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Sunday
Apr262015

Mariah Carey's Las Vegas Welcome Event Will Stream Live on Periscope

Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentWant to witness Mariah Carey’s grand Las Vegas entrance, but can’t make it to Sin City? You’re in luck! Periscope, Twitter’s live-streaming app, will be broadcasting her entire welcome event live from Caesars Palace.

The event will take place Monday to mark Mariah’s Vegas arrival and the start of her Mariah #1 to Infinity residency, which kicks off May 6. It will also celebrate the release of Mariah’s new single, “Infinity,” and its music video, directed by Brett Ratner.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. PT in front of the fountains at Caesars Palace. Following the event, Periscope will be broadcasting Mashable’s live interview with Mariah at 8 p.m. PT.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Scandalous Family History on "Who Do You Think You Are?" Season Finale

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge uncovers some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past on tonight’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?

The singer tells Billboard she agreed to be on the show partly because her wife, Linda Wallem, is friends with one of the executive producers, but also because she wanted to fill some gaps in her ancestral history. "I knew stories from my mother's family," she says, "but with my father I didn't know anything past his parents, so it was a delight to all of a sudden open a door to all these stories and be like, 'Oh, that's where my father came from?'"

It took more than a year of research, but the show turned up ancestors in French Canada -- namely, Melissa’s six-time great grandfather, Francois Janis. In a scandalous twist, Melissa finds out Francois sued a man who had allegedly “seduced and impregnated” his teenage daughter.

"I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," Melissa says. "I didn't take anything personally -- although when you start realizing there were these people in the 1600s going to court to clear their daughter's name, and of course it's so salacious and about sexuality, I'm like, 'Duh -- welcome to my line of making our sexuality public,' and that sort of makes me laugh at those parallels."

She acknowledges that the newfound branches in her family tree might spark some song ideas one day, but first she has a busy summer of touring ahead. "I actually haven't sat down to write much now,” she says. “I'm more in the touring mode. It hasn't inspired me yet, but once I do sit down to write again maybe I'll go there."

On June 9, Melissa will release A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A. on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and the next day she’ll kick off a solo summer tour. A mixture of solo dates and co-headlining shows with Blondie will take her through the end of summer.

Melissa’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Ne-Yo to Appear on UNCF An Evening of Stars 

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Ne-Yo will be seen as a presenter this Sunday during the United Negro College Fund's An Evening of Stars, an annual event for the past 36 years supporting minority education. 

Although the show was taped earlier this month at the Atlanta Civic Center, Ne-Yo just revealed Friday that he took part. "Excited to be presenting at 's Evening Of Stars!" he announced on Twitter.

In addition to Ne-Yo, you will see performances from K. Michelle, Estelle, Yolanda Adams and Empire star Jussie Smollett when An Evening of Stars, hosted  by Anthony Anderson, airs Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET on BET.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo to Guest on New Album from Def Leppard's Phil Collen 

Image Courtesy Mad Ink PRAs a member of a band that is now fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo has had experience with high-profile collaborations. Now, he's lending his talents to Delta Deep, a new blues-inspired project from Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.

"We really wanted Robert in this band," Collen says. "He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most 'badass bass player' to come out of the alternative rock explosion."

Delta Deep's self-titled debut, which will be released in June, also features vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot will also guest on the record.

Meanwhile, DeLeo is currently on tour with STP. The headlining trek will conclude April 30 in Philadelphia.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Dierks Bentley Expects Latest Hit, "Say You Do," to Be Big with Audiences on His Sounds of Summer Tour

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley's latest hit, "Say You Do," was still pretty new at country radio when he closed out his Riser tour. Now that the song is closing in on the top of the country chart, Dierks expects it to be a huge hit with audiences when he hits the road again in June.

"Getting back out there on the Sounds of Summer Tour and seeing what’s happened to this song is going to be a huge surprise for us," Dierks says. "[It's] something we’re really looking forward to.”

Dierks says his fans have always reacted strongly to "Say You Do," but that excitement has been growing in the past few weeks.

He says, "I’ve had a little taste of that in a few shows we’ve done -- just one-offs."

"Say You Do" is included on Dierks' latest album, Riser. His Sounds of Summer tour kicks off June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina with special guests Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Joan Jett Records Title Track for New Drew Barrymore Film

Credit: Bruce AdlerNot content to sit back and rest on her rock and roll laurels, newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett has recorded a song for the forthcoming film, Miss You Already.

The song is the title track to the movie -- which focuses on the lifelong friendship of two women -- and hits on the film's themes of loss and the preciousness of memories in a razor-toothed surge of guitars with a hot chorus," according to Rolling Stone. It was written by Jett, guitarist Dougie Needles and Jett's longtime manager Kenny Laguna. "I give her pop..She gives me menace," said Laguna of the track.

Helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, the movie stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bissett.

Jett also spoke with Rolling Stone about sexism in rock. "People look at women differently," Jett says. "Men are viable into old age. Women all of a sudden become matronly? C'mon, man!"

Jett -- who is on the road with The Who through November -- said a typical day off stage consists of doing "nothing."  "If I can help it," she said "I'd work at the animal shelter. Or I kick back on my royalties, just be out in nature."


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Sunday
Apr262015

Report: Lionel Richie on Track for Vegas Residency, Diana Ross Eyes Return to Sin City

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleLooks like Lionel Richie will be following in the footsteps of his "Endless Love" duet partner, Diana Ross, and will launch a residency in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Richie and promoters are eying a stint of shows at Axis at Planet Hollywood, in between dates by pop star Britney Spears who has a long-term run ongoing at the venue.  

Meanwhile the former Supreme may be returning to Vegas for more shows. This month Ross played nine shows at the Venetian, and according to the Sun is considering a return engagement there.

But one hitmaker who apparently will not be setting up shop in Sin City is Janet Jackson.  According to the Sun, talks between Jackson and the Venetian have broken down.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Has Demoed Five New Songs, Says Producer 

Credit: Felisha TolentinoGreen Day made their triumphant return to the stage last week at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and now it looks like a triumphant return to the studio is on the horizon as well. Longtime Green Day producer Rob Cavallo says that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has written and demoed five new songs.

"Let me tell you, they were just fantastic," Cavallo tells Kerrang! of the new material. "[Armstrong] is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing."

Cavallo has been working with Green Day since he produced their 1994 breakthrough album Dookie. Green Day's last release was 2012's ¡Tré!, which was also produced by Cavallo.

Green Day has had an eventful week -- last Saturday, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, which included performances by Dave Grohl, Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, will air on HBO May 30.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Report: Janet Jackson Turns Down Las Vegas Offer 

Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/UniversalFor many artists, landing a Las Vegas residency is a capper to their legendary careers, and it appeared that Janet Jackson was the next entertainer set to have her name appearing on a Sin City marquee, but a deal to bring the singer to The Strip reportedly has fallen through.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, there were plans for Jackson to announce a run of shows at the Venetian, however the negotiations have broken off, at least for the moment. The paper reports that the singer turned down what was labeled the venue's final financial offer.

Jackson would have joined a growing roster of artists with Vegas residencies, including Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

 


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Saturday
Apr252015

“Uptown Funk” Took Mark Ronson from “Cold” to “Too Hot…Hot Damn!” 

Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” has, in a sense, turned Mark Ronson’s career upside down. It took him from a particularly low point straight to the top of the charts. In an interview with The Jewish Chronicle Online, the powerhouse producer speaks about his struggle to break out of a career slump.

"It was a lull," he says. "I was 'cold', in industry parlance. I could see the other producers getting the calls to work on certain projects, and it was like, 'Oh, OK, that's cool… I had a good run, right?'”

But it was this time of rejection that spurred him to create something great. He ended up making Uptown Special, featuring the smash hit with Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk." “I think when I buckled down to make this record, it wasn't like, 'I'll show them!' but more like a pragmatic feeling of, 'You'd better make the best record you've ever made or no one will give a s**t about you for the rest of your life,'" he says.

People certainly care, now. Earlier this month, “Uptown Funk” became Billboard's longest-running #1 single of the 2010s. While Mark is happy with the success, he’s also content with his behind-the-scenes producer role. "Listen, I'm 39, I'm not a pop star age,” he says. “I can still take the subway in New York and the tube [in London], it's not like a frenzy. I get recognized, but with a kind of nod. It's not like a selfie catastrophe every time I go out. It's cool. It is a bit of a thrill seeing your name on top of the charts as opposed to in parentheses, but those are superficial kicks."


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Saturday
Apr252015

The Who, Elton John, Chicago & More Featured on AXS Jazzfest TV Coverage

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupFans of Elton John and The Who unable to get to New Orleans for the popular New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival can get all of the action with AXS TV's live broadcast next weekend.

The network will be airing 21 hours of live and recorded performances from this year's fest, taking place May 1-3.  Besides Elton and The Who, the AXS broadcast also will feature Chicago, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, The O'Jays and more.

AXS' coverage begins at 4 p.m. daily during Jazzfst.  Viewers also will be able to access special festival-specific content on an special interactive website at Axs.tv/festival/JazzFest.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Sam Hunt Hoping to Live Some Life Off the Road Before Writing Next Album

Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is happy to have a non-stop tour schedule these days, but he admits all that traveling is cutting into his time as a songwriter.

Sam tells Entertainment Tonight, "I have not been writing at all. I just haven't had any time to do that, but I'm excited to get back in the studio."

While he hopes to start writing new songs this fall, Sam knows he needs to get out of the bubble he's been in while living on a tour bus.

"There is a lot of life that I've experienced that will inspire writing," Sam says, "but I think I'm gonna have to find some time to do some living outside of the road to find some new experiences and new inspirations for new songs."

Sam heads out with Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour starting Friday, May 1 in Lubbock, Texas.


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Friday
Apr242015

Miguel to Perform at Tobago Jazz Experience

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel is one of the performers at this year's Tobago Jazz Experience.  held at various venues across the Caribbean island. The crooner will be joined by Jennifer Hudson tonight, April 24 but he flew down early to take in the scenery, posting a photo of an island sunset to Instagram on Thursday. "...thankful beyond words," Miguel wrote in the caption.

The festival, which began last Saturday, April 18, will include closing performances from Jill Scott and Kool & the Gang on Sunday evening.


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Friday
Apr242015

Britney Spears' "Tom's Diner" Cover Leaks Online

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsNow you can hear Britney Spears' cover of Suzanne Vega’s 1987 hit “Tom’s Diner.” The song, which is featured on Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album, has leaked online.

Instead of going a cappella like the original version, Britney and Giorgio recorded an electronic, futuristic-sounding interpretation of the song. SPIN has the leaked full version.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Giorgio said the “Tom’s Diner” cover was Britney’s idea. "Britney came to my management company with the idea to do a particular song with me, which was interesting because usually it's the other way, with the producer offering a song," the 74-year-old producer said.

Britney’s not the first one to reinterpret the song. Fall Out Boy sampled the tune last year in their single, “Centuries.”

Giorgio’s album, Déjà Vu, is his first solo released in 30 years. It also features Sia and Charli XCX. It’s set for a June 16 release.


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Friday
Apr242015

Charli XCX Says She’s “Always a Bit Unhappy”

Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsIf Taylor Swift is pop music’s eternal optimist, Charli XCX might just be the opposite. In a recent interview with Maxim magazine, Charli admits she’s “not very good at being happy all the time.” In fact, she says most of the time she’s really quite bored.

“I’m not going to lie and say everything’s amazing, because sometimes it’s really f**king tough,” she says. “I’m not good at being a picture-perfect pop star, happy all the time. If I’m having a bad day, I can’t pretend. I’m always a bit unhappy, but that’s just me. I like dwelling in my sadness.”

You’d never know it from her bouncy hits, like “Boom Clap,” and her crazy, colorful wardrobe. “Just because I might be bored doesn’t mean I have to look boring,” she says. “I’d rather look fabulous, like I’m having a great time. There’s nothing that says boss more than a belly chain and snakeskin trousers. My dad always used to encourage me to dress weird.”

And, she says, her parents used to drop her off at all-age raves in London, where she’d perform as a young teen. “I remember one time my mum came to pick me up at, like, 5 a.m., and some guy threw up all over her shoes,” she says. “But I loved it. I was like, ‘Mum, when I grow up I want to live in a warehouse.’”

Now, she lives in the next best thing: a house in the English countryside decked out like “Miami ‘70s porn pad.”

Between the house, her Grammy-nominated hit “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and a stint opening for Katy Perry this year, Charli's doing pretty well for herself. But she has even bigger plans for the future. “I have a business mind, I have a real drive -- I want to have an empire,” she says. “I want to have more of a legacy, and I think just because I wear what I wear, and am a pop star, doesn’t mean I can’t have that.”


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Friday
Apr242015

Adam Lambert Will Tour "If People Like" His New Album 

Warner Bros. RecordsWill Adam Lambert be going on tour this year in support of his upcoming album, The Original High? "Yeah, if people like this record!" the singer tells Billboard.

The last time he did a full solo U.S. tour was in 2010 in support of his 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment. He admits that his last album, 2012’s Trespassing, didn’t quite have the success to warrant a big tour.

"There was a couple of freestanding [American] dates," Lambert says, "but unfortunately… I mean, you know, it's common knowledge Trespassing wasn't quite the commercial success that we all had hoped it would be, which would have supported a tour.”

But, he adds, “I'm really, really thankful that the fans ate it up, and that we debuted at No. 1 on the [Billboard 200] chart. That was lovely. I stand by the album."

While he didn’t tour solo, he did hit the road with rock band Queen. He toured with them in 2014 and just wrapped the European leg of the tour on February 27. Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, is featured on Adam’s new album.

The Original High is due out June 16.


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Friday
Apr242015

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Announces New Project, Delta Deep, with STP’s Robert DeLeo

Image Courtesy Mad Ink PRDef Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen is exploring his passion for blues in a new project, Delta Deep, whose self-titled debut is scheduled for release in June.

Delta Deep features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. The album is peppered with guest stars galore, including Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer Paul Cook, and Girl/Manraze bassist Simon Laffy.

The idea for project dates back to 2012, when Collen and Cook -- who's the godmother of Collen's wife, Helen -- got together to sing blues classics in the guitarist's home. Soon after, all three began to write original music, and recorded the tracks in Collen's home studio. Others joined the project in quick succession, and Robinson's suggestion to get DeLeo in the lineup was the fit the group needed.

"We really wanted Robert in this band," Collen says. "He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most "badass bass player" to come out of the alternative rock explosion."  He adds of Blackwell-Cook, "When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain.  She’s an incredibly beautiful 62-year-old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.

Delta Deep will be out June 23.

 
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Friday
Apr242015

The Replacements Are Planning New Music; Box Sets and Documentary to Be Released

Credit: Steven CohenThe Replacements are "back by unpopular demand," and in more ways than one. The band is currently on a North American trek dubbed the Back by Unpopular Demand tour, but they are also working on new music. Two recording sessions have resulted in seven or eight new songs, according to The Replacements' co-manager Darren Hill.

"It just a question of what the band wants to ultimately do with them," Hill tells Billboard.

The Replacements will be on tour through the beginning of June, which has slowed the recording process a bit.

"It's really difficult to shift modes," Hill says. "But the good news is that the band is really gelling, and that's got to translate when they go back in to the studio."

If you can't hardly wait for a new Replacements release, this summer the band will be reissuing their studio albums on vinyl in two box-set collections. There's also a biography on the horizon, entitled Trouble Boys, as well as a potential documentary with "Oscar-winning filmmakers."

The Replacements will be touring North America through May 9 in Philadelphia, followed by a trip to Europe.


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Friday
Apr242015

Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless Score Number Ones on "Billboard's" Rock Charts

Atlantic RecordsHalestorm and The Pretty Reckless are currently ruling the road on their joint tour, and they're ruling Billboard's rock charts, too. Halestrom's latest album, Into the Wild Life, has debuted at number one on Top Rock Albums, while The Pretty Reckless' single, "Follow Me Down," has reached number one at Mainstream Rock Songs.

Into the Wild Life, Halestorm's third album, also debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. The album sold 52,000 copies, more than doubling the 24,000 copies the band's last album, 2012's The Strange Case Of..., sold in its first week. The Strange Case Of... peaked at number seven on Top Rock Albums and 15 on the Billboard 200.

Meanwhile, "Follow Me Down" gives The Pretty Reckless three number-one hits on Mainstream Rock Songs, following "Messed Up World" and "Heaven Knows." The Pretty Reckless is only the second band to have their first three charted songs hit number one -- 3 Doors Down first achieved that feat between 2000 and 2001 with "Kryptonite," "Loser," and "Duck and Run."

Halestorm's tour with The Pretty Reckless wraps up June 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Friday
Apr242015

The Chemical Brothers Announce New Album, "Born in the Echoes," Featuring Beck

Credit: Hamish BrownThe Chemical Brothers have returned, and they've brought a Grammy Album of the Year winner with them. Beck will guest on the electronic duo's first studio album in five years, called Born in the Echoes, which will be released July 17.

Beck will lend his vocals to the album's closing track, "Wide Open."  The song will be the first new music featuring Beck to be released since his album Morning Phase unexpectedly won Album of the Year at this year's Grammy Awards.

Born in the Echoes will also feature contributions from St. Vincent, rapper Q-Tip, and singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon. You can listen to the first track from the album, called "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," now on YouTube.

The Chemical Brothers' last studio album was 2010's Further. Since then, the duo has been busy with soundtrack work -- they scored the 2011 film Hanna, and they collaborated with Lorde on the track "This Is Not a Game," from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack.

Here's the track list for Born in the Echoes:

"Sometimes I Feel So Deserted"
"Go" (featuring Q-Tip)
"Under Neon Lights" (featuring St. Vincent)
"EML Ritual" (featuring Ali Love)
"I'll See You There"
"Just Bang"
"Reflexion"
"Taste of Honey"
"Born in the Echoes" (featuring Cate Le Bon)
"Radiate"
"Wide Open" (featuring Beck)


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