Blink-182's Mark Hoppus talks "aggressive" new music; gives Travis Barker update

ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182's Mark Hoppus has shared an update on the progress of the band's next album, the follow-up to their 2016 comeback effort, California. Speaking on Apple Music's Beats 1, Hoppus says the pop-punk trio are "well into the writing" of the upcoming record.

"It's still in the writing stage, so it'll probably change over time, but right now it's really aggressive and really catchy and dark and weird," Hoppus says.

He adds that while California felt reminiscent of Blink's 1999 album, Enema of the State, the new material feels more like 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and the 2003 Untitled record.

Additionally, Hoppus offered an update on the health of Travis Barker. The drummer is currently battling blood clots in both of his arms, which forced Blink to cancel two weekends of their Las Vegas residency.

"I don't know what the prognosis or the treatment is yet," Hoppus explains. "I know that Travis is in and out of the doctors this week, so hopefully we'll have some resolution with that. But the intention is to go back and make up those dates and continue our residency because it's super fun."

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Paul McCartney announces new album, "Egypt Station," due in September; premieres two new songs

Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney has unveiled the title and release date of his long-awaited studio album. As the recent video posted on his Twitter feed suggested, McCartney's album is called Egypt Station and will hit retailers September 7 multiple formats, including CD, vinyl LP, digital and as a Super Deluxe Limited Edition box set featuring bonus tracks.

The news coincides with the release Wednesday of two songs from the album: a ballad titled "I Don't Know" and a rocking tune called "Come On to Me." Both tracks are available digitally now, though if you pre-order Egypt Station you'll immediately receive free downloads of the songs. McCartney gave "Come On to Me" its live debut at the previously reported surprise show he played at a pub in his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.

Check out lyrics videos for both songs at McCartney's official YouTube channel.

"I liked the words 'Egypt Station.' It reminded me of the 'album' albums we used to make," explains McCartney of the album's title, which is also shared by an original painting by Sir Paul. "Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from."

The album features 14 songs recorded in Los Angeles, London and Sussex, U.K. All but one of the tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin, who's also worked with Adele, Beck and Foo Fighters.

Egypt Station opens and closes with instrumentals titled "Station I" and "Station II," respectively. Names of other songs on the album include "Happy with You," "People Want Peace," and "Despite Repeated Warnings."

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Watch now: Halsey and Lauren Jauregui throw punches in long-awaited "Strangers" video

ABC/Paula LoboAfter a year-long wait, the video for Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s duet “Strangers” is finally here.

The video is a prequel to Halsey’s previous self-directed hopeless fountain kingdom videos, all of which follow the same narrative about star-crossed lovers Luna and Solis. The “Strangers” video finds Halsey’s Luna in the boxing ring with Lauren’s character, Rosa.

Luna, dressed in red, and Rosa, dressed in white, throw punches until they’re bloodied. Luna ends up knocking Rosa out and winning the match.

After the match, Luna meets Solis, thus kicking off the journey that plays out in her videos for “Now or Never,” “Bad at Love,” “Sorry” and “Alone.”

Halsey previously explained the “Strangers” video premise to fans on Twitter, writing, “The album, and every video, is one continuous gender flipped Romeo and Juliet story! Luna is Romeo and Solis is Juliet. Rosaline (Rosa) is the woman Romeo is in love with before Juliet but he cannot have her!”

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The Shins, Dan Auerbach collaborator Richard Swift battling "serious medical condition"; fundraiser launched

L-R: Homer Steinweiss and Richard Swift; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for CoachellaMusician Richard Swift, who's played with The Shins and is currently a member of Dan Auerbach's band The Arcs, has been hospitalized with an unspecified "serious medical condition." A GoFundMe page has been launched to help Swift pay for his medical bills.

"[Swift] is receiving excellent care in Tacoma, Washington and everything is being done to allow his body time to repair and heal," the page reads. "He is uninsured and the cost of the care he is getting is a lot. If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated. Anything helps."

Swift has also been a touring member of The Black Keys.

The fundraiser aims to raise $100,000. If you'd like to donate, visit

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Pharrell and 'black-ish' creator Kenya Barris developing 'Juneteenth' musical 

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Billionaire Boys ClubPharrell Williams and black-ish creator Kenya Barris are developing a stage musical based on the Juneteenth African-American holiday, which celebrates the final day of slavery in the U.S.: June 19, 1865.

“I dream about projects like this," Pharrell said, according to “Juneteenth will change culture and change history. We couldn’t sign up fast enough.

Barris will write the dialogue with Peter Saji, with whom he's worked on black-ish. Pharrell will compose and produce the music.

“The acknowledgement and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me,” Barris said. “For Peter and me to be able to team up with Pharrell on such an important project like this is something that neither of us in a billion years would have thought possible."

Last year, a black-ish episode titled "Juneteenth" imagined the Johnson family celebrating the holiday in 1865.

"For us, this project isn’t about numbers; it’s about humanity,” Barris added. “Slavery is America’s recessive gene and it’s time we all dealt with it and what better way to have an audience swallow this dose of medicine than with amazing music and raw, honest, jaw-dropping comedy?”

Pharrell and Barris haven't yet revealed when they plan to debut the musical.

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James Bay duets with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in London

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday night, James Bay opened for The Rolling Stones at London's Twickenham Stadium, and then he stuck around to join the rock legends on stage.

James joined Stones frontman Mick Jagger for a duet on the band's classic tune "Beast of Burden."  Afterwards, he wrote on Instagram, "This band have probably shaped the way I make music and perform more than anyone else. Their relentless passion and energy on stage is so inspiring. I can’t believe last night was real. THANK YOU X."

Prior to the gig, The Stones' iconic guitarist Keith Richards posted footage of himself hanging out with James backstage and showing him what appears to be a shrine to Richards' early rock and roll heroes.

This isn’t the first time James has opened for The Stones: Back in 2013, before anyone really knew who he was, he warmed up the crowd when they played London's Hyde Park. 

It isn't even the first time he's performed onstage with a member of the Stones: In 2015, he asked guitarist Ronnie Wood to join him at a London show to perform a song by Ronnie's former band, The Faces.

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Home, where his music's playing: Paul Simon announces NYC venue for farewell tour's final show

Jessica Gilbert/Legacy RecordingsAfter kicking off his Homeward Bound farewell tour last month, Paul Simon has announced official details for the trek's final show. The concert, dubbed Homeward Bound -- The Farewell Performance, will take place September 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Simon's hometown of New York City.

The event will feature a career-spanning list of classic tunes and gems selected by Simon especially for the show, which will be the first concert held at the park in decades.

"It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park," Simon says in a statement. "I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time."

The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will donate all the net proceeds he earns from the event to a charity that will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. ET at American Express card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET. Visit for more info.

Simon wraps up the current North American leg of his Homeward Bound trek with a show tonight in Nashville. He'll then head to Europe for a summer trek before kicking off a final U.S. leg of the tour September 5 in New Orleans.

Here are all of Paul's upcoming North American tour dates:

6/30 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
9/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
9/8 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
9/11 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
9/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
9/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/17 -- Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
9/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/21 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/22 -- New York, NY, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Chris Young is "Hangin' On," extending his Losing Sleep World Tour until the end of the year

RCA/Monarch PublicityHaving already sold out more than 30 shows on his Losing Sleep World Tour, Chris Young is extending the trek through the end of the year.

Dan + ShayMorgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver will join the "Hangin' On" hitmaker on the fifteen new dates.

Pre-sales start Tuesday, June 26, with seats becoming available to the general public the following Thursday.

Here's a complete look at the new additions to Chris Young's Losing Sleep World Tour: 

10/25 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center
10/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center
10/27 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
11/1 -- London, ONT, Budweiser Gardens
11/2 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/3 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutte Center
11/8 -- Norfolk, VA, Constant Convocation Center
11/9 -- Hershey PA, Giant Center
11/10 -- Syracuse, NY, The Onecenter War Memorial Arena
11/29 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
11/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
12/1 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
12/6 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena 
12/7 -- Long Island, NY, NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
12/8 -- Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena 

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Sweet: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson reportedly move into $16 million apartment together

ABC/Randy HolmesRemember that Instagram story of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson shopping for rugs?  It appears they now have a place to put them.

TMZ reports the couple just moved into a $16 million apartment in a new luxury complex Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.  The 4,000-square-foot unit has five beds, four-and-a-half baths and great views.  The complex itself boasts a fitness center, a 75-foot skylit pool and a private IMAX theater. 

It's not clear if the engaged couple purchased their new digs or if they're simply renting, but it appears they'll have a pretty extensive wedding registry.  Over the weekend, Ariana posted a SpongeBob meme with the caption, "Us in our new apartment with no furniture 1 speaker and red vines."

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Watch Mike Shinoda perform "Crossing a Line" with The Roots on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda brought Post Traumatic to The Tonight Show Tuesday night. Backed by house band The Roots, Shinoda delivered an impassioned performance of the album's single, "Crossing a Line."

Post Traumatic, Shinoda's solo debut album, was written and recorded following the death of his friend and band mate Chester Bennington last July. The album, which features guest spots from K.Flay and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, is out now.

Shinoda will play a number of solo shows throughout the summer, including a set at Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds' LOVELOUD festival, held July 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett shot the video for this song in Jupiter, Florida. Can you name the tune that hit #1 in August of 2003? ANSWER: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

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Are Florida Georgia Line "Meant to Be" working with pop's biggest superstars? They think so

ABC/Kelsey McNeal"Meant to Be," the collaboration between Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, has been one of the biggest hits of the year. FGL is now dreaming of collaborating with other pop stars -- and they're setting their sights pretty high.

"Bruno Mars...that'd be somebody to spend a couple days with in the studio and try to create something from nothing," says Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelly. "Y'know, get in the studio and make it really come to life. But I think Rihanna would be cool [too]...I think it'd be cool to hear our voices together."

According to FGL's Tyler Hubbard, they're pretty much down to work with any number of stars outside of the country genre.

"I think every time we go to an awards show, BK and I are always [saying], 'That'd be cool to do a song with them!' or 'That'd be awesome to do a song with them!'" he laughs. "There's so many talented artists out there, it's pretty unreal."

Meanwhile, Tyler says that the message of "Meant to Be" has not only resonated with music fans, but with him and BK as well.

"It's been over a year since we wrote that  song and we've been living with it way before the world had it, so I think we were learning the day we wrote it," Tyler explains. "And learning how to kinda look at the world that way, and look at life that way, and just kinda let go of some control and just let things happen."

Tyler adds, "I just think that's something that we've continued to be reminded of, with...every bit of success that this song has had...and then it's cool to kinda see the world be reminded of that as well and really connect with that."

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Every Good Boy Deserves Vinyl: Moody Blues reissuing seven albums on 180-gram vinyl in July

UMeNext month, The Moody Blues will reissue high-quality vinyl versions of seven of their classic albums, spanning from 1969 to 1981.

The LPs -- 1969's On the Threshold of a Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children, 1970's A Question of Balance, 1971's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1972's Seventh Sojourn, 1978's Octave and 1981's Long Distance Voyager -- will be released on 180-gram vinyl on July 27.

You can pre-order the discs now at in the U.S. and at Amazon in the U.K. All seven albums were certified either gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 or 1 million copies in the U.S. Seventh Sojourn and Long Distance Voyager both reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

A Question of Balance features the Moodies classic "Question," which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Every Good Boy Deserves Favour includes the #23 hit "The Story in Your Eyes."

Seventh Sojourn and Long Distance Voyager each had two top 30 singles. Seventh Sojourn yielded "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," which reached at #12, and "Isn't Life Strange," which peaked at #29. Long Distance Voyager boasted "Gemini Dream" and "The Voice," which reached #12 and #15, respectively, on the Hot 100.

Here are the full track lists of The Moody Blues' albums being reissued on vinyl:

On the Threshold of a Dream:

Side A
"In the Beginning"
"Lovely to See You"
"Dear Diary"
"Send Me No Wine"
"To Share Our Love"
"So Deep Within You"

Side B
"Never Comes the Day"
"Lazy Day"
"Are You Sitting Comfortably?"
"The Dream"
"Have You Heard (Part 1)"
"The Voyage"
"Have You Heard (Part 2)"

To Our Children's Children's Children:

Side A
"Higher and Higher"
"Eyes of a Child I"
"Eyes of a Child II"
"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Hundred"
"Out and In"

Side B
"Eternity Road"
"Candle of Life"
"Sun Is Still Shining"
"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Million"
"Watching and Waiting"

A Question of Balance:

Side A
"How Is It (We Are Here)"
"And the Tide Rushes In"
"Don't You Feel Small"
"Tortoise and the Hare"

Side B
"It's Up to You"
"Minstrel's Song"
"Dawning Is the Day"
"Melancholy Man"
"The Balance"

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour:

Side A
"The Story in Your Eyes"
"Our Guessing Game"
"Emily's Song"
"After You Came"

Side B
"One More Time to Live"
"Nice to Be Here"
"You Can Never Go Home"
"My Song"

Seventh Sojourn:

Side A
"Lost in a Lost World"
"New Horizons"
"For My Lady"
"Isn't Life Strange"

Side B
"You and Me"
"The Land of Make-Believe"
"When You're a Free Man"
"I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"


Side A
"Steppin' in a Slide Zone"
"Under Moonshine"
"Had to Fall in Love"
"I'll Be Level with You"

Side B
"Top Rank Suite"
"I'm Your Man"
"One Step into the Light"
"The Day We Meet Again"

Long Distance Voyager:

Side A
"The Voice"
"Talking Out of Turn"
"Gemini Dream"
"In My World"

Side B
"22,000 Days"
"Painted Smile"
"Reflective Smile"
"Veteran Cosmic Rocker"

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Watch Black Label Society shred in "Trampled Down Below" video

Credit: Justin ReichBlack Label Society has premiered the video for "Trampled Down Below," a track from the band's new album, Grimmest Hits.

As opposed to their recent goofy videos -- such as the one for "A Love Unreal," which stars a retired and bored Grim Reaper -- the "Trampled Down Below" visual is a straightforward live clip, showcasing Zakk Wylde's shredding skills at London's Royal Albert Hall. You can watch it now on YouTube.

You can witness those shredding skills in person on Black Label Society's summer tour, which kicks off in July.

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Halsey to headline "Billboard" Hot 100 Music Festival 

ABC/Paula LoboHalsey's been announced as the headliner for this year's Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, taking place at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York on August 18 and 19.

This is the singer's second appearance at the festival; she also played there in 2015.  In a statement, Halsey said, "It’s an incredible honor to headline the Hot 100 Music Festival this year and join such a talented group of artists on the line-up."

The New Jersey native added, "I’m ready to bring the heat to Jones Beach for a second time. You can’t beat performing for fans in New York. They’re the best in the world.”

The festivals other headliners include DJ Snake, Future and Rae Sremmurd.  Other performers include Sabrina Carpenter, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Daya, Sheppard, Cheat Codes, Kehlani, Matoma, gnash, Olivia O'Brien, Rozes and Machine Gun Kelly.

Single-day tickets go on sale June 29 at Two-day passes, which start at $80, are also still available for purchase. Visit or for all the details.

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A now-happy Janet Jackson reveals "intense" struggle with depression in her 30s 

Warwick Saint for EssenceThese days, Janet Jackson is happy, but in a letter written for Essence magazine, the 52-year-old icon writes that it's taken decades for her to find a sense of inner peace, and acknowledges there've been many struggles along the way.

In the revealing note, Jackson admits that her 30s were especially challenging as she battled depression. The struggle, she writes, "was intense."

"I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority," she explaina. "It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And, of course, there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it."

Now mother to one-year-old son Eissa, Janet writes that her greatest happiness comes from being a parent.

“Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep," she writes. "During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God."

The singer, who will headline the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans next month, writes that "hard work -- focused work, positive work -- makes me happy," and adds that she's also inspired by "the commitment of young people on justice causes," as well as the #MeToo movement.

"We are living at a time in history when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or abused. Heart and soul, I stand with these women," Janet writes. "We have found our strength, and we will not relent."

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Ariana Grande announces "Sweetener" will debut August 17; listen now to new track, "The Light Is Coming"

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Sweetener, Ariana Grande's much-anticipated fourth studio album, will be released on August 17.  Ariana's label, Republic Records, revealed the news Wednesday morning.

In addition, Ariana has released a new track from that album, the Pharrell-produced, "The Light Is Coming," featuring Nicki Minaj.  You can check out the new track today at the usual digital outlets. 

Sweetener is also available for pre-order now.  If you do, you'll receive an instant download of the new track, as well as Ariana's other first hit single from Sweetener, "No Tears Left to Cry."

The video for "The Light Is Coming" is also coming -- will exclusively release today it at 12 noon Eastern time.

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What could Cher make eat a cow's tongue?

Terence Patrick - ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedMama Mia! Here We Go Again co-star Cher was James Corden's guest on night two of The Late Late Show's week-long stand at London's Central Hall Westminster, and revealed which she found harder to stomach -- Donald Trump or cow's tongue.

The 72-year-old singer/actress joined Corden for a game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" -- his spin on Truth or Dare, in which they challenged each other to give honest answers to personal questions or eat disgusting things.

At one point, Cher, known for being outspoken about her disapproval of the president, was asked to say something complimentary about him. "There's nothing nice about him," she admitted, following a long pause. "I can't say one nice thing about him."

Instead, Cher opted to fill her guts -- with a cow's tongue.

Cher also preferred eating dried caterpillar to spilling dirt on her top five lovers, besides Tom Cruise, whom she once allegedly ranked as her favorite.

Later, Cher recalled the time she, along with Mama Mia co-star and longtime friend Meryl Streep, saved a woman being assaulted on a New York City street and were almost attacked themselves.

"We come around the corner, and this gigantic man is ripping the clothes off of this girl," she began. "And Meryl starts screaming and I start screaming, and we run towards this gigantic man, and he turned and starts running towards us."

"And just out of, I don't know, we split, and he ran through us," she continued.

Afterward, the grateful woman responded with, "Oh my God, I was saved by Meryl Streep and Cher. I'm an actress and I work in a cafe where we sing and oh, my brother would be so jealous."

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again opens nationwide July 20.

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Bad Wolves present Dolores O'Riordan's family with $250,000 check at NYC show

Courtesy of Bad WolvesWhen they released their cover of the Cranberries hit "Zombie," Bad Wolves announced that they'd be donating their proceeds from the song to the children of the late Dolores O'Riordan. The band made good on their promise when they presented O'Riordan's son Taylor, step-son Donny Jr. and ex-husband Don Burton with a check for $250,000 during their show in New York City Tuesday night.

Speaking to ABC Radio, frontman Tommy Vext says that giving O'Riordan's family the check is "an honor" and "overwhelming."

"Giving back this check to them makes it all feel so right and feel so good," adds drummer John Boecklin.

The "Zombie" cover was originally intended to be a collaboration with O'Riordan. On January 15, the day she was supposed to record her vocals for the track, O'Riordan unexpectedly passed away.

Since releasing the cover, Bad Wolves has been performing "Zombie" live across the country. The response, as Boecklin says, has been "unreal."

"We're singing 'What's in your...' and we don't even say 'head,' I just put the microphone out to the audience,'s thunderous," Vext says. "It reminds me of watching Live Aid concerts of Queen, and the people singing back to Freddie Mercury. It's at that level of intensity, it's insane."

Bad Wolves will continue to play "Zombie" throughout the rest of the year on tour, and hope to ultimately raise a total of one million dollars by the end of 2018 for O'Riordan's children.

"We're touring relentlessly and gruelingly for basically the rest of the year to try to make that goal happen," Vext says. "We have some really cool bands taking us out to help champion the cause, so it's a cool thing."

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Tamia feels "more bold” about her life and music as she celebrates 20th anniversary of self-titled debut album

Victoria WestfalAs Tamia celebrates the 20th anniversary of her self-titled debut album, she feels "more bold” about her career as she prepares to release a a new album.

“I feel like I am more bold in who I am as a person as a woman and also as an artist,” Tamia tells ABC Radio. “Whether that is approaching the way I approach the albums more independently versus major label type deal. I like to be in control and ownership of who I am.”

After being discovered by Quincy Jones and beginning her career in 1998 on his Qwest Records label, Tamia now records for her own label, 21 Entertainment.

As her own boss, the six-time Grammy nominee says she’s learned to trust her own instincts and not be swayed about other people’s opinions.

"As you grow, you just become more self-assured in who you are and you don’t really care about what the next person thinks,” she says. “You’re kinda like, this is my vision. This is what I want and how can we execute this.”  

Tamia will release her seventh solo album, Passion Like Fire, on September 21, and will tour throughout the fall.

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