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Tuesday
Sep172019

The Prodigy honors Keith Flint on late frontman's 50th birthday

Gus Stewart/RedfernsKeith Flint would've celebrated his 50th birthday today, and The Prodigy is marking the occasion by paying tribute to the group's late frontman.

"Happy birthday Flinty," surviving Prodigy members Liam Howlett and Maxim tweeted Tuesday. "Not a single day passes u aren’t in our thoughts, we miss you brother. Raise the roof wherever u are."

The tweet also includes the hashtags #WeLiveForever, #WeLivefortheBeats, #RaisetheRoof and #NeverStop.

Flint died by hanging in March at age 49.

In August, Howlett revealed that new Prodigy music was in the works. The group's most recent album is 2018's No Tourists.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Taylor Swift will be first woman to open an NFL stadium, as she announces Lover Fest East & West 

Valheria Rocha/TAS Rights ManagementHere's the good news: Taylor Swift is going to perform live in support of her new album Lover. Now, here's the bad news: It's not exactly a tour.

Taylor has announced Lover Fest West and Lover Fest West, her only U.S. concert dates of 2020.  Each event will take place over two days at two different stadiums: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 31 and August 1, and L.A.'s SoFi Stadium on July 25 and 26.  In fact, Taylor will be the first woman ever to officially open an NFL stadium when she kicks off the latter venue's inaugural year of events.

Additional artists will be joining Taylor at the two festival events; they'll be announced later.

On Twitter, Taylor wrote, "The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!"

If you're already a Taylor Swift Tix Verified Fan, you can RSVP today for Preferred Presale Access at VerifiedFan.Ticketmaster.com/TaylorSwiftTix. Registration for new Verified Fans starts September 19 at 4 p.m. ET and the general on-sale date is October 14.

Capital One cardholders will get priority access to tickets on October 15 and 16. More information is available at TaylorSwift.com.

As for Taylor's international fans, they'll be getting a series of concerts and festival dates, which will begin June 20 in Belgium and run through July 18 in Brazil.

Here are all of Taylor's confirmed dates:

6/20 -- Werchter Boutique, Werchter, Belgium
6/24 -– The Waldbühne Berlin, Germany
6/26 -- Oslo Sommertid, Oslo, Norway
7/1 -- Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
7/3 -- Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
7/5 -- Festival de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
7/9 -- NOS Alive, Oeiras, Portugal
7/18 -- Allianz Parque Sao Paulo, Brazil
7/25 -- SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7/26 -- SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7/31-- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
8/1-- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Mandy Moore releases first new music in 10 years: "When I Wasn't Watching" 

Lauren DukoffIf you were missing her music like candy, good news! Mandy Moore is finally getting back to her singing roots.

The Emmy-nominated This Is Us actress has released her first new music in 10 years: the self-reflective single “When I Wasn’t Watching.” The song is set to appear on Mandy’s forthcoming album, due out early next year.

"The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while," Mandy says in a statement. "But then I finally realized: I'm the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me."

As for what the song is about, Mandy says it’s about the universal experience of “feeling lost and not quite understanding how you’ve found yourself at a certain point in your life.”

“I'm a big believer in the idea that what you've journeyed through is ultimately going to factor into the person you become, and how you'll greet whatever big challenge you face next,” she adds.

Mandy began working on her new album, the follow-up to 2009’s Amanda Leigh, earlier this year, with her husband, musician Taylor Goldsmith, among the collaborators. She recorded each song live with a full band and says she aimed to make a “very California-sounding record – something that feels sunshiny and airy and natural.”

"I very much feel like I'm at the helm of the ship now, where I'm stepping back into music completely on my own terms," she says. "Everything that's happened up until this point has gotten me to where I am today, and I'm so excited to just keep moving forward.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Whitney Houston hologram tour kicks off in January 

BASE HologramWhitney Houston fans will have an opportunity to see her again in concert -- via hologram.

On Tuesday, BASE Hologram announced in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston the firstdates for An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.

The first show takes place in Mexico in January, and will feature Houston's hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

Choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, will oversee the production, which will include a live band and backup dancers.

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.

“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic," Becker continued. "When she performed, there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it -- that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

Houston was 48 years old when she died of an accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012. Throughout her decades-long career, she earned six Grammys, one Emmy, 22 American Music Awards, and 16 Billboard Music Awards.

This year, Houston returned to the Billboard charts, thanks to a remixed version of her 1990 cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Tickets for the U.K. dates go on sale September 20.  North American dates will be announced later; that leg is set to begin in the fall of 2020.

Here are the announced tour dates:

1/23 – 2/9 -- Mexico (additional information to come soon)
2/27 -- M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena, Liverpool
2/28 -- Apollo, Manchester
2/29 -- First Direct Arena, Leeds
3/1 -- SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
3/2 -- P&J Arena, Aberdeen
3/3 -- Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
3/4 -- Arena, Birmingham
3/5 -- Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
3/6 -- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
3/7 -- Centre, Brighton
3/9 -- Royal Concert Hall,Nottingham
3/10 -- Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/12 -- Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
3/13 -- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/14 -- Capitole, Ghent, Belgium
3/19 -- Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
3/20 -- Admirals Palast, Berlin, Germany
3/22 -- Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
3/23 -- Inchebo Expo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
3/25 -- Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/26 -- Folketeatret, Olso, Norway
3/28 -- Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
3/30 -- BKZ Oktyabrisky, St Petersburg, Russia
3/31 -- Kremlin Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia
4/2 -- Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
4/3 -- Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton's set to join Sheryl Crow for her appearance this Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He sings on the track "Tell Me When It's Over" from her new Threads album.

Sara Evans will kick off her ten-date Blue Christmas Tour December 5 in Huntsville, Alabama. Newcomers Temecula Road will open.

"After a Few" hitmaker Travis Denning will put out the new track, "Heartbeat of a Small Town," on Friday.

You can check out newcomer Niko Moon's new music video for "Good Time" on YouTube now.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

"I Hope You're Happy Now": Carly Pearce opens up about the breakup that inspired her new song 

ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce is now happily engaged to Michael Ray, and they're on the way to the altar sometime this fall.  But before their romance could blossom, she had to deal with a painful reality: breaking up with her then-boyfriend.

It's something she tackles head-on in her new album.

"I want people to know: Yes, I fell in love. And yes, there's going to be those songs," Carly explains. "But in the process of falling in love, I have hurt someone else.  I broke somebody else's heart a few years ago, and had to figure out some things in my own life that maybe weren't serving me well."

That experience inspired "I Hope You're Happy Now," the single Carly co-wrote with Luke Combs and sings with Lee Brice.  It'll be out September 27.

Carly vows the new album will be as transparent as her first, Every Little Thing, the chart-topping title track from which is about another breakup.

"In the way that my first record was very unapologetically honest, this one is, too," she tells ABC Radio. "And with that, there's still going to be those heartbreak songs. There's still going to be those vulnerable moments. There's confessions, there's all kinds of things on this record that I feel like dive a little bit deeper."

"Social media shows some things," Carly adds, "but I feel like you don't know the whole story until you really listen to this record.  And it's all about finding my way to the place that I am now."

And Carly teases, "But it's gonna have a little bit of everything on it. There might be a few duets."

Carly's sophomore album -- likely including a rumored duet with Michael Ray -- will arrive sometime in 2020.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Raphael Saadiq's "Something Keeps Calling" lands in 'Billboard' Adult R&B Songs top ten

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Raphael Saadiq continues to add impressive feats to his storied career with his latest effort, "Something Keeps Calling." 

Lifted from his newly-released album Jimmy Lee, the deeply introspective single has ascended to the #4 position on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs Chart. The Rob Bacon-assisted ballad accounts for Saadiq's first top-10 hit on the tally in 10 years, following "Never Give You Up" featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ, which similarly peaked at #4 in July 2009. 

Prior to that, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman scored his first top-10 Adult R&B Songs entry with "Ask of You," which rose to #3 in May 1995. The deep cut is Saadiq's only top-10 hit on the chart as a solo artist. 

Monday, the veteran R&B crooner announced he'll embark on a North American trek next year in support of Jimmy Lee. The tour's slated to kick off in January in San Diego, CA and will hit major cities including New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Detroit before wrapping in Los Angeles. 

Here's the full 2020 tour itinerary:

1/27 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
1/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's
1/30 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
1/31 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
2/1 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
2/3 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
2/4 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/5 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
2/7 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/8 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
2/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
2/13/ -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
2/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall
2/15 -- Boston, MA, Big Night Live
2/17 -- Louisville, KY, Old Forester's Paristown Hall
2/18 -- Royal Oak MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/19 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
2/21 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
2/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
2/25 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune
2/27 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
2/28 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
2/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Lewis Capaldi kicks off U.S. tour tonight, says fans can expect "music and toilet humor"

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Talk about good timing: Lewis Capaldi's song "Someone You Loved" has just become his first U.S. top 10 hit, and tonight, he kicks off a U.S. headlining tour in Dallas, TX. 

As for what fans can expect from his live shows, the self-deprecating Scottish singer/songwriter says it's all about music, laughs -- and not grossing people out.

"It's just me up there, shouting down a microphone for an hour and a half, trying not to sweat so much that people are disgusted," Lewis jokes to ABC Radio.  "We play the songs and they're, like, quite emotional, and a lot of them are kind of mid-tempo ballady-type vibes.  But in between songs, I try to keep it as lighthearted as possible and have a laugh with people."

According to Lewis, just because his songs are emotionally heavy doesn't mean the entire night has to be a downer.  In fact, he hates it when bands get too serious onstage.

"I've been to see so many bands where they've got a song coming up and the songs are quite emotional as is, and they start talking about, you know, 'I wrote this song about the lady who broke my heart...,'" Lewis  complains.  "You're like, "Shut up! We know what it's about. Just give us the music and in between, I dunno, make a toilet humor joke!'"

He laughs, "And that's exactly what you get. You get music and toilet humor. That's what you get when you come and see a Lewis Capaldi show!" 

The U.S. leg of Lewis' tour wraps up October 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

1975 Moody Blues side project 'Blue Jays' to be reissued on vinyl in October

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In 1975, Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge teamed up to record a collaborative side project called Blue Jays. Now, the long-out-of-print album is set to be reissued as a vinyl LP on October 4.

The 10-track collection was recorded during The Moody Blues' five-year hiatus that began after the release of 1972's Seventh Sojourn, and ended with the 1978 arrival of Octave. Blue Jays featured three songs written by Hayward, three tunes penned by Lodge and two co-written by Justin and John. The record was produced by longtime Moody Blues collaborator Tony Clarke.

Blue Jays peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielded a minor hit single in the U.S., "I Dreamed Last Night," which reached #47 on the Hot 100 tally. A non-album single called "Blue Guitar" released in 1975 and credited to Hayward and Lodge, was a #8 hit in the U.K. The track actually featured Justin backed by the band 10cc.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Lodge said he wasn't aware of plans to reissue Blue Jays, which he called "a really special album."

Both Hayward and Lodge have been performing songs from Blue Jays at their respective recent solo concerts. John included a live version of one of the tunes, "Saved by the Music," on his recently released solo compilation B Yond: The Very Best Of.

The Blue Jays LP is available for pre-order now. Here's the full track list:

Side A
"This Morning"
"Remember Me (My Friend)"
"My Brother"
"You"
"Nights Winters Years"

Side B
"Saved by the Music"
"I Dreamed Last Night"
"Who Are You Now"
"Maybe"
"When You Wake Up"

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Lauren Daigle sets first-ever headlining arena tour, kicking off in 2020

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Following an amazingly successful 2019, "You Say" singer Lauren Daigle is looking ahead to a major career milestone for 2020: Her first ever headlining arena tour.

So far, Lauren's sold out every one of her concerts in support of her Grammy-winning album, Look Up Child, but her new world tour will take things to the next level.  The 44-city trek kicks off January 18 in Melbourne, Australia, and gets to North America February 20, starting in Pensacola, FL.  The tour will close in Lauren's hometown of Lafayette, LA with a show at the CAJUNDOME on July 18.

“This year has been life-changing,” Lauren says in a statement. "There’s no better feeling than to be able to look out from the stage and see how people have connected with the songs on this album.  Our shows feel like one big party of togetherness, and I can’t wait to create a whole new tour for 2020.  It’s going to be so much fun!”

Tour tickets go on sale to the general public in the U.S. and Canada on September 20 at 10 a.m. local time via LaurenDaigle.com/tour.  American Express Card Members can buy them Tuesday at noon local time. VIP packages, which include a pre-show performance and Q&A with Lauren, plus exclusive merchandise, will also be available.

The Lauren Daigle World Tour will feature an all-new stage production, design and set list -- and of course, "You Say" and her current single, "Rescue."  Folk/soul duo JOHNNYSWIM will open select U.S. dates.

Here are Lauren's North American tour dates:

2/20 -- Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
2/21 -- VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
2/22 -- Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
2/27 -- Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
2/28 -- Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
2/29 -- Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
3/5 -- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
3/6 -- Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
3/7 -- CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
3/12 -- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
3/13 -- Ford Center, Evansville, IN
3/14 -- Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington, IL
3/15 -- Huntington Center, Toledo, OH
4/30 -- Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
5/1 -- Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA
5/7 -- State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
5/8 -- Amway Center, Orlando, FL
5/9 -- BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
5/14 -- CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
5/15 -- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
5/16 -- Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, SD
5/28 -- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
5/29 -- Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO
5/30 -- Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
6/18 -- Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
6/19 -- Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
6/20 -- Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
6/25 -- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
6/26 -- Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
6/27 -- XL Center, Hartford, CT
7/1 -- Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA
7/2 -- Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
7/3 -- Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
7/9 -- PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
7/10 -- Giant Center, Hershey, PA
7/11 -- Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA
7/16 -- Toyota Center, Houston, TX

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Skillet searches for a "gateway to a better world" with 'Eden' graphic novel

Z2 Comics If you're looking for something to read while listening to Skillet's new album Victorious, look no further than Eden, a new graphic novel created in collaboration with the band. For frontman John Cooper, the chance to write a graphic novel was a dream come true.

"I love comic books," Cooper tells ABC Radio. "I've got a bunch of Marvel tattoos, superheroes all over my body, on my leg. I just love comics, I've loved them ever since I was a kid, and I love science fiction, Star Wars and things like that."

As fate would have it, a publisher called Z2 Comics, which has worked with musicians included The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack, gave Cooper a call and asked if Skillet would be interested in the graphic novel treatment.

"He said, 'Do you have ideas?' I said, 'Of course!'" Cooper remembers. "I've got a million...bizarre science fiction ideas for novels that I just assumed I'd never do anything with."

Cooper's ideas eventually were turned into the story of Eden, which features all the Skillet band members as fictional characters in a post-apocalyptic world.

"[We're] trying to find a gateway to a better world, to a world that isn't so hateful, that isn't so violent," Cooper explains.

Thematically, Cooper wanted Eden to reflect his favorite sci-fi stories.

"I just think that all science fiction has a great philosophy to it: philosophical, theological, metaphysical sometimes," he says. "So this has got all those great elements of science fiction." 

Eden is out now. It's on track to be Z2 Comics' best-selling book.

Meanwhile, Skillet will launch a co-headlining tour with Alter Bridge September 22 in Baltimore.

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Tuesday
Sep172019

Foals releases 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost -- Part 1' remix album

Credit: Alex KnowlesFoals' new album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost -- Part 1 is already pretty dance-y, but the band is now turning the dance factor up a notch.

The English rockers have a released a remix album for Everything Not Saved, featuring 10 new versions of the original record's songs, including three remixes of lead single "Exits."

Everything Not Saved was released in March. As its title suggests, it's the first volume of a two-part album, the second of which arrives October 18.

As opposed to its predecessor, Part 2 will be a more guitar-driven record, as evidenced by the new singles "Black Bull" and "The Runner."

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Monday
Sep162019

The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on death of Ric Ocasek: "I lost my big brother"

Elliot Easton, Ric Ocasek (Kevin Kane/ Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)The Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton posted a message on his official Facebook page on Monday thanking fans for their condolences regarding the death of the group's frontman Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday at the age of 75.

"Thank you friends, for the overwhelming outpouring of emails, texts and posts of condolence and sympathy," Easton writes. "I have read them all, and there are so many that I may not be able to respond to all of them, but please know that your reaching out at this incredibly difficult time has meant so much to me, and has been a comfort in our profoundly sad time of grief."

Elliot adds, "The Cars are a family, for better or worse, and I lost my big brother yesterday."

Easton is one of three remaining surviving members of The Cars, along with keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. Bassist/singer Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer in October 2000 at the age of 53.

In April of 2018, Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes and Robinson reunited for the last time to perform at the Cleveland ceremony celebrating The Cars' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Monday
Sep162019

The Offspring announces virtual concert inside 'World of Tanks' video game 

Credit: Anthony DutyThe Offspring is the latest band to go virtual.

The SoCal punks are playing a concert inside the World of Tanks MMO video game. Players will be able experience the virtual show starting September 18.

"The game has never seen anything like this before, so we're excited to be the first!" The Offspring says.

Last month, Korn played a virtual concert inside the AdventureQuest 3D and AQWorlds games.

You can catch The Offspring live and in person on tour throughout the fall, including a Canadian trek with Sum 41 in November.

Meanwhile, The Offspring has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2012's Days Go By. In July, the band said the were "putting the finishing touches" on the upcoming record.

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Monday
Sep162019

Take a peek inside "the hillbilly Smithsonian" as 'Dolly: My Opry Memories' opens in Nashville 

ABC RadioDolly Parton will mark her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by performing two shows on Nashville's most famous stage on Saturday, October 12.

To kick off the celebration, the Dolly: My Opry Memories exhibit is now open at the Music City institution. The collection includes two dozen iconic items of clothing Dolly's worn during the last half-century, including the dress from the night of her Opry induction.

Without her childhood friend Judy Ogle, Dolly's creative director Steve Summers says the exhibit simply wouldn't be possible.

"Judy Ogle is Dolly's best friend, and they have been since they were seven years old," he explains. "Judy had the foresight, even back then -- it would have been in the early 1950s -- to start saving everything. Every single thing: Love letters that Dolly was given by other boys -- everything!"

"And Judy was just adamant on making sure that these things were taken care of and stored properly," Summers adds. "And there would be no archives without Judy Ogle."

Dolly's niece -- and production manager -- Rebecca Seaver says you wouldn't believe what's in Dolly's archives.

"Judy has saved everything: her shoes, her costumes, hats, and -- most importantly to Dolly -- her fan art," Seaver says. "And we have art that she's been given from her fans for decades."

"I've never seen another archive from a celebrity or an icon like her. It's kind of like the hillbilly Smithsonian," she laughs.

Tickets to see Dolly: My Opry Memories are available now. It's open at the Opry House through October 31.

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Monday
Sep162019

Wale reveals forthcoming album's title and release date in new 'Therapy Sessions' trailer 

Warner RecordsWale has shared new details regarding his hotly anticipated sixth studio album. 

Monday, the DMV lyricist announced the forthcoming effort's title as well as release date in a playful new trailer, titled Therapy Sessions. In the J. Stone Alston-directed clip, Wale flexes his comedic chops as he begrudgingly explains the issues he's been having with his record label.

"What happens in therapy, stays in therapy," the rapper's therapist, played by Tetona Jackson, says reassuringly -- at which point two different versions of Wale appear and ease into the chairs to the right and left of him.  

The short concludes with the official reveal of the project's title, Wow...That's Crazy, which is due to arrive on October 11. The album's lead single, "On Chill," continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100 as it rises from number 55 to number 45 this week. 

Later this month, Wale is set to embark on his Everything Is Fine tour, which will hit major cities coast-to-coast before wrapping in Seattle on October 28. 

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Monday
Sep162019

Inspiration for Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" opens as a tourist attraction

Courtesy of Strawberry FieldIt's one of the most iconic Beatles songs. Now, it's poised to become a bucket list destination for Beatles fans everywhere.

For the first time, Strawberry Field, the Liverpool, U.K.-area site that served as the inspiration behind the song "Strawberry Fields Forever," is open to the public.

According to its website, Strawberry Field and its original Victorian house were gifted to The Salvation Army in 1934. In 1936, it was opened as a children's home for girls, and later accepted boys..

"From then on, for nearly 70 years, it gave some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable children a refuge from turmoil and unhappiness – a safe, calm and spiritual home," the website states.

"It was on these grounds that a young John Lennon, before Beatles fame, came to play, reflect and escape the post-War streets of Woolton [a suburb of Liverpool]," according to the website.

"Those days spent playing in The Salvation Army grounds shaped Lennon and inspired his work within the Beatles as an adult," the website notes. "Strawberry Field was later immortalized in the famous song 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' where he explored those more innocent days of escape that could counter the later complexities of a life lived in the public gaze."

The tourist attraction opened on Saturday, September 14. It includes gardens, a visitor exhibition, café and shop. Adult admission is just under 13 pounds, or about $16.

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Monday
Sep162019

Kenny G is collaborating with Kanye West: "Nobody knows what's going to happen" 

Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for CoachellaIn February, you may have seen on Twitter that Kanye West hired none other than Kenny G to come to his house and give his wife Kim Kardashian West a private serenade for Valentine's Day.  Well, believe it or not, that's led to the two artists teaming up to collaborate on...something.

Speaking to the Dallas Observer, Kenny says of the Valentine's Day stunt, "[West] reached out to me and wanted me to come and do that. I didn't know him real well, but I was obviously flattered. He could not have been more welcoming."

"Since then we've actually been in the studio working on some music together," Kenny goes on to reveal. "I can't really say much else because he doesn't really want anyone to talk about music before he releases it. Just suffice to say that we're collaborating on some things, and nobody knows what's going to happen."

While it may seem strange that one of rap music's most polarizing artists would want to work with a soprano sax player who's considered to be a pop culture joke, Kenny G often pops up in unexpected places, like a Katy Perry video, an album promotion for Weezer, a Super Bowl ad for Audi, an episode of Drop the Mic and even at this year's Coachella festival.

"I may not be a person like Taylor Swift or Beyoncé or Kanye who's getting tons and tons of views and all the exposure that these guys get today," he tells the paper. "But that doesn't mean that there's not a huge amount of people that do listen to my music. They're out there."

Kanye's new album Jesus Is King comes out September 27. We'll have to wait and see whether Kenny G is one of the featured guests.

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Monday
Sep162019

After conquering iTunes with Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan reunites with former label to tackle radio

Broken Bow Craig Morgan now has a new record deal, after Blake Shelton helped propel his new song to #1 on iTunes through a Twitter campaign.

“The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” is now going to be promoted to country radio stations via Broken Bow Records, Craig’s label home from 2002 until 2008.

Craig wrote the song after the death of his 19-year-old son Jerry three years ago in a tubing accident. Last week, Blake enlisted the likes of Ellen DeGeneresKelly ClarksonGwen StefaniLuke Combs and more to help him promote the song, which peaked at #1 on both iTunes Top Country Songs chart and the all-genre tally as well.

“I am truly humbled by the response to the song so far and to my friend Blake Shelton for what he has done to honor Jerry,” Craig says. “It’s incredible to reunite with the team at Broken Bow to share this song with radio and my hope is [that] it will be a help to those who need it most.”

During his previous time at Broken Bow, Craig recorded signature hits like “Almost Home,” “International Harvester,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Tough,” and “That What I Love About Sunday.”

After accomplishing his original goal on iTunes, Blake went on the predict that “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” would be a #1 song on country radio.  Stay tuned to see what happens next.

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Sep162019

AJ Mitchell and Ava Max go to church and the pool in new "Slow Dance" video

Epic RecordsAJ Mitchell and Ava Max have released a video for their collab "Slow Dance."

In the clip, the two singers croon together and separately while in a Gothic church with stained glass and a million candles, which also, apparently, doubles as a spot for raves. 

The two also get very close in a hallway, but don't quite kiss, and later, they take the plunge in a pool, holding hands underwater and smiling at each other while soaked.

Both AJ and Ava have been releasing a steady stream of singles, including Ava's "Torn" and AJ's "Move On."  So far, there's been no release date announced for full-length projects from either of them.

For now, you can get "Slow Dance" on AJ's EP of the same name, which came out August 23.  It features four songs: "Move On," "Slow Dance," "Talk So Much" and "Out My Mind."

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