Mary J. Blige Files Countersuit Against Entertainment Firm Over Scrapped Concert

Facebook.com/MaryJBligeMary J. Blige has reportedly filed a countersuit against a company that claims the singer cancelled a concert appearance, scheduled for Dallas in December 2012, at the last minute.

In June, Vision Entertainment Worldwide (VEW) sued Blige claiming the singer had not returned a 145-thousand-dollar deposit it paid her for the Dallas date, despite the cancellation.

According to TMZ, Blige alleges in her countersuit that it was VEW that breached the contract because the company did not provide first-class air travel for her and her crew.

According to the report, Blige has no plans to return the cash, and is demanding that the company pay her the balance of the original deal -- $105,000.

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Ray Parker Jr. Files Lawsuit Over Vanishing "Ghostbusters" Royalties

Image courtesy Ray Parker Jr. via TwitterWho ya gonna call? Well, in the case of "Ghostbusters" singer Ray Parker Jr. -- it's his attorney.  TMZ reports the singer has filed a lawsuit claiming EMI and Sony/ATV Music owe him hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for his title song from the 1984 hit film Ghostbusters.

According to the report, Parker claims in court papers that he was entitled to 75 percent of the gross receipts from the hit song.

Parker claims he's been owed royalty payments for more than ten years and possibly decades.

"Ghostbusters" was number one on Billboard’s pop chart for three weeks in the summer of 1984.

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Paul McCartney Children's Book to Become Animated Film

MPL/Mary McCartneyHigh in the Clouds, a children's book co-written by Paul McCartney that was published in 2005, is set to be turned into an animated 3D movie.  The film will include several original tunes composed by the ex-Beatles star.

The story, which McCartney co-wrote with authors Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh, focuses on a squirrel named Wirral who sets off to find a legendary animal sanctuary named Animalia.  Tony Bancroft, whose resume includes Mulan, will direct the film, while Shrek Forever After screenwriter Josh Klausner will pen the screenplay.  High in the Clouds will be co-produced by Unique Features and RGH Entertainmnet.

"High in the Clouds is a passion project for me," says McCartney said in a statement.  "Working with the highly creative talent at [Unique Features and RGH] together with Josh Klausner and Tony Bancroft, we will be able to create a warm, funny and moving animated film that will resonate with worldwide audiences."

Meanwhile, Unique Features executive Michael Lynne notes, "We know how special this project is for Sir Paul and how excited he is to be a part of this wonderful, creative collaboration."

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Miley's Mom Says Rumor Her Daughter's Pregnant Is Her "Favorite One Yet"

RCA RecordsIt's safe to say that in her young life, Miley Cyrus has been the subject of countless false rumors, but this latest one is a doozy -- at least her long-suffering mom Tish thinks so.

Over the weekend, a satirical website reported that at the BET Hip Hop Awards, rapper Juicy J, who recently collaborated with Miley, told the crowd that Miley had "been doing a lot more than twerking," and that Miley then yelled, "No, I'm really pregnant!"  But the Internet being the Internet, people started to take this report seriously, and Miley ended up tweeting on Monday morning, "Waking up to the news that I'm now pregnant with @therealjuicyj baby."

Tish then responded, "hahahahaha YEP! read that last night!! This is my favorite one yet!

A source tells E! Online that while the rumor is "funny," it is not true.  Just in case you had any doubt.

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John Legend Announces Video Teaser for "All of Me" 

Courtesy of John Legend's Twitter

John Legend has already revealed a semi-nude picture of his wife, Chrissy Teigen, in upcoming visual the new single, "All of Me," and now he is giving fans the chance to watch a brief video for the song, which was written for the 27-year-old model and lifted from his latest album, Love in the Future.

He tweeted on Monday afternoon, "Watch ET tomorrow night to see a teaser of my 'All Of Me' music video!" While there's no word on when the Nabil Elderkin-directed clip will premiere in its entirety, the video will more than likely reflect John's unique perspective, which he recently told ABC News Radio is what separates him from other acts.

"The only thing I know how to do really well is just be myself and it's just much more natural for me to do it that way and I'm naturally going to be unique," he says. "I'm going to sound different than other artists.  I don't want to sound like other artists.  I'm happy sounding like me.  And my fans know who I am and they support me for who I am and I'm just going to keep doing that."

The singer adds, "I'm so happy and excited with the reception of the album and hopefully more and more people will hear it and it will make them feel good."

Love in the Future is available in stores now.

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Reality Show Featuring Bruno Mars' Sisters to Debut on WeTV November 8

Image courtesy The Lylas via TwitterThe Lylas, a new reality show featuring Bruno Mars' singing sisters -- Jamie, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley, who record together under the name The Lylas -- is set to premiere on WeTV in November.

The Lylas show the sisters as they pursue their dream of musical stardom, moving from their home in Hawaii to Los Angeles. The series also shows how the sisters deal with personal issues, such as their mother's untimely death, and how they live and work together.  It's not clear if Bruno will appear in the series with his siblings. 

The Lylas will premiere on WeTV Friday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Wale Releases Video for "Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)"

Facebook.com/WaleOfficialWale has unleashed a powerful visual for "Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)," lifted from his latest album The Gifted. The MMG rapper's video unveils the everyday sins people commit through the kaleidoscopic perspective of a conflict diamond, which is encrusted inside a Jesus pendant.

"The message in this video is clear as day," he explained on Twitter. "Had it been released when 'fans' cared bout creative music, it would have challenged listeners.. But we live in a time where ppl have selective hearing."

The creative video, which was posted on Wale's official YouTube page, was directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah.

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'American Idol' Champ Candice Glover Won't Release Debut 'Til February

Facebook.com/CandiceGloverMusicThe initial plan for reigning American Idol champ Candice Glover to rush-release her debut album before the American Idols Live tour this summer never panned out, and the release was moved to the fall, when Idol winners usually put out their first albums.  Now, the album has been pushed even farther back on the schedule.

Candice's album, Music Speaks, won't hit stores until February 18.  In a statement, the singer from South Carolina said, "I know it's taking a bit longer than expected to get my album out, but I have been working hard in the studio with some amazing people and I want to get it just right for you guys!”

She added, "I can't wait for ya'll to hear Music Speaks and my new single which I'll be announcing very soon! I couldn't be more proud of the music."

This means that Candice's album will come out about a month into the new season of American Idol.

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The Flaming Lips to Release New EP, "Peace Sword", in November

Michelle Martin CoyneThe Flaming Lips are taking their love of the 1985 science-fiction novel Ender's Game to the next level. The band is already set to provide a new song for the soundtrack of the film adaptation, and now they've revealed plans for an EP of tracks inspired by the book.

According to Stereogum.com, the release will be titled Peace Sword, and is due November 29 for Record Store Day.  While the full track list has yet to be revealed, the band has shared a number of song titles that are expected to be a part of the record, including “Think Like a Machine, Not a Boy,” “Wolf Children” and “Assassin Beetle/The Dream Is Ending.”

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Drake Named Global Ambassador for the NBA's Toronto Raptors 


Drake may be the city of Toronto's most famous native sun, and he's certainly the best known fan of that city's NBA franchise Toronto Raptors.  Now the rapper has inked a deal to become the "global ambassador" for the team, which will be hosting the 2016 NBA All Star game. The Toronto Star reports the Canadian rapper was selected to consult and help re-brand the franchise.

"I'm extremely excited to finally be part of a team I grew up a die hard fan of, I'm excited for the new vision," he said during a press conference.  "I've attended a lot of all-star games, a lot of NBA games but the opportunity to be a part of this NBA franchise at home has me more excited than anything.  I think it has everything to do with the fact that it represents where I'm from, and any opportunity to represent where I'm from is the best opportunity I can ask for."

"I hope to attend as many games as possible," Drizzy said in reference to his busy schedule.  To support his latest album, Nothing was the Same, the rapper has embarked on his North American outing, dubbed Would You Like A Tour?, alongside Miguel and Future, which concludes November 15 in Los Angeles.

In related news, Drake's latest single, "Hold On We're Going Home" with Majid Jordan, currently sits atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.

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Asking Alexandria, Guns N’ Roses, Sevendust Members Contribute Covers for Michael Jackson Tribute Album

Blabbermouth.netA number of heavy metal’s finest have lent their talents to a new album paying homage to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  Blabbermouth.net reports that the release, titled Thriller -- A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson, will feature 13 hard-hitting covers of Jackson’s greatest hits by members of Asking Alexandria, Guns N’ Roses, Sevendust and Motörhead, among others.

Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop teams up with Mr. Big’s Billy Sheehan for “Man in the Mirror,” while Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal covers “Beat It” with Diemonds frontwoman Priya Panda, andSevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon reinterprets “Black or White” with some help from ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and former The Firm bassist Tony Franklin. The collection also features Alien Ant Farm’s cover of “Smooth Criminal,” which was a hit for the band back in 2001.

Thriller -- A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson will arrive in stores on October 22. Here’s the track list:

“Thriller” -- Chuck Billy (Testament)
“Man in the Mirror” -- Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)
“The Way You Make Me Feel” -- Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensrÿche)
“Black or White” -- Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (The Firm)
“Beat It” -- Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron Bumblefoot Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
“Billy Jean” -- Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motörhead)
“Shake Your Body” (Down to the Group)” -- Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
“Rock with You” -- Doug Pinnick (King’s X)
“Dirty Diana” -- Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
“Bad” -- Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) & Craig Goldy (Dio)
“They Don't Care About Us” -- Icarus Witch
“Never Can Say Goodbye” -- Lonnie Jordan (War)
“Smooth Criminal” -- Alien Ant Farm

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My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers & More to Perform Free NYC Concert During 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference

CBGB.comMy Morning Jacket and The Wallflowers have signed on to perform a free concert in New York City’s Times Square as part of the second annual CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference.

The concert will take place on October 12 on multiple outdoor stages, and will also feature sets by Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits and a special DJ set by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.  The event will also feature a variety of interactive installations all around Times Square, including a music equipment expo, a skateboard half-pipe, a record fair and a silent disco.

The CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference will be held October 8-13 at more than 150 locations throughout New York City. The lineup for the event includes a keynote speech by former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and concerts from Atlas Genius, Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Lisa Loeb, among others. 

In addition, the CBGB movie will premiere during the opening day of the fest, at 8:20 p.m. ET at Manhattan's Landmark Sunshine Theater.  The film hits theaters nationwide October 11.

Tickets for the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference are on sale now at CBGB.com.  Packages start at $50.

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Chris Young Set to Perform on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday

Monarch PublicityChris Young continues promoting his latest album, A.M., with a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. Look for Chris to sing his latest single, "Aw Naw," in his second appearance on the show. Check local listings for air time.

A.M. opened at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart last week, making it Chris's highest debut ever on that overall sales tally.

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Eddie Vedder Says Taking Time Off Between Pearl Jam Records Is "Healthy"

Edu Andrade/Getty ImagesNext month is when we'll get our hands on Pearl Jam's 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt.  While fans may be frustrated that it took the guys four years to put out the new record, frontman Eddie Vedder says it's necessary for them to take lengthy breaks between releases.

"We're more of a group than ever, and the space in-between is healthy," he tells Rolling Stone.  "It's a big part of everybody's life, to be playing music, at all times.  And at the same time, it's important to us to be part of our families, to not be absent fathers."

Vedder adds that there's a downside to he and his band mates taking too much time off: It can affect how their new album is perceived.  "When you take longer between records, there's more importance placed on the records," he explains.  "Maybe the next thing you do is put out another one in the next year -- just put it out, and not have a buildup."

Lightning Bolt will arrive at all the usual outlet on October 15.

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Cher Reveals Secret Past: Good Samaritan, Plane Crash Survivor, Teacher

Warner Bros. RecordsCher's been a star since the 1960s and has lived most of her life in public, so at this point, you think we'd know all there is to know about the legendary artist.  But it turns out that there are quite a few unusual things in her past, which she's now revealed in an Us Weekly feature called "25 Things Don't Know About Me."

Among such little tidbits as the fact that she collects elephants, had imaginary friends when she was little and loves football and Wii tennis, Cher also drops a few bombshells.  For example, she says that she and Meryl Streep -- her co-star in Silkwood -- "saved a girl from a large mugger in New York City."  Another surprise?  "I once crashed in a small plane during a snowstorm," she reveals.

Among her other interesting revelations: She thinks David Letterman's in love with her, she once had lunch with Stephen Hawking, palm trees make her "deliriously happy" and she once "threw a dart at a map to decide where I would vacation."

In addition, Cher reveals that she makes beaded earrings for all her friends, she once drove a taxi through New York City at 4 a.m. and, surprisingly, she "loves to read and has taught several young people how to read."  One of her favorite books, she says, is God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism.

Perhaps most amusingly, Cher tells the magazine, "My mother still tells me what to do and I still don't listen."

You can read the entire list in the latest issue of Us Weekly magazine.

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"Breaking Bad" Finale Helps Badfinger's "Baby Blue" Break Back onto Charts

Apple Corps Ltd.Music fans who watched the finale of the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad on Sunday probably noticed that British rock group Badfinger's 1971 gem "Baby Blue" was used as the soundtrack for the very last scene of the show.  Not surprisingly, the song's appearance in one of TV's great moments has led to a huge spike in sales of the tune, which originally peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.

The iTunes Store currently lists "Baby Blue" as #1 on its Top Rock Songs list in the U.S.  According to Billboard.com, music-industry sources are suggesting that the song enjoyed an almost 3,000-percent sales increase during the week ending this past Sunday, and that the track was downloaded about 5,000 times on Sunday night alone.  That one-day amount would easily eclipse the highest number of digital sales the track ever experienced in any previous week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Official sales figures will be released on Wednesday, October 2.

Meanwhile, Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland, the last surviving member of that band's classic lineup, took to Twitter to express his excitement about the tune appearing in the Breaking Bad finale.

"Thank you #BreakingBad for choosing Badfinger's original recording of BABY BLUE for the final song," writes Molland, who continues to tour with his own version of the group.  He also points out that the same tune appeared in the Oscar-winning 2006 film The Departed.

In addition, Molland thanks Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and his production staff for choosing to use "Baby Blue" in the scene, and gushes about the "overwhelming" media response while posting links to new articles about the song's appearance in RollingStone.com, HollywoodReporter.com and SPIN.com, among others.

"Baby Blue" was one of a few songs featuring "blue" in its title that Gilligan incorporated into Breaking Bad, apparently referencing the blue methamphetamine that lead character Walter White created and on which he built a drug empire.  The Badfinger hit kicks off with the lyric "Guess I got what I deserved," apparently reflecting White's fate.

Late Badfinger singer/guitarist Pete Ham reportedly wrote "Baby Blue" about a woman he dated while touring the U.S.  The song appeared on the group's Straight Up album, and was the last of a string of four top 20 hits Badfinger scored from 1969 to 1972.  Sadly, Ham and founding singer/bassist Tom Evans both committed suicide by hanging themselves -- in April 1975 and November 1983, respectively.

Meanwhile, the current Molland-led incarnation of the band has a few upcoming U.S. tour dates.  You can check them out at BadfingerSite.com.

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Barbara Walters Apologizes for "Shading" Katy Perry -- Sort Of Adult Contemporary

Courtesy: BillboardKaty Perry raised a few eyebrows recently when she claimed, in her Billboard magazine cover story, that ABC's Barbara Walters scolded her quite harshly for showing up late to an interview.  On Monday's edition of The View, Walters responded to Katy's accusations, and offered an apology...of sorts.

Katy originally told Billboard that when she sat down with Walters, she "shouldn't have done the interview...I knew the end of my marriage was coming" and she was "exhausted and stressed."  She said she'd told her team she'd be late, but Walters showed up at the original time, and was kept waiting.  "When I got there, I apologized immediately," Katy recalled. "But then she said to me, 'You know, I've only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was?  Judy Garland.  You know how she turned out, right?'"  Walters was referring to Garland's death at age 47 after battles with drugs and alcohol.

Katy didn't seem too upset by what Walters said, however.  "I think it's the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me.  I just couldn't tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, 'Hey, my marriage is falling apart.  Give me a break,'" she tells Billboard.

On The View on Monday, Walters said she didn't remember being quite that hard on Katy for her tardiness.  "What I remember was that she was very late...I probably did say, 'Y'know, I waited a long time for you like Judy Garland.'  Would I ever say, 'And you know what happened to her?' Never!"  She then pointed out, "When you do an interview, you don't know if somebody's marriage is good."

Walters concluded by saying, "Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy during a time where you were obviously unhappy, and I didn't know, I'm sorry, but you can't always know!"

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Lady Antebellum Resets Their Musical "Compass" with Brand-New Single

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has a brand-new single hitting radio and iTunes this week titled "Compass."  Lady A's Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott took this summer off the road for Hillary to have her first baby in July.  They spent some time in the studio though, and "Compass" was a result of those sessions.

Hillary says, "Everything takes on new meaning once you have a child, and now I can hear the message of the song through Eisele's ears too.   It opens up a whole new world to you as an artist."

"Compass" breaks some new ground for Lady A musically as well.

"We tried some new things vocally," Dave says, "and by adding foot stomps and hand claps to the acoustic sounds of the banjo, fiddle and mandolin, it really turned into something special.”

Fans can look for "Compass" to be included on a new deluxe version of Lady Antebellum's album, Golden, due out November 12.

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Expanded Edition of David Bowie's Latest Album, "The Next Day," Arriving in November

ISO Records/ColumbiaA deluxe, three-disc version of David Bowie's latest album, The Next Day, will be released on November 5The Next Day Extra will include the original 14-track album Bowie issued back in March; a companion CD boasting 10 additional tunes, including five previously unreleased songs and two remixes; and a DVD containing four promotional videos.

Among the tracks featured on the bonus audio disc is a 10-minute version of the new Bowie song "Love Is Lost" remixed by James Murphy, frontman of the now-defunct alternative dance group LCD Soundsystem.  The CD also includes unreleased tunes titled "Atomica," "The Informer," "Like a Rocket Man," "Born in a UFO" and "God Bless the Girl."

The Bowie videos featured on the DVD, meanwhile, are "The Next Day," "Where Are We Now?," "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" and "Valentine's Day."

In addition, a seven-track digital EP will also be sold featuring most of the songs on The Next Day Extra's bonus CD.  Here is the full track list for deluxe releases's companion album:

*"Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)
*"The Informer"
*"Like a Rocket Man"
*"Born in a UFO"
*"I'd Rather Be High" (Venetian Mix)
"I'll Take You There"
*"God Bless the Girl"
"So She"

* = featured on digital EP.

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Kendrick Lamar Participates in Rap Cyphers for BET Hip-Hop Awards

Facebook.com/KendrickLamarMusicIn case you needed another reason to watch the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the line-up of rappers who partake in the infamous cyphers has been revealed.

This year’s event, which was taped over the weekend in Atlanta, features a mixture of all-stars, veterans and rookies, including Kendrick Lamar, who recently left the hip-hop community reeling with his raw verses in Big Sean's "Control."

In addition to seeing the Compton native, viewers will hear bars from A$AP Rocky, Lil Kim, Slaughterhouse, Problem and even the cast of BET's The Real Husbands of Hollywood -- including Nick CannonNelly and Kevin Hart, who performs under the rap name "Chocolate Drop."

The BET Hip-Hop Awards air October 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

Here's a list of rappers who participate for the cyphers:

Cypher 1 -- Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz, Jon Connor
Cypher 2 -- A$AP Mob: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvy, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ant, A$AP Rocky
Cypher 3 -- Action Bronson, Star Life Breezy, Travi$ Scott, Tiffany Foxx, Lil Kim
Cypher 4 --  Slaughterhouse: Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9″,  Joe Budden
Cypher 5 -- TDE: ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar
Cypher 6 -- Real Husbands of Hollywood: Kevin Hart (Chocolate Drop), Nick Cannon, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Dwayne Martin, J.B. Smoove
Cypher 7 --  Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem, Astro

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