Natalie Merchant Shines At The Beacon Theater In New York City

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(PCM) The energy on 75th and Broadway last night was warm and energetic as renowned songstress Natalie Merchant took the stage at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City. Merchant performed for a sold-out crowd, which included one confirmed special guest – Michael Stipe of R.E.M fame. Merchant is currently a North American tour in support of her new self-titled album. The new disc dropped back in May and debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200. With it being Merchant’s first studio effort in 13 years, needless to say fans had been eagerly waiting and were more than excited to see her perform again.

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Natalie’s marvelous band took the stage first and she followed suit shortly, greeted by a roaring ovation from the crowd. She opened with “Lulu”, one of her new tracks, and proceeded to showcase her latest studio effort by playing six more songs from it. The orchestral arrangements for the songs were very much on point, and her entire performance was truly brought to life. Merchant steadily navigated through a sizable 21-song set. She concluded the evening with a big five-song encore of some of her biggest hits – “Wonder”, “Carnival”, and “Kind & Generous”.

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Use And That He Did Not Create “Blurred Lines”

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(PCM) A recent court deposition has shed light on quite a few revelations about singer Robin Thicke that fans may not have been aware. Thicke’s deposition was part of an on-going court battle between Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. and the children of the late Marvin Gaye who claim that the trio’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringes on the copyright of their father’s song “Got To Give It Up”.

In his deposition, Thicke admitted that he cannot recall most of the recording process for “Blurred Lines” because he was completely intoxicated at the time. He claims that he was taking Vicodin and was drinking alcohol when he showed up at the studio to record the track.

Thicke goes on to admit that he was not as involved as he would have liked to be with the writing of the track and only said he was because he was jealous that Pharrell would receive all of the songwriter’s credit. He reveals that Pharrell was indeed responsible for most of, if not all of, the songs creation saying he was “just lucky to be in the room” when the track was written.

He felt that by telling the media a false story about how the song originated that it would help album sales. Thicke also says that he barely remembers any of the media interviews he gave at that time because he had a drug and alcohol problem for a year.

We are certainly not sure how fans are going to react to these new revelations about Thicke’s character, but surely many will being to view him in a bit of a different light.

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Kanye West Stops Concert When Handicap Fans Won’t Stand-Up

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(PCM) Here is yet another instance where Kanye has full inserted his foot in his mouth by bringing his entire concert to a stop when several handicapped fans wouldn’t stand-up.

The incident occurred during Kanye’s performance in Sydney, Australia and according to several sources Kanye was refusing to perform until the entire audience was up on their feet saying “I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. ‘Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that.”

Kanye eventually notices the one fan waving their prosthetic limb in the air to show the reason behind being seated and says “You fine”, however yet another wheelchair bound fan still wasn’t standing up for obvious reasons, however Kanye sent his bodyguard Pascal Duvier down into the crowd after stopping the song “Good Life” to verify that the fan was indeed wheelchair bound.

The crowd in attendance were yelling and making wheelchair motions with their hands to let Kanye know what was going on, but he did not continue the song until he receive Pascal’s confirmation. He said “He’s in a wheelchair. It’s fine!”.

 

Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian was also in attendance at the show and was seen leaving the area through the back door about twenty minutes before the show ended.

One would hope that he would have at least apologized or given those fans something for putting them through that embarrassment during the show.

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Miley Cyrus Takes On Led Zeppelin’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”

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(PCM) Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has definitely been showing quite a bit of genre diversity lately and has just released a Soundcloud link to her cover version of the classic Led Zeppelin hit “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”.

Cyrus revealed the cover by tweeting “Check dis sh*t out” with a link that directed fans to Soundcloud. “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” was featured on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut album and was originally written by folk singer Anne Bredon and has been covered numerous times by a variety of artists over the years.

It has been stated that Zeppelin themselves learned the songs from Joan Baez, however Miley’s recently released version is definitely based on the Zeppelin version. Miley also recently revealed that she teamed up with the Flaming Lips for a Beatles cover album titled “With A Little Help From My Fwends” taking on the classic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.  She also recently mentioned wanting to make an attempt to cover Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”.

Do you like Miley’s cover? Or should she stick to the pop genre? Personally, we think it’s great, but just wish the audio quality was a little bit cleaner.

 

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Iggy Azalea Sex Tape Surfaces! Claims Ex Is Selling It For Revenge

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(PCM) It has been revealed that a sex tape has surfaced that features hip-hop/pop superstar Iggy  Azalea. When the news of the tape first surfaced, Iggy’s team denied that that it existed, however now they are changing their tune.

Azalea’s legal team is now claiming that the tape in question actually does exist and that there is a strong possibility that she was underage at the time that it was shot.

The homemade video is being shopped by one of Azalea’s ex-boyfriends and he had approached porn giant, Vivid Entertainment for close to seven figures. Azalea’s lawyers tell TMZ.com that the video is the work of a “spurned business suitor a.k.a. ex-boyfriend who is trying to damage her image and career.”

Azalea’s lawyers also claim that the tape may have been shot with or without her knowledge or consent and if she was a minor at the time the tape would be classified as child pornography. If the tape were to be distributed under these circumstances there could very well be some serious legal ramifications for those in possession.

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Drama Club Release New Music Video And Announces Fall Touring Plans

(PCM) We were pleased to check out the newly released music video for “Halloween365 (Never Coming Down)” from electro house/shock pop duo Drama Club.

The band, consisting of Zero and Andromeda, has also announced that they will be joining Black Veil Brides on their upcoming U.S. tour which includes support from both Falling In Reverse and Set It Off. “The Black Mass 2014″ kicks off on October 21st in Niagra Falls, NY and works it’s way throughout the United States wrapping up on December 15th in Albuquerque, NM.

Here’s hoping that they bring out those ridiculously awesome masks and that wicked cool water drum on the road!!  We can’t wait to see what this duo will bring to the live environment!

Drama Club had the following comments about the upcoming “The Black Mass 2014″ tour:

There are no barriers in music as far as we’re concerned, Kids today, have a broad range of musical tastes and are very open mined. We’re mixing together tons of music for this tour. Blending Rock, Electro-house, and everything in between. We’ve already done a sick remix of Andy Black’s ‘They Don’t Need To Understand’ and are currently putting our spin on some Asking Alexandria, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, and many more.

Drama Club is all about self-empowerment, following your dreams, embracing your own individuality, and, above all else, self-expression through art and music. Black Veil Brides may be a hard rock band, but this tour made perfect sense for Drama Club because of the positive spirit and energy that we all have in common. Black Veil Brides create incredibly empowering music and their shows bring thousands of like-minded people together to celebrate in harmony. We are all about that energy, expression, and acceptance. We are incredibly excited to be part of the Black Mass Tour.

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Jackie Evancho Shares Two Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clips With PCM

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(PCM) Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho is gearing up for the release of her third studio album “Awakening” set to drop on September 23rd. The album release will also coincide with her international world tour.

“Awakening” was produced by Nick Patrick and is Evancho’s first under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. The new album features some new directions for Evancho! Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You.” Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace.” She also tackles the ethereal ballad “Memories” by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, in addition to the popular classic “Think of Me” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

You can also catch Evacho making several TV appearances leading up to the album release. She will be visiting The Today Show on September 22nd, Queen Latifah on October 2nd, and a PBS special will air this December.

Evancho has revealed details about her upcoming album, as well as, some things that she enjoys doing her spare time in a series of exclusive interview clips that are premiering as part of a lifestyle series that lead up to the release of “Awakening” on September 23rd.

PCM is pleased to share two exclusive interview clips where Evancho reveals her love for archery (and The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon) and also explains some of the details that go into prepping for a big show!

For more information and to keep up-to-date with Jackie Evancho please visit:

www.JackieEvancho.com | @JackieEvancho | Facebook.com/jackieevancho

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Man Overboard Reveal New Music On The Way And More At Made In America Festival

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(PCM) We recently had the chance to catch up with Man Overboard while out at the recent Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA over Labor Day weekend.

The band has deserving earned the title of being one of the biggest bands on the pop punk scene. Forming back in 2008 the band hit the ground running and continue to go strong to this day.

They have been a staple during the Vans Warped Tour over the years, but it was awesome to catch the band performing a festival such as Made In America where they were able to hold their own on a line-up that featured mostly EDM, hip-hop and indie rock artists.

Chatting with the guys backstage at Made In America was a lot of fun and you can check out the full interview where we discuss the ways in which the band has continued to grow, their fan base, and of course some details about the new music which is headed our way soon.

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Kandace Springs Set To Release Debut EP This September

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Blue Note Records has signed Kandace Springs and will release her self-titled debut EP on September 30 together with SRP Music Group. Springs will perform the EP’s first single, “Love Got In The Way,” when she makes her national television debut on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Friday, October 3. The official video for “Love Got In The Way” premiered on Afropunk.com and can be viewed here!

The pre-order for the Kandace Springs EP, which offers a first taste of her forthcoming full-length album, launched today on iTunes. See below for track listing. She will perform at an exclusive EP release show at The Box in New York City on September 30, with a limited number of tickets available to Kandace’s fans to be given out on her Facebook page. In October, Springs will open for Chance The Rapper on two East Coast dates of the fall 2014 Verge Campus tour.

Drawing on R&B, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and Latin music, Springs’ four-song EP showcases her knack for merging old-school values with fresh and innovative styles. Kandace co-wrote the first single, “Love Got In The Way,” and the sultry “Forbidden Fruit,” with Sturken and Rogers, who produced the tracks along with Eli Wolf. “West Coast” and “Meet Me In The Sky” were produced by Philadelphia and Los Angeles-based team Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Alicia Keys), who co-wrote these songs with Springs.

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Fall Out Boy Release New Single And Send Fans Into A Frenzy

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(PCM)  Rockers Fall Out Boy have dropped their new single “Centuries” today and fans are going absolutely wild. The new track is a #1 trending topic globally on the internet and is currently available right now on iTunes. It will be released to other digital retailers and streaming services including Spotify, Beats and Amazon at midnight tonight.

Fall Out Boy are hot on the heels of their recently-wrapped MONUMENTOUR summer tour which received strong critical acclaim and the monster success of their #1 album Save Rock and Roll.

This will be the band’s first single from a forthcoming album on Island Records/DCD2 Records. The track, produced by JR Rotem, was recorded in Los Angeles, with fellow DCD2 artist LOLO lending backing vocals. To launch the single, the band created a video directed by Scantron and using footage shot by Beutler Ink, using Instagram’s brand new Hyperlapse app. An official music video will follow shortly. The band’s first live performance of “Centuries” can be seen on September 16th on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.

ESPN’s inaugural coverage of the College Football Playoff will showcase the upcoming single “Centuries” as the featured track on ESPN’s College Football Playoff game and studio telecasts, and in on-air promotions throughout the season. ESPN will use the song in various capacities, including highlight packages and transitions in and out of commercial breaks during the network’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tripleheaders – the “New Year’s Six” – showcasing the semifinals and four additional premier bowls and the first-ever College Football National Championship on January 12. The song will also be a central part of the regular-season marketing efforts to promote the top college football matchups across ESPN’s networks each week. ESPN began using an instrumental version of “Centuries” on August 25 in advance of the opening weekend. Fall Out Boy and ESPN will also collaborate on a video for exclusive use in the game telecasts. The video will feature the band performing “Centuries” and college football highlights relevant to each College Football Playoff matchup.

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz had the following comments about the new track:

“We never had a plan to jump right back into it after the whirlwind year we’ve had…but sometimes the song calls you. We started writing “Centuries” while we were on tour. Traveling the world for the last year we have seen, and been a part of, the landscape and fabric of music – from tiny sweaty clubs in Australia to insanely huge festivals in the UK. It felt impossible not to react to it, to be inspired and to want to scream back,” said Pete Wentz.

“Like The Great One said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” We don’t feel any urge to turn the clock back; we crave something new, our place in it all. That some kids from the Middle of Nowhere, USA can make a mark or will scream long enough until the world listens is amazing – but it’s all just to prove to the next kid that she can pick up a guitar and know that it is a weapon.

Make no mistake, “Centuries” is, at its most distilled, the story of David & Goliath. It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage, trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant. Sometimes wrongs are righted. Sometimes if you scream loud enough the world will listen. Sometimes the quintessential loser wins. Sometimes the giant falls.”

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