Neil Young has officially unveiled his long-awaited Pono Music System at the 14th annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Pono combines a $400 triangle-based standalone music player with an online music store. The Pono player comes with 64 GB of storage, plus room for another 64 GB via a microSD card, a 2.5-inch touchscreen, and two external speaker jacks.
Brad Paisley is expanding his empire into the fashion realm as the country star has teamed with Boot Barn to create the Moonshine Spirit Line, which includes boots, jeans, hats and more. The new clothing line will include boots, jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts. The goal is to use the signature Boot Barn style while adding a "modern, country music edge."
Trey Songz says that his upcoming tour with Chris Brown is sure to "captivat[e]" fans of both artists." Speaking during an interview at The Recording Academy, he gave fans a hint of what to expect, saying, "Fans can expect to see us performing a catalog of records, can expect to see the brotherhood that he and I have, the chemistry that he and I have as friends."
Gerard Way performed the single "No Shows" on Conan, the latest to be taken off of his debut solo record Hesitant Alien. "No Shows" was the second single to be taken off of Hesitant Alien, with the others being "Millions" and "Action Cat." The album was released through Warner Bros. Records on September 30.
Noel Gallagher's six-date U.K. tour sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale. Tickets went on sale on Gallagher's website at 9am and sold out shortly thereafter. Gallagher will tour the U.K. and Ireland next year with his band High Flying Birds. Kicking off in Belfast, Gallagher will then head to Dublin, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London during March.
Michael Jackson landed at number one on the Forbes magazine list of top earning celebrities after pulling in $140 million in 2014. Elvis Presley, number two on the list, earned just $55 million in comparison. During the course of the year, Jacko's estate released two albums and concocted a hologram performance for the Billboard Music Awards.
Kelly Rowland has allegedly gained 40 pounds during her current pregnancy. A source, speaking with the Mirror, says that fatty foods like fried chicken are to blame. "Kelly has gained over 40lbs and blames her cravings. She eats fried chicken with peppers for breakfast and loves croissants with butter and pretzels stuffed with cheese and mustard."
Jessie J has come to the aide of her "Bang Bang" track mate Ariana Grande, saying that rumors of her diva-like ways are exaggerated. Speaking with Us Weekly, Jess said that Ariana just knows "what she wants." "I've met Ariana, and there's a very thin line between 'diva' and 'survival.' And a lot of people can't [differentiate that] — and I've had that," she said.
Sting gave a voicemail message recording to an audience member during his recent Tonight Show appearance. Sting was appearing as a guest on Jimmy Fallon's late night show when he sang several falsetto scats of classic telephone ringtones, including "Xylophone" and "Marimba."
Miley Cyrus hooked up with the Flaming Lips and Moby for a cover of the Beatles' classic "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." The Lips released a sample of the cut to its Pledge Music page, promoting the group's upcoming Fab Four cover LP. "We're very excited to share our Sgt. Pepper's remake album, With a Little Help From My Fwends with you . . ."
Trace Adkins has announced his 2014 Christmas Show Tour where he will perform holiday classics and songs from his 2013 album The King's Gift. The concerts will feature historical and humorous narrations and fireside chats, along with the 12-piece Sarepta Symphony, which includes singer Alyth McCormack.
Ozzy Osbourne will hold the first Ozzfiesta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 27-31. The fest will include a headline set from Oz, as well as sets from Black Label Society and Zakk Wylde. According to a presser, the "all inclusive" event will feature much more than music. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 17 at www.ozzfiesta.com.
Toby Keith has released "Drunk Americans," the first single from his upcoming album. The cut features Keith relaxing over a brew, pondering, "We ain't East, we ain't West / We ain't left, we ain't right / We ain't black, we ain't white / We just came here to drink / We just rise up our glass / We don't give a rat's *ss / If you're a Democrat or Republican . . ."
Fergie has released the music video for "L.A. Love (La La)," the DJ Mustard-produced lead single from her upcoming solo record. The lyric style vid shows the song's words written on baggage, passports, and other travel items. Ferg is currently working on her sophomore solo album with Mike WiLL-Made It. It is slated for release in 2015.
Fantasia stunned the crowd at Madison Square Gardens with her performance of "Lose To Win." The American Idol season three winner was one of several singers at the Circle of Sisters 2014 extravaganza in Madison Square Gardens earlier this month. She gave an emotional rendition of the track, which appeared on last year's album Side Effects of You.