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Tuesday
Sep252018

Maroon 5's latest #1 hit "Girls Like You" is a "dream," says Adam Levine

Travis SchneiderMaroon 5's latest #1 hit, "Girls Like You," was a long time coming: The song spent six weeks at #2 before it was finally able to knock Drake's "In My Feelings" out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  And frontman Adam Levine says he doesn't take the accomplishment for granted.

"Reaching this milestone again is a dream for this band," Adam tells Billboard.  "Girls Like You" is the band's first #1 hit since 2012's "One More Night."  They've had four chart-toppers in all; the others are "Moves Like Jagger" and "Makes Me Wonder."

"We had confidence, but when you've done this for as long as we have, you are always aware that there are no guarantees until the people have spoken," Adam explains. "For this to happen all these years later is truly a special gift."

"Girls Like You" is the first pop hit to top the Billboard Hot 100 since January, when Camila Cabello's song "Havana" was #1.  For the past 34 weeks, the top spot has been occupied by rap songs.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

#OD3: Old Dominion teases third album as "Hotel Key" hangs on to #1

ABC/Image Group LAAs “Hotel Key” sits at #1 on the country chart this week, Old Dominion is already hard at work on their next record.

“Hotel Key” is the third chart-topper from OD’s Happy Endings album. In fact, the ACM Vocal Group of the Year recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the record by releasing a new remix of the track “New York at Night.”

On Tuesday, the CMA nominees teased fans with news of their forthcoming third album.

“It's getting real,” the band shared, adding the hashtag #OD3, along with a photo of lead singer Matthew Ramsey and writer/producer Shane McAnally behind the sound board in the recording studio.

Last week, the band played two new songs during their headlining show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium: “Make It Sweet” and “Smooth Sailing.”

Next up for OD, they kick off the latest leg of their Happy Endings World Tour October 4 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Broken Bells tease new music

ABC/Randy HolmesOver the summer, the long-dormant Broken Bells teased a possible comeback. Now, it looks like they're gearing up to release new music.

The duo, made up of The Shins frontman James Mercer and producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, has posted a 25-second clip of what sounds like a new song.

Broken Bells have released two albums, the most recent of which was 2014's After the Disco. Since then, Mercer and The Shins released a new album, 2017's Heartworms, while Burton has pursued a variety of different producing projects.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Rust at Sea: Megadeth announces inaugural MegaCruise 

Credit: Jeremy SafferIf you want to spend several days in the middle of the ocean with Megadeth, then you're in luck: The metal legends have announced the inaugural MegaCruise, which will be "thrashing through the Pacific" in 2019.

No other info has been revealed just yet, butyou can sign up for a mailing list at MegaCruise.com. The website features the event's logo of a rusty anchor combined with the head of Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead.

Meanwhile, Megadeth plans to release new music in 2019. The band's most recent album is 2016's Dystopia.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Save a lot of "Dinero" by bidding on Jennifer Lopez's outfits on eBay charity auction 

Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images for dcpIf you don't have the "Dinero" to buy new designer clothing like Jennifer Lopez, you can buy the superstar's castoff duds right now, as part of an eBay charity auction.

Top celebrity stylists, who work with stars like J-Lo, Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani and Lorde, have cleaned out their closets and donated a bunch of high-end clothing and accessories -- including pieces worn by the stars in question -- to eBay's first-ever Fall Stylist Sale.

Among the items up for grabs: a mustard-hello Michael Costello jumpsuit J-Lo wore while hosting the 2015 American Music Awards and a Bao Tranchi dress she wore to her 48th birthday party; a pair of quilted Balmain loafers worn by Justin; a black-and-white For the Stars bodysuit Gwen wore in her 2016 video for "Misery" and the Arturo Rios red bow hat she wore in the promotional photos for her album You Make It Feel Like Christmas.

You can bid on the items through October 2, and all proceeds will benefit each stylist's favorite charity, including the including the ACLU, Create Now and The Trevor Project. Some of the items can be had for as little as $20 the last time we checked, so hurry.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Stoner alert: Lil Yachty to star in "How High2"

Neil FavilaLil Yachty now has a license to smoke: He’s been cast as the star of How High 2.

The Atlanta rapper begins production on the stoner film Tuesday in his hometown, according to Variety.

Yachty will play an entrepreneur named Roger who's the brother of one of the lead characters from the original How High in 2001, which starred Method Man and Redman. They portrayed failing students who miraculously achieved perfect scores on their college entrance exams and attended Harvard University, all with the help of marijuana.

In How High 2, Roger and his friend go “on a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up.”

Earlier this year, Yachty provided the voice of Green Lantern in the animated film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

How High 2 will premiere on MTV in 2019.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Watch now: The Wombats bring color to life in "Bee-Sting" video

Credit: Phil SmithiesThe Wombats have premiered the video for their new single, "Bee-Sting," which is streaming now via Billboard.com.

Filmed in a warehouse in London, the clip finds the British trio rocking out as different colors pop up around them. Frontman Matthew Murphy is particularly proud of the teal jacket he's wearing.

"I'd had zero sleep, there were no electric fans and I was basically sweating uncontrollably for hours on end," Murphy tells Billboard of the video shoot. "But that jacket was worth it!"

The Wombats recorded "Bee-Sting" for the upcoming deluxe version of their new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, due out November 9. The original album, released in February, spawned the single "Turn."

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Report: Nicki Minaj gives $25K to Geoffrey Owens; he donates the money to charity

Image Group LA/ABCNicki Minaj has reportedly fulfilled her promise to give $25,000 to former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens, and he in turn is donating the money to charity.

Earlier this month, the Queen rapper announced on her Beats 1 radio show that she would give $25,000 to the actor when he was “job shamed" after being photographed working at a Trader Joe's.

Owens tells TMZ he’s passing the money on to a good cause.

"I would like to give this donation of 25k to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman -- who played Cosby’s father, Russell, on The Cosby Show -- who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home,” Owens  says. “I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams."  Hyman died last year at age 91.

Nicki responded, "I'm happy to be a part of a great cause. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is. Rest in Peace to Earle Hyman."

Owens’ career is flourishing now since the job-shaming incident. After accepting Tyler Perry’s offer to appear in The Haves and the Have Nots, he’s been cast in the movie Fatale, starring Hillary Swank, and will have a guest-starring role on NCIS: New Orleans.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Disturbed earns fastest chart-topper with new single, "Are You Ready"

Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed's new single, "Are You Ready," has reached the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving the Chicago metallers eight number-ones on the tally.

According to a press release, "Are You Ready" grabbed the number-one spot in just six weeks, making it Disturbed's fastest chart-topper.

Previous Disturbed songs to top Mainstream Rock Songs include  "Open Your Eyes," "The Light," "The Vengeful One," "Another Way to Die" and "Inside the Fire," as well as covers of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Genesis' "Land of Confusion."

"Are You Ready" is the lead single from Disturbed's forthcoming album, Evolution, due out October 19.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Got $120K? You could go horseback riding on the beach...with Madonna 

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCGoing to a Madonna concert? That's so five minutes ago. What about going horseback riding with the Queen of Pop? Or sitting in the studio while she plays you songs from her unreleased new album?

These amazing experiences could be yours if you have about $120,000 to spare. Madonna has donated them to be auctioned off at the second annual Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, which will be held in Monaco on Wednesday.

Celebrities and philanthropists will gather for a red carpet, cocktail reception, Michelin Star chef-prepared dinner and the live auction.  Proceeds go to support Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's initiatives in favor of a sustainable ocean.

If you can't make it, you can place an absentee bid for the Madonna experiences, each of which starts at 100,000 euros, which is roughly $117,000. The horseback-riding experience will allow you and five guests to join the Material Girl as you navigate the beaches of Portugal on horseback. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay to get yourself there -- travel and accommodation aren't included.

As for the studio experience, that will take place in October or November of this year in London. You and up to three guests will join Madonna in her London recording studio and preview some of the songs from her new album, which is due to be released before the end of this year.

You also can shell out for a portrait taken by famed photographer Steven Klein during a session in New York City that will be art-directed by Madonna.

Other auction lots include Mick Jagger's signed guitar, a chance to play golf in Los Angeles with Andy Garcia, and any number of fabulous and exotic trips, jewelry and artwork. Visit MonteCarloGala2018.com for details.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Watch puppet Slash rock out in video for Conspirators single "Driving Rain"

ABC/Randy HolmesSlash and his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators have released the video for "Driving Rain," the lead single off the group's new album, Living the Dream.

The clip, which mixes live-action and animation, features puppet versions of Slash and company rocking out in the mountains while another puppet steals a car from her abusive puppet boyfriend. You can watch it now on YouTube.

"The idea behind doing an animated video for 'Driving Rain' is mostly due to the dark subject matter of the song influencing directors to come up with very dramatic, dark and sullen regular live action treatments that weren't any fun at all (no offense to those guys)," Slash explains. "So, I wanted to create something that could be tongue-in-cheek and yet still be dark with live-action animation."

He adds, "FYI, no puppets were harmed during the making of this video."

Slash and the Conspirators are currently touring the U.S. in support of Living the Dream, which is out now.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Got $120K? You could go horseback riding on the beach...with Madonna 

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCGoing to a Madonna concert? That's so five minutes ago.  What about going horseback riding with the Queen of Pop?  Or sitting in the studio while she plays you songs from her unreleased new album?

These amazing experiences could be yours if you have about $120,000 to spare.  Madonna's donated them to be auctioned off at the second annual Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, which will be held in Monaco on Wednesday.

Celebrities and philanthropists will gather for a red carpet, cocktail reception, Michelin Star chef-prepared dinner and the live auction.  Proceeds go to support Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s initiatives in favor of a sustainable Ocean.

If you can't make it, you can place an absentee bid for the Madonna experiences, each of which starts at 100,000 euros, which is roughly $117,000.  The horseback-riding experience will allow you and five guests to join the Material Girl as you navigate the beaches of Portugal on horseback.  Unfortunately, you'll have to pay to get yourself there -- travel and accommodation aren't included.

As for the studio experience, that will take place in October or November of this year in London.  You and up to three guests will join Madonna in her London recording studio and preview some of the songs from her new album, which is due to be released before the end of this year.

You can also shell out for a portrait taken by famed photographer Steven Klein during a session in New York City that will be art-directed by Madonna.

Other auction lots include Mick Jagger's signed guitar, a chance to play golf in L.A. with Andy Garcia, and any number of fabulous and exotic trips, jewelry and artwork. Visit MonteCarloGala2018.com for details.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Post Malone and The Weekend performing at Grand Prix in UAE

Republic RecordsPost Malone and The Weeknd will be enjoying Arabian nights when they perform in November at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates.

The “Rockstar” rapper will kick off four nights of concerts celebrating the tenth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 22. The Weeknd will perform on November 23, followed by pop star Sam Smith on November 24 and rockers Guns N’ Roses in November 25.

Malone will also perform at the American Music Awards on October 9 where he’s up for six awards, including Favorite Artist of the Year.

The Weeknd will be featured at the Global Citizen Festival Saturday in New York City along with Janet Jackson, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Listen now: Sia pens new single for her mini-me's little sister, Mackenzie Ziegler

Glenn NutleySia and Maddie Ziegler, the young dancer who stars in Sia's videos, have scored a lot of success by combining their talents. Now, Sia is sharing her talent with another member of the Ziegler family.

Sia has co-written a song called "Wonderful" for Mackenzie Ziegler, Maddie's 14-year-old little sister.  It's out today at all digital and streaming services, and Mackenzie will perform it live during tonight's episode of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, which airs at 8 p.m. ET. 

The song is an uplifting and motivational anthem, which has Mackenzie singing, "I'm wanting to live/A little more intentinoall/Yesterday I found a missing part of me/Everyday is better than yesterday/Everyday I'm closer to wonderful."

No word on whether her big sis will star in the song's video.

Mackenzie, who appeared for six years on the Lifetime series Dance Moms, is also a Teen Choice Award winner and the star of Total Eclipse, a series on YouTube's Brat channel.  In addition, she has her own makeup line, Love, Kenzie.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

The Rolling Stones to release expanded concert video from 1994 "Voodoo Lounge" tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 1995, The Rolling Stones released a concert video titled Voodoo Lounge Live featuring footage from a November 1994 show at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Now the rock legends are set to unleash an expanded and remastered version of the film in multiple formats on November 16.

Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package will feature 10 previously unreleased performances and will be available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl as well as digital-audio editions also will be released.

The concert took place during The Rolling Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album Voodoo Lounge, which included the songs "You Got Me Rocking," "Love Is Strong" and "Out of Tears." The show featured guest appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.

The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts from the group's back catalog and a generous assortment of classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also contain five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

You can pre-order Voodoo Lounge Uncut now at Eagle-Rock.com.

Here's the track list for the Voodoo Lounge Uncut video and audio releases:

Whoopi Goldberg Intro
"Not Fade Away"
"Tumbling Dice"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rocks Off"*
"Sparks Will Fly"*
"Live with Me"*
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Beast of Burden"*
"Angie"
"Dead Flowers"*
"Sweet Virginia"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"*
"It's All Over Now"
"Stop Breakin' Down Blues"
"Who Do You Love?"
"I Go Wild"*
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Before They Make Me Run"*
"The Worst"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Monkey Man"*
"Street Fighting Man"*
"Start Me Up"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Bonus Performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:

"Shattered"
"Out of Tears"
"All Down the Line"
"I Can't Get Next to You"
"Happy"

* = previously unreleased.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Halsey releasing new song "Without Me" on October 4

ABC/Paula LoboHalsey recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of her second album, hopeless fountain kingdom, and now she's ready for her next move.

As Billboard reports, at a concert in London over the weekend, Halsey introduced a new song called "Without Me," and played a teaser video onstage.  That teaser is now posted on Halsey's Instagram -- it shows the singer standing under a shower wearing a tank top that becomes NSFW the longer she stands under the water.

"And if they laugh then f**k 'em all," she sings at one point.  She also sings, "Maybe I'm the one who puts you up there/I don't know why."  The video displays the lyrics, "Said I'd catch you if you fall" and "Does it ever get lonely?"

It's not clear if this will be a stand-alone single, or if Halsey's planning to put it on a deluxe edition of the album, or something else.  As previously reported, next month, Halsey will perform on the American Music Awards with Khalid and Benny Blanco, performing their joint single, "Eastside."

Halsey turns 24 September 29.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Cardi B claps back at critics who say her career is over following Nicki Minaj shoe-throwing incident

Jorda FrantzisCardi B says she's heard that her career is over following her alleged shoe-throwing incident with Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week.  But the “I Like It" rapper says don’t believe the hype.

“After the altercation that happened in Fashion Week, a lot of people want to be like, 'Cardi is canceled.'  That’s not true,” Cardi said during an Instagram Live session. “I actually got a lot of offers from a lot of fashion people that y’all will slowly but surely, slowly but surely -- don’t forget -- will see.”

Cardi also says she heard that a couple of stars, including Rihanna, unfollowed her on social media following the Fashion Week dust-up.  The two-time BET Award winner set the record straight.

“A lot of people was doing rumors of that a couple of celebrities they unfollowed me and that was not even true. Those celebrities wasn’t even following me,” Cardi insisted.  “Why can’t y’all stop making rumors trying to make me look like l’m just over and everything? When my time is over, ya’ll will see when my time is over."

Cardi is up for eight American Music Awards, and on Saturday she’ll  perform at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City along with Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and Janelle Monae.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Kelsea Ballerini "Unapologetically" gives her sophomore album the Deluxe treatment

Black River EntertainmentA new Deluxe Edition of Kelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is on the way October 26.

The expanded version of Kelsea’s 2017 album will include four new tracks, two of which -- “Fun and Games” and “I Think I Fell in Love Today” -- Kelsea co-wrote and wrote herself, respectively. The record also boasts a live cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic, “Landslide,” as well as Kelsea's collaboration with The Chainsmokers on “This Feeling.”

“I’m such a fan of these guys as people, artists, and songwriters," Kelsea says of The Chainsmokers. "I’ve covered a few of their songs on different tours, and as far as collaborators, they’ve always been at the top of my list! I’m really excited for people to hear our worlds blend in 'This Feeling.’”

So far, the song’s off to a great start: the lyric video’s been viewed more than eight million times in the past week. Kelsea and The Chainsmokers will perform the song together live for the first time Wednesday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  

The fan-favorite “Miss Me More” is Kelsea’s new single from Unapologetically.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

"Wouldn't It Be Great": Loretta Lynn to be honored as Artist of a Lifetime at first-ever all-female CMT Artists of the Year

Sony LegacyLegendary actress Sissy Spacek will give Loretta Lynn the Artist of a Lifetime award next month at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in Nashville.

Spacek became close friends with the country legend while preparing to play her in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter, and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar that same year for the role.

The honor comes as Loretta’s latest album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, is set to be released this Friday.

"I'm always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year's Artist of a Lifetime award it made me really happy,” Loretta says. “It's an honor to be able to make music that people enjoy and I'm really excited to have a new album coming out.”

In the past, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain have also been named CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime.

Loretta will accept the accolade during the first-ever all-female edition of CMT Artists of the Year on Wednesday, October 17, which will air live from Music City starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott will be honored as well.

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Tuesday
Sep252018

Was Lady Gaga's "A Star Is Born" premiere dress a tribute to Barbra Streisand?

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesMonday night, Lady Gaga hit the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her new movie A Star Is Born, and she looked stunning in a Givenchy silver lace column dress and matching cloak, and a Bulgari diamond choker.  But was her look a nod to one of the stars of a previous version of the movie?

Page Six claims that Gaga's choice of a silver dress, cloak and choker was a tip of the hat to Barbra Streisand, the star of the 1976 version of A Star Is Born.  Both Gaga and Streisand play aspiring singers who are given a boost by older male singers whose stars are fading.  In the 1976 version, Streisand's character, Esther, wins a Grammy while wearing a silver caped dress -- which Streisand designed herself -- and a choker.

Meanwhile, Gaga has released a teaser of "Is That Alright?," a song on the A Star Is Born soundtrack, due out October 5, the same day the movie hits theaters.  In the emotional ballad, Gaga -- in character as rising star Ally -- sings, "I want you/at the end of my life/I wanna see your face when I fall with grace/The moment I die/Is that alright?" 

The teaser soundtracks a one-minute montage of scenes from the movie, in which we see the romance blossom between Ally and co-star/director Bradley Cooper's character, Jackson Maine.

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