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Friday
Jan062017

Alessia Cara's "Moana" Song Up for a Golden Globe Sunday Night: "I Definitely Resonated With" It 

ABC/Matt BrownThe good news: a song Alessia Cara recorded is up for a Golden Globe this Sunday night!  The bad news: if it wins, she won't get the trophy because she didn't write it.  But according to Alessia, she might as well have written it, because it's pretty much the story of her life.

The song "How Far I'll Go," from the hit Disney animated film Moana, was written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.  The song's about the journey of Moana, a young Polynesian princess who strikes out on her own to save her people.  Alessia explains why that theme is so meaningful to her.

"The song is basically about being torn between staying close to what you’re used to, rather than exploring outside of that and trying new things, and not being sure if you’re gonna fail or not, and wanting to please a bunch of people," she tells ABC Radio. "So I think that’s something that I’ve dealt with growing up."

"Being from a traditional family and wanting to explore outside of that...and do a bunch of different things -- I was always finding myself just torn between the two," she adds. "So I definitely resonated with the song."

The Golden Globes competition on Sunday night also includes Justin Timberlake's #1 hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls and "Faith," the Ariana Grande/Stevie Wonder duet from the movie Sing, which was co-written by Stevie and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

Explaining why Stevie was interested in recording "Faith," Ryan tells the Los Angeles Times, "The song is about love, and spotting the X factor in somebody else, and calling it out and lifting them up: those are all things that fit Stevie’s DNA."

The Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, air Sunday night on NBC.

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Friday
Jan062017

Stevie Wonder & Ryan Tedder Battle Justin Timberlake & More for a Golden Globe This Sunday 

Republic RecordsThe competition will be fierce for the Best Original Song trophy at Sunday night's Golden Globes, but one of this year's nominees has already won a Globe in this category...and an Oscar to boot.

In 1985, Stevie Wonder scored a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for "I Just Called to Say I Love You," from the movie The Woman in Red.  Now he's nominated again for "Faith," a duet with pop star Ariana Grande co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and featured in the animated film Sing. The soundtrack's producer, Harvey Mason Jr., feels Stevie co-wrote and recorded "Faith" because his music was already a part of the film.

Mason Jr. explains the movie already included a big scene centered around Wonder's classic song "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing."  "He was really excited about[it]," Mason tells ABC Radio. "He loved it, and I think that helped convince him to be involved with 'Faith.'"

"He was really pleased," Mason recalls. "And then [we asked], 'Hey, you’re so important to this grand finale, would you be interested in performing and writing another song?' And he said, 'I’d love to.'"

Stevie also checked out the end result at the Sing movie premiere, even though he's blind.  Mason says the music legend's got a way around that.

"He watched the movie the way that he watches movies...he has to sit in a certain location because he has a device that translates the movie...into a headset," reveals Mason. "I don’t know...exactly how it works, but I know that he’s able to...really hear everything, and kind of get a description of what’s happening."  

Among "Faith's" competition: Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!", from the movie Trolls and "How Far I'll Go," from Disney's Moana.

The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, air Sunday night on NBC.

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Friday
Jan062017

Janelle Monáe Shares More than Her Hidden Figure in "Essence"

Warwick Saint/EssenceJanelle Monáe is featured on two separate covers for the February 2017 issue of Essence magazine, by herself and alongside Hidden Figures co-stars Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson.  

In the issue, Monáe talks about the sisterhood portrayed in the film, which tells the story of three black women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space mission. 

"They knew that they were stronger together... I think they would not have achieved the level of success they did had they not had one another," she tells the publication. 

To read more from Janelle, you can pick up the issue on newsstands January 13. Hidden Figuresarrives in theaters everywhere today.  

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Friday
Jan062017

"Nashville" Recap: "The Wayfaring Stranger" + "Back in Baby's Arms"

CMTThe fate of Juliette Barnes is finally revealed, in the two-hour season-five premiere of Nashville on CMT.

Though now confined to a wheelchair, Juliette is the only survivor after her plane crashed returning from the Academy Awards in L.A. As she reunites with husband Avery Barkley and their daughter Cadence, she grows frustrated with her inability to walk -- and becomes obsessed with finding the angelic figure who comforted her immediately after the crash.

Rayna Jaymes is overjoyed to have her daughter Maddie back home, but with the whole family under one roof, conflict is simmering once more. Rayna clashes with Deacon Claybourne over the autobiographical concept album she wants to make about their relationship, and tensions grow between Maddie and younger sister Daphne.

Meanwhile, an overly interested internet billionaire and the arrival of mysterious bouquet of flowers hint at more trouble coming Rayna’s way.

Though Will Lexington believes he’s happy with his boyfriend, the now-out gay country singer becomes conflicted as an older, more sophisticated designer makes advances toward him. Ultimately, his interest in another man makes Will feel so guilty he suggests he and Kevin Bicks take their relationship to the next level and move in together.

The Exes must learn not be exes anymore, as Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott decide ultimately they want to pursue a romantic future, though their relationship seems destined to be riddled with the same highs, lows and doubts it always has been.

Find out what happens next, as the new episode of Nashville airs next Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Friday
Jan062017

Avenged Sevenfold to "Rid Ourselves" of "Pyro and Fireworks" for European Tour 

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold will launch a European tour this Saturday, January 7 in Dublin, Ireland. The trek is the band's first full-length run in support of their new album The Stage, a musically-complex album that tackles the subject of artificial intelligence. Frontman M. Shadows hopes to reflect the tone of the album in the tour's production.

"We're kind of gonna rid ourselves for a little bit of all the pyro and fireworks, because we don't really think it fits with this album and the vibe," Shadows tells ABC Radio. "We're gonna be doing a lot more image-mapping and...more stuff you would imagine from like a Muse or a Tool type of experience, but in our own way."

In addition to brand new production, Avenged Sevenfold will be bringing brand new songs. Having already played the album's title track lead single a handful of times live last year, Shadows thinks that the new material will translate well to the live arena.

"It has felt like we've been playing ['The Stage'] for 15 years," Shadows says. "It goes over so well live, especially when that breakdown happens in the bridge, and everyone holds up cellphones and lighters, it's just beautiful. It's so cool to play something musically satisfying but also have energy."

"I've never felt that reaction from a new song ever in our career," he adds.

Avenged Sevenfold will be coming to the U.S. later this year to headline the Carolina Rebellion festival, although the band may save their arena production for a full North American tour.

"I hope we can bring it to the United States shortly after," says Shadows. "But during the summer, if people like to watch shows outside, they like that big fireworks sorta thing, so it might have to wait [until] 2018."

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Thursday
Jan052017

They're Getting Ready to Rumble: 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather to Promote Chris Brown vs. Soulja Boy Boxing Match 

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion MediaSoulja Boy may have apologized to Chris Brown and fans on Wednesday, following their recent highly publicized social media spat, but the rapper has now agreed to settle things -- in the ring.

Both Soulja and Chris have agreed to fight in a celebrity boxing match, promoted by none other than 50 Cent and legendary professional boxer-turned boxing promoter, Floyd Mayweather.  

On Wednesday, 50 posted an Instagram video, first suggesting the then-prospective fight between Chris and Soulja.

"Get Adrien Broner on the phone...Call Floyd, tell Floyd specifically that I said bet a hundred-thousand. I bet a hundred-thousand on Chris, he bet a hundred-thousand on Soulja Boy," says 50. 

"This s*** would be some big s***. We could make this s*** into some big s***...get Soulja Boy on the phone, tell that n**** I said stop apologizing. Get the Draco out, we got to keep this s*** going," he adds before exiting in the clip. 

50 then posted another video, stating that Mayweather agreed to promote the Draco versus Breezy celebrity boxing match and also unveiled a promotional poster featuring the two.  

Mayweather has also signed on to train Soulja before his boxing debut. Both posed for a picture on Soulja's Instagram account Thursday, with Soulja calling it the "biggest fight of the century," in a separate Instagram video, alongside the former boxing champ.  

Chris eventually posted an Instagram video of his own, which features the celebrity promising that Soulja will "regret this for the rest of ya life." "All the jokes aside, seriously we gonna set up this fight. It's gonna be professional," says Chris.  

Chris and Soulja's social media feud began earlier this week because Soulja liked a Instagram picture of Chris' ex, Karrueche Tran, which led to both dissing and threatening one another with violence. 

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Thursday
Jan052017

You're a Good Man, Zac Brown: CRS Picks Its 2017 Humanitarian

ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown will be honored with the 2017 Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar next month in Nashville, and the “Homegrown” hitmaker’s passion project, Camp Southern Ground, is a big reason why.

The all-inclusive state-of-the-art facility in Georgia integrates children with neuro-developmental disorders with other camp-goers. Through the years, Zac has also donated his time to other charitable causes, such as MusiCares and the USO.

The Humanitarian accolade will be handed out February 22, immediately after the opening ceremonies of the radio convention at the Omni Nashville. Since its creation in 1990, CRS has bestowed the Humanitarian Award on the likes of Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Billy Joel Announces 2017 Stadium Dates

Credit: Myrna SuarezFor those fans who can't make it to New York City to see Billy Joel at his Madison Square Garden residency, he's announced a series of stadium dates for 2017.

On April 28, Joel will do the first live concert at the Atlanta Braves' new stadium, SunTrust Park. This will mark the Piano Man's first solo show in Atlanta since 2015. On May 13, he'll perform at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium. On July 14, he'll play at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and on August 11, he'll return to Chicago's Wrigley Field.

The Wrigley Field show will make Joel the first artist ever to play at the stadium four years in a row, and marks his sixth appearance there overall. In recognition of that accomplishment, the Chicago Cubs will honor Billy with his own day at the stadium, during which his music will be played throughout the game.

On August 30, Joel will play Boston's Fenway Park and again, it'll mark his fourth straight year appearing at the legendary ballpark -- another record. To commemorate the occasion, the August 1 game at Fenway, featuring the Red Sox versus the Cleveland Indians, will be Billy Joel Night, offering a pre-game party, music and merchandise.

There's a similar deal with Joel's September 9 show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia: once again, he'll be the first artist to play four consecutive years at the stadium. Visit BillyJoel.com to find out when tickets go on sale for all these newly announced shows.

In between all those dates, Billy will play his regular Madison Square Garden residency shows, and he's just announced his 41st consecutive monthly gig at the legendary arena for May 25. He also has dates scattered around the country in January, February and March. Check out all the details at BillyJoel.com.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Drake's "Views" is Nielsen's #1 Album of 2016 

Dan MartensenDrake's Views continues to gain accolades in the new year.  

The studio project, released last April, has been named Nielsen Music's #1 album of 2016 within the United States, according to Billboard.  

Nielsen reports that Views earned over four million "equivalent album units:" a combination of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.  

Of that total, 1.61 million came from traditional album sales.  

Views spent thirteen non-consecutive weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in 2016 and features a number of hit tracks, including "One Dance," which spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the artist's first #1 on the chart as a lead artist.

Drake's latest album soared past Beyoncé's Lemonade and Rihanna's Anti on Nielsen's Top 10 Albums of 2016 in the U.S. list. Both appear on the tally at #3 and #4, respectively.  

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Thursday
Jan052017

Adele Says "Hello" to Latest Sales Milestone 

XL Recordings/Columbia RecordsWhen it comes to actual album sales -- as opposed to streaming --  Adele's the queen. According to Nielsen Music, the singer’s latest album, 25, was officially the top-selling album of 2016, with 1.73 million physical and digital albums sold.

The album took the top spot last year, too, with a whopping 7.44 million copies sold. Her previous disc 21, was also the top-selling album two years in a row: 2012 and 2011. That makes Adele the only artist to achieve that feat four times since Nielsen Music’s first full year of tracking in 1992.

But when you add in streaming, Adele's album is #2 on the list of the best-sellers of 2016. All told, 25 sold approximately 2.37 million total units.  What outsold her?  Views, the album by superstar rapper Drake: it sold 4.14 million units all told.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Shirley Caesar Defends Kim Burrell's Controversial Statements in New YouTube Video

ABC/Fred WatkinsKim Burrell's anti-gay statements during a church service last week prompted a massive amount of social media backlash from celebrities such as Janelle Monae and Pharrell Williams.  

Shirley Caesar, however, not only supports Burrell's point of view, but also believes the gospel singer should have collected cell phones at the church door before giving her sermon, to avoid any future controversy.  

"Anytime you wanna say something to your church, to your members, collect the phone calls at the door, your cell phones. Cause everybody in here, over four-thousand people here...one phone is about a million people by itself," says gospel icon Caesar in a new YouTube video

Shirley also mentions President Barack Obama in her video, while saying Kim should have made her thoughts about the LGBTQ community known much earlier. 

"If you were gonna say something, you should have said it four years ago when our president made that stuff alright," she adds.  

In her sermon, Burrell said homosexuals were "perverted," and suggested they would all die this year. As a result of her statements, the vocalist's scheduled performance of "I See a Victory" with Pharrell during Thursday's airing of The Ellen DeGeneres Show was canceled.  

Both DeGeneres and Pharrell addressed the situation during the program, with Ellen stating that she didn't want to give Kim a platform on her show after the "not nice things" she said about homosexuals. 

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Thursday
Jan052017

Billy Joel Announces 2017 Stadium Dates

Myrna SuarezFor those fans who can't make it to New York City to see Billy Joel in his Madison Square Garden residency, he's announced a series of stadium dates for 2017.

On April 28, Billy will do the first live concert at the Atlanta Braves' new stadium, SunTrust Park. This will mark Billy's first solo show in Atlanta since 2015.  On May 13, he'll perform at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium. On July 14, he'll perform at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and on August 11, he'll return to Chicago's Wrigley Field.

The Wrigley Field show makes Billy the first artist ever to play at the stadium four years in a row, and marks his sixth appearance there overall. In recognition of that accomplishment, the Chicago Cubs will honor Billy with his own day at the stadium, during which his music will be played throughout the game.

On August 30, Billy will play Boston's Fenway Park and, again, it'll mark his fourth straight year appearing at the legendary stadium -- a record.  To mark the occasion, the August 1 game featuring the Red Sox versus the Indians will be Billy Joel Night, with a pre-game party, music and merchandise.

There's a similar deal with Billy's September 9 show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia: once again, he'll be the first artist to play four consecutive years at the stadium. Visit BillyJoel.com to find out when tickets go on sale for all these newly-announced shows.

In between all those dates, Billy will play his regular Madison Square Garden residency shows, and he's just announced his 41st consecutive monthly gig at the legendary arena for May 25.  He has dates scattered around the country in January, February and March.   All the details are on BillyJoel.com.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Soundtrack to The Stooges Doc "Gimme Danger" Due Next Week

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The soundtrack to Gimme Danger, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's documentary about Iggy Pop's influential proto-punk band The Stooges, will be released digitally on January 13. The album also will be available on CD on February 24 and LP on April 7.

Gimme Danger: Music from the Motion Picture includes studio recordings from The Stooges' first three albums -- The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power -- plus a selection of rare outtakes. Fellow Michigan punks MC5 also appear on the soundtrack. In addition, the CD and digital versions of the album features songs by Pop's pre-Stooges groups The Iguanas and Prime Movers Blues Band.

The film Gimme Danger will be available on-demand beginning January 31.

Here is the Gimme Danger soundtrack track list:

CD/Digital
"Gimme Danger (Bowie Mix)" -- Iggy & The Stooges
"No Fun" -- The Stooges
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- The Stooges
"1969" -- The Stooges
"Little Doll" -- The Stooges
"Down on the Street" -- The Stooges
"Loose" -- The Stooges
"I Got a Right" -- Iggy & The Stooges (Outtake)
"I'm Sick of You" -- Iggy & The Stooges (Outtake)
"Ramblin' Rose" -- MC5
"Again And Again" -- The Iguanas
"I'm a Man" -- Prime Movers Blues Band
"Lost in the Future" -- The Stooges (Outtake)
"Asthma Attack" -- The Stooges (Outtake)

Vinyl
"Gimme Danger (Bowie Mix)" -- Iggy & The Stooges
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- The Stooges
"Loose" -- The Stooges
"No Fun" -- The Stooges
"Asthma Attack" -- The Stooges
"I Got a Right" -- Iggy & The Stooges
"Down on the Street" -- The Stooges
"Lost in the Future" -- The Stooges
"I'm Sick of You" -- Iggy & The Stooges
"1969" -- The Stooges

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Thursday
Jan052017

Owner of a Change of Heart: Rick Wakeman Says He Now Will Attend Yes' Rock Hall Induction

Credit: Lee WilkinsonEx-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman says he's decided to take part in this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April after all.

Shortly after the Rock Hall announced last month that Yes had been chosen for induction, Wakeman declared in an online post that he wasn't going to attend the event. Wakeman was upset about how long it had taken for the band to be recognized with the honor, noting that founding bassist Chris Squire had died before the group was voted in.

But now, in a new message posted on his official website, Wakeman explains that his change of heart is due to a special honor that Rock Hall officials plan to bestow on Squire, who died of cancer in June 2015. The keyboardist writes, "I am very pleased to announce that as the Hall of Fame have now agreed to present Chris Squire's wife with a posthumous award acknowledging his massive contribution to Yes, I have agreed to attend the Induction ceremony."

Wakeman explains that at the event he will "stand proudly" with fellow former Yes members Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin, with whom he currently is playing in the spinoff group ARW, and will "watch Chris's wife Scottie collect this well-deserved award on his behalf."

The 67-year-old musician adds, "I also hope that this move to acknowledge members of bands who sadly did not live to receive their own honour, means they can get them posthumously in the future."

As previously reported, a total of eight musicians who have played in Yes will be welcomed into the Rock Hall when the band is inducted -- Squire, Wakeman, Anderson and Rabin, as well as current and longtime guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, and founding keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Slipknot Shares Crowd-Sourced "Before I Forget" Live Video

Steve Jennings/WireImageSlipknot has released a new live video for the band's song "Before I Forget."

The visual is compiled from fan-shot footage during a show at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Slipknot's 2015 Summer's Last Stand tour. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"Before I Forget" is a track from Slipknot's 2004 album, Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.

Slipknot's latest album is 2014's .5: The Gray Chapter.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Could Shania and Jason Aldean Be the Answers to the Hall of Fame's Guessing Game?

ABC/Image Group LA Starting next Monday, we’ll learn the full slate of exhibits planned for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2017.

Beginning Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET, the museum will share a blurred image of the focus of each exhibit via social media, with the big reveal coming the next day. They’ll continue the process all week. Judging by the artwork accompanying the initial announcement, it seems Shania Twain and Jason Aldean are definite possibilities.

Fans who participate in the guessing game through FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat will have the chance to win a lifetime membership to the Hall, as well as VIP trips to the individual exhibits.

This is the first time in the museum’s half-century history that it's revealed its agenda for the entire year in advance.

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Thursday
Jan052017

McCartney, Springsteen and Eddie Vedder Rumored to Be Attending President Obama's Farewell Party on Friday

Mary McCartney/MPL; Danny Clinch; Taylor Hill/FilmMagicPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will be throwing a farewell bash at the White House this Friday, a source close to the event tells The Washington Post. According to Billboard, the guest list for the private party is rumored to include such huge music stars as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder,Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé and Jay Z.

Among the other celebrities said to be invited are Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Cooper and directors George Lucas and JJ Abrams. No official announcement about the party's guests has been made by the White House, however.

President Obama will be succeeded by Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on January 20.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Ellen and Pharrell Discuss Kim Burrell Controversy on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Telepictures Productions Inc./Warner Bros. EntertainmentPharrell Williams stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to both promote his new film, Hidden Figures, and perform.  

During the show, the celebrated artist also sat down with DeGeneres to talk about the controversy over Kim Burrell's anti-gay statements made during a church sermon last week.  

Ellen introduced the topic, explaining her reason for cancelling Burell's appearance on Thursday's show. Kim was supposed to perform the song "I See a Victory" with Pharrell.  

"You were supposed to do a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with a singer...I actually didn't know her. Her name is Kim Burrell and she made a statement," Ellen began.

"She was doing a Facebook Live and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals. So I didn't feel like that was good of me to have her on the show, to give her a platform after she's saying things about me," she added.

Pharrell told Ellen, "There's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. She's a fantastic singer... I love her, just like I love everybody else and we all gotta get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world. And it only works with inclusion and empathy." 

"Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn't necessarily pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you gotta do is put the word 'black' in that sentence. Or put 'gay' in that sentence, or put 'transgender' in that sentence. Or put 'white' in that sentence. And all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you," he added. 

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Thursday
Jan052017

AFI Premieres Spacey "Snow Cats" Video

Credit: Jiro SchneiderAFI has shared the video for their song "Snow Cats," a single from their forthcoming album, AFI (The Blood Album).

The visual, which is streaming now via Pitchfork.com, picks up where AFI's "White Offerings" video left off, but instead of keeping the band in a stark, white room, "Snow Cats" immediately sends Davey Havok and company into outer space.

"Expanding endlessly from an empty room, the 'Snow Cats' video animates a cyclical struggle with the surreal colors of applied persona and identity," Havok tells Pitchfork.

AFI (The Blood Album) will be released January 20.

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Thursday
Jan052017

McCartney, Springsteen and Stevie Wonder Rumored to Be Attending President Obama's Farewell Party on Friday

Mary McCartney/MPL; Danny Clinch; Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will be throwing a farewell bash at the White House this Friday, a source close to the event tells The Washington Post. According to Billboard, the guest list for the private party is rumored to include such huge music stars as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.

Among the other celebrities said to be invited are Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Cooper and directors George Lucas and JJ Abrams. No official announcement about the party's guests has been made by the White House, however.

President Obama will be succeeded by Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on January 20.

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