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Tuesday
Jan142014

Carrie Underwood Is Highest-Earning "American Idol" Winner for the Past Year

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood remains the highest-earning American Idol champ for the past year. According to Forbes, Carrie pulled in an estimated $31 million last year, thanks to touring, music sales and sponsorship deals. That's more than show judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are estimated to have earned last year.

Kelly Clarkson is second on the top-earning American Idol winners list, with an estimated $7 million.

The new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday night at 8 ET on FOX.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Clapton, Plant, Santana, Fogerty and Springsteen Among Stars Performing at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NOJazzFest.comThe lineup for the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been revealed, and it features an impressive lineup of major classic-rock artists, including Eric Clapton, Santana, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.  The event takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Santana is scheduled to perform on April 25, Plant and his group will hit the stage on April 26, Clapton will giving a headlining performance on April 27, Springsteen and company will play on May 3 and Fogerty will help close out the festival on May 4.  For Plant, Clapton and Springsteen, the New Orleans Jazz Fest marks their first announced U.S. concerts of the year.

Dozens of other artists also will perform during the annual musical and cultural extravaganza, including Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Aaron Neville, Bobby Womack, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Phish, Chaka Khan, Delbert McClinton, Allen Toussaint and The Radiators.

To find out a complete bill for the festival, as well as what days each act will be performing, visit NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Miguel Records New Song for HBO’s Comedy Series "Girls" 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel has has been tapped to contribute new material for the third season of HBO's hit comedy series Girls.

The series, which premiered this past Sunday night, has issued its second soundtrack, which includes a brand new record from the R&B crooner entitled "simplethings." The disc also includes new material from Beck and Lily Allen.

The new offering follows Miguel's previous one-off song "Can’t Sleep 2gether," as part of the 2013 Adult Swim Singles Program.

Fans can expect the Girls Vol. 2 soundtrack to arrive in stores on February 11.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Clapton, Santana, Fogerty and Springsteen Among Stars Performing at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NOJazzFest.comThe lineup for the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been revealed, and it features an impressive lineup of major veteran artists, including Eric Clapton, Santana, John Fogerty, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  The event takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Dozens of other artists also will perform during the annual musical and cultural extravaganza, including Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his new group The Sensational Space Shifters, Boz Scaggs, Chaka Khan, Aaron Neville, Bobby Womack, Irma Thomas, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, Al Jarreau,  and Allen Toussaint.

See the complete festival lineup, as well as what days the acts will perform, at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

August Alsina Announces Release Date for Debut Album, Collaborates with Jeezy

Courtesy of August Alsina's InstagramAugust Alsina is capitalizing on the buzz from his breakout EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun by announcing the release date for his debut album, titled Testimony.

The crooner tweeted that the disc will arrive in stores on April 15, adding that he also has released the project's first single, "Make It Home."  The Featherstones-produced track includes guest verses from fellow Def Jam artist Jeezy and was co-written by The Exclusives.

"1st release from my upcoming album," August wrote on Tuesday. "Dedicate this to .. Another fallen solider "

The album’s launch date coincides with the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who was fatally shot in New Orleans in 2010. August credits his later brother for inspiring him to pursue music.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Christina Aguilera, Robin Thicke Among Headliners for 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival

NoJazzFest.comThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is usually an event dominated by rockers and soul artists, but every once in a while, a pop star will make an appearance. This year, two big ones are among the headliners: Christina Aguilera and Robin Thicke.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy, and features dozens of artists.  Robin will perform on Saturday, April 26, about a month after his last scheduled tour date; his headlining tour kicks off in Atlanta on February 21.  As for Christina, she's playing Friday, May 2.  She hasn't announced any other tour dates so far this year, but this date may be an indication that more are coming.

Among the other artists on the bill this year: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Santana, Chaka Khan, and many, many more. Find the complete festival bill and ticket info at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Arcade Fire, Phish, Vampire Weekend to Perform at 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest

NOJazzFest.comTheir music can't remotely be described as jazz, but Arcade Fire, along with Phish and Vampire Weekend, are among the bands that'll be performing at the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place over two weekends from April 25 through May 4 in the Big Easy.

Other acts on the bill for the musical extravaganza include Foster the People, Alabama Shakes, Better than Ezra, and dozens more. 

Find the complete festival bill and ticket info at NOJazzFest.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Lady Gaga's Album Finally OK'd for Release in China; Why She Toned Down Act for Golden Globes 

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga's ARTPOP album came out in November, but the Chinese government evidently had some issues with the disc, holding up its release in that country. Those issues have apparently been resolved.

"I'm so excited!!!! The Chinese Government Approved ARTPOP to be released in China with all 15 songs! Next I hope I can come to perform!," Gaga tweeted.  It's not clear to what, exactly, the Chinese objected, but it could have been any number of things, including references to sex and drugs, the semi-nude album cover, or curse words in the lyrics.

Gaga was also excited to announce that this week marks the fifth anniversary of her first #1 hit, "Just Dance."  She tweeted, "I can't believe I'm even here. Still making music I believe in. In my big shoes. Paws up."

Meanwhile, Gaga turned heads Sunday night when she showed up at the Golden Globes on the arm of her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, wearing a relatively -- for her -- toned-down outfit: a gold lame dress with one sleeve, a crystal-studded bodice and a thigh-high slit.  Her hair and makeup were also pretty normal.  So, why didn't she sport one of her signature outrageous getups?  A source close to Haus of Gaga, the singer's creative team, tells RumorFix, "She wanted to be there for her boyfriend...he’s an actor and it was his night.”

Kinney, who was photographed smooching Gaga at an after-party, gave a rare comment on his relationship with the star on Sunday night, telling E!, "I'm reserved. She's not. For whatever reason, it works. It works and that's that."  Last year, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo."

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Black Sabbath Remasters Entire Early Catalog Especially for iTunes

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath finally has made its entire catalog of studio albums featuring original frontman Ozzy Osbourne available for purchase as digital downloads in the U.S.  The albums, spanning from the influential heavy metal band's 1970 debut through 1978's Never Say Day!, have been remastered especially for iTunes.

In addition to Black Sabbath's 1970s studio efforts, two classic compilations from the group -- 1976's We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll and 2006's Greatest Hits 1970-1978 -- are being sold.  Also, a newly-created digital box set titled The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 that gathers together the band's first eight records can be purchased at iTunes.

"It's about f**king time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.," says Osbourne in a statement.

Adds guitarist Tony Iommi, "Great news, been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn't available."

As previously reported, Black Sabbath will launch a new North American tour leg in support of its chart-topping 2013 album, 13, on March 31 in Brooklyn, New York.  The trek, which will visit mostly Canadian cities, will wind down with an April 26 show in Los Angles.

Here is the complete list of Black Sabbath albums and compilations that are newly available at iTunes:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Ciara Confirms Pregnancy on 'The View'

Courtesy of Ciara's Instagram

Ciara made a big announcement during her appearance Tuesday on ABC's The View.

Toward the end of the interview, Barbara Walters asked the singer about the ongoing rumors that she and her fiancé, rapper Future, are expecting their first child together.  "There are rumors about pregnancy. Do you want to confirm?" Walters asked.

Ciara replied, "Of course, I would love to so." She then stood up and revealed her baby bump.

After dating for a year, Ciara and Future got engaged last October during Ciara's 28th birthday party. Their bundle of joy will mark Future's fourth child.  He has three kids with three different women: an 11-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl, and a one-year-old boy.

In other news, Ciara is scheduled to perform at the official Grammy Awards after-party on January 26.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Confirmed for Grammy Awards 

PR NewswireThe Record Academy has expanded its line-up of performers for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which airs later this month.

John Legend, who's up for Best R&B Album for Love in the Future, is among the newly-announced acts scheduled to take stage. The crooner tweeted, "Excited to announce that I'll be performing at @TheGRAMMYS!! Watch on CBS Jan 26!!"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have seven nominations, including Album of the Year, will also perform at the ceremony. They join fellow Grammy performers Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles Keith Urban, and the two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Previously confirmed acts includes Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Stevie WonderLorde, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Willie Nelson, Katy Perry, Pink, Nate Ruess and others.

Jay Z leads all nominees with nine nods, including Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. He's followed by Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, all with seven nominations.

Hosted by LL Cool J, the Grammy Awards will broadcast flive rom the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Executes Search Warrant at Justin Bieber's Home 

Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCThings are heating up in the Justin Bieber egg-throwing case, in which the singer is accused of pelting his neighbor's home with eggs last Thursday night.  The L.A County Sheriff's Department confirms to ABC News that it is now executing a search warrant at Justin's home.  They won't say exactly what they're looking for, but after the search is carried out, the next steps will be determined.  It's not known if Justin is home.

What is significant, though, is that the case is no longer considered a misdemeanor, because the damage inflicted by the attack was "well over" $400.  That makes it a felony.

TMZ reports that police are looking for anything that might link Justin to the incident, including other eggs.  While that may sound odd, TMZ notes that if the same kind of eggs are found at the vandalism scene, it could serve as evidence.  TMZ also claims that if anything illegal is found during the search of Justin's house, it's "fair game."

Neither Justin nor his team have commented on the incident.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Confirmed to Perform at Grammy Ceremony

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; Rob ShanahanSurviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are among the latest stars confirmed to perform on this year's Grammy Awards.  It's unclear whether the two old band mates will be performing together, although they apparently will be on hand to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for the iconic group.

This will mark Starr's first-ever performance on a Grammy ceremony.  Other performers added to the big event's lineup include 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Carole King, who will team up with contemporary pop singer Sara Bareilles; R&B artist John Legend; rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; and country stars Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves.

The Grammys air Sunday night, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves Performing at the Grammys

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves have been added to the performers lineup for the Grammy Awards on January 26. They join Sara Bareilles, Carole King and the two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, on the bill.

Taylor is up for Album of the Year for Red, and Kacey is nominated for Best New Artist at this year's show.

The Grammys air Sunday night, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Luke Bryan Announces Stadium Dates, Two-Night Stands for 2014

ABC/Matt BrownAt a press conference in Nashville on Tuesday morning that was streamed live online, Luke Bryan had some exciting news for his fans: his tour dates for 2014 will include several shows at football stadiums, as well as two-night stands in select cities.

Luke announced that he'll be bringing Lee Brice and Cole Swindell out on the road with him this year, and for two of the stadium dates, he'll also be joined by Dierks Bentley. Those dates are June 21 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and August 31 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Luke will also perform August 15 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and promised "surprises" for that date.

The two-night stands will include Washington, D.C., Raleigh, St. Louis, Cleveland and Atlanta.  Luke will end his tour at the famed Hollywood Bowl on October 25.

In addition, the dates this year will include the sixth installment of Luke's Farm Tour,  during which he performs at farms and donates the proceeds to establish college scholarships for farmers' children.

The full list of tour dates is now posted at LukeBryan.com.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Paul & Ringo Confirmed for Grammy Awards

Big Machine RecordsSome of these artists were teased in a promo for the Grammy Awards that ran over the weekend, but now the Recording Academy has confirmed that Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and the two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will be performing at the Grammy Awards on January 26.

Sara will team with Carole King for her performance; a few days before the ceremony, she'll be celebrated at a gala tribute as 2014's MusiCares Person of the Year.  Other performers include American Idol judge and country star Keith Urban, R&B star John Legend,  and country newcomer Kacey Musgraves.  Paul and Ringo will accept a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for the iconic group.

The Grammys air Sunday night, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Confirmed for Grammy Awards

Big Machine RecordsSome of these artists were teased in a promo for the Grammy Awards that ran over the weekend, but now the Recording Academy has confirmed that Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Sara Bareilles will be performing at the Grammy Awards on January 26.

Sara Bareilles will team with music legend Carole King for her performance; a few days before the ceremony, King will be celebrated at a gala tribute as 2014's MusiCares Person of the Year.  Other performers include American Idol judge and country star Keith Urban, R&B star John Legend, country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, and the two living members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who will accept a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for the iconic group.

The Grammys air Sunday night, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to Be First Guest on New Season of Daryl Hall's "Live from Daryl's House" Series

Ian Johnson PhotographyZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be the guest star on the first episode of the latest season of Daryl Hall's Live from Daryl's House performance series, which premieres online Wednesday at LFDH.com and then gets its TV debut February 6 at 11 p.m. ET on the Palladia high-def network.

The new episode will feature Gibbons and Hall teaming up on a couple of ZZ Top classics and a few Hall & Oates tunes, as well as a selection of covers.  Among songs from ZZ Top's catalog performed on the show are the hits "La Grange" and "Sharp Dressed Man," plus renditions of Sam & Dave's "I Thank You" and The Nightcaps' "Thunderbird."  Gibbons and Hall also collaborate on the Hall & Oates gems "Bank on Your Love" and "Love You Like a Brother," as well as on a cover of "Kiko," a 1963 instrumental by late soul-jazz keyboard player Jimmy McGriff.

"Playing Live from Daryl's House is a regular, down-to-earth, big bash," says Gibbons in a statement.  "Good groovin' to the core."

Adds Hall, "Being in a room with Billy Gibbons is like dipping your toe into the deep wellspring of Texas rock, blues and soul."

Live from Daryl's House started as an online-only series in 2007 before recently expanding to television.  Each episode features the Hall & Oates frontman jamming with a different special guest.  While most shows in previous seasons were taped at Hall's country home in Millerton, New York, the new episodes are being shot at a renovated venue in nearby Pawling.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

A Great Big World Recalls Playing Paintball with Christina Aguilera 

ABC/Richard HarbaughA Great Big World is having quite the moment, thanks to the success of their duet with Christina Aguilera, "Say Something."  But the duo says that their friendship didn't end in the studio -- they actually got to hang out with the singer and play games with her, too.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, A Great Big World's Ian Axel says of Christina, "She invited us over to her house after the AMAs, and we played paintball.  We had a couple glasses of wine. It was awesome."

As for the journey of "Say Something," the group had been on TV's radar since February of 2013, when their 2008 song "This Is the New Year" was featured on Glee.  Then this past September, "Say Something" was used in Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, which is when Christina noticed it and reached out to A Great Big World about cutting the new version.  In November, they performed the new duet on The Voice and it was #1 on iTunes the next day.

A Great Big World will release their full-length debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, on January 21.  They're also working on songs for a Broadway musical, though details about that aren't available.

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Beyonce May Spend Second Week Behind Disney's "Frozen" on Billboard 200

Columbia RecordsLate last week, Beyonce's self-titled album was on pace to return to the top of the Billboard 200 after being displaced by Disney’s Frozen soundtrack. Now, it seems the singer will spend her second consecutive week as the runner-up.

According to the publication, industry forecasters did not anticipate strong weekend sales for Frozen, which is now estimated to sell 83,000 to 86,000 copies. Meanwhile, Bey's fifth solo effort is expected to sell around 78,000 to 81,000 copies in the week ending January 12.

The official sales figures will be revealed on Wednesday, January 15.

In other news, the singer's hit single "Drunk in Love" featuring Jay Z continues to climb the U.K. Official Singles Chart. The song climbed from #27 to #10 on this week's chart, becoming Beyonce's seventeenth top 10 hit in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company.

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