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Feb212019

The Beatles' "White Album" goes 24-times platinum, now in fourth place on RIAA's list of top-certified albums

Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeThe Beatles' self-titled 1968 double album, also known as The White Album, has now been certified 24-times platinum, moving it into fourth place on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of highest-certified recordings in U.S. history.

The White Album, which last year was the subject of deluxe reissues in various formats and configurations in honor of its 50th anniversary, is now the top certified multiple-disc set of all time.

The only albums receiving more than 24 million certifications are The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 compilation with 38 million, Michael Jackson's Thriller with 33 million and The Eagles' Hotel California with 26 million.

"The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, with music that stands the test of time," says RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier. "The magic of John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] continues to be experienced by new fans across the country and we are honored to present them with this milestone achievement. Diamond status is already a rare feat -- for an album to go 24[-times] Platinum, it has truly become part of America's cultural fabric."

The Beatles is the act with the most overall RIAA certifications: 178 million. The Fab Four impressively has five other albums that have achieved Diamond status, surpassing the 10 million mark in certifications: 

--The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, 17 million
--The Beatles 1962-1966 compilation, 15 million
--Abbey Road, 12 million
--The 1 hits collection, 11 million
--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 11 million.

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Thursday
Feb212019

First single from The 1975's next album due out in May

Credit: Magdalena WosinskaFollowing 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 plans to release another album called Notes on a Conditional Form sometime this year, and we now know when we'll get to hear the first single.

Speaking to Apple Music's Beats 1, frontman Matty Healy reveals that the lead Notes track will arrive on May 31. As for what the track will be, he adds that he and the rest of the band are currently trying to choose between three songs.

When the song does arrive, The 1975 will be in the middle of their U.S. tour in support of A Brief Inquiry, which begins April 12 at Coachella.

A Brief Inquiry, meanwhile, just won British Album of the Year at Wednesday's Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Lamb of God's new material "feels really good," says guitarist 

ABC/Randy HolmesLamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has shared an update on the status of the next album from the Virginia metallers.

"I can tell you that there's new material that we're starting to put together, and it's got it's own energy," Morton tells Consequence of Sound. "There are a lot of ideas bouncing around, and we've definitely been actively working on that lately."

As for when we'll get to hear the new album, the follow-up to 2015's VII: Sturm und Drang, Morton says that's still up in the air.

"I can't give you a timeline," he says. "I can't tell you 2019, 2020, 'cause I don't know yet, but definitely some new Lamb stuff coming together and feels really good."

In the meantime, Morton will release his new solo album Anesthetic on March 1. It features a number of high profile guests, including Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy, and the late Chester Bennington.

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Thursday
Feb212019

R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct by two more women

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The scandal surrounding R. Kelly isn't going away: Two more women have come forward to accuse the singer of sexual misconduct. 

According to Pitchfork, on Thursday, the women -- identified only as Latrice and Rochelle -- gave accounts of their experiences with Kelly during a press conference in New York City, along with their lawyer, Gloria Allred.

Pitchfork reports that Latrice and Rochelle were only 16 and 15 when they first met the 12 Play vocalist after watching him perform in Baltimore. The duo claim to have headed to an after-party following the concert, in which they were given drugs and alcohol and then taken to Kelly's hotel room. 

After two of his associates instructed the teens to “pull up [their] dresses,” the woman said, Kelly arrived and asked for a threesome. Rochelle said no so Kelly had sex with Latrice who says that at the time, she did not have "the capacity to consent."

"When I met him, I was happy because I was young and starstruck. However, now that I’m an adult, I feel hurt by what he did to me, when I was only 16 years old and under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, which was given to me at that party,” Pitchfork quotes Latrice as saying.

As previously reported, Kelly could be facing a possible indictment, after an alleged sex tape was unearthed that appears to show the singer sexually assaulting an underage girl. 

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Thursday
Feb212019

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll: Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts to headline festival with Aerosmith and REO Speedwagon

ABC/Image Group LARascal Flatts will join Tim McGraw in headlining the three-day Twin Cities Summer Jam Festival, along with rock legends Aerosmith.

Rapper Pitbull and eighties rockers REO Speedwagon are on the bill as well for the July 18-20 event, which takes place on the infield of the Canterbury Park racetrack in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Tim’s not just one of the performers, by the way: He’s an investor in the event as well, according to the Minnesota’s StarTribune.

Tickets go on sale March 1. You can find out more at TCSummerJam.com.  

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Thursday
Feb212019

The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart explains the backstory of "Closer" and why he always plays the same chords 

ABC/Image Group LAThe Chainsmokers may have just solved the mystery of why their songs all seem to sound alike.

All the duo's hits use similar chord progressions, and it’s all because Drew Taggart learned to play chords on a 25-note keyboard. A regular piano has 88 keys.

In the third episode of their vlog series About a Week Ago, Drew explains how he taught himself to write songs and how that influenced the duo’s hit song “Closer,” featuring Halsey. He says the song’s main chords came about simply because that’s what he was used to playing.

“These are the most amount of keys I could play on a 25 keyboard so those became the chords I just played for probably about 10 years before we sat down to write that song,” he says.

Drew adds, “Similar chord progression is in a lot of our songs because those are just what I sat down to play and they were, like, the most emotional thing that I could play.”

As for the lyrics, he says he was inspired by Blink-182 and how direct the pop-punk band's lyrics are. He even referenced the band in the song with the line, "Play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."

Now, in a full circle moment, The Chainsmokers and Blink-182 are collaborating on a song.  So far, there are no details on a title or when it'll be released.

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Thursday
Feb212019

HBO defiant after Michael Jackson's estate sues for $100 million over "Leaving Neverland"

Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBOMichael Jackson isn't here to defend himself anymore, but his lawyers are working overtime defending him posthumously.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael's estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company Time Warner, claiming the cable channel's upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland breaches a non-disparagement clause in a decades-old contract.

Variety reports that the suit claims the estate could be due $100 million if it wins the dispute.

Leaving Neverland focuses on two adults, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by the late King of Pop as children.

Back in 1992, HBO made a deal to air one of Michael's concerts from his Dangerous tour. The estate claims that in the contract HBO signed at the time, the cable channel promised not to "make any disparaging remarks concerning [Jackson]" or "do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of [Jackson].'"

The estate also claims that the 1992 contract requires HBO to "notify and consult with Jackson...if it wishes to air additional programming about Jackson."

The complaint further notes that Leaving Neverland suggests that Michael abused Robson and Safechuck while he was on the Dangerous tour. 

It concludes that HBO "profited off the Dangerous World Tour" in 1992 and is now "profiting off" the same tour by "airing a 'documentary' that falsely claims Michael Jackson was abusing children on the...tour."

In response, HBO said, in a statement provided to ABC News, "Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland...on March 3 and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

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Thursday
Feb212019

Dolly Parton marks the passing of Country Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster, the man behind her first record deal

L-R: Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster, Willie Nelson; Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesCountry Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster passed away Wednesday night at the age of 87, after a short illness.

The 2016 inductee into the Hall led the legendary record label Monument, and was instrumental in the careers of Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison, among others. Perhaps most notably, he gave Dolly Parton her first record deal.

“I am heartbroken that my friend Fred Foster has passed on,” Dolly reacted on her socials. “Fred was one of the very first people to believe in me and gave me chances no one else would or could.”

“We’ve stayed friends through the years,” she added, “and I will miss him. I will always love him.”

Dolly performed her breakthrough hit, “Dumb Blonde,” in honor of Foster when he officially joined the Hall of Fame a little more than two years ago.

Details are pending for a planned memorial service in March.

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Thursday
Feb212019

2 Chainz shares another trailer ahead of his new album "Rap or Go to the League"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe countdown to 2 Chainz's highly anticipated Rap or Go to the League album is officially on.

Ahead of the project's intended March 1 release, the Atlanta lyricist has teased another clip of his creative process alongside LeBron James via Instagram. James is overseeing the recording process and artistic direction of the album.

In the clip, Chainz and James are seen enthusiastically listening to a few cuts off the album. One song, in particular, appears to feature a guest spot from fellow rapper Travis Scott. The in-depth conversation between the two cultural icons is set to be released exclusively on Apple Music as part of Rap or Go to the League's rollout. 

The album serves as a follow up to Chainz's 2017 effort, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, and will "celebrate black excellence" as well as hone in "on the power of education and entrepreneurship," according to a statement.

Meanwhile, 2 Chainz will join LeBron on his HBO series The Shop on March 1, the day the album drops.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Greta Van Fleet frontman still battling respiratory infection; band postpones European tour dates 

Credit: Travis ShinnEarlier this month, Greta Van Fleet postponed a pair of tour dates in Australia due to frontman Josh Kiszka's battle with an upper respiratory infection. Sadly, the battle is still ongoing, and the Michigan rockers have now postponed their entire upcoming European tour, which was set to kick off this Friday.

"Josh currently has a relentless upper respiratory infection that has not yet had the chance to heal," the band writes in a statement. "His doctor has required extended rest as the only path to full recovery."

As Kiszka recovers, the rest of Greta Van Fleet hopes to "recalibrate our balance, both physically and mentally."

"We are heartbroken in sharing this setback with you and hope you can understand this painful decision," the statement reads. "It will be extremely satisfying to reconcile this calamity by making the most of our time together in a healthier state."

The band promises that they will make up all the postponed shows, some of which have already been rescheduled for November. Tickets bought for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled shows, but if you can't attend, refunds are available at point of purchase.

Kiszka and Greta Van Fleet have been touring the world behind their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army. The trek is expected to return to the U.S. in May.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Vegas or bust: Is Kelly Clarkson making plans for this year's ACM Awards?

Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?

The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan + Shay from their current self-titled album.

Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan + Shay."

While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Adam Lambert opens up about "coming out of a dark period" to make new album

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAhead of tonight's release of his brand-new song “Feel Something,” Adam Lambert has penned a personal and revealing message to fans.

He starts off the message by thanking fans for their “patience and continued faith” in him, adding that he's currently “coming out of a dark period of second-guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it.”

"I started asking myself, 'is all this hustle really worth it?'” he continues. “I put all my focus on my work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed."

He credits touring with Queen with recharging his energy and says he was able to pull himself out of the darkness with “a bit of professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family.”

Adam says he began writing songs for his new album and decided to change up his team; he hired a new management company and signed with a new record label.

“Feel Something,” he says, is the “emotional starting point” of his new album.

"This was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart,” he writes.

Adam concludes, “Since writing this song, I've found the joy I was missing and I'm back in my power. I can't wait for you to hear more!"

"Feel Something" drops at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.  Adam and Queen will also perform on Sunday night's Oscar telecast on ABC.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Watch concert by The Doors' Robby Krieger streaming live online tonight

Credit: Jill JarrettAs recently reported, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and his solo band are playing a concert featuring surprise special guests tonight, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.  The show's being taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Front and Center.

Now comes word that the show will be streamed live at Front and Center's YouTube channel as well as on the show's and Krieger's Facebook pages starting at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.

In addition, the concert will be viewable on the interactive video app Hangtime, which allows you to watch events with friends in a private chat room. Hangtime is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts on its schedule, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Rachel Platten explains how she hits back against mommy shamers 

ABC NewsRachel Platten gave birth to her daughter, Violet Skye, less than a month ago, but she’s already dealing with online mommy shamers.

The singer tells People that she's had to deal with some recent criticism over the fact that she left her newborn at home to attend a Grammy event.

“It was the first time I had gone out [since Violet’s birth] and I timed it really well,” she tells the mag. “I knew she had an hour and a half to sleep and the event was close by and I did have someone write [on my socials], ‘Wow, I was too obsessed with my newborn to leave her.’”

Rachel says the comment hurt, but she decided to calmly respond, telling the woman, “I’m just as obsessed with mine. I’m also just as obsessed with self-care and my own mental health.”

She continued, “I know that going out and being around powerful women at this Grammy event is something that’s going to be able to make me come back home a more strong, whole-hearted mommy.”

While she’s aware that the shaming is probably going to continue, she says, “I hope that I can just respond with love and education. I hope I don’t let it get to me too much.”

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Thursday
Feb212019

Oh, Canada! Alessia Cara to be longtime fan Shawn Mendes' special guest on tour 

ABC/Image Group LAAlessia Cara and Shawn Mendes: both Canadian. Both discovered online as teens. And now, both on tour together.

Alessia has been announced as the special guest for the U.S., U.K. and Europe dates of Shawn's upcoming world tour, which kicks off March 7 in Europe and runs through the fall. Ironically, Alessia isn't appearing on Shawn's Canadian tour dates.

Announcing the tour on Twitter, Alessia wrote, "Come hang with a bunch of Canadians. we’re nice."

Shawn then dug up and retweeted a tweet he sent six years ago, in which he raved over Alessia's breakout YouTube cover of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather." He captioned it, "Alessia Cara Stan since 2013."

Alessia then replied, "A fan before I had fans I’m emotional."

Shawn's also added 16 shows to the North American leg of the tour, including second concerts in Chicago, L.A., Boston, Montreal and Brooklyn, New York.

Pre-sales for the new tour dates start February 23 and continue through March 1. The public on-sale date is March 2 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit ShawnAccess.com to find out how to register for the pre-sales.

Here are Shawn's new tour dates:

6/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
6/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
6/28 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
7/06 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
7/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
8/03 -- Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center
8/11 -- Newark NJ, Prudential Center
8/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
8/20 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
8/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/26 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/31 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena

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Thursday
Feb212019

Watch now: Ellen DeGeneres reveals big baby news for FGL's Tyler Hubbard

ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard won’t soon forget his appearance this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

He and his wife Hayley were supposed to find out the sex of their second child on Friday, but Ellen sped up the process for the couple with a surprise gender reveal.

Prior to the big news, both Tyler and Hayley agreed they felt like they’re having a son, though they admitted they’ve been wrong before.  You may remember that due to a problem with a test, they believed their one-year-old daughter Olivia was going to be a boy for two-and-a-half months, until new results showed otherwise.

In the end, Ellen and Brian Kelley proved the Hubbards right, as they hit a big red button that sent rockets of blue confetti through the air, while an “It’s a Boy” backdrop appeared.

In the interview, Tyler also revealed that Olivia had just taken her first steps in Ellen’s green room.

You can check out FGL’s appearance, including their performance of “Talk You Out of It,” on YouTube now.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Watch the video for Yungblud's song with Halsey and Travis Barker, "11 Minutes"

Locomotion / Geffen RecordsThe video for Yungblud's song "11 Minutes," which he recorded with Halsey and Blink-182's Travis Barker, is streaming now on YouTube.

The cinematic visual follows the English rocker as he goes through five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- after his partner, played by Halsey, dies in a car crash. In between, you see quick shots of Barker playing the drums.

Halsey and Yungblud are rumored to be romantically involved in real life.

"We don't realize how much we need something until it's taken away from us," says Yungblud of the video.  "We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us."

"11 Minutes" follows Yungblud's single "Loner," which was released in January.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Ariana Grande tops three different charts as "thank u, next" album aims for second week at #1

Republic RecordsEarlier this week, we found out that Ariana Grande's new release thank u, next was #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and that her songs are occupying the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100.  Now, the singer has topped a third Billboard chart.

Ari's the first artist in six months to simultaneously rule the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Artist 100 chart.  The Artist 100 chart combines music sales, radio airplay, social media interaction and streaming to provide a ranking of an artist's popularity.  The last artist to do it was Drake, back in July and August of last year.

Meanwhile, thank u, next is on track to remain at #1 for a second week, industry insiders tell Billboard.  If it does, it'll be the first album by a solo female artist to spend more than a week at the top in more than a year.  The last woman to do it was Taylor Swift, whose Reputation spent three weeks at #1 in 2017.

In addition, if it remains on top, thank u, next will be Ariana's first album to spend more than a single week at #1.  We'll find out on Monday whether or not she pulls it off.

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Thursday
Feb212019

Report: Kendrick Lamar & SZA won't sing "Black Panther" song on Sunday's Oscars

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaAll the nominees for Best Original Song will be performed on Sunday night's Oscar telecast, except one: "All the Stars," by Kendrick Lamar and SZA.

Deadline reports that the Academy attempted to book the two stars to perform the song from the Black Panther soundtrack, but was unsuccessful. So rather than enlist another act, the song will not be performed at all.

According to Deadline, the issue is Lamar's busy work schedule. Sources tell the publication that the Compton MC has been overseas recording his new album, and wouldn't have had time to put together a performance of "All the Stars" that he felt would do justice to the track.

Initially, the Academy was only going to allow the two most successful Best Original Song nominees -- "All the Stars" and 'Shallow" -- to perform on the telecast. However, after backlash from the nominees, it relented and said it would allow all the nominated tunes to be performed. Unfortunately, "All the Stars" won't be one of them.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have been confirmed to sing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Jennifer Hudson will perform "I'll Fight," from the documentary RBG. 

Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go," from the movie Mary Poppins Returns, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Legendary British rock band Queen, whose story inspired the Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody, will also perform during the telecast.

It's not clear if Kendrick or SZA will even attend the Oscars. If the song wins, they'll share the trophy, along with the three other co-writers of "All the Stars."

Earlier this month, "All the Stars" was up for four Grammys, but didn't win any of them.

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Thursday
Feb212019

This is Gerard Way's favorite line from "The Umbrella Academy"

Courtesy of NetflixAmong the many people enjoying Netflix's new superhero series The Umbrella Academy is Gerard Way himself, who created and wrote the comic book series on which the show is based.

The series centers on a collection of extraordinary young people, who were brought together as adoptive siblings by an eccentric billionaire, and who discover after his death that they only have a week to stop the end of the world.

In an Instagram post, the former My Chemical Romance frontman reveals his favorite line in the small-screen adaptation: it's in the first episode, when the brilliant, time-traveling Number Five, played by 15-year-old Aidan Gallagher, sarcastically says, "What part of 'the future' do you not understand?"

"I laugh every time I hear @aidanrgallagher say it," Way writes.

Gallagher is also a big admirer of Way's -- back in 2017, when shooting on The Umbrella Academy had just begun, he shared a cover of the MCR Black Parade song "Cancer."

The Umbrella Academy, also starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige, is streaming now on Netflix.

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