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Wednesday
Apr242019

New Black Keys song "Eagle Birds" dropping Thursday 

ABC/Randy HolmesMore new Black Keys music is coming this week.

The Ohio duo will drop a new song called "Eagle Birds" on Thursday, April 25.

"Eagle Birds" follows the previously released single "Lo/Hi," which arrived in March. Prior to that song, The Black Keys hadn't shared any music since their last album, Turn Blue, was released in 2014.

Meanwhile, "Lo/Hi" has been getting lots of love at rock radio: The tune sits at number three on both Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs chart. It also occupies the number-one spot on the Rock Airplay chart.

The Black Keys will launch a North American headlining tour with support from Modest Mouse in September.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

John Fogerty to perform at site of original Woodstock festival on August 18

Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the ArtsJohn Fogerty was already confirmed to perform at the Woodstock 50 concert on August 16, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has signed on to celebrate the 1969 festival's 50th anniversary at a second event.

Fogerty will play a headlining show on August 18 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the Bethel, NY venue located at the actual site of the '69 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The concert, which will feature as-yet-unannounced special guests, will be part of Bethel Woods' A Season of Song and Celebration festivities commemorating Woodstock's 50th anniversary.

Fogerty's show will serve as the finale of the venue's Anniversary Weekend, coinciding with the exact 50th anniversary of the festival.  It'll also feature concerts on August 16 and 17 headlined, respectively, by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and Santana.  The original festival ran from August 15–18, 1969.

As with Fogerty's other 2019 shows, the Bethel event will feature a set list that includes many of the same songs that Creedence Clearwater Revival played at Woodstock, when they followed The Grateful Dead onstage in the early morning hours of August 17, 1969.

Recalling the performance, Fogerty says, "By the time we hit the stage we were ready to rock…but as I looked down into the crowd I quickly discovered, the Dead had put the entire audience to sleep! That's OK, it was late, so I focused my whole set on this one guy, way out in the crowd, who yelled to me, 'That's OK John, we're with ya!'"

Tickets for Fogerty's Bethel concert will go on sale soon. As previously reported, Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. To check out John's 2019 tour schedule, visit JohnFogerty.com.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Bun B shoots masked intruder during armed robbery attempt at his Houston home

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesBun B's quick reaction to a home invasion led him to shoot an armed intruder in his home, ABC 13reports. 

According to Houston, TX police, the rapper faced a harrowing ordeal on Tuesday night after an individual rang the doorbell of his home, brandished a weapon and demanded that his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls fork over her valuables.  

Walls reportedly offered the intruder the Audi sitting in the garage, and that's when the Trill OG lyricist heard the commotion from upstairs and sprang into action.

A shootout then ensued between Bun B and the intruder, as the latter attempted to break into the luxury vehicle. Once the robber was shot, he dropped his gun and fled the scene on foot. 

ABC 13 has identified the alleged robber as DeMonte Jackson, who's now facing three felony charges.  Houston police captured him after he showed up at a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Schoolboy Q drops off introspective new single "CrasH"

Courtesy of @xonie_Schoolboy Q's highly-anticipated new album, CrasH Talk, is due to arrive on Friday. But while we wait, the L.A. lyricist has released another cut from the project to tide us over: "CrasH."

Over the Boi-1da production, Q grapples with the reality of his fame and his past missteps, and searches for inner peace. 

"Got my daughter that mansion/Gave my mother that million/Sold my soul to my feelings/Can’t go blind about these women," he rhymes over the dialed-down record, which barely clocks in at three minutes. 

Ahead of his new album, the Grammy-nominated lyricist spoke with GQ about the follow-up to 2016's Blank Face LP. According to Q, he ultimately recorded and scrapped three entire albums prior to CrasH Talk because he believed "they were trash."

"I'd be in the house smoking weed, just waiting to go to the studio every day," Q told GQ. "That's not a good life. That brings on depression." 

CrasH Talk, featuring guest spots from Kid Cudi and Travis Scott, will be available for streaming everywhere Friday.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

"Empire" cast writes letter asking that Jussie Smollett be "brought back" for next season 

FOX via Getty ImagesJussie Smollett's future on Empire may up in the air following his alleged hate crime hoax, but the rest of the cast , including Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, completely support his return.

In a letter obtained by Deadline, addressed to FOX and ABC executives, including Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Howard, Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and other series regulars issued a strongly worded plea for Smollett to rejoin the cast.

"Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire," the letter begins.

The letter goes on to defend Smollett's character, and notes that although "the past months have been difficult to process," they know Smollett is innocent.

"He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity," the letter reads. "He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed."

After listing some of his charitable efforts, contributions. and activism in the LGBTQ community, the cast then calls out the "extreme political climate," which they say has "has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust."

The letter ends with the cast asking that Jussie be allowed to "move forward with his life."

"We understand that this show is a business. And that business matters to us as well," the letter reads. "We are confident our fans will welcome our 'Jamal' back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will."

21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Coming soon: Actor Dennis Quaid stars as Midland's "Mr. Lonely"

ABC/Image Group LAYou’ll be able to meet “Mr. Lonely” on Friday: Midland will premiere the music video for their new single at 2 p.m. ET via their YouTube Channel.  

The “Official Trailer” for “Mr. Lonely” stars Dennis Quaid and was shot on the set of the Netflix show The Ranch. Set in a bar where Midland is playing, the clip shows the actor wearing a “Mr. Lonely” jacket, while several beautiful women sport “Mr. Lonely” tattoos -- though they don’t seem to be particularly happy with him.

While the full video won’t be out until Friday, there are already several “Mr. Lonely” clips out now: one features the song’s line dance, and another shows choreographer Robert Royston demonstrating how to do it.

“Mr. Lonely” is the lead single from the trio’s forthcoming sophomore album, and the follow-up to their #2 hit, “Burn Out.”

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Wednesday
Apr242019

YG unleashes grisly new single and video "Stop Snitchin"

Courtesy of Def JamAfter debuting it at Coachella, YG has gifted fans with an official release of his new single "Stop Snitchin," as well as the record's accompanying graphic video

In the grisly clip, the Compton rapper is transported back to the early 18th century, where he's enslaved on a large plantation. Along with a few of his cronies, YG plans a rebellion, which is nearly foiled by a "snitch." 

The single itself is a diss track aimed at Tekashi 6ix9ine, and was premiered during YG's set at this year's Coachella alongside a picture of the incarcerated artist. The "Gummo" rapper is reportedly cooperating with federal prosecutors after being arrested for nine felonies, including racketeering and firearms charges.

YG’s new album, 4REAL 4REAL, is due to arrive on May 3. It's the follow-up to his 2018 LP Stay Dangerous.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Listen now: Cam collaborates with electronic producer/DJ Diplo on "So Long"

ABC/Image Group LAAs fans continue to watch for Cam’s long-awaited sophomore album, the “Burning House” hitmaker is giving them a little something to tide them over.

On Wednesday, the California native revealed her new collaboration with producer/DJ Diplo. “So Long” is the first release from his country project, titled Thomas Wesley.  Diplo's birth name is Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.

Though Diplo’s known for working with megastars like Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Madonna and has done everything from pop to rock to hip-hop, this is his first foray into country.

He tells Variety the new music taps into his beginnings in Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina. He's also teasing potential songs with Thomas RhettSam Hunt, and Zac Brown.

Meanwhile, Cam hints she’s “got some fun plans for [the] Stagecoach [festival] too,” where she and Diplo are both set to play this weekend.

“So Long” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its lyric video on YouTube.

So far, there’s no word on Cam’s own new music. She hasn’t released a full album since her debut, Untamed, which came out in December of 2015.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Madonna romances Maluma in seductive "Medellín" video

Andy Lecompte @andylecompteMadonna debuted the music video for her new single "Medellín" featuring Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma on Wednesday, during a live broadcast on MTV.

The clip begins with Madonna's whispering voiceover explaining how she became "Madame X," the eye patch-wearing cha-cha instructor you see in the video.  Her past included being "kidnapped, tortured and abused," but, she adds, "I still have hope.

"From now on, I'm Madame X, and Madame X loves to dance," she says. "Because you can't hit a moving target."

When Maluma shows up to one of her dance classes, the two have an instant attraction and embark on a whirlwind romance, which culminates in a colorful wedding celebration. The video ends with the two riding off on horseback together.

"Medellín" is the first single from Madonna's new album Madame X, which comes out June 14.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Thom Yorke's debut classical composition to air on BBC Radio

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesThom Yorke's "Don't Fear the Light" -- the Radiohead frontman's debut classical piano composition -- will air for the first time this Sunday, April 28 on BBC Radio 3.

Yorke premiered the piece, which he composed for the acclaimed French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque, in Paris earlier this month. During the performance, he also played a brand-new song called "Gawpers."

Yorke said the Paris premiere was the reason why he skipped last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, during which Radiohead were ushered into the Hall by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Ultimately, only Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway showed up for the event.

Last fall, Yorke released his score for Suspiria, his first film soundtrack. He's also been working on a new solo album, the follow-up to 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

See Luke Bryan, TR, FGL, Dierks and many more for only $20 this summer 

ABC/Image Group LANext week, you’ll have the chance to snap up tickets to some of country’s hottest summer concerts for only $20, including fees. The extraordinary bargain is part of Live Nation’s fifth annual National Concert Week.

Luke BryanThomas RhettJason AldeanFlorida Georgia LineDierks BentleyChris YoungBrantley GilbertMiranda LambertRascal FlattsBrad Paisley and Zac Brown Band are just some of the country acts participating in the deal, along with acts from many other genres.

Pre-sales start Tuesday, April 30 for T-Mobile customers, with the $20 tickets becoming available to the general public on Wednesday, May 1. The promotion runs through May 7.

You can find out more at NCW.LiveNation.com.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Pink: No new baby, but at least she gets a motorcycle 

ABC/Lou RoccoPink is the proud mother of two adorable children...and one new motorcycle.

On Tuesday, Pink posted a photo of herself posing in front of a new bike, a gift from her husband Carey Hart.  She captioned it, "My [love] won’t give me another baby, so he built me one. She rips.”

She also added the hashtag #Whatshouldwenameher.

Pink and Carey are already parents to seven-year-old Willow and two-year-old Jameson, and Jameson seems to be taking after his dad in the bike department.  A few days ago, Carey posted a photo of the toddler riding a tiny BMX bike on a dirt track.

"Jamo’s first night on the Bmx track and he was over the moon!!!!!!!" wrote Carey, adding, "I have a feeling it’s gonna be on with this one."

Earlier this week, Pink told Ellen DeGeneres that she'd no longer post photos of her kids on social media, because of the non-stop mommy-shaming she's experienced.  But if you want to see pictures of Willow and Jameson, Carey's still posting them.  In fact, two days ago, Carey posted a photo of Willow taking target practice with a rifle.

"I’m teaching her fire arm safety and procedure. I want her to be educated, comfortable, and confident," he captioned the pic. 

The comments were split between people -- mostly from outside the U.S. --  wondering why on earth a child needs to know how to handle a gun, and people who grew up around firearms and think they're great.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Toto joins lineup of Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful festival

Credit: Heather PorcaroToto is among the many acts that will play the 2019 Life Is Beautiful festival, will be held September 20-22 in downtown Las Vegas.

The event is the first confirmed North American concert appearance of the year for the veteran pop-rock act, which will launch a European tour on June 13 in London.

Toto also recently announced that it will be releasing a CD-only version of its expansive All In box set on May 24.  They'll also launch a full North American trek in September and October.

The 2019 Life Is Beautiful lineup features an eclectic variety of younger artists, including Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys and Post Malone, as well as Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, Vampire Weekend, Portugal. The Man and Carly Rae Jepsen, among many others.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public this Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit LifeIsBeautiful.com for the full lineup and more info.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Cardi B blasts 'The Shade Room' for negative posts about husband Offset and colleagues

ABC/Image Group LACardi B is using her platform to denounce the popular celebrity blog, The Shade Room

Tuesday, the Grammy-winning rapper took to Instagram to share a series of videos blasting the site for what she describes as frequent attacks on her husband Offset, and their colleagues. The rant follows the news that the Migos front man is facing felony charges for an arrest stemming from 2018.

"Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No," Cardi says at one point. "Is The Shade Room posting how this man is promoting a cancer-free campaign? No."

She continued, "Are they posting any positive s*** and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby moms. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

According to Cardi, because TSR founder Angelica Nwandu isn't authorized to post stories about her, Nwandu instead fuels negative publicity around those who are close to the "Please Me" artist, including Quality Control artist Yung Miami and the label's co-founder, Pierre Thomas.

Elsewhere in her tirade, Cardi suggested that drama-fueled urban blogs and gossip sites encourage improper representation for the black community across all media.

"Why are they making documentaries about R. Kelly? Why are they making documentaries about Michael Jackson? Because y’all make people feel like its O.K. to do so," she explained. 

"Why wouldn’t a white Caucasian person try to capitalize on the drama that happens in the urban and black entertainment business, when black-owned blogs capitalize on their own drama and problems?"

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Help choose the next song for Bad Wolves to cover 

Courtesy of Bad WolvesBad Wolves need your help to decide a new song to cover.

The Las Vegas metallers, who broke through thanks to their viral cover of The Cranberries' "Zombie," have been working on new material, and they're looking for another track to put their own spin on.

"We're really close to wrapping up the record and we can't wait to drop new tunes on you guys!" the band tweeted. "Here's the question, [if] we did another cover song what would you guys want to hear?"

Bad Wolves' "Zombie" cover was released just days after Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan died in January 2018. The new version of the song was supposed to feature O'Riordan, but she passed away just before she was scheduled to record her vocals. Bad Wolves have donated the proceeds from their hit cover to O'Riordan's family.

The new Bad Wolves album will follow the band's 2018 debut Disobey, which, in addition to "Zombie," features the singles "Hear Me Now" and "Remember When."

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Justin Bieber hits back at Coachella criticism -- and Ariana backs him up

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGWhen Justin Bieber hit back at a reporter for criticizing his Coachella performance, Ariana Grande backed him up.

In response to E!’s Nightly Pop host Morgan Stewart, who called him out for lip-syncing, Justin tweeted, “Imagine if you spent even half the time you spend laughing at other people's expense actually building people up and encouraging people, how much positivity you could bring.”

Justin encouraged Stewart to use her platform for good, continuing, “And rather than being positive you belittle people. Think about how awesome it felt for me to be on that stage after being away for so long the excitement and joy it gave me doing the thing i love the most, i sang to [a] backtrack like most cameos do this is a normal thing.”

Ariana quickly came to his defense, tweeting, “We also decided to do this ten minutes before my set started. we had 0 soundcheck, 0 rehearsal. u were singing with the back tracking like most cameos do.”

She added, “people are bored. people don’t know how it feels to be under such scrutiny. the world was happy to have u on stage again.”

After tweeting some more words of encouragement to Justin, she concluded, “i don’t like when people try to ruin beautiful moments for my friends that’s all. have a good day.”

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Why "Broken & Beautiful" is one of Kelly Clarkson's "favorite things" she's ever recorded 

Atlantic Records/STXfilmsKelly Clarkson's latest single, "Broken & Beautiful," is from her upcoming animated film UglyDolls, and she says she really loves it, for two reasons.

In a clip posted on People.com, Kelly says, "'Broken & Beautiful' is one of my favorite things I've ever been able to record, one, because Pink wrote it, and I'm a huge Pink fan."

Pink co-wrote the song with two of Ed Sheeran's frequent collaborators  -- Steve Mac and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid -- as well as Christopher Comstock, better known as electronic DJ/producer Marshmello.

As for the second reason she loves the song, Kelly says, "There couldn’t have been a more perfect song written for the whole theme of this movie. And 'broken' meaning, not damaged, 'broken' just meaning everybody’s under construction!”

In the movie, Kelly stars as Moxy, a misfit toy who leads her pals to the town of Perfection, in hopes of getting matched with a child in the real world.  But they eventually learn that nobody's perfect, and it's much better to be unique and to love yourself and all your imperfections. 

UglyDolls hits theaters May 3.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

This is what Marilyn Manson got Machine Gun Kelly for his birthday 

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicMarilyn Manson got Machine Gun Kelly a very, um, personal present for the rapper's birthday.

According to Kelly's Instagram, Manson gifted him a sex toy with the Antichrist Superstar's face printed on it.

The item has actually been available for purchase on Manson's website since last fall, and comes with a velvet bag for "easy and discreet storage."

Also in attendance at the birthday celebration was Tommy Lee, who Kelly plays in the new Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt. The drummer bought him a $5,000 bottle of liquor.

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Paul McCartney to release expanded "Explorer's Edition" of latest album, "Egypt Station," in May

Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney will treat fans to an expanded version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album, Egypt Station.  Dubbed the "Explorer's Edition," it'll arrive in stores on May 17.

The deluxe release will feature the original Egypt Station album and a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares" and the surprise single "Get Enough," as well as live performances from the special shows McCartney played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.

Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.

All of the bonus tracks also are available in McCartney's previously announced limited-edition Egypt Station: Traveller's Edition luxury box set, which is completely sold out.

Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition, which can be pre-ordered now, will arrive in advance of the 2019 North American leg of Sir Paul's Freshen Up world tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans.

Here's the full track list of CD version of the deluxe Egypt Station release:

CD 1: Egypt Station
"Opening Station"
"I Don't Know"
"Come On To Me"
"Happy with You"
"Who Cares"
"Fuh You"
"Confidante"
"People Want Peace"
"Hand in Hand"
"Dominoes"
"Back in Brazil"
"Do It Now"
"Caesar Rock"
"Despite Repeated Warnings"
"Station II"
"Hunt You Down/Naked/Clink"

CD 2: Egypt Station II
"Get Started"
"Nothing for Free"
"Frank Sinatra's Party"
"Sixty Second Street"
"Who Cares" (Full Length)
"Get Enough"
"Come On to Me" (Live at Abbey Road Studios)
"Fuh You" (Live at The Cavern)
"Confidante" (Live at LIPA)
"Who Cares" (Live at Grand Central Station)

And here are all of McCartney's 2019 North American tour dates:

5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/8 -- Green Bay WI, Lambeau Field
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
7/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, BC Place
7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium

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Wednesday
Apr242019

Miranda Lambert will celebrate a decade of MuttNation with a Mutt March during CMA Fest

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert will mark the tenth anniversary of her MuttNation Foundation pet charity with a march in Music City during CMA Fest.

The Mutt March will start Thursday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Miranda will lead the parade of pets and their owners across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, with the festivities wrapping up at Walk of Fame Park, across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  

“Were hoping that one thousand or more people -- some with their furry friends -- will join us walking in support of shelter pet adoption,” Miranda says.

You can register for Miranda’s Mutt March at MuttNationFoundation.com.

For the third year in a row, fans will also have the chance to adopt dogs at the MuttNation booth at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. Last year, 55 pups found forever homes during CMA Fest.

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