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Sunday
Sep152013

Funny or Die Prank? Justin Bieber Teases Robin Role in "Batman vs. Superman"

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramIf fanboys everywhere had a collective meltdown when they found out that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, their brains pretty much exploded when the rumor started on Instagram that Justin Bieber was being considered for the role of Robin in the same film.  But relax, geeks: there's just no way it's true. 

Justin posted a photo on Instagram of himself holding up what looks like a copy of the movie's script, with the word "BIEBER" watermarked across it, along with the hashtag "#robin?"  This caused a mass freakout across the Internet, with people weighing in on just how horrific it would be if Justin was cast in the film. 

But here's why you shouldn't be concerned: a few hours before posting the photo, Justin tweeted, "Off to do something funny or...die :)."  That's a clue that the photo is part of a video that Justin's making for the comedy website FunnyorDie, which he's worked with several times in the past.

In addition, the website BigShinyRobot.com offers convincing proof that the whole thing is a fake.  First of all, the movie's director, Zack Snyder, said two months ago that the script wasn't complete, and it was in the process of being written.  There's no way it's all finished.  Secondly, the website points out, Justin doesn't exactly have any acting bonafides to speak of, so why would Snyder cast him in a big role in a massive film like this?

And here's the most geeky piece of proof that it's not true: the script that Justin is holding up says that it's based on Batman: The Dark Knight Falls.  The website points out that The Dark Knight Falls was issue four of four of a story that's usually collected in graphic novel form as The Dark Knight Returns.  And in that particular storyline, Robin is...a 13-year-old girl.

So there.

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Sunday
Sep152013

Stevie Nicks: Miley Cyrus "Has the Ability" to Be "Great"

Harpo Productions Inc.Unlike many other artists, Stevie Nicks isn't ready to condemn Miley Cyrus just because she scandalized the world at the MTV Video Music Awards.  In fact, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman thinks that Miley really has a lot of potential -- she just has to be more selective about her music.

While appearing on the British TV show Loose Women recently -- sort of the British version of The View or The Talk -- Stevie was asked about giving advice to the younger generation of artists, so she used Miley as an example -- and was quite complimentary...at least at first.

"I happen to really like her," said Stevie.  "And I happen to think that unlike some of the other rock 'n roll-slash-actresses that we are always worried about, I think that Miley has the possibility, and ability, to become a great actress and a great singer, and probably a great songwriter, and go on 'til she's my age."

However, Stevie says that when Miley looks back on her MTV VMA performance of her song "We Can't Stop," she probably won't be very happy, because it showed that she isn't really focused on the long term.

"I was really focused on who I wanted to be and what I wanted to be, and I knew I was gonna be in this business for a long time," explains Stevie. "And I wasn't interested in writing songs about 'I'm just gonna party party party and I don't care if anybody likes it, that's just what I'm gonna do, because I'm just gonna party party party.'"

"That's what everyone is singing about, and it's gonna get very very boring very, very fast to everybody," Stevie cautions.  "So you'd better think of something else to write about!"

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Sunday
Sep152013

Elton John Is an "Addict" When It Comes to Touring

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John recently said that due to his recent bout with appendicitis, he plans to drastically cut back on his hectic touring schedule.  But why has he felt compelled, at age 66, to play more than 120 dates a year if he doesn't need the money?  Because, the pop-rock legend maintains, for him, touring is like cocaine or alcohol: He's addicted.

"I couldn't just have one bunch of flowers, or one line of coke, or one drink or one pair of shoes," he tells the British paper The Mirror.  "It's inbred in me.  I'm an addict....So I'm addicted to working.  I don't have to play 124 shows a year, but I love it."

Actually being on stage playing his hits for fans isn't the hard part, though, as John explains. 

"It's the traveling that kills you," he tells the paper.  "You usually end up in Brazil, Australia or Singapore... somewhere a long way from home...I'm so addicted to playing, I think, 'Let's go there... let's see what this is like.'  This year, I've played Paraguay and Peru: places I’ve never played before."

But, Elton admits, "I'm 66.  I can't keep doing this physically for the rest of my life...When you go to heaven -- or hell -- they're not going to give me a medal for playing 100 countries.  But that's just the way my brain works."

John's new album The Diving Board is due out on September 24.

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Sunday
Sep152013

Black Sabbath to Release New Concert Video, "Gathered in Their Masses", in November

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath recently finished up the North American leg of its world tour supporting its chart-topping reunion album, 13, and now fans will get the chance to enjoy highlights of the trek in a new concert DVD.  Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses features footage from a pair of shows that the band played this past spring in Melbourne, Australia.  The video is scheduled to hit stores on November 26.

A teaser clip for the DVD has been posted on the band's official YouTube channel.  The clip features high-definition footage of Black Sabbath performing its classic song "War Pigs," whose lyrics provide the release with its title.

Black Sabbath will return to the road next month, when it launches a South American trek that kicks off October 4 in Santiago, Chile.

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Sunday
Sep152013

Zac Brown Band Adds New Year's Day Show in Detroit on Heels of Sold Out New Year's Eve Gig

Southern GroundZac Brown Band has added a New Year's Day show at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit after their New Year's Eve show sold out in a matter of minutes.  Tickets for the January 1, 2014 go on sale Friday, September 20 through Ticketmaster.  This marks Zac Brown Band's second consecutive year of ringing in the New Year in Detroit.

Keep up with all of the group's tour dates at ZacBrownBand.com.

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Sunday
Sep152013

Kelly Rowland Covers Shape Magazine: "Being Fit Makes Me Feel Sexy"

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A svelte Kelly Rowland dons a camo-print crop tank and black bikini bottom on the cover of SHAPE magazine's October 2013 issue. In the mag, the X Factor judge spills on how hard she worked to reach her fitness goal.

"I work out five or six times a week," she admits. "I feel better, look better, sleep better....Being fit makes me feel sexy. Isn’t that everyone’s goal when they work out, to look good naked?"

The 32-year-old singer credits her trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, for keeping her fitness routine in check. "As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her," Kelly says. "But my behind is getting higher and tighter. Exercise really does change your body."

Most people battle the dieting aspect of staying fit, which Kelly has mastering when it comes to eliminating her food cravings.  "When I want a steak, I grill some Portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them," she says. "And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana."

The October issue of SHAPE magazine is available on newsstands now.

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Sunday
Sep152013

The Lumineers’ Red Rocks Concert to Air Live on Sunday

TheLumineers.comThe Lumineers will be rocking Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, but fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the show.  AXS TV has announced that they’ll be airing the concert live at 8:15 p.m. PT/11:15 p.m. ET.

During the show, the band is expected to perform their hits "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," as well as a variety of other tracks from their 2012 self-titled debut album. If that’s not enough to get you to tune in, the Grammy-nominated band has hinted that a number of “surprise artist appearances” will take place during the show.

In conjunction with the concert special, AXS TV has launched a contest offering fans the chance to win an autographed copy of the deluxe edition of The Lumineers.  Visit AXS.tv/Lumineers to find out how to enter.

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Saturday
Sep142013

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Marry in Italy

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCCongratulations are in order for John Legend and longtime girlfriend Chrissy Teigen: a rep for John confirms to ABC News that the couple tied the knot Saturday.

People magazine reports that the ceremony took place in Lake Como, Italy in front of family and friends, and that the bride wore a strapless ivory Vera Wang gown.  She changed into a second Wang gown for the reception.  

John and Chrissy have been together for seven years; they got engaged in 2011 during a vacation in the Maldives.  Earlier this year, she told People that John would perform "All of Me," which he wrote about her, at the wedding.  According to an image that John tweeted, the upcoming video for the clip features Chrissy topless in bed, reclining next to her now-husband.

Chrissy later defended the revealing shot by tweeting, "Literally everyone has a nipple. Get over it."

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Saturday
Sep142013

Richie Sambora Releases New Single Paying Tribute to 9/11 Heroes

Dangerbird RecordsBon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora apparently is making good use of his time away from the band.  The rocker has just released a new solo song that he co-wrote with longtime Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin, a heartfelt 9/11-themed tribute titled "Engine 19."

The tune pays homage to the sacrifices of the members of the New York City Fire Department and as well as to other first responders around the U.S.  Musically, "Engine 19" is a stripped-down ballad featuring only Sambora's vocals, strummed acoustic guitar and piano.

You can listen to the song in its entirety now at RichieSambora.com and YouTube.com/TheRealSambora.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Bernie Taupin Collaborates with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on New Single Paying Tribute to 9/11 Heroes

Relevant Communications; James Minchin IIIElton John's longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin has teamed up with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora to write a heartfelt new 9/11-themed song titled "Engine 19."  The tune, which has just been released, pays homage to the sacrifices of the members of the New York City Fire Department, as well as to other first responders around the U.S.

Musicially, "Engine 19" is a stripped-down ballad featuring only Sambora's vocals, strummed acoustic guitar and piano reminiscent of Elton's playing.  You can listen to the song in its entirety now at RichieSambora.com and YouTube.com/TheRealSambora.

Saturday
Sep142013

The Zombies' Argent and Blunstone to Premiere Band's First Official Video at NYC Club Show

Photo: David LeveneThe Zombies' Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone have announced a special intimate club show at The Cutting Room in New York City that's scheduled for this Thursday, September 19.  The acoustic concert will take place at 10 p.m. ET and tickets are available for $75.

The event will celebrate -- and feature -- the premiere of the band's first-ever promotional video, "Any Other Way."  The song is among the tracks on The Zombies' latest studio album, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

The legendary British Invasion group's full current lineup is touring across the U.S. now.  The trek winds down on September 28 in Ames, Iowa.

Meanwhile, Blunstone and Argent recently appeared on the Good Day LA morning show, where they played an inspired version of The Zombies classic "She's Not There."  You watch a video of the performance online.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Elton John Is An "Addict" When It Comes to Touring

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John recently said that due to his recent bout with appendicitis, he plans to drastically cut back on his hectic touring schedule.  But why has he felt compelled, at age 66, to play more than 120 dates a year if he doesn't need the money?  Because, he says, for him, touring is like cocaine or alcohol: he's addicted.

"I couldn’t just have one bunch of flowers, or one line of coke, or one drink or one pair of shoes," he tells the British paper The Mirror. "It’s inbred in me. I’m an addict...So I’m addicted to working. I don’t have to play 124 shows a year, but I love it."

Actually being on stage playing his hits for fans isn't the hard part, though, as Elton explains. 

"It’s the traveling that kills you," he tells the paper. "You usually end up in Brazil, Australia or Singapore... somewhere a long way from home...I'm so addicted to playing, I think, 'Let’s go there... let’s see what this is like.' This year, I’ve played Paraguay and Peru: places I’ve never played before."

But, Elton admits, "I’m 66. I can’t keep doing this physically for the rest of my life...When you go to heaven -- or hell -- they’re not going to give me a medal for playing 100 countries.  But that’s just the way my brain works."

Elton's new album The Diving Board is out on September 24.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Rihanna Says Rogue Perfume "Reflects Who I Am Today"

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Rihanna always exudes equal amounts of power and femininity, which are traits that helped inspire her latest fragrance, Rogue by Rihanna.

"People are always changing and evolving, and with Rogue, my new fragrance, I wanted to switch it up to reflect who I am today. It's a personal fragrance that's more self-aware. It's Rogue, it's me," says Rihanna in a statement. "This scent embodies demure feminine qualities yet carries into an audacious new moment. I made it for all women, for every mood, because we all want to project our true selves."

Perfumer Marypierre Julien, who collaborated with the singer on the line, said in a statement, "I was inspired to create a fragrance that is as spontaneous and direct as Rihanna is and emulates her bold approach to her life. She is not afraid to reveal her mischievous side, showing off her true powerful femininity."

Rogue by Rihanna is now available at Macy's, Dillards and Belk stores. The singer has also released the behind-the-scenes footage from her photo shoot for the Rogue campaign, which was posted on her official YouTube page.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Lamb of God’s "As the Palaces Burn" Gets Remastered for 10th Anniversary Edition

Facebook.com/LambOfGodWhen Lamb of God released As the Palaces Burn in 2003, the band wasn’t thrilled with the quality of the audio. Now, the group has announced that they’ll be delivering a newly remastered version of the album to fans in November in honor of the record’s tenth anniversary.

"Ever since the original release, we've been distraught about the sonic qualities of As the Palaces Burn,” says drummer Chris Adler in a statement on the group’s website.  "The band had captured lightning in a bottle and the budget limitation of a sophomore album turned our lightning into a firefly in a jar.  It feels appropriate to revisit now that we can and give this very special album the chance to reach our original hopes and it's true potential."

The As the Palaces Burn 10th anniversary edition contains the album’s original ten tracks, along with previously-unreleased demos of  “Ruin,” “As the Palaces Burn” and “Blood Junkie.”  The set also comes with a DVD which features a new documentary, in which the band members discuss recording the release and the stories behind the tracks.

You can pre-order the set now at LambOfGod.merchnow.com.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen Join Headliners the Jonas Brothers for We Day Minnesota

Nino Muniz/FoxDemi Lovato and Carly Rae Jepsen have joined the all-star lineup for the first-ever We Day Minnesota event, taking place next month. 

We Day is billed as "a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people," part of the We Act campaign to support students and educators with resources to turn inspiration into comunity and global action.

Demi and Carly join previously announced headliners the Jonas Brothers.  Unfortunately, Demi won't be there in person: she'll appear via Skype as part of her role as ambassador for the international organization Free the Children, which is a We Day partner.   She spent her 21st birthday in Kenya last month doing work for the group.

Joe Jonas also spent some time in Kenya this summer working with the organization.  "I understand what it means to these communities to have access to clean water and an education and I was thrilled to get involved by committing to help build two schools overseas with Free the Children," he says in a statement.  "It may seem like a simple assignment to make one local and one global commitment, but these efforts fundamentally impact the lives of people around the world."

Also joining the We Day event will be NFL players from the Minnesota Vikings.  We Day Minnesota takes place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN on October 8.  To learn more visit the event's official website.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Dave Matthews to Make Guest Appearance on "Sesame Street" on Monday

ABC News RadioSesame Street kicks off its 44th season next week, and Dave Matthews will be a part the first episode.

The Dave Matthews Band frontman has revealed he’s recently performed a new song with Grover for the show, which will air on Monday on PBS.  Titled “I Need a Word,” the track is about dealing with your feelings and can be viewed now at Sesame Street’s YouTube channel.

Your next chance to catch Matthews live will be at this year’s Farm Aid, where he will play a set with DMB guitarist Tim Reynolds. That event takes place September 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Saturday
Sep142013

Thompson Square to Receive Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame's Rising Star Award

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square's Keifer Thompson was born and raised in Miami, OK, and now his home state is recognizing his musical achievements in a big way. Keifer and his wife and duo partner Shawna Thompson will be honored with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame's Rising Star Award Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.  Former recipients of that award include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Kings of Leon.

Also, look for Thompson Square to perform their new single, "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About," on TBS's Conan on Thursday, September 19.

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Friday
Sep132013

Man Who Hacked Carly Rae Jepsen's Computer Gets Four Months

ABC/Todd WawrychukCarly Rae Jepsen must be relieved: the man who hacked into her computer over a year ago, accessing her email and social media accounts, was on Friday given a four-month conditional sentence.

According to the Vancouver Sun, car dealer Christopher Long pleaded guilty in May to "mischief" and "possession of stolen property," after posting what was described as "highly personal" photos to gossip websites.

Long won't go to jail, but he'll have a criminal record, thanks to what the judge called "an extreme invasion of privacy. He is allowed to leave home to attend work or school, and to go to doctors' appointments. He's prohibited from attending Carly Rae Jepsen concerts.

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Friday
Sep132013

Kanye West Charged in Alleged Paparazzo Attack

Facebook.com/KanyeWestBack in July, Kanye West got into an altercation with a photographer at LAX.  Now, the rapper's been charged in that incident.

According to the photographer's attorney, Gloria Allred, the Los Angeles City Attorney has charged Kanye with one count of battery and one count of attempted grand theft.  He'll be arraigned October 10 in L.A. County Superior Court.  He's due to kick off his Yeezus tour on October 19.

Allred also announced that she plans to "vigorously litigate" a civil lawsuit she filed August 21 against Kanye on behalf of her client. In a statement, she said, "We are looking forward to Mr. West having to be accountable in both the criminal and civil justice systems."

On July 19, the photographer, Daniel Ramos, attempted to speak to Kanye as he left the airport.  Allegedly, the rapper then punched Ramos and wrestled his camera to the ground.

Allred told ABC News Radio that Ramos "held onto his camera and fell down onto his knees onto the paved sidewalk with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip, was in great pain, and had to be transported in an ambulance to the emergency room."

If convicted, the rapper faces a maximum of a year in jail.

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Friday
Sep132013

Sting Laughs Off "Tantric Sex" Comment, Expresses Concern for Justin Bieber

Photo: Frank OckenfelsSting recently took the opportunity to set the record straight about reports of his supposed "tantric sex" abilities, which started 20 years ago when the rocker claimed in an interview he and his wife could make love for hours and hours by using "tantric" methods.  He tells The Guardian that he was drunk when he did the interview, and was just trying to make the guy he was with at the time -- fellow musician and Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof -- laugh. 

"That quote went 'round the world like wildfire," the 61-year-old musician says, laughing.  "And it's still going 'round."  That being said, Sting tells the paper, "I do believe sex is the most important thing that we do with someone we love: it's a spiritual expression...it can be a beautiful, extended sacrament."

Meanwhile, Sting added his voice to the chorus of celebrities who are concerned about Justin Bieber's supposedly bad behavior.  The 19-year-old singer's made headlines recently for allegedly driving recklessly, getting into fights with his neighbors, smoking pot, getting into fights in clubs and other things that most teens get to do out of the spotlight.

The ex-Police frontman, who can probably speak more knowledgeably on the subject of fame, ego and money than most people, says those three things "can do terrible things" to a young, up-and-coming performer.  "I know it's a cliche, but you still see people going through it," he tells The Guardian.  "Look at Justin Bieber -- it's like he's in freefall.  I just hope he survives it because a lot of people don't."

He adds, "If I could give any advice to young musicians, it would be this: just try and enjoy it, because that truly explosive bit doesn't last for ever."

Sting's latest album, The Last Ship, is due out September 24.  It's a collection of songs he wrote for an upcoming Broadway musical of the same name, which was inspired by his own childhood growing up in the north of England near a shipyard.

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