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Tuesday
Jul252017

Fifth Harmony reveals album title and release date on 'Tonight Show'

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCFifth Harmony stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.  

The group performed their current single, "Down," with featured guest rapper Gucci Mane joining them.  

But the big news was made by host Jimmy Fallon. In introducing the performance he announced that the group's new album will be self-titled and is coming August 25.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

If Justin Moore's daughters don't care for his single, "Somebody Else Will"

ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore may have his latest top-ten hit with “Somebody Else Will,” but he confesses it’s not his daughters’ favorite song.

For 7-year-old Ella, 5-year-old Kennedy and 3-year-old Klein, that honor goes to another tune on his latest album, Kinda Don’t Care.  

"I don't like listening to me," Justin explains. "I don't think any artist likes riding around listening to themselves, unless you've got to check mixes or something. But last year... we had like a 30-minute drive to school and back."

"I was wanting to listen to sports talk radio or whatever, the news or something," he continues. "And they go, 'Dad, can we play your new music?' And their favorite song on the album is 'Put Me in a Box,' which is somewhat morbid. The idea of it, it kinda weirds me out a little bit. But they love it."

The Arkansas native admits Ella isn’t shy at all about expressing her preferences.

"My oldest daughter, she'll flat out, she'll go, 'Yeah, it's not my favorite. Will you play "Put Me in a Box"? Play "You Look Like I Need a Drink."' It's kinda funny," Justin laughs.  

It likely won’t be long until the Moore girls have to share control of the radio with their little brother. Thomas South joined the family this past June.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik enjoying first-time fatherhood 

Bob MusselGoo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik is currently touring the country, but his greatest pride and joy is back at home. 

Back in December, the singer became a dad for the first time at age 51 when his wife gave birth to their daughter, Liliana. While she’s too young to join him on the tour bus just yet, Johnny says he’s been enjoying spending any moment he can with her.

“I love it, it's not as hard as I thought it was gonna be, but mostly because my wife and my mother in law are just fantastic and I just love being with her,” Johnny says.

He has no regrets about waiting until he was older to have a kid, and says she’s “just a little sweetheart.”

Johnny hasn’t written any songs about fatherhood just yet, though. He’s content to just sing playful gibberish to his baby girl.

“She inspires me when I'm bouncing her, goin' "Boo bee duh bop, hey! Boo bee duh bop ba boo...’” he says. “It's the only kind of music she inspires.” 

Goo Goo Dolls hits Indianapolis tonight on their Long Way Home tour.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Little Brooks is going to college, thanks to Uncle Garth

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteCMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks specializes in creating moments his crowds will never forget, and this weekend in Los Angeles, he delivered another one.

The “Ask Me How I Know” hitmaker invited parents-to-be Katie and Wes to the front of the stage at The Forum to reveal the gender of their baby, which they’d planned to name Brooks, whether it’s a boy or a girl.

After Garth advised the first-time mom and dad to have as many as they can afford, he opened the envelope that showed they’re having a girl.   

“I’m extremely happy for you, because I have three of these,” the proud father added, as the audience cheered.

But in typical Garth fashion, he took things one step further.

“We’ll make a deal,” Garth said. “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we’ll pay for her college.” You can check out the gender reveal for yourself, thanks to a fan video on YouTube.

This weekend, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood return for two more shows in L.A.  

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Louis Tomlinson says it’s only a matter of time before One Direction reunites

ABC/Phil McCartenJust because the guys of One Direction are all finding solo success, doesn’t mean the band will never reunite. At least, that’s what Louis Tomlinson thinks.

During an interview with U.K.’s morning show Lorraine, Louis says returning to One Direction is a no-brainer.

“There is no question of if, I mean it’s a must,” he says. “It has to be, I’m sure we’re all on the same page there. It’s just too difficult for any of us to say [when].”

In the meantime, Louis is enjoying kicking off his solo career with the Bebe Rexha collab “Back to You.” And he says he’s proudly following his band mates’ careers as well.

“The feeling that I get -- it’s like I feel like a big brother. When I look at a video of Niall [Horan] playing the stadium to a radio show or see Harry [Styles] stood next to Tom Hardy, I mean come on -- it’s amazing!” Louis says. “I just feel really, really proud. It’s real nice.”

Sunday marked the seven-year anniversary of when One Direction officially came together as a band.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Kelsea Ballerini on both Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. all across the country on ABC, while Fallon kicks off at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sara Evans and her daughter Olivia will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday. Olivia sings background vocals on her mom’s latest single, “Marquee Sign.” Live typically follows GMA on most ABC stations.

You can catch new band Delta Rae in a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of Nashville. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on CMT.

Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele and his band Sons of the Palomino will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

The Doors launch campaign marking 50th anniversary of "Light My Fire" becoming a #1 hit this Saturday

RhinoThis Saturday, July 29, marks the 50th anniversary of the day The Doors' classic single "Light My Fire" lit up the Billboard Hot 100, reaching the top spot on the tally. To celebrate the occasion, the band has launched a campaign to get fans and radio stations to play the famous tune at 7:29 local time on July 29.

The Doors also are asking fans to share their memories of and comments about "Light My Fire" on their social media sites using the hashtag #lightmyfire.

Meanwhile, a new video featuring Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, who wrote most of "Light My Fire," discussing the song has been posted at the band's official YouTube channel.

In the clip, Krieger talks about how the late Jim Morrison pushed him to pen an original tune, telling him to write about something universal that wouldn't go out of style in the next year or two. In the video, Robby also recalls listening to the radio with his parents and brother when he found out the single had gone to #1.

As previously reported, in honor of the milestone anniversary, a limited-edition vinyl single will be released on Friday, July 28. The disc is a reproduction of an original 7-inch single that came out in Japan, which includes a single edit of "Light My Fire" on the A side and the album version of "The Crystal Ship" on the B side. Only 7,500 copies of the vinyl single will be available. In addition, a digital "Light My Fire" maxi-single also will be released Friday that features the mono single and stereo album versions of the song, as well as a live performance recorded in January 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York City.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Keyshia Cole says latest role on "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" is "a great platform"

ABC/Randy HolmesKeyshia Cole is one of the newest cast members on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and the "Heaven Sent" singer tells Billboard the show is just what she needed.

Keyshia calls the show "a great platform for one to expand your reach," adding, "I was going to go for my own show, but time frame was very slim." 

Although Keyshia is practically a reality show veteran, having starred in three reality series of her own -- Keyshia Cole: The Way It IsKeyshia Cole: All In, and Keyshia & Daniel: Family First -- the entertainer was relieved to discover how little work she had to put in on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood as opposed to her previous shows. 

"It's half the work. I was happy," she says. "One scene a day or maybe two at the max. It would be maybe shooting for an hour and then that's it. It takes me more to put my clothes on, makeup and stuff than that." 

Besides her new VH1 gig, Keyshia says she's completed some new songs for fans, but is still seeking to create "something with a little rhythm."

"I'm trying to fight the ballads at the moment because I just feel like it's the summer," she says. "I'm not ready to slow it down. I want to dance and shake my derriere."

She also hopes to work with Ty Dolla $ign "because he's super talented" and wants to create another shoe line, start a clothing line for son Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr., and finally sign an artist to her label imprint. 

"Oh yeah, I would love to sign a girl in the 'hood -- a singer or a rapper," admits Keyshia. 

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda shares first band photo with Chester Bennington

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda has shared the first photo the band took with their late frontman, Chester Bennington.

The picture, which is dated 1997 or 1998, shows a very young Bennington and Shinoda standing next to the rest of the group: guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, turntablist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon.

"We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band," Shinoda writes in the Instagram caption. "He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next."

"The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs," he continues. "No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college."

Shinoda shared vocal duties with Bennington in Linkin Park, and the pair's give-and-take vocal style became a signature part of the band's sound. When news of Bennington's death first broke, Shinoda wrote that he was "shocked and heartbroken."

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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Monday
Jul242017

After two disappointing singles, Chase Rice finds "Three Chords & the Truth"

BBR Music Group “Three Chords & the Truth” is Chase Rice’s lead release from his forthcoming Lambs & Lions album, which comes out September 29.

The “Cruise” songwriter says the tune was inspired by the disappointment he felt after both “Whisper” and “Everybody We Know Does” failed to catch on at country radio. Previously, he had two top-five hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Chase has since left Columbia Nashville for a deal with BBR Music Group.

“When you go through tough times the truth always has a way of finding its way to you,” he says. “This song was my truth. It’s the soul of my childhood, the songs that went along with it and the memories associated with those songs. It’s my heart waiting to be heard, and the songs that shaped it…”

Here’s the complete track listing for the 10-song Lambs & Lions:

“Lions”
“On Tonight”
“Unforgettable”
“Eyes on You”
“Saved Me”
“One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song”
“Jack Daniels Showed Up”
“Three Chords & the Truth”
“Amen” 
“This Cowboy’s Hat” (featuring Ned LeDoux)

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Monday
Jul242017

Why Rascal Flatts' 17th #1 is a sentimental favorite

BMLGThis week, “Yours If You Want It” becomes the seventeenth #1 of Rascal Flatts’ career.

“It’s so humbling for us that the milestones keep coming,” Joe Don Rooney says, “and it’s definitely not something that we take for granted.”

“Yours If You Want It” was co-written by Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff, the latter of whom died unexpectedly last December.

“I truly believe that this song found us,” Joe Don continues, “and to know that Andrew Dorff, with his passing, loved what we did with the song and that his legacy continues to live on is a blessing. We’re honored to have put our voices on it.”

Andrew was the brother of actor Stephen Dorff, and also wrote the number ones “Save It For a Rainy Day” and “My Eyes” for Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, respectively.

“Yours If You Want It” is the lead single from Rascal Flatts’ tenth studio album, Back to Us.

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Monday
Jul242017

Elton John commemorates Princess Diana's AIDS work in new documentary

ABC/Randy HolmesSir Elton John is honoring Princess Diana's charitable spirit in the upcoming documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.

In a new sneak peek from the film on People.com, the pop-rock legend joins Prince Harry to discuss his late mother's AIDS and HIV activism -- a cause that's particularly close to Elton's heart. He founded his Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.

"It was considered to be a gay disease," Elton says in the clip. "For someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift."

Elton goes on to praise Prince Harry for taking up his mother's charitable causes.

"She had that incredible ability -- which [Harry] kind of inherited -- to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything's gonna be all right," Elton says. "I haven't experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great."

Elton was friends with Princess Diana and re-wrote his song "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute to her following her death in 1997.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy airs Monday, August 31, at 10 p.m. on HBO in the U.S. and 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

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Monday
Jul242017

Motörhead going "Under Cöver" with rocking covers compilation due out in September

Motörhead MusicA new album collecting a variety of cover tunes Motörhead recorded over the last few decades will be released September 1.

Under Cöver features the late Lemmy Kilmister and his band's renditions of rock classics like The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Sympathy for the Devil," Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law," Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen," Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever," and The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach."

The album also includes a previously unreleased version of the David Bowie classic "Heroes" that was recorded in 2015 during sessions for Motörhead's final studio album, Bad Magic.

"It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be," says Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell, "and Lemmy ended up loving our version."

Adds drummer Mikkey Dee, "[Lemmy] was very, very proud of it, not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be -- fun!"

Another song on Under Cöver is Motörhead's Grammy-winning rendition of Metallica's "Whiplash," which was awarded the Best Metal Performance trophy in 2005.

The album will be available on CD, 180-gram vinyl LP, digital formats, and as a super deluxe box set featuring the CD, the LP, a replica VIP guest pass and a patch.

Here's the full track list for Under Cöver:

"Breaking the Law" (2008)
"God Save the Queen" (2000)
"Heroes" (2015)
"Starstruck" (2014)
"Cat Scratch Fever" (1992)
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (2001)
"Sympathy for the Devil" (2015)
"Hellraiser" (1992)
"Rockaway Beach" (2002)
"Shoot 'Em Down" (2001)
"Whiplash" (2005)

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Monday
Jul242017

Are Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt working on a "secret project" together? 

Visionhaus#GP/Corbis via Getty ImagesRemember when Brad Pitt revealed in GQ magazine earlier this year that he was a huge Frank Ocean fan?

Well, it looks like a bromance is brewing between the Hollywood superstar and the "Nikes" artist, who both appeared on stage at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles this past weekend.  

Even better, festival goers were treated to a performance of Frank singing "Close to You" with someone who's apparently Pitt sitting on the edge of the stage, largely out of sight from the audience, apparently talking on a cell phone, as seen via a clip from a fan.

According to IndieWire, Brad's appearance at Frank's FYF set could be part of a "secret project" between the duo and Oscar-winning film director Spike Jonze, who was spotted filming the whole affair and Frank's gig at London's Lovebox Festival earlier this month.  

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Monday
Jul242017

Hold up: who leaked private family footage of Beyoncé and Blue Ivy? 

ABC/Image Group LATwo videos from the Carter-Knowles clan have apparently been leaked to the public, according to BlackAmericaWeb.  

One of the clips shows Beyoncé's eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, showing off some impressive dance moves along to the rap song "Just Do It."  

Another clip features Bey, sister Solange, Solange's son Daniel Julez Smith, Jr. and former first lady Michelle Obama saying "Bye Felicia" to the camera during a birthday celebration for Bey.  

Beyoncé and her family are notoriously private, so there's no telling who may have leaked the videos.  

But if the Beyhive can't get to the bottom of it, chances are Beyoncé will.  

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Monday
Jul242017

Listen now: Cassie would never "Love a Loser" on new track featuring G-Eazy

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicCassie would rather lose a lover than love a loser, as she so explicitly sings in her new song, "Love a Loser."

The song, which features vocals from G-Eazy, is Cassie's first musical offering since last year's "Joint (No Sleep)," heard on the Honey 3 soundtrack. 

Fans have patiently waited for another full-length album from the singer since the release of her 2006 self-titled disc, Cassie.  

She released a mixtape titled RockaByeBaby in 2013 via Bad Boy Records and is currently linked with on-again/off-again boyfriend and Bad Boy founder,  Sean "Diddy" Combs

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Monday
Jul242017

Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." goes double platinum

Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope RecordsKendrick Lamar's fourth studio album, DAMN., has gone double platinum.  

The rapper dedicated his latest career achievement to his fans on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself crouched down next to a commemorative plaque. 

"These murals forever belong to my fans," he writes. "You've always taken my words above and beyond. Around the world and back again. With trust. I am forever grateful. 2x."   

DAMN. is currently #2 on the Billboard 200, behind JAY-Z's 4:44 at #1.  

Kendrick is currently on the road for his DAMN. tour, which ends this September.  

For tickets and other info, visit KendrickLamar.com

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Monday
Jul242017

Motionless in White working the "Graveyard Shift" on newly announced fall tour

Roadrunner RecordsMotionless in White will embark on a headlining this fall in support of their new album, Graveyard Shift. The North American outing starts September 28 in Las Vegas and will come to a close Halloween night in Philadelphia. Tickets will be available this Friday, July 28 via MotionlessinWhite.net.

Graveyard Shift, the fourth studio effort from Motionless in White, features the single "Loud," as well as the track "Necessary Evil," which features guest vocals from Korn's Jonathan Davis.

Motionless in White is currently on tour with In This Moment.

Here are Motionless in White's fall headlining dates:

9/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
9/29 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
9/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Novo
10/1 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency
10/3 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
10/4 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
10/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/7 -- Colorado Springs, CO, The Black Sheep
10/8 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
10/9 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
10/11 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre
10/12 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theatre
10/13 -- Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
10/14 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium
10/15 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live!
10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
10/18 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre
10/20 -- Sauget, IL, Pop's Nightclub
10/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/22 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
10/25 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/26 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamo City Music Hall
10/28 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
10/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
10/30 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/31 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory

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Monday
Jul242017

"Still" on the road: Portugal. the Man announces fall tour 

Atlantic RecordsPortugal. the Man has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour in support of their new album, Woodstock. The trek kicks off October 2 in Bloomington, Illinois, and will wrap up October 29 in Live Oak, Florida. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 28 at PortugaltheMan.com.

If you can't wait that long to see the Portland rockers in action, Portugal. the Man is currently on a summer tour through the U.S., which continues July 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woodstock, Portugal. the Man's eighth studio album, features the lead single "Feel It Still," which currently sits at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Here are Portugal. the Man's fall tour dates:

10/2 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theatre
10/3 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
10/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
10/6 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
10/13 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre
10/14 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
10/15 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/17 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
10/18 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
10/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, C3 Stage
10/21 -- Monterrey, MX, Live Out Festival
10/22 -- Mexico City, MX, El Plaza Condesa
10/24 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/25 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
10/26 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/27 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/29 -- Live Oak, FL, Suwannee Hulaween

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Monday
Jul242017

“Despacito” dominates "Billboard" Hot 100 chart for 11th week

Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records“Despacito” is still going strong. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, featuring Justin Bieber, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an 11th week.

The song becomes part of a small group of just 23 songs that have topped the chart for at least 11 weeks, and is the second-longest-leading single since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigned for 12 weeks from January through April.

“Despacito” also topped the Digital Song Sales chart for a 12th week, with 118,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 20. It has sold more than 100,000 downloads in each of the last 11 weeks, making it the longest streak of 100,000+ downloads since Adele’s “Hello.”

Elsewhere on the Hot 100 chart, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, comes in at number two, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” rises to number three.  

Charlie Puth’s “Attention” cracks the top 10, making it Charlie’s third top-10 single. 

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