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Friday
Oct312014

Luke Bryan Partners with Outdoor Outfitter Cabela's for 32 Bridge Clothing Line

Image Courtesy Cabela'sLuke Bryan is expanding his relationship with outdoors outfitter Cabela's with the launch of a new clothing line, 32 Bridge. The name comes from the Route 32 bridge that crosses the Flint River, connecting Lee and Worth counties in Georgia, where Luke grew up. The clothing line features men's and women's apparel, including t-shirts and caps.

Luke says, "This brand is so dear to me and such a big part of who I am that seeing it come to life is so exciting. I can’t wait to share it!”

32 Bridge goes on sale Saturday at select Cabela's stores and online.


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Friday
Oct312014

Iggy Azalea to Perform on American Music Awards 

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is this year's top nominee at the American Music Awards, so it's no surprise that she's joined the already star-studded lineup on the telecast.

The rapper will perform alongside her "Fancy" pal, Charli XCX,  plus Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith and Pitbull on the show, which airs live on ABC November 23.  More artists will be announced soon.

Iggy is nominated for six awards, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock.


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Friday
Oct312014

Harry Styles Reveals What Made Him Barf

One Directiion; Harry Styles, far right/Credit: Cal AurandRemember that photo of Harry Styles throwing up on the side of a Los Angeles freeway a few weeks ago? Well, he's revealed what made him sick -- and it's not what people think.

The 20-year-old One Direction singer says it had nothing to do with alcohol or partying. He simply overexerted himself.

"I'd been on a hike. I'd been on a very long hike. It was about three weeks ago, so I'm fine now," Styles said Wednesday during an interview on BBC Radio 1.

He may be fine health-wise, but Harry's pretty disturbed by some fans' reaction to his vomiting session. Some reportedly went to the spot where he threw up and put up a handmade sign that read, "Harry Styles Threw Up Here" with the date and pictures. Someone reportedly also tried to sell some of the vomit on eBay.

"It's worrying, this is the world we live in," Styles said.


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Friday
Oct312014

Taylor Swift Says She's Cool with Being Single

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIn a new cover story for British Cosmopolitan's December issue, Taylor Swift talks relationships -- or lack thereof.

The 24-year-old told the mag she's perfectly content to be single at this stage in her life. "People will say, 'let me set you up with someone,' and I'm just sitting there saying, ‘That's not what I'm doing. I'm not lonely; I'm not looking.'...They just don't get it," she said.

The "Shake It Off" singer said she also realized that dating someone doesn't define you. "I've learned that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that's not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you," she said. "I'm not doing that anymore."

The singer said she just can't picture any guy fitting into her life right now.

"It'd take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date," she said. "I don't know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family. The best answer I can come up with now is ‘go at it alone.' Life can be romantic without having a romance. I'm very attracted to how happy I am now."

Just because Swift is single doesn't mean she's alone. She's got a plethora of gal pals to hang with, including Lena Dunham and model Karlie Kloss, not to mention millions of super fans.

Taylor's new album, 1989, came out Tuesday.


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Friday
Oct312014

Mary Lambert's Halloween "Secret:" She Wants to Be a Bearded Lady....President 

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMary Lambert's never really gotten the chance to dress up and let loose on Halloween, but she says this year, she just might...with one of the most bizarre costume ideas ever.

"Every Halloween, I've worked," she tells ABC News Radio. "When I was bartending, when I was a gigging musician...and I can't remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween, and this year I think I'm gonna do it."  OK, so, what will she be? 

"I don't know, maybe I'll be Babe-raham Lincoln," she laughs.  And what exactly is that?  She says it's a costume idea that a pal came up with originally.

"My friend Tim was Babe-raham Lincoln," she laughs. "So he dressed up as a woman dressing up as Abraham Lincoln, which is hysterical."

So if Mary decides to be Babe-raham Lincoln, will she actually wear a beard, just like President Lincoln had?

"Absolutely!" she says. "I've always wanted a beard."  Then Mary, whose current hit is "Secrets," adds, "That's a good secret. Every time I do an interview, they're like, 'Tell me a secret!' I'm like, 'I have told you so many secrets!' But that's another one. I wish I had a beard...and I wish that I could sing in a barbershop quartet!" 

Mary doesn't have a show Friday night, but let's hope if she decides to be Babe-raham Lincoln, she posts the pictures online, beard and all.


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Friday
Oct312014

Metallica Asks Fans for Help with Reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride the Lightning" 

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. RecordsMetallica is planning deluxe reissues for their first and second albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, and they're asking for fans to help them put it all together.

"We’re back again hoping you can dip into your personal archives and find some gems from the Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning eras as we prep deluxe remastered versions of those two albums coming in 2015," reads a post on the band's website. "We’re looking for anything and everything...audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time."

Metallica had asked for similar contributions from fans for a book on Master of Puppets by author Matt Taylor.

"Nothing is too small or too trivial...share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane," the post continues. "By submitting it, you’re saying we can use it should your piece of history land on a release (yes, the lawyers made us add this part!)."

Anyone who wishes to submit anything can do so by emailing submissions@metclub.com.

Earlier this week, Metallica announced a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to celebrate the ten-year reissue of their documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, as well as to pay tribute to the show's departing host.


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Friday
Oct312014

Bob Seger Loves Halloween but Not Dressing Up

Clay Patrick McBrideIt's no secret that Bob Seger likes that old time rock 'n' roll, but did you know that he's also a big fan of Halloween?  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that he and his family enjoy getting together to celebrate the holiday with all the little trick-or-treaters who come to their house for candy.

"My wife loves Halloween, and her mother comes over and her sister and [her] kid and our kids, and we just sit at the front door and watch all the great kid costumes and the parents from the neighborhood," says the Michigan rocker.  "It's a fun time."

While Seger enjoys seeing other people dress up for Halloween, he admits that he doesn't like wearing costumes himself.

I'm the only one [in my family]," he points out.  "I reserve the right, being the paterfamilias or whatever you want to call it."

Seger adds that if there's a situation where he feels he has to wear a costume, such as a Halloween party, he generally won't put a lot of effort or creativity into his outfit.

"I'll dress up in something I'll really feel good in, like my motorcycle stuff," he explains, laughing.  "I'll say, 'I'm a motorcycle guy.'  That's what I go as.  [I have] no imagination in that regard."

Bob's new studio album, Ride Out, was released on October 14, and last week debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart.  This week, the record dropped, respectively, to #14 and #2 on the tallies.


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Friday
Oct312014

Sam Hunt Admits He'd Be Freaked Out to See Someone Dressed as Him This Halloween

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt is becoming known for his crisp fashion sense wearing shirts buttoned all the way to the top along with his signature flatbill baseball hat. The look is pretty distinctive, so it's possible a fan could dress up like Sam this Halloween. So, how would Sam react if he saw someone trick-or-treating as him?   

"That would freak me out," Sam tells ABC News Radio. "Hopefully, I don't have too unique of characteristics to help someone distinguish themselves as me, in a bad way."

As for his own childhood Halloween costumes, Sam says he most enjoyed dressing up like Zorro.

He explains, "I was a huge Zorro fan when I was a lot younger. I mean, really young."

Sam's debut album, Montevallo, is out this week featuring his debut hit, "Leave the Night On."


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Friday
Oct312014

New Duo Maddie & Tae Share Their Favorite Halloween Costumes from Years Past

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsJudging from their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," new duo Maddie & Tae probably won't be dressing up in short-shorts and crop tops for Halloween. Looking back on some of their most memorable Halloween costumes, the duo's Maddie Marlow recalls dressing up like The Little Mermaid a few years back.

She says, "It was rockin’, but I like fell every step because of that dang tail. I could not walk in it."

Maddie's duo partner, Tae Dye, got together with several of her female high school friends to dress up like guys for Halloween.

"One of us dressed like a gangster and the other dressed like a preppy," Tae explains, "and I dressed like a redneck man. So I wore like my Dad’s camo overalls.That should be illegal, they’re really bad."

Tae rounded out the costume with some fake buck teeth and dark makeup to make it look like she had dirt on her face.


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Friday
Oct312014

Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell Ready to Tailgate Prior to Florida-Georgia Game

Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCFlorida Georgia Line will host their Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 concert Friday night in Jacksonville, Florida. The event is part of the festivities surrounding Saturday's college football match-up between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. Of course, FGL's Tyler Hubbard is a huge Bulldogs fan since he hails from Georgia. Florida native Brian Kelley is a Florida State Seminoles fan, so he'll be pulling for Bulldogs this weekend.

"Any time I get a chance to root against the Gators, [I'm] all for it," Brian tells ABC News Radio. "The Dogs are my team that day. No competition on that. We're just excited to go play for our amazing fans on the border in Jacksonville and celebrate our album coming out. It's gonna be nuts."

Cole Swindell is performing with FGL in Jacksonville, but he doesn't have a Halloween costume lined up for the show.

Cole says, "I haven't talked to the guys to see if they're dressing up or what I'm doing. I probably need to get something. Do something. It's Halloween."

If all else fails, Cole says he'll just dress up as himself for Halloween.


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Friday
Oct312014

Phillip Phillips Reveals Which Violent Halloween Activity He Finds "Therapeutic" 

Credit: Nick WalkerWhat's your favorite part of Halloween? Dressing up?  Trick-or-treating?  For Phillip Phillips, it's taking a knife and plunging it into the soft, yielding flesh...of a pumpkin.

Recalling childhood Halloweens, Phillip tells ABC News Radio, "I used to love dressing up as a cowboy or Batman or a zombie or whatnot. Halloween's fun. [But] I like carving the pumpkins. For some reason it's very therapeutic for me."

Wait, it's therapeutic to take a sharp knife and cut a pumpkin to pieces?  According to Phillip, yes.

"I just figured this out last year," he tells ABC News Radio. "And, you know, I was carving the pumpkins, and I was just, like, so calm while I was doing it!  I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I think I even carved another one! I'm gonna carve at least a couple this year."

Phillip, who also enjoys scooping out the guts of his pumpkins and placing candles inside, jokes that wielding a knife makes you "feel like you're king of the world."  But don't get him wrong: he also likes the other aspects of Halloween as well.

"Plus there's the candy," he laughs. "I can just clog my arteries!" 

Phillip is currently out on an extensive tour in support of his current album Behind the Light, but he doesn't have a show on Halloween night.  His tour resumes Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


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Friday
Oct312014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSara Evans and Brandy Clark will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series performance at the CMA Theater in Nashville on Wednesday, November 4.

The Doobie Brothers will perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Their new country collaboration album, Southbound, is out Tuesday.

Brad Paisley made a cameo on Comedy Central's The Daily Show this week to sing a hilarious tribute to "The State of Texas."


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Friday
Oct312014

Belle and Sebastian, Chvrches and St. Vincent Live Streaming Sets from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Image Courtesy of Søren Solkær/Matador RecordsIf you'd like to spend your Halloween with the dulcet sounds of Belle and Sebastian, Pitchfork has you covered. The music publication's website will be live-streaming the Scottish band's headlining performance today at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Their set begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Preceding Belle and Sebastian's Halloween headlining slot, Chvrches and St. Vincent will also be live-streaming their sets. Chvrches takes the stage at 5:05 p.m. ET, and Annie Clark's guitar theatrics will begin an hour later at 6:05 p.m. ET.

The Pitchfork Music Festival Paris began in 2011 as an expansion of the Pitchfork Music Festival, which started in 2006 and takes place in Chicago's Union Park. The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival was held in June.


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Friday
Oct312014

Jodeci Readies First New Song in 18 Years, “Nobody Wins”

Image Courtesy Universal MusicLooks like Jodeci had good reason to perform at this year's Soul Train Awards. The R&B group has announced that they will debut their their first new single in 18 years during the ceremony.

According to Yahoo! Music, Jodeci member Davlin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate explained the reasoning behind their extended hiatus.

“Sometimes it’s just the wrong timing,” says Dalvin, referring to gap between now and their last song, 1996’s “Get on Up.”

“You can fall into the trap that a lot of artists fall into by just putting records out there because fans are excited and start tarnishing your legacy and body of work you’ve created. People waited all these years for some quality music -- not just throwing music out there,” he says.

Fans will hear their new single called “Nobody Wins” when the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards airs November 30  at 8 p.m. ET on Centric and BET.

 


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Friday
Oct312014

T.I. Discusses Iggy Azalea's Success, Says "She’s Handling Herself Very Well"

ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. couldn't be more pleased with protégée Iggy Azalea.

During an interview with Rap-Up TV, Tip revealed that she's easily adjusted to the spotlight, without needing him to hold her hand.

“She has an incredible vision for herself,” said T.I.. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

The rap veteran is blown away by Iggy's ability to handle her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

When asked if he sees Iggy ever working with Nicki Minaj, Tip remains optimistic.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad b***h at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”


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Thursday
Oct302014

Taylor Swift's New Single: "Blank Space" 

ABC/Lou RoccoYou probably aren't sick of Taylor Swift's two most recent tracks -- "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" -- just yet, but she's got another single coming down the pike.

Taylor's record label announced Thursday that her next single from 1989 -- the official follow-up to "Shake It Off" -- will be "Blank Space."  It'll hit radio November 10.

The song is the second track on 1989, and like "Shake It Off," it's a collaboration with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback.  In the song's lyrics, Taylor pokes fun at her reputation as a serial dater, singing, "You look like my next mistake/Love's a game, want to play?" and "Got a long list of ex-lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/'Cause you know I love the players/and you love the game."

"Blank Space" is also the song that inspired the name of Taylor's new perfume Incredible Things -- one of the lyrics is, "I could show you incredible things."


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Thursday
Oct302014

Marvin Gaye's Family Wins First Round in Copyright-Infringement Battle over Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"

Image Courtesy of MotownA judge in California is allowing a lawsuit initiated by the late Marvin Gaye's family to move forward that alleges pop/R&B stars Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke stole parts of a classic Gaye song to write their smash "Blurred Lines."

U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Thursday denied a motion seeking to have the claim of copyright infringement thrown out before trial. That motion had been brought by "Blurred Lines" writers Pharrell, Thicke and rapper T.I. last July, in response to a string of suits between themselves and their publishers on one hand and the Gaye family and Gaye's publishers on the other.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge found that the Gaye family's musicological experts had showed enough possible similarity between "Blurred Lines" and copyright-protected elements of the Motown legend's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" that a trial is needed to decide the merits of the case.  The judge also allowed a second claim to proceed, over alleged similarities between Thicke's 2011 track "Love After War" and Gaye's 1976 song "After the Dance."

The cases, however, will not take into consideration any similarities between things like the percussion tracks or background vocals in the various songs.  In a partial victory for Thicke and Pharrell, Judge Kronstadt found that only material found on the sheet music registered with the U.S. Copyright Office -- not other elements of the recordings themselves -- will be relevant at trial.

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Writes Music for "CSI" 

Image Courtesy of Black SabbathTony Iommi is, of course, the legendary guitarist for Black Sabbath, which still keeps him busy, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for side projects.  In a post on his Facebook page, Iommi says he's returning to the studio, and has recorded a piece for the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

"People have been asking what exactly I'm doing at the moment, well I'm getting back in the studio having tried to make myself rest after the tours," the statement reads.  "I'm writing, mostly just putting ideas down rather than complete songs.  I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used."

Iommi adds, "One specific piece though is for the CSI TV series that will be aired in the US on November 9th.  I was asked if I'd be interested so I had a look at the footage and came up with an idea they seemed to like.  It's not very long but it was different working with images rather than just music, I'd certainly be up for doing more."

This isn't the first time Black Sabbath has joined forces with CSI.  The band performed their song "End of the Beginning" on the show's season 13 finale, which aired May 15, 2013.

Iommi and Black Sabbath plan to record their 20th and final album next year, as well as embark on a final tour.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry, Justin Timberlake and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT is a finalist in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  He's competing against the latest tours by One Direction and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  Justin and One Direction are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

One Direction competes against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Justin Timberlake, One Direction, One Republic, Katy Perry Up for 2014 "Billboard" Touring Awards 

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentJustin Timberlake, One Direction and One Republic are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

JT and 1D are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  They're competing against the latest tour by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.  JT and 1D are also up for Top Draw, which is based on total tour attendance.  Their competition in that category is country star Luke Bryan.

One Direction is also competing against two of the most legendary music acts of all time -- Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones -- in the category of Top Boxscore, which which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. 1D is being recognized for its run of shows in Croke Park, Dublin this past May.

OneRepublic is competing with country duo Florida Georgia Line and alt-rockers Arcade Fire for the Breakthrough Award, which "honors an artist in their first decade of headlining who broke through to the top ranks of all tours for the first time."

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC tour, which featured opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sarah, Becky G and Ferras, is up for Top Tour Package.  It's also garnered a Concert Marketing & Promotion nomination, for Katy's on-tour partnership with Staples.

The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.  The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.


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