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Wednesday
Aug202014

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Who'll Replace Celine Dion in Las Vegas?

Denise Truscello/Caesars EntertainmentNow that Celine Dion has canceled all her future engagements -- including her Las Vegas shows -- to care for her ailing husband, she's left plenty of dates open at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with no one to perform.  So who'll step in and fill those dates with their own mini-residency?  Let the speculation begin.

The Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach reports there are several names being mentioned already, including Mariah Carey, Beyonce and even Adele.  More solid, says Leach, are the rumors that Katy Perry might step in, since she already performed there over New Year's weekend. 

Diana Ross, who's booked to perform there September 19, is "being encouraged to return for more dates," says Leach.  He also reports that there's also an offer going out to Madonna. 

Leach seems to think that Katy's the most likely candidate, but her Prismatic world tour doesn't end until March, and the dates that need to be filled are mostly in January and February.  However, New Year's Eve is open as well, so Katy might choose to return for those shows.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Train, Meghan Trainor, Matt Nathanson to Perform at Live in the Vineyard Festival

Pamela Littky /Columbia RecordsTrain, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9.

The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs.  Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times.

In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival] this year for many reasons. The fact is we’re excited to do anything that includes great wine, especially in Napa." 

The only way to get tickets for the festival is to win them, through a variety of methods, including signing up at the website.  Visit Live in the Vineyard for complete details on how to get yourself there.

In other Train news, the band has just added Ingrid Michaelson to its upcoming fan cruise, which takes place in February.  Other artists who'll be joining Train on the trip include Andy Grammer and A Great Big World.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood's Oscar-nominated hit from the film Con Air? ANSWER: "How Do I Live."


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Blake Shelton Offers "Neon Light" Download for Fans Who Pre-Order "BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE"

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans who pre-order Blake Shelton's new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or Walmart.com will get an instant download of the project's first single, "Neon Light."

Blake says of the song, "'Neon Light’ is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it. It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique."

Blake's new album comes out September 30. He returns for another season of NBC's The Voice on September 22.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Members of Guns N' Roses, Dire Straits, Whitesnake Featured on Tribute Album for Wounded Warriors

Cleopatra RecordsAn impressive roster of virtuoso musicians, including Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, ex-Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes and Whitesnake's Reb Beach, have lent their talents to a new album that pays tribute to U.S. military personnel who have risked their lives for their country.  The Guitars for Wounded Warriors CD, which was released on Tuesday, was organized by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin.

Tarquin produced and wrote all of the songs on the album, and he also plays guitar alongside the various guest musicians.  Other noted guitarists featured on the record include Steve Morse, Chris Poland of Megadeth, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and Alex De Rosso of Dokken.

All of the songs on the album were inspired by the combat experiences of U.S. troops.

"Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!!," says Bumblefoot. "And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors.  Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support."

Adds Morse, "It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect.  For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude."

Here is the complete track list for Guitars for Wounded Warriors:

"Black Hawk" -- featuring Billy Sheehan
"Taliban Terror" -- featuring Bumblefoot & Reb Beach
"Charlie Surfs" -- featuring Chris Poland
"5 Klicks to Hell" -- featuring Gary Hoey
"Surgical Strike" -- featuring The Flyin' Ryan Brothers
"Hunting" -- featuring Chris Poland
"Baghdad" -- featuring Gary Hoey
"Broken Arrow" -- featuring Alex De Rosso
"Sand & Blood" -- featuring Hal Lindes
"Escape Kabul" -- featuring Chuck Loeb
"Freedom" -- featuring Steve Morse


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Wednesday
Aug202014

The Hollies to Mark 50th Anniversary with Three-Disc Compilation

Parlophone RecordsA new three-CD compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the great U.K. pop-rock groups of the 1960s and '70s, The Hollies, will be released on October 21.  50 at Fifty features a career-spanning selection of songs, including the band's many hits, some album gems, a number of concert performances and a brand-new tune recorded by the current Hollies lineup.

Led by singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash and guitarist Tony Hicks, the original Hollies scored such hits as "Look Through Any Window," "Stop Stop Stop," "Bus Stop," "Carrie Anne" and "On a Carousel" during the band's 1960s heyday.  After Nash left to join Crosby, Stills & Nash in late 1968, he was replaced by singer/guitarist Terry Sylvester, with whom the group released some of its most successful singles, including "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" and "The Air That I Breathe."

All of those songs appear on 50 at Fifty, as do a few tunes from 1983's What Goes Around…, which saw Nash reuniting with his old group.  The new track, "Skylarks," was recorded this year and co-written by longtime Hollies drummer Bobby Elliot and the band's current lead singer, Peter Howarth.

"I feel quite privileged to be writing the 50th track on this compilation, which contains some of our best work," says Elliot in a statement.  "I'm in good company with my buddies Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash, who, throughout our career, have written some outstanding Hollies material."  He adds, "'Skylarks' takes us in a new direction -- nothing new for The Hollies.  It's back to our inventive roots in many ways."

The current Hollies, which also features founding member Hicks, will mount a European tour commemorating the golden anniversary starting September 16 in Tampere, Finland.

Here is the complete track list of 50 at Fifty:

Disc One
"(Ain't That) Just Like Me"
"Searchin'"
"Stay"
"Just One Look"
"Here I Go Again"
"We're Through"
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"
"If I Needed Someone"
"I Can't Let Go"
"Bus Stop"
"Pay You Back with Interest"
"Stop! Stop! Stop!"
"On a Carousel"
"Carrie Anne"
"King Midas in Reverse"
"Jennifer Eccles"
"Listen to Me"
"Sorry Suzanne"

Disc Two
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
"I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top"
"Gasoline Alley Bred"
"Hey Willy"
"The Baby"
"Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)"
"Magic Woman Touch"
"The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee"
"The Air That I Breathe"
"Lonely Hobo Lullaby"
"4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"I'm Down"
"There's Always Goodbye"
"Boulder to Birmingham"
"Too Young to Be Married" (Live)
"Daddy Don't Mind"

Disc Three
"Hello to Romance"
"Amnesty"
"Soldiers Song"
"Heartbeat"
"If the Lights Go Out" (First Version)
"Take My Love and Run" (First version)
"Stop in the Name of Love"
"Let Her Go Down"
"Too Many Hearts Get Broken"
"Laughter Turns to Tears"
"So Damn Beautiful"
"On a Carousel" (Live)
"Then, Now Always (Dolphin Days)" (Live)
"Skylarks" (New 2014 Recording)


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Trey Songz Issues Visual for "What's Best for You"

Image Courtesy Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsFollowing the announcement of his tour with Chris Brown, Trey Songz has released the video for his new single, "What's Best for You."

In the clip, which premiered exclusively on his Twitter feed, the singer is torn between two women. At one point, Trey sheds a tear as he reflects on happy memories and watches both of women walk out of his life.

"It’s not about what I want, but it’s all about what you need,” he coos.

The ballad is lifted from his latest album, Trigga, available now.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Nothin' but Buns, Hon, in Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's song "Anaconda" is based on a sample of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," and that's what we're getting, big time, in the newly-released video for the song.

In the clip, Nicki is in the jungle dressed like a native, surrounded by other tribal women on a makeshift bridge, where much twerking commences.  We also see her and some dancers dressed in modern clothing, writhing and dancing suggestively in a plain white room, as well as doing aerobics inside a jungle hut.  At one point, Nicki appears to hosting a cooking show inside the hut, and suggestively eats a banana with whipped cream on it.  She also sprays whipped cream down her cleavage, and also slices a banana with a knife.  Hmm...whatever could she be suggesting?

In another much-hyped scene, Drake is seen seated on a chair, while Nicki crawls over to him and then gives him a lap dance.  That's intercut with scenes of Nicki writhing in a jungle pool in a sexy red bathing suit, rapping about her "big fat a**."  She then struts away from Drake, who bends over and looks unhappy as he watches her leave.

"Anaconda" is the second single taken from Nicki's upcoming disc The Pink Print.  If she performs this song at the MTV VMAs this Sunday, we wouldn't put it past her or MTV to bring in Sir Mix-A-Lot himself to do his parts live.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Jennifer Hudson’s Half-Brother Arrested in Stabbing Incident

Arista RecordsThe half-brother of Jennifer Hudson is facing felony charges after allegedly stabbing a man in Michigan, WWMT.com reported.

Stephen Angelo Simpson, 45, is accused of stabbing a man several times at an apartment complex in South Haven Charter Township early Tuesday and then fleeing the scene.

Police said the victim is the boyfriend of Simpson’s estranged wife. He is expected to recover.

Simpson, who reportedly has a history of domestic violence, is expected to be charged with first-degree home invasion and attempted murder.

Jennifer's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted a few years ago in the 2008 murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Ray J Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Groping, Resisting Arrest

Steven Lawton/WireImageRay J pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of groping a woman and resisting arrest, the New York Daily News reported. The 33-year-old actor-singer was charged last month following a May 30 incident at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Ray J -- whose birth name is William Ray Norwood Jr., the brother of singer and actress Brandy Norwood -- was accused of brushing up against a woman’s backside at the hotel bar. Officers initially let him leave after the touching was determined to be accidental, but Ray J was busted a short time later after allegedly becoming belligerent with hotel staff and spitting on officers. Police said he kicked out a cop car’s window after he was cuffed and put in the back of the cruiser. Ray J told TMZ he kicked out the window in a panic because he became “claustrophobic.” He’s due back in court on August 28.

Ray J appears as a cast member of VH1’s upcoming reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Report Claims Mariah and Nick Are Separating

Dan MacMedan/WireImageA new report is claiming that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are on their way to a breakup.

The New York Post's Page Six reports the couple is separating after six years of marriage, and that they've been "living separately."

One source declares, “He hasn’t been staying at their home,” adding, “He’s been living out of hotels. They’re fighting a lot."

Reportedly, Mariah suspects that Nick has been cheating on her, so much so that she had a security guard look after her hubby while he was in Las Vegas hosting parties earlier this year. An insider claims, “The security guard wasn’t there to keep the girls away from him. It was to keep him away from the girls.”

Mariah and Nick celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in April. They have three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

In May, Nick commented on rumors at the time that the couple was headed for divorce, telling Parade, "You kind of have to ignore it because every week it’s something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you."


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen welcomed Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne and Dan + Shay onstage during his massive beach party concert Monday night at BMI in Nashville.

Taylor Swift has been selected as one of Marie Claire magazine's 20 Women Changing the World. Look for the full story in their September issue.

Faith Hill took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week after receiving a challenge from Reba. She then challenged Nicole Kidman, Rita Wilson and Adam Sandler to take the plunge.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Dustin Lynch Savors the Summertime Success of His Latest Hit, "Where It's At"

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch's live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, "Where It's At." He's never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they're bringing to our shows are the best I've ever felt in my life. I'm having so much fun making music right now."

"Where It's At" is the lead single and title cut from Dustin's upcoming studio album. He's been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin's social media accounts to find out where these events take place.

He says, "It's a fun kind of deal 'cause we leak where we're at last minute. You know, we'll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy's great. It can be from anywhere -- we've had 12 people show up to 200-something."

Most of these Find Where It's At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn't mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.

Dustin says, "It's fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes."

Dustin's new album, Where It's At, comes out September 9.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Trisha Yearwood to Release 12th Studio Album, "PrizeFighter"; New Cookbook Coming Next Spring

Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth's new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, "Your Husband's Cheating on Us" and "I Remember You," at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.

Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, "It's a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it's a message we all need to hear."

Trisha didn't announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday's event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with "She's in Love with the Boy." Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.

"I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can't swing the bat anymore," Trisha says. "It's been 23 years since that first single, and I'm just not ready to stop swinging the bat."

In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She'll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha's Table, in April 2015, and Trisha's own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block This Fall 

Courtesy Julien's AuctionsOver the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.

Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200. 

In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than thirty pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact.  Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.

One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans.  That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.

The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year.  Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.

From November 3 through the 7th, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson Named in "Marie Claire's" "20 Women Changing the World"

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are two powerful entertainers making an impact on the world, according to Marie Claire magazine.

The entertainers are on the magazine's list of "20 Women Changing the World," which highlights female trailblazers that are paving the way for other women. 

Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS.  J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew.  The charity distributes school supplies on Julian's birthday, as well as gifts at Christmastime.

Other famous faces on the list includes Taylor Swift, Shakira, Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria.

Visit MarieClaire.com, or buy the magazine's September issue, to read about all the other women who are changing the world.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Kings of Leon Balance Old and New When Compiling Set List for Live Shows

Image Courtesy Big HassleHaving a deep catalog can be a blessing and a curse for an artist, especially when trying to determine what to play live.  Kings of Leon, who are currently on a brief break from their tour while drummer Nathan Followill recovers from broken ribs sustained in a bus crash, says trying to figure out which songs from their six albums they should play hasn't been easy.

Singer Caleb Followill and bassist Jared Followill tell ABC News Radio they strive to strike a balance between "songs we've played eleventy... billion times," and "songs that we wish we could go up there and play them, and the crowd would be behind 'em, because they're fun for us to play and they show a lot of our energy." 

Of course, the crowd wants to hear the hits, like "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody," and as Jared says, it's the audience's reaction to those hits that keeps those songs fresh for them.  "No matter how much you're not looking forward to playing [the song], when you see the reaction from the crowd...that always makes it a little more exciting," says Jared.

Helping that process, says Caleb, is that he and his brothers change things up, which keeps both fans and the band interested. "You kind of just ad-lib little things here and there, and you get different looks so that makes it feel different and feel cooler," he tells ABC News Radio. "You never know exactly what to do, you just kind of change from tour to tour and see what works and what doesn't." 

Kings of Leon's tour is scheduled to resume August 28 in Holmdel, New Jersey and will continue until at least October.  Here are their remaining dates:

8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
9/3 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/5 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/13 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/24 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/1 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is "Mind-Blowing to Me...It's So Above My Comprehension" 

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking.

In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop.  She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there's like a science to it – they're, like, digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butt's moving. It's mind-blowing to me."

"They were explaining it all to me, and it's so above my comprehension of how to understand your body," she adds.  In the video, Swift is also seen being equally clumsy at ballet, modern dance, cheerleading and other types of movement.

"I'm putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I'm having fun with it, but not fitting in," she says, describing the video's concept. "They're doing the most beautiful things, and I'm being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually, you will."

Expect Taylor to perform "Shake It Off" -- the first single from her new album 1989 -- on this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.  Hopefully, Kanye West won't be in the building.


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