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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's the full track list for Under Cöver:

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." goes double platinum

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets and other info, visit KendrickLamar.com

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

Here are Motionless in White's fall headlining dates:

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday
Jul242017

Justin Bieber cancels rest of Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances” 

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is scrapping the rest of his Purpose World Tour dates.

The singer’s rep confirms in a statement, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.”

The statement goes on to say, “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run.”

It continues, “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

The tour kicked off March 9 in Seattle and had 15 shows left, including stadium dates in Texas, Colorado and New Jersey, and a handful of international stops in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Monday
Jul242017

More women claim Usher infected them with an STD

ABC/Fred WatkinsIt appears that Usher could have a major STD scandal on his hands.

Attorney Lisa Bloom claims three women have reached out to her for legal help against the R&B singer, and alleges he may have infected them with the herpes virus.  

Last week, legal documents from 2012, obtained by Radar Online, revealed tha Usher allegedly gave a woman herpes after failing to tell her he had the disease, and he paid the woman $1.1 million after she sued him. 

Over the weekend, Bloom tweeted, "How much unprotected sex did Usher have after his herpes diagnosis? Women are reaching out to me. How dare he endanger women's health?"  

She continues, "It's also a violation of criminal law in many states to have unprotected sex without disclosure of your STD. As it should be." 

"I said the same about Charlie Sheen and represented a woman who has a similar claim against him. Protecting women's health is important," Bloom added.   

Lisa Bloom is a prominent attorney who's represented a number of celebrities, including comedian Kathy Griffin and The O.C. actress Mischa Barton. She's and currently Blac Chyna in her ongoing troubles with Rob Kardashian.

When news of Usher's 2012 scandal came to light last week, he began to trend on social media, though he has yet to respond publicly respond.  

However, Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Foster took to Instagram to let everyone know that the alleged lawsuit has "NOTHING" to do with her and that she's in optimal health, other than needing eyeglasses and dealing with a bum knee. 

Usher and Tameka divorced in 2009. They share two sons: Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond.

Usher married music executive Grace Miguel in 2015. 

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Monday
Jul242017

JAY-Z's "4:44" holds on to #1 spot on "Billboard" 200

Courtesy of S.Carter Enterprises/Roc NationJAY-Z's latest hit album, 4:44, is number one on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week in a row.  

According to Billboard, the disc earned 87,000 equivalent album units by the end of last week.  

Not bad, but down 67% from the 262,000 units moved the debut week.

The "Empire State of Mind" artist has now spent 25 total weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, though half of his fourteen number-one albums spent just a single week atop the chart.  

All of Jay's albums, from 1996's Reasonable Doubt to 4:44, have entered the album chart at #1.  

The only other rap artist to spend more weeks than Jay at number one on the Billboard 200 is Eminem, who's tallied 31 total weeks at #1.  

Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is currently at number two on the Billboard 200, while French Montana's sophomore album, Jungle Rules, debuted on the chart this week at number three.  

 DJ Khaled's Grateful holds on to the #4 spot.

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Monday
Jul242017

Silversun Pickups schedule fall headlining tour

Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups will hit the road this fall on a North American headlining tour. The outing begins October 21 in Santa Cruz, California, and will conclude November 19 in Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 28 at SilversunPickups.com.

The fall run will consist of Silversun's final shows supporting their latest album, 2015's Better Nature.

"Touring for this record has been amazing, and one of the biggest joys of our lives," says frontman Brian Aubert in a statement. "We're very excited to go out one last time before we shut down for a while. It's gonna be a blast!"

Over the weekend, SSPU wrapped up their tour opening for Third Eye Blind, who were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album.

Here are the Silversun Pickups' fall tour dates:

10/21 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
10/22 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
10/24 -- Garden City, ID, Revolution Concert House
10/25 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
10/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore
10/28 -- Calgary, AB, The Palace
10/29 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
10/31 -- Spokane, WA, The Knitting Factory
11/1 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
11/10 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
11/11 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
11/12 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
11/14 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
11/15 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
11/18 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
11/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore

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Monday
Jul242017

Brand-new me: Alicia Keys shows off new rainbow-colored hairdo on social media 

ABC/Randy HolmesAlicia Keys unveiled a fierce new hairstyle over the weekend, giving new meaning to her song "Girl on Fire."  

A picture the singer shared on Instagram shows her sporting neon orange, yellow and pink-hued braids, with her back turned to the camera, enjoying a view of New York City.  

Another photo features Alicia looking straight at the camera, with a handful of braids hiding one of her eyes.   

Alicia is known for donning natural hairstyles and was an endorser of the no-makeup movement last year, appearing on red carpets without a stitch of concealer, lipstick or foundation.  

She was also featured in People magazine's annual Most Beautiful issue earlier this year as one of the publication's Fabulous Faces of 2017.  

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Monday
Jul242017

Avenged Sevenfold joins Houston Open Air festival lineup

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has joined the lineup for the 2017 Houston Open Air festival, held October 14-15 in The Woodlands, Texas.

The lineup also includes the previously announced headlines Prophets of Rage and Five Finger Death Punch, plus Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Halestorm, In This Moment, Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, Starset, Suicidal Tendencies, Zakk Sabbath, and Greta Van Fleet, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit HoustonOpenAir.com.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently on tour opening for Metallica.

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Monday
Jul242017

The story behind "SLOWHEART": Kip Moore explains his album's unusual title

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has the fastest-rising single of his career so far, with his top-15 hit, “More Girls Like You.” It’s the lead release from his forthcoming album, SLOWHEART.

“My former guitar player called me a ‘slowheart’ many years ago, claiming I don’t just jump the gun and show all my cards or my emotions on what I truly feel,” Kip says, explaining the name. “He always said, ‘You’re a slowheart, man. You observe before you act.’”

“I eventually named the band the Slowhearts,” he goes on, “and my fans are the Slowhearts too. And so, it’s only fitting that the record I’ve been waiting to make was named SLOWHEART.”

The cover for Kip’s third album was shot at a bar in Costa Rica, where the Georgia native recently took an extended break.

SLOWHEART will be out September 8.

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Monday
Jul242017

Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez enjoy sweet birthday celebrations

Image Group LA/ABCIt was a weekend of birthday celebrations for both Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez.

Selena turned 25 on Saturday and celebrated with a low-key gathering with friends. She posted some photos on Instagram of her sitting on a kitchen counter in front of two mint-green frosted cakes with the candles lit. She’s surrounded by green and white balloons.

“Thank you for all of my bday love,” Selena wrote. “I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. --think 25 is going to be epic.”

Selena's boyfriend, The Weeknd, missed the celebration Saturday because he was headlining Lollapalooza Paris. But he flew back to the U.S. to spend the day with Selena on Sunday. According to E! News, the two were spotted having a lunch date in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez turns 48 today. E! News reports her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, threw a surprise party for her in Miami on Saturday. They also celebrated Alex’s birthday -- he turns 42 Thursday.

A-Rod posted a photo of the two all dressed up on Instagram, captioning it, “Happy Birthday to Us!!!”

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Monday
Jul242017

Pink teases new music coming next month

ABC/Randy HolmesPink has been hinting that she has new music on the way. Now, we know it’s coming sooner, rather than later.

The singer shared an Instagram post of what appears to be a song title, “What About Us,” and a release date: August 10.

Pink also posted a photo featuring her with her back to the camera, facing a police car and a city skyline -- possibly a still from the song’s music video. Last week, Pink told a fan on Twitter she was about to shoot a new video.

It's been a while since we've had a new Pink album -- her last was 2012’s The Truth About Love.

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