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Wednesday
May222013

Queens of the Stone Age Schedule Two-Night Residency on "Letterman"

Facebook.com/QOTSAQueens of the Stone Age will celebrate the release of their sixth studio album, ...Like Clockwork, with a pair of live performances on late-night television. CBS has just revealed that the band will be the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman for two nights in a row on June 5 and 6.

...Like Clockwork arrives in stores on June 4. The album will feature a number of guest appearances, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.  In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.

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Wednesday
May222013

Vampire Weekend Gets Second #1 Album on "Billboard" 200

XL RecordingsIt’s official: Vampire Weekend has scored their second #1 album on the Billboard 200.

The group’s new release, Modern Vampires of the City, secured the #1 slot this week with over 134,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Vampire Weekend’s 2010 release, Contra, was their first album to debut at #1 on the tally, after racking up 124,000 copies its first week out.

Vampire Weekend is currently trekking across North America promoting Modern Vampires of the City. The band will also hit a number of festivals this summer, including the Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA; the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE; Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL; and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX.  Visit VampireWeekend.com to view the full itinerary.‎

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Wednesday
May222013

George Strait Extends His "Billboard" Country Albums Chart Record with "Love Is Everything"

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait has scored his 25th #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Love Is Everything, extending George's reign as the artist with the most chart-toppers on that tally. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are tied for distant second place, with 15 #1 albums apiece.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, Love Is Everything moved nearly 120,000 copies in its first week for a #2 debut on the overall Billboard 200 chart. This project is George's 18th top-10 album on the Billboard 200, tying him with Paul McCartney for the fourth-most top 10s on that chart. Only Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan have posted more top-10 albums, respectively.

Love Is Everything's success has been fueled by George's latest hit, "Give It All We Got Tonight." He says, "I’m thankful that my fans are excited about the new album and enjoying the music.” 

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Wednesday
May222013

Awkward! Taylor Competes Against BFF, Two Ex-Boyfriends in Teen Choice Awards Nominations 

Facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwardsThe first wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations have been announced, with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake among this year's nominees.  Some of the category pairings are a little awkward, though.

The two Justins are competing for Choice Male Artist, along with Bruno, Pitbull and Phillip Phillips.  BFFs Selena Gomez and Taylor are competing for Choice Female Artist, and Selena's other BFF, Demi Lovato, is also in that category, along with Rihanna and Pink.  Selena and Demi are also competing for Choice Female Hottie, while Justin Bieber and One Direction's Harry Styles are up for Choice Male Hottie.

In the category of Choice Smile, Taylor Swift is competing with not one, but two of her exes -- Harry Styles and Taylor Lautner -- as well as with Selena and Demi.  So far, on-again, off-again couple Selena and Justin are not competing against each other, but all the categories haven't been announced yet.  Stay tuned.

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET.  Starting now, fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Here are the nominees in most of the music categories:

Choice Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips
Pitbull
Justin Timberlake
 
Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
 
Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
 
Choice R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
 
Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Drake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Kanye West
 
Choice Rock Group
AWOLNATION
Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Paramore
The Lumineers
 
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
Deadmau5
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia
 
Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Selena Gomez
Mila Kunis
Demi Lovato
 
Choice Male Hottie
Justin Bieber
Liam Hemsworth
Taylor Lautner
Harry Styles
Channing Tatum
 
Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

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Wednesday
May222013

Taylor Swift Leads Country Nominees for 2013 Teen Choice Awards

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowA few country stars are included in the first wave of nominees for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, including Taylor Swift. She's up for Choice Female Artist and Choice Female Country Artist. Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood are also nominated in the Female Country Artist category.

The nominees in the Choice Male Country Artist category are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton. The Choice Country Group nominees include Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Thompson Square.

The ABC country music drama Nashville is also up for Choice TV Show: Drama. Country stars also contributed in a big way to three of the nominees in the Choice TV: Reality Competition: Kellie Pickler just won the latest season of Dancing with the Stars, Blake Shelton coaches on The Voice, and Keith Urban served as a judge on American Idol this past season.

Teens ages 13 to 19 can now vote for their favorites once a day at TeenChoiceAwards.com. The show airs Sunday, August 11 on FOX.

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Wednesday
May222013

Blake Shelton Putting Together Televised Benefit Show for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton is putting together a benefit concert for the victims of Monday's deadly Oklahoma tornadoes. He tells Billboard the show will air on NBC, and that more details will be announced very soon.

Blake grew up in Ada, OK, which is just 75 miles from the tornado-ravaged town of Moore, OK.  He says of the special, "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money."

Look for Blake to call on some of his fellow coaches on The Voice to appear on the special. Blake and his wife Miranda Lambert opened Tuesday night's edition of The Voice singing "Over You," in honor of those who lost their lives in the tornadoes.

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Wednesday
May222013

"American Idol's" Kree on Nicki's Nicknames & the One Person She Was "Floored" to Meet This Season

Ray Mickshaw / FOXEach year on American Idol, at least one contestant ends up with a nickname, usually bestowed upon them by Ryan Seacrest or, occasionally, one of the judges.  This year, it was runner-up Kree Harrison who hit the nickname jackpot: She'll now and forever be known as "Kreedom," thanks to judge Nicki Minaj.  Kree says she doesn't mind -- and she also likes all the other variations she's heard on her unusual name this season.

"I think all of the Kree nicknames are funny," she told ABC News Radio backstage at Live with Kelly & Michael. "There's, like,  'Kree-per,' that's my favorite.  'Kree-ture,' 'Kree-ation,' 'In-Kree-Dible,' there's so many.  But yeah, my family calls me Kree-dom now!  I'm like, 'What?'"

As for whether or not she felt honored that she was the only contestant who Nicki proposed to, and the only one the judge called her "wife," Kree laughed and said, "Of course!  Yeah, we've been engaged since Vegas!"

While Kree says that singing in front of the likes of Nicki, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban every week was great, she wasn't necessarily starstruck by them.  In fact, she says there's only one person who appeared on Idol all season who she truly couldn't believe she got to meet: Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

"I was geeking out," Kree said of meeting Smokey.  "I've never been starstruck in my life. I've lived in Nashville for 13 years; I've met a lot of people. I got to stand in front of Mariah Carey and she literally told me [she liked my singing]...I don't know, that was weird."  But meeting Smokey, Kree says, was different.

"I was just, I was floored by what was happening.  Yeah, I'm a huge fan," she says. 

While Kree was also a fan of all four judges, and is happy she was one of the last two people ever to be critiqued by the departing Randy Jackson, she says she has no clue who should join the panel next season.

"I don't know.  I mean, just the fact that, like, those four, this last season [were] so different, I feel like [the producers] know what they're doing.  I think it's going to be awesome to figure out who it's going to be." 

You can catch Kree on the upcoming American Idols Live tour, which kicks off at the end of next month.

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Wednesday
May222013

K. Michelle Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Rebel Against Campaign

AtlanticK. Michelle wants to give women a voice, and she's doing that through a special campaign called Rebel Against.  The singer, whose upcoming album is titled Rebellious Soul, is the latest celebrity to team up with Saving Our Daughters, an organization that works to stop bullying and domestic violence.

In a video behind the scenes of her Rebel Against photo shoot, K. Michelle talks about her new partnership, explaining, "I teamed up with Saving Our Daughters to just empower women on different things that might make them feel inferior, whether it might be violence, racism, or anything that they may be struggling or facing from day to day."

K. Michelle's Rebel Against campaign with Saving Our Daughters will include speaking events and more.  More information will be shared on K. Michelle's website.

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Wednesday
May222013

John Fogerty Joins Interlocken Festival Lineup; Furthur to Play Full Grateful Dead Album During Event

Facebook.com/InterlockenFestivalNew details have been revealed about the recently announced inaugural Interlocken Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.

A new addition to the bill is John Fogerty, who will join veteran jam band Widespread Panic to perform a set of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival material.  Widespread Panic also is slated to play a second night at the festival without Fogerty.

Meanwhile, Grateful Dead spinoff group Furthur, which previously was announced as part of the Interlocken lineup, has been confirmed to perform on three of the festival's four days.  During one of its sets, Furthur will play the Grateful Dead's classic 1970 album Workingman's Dead in its entirety.

Another previously revealed performer, The Black Crowes, now is confirmed to perform on two nights during the musical extravaganza.

Other artists who were part of the Interlocken fest's initially reported lineup include Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The String Cheese Incident and country star Zac Brown.  Early bird general admission tickets and VIP packages will go on sale Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. ET.  Visit InterlockenFestival.com for more details.

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Wednesday
May222013

Chris Young Enlists the Fans to Help Him Announce Details on His Fourth Album

Monarch PublicityChris Young will release his fourth studio album this year, and he wants you to help him announce all the details. Between now and Friday, May 31, fans can go to ChrisYoungCountry.com to take part in the announcement.

He says, "I feel like this new record really captures my live show for the fans and so I want them to be part of revealing info about this new album."

Chris's new album features his latest single, "Aw Naw," which is now available for digital download.

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Wednesday
May222013

Jared Leto Says "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" Is a "New Chapter" for 30 Second to Mars

Jared LetoFrontman Jared Leto says he feels 30 Seconds to Mars’ recently-released album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is the beginning of a new musical direction for the group.

“This album is a new chapter,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It feels like a new band, like we let go a lot of the past. It's not just a rock record -- it's more expansive, it digs deeper. It gets a lot more involved.”

Leto adds that he's happy with the band’s new sound, which is “more focused and decisive” than the group’s previous three albums. "I feel like we've made the best album of our lives, hands down, because we've learned a lot about who we were," he explains.

30 Seconds to Mars will be promoting Love Lust Faith + Dreams when the band drops by TBS’ Conan on Wednesday night.

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Wednesday
May222013

Rihanna Working on a New Album Already?

PR NewswireRihanna may already be working on the follow-up to her latest studio album, 2012's Unapologetic.  In an interview with The Source, producer and songwriter Rodney Jerkins reveals that he's been cooking up material for some major stars, including Rih.

"There’s a lot of good stuff happening," Rodney tells The Source, explaining that he has plans to work with Britney Spears, and he's got some stuff going with Mariah Careyand Jennifer Lopez.  "I also wrote a couple of songs that are being considered for Rihanna’s new album," he says.

Unapologetic arrived in stores only six months ago, but Rihanna tends to work fast.  She's released seven albums in less than eight years.  For now though, Rihanna is busy on her Diamonds world tour, which wraps up in November.

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Wednesday
May222013

Germany Has "Officially Confiscated" Bieber's Pet Monkey, Says Customs Spokesman

Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramLet's hope Justin Bieber wasn't too attached to his pet monkey, Mally.

A spokesman for the Munich Customs office says Germany has "officially confiscated" the capuchin monkey, which was seized by Customs officials in the European country from Justin in March because he failed to provide the proper paperwork required to bring the animal there. Mally has been residing in a shelter based in Munich.

Customs office spokesman Thomas Meister tells E! News, "Justin Bieber has six weeks to bring more papers or contest this decision, but if we don't hear from him, the decision to confiscate the monkey will be legally binding." Meister adds that the office has not heard from Justin's camp since the monkey was taken away from him.

Meister says the plan is to move Mally, who is said to be in good health, to an undisclosed location -- it won't be a zoo -- next week.

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Wednesday
May222013

Second Annual Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour to Feature Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Ten Years After & More

The Albright Entertainment GroupThe Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer will return to take part in the second annual edition of the Rock'N'Blues Fest tour, which will feature a variety of veteran artists who showcase the merger of rock 'n' roll and the blues.  Joining Winter's group and Derringer on this year's lineup will be two Woodstock legends -- Ten Years After and Canned Heat -- as well as Canadian guitar whiz Pat Travers.

The 2013 Rock'N'Blues Fest tour is scheduled to get under way on July 27 in Las Vegas and currently is plotted out through an August 24 stop in Clearwater, Florida.  A total of 19 shows have been confirmed, although more dates are expected to be announced for the trek soon.

Ten Years After's current lineup features three of the group's four original members -- drummer Ric Lee, bassist Leo Lyons and keyboardist Chick Churchill.  Sadly, founding singer/guitarist Alvin Lee died in March at the age of 68.  Speaking about the upcoming outing, Ric Lee says in a statement, "We are…excited to tour the U.S. as we pay tribute to band-mate Alvin Lee, while igniting a new wave of youthful excitement and appeasing long-term fans."

Winter, meanwhile, promises that his band "will be doing a new and very different show" from last year's Rock'n'Blues concerts.  He adds that because 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Edgar Winter Group's classic album They Only Come Out at Night, "we intend to celebrate the occasion by playing some of the songs from that album I haven't done in years."

Here are all of the announced Rock'n'Blues Fest tour dates so far:

7/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery Casino
7/28 -- Saratoga, CA, The Winery
7/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's by the Sea
8/2 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove
8/3 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park
8/4 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
8/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Zoo
8/9 -- Chicago, IL, Country Club Hills Theater
8/10 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheater
8/11 -- Yonkers, NY, Empire City Casino
8/13 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre
8/14 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theater
8/15 -- Providence, RI, The Park Theater
8/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/17 -- Rama, Canada, Casino Rama
8/18 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
8/21 -- Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
8/22 -- Hyannis, MA, Melody Tent
8/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Wednesday
May222013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of The Henningsens recently tied the knot on the family's farm in Illinois? ANSWER: Clara Henningsen.

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Wednesday
May222013

Blake Shelton and Sheryl Crow to Perform on "The Voice" May 27

Facebook.com/TheVoiceBlake Shelton and Sheryl Crow are taking a break from guiding the singers on The Voice to get behind the microphone themselves next week. Look for Blake to sing his latest hit, "Boys 'Round Here," on the May 27 edition of The Voice. Sheryl will also sing her debut country single, "Easy," that night.

"Boys "Round Here" is the second single from Blake's latest album, Based on a True Story…. It's also his fastest-rising single at radio to date.

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Wednesday
May222013

Michael Buble Was "Not a Happy Man for Many Years"

Facebook.com/MichaelBubleMichael Buble's been famous for 10 years now, and you'd think that all that fame -- and fortune -- would have brought him contentment.  But while he's deliriously happy now, thanks to his marriage and his baby on the way, he tells Vanity Fair that for a long time, he was extremely unhappy, mostly due to his insecurity.

"I was not a happy man for many years.  Insecure.  I never thought I could hold a relationship.  No way," he reveals.  "Because how could anyone love me if I didn’t?  That sounds like a shrink would say it, but it’s the truth."

So what changed?  Michael points to a "harsh public breakup" -- possibly referring to his split with actress Emily Blunt -- as forcing him to wake up and realize that he needed to pull himself together.  "I was f***ing heartbroken; I had no confidence," he reveals.

Michael admits, "I kept saying to myself, 'You're young, Mike.  You're young, and you'll make mistakes and you'll have time to change these things.'  Then I started to realize, 'You know what, dude?  You're not a kid anymore.  You're now in your mid...30s.  You have these things inside you, but you ignore them.  You push them aside, and you don't want to admit these things to yourself.'"

Eventually, Michael says, it was reading a book called The Power of Now that changed his life. 

"I started reading it, and I believed in it," he explains.  "I started practicing it, and it was as simple as just being in the moment and being thankful for what I had and every day trying to be grateful and to try to work on myself.  It was such a slow process, but it changed my life."

The book, once recommended by Oprah Winfrey, advises readers that they can be transformed simply by becoming deeply conscious of the present moment, or what the author calls "the Now."

Michael tells Vanity Fair, "Literally, if you talk to my mom and dad, they'll tell you that I'm a different son.  I'm present."

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Wednesday
May222013

Drummer Travis Barker Promises “Harder” Songs on Upcoming Transplants Record

Facebook.com/TransplantsOfficialTransplants drummer Travis Barker says that the band’s upcoming album, In a Warzone, will feature some heavier themes than their previous releases.

“It’s probably a bit harder than some of our other albums, a lot more straightforward punk rock album,” he tells Billboard in a video interview. “It’s up and down like every Transplants album. There are songs that make you want to smack the s**t out of somebody and there are songs that are just good driving songs.”

In a Warzone will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 25. You’ll get your first taste of the new songs performed live when the band hits the road with Rancid for a co-headlining North American tour next month. That outing kicks off on June 11 at The Fillmore in Detroit MI. Visit TheTransplants.com to view the full itinerary.

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Wednesday
May222013

One Direction Releasing New Book

HarperCollinsOne Direction has got a new book on the way this summer. 

Titled Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story, the publisher's description calls it “the only official book from 1D, charting their journey over the past year-and-a-half -- from the places they’ve visited and fans they’ve met, to their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams, highs and lows. It has been a phenomenal year – and this is a phenomenal story.”

1D has released three previous official books through HarperCollins, the most recent being One Direction: Dare to Dream.

Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story goes on sale August 27, three days before the debut of the group's movie, This Is Us.

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Wednesday
May222013

Keith Richards Could Owe Thousands of Dollars in Overdue Library Fines

Jane Rose/KeithRichards.comA public library in Dartford, England, apparently can’t get satisfaction from Keith Richards.

The veteran rocker admits he still owes fines for books he borrowed and failed to return to the library decades ago, the Mirror reports.  The newspaper quotes Richards as saying, “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago.  They must be astronomical by now.”

The Mirror estimates that with a 15 pence a day fine, plus interest and administrative fees, Richards could be facing a library bill of about 3,000 pounds, approximately $4,547.

The 69-year-old Richards says he felt right at home in the quiet atmosphere of the library in Dartford.  “To me it was a place where you get a hint there was somewhere called civilization.”  The hard-living guitarist adds, “It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”

When contacted by the newspaper, a receptionist at the Dartford Library was unable to determine quickly how much Richards owes in fines.  “For fines going back 50 years, it’s going to be tough to work out exactly how much is owed,” says the receptionist, adding, “We’d have to check the archives.”

Meanwhile, the U.K. tabloid The Sun cites experts who estimate that Richards actually owes the library around 20,000 pounds in overdue fines.  That’s approximately $30,000.

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