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Nov182017

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Dead at 64

Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesAC/DC's Malcolm Young, who along with his brother and fellow guitarist Angus founded the group and led it for more than four decades, has died. He was 64. A message on the band's website confirmed his passing.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," reads the message. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man."

"He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted," the note, written by his brother and bandmate Angus Young, continues. "He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

News that Malcolm was ailing emerged in April of 2014.  After rumors circulated that a member of the band was suffering from a debilitating illness, AC/DC issued a statement that read, "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health."  The message also insisted that the band planned to continue making music.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Malcolm moved with his family to Australia in 1963 and eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, George, who was a member of the popular 1960s group The Easybeats.

Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC in November 1973, and after several changes, the band's lineup solidified with charismatic frontman Bon Scott.  Touring relentlessly, the band steadily built an international following.  AC/DC was riding high on the success of its 1979 album, Highway to Hell, when Scott died in February 1980 of acute alcohol poisoning. 

Brian Johnson replaced Scott, and with the band recorded AC/DC's eighth studio album, Back in Black.  Released in July of 1980, Back in Black catapulted AC/DC to fame, and has gone on to sell more than 22 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the sixth most successful record ever in the country.

AC/DC continued to be one of hard rock's most popular acts into the new millennium, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.  The band proved its staying power in 2008, when it released its latest studio effort, Black Ice, which became its second album to top the Billboard 200 -- following 1981's For Those About to Rock We Salute You.

Through it all, Malcolm Young remained an integral part of the group, teaming with Angus to co-write nearly every song AC/DC recorded, often in collaboration with either Scott or Johnson.  Among the many classic tunes Malcolm had a hand in writing are "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell," "T.N.T.," "It's a Long Way to the Top," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and "Shoot to Thrill."  While Angus drew most of the attention, with his trademark schoolboy uniform and hyperactive stage persona, Malcolm anchored the band's sound with his driving riffs.

Speaking with ABC News Radio in 2003, Malcolm explained what motivated him to keep playing.  "It's just to get better and better," he said.  "It's...you want more.  You want more from your instrument and you wanna take it to another level.  You're always looking for something that hasn't been done. It's a drug, really."

Malcolm is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Ross and Cara.

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Saturday
Nov182017

Sunday night's star-studded American Music Awards will be "amazing," "emotional" and "insane"

Dick Clark ProductionsGoing into Sunday night's American Music Awards, Bruno Mars is the leading nominee with eight nods.  But it's the musical performances that fans tune in to see...and according to this year's host and producers, there'll be no shortage of memorable, touching and even "insane" moments you won't want to miss.

Those unmissable moments will start right away, with Kelly Clarkson and Pink opening the show with a duet.  "I’m not gonna say what it is -- all I’m saying is you must not miss the opening," raves AMA producer Larry Klein.

"It is quite emotional, it’s an amazing thing," he adds. "It’s two people who have never worked together but have admired one another for many years, and that opening is something that everybody should watch."

"It’s [Kelly's] 15th anniversary of winning American Idol, so she’s gonna throw it back to her very first hit, as well as doing her newest single," AMA producer Mark Bracco tells ABC News. "And then Pink...is doing something that has never been done before...and it’s insane in the best possible way."

Another highlight will be a tribute to Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack, released 25 years ago this week.

"We worked really closely with the Houston estate and many of Whitney’s family members are gonna be in the audience," says Bracco. "Viola Davis is gonna introduce...Christina Aguilera...and she’s gonna perform a medley of the amazing songs from that soundtrack."

black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross hosts the show, and says the moment she's most excited for is the performance by her mom, the iconic Diana Ross, who'll receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"If you’re gonna hang out for any performance, hang out for my mom!" she tells ABC News. "There’s so much of an emphasis on youth, but to see a woman whose career has spanned so many decades, that is still performing, still on stage, still singing live, still looking gorgeous...it shows you what’s possible...and people who’ve never seen her, it’s worth it!"

Overall, Bracco says, "We’re gonna take people on a really great ride with great music with lots of emotion...there’s a lot of memories and nostalgia and it’s gonna be a great night." 

The American Music Awards air live on ABC Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.  Here are some of the nominees in the top categories:

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
Alessia Cara
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars
Drake
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars -- “24K Magic
Drake -- “More Life”
The Weeknd -  “Starboy”

Favorite Song - Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey -- “Closer”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”
Ed Sheeran -- “Shape of You”

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
Bruno Mars
Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran

New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile
James Arthur
Niall Horan
Julia Michaels
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd

Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey -- “Closer”
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne -- “I’m the One”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”
Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar -- “Don’t Wanna Know”
The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk -- “Starboy”

Tour of the Year
Garth Brooks
Coldplay
U2

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars -- “That’s What I Like”
Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee -- “Despacito”
Ed Sheeran -- “Shape of You”

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
twenty one pilots

Top Soundtrack
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana
Trolls

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Friday
Nov172017

Thirty Seconds to Mars releases acoustic version of "Walk on Water" 

ABC/Randy HolmesThirty Seconds to Mars has released an acoustic version of their new single "Walk on Water." The unplugged performance is available now for digital download.

In stripping out the electric elements of the song, Jared Leto's voice takes center stage, but the track maintains the bombastic, anthemic sound of the original thanks to a chorus of back-up singers.

"Walk on Water" is the lead single from Thirty Seconds to Mars' forthcoming fifth studio album, which will be accompanied by the Leto-directed documentary A Day in the Life of America.

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Friday
Nov172017

Moon Taxi announces new album, "Let the Record Play"

RCA RecordsMoon Taxi has revealed the details of their next album. The fifth studio effort from the Nashville band is called Let the Record Play, and will arrive on January 19.

"If there's one thing we want when people hear this record or see our shows," says frontman Trevor Terndrup, "it's to leave elated."

Let the Record Play will feature the lead single "Two High." Here's the track list:

"Let the Record Play"
"Not Too Late"
"Good as Gold"
"Two High"
"No More Worry"
"Moving to the City"
"Nothing Can Keep Us Apart"
"Keep Me Coming"
"Trouble"
"The Way"

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Friday
Nov172017

Elton John is "never going to stop," but will "take a breather," says manager

Denise Truscello/WireImageAt age 70, Elton John doesn't seem to be slowing down, and he still regularly tours the world.  According to his manager, not only will Elton not retire, he simply cannot.

The pop-rock legend's manager, of course, is also his husband, David Furnish.  He tells Music Week, "Without question, Elton must never stop performing. We all have things that kind of keep us alive in life. Some people relish the idea of a retirement where they do nothing [but] for Elton that would be purgatory."

Furnish also notes, "Playing to live audiences is going to be something he always needs to do." 

As for songwriting, he says Elton is "never going to stop," adding, "I think the passion [that] keeps him alive is that he needs to continue to create and write, he needs to collaborate."

However, Furnish admits that because their two sons are nearly seven and five, Elton and he need to be there for them, and that may affect just how much his husband will tour.  For example, May of next year will see the end of Elton's Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano.  But according to Furnish, there are still plenty of projects in the works.

"We're going to be shooting a live action musical fantasy version of Elton's life story called Rocket Man that's going to go into production next year," Furnish explains. "I think he feels he needs to take a breather, he needs to step back and take a pause. He's also working on his memoirs and then we have a few surprises up our sleeve."

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Friday
Nov172017

Celebration Gig: Led Zeppelin tribute concert to be held at New York City's Carnegie Hall in March

Michael Dorf PresentsLed Zeppelin will be saluted at the latest in the series of star-studded annual tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf at New York's Carnegie Hall.

"The Music of Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall" is scheduled for March 7, 2018, and will feature performances by 21 as-yet-unannounced artists.  VIP packages can be purchased now at MusicOf.org, while general admission tickets will be available soon at the Carnegie Hall box office and CarnegieHall.org.

All of the proceeds from the concert will go toward various music-education programs for underprivileged children and young people.

Among the artists who have been the subject of previous "Music Of" shows are The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

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Friday
Nov172017

Dancing with the Stars finale to feature performances by Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Nick Lachey, Debbie Gibson & more 

ABC/Craig SjodinThis season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars featured three musicians as contestants, and all three of them will be performing during the show's finale next week.

The season 25 finale, airing on ABC Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET, will feature a performance from contestant Nick Lachey, who'll be singing "Someone to Dance With," a new ballad that was inspired by his and his wife Vanessa's time on the show this season. Finalist Jordan Fisher, a singer and actor, will duet with contestant Debbie Gibson on two Christmas favorites: "Sleigh Ride" and "What Christmas Means to Me." And finalist Lindsey Stirling will perform her holiday song "Christmas C'mon" with singer Becky G.

Monday night's show, during which the four remaining couples will each dance two numbers, will feature two musical performances: one by Pitbull and Fifth Harmony singing their current collabo “Por Favor,” and one by Alexander Jean -- DWTS pro Mark Ballas' duo with his wife BC Jean -- who'll perform “Wouldn’t Change Anything.”

The four finalists are:

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold

Drew Scott and Emma Slater

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch now: Dolly Parton debuts as a cartoon

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleThrough the years, Dolly Parton has often joked that her exaggerated looks and big hair make her seem like a cartoon -- and now that’s become a reality: Dolly’s animated alter-ego, Little Dolly, makes her debut in a new series of lyric videos on YouTube.

The thirteen clips go along with the tracks on Dolly’s first children’s album, I Believe in You. The new musical cartoons find Little Dolly exploring well-known places in the Volunteer State, as the on-screen lyrics aim to help kids learn to read.

All the proceeds from I Believe in You go to help Dolly’s literacy non-profit, The Imagination Library. The Tennessee Department of Tourism helped produce the new videos.

You can check out the new treatments for everything from the title track to Dolly’s classic, “Coat of Many Colors,” on YouTube now.

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Friday
Nov172017

Patti LaBelle to appear during Macy's 91st annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC Universal/Macy'sPatti LaBelle has signed on to appear during this year's 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

The "New Attitude" singer will ride on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray float at one of the nation's biggest holiday celebrations.

Many other stars will take part as well, including CommonAndra DayWyclef Jean and Smokey Robinson

The 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, hosted by Matt LauerSavannah Guthrie and Al Roker, will air on Thursday, November 23, on NBC beginning at 9 a.m. in all time zones. 

The show will encore at 2 p.m.

You can visit Macys.com or follow Macy's on social media for more details.  

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Friday
Nov172017

A "jelly" Luke Bryan thinks everyone should ease up on Sexiest Man Alive Blake Shelton

ABC/Image Group LAWhen Luke Bryan first learned that People had chosen Blake Shelton as its Sexiest Man Alive for 2017, he reacted much like Blake might’ve done if the situation had been reversed: by giving him grief.

But now that so many people have piled on to criticize the magazine's choice, Luke is changing his tune.

"I originally roasted him about it," Luke told Entertainment Tonight. “But then now the whole world is roasting him and now I feel bad for roasting him."

"It's very flattering and I'm happy for him,” the “Light It Up” hitmaker goes on. “I want to go on the record and say that I'm proud of my guy. And for all of the people out there that are giving him grief, I mean, Blake is a good-looking guy and he deserves it."

The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year even admits he wouldn’t mind seeing his own face on the cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue one day.

"I'm a little jelly," Luke confessed,"[But] I think he ought to enjoy [it]."

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Friday
Nov172017

Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled & Diddy to judge new Fox show "The Four" 

Tom SchirmacherFox's new music reality competition show, The Four: Battle for Stardom, has its judging panel.

Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, Sean "Diddy" Combs and record executive Charlie Walk will star on the show, which premieres January 4. 

The show starts with four finalists who've been chosen by the judges.  Each singer will then defend his or her spot by trying to out-perform new contestants who want to replace them.  If they fail, they go home, and the challenger takes their place.

The interactive part of the competition comes with the challengers: they'll be made up of viewers who think they're better than the finalists.  They'll submit audition videos which will be streamed online, and then America will help decide who'll actually make it onto the show.

At the end of the season, the four finalists -- whomever they end up being -- then have to face off against each other, and one will be the champion.  At that point, the panel of experts will become the winner's team and help launch their career.  To audition, visit thefourmusic.com.

In a statement, Meghan says, "I know firsthand what it’s like to be thrown into the music industry head first, as an artist and a songwriter. I also know what it takes to hang on for the ride. I’m so humbled to help discover new talent with this amazing panel of experts.”  

Diddy declared, "This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format… We plan on being the best talent show out there, taking it to that next level and making history again."

Fox's former music reality competition show, American Idol, will launch in its new, revamped version on ABC March 11.

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Friday
Nov172017

Watch now: Chance the Rapper asks Eminem why he won't battle Leslie Jones in new "SNL" promo

ABC/Randy HolmesHilarious new promos for Saturday's episode of Saturday Night Live feature host Chance the Rapperand musical guest Eminem, alongside cast member and writer Leslie Jones

At the start of one promo, Leslie asks Chance why Em won't battle her. 

"'Cause she'll win," Eminem replies, with a deadpan expression. Leslie responds, "That is correct, sir."

In another promo, Eminem and Leslie give Chance several different suggestions for a new stage name.  

"It could be Chance the Hottie. Or like Chance the Poet," says Leslie, while Em proposes "Chance Encounter" and "Chancer the Dancer."

This week's SNL marks Chance's first time as host of the famed late-night sketch comedy series, and Em's sixth appearance. 

The show airs Saturday, November 18 at 11:30 on NBC. 

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Friday
Nov172017

Eagles manager & guitarist Joe Wash confirm the band will tour in 2018 

Credit: Myriam SantosFollowing the January 2016 death of founding member Glenn Frey, The Eagles' future seemed in doubt, but the band eventually regrouped with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill and played a series of shows this year. Now, longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff and guitarist Joe Walsh have revealed in separate interviews that the band will continue performing in 2018.

Azoff tells Best Classic Bands that The Eagles are plotting "a handful" of stadium dates next summer with Jimmy Buffett, including one at Coors Field in Denver.

As for what the future holds for the group, Azoff says, "The Eagles are in an experimental phase." He adds that he looks at the new shows as "a celebration of their music" rather than an Eagles tour: "I don't know how long it'll go."

Regarding whether The Eagles might consider creating new music, Azoff says, "I don't speculate there will be any [studio] recordings, based on the public's willingness to listen at this point."

Walsh, meanwhile, recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun about The Eagles' 2018 plans.

"[N]ext year we're going to play between 40 and 50 shows," the guitarist revealed. "It sure feels good to play our music for people again, and they know the words better than we do."

About the group's decision to continue after Frey's death, Joe said, "We didn't know if we could do it, so we had to try. Glenn's son said OK and stepped up…He doesn't know he's great but he's great, and that really helped us spiritually. Then we got Vince Gill and he filled in that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he's a brilliant musician."

Walsh wraps up a three-night stand at the House of Blues Las Vegas with shows this Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday
Nov172017

Song of "Experience": U2 debuts new tune, "American Soul"

Credit: Anton CorbijnU2 has debuted another new track from Songs of Experience in advance the upcoming studio album's December 1 release.

"American Soul," which has been posted on the band's YouTube channel, kicks off with a spoken-word segment by rapper Kendrick Lamar before launching into a pounding mid-tempo rock anthem that appears both celebrate and critique the U.S.

The sung portion of the track begins with a segment of lyrics and melody that previously appeared on the Lamar-U2 collaboration "XXX," a song from Kendrick's recent album, DAMN. "It's not a place, this country is to me a sound of drum and bass, you close your eyes to look around," sings Bono.

"American Soul" is highlighted by The Edge's snaking fuzz-guitar riff and Larry Mullen Jr.'s heavy, tribal drumming. The song also features the catchy, sing-along refrain "You are rock 'n' roll/You and I are rock 'n' roll/Came here looking for American soul."

In addition, "American Soul" includes a bridge that seems to be directed at the current U.S. immigration policy.  "Let it be unity/Let it be community/For refugees like you and me," sings Bono. "A country to receive us/Will you be our sanctuary?/Refu-Jesus."

"American Soul" is the fourth track from Songs of Experience that's been made available prior to the album's release, along with "The Blackout," "You're the Best Thing About Me," and "Get Out of Your Own Way," the latter of which also features a cameo by Lamar.

If you pre-order Songs of Experience now, you'll receive instant downloads of all four songs.

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Friday
Nov172017

Did Offset admit to having a "secret love child"with another woman? 

ABC/Randy HolmesCardi B's fiancé Offset has allegedly admitted to fathering a "secret love child" -- a seven-year-old boy named Jordan -- according to documents obtained by celebrity gossip website The Blast

The documents purport to show that the child's mother, Justine Watson, filed documents "to establish paternity and child support." 

In addition, Watson claims that the Migos star, who allegedly never took a DNA test to confirm if he's the father or not, rarely provided financial help. 

Watson is seeking both child support and "$15,000 in attorney's fees."

The Blast adds that Offset reportedly confessed in October to being Jordan's dad, and has been providing for him since he was born, but doesn't want to pay the $15,000 in legal fees. 

The performer also wants "joint legal and physical custody" of Jordan and wants the child's last name changed to his own, which is Cephus. 

It's known that Offset has another son and a daughter, each born to two different mothers. 

Offset proposed to Cardi B in October during an onstage performance in Philadelphia.

The Blast notes that two days after his marriage proposal, Offset allegedly made all of the financial information pertaining to his case with Watson private.  

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Friday
Nov172017

Listen now: Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui teams up with Steve Aoki on new song, "All Night"

Courtesy of Ultra RecordsThe ladies of Fifth Harmony continue to branch out with solo endeavors. Lauren Jauregui has teamed up with DJ-producer Steve Aoki for a new track featuring her solo vocals, called “All Night.”

"Working with Steve was such an incredible experience, I love his energy and am such a fan of what he brings to the music,” Lauren says in a statement.  “This song was so special to work on, perfecting and vocal producing, and writing. I can’t wait for the world to have it! So grateful to Steve for trusting me and my process."

The danceable track is about making an intense connection with someone and wanting to make it last.  “Got me paralyzed/I don’t think I can fight this/Why’s it feel so right?/Let’s keep this going all night,” she sings.

Aside from her work with Fifth Harmony, Lauren has also appeared on the Halsey track “Strangers” and a song with her rumored boyfriend, Ty Dolla $ign, called “In Your Phone.”

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Friday
Nov172017

T-Pain releases new album, "Oblivion"

Hannibal MatthewsT-Pain's fifth studio album, Oblivion, has finally arrived. 

The two-time Grammy winner's latest full-length disc features the singles "Goal Line" and his latest, "Textin' My Ex."  

Oblivion is T-Pain's first album release in six years. 

The "Buy U a Drank" rapper recently completed his first-ever acoustic tour, during which he performed stripped-down versions of songs like "Bartender" and "5 O'Clock." 

Oblivion, which features guest appearances by Chris Brown, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign and Ne-Yo, is available to buy everywhere. 

Here's the tracklist:

"Who Died" (Prod. by Dre Moon & Tommy "Tbhits" Brown) 
"Classic You" feat. Chris Brown (Prod. by T-Pain and Floyd "A1" Bentley) 
"Straight" (Prod. by Dre Moon) 
"That's How It Go" (Prod. by Allstar) 
"No Rush" (Prod. by ISM & Floyd "A1" Bentley) 
"Pu$$y On The Phone" (Prod. by Dre Moon) 
"Textin' My Ex" feat. Tiffany Evans (Prod. by Dre Moon) 
"May I" feat. Mr. Talkbox (Prod. by T-Pain) 
"I Told My Girl" feat. Manny G (Prod. by Dre Moon, Xplosive, & Abaz)
"She Needed Me" (Prod. by T-Pain) 
"Your Friend" (Prod. by Dre Moon, Tommy "Tbhits" Brown, & Mr. Franks)
"CeeCee from DC" feat. Wale (Prod. by Major Seven)
"Goal Line" feat. Blac Youngsta (Prod. by Dre Moon) 
"2Fine" feat. Ty Dolla $ign (Prod. by Dre Moon) 
"That Comeback" T-Pain & Ne-Yo (Prod. by T-Pain)
"Second Chance" (Don't Back Down) feat. Roberto Cacciapaglia (Prod. by T-Pain) 

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Friday
Nov172017

Jon Pardi insists "She Ain't In It," while teasing a top-secret collaboration with Miranda Lambert

ABC/Image Group LAHas Jon Pardi recorded a top-secret duet with Miranda Lambert? That seems to be the case, judging from Jon’s cryptic comments in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Next year, the two head out together on Miranda’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, and not long ago, they bumped into each other while they were traveling.

“I was sitting at the airport bar -- because what else do you do in the airport? -- [when] somebody tapped me on the shoulder,” Jon recalls. “[I] turned around and it was Miranda. She was like, ‘Hey, I saw you at the bar, you’re over here by yourself. I just wanted to say hey.’ I was like, ‘That’s so awesome!’”

The two went on to discuss “some other top secret information that might come about in the third record, maybe,” Jon teases, stopping short of saying the two have done a duet.

“That’s still not official…” he adds, before bragging, “It sounds awesome!”

Jon is currently working on his follow-up to his current album, California Sunrise, as its fourth single, “She Ain’t In It,” climbs the chart. The disc's three previous singles have all gone to #1.

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Friday
Nov172017

Kelly Clarkson is "so excited" to sing with Pink at the AMAs

Sølve Sundsbø/Vincent PetersKelly Clarkson is thrilled about singing with Pink on Sunday night's American Music Awards, not only because she's a huge fan, but because -- surprisingly -- the two have never really met before.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kelly says, "Oh my gosh, I'm so excited...I think we met in passing, like, quickly on the Today show right after I won American Idol 15 years ago. But we didn't really talk."

As Kelly recalls, "She was talking to [Idol runner-up] Justin Guarini because they're both from Philly, and I guess went to the same school, I didn't really get to talk to her then."

And Kelly says she can't wait to sing with an artist who she admires so much.

"At the core, we both love great singers, we both love soulful music," she explains. "She's branched out just like me, in, like, singer-songwriter kinda country stuff or rock 'n' roll. We both love a lot of the same things."

Kelly also says she hopes the team-up, which will open the ABC telecast at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, will be as memorable for their fans as previous team-ups were for her.

"When I was a kid, I remember anytime two big singers would get together that people were fans of...I remember, like, Mariah and Whitney Houston did it," Kelly says.  She laughs, "I mean, not that we're Mariah and Whitney, but just for our generation, being two popular females with popular music."

Kelly also tweeted about the duet, "Gonna play it super cool whilst singing with @Pink this Sunday at the #AMAs. But know on the inside I will be freaking the &$@! out.”

To which Pink responded, "You're joking! I am humbly prepared to be outsung:) I adore you and I cannot wait."

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Friday
Nov172017

Jimmy Buffett's bounty of archival recordings, "Buried Treasure, Volume One," arrives today

Mailboat RecordsThe archival Jimmy Buffett album Buried Treasure, Volume One, featuring a collection of recently rediscovered unreleased acoustic demos recorded during the late 1960s and early '70s, hit stores today. The album features 11 tracks interspersed with narrated segments by Buffett.

The demos were culled from boxes of quarter-inch tapes that had been stored for decades in a Nashville studio once owned by producer/songwriter Buzz Cason, for whose publishing company Buffett worked early in his career. Included on the tapes were recordings Jimmy made in 1969 in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, as well as 125 tunes he subsequently recorded in Nashville while working for Cason.

While most of the songs on Buried Treasure are original Buffett compositions, the album also includes two Gordon Lightfoot covers -- "The Gypsy" and "The Circle Is Small" -- and a rendition of the Mamas and the Papas classic "California Dreamin'." The latter tune was recorded at an event in Mobile celebrating the U.S. Junior Miss Pageant and features backing vocals from the pageant's contestants.

Buried Treasure, Volume One is available as a standard CD packaged with a 28-page book, and a deluxe edition featuring a 40-page collector's book and a bonus DVD containing a 20-minute documentary titled Buried Treasure -- Mobile to Nashville that tells the story behind the recordings.

Additional albums featuring other recordings from the long-lost tapes will be released in the future.

In other news, Buffett will headline the "Tryin' to Reason..." benefit concert this Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida, that'll raise funds to aid communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas affected by this year's devastating hurricanes. Country stars Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jake Owen also will perform at the sold-out show.

Here the full track list of Buried Treasure, Volume One:

"The Mobile Days" (narration)
"Don't Bring Me Candy"
"Lightfoot" (narration)
"The Circle Is Small"
"Clunker Chord" (narration)
"Abandoned on Tuesday"
"Technology" (narration)
"I Can't Be Your Hero Today"
"Blame It on New Orleans" (narration)
"Rickety Lane"
"Sgt. Pepper in the Gumbo Pot" (narration)
"The Wino Has Something to Say"
"Going Where the Wind Takes You" (narration)
"California Dreamin'"
"Nashville, Here We Come" (narration)
"The Gypsy"
"Hopelessly Gone" (narration)
"Hopelessly Gone"
"Simple Pleasures" (narration)
"Simple Pleasures"
"Close the World at Five" (narration)
"Close the World at Five"
"Thank You's" (narration)

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