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Wednesday
May222013

K. Michelle Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Rebel Against Campaign

AtlanticK. Michelle wants to give women a voice, and she's doing that through a special campaign called Rebel Against.  The singer, whose upcoming album is titled Rebellious Soul, is the latest celebrity to team up with Saving Our Daughters, an organization that works to stop bullying and domestic violence.

In a video behind the scenes of her Rebel Against photo shoot, K. Michelle talks about her new partnership, explaining, "I teamed up with Saving Our Daughters to just empower women on different things that might make them feel inferior, whether it might be violence, racism, or anything that they may be struggling or facing from day to day."

K. Michelle's Rebel Against campaign with Saving Our Daughters will include speaking events and more.  More information will be shared on K. Michelle's website.

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Wednesday
May222013

John Fogerty Joins Interlocken Festival Lineup; Furthur to Play Full Grateful Dead Album During Event

Facebook.com/InterlockenFestivalNew details have been revealed about the recently announced inaugural Interlocken Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.

A new addition to the bill is John Fogerty, who will join veteran jam band Widespread Panic to perform a set of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival material.  Widespread Panic also is slated to play a second night at the festival without Fogerty.

Meanwhile, Grateful Dead spinoff group Furthur, which previously was announced as part of the Interlocken lineup, has been confirmed to perform on three of the festival's four days.  During one of its sets, Furthur will play the Grateful Dead's classic 1970 album Workingman's Dead in its entirety.

Another previously revealed performer, The Black Crowes, now is confirmed to perform on two nights during the musical extravaganza.

Other artists who were part of the Interlocken fest's initially reported lineup include Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The String Cheese Incident and country star Zac Brown.  Early bird general admission tickets and VIP packages will go on sale Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. ET.  Visit InterlockenFestival.com for more details.

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Wednesday
May222013

Chris Young Enlists the Fans to Help Him Announce Details on His Fourth Album

Monarch PublicityChris Young will release his fourth studio album this year, and he wants you to help him announce all the details. Between now and Friday, May 31, fans can go to ChrisYoungCountry.com to take part in the announcement.

He says, "I feel like this new record really captures my live show for the fans and so I want them to be part of revealing info about this new album."

Chris's new album features his latest single, "Aw Naw," which is now available for digital download.

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Wednesday
May222013

Jared Leto Says "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" Is a "New Chapter" for 30 Second to Mars

Jared LetoFrontman Jared Leto says he feels 30 Seconds to Mars’ recently-released album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is the beginning of a new musical direction for the group.

“This album is a new chapter,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It feels like a new band, like we let go a lot of the past. It's not just a rock record -- it's more expansive, it digs deeper. It gets a lot more involved.”

Leto adds that he's happy with the band’s new sound, which is “more focused and decisive” than the group’s previous three albums. "I feel like we've made the best album of our lives, hands down, because we've learned a lot about who we were," he explains.

30 Seconds to Mars will be promoting Love Lust Faith + Dreams when the band drops by TBS’ Conan on Wednesday night.

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Wednesday
May222013

Rihanna Working on a New Album Already?

PR NewswireRihanna may already be working on the follow-up to her latest studio album, 2012's Unapologetic.  In an interview with The Source, producer and songwriter Rodney Jerkins reveals that he's been cooking up material for some major stars, including Rih.

"There’s a lot of good stuff happening," Rodney tells The Source, explaining that he has plans to work with Britney Spears, and he's got some stuff going with Mariah Careyand Jennifer Lopez.  "I also wrote a couple of songs that are being considered for Rihanna’s new album," he says.

Unapologetic arrived in stores only six months ago, but Rihanna tends to work fast.  She's released seven albums in less than eight years.  For now though, Rihanna is busy on her Diamonds world tour, which wraps up in November.

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Wednesday
May222013

Germany Has "Officially Confiscated" Bieber's Pet Monkey, Says Customs Spokesman

Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramLet's hope Justin Bieber wasn't too attached to his pet monkey, Mally.

A spokesman for the Munich Customs office says Germany has "officially confiscated" the capuchin monkey, which was seized by Customs officials in the European country from Justin in March because he failed to provide the proper paperwork required to bring the animal there. Mally has been residing in a shelter based in Munich.

Customs office spokesman Thomas Meister tells E! News, "Justin Bieber has six weeks to bring more papers or contest this decision, but if we don't hear from him, the decision to confiscate the monkey will be legally binding." Meister adds that the office has not heard from Justin's camp since the monkey was taken away from him.

Meister says the plan is to move Mally, who is said to be in good health, to an undisclosed location -- it won't be a zoo -- next week.

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Wednesday
May222013

Second Annual Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour to Feature Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Ten Years After & More

The Albright Entertainment GroupThe Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer will return to take part in the second annual edition of the Rock'N'Blues Fest tour, which will feature a variety of veteran artists who showcase the merger of rock 'n' roll and the blues.  Joining Winter's group and Derringer on this year's lineup will be two Woodstock legends -- Ten Years After and Canned Heat -- as well as Canadian guitar whiz Pat Travers.

The 2013 Rock'N'Blues Fest tour is scheduled to get under way on July 27 in Las Vegas and currently is plotted out through an August 24 stop in Clearwater, Florida.  A total of 19 shows have been confirmed, although more dates are expected to be announced for the trek soon.

Ten Years After's current lineup features three of the group's four original members -- drummer Ric Lee, bassist Leo Lyons and keyboardist Chick Churchill.  Sadly, founding singer/guitarist Alvin Lee died in March at the age of 68.  Speaking about the upcoming outing, Ric Lee says in a statement, "We are…excited to tour the U.S. as we pay tribute to band-mate Alvin Lee, while igniting a new wave of youthful excitement and appeasing long-term fans."

Winter, meanwhile, promises that his band "will be doing a new and very different show" from last year's Rock'n'Blues concerts.  He adds that because 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Edgar Winter Group's classic album They Only Come Out at Night, "we intend to celebrate the occasion by playing some of the songs from that album I haven't done in years."

Here are all of the announced Rock'n'Blues Fest tour dates so far:

7/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery Casino
7/28 -- Saratoga, CA, The Winery
7/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's by the Sea
8/2 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove
8/3 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park
8/4 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
8/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Zoo
8/9 -- Chicago, IL, Country Club Hills Theater
8/10 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheater
8/11 -- Yonkers, NY, Empire City Casino
8/13 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre
8/14 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theater
8/15 -- Providence, RI, The Park Theater
8/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/17 -- Rama, Canada, Casino Rama
8/18 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
8/21 -- Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
8/22 -- Hyannis, MA, Melody Tent
8/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Wednesday
May222013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of The Henningsens recently tied the knot on the family's farm in Illinois? ANSWER: Clara Henningsen.

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Wednesday
May222013

Blake Shelton and Sheryl Crow to Perform on "The Voice" May 27

Facebook.com/TheVoiceBlake Shelton and Sheryl Crow are taking a break from guiding the singers on The Voice to get behind the microphone themselves next week. Look for Blake to sing his latest hit, "Boys 'Round Here," on the May 27 edition of The Voice. Sheryl will also sing her debut country single, "Easy," that night.

"Boys "Round Here" is the second single from Blake's latest album, Based on a True Story…. It's also his fastest-rising single at radio to date.

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Wednesday
May222013

Michael Buble Was "Not a Happy Man for Many Years"

Facebook.com/MichaelBubleMichael Buble's been famous for 10 years now, and you'd think that all that fame -- and fortune -- would have brought him contentment.  But while he's deliriously happy now, thanks to his marriage and his baby on the way, he tells Vanity Fair that for a long time, he was extremely unhappy, mostly due to his insecurity.

"I was not a happy man for many years.  Insecure.  I never thought I could hold a relationship.  No way," he reveals.  "Because how could anyone love me if I didn’t?  That sounds like a shrink would say it, but it’s the truth."

So what changed?  Michael points to a "harsh public breakup" -- possibly referring to his split with actress Emily Blunt -- as forcing him to wake up and realize that he needed to pull himself together.  "I was f***ing heartbroken; I had no confidence," he reveals.

Michael admits, "I kept saying to myself, 'You're young, Mike.  You're young, and you'll make mistakes and you'll have time to change these things.'  Then I started to realize, 'You know what, dude?  You're not a kid anymore.  You're now in your mid...30s.  You have these things inside you, but you ignore them.  You push them aside, and you don't want to admit these things to yourself.'"

Eventually, Michael says, it was reading a book called The Power of Now that changed his life. 

"I started reading it, and I believed in it," he explains.  "I started practicing it, and it was as simple as just being in the moment and being thankful for what I had and every day trying to be grateful and to try to work on myself.  It was such a slow process, but it changed my life."

The book, once recommended by Oprah Winfrey, advises readers that they can be transformed simply by becoming deeply conscious of the present moment, or what the author calls "the Now."

Michael tells Vanity Fair, "Literally, if you talk to my mom and dad, they'll tell you that I'm a different son.  I'm present."

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Wednesday
May222013

Drummer Travis Barker Promises “Harder” Songs on Upcoming Transplants Record

Facebook.com/TransplantsOfficialTransplants drummer Travis Barker says that the band’s upcoming album, In a Warzone, will feature some heavier themes than their previous releases.

“It’s probably a bit harder than some of our other albums, a lot more straightforward punk rock album,” he tells Billboard in a video interview. “It’s up and down like every Transplants album. There are songs that make you want to smack the s**t out of somebody and there are songs that are just good driving songs.”

In a Warzone will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 25. You’ll get your first taste of the new songs performed live when the band hits the road with Rancid for a co-headlining North American tour next month. That outing kicks off on June 11 at The Fillmore in Detroit MI. Visit TheTransplants.com to view the full itinerary.

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Wednesday
May222013

One Direction Releasing New Book

HarperCollinsOne Direction has got a new book on the way this summer. 

Titled Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story, the publisher's description calls it “the only official book from 1D, charting their journey over the past year-and-a-half -- from the places they’ve visited and fans they’ve met, to their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams, highs and lows. It has been a phenomenal year – and this is a phenomenal story.”

1D has released three previous official books through HarperCollins, the most recent being One Direction: Dare to Dream.

Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story goes on sale August 27, three days before the debut of the group's movie, This Is Us.

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Wednesday
May222013

Keith Richards Could Owe Thousands of Dollars in Overdue Library Fines

Jane Rose/KeithRichards.comA public library in Dartford, England, apparently can’t get satisfaction from Keith Richards.

The veteran rocker admits he still owes fines for books he borrowed and failed to return to the library decades ago, the Mirror reports.  The newspaper quotes Richards as saying, “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago.  They must be astronomical by now.”

The Mirror estimates that with a 15 pence a day fine, plus interest and administrative fees, Richards could be facing a library bill of about 3,000 pounds, approximately $4,547.

The 69-year-old Richards says he felt right at home in the quiet atmosphere of the library in Dartford.  “To me it was a place where you get a hint there was somewhere called civilization.”  The hard-living guitarist adds, “It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”

When contacted by the newspaper, a receptionist at the Dartford Library was unable to determine quickly how much Richards owes in fines.  “For fines going back 50 years, it’s going to be tough to work out exactly how much is owed,” says the receptionist, adding, “We’d have to check the archives.”

Meanwhile, the U.K. tabloid The Sun cites experts who estimate that Richards actually owes the library around 20,000 pounds in overdue fines.  That’s approximately $30,000.

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Wednesday
May222013

Carole King Honored at the Library of Congress

Kris Connor/Getty ImagesCarole King will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House on Wednesday. On the eve of that event, she was celebrated at the Library of Congress with a concert featuring Colbie Caillat and other artists.

King remarked at the Tuesday night concert, “The greatest joy for me is to hear someone interpret my song.” She performed herself, too, entertaining those in attendance with “Now and Forever” and “You’ve Got a Friend."  

King also acknowledged the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, saying she would "keep them in our prayers."

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will salute King as part of the latest edition of the “In Performance at the White House” series. King, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan and Trisha Yearwood are among the artists who will perform. The concert will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/Live beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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Wednesday
May222013

Kelly Rowland's "Talk a Good Game" Track List Revealed

RepublicThe track listing for Kelly Rowland's Talk a Good Game album has made its way online.  The 15-track set is available for pre-order from iTunes, which means there's finally a little more information about Kelly's much-anticipated track with her Destiny's Child pals Beyonce and Michelle Williams.

The trio collaborate on a song titled "You Changed," but since no preview is available yet, fans will have to wait and see whether the ladies are singing about a shaky romantic relationship or a rocky patch in their friendship. Earlier this month, Kelly surprised Destiny's Child fans when she revealed her frustrations after the group's split on her latest Talk a Good Game single, "Dirty Laundry."

Other guests on the album include Wiz Khalifa on "Gone" and Pusha T on "Street Life."  The-Dream -- who features Kelly on his upcoming IV Play album -- drops in on her "Sky Walker" track.  Talk a Good Game's title track features another collaborator, Kevin Cossom.  The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has worked with Keri Hilson, Rihanna, Chris Brown and more. 

Check out the full Talk a Good Game track list here:

"Freak"
"Kisses Down Low"
"Gone" Feat. Wiz Khalifa
"Talk a Good Game" Feat. Kevin Cossom
"Down On Love"
"Dirty Laundry"
"You Changed" feat. Beyonce & Michelle
"I Remember"
"Red Wine"
"This Is Love"
"Street Life" Feat. Pusha T
"Stand In Front of Me"
"Sky Walker" feat. The-Dream
"Put Your Name On It"
"#1"

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Wednesday
May222013

Massive Clash Box Set, "Sound System," Due Out in September

Legacy RecordingsFrom punk pioneers to musical innovators who cross-pollinated rock with reggae, hip-hop and other genres, The Clash blazed a fiery trail during the 1970s and '80s that influenced and inspired countless bands that emerged in their wake.

Now, the group's surviving members have designed and compiled a massive new box set titled Sound System that collects all five of the U.K. rockers' studio albums along with a plethora of demos, singles, B-sides and outtakes; promotional videos; concert footage; memorabilia; and much more.

Scheduled to be released on September 10, Sound System features a total of 12 discs, including the three CDs of extra material and a DVD.  Among the bonus tunes are previously unreleased tracks from The Clash's very first recording session at Beaconsfield Film School in 1976, demos the band laid down for the Polydor label in November 1976 and performances from a December 1978 concert at The Lyceum Theatre in London.

The DVD, meanwhile, contains interview and concert footage shot by director Julien Temple and frequent Clash collaborator Don Letts, unreleased performances from a 1977 show at England's Sussex University, footage from the band's famous spring 1981 run of shows in New York City and a career-spanning selection of promo clips.

Sound System comes housed in a boom box-shaped case that also features a booklet, fanzines, a poster and collectible dog tags, badges and stickers.  In celebration of the box set, Clash guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Topper Headon have lent their voices to a quirky video in which they discuss the concept behind Sound System.

In conjunction with the arrival of Sound System, The Clash also is putting out CD and vinyl box sets featuring just the remastered versions of their studio albums.  In addition, a compilation called The Clash - Hits Back, featuring 33 of the group's most popular songs, will be issued as a two-CD set and a three-LP vinyl collection on September 10.  The retrospective's track list is based in part on a set that the band played at a famous 1982 concert held at London's Brixton Fair Deal venue.

To find out more details about the upcoming Clash releases, visit TheClash.com.

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Wednesday
May222013

Elton John to Headline Concert at London's Hyde Park with Ray Davies, Elvis Costello & Others

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John joins a growing list of famous rockers, including The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi, who will perform headlining sets at London's famous Hyde Park this summer.

Elton and his band will serve as the main attraction at a July 12 concert that also will feature Kinks frontman Ray Davies, plus Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and several other artists.  The event, part of Hyde Park's British Summer Time series, will showcase singer/songwriters.

"I am truly honored to be headlining the Songwriters evening of the new British Summer Time series," says John in a statement.  "This will be the first time in eight years that I have played with a band at Hyde Park…The audiences there are always amazing, and to be sharing the bill with two of Britain's great songwriters, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, will only make the night that much more special."

Tickets for the concert will be available for purchase by the general public at BST-HydePark.com starting this Thursday at 4 a.m. ET.

The Rolling Stones are scheduled to play Hyde Park on July 6 and 13, while Bon Jovi's show is slated to take place on July 5.

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Wednesday
May222013

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTaylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves were spotted eating together at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge in Las Vegas Sunday night following the Billboard Music Awards according to the Las Vegas Informer.

Darius Rucker stops by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday.

New country trio The Henningsens visited the chorus at PS22 in New York City to perform their debut hit, "American Beautiful," as well as a cover of Justin Timberlake's #1 pop hit, "Mirrors."

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Wednesday
May222013

Florida Georgia Line Cruises to New Heights Thanks to Nelly and Taylor Swift

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's hit single "Cruise" is now crossing over to the pop world thanks to a remix with rapper Nelly.  So, how did they get this unique pairing come about?  The country duo's Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio it was actually Nelly who got the ball rolling.

Brian says, "When we heard that he was interested and that would have been an option, we freaked out and jumped at it.  I don't think there could have been anyone better for that song.  It just made sense."

Brian and his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, love how Nelly sounds rapping on the track, too.

"It's a very special song, and to have him a part of it takes it to another level for sure," Brian says.

"Cruise" earned its initial pop cred when Taylor Swift gave a ringing endorsement of the song last year on Twitter.  She mentioned her love for the song again recently in an interview with Billboard and even brought Florida Georgia Line out on her RED tour this year.

Says Brian, "We love her and what she's doing and very thankful for her having us out on tour and being so good to us."

Florida Georgia Line opens for Taylor Swift on Wednesday night in San Antonio, Texas, before playing a sold-out headlining show Thursday at the House of Blues in Houston.

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Wednesday
May222013

SkyBlu Says New LMFAO Music May Be Coming "in the Near Future"

Albert Ferreira/Startraks Photo via ABCLMFAO may not be currently working together, but that doesn't mean there's any drama between Redfoo and SkyBlu, who in real life are uncle and nephew, respectively.  In fact, even though SkyBlu is readying a solo album, he says an LMFAO reunion may take place sooner than you think.

"We're family.  I love Foo; he loves me," Sky told ABC News Radio at the Billboard Music Awards.  "We see each other at Christmas and everything, and we're good...you guys might see something from LMFAO in the near future, so it's all good."

In the meantime, Sky's first solo album is coming out July 4, and he says he has three, count 'em, three singles out: One's called "Pop Bottles," another's called "Alcohol," and another one is a Spanish song he did with actor Wilmer Valderrama called "Salud," which means "Cheers" in Spanish.  And if you're sensing a common theme here, Sky says don't worry: His album won't consist of only songs about partying.

"It really shows the spectrum of who I am," he says of the solo disc.  "And so yeah, I release a lot of drinking songs and stuff, but I really want to [use these songs to] transition my fans into my record and make them comfortable.  So when they hear it, it's like, 'Wow, I didn't see this coming, but I understand,' you know what I mean?"

While Sky's working on his music, Redfoo is also keeping busy.  He just signed on to be a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor, and he's also working on his tennis career, attempting to qualify for the 2013 US Open as a wild-card entry.  The qualifying tournament takes place next month, and Sky says his uncle's the real deal on the court.

"Yeah, he's been a great player," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I remember seeing him win first place in, like, a few contests.  He's awesome." 

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