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Thursday
Nov132014

"The Voice" Recap: The Top 12 Revealed

Trae Patton/NBCFollowing two nights of live performances, The Voice revealed its top 12 on Wednesday night.

Three of five artists from each team were saved -- two through America's votes, and the other by his or her coach.

Team Blake Shelton got things started with a performance of "Life in a Northern Town," originally by The Dream Academy and later covered by Sugarland.

Host Carson Daly subsequently announced that Team Blake's Reagan James and Craig Wayne Boyd had received enough votes to remain in the competition. Blake chose to save Jessie Pitts. James David Carter and Taylor Brashears were eliminated.

Team Pharrell Williams was up next. They sang the Sam Smith tune "Money On My Mind." Luke Wade and DaNica Shirey advanced via the viewers' vote, while Pharrell saved Sugar Joans. Elyjuh Rene and Jean Kelley were dismissed.

Team Gwen Stefani delivered a rendition of Vance Joy's "Riptide" before learning their fate. Daly revealed that Taylor John Williams and Anita Antoinette had made it to the top 12. Gwen saved Ryan Sill, spelling the end for Bryana Salaz and Ricky Manning.

Team Adam Levine tackled the Nico & Vinz hit "Am I Wrong." Damien and Matt McAndrew were saved by America, and Adam held on to Chris Jamison. It was the end of the road for Mia Pfirrman and Taylor Phelan.

The top 12 will return to the stage next Monday night on NBC.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Stevie Nicks Talks Challenges of Promoting Solo Album While on Tour with Fleetwood Mac: "I Don't Wanna Tick Anybody Off"

Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks has an new solo album -- 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault -- of which she's justifiably proud.  She hasn't been able to spend much time promoting it, though, because her day job as the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, currently out on a massive world tour, is keeping her pretty busy.  Last week, during a break in the tour, she appeared on The Tonight Show to perform "Lady," one of the new songs, but she says it's unlikely you'll see her do that onstage with the band.  Why?  It's complicated, says Stevie.

"I don't even know if the people in Fleetwood Mac have even heard this record.  Honestly.  We don't talk about it a lot," Stevie tells ABC News Radio. "It's like, y'know....it's not their thing.  So I don't push it on them, and I just let it go.  I don't wanna tick anybody off, and I don't wanna make people think that I'm not focused on Fleetwood Mac, because I totally am...but in my own time, then I can do anything I want, and I can promote this record."

As for the possibility of her taking time out during a Mac performance to spotlight a tune from 24 Karat Gold, Stevie says, "Could Christine [McVie] play 'Lady' and me sing it, and she sing a harmony?  Absolutely.  Will that happen?  Probably not, but maybe."  Noting that she really wanted her bandmate to hear the record, she laughs, "I put it on her iPod. I bought her an iPod and then put it on the iPod!"

24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which debuted in the top 10 when it was released in September, is a collection of songs that Stevie wrote mostly between 1967 and 1989, with a few from the '90s thrown in.  But Stevie explains that these songs aren't a bunch of rejects that weren't good enough to be included on albums: they just never made it for a variety of reasons.

"These weren't songs that weren't the 'better' songs.  Some of them were recorded by Fleetwood Mac and I didn't like it," she tells ABC News Radio. "You'll get three-fourths of the way into recording a song and you'll just go, 'I don't like the way it's coming out, so I'm pulling it.'  Same with my own producers: 'I don't like what you've done with the song, so I'm pulling it.'"  Or, 'There's too many fast songs,' 'Too many mid-tempo songs,' 'Too many ballads -- a ballad has to go.'  So, that's what happened to these songs.  These songs should have all been on records already."

As Stevie continues to eke out time to promote 24 Karat Gold, she says she is truly enjoying the Mac tour, since it's the first one to feature Christine McVie in 16 years.  "She's so excited and she gets, just, like sixteen-thousand people on their feet screaming several times a night," laughs Stevie. "And it's pretty spectacular.  So she's getting, like, spoon fed this amazing reaction of people being so happy that she's back that she's just thrilled, you know?  She just feels like she won the lottery!  So, it's pretty great to watch and I think it's really fantastic.  Everybody's in really good shape."

They'll have to be, considering the Fleetwood Mac world tour will stretch far into 2015.  That's why Stevie says she can't say right now if she'll join the rest of the band in the studio to record a new album, as Mick Fleetwood says he hopes she will in his new autobiography.

"I don't know, because nothing can be done on that until we're done, and we have another seventy shows until this American tour is done, then we have Australia, then we have Europe.  This isn't gonna be done until this time next year," Stevie tells ABC News Radio about the prospect of a new Mac album. "So, I don't know how I'm gonna feel in a year."

"I don't know whether I'm gonna wanna go back to my own thing or whether I'm gonna wanna sign up for another year of making a record," she adds. "I don't really know what I'm gonna wanna do then." 

Fleetwood Mac is currently on tour in Canada. They'll return to the U.S. next week but have dates scheduled in North America through March.


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Thursday
Nov132014

"Nashville" Recap: I'm Coming Home to You

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoGunnar Scott seemed to be adjusting well to life as a father to his son, Micah, on Wednesday's Nashville, and that's a good thing since Micah's mom, Kylie, left town without her son to pursue a love interest. It looks like Gunnar and his girlfriend, Zoey, will have to adjust to full-time parenthood now.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant found some common ground before attending the premiere of their reality show. They were able to smile for the cameras on the red carpet, but the show was edited to make Layla look stupid and Will look like a beefcake. The audience at the premiere loved the show, so Will and Layla will probably have to continue their charade of a marriage for the cameras a little while longer.

Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler struggled to find time to spend with each other due to their crazy schedules. As they tried to plan their wedding, Rayna was forced to spend her only weekend at home catering to a Rolling Stone reporter working on a cover story about her career. Unfortunately, that reporter was in the house when Rayna and Luke discovered her daughter, Maddie, making out with Luke's son. In order to keep the future step-sibling's romance under wraps, Rayna agreed to tell the Rolling Stone reporter all about her rocky relationship with ex-love interest, Deacon Claybourne.

Juliette Barnes struggled with loneliness as she faced delivering her baby all alone. Her record label president, Rayna, didn't like the songs she was writing, so Rayna told her to write about her experience with the baby's father, Avery Barkley. She wrote a new song, called "Disappearing," about the pregnancy. In the end, Avery stepped up to be Juliette's delivery coach.

Jonathan Jackson plays Avery, and he's glad to see his character come out of the drunken fog he's been in most of this season.

Jonathan tells ABC News Radio, "It's exhausting, you know, playing somebody who's wasted and that angry and drunk all the time. So, yeah, I was kind of happy when he's starting to kind of pull it together a little bit."

Even though Avery and Juliette are coming together for the sake of their child, Jonathan doesn't know if they'll ever be lovers again.

"I think that's sort of the big question is whether he can overcome the devastation of the betrayal that happened, you know," says Jonathan. "And if anything were to give them hope, I think it would be something like a child that they shared. Something that connects them regardless of the current emotions."

Music from Nashville is available on iTunes. The show returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Dave Grohl Says Writing Lyrics for "Sonic Highways" Was "Complicated" 

Image Courtesy of ABC/Travis BellAs you've no doubt heard by now, the new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, was not recorded in a traditional way. The band traveled from city to city to record at different studio across America. During each stop, Foo frontman Dave Grohl would interview musicians and artists who helped create and further the music scene in each of their respective cities. All of this was, and continues to be, documented in the band's HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

While the recording method of the Sonic Highways album didn't significantly impact the way Foo Fighters wrote the music, it did change the way Grohl wrote the lyrics. He would not write the words to each song until he conducted his interviews. Grohl would then use the quotes from the interviews in the lyrics of the song.

As he said at a recent Los Angeles panel, it was writing the lyrics that became the most difficult part for Grohl in recording the album, especially since the album track list was going to be in sequence with the order of the series' episodes.

"Each episode has a theme, which becomes the theme of the song. It's a complicated process because not only are we sequencing a series, but we are sequencing an album," he said. "The album is in sequence of the series. And we've got all these instrumentals, but we don't have lyrics. We have these themes, so there's a beginning and an end."

During the series, Grohl interviewed everyone from Fugazi's Ian MacKaye to President Barack Obama, but one interview that really inspired him in his writing method for the album was with Nora Guthrie.

"One of my favorite interviews was Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter. We talked about her father, and how her father approached songwriting," he said. "Her dad wasn't really a recording artist, he was a songwriter. Sometimes he was commissioned to write songs about specific things. So in a way he was reporting."

Grohl used that mindset when he wrote his lyrics based on his interviews.

"To be able to talk to all of these people, it was literally just reporting what I had seen," he said.

While the process was difficult, Grohl said he was excited each and every time to turn an interview into song lyrics. But would he ever write an album that way again?

"It was so fun," he says. "I will never, ever do it again, it was a pain in the ass."


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Thursday
Nov132014

Jackson Browne Schedules Series of 2015 Florida Concerts in February

Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne has scheduled his first series of 2015 tour dates in support of his recently released studio album, Standing in the Breach.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's itinerary will kick off with six concerts in Florida, running from a February 17 show in Fort Myers through a February 24 performance in Orlando.

Browne also has lined up six concerts in Japan in March and four shows in Italy in May.  First up for Jackson, though, is a week-long U.K. trek that begins this Monday in Birmingham, England, and will wind down with a sold-out November 24 gig at London's famed Royal Albert Hall.

In addition, Browne is slated to make a guest appearance at veteran singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin's January 14 show at the City Winery in New York City.

Her are all of Jackson's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

*1/14 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/17 -- Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Perf. Arts Hall
2/18 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
2/20 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
2/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/23 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

* = appearing as Shawn Colvin's special guest.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" to Be Released on Vinyl 

Image Courtesy of Bret Hartman/CBSFans of Daft Punk and vinyl records are in for a Christmas treat. The French electronic duo are releasing their Grammy Award winning live album Alive 2007 for the first time on vinyl on December 23.

The reissue of Alive 2007 will come in a standard double vinyl package, as well as a boxed special edition. The special edition will include Alive 2007 on two solid white vinyl records, a bonus record with the show's encore, a 52-page photo book, a turntable slipmat, a download card and Daft Punk's first live album, Alive 1997, on silver vinyl. Alive 1997 will be also be reissued separately.

Alive 2007 was recorded in Paris during June 2007.

Here is the track list for the standard Alive 2007 vinyl reissue:

Side A:

"Robot Rock"
"Oh Yeah"
"Touch It"
"Technologic"
"Television Rules the Nation"
"Crescendolls"

Side B:

"Too Long"
"Steam Machine"
"Around the World"
"Harder Better Faster Stronger"
"Burnin'"
"Too Long"

Side C:

"Face to Face"
"Short Circuit"
"One More Time"
"Aerodynamic"
"Aerodynamic Beats"
"Forget About the World"

Side D:

"Prime Time of Your Life"
"Brainwasher"
"Rollin' and Scratchin'"
"Alive"
"Da Funk"
"Daftendirekt"
"Superheroes"
"Human After All"
"Rock'n'Roll"


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Thursday
Nov132014

Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen Nominated for Big Touring Honor at Upcoming Pollstar Awards

Mary McCartney/MPL; Danny ClinchPaul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will compete for the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards, MusicRow.com reports.

The upcoming ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  The veteran rockers' treks are nominated alongside outings by pop acts Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and One Direction; country star Jason Aldean; and the joint tour featuring Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce.

Roger Waters' The Wall Tour took home the most recent Major Tour of the Year prize.

The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.  The ceremony is the closing event of the annual Pollstar Live! conference, which is held at Nashville's Omni Hotel.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Trey Songz Says "Expect Major Energy" from Upcoming Tour

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic Records; RCA RecordsTrey Songz and Chris Brown have succeeded in getting fans exited about their upcoming joint tour. After announcing the dates,  Mr. Steal Your Girl revealed what concertgoers can expect from the 25-date trek, officially dubbed the Between the Sheets tour.

"You can expect major energy. You can expect three guys out there going and doing their best every night," he tells Rap-Up TV. "Of course, we’re friends and we love one another, but it’s gonna be a friendly competition so you can expect us to go out there every night, not to try to outdo anybody, but just giving our best, putting our best foot forward and making the fans happy."

Trey adds that the co-headlining trek came together organically."Us being friends, us having a synergy amongst each other musically as well as being friends, I thought it’d be great for the fans," he says.

The outing, also featuring Tyga, kicks off on January 28 in Hampton, Virginia. Tickets go on sale to the public on November 17.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDavid Nail is set to perform on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday, November 18.

Eric Church performs on PBS's Austin City Limits this Saturday night at 9 ET. Rolling Stone has an exclusive preview of Eric performing "Springsteen" from the show.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Dierks Bentley's Airplane Buys Him More Time at Home in Between Shows

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley played a pilot in the CMA Award-winning video for "Drunk on a Plane," and he's no stranger to an airplane cockpit in real life either. Dierks actually flies himself to most of his shows in a small plane in order to spend more time with his family. That way he can leave Nashville the morning of a show instead of heading out on the bus the night before.

"You get an extra 12 hours, basically, which is a long time when you've got three kids," Dierks explains. "That's a whole other night to put 'em to bed. A whole other morning to make breakfast and do school and then you come into the gig fresh."

Dierks actually started flight training back in 1994 and got his pilot's license in 1997. After that, he had no reason or money to pursue flying anymore until his family started expanding.

Says Dierks, "I realized I can't really afford to sit in the back of a private jet, but I could afford to learn how to fly and sit in the front left seat of a little prop plane and buzz around that way. So, it works out pretty good."

Dierks now calls his plane "The Time Machine" because it buys him more time with his family. You can see where Dierks is flying next by checking out his tour schedule at Dierks.com.


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Thursday
Nov132014

Bono’s Plane Experiences In-Flight Incident During Flight to Germany

ABC/Adam TaylorA private plane carrying U2 lead singer Bono experienced an in-air incident Wednesday but was able to land safely, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation confirmed to ABC News.

Bono and four friends barely escaped disaster during a flight from Dublin to Berlin when the rear door of their Learjet 60 blew out while the plane was reportedly at eight thousand feet over the German countryside.

Germout Freitag of the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation told ABC News, “The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in.” Authorities say all the luggage fell out.

An airport spokesman said there was no danger of crashing.

The German bureau is investigating the incident.  The other members of U2 were not on the jet.

The musician and activist was traveling to Berlin for Thursday's BAMBI Awards, where U2 is scheduled to perform.


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Dave Mason Releases New Song Saying "Thank You" to US Veterans

Image Courtesy of DaveMasonMusic.comDave Mason has released a new song in conjunction with Veteran's Day as a thank-you to the members of the U.S. military who have sacrificed so much for the country.  The track, titled simply "Thank You," can be downloaded for free at the founding Traffic member's official website, DaveMasonMusic.com, while an accompanying video can be viewed at Mason's YouTube channel.

Mason also recorded the song to raise awareness of the nonprofit charity he co-founded in 2008 called Work Vessels for Veterans.  The organization supports veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan by supplying them with electronic devices, equipment, vehicles and land to help them return to the workforce.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer raises funds for the charity through his various performances.

"We're an all-volunteer group of people and there isn't any money spent on advertising, only a minimal amount of money goes to administrative stuff," explains Mason in a statement.  "All the money that we do get that passes through the charity actually goes where it's supposed to go.  We are the only charity out there for veterans that actually specifically helps them start their own businesses.'"

You can visit WorkVesselsforVeterans.org to find out more about the charity or donate funds to the cause.

Meanwhile, Mason continues to tour throughout the U.S. with his Dave Mason's Traffic Jam show supporting his 2014 album, Future's Past.  His next show is scheduled for Thursday night in Durham, North Carolina, and he has dates plotted out all the way through a March 28, 2015, concert in Verdi, Nevada.

Here are all of Mason's upcoming tour dates:

11/13 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
11/14 -- Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater
11/15 -- High Point, NC, High Point Theatre
11/16 -- Athens, GA, The Melting Point
11/18 -- Gainesville, FL, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
11/19 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts
11/20 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
11/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
11/22 -- Englewood, FL, Englewood Events Center
11/26 -- Richmond, VA, The Capital Ale House
11/28 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for Science & The Arts
11/29 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
11/30 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head
1/8/15 -- Norwalk, CT, Norwalk Concert Hall
1/9 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
1/10 -- Patchogue, NY, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
1/11 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center
1/15 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
1/16 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
1/17 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion PAC
1/18 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall and Bistro
1/21 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
1/22 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
1/23 -- Reading, PA, Miller Center for the Arts
1/24 -- State College, PA, The State Theatre
1/30 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
2/3 -- Wausau, WI, Grand Theater
2/5 -- Cincinnati, OH, The 20th Century Theater
2/6 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theater
2/7 -- Elgin, IL, Elgin Community College
2/8 -- Iowa City, IA, The Englert Theatre
2/12 -- Green Bay, WI, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
2/14 -- Bloomington, IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theater
2/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater, Ruth Echerd Hall
2/19-23 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rock Legends Cruise
3/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
3/14 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/20 -- Steamboat, CO, Strings Music Festival
3/21 -- Aspen, CO, Wheeler Opera House
3/28 -- Verdi, NV, Boomtown Hotel and Casino-Sierra Room


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Foo Fighters to Play "Secret" Show in Los Angeles 

Image Courtesy of Brantley GutierrezThis week's episode of Sonic Highways will be focused on Los Angeles, so, naturally, Foo Fighters will be playing a "secret" L.A. concert. The secret, of course, is out: the show will take place at the Roxy on November 14.

So far, the only way to get tickets to the show is through a contest held by California record store Amoeba Music. As the contest is only giving away two pairs of tickets, general on sale information will presumably be announced shortly. You have until November 13 at noon PT to enter for contest tickets.

The song associated with the L.A. episode of Sonic Highways is "Outside," which Dave Grohl and company played last week for the BBC Maida Vale Sessions. The album version features a solo from Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.

Next week's Sonic Highways episode, airing November 21, will focus on New Orleans, so Foo fans in the Big Easy should be on the lookout for another secret show.

Sonic Highways the album was released on Monday.


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Jason Aldean Nominated for Big Touring Honor at Upcoming Pollstar Awards

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's Burn It Down tour is up for Major Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards. The ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jason is nominated in that category against heavyweights including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Brantley Gilbert and Kacey Musgraves also scored nods in the Best New Tour Artist category. The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Sara Bareilles & More to Sing on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center"

PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are taking their duet act to NBC for the holidays: the two will perform on the network's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center TV special.

The special, which airs December 3 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET, will feature the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree: this year, it's an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Pennsylvania.  Gathered round it singing carols will be Gaga and Tony, as well as Sara Bareilles, performing with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, plus Frozen star Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, a cappella group Pentatonix and country star Trisha Yearwood.

If you're wondering why Sara Bareilles and Seth MacFarlane are performing together, it's because she's one of the guests on his Christmas album Holiday for Swing! -- the two duet on the classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside."


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Taylor Swift Still #1, Ariana Grande Scores Her Fourth Top 10 of the Year

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift continues to "Shake" up the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, but Ariana Grande deserves some props for her latest chart achievement as well.

Taylor's "Shake It Off" is spending a fourth week at #1 on the Hot 100, which makes it her longest-running chart-topping single yet.  "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" lasted for three weeks on top in 2012.

Meanwhile, Ariana's new single "Love Me Harder," featuring The Weeknd, jumps to #7 on the Hot 100.  That means Ariana has become the first act this year to score four top 10 hits.  She just passed Iggy Azalea, who had three.  In addition to "Love Me Harder," Ari scored with "Problem," "Break Free" and "Bang Bang."  And speaking of "Bang Bang," that song is currently #5.


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Listen to Full All-Star Paul McCartney Tribute Album, "The Art of McCartney," Online Now

Arctic PoppyAs the November 18 release of the all-star Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney has approached, a variety of preview videos and audio tracks have been posted at the project's official website and YouTube channel.  Now, though, the 34-track collection is streaming in its entirety at RollingStone.com.  The stream clocks in at just over two hours.

Among the many famous artists who contributed to the two-CD set are Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Smokey Robinson, Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne, Heart, Steve Miller, KISS, ALice Cooper, Def Leppard, Chrissie Hynde and Yusuf aka Cat Stevens.  The track list is made up mostly of well-known songs from The Beatles and Sir Paul's solo catalog.  Many of the musicians recorded their tracks with accompaniment from members of McCartney's longtime touring band.

The genesis of the Art of McCartney project dates back more than a decade, when producer Ralph Sall collaborated with Macca on the soundtrack to the 2003 remake of The In-Laws.  Sall, who had previously worked on tributes to The Doors and The Eagles, presented his idea for a McCartney homage to the rock legend, who gave it a thumbs-up.

In addition to the standard two-CD version of The Art of McCartney, the album will be available as a limited-edition box set featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book and digital, vinyl and CD versions of the record.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple-vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a standard digital album and an iTunes version with several extra tracks.

Here is the complete track list for the standard version of The Art of McCartney:

"Maybe I'm Amazed" -- Billy Joel
"Things We Said Today" -- Bob Dylan
"Band on the Run" -- Heart
"Junior's Farm" -- Steve Miller
"The Long and Winding Road" -- Yusuf/Cat Stevens
"My Love" -- Harry Connick, Jr.
"Wanderlust" -- Brian Wilson
"Bluebird" -- Corinne Bailey Rae
"Yesterday -- Willie Nelson
"Junk" -- Jeff Lynne
"When I'm 64" -- Barry Gibb
"Every Night" -- Jamie Cullum
"Venus and Mars/ Rock Show" -- KISS
"Let Me Roll It" -- Paul Rodgers
"Helter Skelter" -- Roger Daltrey
"Helen Wheels" -- Def Leppard
"Hello Goodbye" -- The Cure featuring James McCartney
"Live and Let Die" -- Billy Joel
"Let It Be" -- Chrissie Hynde
"Jet" -- Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
"Hi Hi Hi" -- Joe Elliott
"Letting Go" -- Heart
"Hey Jude" -- Steve Miller
"Listen to What the Man Said" -- Owl City
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Perry Farrell
"Drive My Car" -- Dion
"Lady Madonna" -- Allen Toussaint
"Let 'Em In" -- Dr. John
"So Bad" -- Smokey Robinson
"No More Lonely Nights" -- The Airborne Toxic Event
"Eleanor Rigby" -- Alice Cooper
"Come and Get It" -- Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
"On the Way" -- B.B. King
"Birthday" -- Sammy Hagar


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Wednesday
Nov122014

Listen to Full All-Star Paul McCartney Tribute Album, "The Art of McCartney," Online Now

Arctic PoppyAs the November 18 release of the all-star Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney has approached, a variety of preview videos and audio tracks have been posted at the project's official website and YouTube channel.  Now, though, the 34-track collection is streaming in its entirety at RollingStone.com.  The stream clocks in at just over two hours.

Among the many famous artists who contributed to the two-CD set are Bob Dylan, The Who's Roger Daltrey, KISS, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne, Heart, Steve Miller, Paul Rodgers and Chrissie Hynde.  The track list is made up mostly of well-known songs from The Beatles and Sir Paul's solo catalog.  Many of the musicians recorded their tracks with accompaniment from members of McCartney's longtime touring band.

The genesis of the Art of McCartney project dates back more than a decade, when producer Ralph Sall collaborated with Macca on the soundtrack to the 2003 remake of The In-Laws.  Sall, who had previously worked on tributes to The Doors and The Eagles, presented his idea for a McCartney homage to the rock legend, who gave it a thumbs-up.

In addition to the standard two-CD version of The Art of McCartney, the album will be available as a limited-edition box set featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book and digital, vinyl and CD versions of the record.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple-vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a standard digital album and an iTunes version with several extra tracks.

Here is the complete track list for the standard version of The Art of McCartney:

"Maybe I'm Amazed" -- Billy Joel
"Things We Said Today" -- Bob Dylan
"Band on the Run" -- Heart
"Junior's Farm" -- Steve Miller
"The Long and Winding Road" -- Yusuf/Cat Stevens
"My Love" -- Harry Connick, Jr.
"Wanderlust" -- Brian Wilson
"Bluebird" -- Corinne Bailey Rae
"Yesterday -- Willie Nelson
"Junk" -- Jeff Lynne
"When I'm 64" -- Barry Gibb
"Every Night" -- Jamie Cullum
"Venus and Mars/ Rock Show" -- KISS
"Let Me Roll It" -- Paul Rodgers
"Helter Skelter" -- Roger Daltrey
"Helen Wheels" -- Def Leppard
"Hello Goodbye" -- The Cure featuring James McCartney
"Live and Let Die" -- Billy Joel
"Let It Be" -- Chrissie Hynde
"Jet" -- Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
"Hi Hi Hi" -- Joe Elliott
"Letting Go" -- Heart
"Hey Jude" -- Steve Miller
"Listen to What the Man Said" -- Owl City
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Perry Farrell
"Drive My Car" -- Dion
"Lady Madonna" -- Allen Toussaint
"Let 'Em In" -- Dr. John
"So Bad" -- Smokey Robinson
"No More Lonely Nights" -- The Airborne Toxic Event
"Eleanor Rigby" -- Alice Cooper
"Come and Get It" -- Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
"On the Way" -- B.B. King
"Birthday" -- Sammy Hagar


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Nov122014

Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes Performing on Christmas in Rockefeller Center December 3

Image Courtesy CMATrisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes will perform on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special coming up Wednesday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett also will sing on the show along with Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and Seth McFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles. An additional hour of the special will broadcast in select NBC stations starting at 7 p.m. ET.

This year's Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania. It's about 90-years-old and weighs approximately 13 tons.


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Nov122014

Omarion Announces Release Date for "Sex Playlist"

Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsOmarion is ready to warm up your winter with his long-awaited album Sex Playlist. The singer announced a release date and track list for his first album on Rick Ross' MMG imprint.

The 12-song album will include contributions from Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko on the DJ Mustard-produced single “Post to Be,” as well as Jeremih on “Show Me,” and will include the DeBarge-sampling “You Like It.”

Sex Playlist arrives on December 2.  It's Omarion's first album in nearly five years following 2010's Ollusion.

"I really took my time with this album," Omarion told The FADER. "I just really wanted to implement what I felt was missing from the game --that song that makes you feel good and is reminiscent of the old times."

Here's the track list:

"Sex Playlist"
"Post to Be" (Feat. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko)
"Show Me" (Feat. Jeremih)
"Inside"
"Steam"
"The Only One..."
"Bo$$"
"Work"
"Deeper"
"Don't leave"
"You Like It"
"Love & Other Drugs"
"Already"

 


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