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American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall

By ABC News Radio

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall. Now we know the dates.

The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.

The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.

American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.

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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in October

By Andrea Dresdale

Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day. Now, she’s making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995. “Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story,” she says in a statement. “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories — the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5. That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she’ll begin previewing snippets of the music.

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Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show

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Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: “Am I Wrong” hitmakers Nico & Vinz. They’ll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts. The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.

“We’ll try to make you dance at some point,” Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo’s live show. “I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well. And really have that energy, and just make it…more than just a show: just, like, a great experience.”

“We love to perform. When we’re on stage, we feel free,” Nico adds. “It don’t matter if it’s five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing. That’s the reason why we came into this. Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also …read more

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The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams‘ hit “Happy” may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less popular. Here’s the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it’s featured on not one but three albums in this week’s top 10.

“Tacky,” the parody of “Happy” that appears on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1. In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song. Finally, Pharrell’s original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell’s own album, G I R L, which also includes “Happy,” it currently sits at #35. According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.

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Sheryl Crow Featured in New Season of Ovation Series "Song by Song"

By Andrea Dresdale

Interscope RecordsSheryl Crow is be one of the music stars whose hits will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation’s Emmy-nominated documentary series Song by Song.

The Song by Song episodes focusing on Sheryl will premiere in October and feature her discussing the songs “Strong Enough,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Redemption Day.” The episode will use the songs to tell the story of what was happening in her life at the time; she’ll reveal what inspired her to write them, and how they affected her career and popular culture.

Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are iconic New Wave rockers Blondie and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.

The series first premiered in 2012 on the Ovation cable channel.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Scores First-Ever #1 Album; Jason Mraz in at #2

By Andrea Dresdale

RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead. The King of Pop Music Parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.

Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al — whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago — sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1. It’s also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut.

“If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it,” Weird Al tweeted. “I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.”

Mandatory Fun is Weird Al’s third top-10 album, following 2011′s Alpocalypse and 2006′s Straight Outta Lynwood. It features parodies of mega-hits like “Royals,” “Happy,” “Blurred Lines” and “Fancy,” as well as original tunes …read more

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Adele's Son Wins Five-Figure Sum in Paparazzi Case

By Andrea Dresdale

Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsAdele’s son is only two years old, but he’s already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos.

Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo’s father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo’s “milestone moments” between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.

A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn’t want her son to be thought of as “public property,” and added, “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes.”

Added the lawyer, “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

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