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Aug182017

This is my bike song: Rachel Platten starts new cycle with "Broken Glass" single & video 

Columbia RecordsRachel Platten is starting the next cycle of her career literally: the video for her new song, "Broken Glass," features her and a group of other women riding bicycles through LA's Chinatown.

It's not your normal bike ride, though: the women, who hail from around the globe, perform all kinds of balancing tricks and flips on their cycles as Rachel sings the anthemic tune about overcoming the odds.  Two of the women are German world bike-riding champions.

"I'm gonna dance on broken glass/I'm gonna make that ceiling crash," Rachel sings., "So what? Still got knives in my back/So what?/So I'm tied to the tracks/Yeah I'm gonna dance on broken glass, here I go!"

In an essay for Refinery29.com, Rachel writes of the song, "‘Broken Glass’ is my rallying cry of release, healing, excitement, hope, and joy. It’s a celebration of the power of women -- of our unity, strength, and fierceness, and of just how freaking awesome we are. We are bada** on our own, but we’re unstoppable when we come together.”

Rachel adds that the song is "for all the people who are facing adversity and willing themselves to see the other side of it. It’s for the women who will not be silenced, who are changing the landscape of our country and world without fear. It’s for the young girls out there, dancing without a care in the world and embracing their truest, most authentic selves."

She'll perform "Broken Glass" Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.

The song is the first release from her upcoming album, due this fall. It's the follow up to her major-label debut, Wildfire, which features the hits "Fight Song," "Stand By You" and "Better Place."

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Friday
Aug182017

Brett Young invites you to Caliville on headlining tour

BMLG Brett Young is giving his fans the chance to get to know him a little better, as he embarks on his Caliville Tour this fall. “Caliville” is the word the California native uses to describe his sound.

“I am so excited to get to go out on my first ever headlining tour this year,” Brett says. “It’s a pretty surreal feeling. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans out on the road…”

Brett’s labelmate, Carly Pearce, who has her first top-15 hit with “Every Little Thing,” will open the trek, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Expect to hear Brett’s chart-topping hits, “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” as well as his current single, “Like I Loved You.” Brett wraps up his stint on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour October 10 at The O2 in London, England.

Here’s the itinerary for Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, August 25:

10/14 -- Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater
10/21 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
10/28 -- Sarasota, FL, White Buffalo Saloon
11/2 -- Charleston, SC, Music Farm
11/3 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
11/4 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
11/11 -- Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe’s
11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
11/29 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar-Miami U
12/1 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater
12/2 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
12/9 -- Baton  Rouge, LA, Texas Club
12/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
12/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave

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Friday
Aug182017

Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana releasing new single, "Fun, Party, Splash," featuring husband Carlos

Tarpan RecordsSantana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is one busy musician. Not only did she make major contributions to her band's recently released collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, Power of Peace, but she will be putting out her own solo single next week.

The song, "Fun, Party, Splash," which features guitar by her husband, Carlos Santana, will be available for purchase as a digital download on Friday, August 25.

Cindy recorded the track with award-winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden, whose resume includes recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston. You can pre-order "Fun Party Splash" now at iTunes.

Cindy joined Santana in 2010 and prior to that, she had a long stint drumming with Lenny Kravitz. Besides playing drums on Power of Peace, she contributed lead vocals to the song "I Remember," which she also wrote.

Over the years, Blackman Santana also has worked with a wide variety of other well-known musicians, including late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in the 2012 jazz-fusion project Spectrum Road.

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Friday
Aug182017

On the anniversary of "Shake It Off's" release, Taylor Swift's social media goes black; was she hacked?

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The new era of Taylor Swift may be upon us.  Or could it be something more nefarious?

The singer has apparently deleted the profile picture on her Twitter page, and all her tweets post 2015.  She's done the same thing on her Facebook page, and deleted all the photos on her Instagram account.  Even her official website has been completely blacked out.

When an artist does this, it generally means they're gearing up for a new release, which usually comes with new photos. 

Then again, it's possible Taylor isn't the one doing the deleting, and her social media accounts have been hacked.  So far, ABC News inquiries to Taylor's people have gone unanswered.

Perhaps not coincidentally, today marks the three-year anniversary of the release of "Shake It Off," and the announcement of Taylor's last album, 1989.  That was August 18, 2014.

There's been a lot of talk that Taylor would release an album at the end of this year.  Even her friend Ed Sheeran hinted at her putting something out around Christmas.

So is all this a prelude to new music, or a hack?  Stay tuned...
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Friday
Aug182017

From "Sixteen" to the "Grave," Thomas Rhett previews "Life Changes"

BMLGThomas Rhett’s Life Changes album won’t be out until September 8, but if you pre-order the project, you can download several tunes ahead of time.

One of those is the song that TR’s wife Lauren says is her favorite, “Sixteen.”

“That song is the epitome of just, the grass is always greener,” Thomas tells ABC Radio. “We've all been sixteen. If we haven't been sixteen yet, we can't wait to be sixteen. And then when you get there, you're just like, 'Well, all my friends are going to college, and I can't buy a lottery ticket!'”

Though it’s titled “Sixteen,” the touching track has a unique way of capturing the things we all long for, at significant ages during our formative years.

“I feel like so many of us go through life, just always can't wait to get to the next step, when you really just should sit there and cherish it, because one day you're gonna look back at it and go like, 'Man, those were great times!'” Thomas reflects.  

You can also check out “Sixteen” in a new lyric video on YouTube.

On Friday, another instant grat track also becomes available. “Grave” is the fourteen-cut record’s closing song. You can preview the gospel-tinged tune at Esquire.com.  

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Friday
Aug182017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke scored her first #1 in 1982 with this carefree tune from her album Sleeping with Your Memory. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby."

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Friday
Aug182017

Shawn Mendes & the Chainsmokers "Dare to Live" in new MTV series 

ABC/Matt BrownBeing a chart-topping pop star seems like it would be quite a wild ride in itself, but some of pop's biggest names are teaming up with MTV to push the boundaries even further.

The Chainsmokers and Shawn Mendes are two of the acts featured on Dare to Live, a new MTV docu-series that follows Rory Kramer, a videographer, as he travels around with musicians and films them performing at festivals and concerts.  He'll also be taking each act on an "outrageous, thrill-seeking adventure," to encourage them to "get out of their comfort zone."

In a preview of the show, Kramer says, "We're all going to die one day, but today, we dare to live."

Dare to Live debuts August 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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Friday
Aug182017

Ronnie Wood says The Rolling Stones have some songs "in the bag" for next album

Credit: Claude GassianRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood paid a visit to a BBC Radio show on Wednesday and while there, he gave a little update about the status of his band's next album, while also revealing that the group soon will start rehearsing for its upcoming tour.

"We have some [songs] in the bag," the 70-year-old rocker said. "And I think now that we're getting together again, we'll see what direction things are gonna take."

Wood also reported that The Stones will begin preparing for their fall European trek, the No Filter Tour, next week.

"We always love that," he says of rehearsals. "It's like a family reunion. It's really is good. It's like a meal that goes on for like a month, and we go out on the road and spread that food everywhere." The tour kicks off September 9 in Hamburg, Germany, and is scheduled through an October 25 show in Paris.

Wood also chatted a bit about an upcoming book focusing on his artwork that's appropriately titled Ronnie Wood: Artist, which will be published in the U.S. on October 17.

Ronnie began painting when he was 12, and has become a prolific artist known for his portraits of his band mates and other famous musicians.

He told the BBC interviewer about his continued passion for painting, "It's always a challenge, a bit like the music. You're always improving and you're always experimenting. Every blank canvas is like a challenge."

The book includes an afterword penned by his Rolling Stones band mate Keith Richards. For more details about Ronnie Wood: Artist, visit ThamesandHudsonUSA.com.

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Friday
Aug182017

Whitesnake's classic eponymous 1987 album getting the deluxe reissue treatment

RhinoWhitesnake's hugely successful 1987 self-titled album, which featured the chart-topping smash "Here I Go Again" and the #2 hit "Is This Love," helped make the British metal band rock superstars. Now, in honor of the album's 30th anniversary, a super-deluxe reissue will be released on October 6.

The four-CD/DVD package will feature a remastered version of the album, previously unreleased studio and live recordings, music videos, concert footage, a documentary and more.

The bonus audio content includes live performances from the band's 1987 and '88 tour, demo and rehearsal versions of songs from the album, and new remixes of select tracks.

The DVD contains restored versions of the official videos made for the four singles from the Whitesnake album, including the famous clips starring actress/model Tawny Kitaen -- singer David Coverdale's then-girlfriend -- as well as a 30-minute making-of documentary featuring a new interview with Coverdale; and footage from the band's 1987 tour.

The super-deluxe Whitesnake reissue comes packaged with a 60-page hardcover book boasting rare photos, a lengthy essay incorporating new conversations with Coverdale and a booklet of handwritten lyrics penned by the singer.

Other versions of the 30th anniversary Whitesnake reissue also will be released, including two-CD and two-LP sets featuring select bonus tracks, a standard single CD and digital editions.

The Whitesnake reissue is the first release under a new deal the band has signed with Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment division, which brings a good portion of the group's catalog together on the same label.

Here's the full track list of the super-deluxe version of the Whitesnake reissue:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster
"Still of the Night"
"Give Me All Your Love"
"Bad Boys"
"Is This Love"
"Here I Go Again '87"
"Straight for the Heart"
"Looking for Love"
"Children of the Night"
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"
"Crying in the Rain"
"Don't Turn Away"

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]
"Bad Boys/Children of the Night"*
"Slide It In"*
"Slow an' Easy"*
"Here I Go Again"*
"Guilty of Love"*
"Is This Love"*
"Love Ain't No Stranger"*
Guitar Solo -- Adrian and Vivian*
"Crying in the Rain"*
"Still of the Night"*
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City"*
"Give Me All Your Love"*

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]
"Still of the Night"*
"Give Me All Your Love"*
"Bad Boys"*
"Is This Love"*
"Straight for the Heart"*
"Looking for Love"*
"Children of the Night"*
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"*
"Crying in the Rain"*
"Don't Turn Away"*
"Crying in the Rain" (Lil' Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix)*

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]
"Still of the Night" (Remix)*
"Is This Love" (Remix)*
"Give Me All Your Love" (Remix)*
"Here I Go Again '87" (Remix)*
"Standing in the Shadows" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Looking for Love" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Need Your Love So Bad" -- 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
"Here I Go Again" (Radio Mix)
"Give Me All Your Love" (Single Version)

DVD
"Still of the Night" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Here I Go Again '87" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Is This Love" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
"Give Me All Your Love" Music Video -- Restored and Remixed in 5.1
Documentary about the making of 1987 Album*
"Here I Go Again" -- Purplesnake Video Jam*
"Crying in the Rain" -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
Band Intros -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
"Still of the Night" -- 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*

* = previously unreleased.

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Friday
Aug182017

Say it isn't so: "Mary Mary"'s sixth season will be its last

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWE tv's hit docuseries Mary Mary is returning for its sixth installment this September...but, unfortunately for fans, it will the show's final season. 

The series, which follows the lives of gospel sister duo Mary Mary -- Erica and Tina Campbell --promises to go out with a bang as the pair heads out on the road for a massive world tour while tending to their own solo careers.  

As for Mary Mary, the series, coming to an end, Tina says in an official statement, "I'm so grateful to have shared the last several years of my life, personally and professionally, with all the supporters of the viewers of our reality show."

She adds, "I can't possibly find the words to truly express my gratitude for this experience so I'll just say thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who made it happen and to everyone who watched it happen. It's been great." 

Erica also says, "We have been so proud to share our music and our lives with WE tv viewers and fans for the past five seasons." 

"We are grateful to our fans for going with us on this journey, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. We can't wait to return this fall to complete this part of our story."  

Mary Mary was nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series earlier this year.  

You can catch the series' sixth season premiere September 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  

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Friday
Aug182017

Mila J releases new single "Touch Me" from soundtrack of new Taye Diggs movie 

Jora FrantzisMila J's latest track, called "Touch Me," comes from the soundtrack for the forthcoming Taye Diggs-thriller 'Til Death Do Us Part.  

The steamy song is the lead single from the album, which is scheduled for release on September 22.   

The "Kickin' Back" singer is headed to the silver screen herself, with a starring role in the film The Trap, alongside T.I. and Teyana Taylor.  

Mila's debut full-length album is expected to drop later this year. 

"Touch Me" is available to buy via the usual digital platforms. Here's the 'Til Death Do Us Part soundtrack track listing:  

"Together" -- Marques Houston
"Touch Me" -- Mila J
"Your Love" –- J-Boog formerly of B2K
"Enough" -- iRich
"Let Me Know" -- J-Boog formerly of B2K
"See You Again" -- Marques Houston
"Palm Tree" -- JACOB
"Leave" -- Chrissy
"Just Chill" -- Smooth 

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Friday
Aug182017

Beartooth hits Warped Tour in video for "Rock Is Dead" 

Credit: Daniel HadfieldBeartooth spent their summer traveling the country on Warped Tour, and now they're documenting their experience in the video for their song "Rock Is Dead."

The nearly eight-minute long clip includes footage of Beartooth performing at Warped and meeting fans, mixed with documentary-style interviews with band members. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"Rock Is Dead," which is actually about rock being very much alive, appears on Beartooth's sophomore album Aggressive, which was released last summer.

Now that their off Warped Tour, Beartooth will hit a few festivals this fall, including Denver's High Elevation, Louder than Life in Louisville, Kentucky and Sacramento's Aftershock, plus a couple of West Coast dates with Stone Sour.

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Friday
Aug182017

Grouplove asks you to "Remember That Night" with new song 

ABC/Randy HolmesGrouplove has premiered a brand new single called "Remember That Night." The track, which has been retroactively added to the band's 2016 album Big Mess, is available now for download on digital outlets.

"We've been writing a lot of new music recently," says vocalist Christian Zucconi. "[Vocalist] Hannah [Hooper] in particular is starting to come into her own in a new and very honest way. She is really starting to show her fire. Hope you can feel it."

Grouplove looks to have a number of memorable nights in their near future, as the band is opening for Imagine Dragons on their fall arena tour, which kicks off September in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Friday
Aug182017

Robert Plant reveals new album, "Carry Fire," due in October; hear first track now

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsWhen Robert Plant earlier this week posted an unidentified instrumental music clip on his official website and Facebook page, the buzz began that it might be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years. We didn’t have long to wait for confirmation. 

The album’s titled Carry Fire, and it’ll be out October 13, though you can order it now via RobertPlant.com, Nonesuch Records and all the usual digital outlets.  If you order from Nonesuch or Plant’s website, you’ll score an instant download of Carry Fire’s first track, “The May Queen,” as well as an exclusive, limited edition print featuring an image from the album art.  “The May Queen” is also available for download now, with a lyric video for the song posted on YouTube.

Even better news: Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour behind Carry Fire.  No further details yet, other than the tour will kick off in November.

Carry Fire features 11 tracks in all, and includes guest vocalist Chrissie Hynde on the song “Bluebirds Over the Mountain.”

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

Here’s the Carry Fire track listing:

“The May Queen“
"New World... “
"Season's Song“
“Dance with You Tonight“
“Carving Up the World Again... a wall and not a fence“
“A Way with Words“
“Carry Fire“
“Bones of Saints“
“Keep It Hid“
“Bluebirds Over the Mountain“
“Heaven Sent“

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Friday
Aug182017

Robert Plant reveals new album, "Carry Fire," due in October; hear first track now

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsWhen Robert Plant earlier this week posted an unidentified instrumental music clip on his official website and Facebook page, the buzz began that it might be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years. We didn't have long to wait for confirmation. 

The album is titled Carry Fire, and it'll be out October 13, though you can order it now via RobertPlant.com, Nonesuch Records and all the usual digital outlets.  If you order from Nonesuch or Plant's website, you'll score an instant download of Carry Fire's first track, "The May Queen," as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print featuring an image from the album art.  "The May Queen" is also available for download now, with a lyric video for the song posted on YouTube.

Even better news: Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour behind Carry Fire.  No further details yet, other than that the tour will kick off in November.

Carry Fire features 11 tracks in all, and includes guest vocalist Chrissie Hynde on a cover of the 1958 Ersel Hickey song "Bluebirds over the Mountain," which also was previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and The Beach Boys.

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

Here's the Carry Fire track listing:

"The May Queen"
"New World..."
"Season's Song"
"Dance with You Tonight"
"Carving Up the World Again... a wall and not a fence"
"A Way with Words"
"Carry Fire"
"Bones of Saints"
"Keep It Hid"
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
"Heaven Sent"

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Friday
Aug182017

Meek Mill arrested for allegedly riding ATV in Manhattan neighborhood

Prince Williams/WireImageIf you’re going to pop wheelies on your off-road vehicle, best to do it off-road.

Meek Mill knows that that.  The rapper’s been arrested for allegedly being part of a group on all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles that popped wheelies and otherwise drove recklessly in the upper Manhattan, NYC neighborhood of Inwood Wednesday.

Mill, 30, born Robert Williams, was arrested Thursday around 10:15 p.m. following an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  He’s accused of being part of a group that allegedly drove off-road vehicles in the Inwood area Wednesday night.

Mill himself is said to be seen in a video WABC-TV in New York says he posted to his social media of him riding an ATV Wednesday night.  As of Thursday morning, there were no such videos or photos on Meek’s Twitter or Instagram.

Inwood community leaders reportedly say people riding off-road vehicles in their residential neighborhood is an ongoing problem.

Mill was charged with reckless endangerment, but arrived at court too late Thursday night to be arraigned. At last word, he was being held overnight to appear before a judge later today.  According to WABC-TV, Mill’s attorney says officials are trying to “make an example” of their client.

Others allegedly seen on the video were still being sought as of Thursday night.

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Friday
Aug182017

Miley Cyrus releases new single and video, “Younger Now”

RCA RecordsOn Friday at midnight, Miley Cyrus released the title track of her forthcoming album, due September 29. The song, “Younger Now,” was accompanied by an elaborate video.

The new song was written by Miley with music written and produced by Miley and Oren Yoel. The video for the pulsing track was directed by Miley and Diane Martel with choreography by Michael Rooney. It features the Miley paying homage to Elvis Presley, with hair and outfits, perfectly timed with the 40-year anniversary of his death this week. Cyrus has long spoke of her love and admiration for Elvis, whom she considers one of her biggest inspirations.

"I'm not afraid of who I used to be/no one stays the same," sings Miley. "I feel so much younger now."

Miley is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, where her single “Malibu,” is nominated for Best Pop. Next month she’ll return as a coach for the 13th season of The Voice which premieres September 25 on NBC.

Younger Now is available for pre-order now at all digital retail providers.

Here's the Younger Now track list:

"Younger Now"
"Malibu"
"Rainbowland" ft Dolly Parton
"Week Without You"
"Miss You So Much"
"I Would Die for You"
"Thinkin’"
"Bad Mood"
"Love Someone"
"She’s Not Him"
"Inspired"

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Friday
Aug182017

Johnny Cash's children denounce Charlottesville protester who wore shirt with his name on it

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe five children of Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement involving a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing Cash's name over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

"We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association," read the statement, posted to Rosanne Cash's Facebook page.

They said their father was a "man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations."

"His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII," the statement continued.

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote they said their father often told them growing up.

"Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love," they said.

The family added that their father did not "judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed."

"To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you," it continued, closing with "We Choose Love."

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Friday
Aug182017

SZA postpones first three dates of CTRL tour

Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA RecordsSZA's CTRL tour is on hold.

A rep for the singer confirms to Billboard that the opening dates of the tour have been postponed "due to unforeseen circumstances."

The tour was set to begin Wednesday night in Richmond, Virginia, continuing Thursday in Silver Spring, Maryland and Friday in New Haven, Connecticut; but those shows have all been postponed, the rep tells Billboard.

The Richmond date already has been rescheduled for August 21.  No new dates have been announced yet for the other postponed shows.

The tour now is set to get underway Sunday, August 20, in Providence, RI.

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Friday
Aug182017

Back to Us: Rascal Flatts remembers their roots, as they celebrate their 17th #1

ABC RadioRascal Flatts celebrated their seventeenth #1 Thursday with a party at BMI, on Nashville’s Music Row.

“Yours If You Want It” was the perfect song to introduce their latest album, Back to Us, according to Joe Don Rooney.

"I think everything Rascal Flatts is about is inside that song,” Joe Don says. “It's an uptempo song, it's a lot of fun, but when you really dissect the lyrics... it's a really great, lot of meat-on-the-bone lyric..."

Gary LeVox revealed one of the ways “Yours If You Want It” hearkens back to their roots. The song's video was shot at the same location as their very first photo shoot, Music City’s Hermitage Café.

“That's where we started...," Gary recalls. "Our album cover for [our first hit] 'Prayin' for Daylight' is right there in the parking lot..."  

Jay DeMarcus remembered the very first time he and his bandmates ever heard one of their songs on the radio, during a late night call-in segment.

“The first caller was like, 'I love it. It's different. I say shine the light on it!'” Jay explains, imitating the voices of the listeners. “The second caller was a dude, and we were all huddled around the radio, up in the front of the bus. He said, 'I tell you what. I don't like that at all! You need to turns the lights out on that! It's awful!' And the next two calls were bad calls. And then after that, there were about ten in a row that were good calls.”

“But I tell you what,” Jay continues, “for the first four calls, we were like going, 'Oh no! Oh no! Take the bus back, and let's get our jobs back at Piggly Wiggly, cause this is awful.'”

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