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Monday
Sep222014

Charli XCX Pushes Release of New Album, "Sucker," Back to Dec. 16th 

Dan Curwin/Atlantic RecordsSorry, suckers The release of Charli XCX's new album, Suckers, has been pushed back to December...but according to her, that's a good thing.

"Ok so it wouldn't be a charli xcx album without a date change," she tweeted on Monday. "it's all COOL nothing's WRONG the albums DONE but it's just no one really knew boom clap would do as well as it's doing."

She goes on to explain that the success of "Boom Clap," her single from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, is what's caused the delay in Sucker's release.  It was originally scheduled to arrive October 21: "I'm overwhelmed by the love for boom clap & the support from all u angels, I need to put the date back so I can launch the album properly...(i had no idea boom clap would hang about for so long... It's mind blowing and cool so thank u for that!)."

She finishes by revealing, "SUCKER will be released DEC 16TH in the USA and JAN 26TH in the UK and EUROPE."

Charli XCX is due to kick off a headlining tour on September 26.  That won't be affected, according to her label.


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Monday
Sep222014

"The Voice" Returns; New Coach Gwen Says Blake & Adam's "R-Rated" Antics Give Her a "Face Headache" 

Trae Patton/NBCOn Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there'll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.

"Seriously, after day one...I haven't laughed that hard in so long," she says. "I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!"  She adds, "Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they're getting at home. I mean, it is bad."

"I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys," she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. "But these two, they really take it to another level!"

"I don't even feel alive unless I'm making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It's so much fun. It's genuinely a blast," laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven "the best...we've ever had." He adds, "I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much."

Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. "The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost," he says. "They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted."  He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition.

"I told her, 'You're not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.' You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you're loving it, and it's amazing," Adam says. "So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again."

As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show.  "My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It's not been any work at all. It's been fun. Really, honestly fun," he says.  He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn't produced any superstars.  In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it.

"Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win," he says. "The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That's huge!"

Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she's learned over the years is a big reason why she's excited to be on The Voice.

"I've had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed," she says. "It's gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I'm gonna look back and go, 'That was incredible.'"

The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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Monday
Sep222014

Linkin Park Open to Collaboration With Eminem

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The members of Linkin Park have proved over and over that they're wide-ranging guys.  In a new interview with Canadian music site Montreality, Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda was asked if he'd ever consider working with Eminem.  Shinoda admitted he'd "thought of it before" and is a big fan.

"Eminem's great," he said.  "I've known about Eminem since before he was ever even signed.  I had a friend back in the day [who] gave me a cassette tape of, it was the Slim Shady EP...and Em was doing shows at, like, The Roxy for, like, 300 people in L.A., coming onstage on drugs and stuff and just, like, falling onto the stage, and he'd pick up the mic and go crazy.  And people loved it, I loved it; he's always been so great."

Shinoda said that he'd "definitely" collaborate with Eminem if there was an opportunity.  "Even if it was a thing where we we just did the music and he just did his vocals, I'd be down with that," Shinoda said.  "I just think he's talented.  I'd be down to do something."

Linkin Park just wrapped its Carnivores tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars on Friday night in California; the band is having a lot of downtime before beginning its European tour in November.

 


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Monday
Sep222014

Classic Beach Boys Music Prepped John Cusack for Role as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy"

James Minchin IIITo prepare for his role as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in the upcoming feature film Love & Mercy, actor John Cusack delved into the era of the band's music that is held in high regard by musicians and fans alike.

"To me, the Smile sessions and Pet Sounds sessions were my way in," Cusack tells Billboard.  "I saw his mind and his creativity [and also] found these things to be absolutely revelatory."

With Smile and its outtakes, Cusack adds, "you can hear everything that happens for the next 40 years in music."

The film also stars Paul Dano as a younger version of Wilson, who along with his wife have endorsed Love & Mercy.  It recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; director Bill Pohlad is seeking widespread distribution for the movie.


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Monday
Sep222014

Jennifer Hudson Talk Working with Pharrell on "JHUD" 

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Jennifer Hudson will soon release her third album, JHUD, which includes her Pharrell-produced single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. The singer revealed what it was like working with the in-demand hitmaker.

"I worked with Pharrell for my first album [2008's Jennifer Hudson], although we didn't end up having anything make that album, but we already had a rapport from back then. I was so excited to work with him again," she said in an interview with Billboard.

She adds that they have a mutual appreciation for throwback music. "Where we connect is we both have a love of old-school music. He'll come in with a track and then I'm like, 'I already know where I'm going with this. I feel you,'" she says.

JHUD will be released on September 23.


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Monday
Sep222014

Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery Added to Tree Town Festival Lineup in Iowa

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill.  You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.


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Monday
Sep222014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.  


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Monday
Sep222014

Pink Floyd Reveals Details of New Album, "The Endless River," Due Nov. 10 

Columbia RecordsPink Floyd is spilling all the details about their new album, The Endless River, which will arrive November 10.  The album's artwork -- which depicts a man standing in a shallow boat, traveling across a sea of clouds -- appeared on buildings in 10 cities around the world Monday, including New York and L.A.

As previously reported, The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a "tribute" to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.  Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

David Gilmour adds, "With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”  Gilmour also describes the disc as "a 21st century Pink Floyd album."

The track listing for The Endless River is conceived as running across "four sides," to recreate what it was like to listen to a double album back in the days of vinyl.  Here are the songs:
 
SIDE 1
"Things Left Unsaid"
"It’s What We Do"
"Ebb And Flow"
 
SIDE 2
"Sum"
"Skins"
"Unsung"
"Anisina"     
 
SIDE 3
"The Lost Art of Conversation"
"On Noodle Street"
"Night Light"
"Allons-y (1) "                       
"Autumn ’68 "                         
"Allons-y (2)"                        
"Talkin’ Hawkin’"
 
SIDE 4
"Calling"
"Eyes to Pearls"
"Surfacing"
"Louder than Words"


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Monday
Sep222014

Maddie & Tae Reveal Their Hometown Connections to Blake Shelton and Sugarland

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, "Girl in a Country Song," just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo's Tae Dye heard all about the town's other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, "My best friend's grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that's such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had really good hair."

Blake pays tribute to Ada with a picture of the town's water tower on the cover of his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Tae admits she got a little misty when she saw that image.

"I almost cried because I love Ada and I miss it so much," Tae says. "I saw the album cover, and I freaked out."

Tae's duo partner, Maddie Marlow, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but she doesn't have a connection to the country duo that shares a name with the town.

Says Maddie,  "I love Sugarland. They make amazing music, but we were, like, 'I wonder if they came through Sugar Land? That's how they named their band?'"

The town of Sugar Land was named for a now-closed sugar mill, and Maddie often has a hard time convincing people it's a real place.

Maddie says, "They're like, 'Candy Land?' I'm like, 'No! Sugar Land!' And they're like, 'There's no way!'" 

Hopefully Maddie can help put the town of Sugar Land on the map. Maddie & Tae will release their self-titled debut EP on November 4.


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Monday
Sep222014

Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New "We Are Here" Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army"

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it.  The singer, who's expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an "army" of fans to make a positive change in the world.

By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind -- from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls' education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, "I want to gather an army...It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it'll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves.  They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; War Child; which supports kids living in conflict areas, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which combats racial profiling.  She also plans to organize petitions, rallies and protests.

Alicia's newly released song "We Are Here" is the theme song for the movement. She tells the New York Times that she was inspired to write the song, and begin the movement, in part, when a friend asked her, "Why are you here?"  "Nobody had ever asked me that question before," says Alicia, noting that it started her thinking about what her purpose in life is, and what her legacy will be.

"We’re in the same head space. We think the same things,” she says of her and her fans. “This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?”

You can get more info at WeAreHereMovement.com, and also watch a video where Alicia performs "We Are Here" and says, "It's not about me. It's about we, and together we can ignite the change that will create a more peaceful world for all children. And that's the truth."

Over the weekend, Alicia performed at a celebration for the late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee at Riverside Church in New York. She performed her song "Superwoman" at the event. Dee died in June at the age of 91.

 

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Monday
Sep222014

Country Stars Mourn the Sudden Death of Former Tennessee Titans Kicker Rob Bironas

CMACountry stars took to Twitter over the weekend to express their grief over the sudden death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He was killed Saturday night after losing control of his SUV while driving less than a mile from his home in Nashville. The vehicle hit a line of trees before coming to rest upside down in a large culvert area. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a role in the crash. He got married to NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's daughter, Rachel Bradshaw, this past June.

Rob Bironas was a close friend with several country stars including Luke Bryan, who tweeted, "I'm heartbroken. One of most genuine and charitable persons I've ever met. Praying for everyone."

Here is a collection of other country stars' tweets mourning the loss of Rob Bironas:

Carrie Underwood -- "Shocked and saddened this morning at the passing of Rob Bironas. Such a nice guy. Sending prayers and love to his family... RB # 2"

Dierks Bentley -- "i don't know anyone that didn't like rob bironas. lot of heavy hearts in nashville today. prayers for his family."

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney -- "Saddened by the news of our @rascalflatts friend @RobBironas - Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with his family at this time."

Kix Brooks -- "So sad - lost good buddy@RobBironas last night - heartbroken for dear friend @RachelTBradshaw - he was a great guy - and an amazing talent:("

Jerrod Niemann -- "I'm so sad about the loss of our buddy @RobBironas please keep him & his wife @RachelTBradshaw in your thoughts & prayers. He will be missed."

Chase Rice -- "No words man. No words. @RobBironas u are my friend. Gone way too soon. @RachelTBradshaw praying hard for u and family. Unreal."


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Monday
Sep222014

Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin' Up Time"

Cleopatra RecordsThe tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave's forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time.


"It seems like a problem we've had all our life," Dave told Rolling Stone.  "We get real close, and then we get ripped apart."

Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin' Up Time, due October 28.  One tune is called "In the Old Days," which was started with Ray, but "the whole meeting went wrong," according to Dave, so he completed the lyrics with his son.

"Songwriting, or really any kind of writing, is the best way to get thoughts or feelings to pop out," Dave said.

Produced by David Nolte, the album was recorded over six weeks in the summer.  Nolte and Dave played all of the instruments.

Dave Davies will kick off a North American tour in Milwaukee on November 11.  He told Rolling Stone that while he may play three or four songs from the new album, the bulk of the set will be devoted to Kinks classics.


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Monday
Sep222014

Blake Shelton Reveals His Fellow Coaches' Tricks as "The Voice" Season Seven Starts Tonight

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC's The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn't know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he's impressed with Pharrell's tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

"It's like reverse psychology," Blake explains. "He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he's just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam and Gwen are just so good at what they do and he loves 'em. And next thing you know, these artists are like -- they fall for it every time. It's so frustrating."

Blake admits he'd probably choose to be on Gwen Stefani's team if he was a contestant on The Voice.

He says, "Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani. Who's gonna look at her and not see that she's just such an accomplished artist and what she's done for women in music."

Of course, Blake and Adam have become close friends in the past few years, and Blake considers them all very lucky to have this gig helping up-and-comers realize their dreams.

Says Blake, "We get to come in and share some of the knowledge that we've gathered over the years of just banging our heads against the wall and being lucky enough to make our dreams come true. To be able to pass some of that knowledge on to some of these people, it's perfect."

The Voice's seventh season premieres Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.


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Monday
Sep222014

Nick Jonas Hits the Road for Solo Tour, Hopes JoBros Fans Come Along for the Ride 

Charles Sykes/BravoAfter years with the Jonas Brothers, and with his side project, The Administration, Nick Jonas is now stepping out solo with his new single "Jealous" and upcoming album.  He kicks off a solo tour Monday night in Seattle, and says he hopes fans of his previous work will be there in the audience, cheering him on.

"Yeah, this tour's gonna be fun," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's about kinda getting my legs back under me, and really trying to sorta get used to touring again: it's been awhile.  [I] gotta get out there, have fun, be in front of the fans and play this new music."

Asked if he expects that those fans who screamed for him when he was in the Jonas Brothers will accept him as "Nick Jonas, solo star" and enjoy his new musical direction, Nick says, "I think it's all about growth and taking those big steps, and trying to make bold statements, and knowing that when you step into a new phase of your career, you'll have a lot of people who'll come with you and join you on that ride, and some that don't. And that's ok."

"It's about just doing what you have to do as an artist and trying to make the statements you wanna make," he adds. 

Nick's self-titled solo album is due November 11.  The tour wraps up October 8 in Boston, the same day he'll make his debut playing an MMA fighter in Kingdom, DirecTV's new original drama series. 

Here are Nick's tour dates:

9/22 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox
9/24 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
9/27 -- Mesa, AZ, Virginia G. Piper Theater
9/29 -- Houston, TX, Fitzgerald’s -- Upstairs
9/30 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
10/2 -- Chicago, IL, The Bottom Lounge
10/3 -- Minneapolis, MN , Fine Line Music Café
10/5 -- Pontiac, MI, Crofoot Ballroom
10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace
10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre

 
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Monday
Sep222014

Lorde Says "Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" Soundtrack Will Include "Legendary, Epic Musicians"

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Lorde is putting together the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel,Mockingjay -- Part 1, and while it's a given that she'll be including cutting-edge performers on the album, she says iconic stars will be involved, too.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lorde says, "I have gotten a mix of really young, fresh, unknown artists and just legendary, epic musicians," adding, "The music is so f***ing cool."

Who, exactly, Lorde considers to be "legendary" and "epic" remains to be seen.  We know, for example, that she's a big fan of rock icon David Bowie, who would fit both those descriptions.

Lorde is also contributing at least one of her own songs to the project, and she has already teased fans by tweeting some of the track's lyrics: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm."

The new movie opens November 21; so far, there's no release date for the soundtrack.


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Monday
Sep222014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean performs on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

Lady Antebellum has released the music video for their new song, "I Did with You." The song is included on the soundtrack to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, out next month.


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Monday
Sep222014

Keyshia Cole Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting a Woman

Stephen J. Cohen/Getty ImagesKeyshia Cole reportedly was arrested this past Friday after allegedly assaulting a woman who apparently spent the night with her rumored boyfriend, Cash Money CEO Birdman, according to TMZ.

Sources tell the gossip website Cole, 32, showed up at Birdman's penthouse in West Los Angeles and security let her up. When she discovered the other woman, Keyshia allegedly attacked her, leaving scratches all over her face.

The police were called, and Cole was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant. She was released on $46,000 bail.

Cole hasn't released an official response to the incident as of yet, but on Saturday, she posted a series of messages on Instagram that appeared to be aimed at Birdman, who was born Bryan Williams.

One, a selfie with her dog, was captioned, "Me and my LolaMae!! She knows my [heart]."

Another post included the message, "Ni**az be like 'WTF I gotta lie for' and still be lying," along with the caption, "Silly rabbit."  Yet another message picture read, "My Real And Your Real Ain't The Same That's Why We Don't Click." It was captioned, "Fake. Just fake."  However, both of those messages were gone as of Monday morning.  In their place was another selfie, captioned simply, "Man love is a muthaF**ka."

A day before the alleged incident, Cole posted, "Sometimes you just have to bow your head, say a prayer and weather the storm," with the caption, "Word."


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Monday
Sep222014

Rihanna Reportedly a Victim of Celebrity Photo Hackers

Island Def JamRihanna is the latest victim of celebrity hackers. Nude photos, purportedly of the singer, leaked onto 4chan/Reddit on Sunday, according to TMZ.

One of the pictures reportedly shows a censored version of the 26-year-old Grammy-winner’s breasts. Hours later, another, more graphic, version of the picture was released.

The photos appear to have been taken while Rihanna was being fitted for an outfit.

The photos are the latest in a second wave of leaks over the weekend. Nude pictures of what appear to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Hope Solo, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, and Suits' Abigail Spencer reportedly have also surfaced.


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Monday
Sep222014

Bow Wow Is Engaged

Johnny Nunez/BET/Getty Images for BETBow Wow and Erica Mena are engaged. Both confirmed the good news on social media.

Mena, a star of VH1's Love & Hip Hop, responded to a congratulatory tweet sent by a fan, while Bow Wow, whose birth name is Shad Moss, posted a photo on Instagram of her ring.

The two reportedly met after Erica made an appearance on BET's 106 & Park, which Bow Wow co-hosts. They've been together for fewer than six months.


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Monday
Sep222014

Jason Aldean Explains Why You Won't Find Him Smiling in Press Photos

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHave you ever noticed Jason Aldean doesn't smile in photographs? Unlike his pal, Luke Bryan, who is always flashing his teeth, Jason just doesn't think it looks natural for him to be grinning in photos.

He tells Billboard, "We'll do a photo shoot and I'll look at all the ones of me smiling and I'll just move them to the side, like, 'Those are out.'"

True to form, Jason isn't smiling on the cover of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.


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