.  A lyric video is now available. Previously, they released the song "You and Me," and another track, "Break the Cycle."

Pink's been a fan of Green's for several years.  After she meet him through her husband, Carey Hart, Pink invited Green to her house in L.A. to write a few tunes.  When they ended up knocking out eight songs in a single week they decided to do an entire album together.

Pink's project already has a celebrity fan: Kelly Clarkson.  After Pink posted "Break the Cycle," Kelly tweeted, "Beautiful! Love that you always do what you love! Can't wait to hear the album :)."

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Lorde Gushes Over Taylor Swift's Support 

Francis Specker/CBS; Jon LeMay/ABCThe latest installment of the Lorde/Taylor Swift lovefest is now available on Twitter for your viewing pleasure.

After Lorde released her new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," Taylor tweeted a photo of a notebook that had some of the lyrics to the song written in it, and captioned the photo, "Proud."  Lorde replied by reposting the photo, and then writing an essay about how important Taylor's support of the song has been to her.

"This girl was the first person i played yellow flicker beat to, and she was instantly obsessed with it/would make me play it to our other friends in her kitchen like a proud mom," Lorde wrote. "in return i make her put on my favorite jams from her new record and flail around wildly/smile like a crazy person."

"it's the coolest thing in the world having friends who make incredible music AND having them cheering you on when it's time for your own to be released," she added. "So pumped for them to hear [Taylor's album] 1989." Lorde finished with the hashtag "#iheartswift."

It's fitting that Taylor would be supportive of Lorde's efforts to create a song for a Hunger Games movie.  After all, Taylor had not one but two songs on the soundtrack of the very first installment of the film series.

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Miguel to Be Honored at La Musa Awards

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel will be honored during the La Musa Awards, which recognize the greatest Latin songwriters from all around the world.

The singer, who is of Mexican descent, will receive the Champion Award for his accomplishments in music when the event takes place on October 18 at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami Beach.

“Miguel is one of the brightest fastest rising stars in popular music and we are so proud that he is Latino. Our distinguished LSHOF Board of Directors chose Miguel for the ‘Premio Triunfador’ to salute him for his amazing accomplishments and future triumphs,” say Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Desmond Child and President Rudy Pérez in a joint statement.

The crooner is also scheduled to perform material from his breakout album Kaleidoscope Dream at the event.

Tickets for the event are available via LatinSongHall.com.

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Listen to Jackson Browne's New Album, "Standing in the Breach," Online Now

Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at USAToday.com.  The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, "If I Could Be Anywhere," is a love song, but not in the traditional sense.  "[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations," he explains.  "It's the idea that there's a challenge that can only be met while we're here, both in the sense of being present and also that we're here at this moment in time."

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune "Which Side Are You On?" bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan's spiritually-themed "Gotta Serve Somebody," but points out, "It's not a song about God; it's about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society."

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with "Here," which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

"It's about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept," Browne tells USA Today.  "It's about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world."

Standing in the Breach is Jackson's 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008's Time the Conqueror.  Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that's mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis.  His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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Pharrell Issues Animated Video for "It Girl" 

Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell is showing off his love for animation in the trippy video for his new single "It Girl," lifted from his critically acclaimed album, G I R L.

"I'm so excited to share this with you... Enjoy my new video for 'It Girl,'" he tweeted on Tuesday.

In the video, posted on his YouTube page, the singer, in his signature Vivian Westwood hat, takes on various animated forms, which include retro video game and anime renderings.  At one point, Skateboard P treats his cartoon girlfriend to a shopping spree, in which he suggests clothes and accessories for her.

The artsy visual was produced by Takashi Murakami and directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro.

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    Gwen Stefani to Debut New Single on "The Voice"

    Art Streiber/NBCSure, The Voice offers a chance for undiscovered talent to get major exposure, but it also offers a chance for the show's coaches to push their latest projects.  Case in point: Gwen Stefani. 

    Gwen's manager tells Billboard that the No Doubt frontwoman will select what will be the lead track from her forthcoming solo album -- her first in eight years -- and she'll perform that tune on The Voice later this season.  Gwen is currently working on the album in Miami with her fellow coach Pharrell Williams.

    However, according to Billboard associate chart director Gary Trust, that song's already been determined.  He tweeted that a new single from Gwen called "Baby Don't Lie" will arrive October 14.

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    Three Days Grace Unveil New Single, "I Am Machine" 

    Roland WilhelmThree Days Grace have released "I Am Machine," the follow-up to their twelfth straight #1 single, "Painkiller." "I Am Machine" is the second single from the band's upcoming album, as well as the second single featuring new lead singer Matt Walst, who officially joined Three Days Grace earlier this year.

    "Sonically, we wanted to create a 'machine-like' sound in parts of the song," says drummer Neil Sanderson of "I Am Machine." "We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'...relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate."

    Both "I Am Machine" and "Painkiller" will appear on the currently-untitled new Three Days Grace album, due out March 31, 2015 on RCA Records. It will be produced by Gavin Brown, who also produced the band's platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut.

    A lyric video for "I Am Machine" is streaming now on the Three Days Grace YouTube page.

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    Miranda Lambert Taking Annual Cause for the Paws Event to Las Vegas Friday

    Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert is taking her seventh annual Cause for the Paws festival to Las Vegas this Friday in conjunction with the first-ever Route 91 Harvest Festival. Miranda will headline the Friday night show, and all proceeds from her appearance will go to her charity, the MuttNation Foundation, to help homeless dogs get a new lease on life.

    Miranda says, "I am so excited to be playing Vegas to raise money for a cause so dear to my heart. With your donations, we are able to watch happy, healthy dogs being given a second chance at life through adoption.”

    The Cause for the Paws event also includes a sold-out VIP cocktail party prior to Miranda's show, complete with a live and silent auction of items from Miranda and her husband, Blake Shelton. An online auction will go live on eBay to coincide with the event.

    Miranda's Cause for the Paws raised more than $400,000 event last year in Oklahoma. Overall, the MuttNation Foundation has generated $1.5 million to help dogs in need in the past seven years. For more information, go to MuttNationFoundation.com.

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