The Doobie Brothers have unveiled the guest list for their upcoming country tribute album Southbound. According to guitarist and singer Patrick Simmons, the group was surprised to hear they had so many fans in the genre: "The artists picked the tracks. It's a best-of, if you will, but it's re-done by incredible Nashville players in the studio . . ."
Taylor Swift responded to a young lovelorn fan on Instagram who asked her guy advice. The girl, Hannah, writes that she has "the biggest crush in the whole wide world on [him], and he'll never like me back." "I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized," responded Tay Tay.
Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman, a two-disc solo career spanning set, due October 7. The set features a CD, including 17 of Oz's greatest hit singles, while a companion DVD, features music videos, live performances and interviews. The set will also be available as a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc.
2 Chainz has released the music video for "Freebase," which recreates the Michael Jackson video for "Thriller." Chingy wears the signature red leather jacket and transforms into a zombie for the remake. "Hands down best video I've Ever shot!!!" tweeted 2 Chainz. The visual also attaches a disclaimer at the outset: "This video is for entertainment purposes only."
Elton John has given screenwriter Lee Hall access to his diaries to help him with the writing of the upcoming Rocketman biopic. Hall, speaking with the BBC, said Elton is eager to make a true to life film: "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab . . ."
Lil Wayne has launched his own sports management agency with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as his first client, say several sources. According to TMZ, the Young Money Boss has partnered with Polaris Sports to handle Ronaldo's marketing, endorsement deals, and modeling. Polaris is an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute, the firm for which Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is employed.
The Zac Brown Band have released a behind the scenes video showing fans the making of their latest single "All Alright" from The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 EP. In the vid, ZBB are seen in their own Southern Ground Studios in Nashville along with Foo Fighters fronter Dave Grohl. The visual highlights how the band recorded the album as a band instead of tracking each part.
Jessie J debuted a curly new hairdo while performing at the Wales Access All Eirias festival on Saturday. The long locks were a departure for J, who is typically seen wearing ponytails and bobs. She hit Twitter earlier in the week to tell her fans she's dedicated to them: "One thing I strive for is to be consistent. Whether it's 5 people in an audience or 50 thousand . . ."
Blur have released Live at the Budokan, a rare recording of their 1995 live performance in Tokyo previously only available in Japan. The LP, taken from the band's Great Escape tour, drops August 11. The November 8 show was held before 20,000 fans at the famed venue. Previous rockers to record live albums there are Cheap Trick, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne.
Garth Brooks broke his own previous ticket sales record by selling 180,000 tickets to his upcoming Chicago residency in under three hours. Brooks' comeback tour, which kicks off on September 4, sold all three lots of tickets for his ten Chicago shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Nicki Minaj will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. Minaj stars as Sugilite, the mighty and powerful fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, two of the show's magically powered "gems" who help protect the world. In the same episode, Estelle gives voice to the character Garnet.
Jennifer Lopez turned 45 in style, accompanied by high-profile friends including French Montana and Fat Joe. The "I Luh Ya Papi" songstress posed with Montana, whose girlfriend, Khloe Kardashian, also attended the bash, and Joe, both of whom later posted pictures to their Instagram accounts from the party.
Keyshia Cole has released the album cover for her sixth studio album, Point of No Return. The art sees Keysh sitting on the door of her convertible, while alone on an isolated desert road. "There's definitely more sexy songs on this album than I've ever done," Keyshia told Fuse. "I'm excited to see what the people think about that, so we'll see how receptive they are."
Aretha Franklin was scolded by a Johnny Rockets employee in Niagara Falls, Canada last week. Franklin ordered a hamburger at the restaurant chain and proceeded to eat her sandwich in the store. An employee noticed that she was eating inside after having asked for a take-out and reprimanded her, saying that she was not allowed to eat in because she ordered for take-out.
T.I. is hitting back in response to allegations that he wrote lyrics for Iggy Azalea. In a video interview with Bijou Star, Tip said that "I ain't no ghostwriter."