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Monday
Aug242015

Previously Unreleased Nirvana Demo "E-Coli" Surfaces Online

Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnEarlier this month, a batch of previously unreleased Nirvana demos and alternative mixes surfaced online. Now, another new song has emerged.

A demo of a jam titled “E-Coli” hit the Internet over the weekend. The nearly nine-minute recording, which features wailing vocals and screeching guitars, is thought to be from either 1993 or 1994.

The track was uploaded by YouTube user RareNirvana, who claimed that the song was initially posted by an anonymous user on Reddit.

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Monday
Aug242015

Bullet for My Valentine's "Venom" Debuts Atop "Billboard" Hard Rock Albums Chart

RCA RecordsBullet for My Valentine’s Venom has taken hold of the Billboard charts. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart following its August 14 release, making it the band’s third number-one debut on the Hard Rock chart. The album also hit number eight on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck recently told ABC Radio that Venom -- their fifth studio album -- is the “most heaviest and aggressive-sounding record” the band has ever done. It follows their more “commercial” sounding 2013 release, Temper Temper.

"Coming off the back of our, I think, if you want to call it, sort of like most 'commercial' sounding record, straight into our most heaviest and aggressive sounding record, I think it's going to take a lot of people by surprise," Tuck said of the album. "Lyrically, there's a lot of nasty topics on there which aren't very pretty."

The band is currently touring North America with Slipknot and Lamb of God.

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Monday
Aug242015

Paul McCartney Adds Columbus, Ohio, Concert to Fall North American Itinerary

© MJ KimIt looks like Paul McCartney may be putting together a fall North American tour: the ex-Beatle has scheduled a second concert that will take place on the continent in October.  McCartney has revealed that he'll play an October 13 show at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, as part of his ongoing "Out There" tour.

The news comes a few days after Sir Paul announced an October 17 concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  The Columbus gig will be McCartney's first in the city in almost 10 years.

Tickets for the newly-announced show will go on sale to the general public starting Monday, August 31, at 10 a.m. ET.  American Express Card members will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning this Thursday, August 27, at 10 a.m. ET, while fans who are registered with PaulMcCartney.com also can purchase pre-sale tickets starting that day via Macca's website.

As previously reported, tickets for the Toronto concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, August 28, at 11 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.ca.  Fans who are registered with PaulMcCartney.com by 8 a.m. ET this Monday, August 24, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets that day through the website, while American Express Card members can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, August 25, at 10 a.m. ET.

A message posted on PaulMcCartney.com suggests fans keep checking the website "for further announcements."

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Monday
Aug242015

Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Inspired by Visit to Michael Jackson's Childhood Home

Epic RecordsOn a rare day off from their non-stop schedule, Fifth Harmony got the chance to tour Michael Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana, and Camila Cabello tweeted about the profound impact the visit had on her.

"yesterday in Indiana we got to walk inside the same house Michael Jackson grew up in. needless to say i burst into tears," the singer tweeted. "made me think of so many talented kids in small towns that don't think they have a real shot at their dreams because of the circumstances."

Camila, who was born in Cuba, added that she herself felt like one of those kids.  "i know because i came from a completely different country and i thought i didn't have a shot- no money, no connections, no hope, nothing," she wrote.

The takeaway?  "whether you come from Havana, Cuba, or Miami, or Texas, or LA, or Gary, indiana, you can be who you want to be if you work hard enough," wrote Camila.

It was The X Factor, of course, which gave Camila the shot that she needed to make it to the big time.

Camila's bandmate, Ally Brooke Hernandez, also tweeted about the visit to the small house, describing it as "one of the most surreal, chilling, & beautiful experiences."

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Monday
Aug242015

Kelis Is Pregnant with Her Second Child

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Kelis has been hiding a big secret: she's pregnant with her second child.

The singer revealed the news by showing off her baby bump in a pink dress while performing at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn over the weekend.

"She is really excited about her pregnancy," a source tells E! News. "She has a great support system from her family and friends. She is in really amazing spirits."

The source adds Kelis is going to continue performing for spot dates.  "She had a great time at Afropunk this weekend and will continue to perform as long as she feels good," adds the source. "She is several months along and feeling great."

Back in 2009, Kelis gave birth to her son Knight with ex-husband Nas.

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Monday
Aug242015

Selena Gomez Talks Bieber, Purity Rings & Taylor in Revealing New Interview 

Image Group LA/ABCIn an interview with London's Sunday Times, Selena Gomez is opening up about her past relationship with Justin Bieber, her relationship with Taylor Swift  and the fate of the purity ring she donned when she was 13.

While Selena has moved on from Justin, she realizes that it's hard to for people mention her without also mentioning him.  "It’s difficult for people to separate us. The Internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it," she says.  Of the scrutiny their relationship was constantly under, Selena says, "I didn’t think I was doing anything bad by falling in love. There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press."

She adds, "Also throw in the fact that you are a teenager -- it makes it more difficult. The next relationship will be something dear to me. There is no way I will ever hide my life.” 

As for her current romantic status, the singer says she's "dating," but is too busy "working my butt off" to get involved in anything serious.

Selena, who turned 23 last July, also touches on her past relationship with Nick Jonas, her first boyfriend.  When they were together, they both wore purity rings. “I’m not embarrassed to say that. I’m also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off," she admits.  "I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn’t for everyone.”

The "Good for You" singer says she stays grounded thanks to pals like Taylor Swift.  "I can count on one hand the people I could call and who would be there for me. Taylor is one of the greatest people," she says. "When I split up with...[Nick] and I was really sad about it, she flew into town with homemade cookies and a bunch of junk food. To this day, if I called her, she would do the same thing, despite being one of the busiest people in the world.”

While Selena's in a good place professionally now, thanks to her upcoming album, Revival, she says fame remains sometimes difficult for her to navigate.

“Some days I wake up and I hate it. I wish I were never in the spotlight," she says. "Then I say, ‘This is a life I chose.’ I work really hard, I love my job more than anything. It goes back and forth.”

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Monday
Aug242015

Are Drake and Serena Williams Dating?

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Serena Williams may have been the reason why her ex-boyfriend Common had a beef with Drake last year, but it seems the tennis star and Drizzy may be hooking up nonetheless.

Shortly after Williams won the Cincinnati WTA masters on Sunday, she was photographed going out to dinner with Drake at an Italian restaurant Sotto in downtown Cincinanati. Sources tell TMZ Sports the rumored couple were hugging and kissing in their private section as patrons looked on. 

Their dinner photos come a month after Drake was spotted cheering for Serena at Wimbledon back in July. The rapper later wrote a congratulatory message on Instagram: "Showtime Champ. A big plate for all that food you ate at Wimbledon!"

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Monday
Aug242015

Hey Taylor, Need a Loan? Calvin Harris Earned $66 Million Last Year

Columbia RecordsIf Taylor Swift ever runs out of money -- as if -- she can always borrow a couple million from her boyfriend.  For the second year in a row, Calvin Harris tops Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid deejays, raking in $66 million.

In fact, Harris out-earned the #2 guy on Forbes' Electronic Cash Kings list, David Guetta, by nearly double.  It's hard to believe that just ten years ago, Calvin was working as a supermarket stock boy.  Not only does Harris rake in the bucks for individual shows, but he also gets paid a boatload for his club and festival appearances.  In addition, he has seven-figure endorsement deals with Armani and other companies, and on top of that, he writes, performs and produces his own hits -- his latest is "How Deep Is Your Love."

Guetta comes in second with earnings of $37 million, thanks to shows in Las Vegas and Ibiza, Spain, and his mainstream pop hits, like his latest, "Hey Mama," with Nicki MinajTiësto comes in at #3 with earnings of $36 million, thanks to endorsements and heavy touring.  Skrillex and Steve Aoki are tied at #4 with $24 million each, while Avicii comes in next with $19 million.

Rounding out the top 10: Kaskade, with $18 million, Martin Garrix and Zedd, both tied at $17 million, and Afrojack, with $16 million.  Diplo, who currently has two big hits on the charts -- "Lean On" with Major Lazer and "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber and Skrillex --  just misses the top 10 with earnings of $15 million.

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Monday
Aug242015

Celine Dion Says Her Ailing Husband Wants to Die in Her Arms

Denise TruscelloCeline Dion returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on August 27, but she says her thoughts will be with her husband Rene Angelil, whose failing health nearly prevented her from taking the stage again.

"I didn't want to be here at first, I don't need it. Don't get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities," Celine tells USA Today.  "But René really gave me a gift," she says. "All my grieving, it was during this last year. I think I've got this. For now. When it hits me, it's going to hit me. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, 'We're fine. I'll take care of our kids. You'll watch us from another spot.'"

Celine says Rene -- who has needed to be fed intravenously for the past two years -- says he wants her to continue working, but he's also ambivalent about it.  "He wants me to do this, do the show, do the interviews. But he freaks when I'm not home with him, too," she admits. 

While doctors won't say how long Angelil has to live, the prognosis is evidently not good.  According to Celine, he's given her all the details of what he wants for his funeral service. 

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"René says to me, 'I want to die in your arms.' OK, fine, I'll be there, you'll die in my arms," she says.

Celine says she's not sure if Angelil will attend her Thursday show, but if he can't he'll watch her on a live feed from their Las Vegas home.

"That first show, it will be fragile," she tells USA Today.  "There will be moments. Of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up. But that's the point of coming back -- otherwise, I just release an album."

Monday
Aug242015

The Weeknd Debuts New Video for "Tell Your Friends"

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Fresh from headlining the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, The Weeknd has released the video for "Tell Your Friends," the newest single from his upcoming album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

The clip for the song, produced by Kanye West, opens with the singer being buried alive with a plastic bag around his head. As the camera tilts up, we see The Weeknd dressed in all black and walking through the desert before shooting the same old woman who appeared in his visual for "The Hills." As he pulls off in his car, a clip of the album's intro,"Real Life," is played at the end.

Beauty Behind The Madness arrives in stores on Friday, August 28.

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Monday
Aug242015

Chris Young Adds Nashville Date to I'm Comin' Over World Tour

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young has added a Nashville stop to his I'm Comin' Over World Tour 2015. The show is set for September 30 at Ascend Amphitheater with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Cam.

Chris will have plenty of family and friends in the audience for the Nashville show since he grew up just down the road in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28 through Ticketmaster.

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Monday
Aug242015

Chris Brown Announces New Album, "Royalty"

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In case you missed it, Chris Brown has announced the title of his next album.

The singer revealed the title of his seventh album via Twitter: Royalty, named after his 15-month-old daughter.

The set, which will serve as the follow-up to 2014’s X, is expected to arrive this fall.

While he continues his One Hell of a Nite tour, Brown is gearing up to release the video for his lead single, "Liquor," which was recently shot in Los Angeles.

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Monday
Aug242015

Frankie Ballard Scores Third Consecutive #1 Hit with "Young & Crazy"

Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Frankie Ballard on scoring his third consecutive #1 hit with "Young & Crazy." The track follows up his previous chart-toppers "Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey." All songs are included on Frankie's current album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

Frankie says of the big achievement, "I couldn't have asked for more out of this album or my fans. It has been so much fun playing it for you on the road these past months. Thank you to all the people who make country radio possible. My spirit is celebrating today!"

Frankie is currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour. He'll join Randy Houser on the We Went tour in November.

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Monday
Aug242015

Luke Bryan Taps Chris Janson and Sam Hunt as Special Guests for Farm Tour 2015

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has lined up Chris Janson and Sam Hunt as special guests on select dates for his Farm Tour 2015. The trek kicks off September 30 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and wraps up October 10 in Valdosta, Georgia.

Look for Chris to perform on all dates. He says, "I grew up in a small town like the places the tour hits and I could not be more excited to be included. I love Luke Bryan, and am extra excited to be hitting South Georgia on the tour. We’re gonna be in my wife's hometown!”

Luke's Farm Tour raises scholarship money for children of farmers living and working in each city on the trek. Go to LukeBryan.com/FarmTour for full details.

Here are Luke's 2015 Farm Tour dates:

9/30 -- Fort Wayne, IN
10/1 -- Lexington, Ky
10/2 -- Knoxville, TN
10/3 -- Columbia, SC
10/7 -- Starkville, MS
10/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL
10/9 -- Macon, GA
10/10 -- Valdosta, GA

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Monday
Aug242015

Toby Keith to Perform on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Premiere Week

Show DogToby Keith has signed on to perform during the premiere week of CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The first episode airs Tuesday, September 8 with George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush as the first guests. Toby will appear on Thursday, September 10.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air weeknights at 11:35pm ET on CBS.  Colbert is, of course, replacing David Letterman, who signed off earlier this year.

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Monday
Aug242015

Taylor Swift to Premiere "Wildest Dreams" Video This Sunday 

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift debuted her star-studded video for "Bad Blood" the night of the Billboard Music Awards, and now her new video, "Wildest Dreams" will premiere Sunday, the night of the MTV VMAs.  Specifically, you'll be able to catch it during the VMA pre-show, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.

The star posted a brief preview of the clip on Twitter, writing, "Wildest Dreams music video preview. Full video debuts VMA night. Get ready."

The clip is a quick montage of shots of an eye, horses running, zebras running across the plains, a bird flying, Taylor and a guy locked in a passionate embrace, and an old-fashioned biplane flying.  The clip seems like it'll resemble a mini-movie with an exotic setting. Stay tuned.

 

 

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Monday
Aug242015

Metallica's Set at UK's Reading and Leeds Will Be "Mind-Blowing," Says Producer

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica's headlining sets at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals are coming up this weekend, and Dick Tee, head of production for the main stage at Reading, is divulging a few secrets.

"It’s going to be mind-blowing," he told KERRANG! "Currently, we’re looking at something like 400m2 [400 square meters] of LED onstage -- at least 100% more than any other act -- so it’s a phenomenal visual sight."

The band is upping their concert game, Tee said, by adding plenty of special effects, including lasers and pyrotechnics, and extending the front of the concert stage.

"Within that they’ve got stage risers for the band to run up and down on, play on, and to accommodate some special guests you’ll find out about," he said.

Tee said he is expecting 18 trucks worth of equipment "purely for Metallica."  "I spent 20 years as Head Of Production at Glastonbury and worked most of the major festivals, and without a doubt this is probably the largest individual artist production I’ve ever dealt with," he said.

The Reading and Leeds Festivals kick  off next weekend with Mumford and Sons, alt-J, Bastille, All Time Low, Panic at the Disco, and New Found Glory playing Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday.  Metallica, Royal Blood, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Wolf Alice headline Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday.  The Libertines, The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! and AWOLNATION are at Reading on Sunday and Leeds on Friday.

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Monday
Aug242015

Metallica's Sets at UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals Will Be "Mind-Blowing," Says Producer

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica's headlining sets at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals are coming up this weekend, and Dick Tee, head of production for the main stage at Reading, is divulging a few secrets.

"It’s going to be mind-blowing," he told Kerrang!  "Currently, we’re looking at something like [400 square meters] of LED onstage -- at least 100 percent more than any other act -- so it's a phenomenal visual sight."

The band is upping its concert game, Tee said, by adding plenty of special effects, including lasers and pyrotechnics, and extending the front of the concert stage.

"Within that they've got stage risers for the band to run up and down on, play on, and to accommodate some special guests you’ll find out about," he said.

Tee said he is expecting 18 trucks worth of equipment "purely for Metallica."  He added, "I spent 20 years as Head of Production at Glastonbury and worked most of the major festivals, and without a doubt this is probably the largest individual artist production I've ever dealt with."

The Reading and Leeds Festivals run from this Friday, August 28, through Sunday, August 30.  Metallica will headline Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday.

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Monday
Aug242015

Darlene Love Says She Was Thrilled That Bruce Springsteen Wrote Songs for Her New Album

PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsLegendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love's upcoming album, Introducing Darlene Love, is packed with tunes penned by some of the world's most renowned songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry and the husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.  Love tells Rolling Stone that she was especially excited when she learned that that Springsteen was contributing to her album.

"When I first heard he was writing for me, I was like, 'Oh, my God!  We'll have a song from Bruce!  I can't wait!'" she recalls.  As it turned out, The Boss wound up submitting two tunes to the project -- "Night Closing In" and "Just Another Lonely Mile."

"When they came in, I just loved them," Darlene tells the magazine.  "I listened to them, put them into my mind and made them Darlene Love songs."

Springsteen's involvement came about because of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who produced and arranged Introducing Darlene Love.  Van Zandt says he pushed the various songsmiths who participated in the album to promptly come up with material worthy of Love's powerful voice.

"I said to them, 'I want big.  I want horns and strings.  Her voice wants that,'" Van Zandt tells Rolling Stone.  "And I told them we weren't waiting, so I gave them a month or two."

Steven reveals that one of the most enthusiastic artists tapped to write for Darlene was Costello, whom, he says,  "jumped in like a mother*****.  He sent me four songs within a day."  Two of Costello's compositions ended up on the final track list, including the record's lead single, "Forbidden Nights."

Love first came to fame as one of the main voices of producer Phil Spector's classic "Wall of Sound" recordings during the early and mid 1960s, and she was reintroduced to many fans thanks to her appearance in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.  Darlene tells Rolling Stone that the movie, which focuses on a variety of unsung backing vocalists, has helped jump-start her career and laid the groundwork for the new album.

"[Before the film], some people didn't even realize there was a Darlene Love," she maintains.  "They thought I was a figment of Phil Spector's imagination.  Before the movie, we were doing 1,200 seaters, and now we're doing 3,000 seaters.  But I want young people to know who Darlene Love is.  I have a story to tell them."

Love will celebrate the album's September 18 release by playing a special concert with Van Zandt on September 12 at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  The town, of course, is famous for being one of Springsteen's favorite haunts, so is there a chance that Bruce might make an appearance?

"We'd never announce anything like that because that means I still need help to sell tickets," Darlene tells Rolling Stone.  "This is my show.  If anyone shows up, it'll be a surprise."

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Monday
Aug242015

Tinashe Is Working on "Records that Feel Good," Says Producer

Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldTinashe is making progress with her upcoming, sophomore album. Aside from working with confirmed producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke on the project, she's also working with Diplo who is spilling new details on what fans can expect.

In an interview with Time, the hitmaker reveals that one song he recorded with the "2 On" singer will be out by the end of the summer.

"We’re giving her records that feel good," he says of her new material. "She’s beautiful, she can sing really well, she can dance and she lives right by my studio in Burbank, so it’s not hard to track her down. I really want to do more with her -- I really believe in her as an artist."

He adds that her songs cater to her a wide fanbase. "She’s also an international act -- she tours all through Europe, she goes to Africa, she goes to Asia -- and when she performs live, she wants to keep it uptempo," he says.

You can expect Tinashe's sophomore album to arrive later this year.

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