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Monday
Apr072014

Miranda Lambert Lifts the Curtain on Star-Studded "Platinum"

Sony Music Nashville(NOTE LANGUAGE) With three new ACM wins to her credit, including a record-setting fifth trophy for Female Vocalist, Miranda Lambert is lifting the curtain on her new album, Platinum. With guest vocals from Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town and The Time Jumpers, it’s an all-star affair.

Miranda calls the track “Somethin’ Bad” a “rocker” perfect for a “bad*ss singer” like Carrie. “To me, this song meshes our styles,” she says. “It gives her time to be ‘Before He Cheats’ Carrie, and it gives me time to take off running and jump to hit some of those high notes.”

“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” is a song Miranda and Little Big Town both wanted, but she got it first. The idea for a collaboration came backstage at last year’s CMT Awards.

Karen [Fairchild] told me, ‘You have a song I want!’ So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’” Miranda remembers. “When I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town wants to sing on my record we are damn sure taking advantage of it!’ I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them.”

Miranda discovered the Tom T. Hall composition “All That’s Left” while listening to the radio driving back from a Beyonce concert in Dallas. She decided to give it a western swing feel by adding renowned band The Time Jumpers, of which Vince Gill is a member.

The sixteen-song set arrives June 3.

Here’s the Platinum track list:

“Girls”
“Platinum”
“Little Red Wagon”
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’”
“Priscilla”
“Automatic”
“Bathroom Sink”
“Old Sh!t”
“All That’s Left”
“Gravity Is a B**ch”
“Babies Makin’ Babies”
“Somethin’ Bad”
“Holding On to You”
“Two Rings Shy”
“Hard Staying Sober”
“Another Sunday in the South”

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Monday
Apr072014

Ed Sheeran Debuts New Pharrell-Produced, Justin Timberlake-Influenced Single "Sing"

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran's known as a serious, acoustic-based singer/songwriter, but he gets pretty funky on his new single "Sing," which he debuted Monday. 

The song, produced by Pharrell Williams, sounds completely different than anything Ed's done before.  Ed tells Rolling Stone that the song is about secretly drinking at a music industry party where no alcohol was being served.  He tells Billboard that it was directly influenced by the sound of Justin Timberlake's albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Pharrell provided the track and Ed wrote the song over it, marking the first time Ed had ever composed that way. Speaking to Billboard, Pharrell says of Ed, "He's one of the most impressive, underestimated singer-songwriters of our time. And now he's got a dance record...it's danceable. And he was able to still tell a really good story on top of it."

"Sing" is from Ed's new album x, which will be out in June.

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Monday
Apr072014

New Video for Chrissie Hynde's First Solo Single, "Dark Sunglasses," Premieres Online

Caroline RecordsPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has released the first official video for a song from her upcoming debut solo album, Stockholm.  The clip, which accompanies the album's lead single, "Dark Sunglasses," can be viewed online now at Stereogum and TheGuardian.com.

The video, which was directed by London-based filmmaker and photographer Steve Glashier, features candid footage of a variety of people posing or going about their business while wearing dark shades in different neighborhoods in Austin, Texas.  Hynde doesn't appear at all in the video.

Hynde recorded Stockholm in the Swedish city of the same name with Bjorn Yttling of the Swedish indie-rock group Peter, Bjorn and John.  The 11-track album also includes guest appearances by Neil Young and tennis legend John McEnroeStockholm is due June 10.

Meanwhile, Chrissie currently has one confirmed concert on her tour itinerary, a June 14 performance at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Meltdown Festival.

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Chrissie Hynde - "Dark Sunglasses" from stereogum on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Apr072014

Jhene Aiko Joins Calvin Klein Social Media Campaign

Image Courtesy Jhene Aiko Via InstagramSince being launched in February, the Calvin Klein #MyCalvins social media campaign has featured various celebrities, ranging from Iggy Azalea and Trey Songz to models Miranda Kerr and Lara Stone. Now, Jhene Aiko has joined the digital trend.

The singer has posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram, in which she is laying down wearing white Calvin Klein underwear and a matching Calvin Klein sport bra.

The campaign serves as an ode to the renowned 1980′s ads starring Brooke Shields, which promoted the famed Calvin Klein logo waistband.

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Monday
Apr072014

Trey Songz Performs "Na Na" During MTVU's Spring Break

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz has shared footage from his sizzling performance during at MTVU's Spring Break festivities in Cancun.

The singer turned up the heat while showcasing his DJ Mustard-produced banger "Na Na" before a packed crowd. At one point, a shirtless Trey jumped off stage to take a selfie with a group of screaming fans. The clip was posted to his official YouTube page.

Meanwhile, the crooner's new single appears at number nine on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song is lifted from his upcoming, sixth album, Trigga, arriving this summer.

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Monday
Apr072014

Lady Gaga Gives Boyfriend a Post-Concert Lap Dance?

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesLady Gaga reportedly lived out the lyrics of her song "Do What U Want" in real life Friday night after her concert in New York City, by putting on a sexy public display for her boyfriend.

According to The New York Post, Gaga and her man, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, arrived separately at the after-party at a New York City club.  When Kinney showed up, the paper reports, he went to the VIP area, where Gaga "assumed a stripper persona and put on a show for him."

"She jumped on a banquette, pulled Taylor’s face into her crotch, was stroking his hair,” said a spy, adding that Gaga was singing "do what you want with my body” while engaged in these antics.

According to a spy, the singer gave Kinney a "serious lap dance," after which they began making out. The guards ultimately pulled a curtain around them and about 10 other people. 

Gaga closes out her run at New York's Roseland Ballroom Monday night.  It's the famous venue's final show.  Her show there on Sunday night attracted her pal, legendary crooner Tony Bennett, as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt.

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Monday
Apr072014

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan Return to Helm ACM's 50th Anniversary

ACMEven though viewership for Sunday’s ACM Awards was down 23 percent from last year’s 12-year high, the show still easily won the night for CBS. More than 14 million people watched the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, the Academy of Country Music turns its attention to the 50th anniversary celebration next year.  Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the 2015 show live on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19.

Festivities kick off the previous Friday, as ACM Party for a Cause:  50 Years of Music & Memories takes over nearby Globe Life Park. The concert event promises more than 30 artists performing on multiple stages on April 17 & 18, 2015.

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary events go on sale April 15 at ACMCountry.com.

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Monday
Apr072014

"Billboard" Music Award Nominations to Be Announced Wednesday

Dick Clark ProductionsNominations for this year's Billboard Music Awards will be announced Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET.  The event itself takes place Sunday, May 18, live from Las Vegas, and will air on ABC.

Jason Derulo will help announce the nominees on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday.

The nominations will highlight the year's most successful artists in a number of different music genres, based on album and single sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming, and social media interaction. 

The awards will be based on data collected from March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.

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Monday
Apr072014

Pharrell Says "The Universe" Told Him to Write "Happy"

ABC/Adam TaylorDespite composing the score for the first Despicable Me film with Brazilian musician Heitor Pereira, Pharrell said he was extremely nervous to create new music for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, including his Oscar-nominated smash hit song, "Happy."  The singer, musician and producer said he had to turn to a higher power for help.

"I just got to that point in the second film and was like, 'Man! This is a pivotal moment in the film. What am I gonna do? Am I gonna mess this up? Are they going to have me back on the third?' And you get to the place where you run out of ideas," he said on Monday's Good Morning America. "It's like when you don't know anything, and you ask yourself a question, and you listen. You open yourself up. And the master, God, the universe, it speaks to you."

Pharrell said he went to great lengths to make sure "Happy" was perfect, creating multiple versions of the Oscar-nominated song before releasing it.

"It was actually nine versions before I got to the tenth," he revealed. "...I just said to myself, 'How do you make a song about a guy who's so happy and relentless in doing so?' And that's when I realized the answer had been sleeping in the question all along."

"Happy" is also featured on his latest album, G I R L, which is his second solo album.  "The first album was a bit about me, me, me and this other guy, me. And this album is not about me," the 41-year-old explained. "This album is devoted to such an incredible demographic that's been taking care of me for over 20 years, and that's the women."

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Monday
Apr072014

New Song From Foo Fighters Side Project Birds of Satan Now Streaming Online 

Shanabelle RecordsIf you've been wondering what Birds of Satan -- the latest Foo Fighters offshoot band -- sounds like, wonder no more. Though their first album's not due out for another week, fans can listen to the first streaming track -- called "Pieces of the Puzzle" -- right now on Billboard.com.

If that tune whets your whistle, you can sample another song by pre-ordering the band's self-titled debut album.  That'll get you immediate access to another song, called "Thanks for the Line." 

Birds of Satan is led by Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins and consists of Hawkins, Wiley Hodgden and Mick Murphy. The band's first album is self-titled and features guest appearances from Dave Grohl, as well as Foo Fighter Pat Smear and touring Foos members Rami Jaffee and Drew Hester.

Hawkins recently told NME that he thinks Birds of Satan sounds like David Bowie, Queen, Paul McCartney and Jane's Addiction all rolled up into one. You can judge for yourself when Birds of Satan hits stores on April 15.

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Monday
Apr072014

Jack White Confirms Headlining Tour

Mary Ellen MatthewsJust in time for the release of his new album, LazarettoJack White has announced a headlining tour. This will mark White's first trek in two years, since touring in support of Blunderbuss

Kelley Stoltz will be Jack's opening act from May 29 through June 5. Benjamin Booker will be the opener from July 20-31. 

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local venue time on April 11 on JackWhiteiii.com

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase two days before -- that's April 9 -- at 10 a.m. local venue time only to Third Man Vault members. To become a Vault member, go to ThirdManRecords.com

Jack White's new album, Lazaretto, is set to hit retail and digital outlets on June 10.

Here are Jack White's tour dates:

5/29 -- Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK 
5/30 -- Wild West, Lubbock, TX 
5/31-6/1 -- Free Press Summer Festival, Houston, TX
6/2 -- Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA 
6/3 -- Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA 
6/5 -- The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 
6/7 -- Governors Ball, New York, NY
6/12-6/15 -- Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
6/25-6/29 -- Glastonbury, Somerset, England
6/26 -- Dublin, Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
6/29-30 -- L'Olympia, Paris, France
7/3 -- Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
7/4 -- Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
7/5 -- Eventim Apollo, London, England
7/19 -- Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY 
7/20 -- Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
7/21 -- Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
7/23 -- Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
7/24 -- Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
7/27 -- Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh, PA
7/28 -- Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
7/30 -- Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI
7/31 -- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
8/1-8/3 -- Osheaga Music & Arts Festival, Montreal, QC

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Monday
Apr072014

Rob Lowe Reveals Justin Bieber's "Dark Secret" to Oprah Winfrey 

George Burns/Harpo StudiosJustin Bieber has a "dark secret," according to a man who knows a thing or two about being a teen idol: Rob Lowe.  And he's now revealed it to Oprah Winfrey.

In an interview that aired on Oprah Prime on Sunday, Oprah notes that Lowe became a teen heartthrob at age 15, and asked the actor what he thinks when he looks at someone like Justin Bieber now.  "I have tremendous empathy," replies Lowe.  "He makes really good music, but I think he knows the dark secret. And the dark secret is that 80% of his audience doesn't give a sh*t about the music. He knows it.  It bums him out."

So what does Justin's audience care about?

"They care about lemming-think, and their girlfriends and who's oohing and ahhing and screaming," Lowe told Oprah. "It has nothing to do with what he's doing as an artist. He is the guy who is standing in front of them at a moment that they're going through a developmental thing. And it's natural, it's all great, but if it wasn't him, it'd be somebody else.  Like it was me."

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Monday
Apr072014

Bob Geldof's Daughter, Peaches, Dies at Age 25

Image Courtesy of Peaches Geldof via InstagramBritish TV presenter and model Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, has died.  The BBC reports police were called to an address in Kent, U.K., on Monday afternoon after being notified of concern for a woman's welfare.  Peaches was later pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Kent authorities have issued a statement saying, "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden."

Geldof was married to singer Thomas Cohen of the band SCUM, with whom she had two young sons -- one-year-old Astala, and Phaedra, who will turn one later this month.  She previously was married to rock musician Max Drummey, although the couple separated in 2009 after only six months.

Peaches was the second of three children Bob Geldof had with U.K. television presenter Paula Yates, who died of a drug overdose in 2000 at age 41.  Yates also was the mother of Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, whose father is late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

The Geldof family has released a joint statement about Peaches' death that reads, "Peaches has died.  We are beyond pain.  She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us.  Writing 'was' destroys me afresh.  What a beautiful child.  How is this possible that we will not see her again?  How is that bearable?  We loved her and will cherish her forever.  How sad that sentence is.  Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken."

In a separate message, Peaches' husband writes, "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday.  We shall love her forever."

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Monday
Apr072014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhere were the ACM Awards held before they moved to Las Vegas? ANSWER: Los Angeles.

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Monday
Apr072014

Justin Timberlake Announces New North American Dates for 20/20 Experience World Tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesNeed more JT in your life? You got it. Justin Timberlake has just announced that his 20/20 Experience World tour is returning to North America this fall for yet another run of shows.

Tickets for the new leg of the tour, which kicks off November 20 in Portland, Oregon, go on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. local time.  Members of Justin's fan club, The Tennessee Kids, will get access to a pre-sale that starts on Tuesday.  Visit  The Tennesee Kids/JustinTimberlake.com to register for the fan club and grab the access code.  MasterCard holders can get a crack at the tickets starting April 9.

Justin's tour is currently in the U.K. and will then head to Europe and the Middle East before coming back to the U.S. for more dates this summer.  In August, he'll go back to Europe, then visit Australia before returning to North America for these newly-announced dates.

Here are JT's new tour dates:

11/20 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center                  
11/22 -- Oakland, CA,  Oracle Arena  
11/24 -- Los Angeles, CA The Forum     
11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena   
12/1 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center                          
12/3 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center        
12/5 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena      
12/8 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
12/10 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre   
12/13 -- Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun   
12/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
12/17 -- Philadelphia,, PA, Wells Fargo Center
12/19 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena  
12/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Gwinnett Center 

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Monday
Apr072014

KISS, Stevie Nicks, Nirvana Members Among Stars to Perform During "Tonight Show" Rock Hall-Themed Week

BarclaysCenter.comThey might as well rename it "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fallon."

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week will celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 by featuring some of the new honorees and one veteran Hall member who is performing at this year's induction ceremony.

On Monday, Hall & Oates singer John Oates will sit in with Fallon's house band The Roots, while Yusuf -- aka Cat Stevens -- will perform alongside the versatile group the following night.

On Wednesday, surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will be appear on the show, although it isn't clear whether they'll perform.  That night's musical guest will be Stevie Nicks, who also will be backed by The Roots.  Nicks is one of several well-known singers who'll take part in a musical tribute to new Rock Hall inductee Linda Ronstadt at this year's ceremony.

To close out Rock Hall-themed week, the members of KISS will don their seven-inch heels to rock The Tonight Show's stage on Friday.

Incidentally, Roots band leader and drummer Questlove is scheduled to induct Hall & Oates at this year's ceremony, which is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 10, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Monday
Apr072014

KISS, Cat Stevens, Stevie Nicks Among Stars to Perform During "Tonight Show" Rock Hall-Themed Week

BarclaysCenter.comThey might as well rename it "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fallon."

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week will celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 by featuring some of the new honorees and one veteran Hall member who is performing at this year's induction ceremony.

On Monday, Hall & Oates singer John Oates will sit in with Fallon's house band The Roots, while Yusuf -- aka Cat Stevens -- will perform alongside the versatile group the following night.

On Wednesday, surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will be appear on the show, although it isn't clear whether they'll perform.  That night's musical guest will be Stevie Nicks, who also will be backed by The Roots.  Nicks is one of several well-known singers who'll take part in a musical tribute to new Rock Hall inductee Linda Ronstadt at this year's ceremony.

Thursday will see a performance from Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, whose group entered the Rock Hall back in 2000.

To close out Rock Hall-themed week, KISS will rock The Tonight Show's stage on Friday.

Incidentally, Roots band leader and drummer Questlove is scheduled to induct Hall & Oates at this year's ceremony, which is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 10, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Monday
Apr072014

Adam Levine: "Lovely" New Voice Coach Pharrell Williams Should "Get Ready for the Roller Coaster" 

Columbia Records/NBCNow that Mr. "Happy," Pharrell Williams, is joining The Voice as a permanent coach, replacing departing Big Red Chair resident Cee Lo Green, the current panel has some advice for him: get ready for a crazy time.

"Fasten your seat belt, it's going to get wild," Shakira offers, when asked by Billboard what she'd tell Pharrell about joining their little club. "He's going to do a great job," she adds. "He's a very smart guy."

"He's so lovely, an unbelievable talent actually," Adam Levine tells Billboard. "I think he'll be a great coach. [But] it's a different experience so he has to get ready for the roller coaster."

Blake Shelton echoes that sentiment, telling Billboard that Pharrell has "got to get mad, gotta get competitive, and starting thinking about music like it's a sport."

Pharrell has already appeared on the show previously as a mentor for Team Usher, but next season will see him promoted to full-time cast member.

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Monday
Apr072014

Alicia Keys Honored with Fashion Award for Philanthropy

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys was recognized Friday night by the fashion industry for her philanthropic work .

Keys received the Inspiration Award at designer Diane Von Furtenberg’s fifth annual DVF gala at the United Nations in New York City. She was honored for her Keep a Child Alive organization which assists children and families living with AIDS in Africa and India. Last November Keys raised four million dollars at her Black Ball  event to benefit Keep a Child Alive.  

The Inspiration Award is given to "a woman who has demonstrated exceptional strength and is using her experience and influence to effect positive change." Von Furstenberg created the DVF Awards to support "women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women."

Keys received a $50,000 donation to her Keep a Child charity. 

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Monday
Apr072014

KISS, Members of Nirvana to Appear on "Tonight Show" This Week

Universal Music/Harpo Productions/NBC/Brian Lowe

They might as well rename it "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fallon." 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week will pay homage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by featuring two of the Hall's biggest-name 2014 inductees, and one veteran Hall member who is performing at this year's induction ceremony.

On Wednesday, surviving Nirvana members -- and 2014 inductees -- Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will appear on the show No word on whether they'll perform -- they're listed as guests and not musical guests. Also on Wednesday's list is musical guest Stevie Nicks, who will have backing from The Roots. Nicks is a guest vocalist at this year's induction ceremony -- she'll take part in a tribute to inductee Linda Ronstadt.

On Friday, the members of KISS  -- who will be inducted but not performing at the ceremony April 10 in Brooklyn, NY -- will be packing their seven-inch heels for their trip to play The Tonight Show

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