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Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum Help Kick Off Football Championship Festivities

While people are still placing bets on college football’s final four, there are four big names in country music who’ve been tapped to play the inaugural pre-championship concert. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will take the stage January 9th for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship show. The 90-minute TV special will air live from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on CMT

Watch Metallica Nail ‘Enter Sandman’ on ‘Late Late Show’

“Here tonight is a band who are the runner-up on American Idol , wasn’t it fellas,” Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson joked introducing Metallica on the penultimate night of the metal gods’ week-long residency. With only two nights left, Metallica decided to bust out “one of their signature tunes,” as Ferguson put it, “a song called ‘Enter Sandman.'” Related: Metallica to Issue 27 Live Albums by Year’s End There’s nothing flashy about this version of their biggest Black Album  track — just another polished, kick-ass performance by a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band that’s been doing it now for over three decades (although James Hetfield seems to really relish the moments where he laughs after the chorus). For the fourth consecutive night, Kirk Hammett thrashed away at a guitar emblazoned with a graphic of actor Boris Karloff as the Mummy, a reminder of Hammett’s passion for horror movie memorabilia.

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.

Calle 13 Have Won the Most Latin Grammys in History. What’s Their Secret?

Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight’s ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar (Residente) have evolved in many ways, adding more elements to their sound while denouncing the conspicuous consumption of their early years. This March, in the video for “Adentro,” Residente went as far as to smash his Maserati with a baseball bat, then push it off a cliff. The 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time “Adentro” is up for three Grammys tonight, and its parent album, MultiViral, will be competing for Best Urban Music Album (a category Calle 13 have never lost) and the broader Album of the Year. After a spontaneous free concert pushed the conversation back a day, Vistante and Residente spoke with Rolling Stone about winning awards, going viral and finding inspiration in Irish pop songs

Chart Watch: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Hits 2 Million Mark

Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data

Hear Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s Psychedelic ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’ Cover

The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono have mistletoe and world peace on the mind, teaming up for a reimagining of Ono and John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for Amazon’s new playlist, “All is Bright.” 40 Essential Christmas Albums While Lennon and Ono’s original is a simple holiday song with an affecting message bolstered by the beautiful children’s choir singing in the background, the Flaming Lips turn the track into a striking psychedelic carol. Anchored by spiraling synth lines and frontman Wayne Coyne’s blown-out vocals, Ono descends from the sky with an ethereal rendering of the song’s refrain amidst classic Christmas song traits like par-rum-pa-pum-pum drumming and big, booming bells. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is one of 43 holiday tunes collected on “All is Bright,” which is available for free for Amazon Prime members. The collection boasts numerous renditions of holiday classics from artists like Lucinda Williams, Amanda Palmer, the Tom Tom Club, Ladyhawke and Brandi Carlile; while Liz Phair, Anna Nalick, Blondfire and Ruby the RabbitFoot all contributed new songs

Mike Love Memoir, ‘Good Vibration: My Life as a Beach Boy,’ Due in 2016

Beach Boys singer Mike Love is going to tell the story of his five-decade tenure in the famously fractious band in the summer of 2016 with the release of his first book, which is tentatively titled  Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy . It’s timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” James S. Hirsch, who has written books about Willie Mays and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, will be Love’s co-writer. Brian Wilson on Another Beach Boys Reunion: ‘Doubt It’ “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences,” the singer said in a statement.

Hetfield hated just like Nickelback, claims Kroeger

Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes he’s hated on the same level as Nickelback, says Chad Kroeger.

Shoegaze Band Ride Will Reunite After Beady Eye Breakup

Ride, one of the most revered bands of the shoegaze era, revealed plans for a reunion tour Tuesday. The group, comprised of singers/guitarists Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, bassist Steve Queralt and drummer Laurence “Loz” Colbert, initially broke up in 1996. “It’s going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we’d do it.

Kanye West Adds Trippy Electronic Haze to Pusha T’s ‘Lunch Money’

Kanye West adds a druggy, psychedelic haze to Pusha T’s recently released track “Lunch Money.” The track finds the Clipse MC firing off at the government (“America is still abusing us / And 9/11 is the Ku-Klux”) and taking direct aim at his hip hop competition (“If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”) in between random mentions of New Edition and the 1988 Nintendo game Contra.  New Kanye West Album Is ‘Like a Pair of Timberlands’ “Party hard, like it’s three of me,” Pusha rhymes, and he manages to do just that, rising above the gurgling electronics and stoned synth-bass. West’s beat switches gears toward the end, introducing a barely-there funk sample of oft-sampled French electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey’s “E.V.A.” Listen below. Pusha and West have a rich collaborative history. In 2011, the Clipse rapper signed to West’s record label GOOD Music and added verses to its 2012 compilation LP,  Cruel Summer . Pusha also appeared on two tracks (“Runaway,” “So Appalled”) from West’s epic 2012 solo album,  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy . West then executive produced Pusha’s acclaimed 2013 LP,  My Name Is My Name , which made the cut for Rolling Stone ‘s 50 Best Albums of that year.  Earlier this year, Pusha appeared on the Lorde-curated soundtrack to  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt.

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.

Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett Team for East Coast Tour

When late country icon George Jones infamously drove a tractor to the liquor store, after then-wife Shirley hid his car keys, it was inevitable that he’d inspire a country song… or two. Vince Gill Achieves ‘Icon’ Status, Talks Mortality “First she hid my glasses/’Cause she knows that I can’t see/She said you ain’t goin’ nowhere boy/’Til you spend a little time with me/Then the boys called from the honky tonk/Said there’s a party goin’ on down here/Well she might’ve took my car keys/But she forgot about my old John Deere,” Vince Gill sings in his classic “One More Last Chance,” partly inspired by the Possum, who made a cameo in the song’s video. Another rather absurd mode of transportation inspired Lyle Lovett’s iconic “If I Had a Boat.” The Texas-born singer-songwriter once told NPR that he tried to ride a pony across a pond and… well, wished he had a boat. (Thus the line, “And if I had a pony, I’d ride him on my boat.”) These are the kinds of tales behind the tunes audiences will likely hear as two of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters — and unmistakable voices — join forces for a 2015 tour

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