Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Queen, Eurythmics & More Pay Homage to Nelson Mandela

QueenOnline.comIn the wake of the death Thursday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, a wide variety of music artists came forward to pay tribute to the influential and beloved politician and freedom fighter.  Now, some more music luminaries have added their thoughts about the man who helped bring an end to his country's oppressive apartheid system.

Paul McCartney issued a statement calling Mandela "one of the great men of all time." The legendary Beatles star added, "I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone for South Africa's transition to democracy.  I never actually got to meet him although I wished I could have done and, in fact, I would say he is the greatest man I never met."

McCartney's Beatles band mate Ringo Starr added a few of his words in honor of the departed statesman.  He wrote, "God bless Nelson Mandela peace and love."

Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor had a close connection with Mandela, having played at and helped organize a November 2003 benefit concert in Cape Town, South Africa, for Nelson's 46664 AIDS-awareness campaign.

May recalled spending some time at Mandela's game park retreat while organizing the concert, saying, "They were life-changing days, with quiet time and talks around a camp fire at night."

The guitarist added that Mandela "was the most inspiring man of his generation.  His message, by example, was the power of forgiveness.  He showed us that it's possible to act after great injustice with no thought of revenge.  He was light, funny, enormously generous, and, quietly, the greatest example to the world that a man can be."

Taylor, meanwhile, said of Mandela's passing, "How sad.  Leaves a great big hole in the world."

Annie Lennox, who also performed at the 46664 concerts and is involved with the AIDS campaign, noted that many people are committed to continuing the fight that Mandela so wholeheartedly supported.

"The world woke up to the news that Mandela has departed, leaving an extraordinary legacy in his wake," the Eurythmics singer wrote.  "Thousands of AIDS activists are gathering here in Cape Town for the biggest AIDS conference in Africa, the 17th ICASA.  We are carrying on his work.  Rest in Peace Madiba."

Another 46664 supporter and performer, Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, had this to say about Mandela: "[He was] the most amazing person I ever met.  Compassion, Wisdom, Grace…and that smile…I could feel the LOVE RADIATING from him."

Meanwhile, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash also lamented Mandela's passing, writing, "Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left."

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The Roots Ready Surprise Special Guests for Annual Holiday Jam Session

TheRoots.comThe Roots' annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam will takes place next week.

Guests are not announced in advance for the famously star-studded, private event, now in its 7th year, but previous years have seen performances by Q-Tip, Yasiin BeyTalib KweliPatti LabelleA$AP RockyJohn Legend, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, Shaggy, YelawolfPharoahe Monch, Jean Grae and others.

Hosted by comedic star Hannibal Buress, this year's event will be held Monday, December 9 at Brooklyn Bowl.  Performances will begin at 9 p.m.

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Jared Leto to Aspiring Musicians Looking to Sign a Record Deal: Watch "Artifact" First

Jared LetoJared Leto has some advice for aspiring musicians who’ve been offered their first record deal: watch his Artifact documentary before signing on the dotted line. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman says his film, which tells the story of the band’s legal battle with record label EMI after being slapped with a $30 million lawsuit when it tried to leave the label in 2007, will give up-and-coming artists an inside look at the positive and negative aspects of joining a major record label.  

“Watch the film first,” he tells Forbes. "Maybe twice, and read some good books, get a great lawyer and don’t sign a record deal until you absolutely have to. Gain as big an audience and community as you can, work on your craft and art, get on the road and tour and then find a partner.”

While Leto believes record companies are an important part of an artist’s journey to gain worldwide acceptance, joining a label isn’t something that should be done lightly. “You need a record company and if you don’t have one you’re going to have to hire a bunch of independent companies to do what you need to do,” he explains. “There’s no global success that hasn’t had a record company of some kind, a distribution deal or a publishing deal. You have to have something in place, and that’s not always a bad thing, to have people working really hard for you.”

Artifact is now available on iTunes, and the flick will be screened in select theaters around the globe in the coming weeks. Visit AdventuresInWonderland.com to see the full list of dates and cities.

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Drake to Build Recording Studio in Struggling Philadelphia High School

Young Money EntertainmentDrake is making a big donation to a Philadelphia high school once rated the country's most dangerous.  The rapper has decided to build a recording studio inside Philly’s Strawberry Mansion High School.

Strawberry Mansion was featured on a World News with Diane Sawyer special report back in May.  "By the end of it, I was so heavily affected, I started questioning major aspects of my life," said Drake of the report, during a taping of an ABC News report.

"In the next few months, I’m building a recording studio inside your school," Drake is seen telling a school audience in a video clip from the report posted online. "This is about you, this is about your principal, this is about your future. I love you, I care about you, and I want to see you succeed."

In addition to the studio, students were given free tickets and transportation to Drake's Would You Like a Tour show at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on December 18. 

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Morrissey to Release Remastered Version of "Your Arsenal" in February

Parlophone RecordsMorrissey fans will soon get the chance to own a newly remastered version of the ex-Smiths frontman’s seminal third album, Your Arsenal. Parlophone Records has announced it will be releasing a definitive master of the singer’s 1992 release on February 25.

The upcoming set will feature the album’s original tracks, with the original version of "Tomorrow" swapped out for the song’s U.S. mix. In addition, the CD version comes with a bonus DVD which documents Morrissey’s concert recorded at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on October 31, 1991. The DVD boasts a total of 18 live performances including a number of tracks from Morrissey’s solo releases, 1988’s Viva Hate and 1992’s Kill Uncle, as well as a number of standalone singles and B-sides. A double-disc vinyl version of Your Arsenal will also be available.

Here’s the track list for Your Arsenal:

“You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side”
“Glamorous Glue”
“We'll Let You Know”
“The National Front Disco”
“Certain People I Know”
“We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”
“You're the One for Me, Fatty”
“Seasick, Yet Still Docked”
“I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday”
“Tomorrow (US Mix)”

Here’s the DVD track list:

“November Spawned a Monster”
“Alsatian Cousin”
“Our Frank”
“The Loop”
“King Leer”
“Sister I'm a Poet”
“Piccadilly Palare”
“Driving Your Girlfriend Home”
“Interesting Drug”
“We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”
“Everyday Is Like Sunday”
“My Love Life”
“Pashernate Love”
“The Last of the Famous International Playboys”
“Asian Rut”
“Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together”

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Dolly Parton Adds U.S., Australia and New Zealand Dates to Blue Smoke World Tour

Webster PRDolly Parton has announced additional dates for her Blue Smoke World Tour starting January 24, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA. She'll travel to New Zealand and Australia in February before heading over to Europe for a previously announced run of shows in June.

Dolly says, "It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ U.S.A.  We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home.  I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home."

Here are Dolly's newly announced dates:

1/24 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
1/25 -- Primm, NV, Star of the Desert Arena
1/26 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
1/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
2/7 - 2/8 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Vector Arena
2/11 - 2/12 -- Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena
2/15 -- Hunter Valley, Australia, Hope Estate
2/18 -- Sydney, Australia, Entertainment Centre
2/21 -- 2/22 -- Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre
2/25 -- Adelaide, Australia, Entertainment Centre
2/27 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Arena
5/22 - 5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino
5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee
5/30 - 5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

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More than 100,000 Tickets Sold for George Strait's Final Tour Stop in Dallas

Photo Credit: Art StreiberTickets for George Strait's final tour stop at Dallas's AT&T Stadium sold out within hours of going on sale Friday. More than 100,000 fans will pack the venue on June 7, 2014 to see George close out The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

Says George, "Wow. To see this response from the fans to our final show is humbling and exciting at the same time. This is going to be an incredible night and I feel very blessed this holiday knowing how many of you we'll get to see next year on our final tour."

In addition to a full set from Strait, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack will perform three songs each.

For a full list of George's concert dates, go to GeorgeStrait.com.

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Miley's "Wrecking Ball" Video Was VEVO's Most-Viewed of the Year 

RCA RecordsIt's amazing what taking off your clothes and swinging around on a huge iron ball will do for your video views.  VEVO has announced that Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" clip was the site's most-viewed video of 2013.

To reach that conclusion, VEVO looked at all the videos that delivered the most global views across all its platforms.  With more than 371 million views worldwide, "Wrecking Ball" was the year's top clip.  You may recall that it set a record when it reached 100 million views in just six days after it was released in September.

And that's not all: Miley also has the second most-viewed clip of the year: "We Can't Stop" -- that has more than 310 million views.

Here's the rest of VEVO's top 10 most-viewed videos of 2013:

3. "Scream and Shout" by will.i.am ft. Britney Spears
4. "Diamonds" by Rihanna
5. "Roar" by Katy Perry
6. "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink ft. Nate Ruess
7. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell
8. "Stay" by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
9. "La La La" by Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
10. "Kiss You" by One Direction

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Pregnant Kelly Clarkson Vomits "a Good Dozen Times a Day," Won't Choose "Weird" Baby Name

EllenTV.comKelly Clarkson isn't having an easy first trimester of pregnancy. The singer revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that she's been tossing her cookies nonstop.

"I vomit a good dozen times a day.  It's, like, bad," the 31-year-old singer said on Friday's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know]."

"I'm not even kidding, it's so bad. It's so bad. I know it's like so gross. And that's the thing, too -- you're not attractive when you're pregnant," Kelly continued. "Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you're hair is pretty and you're nails are pretty. That's total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it's not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it's, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It's horrible."

The American Idol winner, who announced in November that she and husband Brandon Blackstock  were expecting, also revealed she's 11 weeks pregnant, and has already thought of names for their bundle of joy.

"I just want to know [the baby's gender]," Kelly told host Ellen DeGeneres. "And it doesn’t even matter because, honestly, the name we’ve picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name."

When DeGeneres then tried to guess baby names that would work for both sexes -- "Chris? Pat?" -- Kelly laughed, "You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. It's not like...Blue Jazz. It’s not going to be a weird name."

Kelly also talked about her wedding to Brandon on October 20, and revealed that she was ugly-crying so badly during the ceremony that her videographer hasn't even showed her the film yet.

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Go Behind the Scenes of R. Kelly's "Cookie"

RCAR. Kelly is giving fans behind-the-scenes access to his racy video for "Cookie," the latest single from his upcoming album, Black Panties.

Filmed inside a mansion, the visual finds the singer joined by a flock of models scantily-clad in French maids outfits. "I’m bringing the milk," said Kelz during an on-set interview. "I got all kinds of cookies up in here. They’re round, they’re square, triangle, some of them are heart shaped."

"When it comes to my videos, I like to have my hand on every scene, it's not an ego thing. It's just that I have visions," he adds. The footage was posted on the singer's official YouTube page.

Black Panties arrives on Tuesday.

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Trent Reznor Plotting “New Incarnation” of Nine Inch Nails for 2014 Tour Dates

NIN.comNine Inch Nails will launch another North American tour in 2014, but the group may feature a different lineup. Frontman Trent Reznor revealed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Thursday that he plans on hitting the road with NIN next year and hinted that the group will feature new band members, as well as a batch of songs the group didn’t play on their Tension 2013 run.

“We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead,” he writes. “This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did.”

If you want to see what songs Nine Inch Nails played on their Tension 2013 tour, you can watch the group’s concert film, VEVO Presents: Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013. The 77-minute set features a full performance of the group’s November 8 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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Daft Punk Features Star-Crossed Lovers in "Instant Crush" Video

Columbia RecordsDaft Punk shows that mannequins can feel love in the new video for "Instant Crush," a cut from their latest album, Random Access Memories.

The nearly six-minute video, which features vocals from The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, tells the story of a pair of wax figures on display in a museum that fall in love, but are kept away from each other. The male figure, which bears a strong resemblance to Casablancas, is eventually moved to a warehouse for storage and removed from the sight of the female figure, who is dressed as a milk maid. The video ends with a fire breaking out in the warehouse, and the male mannequin being reunited with the female figure as they slowly melt together. The couple’s love story also features footage of Casablancas singing the song on a platform.

Daft Punk recently released a deluxe box set of Random Access Memories, which is filled with a number of collectibles including a special edition double-LP vinyl copy of Random Access Memories, two sets of robot design schematics, a 70-mm motion picture film strip containing five sequential frames from the original production dailies of the “Lose Yourself to Dance” video and a 56-page photo book of images from the Random Access Memories' recording sessions and film shoots. The deluxe box set will run you $275 and is available now at MyPlayDirect.com.

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"The Sound of Music Live!" Delivers Big Ratings for NBC

NBC/Nino MunozCarrie Underwood's turn as Maria von Trapp in NBC's The Sound of Music Live! brought in really big ratings for the network. About 18 million viewers turned in to the event Thursday night, giving NBC its best Thursday night average ratings excluding sports events since the Frasier finale in 2004.  

If you missed The Sound of Music Live!, a DVD of the show is coming on December 17.

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Bob Dylan's Historic Newport Folk Festival Guitar Auctioned for Close to $1 Million

The Estate of David Gahr/Getty ImagesThe Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played when he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at a New York City auction on Friday for a record-breaking price.  The instrument brought in an impressive $965,000, which, according to Christie's is the highest price a guitar has ever fetched at an auction.  It was bought by an anonymous bidder.

Christie's auctioneer and specialist Tom Lecky said after the sale, "A tremendous amount of international interest was generated at the time of the sale's announcement, and today's result justifies the mythic status of this guitar in the annals of music history."

Rolling Stone reported over the summer that the woman who sold the guitar, Dawn Peterson, decided to put it up for auction after a legal settlement was reached with Dylan.  The guitar had been left on a private plane piloted by Peterson's late father, Vic Quinto, and had been in her family's possession ever since.

A 2012 episode of the PBS series History Detectives focusing on the guitar featured researchers and experts who concluded that the instrument was the same Stratocaster that Dylan had used at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

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Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and LeAnn Rimes Performing on American Country Awards

FOXRandy Houser, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and LeAnn Rimes have been added to the performers at next week's American Country Awards. Luke Bryan, Jewel and Dwight Yoakam are also slated to appear on the show, broadcasting live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick host the show. Other performers include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow.

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Earth, Wind & Fire to Perform on "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" Special

EarthWindandFire.comEarth, Wind & Fire has joined the list of performers for this year's Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, the TV special that features the announcement of the nominees for the major Grammy categories.  The funk/soul legends will hit the stage with pop/R&B star Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. for a rendition of Thicke's smash hit "Blurred Lines."

In addition, up-and-coming R&B crooner Miguel and country star Keith Urban will team up to perform Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine."  Also on the show will be performances by Lorde, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

LL Cool J will host the hour-long special, which airs from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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SWV Releases Lengthy Trailer for New Reality Show

WE tvSWV is making a comeback and they've got a new reality show to prove it. After selling 15 million albums during the '90s, the R&B trio -- consisting of Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George -- has unveiled the official trailer for their upcoming show on WE tv.

The clip offers a lengthy glimpse into what fans can expect from the show's first season, including footage from a show on their comeback tour at Wembley Stadium in London. At one point, Coko announces her battle with breast cancer and speaks candidly about pursing her solo career. More importantly, though, the group finally addresses the reasons that led to their 15-year hiatus.

"The journey of SWV is the kind of real and personal comeback story our viewers love to see," said Lauren Gellert, WE tv’s senior vice president of original production and development.  "These dynamic women experienced enormous success together, then it all fell apart.  United again, the stakes are higher than ever, and so -- at times -- is the drama and tension."

The untitled series will premiere sometime in January.

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Keith Urban Borrowed Nicole Kidman's Hairstylist to Create His New Do

Photo Via Keith Urban's TwitterKeith Urban recently debuted a shorter haircut with a picture posted on social media, and it turns out his wife, Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the new look. After Keith expressed a desire to chop his hair off, Nicole told him to go for it since it would grow back if he didn't like it. She even let him borrow her hairstylist for the cut.

Keith tells the Australian Associated Press, "She was shooting a campaign here in Nashville and her hairdresser was in town. I went to visit her on the set and she was like why don't you get him to do it and I went okay and I just walked in, he cut it off and it was done."

Fans can see Keith's new look when he performs on CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Friday night at 10 ET.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBefore he became a judge on American Idol, Keith Urban was a coach on the Australian version of which singing competition? ANSWER: The Voice.

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Daft Punk, Animal Collective Members Contribute Signed Skateboards to Charity Auction

TonyHawkFoundation.orgDaft Punk and Panda Bear of Animal Collective are among the music stars who have offered up personalized skateboard decks for an online auction online which benefits a charity founded by famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.

The second annual Boards + Bands sale features boards donated by pro skaters that have been decorated with the lyrics of their favorite song written by the artist or artists who recorded the tune.  Daft Punk embellished a deck contributed by skater Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, writing some of the lyrics to "Technologic," while Animal Collective's Panda Bear decorated a board from Andrew Reynolds. The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, meanwhile, put their marks on a board that Hawk himself donated and that features lyrics to "London Calling." 

Other musicians who have contributed signed skateboards to the auction include Elton John, his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and singer/songwriter Ben Harper.  Harper came up with the concept of the Bands + Boards auction.

You can bid on the skateboards now at BoardsAndBands.org.  Proceeds from the sale go to the Tony Hawk Foundation's initiative to create and maintain skate parks in low-income areas around the U.S.

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