Jagged Edge has released a new track, “Ready,” the second such single to be taken off of their forthcoming studio release J.E. Heartbreak 2. “Ready” follows “Hope” as the second single off of J.E. Heartbreak 2, the follow-up to their 2011 studio album The Remedy, is due for release on October 27 and features the production talents of Jermaine Dupri.
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Neil Young has released “Who’s Gonna Stand Up,” a live cut recorded with Crazy Horse during a Liverpool show. The cut is available now on Soundcloud. “Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth? / Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough? / Who’s gonna take on the big machine?” asks Young on the provocative jam.
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Kellie Pickler will release her latest album, The Woman I Am, on pink vinyl on September 30, with the proceeds going to Gilda’s House, a community-centered home for the cancer stricken that was started in memory of comedian Gilda Radner. “Breast cancer really hit close to home for me when my ‘big sis,’ Summer, was diagnosed at such an early age,” Pickler says.
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Katy Perry has been offered a book deal worth millions. Sources tell the Mirror that “a number of American publishers” want the pop princess to tell the story of her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. The news comes after Brand shelved plans to publish the third installment of his autobiography series My Booky Wook.
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Ariana Grande has announced the Honeymoon tour in support of her recently released album, My Everything. The trek begins February 25 at Kansas City, Missouri’s Independence Event Center, rocking 25 venues across the U.S. Last year, Grande supported her debut release, Yours Truly, with a much smaller scale tour.
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Jay Z and Kanye West are getting into the film producing game, as the duo have co-produced Chris Rock‘s new film Top Five. Roots drummer ?uestlove will serve as the film’s executive music producer. Top Five is an upcoming movie written and directed by Rock, who stars as Andre Allen, a comedian turned film star.
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Tim McGraw has released “Overrated,” the latest single from his upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town. In the song, McGraw chides those who are too materialistic: “Building up a stack of bones / Keeping up with the Jones / Getting us all so jacked and jaded / Baby if you’re asking me / Love is really all we need / Everything else is overrated, overrated.”
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After U2 released its latest LP, Songs of Innocence, to Apple’s iTunes free of charge, NME reported that, despite being distributed to 500 million people, the album only notched 200,000 downloads. Now, a rep for Universal Music Group, tells Billboard that the number is “completely inaccurate.”
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Recording performers like Little Richard and Fats Domino as if they were playing for live audiences, Mr. Matassa was an engineer who became known for “the New Orleans sound.”
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Brad Paisley is the headliner of the upcoming Grand Ole Opry Salute to Country Cares, honoring the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids. Since 1989, Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids has raised over $500 million for the Children’s Research hospital. Fans who purchase tickets to the show will get Paisley’s new Moonshine in the Trunk album for just $5.
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