Carrie Underwood Denies Feud with Taylor Swift

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Jesus Takes The Wheel balladeer Carrie Underwood was asked whether she has a difficult relationship with Taylor Swift during an interview with CBS’s This Morning. Carrie replied, “No! Not that I know of at least! In every magazine, in pretty much every newspaper, or on gossip TV shows, they can just get away with (saying there’s a feud) by saying, ‘a source said’ or, ‘a friend said’ or, ‘an insider said’. I read the most ridiculous things about myself when people do that.”

During the interview, Carrie was also asked to choose her favorite Swift recent single. She said, “My favorite Taylor Swift song, oh my gosh, I really like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. It sounded a lot different to her and I liked the branching out, trying some different sounds.”

Recently Carrie admitted that they are not close to each other but explained that it’s just because they never get to spend any time together. Both country singers are focusing on their work and ignoring any rumors of an alleged feud.

Watch Carrie Underwood Talking about Taylor Swift below:

Toni Braxton Announces Retirement as a Recording Artist

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Grammy award-winning artist Toni Braxton has declared that she is retiring from the music industry and admitted that she has lost some of her passion for music.

The Un-Break My Heart balladeer said, “For what I do I have to love it. I have to feel that excitement and it’s gone. I’m just not going to do any albums anymore; maybe touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did in the past. But no new projects.”

She added that she prefers to focus on acting and her desired role is to perform as lesbian on screen. “I would like to play a lesbian. I don’t know why. And do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing; just something completely different than people would expect from me. Not a lipstick lesbian, either,” she says.

Braxton has become known for her distinctive voice and a widely-known actress for US reality TV series Braxton Family Values. However, she revealed: “That’s just not what I wanted to be when I grew up.”

Last 2012, she was hospitalized due to health complications from lupus.

Watch Toni Braxton’s interview on the Wendy Williams Show:

Here’s her interview on ABC News:

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http://www.rte.ie/ten/2013/0209/braxtont.html

http://thatgrapejuice.net/2013/02/watch-toni-braxton-officially-announces-retirement/

Michelle Williams Denies Destinys Child’s Super Bowl Reunion

You guys still remember that time when Beyonce hinted of a possible Destiny’s Child reunion at the upcoming Super Bowl on February 3? It seems like it’s never gonna happen after all, according to fellow former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, that is.

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When asked about reports of a potential comeback of the chart-topping former girl group will perform together at Sunday’s halftime show, the We Break the Dawn singer responded “That’s not confirmed. It is rumored. I’m going to be in the musical Fela. I hate to disappoint the people and tell them that it’s not true.”

OK, so it’s not really a flat out denial but rather more of just a clarification that it is just a rumor, but you have to admit that the way she responded to the question kind of leaves one feeling only less excited than before about the potential get together.

And it didn’t help bring the excitement back either when she said, “But we did record a song with each other before the holidays.” OK, but that still doesn’t reaffirm the story that the three of you will be seen performing together in New Orleans, does it?

But there’s still a glimmer of hope for fans though. Despite Williams saying that she’s going to be in the musical Fela, she didn’t specify which show dates she’ll be appearing on. Why would that matter, you ask? Because according to the show’s website, Williams isn’t scheduled to appear in the show from January 31st to February 3rd. So basically, it’s Williams’s word against the production’s website. Which one will it be for you?

C’mon Michelle, Beyonce already said it herself weeks earlier that you three are performing at the Super Bowl so you don’t have to build up any suspense anymore.

Tyler, The Creator is Featured in Miley Cyrus’ New Album

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In a new interview, former teen pop queen and Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus declared that her new album will feature a contribution from rapper and record producer Tyler, The Creator. Her new album will be released sometime in 2013.

The Odd Future is also featured on Cyrus’s new single, on which she collaborated with Grammy Award-winning R&B/hip-hop diva Mary J. Blige. She hinted that the new album would be a combination of country, hip-hop and metal.

“I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, The Creator heard it and said, ‘I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’ And he killed it! I really didn’t want to make a hip-hop record, and I’m not trying at all to be a Rihanna or a Nicki Minaj. That’s not my vibe. When I was growing up, my older brother would sneak me Nelly CDs, my dad had me listening to Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, and my mom is a complete metal head. So this record is a weird mixture of all that,” she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, where she also gushes about being married to Liam Hemsworth.

Watch snippets of her interview here:

Soundgarden Guitarist Slams Accusations Against Reunion

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Two years have passed and the reunion is still going strong: Soundgarden continues to play good tunes together and are very likely to create more new music in the future.

With the band finally releasing King Animal, its first album in 16 years, there are some media members and even peers that question their motives for getting together again, and guitarist Kim Thayil has slammed their accusations.

During an interview with The Phoenix, Thayil stressed that the reunion happened in an organic way, and that it was not a ‘cash grab’ but a way to preserve their legacy.

He credited drummer Matt Cameron for starting it off by offering the band fresh material. “Matt brought it up,” Thayil said. “He had some songs which he had demoed that he wanted us to learn. He thought these songs were Soundgarden-like and that they might have been more appropriate for us than Pearl Jam and he wanted to hear us play them so we said, ‘Sure; we’ll go to the studio and learn your ditties.’ And we did and we had a blast and we love the songs and other ideas were coming out. Chris had some, I had some, Ben had some and we just started jamming.”

Soundgarden has also announced their reunion tour via their official website.

Check Out Red-Hot Rita Ora In ‘Radioactive’ Music Video


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Rita Ora has just recently released a new music video for her new US single Radioactive, from her Roc Nation debut studio album ORA.

The sexy sci-fi video features Ora in an extraterrestrial scene where she shows off her tight bottom and toned legs in a futuristic outfit. Now it is said that she may have deliberately released the video as a saucy comeback to her ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian, after he allegedly dissed her on Twitter.

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Rita apparently saw it from a different view. “I’m not going out with Rob. We were close for a while, but it didn’t work because I was never there. I was like a ghost. I used to get so frustrated with myself and then wonder why I was angry, so I decided it was best to keep it friendly – especially at the moment, when there’s so much going on,” she said in an interview with Glamour UK.

“If you want to do my job, you have to suck it up, because it goes hand-in-hand with what you’re doing,” she also says of her career interfering with her personal life. “At the end of the day, the media are helping you – they’re what you need. You can turn around and punch a paparazzo in the face, or you can keep moving and let them get the shot, but that’s not what you should be worried about. The main concern should be getting respect for your music.”

Despite the rumors, the 22-year-old UK pop singer had her breakthrough this 2012 and is scheduled to go on tour in the U.K. starting January 28.

Watch her Radioactive music video here:

Nine Inch Nails Working on New Material


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Great news for all fellow 90’s rock fanatics out there! Nine Inch Nails are working on a new song, and this has been confirmed by frontman Trent Reznor while adding some finishing touches to the upcoming record by his new group How to Destroy Angels. The band, known for its industrial rock music, is returning after a long three-year break.

Reznor revealed in an interview that “there are some things in the works” with NIN. “All signs point to yes,” he said.

He added that “there will be new music.” Asked in an interview by RollingStone if there will be live gigs by the group, he said, “If it feels right, it’s a possibility. I never said that that wasn’t going to happen, just that it couldn’t go on as it was. Having a few years doing other things, I’ve enjoyed them and I’m enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column of things. It’s a different kind of work.”

Watch the video of Trent Reznor’s new group How to Destroy Angels.

Dinosaur Jr Frontman Reveals He Almost Joined Nirvana Twice

In a recent interview with Spin, Dinosaur Jr frontman Joseph “J” Mascis Jr revealed that he came close to becoming a member of legendary alternative rock group Nirvana, not just once but twice! Mascis said that the first offer came when Kurt Cobain spoke to him after a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, back in 1989.


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“Nirvana was playing Maxwell’s and after the show I was talking to Kurt and [Sonic Youth’s] Thurston Moore,” Mascis recounts. “Kurt said, ‘You should join my band.’ I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar. I didn’t think much about it.”

The second invitation from Kurt came when they needed a drummer for an upcoming single (Sliver, which was released in 1990). Mascis added, “Later, there was also talk of playing drums on a single they were doing, but it ended up being [Mudhoney drummer] Dan Peters.”

It was Dale Crover who eventually filled the spot and performed with the band for a number of tour dates before Dave Grohl eventually became the band’s permanent drummer.

It wasn’t just Nirvana that once tried to recruit Mascis. Doug Martsh of Built to Spill also asked Mascis to join him and his group as a drummer for their 1997 record Perfect From Now. Martsch said of Mascis, “He was willing to do it, but then I kinda decided it wouldn’t be a good idea.”

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Simon Cowell: NBC Airing ‘The Voice’ Same Time As ‘X-Factor’ Is Unprofessional

NBC has recently announced that it has decided to air an additional third episode to the premiere week of its singing reality competition, The Voice. That means that it will be sharing the same time slot with Fox network’s X-Factor, created by Simon Cowell, as it also makes ist premiere on primetime Wednesday, September 12 (both shows air at 8/7c).

“I think it’s mean spirited,” said Cowell about the rival network’s decision, “And I hope and I pray that it backfires on them because this is one of the best shows we’ve ever made and I am pissed off about it.”

He also believes that NBC’s move was personal rather than just a simple viewership and ratings strategy; especially after his other show Britain’s Got Talent crushed The Voice in terms of ratings when the two went head-to-head in the U.K.

It’s “a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business,” he said, that will force fans to pick between the two shows – and possibly reignite a rivalry between Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. “Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina – who has been a bit of a rival – isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own.”

He went on further to saying that, “The reason they’ve done this is they don’t want people to see X Factor because they’ve heard how good the series is. They don’t want their audience to see Britney Spears. They don’t want their audience to see Demi Lovato.”

More details on Billboard.

Pete Townshend Reveals Trailer of Forthcoming Autobiography

Pete Townshend of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame English band The Who is set to release his autobiography Who I Am that covers all the craziness and destructive habits surrounding the band from sex to recreational drugs, to Mods to smashing instruments to obliterating hotel rooms, and his bandmates Roger Daltry, John Entwistle and Keith Moon.

Townshend has been writing his memoir since the mid ‘90s and after a number of delays, the long-awaited book will finally hit the shelves in October 8 in the US, October 9 in Australia and October 11 in the UK.

He has previewed selections from his autobiography before when he started a blog in 2007 but has shut the site down that redirects to The Who’s official site up to present.

He explained on starting the blog, ‘The backbone is complete, all the research is in place. And yet, because my creative and professional life is still so active, I feel I will never catch up with the present unless I retire simply to write. To retire, simply to write, when I am already a writer, presents a contradiction. So rather than endlessly write, I am going to publish.’

Townshend says in a press conference about the release, ‘I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations. I am happy that I am able to write my book myself, in my own ′voice′ that many readers will be hearing for the first time. I am not my favorite subject, that will always be art and music, but whenever I write about my life and work I learn something.’

Watch the trailer below.