Aretha Franklin says that her father, Reverend C. L. Franklin, would be "thrilled" that she performed for Pope Francis when he visited the country. "I think that he would be thrilled," Franklin told the New York Times.
Jewel teamed up with Dolly Parton, who she calls a "pioneer," on the track "My Father's Daughter" off her new album Picking Up the Pieces. "[Dolly] is such a pioneer, and who she was as a woman the time she came out was just revolutionary," Jewel tells Rolling Stone.
Taylor Swift has donated the whopping sum of $50,000 to a GoFundMe fundraiser for 13-month-old Ayden, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Ayden is the nephew of Kim "Toshi" Davidson, one of Taylor's dancers on the 1989 World Tour. "Baby Ayden, I'm lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour," Taylor wrote on Ayden's GoFundMe page.
T-Pain has announced that his upcoming fifth album, Stoicville: The Phoenix lands December 11. The singer hit Twitter to make the announcement. "December 11th Stoicville: The Phoenix rises!!! Taking you to new levels of T-Pain . . . one banger at a time!" Speaking with Rap-Up, he gave fans a hint of what to expect from his first album in four years.
Royal Blood say that the majority of the writing on their upcoming sophomore album took place on their tour bus. Fronter Mike Kerr called the bus the pair's traveling "writing den" in an interview with NME. "I built a studio in the back of our bus," he began. "It's very hard to write when everything keeps falling over because the driver's taken a massive corner."
Lady Gaga has teamed up with Nile Rodgers to record a new version Chic's "I Want Your Love." A video for the track has been posted online as part of a new campaign for Tom Ford's fashion label. The new clip sees Gaga and a slew of models strutting their stuff down a lighted runway while other models look on from the side. Gaga rocks a number of looks.
Jake Owen has signed on to the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival, which goes down in Hunter Mountain, New York from June 10 to 12. Owen joins previously announced headliner Kenny Chesney at the fest. According to Taste of Country, "Owen's set promises hit songs like "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," "Yee Haw," "Eight Second Ride" and his current single "Real Life."
The management contract made between the Beatles and Brian Epstein - the only such contract ever signed by the group - sold for over $550,000 at Sotheby's Rock and Pop auction in London this week. The doc was signed on October 1, 1962, just four days ahead of the release of their first single "Love Me Do."
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley has announced plans for a new solo project after the country trio goes on hiatus following their current tour. Billboard reports that Kelley revealed his plans and debuted several of his solo tunes at a recent industry event in Nashville.
Coldplay are the current favorites to headline the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, according to the latest bookmakers' odds. Bookies William Hill have given the band odds of 4/1 to headline the Pyramid Stage, having last headlined the event in 2011.
Alicia Keys recently gave a surprise performance during the inauguration ceremony for the Edward R. Murrow school's new music technology program. She led the school's choir in the song "If I Ain't Got You." "Anything you want in your life, you have the power to take it and claim it," she told the students.
Beyoncé reportedly performed a secret, unannounced private show in Sin City at the Palms Casino Resort for a tech party. E! reported that Bey was paid millions of dollars for the performance. Video has surfaced online showing Beyoncé clad in a red sequin unitard performing her hit song "Crazy In Love," accompanied onstage by a troupe of dancers, dancing in front of a giant video screen.
Jhene Aiko has released a new video for "Lyin King." As Aiko puts it herself in a letter to the FADER, the video is about "a mysterious, time traveling medicine woman who has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble."
Dierks Bentley is among a slew of country stars to perform at Stars and Strings, a benefit concert at the Chicago Theater on Veterans Day (November 11). Bentley will join the likes of Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and the Band Perry.
Rod Stewart has announced a new U.K. tour for the summer of 2016. Starting in Norwich on June 4, Stewart's new tour will take him to the likes of Plymouth, Southampton, Cardiff, Kilmarnock and Inverness. The eight-date stadium summer tour will be in support of his 29th studio album, Another Country, which is set for an October 23 release.