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Jul182014

Iggy Azalea Leads Second Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations; MKTO Booked to Perform

Image Courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesThe second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced, and in the music categories, Iggy Azalea leads among the newly announced categories with five nods, including Choice Single Female Artist, where she'll be competing against Katy Perry, Lorde, Frozen star Idina Menzel and Iggy's "Problem" collaborator, Ariana Grande.

Iggy's also up for Choice Summer Song, Choice Summer Music Star, Choice R&B/Hip Hop song and Candie's Choice Style Icon. 

One Direction picked up a double nomination in the categories of Choice Single Group and Choice Break-Up Song. The X Factor alums will compete against their U.S. counterparts, X Factor's Fifth Harmony,  Rixton, Magic! and 5 Seconds of Summer in the group category. The Break-Up category is a battle of the X Factor acts, as the two Simon Cowell-created groups will meet up, with Fifth Harmony's "Miss Movin' On" going head-to-head against 1D's "Story of My Life." Other nominees in that category include former X Factor judge Demi Lovato and X Factor grad Cher Lloyd, Ariana Grande featuring Zedd and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Choice Male Artist looks to be a fierce battle, with Pharrell Williams, Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz all receiving nods.

In addition, MKTO have been added as performers to a lineup that also includes Derulo.

Fans ages 13 to 19 can now vote for their favorites at TeenChoiceAwards.com through Saturday, August 9. The winners will be revealed on Teen Choice 2014, airing Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Here are the newly announced music nominees:

Choice Single Female Artist
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
“Problem,” Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Team,” Lorde

Choice Single Male Artist
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“Mmm Yeah,” Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull
“Sing,” Ed Sheeran
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith
“Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Choice Single Group
“Bo$$,” Fifth Harmony
“Me and My Broken Heart,” Rixton
“Rude,” Magic!
“She Looks So Perfect,” 5 Seconds of Summer
“Story of My Life,” One Direction

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“All of Me,” John Legend
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Na Na,” Trey Songz
“Pills N Potions,” Nicki Minaj
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Choice Rock Song
“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore
“Love Runs Out,” OneRepublic
“Maps,” Maroon 5
“Pompeii,” Bastille
“On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons

Choice EDM Song
“#Selfie,” The Chainsmokers
“Animals,” Martin Garrix
“Latch,” Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
“Summer,” Calvin Harris
“Wake Me Up,” Avicii

Choice Love Song
“All of Me,” John Legend
“Boom Clap,” Charli XCX
“Not a Bad Thing,” Justin Timberlake
“Somebody to You,” The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato
“You & I,” One Direction

Choice Break-Up Song
“Amnesia,” 5 Seconds of Summer
“Break Free,” Ariana Grande featuring Zedd
“Miss Movin’ On,” Fifth Harmony
“Really Don’t Care,” Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd
“Story of My Life,” One Direction

Choice Music Breakout Artist
Becky G
Austin Mahone
Rita Ora
Cody Simpson
Zendaya

Choice Music: Breakout Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Fifth Harmony
MKTO
Rixton
The Vamps

Choice Summer Song
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Really Don’t Care,” Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd
“Rude,” Magic!
“Summer,” Calvin Harris
“Wiggle,” Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Ariana Grande
Iggy Azalea
Becky G
Demi Lovato
Nicki Minaj

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Luke Bryan
Jason Derulo
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Fifth Harmony
Florida Georgia Line
Magic!
Rixton

Choice Summer Tour
Beyonce and Jay Z, On the Run Tour
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience World Tour
Katy Perry, The Prismatic World Tour
Luke Bryan, That’s My Kind of Night Tour
One Direction, Where We Are Tour

Choice Country Song
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Beachin,’“ Jake Owen
“Play It Again,” Luke Bryan
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“This is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

Candie’s Choice Style Icon
Iggy Azalea
Ashley Benson
Kendall Jenner
Emma Roberts
Zendaya


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Friday
Jul182014

Ted Nugent Says All His "Music Dreams Came True" with New Album, "ShutUp&Jam!"

Frontiers RecordsTed Nugent has just released his first studio album in seven years, ShutUp&Jam!, which features raging slabs of blistering blues-infused and hard-rock riffs.  The record finds the outspoken right-wing rocker paying tribute to military heroes, touting the freedoms offered American citizens and declaring his love for good, old-fashioned barbecue, while also sharing his desire to simply keep rocking out.

Nugent tells ABC News Radio that all of his "musical dreams came true on this record," because he had the chance to collaborate with some of his favorite musicians.

One of the tracks on ShutUp&Jam!, "She's Gone," is a duet with his old friend Sammy Hagar.  Ted says he'd wanted to record something with Hagar for years, but they could never coordinate their busy schedules.  Nugent notes that the historic collaboration finally happened earlier this year when he was laid up after undergoing a double knee-replacement surgery.

"Thank God the planets aligned and…Sammy was available," says Ted, adding that the Red Rocker signed on after hearing a demo with Nugent singing the whole tune. "He said, 'I'm in!' recalls the Nuge. "'That's exactly what I wanted to do.  I don't want to sing hit records and pop songs…I wanna jam with musicians that I love, so I'll be happy to sing this, Ted.'"

The 65-year-old rocker says he also was excited that Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, the legendary drummer for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, lent his talents to "She's Gone," as well as the song "I Still Believe."  Nugent calls Badanjek "the god of thunder drums," and reports that they first played together way back in 1960 at a gig in the Detroit suburb of Walled Lake, Michigan.

Nugent tells ABC News Radio that the new set of songs came together as a reaction to his feelings of frustration about the policies of the current U.S. administration.

"I balance…my fisticuffs fighting for 'We, the People' and fighting the criminality in our government to just showering myself, bathing myself, immersing myself in what Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters and James Brown and Wilson Pickett and the mighty Motown Funk Brothers taught me," he says. "And I think that is why these songs all have killer grooves, because it's stream-of-consciousness creativity and it's a direct counterpunch to the heartbreak of fighting such a corrupt and power-abusing government."

Nugent, of course, also is passionate about hunting, and he maintains that spending a few hours pursuing wild game helped him get in the mood to grind out some of the new guitar riffs.

"I hunt three hundred days a year, so I come in quite motivated and quite inspired and cleansed and relaxed from sitting in a tree with a sharp stick for three or four hours every morning," he points out.  "And, I get my coffee and train my dogs and hug my wife and I pick up a guitar and these licks, these grooves, these rhythms, these patterns, these guitar statements, they happen every time."

Nugent recently launched a major U.S. summer tour in support of ShutUp&Jam! that's plotted out through an August 17 concert in Midland, Texas.  You can check out Ted's full itinerary at Tour.TedNugent.com.


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Friday
Jul182014

Maroon 5 Guitarist Reveals Best Man for Adam Levine's Wedding, Says Singer Is "Really Excited" 

Mike Pont/FilmMagicAll of the details of Adam Levine's wedding to model Behati Prinsloo haven't been made public, but most reports claim the two will tie the knot Saturday, perhaps in Mexico.  Adam's Maroon 5 bandmate, guitarist James Valentine, says he's surprised his friend isn't sweating the idea of giving up his bachelorhood.

"I think he's really excited," James tells ABC News Radio. "I mean he's...I expected him to be more nervous. They're very amped up. They're very happy. It's going to be really fun."

In an interview with the Australian radio station 2DayFM, James spilled the beans on who the best man for the wedding will be: Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, who recently returned to the band after taking a hiatus.  "Those guys go back," he explained. "What's interesting about the band is, I've been with the band for 15 years, but I'm still one of the 'new' members!'"  Unlike him, James says, Jesse and Adam have literally known each other since they were 12 years old, so it's appropriate for him to get that honor. 

But James will be a part of the ceremony.  "It's just another gig for me," he laughed to 2DayFM.  "I'm gonna be playing some solo acoustic guitar during the ceremony when people are walking [in]."  He won't be playing Maroon 5 hits: instead, James says, he'll be serving up a "nice little medley" of Beatles tunes.

As for whether or not Adam and Behati will "settle down" after they say their "I do's," James laughs, "Oh no, not at all. They will not!" adding, "They're so much fun to be around together. I'm very happy for them." 

Let's hope the happy couple gets to relax on their honeymoon -- if they take one -- since Adam's got a busy fall planned:  Maroon 5's new album V is due in the beginning of September, and Adam's also prepping for the season premiere of The Voice.


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Friday
Jul182014

Paul McCartney Says He Appreciated Time Off During Recent Illness, Is Amassing Songs for New Album

MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsFans were worried about Paul McCartney's health when a recent bout with a virus forced him to postpone a series of tour dates in May and June, but the 72-year-old rock legend admits in a new Rolling Stone Q&A that he actually appreciated getting the unplanned break.

"People say to me, 'Aw, that must have been terrible for you.'  Well, no, actually," says Sir Paul.  "No one ever tells me to rest!  It was like summer holidays in school or something.  I thought, 'Yeah, I can get into that.'"

McCartney tells the magazine that he made good use of his time off, revealing that he "took it really easy at home in England," read a film script his son-in-law wrote and worked on some new experimental music at his recording studio.

He reveals to Rolling Stone that he came up with some danceable tracks while working with a program called Cubase, as well as with a sequencer he originally used while recording his 1980 solo album McCartney II.

"They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals," he says. "The first one I did was kind of African, so I gave it the working title 'Mombasa.'  The next one was faster, and that one I called 'Botswana.'"

The former Beatle reports that he's now amassing material for his next album, some of which are completed and "some that I need to finish."  McCartney likely won't have time to focus on the project until he winds down his 2014 tour, which currently is scheduled through an October 30 show in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He says, "[A]t the back of my mind, I'll be wanting to clear a few months for me to write up the most likely of the songs that I've got on the boil and figure out how I want to record them…But I haven't booked any studio time.  It's all there as fun for the future."

Speaking about touring, Sir Paul tells Rolling Stone that, while he realizes he's not getting any younger, he has no plans to retire from the road yet.

"A lot of people get fed up with life on the road, particularly when you've got a really nice home life. But for me, I want it all," he maintains. "I've got a great home life, and I've got a great life on the road…and the audiences are just so warm, and the feedback is so good."

He adds, "People say to me, 'Don't you get tired?'  It's a three-hour show, and I'm on stage every second.  I keep thinking the laws of logic ought to apply and I ought to be really tired -- but I'm invigorated."


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Friday
Jul182014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes has signed on to perform at the 2014 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show September 11 in Indianapolis. The event is part of the 2014 Radio Show taking place in the city September 10 through 12.

George Strait's Ocean Front Property was the first album Jerrod Niemann ever bought.


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Friday
Jul182014

Linda Perry Discusses Beyoncé's Songwriting: "She Is Talented but in a Completely Different Way"

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSBeyoncé has many slashes to her name, but apparently being a songwriter shouldn't be one of them, according to veteran songwriter Linda Perry, who has penned hits for Christina Aguilera and Pink.

While promoting her new show on VH1, Make or Break, Perry explained during a Reddit AMA session why being called a songwriter shouldn't be used loosely.

When asked how she feels about Beyonce changing one word in a song and getting a writing credit, Perry gave a candid response.

"Well, hahaha um that's not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasn't for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are," she explained.

Perry adds that "everyone knows the real truth even Beyonce," who was first called out for claiming to have written her smash hit "Irreplaceable," which was actually penned by Ne-Yo.

"She is talented but in a completely different way," Perry concludes.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Go Behind the Scenes of Train's "Angel in Blue Jeans" Video

Image Courtesy Columbia RecordsIn Train's latest video, for the single "Angel in Blue Jeans," singer Pat Monahan plays the bad guy to actor Danny Trejo's hero.  It's a role reversal for Trejo, who is known for playing villains in action films, and that is exactly what Monahan thought was so cool about the clip.

"This song to me and the video, they sound and look like a Quentin Tarantino vibe," Pat tells Entertainment Tonight. "I'm a bad guy. I think my face is really good at being a bad guy and it's great 'cause Danny, who usually is a bad guy, ends up being the hero, which is super cool."

Hannah Simone of New Girl also appears in the video, and says that playing a damsel in distress who's also tough was a great role for her.

"It's my first music video, something I've always wanted to do," she said. "The fact that we get to do it with this cool concept where [I] get to be this tough girl who brings knives to the gunfight and still wins -- I don’t know, it’s just awesome."

Danny said he thinks the song is going to be a smash. He liked it so much he listened to it at least 50 times.

"I drove everybody crazy with it, but thank God everybody likes the song. Now everybody’s singing it," he joked. "This song is gonna be a hit, I'm telling you. Everybody's heard it. Low riders are all bumping it pretty loud!"

Train's forthcoming album, Bulletproof Picasso, is out September 16.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Luke Bryan, FGL, Jake Owen and More Ride Second Wave of Teen Choice 2014 Nominees

Image Courtesy CMAA few country stars have earned nods in the Teen Choice 2014's second wave of nominations.

Luke Bryan is up against the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and Beyonce and Jay Z for Choice Summer tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Group, and they're also nominated for Choice Country Song with Luke Bryan on "This Is How We Roll." Luke's  solo hit, "Play It Again," gives him a second nominee in the Country Song category along with "Bartender" by Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen's "Beachin'" and "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Fans ages 13 to 19 can now vote for their favorites at TeenChoiceAwards.com through Saturday, August 9. The winners will be revealed on Teen Choice 2014, airing Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Little Big Town Mentoring Blake Shelton's Team on "The Voice" This Fall

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will serve as battle round mentors for Blake Shelton's team on the upcoming season of NBC's The Voice. The band made the announcement by posting a photo with Blake on their Instagram account.

Stevie Nicks will mentor Adam Levine's team, and rocker Gavin Rossdale will help out his wife Gwen Stefani's group. The mentor for new coach Pharrell Williams hasn't been announced yet.

Season seven of The Voice premieres September 22 on NBC.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Brett Eldredge Swims with the Sharks to Celebrate "Beat of the Music" Success

Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove's Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge made good on his promise to go shark diving if his latest single reached the top of the charts, taking the plunge off the coast of the Bahamas Wednesday. The trip was planned with the non-profit organization Rock the Ocean in celebration of his latest #1 hit, "Beat of the Music." Brett even took the plaques commemorating his gold-selling hit down with him for an underwater photo op.  

Brett tells People, "The people who ran it told us the sharks are curious and would be swimming all around, but respect them and be smart and we'd be fine. I decided right away to be smart!"

He adds, "It was such a surreal feeling. I am definitely hooked on sharks!"

This isn't the first time Brett has risked his life in celebration of a #1 hit. He went skydiving last year after scoring his first chart-topper, "Don't Ya."


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Thursday
Jul172014

Zayn Malik Not Secretly Married, Says Rep

ABC/Matt BrownOne Direction fans, you can all calm down: Zayn Malik did not secretly get married.

The hysteria started when Zayn posted a photo on Instagram of him wearing what appears to be a wedding band on his ring finger. The singer made his account public for the first time on Tuesday, and his very first image sent his followers into a panic that he had married his girlfriend, Perrie Edwards, without letting them know first.

A spokesman denied that the jewelry in question was a wedding band, and said it was in fact his engagement ring, according to The Daily Mail. Zayn confirmed his engagement to the Little Mix singer last August.

One Direction will tour North America beginning August 4 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  5 Seconds of Summer will open on the trek.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Jhené Aiko Releases New Single, “The Pressure”

Image Courtesy Def JamAfter announcing the release date of her debut album Souled Out, Jhené Aiko has issued her new single, “The Pressure.” The singer recalls a stressful relationship on the Fisticuffs-produced track.

“The way you feel is not my problem / I don’t want to see you go / But I don’t have time to solve this,” she sings.

The song is available to stream via her SoundCloud page.

Aiko plans to pay homage to her hometown of Los Angeles on her much-anticipated album.

“People don’t give L.A. the credit it deserves for being creative and cultured. We are just as open-minded as artists from other places,” she said during an interview with Vogue. “And we are venturing . . . It’s not just gangster rap.”

 


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Thursday
Jul172014

See Marilyn Manson in Jail in "Sons of Anarchy" Teaser Photo

Courtesy Delaney Bishop/Universal Music Group DistributionWe know that Marilyn Manson has a guest spot in the upcoming, final season of FX's Sons of Anarchy, and how we have a chance to see him in action.

Manson shared an image via Twitter of himself in character as a jailed white supremacist at what looks like a lunchroom table with the character Jax Teller, played by Charlie Hunnam.

"J.T. and R.T. This isn't brunch," Manson wrote. "Tough acting like you want to kill your favorite character."

Manson isn't the only rocker getting a turn on Sons of Anarchy this season.  As previously reported Courtney Love will also join the cast as a preschool teacher who takes an interest in Jax's son.  Her part is said to involve a multi-episode story arc beginning with the season's fourth episode.

Sons of Anarchy is set to premiere September 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Arcade Fire Adds New Wave, Punk Legends Devo, Television to Select Tour Dates

Image Courtesy JF LalondeArcade Fire's massive Reflektor Tour is returning to the U.S. later this month after a stint in Europe and Japan, and the band has announced that two classic punk and new wave bands will be opening for them on select dates.

Devo will perform opening sets for Arcade Fire at its July 30 show at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, and its gigs at the United Center in Chicago on August 24 and 26. And legendary New York proto-punk band Television, which helped launch the punk scene at CBGBs in the mid-1970s, will open Arcade Fire's August 24 show at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center.

Also added to the Arcade Fire tour is Pulp's Steve Mackey, who will provide an after-show DJ set following Arcade Fire's two shows at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 1 and 2.

As previously reported, other bands are also providing support for Arcade Fire at various shows throughout the tour, including Spoon.

For a complete list of dates visit ArcadeFire.com.


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Thursday
Jul172014

T-Pain Announces Drankin Patna Tour

Inage Courtesy RCA RecordsT-Pain has announced the dates for his upcoming outing, dubbed the Drankin Patna tour.

The 17-city trek is scheduled to begin on August 11 in Orlando, Florida, and wraps up August 27 in Chicago. The singer will be joined by several up-and-coming artists like Snootie Wild, Bando Jones, Rich Kidz and Mykell Vaughn.

"Make sure to check me out on tour coming to a city near you," he tweeted.

Tickets are available now at T-Pain.net.

Here are the tour dates:

8/11 -- Orlando, FL, The Beacham
8/12 -- Miami, FL, Revolution
8/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
8/14 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
8/15 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
8/16 -- Jacksonville, AL, College Show
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery
8/18 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric
8/19 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
8/20 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
8/21 -- Little Rock, AR, Juanita’s
8/22 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads
8/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah’s The Pool
8/25 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews
8/26 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Intersection
8/27 -- Chicago, IL, Double Door


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Thursday
Jul172014

Lady Gaga's Former Personal Assistant to Write a Tell-All Book?

ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga's former "hood rat" assistant can now add another title to her resume: author.

Jennifer O'Neil, the ex-assistant who sued Gaga, claiming she was owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime, is writing a tell-all book, Fame Monster, to be published by Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books, according to The New York Post's Page Six.  The deal reportedly could be worth up to $1 million, though there's no firm publishing date and the manuscript has not been turned in.

O'Neil, who worked for Mama Monster on the 2009-2011 Monster's Ball tour, filed her complaint in 2011, claiming she was owed back pay for the more than seven thousand hours of overtime she says she worked. She claimed she was at Gaga's beck and call, and that her responsibilities included "ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule." She also alleged that she had to sleep in the singer's bed, because the entertainer did not like to sleep alone, and she had "had no privacy, no chance to talk to any family, no chance to talk to any friends, no chance to have sex if I wanted to have sex. There was no chance to do anything.”

In a deposition for O'Neil's suit, Gaga called O'Neil a "f**king hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn."  Gaga said O'Neill was deserving of the 75-thousand-dollar-per-year salary she was paid, "but she does not deserve a penny more.”  The suit was settled out of court last October for undisclosed terms.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Historic Early Jimi Hendrix Recordings Acquired by Guitar Legend's Estate and Sony's Legacy Division

Image Courtesy of Dieter HoffmannExperience Hendrix LLC, the company that oversees the rights to Jimi Hendrix's music, and Sony's Legacy Recordings have acquired the full rights to a collection of historic early recordings featuring the late guitar legend.  The material includes 88 live and studio master recordings that Hendrix made from 1965 to 1967 with his pre-fame group, Curtis Knight & the Squires.

The agreement ends years of litigation between the Hendrix family and the recordings' longtime owners, record producer Ed Chalpin and his company PPX Enterprises.  Jimi was a sideman for Curtis Knight & the Squires when he and the Harlem-based R&B group signed a three-year contract with Chalpin in October 1965.

Among the notable tracks included in the collection is a live performance recorded in December 1965 at a club in Hackensack, New Jersey, and a number of studio recordings Hendrix did with Curtis Knight & the Squires in July 1967, after the Jimi Hendrix Experience had already released its debut album.

Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings now plan to have the Curtis Knight & the Squires material mixed and remastered under the supervision of longtime Hendrix sound engineer Eddie Kramer, and intend to release the revamped tracks over the course of the next three years.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Video Recapping The Rolling Stones' European Tour Premieres Online

Rankin/Universal MusicThe Rolling Stones wrapped up the European leg of their 14 on Fire Tour earlier this month, and now a video recapping the outing has been posted on the band's official website and YouTube channel.  The clip offers a montage of scenes from various locations The Stones visited on the trek, accompanied by a live version of the group's 1998 song "Out of Control," and also includes commentary from the band members.

Keith Richards remarks in the video, "[We] played some amazing places in the last couple of months.  This band is really picking up steam now and there's something in the air."

Mick Jagger notes, meanwhile, "The tour generally in Europe this summer was super up," adding, "We played a lot of the European festivals.  It was great to see so many, as far as the eye can see."

Ronnie Wood comments about the enthusiastic reactions of the European crowds, pointing out, "The audience set the scene for the music.  You never take 70,000 people for granted.  It's always special.  Everybody's smiling, they're happy all over the world.  We make people happy -- it's an amazing feeling."

As for Charlie Watts, he reassuringly declares about the end of the European tour, "It certainly won't be the last show.  We've always been a playing band. That's what we do."

At the end of the video, some factoids about the trek flash on the screen, including that the band played 14 sold-out shows, logged more than 15,000 miles and rocked a whopping 782,000 fans.

Next up for The Rolling Stones is the band's fall Down Under tour, which kicks off on October 25 in Adelaide, Australia, and is mapped out through a November 22 concert in Auckland, New Zealand.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Smashing Pumpkins' "Adore" Reissue Box Coming in September; Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking Details Early

Image Courtesy Universal Music EnterprisesThe Smashing Pumpkins' 1998 album Adore is about to get the super-deluxe reissue treatment, and chief Pumpkin Billy Corgan's not too happy about the way the mega-reissue's track list was revealed.

First, the good news: The new Super Deluxe reissue of Adore will be a six-CD/one-DVD box set featuring 107 tracks.  The originally released album featured only 15 songs, with a 16th track issued only in Japan.  The box set will contain a remastered stereo copy of the album; a remastered mono copy of the album; three disks of demos, outtakes and alternate versions of Adore songs; a disk of live performances; and a DVD of a Smashing Pumpkins show shot on August 4, 1998, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.  It's due September 23. 

Adore also will be available as a single CD, a double LP and a deluxe, 90-track digital download package.

Now, the bad news: Corgan took to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse Amazon of leaking the set's track list ahead of a planned press announcement.  "Amazon decided to break an agreement and post track listing of ADORE first; despite assurance otherwise that asked us to wait," he tweeted.  "And, btw," he added, "Amazon track list is WRONG."

On the Smashing Pumpkins Nexus website, Corgan later expressed his ire toward his record company for, he says, cooperating with Amazon and not giving him the opportunity to post the track list first through the website of his Madame ZuZu's tea shop.

"The record business as you already know instinctively is quite bad," Corgan wrote.  "And I for one have been very outspoken about what I would say are harmful business practices, the kind which place artists in an exploitative position visa vie their rights and ownership of their own work."

He notes that although he doesn't own The Smashing Pumpkins' '90s albums, he says he's "worked tirelessly to provide, pound-for-pound, the best reissues possible," adding that "it boils my blood" when record companies "trample all over what was promised." 

Meanwhile, Corgan is offering fans a chance to pre-order autographed copies from Madame Zuzu's online store.  The Super Deluxe box set costs $95.95.  You can buy an autographed version for that price plus $50 in ZuZu's store purchases.  For an addition $100 in ZuZu's purchases Corgan will personalize the autograph, and an addition $150 will get you an autographed box set, an  tote, three teas from ZuZu's and a tea strainer.

Oh, and as for the track list, Corgan posted it to the Smashing Pumpkins website.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Iggy Azalea Was Upset After Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards Speech

Image Courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Nicki Minaj's shady acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards got the best of Iggy Azalea. The Australian rapper's boyfriend, NBA player Nick Young, revealed that he had to lift her spirits after indirectly being called out for not writing her own raps.

"I had to deal with the aftermath of all that," the Los Angeles Laker player told the New York Daily News during the ESPYS. "When she came home and was going through her phones, hearing everybody talking trash about her. I had to be there for her."

Although Nicki later denied that she was talking about Iggy during her speech, Young believes that Nicki is jealous.

"Iggy is doing big things and that is what is scaring people," said Young. "She is going to brush it off. She won’t let it get to her. She is number one -- what can you do? She’s at the top right now, so of course they are going to come at you.'

 


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