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Monday
Sep242018

Maroon 5 finally knocks Drake out of #1; first non-rap song since January to top chart

Travis SchneiderIt's been a long haul but Maroon 5 has finally managed to rise from the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 to #1, dethroning Drake after 10 weeks.

Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" has been hanging out at #2 for six weeks, patiently waiting while Drake racked up week after record week with "In My Feelings."  But now, Drizzy's smash has dropped to #2.

In ascending to number one, "Girls Like You" has ended a record 34-week streak of nothing but rap songs atop the Billboard Hot 100.  The last time a pop song was #1 was way back in January, when Camila Cabello's "Havana" was on top. 

After that, the #1 spot was occupied by Drake's "God's Plan," followed by his song "Nice for What," followed by Childish Gambino's "This Is America;" Post Malone's "Psycho" featuring Ty Dolla $ign; XXXTentacion's "Sad!;" Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It;" and then "In My Feelings."

"Girls Like You" is Maroon 5's fourth #1 hit, and the band's first since 2012's "One More Night."  They now are the group with the most Hot 100 #1s in the 2000s and 2010s.  They were previously tied with The Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child and Outkast, all of whom have had three.

Meanwhile, "Girls Like You" featured artist Cardi B notches her #1 hit, following "Bodak Yellow" and "I Like It."

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Monday
Sep242018

Report: Childish Gambino breaks foot during This Is America tour 

ABC/Randy HolmesChildish Gambino injured himself Sunday night during his This Is America tour concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and ended his show 30 minutes early, TMZ reports.

A representative for the venue says that Gambino, aka Donald Glover, broke his foot.

He apparently aggravated a previous injury -- Gambino reportedly arrived at a show in Las Vegas Friday in a wheelchair while wearing a leg brace.

On concertgoer in Dallas says the rapper hurt himself while doing splits onstage.

No word on whether Gambino will be OK for his forthcoming shows.  Five more concerts are scheduled on the tour, which also features Rae Sremmurd: Wednesday in Los Angeles, Thursday in Oakland, Saturday in Seattle, October 2 in San Jose, and the tour wrap-up October 3 with a second show in LA.

Glover has said this will be his last Childish Gambino tour, but he may continue to perform as Donald Glover.

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Monday
Sep242018

Selena Gomez announces she’s taking another social media break 

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesAfter posting a bunch of Instagram Stories and doing an Instagram Live Q&A over the weekend, Selena Gomez has decided she’s done with social media for a while.

She posted a smiling photo of herself on Instagram as she let her fans know she may be offline for a bit.

“Update: taking a social media break. Again,” she captioned the pic. “As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit!”

She added, “Just remember - negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”

One fan commented on the post, “so glad to see u so HAPPY recently,” to which Selena replied, “best I’ve ever been!”

Selena, the most-followed person on Instagram, previously told Elle magazine that she doesn’t even have her password to the app. When she needs to update Instagram, she said, she accesses it from her friend's phone.

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Monday
Sep242018

The people have spoken, and Keith Urban is country's top nominee at the PCAs

ABC/Image Group LAThe second round of voting for November’s People’s Choice Awards is now underway, as the contenders in each category shrink from twelve to just five.

Keith Urban emerges as country’s top nominee in the second round, as he vies for both the Male Artist and the Country Artist of 2018 at this year’s ceremony.

The “Never Comin’ Down” hitmaker competes against Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes for the overall Male title. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett round out the Country category.

You can vote now online, ahead of the November 11 ceremony. which will air for the first time on E!.

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Monday
Sep242018

Say Anything details possible final album, "Oliver Appropriate"

Dine Alone RecordsLast month, Say Anything frontman Max Bemis announced that the band would be saying "goodbye" after releasing one more album. Now, we know when we'll get to hear that final album.

The album, titled Oliver Appropriate, will arrive on January 25. Described as "the first truly inclusive Say Anything record," Oliver Appropriate is a sequel to the band's beloved 2004 album ...Is a Real Boy, which featured the single "Alive with the Glory of Love."

"This record is the story of what would happen to the 'Real Boy' many people thought I was," Bemis says. "His band did well but then fell off hard. He'd be my age, of course, but he'd still be living in Brooklyn, struggling with financial woes, single and strung out."

Say Anything doesn't have any plans to tour behind the new album. Whether or not Oliver Appropriate will officially be the band's final album is still up in the air.

"Say Anything will probably make music again, and I'm not claiming this is our actual last record, but it may be," Bemis explains. "Who knows. That's up to me and my family."

Here's the Oliver Appropriate track list:

"The Band Fuel"
"Daze"
"Pink Snot"
"Greased"
"Ew Jersey"
"Mouthbreather"
"When I'm Acid"
"Captive Audience"
"Your Father"
"Send You Off"
"Fired"
"It's a Process"
"The Hardest"
"Sediment"

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Monday
Sep242018

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj take over Milan Fashion Week without incident

Jorda FrantzisFollowing the alleged shoe-throwing incident during New York Fashion Week,Cardi B and Nicki Minaj individually took over Milan Fashion Week, though without bumping into each other.

Sunday, Cardi attended the Dolce & Gabbana show and wore a tiger print from head to toe -- including her glasses -- inspired, she wrote by The Nanny star, Fran Drescher.

The “I Like It" rapper also performed and posted another photo of herself wearing a pink D&G suit with the caption, "I can’t believe I’m in Italy performing for @domenicodolce.oficial Mr @dolcegabbana. I just can’t f***ing believe it. This moment is for the books!! Dolce from head to toe!”

For her part, Nicki Minaj on Friday attend the Versace show and sat front row with Rita Ora, according to Elle.com. The Queen rapper posted a shot of her with Versace creative director, Donatella Versace, with the caption, “I’m so proud of you @donatella_versace You’ve never missed a beat. So tiny, but so powerful.”

Donatella commented, “Nicki has arrived and now the party STARTED.”

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Monday
Sep242018

Gloria & Emilio Estefan to receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Courtesy Crescent Moon, Estefan Enterprises Inc.Gloria Estefan has received Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, Billboard Awards, an MTV VMA and dozens of other honors.  But she's going to have to clear a space on her mantle yet again: She and her husband Emilio are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The Gershwin Prize is given to a living artist in recognition of their lifetime achievement in "promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding."  Previous winners include Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Paul McCartney and Smokey Robinson.  Gloria and Emilio are the first married couple to receive the award, and the first recipients of Hispanic descent.

In a statement, Gloria said she's "deeply honored" to receive the award, adding, "We feel privileged to have been able to live our lives making and sharing music. We are profoundly humbled to have been chosen for this singular accolade.”

Emilio added, "My life and career in music has been a blessing and I’m humbled by this amazing honor and to be sharing it with my wife," and noted, "Throughout my career, my wish has always been to inspire minorities and to be an example that with hard work and dedication all your dreams can come true.”

The couple will receive their award at an all-star tribute concert in March, which will air on PBS in the spring of 2019.

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Monday
Sep242018

Is Cher trying to start beef with Madonna again? 

Kevin Mazur/WireImageDid Cher just reignite her old Madonna feud?

With one seemingly shady dig at the Queen of Pop, Cher got rumors flowing again. During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, she was asked during a game called "5 Second Rule" to name three celebrities she’d want to duet with.

"Oh! Adele, Pink and…uh, um -- not Madonna," Cher said, bending the rules a bit.

As the audience reacted in surprise, Ellen responded, "Well, all right, Ms. Negative!" To which Cher coyly asked, "Did I cheat?"

When Ellen informed her that yes, she did in fact cheat, Cher said, "I took a little license."

Up until now, it seemed that the Cher/Madonna beef had been squashed. Cher first expressed her dislike for Madonna back in the '90s.

"There's something about her that I don't like. She's mean, and I don't like that," Cher said in a 1991 interview with Steve Kmetko. "I remember having her over to my house a couple of times because Sean [Penn, Madonna's ex-husband] and I were friends, and she just was so rude to everybody."

But then in 2013, on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cher indicated things were fine between the two.

"I'm totally good with Madonna!" she insisted. "Madge and I have gone through our thing, but no, I'm totally good with her."

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Monday
Sep242018

T.I. claps back at Nike’s critics: “How’s that boycott working out for ya?” 

ABC/Randy HolmesAs Nike's stock rises following the new Colin Kaepernick “Just Do it” campaignT.I. is clapping back at the critics who called for a boycott.

The rapper/actor posted a photo on Instagram of a smiling Kaepernick, with the caption, “Nike stock just closed at a 53 year high. How's that boycott working out for ya?" The company's market value is now $6 billion, an all-time high, according to Fortune.

The Nike 30th anniversary campaign also features LeBron James, Serena Williams, and other athletes. When the Kaepernick commercial first aired September 6, Nike's stock dipped 3%. However, there was a quick reversal and the stock closed up 5%.

Kaepernick, who played in the 2012 Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, is currently suing the NFL, accusing the 32 team owners of collusion to keep him out of the league after he ignited the National Anthem protest in 2016.

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Monday
Sep242018

Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock and Mike D announce book tour

Steve Mack/FilmMagicBeastie Boys members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond will go on tour this fall in support of Beastie Boys Book, a nearly 600-page history of the band.

The tour begins October 29 in New York City, and includes stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. The events will include a moderated conversation between Ad-Rock and Mike D and a Q&A session. Visit BeastieBoys.com for ticket info.

Written by Ad-Rock and Mike D, Beastie Boys Book takes an non-traditional approach to band autobiographies -- it includes original illustrations, a graphic novel, a Beastie-specific map of NYC, mixtape playlists and even a cookbook. Additionally, the book includes guest contributions from actress/producer Amy Poehler and directors Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

Beastie Boys Book will be released October 30. Here are the tour dates:

10/29 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
10/30 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
11/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Montalban Theatre
11/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Montalban Theatre 
11/5 -- San Francisco, CA, Nourse Theater
11/30 -- London, UK, EartH

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Monday
Sep242018

Kelly Clarkson says her kids might "pop up" on her new talk show

ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson may not be the only member of her family who appears on her new talk show, set to premiere next year on NBC.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kelly says her children may also appear on the show. "We have four, so I'm sure one of them will pop up every now and then," she said.  Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock's family includes daughter River Rose and son Remington, as well as Brandon's two kids from a previous marriage, Savannah and Seth.

And speaking of kids, Kelly told ET that she's "so happy" for her friend and fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who's expecting her second child.  Watching Carrie perform over the weekend at a music festival, Kelly said, "Carrie's killing it, and she's pregnant!...I hated singing pregnant."

Kelly also said she reached out to Carrie to tell her how important it was that she spoke out recently about the miscarriages she suffered before her current pregnancy.

"I have a lot of friends who have gone through that several times as well," Kelly told ET. "It's a really cool thing [Carrie did]. I was emailing her, because I was like, 'It's so important that you talk about it.'"

Kelly added: "I know you don't have to, because it's a hard thing to do, but it makes [the] women who feel inferior, or feel like something's wrong with them...it makes them feel comfortable, [to know] that people go through it."

Kelly also said she'd love to have Carrie as a guest on her talk show.

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Monday
Sep242018

Watch the video for Mark Knopfler's new single, "Good On You Son"

Credit: Derek HudsonFounding Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has premiered an official video for his new song, "Good On You Son," the first single from his upcoming studio album, Down the Road Wherever. You can watch the clip now at Knopfler's official YouTube channel.

The video begins and ends with scenes of Mark riding a motorcycle through a rural landscape, while the bulk of the clip features footage of Knopfler and his solo band performing at various venues in Europe. The video also captures Mark and his backing musicians at work in the studio.

The "Good On You Son" video was directed by Henrik Hansen, who previously worked on a short film that accompanied the title track of Knopfler's 2015 solo album, Tracker.

"Good On You Son" is a laid-back tune boasting blues, reggae and jazz influences. The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.  Pre-order Down the Road Wherever now and you'll receive an instant free download of the song. The album will be released November 16.

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Monday
Sep242018

Kanye West believes social media drives people to suicide “due to not getting enough likes"

ABC/Randy HolmesKanye West believes lack of popularity on social media can drive people to suicide.

Kanye tweeted over the weekend, “There are people who are committing suicide due to not getting enough likes. Seeking validation in the simulation.”  

He added, “Speaking for myself I personally want to participate in social media with the option of not having to show my followers or likes.” Ye also tweeted, “Having your amount of likes on display for the world to see and judge is like showing how much money you have in the bank or having to write the size of your d**k on your t shirt.”

The G.O.O.O. Music CEO also posted photos of billboards promoting what it appears to be his next album. They read, “YANDHI 9 29 18." September 29 is also the day he performs on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

Kanye also managed to have some fun over the weekend. He brought along his two-year-old son, Saint, 2, to throw out the first pitch before the Chicago White Sox-Chicago Cubs baseball game Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field in the Windy City. They walked onto the field to Kanye’s 2007 song “Homecoming” according to Billboard. West posted a photo of them on the pitcher’s mound with the caption, “Happy Sunday.”

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Monday
Sep242018

#WhenWeAllVote: Faith Hill joins Michelle Obama and Tom Hanks to get ready for midterm elections

ABC/Image Group LAFaith Hill is getting political today in Nashville. The country superstar isn’t endorsing any particular candidate or cause, however -- she’s just encouraging everyone to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

The Mississippi native will appear at the #WhenWeAllVote rally Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. It’s part of a Week of Action by the group that will find other celebrities appearing at voter registration drives across the country.

Tom Hanks will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle Obama is set to speak in Miami on Friday. You can sign up to attend the events at WhenWeAllVote.org.

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Monday
Sep242018

Jill Vedder unites with Michelle Obama for voter encouragement campaign

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicJill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, has joined forces with former first lady Michelle Obama to encourage voting for the upcoming midterm elections.

The two are participating in a campaign called When We All Vote, which is hosting voter registration events across the U.S. now through September 29.

The Vedders have long been supporters of the Obamas; Eddie performed during Barack Obama's farewell address at the end of his presidency in January 2017.

For more info, visit WhenWeAllVote.org.

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Monday
Sep242018

Camila? Cardi? Bruno? Bebe? Voting on three new American Music Awards awards categories now open 

Dick Clark ProductionsThe American Music Awards are voted on entirely by fans, and three categories are now open for your votes: New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Social Artist. 

For these three categories, you can vote up to 100 times per day, per category, per voting platform.  Visit VoteAMAs.com, or tweet the nominee's name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs.  For all the other AMA categories, you can vote once per day.

Here are the nominees in those three categories:

 

New Artist of the Year
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTENTACION

Collaboration of the Year:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Favorite Social Artist:
BTS
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

The 2018 American Music Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, will air live from Los Angeles October 9, 2019 on ABC.  Performers include Imagine Dragons, Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Carrie Underwood.

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Monday
Sep242018

Frances Bean Cobain shares preview of untitled new song

Steve Granitz/WireImageFrances Bean Cobain has shared another taste of her musical talent.

On her Instagram, the 26-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has uploaded a snippet of her performing a new song she wrote. The clip features Frances strumming an acoustic guitar as she sings lyrics such as "It's hard to be alive."

Throughout the year, Cobain -- who's largely shied away from the music world in favor of visual art during her life -- has been sharing small previews of original songs. She uploaded the first clip in April, the night before the 24th anniversary of her father's death.

Cobain has previously said she eventually plans to release full versions of her songs.

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Monday
Sep242018

Selena Gomez says Taylor Swift's "literally like my big sister" 

Christopher Polk/TAS18/Getty ImagesThe friendship between Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift is clearly still rock-solid.

During an Instagram Live Q&A session with fans, Selena was asked about Taylor, and her response underscored how tight the two are, no matter how many other squad members Taylor accumulates.

"How's Taylor?  Taylor's awesome! I love her. She's amazing," Selena gushed. "I just talked to her today. She's literally, like, my big sister. I tell her everything. She's so smart it freaks me out."

Selena is gearing up for the Friday release of "Taki Taki," her collabo with DJ Snake and Cardi B.  Snake posted a photo of himself chatting with Selena in what looks like a tropical setting; she's wearing a glittery lime-green outfit so it could have been taken during a video shoot for the track.

Meanwhile, Taylor spent the weekend performing in New Orleans, and welcomed her pal Ruby Rose backstage, along with actress Nina Dobrev and songwriter Ilsey Juber.  Taylor's cat Olivia was also on hand for the occasion.

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Monday
Sep242018

"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away": Justin Moore speaks to Parkland families during emotional benefit

ABC/Image Group LAIt was an emotional weekend for Justin Moore, as the Arkansas native played the first #MSDCountryStrong benefit Friday night in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives during the shooting at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Valentine’s Day.

Before starting his set, Justin invited the victims’ families onstage and donated $30,000 to the MSD fund, which helps victims and survivors of gun violence in schools.

Since Justin has four small children himself, it’s an issue that affects him deeply.

“I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late," he told the crowd.  "But I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here…have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused.”

Justin then went on to sing his touching #1 from 2011, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”

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Monday
Sep242018

Thomas Rhett readies Canadian leg of Life Changes Tour for spring 2019

The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett is extending his Life Changes Tour into 2019, adding a Canadian leg set to start in the spring.

Dustin Lynch will join him on the nine-date run that kicks off April 24 in Montreal.

“My fans in Canada are incredible,” TR says, “so I’m really excited that we will be headed there for a couple weeks next year and get to bring all the energy of the Life Changes Tour with us.”

Here’s the complete itinerary for the 2019 Canadian leg of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour, with tickets set to go on sale Friday:

4/24 -- Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
4/26 -- Ottawa, Ontario, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre
4/27 -- London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens
5/2 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sasktel Centre
5/3 -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Brandt Centre
5/4 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bell MTS Place
5/8 -- Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/10 -- Edmonton, Alberta, Rogers Place
5/15 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

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