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Sep112014

Justin Moore Getting His Sleep on the Road Since Baby, Rebecca Klein, Arrived in July

Valory Music Co. Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, haven't been getting much rest since they welcomed their third daughter, Rebecca Klein, in July.

Justin says, "I'm definitely having to go on the road right now to get sleep. She's happy and healthy and doing great, but she doesn't like to sleep too much."

While he loves his three daughters, Justin would like to have a boy one day. That doesn't mean he's ready to start trying for one any time soon.

"My wife told me the other day, it was like four in the morning, we were up with the baby, she goes, 'I could do this again,'" Justin says with a laugh. "I said, 'Get away from me. I'm going to work. Leave me alone.'  So, I don't know. She can't keep her hands off of me."

Justin is getting some good sleep in between shows on Miranda Lambert's Platinum tour this weekend.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Metalheads Wanted…to Help Bring L.A. Rock Doc to the Big Screen

Metalrock Films/Chipster PRDiehard metalheads know that modern heavy metal got its screaming start on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles.  The producers of a new film documentary chronicling that scene are hoping a few of those head-banging fans will put their chained wallets where their metal-lovin' hearts are and kick in some cash to bring the story to the big screen.

The film's called Inside Metal: The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal, and it features interviews about what the early scene was really like, from the leather-pants-wearing guys who were there, including members of Metallica, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Megadeth, Dokken, W.A.S.P., Great White and others.

Though the film is finished, funds are needed to bolster the promotion, marketing and distribution budgets.  All donations -- no matter how small -- are welcome.  There are rewards for donations, including bumper stickers, gold record awards, signed guitars and even associate producer credits.

Details are available at MetalrockFilms.com.  You also can catch the official theatrical trailer on Metalrock Films' official YouTube channel.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Four Seasons Songwriter and Producer Bob Crewe Dead at 83

Photo by Jill Ann Spaulding/FilmMagicBob Crewe, the songwriter and producer who co-wrote many of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' hits, died on Tuesday at the age of 83.  According to a message on his official website, Crewe passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Maine, with his brother Danny by his side.

Among the many classic Four Seasons tunes Crewe co-wrote were "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Dawn (Go Away)" and "Let's Hang On," and he also had a hand in writing such Valli solo hits as "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "My Eyes Adored You."  He frequently collaborated with Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio.  Prior to the start of his long collaboration with the group, he penned the lyrics to the tune "Silhouettes" by The Rays.

Crewe also co-wrote such memorable songs as LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' "Jenny Take a Ride."

Later in life, Crewe focused on his passion for sculpture and painting.  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.

Crewe's music was introduced to a whole new generation thanks to the massively successful Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which dramatizes the story of Valli and the Four Seasons.  Bob wrote the lyrics for the production which won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Anyone interested in making donations in Crewe's name are asked to give to the Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund, the University of Southern Maine School of Music Scholarship Fund or The Frannie Peabody Center of Portland, Maine.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Iggy Azalea Denies Sex Tape on Twitter, Calls Video/Photo Leakers "Sex Offenders"

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIggy Azalea's rep already has denied reports that that she appears in a sex tape, but now the rapper herself has taken to Twitter to second that denial, and to give some strongly worded comments about companies who release such tapes.

As previously reported, Vivid Entertainment announced that they became aware of a sex tape that appeared to feature Iggy, and that if it indeed was her, they were interested in making a deal to distribute it.   Now, Iggy says, "obviously I've seen the news feed today and i just want to say, I don't have a sex tape but for the record, anyone who releases or attempts to make profit off someone else's intimate moments against their will is a sex offender."

She adds, "It honestly makes me sick to see the media encourage any other attitude towards those sorts of people, we should want to protect our women and i really hope that america will follow Europe and their laws to better protect peoples privacy and fundamental rights."

She concluded, "And on that note, I'm off to get a manicure. peaaaaccceeeeeee outtttttt *drops the mic.*"

It's worth noting that Vivid claims it had every intention of getting Iggy's okay to release the non-existent tape, and to share the profits with her.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Rihanna's "Run This Town" Won't Open CBS' Thursday Night Football Tonight 

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Earlier this month, CBS Sports and NFL Network announced that Rihanna's guest feature on Jay Z’s "Run This Town" will open each game of Thursday Night Football this year. However, in light of the NFL's Ray Rice controversy, the song has been pulled from tonight's Baltimore Ravens game and replaced with a special report on the Rice incident. 

Instead of using the song, which was supposed to have played under narration by actor Don Cheadle, CBS Sports officials tell Sports Illustrated that the network will now open its pregame with a report on the Rice incident from CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on WednesdayThe Wall Street Journal reports that the network has licensed the track and plans to use it in the future.

Earlier this week Rice was let go by the Baltimore Raves and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video emerged online of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel elevator. Rihanna, of course, was herself the victim of domestic violence at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown.

The Thursday Night Football pregame show will air at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight, September 11.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Country Stars Remembers Those We Lost on 9/11

Big Machine RecordsQuite a few country stars took to Twitter Thursday to share their remembrances of those lost on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

Rascal Flatts -- "We can NEVER forget those lost, nor the ongoing costs to maintain and preserve our freedom. God bless America #fallenheroes #weremember 9/11"

Hunter Hayes -- "Praying for peace and love all over the world and thinking about those who need it the most especially today. #NeverForget"

Luke Bryan -- "Go USA. God bless the families who lost loved ones on this day."

The Band Perry's Neil Perry posted this tweet along with a photograph of the Freedom Tower-- "'The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.' #wewillneverforget #911anniversary #freedomtower"

Thomas Rhett -- "Let us remember those we lost and those who continue to sacrifice. #UnitedWeStand"


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Thursday
Sep112014

Nicki Minaj Says She Wasn't Permitted to Speak at Old High School

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj is upset. The rapper told her Twitter followers that she was denied the opportunity to speak to students at New York City's LaGuardia High School, which is the performing arts school that she graduated from before she pursued her music career.

Nicki expressed her disappointment online.  "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh," she tweeted.

She adds, "That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it."

When asked by one of her fans why she was declines,  Nicki replied: "I guess I'm not good enough."

To compensate, her Barbz quickly reaffirmed that Nicki was a positive influence in their lives. One of the messages that Nicki re-tweeted read: "Because of Nicki's drive, I applied to two universities. Like I never thought I'd be at that point in my life."


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Thursday
Sep112014

Michelle Williams' 'Fix My Choir' to Premiere in November

Image Courtesy Derek BlanksMichelle Williams' new series, Fix My Choir, is coming to television this fall.

Alongside Deitrick Haddon, the former Destiny's Child member -- who recently released her latest gospel album, Journey to Freedom -- will help mentor struggling school, community and gospel choirs nationwide. The uplifting show will feature the duo surprising various choirs and helping them overcome issues ranging from personal conflicts to artistic direction, in an effort to improve the choir's overall performance.

Fix My Choir premieres Wednesday, November 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Chris Brown Teams with Kendrick Lamar on "Autumn Leaves"

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsBefore Chris Brown releases his sixth album, X, the singer has treated fans to a new offering, "Autumn Leaves" featuring Kendrick Lamar.

The song, which was produced by B.A.M. and RoccStar, finds Brown singing about a failed relationship. "Before I sleep I talk to God / He must be mad with me, it’s coming / I’m confused who I’ll spend my forever with," he coos.

So how why did Breezy select K Dot for the collaboration? Chris told Rolling Stone: "I picked Kendrick because his subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s. There’s a substance to what he says."

X arrives September 16. The set includes contributions from Usher, Rick Ross, Brandy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jhené Aiko, R. Kelly and Trey Songz.


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Thursday
Sep112014

U2 Posts Behind-The-Scenes Studio Video

Brantley Gutierrez/Universal MusicEarlier this week, U2 made its new album Songs of Innocence available for free on iTunes, surprising seemingly everyone.  Now the band has posted a behind-the-scenes look into the recording process at New York City's Electric Lady studios.

The snippet, posted on U2's Twitter page, features all four members -- Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton -- talking about the new songs and trying out some of the musical passages.

"These songs were always destined," says Bono in the clip.  "But rather than it being paint-by-numbers, or very disciplined or described, it's coming together in a way that's even surprising to us."

Of the recording itself, Bono says, "I always think of the Zen artists that spend all their time mixing the ink, and then it's that last few minutes where all the work, all the gestures are actually recorded, and that's the way our albums always go."

Though the video is short, clocking in at just under two minutes, it gives us a bit of a taste of the vibe of the famous studio founded by Jimi Hendrix in 1970, just a month or so before his death.

Songs of Innocence will remain available for free until its retail release date on October 13.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Tina Turner Museum to Open Near Singer's Hometown Later This Month

Paul Cox/MW CreativeA new museum devoted to Tina Turner is scheduled to open on September 26 in Brownsville, Tennessee, near the small town of Nutbush, where the rock and soul queen was raised.  The Tina Turner Museum will be housed in the restored Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse the singer attended as a child, which was moved to the site of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in 2012.

The museum is fully sanctioned by Turner, who donated a variety of previously unseen memorabilia to the facility, while her personal team had input into the creation of the exhibit.  The attraction will feature stage costumes, video and audio, as well as commentary that Tina personally contributed.

The Delta Heritage Center's executive director, Sonia Outlaw Clark, says a number of Turner's childhood classmates will be in attendance at the opening, which will begin with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT.  The museum will be open to the public starting at noon.

The opening will kick off the 2014 edition of Tina Turner Heritage Days, an annual two-day celebration of the singer that's held in and around Brownsville.  The event includes a variety of Turner-related activities, including walking tours, a photo contest, a tribute contest, and a fan gathering and picnic.  Visit TinaTurnerHeritageDays.com for more information.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Train, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull & More to Appear on "America's Got Talent" Finale 

Pamela Litky/Columbia RecordsAmerica's Got Talent has lined up quite a collection of talent for its big finale September 17.

Train, Ed Sheeran and Pitbull, as well as Jennifer Hudson and Lenny Kravitz, will all perform on the episode, which will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Ed will perform his latest single, "Don't," while J-Hud will sing "It's Your World." 

Pitbull will perform his latest single, "Fireball," accompanied by Radio City's famed Rockettes, and Lenny will sing his new single, "The Chamber."  It's not clear what Train will perform but since the finale is the day after their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, comes out, it'll likely be something from that.

On Tuesday, September 16, the show's six remaining finalists will perform for their last chance to win $1 million and the opportunity to headline at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas later this month.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Maroon 5 Gets "Happy" on British Radio 

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" is one of the most upbeat hits of the past year, but Maroon 5 has now put a very unique spin on the tune, making it almost unrecognizable.

Appearing on the Live Lounge program on U.K.'s BBC Radio 1, which encourages artists to perform acoustic versions of other artists' hits, Adam Levine and company slowed "Happy" way, way, WAY down and gave it a jazz feel.

The group also performed acoustic versions of their own hits, "Sunday Morning," "One More Night" and their new songs "Maps" and "Animals" during their appearance on the show.

Maroon 5 is in London to play the iTunes Festival.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Kenny Chesney Opens Up About His College Football Playstation Addiction, Drinking with George Strait

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleIf Kenny Chesney goes on a little late for one of his concerts next year, it might be because he's sitting on his bus, playing NCAA Football on his Playstation. Kenny admits he's "pretty addicted" to the video game.

Looking back on his 2013 tour, Kenny tells People, "Several nights my tour manager would come on the bus and say, 'It's time to go onstage,' when I'm in the middle of the fourth quarter, and I'm like, 'They can wait!'"

Kenny is no couch potato, though. He gets up really early every day to work with his trainer after eating five egg whites and one whole egg scrambled with peppers and coconut oil.  "That's my daily ritual," he says.

Kenny has been known to splurge on his diet, but he prefers to get his calories from alcohol over fried foods. He had his last hangover back in June, the morning after George Strait's final tour stop at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

"George invited a lot of acts, and there was a big party [after the show]," Kenny says. "The next day was awful. The mixture of stuff was what killed me."

For more of Kenny's confessions, pick up the latest issue of People.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Iggy Azalea's Rep Denies She's In a Sex Tape

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsWho dat, who dat?  It's not Iggy Azalea, that's for sure.  Contrary to rumor, the rapper's rep tells the Huffington Post that reports she appears in a sex tape are not true.

A tape featuring a woman who appears to be Iggy frolicking with an ex-boyfriend has surfaced, and top porn company Vivid Entertainment has announced that it's interested in cutting a deal to release it. 

Vivid founder Steven Hirsch says in a statement, "I believe there would be a huge demand for her sex tape. Iggy has proved that she’s an amazing talent. If there is any tape out there that can rival that of Kim Kardashian, this one is it!  We are conducting our due diligence and if we are satisfied with our review, we will definitely try to make a deal to distribute the tape."'

Of course, this is before the denial that it's Iggy on the tape.  Her rep tells HuffPo, "It is categorically not Iggy Azalea in the video in question. She has never been involved in any sexually explicit recordings."


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Thursday
Sep112014

Nightclub Brawl Occurs During Chris Brown-Hosted Party 

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A Manhattan club promoter was injured during a bottle-throwing melee at a party hosted by Chris Brown Thursday, police sources tell ABC News Radio.

The incident transpired inside the Meatpacking District’s VIP Room around 2:55 a.m. during a New York Fashion Week after-party. During the brawl, bottles were thrown and shards of glass injured the eye of the 29-year-old victim, who was standing near Brown.

The man sought treatment at the Beth Israel Medical Center for minor lacerations to his left eye before being transported to the New York Eye and Ear Hospital.

Brown's rep tells ABC News Radio that the singer wasn't involved, nor was his entourage. Brown himself tweeted not long after the report surfaced, "There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way."

Just last week, Chris pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. to misdemeanor assault, stemming from an incident outside of a D.C. hotel almost a year ago.  he was sentenced to time served.

No arrests have been made in Thursday night's incident.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Metalheads Wanted, to Bring LA Rock Doc to the Big Screen

Metalrock Films/Chipster PRDiehard metalheads know that modern metal got its screaming start on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles. The producers of a new film documentary chronicling that scene are hoping a few of them will put their chained wallets where their metal-lovin' hearts are and kick in some cash to bring the story to the big screen.

The film's called Inside Metal and it features interviews about what the early scene was really like, from the leather pants-wearing guys who were there, including members of Metallica, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., Megadeth, Great White, and others.

Though the film is finished, funds are needed to bolster the promotion, marketing and distribution budgets. All donations -- no matter how small -- are welcome. There are rewards for donations, including bumper stickers, gold record awards, signed guitars and even associate producer credits.

Details are available at MetalrockFilms.com.  You can also catch the official theatrical trailer on Metalrock Films' official YouTube channel.

 


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Thursday
Sep112014

Spend Your Fall Vacation Harvesting Grapes at Sting's Estate in Italy 

Credit: Frank Ockenfels IIIAmong the many homes that Sting owns all over the world is an estate in the Tuscany region of Italy called Il Palagio.  And this fall, if you've got the cash, he and his wife Trudie Styler will be happy to welcome you for a stay at their place.

The New York Times reports that for the first time, the couple is welcoming vacationers to the 900-acre estate, which includes an organic farm, so they can participate in its grape and olive harvests.  In October, you'll have the chance to pick a selection of different grapes to create the estate's six different varieties of wine.  In November, you can pick three different kinds of olives for pressing into extra-virgin olive oil.

You can choose to visit for a day, or stay for a few days -- if you do that, you get to stay in the guesthouses, take cooking classes, go horseback riding and experience a Tuscan barbecue.  The prices start at $350 per person for one day, and overnight or longer stays start at just over $1500, double occupancy.  Actually being able to hang out with Sting and his wife aren't guaranteed in that price.

Styler, the daughter of a farmer, told the Times, "We thought that it would be great to give people the chance to get involved in the process of what we do here."

Visit PalagioProducts.com to find out how to book your trip.


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Thursday
Sep112014

The Lumineers Start Next Album; Will Appear on New "Hunger Games" Soundtrack 

Credit: Jeremiah FraitesThe Lumineers, the band that brought you "Ho Hey," have begun work on their second album.

The band's lead singer, Wesley Schultz, announced on Instagram: "Well folks, we are back in the studio, chippin away at some new ideas. It's been one hell of a ride so far and we are excited to be writing again. Thanks and stay tuned."

The new album will be the follow up to the band's self-titled 2012 debut, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

We'll get a preview of the Lumineers' new music when one of their new songs appears on the upcoming soundtrack of the next Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 1, which is being curated by Lorde.  The Lumineers are the first act besides Lorde herself to be confirmed for the album, which is coming out later this fall. 

A Lumineers song track titled "Gale Song" appeared on the soundtrack of the previous Hunger Games soundtrack, Catching Fire.

In addition to their Hunger Games work, the band contributed a new song titled "Visions of China" to the most recent soundtrack for The Walking Dead, which came out last month.


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Thursday
Sep112014

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lorde & Coldplay Nominated for Britain's "Q" Awards 

Cliff Lipson/CBSSome of the biggest British artists on the U.S. charts right now have received nominations for this year's Q Awards, handed out by the highly regarded British music magazine Q.

Sam Smith is up for Best New Act, and Best Track, for his hit "Stay with Me."  Ed Sheeran is up for Best Solo Artist, and Coldplay snags a nod for Best Video, for the clip for "Magic." 

As for non-Brits, Lorde, who's from New Zealand, received a Best Track nomination for "Royals" while Pharrell Williams got a nod in the most prestigious category: Best Act in the World Today.  His competition? British alt-rockers Arctic Monkeys, Canadian alt-rock band Arcade Fire, British rockers Kasabian and legendary British icon Kate Bush, who recently returned to the stage after many years.

You can vote now online for your favorites in each category. The Q Awards will be handed out October 22 in London, at a ceremony which is generally characterized by all the attendees getting extremely drunk.


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