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Edison Research Report: Morning Media Habits of Country Radio Listeners

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:17pm
What do country radio listeners do in the morning? Is radio still a part of their morning routines? [...]
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Madonna Heading for 71st Top 40 U.K. Single

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:10pm
Following her show-closing performance on the Brit Awards (Feb. 25), Madonna is set to debut in the top 40 of the Official U.K. Singles Chart on...
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Exclusive: Watch Randy Jackson-Managed Band North Of Nine Play Live In The Studio

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:58am
Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson has worked with most of the best performers of the last 30 years -- Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston,...
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Korn's Original Drummer Sues Band for Breach of Partnership Agreement

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:37am
Korn's original drummer David Silveria -- who helped found the pioneering nu-metal band back in 1993 -- is suing the current iteration of Korn for an...
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Maddie & Tae Celebrate Debut “Country” Success

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:35am
BMI and ASCAP celebrated Maddie And Tae’s No. 1 hit “Girl In A Country Song” at the CMA building[...]
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Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson's 'Trouble' Video: Iggy Gets Caught with a Bad Boy

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:30am
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson play a game of cops and robbers in the wacky music video for their joint single "Trouble," resulting in a high-speed...
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Exclusive: Third Day Premiere 'Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship' Album

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:20am
Fans can now listen to the twelfth studio album, Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship, from Third Day. "Lead Us Back is a really special album for us -- we...
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Exclusive: Signature Sounds Label Premieres 20-Year Folk Rarities Compilation

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:05am
Massachusetts-based folk label Signature Sounds is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an 18-song compilation featuring rarities and previously...
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Bobby Karl Works The Universal Music Group Luncheon During CRS

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:01am

As the Country Radio Seminar swung into its first big day on Thursday (Feb. 26), artists hoping […
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Zedd, Selena Gomez Launch in Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart's Top 10

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:00am
Zedd zooms into the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with the Selena Gomez-assisted "I Want You to Know," which launches at...
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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato & More Weigh In on #TheDress

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:21am
Since yesterday, it's a question that's divided friends, families and strangers on the street. What color is the dress in this photo? Buzzfeed, which...
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Kid Rock on Beyonce Worship: 'I Like Skinny White Chicks'

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:20am
Someone call the Beygency -- there's an unconverted rock star on the run. Actually, it's not too big a surprise. Kid Rock comes off as a big skeptic...
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Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sex Abuse

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:10am
Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 70-...
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Bjork to Keep 'Vulnicura' Off Spotify

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:02am
Icelandic singer Bjork has revealed in an interview that she will keep her new album Vulnicura, released in January after leaking online, off of...
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Ledisi's Message After Grammys Controversy: 'R&B Still Lives'

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:00am
Ledisi has definitely moved past the Grammy Awards telecast controversy of Beyoncé performing "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" -- the Mahalia Jackson...
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Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:20am
The Grand Ole Opry's home since 1974 has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry's sixth home, the Opry House represents the...
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This Week In Photography Books: Andrew Macpherson

A Photo Editor's Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:16am

by Jonathan Blaustein

I watched “Breaking Bad” for a little while, but then had to I quit. Cold Turkey. No more Heisenberg blue meth for me.

No sir.

I was doing a Netflix-binge-watch-thing, and made it into the beginning of Season 3. Darker and darker went the ride. Darker and darker still.

All of a sudden, after one more adrenaline dump, it became clear to me. There is no happy ending here, only a vortex of misery. Redemption is not interesting to Vince Gilligan. He’s just hooking people, deeper and deeper, so that the whole show
becomes a metaphor for addiction.

This train only runs in one direction, I thought, and it’s time to get off. Now. Before this shit gets any darker. Darker and darker, like the moonless night sky. That’s what’s ahead.

I don’t regret my decision, despite the near-universal-plaudits of the later era, and the mass-American-hysteria that accompanied the final season. It seemed like everyone but me was emotionally invested in the outcome, and that was just what I had planned.

That said, I’m completely in love with “Better Call Saul,” the newly introduced spin-off. First of all, Big Shout Out to Bob Odenkirk, who is brilliant. I know he gets plenty of props, but add mine to the list.

And having just been in Albuquerque the other day, it is oddly satisfying, as a New Mexican, to see scruffy Burque bathed in the glow of good camerawork. It might not be as warm and fuzzy as a breakfast burrito from the Frontier, smothered in scathingly spicy chile broth, but it comes close.

The story, if you’re not familiar, covers the backstory of Saul Goodman, Mr. Odenkirk’s character from “Breaking Bad.” Turns out he used to be a small-time hustler named Jimmy McGill. At what point does he adopt his new persona? His alter ego?

I don’t know.

They’ve just finished Episode 4, and most series like this take years to unfurl, like the American flag once had 13 stars, and then more, and more still. Hell, New Mexico didn’t even become a state until 1912, so they were adding stars for more than a century. Each time, making the previous flag irrelevant. Or, more likely, a very expensive collectible.

Even when you adopt a new identity, you’re mostly altering your name, at first. Authenticity takes time to develop, like a good green chile stew. We cook ourselves to condense the flavor, and build up complexity. Bit by bit.

Why am I waxing philosophical about such things today? (As always, good question.) It’s because I’ve just finished looking at “Pink: 10 Years,” a new book by Andrew Macpherson, published by Bravado. As I said last week, readers are sending me things these days, and this one popped up in my PO Box a little while ago.

It’s about as different from what I normally review as you can get, but I think that’s a good thing. As far as I know, Pink started out as a girl named Alicia, who could sing really well. I think maybe she’s from Pennsylvania, but you know how much I hate Googling things to be sure.

Truthfully, I’ve never been a fan of her work, nor have I gone out of my way to dislike it. She’s a massive Pop Star, so her music isn’t meant for the likes of me. She has a great voice, I know, and a rocking body too.

What else can I tell you?

Well, no one knows this, but before my wife and I moved to Brooklyn, in 2002, we spent 6 weeks criss-crossing Mexico by bus.
We ended up in Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo, in the middle of summer. It was hot as a bowl of habañero salsa. Your eyelids wanted to melt into your eyeballs, each time you walked down the Quinta.

When we weren’t in the ocean, we stayed in our hotel room, air condition cranking, watching TV and reading books. My wife would certainly be shocked to know I’m sharing this seemingly random detail, stolen from the bowels of my memory, but she spent hours at a time watching music videos, mostly in Spanish, which she doesn’t speak, to catch a Pink song, each time they brought it back around.

She might not remember that at all. And it would probably take me a fair bit of time on YouTube, which didn’t exist back then, to figure out which link to post here. So I won’t. (Update: Jessie confirms the story, and claims she was interested in “Get the Party Started” because it had a killer dance number.)

As for the book, it’s vibrant, and snappy, filled with well-made publicity stills, album covers, and behind the scenes concert shots. There is a running commentary, by Mr. Macpherson and Pink, which gives their current take on things that happened years ago.

Inspirational statements are graphically imposed, from time to time, and they all reflect a vision of positivity and hard work.

As for the pictures? I was mostly taken by how clearly Pink was “faking it until you make it,” in the beginning. The tongue came out, and the hair was bleached. True. But there was no gravitas in her expression, early on. No piercing intelligence behind the eyes.

More than once, contemporary Pink refers to her former self as a “baby,” and you can see why. She may have been captivating America’s teen-aged girls, and building a brand, but she was still figuring herself out.

As the book goes on, you think it’s going to be gradual, but really, it’s not. You reach a certain page, and there it is. Strength and confidence appear, like a black-hatted bad guy on the horizon. Soon after, we see her daughter. The baby has become a mother, and any and every parent can relate that feeling.

(“If I don’t grow up now, on the double, I’m going to ruin this little human, and that is one mistake I can’t allow myself to make.”)

There was one detail that really stuck out, like the shocking neon pink of the page edges. Pink shares that when she first wanted to sing and do acrobatics at the same time, her trainer was dubious. So Pink instructed her to punch her in the stomach, repeatedly, while she sang.

Can you imagine thinking of that, much less asking someone to do it to you? Totally. Fucking. Insane.

But I suppose that’s what it takes, if you want to become a Global Icon. A One-Named Brand. A color: personified. (My young daughter’s favorite color, incidentally. Like every other two-year-old girl on the planet…)

OK. We’re done here. This book is not like everything else I review. And last week’s book was about as typical of what I normally cover as you can get. So I guess that means next week, we’ll end up somewhere smack in the middle.

Bottom Line: Glossy look inside the evolution of a Pop Star, and, a human being too.

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'American Idol' Alum Jon Peter Lewis Takes Rock Opera to New York City

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:00am
American Idol season-three alum Jon Peter Lewis will be spending the summer in Manhattan, as his musical, Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera, has been...
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'Motown 25' Revisited: 10 Things to Know About the 1983 TV Special

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:00am
The special that introduced TV viewers to Michael Jackson's moonwalk and the Temptations and Four Tops' vocal battle will air on 300 PBS stations on...
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Long-Serving Universal Digital Exec David Ring Exits

Billboard.com - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:18am
Universal Music Group's veteran digital exec David Ring is out at the music major just days after his boss Rob Wells exited. Ring was, until recently...
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