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Friday
Apr062018

Show us the Moneys!: AXS TV reality series featuring Eddie Money and his family premieres Sunday

Stewart Volland/AXS TVEddie Money's new AXS TV reality series, Real Money, premieres this Sunday, April 9. Reminiscent of The Osbournes, the show focuses on the adventures, at home and on the road, of the dysfunctional Money clan, including Eddie's wife of 38 years, Laurie, and his five grown children, all of whom still live at home.

The 69-year-old rocker tells ABC Radio that one of the reasons he decided to do the show was to help his kids afford to move out of the house.

"I thought it'd be good for the kids," he maintains. Having said that, Eddie gripes, "[E]very time I turn around they're throwing another f****** mic on me, but you do what you can for your children."

An entertaining aspect of the show is Eddie's comical frustration with his kids, three of whom -- daughter Jesse and sons Dez and Julian -- sometimes play in his touring band.

"[When] I go out [on tour] with the kids…I'm up in the morning, the limousine's waiting to get going, and I'm knocking on hotel doors," Money says. "I don't want to be a road manager. I don't want to handle these kids. You know, 'Who's late?' 'Who doesn't have their I.D. at the airport?' It's crazy."

Meanwhile, on Real Money's second episode, Eddie and Laurie enjoy two tickets to paradise when they travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for Sammy Hagar's 70th birthday bash.

"Going down to Sammy's was great," Eddie says. "Sammy's good people. And [Metallica's] James Hetfield was down there…[and] a lot of old people that I hadn't seen in a while. And Sammy's club down there is amazing. I really wish I was still drinking because everybody was whooping it up."

Real Money airs at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

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Friday
Apr062018

How En Vogue's "Electric Cafe" went from EDM to those "signature harmony sounds"

ABC/Heidi GutmanEn Vogue's newest album, Electric Cafe, has finally arrived.   

But surprisingly, En Vogue's Terry Ellistells ABC Radio that initially, the project started out as an "electronic dance music record," because, she explains, "It was something we had never done before." 

But as Terry explains, "During the creative process, the music just started to morph into more R&B, more soul...we got back to our roots. You're still gonna get the signature sound... because the record was spearheaded by the original producers, Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy. So you're gonna get those signature harmony sounds still."  

Terry calls Foster and McElroy the "original" producers of Electric Cafe because many other artists helped to create the long-awaited project, including Raphael Saadiq and Ne-Yo.  

Ne-Yo contributed the song "Rocket," as Cindy Herron explains:

"Denzil Foster thought it would be a good song for us to record," she tells ABC Radio. 

"It's funny, because we decided to record the song, and then we went on tour to Australia, I believe it was last October, and we were on tour with Ne-Yo."

En Vogue's Rhona Bennett wants fans to check out two other tracks on Electric Cafe: "Ocean's Deep" and Life."

Those songs are unique because, Bennett explains, "It's just, the three of us, being one voice...We're singing in unison. And I haven't heard a group do that in awhile." 

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Friday
Apr062018

Do you believe? Thirty Seconds to Mars' new album "AMERICA" arrives today

Interscope RecordsAfter four years, a worldwide billboard campaign and a cross-country hitchhiking journey, Thirty Seconds to Mars' new album AMERICA has finally arrived.

Jared Leto's band dropped the anthemic single "Walk on Water" last August, and it was their first new music since 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. They followed that up with "Dangerous Night" in January.

Following the release of "Dangerous Night," Mars announced that they'd be releasing a new album, but didn't reveal the title, cover or track list. For over a month, the record was simple called "The New Album" before the band finally revealed its title: AMERICA.

In addition to "Walk on Water" and "Dangerous Night," AMERICA includes the new songs "Rescue Me" and "One Track Mind," the latter featuring rapper A$AP Rocky.

As for the cover, AMERICA has 10 of them, each one featuring a different, unique list. One list, titled "Six American Names," reads "Kim, Justin, Jesus, Michael, Mickey, Donald," while another is "Four Hot Topics in America," which features "A.I., Bitcoin, Fake News, Russia." All 10 covers have been displayed on billboards around the world.

To further promote the album, Leto spent the last week hitchhiking across the country.  He started in New York City on Monday, and arrives in Los Angeles today. Along the way, he's stopped at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Willis Tower in Chicago and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

And as if that weren't enough, Thirty Seconds to Mars will embark on a massive North American tour this summer starting June 6 in Toronto. The trek, dubbed the Monolith tour, will feature support from K.Flay, WALK THE MOON, Joywave, Welshly Arms and MisterWives on select dates.

Here is the AMERICA track list:

"Walk on Water"
"Dangerous Night"
"Rescue Me"
"One Track Mind" (ft. A$AP Rocky)
"Monolith"
"Love Is Madness" (ft. Halsey)
"Great Wide Open"
"Hail to the Victor"
"Dawn Will Rise"
"Remedy"
"Live Like a Dream"
"Rider"

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Friday
Apr062018

Franz Ferdinand bringing new tunes, members & lasers on North American tour

Credit: David EdwardsFranz Ferdinand kicks off a North American tour this weekend in support of the band's new album, Always Ascending. In addition to new music, the Scottish rockers will be bringing a new lineup, which features two new members in place of founding guitarist Nick McCarthy.

"The band's a little bit bigger now...we're a five piece," frontman Alex Kapranos tells ABC Radio. "It feels really good, I think we're playing the best we ever have."

Always Ascending is a more electronic-leaning album for Franz Ferdinand -- as suggested by its neon-colored cover and videos -- and the band hopes to bring that visual style to the live stage.

"There's a new type of laser technology that's recently become available. It was developed in France," Kapranos explains. "In the video for [the song] 'Always Ascending,' we use those lasers, and we've incorporated them into part of the live show, as well."

While "new French laser technology" certainly sound pretty cool, Franz will be focusing more on the musical aspect of their shows.

"At the heart of it, it's gotta be a good band playing a really amazing gig," he says. "The rest of it is just [window] dressing, really."

As for the set list, Franz now has a whole new batch of material to play with, but they usually still close with their early hit "This Fire." One time, though, during a concert in Romania, they started the concert with "This Fire."

"The joke was, at the end of the song, we went 'Thank you very much, good night!'" Kapranos remembers. "It was the first time we ever played in Romania, so no one knew the joke, it was just to entertain ourselves," adds bassist Bob Hardy.

"We found it very funny," Kapranos laughs.

Franz Ferdinand's tour begins Sunday, April 8 in Toronto.

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Thursday
Apr052018

JAY-Z tells David Letterman why he thinks Donald Trump's presidency is a "great thing"

Joe Pugliese/NetflixOne more teaser clip from the forthcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman features JAY-Z giving his candid thoughts about President Donald Trump

He begins, "I think it's actually a great thing. And here's why. I think that what he's forcing people to do is have conversation and people to band together and work together and you can't really address something that's not revealed."

He adds, "He's bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone and it's still here and we still gotta deal with it."  

Hov finishes his declaration by stating, "We have to have the conversation. We have to have tough conversation. We have to talk about the n-word and we have to talk about why white men are so privileged in this country." 

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman is a talk show that features interviews with celebrities and other influential figures. 

JAY-Z's episode premieres globally Friday, April 6 on Netflix.  

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Thursday
Apr052018

Get to know Morgan Wallen with "If I Know Me"

Big Loud RecordsAs Morgan Wallen’s breakthrough hit “Up Down” climbs the chart, his debut album, If I Know Me, is set to follow later this month.

The East Tennessee singer unveiled the album's artwork Wednesday night, after performing his collaboration with Florida Georgia Line in front of thousands at a free concert in Music City.  

“I moved to town three years ago and have gotten to write with some of the best songwriters and artists in Nashville,” Morgan reflects. “I’m ready for people to hear this album and get to know what I’m all about. There are songs that have made the journey with me and I’m just really proud to be putting If I Know Me out there.”

The album is set to arrive Friday, April 27, with more details about its track listing still to come.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin was "bothered" by President Trump's use of "Rocket Man" 

Michael Kovac/Getty ImagesElton John is so identified with his 1972 top-10 hit "Rocket Man" that it's become his nickname. Now, the man who wrote the lyrics to the song -- Bernie Taupin -- tells the Wall Street Journal that he was upset when, last year, President Donald Trump started referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "little Rocket Man."

"The context bothered me," Taupin tells the Wall Street Journal. "The thought that World War III could start over the use of my song title was disturbing. I also was uncomfortable that something of mine that was culturally iconic could be used in such a way."

Taupin contniues, "But what could I do? Sue him for cultural appropriation? As a songwriter, you're powerless to stop something like that. However, if the use of 'Rocket Man' results in peace, I will be very happy to take full credit for it."

Taupin reveals that the song was inspired by two things: Ray Bradbury's short story "The Rocket Man," about an astronaut who misses his family; and a song called "Rocket Man," by the psychedelic folk-rock band Pearls Before Swine, which Taupin called "a literal retelling of the Bradbury story."

"What appealed to me most about the Bradbury story," Taupin explains, "[was] the drudgery of being an astronaut...Bradbury had envisioned future astronauts as little more than intergalactic truck drivers, burning themselves out alone far from home."

Taupin then describes how, in 1971, he started writing a song on that topic in his head, while driving to his parents' house.  He recalls, "The first verse came to me at once" -- but he had no way to write it down in the car. So when he arrived at his parents' house, he remembers "rush[ing] in without saying hello...hunting for a pen and paper."

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Thursday
Apr052018

Watch Metallica cover Czech parody song in Prague 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's European tour stopped in Prague earlier this week, and during the show, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo played a cover of "Jozin z Bazin," a parody song written by popular Czech musician and comedian Ivan Mládek.

"Jozin z Bazin" parodies classic medieval stories, and tells the tale of a man driving through the Czech Republic who stumbles across a village being terrorized by a monster who eats tourists from Prague.

Trujillo sang the lead vocals in Czech for the performance, and the crowd was more than happy to join in. Meanwhile, a smiling Hammett played a bouncy guitar riff. You can watch official footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Metallica is currently touring Europe behind the band's new album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.

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Thursday
Apr052018

"Yaaaaayyyy!! Made my day": Cardi B's "Bartier Cardi" goes platinum

Raven VaronaCardi B continues to make hit after hit. 

Thursday, it was announced via Twitter that the rapper's track, "Bartier Cardi" has been certified platinum for sales of a million copies, and the rapper shared her excitement about the milestone on social media.

Cardi tweeted, "Foreal [shocked face emojis] yaaaayyyy!! Made my day."

"Bartier Cardi" is the follow-up track to Cardi's chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hit song, "Bodak Yellow." 

Both songs, along with her recently released tracks releases, "Drip" and "Be Careful," are included on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, due Friday.

In addition, Cardi B's making her first-ever Saturday Night Live appearance this coming weekend. 

She'll also be the first-ever co-host on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon starting Monday, April 9, and will be a featured performer at the Coachella festival later in the month. 

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Thursday
Apr052018

Justice served? Meek Mill's request for bail goes to the Supreme Court 

20KA representative for Meek Mill tells Billboard that Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner has backed the imprisoned rapper's request for release on bail and submitted a motion to the Supreme Court.

The news comes after Meek's request for bail was denied for a second time on Monday by Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.

According to Billboard, Krasner's motion in part states that he "does not oppose defendant's application to the extent he requests release on bail pending the current proceedings."

As previously reported, Judge Brinkley sentenced the rapper, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, in November and also denied his request for bail in December.   

On Monday, in addition to denying Meek bail, she filed a document in which she asserted that the rapper's two-to-four year sentence for probation violations "was not manifestly excessive."  

Krasner's motion to the Supreme Court would supersede Brinkley's decision.

Meek's lawyers started a legal campaign in November to have Judge Brinkley removed from the recording artist's case. 

They claim she imposed a harsher-than-usual sentence on the rapper, even though the prosecutor hadn't requested jail time, and that she "repeatedly offered inappropriate personal and professional advice" to Meek, "both on and off the record."  

Meek Mill is currently incarcerated at the Chester State Correctional Institution outside the city.   

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Thursday
Apr052018

Lady A and Chris Janson will Let Freedom Sing! this Fourth of July in Nashville

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Fourth of July celebration in Music City is known as Let Freedom Sing!, and this year, Lady AntebellumChris Janson and Lucie Silvas will help the annual event live up to its name.

The free concert begins at 4 p.m. CT on July 4, on a special stage that will be set up at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Nashville. At 9:15, the music will shift to Ascend Amphitheatre on the Riverfront, with the Nashville Symphony accompanying the fireworks that start at 9:30.

By the way, if you’re not familiar with the British-born Silvas, chances are you know her husband. She's married to John Osborne of Brothers Osborne.

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Thursday
Apr052018

FGL suits up with the Tennessee Titans for a massive free show in downtown Nashville

John Shearer/Getty ImagesFootball season got underway a little early in Nashville this year, as Florida Georgia Line put on a free concert Wednesday night to unveil the Tennessee Titans’ new uniforms for their upcoming 20th season.

The crowd packed the street at the intersection of Broadway and 1st Avenue, with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley blazing through a set of nothing but hits, including their current smash “Meant to Be,” with Bebe Rexha joining them via video.

Tyler and BK brought their significant others onstage to do their giant hit, “H.O.L.Y.,” with Tyler’s wife Hayley holding their little one, Olivia, who was born just before Christmas. The Tradition Evolved set marked the baby's first FGL show.

Newcomer Morgan Wallen brought personalized versions of the new jerseys onstage for the duo, before joining FGL for their hit collaboration, “Up Down.”

“It’s an honor to be a part of this organization,” Tyler said from the stage. “It’s an honor to be in the beautiful city of Nashville -- our home state of Tennessee right here -- hanging out on a Wednesday night.”

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at FGL’s giant party this weekend on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. It premieres Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Rae Sremmurd and Pharrell Williams are taking their girls to "Chanel" in new track

ABC/Randy HolmesRae Sremmurd and Pharrell Williams are taking a shopping trip in their new song, "Chanel." 

The song features Rae's Swae Lee and Pharrell, with Slim Jxmmi as the main vocalist. 

"Chanel" can be heard on Slim's Jxmtroduction project, which is one-third of Rae Sremmurd's triple-disc album, Sremmlife 3, also known as SR3MM. 

That's expected to arrive later this year. 

Rae Sremmurd joins Childish Gambino this September on tour.

Tickets are on sale now. 

"Chanel" is available to stream via YouTube and other digital platforms.   

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Thursday
Apr052018

Ed Sheeran to receive Artist of the Year Award at Music Biz 2018 Conference

Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran has another accolade to add to his growing collection.

The singer is set to receive the Artist of the Year Award at this year’s Music Biz 2018 Conference. The honor recognizes Ed’s achievements in songwriting and album sales.

"This past year has been absolutely unbelievable, and I really appreciate this amazing recognition from Music Biz,” Ed says in a statement provided to Billboard. “Of course, none of it would be possible without all of my incredible fans and the fantastic team behind me."

Music Biz 2018 will also honor "Issues" singer Julia Michaels with the Breakthrough Artist Award, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers with the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement and talent manager Scooter Braun with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.

Braun, who manages Ariana Grande, helped organize the all-star One Love Manchester concert last year after the deadly bombing outside Ariana's concert in Manchester, England.

The conference will be held on Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

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Thursday
Apr052018

David Guetta/Sia collabo "Flames" gets ninja-tastic video starring Danny Trejo

What A Music LTD / Parlophone / Big Beat / Atlantic Records"Flames," the new empowerment anthem from Sia and David Guetta, now has an official music video, and it's a hilarious, intentionally cheap-looking send-up of every martial arts movie ever.

The clip stars legendary tough-guy actor Danny Trejo as "The Master," an elderly and wise Asian martial arts teacher with magical powers. He's training three young women by having them do things like catch flies with chopsticks, and doing handstands with pails of water tied to their legs.  

When evil ninjas attack the training camp, the women fight them off momentarily, but they surround "The Master," who laughs and allows himself to be struck down, just like Obi-Wan Kenobi did with Darth Vader in Star Wars. 

The women are then handcuffed and led to the evil "Emperor," played by Guetta, who can shoot magical fire out of his hands.  Remembering their training, they slip their bonds and engage in a Kill Bill-inspired sword battle. When the Emperor knocks them out with his fire, "The Master" reappears as a ghost-like figure, just like Obi-Wan, and encourages the women to get up and fight back.

The women then grab the Emperor's hands so he's shooting his magical fire directly into his own crotch. He eventually explodes, and "The Master" smiles approvingly at his students. The End.

Guetta has a number of shows planned this month, including this weekend in Las Vegas.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Taylor Swift makes "generous donation" to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 

Mert & MarcusLast year, after Taylor Swift won her assault case against radio host David Mueller, she said she'd be donating money to organizations that "help sexual assault victims defend themselves."  Now, she's putting her money where her mouth is.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, or RAINN, tweeted its thanks to Taylor on Thursday, writing, "Thank you @TaylorSwift13 for always standing with survivors. Your generous donation this week during #SAAPM ensures that survivors and their loved ones get the help they need and deserve."

As the tweet notes, April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

After a jury ruled agreed that Mueller did, in fact, grope Taylor during a backstage meet-and-greet in 2013, the superstar singer released a statement to People magazine that said, "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard."

She added, "Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

As People notes, a few days later, Taylor donated to her friend Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps survivors of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Dolores O'Riordan called Bad Wolves' "Zombie" cover "awesome" in voicemail left hours before her death 

Credit: Andy EarlAs you may know, Bad Wolves' hit cover of The Cranberries classic "Zombie" was supposed to feature the woman who originally sang it: Dolores O'Riordan. Sadly, she died the day she was scheduled to record her vocals for the track, but TMZ has now obtained a voicemail, recorded hours before her death, that reveals how excited she was for the collaboration.

The voicemail was left for Dan Waite, an executive at Bad Wolves' label Eleven Seven Records and a longtime friend of O'Riordan's, on January 15 at 1:12 a.m., informing him that she'd arrived in London. She then shared her thoughts about the Bad Wolves version of "Zombie."

"I think it's f***ing awesome," O'Riordan says. "It sounds f***ing terribly good."

O'Riordan unexpectedly died in London later that day. Bad Wolves decided to go ahead and release the "Zombie" cover without O'Riordan's vocals, and announced they'd be donating their proceeds to her three children.

The cover has since become a hit, and will be featured on Bad Wolves' forthcoming debut album, Disobey.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Benjamin Gibbard, St. Vincent & Kele Okereke contribute to "Universal Love" album celebrating same-sex relationships

MGM Resorts InternationalDeath Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard, St. Vincent and Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke are among the artists contributing to Universal Love, a collection of reimagined love songs celebrating same-sex relationships. The six-track album is available now via digital platforms.

Gibbard recorded a new version of The Beatles classic "And I Love Her" with the title "And I Love Him." Likewise, St. Vincent's take on The Crystals' "And Then He Kissed Me" is titled "And Then She Kissed Me," while Okereke covers The Temptations' "My Girl" as "My Guy."

Other artists who contributed to Universal Love include the legendary Bob Dylan, pop star Kesha and singer-songwriter Valerie June.

Here's the Universal Love track list:

"He's Funny That Way" -- Bob Dylan
"And Then She Kissed Me" -- St. Vincent
"My Guy" -- Kele Okereke
"Mad About the Girl" -- Valerie June
"And I Love Him" -- Benjamin Gibbard
"I Need a Woman to Love Me" -- Kesha

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Thursday
Apr052018

Get that J.Lo glow: Jennifer Lopez launching 70-piece makeup line with Inglot Cosmetics

PRNewsfoto/Inglot CosmeticsWant to glow like J.Lo?

Jennifer Lopez is teaming up with the makeup brand Inglot for her a new cosmetic collection launching April 26. The 70-piece line will include products for the eyes, lips and face.

“The capsule collection we created with Inglot is filled with all my go-to products in my favorite colors,” Jennifer says in a statement. “We have everything from mascara, lipsticks, eyelashes, blush, eye shadow and, of course, bronzers.”

The products feature names inspired by her career, including "Boogie Down Bronze" and "Livin' the Highlight."

The collection will also feature a “Freedom System Palette,” which allows you to personalize your own palette with the specific colors and products you need.

The line will be available on InglotUSA.com and in Inglot stores. An exclusive palette inspired by J.Lo’s look from the ad campaign will be available for pre-order on April 17 on JenniferLopezInglot.com.

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Thursday
Apr052018

A$AP Rocky samples seminal electronic track from Moby on "A$AP Forever" 

Dexter NavyA$AP Rocky's brand-new song "A$AP Forever" samples electronic music producer Moby's 1999 iconic hit "Porcelain" to create a heart-stopping track. 

The rapper has also released a mind-bending music video on Thursday to accompany "A$AP Forever," which fans can check out now via YouTube. 

The Dexter Navy-directed visual features impressive editing and upside-down camera effects, as A$AP hangs out with friends...and in the air. 

Moby also makes a quick cameo towards the end.

You can stream or buy "A$AP Forever" now via the usual digital platforms. 

A$AP Rocky's third album, reportedly titled Testing, is expected to drop later this year.  

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