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Tiësto Headlines DJ Competition Series ‘Your Shot’

Tiësto  will search for the next wave of great DJs with a new reality competition called Your Shot . In the 10-part Vevo web series, 30 aspiring DJs will undergo extensive training and face off in various competitions before one DJ is ultimately crowned champ. The winner will perform alongside Tiësto at a Las Vegas gig as well as earn a slot at the 2016 Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Registration for Your Shot is open now at the competition’s official site . Inside Tiësto’s Star-Studded Album Release Show Tiësto, voted Number One on Rolling Stone ‘s list of 25 DJs That Rule the Earth , will be among the judges on the six-week-long competition

Weekend Rock Question: Who Should Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next?

The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony  was held this past weekend at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Green Day, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The “5” Royales and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band all entered the institution, and every living inductee was on hand to perform. 15 Best Moments at the Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Now we have a question for you: Who should enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016? Anyone that released their first album or single in 1990 or earlier is fair game. Newly eligible acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, A Tribe Called Quest, Alice in Chains and the Black Crowes.

Hear Britney Spears Take ‘Tom’s Diner’ to the Club

As fans await Britney Spears ‘ recently announced new single ” Pretty Girls ,” the pop star’s throwback collaboration with Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder  has leaked. For  Déjà Vu , the producer’s first album in 30 years, Spears covers Suzanne Vega’s 1987 a cappella hit “Tom’s Diner.” Listen to it here . Giorgio Moroder Taps Britney Spears for ‘Tom’s Diner’ Cover The reenergized cover of the Eighties classic makes the song even more sonically dynamic, with Spears evoking Vega’s subdued, almost deadpan, delivery. Spears joins a number of Top 40 staples who contribute to Moroder’s return to music, including Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX and Sia, who sings on the LP’s title track “Déjà Vu.” In an interview with Rolling Stone , Moroder teased the “Tom’s Diner” cover, noting that it was Spears’ idea.

Billy Joel Closing Out Nassau Coliseum Before Major Renovations

Billy Joel  will give the legendary Nassau Coliseum its temporary curtain call on August 4th, playing the final concert at the Uniondale, New York arena, according to the singer-songwriter’s website . The event will mark the Long Island resident’s 32nd appearance at the venue, which opened in 1972 and has served as the home base for numerous professional sports teams (including, currently, the NHL’s New York Islanders).  Watch Kevin Spacey Perform ‘Piano Man’ With Billy Joel Tickets  – ranging from $49.50 to $119.50 – go on sale Friday, May 1st through Ticketmaster, and American Express cardholders can purchase limited quantities of pre-sale tickets starting Monday, April 27th at 10 a.m. Following Joel’s concert, the venue will close for extensive renovations, with plans to reopen the building in December 2016.

Dan Auerbach Talks ‘Extra Weird’ New Solo Album

“I just finished up,” says Dan Auerbach, on the phone from California, where he’s playing his new solo album for Nonesuch Records. “I’m really excited about it.” Auerbach’s solo project, called the Arcs, will first release two “boxing-related” songs: “Stay in My Corner” and “Tomato Can,” on a 7-inch vinyl at independent retailers on May 2 nd , the day of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight in Vegas. “I can’t wait,” Auerbach tells  Rolling Stone . Auerbach, a boxer himself who regularly spars in his garage and backstage before shows, has already set up an official site for the new project . Dan Auerbach: 10 Records I Wish I’d Produced The singer – whose last solo album was 2009’s Keep it Hid – recorded the new album loosely in rehearsal studios and at a Brooklyn studio with friend Leon Michaels, who worked with Auerbach on his projects with Dr

Two Faith No More Albums to Get Rarities-Packed Reissues

Faith No More ‘s two best-selling records – 1989’s The Real Thing and 1992’s Angel Dust – are being reissued with rarities-packed bonus discs. The reissues, which will be available as either double-CD or heavyweight double-vinyl sets, will hit store shelves on June 9th, one month after the band puts out its comeback album, Sol Invictus . Hear Faith No More’s First Song in 17 Years Although neither reissue contains music that was previously unreleased, they both collect many of the band’s hard-to-find B-sides and other rarities. The track listing for each is below. The Real Thing’s bonus disc contains remixes of three of their biggest hits – “Epic,” “Falling to Pieces” and “From Out of Nowhere” – hard-to-find tracks “The Grade,” “Cowboy Song” and “Sweet Emotion,” as well as live recordings that previously appeared as B-sides, including their cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Angel Dust similarly contains several live B-sides, remixes of “Midlife Crisis” and “A Small Victory” and covers of the Commodores’ “Easy” and the Dead Kennedys’ “Let’s Lynch the Landlord.” It also features the album outtake “The World Is Yours,” a version of the group’s early track “As the Worm Turns” featuring Mike Patton on vocals and the German-language Schlager music  track “Das Schützenfest.” A vinyl release for both albums is planned for August, though an exact release date has yet to be announced.

Watch Zac Brown Band’s Fan-Sourced ‘Homegrown’ Video

Zac Brown Band have revealed the new video for their latest chart-topping hit, “Homegrown,” and it takes its title literally. Tortuga Fest 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Photos Over 1,000 fans submitted their own video clips for the project, creating a hodgepodge of home movies that showcase the joy of simple American living, just like the song glorifies. Brown and company sifted through more than four hours of footage to end up with three-and-a-half minutes of their fans’ real lives, ending up with clip after clip of stunning country vistas and modest family homes, pets, weddings, kids and favorite pastimes. The approach was certainly unconventional, but then again, defying convention was basically Brown’s motto in creating his fourth full-length album, the upcoming Jekyll + Hyde . He brought together an unprecedented four separate record labels to get the best team he possibly could behind the band’s newest music.

Kanye West’s Lawsuit Over Leaked Marriage Proposal Video Allowed to Proceed

A California appeals court has allowed  Kanye West  and Kim Kardashian’s lawsuit against YouTube’s co-founder to proceed. The rapper and reality star sued tech exec Chad Hurley after the former YouTube CEO leaked video footage of West’s surprise 2013 marriage proposal to Kardashian despite signing a confidentiality agreement. Kanye West: ‘I Don’t Care About Having a Legacy’ West’s elaborate proposal to Kardashian , her 33rd birthday present from the rapper, took place in October 2013 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of the Giants. The proposal, which involved the Chicago Symphony and a Jumbotron message that read “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!,” was meant to be the highlight of the upcoming season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians . However, Hurley, who was in attendance for the proposal, promptly leaked footage to his then-new video sharing site MixBit, resulting in a lawsuit  from the pair

On the Charts: Shawn Mendes Climbs Vine to Number One

The music industry landscape is constantly shifting as CD sales and downloads are being forced out by streams and YouTube views and  a new report says that Spotify is worth more than every major label combined . Even the mediums in which artists are discovered are changing as, for the first time, a singer who became famous from Vine has landed a Number One album on the Billboard 200. Shawn Mendes, the 16-year-old who gained a huge following recording cover songs on the app in 2013, debuted atop the charts with his first major label LP Handwritten . Spotify Re-Ranks Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs List Mendes’ collection of original songs sold 119,000 total units – a combination of traditional album sales, track equivalent album sales and streaming equivalent album sales – to make the singer the youngest artist to land at Number One since fellow Canadian Justin Bieber did it in May 2010 with My World 2.0 , Billboard reports . Mendes’ feat is an amalgamation of how success in the music industry has changed in the 21st century.

Tool on U2 Vinyl Mishap: ‘Nice Freakin’ Try’

This past Record Store Day was once again packed with unique, limited edition releases , but one of the stranger collectibles happened entirely by accident: Some pressings of U2 ‘s Songs of Innocence  deluxe vinyl edition, released in celebration of Record Store Day , inexplicably contained a copy of Tool’s Opiate EP instead. The mix-up appears to have only affected a few customers at one U.K. record shop, but that didn’t stop Tool from trolling U2 about the error.

See Dwight Yoakam Play a Rowdy ‘Liar’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

At 58 years old, Dwight Yoakam — the long-serving intellectual punk of country music — has just released his 14th studio album, Second Hand Heart . And last night, he dropped by NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers looking like a man half his age. Dwight Yoakam on Fiery New Album, Return to Cowpunk Roots Performing “Liar” from the new set, Yoakam attacked the stage with youthful abandon, all swiveling hips and untamed attitude. Pants: still impossibly tight

Willie Nelson, the Decemberists Headline Inaugural Pilgrimage Festival

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge and newcomer Rainey Qualley are among the country-flavored artists set for the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, held this fall in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. 20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2015’s Weekend Two But the music and arts event is far from just a country concert. Indie rock acts the Decemberists and Weezer, along with Americana darlings Neko Case and Iron & Wine, soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Jimmy Cliff and Dr. John are also on the bill

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