Rodney Atkins has revealed that he is currently writing music for a new third album. The new release will follow his 2011 effort Take A Backroad, and speaking with theboot.com, he said he's currently "writing like crazy." "We've been writing a whole bunch, working on outside tunes as well. I do a lot of the stuff at home," Atkins tells The Boot.
With help from his supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper will lead a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at the upcoming Grammy Awards. The Vampires - featuring Johnny Depp, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan - will perform "Ace of Spades" as well as a new cut of their own "As Bad as I Am."
Rihanna has confirmed that she will perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards. "See y'all at the #GRAMMYs February 15 on @CBS at 8e/5p!!" she tweeted. Rihanna, who is not nominated for any awards this year, will join the previously announced performers Skrillex and Diplo's Jack Ü, Justin Bieber, Chris Stapleton, and many more . . .
Charles Kelley continues to tease the release of his upcoming solo album The Driver with the release of the music video for "Southern Accents." The video sees the Lady Antebellum member performing the cut with his band atop the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles. "Southern Accents" is a cover of the title track to the 1985 album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Maurice White, a co-founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away at the age of 74. White died in Los Angeles after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point where he was forced to stop touring with the band in 1994.
A previously unreleased video of Kanye West freestyling has been released by U.K. DJ Tim Westwood. The 2004 video, shot around the time of the release of Ye's The College Dropout, sees him rhyming alongside ex Roc-A-Fella execs Dame Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. "I'ma take a little intermission," West says at one point.
Metallica's James Hetfield makes a guest appearance on FOX's American Dad in the role of a water polo coach. Hetfield appears in an episode called "The Life Aquatic with Steve Smith," which is viewable via the TBS website. The appearance isn't the first time Hetfield's been animated, as he's previously appeared on The Simpsons and Metalocalypse.
Seal and Sam Hunt will headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, February 7. The concert comes ahead of the big match up between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Hunt himself is a former athlete, who played quarterback for Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Elton John gave an impromptu performance of "Tiny Dancer" for a train station of London commuters at the city's St. Pancras International depot. One surprised onlooker told the Guardian that passersby were intrigued by the scene. "A colleague and I were just walking through the station and there was a bit of a crowd, then everyone started clapping and cheering."
Noel Gallagher says the upcoming Oasis documentary film will not feature any "monstrous drug taking," because that footage has been cut out. The same team that helmed the recently successful Amy Winehouse biopic are working on the Oasis doc, and are said to have been given "unprecedented" access to the band and unseen archive footage, with both Noel and Liam Gallagher.
Sam Hunt and Seal will headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, February 7. The concert comes ahead of the big match up between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Hunt himself is a former athlete, who played quarterback for Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Selena Gomez says that she has never feuded with Miley Cyrus over Nick Jonas. According to Billboard, Gomez made the revelation in W magazine while she was addressing her 2016 plans. When asked about the alleged spat with Cyrus, she responded, "We never feuded. We both liked the same guy when we were 16."
The Dierks Bentley exhibit, "Every Mile a Memory," will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame on March 4. The exhibit features guitars, lyric sheets, stage costumes and other memorabilia. "It's crazy to be considered for something like this," Bentley said in a statement.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sang at such a high pitch that he shattered the glass on the camera during an appearance on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. The program featured Tyler's Skittles Super Bowl ad, which features Tyler's face in Skittles singing. "Oh my god! You'll never believe what just happened!" exclaimed Willoughby.
Brian Wilson has added a third date at London's Palladium to his Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour. The 70 plus date trek begins in Auckland, Australia on March 26 and hits Japan, Europe and the U.S. On the tour, which Wilson says will be the last live performances of the album, he and his band will play the classic Beach Boys album in its entirety.