Phantogram Can't Escape the "Same Old Blues" on New Song

ABC/Randy HolmesPhantogram has shared a new song called "Same Old Blues." Despite its title, the track has a very upbeat, poppy sound. You can listen to "Same Old Blues" now via YouTube.

"Same Old Blues" is a cut from Phantogram's forthcoming album, Three, which also features the lead single "You Don't Get Me High Anymore." Three will be released October 7.

Phantogram will be touring in support of Three this fall starting September 29 in Las Vegas.

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Canada's CraveTV Gets Stones Film for Oct. 14 Premiere

Claude GassianIf you're a Canadian Rolling Stones fan who couldn't make it to Friday night's world premiere of The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: Trip Across Latin America at the Toronto International Film Festival, you can see your favorite band's new concert movie on TV next month.

CraveTV has acquired the rights to the movie,  a road-trip feature about the group's 10-city tour in February and March, including their historic first-ever visit to Havana. It's the latest effort by Paul Dugdale, who has also directed concert films of Adele, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, and its small-screen debut will take place October 14.

In addition, CraveTV acquired the rights to screen Dugdale's The Rolling Stones Havana Moon, a special about their Cuba show, the first time an Anglo-American band performed in that country. That movie will screen in cinemas worldwide for one night, Sept. 23, and CraveTV will premiere it in January.

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Calvin Harris Releases New Breakup Song as Fans Speculate Wildly

Conor McDonnell/Columbia RecordsCalvin Harris has just released a new single called "My Way," and this time, there's no Taylor Swift collaboration involved. 

Calvin wrote and produced the song himself, and he also sings lead on it, which he hasn't done since 2014's "Summer."  Before that, he sang on his 2011 hit "Feel So Close." His other singles feature vocals by artists like Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Rihanna, Jon Newman and others.

Of course, none of this matters because all people care about is speculating as to whether or not the song's about his breakup with Taylor.

"Why wait to say 'At least I did it my way'/Lie awake two-faced, but in my heart I understand," sings Calvin. "I made my move and it was all about you/Now I feel so far removed/You were the one thing in my way."

This song could be about his breakup with Taylor, judging from his comments about the relationship after the fact.  His fans sure think it is, with one tweeting, "Calvin Harris playing Swift at her own game with this new tune," and another using the hashtags "#Karma" and "#WhatComesAroundGoesAround."

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Britney Spears Admits She Thinks About Ditching Fame to Become a Teacher 

Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears loves what she does, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t sometimes consider what life would be life if she wasn’t a pop star. In a new cover story with NME, the singer admits she thinks about leaving fame behind and becoming a teacher.

"Sometimes I'm like, 'What am I doing? Like, I could be a teacher,'” she says. “But then I see other people doing it too and I'm like, 'Well, you know, it's probably all they've known for so long, so it just kind of makes sense.’"

She says she “tries not to analyze” why her career has lasted this long. “I love what I do and I think that helps because it speaks for itself when I perform,” Britney says.

The singer also reveals that when she first set out to make her latest album Glory, things didn’t go too well.

“The beginning of the project was actually not that great. The songs that were coming in were not very good,” she says. “So we got a new A&R girl, and we totally turned it around, gave it a profound new direction.”

She adds, “I wanted to use my voice more. I did different stuff with my voice -- more bluesy and urban stuff, and played around with different things.”

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Adele Sparks a Run on Boston Cream Doughnuts

Alasdair McLellanAdele caused a fervor over doughnuts this week -- and not in the Ariana Grande doughnut-licking kind of way. At her concert in Boston Wednesday night, she reportedly mentioned she was a fan of the Boston cream Bismarck doughnuts at one particular shop: Blackbird Doughnuts on the city’s South End.

The Boston Globe reports that by 9 a.m. the next morning, the shop was all sold out of Boston creams.  Blackbird owner Rebecca Roth Gullo says she began receiving texts and emails from people shortly after Adele made the comments on stage.

“Can I tell you we are major Adele fans?” she says. “We’re just totally awestruck.”

To keep up with the increase in demand, the shop is planning to increase its Boston cream production. “I can tell you that throughout the weekend we’re making many more of them,” Roth Gullo says.

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Eric Paslay Takes His Wings on the Road for Fall Headlining Tour

EMI NashvilleEric Paslay’s fall headlining tour will take its inspiration from his latest single, “Angels in This Town,” with the Texas-born son of missionaries continuing to make “angel visits” along the way, surprising those who work to make their communities a better place.

Newcomers Lindsay EllAdam Sanders and Courtney Cole will rotate as Eric’s special guests on the trek that kicks off October 13 in Providence, Rhode Island. He'll also be taking along his own his signature pair of wings, made for him by artist Kelsey Montague, inspired by the ones she painted that appear on the cover of his single.

Here are the initial 15 dates for Eric Paslay’s Angels in This Town 2016 Tour:

10/13 -- Providence, RI, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
10/15 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
10/19 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/21 -- Dallas, TX, Klyde Warren Park
10/28 -- Ocala, FL, Cowboy’s Saloon
10/29 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds
11/3 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/4 -- Tiffin, OH, Ritz Theatre
11/5 -- Carlisle, PA, Carlisle Theatre
11/6 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone
11/10 -- Patchogue, NY, The Emporium
11/11 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
11/12 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
11/18 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s

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Judge Finds Nick Gordon Responsible in Bobbi Kristina Brown Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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A Fulton County Georgia judge has ruled Nick Gordon the "responsible party" in the wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.  The only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died last year after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Alpharetta.

According to WSB-TV, Gordon did not show up to court on Friday morning and his attorneys told the judge that Gordon repeatedly ignored requests to appear in court and answer any related questions. In the past, Gordon has invoked the Fifth Amendment in declining to answer questions about the death of Bobbi Kristina.

According to People magazine, because Gordon failed to appear in court for a second time, the judge said "anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission," which means he ruled against Gordon because Gordon wasn't present to offer any testimony.

“I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings.  All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter’s death,"  Bobby Brown said in a statement. "Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon.  Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this.”

“We have said all along that we believed Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. This judgement confirms our belief. Mr. Gordon had every opportunity to appear in Court and attempt to clear his name.  He declined," Bobby's attorney, Christopher Brown, added in a statement.

The $50 million dollar lawsuit was filed in November 2015 by the family of Bobbi Kristina and was joined by Bobby in May. WSB-TV reports that the Brown family members who were in attendance at the hearing "were pleased" with the decision, but still want Gordon to be charged criminally.

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Carrie & Brad: "Forever Country" Is a "Spine-Tingling" Feat Impossible in Any Other Genre

CMAThe new single, “Forever Country,” was set in motion by the CMA to celebrate 50 years of its iconic awards show. Only in country music, maintains Carrie Underwood, could you manage to take 30 celebrated artists and have them collaborate on a mashup of three of the biggest songs of all time.

“The CMA Awards…it’s just a celebration of great music, great artists, great talent, great songs,” Carrie reflects. “And fifty years of that kind of all being squished together for this incredible project…and everybody just being so willing to jump in and be a part of it. We have legends all the way to new artists and everything in between. I just don’t think you'd really see that in other genres of music,” she brags.

Carrie’s CMA Awards co-host, Brad Paisley, admits he was a little overcome to get to sing part of a song that means so much to him personally.

“I think we’re all humbled by…the material we’re getting to perform together for the first time…They’re classics,” Brad says. “I for one as a West Virginian singing ‘Country Roads’… it’s a very spine-tingling thing for me,” he confesses.  

 In addition to John Denver’s classic tune, Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” complete the new mashup. You’ll be able to see the epic music video that accompanies the new single on Tuesday.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards air November 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, with Carrie and Brad at the helm.

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"Trolls" Soundtrack, Executive Produced by Justin Timberlake, Now Available for Pre-Order

RCA Records You've heard Justin Timberlake's hit from the Trolls movie soundtrack, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Now, you can pre-order the album.

Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack just became available for pre-order on the usual digital outlets. If you pre-order it, you'll receive an instant download of another JT contribution, his cover with Anna Kendrick of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors."

Aside from "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "True Colors," the album's track list includes remakes of Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," and a medley of Diana Ross' "I'm Comin' Out" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," which is based on "I'm Comin' Out."

Justin executive produced the soundtrack, which is due out September 23 and also features new music from Ariana Grande and Trolls cast member Gwen Stefani.

The Trolls movie hits theaters November 4.

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Mario to Premiere New Music Video for "I Need More" on MTV

ABC/Greg GayneMario fans will see the singer's first music video in three years when the visual for his track "I Need More" premieres tonight on MTV.  

The hitmaker shared a few teaser images from the visual clip via Complex on Friday. 

"I Need More" will be featured on Mario's upcoming album, tentatively called Paradise Cove, slated for fall release. Mario recently shared with ABC Radio what fans can expect from his newest album. 

"I'm just growing as an artist, as I said before, and I think that what people can expect...they can still expect to hear the classic Mario voice, but the concept may be coming from a different place," he said. 

"I Need More" debuts tonight at 7:40 p.m. ET on MTV.  

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Iggy Pop Announces "Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall" Concert Film

ABC/Randy HolmesThe wonder of Iggy Pop's live show is coming to your home in the form of Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert film will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 28, and is available for pre-order now via Amazon.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall was filmed at the iconic U.K. venue during Pop's tour in support of his latest album, Post Pop Depression. The Godfather of Punk was joined on stage by a band including Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwan of Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather's Dean Fertita and Matt Helders of The Arctic Monkeys.

Along with announcing the film, Pop has also shared a clip of him and his all-star band performing "The Passenger" during the concert, which you can watch now on YouTube.

Here is the Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall track list:

"Lust for Life"
"Sister Midnight"
"American Valhalla"
"In the Lobby"
"Some Weird Sin"
"German Days"
"Mass Production"
"The Passenger"
"China Girl"
"Break Into Your Heart"
"Fall in Love with Me"
"Repo Man"
"Chocolate Drops"

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Gets Tortured in "Blood Moon" Video

Johnny Buzzerio (courtesy of Party Smasher Inc)Giraffe Tongue Orchestra has shared the video for their song "Blood Moon." While the clip makes no reference to celestial bodies, it is plenty bloody, as it shows a trio of Harajuku girls violently torturing the members of the band. If that's something you'd be interested in, you can check out the "Blood Moon" video now at

"The shoot was down and dirty and really fun. So many laughs on set," says frontman William DuVall. "Cast and crew were terrific. Everyone went above and beyond to make this happen. And we got to be lo-fi thespians. Couldn't have asked for more."

Along with DuVall -- who is, of course, the lead singer of Alice in Chains -- Giraffe Tongue Orchestra includes Mastodon's Brent Hinds, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta.

"Blood Moon" appears on Giraffe Tongue Orchestra's debut album, Broken Lines, which will be released September 23.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-four years ago this week, the soundtrack for this classic country music film starring George Strait was released. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Pure Country.

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Paul Simon to Present George Harrison Award for Excellence at Global Citizen Event

Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsPaul Simon will honor the memory of George Harrison at Global Citizen's The World on Stage Event, to be held at New York University’s Skirball Center September 22.

Simon will share the stage with members of the late Beatles' family to present debut of Harrison's namesake award, The Global Citizen George Harrison Award for excellence in music and advocacy.

“When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day,” George’s wife, Olivia Harrison, told Global Citizen. “By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement. We are extremely proud to receive this inaugural award in George’s memory.”

Thursday's event will take place two days before the annual Global Citizen festival in Central Park.

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Jon Batiste of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will curate the evening's musical performances. In addition to music, the event will shine a light on advocates working on issues of girls and women’s equality; education; health; water and sanitation; environment; finance and innovation; and food and hunger.

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James Taylor Christmas Collection to Make Vinyl Debut

Universal Music EnterprisesJames Taylor's popular holiday collection, James Taylor at Christmas, will get the 150-gram vinyl treatment on September 23. The album originally came out in 2006 but has never before been available on vinyl.

James Taylor at Christmas features 14 songs -- two of which are duets with artists who we lost in 2016. His version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" features Natalie Cole, who passed away on New Year's Day, while harmonica legend Toots Thielemans -- who died just last month -- appears on "The Christmas Song." Elsewhere on the album, Taylor tackles such classics as "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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Radiohead Shares Minimalist Video for "Present Tense" 

Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead has released the video for their track "Present Tense."

The intimate, minimalist visual, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, simply shows Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood playing the song alongside a CR78 drum machine. You can watch the "Present Tense" video now on YouTube.

"Present Tense" is a song from Radiohead's latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool.  Anderson also directed the video for "Daydreaming."

Later this month, Radiohead will headline the Austin City Limits music festival.

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Pixies Guitarist Joey Santiago Checks into Rehab

Kieran Frost/RedfernsPixies guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into rehab, the band has announced. He will spend at least 30 days in a facility in order to treat what the band calls his "alcohol and drug issues."

"This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we're very proud that he's taken this step," says drummer David Lovering in a statement. "We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he's on this road to recovery."

This news certainly puts a damper on the celebration around the forthcoming Pixies album Head Carrier, which will be released September 30. The band says Santiago's time in rehab won't disturb their scheduled tour of the U.K. and Europe this November and December, but some "planned promotional activities" will be affected.

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The Biggest Single in Country Music History Hits the Airwaves, "Forever Country" Video Premieres Tuesday on "DWTS"

CMAAt 8:30 a.m. ET Friday morning, fans in the U.S. and around the world got their first chance to hear “Forever Country,” the biggest single and music video in country music history.

If you’re wondering how the Country Music Association -- who commissioned the project to celebrate 50 years of the CMA Awards -- can make such a claim, just take a look at the list of the artists involved, which was revealed exclusively on ABC’s Good Morning America:  AlabamaJason AldeanDierks BentleyBrooks & DunnLuke BryanEric ChurchBrett EldredgeVince GillFaith HillAlan JacksonLady AntebellumMiranda LambertLittle Big TownMartina McBrideTim McGrawRonnie MilsapKacey MusgravesWillie NelsonBrad PaisleyDolly Parton, Charley PrideRascal FlattsRebaDarius RuckerBlake SheltonGeorge StraitRandy TravisCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood.

The single, which is a newly-recorded mashup of Dolly’s “I Will Always Love You,” Willie’s “On the Road Again,” and the late John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” is available now at the usual digital outlets.

A sneak peek of the epic accompanying music video will premiere Tuesday on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Immediately afterwards, you’ll be able to see the complete project at

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The First Time Faith Hill Heard "Forever Country," It Made Her Cry

CMAFriday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET, we’ll finally get to hear the much-anticipated premiere of “Forever Country.” Commissioned by the Country Music Association to mark a half-century of the CMA Awards, the new recording by 30 CMA winners is a mashup of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Tim McGraw has no doubt as to why super-producer Shane McAnally settled on these three classics.

“All three of those songs were just huge records across the board,” Tim says. “I think those records resounded outside of the country music world… and all those artists…had a bigger impact…than just in country music…John Denver, who was an incredible artist who had huge success through the '70s. And then Dolly Parton, who’s just the queen of what we do. I mean, she’s the gold standard of a country singer/songwriter. And then you got Willie Nelson, who is an icon…you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody on this planet that wouldn’t know who Willie Nelson was!”

Tim’s wife, Faith Hill, confesses she was moved to tears the first time she heard the finished “Forever Country” collaboration.

“I mean, every singer that I grew up listening to,” she laughs. “Alabama and Reba and George [Strait]…The first time we heard the record of the song…it made me cry. I honestly cried, just to hear all those voices together.” 

The full list of artists who participated in the epic project will be revealed Friday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, just as the single is played on radio for the first time. The music video that accompanies “Forever Country” is on the way Tuesday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Trisha Yearwood gets in on the conversation with the ladies of The Talk on Friday. You can catch the show starting at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

Love and Theft’s debut single on Curb Records is called “Candyland.”

Carrie Underwood joins the fun Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when you can catch Carrie, as well as funnyman Seth Rogen.

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