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Sunday
Dec212014

Bob Seger Adds New Dates to His 2015 Tour Itinerary

Credit: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 2014 North American tour leg tonight with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Michigan rockers will head back out on the road next month for more stateside shows.

Seger has announced a series of six new dates that will extend the trek into late March.  The newly added-concerts run from a March 13 show in Salt Lake City through a March 26 performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Bob's hometown, Detroit.  Details about tickets for the gigs will be announced soon.

Seger continues to promote his new studio album, Ride Out, which was released in October.  Here's a list of all of his forthcoming tour dates:

12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena (NEW)
3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena (NEW)
3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center (NEW)
3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center (NEW)
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (NEW)
3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills (NEW)


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Sunday
Dec212014

Dates Set for 2015 Edition of Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival

Image Courtesy of Live NationWhile The Allman Brothers Band played what is supposed to be its final concert in October, the group's Peach Music Festival will be coming back in 2015.  The fourth annual edition of the musical extravaganza is confirmed to take place August 13-16 at its usual site -- Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The lineup for the festival has not been revealed, but fans can at least expect Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman to put in an appearance.

"I can't wait to be back at the Peach in 2015," says Gregg in a statement.  "The fans at Montage love what we do so much and the bands feed off that.  The Peach is always a great time."

The Wanee Festival, another annual music event usually hosted by The Allman Brothers Band, recently revealed its initial 2015 lineup, which included various projects featuring individual Allmans members, so it seems likely the Peach fest may offer a similar bill.

A limited number of early-bird tickets for the Peach Music Festival will go on sale this Monday, December 22, at noon ET.  Those tickets are priced at $99, not including fees.  Various other early-bird packages, including VIP tickets, also will be available.

In addition to a variety of music acts performing on multiple stages, the four-day festival includes access to a water park, camping and more.


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Sunday
Dec212014

Billy Corgan Says '90s Alternative Era Is "Irrelevant to Combat the Pop Menace"

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins are widely considered to have been a seminal band in the '90s alternative scene, but frontman Billy Corgan believes that entire era of music is now "irrelevant."

"The mythology [of the '90's] right now is irrelevant to combat the pop menace in America right now," Corgan tells The Guardian.

As for what exactly he means by "pop menace," Corgan says he's "not naming names," but he does mention the popularity of EDM.

"EDM is kicking everybody’s f**king a**. Look at the numbers the DJs are making! They’re kicking rock bands’ a**," he says. "And we’re sitting here talking about an era from 20 years ago because it’s misty in people’s minds. Meanwhile there’s 60,000 people in a field watching a guy with lights behind him."

The Pumpkins just released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, earlier this month. As Corgan sees it, the album isn't getting the reviews it deserves.

"I’m laughing because I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for [Monuments to an Elegy], based on all the feedback I was getting," Corgans says. "But I’m getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won’t f**king say: 'This is a f**king brilliant album from a brilliant artist.'"

"It’s not a three-star f**king record," he continues. "Nobody believes it’s a three-star record."


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Sunday
Dec212014

Elle Varner Releases Video for "Cold Case"

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsElle Varner steps out of the picture in the video for her love-scorned single, "Cold Case."

In the video, posted on YouTube, the singer spotlights an interracial couple who are falling out of love. In high-contrast imagery, their relationship quickly deteriorates.

"Love is such a beautiful thing, it's so f**king beautiful especially in the beginning when everyone is so happy and so honest," Elle says in the intro with birds chirping in the background. "And loving and affectionate and there for you and not cheat on you and not f**king some other bitch."

The song is lifted from her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which is due next year. The set will include production from Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, Da Internz and Hit-Boy.

 


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Sunday
Dec212014

Lucy Hale Cancels Winter Tour Due to Vocal Strain

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityPretty Little Liars star-turned-country singer Lucy Hale has canceled all of her winter tour dates due to vocal strain. She was set to kick off the trek on January 29 in Boston.

Lucy says, "I am devastated that I can’t be out performing for my fans who have been incredibly supportive,but I have been advised not to embark on a tour at this time. You know I hate letting y'all down and thank you for your understanding.”

Fans who bought tickets for Lucy's shows should contact their point of purchase for information on a refund.


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Sunday
Dec212014

Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor Recall Worst Christmas Gifts Ever

Derrick SantiniWith the kind of year that Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor have had, they don't need to rely on anyone to get them Christmas gifts -- they can just buy whatever the heck they want.  But there was a time in the past when, just like regular folks, both stars suffered through lousy Christmas gifts courtesy of clueless relatives.

Speaking to Billboard magazine, Sam says his worst Christmas present ever came from his dad, but that's just because he wasn't exactly clued in to little Sam's interests.  "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11," he tells Billboard. "I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset."

Meghan, meawhile, got her worst Christmas gift from her brother, and ironically, it made her feel bad about her body image -- the very issue that her #1 hit "Alll About that Bass" would go on to tackle.

"My little brother bought me boxers from [my hometown of] Nantucket, that I already had a pair of," she tells Billboard. "But he bought a smaller size, so that I was just insecure and pissed."

Still those gifts pale in comparison to the one that MAGIC! frontman Nasri claims he received.  "My brother's t-shirts," Nasri says, describing his worst-ever gift. "His actual t-shirts."  Why you gotta be so rude?


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Saturday
Dec202014

Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album "Rebel Heart," Album Coming in March

Interscope RecordsFollowing the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March.

The songs that are available are "Living For Love," "Devil Pray,"  "Ghosttown," "Unapologetic B***h," "Illuminati" and "B***h I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna's last album, MDNA.

In a statement, Madonna said, I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the  incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

On Instagram, Madonna wrote, "6 songs for you now.......#rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!!"

The album cover shown on iTunes is a black-and-white photo of Madonna's face, wrapped in some kind of black tape or string.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Sting and "The Last Ship" Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event, Album Signing

Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols."  The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives.  The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET.  Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.

Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording CD.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.

To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.

Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording.  Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.

The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled "What Say You, Meg?"


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Saturday
Dec202014

Modern Rockers Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

Image Courtesy of CBS Photography 1965It's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years. Among the well-known modern rock artists that ventured an opinion were members of Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Nickelback, Metallica, Cage the Elephant, Paramore, Death Cab for Cutie, My Chemical Romance, Mumford & Sons, Rise Against, The Killers, AWOLNATION, Fall Out Boy, The Lumineers, Against Me! and Three Days Grace.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison and four choosing Ringo Starr. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich went way off the grid and chose Oasis.

Fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Rihanna's Father Says He Was Kicked Out of Her Diamond Ball for Drinking

Eric McCandless/CBSLast week, Rihanna's inaugural Diamond Ball proved to be a star-studded affair, but it looks like there was one slight hiccup. The singer's father, Ronald Feny, was actually kicked out for being too intoxicated, he tells an English tabloid.

In an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Fenty says that he was escorted out shortly after taking a few pictures on the red carpet with Rih's mother. "I had Johnny Walker Black. I had two doubles man and tripped over a chair," says Feny, who the Mail reports spent a sting in rehab last year at the singer's expense.

After losing his balance completely, he adds, "I saw my ex [Monica] look up, and within a few minutes after the picture was taken, security came up and said, 'We’re taking you home.'" Fenty recalls,"I said, 'But I haven’t seen my daughter yet'… and they said, 'Don’t matter man."

He adds that he hopes Rihanna isn't upset with him following the incident. "I’m sad how it ended of course, I should have never taken that first drink or any drink for that matter. I wish I had seen her of course," he says. "She will probably hear how I was and how I had a few drinks, so I guess she would be angry with me. I think she is, I’m not sure, we haven’t spoken just yet."

The black-tie charity event, held December 11, benefited Rihanna's The Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization she founded in 2012 to improve the quality of life for global communities in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded "Miracle on Broadway" Concert Saturday Night in Nashville 

Peter Kramer/NBCKelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Grammy nominees Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore, as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride.

Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably 'cause she's just my mother-in-law. It'd be awkward at Christmas when she was like, 'Oh, I turned you down.'"

Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she's already gotten commitments for next year's show from a few superstars, including country music icon Dolly Parton.  Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly's first Christmas with her baby daughter, River Rose. While she's worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.

In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon's two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.

Says Kelly, "We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well -- [to] just see this. Because it's like, you can't grow up in your own little world. There's a whole world out there, and there's people that are in need."

Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly's favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded Miracle on Broadway Concert Saturday Night in Nashville

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes pop stars Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride. Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, Reba, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably 'cause she's just my mother-in-law. It'd be awkward at Christmas when she was like, 'Oh, I turned you down.'"

The stellar lineup at Miracle on Broadway is a testament to how much other artists, like Trisha Yearwood, love and respect Kelly.

"If Kelly Clarkson asked me to mow her lawn, I'm there," Trisha tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, really. She emailed and she goes, 'I know you and Garth are really busy, and I expect you to say no, but I just want to ask.' Both of us were like, 'Yeah, absolutely.' So, I mean, really, truly anything for her."

Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she's already gotten commitments for next year's show from a few superstars, including Dolly Parton. Kelly reached out to Dolly about eight days ago to join her for a duet of "Hard Candy Christmas" at this year's concert, but Dolly actually returned Kelly's email with a fax containing a sweet note about the song and Kelly's new baby, River Rose.

Kelly says of Dolly, "First of all, I love her because she doesn't email. She faxes, which makes me love her. Like, you don't understand. The fax, I'm actually framing and putting in my office."

Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly's first Christmas with her baby, River Rose. While she's worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.

In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon's two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.

Says Kelly, "We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well -- [to] just see this. Because it's like, you can't grow up in your own little world. There's a whole world out there, and there's people that are in need."

Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly's favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.


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Friday
Dec192014

Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson and Slash.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, Rick Springfield, David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while while Bo Diddley said "neither one."


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Friday
Dec192014

Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known music artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne and The Band's Robbie Robertson.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Queen collaborator Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson and Rick Springfield.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy and Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Bo Diddley said "neither one."


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Friday
Dec192014

Rock Stars and Celebrities Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Slash and three members of Metallica.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, David Byrne, Johnny Rotten, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Scott Weiland, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, The Monkees' Mick Dolenz, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich chose Oasis and his band mate Robert Trujillo said Harrison.


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Friday
Dec192014

1,000 Foo Fighters Fans in Italy to Play "Learn to Fly" Simultaneously

Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrA group of Italian Foo Fighters fans have launched a crowd-funding campaign to get the band to play a show in Italy's Romagna region.  The plan is to have 1,000 people simultaneously play the Foos' 1999 single, "Learn to Fly," which they hope will inspire Dave Grohl and company to play their home region.  The campaign is aiming to raise 40,000 euros in order to fund the project.

This isn't the first time fans have turned to crowd-funding to get the Foo Fighters to play their city.  Earlier this year, a group in Richmond, Virginia, began to sell tickets to a Foo Fighters show in their city, even though the gig wasn't scheduled by the band.  The campaign worked, and the Foos played their first show in Richmond in more than 15 years.

A group in the U.K. also launched a campaign asking the Foo Fighters to play the city of Birmingham.  While the campaign was fully funded, the band has yet to announce a Birmingham show.  As for Foo Fighters shows that are actually scheduled, you can find all touring information at FooFighters.com.

In other news, Foo Fighters stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to perform their song "I Am a River," from their latest album, Sonic Highways.  The band was accompanied by a string section as they ripped through the New York City-inspired track.


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Friday
Dec192014

Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday Helps Her Top "Social 50" Chart for First Time Since Last Year 

ABC/Fred LeeSince Taylor Swift is everywhere, has millions of fans and is very active online on Twitter and Instagram, you'd think she'd be #1 on Billboard's "Social 50" chart, which ranks the most popular artists on social media, every other week.  But it turns out it took a milestone birthday to send her to the top of that chart, which she hadn't visited since last year.

According to Billboard, Taylor's #1 on the chart thanks to her epic 25th birthday party in the wee hours of December 13, whose guest list seemed to include every famous person in the world...all of whom took to Twitter and Instagram to talk about the fabulous party.  Those who weren't at the party took to Twitter to wish her a happy birthday, and all that activity sent her to #1 on the chart for the first time since April of 2013.

In addition, being the subject of tweets from Lorde, Selena Gomez, Charli XCX, HAIM, Nick Jonas and more resulted in a 117 percent increase in mentions online, and her posts on Instagram featuring her partying with Justin Timberlake and Beyonce received nearly 11 million likes for that week.

Taylor had previously climbed as high as #2 this year on the Social 50 chart, but she was constantly blocked by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.


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Friday
Dec192014

K. Michelle Readies Christmas Concert with Run DMC, LL Cool J in Brooklyn 

Image Courtesy Atlantic Records

K. Michelle has already received the best Christmas gift she could've asked for: a chart-topping R&B album. To celebrate her successful week, the singer is scheduled to perform during a concert with hip-hop vets at Brookyln, New York's Barclays Center.

The singer confirmed via Instagram that she will share the stage with legendary acts like Run DMC and LL Cool J.

"Nothing like Christmas in New York!! Ready to have some fun at Barclays Center TONIGHT," she wrote in the caption. "Meet me there!!!! #AWBAH  Pay respect to the greats! I'm hype to share the stage with them."

In addition, Diggy and gospel star Lecrae are on the bill. Meanwhile, Michelle will showcase new material from her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart this week.

 


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Friday
Dec192014

Chris Brown Kicks Off Mini-Tour with August Alsina

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsBefore he hits the road with Trey Songz next year, Chris Brown will spend his weekend on a brief outing, dubbed the X Live Tour! with special guest August Alsina.

The duo's three-city trek kicks off tonight in Jacksonville, Florida and then travels to Columbia, South Carolina,  before wrapping up in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 21.

The mini-tour will support Brown's X and Alsina's Testimony albums.

Here are the X Live Tour! dates:

12/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
12/20 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
12/21 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena


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Friday
Dec192014

Christina Aguilera Developing ABC Family Show About Las Vegas Entertainers 

ABC/Richard HarbaughChristina Aguilera is getting into the TV business, beyond her appearances on The Voice.

Deadline reports that the singer is executive producing and helping to develop a dramedy for ABC Family which is focused on a group of Las Vegas entertainers who fall in and out of love. 

Tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs, the show is described as being similar to Love, Actually in the way that the characters' lives intertwine.  Another executive producer on the project is her fiance, Matt Rutler, the father of her baby girl Summer Rain.

Christina returns to The Voice for season eight early next year.


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