How Kiesza’s Pop Smash ‘Hideaway’ Was Born in 90 Minutes

October 30, 2014 Music

Kiesza's "Hideaway" began life as a viral dance video when it was uploaded in February. By summer, it had transitioned onto the pop charts and into the clubs, shedding the clip and becoming a Top 10 hit on the dance charts on both sides of the Atlantic. A self-proclaimed "thrill-seeker," the 25-year-old Canadian singing the song and dancing in the video (with a fractured rib, no less) entered music as a ballerina, but after stints in boot camp and a Jackson 5 cover band, she finally made it as a pop star. Last week, she released her first major studio album, Sound of a Woman, and explained to RS the complicated, unusual path that brought her to this point.



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Suge Knight, Katt Williams Arrested for Robbery

October 29, 2014 Music

Hip-hop mogul Suge Knight and actor-comedian Katt Williams were arrested Wednesday on "suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer," according to Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.



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Knight was taken into custody Wednesday in Las Vegas. Williams was arrested while appearing in court on a separate assault case. The pair are accused of taking the camera of an unnamed "celebrity photographer" in Beverly Hills in September and have each been charged with one count of robbery. If convicted, Williams faces up to seven years in prison, while Knight faces 30 years due to a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.


This isn't the first legal run-in for the duo. According to TMZ,

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Flashback: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers Take ‘Islands in the Stream’ to New Heights

October 29, 2014 Music

On this day (October 29th) in 1983, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers reached the top of the Billboard 100 chart with their now-iconic duet, "Islands in the Stream." Written by the Bee Gees (and later performed on their 1998 live album), the tune was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name and was meant to have a very different, more R&B sound. Co-writer Robin Gibb once told ABC News that he and his brothers originally wrote the song with Marvin Gaye in mind.



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When Rogers got a shot at "Islands," he went in to record it solo — with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb producing — and just didn't click with it, he has admitted in several interviews over the years. Parton just happened to be at

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The Roots Headlining Why Tuesday? Voting Campaign Concert

October 29, 2014 Music

With their new "Let's Fix It" campaign, non-profit group Why Tuesday? is aiming to rally the public and Congress toward fixing a broken voting system – one which currently ranks 138th out of 172 nations in terms of voter turnout. To raise awareness for the cause, the organization has announced a nationwide contest offering $64,000 to the individual who comes closest to guessing the national voter turnout numbers for the 2014 midterm election. On November 2nd, Why Tuesday? is also hosting the New York City kick-off concert-rally Let's Fix it Get Out ALL of the Vote, which includes a headlining performance from the Roots.



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Dr. Luke Files Mirror Lawsuit Against Kesha’s Mom for Defamation

October 29, 2014 Music

Producer Dr. Luke has filed a lawsuit against Pebe Sebert, mother of pop star Kesha, accusing her of defamation and "tortious interference" with her daughter's contract. The suit is a parallel complaint to the one the producer, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, filed earlier this month, which came after Kesha sued him with allegations of sexual assault and battery. The purpose of the new suit is to decide the territory where Sebert would be sued.



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Gottwald's other complaint, which also named Kesha and her manager, was filed in New York. This suit would go to court in Tennessee, where Sebert does business, and has been filed as a precautionary measure in the event that she is able to have the New York suit dismissed by

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$100 Million ‘Phil Collins Alamo Collection’ in the Works

October 29, 2014 Music

Remember The Alamo – and the generosity of Phil Collins. According to Reuters, the pop-rock-prog legend has donated a significant chunk of his famed Alamo artifact collection to a new museum planned for the historic tourist attraction in San Antonio, Texas. The $100 million "Phil Collins Alamo Collection" will house a number of rare items – including a rifle (one of four remaining in existence) owned by soldier-frontiersman Davy Crockett, a fringed leather pouch carried by Crockett and an original Bowie knife which Jim Bowie had in his possession during the 1836 battle between Texas settlers and the Mexican Army. 



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Chely Wright Fans Break Kickstarter Record in Funding New Album

October 29, 2014 Music

"As a country artist, you can really keep your audience for 20 or 30 years," muses Chely Wright. "That's how I was with the country music artists that I liked. They didn't have to still be on the radio for me to buy their records. If they had me at any point, they had me for life."


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 That good karma is coming back to Wright as she preps her next album. The singer-songwriter took the increasingly popular step of funding the project through a Kickstarter campaign. Soliciting donations from her loyal fan base not only guarantees contributors a copy of the record once it's available, but it also means Wright is able to properly promote the album upon its release, effectively becoming her very own record

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Slipknot Hit Number One as Industry Awaits Taylor Swift Sales Results

October 29, 2014 Music

Bear with me: I'm trying to mention Taylor Swift in every paragraph. Here goes: Album sales are still down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent, but next week, the record industry will see if 1989 can make a dent in these depressing numbers. More Swifty details below!



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1989 WATCH: Billboard has upgraded its first-week Swift sales prediction from 750,000 to 1 million. If true, Taylor's new 1989 would be the only 2014 release to go platinum. (Frozen hit the million-selling mark three times, but it came out in late 2013.) Could 1989 be a lesser Thriller, which sold so many copies that it rescued the record industry from its post-disco recession? Unlikely. Thirty years ago,

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FarmBorough 2015 Is New York City’s First-Ever Country Music Festival

October 29, 2014 Music

Country music will take a bite of the Big Apple in 2015 with FarmBorough, the first-ever country music festival taking place in New York City.



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Set for Randall's Island June 26-28, FarmBorough will be headlined by Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley. Also appearing during the three-day fest are Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser, the Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam. More acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.


"Country singers playing in New York is always a big deal, whether they're playing the smallest club or bar, or Madison Square Garden," says Bentley, who did the honors of announcing the festival on NBC's 'Today' show Wednesday. "It's

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Dean Wareham Talks Luna’s Surprise Reunion

October 29, 2014 Music

After a decade apart, indie rockers Luna insouciantly announced their reunion on Tuesday with a string of dates in Spain and vague hints at U.S. dates, all of which would happen next year. According to frontman Dean Wareham, the reason the reunion seemed somewhat casual was because it was. They hadn't even considered it until guitarist Sean Eden flew out to Los Angeles to meet his former bandmates – singer-guitarist Wareham, bassist Britta Phillips and drummer Lee Wall – at a barbecue last summer and "had a jam," to use the New Zealand–born frontman's turn of phrase.



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"We've been talking about it for a little while," Wareham tells Rolling Stone. "It's been 10 years since the last show, and we got this offer

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