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Monday
Aug132018

Oh Perry! Ex-Journey singer launches official website and social media sites

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLast month, reports emerged claiming that Steve Perry had filmed an interview for CBS Sunday Morning that will air October 7. That fueled rumors that the ex-Journey frontman was finally preparing to release his long-awaited new solo album. Now, a new development has got Steve's fans believin' some news about the singer's new musical project may be coming soon: He's just introduced an official website, StevePerry.com.

The website's homepage boasts an animated note that reads, "I know it's been a long time comin'…," and also features links to Perry's newly launched official social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Among the first replies to Perry's message on his Twitter feed is from founding Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who wrote, "So now hopefully we can have the coffee."

Schon's comment is apparently a reference to an exchange Neal says he had with Perry at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the singer told him they should get together for coffee soon. But Schon told ABC Radio earlier this year that he and Perry hadn't been in touch since the ceremony.

In an April 2017 interview, Perry told ABC Radio that his new album featured songs inspired by his relationship with a woman who passed away from cancer four years earlier.

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Monday
Aug132018

Diana Ross scores back-to-back #1 hits on "Billboard" Dance Club Songs chart with remixes of her classic tunes

Universal/MotownEarlier this month, Diana Ross made chart history when a remix single featuring her 1980 hits "I'm Coming Out" and "Upside Down" topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs list.

The original versions of those same two songs reached #1 on the same chart back in August of 1980, and "I'm Coming Out" also topped the magazine's Hot 100 tally that year.

In January of  this year, a remix of Ross' 1970 #1 Hot 100 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" also reached the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. This marks the first time that an artist has had back-to-back #1 hits on the Dance Club Songs list with tunes that previously reached the top of a Billboard chart.

The "I'm Coming Out"/"Upside Down" remix is currently #10 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. An album featuring nine remixes of the two tunes was released this past Friday, August 10.

The "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" remix also appears on the Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection compilation, which was released in December 2017.

Diana has a few concerts lined up in the northeastern U.S. in the early fall before she kicks off a new run of performances of her Music and Love Las Vegas show on October 31 at the Encore Theater at the Wynn casino and resort.

Here are all of Ross' upcoming dates:

9/28 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
9/29 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9/30 -- New York, NY, Pier 17
10/6 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
10/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas
11/2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas

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Monday
Aug132018

Jack White announces Canadian tour

ABC/Nicole WilderJack White is headed up north this fall for a Canadian tour. The two-week trek begins November 2 in Edmonton. Visit JackWhiteIII.com for ticket info.

White has always had a unique relationship with Canada. In 2007, The White Stripes became the first band to play every Canadian province and territory in support of what became their final album, Icky Thump. That tour was documented in the 2009 film Under Great White Northern Lights.

White will be touring in support of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach. His current U.S. run continues Monday night in Seattle.

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Monday
Aug132018

Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin to receive award from former hometown; reveals severity of 2016 heart attack

Credit: Susan Joy BalinFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin will be honored by his former hometown of Mill Valley, California, at the 2018 Milley Awards, scheduled to take place October 21 at Mill Valley Community Center. While discussing the honor in a recent newspaper interview, Balin revealed surprising details of a heart attack he suffered two years ago.

At the awards event, Balin will be recognized in the Musical Arts category for his achievements as a member of the Airplane and its successor group, Jefferson Starship.

Milley Awards are handed out each year to people who have either been born, lived or worked in Mill Valley and have been supportive of or have made significant achievements in the arts. Balin, who currently resides in Florida, lived in Mill Valley from the late 1960s to the '80s.

In a recent phone interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin said of the honor, "Getting a Milley is cool," while admitting with a laugh, "I lived in Mill Valley for 30 some years and had never heard of a Milley."

In the same interview, Balin, 76, revealed that the heart attack he suffered in 2016 was very serious.

Balin told the newspaper that following the attack, he underwent emergency surgery, but suffered complications that left him on life support for a time. He wound up spending five months in the hospital, but reported that he's "doing good now."

"I'm writing songs right and left," he told the paper. "I'm finishing two new albums, and the guys in my band are eager to get back on the road. I can't wait to get back to Mill Valley."

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Monday
Aug132018

Stephanie Mills rips into Sam Smith after he says he's not a fan of Michael Jackson

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesBritish soul singer Sam Smith learned an important lesson over the weekend: Don't come for the King of Pop.

During a recent boat ride with American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, Smith was captured on camera saying, "I don't like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song."

It's not clear if Smith was being serious or not, but when the video went viral, fans of MJ were not pleased, and expressed their anger at Smith, who they believe was heavily influenced by Michael. One of those disgruntled fans was R&B legend Stephanie Mills, who was quick to hit back at Smith with a scathing message.

"Don't come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was," Mills wrote on Instagram, captioning an image of story where Smith dismisses MJ.

"I'm so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don't like our music,"” Mills continued. "Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER a** down and learn how to finish a tour. When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something."

Before concluding her verbal assault, Mills -- who reportedly dated Jackson back in the '70s -- gave Smith a little bit of advice and a caution.

"So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats," she retorted, "and come for me if you want to."

Smith has yet to reply.

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Monday
Aug132018

Aerosmith to play NBC's "Tonight Show" this Thursday, a day after band's previously announced "Today" performance

Credit: Ross HalfinOn the heels of Aerosmith's recently announced performance this Wednesday morning on NBC's Today show, the band also has been confirmed as the musical guest on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Pop superstar Ariana Grande and comic actor Nick Kroll also will be guests Thursday on The Tonight Show, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

As previously reported, Aerosmith's Today show performance is free and is be part of the program's summer concert series. The band will be playing in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza. Fans wanting to check out the performance are encouraged to arrive at the site by 5 a.m. ET.

Rumor has it Aerosmith has lined up the television appearances to announce plans for an upcoming Las Vegas residency, something guitarist Joe Perry first talked about during a December 2017 TV interview with NBC's Boston affiliate, WBTS.

Aerosmith's only concert of 2018 so far took place in May at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Monday
Aug132018

Solange donates tickets to raffle for Kehlani's fundraising concert to save ailing niece

ABC/Image Group LAKehlani is headlining a benefit concert Monday night in Berkeley, California for her 2-year-old niece, Nova, who is suffering from leukemia, and Solange is helping the singer raise money for the cause.

“AUNTIE SOLANGE DONATED 50 TICKETS TO RAFFLE OFF FOR TOMORROWS BENEFIT CONCERT IN BERKELEY!,” Kehlani tweeted Sunday.

"IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO ATTEND AND SUPPORT, HIT THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME TsuNoviraffle@gmail.com THANK U THANK U SOLANGE YOU ARE AN ANGEL.”

Kehlani wrote on Instagram that the cost of Nova’s medical care has caused “a lot of financial struggles” for Nova’s family.

The concert called "Kehlani Presents Tsunovi Gang," is being held at the UC Theatre in Berkeley featuring Rexx Life RajDaghe1-O.A.K., and Jean Deaux.

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Monday
Aug132018

Paris Jackson reveals she had surgery before weekend performance witnessed by grandmother Katherine Jackson

Gabriel Olsen/Getty ImagesIt was a weekend of agony and ecstasy for Paris Jackson, who underwent surgery, and then was thrilled that her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, was able to see her perform at a charity concert.

The 20-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson  tweeted that she underwent a procedure Friday, and then performed Saturday with her acoustic rock duo The Soundflowers at the Canyon Session cancer fundraiser in Los Angeles.

She commented, “I had an abscess a little bit smaller than a golfball i believe. was really hard to walk for a few days. they said i could have gone septic, which ain’t good. but i got lucky. i’m ok.”

Paris' pain turned to joy when her 88-year-old grandmother made a rare public appearance, attended the show, and gave her approval.

“i can’t believe my grandma made it to our second live show ever. and she actually liked it!?!!!," Paris wrote on Instagram. "i was sh****ng my pants. i love you so much grandma. i’m so happy we got to play for you and to play for such an incredible cause.”

As previously reported, Paris will join her brother Prince and her late father’s brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito at the Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration on August 29 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will commemorate what would have been MJ's 60th birthday.

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Monday
Aug132018

Katy Perry to sing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at free Hollywood Bowl show September 30

ABC/Image Group LAIf you didn't have the cash to get tickets for Katy Perry's Witness tour, you can see her for free next month -- if you can get yourself to Los Angeles.

Katy will be joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra September 30 for a special free show at the Hollywood Bowl.  She'll be one of several performers who'll be sharing the stage with the orchestra at the legendary venue.  The concert is the finale of Celebrate LA!, a one-day, eight-mile-long street festival in Los Angeles, with food, family activities and performances by 1800 musicians, artists and dancers.

On Twitter, Katy wrote that tickets to the show will be available via online sweepstakes starting August 20.

Katy's Witness tour wraps up August 21 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Monday
Aug132018

Watch now: Luke Combs gives fans a crash course in his history in "She Got the Best of Me" video

ABC/Mark LevineIf you watch Luke Combs’ new video for “She Got the Best of Me” carefully, you’re sure to spot several surprises.

The new clip is laced with plenty of inside information hardcore Luke fans will recognize, including cameos from Luke’s band members, the Dodge Neon he drove when he moved to Nashville, and even some shots of his hometown of Boone, North Carolina. The guitar Luke plays in the video also happens to be his very first one, which he used while learning the instrument.

You can check out the “She Got the Best of Me” video on YouTube now.

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Monday
Aug132018

Quavo apparently won $10,000 from Drake for hitting a half-court shot 

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDrake and Migos finally kicked off their long-delayed Aubrey and The Three Migos tour Sunday night in Kansas City, Missouri. Before the show, it seems like Quavo won $10,000 from Drizzy for hitting a half-court basketball shot.

Quavo posted a video on Instagram of him hitting the shot, with the caption, "Shooting For 10 Bandz." After he drained the shot, Drake tried and failed to duplicate his feat, and then congratulated Huncho, as Quavo’s “Lamb Talk” plays in the background.

The oldest member of Migos recently told Billboard that the group and Drake will be playing hoops throughout the tour.

"I'm looking forward to this basketball tournament,” Quavo said. “It's like a playoff game and a trophy made. It's going to be really intense. Every day we're going to work out and get to the athletics.”

During last night’s show, Drake had a basketball court on stage, and he invited a boy from the audience to take a foul shot. according to Billboard. The fan hit the shot, and won $1,750. As Drake said, “The city's watching you."

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Monday
Aug132018

Sam Smith teaming with Calvin Harris for new song "Promises" 

Ruven AfanadorA Scottish superstar and an English superstar are coming together for a new collaboration.

Calvin Harris has announced that on Friday, he'll release a new single called "Promises," featuring Sam Smith.

In a tweet, the Scottish deejay and producer shared the single's artwork, and wrote, "CALVIN HARRIS // SAM SMITH // very excited about this one !!! @samsmithworld coming Friday."

While Calvin is currently enjoying the success of his latest hit, "One Kiss," featuring Dua Lipa, Sam's been taking a break between legs of his Thrill of It All tour.  He wrote on Instagram, "Had the most beautiful few weeks with family and friends in California. Basically been listening to music non stop & laughing and eating."

"Second leg of tour starts on Tuesday in Saint Paul," he added. "Can’t wait to see you all xxx."

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Monday
Aug132018

Say Amen: Panic! at the Disco performing on MTV VMAs 

MTVPrayer will be in session next Monday when Panic! at the Disco takes the stage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

According to Billboard, Brendon Urie's band will be performing "High Hopes," a track from their new album Pray for the Wicked.

The video for another Panic! song, "Say Amen (Saturday Night)," is nominated for the Best Rock VMA, along with Foo Fighters' "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," Linkin Park's "One More Light," Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Walk on Water," Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" and Fall Out Boy's "Champion."

The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Monday
Aug132018

Kendrick Lamar added to JAY-Z’s Made in America Festival

Image Group LA/ABCJAY-Z is adding more star power to his Made in America Festival -- he announced Monday that Kendrick Lamar will perform “a very special set.

The 12-time Grammy Award winner joins a lineup that includes Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Miguel, Janelle Monae, and Ty Dolla $ign  Last week, Daniel Caesar, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Pusha T, and Lil Skies were added to the list of more than 60 acts.

This will be the seventh year for the two-day festival, scheduled for September 1 and 2 on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

In other Kendrick news, the rapper appears on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair, and he received rave reviews for his appearance on the July 29th episode of Power.

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Monday
Aug132018

New John Mellencamp art exhibit opening next month in Youngstown, Ohio

Credit: Marc HauserA new exhibition of John Mellencamp's latest paintings, dubbed "John Mellencamp: Expressionist," will open on September 20 at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Admission to the exhibit, which will be on display through November 18, is free, as is entry to the museum itself.

"John Mellencamp: Expressionist" will feature at 42 works by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, including large oil paintings and mixed-media pieces, that reflect the various topics and concerns the singer-songwriter also focuses on in his musical compositions.

Butler museum director Dr. Louis A. Zona categorizes Mellencamp's art as Neo-Expressionistic, "since his paintings are a return to the emotionally based applications brought forth by [such creative movements as] German Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism."

In addition, Zona says Mellencamp's paintings are "rich in spellbinding imagery, enriched by his understanding of visual organization and the power of color."

A private artist reception exclusively for Butler museum members will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. People with active memberships prior to September 1 of this year will receive invitations via mail, and will have to make a reservation to attend. Museum membership info is available at ButlerArt.com.

A full-color catalog is being put together to accompany the "John Mellencamp: Expressionist" exhibit featuring a new interview with Mellencamp, commentary by Zona and an essay by award-winning cultural writer David Shirey. The book will be sold via the Butler Museum Stores beginning September 20.

A previous art exhibit by Mellencamp, titled simply, "The Paintings of John Mellencamp," was displayed at the Butler Institute's Trumbull Branch in Howland, Ohio, from November 2013 to January 2014.

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Monday
Aug132018

LANCO lines up "Hallelujah Nights" this fall, as they hit the road on first headlining trek

The GreenRoomLANCO hits the road for their first-ever headlining tour this fall, kicking off the run October 24 in Columbia, Missouri, before wrapping up in Nashville in early December.

Travis Denning, who has his first top-40 hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” will join the fivesome for the trek, called Hallelujah Nights.

The tour not only takes its name from LANCO’s first album, it’ll also be their first chance to showcase their debut effort from start to finish.  

“This is a brand new show we’ve put together for our fans and it will be first time we get to play Hallelujah Nights in its entirety,” lead singer Brandon Lancaster reveals.

“This year has been full of so many incredible firsts for us,” he adds, “and we’ve learned so much out on the road about ourselves and about what our people want and expect from us. We can't wait to play these songs and share their stories from front to back that represent the core of LANCO.”

This summer, the “Born to Love You” hitmakers are busy opening Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High trek with Brothers Osborne.

The first tickets for LANCO’s Hallelujah Nights Tour go on sale Tuesday, with seats becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s a look at the complete itinerary:

10/24 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
10/25 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District
10/26 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
11/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
11/2 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
11/3 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
11/8 -- Chattanooga, TN, The Signal
11/9 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, The House of Blues
11/10 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
11/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 
11/18 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
12/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
12/7 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom

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Monday
Aug132018

Bring Me the Horizon teases return; new music coming next week?

Credit: Danny BaldwinIt look like Bring Me the Horizon is coming back, and the band is doing so in the most cryptic way possible.

Fans in cities including Chicago, London and Sydney have come across flyers and billboards featuring BMtH's "Antivist" logo and the phrase "Do you wanna start a cult with me?" There's also a phone number listed, and if you call it, you'll be directed to an organization called "Mantra."

On the Mantra phone line, a recording of a woman reels off a litany of Mantra's catchphrases, which include "Before the truth will set you free, it'll p*** you off."

If you dig deeper, you'll find a website called JoinMantra.org, which also includes one of the logos from the flyer. The website says that "Salvation will return 21 August 2018," which is next Tuesday. Could Bring Me the Horizon be releasing new music that day?

Whatever is going on, it likely has to do with Bring Me the Horizon's next album, the follow-up to 2015's That's the Spirit. Tune in August 21 to see if salvation is actually delivered.

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Monday
Aug132018

Manchester Orchestra schedules co-headlining tour with The Front Bottoms

Credit: Mike DempseyManchester Orchestra has announced a co-headlining tour with "Peace Sign" rockers The Front Bottoms. The joint outing kicks off November 21 in Atlanta, and will wrap up December 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. local time via TheManchesterOrchestra.com.

Prior to the co-headlining run, both Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms will play Foo Fighters' CalJam festival, held October 6 in San Bernardino, California.

Manchester will be touring behind their new album A Black Mile to the Surface, which features the single "The Gold," while The Front Bottoms will be supporting their latest effort, Going Grey.

Here are Manchester Orchestra's co-headlining tour dates with The Front Bottoms:

11/21 -- Atlanta, GA, The Stuffing @ Fox Theatre
11/23 -- Raleigh NC, The Ritz
11/24 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
11/25 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/27 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
11/28 -- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
11/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
12/1 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
12/2 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
12/3 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags
12/5 -- Madison WI, The Sylvee
12/8 -- TBA
12/7 -- Detroit, MI, Fillmore Detroit
12/10 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
12/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia
12/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia
12/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
12/15 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
12/16 -- TBA, Champagne Jam
12/18 -- Lowell MA, Tsongas Center

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Monday
Aug132018

Drake’s “In My Feelings” is number one for fifth straight week; Travis Scott debuts two songs in Top 10

Republic RecordsThough he's been dethroned by Travis Scott on the Billboard 200 album chart, Drake remains king of the Hot 100 -- but Scott may be gaining on him there, too.

Drake’s “In My Feelings” is number one for a fifth straight week, but Scott's just debuted two songs in the top ten from his number one album Astroworld: “Sicko Mode” and “Stargazing.”  These are the second and third top 10 hits of the Houston rapper's career, following his featured role, with Quavo, on Drake’s “Portland” in April 2017. 

“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B is number two, followed by Cardi’s “I Like It.” "Sicko Mode” is number four, and “FEFE" by 6ix9nine featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz is number five.

Post Malone holds the number six position with “Better Now,” Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” is number seven, “Stargazing is number 8, Tyga's “Taste” featuring Offset is the number nine song, and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” is number ten.

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Monday
Aug132018

Josh Groban reveals track listing for new album, "Bridges" 

Reprise RecordsJosh Groban has announced the track listing for Bridges, his first album of original music in five years.

As previously reported, the album features duets with Sarah McLachlan and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles; Josh's other duet partner is opera superstar Andrea Bocelli. Pre-ordering now will get you instant copies of the tracks "Granted,” “Symphony." and "S'il Suffisait D'Aimer." [seel soo fee SAY day MAY]

"I wanted to find a balance," Josh says of the album in a statement. "That's one of the reasons behind the title. I've always enjoyed singing about light and dark and love and loss as well as friendship. I really emphasized choosing the songs and the order to serve a continuity of energy.”

He adds that the album is about “learning lessons, appreciating when love comes your way, being Zen about it when love leaves, and keeping a more energetic and positive spirit moving forward.”

Josh says he felt more comfortable writing this time around; he co-wrote nine of the album’s 12 tracks.

A deluxe version of the album features three additional songs, including a cover of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.”

Bridges comes out September 21, before Josh hits the road with Idina Menzel on October 18.

Here is the track listing:

STANDARD
"Granted"
"Symphony"
"River"
"Musica Del Corazon"
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
"Run" feat. Sarah McLachlan
"S'il Suffsait D'Aimer"
"Won't Look Back"
"We Will Meet Once Again" feat. Andrea Bocelli
"More Of You"
"99 Years" feat. Jennifer Nettles
"Bigger Than Us"

DELUXE
"You Have No Idea"
"Signs"
"She's Always a Woman"

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