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Dolly Parton explains her new gospel cover of Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands on Me' (you read that right!)

Dolly Parton releases her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, on May 13, and one song on the track list might surprise you: a cover of Bon Jovi’s 1988 hit “Lay Your Hands on Me.”

“I always loved the song, but the first time I heard it — because I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where people believed in healing hands and laying your hands on someone — I just thought, “Wow, that would make a fantastic gospel song,” Parton tells EW.

Still, she knew the sexualized lyrics would need a bit of an overhaul. “You can’t take liberties with people’s song without running it by them, so I contacted Jon and Richie Sambora, who wrote the song together, and asked them, ‘I would love to do this as a gospel song, would y’all help me put that together?’ They were all for it, and everybody threw in their little ideas, and I threw in mine,” she says. READ FULL STORY

Bon Jovi has year's top-grossing global tour

Bon Jovi not only has the year’s top tour, but the rock band has achieved a career high.

The New Jersey-based act’s worldwide tour grossed $259.5 million this year, topping Pollstar’s annual top 20 list and setting a record for the band itself.

Beyoncé is second with $188.6 million. She ended her tour last week in Brooklyn. Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen round out the top five.

The global concert business scored a record year with the top 20 tours, earning $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. It generated $1.96 billion last year.

The top 20 list also included Taylor Swift, Elton John, Rihanna, Depeche Mode and One Direction. The Rolling Stones’ comeback tour ranked twelfth, a notch under Paul McCartney.

Richie Sambora takes leave from Bon Jovi tour, band cites 'personal issues'

Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band’s Because We Can tour.

The band, on its website, cited “personal issues.” The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given.

Hours before the announcement late Tuesday, Sambora tweeted that he was “Watching more of the ‘Every Road Leads Home To You’ cover videos.” That was a reference to a fan contest promoting a song on his solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown.

The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab.

Bon Jovi is slated to perform in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday and the current leg of the tour is scheduled to end April 25 in San Jose, Calif.

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Bon Jovi tops albums chart, David Bowie takes second place on Billboard 200

“Where are we now?” David Bowie asked on his new album. According to the charts, the answer is “right behind Jon Bon Jovi.”

The New Jersey rockers’ What About Now has won the week in album sales, making it the group’s third straight album (and fifth overall) to top the Billboard 200. The record sold 101,000 in its debut week, Nielsen SoundScan reports. This marks Bon Jovi’s 12th trip to that chart’s top ten.

This leaves David Bowie’s much-heralded comeback album The Next Day – hist first since 2003’s Reality – to come in at No. 2, with 85,000 units moved. The upside, though, is that that number is Bowie’s best sales week since the SoundScan era began in 1991.

Last week’s champ, Luke Bryan’s Spring Break… Here to Party, fell to No. 3, experiencing a 59% decline with 61,000 in sales. The chart’s next spot, however, was here to pray, not party: the Christian album Passion: Let the Future Begin bowed at No. 4, with 48,000 in sales.

Rounding out the top five was Bruno Mars, whose sophomore effort Unorthodox Jukebox dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, with 43,000 in sales. That’s a 17% drop from the previous week, but still enough to beat out Mindless Behavior’s All Around the World, which debuted this week at No. 6.


Rolling Stones join Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

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It’s official: the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden is the most rockin’ relief effort since Live Aid.

The Rolling Stones announced on Twitter that they’ll be performing at the event on Dec. 12, adding their names to an already-stacked lineup that includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, and Roger Waters. And The Who. And Paul McCartney. And Kanye.


Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl confirmed for Hurricane Sandy benefit

The list of performers donating their time and effort to the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger.

The high-profile event, organized by Clear Channel and set for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden, already boasted the likes of Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Now they’ve officially confirmed the addition of Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the full Bon Jovi roster. (Jon Bon Jovi himself had already been slated, but now the New Jersey native will have his band with him.) READ FULL STORY

Drug charges dropped against Jon Bon Jovi's daughter

Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, a central New York prosecutor said Thursday.

Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students. Under state law, someone having a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim can’t be prosecuted for having a small amount of heroin or any amount of marijuana. READ FULL STORY

iHeartRadio fest lineup announced: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and more

Want to see a wide array of FM hitmakers in one place? Then Clear Channel has your back.

The broadcasting giant has announced the lineup to its annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, scheduled to take play Sept. 21-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The artists on the lineup come from a broad array of genres, and most of them are heavy-hitters: Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, and Shakira are all on the ticket so far.

Other scheduled performers include: Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, No Doubt, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, and Calvin Harris.


Jon Bon Jovi death-hoax starter says he did it because he was 'irritated' at JBJ's lack of musical focus, admits he was wrong

On December 19, the Internet was set ablaze with shocking news: Rocker, actor, philanthropist, and arena-football enthusiast Jon Bon Jovi had suddenly died! What began as a suggestion on Twitter quickly escalated into a huge story, as reporters and well-wishers gathered around the hospital where Bon Jovi had supposedly lost his grip on life.

But just as quickly, the news was outed as a hoax, and Bon Jovi himself cheekily posted a new photograph of himself on Facebook, very much alive, holding a sign that read, “Heaven looks an awful lot like New Jersey.”

Now the originator of the hoax is facing a tremendous backlash from fans. In a conversation with the Asbury Park Press, Jeffery Goho noted that he tweeted about Bon Jovi’s death out of frustration that the singer had spent so much time away from the band pursuing other interests. READ FULL STORY

Jon Bon Jovi: Dead... or alive? (Hint: It was a hoax)

Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Yesterday, 49-year-old rocker Jon Bon Jovi was the latest casualty of Internet rumors claiming he had died of a massive heart attack. Before fans could indulge in too much gnashing of teeth or plan an epic 21-can Aquanet salute synced to “Blaze of Glory,” Bon Jovi himself took to Facebook and Twitter to set the record straight with a cheeky pic (right) of himself holding a sign that read “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey Dec. 19, 2011 6:00.” READ FULL STORY

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