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Emily West Inks Label Deal for New Album

Singer Emily West, who charmed TV viewers as a finalist on the most recent edition of NBC’s America’s Got Talent earlier this year, has inked a deal with Sony Music’s Masterworks label. On December 2nd, West will release a two-track digital single on the label’s imprint, Portrait. The single will include her rendition of the Sia hit, “Chandelier,” which proved a fan favorite when she performed it during the TV talent competition. Just in time for the holidays, the single will also include her version of Christmas standard, “Santa Baby.”  Sara Evans Gets ‘Choked Up’ Making Holiday LP A full-length album from the Iowa native is slated for release in spring 2015 and will be the result of a partnership between the artist, Sony and Pledge Music. While the disc is being released on the Portrait imprint, a successful online fundraising effort via Pledge Music to complete the album will enable fans to receive additional personalized bonus tracks and exclusive content.

Watch Hunter Hayes Reveal Secrets of Tattoo Your Name Tour

At one point during one of the last full days of rehearsal for his upcoming Tattoo Your Name Tour, Hunter Hayes told his half-dozen band members he wants something more “eventful” to happen during the transition from one song to the next. Holed up in a huge warehouse where the stage, a series of neon bars and squares, has been fully constructed and the lighting design is being tested, Rolling Stone Country joined Hayes and his crew just days before the trek is scheduled to kick off. (See exclusive video of Hunter’s tour rehearsal above). Watch Hunter Hayes Show Off ‘Tattoo’ on ‘Kimmel’ One of the most buzzed about aspects of the tour are the wristbands all concertgoers will receive on their way into each venue

Taylor Swift Whips New York Into a Frenzy on ‘Good Morning America’

By 7 a.m., Times Square was already packed: Young girls in their plaid school skirts and cheerleader uniforms were huddled across the Midtown hub, waiting to see Taylor Swift perform on Good Morning America and hoping that their first period teachers were also fans of the 24-year-old pop star. The Taylor Swift Guide to 1989: 20 Tracks From Her Key Year Swift’s latest album, 1989 , might be her most mature yet – a transition into pop, adulthood and independence – but clearly, the 16-and-under crowd remains as enthralled as ever. After soundcheck, the singer gave the earliest spectators a full performance of “Out of the Woods,” and a trio of her youngest fans – between the ages of 6 and 11 – were pulled onstage to sing their favorite Swift songs.



Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun spoke with KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Excerpts from the interview appear below. Las Vegas Sun:….it’s the first time you’re playing a residency at the Hard Rock, but why is it the icing on the cake? Stanley: Well because it’s new territory for us, and what KISS has always been about is going against the grain and really doing things in our time and when it feels right for us. There was a time where quite honestly everyone thought of Las Vegas as an elephant burial ground.

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament on the NBA and Breaking Noses With Win Butler

There’s always been something of a divide between the worlds of sports and music. NBA D&D: The Dungeon Master’s Guide to the 2014-15 Season Musicians are supposed to be too precocious, slight and cardigan-prone to concern themselves with the pig-headed machismo of professional athletics. And athletes are supposed to be too dumb and aggressive to cultivate interests in such fey cultural nodes as, you know, expressions of feeling through song. But Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is the bridge between this seemingly inexorable gap. He’s a hoops fanatic with considerable skills on the basketball court, two traits that make him a bit of an outlier amongst his rock & roll brethren – though, strangely, not his own band – and the perfect person for Rolling Stone to speak with as a brand-new NBA season begins


Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Merge Tours for Stadium Shows

Photo courtesy of Two of the biggest touring acts in country music will collide in 2015. Kenny Chesney’s newly announced Big Revival Tour will merge with Jason Aldean’s   Burn It Down Tour for 10 stadium shows in summer 2015. “We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney said

Watch Kristian Bush Bust Sweet Dance Moves in ‘Trailer Hitch’

Clearly, Kristian Bush survived the zombie apocalypse. After being menaced by the walking dead in the hillbilly “Thriller” video for his new single “Trailer Hitch” last week, the singer, songwriter and Sugarland member made his solo Today Show debut yesterday in New York, where he performed the song with his full band — and also showed off some slick dance moves. Watch the video above. 9 Things We Learned Playing a Zombie in Kristian Bush’s Clip During the shuffling song’s breakdown, Bush and three members of his group displayed choreography that would make the Temptations or — with all the dipping, ducking and dodging going on in front of Kathie Lee and Hoda — at least Patches O’Houlihan proud. The morning-show dancing is indicative of Bush’s fun-first, life-is-short personality, as well as the message of “Trailer Hitch.” “One of the cool things about me as a solo artist right now is people see me and they don’t have any idea what I sound like

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean collaborate for a round of 2015 stadium shows

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean will join their own powerhouse country tours for a 10-date megatour next spring and summer. More news: Kenny Chesney , Jason Aldean

22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas is famously press-shy, but the singer agreed to an interview in support of his excellent new album Tyranny with the Voidz. Over several hours on a recent weeknight in New York’s East Village, the singer opened up about everything from his difficult teenage years to why he had a hard time enjoying the Strokes’ early success to his new obsession with politics. He also explained why he rarely does interviews: “I don’t like exploiting your personal life. You already have to be so vain to perform, to go onstage and say, ‘Look at me!’ But it’s more inspiring, better for your personal business, to keep some [mystery].” Here are 22 pieces of info that chip away at the mysterious Casablancas: Julian Casablancas’ Radical Reinvention While the Velvet Underground and Doors influenced his songwriting, he’s also been trained in classical music theory.

Eric Clapton Shares New Track ‘For Jack’ to Honor Jack Bruce

Following the death of bassist Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental ballad called “For Jack” that he recorded in tribute to his former Cream bandmate. The sweet, reflective two-and-a-half minute instrumental finds Clapton strumming softly on an acoustic guitar and harmonizing alongside a singer who isn’t there. It’s likely hard for Clapton to put into words the loss of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bandmate, but “For Jack” does the job in its own way.


Paul McCartney Shares Songwriting Secrets in College Lecture

One day before Paul McCartney played a career-spanning concert in Jacksonville, Florida, the former Beatle made an appearance at Winter Park, Florida’s Rollins College for a career-spanning lecture. Two-time U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins led the discussion with the singer-songwriter, who shared songwriting stories from throughout his career and a performance of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” with a few hundred students on October 23rd. His appearance was announced only that morning and demand was so high that the school implemented a lottery system for tickets.

Fricke’s Picks Radio: Remembering Jack Bruce, the Deep Tracks

Singer, bassist and songwriter Jack Bruce, who died on October 25th at 71, spent a microscopic part of his life in the power trio, Cream: from the summer of 1966 until the end of 1968, then a brief season of reunion in 2005. That group’s original leap through electric blues and psychedelia into a genuinely progressive, vigorously improvised rock inevitably defined Bruce’s rock stardom and loomed over his work as a solo artist and collaborator for four and a half decades. But his discography was kaleidoscopic and often profoundly moving, reflecting Bruce’s early attraction to jazz, the folk songs of his Scottish heritage and a willingness to go where few rockers, certainly in the early and mid-Seventies, dared to venture. Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71 Some of Bruce’s most notable risks and detours, after Cream, were not formally recorded, like his short-lived band with Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell and jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell and a ’75 troupe with ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz composer-pianist Carla Bley

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