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Apr232019

Britney Spears says she's fine, needs "time to deal" with family "stress and anxiety"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Tuesday, a source has confirmed to ABC Radio that Britney Spears began her current, 30-day stay at a mental health facility of her own free will -- the result of both the emotional strain of her father Jamie's illness, and a necessary adjustment of her psychiatric medication.  Now, Britney herself has confirmed it to her fans.

"Hi guys.  Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me," Britney begins a brief video she posted to her Instagram Tuesday night.  "All is well.  My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal.  But don't worry -- I'll be back very soon."

In a lengthier, written message accompanying the video, Britney provides additional details.

"Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said," Britney writes, in part.  "I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear."

She goes on to say her former manager, Sam Lutfi, had crafted "these fake emails everywhere" -- apparently referring to reports circulating that she'd been involuntarily committed to the mental health facility, prompting the #FreeBritney hashtag. Britney and her father obtained a restraining order against Lutfi ten years ago, claiming he and others were attempting to gain control of her affairs.

"I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment," Britney writes, closing with, "Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you."

Britney, 37, checked herself into the facility earlier this month. Her father suffered a ruptured colon last November, and Britney canceled her planned Las Vegas residency Domination and all other work commitments as a result.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Jackson Browne, Bob Weir & more join Jack Johnson's BYOBottle sustainability campaign

Brandise Daneswich; Jay BlakesbergJackson Browne, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Weir's current group Dead & Company are among the environmentally conscious artists to sign on for BYOBottle, a sustainability campaign launched by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson. The initiative promotes reusable water bottles and water refill stations at concerts, festivals and other music events.

Other artists who've joined the campaign include E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Maroon 5, Pink, The Lumineers and Ben Harper.

In addition, a variety of popular festivals have signed on to participate, including Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sea Hear Now, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, The Ohana Fest and Bluesfest Byron Bay.

For more info, visit BYOBottle.org.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Scott Stapp shares "The Space Between the Shadows" album details; releases new song, "Name"

Credit: Sebastian SmithScott Stapp's upcoming album The Space Between the Shadows has an official release date. The third solo effort from the former Creed frontman is due out on July 19.

Along with the release date, Stapp has shared a new song from the album, called "Name." The track, available now for digital download, follows the previously released lead single, "Purpose for Pain."

The Space Between the Shadows is Stapp's first solo album since 2013's Proof of Life, and the first since his very public psychotic break in late 2014. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.

Stapp will embark on a solo tour in support of the album starting in June.

Here's the track list for The Space Between the Shadows:

"World I Used to Know"
"Name"
"Purpose for Pain"
"Heaven in Me"
"Survivor"
"Wake Up Call"
"Face of the Sun"
"Red Clouds"
"Gone Too Soon"
"Ready to Love"
"Last Hallelujah"
"Mary Crying"

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Tuesday
Apr232019

The Lumineers, Dave Matthews Band & more join Jack Johnson's BYOBottle sustainability campaign

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Lumineers and Dave Matthews Band are among the artists to sign on for BYOBottle, a sustainability campaign launched by Jack Johnson to promote reusable water bottles and water refill stations at concerts, festivals and other music events.

Other artists who've joined include Dead & Company, Empire of the Sun, Wilco, Ben Harper, Maroon 5 and Pink.

For more info, visit BYOBottle.org.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Paul Simon announces charities he's supporting with his Outside Lands festival performance

Courtesy of Beautiful Day MediaLast month, when Paul Simon was confirmed to headline the final day of the 2019 Outside Lands festival, the folk-rock legend announced that he'd be donating all net proceeds from forthcoming performance to local environmental organizations. Now, Simon has revealed the specific organizations that will be receiving the funds.

San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest will be the beneficiaries of Simon's festival performance.  The SFPA was founded in 1969 and works with with community groups, local businesses and city government to maintain and beautify San Francisco's existing parks and public spaces and create new ones.

Friends of the Urban Forest, established in 1981, supports and promotes the planting of street trees and community gardens throughout San Francisco. Since its inception, the organization has helped facilitate the planting of more than 60,000 trees -- nearly half of all the street trees in the city.

Simon retired from touring last September, but has vowed to continue to play select concerts and events in an effort to raise money for various charities he supports.

The Outside Lands festival will be held at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and will run from August 9 through August 11. Simon will appear on the 11th.

This year's lineup also features a few other veteran acts, including Simon's wife, Edie Brickell, and her group New Bohemians, as well as Counting Crows and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples. The festival's other headliners include singer and rapper Childish Gambino and alternative rockers Twenty One Pilots.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Listen now: LOCASH wants you to "turn it up and sing along" to "One Big Country Song"

Broken Bow“Ain’t the whole wide world just one big country song?” LOCASH asks with their new single.

“One Big Country Song” is the latest release from the duo’s new Brothers album, and the follow-up to their top thirty hit, “Feels Like a Party.”

In “One Big Country Song,” Preston Brust and Chris Lucas focus on the similarities we all have, no matter how different we seem on the surface.  

“Yeah, life is like a jukebox, just push play/Not everybody’s first verse sounds the same/But we all get born and we all get raised/Whether it’s some boondocks or Marina del Ray,” the duo sings on the track, which continues their tradition of feel-good, party anthems.

“One Big Country Song” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.  

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Oops! Movie rights to Britney Spears stage musical have already been sold

Photo by Getty ImagesOnce Upon a One More Time, an upcoming jukebox musical based on the songs of Britney Spears, hasn't even opened yet, but the movie rights have already been sold, reports Deadline.

Sony Pictures will bring the story -- a twist on classic fairy tales -- to the big screen. The show itself premieres in Chicago this fall, and will open on Broadway in 2020.  Britney and her manager are among the co-producers of the film.

As previously reported, the plot of Once Upon a One More Time concerns fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella and Snow White.  When they gather for their book club, a fairy godmother gives them a copy of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan's landmark 1963 book which is credited with sparking the feminist movement of the '60s and '70s in the U.S.

The exposure to these radical ideas shakes up the women, inspiring them to search for fulfillment in ways that don't involve marrying a prince.

The musical will feature hits like "Toxic," "Lucky," "Oops I Did It Again," "...Baby One More Time" and many more.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Offset reportedly facing felony charges stemming from 2018 arrest

ABC/Randy HolmesOffset's legal woes have continued, with the rapper now facing felony charges for gun possession, TMZ has learned. 

According to the report, Georgia's Clayton County District Attorney's Office has filed three charges against the Migos front man. Two of the charges are misdemeanor offenses for marijuana possession and an improper lane change. The other more serious charge, however, of firearm possession by a convicted felon could be costly for Offset. 

The charges originally stem from a July 2018 arrest.

As previously reported, the "Clout" rapper was pulled over for various traffic violations while driving through an Atlanta suburb. Initially, authorities claimed that the tint on Offset's luxury sports car was darker than the state's legal limit. During the traffic stop, however, police discovered three loaded weapons in his vehicle.

Due to Offset's criminal history, he was arrested immediately and charged with four infractions. But the rapper was able to have the charge of felony possession of a weapon during a crime dropped. That left the three counts he's currently fighting. 

According to his lawyer Drew Findling, Offset didn't break any laws leading to the traffic stop and believes the rapper was specifically targeted because of his race and status. 

"Unfortunately, people in his genre become a target for law enforcement who think that lifestyle is connected to some illegal activity...and that is a sad statement," Findling told TMZ around the time of the incident last year.  

Offset has since pleaded not guilty and due is back in court next month. 

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Slipknot manager files motion to dismiss Chris Fehn lawsuit 

Ollie Millington/WireImageSlipknot's manager Rob Shore has filed a motion to dismiss percussionist Chris Fehn's lawsuit against him and band members Corey Taylor and Shawn "Clown" Crahan.

In March, Fehn filed the lawsuit, which accuses Taylor, Crahan and Shore of, among other things, "breach of fiduciary duty."  It also claims that his now former band mates set up multiple business entities across numerous states in order to funnel money to themselves, and avoid paying him his fare share.

In an affidavit, Shore writes that Fehn -- who'd been part of the band since 1998 --  was not entitled to any further money than what he was paid for simply being in Slipknot.

"Mr. Fehn performed with Slipknot and received a fee for doing so," Shore wrote. "He is not a shareholder, owner or member of any business entity he names as a defendant in this action.

Shortly after news of the lawsuit was reported in March, Slipknot posted a since-deleted statement on their website saying that Fehn was no longer a part of the group. The band plans to release a new album on August 9.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Newly single Adele is putting her son first: "Her whole life revolves around him"

Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARASAdele and her husband may have split, but she’s determined to keep things civil for the sake of their six-year-old son Angelo.

“Adele’s son is everything to her. Her whole life revolves around him,” a source tells People.

The insider adds, “I just can’t see her divorce getting messy because she’s so careful when it comes to her son. She’s always five steps ahead in terms of how a decision will affect him.”

Adele has long kept Angelo out of the public eye.

“She takes him to the park or on a hike and to birthday parties for his friends,” another source says. “It’s clear that she tries to create a happy and normal childhood for Angelo.”

The singer announced her split from Simon Konecki last weekend, after seven years together.

"Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly," Adele's rep told ABC Radio in a statement. "As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Interpol announces US headlining tour dates

Credit: Kalpesh LathigraInterpol has announced a new batch of U.S. headlining tour dates.

The run begins August 4 in Portland, Maine, and will wrap up October 4 in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. local time via InterpolNYC.com.

In the middle of the headlining trek, Interpol will link up with Morrissey to open for the ex-Smiths frontman's solo tour, kicking off September 5 in Columbia, Maryland.

Interpol will be touring behind their latest album, 2018's Marauder. They're also releasing a new EP called A Fine Mess on May 17.

Here are Interpol's new headlining tour dates:

8/4 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre
8/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
8/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
8/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
9/4 -- Charlottesville, VA, Sprint Pavilion
9/15 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Center
9/17 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater
10/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Lil Kim announces delay of forthcoming album, '9': "This has nothing to do with me"

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationLil Kim is pumping the brakes on the release of her new album, 9

Just a few short weeks after announcing its impending arrival, the Queen Bee took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the news that the project would be delayed. 

"[My label] eOne has pushed back the date of my album," the veteran rapper posted on her Instagram Story

She continued, "This has nothing to do with me. I am beyond upset with this and couldn't wait to show you all what I've been working on."

As previously reported, Kim was set to gift fans with her newest effort on May 17. When it's released, it will be her first album in over 10 years, following 2005's The Naked Truth.

The iconic femcee had teased the album's arrival late last month on social media, as well as during a recent performance in Atlantic City. Her Instagram account has since been wiped clean. 

In the years since her last album, Kim has released a handful of mixtapes, including the infamous Black Friday, as well one-off singles such as "Nasty One." 

Most recently, the Brooklyn-bred lyricist dropped off the runway-ready track, "Go Awff."

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Is *NSYNC planning to reunite without Justin post-Coachella?

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGIs *NSYNC planning to reunite without Justin Timberlake?

Following their well-received surprise Coachella performance with Ariana Grande, sources tell Billboard the group and their team are considering “a more prolonged return” as a foursome.

While plans for a comeback are still up in the air, the April 14 performance proved JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone could successfully command the stage without Justin.

“There’s such a hunger now for great pop, for nostalgia,” one industry source tells Billboard. “It’s almost like a warm, comfortable blanket, especially for the generation that grew up with them, who are now moms and dads. The timing is right.”

Brad Wavra, Senior VP of Touring at concert promoters Live Nation, adds, “The four of them would be great. There’s no denying the talent that Justin has, but the four of them together proved it [at Coachella]: the music sounded great, they looked great, the fan response was awesome and I think that that would be the same all across America.”

Wavra thinks that, like the Backstreet Boys, the foursome could find success in Las Vegas or as part of a package tour; another source believes they could easily sell out arena dates, since it's been more than 15 years since fans have heard their hits live.

*NSYNC has officially been "on hiatus" since 2002. The last time all five members of the group performed together was one-off appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

John Fogerty schedules new Las Vegas residency in November; lines up additional US shows

Credit: Erik KabikThis past Saturday, John Fogerty wrapped up the first run of dates of his new Las Vegas show, My 50 Year Trip, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has lined up a second engagement that will take place this fall.

The new residency, at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Encore Theater, is scheduled for November 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit JohnFogerty.com and WynnLasVegas.com for more details.

Fogerty's My 50 Year Trip show, in part, celebrates the 50th anniversary of CCR's classic hit "Proud Mary" and the band's appearance at the historic Woodstock festival. The performances include many of the songs the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's old band played at Woodstock, plus other Creedence classics, tunes from his solo career and some covers.

John's 2019 itinerary also features a number of festival appearances, including sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Woodstock 50 event, as well as headlining shows around North America.

Forgerty recently added a few concerts to his schedule, including shows on August 10 in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; August 17 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; and September 21 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Here are all of Fogerty's confirmed North American dates:

5/5 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/11 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
5/12 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre
5/13 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
6/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
8/10 -- Vineyard Haven, MA, Veterans Memorial Park
8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
8/16 -- Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 - Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019
8/17 -- Bensalem, PA, Parx Casino - Xcite Center
9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center
9/21 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
11/6, 8-9, 13, 15-16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater

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Tuesday
Apr232019

HELLYEAH shares teaser for new song

Credit: Will FelchHELLYEAH is teasing more new music.

The band has shared 10-second clip of a possible new song on Instagram, along with the caption, "The sky is..."

The new tune will presumably appear on the upcoming new HELLYEAH album, featuring the final recordings from the group's late drummer, Vinnie Paul.

Last month, HELLYEAH premiered the first single from the album, titled "333."

The currently untitled album, the follow-up to 2016's Unden!able, is due out June 28. HELLYEAH will play a special show in honor of Paul, who died in June of 2018, in Las Vegas on May 11.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

CHVRCHES announces summer headlining tour dates

ABC/Randy HolmesCHVRCHES has announced four new U.S. headlining shows for the summer.

The dates include stops in Kansas City, Missouri on July 1, Toronto on July 7 and New Haven, Connecticut before wrapping July 11 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. local time via CHVRCH.es.

The Scottish trio will be touring in continued support of their 2018 album Love Is Dead, which features the singles "Miracle" and "Get Out."

Meanwhile, you can catch CHVRCHES on their current spring tour, which continues Tuesday in Tucson, Arizona.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

"Tour wife" Nicole Kidman invites "Vanity Fair" inside her traditional Nashville life with Keith Urban

ABC/Image Group LANicole Kidman loves being a “tour wife” and can memorize Keith Urban’s concert schedule in one glance, she reveals in Vanity Fair’s May cover story.

In fact, she’d just returned from the European leg of the Aussie superstar’s Graffiti U World Tour when she did the interview with the magazine.

“[It’s] extremely simple with what we want from each other and what we want from a relationship,” Nicole says of the couple’s marriage. “Just peas in a pod in that regard.”

The Big Little Lies actress goes on to describe what it’s like to live with the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year.

“I love that Keith is a guitar player and a singer,” she tells Vanity Fair, “but his passion is guitar and writing music. That’s what I’m around every day.”

We also get a peek at what life is like for the couple’s children -- ten-year-old Sunday and eight-year-old Faith -- and it’s pretty traditional.

Both are interested in music, with Sunday playing piano and Faith learning the violin. Nicole says her daughters don’t have a phone or Instagram, and they all go to church as a family.

“That’s how we are raising our children,” she explains. “Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had massive impact.”

You can check out the full article on Nicole Kidman in the May issue of Vanity Fair.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett "hoax" attack sue the "Empire" actor's lawyers

ABCThe two Chicago brothers who claim Jussie Smollett paid them to help stage what police deemed a "hoax" attack filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against the Empire actor's lawyers.

Abel and Ola Osundairo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing Smollett's attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian of making false public statements about them which have damaged them both emotionally and economically.

The suit alleges that Gerogos and Glandian continued to foster the myth that the attack on Smollett was real, and portrayed the brothers as the perpetrators, defaming them in statements to the media.  But according to the brothers, Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose."

The Osundairos' brothers lawsuit says that due to the attention and the negative comments from Smollett's attorneys, they haven't been able to find work, and their livelihoods have been negatively affected. They are suing Geragos and Glandian for $75,000 each. 

In a statement to ABC News, Geragos and Glandian said, "At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody. Instead this so-called lawsuit by the brothers is more of their lawyer driven nonsense, and a desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated."

The statement continues, "While we know this ridiculous lawsuit will soon be dismissed because it lacks any legal footing, we look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public.”

As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage the January 29 attack.  The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the attack, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.

The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Backstreet's AJ McLean swears he didn't ask his "dear, dear friend" Robert Downey Jr. for any Endgame spoilers

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for DisneyAvengers: Endgame had its star-studded premiere Monday night in Hollywood, and one celebrity who made an unlikely appearance was Backstreet Boy AJ McLean. Turns out he's super-tight with the guy who started the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe 10 years ago: Iron Man. Well, Iron Man's real-life alter-ego, anyway.

"Robert Downey [Jr.] has actually become a dear, dear friend of mine," AJ told Entertainment Tonight. "He is one of the sweetest, most talented, most genuine human beings on the planet and he has always been so gracious to hook a brother up [with an invitation]."

It turns out that, "out of all my brothers in the band, I am the most obsessed with Marvel. Obsessed," gushed AJ. 

But even though he and RDJ are BFFs, AJ swears he didn't pump him for any spoilers about the super-secretive film.

"I don't ask. I don't want to know. I sometimes won't even watch the actual trailers. I don't want to know nothing," AJ claimed.

The Backstreet Boys will finally wrap up their successful Las Vegas residency on Saturday, and then hit the road for their DNA tour next month. This past Saturday, April 20, marked the group's 26th anniversary.

Avengers: Endgame officially opens on Friday from Marvel which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Tuesday
Apr232019

Watch Three Days Grace rock out in "Right Left Wrong" video

RCA RecordsThree Days Grace has premiered the video for "Right Left Wrong," a single from the band's latest album, Outsider.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, captures the Canadian rockers' energetic live show.

Last week, "Right Left Wrong" reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving Three Days Grace a total of 15 leaders on the tally. That extends the band's record of the most number-ones in the chart's 38-year history.

Van Halen and Shinedown are tied for second place with 13 each.

Three Days Grace recently wrapped a tour supporting for Disturbed. In July, they'll launch a run opening for Breaking Benjamin.

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