When you’re talking about Oprah, two powerful voices are always better than one. On the inaugural anthem for the media mogul’s OWN Network, she didn’t just go big, she went double-diva, with Jennifer Nettles and Jennifer Hudson joining forces on “You Will,” their first duet written by longtime Winfrey friend Diane Warren. In traditional Oprah-style, the booming ballad is all about self-empowerment (and includes plenty of mantras like “go live a life that’s got no limits”) with Nettles and Hudson using every corner of their famous ranges: lots of runs, lots of big notes, lots of hands in the air. Related: Hear Reba and Jennifer Nettles’ Heartbreaking Duet Written by the legendary Warren, known for hits like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” “You Will” doesn’t fall into either of the singers’ particular genre niches, landing in a nice — and broadly appealing — pop space. (Winfrey is about the every-woman, after all.) Though country has historically treated Hudson well
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Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys will headline this summer’s Outside Lands Festival, set to invade San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 7th through 9th. Filling out the impressive bill at the eighth annual fest are Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, St. Vincent, Billy Idol and many more. Bonnaroo 2014: Rolling Stone’s Best Live and Backstage Photos The San Francisco’s festival’s eclectic lineup will also feature rockers like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and fun.’s Nate Ruess, EDM acts like Axwell & Ingrosso, Porter Robinson and Odesza, up-and-coming indie artists Django Django, James Bay, RL Grime and Mac DeMarco and hip-hop artists like DJ Mustard, SZA and Bay Area rapper G-Eazy.
With cast members like Charles Esten and Sam Palladio regulars at the Grand Ole Opry and playing Music City festivals, like this week’s Tin Pan South, ABC’s Nashville has fully blurred the line between life and art. The series will further expand its reach when it launches its second concert tour in April. Kyle Dean Massey Opens Up on Gay ‘Nashville’ Character Making stops in eight cities, the Nashville tour will feature cast members Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Aubrey Peeples and young duo Lennon & Maisy. Jonathan Jackson will also appear at the Chicago date, while Palladio, who plays Gunnar on the series, will perform at the New York and Los Angeles concerts. The soapy drama, about the musical and personal relationships of a cast of characters in the Tennessee capital, debuted its first live tour in 2014.
The Black Keys have canceled their upcoming performances in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, since drummer Patrick Carney has experienced a setback in his recovery from a dislocated and broken shoulder. The duo previously nixed the European leg of their Turn Blue tour, which was scheduled for February and March after Carney sustained the injury while swimming off the island of Saint-Barthélemy on January 3rd. Like the European trek, the Australasian tour’s 12 dates have been cancelled because “efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful.” The band hopes to be back on the road in May. The Black Keys Loosen Up: Backstage on the ‘Turn Blue’ Tour “Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April,” the duo wrote in a statement. “The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated, and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal
In a series of posts spread across his social media accounts, Tom DeLonge mapped out his massive plans for 2015 while also shining more light on the details behind his bitter split with Blink-182. The guitarist previously announced that he’d release a new solo album titled To the Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends in on April 21st, but he then followed that up with a tweet promising “4 albums in one year.” Blink-182 Blast ‘Ungrateful, Disingenuous’ Tom DeLonge DeLonge later clarified that he’s currently working on “2 albums with [Angels & Airwaves], 2 albums from myself. 3 of them are released with Novels. This has been in the works for a couple years.” He also told fans, “I have the fastest punk song I’ve written in 15 years on my new album…
After four years of fundraising and planning, construction on the Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle is set to begin in April. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and the city of Seattle announced that development company ERRG, Inc. had won the bid to start work on the two-and-a-half acre stretch of land dedicated to the legendary guitarist in the city’s Central District adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, with a completion date penciled in for the fall. How Jimi Hendrix Got His Own Postage Stamp While the Park Foundation broke ground on the location last August, executing the Murase Associates’ landscape design for the park stalled, but with ERRG now in place, work on phase one of the project – dubbed “Little Wing,” for the Axis: Bold as Love classic – will finally kick off next month, Billboard reports. The $1.4 million first phase will feature paved walkways, enhanced landscaping and “a chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career” that will be presented along a path loosely shaped like the neck of a guitar.
Moments after a Los Angeles judge ruled that Suge Knight be held on $25 million bail stemming from murder charges, the Death Row mogul collapsed in the courthouse. The unconscious Knight was rushed to a jail hospital ward, the Los Angeles Times reports. Suge Knight Tells ‘Doggystyle’ Stories While Knight has allegedly suffered health problems throughout the pretrial hearings – this incident marked the fourth time Knight was taken by ambulance from a courthouse since he was charged with the murder of Terry Carter – Deputy District Attorney Cynthia J. Barnes told the Times she believed Knight “did it in front of the cameras.” // Post by msnbc