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Wednesday
Aug202014

Blake Shelton Fans Could Paint Themselves into a Meeting with the Star

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

For a complete list of Blake's tour dates, go to BlakeShelton.com.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

MAGIC!'s Still #1, But Ariana & Azalea Dominate Top 10

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCMAGIC!'s "Rude" is number one for a sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but they're likely to be replaced next week by one of two female artists.

The first one is Meghan Trainor, whose surprise hit "All About That Bass" has jumped to #2.  The second?  Taylor Swift's new single "Shake It Off," which is expected to sell more than 400,000 copies in its first week of availability, and might just debut at #1.

But the real story in the top 10 is its utter domination by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea.  Between them, each artist has three songs in the top 10.  For Ariana, it's "Problem," "Break Free" and "Bang Bang," her team-up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.  For Iggy, it's "Problem," plus "Fancy" and "Black Widow."

The only other female acts who've had three top 10s simultaneously are Adele and Ashanti.  Adele did it in 2012 with "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," while Ashanti accomplished that feat in 2002 with her own "Foolish," Ja Rule's "Always on Time" and Fat Joe's "Wut's Luv?" 

However, Adele and Ariana are the only women who've ever had three simultaneous top 10s where they were the lead artist.  That's because Iggy is just a featured artist on "Problem," while Ashanti was just a featured artist on "Wut's Luv" and "Always on Time."


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Taylor Swift's Friend Jaime King Says Her New Album "1989" Is "Amazing"; Taylor Says It's Not About Relationships

Big Machine RecordsOne of Taylor Swift's many celebrity friends is actress Jaime King -- and because they're pals, she's already gotten to hear Taylor's new album, 1989, which the rest of us won't be able to check out 'til October.  So, how is it?  Jaime tells E! that it's "amazing."

"This album, I could not tell you how amazing it is," King told E! at the premiere of her latest film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. "I'm trying to wrack my brain to try to think of an album that I've loved this much in the past 10 years. It's very difficult for me to think of one that's so solid as an album, all the way through as a whole album."

Commenting on Taylor's declaration that 1989 is her "first official pop album," King said, "The thing is she's always been a pop artist.  Her country music always transcended and had a pop element to it. I think all of her country fans will still love her and follow her and be with her." 

Meanwhile, in an interview with Fusion, Taylor says that unlike her last album, Red, which was about "dealing with an intense heartbreak," 1989 is about "the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay and you write about what your life is like then." 

She adds, "At this point, I just want to be with my friends and I want to make music and I want to play shows. I want travel the world and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a couple of years ago.”

Finally, the New York Daily News reports that Taylor treated the fans who attended her Yahoo! live stream event on Monday to a pizza party at her apartment, where they were allowed to pose with her awards and cuddle her cats.

1989 is due out October 27.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Wiz Khalifa's "Blacc Hollywood" to Enjoy Solid First Week Sales

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Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood is projected to have a chart-topping sales start.

According to Hits Daily Double, the rapper's fifth album is estimated to sell between 70,000 to 80,000 copies in its first week.

Although Wiz will likely secure the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, the first-week sales total is expected to be around half that of 2012's O.N.I.F.C., which debuted at number two and sold 148,000 copies in its first week.

The disc includes contributions from Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Juicy J, Curren$y, Snoop Dogg, ScHoolboy Q and Chevy Woods.

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Gaslight Anthem Debuts at #4 on Album Chart, Godsmack Hangs On at #8

Image Courtesy Island RecordsAlthough most of the top spots on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart are occupied by soundtracks and pop stars, there is hope for rock and roll yet! It’s a good week for The Gaslight Anthem as their new album Get Hurt enters the chart at number four, having sold about 33 thousand copies. This is the second consecutive top 10 debut for the New Jersey band; their last studio album, 2012’s Handwritten, bowed at number three.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Godsmack’s latest, 1000hp, falls from number three to number eight in its second week on the chart.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block This Fall

Courtesy Julien's AuctionsOver the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.

Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200. 

In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than 30 pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact.  Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.

One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans.  That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.

The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year.  Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.

From November 3 through the 7th, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Carrie Underwood Performing "Sunday Night Football" Theme Again This Season

Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.

Carrie says, "I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It's kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event."

Carrie filmed the "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC's Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Tom Morello, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath Featured on Protest Song Compilation

Image Courtesy A-F RecordsRage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Rise Against's Tim McIlrath are two of the artists featured on an upcoming collection of protest songs called This Concerns Everyone.

The album will benefit the Right to Heal Campaign -- a joint venture between the Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq -- and will be released November 18 by A-F Records, the indie label that veteran punk band Anti-Flag calls home.

Morello, who has recorded several albums of politically charged music as The Nightwatchman, contributes an acoustic version of his song “House Gone Up in Flames” to the compilation.  He says, “I decided to rock [that song] because it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. Conjured in the midst of a 104-degree fever in an Italian hotel room, I wasn’t sure if I was going to live or die. But I knew if I survived, I was gonna have a helluva political Molotov of a song on my hands.” 

You can check out the new version of "House Gone Up in Flames" now at the A-F Records website.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Karrueche Tran Defends Relationship with Chris Brown

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It seems that Karrueche Tran has confirmed she and Chris Brown are back together.

Brown himself had hinted as much earlier this week by posting a image to Instagram showing himself and Tran in a car.  Now the model has posted her own picture of herself with Brown via Instagram.

In the caption she attempts to explain the seemingly volatile relationship. "Lovers.. Friends.. We love, we laugh, we fight.. It's complicated and I can't explain it but it's not for you to understand but us .. My MCM," she wrote.

She also shared an Instagram picture of Brown eating crab legs inside a seafood restaurant. "Date night," she wrote.

Brown returned the favor by sharing a black-and-white promotional picture of Tran with a red "X" superimposed on her face, a nod to his upcoming album, X, arriving September 16.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Kid Cudi to Launch Sneaker Collection Next Year

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Kid Cudi has scored his first sneaker line. The rapper has signed a partnership with Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti.

According to Nice Kicks, the rapper's red Nappa leather high-tops will be the first shoe in the the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. 

The unusual padded look to the shoe has garnered mixed reactions on Twitter. One tweeter commented, "This looks like a life-saving flotation device," while another wasn't surprised by the rapper's eclectic taste, adding, "That's what I would expect honestly."

The release date and price for Cudi's futuristic shoe have yet to be announced.

Cudi is the latest rapper to ink a sneaker deal -- Kanye West  has teamed with Adidas and Wiz Khalifa has partnered with Converse.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Interpol to Rock NY's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Inage Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/Matador RecordsInterpol will play a show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on the evening of September 2, the week before their new album El Pintor is released.

The performance, which has already sold out, will take place at the Museum's Temple of Dendur. During the event, Interpol will preview songs from their new disc and celebrate the launch of The Met App, the legendary museum’s new flagship mobile app. The Met App will allow people to keep abreast of what’s going on at the Met wherever they are.

El Pintor, which arrives on September 9, will be Interpol’s first album since their eponymous effort from 2010.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Sara Bareilles to Perform During "In Memoriam" Segment at This Year's Emmy Awards

Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards.

Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy.  She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year.  Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal.

It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to Robin Williams.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Have Split Up

Venturelli/Getty ImagesJohn Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, apparently have called it quits.  Closer Weekly reports that one of the veteran rocker's friends has told the magazine that the pair broke up "a couple of weeks ago."

Mellencamp's friend suggested that the 62-year-old singer/songwriter was unhappy with the amount media scrutiny he and Ryan were receiving.

"I don't think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress," the friend explained.  "I bet he'll stay away from dating another famous person for a while."

People magazine first reported in January of 2011 that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating.  Ryan was featured on the star-studded 2013 soundtrack recording to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the gothic stage musical that Mellencamp co-wrote with famed horror author Stephen King.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Ariana Grande to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Telecast Sept. 5; Debuts Four New Songs via MTV

Republic RecordsAriana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.

Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.

The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric. They'll be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.  If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.

In other Ariana news, her new album, My Everything, arrives Monday, but if you can't wait, Ariana has teamed with MTV to stream four songs from the disc for your listening pleasure, right now.

The songs are the sexy "Love Me Harder," which features R&B star The Weeknd; the piano ballad "A Little Bit of Your Heart," co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles; the R&B-flavored "Be My Baby"; and "Why Try," which was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

The Who to Perform on the Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast Next Month

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are well-known for their support of cancer charities, which may be why the famous rock band has signed on to perform on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer.  The show will air Friday, September 5, across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.

Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Dave Matthews, singer/actresses Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.

The one-hour special also will feature a bevy of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon, in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric.  The stars will be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.  If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.

While the telecast airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT on September 5, you also may receive a call on the 6th or 7th.

Daltrey is a longtime patron of the U.K. charity Teenage Cancer Trust, and he and Townshend co-founded the Teen Cancer America organization in 2012.  Both charities support the creation of programs and facilities that focus on the needs of teens and young adults battling the disease.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Justin Bieber and Bodyguard Sued...Again 

Image Credit: Ben WattsOnce again, Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards have been sued by an angry photographer.

Billboard reports that a photographer named Aja Oxman has filed suit against the singer and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, claiming Patterson beat him and destroyed his camera after he shot Justin jumping off a cliff in Hawaii in November of 2013.  Oxman claims that Justin ordered the beat-down, telling Patterson, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."

Oxman's suit further claims that Patterson grabbed him a choke hold, and repeatedly slammed him into the hood of a car as Justin watched.  Patterson allegedly stopped when another photographer started filming the alleged assault on his cell phone.  Oxman claims Patterson and Justin then destroyed his camera, and took his memory card and his keys. 

According to Billboard, Patterson has already been charged and convicted for his actions, but Oxman's suit claims assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

Earlier this year, another photographer, Michael Munoz, sued Justin and Patterson, claiming the bodyguard chased him into a restaurant in Miami after he shot Justin coming out of a club, then allegedly kicked and punched him and tried to take his memory card.  At the time, Justin's lawyer told TMZ that Munoz wasn't beaten by Patterson, and that Justin wasn't present.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Ariana, Jessie & Nicki to Perform "Bang Bang," Sam Smith Added to Lineup at MTV VMAs 

Republic RecordsThe MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup.

First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj will deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com.

Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs.  He's nominated for Artist to Watch and Best Male Video.  Sam says in a statement, "I have watched the VMAs every year since I was a kid. I am so insanely nervous but also so honored to be performing. This truly is a 'pinch yourself' moment for me."

Newly-announced presenters at the ceremony include Lorde, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Kim Kardashian, Trey Songz, and Orange Is the New Black stars Taylor "Piper" Schilling, Laverne "Sophia" Cox, and Uzo "Crazy Eyes/Suzanne" Aduba.  In addition, DJ Mustard will serve as house deejay for the evening.

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, California.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Concert Film Focusing on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour to Premiere at Toronto Film Fest

Photo: Sean EvansA new concert film featuring performances from three stops on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour over the last few years will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6 at 9:15 p.m.  Roger Waters: The Wall captures the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's dramatic multimedia spectacle, which featured a full performance of his old band's classic 1979 concept album, accompanied by video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, various theatrical interludes and, of course, the construction of a wall across the stage.

The movie, which was directed by Waters and the tour's co-creative director, Sean Evans, is described in the festival's synopsis as "a rib-rattling, sonically stupendous piece of filmmaking."  It will include footage of Waters visiting the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, as well as his journey to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father was killed during World War II when Roger was a baby.  Waters' struggle to come to terms with his dad's death partly inspired him to write The Wall.

The first leg of The Wall Live Tour launched in September 2010, and the trek finally wound down in September 2013.  The tour featured a total of 219 performances and grossed more than $458 million.

Following its premiere, Roger Waters: The Wall will be screened two more times at the fest: on September 7 at 2:45 p.m. and on September 14 at 8 p.m.  Visit TIFF.net for screening details.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Who'll Replace Celine Dion in Las Vegas?

Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentNow that Celine Dion has canceled all her future engagements -- including her Las Vegas shows -- to care for her ailing husband, she's left plenty of dates open at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with no one to perform.  So who'll step in and fill those dates with their own mini-residency?  Let the speculation begin.

The Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach reports there are several names being mentioned already, including Mariah Carey, Beyonce and even Adele.  More solid, says Leach, are the rumors that Katy Perry might step in, since she already performed there over New Year's weekend. 

Diana Ross, who's booked to perform there September 19, is "being encouraged to return for more dates," says Leach.  He also reports that there's also an offer going out to Madonna. 

Leach seems to think that Katy's the most likely candidate, but her Prismatic world tour doesn't end until March, and the dates that need to be filled are mostly in January and February.  However, New Year's Eve is open as well, so Katy might choose to return for those shows.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Train, Meghan Trainor, Matt Nathanson to Perform at Live in the Vineyard Festival

Pamela Littky /Columbia RecordsTrain, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9.

The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs.  Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times.

In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival] this year for many reasons. The fact is we’re excited to do anything that includes great wine, especially in Napa." 

The only way to get tickets for the festival is to win them, through a variety of methods, including signing up at the website.  Visit Live in the Vineyard for complete details on how to get yourself there.

In other Train news, the band has just added Ingrid Michaelson to its upcoming fan cruise, which takes place in February.  Other artists who'll be joining Train on the trip include Andy Grammer and A Great Big World.


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