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Tuesday
Nov072017

Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Courtesy SHOFThe nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced, and it's a lengthy list, incorporating two categories: "Performing" and "Non-Performing" songwriters.

Among the performers, the nominees include Mariah Carey, reggae star Jimmy Cliff, rap icons N.W.A., "Fast Car" singer Tracy Chapman, John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, and R&B stars The Isley Brothers and Kool & the Gang.

The non-performing songwriter nominees, and some of their biggest hits, include:

Jermaine Dupri -- "Always Be My Baby," "We Belong Together," "Confessions Part II," "U Got It Bad," "Jump"
 
Maurice Starr -- "Candy Girl," "I'll Be Loving You Forever," "Is This the End," "Jealous Girl," "Step by Step"

Mike Chapman -- "Kiss You All Over, "Heart and Soul," "Better Be Good to Me," "Little Willy," "Stumblin' In"

Randy Goodrum -- "You Needed Me, "Bluer than Blue," "I'll Be Over You," "Foolish Heart," "Oh Sherrie"

Allee Willis -- "Boogie Wonderland," "I'll Be There for You," "Neutron Dance," "September," "What Have I Done to Deserve This"

To be eligible for induction, a songwriter must have been working for a minimum of 20 years, and have a "notable catalog" of hits.  Members have until December 17 to turn in their ballots, and the winners will be inducted next year in a gala ceremony.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Alice Cooper, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame 

Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of Fame

The nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced, and it's a lengthy list, incorporating two categories: "Performing" and "Non-Performing" songwriters.

Among the performers, the nominees include Alice Cooper, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, The Isley Brothers, Kool & the Gang, and rap icons N.W.A.

The non-performing songwriters, and some of their biggest hits, include:

L. Russell Brown/Irwin Levine -- "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," "Knock Three Times," "I'm Gonna Boogie Tonight," "Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose," "I Woke Up In Love This Morning"

Mike Chapman -- "Kiss You All Over, "Heart and Soul," "Better Be Good to Me," "Little Willy," "Stumblin' In"

Randy Goodrum -- "You Needed Me," "Bluer than Blue," "I'll Be Over You," "Foolish Heart," "Oh Sherrie"

Tony Macaulay -- "Baby Now That I've Found You," "Build Me Up Buttercup," "Don't Give Up on Us," "Last Night I Couldn't Get to Sleep at All," "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"

Denny Randell/Sandy Linzer -- "A Lover's Concerto," "Let's Hang On to What We've Got," "Native New Yorker," "Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'bout Me)," "Workin' My Way Back to You"

William "Mickey" Stevenson -- "Beechwood 4-5789," "Dancing in the Street," "Devil with the Blue Dress," "It Takes Two," "Pride and Joy"

Allee Willis -- "Boogie Wonderland," "I'll Be There for You," "Neutron Dance," "September," "What Have I Done to Deserve This"

To be eligible for induction, a songwriter must have been working for a minimum of 20 years, and have a "notable catalog" of hits.  Members have until December 17 to turn in their ballots.  Winners will be inducted next year in a gala ceremony.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Mariah Carey, N.W.A., Kool & the Gang, Isley Brothers, Jermaine Dupri among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Courtesy SHOFThe nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced, and it's a lengthy list, incorporating two categories: "Performing" and "Non-Performing" songwriters.

Among the performers, the nominees include Mariah Carey, N.W.A., reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, The Isley Brothers, and Kool & the Gang.  Rockers Alice Cooper, John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde and Tom Waits are also on the list.

The non-performing songwriter nominees, and some of their biggest hits, include:

Jermaine Dupri --  "Always Be My Baby," "We Belong Together," "Confessions Part II," "U Got It Bad," "Jump"
 
Maurice Starr --  "Candy Girl," "I'll Be Loving You Forever," "Is This the End," "Jealous Girl," "Step by Step"

Allee Willis -- "Boogie Wonderland," "I'll Be There for You," "Neutron Dance," "September," "What Have I Done to Deserve This"

William "Mickey" Stevenson -- "Beechwood 4-5789," "Dancing in the Street," "Devil with the Blue Dress", "It Takes Two," "Pride and Joy"

To be eligible for induction, a songwriter must have been working for a minimum of 20 years, and have a "notable catalog" of hits.  Members have until December 17 to turn in their ballots.  Winners will be inducted next year in a gala ceremony.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

"The Voice" recap: The knockout rounds continue with Miley stealing one of Adam’s artists

NBC UniversalThe knockout rounds continued on Monday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coach Miley Cyrus stealing one of Adam Levine’s artists.

Artists from Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams also duked it out to see who would make it to the live rounds.

To make things even more competitive, each artist had to watch his or her opponent rehearse.

Advising the artists for the knockout rounds was season-14 coach, Kelly Clarkson.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night's episode:

Up first, representing Team Miley, was Brooke Simpson tackling Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” facing off against Stephan Marcellus, singing “Impossible,” by Shontelle. During rehearsals, Kelly and Miley advised Brooke to be “less swaggy” and not over-sing. The recommendation for Marcellus was to sing the song in a lower key. Miley declared Brooke the winner. She advances to the live rounds. Stephan went home.

Blake’s team was up next, with Anna Catherine DeHart covering Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and Mitchell Lee performing Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.” Following their knockout performances, the coaches were split, with Jennifer and Adam leaning towards Mitchell and Miley favoring Anna Catherine. Blake declared Lee the winner. He moves on to the live rounds, while DeHart’s time on The Voice came to an end.

Next up, representing Team Jennifer, was Jeremiah Miller with “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber, facing off against Noah Mac singing James Bay’s “Hold Back the River.” The two singers were paired, according to Jennifer, so she could determine which one was “ready.” Afterwards, Miley called Noah’s performance her favorite. Adam and Blake also thought Noah killed it. Hudson picked Mac, explaining that he “sleeps [and] eats music.” Noah advances to the live rounds. Miller was sent packing.

Kathrina Feigh, belting out Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” and Keisha Renee, singing Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance, followed for Team Blake. The two were paired because both were “big, soulful singers.” Clarkson thought the singers were evenly matched. The winner, she said, addressing the camera, would come down to which one didn’t cave under pressure. After both artists performed, the other judges were undecided as to who won, but Blake gave Keisha the edge, citing the soulful sound she brings to country music. She moves on, while Kathrina goes home.

The knockouts continued with Team Miley’s Moriah Formica, performing Kellie Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” taking on Whitney Fenimore, covering “Calling All Angels by Train. Kelly warned Moriah not to be too “guarded,” and Miley urged Whitney not to let her nerves get the better of her. Afterwards, Adam couldn’t decide who won, but Blake and Jennifer gave the round to Moriah. Miley chose 16-year-old Moriah for her presence, her voice and her attitude. She continues in the competition. Whitney goes home.

The last pairing of the night was between Team Adam’s Adam Pearce, singing Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and  Emily Luther tackling Pink’s “Glitter in the Air.” Levine, addressing the camera, said he wanted to see “who’s gonna show up and who’s not.” He advised Pearce to lose the guitar he was playing, and Emily not to be “too perfect.” Adam gave the round to Emily, who he called a “showstopper.” She advances to the live rounds.

However, as Adam was walking off the stage, he was stolen at the last minutes by Miley, who explained that Pearce just needed “a bigger stage, more production and fire.”  He moves on to the love rounds.

Also advancing on Monday was Team Adam’s Jon Mero, who ousted Dylan Gerard.

The Voice knockout rounds conclude Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Blog enlists ACLU after Taylor Swift's lawyers threaten to sue

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union after Taylor's lawyers threatened to sue a blog publisher.

West Coast culture blog PopFront sought help from the civil rights organization after Swift's lawyers sent a letter threatening to sue unless PopFront retracted an article that compared the lyrics of "Look What You Made Me Do" to chants at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and called on Taylor to denounce white supremacy and white supremacists who make use of her music.

Lawyers for Taylor claimed the article was defamatory.  But in its response, the ALCU asserts that the material Taylor's lawyers claim is defamatory is constitutionally protected opinion.

“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” said ACLU of Northern California attorney Michael Risher in a statement on the group's website.

Although the letter from Swift's lawyers end with a notice claiming that publishing it would be a copyright violation, the ACLU did post the letter to it's website, arguing that its reproduction is legal fair use and that, attaching it to their response, "transforms it from a clumsy legal threat to suppress constitutionally protected speech into an exposé of that attempt in order to educate others who might receive these types of letters that they need not be intimidated."

PopFront wrote, "At a time when the press is under constant attack from the highest branches of government, this cease and desist letter is far more insidious than Swift and her lawyer may understand. The press should not be bullied by legal action nor frightened into submission from covering any subject it chooses. Swift’s scare tactics may have worked in the past, but PopFront refuses to back down because we believe the First Amendment is more important than preserving a celebrity’s public image."

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLindsay Ell partnered with the CMA Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee to help open the Notes for Notes recording studio at the Cleveland Park Boys & Girls Club in Nashville on November 6.

Newcomer Carly Pearce celebrates her first Gold single with "Every Little Thing." She is the only solo female with a charting country debut single to achieve this major milestone in 2017.

RaeLynn has partnered with Too Faced Cosmetics for a global beauty campaign. The singer is the official face of the cosmetic line's Life's a Festival collection which includes Rainbow Strobe Highlighter and Unicorn Tears Bronzer, both available for purchase beginning February 15, 2018.

A Thousand Horses will join Kid Rock's Greatest Show on Earth Tour in 2018. The tour kicks off in Nashville on January 19.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach" is ASCAP Song of the Year, as Old Dominion ponders a CMA award win

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley delivered his hit “Somewhere on a Beach” Monday night at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, shortly before the #1 took home the honor as ASCAP Song of the Year at the organization’s 55th Annual Country Music Awards.

Jason Aldean’s “Lights Come On,” Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All” and Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” also were in the running, as was Old Dominion’s “Snapback.”

Even though OD didn’t clinch the ASCAP award this year, there’s still plenty for them to look forward to this week. They’re up for both New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday night’s 51st Annual CMA Awards on ABC.

“Oh my gosh! It's kinda scary to think about,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey said Monday night before OD’s performance at the Ryman. “But it would definitely be a moment that would feel like it would kinda solidify our place here, you know. I think we're always a little bit ready for it to end,” he laughs. “You know, we want to keep going, so everything we can do to kinda make sure we can keep doing this, because we absolutely love this. And I think that would really go a long way.”

ASCAP also gave Kelsea Ballerini its Vanguard honor on Monday night, for her contributions toward shaping the future of American music. Eighties and nineties hitmaker Rodney Crowell got the ASCAP Founders Award.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood's greatest CMA hits: Ten years of country music's biggest night

Country Music AssociationWednesday night on ABC, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMA Awards for the tenth time. That’s a feat surpassed only by Vince Gill, who led country music’s biggest night for a record twelve years.

Looking back over a decade, it’s impossible for Brad to pick out a highlight that stands out among the rest.

“There are so many, it's hard to really pick anything in particular that's my favorite moment of the whole thing. I really can't,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, the Barbies with Tim [McGraw] and Faith [Hill] have always been an amazing thing. Hank [WilliamsJunior walking out.”

Nevertheless, Brad admits last year’s CMA half-century celebration was a career high point for him.

“You're standing there and Alabama's singing, and Reba [McEntire]…” he remembers. “And I'm behind the wall waiting on Vince to finish a [MerleHaggard song, so that I can say, 'I'm a pickin' and I'm a grinnin'' with Roy Clark. I mean, it's really bucket list stuff.”

Brad’s CMA partner is inclined to agree with him.

“That was like a perk of being a host,” Carrie says. “Like we don't get paid, getting up there hosting the show. That was our payment, being able to be onstage with those legendary artists.”  

Wednesday night's show promises to add more big moments to Brad and Carrie’s long list of CMA highlights. You can check out the 51st Annual CMA Awards Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. ET, as the evening airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Katy Perry's judging "American Idol" so she can "revive that good ol' American dream"

ABC/Eric LiebowitzKaty Perry will wrap up her Witness tour in February, and American Idol kicks off the following month.  If you're wondering why a star as busy as Katy would even try to shoehorn American Idol into her already crazy schedule, it's because she really believes in what she calls "the good ol' American dream."

Noting that American Idol has been negotiating to hire her for "almost seven, eight, nine years," Katy tells ABC Radio, "It's never been quite the right timing...but I think now, more than ever, I wanna get to the heart of the people and I wanna hear their stories, and I wanna find a true star."

And as for why she chose Idol other those other TV talent competitions, Katy is succinct: "I think the difference between American Idol and other non-named shows is that it's about the contestants. I mean, [we as judges are] kinda like secondary to the contestants."

"We're here to find an American Idol, and to kinda like revive that good ol' American dream," she adds. "It's like, if you've got that talent, you work hard at it, and you catch that lucky star...we can give you that platform."

American Idol will premiere on ABC on Sunday, March 11 with Katy, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as judges, and Ryan Seacrest as the host.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Train using re-released Christmas album to brew up cash for a good cause

Sunken Forest Music/Crush MusicFor years, Train has raised money for their favorite charity via sales of their signature wines, but this year, they're throwing coffee into the mix.

As previously reported, the band has re-released their 2015 holiday album, Christmas in Tahoe, with five extra tracks, and in addition to it being available across all digital service providers, it's also being sold at nearly 250 Peet's Coffee bars across the country. 

As part of the deal, Peet's will donate a dollar from the sale of each pound of its 2017 Holiday Blend coffee to Family House, the San Francisco-based charity that Train supports. Family House provides free support for families of children with cancer and other illnesses.

The standard version of Christmas in Tahoe features 17 tracks, including five brand new ones: "Cherry Tree Carol," "Blue Christmas," "Run Run Rudolph," "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Merry Christmas Baby."  Also included is the band's #1 version of "This Christmas." The Amazon Original Deluxe Edition includes 20 songs.

Here's the tracklist for the standard version:

1. "This Christmas"
2. "Christmas Must Be Tonight"
3. "The River"
4. "Christmas Island"
5. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
6. "Merry Christmas Everybody"
7. "What Christmas Means To Me"
8. "Wait For Mary, Christmas"
9.  "O Holy Night"
10. "Shake Up Christmas"
11. "2000 Miles"
12. "Tinsel and Lights"
13. "Merry Christmas Baby"
14. "The Cherry Tree Carol"
15. "Please Come Home For Christmas"
16. "Run Run Rudolph"
17. "Blue Christmas"

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Red Hot Chili Peppers are "more than happy" to perform at Stand Up for Heroes veteran benefit event

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers will be performing at this year's Stand Up for Heroes, held tonight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The annual event raises money for injured veterans and their families, and, as drummer Chad Smith tells ABC Radio, the band is always ready for "any time we can be involved in something that helps, and immediately helps."

Along with the Chili Peppers, Stand Up for Heroes will feature performances from comedians John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj and John Mulaney, and the band is ready to take part in any comedy bits, as well.

"We're pretty funny and we're funny looking," says Smith. "We're happy to participate in any way that we're asked, musically or otherwise."

The Stand Up for Heroes show will actually be the last Chili Peppers U.S. gig for some time: the band has three South American dates lined up for next year, but besides that, they don't have any touring plans on the books.

"We're more than happy to come to New York and do this and play for these families -- they really need the help," says Smith. "[We're] looking forward to it." 

In other Chili Peppers happenings this week, the next episode of the Chad Smith-hosted PBS program Landmarks Live in Concert, featuring a performance by Foo Fighters at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, airs this Friday, November 10.

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Guitarist Earl Slick, Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler join Celebrating David Bowie tour

Courtesy of CdBThe recently announced 2018 Celebrating David Bowie tour, featuring various musicians who toured with the late rock legend over the years, has confirmed some new additions to its lineup of performers. Longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler will take part in the North American trek, which runs from a February 10 concert in Silver Spring, Maryland, through a March 11 show in Portland, Oregon.

"I'm happy to announce that I am officially joining my longtime [Bowie] band mates starting on the February leg of the 'Celebrating David Bowie' tour," says Slick, who contributed to such Bowie albums as Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Reality, among others, in addition to touring frequently with David. "So put on your red shoes and I'll see you all then."

Slick and Fowler join a house band for the trek that includes longtime Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson; guitarist Gerry Leonard, who played on Bowie's Heathen and A Reality tours; and bassist Carmine Rojas, who accompanied David on his Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider tours.

Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore and Guatemalan singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno also will take part in the 2018 Celebrating David Bowie tour, as will many as-yet-unannounced guest singers.

Meanwhile, a March 1 concert in Mexico City recently was added to the tour itinerary. Prior to the North American trek, a series of Celebrating David Bowie performances will be held in Europe, running from a January 10 concert in Paris through a January 19 gig in Berlin.

Here are all of the confirmed 2018 North American dates of the Celebrating David Bowie tour:

2/10 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
2/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
2/12 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
2/13 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
2/16 -- Boston, MA, Chevalier Theatre
2/17 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, M Telus
2/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
2/19 -- Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
2/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
2/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
2/23 -- Chicago, IL, The Vic Theatre
2/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
2/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
2/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
3/1 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Plaza Condesa
3/3 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
3/4 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center
3/6 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
3/7 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater
3/10 -- Seattle, WA, Benaroya Hall
3/11 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater

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Tuesday
Nov072017

Watch mini documentary about the new Aretha Franklin orchestral album "A Brand New Me"

Rhino/Atlantic RecordsWith the new album A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra getting released this Friday, a short behind-the-scenes documentary looking at the making of the record has premiered at Rhino's official YouTube channel. As previously reported, the album features reworked versions of some of the Queen of Soul's classic songs pairing her original vocal performances with new orchestral accompaniment.

The six-minute video features new interviews with funk legend Nile Rodgers, A Brand New Me co-producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's managing director, James Williams. It also includes archival performance footage of Aretha and scenes of the orchestra recording its symphonic parts at London's Abbey Road Studios.

In the documentary, Reedman discusses the concept behind A Brand New Me, noting that "the idea was to create a new, fresh sound, but retain the authenticity and the feeling that [Franklin] put into those original recordings, and then blend in that amazing voice with a 60-piece orchestra."

Rodgers, meanwhile, says that he's performed with Aretha on occasion and proceeds to talk about how impressive her singing is.

"Try and be a producer and try and be in control and have her just singing there in your ear. Impossible." he maintains. "She's genius. I mean, those are people that breathe this rarefied air that are touched by gods and angels."

The video also includes audio segments of three songs that appear on A Brand New Me -- "I Say a Little Prayer," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Respect."

As previously reported, A Brand New Me co-producers Reedman and Patrick are the same duo behind recent albums by Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison combining archival vocal performances and new symphonic arrangements.

Here's the full A Brand New Me track list:

"Think"
"Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"
"I Say a Little Prayer"
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"
"A Brand New Me"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
"Angel"
"Border Song (Holy Moses)"
"Let It Be"
"People Get Ready"
"Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"
"You're All I Need to Get By"
"Son of a Preacher Man"
"Respect"

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Tuesday
Nov072017

"What about lashes?": Mary J. Blige talks vanity and self-acceptance 

Carrie Mae WeemsMary J. Blige says that she "didn't realize how vain" she was until filming the role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees' upcoming Netflix drama, Mudbound

In conversation with MacArthur Fellowship awarded artist Carrie Mae Weems for W magazine, Mary says, "Once I saw how my character, Florence, lived [in a shack on a farm in Mississippi], I thought, 'Wow, I'm really a vain person.'" 

She continues, "When I went to the movie set to do the first day of fittings, I was Mary J. Blige: I had just done a tour and a show, so I was all, you know, I had wigs and weaves and all sorts of things going on, and Dee Rees was like, 'No! We want to see you. You can't have a perm, you're going to have minimal, minimal makeup.'" 

I was like, 'What about lashes?' And she said no, and I was like, 'Really? Florence doesn't have lashes?'" 

"That part was a lot! A lot!" 

Still, Mary tackled the role, and having to do without wearing false lashes, for Rees' film, adding that playing Florence gave her "a little more confidence" and "liberated" her. 

The "Thick of It" singer also tells Weems that she's currently going through an "ongoing process" of self-acceptance since filing for divorce from estranged husband, Kendu Isaacs

"Every single day I'm working on that, and it's been hard ever since this challenge I'm having with this divorce. It was such a terrible thing." 

She says, "It was like, I can't stay, but it really let me see, Mary, you are better than that. You have to continue to grow." 

Mudbound makes it debut on Netflix November 17. 

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Monday
Nov062017

Justin Moore shares a glimpse on tour in "Kinda Don't Care" video

ABC/Image Group LAJustin Moore is giving fans an up-close look at his Hell on a Highway Tour in his latest video for "Kinda Don't Care."

Directed by Cody Villalobos, the three-minute clip was filmed during several sold-out tour stops over the summer including shows in Sacramento and Redding, California; and Enumclaw, Washington.

“I am lucky enough that my wife and kids let me spend so much time on the road,” Moore said in a statement. “Performing for my fans is what I love the most about this career and know they are the reason it’s possible. So, I thought it would be really cool to showcase ‘Kinda Don’t Care’ and the tour in this way.”

Justin can be seen having a drink with his band backstage before a show as well as teaching his daughters' guitar chords on the bus. The clip also gives views of the crowds from the back of the venues as well as what the audience looks like to Moore while he's on stage performing.

"Kinda Don't Care" is the title track off Moore's latest album, which is his third consecutive release to top the charts. It is also his third single from the project following his previous number-one hits “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will.” 

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Monday
Nov062017

Little Big Town wanders through the wilderness in "When Someone Stops Loving You" video

ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town is well known for their pristine harmonies and memorable lyrics and their latest single, "When Someone Stops Loving You," strikes a deep chord. The new, four-minute video for the song has the quartet wandering through the wilderness, lamenting of the end of a relationship.

Dressed in black, Little Big Town walk slowly through the stark landscape as they mourn the death of love. Jimi Westbrook sings lead on "When Someone Stops Loving You" and his yearning vocals coupled with the bleak landscape further the hurt in the song's lyrics.

"When Someone Stops Loving You" was written by Hillary LindseyLori McKenna and Chase McGill. It is the third single off Little Big Town's number-one album The Breaker, which is nominated for Album of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards. The band has also been given nods for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Better Man." The nominations mark their 26th career CMA nods.

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Monday
Nov062017

Meek Mill sentenced to 2 to 4 years for probation violations

Arik McArthur/FilmMagicMeek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in state prison in Pennsylvania for violating his probation, Philly.com reports, after Meek was arrested twice in 2017.

Meek, whose legal name is Robert Williams, pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving for doing stunts on a dirt bike in New York City.  In March, he was arrested for fighting in a St. Louis airport.  Those charges were dropped after Meek agreed to undertake community service, but just being arrested opened Meek to charges of violating his parole.

These are just the latest probation violations for Meek. His initial conviction, on a drugs and weapons charge came in 2008, when he was 19, Philly.com reports. He served eight months in prison and began five year's probation in 2009.  But probation violations resulted in five more months in prison in 2013 and an extension of his probation.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley in court on Monday in Philadelphia accused Meek of "just thumbing your nose at me," after she had given him multiple chances over the years to stay out of jail, including in February of last year when she place him under 90-day house arrest for another probation violation.

Meek's attorney told the paper he plans to appeal the sentence.

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Monday
Nov062017

Thomas Rhett notches ninth number-one with "Unforgettable"

ABC/MARK LEVINEThomas Rhett is on a winning streak. The country singer has garnered his third consecutive number-one song this year with "Unforgettable," which hit the top position on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. The song is the fastest rising song of his career, peaking at just 14 weeks.

“This is a really cool way to kick off CMA week,” Thomas Rhett said in a statement. “It’s always a good week because everyone is in town, we all get to see each other, hangout backstage at the show, but to also find out ‘Unforgettable’ is number-one is awesome."

"Unforgettable" follows previous number-one hits "Craving You" and "Star of the Show," released earlier this year. Thomas' success continues as he is nominated for three CMA Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Craving You."

The country singer released his third album, Life Changes, earlier this year. It debuted at number-one on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making him the first country artist this year to take the top spot.

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Monday
Nov062017

U2 to receive prestigious Global Icon honor at 2017 MTV European Music Awards

Credit: Anton CorbijnAs U2 gears up for the December 1 release of its latest studio album, Songs of Experience, the Irish rock legends will be presented with a prestigious honor this Sunday at the 2017 MTV European Music Awards -- the Global Icon award.

In celebration of the honor, the band will give a special performance in London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday as part of the "MTV Presents Trafalgar Square" event. A portion of U2's set will then be broadcast on the 2017 MTV EMAs ceremony, which takes place at London's SSE Arena, Wembley and airs in the U.S. on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

"U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," says Viacom executive Bruce Gillmer. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we're thrilled and honored to announce that they are this year's Global Icon."

Previous Global Icon winners include Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran and Green Day.

U2 also will compete for the Best Live award at this year's MTV EMAs. Visit MTVEMA.com to find out more details about the ceremony and to vote for your favorite nominated artists.

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Watch: Luke Bryan says a third Entertainer win would let him thank his fans

ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan is a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and he's nominated for the award once again on Wednesday night.  Luke says one reason he'd like to win it again is so that he can personally show his gratitude to his fans.

"When you win an Entertainer of the Year award, then you get to thank your fans on tour the following year and every night when you acknowledge, 'Thanks for coming out. Because of you guys, I'm your Entertainer of the Year,'" he tells ABC Radio.

The country singer won the coveted award in 2014 and 2015, but finds himself among some tough competition this year: he's up against Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. But whether he wins or loses the award, Luke says the actual "entertaining" part of his job is the most important thing.

"The main thing for me is entertain, put music out and do this job to the best of your availability," he explains. "Hopefully I'll have a few more years at getting to be a part of this night. I cherish all of my memories of being at the CMA Awards, and certainly cherish my two Entertainer of the Year awards that I've been blessed to win -- which is still amazing to me." 

Tune into the CMA Awards on ABC Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET to see if Luke is crowned Entertainer of the Year for the third time.

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