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Tuesday
Dec012015

Foster the People Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign 

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsFoster the People is partnering with Kind Campaign to raise awareness of bullying in schools, specifically in Japan. The band also has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fly Nanae Munemasa, a young girl who started a punk band with her brother in response to the intense bullying she received, from Japan to Los Angeles in order to record a single with frontman Mark Foster.

Perks for the crowd-funding campaign include handwritten lyrics, signed Foster the People merchandise and a Skype call with Foster.

Foster the People's last album was 2014's Supermodel.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Sugarland's Christmas album? ANSWER:  Gold and Green; it was released in 2009.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Luke Bryan to Rock NY's Times Square on ABC New Year's Eve

Image Group LA/ABCLuke Bryan will be ringing in the New Year in New York's Times Square.

Luke, as well as pop star Demi Lovato, rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Charlie Puth, have been added to the New York City lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on ABC.

Luke joins Carrie Underwood on the bill -- she was previously announced as a Times Square headliner for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016.  The show airs on ABC on Thursday, December 31, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth Added to "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve"

Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will be ringing in the New Year in Times Square.

The trio, plus country star Luke Bryan, have been added to the New York City lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on ABC.

Demi will perform songs off her new album, Confident, while Wiz and Charlie will perform their hit song "See You Again."

Carrie Underwood was previously announced as a headliner for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016, which will air on ABC on Thursday, December 31, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Listen to Coldplay's New Song with Beyoncé

Julia KennedyColdplay's collaboration with Beyoncé for their new album, A Head Full of Dreams, has been unveiled.

"Hymn for the Weekend," debuted by the BBC, is a catchy tune in which Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Bey join forces on the vocals. They both sing the lyric, "Drink for me, drink for me," in the chorus.

The song concludes with Beyoncé singing a few times, "And we shoot across the sky."

A Head Full of Dreams, out Friday, also includes appearances by Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, plus Martin's ex Gwyneth Paltrow, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

"The Voice" Recap: The Top 10 Perform

NBCUniversalThe top 10 artists on The Voice returned Monday night, hoping to earn the viewers' votes with their singing ability and a chance to perform in next week’s semifinals.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams all had artists take the stage during the two-hour show.

Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin performed a moving version of “Jealous,” by Labrinth. Adam called the singer’s delivery “beautiful” and “unique.” Blake noted that he had never been “more wrapped up in a performance this entire season.”  Gwen declared the performance was “awesome,” adding that she was transported to another place.

Emily Ann Roberts, representing Team Blake, tackled Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.” Roberts also revealed that she got to talk on the phone with one of her idols, Wynonna Judd, who praised the 17-year-old singer for her “grassroots” style. Pharrell called Emily Ann’s performance “fantastic.” Adam noted Roberts has grown from a good singer to a phenomenal singer. Blake was also pleased, calling it her best performance so far.

The competition’s youngest contestant, 15-year-old Braiden Sunshine, representing Team Gwen, belted out Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” Adam respected the courage Braiden demonstrated with his song choice. Blake piped in that the teen is a “throwback to the '80s.” Gwen praised her team member’s poise, adding that Monday’s performance was “so punk.”

Next up was Team Adam’s country artist Shelby Brown, singing Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” in honor of her late grandfather. Pharrell noted Brown was connected to the lyrics and dubbed it her best performance. Adam praised Shelby for getting better each week and learning how to “get out of her own way.”

Team Gwen’s Korin Bukowski, who was saved by America’s vote the past two weeks, tackled Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love.” Pharrell called the performance Korin’s “moment.” Gwen added she was “proud,” declaring the singer took her game to another level.

Brooklyn native Amy Vachal took the stage next for Team Adam, delivering a “creepy” version ‘N SYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.” Adam noted that Amy has “demonstrated her artistry” by taking well-known songs and putting her own spin on them.

Jordan Smith, also from Team Adam, took on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” All four judges were blown away by the performance, including Pharrell, who called it “effortless.” Adam noted the singer’s talent was “above and beyond what I could ever ask for on the show and beyond.”

Taking the stage next was Team Blake’s Zach Seabaugh. The 17-year-old Marietta, Georgia, native channeled Elvis Presley on Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Blake declared it was Zach’s best performance and went “out on a limb” to predict Zach would be in the finale.

Team Pharrell’s last remaining contestant, Madi Davis, delivered a stripped-down, slowed-down performance of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Gwen called the singer “amazing and talented.” Pharrell, said the performance was “sick,” and also noted that the 16-year-old not only picked out the song, but arranged it as well.

Team Blake’s Barrett Baber closed out the show by paying tribute to his home state of Arkansas with a soulful version of Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love to Lay You Down.” Adam called the performance “genuine and real.” Blake was also pleased, declaring he never heard Baber sing better.

During the broadcast, Gwen Stefani performed her new song "Used to Love You."

Also during the show, Ellie Goulding announced in a pre-taped message that she will be performing on next Monday’s show. She’ll perform “On My Mind,” from her new album, Delirium. Blake Shelton will also perform “Gonna,” from his album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.

NBC will air a new results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Sia will sing "Alive" from her upcoming album This Is Acting. Adam Levine is also scheduled to perform.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThis year's No Shave November has raised more than $79,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's Chairman of the Beard, Josh Turner, also walked away with the contest's Most Valuable Beard award. During its five-year history, the November event has donated more than $620,000 to the Memphis facility. 

More than 21,000 people have downloaded The Voice contestant Emily Ann Roberts' cover of The Judds' "Why Not Me," according to Billboard.

Three other songs besides Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" have spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard chart this year:  Kenny Chesney's "Save it for a Rainy Day," Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" and Tim McGraw's "Shotgun Rider."

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Jana Kramer Says the Subject of "I Got the Boy" Leaves Her Feeling Bittersweet

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer can add one more accomplishment to the year she already describes as “insane”-- the RIAA recently certified her single “I Got the Boy” gold, having sold more than half a million copies. In fact, the mother-to-be says the only thing that leaves her less than happy these days is the subject of her current hit.

“'I Got the Boy' is actually about my high school sweetheart Matthew. And it's just one of those things where it's such a bittersweet memory. He's married and has kids. Obviously I'm married and have a baby on the way. It's just-- it's bittersweet. I'll never forget my first. I just never will,” she confesses.

Jana tied the know with former NFL tight end Michael Caussin last May, after getting engaged in December. Friends recently gave the newlyweds a shower for their baby girl, who’s due after the first of the year. Even though she’s thrilled with the success of her hit and her new album, she admits it’s been tough to keep working while she’s expecting.

“It's been hard, because I'm still super-nauseous, but I still have to keep going out on the road promoting the single and the new album 31, so you know, I get sick after the shows. It's not forever. It's only 9 months, so I'll be okay,” she says reassuringly. “It's amazing. The fact that women can carry a child is nuts. We're very strong!”

While they have already decided on a name for their firstborn, Jana says she and Michael are keeping it a secret for now. She teases the moniker does have a piece of her name in it, so we do know the little one will be named after her mother. Expect the baby girl to make her debut early in 2016.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Ne-Yo to Celebrate New Year with Detroit Show

ABC/ Lou RoccoNe-Yo has made his plans for the New Year.

The singer will celebrate the beginning of 2016 by performing at Fox Theatre in Detroit, at an event that also will include a special guest performance from Jeremih on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $69 to $125 and are available now via OlympiaEntertainment.com.

Ne-Yo has a lot to look forward to in 2016, including a new album, marrying his fiance Crystal Renay and welcoming their first child together. 

This Thursday, you'll be able to see Ne-Yo in NBC's The Wiz Live! playing the Tin Man.  The production also stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Common, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley and Uzo Aduba.

 

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Rachel Platten, Honored by Musicians on Call Tonight, Says the Charity Reminds Her Why She Makes Music 

ABC/Fred LeeBefore Rachel Platten was famous, she spent more than a decade volunteering for the Musicians on Call organization, visiting hospitals and playing at the bedsides of the patients.  Tonight in Los Angeles, Musicians on Call will honor Rachel for all the work she's done for them over the years, and she calls the recognition "a dream come true."

"For 12 years, I've been working with the organization, and I used to do it because it was this reminder to me why I made music, when things weren't working out," says Rachel, who struggled for a long time to achieve the kind of success she's currently experiencing.

"My ego would be like, 'Oh, you're not good enough.  No one came to that show,'" she tells ABC Radio. "And then I would check in and go sing at a hospital, and play bedside to someone, and get that reminder -- that very real reminder: 'Oh, no, what I'm doing matters. And it doesn't matter if it's to thousands of people, I'm connecting with one person and healing one person.'"

Rachel adds, "The fact that I'm getting honored publicly for something that privately helped me is a dream come true. It's really wonderful."  

The "Stand by You" singer will be receiving the Music Heals award at Musicians on Call’s Rock the Room tour event at Los Angeles' Greystone Manor.  She'll also deliver a special acoustic performance at the event for the nonprofit organization. 

The four-city Rock the Room tour kicked off last week in Nashville and raised more than $130,000 for Musicians on Call. After Los Angeles, the tour will head to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Rachel's debut album, Wildfire, will be out in the coming weeks, and her headlining tour kicks off February 26 in Dallas.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

PSY Releases New Music Video, "Daddy"

ABC/ Lou RoccoLook who's back?

PSY, who took the Internet by storm more than three years ago with "Gangnam Style," has just released a new music video. The clip for "Daddy" begins in bizarre fashion, with PSY's face superimposed on the body of a baby and then an older child. Plenty of dancing ensues.

"Daddy" is featured on the South Korean rapper's new album, Chiljip PSY-Da -- which in Korean means "This Is PSY's Seventh Album" -- out Tuesday.

His last album included "Gangnam Style," which holds the record for the most views for a YouTube video -- 2.46 billion.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Chris Young Makes It Three in a Row with "I'm Comin' Over"

David McClisterChris Young continues his reign on the country charts, as “I’m Comin’ Over” spends its third week at #1 on Billboard’s country airplay ranking. This week, his seventh #1 also claims the top spot on the Mediabase country airplay chart as well.

This isn’t the first time Chris has spent multiple weeks at number one. “The Man I Want to Be” accomplished the same feat five years ago in 2010.

This week, Chris takes his I’m Comin’ Over Tour with Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn to Minnesota and Wisconsin, before he performs the title track from his chart-topping fifth album on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, December 8.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Dave Grohl to Guest on ABC's "The Muppets" Tonight

ABC/Andrea McCallinIt's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time for Dave Grohl to guest on The Muppets show tonight. The Foo Fighters frontman will make an appearance on tonight's episode of ABC's The Muppets, entitled "Going, Going, Gonzo."

In the episode, Grohl will challenge Animal to a drum-off. Animal, of course, is the drummer for the Muppet band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt also will be a guest on tonight's episode.

This won't be Grohl's first interaction with the Muppets -- he had a cameo in the 2011 The Muppets film as Animool, a member of a group of Muppets knock-offs called the Moopets.

The Muppets airs tonight, December 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

"Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia" Concert Special Airing on PBS

Courtesy of © Matt KentA TV special featuring the debut live performance of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia, a new orchestral version of The Who's famous 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia, will air on a variety of PBS stations in December.  The show, which took place this past July at London's Royal Albert Hall, stars lauded British tenor Alfie Boe in the lead role of Jimmy and also features performances by Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and actor Phil Daniels.

Classic Quadrophenia features musical accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  To create the new orchestrations for Quadrophenia's songs, Townshend called on his longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, who is an accomplished composer, musician, singer and songwriter.

With regard to Boe's interpretation of the Quadrophenia material, Townshend says, "Alfie is a true star, who gives every performance his all.  He reminds me of [Who frontman] Roger Daltrey in that -- he's also a real pleasure to work with.  I never thought I'd hear a classical tenor singing my songs, and for them to work so well -- but Alfie makes it happen."

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia premiered over the weekend on select PBS stations, and will continue to be shown on various channels on the coming weeks as part of holiday pledge drives.  Viewers who pledge money to their local stations will have the opportunity to receive a DVD or Blu-ray version of the show as a gift, as well as the companion Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia studio album.  The DVD, Blu-ray and album also can be purchased at ShopPBS.org.

Here is a list of the songs performed in the Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia special:

"I Am the Sea"
"The Real Me"
"Quadrophenia"
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"I'm One"
"The Dirty Jobs"
"Helpless Dancer"
"Is It in My Head"
"I've Had Enough"
"5:15"
"Sea and Sand"
"Drowned"
"Bell Boy"
"Doctor Jimmy"
"The Rock"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"The Real Me" (encore)

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Adele Says “There’s No Bad Blood” Between Her and Phil Collins; Calls Bette Midler Her “Hero”

Alasdair McLellanBack when details on Adele’s new album were scarce, Phil Collins revealed that the singer had reached out to him to help work on some music. Those plans ultimately fell through, and in an interview with British magazine Q, a disappointed Phil called Adele “a slippery little fish.”  But now, Adele has revealed why their collaboration didn't happen: she got cold feet.

Adele tells Rolling Stone, "I met up with him and he was so nice. He's such a genius. But I met up with him in London super-early, like well before I was starting the record. And I had this song in mind and I can't remember if I gave him a copy of the song or if I gave him a chorus or something, and then I just chickened out of everything.”

"I went, 'Oh, I'm not ready.' And he called me a slippery fish!" she laughs. "I think he interpreted it that I decided I didn't want to work with him, but actually I decided I didn't want to write a record, period, at that point. But yeah, there's no bad blood there, or certainly not on my half."

Adele also gushes to Rolling Stone about another musical legend she admires: Bette Midler, who happens to be celebrating her 70th birthday today. She calls Better her “absolute f****** hero.” Adele also credits seeing Bette in concert with inspiring ideas for her own stage show, and says she particularly loves the way the Divine Miss M made a big venue feel intimate.

“Her voice was amazing, the show was amazing, the humor was amazing,” she says. “It was, like, the best show I've ever, ever seen. And that was in an arena.”

Adele will be hitting the road next year for a European tour beginning in February. 25 just broke the record for first-week album sales by selling 3.48 million copies. The album’s first single, “Hello,” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth week in a row.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Andrew McMahon Says Albums Chart His "Personal History"

Image Courtesy of Crush MusicAndrew McMahon will take a break from his latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, for a reunion tour with his old band Jack's Mannequin in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the group's 2005 debut album, Everything in Transit. Everything in Transit was released the same day that McMahon, who had been diagnosed with leukemia earlier that year, received a life-saving stem cell transplant from his sister.

Nine years later, McMahon's self-titled debut with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, meanwhile, was recorded around the time his daughter was born, which inspired his hit single "Cecilia and the Satellite." If it seems that his albums seem to crop up around huge life events, McMahon has noticed that, too.

"I think I chart a lot of what's gone on in my life in these albums," McMahon tells ABC Radio. "I look at certain records, and, without a question, I associate them with these chapters of my own personal history."

"I think that's a nature of writing autobiographically," he adds. "I think it's also an effort of keeping focused on living an inspired life and moving the ball forward and not stagnating or staying in one place for too long, and that's just been a part of who I've been since I was a kid -- my family moved every three years. I seek new experiences and inspiration and the next thing, and often times these albums are a reflection of that searching."

McMahon's life experiences also are reflected in the often-changing names of his musical projects. Before he adopted the "in the Wilderness" moniker, he performed as Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin and under just his own name. As for his next album, McMahon says that he will be sticking with the Wilderness tag.

"The next record will I think without question be a Wilderness record," he tells ABC Radio. "Obviously I've changed my name so many times, for all my fans, I think to give them a little consistency for a minute will be good."

The Jack's Mannequin reunion tour will kick off with a New Year's Eve show in Anaheim, California. In the meantime, McMahon will play a few Wilderness shows this month and will continue to write new material.

"I'm always writing," he says. "I don't want to say the pressure's on to start, I think I'm kinda trying to get ahead of it and get some songs under my belt, which there are already a couple, at least a few that I'm excited about right now."

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Jimmy Kimmel's "Mash-Up Mondays" Unleashes Fall Out Boyz II Men 

Pamela LittkyOn Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy continued his "Mash-Up Mondays by uniting Boyz II Men with Fall Out Boy to create Fall Out Boyz II Men.

They collaborated on a guitar-driven take on the soul group's "Motownphilly" to close the show.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Pink Describes Her "Friendsgiving" Celebration on 'The Tonight Show'

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Pink dropped by The Tonight Show on Monday night to talk about UNICEF's Kid Power, for which she's a spokesperson. The project involves giving children fitness bands and encouraging them to stay active. The more active they are, the more points they rack up. Those points unlock funds to send food to severely malnourished kids around the world.

She also revealed that instead of Thanksgiving, she and her friends celebrated "Friendsgiving."

"Thanksgiving we had a 'Friendsgiving.' I had 35 people at my house avoiding their families."

The "Just Give Me a Reason" singer also noted that the gathering was pretty uneventful. "No fighting, one person crying under the table," , she told host Jimmy Fallon, adding, "No one even drank so much everyone was so happy."

The conversation then turned to Pink's four-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, whom she shares with her motocross racing hubby of nearly 10 years, Carey Hart.

"If she were a cereal, I would call her 'Nutty Delicious,'" the 36-year-old singer joked, as Fallon held up a picture of Willow sitting on a dirt bike next to her father. "That was right after she got done saying, 'Daddy, I wish you'd move so I could go fast." Her daughter also inherited her mom's love of climbing silks.

Another revelation from Pink: She was a big New Kids on the Block fan growing up. The fascination even got her into big trouble when she got a little carried away using a phone number that allowed fans to hear messages from the band.

"I was grounded for that. I racked up a $118 phone bill," she recalls. "I talked to all of them, all of the time. We were practically getting married."

"I wrote my mother a $118 check, as an adult," she adds.

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Monday
Nov302015

2016's New Faces of Country Music Revealed

Aristo P.R.Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion and Chris Janson have been chosen as the five artists who’ll play next year’s New Faces of Country Music Show at the end of CRS 2016. The concert is the high point of Country Radio Seminar each year in Nashville, and is seen as both a showcase of the past year’s breakout new talent and a major indicator of who is likely to have a long and successful career in the future. Radio station employees across the country vote on who’ll get the coveted performance slots.

Next year’s show takes place February 10 at the Omni Nashville. In the past, George Strait, Reba, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett have all played the New Faces stage.

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Monday
Nov302015

Dolly Parton Talks "Coat of Many Colors" Ahead of Movie's Premiere

Webster & AssociatesYou’ll be seeing a lot of Dolly Parton in the week leading up to the premiere of her Coat of Many Colors movie December 10 on NBC. The musical icon from East Tennessee kicks off her round of media appearances this Thursday, December 3 at 2 p.m. ET on CBS’s The Talk.

Then next Monday and Tuesday, she’s on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, before stopping by Today on NBC on both Tuesday and Thursday. You can see the movie itself next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Jennifer Nettles stars as Dolly’s mother Avie Lee in the film based on the autobiographical hit from 1971. Ricky Schroder plays her dad. Coat of Many Colors is the first in a series of movies Parton is making with NBC. Jolene, based on her 1974 chart-topper, is set to be the next one. 







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