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Tuesday
Feb192019

In trailer for "Leaving Neverland," Michael Jackson's alleged victims and their moms speak out 

(Michael Jackson, Wade Robson) Photo: HBOThe first official trailer for the upcoming HBO documentary Leaving Neverland is out, and in it, two men who claim Michael Jackson abused them as kids are speaking out.

The trailer features video footage and photos of the two men -- Wade Robson and James Safechuck -- as children, hanging out with Michael and frolicking at Neverland. 

"The days were filled with magical childhood adventure experiences," says Safechuck. "Playing tag, watching movies, eating junk food, anything you could ever want as a child." 

"Just kid things. They were just doing kid things," recalls Safechuck's mother.

We also see a sweet video message from the late King of Pop, wishing Wade a happy birthday.

"He just came across as a loving, caring, kind soul," says Robson's mother. "It was easy to believe that he was just that."

While neither man mentions what else happened at Neverland in the trailer, Robson says, "He told me that if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives."

"I wanna be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long," he adds.

The controversial two-part documentary premieres on HBO March 3 and 4th.  Both Michael Jackson's estate and his family have denounced the film.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Meek Mill addresses Michael Rapaport's criticism of his rapping: "Who gave you authorization?"

Miller MobleyMeek Mill may have spawned the term "Twitter fingers," but that doesn't leave room for Michael Rapaport to criticize the rapper on the platform. 

Over the weekend, the actor fired off a couple of tweets critiquing the Championships lyricist's rapping style.

"Meek Mill have a hearing problem?," the Higher Learning star wrote. "Because he rhymes off the actual beat on everything he’s on."

Rapaport then went on to reference Mill's previous feud with Drake, which he feels further proves that the "Going Bad" artist isn't "even a top 20 rapper from Philadelphia."

"Where I’m from, if you get dragged by DRAKE & don’t respond you’re & always will be WACK," tweeted Rapaport.

"Meek Mill, great story. Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry," he added.

Monday, Mill addressed the actor's comments -- and he didn't hold back. 

"Aye @michaelrapaport don't ever use the word trash when you speaking on nothing from our culture unless you tryna get trashed," the rapper tweeted. "#2 who gave you authorization to be speaking on us? #3 what you charging now?"

Mill then offered up a few receipts, by sharing a selfie which he claimed Rapaport requested to take with him. 

The Next Friday actor has yet to respond to the rapper's retort. 

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Tuesday
Feb192019

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney launches new project, Sad Planets 

Tee Pee RecordsThe Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is launching a new band...and paying tribute to his hometown in the process.

The project is called Sad Planets, and also features fellow Akron, Ohio native John Petkovic, who plays in bands including Cobra Verde and Sweet Apple. The duo will release their debut album, fittingly titled Akron, Ohio, on April 19.

You can listen to the first Sad Planets single, titled "Not of This World," streaming now on Soundcloud.

The Black Keys' most recent album is 2014's Turn Blue. Since then, Carney has taken part in a variety of projects, including producing and playing on his then-girlfriend, now-fiancée Michelle Branch's 2017 album, Hopeless Romantic.

Meanwhile, frontman Dan Auerbach started a new band called The Arcs and released another solo album, 2017's Waiting on a Song.

Here's the Akron, Ohio track list:

"Just Landed"
"Not of This World"
"Yesterday Girls"
"City Ghosts"
"Bad Cells"
"Want You to Want You"
"(Falling into the Arms of a) Refugee"
"Long Goodbye"
"Heaven's Devils"
"Disappearing"

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Jason Aldean sells his Tennessee mansion for $7 million

ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean managed to make a nice profit on the sale of his Columbia, Tennessee home last month, according to Variety.

The three-time ACM Entertainer of the year bought the 120-acre property for $5.35 million three years ago, and sold it in January for $7 million.

The compound features an 8,900-square-foot mansion, complete with six bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-lane bowling alley. There's also a 10,000-square-foot equestrian facility, and a two-bedroom guest house.  

You can check out a slide show of the property at Variety.com.

Jason and his wife Brittany are currently in a temporary house, as they build a more kid-friendly dream home, which should be ready next year.

The couple’s daughter, Navy Rome, arrived February 4, joining her big brother, Memphis, who celebrated his first birthday in December. Jason also has two older daughters: Keeley, who just turned sixteen, and Kendyl, who’s eleven.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

I'll Never Love Again: Lady Gaga and fiancé Christian Carino split up

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for InStyleTurns out fans who speculated that trouble was brewing between Lady Gaga and her fiancé, talent agent Christian Carino, were right: the two have split up, her rep tells People.

Rumors that the relationship was in trouble started when fans noticed Gaga wasn't wearing her engagement ring at the Grammy Awards on February 10.  Carino didn't attend the ceremony with her, and she also failed to thank him when she won one of two trophies for "Shallow."  And on Valentine's Day, instead of a lovey-dovey couples photo, Gaga showed off her huge new back tattoo.

In the past, Carino had attended other events with Gaga, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The two were confirmed to be a couple in February of 2017. In October of 2018, she referred to him publicly as her "fiancé" at an event in L.A.

The Oscar-nominated star was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney; they broke up in 2016.  In her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Gaga seemed to suggest that every time she reaches another level of success, it negatively impacts her love life.  In particular, she intimated that making A Star Is Born led to her breakup with Kinney.

In the movie, she sobs, "My love life has just imploded. I sold 10 million and lost Matt. I sold 30 million and lost Luke. I did a movie and lose Taylor. It’s like a turnover. This is the third time I’ve had my heart broken like this.”

"Matt" is Matt Williams, whom Gaga dated in 2009 and 2010. "Luke" is Luke Carl, a bar owner she dated in 2005 and again in 2010.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Kehlani connects with Dom Kennedy on new single "Nunya"

ABC/Image Group LAKehlani is going for a three-peat with the release of her new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy

Over the Hit Boy-produced record, the California natives exchange verses about the never-ending cycle of dealing with their exes. But as far as Kehlani is concerned, her former lover has no business inquiring about her newfound freedom. 

"Why you asking 'bout X, Y, Z?/Why you worried 'bout who's f****** me? Who's to the right of my SUV?," she croons. 

The single follows the release of the guitar-heavy ballad "Butterfly," and is set to be featured on Kehlani's forthcoming mixtape While We Wait.  

Ahead of the project's release, the Oakland songbird celebrated her 2016 hit single "CRZY" officially being certified platinum, as well as the title track from her second mixtape You Should Be Here going gold.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Watch Buckcherry go London calling in "Bent" video 

Credit: Mike McMillenBuckcherry has premiered the video for "Bent," a single off the band's forthcoming album, Warpaint.

The clip was filmed during Buckcherry's recent tour of the U.K., and finds the California rockers exploring the cities of London, Manchester and Bristol. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Warpaint, which also features a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," is due out March 8. Buckcherry will launch a North American tour behind the album March 6 in Sacramento, California.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Quit playing games with my figurines: Backstreet Boys & *NSYNC join Funko Pop toy line

Denise Truscello/WireImageIf you want to restage the great boy band rivalry of the late '90s on your desk or kitchen table Funko is here to help.

The toy company just announced Funko Pop figures of all five Backstreet Boys and all five members of *NSYNC. The Backstreet guys are shown all dressed in white, while the *NSYNC boys are dressed in the height of '90s fashion, complete with embarrassing hairstyles and headset microphones.

The figures were unveiled at the New York Toy Fair -- along with figurines of rockers KISS and rappers Post Malone and Migos -- but so far, there are no release dates or prices, so stay tuned to Funko's Twitter feed for more information.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Imagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of Fame 

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter performing at the College Football National Championship last month, Imagine Dragons is now going pro, and all the way to the Hall of Fame.

The "Thunder" rockers are headlining the 2019 Concert for Legends, hosted by the Pro Football Fall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The show takes place August 4 at Canton's Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a day after the 2019 Hall of Fame class is inducted.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. ET via ProFootballHOF.com/Tickets.

You can also catch Imagine Dragons headlining this year's BottleRock Napa Valley festival on May 24.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Are the Jonas Brothers planning a reunion?

Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesAre Nick, Joe and Kevin getting the Jonas Brothers back together?

According to U.K.'s The Sun, the siblings are planning a reunion which will include new music and a documentary about their comeback. The brothers have apparently flown to London to discuss the project.

“This is going to be one of the biggest music reunions in years,” a music insider tells The Sun. “It’s no secret that things weren’t great by the end of the Jonas Brothers, but blood is thicker than water and they’ve healed their rift in the years since the split.”

The source adds, “After enjoying solo music success and taking time to work on passion projects, they feel that now is the right time to get back together.”

Us Weekly is also reporting on the reunion, with sources telling the mag the brothers will now be known as JONAS.

The Jonas Brothers formed in 2005 and became teen sensations before splitting in 2013 over disagreements on their musical direction. Nick pursued solo music, while Joe formed the band DNCE.

As far as their personal lives, the brothers have all pretty much settled down. Eldest brother Kevin is now married with two children, Nick just got hitched to Priyanka Chopra and Joe is engaged to Sophie Turner.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

J. Cole previews two new singles during All-Star Weekend 

Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesJ. Cole recently took his birthplace of North Carolina by storm, as he hosted a brunch, pop-up shop and headlining show over the course of the annual NBA All-Star weekend. 

During his set, Cole gifted fans with a preview of two new songs. The first track was a Lute-assisted record, which was previously teased by the rapper's manager Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad back in January. The second song was a new cut featuring fellow Dreamville cohort J.I.D. 

The snippets of Cole's new tunes arrive following the release of "MIDDLE CHILD," which has reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The T-Minus-produced single, which the KOD lyricist released last month, debuted at number 26. With its move up the chart, the song became Cole's new career-high placement on the Hot 100.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Ryan Seacrest says Katy Perry was "so happy and beaming" after engagement to Orlando Bloom 

Andreas Rentz/Getty ImagesWhile Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom haven't publicly acknowledged their engagement beyond a cryptic Instagram post, Katy's American Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest had no problem confirming the happy event on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Tuesday.

Ryan congratulated Katy on the show, and then described how there was pressure on Valentine's Day for their American Idol shoot to be on schedule and wrap up on time. At the time, he said he didn't know why, but now he realizes it was because the big proposal was in the works.

"Turns out, I guess, Orlando had this whole evening planned out...she went from Idol and then a few hours later, we saw the post up on Instagram," he said.  "She's so happy. It was actually really beautiful to see her the next day so happy and beaming, so congratulations."

He also showed a photo of Katy posing with Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and himself backstage, and she's wearing her engagement ring.  Ryan joked that during the Idol taping, Katy was judging with sweeping hand gestures, to show off her ring on camera.

Meanwhile, a source close to Orlando tells People magazine that the couple is "still busy enjoying and celebrating their engagement,” adding, "They haven’t shared any wedding details yet. They are planning a big engagement party for all of their friends. It will be very special. They are both so happy and excited to be engaged.”

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Empire of the Sun schedules 2019 US tour dates

Credit: Sequoia EmmanuelleEmpire of the Sun will hit the road this spring and summer on a U.S. headlining tour.

The run, which will include two-night stands in multiple cities, begins May 30 in Chicago, and will wrap up June 30 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 22 at 10 a.m. local time EmpireoftheSun.com.

Earlier this month, Empire of the Sun premiered a new song called "Chrysalis," which was released in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary vinyl reissue of the band's 2008 debut album, Walking on a Dream.

Empire of the Sun's most recent album is 2016's Two Vines.

Here are Empire of the Sun's U.S. tour dates:

5/30 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
5/31 -- Chicago, IL, Metro
6/3 -- Boston, MA, Royale
6/6 -- New York, NY, TBA
6/7 -- New York, NY, TBA
6/11 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
6/15 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
6/16 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
6/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
6/19 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
6/24 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
6/25 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
6/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda
6/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda

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Tuesday
Feb192019

In This Moment headed to studio to record next album 

Image courtesy Atlantic/RoadrunnerIn This Moment is beginning work on a new album.

A new Instagram post from the band reveals that Maria Brink and company are headed to the Hideout recording studio in Las Vegas to start recording the follow-up to their 2017 effort, Ritual.

The caption includes hashtags #NewAlbum, #NextChapter and #Mother, the last of which might be the title of the next album. Earlier this year, In This Moment started teasing a new project called "Mother" on their website. Whatever "Mother" is, it'll arrive this summer.

The post is also accompanied by a video of Brink riding in a car while listening to the Slipknot song "Snuff," leading some in the comments to speculate that a collaboration with Corey Taylor could be in the works. However, that has yet to be confirmed.

While you wait for new In This Moment music, you can catch them on tour this spring starting May 3 in Memphis.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench playing two New York City club shows in March

C Flanigan/FilmMagicFounding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench will play a pair of intimate solo concerts on March 19 and 20 at the New York City club the Rockwood Music Hall.

Tickets for the shows, which are on sale now, cost $25 for general admission, while a limited number of floor seats are available for $40.

The concerts take place several days after Tench will appear as a special guest at Phil Lesh & Friends' three-night stand, March 14-16, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The engagement is the Grateful Dead bassist's fifth annual birth celebration event. Lesh turns 79 on March 15. Among the other guest musicians who will perform at the concerts are guitarist John Scofield and singer Amy Helm, the daughter of late Band member Levon Helm.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Tom Morello announces "crazy mosh pit" and "illegal rave" "Atlas Underground" tour

Credit: Eitan MiskevichTom Morello has announced a North American tour in support of his debut solo album, The Atlas Underground.

The headlining dates will kick off May 4 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will wrap May 18 in Buffalo, New York. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 22 via TomMorello.com.

These newly added stops will be Morello's first full Atlas Underground shows. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist previously held a series of listening parties and Q&A sessions about the album.

"The Atlas Underground Tour is one part Marshall stack guitar madness and one part bass drop meltdown," Morello says in a statement. "The show will be an intense sonic and visual 'less talk, more rock' experience that's somewhere between a crazy mosh pit, an illegal rave, a subversive art installation, and a prison riot."

It's not yet known whether any of the guests on The Atlas Underground -- which include K.Flay, Portugal. the Man, Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and Rise Against's Tim McIlrath -- will be part of the shows.

In addition to the headlining dates, Morello will be bringing The Atlas Underground to a number of festivals this spring, including Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple.

Here are Morello's headlining tour dates:

5/4 -- Chattanooga, TN, The Signal
5/5 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
5/7 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
5/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theater
5/10 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National Centre
5/11 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
5/14 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
5/15 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva
5/18 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom

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Tuesday
Feb192019

John Mayer announces new song, “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” coming this Friday

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer has new music on the way.

The singer announced on social media that his new song, “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” will be dropping this Friday, February 22.

John originally debuted the song at an acoustic performance back in October.

“I think I remember/This dream that I had/That love’s gonna save us/From a world that’s gone mad/I guess I just feel like/What happened to that,” he sings on the track.

Last month, John unveiled dates for his summer tour. The tour kicks off July 19 in Albany, NY and runs through September 14 in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Rob Zombie and Marylin Manson announce 2019 Twins of Evil tour

Stefan M. Prager/Redferns via Getty ImagesRob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are joining forces once again to bring their Twins of Evil tour into 2019

The co-headlining run, officially dubbed the Hell Never Dies tour, launches July 9 in Baltimore, and will come to a close on August 18 in Gilford, New Hampshire. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 22 at 10 a.m. local time via RobZombie.com and MarilynManson.com.

Zombie and Manson previously launched Twins of Evil tours in 2012 and summer 2018. Prior to the 2018 run, the two shock rockers teamed up for a cover of the Beatles classic "Helter Skelter."

According to a press release, Zombie will have a new album, his first 2016's The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, out later this year, while Manson is working on a follow-up to 2017's Heaven Upside Down.

Here are the Hell Never Dies tour dates:

7/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/10 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
7/12 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/14 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center
7/16 -- Rockford, IL, BMO Harris Bank Center
7/17 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
7/21 -- Council Bluffs, IA, WestFair Amphitheatre
7/23 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
7/24 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center
7/25 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
8/4 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
8/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
8/7 -- Winnipeg, MB, Bell MTS Place
8/9 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome
8/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
8/11 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
8/13 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/14 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
8/16 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
8/17 -- Québec City, QC, Centre Videotron
8/18 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

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Tuesday
Feb192019

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 "Wedding Album" being reissued to mark couple's 50th anniversary

Secretly Canadian/Chimera MusicJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental 1969 record, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album, will be reissued on March 22, two days after what would have been the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The collection can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, DVD or as a vinyl box set featuring a white-vinyl LP.

Wedding Album features two extended 20-plus-minute pieces, "John & Yoko" and "Amsterdam." The first track was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in late April 1969 and consisted of the Beatles star and his wife calling out each other's first name using different vocal inflections and emotions, and at various volumes.

The second track is a montage of audio clips recorded during the couple's "Bed-In for Peace" honeymoon event from March 25 to March 31 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The piece included segments of interviews, impromptu performances and more.

The box set version of the Wedding Album reissue will come with reproductions of the original album's packaging, including photographs from John and Yoko's nuptials and the Amsterdam "Bed-In," a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, drawings by Lennon and Ono, a photo of a slice of wedding cake and more.

A limited-edition version of the box set featuring an LP on clear vinyl will be available exclusively via the Rough Trade record store.

Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album is the latest in an ongoing Yoko Ono reissue series being released in partnership between the Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music labels.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Tinashe exits her record label: "It's giving her back creative control"

ABC/Randy HolmesTinashe is no longer signed to RCA Records, Rolling Stone reports. 

According to the "2 On" singer's manager Mike Nazzaro, Tinashe decided to leave the label, contradicting rumors that she was dropped.

"She wasn't dropped...we initiated for her to be released," Nazzaro told the publication. "It was a positive split for her. It's giving her back creative control."

Nazzaro also added that it has been "a respectful separation on both sides" and that "it was time to part ways."  

Tinashe has been subtly hinting at the split with her longtime label home since late last year, particularly via Instagram. Just days before the news went public, the singer shared a video in which she seemingly addresses her newfound creative freedom. 

"What's next?," she captioned the post

As for next steps, the Dancing with the Stars standout and her management team are still deciding whether or not to move forward with new partners. 

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