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Jul202018

Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell shares new song "Setting Sun" for DC Comics collaboration 

Warner Bros. RecordsJerry Cantrell is the latest artist to collaborate with DC's new comic book series Dark Nights: Metal.

The Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist has released a new solo track called "Setting Sun," which was inspired by the new Batman story. You can download the song now via digital outlets.

Other artists who've worked with DC on the Dark Nights: Metal project include Mastodon's Brann Dailor and Deftones' Chino Moreno.

You can also hear Cantrell on the forthcoming new Alice in Chains album Rainier Fog, due out August 24.

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Friday
Jul202018

Jennifer Hudson to star in movie version of Broadway musical 'Cats' 

Trae Patton/NBCJennifer Hudson will star with Taylor Swift in a movie version of the iconic Broadway musical, Cats.

The film, based on the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production, will be directed by Tom Hooper, Deadline.com reports. Hudson confirmed the news on Twitter, commenting on a meme, “I guess the CATS out of the bag!" The Grammy and Oscar winner will portray Grizabella, the former “Glamour Cat."

The stage version is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history. It follows a tribe of cats called Jellicles, who hope to be chosen to be reborn into a new life.

The film will be shot in the United Kingdom this fall.

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Friday
Jul202018

Former "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden in talks to join Elton John biopic

ABC/Randy HolmesFormer Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is in talks to join the Elton John biopic Rocketman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor will reportedly play Elton's former manager, John Reid, who worked with the pop-rock legend for over three decades beginning in the '70s. He'll join Taron Egerton, who is playing Elton.

It was previously reported that Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell was in negotiations to play John's longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.

Madden previously played Robb Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones, and recently starred on Amazon's Strange New Things.

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Friday
Jul202018

Members of The Doors, Monkees and Mamas & the Papas to appear at L.A.'s Love Street Festival this Sunday

Courtesy of Love Street FestivalA variety of music stars, including members of The Doors, The Monkees and The Mamas & the Papas, will be on hand for the sixth annual Love Street Festival, taking place this Sunday, July 22, in the Los Angeles community of Laurel Canyon.

This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Doors song "Love Street," which appeared on the B-side of the band's chart-topping single "Hello, I Love You." Late singer Jim Morrison wrote the tune about Laurel Canyon's Rothdell Trail, where he and his girlfriend Pamela Courson used to live.

Among the celebs who will attend the festival are Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, Monkees singer Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential '60s band Love. Also appearing at the event will be Wilson Phillips, featuring Beach Boy Brian Wilson's daughters Carney and Wendy Wilson and Michelle's daughter with the late John Phillips, Chynna; Stephen Stills' son Chris Stills; and another of John's daughters, Bijou Phillips.

The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, will feature a special dedication ceremony, musical performances, food and beverages and pet adoption. Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz and album-cover artist Gary Burden will be honored during the festivities.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit We Are Laurel Canyon, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the preservation of the community's open spaces and wildlife corridor.

Visit LoveStreetFestival.org for more information.

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Friday
Jul202018

Doors members among music stars set to appear at L.A.'s Love Street Festival this Sunday

Courtesy of Love Street FestivalDoors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore are among a variety of music stars who will be on hand for the sixth annual Love Street Festival, taking place this Sunday, July 22, in the Los Angeles community of Laurel Canyon.

This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Doors song "Love Street," which appeared on the B-side of the band's chart-topping single "Hello, I Love You." Late singer Jim Morrison wrote the tune about Laurel Canyon's Rothdell Trail, where he and his girlfriend Pamela Courson used to live.

Among the other celebs confirmed to attend the festival are The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Jonny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential '60s band Love. Also appearing at the event will be Wilson Phillips, featuring Beach Boy Brian Wilson's daughters Carney and Wendy Wilson and Michelle's daughter with the late John Phillips, Chynna; Stephen Stills' son Chris Stills; and another of John's daughters, Bijou Phillips.

The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, will feature a special dedication ceremony, musical performances, food and beverages and pet adoption. Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz and album-cover artist Gary Burden will be honored during the festivities.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit We Are Laurel Canyon, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the preservation of the community's open spaces and wildlife corridor.

Visit LoveStreetFestival.org for more information.

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Friday
Jul202018

Chris Janson offers fans some Hangtime, live from NYC's Opry City Stage

ABC RadioChris Janson records a new episode of the PBS show Front and Center Monday night at New York’s Opry City Stage, but you won’t have to wait until the show airs to check out his concert.

You can stream the “Drunk Girl” hitmaker’s set by downloading the Hangtime app.

Chris will kick things off pre-show at 7:55 p.m. ET, before hitting the stage at 8 p.m. His episode of Front and Center is expected to air sometime in 2019.

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Friday
Jul202018

The Struts enjoy life on the road in "Body Talks" video 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Struts have premiered the video for their new single "Body Talks." The frenetic clip, streaming now on YouTube, features live and behind-the-scenes footage of the U.K. rockers on the road.

"Body Talks" is the first single from The Struts' forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out later this year.

The Struts are spending their summer opening for Foo Fighters, and they'll launch a headlining tour of their own in September.

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Friday
Jul202018

H.E.R. is honored to tour with Chris Brown: “He’s one of the greatest entertainers of my generation”

Live NationH.E.R. is performing on the Chris Brown Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour,” and for the 21-year old singer, it’s an honor to share the stage with a dynamic artist.

“I’ve been watching Chris like every single night, just studying him, and like his stage presence is like unmatched,” H.E.R. says. “I feel like he’s one of the greatest entertainers of my generation.”

“His creativity is written all over his show, his live performance, his music, everything,” H.E.R. continues. “It’s a celebration of R&B. All these artists are super talented, and we just love R&B music, and that’s what we’re here to represent.”

In addition to H.E.R., 6lack, Rich The Kid and Jacquees also serve as opening acts on the 27-city tour which kicked off June 19. The tour continues for two more weeks through August 4 in Las Vegas.

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Friday
Jul202018

If "Tailgate[s]" could talk: RaeLynn's danceable collabo with FGL's Tyler Hubbard

ABC/Image Group LA RaeLynn co-wrote her new song, “Tailgate,” with fellow artists Canaan Smith and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. The danceable tune speculates what might happen if a truck could talk.

“Without fail, ‘Tailgate’ makes me want to dance on stage every single time I perform it and when you hear it you can’t help but sing along,” RaeLynn says.

“It also comes from a real place because I’ve been driving the same truck since I was 18 years old,” she explains. “The first car that I ever owned was a Ford F-150 and I got to thinking about all the trouble I’d have been in with mama and dad if that truck ever told a secret on me.”

“Tailgate” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the official audio on YouTube.

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Friday
Jul202018

2011 Pink Floyd best-of comp "A Foot in the Door" being reissued on vinyl in September

Legacy RecordingsThe 2011 Pink Floyd compilation A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28. The album, which originally was only available on CD, features a selection of tunes spanning from 1967 to 1994 chosen by the band's members.

The new version of the retrospective will be issued as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with the tracks remastered by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. Among the well-known tunes featured on the album are "See Emily Play," "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Have a Cigar," "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)," "Comfortably Numb," "Hey You" and an edited version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." The vinyl edition will include a restored version of "Time," with the ringing alarm clocks heard at the start of the track reinstated, after having been omitted from the song on the version that appeared on the CD release.

The album package features updated cover art and a gatefold outer sleeve.

Here's the full original track list of A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd:

"Hey You" (1979)
"See Emily Play" (1967)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (1979)
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (1979)
"Have a Cigar" (1975)
"Wish You Were Here" (1975)
"Time" (1973)
"The Great Gig in the Sky" (1973)
"Money" (1973)
"Comfortably Numb" (1979)
"High Hopes" (Edited version) (1994)
"Learning to Fly" (1987)
"The Fletcher Memorial Home" (1983)
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Edited version of parts 1-5) (1975)
"Brain Damage" (1973)
"Eclipse" (1973)

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Friday
Jul202018

From "Dahlonega" to "Radioland," Ashley McBryde's ready to play "The Tonight Show"

Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleAshley McBryde’s come a long way from “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” Tuesday night, the Arkansas native is set to play The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

While the Girl Going Nowhere singer hasn’t said what she’ll perform, she seems likely to do her new single, “Radioland,” which is the follow-up to her breakout hit, “Dahlonega.”

You can tune in to watch for Ashley’s Tonight Show debut starting at 11:35 p.m. ET Tuesday on NBC.

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Friday
Jul202018

Avenged Sevenfold cancels summer tour due to M. Shadows' damaged vocal cords 

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has canceled their summer tour, as frontman M. Shadows is unable to sing due to damaged vocal cords.

In a letter posted to the A7X website, Shadows explains that, while on tour in Europe, he "came down with a terrible viral infection," which he says left him "voiceless." He then learned that he had a "blood blister" on his vocal cords, which prevents them from "vibrating properly."

"In short, I can't sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to the more damage is being done," Shadows writes. "Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track."

While he is on the mend, Shadows explains that he's currently in no condition to tour.

"Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily," he writes. "It's a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour."

"Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can't happen at the moment," the singer continues. "We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those."

The tour was set to begin July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace were also on the bill.

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Friday
Jul202018

Mario makes a comeback with new single “Drowning”

Gary Gershoff/WireImageAfter not releasing a new album since 2009, Mario is making a comeback with his new single and video, “Drowning,” which he released Friday.

In the song about the battle between lust versus love, the two-time Grammy Award winner sings in his signature falsetto, “I’m sinking, I’m not swimming, please stop me from drowning.”

Mario sounds like the song was inspired by his own love life as he tells Billboard, “This experience was an intense one for me, and sonically, the bittersweet chord progressions match the emotion of the story I’m telling.”

“Drowning” is the first single from Mario’s upcoming fifth solo album, Dancing Shadows, to be released later this year on his own New Citizen label.

Mario reached the peak of his career in 2004 with his platinum Turning Point album featuring the single “Let Me Love You” which was number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eleven weeks.

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Friday
Jul202018

Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran among "Billboard’s" Top 50 Money Makers of 2017

Kai Z. FengBruno Mars and Ed Sheeran were among the artists who raked in the dough last year, according to Billboard's newly released list of the Top 50 Money Makers of 2017.

The two made the top five on the list, which ranks the earnings of music acts based on their U.S. concert grosses and royalties generated from domestic sales, streaming and publishing.

Bruno comes in at number four with $40.7 million and Ed ranks at number five with $31.3 million. Both did not even make the tally last year.

Other artists on the list include Lady Gaga at number six, The Weeknd at number 12 and John Mayer at number 25. Celine Dion, Elton John, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift also made the top 50.

The number one spot goes to U2, followed by Garth Brooks and Metallica rounding out the top three.

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Friday
Jul202018

Jason Aldean plans his third Concert for the Kids to help his Georgia hometown

Broken BowJason Aldean will return to his Georgia hometown for his third Concert for the Kids this fall at the Macon Coliseum. Fellow Peach State native Lauren Alaina will join him for the Thursday, September 6 show that benefits Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital.

“There are a lot of reasons I love doing what I do, but being able to give back to these kids and their families is definitely really important to me," the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “We’ve been able to help support the build of an entirely new facility, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the community shows up for the hospital this year and what we can do to keep helping the people there."

So far, Jason's raised more than $1.2 million for the hospital. Tickets for the fundraiser go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. ET. 

Friday
Jul202018

Listen now: Morgan Evans delivers a love song for Kelsea with "American"

ABC/Image Group LA The lyrics of Morgan Evans’ new track, “American,” leave little doubt who he wrote it about. In fact, the Aussie starts describing his wife, Kelsea Ballerini, with the very first words of the song.

“She’s got hair as gold as Kansas wheat,” Morgan begins, leading up to a chorus that expresses how he feels about his bride, whom he married last December: “She’s American, making my world better than it’s ever been/One part Norma Jean and one part Marilyn/She’s making me fall in love with everything American.”

The “Kiss Somebody” hitmaker confirmed the track is about Kelsea on his socials.

“One of my favourite songs from the record,” he tweeted. “A love song for America & for my American girl. Best experienced at HIGH volumes. I hope you love it!” he added.

“American” is the latest preview of Morgan’s debut album, expected in the fall. You can stream or download the tune now, or check out its Visualizer video on YouTube

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Friday
Jul202018

Kid Cudi has won his fight with depression: “I have so much joy that I don’t feel like I’m fighting anymore"

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesKid Cudi revealed in a 2016 Facebook post he was depressed and contemplated suicide. Now two years later, he has overcome the darkness.

“I have so much joy that I don’t feel like I’m fighting anymore,” he tells Billboard.

Cudi, whose birth name is Scott Mescudi, says now he is happy and reflecting his joy in his music.

“I’m focusing on my art again and throwing myself back into it and wanting to write something with more of a positive outlook on things, because I’ve written the dark so well for so long,” says the 34-year old rapper.

“I’m at a place where I was able to do that,” he continues. “It took me so long to get to that place, and I was really excited to write from that standpoint when I got there.”

Cudi checked himself into a rehab center in 2016 to treat this depression. Now that’s he's on a positive path, he wants his 8-year-old daughter, Vada, to understand the challenges he’s overcome.

“I’ll have to explain my darker moments again to my daughter one day. She’ll want to know, and I’ll have to explain, but she’ll understand,” Cudi says. “She’s a happy little girl, and I’ll want her to know all of who I am.”

Two years after he released his most recent solo album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin,' Cudi returned to music this year with his Kids See Ghosts, his project with Kanye West. The song “Reborn” on the album describes Cudi’s state of mind in 2018.

“It was great when Kanye wanted to use the song, because it was perfect for both. We are both reborn after what we went through,” Cudi says. “I couldn't have made a song like 'Reborn' until now, because I didn't feel reborn yet.”

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Friday
Jul202018

Your chance to see Dierks Bentley's Saturday stop on the Mountain High Tour for free

ABC/Image Group LA Even if you can't make it to Indianapolis, Indiana for Dierks Bentley's Saturday night set at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, you can still check out his show. 

Live Nation will stream Dierks' latest stop on the Mountain High Tour as part of their Concert Series on Twitter. The Arizona native is set to take the stage at 9:20 p.m. ET. You can tune in to watch at Live.Twitter.com/DierksBentley.

In addition to his hits, you can expect Dierks to showcase his latest album, The Mountain, which features his most recent #1, "Woman, Amen." Tour mates Brothers Osborne will also likely join him to showcase their collaboration on his latest single, "Burning Man." 

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Friday
Jul202018

Jason Mraz says wife helped him understand his “Two Spirit” sexuality

Justin BettmanJason Mraz reveals in a new interview with Billboard that his wife, Christina Carano, helped him come to terms with his sexuality.

“[I’ve] had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife,” the singer says.

He admits he was initially confused by it, but Carano was understanding.

“It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me,” he says. “She calls it ‘Two Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman.”

He adds, “I really like that.”

In fact, according to Indian Country Today, Two Spirit is used in some Native communities to describe a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit.

Jason previously opened up about his sexuality back in 2005. In an interview with Genre magazine, he said he was “bisexually open-minded,” and that while he had never been in a sexual relationship with a man, he wouldn’t rule it out.

His new album Know. comes out August 10.

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Friday
Jul202018

Chris Cornell statue to debut in Seattle next month; Vicky Cornell pays tribute on late husband's birthday

ABC/Randy HolmesThe planned statue of Chris Cornell will make its debut in the late Soundgarden frontman's hometown of Seattle next month. It will be unveiled during a public ceremony on August 29, and will be donated to the city's Museum of Pop Culture.

"Even though Chris' music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle's unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband," says Chris' widow, Vicky.

She continues, "Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle -- our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start."

Created by sculptor Nick Marra, the bronze statue will represent Cornell wearing his signature boots, dog tag and long hair.

Plans for the statue were first announced last August, three months after Cornell's death on May 18, 2017. Speaking with the Seattle Times about the statue, Vicky said, "He is Seattle's son, and we will be bringing him home and honoring him."

The announcement of the statue comes on what would've been Cornell's 54th birthday. To mark the occasion, Vicky shared a video of her late husband performing live while an acoustic recording of him singing the Audioslave song "I Am the Highway" plays in the background.

"Happy Birthday my love," Vicky writes alongside the video. "Your life touched so many, you left your mark forever on millions of hearts everywhere. You were a rare gift to the world that is forever changed without you."

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