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Dec152017

"The Voice" season 13 finale to feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Sia & more

Frederick Brown/NBCThe Voice season 13 finale is shaping up to be a star-studded event.

Kelly Clarkson, who will join the show as a coach next season, will deliver a debut TV performance of her song “Medicine” on Tuesday’s two-hour live finale. Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth and Sia will also be taking the stage.

Demi will be performing “Tell Me You Love Me,” Charlie Puth will be singing “How Long” and Sia will be performing her song “Snowman” off her first holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas.

Sia, Bebe Rexha, Bastille, Jessie J and more will also be participating in musical collaborations with the top 8 finalists.

Alicia Keys, who will be returning to The Voice as coach next season, will make an appearance to introduce last season’s winner, Chris Blue, who will perform his new single, “Blue Blood Blues.”

The episode airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Friday
Dec152017

"The Voice" season 13 finale to feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Charlie Puth, Sia & more 

Frederick Brown/NBCThe Voice season 13 finale is shaping up to be a star-studded event.

Kelly Clarkson, who will join the show as a coach next season, will deliver a debut TV performance of her song “Medicine” on Tuesday’s two-hour live finale.

Charlie Puth and Sia will also be taking the stage during the finale: Charlie will be singing “How Long” and Sia will be performing her song “Snowman” from her first holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas.

In addition, artists like Bastille, Jessie J and more will also be participating in musical collaborations with the top 8 finalists.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys, who will be returning to The Voice as coach next season, will make an appearance to introduce last season’s winner, Chris Blue, who will perform his new single, “Blue Blood Blues.”

The episode airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Friday
Dec152017

Fall Out Boy shares "Champion" remix featuring RM of K-pop group BTS

ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy has shared a remix of their song "Champion," which features RM, rapper and leader of the Korean boy band sensation BTS. You can grab the remix now on digital platforms.

"So great to work with @falloutboy," BTS tweets.

The original "Champion" is featured on Fall Out Boy's forthcoming album Mania, which will be released January 19.

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Friday
Dec152017

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more set to salute Elton John

Credit: Joseph GuayMiranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Keith Urban will pay tribute to the legendary Elton John at a special concert January 30 at Madison Square Garden.

The show will take place in New York City two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held in the Big Apple in 2018 as well. Pop stars Miley Cyrus, Kesha, John Legend and Sam Smith are set to take the stage too.

Tickets for the show go on sale Monday at 12 p.m. ET. Elton John:  I’m Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute will be recorded for broadcast as a CBS special later in the year.

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Friday
Dec152017

Catch Kelsea Ballerini's "Legend"-ary performance on Lady A's You Look Good Tour, tonight on TV

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini may be off the road for 2017, but you can still catch her in concert tonight on AUDIENCE Network.

This evening's one-hour special was captured this fall at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena during the final, sold-out night of Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour.

You can preview Kelsea’s performance of her latest hit, “Legends,” on YouTube now, ahead of the show’s 9 p.m. ET premiere tonight on AUDIENCE Network.  

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Friday
Dec152017

Timbaland and 6lack wants the woman to "Grab the Wheel" on new song

ABC/Eric McCandlessTimbaland is back with a brand-new jam to kick off the weekend. 

The song is called "Grab the Wheel," featuring vocals from 6lack [black] and production skills from Tim, and describes 6lack's need for a strong, understanding woman who can be a part of his busy life.

"I need you to put it in reverse/Risk it all/If that's what it's worth/Grab the wheel," he sings.  

The music video for the track is also available on YouTube. 

Timbaland is seen alongside 6lack throughout it, but the super-producer doesn't rap or sing in the visual at all.  

Listeners can purchase "Grab the Wheel" via the usual digital platforms.   

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Friday
Dec152017

Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, The Killers to headline Lollapalooza Paris

ABC/Randy HolmesLollapalooza will return to Paris next summer, and Depeche Mode is coming along for the ride. The synth-pop icons will headline the 2018 festival, which takes place July 21-22, along with Gorillaz and The Killers.

The lineup also includes Portugal. the Man, Kaleo, Rag'n'Bone Man, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Nothing But Thieves and Catfish and the Bottlemen, among others.

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

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Friday
Dec152017

This "River" is dark: Hear Ed Sheeran's duet with his idol Eminem 

Greg WilliamsEminem's new album Revival is out now, and it features "River," the rapper's collaboration with Ed Sheeran.  Ed has called the collabo the highlight of his career, as Eminem has been one of his idols for years.

Ed sings the hook on the song, which goes, "I've been a liar, been a thief/Been a lover, been a cheat/All my sins need holy water/Feel it washing over me/Oh, little one, I don't wanna admit to something/If all it's gonna cause is pain/Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain/So let the river run."

The lyrics on the track are quite dark and unexpected.  Eminem tells the story of a woman who, upset that her boyfriend cheated on her, tries to get back at him by cheating with the rapper.  When the boyfriend finds out, he dumps her, and at the same time, Eminem loses interest in the girl.  Unfortunately, she's now carrying his baby, but he makes her terminate the pregnancy.

Em raps, "Detergent and bleach is burning the wound/'Cause now with her in the womb/We can't bring her in this world, shoulda knew/To use protection 'fore I bit into your forbidden fruit."

Ed recently told Billboard that he recorded his part of "River" at his friend Russell Crowe's house in Australia, after Eminem's manager asked for ideas in March of 2016.  He didn't hear anything else about it until May of 2017, when he was told that the song was completed.

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Friday
Dec152017

Elton John to be saluted with star-studded Grammy concert special, "I'm Still Standing"

Credit: Joseph GuayIn January, two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Elton John will be saluted by a variety of music stars at a Grammy tribute concert that will air as a CBS-TV special later in 2018.

Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A GRAMMY Salute will be held January 30 at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will feature performances by Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sam Smith, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Kesha and country stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. Elton also take the stage during the event to sing some of his classic tunes.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the concert go on sale this Monday, December 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.

"Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says in a statement. "His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community."

I'm Still Standing is the latest in a series of A GRAMMY Salute specials that have produced in recent years. Previous specials have focused on The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and The Bee Gees.

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Friday
Dec152017

Coping with Chester Bennington's death has been "devastating," says Mike Shinoda

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's One More Light Live album, recorded during what would be Chester Bennington's final tour with the band before he took his own life on July 20, is out today. In an interview with Billboard, LP's Mike Shinoda opens up about how he's been coping with Bennington's death.

"Grief is a non-linear process," Shindoda says. "It doesn't have 'stages' that go in order, it has phases that come and go at random. Some people are having sad days, others are having good days, others are having angry days...add the constant stress and fear of things like the news cycle, and you've got some exceptional chaos on your hands!"

"I've tried to make it a point to share how I'm doing, mostly on Instagram and sometimes Twitter, especially when I feel like I'm making progress," he continues. "Coping with the end of this chapter is obviously devastating, but at the same time, it's also the beginning of the next story."

Releasing One More Light Live was also part of that grieving process.

"Everyone was at their very best [during the tour], especially Chester," Shinoda says. "He was singing better than I've ever heard him on stage. The idea to release this album came from our fans and friends, and I'm so glad they asked for it. It's a really nice way to showcase what a special experience each night was."

He continues, "And while I don't know what comes next for us together or individually, this album is certainly a beautiful way of looking back at the body of work we created with Chester."

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Friday
Dec152017

Listen to new songs from Tom Morello, Portugal. the Man and Alt-J "Bright" soundtrack

Atlantic RecordsThe soundtrack to the upcoming Netflix film Bright is out today, and it features new music from Tom Morello, Portugal. the Man and Alt-J.

Morello plays guitar on rapper A$AP Rocky's song "FTW (F*** the World)," and Portugal. the Man and Alt-J contribute new tracks "Cheer Up" and "Hares on the Mountain," respectively.

The Bright soundtrack also features previously released tracks from Bastille, X Ambassadors and Rag'n'Bone Man. The film, which stars Will Smith as an LAPD cop in an alternate present day in which fairies, orcs, and other mythological creatures are real, premieres on Netflix December 22.

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Friday
Dec152017

Escape the Fate premieres "I Am Human" title track

Better Noise RecordsEscape the Fate has debuted a new song called "I Am Human," the title track from the band's forthcoming new album. The earnest, emotional track is available now for digital download, and is streaming alongside a lyric video on YouTube.

The album I Am Human will arrive on February 16. It also features the previously released songs "Do You Love Me" and "Empire."

Escape the Fate will be touring in support of I Am Human while opening for Papa Roach on a North American tour, which kicks off in April.

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Friday
Dec152017

Nick Jonas reveals New Year’s resolutions and travel bucket list

ABC/Randy HolmesIt's not even Christmas yet, but Nick Jonas already has his New Year’s resolutions in order. He tells Forbes that in 2018, he wants to enjoy some down time and cross some travel destinations off his bucket list.

“I want to keep working hard, but also want to make sure I take some time off to feel inspired and really live life,” he says.

As for what inspires him, it’s all about going to new places and getting outside his comfort zone.

“I like to travel with friends and love curating three or four friends in a group that maybe haven’t spent time together yet, but I know that they will get along,” he says. “It’s about getting some time off and having some great wine, that is the reality. Just really good wine.”

He names New Zealand as one of his bucket list destinations.

“I have never been,” he says. “I have got some friends from there. Also, my brother has been, and he loves it, so I think that would be a beautiful place to go. It looks gorgeous.”

He also puts Africa and Japan high on his list. They’re all long journeys, but Nick has a trick for killing time on long flights.

“This last year, I started studying certain actors and filmmakers,” he says. “I would just pick a movie star and watch all of their work on a long flight.”

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Friday
Dec152017

Watch Royal Blood rock London live online

ABC/Randy HolmesRoyal Blood will perform at the House of Vans in London this Saturday, and you'll be able to watch the show from the comfort of your own home. The concert will stream live online beginning at 9 p.m. GMT, or 4 p.m. Eastern, via Vans.co.uk.

The British duo are currently touring Europe in support of their sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark?, which was released earlier this year. They'll embark on a U.S. headlining tour in May.

Royal Blood also has a number of North American dates lined up next year opening for Queens of the Stone Age.

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Friday
Dec152017

The Shins to release "flipped" version of "Heartworms" 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Shins are pulling a Kendrick Lamar and releasing a reversed version of their new album, Heartworms. Fittingly titled The Worm's Heart, the updated album will be released on January 19.

In addition to a reversed track list, each song on The Worm's Heart will be a "flipped" version that changes the tempo and style of the original Heartworms track. The Shins released "flipped" versions of "Name for You" and "Cherry Hearts" earlier this year.

Here is the track list for The Worm's Heart:

"The Fear (Flipped)"
"So Now What (Flipped)"
"Heartworms (Flipped)"
"Dead Alive (Flipped)"
"Half a Million (Flipped)"
"Rubber Ballz (Flipped)"
"Mildenhall (Flipped)"
"Fantasy Island (Flipped)"
"Cherry Hearts (Flipped)"
"Painting a Hole (Flipped)"
"Name For You (Flipped)"

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Friday
Dec152017

Download this: Taylor Swift app, "The Swift Life," debuts

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift’s app has officially arrived.

Glu Mobile, the company behind Katy Perry Pop and the successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app, has announced that the The Swift Life is now available on the U.S. App Store.

As previously reported, the app focuses on connecting Taylor’s fans to both her and each other through a shared social feed. They’ll be able to collect stickers and Taymoji packs, post pictures, listen to music and view exclusive posts from Taylor herself. Fans will even get to check in with her cats, Meredith and Olivia.

The Swift Life is available for free from the U.S. App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It's coming soon to Google Play.

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Friday
Dec152017

Poison, Cheap Trick part of 2018 Rocklahoma festival lineup

Courtesy of AEG LivePoison, Cheap Trick and ex-Motley Crue singer Vince Neil are among the artists who'll go sweepin' down the plain next year when they perform at the 2018 Rocklahoma festival, held May 25-27 in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Among the other popular acts on the lineup are The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer and Candlebox.

"I am beyond excited to return to Rocklahoma on Memorial Day Weekend," says Poison frontman Bret Michaels. "It is one of my favorite music festivals that I have headlined both as a solo artist with the Bret Michaels Band and with Poison."

"It is going to be a party sharing the stage with such great bands and it is an honor to have three generations of fans rocking along with us," he adds. "That is a great night of music."

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

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Friday
Dec152017

John Oates schedules 2018 solo trek in support of upcoming album, "Arkansas"

Credit: Philip MurphyHall & Oates singer John Oates will be hitting the road solo in early 2018 to promote his forthcoming album, Arkansas. The trek currently is scheduled to kick off January 14 in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is currently scheduled to wrap up February 16 in St. Louis.

Oates also has a New Year's Eve gig lined up in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be backed at his concerts by The Good Road Band, a collective of respected Nashville session musicians who also played on Arkansas.

As previously reported, Arkansas is a collection of songs that pay homage to Oates' love of American roots music. "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues," explains Oates about the record, which will be released on February 2 on CD, vinyl and digitally.

Oates' 2018 itinerary also includes "Live at the Lake: A Weekend with John Oates," a themed vacation getaway taking place February 23-25 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee resort in Greensboro, Georgia. The three-day event will include a Q&A session, an intimate concert featuring the singer/songwriter and much more.

Here are all Oates' upcoming solo concerts:

12/31 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort - Global Event Center
1/14 -- Morgantown, WV, Mountain Stage
1/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Club Cafe
2/5 -- New York, NY, Joe’s Pub
2/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
2/8 -- Chicago, IL, Old Town School of Folk Music
2/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
2/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
2/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
2/23-25 -- Greensboro, GA, Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Live at the Lake

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Friday
Dec152017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The late Keith Whitley both co-wrote and sang on this track from Alan Jackson's 1993 holiday album, Honky Tonk Christmas. Can you name it? ANSWER: "There's a New Kid in Town."

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Friday
Dec152017

The "tired and wired" tour is in the home stretch: Garth and Trisha play their second weekend in Nashville

ABC/Image Group LA Friday night, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood kick off the second of three weekends at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, as they move closer to bringing the North American leg of their World Tour to a close.

“It’s been pretty non-stop, but it’s been great,” Trisha says, looking back on the couple's more than three-year run. “I think we are tired. Garth says we’re tired and wired, because I think we really are tired, but we are really having a great time.”

She adds:  “I mean, it’s an experience that I think we all know is special. And so even though it’s coming to an end, this portion of the tour -- we’re not gonna be done, we’re gonna do other things -- I think it’s a little bittersweet, because I think everybody’s really ready for a nap, but at the same time, we’ve really enjoyed it.”

When she’s not supporting her husband on tour, Trisha also has another full-time gig, running a culinary empire that features her Saturday-morning show on Food Network.  So what does the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen take to a holiday party?

“A lot of people bring sweets to Christmas parties, because everybody’s got a dessert,” Trisha says. “But you know, you’ve got to have something salty. So I’m usually the girl that will bring, like Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese. It might not scream Christmas to you, but… that’ll be the thing that will be gone -- devoured!”

You can tune in for Trisha’s Southern Kitchen Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET on Food Network.

After three shows this weekend, two more Nashville dates still remain for Garth and Trisha, on December 22 and 23.

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