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Mar022015

Alt-J, Hozier, OK Go Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards 

Credit: Gabriel GreenYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Alt-J, Hozier, George Ezra, and the unofficial kings of the innovative music video, OK Go, are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from nine of the winning artists will be released on The YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action; artists will take some lucky fans behind-the-scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Monday
Mar022015

Bob Dylan Pays Homage to Film Noir in New Video for "The Night We Called It a Day"

Columbia RecordsThe first official video to a song from Bob Dylan's new standards collection, Shadows in the Night has premiered online.  The stylized black-and-white clip, which accompanies Dylan's rendition of the 1940s ballad "The Night We Called It a Day," pays tribute to the classic film noir pictures of yesteryear.

The video stars Dylan and actor Robert Davi as two men who apparently are vying for the affections of the same woman, an alluring blonde burlesque dancer portrayed by Tracy Phillips, daughter of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.  After meeting up in a smoky club, the three cross paths again at the woman's apartment and, after a double cross or two, let's just say that things don't end well for most members of the love triangle.

The clip was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stuntman who previously was behind the lens for two other similarly violent Dylan videos, 2009's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and 2012's "Duquesne Whistle."

Shadows in the Night, released February 3, is a collection of 10 vintage songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra.  Dylan will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on April 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The trek currently is mapped out through a May 11 show in St. Louis.


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Monday
Mar022015

Miranda Lambert Gets New Tattoo to Celebrate Certified Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is having such a great time on her Certified Platinum tour, she got a new tattoo to celebrate the experience. Miranda, her backup singer Gwen Sebastian, and opening act RaeLynn took to Instagram to show off the matching music note tattoos they got on their forearms over the weekend in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

The three ladies sing the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" during the show every night, so the tattoos represent their performance as a trio.The caption to the photograph says, "Inked in perfect harmony. Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink."

Miranda continues her Certified Platinum tour with a show at the Houston Rodeo Thursday night.


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Monday
Mar022015

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe Celebrate Separate Milestones with #1 Hit, "Lonely Tonight"

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton has scored his 14th consecutive #1 hit with "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe.  It's his 19th career #1, but "Lonely Tonight" marks the first time Ashley has topped the country airplay chart.

Blake says, "What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”

Ashley thanks Blake for giving her the opportunity to sing on "Lonely Tonight."

"It’s so incredible to see my name aside his at the #1 spot on the chart," Ashley says. "Since I was a little girl it’s been my dream to be a part of country radio and this is truly a dream come true for me.”

"Lonely Tonight" is the latest single from Blake's current album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Ashley's new solo single, "On to Something Good," is now starting its climb up the country chart.


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Monday
Mar022015

Led Zeppelin Concert Film Getting One-Night-Only Screening at US Theaters Later This Month

Fathom EventsA film featuring a whole lotta live footage of Led Zeppelin rocking out at several concerts that took place throughout the band's career will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. March 30.

Titled simply Led Zeppelin, the movie includes performances filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, at the band's historic in July 1973 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, during a five-night engagement at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and at the group's August 1979 appearances at the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival.  The flick, which runs one hour and 45 minutes, which will be shown in more than 300 cinemas.

Led Zeppelin is the second in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series," which began on February 26 with the screening of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  The upcoming one-night-only screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.


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Monday
Mar022015

Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from 15 of the winning artists will be released on The YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Monday
Mar022015

Tom DeLonge Announces Solo Album, "To the Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends"

Credit: Johnny BuzzerioLast month, ex-Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge posted song clips believed to be demos he recorded for his former band, with the hashtag #SongsWithoutaHome. Now, it appears those songs have indeed found a home.

DeLonge has announced the release of his debut solo album, entitled To the Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends. To the Stars, which is also the name of DeLonge's record label, will be released April 21. If you pre-order the album via TomDeLonge.me, you'll receive early access to the album's tracks beginning March 9.

Earlier this year, DeLonge and his former Blink band mates, drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus, got into a very public fight over whether DeLonge was still a part of the group. The announcement of To the Stars could be seen as confirmation that DeLonge has moved on from Blink, or it may only further muddy the issue.

Blink will play the Musink Festival in Los Angeles on March 22 with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba filling in for DeLonge.

The To the Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends track list will be revealed March 16.


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Monday
Mar022015

Echosmith's Fans Not Just "Cool Kids" Anymore

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsLast year, the song "Cool Kids," by a band of California siblings known as Echosmith, made a big splash on the pop charts.  But the song has now moved beyond its initial fanbase of teens to capture adult listeners as well.  Echosmith lead singer Sydney Sierota [suh-ROE-tuh], who's 17 years old, says she's surprised that the song -- and she herself -- are being recognized more and more.

"Actually, I’ve noticed recently that more people are starting to know it, of all ages," Sydney tells ABC News Radio. "An example is that I was working out next to this older mom and her kid didn’t even know who I was and she did. And she was like, 'Oh my gosh! I’m working out next to a celebrity!' And I’m, like, super-sweaty and I’m like, '[Oh], great, this is awesome.'"

The song will no doubt become even more well-known thanks to the exposure it got last week on two different TV shows.  A week ago, a contestant chose "Cool Kids" to audition with on The Voice -- which Sydney says she wasn't aware of until a relative clued her in.

"It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me," she laughs. "She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment."

Then, on Friday, "Cool Kids," was featured on Fox's Glee. "I mean, I remember thinking, 'Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!"

Echosmith -- which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah -- are currently out on their first-ever headlining tour.  On Friday, they appeared on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.

"We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be," Sydney says. "I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, 'Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,' and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y'know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!" 

Echosmith's tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.  They're currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they're also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.


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Monday
Mar022015

Kelly Clarkson: "I Don't Have a Filter or a Fake Face" 

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's music is emotional and passionate, and so is she.  She's outspoken about everything, and wants all her songs to be just as honest as she is in real life.  As she tells Entertainment Weekly, "I don't have a filter.  Or a fake face."

Speaking about the fact that many of her songs are autobiographical, Kelly tells the publication, "I have to have experienced it...Basically, what I'm feeling comes through my eyes. And my mouth. And also, there's nothing worse than seeing some singer sing a torturous love song and you can obviously tell they've never had their heart broken.  Worst. Thing. Ever.  It's like, the bane of my existence."

Now that Kelly's a mom, she says, her music is even more emotional.  "There's a certain level of vulnerability and passion that I never reached until now...she's made me a better artist," she says of daughter River Rose.  "Just having kids...a family...it's almost like work now is a bonus instead of all that my life is. It makes it more passionate."

However, Kelly admits that her daughter doesn't seem to find the sound of her voice soothing.  While she says she sings to the baby "all the time," she reveals, "You'd think singing to her would put her to bed. Nope. Even when she was a newborn, I'd try and sing to her, and she doesn't go to sleep. She just stares at me."

Of course, it's not like Kelly is serenading River with "Since U Been Gone" or "My Life Would Suck Without You." 

"I don't sing my music," she tells Entertainment Weekly.  "The only one I sing is 'Heartbeat Song' because she loves it. The chorus hits and she's all smiles.  Other than that, I've sung Lana Del Rey to her, and Frank Sinatra...a lot of random stuff."


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Monday
Mar022015

Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar to Perform at 2015 Edition of Florida's SunFest This Spring

Boston (Credit: Kamal Asar)The lineup for the 19th annual edition of Florida's Sunfest has been announced and it features an eclectic mix of artists, including such veteran performers as Boston, Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar.  The event is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.

Hagar will be playing with his new group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.  Other artists on the bill include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Pixies, Wilco, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Hozier, 311 and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among many others.

Discount advance tickets are available now through April 25.  Single-day passes cost $32, while five-day passes can be purchased for a limited time at the low price of $60.  To find out complete details about the festival and buy tickets, visit SunFest.com.


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Monday
Mar022015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Jake Owen number one was co-written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER:  "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."


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Monday
Mar022015

Frankie Ballard Rocks Madison Square Garden with Florida Georgia Line

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.

“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.

“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and there’s like an inch of tolerance all the way around the outside, so the engineers wanted the house to actually rock, and it will," he says. "You can feel it moving. Sometimes it feels like an earthquake in there because it’s actually swinging in the air.”

He discovered one thing that’s not necessarily so easy, though, is trying to park a tour bus in New York City.

“Honestly it’s kind of hectic, cause there’s not a lot of places to park…  We were like, ‘Well we’re on the show,’ and they were like, ‘Well we don’t really care,’ you know. So we were gonna shuttle in from Jersey or something. Then at the last minute, they were like, 'OK we’ve got a space,' so we actually got to park the bus down there, which was cool. But it’s right on the street,  you know there’s people walking everywhere. It’s exciting, you know there’s so much happening in the streets and you’re like ‘Wow! Madison Square Garden!’”

The “Young & Crazy” crooner reunites with the Anything Goes tour March 21 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

 
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Monday
Mar022015

Ledisi on Grammy Performance Snub: "It Wasn't My Time" 

Image Courtesy Derek Blanks/UniversalLedisi must feel like a broken record. Once again, she's addressed her feelings on Beyonce's Grammy performance her song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," which Ledisi sang in Selma.

"Of course, every artist wants to be on the Grammy stage, especially after being nominated," she tells Billboard. "However, it wasn't my time."

More than anything, though, Ledisi hopes the Grammy drama will help bring awareness to overlooked R&B acts. "People need to full-on support R&B artists so that more of us can be on TV and be booked for concerts," the singer says. "That requires not just liking us on Facebook or Instagram, but buying our music and coming to our shows. R&B still lives."

Speaking of preserving R&B, the singer has embarked on the Intimate Truth tour, which will also star Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James. "This tour is a win for all of us," Ledisi says.

The trio's North American tour will travel to 23 cities before concluding at Atlanta's Symphony Hall on March 29.


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Monday
Mar022015

Brandon Flowers Says Forthcoming Single Is "Magical" 

Credit: Williams + HirakawaThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers may have waited five years to release The Desired Effect, his second solo album, but he says that the new record's first single, "Can't Deny My Love," hardly took him any time at all.

"[It] was one of those magical songs that just writes themselves," Flowers tells NME of "Can't Deny My Love." "The lyrics were done really fast. There was something instantly authentic about it that was cool. It wasn't contrived at all."

Flowers is working with producer Ariel Rechtshaid on The Desired Effect. Rechtshaid has previously produced albums for Vampire Weekend and HAIM.

"Ariel was able to bring a little weight and muscle to my original demo," Flowers says of Rechsthaid's work on "Can't Deny My Love."

"Can't Deny My Love" will be released on March 23. A day later, Flowers will play his first show of 2015 in support of The Desired Effect in New York City.

The Desired Effect will be released in full on May 19.


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Monday
Mar022015

Mumford & Sons Announce New Album, "Wilder Mind"; Reveal Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers 

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons have revealed the details of their third album. Entitled Wilder Mind, the 12-track album will be released May 4, though you can order it now via MumfordandSons.com.

Wilder Mind is the followup to Mumford & Sons' Grammy-winning Album of the Year, Babel. In a statement, frontman Marcus Mumford describes Wilder Mind as "a development, not a departure."

"Towards the end of the Babel tour, we'd always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum," says Mumford. "And demoing with [The National guitarist] Aaron [Dessner] meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn't say: 'No acoustic instruments.' But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn't changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It's as simple as that."

In support of Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons have announced the details of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers. Each Stopover is a two-day event featuring a headlining set from Mumford & Sons, plus a lineup of artists curated by the band. Depending on the location, bands featured on the Stopover tour include Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket and more.

Tickets to the 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers will go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. local time via GentlemenoftheRoad.com.

Here is the track list for Wilder Mind:

"Tompkins Square Park"
"Believe"
"The Wolf"
"Wilder Mind"
"Just Smoke"
"Monster"
"Snake Eyes"
"Broad-Shouldered Beasts"
"Cold Arms"
"Ditmas"
"Only Love"
"Hot Gates"

Here are the 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers dates:

6/5-6 -- Seaside Heights, NJ
6/19-20 -- Waverly, IA
7/31-8/1 -- Aviemore, Scotland, UK
8/14-15 -- Walla Walla, WA
8/21-22 -- Salida, CO


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Monday
Mar022015

Taylor Swift on Katy Perry: "I'm Never Going to Talk About Her"

ABC/Fred LeeIf there really is tension between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, as has been rumored for months, Taylor isn't going to address it with the media.

The "Blank Space" singer briefly touched upon her purported feud with Katy in an interview with Britain's The Telegraph. The newspaper reports she was "smiling steelily" when she said, "I’m not giving them anything to write about."

She continued, "I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen."  

Speculation has it that Taylor's song "Bad Blood" was written about Katy because she believes Katy tried to sabotage her tour by hiring her dancers away.

Taylor does admit to The Telegraph she has enemies in her life. She explained, "I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late, I’m going to be there on time. I’m not nice all the time but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don’t deserve it."

But, she added, "When I’m with my friends, we don’t say glowing things about everybody."

"We’re not sitting around going [adopts Stepford Wives-esque voice and posture], 'You know who’s really special and wonderful?' That’s not what we talk about -- we’re normal girlfriends," Taylor said.

Taylor isn't expecting to find a man who's special and wonderful anytime soon. When asked what her life will look like in five years, she answered, "I’ll be 30. I’ll probably still be single, let’s be honest. No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!'"

"I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship -- no idea how that’s going to work," she wondered.

"I don’t even know if that’s possible with the life I have."


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Monday
Mar022015

Ludacris Expecting Third Child

ABC/Bob D'AmicoLudacris is looking forward to the birth of his third child.

His bride of two months, Eudoxie Mbouguiyengue, broke the news on her Instagram page Sunday. "Beautiful day on the beach," she captioned a photo of the rapper/actor kissing her baby bump.

It's the first child for the newlyweds. The baby's due date has not been revealed.

This will be the third child for Ludacris, who recently won full custody of Cai, his 15-month-old daughter with Tamika Fuller. He also has a 13-year-old daughter, Karma, from a previous relationship.

Ludacris, whose birth name is Christopher Bridges, married Eudoxie over the holidays. They tied the knot on the same day he popped the question.

Ludacris will reprise his role as Tej Parker in Furious 7, the latest installment in the popular Fast & Furious franchise. It opens nationwide April 3.


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Monday
Mar022015

Tom Cruise Not Prepping Sam Smith for a Movie Career

Image Group LA/ABCTom Cruise and Sam Smith are reportedly not teaming up to help the "Stay with Me" singer launch an acting career.

According to the website Gossip Cop, a story published in the Sunday edition of the U.K. tabloid Daily Star that claimed Smith had “caught the eye” of Cruise, who supposedly wanted to "groom him for a big-screen role,” is not true.

The tabloid quoted a “top executive” who has supposedly worked with the Mission: Impossible star as saying, “Tom’s offered to take Sam under his wing." The newspaper quoted the exec as saying that Cruise was "intrigued to learn that Sam started off as an actor and he thinks he could be a natural for everything from action movies to musicals.”

Gossip Cop states the report is false and some of the website's sources actually "laughed out loud" at the idea.


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Monday
Mar022015

Echosmith's Loving Their First-Ever Headlining Tour

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe California sibling band Echosmith broke out big last year with "Cool Kids," and spent 2014 appearing at festivals and opening for other acts.  The group is now out on their first-ever headlining tour, and lead singer Sydney Sierota [suh ROE tuh] says finally being able to perform for their fans without any restrictions makes it easier for them to deal with the pressure of being the main attraction.

"Naturally, when you’re doing your first big headline tour, there is that excitement, but nervousness, to see how it goes and to see if people show up and simple things like that," she tells ABC News Radio. "But it is taking a load off in a sense because you don’t have to worry about going overtime, and you can play as long as you want, you can do what you want...I don’t know, it’s just another level of excitement."

So what kinds of things can the group do as headliners that they couldn't do before?  "Literally taking my time is one thing, because I feel like I’m always rushing when we open up for other bands or playing at a festival," Sydney explains. "This time, I can say whatever I want, I can talk as long as I want, and I won’t get in trouble for it."

"But there’s things like, I don’t know, having confetti balls, for example." she continues. "Or having somebody come up and sing 'Happy Birthday' to them....just random things that are, to us, like, 'Yes! We get to do little things like that.'”

As the tour continues, Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but "Cool Kids" ended up getting a lot of exposure last week on two different TV shows.  A week ago, a contestant chose "Cool Kids" to audition with on The Voice -- which Sydney says she wasn't aware of until a relative clued her in.

"It’s so funny: my cousin watches all those shows so she’s the one who tells me," she laughs. "She’s the one who sends me a video of everyone doing it. And it’s cool to think that people think that they can win something by playing our song. I mean, that’s a really good compliment."

Then, on Friday, "Cool Kids," was featured on Fox's Glee. "I mean, I remember thinking, 'Man, that would be really cool if Glee did our song, but yeah who knows, they probably won’t,'” she tells ABC News Radio. "But here they are, they already did it and it kind of surprised us!"

On Friday, Echosmith -- which includes Sydney and her brothers Graham, Jamie and Noah -- performed "Bright" on Live! with Kelly & Michael, and on Monday night, you can catch them doing the song again on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Sydney says after spending most of 2014 on the road, she and her brothers feel more comfortable about making appearances like that.

"We’re definitely more confident as time goes on and playing TV shows, for example, aren’t as nerve-wracking as they used to be," Sydney says. "I mean, a year ago we did our first one, and we’re like, 'Man, I hope I do good. I don’t know if I will, and I hope I look okay,' and all these things. And of course, you still think that while you’re doing any TV show, but, y'know, the nerves kind of go away a little more!" 

Echosmith's tour wraps up April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.  They're currently nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, and they're also set to appear at the Rock in Rio Festival in Las Vegas on May 15.


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Monday
Mar022015

Justin Bieber Celebrates 21st Birthday with Private Bash and Classic Car

Ben WattsJustin Bieber is officially legal. He reportedly celebrated his 21st birthday this past weekend by popping bottles of champagne with friends on a private island.

Sources close to the pop star tell TMZ he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for what was dubbed his "I'm Finally Legal" bash, and if a video obtained by the entertainment website is any indication, a wild time was had by all.  The singer's actually birthday is March 1.

The Bieb posted pictures from the party on Shots, including one that shows him getting a kiss from model Yovanna Ventura, whom he's rumored to have dated in the past.

Other sources tell TMZ that Bieber got an early birthday gift from a couple of friends on Thursday.  The insiders say the singer got a 1965 Lincoln Continental valued at $20,000. The completely restored classic car is just like the one in Entourage, one of Justin's favorite shows.

Bieber took to Twitter over the weekend to mark his big day, writing several messages, including "Thanks for all the birthday love. Grateful for everything. Let's be better this year. Thanks."


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