Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • See It First! Lonestar's Back Stronger Than Ever With 'Just The Rain'

    It's pretty hard to beat a 20-year anniversary, and the guys in Lonestar aren't even pretending to not celebrate! The band, which recently reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, is currently embarking on a mega-tour across North America, bringing the sound country fans have loved for two decades live.

    Over 10 million albums later, it's hard to argue the quartet is stronger than ever. Here, they're gearing up for the release of their new single’s music video, “Just The Rain," which Ram Country is thrilled to offer the first glimpse at.

    What's the secret to the band's longevity? As McDonald puts it succinctly: "Honestly, through it all, the one thing that has kept Lonestar around is that we're just four good old boys from Texas."

    To find out when Lonestar will be in your neck of the woods, check here.

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  • See It First! Vocalist Morgan James Premieres 'I Want You'

    New York-based singer Morgan James never wanted to be a classical opera singer. However, the singer-songwriter found herself disciplined vocally by a rigorous study at the prestigious Julliard School, which shaped her for an eventual Broadway career. After appearing in a number of productions, she eventually landed a role in Berry Gordy's Motown the Musical.

    Gordy recognized the vocalist's immense talent, and introduced her to Doug Morris and L.A. Reid, opening the door for a deal with Epic Records in 2012. She amassed a cult following for her work along the way, and began working on her dream release, which she describes as "neo-soul pop."

    Now, she is poised to release her debut studio album for Epic Records, Hunter, on June 3. Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first look at "I Want You," which marks the first video from the set.

    Morgan says, "[This] is the culmination of my musical life up to this point. The painful songs are straight out of a bad relationship with someone from my

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  • See It First: Priyanka Chopra Stuns With Sexy Live 'I Can't Make You Love Me'

    You might not recognize Priyanka Chopra's name yet, but that's due to change and change soon. The former Miss World 2000 is a Bollywood icon and a massive star in her native India, and she recently made waves Stateside by starring in the opening sequence of NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football."

    In addition to her head-turning football anthem, "In My City," which was released in 2012 and was inspired by her globetrotting childhood, she released the single "Exotic" featuring rapper Pitbull in 2013 to charting status in North America.

    Now, Yahoo Music is excited to debut an exclusive live version of Chopra's wave-making third U.S. single, a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," which will be included on her upcoming debut album. In this version, recorded live from Mumbai (her current hometown, where she splits with Los Angeles), Chopra shows off everything that makes her a worldwide phenomenon.

    She is certainly more than just a beautiful face. The multitalented artist

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  • Chalk it up as one of the biggest spoilers in music history: After teasing everyone with news that none other than the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, would provide some form of "world premiere experience" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the show's producers found their bubble unceremoniously popped. An unexpected lawsuit revealed that the "experience" would be, as some predicted, a hologram of the singer "live" onstage, performing music from his posthumous recent release XSCAPE.

    Well, so much for the suspense. And, not that fans were expecting an actual resurrection of the superstar, or anything (however, in this day and age of increasingly bar-set-higher awards shows, who knows?). Still, the crowd Sunday night was notably silent when the hologram-ed Jackson was revealed, in energetic fine form performing XSCAPE's "Slave to the Rhythm" and delivering some of (the real) Jackson's best-known and loved dance moves, including a moonwalk.

    Kevin Winter/Billboard Awards 2014/Getty Image

    Whether the lukewarm response was due to

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  • Happy Birthday, George Strait! Here's a Few Fun Facts About 'The King of Country'

    George Strait, otherwise known as the "King of Country” turns 62 years old on May 18th. In honor of the superstar's birthday, we combed through some of the rare interviews with the notoriously press-shy singer — and wanted to share these fun facts to celebrate his special day!

    He's had so many hits — a whopping 60 No. 1s, to be exact —that he can't remember them all: When asked by USA Today to name one of the songs that surprised him the most when it topped the charts, he started singing it — but couldn’t pinpoint the exact the title, adding: “I’ve cut a lot of songs, man.”
     
    Surprise! He's not a member of the Grand Ole Opry: Despite selling more than 70 million albums – not to mention collecting numerous awards, including the most recent CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies — Strait has not been asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Many in the music community believe this amazing omission is due to the fact that he continues to reside in his home state of Texas.

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  • Hunter Hayes Discusses How 'Storyline' is His Version of a Vacation

    Hunter Hayes is not an artist of few words...or few of anything, for that matter. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is prolific in every area of his career, be it the number of instruments he plays, the vault of songs he's composed, or the interesting feats he's accomplished (most recently, for example, he broke the Guinness World Record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours).

    The young musician has just released his sophomore album, Storyline, and sat down with Yahoo Music to discuss all that went into the creation of the set. He's especially proud of the fact that he's worked with a great deal of experimentation on this particular release ("a lot of trying stuff, just for the sake of trying stuff"). Fans will be delighted to know that Hayes also reveals he's got a vault of unreleased material that one day he just might put together into a collection when the time is right!

    Oh, and for those wondering, does the notorious workaholic ever take a vacation, and if

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  • If you haven't heard of musician Diamond Carter yet, it's safe to say you've heard of his latest collaborator — who happens to be none other than John Stamos. Fans of Stamos's career know well that the actor, best known for his role as "Uncle Jesse" on the sitcom "Full House," has been involved in the music world for decades, doing everything from performing solo to filling in on guitars, drums, and backing vocals for the legendary Beach Boys.

    However, he hasn't championed too many rising artists to date, until he happened to write a tune called "Let Yourself Be Loved" and, by way of the composition, hooked up with Nashville-based musician Diamond Carter (aka Tyler Tuohy), who proved to be the perfect vehicle for the song.

    Stamos explains in this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that the song was a bit of a fluke, as writing isn't his primary thing. "I’m not a songwriter, mainly,” he says. “I’ve written stuff for TV and stuff, but it’s never been a passion of mine. But I remember a

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  • Rascal Flatts Moving Forward With 'Rewind'

    Rascal Flatts have been making music together for nearly 15 years at this point, so most fans probably think they won't be too surprised by anything on the trio's brand-new ninth studio album, "Rewind." However, while the new set retains the sound that their loyal admirers know and love so well, the guys in the band do have a few (okay, many!) things up their sleeves to keep things fresh and interesting.

    In this exclusive interview, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Jay DeMarcus discuss what exactly sets "Rewind" apart from their former catalog, as well as their personally best-loved songs off the set. They also consider where they've grown the most as artists — they produced more than half of "Rewind" themselves —and also, considering their upcoming tour with Sheryl Crow, look back at their favorite tour of all time and some of the moments that made the road rock!

    As mentioned, the Flatts will be trekking around the country playing live through Fall. If you'd like to keep up with their

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  • Carrie Underwood Reveals Surprising Story Behind Hit 'Last Name'

    This week, Nashville served as host to the megawatt benefit concert "We're All for the Hall," a special show for the Country Music Hall of Fame spearheaded by Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Carrie Underwood was just one of the stars on the bill, performing Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," as well as her own 2007 hit "Last Name."

    Regarding the latter tune: Do you know what actually inspired it? Although it's hard to believe, a short-lived fling was the catalyst for the Grammy-winning single.

    Take it from Underwood herself. The superstar told the "All for the Hall" crowd the story behind the song before performing it.

    "Before I met my beautiful, wonderful, perfect hockey husband [Nashville Predator Mike Fisher], I had met this guy. I got together with [songwriters] Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird to write, and we were goofing around like we always do. I was telling them about this guy I met. They asked who he was, and I said, 'Y'all! I don't even know his last name!'"

    She continued:

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  • That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: Morrissey Tackled by Overzealous Fans at Bay Area Show

    Please, please, please, let me get what I want!

    Cult gloomster Morrissey has been leaving his rabid fanbase hanging of late, canceling a remarkable six shows in a row over the past few years in the Bay Area alone. So, it might be expected that his fans were a wee bit too excited when the former Smiths frontman finally took the City National Civic stage in San Jose Wednesday night.

    However, things devolved quickly during the singer's second encore of "One Day Goodbye Will Be Forever."

    Perhaps worried about the sentiment (especially given his recent track record in the city), fans began springing into action.

    Audience members began popping on stage about a minute into the song — starting off with a manageable one or two every few seconds. The singer accepted hugs from the initial trickle of admirers, but then quickly found himself overwhelmed as more and more people approached.

    Check the video around the 2-minute mark to see how quickly the situation turned into an unintentionally

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