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Wednesday
Feb032016

Ariana Grande Releasing First Fashion Line for UK Brand

Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande made her mark on the beauty industry by releasing her own fragrance and collaborating with MAC Viva Glam on a lipstick line. Now, she’s stepping into the fashion world. The singer has collaborated with British brand Lipsy London on her very first clothing line.

Lipsy London confirms the Ariana for Lipsy spring collection will be available online at Lipsy.com and in U.K. stores beginning March 2. Photos on the Lipsy Instagram and Twitter pages show Ariana modeling one of the designs -- a pink, blue and white floral strapless dress.

“My babes are gonna love this. thank you so much,” Ariana tweeted at Lipsy after the collab was revealed, referring to her fans.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Selena Gomez Says She’s “So Done” with Justin Bieber (Again); Talks Miley “Feud”

Steven Klein for W magazineSelena Gomez has vowed she’s done talking about Justin Bieber, but it seems she just can’t escape questions about her ex-boyfriend. In a new cover story with W magazine, Selena opens up about the media scrutiny surrounding their former relationship.

“At first I didn’t care,” she says. “To me it was: I’m 18, I have a boyfriend, we look cute together, we like that. Then I got my heart broken and I cared. Because people had no idea what was going on, but everywhere it was a million different things. I was kind of in a corner, banging my head against the wall. I didn’t know where to go.”

Now, she says despite Justin’s pleas of forgiveness on his album Purpose, she’s completely over it. “I’m so exhausted,” she says. “I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”

And as for those rumors that she had a teenage feud with fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus? Selena says those tales have been grossly exaggerated. “We never feuded,” she says. “We both liked the same guy when we were 16. It was just a Hilary DuffLindsay Lohan thing: ‘Oh, my God, we like the same boy!’ We are now completely settled in our own lives.”

The boy in question is likely Nick Jonas, whom they both dated. Hilary and Lindsay both infamously dated Aaron Carter.

Selena and Miley were able to move on from their shared crush, as well as their Disney past. “Every single girl has done it completely differently,” Selena says of making the career transition. “Obviously, [Miley] wouldn’t want to be doing what I’m doing, and I wouldn’t want to be doing what she’s doing. But I’m a fan of her music -- I don’t know if she’d say that about me.”

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Black Stone Cherry Dives Underwater for "In Our Dreams" Video

Credit: Rob FennIn the opening line of Black Stone Cherry's new single "In Our Dreams," frontman Chris Robertson wonders what would happen "if the world fell into the sea." For the newly released "In Our Dreams" video, the band completes that thought, showing a dystopic underwater society on the eve of revolt.

"In Our Dreams" is the first official single from Black Stone Cherry's forthcoming album, Kentucky, which will be released April 1.

Black Stone Cherry is currently touring the U.K. in support of Kentucky on the Carnival of Madness tour alongside Halestorm, Shinedown and Highly Suspect. They'll return to the U.S. in May to play the Carolina Rebellion music festival.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Charles Kelley Reveals False Alarm, Says He Has "Gut Feeling" His Son Will Be Here Within the Week

Capitol NashvilleThough his first child isn't officially due until later this month, Charles Kelley tells ABC Radio he and his wife Cassie believed they were becoming parents on Tuesday, just hours before his Wednesday morning appearance on Good Morning America.

"I'll go ahead and reveal that we thought it might be happening yesterday, before we were coming here," he revealed backstage at GMA. "My wife went in for an appointment, and they were like 'Uh-oh! I might be having contractions, I don't know. It might just be...' What are these things called? Braxton Hicks or whatever. It's like fake contractions or whatever. But she was in a lot of pain and so, we go and they said 'No, you know, go home. You're all right.' So Cassie gave me the go-ahead to come fly to New York and we definitely have a plane on standby if we need it, cause I am not missing the birth of this first baby."

Since Charles' song "The Driver" is up for a Grammy, Cassie had previously insisted that the father-to-be attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, even though the February 15 ceremony is just days before her due date. But now, that's all changed.

"That is off the table now. She did tell me that -- this was about a month ago. She was like, 'I really want you to go. This is a big moment.' You know, having my first solo single nominated. She said, 'I don't want you to miss this.' And then last week, she goes 'I just don't think I'm going to be able to handle it.'"

Even though Lady Antebellum is currently on hiatus, Charles was set to reunite with band mates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood to pay tribute to Lionel Richie at the MusiCares event the Saturday before the Grammys. Now, that's off the table as well, mainly because Charles is thinking he'll already be changing diapers and rocking his newborn son by then.

"I have a gut feeling that she's going to be having this baby within the week," he predicts. "And so...I don't want to take any chances. And we didn't want to get so far down the line too where I would have to cancel the day of or before. And so I think they appreciated the heads up. But it broke my heart. I actually need to send a note to Lionel and just tell him what it meant to me to even be asked."  

Charles went on to reveal Lady A had planned to do "Endless Love" at the tribute, adding "It would've been epic!"

As the soon-to-be first-time dad turns his attention to other epic events in his life, his debut solo album is also on the way. While we don't know exactly when baby Kelley will arrive, we do know The Driver will be here on Friday.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Phil Anselmo's Down Cut from Dutch Festival

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesThe FortaRock festival in The Netherlands has dropped Phil Anselmo's band Down from its lineup, following an incident in which Anslemo gave the Nazi salute and yelled "white power" during his performance at Dimebash, a "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott tribute concert, last month.

"After the recent outbursts by singer Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event in the US, his band Down is no longer welcome at FortaRock," the festival organizers write on Facebook.

"There has been close consultation between all parties [in] recent days, since we wanted to make a well informed decision," the statement continues. "On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act. We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism at FortaRock."

Many members of the metal community have denounced Anselmo's behavior, including Anthrax's Scott Ian, who advised that Anselmo make a donation to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization. Since the incident, Anselmo has issued an apology video, in which he says he's "1000 per cent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what I said."

FortaRock will take place June 4-5 and will feature performances by Volbeat, Disturbed and Megadeth.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Rihanna Confirmed to Perform at 2016 BRIT Awards 

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Rihanna has been named the latest performer at this year’s BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Organizers announced via Twitter that Ri Ri will join a star-studded lineup already consisting of The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and more. It will serve as Rihanna's her first appearance at the Brit Awards since taking the stage back in 2012 to perform “We Found Love,” where she also won the award for International Female Solo Artist.

The ceremony will see  Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, and Naughty Boy's Beyonce-assisted "Runnin' (Lose It All)," vying for awards in their respective categories.

The Brit Awards will take place at London’s O2 Arena February 24.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Kanye West Confirms Twitter Feud with Wiz Khalifa Is Over 

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Shortly after Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian posed for and posted a photo together, Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West have resolved their recent Twitter beef.

On Tuesday, Kanye informed his fans that he's no longer feuding with Wiz after misinterpreting the brand of Khalifa's weed that bore the initials of Kanye’s wife. 

"Me and Wiz spoke yesterday," West tweeted. "Great convo. All positive."

For his part, Kanye has already deleted the bulk of his related tweets, except the one in which he claimed to be the reason Wiz to lost two million followers after Kanye "eithered" him.

In related news, Wiz is releasing his brand-new sixth studio album, Khalifa, on Friday, while Kanye's Waves is due out February 11.

 

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Thomas Rhett Invites Fans to Try on His "T-Shirt"

ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett is hoping you’ll try on his “T-Shirt,” as he releases the follow-up to “Die a Happy Man,” the  monster hit that spent six weeks at number one. The new single is a song Thomas has quite a history with, and one he says is already a hit on tour.

“I have wanted to put [“T-Shirt”] out since my first record,” he reveals. “Everyone has been in that fun ‘honeymoon’ phase of dating, which is what this song is all about. It’s already a staple in our set each night -- the fans got into it as soon as we added it and it’s just one of those I let loose on and have a good time.”

These days, Thomas is having a good time on Jason Aldean’s We Were Her Tour. Thursday, the boys play Southaven, Mississippi, before continuing on to Oklahoma City and Columbia, Missouri on Friday and Saturday.

“T-Shirt” is the third single from Thomas’s ACM-nominated album, Tangled Up. He’s up for Single Record of the Year for his fifth number-one in a row, “Die a Happy Man.” He also has a shot at taking home the New Male Vocalist trophy at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 in Las Vegas.

You can check out the "Instant Grat" video Thomas Rhett shot for "T-Shirt" last year before his album's release on YouTube now.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho holds the record for the most wins as the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER:  Garth Brooks, who won every year from 1990-1993 and then again in 1997 and 1998.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Foreigner to Release First Live Acoustic Album, "In Concert.Unplugged," on Friday

Trigger ProductionsForeigner's first-ever live acoustic album, titled In Concert.Unplugged, will be released this Friday, February 5, exclusively via Amazon. The 11-track collection features renditions of many of the band's best-known tunes, recorded at an August 2015 fundraiser held at Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit.

The group's royalties from the album's sales will be donated to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Amazon is offering a special pre-order deal for the record now.

Among the classic Foreigner tunes featured on In Concert.Unplugged are "Double Vision," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Cold as Ice," "Feels Like the First Time," "Juke Box Hero," and "I Want to Know What Love Is." The band will celebrate the album's arrival with a performance on NBC's Today show Thursday, February 11.  The group also will announce their 2016 tour plans during their appearance on the morning program.

In addition, Foreigner has lined up a special series of acoustic shows in conjunction with the release In Concert.Unplugged, running from a February 11 concert in Westbury, New York, through a February 20 performance in Jacksonville, Florida. The band also has more than 30 other North American headlining dates on its 2016 itinerary.

Here's the full track list for In Concert.Unplugged:

"Double Vision"
"Say You Will"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"When It Comes to Love"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"Dirty White Boy"
"Cold as Ice"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Juke Box Hero"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"
"Hot Blooded" (bonus track)

And here's a complete list of Foreigner's confirmed North American tour dates, according to ForeignerOnline.com:

2/11 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury*
2/13 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre*
2/14 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC*
2/15 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
2/17 -- New York, NY, Lincoln Center -- Appel Room*
2/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Capital Theatre*
2/20 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre*
3/1 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
3/2 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
3/4 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Arena
3/5 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Arena
3/11 -- Dania Beach, FL, Stage 954 -- Casino at Dania Beach
3/12 -- Miami, FL, MCC Amphitheatre -- Magic City Casino
4/1 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
4/2 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
4/7 -- Windsor, ON,Canada, Colosseum at Caesar's Windsor
4/8 -- New Buffalo, MI, Silver Creek Event Center
4/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
4/10 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena
4/14 -- Mayetta, KS, Great Lakes Ballroom -- Prairie Band
4/15 -- Mayetta, KS, Great Lakes Ballroom -- Prairie Band
4/16 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Arena
4/21 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
4/22 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino
4/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live
4/28 -- Schenectady, NY, Proctors Theatre
4/29 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
4/30 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
5/1 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
5/5 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
5/6 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
5/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
5/8 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
5/28 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino Bluesville
7/1 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall
7/2 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort Casino
7/15 -- Manchester, IA, Delaware County Fair
7/16 -- Hampton, IA, Franklin County Fair
7/24 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion

* = acoustic show.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

AWOLNATION, Evanescence Added to Moonstone Music Festival Lineup

ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION and Evanescence have both been added to the inaugural Moonstone Music Festival lineup. Other additions to the Florida festival include Buckcherry, Best Coast and Queensryche.

Evanescence's Moonstone set is their first scheduled show of 2016. The band reunited for a trio of U.S. shows in 2015 after a three-year hiatus. They also played last year's Ozzfest Japan.

The 2016 Moonstone Music Festival will be held April 30 to May 1 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The lineup includes KISS, Def Leppard, Wolf Alice, Scott Stapp and Kansas.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Disclosure Schedules Spring Headlining Tour

Capitol Music GroupDisclosure has announced a spring headlining tour. The outing will begin with two shows in Mexico on April 6 and 8, followed by a batch of U.S. headlining dates in May. Visit DisclosureOfficial.com for all ticket info.

In between the headlining shows, Disclosure will play the Ceremonia Festival in Mexico City and both weekends of Coachella. The electronic duo also is scheduled to appear at the Sasquatch!, Boston Calling and Firefly festivals this summer.

Disclosure will be touring in support of their sophomore album, Caracal, which features their collaboration with Lorde, "Magnets."

Here are Disclosure's headlining tour dates:

4/6 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Auditorio Banamex
4/8 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
5/10 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
5/12 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
5/13 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
5/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads
5/17 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/18 -- Magna, UT, The Great Saltair
5/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
5/25 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheater

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Seal Sings with "Super Bowl Babies" in Super Bowl 50 Commercial 

ABC/Randy HolmesSeal is putting a new spin on his song “Kiss from a Rose” with the help of some Super Bowl babies in a new ad to commemorate the big game’s 50th anniversary.

The commercial features a choir of kids and adults, who were apparently conceived the night their parents’ home teams won the Super Bowl. They change the words to “Kiss from a Rose” to explain the “Super Bowl baby” phenomenon.

“We’re all babies/It all happened on the night that a Super Bowl was played/Ooh that’s why we’re here singing this sweet serenade,” they sing.

Seal adds his own vocals while standing on a hill overlooking San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.  

“Honored a song I released in 1994 has inspired the 2016 @NFL Super Bowl commercial celebrating 50 years!” the singer tweeted.

Super Bowl 50 airs live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Denver Broncos are playing the Carolina Panthers.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

DNCE to Perform at Model Volleyball Tournament

ABC/Image Group LAFresh off their guest appearance on Grease: Live! over the weekend, DNCE has lined up a gig at a Miami Beach charity volleyball game later this month. According to Billboard, Joe Jonas’ band will be playing at the LeSutra Model Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Irie Foundation for at-risk youth.

Joe hints to Billboard that the performance of their hit “Cake by the Ocean” might actually involve some real dessert, mimicking the song's music video. "We will literally bring cake to the ocean," Joe says.

DNCE will perform on Sunday, February 21, the second day of the tournament. As the name of the event suggests, the volleyball players will be a mix of male and female professional models. It’s free and open to the public, but VIP tickets can also be purchased.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Chrisette Michele Remixes Tory Lanez Hit Single, "Say It" 

Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty ImagesSevyn Streeter isn't the only R&B diva out here flipping hit songs.   Chrisette Michele has surprised fans with her rendition of the Tory Lanez hit single, "Say It," which will be featured on Chrisette’s upcoming mixtape, Steady Gang Mix.

In the song,  posted on her official SoundCloud page, Chrisette slightly altered the lyrics to Tory's tune, which samples Brownstone’s classic "If You Love Me." At one point, Michele even incorporates the hook to Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place."

"Love this record SO I REMIXED IT!" tweeted Michele, who will release Steady Gang Mix February 27.

Meanwhile, Tory's track has dominated Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart. The singer told the publication how he feels about the success. "Basically, this is the first song I created after being signed to Interscope. So for this to be the first record to pop...it's actually the first time for a lot of things," he says. "Everything has been fairly new. I just take it day by day -- I know the record is big, and I hope it continues to grow."

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Blizzard of Schnozz: Ozzy's Sinusitis Postpones Another Sabbath Concert Date

Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty ImageBlack Sabbath's concert date on Wednesday night in Vancouver, Canada has been postponed, another casualty of Ozzy Osbourne's bout with "extreme sinusitis."

The announcement was made Tuesday evening on the legendary band's website and Facebook page, both of which note the show at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver will be rescheduled.

The illness already forced the postponement of the two previous Canadian dates on Sabbath's The End farewell tour: this past Saturday's show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, and a concert that was to have taken place Monday night at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. Like Wednesday night's show, rescheduling information will be announced as soon as it's available.

The End tour kicked off on January 20 in Omaha, Nebraska.  This leg of the trek will wind down with a February 27 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Black Sabbath will return to North America for another leg that's scheduled to launch August 17 in Wantagh, New York, and run through a September 21 concert in Phoenix. In addition, the band will perform a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand in April, and has a European leg plotted for June and July.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

What Adam Levine Learned from R. City

Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesR. City recorded their hit "Locked Away" with Adam Levine, but did it without actually meeting him.  Adam also appeared in the video for the song, but he filmed his parts separately, so the duo still didn't get to meet him.  But when Theron and Timothy Thomas -- the brothers who make up R. City -- finally did meet Adam last year, they managed to show him a thing or two.

"You know, we [met] Adam Levine in Melbourne, Australia, we performed with him in front of thousands of people, it was amazing," Theron says, referring to the fact that the duo joined Maroon 5 on tour Down Under last year.  "And then we [taught] him to ride one of those hoverboards."  And, as Theron notes, Adam soon got the hang of it...a little quicker than they might have wanted him to.

"I just think Adam Levine [is] good at everything," Theron laughs. "Because literally, he had it down on the first try, and it took me, like, a week to learn how to do it!"

While Adam's vocals on the hook of "Locked Away" helped the song become a hit, Theron and Timothy -- who are currently doing a series of headline dates through the end of February -- say people are finally starting to connect them with the song.

"Definitely, man, I think we go places now and we’ve been getting recognized more and more -- you know, a couple of TV appearances, a couple of things...it’s been overwhelming and it’s been a blessing," Theron tells ABC Radio. "We're excited to go places, like, 'Yo, you’re those guys!' So yeah, [it's] definitely been awesome."  

R. City will get the chance to do more hoverboarding with Adam this fall, as they join Maroon 5 on tour; Tove Lo is also on the bill.  Their tour kicks off in September in San Antonio, TX.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Coldplay's Chris Martin Honors David Bowie During "Carpool Karaoke"

Darren Michaels/CBSIn the latest edition of the Late Late Show's "Carpool Karaoke" Tuesday night, Coldplay's Chris Martin joined host James Corden on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, where Coldplay will perform during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show.

The frontman was first shown standing on the side of the road, trying to hitchhike his way to the Big Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. 

During the trip, Martin revealed he was a big fan of the late David Bowie, joining Corden for a car-bound chorus of the legendary rocker's song, "Heroes." 

"Great song...Thanks Dave," Chris mused afterwards. Bowie died of cancer January 10 at the age of 69.

Martin also rattles off a few more of the artists he looks up to in music, including Bruce Springsteen, U2, and and the star of last year's Super Bowl halftime show, Bruno Mars, of whom Corden said, "No one will ever come close to doing what he did at that Super Bowl halftime show."

"Very difficult to match that," agrees Chris.

Martin also discussed his band's name, which Martin notes was called Starfish "for one concert."

Martin rattled off some other "cool" names, like Adele and Beyoncé, admitting that, "If you say 'The Cold,' no one's thinking Coldplay -- yet."

Corden tried to gently disabuse Martin of that notion, explaining nobody would ever think of "the cold" as his band, as it's too commonly used to describe temperature, or the common malady.  

Speaking of Beyoncé, Coldplay's latest album, "A Head Full of Dreams," features an appearance from Beyonce on the song, "Hymn for the Weekend," which Martin and Corden also tried their best to sing.

Corden sang the wrong words to the chorus of Coldplay's "When I Ruled the World," drawing some razzing from Martin, who corrected the late-night host before moving on. At issue: the lyric, "I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing," which isn't, "a few cherished little bells are ringing," as Corden believed. 

Other songs they tackled together were Coldplay's "Yellow," "Paradise" and "Fix Me."

The bit also featured the pair spooning together at a motel, waking to find their car had been stolen, forcing them to complete the trip to Levi's Stadium on a tandem bike.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Cam Calls "Mayday" as Her Follow-Up to "Burning House"

Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsHow do you follow up one of the most-talked-about songs of the year that's already been nominated for a Grammy and an ACM Award? Thanks to feedback from her fans, Cam says it was much easier deciding on the successor to her breakthrough hit, "Burning House."

"["Mayday"] is a lot of people's favorite song, actually. It's got a really cool drum beat to it, which I programmed in the beginning," she says proudly. "But now it's real drums on it."

Cam's new single has its roots in a period of time when she moved to the Northwest, and was actually started by her co-writer, Tyler Johnson.

"I moved to Portland for about six months with my best friends before I started on this whole journey," she recalls. "Because I was like, 'I know I need to work on my chops and write, but I know I can hang out with my friends in the meantime.' Tyler started that song about an old relationship and then handed it to me, and in the verses you'll hear kind of this run-on sentence," she says, breaking into song. "'You are overbearing, I'm not in love, but I don't want to tell you.'  And it's like these different ideas, and it really is like this internal monologue because Tyler thought some of these things, and then I added on."

The 31-year-old says like many of the songs on her debut album Untamed, "Mayday" was inspired by things she's learned in the past decade.

"It's just sort of this back and forth in your mind about, 'Why are you still in this relationship?' And you kind of are playing the victim, calling out 'Mayday,' but really it takes two people to be in this relationship. You have to learn how to not be afraid of being alone, and these are all things that I learned in my twenties."

So far, Cam's life lessons are reaping big dividends. Just this week, she was nominated for four trophies at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Three of those are for "Burning House"-- Video of the Year, and nods as both producer and artist in the Single Record of the Year category. She's also in the running for New Female Vocalist.

You can watch Cam's live performance of her new single "Mayday" at The Year in Vevo online now.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEven though Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz has used his song "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" during his campaign, Aaron Tippin says he's not endorsing any candidate, but he's "proud that my song still resonates so loudly in America."

Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams is postponing his 2016 tour, due to unexpected hip replacement surgery. Ticketholders should check back with the point of purchase for refunds.

Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi and Kristian Bush are now set to play Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, April 15-17. Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley were previously announced as headliners.

The Mavericks will perform during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on Monday, February 15. You can watch live from 12:30-3:30 p.m. PT online, prior to the start of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS.

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