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Friday
Jan232015

Fall Out Boy Releases Wiz Khalifa Remix of "Uma Thurman"

Image Courtesy of Island Records/DCD2 RecordsIn anticipation of their upcoming Boys of Zummer tour, Fall Out Boy has released a remixed version of their track "Uma Thurman" done by their tour mate, hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa. The remix ups the bass and also features a guest verse by Khalifa. You can listen to the remixed "Uma Thurman" on YouTube.

"Uma Thurman" is a single from FOB's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, and currently sits at number six on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.

FOB's Boys of Zummer tour begins July 10 in Camden, New Jersey and concludes August 10 in Los Angeles. Tickets are available now with the exception of a few select dates, including the tour opening Camden show, which go on sale January 24. All ticket info can be found at LiveNation.com.


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Friday
Jan232015

Katy Perry's Designer Hints at Halftime Show Fashion Details

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show performance is top secret, but fashion designer Jeremy Scott is dropping some hints about the singer’s onstage wardrobe.

The designer spoke with Access Hollywood Thursday about what viewers can expect from Katy’s costumes. "The unexpected, lots of excitement, lots of outfit changes, which is very difficult to do with basically this kind of set-up," he said.

And, of course, he added the costumes will involve plenty of color. Jeremy, who’s been working with Katy for a long time, said he thinks people will be surprised by her performance and that it would be an “iconic” moment for her.

Hopefully it won’t be memorable for any kind of Janet Jackson-style wardrobe malfunctions. Jeremy assured that will not be happening. “We’re making sure everything fits to a T,” he said.

Super Bowl 49 airs February 1 on NBC.


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Friday
Jan232015

Hit Songwriter Chris Stapleton Releases First Solo Album

Becky Fluke/Mercury Records NashvilleWith five number ones already under his belt and album cuts by artists as diverse as Adele and Brad Paisley, writer Chris Stapleton is set to release his first album as a solo artist this spring. Though you may not be familiar with his voice, Chris has penned hits like Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan, and George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright.”

Though he’s most often hit the road with his bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris sets out on the Pain Killer Tour with Little Big Town in March, before heading out with Eric Church in May. His album, Traveller, comes out May 5. Fans can preview the record on Vevo now.


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Friday
Jan232015

Chris Brown Posts "Violent" Mug Shot Caricature 

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown has obviously had a violent past, and now it appears he’s admitting it, or maybe having fun with his reputation.

Breezy posted a cartoon caricature of himself on Instagram -- a mug shot with the words “Chris Brown…Violent…Police Department.” Perhaps this is his response to having his probation being revoked for leaving Los Angeles County to perform in San Jose, California without court permission.   

Brown also has his tender moments, as he displays in his new “Autumn Leaves” video in which he portrays a samurai warrior in love with a woman played by his real life girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.  The singer is now preparing for his Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz and Tyga which kicks off January 27 in Hampton, Virginia.


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Friday
Jan232015

Beyoncé Shuts Down Sales of “Feyoncé” Mugs

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyoncé does not like companies playing with her name, especially if they are making money from her fame.

A seller on the Etsy online marketplace was offering "Feyoncé" mugs -- as in "fiancée" -- which apparently had became popular gifts for engagements, according to TMZ. In an seeming referencing to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” the mug design featured the word Feyoncé with the letter  “o” stylized as an engagement ring.  

According to TMZ, Queen Bey objected to the similarity in names and threatened to sue. Etsy removed the mugs, however as of Friday afternoon various sellers on the site continue to sell other products featuring the word "Feyoncé," including sweatshirts and wines glasses.

Beyonce is preparing for the Grammys on February 8 where she’s up for awards in six categories including Album of the Year. But it's possible that her lawyers may be preparing other threatening letters in response to those other Feyoncé items.


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Friday
Jan232015

B.o.B Has X-Rated Response to Iggy Azalea’s Critics

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsB.o.B has harsh words for Iggy Azalea's detractors.

“It comes with success. F**k 'em," B.o.B tells Billboard. "It’s all you can do. Keep being successful.”

The Southern rapper performed Thursday at the opening of the Billboard Winterfest at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Iggy will   perform there Saturday night. They are both mentored by T.I., and they’ve recorded several songs together including “Million Dollar Misfits" and "Best Friend.”

B.o.B recently released his mixtape No Genre: The Label, and after recording with numerous stars including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Trey Songz, he says there is one hip-hop heavyweight collaboration on his wish list.

“I want do something with DMX,” he declares, “because he’s the only artist that I grew up listening to that I haven’t gotten a chance to work with yet.”


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Friday
Jan232015

Backstreet Boys Discuss Group's Evolution in New Documentary Clip

Francesca FoleyIn a newly unveiled clip from the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary, the group members discuss how they evolved from industry puppets into artists who make their own decisions.

“The producer would make it sound magical and the record executives would pick the singles," Brian Littrell says of the group's early albums, in the clip which is streaming on Billboard's website. "There was no decision making."

But now that they're adults, he says, the group's music-making process is much more autonomous. “When we were kids it was different: we were told what to do, told what to say," he says. "And now it's like, 'You know what? I do have a voice. I want to think for myself. I want to make music for me. I want to make music for our fans, I want to make everybody happy.'"

Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of follows the band during the making of their 2013 record In a World Like This, during rehearsals and while out on tour. The year 2013 also marked the band’s 20th anniversary. The documentary hits theaters on January 30.


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Friday
Jan232015

Mike Tyson Explains His "Crazy" Contribution to Madonna's New Song "Iconic" 

InterscopeMany were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart.  Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed. 

"Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," Mike tells Rolling Stone.  "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for.  I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna.  She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap.  I just go in there and start talking.  I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured.  I'm saying some really crazy stuff.  It was really intense."

He said he ad-libbed his part of the song in one take and was inspired by an unlikely source: Italian fascist Benito Mussolini.

"When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting," he explained.  "You watch Mussolini on television -- even though we don't understand what he's saying -- he is so mesmerizing.  I look at myself in that way."

Though he hasn't heard the finished song yet, he's pretty confident that he nailed his part.  "Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen," Mike said.  "Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts.  I just went in and boom, one take.  Everyone thought it was cool."

"Iconic" marks the first time Mike and Madonna have collaborated, but the two go way back.  Mike first met Madonna in 1988, during a double-date with his then-wife Robin Givens and Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn.

We'll get to hear Mike's part in "Iconic," which also features Chance the Rapper, when Rebel Heart is released on March 9.  Unless, of course, it leaks before then.


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Friday
Jan232015

Eminem Issues "Detroit vs. Everybody" Video featuring Big Sean

Aftermath RecordsEminem premiered his new video “Detroit Vs. Everybody” online Friday.

Slim Shady stars in the black-and-white clip with Big Sean, Royce da 5'9", Danny Brown, Trick Trick and Dej Loaf. They appear in various settings throughout Detroit rhyming about growing up in the Motor City. Em performs inside the Masonic Temple, Royce and Dej on rooftops, and Brown and Sean rap in dilapidated buildings. Detroit’s entertainment and sports venues are also showcased including Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and Comerica Park.

The song is named after Detroit designer Tommey Walker's clothing line and appears on the Shady XV compilation album that was released in November 2014. “Detroit Vs. Everybody” was directed by Syndrome whose credits include Eminem's clips for "Berzerk," "Rap God" and "Guts over Fear."


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Friday
Jan232015

Meghan Trainor Admits She'd Date One Direction's Niall Horan 

Tyler Golden/NBCMeghan Trainor may have written a song with One Direction’s Harry Styles, but it turns out he isn’t her favorite member of the boy band.

When pressed by the U.K.’s Capital FM to admit who she’d like to go on a date with for Valentine’s Day, Meghan revealed she has a secret crush on Niall Horan.

"Oh let's get the fancy boys! One Direction, give me the blonde one!" Meghan said. "He's a gentleman.” She added that she encountered him once in person, and was got swept off her feet by his Irish charm.

She also dished on her tune with Harry, calling it a “cute ukulele song with two vocalists, a male and a female.” She said it’s about a person seeing their ex with someone new, but remaining hopeful that they might get back together some day.


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Friday
Jan232015

Hunter Hayes Plots Collaboration with Ed Sheeran

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is dying to collaborate with British hitmaker Ed Sheeran, and he’s hoping he might have the chance to bring it up at this year’s Grammys. Sheeran, known for his hits like “Don’t,” is set to sing on the show, while Hunter is up for Best Country Solo Performance for “Invisible.”

"There's tons of people who want to work with him who are way more capable than I am, so how do you even sell it? Do you bet him? Or bribe him? I might have to bribe him," he jokes to Yahoo Celebrity.

But it turns out the two have met before.

"It was after the Grammys, the first year that I went because afterwards I went to a Justin Timberlake concert and he was there, so we shook hands and talked a little bit,” he recalls. “Probably the place I talked to him the most was after that, when he joined Taylor Swift on her Red tour. So we know each other and we are acquainted so we will see what happens. Still, there's no pressure, Ed."

While Sheeran collaborated with Taylor as she was developing more of a pop following, Hunter says he’s not necessarily looking to cross over.

“I'm absolutely country at heart, and that's just me," he says. "It's not necessarily a choice kind of thing, but it is a home."


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Friday
Jan232015

CHVRCHES' New Album to Channel Prince and Michael Jackson

Image Courtesy of Eliot HazelCHVRCHES is turning to a few legends in order to shape the sound of their sophomore album. The band's Martin Doherty tells NME that he and his band mates will be channeling Prince and Michael Jackson for the new record.

"I think we'll use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them," Doherty says. "When you listen to a Michael Jackson song or a Prince song, you realize there's absolutely nothing in it but an amazing bass line, drums and singing. We want to channel some of that."

To achieve that leaner sound, Doherty says the band will record the currently untitled followup to their debut, 2013's The Bones of What You Believe, in a "s**tty basement project studio" in their hometown of Glasgow, Scotland.

"We were never going to be the band that sold a few records and went to L.A. to spend all our money," he says. "We like taking the same depressing train to the same depressing part of town and locking ourselves away."

CHVRCHES announced that they were working on a new album via Twitter last week.


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Friday
Jan232015

John Legend Performs Three-Song Tribute to Nina Simone at Sundance

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter marching in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, John Legend was in Park City, Utah Thursday night to perform at the opening of the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Billboard, the nine-time Grammy Award winner took the stage following the screening of the Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? He sang three of her most popular songs, "Lilac Wine,” "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

In paying tribute to the late Simone, the multi-genre singer and songwriter famous for her civil rights stances in the 1960s, John said, "She's been an inspiration to me for a long time. I find myself studying her versions of all kinds of songs, thinking about her wiseness, thinking about her boldness, thinking about her commitment to justice." He added “I'm truly humbled by this opportunity to be here tonight to honor her legacy."

As previously reported, Legend and Common will perform their Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at the Grammy Awards on February 8 in Los Angeles. Legend is nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for "All of Me."


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Friday
Jan232015

Lead Singer Danny Worsnop Leaves Asking Alexandria 

Image Courtesy of MSO PRAsking Alexandria's lead singer Danny Worsnop has left the band. In a statement posted on his Twitter, Worsnop says that he's leaving to focus on new creative endeavors, including his new band, We Are Harlot.

"To all of my friends and fans: I would like to let you know that Asking Alexandria and I are moving forward in separate ways," Worsnop writes via TwitLonger. "Over the last eight years together we've done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what's best for the band and at this point in time, that isn't me."

"Asking Alexandria will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album," he continues. "I will always support and love Asking Alexandria and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them. I am excited for the next chapter of my life with We Are Harlot and will see you all on the road!"

We Are Harlot recently released a video for their track "Dancing on Nails." Their self-titled debut album will be released on March 31.

For AA's part, guitarist Ben Bruce has posted an update on the band's Facebook page saying that they will play Warped Tour with a new lead singer. As for who will be the band's new frontman, one fan launched a Change.org petition in an effort to get rapper -- and fellow Warped Tour artist -- Riff-Raff to lead Asking Alexandria into the future.


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Friday
Jan232015

Kanye Explains Why He Does Not Like to Smile

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West rarely looks happy, and now he’s gone on record with a reason.

The rapper attended The Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards Thursday night, and in presenting an award to Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rossi, he explained why he does not like to smile.

According to E! Online, he recalled seeing a book from the 1800s while he was recording his Yeezus CD. He said, "I looked at all these people's photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren't smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?' and I think, not smiling makes me smile...When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling 'cause it just wouldn't look as cool."

West, who has enjoyed success as a designer, continued about the importance of fashion. "We have the power to change the world,“ he said. “I believe that through design, because design is the closest to truth, problem solving truth is the closest to love, and love is the closest thing to God, and God is love."

Rihanna, Ciara and Kerry Washington from Scandal were among the celebrities attending the show at the Sunset Tower Hotel.


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Friday
Jan232015

Carlos Santana's Nephew Advances to "American Idol" Hollywood Round

Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsIs Carlos Santana the uncle of the next "American Idol"?  Could be!  The guitar legend's nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox's singing competition show on Thursday's American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.

Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. agreed and all three voted "yes" for Adam to advance.

Prior to his audition, Adam told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play guitar.

"Sometimes the proverbs or the wisdom that he's saying is just like a deeper lesson than just like, 'Hey, this is a barre chord and this is this scale and this is that scale,'" Lasher explained. "He's just like a Jedi with a guitar."

The segment, which has been posted on the American Idol YouTube channel, also included a clip of Adam performing onstage with his Uncle Carlos.

Incidentally, Lasher performs with his own group, which has several gigs lined up in the coming days in Southern California.  You can find out more information at AdamLasherBand.com.


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Friday
Jan232015

Miley Cyrus Talks Being Face of MAC Viva Glam, Gets Honest About Grammy Nomination

ABC/Lou RoccoMiley Cyrus is fresh off her worldwide tour, but she’s not slowing down. She’s joining the ranks of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj as the new face of MAC cosmetic’s Viva Glam campaign.

The singer said on Friday's Good Morning America that she signed on to the campaign because she wants to empower "those even affected by HIV and to kind of give them this hope, and know that there's people out there who are fighting for them and especially not just for the cure, but to end this kind of stereotype."

All of the proceeds from sales of Miley's custom lipstick will go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports people affected by HIV and AIDS.

"I think it's fun for young people to get to buy a lipstick and know that it's going to actually go to changing the way that their future is going to be," Miley added.

Regardless of her reputation for twerking, humping foam fingers and posing topless, Miley considers herself a role model for young people.

"I am [a role model] for what I know of what is important to teach people -- and what is important to teach people is that...you can't judge other people," she said.

Along with joining the campaign, Miley is also gearing up to attend the Grammy Awards Feb. 8. The singer is nominated in the best pop vocal album category for Bangerz, but she doesn't think she'll take home a trophy.

"[It's] probably not gonna happen, but I'm stoked to go," she said.


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Friday
Jan232015

Black Keys Cancel European Tour, MusiCares Performance Due to Carney's Shoulder Injury 

Live Nation EntertainmentEarlier this month, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney dislocated his shoulder.  That injury has now forced the band to cancel its European tour, which was due to start February 16.

A note on the band's Facebook page states, "Due to a serious shoulder injury to Patrick, The Black Keys’ forthcoming European concerts, part of their Turn Blue World Tour, have been cancelled up until March 10. Regrettably, due to prior scheduled commitments and venue availability, efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful; therefore all tickets will be refunded in full at their point of purchase. At this time, it is not expected that any dates after March 10 will be cancelled."

The band adds, "We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through March 10. Patrick needs time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their support and we’re looking forward to getting back on the road.”

In addition, a rep for the Black Keys confirms to ABC News Radio that the band's scheduled performance February 6 at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Bob Dylan has also been scrapped.

The Black Keys will resume performing live in April, when they launch a tour of Australia and Japan.


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Friday
Jan232015

Train's New "Bulletproof Picasso" Video Features "Walking Dead" & "Modern Family" Stars

Columbia RecordsTrain's video for their 2014 hit "Angel in Blue Jeans" featured tough-guy actor Danny Trejo.  Their brand-new video for the song "Bulletproof Picasso" features stars from the TV series The Walking Dead and Modern Family.

In the clip, Reid Ewing, who plays Dylan on Modern Family, plays a young man hitchhiking in the desert with a guitar on his back, carrying a sign that says "Cali or Bust."  A old fat guy in a convertible zooms past him, leaving him in the dust, and pulls into a diner, where he's served by a pretty blonde waitress, played by Emily Kinney -- Beth Greene on The Walking Dead.  Ewing walks in, shows her a map and asks for directions, and the two make a connection.  He walks out, and the old fat guy pinches Kinney's butt.  She freaks out and douses him with ketchup, then steals his car keys, jumps in his convertible, hits the road and picks up Ewing.

The rest of the video features the two lovers on the road, heading for California, intercut with footage of Train singer Pat Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford performing the song on a balcony.  When Kinney and Ewing finally arrive in California, they hit the beach, strip down to their underwear and jump in the ocean.

"Bulletproof Picasso" is the latest single and title track from Train's current album.  A lyric from the song inspired the name of the band's summer tour, the Picasso at the Wheel tour, which gets underway in May.  Tickets for the tour go on sale Saturday, January 24 at 10 a.m. local time via Live Nation.


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Friday
Jan232015

Gavin DeGraw Books More Shows with His Idol, Billy Joel 

Library of Congress; James Minchin III/RCA RecordsLast year, when Billy Joel kicked off his unprecedented residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Gavin DeGraw was tapped to open a few of those shows, as well as some of the Piano Man's other shows around the U.S.  As 2015 gets underway, it's just been announced that Gavin will continue to open select shows for Billy, including his February 18 show at the Garden, and Gavin's thrilled.

"Opening for Billy Joel was probably the highlight of my entire career so far," Gavin told ABC News Radio late last year. "You know, I've been such a fan since I was a kid.  When I was 15 years old, I went to see Billy perform and we left that show and I got in the car and I said to my family in the car....'I think I know what I want to do now.'  And my father says, 'What do you want to do?' I said, 'I want to do what that guy does.'"

"I mean, I used to cover Billy Joel songs when I was a teenager playing in barrooms, you know?" Gavin adds. "And it's just the trippiest reality to think, 'Wow, this is part of my life story now.  Here's the guy who helped shape my career goal, my life goal, and I'm opening up for him at Madison Square Garden again.'"

But even though Gavin and Billy are friendly now, and have even shared the stage a time or two, Gavin says he'd never think of asking Billy to co-write a song with him, even though he'd love to.

"I'm watching one of my idols perform on a regular basis and I see him around on a pretty regular basis, so of course I'm tempted to say, 'Hey, you know, I have a half a song, or I have a great idea I think I would love you to finish it,' you know?" he tells ABC News Radio. "But at the same time, there's certainly a level of familiarity as an artist that you don't want someone else to feel like you're crossing their line."

Gavin also says he doesn't exactly think of himself and Billy as buds, or anything.

"I still call him Billy," laughs Gavin. "But what I mean is, 'Mr. Joel, Sir!'"

This weekend, Gavin won't be performing with Billy, but he won't have it too bad: he'll be surrounded by the world's most beautiful women.  He's one of the performers at the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Gavin will perform his songs "Fire" and "Finest Hour" from his current "best-of" album.


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