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Young Bleed Announces Spring Tour

Former No Limit Standout And Platinum Recording Artist Young Bleed Hits The Road With Chucky Workclothes And Mr. Envi’ Starting April 1st 2016.


Watch Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers' Behind-the-Scenes 'Paper Gods' Clip

Duran Duran made a behind-the-scenes video for Live Nation TV that takes viewers into the studio as they create their 14th album, Paper Gods.

The album’s genesis began in 2013, as Simon Le Bon details in the five-minute clip. “It’s been a long project, it seems like a long project, but on the other hand it’s probably faster than the last one,” he says. “Two years from beginning to finish is about right.”

The bandmates discuss how they approach making an album, explaining that unlike fashion, they strive to make the music resonate beyond a season, focus on it “feeling natural” and “jam and play until there’s hours and hours of music.”

They also address what has changed over their more than three-decade-long career, emphasizing that there’s “more trust and confidence” now, and the members have “mutual respect” with no “ego clashing.”

The footage also features contributors and others that worked on the album, such as Lindsay Lohan, Ben Hudson, aka Mr Hudson, and Mark Ronson, who says Duran Duran was “a seminal band for me when I was a kid.” The band credits Ronson as being integral to their latest collaboration with Nile Rodgers, who also makes an appearance in the video. The band also comments on how it had been many years since the group and Rodgers played live together in a studio.

“It makes it feel to me like I’m back with my band in a way,” Rodgers says in the video. “All the guys in my original band, Chic, have all passed away. So I feel like Duran Duran is my second band.”

Duran Duran are embarking on a North American tour, which kicks off March 28th in Durham, NC. Chic and Nile Rodgers will join Duran Duran on the road for several of the dates.

Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt to Perform at ACM Awards

Dierks Bentley will be pulling double duty at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Already tapped to co-host the show with Luke Bryan, Bentley will also perform.

The “Somewhere on a Beach” singer joins an expanded roster of artists, including Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini, set to take the stage during the Las Vegas telecast. Previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Cam, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney, who will close out the final night of the ACM’s Party for a Cause Festival after the awards.

Ahead of his live-TV-hosting debut, Bentley has been having some fun at his own expense. He recently filmed an outrageous video of himself honing his emcee skills, doing his best Ron Burgundy while intoning, “The human torch is denied a bank loan,” in front of the mirror. (Watch the clip below.)

Bentley should be practicing a possible acceptance speech: he’s nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, opposite Church, Jason Aldean, Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton. Church and Stapleton lead all nominees with five each.

The ACM Awards air live Sunday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m./ET on CBS.

Watch Garth Brooks Sing the Worst Song He Ever Wrote

Even Garth Brooks writes the occasional bad song, though it’s pretty unlikely any of them will ever be recorded. 

He proved as much at the second annual “The First and the Worst,” a fundraiser for the Music Health Alliance that was held at Nashville’s City Winery and hosted by journalist Peter Cooper. Brooks, along with fellow singer-songwriters Lee Brice, Jessi Alexander and Bobby Braddock, were all tasked with playing the worst song they’d ever written as well as the first and, while everyone had slightly different interpretations of those words, the selections were mostly the kind that couldn’t be heard anywhere else.                                                    

Brooks kicked off the evening with “Anybody But Bill,” detaling a man’s wishes for his wife if he should die — namely, not marrying Bill. Also off the list for the wife were Jim and Dick, and there were plenty of cringe-inducing jokes to go along with the latter. Still, Brooks (filling in last minute for Chris Stapleton) proved to be no match for Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock, who won the dubious honor of the “Crappy” award with a pair of songs from years back.

There were also some transcendent moments after the humorous first couple of rounds. Brooks offered up “That Summer” and also brought out his wife Trisha Yearwood to sing lead on The Steeldrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” a Chris Stapleton co-written song later covered by Adele. Yearwood also helped Jessi Alexander on “Nothin’ ‘Bout Memphis,” which she recorded for her 2007 album Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Brice sang his Eli Young Bang cut “Crazy Girl” and “I Drive Your Truck,” which Alexander co-wrote. Alexander also introduced her husband Jon Randall to sing his song “Whiskey Lullabye,” a CMA Award-winning hit for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

All the writers, Brooks included, were deferential to Braddock, who impressed with quiet piano renditions of “Time Marches On,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “People Are Crazy.” Noticing an audience member on the verge of tears after the George Jones classic, Braddock — who recently released his book A Life on Nashville’s Music Row — hinted at one of the driving forces for many songwriters. 

“That’s why we all write songs — every once in awhile you make somebody cry,” said Braddock. “We’re sadistic like that.”

The Roots' Questlove Sings Praises of the Who, Keith Moon

The Who are currently trekking across North America on their “The Who Hits 50!” tour, which Roger Daltrey has described as the beginning of the group’s “long goodbye.” The band has influenced countless musicians who have followed in its footsteps, including the Roots’ Questlove, who shares his thoughts on the Who and particularly their legendary drummer Keith Moon below.

Keith Moon is just … to make up a term, a drum-omatopoeia. He’s a drummer in an onomatopoeia. He’s the personification of just absolute power. He is the exclamation point at the end of a sentence. Often drummers are supposed to be the line on the paper where you write the sentence, but Keith Moon is the exclamation point. What’s also undervalued is Keith was … He was the groove master. You have to understand the household I grew up in. The very first Who song I heard was “Eminence Front. ” I got into that stuff when I was older, 11 and 12 or 13. That was one of my favorite songs I ever heard and it was groove-based. Once I saw those clips on Midnight Special and them on television … how powerful he was as a drummer, not just the guy Animal was based on.

The sign to me of an excellent drummer is one that actually is the timekeeper for a band. The Who were one of the great drum-and-bass combos ever. Really, it was a classic case of four different personality meshing in together to gel and become one unit. That makes the best bands – where there’s a juxtaposition and a contrast that meshes together. 

A lot of people have genius streaks. The Beatles had that genius streak, from Rubber Soul all the way to Let It Be. For Stevie Wonder, the 1970s from Music of My Mind to Songs in the Key of Life. There’s a period where you’re so in the zone and willing to travel places and go musically. Next to Pink Floyd, the Who’s 1970s work is more sprawling and more ambitious than anyone, just the concepts they had.

My favorite Who album is probably Who’s Next. I remember that as a kid. My sister constantly, constantly, that’s the album that was always played. You know when you’re obsessed with something the scares you? Even today, when I hear the opening synth, the opening 90 seconds of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – that, to me, defines fear and loathing in my childhood. I’d turn out the lights in my house. That would always come on and creep me out.

Flashback: See Miranda Lambert's Breakout 'Nashville Star' Performance

Thirteen years ago this month, country fans got their first glimpse of a superstar in the making when Miranda Lambert made her nationwide TV debut on Nashville Star. Premiering March 8th, 2003, the singing competition aired on the USA Network and was country music’s (and cable television’s) answer to American Idol. After auditioning more than 800 hopefuls, the show’s judges narrowed that number down to the 12 featured throughout the first season.

In each episode, the contestants were introduced via a videotaped piece prior to their performance. Lambert’s clip in the fifth episode of her season shows her spending time with her parents, private investigators Rick and Beverly, and younger brother Luke, at their home in Lindale, Texas. She’s also seen playing guitar and talking with her dad about the song they wrote together, “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere,” which Lambert would be performing for the original songs-themed episode.

Lambert explains that her parents’ profession had exposed her to a lot of heartbreaking situations, and that “Greyhound” is “a song about a woman having an affair with a married person.” Noting that people “sometimes don’t take me seriously,” because she hadn’t faced a lot of tough times in her 19 years, Lambert — who has since married and divorced from Blake Shelton — would presumably not make that same claim today. The teenager notes rather sweetly that the song is “one of my favorite songs I’ve written, because my dad and I wrote it together.” The tune is one of two the father and daughter wrote together for her Epic Records debut LP Kerosene. The other — penned with Heather Little — was “Me and Charlie Talking,” which would be Lambert’s debut single in 2004. 

Lambert’s impassioned debut performance of “Greyhound” was a huge hit with both the audience and the show’s three judges. Her fellow Texan (and soon-to-be label mate, albeit briefly) Charlie Robison praised the song for its vivid imagery and sad, “that’s just what country needs right now.” Longtime Nashville music journalist and author Robert K. Oermann said, “I just want America to know the reason we picked these people to be in this contest is because they are all writers, and America, you just heard one of the best of them right there.” Noting that she had heard three original songs all penned by Lambert, industry executive Tracy Gershon said, “I’ll buy the record right now,” to which the singer-songwriter replied, “Let’s make one!”

Lambert would finish third at the end of the show’s first season, behind winner Buddy Jewell and runner-up John Arthur Martinez, but she would in fact make a record in 2004, debuting at Number One with Kerosene when the album was released in March 2005.

Since that time, all five of Lambert’s LPs have debuted in the top spot and she is the only artist in CMA awards history to win Album of the Year twice, in 2010 for her third release, Revolution, and in 2015 for her latest LP, Platinum.

Miley Cyrus: 'Donald Trump Is a F–king Nightmare'

Donald Trump took a major step toward securing the Republican presidential nomination following the mogul’s Super Tuesday victory, and faced with the prospect of a President Trump, Miley Cyrus turned to Instagram Tuesday to tell her 38.1 million followers, “Donald Trump is a fucking nightmare!”

Cyrus wrote the caption next to a publicity photo of Trump; Cyrus’ Instagram burn has gained 239,000 likes since it was posted Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Dead Petz singer continued lobbying against the GOP frontrunner with a photo of Trump’s delegate totals over Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and a caption where Cyrus playfully threatened to move out of the country if Trump is elected and a hashtag #aintapartyindausaanymo.


Donald Trump is a fucking nightmare!

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Feb 29, 2016 at 12:35pm PST


gonna vom / move out da country. #aintapartyindausaanymo

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 1, 2016 at 6:32pm PST

Cyrus’ Instagram then took aim at self-proclaimed “most hated woman in the world” Rebecca Francis, a woman who uses her social media to showcase her hunting prowess, and the hunter’s allegiance to Trump.


Yes . That is a tear rolling down my cheek dripping off the end of my nose….. This makes me so unbelievable scared and sad…. Not only for our country but for animals that I love more than anything in this world…. My heart is broken into a 100000 pieces ….. I think I may vomit …. That picture on the right is so disturbing…. YOU are not destiny! It is not your job to decide when a living things life is over …. & YOU DT ARE NOT GOD NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK YOU ARE!!! (& if he doesn’t think he is “God” he thinks he is the fucking chosen one or some shit! We’re all just fucking jam between his rich ass toes! Honestly fuck this shit I am moving if this is my president! I don’t say things I don’t mean! )

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 2, 2016 at 6:07am PST

Cyrus isn’t the only artist to lament a possible future with Trump as commander in chief: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea recently told Rolling Stone, “I can’t take Donald Trump or anything he says seriously. I just think that he’s a silly reality-show bozo and blustering guy who likes getting attention. I don’t think he wants to be president, and I don’t think he has a chance to be the president. He’s just some egotistical, silly person whose main concern in life is getting a blowjob. He wants to be on TV and he wants everyone to thinks he’s important.”

Neil Young Talks 'Effortless' New LP With Promise of the Real

Neil Young is nearly finished with his 37th album as a solo artist, working in a Malibu studio with his newest collaborators, Promise of the Real. “I’m very happy with what I’m doing,” Young told Rolling Stone this week. “I don’t know what its place is in the world, but I like it.”

The album is his second studio project with the band fronted by Micah and Lukas Nelson, sons of Willie. Last year’s The Monsanto Years was an electrified protest album that reached Number 21 on the Billboard Top 200. Young called the making of the new album “a very rewarding process.” It will be released in June.

“I feel really good and amped and energized. And I feel like I’m doing something that I’ve never done before,” Young said. “It’s not just music. It’s a soundscape. It’s kind of like flying around listening to things with your eyes closed.”

“Effortless” is how Young described his ongoing work with Promise of the Real, during an onstage interview with Cameron Crowe Monday in Los Angeles following a screening of his 1982 film Human Highway. At a reception with friends and colleagues immediately following the screening, Young told Rolling Stone the new recordings were both a continuation of what began with The Monsanto Years and a new creative path.           

“In critical other ways, it’s like nothing that I’ve done,” Young said. “It’s more like a giant radio show. It has no stops. The songs are too long for iTunes, thank God, so they won’t be on iTunes. I’m making it available in the formats that can handle it.

“It’s like a live show, but it’s not like a live show. Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on earth — all of the animals and insects and amphibians and birds and everybody — we’re all represented. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments. It’s not conventional … but it is based on live performance.”

While young didn’t describe the lyrical content, current events have again been on his mind. In the past, he’s been inspired to write biting topical music from “Ohio” to Living With War (including the Bush-era anthem “Let’s Impeach the President”) and Monsanto.

During the onstage interview, Young got a laugh by describing his new Donald Trump impression. He took off his black hat with a sour look and put his chin in the air. “We were at a party the other night and I took my hat off — I have a big bald spot now … My lovely girlfriend was making my hair look like Donald Trump’s,” Young told the audience. “It was very entertaining and nobody filmed it, thank God.”

Later, Young said, “What’s going on these days is very much like Human Highway. Everybody’s not paying attention to what’s going on and they’re just living their own lives — maybe talking about [the election] as something to talk about. I support Bernie Sanders but I’m Canadian.”

He added, “I vote with my mouth. That’s my way.”

Watch Brett Eldredge Croon Sinatra Classic in Nashville

Backed by a six-piece jazz band and clad in a tuxedo, Brett Eldredge spent an evening last December crooning Frank Sinatra classics at a Nashville speakeasy.   

The Sinatra tributes are becoming an annual tradition for Eldredge, who grew up singing pop standards popularized by the likes of Ol’ Blue Eyes. In the video above, he gestures with a half-full highball glass while ripping into “Come Rain or Come Shine,” the mid-Forties Broadway tune that made a memorable appearance on Sinatra & Strings in 1962. A small horn section contributes blasts of brass behind him, while bartenders at the Skull’s Rainbow Room — an alleyway bar that opened its doors in 1948, just two years after “Come Rain or Come Shine” was first published — serve up the sort of fussed-over drinks the Rat Pack might’ve once ordered. 

Midway through the show that night, Eldredge announced an interest in turning the yearly event into a holiday-time charity performance. Although official details have yet to be announced, the singer’s tour schedule currently ends with a November 19th performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, leaving him just enough time to head back to Nashville and rehearse with a big band before the annual Sinatra gig.