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Katy Perry to Go One on One with Fans at the SiriusXM Studios as Part of the SiriusXM "Town Hall" Series

Sirius XM Radio SIRI+0.52% today announced that Katy Perry will sit down for a Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series on Friday, October 11.

Moderated by SiriusXM Hits 1’s The Morning Mash Up hosts Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson, “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Katy Perry” will air on Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit http://www.siriusxm.com/townhall.

In the unique and intimate setting, fans will hear Perry answering questions about her upcoming album Prism, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, October 22.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Katy Perry” is part of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, featuring iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with studio audiences of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM “Town Hall” specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys, KISS, Coldplay, Cher, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, Hugh Jackman, Usher, Roger Waters and the surviving members of Nirvana.

SiriusXM Hits 1 plays everything from pop to hip-hop to rock to R&B. Listeners will hear artists like One Direction, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and P!nk.

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Stars Line Up For Paul McCartney Tribute

Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, and B.B. King are hitting the record studio to record Sir Paul McCartney‘s greatest hits for a new album.

Willie Nelson, KISS, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney’s back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend’s 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon loves the idea.

He says, “It was important that it be blessed by Paul… You can tell by the variety of participants that Paul’s music is truly timeless. Whether you’re eight or 80, everyone loves Paul McCartney.”

Wanda Jackson, Steve Miller, Heart, Ronnie Spector and Corinne Bailey Rae have also signed up for the album.

Willie Nelson Arrested For Marijuana Possession

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Country legend Willie Nelson was arrested in Texas on Friday morning (26Nov10) on suspicion of drug possession.

The singer’s tour bus was pulled over by Border Patrol police at a Sierra Blanca checkpoint at around 9am (local time) and a subsequent search of the vehicle reportedly turned up six ounces (170 grams) of marijuana.
The 77 year old was booked in Hudspeth County Jail and posted $2,500 bail, according to TMZ.com.
Nelson had been on his way from California to Austin when he was busted.

Norah Jones To Release Star-Studded Collection of Musical Collaboration On Nov. 2

On November 2, EMI’s Blue Note Records will release …Featuring, a star-studded collection of the multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Norah Jones’s musical collaborations from the past decade. The 18 songs on the album include duets with such legends as Ray CharlesWillie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, and with 21st Century icons from OutKast to the Foo Fighters.
“It’s so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire,” says Jones. “It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you’re doing something with another artist. You don’t know what to expect—it’s kind of like being a little kid and having a playdate.”
The tracks on …Featuring span her entire career, from one of her earliest recording sessions (a version of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2001) to her most recent performance, a song called “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” that she cut with Belle and Sebastian, which will also appear on their new album. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her own four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
These collaborations reveal Jones’s astonishing musical versatility, from jazz to country, hip-hop to rock. Three of the songs on …Featuring originally appeared on records that won Grammy awards for Album of the Year (Ray Charles’ Genius Loves CompanyHerbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, and OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), and several others were also nominated for Grammys.
The album also includes recordings by some of Jones’s own bands and side projects (The Little Willies and El Madmo), and performances with artists that she’s toured with including M. WardSasha Dobson, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Songs on …Featuringrange from classics recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and Roy Orbison to new material by such wide-ranging innovators as Ryan Adams and Q-Tip.
“A lot of the people on this record are people I’ve worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries,” says Jones. “Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together.”

Willie Nelson’s Hippie Look Made Him An Outsider In Nashville

Willie Nelson fears his hippie look held him back at the beginning of his career – because straight-laced Nashville, Tennessee music executives di dn’t give him the credit he deserved.
The country music legend was inducted into Nashville’s music mecca the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, but he now admits he never felt he belonged in Music City – because of the way he looked.
He tells Parade magazine, “The executives in music were a little prejud iced and biased about someone’s appearance. They never stopped to think that maybe that long-haired hippie out there might have a little talent.
“There are a lot of people that hate change and want to keep things the way they’ve always been. Nashville was one of the last places to be lenient toward the hippies and the long hairs. That’s one of the things that held it back.
“I felt like they failed to realise that I really knew what I was talki ng about. I was writing some pretty good songs and my singing wasn’t that bad. I had a base in Texas. But the majority of the people that I record ed for and the publishing companies that I wrote for had heard stories ab out how popular I was in Texas. But they never left their desks in Nashvi lle long enough to come by and check it out.
“Whenever I’d go down to Texas to play to thousands of people on the we ekend, they didn’t know anything about it in Nashville. So it was a big d isconnect between Nashville and the rest of the world for me back in those days.”