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Aug222013

Trey Anastasio Band to Replace Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Inaugural Lockn' Festival

Facebook.com/TreyAnastasioTrey Anastasio Band has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Lockn' Festival, formerly known as the Interlocken Music Festival, scheduled for September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. The Phish frontman’s solo group will replace Neil Young & Crazy Horse, who canceled their appearance at the fest due to guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro's recent hand injury. 

"First and foremost my best wishes to [Sampedro] and his speedy recovery,” writes Anastasio in a statement. “As huge Crazy Horse fans TAB will do our best to bring their spirit to Lockn'. We are honored to be a part of such a great lineup for a first year festival."   

Other groups set to take the main stage at the event include The Black Crowes, Grateful Dead spinoff group Furthur, and veteran jam bands The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic. Find the full Lockn' lineup at LocknFestival.com.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Black Keys Singer Dan Auerbach’s Wife Gets $5 Million, Bob Dylan Hair in Divorce Settlement

Kevin Winter/WireImageIn addition to receiving a large amount of cash, The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach’s ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis, has gained possession of a very interesting item in their divorce settlement.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Gonis received five million dollars, a 2012 Toyota Highlander, one of the family homes, and a unique piece of rock memorabilia: an asset listed as “Bob Dylan Hair." A description of the item and how it was obtained has yet to be revealed.

Auerbach has been locked in a bitter divorce battle with Gonis following their split earlier this year. A judge has reportedly granted Auerbach temporary custody of their four-year-old daughter, Sadie Little Auerbach, during the ongoing divorce proceedings, following the singer’s claim that Gonis tried to commit suicide two times in the same day. Gonis reportedly is allowed to have supervised visitation with her daughter, and may receive additional parental rights if she can convince the judge that she’s mentally stable.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Kanye West Says Kim Kardashian, Baby North Are "My Joy" in Kris Jenner Interview

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Kanye West candidly reveals his true feelings about Kim Kardarshian and North, their two-month-old baby daughter, on the season finale of Kris Jenner's new talk show, taped on Monday and set to air Friday.

In a teaser clip for the show posted on YouTube, Kanye says that he's unconcerned with what people think of his relationship with the host's daughter. "I could have people say, 'This is going to damage your credibility as an artist or designer,'"  the rapper says,  "and I say, you know, I don't care, I love this woman."

Despite the added media attention he's received as a result of dating the reality star, West explains, "I love this person. She's worth it to me."

Kanye then mentions the recent passing of his grandfather, Portwood Williams, Sr., who preached the importance of "having joy in his life."  The rapper says, "[Kim is] my joy. She brought my new joy into the world. There's no paparazzi or comment that's going to take that joy from me."

During the taping, West showed off a picture of his baby daughter which marks the first time the public will see the child, according to E! Online.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Metallica to Perform at New York City's Apollo Theater Next Month

Warner Bros. RecordsMetallica will play a concert at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater next month.

The band will visit the famous venue on September 21, about a week before their 3D film, Through the Never, hits IMAX theaters.  Though the Apollo is primarily known for having hosted memorable performances by iconic African-American artists like Michael Jackson and James Brown, it did welcome Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen to its stage last year.

Metallica club members will have the chance to win tickets at Metallica.com.  Check back with the website soon for more information.

After Through the Never has its run in IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional cinemas starting October 4.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Report: Randy Jackson Returning to "American Idol" as Mentor

Warwick Saint/FOXRandy Jackson, we hardly missed ya. He left American Idol in May, after serving as judge for its first 12 seasons, but he's coming back to the Fox competition...though not in the role you might expect.

According to Deadline, Randy will replace Jimmy Iovine as the show's resident mentor. The exact circumstances surrounding Jimmy's departure aren't made clear in the report. Jimmy served as mentor for the past three seasons.

American Idol still has to name the two judges who will join Keith Urban on the panel next season, though it's believed that Jennifer Lopez and producer Dr. Luke will fill those slots.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Josh Duhamel and Fergie "So Excited" for Baby to Be Born

Image courtesy Fergie via TwitterWith her third baby shower under her widening maternity belt, Fergie Duhamel and her Transformers star hubby, Josh Duhamel, are getting ready for their baby boy, who is expected to arrive sometime in the next month.

"There's a lot of anticipation going on at the Duhamel household right now, it's pretty exciting," Josh explains, saying of the Black Eyed Peas singer, "...She's just been awesome throughout this whole thing."

Josh has nothing but praise for Fergie, who recently changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel. The actor says, "She's taken really good care of herself. She's happy, she's in great spirits, she looks beautiful. I'm just really proud of her more than anything and I'm real excited about to meet this little dude. Can't wait."

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Thursday
Aug222013

Lacuna Coil, Love & Death Added to Lineup for 2014 ShipRocked Cruise

ShipRocked.comLacuna Coil and Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s side project, Love & Death, have been added to the lineup for the upcoming edition of the ShipRocked cruise. The festival-at-sea, which is slated to set sail from January 26-30, 2014, will leave from Miami, Florida, and will dock at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas for two full days of surfside concerts. 

The groups join previously-announced acts Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Device, Sevendust, In This Moment, Candlebox, Nonpoint and Young Guns.

Between shows, fans can participate in games, activities and even hang out with some of the bands for meet-and-greet sessions.  Tickets for the cruise are on sale now, with packages starting at $600 per person. Get more info at ShipRocked.com.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Helen Reddy to Perform at Special Play-Reading Events to Raise Money for Alzheimer's Research

Facebook.com/HelenReddyOfficialFBHelen Reddy will appear alongside a variety of other celebrities at a pair of special performances of the play Surviving Grace that will benefit a number of charities supporting research into finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.  The events will take place September 25 at the Stephen J. Ross Theatre in Los Angeles and September 27 at the Shiley Theatre in San Diego.

The productions will feature various stars reading the first act of the play, which was penned by comedy writer Trish Vradenburg and was based on her experiences caring for her Alzheimer's-stricken mother.  In addition to Reddy, the cast of the L.A. event will include Carol Burnett, Marilu Henner, Louis Gossett Jr. and Loni Anderson, while the San Diego production will also feature Henner and Robert Foxworth.

"As a woman, I am twice as likely as a man to get Alzheimer's in my lifetime, and two to three times as likely to act as a caregiver to a family member with the disease," says Helen in a statement.  "Anyone who cares about women's rights should care about finding a cure for Alzheimer's -- which is why I am so excited to be a part of this special production of Surviving Grace."

Each fundraiser will feature a celebrity red carpet, as well as a post-performance reception with the cast members.  You can buy advance tickets to the shows at SurvivingGrace.org.

Proceeds raised by the two shows will benefit the USAgainstAlzheimer's Network, WomenAgainstAlzheimer's and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Ashanti Thrilled to Be Part of Michelle Obama's Fit Campaign

Facebook.com/AshantiThisIsMeAshanti has been tapped to be a part of Michelle Obama's new hip-hop compilation album, which supports the first lady's health initiative and Let's Move campaign.

The singer, who appears on a song called "Just Believe," says she couldn't be more excited for the opportunity because she agrees with the idea of inspiring youth to stay active. "The message is believe in yourself, believe you can do big things and dream big... Be fit and be healthy," the singer shared during an interview with MSNBC.  "I think it's really important to just always encourage our kids and to send that positive message."

The project also falls in line with her personal goals of staying physically fit and being health conscious about her diet.

"As a public figure, you always have to worry about, 'Do I look okay? Are my arms too big? Are my legs big?'" Ashanti explained. "And you have to constantly try to be in shape, so you don't give people too much to talk about."

She goes on to add, "I think what's most important is being healthy and happy with yourself from within, you can't please everybody all the time, but it's so important to be healthy."

As previously reported, the first lady has teamed with the Hip Hop Public Health Foundation to create the project, titled Songs for a Healthier America, which will arrive on September 30.  Ashanti joins other artists that contributed to the project including Doug E. Fresh, Jordin Sparks, DMC and more.

In addition to working on her oft-delayed album, BraveHeart, arriving later this fall, Ashanti also spilled about her other upcoming projects. She said, "I just wrapped Army Wives and we were thinking there may be another season coming up really soon. I'm going to be touring overseas in Japan... I shot a movie [which] will be out December 2014, a Christmas movie, so I'm excited!"

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Thursday
Aug222013

Jake Owen Gets Musical Surprise Behind the Fuel Door of His Truck

Twitter.com/JakeOwenSingers hoping to break into the country music industry are constantly working to get their music in the right hands, and one of those hopefuls got really creative making sure Jake Owen heard his stuff.

Jake tweeted a photo Wednesday of a CD and business card someone slipped behind the fuel door of his pickup truck. The caption reads, "Only in Nashville will someone leave you their CD and biz card in your fuel tank... Just found this.. Smooth move!!"

Jake moves on to Cuyahoga Falls, OH Friday night for another show opening for Jason Aldean on the Night Train tour.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Keith Urban Announces Third and Final Leg of His Light the Fuse Tour

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has announced the third and final leg of his Light the Fuse tour, kicking off January 9, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI. The trek will hit arenas around the country, including Madison Square Garden in New York City, before wrapping up February 1 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Little Big Town opens all dates on this leg of the tour. Dustin Lynch is set to open on the U.S. dates while Brett Eldredge takes that first performance slot for the Canadian shows.

Keith's new album, Fuse, hits stores September 10 featuring his latest hit, "Little Bit of Everything."

Here are the final Light the Fuse tour dates:

1/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
1/10 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
1/11 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
1/15 -- Vancouver, BC (CAN), Rogers Arena
1/17 -- Calgary, AB (CAN), Saddledome
1/18 -- Edmonton, AB (CAN), Rexall Place
1/20 -- Winnipeg, MB, (CAN), MTS Centre
1/23 -- London, ON (CAN), Budweiser Gardens
1/24 -- Toronto, ON (CAN), Air Canada Centre
1/29 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/31 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
2/1 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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Thursday
Aug222013

Carly Rae Jepsen's Version of Classic "Little Mermaid" Song Now Available

Facebook.com/CarlyRaeJepsenA few months ago, Carly Rae Jepsen revealed that Disney had tapped her to remake The Little Mermaid song "Part of Your World" for the upcoming Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of the movie.  The song is now available on iTunes, and Carly says in a message to her fans, "I absolutely adore The Little Mermaid and I have since I was little, so naturally I was SO excited to sing my own version."

"Part of Your World" is a Broadway-style ballad in which Ariel, the Little Mermaid, expresses her desire to become human.  And Carly says recording it really brought out the actress in her.

"I don't think I've ever been so animated with my arms and gestures!" she tells ABC News Radio, laughing. "Just because my little musical theater side totally came out and got to play for a day, 'cause that song is so theatrical."

The experience also inspired Carly to make a change to her appearance, or so she claims.  A few months ago, she surprised fans by dying her hair red -- just like a certain little mermaid

She tells ABC News Radio, "I've always wanted to do it and I've never kinda been brave enough.  And leading up to [recording the song], people would ask me, "Why did you go [and do it]?"  And I had to keep the secret of, 'Oh, just 'cause, just 'cause.'   The truth is, I get to be Ariel!" 

In addition to recording a new version of the tune, which was sung by actress Jodi Benson in the original movie, Carly's shot a new video.  A 90-second clip will debut on the Disney Channel this Saturday, while the full version will be included in the Diamond Edition Blu-ray and digital release on October 1.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Steve Winwood Adds Handful of US Headlining Concerts to Tour Schedule

Photo: Sam EricksonSteve Winwood's busy tour itinerary has just gotten a little busier.  The ex-Traffic/Spencer Davis Group frontman has scheduled a handful of headlining gigs to go along with his upcoming series of dates opening for The Allman Brothers Band and Rod Stewart.

The new concerts will take place on off dates during the Stewart tour, which is scheduled to run from an October 17 performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, through a December 15 show in Toronto, Canada.  The headlining concerts are scheduled for October 21 in Louisville, Kentucky; October 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana; December 6 in Oakland, Pennsylvania; and December 12 in Silver Springs, Maryland.

First up for Winwood, though, is his stint supporting The Allman Brothers.  The six-date outing kicks off this Friday in Darien Center, New York, and is mapped out through an August 31 show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Check out SteveWinwood.com to see the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's full tour schedule.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Carrie Underwood's multi-platinum debut album? ANSWER: Some Hearts.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Luke Bryan Avoids "Prima Donna" Moments in Spite of Staggering Success

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is on top of the music world these days. His new album, Crash My Party, debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week with 528,000 copies sold. His Dirt Road Diaries tour is this year's hottest country show.  So, it would be easy to understand if Luke was feeling a little cocky lately.  In reality, Luke is taking all this success in stride since it's coming six years after his debut album, I'll Stay Me, hit stores.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, "I will give the credit in that [it's been] a steady, slow climb in this business, and I've been able to absorb it all and take it all gradually.  I mean, I've changed about things, but I've got good friends around me that don't babysit me enough to where I change."

While Luke admits to a few "prima donna" moments out on the road, he adds, "My wife will call me out when I'm getting that way too."

It turns out making outlandish demands just isn't in Luke's nature.

"I still believe it's 10 times more work being unapproachable, being distant," he says.  "That takes a lot of concentration to be an ass."

In other Luke news, look for him to be part of Music Choice's new Take Back Your Music campaign.  He's one of the artists appearing in 30 second spots explaining how music plays a role in his daily life.  Go to MusicChoice.com for more details.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Miguel Releases Episode 1 of New YouTube Video Series 

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Miguel wants you to know what his life is like on the road. The singer, who will soon join Drake's upcoming Would You Like a Tour, recently posted to YouTube the first episode of his new video series that will lead up to the tour kick-off.

In the first two-minute video, which was posted on his Art Dealer Chic page on YouTube, fans can watch the "How Many Drinks" singer preparing for his performance in London at the Shephard's Bush 02 Empire earlier this year.

Every Tuesday, you will get to see new footage of Miguel's tour life, which will include highlights from Miguel's live performances from his European dates as well as his tour with Alicia Keys earlier this year.

In related news, Drake's outing has a total of 41 North American dates scheduled, beginning September 25 in Portland, Oregon and wrapping up November 15 in Los Angeles. The trek includes seven Canadian dates, and Future and other special guests will appear at select venues.  Tickets are currently available via LiveNation and Ticketmaster.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Puscifer to Release Comedic Concert Film in November; Offers Stream of "All Re-Mixed Up"

Tim CadientePuscifer will show off their comedic skills in a new DVD that’s headed our way this fall. The band will release a two-hour film, What Is…, which features comedy skits from Puscifer mixed with live performances.

“Being surrounded by so many talented and creative people is an endless source of inspiration,” says frontman Maynard James Keenan in a statement. “This film only scratches the surface of how deep our proverbial rabbit hole goes. What Is… Puscifer is meant to conjure as many questions as it answers.”

What Is… will be released on November 26, along with a soundtrack for the film.

In other Puscifer news, the band is offering a stream of every track from their upcoming album, All Re-Mixed Up, at SPIN.com. That release features remixes of tracks from 2011’s Conditions of My Parole by a number of electronic artists, rappers and producers, including producer Alain Johannes, rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis, among others. All Re-Mixed Up arrives in stores on Tuesday.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Alleged Stalker Stayed in J-Lo's Hamptons Estate for Days, Say Police

Frank Micelotta/FOXPolice in New York's Hamptons say a man against whom Jennifer Lopez has an order of protection managed to make himself at home on her estate there in early August.

According to the Southampton Police Department's arrest report obtained by ABC News, John M. Dubis, a former Rhode Island firefighter, was arrested on August 8 after he "was found to have taken up residence in the pool house for [a] week unbeknownst to the homeowner." 

Dubis, 49, was charged the following day with felony burglary and criminal contempt, as well as misdemeanor stalking and possession of burglary tools. He remains behind bars on 100 thousand dollars bail and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The New York Post reports Dubis was seen by members of Lopez's staff during his unauthorized visit, but apparently everybody assumed he belonged there, especially because he reportedly tidied up the property. After as many as six days, he was confronted by a more sharp-eyed employee, who called the cops.

When officers arrived, the paper says Dubis claimed to be the father of J-Lo’s children, and that the recording artist let him stay in the pool house.

The paper reports Dubis allegedly posted photos on Facebook of himself on the property and holding gifts he claimed were from the star. He also allegedly admitted to performing a lewd act in Lopez's yard.

Dubis also was jailed earlier this year and underwent a psychiatric evaluation after he allegedly called Lopez's mother, claiming to be her son.    

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Thursday
Aug222013

Metallica to Perform at NYC's Apollo Theater Next Month

Warner Bros. RecordsMetallica will perform at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater next month.

The band will visit the Apollo on September 21, about a week before their 3D film, Through the Never, hits IMAX theaters. Though the venue is primarily known for having hosted memorable performances by iconic African-American artists like Michael Jackson and James Brown, it did welcome Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen to its stage last year.

Metallica club members will have the chance to win tickets at Metallica.com. Check back with the website soon for more information.

After Through the Never has its run in IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Did Jennifer Lopez Cause Diddy to Nix "American Idol" Offer?

Warwick Saint/FOXSean "Diddy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez dated each other between 1999 and 2001, but apparently neither one of them is ready to put the past behind them. A source revealed to Us Weekly that Diddy was being considered to fill the third spot on the American Idol judges’ panel, but turned down the offer when he learned his ex reportedly is set to return to the competition.

The source tells the magazine that Diddy, 43, passed on the offer because of his history with Jennifer, 44, and her manager Benny Medina, who also represented the hip-hop mogul until they parted company several years ago.

The insider tells Us Weekly Combs felt it was a “her or me situation,” and Idol’s producers opted for Lopez.

A rep denies to the magazine that his decision had anything to do with Lopez or Medina, calling the claims “not true.”

J-Lo almost had a run-in with Diddy when he was a guest mentor on American Idol during her first judging stint between 2011 and 2012. His segment was pre-taped, though.

At the moment, Keith Urban is the only judge officially announced for the 2014 season of American Idol.

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