Madonna Responds to 'Rebel Heart' Leak by Releasing Six Songs|
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:18:00 -0500
Madonna hadn't planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart, until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop's follow-up to 2012's MDNA, unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week. In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale...
Liberace Hologram to Tour World
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:00 -0500
A Liberace hologram is set to tour the world with a debut performance scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, though no dates have been announced yet, The Guardian reports.
The company behind the new endeavor, Hologram USA, is working with the full support of the Liberace Foundation, and they say they'll be rolling...
Hear Miguel Make 'NWA' Sound Sexy on His Surprise New EP
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:34:00 -0500
Miguel has spent the last few months hinting at the possibility of new music, and this morning, the R&B singer posted three new songs to his SoundCloud. The first, "NWA," features a guest verse from L.A. rap legend Kurupt; the second, "Hollywooddreams" addresses a down-and-out actor looking to make it big;...
Paul McCartney Pondering Song About Eric Garner Protests
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:23:00 -0500
Paul McCartney revealed that he recently tried writing a song about the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island in an interview with The Associated Press. While the former Beatle admitted his initial attempts proved fruitless, he hasn't given up on the song.
"I was thinking recently about all these...
Flashback: Johnny Paycheck Shoots a Man in Barroom Brawl
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:13:00 -0500
You don't mess with a country outlaw… especially when he's packing.
Related: Flashback: Watch a Johnny Cash Christmas Clip From 1978
On December 19, 1985 — almost 30 years to the date after the release of "Folsom Prison Blues," during which Johnny Cash's character shoots a man in Reno just to watch...
YA Books, RPG and the New Decemberists LP: Colin Meloy Rolls the Dice
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:00 -0500
Nobody expected the Decemberists, the theatrically-minded indie-folk band from Portland, Oregon, to ever hit Number One on the Billboard album chart. So what did they do after their sixth LP, 2011's The King Is Dead, made it all the way to the top? They took four years to release its...
Watch Jenny Lewis Soar on 'She's Not Me' With Ryan Adams
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:30:00 -0500
One week after wrapping up a string of shared shows in the Southwest, Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams teamed up again last night, when both songwriters hit the stage during an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Lewis was the show's musical guest, in her last gig of a busy year...
Fricke's Picks Radio: Farewells, Foos and Airwaves
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:09:00 -0500
It has been awhile since my last broadcast: Deadlines, shows, roadwork, and, sadly, obituaries got in the way. They also had a big impact on the records that have filled the last weeks of this year: Pink Floyd's tribute to their late keyboard player Richard Wright; U2's controversial gift to...
Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam 2015 Will Feature Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:25:00 -0500
From the first time the Charlie Daniels staged his Volunteer Jam concert event in Nashville in October 1974, the caliber of talent and number of surprise performers kept fans returning year after year.
To commemorate the legendary concert's 40th anniversary, the star-studded event returns to Music City on August 12, 2015,...
Fatboy Slim on Woodstock, Rehab and David Byrne's Dance Skills
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:07:00 -0500
During the peak of his fame as Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook never knew where the beat would lead him. Take that night in 2001 when he DJ'd an Oscar party in Hollywood. "It wasn't the best crowd reaction I'd ever had," he says bemusedly. "John Cleese came up to me...
Trace Adkins Scores 'Roadrunner' Movie Role, Preps Live DVD
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:33:00 -0500
Trace Adkins is set to appear in Roadrunner, an upcoming movie about car racing that's being compared to the classic Burt Reynolds film, Smokey and the Bandit. Clint Eastwood's 28-year-old son, Scott, is the only other publicly known cast member at this point, and a release date has yet to...
Willie Nelson, Skrillex Concerts to Air on SiriusXM on New Year's Eve
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:47:00 -0500
SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year's lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels.
Nelson's headlining set at the Moody Theater in Austin, as part of Austin City Limits Live, will air on the country legend's...
On the Charts: J. Cole Drives Home a Number One
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:16:00 -0500
WISHING YOU ALL A LUMP OF THIS CHART TOPPER FOR CHRISTMAS: A year ago, if I'd challenged you to predict the Top Three first-week sales numbers, would you have answered Taylor Swift, Coldplay and rapper J. Cole? The first one's obvious, the second possible and the third – like winning your NCAA-tournament pool...
George Harrison, Bee Gees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:00 -0500
George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year's Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez.
Billy Corgan: 'The Mythology of the Nineties Now Is Irrelevant'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:00 -0500
Billy Corgan has been asked to revisit the heyday of Nineties alternative rock a number of times while promoting the Smashing Pumpkins' most recent record, Monuments to an Elegy, but in a new interview with The Guardian, the rocker seemed to hit a breaking point, saying: "Right now that era is...
Howard Stern to Broadcast Two-Hour Black Keys Concert
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:00 -0500
A two-hour Black Keys concert, recorded earlier this year in Houston will air after "The Howard Stern Birthday Bash: Director's Cut" on SiriusXM Howard 100 or 101 at 11:15 p.m. EST/8:15 p.m. PST on December 19th.
The Black Keys are also kicking off a charity raffle, with the winner receiving frontman Dan...
The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:14:00 -0500
The Who have added some soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame firepower to join them on the road when the Tommy rockers bring their Who Hits 50! Tour to North America next year: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rock Hall Class of 2015 inductees, will serve as opening act on both North...
TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek Launches Online Pop-Up Shop
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:37:00 -0500
Federal Prism, the label run by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, will be selling a number of exclusive and limited-edition records from artists like Thelonious Monk, Johnny Cash, Chuck Inglish and the Julie Ruin through an online pop-up shop, running on PledgeMusic for the next 60 days.
Among the featured...
Hear Old Crow Medicine Show's Rollicking Bob Wills Tribute
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:32:00 -0500
On March 3rd, Asleep at the Wheel will release their third tribute to Bob Wills, the revered "King of Western Swing." But they aren't going it alone: The big band and its leader Ray Benson recruited a crop of guest stars, from veterans Willie Nelson and George Strait to contemporary...
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Lead Big Barrel Country Festival
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:04:00 -0500
Much like Stagecoach following Coachella at the same California venue, the East Coast is getting a huge country music festival that will act as a cousin to an annual rock extravaganza. Organizers of the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware — this year headlined by Foo Fighters, Outkast and Jack Johnson...
Elton John to Wed David Furnish This Weekend in England
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:04:00 -0500
Elton John will marry his partner of more than two decades, David Furnish, this weekend at a ceremony in England. The couple underwent a civil partnership in 2005, according Us Weekly, and has been waiting for a same-sex marriage to be legal in the country before planning their wedding; a...
Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan Are 2014 Country Chart Champs
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:02:00 -0500
It was, by all accounts, a very good year to be Eric Church, Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan. But which of them was the year's top country artist overall? It depends on which year-end chart statistics you consult.
Church, whose The Outsiders garnered four Grammy nominations, had the best-selling album of...
5 Things We Learned at Nicki Minaj's Revealing CRWN Q&A
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0500
Last night at New York venue Le Poisson Rouge, Elliott Wilson hosted the latest edition of CRWN, a rap version of Inside the Actors Studio, with Nicki Minaj as his guest. The conversation was pegged to the release of The Pinkprint, her latest LP, but the night quickly became a celebration of the local...
Hear Joe Pug's Cathartic 'If Still It Can't Be Found,' Featuring Wilco's Pat Sansone
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:07:00 -0500
Once in a while, you have to be a little out of tune to find your way. This was the case for folk troubadour Joe Pug, anyway, as he toiled away in a quest to create the songs that would comprise his upcoming LP, Windfall — and, in particular, the...
Roger Daltrey Illness Postpones London Who Shows
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:34:00 -0500
The Who were forced to postpone the final two 2014 dates of their Who Hits 50 tour after singer Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with a throat infection. The Tommy rockers were scheduled to perform at London's O2 Arena on December 17th and 18th, but doctors ordered Daltrey to rest his voice, NME...