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Thursday
Apr172014

Kelis Says She Doesn’t Listen to Nas' Music

Island Def JamFormer couple, Nas and Kelis, are both promoting their respective music projects, but it seems the rapper's ex-wife is not interested in his new material. In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, the singer finally addressed her thoughts on Nas posing with her wedding dress on his infamous album cover for Life is Good.

"It’s not even the dress. The joke behind that is that it’s the slip to the petticoat to my dress," she told the publication earlier this month. "I think when I moved out I just left it. That’s all he had, poor thing."

When asked if she knows why the rapper chose to use the dress on his album cover, Kelis replied, "All kinds of ideas of why, but I don’t really care."

The rapper's nod to their failed marriage, which spanned from 2005 to 2010, seemingly does not make her sentimental. "Maybe for others, but not for me. I don’t really listen to his music anyway," she adds.

Meanwhile, Nas is still celebrating the 20th anniversary Illmatic -- he released a double disc version of the album, Illmatic XX, and premiered his documentary, Time Is Illmatic, earlier this week.

Kelis is gearing up to release her first album in four years, Food, on April 22.

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Thursday
Apr172014

August Alsina's "Testimony" Expected to Have Solid First-Week Sales

Def JamAugust Alsina's debut album, Testimony, is on track for solid first-week sales, according to industry forecasters.

According to Hits Daily Double, the singer's first studio effort is expected to sell between 50,000 to 60,000 copies in its first week. The 13-track project boasts guest appearances from FabolousTrinidad Jame$, B.o.B, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross as well as the Jeezy-assisted single "Make It Home."

Alsina's disc could potentially debut within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and within the top 5 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.

Elsewhere, Jason Derulo's new album, Talk Dirty, is expected to debut with approximately 30,000 to 35,000 copies sold in its first week.

The official sales figures will be released next Wednesday.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Slash Takes Credit -- Incorrectly -- for Broadcasting's Seven-Second Delay

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Slash is the first to admit that he didn't care much for school, and it's clear he's not up on his broadcasting history.  In the latest digital issue of FuseTV's Backatcha -- in which rock stars discuss highlights of their band's pasts -- the guitarist tries to take credit for broadcasting's seven-second delay.  That's the feature that lets radio jocks and TV producers "dump" up to seven seconds of audio in the event that some rock star slips with an F-bomb or one of the many other violations of the FCC's stringent rules.

In the Backatcha episode, Slash says that he and the rest of his old band Guns N' Roses were "accepting an award for something and we were just really, really drunk.  That was the beginning of the seven-second rule...for swearing.  The seven-second delay?  We started it.  Every other word was 'f**k this' and 'f**king that.'"

Not quite.  As much as the GN'R guys might have tried to exercise the seven-second delay as often as they could, it was actually invented way back in 1952, before any of them were born.

In other Guns N' Roses news, frontman Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award next week, at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, when he'll will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Wednesday, April 23.

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Thursday
Apr172014

John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film

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John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend

CapitolGlen Campbell has apparently been moved to an Alzheimer's facility.  A family friend tells People, "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet.  We'll know more next week."

The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than three years ago.  A documentary about Glen's Goodbye Tour, titled Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me, debuts Friday at the Nashville Film Festival.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Paul McCartney Asks Fans to "Eat No Fish" on Good Friday 

PETA.orgAs Christians prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, Paul McCartney is continuing his ongoing support of animal rights and the vegan lifestyle by taking part in a new initiative encouraging people to forego eating meat for the holiday.  The ex-Beatles legend is appearing in an online campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in which he's wearing the organization's new "Eat No Fish" T-shirt.

The promotion is timed to coincide with the pre-Easter holy day Good Friday, which Christians traditionally observe by eating fish rather than other meat such as beef, pork or chicken.  The new PETA ads also include a comment from McCartney in which he urges, "make it a Good Friday for animals -- try vegetarian."

Explaining why he decided to stop eating fish, Sir Paul recalls, "Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, 'I am killing him -- all for the passing pleasure it brings me.'  And something inside me clicked, I realized as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me."

The "Eat No Fish" T-shirt can be purchased at PETACatalog.com, and you can find more about the campaign by visiting PETA.org.  By the way, McCartney has previously promoted the sale of PETA's "Eat No Cow" and "Eat No Turkey" shirts, which also are available at the organization's online store.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform in a Parking Lot

Macklemore LLCGrammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have filled concert venues around the world, but next month, you'll be able to see them perform in a mall parking lot for free.

No, the duo hasn't fallen on hard times: they're teaming with Microsoft for a special promotional appearance.  Access Atlanta reports that the software giant is opening a new store in the upscale Perimeter Mall, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, and it's enlisted Macklemore & Lewis to perform at the grand opening next month.

The free show will take place in the parking lot of the mall at 8:30 p.m. on May 31.  Fans do need tickets to attend, but you can get them for free by attending the store's opening that morning. According to Access Atlanta, Microsoft has often tapped the duo to perform at its events, since both are based in Seattle.

Kelly Clarkson is another artist who frequently performs at Microsoft store openings.  In fact, she has one scheduled for October 25 in Buffalo, NY.

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Thursday
Apr172014

John Legend Executive-Producing Documentary-Style Dance Movie 

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres -- dance movies and found footage -- to create a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation."  John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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Thursday
Apr172014

See Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks Perform New Duet Live for the First Time

Major Caldwell/Warner Bros. RecordsJason Derulo's new album Talk Dirty includes plenty of upbeat tunes, but there also are tender moments, like "Vertigo," a romantic duet with his girlfriend Jordin Sparks.  Now, you can watch the two lovebirds perform the song live.

A new video posted on Jason's YouTube channel shows the two performing the song live for the first time, for a Walmart Soundcheck performance.  There are no flashy special effects or costumes: the two simply sing the tune, which is basically about getting busy, while staring into each other's eyes. 

"Ladies come and go but you got something different/Had me so addicted from the start," Jason sings to Jordin. "And I'd never known all this loving I was missing/'Til I worked my way into your heart/You give me vertigo."

Jordin responds, "The way that you please me sets this room on fire/I'm burning with desire in this bed/So if I'm dreaming please don't wake me up/If all of this is happening in my head/Waited for so long/But what you got is different/Had me so addicted from the start."

Jason told OK! magazine, "With 'Vertigo,' Jordin and I recorded about six songs, because I wanted to make sure I had the right song for the album. When I wrote 'Vertigo,' I knew it was it. It’s just us and the piano so the emotion really comes to life."

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Thursday
Apr172014

Miley Cyrus Postpones Two More Concerts, Rails Against Rumors: "Stop Scaring My Fans"

Image Courtesy Miley Cyrus via TwitterMiley Cyrus, still hospitalized due to her severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic, has been forced to postpone two concerts: one in Kansas City, MO, and one in Nashville, TN.

The April 18 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has been rescheduled to August 7.  A note on the venue's website says, "Miley continues to be hospitalized due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. All tickets for the show will be honored on the new date."

The April 19 show at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville has been postponed to August 9. 

Meanwhile, Miley is furiously tweeting her displeasure at the rumors that have been flying regarding her hospitalization; one story even suggested she might be pregnant, while others suggest she more ill that she actually is. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb *sses are scaring my fans," she wrote, and posted the official statement regarding her condition.

"Shut the f**K up & let me heal," she added. "Stop scaring my family, friends, & fans."

Earlier on Thursday, Miley had written, "can't quit crying. i wanna go back on tour. im meant to be onstage performing for y'all.... not laying in a hospital bed."

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Thursday
Apr172014

Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer Tapped for Macy's American Icons Campaign

Macy'sBrett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are taking part in Macy's American Icons campaign, which means you'll see their faces in more than 800 Macy's stores starting next month. They'll be modeling clothes for I.N.C International Concepts in ads appearing in print and online, too.

The program offers styles inspired by America and supports the Got Your 6 initiative to support U.S. veterans and military families.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Aretha Franklin Threatens Suit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story

Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Although the Queen of Soul released a statement clarifying that the story was false, she is planning to file a $10 million lawsuit against the publication, according to the Detroit News.

"The stories were not presented as satire or humor.  It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way -- defamation of character," said Franklin through her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

The News Nerd claimed that Patti was arrested after she punched Aretha with "a Mayweather style right and left."  The fabricated story was seemingly concocted after Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from Patti, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at The White House last month.

Although the publication carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each web page that describes its stories as "purely satirical" and "for entertainment purposes only," Franklin is still moving forward with possible legal action.

Earlier this week, the legendary singer laughed off the alleged incident.  "I've never heard anything crazier," Franklin said in a statement on Tuesday.  "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."

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Thursday
Apr172014

Soundgarden Streams Unreleased Demo of "Black Hole Sun"

Courtesy Soundgarden via InstagramAs previously reported, Soundgarden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Superunknown with two deluxe editions of the album, and also a vinyl version.  The deluxe editions will include previously unreleased rehearsal recordings, demos and b-sides.  They are set to arrive in stores on June 3.

To hold fans over until then, the band has released a demo version of "Black Hole Sun," one of the two Grammy-winning tracks from Superunknown.  It's streaming on the band's SoundCloud page now, and sounds pretty much like a rougher version of the original -- rawer somehow, but still very recognizable.

Superunknown debuted at #1 the week it was released in March 1994 and remains Soundgarden's best-selling album.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Should Bruno, Katy, Pharrell, Lorde & Taylor Make the "Time" 100?

John Paul Filo/CBSEach year, Time magazine compiles the "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world.  While that list is chosen by Time's editors, readers are allowed to vote for stars of music, TV and film who they believe have changed the world in the past year.  Voting's open now, and among those up for the honor are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lorde.

Time is offering readers the chance to choose among 18 of the world's most popular stars and one top songwriting duo: the husband and wife team who wrote the songs for the movie Frozen.  The candidates have been selected for their musical success, their ability to command the headlines, their philanthropy and their social media prowess -- except Beyonce.  She's included on the list because, as Time notes, "She's Beyonce. 'Nuff said."

Here are the candidates:

Taylor Swift
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Bruno Mars
Lorde
Shakira
Pharrell Williams
Rihanna
Carrie Underwood
Beyonce
Jay Z
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Drake
One Direction's Harry Styles
Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Grammy-winning French robot duo Daft Punk
Frozen composers Robert & Kristin Lopez

Voting at Time.com closes at midnight on April 22, and the readers' poll winners will be announced on April 23.  The official "Time 100" list will be released April 24.

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Thursday
Apr172014

LMFAO's Redfoo to Guest-Judge "Dancing with the Stars" Monday Night

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIt's hard to imagine a member of LMFAO doing anything on the dance floor except shufflin', but the duo's Redfoo will be sitting at the judges' table Monday night on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Monday night's theme is Party Anthems Night, so the man behind the smash hit "Party Rock Anthem" is an appropriate choice to guest judge the show.  In addition, Redfoo actually has experience as a reality show judge, having served in that capacity on the Australian version of The X Factor.

While LMFAO hasn't broken up, Redfoo and his nephew and band mate Sky Blu have been focusing on individual projects since they announced they were going on hiatus in September of 2012.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Eric Church Releasing "The Outsiders on Vinyl This Saturday for National Record Store Day

EMI NashvilleEric Church will release a double-gatefold vinyl version of his latest album, The Outsiders, this Saturday for National Record Store Day. The package also includes an exclusive album poster and two bonus tracks -- "Come Together," and an extended version of the title track. Go to EricChurch.com for more information on where to purchase The Outsiders on vinyl.

Eric will tour behind the album starting September 11 in Bossier City, LA.

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Thursday
Apr172014

For The Pretty Reckless, Success Means Being Dogged By Paparazzi

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The Pretty Reckless are enjoying the success of their second studio album, called Going to Hell. Well, they're enjoying most of the attention, anyway -- except for the paparazzi. Because of the high profile of singer Taylor Momsen -- who was in the smash TV series Gossip Girl before launching her music career -- the band receives a lot more attention than its peers, and this reach extends to the paparazzi as well.

On Thursday, The Pretty Reckless made some media stops, including an appearance on VH1's The Morning Buzz and ABC News Radio. In between, a photographer tailed the band and tried to snap photos when Momsen was getting out of her car. The singer tells ABC News Radio that she's used to the attention, even in New York. "In New York it's a little easier to hide, they don't stalk you as much, but if they know you're going to be appearing somewhere, like VH1 Morning Buzz, they're showing up."

Overall, though, Momsen says dealing with the photo snappers in New York City is much easier than in Los Angeles, where she's been assaulted by paparazzi. "New York mentality is 'mind your own business,'" she says. "They're not so invasive. Like the guy outside [this studio] was cool, I was like, '"We gotta get up there, but when I come down I'll take a picture,' and he was like, 'Okay, thanks.'"

The Pretty Reckless' latest single, "Heaven Knows," is streaming on the band's website, GoingToHell.me, now.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings 

Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year.  The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, "I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year's nominees...if you don't want it, that's cool too."

The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde's generosity, tweeting their thanks.  If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and they'll have to divide up the studio time.

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Thursday
Apr172014

The Who Releasing Quadrophenia Tour Video & Album in June

Universal Music EnterprisesA new concert video and album capturing The Who playing its classic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia last year in London will be released in multiple configurations on June 10.  Quadrophenia: Live in London documents the band's performance at Wembley Arena on July 8, 2103, which was the final show of its Quadrophenia and More Tour.

The concert featured The Who performing the landmark double-disc record in its entirety, as well as a set of other memorable songs by the British rockers.  For the show, the band played in front of a high-definition video screen that showed a montage of archival footage and rare photos.  The event also included tribute segments to The Who's two late founding members -- bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon -- in which the band's current lineup performed along with concert footage of the departed rock legends.

Among the versions of Quadrophenia: Live in London that will be available is a deluxe box set that will be packaged in a round metal container designed to look like the headlight of a mod-era scooter.  The collection will feature a high-def Blu-ray and a standard DVD of the concert film, a two-CD soundtrack of the 2013 show, a Blu-ray audio disc boasting the first-ever 5.1 surround-sound mix of the 1973 Quadrophenia album, a booklet with photos and liner notes, and a collectible button and sticker.

In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD of the concert video, the double-CD soundtrack and the 1973 Quadrophenia Blu-ray audio disc all will be sold separately.  Digital versions of the 2013 concert video and album also will be available.

Here is the track list for the Quadrophenia: Live in London DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack:

"I Am the Sea"
"The Real Me"
"Quadrophenia"
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"I'm One"
"The Dirty Jobs"
"Helpless Dancer"
"Is It In My Head?"
"I've Had Enough"
"5:15"
"Sea and Sand"
"Drowned"
"Bell Boy"
"Doctor Jimmy"
"The Rock"
"Love Reign O'er Me"

Bonus Performances
"Who Are You"
"You Better You Bet"
"Pinball Wizard"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
"Tea & Theatre"

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Thursday
Apr172014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Easton Corbin's debut hit? ANSWER: "A Little More Country than That."

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