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Friday
Jul192019

The Beyoncé-curated 'The Lion King' companion album, 'The Gift,' has arrived

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It's the circle of life. Fresh on the heels of the release of Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King, the Beyoncé-curated soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift has also arrived. 

The 14-track album is stacked with star-studded features from the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack and more. The album also includes contributions from global stars Tekno, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, SAINt JHN, Wiz Kid, Tiwa Savage and Shatta Wale.

Described by Bey as a "love letter to Africa," the effort serves as a companion to the film, as well as an ode to the African motherland. 

"I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa," Beyoncé told Robin Roberts on Tuesday's The Lion King: Can you Feel the Love Tonight special, adding that the production consists of "a lot" of drums and "incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America."

In addition to executiveproducing the album, Bey's featured on several songs: the opening track, "Bigger"; "The Nile," featuring Lamar; “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”; "Mood 4 Eva," with JAY-Z and Gambino; as well as  "Otherside," "Water," "Already" and the previously released "Spirit."

Meanwhile, the track "Brown Skin Girl" features an appearance from Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

"We've kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your mind," Bey explained. "The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film."

The Lion King: The Gift is now available from all the usual outlets.

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Friday
Jul192019

Sam Smith asks "How Do You Sleep?" in new single & video

Capitol RecordsAs promised in a series of cryptic social media posts over the past two weeks, Sam Smith late Thursday night released his new single, "How Do You Sleep?," and a video to go with it.

The mid-tempo ballad has Sam calling out a lover for being untruthful to him.

"Baby, how do you sleep when you lie to me?/All that shame and all that danger/I’m hoping that my love will keep you up tonight," Sam sings in the chorus.

The video opens with a pensive-looking Sam sitting listless and alone in a video studio, before he's literally dragged off of the set.  But he comes to life as the music starts and ten male dancers surround him, moving to the music -- Sam even busts out some sultry moves himself.  The video ends with him embraced by the dancers as he pointedly wipes away a tear, as if he's over the drama.

“This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free," Sam says in a statement.  "More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x.”

"How Do You Sleep?" was co-written by Sam with famed songwriter/producer Max Martin, as well as frequent Ariana Grande collaborator Savon Kotecha and songwriter/producer ILYA, who's worked on hits like Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" and Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."

It's not clear if this song is a stand-alone, or a release from a forthcoming album. Sam's last album, The Thrill of It All, came out in 2017. His most recent single is his current hit "Dancing with a Stranger," a duet with Normani.

"How Do You Sleep?" is available now from all the usual digital outlets.

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Friday
Jul192019

Russell Dickerson loves "Every Little Thing" about being on the Very Hot Summer Tour with BFF Thomas Rhett

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Thomas Rhett is much more than Russell Dickerson's boss on the Very Hot Summer Tour: he's also his best friend.

For the "Yours" hitmaker, that's a best-case scenario.

"It's been amazing," Russell tells ABC Radio. "We've hung out, you know, even in the madness of the touring."

"You know, I finally have people helping me out on the road, so I can hang," he goes on. "And so it's just great to be able to hang with such a great friend on the road."

Russell admits he's particularly blown away by TR's new material on his autobiographical Center Point Road album.

"Oh my gosh. That's the thing about being such good friends with him," he says. "I'm so proud of him for being one-hundred percent himself, and open and real and vulnerable about, you know, how he was raised, and not trying to follow anything except just being himself."

No doubt Thomas Rhett is equally impressed by the growth of Russell's career, as he follows two number-ones with his latest top-twenty hit, "Every Little Thing."

"It just keeps getting better and better," Russell reflects. "Because for so long, I had to teach people the songs. You know, like even in 'Blue Tacoma,' we started the whole song, I was like, 'It goes like this. Blue Tacoma, California, whatever.' And they're like, 'Okay!'"

"And then now," Russell points out, "as soon as we hit the downbeat, it's just like, you know, they know it. And that's what I've dreamed of more than anything else is being onstage and hearing these big crowds sing my songs that I wrote."

Friday night, TR, Russell, and Dustin Lynch play Darien Center, New York, before heading for Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

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Friday
Jul192019

Blondie's Debbie Harry looking forward to "a great tour" with Elvis Costello

Courtesy of Live NationTwo legendary artists who emerged from the 1970s punk and new wave scene, Blondie and Elvis Costello, kick off a U.S. co-headlining tour this Saturday, July 20, in Bethel, New York. The 13-date trek is mapped out through an August 10 concert in the Seattle area.

At a recent red carpet event in New York City, Blondie singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein told ABC Radio that they were looking forward to hitting the road with Costello, who they've known since back in the day.

"We're sort of contemporaries, and love many, many of his songs," Harry said. "And he's a terrific entertainer. I think it's gonna be a great tour."

Added Stein, "He's a nice guy. He's very optimistic, like we are."

Stein also reflected on the fact that his band and Elvis enjoyed their initial success around the same time.

"It was all kind of happening simultaneously, and that kind of motivated everybody," Chris maintained. "All the bands that came out in that era of the mid-'70s…kind of lifted each other up in a lot of different ways, inspirationally and…business-wise…It created a movement, let's say. [And Costello] was a part of it."

Debbie also noted that Blondie and Elvis emerged from parallel scenes in New York City and London, respectively, adding that "it was a great period for music."

On the new tour, Costello will be accompanied by his longtime backing group The Imposters, which features two-thirds of his old band The Attractions -- keyboardist Steve Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas.

After the joint trek ends, Costello and The Imposters will launch a fall U.S. headlining tour on October 23 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Here are all of Blondie and Costello's joint tour dates:

7/20 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/21 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/23 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/24 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/26 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem
7/27 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Theater at The Palms
8/2 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Summit
8/4 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/7 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
8/10 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

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Friday
Jul192019

Master of Puzzles: Metallica artwork jigsaws arriving in September

ABC/Randy HolmesYou'll soon be able to recreate iconic Metallica album covers one piece at a time.

The U.K. company Zee Productions is releasing four new jigsaw puzzles depicting the covers of Metallica's first four records: Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All.

Each of the puzzles consists of 500 pieces, and will be released September 20. For more info, visit ZeeProductions.co.uk.

If you're looking for more kid-friendly Metallica activities, the metal legends are releasing The ABCs of Metallica, a rhyming, illustrated children's book, on November 26.

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Friday
Jul192019

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You'll be able to stream or download Jon Pardi's new Heartache Medication track, "Me and Jack," on Friday. 

Kacey Musgraves plays Today's Citi Concert Series on NBC Friday morning, while piano man Phil Vassar will be on Fox & Friends on Fox News.

Midland's new video for the Let it Roll track "Put the Hurt on Me" is set to premiere Friday on YouTube.

If you missed newcomer Ingrid Andress doing her debut single, "More Hearts Than Mine," on the Today show, you can check out her performance online.

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Friday
Jul192019

In new video, Billy Joel reveals favorite song to play, most meaningful lyric, craziest thing that's happened to him onstage 

Miller Mobley for BillboardBilly Joel currently graces the cover of Billboard magazine. Now, in a video for the publication, he reveals his most meaningful lyric, the song he has to play every time, the artist he'd most like to jam with and the craziest thing that's ever happened to him onstage -- and the answers may surprise you.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells Billboard that his favorite song to play in concert is "You May Be Right," but what he considers to be his most meaningful lyric tends to change.

"That's tough. I wrote the lyrics to all of my songs, so they all mean a lot to me, 'cause they were all a pain in the a** to write!" he jokes. "Depends on what day it is. Today I would probably say 'Summer, Highland Falls.' Tomorrow, it'll probably be something different.

"Summer, Highland Falls," from Billy's 1976 album Turnstiles, was never a single, but it's a huge fan favorite.

As for which song he'd can't leave the stage without playing, well, it's obvious.

"Duh!" notes Billy. "It's 'Piano Man!' We can't do a show without doing that song."

Billy, who's had legends like Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler join him onstage over the years, says the one artist he'd really like to bring onstage with him is no longer with us.

"I would probably bring Jimi Hendrix onstage and just sit back and shut the f**k up," he snarks.

Asked what album he'd like to play live in concert, he chooses The Beatles' 1965 classic Rubber Soul, adding, "I dunno how much piano they have but I'll figure something out."

Finally, asked to name the craziest thing that's happened to him onstage, Billy cracks, "People just keep coming to see me! Which is insane!"

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Friday
Jul192019

"Forgive Me Friend" duo Smith & Thell debuts new single, "Hotel Walls"

Credit: Shervin LainezFollowing their breakthrough single "Forgive Me Friend," Sweden's Smith & Thell have debuted a new song called "Hotel Walls."

"'Hotel Walls' is a metaphor for life," says vocalist Maria Jane Smith, who makes up the duo along with producer Victor Thell

"You check in; You check out," she adds. "Everything on earth is rented, but while we're here, we should celebrate life, rather than fearing the inevitable death."

Like "Forgive Me Friend," "Hotel Walls" combines sounds from a variety of different genres, including folk and pop.

"We're not scared to combine different elements," Smith tells ABC Radio.

"Forgive Me Friend" peaked in the top 25 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, and gave Smith & Thell -- who started off as songwriters for others in Sweden before striking out as their own artists -- their first real success in the U.S.

"It means the world," Smith says of the response to "Forgive Me Friend." "We've always wanted to make it at artists. It's been a long run as songwriters, and we're just so thankful that it's finally happening."

In addition to "Hotel Walls," you can expect more Smith & Thell music to arrive soon, as the band has been working on a new album.

"I think we're very confident in what we want to do, now," Smith says. "Before when we wrote music, it took a little bit more time for us to write. But now...it goes very quick, we really know what we want to do."

"I think that Smith & Thell fans are going to be very pleased with the new album," she laughs.

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Friday
Jul192019

Sabrina Carpenter says "Singular: Act II" is a "pulled-apart version" of "Act I"

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboAfter releasing her Singular: Act I album last year, Sabrina Carpenter is ready for Act II. Her second installment in the Singular series is out today.

While the first collection of songs exuded confidence, the singer tells ABC Radio this time around she’s showing a more vulnerable side.

“I see Act II as kind of like a pulled apart version of Act I,” she says. “It's a little less precise and a little less perfect.”

She adds, “I think we have those moments where we feel really confident and everything is put together and we feel on top of the world, and we have moments where we don't feel as much of that. But at the end of the day…we can always get back to that place and that state of mind.”

Act II features Sabrina’s latest release, a danceable track about anxiety called “In My Bed,” and the emotionally raw “Exhale.” She says being more open about her feelings in these songs was a way of repaying the fans who have been so open with her.

But she’s having fun, too – as evidenced by the quirky “In My Bed” video, in which she sports a set of googly eyes.

“At first I was like, ‘Well I just hope this doesn't look like a bad Snapchat filter,’” she says of her video look. “And it turns out it does…but it works. You know, it looks like just enough of a bad Snapchat filter that it's mesmerizing.”

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Thursday
Jul182019

The Struts rock the suburbs in "Dancing in the Street" 

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboThe Struts have premiered the video for their cover of "Dancing in the Street," which you can watch now on YouTube.

The clip certainly lives up to the track's name, and finds the English rockers bringing the boogie to a suburban neighborhood, whose residents are more than happy to join in on the fun.

"Our take on 'Dancing in the Street' was about bringing in the best elements of all the versions that already exist,” says frontman Luke Spiller of the oft-covered Motown classic by Martha & the Vandellas, which has also been recorded by Van Halen and as a duet between Mick Jagger and David Bowie

"It's got soul and feels great to play live," he adds. "It really gets people moving -- and dancing, of course. I hope everyone else enjoys it." 

The Struts recorded "Dancing in the Street" for a new Dodge commercial, airing now.

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Thursday
Jul182019

"Once Were Brothers," new documentary about Robbie Robertson and The Band, to open 2019 Toronto Film Festival

Courtesy of TIFF/ Photo by Elliott LandyThe recently announced documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will get its world premiere at a gala celebrating the opening of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

The movie was inspired by Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir, Testimony, and focuses on the Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist's life and his work with the influential roots-rock group The Band.

The film will feature rare archival footage and photos, as well as new interviews with Robertson and some of his famous friends and collaborators, like Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Ronnie Hawkins and director Martin Scorsese.

"This is one of Toronto's great stories of a hometown hero," says festival's artistic director and co-head, Cameron Bailey.

"From his early years in this city, to the inspiration he took from life on the Six Nations reserve, to the impact he's had on generations of music lovers, Robertson emerges in [director Daniel] Roher's film as a truly Canadian-made superstar."

Scorsese is one of the film's executive producers, as are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the duo behind the 2017 Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years.

Once Were Brothers is the first-ever Canadian-made movie to open the Toronto International Film Festival. The event runs through September 15.

To purchase ticket packages for the festival, visit TIFF.net/festival.

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Thursday
Jul182019

YG's home raided in Los Angeles by authorities following police-involved shooting

ABC/Randy HolmesYG's Los Angeles home was raided by authorities on Thursday morning in connection with a police-involved shooting in Compton earlier this month, ABC News has learned. 

The rapper, born Keenon Jackson, has not been implicated in the shooting but several people were detained at the Hollywood Hills home, though none had been arrested, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has confirmed. 

The search is the result of a Cadillac Escalade, a company car registered to YG, being involved in a shootout with police in Compton on July 3, officials tell ABC. The incident resulted in the death of one bystander as well as one officer being shot during the pursuit. 

"We are awaiting the finalized coroner’s report before we can say for sure regarding the fatal shot," a detective told ABC News. "We don’t want to speak too soon because things sometimes change."

YG, however, maintains his innocence in the matter. 

"I was nowhere near the scene of this incident, I was in Hollywood recording in the studio all day," the "Go Loko" rapper tweeted on July 5. 

He added: "I was there until after midnight on the 4th of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened!"

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau will not be commenting further regarding YG or the vehicle, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation. 

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Thursday
Jul182019

It's not what you think, but Justin Moore's mother inspired "Why We Drink"

The Valory Music Co. What could be more country than a drinking song inspired by your mama?

That’s exactly the case with Justin Moore’s new track, “Why We Drink.” But the Arkansas native would be quick to point out the idea came from something his mom said at dinner -- not something she did.

“I ordered a drink, and then I ordered three, four more,” Justin tells Access. “And my mom goes, ‘Why do you drink so much?’”

“And I go, ‘Hell, I don’t know why I drink so much!’” he recalls. “I like drinking. If my team wins, I drink to celebrate. If my team loses, I drink ’cause I’m bummed out. If a certain song comes on, I drink.”

“So I had this idea to write a song called ‘Why We Drink,’” he explains. “So, in a roundabout way, my mom gave me the idea.”

“Why We Drink” will be available to stream or download at midnight ET, or you can sample it now via Access.

It’s one of the tracks from Justin’s new album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which comes out July 26. Its lead single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is currently in country’s top ten.

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Thursday
Jul182019

Kenya Barris to bring sketch comedy series 'Astronomy Club' to Netflix

ABC/Rick RowellKenya Barris is ready to try his lhand at sketch comedy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered Barris' series Astronomy Club, which features the New York-based sketch comedy and improv group of the same name. 

The series, which will be Barris' second project under his overall deal at Netflix, will feature sketches that "use comedy to discuss complex and nuanced real-world topics," including pop culture, social issues and the black experience in America.

The Astronomy Club was created in 2013 and billed as the first all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Its members include Shawtane BowenJonathan BraylockRay CordovaJames IIICaroline MartinJerah MilliganMonique Moses and Keisha Zollar. The entire group is expected to star in the series.

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Thursday
Jul182019

See Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, hear Jennifer Hudson sing "Memory" in new "CATS" trailer 

Universal Pictures"I am a cat now and somehow that was everything."

That's what Taylor Swift wrote as a caption as she posted the first official trailer for her new movie CATS on Instagram.  It's also posted on Twitter and YouTube.

The trailer, which runs more than two minutes, gives us the first look at Taylor in character as Bombalurina: We see her lying in a hammock, sprinkling catnip from a sequined canister.

We also see Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden and Rebel Wilson all digitally covered in fur, yet still recognizable, dancing and doing cat-like things in London, which seems enormous because everything is seen from a cat's point of view. 

Jennifer Hudson, as Grizabella, belts out the movie's best-known number, "Memory.

Based on the wildly popular musical of the same name, CATS follows a group of "Jellicle cats," who vie to be selected by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to travel to the "Heaviside layer" to start a new life. 

CATS hits movie theaters December 20.

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Thursday
Jul182019

Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day: Diddy and MTV should also bring back the original 'Making the Band' groups

Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesWhile the Internet is still buzzing about the news that MTV is bringing back Making the BandDanity Kane member Aubrey O'Day has a message for Diddy

In a recent interview with The Blast, the singer-turned-reality star offered up a few creative suggestions for the network's revival of the talent competition series, which launched Danity Kane, O-TownDay 26and Donnie Klang.

"You know, I’m happy when any new artist gets an opportunity to shine and to develop, but I do think that MTV needs to bring back, along with Making the Band, a Danity Kane show with our family that we created on the network with Day26 [and] Donnie Klang," O'Day told The Blast.

She added, "We won’t stop until we get it."

The vocalist appeared on the series from 2005-2006, as part of Danity Kane, which also included Dawn RichardsShannon BexWanita "D. Woods" Woodgett and Aundrea Fimbres.

The group scored two number one albums and two top-10 singles: "Show Stopper" and "Damaged." In 2008, Woodgett left the group; Fimbres left in 2014. 

"I think it would be really interested to see Diddy repair what he broke on national television," O'Day continued, insinuating that the hip-hop mogul is the one who caused Danity Kane to split.

"And, I think it would be really interesting for him to show the world that he can come full circle with redemption with all of us."

Danity Kane has since seen a revival of its own with O'Day, Richards and Bex in the lineup. The ladies are currently on tour and recently gifted fans with their newest effort "Neon Lights."

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Thursday
Jul182019

Miranda Lambert's new album is coming like a "Locomotive" and "should be out by fall"

ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert not only released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” on Thursday, she also made good on her promise that a little something extra was coming: She also dropped “Locomotive”, the rock-influenced tune she debuted last month at CMA Fest.

Nearly three years since the release of her last album, Miranda is anxious to put out new music, revealing the full “record should be out by fall.”

“I’m very ready,” she tells Billboard. “Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”

Miranda says her new single “definitely has the attitude and tone of the record,” which is “a little more upbeat than The Weight of These Wings.”

“My last record went through a lot of the trials and tribulations I had been going through personally, and I feel like I’m kind of over the hump,” she admits.

Miranda went on to reveal she’ll be “putting more songs out as soon as possible,” and the new collection contains a “collaboration with a friend.”

And if you enjoyed the shirtless video the newlywed posted of her husband on Wednesday, Miranda teases she’ll probably share more of the New York City policeman, since she has more to promote.

“I do have a tendency to creep on him when he’s doing house chores shirtless," she confesses. “I creep on him doing all kind of things: moving, laundry, dishes.”

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Thursday
Jul182019

Steph Curry defends wife Ayesha after online trolls mock her Milly Rock

ABC/Randy HolmesAyesha Curry can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the online trolls. After dancing at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves.

Thankfully her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and shut down the haters disrespecting his wife.

"Slow news day I see huh?" he said in an Instagram story.

Then he dropped the hammer.

"Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening," he said.

While Ayesha didn't need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and joked right back with her husband.

"I hate you," she wrote, while Curry continued to dance in the car.

Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California.

As previously mentioned, Ayesha can certainly handle her own. The author, restaurateur and mother opened up about being married to an NBA superstar and this woman does not play.

"Ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting," she said.

"I honestly hate it," she added.

"Stephen is very nice by nature," Ayesha continued. "Everything is always very friendly, sometimes to the point where, I'm a grown woman, so, I'll just insert myself and be like, 'Hello, how are you doing?'"

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Thursday
Jul182019

Robert Plant collects decades-old debt from famous UK music agent at honorary degree ceremony

Courtesy of University of ExeterRobert Plant was at the U.K.'s University of Exeter this week for the presentation of an honorary degree to his old friend, famous British music agent Rod MacSween.

During the ceremony, MacSween settled a long overdue eight-pound debt he owed Plant for a concert he booked Robert to play decades ago. As he was receiving his degree, MacSween offered the Led Zeppelin legend a 10-pound note, which the singer came up on the stage to collect.

Plant then joked that the payment wasn't enough, before telling his pal that it'd been "great sharing my adventures with you."

MacSween studied chemistry and statistics at the University of Exeter, which is where he got his first experience working with music artists: He served as social secretary of the Students' Guild in 1969. Among the acts he booked while at Exeter were Pink Floyd and Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin group, Band of Joy.

After he graduated, MacSween worked at a number of major booking agencies before founding his own, ITB, in 1976. Among the many music stars he's gone on to represent: Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, KISS, Pearl Jam, Scorpions, Tool and The Who.

Discussing his achievements at the ceremony, MacSween said, "My work as an international music agent has brought me in contact with celebrated musicians and legendary bands, many of who I was in contact with early in my career."

"Nourished by fierce loyalty and mutual trust these relationships have endured through the decades and I am deeply proud to represent some of the greatest musicians and artists in the world," he added. "I love the music and I love working with the artists I represent, they have become like family."

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Thursday
Jul182019

Lil Baby and DaBaby connect on new aptly titled single “Baby"

Quality Control Music Group/Capitol RecordsOver the past year, hip-hop has experienced an overwhelming surge of artists with the word "baby" in their names, both Lil Baby and DaBaby have connected on wax to gift fans with their aptly titled new single, "Baby."

Over the Wheezy production, the Southern lyricists comb over an array of topics mainly pertaining to their flashy jewels and their sexual magnetism. The only thing missing is a verse from rap mogul Birdman aka Baby, which would have created the ultimate trifecta. 

The track is lifted from Quality Control's forthcoming compilation album Control The Streets Volume 2, due to arrive on August 16. The effort marks DaBaby and Lil Baby's second collaboration, following their high-energy “Today” remix released last year.

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