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Jun192015

Lady Gaga Won’t Be Singing on "American Horror Story: Hotel" 

Monty Brinton/CBSIf you’re expecting to hear Lady Gaga sing when she appears on American Horror Story: Hotel this fall, don't hold your breath. Show creator Ryan Murphy tells Deadline this season won’t contain any musical numbers.

“The interesting thing is we cast a lot of singers this season but I like that singers, for the most part, are always great actors because they know how to sell a story through song, through a scene,” he says. “I’m excited about that and I think that’s why Gaga was excited about it; it’s not something that she’s ever done before. It’s a pure acting part. I think people expect that she’s going to be sitting in a bar in a white silk gown sort of singing songs -- she is not.”

He calls Gaga’s part “bananas good,” and says this season will be more of an ensemble effort in the absence of Jessica Lange’s lead character.

Ryan also adds that this season is more horror-based than previous seasons. “It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before; it’s straight horror this year,” he says.

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Friday
Jun192015

Ringo Starr to Celebrate July Birthday with Peace and Love

© Rob ShanahanRingo Starr will ring in his 75th birthday July 7, and the only gift he wants is more peace and love.

As he has in years past, the Beatles drummer is urging fans to flash the peace symbol and say the words "Peace and love" at noon wherever they happen to be in the world. You can even share online with the hashtag #PeaceandLove when the clock strikes noon in your time zone.

Starr began the practice in 2007, when he was asked what he'd like for his birthday, and his reply was "more peace and love.”

Ringo will kick off his birthday festivities with his family and friends at the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood.

“It's amazing how this thing has grown from when I started seven years ago on the streets of New York, just asking people to say 'Peace and love,'" he told the Los Angeles Times last year.

Starr is having a banner birthday year. In March, he released Postcards from Paradise, his first record featuring members of his All Starr Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his book of photos and memorabilia, appropriately titled Photograph, will be published this September.

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Friday
Jun192015

Metric Is Already Recording Seventh Album; Using Steve Albini's Studio 

Credit: Brantley GutierrezJust this month, Metric announced the release of their sixth album, Pagans in Vegas, but it appears the band is already recording a follow-up. In a Facebook post, Metric reveals that they stopped by producer extraordinaire Steve Albini's Chicago studio to work on their seventh album.

"LP7 Recording: Day 1 in Chicago," the post reads, accompanied by a photo of frontwoman Emily Haines and Albini. "Steve Albini, much respect...Loved working at your studio. #electricalaudio #RoadRecord"

Albini has worked with Nirvana, Pixies, Bush and Chevelle, among many others. He appeared in the Chicago episode of Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways documentary and helped record the single "Something from Nothing."

Metric is currently on the road opening for Imagine Dragons' massive Smoke + Mirrors tour. Pagans in Vegas will be released on September 18.

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Friday
Jun192015

Slayer Shares "Repentless" Title Track & Track List 

Credit: Andrew StuartIf you were wondering what it means exactly to be "repentless," Slayer has obliged with an explanation. The legendary thrash metal band has released the title track from their forthcoming album, Repentless, which will be released September 11.

"Repentless" is accompanied by a video of sorts, which you can watch now on YouTube. It begins with a helpful definition of "repentless," which, in case you didn't notice the red squiggly spell-check line that appears whenever you text your friends about the new Slayer album, is not a real word. According to Slayer, "repentless" is an adjective meaning "Without repentance; unrepentant," and a noun meaning "The 11th studio album by the band Slayer."

Along with the new song, Slayer has also revealed the Repentless track list. The 12-song album starts with the very Slayer-sounding "Delusions of Savior" before moving on to the title track.

Here's the track list for Repentless:

"Delusions of Saviour"
"Repentless"
"Take Control"
"Vices"
"Cast the First Stone"
"When the Stillness Comes"
"Chasing Death"
"Implode"
"Piano Wire"
"Atrocity Vendor"
"You Against You"
"Pride in Prejudice"

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Friday
Jun192015

Pitbull Releases "Miami Vice"-Themed "Fun" Video

Greg WatermannPitbull is making sure you never forget he’s from Miami. The rapper released his latest video for the song “Fun” featuring Chris Brown, and it’s a colorful Miami Vice-themed romp.

At the beginning of the video, Pitbull suspects his girl is involved in some shady business, but he decides he’s going to have a little fun before turning her in. He meets her at a beach house and then they hit the club. When they return home, things start to get steamy, but in the end, his woman turns the tables on him and leaves him handcuffed to a chair.

“Fun” is the sixth single off Pitbull’s 2014 album, Globalization.

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Friday
Jun192015

Sam Smith Will Sing on Disclosure's New Album

Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith and electronic duo Disclosure will be making beautiful music with each other again.

Last year, their song “Latch” became a breakout hit and effectively helped launch Sam’s career in the U.S. Now, according to an Instagram post by Sam’s publicist Juliana Plotkin, the two acts will be reuniting on Disclosure’s new album, Caracal. The news was apparently revealed on a Las Vegas billboard. "Cat outta the bag!" the publicist captioned a photo of the billboard.

No further details about their collaboration were given, but Caracal will be released on September 25. Disclosure, comprised of Guy and Howard Lawrence, released their debut album, Settle, in 2013.

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Friday
Jun192015

Alice Cooper 15-CD Box Set Arrives in July

Ross HaflinSchool's out for summer -- well, for most kids -- and Rhino Records is releasing the ultimate poolside collection for Alice Cooper fans with a new 15-CD boxed set.

The Studio Albums 1969-1983 lands in stories July 31 and includes all the albums Cooper recorded with Warner Bros. Records. 

Presented in a clamshell box, each of Cooper’s 15 albums will be represented, beginning with his 1969 debut, Pretties for You and ending with 1983s Dada, including Cooper's 1971 blockbuster, School's Out. The set willalso be available digitally.

Cooper is celebrating summer by hitting the road with Motley Crüe. The show kicks off July 24 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. The tour concludes Dec. 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. 

Here's the complete box set, and the year of release for each album:

Pretties for You -- 1969
Easy Action -- 1970
Love It to Death -- 1971
Killer -- 1971
School's Out -- 1972
Billion Dollar Babies -- 1973
Muscle of Love -- 1973
Welcome to My Nightmare -- 1975
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell -- 1976
Lace and Whiskey -- 1977
From the Inside -- 1978
Flush the Fashion -- 1980
Special Forces -- 1981
Zipper Catches Skin -- 1982
Dada -- 1983

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Friday
Jun192015

Chris Brown Gives Custom Mini-Cars to Daughter Royalty

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Chris Brown decided to give custom mini-cars to  his one-year-old daughter, Royalty, as a birthday present.

TMZ reports Chris got the hook up from JC Customz in Bellflower, California where he had three luxury car replicas specially made for Royalty's b-day: a Range Rover and two Lamborghinis. Each car reportedly cost $2,500 and featured leather and suede interiors, custom rims and working headlights.

The singer took to Instagram to share a photo of his daughter's new toys. "Damn @khriz_jc did his thing with my baby cars!!!!" Brown wrote in the caption.

Brown recently made it clear that he's determined to be a part of his daughter's life. "I honestly never knew I could love someone as strong as I do," Brown declared via Instagram last month. "I'm gonna give her the world."

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Friday
Jun192015

Nas Addresses Charleston Church Shooting, Says "Racism Is Rotting America"

Image Courtesy Island Def JamNas has addressed the tragedy that took place at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening, which resulted in nine unsuspecting church members being killed by a gunman, who opened fire without warning.

"Mental illness is something that I wish we could detect earlier on -- from birth," Nas tell Vibe. "So we don’t have to worry about who’s who. Who are we walking around? Who are the people that we are living around us that are sick? That really need help."

The rapper then addressed the racial issues around the shooting.  "We have to live our life in this zoo. How do we heal the people that are mentally ill today? How do we make them more respectful of each other no matter what race they are? Racism is rotting America," he says. "It’s been rotting America since [its] inception. So this is a very serious time that we’re moving into in 2015."

"Prayers to the families and family [members] that had to witness such a horrific [situation]. My prayers are with yall," Nas concludes.

The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

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Friday
Jun192015

Mary J. Blige Relocates to L.A. to Pursue Acting Career 

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige has traded in her East Coast roots for a new residence in Los Angeles.

In an interview with Elle, the singer revealed that her relocation will help add more film projects to her resume.

"I'm pursuing an acting career. And the winter months pushed me there. The winter here on the East Coast was horrible, and I don't want to get caught in that again. But really, it's for the acting," Mary explains to the mag.

After starring in a couple projects, including her recent appearance on ABC's Black-ish and Fox's Empire, the singer is setting her sights on roles of a sort she's never taken before.

"I'd like to do an action film. I'd love to get all ripped and play a superhero or something like that. I love The Avengers. I love X-Men," Mary spills. "I love all that stuff based on comics… I worked with [comic legend] Stan Lee for the intro to my [summer tour in 2000]. We made a video where I played a superhero, and my voice was able to save young children. It was amazing! But that was a cartoon, though -- in an action film, I'd like it to be the real me."

Mary's most recent film projects include 2013's Black Nativity and 2012's Rock of Ages.

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Friday
Jun192015

RaeLynn's Guest Appearance on Disney Channel's "I Didn't Do It" Airs Sunday Night

BMLGRaeLynn's guest appearance on The Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It airs Sunday night at 9 ET. Look for her to perform her hit single, "For a Boy," on the show.

RaeLynn is currently on the road with Rascal Flatts' Riot Tour. Go to RaeLynnOfficial.com for dates.

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Friday
Jun192015

Zac Brown Gives an Update on His Baby Boy, Alexander Frost, A.K.A. "The Squishy Giant"

Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big MachineZac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown is having a blast raising his four daughters and his one-year-old son, Alexander Frost. The little boy was born weighing more than 11 pounds, and he already weighs more than Zac's four-year-old daughter. After having four girls, Zac notices a lot of differences when it comes to raising a boy.

"It's funny to him when he slams things or throws things," Zac observes. "You can definitely tell he's all boy, but the girls just, like, swallow him up, man. They love him. He's awesome. The little, squishy giant. He's happy and healthy and awesome."

Zac goes on to call his family his best friends and credits them with keeping him balanced while playing for arenas full of fans on the road.

Says Zac, "You gotta be at home and be dad, and then you gotta be on the road chasing the songs down. So, we're blessed."

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Friday
Jun192015

New Box Set Featuring America's Classic Albums Arriving in July

RhinoA new box set featuring America's first eight albums will be released on July 17America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977 includes all seven of the group's studio albums with its original trio lineup -- Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek -- as well as the 1977 America Live collection, the first record issued following Peek's departure from the band.

With its breezy acoustic-rock sound and melodic harmonies, America found major success right from the start of its career.  The band topped the Billboard 200 with its self-titled 1971 debut, which included the #1 hit "Horse with No Name" and the #9 single "I Need You."

That album went on to be certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the U.S., as did its follow-up, 1972's Homecoming.  The group's sophomore effort featured the #9 hit "Ventura Highway."

Among the group's other major 1970s hits was the chart-topping 1975 single "Sister Golden Hair," as well as such memorable tunes as "Tin Man" and "Lonely People," which both reached the top five of the Hot 100.

All the discs in the box set come in CD sleeves that replicate the original albums' art and inserts, all packaged in a clamshell box.  The music featured in the collection is taken from America's 2014 audio masters.  The America: The Warner Bros. Years sells for a suggested list price of $54.98.

After Peek left the band, Bunnell and Beckley carried on as a duo and still perform as America today.  Sadly, Peek died in 2011 at the age of 60.

For the latest on America, visit VenturaHighway.com.

Here is the complete list of albums included in America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977:

America (1971)
Homecoming (1972)
Hat Trick (1973)
Holiday (1974)
Hearts (1975)
Hideaway (1976)
Harbor (1977)
America Live (1977)

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Friday
Jun192015

Big Sean Releases Video for "One Man Can Change the World"

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Big Sean has delivered an emotionally powerful video for "One Man Can Change the World," featuring Kanye West and John Legend.

In the black-and-white clip, which is dedicated to his late grandmother, Mildred V. Leonard, Sean journeys back to his hometown of Detroit while recalling his childhood and the values instilled by his grandmother, who was one of the first female black military officers in World War II. She later became one of the first black female police officers in Detroit and served 30 years with the Detroit Public School System as a teacher and counselor.

"My grandma told me if you write your name in stone you'll never get the white out/ I grinded out that black hole then performed up at the White House," Sean raps from the backseat of an abandoned car.

To pay tribute to her memory, the rapper recently launched his #ItTakesOne campaign, which promotes random acts of kindness.

"One Man Can Change the World" is the third single from Sean's chart-topping album, Dark Sky Paradise.

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Friday
Jun192015

Rihanna Now Has More No. 1 Dance Hits than Beyonce

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna continues to dominate the charts and surpass music veterans in the process. Thanks to her latest hit, "B***h Better Have My Money," the singer has surpassed Beyonce by logging her 23rd topper on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

According to the publication, Rihanna has replaced Queen Bey as the artist with the second most dance number ones.  Beyonce last topped the chart in February with "7/11." Rihanna now trails only Madonna, who has the most No. 1s in the chart's history with a whopping 45 hits.

Ri Ri's vulgar tune was remixed by several EDM stars, including Diplo, GTA, Flosstradamus, and R3hab, among others.

Rihanna's previous chart-topping hits include 2005's "Pon De Replay, " 2012's "Where Have You Been" and 2013's "Right Now," featuring David Guetta.

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Friday
Jun192015

Warped Tour Founder Says Echosmith's Sydney Sierota Is the "Star" of the Band

Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsThe Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, has some advice for Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota that her sibling band mates probably wouldn’t appreciate. He tells Entertainment Weekly he thinks Sydney should embrace her role as the “star” of the group.

He compares her situation to Gwen Stefani in No Doubt and Hayley Williams in Paramore, telling EW that “you have to let the star come forward” but “sometimes it’s really hard because they want to be one of the band.”

He adds, “Like with Echosmith, Sydney is going to be the star. The band guys are great but she’s the star. And usually that means a couple of people will leave the band because they can’t get past it. I tell the band guys, ‘You’ll have a nice living and you’ll be able to go out to a nice restaurant and not be bothered, but you won’t be the star.”

Kevin says he recognized Sydney’s star quality from the moment he met the band two years ago. “I actually needed to find some girls to be role models for these girls coming to Warped -- I was trying to get Hayley from Paramore to come back but management will never let them come back,” he says. “And Sydney walked in at 15 and I said ‘This is her, give her a couple of years,’ so I put them on half the tour and then immediately said they could stay on the whole tour. Sydney is a star.”

He also comments on how Katy Perry was voted “laziest” in a Warped Tour yearbook from 2008. He backs up Katy’s claims that she wasn’t actually lazy. “Katy is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had,” he says. “Fans didn’t see it in the beginning because she was doing all this radio promo and taking meetings and working around the clock so she wasn’t always at the after-parties or hanging out.”

Still, he says, she knew how to have a good time. He recalls that she once went to a Waffle House dressed up in a waitress uniform and served everyone pancakes.

The Warped Tour, now in its 20th year, kicks off its 41-city run today in Pomona, California.

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Friday
Jun192015

The Smashing Pumpkins Perform Three-Minute Acoustic Medley of "Gish" 

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicAt a stop on their acoustic tour in Munhall, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, The Smashing Pumpkins broke out a medley including every song from their debut album Gish. Frontman Billy Corgan touched on every song from the band's 1991 record in just under three minutes.

"It's amazing how many of these songs have to do with LSD," Corgan jokes in the middle of the medley. You can watch fan-captured video from the performance now on YouTube.

The Smashing Pumpkins are in the midst of their In Plainsong tour, which is the band's first acoustic outing. In Plainsong wraps up June 25 in Minneapolis, after which Corgan and the Pumpkins will embark on a co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson on July 7 in Concord, California.

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Friday
Jun192015

Canaan Smith Picks Up Gold Certification for "Love You Like That"

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith's debut hit, "Love You Like That," has been certified gold after reaching the 500,000 download mark. The song has been streamed online a whopping 33 million times, and currently sits in the top 10 on the country airplay chart.

"Love You Like That" is the lead single from Canaan's debut album, Bronco, due out this Tuesday. He says of the project, “As an album, I wanted Bronco to tell my story of who I am, and lead the listener through my life and what I’m all about. I am so grateful for this experience and am really proud of the way the album has taken shape. My hope is that the fans can relate and find pieces of themselves in this music."

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Friday
Jun192015

Ariana Grande Shares Snippet of New Song on Snapchat

Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande gave fans a taste of her new music on Snapchat Friday morning. The singer posted a 9-second clip featuring a never-before-heard song from her upcoming album, Moonlight.

It appears the Snapchat was filmed in a music studio. The upbeat track is heard blaring from the speakers as people in the room dance around and colored lights flash.

Moonlight will be Ariana’s third album, and the follow-up to 2014’s My Everything. A release date has not been confirmed, but it’s reportedly expected in late 2015.

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Friday
Jun192015

Miley Cyrus Reportedly Dating a Victoria's Secret Model 

Francis Specker/CBSMiley Cyrus may have a new lady in her life. The singer, who’s been outspoken about her bisexuality recently, is reportedly dating Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell.

Sources tell the New York Daily News that Miley and the New Zealand model are “a couple” and are very affectionate with each other. “They hold hands and hug and are very comfortable together,” one source says. “They’re definitely together.”

They also regularly post Instagram snaps of each other. A pic of the two, featuring a winking Miley and Stella puckering her lips, was posted on Miley’s Instagram just two days ago.

According to the Daily News, the two started spending more time together after Miley’s March split from Patrick Schwarzenegger. They apparently met through Miley’s assistant, Cheyne Thomas.

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