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Thursday
May242018

Blink-182 performs "Kings of the Weekend" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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Blink-182 performed "Kings of the Weekend" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night to promote their Las Vegas residency of the same name, which starts Saturday.

The veteran pop-punk band -- comprised of bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba -- took to Kimmel's outdoor stage to perform the song off their most recent album, 2016's California

As previously reported, Blink-182 will launch their Las Vegas Kings of the Weekend residency later this week, and the pop-punk trio is currently working on crafting the set list for the shows. On his Twitter, Hoppus shared a list of the songs from which the band is choosing to rehearse.

The nearly 50-song list includes tracks from California, including "Bored to Death" and "She's Out of Her Mind," as well as a number of classics from the band's discography, such as "All the Small Things," "Adam's Song" and "I Miss You."

The will stretch all the way into November.

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Thursday
May242018

Will Camila, Dua, Ariana or Shawn have the Song of the Summer? Spotify has predictions

Paul Drinkwater/NBCLast year, the Song of the Summer was "Despacito."  Now, as Memorial Day 2018 is upon us, it's time to consider this year's contenders.  The folks at Spotify have put together a list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance or just whether or not they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.

According to Spotify, the #1 prediction for Song of the Summer is Cardi B's "I Like It," featuring Latin stars J Balvin and Bad Bunny.  But the list also includes "One Kiss," the new collabo from Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris, as well as Anne-Marie's "2002," co-written by Ed Sheeran

Also on the list: "Sangria Wine," from Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry."  Both songs just got big sales boosts from their performances on Sunday's BillboardMusic Awards.

Other tracks on Spotify's list include "Solo," Demi Lovato's new track with Clean Bandit, and "Youth," Shawn Mendes' duet with Khalid.  Also making the list are current chart-toppers like Drake's "Nice for What" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

Here's Spotify's full list and may the best song win:

1. "I Like It" - Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
2. "This Is America" - Childish Gambino
3. "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
4. "OTW" - Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign
5. "Sangria Wine" - Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams
6. "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai
7. "Nice for What" - Drake
8. "Life Changes" - Thomas Rhett
9. "Zombie" - Bad Wolves
10. "No Tears Left To Cry" - Ariana Grande
11. "Playinwitme" - KYLYE ft. Kehlani
12. "Ball For Me" - Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj
13. "2002" - Anne-Marie
14. "Burn the House Down" - AJR
15. "Solo" - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
16. "Youth" - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid

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Thursday
May242018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Scotty McCreery learned "Five More Minutes" has been certified platinum at the song's #1 party Wednesday at CMA headquarters in Nashville.

"Burning House" hitmaker Cam is featured on the new single from pop/rock band Train, titled "Call Me Sir."

Toby KeithJoe NicholsDavid NailJana KramerParmalee and rapper Nelly are set to play Tailgate Fest September 1 on the grounds of the Forum in Los Angeles. 

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Thursday
May242018

Shawn Mendes says his new album would shock the Shawn Mendes of 2017 

Brian ZiffThe songs on Shawn Mendes' new self-titled album, due out on Friday, reveal a new honesty and maturity that even he didn't think he was capable of. In fact, the 19-year-old star says if you had told him last year that he would make an album like this, he wouldn't have believed you.

Asked by Entertainment Weekly, "How would Shawn of four years ago react to the maturity of this album?" he replies. "He wouldn’t have believed it. No way. Shawn last year wouldn’t believe it.  I mean that with all of my heart."

He adds, "You never discover you can say a certain thing again; you just do. These songs are stamps of moments when I discovered what I was capable of."

“Every album is going to become more honest and truthful, but I really wanted to capture this,” Shawn explains. "I don’t know how to describe it, but there’s something about where I am right now in my life, being 19...I feel like I’m going through a huge transition and everything is just crazy and exciting.”

The album's first single, "In My Blood," which is about Shawn's struggles with anxiety, is a good example of his new openness.

"The biggest thing I learned making this album," he explains, "is that if I am not writing 100 percent the truth, I’m cheating myself, and the music just isn’t going to be as good."

Next year, Shawn launches a world tour in support of the album, and he says his new honesty applies to his concerts, too.

"There’s no such thing as a perfect show," he tells EW. "It makes me so excited to go on tour because I know that it can’t be perfect. That’s not what life is."

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Thursday
May242018

ABC News' Ryan Smith shares the message behind tonight's "20/20" special "The Last Days of Michael Jackson"

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesTonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.

The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator, and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.

But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.

"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. 

"The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."

He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing." 

"To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."

Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.

"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC. 

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Thursday
May242018

Post-Creedence revival: Solo albums by CCR members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty to be reissued next month

Craft RecordingsA pair of long-out-of-print 1972 solo albums by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty will be reissued on June 22.

The discs, Clifford's solo debut, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, and Fogerty's Excalibur, will be available on 180-gram vinyl and also will be released for the first time as high-res audio downloads and streams.

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was the CCR drummer's first and only solo album. The 11-track collection features eight original tunes, plus covers of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream," The Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."

Other musicians contributing to the project included Creedence bass player Stu Cook on rhythm guitar, famed Stax session bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, future Doobie Brother John McFee on lead guitar and the Tower of Power horn section.

"Making this record was a blast, because it was a superstar line-up," recalls Clifford. "I told everyone that I was open to any ideas they might have. That got everybody involved in the process. The camaraderie was great, there was no pressure and that got the best performances from everyone."

Excalibur was the second of five solo albums that late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty released after exiting the band in 1971. The 10-track collection includes the talents of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and frequent Garcia collaborator, keyboardist Merl Saunders.

Tom's four other albums -- 1972's Tom Fogerty, 1974's Zephyr National and Myopia, and 1981's Deal It Out -- also will be reissued as high-res audio downloads and streams on June 22.

A limited number of vinyl bundles including Excalibur and a signed copy of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford can be pre-ordered at CraftRecordings.com.

Here's the Doug "Cosmo" Clifford track list:

Side One
"Latin Music"
"Regret It (For the Rest of Your Life)"
"Guitars, Drums and Girls"
"I'm a Man"
"She's About a Mover"
"I Just Want to Cry"

Side Two
"Get Your Raise"
"Daydream"
"Take a Train"
"Death Machine"
"Swingin' in a Hammock"

And here's the Excalibur track list:

Side One
"Forty Years"
"Black Jack Jenny"
"Rocky Road Blues"
"Faces, Places, People"
"Get Funky"

Side Two
"Sick and Tired"
"Sign of the Devil"
"Straight and Narrow"
"Next in Line"
"(Hold On) Annie Mae"

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Thursday
May242018

Darius Rucker gets unintentionally autobiographical on "When Was the Last Time" 

ABC/Image Group LA During last year's CMA Fest, Darius Rucker was sitting at the top of the charts with "If I Told You." By the time this year's fan gathering takes over Nashville June 7-10, the South Carolina native could very well repeat that feat, since "For the First Time" is currently sitting at #3 on the country ranking.

Darius's latest single inspired the title of his most recent project, When Was the Last Time, an album that turned out to be even more autobiographical than he intended.

"I didn't mean for it to be, but in a huge way it is. Totally," Darius tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I listen to it now and I go, 'Wow, a lot of this is exactly where I am in life or where I was just right before this time.'"

"And...some of the songs that are autobiographical, I didn't even write," he continues. "But they're still so me, and that's why I cut 'em."

The Hootie and the Blowfish frontman may be plenty comfortable being transparent in his music, but that doesn't mean he's itching to write his life's story.

"No," he says in response to the question. "Because if I did it, it'd have to be-- It's like the reason I won't write a book is because I'm gonna be honest and real if I do it, and sometimes honest and real is not the way you wanna be."  

Darius heads out on the co-headlining Summer Plays On tour with Lady Antebellum July 19, before reuniting with his Hootie bandmates to play Atlanta's Suntrust Park with Jason Aldean July 21.

Thursday night, watch for Darius on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before he gets up early to play the Today show's concert series Friday.

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Thursday
May242018

Highly Suspect's Johnny Stevens becoming a DJ; announces first show

Credit: Shervin LainezHighly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens has announced he's becoming a DJ. He'll be playing his first show under his DJ name, Terrible Johnny, at the Exchange at Los Angeles on June 9.

"I'm going for it full force so this is gonna be a historical show," Stevens writes in a Facebook post, adding that becoming a DJ is his "dream." "This will be my first solo performance EVER. That only happens once. And I'm gonna turn it the f*** up and have this club bouncing so don't sleep on it."

In case you were worried that this pursuit spells the end of Highly Suspect, Stevens says you can put those fears to rest. "This does not mean anything in regard to the band not doing band things," he writes in all caps, adding that he, drummer Ryan Meyer and bassist Rich Meyer are currently in the recording studio working on their third album.

"This is a separate endeavor entirely and I just needed to be ULTRA CLEAR about that so that no one gets scared or thinks Highly Suspect isn't about to put out the best album ever because that’s still very much going to happen," Stevens writes.

Highly Suspect's most recent album is 2016's The Boy Who Died Wolf, which includes the singles "My Name Is Human" and "Little One."

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Wednesday
May232018

Houston's restaurant chain releases statement following T.I.'s response to alleged restroom incident

ABC/Randy HolmesAs previously reported, T.I. went on an Instagram video tirade against restaurant chain Houston's on Monday via Instagram, following claims that a black female customer was allegedly assaulted by a security guard after going to a bathroom in one of the restaurant's Atlanta locations.

Houston's has responded to the claims with a statement that defends the alleged incident. It begins, "The evidence we have seen thus far shows that three women arrived approximately 30 minutes after closing time. They went into the restroom as a group after being told that the restaurant was closed." 

"The three stayed in the restroom for more than 10 minutes, and refused to leave despite repeated requests from several managers to do so," it continues. 

"Eventually an off-duty Atlanta Police Officer was summoned with whom one or more of the women got into an altercation that led to arrests. Based on our current understanding, we believe our managers responded appropriately to this unfortunate situation." 

Tuesday, T.I. posted two videos of the supposed attack against the woman and a slideshow of pictures showing bruises above one of her eyes and on her leg. In another video, he explained what allegedly transpired during the altercation and added that the supposed victim got a black eye, and sustained injuries and bruises as a result. 

You may remember that the superstar led a boycott against a Houston's location in Atlanta last October, following allegations of discrimination against a group of African-Americans who were denied seating there. 

Houston's Steakhouse issued a statement via Instagram, since removed, that read, "Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media." 

After T.I.'s boycott, the Houston's location in question shuttered its doors for good March 31. 

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Wednesday
May232018

The Gaslight Anthem announces "The '59 Sound Sessions" companion album

SideOneDummy RecordsThe Gaslight Anthem has announced The '59 Sound Sessions, a companion to the New Jersey band's 2008 sophomore album, The '59 Sound. The nine-track collection will be released on June 15.

The '59 Sound Sessions includes previously unreleased tracks, as well as early versions of The '59 Sound songs. Also included is a rendition of the folk standard "God's Gonna Cut You Down," most famously recorded by Johnny Cash.

After announcing a hiatus in 2015, The Gaslight Anthem announced earlier this year that they'd be reuniting for a tour in celebration of The '59 Sound's 10th anniversary. The tour begins May 27 in Washington, D.C.

Here's the track list for The '59 Sound Sessions:

"The '59 Sound"
"God's Gonna Cut You Down"
"Patient Ferris Wheel"
"Miles Davis & the Cool"
"Placeholder"
"High Lonesome"
"Great Expectations"
"Our Father's Sons"
"Film Noir"

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Wednesday
May232018

Motionless in White sees red in "Voices" video 

Roadrunner RecordsMotionless in White has released the video for the song "Voices," a track from the band's latest album, Graveyard Shift. The clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the Pennsylvania metallers giving an impassioned performance while bathed in red light.

Graveyard Shift, which also features the singles "Necessary Evil" and "LOUD (F*** It)," was released in 2017.

Motionless in White recently lost one of their voices when bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola left the band earlier this month. Former Motionless guitarist TJ Bell will handle bass duties in Sola's stead when the band plays the final Warped Tour this summer.

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Wednesday
May232018

Thomas Rhett is ready to "Leave Right Now" for his European fans

The Valory Music Co.The remix of Thomas Rhett's "Leave Right Now" is getting such good response in Europe, he's shot a music video for the song. 

In the clip, TR pursues a mysterious blonde woman through a crowded party at Nashville's Frist Art Museum. Though you never see her face, it's worth noting that the mystery female looks a lot like Thomas's wife Lauren, who's starred in several of his previous projects. 

The new video is an extension of the Leave Right Now -- The Remixes set that came out in March. The original track appears on TR's current Life Changes album.

“It’s unbelievable to be able to continue to release music that inspires me and be embraced by fans not only at home but overseas too," Thomas says of his success in Europe. He'll take his tour back to London in November.

You can check out the new "Leave Right Now" video on YouTube

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Wednesday
May232018

The Turtles' Howard Kaylan sitting out 2018 Happy Together Tour; trek's full lineup and itinerary revealed

Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsThe 2018 edition of the Happy Together Tour, the annual oldies package trek headlined by The Turtles, kicks off on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida, but it'll be missing one of its mainstays.

Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. "Eddie," will be sitting out the this year's trek for medical reasons.  Instead, Ron Dante of The Archies fame will be handling the group's main vocals. Founding Turtles backing vocalist Mark "Flo" Volman revealed in a recent interview with Centerline that Kaylan, who's 70, is taking a leave of absence to attend to back issues.

"His back has been bothering him for over a decade and it was recommended that he not tour because he can't ride on buses and has a tough time flying and didn't want to deal with a wheelchair," explained Mark. "We don't know what the outcome will be, but he has to have surgery or he'll never tour again anyway. Once we realized that he wouldn't be prepared to tour this year after having surgery, we needed to get somebody to fill in."

The lineup for this year's tour also includes ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, former Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay, The Association, and The Cowsills.

A total of 45 dates have been confirmed for the Happy Together Tour, which is plotted out through an August 26 show in Deadwood, South Dakota. Tickets are on sale now.

"I always have a great time touring with these guys," says Negron in a statement. "We always bring a lot of energy and the fans have a big party, so I'm happy to be doing it again in 2018."

Here's the full list of dates on the trek:

6/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
6/8 -- Biloxi, MI, IP Casino Resort & Spa
6/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/13 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
6/14 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
6/15 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
6/16 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
6/17 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
6/19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
6/20 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/21 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
6/22 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
6/23 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
6/24 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/27 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
6/28 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/29 -- Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
6/30 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre
7/1 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
7/12 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
7/13 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
7/14 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
7/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Sacramento, CA, California State Fair (Golden 1 Stage)
7/19 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
7/20 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
7/21 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
8/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada -- Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
8/5 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair (Main Stage)
8/8 -- Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center
8/9 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
8/10 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort
8/11 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/12 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds
8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/17 -- Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre
8/18 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
8/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Muriel Kauffman Theatre)
8/21 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair
8/23 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
8/24 -- Onamia, MN, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events Center
8/25 -- Sloan, IA, Winnavegas Casino Showroom
8/26 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mount Grand Event Center

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Wednesday
May232018

New Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt wants to embody the "fearlessness" of STP's past vocalists

Credit: Michelle ShiersStone Temple Pilots are currently on tour in support of their new, self-titled album, their first with lead singer Jeff Gutt. Speaking with ABC Radio, Gutt -- a former X Factor contestant -- describes his approach to performing the songs once sung by the late Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington.

"I just try to stick with the sentiment of the song and try not to overthink it, and just try to be as free as possible," Gutt explains. "To me, that's what the essence of STP was for frontmen: fearlessness, just b***s-to-the-wall, and [being] comfortable in your own skin and just moving forward."

He continues, "So I just try to be me and feel the songs and feel the energy of the band with me. That's about all I can do."

STP has definitely been playing the classics while on tour, including "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song," but Gutt has also noticed an enthusiasm for the new material.

"I'm always listening to hear what the people are yelling back at me, and I've heard some requests for the new stuff," he says. "Which...warmed my heart!"

If you do happen to yell out a request at an STP show, there's a fairly good chance Gutt will be open to playing it, since he's down to sing pretty much any song in the band's catalog.

"There's so many STP songs that are just classic to me, and just so influential in my musical growth," Gutt says. "I mean, there's so many that I couldn't pick one that I have to say, 'I have to play that song.'"

That being said, he adds, "I'm a big fan of 'Dead and Bloated,' for sure." 

STP's current tour continues tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. They'll embark on a "tri-headlining" tour with Bush and The Cult in July.

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Wednesday
May232018

No "Maps" required: Adam Levine to do "Carpool Karaoke" Thursday night 

Heather Wines/CBS Adam Levine is a car enthusiast, so it's only natural that he'd eventually find his way to James Corden's front seat for Carpool Karaoke.  Except this time around, it's Adam who takes the wheel, and they'll be driving a Porsche.

The Late Late Show with James Corden has announced that Adam will be the special guest Thursday night on Carpool Karaoke, and a promo shows Adam behind the wheel, pulling crazy skids, while Corden yells at him to stop.  The two also sing, of course: The promo shows them duetting on "Moves Like Jagger" and "Sugar."

Adam's appearance is no doubt designed to promote Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues tour, which kicks off next Wednesday, May 30.

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Wednesday
May232018

Case closed: Reportedly, police are no longer investigating Offset car crash

ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Offset is off the hook regarding a recent car crash that left the Migos rapper hospitalized for "minor injuries." 

The star was involved in the car accident in Atlanta on May 17.  

Police were investigating why Offset left the scene of the accident without filing a report, but now, according to TMZ, cops "aren't pursuing" the case any further. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the investigation is "officially closed" and that "no charges will be filed." 

Instead, the incident will be deemed as an "abandoned/recovered vehicle case," with the only injured party being Offset. 

As previously reported, he was discharged from the hospital after the crash. 

Offset's fiancée, Cardi B, "rushed" to be near his side after hearing about the accident, according to sources.

When the police arrived at the scene of the crash, they supposedly found Offset's wrecked Dodge Challenger abandoned and called a tow truck. 

Law enforcement sources stated that there were no other victims, witnesses or other damaged vehicles to be seen, and that police are still not able to confirm that Offset was even driving his car. 

Offset posted a photo of his vehicle after his automobile accident on Instagram, and from the looks of it, the rapper was very lucky to survive the crash. 

In the caption, he wrote, "This is why I thank God Every day I could have been dead from this accident thank you all for you prayers all I can say is (G O D I S R E A L G E T W I T H H I M ) H E S A V E S L I V E S." 

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Wednesday
May232018

Tracks by Cardi B, Childish Gambino and more land on Spotify's 2018 Songs of the Summer Predictions list

Jora FrantzisMemorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means summertime -- and the hunt for the song of the summer -- is upon us. 

Thankfully, Spotify's got you covered with a complete list of its predictions for the 2018 Songs of the Summer.

Cardi B's smash hit "I Like It," featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, lands at number one, with Childish Gambino's "This Is America" at number two. 

Meanwhile, Khalid's "OTW" featuring 6lack [pronounced "black"] and Ty Dolla $ign is number four.

Pharrell Williams is #5 on the list, thanks to his collaboration with former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, "Sangria Wine." 

Rising star Ella Mai's single "Boo'd Up" is number six and Drake's massive hit "Nice For What" takes the number seven spot.

Also on the list: KYLE's "Playinwitme," featuring Kehlani at number eleven; Post Malone's "Ball For Me," featuring Nicki Minaj at #12; and Khalid making another appearance on the tally at number sixteen, thanks to his feature on pop singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes' song, "Youth."  

Here's Spotify's complete 2018 Songs of the Summer Predictions list: 

1. "I Like It" -- Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
2. "This Is America" -- Childish Gambino
3. "One Kiss" -- Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
4. "OTW" -- Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign
5. "Sangria Wine" -- Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams
6. "Boo'd Up" -- Ella Mai
7. "Nice for What" -- Drake
8. "Life Changes" -- Thomas Rhett
9. "Zombie" -- Bad Wolves
10. "No Tears Left To Cry" -- Ariana Grande
11. "Playinwitme" -- KYLE ft. Kehlani
12. "Ball For Me" -- Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj
13. "2002" -- Anne-Marie
14. "Burn the House Down" -- AJR
15. "Solo" -- Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
16. "Youth" -- Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid 

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Wednesday
May232018

Godsmack notches eighth number-one single with "Bulletproof"

BMGGodsmack's new single "Bulletproof" has ascended to the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving the band their eighth number-one on the tally.

The first Godsmack single to top Mainstream Rock Songs was "Awake" in 2001. The band's most recent chart-topper prior to "Bulletproof" was 2014's "1000hp."

Godsmack now ties Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and Nickelback for the seventh-most number ones on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which started in 1981. Three Days Grace and Van Halen are tied for the most, with 13 each.

"Bulletproof" is the lead single from Godsmack's new album, When Legends Rise. They'll hit the road in support of the record on a co-headlining tour with Shinedown in July.

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Wednesday
May232018

Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello score big "Billboard" Music Awards sales boosts

Brian Friedman/NBCEven stars who didn't win trophies at this past Sunday's Billboard Music Awards still reaped the rewards of appearing on the show...via huge sales bumps for their songs.

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, all the songs that were performed on the three-hour telecast collectively experienced a 108% sales gain.  The biggest benefactor of the BBMA bump, though, was Janet Jackson: She saw a whopping 939% sales increase for the three songs she performed: "Nasty," "If" and "Throb."

Legendary hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa also made out pretty well thanks to their show-closing performance, which featured En Vogue.  Combined sales for the songs they performed as part of a medley -- "Shoop," "Let's Talk About Sex," "Push It" and "Whatta Man" -- increased by 518%.

Shawn Mendes debuted his collaboration with Khalid, "Youth," on the show, and saw sales for the track rise 274%.  His friend Camila Cabello scored a 101% boost for her smash "Havana."  And Ariana Grande opened the show with her latest single "No Tears Left to Cry," and then enjoyed a 27% sales bump for the track.

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Wednesday
May232018

"Stuntin' in front row': Azealia Banks to debut "Anna Wintour" music video Thursday

Entertainment OneThe music video for Azealia Banks' latest song, "Anna Wintour" is finally coming out this Thursday. 

An animated lyric video for the track was released on Vevo in April. 

The rapper announced the news via Twitter, writing, "ANNA WINTOUR DIR BY MATT SUKKAR TMRW @NOON." 

Her tweet also shows a brief visual of Azealia twerking in front of a video camera.

"Anna Wintour" comes from the rapper's forthcoming album, Fantasea II

The disc's title is a reference to Azealia's debut mixtape, called Fantasea, which dropped as a free download in 2012.     

As previously noted, Azealia said in an official statement that "Anna Wintour" was written "to embody the feeling felt when you connect with the universe."   

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