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Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously-Unheard Recordings from Upcoming Reissues

Rhino RecordsThe BBC is offering a sneak peek at Led Zeppelin's reissues of their first three albums.

Two previously-unheard recordings from the band have been previewed by the BBC: an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," which will be featured in the re-release of Led Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin's take on the blues classics "Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind," which will be included in the Led Zeppelin III re-release.

The early version of "Whole Lotta Love" is different from the one with which fans are familiar. For example, the vocals were re-recorded for the version that was ultimately released.

Jimmy Page spearheaded the reissue project because, as he tells the BBC, "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it." After revisiting the band's music, he says, "it's undeniable that we're good."

Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does have a regret or two regarding his approach to their music as they recorded it. He laughs, "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit?"

By the way, don't get your hopes up that the reissues will lead to a Zeppelin reunion. Plant says the chances of the group putting on a live show again are "zero."

Page says, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing."

Zeppelin, minus the late drummer John Bonham, reunited in 2007 for a concert at London's O2 Arena that served as the basis for their live film/CD Celebration Day.

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.

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"American Idol" Recap: Top Six Perform Rock and Country Songs

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll on Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top six performed two songs: one from the rock genre, and one from the country genre.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique each performance.

Here's what happened during the two-hour show:

Jena Irene was the first contestant to entertain the viewers and the studio audience. She took on the Heart classic "Barracuda." Keith said it was a great way to start the show, and that Jena set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. J-Lo said that with a little extra push Jena can make it to the finals.

Sam Woolf performed the Imagine Dragons tune "It's Time." Jennifer said she had "goosies" while listening to Sam. Harry said Sam's a sweet, humble and kind guy, and he's adding layers to that.

C.J. Harris channeled his inner Lenny Kravitz on Lenny's version of The Guess Who song "American Woman." Keith urged him to bring out the proper emotions when singing tunes like that one. Jennifer said it was shaky at first, but C.J. started to connect with the crowd toward the middle.

Alex Preston covered Neon Trees' "Animal." Keith drew light boos when he told Alex he wanted him to "release" a bit more. J-Lo agreed.

Caleb Johnson belted out the Black Crowes' "Sting Me." He lost his microphone at one point, but Jennifer and Keith both were amazed by the way he handled the situation and recovered.

Jessica Meuse performed Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Harry said she delivered in a powerful and rhythmic way. Keith liked it too, though he encouraged her to "release" more, too.

Sam opened the country portion of the show by singing Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Keith advised Sam to relax on stage. Harry added that Sam may want to not perform with the same tone throughout the song.

Caleb handled "Undo It," by former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Jennifer and Harry both felt there was more magic in his first performance of the night.

Alex tackled Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind." Harry said it was exactly what it needed to be. Keith would've liked to have heard a little more "heartbreak" in the vocals.

Jena performed another Carrie Underwood song, "So Small." Keith said it was the "best journey" to watch her throughout the season. Jennifer said she was so into the performance that it was as if the band had disappeared. Harry, on the other hand, didn't know where Jena was going with it.

C.J. played "Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band. Jennifer said this was more his style, but she expected more from him. Harry said it wasn't C.J.'s best performance. After the judges made their comments, C.J. dedicated the song to a young girl from his hometown who passed away earlier this week.

Jessica closed out the night with Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Keith hated the arrangement, but both he and Harry thought the vocals were strong.

One contestant will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Hear New Version of "Hotel California" by Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder; Joint Tour Companion Album Due May 6

ABC PR/GFE ManagementWhen Styx, Foreigner and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder announced in February that they'd be hitting the road together this summer, they promised to release a new, collaborative rendition of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California,"  which Felder co-wrote.

Well, on Wednesday that version arrived, streaming exclusively on USA Today's website.  As Felder told ABC News Radio recently, the newly recorded rendition features guitar solos by himself, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Mick Jones, and lead vocals shared between Felder, Shaw, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen and Styx singer/keyboard player Lawrence Gowan.

The track will appear on an upcoming compilation CD, The Soundtrack of the Summer, which also happens to be the name of the tour.  The album, which will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning May 6, is made up mostly of classic Foreigner and Styx tunes.  Another collaborative track that finds Felder joining forces with Foreigner for a version of that band's 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" will be available only on a limited-edition vinyl single and via iTunes.

As previously reported, the Soundtrack of the Summer tour gets under way May 15 in Wichita, Kansas, and is plotted out through an August 17 show in Des Moines, Iowa.  Felder will appear at all dates through the end of July.

Here's the track list for The Soundtrack of the Summer companion album:

"Feels Like the First Time" -- Foreigner
"Cold as Ice" -- Foreigner
"Hot Blooded" -- Foreigner
"Double Vision" -- Foreigner
"Urgent" -- Foreigner
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" -- Foreigner
"I Want to Know What Love Is" -- Foreigner
"Juke Box Hero" -- Foreigner
"The Grand Illusion" -- Styx
"Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" -- Styx
"Lorelei" -- Styx
"Crystal Ball" -- Styx
"Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" -- Styx
"Miss America" -- Styx
"Renegade" -- Styx
"Too Much Time on My Hands" -- Styx
"Hotel California" -- Don Felder with members of Foreigner & Styx

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Joe Satriani Talks New Career-Spanning Box Set, Upcoming Memoir

Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani fans have a whole lot to be excited about, as the guitar virtuoso -- and sometimes Chickenfoot member -- has just released a massive box set gathering together remastered versions of all of his studio albums, and he also has penned a memoir that will be published in early May.

Released this past Tuesday, The Complete Studio Recordings includes Satriani's 14 studio releases, stretching from 1986's Not of This Earth through last year's Unstoppable Momentum, as well as a disc of extra songs titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.

Satriani tells ABC News Radio that compiling the box set and remastering the records so that they fit together sonically was quite a challenge.

"We went back and we mastered [the catalog] like someone was going to listen to all the records in one big session, or they were going to go from record one to seven to two to eleven…and they'd have to work together," he explains.  "So, we restored some of the more crunchy earlier masterings to their more open, generous high-fidelity states that they were before they went to the mastering lab."

The 57-year-old guitar whiz says that what made the project particularly difficult was that his albums were recorded in so many diverse formats and types of media over the years.

Satriani also notes that the box set came together hand in hand with his autobiography, Strange Beautiful Music, which will hit stores on May 6.  Rather than being an average rock star tell-all, the book focuses more on the technical aspects of the creation of Joe's albums.  Satriani says the process of writing the book helped him when it came time to revamp his catalog.

"I would say the reexamination of the stories behind each of the albums did sort of inform me to go back and to remaster that particular album, or each of them," he points out, "and just kind of restore them to the original potential that I always felt they had."

As work progressed on the compilation and the book, Satriani says he eventually realized it would be cool to release both around the same time.  The release of the box set and memoir also happens to coincide with a break from his ongoing solo tour in support of Unstoppable Momentum.

"So, we finally wound up with that perfect storm," Joe declares.  "The artist is out there.  He's got a book, he's got a remastered catalog and he still has a new record that's active out there."

Besides the standard version of The Complete Studio Recordings, which features the CDs housed in miniature album sleeves and packaged in a clamshell box, a unique collectible digital version of the retrospective also is available.  A "Chrome Dome" USB edition of the collection can be purchased exclusively at Satriani.com that features a chrome-colored plastic replica of Satriani's shaved head, which holds USB drives boasting high-definition digital audio files of his entire catalog.

"It's really freaky.  I can't really look at it," admits Joe about his replica noggin.  "I mean, I looked at it so I could approve it and make sure that the whole thing worked to hold onto the USB drives, but I put it right back in the box."

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Boy George Touring Solo Album, but Says New Culture Club Disc Is Coming 

Credit: Dean StockingsEighties pop icon Boy George is currently touring the U.S. in support of his first solo studio album in nearly two decades, but fans who enjoy his classic material should be happy to hear that a "really strong album" from his band Culture Club is also on the way.

George tells ABC News Radio that he made his new solo album, This Is What I Do, after he attempted to get back together with his Culture Club band mates a few years back...but things didn't go so well.

"I approached them about three years ago and said, 'Look, I think we could make another great record together,' and we kind of found out quite quickly that we needed to do some quite serious kind of business and emotional shuffling for us to be able to work together!" he explains. "So I decided, in the sort of chaos of all that, that I should make my own record, and then I'd kind of be better for them."

George says that plan worked, adding, "This year, we went back to write, and it was a very different experience from three years ago...This time around it just felt a little bit more focused and we could sort of fully concentrate on what we were doing and that made a big difference.  So, we are about to record and I think we have the bones of a really strong record."

Meanwhile, George and his band are out on the road playing songs from This Is What I Do, mixed in with select Culture Club classics.  Asked if he changes those classic songs up in concert, as many artists do, he says yes, but just a bit.

"We do a kind of reggae-fied version of 'Karma Chameleon'...[and] 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?' is sort of more of a blues jam now," he explains, "But it's still the same song, you know?  We're pretty respectful. You know, you don't want to upset people too much!"

Seems like it'd be difficult for George to upset anyone, judging from the reaction he's gotten lately.  While in the past he might have been somewhat controversial, the singer claims that he's gotten nothing but love from people.

"You know, with things like social networking, you do hear about all these trolls and hateful people, but, on the whole, I would say what shocks me the most is how nice people are," he tells ABC News Radio. "You know, when you're doing a show and people are singing along to the words and kind of engaging with the song as you intended it...it's such a nice experience."

George is also happy to see all the many different kinds of fans who've been coming out to see him on his current tour, which wraps up next Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"I've always had an eclectic audience. I mean, I've never been an artist that's been able to say, 'Oh, this is my crowd,'" he says. "But [on this tour], across the board, it's everyone.  And I love that.  I love the fact that it's just so unpredictable.  A lot of young people, as well, which is great."

It's safe to say that the singer, who's been sober for six years now, is currently loving life. 

"At this point, I'm kind of so happy to be doing what I'm doing -- you know, I've come back to my work with a sort of renewed enthusiasm and it really feels like a kind of very fertile time to be doing creative things," he tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, laughing, "Plus, you know, all that kind of pressure of being the 'new thing' -- having that removed -- it's a bit like losing your hair, you know?  That's one less problem to deal with!" 

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Ryan Tedder Confirms Work with Harry Styles, Says He's Amazed That 1D Is "Not More Messed Up"

ABC/Donna SvennevikOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder always seems to collaborate with chart-topping pop divas, but you don't hear much about him working with male performers.  However, the singer has confirmed that he's been working on something with One Direction's Harry Styles, and says he's impressed that Harry, and the other members of the group, have managed to avoid being total basket cases.

Asked by the British paper The Guardian to comment on rumors that he's been writing with Harry, Ryan at first plays coy, but then reveals, "Yes, we did do something, is the truth.  I can't say what it's for, though." 

He adds, "I did hang out with One Direction in London...I'm always impressed or extremely happy when I end up in the same room with a band who are at the stage of nuclear explosion in their career and they're so normal it almost turns you off. Like, 'How are you not more messed up right now? I'm looking for syringes, where are they?'"

And speaking of stars who are normal, Ryan is also friendly with U2's Bono -- he's pretty much friends with everyone -- and he tells The Guardian that he was amazed that when the two were driving around Dublin recently, he couldn't believe it when the driver dropped them off outside a coffee shop, and Bono was able to simply walk down the street without being mobbed by fans.

"I'm like, 'No security?' and he's like, 'No, we're in Ireland, it's fine,'" Ryan recalls. "I've never seen that before in my life. He's got a confidence about him."

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Rihanna and Drake's Relationship Is Getting Serious, Friends Say "They've Always Had a Special Connection"

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While Drake and Rihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings for one another.

"They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.

Ri Ri and Drizzy have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.

"Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan's album, Crash My Party, is back at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums tally in its 37th week on the chart.

Eric Paslay performs a cover of the Sheryl Crow song, "I Shall Believe," on Ram Country on Yahoo Music. Check it out at RamCountry.Music.Yahoo.com.

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Is Jerrod Niemann Secretly Writing Songs for a New Garth Brooks Project?

Sony Music NashvilleGarth Brooks is expected to announce plans for a massive world tour in the coming months, and he's hinted there might be some new music to go along with the trek. Since Jerrod Niemann had a hand in writing several of Garth's singles, including 2005's "Good Ride Cowboy," we wondered if Jerrod might know something about Garth's recording plans.

"When I chat with him, I don't hit him up for a bunch of details," Jerrod tells ABC News Radio. "You know, I wouldn't probably trust myself with any details 'cause I get so excited."

While Jerrod doesn't have any insight on what or when Garth is recording, he is just as excited as everyone else about Garth's return to the concert trail.

Says Jerrod, "Any day that Garth Brooks cares to make music is a good day for everybody. So, yes. We all love Garth, and we can't wait for him to get back out there."

As for Jerrod's career, he just celebrated the #1 success of his gold-certified single, "Drink to That All Night" with a party on Music Row in Nashville this week.  It's the lead release from Jerrod's latest album, High Noon, available now.

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Chris Young Previews Brand-New Live Show in Nashville

RCA NashvilleChris Young hosted a preview of his brand-new live show for a few members of the press Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The hit-filled set kicked off with the title track from his latest album, A.M., and continued with the single from that album, "Aw Naw" and "Who I Am with You."

The massive stage features high-tech LED screens and state-of-the-art lighting, making this Chris's biggest tour production ever. Hits like "Gettin' You Home," "Voices" and "You" rounded out the set list.

Look for Chris to take his new show out on the road this summer with a mix of headlining shows and dates opening for Dierks Bentley. A complete list of tour dates is posted at ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" Projected to Beat Out Future's "Honest"

Island Def JamIggy Azalea and Future shared the same release date for their respective albums this week and it seems they are both off to a solid sales start.

According to Hits Daily Double, the Australian rapper's debut album,The New Classic, is projected to sell between 50,000 to 55,000 copies in the first week.  Industry forecasters suggest Iggy will enjoy a top 5 debut on Billboard 200 chart.

Meanwhile, Future’s Honest is expected to sell approximately 45,000 to 50,000 in its first seven days in stores. The album could best the first-week sales of the rapper's 2012 debut, Pluto, which sold 41,000 copies and landed at number eight on the Billboard 200.

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.

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Craig Morgan Challenging Fans to Go-Kart Race at 2014 Fan Club Party

Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan is challenging fans to a go-kart race at his "Wake Up Racing You" fan club party, coming up June 4 in Nashville. The event takes place that morning at the Music City Indoor Karting & Entertainment Center. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance and a light breakfast in addition to the race.

Go to EventBrite.com to purchase tickets.

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Reunited Veruca Salt Issues Video for New Song

Gary KordanBack together after a 14 year hiatus, Veruca Salt released it's first new music last weekend in the form of a Record Store Day 10-inch vinyl EP which included two new songs.  Now the band has issued a video for one of those new songs, "The Museum of Broken Relationships."

The black-and-white video, which is streaming on Stereogum, captures the band performing the mid-tempo rocker in a rehearsal studio.  "He's a cheater, a bottom feeder/in this box are locks of his hair./Jubilation, he loves me again/Ha la la, I don't care," sing vocalists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, in the harmonized lead vocal style they made famous with their 1990s hit "Seether."  In the video the pair are seen changing places as the shots cut back and forth between the rhythm section and the two singer/guitarists.

As previously reported, the band is heading out on the road for the first time since 1995.  That tour begins June 22 in Portland, OR and is slated to conclude August 26 in Boston. Visit VerucaSalt.com for more information.

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Bruce Springsteen Premieres Video for New Song, "American Beauty"

Columbia RecordsOn Saturday, Bruce Springsteen released a new EP titled American Beauty for Record Store Day.  The EP, which was made available exclusively on 12-inch vinyl, features four previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same sessions that yielded the Boss' High Hopes album.

Now, a video featuring Springsteen and his E Street Band performing the EP's title track live has debuted online.  The clip was filmed, appropriately, on the day American Beauty was released.  Bruce and company are shown playing the tune onstage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, prior to a scheduled concert at the venue.

In a note about the American Beauty disc, Springsteen says of the title track, "I get to sing in a part of my range I don't often visit and that along with its 'guitar wall of sound' gives it a little 'exile on E Street' power."

Springsteen's current U.S. tour is scheduled through a May 17-18 stand in Uncasville, Connecticut.  His next scheduled show takes place Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Kanye West Asks James Franco & Seth Rogen to Recreate "Bound 2" Parody at Wedding

Courtesy James Franco Via Instagram

James Franco and Seth Rogen have made it a point to poke fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, from their parody "Bound 3" video last November to their recent recreation of Kanye and Kim's Vogue cover, where they superimposed their faces on the bodies of the "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple." Now, it seems the comedic actors have been invited to partake in the couple's wedding festivities.

During a recent interview on on ABC's The View, Franco says West invited the duo to "perform [the 'Bound 2' parody] live the night before his wedding at Versailles."

Franco adds that they seriously considered the offer but says he's "I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen." He explains, "I think it would have been awesome for about 10 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front of all the Kardashians and all the rap world."

Kanye and Kim are reportedly set to exchange vows next month in Paris.

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J. Cole Announces Second Annual Dollar & a Dream Tour

Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationJ. Cole  has announced plans to embark on his second annual Dollar & a Dream Tour, which will celebrate the five-year anniversary of his 2009 mixtape, The Warm Up. The rapper is expected to perform the project in its entirety this summer.

The rapper shared the news via his Instagram page. "The Warm Up. Dollar and a Dream. See you in the summer," Cole wrote in the caption.

The dates for the upcoming trek will be revealed at a later time. Similar to last year's outing, fans can anticipate the tickets to be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

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Coldplay Sell Out NYC in Thirty Seconds; Announce Glasgow Show

Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramAs expected, Coldplay earlier today sold out their "intimate" New York City show -- but it was fast, even by New-York-minute standards. Within 30 seconds of Ticketmaster opening sales, fans were having their hopes dashed by a large, red "High Demand--No Matches" message on the site, even if all they wanted were single tickets to the band's May 5 show.

Of course, tickets appeared on Craigslist almost immediately, with pricetags of up to $4000 a pop for orchestra seats. Several ads were placed for tickets in the $200 range, which were quickly snapped up.

There has been no mention from Coldplay's official sources about the possibility of an additional show added to help meet the overwhelming ticket demand.

On a happier note, Coldplay has signed on to headline the Saturday night show of Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow on May 24. Tickets for that event were free, and snapped up in under two hours. The good news for Coldplay fans is that the show will be simulcast online -- check out details on the BBC website.

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Pink Goes Naked for "People's" Most Beautiful Issue

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesPink is featured in People magazine's brand-new 50 Most Beautiful People issue, and while she's not on the cover, she is featured inside the publication buck-naked.

Pink is posing as part of a feature called "Naked at 34," where five different female celebrities show off their nude bodies.  In a photo on People's website, which a People rep tells ABC News Radio is slightly different from the one in the actual magazine, Pink's seen in black-and-white, sitting sideways and slightly hunched over so we can't see her naughty bits.  We can, however, see her impressive collection of tattoos, which are probably more extensive than you realize.  Pink is also naked in black-and-white inside the actual magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.

"I was a gymnast for eight years, starting when I was 4 years old,” Pink tells People, explaining where she got her body confidence. "So instead of thinking, 'Am I skinny? What does my body look like?’ I grew up thinking, ‘Am I fast enough? How can I use my body?’ I’m a person who could always lose a couple here and there, but I would rather be strong than bony.”

Pink says that her two-year-old daughter Willow shares her mom's penchant for shedding her clothes.

"She said to me the other day, ‘Mama, on Tuesday I think we should get naked and have a naked booby butt dance party.’ I was like, ‘I’m in.’”

The other stars who stripped off for People include Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon, actress Rachel Leigh Cook, Devious Maids star Dania Ramirez and actress, model and ex-pro wrestler Stacy Keibler.

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Miguel Hits the Studio with DJ Premier

Courtesy Miguel Via InstagramAfter recently logging studio time with Jessie Ware and J. Cole, Miguel has tapped the legendary DJ Premier for the follow-up to his breakout 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream.

The crooner revealed the news by posting to Instagram a black-and-white picture of himself standing next to the producer, who has worked with everyone from The Notorious B.I.G. to Christina Aguilera.

So what are the two cooking up? Miguel teased the collaboration with a brief video, in which he's sitting next to Premier on a couch, playing his guitar while the track plays in the background.

"Honored work w you Big Bro @djpremier #livinglegend #artgang #artdealerchic," the crooner wrote in the accompanying caption.

Premier added, "Banged out some iLL s**t with @miguelunlimited in Cali…he’s fast writing and records himself right at the board…no booth…Jack Daniels & Cazadores Tequila…Dope Professional Session."

Miguel's third studio effort is expected to arrive later this year.

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Miranda Lambert's 2013 Year in Review Going on Display in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Country Music Hall of FameThe new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, "Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access," opens May 16 with a focus on what Miranda did in 2013. Items going on display include outfits from last year's CMA Awards, ACM Awards and CMA Music Festival as well as a costume she wore on her Locked & Reloaded Tour.

The outfits Miranda wore in her "Mama's Broken Heart" video and the "We Were Us" video with Keith Urban are also going on display. Miranda's own tweets accompany each item to tell the story of Miranda's life last year.

For more information, go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

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