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Aug152014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Luke Bryan's fan club? ANSWER: The Nut House.


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Friday
Aug152014

Kenny Chesney Ready to Get the Band Back Together at Saturday's Flora-Bama Show

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is primed and ready to entertain his fans at the Flora-Bama Lounge on the Gulf Coast this Saturday. He hasn't been on stage with his band in almost a year, so Kenny plans to keep the show loose and just have fun with it all.

He says, "We might not have a set list until that day, which is kind of cool 'cause we're going to have a lot of new music we're gonna play. Who knows. We're gonna play for a while that day."

Of course, Kenny is referring to songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23. It's been a while since Kenny recorded the vocals for that project, so he's been working to get his vocal cords strong for the show.

"Your vocal cords are like a muscle," Kenny explains. "It's like anything else. If you don't use 'em, they get weak."

Kenny's also going back over the lyrics to his biggest hits so he doesn't forget the words on stage.

He says with a laugh,"I haven't sang any of these songs in a year or over."

While the Flora-Bama show is free, fans have to have wristbands to get into the show. Those passes were all claimed very quickly after becoming available online a few weeks back.

He says, "It made me feel so good that so many people wanted those wristbands. That they cared. It's just gonna be a fun, fun, fun day of music and getting everybody together and just enjoying the atmosphere and the environment of the Flora-Bama."

Of note, show organizers are asking fans without wristbands to stay away from the Flora-Bama this weekend. According to AL.com, the show will be taped for a TV special, so fans who can't make it to the show can look forward to seeing highlights at a later date.


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Friday
Aug152014

The-Dream Addresses Rumored Lil Wayne-Christina Milian Relationship

Image Courtesy Island Def JamEver since Christina Milian and Lil Wayne attended 2014 ESPY Awards together last month, there's been speculation that the pair are romantically linked. However, if those rumors are true, Milian's ex-husband The-Dream is not happy about it.

The R&B crooner tells Vlad TV that he finds the situation to be strange, especially since Milian and Wayne's alleged coupling would create a love rectangle -- The-Dream's first ex-wife and mother of his three kids, Nivea, shares a child with Wayne.

"I think that's what everybody was thinking when the news broke," he said. "Everybody was thinking of that but supposedly Christina," he said. "She wasn't thinking of that at all. I have no idea how she could not be thinking of that."

Nivea chimed in by re-posting a clip of Dream's interview on her Instagram account with the caption, "Hmmm..drops mic. She's A #scarecrow!"

Although Milian hasn't confirmed the relationship, she recently shaved the initials "TNT" into the back of her head, which reportedly stand for "Tunechi and Tina," or "Tina Turnup," the nickname Weezy gave her.

 


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Friday
Aug152014

Florida Georgia Line to Release New Album, "Anything Goes," on October 14

Image Courtesy Republic Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Before Florida Georgia Line rocked the stage Friday at Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, they made a special announcement fans have been waiting for.

"We got some new information on our brand new album, record two," Brian Kelley teased, before saying, "Release date is October 14th, 2014."

Tyler Hubbard then dished on the album's title. "We had to call this one Anything Goes. That's our motto for the album too," he said to cheers from New York City's Central Park.

The country duo said the album is very much inspired by where they are in their careers right now.

"It's just where we are in life at this point, and where we've grown and who we've become," Tyler added. "And to be honest we've learned a lot from our fans. We've learned a lot from playing every single night for the last three years. So we're excited. We tried to step up our game and we're ready for you guys to hear it."

During the concert, FGL performed their brand new single "Dirt," and also rocked out to "Cruise." They later revealed the album cover via Instagram.

 
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Friday
Aug152014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Sam Hunt makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on August 19.

Condolences to David Nail, whose grandmother, Opal Brents, passed away Thursday in Missouri.

Time for a random tweet from Brett Eldredge: "I wish salsa dancing was actually just about doing a weird dance while eating salsa....I love salsa."


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Friday
Aug152014

Lady Gaga Will Make Young People "Fall in Love with" Standards, Predicts Tony Bennett 

Credit: Steven KleinCollaborating with Lady Gaga is part of Tony Bennett's not-so-secret plan to turn young kids on to legendary songwriters and their classic tunes, the crooner says.

Gaga and Bennett will release a jazz duets album, Cheek to Cheek, in September, and their upcoming PBS special, Cheek to Cheek Live!, will debut October 24 at 9 p.m. ET.  Explaining why the idea of teaming up with Gaga for these projects is so exciting to him, Bennett told the Oakland Press, "I want to teach young people about Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and all the great music they created. [Gaga] has that audience in the palm of her hand, and by doing this with her, it’ll go right to those little kids. They’ll grow up listening to this music."

"It’s great music, and it’s never going to become dated. It’s never going to become old fashioned," he adds. "It’s very intelligent music that everybody, and especially these young people, need to know and appreciate.”

The PBS special, taped July 28 in New York City, features the two artists, backed by a 39-piece orchestra performing such classics as "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated Lady," "Lush Life," "Anything Goes," and the title track from their forthcoming album, also called "Cheek to Cheek."  The audience included students involved in arts programs in New York City public schools.

"Lady Gaga knows that music and loves it," Bennett says. "She’s a sensational jazz singer. We know her fans will come and hear what we’re doing and fall in love with it, too.”

This isn't the first time that the 88-year-old Bennett has shown his versions of classic standards could appeal to the youth market.  You may recall that in 1994, he recorded an MTV Unplugged album with help from Elvis Costello and k.d. lang. It was a massive hit, and went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.


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Friday
Aug152014

Taylor Swift: "I Have to Try a Little Harder" to Look Good After a Gym Workout in NYC

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift always seems to look great, even after a workout out at the gym.

Taylor, who lives in New York City these days, has been photographed a number of times coming out of the gym after a workout looking like she’s ready to walk the red carpet at an awards show.

During an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday, the singer explained that she feels she always needs to look her best when she’s walking around the Big Apple.

“I just feel like when I walk out onto the sidewalk in New York…I have to try a little harder.”

The 24-year-old singer denied the tabloid rumor that she spends an hour getting dressed after her workout. “That’s ridiculous,” she insists.

Taylor was on Late Night to promote her appearance in the film The Giver, opening Friday, as well as her Yahoo! worldwide live stream next Monday.


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Friday
Aug152014

Paul McCartney Bids Farewell to Candlestick Park

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney made history Thursday night when he performed the last concert to be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.

Some 50,000 concertgoers attended the show, including several hundred lucky fans who were able to buy tickets put up for sale on Thursday when extra seats became available as a result of the stage being pushed back four feet.

"The Stick" is being demolished to make room for a housing and entertainment development.

As Beatles fans know, Candlestick Park was the site of the Fab Four’s last official public concert, on August 29, 1966.

Thursday night's show, dubbed "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," was the last stop on McCartney's U.S. summer itinerary.  He'll begin a new run of dates in the fall, starting with a September 28 gig at San Diego's Petco Park.


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Friday
Aug152014

"Midnight Rider" Production Company Cited for Safety Violations

Danny ClinchThe U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the production company behind the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider for safety violations, in connection with the train accident that killed a camera assistant.

Film Allman LLC, based in Pasadena, California, was cited for "one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards." Proposed penalties total 74,900 dollars.

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, said in a news release, "It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle."

Twenty-seven-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed when she was struck by a train during filming in Georgia last February. Several other crew members were injured.

The husband-and-wife director and producer team of Midnight Rider, Randall Miller and Jody Savin, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection with the accident. They have pleaded not guilty.

Executive producer Jay Sedrish faces the same charges. He has yet to be arraigned.

Production on Midnight Rider was suspended following the accident.


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Friday
Aug152014

Sam Smith Denies He's Recording Next Bond Theme, But Says, "It's Something Everyone Would Love to Do" 

Credit: Josh ShinnerContrary to a British tabloid report, Sam Smith will not be following in Adele's footsteps and recording the theme song for the next James Bond movie.  But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be interested.

Asked by the British publication NME whether the report in the tabloid The Sun was true, Sam strenuously denied it in a video posted on NME.com, saying, "No, I have no idea what that was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article."

Sam then continued, "I think it's something everyone would love to do."

And, switching back to denial mode, he quickly added, "But yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."

But Sam did reveal what his favorite Bond theme is, and it's not "Skyfall." 

"My favorite Bond theme was Jack White and Alicia Keys, 'Another Way to Die,'" he said, referring to the tune the two singers recorded for the second Daniel Craig Bond movie Quantum of Solace.  "I loved that; I thought it was amazing," he added, "His voice and her voice together, I thought, was really interesting,"  he added.

The next James Bond movie is due to be released in October of 2015.


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Friday
Aug152014

Today Marks the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock; Graham Nash, CCR's Doug Clifford Share Memories of the Fest

GAB Archive/RedfernsToday marks the 45th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.  The extravaganza, which took place in Bethel, New York,  ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969.  It was one of the defining events of the decade -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.

Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Who; Santana; Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Sly and the Family Stone; The Grateful Dead; Joe Cocker; Richie Havens; The Band; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Joan Baez; Ten Years After; Canned Heat; and Country Joe and the Fish.

Crosby, Stills & Nash, which had just welcomed Neil Young into its lineup at the time, had only played one other show before Woodstock.  Graham Nash tells ABC News Radio the band's nervousness before the show had nothing to do with the size of the crowd.

"What did make us kind of apprehensive was the fact that all our peers were standing on the side of the stage waiting to see if this band could do it," he explains.  "There's The Band, and there's the Airplane, and there's our friends, and there's John Sebastian, and there's Richie [Havens], and they're all watching us, seeing if we can do it."

Nash also says he nearly didn't make it to the show.  "The back tail rotor of the helicopter I was in stopped working and, of course, the body of the helicopter started to spin in opposition to the rotation of the blades," he remembers. "Fortunately it was only about 15, 20 feet from the ground, and [the pilot] managed to thud us down there."

Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was impressed by the communal vibe at Woodstock.

"You could really feel the energy there.  I mean, it made the hair on my arms stand up," he tells ABC News Radio.  "The worst of conditions for people and in an overcrowded situation -- wet, cold, no potable water, no real facilities, no food -- but everyone just shared what they had with strangers and decided to make the best of it, and that just doesn't happen.  And it happened at Woodstock, for sure." 


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Friday
Aug152014

Kongos Get Platinum Award for "Come with Me Now," Say US Success of Song Is "Incredible"

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsThree years after it became a hit in South Africa, "Come with Me Now," by rising young band Kongos, is now a smash in the U.S. On Thursday, following their performance of the tune on NBC's Today show, the band was presented with platinum plaques to mark the fact that it's sold one million downloads -- a feat that singer and bass player Dylan Kongos considers "amazing."

"It's incredible, because the time between the success it had in South Africa and the United States was quite a long time," Dylan told ABC News Radio just minutes after receiving the plaque.  "So we almost started moving on from it emotionally, and also actually working on new material. And then to have it go as big as it's gone is just, y'know, amazing."

"Come with Me Now" was first released in South Africa in 2011.  The band -- all siblings who are the sons of popular South African singer John Kongos -- spent some of their childhood there, though they now call Phoenix, Arizona home.

While "Come with Me Now" itself is popular, the band themselves aren't household names quite yet.  That's why drummer Jesse Kongos says performing every night on their current tour with Kings of Leon is an enlightening experience. 

"A lot of people know the song and don't know who we are," says Jesse. "So when that song comes on, people are like, 'Oh! That's that song!' And so it really reacts well, it gets a great response, and gives us a whole new burst of energy onstage."

Adding to the popularity of "Come with Me Now" is its non-stop use in ads and promos, for everything from Ram Trucks, Samsung Galaxy, Playstation 4 and the WWE, to HBO, Expendables 3, NBC Sports, ESPN, the NFL and CNN.

"It's a happy accident, with the chorus being, 'Come with me now,' it could be used for anything," Dylan says, explaining why the song works so well for those types of things.  "Luckily, so far we haven't gotten any like requests for things where we go like, 'Hmm, I don't know if that's going to work with what we envisioned for the song'; so far, everything has kind of been cool -- a lot of the commercials and sports stuff, especially."

"It just works, I don't know. I think it's more the instrumentals and the kind of energy from it, than the lyrics of the verse or the actually intention and meaning behind the lyrics," he adds.

The big question now remains, where are the members of the band -- who also include keyboard player Johnny and guitarist Danny -- going to hang their platinum plaques?  Will they -- as so many stars have done in the past -- put them in the bathroom, to remind themselves to stay humble?

"I'm already the most humble person in the world, so, you know, I will hang it above my golden chandelier, or something like that," laughs Dylan.

"I think I'm actually the most humble person in the world!" argues Jesse.

When Kongos' tour with Kings of Leon wraps up, they'll head to Europe to open for OneRepublic.


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Friday
Aug152014

Luke Bryan Welcomes Fellow Georgia Boy Brantley Gilbert for Tonight's Stadium Show in Philadelphia

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan welcomes Brantley Gilbert on the bill for his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night, and fans at the concert are in for a special treat from the two Georgia boys.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, "I've got to call him because we're going to work on some cool stuff to kind of collaborate on for that show. So, we're excited about having him out."

The Philadelphia show is just the latest stadium date on Luke's That's My Kind of Night tour. Though the show has some similarities to his regular arena shows, Luke tries to make the most of playing such large venues.

"We shoot off a bunch of fireworks at the end of the show," he explains, "but then we do have intimate moments. I feel like it gets real small in that feel, and I think that's a special moment for your show. I try to do the whole emotion of everything no matter where I’m playing a show."

So, what advice would he give to other country stars hoping to headline those big stadiums someday.

Says Luke, "The only way to learn how to play stadiums is to walk your butt out there and play the stadium. I learned that my first one in Heinz Field. It's a whole 'nother animal."

Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill for Luke's big show in Philadelphia.


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Friday
Aug152014

Ashanti, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & More Confirmed for Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary Concert

Image Courtesy Daniella Federicci/UniversalTo celebrate Def Jam’s 30th anniversary, the label has announced plans to hold a concert at the Brooklyn's Barclay Center on October 16.

The upcoming event will feature performances from the label's biggest stars including Ashanti, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Jhené Aiko, Onyx, Method Man, Redman, Ja Rule, Warren G, EPMD and Jeremih.

It’s very exciting to be able to be part of such a special announcement---Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert at the iconic Barclay Center--- which solidifies and continues forward the enduring mark the brand has made on pop culture,” said Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings in a statement. “Including the very artists that have pioneered the beginnings of the storied label, to showcasing the new dynamic and current superstars in the making, this concert is the can’t miss event of the year.”

Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.


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Friday
Aug152014

Keyshia Cole Announces Release Date for "Point Of No Return"

Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsAs her summer tour winds down, Keyshia Cole has finally announced the release date for her sixth studio album, Point of No Return. The singer's set is scheduled to arrive on October 7.

Led by the Juicy J-assisted track "Rick James," the upcoming album boasts contributions from Wale, Future, 2 Chainz and August Alsina, as well as production from DJ Mustard, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, Mario Winans and RedOne.

In addition to putting the finishing touches on the album, Keyshia is working on her third reality show with BET. Fans can expect the still-untitled show to premiere this fall. 

 


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Friday
Aug152014

Miley Cyrus’ Life Becomes a Comic Book

RCA RecordsThere’s no denying Miley Cyrus has a tale to tell. Now her transformation from Disney darling to shock pop princess is illustrated in the latest addition to the Fame comic book series.  

Fame: Miley Cyrus begins with her twerking performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, then looks back at her Tennessee upbringing and journey from Hannah Montana to the irreverent, platinum blonde star she is today.

The Fame series, launched by Bluewater Productions in 2010, is a line of biographical comics featuring famous musicians, actors and sports figures.  Other celebs who've appeared as part of the Fame series include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, the cast of Glee, and the cast of Twilight.

Fame: Miley Cyrus is available in both print and digital formats.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Jane's Addiction, Rise Against to Headline Shindig Festival

Image Courtesy Eliot Lee HazelThe Shindig Music Festival is returning to Baltimore for a second year, and Jane's Addiction and Rise Against will be the headline acts.

The day-long, two-stage festival will take place Saturday, September 27 at Baltimore's Carroll Park, starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Missiontix.com and include VIP packages. For more information visit the festival's website at TheShindigBaltimore.com.  Other bands on the bill include Fishbone, Halestorm, Clutch, and many more.

The Shindig Fest is currently Jane's Addiction's only scheduled U.S. performance for 2014.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Nicki Minaj Surpasses Michael Jackson's Record on Billboard Hot 100

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj continues to dominate the charts. The rapper has surpassed Michael Jackson and now holds the distinction of having the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

According to Yahoo!, Minaj has made history by logging her 51st Hot 100 entry with her new offering, "Anaconda," which entered the chart at #19 this week. Thanks to her 20 solo hits and 31 guest feature on songs, she's outcharted MJ.  Of course, Michael is credited as the lead or co-lead on all of his 50 charting songs.

"Made history today," tweeted Minaj, "I didn’t even know I was tied with Michael Jackson with 50 Hot 100 entries on Billboard. Anaconda makes 51 and now I’m tied with Rod Stewart. God bless, and thank you."

Nicki also holds the record for the most Hot 100 hits by a female rapper and is tied with Eminem for seventh place among all rappers.


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Thursday
Aug142014

New Bob Seger Song, "Detroit Made," Released to Radio

Capitol Records/Universal MusicCould Bob Seger finally be getting ready to release his long-awaited studio album?  The Michigan rocker, who's been working on the follow-up to 2006's The Promise for a few years now, has just sent a new cover of the John Hiatt-penned song "Detroit Made," to radio stations in the U.S.

Details currently are scant, but a Capitol Records label rep tells ABC News Radio that the track will appear on Seger's next album.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began using "Detroit Made" to open shows on his most recent North American tour, which ran from February to May 2013.

The up-tempo rock tune is highlighted by Seger's strong, gravelly voice, along with some muscular guitar riffs and soulful backing vocals.

According to Billboard, Seger released "Detroit Made" to coincide with the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual automobile event that takes place in the suburbs of Detroit.  Billboard reports that Bob recorded the song in Nashville with help from a few members of his Silver Bullet Band -- guitarist Rob McNelley and backing singers Shaun Murphy, Laura Creamer and Barb Payton.

The original version of "Detroit Made" appeared on Hiatt's 2011 album, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns.


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Thursday
Aug142014

Gavin DeGraw's "Best Of" Coming Oct. 21; Includes Three New Songs

James Minchin III/RCA RecordsIt may not seem like it, but Gavin DeGraw's been on the music scene for ten years now.  That's plenty of time for the singer-songwriter to rack up enough hits for a best-of album.

Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw arrives October 21.  The disc collects Gavin's hit singles, including "I Don't Wanna Be" and "Not Over You," as well as a previously unreleased version of his song "Finest Hour," produced by his pal Ryan Tedder.  Rounding out the package are three new songs: Gavin's latest single, "Fire," as well as "You Got Me" and "Not Our Fault," the latter of which Gavin co-wrote with Harry Styles of One Direction.

"You Got Me," written by hitmaking songwriter Diane Warren, will appear in the upcoming movie Dolphin Tale 2, which comes out September 12.  It's now available at all digital retailers, as is "Fire."

Here is the tentative track listing for Finest Hour:

"I Don't Wanna Be"
"Chariot"
"Follow Through"
"In Love with a Girl"
"Not Our Fault"
"We Belong Together"
"Not Over You"
"Best I Ever Had"
"Finest Hour"
"Fire"
"Soldier"
"You Got Me"


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