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Tuesday
Mar282017

Fifth Harmony Normani Kordei dazzles on Monday Night's "DWTS", called a "superstar" by Carrie Ann 

ABC/Craig SjodinFifth Harmony's Normani Kordei is shaping up to be one of the breakouts of this season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  Monday night, she tied for the highest score of the night with football star Rashad Jennings -- nabbing a 32 out of 40 -- but she was also singled out by judge Carrie Ann Inaba for the amazing cha cha she did with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

"That was truly dancing with a star!" raved Inaba. "Your star quality came out...I'm like, "She's a superstar!"

Inaba went on to call Normani "dazzling" and well as "strong, powerful and sexy."  "Everything that everybody was trying to be tonight, you were all of that in that dance," she concluded.

Normani, who had to fly off to China to join Fifth Harmony directly after last night's show, said she felt "amazing" about her performance, but not for the reason you'd think.

"Honestly...not even me getting the highest score of the night, [but] just because I really love to focus on myself and be the best that I can possibly be, the fact that it's a step up from last week shows improvement, which is something I need to keep doing," she told ABC News backstage. "Consistency is key."

Normani and the rest of Fifth Harmony will perform in China on Friday and in Taiwan on Saturday.  She'll presumably fly back in time for next Monday night's show, and then she has to go to the Philippines right after.  Phew!

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Katy Perry pays tribute to Katycat killed in car accident

Olivia BeeKaty Perry has paid special tribute to an 18-year-old superfan who died tragically in a car accident.

According to KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, 18-year-old Katie Bell died this past weekend when she lost control of her car and collided head-on with another vehicle.  The other driver was also killed. 

According to Billboard, news of Bell's death inspired the hashtag #RIPKatycatKatie -- Katy Perry fans call themselves "KatyCats" -- and Katy herself took notice.

Tuesday morning, the star tweeted, "We see you angel and we love and will miss you. KC's, light a candle for Katie. Rest In Peace."  She included one of Bell's videos in her tweet. 

Most touching, though, is the fact that Katy has changed her Twitter handle to 



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Tuesday
Mar282017

Lorde impersonator fools fans in New Zealand, Lorde calls it "deeply fake news" 

Brendan WalterFans in Auckland, New Zealand who thought their local celebrity Lorde had dropped by a low-key dance party Monday night were disappointed to hear they'd been fooled by an imposter.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the dance party bills itself as "a weekly hour of dance freedom in total darkness."  The "total darkness" part is the key: fans were told that there was to be a "special guest," but evidently, the person -- who performed Lorde's "Green Light" -- was heard but not seen. Still, she was convincing enough for several fans to tweet their thanks to Lorde for a great performance.

That's why Lorde's mom took to Twitter to confirm that she and Lorde were actually in London, and the singer herself posted a photo of herself in London, eating a Cadbury creme egg.  She also wrote on Twitter, "this is deeply fake news but quite cute lol."

The dance party organizer later admitted on Facebook that "Lorde" was actually Hannah Horsfield, an Auckland music student.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Madame Tussauds and Patsy Cline Museum team up to give fans "Sweet Dreams" of late icon

Madame TussaudsFor the first time in more than 50 years, Patsy Cline is on a tour -- of sorts -- of Nashville.

Madame Tussauds will reveal its new wax figure of the late country icon April 7 at the opening of the new Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Nashville. The new museum boasts the largest collection of Cline artifacts in the world, and features a new film about Patsy’s career, hosted by actress Beverly D’Angelo, who played her in the Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Cline's likeness will be on display through April 9 at the new tourist attraction on Third Avenue South, which is adjacent to the popular Johnny Cash Museum.

The wax figure’s permanent home will be at the new Madame Tussauds Nashville in Opry Mills, which opens April 14.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Green Day provides the "voice to join the resistance," says Billie Joe Armstrong

ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is currently on tour in support of their new album Revolution Radio, and the outing hasn't been without revolutionary speech.  Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has made his opinion about President Donald Trump well-known, and he says he's not afraid to speak his mind.

"I think we're in a crisis mode right now,"  Armstrong tells Rolling Stone. "For me, it's important to get back to fundamentally what it feels like to be an American. We all come from different backgrounds, but we come together and create this world. It's like a microcosm for the rest of the world."

He adds, "I want people to feel unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I'm not going to [chicken] out on saying what I feel about [Trump] and his administration."

Armstrong feels that Green Day provides "a voice to join the resistance." Of course, the band isn't new to political commentary: Their 2004 album American Idiot criticized the George W. Bush administration.

"Bush, as far as I'm concerned, is a war criminal," Armstrong says. "With Trump, we have no idea. Right now it's just a freak show."

Still, Armstrong is optimistic that his kids' generation, which he dubs the "Harry Potter Generation," will be capable of dealing with said "freak show."

"It's a classic tale of good versus evil," says Armstrong. "To have a role model like Harry Potter that says you can defeat evil, but still be a complicated human being...that gives me a lot of hope."

Green Day's U.S. spring tour concludes April 8 in San Diego, and the band will be back for a summer leg in August.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Harry Styles to appear on "SNL" April 15 

ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles is apparently going to be kicking off his solo music career in a big way -- with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

An Instagram post by a member of Jimmy Fallon's camp reveals that the April 15th installment of the show will be hosted by former cast member Fallon -- something the show has already announced --  with Harry as the musical guest.

We assume Harry will perform his new single on the show since, as previously reported, it'll be released April 7.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Jesus, take the wheel: Carrie Underwood's leaving her longtime label home

ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Carrie’s been signed to Arista since winning American Idol in 2005. Cindy Mabe, the President of UMG Nashville -- Capitol’s parent company -- was part of the team that launched her debut album, Some Hearts.

The Oklahoma native’s current single, “The Fighter,” happens to be a duet with her new label mate, Keith Urban. While Carrie hasn’t revealed the timeline for a new recording, she has said she’s turning her attention in that direction.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Lady Gaga leads "RuPaul's Drag Race" to the ratings finish line

Image Courtesy Logo/VH1It took three years for Lady Gaga to find time in her schedule to be a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, but it was worth the wait.

Friday night's show's season premiere, which featured the contestants modeling their best Gaga looks while the star herself looked on, became the series' most-watched episode in its nine seasons. 

Nearly a million viewers tuned in to watch the show on VH1, more than doubling the viewership of last season's premiere. According to VH1, the episode was also the #1 most social show on TV that night, scoring its highest Twitter volume ever.

This Friday's episode features guest judges Lisa Kudrow and The B-52's.


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Tuesday
Mar282017

Special 40th anniversary screenings of "The Grateful Dead Movie" taking place in select US theaters next month

Courtesy of Fathom Events/Rhino EntertainmentThe Grateful Dead's classic 1977 concert film, The Grateful Dead Movie, will truck back into theaters for a special one-night-only screening on April 20 in honor of the flick's 40th anniversary.

The movie, which was co-directed by late Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, features footage from a five-night stand that the band played at San Francisco's famous Winterland venue in October 1974.

The "Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary" screenings will be held at more than 500 theaters across the U.S. The event also will offer an exclusive preview of Long Strange Trip, the forthcoming Grateful Dead documentary that Martin Scorsese is executive producing, as well as a previously unreleased mini-documentary focusing on the legendary jam band's celebrated May 8, 1977, concert at Cornell University.

The Grateful Dead Movie includes performances of such classic songs as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Playing in the Band" and "Casey Jones," and also features a series of animated interludes and footage of audience members reacting to the show.

"Grateful Dead fans across the country share a special connection with each other and with their favorite band," says John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events, which is presenting the screenings in partnership with Rhino Entertainment. "Gathering these dedicated fans together to experience exciting content from their favorite artists is at the core of what we do, and this event is a great example of that."

To purchase tickets for the screenings and check more information about the screenings, visit FathomEvents.com.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Hall & Oates' John Oates launches book tour today in conjunction with release of new memoir, "Change of Seasons"

St. Martin's PressJohn Oates' new memoir, Change of Seasons, arrives today and, coinciding with the book's release, the Hall & Oates singer is heading out on a promotional tour.

The trek gets underway tonight at the SubCulture New York venue in New York City, and runs through an April 9 appearance at the Nashville Public Library in Oates' adopted hometown of Nashville.

The tour also includes stops in the Boston area, Philadelphia, the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Denver, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In Change of Seasons, Oates candidly shares his life story, including his lifelong passion for music, his childhood years in New York City and, later, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the development of his friendship and musical partnership with Daryl Hall, and his experiences as part of one of the most successful duos in pop music history.

The memoir is based on the handwritten journals that Oates has been keeping since the day he graduated college in 1970.

Co-written with music journalist Chris Epting, the book comes packaged with a five-track companion CD featuring original and traditional songs that illustrate the stories he tells in the book, including a live version of "Maneater."

As previously reported, Oates will team up with Hall for a joint North American trek with Tears for Fears that gets underway May 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hall & Oates also will be headlining and hosting the inaugural HoagieNation festival, scheduled for May 27 in Philadelphia.

Here are all of the dates on Oates' book tour:

3/28 -- New York City, NY, SubCulture New York (at 7:30 p.m. ET)
3/29 -- Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair (at 7 p.m. ET)
3/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square (at 7 p.m. ET)
3/31 -- Naperville, IL, North Central College - Pfeiffer Hall (7 p.m. CT)
4/3 — Denver, CO, Tattered Cover Colfax (at 6 p.m. MT)
4/4 -- Austin, TX, Bookpeople (at 7 p.m. CT)
4/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Swedish American Hall (at 7 p.m. PT)
4/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Barnes & Noble The Grove (at 7 p.m. PT)
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Public Library (at 3 p.m. CT)

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Tuesday
Mar282017

"This One's for You": A "Hurricane" of a first single leads the way for Luke Combs' debut

River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

Currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert, Luke will continue on The Devil Don’t Sleep trek through September.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThese two Kentucky-born siblings are the only sisters to both win the ACM's Top Female Vocalist trophy. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Fly and float with Maxwell this summer during his "blackSUMMERS'night" tour

ABC/ Lou RoccoMaxwell is currently flying high thanks to his forthcoming blackSUMMERS'night summer tour and a new music video for his song "Gods." 

The 18-date tour begins this May with Common, Ledisi and Leela James booked to support the "Lake by the Ocean" singer on select dates. 

As for the inspiration behind his latest visual, Maxwell tells Billboard that it's an artistic response to a personal experience he had with with a "spiritual parallel universe."

"Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own," he says. "I hope they enjoy it."  

Tickets for Maxwell's upcoming tour will become available to purchase on Friday. Here are the tour dates:  

5/23 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 
5/24 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 
5/26 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphtheater 
5/27 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 
5/28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Spa & Casino -- Event Center 
5/30 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 
6/1 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 
6/2 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 
6/3 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center 
6/4 -- Chattanooga, TN, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium 
6/6 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 
6/8 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 
6/9 -- Mashantucket, CT, Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino 
6/10 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum 
6/13 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center 
6/15 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center 
6/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 
6/23 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Arena 

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Dave Grohl to perform in place of James Hetfield at 2017 Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert 

ABC/Andrea McCallinMetallica's James Hetfield and ex-Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar have revealed the lineup for the fourth annual edition of their star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, which will take place May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco. While Hetfield usually performs at the event, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will take his place while he's on tour this spring with Metallica.

Along with Grohl and Hagar, the lineup includes Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, and Steve Vai, among others.

Tickets for the Acoustic-4-a-Cure IV show will go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. PT via LiveNation.com. There's a two-ticket limit per person. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages will be available offering premium seats, a commemorative poster and T-shirt, complimentary food and drinks, and more.

The event features the various artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances. Founded Hagar and Hetfield, Acoustic-4-a-Cure raises funds for and awareness of the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.

For more details, visit Acoustic4aCure.com.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Alabama Shakes featured on "Big Little Lies" soundtrack 

ABC/Randy HolmesAlabama Shakes is included on the soundtrack for the HBO series Big Little Lies. The band's Sound & Color track "This Feeling" appears on the soundtrack, which will be released digitally on March 31.

The soundtrack also features soul singer Charles Bradley, who contributes his cover of the Black Sabbath song "Changes," and Zoe Kravitz, who also acts on the show.

Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as three mothers living in a seaside California town that isn't as idyllic as it seems. The show's finale airs this Sunday, April 2 on HBO.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

John Legend is bringing "Darkness and Light" to Europe this fall

ABC/Eddy ChenOrdinary people in Europe will be able to enjoy John Legend live onstage this fall. The entertainer has added a slew of European fall dates to his previously announced Darkness and Light tour. 

The tour starts September 8 in Scotland, and will find John performing in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The announcement follows the "All of Me" crooner's Disneyland Paris appearance the theme park's 25th anniversary celebration over the weekend -- at the event, John performed "Beauty and the Beast."   

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Demi Lovato joins Jimmy Fallon for "Ew" on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCDemi Lovato made a special appearance on Monday's The Tonight Show, where she joined host Jimmy Fallon for the show's recurring segment, "Ew."

The bit centers on a girl named Sara -- played by Fallon -- who hosts a show on Teen Nick called "Ew." Sara is generally unimpressed with everything and if she doesn’t like something says “Ew” in a disparaging way.

Demi appears as Sara's BFF Emily Livingston, who drops by on her way home from shopping for a dress to wear to their school's spring fling.

"I'm so glad we're going together," says Sara, "Who needs boys anyway."

"I know," Emily answers, "They're gross."

After Emily shows Sara the dress she bought, the two take some emoji selfies, with Fallon imitating the "crazy face," and Demi following with the "crazy laughing face."

Next, the "girls" practice kissing, using a couple of pillows with Sara's two crushes, Ed Sheeran and Mario Lopez, before getting caught by Sara's step father -- played by Tonight Show head writer, A.D. Miles -- who reveals to their disgust that he'll be their chaperone for the spring fling. 

Later, the two played an “Ew!” speed round where Fallon holds up pictures and asks Demi to rate items like ankle bracelets and slime by replying either "ew" or "cute." Demi surprises her bestie by calling Best Exotic Marigold Hotel actor Tom Wilkinson "cute." However, they both love party poppers, which they pop to end the skit.

Demi teams up with DJ trio Cheat Codes on their upcoming song “No Promises,” coming out on Friday.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

DJ Khaled joins cast of "Pitch Perfect 3"

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCThe Barden Bellas may be ready to hit the club. DJ Khaled announced Monday that he's joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 3.

Khaled made the announcement in classic Khaled fashion, with a series of posts to Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat featuring him on the set of the movie with cast member Elizabeth Banks and director Trish Sie.

The third installment in the movie series about a female college a capella singing group will feature returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Hailee Steinfeld.

Snoop Dogg made a cameo appearance in the last Pitch Perfect movie.

Pitch Perfect 3 is set for release December 22.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Drake becomes the solo act with most appearances ever on "Billboard" singles chart

Dan MartensenDrake's not only #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week with More Life, he's also dominating the magazine's Hot 100 singles chart.

The Toronto rapper currently has 24 songs on the Hot 100, the magazine reports -- 22 tracks from More Life hit the chart this week, joining two tracks on which he's featured -- Gucci Mane's "Both" and "No Frauds" with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

The feat has allowed Drake to set a bunch off all-time chart records, Billboard reports. Last year, when Views was released, Drake had 20 songs simultaneously on the Hot 100.  He shoots by that number this week.

And with the 21 new entries on the chart, Drake becomes the solo artist with the most Hot 100 chart appearances in its nearly 60 year history.  Between his own singles and singles on which he's featured, Drake now has 154 chart appearances to his credit, rocketing him past the nearest competitor, Lil Wayne, who has 135.

Among all artists -- solo acts and groups -- only the cast of Glee has more chart appearances, 207.

Here is a list of 10 acts with the most Hot 100 appearances.

Glee Cast -- 207
Drake -- 154
Lil Wayne -- 135
Elvis Presley -- 108
James Brown -- 91
Jay Z -- 87
Chris Brown -- 82
Kanye West -- 81
Nicki Minaj -- 77
Ray Charles -- 75

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Sarah McLachlan & Pat Benatar bringing girl power to Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit 

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Sarah McLachlan and Pat Benatar will provide some girl power at the fourth annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, scheduled for May 15 in San Francisco.

The concert is the brainchild of rockers Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield of Metallica, and raises money for pediatric cancer research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.  The show historically has featured artists performing acoustically, and includes unique duets, jams and surprise guest appearances.

Other acts on this year's bill include Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. PT at LiveNation.com.

Sarah will perform at the Juno Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys -- this weekend.  In addition to being a nominee this year -- for her holiday album Wonderland --  she's also being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  As for Pat, she and her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo will be touring with with Toto starting in August.

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