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Monday
Apr012013

Rolling Stones Hint That Big Announcement Is Coming This Week

Photo: RankinAfter confirming last week that they'll indeed be playing a headlining set this June at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, The Rolling Stones apparently are preparing to make another big announcement in the next few days.  The rock legends have begun posting various messages on their official websites hinting that some special news will be revealed on Wednesday.

The first one, a note that reads "5 Days & Counting," popped up Friday on RollingStones.com, as well as on the band's Facebook page and Twitter account.  The message also introduced a new official live video for The Stones' 2012 single "Doom and Gloom."

This post was followed by several others that appeared on the group's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites showing The Stones' tongue-and-lips logo along with various messages, including "Start Me Up Wednesday," "You Get What You Need Wednesday" and "#StartMeUpWednesday is coming…"  In addition, a number of these posts boasted photos of the messages being displayed in different public places, such as on a billboard sign in San Francisco and on video screens at a couple of unidentified train stations.

Each day since Friday, new messages counting down the days until Wednesday, along with another video clip, also have been posted by The Stones.

Several sources have reported over the last few weeks that the band was planning to announce a new series of tour dates soon.  ShowBiz411, for example, claimed that it had received confirmation that The Stones will be mounting an 18-date North American trek that will begin on the West Coast.  We assume all will be revealed come Wednesday.

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Monday
Apr012013

Justin Timberlake's Twitter Scavenger Hunt a Success, He Hints at More Coming Up

Image Courtesy Justin Timberlake via InstagramJustin Timberlake celebrated Easter early this year, by sending fans on a Twitter scavenger hunt across the country...not for eggs, but for copies of his album The 20/20 Experience.  And, he hints, he may do it again.

Fans sprang into action when JT tweeted on Friday that he was hiding signed copies of the new album in various places around the U.S.

"It's friday and I ain't got $ h*t to do! Sooo I placed 5 signed vinyls around the country! # staytuned # finderskeepers," he tweeted, adding clues in the form of Instagram photos, with the first taken in New York City's Central Park.

To prevent people from just snatching the albums, reps from the singer's record label were nearby; whoever picked up the disc had to confirm the hashtags that Justin gave in the Twitter clue.

Other albums were hidden in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Memphis, near Timberlake's hometown.  On Friday, the singer congratulated the fans who found the signed albums by tweeting Instagram photos of them posing proudly with their prizes.

"It's more special because you know that it came from him," one winner, Abby Rutgens, told ABC News after finding her disc on a park bench in Chicago.

But if you didn't get in on the fun, don't worry: Justin is hinting that more scavenger hunts may follow. "Congrats to my 5 winners! Maybe we'll do something like this again soon… # youneverknow # staytuned # bestfansever," he tweeted.

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Monday
Apr012013

Vampire Weekend Responds to Car Torching Accusations

Facebook.com/VampireWeekendVampire Weekend is catching some heat for burning two beloved old Saab 900s on the set of their new music video, "Diane Young." 

The previous owners of the vehicles reportedly thought they were selling the cars to someone who would respect and care for them.  Little did they know that the cars were purchased by a record label representative for the sole purpose of torching them in front of New York City's Manhattan Bridge.  The band was not present on the set where the cars were burned.

Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig responds on music blog Spinner.com, "If the people selling their cars felt mislead by the production company that bought them...of course if we had been there, if we had been a part of it we would never lie to somebody just to get a car -- we could have easily found something else."  He added, "Stuff like that, we hope that that wasn't done dishonorably."

The music video shows a slow-motion shot of two Saabs set ablaze in front of the East River.  However, band members say destroying the wheels was not meant to offend classic car enthusiasts. Koenig says, "I want people to understand that we do respect cars and the last thing we want to do is to f**k up a collector's item or something like that."  He adds, "Hopefully people believe me when I say that our record label was looking to purchase the cheapest, oldest cars possible; they weren't trying to buy a beautiful perfect condition car."

Koenig notes that his bandmate Rostam Batmanglij has a special connection to the former Swedish automaker.  Koenig explains, "Rostam especially loves Saabs. When he grew up his family drove a Saab." 

Then again, the lyrics to "Diane Young" state, "You torched a Saab like a pile of leaves. I'd gone to find some better wheels."

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Monday
Apr012013

Rare Signed Copy of Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's" Album Sells For $290,500

Capitol RecordsA 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album autographed by all four members of The Beatles was sold on Saturday for $290,500 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas.  The album's pre-sale estimate was $30,000, but two bidders vying to own the rare piece of music memorabilia drove the price to a record high. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.K. Parlophone copy with a high gloss cover and gatefold was purchased by an unnamed buyer from the Midwest.  The previous record for a signed Beatles album was $150,000 for a copy of Meet The Beatles.

Other items that sold during the same Heritage auction include an Abbey Road display cover signed by John Lennon that fetched $7,812.50, the same Abbey Road cover signed only by George Harrison that brought $5,626.25, and a copy with just Paul McCartney’s signature that went for $1,375.

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Monday
Apr012013

Luke Bryan Relying on "Preparation and Prayer" to Get Ready for ACM Awards Hosting Gig

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has topped the charts and sold out show after show on his Dirt Road Diaries tour, but this Sunday, Luke takes his stardom to a new level by hosting the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton.

Luke knows how big an opportunity this hosting gig is, and he plans to make the most of it. He's been hosting countdown shows on TV and radio for years now, and Luke says, "I think it all puts feathers in your cap to hopefully prepare yourself for these moments, and I think you have to learn 'em over time."

While Luke is hosting a major awards show on CBS, he's still a country boy from a peanut farm in Georgia. Making the leap to network TV is something Luke would never do without his management team behind him to make sure he looked good on camera.

"Nothing's more icky than watching something icky on TV," Luke says. "So, I think I'm gonna try to do that and have fun with it. I mean, I'm ready for it. I think preparation and prayer ought to get you ready for anything."

Luke's pal Jason Aldean has predicted Luke will get tongue-tied at some point during Sunday night's show, and Luke has no doubt he's going to flub a line here and there. Luke knows he can look down at Jason to help him laugh it off.

He says, "When I do start getting tongue-tied, I'll have to look down at him. I'm sure he'll wink at me and be bent over laughing in his chair. So yeah, it'll be a funny moment."

The 48th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday night at 8 Eastern on CBS.

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Monday
Apr012013

Chris Brown Premiering "Fine China" Single, Music Video

Facebook.com/ChrisBrownChris Brown is kicking off April with brand-new music.  His song "Fine China," the lead single from his upcoming album X, is out Monday, along with its official music video.

Chris tells Billboard that he co-directed the visual with Sylvan White, who's best known for taking the helm of the movie Stomp the Yard.  "I wanted to go with a film director to set the mood and bring that artistic side to it," Chris explains. 

The X track "Fine China" is an uptempo song that focuses on the qualities of a woman, Billboard reports.  The single is different from any of the other songs Chris has worked on, he says.  That's why he wanted to make sure that the single's video also captured a new vibe.

"I'm not one who always loves to stand in front of the camera with flashy cars and big booty girls all the time.  It's cool and I do features on raps," Chris says, laughing.  "But I like to showcase a different side.  I tweeted the other day that chivalry ain't dead.  What that meant was, in this video, you'll see me taking care of the girl, doing gentlemanly things -- showing another side of me."

Chris recorded a few dozen tracks for this X album and now he's figuring out what will make the final cut.  The disc is due out in late August or early September, according to Billboard.

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Monday
Apr012013

KISS Joining Forces with Hello Kitty for New Cartoon Series

The Hub NetworkThey're two great franchises that go great together, and now the popular cross-branding of the rock band KISS and Hello Kitty products is set to yield a new animated TV series.  The cartoon, which features the apt working title of KISS Hello Kitty, is being developed for the children's cable channel The Hub Network.

The family-friendly program will focus on the exploits of four KISS-makeup-wearing feline characters that are "living their rock 'n' roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in."  KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons is serving as one of the show's executive producers.

"The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, KISS Hello Kitty," said Simmons in a statement.  "We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family."

Adds KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, "Knowing and viewing The Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the KISS Hello Kitty juggernaut to yet another generation."

KISS first teamed up with the Sanrio company, makers of Hello Kitty products, back in 2010 for KISS x Hello Kitty -- a line of co-branded items that include toys, clothing, electronics, stationery and more.

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Friday
Feb082013

First-Time Grammy Nominees Excited, Bewildered over Their Nominations

Facebook.com/OurNameIsFunIf you're a musician who's had a certain level of success over the year, it's not out of the question to start wondering if you'll receive a Grammy nomination.  But for some first-time nominees this year, the thought that they'd be in the running for the music industry's highest honor never crossed their minds...or so they claim.

A fun. Night at the Grammys

The band fun. has had one amazing year, with a best-selling album; one massive smash song, "We Are Young"; and a big follow-up hit, "Some Nights."  It's no wonder then that they've received six nominations this year, including nods for Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best New Artist.  But lead singer Nate Ruess says he's been shocked by all their success, and the thought of actually winning a Grammy is almost inconceivable.

"It's something that I would have never thought of," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I always just thought that this band was gonna go the route of just trying to be bigger and bigger live and I didn't think commercial success -- especially having been doing this for over a decade -- was really in the cards."

Nate says it was only after fun. started doing so well on the charts that he slowly came around to the idea that a Grammy win might be possible.

"It kind of just shifts our focus and we realize that we can reach more people than we ever thought possible and so suddenly a Grammy...the thought of that is brought up, and...I dunno," he says. "I guess we'll just cross our fingers.  Or cross only one hand of fingers -- you don't wanna do two 'cause then you jinx it!"

Sheeran Gets an "A" and a Nomination

Ed Sheeran is another first-time nominee who didn't really expect a nomination, but he's up for Song of the Year for his haunting hit single "The A Team."  "I didn't, this year, expect to be nominated.  I haven't really done much in America as far as commercial success," he says.  "I'm still kinda building it up."  He calls the recognition, "a stamp of approval from the American industry," telling ABC News Radio, "To get it this early on is lovely."

Ed admits that when he found out about the nod, he happened to be drunk already, so he didn't have the opportunity to go out and get wasted to celebrate.  Instead, he says, he spent "the next ten minutes giggling."  However, Ed's convinced he's not going to win...he thinks fun. will beat him with their song, "We Are Young."

"Being in the best song category you're amongst other songs that are very, very well written," he notes.  "And the other element is the impact that they've had.  And I think fun. was one of the biggest songs of last year and to have actual impact, and will probably get it."  

Lumineers Make "Hey," Land Grammy Nods

The Lumineers are another act that's a first-time nominee.  Thanks to their song "Ho Hey," they've nabbed two nominations, including one for Best New Artist.  But the group says it's not anything they're stressing about, because they never considered the possibility that a Grammy could come their way.

"We didn't start writing music to try to win a Grammy and I think that if we win, great.  If not, we'll continue to do our thing," says drummer Jeremiah Fraites.  "So, I think if we win, I don't know what the hell we'll say.  And if we don't, then we won't have to say anything!" 

Singer Wesley Schultz agrees, adding, "We're not very eloquent speakers...so, it wouldn't really go that well [if we had to make a speech].  I'd rather just give us an instrument and let us play a song."

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Friday
Feb082013

Bon Jovi Guitarist: "I'd Love to Play Next Year's Super Bowl"

Facebook.com/TheRealSamboraThis year's Super Bowl was less than a week ago, but everyone is already looking forward to next year's, mostly because it'll be quite a feat to pull off: it's taking place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, which does not have a roof, and there's been plenty of speculation about what will happen if it snows.  Still, that's not stopping Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora from dreaming about rocking the halftime show at the event.

Speaking to the Hartford Courant, Richie acknowledges that Bon Jovi's name has been tossed around as an obvious choice to perform at next year's big game.  "The best laid plans of mice and men and all that, but I'd love to do that," he tells the paper.  However, it's by no means a lock, and Richie says if it doesn't happen, he won't be too bummed out.

"It would be a great thing to be part of, but with all this band has achieved, all the great things we have done and seen, it's hard to complain if any one thing doesn't happen," he laughs.  "And if I did complain, I really hope no one would listen."

Bon Jovi will kick off their world tour in support of their upcoming album What About Now this Saturday in Connecticut.  Richie says, "We're very fortunate that after all these years, we've cultivated a humongous live audience.  Our last tour, we played to something like 3 ½ million people worldwide."

He adds, "It's pretty easy after all these years.  Everybody knows their place, and we know the tunes, that's for sure.  It's like putting on a comfortable coat."  The tough part, Richie says, is to "really work out technical stuff....it's about lighting, sound, staging and that sort of thing. There's a lot of technology involved, and we have to keep up with that."

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Friday
Feb082013

Bruce Springsteen to Be Honored by Elton John, Neil Young and Many Others at MusiCares Gala Tonight

Photo: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen will be saluted as the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year tonight at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles.  Many music luminaries, including Elton John, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and Sting, will be on hand at the Los Angeles Convention Center to honor The Boss by performing his songs.

In addition to those big names, Springsteen also will get the tribute treatment from Patti Smith, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, R&B singer John Legend and country stars Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and Natalie Maines of The Dixie ChicksThe Daily Show's Jon Stewart, a huge fan of The Boss, will host the event, which takes place two days before the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony.

Proceeds from the MusiCares gala, which celebrates not only Springsteen's artistic achievements but also his charity work, will go to help musicians and those in the music industry who need financial, medical or personal help.

In honor of the event, acclaimed photographer Danny Clinch has put together a collection of images he snapped of Springsteen that can be viewed now at Grammy.com.

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Friday
Feb082013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of Taylor Swift's albums won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year? ANSWER: Fearless.

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Friday
Feb082013

The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Ex-GN'R Drummer Matt Sorum to Perform at Tom Petty Tribute in San Francisco

TomPetty.comA new installment of the long-running series of Tom Petty tribute shows known as Petty Fest is set to take place at San Francisco's Fillmore theater on February 27. The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum are among the many musicians set to perform tunes from Petty's expansive catalog at the concert.

Other entertainers on the bill include Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston, Boz Scaggs, Father Guido Sarducci, Butch Walker, Jesse Malin and Har Mar Superstar, as well as many surprise guests.  All of the proceeds raised from tickets sales will go toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the charity's Musicians Cancer Fund.

This will mark the first time that the event will be held in San Francisco.  Since 2007, Petty Fests have been scheduled annually in New York City, while the first Los Angeles edition of the show took place this past November 14 and 15 at the El Rey Theater.

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Friday
Feb082013

Carrie Underwood Honored and a Little Nervous for Grammy Awards Performance Sunday Night

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is no stranger to the Grammy Awards stage, and she's set to give another performance on the show Sunday night. There are only 19 musical performance slots on this year's Grammy Awards, and Carrie is honored to represent country music on the all-genre show.

She says, "I just want to do the best job that I possibly can to represent our format and show everybody what they might be missing and make 'em wanna jump on the bandwagon."

Since it's such a big deal to land a Grammy performance, Carrie admits she still gets nervous on the day of the show.

"I've always made it through before," Carrie says, "and hopefully, since I've done it a few times, it'll be a little easier.

Carrie is nominated for two Grammys this year -- Best Country Solo Performance for "Blown Away" and Best Country Song for co-writing the number with Josh Kear and Chris Thompkins

Taylor Swift is scheduled to open the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night at 8 Eastern on CBS.  Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert are teaming up for a collaboration on the show, and Zac Brown is participating in an all-star tribute to the late Levon Helm.

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Friday
Feb082013

"American Idol" Recap: 28 Men Remain After More Hollywood Round Eliminations

Michael Becker/FOXOn Thursday's episode of American Idol, the men who survived Hollywood week's group round performed solo for the judges. By the end of the night, only 28 guys were left standing.

The panel -- Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban -- announced eliminations after every eight contestants they saw.

First up was Paul Jolley, who was so nervous and so hesitant to begin his performance that he seemed to test Mariah's patience. Eventually, he belted out the Carrie Underwood single "Blown Away." Afterward, Nicki chastised him for his on-stage demeanor, saying she was immediately turned off by his minor anxiety attack.

Lazaro Arbos, who suffers from a stuttering problem, offered his take on Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory."

Curtis Finch, Jr. sang Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts," which turned out to be the most popular tune of the night. Mariah expressed her admiration for Finch.

All three advanced.

Devin Velez was the first man in the second group of contestants. He put an R&B spin on "What a Wonderful World."

Gurpreet Singh Sarin brought his acoustic guitar along for a rendition of "Georgia on My Mind."

Cortez Shaw covered "Sunny," a 1960s song originally recorded by Bobby Hebb.

Matheus Fernandes delivered an off-key, rough version of the Kelly Clarkson hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." Mariah said it wasn't "connected." Nicki focused more on Matheus' personality, criticizing him for repeatedly referring to his small stature.

Matheus was eliminated, while Devin, Gurpreet and Cortez were among those whom the judges passed through.

The next group of performances began with Nicholas Mathis, who tackled Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven." Keith was down on the song choice. Nicholas asked for a second chance, but the judges simply told him to wait for them to make a decision on his Idol future.

Nicki didn't hide her disgust for Papa Peachez's performance of the Lady Gaga song "You and I." She told him, "I'm so disappointed. I don't know why you would choose that song." She was so upset that she cursed after he walked off the stage.

Jimmy Smith performed the Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide."

A visibly-disappointed Nicholas was sent packing, along with Papa. Jimmy, Vincent Powell and Johnny Keyser were among those in the group who remain alive in the competition.

In the next group, Nick Boddington sang Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' "Stars."

Socially-awkward Charlie Askew, wearing a shiny brown suit as well as blue shoes that didn't match the rest of his outfit, stood out with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." Nicki gushed over his quirkiness and told him to never change.

Nick, Charlie, JDA and Matthenee Treco all advanced.

Burnell Taylor and Marvin Calderon both moved on with separate performances of Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts."

Micah Johnson, the final contestant shown in the episode, chose Carrie Underwood's "I Told You So" and failed to make the cut.

Nate Tao was among the other guys whose performances were not televised and who are now gone from the competition.

Next week, eight of the 28 remaining men will have to leave. In addition, it will be the women's turn to perform during Idol's Hollywood round.

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Friday
Feb082013

For Grammy Nominee Kelly Clarkson, Most Award Shows Are "Painful" and "Not Fun"

ABC/Tim OgierKelly Clarkson has won two Grammys, and she's up for three more this year: Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger.  She'll be at this Sunday night's Grammy telecast to perform but she says that overall, she  doesn't really like to go to award shows featuring lots of big pop stars, even though she's one herself.

"No one talks to each other," Kelly says of most big music award shows. "Everyone shuts their doors.  Everyone's too cool for school.  Not everyone but for the most part.  And you have to sometimes drag me to those events, just 'cause...it's so painful.  It's just not fun."

Kelly says he much prefers attending award shows that celebrate country music, such as the Country Music Association Awards or the Academy of Country Music Awards. "Country award shows are so much fun.  Everyone talks.  Everyone hangs out," she insists.  "It's just a nice environment.  It's welcoming."

It's safe to say that Kelly will be welcomed with open arms at this Sunday's Grammys, though: as past winner, a current nominee and a performer, she should be treated like royalty.  But she says she's actually more excited about the fun that someone else is going to have that night: Ali Tamposi, who co-wrote her hit "Stronger." "Stronger" is nominated for Song of the Year, and if it wins, that award will go, not to Kelly, but to those who actually wrote the song, including Ali. 

"I think in this particular situation, for me what's cool is that Ali...it's her first thing," says Kelly, referring to the fact that this is the first big song that Tamposi's hand a hand in writing.  "Right outta the gate, like, that is so exciting! And she's nice and just [a] super sweet girl."

Adds Kelly, "I think I'm more excited for her, 'cause it would just mean a lot to her. I'm pretty stoked for her!"

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Friday
Feb082013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw and Faith Hill have just released their new Soul 2 Soul: Vintage fragrances in time for Valentine's Day.

Jake Owen met Clint Eastwood and Bill Murray while golfing at Pebble Beach this week.

Kenny Chesney's "Pirate Flag" video is now live at TheBoot.com.

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Friday
Feb082013

Bob Seger Adds More North American Tour Dates, Continues Work on Next Album

Photo: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band continue to tack on dates to their recently announced 2013 Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour of North America.  In the last several days, five shows were added to the trek, stretching from an April 4 concert in St. Louis through an April 16 performance in Brooklyn, New York.

In related news, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has been added as a special guest at two more concerts, bring his total number of upcoming appearances as Seger's support act to six.  The trek kicks off on February 27 in Toledo, Ohio.

As previously reported, a pair of Seger's upcoming shows will be co-headlining dates with Kid Rock.  Those gigs are scheduled for March 15 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and March 16 in Fargo, North Dakota.

Meanwhile, in the midst of rehearsing for the tour, Seger continues to work on his next studio album.  Sessions are taking place in Nashville and Detroit.

Here is Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's full confirmed itinerary; *featuring special guest Joe Walsh:

2/27 -- Toledo, OH, The Huntington Center
3/1 -- Toledo, OH, The Huntington Center
3/5 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/7 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
3/13 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
3/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center (with Kid Rock)
3/16 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome (with Kid Rock)
3/19 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
3/21 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
3/23 -- Saskatoon, Canada, Credit Union Centre
*3/27 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
*3/29 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
*3/30 -- Portland, OR, Rose Garden
*4/2 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
*4/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
*4/6 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
4/9 -- Dayton, OH, Ervin J Nutter Center
4/11 -- Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
4/16 -- Brookyln, NY, Barclays Center

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Friday
Feb082013

Grammy Predictions: Will Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Rule the Night?

The Recording AcademyThe 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, and it's anyone's guess who will take home the hardware. Though Hunter Hayes faces stiff competition in the Best New Artist category going up against favorites fun. and Frank Ocean, he stands a better chance of triumphing in the country categories.

According to Yahoo! Music's Paul Grein, who is a member of the Recording Academy's Hall of Fame committee, Hunter's self-titled debut project has only one real competitor in the Best Country Album category -- Miranda Lambert's Four the Record.

"Female artists for some reason tend to do well in this category -- over the years have done better than male artists," Paul explains.  "So, I think Miranda Lambert will probably be the winner here.  Hunter Hayes is strong, and he's nominated for Best New Artist and could pull an upset."

Over in the general categories, Taylor Swift has a shot at winning Record of the Year with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and her country cred could help her pull it off.

People music critic Chuck Arnold tells ABC News Radio of Taylor's chances, "She's won a ton before and this is a song that crossed genres.  So, you know, you're gonna have the country block voting for this as well as the pop block."

Even if Taylor is shut out completely Sunday night, she'll still be a big winner because she's opening the entire Grammy broadcast.  Those coveted performance slots are often worth more than a trip to the podium to collect an award.

Paul Grein explains, "If you have a great performance, that'll probably do more to sell records than to win.  You know, the best combination is to both win and perform, but if you have to do one or the other, I'd say perform. "

Hunter and Miranda are both performing on the Grammy Awards along with Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Zac Brown Band, while Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Keith Urban will be there to hand out trophies. The show gets underway Sunday night at 8 Eastern on CBS.

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Friday
Feb082013

Michael Buble Recalls First Grammy Win: "I Was Drunk and By Myself"

Image Courtesy Michael Buble via InstagramWhen the majority of artists win their first Grammy, they're on stage in Los Angeles and live on TV, crying and thanking their fans, moms, agents and God, though not necessarily in that order.  But Michael Buble, who has three Grammys to his name, says that the first time he won, he was home alone...and drunk.

Michael tells Billboard that he didn't attend the Grammy ceremony the first year he won, in 2008, for his album Call Me Irresponsible.  "I’d been on tour, working for a while, and I needed to be at home," he explains.  "I was nervous. I didn’t want to get caught up in it because I had lost before."

As a result, when the big moment came, "I was drunk at home by myself," Michael recalls.  "I opened a bottle of wine and I heard them say my name.  The first person I called was my mom and she screams, ‘Oh, my God. You won!’"

But father-to-be Michael says the circumstances didn't detract from his happiness at the win.

"It’s one of those moments you definitely never forget," he tells Billboard, noting, "No matter what happens through the inevitable ups and downs in this business, I will always be known as a Grammy winner."

Strangely, Michael wasn't present at the ceremony the next two times he won, either: in 2010 for his album Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden, and in 2011 for his album Crazy Love.

"I’ve won three times and the story is the same each time," he tells Billboard.  "Once I found out I won in a hotel lobby. Another time I was on a train in Germany.  This year I think I’ll show up."

This Sunday at the Grammys, Michael is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for his album Christmas.

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Friday
Feb082013

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Honoring Bruce Springsteen at MusiCares Gala Tonight

Greenroom PR/PFATim McGraw and Faith Hill are teaming up to help salute Bruce Springsteen as the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year at a star-studded gala tonight in Los Angeles. The couple, who will duet on Bruce's song "Tougher than the Rest," has gotten to know The Boss personally in the past few years, and they still look up to him as a true music icon.

"He's one of those guys that there's only been a handful of throughout the history of music," Tim tells ABC News Radio, adding, "The great thing about music and what Bruce is able to do is it describes situations and describes feelings and emotions that you didn't realize that you had or you didn't know how to voice those opinions or voice those emotions."

Tim goes on to describe Bruce as a "great," "solid" guy saying, "His image is one of those of a guy who just sort of knows how to walk the road with everybody, and he really is that kind of guy."

In addition to Tim and Faith, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks are also paying tribute to Bruce at tonight's event.  The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, a huge fan of The Boss, will host the event, which takes place two days before the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony.

Proceeds from the MusiCares gala, which celebrates not only Springsteen's artistic achievements but also his charity work, will go to help musicians and those in the music industry who need financial, medical or personal help.

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