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Feb122016

Dan+Shay Say Everyday Should Be Valentine's Day

Warner NashvilleWith their romantic new ballad, "From the Ground Up," written about the lifelong romances of their grandparents, it's not too surprising that Dan+Shay sound like they'd probably make good valentines. Shay in particular isn't shy to show his thoughtful side.

"For me, and this is the romantic in me. This is what I would say to a girl: 'Baby, everyday is Valentine's Day.''

But he admits he's skeptical of the commercialism of the holiday. "I think it's super-hyped. I get it, but I don't know...I'm a let's-hang-out-together, I'm a spend-some-time-with-ya kinda guy. I don't want them to spend any money on me."

"Sip a little wine with ya?" Dan adds, interjecting some humor.

"Yeah! Sip a lil wine wid ya!" Shay laughs. "I think it's more of, you know spending time with them. But I think everyday should be Valentine's Day. It should always be that sweet and awesome."

"That's a great stand-alone quote right there," Dan says, mocking his musical partner ever so slightly. "Shay Mooney:  'Everyday should be Valentine's Day!'"

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Friday
Feb122016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThis 2005 release was Dierks Bentley's first #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Modern Day Drifter.

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Friday
Feb122016

Justin Bieber and Sting Make Cameos in "Zoolander No. 2," Out Today

Peter YangHave you been practicing your Blue Steel? Zoolander No. 2 hits theaters today and features some memorable cameos by a couple of major music stars. Justin Bieber and Sting both appear in the sequel to the 2001 spoof on male modelling.

Ben Stiller reprises his role as dimwitted supermodel Derek Zoolander, and Owen Wilson is back as his former runway nemesis, Hansel McDonald.  The two must join forces to track down a villain who’s been killing the world’s most beautiful people.  

As we already knew from the trailer, the Biebs is one of the unfortunate victims. Before he meets his tragic demise, he takes a selfie while flashing Zoolander’s signature Blue Steel look. So how did Justin land the role? The movie’s screenwriter, Justin Theroux, explains.

“It came out of a conversation with me and Ben [Stiller],” he says. “I knew he was on the first page of the first draft that we worked on together and, again, when we wrote it, it was about five years, six years ago, something like that, so the joke changed because it was actually just a joke about killing a tween or teenager. Now he's a man so the joke's sort of evolved.”

They also managed to get Sting on board for a more substantial role. He plays himself in the film, and he might just hold the key to the movie’s core mystery.

“Sting's not even a cameo -- he's a full-on cast member,” Theroux says. “He delivers so much of the plot in that one scene where he explains his conspiracy theory.”

Theroux admits he was super nervous about getting Sting to sign on for the project, but everything worked out for the best.  “He was going to be the one call that was made that would be super disappointing if we didn't get Sting,” he says. “So we were nervous when we sent him the script because if he had said ‘no,’ we would have had to go back to the drawing board and we felt like there could be no one else but Sting.”

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Friday
Feb122016

Andra Day Talks Grammy Nods, Kendrick Lamar, Staying Humble & Where She'd Put Her Trophy

Photo credit: Myriam Santos 

Andra Day is nominated for two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Performance for "Rise Up." As she prepares for Monday's ceremony, the singer tells ABC Radio what that actually means to her, knowing she will be referred to as a Grammy-nominated artist.

"There have been a few moments where I tell myself, 'Sit back and just enjoy and absorb this,' and just be thankful and be so grateful for what's happened and for everything that's happening and all the incredible opportunities, gratitude is like the theme of my life right now," Day says. "I think that's really how I sort of processed everything, but not dwelling on it too much, you know, being super grateful, knowing that this is extremely special and moving forward."

The humbled singer adds that it's very special being recognized amongst her peers. "I'd be lying if I didn't say that it feels good to know that your peers and such musically gifted people look at your project and say, 'This is something we like, we put our stamp on this, we vouch for this,'" she explains. "So I mean, as a person and as an artist, it doesn't define who I am -- and I think most artists, we don't necessarily do it for the accolade -- but it does mean something, it absolutely does and it's exciting. "

The singer is equally excited about Kendrick Lamar leading all nominees.  "I'm so happy, that album is just seminal, he's an incredible artist, everything he does is amazing but to see him get recognized in this way, as an artist it's encouraging," she says of the rapper's 11 nods.  "It's inspiring to say, listen he created the album that he wanted to create, you know, a jazz, hip-hop album it's so eclectic and so different and to see something like that be cross demographic and cross genre, and he has a lot to say and so I'm extremely happy for him and I'm a fan of his work."

Andra is set to make her Grammy performance debut alongside pop singer Ellie Goulding, but she's remaining calm.

"It might change that day, but I'm not nervous, I'm just focused on the performance. I'm really excited to be working with her, I've never seen her live, but I went and watched some videos and she's got such an incredible energy on stage and I said, "Okay, this is going to work out, you know, really well," Andra says.

The singer also reveals where she would put the coveted trophy, you know, in case she wins.

"If I did win, I would probably give it to my mom or dad, I mean and winning a Grammy would, you know, it would just be surreal, yet another thing to sort of affirm that, 'Hey' we're on the right path.' We're doing the right thing, we're doing what's true to us, what's true to me as an artist and just keep going, you know."

The ceremony airs February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Friday
Feb122016

Fleetwood Mac to Release Three-LP Set of Live Recordings from 1979-1980 "Tusk" Tour

Warner Bros. RecordsLast year, Fleetwood Mac released a deluxe reissue of its 1979 double album Tusk that included a variety of live recordings captured during the band's 1979-1980 world tour in support of the record. Now, the group is to make those recordings available as a separate three-LP vinyl collection titled Fleetwood Mac: In Concert, which will be released on March 4.

The live album features performances of 21 songs culled from shows that Fleetwood Mac played in four cities during the Tusk tour -- London; St. Louis; Tucson, Arizona; and Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to versions of a variety of tunes from Tusk, including the title track, "Sara" and "Sisters of the Moon," Fleetwood Mac: In Concert features renditions of such well-known earlier songs as "Don't Stop," "Dreams," "Oh Well," "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "You Make Loving Fun," "Go Your Own Way" and "The Chain." Eleven of the tunes were recorded during a six-night stand at London's Wembley Arena in June of 1980.

The discs will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a tri-fold jacket. It sells for a suggested list price of $59.98.

Here is the track list of the three-LP Fleetwood Mac: In Concert set:

Side One
Intro (Wembley, 6/26/80)
"Say You Love Me"(Wembley, 6/26/80)
"The Chain" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
"Don't Stop" (Wembley, 6/27/80)
"Dreams" (Wembley, 6/20/80)

Side Two
"Oh Well" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
"Rhiannon" (Tucson, 8/28/80)
"Over and Over" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"That's Enough for Me" (Wembley, 6/21/80)

Side Three
"Sara" (Tucson, 8/28/80)
"Not That Funny" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Tusk" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Save Me a Place" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)

Side Four
"Landslide" (Omaha, 8/21/80)
"What Makes You Think You're the One" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"Angel" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"You Make Loving Fun" (Wembley, 6/20/80)

Side Five
"I'm So Afraid" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
"World Turning" (Wembley, 6/22/80)

Side Six
"Go Your Own Way" (Wembley, 6/22/80)
"Sisters Of The Moon" (Wembley, 6/22/80)
"Songbird" (Wembley, 6/27/80)

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Friday
Feb122016

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Slash & More Appear on Ace Frehley's Upcoming Covers Album 

Entertainment One MusicPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Slash are two of the many contributors on Origins Vol. 1, a covers album from founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. The 12-track collection will be released on April 15.

Origins Vol. 1 features covers of songs by a variety of classic rock artists, including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Thin Lizzy, among others. Slash appears on a rendition of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," and McCready adds his guitar skills to a new take on the Frehley-penned KISS tune, "Cold Gin."

Other contributors to Origins Vol. 1 include Lita Ford, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, and Frehley's old KISS bandmate Paul Stanley.

Here is the complete track list of Origins Vol. 1:

"White Room" (Cream)
"Street Fighting Man" (The Rolling Stones)
"Spanish Castle Magic" (Jimi Hendrix) -- with John 5
"Fire and Water" (Free) -- with Paul Stanley
"Emerald" (Thin Lizzy) -- with Slash
"Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin)
"Wild Thing" (The Troggs) -- with Lita Ford
"Parasite" (KISS) -- with John 5
"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
"Cold Gin" (KISS) -- with Mike McCready
"Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)
"Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS)

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Friday
Feb122016

OK Go Experiences Zero Gravity in "Upside Down & Inside Out" Video

Rick Kern/WireImageOK Go is known for creating innovative music videos, but they may have outdone themselves this time on their "Upside Down & Inside Out" video. The band filmed the video in an airplane above Russia in zero gravity. In the clip, which you can watch now on OK Go's Facebook, members of the band float around the plane in synchronized fashion while popping balloons of paint.

The "Upside Down & Inside Out" video was filmed on an S7 Airlines airplane, which "flies parabolic maneuvers to provide brief periods of weightlessness." The longest period of weightlessness is 27 seconds, which meant OK Go had to pause every time gravity came back into effect.

"Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of eight consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total," explains co-director Trish Sie. "We paused the action, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph."

"Upside Down & Inside Out" is a song from OK Go's latest album, Hungry Ghosts.

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Friday
Feb122016

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Show In the Works?

Clayton Call/Redferns2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which drew nearly half a million people to upstate New York to see acts like The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and became a symbol of the '60s. Now, original organizer Michael Lang says plans are in the works for an anniversary concert.

Lang tells The Poughkeepsie Journal that discussions are underway with a number of potential partners and that various locations are being looked at, including the possibility of an overseas event.

Lang, who called Woodstock "the original and most famous festival brand," also says he'd like to see the 50th anniversary event be the start of an annual Woodstock festival.

Woodstock took place August 15-17, 1969 in Bethel, N.Y., about an hour east of Poughkeepsie.

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Friday
Feb122016

Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift, Round Two: Brother Burns Yeezy Sneakers After Disparaging Lyric

Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTVLooks like the feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift is on again. 

Thursday, the rapper unveiled his latest album, The Life of Pablo, at a lavish combination listening party and fashion show at New York City's Madison Square Garden. In one of the new tracks, "Famous," Kanye says, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that b**** famous."

When word of the track got out, Taylor's brother Austin posted a video clip to Instagram of him throwing a pair of Kanye's Yeezy sneakers into the garbage.  "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning," he writes.  "Here we go again."

Late Thursday, TMZ reported that Kanye had called Taylor in advance to tell her about the lyric, but a rep for Swift says that's not true.

"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account," the rep said in a statement. "She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that b***** famous.'"

 

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

A video posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) on Feb 11, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

 

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Friday
Feb122016

Proud Papa Charles Kelley Says He'll Be a Hands-On Dad Who'll Change His Share of Diapers for His "Road Baby"

Capitol NashvilleOne week after the release of his first solo album, The Driver, Charles Kelley is wrapping up his first 24 hours as a father. Ward Charles Kelley was born Thursday morning in Nashville -- healthy and making lots of sounds, according to his parents.

Though he and his band mates in Lady Antebellum are taking a little break right now, Charles says you can expect Ward to be out on the road with his daddy when the trio eventually re-convenes. In the meantime, the proud papa says he won't shy away from changing his share of the diapers, either!

"Of course! Yeah, I mean I have so many nieces and nephews, and of course, being around Dave [Haywood] and Hillary [Scott] and their kids, they're amazing, you know. And I've gotten to kind of see it first hand how kids do adjust to your life too. And you know, they're two little road babies and I want mine to be too!" 

Ward wasn't actually due until several days after this Monday's Grammys, where his father is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his recording of his album's title track with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. Though new mom Cassie had originally urged Charles to attend the L.A. ceremonies, the couple have since changed their minds. For the record, Charles says he expects Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" to take home the trophy.

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Friday
Feb122016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"Record Year" is Eric Church's new single, from his surprise Mr. Misunderstood album, which was released during last year's CMA Awards.

Reba's emotional video for "Just Like Them Horses" has generated so much buzz on social media, her record label is now officially releasing it as a single.

Newcomer Kane Brown's first single for RCA Records is called "Used to Love You Sober."

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Friday
Feb122016

Grammy Executive Producer Previews Performances by Lady Gaga, Adele & Taylor Swift

The Recording AcademyLady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift will all be taking the stage at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Monday night. The ceremony’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, tells ABC Radio we can expect each performance to contribute something unique to the show.

Without giving too much away, he describes Gaga’s David Bowie tribute as “meaningful” and “eclectic.” He says Gaga will be singing more than one song and has been working closely with the musical director of the segment, frequent Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers.

“It'll be fitting for David,” Ken says. “It'll be meaningful. But, you know, David was eclectic, David was a character. So, you know, you can say the same thing about Lady Gaga and that's what we expect it'll be.”

Adele’s performance, meanwhile, will be all about simplicity. For her first Grammy performance in four years, Ken says the focus will be on her stellar vocals.

“Adele's just a complete artist; she's a complete performer,” he says. “…We need to be able to feature her -- both vocally and this persona that she presents that's just so real. So this is gonna be an intimate performance, it's gonna be something that we haven't done with her before, but we're really excited about it 'cause the whole arena is gonna be focused in on Adele.”

But first, all eyes will be on Taylor -- her performance is opening the show. The seven-time nominee previously kicked off the Grammy ceremony in 2013, with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." This time around, her song of choice will be a surprise.

“I don't know if we've talked about what the song is or not. I don't think we have and I'd rather not give it away,” Ken says. “But she is gonna blow it out and it's gonna rock the house.” 

The Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Friday
Feb122016

New Queen Documentary and Footage of Famous 1975 Concert to Be Screened in US Theaters Next Month

Credit: Douglas PuddifootA new one-night-only cinema event focusing on Queen's historic 1975 Christmas Eve concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and marking the 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody," will be screened at hundreds of theaters across the U.S. on March 8.

Queen: A Night in Bohemia will feature highlights from the famous show, including the first live recorded performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as a new documentary boasting archival footage and rare interviews with the band's four members.

The concert originally aired live on the British television show The Old Grey Whistle Test, and was released in various video and audio formats and configurations in November under the title A Night at the Odeon. Besides "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen also performed songs like "Killer Queen," "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Now I'm Here" at the show.

The documentary tells the story of the group's rise to fame, and features outtakes of the recording sessions for "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as recently rediscovered clips of Queen's first promo videos, for the songs "Liar" and "Keep Yourself Alive."

Tickets for the Queen: A Night in Bohemia screenings go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12. The event will be shown at 7 p.m. local time on March 8. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FathomEvents.com.

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Friday
Feb122016

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Says Album of the Year Nomination Feels "Like My Team's Getting a Trophy" 

ABC/Randy HolmesAlabama Shakes' sophomore album, Sound & Color, is nominated for Album of the Year at this year's Grammys, held February 15. The band has earned Grammy nominations before, but never for Album of the Year.

"It's like my team's getting a trophy," frontwoman Brittany Howard tells ABC Radio of the Album of the Year nomination. "We all work so hard, everybody. The record labels, the publicists, everyone. And now we're getting to celebrate this."

Sound & Color is up against the likes of pop star Taylor Swift, rapper Kendrick Lamar, country singer Chris Stapleton, and R&B artist The Weeknd for the Album of the Year title. If it turns out her band doesn't win, though, Howard won't feel too bad about it.

"Even if we don't get the Grammy, hey, it's an honor being nominated," she says.

In addition to Album of the Year, Sound & Color is also nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. Meanwhile, Alabama Shakes' single "Don't Wanna Fight" is up for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. In Howard's eyes, however, she doesn't see a distinction between "alternative" and "rock."

"Music's music," Howard tells ABC Radio. "If you want to do that you can do that, but it's all good."

"More Grammys though, isn't it?" she adds. 

The 2016 Grammys will air Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Here are the nominees for Album of the Year and the rock categories:

Album of the Year
Sound & Color -- Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly -- Kendrick Lamar
Traveller -- Chris Stapleton
1989 -- Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness -- The Weeknd

Best Rock Song  (Award to songwriter)
"Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
"Ex's & Oh's," Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)
"Hold Back The River," Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)
"Lydia," Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
"What Kind Of Man," John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + The Machine)

Best Rock Performance:
"Don't Wanna Fight" — Alabama Shakes
"What Kind Of Man" — Florence + The Machine
"Something From Nothing" — Foo Fighters
"Ex's & Oh's" — Elle King
"Moaning Lisa Smile" — Wolf Alice

Best Rock Album
Chaos And The Calm James Bay
Kintsugi Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum Highly Suspect
Drones Muse
.5: The Gray Chapter Slipknot

Best Alternative Music Album
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura, Björk
The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
Currents, Tame Impala
Star Wars, Wilco

Best Metal Performance
"Identity,"  August Burns Red
"Cirice," Ghost
"512," Lamb Of God
"Thank You," Sevendust
"Custer," Slipknot

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Friday
Feb122016

No Doubt Members Form New Band with AFI's Davey Havok

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWhile Gwen Stefani is off doing her solo thing, it looks like the other three members of No Doubt are forming their own group. According to Billboard, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young have joined up with AFI frontman Davey Havok to create a new, currently-unnamed band.

Billboard likens the No Doubt/AFI union to Audioslave, which of course was fronted by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and featured Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. The publication also reports that the new band has already finished an album and is looking for a label deal.

Both No Doubt and AFI have been fairly quiet the past few years: No Doubt's last album was 2012's Push and Shove, while AFI hasn't released a new album since 2013's Burials.

Meanwhile, Stefani will release her new solo album, called This Is What the Truth Feels Like, on March 18.

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Friday
Feb122016

The Fugees' Wyclef Reflects on 20th Anniversary of "The Score"

Credit: Ruffhouse/ColumbiaIt's hard to believe that two decades have passed since hip-hop trio The Fugees released The Score, their second and final studio album together before disbanding in 1997. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album, which arrived on February 13, 1996, group member Wyclef Jean tells ABC Radio why he's still proud of the ground-breaking album he created alongside Lauryn Hill and rapper/producer Pras Michel.

"Definitely, I mean it's like listening to Pink Floyd's The Wall, like back and forth, you know, Carnival, same way, the album The Carnival," he says referring to his 1997 debut album. "Like it don't matter what time period we in, it's all good stuff," Wyclef adds of their project, which won Best Rap Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

The rapper believes there's no denying that the younger generation  still appreciates the group's legacy. Wyclef revealed what it's like having a teenager share with him that they grew up with his music.

"It's surreal, for me, it's insane, because when a 16-year old kid walks up to me and they're like, 'Wyclef! What's up, man listen to this, 'Now that I escape sleep walk awake!' And I'm like, 'Come on man, you had to be like one when that ["Ready Or Not"] came out,'" Wyclef says with a laugh. "Or it's funny those that don't even know The Score and when they see me, they're like, 'Hey, that's the mister 'Hips Don't Lie' man!'" he says referring to his 2005 song with Shakira. "So it's cool man, I love it all."

Wyclef adds that fans are constantly wanting to know if there will be another project or even new music in the future.

"They don't ask every day, just every other day, you know, and I think it's really cool," he says before sharing that Bono once referred to the group as the "hip-hop Beatles." Wyclef recalls that "when the Fugees was [forming], the idea in the back of our head was I always wanted to be a band, so I was like, 'No, we have to be like a hip-hop band, we gotta play, we gotta sing.' Because the thing about it, when we was like singing, rapping, playing instruments, when everyone was going one side and we was on the other side."

The hit maker concludes that he likes the idea of a reunion. "I watch great rock bands come together and kill it, so I don't see why The Fugees can't do that one day."

The Score spawned their Grammy Award-winning single "Killing Me Softly" and "Ready or Not" as well as a reinterpretation of "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley & the Wailers.

The multi-platinum selling album also included contributions from Rah Digga, Young Zee and Pacewon as well as production from Jerry Duplessis, Salaam Remi, John Forté, Diamond D, and Shawn King.

In related news, Tinashe, SZA, and DeJ Loaf have created an a cappella remake of “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” a classic made famous by Roberta Flack and then again by Lauryn Hill.

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Friday
Feb122016

Meghan Trainor Says Best New Artist Nod Is a "Big Deal" For Her 

Image Group LA/ABCLast year, Meghan Trainor was nominated for two Grammy Awards for her hit "All About That Bass." She didn't win, but this year, she's nominated again, for Best New Artist.  Far from being jaded, Megan says she's still nervous and excited, because to her, this nod means even more.

"The award is much different," she tells ABC Radio. "Last year, it was two nominations for a song. This year it’s me an artist, which is very different for me and kinda more important to me, because I like being nominated for my songs, but this is, like, proving to myself, 'You can be an artist and everyone and the Grammys see you as an artist.' So it’s a big deal."

And while Meghan has won quite a few awards already, she says the Grammys are still the gold standard for her.  "Everyone in the music industry, that’s our dreams, that’s goals...that’s, like, the Oscars for us," she says. "So…it would be pretty awesome to get one!"

Since Meghan is now an old hand at the Grammys, what's her advice for anyone who's attending as a first-time nominee?  Do something that will make you feel calm, for one.

"It’s terrifying and you’re sweaty and you’re uncomfortable ‘cause you’re in a big gown and all your dreams are coming true and you see all your favorite artists ever around you," Meghan tells ABC Radio. "It’s nice to go with someone you know, like your father, or family members, ‘cause you look left and you can take a breath and you’re like, 'Oh, OK! I’m not alone.'”

"Every commercial break, I would stand up in front of everyone and pull down my dress," she adds. "I was like, 'I’m so uncomfortable!' And it’s just nerve-wracking and I dunno....it’s better with fam."

In fact, that's what Meghan did last year -- her dad was her date -- and that's what she's doing again this year. "I’m bringing my tight family -- my mom, my two bros, [my dad] and my uncle -- this time," she says. "And we’re just too excited!" 

By the way, the reason Meghan wasn't nominated for Best New Artist last year is because she hadn't yet released a full-length debut album.  Title came out in January of 2015, after the deadline for the Grammys had already passed.

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Friday
Feb122016

Tori Kelly & Meghan Trainor May "Chill" with Fellow Best New Artist Nominees Before Grammys

ABC/Randy Holmes She's been nominated for several awards and even won a couple, but Tori Kelly has really hit the big time with her Grammy nod for Best New Artist.   Because the Grammys are voted on by people who are actively involved in the music industry and the music-making process, she says a Grammy nomination means more than any other honor.

"It does, I think, because the people who are voting actually study the music and they’re actually digging in and researching everything," she tells ABC Radio. "So…I think it just makes it that much bigger of an honor, ‘cause you know that they’re doing their studies on you."

Tori is friendly with one of the competitors in her category -- Meghan Trainor, who was also nominated last year.  Meghan says the two have been communicating about the big night, and the rest of their competition: country star Sam Hunt, singer/songwriter James Bay and quirky Australian artist Courtney Barnett.  Meghan is a fan of all of those artists, and in fact, she wants to get together for a little pre-Grammy meet and greet.

"It’s very cool," she says of her respect for Tori, Sam, James and Courtney. "I’ve been texting Tori, like, 'Yo, we should all hang out right before and get to meet.' ‘Cause I’ve been dying to meet James Bay forever, and Sam Hunt, and now Courtney, I just learned her music. So I think we should all chill before [the show]."

Tori and James actually will be performing together at the Grammys, which air Monday night on CBS.  Meghan also will be performing, as part of a tribute to Lionel Richie.

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Thursday
Feb112016

Barry Manilow Postpones Two Concerts Due to Oral Surgery Complications

ABC/Lou RoccoBarry Manilow has postponed two of his scheduled concerts, tonight in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Friday in Nashville, after experiencing complications from oral surgery he had on Monday. The pop legend returned to Los Angeles to undergo another operation after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday in Memphis.

The Highland Heights and Nashville concerts will be rescheduled soon. Those with tickets can hold on to them and redeem them on the new date. The current North American leg of Manilow's One Last Time -- One Last Tour is mapped out through a March 26 concert in Rockford, Illinois. The next show on his itinerary is scheduled for Friday, February 19, in Wichita, Kansas.

Meanwhile, Barry is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for his My Dream Duets album. It's not known yet if the singer will be able to attend the ceremony, which takes place Monday, February 15, in L.A.

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Sixx:A.M. Announces New Single, "Rise"; Launches Fan Demand Campaign

Eleven Seven Music Sixx:A.M. will release a new single, called "Rise," on March 1. The track will be featured on the first of two albums that the band, which is led by former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, plans to release this year.

"We are not a political band but we are extremely reflective," says Sixx of the message in "Rise." "During the making of this album, we were under the same media siege as the rest of the world, so 'Rise' came out of that and hopefully reminds people that we all have a voice."

Adds guitarst DJ Ashba, "'Rise' to me, is a message of empowerment. It will take on a personal meaning to everyone who hears it, but the message is the same. Whether it's an individual trying to overcome their own struggles, or a nation as a whole, we can all rise above the negativity, if we stand up for what we believe in."

In addition to the single news, Sixx:A.M. also has announced via a video posted to RevolverMag.com that they'll be touring the U.S. this spring, but they don't yet know the itinerary. Instead, the band is asking you to choose the cities on the tour through a fan demand campaign. Visit SixxAMMusic.com to vote for your city.

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