Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt to Compile Lost ‘Trio’ Tracks

The first time Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt sang together, they knew they had something special that needed to be captured on record. But with three of the hottest solo careers going in the Seventies, various record label tangles to work through, and a desire to devote the time such a project would require, it would be more than a decade after they first recorded together that all the details would finally be ironed out so that a proper album was released. It took so long, in fact, that a whole new recording format – CDs – had been introduced by the time the spectacular Trio album was issued in 1987. It was another 12 years before the sequel, the less-than-imaginatively-titled but still musically thrilling Trio II, was released.

Although a third Trio collaboration is unlikely since Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013, leaving her unable to sing, the promise of some unreleased recordings to be made available in the near future has been hinted at by one of the iconic singers. In an interview with CMT, Parton says a collection containing previously unissued material has been in the works for a while.

"We've been trying for years to put out the thing that we had in the can and repackage the things that we did," she explains. "Emmylou has been working at this for a long time. We thought it was coming out two to three years ago — actually even before that — but I just got a note from Emmy and Linda saying that they had signed off on it, and so it is gonna happen."

Although she has yet to learn of a release date for the compilation, Parton, who this summer is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of her Dollywood theme park in east Tennessee, says she expects it will arrive in stores later in the year.

The 1987 Trio album was a million-seller and earned two Grammy awards in country categories. The LP also earned an Album of the Year Grammy nod, but lost to U2's The Joshua Tree. The 1999 follow-up was certified gold and also earned a Grammy. Tracks recorded for both sets later found their way onto the Harris CD box set, Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems.

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Avril Lavigne Was ‘Bedridden’ Following Battle With Lyme Disease

In a new interview with People, Avril Lavigne has revealed a nearly year-long battle with Lyme disease.

Lavigne's announcement follows a viral Twitter direct message between the singer and a fan last December, with Lavigne revealing that she had been ill, but not opening up about the extent of her sickness. In the new interview, Lavigne details how months of feeling terrible reached its peak during her 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas in October. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," said the Canadian singer.

Though she had seen doctors throughout the year for her mysterious illness, she was not diagnosed with the infectious disease until after her birthday. She attributes her severe case to a tick bite from last spring. "I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she said. "I was bedridden for five months."

Lavigne has remained in her Ontario home where family and husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback have taken care of her. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she said about the severity of her condition. "I thought I was dying."

Lavigne believes she is "80 percent better" and is planning on jumping back into her career. In February, she released the video for her single "Give What You Like" off 2013's Avril Lavigne. Later in April, she'll unveil "Fly," a promotional song for the 2015 Special Olympics. "This was a wake-up call," said Lavigne. "I really just want to enjoy life from here on out."

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On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ Continues Chart-Topping Reign

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped the Billboard 200 for a second straight week, racking up an extra 123,000 in total album sales on its way to another Number One. Three full months into 2015, the Compton rapper's acclaimed LP becomes only the second album – after Taylor Swift's 1989 – to spend two weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200; every other chart-topping album has only staged a one-week cameo before relinquishing the throne, Billboard reports.

A pair of soundtracks finished at Number Two and Three on a chart that saw little competition from new albums. Two weeks after its season finale, the Empire soundtrack continued to outperform, finishing with another 61,000 units sold. The Fifty Shades of Gray soundtrack was similarly impressive, coming in at Number Three even as the blockbuster film dropped to 16th place this past weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The same batch of albums that have resided in the Billboard 200's Top 10 throughout much of March stuck around for at least another week with some minor reshuffling: Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour jumped up to Number Four from last week's Number Nine, 1989 spent a third straight week at Number Five and Ed Sheeran's X moved up one notch to Number Six. Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late is finally showing signs of wearing down, falling to Number Nine.

It was a relatively quiet week on the Billboard 200 as only two new releases entered the Top 10. Action Bronson's major label debut Mr. Wonderful sold 49,000 copies on its way to Number Seven, greatly improving on the Number 63 peak the Queens rapper's Saaab Stories scored in 2013. The only other Top 10 debut was Kidz Bop 28 compilation, which opened up at Number 10, marking the 21st time a Kidz Bop collection has reached the Top 10.

Next week, Lamar will have to stave off big new releases from Ringo Starr, Sufjan Stevens, Ludacris and Death Cab for Cutie to maintain chart supremacy.

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Mick Jagger: Rolling Stones May Play ‘Sticky Fingers’ on Tour

The Rolling Stones are releasing a deluxe edition of Sticky Fingers on May 26th, and fans that see the band this summer might get to experience the 1971 album in its entirety. "We're floating the idea of playing the whole album," Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone. "At the very least, we'll play the songs we don't normally play."

Sticky Fingers tracks "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch" and "Dead Flowers" have been in regular rotation in the Stones set list for years, but others are extremely rare. They haven't played "You Gotta Move" since the summer of 1976, and "Sister Morphine," "Moonlight Mile" and "I Got The Blues" have been untouched since the 1990s.

Jagger isn't totally convinced that playing the whole album in stadiums is a wise idea. "It's a really great album," he says. "But it has a lot of slow songs. Normally in a show we'd just do one or two ballads. Sticky Fingers has about five slow songs. I'm just worried that it might be problematic in stadiums. Maybe we'd play it and everyone would say, 'Great,' but maybe they'll get restless and start going to get drinks."

Tour rehearsals begin in a few weeks and the group will use that time to figure out the feasibility of playing the album in its entirety. "I'm sure we'll have a go at it," Jagger says. "We play a lot of the tunes and know them pretty well. I think we've played them all at least once. It's not like trying to do [the 1967 psych-rock album] Their Satanic Majesties Request."

The Rolling Stones kick off the 15-city Zip Code Tour on May 24th in San Diego and wrap up on July 15th in Quebec. Tickets for all shows except Quebec go on sale Monday, April 13th.

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Lana Del Rey Recruits Grimes for ‘Endless Summer’ Tour

Lana Del Rey has recruited Grimes as a support act for her previously announced 2015 tour, now dubbed "Endless Summer." The artful electro-pop singer will open for Del Rey at 10 shows – including a newly added June 9th gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts – beginning May 28th in Noblesville, Indiana and continuing through June 16th at West Palm Beach, Florida. 

In December, Del Rey announced a run of eight joint shows with former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love; the duo will open their jaunt on May 7th in The Woodlands, Texas and part ways following a May 22nd show in Ridgefield, Washington.

Though the two musicians have never toured together, they have shared the stage in a roundabout way. After Del Rey covered Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" onstage in 2012, Love tweeted at the singer, "You do know the song is about my vagina, right? 'Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,' umm. On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you? lol xc. You are gorgeous and very talented. It was all in good humor, love. It is true, however."

Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, in 2014. While Grimes hasn't revealed details of her upcoming fourth LP, she recently contribute the Bleachers collaboration "Entropy" to an episode of HBO's Girls

Lana Del Rey 2015 Tour Dates

May 7 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
May 9 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *
May 12 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
May 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ AkChin Pavilion *
May 16 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater *
May 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
May 20 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *
May 22 - Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater *
May 28 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center **
May 30 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre **
May 31 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre **
June 3 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre **
June 4 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre **
June 9 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Centre **
June 11 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live **
June 13 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion **
June 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood **
June 16 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater **

* with Courtney Love
** with Grimes

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Tool ‘Leak Music’ for Annual April Fools’ Day Prank

Tool's annual "April Tools' Day" prank has been a band tradition for two decades, but with the group back in the studio working on their long-awaited follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days, fans had to be especially on guard this April 1st. Still, Tool managed to pull off a convincing prank Wednesday morning on their official Facebook account when they accused another group of stealing "unfinished music" Tool was working on and then re-recording it as their own.

"This music leak is unsettling on many levels. First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent," Tool wrote. "And second, to have it immediately picked up by someone and released as their own work is infuriating. We don't encourage anyone to listen to this leaked clip because it's far from finished and it will spoil what's to come."

The band then provided two links; one to what they said was the "Tool Leak" and then "The Other." "If you absolutely must, then listen to both clips. These are practically identical. It's a clear cut case of copyright infringement and plagiarism," the band said. Of course, being April 1st, neither clip was "leaked music" by Tool. Instead, the Undertow band repackaged the Hechizeros Band's Korg classic "El Sonidito" as their own song, then accused that Mexican act of ripping off their own 2008 song.

While teasing a fanbase that has waited nine years for a new Tool album with "leaked music" might seem mean-spirited, this year's April Fools' Prank is nothing compared to what the band put fans through back in 1997, when Tool faked a tour bus crash that left three members "critically injured in the hospital." The tour-cancelling "accident" fooled fans so vigorously that MTV News had to report that the whole ordeal was just an April 1st stunt.

Watch Hechizeros Band's original "El Sonidito" video below:

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Steven Tyler Announces Solo Country Album

After months of speculation, Steven Tyler has confirmed the upcoming release of his first country solo album. 

The Aerosmith frontman made the announcement last night, during a surprise visit to the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry's lineup was stacked with country vets like Charlie Daniels and newer acts including Aaron Watson and Eric Paslay, but Tyler — decked out in a floor-length white coat that made him look like the world's coolest doctor —stole the show, walking onstage during Paslay's two-song acoustic set and delivering the news that many industry insiders knew already. 

How did they know it? For years, Tyler has been playing up with country roots. He sang with Carrie Underwood on Aerosmith's Music from Another Dimension!, duetted with Brad Paisley during last year's CMA Country Christmas concert, sang background vocals on Jana Kramer's upcoming single and hit up Tootsie's Orchid Lounge — one of Nashville's oldest honky-tonks — for an unannounced blues jam with Keith Urban in 2013. 

"I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire. . . I have more country in me than people think," he told Rolling Stone Country last year, singing a few lines of "Cryin'" to prove his point. 

The final piece of evidence arrived last month, when American Idol aired a pre-taped clip highlighting the career of this season's mentor, Scott Borchetta. Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and the Band Perry, all three of whom are signed to imprints of Borchetta's Big Machine label, made appearances during the segment to praise Borchetta's work. Tyler did the same. It didn't take much work to connect the dots, especially after rumors began circulating that Tyler had moved to Nashville and started co-writing with musicians such as Jaren Johnston, the country-rocker behind hits for McGraw, Urban and Eric Church. (Johnston's band, the Cadillac Three, is also signed with Big Machine.)

What about a title for Tyler's solo record? A release date? A producer? None of those details have been announced, and representatives from Big Machine aren't talking. For now, rest assured that Tyler is in the process of getting his country wings.

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Miley Cyrus Promises ‘New Rights Movement’ After Controversial Indiana Law

When Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law March 26th, Miley Cyrus was among the first celebrities to loudly criticize the discriminatory new bill, calling Pence an "asshole" to her 17 million Instagram followers. In a new interview with Time, the "Wrecking Ball" singer elaborated on why she's opposed to the RFRA and how she's rallying her fans to fight for equality.

Cyrus, who says she's dedicated her life "to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving," slams the close-minded citizens who feel that their "religious freedom" needs to be protected at the expense of LGBT people.

"That's what's wrong with [RFRA supporters] – they're not choosing to live that way. And if you don't choose to live that way, you're not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you," Cyrus said. "They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much." 

Although the new law in Indiana and a similar bill passed by the Arkansas legislature may suggest that the LGBT community is losing the fight for equality in more conservative states, Cyrus recognizes that, on a whole, the country is "moving forward." "As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we're regressing, we're not. We are moving forward because it's our turn as young people," Cyrus said. "It's a new rights movement. There's so much that young people want to do and change and see, and I think a lot of that can come through social media."

Notable critics of the RFRA range from Charles Barkley to Wilco (who cancelled an Indiana concert in response) to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who penned an op-ed condemning the new law. While they may be household names, Cyrus feels they may not connect as well to a younger demographic and has stepped up efforts to condemn the law. "They won't listen to Tim Cook, maybe. But they’ll listen to me, you know? And people are starting to listen, I think," Cyrus said.

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Watch Ad-Rock Offer Teens Advice on First Kisses, Breakups

Having already added actor and master sandwich crafter to his post-Beastie Boys résumé, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz is getting into the advice game. The beloved rapper became the latest musician to take part in Rookie's "Ask a Grown Man" series, tackling tried-and-true teen topics from kissing to breakups.

Horovitz's first adorable nugget of advice urges a young girl to overcome her first-kiss fears and plant one right on her new boyfriend. "Go ahead and kiss! Go ahead and do it!" he exclaims, adding later: "There's something really special about being really close in just the moment, and you don't have to do anything else. No big thing to do about it. Just a quick little kiss."

Elsewhere, Horovitz admits sometimes white lies — like, "It's not you, it's me" or "My parents don't want me dating anyone" — can be necessary to get through an awkward breakup. The rapper also advises one girl to be upfront with her boyfriend who never takes the initiative to make plans, reminding her with a laugh, "Boys, for the most part, are not very observant, or all that together smart for that matter."

Lastly, Horovitz goes deep on a question about overcoming everyday insecurities and feeling more confident: "I know that when I get down or feel alone or depressed, I make music and it makes me happy. I would say, think about the thing that makes you happiest and do that. If it's drawing or dancing or listening to music or bowling, whatever it is that makes you happy, I would focus on that and you'll definitely gain some confidence."

Horovitz has been making the media rounds lately to promote While We're Young, the new Noah Baumbach film in which he co-stars alongside Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. The MC also recently joined forces with Num Pang, a Vietnamese sandwich shop in New York City, to create the pastrami-based "Ad-Rock Pang"; the proceeds from the sandwich will benefit the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition and Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

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Janelle Monae Flows Through New Song ‘Yoga’

Janelle Monae delivers a dexterous flow on "Yoga," a new track with rising MC Jidenna that's set to appear on The Eephus, a new compilation EP featuring tracks from the various artists on the R&B futurist's Wondaland label.

Monae's characteristically pristine vocal talents are on full display on "Yoga," as she flips familiar melodies on their head, intricately layers her voice to create a dense spectrum of harmonies and relishes the ridiculousness of the track's infectious refrain, "Baby bend over / Let your booty do that yoga." The sentiment certainly fits the track's sparse, trap-heavy production, over which Jidenna breezily muses in a sing-song voice, "She did that yoga / Looking for my loafers man, I woke up in a toga."

"Yoga" marks the first new music from Monae since the 2013 release of her second album, The Electric Lady. The five-track Eephus EP is scheduled to arrive this summer, and will feature songs from Monae, Jidenna and other members of the Wondaland roster, including Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty and Deep Cotton. Previously, Jidenna and GianArthur teamed up for the latter's single "Classic Man," which will appear on the Eephus.

The Eephus marks Wondaland's first project after striking a deal with L.A. Reid and Epic Records earlier this year after being courted by numerous major labels, as Billboard reported. "It's not just one type of artist, but there's a connective tissue," Mikael Moore — Monae's manager and official head of Wondaland — said of the tight-knit group. "It's about the collective rather than individuals — Janelle is the proprietor, but they're partners with her."

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