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Tuesday
Aug142018

Come Together: John Lennon's son Sean posts photo with Paul McCartney's son James

Ben Gabbe/Getty Images; David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KeringIt's Lennon and McCartney for a whole new generation. The late John Lennon's son, Sean, took to his Instagram page on Monday to post a photo of himself with Paul McCartney's son, James. Sean captioned the pic, simply, "Peekaboo…"

The Lennon and McCartney boys are both singer/songwriters -- as is George Harrison's son, Dhani --  and Beatles fans have long been curious about what would happen if the Fab Four members' various musical progeny actually collaborated. Currently, there's no word on whether Sean and James have any plans to make music together.

Sean's most recent project was 2017's Lime and Limpid Green, which he recorded as a member of the duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, with Primus frontman Les Claypool. McCartney's latest album is the 2016 solo effort The Blackberry Train.

In other news, this past Sunday, Sean Lennon teamed up with Lenny Kravitz in New York City to tape an upcoming episode of the public-TV interview series, Speakeasy. The show is expected to air in early 2019 as part of Speakeasy's fourth season.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Disturbed fans vote "heavy" over "ballad" for first single from new album

Credit: Travis ShinnAs Disturbed gears up to release new music, the Chicago metallers launched a poll asking fans to pick the direction of the first single from their next album: "heavy," or a "ballad," à la the band's hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." Well, the results are now in, and it wasn't much of a contest.

Of the over 80,000 people who voted, 83 percent chose "heavy," while only 17 percent picked "ballad." "The consensus was overwhelming," Disturbed says of the outcome.

Along with the poll result, Disturbed has shared a new video teasing the date August 16, so presumably we'll get to hear that heavy single on Thursday.

The new album will be the follow-up to Disturbed's 2015 comeback effort, Immortalized.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

See Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Chris Young and more "Jam" with Charlie Daniels Sunday on AXS TV

Blackbird PresentsYou can experience Charlie Daniels' 2018 Volunteer Jam this Sunday, as a new concert special premieres August 19 at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV. The show was recorded March 7 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

The show, titled Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels, is headlined by the Country Music Hall of Famer, and also features performances by Chris JansonChris YoungJustin MooreLee BriceAlabamaThe Oak Ridge BoysTravis TrittSara EvansEddie Montgomery and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons

In addition, the concert features a tribute to the late Gregg Allman that includes renditions of the Allman Brothers Band classics "Blue Sky" and "Midnight Rider" performed by Gregg's son Devon, ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts' son Duane and former Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

At the concert, Gibbons sang the ZZ Top classic "La Grange," Lynyrd Skynyrd played their signature song "Sweet Home Alabama," and The Charlie Daniels Band performed their best-known hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Bringing the concert to a close, all the performers joined together for a performance of the Allman Brothers' "One Way Out."

A two-CD set and digital album featuring music from the concert special is also set to be released on October 12, and is available for pre-order now. Visit VolunteerJamXX.com for more details.

Here's the full track list of the Volunteer Jam XX CD set:

CD 1
"Trudy" -- Blackberry Smoke
"Brand New Star" -- The Oak Ridge Boys
"Sweet Louisiana" -- Brent Cobb
"Evangeline" -- Sara Evans
"Simple Man" -- Justin Moore
"(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks" -- Chris Janson
"Texas" -- Steep Canyon Rangers
"My Town" -- Eddie Montgomery
"The Legend of Wooley Swamp" -- Lee Brice
"Blue Sky" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell
"Midnight Rider" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell

CD 2
"Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" -- Travis Tritt
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" -- Travis Tritt
"Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" -- Chris Young
"We Had It All One Time" -- Ricky Skaggs
"La Grange" -- Billy F Gibbons
"The South's Gonna Do It Again" -- Alabama
"Mountain Music" -- Alabama
"Tennessee Fiddlin' Man" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band
"One Way Out" -- All Star Finale

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Alice in Chains asks fans to help sick "Unplugged" collaborator

Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains is asking fans to help former collaborator Scotty Olson, who's been diagnosed with progressive dementia. Olson played with the grunge legends during their 1996 MTV Unplugged taping.

To help him pay for his medical expenses, friends of Olson have set up a GoFundMe page. "If anyone would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated," AiC says.

If you'd like to donate, visit GoFundMe.com/Scotty-Olson.

In addition to his work with Alice in Chains, Olson played guitar in Heart from 1995 to 1998 and 2002 to 2003. He was also an engineer on Jerry Cantrell's 1998 solo album Boggy Depot and the 2000 Deftones album White Pony.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Bruno Mars replaces Cardi B with four acts on his 24K Magic tour: Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, and Ella Mai

Live NationBruno Mars believes four is better than one. Tuesday, he added Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, and Ella Mai to his 24K Magic tour after Cardi B bowed out to care for her baby.

Cardi B was originally scheduled to open the 2018 North American leg of the tour, but she decided to stay home to enjoy motherhood with her little girl Kulture Kiara Cephus.

The 24K Magic tour will resume with the new additions starting September 7 in Denver, and will continue through November 11, wrapping up in Bruno's home of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Hoobastank announces tour marking 15th anniversary of "The Reason"

Credit: Ashley OsbornFifteen years ago, Hoobastank frontman Doug Robb declared "I'm not a perfect person" on the band's hit single "The Reason," the title track from their 2003 sophomore album. If you're wondering if he's come any closer to perfection in the last decade-and-a-half, then you might be interested in Hoobastank's upcoming 15th anniversary The Reason tour.

The trek, during which Hoobastank will be performing The Reason in full, begins October 25 in Portland, Oregon, and wraps up November 30 in Phoenix. Visit Hoobastank.com for ticket info.

"The Reason tour signifies a lot," says Robb. "First, we get to revisit a time in our career that was so exciting and groundbreaking for both us and our fans. You don't get that opportunity too often. Second, it reminds us how fortunate we have been to be able to do this for so long. It's humbling. Each show will be like a time machine for our fans and us."

In addition to its massive smash title track, The Reason also spawned the singles "Out of Control" and "Same Direction."

Hoobastank released their latest album, Push Pull, this past May.

Here are Hoobastank's 15th anniversary The Reason tour dates:

10/25 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Grand
10/28 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
10/30 -- Billings, MT, Pub Station Ballroom
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café
11/3 -- E. Dubuque, IA, Q Casino
11/4 -- Joliet, IL, The Forge
11/6 -- Detroit, MI, The Majestic
11/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theatre
11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
11/11 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
11/12 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
11/13 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/14 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
11/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/18 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
11/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
11/21 -- Greenville, SC, The Firmament
11/23 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
11/24 -- San Antonio, TX, The Rock Box
11/25 -- Dallas, TX, Canton Hall
11/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Jakes
11/28 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre
11/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Birthday boy Joe Jonas selling his Sherman Oaks home for $4.2 million

ABC/Rick RowellJoe Jonas is turning 29 and getting married...which means he's ready for a new home.

People reports the singer, whose birthday is on Wednesday, has listed his Sherman Oaks abode for $4.2 million. He’s lived in the four-bedroom, six-bathroom estate for about two years.

The modern farmhouse-style property features a detached guest house, an extra-long pool with a hot tub and a movie screening room.

Joe’s realtor Carl Gambino tells People Joe often buys and sells homes as an investment.  “This is the ideal time to sell,” he says of the listing.

He adds, “It’s no secret Joe is a design buff and this home stands out because of the attention to detail that was placed in the selection of every single fixture, piece of furniture and art.”

Joe enjoyed an early birthday party over the weekend in Miami, People magazine reports.  He celebrated with his fiancee Sophie Turner, his brother Nick Jonas and one heck of a bar bill.  A source tells People that on Saturday night, when Joe and his party arrived at a club, they ordered more than $10,000 worth of Don Julio 1942 tequila, champagne and vodka.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Yungblud navigates the apocalypse in "Falling Skies" video

Credit: Jessie EnglishYungblud has released the video for "Falling Skies," which he recorded for the 13 Reasons Why season two soundtrack.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the British musician navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape alongside singer Charlotte Lawrence, who's featured on the track. In the middle of the video, you see a brief shot of a newspaper lying in an abandoned house, which reads "Trump and world leaders launch nuclear missiles."

Yungblud released his debut album 21st Century Liability, featuring the single "I Love You, Will You Marry Me," earlier this summer. He'll launch a U.S. tour in September.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

A "Hurricane" of heavy metal: Luke Combs collects an impressive array of gold & platinum awards

ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs may only be on the fourth single of his career so far, but the North Carolina native is already amassing quite a collection of precious metal.

His debut single, "Hurricane," has just been certified triple platinum by the RIAA, while his follow-up, "When It Rains It Pours," is now double platinum. If you're seeing a pattern here, you might have predicted that his third single, "One Number Away," has just crossed the million mark and gone platinum.

Single number four, "She Got the Best of Me," just broke into country's top-30 this week. It's from the deluxe reissue of his album, re-titled This One's for You Too. Another album track, "Beautiful Crazy," has also been certified gold, even though it's never been a single.

Here's another impressive feat: Since its release in June of 2017, Luke's debut album has been streamed more than a billion times.

Luke reflects on his success in a new Nightline profile, shot before his debut at New York City's Madison Square Garden last weekend. You can check out out the piece online.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine to perform at MTV VMA pre-show

Courtesy MTVApparently, the one requirement for performing at this year's MTV VMA red carpet pre-show is that your name begins with a "B."

Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine will all be performing live during the lead-in to the Video Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. ET on August 20.  The event -- held outside New York's Radio City Music Hall -- will be hosted by, among others, Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The event will also include a PUSH Artists Stage, where rising stars like Hayley Kiyoko, Jessie Reyez, Juice WRLD and PRETTY MUCH will perform.

The 2018 MTV VMAs air live from New York City on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET.  Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Post Malone will all perform.  Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform on the telecast for the first time since 2001.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Wiz Khalifa and Swae Lee get blazed in a sea of giant women in “Hopeless Romantic” video

Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa and Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd find a unique new fantasy location to get blazed in -- a sea of giant naked women -- in their new “Hopeless Romantic” video.

Wiz and Swae roll up and smoke on top of the gigantic nude bodies throughout the clip.

Khalifa raps, “We get aggressive you be undressin'/Making a mess and cleaning it up when we done/I got a serious question/Do you like sex? If you thinkin' yes/Then I'm tryna test you say I’m Khalifa, the best."

“Hopeless Romantic” is the latest release from Khalifa’s new album, Rolling Papers 2. Wiz is now on the road co-headlining the Dazed and Blazed tour with Rae Sremmurd, which wraps up August 30 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Go Your Own Way: Lindsey Buckingham plans solo tour, career-spanning solo compilation

RhinoWith his tenure in Fleetwood Mac having recently come to an end, Lindsey Buckingham is ready to go his own way.

The acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist has announced plans to launch a North American solo tour in October, and he'll also be releasing a career-spanning compilation that month focusing on his work outside of his famous group.

Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will hit stores on October 5 as a three-CD set and digital download, as well as an abridged single CD. The unabridged, 53-track collection will includes highlights from all of Buckingham's solo studio efforts, as well as his contributions to select soundtracks, live performances, unreleased recordings and songs from his 2017 duo album with Christine McVie.

The retrospective features Lindsey's hits "Trouble" and "Go Insane"; his classic from the soundtrack to 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, "Holiday Road"; and two new songs: "Hunger" and "Ride This Road."

The three-CD version's final disc is made up entirely of live recordings captured at concerts in 2008, 2011 and 2012. These performances include various Buckingham solo songs and the Fleetwood Mac tunes "Never Going Back Again," "Big Love," "Tusk" and "Go Your Own Way."

A six-LP vinyl edition of Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham will be released on November 23.

Buckingham's solo tour gets underway on October 7 in Portland, Oregon, and is plotted out through a December 9 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, August 17. Fans purchasing tickets to most of the concerts online will receive a free CD or digital copy of the abridged version of Solo Anthology.

Here's the track list of the three-CD version of the compilation:

CD One:
"Don't Look Down"
"Go Insane"
"Surrender the Rain"
"Rock Away Blind"
"Holiday Road"
"Doing What I Can"
"Trouble"
"I Must Go"
"Street of Dreams"
"Soul Drifter"
"Show You How"
"Shut Us Down" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Slow Dancing"
"Countdown"
"Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind"
"In Our Own Time"
"Illumination"
"Gift of Screws"
"Did You Miss Me"
"Down on Rodeo"
"Treason"

CD Two:
"Hunger"
"Not Too Late"
"Sleeping Around the Corner"
"I Want You"
"Time Precious Time"
"Stars Are Crazy"
"Love Runs Deeper"
"You Do or You Don't"
"I Am Waiting"
"Time Bomb Town"
"Turn It On"
"Seeds We Sow"
"Underground"
"Dancin' Across the USA"
"Gone Too Far"
"End of Time"
"D.W. Suite"
"Ride This Road"
"Say We'll Meet Again"

CD Three:
"Trouble" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Go Insane" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Bleed to Love Her" (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
"Stephanie" (Live at Hoyt Sherman Palace, Des Moines, IA, 2012)
"Never Going Back Again" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Big Love" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Under the Skin" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"All My Sorrows" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Cast Away Dreams" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Holiday Road" (Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2008)
"Tusk" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"I'm So Afraid" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)
"Go Your Own Way" (Live at Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2011)

And here are Buckingham's tour dates:

10/7 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts
10/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 -- San Diego, CA, Spreckels Theatre
10/15 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/17 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theater
10/18 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
10/19 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theater
10/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Knight Theater
10/22 -- Wilmington, NC, The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College*
10/24 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater
10/27 -- Miami, FL, Knight Concert Hall
10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/5 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theater
11/6 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
11/8 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
11/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
11/10 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/12 -- Birmingham, AL, Lyric Fine Arts Theatre
11/13 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
11/14 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
11/16 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
11/17 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
11/26 -- North Canton, OH, Palace Theatre
11/27 -- New Tonawanda, NY, Riviera Theatre
11/29 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center*
11/30 -- York, PA, Appell Center for the Performing Arts
12/1 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/4 -- New York City, NY, The Town Hall
12/5 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
12/6 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
12/8 -- Concord, NH, Capitol Center
12/9 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center

* = not included in the Solo Anthology ticket bundle promotion.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Blue Ivy take us behind the scenes of Beyonce’s Vogue cover shoot

Tyler Mitchell for VogueBeyonce covers the September issue of Vogue, and her six-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, takes us on a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot.

Blue opens the clip saying, “I’m going to zoom in for you guys, okay?,” and the video is seen through her eyes. The video was directed by Tyler Mitchell, who also shot the cover, becoming the first black photographer in the magazine's 126-year history to shoot the cover. 

Curtis Mayfield’s “The Makings Of You” from his 1970 debut solo album, Curtis, plays throughout the video. 

The clip also includes brief glimpses of Beyonce and JAY-Z’s 14-month-old twins, Rumi and Sir. In the cover story, Beyonce revealed that she needed emergency surgery to deliver her babies.  

"I was 218 pounds,” she said. “I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the [Neonatal] ICU."  

Beyonce and JAY-Z are now continuing their On The Run II tour which wraps up October 4 in Seattle.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Josh Groban shares snippet of new "Bridge Over Troubled Water" cover 

Warner Bros.Josh Groban's new album Bridges features his version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Sharing a snippet of the tune on his socials, he marvels at the fact that he's never actually recorded it before.

"Been singing this song solo, been singing it with duet partners, even got to sing it with Paul [Simon] once," he writes. "First time properly recording it after all these years. It’s a song and message that has gotten me through a lot. A behemoth to sing and we call it the 'kitchen sink' on the album because we went there."

As previously reported, Josh's new album Bridges also includes duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlan, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.  The deluxe version includes a cover version of Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman."  Josh co-wrote nine songs on the project.

"Music has that way of uniting people unlike anything else in the world," he says. "This time, I felt more comfortable writing. I'm really conveying my message and story."

The album is due September 21, the same day his new Netflix comedy The Good Cop debuts on the streaming service.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

New Bishop Briggs track "Baby" coming this Friday 

ABC/Randy HolmesBishop Briggs is releasing new music this week. The "River" singer will drop a new track called "Baby" on Friday, August 17.

Speaking with BUILD Series, Briggs reveals that "Baby" is about her "love life."

"The whole song is very cheeky," she says. "The moment it scared me, I knew I had to release it. This is the stuff I talk about with my girlfriends."

Earlier this year, Bishop released her debut album Church of Scars, featuring the singles "River," "Wild Horses" and "White Flag."

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Mastodon plans to "start dumping out the riffs" for next album in 2019

ABC/Randy HolmesMastodon's released their latest album, Emperor of Sand, last year, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor says the Atlanta metallers could start working on their next effort in 2019.

"Once we get home, and we decompress from the Emperor of Sand tour cycle, sometime early next year, we'll start dumping out the riffs and seeing what's new and seeing what’s fresh and what we're digging on," Dailor tells Consequence of Sound. "And then we'll just start working."

Mastodon will spend their September touring with Dinosaur Jr., and they'll play the Adult Swim Festival in October. Dailor says that riffs from the road sometimes make their way back to the studio.

"We're letting the ideas just come and setting them to the side for future work, and once in a while just sort of saying out loud what those ideas might be -- whether they're collected onstage when we're doing soundcheck or if they are something that gets worked on backstage," Dailor explains.

He continues, "You hear somebody noodling, and you're like, 'Oh, what's that?' Whenever the ears perk up to either [guitarists] Brent [Hinds] or Bill [Kelliher] doing something backstage, that's always a nice little surprise."

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Dierks Bentley celebrates his kids as he stars in ABC's annual "WE Day" special on Friday

ABC RadioDierks Bentley will be hanging out with the likes of Jennifer AnistonWhoopi Goldberg and John Stamos this Friday night, as he appears on the fourth annual WE Day special on ABC.

The event is “a celebration of young people making a difference,” and is put together by the WE organization, which encourages the next generation to effect positive change in the world.

Dierks performed his most recent #1, “Woman, Amen,” when the special was taped back in April, and says there’s no question his kids have positively impacted his life, going so far as to say he’d be “incomplete as a man” without them.

The Arizona native tells People his son Knox and daughters Jordan Catherine and Evalyn Day are likely “the greatest character builder” in his marriage to wife Cassidy, but adds they’re also pretty good on the road.

“They love traveling, touring,” Dierks says. “Whenever it’s possible, we just drag them out there. I feel like that’s my main job, really, is being a dad."

You can watch for Dierks on the WE Day special starting at 8 p.m. ET this Friday on ABC. John Stamos hosts, with Will FerrellCyndi LauperDr. Phil, and Martin Sheen set to join him as well.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Still "Hangin' Tough": New Kids on the Block to mark 30th anniversary of breakthrough album with NYC show

Shahar Azran/Christian Tachiera Wanna feel old?  Next month marks the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block's breakthrough album, Hangin' Tough, which was released September 6, 1988.  To commemorate the occasion, the group will do a special New York City concert at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The October 7 show will be the group's first time back at the Apollo since they debuted "Please Don't Go Girl" at the theater's famous amateur night, where they earned cheers from the notoriously tough-to-please audience.   A Fan Club pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Hangin' Tough was New Kids on the Block's second album, but it was the one that launched them to stardom, spinning off hits including "Please Don't Go Girl" -- their first top 10 single -- plus "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the title track and "Cover Girl."   The album has gone on to sell 14 million copies worldwide.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Drake and JAY-Z unite in Detroit; Drake releases new tour merchandise

Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagicMotown was the scene of a superstar meeting Monday night:  JAY-Z and Drake united when the On the Run II tour arrived in Detroit.

Hova and Drizzy can be seen embracing in a video posted by the Drake fan site, Word on Road. The two stars also posed for a photo taken by Roc Nation executive Lenny S.  JAY-Z is featured on the song “Talk Up” on Drake’s latest album .Scorpion.

It was an off night for Drake’s tour with Migos, so while Drake was hanging with JAY, Quavo and Offsetjoined DJ Khaled as surprise guests during his set opening for Jay-Z and Beyonce at Ford Field, according to Billboard. 

Quavo, who's featured on Khaled's "I'm The One," dropped a verse from that song, while Offset offered a taste of his track with Metro Boomin, "Ric Flair Drip."   

Drake and Migos will perform on their Aubrey and the Three Migos tour Tuesday and Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.  

Their tour finally kicked off Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri following several delays. Drake just released a tour merchandise line with 21 pieces, including T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and caps.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Tori Kelly "cannot wait" for fans to hear her new music

ABC/Lou RoccoIt seems like forever since we've heard any pop music from Tori Kelly -- her most recent hit is the country duet "Take Back Home Girl" with singer Chris Lane.  But now, Tori has revealed that she's coming back with "a LOT" of new music.

In a lengthy post on her social media, Tori writes, "I know I've been laying low for a while and some very exciting things have happened in my life. The crazy thing about songwriting is you gotta live a little in order to have experiences to write about, and you guys have been so patient with me...which I appreciate."

She then goes on to say that she misses her fans and performing, adding that she's excited to "reveal what's in my heart."

"I couldn't be more hyped to be writing this right now," Tori continues. "I've been working on a lot of new music....(a LOT)...and the first project I'm eager to share is something I'm super passionate about and have always wanted to do. I cannot wait for you to hear it."

Unfortunately, Tori didn't give us any details about what this project is, or when we can hear it -- but stay tuned.

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