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Eminem Shares Career-Spanning ‘Shady Classics’ Mixtape

Eminem’s Shady XV compilation, which collects two discs worth of music to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, is out on November 24th, but the set’s 28 songs isn’t enough to fully tell the story of the rapper’s label. Eminem has remedied that by releasing a free mixtape called Shady Classics , a 66-song collection curated by DJ Whoo Kid. 5 Eminem Tracks Only Hardcore Fans Know Shady Classics gathers the best of what’s not on the Best Of, from loose Eminem freestyles and featured verses to D12 cuts and over a dozen 50 Cent recordings. Among the highlights on the mixtape are Eminem’s guest spot on Dr. Dre’s “Say What You Say,” D12’s “Devil’s Night” and the clever juxtaposition of both Eminem and 50 Cent’s versions of “Wanksta.” Stream or download Shady Classics  over Datpiff.

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Gets Spinoff TV Show

One of the most beloved routines from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show  reign is about to get its own television show: Lip Sync Battle , based on those ridiculous competitions that pit the late night host up against celebrities to see who can pantomime pop songs better, will head to Spike TV in 2015. Fallon and actors John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, a pair of lip sync vets, will executive produce the show as well as appear and “perform” on occasion. Bono Injury Causes U2 ‘Fallon’ Postponement The “lip sync battle” was a game that Merchant created with Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt.

Weekend Rock Question: What’s Leonard Cohen’s Best Song?

Leonard Cohen turned 80 earlier this year, and he celebrated by releasing his new album Popular Problems . It’s quite possibly the best LP ever created by an octogenarian, and next month he’s releasing the CD/DVD Live In Dublin . There’s no word on future tour dates, but we’re all hoping he’s going to go back on the road in 2015.

Dustin Lynch Shares Career Trepidation, Centers Himself With Garth

When Dustin Lynch first arrived on the scene, he did so brilliantly, busting out of the gate with the single “Cowboys and Angels.” The ballad peaked just shy of the top spot at Number Two, a good sign for anyone that a prosperous career was looming. But Lynch, a Tennessee native, still didn’t feel comfortable. The idea of being a one-hit wonder plagued him. Dustin Lynch Plots Next Album a Month After New LP Release “In the past, I was a little bit worried about the future,” Lynch admits to Rolling Stone Country .

Watch Willie Nelson Duet With Sister Bobbie on ‘Who’ll Buy My Memories?’

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson’s home on November 9, 1990, they weren’t looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson’s worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more than 20 properties in four different states — to help pay off the whopping $16.7 million he’d racked up in back taxes and penalties. The only thing they didn’t get was Trigger, Nelson’s favorite guitar, which had been spirited away from the home several days earlier by his daughter, Lana.  Willie Nelson: The Definitive Profile Nelson wound up using Trigger — and nothing else — to record his next album, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? , an acoustic collection of new songs and old standbys. Released in 1992, the album’s profits went straight to the IRS, which helped Nelson finally dig himself out of debt

Stream Ex-Default Singer Dallas Smith’s Guitar-Driven New Country EP, ‘Lifted’

More than a decade before he rebranded himself as one of Canada’s best-selling country newcomers, Dallas Smith was a grunge rocker. His four-piece band, Default, went platinum on both sides of the American border around the turn of the 21st century, armed with a batch of sludgy, guitar-driven songs — including the Top 10 rock hit “Wasting My Time” — that the group had co-written with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.  50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own Default’s music was borne by aggression. As Smith grew older and became a family man, though, he realized his personal life didn’t always gel with the band’s material. Looking for a new sound, he turned to country music, a genre that his parents had consistently played throughout the house during his childhood. What followed was an unlikely transformation from Nickelback protégé to successful country pop-rocker — something few people apart from Staind’s Aaron Lewis have been able to pull off.

Hear Beyonce’s Spinning, Frenetic New Club Banger ‘7/11′

The Platinum Edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album is scheduled to arrive November 24th, and after brief snippets of the box set’s new tracks, “7/11″ and “Ring Off,” leaked out early, the entirety of the two songs were finally unveiled Thursday night. Beyonce Sneezes on MTV and MTV Gets Sicker “7/11″ is the more frenetic of the two Platinum Edition tracks, a rapid-fire banger that finds Beyoncé repetitively detailing her dance moves aloud. “I put up my hands up, spinning while my hands up,” she sings on the track. “Let’s move it side to side, smack in the air.” After a breakneck two-and-a-half minutes, the song cools down for the final 60 seconds with an atmospheric outro.

Hunter Hayes Reveals Why He Doesn’t Want to ‘Get Comfortable’ on the Road

When Hunter Hayes kicked off his Tattoo Your Name Tour earlier this month, he was already thinking of ways to improve the show. As the high-energy performer told Rolling Stone Country  during a visit to rehearsals in October, “It’s all about keeping it new, so that we don’t get comfortable with anything.” CMA New Artist Winners: Where Are They Now? A few weeks later, Hayes, who says he is brutally honest with himself after each show, has already made some tweaks. “The first night on this tour, I was really hard on myself,” he says.

Ty Herndon Comes Out as a ‘Happy Gay Man’

It’s been one of Nashville’s worst-kept secrets for years, but Ty Herndon has always thought making his sexuality public would equate to career suicide. Chely Wright Talks Fan Support After Coming Out “I’ve dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old,” the singer tells Entertainment Tonight . “It’s my life, it’s what I do, it’s who I am, and I went to great lengths to cover up [being gay] to  be a country star.” Those lengths included getting married twice, to “some really amazing young ladies,” Herndon says, claiming both ex-wives knew he was gay. “I had a lot of people around me that I trusted… and I was like, ‘Hey, you know this about me but the world doesn’t

Watch Kristian Bush Reinterpret Sugarland’s ‘Baby Girl’

When Sugarland burst on the scene in 2004 with “Baby Girl,” the song stood out because of vocalist Jennifer Nettles’ elated, woman-power delivery. It just felt like a song a female needed to sing. But Kristian Bush all but dispelled that notion when he reimagined the mid-tempo anthem by adding a bit of manly baritone this week on the Grand Ole Opry. Watch the performance above. 9 Things We Learned Playing a Zombie in Kristian Bush’s Clip With his own debut solo single, “Trailer Hitch,” making an impact at country radio — it currently resides in the Top 30 on Billboard ‘s Country Airplay chart — Bush has been gaining new fans who previously only knew him as the guy in the hat in Sugarland.

Cinderella’s Tom Keifer Relocates to Nashville to Find a Rootsy, New Voice

If “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone),” the epochal 1988 power ballad by hard rock and blues band Cinderella, were released today, it wouldn’t take long for it to land somewhere on Kix Brooks’ weekly countdown show. After all, country radio is where power ballads now reside, from Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Jason Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” to Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” and Justin Moore’s recent Mötley Crüe rerun “Home Sweet Home,” which admittedly didn’t quite live up to its chart expectations. While hip-hop influences may get more buzz and be positioned as the “cooler” genre, Eighties rock bombast has informed country music since well before Nelly ever spit out a verse about “whipping ‘cross the border, Florida into Georgia.” 50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own Earlier this spring, the give and take between rock and country came full circle when Tom Keifer, the longtime leader of Cinderella, released his debut solo album, The Way Life Goes , written and recorded entirely in Nashville.

Foo Fighters Plot Massive 2015 North American Tour

Foo Fighters will be revisiting most of the cities it paid tribute to in its Sonic Highways TV series, and then some, on their newly announced North American tour. The group will be on the road from the summer into the fall next year, beginning with its July 4th blowout in Washington, D.C. Dave Grohl Weighs in on Spotify Controversy In an effort to curb scalping, the band will be making tickets to all of the dates, with the exception of its Fenway Park appearances, available at box offices before “scalper bots” buy out the dates. The “Beat the Bots” tickets will go on sale on November 22nd at 10 a.m.

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