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Dec142018

"Springsteen on Broadway" show set to close on Saturday, Netflix special premieres Sunday

Credit: Rob DeMartinThis weekend is an eventful one for Bruce Springsteen, who will give the final performance of his long-running stage show Springsteen on Broadway on Saturday, a few hours before a Netflix special of the same name premieres on the streaming service -- at 3:01 a.m. ET.

The Springsteen on Broadway special features a full performance of the rock legend's show at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, shot in front of a private audience in July of this year. The production was written by The Boss and combines spoken-word segments from his 2016 memoir, Born to Run, with stripped-down renditions of some of his original tunes. Bruce's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a special appearance, singing two tunes with her husband during the show.

The special was directed and co-produced by Thom Zimny, who previously has worked on various Springsteen documentaries, as well as the 2018 HBO doc Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

On Friday, a soundtrack album featuring the audio of the Netflix special was released.

The Springsteen on Broadway show opened in October 2017, and has been one of the hottest tickets on Broadway since its premiere. In June, Bruce was presented with a special Tony Award honoring the production.

Here is the full track list of Springsteen on Broadway soundtrack:

"Growin' Up"*
"My Hometown"*
"My Father's House"*
"The Wish"*
"Thunder Road"*
"The Promised Land"*
"Born in the U.S.A."*
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"*
"Tougher than the Rest" -- with Patti Scialfa*
"Brilliant Disguise" -- with Patti Scialfa*
"Long Time Comin'"*
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"*
"The Rising"
"Dancing in the Dark"*
"Land of Hope and Dreams"
"Born to Run"*

* = introduction and song.

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Friday
Dec142018

Listen to new remix of lovelytheband's "broken"

Credit: Jon HoegIf you ever wished that lovelytheband's "broken" had a drop, you're in luck. The group has released a new remix of their breakthrough hit, recorded by EDM trio Cash Cash. You can download it now via digital platforms.

"Broken," which appears on lovelytheband's debut album finding it hard to smile, reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart earlier this year in April. It's endured throughout the year, too -- it currently sits in the top 10 on the tally.

Lovelytheband will conclude their eventful 2018 with a performance in New York City during the Times Square New Year's Eve webcast, which you can watch online starting at 6 p.m. ET on December 31 at TimesSquareNYC.org.

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Friday
Dec142018

Atreyu launches signature Superhero beer

Courtesy of SpinefarmAtreyu has united with California brewery Noble Ale Works to create a new signature beer called Atreyu Superhero DIPA with Orange Zest.

According to a press release, the beer, contains "soft notes of lychee, tropical fruit and butterfly kisses, while bright California navel oranges keep the party going."

If that sounds like something you'd like to try, Atreyu Superhero will make its debut during a release party held at the Noble Ale Works headquarters in Anaheim on December 16. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase four-packs of the beer and meet the band at the event.

In October, Atreyu released their new album In Our Wake. The band will be playing the 2019 Shiprocked concert cruise, which sets sail January 26.

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Friday
Dec142018

Paul McCartney debuts teaser from new "Who Cares" video, featuring Emma Stone; full clip premieres Monday

© 2011 Mary McCartney; ABC/Rick RowellIn October, Paul McCartney confirmed that he and Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone had shot a video for his new song "Who Cares," which he noted has "an anti-bullying message." Now the former Beatles star has unveiled a sneak peek at the video, which will get its premiere on Monday at Apple Music.

The 15-second clip, which has been posted on Sir Paul's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, shows glimpses of McCartney and Stone in a few theatrically cartoonish scenarios. At one point, Paul and Emma -- who's wearing a bright-orange wig and black-and-white facepaint -- are seen driving in a cardboard-cutout car as a group of actors wearing similar black-and-white faces chase them while flailing their arms in the air.

"Who Cares" is featured on McCartney's latest studio album, Egypt Station. In a "Words Between the Tracks" YouTube feature promoting the record that was posted in September, Paul discusses what the song is about.

"I was imagining young fans, or young people generally, who might hear this and who are going through some sort of problem where they're being picked on," McCartney says. "And these days it would be internet bullying, trolls and all that…I know that happens all over the world to millions of people, so my thing was to try and help, almost give some sort of advice."

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Friday
Dec142018

Donnie McClurkin shares update with fans following car accident

ABC/Image Group LADonnie McClurkin is on the road to a speedy recovery following a harrowing car accident. 

On Wednesday, the gospel singer was involved in a crash after he passed out behind the wheel and weaved into traffic. Fortunately, McClurkin only suffered a few minor injuries which included a few stitches, a sprained wrist and a bruised knee. 

However, the same can not be said of his vehicle. Earlier today, the Grammy-winning artist shared photos of his totaled sedan and an additional update with fans. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God!," he wrote in a Facebook post

"I’m hurting and limping (a little) but I’m STILL HERE!!!," McClurkin added.  

As previously reported, the "We Fall Down" singer shared details regarding the incident via Facebook on Thursday. It's still unclear, however, what caused McClurkin to pass out while driving. 

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Friday
Dec142018

First Weezer, now Pitbull remakes Toto's "Africa"

ABC/Eric McCandlessEarlier this year, Weezer scored a huge hit with their version of Toto's 1982 soft-rock classic "Africa." Now Pitbull is trying his hand at the same song.

Pitbull's version is actually called "Ocean to Ocean," and it appears on the soundtrack of the upcoming superhero flick Aquaman.  However, the pre-chorus and chorus, performed by a singer named Rhea, are identical to those of Toto's original hit.

In the movie, the song plays during a scene where Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, crosses the Sahara Desert.  Which is -- y'know -- in Africa.

"They tried to get rid of me/But from ocean to ocean/They are gonna have to deal with me," Pitbull raps. "From ocean to ocean, sea to sea/I'm something that you gotta see."

In a statement to People magazine, Pitbull explains why his version of the tune is called "Ocean to Ocean."

"The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom," says Mr. Worldwide. "The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom. That’s why I respect water. Bottom line: water gives us freedom.”

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Friday
Dec142018

First-ever live Linda Ronstadt album coming in February

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It's hard to believe, but in her long and successful recording career, Linda Ronstadt has never released a live record -- until now.  February 1 brings the release of Live in Hollywood, an album featuring 12 performances from a 1980 Ronstadt concert that was recorded for an HBO special.

The show took place on April 24, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood, and featured Linda singing many of her biggest hits, while also performing selections from her then-new studio album, Mad Love.

Among the classics she performs on Live in Hollywood are her renditions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." and The Eagles' "Desperado."

The album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, also features performances of three tunes from Mad Love that became hits for Ronstadt -- the new-wave single "How Do I Make You" and covers of Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" and The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go."

Nine of Live in Hollywood's 12 songs are previously unreleased, including the version of "You're No Good," which extends into a six-minute jam.

In advance of Live in Hollywood's release, Linda's performance of Doris Troy's "Just One Look" has been made available via streaming services. In addition, a video of Ronstadt singing the tune from the HBO special has been posted on Rhino Records' YouTube channel.

Here's the full track list of Live in Hollywood:

"I Can't Let Go"*
"It's So Easy"
"Willin'"*
"Just One Look"*
"Blue Bayou"
"Faithless Love"*
"Hurt So Bad"*
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"You're No Good"*
"How Do I Make You"*
"Back in the U.S.A."*
"Desperado"*

* = previously unreleased.

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Friday
Dec142018

Fans are convinced Cardi B is to blame for Offset's undelivered album

ABC/Image Group LA Offset is the last of the three Migos expected to release his solo effort, but it appears that the rapper has failed to deliver. And, one fan theory points to his recent marital woes with Cardi B as the reason. 

Early last month, the Atlanta lyricist shared a cryptic tweet which led many of his fans to believe that a new project was in store.  "12-14-18," the tweet read leaving room for assumption. On Friday, however, there was no mention of any album via his social handles.  

But, according to a handful of Offset fans his very public break-up with Cardi has distracted the "Walk It Talk It" artist from delivering new music. Early Friday morning, Twitter was filled with a hailstorm of reactions after the project was nowhere to be found.

"Offset been crying about Cardi so much he forgot to drop the damn album," one social media user tweeted

As previously reported, Cardi announced her split from Offset on social media amid rumors of infidelity. 

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Friday
Dec142018

Stephen Stills to receive honorary doctorate from University of Florida

Credit: Eleanor StillsFolk-rock legend Stephen Stills will visit his former hometown of Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday where he will be presented with an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Florida during the school's fall commencement.

Stills, who lived in Gainesville during the 1950s and early '60s and briefly was enrolled in the U. of Florida, also will be a speaker at the ceremony, to be held at the college's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live at commencement.ufl.edu.

Stephen's many musical achievements include being twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He also has enjoyed a successful solo career and most recently he's toured as a duo with folk great Judy Collins in support of their 2017 collaborative album, Everybody Knows.

As a supporter of the University of Florida, Stills donated money to help fund the construction of what is now called the George Steinbrenner Band Building, which houses a rehearsal room named in his honor.

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Friday
Dec142018

Ed Sheeran-designed shirts now on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation's program

Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has designed a limited-edition t-shirt to raise funds for a campaign to help a program in Nairobi, Kenya, that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV.

Kenya's population has the fourth largest percentage of HIV/AIDS-infected people in the world.  Many aren't aware that they're HIV-positive. The program, sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is called "Chukua Selfie," and it encourages young people to seek treatment and help stop the spread of the virus.

In a statement to the U.K. paper The Independent, Ed says, "I’m completely behind the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s goal to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all."

"To do this, I firmly believe we need to make young men part of our efforts, not only to bring them into consciousness about their own risk and vulnerability to HIV, but also to empower them to protect the women around them,” he adds.

The t-shirt features an image of Ed onstage, raising his guitar above his head.  It says "Ed Sheeran #ChukuaSelfie."  Available at Represent.com, they cost $26 bucks but are only available through December 21.

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Friday
Dec142018

Watch now: Netflix offers drag queen "Jolene" to promote "Dumplin'"

RCA NashvilleOf all the incarnations of Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene" -- and there have been quite a few -- this may very well be the most outrageous.

Netflix has created a new video of Dolly's #1 hit from 1973 to promote the new Jennifer Aniston film, Dumplin'. In it, a troupe of female impersonators from RuPaul's Drag Race lip sync to a new amped-up version of "Jolene," all while riding a mechanical bull and bashing a banjo, among other things.

The music video starts as one queen comes face-to-face with the iconic Dolly statue on the town square in Sevierville, Tennessee. Along the way, you also catch a glimpse of a house that resembles the "Tennessee Mountain Home" where Dolly was raised that also inspired another staple in her catalogue.

The drag queens play a central role in the Dumplin' film, as the lead character takes inspiration from Dolly's music as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture of her mother, who's played by Aniston.

Dolly recorded a "New String Version" of "Jolene" for the Dumplin' soundtrack, but that's not the one that's featured here. The new dance-influenced "Dumplin' Remix" is only available to stream, as of now.

You can check out the new drag queen "Jolene" music video on YouTube now.

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Friday
Dec142018

Tory Lanez challenges Jacquees for the title of "king of R&B"

Juan NavarroJust when it was safe to assume the dust had settled,  regarding the heated "king of R&B" debate, Tory Lanez has now formally challenged Jacquees for the title. 

The Toronto-bred lyricist apparently joined in on the conversation during a recent concert, telling Jacquees to reach out to him directly. "Man tell that n***a Jacquees to holla at me one time. Tell that n***a holla at me no autotune," Lanez tells the audience in a fan video captured from the performance. 

While the "Talk To Me Nice" rapper has previously collaborated with the Cash Money Records signee, it appears his challenge is all in friendly competition. In the wake of his comments, which prompted responses from Trey SongzTyrese and Tank, Lanez even defended Jacquees via social media. 

"The last time I saw Tyrese, the n***a was beefing with The Rock and he was putting out a rap album," Lanez commented during a recent Instagram Live session. "Now, you wanna come over here talking about some R&B to the young n***as." 

As previously reported, Jacquees proclaimed himself to be the "king of R&B right now" on Monday which spawned the seemingly never-ending debate. 

 

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Friday
Dec142018

Kid Cudi opens up about his mental health struggles: "For a long time, I was not happy"

Getty Images/Scott DudelsonOver the course of this year, Kid Cudi has been vocal in sharing his bout with depression. 

Now, the Kids See Ghosts rapper is sitting down with Jada Pinkett-Smith to detail his struggles with mental health for the latest installment of Red Table Talk. In a brief clip of the candid roundtable discussion, teased via Facebook, Cudi explains how he attempted to self-diagnose his depressive episodes. 

"For a long time, I was not happy when I woke up in the morning," the Chicago native begins. "Just being like, 'why don't I feel okay?' It started off with something as simple as that." 

"It took me a minute to realize there was something going wrong with me."

In an additional clip of the forthcoming episode, the "Solo Dolo" lyricist reveals how he masked his personal woes from friends and family. “I was really good at keeping my troubles hidden… even from my friends,” Cudi explains. “I really was good with that. And it’s scary because you hear people say, ‘I had no clue.’”

Be sure to keep an eye out for the full-length episode of Red Table Talk, featuring Kid Cudi, available next week on Facebook Watch. 

 

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Friday
Dec142018

Nick Jonas says being a father is “a real dream” of his 

Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas just married Priyanka Chopra but he’s already thinking about becoming a dad.

“I definitely want to be a father someday,” he tells Spotify’s The Rewind with Guy Raz. “I think that’s a real dream.”

He says that finding fame at a young age with the Jonas Brothers has helped prepare him for parenthood in certain ways.

“I think I’ve had to grow up pretty quick. With that, you could look at it two ways,” he explains. “You could say that was unfair or you could say it’s given me some real perspective at an early age and I’ve seen a lot of life at an early age, and I hope to be able to share that with a kid of my own someday.”

Nick and Priyanka married the first weekend in December with two extravagant ceremonies in India.

Prior to their wedding, a source told Us Weekly, “[They] keep talking about starting a family together. They have amazing chemistry and can’t wait to have kids.”

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Friday
Dec142018

"Burning Man" Dierks Bentley will close out 2018 on "The Voice"

ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will deliver his final TV performance of the year Tuesday night on the season finale of The Voice.

He’ll do his current top ten single that features Brothers Osborne, “Burning Man.” Tune in at 8 p.m. ET on December 18 to see Dierks sing.

“Burning Man” is the second single from Dierks’ The Mountain album, which is one of only three country records to make Billboard’s all-genre critics’ ranking of the “50 Best Albums of 2018.” Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies and Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour are the other two.

Dierks will start 2019 by kicking off his Burning Man Tour January 17 in Hamilton, Ontario with Jon PardiTenille Townes, and his nineties cover band, Hot Country Knights.

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Friday
Dec142018

Linda Ronstadt to release first-ever concert album, "Live in Hollywood," in February

RhinoIn her long and successful recording career, Linda Ronstadt put out more than 20 studio albums, but she's never released a live record. That changes on February 1 with the release of Live in Hollywood, an album featuring 12 performances from a 1980 Ronstadt concert that was recorded for an HBO special.

The show took place on April 24, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood, and featured Ronstadt singing many of her biggest hits, while also performing selections from her then-new studio album, Mad Love. Among the classics appearing on Live in Hollywood are Linda's renditions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." and The Eagles' "Desperado."

The album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, also features performances of three tunes from Mad Love that became hits for Ronstadt -- "How Do I Make You" and covers of Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" and The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go."

Nine of Live in Hollywood's 12 songs are previously unreleased, including the version of "You're No Good," which was extended into a six-minute jam. Ronstadt's backing band for the concert included Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne and renowned session guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Bob Glaub. In addition, Linda's longtime producer, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame, contributed backing vocals and percussion.

In advance of Live in Hollywood's release, Ronstadt's performance of Doris Troy's "Just One Look" has been made available via streaming services. In addition, a video of Ronstadt singing the tune from the HBO special has been posted on Rhino Records' YouTube channel.

Here's the full track list of Live in Hollywood:

"I Can't Let Go"*
"It's So Easy"
"Willin'"*
"Just One Look"*
"Blue Bayou"
"Faithless Love"*
"Hurt So Bad"*
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"You're No Good"*
"How Do I Make You"*
"Back in the U.S.A."*
"Desperado"*

* = previously unreleased.

Friday
Dec142018

Foo Fighters, Metallica & Guns N' Roses playing Yankee Stadium with Van Halen?

ABC/Adam TaylorFoo Fighters, Metallica and Guns N' Roses might be joining Van Halen for a giant show at New York City's Yankee Stadium next summer, if David Lee Roth is to be believed.

In an interview with Vulture, the effervescent Van Halen frontman said that the band "will be playing the same place that the Yankees play." When asked to confirm that Van Halen would be playing Yankee Stadium, Roth replied, "Yeah, but I can't … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be -- I can't say."

After the interviewer pushed him to elaborate, Roth then said that he "contacted colleagues about being part of the show," including the Foos, Metallica and Guns N' Roses.

As for whether any of this is actually happening, that remains unclear. Schedule-wise, it's certainly conceivable -- Guns don't have any dates on the books yet for 2019, while Foo Fighters and Metallica will be in Europe during the summer, though they do have gaps in their itineraries.

Both Foo Fighters and Metallica will also be playing the upcoming Chris Cornell tribute concert, held January 16 in Los Angeles.

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Friday
Dec142018

Irish stars Picture This announce first-ever North American tour 

Katia TemkinPicture This, the best-selling Irish act of 2017 and 2018, have sold out massive venues in Europe, but now they're about to conquer North America.

The band, whose single "One Drink" is currently climbing the charts, will kick off their first North American headlining tour April 22 in Toronto; the trek is currently scheduled to wrap up May 18 in Seattle.  Tickets are on sale now.

The band's sophomore album, MDRN LV, will be out February 15.

Here are the tour dates:

4/22 -- Toronto, ON, The Velvet Underground
4/23 -- Montreal, QC, L’Astral
4/24 -- Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
4/26 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Club @ Stage AE
4/27 -- Washington, D.C., Rock & Roll Hotel
4/30 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
5/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry
5/3 -- Columbus, OH, The Basement
5/4 -- Nashville, TN, The Basement
5/5 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
5/7 -- St. Paul, MN, Amsterdam Bar & Hall
5/10 -- Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
5/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
5/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
5/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
5/17 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
5/18 -- Seattle, WA, Columbia City Theater

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Friday
Dec142018

Green Day relives life on the road in new "Youngblood" video

ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for "Youngblood," a track off of the punk trio's latest album, 2016's Revolution Radio.

The clip features live footage from Green Day's Revolution Radio tour and features a whole lot of backstage shenanigans. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Green Day stayed mostly quiet in 2018, though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong pursued a number of different side projects, including his band The Longshot. However, it looks like they'll return in a big way for 2019, as they've been rehearsing some of their classic albums in full, such as 1994's Dookie.

Additionally, Armstrong revealed in a recent Instagram Live session that he's writing new Green Day songs.

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Friday
Dec142018

Lady Gaga reacts to SAG Awards noms, adds more Vegas residency performances

Peter LindberghThe nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier this week, but Lady Gaga is just getting around to acknowledging them on Twitter.

Gaga and her A Star Is Born colleagues Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott were all nominated for individual SAG acting honors, while all the actors were collectively nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  A Star Is Born was the leading nominee in the movie category, in fact.

Now, Gaga writes on Twitter, "I'm so honored to be recognized by SAG as an actress alongside Bradley and Sam Elliot, and above all completely emotional to be recognized as an ensemble. A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful. Thank you so very much for these nominations what a gift."

In other Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas gets underway December 28, and she's just added additional shows.

As previously reported, the residency is made up of two parts: Lady Gaga Enigma, featuring her pop hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her hits and her renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook.

Initially, Gaga had announced just four Jazz & Piano shows, but five more have just been added: June 15 October 20 and 26, and November 3 and 9.  Those are on sale now.

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