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Last Update on January 28, 2015 08:11 GMT

BLINK-182: TOM'S IN OR NOT?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 say Tom DeLonge is out of the band "indefinitely." DeLonge says he never quit. What's going on? DeLonge issued a statement saying he has commitments that limit his availability this year and he has not left Blink-182. Hoppus tells Rolling Stone they got an email from DeLonge's manager saying, "Tom is out," which is the same one they got in 2004 when DeLonge put the band on hiatus. Barker says they always covered for DeLonge before and DeLonge is "bummed out" that he and Hoppus are being honest about DeLonge's involvement in the band. Hoppus says the fans can see the truth. DeLonge has not commented on the article.

CHRIS ROBINSON SAYS THE BLACK CROWES' BREAKUP IS "COMPLICATED"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The reaction of Chris Robinson to his brother Rich's declaration that The Black Crowes have broken up: "It's way more complicated than Rich's public outburst." However, he doesn't elaborate on that. Robinson tells Billboard he's going to keep his "personal, private family business personal and private" and concentrate on other things that are important. He says it's "disappointing" and "unfortunate" that all this came out during the 25th anniversary of the band. Robinson's new band is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

CHRIS BROWN DELAYS TOUR

UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Brown says he's working his behind off to finish his community service, because it's delaying his tour with Trey Songz and Tyga. Brown writes on Instagram a judge would not sign off on his travel for the tour until Brown finishes the last 100 of his 1,000 hours of community service. Brown apologizes for the delay and says the tour is not canceled, "just moved around a couple of weeks." He did not give details on which dates are affected.

TOM PETTY, JEFF LYNNE WOULD NOT GET GRAMMYS IF SAM SMITH WINS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Since Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne have now been given credit for co-writing Sam Smith's song "Stay With Me," and since that song is nominated for the song of the year Grammy, would Petty and Lynne get Grammys if it wins? Turns out they would not. Recording Academy senior vice president Bill Freimuth says Petty and Lynne did not do any new writing for "Stay With Me," so they are not considered nominees. He says should "Stay With Me" win, Petty and Lynne would get certificates honoring their participation, just as the writers of any sampled work would get. Petty and Lynne were given co-writing credit after their publisher noted how similar "Stay With Me" sounds to Petty's song "I Won't Back Down."

ERIC CHURCH'S PREGNANT WIFE WANTS TO JOIN HIM AT THE GRAMMYS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Eric Church is set to perform at the Grammys on February 8 and is nominated in every country category. Forgive him if he's not even thinking about the Grammys. Church tells the Nashville Tennessean his wife, Katherine, is due to deliver their second child the week after the Grammys and she's determined to go to the show in Los Angeles. Church says they're working on flying her out just for the day. He says with such a full Grammy schedule, the last thing he needs to worry about is his wife going into labor in Los Angeles, but if she goes into labor in Nashville while he's in L.A., that's bad too. He says if she goes into labor on Grammy night, "That will be an interesting night for all of us."

GRAMMY PERFORMERS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Grammy Awards will feature a number of duets. Lady Gaga will perform with Tony Bennett, and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani. The Recording Academy says Annie Lennox also will be paired with Hozier and Jessie J with Tom Jones. The Grammys are a week from Sunday in Los Angeles. Lady Gaga and Bennett's duet album, "Cheek to Cheek," is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album, where their competition includes Lennox. Hozier is nominated for song of the year for the hit, "Take Me to Church."

MARIANNE FAITHFULL HAS ANOTHER HIP SURGERY

PARIS (AP) -- Marianne Faithfull's hip is giving her trouble again. She broke it last May and had to have emergency surgery. Faithfull has had problems with it ever since and she recently discovered it's developed an infection. She is undergoing surgery in Paris. Faithfull was due to tour Europe in February, March and April but has postponed those concerts to the fall while she recovers.

BILLY CORGAN CHANGES HIS APPROACH TO MUSIC

LONDON (AP) -- If he had his way, Billy Corgan would release a double album. Instead he's opting for two albums released this year. That's because of the way people listen to music in this day and age. Corgan says he's afraid a double album would just "go into the memory hole" and be forgotten until 20 years later when the reissue came out and people would say they wish they had listened to it when it came out. Songwriting is still creating a challenge for Corgan for the same reason. He says he doesn't have three minutes to get to the cool part and people will just click to another song if it's not good within the first minute.

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Billy Corgan, singer-songwriter with Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan says he decided it would be smarter to release two albums within the same year, rather than a double album.

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Billy Corgan, singer-songwriter with Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan says he's had to change the way he writes music. (note length of cut)

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Billy Corgan, singer-songwriter with Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan says he writes music that emcompasses what he wants to say as an artist as well as how people listen to music these days.

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Billy Corgan, singer-songwriter with Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan says morphing Smashing Pumpkins into an alternative-pop band makes sense to him.

MARK RONSON NAMED TO GRAMMY MENTOR PROGRAM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Ronson will give a hand up to musicians starting out in the business. He's been named an ambassador for the 2015 Grammy Amplifier, a program run by the Recording Academy for mentoring musicians. Ziggy Marley, The Band Perry and singer-songwriter Allen Stone will be curators. Artists can enter their music at www.GrammyAmplifier.com to be one of 25 finalists who will get mentors. The top three will win a recording session with a Grammy-winning producer, film a music video and perform at either a music festival or open for a top act.

NICK JONAS JOINS "SCREAM QUEENS"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nick Jonas has been cast in a recurring role in the upcoming Fox series "Scream Queens." It's a comedy-horror anthology about murders on a college campus that will premiere in the fall. Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) is also part of the cast, as is Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Lea Michele.

COMMON AND JOHN LEGEND WILL PLAY THE OSCARS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song at the Oscars as well as at the Grammys. "Glory" from the film "Selma" is nominated for best original song. Adam Levine has already said he will perform another Oscar-nominated song, "Lost Stars" from the film "Begin Again," for the Academy Awards. The songwriting team that brought us last year's Oscar-winning song, "Let It Go" from "Frozen," are planning something for the Oscars as well. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will write an original number for host Neil Patrick Harris. The Oscars are February 22.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA WILL SING AT NBA ALL-STAR GAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Christina Aguilera will perform before the NBA All-Star Game. She will perform a medley of New York-related songs during player introductions. Her backing dancers will be The Rockettes. Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) will perform during halftime. The All-Star Game will air live from New York on TNT on February 15.

 
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