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Wednesday
Sep042013

Rod Stewart Wants to Tour with Elton John Before They're "Both in Wheelchairs"

Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesOn Monday night in London, Rod Stewart presented Elton John with the inaugural Brits Icon Award, and then the two sang a duet together onstage.  But if Stewart has his way, he and John will be sharing stages together in the future for a lot more than a single evening.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Rod says that he and Elton -- longtime friends and rivals -- are getting along so well these days that he wants to work with him more closely.  "We did do a duet on one of my Great American Songbook albums, but really I'd love to -- before we're both in wheelchairs -- go out and do a tour together," Stewart reveals, adding, "I'd love to do that."

However, it's not clear when that would actually happen.  John has just told a British paper that he wants to drastically cut back on touring since his appendicitis operation, and Stewart's schedule is pretty full at the moment.  He'll be touring Europe for the rest of the month, and then he'll kick off a U.S. tour with Steve Winwood in October.  In between those dates, he's got another run of shows scheduled for Las Vegas.  And then there's the matter of making a follow-up to his current album, Time, his first album of original material in more than a decade.

Asked if he'd continue writing original songs, Rod says that depends, but his next project may be yet another collection of classic covers.  "I'm slated to do a country album," he tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, it's probably the only genre I haven't covered."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep042013

Tim McGraw Tries Hard to "Just Relax" as He Raises Teenage Daughters

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is used to exerting a huge amount of control over his music and acting careers, but he has to give up some of that control when it comes to raising his three daughters with his wife, Faith Hill. Their oldest, Gracie, is 16 years old now, and Tim admits he was a big ball of nerves when he first became a parent.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I think you start out being terrified by it, and as the years go by, you sort of grow along with 'em, and you start learning different ways to sort of just relax. And for me, that's been the hardest part, is just relax."

As Gracie prepares to leave the nest, Tim is confident in the values and lessons he and Faith have instilled in her over the years. Some of Gracie's lessons had to be learned the hard way, but her mom and dad have been there to help her carry on.

Tim says of his parenting philosophy, "I think you sort of act as a gutter guard.  You just sort of stand there with your arms out and just sort of catch 'em if they start falling. And every now and then you've gotta let them hit the ditch a little bit, you know, so they can learn something."

Tim and Faith pack up their kids and head back to Las Vegas for another round of Soul 2 Soul shows at The Venetian starting October 25.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep042013

Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves Offering Kids Music for All Ages on "Frog Trouble"

WorkmanBrad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Turner are among the stars singing for the pre-school set on a new country-flavored children's book and album called Frog Trouble. Celebrated children's author Sandra Boynton wrote the songs to appeal to parents as well as their kids, and that's a big plus for Brad. It turns out his sons, Huck and Jasper, are big fans of Sandra's work.

Says Brad, "It's nice to have kids music that you like in the car that's entertaining for an adult as well, 'cause there are those kids channels that make me wanna tear my hair out."

That frustration with bad kids music is what inspired Sandra, who is a mother of four, to start writing albums like Frog Trouble in the first place.

"There's no reason children's music should sound any different if you're hearing it in the next room," Sandra tells ABC News Radio. "There's no way you should be able to say, 'Oh, that's a kid's song.' If so, I think the producer, singer has made a mistake. I think it should sound like any other song."

Following that philosophy has earned Sandra Boynton three gold albums so far. When she started working on the country project, Sandra heard certain artists' voices in her head as she wrote the songs. For example, she heard Brad Paisley singing the song "Copycat" as she wrote it. She then produced a demo of the song with Brad in mind. That method of writing the song with each artist in mind has a way of making the artists agree to contribute to Sandra's projects.

Sandra says, "I think that once the artist hears the demo that I send, I think because I've heard them in my head, I've gotten partway -- I think they tend to connect with the song I send them."

Alison Krauss and Dwight Yoakam are also featured on Frog Trouble, which is available as a songbook with the CD attached. The songs are also available at iTunes.  A video for Josh Turner's song, "Alligator Stroll," will be out in the coming weeks, too.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep042013

Metallica Announce First Public Screening of 3D Film, "Metallica Through the Never"

Metallica.comBefore Metallica Through the Never hits theaters across the country, Metallica will host a special screening of the 3D flick in their hometown.  The band has just announced that the film will be shown on September 17 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California, which will kick off the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.

"We'll all be on hand for a post-screening interview and audience Q&A with the founder of the festival and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, Mark Fishkin," writes the band in a joint statement.  "We hope you can join us to watch the film, hang out, and talk about Through The Never. This screening is a benefit for the nonprofit California Film Institute, which celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at this theater."

Tickets for the Metallica Through the Never screening will run you $85 each, and are currently available at MVFF.com.  If you miss out on being able to attend the event, you'll be able to catch the movie when it arrives at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.  After the flick ends its run in the IMAX theaters, it'll expand into additional cinemas starting October 4.

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Wednesday
Sep042013

Elton John May Cut Back Drastically on Touring Following Appendicitis Scare

Capitol/Universal MusicElton John is one of the hardest-working men in showbiz -- he's constantly touring the world, or playing his residency in Las Vegas.  However, he says his recent bout with appendicitis has led him to reevaluate his intense schedule.

Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Elton says, "I knew I was sick, but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan...I could have easily died at any point. Your sense of your mortality kicks in. This is a wake up call for me, it really is."

He adds, "I’m 66, not 36 anymore. I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children. I don’t have to tour. I don’t need the money."

Elton goes on to say that when he had his appendectomy, he told himself, "This has got to stop, this is crazy, why am I doing this?"  He adds, "I’m a great believer in signs coming to you in life to tell you something. This appendix thing, it’s so lucky I didn’t die. So I’m treating is as a sign in great big letters saying 'For f***s sake, get a grip!'”

Another factor in Elton's desire to cut back on his time spent on the road is the fact that Zachary, his eldest son, is getting older and will start school in 2015.  When that happens, Elton say, he wants to be totally hands-on, taking him to school and picking him up. 

"I don’t want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story," he explains to the paper.  "I want to be one of the dads in the playground, there for parents' evenings, sports day. I’ve got all that ahead of me and I am so looking forward to it.”

As for Elton's youngest son, Elijah, the singer says the newest arrival is "the icing on the cake," adding, "I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way.”

Elton's new album The Diving Board is due later this month.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep042013

Steven Tyler to Help Launch New Season of "The Dr. Oz Show" Next Week

PRNewsFoto/The Dr. Oz ShowAerosmith's Steven Tyler will help usher in a brand-new season of The Dr. Oz Show by serving as one of the health expert's guests next week.  The legendary singer's visit will air on Tuesday, September 10, as the second episode of the Emmy-winning program's fifth season.

The "demon of screamin'" will sit down with Dr. Mehmet Oz -- who happens to be a huge Aerosmith fan -- for a candid interview about his recent vocal-cord problems and his long struggles with substance abuse.  Tyler will be accompanied by Dr. Harry Haroutunian, the physician who helped him overcome his addictions during his most recent stay at the famed Betty Ford Center.  Steven also will take part in a game called "Lip Service" that will feature him answering informative quiz questions about lips and vocal cords.

Check your local listings to find out where and when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your area.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep042013

Janelle Monáe Unveils "The Electric Lady" in Its Entirety

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Next week will see the release of Janelle Monae's much-hyped The Electric Lady, but before the disc drops the singer is allowing fans to stream the project in its entirety.

"I was always influenced and inspired by science fiction," she tells Elle magazine of her concept album. "I felt compelled to write a conscious album around science fiction...That’s what I want to represent in my music."

The Electric Lady arrives in stores on September 10 through Bad Boy/Atlantic, but it's available for pre-order now on iTunes. Janelle tweeted that she has "the world's best musicians" on her third studio project, which includes her first collaboration with the legendary Prince as well as contributions from Solange, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding and Miguel.  Janelle adds it was "an honor" working with them all.

In related news, Janelle is scheduled to play the iTunes Festival 2013 in London on Saturday, September 14. She'll then embark on her North American headlining tour, beginning on October 13 at Philadelphia.

Here's the track list for The Electric Lady:

Disc 1
"Suite IV Electric Overture"
"Givin' Em What They Love" (Feat. Prince)
"Q.U.E.E.N." (Feat. Erykah Badu)
"Electric Lady" (Feat. Solange)
"Good Morning Midnight" (interlude)
"PrimeTime" (Feat. Miguel)
"We Were Rock & Roll"
"The Chrome Shoppe" (interlude)
"Dance Apocalyptic"
"Look into My Eyes"

Disc 2
"Suite V Electric Overture"
"It’s Code"
"Ghetto Woman"
"Our Favorite Fugitive" (interlude)
"Victory"
"Can’t Live Without Your Love
"Sally Ride"
"Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" (Feat. Esperanza Spalding)
"What an Experience"

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Wednesday
Sep042013

Seether to Release Greatest Hits & B-Sides Collection, "Seether 2002-2013", in October

Facebook.com/SeetherSeether is set to drop a collection of greatest hits and rare B-sides, Seether 2002-2013, on October 29.

The set boasts 27 tracks spread out over two discs, and features a number of of the band's biggest hits, including "Remedy," "Fake It" and "Country Song." The upcoming release also includes three brand-new songs and a cover of Veruca Salt's 1994 hit single, “Seether,” which is where the group gets their name. That song will arrive at radio on September 10.

"13 years ago when a demo of 'Needles' came roaring through our speakers and tearing down our hallways, we knew greatness was at our fingertips," said president and CEO of Wind-up Records Ed Vetri in a statement.  "After an amazing young career featuring 11 number-one songs, millions of albums sold, Seether is just hitting their stride and this Greatest Hits package only represents their work so far."

Here’s the track list for Seether 2002-2013:

Disc 1
“Fine Again”
“Driven Under”
“Gasoline”
“Broken” (featuring Amy Lee)
“Remedy”
“Truth”
“The Gift”
“Fake It”
“Rise Above This”
“Breakdown”
“Careless Whisper”
“Country Song”
“Tonight”
“No Resolution”
“Here and Now”
 
Disc 2
“Seether”
“Safe to Say I've Had Enough”
“Weak”
“Out of My Way”
“Hang On”
“Blister”
“Innocence”
“Let Me Go”
“No Shelter”
“Burn the Bridges” (Demo)
“Butterfly with Teeth” (Demo)
“Melodious” (Demo)

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep032013

Elton John May Change Schedule Following Appendicitis Scare: "I Don't Have to Tour"

Facebook.com/EltonJohnElton John is one of the hardest-working men in showbiz -- he's constantly touring the world, or playing his residency in Las Vegas.  However, he says his recent bout with appendicitis has led him to reevaluate his intense schedule.

Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, John says, "I knew I was sick, but I didn't know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan...I could have easily died at any point.  Your sense of your mortality kicks in.  This is a wake up call for me, it really is."

He adds, "I'm 66, not 36 anymore.  I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children.  I don't have to tour.  I don't need the money."

Elton goes on to say that when he had his appendectomy, he told himself, "This has got to stop, this is crazy, why am I doing this?"  He adds, "I'm a great believer in signs coming to you in life to tell you something.  This appendix thing, it's so lucky I didn’t die.  So I'm treating is as a sign in great big letters saying, 'For f*** sake, get a grip!'"

Another factor in John's desire to cut back on his time spent on the road is the fact that Zachary, his eldest son, is getting older and will start school in 2015.  When that happens, Elton says, he wants to be totally hands-on, taking him to school and picking him up. 

"I don't want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story," he explains to the paper.  "I want to be one of the dads in the playground, there for parents' evenings, sports day.  I've got all that ahead of me and I am so looking forward to it."

As for the Rocket Man's younger son, Elijah, the singer says the newest arrival is "the icing on the cake," adding, "I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring.  It connects you to the world in a new way."

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

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep032013

Promoters Reportedly Trying to Lure David Bowie Back to the Concert Stage in 2014

Photo: Jimmy KingDavid Bowie surprised everyone in January when he unexpectedly revealed that he'd recorded a new album titled The Next Day, which he released in March.  Unfortunately, Bowie has shown no interest in performing live to support the record, but some major promoters reportedly are now hoping to coax the influential singer back onto the stage.

U.K. newspaper The Mirror reports that Live Nation has offered a multi-million-pound payday to get the Thin White Duke to perform sometime next year at Olympic Park in East London, England.  Live Nation reportedly has close ties with longtime Bowie tour agent John Giddings.

The Mirror also reports that promoters AEG Live are prepared to shell out big bucks for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to play at London's Hyde Park in 2014.

A source close to Bowie tells The Mirror that the 66-year-old singer "currently [has] no live dates planned," though not completely ruling out that he'll eventually perform again.  The last Bowie tour took place in 2004, but was cut short after the rock legend suffered a heart attack.  David last sang in public in 2006, when he joined R&B star Alicia Keys during a show.

The Mirror suggests that perhaps Bowie will be motivated to hit the stage again next year because 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of his first single, "Liza Jane," which was recorded under the moniker Davie Jones and the King Bees.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Cher Lloyd Returns With New Single "I Wish" Featuring T.I.

PR NewswireCher Lloyd has released the lyric video for her brand-new single, "I Wish" featuring T.I., lifted off her upcoming sophomore album.

With the song sure to resonate with her fans, the singer revealed that her favorite line is: "I wish I woke up with a butt and a rack."

"I think a lot of girls struggle with body image or get pissed off because the prettier girl with everything gets the guy," said Cher in a statement. "You want all of the things you think that other girl has. That's not fair, and I think I should challenge that with the song."

"I think a lot of girls feel like that," Cher adds. "That's what I really want my fans to connect with. I've always said, 'If you can't take me as I am, don't take me at all because I will not change for anyone.'"

The follow-up to 2012's Sticks + Stones won't arrive until later this year, but "I Wish" is available for purchase on iTunes now. Fans will also get the chance to see their favorite singer live in concert.  Cher's 11-city tour starts this Friday in Washington, D.C. and wraps on September 23 in L.A.

In related news, Cher has launched the "Cher Grants 100 Wishes to Her Fans" campaign to coincide with the song's release. Over the course of the next 20 days, the singer is randomly awarding her fans five daily prizes -- ranging from surprise concert tickets to a $50 Top Shop gift card. To learn more visit her official Facebook page.

Here's the "I Wish" tour dates:

9/6 -- Washington, D.C., Fillmore
9/7 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
9/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
9/11 -- Montreal, QC, Corona Theater
9/13 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/14 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
9/16 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
9/18 -- Denver, CO, Ogden
9/22 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency
9/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia at L.A. Live   

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Adele Reportedly Planning "Magical" Party for Son; Exchanges Tweets with Lady Gaga

Steve Granitz/WireImageAdele's son -- whose name she still hasn't publicly uttered -- will celebrate his first birthday next month, and if one British tabloid is to be believed, she's planning quite a magical celebration for the toddler.

The British paper The Daily Star claims that Adele is planning to fly famous magician David Blaine from New York to England in order for him to perform at her son's birthday party on October 19.  The two first met unexpectedly back in June when Adele was in New York to attend an industry function.

A source claims to the paper, "Adele wants a small, intimate family party for [her son], with a magic theme. Having David there will make it even more memorable." Of course, you can take this report, along with most other Adele tabloid stories, with a huge grain of salt.

One thing that IS true, however, is that Adele attended Lady Gaga's performance at the iTunes Festival in London over the weekend.  London's Metro reports that she sneaked in right before the show started and took a seat among the other celebrities in the audience, including Sherlock and Star Trek star Benedict Cumberbatch and Niall Horan of One Direction.  In fact, Metro claims that Niall failed to recognize the superstar singer, who was dressed down and wore no makeup.

Afterwards, Adele tweeted her approval, writing to Gaga, "mermaids for life! Brilliant as always thank you for a wonderful night!"  She also added the hashtag "#

Tuesday
Sep032013

Ray Charles to Be Honored with His Own US Postage Stamp Along with New CD/DVD Compilation

Concord Music GroupThe United States Postal Service will honor Ray Charles with his own postage stamp later this month as part of its Music Icons Forever series.  The limited-edition stamp will be available starting on September 23, which would have been the late music legend's 83rd birthday.

In conjunction with the stamp's debut, a retrospective CD/DVD set titled Ray Charles Forever will be released on September 24.  The CD will feature 12 tracks, including covers of such memorable tunes as "A Song for You," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Imagine" and "America the Beautiful."  The DVD will offer 20 minutes' worth of footage, including rare concert performances of "Imagine," "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "A Song for You," as well as vintage interviews with Ray.

A special deluxe edition of Ray Charles Forever offering a bonus track, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," will be sold exclusively at many post offices across the U.S., and online at USPS.com and eBay.com/Stamps.  In addition, launch events commemorating the arrival of the new stamp and compilation will be hosted by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and numerous other locations.

Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin served as executive producer of the CD/DVD collection.  She notes that while tunes such as "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack," "What'd I Say" and "I've Got a Woman" are among Charles' "many hits that are standards and meet the test of time…to mark this momentous occasion, I selected songs that also exemplify the forever quality of his performances."

Charles died in June 2004 at age 73 from complications of liver disease.

Here's the complete track list of the Ray Charles Forever CD:

"Song for You"
"I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"
"Ring of Fire"
"Come Rain or Come Shine"
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"
"Till There Was You"
"Isn't It Wonderful"
"None of Us Are Free"
"Imagine"
"If I Could"
"So Help Me God"
"America the Beautiful"
"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (bonus track)

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Lil Wayne Releases 'Dedication 5' Mixtape

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesLil Wayne has released the fifth installment of his mixtape series, Dedication 5. The DJ Drama-hosted offering includes guest contributions from T.I., 2 Chainz, The Weeknd, Birdman and Mack Maine, among others.

Wayne tweeted, "I appreciate every single 1 of y'all who downloaded that D5 & I appreciate everyone who fux wit it!! Love ya!! I do it for u."

Similar to his previous Dedication mixtapes, Weezy borrows beats from hit songs like Kanye West's "New Slaves" and Meek Mill's "Levels" on the 29-track project, which can be downloaded via DatPiff.com.

To further support his tenth studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, Wayne is continuing his America's Most Wanted tour through the fall. He's expected to kick off the European leg of his outing with special guests, beginning October 9 in Dublin and concluding on October 30 in Berlin.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Tamar Braxton Sings About Marriage on 'Love and War'

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Since releasing her self-titled debut album in 2000, Tamar Braxton has been dreaming of a comeback.  Now she's finally getting one: her new album Love and War -- her first release in 13 years -- is in stores today. And the younger sister of R&B singer Toni Braxton is happy about that.

"It feels amazing. I feel so accomplished," Tamar tells ABC News Radio Tuesday. "Only because I set a goal and I wasn't willing to stop until I got to this point, so I feel amazing."  What doesn't feel amazing, though, is the fact that Tamar just burst two blood vessels in her vocal cords this week...but she's rolling with it.

Tamar reveals the album is really an ode to her marriage to Vincent Herbert, who also serves as her manager. Tamar says she hopes fans will realize after listening that "I'm a real person, meaning a woman. And I go through the same things all women go through and my relationship is no different than yours. I just decided to sing and write about it."

So what's her favorite on the 14-track project? "The one that speaks to me most often is 'White Candle.' And that is because 'White Candle' is about not letting your relationship die," Tamar reveals. "Don't let it get too far gone. Don't let the problems get too far gone before you work them out."

And her fans -- or Tamartians as she calls them -- probably won't be surprised that Tamar included a gospel song on her R&B LP.

"Gospel is my roots," the 36-year-old mother of one says. "And honestly, I never thought I'd have this situation ever, ever again. And I just really felt the need to say, 'Thank you Lord.'  Because...you want your blessing, and some people don't live to see it, but I got a chance to and I just wanted to say thank you."

Tamar says that after releasing "All the Way Home" in late August, fans should expect "Hot Sugar" as her next single. She's already released a snippet of the video on her Instagram page.

"It's an epic situation," Tamar says of the video, "and I'm just really happy about all the different looks. It's something very different from [the Tamar that you know]."

The Tamar & Vince reality star, whose second season debuts Thursday, is also set to go on tour with John Legend in October.

"I was asked to do this tour before my album even came out. And so for me, it was so humbling and such a wonderful experience because I just couldn't believe someone believed in me that much," Tamar gushes. "And I just really, really appreciate him for that."

Love and War is on shelves and available via iTunes now.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Nicki Minaj Stars in Two New Videos: Wale's "Clappers" and DJ Khaled's "I Wanna Be With You”

Facebook.com/NickiMinajOn Tuesday, Nicki Minaj treated her fans to not one but two new videos for songs in which she features.

The fem-cee announced in a video on Instagram that the visual for Wale's new single, "Clappers," featuring both her and Juicy J, has been released. In the Benny Boom-directed clip, Nicki shows off her assets, sips her Myx Moscato drink, and twerks to the dance track, which is lifted from Wale's disc, The Gifted.

An hour later, Nicki posted another clip on Instagram and showed off her appearance in DJ Khaled's new clip for "I Wanna Be With You," which also features Rick Ross and Future. In the Colin Tilley-directed clip, Khaled is seen with his featured guests inside a nightclub illuminated with neon lights.  Khaled's fake proposal to Nicki was designed to help promote the song, which can be found on the Miami rapper's upcoming disc Suffering From Success, due out on October 22.

Both videos an be viewed via her official website, MyPinkFriday.com, now.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Kirk Franklin Starts News Label with RCA Records 

Facebook.com/KirkFranklinAfter years of dominating the gospel charts, Kirk Franklin announced on Tuesday that he's teamed with RCA Records to establish his new label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings. 

"I've been blessed to be with RCA Records as an artist," said Mr. Franklin in a press release.  "Expanding our business relationship in a way that empowers my team to identify and develop great new artists is really a dream come true for me.  We've already been hard at work and I am very excited to be able introduce the world to some amazing new talents in the coming months."

With the new deal, Kirk reveals the first release will be the debut album from the gospel vocal quartet The Walls Group, as well as the first studio effort from the next winner of BET's Gospel music competition show, Sunday Best. Fans can also anticipate Franklin's future recordings to be released on the Fo Yo Soul Recordings label.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Metallica Announce First Public Screening of 3D Film, "Metallica Through the Never"

Metallica.comBefore Metallica Through the Never hits theaters across the country, Metallica will host a special screening of the 3D flick in their hometown. The band has just announced that they’ll show the film on September 17 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA, which will kick off the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.

“We’ll all be on hand for a post screening interview and audience Q&A with the founder of the festival and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, Mark Fishkin,” writes the band in a joint statement. “We hope you can join us to watch the film, hang out, and talk about Through The Never. This screening is a benefit for the nonprofit California Film Institute, which celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at this theater.”

Tickets for the Metallica Through the Never screening will run you $85 each, and are currently available at MVFF.com. If you miss out on being able to attend the event, you’ll be able to catch the movie when it arrives at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.  After the flick ends its run in the IMAX theaters, it'll expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Sleigh Bells to Release "Bitter Rivals" in October; Schedule Headlining Tour Dates

Facebook.com/SleighBellsGood news for Sleigh Bells fans: the band will release their third studio album next month. Bitter Rivals, which features ten new tracks, will be available at all the usual outlets on October 8.

To give you an idea of what you can expect from the upcoming release, the group has posted a video of the title track, “Bitter Rivals.” The three-minute clip features frontwoman Alexis Krauss performing a choreographed dance number with a group of women, interspersed with clips of the singer shadowboxing in a convenience store. The video also includes footage of guitarist Derek Miller playing in Queens, New York in front of the Unisphere -- that's the giant metal globe that served as the symbol for the 1964 World's Fair.

Shortly before Bitter Rivals arrives in stores, Sleigh Bells will hit the road to promote the upcoming release. The group will kick off a North American headlining tour on October 4 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA, and will make stops in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia and New York, among other cities. Doldrums and Danny Brown will support the group at select concerts.

Here are the tour dates:

10/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Smalls
10/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore
10/11 -- Portland, OR, Roseland
10/12 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at Market
10/15 -- Santa Ana, CA, Observatory
10/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey
10/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival
10/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Grand
10/23 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird
10/25 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/26 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
10/27 -- Austin, TX, Stubbs
10/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
10/30 -- Jacksonville, FL, Freebird Live
11/1 -- St. Petersburg, FL, State Theatre
11/2 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
11/4 -- Orlando, FL, Firestone
11/5 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
11/6 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre
11/8 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
11/9 -- Columbus, OH, Newport
11/10 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
11/12 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews
11/13 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix
11/14 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
11/16 -- Boston, MA, Royale
11/17 -- Albany, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
11/19 -- Washington, DC, Upstate Concert Hall
11/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
11/22 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Kenny Rogers Reunites with Dolly Parton for Duet on New Album, "You Can't Make Old Friends"

SKHKenny Rogers returns with a new album, You Can't Make Old Friends, on October 8. The diverse project includes a duet with Dolly Parton on the title track. Of course, Kenny and Dolly scored a massive hit 30 years ago with "Islands in the Stream."

Kenny says, "What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song. Working with Dolly is always a little like going home.  Everything felt comfortable."

The rest of Kenny's new album includes forays into soul, Southern rock, zydeco and gospel.

"It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to," Kenny admits. "In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music.  We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to."

Kenny also had a new novel, What Are the Chances, now in stores. He co-wrote it with Mike Blakely. Look for Kenny's new autobiography, Luck or Something Like It, to come out in paperback on September 27.

Here's the You Can't Make Old Friends track listing:

"You Can't Make Old Friends" (with Dolly Parton)
"All I Need Is One"
"You Had to Be There"
"'Merica"
"Turn This World Around"
"Dreams of the San Joaquin"
"Don't Leave Me in the Night Time" (featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
"Look at You"
"Neon Horses"
"When You Love Someone"
"It's Gonna Be Easy Now"

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