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Friday
Aug282015

Courteney Cox: "I Can't Imagine" Ed Sheeran Won't Perform at My Wedding

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran is the one who introduced actress Courteney Cox to her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol.  So it's no wonder that the Friends star fully expects Ed to entertain guests at their upcoming wedding.

Speaking to the British tabloid The Sun, Courtney says, "We are certainly grateful to Ed for introducing us. I can’t imagine him not playing something at the wedding. It’ll be a musical night.”

So how did Ed hook Courtney up with Johnny?  Well, he lived in Courteney's pool house while he was making his album, X, and Johnny was one of his collaborators on the project, co-writing several tracks, including the hit "Photograph."

Johnny's band Snow Patrol is best known for their 2006 hit "Chasing Cars," which blew up after it was featured on Grey's Anatomy.

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Friday
Aug282015

Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" Video to Premiere After the VMAs

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsAfter watching Justin Bieber perform on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, make sure you head to Vevo to catch the premiere of his new music video. The visual for his just-released single “What Do You Mean” will be debuting right after the awards ceremony at 11 p.m. ET.

Justin posted a 14-second teaser clip on Twitter Friday. The video -- which looks more like a short film -- co-stars actor John Leguizamo and features Justin in some steamy make-out scenes with a pretty girl. Justin also is seen throwing punches while being attacked by a group of masked men.

“What Do You Mean” was released Friday, after a month-long social media countdown aided by celebrities like Ariana Grande and Ellen DeGeneres. Justin also released a black-and-white lyric video for the song.

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Friday
Aug282015

Chief Keef Album Promotion Foiled by Paternity Questions

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesChief Keef planned to name his baby son after his record label to promote his new album, however, plans changed because there are questions about whether he is the father.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Film Music CEO Alki David was forced to do damage control.

“In light of new developments disputing that Chief Keef is the father of Baby Sno, the streaming TV and music platform FilmOn.com is retracting the right to let the mother, Lauren Woods, use the middle name FilmOn.Com until paternity is settled,” he said in a statement Friday. “We wish Ms. Woods all the best.”

This was a reversal of his Thursday announcement when he said, “Chief Keef and his newest baby mama have agreed to name the newborn Sno FilmOn.Com Cozart in order to promote the release of Sosa’s double album Bang 3 with FilmOn Music and MondoTunes on September 18.”

Bang 3 is Keef’s third studio album and the final edition in his Bang trilogy.

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Friday
Aug282015

Zac Brown Featured on New Avicii Album, Due Out October 2

ShorefireZac Brown Band recently scored a #1 at rock radio with the Chris Cornell collaboration "Heavy Is the Head."  Now Zac is headed to the pop/EDM world. He's teaming up with Avicii for a song on their new album, Stories. The project is due out October 2.

Gavin DeGraw and Wyclef Jean are also featured on the Avicii album.

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Friday
Aug282015

Miley Cyrus Says She’s Pansexual, but Not in a Relationship

ABC/Richard HarbaughEver since Miley Cyrus started opening up about her fluid sexuality, there’s been a lot of talk about whom she’s dating. In particular, people have been speculating that she’s in a relationship with Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell.  But in a new cover story with Elle U.K., Miley says she’s not tied down to anyone at the moment.

“I’m very open about it -- I’m pansexual,” she says. “But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.”

We'll save you the trouble of Googling “pansexual”: It describes someone who’s attracted to people of any sex or gender identity.

Miley also tells the mag she set up The Happy Hippie Foundation as a way of using her fame for good.  “I was kind of embarrassed that I got paid money to shake my a** in a teddy bear costume,” she says, adding, “I should not be worth the amount I am while people live on the streets.”

See what else Miley decides to shake when she hosts 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night.

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Friday
Aug282015

Baroness Announces New Album, "Purple" 

Credit: Jimmy HubbardBaroness is back with new music. The Savannah, Georgia metal band will release Purple, their first album in three years, on December 18. You can listen to the album's first single, "Chlorine & Wine," now on YouTube.

"After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like [2012's] Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate," says frontman John Baizley in a statement. "We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album's dark themes."

Purple will also be Baroness' first album since the members of the band were seriously injured after their tour bus fell 30 feet from a viaduct outside of Bath, England in August of 2012. Baizley broke his left arm and his left leg, while drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni both suffered fractured vertebrae. Blickle and Maggioni have since left Baroness due to complications from the crash.

Baroness will play the Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K. this weekend. A full North American tour will be announced shortly.

Here's the track list for Purple:

"Morningstar"
"Shock Me"
"Try to Disappear"
"Kerosene"
"Fugue"
"Chlorine & Wine"
"The Iron Bell"
"Desperation Burns"
"If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)"
"Crossroads of Infinity"

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Friday
Aug282015

Watch Dave Grohl in Trailer for New Tower Records Documentary 

Cliff Lipson/CBSAll Things Must Pass is a new documentary about how Tower Records became a billion-dollar company in 1999, before filing for bankruptcy just seven years later in the wake of the online music boom. The film features an interview with Dave Grohl, who actually used to work at Tower Records. 

"I got a job at Tower Records because that's the only place that I could get a job with my f****** haircut," Grohl says in the trailer. "That is the truth."

The film also includes interviews with Bruce SpringsteenElton John and Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in 1960.

All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks, will hit theaters October 16.

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Friday
Aug282015

Fetty Wap Remixes Rita Ora’s “Body on Me,” featuring Chris Brown

ABC/Randy HolmesRita Ora has added more star power to her “Body on Me” duet with Chris Brown by collaborating with the hottest new rapper of 2015, Fetty Wap.

Fetty remixed the single and recorded additional rhymes for a new version that debuted Friday. Ora and Brown will perform the song live for the first time September 8 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rita's upcoming album also features Wiz Khalifa, who performed the song “Religion” with her Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Ora will be a presenter at Sunday’s MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles, where Fetty and Khalifa will compete for Best Hip-Hop Video. Fetty is nominated for “Trap Queen,” and Khalifa is up for “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth.

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Friday
Aug282015

Kelly Clarkson Sings Powerful Rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson went a little bit country for her latest fan-requested cover song. The singer performed her own rendition of Dolly Parton’s 1973 classic, “Jolene,” for fans in Albuquerque, New Mexico Thursday night.

Kelly belted the tune -- which was requested by a fan in the front row -- with just the simple backing of a piano.

This has been quite an eventful tour for Kelly. Per her tradition, she’s performed a number of amazing fan-requested covers of artists from Taylor Swift to Nick Jonas to ‘NSYNC. She also announced her second pregnancy on stage at her Los Angeles concert last week.

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Friday
Aug282015

The Weeknd Wants to Make “Pop Cool Again”

Image Courtesy Lamar Taylor/Republic RecordsToday is The Weeknd Madness day. In addition to the release of his new CD, Beauty Behind the Madness, tickets also went on sale for his Madness 2015 Fall Tour. The Toronto native is embracing the spotlight, and tells TIME magazine, "I want to make pop cool again, and the only way I can do that is by being ambitious and grand.”

As he drops his second studio album, The Weeknd believes he’s placed a firm imprint on the music industry. “The game is changing with songs like ‘Earned It’ as opposed to it changing me.” Yet he's also disappointed in his previous work: “I just felt like I was selling myself short,” he says.” The last album (Kiss Land) was rushed. Even though I’m proud of it, I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted.”

The Weeknd made sure he took his time recording Beauty Behind the Madness. "I learned, I studied and I delivered,” he comments. “I want the world to hear my music and see the movement my fans and I have created.”

Here's the itinerary for the Madness 2015 Fall Tour:

11/3 -- Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
11/6 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
11/7 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
11/11 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
11/12 -- Boston, MA, DCU Center
11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
11/15 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/18 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
11/24 -- Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
11/27 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
11/29 -- Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/30 -- Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
12/2 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
12/5 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
12/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
12/13 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
12/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
12/17 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
12/19 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena

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Friday
Aug282015

OMI Announces Debut Album's October Release Date; Premieres New Single, "Hula Hoop"

Ultra Music/Sony Music EntertainmentIf you’ve been cheering for an OMI album, the wait is almost over. The Jamaican pop sensation has announced his debut album, ME 4 U, will be released  October 16.

The album will of course include OMI's smash hit, “Cheerleader,” as well as his new single, “Hula Hoop,” which he premiered Friday. If you pre-order ME 4 U, you’ll receive instant downloads of both tracks. Additional tracks will become available for instant download in the weeks leading up to the release.

Similar to "Cheerleader," “Hula Hoop” is another feel-good tropical jam about female admiration. “Round and round, your love it winds me up/Like a hula hula hoop,” OMI sings on the bouncy track.

The video for the song was shot in Miami this week and will premiere in September.

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Friday
Aug282015

Inflatable Pig Featured on Pink Floyd's "Animals" Album Cover Withdrawn from Memorabilia Auction

Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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Friday
Aug282015

Florida Georgia Line Taking Over Your TV September 4

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is taking over your TV on Friday, September 4. The duo will close out Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series that morning on ABC. Later that night, FGL will perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Florida Georgia Line continues their Anything Goes tour into the fall. Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for details.

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Friday
Aug282015

Chaka Khan Confirmed for "Dancing with the Stars"

ABCThe reports were true: Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among the celebs competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The singer announced the news via a brief video posted on the show's official Twitter account.  Khan tells her fans to "look out for me this season."

The "I'm Every Woman" singer will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Aug282015

Thomas Rhett Releasing New Video Every Friday Until "Tangled Up" Release

Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is releasing a new video every Friday until his album, Tangled Up, comes out September 25. The clips will be posted on Vevo, and you can get a copy of the corresponding song every Friday if you pre-order the album.

The first release in the series, "Vacation," is out now. Thomas says of the song, "Clearly, with lyrics like ‘Billabong bikini’ and ‘solo cup amplifier,’ the song is about having a good time, whether you actually are on vacation -- like we are in the video -- or just kicking back in a kiddie pool in your back yard." 

"Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Tangled Up. It's currently sitting inside the top five at country radio.

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Friday
Aug282015

Cassie Kelley, Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Opens Up About Fertility Issues

Womanista/Greenroom PRAs part of chart-topping Lady AntebellumCharles Kelley has helped take country music by storm. Now he has another reason to sing: He and his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting a baby after six years of marriage.

"We're almost four months and I'm due in February and we just found out that we're having a boy, which I just get choked up thinking about and we're thankful, we're so -- blessed isn't a strong enough word," Cassie said on Friday's Good Morning America. 

Cassie's road to pregnancy wasn't easy -- in fact, it was a two-year struggle. "When you're young and healthy and you're ready to start a family you just don't envision there will be any problems doing that," she explained.

The couple went through months of negative pregnancy tests before visiting a fertility specialist in November. There, they learned that Cassie doesn't ovulate regularly and also has a blocked Fallopian tube. "Our doctor told us we had a one percent chance of conceiving a child naturally without doing IVF," Cassie said.

Then, just when the Kelleys planned to start IVF, Cassie said she and her husband were surprised to learn she was already pregnant. The baby is due in spring 2016.

Charles and Cassie tied the knot in the Bahamas in 2009.  Cassie's the founder of the women's lifestyle site Womanista.

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Friday
Aug282015

Justin Bieber's New Single "What Do You Mean" Is Finally Here, Album Coming November 13

Def JamJustin Bieber enlisted dozens of stars to help him count down to his new song "What Do You Mean," from Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus, to Britney Spears, Will Ferrell and Martha Stewart.  Now, the song has finally arrived.

Justin will perform the song this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time.  It's slightly similar to "Where Are U Now," his collaboration with Jack U, but not as electronic sounding.  It's somewhat mellow and hypnotic, with Justin singing, "What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?"

E! reports that the black and white lyric video features Justin skateboarding with professional skaters Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro, who pull off some impressive tricks.

In a statement, Justin says, ""It's been an amazing journey to write, record and deliver this record to my fans. I'm so glad people have participated in it, and I hope they are receptive to it and love it as much as I do. This is only the first step in the journey for me. This album is so personal to me, there's so much of my heart and soul in it, and I can't wait to bring my fans along for the ride."

Justin will perform "What Do You Mean" this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time publicly.  He'll be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, and take over NBC's Today show for a week starting September 7.

Justin's next album, due November 13, will be his first since 2013's Journals and 2012's Believe.


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Friday
Aug282015

Watch James Hetfield "Audition" to Be a Zombie in New "Call of Duty" Video Game

Credit: Ross HalfinJames Hetfield can sing and plays a mean guitar, but can the Metallica frontman do a viable zombie impression?  You can find out by watching him "audition" to play a zombie in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.

The promotional clip was released as part of a campaign to raise money to help unemployed military veterans finds jobs.  If you donate at Omaze.com/CallofDuty, you'll be entered for a chance to see a "zombified" version of yourself in Black Ops III.

Early in the clip, you hear someone asking Hetfield from out of frame what his motivation is, to which he responds, "Brains!"  He then is reminded that zombies don't talk.  Later in the clip, he points out, "Just so you know, [Metallica is] big in the zombie community," adding, "You ever heard of 'All Nightmare Long'?"  Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows also appears in the video.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released on November 6.

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Friday
Aug282015

Expanded Reissues of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir Albums Due in October

Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

Astral Weeks:

"Astral Weeks"
"Beside You"
"Sweet Thing"
"Cyprus Avenue"
"The Way Young Lovers Do"
"Madame George"
"Ballerina"
"Slim Slow Slider"
"Beside You" (Take 1)*
"Madame George" (Take 4)*
"Ballerina" (Long Version)*
"Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

His Band and the Street Choir:

"Domino"
"Crazy Face"
"Give Me a Kiss"
"I've Been Working"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland"
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
"Blue Money"
"Virgo Clowns"
"Gypsy Queen"
"Sweet Jannie"
"If I Ever Needed Someone"
"Street Choir"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
"Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
"Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
"I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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Friday
Aug282015

Tinashe Says She Works Too Fast for Her Record Label

Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldTinashe has been in show business since she was three years old, and now at the age of 22, she says she’s waiting on her record label to catch up to her non-stop work mode.

"There's politics involved in ­everything,” she tells Billboard. “It's about them getting it together to master my schedule.” The singer from Lexington, Kentucky has recorded 30 songs for her second album, tentatively set for release in November. She also recently opened for Nicki Minaj, and is preparing to join the Katy Perry tour later this year.

Tinashe enjoyed success in 2014 with her debut album Aquarius and her first single “2 On." They both peaked at number three on the urban charts, yet she refuses to be categorized. "I don't see myself as an urban niche act," she says. "I want to have mainstream success that doesn't feel forced or label-made."

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