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April 21st, 2015 8:48am EDT
Alabama Shakes Leads Albums To Check Out
C’mon April! Where is the abundance of new album releases – sheesh! The week of April 21st is another quiet week on the album release front, with a modest four albums standing out. Those albums arrive courtesy of a southern rock band, a southern rapper, and indie-pop dude, and a Christian rapper.

1) Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)

After a three-year hiatus, alternative breakout band Alabama Shakes returns with its highly anticipated sophomore album, Sound & Color. Sound & Color follows up Boys & Girls, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. Three songs were available ...
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The ACM Awards Were A Hit Among Viewers

April 20th, 2015 1:47pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
An average of 15.8 million viewers tuned into the Academy Of Country Music Awards on Sunday, according to Nielsen.

The Business of Television Broadcasting & Cable reports that the 50th anniversary telecast was up 10 percent among total viewers and 6 percent among the demo with a 3.6 rating with adults 18-49.

Luke Bryan took home the coveted "Entertainer Of The Year" award, while Miranda Lambert won "Female Vocalist Of the Year" for the sixth consecutive time. She also won "Album of the Year" for Platinum, "Song of the Year" for Automatic as well as a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

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Luke Bryan Drank Some 'Country Guy's Chill Pill' Prior To The ACM Awards

April 20th, 2015 1:29pm EDT
Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton Drank 'A Little Vodka' In ACM Pre-Sho
Even big-time celebrities need to calm their nerves sometimes, and Luke Bryan admitted at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday that he drank a little alchohol before co-hosting the 50th annual event with Blake Shelton.

During a red carpet interview with ET, he told Nancy O'Dell, "I wouldn't say there's many nerves, I'd just say there's a lot of excitement. It's going to be a fun night of music and a lot of memories."

Bryan hosted the show in Arlington, Texas, and admitted he and Shelton imbibed in a pre-show ritual to get things started, "We huddle up and do some read-throughs a...
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Va Va Voom! Miranda Lambert Kills It At ACM Awards

April 20th, 2015 10:00am EDT
Miranda Lambert Takes Home Four Trophies, Stuns In Plunging Gown
Miranda Lambert made quite an impression, physically and artistically, at Sunday night's Academy Of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas.

The country star took home four trophies at the 50th annual event and broke her own record by winning "Female Vocalist Of the Year" for the sixth time in a row.

She told attendees, "I don't even realize what's happening tonight, but thank you... I love my job so much, I will never not love my job."

Lambert also won "Album of the Year" for Platinum, "Song of the Year" for Automatic as well as a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

The singer also wo...
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Paul McCartney Praises Ringo Starr At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

April 20th, 2015 8:20am EDT
Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney had the pleasure of awarding Ringo Starr the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence over the weekend, and he had nothing but good things to say about his former Beatles bandmate.

Starr is the final member of the Fab Four to be inducted into the hall of fame as a solo artist after having released 19 solo albums.

McCartney recalled how Starr filled in for another drummer and "nailed it" during the drum part, which was "a little difficult to do." He added, "that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles."

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Tyler The Creator's Fourth Studio Album

April 19th, 2015 2:30pm EDT
Review: Tyler The Creator Remains Unapologetic On ‘Cherry Bomb’
“Can’t a n***a get some f**king chaos in here? / I’m the truth and the dare / and you can get your a** beat like a kick in a snare!” Those unapologetic lyrics characterize twenty-something underground Tyler the Creator to a tee – he has no filter whatsoever. This remarkable boldness continues on his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb. Even so, Tyler also manages to tweak his formula, showing more artistic range than previous albums. Maybe Cherry Bomb isn’t the ‘bomb’ that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, but there is plenty to celebrate about the LP.

“DEATHCAMP” initiates the albu...
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The Most Talented Actor-Singers Out There

April 19th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
12 Of The Most Successful Actor-Musician Combos
They say that actors want to be musicians and that musicians want to be actors. For some who attempt to be the ‘double threat,’ they fail miserably. Only a select few have managed to find the balance or minimally success in both fields. How is such success measured? There are a number of indicators but for the 12 artists that make this list, most of the indicators of success lie in accolades with the crème de la crème being an Academy Award or a Grammy.

1) Jamie Foxx

Prestigious Film/TV Honors: Actor, In Living Color and The Jamie Foxx Show; Academy Award for Best Actor, Ray (2004...
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Pro-Gun Activists Are Mad At Tim McGraw

April 18th, 2015 4:06pm EDT
Tim McGraw Refuses To Drop Out Of Sandy Hook Benefit
Country star Tim McGraw is defending his decision to perform at a summer benefit for those affected by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Pro-gun activists have criticized the country singer for his involvement in the gig and have already convinced Billy Currington to drop out of the Hartford, Conn., show as a support act. Activists want McGraw to reconsider performing for the Sandy Hook Promise organisation.

He explained, "I support gun ownership and I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety, most certainly when...
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RIP: Bahamian Singer Johnny Kemp

April 18th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Johnny Kemp
Bahamanian singer Johnny Kemp, known for his hit song "Just Got Paid," has died at age 55. His body was found floating off a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to police. It's unclear how he died, reports the AP.

Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship where he had been scheduled to perform as part of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

A rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that Kemp didn't die onboard: "We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundatio...
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Singer Reveals New Look Following Split From One Direction

April 18th, 2015 8:37am EDT
Zayn Malik
On Friday night, singer Zayn Malik showed off his newly shaved head in his first public appearance since quitting One Direction.

Malik, 22, is known for his shaggy, long hair but looked quite different with his buzz cut and a nose stud at the Annual Asian Awards in London.

The pop star attended the event with his mother Trisha. He didn't speak with reporters; however, he signed autographs for fans outside the Grosvenor House Hotel.

According to the Daily Star, Malik won the Asian of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to music. It's the first individual award the singer ha...
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