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Adam Levine on Going Solo: "Why Would I Want to Do That?"

By Andrea Dresdale

Peter Kramer/NBCWith all of Adam Levine‘s extracurricular activities — his work on The Voice, his fragrance and clothing lines, his TV production deal and his budding acting career — it’s hard to remember that the man’s day job is being the lead singer in Maroon 5. But he considers it his #1 priority and has no desire to stop any time soon.

“Maroon 5 are a lot stronger than we have been in the past,” he tells the British paper The Sun. “We know what we are good at and that’s pop music…Maroon 5 embrace that and are successful and we don’t think it’s uncool; we just go for it.”

As for all his outside activities, Adam says the band doesn’t mind: in fact, he says they’re the ones who convinced him to do a fragrance.

“I came in to the guys and said, ‘They want me to do a fragrance, how lame is that?'” he tells The Sun. “But the band said, ‘What are you talking about, man? That is awesome! You should do it’. So I said OK.”

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Train Jams with Earth, Wind & Fire on Stevie Wonder Classic

By Andrea Dresdale

Pamela Littky /Columbia RecordsIt appears as though you’ll never know who you might run into in a British radio studio. Train was recently in London promoting their new album Bulletproof Picasso, and when they appeared on BBC Radio 2, they ended up in an all-star jam session with two legendary performers.

While in the studio, Train jammed on an acoustic version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with Earth, Wind & Fire and Jeff Lynne — the man behind the band ELO and a member of The Traveling Wilburys, the “supergroup” which also featured George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.

Train frontman Pat Monahan sang lead on the tune, reading the lyrics off a piece of paper, and later lamented on Twitter that he forgot some of the words.

Train’s back in the U.S. on Saturday to perform on the PBS special Star-Spangled Spectacular, a concert celebrating the 200th anniversary of our national anthem that will air live from Baltimore, MD.

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Cher Forced to Postpone Eight More Shows on Dressed to Kill

By Andrea Dresdale

Peter Kramer/NBCFollowing the postponement of the first two shows in the new leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to illness, Cher has now been forced to put eight additional dates on hold.

Cher is suffering from an acute viral infection, and on her doctors’ orders, she’s has now bumped the shows she was to have played over the next two weeks — including a date at New York’s Madison Square Garden — to October, November and December.

The second leg of the Dressed to Kill tour will now begin Saturday, October 4 in Toronto, Canada. Fans are advised to hold onto their tickets, because they will be honored for the new dates. Those who cannot attend the newly rescheduled shows can turn in their tickets for a refund.

The Dressed to Kill tour originally opened March 22 in Phoenix. For this new leg, Cher and her troupe will sport new, never-before-seen costumes.

Here’s a list of the rescheduled dates:

The 9/15 Allentown, PA show is now — 12/2
The 9/17 Newark, NY show is now — 12/12
The 9/19 New York, NY show is now — 12/10
The 9/20 New York, NY show is …read more

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Madonna's New Album Not Coming 'Til 2015

By Andrea Dresdale

Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna has been documenting every step of the creation of her new album on Instagram, but unfortunately, we’re not going to hear it this year. Billboard reports that the Queen of Pop doesn’t plan to release the record until 2015.

Billboard’s manager Guy Oseary tells the publication that Madonna has indeed been in the studio with top producer and rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo, but would only say the singer is “having a lot of fun.”

According to Madonna’s Instagram feed, she’s also collaborating on the album with producer and deejay Avicii, as well as some top pop songwriters, Alicia Keys and Martin Keirzenbaum, the head of Cherrytree Records. He told Billboard, “It was a real privilege to write with Madonna…we ended up writing about seven songs…we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. … I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.”

Madonna’s last album was 2012’s MDNA, which debuted at #1.

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How Michael Buble Learned to Cut the Comedy, Up the Crooning

By Andrea Dresdale

Warwick Saint/Warner Bros. RecordsAfter a few weeks off, Michael Buble is now back on the road with his world tour in support of his album To Be Loved. The tour is currently visiting South America, and will then head to Europe and the U.K. Of course, no matter where he goes, Michael puts on a great show because he’s a consummate entertainer, but he says that wasn’t always the case. Amazingly, when he first started out, Michael claims that actually singing songs onstage wasn’t his strong suit at all.

“I think that my problem was that I was far more comfortable speaking, using my comedic chops…almost being a stand-up, and then I kind of used the songs as filler, believe it or not,” he tells ABC News Radio. “And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to become far more comfortable and confident in being able to invest, emotionally, in the music and in songs and in lyrics.”

Learning how to give emotional heft to his songs when he sings them live, Michael says, was the key to understanding how to put on a good show.

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Pink to Perform Acoustic Set at Power of Pink Fundraising Concert Next Month

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Adam TaylorOn October 14, Pink is releasing an unexpected new album called rose ave., as one-half of a duo called You + Me. She may perform some of those new songs live on October 23, when she headlines a breast cancer fundraiser called The Power of Pink.

The entertainment for the event at L.A.’s House of Blues will be a live acoustic performance by what’s being billed as “Pink & Friends.” Judging from the first single, also called “You and Me,” the You + Me project is acoustic, so Pink may very well may be joined by the other half of the duo, Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green, for the gig.

The Power of Pink fundraiser recognizes and celebrates the strength of women who battle and beat breast cancer daily. Proceeds will go to the Cancer Prevention Program at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Visit PowerofPinkEvent.org to get tickets.

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Train's New "Bulletproof Picasso" Wine Now Available for Pre-Order

By Andrea Dresdale

Columbia RecordsThe band Train doesn’t just release new albums — they also offer you something to drink while you’re listening to them. The group’s latest wine, Bulletproof Picasso, named after their new album, is now available for pre-order.

The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc, and it will begin shipping September 16, the same day the album is released. According to a tweet by the band, the wine is also available now in Fresh Market stores, and will be available in other stores nationwide starting next month.

Bulletproof Picasso joins Train’s other signature wines: Drops of Jupiter, Calling All Angels, Soul Sister, California 37 and Hella Fine. Proceeds from sales of the wines go to Family House, a San Francisco-based charity that provides support for the families of children who are gravely ill.

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Christopher Cross Returns with New Album, "Secret Ladder"; Not Stressed About Success

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Chart-topping artist Christopher Cross returns today with a new album called Secret Ladder. And if he’s not showered with Grammy nominations as a result, he says he won’t be too worried — he’s already been there, done that.

“My early success, with all that stuff that happened, sort of did give me this sort of resignation with the fact that I don’t stress about winning a Grammy, or something like that,” the “Ride Like the Wind” hitmaker tells ABC News Radio. “‘Cause a lot of artists I know, they really hope to still one day to be acknowledged by that group of people, and that award, and for me I’ve got ‘em.”

Indeed, Cross remains the only artist ever to win all four of the major Grammy Awards — Album, Song and Record of the Year, plus Best New Artist — in a single night.

“It’s kind of cool because I don’t have to, y’know, stress about it any more,” he adds. “I make the music, and…I’ve been blessed to be validated by my peers. So, I just do what I do.” He adds, “I’ve …read more

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Seth MacFarlane Album Featuring Sara Bareilles & Norah Jones Gets Title, Release Date

By Andrea Dresdale

Republic RecordsSeth MacFarlane, the guy who brought you Family Guy and Ted, is also a singer, and he’s just announced a title and release date for his upcoming Christmas album, which will feature guest appearances by his pals Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones.

The album is called Holiday for Swing!, a title that’s likely a play on the classic instrumental tune “Holiday for Strings.” I’ll be out September 30. It features MacFarlane’s interpretations of classics like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” as well as some lesser-known tunes. He’s backed by a 52-piece orchestra on the album.

Sara duets with MacFarlane on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” while Norah pops up on a song called “Little Jack Frost Get Lost.”

You may recall that Norah guest-starred as herself in MacFarlane’s hit movie Ted, and she and MacFarlane shared an Oscar nod for co-writing that movie’s theme, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”

This is MacFarlane’s second album; his first, Music Is Better Than Words, came out in 2011. Also that year, Sara joined MacFarlane on stage in Los Angeles …read more

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Tina Turner Museum to Open Near Singer's Hometown Later This Month

By Andrea Dresdale

Paul Cox/MW CreativeA new museum devoted to Tina Turner is scheduled to open on September 26 in Brownsville, Tennessee, near the small town of Nutbush, where the rock and soul queen was raised.

The Tina Turner Museum will be housed in the restored Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse the singer attended as a child, which was moved to the site of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in 2012.

The museum is fully sanctioned by Tina, who donated a variety of previously unseen memorabilia to the facility, while her personal team had input into the creation of the exhibit. The attraction will feature stage costumes, video and audio, as well as commentary that Tina personally contributed.

The Delta Heritage Center’s executive director says a number of Tina’s childhood classmates will be in attendance at the opening, which will begin with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT. The museum will be open to the public starting at noon.

The opening will kick off the 2014 edition of Tina Turner Heritage Days, an annual two-day celebration of the singer that’s held in and around Brownsville. The …read more

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