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Taylor Swift Strikes Back At Kanye and Kim Kardashian

Taylor Swift fired back at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian over the controversy from West's track "Famous" and claims made by the celebrity couple that Swift approved of the song.

In an Instagram post captioned "That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the internet," Swift writes, "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that bitch' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that bitch' in front of the entire world.

"Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009." See the posts that sparked Swift's reaction here.

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NSYNC's Joey Fatone Makes Surprise Appearance With 98 Degrees

MY2K Tour received even more classic boyband power this past weekend when NSYNC's Joey Fatone made a surprise appearance with 98 Degrees during their set.

Fatone joined 98 Degrees on stage during the West Palm Beach stop of the tour where they performed the NSYNC hit "Bye Bye Bye". Video footage of the jam can been seen here.

Apart from 98 Degrees, the MY2K tour also features Dream, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera and kicked off earlier this month in Park City, Kansas and is scheduled to conclude on August 28th in Saratoga, CA. See the remaining dates here.

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Joe Budden Fires Back In Drake Feud With New Track 'Afraid'

( The beef between Joe Budden and Drake continues as the two stars continue to take jabs at each other in song. This time Budden is on the offensive again.

The rapper released a new track called "Afraid" over the weekend as a response to Drake's guest verse on French Montana's previously released 'No Shopping."

On the nearly six-minute piano-based track, Budden raps of his fallout with Drizzy: "I just feel like you broke a promise to me/ Only hurt 'cause I thought you were being honest with me/ So I'm gonna to try and do this honorably." Read more here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Finalize Divorce

( Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's divorce was finalized this past Thursday (July 14th). And, apparently a Los Angeles judge ordered that neither Paltrow nor Martin will have to pay spousal support, reported the BBC.

The former couple married in December of 2003 and have two children together. In March, 2014 they announced they were separating in a blog post on Paltrow's website, Goop, calling their split a "conscious uncoupling."

Last month, Paltrow spoke about the separation. "It was such a difficult time in our lives… We didn't know that the 'conscious uncoupling' phrase was going to inspire so much conversation," she told the BBC. " Read more here.

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Kenny Rogers Announces Final Christmas Tour

Country music legend Kenny Rogers has announced the dates for his very last Christmas & Hits tour, which will mark the 35th and final year for the annual tour.

The tour will be kicking off on November 25th in Independence, Mo. at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and conclude on December 23rd 23 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, N.Y.

Roger had the following to say about the trek, "Christmas has always been a special time of year to me. The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I'll really miss about not being on the road.

"We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories." See the dates here.

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Did Drake Spend $1.9 Million For Air Jordans?

( Drake recently took to social media to show off a very impressive pair of shoes. The Toronto rapper shared photos of solid gold Air Jordan sneakers, in the captions Drizzy claims the gold is 24k and that the kicks weigh 100 pounds. All via hashtag, of course.

The folks over at GQ did the math using the weight Drake provided and current price of gold, and if their calculations are correct Drake shoes are worth around $1.9 million.

That's just the gold, who knows what it cost to have the footwear created. As he says in another hashtag, "these are not to wear." Check out Drizzy's golden Jordans here.

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Eric Church Looks Back At 'Sinners Like Me' In New Video

( Eric Church has a lot to be thankful for, so he's celebrating by sharing a nostalgic video looking back one decade to his studio album debut, Sinners Like Me.

In order to commemorate Sinners Like Me, which was released 10 years ago Monday, his camp posted a black and white video on Facebook. From the footage, it looks as though it was originally shot in 2006 around the time of his first LP's release. "This video has been sitting in our vault for 10 years, waiting for this very moment," his team wrote.

The video mixes together live footage with behind-the-scenes looks at Church touring behind Sinners Like Me. His looks may have changed since he first burst onto the scene, but Church's music retains the style that first attracted fans. For a trip down memory lane, watch the video here.

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Kenny Chesney Releasing His Own Line Of Coolers

( With football season nearly around the corner, Kenny Chesney announced he'll be releasing his own line of coolers. More than keeping beverages cold, the country musician's products will also benefit ocean preservation.

Chesney will be partnering with cooler company Engel to develop a series of coolers and cooling products designed with his No Shoes Nation fans in mind.

"The No Shoes Nation has a serious commitment to how they spend their time," Chesney said statement on his official site. 'When they tailgate, they are hardcore. So I wanted to find a company that understood durable, portable, lightweight and high performance.

"Engel's all about functionality, whether it's a backpack with a removable liner, an indestructible cooler or a tumbler that keeps drinks the right temperature for 36 hours -- and won't spill." Read more here.

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Miranda Lambert Releases New Single 'Vice'

( Miranda Lambert has released a new single titled "Vice," which is Lambert's first new music since the release of 2014's Platinum, and first since her divorce from Blake Shelton and move to Nashville.

"Another vice, another town, where my past can't run me down," Lambert sings on the somber ode to hard living. "Another life, another call, another bed I shouldn't crawled out of, at seven AM, with shoes in my hand.

"Said I wouldn't do it, but I did it again, and I know I'll be gone tomorrow night, another vice." Stream the new track to hear it for yourself here.

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Blake Shelton Does Surprise Duet With Gwen Stefani On Tour

( Things are going strong with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The country music star showed up not once but twice at her concerts in Virginia over the weekend.

Stefani is currently on tour with Eve, but that doesn't mean she and her sweetie can't find time for one another. That time just might involve performing in front of thousands of people.

Gwen's tour stopped in Virginia Beach on July 16th and Bristow on July 17th. Shelton surprised Stefani's fans by joining her on stage at both dates to sing their duet "Go Ahead and Break My Heart."

An audience member captured the moment and shared it on YouTube. Stefani is practically beaming from ear to ear as she approaches Shelton. The two face each other to sing and both look ridiculously in love. Read more here.

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ScHoolboy Q Announces Massive World Tour

ScHoolboy Q announced on Monday (July 18th) that he will be launching a world tour in support of his recently released fourth studio album the Blank Face LP.

The world wide trek will be kicking off with a North American leg that will begin on August 30th in Indianapolis, IN at the Egyptian Room and wraps up on October 29th in Milwaukee, WI at the Eagles Ballroom.

The next leg of the tour will head Down Under, beginning with a show in Auckland, NZ at Logan Campbell Centre on November 30th, followed by a string of Australian dates that conclude on the 10th in Perth.

He will then take a short break before kicking off the European leg on November 21st in Helsinki, FIN at Circus. The Euro run will include stops in major cities across the continent before ending with a string of UK dates in mid-December. See the dates here.

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Danny Brown Announces New Album Title And Fall Tour Dates

( Danny Brown has announced his new album will be titled Atrocity Exhibition. No release date has been revealed, but Brown did share his plans to hit the road this fall.

The album takes it's name from a book by British writer J. G. Ballard, which also inspired a track by Joy Division. Brown seems to be aware of both, though it's unclear which he encountered first.

The rapper's extensive upcoming fall tour is set to kick off on September 9th in Philadelphia, PA at the Theater of the Living Arts and will conclude on November 5th in Cleveland, OH at the Grog Shop. See the dates

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Lady Gaga Gets Pulled Over Just Weeks After Getting Driver's License

( It's only been a few weeks since Lady Gaga finally got her driver's license after getting around with only a learner's permit for years. But in that time she's already managed to get pulled over.

TMZ's cameras caught the pop star on the side of the road July 15 speaking with the policeman who pulled her over. She was driving the same red Ford pickup truck she posed in after receiving her license. Don't fret, though. Lady Gaga wasn't doing anything wrong. Police pulled her over because her vehicle didn't yet have the proper tags.

On July 16, Gaga took full responsibility on Twitter for the incident and shrugged it off. "Ya I got pulled over. Big deal! I just haven't received plates yet for my new pick up!" she wrote, followed by a picture of a smiley face shrugging. Read more here.

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Video Of Meghan Trainor's Parents Surprising Her On Tour Goes Online

( Meghan Tranior gets excited to see her parents. In a new video posted to Instagram, Trainor's parents Kelly and Gary pay their daughter a surprise visit.

Meghan's happiness is palpable, as she makes a joyful noise, and does a little crying as well. "When your parents surprise you on tour," Trainor wrote, followed by a plethora of positive emojis.

"so happy. I love you guys so much. Thank you @jeweloftheisle @garytrainor for driving 8 hours to see me #UntouchableTour." Check out the video here.

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Sting Including Prince Tribute Song On His New Album

( Former Police frontman Sting has revealed that he will be including a tribute to music legend Prince on his upcoming album 57th & 9th, according to Rolling Stone.

The Prince-inspired song, "50,000," is a "gloomy ballad" written the week of Prince's death. Sting came up with the melody for the song after reading the pop star's obituary and recalling the times they played stadiums together.

"Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age-I'm 64," he said. "It's really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy.

"They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn't mean anything in the end." Read more here.

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Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Coming Soon

( Damon Albarn's enduring side project Gorillaz helped define the sound of the aughts, and pioneered the "virtual band." In collaboration with illustrator Jamie Hewlett, the scrappy band of cartoon creatures released four albums, and Albarn promises that their fifth is coming soon.

"Later in the year we'll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together," the Blur frontman told BBC Radio 6. "I'm loving it and it's getting there. It should be ready fairly soon."

The new Gorillaz album has been years in the making: The Fall was released in 2011 and last year Albarn described the new material as "really fast." The frenetic energy should return fans to the days of 2005's "Feel Good, Inc." And if Fergie is back with new music, why not Gorillaz? Listen to Albarn's comments here.

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James Corden Spoofs Taylor Swift Vs Kanye Kardashian Feud

( On Sunday night Kim Kardashian shared a video of her husband Kane West talking on the phone with Taylor Swift. The clip confirms that Swift did know she would be mentioned on Kanye's controversial track "Famous," but not, as Swift was quick to point out, that she would be called "that b--."

James Corden mounted a spoof on The Late Late Show that parodies the leaked phone call at the heart of West Vs. Swift, round 338. Footage from Kim's Snapchat account is recut with new video of Corden asking about Taylor Swift, sending up Kim and Kanye themselves, and poking holes in our absurd election cycle. Even Swift's relationship with Tom Hiddleston got a sly ribbing.

'I don't even know if she's with someone right now," said Corden of the ubiquitous tabloid coupling. "I could check on the internet, but she's super-private about that kind of stuff. She really doesn't let people know what's going on with her personal life, so if I was you, I would just let it go." Watch it here.

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Miranda Lambert Celebrates No. 1 Debut Of New Song 'Vice'

( On Monday, Miranda Lambert released a new single titled "Vice." Yesterday, Lambert posted a photo of the track in the number one position at iTunes with a caption reflecting her tumultuous year, and her appreciation for her fans.

"The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing," she began. "Of learning to be honest …. Accepting the flaws and celebrating the smiles. Finding peace in dark places … having some moments alone with me.

"Facing fears and feelings… All of them. I got to know my guitars…became friends with a pencil and paper … Used melodies to lead me places I had never been…. Made music with my friends. Because music is medicine. This means the world to me. Thank you for joining me on this journey. #vice #musicismedicine."

"Vice" is Lambert's first new music since the release of 2014's Platinum, and the first since her divorce from Blake Shelton. Check out Miranda's full post and listen to "Vice" here.

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Passenger Announces Very First Full Band Tour

Passenger will be making history on his just announced North American tour. The UK singer/songwriter will for the very first time be joined on tour by a full band.

The spring tour is scheduled to get underway on March 7th in Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore and will be concluding on April 9th in Atlanta, GA at the Buckhead Theater.

The new run of full band dates will be launched in support of his new studio album, "Young As The Morning Old As The Sea," which is set to be released on September 23rd. The video for the single "Somebody's Love" can be streamed here.

Fans in select cities will have the opportunity to see his traditional solo show during his short North American summer tour which begins with an appearance at this year's Osheaga Festival in Montreal and includes shows in Brooklyn, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Nashville before finishing on August 19th at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Co. See the dates here.

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Jake Owen Announces Free Album Release Show, TV Performance

Country music star Jake Owen will be celebrating the July 29th release of his new album "American Love" with a special free concert and a network television performance in the days that follow.

Owen has revealed that he is set to perform his hit single "American Country Love Song" on ABC's Good Morning America on August 1st which will be exactly ten years after his national television debut on the hit morning show.

That will be followed by the Jake Owen's Album Release Show in Madison Square Park in New York City on August 3rd at 7PM EST. Find additional information about that show here

Jake had this to say about the forthcoming effort, "There are a lot of things on this record that have been said before, but it is the feeling of the songs, the sonic nature of them and the lyrics that will make it different than what people have heard before. I feel a real connection to these songs and it's my hope that other people will too."

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Selena Gomez And Charlie Puth Perform 'We Don't Talk Anymore' Live

( To celebrate the last U.S. date of her Revival Tour, Selena Gomez decided to do something extra special for her fans. She surprised the stadium audience in Anaheim by inviting Charlie Puth out on stage to perform their duet "We Don't Talk Anymore" last weekend.

It marked the first time the two performed the song together live. As Gomez addressed the audience about how much the song meant to her, roadies wheeled Puth out on stage. He sat in front of a baby grand piano and began teasing listeners with hints of the song before the two jumped right into it.

Although Gomez spent the majority of the song standing at the piano or roaming the stage, she finally took a seat beside Puth near the end. She got cozy on the piano bench, leaning her head on his back and flashing him a big smile before bouncing away across stage again.

For those who insist that musical chemistry must equal physical chemistry, Gomez insisted back in September that Puth was just a friend. A very very good friend. Read more and check out the duet here.

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Ed Sheeran Joins Foy Vance On Stage

( After years of pounding the pavement to tour and record new music, Ed Sheeran is off the clock and enjoying a hard-earned vacation. The break has taken him around the world, including a jaunt to Japan, where he ate fermented beans and sea snails.

Even though he is currently on hiatus, Ed Sheeran made time for his friend Foy Vance who was scheduled to perform at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England.

During Vance's set, Sheeran joined him onstage to lend a hand with guitar and vocals on "Guiding Light." Vance is signed to Sheeran's Gingerbread Records. See some footage from the special appearance here.

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Justin Bieber Debuts Purpose Tour Fashion Collection For Barneys

( Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour style has earned him millions of Instagram likes and even an unlikely bromance with Marilyn Manson. Thanks to a new partnership with Barneys New York, moneyed Justin Bieber fans can drop $195 on a Manson t-shirt of their own, among other fashions inspired by the pop star's Purpose Tour wardrobe.

The luxury department store has unveiled its Purpose Tour XO collection, and it ain't cheap.The line includes a $1,675 bomber jacket, $1,250 plaid drawstring pants, a $700 flannel shirt and the piece de resistance, a $2,100 flannel overcoat.

Though these prices may seem out of reach for Justin's target demo, nobody said being a Belieber was affordable. On Monday, Justin appeared at the retailer's Madison Avenue flagship to help unveil the collection. Barneys shared a snap on Instagram of a satisfied Bieber promoting his latest venture. Check it out here.

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French Montana Denies Drake Dissed Joe Budden On 'No Shopping'

( French Montana's latest "No Shopping," contains a verse from Drake. A verse that seems to be a clear response to Joe Budden's recent disses. However, in a new interview Montana says that's not the case.

In May, Budden reviewed Drake's newest album Views on his podcast, say Drizzy sounded "uninspired." He then attempted to inspire the Toronto rapper with the diss track "Marking a Murderer (Part 1)," which was followed by a second diss track "Wake."

Things remained relatively quiet until French Montana released his newest track "No Shopping" this past weekend. Drake contributed a verse, on which he raps, "Pump, pump, pump it up/ She got a good head on her, but I pump it up/ I'm not a one hit wonder, they know all my stuff/ You let me turn into the n-- that you almost was." Budden believed Drake was referencing his 2003 single "Pump It Up" and promptly retaliated with the track "Afraid."

In a new interview with MTV News posted Monday, Montana clarifies that Drake didn't have Budden on the brain when he was recording his verse. "I don't think we did that record thinking about Joe Budden," he said. "It's not that I don't think--I know that for a fact." The two were just having fun in the recording booth and weren't thinking about starting anything." Watch the full interview and listen to "No Shopping" here.

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Kesha Announces Summer Tour Dates

Following her legal drama it appears that Kesha is now back to focusing on entertaining her fans and as such she has announced a summer tour that will hit various markets in the U.S.

Kesha has announced live dates that kick off on July 23rd in Las Vegas at the Intrigue Nightclub and wrap up on October 1st with an appearance at the Mad Decent Block Party in Los Angeles.

Between those appearances she will be playing shows and making music festival appearances in Canada, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, and Georgia.

The pop star made the announcement via an Instagram video where she said, "We're going on a tour. I'm playing songs you've never heard me play before and I may never play again--only a couple of shows." See the dates here.

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The Head and the Heart's Kenny Hensley Says Kung Fu School Sucked

( After a long and successful tour promoting their 2013 album, Let's Be Still, The Head and the Heart members opted to take some much needed time off--nearly a year. While guitarist Jonathan Russell was on a charitable trip to Haiti and bassist Chris Zasche toured the Pacific Northwest in a camper van, pianist Kenny Hensley jumped at the chance to fulfill a childhood dream of studying Kung Fu in China. But unlike his dream, he found his limits tested while training a grueling twelve hours a day, thousands of miles from home.

"My good friend and high school buddy, Kurt, had always talked about going to China and living at a Kung Fu school just doing it for the experience."

Just before Hensley left for the trip his friend jumped on board. Hensley describes breaking boards and bricks with his bare hands. "We stayed for a month out in the country at this little school and just got our asses kicked every day. It sucked." Read more here.

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Diddy Music Conference To Feature DJ Khaled and Nas

( DJ Khaled and Nas will reportedly be taking part in Sean "Diddy" Combs' Revolt Music Conference which will be taking place this fall, reports Billboard.

The event, which will be held at the Eden Rock Miami Beach Resort in Miami, Florida, will take place October 13-15. Khaled will host #AskKhaled, the third installment of RMC's '#Ask" Q&A panel series, which previously featured Combs.

Nas will receive the 'Started From the Bottom Now We Here" Award which will include a performance by singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly. Read more here.

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The X Factor UK Coming To American TV

(AXS TV) Fans in the U.S. will be able to watch The X Factor UK's 13th season on AXS TV after the cable and satellite network inked a multi-year deal to continue to bring the show to an American audience.

We were sent the following details: AXS TV is proud to announce the return of the international phenomenon THE X FACTOR UK for the third-consecutive year, after renewing a contract with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment for another multi-year deal, serving as the U.S. broadcast home.

The network will air all 32 episodes of the upcoming 13th season, which premieres on AXS TV in a special two-day event on Sunday, August 28, and Monday, August 29, at 8pE/5pP. Each episode will air on AXS TV 24 hours after their respective UK broadcasts, with encore airings that same night at 11pE/8pP.

THE X FACTOR UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK), and was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge on the series. AXS TV is the first and only American television network to air the UK edition of the series.

Season 13 of THE X FACTOR UK welcomes back some of the most beloved judges to the panel, as well as fan-favorite host Dermot O'Leary. This year, Simon Cowell will be re-joined by rock royalty and original X FACTOR UK judge Sharon Osbourne, who brings her unprecedented music industry experience to the show after serving as a judge from 2004 to 2007, and again in 2013; as well as best-selling solo artist and Pussycat Dolls standout Nicole Scherzinger, who appeared on the show in 2012 and 2013, captivating the country with her passion and enthusiasm en route to guiding singer James Arthur to victory in her first year. Rounding out the esteemed panel is chart maestro Louis Walsh, who makes his triumphant return as an X FACTOR judge for a record-breaking 12th season.

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Country Music Icon Bonnie Brown Dead At 77

(Webster) Country music icon Bonnie Brown Ring of the legendary group The Browns died on Saturday, July 16th) at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas following complications from lung cancer. She was 77 years old. Webster sent over the following details about her acclaimed career:

Born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas, Brown became enamored with music at an early age - thanks to the exposure she had to it from watching her older siblings, Maxine and James Edward. The two performed together, earning a hit in 1954 with "Looking Back To See." Upon her graduation from high school, Bonnie joined her siblings, expanding their duet into a trio.

They began performing together on The Louisiana Hayride on KWKH in Shreveport, which led to appearances on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee. Chet Atkins and RCA came calling soon after, and the Browns found themselves on the chart with hits such as "I Take The Chance" and "I Heard The Bluebirds Sing." James Edward (now known as Jim Ed) was drafted in 1957, but the trio still managed to find time to record when he was on leave.

By 1959, the group recorded what would turn out to be one of the biggest hits of the era in "The Three Bells." The song topped the Billboard Country charts - their first, and also crossed over to the apex of the Hot 100. The exposure of that hit led to appearances on every major variety series of the day, such as The Ed Sullivan Show. With her southern charm and stunning looks, Brown attracted the attention of many of the hottest male artists of the day, including Elvis Presley. The hits continued, with "Scarlet Ribbons," "The Old Lamplighter," and "Then I'll Stop Loving You" all being showcases for their rich harmonies, where Bonnie sang the high harmony parts. The Grand Ole Opry came calling in 1963, inviting The Browns to become members. Read more here.

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Rory Feek Fulfills One Of Joey's Final Wishes

Rory Feek revealed in a new blog posting that he fulfilled one of the final wishes of his late wife and Joey + Rory music partner Joey Feek, who died of cervical cancer earlier this year.

In new post on his This Life I Live blog, Rory writes, "On Monday, we got home from spending some time out west in Wyoming and Montana. It was a trip that has been planned since last winter. But I didn't plan it… my wife did.

"This past February, with snow on the ground outside her window at the little house by the Gaither pond in Indiana, Joey looked at the beautiful view from her bedside, and remembered another view that she loved. And then with her three sisters gathered around her, Joey told stories about our trips out west to the Big Sky Country. She showed them pictures we had taken during some of the adventures our family has had out there over the years. And then she asked me to find a way to take her three sisters and their families out west for the first time this summer.

"Most of them had never been farther west than Illinois and Joey wanted them to experience some of the breathtaking beauty that she and I have been blessed to experience many times over the years. For their eyes to see the beautiful things that her eyes had seen.

"Joey and I spent our honeymoon in Montana in 2002 and fell in love with the mountains and the old-west history that runs deep through the land and streams out there. We've made many family trips there since and our middle daughter Hopie even spent three summers working on a ranch in Dubois.

"Fortunately, we have some wonderful friends who own a big cabin in Red Lodge, Montana and when I told them about Joey's wish, they generously offered to let us all come stay at their place…

"So two weeks ago, my three sister-in-laws - Jody, Julie and Jessie - loaded up their minivans and trucks and headed west, and the girls and I hopped on an airplane and met up with them in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to spend a few days together before we all drove on to Red Lodge." Read more and see all of the photos here.

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Tom Hiddleston Confirms Relationship With Taylor Swift

Actor Tom Hiddleston has confirmed the rumors that he is romantically involved with country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift, ending wild speculation about the couple.

The rumors began soon after Swift had broken up with EDM star Calvin Harris, even going as far as reports that the gossip about the relationship might be a publicity stunt.

Hiddleston put that all to rest with two recent interviews. He told MTV "We are together and we're very happy" and confirmed that it is a real relationship to the Hollywood Reporter, telling the publication (via Taste Of Country) "That's the truth. It's not a publicity stunt."

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Hailee Steinfeld Reveals Zedd Collaboration 'Starving'

Hailee Steinfeld has released her latest single, entitled "Starving", which is a collaboration with DJ/producer Zedd and the production duo Grey. We were sent the following details about how the collaboration came about.

"Zedd and I have been friends for a while now, so we've been wanting to collaborate," said Steinfeld. "He called me up, and said he'd just finished a track he wanted me to hear. I rushed to the studio and immediately fell in love with the song.

"The next day he introduced me to Grey, and we began recording right then and there. We knew we had something special, because it all happened so fast and with such ease. It was so fun, and pretty amazing, to have this chance to work closely with friends who are so immensely talented. We couldn't be more excited about it."

Grey adds, "It's always great to collaborate with artists at the top of their game. We couldn't be happier that we had the opportunity to work with Zedd and Hailee for our first official release!"

Steinfeld debuted the song live last week during the kick off of Meghan Trainor's The Untouchable Tour in Boise, ID. Check out the online stream of the song here.

Steinfeld will be on the road with Trainor until September 25th when the tour wraps up in Boston, MA at the Blue Hills Bank Pavillion. See the tour dates here.

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Zayn Malik and Snakehips Release New Single 'Cruel'

( Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik features in a new collaboration with the British electronic pop duo Snakehips on their new single 'Cruel," which was released on Friday. had these details:

The song features lyrics that are both steamy and resentful: 'Back where we left off/ Watch you take your dress off/ I've been by myself remembering you/ Your body hurts me/ Loopin' 'round like CCTV/ In all this bitterness you stay so sweet," Zayn sings.

Snakehips, consisting of Oliver Lee and James Carter, is working on a full-length album that will feature the Zayn collab, and other previously released tracks with Tinashe, Chance the Rapper, Anderson Paak and others, reported Billboard. Read more here.

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Gavin DeGraw Streams New Track, Announces Album

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw excited fans on Friday by releasing a new single and announced the release of his new studio album, which will be released on September 9th.

The new album will be entitled "Something Worth Saving" and DeGraw gave fans an early taste of the effort with release of the new single called "She Sets The City On Fire". Check out the lyric video for the track here.

DeGraw will be promoting the effort on a North American coheadlining tour with Andy Grammer which is set to kick off on August 28th in Bethel, NY at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

The previously announce tour will hit several cities across the U.S. before wrapping up on November 9th in Boca Raton, FL at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. See the tour dates here.

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Josh Groban Releases New Song 'Dust and Ashes' From Broadway Debut

Josh Groban has released a new digital single entitled "Dust and Ashes", which comes from the new musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

The single is first taste fans are getting of Groban's Broadway debut in The Great Comet this fall. "Dust and Ashes" features music and lyrics by Dave Malloy, and will be distributed by Reprise Records.

The Great Comet is set to open on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) beginning October 18, with opening night set for Monday, November 14, 2016.

Prior to the opening, Groban will be spending most of the summer on the road. He is currently on a North American tour that is set to conclude with a two night stand at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on August 26th and 27th. See the dates here.

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KT Tunstall Announces New Album KIN

KT Tunstall has announced that she will be releasing her fifth studio album, which will be entitled KIN, via Caroline Records on September 9th. The album comes after Tunstall had considered leaving music.

"As an artist I feel like I died," she says in the album announcement. "I stopped. I gave up. I didn't want to do it anymore." After moving to Venice Beach, California and enrolling in the Sundance Institute's Film Composers Lab, she changed her mind.

"The truth is, I've finally made peace with being a pop songwriter," KT says. "This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write positive songs that have muscle, but also show their vulnerability."

Kin was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, Air, M83) and composed and recorded by Tunstall in Los Angeles. She will be hitting the road for a North American tour on September 14th in Washington D.C. See the dates and the album tracklisting here.

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Needtobreathe To Celebrate Album Release With Today Show Performance

Needtobreathe will be celebrating the release of their new studio album "H A R D L O V E," with a live performance of the single "Happiness" on the Today show on Wednesday (July 20th).

"Happiness" is featured in Microsoft's new TV and online ad campaign and has garnered almost 4 million streams on Spotify since it was released. The video for the track can been streamed here.

American fans will be able to catch the group on the road in support of the album this summer and fall when they launch their Tour De Compadres across the U.S.

The trek will be kicking off on August 17th in Raleigh, NC at the Red Hat Amphitheater and will conclude on November 12th in 12 Lynchburg, VA at the Liberty University Vines Center. See the tour dates here.

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Amanda Palmer And Her Father Jack Release New Album

Amanda Palmer and her father Jack Palmer have released their new collaborative album, entitled "You Got Me Singing," via and iTunes. We were sent the following comments from both Palmers:

"The main inspiration behind this record was to share songs and time with my dad," says Amanda, who was separated from her father when she was less than a year old. "It was a really good reason to spend healing time together, sharing our musical histories, all poetically punctuated by the fact that I was seven months pregnant when we recorded. I knew that from my post at the mixing desk and the mic, this music was being heard in the womb, and so the song selection was really important...we didn't want this album to sound corny, we wanted it to sound like the connective tissue between three generations. The songs had to be simple."

Jack Palmer, who is 72 and sings choral music regularly for the National Cathedral in Washington DC, says "I believe nothing is more powerful than love, and that nothing expresses it better than singing. It was one of Amanda's songs that began healing our fractured relationship. Years later, I hope the love that went into this project will perhaps touch listeners in the same way." See the tracklisting here.

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5 Seconds of Summer Star Sleepless Over Ghostbusters Excitement

5 Seconds of Summer have a song in the Ghostbusters reboot soundtrack and a member of the Australian pop-rock group revealed his excitement about the film opening this past Friday (July 15th).

Drummer Ashton Irwin tweeted "I'm just so excited..I can't sleep," ahead of the theatrical opening. A stream of group's new song for the film, entitled "Girls Talk Boys", was released last Thursday. Check it out here.

The film's soundtrack also includes tracks from Fall Out Boy (Theme song), Elle King ("Good Girls"), Zayn Malik ("wHo"), Walk the Moon ("Ghostbusters"), "), G-Eazy featuring Jeremih ("Saw It Coming") and more.

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Tinashe Releases New Single 'Superlove'

( R&B singer Tinashe released her new single "Superlove" early Friday (July 15). She teased the song on her social media accounts on Wednesday (July 13). "Superlove" is a positive song about the euphoric power of love, reported Billboard.

"They will never love you, babe, like I love you, babe," she sings on The-Dream and Tricky Stewart-produced jam. "Say you'll never take my love away."

"I have felt a strong urge recently to release a song that promotes positivity, love, and light," she said in a press release. 'Superlove' is a celebration of happiness. More specifically, it celebrates the kind of happiness that is so immense and infectious, that you can't help but to rejoice in it. I hope to eulogize this wonderful energy and make people feel good, love harder, and dance together."

In April, Tinashe postponed her Joyride world tour to wrap up production on the new LP. "Superlove" follows her previous releases "Player" featuring Chris Brown and the Young Thug-assisted "Party Favors." Joyride, the follow-up to 2014's Aquarius, is expected for release via RCA Records later this fall. Check out the song here.

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