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Monday
Dec102018

Watch now: Deadpool defends Nickelback in new "Once Upon a Deadpool" teaser

ABC/Tim OgierYou know who's tired of your Nickelback jokes? Deadpool, that's who.

The Merc with a Mouth demands that you "Respect the Back" in a new trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool, the upcoming PG-13 version of the very R-rated Deadpool 2. The clip stars Ryan Reynolds' profane anti-hero and actor Fred Savage, who's sitting in bed Princess Bride style when he lays down some harsh words for the much-maligned Canadian rockers.

Savage opens by comparing Deadpool being a Marvel property licensed by Fox to "The Beatles being produced by Nickelback." "It's music, but it sucks," he says.

"They're over-produced, formulaic ear-garbage," Savage adds of Chad Kroeger and company.

Luckily for Nickelback, Deadpool is here to defend their honor.  "I've had it all this Nickelback hating," he declares, before ticking off a litany of the band's career accomplishments, including 50 million albums sold worldwide, six Grammy nominations, 12 Canadian Juno Awards -- "Those count," Deadpool says -- and six Billboard Music Awards.

After an ashamed Savage apologizes, he and Deadpool start singing an impassioned rendition of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me."

In response, Nickelback tweeted at Reynolds, "It’s not like @VancityReynolds to say sorry, we’ve been waiting on a different @deadpoolmovie story."

Once Upon a Deadpool opens in theaters December 12.

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Monday
Dec102018

Cardi B denies relationship with Offset was "fake" and that their split is for "publicity" 

ABC/Image Group LAIn an Instagram Live video on Sunday, Cardi B hit back at people who are accusing her of splitting with her husband, Migos rapper Offset, for publicity, and people who claim the couple's entire relationship was "fake."

According to People, Cardi said, "I just really hate how people say we trying to do this for publicity,” and added that she'd never do that because "there's a child involved."

“Think we want to put our life out there for what -- what we gain from publicity? Nothing," she said.  She also had praise for her estranged husband.

"I learned a lot,” she said. "I ain’t really know much about the music industry and my husband helped me. He made me wiser. He let me open my eyes to a lot of things, and even though we are not together anymore, I learned a lot.”

In another clip from the session, posted by a fan, Cardi slammed haters for claiming that her relationship with Offset was a publicity grab.

"I been seeing a lot of people say that my relationship was fake," she said. "There’s certain things called love. People do fall in love. Like, my relationship was never fake. I met this n*****, he was on my a**, I gave him a chance and we fell in love with each other."

"Things was not always gravy 'cause at the end of the day we are two different people," Cardi continued. "But we never did anything for publicity, b****. You think I got f****** pregnant, could have ruined my career for f****** publicity?"

For his part, Offset tweeted Sunday, "F*** YALL I MISS CARDI."

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Monday
Dec102018

The Offspring to headline debut Camp Anarchy punk festival

Courtesy Synergy Global Entertainment Anarchy will reign in Ohio next year, and The Offspring will be along for the ride. The "Self Esteem" rockers are headlining the inaugural Camp Anarchy festival, held May 31 through June 2 in Ohio's Legend Valley, just outside of Columbus.

Other bands on the lineup include Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion and X. The punk-themed festival also promises craft beer tasting, fair games and a dodgeball arena.

Camp Anarchy marks NOFX's first U.S. performance in over a year. During a concert in Las Vegas earlier this year, members of NOFX mocked the victims of the October 2017 Vegas shooting. The band later issued an apology for the comments and canceled the remainder of their U.S. tour dates.

For the full Camp Anarchy festival lineup and ticket info, visit CampAnarchyFest.com.

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Monday
Dec102018

More nominations for Lady Gaga and "A Star Is Born"

Neal Preston/Warner Bros.Lady Gaga continues to rack up the awards nominations for her role in A Star Is Born.

Her latest honors come from the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, which has nominated her for Best Actress and Best Song.  In the Best Actress category, she'll be competing against Glenn Close, Emily Blunt, Melissa McCarthy and Toni Collette, among others.

In the Best Song category, she's nominated for "Shallow," her hit duet with her co-star Bradley Cooper.  He's nominated for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Critics' Choice Awards will be handed out live, January 13, on the CW starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Gaga has also received Golden Globe nominations and the National Board of Review has named her Best Actress.  In addition, she's up for a number of awards from film critics' associations in a variety of cities, and she's nominated for two Satellite Awards, which are given out by by the International Press Academy.

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Monday
Dec102018

Shawn Mendes, Halsey, Camila Cabello, Bazzi & more added to "New Year's Rockin' Eve" lineup 

Dick Clark ProductionsMore performers have joined the West Coast celebration lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Camila Cabello, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Bazzi, Ciara and Weezer will all be performing, joining a lineup which already includes Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers, Foster the People, Macklemore with Skylar Grey, and Kelsea Ballerini

As previously recorded, Ciara will also be hosting the West Cost portion of the program, while Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy hold things down in New York City's Times Square.  The performers who'll be appearing in Times Square during the show have not yet been announced.

As previously reported, just after midnight, Post Malone will perform on the ABC show, from his concert in Brooklyn, NY.

The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Dec102018

Slayer announces new North American tour dates for final world tour

Credit: Martin JausllerSlayer's final world tour will return to North America in 2019. The newly announced dates kick off May 2 in Phoenix, and will wrap up May 25 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Lamb of God will once again provide support on the tour. Other openers include Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse. Visit Slayer.net for ticket info.

The North American dates are sandwiched between a run through Australia, Japan and the South Pacific in March, and a European trek in June, July and August. A press release also promises "still more dates coming."

Slayer wrapped a European tour over the weekend with former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel in place of guitarist Gary Holt, who had to drop off the last few dates of the trek to care for his ailing father. Holt is expected to return to Slayer for the March dates.

In more Slayer news, the thrash legends have uploaded the third episode of their ongoing retrospective web-series, which you can watch now on YouTube. The new installment focuses on how drummer Paul Bostaph joined the band.

Here are Slayer's new North American tour dates:

5/2 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
5/3 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
5/5 -- El Paso, TX, UTEP/Don Haskins Center
5/7 -- Edinburg, TX, Bert Ogden Arena
5/8 -- Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
5/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/11 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
5/13 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
5/14 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweasther Post Pavilion
5/16 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/17 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
5/19 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Center
5/20 -- Youngstown, OH, Covel Centre
5/22 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
5/24 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
5/25 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center

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Monday
Dec102018

Journey's Jonathan Cain and Steve Smith taking part in Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp next year in Nashville

Courtesy of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy CampJourney fans who journey to Nashville next year will have the chance to jam with and get musical pointers from two of the band's members, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and drummer Steve Smith. Both artists will take part in the next Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp installment, scheduled to run from February 28 to March 3.

Campers will have the chance to jam onstage with both Cain and Smith, who will also  share anecdotes and musical tips with attendees. To bring the four-day event to a close, Smith will join campers for a performance in front of a live audience at the Nashville club Mercy.

A number of other guest musicians also will be on hand to interact with the Fantasy Camp attendees, including Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and founding Tesla members Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat.

In addition, several well-known rock artists have signed on to serve as counselors at the Nashville Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, including Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan, Winger keyboardist Paul Taylor, Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and ex-Cinderella keyboardist Gary Corbett.

Musicians and singers of all skill levels are welcome at the camp. Activities include the writing and recording of an original song, jam sessions, tutorial classes and Q&A sessions.

Campers who purchase the Recording Package will have the opportunity to record a track at Cain's Addiction Recording Studio that will be co-produced by Jonathan and his engineer David Kalmusky.

If you're interested in attending the Rock Fantasy Camp in Nashville, you can reserve a spot by visiting RockCamp.com or calling 888-762-2263.

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Monday
Dec102018

Dan + Shay are "Home" for tonight's "CMA Country Christmas" on ABC, and they're ready to rock

ABC/Mark LevineIf you notice a little something different about Dan + Shay tonight on ABC's CMA Country Christmas special, it's probably because they're still on a bit of high after the year they've had: In 2018, "Tequila" became the biggest song of their career so far, and the follow-up, "Speechless," is now nearing the top of the chart.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have sung on the Country Music Association's Christmas card to the world quite a few times, but tonight, they're taking a different approach. 

"We're changing it up a little bit this year," Dan explains. "You know, everybody's fallen in love with these Christmas songs over generations and generations, but, you know, traditionally we've stuck pretty true to the song. This year, we spiced it up a little bit."

"We're doing a little bit of a different arrangement on 'I'll Be Home for Christmas,'" he continues. "It's gonna be fun. It's a little more rockin'."

Dan promises he and Shay will also bring the energy to match.

"We're moving around a little bit more than we traditionally do," Dan points out. "In the past, we've kinda stuck at the mic, tried to look stoic, 'blue steel' it a little bit in between lines."

"Tonight we're gonna be cruising around and having a lot of fun," he adds. "So, it's a little different, but hopefully the fans like it. We're excited about it."

You can tune in to see Dan + Shay, as well as Reba McEntire, who returns to host CMA Country Christmas for the second time tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Old DominionBrett EldredgeBrett YoungMartina McBrideAmy Grant, the legendary Tony Bennett, and many more will also help spread the yuletide cheer.

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Monday
Dec102018

Country Star Trivia

ABC/CMAReba McEntire returns for the second year in a row to host the annual CMA Country Christmas special tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  Prior to Reba taking over the job, though, can you name the show's host? ANSWER: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.

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Monday
Dec102018

Foo Fighters, Tool & Korn to headline inaugural Epicenter festival in North Carolina

Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters, Tool and Korn will headline the inaugural Epicenter festival, held May 10-12 in Richmond County, North Carolina.

The lineup also includes Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me the Horizon, 311, Evanescence, Bush, Live, Mastodon, Black Label Society, The Cult, The Prodigy, Killswitch Engage, Tom Morello, Badflower and Skillet, among many more.

Epicenter takes the place of the long-running Carolina Rebellion. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit EpicenterFestival.com.

In other Foo and North Carolina-related news, frontman Dave Grohl debuted his 23-minute Play project live over the weekend at ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes' 2018 Christmas Jam festival in Asheville. For the performance, Grohl's backing band including his Them Crooked Vultures band mate Alain JohannesConcrete and Gold producer Greg Kurstin, and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, among others.

Fan-recorded footage of the set is streaming now on YouTube.

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Monday
Dec102018

Report: Ty Dolla $ign indicted for cocaine possession

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt looks like rapper Ty Dolla $ign's Christmas won't be very merry: TMZ reports that he's been indicted on drug charges that include felony possession of cocaine.

In addition to that charge, TMZ cites court documents that state Ty has also been indicted for felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

The charges stem from a September incident in Atlanta, Georgia when cops allegedly found the drugs in Ty's bag. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.  According to TMZ, during the bust, Ty was traveling with six other people, but he was the only one who was charged.

The rapper has had a big 2018: His collabo with Post Malone, "Psycho" -- from Post's Grammy-nominated album beerbongs and bentleys --  hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ty is also featured on Christina Aguilera's latest album Liberation, and on the recently released The Greatest Showman: Reimagined.

Ty is dating Lauren Jauregui; he collaborated with her group Fifth Harmony on their hit 2016 single "Work from Home."  Earlier this month, she told US Weekly, "He’s amazing. He’s super supportive and super loving...I appreciate it very much.”

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Monday
Dec102018

Lindsey Buckingham says he's settled his lawsuit with Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (Noam Galai/Getty Images)Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences.  Their legal ones, at least.

Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he's "happy enough with it. 

"I'm not out there trying to twist the knife at all," Buckingham said.  "I'm trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom."

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other complaints.

Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he'd asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album.  When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek.  But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band's longtime manager, Irving Azoff

"Either Lindsey goes or I go," Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn't care for Buckingham's behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.

Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House filling his spot.

"It hurt for a while," Buckingham said of his ouster from the band.  "I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that."

Fleetwood Mac's next tour stop is tomorrow night in Inglewood, California.

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Monday
Dec102018

"I Don't Dance": Reba pulls off some "cute" choreography for her second year hosting tonight's "CMA Country Christmas" on ABC

ABC/Mark LevineWhen you tune in tonight to see Reba McEntire's second time hosting the annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, the Country Music Hall of Famer warns you'd better be ready for an enormous dose of yuletide cheer -- from the way the halls have been decked to the way the carols are sung.

"You're gonna see the most beautiful stage," she explains. "Balsam Hill has done a great job with all the decorations, and when everything is lit up, and the scenes are [shown] in the back, it's incredible looking."

"So that's gonna get everybody in the Christmas spirit," adds the Oklahoma native. "And it's working for me for sure!"

You'll even hear a holiday tune she's never recorded, and see a rarity in a Reba performance: choreography.

"I'm doing 'Man with the Bag' because [executive producer] Robert Deaton told me to," she laughs. "And it's a wonderful surprise tonight, because the cutest bunch of kids are dancing around me."

"When they said, 'We're gonna have dancers,'" Reba recalls, "I said, 'Ew, do I have to dance?' And they said, 'No, but they're gonna dance all around you.' And I said, 'Perfect!'"

"And then I got here for rehearsal and they're the cutest kids. So talented. You're gonna love 'em!"

In addition to Reba and her dancers, the 2018 edition of the special also features Dan + ShayBrett EldredgeDustin LynchMartina McBrideOld DominionBrad Paisley and Brett Young, as well as the legendary Tony BennettAmy GrantMichael W. SmithThe IsaacsDiana Krall and Lindsey Stirling.

The two-hour CMA Country Christmas premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  

Monday
Dec102018

It only took Bebe Rexha a decade to be nominated for Best New Artist 

Kevin Kane/WireImageOn Friday, Bebe Rexha was nominated for two Grammys: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Meant to Be," and Best New Artist.  Bebe realizes it's pretty weird that she's up for Best New Artist -- considering she's been working in the music industry in one capacity or another for a decade -- but she'll take it.

"I know!  Best New Artist, 10 years later!  Woo-hoo!" Bebe laughed when ABC Radio mentioned how long she's been in the business.

"But you know what?  To the world, to certain people, I am a new artist, and that's how you gotta think about it every day, y'know?  You gotta work to be the best that you can be, and not get too jaded and think that you're the s**t."

As far as her nominations are concerned, Bebe says her childhood self is pretty much satisfied, so she doesn't even care if she wins.

"Honestly, I feel like I won today," she told ABC Radio. "The fact that I just got nominated is so incredible, because for me, [the] Grammys is like what I grew up watching as a child. And for me, it was that I just wanted to be recognized by my peers."

What Bebe means is that, unlike, say, the American Music Awards or the Billboard Awards, the Grammy is a peer award. It's voted on solely by the members of the Recording Academy, all of whom work in the music industry.  You can find out if she'll take home either of those trophies when the ceremony airs February 10, 2019 on CBS, live from in Los Angeles.

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Monday
Dec102018

Meghan Trainor's a Jingle Wedding Belle, plans Christmas night honeymoon

Natasha Moustache/Getty ImagesMeghan Trainor's 2018 tour dates wrap up Monday night, and then the Grammy-winning star will start getting ready for her wedding to actor Daryl Sabara, which is going to take place any minute.  Meghan says she's more than ready to make the switch from "boyfriend" to "husband."

"It's crazy, I just realized a few days ago that I get to call him a new name now," she told ABC Radio on Friday night. "I get to call him 'hubby' or 'husband' and I was like, 'That's so awesome!' And I'm so ready!"

She laughs, "I keep saying every day, like, 'I'm just ready, I wanna do it now!'"

After she and the Spy Kids actor got engaged in December of 2017, Meghan said she wanted to get married -- not in some fancy event space -- but in her own backyard.  She revealed that that's still the plan.

"Yep, it's in my backyard under a huge tent and there's a lot of Christmas lights," she said.

And when the wedding and honeymoon are over, Meghan says, it's back to the studio to put the finishing touches on her third album, Treat Myself.  It was originally slated to come out earlier this year, but its release was delayed.

"Yeah, [I'm] still working on Treat Myself, I think it's coming out January or February," Meghan said, "I know I'm going on my honeymoon on Christmas night, so as soon as I come back, they told me I'm gonna work harder than ever."

"So I'm really excited," she added. "I'll come back with a bang!"

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Monday
Dec102018

Peter Frampton to receive prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at 2018 NAMM TEC Awards

Credit: Yann CharlesPeter Frampton will receive the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34rd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, California.

The honor, named after late electric guitar and multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul, recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.

"It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award," says Frampton in a statement. "I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul's name…Les changed the way we record forever."

"I can only hope that I've been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career," he adds.

Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, which presents the honor, says in a statement, "Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul's and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les's legacy alive."

Prior to launching a career as a Grammy-winning solo artist, Frampton played with the bands The Herd and Humble Pie.  He's also been an in-demand session musician, and served as technical adviser to the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous, in which he also acted.

The TEC Awards will be held during the third day of the 2019 NAMM Show, a music-equipment trade show which runs from January 24 to January 27. The awards recognize "outstanding achievement in audio technology and production."

Among the 2019 nominees for awards in the various Creative Achievement categories are Gregg Allman, Van Morrison, Dead & Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Check out the full list of nominees at TECAwards.org.

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Monday
Dec102018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride's set to make a recipe from her new cookbook, Martina's Kitchen Mix, Tuesday on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the syndicated show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

Danielle Bradbery's I Don't Believe We've Met (The Vocals) celebrates the one-year anniversary of her full album of the same title. The Vocals features stripped-down versions of three tracks: "Worth It," "Human Diary" and "Potential."

"Need to Breathe" is the new single from platinum-selling duo Love & Theft.

If you missed Aaron Watson and his wife Kim on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family, you can check out their appearance to promote An Aaron Watson Family Christmas on the show's Facebook page.

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Monday
Dec102018

Anderson .Paak offers advice for first time Grammy nominees: "Have fun," "go to the parties" & "really enjoy the moment”

BJame JonassonAnderson .Paak’s track “Bubblin” is nominated for for Best Rap Performance at the 2019 Grammys. Speaking with ABC Radio, he shares his advice for first-time nominees.

“Just have fun. Don’t take it too serious,” he tells ABC Radio. “Just wear something timeless that’s always going to be cool so you can look back 20, 30 years from now and be proud of it.”

Two years ago, the artist/producer was up for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Malibu, though he didn't win either. Paak knows from experience that worrying about taking home an award can be stressful. He suggests that all nominees have fun, even if they lose.

"If you win, you win. You get really hyped up with The Grammys. You get nominated, then you start thinking you’ll win,” he says. “Just be having fun and maybe have something, a speech ready just in case. Honestly have fun. Go to the parties. Really enjoy the moment." 

Check out if Paak wins his first Grammy when the 61st annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on CBS.

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Monday
Dec102018

Tom Morello on Rage Against the Machine's possible Rock Hall plans: "There has not been discussion"

ABC/Randy HolmesTom Morello has a lot on his mind: his new solo album The Atlas Underground, more Prophets of Rage material, the general state of the world. One thing he doesn't seem to be occupied with, though, is whether or not Rage Against the Machine will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year.

The pioneering rap-metallers are among the nominees for the Rock Hall in 2019, but Morello tells Billboard that "there has not been discussion" among the band's members regarding either the nomination, or whether they'd attend or perform at the ceremony should they be chosen for induction.

Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk currently play together in Prophets of Rage, while reclusive vocalist Zack de la Rocha last popped up in 2016 to guest on a Run the Jewels song. All four members haven't played together publicly since 2011.

The other 2019 Rock Hall nominees include Radiohead, Def Leppard and The Cure. The inductees are expected to be announced in December, and the induction ceremony takes place in March.

In the meantime, Morello is focused a new Prophets of Rage album for 2019, and a "proper tour" in support of The Atlas Underground, during which he'll "bring these songs to actual life in a very exciting and challenging way."

Morello adds that some of the guests on The Atlas Underground -- which features Rise Against's Tim McIlrath, Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and Portugal. the Man, among others -- could show up on the tour.

"You can't expect Mumford and Sons and Rise Against and Wu-Tang Clan and Killer Mike to be there at every show," Morello says. "We want to create a show where, when guests arrive, it will be fantastic but you will not miss [the guests] if they're not there."

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Friday
Dec072018

Panic! at the Disco earns new platinum certifications for "High Hopes" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"

ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco is rolling in platinum. Brendon Urie and company have earned new platinum certifications for "High Hopes" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, "High Hopes" is now certified platinum for one million units sold, while 2005's "I Write Sins" is now certified a total of five-times platinum.

"High Hopes," a single from the latest Panic! album Pray for the Wicked, has already become the band's biggest hit since "I Write Sins." It currently sits at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, 12 years after "I Write Sins" peaked at number seven on the chart.

Panic! at the Disco will launch a U.S. tour behind Pray for the Wicked January 10 in Buffalo, New York.

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