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Wednesday
Jan182017

Bryson Tiller Announces He's Working on Sophomore Album and Unveils Title

Lloyd Bishop/NBCWith one simple tweet, Bryson Tiller confirmed that he is currently on a fervent mission to finish his sophomore album. 

The singer wrote, "im working on this album called True to Self, non-stop until it's finished. then it's yours."

His surprise message gained more than  ninety-thousands likes and more than forty-five thousand retweets since it was posted Tuesday.   

Last year, Bryson's debut album, TRAPSOUL, reached the #8 position on the Billboard 200.  

The entertainer also proudly received the key to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and the honor of "Bryson Tiller Day" on March 12.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Chrisette Michelle Reportedly Signs On to Perform at the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty ImagesChrisette Michele has will perform during this Friday's 58th Presidential Inauguration, sources told the New York Daily News.  

The paper reports that Michele signed up for the gig a week ago, but kept the news "a big secret" because her "camp feared" the backlash that would come as a result of the artist's involvement in the ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump.  

Sources also revealed to the News that inauguration organizers first tapped Chrisette to sing the Grammy-nominated track "Intentional," with gospel vocalists Travis GreeneTye Tribbett and Jonathan McReynolds at the event.  

However, when two of the three singers declined their invitation, Michele decided to stay on board, as long as she "could perform an R&B set." 

The "Unbreakable" singer joins Greene, country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, legendary soul singer Sam Moore, rock outfit 3 Doors DownJackie Evancho, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Radio City Rockettes on the list of artists slated to perform during Trump's inauguration weekend. 

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Young Thug Releases Hilarious Visual for "Wyclef Jean"

Richard MartinWithout ever meeting each other, Young Thug and Ryan Staake co-directed the rapper's new music video for his track "Wyclef Jean." 

The humorous clip breaks down how the video "fell apart," juxtaposing words on the screen written by Staake and audio from Thug, explaining his creative vision for the video.  

Scenes include girls using baseball bats to smash a police car, with kids dressed up as police officers joining in the ruckus with water guns, and models at a randy pool party.  

"Wyclef Jean" comes from Young Thug's album, No, My Name is Jeffery, released in 2016. The studio project debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.    

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer Headlining Rock USA Festival 

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne and Slayer will headline the 2017 Rock USA festival, held July 13-15 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The lineup also includes Korn, Volbeat, Stone Sour, Megadeth, The Pretty Reckless, Lamb of God, Anthrax, HELLEYAH and Falling in Reverse, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit RockUSAOshkosh.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

August Alsina Debuts Music Video for "Wait" 

Image Group LA/ABCAugust Alsina is an indecisive lover sitting on his throne in the new music video for his song "Wait." The artist released the track just last week.

The dreamy visual comes on the heels of August's recent debut of the surreal visual for another of his latest tunes, "Drugs."  

The recording artist told fans in an Instagram video that "Drugs" is the title track to his forthcoming album.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

With a New Album and New Tour in the Works, Chris Janson Heads for NYC to Do "Today"

ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson won’t reveal his tour plans for 2017 until later this month, but until then, there’s one place you’ll definitely be able to catch him.

The “Holdin’ Her” hitmaker will perform his latest top-25 country hit Monday on the Today show. You can check out NBC’s morning talkfest starting at 7 a.m.

Meanwhile, Chris is also busy in the studio working on his follow-up to his debut album, Buy Me a Boat, which boasts the #1 single of the same name.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Kix Brooks and Crystal Gayle Sign Up for "The Big Interview" with Dan Rather

ABC/Image Group LARespected newsman Dan Rather continues to prove he’s a true country music fan, as the fifth season of his show The Big Interview kicks off next month on AXS TV.

Kix Brooks and Crystal Gayle will both be featured in the upcoming 18 episodes, along with Sheryl Crow and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. The new shows start February 14 at 8 p.m. ET with Kid Rock.

In the past, Dan has interviewed Crystal’s sister, Loretta Lynn, as well as Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and the late Merle Haggard, just to name a few.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Long Strange Flick: Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary to Get TV Premiere on Amazon Prime in May

Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesIf you can't make it to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival next week to catch the world premiere of the new Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, you'll be able to watch the four-hour film on Amazon Prime Video come May. Amazon has acquired the rights to the Martin Scorsese-produced project, which will debut on its streaming service on May 26 as a six-part series.

Long Strange Trip is fully sanctioned by The Grateful Dead and was directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include the critically acclaimed doc The Tillman Story. The film features new interviews with the band's surviving members, as well as family members, road crew and fans. It also includes previously unseen concert and behind-the-scenes footage and photos of the group. Long Strange Trip not delves into the band's inventive music and improvisational performances, while also looking at the group's impact on the counterculture and its huge community of devoted followers, the "Deadheads."

Founding Dead singer guitarist Bob Weir says of the film, "Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here's the movie…"

Scorsese, meanwhile, says, "I've always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead. They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force -- a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans."

Long Strange Trip will get its world premiere this Monday, January 23, at 8:30 p.m. PT at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre in Park City, Utah. Among the stars expected to attend the event are Weir, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Trixie Garcia, daughter of late Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Kelly Clarkson Cast in Animated Christmas Movie "The Star" 

Weiss EubanksKelly Clarkson's famous for her singing voice, but now she's lending her speaking voice to a new animated Christmas movie called The Star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie re-tells the story of the first Christmas from the animals' point of view.  It follows a brave donkey who heads off on an adventure, and teams up with a sheep named Ruth and a dove named Dave.  They run across three camels, and they end up following the Star of Bethlehem and stumbling into "the greatest story ever told."

In addition to Kelly, the movie's cast includes The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun, Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant, Keegan Michael Key, Oprah Winfrey, Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Ving Rhames, among others.  It's not clear which role Kelly will play.

The Star arrives in theaters November 10 of this year.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Elton John Schedules 25th Annual Oscar Party

ABC/Randy HolmesIf it's Oscar season, it must be time for Elton John's annual Oscar bash.

This year will mark the 25th installment of Elton's Academy Awards Viewing Party, which raises money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation.  This year's event will take place in West Hollywood Park in L.A., with a menu created by chef Gordon Ramsay, a live auction and exclusive musical performances.

Among the co-chairs of this event -- which means they'll be attending the party -- are Katy Perry, Travee Ellis Ross, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, Beyonce, Jim Carrey, Heidi Klum, Rob Lowe, Lea Michele, Caitlyn Jenner, Denzel Washington and Mahershala Ali, star of the likely Oscar nominee Moonlight.

Over the past 25 years, the viewing party has raised more than $56 million to help people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, and to support initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Kid Rock to Sit Down for "The Big Interview" with Dan Rather 

Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesHere's one way to spend your Valentine's Day: Kid Rock will be interviewed by legendary newsman Dan Rather on an episode of AXS TV's The Big Interview, airing February 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

In a promo for the episode, Rock addresses his much-maligned comments about how he's "flabbergasted" by Beyonce's popularity. Perhaps he'll also talk about his controversial pro-Donald Trump merchandise.

Other musicians who will appear on upcoming episodes of The Big Interview include ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, hit singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and country singer Kix Brooks.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Silversun Pickups Plot Summer Tour with Third Eye Blind 

Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups will hit the road this summer opening for Third Eye Blind. The 30-date trek, officially dubbed the Summer Gods tour, begins June 9 in Miami and will conclude July 23 in Berkeley, California. Visit SilversunPickups.com for ticket info.

SSPU will be touring in continued support of their latest album, 2015's Better Nature, while Third Eye Blind will be performing their 1997 self-titled debut album, which boasted the hits "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper," in full in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Here are the Summer Gods tour dates:

6/9 -- Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
6/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park
6/11 -- Jacksonville, FL, TBD
6/13 -- New Orleans, LA, Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
6/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
6/16 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
6/18 -- Baltimore, MD, TBD
6/21 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/24 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
6/28 -- Toronto, ON, TD Echo Beach
6/29 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/30 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/2 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
7/6 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/7 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/8 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
7/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
7/14 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/15 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
7/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
7/21 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
7/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock
7/23 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Flo Rida to Perform at Miss Universe Pageant

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFlo Rida’s no stranger to performing around beautiful women, and later this month, he’ll be doing just that at the Miss Universe pageant.

The rapper is set to take the stage at the annual ceremony, airing live on Fox January 29 at 7 p.m. ET.

Steve Harvey is returning to host again this year, despite flubbing the winner announcement last year. He mistakenly named Miss Colombia the winner, instead of Miss Philippines.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Soundgarden Shares Details of "Ultramega OK" Reissue

Sub PopSoundgarden has announced plans to reissue their 1988 debut album Ultramega OK.

The 19-track collection, which features a remixed version of the original album, plus "early versions" of six songs, will be released on March 10. You can listen to the early version of "Beyond the Wheel" now on YouTube.

For Soundgarden, remixing Ultramega OK has been a goal decades in the making. When the album was originally released, the band wasn't happy with the final mix, and planned to remix it for subsequent pressings. However, their career took off shortly after, and the remix project fell through the cracks.

Finally, Soundgarden acquired the original Ultramega OK multi-track tapes in 2016, which they gave to engineer Jack Endino, who's worked with Nirvana and Screaming Trees, to create a new mix for the album. Thus, the Ultramega OK reissue was born.

Soundgarden is currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback effort King Animal.

Here is the Ultramega OK track list:

"Flower"
"All Your Lies"
"665"
"Beyond the Wheel"
"667"
"Mood for Trouble"
"Circle of Power"
"He Didn't"
"Smokestack Lightning"
"Nazi Driver"
"Head Injury"
"Incessant Mace"
"One Minute of Silence"
"Head Injury" (early version)
"Beyond the Wheel" (early version)
"Incessant Mace" (early version)
"He Didn't" (early version)
"All Your Lies" (early version)
"Incessant Mace (V2)" (early version)

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Hey, Sued! Paul McCartney Files Lawsuit Seeking to Get Back Beatles Copyrights from Sony/ATV

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is gunning to get back the copyrights to a bunch of Beatles songs he wrote or co-wrote that currently are owned by the Sony/ATV publishing company. According to the rock legend's rep, McCartney filed a lawsuit in New York on Wednesday "to confirm his ownership in his U.S. reversionary copyrights, which are granted to him by U.S. copyright law, in the songs he wrote with John Lennon and recorded with The Beatles."

Under copyright law, creators who sold copyrights before 1976 have a right to reclaim them at a certain point. 

The lawsuit claims that McCartney has been serving notices of his intention to reclaim them to the current owners of the copyrights since 2008, and is expecting to have these copyrights returned to him beginning in October 5, 2018.

The suit -- which asks the court to affirm that these notices are valid and proper under the law -- seems to be an attempt to protect the former Beatle from a legal strategy the publishing company used in U.K. courts in December to hold off an attempt by Duran Duran to reclaim its publishing.

In response to the lawsuit, Sony/ATV has issued a statement maintaining that it "has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon & McCartney song catalog," while adding, "We are disappointed that they have filed this lawsuit which we believe is both unnecessary and premature."

Last year, Sony/ATV, which was established as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson in 1995, bought late the King of Pop's share of the company for $750 million.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Beyoncé Voices Support for Women's March on Washington 

ABC/Image Group LAThe upcoming Women's March on Washington event has the support of the one and only Beyoncé

The global superstar wrote a passionate Facebook message on Wednesday, stating, "Together with Chime for Change, we raise our voices as mothers, as artists, and as activists. As #GlobalCitizens, we can make our voices heard and turn awareness into meaningful action and positive chance. #WomensMarch."  

It's unknown if Bey will solely appear or perform at the march, however Janelle Monáe, MaxwellMC Lyte and Angelique Kidjo, among a handful of other artists, are scheduled to do so in Washington, D.C. on January 21 President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration weekend.   

The Women's March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement created to take a stand on a variety of social justice and human rights issues. For more information, check out www.womensmarch.com.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Janelle Monáe and Maxwell Scheduled to Perform at Women's March on Washington Event 

Image Group LA/ABCHidden Figures and Moonlight star Janelle Monáe and Maxwell will both perform at the Women's March on Washington in the nation's capital on January 21, during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration weekend.  

Additional performers include Angelique KidjoMC LyteDJ Rekha and Beverly Bond

A sizeable list of artists such as Questlove, Rakim and TV on the Radio are among those who have signed up to join the march's Artist Table of individuals "committed to the mission, vision, and the Unity Principles of the Women's March on Washington."  

In an official statement, Janelle says, "I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and quality to all. Music has always been a powerful took for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us." 

The Women's March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement created to take a stand on a variety of social justice and human rights issues.

For more information, check out www.womensmarch.com.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Is Soulja Boy Taking Over Promotional Duties for His Upcoming Boxing Match? 

Prince Williams/FilmMagicMove aside Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent-- Soulja Boy is in charge now. 

In a series of now-deleted tweets captured by Hot New Hip Hop, Draco stated Tuesday that he is now taking control of all promotional duties for his forthcoming boxing brawl with Chris Brown instead of Mayweather and 50, who both signed on as promoters in early January.  

Floyd also agreed to train Soulja for his boxing debut, with Mike Tyson currently training Chris for his. 

"YALL KNOW WHAT IM THROWING THE FIGHT. THESE N***** TAKING TOO LONG F*** THIS S*** YOU NEED TICKETS HIT ME IM RUNNING THE SHOW," he wrote.  

"IM RENTING THE VENUE. IM SETTING THE DATE IM SELLING THE TICKETS. THIS WILL BE A SOULJA BOY PROMOTION. HIT ME FOR TICKETS THEY ON SALE NOW." 

Soulja also stated in the flurry of tweets that he will share more information about the impending fight against Breezy, along with his new tour and television show on an upcoming episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live

Floyd and 50 have yet to comment on Soulja's recent promotional claims. 

Draco and Breezy's pay-per-view match comes as the result of a feud between the two that began earlier this year because Soulja liked an Instagram picture of Chris' ex, Karrueche Tran.  

A vicious social media war of words and images from both parties followed, with 50 stepping in to suggest they work out their differences in the ring.  

Soulja and Tyson have engaged in a rap battle of their own, releasing two diss tracks: Soulja's "Hit 'Em with the Draco," in which he calls out both Brown and 50, and Mike's "If You Show Up," which has an accompanying music video that premiered online Tuesday.  

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Wednesday
Jan182017

U2 Sells 1.1 Million Tickets in 24 Hours; Adds Extra "The Joshua Tree" Dates

Live Nation/PR NewswireFans snapped up over 1.1 million tickets to U2's upcoming The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour just 24 hours after they went on sale. To celebrate, Bono and the boys have now added extra dates in Los Angeles, Chicago and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The newly announced shows will be held May 21 at L.A.'s Rose Bowl, June 4 at Chicago's Soldier Field and June 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 23.

Throughout the tour, which kicks off May 12 in Vancouver, Canada, U2 will be performing their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree in its entirety. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will provide support on the North American leg of the tour, while Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be the opener in Europe.

This summer, U2 will be headlining Bonnaroo for the first time.

For all ticket info, visit U2.com.

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Soundgarden Details "Ultramega OK" Reissue

Sub PopSoundgarden has announced the reissue of their 1988 debut album Ultramega OK.

The 19-track collection, which features a remixed version of the original album, plus "early versions" of six songs, will be released on March 10. You can listen to the early version of "Beyond the Wheel" now on YouTube.

For Soundgarden, remixing Ultramega OK has been a goal decades in the making. When the album was originally released, the band wasn't happy with the final mix, and planned to remix it for subsequent pressings. However, their career took off shortly after, and the remix project fell through the cracks.

Finally, Soundgarden acquired the original Ultramega OK multi-track tapes in 2016, which they gave to engineer Jack Endino, who's worked with Nirvana and Screaming Trees, to create a new mix for the album. Thus, the Ultramega OK reissue was born.

Soundgarden is currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback effort King Animal.

Here is the Ultramega OK track list:

"Flower"
"All Your Lies"
"665"
"Beyond the Wheel"
"667"
"Mood for Trouble"
"Circle of Power"
"He Didn’t"
"Smokestack Lightning"
"Nazi Driver"
"Head Injury"
"Incessant Mace"
"One Minute of Silence"
"Head Injury (early version)"
"Beyond the Wheel (early version)"
"Incessant Mace (early version)"
"He Didn’t (early version)"
"All Your Lies (early version)"
"Incessant Mace (V2) (early version)"

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