This includes the band's July 17 date at Tim McGraw's Sandy Hook benefit concert. The statement from Little Big Town about the canceled concerts is below:
"With heavy hearts we want to let you guys know that Jimi will have to undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. As a result, doctors have ordered him to rest his voice and completely recuperate before we continue touring. All shows through July 30th will be cancelled or rescheduled.
"It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi's health is the most important thing and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment. We will keep everyone updated on Jimi's progress. Thanks for your understanding and support. - K,K,J & P" Read more here.
A new documentary, Soaked in Bleach, tries to dig deep into this conspiracy theory, and Love is not taking the film's existence too kindly.According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Love is behind a cease-and-desist letter that has been presented to all theaters showing the film, with a pretty cut-and-dry reasoning.
The letter claims the movie "falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Love of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain," while noting that there just isn't evidence to support any of the claims. Read more here.
Produced by Joe Carnahan, who directed the movie in 2012, it's a thriller set in Detroit, which should give Eminem plenty of insight into the plot and characters. It will tell the story of a cop going undercover with criminals to investigate a murder.
This latest cinematic endeavor for Eminem comes after his recently announced soundtrack for the film Southpaw, about a wounded boxer getting back in the game. He sure knows how to pick scenarios that sound like Eminem songs. Read more here.
At any second a backstage dressing room can turn into an impromptu dance party. Some days there are arcade games, an intense laser tag battle and often wiffle ball, Frisbees and ping pong balls are flying.
The nearly four-minute clip was shot while Hunt was on tour and includes beach shows, performances in London and mini tour bus concerts. Hunt gives a glimpse into his journey since releasing his debut album Montevallo last year, and it looks like a wild ride.
Of course, your sense of deja vu is not unwarranted: Hunt shot an alternate video for the song last year. Check it out here.
And he's not slowing down anytime soon, either. In a new interview with Radio.com, Rodgers revealed that he'll soon go into the studio with Beck, who is one of the performers at the Rodgers-curated FreakOut! Let's Dance Festival, taking place in Riverhead, N.Y., Aug. 4-5.
"We haven't gone into the studio yet," he said. "We're going into the studio out on [Long] Island. We have the studio booked, we're ready to go." But it does make sense: Rumor has it that Beck is moving in a funkier direction, if his new song "Dreams" is indicative of his upcoming music.
Will Beck be backed by Chic when he performs at FreakOut! Let's Dance? "No," Rodgers says, "Beck is bringing his band…this is the beginning of the Beck tour. When you look at the poster for the festival, people think Beck and Duran Duran are headlining. No: The reason I did that is to say 'thank you' to them, because these are the first shows that they're doing; it's also the first show on the Duran Duran tour." Read more here.
In between choreographed dances in a what looks like a storage locker, they run through a visual feast of avant looks. There's quirky hats, crocodile dresses, crazy heels and, later on, gilded outfits.
All the while, they dance right into the boxy camera, no doubt a nod to Hype Williams' late '90s videos for Missy Elliott. The track, which is available for purchase on iTunes, will be featured on Icona Pop's follow up to their 2013 breakthrough This Is…Icona Pop. There's no release date yet. Watch the new video here.
Doctors have ordered White to rest her hand to allow it time to heal, forcing the UK duo to pull out of the tour which was scheduled to start tonight in Berwyn, IL and conclude on July 26th in Omaha, NE.
White had the following to say, "Really sorry to be cancelling our U.S. tour. My left hand has been playing me up for a while and unfortunately, it finally decided to throw a tendon tantrum.
"We tried to scale back the upcoming shows to avoid making it worse, but unfortunately, I have a torn tendon that the doctors have said only rest and physiotherapy will heal... back soon." see the canceled dates here.
So, plan B: invite Florence + the Machine to fill in for the Foos. Festival organizer Emily Eavis posted a message on Glastonbury's website earlier today addressing the news.
"Once we heard the sad news that Foo Fighters had been forced to pull out, there was only one person we wanted to call and that was Florence," she wrote. "Every time she has played here she's done something spectacular and we always knew she would headline the Pyramid one day. I'm delighted she's agreed to step up to it-she's going to smash it!"
Hopefully she won't do too much smashing, though: Florence herself is recovering from her own injury, a broken foot suffered at Coachella. Read more here.
'I'd be very willing to put money that it will be on there," Underwood said. She didn't reveal the title for the track but said that the song poured out during a recent songwriting session.
So how is motherhood treating Underwood? It seems her new son is transforming her into a morning person. 'He's just this gift and such a smiley baby and so easy to be around," she said. 'I'm a grouch in the morning and I wake up and he wakes up and he's just smiling at me. So he just makes my life better." Read more here.
Swift has always said she wanted her belly button to remain a "mystery," explaining, "As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven't seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I'm going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it's going to be right next to my belly button because no one's ever going to see that."
While taking a photo with a fan at a recent show, Swift decided to be a little cheeky and lift her crop top just enough to expose her belly button, which is totally normal looking.
Reddit had a field day, posting the photo with the wise words: If you gaze into her navel long enough, it too shall gaze into you. Of course, no one got lost in this tiny black hole, instead they thought of things that could replace her belly button, including a six-pack, a bunch of baby orangutans and our personal favorite the Taylor XY, revealing she has no belly button at all. See the images here.
'I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous to even work with somebody as successful as Max because I didn't think that our worlds would go together at all," Kelly told Radio.com earlier this year. 'There was me, coming from this indie, singer/songwriter thing and then him, completely running the pop charts. But I knew that was the next step. Personally, I knew that was what I wanted."
Clearly it was a good match, as the first song they wrote together "Nobody Love" became a hit, breaking into the top 20 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart and racking up over 10 million streams. Read more and grab the stream link here.
Aside from a flower strewn piano, Gaga was at her most understated for the occasion, delivering a stripped-down performance of the track that flexed her vocal range and forgoing her usual sartorial flair.
She was almost unrecognizable with minimal makeup, platinum blonde hair and a white gown. It's not exactly surprising, however, that Gaga kept things simple for the show. Since she released her last album, a jazz standards compilation with Tony Bennett dubbed Cheek to Cheek, Gaga has been letting her vocals take most of the spotlight and simplifying her wardrobe in the process. Watch it here.
The music video for the Southern rock love ballad begins with Johnston getting into his truck and slamming the door to which a photo of he and his wife falls to the passenger seat.
He looks at the photo and then begins to sing the opening lines of the song while driving and you instantly get the feeling you're with him as he's writing the song.
The three-minute clip then flashes forward to Johnston returning home to see his wife in their kitchen as the camera pans to photos of them both on their refrigerator. The stripped-down feel of the song comes to the forefront as Johnston is found upstairs writing the song as pictures of he and his wife flash on the screen as he sings, "That's what love is supposed to feel like."
And by looking at their relationship through the span of the three minutes of "White Lightning" it seems love sure feels good. Read more and watch the video here.
Along with Smash Mouth, '90s nostalgia nuts will get sets from rapper Coolio, "Stay (I Miss You)" singer Lisa Loeb, Tonic, Naughty by Nature, and the surviving members of Blind Melon. The festival is also touting a "surprise act."
Hosting the festivities is none other than the Weasel, Pauly Shore. Tickets for the event are now on sale, ranging from $60-85 for general admission and $100-150 for VIP. Read more here.
The film bounced between studios before landing at Sony. Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony's motion picture division, is said to have wrestled with the film's budget. And with Chris Pratt's price tag having just gone up $2 million this weekend with the success of Jurassic World, Pratt's take is now at $12 million per picture, reports THR.
Add Pratt's pay to co-star Lawrence's $20 million salary, plus hefty back-end profit sharing, and the film could end up running somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 million. Read more here.
Now on his latest album, Sonic Ranch, the country troubadour strips down his sound for a gritty and raw collection of songs that showcase his many influences.
Recorded at a cozy studio outside of El Paso, Texas, that he says felt like home, Sonic Ranch includes not only original compositions but also a selection of memorable covers, including Townes Van Zandt's "Waitin' 'Round to Die," Waylon Jennings' "Goin' Down Rockin" and Tom T. Hall's 'That's How I Got to Memphis."
"There's definitely a piece of me in all those covers that I sing," Morgan tells Radio.com. He's speaking by phone from Bass Lake, California, a small village south of Yosemite National Park where he moved six months back.
Bass Lake is a long way from Flint, Michigan, where Morgan and his band, the 78s, first got their start five years ago. But it represents a new turn in Morgan's life. For instance, while his beard, long hair and tattoos give him the appearance of a biker, it turns out he's lately focused on bikes of the pedal-powered variety ("I'm healthier than I've been in along time," he admits"). In fact, as we speak he's taking a break from a cycling ride in the mountains near his new home.
But that fresh focus on personal health doesn't temper the grit, guts and soul that defines Morgan's music, which is steeped in the soul and sounds of country's honky tonk and outlaw eras. This is true whether he's performing his own original songs or working up new versions of vintage material. Either way, it's material that comes from a place deep down inside.
As he explains it: "If you're going to do someone else's song, you really have to make it your own. The only way to make it your own is if you lived it."
As far as the original songs he wrote for the record, Morgan says each song is true to him, the most honest being "Good Timin' Man," which speaks about the difficulties of life on the road.
"The chorus for that really explains a lot about me and life on the road. People want me to be that person when I'm on stage. I'm not always that person off stage and sometimes I have to put on a…." He pauses. "Merle Haggard, in one of his songs ['Footlights'] he says you gotta 'put on that Instamatic grin.' You gotta go up there and put this show on no matter what mood you're in. You have to get up there, and they all want the party songs." Read more here.
According to Consequence of Sound, after his Bonnaroo festivities, Hamm stopped by the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Chattanooga for a fried egg BLT, coffee, and an orange soda.
Apparently, the service was really something, as Hamm gave server Abby Swartz his Bonnaroo all-access wristband as part of his tip. 'Take this wristband and go to Bonnaroo. This will get you anywhere you need to go," he said. 'Go to Bonnaroo and have a great time."
Swartz made it to Bonnaroo in time to catch sets from Billy Joel and Florence + the Machine. Read more here.
No U.S. tour dates have currently been scheduled, but the simple fact that Natalie Maines, Emily Robison Strayer and Martie Maguire will be performing again together should increase hope that some American stops might be in the cards.
Dixie Chicks last toured in 2013, while their most recent album, Taking the Long Way Home, was released way back in 2006, and went on to win five Grammy awards, including Album of the Year. See the dates here.
And boy, does he eat some weird things. The AMA didn't go on for all that long, but we nonetheless gleaned a few beautiful morsels of new information about the star. Here are some of the stranger stories.
His favorite sandwich is weirder than Elvis' favorite sandwich. He even gives instructions on how to make it: "Bread, white. peanut butter, not crunchy, creamy. grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread. bread, and then some cheetos shoved in there, and then you're good to go."
Saturday Night Live was some of the hardest acting he's done. "Doing SNL was by far the most terrifying thing that I've ever done, because there is a lot of reading involved, and I don't read that well out loud. I get terrified and freeze up. So it really depends on what kind. If i'm really super prepared and I'm off book, I'm not nervous. There's no wrong way to do it, just different ways to do it, because you never know what is going to work." Read more here.
The prophet is a song that was originally written when I was 16 years old and recorded on a 4 track in my living room. I always loved the song but never really recorded more than an acoustic version of it.
To bring it to life in the studio the story needed to change a little more to the life I've lived instead of the one I used to dream about living. With the help of Ras-MG in the production world we were able to bring it to the level that would make Brad proud. It's been a hell of journey for this song and I'm glad it's seeing the light.
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