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Oct152013

Taylor Swift's Sold-Out Los Angeles Shows Led to Her Role in "The Giver"

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowWhen Taylor Swift played four sold-out shows in Los Angeles last August, she simply wanted to give her crowds the best concert possible. She had no idea her performance would lead to her latest movie role in The Giver.

Taylor tells ABC News Radio, "When I played my shows in L.A., I was unaware that people from this movie were in the audience, and I had a role offered to me the next week."

So, what was it about Taylor's onstage presence that landed her the unexpected acting gig?

She says, "I think my show tends to be very emotional and moody and they saw something that they needed in the role. So, I'm very honored and lucky to get to be a part of it."

Taylor is now in South Africa filming her part in The Giver opposite Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. She'll launch the next leg of her Red Tour next month in New Zealand.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Hear A Perfect Circle’s Previously-Unreleased Single, "By and Down"

Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle’s collection of greatest hits, Three Sixty, won’t hit stores until November 19, but you can hear a little preview of it now. The group has just posted a stream of “By and Down,” a previously-unreleased single included in the compilation, at SPIN.com.

Three Sixty will be available in standard and deluxe formats. The deluxe edition includes live versions of “People are People,” “3 Libras,” “Gravity,” and “Fiddle and the Drum,” as well as the studio version of “The Package” from 2003’s Thirteenth Step.

In other A Perfect Circle News, the band has announced they’ll be offering up a wider release of their limited-edition box set, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo. The package, which recently sold all 2,500 copies of its original run, will now be available digitally on November 26. A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo includes 4-CDs of live performances and a DVD of the band’s August 2011 concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Scott Stapp Offers Preview of “Symbolic” New Single, “New Day Coming”

Wind-up RecordsScott Stapp is ready for you to check out another song from his upcoming second solo effort, Proof of Life.

After posting a lyric video for the release’s first single, “Slow Suicide,” the Creed frontman is now offering a stream of another cut, “New Day Coming,” at Wind-up Records’ YouTube channel. Stapp says “New Day Coming” is one of his favorite tracks on the album, because it represents his victory overcoming his battle with addiction.

"I'm really connecting with 'New Day Coming,' 'cause it really is symbolic and meaning to my life right now, today, and with this record," he tells Billboard. "I really think that this album signifies the end of a season in my life and the beginning of a new one, and I'm very excited about the next season and very glad the other one is behind me."

Proof of Life will arrive at all the usual outlets on November 5. It features 11 new songs that were inspired by Stapp's recent memoir, Sinner’s Creed.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Britney Spears Confirms "Britney Jean" as Title of Eighth Album

BritneySpears.comSeemingly taking a page from Janet Jackson's 2004 album, Damita Jo, Britney Spears has combined her first and middle names -- Britney Jean -- to come up with the title for her much-anticipated eighth studio album.

"It's a personal album and all my family, they always call me Britney Jean," she announced on London's Capital FM. "It's a term of endearment and I just wanted to share that with my fans."

When asked about which artists have contributed to the project, Britney coyly said, "You'll have to wait and see."

Fans can expect Britney Jean, which includes her hit single "Work B***h," to be released on December 3.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Luke Bryan's Farm Tour Plays to 115,000 Fans

Photo Credit: Michael MonacoLuke Bryan's fifth Farm Tour played to 115,000 fans over eight shows this month. That's a 15,000 person increase over last year's attendance numbers. Proceeds from the Farm Tour go to students from a farming family in each town Luke plays on the Farm Tour, including five cities in Luke's home state of Georgia.

Luke's Dirt Road Diaries tour continues this weekend with a pair of sold-out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Posts Baby Eisele's First Public Photo on Twitter

Twitter.com/HillaryScottLALady Antebellum's Hillary Scott gave the world a first look at her baby girl via Twitter Monday night. The adorable photo shows the little one smiling up at the camera with the caption, "Hello world, my name is Eisele Kaye."

Hillary and her husband Chris Tyrell welcomed their little bundle of joy on July 22. The couple got married in January 2012.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGeorge Strait has released "I Got a Car" as the new single from his latest album, Love Is Everything.

Look for Wynonna to appear on CBS's The Talk on Monday, October 28 to discuss her new women's shoe line, Got Soul, and her upcoming holiday tour, A Simpler Christmas, starting December 3 in Bakersfield, CA. For a full list of tour dates, go to Wynonna.com.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Queen's Roger Taylor Reveals Track List, Album Art for New Solo Album

Virgin EMIQueen drummer Roger Taylor has revealed official details about his upcoming solo album, Fun on Earth, which will be released in the U.K. on November 11.  The 64-year-old rocker has unveiled the names of the collection's 13 tracks, as well as the artwork for the cover, which is a monochromatic mosaic of Taylor's face.

Among the tunes featured on the album are songs titled "One Night Stand!," "Fight Club," "Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark),"
"I Am the Drummer (In a Rock 'n' Roll Band)" and "The Unblinking Eye."  There's also a new version of "Say It's Not True," which first was featured on Queen's 2008 collaborative album with Paul Rodgers, The Cosmos Rocks.  The updated rendition features guitar work by Jeff Beck.

Also on November 11, Taylor's will release a box set titled The Lot that gathers together his entire solo catalog, as well as the three albums he recorded with his side-project group The Cross.  The compilation includes 1981's Fun in Space, 1984's Strange Frontier, 1994's Happiness?, 1998's Electric Fire and Fun on Earth, as well as The Cross' Shove It; Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know; and Blue Rock, which were released in 1988, 1990 and 1991, respectively.  No word yet on if or when Fun on Earth and The Lot will be issued in the U.S.

Here is the full track list of Fun on Earth:

"One Night Stand!"
"Fight Club"
"Be with You"
"Quality Street"
"I Don't Care"
"Sunny Day"
"Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)"
"I Am the Drummer (In a Rock 'n' Roll Band)"
"Small"
"Say It's Not True"
"The Unblinking Eye"
"Up"
"Smile"

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Paul McCartney's "NEW" Album Arrives in Stores Today; Macca Chatting Online This Morning

Hear MusicToday is a brand NEW day!  Paul McCartney's latest album, NEW, arrives in stores on Tuesday, and the ex-Beatles star will be taking to the Internet this morning to chat about the collection of tunes.

The online event will be viewable at Danish audio-equipment manufacturer Bang & Olufsen's official website and YouTube channel starting at 2 p.m. U.K. time which is 9 a.m. ET.  Sir Paul plans on discussing different aspects of his process of writing and recording NEW, including collaborating for the first time with the album's four producers -- Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin.  In addition, he'll be answering questions submitted by fans via the Twitter hashtag #askmccartney.

In a recent press statement promoting NEW, the 71-year-old rock legend explains what motivates him to continue to want create fresh music.

"It all comes down to the fact that I love it, I love the whole process," he declares.  "When I was a kid, I started getting into music and I got a guitar.  Then when I got into a group I was fascinated by the whole thing, this idea of trying to make music and later trying to write songs.  It's become an eternal fascination for me."

NEW is available as a standard 12-track CD, as well as a deluxe 14-track CD and digital download.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Ruben Studdard Says, "Everything About Me Is Sexy"

ShanachieRuben Studdard will soon compete in the upcoming season of NBC's The Biggest Loser, but in an exclusive video for the weight-loss reality show, he reveals that he already finds himself attractive, and he's on a mission to bring chest hair back in style.

"Everything about Ruben Studdard is sexy," the season two American Idol winner say in the clip while showing off his chest and back hair to Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, who suggested that he wax himself.

"Y'all have womanized men," Studdard tells his trainer. "Back in the day, artists [like Marvin Gaye] would be having their taco meat showing on album covers and everybody liked it. But now nobody wants to show the taco meat no more. I'm bringing the real man back."

You can catch the 462-pound singer when The Biggest Loser premieres Tuesday, October 15.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Scotty McCreery Does Some Growing Up on "See You Tonight," Now in Stores

Mercury/19/InterscopeScotty McCreery has done a lot of living since he released his debut album, Clear as Day. He was just 17 years old when he made that project in 2011, so it's no surprise he's tackling more mature subject matter on his new project, See You Tonight. That album lands in stores this week just a few days after Scotty celebrated his 20th birthday.

He says, "I’ve really had more of an opportunity to find out what I wanted to say as a person and an artist on this next record. I think just these couple years I’ve spent making this record have been really good for me."

While Scotty has quite a few feel-good songs on See You Tonight, the album has its share of sad songs, too. He hopes his fans appreciate the balance.  

"They’ll definitely see a different side of me, a more kind of serious side," Scotty says. "The first record was all happy-go-lucky. There’s actually heartbreak in this world. This album is a lot more real, I think, and more relatable to the masses out there."

Scotty promotes See You Tonight with a Wednesday morning performance on NBC's Today followed by a performance on Fox News's Fox & Friends on Thursday. Look for Scotty on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 25 as well.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

STP Guitarist Dean DeLeo Says Chester Bennington Was His Only Choice to Replace Scott Weiland

Chapman BaehlerChoosing the replacement for former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland may seem like a daunting task, but for Dean DeLeo, it was an easy decision. The guitarist says Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was his only choice to be the group’s new lead singer.

“It wasn’t even discussed,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I brought up Chester’s name, we reached out to him. There was no one else’s name on the table, this belonged to him. It really did.”

DeLeo says that Bennington’s vocal range was one of the main reasons he was chosen for the job, especially since the guys want to perform a wide variety of career-spanning tracks during their concerts. “I knew there was a lot of songs in our catalog that we were unable to play anymore just because of Scott’s range that Chester would just be able to…really, really do justice to,” he explains. “I also knew how creative and talented the guy was.”

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington put out their debut EP, High Rise, last week.  DeLeo says he was hoping to put out a full-length album for their first release, but Bennington’s schedule didn’t allow for it. “To write and record 10 or 12 songs is gonna take about six weeks,” he notes. “We didn’t have it. We only had about three or four, so you gotta really manage the time that you have, especially with Chester’s other job. If we had six or eight or ten weeks we would have done a full album, but we didn’t.”

According to the industry website Hits Daily Double, High Rise is likely to debut in the #11 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 13,000 to 15,000 copies.  The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Train's Pat Monahan on Writing with Taylor Swift: "Her Perspective Is Very Fresh"

Facebook.com/TrainTrain frontman Pat Monahan has started writing songs for the band's next album, and when that finally arrives, it just may have a song on it that he co-wrote with Taylor Swift.  But according to Pat, yet another tune the two wrote together may show up even sooner than that.

Pat tells ABC News Radio that when he told Taylor that he wanted to collaborate with her on a song for Train's next album, she asked him to write a song with her for her album, Red. The track didn't make the album, but Pat says eventually, when Taylor puts out a deluxe re-released version of Red, "the song, I think, will be on there."

"It's a song called 'Babe,'" continues Pat. "So it's her song; I was just lucky enough to be a part of it with her, and I'm gonna ask the same of her in the future." 

While Pat has quite a few years on Taylor when it comes to songwriting experience, he says he's full of admiration for her talents.  "She's very talented, she's a no-nonsense young kid," Pat tells ABC News Radio. "Y'know, she's, like, a serious thing." 

Pat says he also appreciates the fact that Taylor has so much skill at writing songs about topics that he doesn't even consider.  "I'm not going through different relationships and breakups and all the stuff that young people do, so her perspective is very fresh," he says. "And I think that that's what I admire the most [about her]."  

Back in March, Pat joined Taylor onstage during her RED tour, and the two duetted on Train's hit "Drive By."

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Tuesday
Oct152013

"The Voice" Recap: Battle Rounds Begin with Kaley Cuoco's Sister and More

NBCAfter a few weeks of blind auditions, NBC's The Voice launched its battle rounds on Monday night. The premise is simple: two teammates at a time perform a duet in a boxing ring-style stage. One is declared the winner, while the other is sent home -- unless another coach decides to steal the losing artist for himself or herself.

Monday's episode also introduced this season's mentors. Adam Levine was assisted by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder; Cher helped out Team Blake Shelton; Christina Aguilera was joined by Ed Sheeran; and Cee Lo Green welcomed R&B star Miguel.

Here's a rundown of what happened:

The first battle round pit Team Adam's Nic Hawk and the female wedding singer known only as Grey against one another. Adam assigned them the Jessie J hit "Domino" because they are such an eclectic pair. Blake and Cee Lo both loved Nic's energy and gave him a vote of confidence. Christina preferred Grey's consistency on vocals. Adam echoed Christina's opinion and declared Grey the winner. Calling Adam "an idiot," Blake immediately stole Nic and added him to his team.

Next up was Team Christina's Amber Nicole and Timyra-Joi, who tackled Beyoncé's "Listen." Christina was brought to tears by what she heard from her artists. Blake remarked that he'd never seen Christina cry on the show, and added that she had a tough decision on her hands. Christina named Amber the winner of the battle. It was the end of the road for Timyra-Joi.

Two Team Blake contestants, Justin Chain and Shelbie Z, were given the country song "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. Cee Lo said the artists delivered a beautiful rendition. Blake picked Shelbie Z, and Justin was eliminated.

Recent high school grad Anthony Paul and 17-year-old Caroline Pennell of Team Cee Lo sang a stripped-down version of the Justin Bieber dance-pop hit "As Long As You Love Me." Adam said he sided with Caroline because she made the song different. Adam and Christina both thought it was the best battle round up to that point. Cee Lo praised Anthony's natural talent, and said Caroline took him to another place as an artist. Caroline advanced, and Christina stole Anthony.

Donna Allen, a 54-year-old former member of Gloria Estefan's Miami Sound Machine, battled Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin for Team Adam. They did a duet of Emili Sandé's "Next to Me." Christina said Tessanne carried the song to another level. Adam called them both "world-class singers" who have the ability to win the competition. Tessanne prevailed, and Donna was dismissed.

Christina selected The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" for Briana Cuoco -- the sister of The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco -- and high school junior Jacquie Lee. Kaley was spotted in the audience for this battle round. Cee Lo described the battle as "amazing." Blake said Briana delivered "power and precision," and favored her. Christina opted for Jacquie. Blake and Cee Lo both made a bid to steal Briana. It was her choice, and she went with Blake.

The battle rounds continue on The Voice Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, following the season premiere of The Biggest Loser.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Lady Gaga Briefly Posts Nude "ARTPOP" Booklet Photo; Hints at "ARTPOP" Follow-Up

Interscope RecordsLady Gaga continues to tease fans on her social media sites with tidbits regarding her new album, ARTPOP.

On Monday, she posted on Instagram a snapshot of one of the pages in the album's booklet. It contains the lyrics to "Applause," plus a photo of Gaga in which we see her naked from behind, including her rear end.    That photo has apparently since been removed.

Gaga writes, "The booklet includes photos of the day Jeff [Koons] and I explored different poses for the sculpture. IT IS COMPLETELY AMAZING Been leafing through her allll day." Koons was her collaborator on the ARTPOP album artwork.

Gaga later posted handwritten lyrics to one of the ARTPOP tracks, "Dope." It reads, "My heart would break without you/Might not awake without you/Been hurtin' low/From living high/For so long/I'm sorry and I love you."

The Instagram photos come on the heels of a Twitter question-and-answer session Gaga held Sunday night. When a Little Monster asked her what the ARTPOP song "Mary Jane Holland" is about, Gaga replied in all caps, "CANNABIS."

Perhaps more importantly, Gaga suggested that she has a follow-up to ARTPOP already planned. She wrote to a fan that she has "lots of songs for ACT TWO!"

Last week, Gaga took to social media to release the ARTPOP track list and to announce the album's next single, "Venus." ARTPOP debuts November 11.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Paul McCartney Defends Miley Cyrus' MTV VMA Performance, Praises One Direction

MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.Who knew Paul McCartney was such a fan of Miley Cyrus and One Direction? OK, maybe "fan" is a stretch, but he's complimentary toward both acts in a new interview.

Let's start with Miley, who is still making headlines for her provocative dancing at the MTV Video Music Awards in late August. Sir Paul doesn't see what all of the fuss is about, telling Britain's Sky News, "Come on, we've seen worse than that!"

He adds, "I think it was only mildly shocking...it wasn't explicit at all."

It seems Paul has no issues with the English-Irish boy band One Direction, either. He says it's unfortunate for a group like One Direction to be compared with The Beatles because "it can be the kiss of death."

However, he notes, "I like One Direction. They're young, beautiful boys and that's the attraction. But they can sing and they make good records, so that's what I can see in common -- and that the girls love them."

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Tuesday
Oct152013

"12-12-12" Film Coming to NY and LA on Nov. 15

Facebook.com/121212ConcertThe previously-announced film documenting last year's benefit concert 12-12-12, which raised money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will be screened in New York and Los Angeles, beginning November 15.

The 105-minute film, titled 12-12-12, will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show, as well as feature concert footage.

The memorable event, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 12, 2012, featured performances by several music industry heavyweights, such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Billy Joel, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe and more.

There were also celebrity appearances by the likes of Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert.

The 12-12-12 concert raised over 50 million dollars for the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Motown Mentor Maxine Powell Dead at 98

Motown RecordsMaxine Powell, who was an important behind-the-scenes figure at Motown Records in the 1960s, has died. The Detroit Free Press reports Powell died Monday in a Southfield, Michigan, hospital. The exact cause of death has not been disclosed. Powell was 98.

Powell led Motown's Artist Personal Development Department, tutoring artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes and The Jackson Five on how to dress and how to carry themselves on and off the stage.

Motown founder Berry Gordy said Monday in a statement that Powell "brought something to Motown that no other record company had." He added, "She was a star in her own right -- an original."

Powell was honored at an event at the Motown Museum in Detroit in August.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Floor Board from Church Where Lennon and McCartney First Met Up for Auction

Fox Photos/Getty ImagesAn important moment in music history occurred on July 6, 1957.  That was the day, according to Beatles legend, that John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in the hall of St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool.

Now a section of the wooden floor of the church is being auctioned off on eBay.  The floor board measures about eight inches by two-and-a-half inches by one-inch.

Donna Jackson, who’s involved in the auction, tells the U.K.’s Examiner the floor board is from a church side room that was damaged by fire in 2001.  The damaged floor was removed and several boards have been sold previously by St. Peter’s.  The most recent floor board auctioned off sold for $399.

Bidding on the latest floor board up for sale has already surpassed $799. It comes with a certificate of authenticity, and all proceeds will go to the church.  The auction ends October 23.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Katy and John Celebrate His Brother’s Wedding

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesKaty Perry and John Mayer attended his brother Carl’s wedding this past Sunday in Mamaroneck, New York, the New York Post reports.  The newspaper says John was his brother’s best man for his marriage to Shera Adika at the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club.

An insider tells the Post Katy and John “were very polite and down-to-earth and didn’t want to take away from the bride and groom’s day.”  “Katy stayed behind the scenes and politely turned down photos.  It was a beautiful ceremony on the water,” the spy added.  The insider says Katy and John did hit the dance floor together.

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