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Tuesday
Jan092018

Eminem unleashes "Chloraseptic" remix featuring Phresher and 2 Chainz 

Craig McDeanFans may wonder if Eminem will need some throat relief after listening to the rapper's fiery remix of "Chloraseptic." 

In a response to critics of his latest album, Revival, Em released the new song on Monday, making a simple announcement on social media by showing off the cover art for the track. 

"Chloraseptic" Remix showcases the Grammy winner's impressive lyrical flow as he spits verses such as, "Bin Laden with a pen/Body it again/I begin slaughterin' your men/Prolly shoulda been/Ali or the Svengali/Embodiment of sin." 

He also name checks other artists throughout the song like rapper MacklemorePink, Kehlani and Beyoncé (who lent guest vocals on Em's "Walk on Water" single).  

The original version of "Chloraseptic" is featured on Revival, with guest vocals from Phresher. The remix version, however, includes both Phresher and 2 Chainz.

Regardless of negative criticism, Revival landed atop the Billboard 200 album chart in late December, helping it become a record-breaking achievement for Eminem. The rapper is the first artist to have eight straight albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

You can stream "Chloraseptic" Remix on YouTube and purchase the song via the usual digital platforms. 

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Rise Against explores family bonds in "House on Fire" video

Virgin RecordsRise Against has premiered the video for their track "House of Fire," which appears on the band's latest album, Wolves. The emotional clip is streaming now on YouTube.

The video explores the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter, the latter of whom has the power to control fire. When that power goes awry, the grandfather must venture through fire to save her, which, as a press release explains, represents "the innocence of early childhood giving way to the tumultuous coming-of-age years" and "how personal relationships can also have an impact on our world."

Wolves, Rise Against's eighth studio album, also features the lead single "The Violence." The band will be touring the globe in support of the album throughout the year, and they'll be back in the U.S. for a February 22 in Hawaii and to headline the 2018 Punk Rock Bowling festival, held May 25-28 in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Tina Turner to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 

Paul Bergen/RedfernsMusic legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tina Turner will be honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this summer. 

A special award ceremony and concert to celebrate Tina, along with other honorees including British rockers Queen, country icon Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, and legendary studio musician Hal Blaine, will also take place.  

In a statement, Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."

The Queen of Rock and Roll is recognized for her many impressive contributions to the music industry. 

Since beginning her music career in the 1950s, she's sold over 50 million albums, won multiple Grammys and American Music Awards and is one of the most renowned live performers of the rock era.  

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Black Eyed Peas, minus Fergie, release socially conscious new single "Street Livin'"

Interscope RecordsForget about fun party jams like "Let's Get It Started" and "I Gotta Feeling:" the Black Eyed Peas are back and they're woke.

The group, minus Fergie, has released a socially conscious new single called "Street Livin'," which talks about how police brutality, gun laws, immigration and prison reform affect people of color. It features will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo spitting lines like, "Another cop got off with no charge/If you black in the hood, you at large/You're guilty until we prove you're innocent/If you're ivory, they treat you different."

Another lyric goes,"Listen, they derailed the soul train/And put a nightmare into every Martin Luther King/And privatized prisons are owned by the same/Slave masters that owned the slave trade game."

The song was inspired by the Black Eyed Peas' graphic novel distributed by Marvel Comics, called Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles. The video features photos of black men in prison, being arrested and being put to death, with their mouths animated so that they appear to be rapping the song's lyrics.

The Peas have also released an augmented reality app as a companion to the novel, and it features voices provided by stars like Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah. On top of that, something called The Masters of the Sun virtual reality experience, which features Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Jamie, Latifah and Jason Isaacs, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and be released January 19.

Both the app and the VR experience feature narration by Lee and a score by will.i.am and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

As for Fergie, she's currently hosting the Fox show The Four, and promoting her album Double Dutchess.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Royal Blood's Mike Kerr guests on new song from British band Turbowolf

ABC/Randy HolmesRoyal Blood frontman Mike Kerr lends his voice to a new track from fellow British rock band Turbowolf. The track is called "Domino," which you can listen to now on YouTube.

"I've been a fan of 'The Wolf' right from the beginning," says Kerr in a statement. "Over the years, we have become great friends but to get to sing on one their songs is a dream for me."

"'Domino' is everything I want from Turbowolf as a fan," he adds. "Some of the best riffs money can't buy and so catchy that you feel like both of your ears are reminiscing with a dear old friend. Rock n' roll's very own paramedics have done it again."

"Domino" appears on Turbowolf's forthcoming album The Free Life, due out March 9. They'll be opening for Royal Blood on their U.S. headlining tour, which begins May 28 in Brooklyn, New York.

Royal Blood will be touring in support of their sophomore album, How Did We Get So Dark? The album's single "I Only Lie When I Love You" currently sits at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Carrie Underwood clearly has Super Bowl plans -- but what are they?

ABC/Image Group LA Does Carrie Underwood have a Super Bowl appearance up her sleeve?

While she seems to have answered the question as to when new music is coming, the American Idol winner is also raising a new one. Late in the day on Monday, Carrie tweeted "#TheChampion coming January 12," along with a photo that includes the word "INVINCIBLE," as well as the same hashtag.

On Sunday, a brief snippet of the song debuted during the NFL playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams. Carrie also shared the same clip of the tune on her socials, which features the lyric "I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable."

The interesting thing is Carrie keeps adding the hashtag #SBLII to her posts, which of course stands for Super Bowl LII. The game will air live from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis February 4 on NBC. Given Carrie's previous NFL plugs for her new song and the fact that she sings the theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football, it seems logical Carrie could find her way into this year’s biggest football matchup of them all.

With Justin Timberlake set to do the halftime show and Pink on board to sing the national anthem, the question is: what will Carrie's involvement be?   

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Brothers Osborne, Midland and the Opry pack their bags for Bonnaroo

Image courtesy BonnarooThe Grand Ole Opry is headed to Bonnaroo. For the first time in its history, the world's longest-running radio show will host a performance from the popular music festival held each summer in Manchester, Tennessee.

Brothers OsborneMidlandSheryl Crow and Old Medicine Show are also part of the massive lineup, which will come to life June 7-10 about an hour southeast of Nashville. We'll find out exactly who’ll play the Opry show in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Bonnaroo go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET. You can find out more at Bonnaroo.com.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Chester Bennington's widow asks fans not to leave tributes at their former home 

ABC/Randy HolmesChester Bennington's widow Talinda has asked fans to refrain from leaving gifts and tributes at her family's former home, where the late Linkin Park died last July.

"We have moved into a new home...and the well-meaning fans that still come to the house, are disturbing our tenants," Talinda writes on Twitter. "We (our family & the band) are deciding on the best place for a permanent memorial. It's a big decision and your respect & patience is appreciated. We love you all."

Instead, Talinda asks that fans wishing to leave tributes send them to the Warner Bros. Records office in Burbank, California.

"Our family will receive all of your cards and gifts still," she says. "And we deeply appreciate them."

Talinda adds that she's planning a "special memorial" in honor of Chester's upcoming birthday on March 20.

Bennington died by suicide on July 20. He was 41.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Justin Timberlake to appear on post-Super Bowl episode of "The Tonight Show"

Ira James/NBCIf you can't get enough of Justin Timberlake after watching his Super Bowl halftime show on February 4, stick around after the game to watch him hang with his BFF, Jimmy Fallon.

Justin, along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the cast of This Is Us, will all appear on a special post-Super Bowl episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Justin will be talking to Jimmy and serving as musical guest on the episode.

The show will air live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4 after the Super Bowl, an original episode of This Is Us and late local news.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

"Here we go!": Sugarland says "Still the Same" is just the beginning

Shervin Lainez for Big Machine Records / UMG Nashville"Still the Same" is Sugarland’s first new music since 2010’s The Incredible Machine.

While it's a fitting title for both the duo’s reunion and their upcoming tour, the song itself is also about rekindling a relationship, whether musical, romantic, or otherwise.

"There's a certain amount of joy that comes from seeing somebody you haven't seen in a while," Kristian Bush says. "And it's always hard for me to determine if it’s my joy or the other person’s joy. And part of it because it’s familiar, part of it because it acknowledges the distance -- it’s been a long time.  And it's not looking back, it’s looking forward -- and I think that’s what this song is."

"But yet, I think, doing it from the perspective of the present," Jennifer Nettles adds. "It's just saying, 'Here we are right now and here we go.'"

"And here we go!" Kristian laughs.

Kristian and Jennifer are certainly about to be off and running. They have a new album on the way, and they’ll set out on a 48-city tour this summer. Pre-sales start Tuesday, with more information at SugarlandMusic.com.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The 1970 debut single from two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Crystal Gayle was written by her big sister, Loretta Lynn.  Loretta also came up with Crystal's stage name, thinking her birth name, Brenda Gail Webb, was too similar to Brenda Lee. Can you name Crystal Gayle's first hit, which peaked at #23? ANSWER:  "I've Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes)."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Brooklyn Museum to host series of Bowie-related during run of "David Bowie Is" exhibition

Photograph from the album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973 (Brian Duffy/Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive)"David Bowie Is," the expansive exhibition focusing on the influential rocker's multifaceted career, will make its U.S. debut on March 2 when it opens at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. During the display's run, which ends July 15, a variety of film screenings, musical performances and other special Bowie-themed events will be held at the museum.

On March 8, the 1996 biopic Basquiat, which featured Bowie as famed artist Andy Warhol, will be shown, accompanied by live performances from artists, musicians and dancers.

On March 29, the band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber will pay tribute to Bowie by performing unique covers of the late singer's tunes.

April 7 will see the museum host an evening-long variety of events, including live music, films, theatrical performances, conversations and more.

On May 18, a celebration called "Dance Party: Night of 1,000 Bowies" will be held at the museum that will feature DJs and musical performances paying homage to David's many looks and guises. Attendees are encouraged to wear Bowie costumes to the bash.

For the first three weeks of June, a different Bowie-related movie will be shown each Thursday at 7 p.m., with The Hunger being screened on June 7, Labyrinth on June 14 and Velvet Goldmine on June 21.

Then on Thursday, June 28, a variety of Bowie's classic music videos will be shown, and famed photographer Mick Rock will be on hand to close the evening with a Q&A session.

The "David Bowie Is" exhibition features more than 300 items from the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's archives, spanning from his teenage years to his death in January 2016. They include stage costumes, instruments, handwritten set lists and lyrics, personal sketches, set designs, diary entries and more.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Queen and Tina Turner to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

Phil Dent/RedfernsRock & Roll Hall of Famers Queen and the Queen of Rock and Roll -- Tina Turner -- are set to receive even more accolades.

Both artists will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, and will be honored at an award ceremony and concert this summer. Other honorees include another Rock Hall inductee, Neil Diamond, as well as country icon Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, and legendary studio musician Hal Blaine, who played drums on 350 top 10 hits.  Blaine drummed on classics by The Beach Boys, Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds and many more.

In a statement, Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Tina Turner, Neil Diamond to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesMusic legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tina Turner and Neil Diamond are set to receive even more accolades.

Both artists will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, and will be honored with an award ceremony and concert this summer. Other honorees include British rockers Queen, country icon Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, and legendary studio musician Hal Blaine, who played drums on 350 top 10 hits.

Neil Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums and scored 38 top 40 hits. Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, has sold over 50 million albums, and is one of the most renowned live performers of the rock era.

In a statement, Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff split after five years 

ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Lou RoccoLena Dunham and Jack Antonoff have called it quits after dating for more than five years, reps for both told People magazine on Tuesday, confirming a story that originally appeared on E! Online.

The Girls creator and star and the Bleachers frontman reportedly broke up in December, according to a source who that tells the entertainment website the split was "mutual."

"Jack and Lena were growing apart and it just made sense for them to end their relationship where it was," says the insider.

"They want the best for each other no matter what. They are both moving on," adds the source.

Dunham, 31, and Antonoff, 33, reportedly met on a blind date set up by Antonoff’s sister and comedian Mike Birbiglia in 2012, and moved in together shortly after.

The actress, writer and producer and the hitmaking songwriter and producer were last seen publicly about a year ago at a Grammys pre-party, according to E!

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Sugarland to launch Still the Same Tour 2018 in May

Big Machine Records / UMG NashvilleReunited duo Sugarland is hitting the road this summer on their Still the Same 2018 tour.

The tour kicks off May 4 in Durant, OK, and is scheduled to wrap up September 8 in Newark, NJ. Along the way, the tour will stop in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville and, yes, Sugar Land, TX.

Joining Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush on the road for the first leg of the tour are Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen.  Lindsay Ell and Frankie Ballard will be on board for the second part of the trek.

“We are thrilled to head back out on the road together as this has been a long time coming for the both of us!” says Jennifer in a statement. "And to have Brandy, Clare, Frankie and Lindsay join us will make our return really special.”

Kristian adds, "Can’t wait to get back out there and share our new music with the best fans on earth! It will be great to hear everyone singing the old favorites along with us all summer.”

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. local time, but starting today, fans in select cities can buy VIP packages that include meet-and-greets, exclusive merch and pre-show sound checks.

Here are the tour dates:

5/4 -- Choctaw Grand Theatre, Durant, OK
5/25 -- James Brown Arena,  Augusta, GA*
5/26 -- PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC*
5/27 -- Country 500 Festival, Daytona Beach, FL*
5/31 -- Gila River Arena,  Phoenix, AZ*
6/1 -- Honda Center,  Anaheim, CA*
6/2 -- San Diego County Fair,  Del Mar, CA*
6/7 -- accesso ShoWare Center,  Kent, WA*
6/8 -- Spokane Arena,  Spokane WA*
6/9 -- MODA Center,  Portland, OR*
6/12 -- Santa Barbara Bowl,  Santa Barbara, CA*
6/14 -- Greek Theatre,  Los Angeles, CA*
6/15 -- Rabobank Arena,  Bakersfield, CA*
6/16 -- Mandalay Bay,  Las Vegas, NV*
6/21 -- Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre,  Denver, CO*
6/22 -- Rushmore Plaza Civic Center,  Rapid City, SD*
6/23 -- Bismarck Event Center,  Bismarck, ND*
6/28 -- CenturyLink Center Omaha,  Omaha, NE*
6/29 -- TaxSlayer Center,  Moline, IL*
6/30 -- Chaifetz Arena,  St. Louis, MO*
7/6 -- Fallsview Casino,  Niagara Fall, ONT***
7/7 -- Fallsview Casino,  Niagara Falls, ONT***
7/8 -- Turning Stone Resort,  Verona, NY***
7/12 -- Schottenstein Center,  Columbus, OH*
7/13 -- Covelli Centre,  Youngstown, OH*
7/14 -- Merriweather Post Pavilion,  Columbia, MD*
7/19 -- BOK Center,  Tulsa, OK**
7/20 -- Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie,  Grand Prairie, TX**
7/21 -- Smart Financial Centre,  Sugar Land, TX**
7/26 -- Pensacola Bay Center,  Pensacola, FL**
7/27 -- Von Braun Center,  Huntsville, AL**
7/28 -- KFC Yum Center,  Louisville, KY**
8/2 -- Bridgestone Arena,  Nashville, TN**
8/3 -- Infinite Energy Arena,  Atlanta, GA**
8/4 -- Bon Secours Wellness Arena,  Greenville, SC**
8/9 -- Huntington Center,  Toledo, OH**
8/10 -- Van Andel Arena,  Grand Rapids, MI**
8/11 -- Resch Center,  Green Bay, WI**
8/16 -- Denny Sanford PREMIER Center,  Sioux Falls, SD**
8/17 -- Iowa State Fair,  Des Moines, IA**
8/18 -- INTRUST Bank Arena,  Wichita, KS**
8/23 -- Ravinia Festival,  Chicago, IL**
8/24 -- Minnesota State Fair  St. Paul, MN**
8/25 -- Nebraska State Fair,  Grand Island, NE****
8/30 -- Mohegan Sun Arena,  Uncasville, CT**
8/31 -- Allentown Fair,  Allentown, PA**
9/1 -- Bank of NH Pavillion,  Gilford, NH**
9/7 -- DCU Center,  Worcester, MA**
9/8 -- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ**
 
*with Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen
**with Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell
***with Brandy Clark only
****with Frankie Ballard only

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Tuesday
Jan092018

The Killers, Muse, Eminem, Bon Iver, Paramore to headline Bonnaroo 2018 

Courtesy BonnarooThe Killers, Muse, Eminem, Bon Iver, Paramore, Alt-J and many, many more acts make up the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Bon Iver will be performing what's described as "two unique sets."  The lineup also includes The Revivalists, Moon Taxi, Rag 'N' Bone Man, First Aid Kit, Sir Sly and over 100 additional acts.

The four-day festival will take place June 7-10 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN.  Tickets go on sale January 12 at 10 a.m. ET, exclusively via Bonnaroo.com.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Katy Perry loooking for "a real legit 'American Idol'"

ABC/Image Group LAAmerican Idol returns March 11 on ABC, along with original host Ryan Seacrest, and they're banking on new judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry to return the show to its glory days, when it produced stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

"Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star," said Perry at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles on Monday. "America doesn't need a star. They need like a real legit American Idol."

Adds Perry, "It's a beautiful story. And we need those beautiful stories right now to help lift us up, inspire us and believe in ourselves again."

She thinks the timing couldn't be better for Idol's return either, noting that it takes more than just raw talent to make it in the business these days.

"I think...these days it's so hard to stand out. Yyou have to like, light yourself on fire on Instagram, while singing and it's like you still might not get enough hits," she explains. "It's come full circle that this platform, this launching pad, may give such an advantage to all those people that need that spotlight."

Seacrest, acknowledges the show's failure to produce real superstars in its later years. The key this time around, was finding a group of stars who "weren't just gonna be individual stars, but were gonna come on to collaborate, to take this seriously and to give the franchise what it deserves."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Did Kanye West place a call to rap for a dying fan?

ABC/Randy HolmesKim Kardashian West, in replying to a tweet, seems to have confirmed a Twitter user's story that her reclusive husband, Kanye West, reached out to a dying fan with a phone call in recent weeks.

Back on January 3, one Twitter user posted, "This girl in my town had cancer and Kanye called her a couple days ago to rap for her. I think Kim was there too. Wasn’t even blasted on social media or anything. She passed yesterday. I have so much respect for him tho. Making her happy in her last moments."

On Sunday night, Kim linked to the earlier tweet, writing, "We are praying for her family," seeming to corroborate the story.

TMZ reports that Kanye FaceTimed the ailing girl last week.  After the two spoke, the girl requested "I Love Kanye" from The Life of Pablo, which Kanye rapped for her.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hunter Hayes’ new song, “This Girl,” will be available to stream or download on Friday.

Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline will play her debut single, “Reasons,” Monday, January 15 on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can catch the show weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

LANCO’s follow-up to their #1 hit “Greatest Love Story” will be the track “Born to Love You.” Both songs are featured on the band’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights, which comes out January 19.

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