Eminem & Rihanna Top Chart with "Monster" Hit, Rihanna Ties Michael Jackson

Aftermath/Interscope/ShadyAfter several weeks at #2, Eminem and Rihanna's duet "The Monster" has finally reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and made some history in the process.

The song becomes Rihanna's 13th #1 hit.  According to Billboard, she's now tied with Michael Jackson for the third-most chart-toppers in history.  She now has more #1 hits than Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson or Stevie Wonder. There are now only two artists who've had more: Mariah Carey, with 18, and The Beatles, with 20.  In addition, Rihanna only took seven years and seven months to blow past these music legends.  Only the Beatles racked up 13 #1 hits more quickly, in three years and 17 days.

Meanwhile, Eminem has made some history of his own: he's now tied the record for most #1 hits by a rapper, with five.  Both Diddy and Ludacris also have five.  They all have more #1 hits than Jay Z, who has four.

"The Monster" is Eminem and Rihanna's second #1 hit collabo -- they previously topped the charts with "Love the Way You Lie" in 2010.

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Boston Releases New Christmas Single, "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen"

Frontiers RecordsHot on the heels of the arrival of Boston's first studio album in more than a decade, Life, Love & Hope, the band has now released a brand-new Christmas single.  The veteran rockers have reworked the holiday classic "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," rechristening the tune "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen 2013."  The track is available now as a digital download via iTunes.

The tune was produced by Boston guitarist/songwriter Tom Scholz, and features singer/bassist Kimberly Dahme on lead vocals, Scholz and Gary Pihl on backing vocals and guitars, and Tom Hambridge on drums.

"This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols," says Scholz about the single.  "I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more."

Life, Love & Hope is the follow-up to Boston's 2002 album, Corporate America.  It features vocals by several singers, including some of the last performances by the band's founding frontman, Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007.  The album's lead single is "Heaven on Earth," featuring David Victor singing lead.

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Kanye West Rants About Receiving Only Two Grammy Nominations for Yeezus

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Kanye West is ranting again, and this time its over his music supposedly not getting the recognition he thinks it deserves.

During his concert in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, fan footage captured the rapper complaining about the lack of Grammy nominations he received for his critically acclaimed Yeezus album.  "Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys," he told the crowd. "What are they trying to say?"

Kanye's project received nods for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, for "New Slave."  However, the disc wasn't recognized in the coveted Album of the Year category, in which Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are competing against each other.

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Garth Brooks Claims Ninth #1 on "Billboard" 200 with "Blame It All on My Roots"

Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks lands his ninth #1 on the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan,his latest box set, Blame It All on My Roots, moved an additional 146,000 copies in its second week available exclusively at Walmart. Blame It All on My Roots tops the Billboard Country Albums chart, too, while the Duck Dynasty holiday album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, holds steady at #2 with more than 104,000 copies sod. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party takes the #3 spot in its 18th week on the chart.

Jake Owen bows at #4 with his new release, Days of Gold, which debuts with more than 39,400 copies sold. That's about 500 more copies than the #5 entry, Florida Georgia Line's Here's the to the Good Times, which has been on the chart for 53 weeks now.

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"Britney Jean" Debuts at #4, But Notches Britney's Lowest Debut Sales Week Ever

RCA RecordsDid Britney Spears' failure to perform live on a TV show negatively impact the sales of her new album, Britney Jean?

Britney's new disc has debuted at #4 on the Billboard album chart, with first-week sales of 107,000 according to Nielsen Soundscan.  According to Billboard, that's Britney's lowest first-week sales ever for a studio album.  Previously, her 1999 debut album ...Baby One More Time held that distinction, with 121,000 copies.

So why didn't Britney Jean sell more copies?  Billboard speculates that it's a result of two things: an under-performing first single, and a lack of a live TV performance. 

The album's lead single, "Work B***h," was Brit's lowest-charting first single from an album since 2001.  In addition, the song only spent eight weeks on Billboard's Pop Songs chart: the shortest run ever for a Britney first single.

Billboard also notes that Britney Jean is the singer's first studio album for which she did not do a live TV performance -- or a live performance, period.  During the release week of her previous album, 2011's Femme Fatale, Britney had an MTV concert special, as well as live performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America.  That album debuted at #1.

While Britney did do plenty of interviews to support the album, performance-wise, she's been focused on her upcoming Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me, which debuts December 27.

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Beyonce Announces UK Tour; New Album Possible Next Year?

Beyonce.comBeyonce is taking her Mrs. Carter World tour overseas. According to her Facebook page, the singer has announced the dates for her European leg, which will begin on February 20 at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena in the United Kingdom.

Beyonce's outing will travel to Manchester, Birmingham and London, and also play three consecutive night at Dublin’s O2 on March 11, before heading to concerts around Europe. Tickets go on general sale on Monday, December 16 at 10 a.m. via TicketMaster.co.uk.

In addition, it's likely we'll finally receive Beyonce's much-anticipated fifth album next year, which, according to Columbia chief Rob Stringer.  "Obviously, at some point Beyonce will put a record out," Stringer tells HitsDailyDouble.com. "And when she does it will be monumental. So we’re in really, really good shape."
In the meantime, Bey's U.S. fans can expect her to continue her North American tour leg through her final scheduled show on December 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Here are the new European dates for The Mrs Carter Show World Tour:

2/20 -- United Kingdom, Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
2/23 -- United Kingdom, Birmingham, LG Arena
2/25 -- United Kingdom, Manchester, Phones 4 U Arena
2/28 -- United Kingdom, London, O2 Arena
3/1 -- United Kingdom, London, O2 Arena
3/2 -- United Kingdom, London, O2 Arena
3/4 -- United Kingdom, London, O2 Arena
3/8 -- Dublin, Ireland, The O2
3/9 -- Dublin,  Ireland, The O2
3/11 -- Dublin, Ireland, The O2
3/15 -- Cologne, Germany, Lanxess Arena
3/18 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
3/20 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
3/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
3/26 -- Lisbon, Portugal, MEO Arena
3/27 -- Lisbon, Portugal, MEO Arena

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Puscifer Posts Ad for "What Is…" Starring Bob Odenkirk

Puscifer EntertainmentPuscifer has tapped Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk to help them sell the group’s recently-released concert/sketch comedy film, What Is…

The band recently posted a one-minute video on their YouTube channel, which features Odenkirk asking the question, "What is Puscifer?" before speculating that "It's part of a lady, right? Men have it, too? Is it something you should have checked out?" Wearing a blonde wig and mustache, frontman Maynard James Keenan answers Odenkirk by announcing, "We are punk rock! I will f**kin' mosh all over you!"

This isn't the first time Puscifer and Odenkirk have worked together: the band was featured in a skit on HBO's Mr. Show, a 90s comedy sketch program that starred Odenkirk and comedian David Cross.

You’ll be able to experience Puscifer’s music and humor both when they appear at Keenan’s 50th birthday concert, which will take place on May 10 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The show will also feature performances by Keenan’s other band, A Perfect Circle, as well as a set by Failure, who are reuniting especially for the event.

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Mary J. Blige's "A Mary Christmas" Hits Top Ten on Billboard 200 Chart

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With the holidays drawing near, Mary J. Blige's A Mary Christmas has scored its first week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

According to the publication, the singer's first holiday album has climbed from #15 to #10 this week, selling an additional 51,000 copies. The set marks Blige's 12th top-10 album in her twenty-year career. MJB's debut set, What's the 411?, peaked at #4 back in September of 1992.

Elsewhere on the chart, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 slipped from #2 to #6 this week, moving an additional 84,000 units. Slim Shady's hit single, "The Monster" featuring Rihanna, remains at #2 on the Digital Songs chart, with 186,000 downloads this week.

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Bassist Kim Shattuck "Shocked" by Dismissal from Pixies

PixiesMusic.comIf you were shocked by news of Kim Shattuck's recent dismissal from the Pixies, she's still reeling as well.  The bassist says despite verbally agreeing to tour with the group in 2014, she was surprised to get a phone call from the band’s manager, who informed her that she wouldn’t be continuing on with the guys.

“Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything,” she tells NME. "We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: 'The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.' I was shocked."

While Shattuck isn’t sure why she was let go, she speculates it may have been because she performed a stage dive at a recent show on the West Coast. "There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren't thrilled about that,” she explains. “When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, 'Really, for my own safety?' And he said, 'No, because the Pixies don't do that’."

While Shattuck wishes the guys would have told her she’d be leaving the band “face to face as a group,” she isn’t holding a grudge and claims she’s “still a fan of the Pixies.”

The Pixies recently announced that Paz Lenchantin, who previously played with A Perfect Circle, ZWAN and The Entrance Band, will take Shattuck’s place in the lineup.

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St. Vincent Sets Release Date for New Studio Album; Announces Tour Dates

ILoveStVincent.comSt. Vincent has revealed the title and release date for her next studio album. The new self-titled record will feature 11 tracks and is set to arrive at all the usual outlets on February 25.

To give us an idea of what we can expect from St. Vincent, the singer is offering a stream and free download of the album’s first single, “Birth in Reverse,” on her official website.

The day after the album is released, St. Vincent will hit the road to promote it with a North American tour. That outing kicks off on February 26 at Terminal 5 in New York, and will make stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle, among other cities.

Here is the track list for St. Vincent:

"Birth in Reverse"
"Prince Johnny"
"Huey Newton"
"Digital Witness"
"I Prefer Your Love"
"Bring Me Your Loves"
"Every Tear Disappears"
"Severed Crossed Fingers"

Here are the tour dates:

2/26 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
2/27 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
2/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
3/1 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
3/4 -- Saxapahaw, NC, The Haw River Ballroom
3/5 -- Asheville, NC, Orange Peel
3/7 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
3/8 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
3/10 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
3/14 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
3/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Orpheum Theatre
3/19 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
3/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
3/22 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
3/24 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
3/25 -- Vancouver, BC, The Commodore Ballroom
3/26 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
3/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
3/29 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
3/31 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall
4/1 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
4/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
4/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
4/5 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
4/6 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre
4/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
4/9 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
4/10 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
4/11 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
4/12 -- Buffalo, NY, Ashbury Hall

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PSY, Ylvis Top YouTube's Year-End Chart 

ABC/Richard HarbaughWe've already heard from VEVO that Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" was the most viewed music video of 2013.  Now, it's YouTube's turn to weigh in with its top clip of the year.

PSY's "Gentleman" -- the follow-up to 2012's "Gangnam Style" -- tops YouTube's chart as the most-viewed music video of 2013, with "Wrecking Ball" taking the #2 spot.  Miley also has the #3 YouTube music video of the year with "We Can't Stop."  Also making the top 10: the videos for "Roar," "Just Give Me a Reason" and "Blurred Lines."

Topping YouTube's list of the Top Trending Videos of 2013 is "The Fox," by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.  That's followed by "Harlem Shake."  The popular ChatRoulette parody of Miley's "Wrecking Ball" was in the top five -- it was the popularity of that video that caused the "Wrecking Ball" to return to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last week.  Also on the Top Trending list: "YOLO," the Adam Levine/Kendrick Lamar collaboration with the Lonely Island guys that appeared on Saturday Night Live earlier this year.

Here's YouTube's full list:

Top Music Videos for 2013
1. PSY -- "Gentleman"
2. Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"
3. Miley Cyrus -- "We Can't Stop"
4. Katy Perry -- "Roar (Official)"
5. P!nk -- "Just Give Me a Reason ft. Nate Ruess"
6. Robin Thicke -- "Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell"
7. Rihanna -- "Stay ft. Mikky Ekko"
8. Naughty Boy -- "La La La ft. Sam Smith"
9. Selena Gomez -- "Come & Get It"
10. Avicii -- "Wake Me Up (Official Video)"

Top Trending Videos for 2013
1. Ylvis -- "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
2. "Harlem Shake (original army edition)"
3. "How Animals Eat Their Food"
4. "Miley Cyrus -- Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)"
5. "baby&me / the new evian film"
6. Volvo Trucks -- "The Epic Split feat. Van Damme"
7. "YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)"
8. "Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise"
9. "THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading"
10. "Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2"

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Kelly Clarkson & Family Outmaneuvered by Santa on Christmas Card

Image Courtesy Kelly Clarkson via TwitterKelly Clarkson showed she doesn't take herself too seriously by staging a comical family photo for her Christmas card this year.

The singer tweeted the photo on Tuesday: it shows herself, her husband Brandon Blackstock, their two dogs, and Brandon's two children, Savannah and Seth, all wrapped up in a big red ribbon and Christmas lights -- similar to the way you'd tie up a criminal with a rope.  They're standing in front of a fireplace, giving the side-eye to Santa Claus, who's smiling, looking pleased as punch at what presumably is his evil handiwork: he's got the string of lights that's tying up the family in his hand.

"Merry Christmas from the Blackstocks," Kelly tweeted. "Share your photos for a chance to win!"  Kelly's asking her fans to upload their own family holiday photos, from which she'll pick her favorites.  Those lucky fans will receive autographed vinyl copies of her Christmas album Wrapped in Red.

One of the dogs pictured in the photo appears to be Kelly's beloved Joplin, a black poodle mix who passed away in November, so the photo clearly was taken prior to then.

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Touring with Katy Perry: The Best Vacation Ever? 

Regan Cameron/Marie ClaireIn the new issue of Marie Claire magazine, Katy Perry says the two things she splurges on are "Chanel and good vacations."  But after learning about some of the cool stuff she and her crew do while they're on the road -- which is when she's technically working -- we wonder what she actually does when she takes a real vacation.

Katy says that when she's on tour, she and her entourage of 115 -- including crew -- turn the experience into "one big road trip."  "Anytime there is something fun to do, we take full advantage of it," she tells Marie Claire. "We probably have the best time of all tours -- I challenge anyone else's tour. Overall, I think we supersede."  Here are just some of the activities she arranged for her people while on the road:

--Renting out "the world's best water park" in Texas

--White-water rafting, bonfires and private pool time at a high-end resort in Bali

--Checking out an authentic tango show and sipping wine in Argentina

--Rented a yacht for an after party that started at 3 a.m., following Katy's appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil

--Dressing like cowboys and cowgirls at the Calgary Stampede in Canada

--Skydiving in Dubai

--Meditating in pyramid temples in Mexico

--Bungee jumping and exploring caves in New Zealand

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New 1D Special Airing on E! Wednesday Night 

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmentOne Direction fans, set your DVRs.  E! is debuting a new special, One Direction: Off the Charts Wednesday night, and it promises exclusive interviews and footage.

Hosted by E! News’ Jason Kennedy, the special sees Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam talking about life on the road -- including trying to steal away for a bit of surfing in Australia only to find helicopters and screaming fans awaiting their arrival at the beach. 

The members of 1D also talk about co-writing most of the songs on their recently released album, Midnight Memories, and of course, they address questions every fan wants to know, like which one of them is messiest, which one's the biggest flirt, and which one spends the most time on his hair. We're going to guess it's Harry Styles, but you'll have to tune in and find out.

One Direction: Off the Charts airs Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was George Strait's duet partner on the CMA Award-winning song, "Murder on Music Row?" ANSWER: Alan Jackson.

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Kelly Clarkson Plays the Evil Diva on "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" Tonight

NBC UniversalKelly Clarkson isn't just singing in her NBC holiday special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, she's also acting in a few skits inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Kelly plays an Ebenezer Scrooge-type diva who learns the true meaning of Christmas over the course of the show.

Says Kelly, "It's cute, and it's very self-deprecating, which is very fun for me. And I've gotten to be mean in all the skits, so I really love that."

Blake Shelton, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Heidi Klum, Robin Williams and Jay Leno appear as special guests on the show. Of course, Kelly also will sing several songs from her new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red. In keeping with that album title, Kelly wears several red dresses throughout the night.  

She says with a laugh, "They're all beautiful, they're just all really tight. I wanted them a little snug 'cause we're on camera, and they said it adds pounds, so I wanted to take some away first."

Wrapped in Red features a collaboration on "Silent Night" with Kelly's country star pals Trisha Yearwood and Reba, who just happens to be her new stepmother-in-law. They'll reprise that performance on the Christmas special.

Kelly says, "It's my favorite moment of the special, 'cause we did this a capella moment, which is, like, my favorite thing in the world."

NASCAR star Danica Patrick, Matt Lauer, former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Jai Rodriguez and Ken Jeong of Community and the Hangover movies also appear on Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, airing Wednesday night at 10 ET on NBC.

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Duff McKagan, The Monkees' Michael Nesmith Among Guest Stars Set to Appear on Season Four of "Portlandia"

Duff-Loaded.com; Courtesy of Michael NesmithEx-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and The Monkees' Michael Nesmith are among the high-profile stars that will be making guest appearances on the upcoming fourth season of the IFC sketch comedy show Portlandia.

Other music artists set to make cameos on the program include former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, jazz duo Tuck and Patti and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.  In addition, well-known actors such as Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph and Olivia Wilde will be featured in the upcoming episodes.

Portlandia -- created by and starring Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen and former Sleater Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein -- is no stranger to having musicians on the show.  Episodes from previous seasons have featured Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann, ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Bruce Cockburn.

The new season of Portlandia kicks off on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Beyonce's Father Scheduled for Child Support Hearing This Friday

Image courtesy Beyonce via InstagramBeyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, is hoping to resolve his child support case with his former girlfriend, AlexSandra Wright, who claimed he missed two of the $12,000 monthly payments, for their 3-year-old son, Nixon Knowles.

According to his rep, Knowles is scheduled to appear in court on Friday December 13 at the Los Angeles Superior Court.

AlexSandra Wright also will attend the 8 a.m. hearing alongside her fiance, Harvey Walden.

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Lars Ulrich Nervous About Metallica's All-Request European Tour

Blackened RecordingsLars Ulrich has some reservations about Metallica's upcoming summer European trek, Metallica by Request, during which fans will get to choose the band's set list for each show.  In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, the drummer says while he's a little bit nervous about the songs the fans will select for the run, he's happy to let someone else take the heat for determining what the band will play at each show.

"It certainly gives me butterflies in the stomach in a good way and I think it should be a lot of fun for the fans," he notes.  "This at least put a stop to the whining about the set list because it's basically the fans that's picking it."

Ulrich adds that he's looking forward to unleashing a new song during the band's European sets, although he admits that he and his the band mates still haven't chosen the tune they'll be playing.  "Since 2014 is basically about the next Metallica record and we're so excited about writing and getting all that off the ground that it only is right to bring a new song out there," he explains.  "Obviously we haven't quite figured out what that's gonna be, but as we get a little closer, hopefully we'll come up with something cool."

The Metallica by Request tour will keep the band overseas from May 28 through July 11, and will make stops in a number of countries, including Germany, England, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Austria.

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New Album of Unreleased Johnny Cash Songs, "Out Among the Stars," Due in March

Sony LegacyThere's a brand-new Johnny Cash album coming out next year -- that is, brand-new to fans.  The late legend's son, John Carter Cash, discovered unreleased tracks from his father's 1981 and 1984 recording sessions in Nashville with famed producer Billy Sherrill.  Twelve of those tunes are being released on the new collection, Out Among the Stars, which is due March 25.

The project includes a duet with Waylon Jennings on the song "I'm Movin' On," as well as two collaborations with Johnny's late wife, June Carter Cash.

Here's the Out Among the Stars track listing:

"Out Among the Stars"
"Baby Ride Easy" (duet with June Carter Cash)
"She Used to Love Me a Lot"
"After All"
"I'm Movin' On" (duet with Waylon Jennings)
"If I Told You Who It Was"
"Call Your Mother"
"I Drove Her Out of My Mind"
"Rock and Roll Shoes"
"Don't You Think It's Come Our Time" (duet with June Carter Cash)
"I Came to Believe"

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