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“Idol” Alum Kellie Pickler, Semi Precious Weapons’ Justin Tranter Team for Tune

September 3rd, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage(Pickler), Coppola/FilmMagic(Tranter) Here’s something for the “unconventional collaborations” files: American Idol country sweetheart Kellie Pickler has found a new partner in crime in fiercely flamboyant glam rocker Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons. The pair met at New York’s Bryant Park last February, hit it off and stayed in touch. “We just clicked instantly, probably because we look like gorgeous blonde twins, both wearing 5-inch heels separated at birth and raised on different planets,” Tranter ...

Dallas Austin on Michael Jackson’s Lesser-Known Work: His Paintings

August 21st, 2009
Photo: Diamond/Getty Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite will be available digitally on September 1st, a month before the album — featuring reworked versions of the King of Pop’s songs by the Neptunes, Stargate and more — hits stores on October 27th. Producer Dallas Austin tells Rolling Stone he recently finished up work on his contribution to the LP, “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” and the experience was priceless: “To hear some of his vocals that ...

Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins Talks “Ursa Major,” Fierce Fans

August 11th, 2009
Photo:Wargo/WireImage A surprising thing has started happening at Third Eye Blind gigs as the band preps for the release of its first album in six years, Ursa Major (due August 18th). Hordes of young fans have been flooding the shows, singing along to every note of songs from the band’s earlier days. “That kind of freaked me about because we had our 10th anniversary show and everyone in the audience were like 15 to 25 year ...