Roger Waters premieres video for melancholy new song, "The Last Refugee"

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A video for a new Roger Waters song titled "The Last Refugee," from his upcoming solo album Is This the Life We Really Want?, has premiered on the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The clip, which was directed by Waters and his frequent collaborator Sean Evans, focuses on an impoverished woman who apparently has been displaced from her home country and has lost her child.

The clip begins by showing the woman, wearing a worn winter coat, dancing expressively in a rundown room that includes a sleeping bag and a burning pot.

The scene then switches to a similar but cleaner room, where the woman, now dressed in a black evening dress with her hair neatly made up and donning hoop earrings, continues to dance. As the clip continues, the woman is seen again in the shabby room, curling up mournfully by her sleeping bag on a sheet of cardboard, then picking up a ragged children's doll.

As the video nears its end, the woman is shown walking on a beach toward a little girl on an overcast day. When she reaches the spot where the child was, the young girl is gone, and instead the woman finds the doll.

The melancholy video was shown on the giant screen when Waters performed "The Last Refugee" at his Us + Them Tour rehearsal concert Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Is This the Life We Really Want? will be released on June 2.

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How you can help Weekend Warrior Brad Paisley send "Love and War" to the troops

ABC/Image Group LAMemorial Day is less than a week away, and Brad Paisley is hoping you’ll help him say thank you to America’s men and women who serve.

From now through next Monday, for every copy of Brad’s new Love and War album that’s sold on his website, he’ll donate another disc to a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a veteran.

This Saturday on tour, Brad marked Armed Services Day by calling local members of the military onstage during his performance of the record’s title track, which addresses how America’s military are treated once they return home from a conflict.

“Thankful for the ones who have served and continue to serve our country,” Brad shared later on his socials.

In all, more than 40,000 fans turned out for the first three dates of the 2017 Weekend Warrior trek. Brad hits the road again on June 16, with tour mates Dustin LynchChase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

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Little Big Town delivers a mother lode of special guests at the "Mother Church"

ABC RadioFans who turned out to see Little Big Town this weekend at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium got a whole lot more than they bargained for.

In addition to performing their hits and tracks from their new album The Breaker, the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year surprised their sold-out audiences with a stellar lineup of special guests.

On Friday, bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss and pop sensation Tori Kelly took the stage, while four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack stopped by the next night. Saturday’s crowd also got to see a performance by Little Big Kids, the offspring of Kimberly SchlapmanPhillip Sweet, and Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook.

Your next chance to check out “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” during their residency celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman comes the weekend of July 28.

Meanwhile, you can catch LBT Tuesday night on the season finale of The Voice, starting at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Taylor Swift's “Bad Blood” director seemingly disses Katy Perry’s "Swish Swish" 

ABC/Fred Lee; ABC/Randy HolmesFirst, actress Ruby Rose took aim at Katy Perry and her rumored Taylor Swift diss track, “Swish Swish.” Now, it appears the director of Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, Joseph Kahn, is weighing in.

"If you're gonna do a diss track, at least put a decent hook in it," he tweeted Friday, the day Katy’s single was officially released.

The director has been firmly on Team Taylor for a while now. He previously came to her defense after Kim Kardashian released a tape of Taylor’s phone call with Kanye West.

“I've worked with everybody,” Kahn tweeted at the time. “I don't need to work with anybody. Taylor is a rainbow in a swamp.”

After Ruby Rose initially called “Swish Swish” a “sloppy mess,” she decided to take a step back from the drama.

“Being mean doesn't suit me and leaves me feeling dirty,” she tweeted over the weekend, adding, “Get so triggered when I think bullies don't get held accountable and it makes me think I should say something.. but it's not [my] place.”

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Starboy meets stargirl: The Weeknd stars in Lana Del Rey's "Lust for Life" music video 

Nabil ElderkinThe Weeknd sings beneath a starlit sky in Lana Del Rey's dreamy "Lust for Life" music video.  

The visual's mostly comprised of the duo perched atop the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, so you can focus on The Weeknd and Lana's vocals.  

The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Paris.  

More information on tickets can be found via

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Big Sean talks giving up the club life and other "Sacrifices" in new music video

Courtesy of Def Jam RecordingsBig Sean's career success is a testament to the sacrifices he's made in his life, which the rapper is making known in his video for "Sacrifices." 

With Migos as his co-stars in the Kid Studio-directed visual, Sean is shown riding around on a motorcycle and hanging out with the hip-hop trio as they reflect on the hard work it took to become superstars. 

Over the weekend, Migos performed with Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live for her new single, "Bon Appetit," and are currently on the road with Future on his Nobody Safe Tour. 

Big Sean is also touring in support of his smash hit album I Decided. For ticket information, head to

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Wish you were here: Beyoncé shares pictures from baby shower

ABC/Image Group LAIf your invitation to Beyoncé's baby shower got lost in the mail, don't fret.  

The entertainment icon shared a few photos of herself and hubby Jay Z enjoying the African-themed event -- called The Carter Push Party -- on her Instagram feed, including one of the superstar exposing her henna-adorned belly and wearing traditional African print skirt, bandeau bra top, head wrap and jewelry. 

Another picture features Queen Bey and her King Jay facing one another, all smiles, with Jay lovingly touching the sides of Bey's belly.  

Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, gave more of a insider's look of the baby shower, sharing many other photos and video footage of fellow guests, which included Kelly RowlandLa La Anthony and Serena Williams, and Tina's husband, Richard Lawson

Bey's due date is currently unknown, but her father, Mathew Knowles, recently told TMZ that the twins may arrive "more than two weeks from now."  

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Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo project Dead Cross going on tour 

Ipecac RecordingsFormer Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Faith No More frontman Mike Patton's new hardcore band Dead Cross will embark on their first North American tour this summer. The outing begins August 10 in Santa Ana, California, and will conclude September 23 in Denver.

"Everything about Dead Cross screams aggression," says Lombardo in a statement. "I have no idea what kind of chaos it will conjure on stage or in the audience, but I know it's going to be a hell of a good time."

In addition to the headlining dates, Dead Cross will play Riot Fest in Chicago this September.  Dead Cross' self-titled debut album will be released August 4.

Here are the Dead Cross tour dates:

8/10 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
8/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
8/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Marquee
8/14 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
8/15 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
8/16 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
8/18 -- Tucson, AZ, The Rialto Theatre
8/19 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park
8/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
8/23 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
8/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
8/26 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
8/27 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
8/29 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
9/8 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
9/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
9/11 -- Boston, MA, Royale
9/12 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
9/13 -- Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw
9/15 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
9/16 -- Chicago, IL, Riot Fest
9/17 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
9/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
9/20 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall
9/23 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre

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Paramore grabs top-10 "Billboard" 200 debut with "After Laughter"

ABC/Randy HolmesParamore's new album, After Laughter, debuts in the top 10 of this week's Billboard 200. The fifth studio effort from Hayley Williams and company arrives at number six on the chart with 67,000 equivalent album units, 53,000 of which were pure album sales.

After Laughter, which features the single "Hard Times," is the third Paramore album to debut in the Billboard 200's top 10, following 2009's Brand New Eyes, which peaked at number two, and the band's 2013 self-titled record, which bowed at number one.

Paramore will embark on a full-length North American tour this fall in support of After Laughter, starting September 6 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Rascal Flatts returns to Vegas for Eight "Night(s) to Shine" in October

BMLGRascal Flatts is headed back to Sin City for a limited-run residency this October.

The “Yours If You Want It” hitmakers will play eight shows at the 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas.

“Vegas just keeps pulling us back,” lead singer Gary LeVox says. “Our previous two residencies were such an amazing experience and opportunity to connect with our fans on a more intimate level. I think moving over to The Venetian will provide a totally different setting and fan experience that we’re really excited about!”

For the past two years, the trio has played The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets for Rascal Flatts’ Venetian residency go on sale to the public on Friday, June 2, with fan club pre-sales already underway.

Here are the dates for “Rascal Flatts -- A Night to Shine”: October 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21.

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Lady Gaga mourns the death of best friend and “Grigio Girls” inspiration, Sonja Durham

Image Group LA/ABCLady Gaga’s close friend, Sonja Durham, the inspiration behind her song “Grigio Girls,” has died after a long battle with cancer.

The singer posted a series of touching tributes to her friend and former assistant on Instagram. In one post, alongside a photo of Sonja and her husband, Andre, Gaga writes, “Watching one of my best friends in the world show unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity while battling cancer has really changed my life. Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy.”

She continues, “I love you so much it brings tears to my eyes just to think of all the years we've spent together backstage running the show, taking care of each other. You are one of a kind. I'm so proud of you.”

In another post, featuring a photo of Gaga and Sonja together, Gaga writes, “I vow to be a warrior for her and be a voice for cancer patients so the world can continue to improve the dialogue and the fight.”

She adds, “Last thing I told her, ‘Go find Joanne, Sonj.’ Somehow I think she did.” Joanne is Gaga’s aunt who passed away at the age of 19. She named her last album after her.

At Coachella this past April, Gaga dedicated an acoustic version of her song “Edge of Glory” to Sonja.  The month before, she helped plan Sonja’s wedding.

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Diamond ring Elvis Presley wore on his "Aloha from Hawaii" special auctioned for more than $200K

Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA horseshoe-shaped diamond ring that Elvis Presley wore during his famous 1973 Aloha from Hawaii television special sold for $204,800 at a music memorabilia auction held Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The flashy ring, which features 12 gems, brought in more money than any other item at the "Music Icons" sale, which was hosted by Julien's Auctions.

Other collectibles that fetched big bucks at the auction included a drum kit played by Santana's Michael Shrieve at the 1969 Woodstock festival, which sold for $187,500; and Police drummer Stewart Copeland's original TAMA drum set, which went for $121,600. In addition, a jacket that Michael Jackson wore in his "Leave Me Alone" video and the first piano Elvis ever owned both fetched $112,500, while a sketch by John Lennon that laid out the concept for the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album sold for $87,500.

A total of more than 380 lots were sold at the auction, bringing in nearly $3 million. You can check out the complete results of the sale at

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Historic Santana and Police drum sets fetch big bucks at memorabilia auction

Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA pair of drum kits belonging, respectively, to Santana's Michael Shrieve and The Police's Stewart Copeland were among the priciest items sold at a music memorabilia auction held Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. A drum set played by Shrieve at the 1969 Woodstock festival sold for $187,500, while Copeland's original TAMA kit went for $121,600.

The instruments were among more than 380 lots sold during the "Music Icons" sale, which was hosted by Julien's Auctions.

Other rock-related collectibles auctioned at a high price tag at the event include a sketch by John Lennon that laid out the concept for the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and a Gibson Les Paul guitar Slash played during the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime Show, which both sold for $87,500.

In addition, a painting by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain of four raccoons in a tree fetched $64,000 and a fringed cape worn by The Who's Roger Daltrey at the 1967 Monterey Pop festival brought in $46,250.

The most expensive item at the auction was a horseshoe-shaped diamond ring Elvis Presley wore during his famous 1973 Aloha from Hawaii television special, which sold for $204,800.

In total, the sale brought in nearly $3 million. You can check out the complete results of the auction at

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Shout-out to Gwen and the fans: Blake Shelton is "Billboard"'s Top Country Artist

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton took home the Top Country Artist honor at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, and the Oklahoma native knows exactly whom to thank.

“I know this award is based on streaming and record sales and ticket sales and that all happens because of the fans,” he says. “So I consider this a fan-voted award and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy.”

In his acceptance speech,  Blake remarked he already felt like the luckiest guy in the room, since his girlfriend Gwen Stefani was with him.

Blake’s next awards show appearance happens next month at the CMT Music Awards, where he’ll sing his current top-10 hit, “Every Time I Hear That Song.”

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Roger Waters debuts new songs, mocks Trump at Us + Them Tour rehearsal show

ABC RadioRoger Waters gave about a thousand "friends and family" members a preview of his Us + Them Tour on Sunday at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At the invitation-only concert, the ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist played songs from his old band's classic 1970s albums, as well as four tunes from his new solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

Three of the songs from Waters' new record, due out June 2, had never been performed in concert -- "The Last Refugee," "Picture That," and "Smell the Roses."

Waters and his backing band performed in front of a massive high-def screen that featured jaw-dropping live-action and animated videos created to accompany each song. Many of Waters' songs rail against war and political corruption, and some of the video presentations reflected those themes, featuring footage displaying the devastation of war and poverty.

Following an intermission, a series of screens were lowered from the venue's ceiling that stretched across the arena. The screens, along with a pig balloon and smokestack-shaped props, recreated the famous Battersea Power Station in London featured on the Animals album cover.

The concert's most pointed political statement came during a performance of the epic 1977 song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)." A video mercilessly mocked President Donald Trump by showing his face superimposed on a pig, Adolph Hitler and other unflattering images. At the same time, a drone-controlled pig balloon featuring a depiction of Trump with the caption "I won!" on one side flew around the arena. At the end of the song, the massive screen displayed the phrase "F*** Trump!" in giant letters.

Waters' Us + Them tour officially gets underway Friday, May 26, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Here's the set list of Waters' rehearsal show:

"Speak to Me"
"One of These Days"
"Breathe (Reprise)"
"Great Gig in the Sky"
"Welcome to the Machine"
"Déjà Vu" (new song)
"The Last Refugee" (new song)
"Picture That" (new song)
"Wish You Wish Were"
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"
"Another Brick in the Wall Part 3"
"Pigs (Three Different Ones)"
"Us and Them"
"Smell the Roses" (new song)
"Brain Damage"

"Bring the Boys Back Home"
"Comfortably Numb"

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Chester Bennington will "punch you in your f****** mouth" if you think "One More Light" was a "marketing decision" 

ABC/Randy HolmesIn a recent interview with Music Week, Chester Bennington joked that fans who think Linkin Park "sold out" because their new album One More Light takes a poppier direction should "stab [themselves] in the face." Now, in a conversation with the U.K.'s Kerrang! Radio, the singer has doubled down on his comments with some more suggestions for fans accusing the band of just following the money.

"Either you like the song or you don't and if you don't like the song because you hear it on a knee-jerk reaction [that] is like, 'oh it doesn't have metal in it so I don’t like it,' that's fine, like whatever," Bennington begins.

He then adds, "But if you're gonna be the person that says, 'They made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money,' you can f****** meet me outside and I will punch you in your f****** mouth because that is the wrong f****** answer."

So be sure to keep that in mind if you catch Linkin Park on their forthcoming North American One More Light tour, which kicks off July 27 in Boston.

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Of Mice & Men drops new single, "Back to Me"

Credit: Lindsey ByrnesOf Mice & Men has shared a new track called "Back to Me." It's the second new song from the metalcore band since frontman Austin Carlile left the group late last year, following "Unbreakable."

"Back to Me" is accompanied by a live video, featuring footage of Of Mice & Men performing at the Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Fort Rock, and Las Rageous festivals.

"'Back To Me' is a very meaningful song for us," says bassist and new lead vocalist Aaron Pauley. "When going through major life changes, whether it's loss or growth, it's incredibly easy to feel like you've lost a part of yourself -- and like you'll never be yourself again. I've come believe that we can never truly lose ourselves."

Of Mice & Men will play a show in Los Angeles on July 13 with Rise Against.

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Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Mike McCready & more pay tribute to Chris Cornell

ABC/Randy HolmesThis past weekend, artists throughout the music world paid tribute to Chris Cornell, who died last week at the age of 52.

Robert Trujillo played a snippet of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" during Metallica's show in Boston. Additionally, during Metallica's headlining set at the Rock on the Range festival, James Hetfield declared "We forgive you, Chris," after performing "The Unforgiven."

Imagine Dragons honored Cornell at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards with a speech from frontman Dan Reynolds. "He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist, whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world," Reynolds said. "Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures."

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who played with Cornell in Temple of the Dog, told the Seattle Times, "Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle."

Here are a few other musicians who covered Cornell's music in his memory over the weekend:

The Pretty Reckless, who opened for Soundgarden the night Cornell died, covered Audioslave's "Like a Stone."

Incubus and Cage the Elephant teamed up to perform "Black Hole Sun."

Corey Taylor, Bush and Live performed various songs from Cornell's catalog during the Rock on the Range festival, which Soundgarden was scheduled to headline.

Aerosmith held a moment of silence for Cornell at their show in Batumi, Georgia before playing "Dream On."

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For Sentimental Reasons: Lee Brice pays tribute to his "Boy(s)" on album #4

ABC/Rick RowellLee Brice’s self-titled fourth studio album will arrive November 3, and the soon-to-be father of three reveals there are multiple reasons he chose “Boy” as the lead single.

“First, Sara and I have two sons, Takoda and Ryker,” Lee says. “This song is a tribute to them. It’s my way of saying how proud I am to be their dad.”

Takoda is nine and Ryker is three, and both are about to become big brothers.

“The second reason,” Lee goes on, “is because, coincidentally, we have a daughter on the way in a couple of weeks and we wanted to share this song for our boys before she arrived.”

You can check out Lee’s moving music video for “Boy” on YouTube.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Lee Brice co-wrote this #1 from 2011 for the Eli Young Band. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Crazy Girl."

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