Madonna Responds to ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak by Releasing Six Songs

December 20, 2014 Music

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 on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately. More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.



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"I was hoping to release my new single 'Living for Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring," she said in a statement. "I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some

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Liberace Hologram to Tour World

December 19, 2014 Music

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.



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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 out a "slate of celebrity resurrection projects" over the next 30 days.


Crafted by some of the same people behind the Tupac appearance at Coachella in 2012, this cyber Liberace will be put to work, performing a "full-scale, long-running" show and even interacting with the audience. "You’ll feel the warmth from his heart, the sparkle of his eye and the pure

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Hear Miguel Make ‘NWA’ Sound Sexy on His Surprise New EP

December 19, 2014 Music

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; and the third, "Coffee," explains what a house guest might drink the morning after a long night of you-know-what.



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The EP's title appears to be the names of tracks, separated by periods, but, as with Miguel tradition, the words "Art Dealer Chic" appear in the background. In 2010, the singer captured the attention of R&B fans with his debut LP, All I Want Is You, and its smooth, chart-topping single "Sure Thing." He

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Paul McCartney Pondering Song About Eric Garner Protests

December 19, 2014 Music

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.



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"I was thinking recently about all these protests in New York and around the country," he said. "I thought it would be great to put something down about that, just to add my voice to the thousands of people walking in the streets. I thought it through, and it just didn't come easily. I'm not giving up on it, but it didn't come easily, whereas some other emotions might come easily to me."

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Flashback: Johnny Paycheck Shoots a Man in Barroom Brawl

December 19, 2014 Music

You don't mess with a country outlaw… especially when he's packing. 


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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 him die —songwriter Johnny Paycheck shot a man in Hillsboro, Ohio. Paycheck's reasoning was a bit more complicated, though, involving claims of self-defense, accusations of being called a "hick" and, in what sounds like a line from a country song, an offer to eat some homemade turtle soup. 


It was 29 years ago today that Paycheck walked into the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio. The bar was less than 20 miles from his hometown of

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YA Books, RPG and the New Decemberists LP: Colin Meloy Rolls the Dice

December 19, 2014 Music

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 follow-up, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (due January 20th). Not that they sat around drinking artisanal lattes: Although lead singer Colin Meloy has yet to get his stage musical off the ground, he did publish a trilogy of YA fantasy novels: Wildwood (which hit the New York Times bestseller lists), Under Wildwood and Wildwood Imperium, all illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis. "There are a lot of people who know me just for the books, which is strange to me, and then discover the band

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Watch Jenny Lewis Soar on ‘She’s Not Me’ With Ryan Adams

December 19, 2014 Music

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 spent creating, releasing and promoting her third solo album, The Voyager. She brought along Adams for the ride, adding her producer — who recorded the bulk of The Voyager in his own PAX-AM Studio — to a large, all-star backup band that also featured several other solo artists, including guitarist Megan McCormick, keyboardist Natalie Prass and harmony vocalist Z Berg. 



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Fricke’s Picks Radio: Farewells, Foos and Airwaves

December 19, 2014 Music

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 everyone; Dave Grohl's season of rock & roll storytelling and two-and-a-half-hour club gigs, to go with his HBO series Sonic Highways and his Foo Fighters' companion album; the 2014 edition of Iceland Airwaves; and recent New York nights with psychedelic-blues institution Hot Tuna (marking bassist Jack Casady's 70th birthday) and Trigger Hippy. a new country-blues, etc. collaboration with singer Joan Osborne, singer-guitarist Jackie Green (often out with Phi Lesh) and Black Crowes drummer

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Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam 2015 Will Feature Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt

December 19, 2014 Music

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.



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To commemorate the legendary concert's 40th anniversary, the star-studded event returns to Music City on August 12, 2015, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with special appearances from Billy Ray Cyrus, Kentucky Headhunters, Montgomery Gentry, the Outlaws, Lee Roy Parnell and Travis Tritt. More guest artists are expected to be revealed soon. Tickets, including special VIP packages, will go on sale Friday, January 30th at the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations.


Past performers at

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Fatboy Slim on Woodstock, Rehab and David Byrne’s Dance Skills

December 19, 2014 Music

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 and asked me to turn the music down. He was very polite: 'I do understand what you're trying to do here, boy, but nobody's really dancing. If you turn the music down, at least we could talk.'"



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Cook, 51, has taken a divergent road since techno's heady late-Nineties crossover, a period when he and fellow U.K. beat masters like the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy laid the groundwork for today's EDM movement. In the 10 years since the last full Fatboy Slim album,

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