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Wednesday
Oct172018

2018 BET Hip Hop Awards rock Miami, honor Lil Wayne, and let fans live their "best life" with Lil Duval

(L-R) Reginae Carter, Lil Wayne and Jacida Carter-Photo by Prince Williams/WireimageThe BET 2018 Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night from Miami, Florida with comedian DeRay Davis serving as this year's host.

Lil Pump opened up the show with a variety of songs, including "ESKEETIT," "Gucci Gang," and the Gucci Mane-assisted "Kept Back." 

Other performance that night included Cardi B., T.I., Yo Gotti, YG and A$AP Rocky.

Drake, who dominated the nominations with 11 nods, won just one award.

Cardi B, who was a close second with 10 noms, took home five -- the most of any artist last night.

One of the major highlights of the night was Lil Wayne who was recognized with the special I Am Hip-Hop Award. His long-awaited album, Tha Carter V, released September 28, achieved the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album. In a heartfelt speech, flanked by his daughter Reginae and mom Jacinda, he thanked his friends, family and fans for refusing to give up on him. On that note, he paid particular attention to a homicide detective he called "Uncle Bob," who refused to give up on the recording artist after his brush with death -- even after the EMTs apparently did. "He refused to let that die," Wayne said.

Additionally, the show featured several highly anticipated cyphers, from the likes of Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Taylor Bennett and Erykah Badu who closed out the all woman cypher featuring Bri Steves and Neelam Hakeem.

Pre-taped some time ago, Vic Mensa's freestyle was notable for his dissing of XXXTentacion. Mensa directly addressing allegations of domestic abuse against the late rapper: "Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser/Your favorite rapper's a domestic abuser."

On Instagram, Mensa apologized to XXXTentacion's family who were in attendance, but did not back away from his criticism of the late rapper. 

The show ended on a high note, with comedian Lil Duval preforming his viral hit song "Smile (Living My Best Life)," feat. Snoop Dogg & Ball Greezy, with the help of some of his friends.

Here's the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards winners list:

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino -- "This Is America"

Hot Ticket Performer
Drake

Album of the Year
The Carters -- Everything Is Love 

Video Director of the Year
Karena Evans 

Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar

MVP of the Year
Cardi B

Producer of the Year
Pharrell Williams 

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
The Carters -- "Apes**t" 

Single of the Year
"Apesh*t" -- Produced by Pharrell (The Carters)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
XXXTentacion 

Best Mixtape
BlocBoy JB -- Simi

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Cardi B -- “Motorsport” (Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track
Childish Gambino -- "This Is America"

DJ of the Year
DJ Khaled

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Cardi B

Hustler of the Year
Cardi B

Best Hip Hop Online Site/App
Worldstar

 

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Wednesday
Oct172018

"The Voice" recap: The battle rounds continue with Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson each stealing artists

NBC/Trae PattonThe battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson’s teams went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Jennifer and Kelly each stealing an artist for their teams.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: CeeLo Green for Team Adam; Keith Urban for Team Blake; Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly; and Halsey for Team Jennifer.

Here are the highlights of Tuesday night's show:

Powerful gospel singer Kymberli Joye and duo OneUp, representing Team Kelly, faced off against each other on “Mercy,” by Brett Young. Both Clarkson and her adviser, Thomas Rhett, were floored with their performance in rehearsal. After some minor tweaks, Kelly, who chose the song for its “pure passion,” predicted the trio would deliver “the performance of the season.” It ended up being a tough choice for Kelly, who picked Kymberli. She moves on to the knockout rounds. OneUp was eliminated.

Next up, Adam, along with his adviser and “spirit animal” CeeLo Green watched as 15-year-old Anthony Arya take on the more seasoned Steve Memmolo for a bluesy cover of “Aimee,” by Pure Prairie League. Ultimately, Adam opted for experience, declaring Memmolo the winner. He moves on to the knockouts, but so does Arya, who was stolen by Jennifer.

Team Blake’s gravely-voiced soulful singer Chris Kroeze went toe-to-toe with Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, who got Shelton to turn his chair after failing to get any of the coaches to turn for her last season. They battled on Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life.” Blake and his advisor, Keith Urban, felt the two vocalists matched up perfectly, but had a few suggestions on how each of them could step up their games. How well each “put our notes into motion,” said Blake, would decide the winner. Blake ended up picking Chris, based on his incredible range. Mercedes was sent packing.

Finally, Mike Parker and Natasha GreyCloud, representing Team Jennifer, duked it out on John Mayer’s “Gravity,” with Hudson explaining that she wanted to “bring the soul out of both of them.” Mike, in her opinion, had the “instincts,” but needed to “own” them. Natasha, on the other hand, had a range, but “wasn’t letting it all out.” Jennifer declared the battle a tie, but went with Mike for "strategic" reasons. He moves on to the knockouts, as does Natasha, who was scooped up by Kelly.

Also advancing to the knockout rounds on Tuesday were Team Adam’s Tyke James, defeating Jarred Matthew; and Katrina Cain, from Blake's team, who beat out Rachel Messer

The Voice returns with more battles Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Despite their hit collaboration, Anne-Marie says she's never actually seen Marshmello's face

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesForgive the pun, but Marshmello is on fire.  The deejay/producer has scored a top 10 hit with his Bastille collabo "Happier" and the video for his 2016 single "Alone" just passed a billion views.  Marshmello's also collaborated with Selena Gomez, Khalid, Logic and Anne-Marie, but working with others hasn't made him any more willing to show his face.  Anne-Marie reveals that the whole time they were working on their big hit "Friends," Marshmello refused to remove his trademark helmet.

"It's funny because when I first meet people, I wear sunglasses because I get anxiety, and then when I get comfortable, I take them off," Anne-Marie tells ABC Radio.  "And I was like, waiting for when he was gonna take his off.  Like 'Are we comfortable yet?' But nah."

In fact, Anne-Marie says she's never seen Marshmello's face in real life, and he didn't ask her to call him by his real name, either.  Still, the British singer says she thinks he's great.

"I think he's a really incredible person, he's very humble and very talented," she says. "I just think all of the songs that he's released this year...like, how he's catered to the artists that he's worked with, I think is really inspiring."

From October 20 through November 9, Marshmello will be playing various clubs in Las Vegas.  He then travels overseas for some European dates, and in December, he'll return to the U.S. for radio holiday shows. 

Meanwhile, Anne-Marie, who's spent the last few months opening for Ed Sheeran in North America, kicks off a tour of the U.K. November 19.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Josh Groban & Idina Menzel record duet to raise money for immigrant families

Brian Bowen SmithJosh Groban will kick off his Bridges tour, with special guest Idina Menzel, on Thursday, and the two have worked up a special duet -- not just for the tour, but for a good cause.

Josh tells the Dallas Observer that during the tour, he and Idina will do several duets, one of which is a version of "Lullaby," from Josh's 2006 album, Awake.  But you won't have to go see them in concert to hear the song.

"We’ve recorded a special version of it to benefit the immigration families that have been separated," Josh reveals. "We were all just so devastated by the news and the images of these young children that have been isolated from their families. So I, along with Idina and along with a lot of other artists, we banded together to record some songs.”

No word yet on when "Lullaby" will be released.

Regarding the tour itself, Josh tells the paper that he hopes it can offer people some relief from the current political climate.

"In the world we’re living in right now and the divisive kind of nature of the country and all that stuff, I want this to be a place that people can come together and have a little bit more of a positive light in this very fear-filled world right now," he explains.

"It gives us a chance to kind of invite people into our house for a night and escape for a little bit," Josh adds.  "And there’s just something about live performances and live music that creates an evening that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we don’t take that for granted when we’re planning a show.”

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Maddie & Tae confess they're feeling some nerves ahead of tonight's "Artists of the Year" performance with Carrie Underwood 

Mercury NashvilleCarrie Underwood won't hit the road on the Cry Pretty 360 Tour with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June until May, but we'll get a preview Wednesday night, as all three perform together on the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year special.

Tae Dye says we can expect "lots of harmonies" in a "fun medley." "I definitely am very intimidated," she admits.

Maddie Marlow feels much the same, even getting a little starstruck around the "Love Wins" hitmaker.

"It still hasn't really like sunk in..." Maddie explains. "I still get kind of germy trying to control it around her. 'Cause we've watched her since she was on American Idol... And I'm still just like, 'Okay, play it cool!' Like, 'You're a professional!'"

Tae has even been second-guessing her wardrobe choice.

"I picked a dress. And I'm like, 'Why did I pick a short dress? Because I'm going to be standing next to Carrie Underwood and her legs!' Why did I do that to myself?" Tae asks.

"I went jumpsuit," Maddie adds. "I'm like, 'I am not exposing my legs...'"

"Yeah, I'm just going to stand on the very opposite end," Tae concludes.

Maddie's thinking a gift may be in order for the duo's upcoming tour mate.

"I want to bring her like a little goodie basket," Maddie says, "because she's maybe... six or seven months pregnant. She needs like some really comfy slippers, maybe some bath bombs."

Tae suggests a heating pad and doughnuts, before the two remember Carrie is vegan.

"Maybe we can get like a vegan cupcake or something," Maddie decides. "I bet she would really appreciate that," she adds as the two laughs.

You can tune in to see Maddie & Tae's performance with Carrie and Runaway June starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight on CMT.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line will tour Australia in March with Thomas Rhett and Morgan Wallen. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Dolly Parton is nominated for Original Song -- Feature Film for the track "Girl in the Movies" from Dumplin' at the upcoming Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The November 14 ceremony is seen as a predictor of which works will be up for other honors in the subsequent months.

Canadian singer/songwriter Aaron Goodvin is the newest artist signed to Reviver Records. He's previously had cuts by Luke BryanCole Swindell and Jon Pardi. Look for his sophomore album in early 2019.

If you missed Old Dominion's TV debut of their new single, "Make It Sweet," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can watch their performance online.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Playing Nirvana songs again felt "like being shot into outer space," says Dave Grohl

ABC/Andrea McCallinEarlier this month, the surviving Nirvana members -- Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear -- reunited to play six songs at the Foo Fighters-hosted CalJam festival in San Bernardino, California. Now, speaking with Kerrang!, Grohl shares his reflections of the reunion and what the performance meant to him.

"When Pat, Krist and I sat down to go through those songs in a small rehearsal room with concrete walls, it...sounded like Nirvana," Grohl explains. "It was like being shot into outer space. Being able to play that drum fill and break into the chorus...it's spiritual, physical, emotional."

As happy as he was to play those songs again, Grohl says the experience still wasn't the same without Kurt Cobain.

"We would look at each other and smile, but the emotions would kind of go in waves, because there was someone missing," Grohl explains. "You wish that you could still share those songs with Kurt."

Novoselic adds that the reunion performance was "odd," but a "real treat."

"I caught myself beaming away during ['Smells Like] Teen Spirit,'" he says. "I couldn't quite believe I was playing it again, and I will cherish that moment for a long time because it was pretty special."

The CalJam performance featured guest vocals from Joan Jett and John McCauley of the band Deer Tick. It marked the first time that Grohl, Novoselic and Smear played Nirvana songs together since their surprise Brooklyn club show following their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Jones to play 2019 Stagecoach festival

Credit: Doltyn SneddenLynyrd Skynyrd wraps up its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour on December 8 in Biloxi, Mississippi, but that doesn't mean that the Southern rock legends are quite ready to retire.

In addition to a previously announced January 8 performance as part of the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, the band has just been confirmed to play at the 13th annual Stagecoach festival, scheduled for April 26 to 28, 2019, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Skynyrd will perform on the second day of the festival, which mostly features country music acts, though it generally includes a few rock and pop artists on the bill too.

Other performers from outside the country music world who'll hit the Stagecoach stage next year include U.K. pop legend Tom Jones and Poison frontman Bret Michaels. Jones will perform on the last day of the festival and Michaels on the first.

Country stars Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the festival, respectively, on April 26, 27 and 28.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19. Visit StagecoachFestival.com to check out the full lineup and more details.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels to play 2019 Stagecoach festival

Credit: Doltyn SneddenLynyrd Skynyrd wraps up its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour on December 8 in Biloxi, Mississippi, but that doesn't mean that the Southern rock legends are quite ready to retire.

In addition to a previously announced January 8 performance as part of the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, the band has just been confirmed to play at the 13th annual Stagecoach festival, scheduled for April 26 to 28, 2019, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Skynyrd will perform on the second day of the festival, which mostly features country music acts, though it generally includes a few rock and pop artists on the bill too.

Other performers from outside the country music world who'll hit the Stagecoach stage next year include Poison frontman Bret Michaels and U.K. pop legend Tom Jones. Michaels will perform on the first day of the festival and Jones on the last.

Country stars Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the festival, respectively, on April 26, 27 and 28.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19. Visit StagecoachFestival.com to check out the full lineup and more details.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Following her "Dancing with the Stars" elimination, Tinashe's now focusing on new music

ABC/Craig SjodinAfter being eliminated from ABC's Dancing with the Stars Monday night, Tinashe is now turning her focus from the ballroom to the recording studio.

"Oh yeah. New music is in the works,” she tells ABC Radio. “I was working on it pre-Dancing with the Stars. “Excited to get it out ASAP.” 

Tinashe released her most recent album, Joyride, in April.  It included the single “No Drama," featuring Offset from Migos.

The “2 On” singer and her pro partner, Brandon Armstrong, had consistently received high scores from the judges since the show began on September 24.  When host Tom Bergeron announced that they'd been eliminated on Monday night, the crowd booed.

“We could have done some cool stuff, so that’s the bummer,” Tinashe says of her elimination.

The entertainer from Lexington Kentucky believes the early success she achieved with Armstrong actually worked to their disadvantage.

“I think there’s something to be said for, if you’re good, people don’t think you need votes,” she says. “They’re like, 'Oh, they’re good. I’m gonna vote for somebody who, like, needs help.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Tinashe did not reveal a release date for her music, but she says she's anxious to have new songs for her fans.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

"Legendary" rockers and Cleveland Cavs fans Welshly Arms on "good dude" LeBron James: "I wish him the best" 

Credit: Peter LarsonThe Cleveland Cavaliers play their first game of the 2018-19 NBA season tonight, and they'll do so once again with LeBron James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers over the offseason. Even though his team is without their superstar player and hometown hero, Welshly Arms frontman and Cleveland native Sam Getz bears no ill will toward the four-time MVP.

"I'm a diehard Cavs fan, whether or not we have the best player in the world on our team," Getz tells ABC Radio.

James, who's from Akron, Ohio, previously left the Cavs in 2010 to play for the Miami Heat, announcing his departure during a much-criticized TV special. He returned to Cleveland in 2014, and the Cavs won the NBA Finals in 2016.

Getz says he's "forever grateful" to James for that championship and is proud of the social work he's done for Northeast Ohio and Akron.

"He's done amazing things for school programs there and just [Akron] in general," Getz says. "He's a good dude, and I wish him the best."

Besides, it's hard for Getz to be mad at James when he helped inspire Welshly Arms' breakout hit, "Legendary," which he wrote in part about LeBron's journey to NBA stardom.

"This song is about that struggle of someone like that, that knows what he's destined to be and what he's working so hard for, and has a very clear vision and won't stop for anything," Getz explains.

"Legendary" has since become a motivational tool for the band members themselves.

"When we're on stage singing that song, I'm not thinking about someone else's journey," Getz says. "I'm thinking about mine and our band's, and what we've done together."  

Welshly Arms' U.S. tour behind their debut album, No Place Is Home, continues Wednesday in Dallas.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

KISS members' Rock & Brews restaurant chain offering free meals to military members on Veterans Day

Courtesy of Rock & BrewsKISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will honor members of the U.S. military, veterans and first responders this Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, by offering them free food nationwide at their Rock & Brews restaurant chain.

All day long on the holiday, military personnel and veterans will be able to visit participating Rock & Brews locations and enjoy either a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side dish or a "Strawberry Fields" salad. Some locations will also offer other free menu items.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that Rock & Brews chain, which Stanley and Simmons co-founded, will offer free meals on Veterans Day. This year, the restaurants also will raise funds for the USO by selling a specially designed camouflage t-shirt throughout November and donating proceeds to the organization.

"We are proud to honor the men and women who protect and serve our country," says Stanley and Simmons in a joint statement. "Veterans Day at Rock & Brews is dedicated to our active military, veterans, and first responders, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve them and show our gratitude, and to helping raise much-needed funds and awareness for the USO throughout the month."

For more information about the promotion, visit RockandBrews.com.

KISS recently announced plans for a huge trek called the End of the Road World Tour, which kicks off in 2019, although no dates have been confirmed yet. The band also is to launch its eighth KISS Kruise on October 31.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

New vinyl Aretha Franklin releases coming, including Christmas album and '60s box set

RhinoAs the world continues to mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin, who died in August at age 76, Rhino is preparing three special releases in celebration of the Queen of Soul's legacy.

The first is a newly mixed version of Aretha's 2008 rendition of "Silent Night," which was released Tuesday as a digital single and via streaming services. The stripped-down mix features just Franklin singing and playing piano.

Aretha's original version of "Silent Night" appeared on her 2008 holiday album This Christmas, which will get its vinyl debut on November 16. The nine-track LP features well-known yuletide tunes such as "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," plus newer holiday songs like the title track and "My Grown-Up Christmas List."

Tena Clark, producer of This Christmas, notes that Franklin's "beautiful spirit is radiant throughout the record and this new mix of 'Silent Night' showcases what an incomparable force she truly was, both on vocals and piano."

The last release, which arrives on December 7, is a six-LP vinyl box set called Atlantic Records 1960s Collection. It features the first five albums Aretha recorded for the label, plus an 11-track rarities disc.

The LPs included in the package are mono versions of 1967's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Aretha Arrives, and stereo versions of 1968's Lady Soul and Aretha Now and of 1969's Soul '69.

The bonus disc, titled Rarities from the 1960s, includes a demo of "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," and outtake versions of Franklin's covers of "The Letter," "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and more.

Here's the full track of Aretha's This Christmas LP:

Side One
"Angels We Have Heard on High"
"This Christmas"
"My Grown-Up Christmas List"
"The Lord Will Make a Way"

Side Two
"Ave Maria"
"Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)"
"14 Angels"
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
"Silent Night"

And here's the Rarities from the 1960s track list:

Side One
"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Demo)
"Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" (Demo)
"It Was You" (Outtake)
"The Letter" (Outtake)
"So Soon" (Outtake)

Side Two
"Mr. Big" (Outtake)
"Talk to Me, Talk to Me" (Outtake)
"The Fool on the Hill" (Outtake)
"You're Taking Up Another Man's Place" (Outtake)
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Outtake)
"I'm Trying to Overcome" (Outtake)

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Tuesday
Oct162018

T.I. and Young Thug enjoy a wild pool party in “The Weekend” video

ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. and Young Thug are surrounded by babes in bikinis at a wild pool party in the video for their collabo “The Weekend,” which dropped today.

In the clip, Young Thug tells T.I. he wants to leave, but Tip convinces him to stay so he can make some romantic moves. The video ends with them suddenly being confronted by an angry woman pointing an automatic weapon at them. They laugh, and quickly remove the intruder from the premises.

“The Weekend” is the third single from T.I.’s new album, Dime Trap. It follows “Jefe,” featuring Meek Mill, and “Wraith,” featuring Yo Gotti.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Shinedown members to take part in Washington, DC suicide prevention walk

ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will visit Washington, D.C. this Saturday to participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, an annual demonstration held to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.

"People from all walks of life must be compassionate and understanding toward one another," Smith says in a statement. "When we do that, we can help save lives."

"We will walk on Saturday to show our support for our fellow brothers and sisters, and show the entire world that we recognize that mental health is just as real as physical health," he adds.

Shinedown's song "GET UP," the current single from the band's new album ATTENTION ATTENTION, is about bass player Eric Bass' battle with depression.

For more info on the D.C. walk and walks in your community, visit AFSP.org.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Tina Turner tells Oprah Winfrey about the last conversation she had with her son before his suicide

Harpo, Inc.Following news of her memoir, Tina Turner: My Love Story, and the upcoming Broadway musical based on her life, Tina Turner is now sharing more details of her amazing journey and her struggles in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The music icon recalls the last conversation she had with her eldest son, Craig Turner, before he took his own life in July.

"First of all I didn't believe it, because, me and Craig's last talks were, 'Mother, I'm so happy. I am really happy now,'" Turner tells Oprah in an advance clip from her SuperSoul Conversations podcast. 

"The next time, he said, 'I've met a woman that I have never felt that way about for a very long time,'" Turner recalls. "This was our last two conversations."

Looking back, Turner admits she didn't see any signs that something was wrong, but now she believes that her son did say a final goodbye to her, in his own way.

"The very last [conversation], he said, 'Hi mother, I just want to hear your voice and that laugh,'" she recalls. "That one stuck out because he had never said that. I think that was his goodbye to me. But I didn't realize that until this happened."

Turner also talks with Oprah about her tumultuous past with her ex-husband Ike Turner.

According to Tina, in the upcoming Broadway musical, "It show[s] that [Ike] changed because of drugs, and also, he was paranoid that I would I would leave him like all the rest. And I think in some kind of way I really [started to understand] there was a little bit of sickness in there with Ike." 

Part one of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcast with Tina Turner becomes available on Wednesday; part two comes out Thursday.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Liam Payne is planning a campus takeover at one lucky school

ABC/Paula LoboLiam Payne could be paying a visit to your school campus. He’s the latest musician to participate in Chegg Music 101, the campus takeover contest sponsored by Chegg, the Student Hub.

Chegg has teamed up with truth, the tobacco prevention campaign, to give one U.S. college or high school campus the chance to win an appearance by the singer.

"Music and the arts are so vital to campus life, and I am delighted to be part of CheggMusic101, to highlight its importance," Liam says in a statement. "And it's great to do this in partnership with truth, since they share the facts about tobacco and encourage young people to use their creativity to make an impact on the issue in their communities.”

Liam will take over a classroom and participate in a Q&A with students, as well as treat them to a private concert.

Chegg will also award the winning school with a $10,000 David B. Goldberg Music Grant for the music department at their school.

Students can start nominating their campus now by visiting Chegg.com/Music101. The contest runs through November 13.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Songs by Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Elton John nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Interscope RecordsSongs by top artists that have appeared in movies over the past year have been nominated for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which honor "musical excellence in visual media."

In the Original Song -- Feature Film category, Lady Gaga's hit duet with Bradley Cooper, "Shallow," is nominated. 

In the Original Song -- Documentary category, "I'll Fight," performed by Jennifer Hudson for RBG, a documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is nominated.

In the Original Song -- Animated Film category, "Stronger Than I Ever Was," written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and performed by Mary J. Blige for the movie Sherlock Gnomes, is nominated. 

In the Original Song -- Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film category, "Ashes," the song Celine Dion recorded for the soundtrack of Deadpool 2, is nominated.

In the category of Soundtrack Album, A Star Is Born is nominated, as are the soundtracks for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Fifty Shades Darker, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther.

The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held November 14, and a portion of the proceeds will go to music education.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Songs by Lady Gaga, Niall Horan, Troye Sivan & Liam Payne nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Awards 

Interscope RecordsSongs by top artists that appeared in movies over the past year have been nominated for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which honor "musical excellence in visual media."

In the Original Song -- Feature Film category, Lady Gaga's hit duet with Bradley Cooper, "Shallow," is nominated.  So is "For You (Fifty Shades Freed)," the duet performed by Liam Payne and Rita Ora for the movie of the same name.  "Revelation," performed by Troye Sivan for the movie Boy Erased, is another nominee in this category.

In the Original Song -- Documentary category, "I'll Fight," performed by Jennifer Hudson for RBG, a documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is nominated.

In the Original Song -- Animated Film category, "Finally Free," written and performed by Niall Horan for the movie Smallfoot, is nominated.

In the Original Song -- Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film category, "All the Stars," performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA for Black Panther, is nominated.

In the category of Soundtrack Album, A Star Is Born is nominated, as are the soundtracks for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Fifty Shades Darker, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther.

The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held November 14, and a portion of the proceeds will go to music education.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

The latest on Ariana & Pete: She gets the pig, he gets the ring and she's still doing NBC's "Wicked" 

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Now that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have reportedly called off their engagement, it's time to split up the property.

A source confirms to E! Online that Ariana has returned the $100,000 engagement ring that Pete bought her a few months ago.  "She did give the ring back," dishes the insider. "She ended the engagement and felt that was the right thing to do. They are not 100% split but things are very up in the air."

Adds the source, "She just knew they had to make a change and it wasn't a good situation the way it was going."

However, TMZ reports that Ari will get custody of the couple's pet pig, Piggy Smallz.  According to TMZ, she's the one who bought the pig, so she's keeping it, even though Pete actually got a tattoo of the tiny porker on his torso.

Meanwhile, Ariana has assured her fans that she still plans to take part as scheduled in NBC's upcoming salute to the 15th anniversary of the Broadway musical Wicked. 

Posting a photo of the special's script -- which reveals that she'll be singing "The Wizard and I," she wrote, "Honored to be included in this celebration of 15 years of my favorite musical of all time  wouldn’t miss it for the whole universe."

On her Instagram story, she posted a behind-the-scenes photo of herself wearing Wicked-green lipstick, and wrote, "Can't believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!!! Not today satan! Not tomorrow or the next day either not no more u can suck my big green d***."

She added, "[Gonna] sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love bye."

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