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Tuesday
Aug192014

Wiz Khalifa "Disappointed" in SPIN Writer Following Negative Review of "Blacc Hollywood"

Image Courtesy Miko Lim/Atlantic Records

Wiz Khalifa has released his fifth album Blacc Hollywood, but not everyone is thrilled with it.  After SPIN posted a negative review and declared Wiz "the worst kind of superstar," the rapper responded via Twitter.

On the day of the album's release, Khalifa took on the role of a parent and scolded SPIN contributing writer Brandon Soderberg for his critique.

"As you father, I'm very disappointed in that horrible review you wrote for you should be ashamed of yourself," he tweeted. "I taught you better than that."

In addition to criticizing the mag, he wrote: "When your friends come over, they can listen to Blacc Hollywood as much as they want. You sir, are on punishment."

Wiz then reminded everyone to support the disc, which includes contributions from Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Juicy J, Curren$y, Snoop Dogg, ScHoolboy Q and Chevy Woods.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Brad Paisley Debuts "Country Nation" on My Country Nation's YouTube Channel

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's affiliation with the new multi-format platform My Country Nation continues with the premiere of his new "Country Nation" video at MyCountryNation.com and on the outlet's YouTube channel.

Brad's new clip features a look at the everyday people who make up the "Country Nation." Says Brad, "I can't think of a better platform to debut the video for 'Country Nation.' It's what my album represents and what programming on the channel is all about.”

"Country Nation" is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday. The lead single, "River Bank," is on track to become Brad's latest #1 hit.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Maxwell Enlists Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton & More for Caribbean Cruise

Image Courtesy Eric JohnsonMaxwell is gearing up to launch a star-studded, seven-day Caribbean cruise next spring.

Organizers have announced that during the cruise -- which takes place May 3, 2015 -- fans will enjoy headlining showcases from Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Joe, Chrisette Michele, Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, Norman Brown and Boney James. In addition, Brian Culbertson, Leela James, The Wailers, and Marion Meadows are also scheduled to perform.

Hosted by comedian DL Hughley, the week-long event, officially dubbed Maxwell + The 7 Seas, will set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from Port Canaveral, Florida to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the private island Cococay.

"I can’t wait to set sail across the ocean, beneath the surface of the soul," said Maxwell, who will serve as a host for various VIP opportunities.  

To learn more, visit MaxwellatSea.com


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Lorde Announces First-Ever Tour of New Zealand, Promises "Bull Terriers & Bathtubs" for US Dates 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhile she's performed all over the world in the last year, Lorde has never done a headlining tour of her own country -- but that's about to change.

The singer has announced she'll do her first-ever headlining tour in New Zealand in late October and early November.  So far, four all-ages shows have been announced in New Zealand's four major cities.

In a statement, Lorde says, "I've been itching to do a New Zealand tour...Kiwi audiences are the best, and I'm so happy to be playing the final shows for Pure Heroine here. It's only right I come full circle, back to where it all started."

She later tweeted, "It's been a really long time coming and i am so beyond happy to be finally doing this. These are the last shows i'll play to support [Pure Heroine], which feels like a pretty big milestone. It's going to be SO COOL doing this with you nz."

Meanwhile, Lorde will kick off a new U.S. round of dates September 5.  She wrote on Twitter that fans can expect some odd things happening behind her on the video screens she has onstage.

"Shooting visuals for the US tour today," she tweeted. "holy s**t i am pumped for these shows. (featuring bathtubs, bull terriers & other dream situations)."


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Bush Returns Oct. 21 with New Album "Man on the Run"

Image Courtesy Joseph LlanesBush will return this fall with a brand-new album, Man on the Run.  It's due October 21; the first single, "The Only Way Out," will be available September 9.

The new album, the band's sixth, is the follow-up to their 2011 release, The Sea of Memories.  The first single from that album, "The Sound of Winter," became the first self-released song ever to hit #1 at Alternative Rock radio.

In conjunction with the new album, Bush is teaming with PledgeMusic for a special campaign that will offer fans the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the new album.  A message on the site from frontman Gavin Rossdale notes, "By joining us here, you’ll also have access to videos, previously unreleased music, exclusive photos, and the chance to have some amazing experiences and interactions with Chris, Robin, Corey and me. It’s an exciting way for us to share the process of releasing our new music."

Rossdale will be seen on NBC this fall when he serves as an advisor to his wife Gwen Stefani's team on The Voice.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Appear on HSN; "Cheek to Cheek" Track Listing Revealed

Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek.  Not only will the two be starring in PBS concert special in October, but they've just announced they'll appear on HSN next month.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek is a one-hour HSN Live music special airing September 13 that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album, including unreleased footage of Gaga and Tony in the recording studio.  During the special, you'll be able to pre-order an HSN exclusive deluxe version of the album that features two bonus tracks: "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Lady's In Love with You."

In addition to the HSN version, there will be multiple configurations of Cheek to Cheek: a standard version, a deluxe version with four bonus tracks, and a Target version with two different tracks.  There's also a bonus track on the iTunes version: Gaga's take on "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," originally by Sonny & Cher.  For you old-school lovers, a 180-gram vinyl edition of the album will also be available at Amazon and select retail outlets.

The second single from the album, "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," is available now.  The album itself is coming out September 23.

Here are the track listings for Cheek to Cheek:

Standard Version
"Anything Goes"
"Cheek to Cheek"
"Nature Boy"
"I Can’t Give You Anything but Love"
"I Won’t Dance"
"Firefly"
"Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo)
"Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Let’s Face the Music and Dance"
"But Beautiful"
"It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"

Deluxe Version
"Anything Goes"
"Cheek to Cheek"
"Don’t Wait Too Long" (Tony Bennett solo)
"I Cant’ Give You Anything but Love"
"Nature Boy"
"Goody Goody"
"Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Lady Gaga Solo)
"Firefly"
"I Won’t Dance"
"They All Laughed"
"Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo)
"Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Let’s Face the Music and Dance"
"But Beautiful"
"It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"

Global iTunes Bonus Track
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Lady Gaga solo)

U.S. Target Deluxe Bonus Tracks
"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Tony Bennett solo)
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Lady Gaga solo)

U.S. HSN Deluxe Bonus Tracks
"The Lady’s in Love with You" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Tony Bennett solo)
"The Lady Is a Tramp" (from Tony Bennett’s Duets II)


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Gerard Way's Debut Solo Album, "Hesitant Alien," Available Now for Pre-Order

Eric Ray Davidson If you’ve been mourning the demise of My Chemical Romance, here’s some news to brighten your day.  Former frontman Gerard Way is out with his first solo effort.

Hesitant Alien is available for pre-order now at GerardWay.com on either CD or vinyl.  Whichever you choose, you’ll also receive an exclusive tee-shirt, and a limited edition Hesitant Alien zine hand-drawn by Way, of which only 5,000 were printed.  You’ll also score instant downloads of the album tracks “Action Cat” and “No Shows.”  The music video for the latter song also premiered today.  The album officially hits retailers September 30.

Way says the theme behind the songs on Hesitant Alien is “struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract," and name-checks Damn Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, and Frank Black of the Pixies as inspiration.  “There was no concept and no call-to-arms," Way says.

Way will deliver his first public performances of songs from Hesitant Alien at the Reading and Leeds music festivals in the U.K. next week.

Here's the Hesitant Alien track listing:

"Bureau"
"Action Cat"
"No Shows"
"Casting Shadows"
"Millions"
"Zero Zero"
"Juarez"
"Drugstore Perfume"
"Get the Gang Together"
"How's It Going to Be"
"Maya the Psychic"


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Listen to Lead Single from Jackson Browne's Upcoming Album Online Now

Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne fans can get their first taste of the folk-rocker's upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, by visiting RollingStone.com, which is hosting an exclusive stream of the record's lead single, "The Birds of St. Marks."

Browne tells Rolling Stone that the song actually dates back to early in his career, when he was playing guitar for Velvet Underground singer Nico in New York City during the late 1960s.

"I was freeloading off friends on the Lower East Side," Browne recalls of the time.  "I came to New York with no money at all, and I got this job playing for Nico, which sort of saved me because I had nothing going."  Jackson reveals that late singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, with whom he was friendly, suggested him for the gig, while remembering that Velvet Underground band mates Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed also would back up Nico depending on the night.

Browne also points out that "The Birds of St. Marks" was inspired in part by one of the most famous folk-rock bands of that time.

"This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved The Byrds," he explains.  "She even said on a couple of occasions, 'Oh, you can play something like [frontman] Jim McGuinn?'  Her tastes were really eclectic."

The new version of the song features Browne's longtime lead guitarist Greg Leisz playing 12-string guitar in a style very reminiscent of McGuinn's.

Standing in the Breach will be released on October 7.  Those pre-ordering the album now via Amazon, iTunes and JacksonBrowne.com will receive an instant digital download of "The Birds of St. Marks."


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Concert Film Focusing on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour to Premiere at Toronto Film Fest

Image Courtesy of Roger WatersA new concert film featuring performances from three stops on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour over the last few years will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6 at 9:15 p.m.  Roger Waters: The Wall captures the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's dramatic multimedia spectacle, which featured a full performance of his old band's classic 1979 concept album, accompanied by video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, various theatrical interludes and, of course, the construction of a wall across the stage.

The movie, which was directed by Waters and the tour's co-creative director, Sean Evans, is described in the festival's synopsis as "a rib-rattling, sonically stupendous piece of filmmaking."  It will include footage of Waters visiting the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, as well as his journey to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father was killed during World War II when Roger was a baby.  Waters' struggle to come to terms with his dad's death partly inspired him to write The Wall.

The first leg of The Wall Live Tour launched in September 2010, and the trek finally wound down in September 2013.  The tour featured a total of 219 performances and grossed more than $458 million.

Following its premiere, Roger Waters: The Wall will be screened two more times at the fest: on September 7 at 2:45 p.m. and on September 14 at 8 p.m.  Visit TIFF.net for screening details.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Report: NFL Asking Coldplay, Others to Pay to Play the Super Bowl

Image credit: Anton CorbjinWhen artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions.  But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play.

According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna.  But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.

As you might imagine, this suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show."  The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.

The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1.  The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Report: NFL Asking Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna to Pay to Play the Super Bowl 

Image credit: Anton CorbjinWhen artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions.  But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play.

According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay.  But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.

As you might imagine, th is suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show."  The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.

The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1.  The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Nickelback Nominates Bill Murray, Mr. T and Foo Fighters for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Roadrunner RecordsThe members of Nickelback are the latest celebrities to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge of dumping ice water on their heads and then nominating other people to do the same, all to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.  And the stars they've called out are quite an eclectic bunch.

In a YouTube video, Nickelback members Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake dump big plastic containers of ice water over their heads and announce that the first person they nominate to do the same is their drummer, Daniel Adair, who didn't show up for the video.  They also want the members of Foo Fighters to take the challenge, as well as Bill Murray and, of all people, Mr. T.  We pity the fool who asks Mr. T to dump ice water on his head and ruin that Mohawk of his.

In other Nickelback news, they just released a new single, "Edge of a Revolution," from their upcoming album.  Chad Kroeger says the song was inspired by "watching the news and understanding the mindset of people all over the world right now who are willing to do whatever's necessary to change their living conditions for the better."  

The new album's due in November; a tour will follow in 2015.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Coheed and Cambria Announces "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth" Remasters; Plans Fall Tour, New Album

Lindsey ByrnesCoheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez may be a new father -- he and his wife welcomed their first child earlier this summer -- but he's now slowing down.  Sanchez and the band have announced not only a remaster of the classic Coheed album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, but also that work has begin on a new collection of songs.  Oh, and also a fall tour, where they'll be playing IKSSE3 in its entirety, front to back.

First, the remaster: it'll be a vinyl-only affair, mastered straight from the original analog recordings, and will come in three forms: a 180-gram black double-vinyl set, and also in two varieties of colored vinyl -- tan splatter and grey splatter. The grey is the rarer of the two and will only be available online direct from the band, at CoheedAndCambria.com/iksse3, while the tan set will only be available on the band's fall tour stops beginning September 5.  The black set will hit the usual retailers October 21.

Now for the new stuff: in an interview with Billboard, Sanchez says, "I've been working on some material for the last year and a half or so when we were living in Brooklyn, which I found kind of inspiring and not so inspiring." Apparently, the "not so inspiring" won out, as Sanchez has vacated the greater New York City area for a rural, upstate area of New York. "[The new material is] veering off in a slightly different direction, but it's still Coheed," he said. "Not so much a direction as much as a feeling."

Sanchez further reveals, "There are songs about my son and about living on an island -- metaphorically in a city -- and feeling trapped and then returning to the vast openness of the country and feeling a relief there. There's a lot of those ups and downs, and tonality-wise it feels very open."  He says he hopes the material will be studio-ready by January.

Here are the Coheed and Cambria tour dates:

9/5 -- Municipal Auditorium, Riverside, CA
9/6 -- The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
9/7 -- Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
9/9 -- Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
9/10 -- Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
9/12 -- The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
9/13 -- Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
9/15 -- South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
9/16 -- Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin, TX
9/17 -- House of Blues, Houston, TX
9/19 -- House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/20 -- House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach, SC
9/21 -- The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
9/23 -- The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
9/24 -- Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
9/25 -- Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
9/27 -- Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
9/28 -- House of Blues, Boston, MA
9/30 -- The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI
10/1 -- Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
10/2 -- House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
10/4 -- Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
10/5 -- House of Blues, Chicago, IL
10/6 -- Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
10/7 -- Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Smokey Robinson Enlists Mary J. Blige, John Legend for New Duets Album, "Smokey & Friends"

Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson teamed up with a variety of well-known singers on his new duets album, Smokey & Friends, which hits stores today, August 19.  The 11-track collection features new interpretations of songs the Motown legend wrote or co-wrote, either for his old group, The Miracles,  or for The Temptations or his own solo career. 

Among the famous friends that Robinson recruited was Mary J. Blige, who sang with him on a rendition of his 1981 solo hit "Being with You."

"Mary J. could sing the phone book and it would sound good.  You know what I mean? She has that voice and she's that kind of singer," Smokey tells ABC News Radio,  "And what she did with 'Being with You,' I never would have thought to sing 'Being with You' like she sang it, 'til I heard her sing it.  When I first heard her version of it...I said, 'Man, I don't want to sing on this.  You know, just let her be on there.'"

Other guest artists featured on the record include John Legend, who Smokey refers to as his "little brother." Robinson recalled how Legend did a great job on "The Quiet Storm."

"That was his favorite song that I had written by me and he does an incredible job on it because he's an incredible singer and an incredible songwriter himself and once again, it was wonderful to work with him," he says.

Smokey also spoke about working with Cee Lo Green, who put a new spin on "The Way You Do (the Things You Do)."

"Cee Lo's got a sound to his voice that no one else has, you know it's Cee Lo -- well all these singers do when I think about it," he says. "But anyway, it was a joy to work with Cee Lo and I'm very happy that he volunteered his talents to this." 

The disc also includes duets with Aloe Blacc, Miguel, John Mayer, Elton John and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, among others.

Robinson has a bunch of upcoming dates on his tour itinerary.  You can check them out at SmokeyRobinson.com/Tour.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Stars from Elton John to John Legend Sing with Smokey Robinson on New Duets CD

Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsRock and Roll Hall of Famers, rising young stars and, it seems, everyone in between have all jumped at the chance to be included on Smokey & Friends, a new star-studded duet album from Motown legend Smokey Robinson that's in stores today.

The guest list on the album is a who's who of musicians from both yesterday and today: it includes Elton John, James Taylor, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Jessie J and more.  Each of them duets with Smokey either on a hit he wrote and performed himself, or a hit he wrote for another artist. Some of the artists have been friendly with Smokey for years, while others have never met the singer, but the whole project was brought together by former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.

"They called Randy to be the producer of this record.  Randy, in turn, called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song," Smokey tells ABC News Radio, explaining how the album was put together.  "Didn't necessarily have to be one that I had sang, but one that I had written.  And he recorded that particular song with that artist, and what he did...was to let that artist do...their take on that song, and that's how the record was produced. And [then] I'd just adhere to whatever their interpretation of the song was."

Among the duets: Elton John and Smokey singing "The Tracks of My Tears," and James Taylor and Smokey doing "Ain't That Peculiar," which Smokey wrote for Marvin Gaye

"Elton, I've known him forever and ever and ever...We are really good friends...I performed for his AIDS Foundation many times," Smokey tells ABC News Radio. "And, James the same thing.  I've known James forever...we've worked together before.   In fact, James and Sting and Elton and I worked together at Carnegie Hall one time.  So it's a great thing to work with your friends like that."

But Smokey's just as excited about the younger stars who are on the record.  Asked what surprised him the most about the project, he tells ABC News Radio, "I think that probably the fact that some of the younger people who were there...were aware of my songs enough to want to record one and to volunteer their talents to this particular record.  That's a good thing to know.  I mean, I'm very happy about that."

Here's the track listing for Smokey & Friends:

"The Tracks of My Tears" -- Elton John      
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" -- Steven Tyler
"My Girl" ­-- Miguel, Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez, John Mayer on guitar
"Cruisin'" -- Jessie J
"Quiet Storm" ­-- John Legend
"The Way You Do (the Things You Do)" -- Cee Lo Green
"Being with You" -­- Mary J. Blige
"Ain't That Peculiar" -- James Taylor
"The Tears of a Clown" -- Sheryl Crow
"Ooh Baby Baby" ­-- Ledisi
"Get Ready" -- Gary Barlow    


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Tuesday
Aug192014

U2 Still Planning to Release Studio Album This Year, New Single May Arrive in September

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaBack in March, a U2 rep told U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the Irish rockers were planning to release their long-awaited new album sometime this year, contrary to a then-recent report from Billboard suggesting that the record wouldn't arrive until 2015.  Now, more evidence has emerged that the band's follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon will indeed be released in 2014, and could even hit stores before the end of October.

A U2 spokesperson tells Rolling Stone, "We've always said an album is expected this year."  In addition, a rep for the band's label confirmed to the usually reliable fan site AtU2.com earlier this month that the record will be released in 2014.

Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported in a recent article that "a music industry source" shared some more specific predictions about the time frame for the album's arrival, as well as about a tour in support of the record.

"[There will be a] single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," the source said.  "The album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays, etc."  The source also claimed that the group was plotting to put out the record "with little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album."

In other news, French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that U2 was in Nice, France, last week shooting a new video.

The band has worked on tracks for the album with a variety of respected producers, including Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, David Guetta, RedOne, Ryan Tedder and Will.i.am. When the new album is released, it will be the longest they've worked on a single album.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Chase Rice Turns the Energy Way Up on Debut Album, "Ignite the Night"

Image Courtesy Dack Janiels/SonyChase Rice's debut album, Ignite the Night, is out Tuesday featuring the lead single, "Ready Set Roll." As indicated by that album title, the music on this album is designed to get fans on their feet at his concerts.

Chase tells ABC News Radio, "It was just the perfect three words to describe the album, Ignite the Night. Party, fun, explosions, whatever you wanna call it, which, hopefully this album will explode into something cool."

While Chase describes some of the songs on the new album as "Ready Set Roll" on steroids, there are a few songs that show off Chase's introspective side.

"People want to get to know me," Chase says. "I think they've seen the party side, and they know that side, but they can expect to see a whole different side of me on this album as well with the 'Carolina Cans' and 'Jack Daniels and Jesus.' And just a couple more meaningful songs."

Chase is taking his new music on the road for the rest of the year. Go to ChaseRice.com to see where he's playing next.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich two members of Rascal Flatts are cousins? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

John Legend’s Breaking Through Launches YouTube Star Search

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Back in April, John Legend announced that he was teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Now, the singer is seeking talented dancers for the film.

Legend has partnered with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, to create a platform for aspiring dancers to submit their audition videos. 

Applicants are encouraged to make a video that showcases their best dance moves for the chance to attend a live event held in Los Angeles on August 29, which will be included in the movie.

"We partnered with DanceOn because this movie is all about dancing and YouTube and we want you to be a part of it," Legend says in a statement. "DanceOn and Breaking Through are bringing together the most talented dancers, creators and choreographers and we want you to be there too...Everyone who submits gets an opportunity to be in the film. So get out there, grab your camera and get to work!" he adds.

To learn more, visit DanceOn.com


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Ed Sheeran Already in the "9th or 10th Year" of His 10-Year Plan 

Credit: Ben WattsThree years ago, savvy Ed Sheeran established a 10-year plan for his career trajectory, laying out all the goals he hoped to accomplish in the next decade.  But things have been going so well for him that he now claims he's six years ahead of schedule.

Speaking to USA Today, Ed explains, "If I'm honest, I'm on the ninth or 10th year of what I thought I'd achieve. So I am having to make different goals."  Among those goals?  "I'd like to move into stadiums. I don't think America's there yet. I think some places in Europe, that's the next logical step," he reveals.

Ed has already played stadiums, but as Taylor Swift's opening act.  He kicks off a new North American headlining tour this week that'll feature him playing arenas, not stadiums.  "I haven't become a household name in America yet, so I'm very much on a song-by-song basis with what people know on radio," he says, explaining why he still has a ways to go in the U.S. "They might hear 'Sing' and not know that I sing it, if that makes sense."

As for what we can expect from the tour, Ed tells USA Today, "It's going to be entertaining if you're a fan, and it's going to be surprising if you're not."  Among the surprises for those who've never seen Ed before: he plays solo, without a band.  Explaining how he manages to keep the audience's attention with such a small setup, Ed explains, "Use the crowd to your advantage and do a lot of call and response. Have your intimate moments, but have them sandwiched in-between the big, grandiose moments."

While he feels he doesn't have name recognition in the U.S., Ed definitely has it back home in the U.K.  His latest album, X, has been number one there for eight straight weeks.  The last album by a male solo artist to top the charts for that long in the U.K. was James Blunt's Back to Bedlam, in 2005.

In other Ed news, he's recently collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Usher and Skrillex to Rixton and Hilary Duff, but one act with whom he may collaborate in the future is somewhat surprising: he says country duo Florida Georgia Line, of "Cruise" fame, want to make a record with him.  "We haven't discussed it further than a conversation," he tells USA Today, "but it's something we both want to happen."


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