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Tuesday
Dec172013

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry Reveals Wedding and Christmas Plans

CMAThe Band Perry's Kimberly Perry will tie the knot with fiancé J.P. Arencibia in 2014, but they won't have long for a honeymoon after their planned summertime wedding.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, "My fiancé, he plays baseball for the Texas Rangers. And so, it's gonna be a busy year. I think we have one 24-hour period to get it done."

The Band Perry just played their final show of 2013 over the weekend, so Kimberly and J.P. are spending this holiday season visiting their respective families.

"We live in Greeneville, TN, and, of course, that is where the Perry residences are. So, I think we'll be spending time there," Kimberly says. "And also JP's family is down in Miami. We'll hit that for a couple days as well."

The Band Perry returns to the concert trail with a run of shows through Canada starting January 9.

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Muse Aiming for Next Album to Be Released in 2015

Gavin BondMuse has an idea of when they’d like to put out their follow-up to 2012’s The 2nd Law. Frontman Matt Bellamy says he’s written a number of songs for the upcoming album, which he hopes to release sometime in 2015.

“We'll take a break next year for a little few months and then we'll get in the studio,” he tells Australian radio station Triple J. “If it all goes very well, the new album could well be early 2015 or late 2015. Christmas 2014 might be [when we release] our next single."

In addition to a new album, the band promises to "play some festivals in 2015.”

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel Among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of FameNirvana and KISS are two of the acts who have been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014.

Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, round out the latest inductees, who will be honored April 10, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Nirvana is being recognized in their first year of eligibility. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release.

2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of Nirvana's debut album, Bleach. Their frontman, Kurt Cobain, died in 1994.

KISS is somewhat of a surprise, not necessarily because they don't have the credentials, but because the band's fans had believed for years the makeup-wearing rockers had been wrongly snubbed.

Hall and Oates, Gabriel and Ronstadt were first-time nominees.

The other nominees who were considered for induction this year were YES, The Replacements, The Zombies, guitarist Link Wray, Deep Purple, Chic, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Meters, and rap acts LL Cool J and N.W.A.

The inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The public took part in the process via an online vote that comprised a "fans' ballot."

At next year's ceremony, which will be open to the public, Bruce Springsteen's backing group, the E Street Band, will receive the Award for Music Excellence. The Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and The Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will earn Ahmet Ertegun Awards, presented to non-performers.

The event will air on HBO in May.

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Monday
Dec162013

Brad Paisley Accepts Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award

Photo Credit: Ben EnosBrad Paisley was presented with the Harmony Award at the 29th Annual Symphony Ball Saturday night in Nashville. The honor recognizes a member of Nashville's music community who makes a difference in people's lives. Former Senator Bill Frist was on hand to list Brad's charitable endeavors, including his work with the Water=Hope Campaign and Live Beyond to offer support to impoverished communities in Haiti.

After accepting the award, Brad performed his #1 hit, "Southern Comfort Zone," with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus. He rounded out his set with acoustic performances of "I'm Gonna Miss Her" and "I'm Still a Guy" before closing it out with "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

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Monday
Dec162013

Kelly Clarkson Is New Brand Ambassador for Citizen Watches

PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch CompanyWhat time is it?  Time for Kelly Clarkson to pick up an endorsement deal with Citizen watches.

Kelly has been announced as the new brand ambassador for the watch line, and will start appearing on broadcast and print ads in the spring. But considering the fact that she'll be enormously pregnant at that time, it's likely she'll shoot all of the ads well before then. 

Explaining why Kelly was chosen, the president of Citizen Watch Company says in a statement, "We feel that Kelly Clarkson ideally reflects the values of our brand.  We admire how she continually builds on her talent to reach new heights in her music and performances, as well as her inspirational and accessible style."  He adds, "We feel that our customers will warmly relate to Kelly as she embraces her new roles as a wife and mother-to-be." 

As for Kelly, she says, "Style and performance are a part of my everyday life, so Citizen watches are a great fit for me!  I am so pleased to be joining the family of Citizen Brand Ambassadors and can't wait to wear my new watches and support the brand."

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Monday
Dec162013

Chris Young Indulges His Romantic Side with New Single, "Who I Am with You"

RCA NashvilleChris Young takes a turn back to romance with his new single, "Who I Am with You," after getting rowdy with his last top-five hit, "Aw Naw." From the moment he first heard "Who I Am with You," Chris knew he had to include it on his latest album, A.M.

He says, "It's a song that speaks to being totally in love with someone and the feelings you get from a connection like that. The feeling that just being around that person is all you need.”

Look for Chris to perform "Who I Am with You" on CBS's Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Monday
Dec162013

Robin Thicke Issues Video for "Feel Good"

GeffenRobin Thicke has a lot to be happy about. Coming off the success of "Blurred Lines" and scoring three Grammy nominations, the singer celebrates in the video for his new single, "Feel Good," which appears on his latest album, Blurred Lines.

In the glitzy clip, the singer is all smiles as he plays the piano while showgirls dance around him. The visual was posted via his official YouTube page.

Robin will keep the good times rolling into 2014 when he kicks off his North American tour with Jessie J and DJ Cassidy in Atlanta on February 21.

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Monday
Dec162013

KISS Edges Out Nirvana in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Fan Vote

Brian LoweIn terms of image and critical acclaim, there's a huge gap between KISS and Nirvana.

As for which band is more worthy of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the public has given a slight edge to the group led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

With 17.22 percent of the rock hall's online fan vote, KISS squeaked past Nirvana, which finished with 15.69 percent.  Rounding out the top five in the poll, which closed December 10, were Deep Purple, Yes and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

All five acts will now be included together as one fan ballot, which will count toward the official rock hall voting for the class of 2014.

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Monday
Dec162013

Nirvana Edged Out by KISS in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Fan Vote

Anton CorijnIn terms of image and critical acclaim, there's a huge gap between Nirvana and KISS.

As for which band is more worthy of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the public has given a slight edge to the group led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

With 17.22 percent of the rock hall's online fan vote, KISS squeaked past Nirvana, which finished with 15.69 percent.  Rounding out the top five in the poll, which closed December 10, were Deep Purple, Yes and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

All five acts will now be included together as one fan ballot, which will count toward the official rock hall voting for the class of 2014.

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Monday
Dec162013

Billy Joel Classic, Simon and Garfunkel Cover Featured on "Wolf of Wall Street" Soundtrack

Virgin RecordsBilly Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel favorite "Mrs. Robinson" by The Lemonheads are among the songs featured on the soundtrack to The Wolf of Wall Street.

Former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson served as the executive music producer on the soundtrack.  The digital version will be available Tuesday, followed by the CD edition on Jan. 7.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fast-rising New York stockbroker in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey also appear in the film, which arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

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Monday
Dec162013

Complex Addresses Wale's Threats & Criticism

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Last week, Complex released a recording of Wale threatening staffers for excluding his latest album, The Gifted, from the magazine's list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013.  Now, the publication is explaining why the telephone recording was leaked.

"The decision to publish Wale’s irate phone call to a Complex Media editor last week was not made lightly," Complex Senior Editor Rob Kenner writes in an open letter. "In the 24 hours following the D.C. rapper’s Wednesday afternoon rant multiple meetings took place during which serious debate ensued amongst Complex’s music department and senior staff. Some felt that we should work to resolve the dispute behind the scenes. Leaving aside the particulars of which lists he made and which lists he missed this year, Wale is an important artist with a loyal following and -- despite his mistaken belief that Complex editors harbor some sort of grudge against him -- we recognize the value in maintaining a healthy working relationship with him and the rest of his MMG affiliates.

"Others, myself included, maintained that any time anyone threatens violence against any member of our staff, that threat must be taken seriously and addressed," Kenner continues, referring to the rapper planning to visit the office and "start knocking n***as the f**k out."

Kenner explains, "Our intention was not to retaliate or sensationalize but simply to document a credible threat against not just one reporter but our entire team -- from accounting to ad sales, IT, HR, even college interns. Moreover, from a journalistic point of view, this was a legitimate story: a public figure making threats against anyone, let alone a major media company, and as such, it’s news."

As for Wale's claim that he was omitted over "personal" reasons, the mag stands by its initial decision of compiling albums based on their "subjective taste." Kenner notes that other artists, ranging from Justin Timberlake to The Weeknd, also did not make the cut, adding, "We do not owe him, or any artist, inclusion on this or any of our lists."

Kenner concludes that the entire incident resulted in a win for all parties. The publication enjoyed massive online traffic while Wale "got his first headlines in months."

Shortly after the recording surfaced online, the rapper posted a video on Instagram in which he jokingly mentions the publication. While reaching inside his jacket, Wale says, "I got my tool," then pulls out a MacBook and yells, "I got my laptop."

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Monday
Dec162013

Jakob Dylan Added to Carole King MusiCares Tribute

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJakob Dylan has been added to the lineup for the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year event honoring Carole King. The Wallflowers frontman joins Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on the bill for the gala, which takes place January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host.

The MusiCares concert is one of the events leading up to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcasting live from Los Angeles on CBS January 26.

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Monday
Dec162013

311 Sets Release Date for Next Studio Album

311 Records311 has nailed down an appropriate release date for their follow-up to 2011’s Universal Pulse. The band reveals they plan on dropping their 11th studio album on March 11, the same day as their annual 311 Day concert.

Frontman Nick Hexum says fans can expect the upcoming release to feature a fair amount of musical experimentation. "There's a lot of riffs and really good high-energy stuff that's going to be great for a live setting,” he tells Billboard. “I think there's a good diversity of tempos and feels and arrangements, lots of distortion guitar and big rocking parts but then there's some trippy, chill-out moments and even some hard rock, like dual leads that some might say could sound like some old classic rock.”

A title for the album has yet to be announced. You’ll be able to hear some of the new cuts performed live if you head down to the New Orleans Arena for their 311 Day show.

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Monday
Dec162013

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Ties the Knot with Girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole

Twitter.com/PlayBkPlayFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is a married man. The Florida native tied the knot with girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole in a sunset wedding Monday at his home in Nashville. Tyler's duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, was in attendance for the ceremony, and the couple's engagement was very untraditional.

Brian tells People magazine, "There was no official proposal or exchanging of rings. We had just fallen in love, and I knew I couldn't live without her. It sounds like a terrible cheesy movie, but when you know, you know!"

Brian and Brittney have only been dating for seven months, but there was an attraction from the first time they met three years ago. They both happened to be in relationships with other people at the time, but they started dating earlier this year.

Brian adds, "The first day we hung out, we just knew that it was something real. I'd never wanted to make someone my wife before. I always want her by my side."

Brittney, who is a psychology student at the University of Georgia, found her wedding dress on Etsy and paired it with a feathered headband for the ceremony. The couple plans to honeymoon somewhere tropical and adopt a dog soon. As for having children, Brian says, "One day for sure, but it's too crazy with everything going on right now."

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Monday
Dec162013

Country Music Innovator Ray Price Dead at 87 

Donn Jones/Country Music Hall of FameCountry Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, whose hits include "Crazy Arms," "Heartaches by the Number" and "For the Good Times," died Monday at home in Mt. Pleasant, TX after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 87.  A rep for his wife of 45 years, Janie, confirmed Price's passing on Facebook, adding that she and the family are "so grateful for your prayers."

Though Price had been undergoing treatment since his 2011 diagnosis, the cancer recently spread to the singer's liver, intestines and lungs.  A December 12 statement from East Texas Medical Center said Price and Janie had made the decision to end treatment and for Price to return home to receive hospice care in his final days.

In a last message to his fans, Price said, "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Raised in East Texas, Ray Price split his time between his divorced parents' homes. After a stint in the Marines during World War II, Price went to college to become a veterinarian, but also started singing and recording in Dallas. Price met Hank Williams in 1951, and then moved to Nashville from his native Texas in 1952 to join the Grand Ole Opry; he briefly roomed with Williams.  His early style was heavily influenced by Williams, and Price even used Williams' band, the Drifting Cowboys, as his backing band.

For the next twenty years, Price earned a well-deserved reputation as one of country music's foremost innovators.  He came into his own with the 1956 #1 hit, "Crazy Arms," which introduced the 4/4 shuffle tempo that came to be known as the "Ray Price Beat." Through the late '50s, Price helped put legendary songwriters like Harlan Howard and Bill Anderson on the map by recording their songs "Heartaches by the Number" and "City Lights," respectively.  He also hired Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Johnny Paycheck as his band members during this time.

The 1960s found Ray Price trading in his honky-tonk style for a much smoother, pop sound marked by the use of string sections. In 1970, Price hit the #1 spot on the country chart with Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," which was named ACM Single of the Year. The For the Good Times LP was named ACM Album of the Year as well. In 1971, Price's I Won't Mention It Again took CMA Album of the Year honors.

Price moved back to Texas in the mid-'70s after growing frustrated with the Nashville music business. He recorded sporadically for the next few decades, and teamed up with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard for a 2007 collaborative album, Last of the Breed. His duet with Willie Nelson from that album, "Lost Highway," won a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Price kept an active touring schedule through May 2013.   According to the December 12 statement, "He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for Feb. 12 in Nashville." 

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Monday
Dec162013

Target Won't Sell Beyonce's New Album

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Beyonce's surprise self-titled album will soon be available in major retailers nationwide, except Target. The company has decided not to carry the project since the digital version was released ahead of the physical copy.

"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard.

She continues, "While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyonce in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyonce's new self-titled album Beyonce."

The news seemingly comes as a surprise given Bey's previous history with Target. Back in 2011, her last album, 4, included an exclusive version through Target that came with six additional tracks.

Meanwhile, fans will be able to purchase the physical copy at other retailers like Walmart. That company's spokesperson Sarah McKinney revealed the company is "happy to be able to carry her album and support all physical music." However, Walmart will only carry the non-explicit version of Beyonce, which will be available in stores on Friday, December 20.

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Monday
Dec162013

Justin Timberlake Helps Fan Propose to His Girlfriend on Stage

ABC/Matt BrownWhen Justin Timberlake took the stage in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, he didn't just bring great tunes to the audience -- he helped bring love into the life of one lucky couple.

As People magazine reports, a fan named Josh asked Justin's camp to help him propose to his girlfriend Kim at the concert, and the singer made it happen.  After performing the song "That Girl," Justin brought the couple up on stage, and said, "Josh called me earlier. He's got something he wants to tell you." He stepped aside to let Josh pop the question, and after he planted a huge kiss on his bride-to-be, Justin led the applause. 

The whole thing was captured on video, which is now on YouTube.

Monday
Dec162013

Rihanna Turns Three Bedrooms into Closets?

ABCRihanna has reportedly converted three bedrooms of her $39,000-a-month Manhattan duplex penthouse into walk-in closets.

According to New York Post's Page Six column, a source spills that Ri Ri altered her four-bedroom pad to make room for her massive wardrobe. "Rihanna hopes to make Manhattan her home. The apartment offers extra security and is convenient to go see her family in Barbados," the source claims.

The singer's lavish loft is located on Lafayette Street and boasts a wraparound terrace with World Trade Center views.

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Monday
Dec162013

Beyonce Breaks iTunes Sales Records, Sells 828,773 in Three Days

Columbia RecordsBeyonce's new self-titled album is the fastest-selling album in the history of the iTunes online store, Apple announced.

According to the companyBeyonce sold an unprecedented 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days on sale.  The collection also broke the record for the largest-ever sales week for an album on the U.S. iTunes store, moving 617,213 units domestically through the close of business on Sunday, December 15. The set is also number one in 104 countries.

The singer's staggering sales start guarantees that Beyonce will debut at the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album also represents Bey's biggest sales week of her career and marks the largest sales week of 2013 for a woman -- the biggest since Taylor Swift's Red bowed with 1.2 million copies sold back in 2012.

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Monday
Dec162013

Darlene Love and Others Added to MusiCares Concert Lineup Honoring Carole King

Shahar Azran/WireImageThe lineup for the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year concert honoring Carole King keeps getting bigger -- and better.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love has been added to the list of performers, along with acclaimed background singers Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, who are perhaps best known for their work with The Rolling Stones.

Previously-announced performers include Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  The MusiCares concert is set for Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, two days before the Grammy Awards.

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