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Tuesday
Sep192017

Morrissey advises you "stop watching the news" with new single, "Spent the Day in Bed"

BMGMorrissey has shared the first single from his forthcoming new solo album, Low in High School. The track is called "Spent the Day in Bed," and it's streaming along with a lyric video now on YouTube.

"Spent the Day in Bed" finds the ex-The Smiths frontman in typical Morrissey fashion, as he sings lyrics like, "I recommend that you stop watching the news/because the news contrives to frighten you."

Other track names on Low in High School include "The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel," "Who Will Protect Us from the Police?," and "Israel."

Along with the new song, Morrissey, who's now on Twitter, tweeted out a list of U.S. state abbreviations, implying that he'll be touring the U.S. in support of the album. The list includes Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Low in High School will be released November 17. Here's the track list:

"My Love, I'd Do Anything for You"
"I Wish You Lonely"     
"Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage"    
"Home Is a Question Mark"
"Spent the Day in Bed"     
"I Bury the Living"
"In Your Lap"
"The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel"
"All the Young People Must Fall in Love"
"When You Open Your Legs"
"Who Will Protect Us from the Police?"
"Israel"

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Taylor Swift still #1; Sam Smith in at #5

Credit: BMLG/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift's Reputation is intact: the first single from her new album of that title, "Look What You Made Me Do," is number one for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song it replaced at #1, "Despacito," has now fallen to #4 on the chart. After spending a record-tying 16 weeks at #1, there was a possibility that it could at some point return to the top spot and set the all-time record for longest-running #1 hit of all time. But since the song now seems to be on a downward trend, it's looking less likely that that may happen.

Meanwhile, Taylor's friend Sam Smith debuts at #5 with his new single "Too Good at Goodbyes." It's the highest debut of his career, and his fifth top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

And Logic's "1-800-273-8255," featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, reaches a new high of #3 on the chart. The suicide prevention song marks the highest all three acts have ever gotten on the chart. Even Alessia's biggest hit, "Here," only reached #5.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Get crafty with Jewel on her Handmade Holiday Tour 

Credit: Tour DesignJewel is offering some lucky fans the chance to not only enjoy some live holiday music from her, but to also get her help creating some handmade Christmas gifts.

The singer, actress, author and poet has announced her Handmade Holiday tour, kicking off November 24 in Las Vegas.  The trek will feature Jewel performing Christmas classics and originals alongside her dad Atz and her brothers Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher, who appear on the reality show Alaska: The Last Frontier.

In addition, there will be opportunities for fans to make one-of-a kind holiday gifts at each tour stop.  Also at each tour stop, 25 individuals in need will receive vouchers for the gift-making workshops, and fans will be encouraged to make donations or to donate vouchers to those needy individuals.  There will also be on-site pet adoptions at each tour stop, featuring animals from local shelters.

In a statement, Jewel says, "I am so honored to share some of the traditions I was raised with in Alaska on our family homestead. Building memories by sharing handmade moments, creating unique gifts and sharing songs is a Kilcher family tradition we can't wait to share with others on this tour."

A pre-sale for the tour start Tuesday, and the tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday. Full details are available at JewelJK.com.

Here are Jewel's tour dates:

Nov 24 -- Las Vegas, NV, Downtown Events Center
Nov 25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre – Denver
Nov 26 -- Greeley, CO, Union Colony Civic Center*
Nov 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater
Nov 29 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
Dec 1 -- Santa Ynez, CA, Chumash Casino - Samala Showroom*
Dec 2 -- Indio, CA, Event Center - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Dec 3 -- Cerritos, CA, Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts*
Dec 4 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
Dec 7 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Dec 8 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
Dec 9 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
Dec 11 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
Dec 12 &13 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
Dec 15 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
Dec 16 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Showroom
Dec 19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
Dec 20 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
Dec 21 -- Hershey, PA, The Hershey Theatre

*Notes currently on sale.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

"What Ifs": Kane Brown gives Lauren Alaina the credit for his first top-five hit

RCA Nashville/Zone 4Kane Brown has the first top five hit of his career with “What Ifs,” a duet with Lauren Alaina, and he gives her a lot of the credit for the song's success.

Even though Kane is a relative newcomer and Lauren’s been around since she came in second on American Idol in 2011, they go way back: they first met in school in the Rossville, Georgia area.

Kane says that makes his first big hit even more special.

“It's cool, you know," he recalls. “In choir, I was really quiet, so she's the one that kinda got me to sing and get out of my shell. So it's cool that she accepted to sing on [‘What Ifs’], and I feel like she's a big part of why it's doing so good right now.”

Earlier this year, Lauren celebrated the first #1 of her career with “Road Less Traveled.” Her follow-up single, “Doin’ Fine,” is now climbing the chart.

The deluxe edition of Kane’s self-titled debut album, which adds four new songs, comes out October 6.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert's 2005 debut album took its title from a fuel used in both households and jet planes. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Kerosene.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Janet Jackson salutes Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" during State of the World concert 

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentCardi B is currently enjoying a smash hit with her single "Bodak Yellow," and now the trakc has gotten a co-sign from one of the world's biggest artists.

While on her current State of the World tour, no less a star than Janet Jackson danced along to "Bodak Yellow" as part of her performance of her 1986 hit "What Have You Done For Me Lately."

Cardi posted a video of Janet's performance on Twitter and wrote, "The type of s*** you can only dream of. Have to thank the Queen Janet Jackson for showing BODAK YELLOW LOVE!!"

Cardi's song "Bodak Yellow" is currently at the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  She's also one of the leading nominees for this year's BET Hip Hop Awards, with nine nominations gained in total. 

The BET Hip Hop Awards air October 10 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Is a Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper mixtape in the works?

ABC/Randy HolmesDonald Glover may have won two Emmy awards Sunday night, but the artist also known as Childish Gambino, hasn't turned his back on his music career.  

He's teased that that a collaborative studio project with Chance the Rapper -- who appeared in the Emmy opening musical number -- is in the works. 

Speaking to reporters in the press room at Sunday night's Emmys, Glover said, "I feel like if I don't make a Chance the Rapper mixtape -- double mixtape -- a bunch of 14-year-olds are gonna kick my a**. They stop me on the street and it's kinda scary." 

Glover continued, "Youth scares me. So, I feel like I gotta do something. I probably will." A video of his statement can be viewed on Twitter.  

Childish Gambino and Chance worked together on Gambino's track "The Worst Guys," which was released in 2013. 

And even though both superstars are very busy, with Donald working on Atlanta and Chance raising millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools, they may be able to align their schedules. 

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Joe Satriani preps new album and G3 tour

Sony/Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani is ready to take the next step. The legendary guitarist will release his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12, and also plans to hit the road.

For the What Happens Next sessions, Satriani recorded with Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Satriani and Smith previously played together in Chickenfoot, the supergroup also featuring Sammy Hagar and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.

One day prior to the album’s release, Satriani will launch a new tour with his G3 project, which in the past has included fellow guitar luminaries such as Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp. This time around, G3 will feature fellow axe-men Phil Collen of Def Leppard and John Petrucci of Dream Theater.

Satriani comments, "I could say that I'm surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it's grown, but in a way I'm not. I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It's fun, it's unpredictable, it's wild - it's everything you could want in a show."

In related news, Satriani’s 2014 autobiography, Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, will be reissued in paperback on November 7. The paperback version includes a new chapter focused on Joe’s last album, 2015's Shockwave Supernova.

A new documentary about the Shockwave Supernova tour of Europe and Asia, Beyond the Supernova, will debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Northern California this October. The film was directed by Joe’s son, ZZ Satriani.

G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen:

1/11 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre                                        
1/12 -- Salem, OR, Historic Elsinore Theatre                                
1/13 --  Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Theatre                                      
1/14 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
1/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
1/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
1/18 --  Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
1/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
1/20 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
1/21 -- Tucson, AZ,  Fox Tucson Theatre
1/24 -- Denver, CO, Historic Paramount Theatre
1/26 -- Irving, TX, The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory
1/27 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits - Moody Theater
1/28 -- Houston, TX, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
1/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/31 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
2/1 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre                  
2/2 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall      
2/3 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater                                            
2/6 -- Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium                      
2/8 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale                              
2/9 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre                                            
2/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre                                                  
2/11 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre                                          
2/14 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
2/15 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre                                            
2/16 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
2/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater                                              
2/18 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center        
2/20 -- Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre
2/21 -- Toronto, ONT, Massey Hall                                                        
2/22 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live                                                    
2/23 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre                                                
2/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre                                                    
2/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Listen now: Wolf Alice looks "Heavenward" on new song

RCA RecordsWolf Alice's sophomore album Visions of a Life will arrive in just over a week's time, but if you need something to tide you over until then, you can listen to the band's new song "Heavenward," available now on digital outlets.

"Heavenward" is the fourth song Wolf Alice has shared from Visions of a Life, following "Yuk Foo," "Beautifully Unconventional" and "Don't Delete the Kisses." The album will be officially released on September 29.

Wolf Alice will embark on a North American tour in support of Visions of a Life December 1 in Toronto.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Miley Cyrus doesn't "envision marriage" to Liam Hemsworth anytime soon

James Devaney/GC ImagesMiley Cyrus' engagement to Liam Hemsworth may be back on, but the marriage still looks like it's a long way off.

“I don’t envision marriage. I’m 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do [before I get married],” the “Malibu” singer tells The Sun.

The reconciliation came as a surprise to many people, including Cyrus, she admits, “Three years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d be here, this happy with this man, I’d have been stunned.”

“I’m just riding this out," she continues. "In some relationships, you lose yourself by being with someone else. Actually, it made me find myself more. I have no idea what the next three years will bring, but if it’s possible to get even happier, I’ll take it.”

Adds Miley, “I didn’t know [we’d get back together]. I’m so crazy I have no idea, but I had something in my heart, it never felt like it was really over. We kept a great friendship really private.”

As happy as she is that the engagement is back on, Miley -- who returns as a coach on this season's The Voice -- insists the break up did her and Liam a lot of good.

“It’s good for people to have that space to grow individually. Otherwise, when you’re with someone from 16 until 24, you grow into the same person,” she explains. “We got to become individuals. I hope everything stays the same. It feels like nothing changed except we grew up a lot.”

The Voice returns for its 13th season Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Master P, Jermaine Dupri, Martin Lawrence, Hype Williams & Mariah Carey hailed at "VH1 Hip Hop Honors"

Courtesy of VH1On Monday night, VH1 brought together an all star line up for its Hip Hop Honors: The '90s Game Changers event in Hollywood. The '90s style block party celebrated the golden era of hip-hop and shed light on the influential genre and how it crossed over into pop culture.

Hosted by Regina Hall, the event honored Master P, Jermaine Dupri, Martin Lawrence, Hype Williams and Mariah Carey.

Missy Elliot kicked off t

On Monday night, VH1 brought together an all star line up for its Hip Hop Honors: The '90s Game Changers event in Hollywood. The '90s style block party celebrated the golden era of hip-hop and shed light on the influential genre and how it crossed over into pop culture.

Hosted by Regina Hall, the event honored Master P, Jermaine Dupri, Martin Lawrence, Hype Williams and Mariah Carey.

Missy Elliot kicked off the show by emerging from a water tank in a black trench coat performing her '90s hit “She’s a B***h.” 

After her performance, Trick Daddy, Trina, Romeo, Silk the Shocker and Xscape hit the stage and performed a special medley of songs celebrating the '90s. "Nann," "Make 'Em Say Uhhand "Just Kickin' It," were enjoyed by the crowd before southern rap icons Jermaine Dupri and Master P accepted their awards.

Comedy also had a place at the Hip Hop Honors. When Tischina Arnold went to present Martin Lawrence with his award, the Survivor's Remorse actress was repeatedly interrupted during her speech by Lamorne Morris, Affion Crocket and Regina Hall who were all dressed as memorable characters from Martin.

The event also featured a number of signature performances which included Fat Joe and Remy Ma performing Big Pun's “Not a Player,” Warren G performing “Regulate” with Ty Dolla $ign, Xscape performing TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Ty Dolla $ign doing a melodic rendition of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”

The event took a more serious turn when Pharrell Williams presented Hype Williams with his award. In a seemingly unrehearsed speech, Pharrell offered a heartfelt message about the current political climate asking everyone to “open your eyes.”  

Lil Kim, Havoc and Fabolous hit the stage to perform “Quiet Storm” in tribute to the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who died earlier this year.

Yet, even with all the notable performances and speeches, DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd Khaled, stole the show when he accompanied his father on stage to honor a true '90s icon: Mariah Carey.

After the Khaleds introduced Mariah, the singer sweetened the night by performing “Honey” and enlisting some of the song's most notable featured guests who included Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, Mase and The Lox.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Kyle to star in Netflix's "The After Party"

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCWiz Khalifa, French Montana and Kyle have been tapped to star along with Teyana Taylor and Blair Underwood in the upcoming Netflix feature, The After Party, according to Deadline.

Teyana Taylor, Blair Underwood, Sex Tape's Jordan Rock, Teen Wolf's Shelley Hennig and Harrison Holzer also star in the coming of age comedy about two best friends who have one last chance to land a record deal before one heads off to college and the other for the military. One wild night will determine whether they succeed or go their separate ways.

How to Make It in America's Ian Edelman wrote the screenplay and is directing the project, being co-produced by Russell Simmons.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Selena Gomez partners with Puma

Image Group LA/ABCPuma already has Rihanna, and Selena Gomez's boyfriend The Weeknd, and now the company's got Selena too.

On Monday, Selena took to Instagram to announce that she's joined the Puma team.  "Officially a part of the fam @puma #pumapartner," she wrote, posting a picture of herself in a sports bra emblazoned with the Puma logo.

Later in the day Puma upload a video to Twitter of Selena walking from one Puma photo shoot to another. "Fearless talent and [queen] of Instagram joins the family," the company wrote.

“PUMA has changed the game when it comes to the mash-up of athletic wear and fashion," Elle reports that Selena said in a press release. "It’s amazing to see this influence on style and culture and I’m excited to be a part of it. I am hoping that we can create something special together. We already have some really cool projects in the works.”

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Sam Smith wanted to make a "gay" version of "A Star Is Born"...with Ryan Gosling

Ruven AfanadorWhile Sam Smith has won an Oscar for a movie song -- his James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall" -- he hasn't actually acted in a movie.  But he says at one point, he really wanted to star in a big screen romance...opposite Ryan Gosling.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Sam explained that when he and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli were in Mexico for the premiere of the Bond movie SPECTRE, they teamed up "to pitch the studio a gay rework of A Star is Born."

"We were drunk, and at that point, unaware that [Lady] Gaga was redoing it anyway," Sam recalled. "We had it all worked out. I wanted to [sing] 'The Man that Got Away.'" That song appeared in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, which starred Judy Garland.

In his version of the movie, Sam planned to play the young rising star, portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, and by Lady Gaga in the upcoming remake that's coming out in 2018. When asked who would star opposite him as the established star whose career is in decline -- a role played by Kris Kristofferson in 1976 and by Bradley Cooper in the upcoming remake -- Sam had an immediate answer.

"Ryan Gosling!" he said. "I met him once and he shook my hand. It was like meeting Hercules.  He's beautiful."

Now that's a movie many fans would no doubt be happy to pay full price to see in a theater.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Alessia Cara says hit Zedd collabo "Stay" let her be "a lot bolder" musically

ABC/Heidi GutmanAlessia Cara is busy working on her sophomore album, but she's been top of mind over the summer thanks to her smash collaboration with Zedd, "Stay."  She says the EDM-flavored tune was a bit of a change in artistic direction for her, but she's glad she did it.

"It was really different for me, it's a lot bolder than my usual stuff," Alessia tells ABC Radio. "But I thought if I was gonna do something [with another artist], I wanna sing on a song that I really believe in and work with on a song I believe in and work with an artist, or a deejay, that I really like."

Alessia says she and Zedd hooked up the collabo the way everything is done these days: online.

"He actually emailed [the song] to me which is, y'know, very millennial of us to do," she laughs. "Like, 'Let me just send it to you online!' But, I mean, we've wanted to work together for a really long time."

"He just sent me the beginning of the song that was written, and he was like, 'Hey, do you wanna finish this, do you wanna do it with me?'" she adds. "And just hearing it and listening to the beginning of it, I knew that it was a really great song."  The video for the song went on to win the Best Dance Video trophy at the MTV VMAs last month.

Despite the success of "Stay," Alessia says she's not necessarily going to incorporate EDM sounds into her next album, but she does says she'll do "some fun stuff."  We're not likely to hear any new music from the Canadian star until 2018, unfortunately.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

He's a "Heartache on the Dance Floor": Why Jon Pardi might -- or might not -- bust a move

ABC/Image Group LA Jon Pardi is on the verge of locking in his third #1 in a row with the uptempo “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”  But just because the California native delivers dancehall-ready anthems like that song and “Dirt on My Boots,” you shouldn’t expect to see him showing off his own fancy footwork.

“I'm not much of a dancer,” Jon confesses. “But I like it. People like it. People like to dance. Just because you don't want to dance, doesn't nobody mean else wouldn't want to dance.”

Still, when the spirit moves him, Jon admits he might bust a move.

“I just do what I want, shake some legs, spin around,” he says casually. “Sometimes when I'm playing I'll do a spin. Then I'll see my bass player do a spin, my guitar player do a spin. Like, it creates a chain reaction.”

You can check out Jon’s moves -- or lack of them -- on his Lucky Tonight Tour with Midland and Runaway June. It kicks off October 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The mother of the Gatlin Brothers -- LarrySteve and Rudy -- passed away on Friday night. Billie Doan Gatlin was 88.

Ashley McBryde is the newest artist signed to Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. Her first single will be her already-popular track, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.”  

You can check out the video for The Cadillac Three’s new single, “Dang If We Didn’t,” on YouTube now.

Nineties hitmaker John Berry has written and recorded the new song, “All Come Together,” to raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Collin RayeBryan WhiteTrick Pony’s Heidi Newfield, members of Restless HeartJohn Oates of Hall & Oates and more join him on the track, which will be available for download in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, you can watch the “All Come Together” music video on YouTube.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Ledisi won't give up on love on new single, "Us4Ever"

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLedisi's newest single from her forthcoming album, Let Love Rule, is a testimony to the powers of unconditional love.  

She tells Ebony magazine that the track, called "Us4Ever," is a song "about a relationship that is slightly dysfunctional but functional." 

She explains, "That might sound crazy to some, but love is that simple and yet very complex for so many people. 'Us4Ever' is a poetic way of saying, 'You get on my nerves but I love you no matter what."

The song also features Grammy-nominated artist BJ the Chicago Kid, who gives a "male perspective for balance," Ledisi adds.

Let Love Rule arrives everywhere on September 22 and is available now to pre-order.  

In addition, fans can catch the soulful singer co-headlining with Kirk Franklin on their upcoming The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour.  

For info on tickets and dates, head over to ledisi.com.   

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Black Label Society teases new song, "Room of Nightmares"

Credit: Igor VidyashevBlack Label Society are ready to rock once more. Zakk Wylde and company have shared a teaser for a new song ominously titled "Room of Nightmares."

The teaser comes in the form of a 20-second video set at a kids' birthday party, which begins with a woman asking if Black Label can "play something the children can dance to." Heavy riffage and child-moshing then ensue.

The full video for  "Room of Nightmares" will premiere Monday, October 2.

Black Label's latest album is 2014's Catacombs of the Black Vatican. In the meantime, Wylde released his sophomore solo album, Book of Shadows II, and he rejoined Ozzy Osbourne's band for a tour this past summer.

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Bastille strove to "not remotely try...anything similar" with "Basket Case" cover

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen the members of Bastille were approached to record a cover of Green Day's "Basket Case," the band was nervous for a couple reasons: one, they're all huge Green Day fans; and two, the knew they couldn't just regurgitate the 1994 classic.

"'Basket Case' is just such an undeniable, amazing song," frontman Dan Smith tells ABC Radio. "[We] thought, if we're gonna go there, that we should completely flip it on its head and not remotely try and do anything similar."

To do that, Bastille took an orchestral approach, replacing the pop-punk guitars of the original "Basket Case" with strings and brass, which pleased both the musician and the fan in them.

"It got the approval of Billie Joe [Armstrong] and the band, and they let it happen," Smith laughs.

Ironically, by doing something completely different with a Green Day song, Smith and company recorded something very similar to a Bastille song. Combining swelling strings with lyrics about anxiety, paranoia and depression created another track that juxtaposes happy music with dark lyrics, which Bastille has done with singles like "Pompeii" and "Good Grief."

"['Basket Case'] was a song that I kinda sung along to loads over the years and never really properly examined the lyrics," Smith says.

"The sort of intersection of melancholy and euphoria is something that I think some of the most effective and brilliant...music in general kind of nails," he continues. "And ['Basket Case'] is that down to a T." 

Bastille recorded the "Basket Case" cover for the Amazon superhero series The Tick, which is streaming now.

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