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Friday
Dec192014

Garth Brooks Adds More Shows in Detroit

Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks has added three dates to his run of shows in Detroit for a total of six concerts starting Friday, February 20. He'll then play two shows on Saturday, February 21. There's another show on Friday, February 27 followed by two shows on Saturday, February 28.

So far, Garth has sold more than 90,000 tickets in Detroit with tickets still available through Ticketmaster.com.


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Friday
Dec192014

Sam Smith First to Chart on "Billboard" Hot 100 with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 

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The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has been around for 70 years, but it took Sam Smith to bring it to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

The British singer's melancholy version of the song has just debuted at #90 on that chart.  Of course, various versions of the tune have appeared on the publication's Holiday chart, but never onthe Hot 100, alongside the other current hits of the day. 

Sam debuted his version of the song on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas, during which he learned he'd been nominated for Album of the Year. That's one of six Grammy nominations he has this year.

On the Holiday 100, Sam's version of the song is top 10, and there are three other versions on there as well, by Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera, and Michael Buble.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was first introduced in 1944, in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.\



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Friday
Dec192014

Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart 

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj continues to outdo herself on the charts.

The rapper's "Only" has climbed from #10 to #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking her fourth #1 on that list. That's the most #1's for a female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally.

Onika only had to step over a handful of female rappers who have multiple #1's, including Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Iggy Azalea.

The song, which features Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, also has furthered her collaborators' rankings: the song gives Drizzy his 12th leader on the chart, Wayne his ninth and Brown his fifth.

"Only" is lifted from Minaj's The Pinkprint album, available now.


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Friday
Dec192014

Martina McBride Shares Holiday Recipes and Traditions on "Today" This Tuesday

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsMartina McBride recently invited Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager into her home in Nashville for a segment airing just before Christmas. Martina shared stories about her Christmas traditions and prepared a few recipes from her new book about entertaining, Around the Table. The book came out earlier this year and offers tips on how to throw parties for every season.

Tune in to see Martina on NBC's Today on Tuesday morning.


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Friday
Dec192014

Miguel Releases Three New Songs for Free Download 

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has given fans new music just in time for the holidays.

The singer shared three funky new songs, via his SoundCloud page on Friday, accompanied by cover art showing the singer's hand grasping the mouth of his girlfriend Nazanin Mandi.

His unexpected material includes "Hollywooddreams," "NWA" featuring Kurupt, and the full version of "Coffee," which he teased back in October. The songs are available for free download and serve as an appetizer as he continues to record  the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream.

Based on his new songs, it seems he's been following his instincts while recording the disc. "Creating isn't always easy for me, but as a musician I've learned instinct is everything... and if that's true all we have to do sometimes is put ourselves in a place to do what we are naturally inclined to do," he wrote on Instagram.

So far, the singer has logged studio time with DJ Premier, Jessie Ware and J. Cole.


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Friday
Dec192014

expand Beyonce and Jay Z Lose Bidding War for Pricey Beverly Hills Mansion 

Cliff Lipson/CBSEarlier this month, Jay Z and Beyonce were in a bidding war with three other buyers for an $85 million home in California. However, it looks like the power couple lost out on the mansion, according to Billboard.

Despite the Carters visiting the home six times, Swedish video game developer Markus Persson, who recently earned $2.5 billion from selling his company Mojang to Microsoft, purchased the home for $70 million. Realtors reveal it is the most expensive house to ever be sold in Beverly Hills.

The 23,000-square foot home features panoramic views, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar, 16-car garage and a 24-seat movie theater.

"Marcus fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him," wrote realtor Katia De Los Reyes on the blog of the realty company that sold the house.


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Friday
Dec192014

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay 

Peter Kramer/NBCRemember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey.

The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year. 

Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her. her. My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.” 

He added that Oliver is suing for "a significant amount" of money, because she was entitled to time-and-a-half if she worked more than 40 hours a week.

Mariah's rep told the paper, "I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit."


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Friday
Dec192014

Watch Rixton, Train, Jennifer Hudson on "A Home for the Holidays" Tonight 

Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment.Rixton, Train and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."

Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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Friday
Dec192014

Kid Rock to Play Daytona 500 Pre-Show

Image Courtesy of Clay Patrick McBrideBefore drivers start their engines for the 57th annual Great American Race, Motor City-raised Kid Rock will play the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show on February 22. Rock's set will include a performance of his new single, "First Kiss." Ticket packages to the Pre-Race Show are available now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

"Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated DAYTONA 500," says Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III in a statement.

On February 24, two days after the Daytona performance, Rock will drop his new album, First Kiss, his tenth studio record. If you pre-order it from Rock's website, you'll receive a download of the title track, available January 6.

The Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show will air on FOX at 1 p.m. February 22.


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Friday
Dec192014

TV on the Radio Releases "Lazerray" Video

Image Courtesy of JUCOTV on the Radio have unveiled the video for "Lazerray," a track from the band's new album, Seeds. As one of the punkier cuts on Seeds, "Lazerray" receives an aptly punky video treatment, featuring TVotR rocking out in a skate park. You can watch the video, directed by photographer Atiba Jefferson, on Vevo.

Seeds is TVotR's fifth full-length studio album. The record peaked at number five on Billboard's Alternative Albums chart.

TVotR don't have any more skate park appearances on their schedule, but they'll be touring the U.S. in 2015. The tour begins March 20 in Dallas, Texas and wraps up April 3 in Los Angeles.


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Friday
Dec192014

Watch Train, Rixton, Earth Wind & Fire and More on "A Home for the Holidays" Tonight

Michael Yarish/Triage Entertainment. Train, Rixton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family."

Also on the bill for the special are country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 


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Friday
Dec192014

Katy Perry Breaks Ticket Sales Records on Australian Leg of Prismatic World Tour

Christie GoodwinKaty Perry Prismatic world tour recently wrapped up its Australian leg, and to say it was a success is something of an understatement.

Katy's show broke a record at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, selling 89,500 tickets over six shows.  That beats the previous record, set by One Direction, of 81,542 tickets sold across seven shows in 2013.  Katy received a special bronze star plaque, as well as a bicycle, to commemorate her achievement. The plaque will be mounted on the arena's entryway.

Katy got the bicycle because she enjoys biking around the various cities where she tours.  This one is a custom-made road bike that incorporates design elements of her tour, and some of her earlier work.

The show's promoter told Billboard of Katy, "She’s a star performer. In this market, 350,000 is enormous. She’s a mile ahead of everyone else...We could have added another dozen shows everywhere easily. Without a blink. And probably even more.”

Futher underscoring Katy's popularity Down Under, her album PRISM has gone five-times platinum in Australia, which in that country means 350,000 copies.

However, Billboard notes that Pink is actually the all-time box office queen in Australia, selling 650,000 tickets in 2009 on her Funhouse tour, and more than 500,000 tickets last year for her Truth About Love Tour.

Katy's Prismatic tour wraps up for good Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand, and then it's on to the Super Bowl halftime show in February.


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Friday
Dec192014

Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform First Two Albums at Special Hometown Concerts in February

Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping.

"We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union.  "We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre.  Can't wait to rock it."

The shows also will include performances of other well-known songs from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's career.

Tickets for both concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m. ET, and are priced at $49.50, $69.50 and $99.50.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd features such memorable tunes as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird," while Second Helping includes Lynyrd Skynyrd's biggest hit, "Sweet Home Alabama," and the band's version of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring some Southern rock to a newly announced country festival called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place June 26-28, 2015, at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.  The three-day event will be headlined by a trio of country music's biggest stars -- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Other artists on the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan and Kacey Musgraves.  Visit BigBarrelFestival.com for more information.


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Friday
Dec192014

Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy to Perform on People's Choice Awards 

ABC/Randy HolmesA former People's Choice Award winner and a current nominee will both perform on the 2015 People's Choice Awards telecast, airing January 7 on CBS.

Iggy Azalea, who's up for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, will take the stage, and so will Fall Out Boy, who won the award for Best Alternative Band at this year's ceremony.  Fall Out Boy is promoting their forthcoming album, American Beauty/American Psycho, which comes out January 20.  Iggy's promoting her Great Escape tour, which kicks off in April in Fresno, California.

Among the other music nominees for this year's awards: Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, and Ariana Grande.


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Friday
Dec192014

Fall Out Boy to Perform on People's Choice Awards 

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementFall Out Boy has been tapped to perform on the 2015 People's Choice Awards telecast, airing January 7 on CBS.

"As a past People’s Choice Awards winner, Fall Out Boy will see firsthand how much their fans love them when they take that stage live for the first time at the show," says executive producer Mark Burnett in a statement.

The band won for Favorite Alternative Band in 2014, beating out Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Muse and Paramore. The Favorite Alternative Band category seems to have disappeared for the 2015 ceremony, leaving only Coldplay and Imagine Dragons, who are both nominated in the Favorite Group category, as the lone representatives of rock. Coldplay's Ghost Stories was also nominated for Favorite Album.

A few weeks after their performance, Fall Out Boy will be releasing their new album, American Beauty/American Psycho. Featuring the single "Centuries," American Beauty/American Psycho will be released January 20.


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Friday
Dec192014

Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, Earth, Wind & Fire Perform on "Christmas in Washington" Tonight 

Kevin Mazur/WireImageTNT's annual Christmas in Washington special, airing tonight, features performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, British pop star Rita Ora and Christina Perri.  Christina was extremely excited about the chance to participate, because Christmas music is her favorite thing ever.

"I mean, I couldn't have really said yes quick enough. It wasn't even an option," she tells ABC News Radio. "It's such an honor and so magical and Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Like, I'm obsessed with Christmas music and when I found out I could sing a Christmas song it just made so much sense. I'm just really really excited to be here." 

Christina really does love Christmas music, having released a holiday EP a few years ago called A Very Merry Perri Christmas, and the song she's performing tonight is one of the tunes she covered on that project.

"I'm singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's one of my top five favorite Christmas songs," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted to do something very elegant. That's what this night is about. We're here in Washington. I wanted to wear a pretty dress and...my specific thing I love doing is ballads, and so I just wanted to sing a really beautiful, classic, Christmas song."

As for why Christina's obsessed with Christmas music in the first place, she says, "Christmas music was the first music I ever sang. So as a child like -- when everyone says, 'When did you know you wanted to be a singer?' I don't really know the moment I decided it, but I know that when I was 3 I dressed up in a matching outfit with my brother and we sang Christmas carols for my whole family. So Christmas is always number one."

Christina normally goes home to see her family in Pennsylvania on Christmas, but she says this year will be different. 

"I'm not making it home for Christmas this year. I'm spending it with my boyfriend because he's working and would've been alone, which is a first for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm going to have a more of a romantic Christmas than I will a family Christmas. But I've never missed a Christmas before so for 28 Christmases I've been at home. So this will be my first time away, but I've definitely have sent a present for every single Perri in my family."

As for Aloe Blacc, he'll be doing "Noel" and "The Christmas Song," telling ABC News Radio, "All of the selections that I'm singing tonight are based around my favorite Christmas caroler, Nat King Cole."  The "Wake Me Up" singer, who just received a Grammy nod for his album Lift Your Spirit, says he'll be spending his holidays in Los Angeles this year; every other year, he goes to Sydney, Australia, where his wife is from.  But he says he's excited to be in D.C. for tonight's show.

"It's really an honor," he says. "It's great to be here and to get to grace the whole nation in such a beautiful time of year with these songs that we all know from our childhood." 

The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.


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Friday
Dec192014

The Swon Brothers Catch Up with "The Voice" Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, over Dinner

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Swon Brothers caught up with the newly crowned winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, over dinner in New York City. The Swon Brothers, who competed on The Voice on Team Blake like Craig, had dinner with Craig at the Bond 45 Italian steakhouse this week. All three stars posed for pictures with fans at the restaurant in between sharing stories about The Voice.

The Swon Brothers will hit the road with Brad Paisley next month. Of note, Craig Wayne Boyd has signed a record deal with Dot Records, the label home of Maddie & Tae.


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Friday
Dec192014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Hunter Hayes' Grammy-nominated crossover ballad from 2012? ANSWER: "Wanted."


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Friday
Dec192014

Beyoncé Didn't Pay for Solange's Honeymoon, Says Source 

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It's possible that we will never know what triggered the infamous elevator scuffle between Solange and her brother-in-law Jay Z while Beyonce looked on. And while the family has moved on, gossip sites have reported that Beyonce shelled out more than $130,000 to cover honeymoon expenses following Solo's nuptials to Alan Ferguson.

However, sources tells E! News that Solange and her hubby paid for the trip to Trancoso in Brazil on their own.

"Reports that Beyoncé paid for Solange's honeymoon with Alan Ferguson is false. There is no truth to this. Solange and Alan paid for their honeymoon themselves. They did not receive any compensation of any kind," a source close to Solange tells E! News.

Solo and Alan exchanged vows in New Orleans on November 16.


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Friday
Dec192014

Royal Blood Says Opening for Foo Fighters Will Be "Insane"

Image Courtesy of WBR PressRoyal Blood will realize a long-held dream when they open for the Foo Fighters on that band's stadium tour next summer.

"If you asked us individually before Royal Blood even started [which] band we'd most like to tour with, the Foo Fighters would be the ones," drummer Ben Thatcher tells NME. "So to get the opportunity on this album run is insane."

The British duo will be supporting Dave Grohl and company in North America starting July 6 in Camden, New Jersey through August 25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Foos' tour will continue through an October 7 show in Memphis, Tennessee.

Royal Blood's self-titled debut album was released earlier this year. The album was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize -- one of the U.K.'s most prestigious music awards.


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