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Jun032015

Brad Paisley Adds Comedians to His Friday Night Concert Lineup at The Hollywood Bowl

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley is adding some comedy to his Friday night show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Comedians Sarah Tiana and Jon Reep will host and perform at the concert, and Brad may add comedians to other stops on his current Crushin' It World Tour.

Brad met Sarah and Jon when he hosted the Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville earlier this year. He says, "I feel like this tour and our music is all about taking real life and finding something to celebrate. These comedians are masters of that very thing. My fans will love it."

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Maddie & Tae Share Their Best Beauty Tips with "Seventeen" Magazine

Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae share some of their best beauty secrets in the June/July double issue of Seventeen magazine. The duo is the only country act included in the issue's American Beauty feature, which also highlights model Gigi Hadid and YouTube star Jeanine Amapola.

Maddie & Tae head out on the road with Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour starting Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their debut album, Start Here, is due out August 28.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Dave Grohl Explains Background of Ian MacKaye Letter 

Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSLast week, Dave Grohl shared a letter that he wrote to Ian MacKaye, which the Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman had recently unearthed. Speaking to NME, Grohl explains the background of the letter to his punk hero.

"Ian sent me an email saying, 'Look what I found cleaning out my attic,'" Grohl says. "It was this little letter that I sent him. I don't know what the rest of the letter was. I think I was maybe 14 and I wrote [Washington, D.C. punk label] Dischord Records a letter because I wanted someone to release my band's demo tape, we were called Mission Impossible."

In the letter, Grohl writes, "Good thrash so I was wondering if you could give me some numbers or people to get in touch with." He signed his name "David Grohl" and even provided a phone number, plus a window for when it would be best to call.

During their Sonic Highways documentary series, Foo Fighters recorded the song "The Feast and the Famine" at Inner Ear Studios in Washington, D.C., which was where many of the Dischord Records albums were recorded.

"If the Foos could do a Dischord single, then we could break up," Grohl jokes. "Done deal."

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Hozier Put on Vocal Rest, Cancels London Show & German Festival Appearances

Alex LakeHozier just became the latest musician to scrap concert dates due to vocal issues.

The Grammy-nominated singer was initially forced to cancel tonight’s gig in London, citing illness. Later in the day, he announced on Twitter that a doctor put him on vocal rest and he would have to cancel appearances at two German music festivals this weekend.  

“I've seen a doctor and will be on vocal rest for the next few days, sorry again about @theforum show tonight,” Hozier tweeted. “I'm afraid this means that my appearances at @rockamring & @rockimpark_com will not be going ahead. Sincere apologies to fans in Germany.”

The London show at The Forum was rescheduled for June 30.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Lionel Richie Admits Bedding Three Women a Day During the Commodores Years

Credit: Andrew MacPhersonIt's a fact that Lionel Richie music has been the soundtrack for many a bedroom rendezvous.  But the man himself admits that back in the day, when he was touring with The Commodores, he and his band mates tried to set records for how many women they could bed while on tour.

Speaking to British GQ, Richie says, "When the touring [with The Commodores] started we knew we were gonna do a hundred shows in as many cities, maybe more, in a year.  So we decided: We're gonna make love to every girl in the world.  That was our mission statement."

He adds, "We all kept score.  We were college guys, so we liked stats.  And when you start out, it's madness: There's one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening.  It's great.  You're killing it.  But all of a sudden you get to the fifth show and you're like: Everybody get out of my room!  You can't do it."

He continues, "I don't care whether you're 19 and sexually possessed -- you can't do that and put on high-heeled boots and run across the stage every night.  That's why drugs became so inviting: because you get a hit of this, and it gives you the stamina.  But how long does it last?  And then you're in rehab...or you're falling down on stage and passing out halfway through the show."

According to Lionel, it was the fear of having illegitimate children that eventually caused him and his bandmates to keep it in their pants. 

"It wasn't the sex and it wasn't the drugs.  It was...babies," he tells the magazine.  "The first time you get that phone call when someone says...'Hey, guess what?'  That's called fear, shock and awe.  That's when I realized the gun was loaded, you know what I'm saying?  That puts the fear into the heart of any 19- or 20-year-old."

These days, Richie says he's just happy to hear about all the sex that he's inspired others to have. 

"Y'know something?  I get more compliments from men than women.  Guys use one word: thanks," he laughs.  "[They tell me],  'The greatest times of my life, Lionel, you were right there, baby.'...It's the simplicity of the songs, I think, that works."

He adds, "A guy once came up to me and said, 'Hey, you wrote "We Are the World?" You should have called it "I Populated the World!"'''

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordWiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

After a one-week break, the Furious 7 soundtrack hit has climbed from #2 to #1, displacing last week's chart-topper Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar.

Khalifa's "Again" has earned its seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and its eighth week in charge of Streaming Songs with 20.7 million U.S. streams. The somber track also holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs, selling an additional 172,000 downloads in the week ending May 31.

Elsewhere, Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at No. 3 while The Weeknd's "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack slips to the No. 6 slot.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Jeremih Talks "Late Nights" Album Delays

Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih is taking his album delays in stride. After releasing his hit single "Don't Tell 'Em" over a year ago, the singer revealed his feelings on pushing back his third album Late Nights: The Album.

"This year I’ve been on tour with J. Cole, Big Sean and YG, so I just wanted to make sure -- not that I couldn’t do it without it -- because I’ve been able to finesse shows without actually dropping an album for five years. Now it’s definitely around that time to give people a whole body of work," Jeremih tells Billboard. "I’ve accumulated some awesome sounds, some eclectic music, and I can’t wait 'til people hear it."

When asked if he was frustrated by the ongoing delays, the singer replied: "No. See I never really was the one to post the release dates. I like releasing music in the summertime, because I have a lot of summer-feel records to my album."

"It’s around that time," he says of his next effort, which is scheduled to arrive July 17. The singer's 12-track set includes contributions from YG, J. Cole, Juicy J, French Montana, Flo Rida, Trey Songz and Fabolous.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Leolah: "We Are Allowing Her to Continue Healing"

Harpo/OWNBobbi Kristina Brown is "healing," according to her aunt Leolah Brown.

"We are allowing her to just continue healing in God's Grace and Mercy," the sister of Bobby Brown wrote in a Facebook post reported Wednesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Please continue to be patient with us."

Leolah remains optimistic about her niece's condition after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31.

"We are all grateful to Almighty God for allowing us to still have Krissi with us! So with that said, let us keep our hearts and minds on Bobbi Kristina’s complete healing! While continuing in our patience. We love and appreciate you all! May God bless you all for your continued prayers."

Meanwhile, Cissy Houston recently revealed that her granddaughter remains the same. "She's not progressing at all," Houston told Entertainment Tonight back in May.

It's been four months since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

"Uptown Funk" Ties 55-Year "Billboard" Chart Record, "See You Again" Returns to #1 

Courtesy RCA Records"Uptown Funk" may have failed to set a record for most weeks at #1 -- it only managed 14 -- but it's just set another record that's nearly as impressive.

The Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collabo has now spent 25 weeks in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.  In the publication's 55-year history, only one other song has spent that long in the top five: "How Do I Live," by LeAnn Rimes, which ruled from 1997 to 1998.

Other songs that have spent nearly that long in the top five include "Smooth" by Santana and Rob Thomas, and "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, both of which spent 21 weeks in the top 5.  Interestingly, both "Un-Break My Heart" and "How Do I Live" were written by the same person: hitmaker Diane Warren.

Meanwhile, after just one week at #1, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" has slipped to #2, and the song that it knocked out of #1 -- "See You Again" by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa -- returns to the top spot, for a seventh week.  But "Bad Blood" is still selling well, and is surging in terms of airplay, so it may return to the top spot in future weeks.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Neon Trees Release New Video Featuring Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black

Island RecordsNeon Trees has released the video for their latest tune, “Songs I Can’t Listen To.”

The video features front man Tyler Glenn reminiscing about a past relationship that was centered on a shared love of music. His love interest is played by Dustin Lance Black, a writer and LGBT activist who won the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk.

The video begins with the couple sharing a pair of headphones to listen to music together, and ends with Tyler trying to listen to music alone, but unable to shake the memories the songs stir up.

Tyler, a Mormon from Provo, Utah, came out as gay to Rolling Stone last year.
 
The band -- Tyler, Chris Allen, Branden Campbell and Elaine Bradley -- kick off their “An Intimate Night Out with Neon Trees” tour on June 6 in Seattle, Washington.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Sara Bareilles Shares Cover from Her New Book of Essays

Simon & SchusterSara Bareilles’ upcoming book of essays now has a cover. Entertainment Weekly has debuted the cover art for Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song.

The cover features the singer, clad in a red top and navy blue pants, surrounded by multi-colored megaphones. “Writing this book was hard. Sharing the cover is not,” Sara writes on Twitter. “I'm a proud mama today!”

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song reveals the stories behind Sara's most popular songs, as well as her thoughts about making music that is both artistic and commercial.

“It feels infinitely more vulnerable to speak about my life without the metaphor and mask of music or my singing voice,” Sara says in a statement. “I tried to be candid. I tried to remember things in an unbiased way. I tried to be at least a little funny…. Sounds Like Me is a collection of stories about my own self-discovery. Each essay is anchored by a song that helped me build a deeper understanding of who I am as an artist and person.”

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song will be released October 6.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Report: Ozzy Osbourne Buys $10 Million Mansion in Beverly Hills

Image Courtesy of Black SabbathFor the last couple of years, Ozzy Osbourne has been living in various rental properties in the Los Angeles area, but now the Metal Madman apparently has settled down in a fancy new permanent residence in Beverly Hills.  According to TMZ, the rock legend and his family shelled out $10 million for an English-style country estate in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the area.

The mansion's reportedly 5,680 square feet, and features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms.  The property also includes a two-story guesthouse with its own garage, and a grotto with roses and ivy growing around it.  The tabloid reports that the street on which the estate is located rarely are available for purchase.

Osbourne sold his last permanent home to Jessica Simpson for $11.5 million back in 2013.

Ozzy's next concert is scheduled to take place August 18 in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Dave Matthews Pulls Fan Over to Ask for Bar Advice 

Danny ClinchDave Matthews Band played Atlanta over the weekend, and while they were there, Dave Matthews apparently got a little thirsty. According to TMZ, Matthews pulled over a SUV sporting a bumper sticker of DMB's signature "Fire Dancer" symbol and asked the driver to point him in the direction of a good bar.

The unsuspecting DMB fan understandably exclaimed "Holy s**t! Dave Matthews' face is in my car window!" She asked for a photo with Matthews and them directed him towards a place called Article 14.

Matthews is currently on tour with DMB, which will play Tuscaloosa, Alabama tonight, June 3. The band will perform two full sets on each stop of the tour, which wraps up September 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Lauryn Hill Tapped to Headline Afropunk Festival

Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill has been selected to headline this year's Afropunk Fest, an annual event taking place later this summer.

Organizers have announced the singer will take the stage when the two-day festival kicks off on August 22 through 23 at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. She will be joined by Danny Brown, Kelis, Lenny Kravitz and Grace Jones, among others.

Unlike past years when concert-goers could attend for free, this year tickets will be available for purchase to support the festival's new initiative called the Afropunk Army.

Tickets range from $45 to $150 for VIP passes; you can score tickets now.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Stevie Nicks Thinks "Every Band Should Have a Girl in It"

Credit: Kristin BurnsIf Stevie Nicks had her way, every band would have a girl in it.  She tells U.K.'s MOJO magazine that mixing genders, like in Fleetwood Mac, makes for a more interesting dynamic.

"I think every band should have a girl in it, because it's always going to make for cooler stuff going on then if it's just a bunch of guys," she says.  "It's ultimately more romantic, no matter what.  Even if nobody is going together, it still casts a romantic spell."

Nicks knows what can happen when band mates "go together" -- and she knows it doesn't always end well.  She and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham were an item for a long time, and bassist John McVie and keyboardist Christine McVie were married and then divorced.  But all that relationship turmoil served as musical inspiration for the band and was famously documented in their 1977 album Rumours.  Stevie says the experiences have shaped their songs to this day.

"It was totally important and everybody is still writing about everybody else," she says of the band's past relationships.  "It will never stop.  Once you have that, even long after the couples are broken up, you still have that -- when you sit down to write a couple of songs, that news from 100 years ago still creeps in."

Fleetwood Mac currently are on tour in Europe.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Sam Smith Can Speak Again, Reschedules Australian Tour Dates

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCAfter three weeks of silence following vocal cord surgery, Sam Smith can speak again.

The singer announced his reemergence into the speaking world with an Instagram photo of Ariel regaining her voice in The Little Mermaid and the caption, “I CAN SPEAK AGAIN!!!!!!!!”

He also posted a picture of his doctor along with a heartfelt thank you message. “Thank you so much Doctor Zeitels for everything,” he writes. “You have truly saved me this past few months. Such an amazing man. You truly truly truly don't know what you got until you lose it. I have fallen in love with music all over again over this past month, and more than ever I feel so blessed to be able to sing and do what I love every day.”

To further celebrate his recovery, Sam announced via Instagram that he has rescheduled the Australian dates he was forced to cancel this spring.

“AUSTRALIA. From all the bad news has come some good news!!” he writes. “Not only am I coming back to make up for the cancelled shows but I get to play bloody arenas!!!! So excited to sing for all of you and apologise personally for my bleeding throat.”

He’ll play five dates in Australia in November and December, and tickets go on sale June 17. Fans who purchased tickets to any of the original show dates will have access to a pre-sale from June 9 to June 10.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Ciara and Russell Wilson Spend The Day At Children’s Hospital 

Epic RecordsCiara and NFL star Russell Wilson visited the Seattle Children’s Hospital together on Tuesday.

The singer shared Instagram photos of their time in the pediatric oncology ward where they spent time with young cancer patients, whom Russell has visited frequently in the past.

"I believe God has put me on this earth to serve others," Russell said in an earlier statement. "That’s why there’s nothing more fulfilling than walking into a child’s hospital room and finding out how they’re doing – listening to their stories. All these kids are so brave and to be there for them and give them a boost is really important to me. What they don’t know is how much they affect me: I get an even bigger boost from them."

The hospital later thanked the couple via Twitter for their unexpected visit. "Thank you @DangeRussWilson for inviting @ciara to join our #strongagainstcancerteam. What a great visit. "

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Wednesday
Jun032015

A$AP Rocky Debuts Atop "Billboard" 200 with "At.Long.Last.A$AP"

Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsA$AP Rocky has earned his second number-one album on the Billboard 200 with At.Long.Last.A$AP.

According to the publication, his sophomore set sold over 146,000 units its first week. Of that number, 117,000 were traditional album sales.

A$AP's latest offering marks the sixth rap album to top the Billboard 200 in 2015, following Wale’s The Album About Nothing, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

Rocky's debut, 2013’s Long.Live.A$AP, also debuted at #1, with 139,000 copies sold.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Kelly Clarkson Tries to Get Stepson a Meeting with Ariana Grande

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteBeing Kelly Clarkson’s stepson sometimes has its advantages. The singer’s 8-year-old boy, Seth, is a huge Ariana Grande fan, so Kelly's trying to pull some strings so he can meet her.

Kelly Instagrammed a drawing of a rose Seth made for Ariana and tagged her in the post. “Girl, if there is any way I can meet you with my 8 year old little boy #SummertimeBall #London I would love you forever,” Kelly writes. “He is in love with you! For real! He made this for you ha!”

Both Kelly and Ariana are set to perform at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball in London on Saturday. Ariana has yet to respond to Kelly’s request, but here’s hoping she makes the little boy’s dream come true.

Kelly has a baby daughter, River Rose, with husband Brandon Blackstock, and she’s also mom to Brandon’s two kids from a previous relationship, Seth and Savannah.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Kip Moore Announces Plans for Comeback Kid Skatepark Project for Inner City Kids

MCA NashvilleKip Moore teamed up with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Wednesday to announce his Comeback Kid Skatepark Project for inner city kids. Phase one of the project will include new skateparks opening this fall in Nashville and Boston as well as San Marcos, Texas and Annapolis, Maryland.

Kip is an avid skater and started dreaming of this project a few years ago. He says, "It came from me wanting to give kids in inner cities a safe outlet, where they can form the bonds I know can be made from having somewhere awesome to go and be a part of something they enjoy."

The name of the project comes from Kip's new song, "Comeback Kid," which is included on his upcoming album, Wild Ones, due out August 21. You can donate to the Comeback Kid Skatepark by going to KipsKidsFund.org.

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It's @kipmooremusic and Mayor Dean breaking ground on the new Comeback Kid skate park on Buchanan!

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