James Blake Plots Kanye West Collabo for New Album

When Rolling Stone spoke to Kanye West and James Blake in February about their mutual admiration for one another, it seemed like the rapper was pursuing the singer to appear on the follow-up to Yeezus, since he considered Blake to be his “favorite artist.” As it turns out, Blake was just as keen on recruiting West for his own upcoming LP. The British crooner tells the Miami New Times that he expects the rapper to drop by on his follow-up to 2013’s Overgrown, and that the album could arrive within five months.

Peter Gabriel Debuts New Song 'What Lies Ahead' in Concert

It has been a dozen years since Peter Gabriel released Up, his last collection of original music. While the former Genesis frontman did record his covers album Scratch My Back in 2010, new music from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist has been scarce the past decade. However, at a November 20th gig in Turin, Italy, Gabriel opened the concert with a reflective new piano ballad titled “What Lies Ahead,” Stereogum reports.

Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour set lists have wavered little since the singer launched the long trek back in September 2012, but as the jaunt finally begins Article Continues…

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Eminem Shares Career-Spanning 'Shady Classics' Mixtape

Eminem’s Shady XV compilation, which collects two discs worth of music to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, is out on November 24th, but the set’s 28 songs isn’t enough to fully tell the story of the rapper’s label. Eminem has remedied that by releasing a free mixtape called Shady Classics, a 66-song collection curated by DJ Whoo Kid.

Shady Classics gathers the best of what’s not on the Best Of, from loose Eminem freestyles and featured verses to D12 cuts and over a dozen 50 Cent recordings. Among Article Continues…

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle' Gets Spinoff TV Show

One of the most beloved routines from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show reign is about to get its own television show: Lip Sync Battle, based on those ridiculous competitions that pit the late night host up against celebrities to see who can pantomime pop songs better, will head to Spike TV in 2015. Fallon and actors John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, a pair of lip sync vets, will executive produce the show as well as appear and “perform” on occasion.

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Weekend Rock Question: What's Leonard Cohen's Best Song?

Leonard Cohen turned 80 earlier this year, and he celebrated by releasing his new album Popular Problems. It’s quite possibly the best LP ever created by an octogenarian, and next month he’s releasing the CD/DVD Live In Dublin. There’s no word on future tour dates, but we’re all hoping he’s going to go back on the road in 2015.

Now we have a question for you: What is Leonard Cohen’s single greatest song? Feel free to vote for a 1960s classic like “Suzanne” or “Bird on a Wire,” Article Continues…

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Dustin Lynch Shares Career Trepidation, Centers Himself With Garth

When Dustin Lynch first arrived on the scene, he did so brilliantly, busting out of the gate with the single “Cowboys and Angels.” The ballad peaked just shy of the top spot at Number Two, a good sign for anyone that a prosperous career was looming. But Lynch, a Tennessee native, still didn’t feel comfortable. The idea of being a one-hit wonder plagued him.

“In the past, I was a little bit worried about the future,” Lynch admits to Rolling Stone Country.

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Amy Adams' Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic Moves Forward

A long-in-the-works biopic, Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in mid 2015 with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée will helm the picture, according to Deadline. Ron Terry, who previously executive produced a TV movie about Jimi Hendrix in 2000, and Teresa Kounin Terry wrote the script.

Rolling Stone first reported Adams’ role in the movie in 2010, when the film was to be directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles. At the time, it was Article Continues…

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Carrie Underwood Describes Somber Song 'Little Toy Guns'

The only song on Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album that fans have not yet heard is “Little Toy Guns,” which sounds like it could be the prequel to her 2012 hit, “Blown Away.” Though she’s keeping it under lock and key until her new compilation’s December 9th release date, the pregnant star hints that the new tune drives home a message about how not to raise a child.

“There’s a little girl and she hears her parents fighting, as unfortunately a lot of kids do,” she says of the Article Continues…

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UNICEF Launches John Lennon–Inspired #IMAGINE Campaign

UNICEF has launched a new campaign, #IMAGINE, to draw attention to the challenges children face around the world and help raise money for the organization. Yoko Ono, Hugh Jackman and ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus presented it to the UN General Assembly at the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th.

The campaign launch included a video of John Lennon’s “Imagine” that featured cameos by more than 100 people, including musicians, actors, celebrities, sports figures, dignitaries and children’s choirs. Among Article Continues…

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Watch Willie Nelson Duet With Sister Bobbie on 'Who'll Buy My Memories?'

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson’s home on November 9, 1990, they weren’t looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson’s worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more than 20 properties in four different states — to help pay off the whopping $16.7 million he’d racked up in back taxes and penalties. The only thing they didn’t get was Trigger, Nelson’s favorite guitar, which had been spirited away from the home several days earlier by his daughter, Lana.

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Frankie Ballard Revels in Number One Success of 'Sunshine & Whiskey'

This week, Frankie Ballard has the Number One song on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with “Sunshine & Whiskey,” the title track from his second album, which also contains his first chart-topper, “Helluva Life.” The singer-guitarist’s self-titled 2011 debut, however, didn’t fare as well, with its two singles unable to crack the Top 20. Ballard credits a total immersion in the recording process for Sunshine & Whiskey with helping the LP over the hump.

“I poured as much of myself into this album as I could. I played as many Article Continues…

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Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, One Direction to Play 'SNL' Next Month

Saturday Night Live has announced the musical guests and hosts who will appear on the show throughout the rest of 2014. Nicki Minaj will perform on the December 6th episode with host James Franco, Charli XCX will make her SNL debut on the December 13th with host Martin Freeman, and One Direction will grace the stage on December 20th with host Amy Adams.

Minaj will be promoting her upcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint, which hits shelves on December 15th. Franco, in his third SNL hosting role, will be plugging his Article Continues…

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Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum Help Kick Off Football Championship Festivities

While people are still placing bets on college football’s final four, there are four big names in country music who’ve been tapped to play the inaugural pre-championship concert. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will take the stage January 9th for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship show. The 90-minute TV special will air live from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Stream Dallas Smith's Guitar-Driven New Country EP 'Lifted'

More than a decade before he rebranded himself as one of Canada’s best-selling country newcomers, Dallas Smith was a grunge rocker. His four-piece band, Default, went platinum on both sides of the American border around the turn of the 21st century, armed with a batch of sludgy, guitar-driven songs — including the Top 10 rock hit “Wasting My Time” — that the group had co-written with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.

Default’s music was borne by aggression. As Smith grew older and became a family man, though, he realized his Article Continues…

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