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Music Spotlight: Arika Kane – A Musician You Should Know

July 30th, 2014 6:15pm EDT
Music Spotlight: Arika Kane – A Musician You Should Know
Some of the most talented artists in the music world are also some of the most underrated and unheralded. It shouldn’t be that way, but life isn’t exactly the fairest thing. Rising past the adversity of a music industry characterized by trends and sex appeal rarely wins commercial success, but sometimes being resolved not to cave in because it’s ‘easier’ is a virtuous, respectable thing. For Arika Kane, she seems determined to 'stay in her lane,' which is a good thing.

Arika Kane isn’t a household name – yet. She hasn’t sold millions of albums or quite established that dominant, comm...
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Toby Keith Continues Reign As Highest-Paid Country Star

July 29th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Toby Keith Continues Reign As Highest-Paid Country Star
For the second year in a row, Toby Keith is the highest-paid singer in country music, according to Forbes. The singer has earned a total of $65 million since June, 2013, and more than $335 million over the last six years.

Taylor Swift is second on the list with earnings of $64 million in the past year. She is followed by Kenny Chesney ($44 million), Jason Aldean ($37 million) and Luke Bryan ($34 million).

Keith's income is due to profits from his record label, Show Dog - Universal, as well as collaborations with Ford, his restaurant I Love This Bar, and his Wild Shot liquor range.

The co...
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New Summer Hit: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' With Nicki Minaj And Ariana Grande

July 29th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
New Summer Hit: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' With Nicki Minaj And Aria
Jessie J was able to get together two other leading ladies of music to create the new summer hit we've been waiting for.

Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, who have releases coming out later this year, teamed up with Jessie J to produce a catchy tune that would serve as the first single off her upcoming and untitled third album. The song will also appear on the deluxe version of Ariana's album My Everything.

"She got a body like an hourglass / But I can give it to you all the time / She got a bootie like a Cadillac / But I can send you into overdrive (Stop and wait, wait for that, stop, hol...
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Ohio Music Festival Drops R. Kelly From Its Lineup

July 29th, 2014 4:20pm EDT
R. Kelly
Organizers at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, have dropped R. Kelly from the lineup after listening to complaints posted on Twitter and Facebook and bands who decided not to play at the festival because of the star's controversial past.

In 2002, Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges after he was accused of having sex with a minor and a video surfaced of him allegedly urinating on an underage girl. Although Kelly was acquitted in 2008, that didn't stop people from objecting to his presence at the Ohio festival.

In addition, local bands Damn the Witch Siren and...
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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's Jazz Album To Drop In September

July 29th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's Jazz Album To Drop In September
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have collaborated on a new jazz album that will be released early this fall. The pair announced the news on top of the GE Building on the "Today" show this morning.

The pop star, wearing a black gown with a plunging neckline, explained: "The collaboration has been so wonderful. It's so natural singing with Tony. I just learn so much from him every day. I'm so happy."

Bennett, in a slick tuxedo, commented: "She sings so wonderful and she's actually really a great jazz singer. She improvises every time we do a song. We do it over and over and it's different every ...
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Hilary Duff Kicks Off Music Comeback With First Single In Seven Years

July 29th, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Hilary Duff Chasing the Sun
Hilary Duff has begun her music comeback with a new single and video "Chasing The Sun," which was released on Tuesday.

The singer's first single since 2007, when her fourth album, "Dignity," was released.

The 26-year-old is currently putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming fifth studio album, which is due later this year.

The singer wallows in a daydream about being at the beach while sitting cooped up in an office building where she can't seem to get her things in order.

"I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and...
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Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This Week In Music

July 29th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This
Last week, July got a bit of a spark with pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing their highly anticipated, self-titled debut. Midwest rapper Common would also drop his tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling.

This week, there seems to be no sure-fire bet like 5 Seconds of Summer, but there are some veteran artists leading the charge for the new releases. Those include Eric Clapton, Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers of course), and the late, great James Brown. Here are five new albums to check out this week.

1) Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, (Bushbranch / Sur...
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Dozens Treated For Alcohol-Related Illnesses At Keith Urban Concert

July 28th, 2014 9:16am EDT
Dozens Treated For Alcohol-Related Illnesses At Keith Urban Conc
Nearly 50 people got sick at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass., over the weekend. Emergency personnel were called to the Xfinity Center during the country star's "Raise 'Em Up" tour to tend to a large number of concertgoers who became ill.

Forty-six people were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses, and 26 of them were taken to the hospital, police and fire chiefs told New England Cable News (NECN).

The local Police and Fire Department officials said in a joint statement, "We would like to commend all those working the concert from ushers, to security, to the Police, EMS, and Fi...
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The Owner of ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Creating Tribute Mural To The Beastie Boys

July 27th, 2014 8:31am EDT
Beastie Boys
The proprietor of the Manhattan store that was featured on the cover of the innovative Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique’ album has commissioned an artist to create a mural tribute to the legendary rap trio to mark the 25th anniversary of the release.

Yesterday, Danielle Mastrion started constructing the montage on the wall of sandwich shop Wolfnights.

The shop was Lee's Sportswear, on Ludlow Street when the original cover art was created. In January of 2009, the album was re-released in a 20th anniversary package re-mastered in 24-bit audio and featuring a commentary track.

The glorious new...
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NYC Homeless Man Arrested For Stalking And Harassing Rihanna

July 27th, 2014 7:31am EDT
NYC Homeless Man Arrested For Stalking And Harassing Rihanna
New York authorities have detained a homeless man on suspicion of harassing and stalking international pop star Rihanna.

Last week, Kevin Mcglynn was arrested by police and he was arraigned on charges of stalking, menacing, and harassment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday.

The creepy 53-year-old is accused of sending a bunch of threatening messages to the Barbadian singer delivering many of them by hand to her apartment.

According to the Daily News, Mcglynn was allegedly caught on video surveillance on three different occasions this past month delivering the disturbing communiqués to...
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