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Wednesday
Oct162019

The 1975, Foals win 'Q' Awards

Credit: Magdalena WosinskaU.K. publication Q magazine hosted its annual Q Awards Wednesday in London, and The 1975 and Foals were among the winners.

The 1975 won the impressively titled Best Act in the World Today prize, beating out the likes of Billie Eilish, Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Bruce Springsteen, British rapper Stormzy and French pop act Christine and the Queens.

Foals, meanwhile, took home the Best Album award for Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost -- Part 1.

Additionally, Lana Del Rey's breakout track "Video Games" was awarded the special Song of the Decade prize.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Fooled again: Nicki Minaj was just joking about that Adele collab

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Nicki Minaj has pulled a Ryan Tedder.

Not long after teasing a collab with Adele, the rapper took to Twitter to say she was only joking.

"Omg guys. I thought everyone could clearly see I was being sarcastic. S***!” Nicki wrote. "Now I have to go to Adele's studio & steal some files. Who's in the UK? I got a job for you."

Nicki initially told Entertainment Tonight that she and Adele had a song in the works and had even filmed a music video for it.

Ryan Tedder pulled a similar prank a couple of weeks ago when he said he had recorded a collab with Adele, Beyoncé and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Aloe Blacc, Michael McDonald & more join Dionne Warwick on new Christmas album

BMGMusic legend Dionne Warwick has rounded up an interesting assortment of artists to join her on her new release Dionne Warwick and the Voices of Christmas, which comes out this Friday.

According to Billboard, the singer duets with Michael McDonald, Aloe Blacc, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men and fellow music legend Johnny Mathis on the holiday collection, which includes classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock," "This Christmas Song" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Other artists on the record include R&B singer Andra Day, country stars The Oak Ridge Boys, jazz star Dianne Reeves and former Chicago frontman Jason Scheff.

Billboard debuted Dionne's duet with Aloe Blacc Wednesday, a version of Donny Hathaway's classic "This Christmas." The 78-year-old icon tells Billboard, "He’s such an incredible musical person and boy did he give a wonderful performance. It was a thrill to work with him.”

Dionne is one of several artists being honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recording Academy's Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, which airs on PBS on Friday.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi get Streamy Award nominations

Dick Clark ProductionsThe award nominations keep coming from Lil Nas X and Lizzo.  The two stars just received nods for the ninth annual Streamy Awards, which celebrate the best online content.

Both artists are nominated in the Streamys music category, along with Lewis Capaldi, "Ransom" rapper Lil Tecca and singer Conan Gray.

Streamy winners are determined by a panel of creators, executives and experts in the online video industry.  Fans will be able to vote in two categories: Creator of the Yer and Show of the Year.  The awards will be handed out in Beverly Hills on December 13, and will stream live on YouTube via YouTube.com/streamys.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Anderson .Paak announces “Fighting Chance” concerts to benefit immigrants and refugees 

ABC/Randy HolmesAnderson .Paak is performing benefit concerts in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta in support of The International Rescue Committee, which assists refugees and immigrants.

The three concert series, named, “Fighting Chance,” kicks off November 13 at August Hall in Frisco, followed by shows November 15 at Variety in the A-T-L, and November 17 at Brooklyn Steel in New York City.

“As someone who’s struggled with homelessness, who not too long ago had no job or place to call home, I know the importance of being given a fighting chance,” says the Grammy winner in a statement. “Music was my fighting chance.  Now, I’m thankful to team up with Modelo to give those in need a shot at proving what they’re made of.” 

.Paak was homeless in 2011 with his wife, Jae Lin, and their newborn son, before releasing his first album, Venice, in 2014.

The International Rescue Committee provides clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people around the world. 

Tickets for the concerts are now available on the Modelo USA website.  You can also win a trip for two to New York City to see Anderson’s performance on November 17.

Paak’s latest single, “Make It Better,” from his third studio album, Ventura, features Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Dave Grohl confirmed to guest on upcoming 50th season of 'Sesame Street'

HBOLast year, a puppeteer for Sesame Street revealed that Dave Grohl would be a guest on an upcoming episode of the long-running children's TV series. Now, his appearance has been officially confirmed.

According to a press release, the Foo Fighters frontman is set to show up during an episode of Sesame Street's milestone 50th season, which premieres November 16 on HBO.

The season will be preceded by the Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration special, which will be hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt and will feature guests including Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Norah Jones, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers and Whoopi Goldberg, among others. That show will air November 9 on HBO, and November 17 on PBS.

In addition to seeing him on your TV screen, you can catch Grohl live in person when Foo Fighters headline Las Vegas' Intersect festival in December.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Ozzy, Gene Simmons, Slash, Lemmy & more

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Ozzy Osbourne, KISS' Gene Simmons and Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Lita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt, where a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Micky Dolenz, Gene Simmons, Slash & more

Courtesy of Bow + Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas VenturesThe Monkees' Micky Dolenz, KISS' Gene Simmons and Guns N' Roses guitairst Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Ozzy OsbourneLita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt and a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Maren Morris heads to Sesame Street for show's 50th anniversary 

Columbia NashvilleA country superstar will be making her way down one of American's most revered streets. 

Maren Morris is one of many special celebrity guests set to participate in Sesame Street's upcoming 50th anniversary season.  Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl, pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, and Chrissy Teigen will also appear on the show. 

The theme for the milestone year is “Oops and Aha!: Embracing the Power of Possibilities,” centered around positive thinking, embracing mistakes and perseverance.  

"The Middle" hit maker and several others will also partake in a social media campaign titled #ThisIsMyStreet, sharing favorite memories of growing up with the beloved series. Artists participating include actresses Blake Lively and Mindy KalingHamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame, Chance the Rapper, John Legend and many more. 

The new season of Sesame Street premieres on November 16, preceded by a special event, Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, airing on November 9 on HBO. PBS will re-air the broadcast on November 17.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line to produce new musical

ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is stepping into the world of theatre. 

Variety reports that Kelley will serve as co-producer of a new musical, titled May We All, that tells the story of an aspiring country singer who returns home after trying to make it in Nashville, "ultimately to discover that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams," as described in a statement. 

The musical will feature several hit songs by a range of country acts spanning generations, from Johnny CashLoretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, to Shania TwainKenny ChesneyMiranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton. Duos and groups such as FGL, Brooks & DunnLittle Big Town and Alison Krauss & Union Station will also have songs included in the production.

“I love building, love creating, love being surrounded by an amazing team, and have found endless inspiration in the fact that I can use my voice in any interest that I have," Brian says. "I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this musical feature the songs of so many of my buddies and artists who’ve inspired me. Can’t wait to bring this project to the stage and beyond.”  

May We All is written by Troy Britton Johnson and Todd Johnson. Troy is a former Broadway star who appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone, which won multiple Tony Awards in 2006, while Todd was one of the producers of the original production of The Color Purple on Broadway. 

May We All is set to go into production at Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square in fall 2020, with an anticipated premiere in Nashville in 2021. 

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Ludacris named artist-in-residence at Georgia State University

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCLudacris is giving back to his former university and sharing his success in music and acting.

The Fate of the Furious star, who studied at Georgia State University, has been named an artist-in-residence at the institution.

The three-time Grammy winner, born Christopher Bridges, will mentor students and work with professors at the Creative Media Industries Institute this fall.

“Georgia State is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country,” Ludacris says in a statement “I couldn’t imagine a better place to work with students than CMII.” He also tweeted,  “Feels Good to be home GSU!”

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” says Creative Media Industries Institute executive director Brennen Dicker. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

The Creative Media Industries Institute prepares students for careers in the film, music and video game industries

Ludacris has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and is the CEO of the Disturbing tha Peace label. In 2001, he founded The Ludacris Foundation, which was named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “leading philanthropy foundations.” 

In addition to The Fast and the Furious franchise, Ludacris' acting credits include EmpireBeing Mary Jane, and Hustle & Flow.

Luda hasn't released an album since Ludaversal in 2015, but he plans to release his tenth studio album next year.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Josh Homme tries to summon the devil in 'Desert Sessions' promo

ABC/Randy HolmesJosh Homme is turning to the forces of darkness to promote his upcoming Desert Sessions albums.

The Queens of the Stone Age frontman has shared a new video, in which he appears to be leading a satanic ritual. The trouble is, he doesn't seem very prepared: all of his candles are actually LED lights, and he's surprised by how much it hurts when he cuts his own hand.

The seance is interrupted, though, when two people walk into the room and catch Homme literally red-handed. When they ask what Homme's doing, he denies anything evil is afoot and insists that he's just doing "promo" for his long-running collaborative project.

Desert Sessions Vol. 11 & 12 will be released October 25. Guests this time around include ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr, and Primus' Les Claypool, among many others.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Jada Pinkett Smith in talks to join 'The Matrix 4' 

Eric CharbonneauJada Pinkett Smith may be the next actor to board the highly anticipated sequel to The Matrix.

According to Deadline, Pinkett Smith is currently in negotiations to reprise her role in the The Matrix 4 as Niobe, the no-nonsense martial artist from Zion who appeared in both The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

If confirmed, she'd join Neil Patrick HarrisKeanu ReevesCarrie-Anne Moss and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the latter of whom's rumored to play a young Morpheus.

The new potential role for Jada comes after the actress starred alongside Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in the action-thriller Angel Has Fallen. In addition to film, Pinkett Smith serves as a co-host to her wildly popular Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, alongside her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

"It's hats off to the fans" for making "I Wish Grandpas Never Died" Riley Green's new single

Big MachineRiley Green never intended for "I Wish Grandpas Never Died" to be on his debut album, Different Round Here. And were it not for his fans, it certainly wouldn't be his new single.

"The last song I wrote for this album was 'I Wish Grandpas Never Died,'" he explains. "And we actually had the album done. I had no plans of putting it on this record."

"I wrote the song and I played it at a show," Riley recalls. "Somebody videoed it with their iPhone and put it on YouTube, and it got a million-something views."

"And I started playing it at shows," he continues, "and people were singing it, and people were requesting it. Every picture I posted on Instagram, there [were] ten people going, 'When are you gonna release "Grandpas Never Died?"'"

Even though Riley's record label had already released the song and video "In Love By Now" as the follow-up to Riley's number one, "There Was This Girl," his team decided to change course and go with "Grandpas."

"I went to the label and said, 'Look at this,'" Riley remembers. "And to their credit, they jumped on board with it. We went in and cut the song, added it to the record, and it very possibly could be one of the biggest tracks on the record."

"So it was really great timing," he reflects. "And also, it's hats off to the fans for running to this song and showing that they were passionate about it."

Riley's currently headlining his own Get That Man a Beer Tour while also opening for Jon Pardi. Next year, he'll head out on the road with Entertainer of the Decade Jason Aldean.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Garth Brooks heading to Ohio on Dive Bar Tour

ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks has found the next stop on his Dive Bar Tour.

The superstar will perform at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio on Monday, October 28. Garth unveiled the location during an episode of his Facebook live show, Inside Studio G, on Tuesday. Fans are only able to obtain tickets by listening to their local country radio stations, which have been giving away tickets throughout the tour. 

The Ohio stop marks the fifth on Brooks' trek in partnership with Seagram's 7 that takes him to dive bars across the U.S. He launched the tour in July at the famous Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago, followed by shows at the iconic Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California and Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas.  

Garth will appear at The Barn in Sanford, Florida tonight.  He's concurrently on his massive stadium tour that ends its 2019 run on November 16 at Neylands Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Is Bruno Mars officially back in the studio?

Image Group LA/ABCDoes this mean what we think it means? Bruno Mars posted a mysterious photo on Twitter early this morning that has many fans thinking a new album is officially on the way.

The photo is a view of Bruno’s feet propped up on a bench, with keyboard and studio equipment visible in the background. He captioned it with only the tropical drink emoji.

"OMG IS BM4 ON THE WAY," one fan commented. While another wrote, "Yes!!!!! Making more music!!! Cant wait to hear!!"

In response to one fan who tweeted “You’ve got some new tunes for us,” Bruno played coy and wrote, “Ohhh Nooooo...ohhhh no no no noooo.”

So, is that a maybe?

It’s not farfetched to think Bruno could be working on a new album. His last solo venture, 24K Magic, came out in 2016. More recently, he collaborated with Cardi B on the track “Please Me” and with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton on the song “Blow,” from Ed’s No.6 Collaborations Project.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

"Uptown Funk," "Despacito" are Vevo's most-watched music videos of all time 

RCA RecordsAs Vevo celebrates its 10-year anniversary, it's crunched the numbers to determine which of its music videos have grabbed the most views.  Turns out there are two that have those bragging rights: One globally, and one in the U.S.

Globally, the all-time champ is Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," which has racked up 6.4 billion views since it came out in 2017. 

“Being able to share my music is something absolutely valuable to me, and thanks to Vevo, I am able to do just that,” Luis says in a statement. "Throughout this 10 years, Vevo has...opened up endless opportunities for artists to connect with millions of people around the world, get instant reaction from fans, and also explore music from different artists/genres."

Domestically, the number-one video is "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. In the U.S. alone, it's scored 628 million views but globally, it's number two behind "Despacito," with 3.6 billion views. 

The third most-viewed video globally is Justin Bieber's "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement),” with 3.1 billion views. 

Domestically, the number-two and number-three videos, respectively, are Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” with 527 million views, and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off'” with 517 million views. 

Here are the top 10s for both:

Vevo's most-watched music videos U.S.

1. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 623.6 million views
2. Silentó, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”: 527.2 million
3. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 517.6 million
4. Meghan Trainor, "All About that Bass": 488.9 million
5. Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations": 478.6 million
6. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 465.1 million
7. Katy Perry, "Roar": 461.9 million
8. The Weekend, "The Hills": 461.5 million
9. Taylor Swift, "Blank Space": 453 million
10. Adele, "Hello": 435.2 million

Vevo's most-watched music videos globally:

1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito": 6.46 billion views
2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk": 3.67 billion
3. Justin Bieber, "Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)": 3.19 billion
4. Maroon 5, "Sugar": 3.04 billion
5. Katy Perry, "Roar": 2.92 billion
6. One Republic, "Counting Stars": 2.84 bilion
7. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off": 2.83 billion
8. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Genete De Zona, "Bailando": 2.77 billion
9. Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse": 2.65 billion
10. Adele, "Hello": 2.57 billion

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Time to float: Of Monsters and Men premieres watery "Wild Roses" video

ABC/Randy HolmesOf Monsters and Men has premiered the video for "Wild Roses," a track off the band's new album, Fever Dream.

The watery visual, streaming now via RollingStone.com, finds lead vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir performing elaborate dance moves while floating in a swimming pool.

"'Wild Roses' shows an introverted side to the album and is inspired by what it is like to lean into your sadness," Hilmarsdóttir tells Rolling Stone in a statement. "We wanted to capture that feeling in a performance for the music video while bringing out a bit of uneasiness as well."

Fever Dream, which also features the lead single "Alligator," was released in July. Of Monsters and Men just wrapped a North American tour in support of the record last month.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

New documentary about famed L.A. bar The Rainbow features Ozzy, Gene Simmons, Slash, Lemmy & more

Courtesy of Bow + Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas Ventures

Ozzy Osbourne, KISS' Gene Simmons and Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Lita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt, where a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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Wednesday
Oct162019

Nicki Minaj says she has an “epic” song with Adele on the way

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCA couple of weeks ago, Ryan Tedder faked us out by jokingly teasing a collab between Adele and Beyoncé. But now, it seems we have a real Adele collab to look forward to.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nicki Minaj spills the beans that she’s got a song with Adele on the way.

"Yes and yes, yes and yes, wooo hoo!" the rapper confirms, adding, "But Adele made me swear to secrecy that I'm not allowed to tell anyone that I'm working with her. And that we already shot a video. And it's an epic song! Ahh!"

Adele has been a longtime Nicki fan. Back in 2016, she went viral for rapping Nicki’s verse from Kanye West’s song “Monster” on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." Earlier this year, she recreated the moment for guests at a Los Angeles party.

The new song could be part of Adele’s new album, which she’s been teasing is in the works. Meanwhile, Nicki has another collaboration on the upcoming Charlie’s Angels soundtrack. She teams up with her pal Ariana Grande and Normani for the song “Bad to You.”

"I'm proud of her, 'cause she executive produced that album and I'm proud to be a part of something that's her baby," Nicki says of Ari. "It's always good working with her because we actually -- unlike other artists -- we actually have a real friendship outside, in the real world.”

The Charlie's Angels soundtrack is due out November 1.

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