Spotlight: Laura Marling's 'New Romantic' Video

In discussing Ryan Adams' collaboration with 21 year old singer/songwriter, Laura Marling, we couldn't help but spotlight one of Marling's best-known songs.

Entitled "New Romantic," it's a song that namedrops 'Ryan Adams' in its lyrics, but also starts with a catchy, upbeat tempo that mellows into a beautiful love song. The slower the song, the more Laura Marling sounds like Joan Baez, and that's always a good thing.


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Ryan Adams' 'Ashes & Fire' Draws Inspiration from UK's Laura Marling

Enjoying commerical success not seen since "Easy Tiger," Ryan Adams' top-ten album, "Ashes & Fire" has garnered rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Guadian, and the Los Angeles Times. Yet for a masterwork that seems to strike at the heart of Ryan Adams' alt-country roots, it seems suprising, shocking even, that had it not been for 21 year old folk-singing phenom, Laura Marling, "Ashes & Fire" may have never been produced.

Born February 1990 in Eversley, Hampshire, Laura Marling came out of the London folk scene alongside Mumford & Sons and Johnny Flynn. A former member of UK musical group Noah and the Whale, Marling released her first solo record in 2008, entitled "Alas I Cannot Swim." A fan of Ryan Adams (who had even dropped his name in her single, "New Romantic"), Ryan returned the favor in 2011 by drawing on Marling for precious inspiration while working on his latest album.

In an interview for Live from Abbey Road, Ryan explains. "I actually threw out the record I was writing, and rewrote my record based on [Marling's] album because I thought to myself, 'Somebody's actually taking this very seriously. I should probably take this seriously!'"

Earning Ryan his best debut on the UK charts ever, "Ashes & Fire" has led to a further collaboration between the two artists. The pair came together in November 2011 to perform one of Ryan's best-known songs, "Oh My Sweet Carolina," for Live from Abbey Road.


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Mandy Moore feat. on "Ashes & Fire" by Ryan Adams

"Ashes & Fire" is not only a sensational album, it's also a family affair, with backup vocals for "Come Home" sung by Mandy Moore.

Like much of the heartfelt album, "Come Home" is a geniune reflection on love as only Ryan Adams can tell it. Sacrifice, loyalty, and love, echo throughout the heartfelt lyrics which read in part: "You built this home//This house is strong//You raised it with your love//A shelter from the winds//From the cold and dark."

"Come Home" incidentally, is Ryan's second track to be released this year with backup vocals by Mandy Moore. In June 2011, Ryan released the standalone single, "Empty Room."

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5 Gift Ideas for Mandy Moore & Ryan Adams Fans!

MandyMoore5GiftIdeasIt's that time of year again for yuletide carols and stocking stuffers, and if you happen to be shopping for that special Mandy Moore or Ryan Adams fan in your life, you're in luck! is excited to present our inaugural 5 Gift Ideas for Mandy Moore & Ryan Adams Fans!

5. A well-known advocate in the field of global health and climate change, Mandy Moore's philanthropic journey has taken her from the Darfur region of Southern Sudan to here at home on Capitol Hill. Ryan Adams's vocal support of funding for the arts and AIDS research, meanwhile, has benefited Vh1's Save the Music, and New York's famous Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.  Together Mandy and Ryan are two of Tinseltown's most influential social activists. This year, give the gift of social activism by donating in the name of your very own Mandy Moore or Ryan Adams fan. It will make you and your loved one feel good, and you can bet its at the top of Mandy and Ryan's wishlist!

4. In the beginning of 2010, celebrated the release of Neal Casel's photographic tribute to Ryan Adams and the Cardinals entitled "Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows." Nearly two years later, it remains one of the defining photographic collections featuring the band known for hits ranging from "Let It Ride," "Cold Roses," and "Dear John." Best of all, it's the perfect gift for Ryan Adams fans and rock enthusiasts alike!

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Mandy Moore Won 'Tangled' Role Over Rachel Bilson


Rachel Bilson reveals in the November 2011 edition of Nylon Magazine that she auditioned to play Rapunzel in the 2010 Disney classic, "Tangled!"

"I sang 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen and I went in before Mandy Moore!" notes the "Hart of Dixie" star. "I was totally mortified. It was just me, her, and her husband, Ryan Adams, who is an amazing musician. I was like 'Hi!' 'You can really sing!' I felt like such an a**."

All's well that ends well, we think!

In other news, we were thrilled to hear about a pair of well-deserved Grammy nominations for "Tangled," recently! Announced December 1st, 2011 for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the nominations include Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media ("Tangled Soundtrack") and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("I See The Light").

Interestingly, in the soundtrack category, "Tangled" goes up against another pop culture titan in "Glee: The Music, Volume 4." In the meantime, check out this amazing compilation video featuring "I See The Light!"

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Ryan Adams Releases Winter '11/12 Tour Dates!

RyanAdams_Newalbum2011_Ashes&FireGrammy Award-nominated rocker and hubby of Mandy Moore, Ryan Adams has formally announced tour dates for his critically acclaimed 2011 album, Ashes & Fire!

Kicking off in Philadelphia, PA for a date at the Academy of Music on December 2nd, 2011, Adams crisscrosses the Eastern seaboard for performances at New York's Carnegie Hall and Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre before heading West for shows in Cleveland, St. Louis, Denver, and overseas for shows in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melborne, Australia. 

Adams third album in little more than a year, Ashes & Fire is a "return to instinctive Adams songwriting," effuses Ally Carnwath of The Guardian in an recent review. "Gentle dewy-eyed country and soulful pop...there's pleasure in such smooth, elegantly crafted songs." 

Ryan Adams 2011-2012 Tour Dates:

12/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
12/06 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
12/08 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/10 – Toronto, ON @ Winter Garden Theatre
12/11 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Place
12/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
01/24 – Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore
01/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
01/27 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor Folk Festival)
01/30 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
01/31 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
02/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Music Hall
02/03 – Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
02/25 – Perth, AU @ Perth Concert Hall
02/28 – Sdyney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
03/01 – Brisbane, AU @ Qpac Concert Hall
03/03 – Melbourne, AU @ Regent Theatre

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Mandy Moore Dazzles at Oscars 2011!


Bedazzling fans on Hollywood's biggest and brightest stage, Mandy Moore rocked the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Sunday night.

Oscar himself had to be impressed by Mandy's red carpet stunner by noted designer Monique Lhuillier. Effortless yet exquisite, Mandy's pale jewel-encrusted gown caught even the most vocal commentators off-guard with a fitted-aesthetic that one critic described as "hand-dipped."

A featured performer on Awards night, Mandy followed one show-stopper with yet another as she donned a Lhuillier-designed, floral-inspired blue strapless gown for a rendition of "I See the Light" with her "Tangled" co-star, Zachary Levi

An immense honor for the 26 year old starlet, Mandy's performance also celebrated a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Disney's landmark 50th animated feature film, "Tangled," released November 2010.  

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Mandy Moore in Disney's Tangled Hits Theaters Today!

Tangled-poster-tangled-16533922-550-816 Mandy Moore fans rejoice, Tangled hits theaters today!

An adaption of the popular German fairytale made famous by the Brothers Grimm, Tangled tells the story of Rapunzel, a beautiful young woman forced to spend her entire life imprisoned in a solitary tower. Aided by her long, flowing locks of long blonde hair, Rapunzel's life is suddenly transformed by a chance meeting with a brash young bandit.

Voiced by the gorgeous Mandy Moore, Rapunzel is a memorable new princess. "[Rapunzel] is definitely the quintessential sassy, young Disney heroine," says Mandy. "She's a bit of a spitfire too, and a very curious young woman. She's really curious about the world she's never really seen, and she's coming into her own."

Set to music by the same songwriter responsible for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, Tangled also benefits from a royal pedigree of sorts."In the case of [the film], I think the name Disney on it makes all the difference. It gives permission to the fact that it is a musical," notes the iconic Alan Menken. "A lot of what I've done has a rock edge...[but] Tangled is my most pop-oriented."

Ironically, Rapunzel may join Disney's elite cast of royalty not for her tresses, but for her more intrinsic qualities. "She's not a victim, she's not naive," not Mandy. "She's open and warm, engaged, spirited and ready to embrace the unknown -- whatever comes her way. I love that."

We love it too. Catch Tangled in 2D and 3D opening today, November 24th, 2010 at theaters nationwide! 

MM Bloggers Launches Mandy Moore's Monthly Wrap-Up: March!

As we look forward to the beginning of a new month, is proud to introduce MandyMoore_RyanAdamsAnniversaryour newest feature, Mandy Moore's Monthly Wrap-Up!

March started off with a celebration as Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on March 10th. Exchanging their vows at a small country church in Savannah, Georgia, the couple's impromptu nuptials allowed them some much-needed privacy. Wedding planner Chad Baker shares his observations

On March 16, Mandy renewed ties with Coach as "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week" appeared on Coach's latest ad for its Spring 2010 footwear. Coincidence? Not likely. Just ten MandyMoore_WorldWaterDaydays later, Mandy lent her voice to Coach's Poppy Collection. Stay tuned on this one...

On March 23nd, Mandy Moore joined Senator John Kerry, U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jim McGovern, Alexandra Cousteau, Population Services International and students from Oyster-Adams Bilingual School on Capitol Hill for World Water Day. Along the way, Mandy spoke before lawmakers and assisted in a record-setting attempt to form the world's longest toilet queue. Don't miss some extensive coverage on this story...

On March 1st, fans of Mandy Moore were treated to a sneak MandyMoore_CervicalCancerpeek of Disney's Tangled! Focusing mainly on Rapunzel and her would-be suitor, Flynn, played by Zachary Levi, the preview sheds new light on what could be a real swashbuckler! Interestingly enough, a more extensive-yet-unfinished preview was leaked to OhNoTheyDidn't on March 20th. 

On March 6th, Mandy Moore signed on with GlaxoSmithKline for the launch of the pharmco's splashy new website,! GSK's first venture with Mandy outside of a recent partnership with the Gynecological Cancer Foundation, the move was further cemented with a series of national TV commercials on March 14th. This one seems to be ongoing...

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