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Friday
Nov012013

Hunter Hayes Still Hasn't Adjusted to Being Called a CMA Winner

Atlantic NashvilleHunter Hayes will end his year-long reign as the CMA New Artist of the Year at this Wednesday's CMA Awards, where he's set to perform "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" with Jason Mraz. Though it's been nearly a year since he won that trophy, Hunter still isn't used to being a CMA winner.

"It's so weird to be able to say that still," he admits."It's still an adjustment."

Hunter has his CMA Award displayed very prominently at his Nashville pad to remind him about his big win at last year's show.

He explains, "It's well-lit. Well, it shines. It's very sparkly. It's very cool."

As for this year's show, Hunter will be in the audience watching as a fan when he's not performing.

"It's gonna be a fun show, obviously," Hunter says. "There's a lot of great music that was released this year. So, looking forward to the performances, clearly, obviously, always."

The 47th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Friday
Nov012013

New Group Parmalee's Loved Ones Make Everywhere "Feel Like Carolina"

Stoney CreekNew group Parmalee wrote their breakthrough hit, "Carolina," about all the time they spend on the road away from their loved ones back home in North Carolina. Though they love the touring life, the guys in Parmalee always feel that love and support from their family.

Lead singer Matt Thomas tells ABC News Radio, "The song's actually about how your loved ones make you feel like you're at home no matter where you're at, and how coming home has always been a special event for us."

While writing the chorus about how the girl in the guy's life "looks like California" and "shines like those New York lights on Broadway," Matt and the band drew on their experience touring across the country in the past few years.

"We had been to New York and worked and we'd been to California and Carolina was home, so we kinda had this broad aspect of these different kinds of places," Matt explains. "You go to New York and you see the Broadway, and it's just an amazing thing. You go out to California, when you go out there and feel that weather. It's just so amazing."

Still, nothing can compare with the love from home for the guys in Parmalee.

Says Matt, "Your loved ones make you feel like you're at home even if you're on the phone with 'em, you know." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

"Carolina" will be included on Parmalee's debut album, Feels Like Carolina, due out December 10.

Here's the Feels Like Carolina track listing:

"Musta Had a Good Time"
"Day Drinkin'"
"Move"
"Close Your Eyes for This"
"Dance"
"Carolina"
"Think You Oughta Know That"
"Back in the Day"
"My Montgomery"
"Already Callin' You Mine"
"I'll Bring the Music"
"Another Day Gone"

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Friday
Nov012013

Kelly Clarkson Not a "Feminist," but Convinced She Can "Do It All" 

Image Courtesy ArchetypeStudioInc.com/Kelly Clarkson via TwitterWhile Kelly Clarkson won't call herself a feminist, she says combining a successful career, marriage and children is on her agenda in the coming year, and she truly believes that she can "do it all."

Asked by Time magazine whether she's signaling some sort of "winding down" of her career by releasing a greatest hits album and a Christmas album and planning to have a baby right away with new husband Brandon Blackstock, Kelly scoffs at the idea.

"It's not winding down, but it's just winding in kind of a different direction," Kelly tells Time. "I mean I just had my biggest hit, and I'm 31. So it's not winding down, it's really just winding differently, because I'm married and I have [step] kids and I do want a baby, but you can do it all!

As an example, Kelly adds, "Pink's got a baby. She's still rocking the world away!"

However, Kelly balks at labeling herself a feminist.  Asked if she'd call herself one, she tells Time, "I wouldn't say 'feminist,' that's too strong.  I think when people hear 'feminist,' it's just like, 'Get out of my way, I don't need anyone.'  And I think that's bad, because I don't believe that's what the word 'feminism' stands for, but that's how people kind of relate to that word."

"I love that I'm being taken care of and I love that I have a man who's an actual leader.  So I'm not a feminist in that sense," she continues. "But when it comes to music, I am a little bit more ballsier.  But I think that's different."

Kelly also talks to Time about today's female artists who are "provocative" -- something she is not, and never has been.

"There’ve always been women in the industry who have pushed the envelope: Cher, Madonna, Annie Lennox. I don’t think anything different is going on [today]," Kelly says. "People say, 'Oh, you never go for the whole sex-appeal thing.' Well, I don’t ever not go for it, either. I just go for who I am. People in the industry have tried [jerk] moves with me, but of course they’re going to, because they make money when girls do that."

Asked if she has any advice for the biggest pop provocateur of the moment -- that'd be Miley Cyrus -- Kelly tells Time, "I honestly don’t, because we’re nothing alike -- I wasn’t a child star. I have no idea what her life was like or what she goes through."

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Friday
Nov012013

Avril & Chad's Marriage Secret: "We Don't Drink When We're Apart" 

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCAvril Lavigne co-wrote her hit single "Here's to Never Growing Up" with her husband, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, and the lyrics contain several references to getting drunk.  But the couple says that one of the secrets to their happy marriage is that they actually don't drink...unless they're together.

Speaking to People magazine, Avril and Chad, who tied the knot on July 1 after a year of dating, explain that they try to avoid situations which may lead them into temptation because they spend so much time apart due to the demands of their careers.  "We don't go more than two weeks without seeing each other," says Avril, while Chad adds, "And we don't drink when we're apart." 

They also don't go clubbing without each other. "We don't want to go anywhere that you're asking for trouble," explains Chad.  Avril laughs, "It sucks!  But when you've got something special, you can't be careless with it."  Chad adds, "This is something that we want to cherish and protect." Awww.

Avril's gearing up for the release of her new album on Tuesday, while Chad and Nickelback have a greatest hits disc coming November 19.  They'll also be touring -- separately -- this winter, which leads to the question of how they'll find the time to start a family.

"We both want [kids]," says Chad.  "We just need to find a time we're both at home to get around to it."  Avril adds, "With this crazy lifestyle, you relish the time you can be quiet."  When they are at home together in Ontario, they say their favorite activities include watching movies and dining on Avril's home-cooked gourmet meals.  "I've never had anything of hers that wasn't restaurant-worthy," he gushes.

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Friday
Nov012013

Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events Breaks Two Million Sales Mark in UK

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Emeli Sande's 2012 debut album, Our Version of Events, is still selling like hotcakes overseas. The "Next to Me" singer's album has officially passed the two million mark in total sales, according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company.

Sande's award-winning project is also the best-selling album of 2013 so far in the U.K.  If the album finishes the year as the best-seller it will be the second consecutive year the Scottish singer's album has topped the British charts. Earlier this year it broke the Beatles’ chart record the most for consecutive weeks in the Top 10 in the U.K., spending 66 straight weeks there.

The album has also spawned six top-40 hits on the Official Charts Company's Singles Chart.

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Friday
Nov012013

Guitarist Dean DeLeo Says Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Has "10 or 12 Ideas" Ready for Next Release

Chapman BaehlerStone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s High Rise EP may have had only five cuts on it, but guitarist Dean DeLeo says the guys have plenty of ideas ready for their next release. “When the session for the High Rise album was moving along, we put together just pretty rough ideas,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We put together like 10 or 12 ideas that are maybe like 70 percent there. So it’s just about going [in the studio] and honing them in.”

DeLeo adds while everyone brought some ideas for tracks to the table, new frontman Chester Bennington was especially inspired during their recording sessions for High Rise. “The hardest thing about the session was trying to wrangle him in,” he explains. “The guy was just bursting with ideas.  After we established the four songs we wanted to record, he would just continually just bring in like two or three new ideas every day.”

The guitarist says he’s impressed by Bennington’s commitment to the group, noting the singer’s always up for working on new cuts for STP, even when he’s out on the road with Linkin Park. “He blows my mind that guy, he’s just like, ‘That’s ok, just send me stuff I can record it out on the road,’” reveals DeLeo. “He really is a pretty focused, amazing individual. He just has like real beauty, real courage and he doesn’t allow much to stand in his way.”

You can witness Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s chemistry for yourself when the guys stream a free webcast of their concert at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday night. You can join the audience online for the concert by reserving your free online ticket at EVNTLIVE.com.  The show begins at 8:00 p.m. CT.  Following the live event, the show will be available for viewing the next day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Lou Reed's Wife, Laurie Anderson, Pays Homage to the Late Rock Legend

Photo: Timothy Greenfield-SandersIn the wake of Lou Reed's death this past Sunday, stars from across the musical spectrum came forward with a variety of heartfelt tributes to the influential and acclaimed rocker.  Now, Reed's wife, avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson, has published a letter in the obituary section of New York newspaper The East Hampton Star that reveals some details about Lou's last days.

In the message, which addresses her and Reed's neighbors in their part-time home of Springs, New York, Anderson notes, "Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home."

She continues, "Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs.  And we made it!"

Acknowledging Reed's affinity for the Chinese martial art of tai chi, Anderson notes that he "spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature."

She adds, "He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."

Lastly, Anderson describes her husband as "a prince and a fighter," adding, "I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life.  Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us."

Reed died from complications of liver disease.  He was 71.

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Thursday
Oct312013

At Christmas Special Taping, Kelly Clarkson Jokes About Making New Hubby Jealous

Photo Credit: Jeremy CowartKelly Clarkson hasn't even been married a month and already she's got a wandering eye...sort of.

People magazine reports that when Kelly taped her Christmas special Wednesday night in Las Vegas, she commented on how good-looking one particular guy in the audience was.  When another audience member shouted out that she was a newlywed, she told the crowd, "I will hit on someone and make him jealous!"  She added, "I'm just kidding, I love my man."

The special, Kelly Clarkson's (Cautionary) Christmas Tale, airs December 11 on NBC.  According to People, it features guest appearances by her good buddy Blake Shelton, who her husband Brandon manages, as well as her stepmother-in-law, Reba, and Trisha Yearwood

People reports that during the taping, in addition to performing material from her newly released Christmas disc, Wrapped in Red, Kelly also sang some of her greatest hits...while barefoot.

Kelly posted on Facebook a photo of herself getting ready for the taping, standing in an ornately decorated theater with Christmas trees everywhere.  Loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the special will feature Kelly learning the true meaning of Christmas.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Taylor Swift Not Dating Alexander Skarsgard, Did Not Inspire New Ed Sheeran Song 

ABC News RadioWhen will people realize that just because Taylor Swift is in the vicinity of a male, it doesn't mean she's dating the guy?  Those rumors that Taylor is involved with actor Alexander Skarsgard, her co-star in the movie The Giver, are not true.

While Taylor and the 37-year-old Skarsgard have been working together on the movie in South Africa, there's nothing going on between them. A rep for Taylor tells ABC News Radio that the story is "completely fabricated," adding, "Taylor never met Alexander before she arrived in South Africa and they're not dating."

And while we're on the topic of Taylor and rumors about her love life, she didn't inspire Ed Sheeran's new song, either.  After Ed, Taylor's tour mate and duet partner, unveiled a new song earlier this week at a show in New York City, rumors started that she had inspired it -- perhaps because the lyrics mention a girl with blue eyes.  But Ed's manager Stuart Camp took to Twitter to tell a fan specifically that the song is "not about Taylor Swift."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Elton John Admits: My Hit-Making Days Are Long Past

Lester Cohen/WireImageElton John's new album, The Diving Board, had a successful debut on the chart, but it hasn't produced any big hit singles.  And pop-rock legend says, frankly, he's not expecting it to, because he doesn't think it's possible for him anymore.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, John says of himself and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, who were a veritable hit-making machine back in the '70s and '80s, "We've had our day in the sun as far as hits goes."  But luckily, his record company doesn't expect him to churn out the singles like he used to.

"I'm not about making pop records anymore.  I don't have any record company barking down my back saying, 'We want a top 20 record.'  Those days have gone, and I'm kind of relieved that they have," Elton tells The Hollywood Reporter.  "Because there was a lot of pressure to perform and to come up with things."

These days, John says, he's only focused on one thing.  "I'm about trying to improve as a piano player and as a singer," he explains.  "All I want to do is enjoy my music.  I still love playing live.

"What I do particularly on new records doesn't translate to what I'm gonna do in an arena, because people just want to hear the hits," he adds.  "But as long as I'm trying to write better songs or trying to keep the quality up, and the vocal and piano are getting better, I'm not going to stop."

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Thursday
Oct312013

Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD to Get US Theatrical Screenings

Rush.comRush fans will get the chance to check out the band's Clockwork Angels Tour DVD on the big screen the day before the video hits stores.  A one-night-only screening of the concert video will be held in more than 350 theaters around the U.S. on Monday, November 18.

Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour captures the Canadian power trio performing at November 2012 shows in Dallas and Phoenix.  The trek, which supported of the group's 2012 concept album Clockwork Angels, featured Rush accompanied by a string ensemble, marking the first time the band had brought extra musicians on the road with them.

The Clockwork Angels Tour movie runs 2 hours and 25 minutes, and features Rush playing enduring classics like "Tom Sawyer," "Subdivisions," "The Spirit of Radio" and "2112," as well as plenty of songs from its latest studio effort.  In addition, the flick boasts 25 minutes of extra footage, including behind-the-scenes segments and interviews with the band members -- frontman Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart.

The Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour screenings will take place at 7 p.m. local time.  Tickets go on sale tonight at FathomEvents.com starting at 9:12 p.m. ET -- that's 21:12 military time; get it?

The Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour DVD and a separate companion two-CD set both will be released on November 19.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Florida Georgia Line Donates $10,000 to MusiCares to Help Music Community Members in Need

Photo Credit: Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line is starting to see a lot of money roll in thanks to their headlining shows and their massive hits like "Cruise." In the midst of all this success, the guys feel it's important to give back. That's why they presented a check to MusiCares for $10,000 prior to their recent show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The organization provides medical and financial assistance to members of the music community in need.

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard found out about MusiCares during a trip to The Recording Academy's offices in Los Angeles. Brian says, "[We] were completely blown away by what the organization does to help support our music community. We couldn't think of a better way to show our support."

Tyler adds, "This year has been full of amazing blessings for us and we are so thankful to be able to give back and show our gratitude."

On the music front, Florida Georgia Line releases a deluxe edition of their debut album, Here's to the Good Times…This Is How We Roll, on November 25.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Jay-Z Among Entertainment Industry's "Top 25 Art Collectors"

Facebook.com/Jay-ZCelebrities tend to enjoy the finer things in life and often invest their fortunes into art. The Hollywood Reporter has created a list of the entertainment industry's "Top 25 Art Collectors," and Jay-Z and Diddy are both on the list.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sean Combs first got into art after he attended the Gagosian Gallery booth at Miami Beach Art Basel 2011. Since then, he's purchased a Tracey Emin neon for $95,000, a mirrored sculpture by Ivan Navarro for a reported $65,000 and a $15,000 work by South African Brett Murray. However, it seems he's not necessarily emotionally attached to his collection as he recently put his Beverly Hills residence up for sale with his art included.

Meanwhile, Hov is investing in pieces from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, according to the publication, as well as commissioned pieces by Damien Hirst and blue-chip painters Richard Prince and Ed Ruscha. Jay's love of art should come as no surprise as he recently shut down New York's Pace Gallery to shot the video for his single "Picasso Baby," which included appearances from the self-proclaimed "grandmother of performance art" Marina Abramovic.

Other musicians who are on The Hollywood Reporter's list include Elton John, Pharrell Williams and Madonna, who paid $4.7 million for a Picasso work in 2000.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Watch Former LCD Soundsystem Frontman James Murphy’s Short Film, "Little Duck"

DFA RecordsLast year, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy announced he’d be teaming up with director Ron Howard to create a short film inspired by photography submissions from a contest sponsored by camera manufacturer Canon. Now, the flick Murphy directed is ready for you to view online at Screen.Yahoo.com.

Titled Little Duck, the 16-minute film focuses on a young man who comes home to rural Japan to visit his estranged brother, who is in prison. While everyone in the film speaks Japanese, Murphy provides subtitles in English.  As a few curse words fly across the screen at various times, you may not want to watch the clip while at work.

As previously reported, Murphy recently recreated a remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost" for The Next Day Extra, the rock veteran's expanded three-disc reissue of his first new album about a decade, The Next Day. The Next Day Extra arrives in stores on Tuesday.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Report: Dave Grohl Producing Country Superstars Zac Brown Band's Next Studio Album

Didier Messens/RedfernsYou can now add country music producer to Dave Grohl’s resume.  HitFix.com cites multiple sources as saying the Foo Fighters frontman has signed on to work with country superstars Zac Brown Band on their next studio album.

The news comes about a week after it was revealed that Grohl would be performing with Zac Brown Band at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards next week. While it’s unclear if the guys will be premiering any of the new tracks they’re working on at the event, you’ll be able to check out their collaboration when the CMA Awards are broadcast live on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Bow Wow Tells Chris Brown: "Keep Yo Head Up"

Courtesy of Bow Wow's InstagramChris Brown and Bow Wow are much more than frequent collaborators, they're good friends. So when Bow learned of Breezy's recent arrest and misdemeanor assault charge in Washington, D.C, the rapper showed his support by writing an open letter to the troubled singer.

Bow recently posted an image of himself with Brown on Instagram. "Been homies since day 1," he wrote in the accompanying caption. "Im talking bout got money together so much like bros if you aint have it on you my ni**a it was nothing i got you! Same on both ends! Keep yo head up stay focused you got a gift that your fans appreciate."

He adds, "Dont give these people no more reason to talk. Deliver them hits and focus on what YOU gotta do! Love my G."

Meanwhile, Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility in a Malibu rehab for anger management issues. The singer, who is on probation for a 2009 domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend Rihanna, faces up to four years in prison if his probation is revoked.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell Teases New Project, "Kind Heaven"

Kyle Dean ReinfordWith Jane’s Addiction’s world tour now completed, frontman Perry Farrell has turned his attention to a new project. The singer has revealed he’s been hard at work on something called Kind Heaven, which he hopes will surface sometime in the near future.

“I could put it together in six to eight months if I had money in my pocket,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.  “I don’t have the money in my pocket, so we’ll see where I go from here.  There’s no website -- it’s way too early -- but Kind Heaven, remember: Kind Heaven.”

While it's unclear whether Kind Heaven will be a solo album or the next Jane's Addiction release, Farrell notes that more information about the project will be released in 2014.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Report: Zac Brown Band Working with Rocker Dave Grohl on Next Studio Album

Southern GroundIt looks like Zac Brown Band's upcoming CMA Awards performance with Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to collaboration between the two acts.  Sources tell HitFix.com Dave has signed on to work with the band on their upcoming studio album.

The collaboration is a dream come true for Zac Brown. He recently told The Country Vibe, "I want to work with Dave Grohl.  Dave Grohl is one of our musical heroes as a band and he said that he would be interested in doing that too.”

No word on when that album is coming out, but Zac Brown Band's CMA Awards performance with Dave Grohl will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Jana Kramer Getting Over Brantley Gilbert with Clint Eastwood's Son, Scott

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer has moved on from her broken engagement to Brantley Gilbert, into the arms of Clint Eastwood's son, Scott.  According to People, the couple has been seeing each other after meeting through mutual friends.

Scott recently got attention for his sexy photo shoot in Town & Country.  Jana and Brantley called off their engagement in August.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Kanye West Cancels Concerts Due to Truck Accident

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Kanye West has been forced to cancel more dates on his Yeezus tour due to a car accident that damaged some of his stage equipment.  

A show in Vancouver tonight -- a rescheduled date from a cancellation earlier in the month -- has been postponed.  In addition, upcoming dates scheduled for Denver on November 3 and Minneapolis on November 5 have been postponed.  No new dates for the shows have been announced.

"A truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair," said the rapper's rep, Gabe Tesoriero, in a statement to ABC News Radio.

"This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA.  As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated,"  Tesoriero continued.

Since West won't "compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed" to the stage, the shows will be put off for now.   No word on how long it will take to have the damaged gear replaced.

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