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Wednesday
Aug122015

Report: Wife of Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody Files for Divorce, Alleges Domestic Violence and Infidelity

Image Courtesy of Prosepct ParkIvan Moody's wife Holly Smith has reportedly filed for divorce. According to documents obtained by TMZ, while they were staying in a Las Vegas hotel room, Smith accused the Five Finger Death Punch frontman of cheating on her after finding text messages from other women on his phone. Smith says she then went to bed, but woke up when Moody put her in a "Jiu-Jitsu submission hold." She says Moody proceeded to punch her and choke her with a blanket.

Moody was arrested for domestic violence in connection with the incident Smith describes, but charges were later dropped.

TMZ says the divorce documents also include details of other injuries Smith allegedly suffered, such as a bloody eye and broken blood vessels. The website also reports Smith is seeking financial support from Moody, whom she says earns $66 thousand a month with Five Finger Death Punch.

Five Finger Death Punch will release their new album, Got Your Six, on September 4.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Chris Cornell Releases First "Higher Truth" Single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"; Reveals Album Track List

UMeChris Cornell has unveiled "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," the first single from the Soundgarden frontman's forthcoming solo album, Higher Truth. You can watch the track's lyric video, directed by Josh Graham, now on YouTube.

Along with the new single, Cornell has also revealed the track list for Higher Truth. Opening with "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," the album contains 12 songs, plus four bonus tracks.

Higher Truth will be released September 18. If you pre-order the album, you'll receive an instant download of "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart."

This fall, Cornell will embark on a solo acoustic tour in support of Higher Truth. The tour will run from September 17 in Phoenix to November 2 in Austin, Texas.

Here is the Higher Truth track list:

"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"
"Dead Wishes"
"Worried Moon"
"Before We Disappear"
"Through the Window"
"Josephine"
"Murderer of Blue Skies"
"Higher Truth"
"Let Your Eyes Wander"
"Only These Words"
"Circling"
"Our Time in the Universe"
"Bend in the Road"*
"Wrong Side"*
"Misery Chain"*
"Our Time in the Universe" (Remix)*

* = bonus track

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Randy Houser Moves into Arenas with We Went Tour This Fall

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser kicks off his first-ever arena headlining tour this fall on the heels of his current outing with Luke Bryan. The We Went trek starts November 20 in Kentucky with special guests Frankie Ballard and Craig Campbell.

Randy says, "We’ve had a blast touring with Luke [Bryan] this summer, and it’s been an incredible opportunity to play to some people we might not have played to before. We’re really looking forward to building our show this fall, playing the arenas and getting to play some new music."

Look for Randy to announce more tour dates soon.  Here are the just-revealed dates:

11/20 -- Corbin, KY, The Arena
11/21 -- Troy, OH, Hobart Arena
11/27 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Events Center
11/28 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza
12/4 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center Arena
12/12 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Events Center
12/17 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
12/18 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Center

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Sir Patrick Stewart's "Working On" Joining Taylor Swift Onstage in L.A. 

ABC/Fred Lee; JB Lacroix/WireImageA few weeks ago, Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, told ABC Radio that there was "no doubt" that he'd be joining Taylor Swift onstage at one of her upcoming shows.  Now, it appears he's 100% serious about that.

Sir Patrick tells E!, "She's coming to town. I think we're working on that. I mean, she's invited us into her squad!"  He added, "She's sensational!"

As previously reported, Stewart became an unofficial member of Taylor Swift's squad when he tweeted a link of himself reciting the lyrics of her hit "Blank Space" in dramatic fashion during the taping of a radio interview.  His friend,  X Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen, recited the lyrics of "Bad Blood" during another interview.  When Taylor heard about their antics, she tweeted, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, and ! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."

Taylor performs the first of five concerts in L.A. on August 21, where Stewart is working on his new Starz series Blunt Talk.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJennifer Nettles recently made her Broadway debut with a leading role in which classic musical? ANSWER: Chicago.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Rod Stewart Extends Las Vegas Residency

PRNewsFoto/AEG Live & Caesars PalaceRod Stewart's Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace isn't ending anytime soon.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has announced he's extending his gig there through spring of 2016.  Tickets for the first nine concerts go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

So far, Strewart's dates for 2016 in Vegas include March 19, 20, 23, 25, 26 and 29, and April 1, 2 and 5.

There are only three Colosseum dates left for this year, scheduled for this Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are available via TheColosseum.com or AXS.com or by calling 866-320-9763866-320-9763 FREE.

Rod's latest studio album, Another Country, is due out October 23.  The video for the first single, "Love Is," was released last June and shows the singer and his band performing on top of the iconic Capitol Records tower in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, it was announced last week that Stewart will be reuniting with his fellow surivivng Faces members, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones, for a short one-off performance at a charity event to benefit benefits Prostate Cancer UK on September 5 in Ewhurst, England.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Gets Ready for Concerts by Doing Her Own Makeup

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott will call in a makeup artist for major TV appearances or photo shoots, but she prefers to do her own makeup while on the road.

Hillary tells Pennsylvania's Patriot-News, "It's something I've always done and it's honestly a way for me to kind of relax before the adrenaline rush of the show. It's one of those things where just between sticking really tight to a budget that I want to stay on for my life and for my career, and also just enjoying it."

Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up Tour hits Hershey, Pennsylvania this Friday night.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Beartooth to Support Atreyu on October Tour 

Red Bull RecordsBeartooth will provide support on select dates of Atreyu's upcoming fall tour. The young band's stint with Atreyu will run from October 2 in Detroit to October 9 in Boston. Visit LongLiveAtreyu.com for all ticket info.

After they finish their tour with Atreyu, Beartooth will take on another high-profile opening gig when they open for Slipknot's fall tour, which kicks off October 13 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Beartooth will also perform at Slipknot's Knotfest on October 25.

Beartooth released their debut album, Disgusting, last year. The album features the single "In Between," which currently sits in the top-30 at Active Rock radio.

Meanwhile, Atreyu will release Long Live, their first album in six years, on September 18.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Ella Henderson Is New "Hairspiration" for Dry Shampoo Brand 

James MoriartyBritish singer Ella Henderson, who scored earlier this year with "Ghost," has just been named as the official face and "hairspiration" for Batiste, a brand of dry shampoo that's popular in the U.K., but is now trying to penetrate the U.S. market.

Ella will start appearing in Batiste's print, social and digital media campaigns later in the year.  In a statement, she says, "I'm either in the studio or on stage, in a car or on a plane -- often with little time to get ready. I can always count on Batiste dry shampoo to refresh and restyle my hair on the go; I know I'll always be ready for wherever the day takes me."

The concept of dry shampoo is that it allows you to style your hair without actually washing it: it removes oil from your roots, makes your hair feel clean and gives you body and texture.

An exec for Batiste said of the singer's participation in the campaign, "Ella's incredible talent and wide appeal, coupled with her beautiful hair and love for Batiste, make her an ideal ambassador for the brand. We look forward to reaching the energetic audience that Batiste and Ella share."

Ella's debut album Chapter One is in stores now.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

My Morning Jacket to Live Stream Red Rocks Show

Credit: Danny ClinchMy Morning Jacket will headline the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater this Friday, August 14, but if you can't make it out to Colorado, you can enjoy the sold-out show in the comfort of your own home. The show will be streamed live on TourGigs.com starting at 10 p.m. ET.

You'll be able to watch the live HD mutli-cam webcast, directed by famed rock photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch, for $12.99. Your purchase also lets you view the performance on a looped replay for 24 hours. For $20, you'll receive mp3 downloads from the Red Rocks show in addition to the live stream.

"I'm so psyched to capture one of the greatest live bands ever, My Morning Jacket, at the gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater for a TourGigs' live stream," Clinch says in a statement. "I've been really fortunate to be around on many epic nights with this band, so why wouldn't I be there with them this Friday to film at one of their favorite venues while they are really on fire."

MMJ's Red Rocks show is the band's last North American stop on their summer tour in support of their latest album, The Waterfall. They'll return for another batch of dates this fall starting September 30 in Portland, Oregon.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Chrissy Teigen Says Marriage with John Legend is "Easier" Than She Thought

ABC/Randy Holmes Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are still going strong after marrying two years ago in Lake Como, Italy. While promoting her upcoming cookbook, the model revealed that living together as a married couple is easier than she anticipated.

"It’s so much easier than I thought to be married," Teigen said in a recent interview with People. "John and I are really happy. We watch marriage reality shows and don’t get it when other people aren’t happy."

So what's their secret? "We have fun together and think alike," Teigen continued.  "We have the same aesthetic for vacations, and we like to take that time to relax."

She adds that there's one goal that she's looking forward to. "Someday I hope to make enough money to buy us the place in Lake Como where we were married," she said. "That is my dream."

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Colbie Caillat Reveals Which Song Is "Overwhelming" for Her to Play Live

ABC/Adam TaylorColbie Caillat is currently on the road on the Girls Night Out...Boys Can Come Too tour with Christina Perri and Rachel Platten.  Colbie says one of the highlights of her set every night is when she performs her hit song, "Try," because she says playing it live is "pretty emotional" and "overwhelming."

While Colbie has a string of hits that always get great responses when she performs them in concert -- like "Bubbly" and "Fallin' for You" -- "Try" is a little bit different, she says, because of how it affects the audience, and how it affects her. 

"I get really excited to perform this song live because before I sing it, I give a long story of what it's about to the audience, and I really, like, open up about life and stuff," she tells ABC Radio. 

"And then I sing the song, and at the end, I mean, if they're not standing already, they all stand up and people are crying," she continues. "I get, like, the longest cheer and it really...it's a pretty emotional part of the set."

Colbie adds, "I don't plan for it to be [so emotional], but when their reaction is so kind, it really is an overwhelming feeling. So, like, I think for all of us, it's a really nice moment."   

The Girls Night Out...Boys Can Come Too tour wraps up August 28 in Sandy, Utah.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Charlie Puth Thought Meghan Trainor Was "Kidding at First" When She Asked to Sing on "Marvin Gaye"

Catie Laffoon/Atlantic RecordsMeghan Trainor has canceled her M Train tour due to vocal cord issues, which means we won't be able to see her or her opening act Charlie Puth perform live onstage together for the rest of the summer.  However, we can still enjoy their duet, "Marvin Gaye," which has become Charlie's second hit after "See You Again."  Charlie reveals that when Meghan first offered to sing with him on the tune, he thought it was a joke.

Charlie tells ABC Radio that he and Meghan Trainor first met at a party, when she was already famous thanks to "All About That Bass," and he was relatively unknown.

"We were just showing each other new music," he says of what happened at the party. "She was showing me new music from her album, out now, and I was showing [her] ideas, and one of those ideas just happened to be 'Marvin Gaye.'"

He adds, "And it was just me singing, it was like a complete demo, it was like, you know, not even close to how it sounds now. And even then, she was like, 'I have to sing on that. Absolutely, let me sing on that.'"

An incredulous Charlie tells ABC Radio, "I thought she was kidding at first, I was like, 'The biggest star in the world doesn't want to sing on my record, she's just being nice,' and she was like, 'No, I want to sing on it.'"  In fact, Charlie says, Meghan was rather insistent.

"Then she texted me while I was having a pizza, and she was like, 'I am singing on this record,' and I was like 'OK!' So I think like a couple weeks later, we went to a studio and she just -- one take, no mistake -- did the whole thing."

Charlie says that when Meghan came in, "she had all these harmonies in her head; she had a plan" of what she wanted to do. "She really completed the record in my opinion," he admits.  

"Marvin Gaye" is featured on Charlie's EP Some Type of Love, which is out now.

After Meghan announced her tour cancellation, Charlie tweeted, "This break is a blessing in disguise and you will come back stronger."

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon't miss Reba performing her new single, "Until They Don't Love You," Wednesday night on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Jennifer Nettles will play a member of Dolly Parton's family in the upcoming NBC-TV movie, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors. Look for actors Rick Schroeder and Gerald McRaney to join Jennifer onscreen when the movie airs this holiday season.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line Finally Get Together to Toast "Burnin' It Down" Success

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has scored three consecutive #1 hits from his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, but he hadn't had the time to celebrate that feat with the songwriters until Tuesday afternoon. Of course, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were co-writers on the first of those three #1's, "Burnin' It Down," so it was a challenge to get them all in the same room.

Jason explains, "With just with everybody involved, with us being on the road and FGL, those guys being on the road, it's kinda hard to get everybody in the same place."

The party was supposed to celebrate "Burnin' It Down" and the follow-up hit, "Just Gettin' Started." When "Tonight Looks Good on You" hit #1 a few weeks ago, Jason decided to include the writers from that song in the party, too.

"It's still exciting every time a song goes #1," Jason says. "It's just one of those things, you know, at some point, you know that run is going to come to an end. You know, it's always nice to enjoy it."

Jason actually got to celebrate the success of "Burnin' It Down" with FGL last year when they were on the road together. Getting to watch the reaction from the crowd was a big thrill for Brian Kelley.

He says, "Watching the fans live that out. You can't argue that. You can't argue the heat of that song. It was cool kind of riding that wave with him, man. It was very special."

FGL's lead singer, Tyler Hubbard, was excited to have Jason's unique voice delivering "Burnin' It Down."

Tyler says of Jason's vocal style, "He may not be singing all these crazy runs and stuff, but as a singer and an artist, man, he can sing. He nails it, and it does look effortless. He does it the right way with having the unique tone and sound."

Jason is going for another #1 hit with his brand-new single, "Gonna Know We Were Here."

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Steven Van Zandt Says "Music Is on the Back Burner," Reports He's Focusing on New TV Projects

Marion Curtis for NetflixWe most recently saw E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt last week when Bruce Springsteen and his group helped bid Jon Stewart farewell by playing on his last episode as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.  The performance marked the first time Springsteen has been seen playing with his band since their latest tour wrapped up in May 2014, and Van Zandt tells ABC Radio that he currently has no other musical plans with the Boss.

"Mostly music is on the back burner, kind of permanently, you know, until Bruce feels like going out and playing," Van Zandt revealed at a red carpet event in New York City this week.

Steven maintained that his main focus now is to get involved with a new television project, since his Netflix series Lilyhammer was recently canceled.

"We're out there looking and I got a couple of treatments I'm working on," he said.  "And [I'm] trying to create a show also."

Van Zandt told ABC Radio that his lead part in Lilyhammer -- that of a mobster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano who moves to Norway after entering the FBI's witness-protection program -- was his "dream role."  Netflix announced last month that it was canceling the series after three seasons.

As for getting the chance to play on Stewart's final Daily Show, Steven said, "That was nice, you know?  It was an honor."  He added, "We're gonna miss him.  He's really quite an important guy."

Meanwhile, Van Zandt does have at least one more music-related event on his calendar: He'll be performing with legendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love at the September 12 release party for her new album, Introducing Darlene Love, at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Steven produced and arranged the record, and also wrote three songs that appear on the album.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

John Fogerty Confirmed as a Mentor on the Upcoming Season of "The Voice"

Tyler Golden/NBCJohn Fogerty has officially been confirmed as an advisor for the ninth season of the NBC singing competition, The Voice.  NBC has exclusively revealed to People magazine that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will indeed be a mentor for Adam Levine's team this season, which premieres September 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

"Hangin' with Adam, singing 'Lookin' Out My Backdoor' with him…[I'm] just having the time of my life right now," Fogerty tells People.  "Adam has an incredible voice and I am honored that he asked me to join him."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds, "I have great respect for the amount of work that goes into this show and the contestants that I got to hear sing, really impressed me."

Fogerty also says he thinks Levine may have this season's winner on his squad.  "I saw something really unique and special," he maintains.  "I can't give away details, but when this show airs I think the world will see for themselves and it won't be a secret for long."

NBC also has confirmed country star Brad Paisley will advise Blake Shelton's team on this season's The Voice.  The news of Fogerty and Paisley being mentors on the show this year first was reported a couple weeks ago by Us Weekly, which cited a source close to the program.  That same source told the magazine pop singer Selena Gomez will advise Gwen Stefani's team, and rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams' mentor.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Marilyn Manson, Chino Moreno Discuss Depeche Mode's Influence on Metal 

Images Courtesy of Press Here Publicity; Jiro SchneiderWhile Depeche Mode is known for bringing electronic music and synth-pop to the mainstream, the English band has also had a profound impact on modern hard rock and metal. In a piece called "Are Depeche Mode Metal's Biggest Secret Influence?", Rolling Stone interviewed a variety of today's rock singers, including Marilyn Manson and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, about how they were influenced by Dave Gahan and company.

"I don't know about what appeals to other bands, but for me, I think it's just music that you put on because it's got sex appeal to it," Manson says of Depeche Mode's music. "That's what inspired me about it. That and it has a hypnotic feel."

Manson released a cover of one of Depeche Mode's biggest hits, "Personal Jesus," in 2004, which in turn became one of his most successful singles. He still performs "Personal Jesus" live with what he calls a "southern Baptist bible-pulpit" style.

For Moreno, Depeche Mode was the first band he ever saw in concert, and he remembers that night as a driving force towards his own career in music.

"I fought my way to the front to be against the barricade," Moreno says. "I have a feeling it's what launched me into wanting to make music, just by seeing the energy. It was just something else, one of my fondest and greatest memories of coming of age."

Moreno has previously covered Depeche Mode's "Sweetest Perfection" and "To Have and to Hold" with Deftones. He says that his favorite Depeche Mode songs are "a little unsettling."

"It's darker-themed and there is a lot of love- and relationship-type things, but it's not happy music," Moreno adds. "You never really know what they're singing about, they're never really just so open and out front about it. When you listened to them, you sort of ran with the mood of it and you connected it to wherever you were in your life at the time."

Depeche Mode's last album was 2013's Delta Machine.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

The Weeknd Says "All the Hard Work Has Paid Off" After Earning First No. 1 

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After earning his first No. 1 with "Can't Feel My Face" on the Billboard Hot 100, The Weeknd is reflecting on the journey.

"It's so hard to imagine that we've come this far, but it seems all the hard work has paid off," The Weeknd tell Billboard.

The singer (born Abel Tesfaye) adds that he's anxious about his next offering. "I'm excited for the world to hear the full body of work and experience the vision," The Weeknd says, referring to his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness. "It's an honor to be a part of such a great team like Republic Records and to collaborate and learn from such a seasoned producer [and writer] like Max Martin.

"Thank you to Billboard for the endless support and to the fans for staying engaged," he concludes.

Beauty Behind the Madness arrives August 28. The set will include guest collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Labrinth and Ed Sheeran.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

Report: Justin Bieber's New Album Due Out in November

Ben WattsJustin Bieber's upcoming album appears to have a release date. The long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Believe should be available November 13, sources tell Billboard magazine.

Bieber's reps have not commented.

Last month, the 21-year-old pop star announced “What Do You Mean?,” the new single from his as-yet untitled record, will be released August 28.

Bieber is set to make a special performance at Billboard’s inaugural Hot 100 Music Festival at Jones Beach, New York August 23. “Where Are Ü Now,” Justin's collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, is currently #12 on the magazine's Hot 100 chart.

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